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Shabbos Tzav Shabbos haGadol – PESACH | 9-16 Nisan 5780

NO SERVICES OR ACTIVITIES WILL BE HELD AT CSTL UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE


EREV SHABBOS FRI APR 3rd /CSTL CLOSED
Shacharis 7 AM (at home)
Mincha (at home) before 7:24 PM
Candle Lighting 7:24 PM
Maariv (at home) after  8:14 PM

SHABBOS haGADOL SAT APR 4th /CSTL CLOSED
Shacharis: 9 AM (at home) /Sof Zman Kriat Shema 9:56AM
Shabbos Mincha after 1:45 PM / before 7:44 PM (at home)
Maariv/Havdalah 8:29 PM (at home)
The Shabbat before Passover is termed Shabbat HaGadol ("The Great Shabbat") in commemoration of the "great miracle" that happened in Egypt on this day, heralding the Exodus from Egypt five days later (see "Today in Jewish Hstory"). Shabbat HaGadol customs include reading a portion of the Haggadah (from "Avadim hayinu..." to "...al kol avonotainu"), which tells the story of the Exodus..

RABBI LEVITIN’S SHABBOS haGADOL DRASHA ON ZOOM – SUN APR 5th 7:30 PM
From as long ago as the days of the Tanna'im and Amora'im, it has been customary in Jewish communities throughout the world for the Rabbis and Torah scholars of the congregation to address the people and prepare them for the holiday of Passover. Given the current world situation (May the Good Lord bless us with health, financial stability, and that which all generations have been waiting: The Ultimate Redemption), this year’s Drasha is taking place online. https://us04web.zoom.us/j/507264364?pwd=cEhweDJuWml3L2xYc1lpYTlXeHpVZz09
Or telephone (669) 900- 9128 ,  then enter Meeting ID 507 264 364 .

VIRTUAL PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN IN HONOR OF YUD ALEPH NISAN FRI APR 3rd 6 PM
The eleventh of Nisan (motzei Shabbos) is the birthday of the seventh Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902).
Join our Zoom fabrengen https://us04web.zoom.us/j/9615492415
Or telephone (669) 900- 9128 ,  then enter Meeting ID 961-549-2415

EREV EREV PESACH TUE APR 7th  /CSTL CLOSED
Search for Chametz - after 8:20 PM

EREV PESACH WED APR 8th /CSTL CLOSED
Fast of First Born begins 4:54 AM /Have a Siyum !
Latest Time to Eat Chametz 10:58 AM
Latest Time to Burn Chametz 12:04 PM
Candle Lighting – 7:32 PM /REMEMBER TO MAKE ERUV TAVSHILIN
Earliest Time to Begin Seder 8:22 PM
Hatzot – Time to Finish Seder 1:10 AM

PESACH DAY ONE THU APR 9th /CSTL CLOSED
Shacharis 9 AM  /Latest Shema 9:50 AM
Mincha 1:45 PM to 7:51 PM/LIGHT CANDLES FROM EXISTING FLAME
Maariv/Begin Seder after 8:23 PM /COUNT FIRST DAY OF THE OMER
Hatzot – Time to Finish Seder 1:11 AM

PESACH DAY TWO - EREV SHABBOS FRI APR 10th /CSTL CLOSED  
Shacharis 9 AM /Latest Shema 9:49 AM
Mincha 1:45 PM to 7:52 PM
Candle Lighting Time before 7:34 PM /LIGHT CANDLES FROM EXISTING FLAME
Maariv 8:24 PM /COUNT 2nd DAY OF THE OMER

SHABBOS PESACH SAT APR 11th /CSTL CLOSED–
Shacharis 9 AM /Latest Shema 9:48 AM
Mincha 1:45 PM to 7:54 PM
Maariv/Havdalah 8:39 PM /COUNT 3rd DAY OF THE OMER

 

CHODESH NISAN – REMEMBER THE NASI!
Recite The Nasi daily through the 13th of Nissan, followed by the Yehi Ratzon prayer

WEEKDAY ZMANIM www.myzmanim.com (no services at CSTL)

 

Sunrise

Latest Shema

Earliest/
Latest Mincha (Sunset)

Earliest Shema Maariv

Omer Count at Maariv

Sun Apr 5th

6:38 AM

9:55 AM

1:45 /7:45 PM

8:17 PM

N/A

Mon Apr 6th

6:36 AM

9:54 AM

1:45 /7:47 PM

8:18 PM

N/A

Tue Apr 7th

6:34 AM

9:53 AM

1:45 /7:48 PM

8:20 PM

N/A

Sun Apr 12th

6:25 AM

9:48 AM

1:44 /7:56 PM

8:28 PM

4

Mon Apr 13th

6:23 AM

9:46 AM

1:44 /7:57 PM

8:29 PM

5

Tue Apr 14th

6:21 AM

9:45 AM

1:44 /7:58 PM

8:31 PM

6

KITCHEN CLOSED FOR PESACH – NO KIDDUSH
Looking forward to the return of Kiddush in good health for all

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -TBD
Visit www.twitter.com/cstleruv  for current eruv status or to sign up for SMS alerts.  North Seattle Eruv status flag on the NE 65th Street side of CSTL: Green flag means the Eruv is up, Red flag the Eruv is down.

VIRTUAL PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN IN HONOR OF YUD ALEPH NISAN 6 PM
The eleventh of Nisan (motzei Shabbos) is the birthday of the seventh Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902).
Join the Zoom fabrengen https://us04web.zoom.us/j/9615492415

SAFETY FIRST
Please stay home whenever possible and obey all Health Department requirements! Prevention, quarantine, and self-quarantine instructions and information on COVID-19 can be found from these websites.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus
https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus.aspx

SELL YOUR CHAMETZ - DEADLINE MON APR 6th
https://www.chabadofseattle.org/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/1810025/jewish/Sale-of-Chometz.htm

KIMCHA d’PISCHA – Ma’ot Chitim – CSTL PESACH FUND
As Pesach approaches it is the custom of our community to collect donations to help our community and Jews worldwide with the many expenses of the holiday. Please contact Gabbai Tzedakah Jonathan Greene j.i.greene625@gmail.com to make donations, and to alert him of those in need of support.   Donate online at www.CSTLSeattle.org/donate with a note “Maot Chitim” to ensure that the money is distributed before Pesach.

RABBI MENDY’S CLASSES ARE ON LINE
Torah Or Class: SUN at 8:00 PM
Gemorah Sanhedrin Class: TUE at 8:15 PM
Chabad-House Parsha Class: WED at 7:00 PM  /NOT PESACH WEEK
Sichos Class: THU at 8:00 PM /NOT PESACH WEEK
Join via Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/7125908128
Join via Telephone +1 346 248 7799, Meeting ID 712 590 8128
Updates are available by joining https://chat.whatsapp.com/Lme8WAWOIKo9zIHbVfBsU4
Link for texts https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B6MvcSFEGyoxdjlhT1c4SjNMQ2c   

MONDAY NIGHT LADIES CLASS MON 8 PM
Our weekly Monday night ladies’ class on the Rebbe's Sichos will be given yi"h by Rabbi Emlen via Google Meet. To join the video meeting https://meet.google.com/cyv-sxfp-oyy To join by phone, dial +1 417-355-8459 and enter PIN: 822 147 141# 

WOMEN’S SUNDAY TEHILLIM – 10 AM  AT HOME
Say a prayer for those in need. 

Talmud Class with Rabbi Mendy Levitin
Please contact Shuky Meyer at +1-347-761-2134 to be added to the WhatsApp group.  Class online at  https://zoom.us/j/7125908128 

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE
If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact Marion Kitz Gabbai Kiddush, miriamkitz@hotmail.com .Please inform Marion by the preceding Sunday evening so that we have time to prepare properly.  Kiddush Lite Sponsor $150 includes meat cholent, Kiddush Sponsor $250 with Pareve Chulent or $350 with meat cholent. Kiddush can be paid for at www.CSTLSeattle.org


 COMMUNITY NEWS

Food Donation to JFS – SUN APR 5th 11 AM - NOON
Drop off your unopened kosher (Passover and non-passover) non-perishable food to be picked up for the JFS Food Bank. Drop off at the Rosenfeld house (outside)

GOFUNDME FOR PEDOWITZ PESACH
https://gf.me/u/xq5hwt . Even a small donation could help the Pedowitz family reach their fundraising goal.

Seattle Jewish Event Calendar
http://seattlejewishuniverse.org/

AIRPORT , LOCAL TRIPS, AND KOSHER RESTAURANT DELIVERY! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER
NOW PROVIDING MOVING AND VAN SERVICE (UP TO 12 PEOPLE) NOW PROVIDING TOURS OF SEATTLE! Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com 
JRide is now serving New York City  locals and tourists! Car seats available upon request. Contact JRide at 206-771-2670 or jridenewyork@gmail.com


SHABBAT TZAV
https://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2347361/jewish/Likkutei-Sichot-Tzav.htm ©Chabad.org

On the verse:1 “This is the law of the burnt offering… [It shall remain on] the altar’s hearth throughout the night,” Rashi comments: “This comes to teach that burning the fats and limbs of the sacrifices is permitted throughout the night.” According to Scriptural law, an attempt should be made to burn all the portions of the sacrifice during the day; this is the appropriate time.2 After the fact, however, if the other services associated with the sacrifice were performed during the day, one may burn the fats and limbs at night.

Our Sages3 placed restrictions on several mitzvos fulfilled during the night. Although Scriptural law permits these activities until daybreak, our Sages required that they be performed before midnight in order to “place a distance between a person and sin.”

There is a difference of opinion between the Rambam and Rashi as to whether this decree was applied to the burning of sacrificial fats and limbs. The Rambam maintains4 that the Sages included this in their restriction, while Rashi argues that the Sages left the Scriptural law unchanged.

Rashi’s opinion can be explained on the basis of a distinction between the burning of fats and limbs and the other mitzvos. According to many authorities,5when the Torah explicitly says an activity is permitted, our Sages cannot prohibit it. Since the Torah says the fats and limbs can be burnt “throughout the night,” and states:6 “Do not allow the fat of the festive offering to remain until morning,” the Sages did not institute a prohibition in this regard.

Following this logic, the Rambam’ s ruling becomes difficult to understand. Several acharonim maintain that the Rambam accepts the above principle.7 Why then does he maintain that the Sages restricted the burning of the sacrificial limbs and fats to the hours before midnight?

Two Dimensions of the Consumption of a Sacrifice

On the verse,8 “And if the meat of the peace offering is eaten on the third day,” our Sages9 note that the verb is repeated, האכל יאכל , and comment: “The verse is speaking about two types of eating consumption by man (partaking of the portions of the sacrifice given to the priests and the owners) and consumption by the fire of the altar.” On this basis, the Talmud develops a parallel between partaking of sacrificial meat and burning portions of the sacrifice on the altar.

With regard to consumption of the sacrifices by man, there is also a mitzvah these portions of the offering should be eaten “on the day it was sacrificed.”10 Thus, there are two dimensions to the human consumption of a sacrifice at the appropriate time:

a) The positive mitzvah of partaking of the sacrifice. This is reflected in the blessing recited before eating from an offering.11

b) Eating the sacrifice on the day it was offered precludes the transgression of notar, leaving sacrificial meat until the following morning.

These two dimensions are not entirely matching. Several conditions must be met with regard to the priests’ partaking of the sacrifices: e.g., they must be eaten in a manner which befits people of stature;12 they may not be eaten uncooked.13 If these conditions are not met, one has not performed the mitzvah.

With regard to notar, by contrast, it makes no difference how one partakes of the sacrifice; as long as the meat does not remain, one has not violated the prohibition.

Parallels to these two dimensions of the human consumption of sacrificial meat exist with regard to the consumption of the fats and limbs by the fire of the altar. Thus burning the fats and limbs of the sacrifice on the altar:

a) is one of the services involved in offering the sacrifices, contributing a positive quality;

b) precludes the sin of notar.

Based on the above, it is possible to explain why at the outset, one should burn the fats and limbs during the day, and only after the fact is it acceptable to burn them during the night.

Therefore, at the outset, the fat and the limbs must be burnt during the day as part of and during the time set aside for the service of offering the sacrifices. If that was not performed, the fat and the limbs must be burnt at night so that the prohibition against notar will be observed.

This enables us to explain the ruling of the Rambam mentioned previously. The Rambam maintains in contrast to the opinion of the Turei Zahav that the principle which holds that the Sages have no power to forbid something which the Torah permits applies only with regard to the observance of mitzvos. When the Torah explicitly states that a mitzvah should be performed, our Sages do not have the power to rule that it should not.

But when a mitzvah is not involved, (and burning the fats and limbs at night is not considered a mitzvah), the Sages do have the power to enforce a restriction. Although the Torah states that these activities can be performed throughout the night, our Sages restricted their performance to the hours before midnight.

Dedicating Our Pleasure to G‑d

The Ramban15 explains that the sacrifice of an animal atones for a person’s improper conduct because the person offering the sacrifice repents, and realizes that whatever is being done to the animal should have been done to him. It is merely that G‑d, in His kindness, allowed the animal to be offered in his stead. It thus follows that all the elements of sacrificial worship have parallels in our own Divine service.

Fat is an analogy for satisfaction.16 And we are commanded:17 “All the fat [should be offered] to G‑d,” implying that a Jew must anchor his powers of pleasure and satisfaction to G‑dliness.

One might have thought that this refers only to the pleasure derived from material things, for we are taught that one’s involvement in material affairs should be “as if compelled by a demon.”18 But what could be wrong with deriving pleasure from the observance of mitzvos and other holy matters?

We can take a lesson from the burning of fats on the altar. Although partaking of the sacrifices is a mitzvah, we may not eat from them until we have seen to the burning of their fats. This teaches us that we can be sure of having fulfilled a mitzvah in the proper way only after we have given all our satisfaction (including that derived from the mitzvah itself) to G‑d. When a person has not dedicated his satisfaction to G‑d, it is possible that he is fulfilling the mitzvah, not because the Shulchan Aruch orders its observance, but because of the satisfaction it brings.

One must feel energy and vitality in the observance of the mitzvos, observing them not simply out of compulsion, but out of a genuine love for G‑d. The fact that one is able to fulfill G‑d’s will should be the greatest source of pleasure. Nevertheless, care must be taken to ensure that one takes pleasure in fulfilling G‑d’s will, and not from ancillary dimensions of the observance of mitzvos.

Spiritual Satisfaction May Also Present Pitfalls

Based on the above, we can appreciate that the mitzvah of burning the sacrificial fats applies only during the day, and the burning of fats at night is only to compensate for not burning them earlier.

With regard to our Divine service, “day” refers to the times when we are occupied with the study of Torah and the observance of mitzvos, as reflected in the analogy:19 “A mitzvah is a candle, and the Torah, light.” Night and darkness, by contrast, represent times when a person is not occupied with the Torah or its mitzvos, but with material concerns.

The lesson about dedicating the fat our potential for pleasure and satisfaction to G‑d applies primarily during the day. When it comes to material things, it is obvious that a person should not seek his own pleasure, but should perform “[all his deeds] for the sake of heaven.”20 When it comes to the Torah and its mitzvos, however, it is possible that a person might feel that his motives are not important; as long as he studies the Torah and performs its mitzvos, it’s okay. And he will rationalize his behavior quoting our Sages:21 “A person should always occupy himself in the Torah and its mitzvos… [even] for a selfish intent.”

Such a person has to be taught: The fats must first be offered on the altar.

For example, when one develops a new concept in Torah thought, one experiences great pleasure. That pleasure, however, has to be dedicated to G‑d. As an expression of this dedication, if the new concept is contradicted by one of the Rishonim or Achronim ,22 one must be willing to sacrifice his “fat,” and rethink his idea. For his objective must be to appreciate the true intent of the law, not to demonstrate his own greatness.

To cite a parallel: Rabbeinu Yonah23 explains that a conditional guilt offering is more expensive than a sin offering because a sin offering is brought when one is certain one has transgressed, while a conditional guilt offering is brought when one is in doubt. Since in the latter case one might err and think that atonement is not necessary, the gravity of the situation must be emphasized. Similarly, in the present instance, it is the satisfaction associated with the Torah and its mitzvos enjoyment which appears harmless to which our attention must be directed.

Day and Night in Our Divine Service

Alternatively, it is possible to explain the analogies of day and night on a deeper plane, enabling us to understand why offering the fats during the day is a positive mitzvah, while offering them at night serves merely to preclude sin.

In addition to the interpretation mentioned above, day and night can be seen as analogies for a person’s spiritual state. Day refers to a time when one feels the G‑dly light in his soul. This applies not only when he is involved in the observance of Torah and mitzvos, G‑d’s will and His wisdom,24 but also when involved in material activities. Even in the worldly sphere, he serves G‑d, following the dictum:25 “Know Him in all your ways.” To cite an example, when tzaddikim partake of food, their eating serves a higher purpose than humanity’s ordinary efforts at refinement; “A tzaddik eats for the satisfaction of his soul.”26

Night, by contrast, refers to a condition in which a person does not feel G‑dliness. Therefore his need to engage in material things generates a constant struggle to serve G‑d27 rather than indulge his desires. Moreover, even when he is involved in studying Torah and observing its mitzvos, he must labor to remain properly motivated. For the law is enclothed in mortal intellect, and the mitzvos involve material entities and the potentials of our animal soul. And so it is necessary to strive that one study lishmah, only for the sake of the Torah. Similarly, our observance of the mitzvos must be for G‑d’s sake, and not for our own.

The concept of burning the fats on the altar dedicating our satisfaction to G‑d applies both day and night. But there is a difference. When a person’s Divine service is that of “day,” all the satisfaction he feels not only that derived from observance of the Torah and its mitzvos, but also that which comes from worldly things is an expression of holiness, “know[ing] G‑d in all His ways.”

In contrast, those whose Divine service are on the plane of night, and whose perception is obscured by their animal souls, cannot transform all the pleasure they feel into an expression of G‑dliness. Instead, their Divine service concentrates on breaking their nature, not indulging in superfluous pleasures and desires. They endeavor never to engage in a material activity for the sake of that activity itself; instead, they seek that their intent be “for the sake of heaven.” Thus their “burning of the fats” is of a preventive nature, holding back from indulgence in permitted matters, because for them indulgence in permitted matters all too often leads to indulgence in forbidden matters.

Similarly, with regard to the study of the Torah, since they cannot summon up a genuine commitment to study lishmah, they must struggle to prevent themselves from relying on their mortal reasoning and instead seek out the true intent of the Law. For mortal reason can lead a person to distort the Torah’s intent. Thus here as well and similarly with regard to the observance of mitzvos one’s efforts are aimed at avoiding negative consequences.

A Catalyst For Redemption

There is an advantage to the Divine service of iscafia, breaking evil, over the Divine service of the righteous.

To cite a parallel: the Divine service involved in refining the body and the animal soul is superior to the devotion of the soul before its descent to this world. Although the soul had a more refined and elevated perception of G‑d in the spiritual plane, its accomplishments in this material world are greater.

Similarly, when considering the Divine service of souls on this plane, there is an advantage to the service performed by benonim over that performed by tzaddikim.28

There is also an allusion to this in the verse “Do not allow the fat of the festive offering to remain until the morning.” The phrase “Do not allow,” i.e., to avoid negative influences by refining material entities, prefigures “the morning” the ultimate dawn, the era when “the sun will no longer serve you for the light of day…. Instead, G‑d will be your eternal light.”29

The refinement of the body and the animal soul in this material world will bring about the Future Redemption led by Mashiach.30 May it come speedily, in our days.

(Adapted from Sichos Yud-Tes Kislev, 5711)

Shabbos Vayikra | 2-9 Nisan 5780

NO SERVICES OR ACTIVITIES WILL BE HELD AT CSTL UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE


 EREV SHABBOS FRI MAR 27th /CSTL CLOSED
Shacharis 7 AM (at home)
Mincha (at home) before 7:14 PM
Candle Lighting 7:14 PM
Maariv (at home) after  8:04 PM

SHABBOS SAT MAR 28th /CSTL CLOSED
Shacharis: 9 AM (at home) /Sof Zman Kriat Shema 10:04AM
Shabbos Mincha after 1:46 PM and before 7:34 PM(at home)
Maariv/Havdalah 8:18 PM PM (at home)

CHODESH NISAN – REMEMBER THE NASI!
One is to recite the Nasi each day after Davening starting from Rosh Chodesh Nissan until the 13th of Nissan.  The Rebbe Rayatz writes to read it after Davening, before Tehillim, although the custom of the Rebbe was to read it after Tehillim. On the first day of Nissan one begins to read from “Veyihi Biyom Kalos Moshe.” On the 13th day one begins to read from “Zos Chanukas Hamizbeiach.”  The Yehi Ratzon prayer is read after the reading of each day’s Nasi. 
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WEEKDAY ZMANIM www.myzmanim.com (no services at CSTL)

 

Earliest Tefilin

Sunrise

Latest Shema

Earliest/
Latest Mincha (Sunset)

Earliest Shema Maariv

Sun

5:56 AM

6:53 AM

10:03 AM

1:46 /7:35 PM

8:07 PM

Mon

5:53 AM

6:51 AM

10:02 AM

1:46 /7:37 PM

8:08 PM

Tue

5:51 AM

6:48 AM

10:01 AM

1:46 /7:38 PM

8:09 PM

Wed

5:49 AM

6:46 AM

10:00 AM

1:46 /7:40 PM

8:11 PM

Thu

5:47 AM

6:44 AM

9:58 AM

1:46 / 7:41 PM

8:12 PM

KITCHEN CLOSED FOR PESACH CLEANING – NO KIDDUSH
It is widely hoped that Kiddush returns following Pesach

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -TBD
Visit www.twitter.com/cstleruv  for current eruv status or to sign up for SMS alerts.  North Seattle Eruv status flag on the NE 65th Street side of CSTL: Green flag means the Eruv is up, Red flag the Eruv is down.

