Weekly message from
Rabbi A. M. Sufrin MBE
Last Shabbos for ShabbatUK, we celebrated with over 100 friends, younger and older, the spirit of Shabbos. Rabbi Muller & our Guest Speaker Rabbi R Goodwin led the singing and created quite an atmosphere.
"let’s do this much more often maybe even once a month", was one delighted families comments.
We had guests that stayed over in the area in order to keep Shabbos properly.
Shabbos day was YY's oifruf, what a kiddush and fabrengen enjoyed by all well into the afternoon, enhancing Shabbos further.
The Havdalah service was led by Rabbi Sufrin at the Vi & John Reubens home, where the majority of the residents enjoyed the explanatory service, music led by Mrs Devorah Sufrin, singing and dancing by the Chabad Gants Hill Community who came to join in and enhance the atmosphere.
Rabbis Sufrin, Muller & Brandman met this week to plan our very full and exciting Chanukah Programmes which as always is set to be a very full jammed packed exciting week. Keep your eyes open for all the details of the public lighting ceremonies and the static menorahs in your local shops and malls.
This Shabbos, Rabbi & Mrs Sufrin are in LA with their Family to celebrate YY & Ruth's wedding PG in Los Angeles.
Believe it or not on both sides of the pond we read the same portion....Yes its "Lech Lecho"
When Abraham came to Egypt...
Instead of being allowed to pursue his monotheistic revival in G-d’s Promised Land, Abraham was thrust into the world’s most prominent bastion of paganism. How ironic it must have seemed to witness this ambitious monotheist suddenly reduced to seeking the mercy of a cultural environment that mocked his every ideal.
Yet, in a miraculous reversal of fortune, Abraham soon had the Egyptians begging him for mercy, and shortly thereafter returned to the Land of Israel with greater wealth, with a greater reputation, and accompanied by Hagar, the Egyptian princess who would, in time, become mother if Ishmael, his first child. It thus became retroactively clear that this apparent regression was actually a further stage of Abraham’s progression toward his goals.
Similarly, we must never be intimidated by the world – neither by the world outside us nor by the “world” of personal desires, fears, or preconceived notions within us. Once we answer G-d’s call to “go, to yourself,” we are no longer bound by the limits of our own capabilities; even apparent regressions will ultimately prove to be an integral part of the process leading to ever-higher realisations of our Divine purpose in life.
Have a lovely Shabbos and successful week to follow.