Shabbat Parshat Toldot – News & What’s On

“He summoned his elder son Eisav and said to him, “…so that I may grant you my soul’s blessing before I die.”

Beneath Eisav’s Surface

Yitzchak was not entirely oblivious to Eisav’s unrefined character and conduct, yet he intended to bestow upon him the most powerful blessings. Surely, his desire to bless Eisav was not based only on what he did not know about him, but also on what he did see in him.

The Torah relates that Yitzchak devoted a  great deal of energy to digging water wells, restoring old wells, and searching for and developing new sources of fresh water. Chassidus explains that this hobby was not a meaningless detail in Yitzchak’s like, but a reflection of his distinctive nature and his unique path in the service of G-d. Where others saw dirt and gravel, Yitzchak dug deeply to reveal springs of life-giving water that ran beneath the earth. This means, in spiritual terms, that Yitzchak devoted himself to refining the unrefined, unearthing and cultivating the potential within all creation to recognise its G-dly source.

Accordingly, we can understand why Yitzchak desired to bless Eisav. Despite Eisav’s disreputable behaviour, Yitzchak had the ability to see the great spiritual potential associated with Eisav’s soul. Yitzchak therefore hoped that his powerful blessings would successfully excavate the spiritual treasures that lay hidden in his child.

Today three are no Essays, but like Yitzchak, who laboured to reveal the connection to G-d buried even within the wicked Eisav, we too must endeavour to draw near even those who seem distant from the life-giving waters of the Torah. With toil and effort, we can reveal within them their innate connection to the Source of Life.

-An excerpt from a talk by the Rebbe (Likkutei Sichos, vol. 15, pp. 195-198)

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Until the lockdown eases the following are the only services the Chabad House is holding this week:

Hebrew School – Mid week Hebrew reading Zoom sessions, each Alef Champ level has a specific slot.

Bar / Bat Mitzvah lessons – Tutoring for bar/bat mitzvah is continuing either outdoors or via Zoom.

Friday 3:00-5:00 PM Contactless pickup for your Shabbos essentials – freshly baked challahs, Shabbos candles, kosher wine and grape juice. Reservation only, call or text to arrange a pickup.


Shabbat Times for This Week

Candle Lighting 7:40 PM

Shabbat Ends 8:41 PM


Mazel Tovs & Yartzeits

We wish long life to Sianne Chapman and Garren Chapman on the yartzeit of their dear mother Reeva Chapman. May the whole family be blessed with a happy, healthy long life.


Wishing you a Good Shabbos, and we hope to see you again soon!

Rabbi Mendel & Esther Hecht