VIRTUAL PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN IN HONOR OF BEIS NISAN – 6 PM FRIDAY MAR 27th
The second of Nisan is the yahrzeit of the fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Sholom DovBer Schneersohn ("Rashab")After the passing of his father, Rabbi Shmuel (in 1882), he assumed the leadership of Chabad-Lubavitch.  Famed for his phenomenal mind and analytical treatment of Chabad Chassidism, Rabbi Sholom DovBer wrote and delivered some 2,000 maamarim (discourses of Chassidic teaching) over the 38 years of his leadership. In 1897, he established the Tomchei Temimim yeshivah, the first institution of Jewish learning to combine the study of the "body" of Torah (Talmudic and legal studies) with its mystical "soul" (the teachings of Chassidism); it was this unique yeshivah that produced the army of learned, inspired and devoted Chassidim who, in the decades to come, would literally give their lives to keep Judaism alive under Soviet rule. www.chabad.org/calendar  Contact Shimon 206-910-7991 for more info.

SAFETY FIRST
Please stay home whenever possible and obey all Health Department requirements! Prevention, quarantine, and self-quarantine instructions and information on COVID-19 can be found from these websites.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus
https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus.aspx

SELL YOUR CHAMETZ
The sale of chametz form has been emailed to CSTL@yahoogroups.com . 
You can also sell your chametz on line at 
https://www.chabad.org/holidays/passover/sell_chometz_cdo/jewish/Sell-Your-Chametz-Online.htm

KIMCHA d’PISCHA – Ma’ot Chitim – CSTL PESACH FUND
As Pesach approaches it is the custom of our community to collect donations to help our community and Jews worldwide with the many expenses of the holiday. Please contact Gabbai Tzedakah Jonathan Greene j.i.greene625@gmail.com to make donations, and to alert him of those in need of support.   Donate online at www.CSTLSeattle.org/donate with a note “Maot Chitim” to ensure that the money is distributed before Pesach.

RABBI MENDY’S CLASSES ARE ON LINE
Torah Or Class: SUN at 8:00 PM
Gemorah Sanhedrin Class: TUE at 8:15 PM
Chabad-House Parsha Class: WED at 7:00 PM
Sichos Class: THU at 8:00 PM
Join via Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/7125908128
Join via Telephone +1 346 248 7799, Meeting ID 712 590 8128
Updates are available by joining https://chat.whatsapp.com/Lme8WAWOIKo9zIHbVfBsU4
Link for texts https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B6MvcSFEGyoxdjlhT1c4SjNMQ2c   

MONDAY NIGHT LADIES CLASS MON 8 PM
Our weekly Monday night ladies’ class on the Rebbe's Sichos will be given yi"h by Rabbi Emlen via Google Meet. To join the video meeting https://meet.google.com/cyv-sxfp-oyy To join by phone, dial +1 417-355-8459 and enter PIN: 822 147 141# 

WOMEN’S SUNDAY TEHILLIM – 10 AM  AT HOME
Say a prayer for those in need. 

Talmud Class with Rabbi Mendy Levitin
Please contact Shuky Meyer at +1-347-761-2134 to be added to the WhatsApp group.  Class online at  https://zoom.us/j/7125908128 

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE
If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact Marion Kitz Gabbai Kiddush, miriamkitz@hotmail.com .Please inform Marion by the preceding Sunday evening so that we have time to prepare properly.  Kiddush Lite Sponsor $150 includes meat cholent, Kiddush Sponsor $250 with Pareve Chulent or $350 with meat cholent. Kiddush can be paid for at www.CSTLSeattle.org


 

COMMUNITY NEWS

Food Donation to JFS – SUN APR 5th 11 AM - NOON
Drop off your unopened kosher (Passover and non-passover) non-perishable food to be picked up for the JFS Food Bank. Drop off at the Rosenfeld house (outside)

GOFUNDME FOR PEDOWITZ PESACH
https://gf.me/u/xq5hwt . Even a small donation could help the Pedowitz family reach their fundraising goal.

Seattle Jewish Event Calendar
http://seattlejewishuniverse.org/

AIRPORT , LOCAL TRIPS, AND KOSHER RESTAURANT DELIVERY! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER
NOW PROVIDING MOVING AND VAN SERVICE (UP TO 12 PEOPLE) NOW PROVIDING TOURS OF SEATTLE! Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com 
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SHABBAT VAYIKRA
https://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2347360/jewish/Likkutei-Sichot-Vayikra.htm © Chabad.org

The Book of Vayikra concerns itself primarily with the sacrificial offerings1 which were one of the central services carried out in both the Sanctuary and the Beis HaMikdash.2

The Torah is eternal.3 Its laws and even its stories can provide Jewish men and women of every generation with guidance relevant to their everyday life. This also applies to the laws regarding the sacrifices and the other aspects of the Beis HaMikdash.

The command4 “And they shall make Me a Sanctuary,” requiring the Jews to construct the Beis HaMikdash has a specific goal, as the verse continues: “I, (G‑d), will dwell within.” Moreover, the verse does not use the singular form of the word “within,” which would imply that the indwelling is merely within the physical structure of the Sanctuary and the Beis HaMikdash , but rather the plural form, indicating that G‑d dwells within each and every Jew.

Therefore even when the physical Beis HaMikdash is destroyed because of our sins, every Jew should conduct his home as “a Sanctuary in microcosm.”5 By infusing holiness into his conduct in this manner, he brings about atonement for all the sins he committed in the past, and makes his home fit for G‑d’s Presence. This in turn will bring Divine blessings wherever necessary.

“G‑d desires the Heart”See Sanhedrin 106b.

As mentioned above, one of the central aspects of the service in the Beis HaMikdash were the sacrificial offerings. Every day began and ended with the daily offering, which was brought before all other sacrifices in the morning, and after all the sacrifices before nightfall.7

Among the lessons taught by the daily offering is that G‑d does not necessarily ask a Jew to give all his resources to Him. For the daily offering consisted of only one sheep and a small amount of oil, wine, and salt. Moreover, this was a communal offering purchased with funds to which every individual contributed a tiny amount once a year. And yet this minimal amount was able to bring G‑d’s blessings for everything the Jewish people needed.

For G‑d does not demand that a Jew give away everything he owns. What G‑d does demand, however, is that gifts be made with all one’s heart.8What is most important is not the amount which one gives9 how much energy, money, or other good things but how one gives.

If a gift is made with all one’s heart, even if (for whatever reason) the sum is not great as the daily offering involved only a small portion from each category:10 from the animal kingdom, a sheep; from the plant kingdom, a small amount of wine and oil; and from inanimate matter, salt since one gives with all one’s heart, with vitality and joy, this fulfills G‑d’s intent and draws down His positive influence.

Setting the Tone

The daily sacrifice was brought twice a day, once in the early morning and once before nightfall, and yet it was referred to as the korban tamid, “the continuous offering.” This implies11 that the sacrifices brought throughout the day were influenced by the daily offering. Indeed, for that reason, it was offered before all the other sacrifices.

This also teaches a lesson in regard to the conduct of a Jewish home. As the day proceeds, various factors some concerning the soul and others concerning the body pervade the home environment. The common trait shared by all these concerns is that G‑dly light is not directly obvious in them. For even matters that concern the soul must be carried in a manner that conforms with mortal intellect. This can at times lead a person away from the correct path and bring him to do the opposite of G‑d’s will.

For this reason, at the very beginning of the day, a person makes a total and all-encompassing commitment to G‑d, saying: Modeh Ani… “I thankfully acknowledge You, living and eternal King….” As soon as he arises in the morning, he thanks G‑d for returning his soul. He refers to G‑d as “King,” implying that, as befits a commitment made to even a mortal king, he is willing to devote himself with all his heart, even to the extent of giving up his life.

Making this commitment at the beginning of the day has an effect on the hours that follow which the individual uses for his personal affairs. They become permeated with the thanks and commitment expressed in Modeh Ani. Accordingly, the person’s efforts are accompanied by G‑d’s blessings.

This lesson is also communicated by the daily offering. When we start the day with a sacrifice, which in the personal sense means giving oneself over to G‑d, the act becomes tamid, “continuous.” It is not confined to the moment when the commitment is made, but continues throughout the entire day.

Bringing the daily sacrifice involved sprinkling its blood on the altar and offering its fats on the fire burning there. Blood serves as an analogy for vitality, warmth, and energy, while fat serves as an analogy for satisfaction (for indeed satisfaction leads to an increase in the body’s size).12 The implication is that a Jew’s day must begin with a firm commitment to devote his energy to the altar, i.e., to holy matters, and they will be his source of satisfaction. G‑d will then help him carry out this resolution, and this will cause the entire day to be filled with His blessings.

Turning in Teshuvah

The Midrash says13 that the daily sacrifice atones for certain sins which a person committed before the sacrifice is offered. For G‑d gives a person who transgresses an opportunity to rectify his conduct. Throughout a person’s life, he will face difficulties and challenges, and it is possible that he will not overcome a particular challenge. But when he renews his commitment to G‑d, proclaiming with his whole heart: “I thankfully acknowledge You, living and eternal King….” which as mentioned above parallels the daily sacrifice this atones for his earlier conduct.

From the Alter Rebbe onward, Chassidus provides us with profound explanations regarding teshuvah. When a Jew stumbles in his Divine service, heaven forbid, he should not despair or become depressed. On the contrary, he should strengthen his commitment, try to correct his blunder, and compensate for what he failed to accomplish, hoping that G‑d will accept his teshuvah.14

The expression “I thankfully acknowledge You, living and eternal King….” embodies this pledge of teshuvah. It involves the engraving in one’s mind and heart of one’s thanks and commitment to G‑d a firm resolution that one’s “blood and fat,” one’s energy and satisfaction, will be directed to holiness alone.

When this commitment is made, G‑d forgives one’s previous trespasses and grants the person His blessings, satisfying his and his family’s needs in material and spiritual matters.

This spiritual parallel to the daily offering will lead to the ultimate and most essential blessing: that Mashiach will come and rebuild the Beis HaMikdash. He will take us out of our inner, personal exile and out of exile in the world at large, leading us to our Holy Land.15 Then we will actually see the daily sacrifice being offered in the Beis HaMikdash. May this take place speedily, in our days.

(Adapted from Sichos 28 Iyar , 5722)

Shabbos Vayakhel – Pekudei Chazq – haChodesh Mevarchim | Nisan 24 Adar – 2 Nisan 5780

NO SERVICES OR ACTIVITIES WILL BE HELD AT CSTL UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE


EREV SHABBOS FRI MAR 20th /CSTL CLOSED
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KITCHEN CLOSED FOR PESACH CLEANING – NO KIDDUSH
It is widely hoped that Kiddush returns following Pesach

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -TBD
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THIS SHABBOS IS THE 3rd of the 4 SPECIAL READINGS BEFORE PESACH - haCHODESH
On the Shabbat that falls on or before the 1st of Nissan, a special reading called "haCachodesh" (Exodus 12:1-20) is added to the regular Shabbat Torah reading. haChodesh recounts G-d's historic communication to Moses in Egypt on the 1st of Nissan (2 weeks before the Exodus) regarding the Jewish calendar, the month of Nissan and the Passover offering. www.chabad.org/calendar

VIRTUAL PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN IN HONOR OF THE REBBETZIN’S BIRTHDAY
Rebbetzin Chaya Mushkah Schneerson (1901-1988) of righteous memory, wife of the Lubavitcher Rebbe of righteous memory, was born on Shabbat, the 25th of Adar, in Babinovich, a town near the Russian city of Lubavitch, in the year 5661 from creation (1901). In an address delivered on the 25 of Adar of 1988 (the Rebbetzin's 87th birthday, and about a month after her passing), the Rebbe initiated an international birthday campaign, urging people to celebrate their birthdays and utilize the day as a time of introspection and making resolutions involving an increase in good deeds. www.chabad.org/calendar  Contact Shimon 206-910-7991 for more info.

SAFETY FIRST
Please stay home whenever possible and obey all Health Department requirements! Prevention, quarantine, and self-quarantine instructions and information on COVID-19 can be found from these websites.
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SELL YOUR CHAMETZ
The sale of chametz form will be e-mailed to CSTL soon.  You can sell your chametz on line at 
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KIMCHA d’PISCHA – Ma’ot Chitim – CSTL PESACH FUND
As Pesach approaches it is the custom of our community to collect donations to help our community and Jews worldwide with the many expenses of the holiday. Please contact Gabbai Tzedakah Jonathan Greene j.i.greene625@gmail.com to make donations, and to alert him of those in need of support.

RABBI MENDY’S CLASSES ARE ON LINE
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MONDAY NIGHT LADIES CLASS MON 8 PM
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WOMEN’S SUNDAY TEHILLIM – 10 AM  AT HOME
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Chabad Virtual Havdalah this Motzei Shabbos - SAT MAR 21st AT 8:30 PM
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The Chabad centers of Washington state invite you to a virtual Havdalah kumzitzUniting the Jewish communities across Washington State. We may be physically apart from our family, friends and our community, but let us take advantage of technology to get inspired, to unite as one with prayer, Havdalah and song. All within the comfort of our own homes. We are delighted to have Seattle native Rabbi Schneur Kaplan -  a renowned cantor from Ft. Lauderdale - lead us on Zoom with Havdalah and song! If you have any questions, please contact your local Chabad Rabbi, feel free to reach out to Rabbi Yoni Levitin chabadofballard@gmail.com 206 851 9831.

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 COMMUNITY NEWS

Food Donation to JFS – SUN APR 5th 11 AM - NOON
Drop off your unopened kosher (Passover and non-passover) non-perishable food to be picked up for the JFS Food Bank. Drop off at the Rosenfeld house (outside)

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 SHABBAT haCHODESH
https://www.chabad.org/parshah/in-depth/default_cdo/aid/74478/jewish/In-Depth.htm © Chabad.org

This chodesh (new moon, month) shall be for you the head of months; it shall be for you the first of the months of the year (12:2)

G‑d showed Moses the new moon at its moment of rebirth, and said to him: “When the moon is reborn, mark the beginning of a new month.”

(Mechilta)

There was a large courtyard in Jerusalem called Beth Yaazek, where all the witnesses (who had seen the appearance of the new moon) used to assemble, and the beit din (rabbinical court) used to examine them. They used to entertain them lavishly there, so that they should have an inducement to come . . .

The pair of witnesses who arrived first were crossexamined first. The senior of them was brought in and they said to him: “Tell us how you saw the moon—in front of the sun or behind the sun? To the north of it or the south? How big was it, and in which direction was it inclined? How broad was it?” . . . Rabban Gamaliel used to have diagrams of the phases of the moon on a tablet on the wall of his upper chamber, and he used to show them to the unlearned and ask, “Did it look like this or this?” . . .

After that they would bring in the second witness and question him. If their accounts tallied, their evidence was accepted. The other pairs were questioned briefly—not because they were required at all, but so that they should not be disappointed and discouraged from coming (the next time).

The head of the beit din would then proclaim: “Sanctified!” and all the people would repeat after him, “Sanctified! Sanctified!”

(Talmud, Rosh Hashanah ch. 2)

What blessing was to be recited by one who beholds the new moon, in the period when Israel used to sanctify the new month? Some of the sages hold: “Blessed be He who renews the months.” Others say: “Blessed be He who consecrates the months.” And others say: “Blessed be He who hallows Israel,” since unless Israel sanctify it, it is not sanctified at all.

(Midrash Rabbah)

The people of Israel set their calendar by the moon, because they are the moon of the world.

(Zohar)

The moon begins to shine on the first of the month, and increases in luminance till the fifteenth day, when her orb becomes full; from the fifteenth till the thirtieth day her light wanes, till on the thirtieth it is not seen at all. With Israel too, there were fifteen generations from Abraham to Solomon. Abraham began to shine . . . Jacob added to this light . . . and after them came Judah, Peretz, Chetzron, Ram, Aminadav, Nachshon, Salmon, Boaz, Obed, Jesse and David. When Solomon appeared, the moon’s orb was full. . . . Henceforth the kings began to diminish in power. . . . With Zedekiah [in whose time the Holy Temple was destroyed], the light of the moon dimmed entirely.

(Midrash Rabbah)

It is written (Genesis 1:16), “G‑d made the two great luminaries”; but then it says, “The great luminary . . . and the small luminary”?

[Indeed, at first they were both great; but then] the moon said to G‑d: Master of the Universe! Can two kings wear the same crown?

Said G‑d to her: Go diminish yourself.

Said she to Him: Master of the Universe! Because I have said a proper thing, I must diminish myself?

Said He to her: You may rule both during the day and at night.

Said she to Him: What advantage is there in that? What does a lamp accomplish at high noon?

Said He to her: The people of Israel shall calculate their dates and years by you.

Said she to Him: But the sun, too, shall have a part in that, for they shall calculate the seasons by him.

Said G‑d: The righteous shall be called by your name—“Jacob the Small,” “Samuel the Small,” “David the Small.”

Still G‑d saw that the moon was not appeased. So G‑d said: “Offer an atonement for My sake, for My having diminished the moon.” This is the significance of what Reish Lakish said: Why does the he-goat offered on Rosh Chodesh (the first of the month) differ from the others in that it is specified as for G‑d? G‑d is saying: This he-goat shall atone for My diminishing of the moon.

(Talmud, Chullin 60b)


The months of the year are lunar months, as it is written: “This chodesh shall be for you the head of months.” So said our sages: G‑d showed Moses the figure of the [new] moon in a prophetic vision, and said to him: “Thus you should see and sanctify.”

However, the years which we figure are solar years, as it is written: “Keep the month of spring” [i.e., ensure that the month of Passover is always in the spring season].

The solar year is eleven days longer than a year of [twelve] lunar months. Therefore, when this surplus accumulates to the amount of 30 days—either a little more or a little less—they add an extra month, so that the year has 13 months; this is what is called a shanah meuberet (“pregnant year”). [This is done] because one cannot make the year to consist of so many months plus so many days, since the verse says, “[It shall be for you the first of] the months of the year”—implying that the year should consist of months, and months only.

The moon is concealed each month, and remains invisible for approximately two days—for about one day before it is closest to the sun, and about one day after it is closest to the sun—after which it can be seen in the west in the evening. The night on which it is visible in the west marks the beginning of the month, and one counts from that day 29 days. If the moon is visible on the eve of the 30th, then the 30th day is Rosh Chodesh (“head of the month”); if not, then the 31st day is Rosh Chodesh, and the 30th day belongs to the previous month.

(Mishneh Torah, Laws of the Sanctification of the Moon)

Time is the first creation (see Sforno on Genesis 1:1); thus, the sanctification of time is the first mitzvah commanded to Israel.

(The Lubavitcher Rebbe)

The head of months (Exodus 12:2)

When G‑d chose His world, He established heads of months and years. When He chose Jacob and his sons, He established the head of the month of redemption.

(Midrash Rabbah)

Thus there are two “heads” to the Jewish year. The 1st of Tishrei (Rosh Hashanah), the day of the creation of man, is the head of the natural year—the year which the Jew shares with all of creation. The month of Nissan, marking the Exodus and the birth of Israel, is the head of a miraculous year: a dimension of time inhabited solely by the Jew, in which the miraculous—i.e., the power to transcend nature and norm—is the very stuff and substance of life.

(The Chassidic Masters)

 


 

On the tenth day of this month, they shall take to them every man a lamb. . . . You shall keep it until the 14th day of that month; and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall slaughter it towards evening (12:3–6)

When G‑d told Moses to slaughter the paschal lamb, Moses said: “Master of the Universe! How can I possibly do this thing? Don’t You know the lamb is the Egyptian god? ‘Lo, if we sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians before their eyes, will they not stone us?’” (Exodus 8:22)

Said G‑d: “By your life, Israel will not depart from here before they slaughter the Egyptian gods before their very eyes, so that I may teach them that their gods are really nothing at all.” This is what He actually did; for on that night He slew the Egyptian firstborn, and on that night the Israelites slaughtered their paschal lamb and ate it.

