Weekly message from Rabbi A. M. Sufrin MBE
We are delighted to share that our annual fundraising dinner on the 21st June is now filling up nicely. There are only 60 seats left and they are going quickly. Our brochure has only 10 days left until it goes for print. Have you put in your family greeting yet? Can you support the amazing work of Chabad locally with a business advert or bigger family advert?
For tickets or any of the above, please contact shterni on email@example.com to ensure that you don't miss this special event with guest speaker the former Chief Rabbi of Israel Rav Lau shlito.
The ladies JWC event with Eva Shloss has already some 150 confirmed to attend. Have you booked your seat? Time and space is running out, please make contact as above asap to ensure you have a place.
With shabbos going straight into Shavous this weekend, we have a very full and exciting programme for all at Chabad Gants Hill.
Mazal Tov to Phil & Sandra Mitchell on their 25th wedding anniversary- special Kiddush shabbos lunch.
Special milky sit down buffet lunch to celebrate with Brian and Ruth Mitchell his continuing good health TG.
Ice cream parties for children and lots of learning opportunities, be a part of it.
Weekly Torah Thought
"The children of Israel shall encamp each man by his division with the flag staffs of their fathers' house..." Numbers 2:2
In Parshat Bamidbar, Hashem commands the Jews in the manner in which they shall travel through the wilderness. They are not to travel in a large, chaotic multitude, rather each of the twelve tribes is to travel together.
Furthermore, the twelve tribes are divided into four camps of three tribes each. The Levites and the Priests tend to the vessels of the Mishkan (tabernacle) which is positioned in the center of the camp, while the four camps are positioned to the North, South, East and West of the Mishkan.
As the camps are divided, Hashem appoints tribes to serve as the leaders of each encampment, and the entire camp is called after their name: The Camp of Yehuda, the Camp of Ephraim, the Camp of Reuven and the Camp of Dan.
While Parshat Bamidbar is the first we learn of the leaders of the camps, their identities were in fact revealed generations earlier.
Before the enslavement of the Jews, Yaakov and his sons lived peacefully in Egypt. Before his passing, Yaakov wishes to reveal the End of Days to his sons, but cannot. He instead offers them his blessings.
Of all of his sons, Yaakov blesses four of them in second person: "Yehuda, your brothers shall acknowledge you"; "Reuven you are my firstborn"; "Yosef (i.e. Ephraim) the G-d of your fathers shall help you"; and to Dan--"I hope to G-d for your salvation".
Each child to whom Yaakov showed this "face to face" personal relationship merited that their descendants become the leaders of the tribes of Israel.
The word Shavuos means "weeks." It marks the completion of the seven week counting period between Passover and Shavuot in commemoration of the Jewish people counting down the days to the giving of the Torah.
The Torah was given by Hashem to the Jewish people on Mount Sinai more than 3,300 years ago. Every year on the holiday of Shavuot we renew our acceptance of Hashem's gift as he "re-gives" the Torah.
The giving of the Torah was a far-reaching spiritual event, one that touched the essence of the Jewish soul for all times. Our Sages have compared it to a wedding between Hashem and the Jewish people. Shavuot also means 'oath'; on this day Hashem swore eternal devotion to us, and we in turn pledged everlasting loyalty to Him.
The holiday of Shavuos is a two-day holiday, beginning at sundown of the 5th of Sivan and lasting until nightfall of the 7th of Sivan.
Have a good Shabbos and happy Shavuos!