This shabbes is a very important day, because it is the shabbes directly before the 10th of Shevat, a day on which we commemorate two very important events in the history of the Chabad Lubavitch movement; not only is it the yahrzeit of the 6th Lubavitcher Rebbe, but it is also the day on which the 7th Rebbe assumed leadership of the Chabad movement. On such an important occasion I can only echo the message I have heard from others; this shabbes, let’s work together to hasten Moshiach and continue their legacies. Whether that’s lighting shabbes candles, giving to charity before shabbes begins, or inviting someone to your house, your single mitzvah could tip the scales and lead to Moshiach’s arrival.
In London, shabbes candles should be lit at 4:36 PM this evening, and Shabbes ends on Saturday evening at 5:48. While lighting candles, please remember Chaim Elozor ben Baila, Yisroel ben Esther HaCohen, Chaim Elazar Shaul ben Esther and Boruch ben Soroh Gittel. Gut shabbes!