(Midrash Rabbah)

That year, the 10th of Nissan was a Shabbat; this is why the Shabbat before Passover is called Shabbat HaGadol (“The Great Shabbat”)—because a great miracle happened on that day. For when the children of Israel took their paschal lambs on that Shabbat, the Egyptian firstborn converged on them and asked them: “Why are you doing this?” They replied: “It is a passover sacrifice to G‑d, for He will kill the firstborn of Egypt.” The firstborn approached their fathers and Pharaoh to request that Israel be allowed to go, but they refused; so the firstborn waged war against them, killing many of them. Thus the verse (Psalms 136:10) proclaims: “[Offer thanks] to He who smote the Egyptian with their firstborn.”

(Tosafot to Talmud, Shabbat 87b)

 


 

I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt . . . and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am G‑d (12:12)

“I will pass”—I, and no angel; “I will smite”—I, and no seraph; “I will execute”—I, and no messenger; “I am G‑d”—I am He, and no other.

(Passover Haggadah)

 


 

And against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments (12:12)

Those that were of wood rotted; those that were of metal melted.

(Rashi)

 


 

Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses (12:19)

On the eve of the fourteenth [of Nissan], a search is made for leaven by the light of a candle. . . . Why a candle? So that it can be brought into holes and chinks [in the wall].

(Talmud, Pesachim 2a, 8b)

There are other foods whose consumption is forbidden by the Torah; but leaven on Passover is forbidden to eat, benefit from in any way, or even keep in our possession. Usually, a forbidden substance becomes “nullified” if it mixes with a much greater quantity of permissible substances; of leaven, the Torah forbids even the slightest trace.

This is a reflection of what these “forbidden foods” represent on the spiritual level. Leaven is that which rises and inflates itself; in the human character, “leaven” is the trait of pride. While many negative traits can be useful in small, greatly diluted doses, the leaven of the soul must be utterly rejected. Thus the Talmud (Erachin 15b) states that G‑d says of the arrogant one, “I and he cannot dwell in the same world,” and Maimonides writes that while in all character traits one should follow the “golden mean,” the trait of pride one must avoid entirely, and follow the path of consummate humility. Like chametz on Passover, we must abandon any attempt to exploit it, and must totally eradicate it from every nook and cranny of our hearts.

(The Lubavitcher Rebbe) 

This weeks שבת classes Parshat Vayak'hel-Pekudei, H'aChodesh, Shabbos Chazak, and Mevorchim the month of Nisan

Dear Friends,
Unfortunately, as our Shull is still closed, this week we will not be learning our Torah OR class nor Sicho class on Shabbos.

We will be learning our classes online via ZOOM as per below

  • Sicho Class: Thursday nights at 8:00 PM pacific time (tonight)
  • Torah Or class: Sunday night at 8:00 PM pacific time  
  • Gemorah Sanhedrin class: Tuesday 8:15 PM pacific time
  • Our Chabad-House Parsha class: Wednesday  7:00 PM pacific time  

Our Zoom meeting room is:
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If you would like to keep updates and times or changes etc pls join the whatsapp group  https://chat.whatsapp.com/Lme8WAWOIKo9zIHbVfBsU4

Classes are in honor of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah  For a רפואה  שלימה

Pls enjoy our weekly song with the Rebbe singing a famous Chabad song from the Haggadah https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzTeOuZRvMw

I have also added a nice clip of the Rebbe giving out matzah and mentioning to a few of the recipience the idea brought down in Zohar that matzah is ‘מיכלא דאסוותא' a food of healing… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaGMbJjOexU

As well as a small clip of the Rebbe explaining  the four sons!! https://youtu.be/NfpDgGhW394

Again, everyone pls keep well keep safe – Joy breaks all boundaries and separation, we are all together in spirit!!

As this week is Shabbos Mevorchim pls remember to say the whole Tehillim - It is brought down in Hayom Yom of the Rebbe, Tehillim on Shabbos Mevorchim effects in a way of blessing  for you, your kids and your grand kids. 

Good Shabbos
Mendy Levitin

Letter To The Community From Rabbi Levitin | CSTL Minyanim Discontinued Temporarily

To Our Beloved Community,

I write this letter with enormous feelings of sorrow and pain. The responsibility of the decision to temporarily discontinue daily Minyanim, and the learning of Torah, in our beautiful warm Synagogue, Congregation Shaarei Tefilah-Lubavitch, has been one of the most difficult decisions in my 47 years as a Rabbi.

Images of my childhood:  as a young child of eight, my beloved father, of blessed memory, took me at 6:30 AM to the corner Synagogue where we lived, “The Kasterer – Shul & Mikvah”.  This took place in the early 1950’s.  The Shul membership was almost 100% Survivors of the Holocaust – mostly young men from Hungary and Romania.

I remember the Satmar Yeshiva students, in their late teens, coming with hands out-stretched requesting financial support for the Satmar Instititions being rebuilt in Williamsburg, under the leadership of the renowned Reb Yolish Satmar Ruv, of blessed memory. Looking back, most of the young teens were themselves Survivors.

Every week the famous Reb Chaim Gelb would visit the Synagogue raising funds for the support of numerous families who he personally assisted. He elicited great respect from everyone in the Shul.

I’ve mentioned many times to my family that I have no recollection at all of growing up seeing my father, of blessed memory, EVER davening with Tallis and Tefillin at home. Regardless of the climatic conditions he always went to Shul to join a Minyan (Unfortunately, I can not say the same about myself).

Later in life, my late grandfather, renowned senior Chassid and Mashpia of Chabad, known as Reb Shmuel, of blessed memory:  In the early 1960’s, when he was in his early 80’s, in a ferocious snow storm, with over a foot of snow, walked back to Shul to Daven Mincha with a Minyan. He slipped and dislocated his shoulder. My father and I took him to the hospital. He was in tremendous pain. Our beloved Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka, of blessed memory (Rebbetzin of our Holy Rebbe, of blessed memory) checked with my father daily on how my grandfather was feeling.

When I married, and came to Los Angeles, my late father-in-law of blessed memory’s Shul was composed mostly of Survivors from the war. One of his very close friends, Reb Mottel Kornwasser, shared with me an incident that happened while he was at Auschwitz:  Close to 60 Yeshiva students were Davening together as a Minyan when the German guards suddenly came in and began to machine gun them. They continued to Daven. About 30 were killed instantly. He was one of the 30 or so that survived.

Rambam Hilchot Tefilah – Chapter 8: 1

“Communal prayer is always heard [on high]. Even when there are transgressors among [the congregation], the Holy One, blessed be He, does not reject the prayers of the many. Therefore, a person should include himself in the community and should not pray alone whenever he is able to pray with the community.”

The centrality of the daily MinyanShacharisMinchaMaariv is the underpinning of every Jewish community.

This morning, Tuesday, 21 Adar, Davening with my fellow Mispallim:  Reb Shimon, Reb Moshe, Reb Naftali, Reb Yitzchak, and Reb Pinchas, G-d Bless them, I opened the Ark and lead them, with tears in my eyes, with the words of the 20th Chapter of the Book of Psalms: “For the choirmaster, a psalm from David. May the Lord answer you on the day of distress; may the Name of the G-d of Jacob fortify you. May He send your name from the Sanctuary, and support you from Zion. May He remember all your offerings, and always accept favorably your sacrifices. May He grant you your heart’s desire, and fulfill your every counsel. We will rejoice in your deliverance, and raise our banners in the name of our G-d; May the Lord fulfill all your wishes. Now I know that the Lord has delivered His anointed one, answering him from His holy heavens with the mighty saving power of His right hand. Some [rely] upon chariots and some upon horses, but we [rely upon and] invoke the Name of the Lord our G-d. They bend and fall, but we rise and stand firm. Lord, deliver us; may the King answer us on the day we call.”

With all of the above, and more, twirling through my heart and mind, yet also weighing the advice from the professionals, considering that King County has suffered the most, and the composition of our daily Minyan, where a sizable percentage of the daily participants are in the age group that is of higher risk, etc., I have made the decision to temporarily close our Synagogue.

In the meantime, let us devote ourselves, during the three times of Tefillah, to the quality and focus of the meaning of the words of Tefillah. Gather around members of the family, especially the children, and share with them what Tefillah represents. Utilize these times for reflection and rededication on the priorities and purpose of life.

In closing, a Torah Thought:

The most often quoted Rambam that our Holy Rebbe, of blessed memory, shares with us is the Rambam Hilchot Teshuvah Chapter 3:4:

“Even though the sounding of the Shofar on Rosh HaShanah is a decree, it contains an allusion. It is as if [the shofar’s call] is saying:

Wake up you sleepy ones from your sleep and you who slumber, arise…

Accordingly, throughout the entire year, a person should always look at himself as equally balanced between merit and sin and the world as equally balanced between merit and sin. If he performs one sin, he tips his balance and that of the entire world to the sided of guilt and brings destruction upon himself. [On the other hand,] if he performs one mitzvah, he tips his balance and that of the entire world to the side of merit and brings deliverance and salvation to himself and others. This is implied by [Proverbs 10:25]: “A righteous man is the foundation of the world,” i.e., he who acted righteously, tipped the balance of the entire world to merit and saved it.”

The Holy Rebbe adds to this Rambam: Not only an “act” but even an “utterance” or even a “thought” tips the balance of the entire world to merit and saves it and brings salvation.

So, my friends, in these challenging times, call a friend. Yes, call, not just text or email. Call and see how they are doing. Especially the elderly - Especially the lonely - Especially those with special needs - People who you haven’t spoken to in years – Tell them that G-d loves them. See if there is anything they need. Give them quality of your time. Strengthen their Emunah in G-d, that we will come through this challenge, and we all commit to a more reflective, more dedicated, and more appreciative focus on life’s priorities. Lift their spirits. Lift your own spirits. Lift your family’s spirits. G-d willing we will return to our Synagogue in the very near future with Simcha-joy and a deeper commitment to participate daily in our services and the learning of our Holy Torah.

A special thanks to our Board, lead by our dedicated and devoted President, Dr. Yossi Greenberg, for their tireless efforts in service of our community. In addition, special thanks to Dr. Shimon Rudnick who has been our medical advisor.

G-d Bless You All.
With Love,
Rabbi Levitin

Shabbos Ki Tisa - Parah | 17-24 Adar 5780

EREV SHABBOS FRI MAR 13th
Shacharis 7 AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  6:54 PM

SHABBOS SAT MAR 14th
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Kriat Shema 10:20 AM
Shabbos Mincha 6:54 PM
Maariv/Havdalah 7:57 PM //followed by Inspiring Rebbe Videos

WEEKDAY
Sun Shacharis  9 AM 
Mon - Fri Shacharis 7 AM
Sun-Thu Mincha 7:10 PM

KITCHEN CLOSED FOR PESACH CLEANING – NO KIDDUSH
It is widely hoped that Kiddush returns following Pesach

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -TBD
Visit www.twitter.com/cstleruv  for current eruv status or to sign up for SMS alerts.  North Seattle Eruv status flag on the NE 65th Street side of CSTL: Green flag means the Eruv is up, Red flag the Eruv is down.

MAZEL TOV MAZEL TOV
Mazel Tov to Mike and Lesley Weichbrodt on their son’s Ben’s Bar Mitzvah,  Shabbos Ki Tisa at CSTL. 

MAZEL TOV MAZEL TOV
Mazel Tov to Andy and Nina Krasnow on the marriage of Natalie Krasnow & Yisrael Kelsick . May they merit to build a bayis neeman b’Yisroel!

MAZEL TOV MAZEL TOV
Mazel Tov to Rabbi Elazar and Esther Bogomilsky on the upcoming wedding of Dassi to Mendel Sperlin. May they merit to build a bayis neeman b’Yisroel!

LEIL SHISHI TORAH LEARNING AT CSTL – THU 8:30 PM
Join us in learning together in preparation for Shabbos – with refreshments and L’Chaim sponsored by Avrami and Chavi Gitler.  In memory of Menachem Mendel ben Yoel Ze’ev.

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN– FRI  5 PM
In the CSTL Social Hall, in nonor of Shabbos Parah  www.chabad.org/calendar ..

THIS SHABBOS IS THE 3rd of the 4 SPECIAL READINGS BEFORE PESACH - PARAH
The Torah reading of Parah (Numbers 19) is added to the weekly reading. Parah details the laws of the "Red Heifer" and the process by which a person rendered ritually impure by contact with a dead body was purified. (When the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem, every Jew had to be in a state of ritual purity in time for the bringing of the Passover offering in the Temple. Today, though we're unable to fulfill the Temple-related rituals in practice, we fulfill them spiritually by studying their laws in the Torah. Thus, we study and read the section of Parah in preparation for the upcoming festival of Passover.) www.chabad.org/calendar

SAFETY FIRST
If you are experiencing flu like symptoms such as fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing or have returned from a country or location impacted by the Coronavirus within the past two weeks, in consideration of our elderly and children, we respectfully ask that you not come to the synagogue until you are fully recovered or until the 14 day incubation period has passed. More prevention tips at the CDC website and further details at the Washington State DOH website.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus
https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus.aspx

KIMCHA d’PISCHA – Ma’ot Chitim – CSTL PESACH FUND
As Pesach approaches it is the custom of our community to collect donations to help our community and Jews worldwide with the many expenses of the holiday. Please contact Gabbai Tzedakah Jonathan Greene j.i.greene625@gmail.com to make donations, and to alert him of those in need of support.

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR – 8:15 AM SHABBOS MORNING /NOT THIS WEEK
This week we will not hold this inspiring class. Please study Torah in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. 

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 6 PM
This week featuring inspiring words of Torah in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah.   Taught this week by Rabbi Emlen, with a Sicho regarding Ki Tisa and Parah.

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

CSTL JUNIOR CONGREGATION 10 AM – Noon  /CANCELLED FOR THIS WEEK Ki Tisa
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

WOMEN’S SUNDAY TEHILLIM AT CSTL – 10 AM
In the library.  Come say a prayer for those in need. 

WOMEN’S MONDAY EVENING LEARNING  8 PM
Weekly learning class for women with Rabbi Emlen  This class is dedicated to the speedy recovery/refuah shlaimah of Sarah Goldberg      Chaya Sarah Malkah bas Brochoh Leah Chavah. This fast paced class is based on the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s, OBM, Sichos.   All levels of knowledge are welcome! Asking questions is not only allowed, it is encouraged!    At the home of the Kavkas  4002 NE 72nd St Seattle. Light refreshments are served

Weekly Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin –Sundays following 9 am Shacharis
Gemora Baba Basra with Rabbi Levitin after 9 am Shacharis

Talmud Class with Rabbi Mendy Levitin
Please contact Shuky Meyer at +1-347-761-2134 to be added to the WhatsApp group, for updated time and location

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE
If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact Marion Kitz Gabbai Kiddush, miriamkitz@hotmail.com .Please inform Marion by the preceding Sunday evening so that we have time to prepare properly.  Kiddush Lite Sponsor $150 includes meat cholent, Kiddush Sponsor $250 with Pareve Chulent or $350 with meat cholent. Kiddush can be paid for at www.CSTLSeattle.org


 

COMMUNITY NEWS

PARSHA WITH RABBI ROSENFELD THU 9 PM – 10:30 PM
At Mercaz

LEARN, CONNECT, AND NOSH WITH PJ LIBRARY PARENTS, WHILE YOUR KIDS PLAY. The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle’s Jewish Parenting Together series is all about creating family-to-family relationships through the lens of Jewish values. https://www.jewishinseattle.org/investments-in-jewish-life/pj-library-for-families-with-young/jewish-parenting-together/

KOSHER FOR PASSOVER LUNCHES AT HILLEL UW - APRIL 13 & 14
Join us for our famous catered kosher for Passover lunches at Hillel UW on Monday and Tuesday, April 13 & 14 from 11:00 am to 1:30pm. Cost is $15/Community & Jconnectors (21-35 years old) with pre-paid online reservation, or $20 at the door. ($8/students) More information at www.hilleluw.org 

Mercaz Shavuaton 5780 THR MAY 28th – SUN MAY 31st
Ocean Park Camp and Retreat Center in Ocean Park, WA. Registration and more details coming after soon.

SEPHARDIC ADVENTURE CAMP REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
Registration for Sephardic Adventure Camp is now open. Dates are August 1-18. For more information go to  www.sephardicadventurecamp.org

Holocaust Center Trip: 'Poland Through the Eyes of Children  July 4-11
The Holocaust Center for Humanity will lead an educational trip, "Poland Through the Eyes of Children," a trip about connecting to history and people, and understanding that each person has the power to make a difference. The tripwill be led by Center Education Director Ilana Cone Kennedy. Application Deadline: Saturday, February 1, 2020 https://holocaustcenterseattle.org/programs-events/508-poland-2020

Seattle Jewish Event Calendar
http://seattlejewishuniverse.org/

AIRPORT , LOCAL TRIPS, AND KOSHER RESTAURANT DELIVERY! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER
NOW PROVIDING MOVING AND VAN SERVICE (UP TO 12 PEOPLE) NOW PROVIDING TOURS OF SEATTLE! Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com 
JRide is now serving New York City  locals and tourists! Car seats available upon request. Contact JRide at 206-771-2670 or jridenewyork@gmail.com


 

REBBE’S SICHO – Ki TISA
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/92302/jewish/Ki-Sisa-Shabbos-and-the-Additional-Soul.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

The Torah portion of Sisa contains an entire section1 relating to Shabbos. It begins by stating that Shabbos is “a sign between Me and you for all generations, so that you know that I, G‑d, am making you holy.” The section concludes: “And the children of Israel shall observe the Shabbos … as an everlasting covenant … for in six days G‑d made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day He ceased working and rested.”

Why is Shabbos and its laws discussed here at such length, when it was already covered in detail2 as part of the Ten Commandments?

Our Sages derive3 from the words “He ceased working and rested,” that “An additional [measure of] soul is granted [the Jew] on the arrival of Shabbos. With the departure of Shabbos, it departs as well.” Moreover, our Rabbis explain4 that spices are sniffed on Saturday night during the Havdalah service so as to becalm the person’s soul, which is perturbed by the departure of the additional soul.

The Alter Rebbe thus writes in his Shulchan Aruch :5 “The Sages have established that spices be sniffed every Saturday night in order to pacify the soul. For it laments the departure of Shabbos because of the additional soul that has departed. Therefore it is assuaged and gladdened with a pleasant odor.”

What exactly is meant by the statement that “an additional [measure of] soul is granted [the Jew] on the arrival of Shabbos”?

According to the Zohar, this literally refers to an additional measure of spirituality that is granted from above as a gift on Shabbos. The esoteric portion of Torah, however, explains it differently.

Rashi6 says that it means that a person is given the ability to savor Shabbos in a state of tranquillity; he is able to eat and drink and enjoy Shabbos unhindered by the worries of the weekday. The Rashba7 says: “There are those who explain that the additional soul refers to the tranquillity and delight that the soul finds on Shabbos, so that it is as if the person is granted an additional soul.”

Thus, according to the revealed portion of Torah, the additional soul does not refer to an additional measure of spirituality, but rather to a state of mind that enables and also results from the tranquillity and delight of Shabbos.

Why then is this termed “an additional soul,” rather than simply “a state of mind” or “a state of tranquillity” and the like? Because this tranquillity and delight of Shabbos is so pronounced that it effects an actual change in the person; it is as if the individual gains an additional soul.

This is to be understood as well from the fact that our Sages derive this understanding of the additional soul specifically from the verses in our Torah portion, and not from any earlier passage.

There is a novel aspect to Shabbos as described in Sisa. Previously, the Torah emphasized that Shabbos is markedly different from weekdays — “For in six days G‑d made heaven and earth … and rested on the seventh day. Therefore G‑d blessed the day of Shabbos and hallowed it.” Here, however, the verse states that Shabbos is “a sign between Me and you … that I, G‑d, am making you holy,” and that Shabbos is “an everlasting covenant.”

In other words, the Ten Commandments speaks of Shabbos in and of itself. Our portion addresses the effect that Shabbos has on the Jewish people.

This is particularly apparent in light of Rashi’ s comment on the verse “it is a sign between Me and you”: “It is a great symbol between us that I have chosen you, in that I have given you My day of rest for rest.”

Rashi is in effect telling us that the Jews’ rest on Shabbos involves more than merely relaxing and resting from labor, but that it is G‑d’s day of rest. As a result, repose on this day effects an elevation within the Jew himself.

