This week, we’ll hear the Torah reading of Bamidbar, the first in the book of Numbers, and as we do so, it’s likely that we’ll be thinking of the upcoming festival; Shovuos. From Tuesday night through to Thursday night we have the chance to ‘stand at Sinai’ once more and receive the Torah. This Shabbes, the very last before Shovuos, is an important one, as we know from the following quotation from Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak of Lubavitch;
‘It is customary that on the Shabbat before a wedding, the bridegroom is called to the Torah. Shavuot, the festival which coincides with the anniversary of the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, represents the marriage of G‑d and Israel; this is why the Torah portion of Bamidbar (“in the desert”) is usually read on the Shabbat before Shavuot.’
This Shabbes, may we merit to anticipate the marriage of G-d and Jew; the giving of the Torah, and rejoice in the day of rest and peace. In London, Shabbes candles should be lit at 8:43 PM, and Shabbes ends tomorrow at 10:12 PM. When lighting your candles, please keep in mind Chaim Elozor ben Baila, Moshe ben Hadasa, Moshe ben Genya and Chashachana bas Bryna for a refuah shleimah. Thank you, and gut Shabbes!