Weekly message from
Rabbi A. M. Sufrin MBE
Thank you for joining Devorah and I to celebrate the engagement of our dear son Yaakov Yehudah (YY) and his Kalla, Ruth earlier this week. A simcha shared is always a delight, thank you.
This Thursday we commemorate the 4th Yarzheit of my dear Mother, Mrs Hennie Sufrin z”l. This coincides with the Men’s end of year Siyum, culminating all of the Men’s Shiurim / Classes throughout the year, with a special evening of “chizuk” with guest speaker Rabbi Yitzchock Sufrin. Please do join us at this special occasion.
We had a site meeting to observe the progress on our new Gants Hill Centre during the week. TG the project is moving on nicely now, getting ready to build the third floor already. Pictures and updates to follow.
Our intense concern for our brothers and sisters in Israel continue, as Israel pursues our enemies bent on murder and destruction, whilst in various corners of the globe, the condemnation for Israel’s actions grows.
There is nothing more that Israel wants beyond peace. The tragedy of war with such a great loss in life brings us all to tears. With empathy and heartfelt feelings for all affected in ‘real’ terms by the impact of this war, its action from us all which is needed more than all else. Prayer meetings, communal and individual are taking –place across this Country and indeed the world, coupled with our focused determination to do all that we can by way of support from the distance. We must remember to increase our ‘deeds of good’ – Mitzvos between fellow humans and strengthening our relationship with Hashem – G-d, our brothers and sisters are being helped both spiritually and physically. We pray for a quick resolution which will bring a lasting peace for all.
This week’s Torah portion is ‘Masei – journeys’, the last portion in the book of Bamidbar- Numbers.
So called as it describes the 42 journeys that the Children of Israel made as they left Egypt for the Promised Land – Cannan. The Torah states “These are the journeys of the children of Israel by which they left Egypt,” Being precise, it was only one – the very first journey that took them out of Egypt. Once they had reached their first stop, they were no longer in Egypt and hence its only ONE journey NOT 42 that took them out of Egypt?
Chasidic thought explains, that the Hebrew word for Egypt – METZORIM, connotes ‘limitation’, thus the Torah is teaching us a vital life’s lesson. We need to continue inspiring ourselves every day. Even when we have worked hard and achieved one level, broken through one stage of Egypt, we have to continue and face the next obstacle – i.e. the next Mitzrayim, on and on the process goes on covering ground, never feeling complacent enough to stop and say – I have achieved and all is done.
This Shabbos is, Shabbos Mevorchim (blessing of the new moon). Rosh Chodesh “Menachem AV” is on Monday PG. As indicated in its name, May Hashem grant peace on Israel and all our brethren worldwide, to have a lasting peace and ultimately through and with.
Have a wonderful Shabbos and successful week to follow.