This is also emphasized by Rashi when he explains “a Shabbos of Sabbaths” to mean: “a repose of stillness and not a temporary rest.” In other words, a Jews’ rest on Shabbos entails a complete change in his being. This type of Shabbos tranquillity and peace can truly be termed an additional soul — G‑d’s tranquillity and quietude that is granted on Shabbos to and within each Jew.

Based on Likkutei Sichos , Vol. XXXI, pp. 191-195.

Important Information Regarding Coronavirus Concerns and Upcoming Purim Party

The purpose of this email is to update about our upcoming Purim party, as well as discussing changes that need to be made to keep us safer in Shul.

I have asked Dr Shimon Rudnick to join the board and serve as our medical director and he has graciously agreed. Shimon is a board certified internal medicine physician who serves professionally as a medical director to multiple skilled nursing facilities in our area. Questions about safety should be directed to him. The situation regarding Coronavirus appears to be changing on a daily basis, and we are monitoring the situation and will update accordingly.

The Purim party scheduled for Monday night after Megilla reading will take place as scheduled. Please note that if you are over 60 or have an underlying condition such as Diabetes, heart disease, chronic lung disease such as asthma or emphysema, or conditions that can compromise your immunity, you may be at higher risk and may want to consider not coming to Shul at this time for services. In addition, please note there certainly is no obligation to attend the Purim party or Kiddushim. We do expect a smaller crowd and are reducing the amount of food served. We will have soft music played rather than dancing music and would like to request that no dancing take place, as dancing can be a risk due to physical contact with others. We are also planning to implement a system of food servers rather than have a self serve buffet to minimize exposure of foods to potential pathogens. 

Please note that the following changes will need to be made to our routine conduct in Shul for this Shabbos, Purim and the foreseeable future.

At this time, we have learned that the majority of the coronavirus illnesses (about 80%) around the world appear to be mild and are characterized by fever and cough. Around 15-20% of cases are severe and involve pneumonia, particularly in older individuals and people with underlying medical conditions. We are  taking the outbreak of this novel coronavirus seriously, and have chosen a cautious and prudent approach to minimize the risk to our community. We are asking all members of our community for their cooperation and support in these efforts.

We are requesting that congregants take the following steps in the Shul to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, steps that are similar to those for preventing the spread of the flu or a common cold. These recommendations are consistent with those of the local health department and focus on the most prevalent mode of transmission of the viruses, hand-to-face. CLEAN HANDS SAVE LIVES.

  • Avoid handshakes and hugging. This appears to be a common route that that Coronavirus is spread.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow or sleeve, NOT with your hand.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid kissing the Torah or a Mezuzah directly.
  • Wash hands with soap and water frequently with proper technique. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based gel to clean hands.
  • Before taking food at Kiddush and other Food Events, hands should be washed with soap and water.
  • Do not use your hands to directly take food at kiddushes. Please use serving utensils and do not place the handles of the utensils on the food. We will try to avoid this by attempting to set up a system of food servers.
  • Do not come to Shul if you have evidence of an upper respiratory infection, such as a runny nose, sneezing, coughing or have a fever.
  • Mentor and assist our community's children with following the above recommendations.

We look forward to seeing you this Shabbos and on Monday night for Purim. We will continue to monitor the evolving guidance from the Health Department, and will update our approaches as appropriate. 

We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and safe Purim!

Best,
Yussi Greenberg President
Shimon Rudnick, Medical Director

Shabbos Tetzaveh – Zachor - Purim | 10-17 Adar 5780

EREV SHABBOS FRI MAR 6th
Shacharis 7 AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  5:44 PM

SHABBOS SAT MAR 7th
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Kriat Shema 9:36 AM
Shabbos Mincha 5:44 PM
Maariv/Havdalah 6:47 PM /SET CLOCKS FORWARD 1 HOUR AT 1 AM SUNDAY MORNING

WEEKDAY, FAST OF ESTHER, AND PURIM
Sun Shacharis  9 AM
Mon Shacharis 6:50 AM with Selichos/ Fast of Esther
Tue - Fri Shacharis 7 AM
Sun, Wed, Thu Mincha 7 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV/
Mon Mincha 6:30 PM /Fast of Esther
Mon Fast Ends 7:38 PM.  Maariv 7:38 PM , Megilah 7:45 PM
Tue Mincha 2 PM with Megilah Reading.  Maariv 8 PM.

FULL WASHING SHABBOS ZACHOR KIDDUSH
Thank you to Rabbi & Mrs. Sholom Ber Levitin and Rabbi & Mrs. Alter Levitin for sponsoring kiddush in honor of Shabbos Zachor.  Thank you to Rabbi & Mrs. Avromi Gitler for sponsoring kiddush in honor of the yahrzeit of his uncle Yaakov Ze’ev ben haRav Meir ZT”L (17th Adar)  .  Thank you to Mark and Tziviah Goldberg for sponsoring kiddush in honor of the yahrzeit of Mark’s mother, Raizel bas Dov Ber ZT”L.

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -TBD
Visit www.twitter.com/cstleruv  for current eruv status or to sign up for SMS alerts.  North Seattle Eruv status flag on the NE 65th Street side of CSTL: Green flag means the Eruv is up, Red flag the Eruv is down.

FAST OF ESTHER, MON MAR 9th 
Fast Begins: 6:00 AM
Shacharis: 6:50 AM /Selichos
Mincha: 6:30 PM
Fast ends at 7:38  PM
Maariv 7:38 PM. Megilah 7:45 PM

PURIM CHILDREN’S PROGRAM AT CSTL – MON MAR 9th 6:30 PM/Preliminary Schedule/
Featuring magician and illusionist Nate Jester, followed by special kids Megillah Reading (7:45 pm) with multimedia presentation

PURIM AT CSTL MON MAR 9th 7:38 PM /Preliminary Schedule. More info to follow/
Maariv and Megillah Reading.  Italian Food by Wolf and Spice. Music by DC Zacob.  Music and Dancing.   Pay in advance https://tinyurl.com/CSTLPurim .  Info:  RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

MAZEL TOV MAZEL TOV – SHABBOS Ki Tisa
Mazel Tov to Mike and Leslie Weichbrodt on their son’s Ben’s Bar Mitzvah,  Shabbos Ki Tisa, 14th of March at CSTL.  The entire community is invited.

LEIL SHISHI TORAH LEARNING AT CSTL – THU 8:30 PM
Join us in learning together in preparation for Shabbos – with refreshments and L’Chaim sponsored by Avrami and Chavi Gitler.  In memory of Menachem Mendel ben Yoel Ze’ev.

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN– FRI  4 PM
In the CSTL Social Hall, in nonor of Shabbos Zachor www.chabad.org/calendar ..

SAFETY FIRST
If you are experiencing flu like symptoms such as fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing or have returned from a country or location impacted by the Coronavirus within the past two weeks, in consideration of our elderly and children, we respectfully ask that you not come to the synagogue until you are fully recovered or until the 14 day incubation period has passed. More prevention tips at the CDC website and further details at the Washington State DOH website.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus
https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus.aspx

Matanot La'Evyonim FUNDS FOR THE NEEDY ON PURIM
As Purim approaches it is the custom of our community to collect Matanot La'Evyonim, donations to be directed towards the needy families of our greater Seattle community and in Israel. Please contact Gabbai Tzedakah Jonathan Greene j.i.greene625@gmail.com to make donations, and to alert him of those in need of support.

JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE LADIES DANCE NIGHTS
Mar 8th – Hip Hop – 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Mar 22nd – Cardio 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Just $20 each. https://tinyurl.com/cstlWomensEvent mherbstman@gmail.com
At All that Dance Studio, 3012 NE Blakely Street.

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR – 8:15 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah.  This week we will be learning to understand the significance of the breastplate as it says:ועָשִׂ֥יתָ צּיץ זָהָ֣ב טָה֑וֹר וּפִתַּחְתָּ֤ עָלָיו֙ פִּתּוּחֵ֣י חֹתָ֔ם קֹ֖דֶשׁ לַֽיהֹוָֽה  “And you shall make a breastplate of pure gold, and you shall engrave upon it like the engraving of a seal: Holy to the Lord.“

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 4:30 PM
This week featuring inspiring words of Torah in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. This week we will start a bit earlier so we can learn the "Previous Rebbe" Chasidic discourse זכור את אשר עשה לך עמלק remembering Amalek – this incredible Maamar that  is so relevant in our current times, goes into depth helping us identify  Amalek’s character and how we confront this challenge within our service to Hashem.


JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE EVENT – SUN MAR 1st  7:30 PM
Being the CEO of your life – Focusing on Mastering your Financial Health. With Morgan Stanley’s Miri Tilson. Hosted by Elisheva Sprung.  At the Mod Apartments. 6559 35th Ave NE.  Sponsored by Chabad of Seattle.   Sushi & Wine will be served.

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

CSTL JUNIOR CONGREGATION 10 AM – Noon
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

WOMEN’S SUNDAY TEHILLIM AT CSTL – 10 AM
In the library.  Come say a prayer for those in need. 

WOMEN’S MONDAY EVENING LEARNING  8 PM /NOT THIS WEEK
Weekly learning class for women with Rabbi Emlen  This class is dedicated to the speedy recovery/refuah shlaimah of Sarah Goldberg      Chaya Sarah Malkah bas Brochoh Leah Chavah. This fast paced class is based on the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s, OBM, Sichos.   All levels of knowledge are welcome! Asking questions is not only allowed, it is encouraged!    At the home of the Kavkas  4002 NE 72nd St Seattle. Light refreshments are served

Weekly Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin –Sundays following 9 am Shacharis
Gemora Baba Basra with Rabbi Levitin after 9 am Shacharis

Talmud Class with Rabbi Mendy Levitin
Please contact Shuky Meyer at +1-347-761-2134 to be added to the WhatsApp group, for updated time and location

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE
If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact Marion Kitz Gabbai Kiddush, miriamkitz@hotmail.com .Please inform Marion by the preceding Sunday evening so that we have time to prepare properly.  Kiddush Lite Sponsor $150 includes meat cholent, Kiddush Sponsor $250 with Pareve Chulent or $350 with meat cholent. Kiddush can be paid for at www.CSTLSeattle.org


 

COMMUNITY NEWS

PARSHA WITH RABBI ROSENFELD THU 9 PM – 10:30 PM
At Mercaz

SMALL AGENCY SUSTAINABILITY GRANTS Application Deadline: FRI MAR 6th 3 PM
https://www.jewishinseattle.org/community-services/get-funding-special-initiatives-fund/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Puget%20Sound%20Jewish%20Life

The Yellow Star House WED MAR 11th 11:45 AM
Author and educator Paul Regelbrugge presents the remarkable story of one boy's survival in a protected house in Hungary and the reuniting of survivors and family members 70 years after World War II. Bring your own lunch; coffee and cookies provided. Members free, non-members $10. At the Henry & Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity - Seattle

LEARN, CONNECT, AND NOSH WITH PJ LIBRARY PARENTS, WHILE YOUR KIDS PLAY. The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle’s Jewish Parenting Together series is all about creating family-to-family relationships through the lens of Jewish values. https://www.jewishinseattle.org/investments-in-jewish-life/pj-library-for-families-with-young/jewish-parenting-together/

Beersheva Hadassah Brunch SUN MAR 15th 10:30 AM
with Regina Friedland Sasson, in conversation with Meryl Alcabes at a private home in Seward Park. Topic: "Rising Antisemitism in the West, Advancement in the Middle East-Demystifying the Enigma"  https://www.seattlehadassah.org 

OUR SEATTLE SEPHARDIC COMMUNITY- - MAR 26th 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Hazzan Azose will share how the Sephardic community in Seattle started and developed into the third-largest Sephardic community in the US. Al Maimon will make sure we’re up to date on the current institutions and opportunities to engage locally with Sephardic culture and ritual. Then, we’ll have the opportunity to ask questions of our presenters and one another. At Sephardic Bikur Holim: 6500 52nd Ave S, Seattle www.sbhseattle.org  ∙ (206) 723-3028. Sponsored by Endless Opportunities.

Seattle Jewish Film Festival MAR 19-29, APR 4-5
Tickets on Sale Now! Get your tickets for the Seattle Jewish Film Festival, celebrating its silver anniversary this year. Check out this year's lineup of comedies, dramas, documentaries, and shorts that showcase the vibrancy of global Jewish life. https://seattlejewishfilmfestival.org/

"THE FINAL HOUR" AT SJFF MAR 22  1:20 PM at AMC PACIFIC PLACE 11
The Seattle premier of "The Final Hour". Deniz Bensusan is a young Sephardic woman who has just come to the realization that her ancestral language, Ladino (Judeo-Spanish), is on the verge of extinction. Alarmed by the imminent demise of her heritage, she embarks on a journey of discovery in an attempt to uncover the roots of her Sephardic heritage. Program followed by an echar lashon with biscochos made by the Ladies Auxiliary of Congregation Ezra Bessaroth. Guest Speakers include Cem Kitaci, the film’s producer and Dr. Devin E. Naar. Ezra Bessaroth is a community partner of this presentation. More info at https://seattlejewishfilmfestival.org/

ARRIVALS PLAY ABOUT SEPHARDIC PIONEERS TO DEBUT SUN MAR 29th 
The Seattle Jewish Theater Company and Congregation Ezra Bessaroth are proud to present “Arrivals, a Sephardic-Ashkenazi love story" at Ezra Bessaroth on Sunday, March 29 at 2:00 pm.  “Arrivals” is based on historical events and tells the story of the arrival of the first Sephardic immigrants to Seattle in 1903 and their sometimes-difficult encounters with Ashkenazi Jews alread y settled in the city. The performance will be followed by an audience conversation with the playwright and the cast. Tickets are $7.00 if purchased in advance, $10.00 at the door.

MISS ISRAEL AT EZRA BESSAROTH - MON MAR 30th  7 PM
Ezra Bessaroth is honored to be hosting Titi Aynaw, Miss Israel 2013. Ms. Aynaw is an Israeli model and television personality who was crowned Miss Israel in 2013. She made Aliyah to Israel from Ethiopia when she was twelve years old, settling in Netanya. In 2016 Aynaw began work on establishing a community arts education center in Netanya to serve at-risk youth. Ayynaw was named the 39th most influential Jew of 2013 by The Jerusalem Post . RSVP at www.ezrabessaroth.net . Dessert & drinks will be served

KOSHER FOR PASSOVER LUNCHES AT HILLEL UW - APRIL 13 & 14
Join us for our famous catered kosher for Passover lunches at Hillel UW on Monday and Tuesday, April 13 & 14 from 11:00 am to 1:30pm. Cost is $15/Community & Jconnectors (21-35 years old) with pre-paid online reservation, or $20 at the door. ($8/students) More information at www.hilleluw.org 

SEPHARDIC ADVENTURE CAMP REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
Registration for Sephardic Adventure Camp is now open. Dates are August 1-18. For more information go to  www.sephardicadventurecamp.org

Holocaust Center Trip: 'Poland Through the Eyes of Children  July 4-11
The Holocaust Center for Humanity will lead an educational trip, "Poland Through the Eyes of Children," a trip about connecting to history and people, and understanding that each person has the power to make a difference. The tripwill be led by Center Education Director Ilana Cone Kennedy. Application Deadline: Saturday, February 1, 2020 https://holocaustcenterseattle.org/programs-events/508-poland-2020

Seattle Jewish Event Calendar
http://seattlejewishuniverse.org/

AIRPORT , LOCAL TRIPS, AND KOSHER RESTAURANT DELIVERY! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER
NOW PROVIDING MOVING AND VAN SERVICE (UP TO 12 PEOPLE) NOW PROVIDING TOURS OF SEATTLE! Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com 
JRide is now serving New York City  locals and tourists! Car seats available upon request. Contact JRide at 206-771-2670 or jridenewyork@gmail.com


 

REBBE’S SICHO – TETZAVEH
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/92039/jewish/Tetzaveh-The-Two-Altars.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

There were two mizbeichos, altars, in the Mishkan and the Beis HaMikdash. They were the mizbeiach hazahav and mizbeiach hanechoshes, the golden altar and the copper altar. The golden altar was used for offering incense, while the copper one was used for regular offerings.

Details of the copper altar are discussed in the Torah portion of Terumah, while the golden altar is described in the portion of Tetzaveh.

The Mishnah informs us in Tractate Chagigah1 that both the golden and copper altars were immune to ritual impurity. R. Eliezer says the reason for this is that the altars are likened to earth, and earth is not subject to ritual impurity. The Sages, however, explain that they were not subject to ritual impurity because the altars were merely covered with gold or copper. As such, their covering was nullified before their interior, which was composed of material not subject to ritual impurity.

In terms of our personal spiritual service, the teaching of the Mishnah is as follows: In its spiritual sense, the Tabernacle and all its vessels are found within every Jew. Man himself is likened to the Mishkan, while his faculties of intellect, emotion, etc., are similar to its vessels.

These vessels can become defiled and spiritually impure when a person acts contrary to G‑d’s will.

Once this occurs, the vessels must be purified so that they may continue to be used in the service of man’s personal Tabernacle. For every Jew is considered G‑d’s Holy Temple, and the Temple and its vessels must be spiritually pure.

People fall into two categories: either they are wealthy or they are not. This wealth may be either spiritual or material. Of he who is wealthy, it is said that “everything he possesses is of gold,”2 while of he who is not wealthy, it is said that “all his coins are copper.”3

Every Jew, however, even one whose spiritual status is merely “copper,” is whole with regard to that quintessential part of him that makes him what he is, a Jew. That part always desires to fulfill G‑d’s will. As stated in HaYom Yom: :4 “A Jew neither desires, nor is capable, of sundering himself from G‑dliness.”

A Jew’s inability to separate himself from G‑dliness, and his readiness to sacrifice himself and his animalistic desires for G‑d, is termed mizbeiach, an altar upon which the individual sacrifices his individuality, ego and desires. The above-mentioned Mishnah thus informs us that, whatever a Jew’s level, be he of “gold” or “copper,” his Jewish essence is not subject to ritual impurity.

According to R. Eliezer, the reason for this is because the innermost desire of every Jew is to fulfill G‑d’s will to the exclusion of all else. This is because a Jew’s essence possesses a humility before G‑d that causes him to be likened to earth, which permits itself to be trodden upon by all.

The other Sages, however, feel it is too much to expect that we will be able to see the essence of the Jew to the exclusion of all external characteristics. They therefore state that the reason Jews are not subject to impurity is because, although externally some Jews may be led astray by their wealth (their “gold”) or their poverty (their “copper”), their essence — their “altar” — is not subject to spiritual impurity.

The reason for this is that the rich man’s gold as well as the poor man’s copper are merely external coverings; the individual’s core is entirely pure. So indomitable is this internal holiness that eventually, every external impurity is nullified before it.

Based on Likkutei Sichos, Vol. III, pp. 910-913

Shabbos Teruma | 3-10 Adar 5780

EREV SHABBOS FRI FEB 28th
Shacharis 7 AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  5:33 PM

SHABBOS SAT FEB 29th
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Kriat Shema 9:36 AM
Shabbos Mincha 5:33 PM
Maariv/Havdalah 6:36 PM

WEEKDAY
Sun Shacharis  9 AM 
Mon - Fri Shacharis 7 AM
Sun - Thu Mincha 5:45 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV/

KIDDUSH LITE
Thank you to Yitzchok Rothman for sponsoring meat cholent in honor of his birthday today! (4th of Adar).  It is also in honor of the 8th birthday of Shlomo Bomstyk, Mordechi Tennehaus, and Avrumie Zaychik (all on 22nd of Shevat)!

MAZEL TOV MAZEL TOV
Mazal tov to Jonathan and Catherine Greene and Paul and Daniele Nacamuli on the engagement of Eitan Greene and Michaela Yancey! May they merit to build a bais ne’eman b’Yisroel !

MAZEL TOV MAZEL TOV
Mazal tov to Rachel, Yaakov and Maya Kimelfeld on the birth of their new baby girl!  May they merit to raise her to Torah, Chupa, and Ma’asim Tovim!

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -TBD
Visit www.twitter.com/cstleruv  for current eruv status or to sign up for SMS alerts.  North Seattle Eruv status flag on the NE 65th Street side of CSTL: Green flag means the Eruv is up, Red flag the Eruv is down.

LEIL SHISHI TORAH LEARNING AT CSTL – THU 8:30 PM
Join us in learning together in preparation for Shabbos – with refreshments and L’Chaim sponsored by Avrami and Chavi Gitler.  In memory of Menachem Mendel ben Yoel Ze’ev.

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN– FRI  4 PM
In the CSTL Social Hall, www.chabad.org/calendar ..

AVOS u’BONIM MOTZEI SHABBOS  GRAND FINALE SAT FEB 29th   7:30 PM
Inspiring programs for fathers and children.  Living Torah Video, Raffle, Prizes, Delicious Refreshments, Grand Prize Raffle.  All ages welcome! Sponsorships available – Contact RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com A special thanks to this week's generous sponsors: Shuky and Chani Meyer and Gershon Grashin.

JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE LADIES DANCE NIGHTS
Mar 8th – Hip Hop – 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Mar 22nd – Cardio 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Just $20 each. https://tinyurl.com/cstlWomensEvent mherbstman@gmail.com
At All that Dance Studio, 3012 NE Blakely Street.

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR – 8:15 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah.  This week’s Torah Or goes into understanding the  two golden Cherubim, and our desire in the exile to try to have this same effect even as the temple has been destroyed. May it be built speedily in our times! Thank you Rabbi Herbstman for giving this week’s Torah Or Class

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 4:45 PM
This week featuring inspiring words of Torah in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. We will Be learning a Sicho on Parshas Terumah and Chodesh Adar. Thank you Rabbi Emlen for giving this week’s Sicho Class

JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE EVENT – SUN MAR 1st  7:30 PM
Being the CEO of your life – Focusing on Mastering your Financial Health. With Morgan Stanley’s Miri Tilson. Hosted by Elisheva Sprung.  At the Mod Apartments. 6559 35th Ave NE.  Sponsored by Chabad of Seattle.   Sushi & Wine will be served.

FAST OF ESTHER, MON MAR 9th  /Preliminary Schedule/
Fast Begins: 6:01 AM
Shacharis: 6:50 AM /Selichos
Mincha: 6:00 PM
Fast ends at 7:38  PM
Maariv/Megilah 7:40 PM

PURIM CHILDREN’S PROGRAM AT CSTL – MON MAR 9th 6:30 PM
Featuring magician and illusionist Nate Jester, followed by special kids Megillah Reading (7:45 pm) with multimedia presentation

PURIM AT CSTL MON MAR 9th 7:40 PM
Maariv and Megillah Reading.  Italian Food by Wolf and Spice. Music by DC Zacob.  Music and Dancing.   Pay in advance https://tinyurl.com/CSTLPurim .  Info:  RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

CSTL JUNIOR CONGREGATION 10 AM – Noon
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

WOMEN’S SUNDAY TEHILLIM AT CSTL – 10 AM
In the library.  Come say a prayer for those in need. 

WOMEN’S MONDAY EVENING LEARNING  8 PM
Weekly learning class for women with Rabbi Emlen  This class is dedicated to the speedy recovery/refuah shlaimah of Sarah Goldberg      Chaya Sarah Malkah bas Brochoh Leah Chavah. This fast paced class is based on the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s, OBM, Sichos.   All levels of knowledge are welcome! Asking questions is not only allowed, it is encouraged!    At the home of the Kavkas  4002 NE 72nd St Seattle. Light refreshments are served

Weekly Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin –Sundays following 9 am Shacharis
Gemora Baba Basra with Rabbi Levitin after 9 am Shacharis

Talmud Class with Rabbi Mendy Levitin
Please contact Shuky Meyer at +1-347-761-2134 to be added to the WhatsApp group, for updated time and location

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE
If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact Marion Kitz Gabbai Kiddush, miriamkitz@hotmail.com .Please inform Marion by the preceding Sunday evening so that we have time to prepare properly.  Kiddush Lite Sponsor $150 includes meat cholent, Kiddush Sponsor $250 with Pareve Chulent or $350 with meat cholent. Kiddush can be paid for at www.CSTLSeattle.org

BABYCHINO – SUNDAYS 10:30 to 11:30 AM
A chic meet for mod moms & their tots.  Grow along with us as we explore and discover the miraculous world of nature around us via trees, fruits, water and earth! 👶🏼 ☕️ #babyccino  For ages 0-3 years, $10 per class.  Ilana Duban (917) 615-3241 . ilanaduban@gmail.com


 

COMMUNITY NEWS

PARSHA WITH RABBI ROSENFELD THU 9 PM – 10:30 PM
At Mercaz

RABBI YISSOCHER FRAND AT BCMH MON MAR 2nd 8 PM
"Should We Ever Try to Play G-d", in the BCMH Beis Midrash

SMALL AGENCY SUSTAINABILITY GRANTS Application Deadline: FRI MAR 6th 3 PM
https://www.jewishinseattle.org/community-services/get-funding-special-initiatives-fund/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Puget%20Sound%20Jewish%20Life

LEARN, CONNECT, AND NOSH WITH PJ LIBRARY PARENTS, WHILE YOUR KIDS PLAY
Geared for families with children ages 0-5. Are you seeking meaningful Jewish experiences alongside other families? Do you want to make informed decisions about your family’s Jewish journey? We’ve got you covered. The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle’s Jewish Parenting Together series is all about creating family-to-family relationships through the lens of Jewish values. Explore and learn together while the kids enjoy a fun learning experience with Lisa the Librarian! Then, enjoy a kosher brunch and an engaging workshop. Series Leader: Rabbi Samuel Klein , Director of Jewish Engagement for the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. He has led Jewish life courses for couples and families in a variety of community settings including synagogues, JCCs, and Federations nationally https://www.jewishinseattle.org/investments-in-jewish-life/pj-library-for-families-with-young/jewish-parenting-together/

FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE HEROS’ GALA – MAR 5th
At Hyatt Regency Seattle, 808 Howell St, Seattle https://www.friendshipcirclewa.org/templates/section_cdo/aid/4562657/jewish/Heroes-Gala-2020.htm

Beersheva Hadassah Brunch SUN MAR 15th 10:30 AM
with Regina Friedland Sasson, in conversation with Meryl Alcabes at a private home in Seward Park. Topic: "Rising Antisemitism in the West, Advancement in the Middle East-Demystifying the Enigma"  https://www.seattlehadassah.org 

Seattle Jewish Film Festival MAR 19-29, APR 4-5
Tickets on Sale Now! Get your tickets for the Seattle Jewish Film Festival, celebrating its silver anniversary this year. Check out this year's lineup of comedies, dramas, documentaries, and shorts that showcase the vibrancy of global Jewish life. https://seattlejewishfilmfestival.org/

"THE FINAL HOUR" AT SJFF MAR 22  1:20 PM at AMC PACIFIC PLACE 11
The Seattle premier of "The Final Hour". Deniz Bensusan is a young Sephardic woman who has just come to the realization that her ancestral language, Ladino (Judeo-Spanish), is on the verge of extinction. Alarmed by the imminent demise of her heritage, she embarks on a journey of discovery in an attempt to uncover the roots of her Sephardic heritage. Program followed by an echar lashon with biscochos made by the Ladies Auxiliary of Congregation Ezra Bessaroth. Guest Speakers include Cem Kitaci, the film’s producer and Dr. Devin E. Naar. Ezra Bessaroth is a community partner of this presentation. More info at https://seattlejewishfilmfestival.org/

ARRIVALS PLAY ABOUT SEPHARDIC PIONEERS TO DEBUT SUN MAR. 29th 
The Seattle Jewish Theater Company and Congregation Ezra Bessaroth are proud to present “Arrivals, a Sephardic-Ashkenazi love story" at Ezra Bessaroth on Sunday, March 29 at 2:00 pm.  “Arrivals” is based on historical events and tells the story of the arrival of the first Sephardic immigrants to Seattle in 1903 and their sometimes-difficult encounters with Ashkenazi Jews alread y settled in the city. The performance will be followed by an audience conversation with the playwright and the cast. Tickets are $7.00 if purchased in advance, $10.00 at the door.

SEATTLE’S SEPHARDIC COMMUNITY - 
A HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY EXPLORATION – THU MAR 26th 10:30 AM
Hazzan Azose will share how the Sephardic community in Seattle started and developed into the third-largest Sephardic community in the US. Al Maimon will make sure we’re up to date on the current institutions and opportunities to engage locally with Sephardic culture and ritual. Then, we’ll have the opportunity to ask questions of our presenters and one another.At Sephardic Bikur Holim: 6500 52nd Ave S, Seattle www.sbhseattle.org  ∙ (206) 723-3028.

MISS ISRAEL AT EZRA BESSAROTH - MON MAR 30th  7 PM
Ezra Bessaroth is honored to be hosting Titi Aynaw, Miss Israel 2013. Ms. Aynaw is an Israeli model and television personality who was crowned Miss Israel in 2013. She made Aliyah to Israel from Ethiopia when she was twelve years old, settling in Netanya. In 2016 Aynaw began work on establishing a community arts education center in Netanya to serve at-risk youth. Ayynaw was named the 39th most influential Jew of 2013 by The Jerusalem Post . RSVP at www.ezrabessaroth.net . Dessert & drinks will be served

KOSHER FOR PASSOVER LUNCHES AT HILLEL UW - APRIL 13 & 14
Join us for our famous catered kosher for Passover lunches at Hillel UW on Monday and Tuesday, April 13 & 14 from 11:00 am to 1:30pm. Cost is $15/Community & Jconnectors (21-35 years old) with pre-paid online reservation, or $20 at the door. ($8/students) More information at www.hilleluw.org 

SEPHARDIC ADVENTURE CAMP REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
Registration for Sephardic Adventure Camp is now open. Dates are August 1-18. For more information go to  www.sephardicadventurecamp.org

Introducing the Student to Student Program
Prejudice often results from lack of knowledge and familiarity. As a response, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle is introducing Student to Student, a program that teaches high school-age students to put a "human face" to Judaism – the best antidote to bigotry and intolerance. https://www.jewishinseattle.org/community-services/community-relations/student-to-student/

Holocaust Center Trip: 'Poland Through the Eyes of Children  July 4-11
The Holocaust Center for Humanity will lead an educational trip, "Poland Through the Eyes of Children," a trip about connecting to history and people, and understanding that each person has the power to make a difference. The tripwill be led by Center Education Director Ilana Cone Kennedy. Application Deadline: Saturday, February 1, 2020 https://holocaustcenterseattle.org/programs-events/508-poland-2020

Applications for 2020 Camp Scholarships DEADLINE MAR 2nd
The Federation’s need-based camp scholarships program helps Washington State families with the cost of Jewish overnight camp tuition. By providing you with a variety of funding options, our goal is to ensure that you receive the assistance you need so that your child/children can participate in a Jewish overnight camp experience. To be eligible for a need-based camp scholarship, you must be a Washington State resident and be signed up with a traditional Jewish camp in the U.S. or Canada. www.JewishInSeattle.org

Seattle Jewish Event Calendar
http://seattlejewishuniverse.org/

AIRPORT , LOCAL TRIPS, AND KOSHER RESTAURANT DELIVERY! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER
NOW PROVIDING MOVING AND VAN SERVICE (UP TO 12 PEOPLE) NOW PROVIDING TOURS OF SEATTLE! Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com 
JRide is now serving New York City  locals and tourists! Car seats available upon request. Contact JRide at 206-771-2670 or jridenewyork@gmail.com


 

REBBE’S SICHO – TERUMA
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/92058/jewish/Terumah-Two-Forms-of-Giving-Two-Forms-of-Service.htm © SichosInEnglish.org

In the Torah portion of Terumah, the Jews are commanded to bring terumah (offerings) for use in the Mishkan (the Tabernacle). The command is repeated three times: “They shall take unto Me terumah ;” “you shall take My terumah ;” “This is the terumah that you shall take.”1

Our Sages comment2 that the Torah is referring here to three different types of terumah : the terumah used for constructing bases for the Mishkan’s beams; the terumah of the silver half-shekel for the purchase of communal offerings; and general offerings for the construction of the Mishkan.

Of the above three offerings, only the terumah of the half-shekel was obligatory throughout the time that the Mishkan and Beis HaMikdash stood — every Jew was commanded to contribute a half-shekel a year for the purchase of communal offerings.3

In commemoration of the above, we read the Torah portion concerning the half-shekel on the Shabbos that precedes Rosh Chodesh Adar ,4 the time when the announcement was made about the half-shekel while the Beis HaMikdash still existed.5 Additionally, some say that before Purim, a half-coin of the currency of the country should be given in commemoration of the half-shekel that used to be given during the month of Adar.6

The command regarding the offering used for the sockets was germane only prior to the building of the Mishkan , as was the command regarding the general construction offerings, which applied only prior to the construction of the Mishkan and Beis HaMikdash.7

Torah, however, is eternal,8 and thus applies equally to all times and places; in terms of man’s spiritual service, the terumah of the sockets and the terumah of the general construction offerings must apply nowadays as well.

How so?

There was a fundamental difference between the terumah of the Mishkan ’s sockets and the terumah for the construction of the Mishkan itself: Regarding the former, all Jews gave an equal amount — a half-shekel ; regarding the latter, each Jew gave according to his heart’s desire.9

In terms of our personal spiritual service, the terumah for the sockets represents the self-abnegation and acceptance of the Heavenly Yoke that stem from the essence of every Jew’s soul, and concerning which all Jews are equal.

This also explains why the half-shekel given by every Jew was used only for the sockets, and not for the rest of the Mishkan : The sockets constituted the foundation upon which the entire Mishkan stood.

In spiritual terms, the sockets are congruous with acceptance of the Heavenly Yoke,10 inasmuch as such acceptance serves as the foundation of all spiritual service,11 springing from the soul’s essence, wherein all Jews are equal.12

The terumah for the general construction of the Mishkan , however, reflects intellectual and emotional service, which depend upon each individual’s spiritual status; the spiritual level — “heart’s desire” — of one Jew differs significantly from that of his fellow.13

These two levels are also to be found within our daily spiritual service: Every Jew’s spiritual service begins immediately upon awakening, with Modeh Ani , a prayer recited even before the ritual purification of washing the hands.14 For Modeh Ani is a prayer of thanks and acceptance of the Divine Yoke, and derives from the soul’s essence — a level that touches all Jews equally.15

After all Jews begin their day in a similar manner — the terumah of the sockets — they go on to their individual levels of Divine service — the terumah for the general construction of the Mishkan — as expressed in each Jew’s unique approach to prayer, Torah study and the transformation of the world into a Mishkan for G‑d.

Based on Likkutei Sichos, Vol. XI, pp. 109-111

Shabbos Mishpatim Shekolim – Mevarchim Adar | 26 Shevat – 3 Adar 5780

EREV SHABBOS FRI FEB 21st 
Shacharis 7 AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  5:23 PM

SHABBOS SAT FEB 22nd
Tehilim for Mevarchim Adar 7:45 AM
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Kriat Shema 9:43 AM
Shabbos Mincha 5:23 PM
Maariv/Havdalah 6:26 PM

WEEKDAY
Sun Shacharis  9 AM 
Mon, Thu, Fri Shacharis 7 AM
Tue, Wed Shacharis 6:50 AM /ROSH CHODESH ADAR
Sun - Thu Mincha 5:30 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV/

FULL KIDDUSH
Thank you to Harry Spitzbart for sponsoring Kiddush in honor of receiving beautiful new tefillin, which Rabbi Levitin brought back from New York, via Israel!  Harry is also sponsoring the delicious meat cholent, made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -TBD
Visit www.twitter.com/cstleruv  for current eruv status or to sign up for SMS alerts.  North Seattle Eruv status flag on the NE 65th Street side of CSTL: Green flag means the Eruv is up, Red flag the Eruv is down.

LEIL SHISHI TORAH LEARNING AT CSTL – THU 8:30 PM
Join us in learning together in preparation for Shabbos – with refreshments and L’Chaim sponsored by Avrami and Chavi Gitler.  In memory of Menachem Mendel ben Yoel Ze’ev.

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN– FRI  4 PM
In the CSTL Social Hall, in honor of the yahrzeit (Shevat 26) of the “Taz”, Rabbi David ben Shmuel Halevi (1586-1667), a primary Halachic authority, known for his work Turei Zahav ("Rows of Gold") -- a commentary on Rabbi Yosef Caro's Shulchan Aruch  www.chabad.org/calendar..

AVOS u’BONIM MOTZEI SHABBOS SAT FEB 22nd
Inspiring programs for fathers and children.  Living Torah Video, Raffle, Prizes, Delicious Refreshments, Grand Prize Raffle.  All ages welcome! Sponsorships available – Contact RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com A special thanks to this week's generous sponsors

JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE LADIES DANCE NIGHTS
Feb 23rd – Cardio 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Mar 8th – Hip Hop – 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Mar 22nd – Cardio 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Just $20 each. https://tinyurl.com/cstlWomensEvent mherbstman@gmail.com
At All that Dance Studio, 3012 NE Blakely Street.

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR – 8:15 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah.  This week we will learn on the verse- כִּ֤י תִקְנֶה֙ עֶ֣בֶד עִבְרִ֔י - וְאֵ֨לֶּה֙ הַמִּשְׁפָּטִ֔ים אֲשֶׁ֥ר תָּשִׂ֖ים לִפְנֵיהֶֽם  “And these are the ordinances that you shall set before them - Should you buy a Hebrew slave… "  This verse is in reference to Moshe Rabbeinu – and his mission as faithful shepherd – to reveal within the Jewish people our G-dly awareness and consciousness.

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 4:45 PM
This week featuring inspiring words of Torah in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. We will be learning a Sicho on Parshas Mishpatim-Shekalim and Chodesh Adar.

JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE EVENT – SUN MAR 1st  7:30 PM
Being the CEO of your life – Focusing on Mastering your Financial Health. With Morgan Stanley’s Miri Tilson. Hosted by Elisheva Sprung.  At the Mod Apartments. 6559 35th Ave NE.  Sponsored by Chabad of Seattle.   Sushi & Wine will be served.

PURIM CHILDREN’S PROGRAM AT CSTL – MON MAR 9th 6:30 PM
Featuring magician and illusionist Nate Jester, followed by special kids Megillah Reading (7:45 pm) with multimedia presentation

PURIM AT CSTL MON MAR 9th 7:45 PM
Maariv and Megillah Reading.  Italian Food by Wolf and Spice. Music by DC Zacob.  Music and Dancing.   Pay in advance https://tinyurl.com/CSTLPurim .  Info:  RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

CSTL JUNIOR CONGREGATION 10 AM – Noon
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

WOMEN’S SUNDAY TEHILLIM AT CSTL – 10 AM
In the library.  Come say a prayer for those in need. 

