“Therefore the Bnei Yisrael may not eat the gid hanasheh, which is on the socket of the hip, until this day.” (Bereshis 32:33)
In the middle of the night Yaakov encounters an angel of G-d, wrestles with him and wins. But the angel, who is Eisav’s spiritual source and advocate on high, wounds Yaakov’s sciatica nerve. In commemoration, the Torah prohibits eating this nerve in any animal.
The significance of this mitzvah is explained in the Sefer Hachinuch:
This mitzvah serves as a reminder to the Jewish people that though they will suffer many hardships in their exiles the hands of the nations and at the hands of the children of Eisav, they should be confident that that will never be wiped out.
The prohibition of eating the sciatic nerve seems to be a mere technicality in the laws of kashrut, applicable only to the specific nerve the the angel wounded, which is itself only a minor detail in the story of Yaakov’s miraculous salvation. Why do we commemorate such a crucial aspect of Jewish faith – our eternal hope of survival – with a law so narrow in scope?
The emphasis that this mitzvah places on one detail is, in truth, extremely significant. It highlights that G-d’s providence and concern for the Jewish people extends even to the most minor details in their lives!
Although the Baal Shem Tov taught that every aspect of creation is orchestrated by Divine Providence and serves a specific roll in the Divine plan, the significance of every detail before G-d still varies, depending on how central a role it serves in the ultimate purpose of creation.
When it comes to details that affect the life of a Jew, however there are no such distinctions; a nerve in a Jew’s hip is as significant to G-d as the entire creation. Since every Jew is uniquely chosen and cherished by G-d, and imbued with a soul that is essentially one with G-d himself, even the seemingly minor details in the life of a Jew are of infinite significance before G-d.
-An excerpt from a talk by the Rebbe (Likkurei Sichos, vol. 30, pp. 148-154)
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What’s on this week?
Hebrew School Sunday 10:00 – 11:00 AM – Chanukah learning this Sunday on Zoom!
Mid week Hebrew reading Zoom sessions – each Alef Champ level has a specific time 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.
SHUL THIS WEEK
10:00 AM Shacharit followed by kiddush & cake
Kiddush this week in honour of the yartzeit of Moshe Cohen’s mother.
In light of the new changes this week, we will be holding shul outdoors until further notice. We are limited to a gathering of 25 so Shul is RSVP only. Please RSVP if you wish to attend, so we make sure we do not exceed the limit of 25. If all goes well, next week we will begin Friday night services too, so stay posted!
Shabbat Times for This Week
Candle Lighting 7:55 PM
Shabbat Ends 8:58 PM
Mazel Tovs & Yartzeits
We wish long life to Moshe Cohen on the yartzeit of his mother.
We wish long life to Anthony Deutsch on the yartzeit of his grandmother.
Sunday 28th November 5:00 PM Chanukah Car Menorah Parade
A fun, Covid-safe Chanukah parade for the whole family. Make sure to RSVP and kickstart your Chanukah the right way!
Monday 29th November 4:00 PM Mums & Bubs Chanukah Party
A fun Chanukah party for 3s & under, and a chill catch up for mamas. Outdoors. RSVP
Tuesday 30th November CTEEN Chanukah Party
Donuts, latkes, and a chill evening. Ages 13-18. Outdoors. RSVP
Wednesday 1st December 7:00 PM Rosh Chodesh Society
A women’s evening of Torah learning and inspiration. Enjoy good food, wine, and company. Outdoors. RSVP
Wishing you a Good Shabbos,
Rabbi Mendel & Esther Hecht