Weekly message from Rabbi A. M. Sufrin MBE
Another week has passed and there is no letting up at Chabad locally.
Plans are well underway for next terms full and varied Chabad programmes, including; shiurim, discussion groups, JWC events for ladies and a new chapter JMC for men. Our “connect” newsletter will be arriving on your doormats first week in September together with our “what’s on” information booklet early September in time for Rosh Hashanah.
Our end of year study sessions; “Hennie’s” ladies group and Epping’s discussion group were held this week with good attendance….. more details for next term to follow shortly.
Our annual summer day camp programme from aged nursery to teenagers begins on Monday and with some 200 participants and 20 plus leaders, it’s going to be great fun as always. The numbers and excitement just grows and grows….good sign right?
This week we have begun the reading of the fifth Chumash – book of the Torah, Devarim.
Moshe declares: “How can I bear your trouble, your burden and your strife all by myself?”
We are all charged with the same mission as Moses: to educate and lead ourselves, as well as those over whom we have influence – in the ways of Torah. If we wonder how we can bear such responsibility, we should recall that Moses asked G-d the same question, G-d immediately provided him with a practical solution. Just as G-d gave Moses the means to fulfil his mission, G-d gives us the means and resources to fulfil our Divine mission, regardless of how difficult or overwhelming our responsibilities may appear to be.
We just need to focus and get on with the job at hand!
Tisha B’Av (9th of Menachem Av) the saddest day in the Jewish Calendar falls this year this weekend on Shabbos. As it is Shabbos we do not fast on the 9th day itself but rather on Sunday beginning Saturday night right before the end of Shabbos. This is a 25 hour fast (like Yom Kippur) and there are many related laws and customs relating to the day, including not wearing leather shoes, and not wearing Tallis and Tefillin for the Shacharis – morning service BUT Mincha – afternoon service instead. Please see website for further time details.
Suffice to say, in the same way as it is Shabbos and we cannot fast but feast instead so may all of our Days of sorrow be transformed into days of joy and celebration.
Have a wonderful Shabbos and productive week to follow.