WOMEN’S MONDAY EVENING LEARNING  8 PM
Weekly learning class for women with Rabbi Emlen  This class is dedicated to the speedy recovery/refuah shlaimah of Sarah Goldberg      Chaya Sarah Malkah bas Brochoh Leah Chavah. This fast paced class is based on the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s, OBM, Sichos.   All levels of knowledge are welcome! Asking questions is not only allowed, it is encouraged!    At the home of the Kavkas  4002 NE 72nd St Seattle. Light refreshments are served

Weekly Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin –Sundays following 9 am Shacharis
Gemora Baba Basra with Rabbi Levitin after 9 am Shacharis

Talmud Class with Rabbi Mendy Levitin
Please contact Shuky Meyer at +1-347-761-2134 to be added to the WhatsApp group, for updated time and location

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE
If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact Marion Kitz Gabbai Kiddush, miriamkitz@hotmail.com .Please inform Marion by the preceding Sunday evening so that we have time to prepare properly.  Kiddush Lite Sponsor $150 includes meat cholent, Kiddush Sponsor $250 with Pareve Chulent or $350 with meat cholent. Kiddush can be paid for at www.CSTLSeattle.org

BABYCHINO – SUNDAYS 10:30 to 11:30 AM
A chic meet for mod moms & their tots.  Grow along with us as we explore and discover the miraculous world of nature around us via trees, fruits, water and earth! 👶🏼 ☕️ #babyccino  For ages 0-3 years, $10 per class.  Ilana Duban (917) 615-3241 . ilanaduban@gmail.com


 

COMMUNITY NEWS

PARSHA WITH RABBI ROSENFELD THU 9 PM – 10:30 PM
At Mercaz

CHABAD OF BELLEVUE – 25th ANNIVERSARY GALA SUN FEB 23rd5:30 PM
Twenty-Five Year Unity Torah - Join us as we begin the writing of a new Sefer Torah honoring the twenty-five years of dedication and commitment of the Eastside Torah Center community.  Everyone will have the opportunity to join the live auction and participate in this historical event!  Enjoy a live performance by Shulem Lemmer,  one of the most sought after Jewish singers today! Shulem provides an authentic yet contemporary taste in Jewish music. His music will touch your heart and soul. Awards in Excellence to Rochie Farkash , Founder and Director of CHS and Challah Friends; Sholom Ber and Chaya Elishevitz , CTeen Founders and Directors; Julia Calvo , ETC Chief Operating Officer; Arkady and Elmira Yusupov , ETC Kavod HaTorah Award; and Leah Solomon , ETC Community Builder Award.  Registration and more info:
https://www.chabadbellevue.org/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/4547479/jewish/25-Years-Celebration.htm

RABBI AVROHOM UNION AT THE KOLLEL SUN FEB 23rd 10:15 AM
Topic: "Jewish Perspectives on End-of-Life-Care"  Co-sponsored by the Seattle Kollel, Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadath, Ashreichem Yisrael, Ezra Bessaroth, Minyan Ohr Chadash & Sephardic Bikur Holim.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers Mondays FEB 24th – MAR 30th 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Genuine self-care is crucial for family caregivers looking after loved ones. In this six-week class offered by Jewish Family Service, participants will learn how to reduce stress, communicate needs, deal with difficult emotions, and make tough caregiving decisions. Free of charge. Wallingford Community Senior Center – Seattle https://www.jfsseattle.org/event/powerful-tools-for-caregivers-2/

Jewish Community Lobby Day TUE FEB 25th 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM IN OLYMPIA
Make your voice heard for our Jewish community! Join with friends, neighbors, congregants, and fellow engaged citizens in Olympia for the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle's Jewish Community Lobby Day. No experience necessary – we'll do all the prep work! Bus transportation available to and from North Seattle and Mercer Island. Hurry! Registration closes on Sunday, February 23 https://jewishinseattle.secure.force.com/donate/rc_connect__campaign_designform?id=7010a000004ORUAAA4&form=00P0a00000o7bq7EAA

RABBI YISSOCHER FRAND AT BCMH MON MAR 2nd 8 PM
"Should We Ever Try to Play G-d", in the BCMH Beis Midrash

SMALL AGENCY SUSTAINABILITY GRANTS Application Deadline: FRI MAR 6th 3 PM
https://www.jewishinseattle.org/community-services/get-funding-special-initiatives-fund/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Puget%20Sound%20Jewish%20Life

LEARN, CONNECT, AND NOSH WITH PJ LIBRARY PARENTS, WHILE YOUR KIDS PLAY
Geared for families with children ages 0-5. Are you seeking meaningful Jewish experiences alongside other families? Do you want to make informed decisions about your family’s Jewish journey? We’ve got you covered. The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle’s Jewish Parenting Together series is all about creating family-to-family relationships through the lens of Jewish values. Explore and learn together while the kids enjoy a fun learning experience with Lisa the Librarian! Then, enjoy a kosher brunch and an engaging workshop. Series Leader: Rabbi Samuel Klein , Director of Jewish Engagement for the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. He has led Jewish life courses for couples and families in a variety of community settings including synagogues, JCCs, and Federations nationally https://www.jewishinseattle.org/investments-in-jewish-life/pj-library-for-families-with-young/jewish-parenting-together/

FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE HEROS’ GALA – MAR 5th
At Hyatt Regency Seattle, 808 Howell St, Seattle https://www.friendshipcirclewa.org/templates/section_cdo/aid/4562657/jewish/Heroes-Gala-2020.htm

Beersheva Hadassah Brunch SUN MAR 15th 10:30 AM
with Regina Friedland Sasson, in conversation with Meryl Alcabes at a private home in Seward Park. Topic: "Rising Antisemitism in the West, Advancement in the Middle East-Demystifying the Enigma"  https://www.seattlehadassah.org 

Seattle Jewish Film Festival MAR 19-29, APR 4-5
Tickets on Sale Now! Get your tickets for the Seattle Jewish Film Festival, celebrating its silver anniversary this year. Check out this year's lineup of comedies, dramas, documentaries, and shorts that showcase the vibrancy of global Jewish life. https://seattlejewishfilmfestival.org/

ARRIVALS PLAY ABOUT SEPHARDIC PIONEERS TO DEBUT SUN MAR. 29th 
The Seattle Jewish Theater Company and Congregation Ezra Bessaroth are proud to present “Arrivals, a Sephardic-Ashkenazi love story" at Ezra Bessaroth on Sunday, March 29 at 2:00 pm.  “Arrivals” is based on historical events and tells the story of the arrival of the first Sephardic immigrants to Seattle in 1903 and their sometimes-difficult encounters with Ashkenazi Jews already settled in the city. The performance will be followed by an audience conversation with the playwright and the cast. Tickets are $7.00 if purchased in advance, $10.00 at the door. Purchase tickets at www.ezrabessaroth.net  or at the Ezra Bessaroth office (M-F 9am-3pm).

MISS ISRAEL AT EZRA BESSAROTH - MON MAR 30th  7 PM
Ezra Bessaroth is honored to be hosting Titi Aynaw, Miss Israel 2013. Ms. Aynaw is an Israeli model and television personality who was crowned Miss Israel in 2013. She made Aliyah to Israel from Ethiopia when she was twelve years old, settling in Netanya. In 2016 Aynaw began work on establishing a community arts education center in Netanya to serve at-risk youth. Ayynaw was named the 39th most influential Jew of 2013 by The Jerusalem Post . RSVP at www.ezrabessaroth.net . Dessert & drinks will be served

SEPHARDIC ADVENTURE CAMP REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
Registration for Sephardic Adventure Camp is now open. Dates are August 1-18. For more information go to  www.sephardicadventurecamp.org

Introducing the Student to Student Program
Prejudice often results from lack of knowledge and familiarity. As a response, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle is introducing Student to Student, a program that teaches high school-age students to put a "human face" to Judaism – the best antidote to bigotry and intolerance. https://www.jewishinseattle.org/community-services/community-relations/student-to-student/

Holocaust Center Trip: 'Poland Through the Eyes of Children  July 4-11
The Holocaust Center for Humanity will lead an educational trip, "Poland Through the Eyes of Children," a trip about connecting to history and people, and understanding that each person has the power to make a difference. The tripwill be led by Center Education Director Ilana Cone Kennedy. Application Deadline: Saturday, February 1, 2020 https://holocaustcenterseattle.org/programs-events/508-poland-2020

Applications for 2020 Camp Scholarships DEADLINE MAR 2nd
The Federation’s need-based camp scholarships program helps Washington State families with the cost of Jewish overnight camp tuition. By providing you with a variety of funding options, our goal is to ensure that you receive the assistance you need so that your child/children can participate in a Jewish overnight camp experience. To be eligible for a need-based camp scholarship, you must be a Washington State resident and be signed up with a traditional Jewish camp in the U.S. or Canada. www.JewishInSeattle.org

Seattle Jewish Event Calendar
http://seattlejewishuniverse.org/

AIRPORT , LOCAL TRIPS, AND KOSHER RESTAURANT DELIVERY! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER
NOW PROVIDING MOVING AND VAN SERVICE (UP TO 12 PEOPLE) NOW PROVIDING TOURS OF SEATTLE! Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com 
JRide is now serving New York City  locals and tourists! Car seats available upon request. Contact JRide at 206-771-2670 or jridenewyork@gmail.com


 

REBBE’S SICHO – MISHPATIM
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/92055/jewish/Mishpatim-To-Fast-or-Not-to-Fast.htm © SichosInEnglish.org

We learn in the Torah portion of Mishpatim :1 “When you see the donkey of your enemy lying under its load, you will [be tempted] to refrain from helping him, [but] you must come to his aid.”

In commenting on this verse, the Mechilta notes2 instances when one is not obliged to render assistance: when the donkey belongs to a gentile and the load belongs to a Jew, or when the animal is in a cemetery and the person who would render assistance is a kohen, for the kohen may not ritually defile himself by entering a cemetery.

Rashi, in his commentary on the Torah3 , explains this verse, first according to its simple meaning and then according to its Midrashic interpretation. The simple meaning, says Rashi , is that the verse expresses an understanding that a person might want to refrain from helping his enemy, but goes on to say “you must come to his aid.”

Now, we observe that Rashi, in discussing the Midrashic exceptions, omits the instance mentioned in the Mechilta of the animal being in a cemetery, and instead mentions that when the individual who would offer assistance is old and the conduct would be entirely inappropriate, he is not obliged to help.

Now, while the instance of the older person is indeed mentioned by our Sages,4 they mention it in explaining the verse in Devarim :5 “If you see your brother’s ox or sheep going astray…..”

How could Rashi possibly omit the example quoted by the Mechilta on this verse and substitute an example derived from another verse?

This can be understood by explaining the inner meaning of this Rashi , in context with our own spiritual service:

The Ba’al Shem Tov explains6 that “donkey” — in Hebrew, chamor , from the root chomer (materialism) — refers to a person’s physical body. “You must come to his aid” thus means that one may not rely on fasts and mortifications to break down the body’s crude materialism, but must rather “come to his aid,” by purifying and refining the body.

But there are instances in which one may engage in fasting:7

a) a fast of repentance;

b) a fast to restore one’s spiritual status.

In the first instance, fasting atones for iniquities, while in the latter instance, it either follows repentance, or there was no sin at all; the individual is merely “polishing the soul clean before G‑d.”8

Rashi ’s two examples of “an old person…” and “a gentile’s animal….” are predicated upon the two instances when one does not “come to his [the body’s] aid” through purification and refinement alone, but also through fasts.

When a Jew — Heaven forbid! — sins, his body and animal soul are torn away from holiness and come under the temporary rule of unholiness; they become “a gentile’s animal.” Yet, even the greatest Jewish sinner is filled with mitzvos9 — a “Jewish load” — especially so since, even while a sin is being committed, the Divine soul remains faithful to G‑d.10

In such an instance, where there is “a gentile’s ‘animal’ and a Jewish ‘load,’ ” Rashi informs us that fasting is permitted in order to gain atonement.

The second instance of permissible fasting, however, involves a person who merely desires to “polish his soul” — no actual sin is involved; it’s just that he was so busy with spiritual affairs, he did not take the opportunity to fully refine his materialism, though this shortcoming also dims the shine of one’s soul.

This is alluded to by Rashi as someone “old” — age being a metaphor for the acquisition of wisdom11 — who had found it spiritually “inappropriate” until now to deal with his materialism. For such a person, fasting “polishes” both body and soul.

Rashi therefore does not bring the example of a Kohen and the cemetery, for the Jewish soul — the “load” which is likened to a [daughter of a] Kohen12 — can never descend so low that it is found in a “cemetery,” for both the divine soul and even the Jewish body are ultimately immortal.13

Based on Likkutei Sichos, Vol. XXI, pp. 125-131

Shabbos Yitro Chof Beis Shevat – the ten commandments | 19-26 shevat 5780

EREV SHABBOS FRI FEB 14th 
Shacharis 7 AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  5:12 PM

SHABBOS SAT FEB 15th
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Kriat Shema 9:56 AM
Shabbos Mincha 5:12 PM
Maariv/Havdalah 6:16 PM

WEEKDAY
Sun Shacharis  9 AM 
Mon - Fri Shacharis 7 AM
Sun - Thu Mincha 5:25 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV/

FULL WASHING KIDDUSH
Thank you to Rabbi & Mrs. Sholom Ber Levitin, Rabbi & Mrs. Alter Levitin, and Rabbi & Mrs. Avremi Gitler for sponsoring a full Kiddush this Shabbos in honor of the Yahrtzeit of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka (22 Shevat). Thank you to Mendel Herbstman, who is making the meat cholent this week!!

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -TBD
Visit www.twitter.com/cstleruv  for current eruv status or to sign up for SMS alerts.  North Seattle Eruv status flag on the NE 65th Street side of CSTL: Green flag means the Eruv is up, Red flag the Eruv is down.

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN– FRI  4 PM
In the CSTL Social Hall, in honor of the yahrzeit (Monday 22nd  Shevat) of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson  wife of the Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson.

AVOS u’BONIM MOTZEI SHABBOS SAT FEB 15th  7:30 PM
Inspiring programs for fathers and children.  Living Torah Video, Raffle, Prizes, Delicious Refreshments, Grand Prize Raffle.  All ages welcome! Sponsorships available – Contact RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com A special thanks to this week's generous sponsors Dr. Shimon & Jessica Rudnick

JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE LADIES DANCE NIGHTS
Feb 23rd – Cardio 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Mar 8th – Hip Hop – 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Mar 22nd – Cardio 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Just $20 each. https://tinyurl.com/cstlWomensEvent mherbstman@gmail.com
At All that Dance Studio, 3012 NE Blakely Street.

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR – 8:15 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah.   Thank you to Reb Moshe Ohayon for giving this weeks Torah Or class

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 4:20 PM
This week featuring inspiring words of Torah in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. We will Be learning a Sicho on Parshas  Yitro. Thank you Rabbi Emlen for giving this week’s classes.

JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE EVENT – SUN MAR 1st  7:30 PM
Being the CEO of your life – Focusing on Mastering your Financial Health. With Morgan Stanley’s Miri Tilson. Hosted by Elisheva Sprung.  At the Mod Apartments. 6559 35th Ave NE.  Sponsored by Chabad of Seattle.   Sushi & Wine will be served.

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

CSTL JUNIOR CONGREGATION 10 AM – Noon
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

WOMEN’S SUNDAY TEHILLIM AT CSTL – 10 AM
In the library.  Come say a prayer for those in need. 

WOMEN’S MONDAY EVENING LEARNING  8 PM
Weekly learning class for women with Rabbi Emlen  This class is dedicated to the speedy recovery/refuah shlaimah of Sarah Goldberg      Chaya Sarah Malkah bas Brochoh Leah Chavah. This fast paced class is based on the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s, OBM, Sichos.   All levels of knowledge are welcome! Asking questions is not only allowed, it is encouraged!    At the home of the Kavkas  4002 NE 72nd St Seattle. Light refreshments are served

Weekly Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin –Sundays following 9 am Shacharis
Gemora Baba Basra with Rabbi Levitin after 9 am Shacharis

Talmud Class with Rabbi Mendy Levitin
Please contact Shuky Meyer at +1-347-761-2134 to be added to the WhatsApp group, for updated time and location

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE
If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact Marion Kitz Gabbai Kiddush, miriamkitz@hotmail.com .Please inform Marion by the preceding Sunday evening so that we have time to prepare properly.  Kiddush Lite Sponsor $150 includes meat cholent, Kiddush Sponsor $250 with Pareve Chulent or $350 with meat cholent. Kiddush can be paid for at www.CSTLSeattle.org

BABYCHINO – SUNDAYS 10:30 to 11:30 AM
A chic meet for mod moms & their tots Tu Bishvat is in full bloom - just like your little sprouts will be during Babyccino! Grow along with us as we explore and discover the miraculous world of nature around us via trees, fruits, water and earth! 👶🏼 ☕️ #babyccino  For ages 0-3 years, $10 per class.  Ilana Duban (917) 615-3241 . ilanaduban@gmail.com


 

COMMUNITY NEWS

KOSHER AT OUR NEIGHBORHOOD SAFEWAY!
Thank you to John, manager of the Safeway at 35th Ave NE and NE 75th St for bringing back kosher food!  Our neighborhood Safeway now has Cholov Yisroel milk and cheese, an expanded kosher grocery section, and kosher meats.  More to come!

PARSHA WITH RABBI ROSENFELD THU 9 PM – 10:30 PM
At Mercaz

ARRIVALS PLAY ABOUT SEPHARDIC PIONEERS TO DEBUT SUN MAR. 29th 
The Seattle Jewish Theater Company and Congregation Ezra Bessaroth are proud to present “Arrivals, a Sephardic-Ashkenazi love story" at Ezra Bessaroth on Sunday, March 29 at 2:00 pm.  “Arrivals” is based on historical events and tells the story of the arrival of the first Sephardic immigrants to Seattle in 1903 and their sometimes-difficult encounters with Ashkenazi Jews already settled in the city. The performance will be followed by an audience conversation with the playwright and the cast. Tickets are $7.00 if purchased in advance, $10.00 at the door. Purchase tickets at www.ezrabessaroth.net  or at the Ezra Bessaroth office (M-F 9am-3pm).

MISS ISRAEL AT EZRA BESSAROTH - MON MAR 30 7 PM
Ezra Bessaroth is honored to be hosting Titi Aynaw, Miss Israel 2013. Ms. Aynaw is an Israeli model and television personality who was crowned Miss Israel in 2013. She made Aliyah to Israel from Ethiopia when she was twelve years old, settling in Netanya. In 2016 Aynaw began work on establishing a community arts education center in Netanya to serve at-risk youth. Ayynaw was named the 39th most influential Jew of 2013 by The Jerusalem Post . RSVP at www.ezrabessaroth.net . Dessert & drinks will be served

SEPHARDIC ADVENTURE CAMP REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
Registration for Sephardic Adventure Camp is now open. Dates are August 1-18. For more information go to  www.sephardicadventurecamp.org

Introducing the Student to Student Program
Prejudice often results from lack of knowledge and familiarity. As a response, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle is introducing Student to Student, a program that teaches high school-age students to put a "human face" to Judaism – the best antidote to bigotry and intolerance. https://www.jewishinseattle.org/community-services/community-relations/student-to-student/

Holocaust Center Trip: 'Poland Through the Eyes of Children  July 4-11
The Holocaust Center for Humanity will lead an educational trip, "Poland Through the Eyes of Children," a trip about connecting to history and people, and understanding that each person has the power to make a difference. The tripwill be led by Center Education Director Ilana Cone Kennedy. Application Deadline: Saturday, February 1, 2020 https://holocaustcenterseattle.org/programs-events/508-poland-2020

Applications for 2020 Camp Scholarships DEADLINE MAR 2nd
The Federation’s need-based camp scholarships program helps Washington State families with the cost of Jewish overnight camp tuition. By providing you with a variety of funding options, our goal is to ensure that you receive the assistance you need so that your child/children can participate in a Jewish overnight camp experience. To be eligible for a need-based camp scholarship, you must be a Washington State resident and be signed up with a traditional Jewish camp in the U.S. or Canada. www.JewishInSeattle.org

Seattle Jewish Event Calendar
http://seattlejewishuniverse.org/

AIRPORT , LOCAL TRIPS, AND KOSHER RESTAURANT DELIVERY! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER
NOW PROVIDING MOVING AND VAN SERVICE (UP TO 12 PEOPLE) NOW PROVIDING TOURS OF SEATTLE! Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com 
JRide is now serving New York City  locals and tourists! Car seats available upon request. Contact JRide at 206-771-2670 or jridenewyork@gmail.com


 

REBBE’S SICHO – YITRO
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/92050/jewish/Beshallach-Prerequisites.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

In the “Tally of Mitzvos” at the beginning of his Mishnah Torah, the Rambam states: “The first of the positive commandments is to know G‑d, as the verse states:1 ‘I am G‑d, your L-rd.’ ”

The Rambam begins the laws of Mishnah Torah2 with this mitzvah as well: “The foundation of all foundations and the pillar of wisdom is the knowledge that there exists a Primary Being.”

However, the Rambam does not immediately state that to have such knowledge is a positive command. Rather, he spends the next five paragraphs providing details about the “Primary Being.” Only in the sixth paragraph does he go on to say: “Knowledge of this matter is a positive command, as the verse states: ‘I am G‑d, your L-rd.’ ”

We thus understand that, according to the Rambam, the positive command implied by the phrase “I am G‑d, your L-rd” includes not only the general knowledge of G‑d’s existence as a Primary Being, but also the details about G‑d that he enumerates.

It would seem that the Rambam ’s source for this is the Zohar ’s statement:3 “’You shall know that I am G‑d, your L-rd’4 — This is the primary command of all commands… to know G‑d… that there is a Supernal Ruler who is Master of the Universe; He created all the worlds, the heaven and earth and all their hosts.”

The Rambam ’s text is similar to that of the Zohar : “The foundation of all foundations” (“the primary command of all commands”) “is the knowledge that there exists a Primary Being” (“to know G‑d”) “who brought about all beings, and all those who are found in heaven and earth and that which is between them….” (“He created all the worlds, the heaven and earth and all their hosts.”)

From this passage in the Zohar, the Rambam learns that, although the verse simply states: “I am G‑d, your L-rd,” the commandment includes detailed knowledge of G‑d.

An otherwise inexplicable matter in the Rambam can now be understood: The Rambam begins the second chapter of Hilchos Yesodei HaTorah by discussing the commandments to love and fear G‑d.

He then continues:5 “What is the way to attain love and fear of Him? When a person contemplates His wondrous and great deeds and creatures, observing therefrom His wisdom that has no comparison or end, the individual will immediately come to love G‑d… know His great name… and fear. Accordingly, I shall explain important principles regarding the actions of the Creator, so that they serve as a discerning gateway to the love of G‑d.”

The Rambam then spends three chapters describing “His wondrous and great deeds and creatures;” one chapter6 describing angelic beings (part of the “Works of the Divine Chariot”7), and the next two chapters in describing “Works of Creation.”

He then concludes: “When an individual contemplates all this and is cognizant of all the created beings… it will enhance his love for G‑d; he will fear and be in awe of Him.”

Now, while it is true that love and fear of G‑d are accomplished by contemplation, the Mishnah Torah is “a compilation of laws.”8 How is this lengthy exposition concerning “His wondrous and great deeds and creatures” germane?

The explanation is as follows. The matters described by the Rambam in these three chapters — “Works of the Divine Chariot” and “Works of Creation” — are not only contemplative exercises that eventually lead to love and fear of G‑d, but are also relevant to a part of the mitzvah to know G‑d.

