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Teshuvah 'Away Day' (Shabbat Refresher)


On Saturday, 29th April, Teshuvah Congregation held an 'away day' hosted at the School Room in Newtown Linford, adjacent to Bradgate Park. The proceedings opened with the traditional Shabbat Service. The Address, by Rabbi Yehoshua, outlined that gift from God's treasury: the Sabbath. As one Jewish thinker said, "More than the Jews have kept the Sabbath, the Sabbath has kept the Jews." There followed most lively group-discussion, based on biblical text, as to the nature of 'work' on the Sabbath. The congregation then convened for lunch and, for the energetic, a brisk stroll in Bradgate Park. After lunch, the theme of symbolism in faith-art was debated, based on small-group discussion followed by feed-back. First up was Holman Hunt's 'Light of the World'. Hunt's painting, (1827-1910 - a devoted Christian and English Pre-Raphaelite) - produced animated debate concerning its complicated and elaborate symbolism. Several of Marc Chagall's paintings - 1887-1985 - were then discussed. Chagall was raised in a Hasidic Jewish shtetl in Vitebsk in Russia. He painted Yeshua (Jesus) in various works; encompassing the Cross, Holocaust, Pogroms, Bible, Judaism, et al. The small-groups 'buzzed'! A most rewarding day ended at 4pm. Several members took a park stroll for a second time.