This is as the commentary on Rambam states:9 “Included within these two commandments [to know G‑d, and to know that there is no other deity] are the ‘Works of the Divine Chariot’ and ‘Works of Creation.’ For by knowing them, one can ascertain proof of G‑d’s existence, and that He is the Primary Being and Creator of all.”

The Rambam therefore explains the “important principles regarding the actions of the Creator” at great length, for in order to fulfill the mitzvah of knowing G‑d, one must know these principles, leading as they do to “proof of G‑d’s existence, and that He is the Primary Being and Creator of all.”

Based on Likkutei Sichos, Vol. XXVI, pp. 114-119

Shabbos Beshalach SHABBOS SHIRA – TU b’SHEVAT | 12-19 Shevat 5780

EREV SHABBOS FRI FEB 7th 
Shacharis 7 AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  5:01 PM

SHABBOS SAT FEB 8th
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Kriat Shema 9:56 AM
Shabbos Mincha 5:01 PM
Maariv/Havdalah 6:05 PM

WEEKDAY
Sun Shacharis  9 AM 
Mon - Fri Shacharis 7 AM /NO TACHANUN MONDAY – Tu b’SHEVAT
Sun - Thu Mincha 5:15 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV/

KIDDUSH
Thank you to  Rabbi Avi and Marave Herbstman for contributing to our washing kiddush, in honor of Mendel's 14th birthday (12th  Shevat). Thank you to Rabbi Mendy and Leahla Levitin for sponsoring Cholent in honor of the 8th birthday of their daughter Miriam (Mimi) Levitin. Delicious cholent made by Moshe Ohayon.

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -TBD
Visit www.twitter.com/cstleruv  for current eruv status or to sign up for SMS alerts.  North Seattle Eruv status flag on the NE 65th Street side of CSTL: Green flag means the Eruv is up, Red flag the Eruv is down.

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN– FRI  4 PM
In the CSTL Social Hall, in honor of the yahrzeit (13th Shevat) of Rebbetzin Shterna Sarah Schneersohn (1942), wife of the fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Sholom DovBer Schneerson, and mother of the sixth Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson.

AVOS u’BONIM MOTZEI SHABBOS SAT FEB 8th
Inspiring programs for fathers and children.  Living Torah Video, Raffle, Prizes, Delicious Refreshments, Grand Prize Raffle.  All ages welcome! Sponsorships available – Contact RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com A special thanks to this week's generous sponsors

JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE LADIES DANCE NIGHTS
Feb 23rd – Cardio 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Mar 8th – Hip Hop – 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Mar 22nd – Cardio 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Just $20 each. https://tinyurl.com/cstlWomensEvent mherbstman@gmail.com
At All that Dance Studio, 3012 NE Blakely Street.

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR – 8:15 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah.   This week we will be learning on the verse – לֹֽא־נָחָ֣ם אֱלֹקים דֶּ֚רֶךְ אֶ֣רֶץ פְּלִשְׁתִּ֔ים” “G-d did not lead them [by] way of the land of the Philistines” Getting a deeper understanding of the exile and redemption. Class will be taught by Rabbi Emlen.

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 4 PM
This week featuring inspiring words of Torah in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. We will Be learning a Sicho on Parshas  Beshalach. Thank you Rabbi Emlen for giving this week’s classes.

JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE EVENT – SUN MAR 1st  7:30 PM
Being the CEO of your life – Focusing on Mastering your Financial Health. With Morgan Stanley’s Miri Tilson. Hosted by Elisheva Sprung.  At the Mod Apartments. 6559 35th Ave NE.  Sponsored by Chabad of Seattle.   Sushi & Wine will be served.

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

CSTL JUNIOR CONGREGATION 10 AM – Noon
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

WOMEN’S SUNDAY TEHILLIM AT CSTL – 10 AM
In the library.  Come say a prayer for those in need. 

WOMEN’S MONDAY EVENING LEARNING  8 PM
Weekly learning class for women with Rabbi Emlen  This class is dedicated to the speedy recovery/refuah shlaimah of Sarah Goldberg      Chaya Sarah Malkah bas Brochoh Leah Chavah. This fast paced class is based on the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s, OBM, Sichos.   All levels of knowledge are welcome! Asking questions is not only allowed, it is encouraged!    At the home of the Kavkas  4002 NE 72nd St Seattle. Light refreshments are served

Weekly Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin –Sundays following 9 am Shacharis
Gemora Baba Basra with Rabbi Levitin after 9 am Shacharis

Talmud Class with Rabbi Mendy Levitin
Please contact Shuky Meyer at +1-347-761-2134 to be added to the WhatsApp group, for updated time and location

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE
If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact Marion Kitz Gabbai Kiddush, miriamkitz@hotmail.com .Please inform Marion by the preceding Sunday evening so that we have time to prepare properly.  Kiddush Lite Sponsor $150 includes meat cholent, Kiddush Sponsor $250 with Pareve Chulent or $350 with meat cholent. Kiddush can be paid for at www.CSTLSeattle.org

BABYCHINO – SUNDAYS 10:30 to 11:30 AM
A chic meet for mod moms & their tots Tu Bishvat is in full bloom - just like your little sprouts will be during Babyccino! Grow along with us as we explore and discover the miraculous world of nature around us via trees, fruits, water and earth! 👶🏼 ☕️ #babyccino  For ages 0-3 years, $10 per class.  Ilana Duban (917) 615-3241 . ilanaduban@gmail.com


 

COMMUNITY NEWS

KOSHER AT OUR NEIGHBORHOOD SAFEWAY!
Thank you to John, manager of the Safeway at 35th Ave NE and NE 75th St for bringing back kosher food!  Our neighborhood Safeway now has Cholov Yisroel milk and cheese, an expanded kosher grocery section, and kosher meats.  More to come!

PARSHA WITH RABBI ROSENFELD THU 9 PM – 10:30 PM
At Mercaz

HFLA Champagne Brunch SUN FEB 9th 11 AM
The Hebrew Free Loan Association of Washington State invites you to their Annual Champagne Brunch. Lox, bagels, blintzes ... all your favorites. Keynote speaker: Rabbi Daniel Weiner of Temple De Hirsch Sinai. At Mercer Island Community & Event Center. https://www.hflawa.org/

Derech Emunah Winter Garden Party SUN FEB 9th
https://www.Derechemunah.com/GP  or (206) 402-6621

FRUTICAS (Tu b’SHEVAT) SEDER & DINNER AT EZRA BESSAROTH - SUN FEB. 9
Save the date: Celebrate Fruticas, the New Year of the trees in Sephardic style with our unique Hebrew and Ladino Fruticas seder. Enjoy a cornucopia of fruits and a delicious festive meal. $85.00 per family or $30.00 per person. www.EzraBessaroth.Net

ARRIVALS PLAY ABOUT SEPHARDIC PIONEERS TO DEBUT SUN MAR. 29th 
The Seattle Jewish Theater Company and Congregation Ezra Bessaroth are proud to present “Arrivals, a Sephardic-Ashkenazi love story" at Ezra Bessaroth on Sunday, March 29 at 2:00 pm.  “Arrivals” is based on historical events and tells the story of the arrival of the first Sephardic immigrants to Seattle in 1903 and their sometimes-difficult encounters with Ashkenazi Jews already settled in the city. The performance will be followed by an audience conversation with the playwright and the cast. Tickets are $7.00 if purchased in advance, $10.00 at the door. Purchase tickets at www.ezrabessaroth.net  or at the Ezra Bessaroth office (M-F 9am-3pm).

MISS ISRAEL AT EZRA BESSAROTH - MON MAR 30 7 PM
Ezra Bessaroth is honored to be hosting Titi Aynaw, Miss Israel 2013. Ms. Aynaw is an Israeli model and television personality who was crowned Miss Israel in 2013. She made Aliyah to Israel from Ethiopia when she was twelve years old, settling in Netanya. In 2016 Aynaw began work on establishing a community arts education center in Netanya to serve at-risk youth. Ayynaw was named the 39th most influential Jew of 2013 by The Jerusalem Post . RSVP at www.ezrabessaroth.net . Dessert & drinks will be served

SEPHARDIC ADVENTURE CAMP REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
Registration for Sephardic Adventure Camp is now open. Dates are August 1-18. For more information go to  www.sephardicadventurecamp.org

Introducing the Student to Student Program
Prejudice often results from lack of knowledge and familiarity. As a response, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle is introducing Student to Student, a program that teaches high school-age students to put a "human face" to Judaism – the best antidote to bigotry and intolerance. https://www.jewishinseattle.org/community-services/community-relations/student-to-student/

Holocaust Center Trip: 'Poland Through the Eyes of Children  July 4-11
The Holocaust Center for Humanity will lead an educational trip, "Poland Through the Eyes of Children," a trip about connecting to history and people, and understanding that each person has the power to make a difference. The tripwill be led by Center Education Director Ilana Cone Kennedy. Application Deadline: Saturday, February 1, 2020 https://holocaustcenterseattle.org/programs-events/508-poland-2020

Applications for 2020 Camp Scholarships DEADLINE MAR 2nd
The Federation’s need-based camp scholarships program helps Washington State families with the cost of Jewish overnight camp tuition. By providing you with a variety of funding options, our goal is to ensure that you receive the assistance you need so that your child/children can participate in a Jewish overnight camp experience. To be eligible for a need-based camp scholarship, you must be a Washington State resident and be signed up with a traditional Jewish camp in the U.S. or Canada. www.JewishInSeattle.org

Seattle Jewish Event Calendar
http://seattlejewishuniverse.org/

AIRPORT , LOCAL TRIPS, AND KOSHER RESTAURANT DELIVERY! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER
NOW PROVIDING MOVING AND VAN SERVICE (UP TO 12 PEOPLE) NOW PROVIDING TOURS OF SEATTLE! Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com 
JRide is now serving New York City  locals and tourists! Car seats available upon request. Contact JRide at 206-771-2670 or jridenewyork@gmail.com


 

REBBE’S SICHO – BESHALACH
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/92050/jewish/Beshallach-Prerequisites.htm © SichosInEnglish.org

The Torah portion of Beshallach includes the phrase1 “and the sea returned to its [original] strength.” The Midrash notes that G‑d made the creation of the sea conditional on its willingness to split when the Jews were to pass through it.2 Moreover, states the Midrash,3 G‑d made a similar condition with all of creation — that it fulfill the will of the righteous, even if doing so involves a suspension of its basic nature.

G‑d is Master of the universe; why was it necessary for Him to make such conditions? He surely had the ability to split the sea in any case.

The ultimate purpose of creation is that the Jewish people, through their service of Torah and mitzvos — “Knowing G‑d in all your ways,”4 and “All your actions being for the sake of Heaven”5 — transform this world into a dwelling place for G‑d.

Just as the essence of an individual can be found within his physical dwelling, so too, G‑d’s essence will be found within the physical world.6 In order for this to be accomplished, the world must be able to receive a degree of G‑dliness far greater than it is by nature accustomed to.

By imposing a condition on the sea (and on all of creation) that when the appropriate time comes, the “natural” laws will be suspended for the sake of the Jewish people, the natural world became able to receive a much greater degree of Divinity than it could otherwise contain.

Were this condition not made, the world would stand in “opposition” to miracles and changes of nature, so that in order for a miracle to occur, nature would have to be “broken.” By making all of creation conditional on its ability to accept supernatural events, the physical world became intrinsically loftier, having gained the ability to relate not only to the world of the natural, but also to the supernatural.

So, G‑d’s precondition enabled the universe to exist in a more powerful manner.

When something is created for only a limited time, after which it must cease to exist, then its existence is a tenuous one — this inherent weakness serving as the cause for its ultimate cessation.7

It is thus to be understood that the world (bereft of G‑d’s precondition) would not enjoy a truly powerful state of existence, since it would have been created for only a limited period.8

But because G‑d created the world in such a way that it fulfills the will of the righteous, even if doing so runs “against nature,” it embraces a higher purpose, and becomes one with that purpose. That the world was created for the sake of the Jews and their performance of Torah and mitzvos makes the world one with them.

Since the existence of the Jewish people is eternal,9 as is the existence of Torah and mitzvos (for Torah and mitzvos represent the Eternal G‑d’s Will and Wisdom), by accepting this precondition, the world and its creatures took upon themselves a strength and vitality which they would never have had on their own, and they became eternal as well.

Based on Likkutei Sichos, Vol. VI, pp. 86-94

Shabbos Bo | 5-12 Shevat 5780

EREV SHABBOS FRI JAN 31st
Shacharis 7 AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  4:50 PM

SHABBOS SAT FEB 1st
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Kriat Shema 9:59 AM
Shabbos Mincha 4:50 PM
Maariv/Havdalah 5:55 PM

WEEKDAY
Sun Shacharis  9 AM 
Mon - Fri Shacharis 7 AM
Sun - Thu Mincha 5 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV/

KIDDUSH LITE
Thank you to Yitzchak Rothman for sponsoring cholent in honor and in memory of the 21st yahrzeit of his father, Julius Rothman z"l (Yehuda ben haRav Yehoshua Falik, 29th of Tevet).  Cholent made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin.

MAZEL TOV MAZEL TOV
Mazel Tov to Sarah and Ben Dershowitz on the birth of their new daughter, Nesiah Tikva Lieba  May they merit to raise her to Torah, Chupah, and Ma’asim Tovim!

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -TBD
Visit www.twitter.com/cstleruv  for current eruv status or to sign up for SMS alerts.  North Seattle Eruv status flag on the NE 65th Street side of CSTL: Green flag means the Eruv is up, Red flag the Eruv is down.

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN– FRI  4 PM
In the CSTL Social Hall, in honor of the yahrzeit on the 5th of Shevat of Rabbi Yehudah Leib Alter (1847-1905), the second Rebbe in the Chassidic dynasty of Ger -- known for his famed Chassidic work "Sefat Emet" --. www.chabad.org/calendar .

AVOS u’BONIM MOTZEI SHABBOS SAT FEB 1st
Inspiring programs for fathers and children.  Living Torah Video, Raffle, Prizes, Delicious Refreshments, Grand Prize Raffle.  All ages welcome! Sponsorships available – Contact RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com A special thanks to this week's generous sponsors

JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE LADIES DANCE NIGHTS
Feb 23rd – Cardio 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Mar 8th – Hip Hop – 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Mar 22nd – Cardio 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Just $20 each. https://tinyurl.com/cstlWomensEvent mherbstman@gmail.com
At All that Dance Studio, 3012 NE Blakely Street.

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR – 8:15 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. This week we will be learning This week we will be learning about  “In that very day, that all the legions of the Lord went out of the land of Egypt. "Understanding the Name of G-D Lord of Hosts  and its relevance to the Jewish ppl leaving Egypt..

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 4 PM
This week featuring inspiring words of Torah in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. this week we will be learning Parasha Va’eira and Chodesh Shevat.

YUD SHEVAT EVENT AT CSTL – MON FEB 3rd 7:30 PM
An evening of inspiration Honoring 70 years of leadership of the Rebbe OBM. Featuring guest speaker Rabbi Yitchchak Weinberg Director Chabad Of British Colombia. Hors d’oeuvres Sushi & Desserts.  Tickets https://www.eventbrite.com/e/91533265461  Sponsored by Chabad of the Pacific Northwest.

JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE EVENT – SUN MAR 1st  7:30 PM
Being the CEO of your life – Focusing on Mastering your Financial Health. With Morgan Stanley’s Miri Tilson. Hosted by Elisheva Sprung.  At the Mod Apartments. 6559 35th Ave NE.  Sponsored by Chabad of Seattle.   Sushi & Wine will be served.

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

CSTL JUNIOR CONGREGATION 10 AM – Noon
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

WOMEN’S SUNDAY TEHILLIM AT CSTL – 10 AM
In the library.  Come say a prayer for those in need. 

WOMEN’S MONDAY EVENING LEARNING  8 PM
Weekly learning class for women with Rabbi Emlen  This class is dedicated to the speedy recovery/refuah shlaimah of Sarah Goldberg      Chaya Sarah Malkah bas Brochoh Leah Chavah. This fast paced class is based on the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s, OBM, Sichos.   All levels of knowledge are welcome! Asking questions is not only allowed, it is encouraged!    At the home of the Kavkas  4002 NE 72nd St Seattle. Light refreshments are served

Weekly Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin –Sundays following 9 am Shacharis
Gemora Baba Basra with Rabbi Levitin after 9 am Shacharis

Talmud Class with Rabbi Mendy Levitin
Please contact Shuky Meyer at +1-347-761-2134 to be added to the WhatsApp group, for updated time and location

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE
If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact Marion Kitz Gabbai Kiddush, miriamkitz@hotmail.com .Please inform Marion by the preceding Sunday evening so that we have time to prepare properly.  Kiddush Lite Sponsor $150 includes meat cholent, Kiddush Sponsor $250 with Pareve Chulent or $350 with meat cholent. Kiddush can be paid for at www.CSTLSeattle.org


 

COMMUNITY NEWS

PARSHA WITH RABBI ROSENFELD THU 9 PM – 10:30 PM
At Mercaz

ANTISEMITISM PANEL DISCUSSION AT OHR CHADASH SAT FEB 1st 7:30 PM
Shootings in  Jersey City, Pittsburgh & Poway, guards outside our schools & synagogues, hate flyers on local sanctuaries, increased drills. What are our children thinking? How can we help them navigate this new reality? A panel discussion co-sponsored by Congregation Ezra Bessaroth and others. www.minyanohrchadash.org

SEPHARDIC LEARNING KITCHEN ON SUN FEB 2 - BOREKAS!
The Ezra Bessaroth Ladies Auxiliary will share the art of baking the perfect boreka. Sunday, February 2nd at 11am. Attendance is limited to 30 participants and this event will sell out. Cost is $20.00 and RSVP is a must. Reserve your spot by calling the office at 206-722-5500 or go to www.ezrabessaroth.net  What you bake you take.

“FAMILY PAPERS” BOOK TALK WITH SARAH ABREVAYA STEIN - TUE FEB 4th 7 PM
Join the Sephardic Studies Program at the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies and the Seattle Public Library for a conversation with Dr. Devin E. Naar and Dr. Sarah Abrevaya Stein about her new book, “Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century.” At the Downtown Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave. Seattle.

HillelFest 2020 THU FEB 6th 6 PM
Join us at HillelFest 2020 to celebrate the impact of Hillel UW through the eyes of students and to support our vision for the future. https://www.hilleluw.org/events/

HFLA Champagne Brunch SUN FEB 9th 11 AM
The Hebrew Free Loan Association of Washington State invites you to their Annual Champagne Brunch. Lox, bagels, blintzes ... all your favorites. Keynote speaker: Rabbi Daniel Weiner of Temple De Hirsch Sinai. At Mercer Island Community & Event Center. https://www.hflawa.org/

Derech Emunah Winter Garden Party SUN FEB 9th
https://www.Derechemunah.com/GP  or (206) 402-6621

PARENTING TOGETHER – TUE FEB 4th
Create family-to-family relationships through the lens of Jewish values. Learn more about this series at a fantastic lecture by best-selling author and parenting expert Wendy Mogel. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-with-wendy-mogel-tickets-83420072683

FRUTICAS (Tu b’SHEVAT) SEDER & DINNER AT EZRA BESSAROTH - SUN FEB. 9
Save the date: Celebrate Fruticas, the New Year of the trees in Sephardic style with our unique Hebrew and Ladino Fruticas seder. Enjoy a cornucopia of fruits and a delicious festive meal. $85.00 per family or $30.00 per person. www.EzraBessaroth.Net

ARRIVALS PLAY ABOUT SEPHARDIC PIONEERS TO DEBUT SUN MAR. 29th 
The Seattle Jewish Theater Company and Congregation Ezra Bessaroth are proud to present “Arrivals, a Sephardic-Ashkenazi love story" at Ezra Bessaroth on Sunday, March 29 at 2:00 pm.  “Arrivals” is based on historical events and tells the story of the arrival of the first Sephardic immigrants to Seattle in 1903 and their sometimes-difficult encounters with Ashkenazi Jews already settled in the city. The performance will be followed by an audience conversation with the playwright and the cast. Tickets are $7.00 if purchased in advance, $10.00 at the door. Purchase tickets at www.ezrabessaroth.net  or at the Ezra Bessaroth office (M-F 9am-3pm).

MISS ISRAEL AT EZRA BESSAROTH - MON MAR 30 7 PM
Ezra Bessaroth is honored to be hosting Titi Aynaw, Miss Israel 2013. Ms. Aynaw is an Israeli model and television personality who was crowned Miss Israel in 2013. She made Aliyah to Israel from Ethiopia when she was twelve years old, settling in Netanya. In 2016 Aynaw began work on establishing a community arts education center in Netanya to serve at-risk youth. Ayynaw was named the 39th most influential Jew of 2013 by The Jerusalem Post . RSVP at www.ezrabessaroth.net . Dessert & drinks will be served

SEPHARDIC ADVENTURE CAMP REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
Registration for Sephardic Adventure Camp is now open. Dates are August 1-18. For more information go to  www.sephardicadventurecamp.org

Introducing the Student to Student Program
Prejudice often results from lack of knowledge and familiarity. As a response, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle is introducing Student to Student, a program that teaches high school-age students to put a "human face" to Judaism – the best antidote to bigotry and intolerance. https://www.jewishinseattle.org/community-services/community-relations/student-to-student/

Holocaust Center Trip: 'Poland Through the Eyes of Children  July 4-11
The Holocaust Center for Humanity will lead an educational trip, "Poland Through the Eyes of Children," a trip about connecting to history and people, and understanding that each person has the power to make a difference. The tripwill be led by Center Education Director Ilana Cone Kennedy. Application Deadline: Saturday, February 1, 2020 https://holocaustcenterseattle.org/programs-events/508-poland-2020

Applications for 2020 Camp Scholarships DEADLINE MAR 2nd
The Federation’s need-based camp scholarships program helps Washington State families with the cost of Jewish overnight camp tuition. By providing you with a variety of funding options, our goal is to ensure that you receive the assistance you need so that your child/children can participate in a Jewish overnight camp experience. To be eligible for a need-based camp scholarship, you must be a Washington State resident and be signed up with a traditional Jewish camp in the U.S. or Canada. www.JewishInSeattle.org

Seattle Jewish Event Calendar
http://seattlejewishuniverse.org/

AIRPORT , LOCAL TRIPS, AND KOSHER RESTAURANT DELIVERY! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER
NOW PROVIDING MOVING AND VAN SERVICE (UP TO 12 PEOPLE) NOW PROVIDING TOURS OF SEATTLE! Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com 
JRide is now serving New York City  locals and tourists! Car seats available upon request. Contact JRide at 206-771-2670 or jridenewyork@gmail.com



REBBE’S SICHO – BO
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/92049/jewish/Bo-Passover-Offerings-Home-and-Away.htm © SichosInEnglish.org

One of the differences between the Paschal offerings brought in Egypt and subsequent Paschal offerings is that those brought in Egypt were sacrificed by each family within their homes, while the later Paschal offerings had to be sacrificed in the Mishkan or Beis HaMikdash.1

That the offerings in Egypt were brought by each family in its own home was not only permissible, but obligatory; each domicile had to have its own offering. Only when the number of individuals within one dwelling was not enough to consume the entire offering in one night was it permitted to join another family that lived nearby.2

Why did the Egyptian Paschal offering differ from all subsequent Paschal offerings?

The prophet Yechezkiel speaks of the Exodus from Egypt as the time of the Jewish nation’s birth.3 It follows that the offering brought in association with this exodus is related to the birth of the Jewish people and their subsequent function.

The Midrash informs us4 that “G‑d earnestly desired a dwelling in the nethermost level,” i.e., in this physical world. This was primarily accomplished, according to the Midrash, when the Mishkan was built, as the verse states:5 “And you shall make for Me a Sanctuary and I shall reside among them.”6

Our Sages comment:7 “It does not state [‘I shall reside] in it,’ rather, ‘in them,’ that is to say, within each and every Jew.”

Since all verses are first and foremost to be understood in their simple sense,8 it follows that our Sages are telling us that in addition to the primary Mishkan and Beis HaMikdash, each Jew should seek to make his own personal Mishkan and Beis HaMikdash, so that G‑d will reside within him.

Since the verse states “in them” and not “in it,” it follows that the personal Mishkan and Beis HaMikdash is of great importance.

The reason is as follows: Although the degree of holiness that resided in the Mishkan and Beis HaMikdash far surpassed the holiness that could be contained by any individual Jew as a result of his service, the physical Mishkan and Beis HaMikdash alone could not fulfill G‑d’s desire for “a dwelling in the nethermost level.”

For the Mishkan and Beis HaMikdash were confined to specific sites, with most of creation existing outside these areas. It was thus necessary for the G‑dliness within the Mishkan and Beis HaMikdash to reach beyond their boundaries and emanate to the outside world.9

It is by drawing down the sanctity of the Mishkan and Beis HaMikdash within his own home, thus causing his own dwelling to become a domicile of holiness, that a Jew fulfills G‑d’s intent — the transformation of the entire world into a dwelling fit for Him.

This is why the Jews were to bring offerings within their own homes in Egypt, for since those offerings took place at the time of the nation’s birth, the purpose of that nationhood had to be stressed — that, through their personal spiritual service, they would have G‑d dwelling within each one of them, transforming their individual homes into a dwelling place for G‑d.

Once the Mishkan and Beis HaMikdash were built, however, the Paschal offering had to be brought there, for it was there that the highest degree of holiness resided.

Thus, the order of things changed: G‑d dwelled in those edifices, and as a result of that indwelling, He came to reside — through the Jews’ service “in them” — within each and every Jew, and within the world as a whole.

Based on Likkutei Sichos, Vol. XXVI, pp. 77-84

Shabbos Vaeira Mevarchim Shevat | 27 Teves – 5 Shevat 5780

EREV SHABBOS FRI JAN 24th
Shacharis 7:00 AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv 4:39 PM

SHABBOS SAT JAN 25th
Tehilim for Mevarchim Shevat 7:45 AM
Shacharis: 9:00 AM /Sof Zman Kriat Shema 10:03 AM
Shabbos Mincha 4:39 PM
Maariv/Havdalah 5:46 PM

WEEKDAY
Sun Shacharis  9:00 AM 
Mon Shacharis 7:00 AM /ROSH CHODESH SHEVAT
Tue-Fri Shacharis 7:00 AM
Sun - Thu Mincha 4:45 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV/

KIDDUSH LITE
Thank you to Boris (Baruch) Masinovsky for sponsoring Kiddush Lite in honor of the Yahrzeit of his mother  Feiga Bas Nachum ZT”L. Thank you to Mike Weichbrodt for sponsoring  meat Cholent and cold cuts in honor of his mother Sarah bas Shmuel ZT”L. Cholent made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin.

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -TBD
Visit www.twitter.com/cstleruv  for current eruv status or to sign up for SMS alerts.  North Seattle Eruv status flag on the NE 65th Street side of CSTL: Green flag means the Eruv is up, Red flag the Eruv is down.

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN– FRI  4 PM
In the CSTL Social Hall, in honor of the birthday of Rabbi Levitin (Tevet 28) and the birthday of Rebbetzin Chana Schneerson (1879 (O.S.) - 1964), mother of the Lubavitcher Rebbe (Tevet 28). https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/133640/jewish/Rebbetzin-Chanas-Biography.htm

AVOS u’BONIM MOTZEI SHABBOS SAT JAN 25th 
Inspiring programs for fathers and children.  Living Torah Video, Raffle, Prizes, Delicious Refreshments, Grand Prize Raffle.  All ages welcome! Sponsorships available – Contact RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com A special thanks to this week's generous sponsors

JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE LADIES DANCE NIGHTS
Feb 23rd – Cardio 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Mar 8th – Hip Hop – 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Mar 22nd – Cardio 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Just $20 each. https://tinyurl.com/cstlWomensEvent mherbstman@gmail.com
At All that Dance Studio, 3012 NE Blakely Street.

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR – 8:15 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. This week we will be learning about “ קַ֧ח אֶת־מַטְּךָ֛ וְהַשְׁלֵ֥ךְ לִפְנֵֽי־פַרְעֹ֖ה יְהִ֥י לְתַנִּֽין” “Take your staff, cast [it] before Pharaoh; it will become a serpent.' "  What was G-D’s inner message with this to Pharaoh??.

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 3:50 PM
This week featuring inspiring words of Torah in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. this week we will be learning Parasha Va’eira and Chodesh Shevat.

JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE EVENT – SUN FEB 2nd 7:30 PM
Being the CEO of your life – Focusing on Mastering your Financial Health. With Morgan Stanley’s Miri Tilson. Hosted by Elisheva Sprung.  At the Mod Apartments. 6559 35th Ave NE.  Sponsored by Chabad of Seattle.   Sushi & Wine will be served.

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

CSTL JUNIOR CONGREGATION 10 AM – Noon
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

WOMEN’S SUNDAY TEHILLIM AT CSTL – 10 AM
In the library.  Come say a prayer for those in need. 

WOMEN’S MONDAY EVENING LEARNING  8 PM
Weekly learning class for women with Rabbi Emlen  This class is dedicated to the speedy recovery/refuah shlaimah of Sarah Goldberg      Chaya Sarah Malkah bas Brochoh Leah Chavah. This fast paced class is based on the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s, OBM, Sichos.   All levels of knowledge are welcome! Asking questions is not only allowed, it is encouraged!    At the home of the Kavkas  4002 NE 72nd St Seattle. Light refreshments are served

Weekly Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin –Sundays following 9 am Shacharis
Gemora Baba Basra with Rabbi Levitin after 9 am Shacharis

Talmud Class with Rabbi Mendy Levitin
Please contact Shuky Meyer at +1-347-761-2134 to be added to the WhatsApp group, for updated time and location

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE
If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact Marion Kitz Gabbai Kiddush, miriamkitz@hotmail.com .Please inform Marion by the preceding Sunday evening so that we have time to prepare properly.  Kiddush Lite Sponsor $150 includes meat cholent, Kiddush Sponsor $250 with Pareve Chulent or $350 with meat cholent. Kiddush can be paid for at www.CSTLSeattle.org



COMMUNITY NEWS

PARSHA WITH RABBI ROSENFELD THU 9 PM – 10:30 PM
At Mercaz

BCMH MEN'S CLUB EVENT SUN JAN 26th 7 PM
Men of the community are invited for an evening of Sushi, Micro Brews, Snacks & Games. Yavneh Building upstairs Lounge. Cost: $15 per person. www.BCMHSeattle.org

Connections 2020 SUN JAN 26th 11 AM – 1 PM
The largest philanthropic gathering of Jewish women in the Northwest. Featuring guest speaker Alana Newhouse, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Tablet magazine and editor of the 2019 book The 100 Most Jewish Foods. Co-chairs Shelley Bensussen and Barrie Galanti. Honoring Naomi Newman with the Althea Stroum Woman of Distinction Award.  AtThe Westin Seattle – Downtown www.JewishInSeattle.org

The Rescue – A Live Film /Concerto SAT JAN 25th 7:30 PM
The Holocaust Center for Humanity presents The Rescue - A Live Film-Concerto, a performative film experience that tells the story of José Arturo Castellanos, the Latin American Wallenberg. At great risk to himself and his family, Col. Castellanos saved thousands of Jews during the Holocaust by issuing Salvadoran nationality certificates while working as a diplomat. Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. At Town Hall Seattle https://holocaustcenterseattle.org/programs-events/518-the-rescue

BCMH MEN'S CLUB EVENT SUN JAN 26th 7 PM
Men of the community are invited for an evening of Sushi, Micro Brews, Snacks & Games. Yavneh Building upstairs Lounge. Cost: $15 per person. https://bcmhseattle.org/event/mens-club-jan-2020/

ANTISEMITISM PANEL DISCUSSION AT OHR CHADASH SAT FEB 1st 7:30 PM
Shootings in  Jersey City, Pittsburgh & Poway, guards outside our schools & synagogues, hate flyers on local sanctuaries, increased drills. What are our children thinking? How can we help them navigate this new reality? A panel discussion co-sponsored by Congregation Ezra Bessaroth and others. www.minyanohrchadash.org

SEPHARDIC LEARNING KITCHEN ON SUN FEB 2 - BOREKAS!
The Ezra Bessaroth Ladies Auxiliary will share the art of baking the perfect boreka. Sunday, February 2nd at 11am. Attendance is limited to 30 participants and this event will sell out. Cost is $20.00 and RSVP is a must. Reserve your spot by calling the office at 206-722-5500 or go to www.ezrabessaroth.net  What you bake you take.

“FAMILY PAPERS” BOOK TALK WITH SARAH ABREVAYA STEIN - TUE FEB 4th 7 PM
Join the Sephardic Studies Program at the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies and the Seattle Public Library for a conversation with Dr. Devin E. Naar and Dr. Sarah Abrevaya Stein about her new book, “Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century.” At the Downtown Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave. Seattle.

HillelFest 2020 THU FEB 6th 6 PM
Join us at HillelFest 2020 to celebrate the impact of Hillel UW through the eyes of students and to support our vision for the future. https://www.hilleluw.org/events/

HFLA Champagne Brunch SUN FEB 9th 11 AM
The Hebrew Free Loan Association of Washington State invites you to their Annual Champagne Brunch. Lox, bagels, blintzes ... all your favorites. Keynote speaker: Rabbi Daniel Weiner of Temple De Hirsch Sinai. At Mercer Island Community & Event Center. https://www.hflawa.org/

Derech Emunah Winter Garden Party SUN FEB 9th
https://www.Derechemunah.com/GP  or (206) 402-6621

PARENTING TOGETHER – TUE FEB 4th
Create family-to-family relationships through the lens of Jewish values. Learn more about this series at a fantastic lecture by best-selling author and parenting expert Wendy Mogel. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-with-wendy-mogel-tickets-83420072683

FRUTICAS (Tu b’SHEVAT) SEDER & DINNER AT EZRA BESSAROTH - SUN FEB. 9
Save the date: Celebrate Fruticas, the New Year of the trees in Sephardic style with our unique Hebrew and Ladino Fruticas seder. Enjoy a cornucopia of fruits and a delicious festive meal. $85.00 per family or $30.00 per person. www.EzraBessaroth.Net

ARRIVALS PLAY ABOUT SEPHARDIC PIONEERS TO DEBUT SUN MAR. 29th 
The Seattle Jewish Theater Company and Congregation Ezra Bessaroth are proud to present “Arrivals, a Sephardic-Ashkenazi love story" at Ezra Bessaroth on Sunday, March 29 at 2:00 pm.  “Arrivals” is based on historical events and tells the story of the arrival of the first Sephardic immigrants to Seattle in 1903 and their sometimes-difficult encounters with Ashkenazi Jews already settled in the city. The performance will be followed by an audience conversation with the playwright and the cast. Tickets are $7.00 if purchased in advance, $10.00 at the door. Purchase tickets at www.ezrabessaroth.net  or at the Ezra Bessaroth office (M-F 9am-3pm). www.S

SEPHARDIC ADVENTURE CAMP REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
Registration for Sephardic Adventure Camp is now open. Dates are August 1-18. For more information go to  www.sephardicadventurecamp.org

Introducing the Student to Student Program
Prejudice often results from lack of knowledge and familiarity. As a response, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle is introducing Student to Student, a program that teaches high school-age students to put a "human face" to Judaism – the best antidote to bigotry and intolerance. https://www.jewishinseattle.org/community-services/community-relations/student-to-student/

Holocaust Center Trip: 'Poland Through the Eyes of Children  July 4-11
The Holocaust Center for Humanity will lead an educational trip, "Poland Through the Eyes of Children," a trip about connecting to history and people, and understanding that each person has the power to make a difference. The tripwill be led by Center Education Director Ilana Cone Kennedy. Application Deadline: Saturday, February 1, 2020 https://holocaustcenterseattle.org/programs-events/508-poland-2020

Applications for 2020 Camp Scholarships DEADLINE MAR 2nd
The Federation’s need-based camp scholarships program helps Washington State families with the cost of Jewish overnight camp tuition. By providing you with a variety of funding options, our goal is to ensure that you receive the assistance you need so that your child/children can participate in a Jewish overnight camp experience. To be eligible for a need-based camp scholarship, you must be a Washington State resident and be signed up with a traditional Jewish camp in the U.S. or Canada. www.JewishInSeattle.org

Seattle Jewish Event Calendar
http://seattlejewishuniverse.org/

AIRPORT , LOCAL TRIPS, AND KOSHER RESTAURANT DELIVERY! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER
NOW PROVIDING MOVING AND VAN SERVICE (UP TO 12 PEOPLE) NOW PROVIDING TOURS OF SEATTLE! Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com 
JRide is now serving New York City  locals and tourists! Car seats available upon request. Contact JRide at 206-771-2670 or jridenewyork@gmail.com



REBBE’S SICHO – VA’EIRA
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/92045/jewish/Vaeira-Havayah-The-Attribute-of-Truth.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

The Torah portion of Vayeira begins1 with G‑d revealing to Moshe His Ineffable Name Havayah. G‑d then goes on to tell Moshe that He did not make this name known to AvrahamYitzchak or Ya’akovRashi2 comments that G‑d was thereby implying that “He did not make Himself known to them with His unlimited attribute of truth.”

The Alter Rebbe explains3 that, with this statement, G‑d was answering Moshe’s complaint of “Why do You mistreat Your people?” G‑d in effect told Moshe that redemption is tied to the revelation of His Ineffable Name. In order to merit this great degree of revelation, it was necessary for the Jews to undergo the hardships of the Egyptian exile.

This redemption thus involved more than physical and spiritual liberation from slavery; its ultimate purpose was the revelation and knowledge of the Name Havayah. As long as the Name was not known by the Jewish people, there could be no true freedom.

What is the connection between Havayah and liberation?

The explanation is as follows: The Hebrew root of the word for Egypt (meitzar) means straits and limitations.4 These are found within holiness as well. All human beings are inherently limited, so even when we serve G‑d with all our power, we have still not transcended these built-in boundaries.

In a more profound sense, exodus from Egypt requires the transcending of even the limitations of holiness. Understandably, a person is not capable of doing this on his own, as man is inherently limited. One can leave this “Egypt” only by nullifying oneself before G‑d, thereby becoming a receptacle for the G‑dly revelation of Havayah, which takes a person beyond all limitations.

Herein lies an eternal lesson to Jews, at all times and in all places: An individual can attain a personal state of spiritual redemption even before the redemption of the entire nation.5 It is thus possible for an individual to be in doubt as to whether he or she has already attained spiritual redemption or is still in a state of spiritual exile.

A person might well think that, if he has vanquished his evil inclination and is wholly dedicated to the study of Torah and the performance of mitzvos, with even his worldly activity being performed for the “sake of Heaven,” that he has attained a state of redemption.

The verse therefore informs us that one may have attained the spiritual state of the Patriarchs, serving G‑d with complete devotion to Torah, prayer and good deeds, but as long as the Name Havayah does not illuminate his life, he has yet to leave Egypt and attain true redemption.

But how does a person know whether he has merited the revelation of HavayahRashi answers by explaining that the Patriarchs did not merit Havayah because “He did not make Himself known to them with His unlimited attribute of Truth.”

Truth is not subject to change. Thus, the Talmud Yerushalmi states6 that “G‑d’s seal is emmes — truth.” The Hebrew word emmes is composed of the three letters, alefmemtav — the first, middle and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet. This indicates that, from the beginning, through the middle and until the conclusion, truth does not vary.

This, then, is the criterion by which we can determine whether a person has truly left behind all spiritual straits and limitations: If the person’s manner of service defies change, i.e., his Torah study, prayer, performance of mitzvos and involvement in permissible matters are all done — under all circumstances — without change and with total nullification before G‑d, then he can rest assured that he has attained a true state of spiritual redemption. Havayah is revealed within him, for his service displays the imprint of unvarying Truth.

Based on Likkutei Sichos, Vayeira 5749, pp. 1-5

Shabbos Shemos | 20-27 Teves 5780

EREV SHABBOS FRI JAN 17th
Shacharis 7 AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  4:29 PM

SHABBOS SAT JAN 18th
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 10:05 AM
Shabbos Mincha 4:29 PM
Maariv/Havdalah 5:36 PM

WEEKDAY
Sun Shacharis  9 AM 
Mon- Fri Shacharis 7 AM
Sun - Thu Mincha 4:30 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV/

KIDDUSH LITE
Thank you to Rabbi Sholom Ber and Chani Levitin for sponsoring Chulent in honor of Rabbi Levitin's Birthday and to welcome back Yussi and Rachel Greenberg.

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -TBD
Visit www.twitter.com/cstleruv  for current eruv status or to sign up for SMS alerts.  North Seattle Eruv status flag on the NE 65th Street side of CSTL: Green flag means the Eruv is up, Red flag the Eruv is down.

AVOS u’BONIM MOTZEI SHABBOS SAT JAN 18h 7 PM
Inspiring programs for fathers and children.  Living Torah Video, Raffle, Prizes, Delicious Refreshments, Grand Prize Raffle.  All ages welcome! Sponsorships available – Contact RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com A special thanks to this week's generous sponsors, Rabbi Yechezkel & Ora Rappoport and Gershon Grashin in honor of his Grandfather's Yahrtzeit Shlomo Ben Moshe A"H

70 YEAR STRONG LEARNING EVENT – THU JAN 23rd 7:30 PM
Join us at CSTL as we celebrate with an evening of Inspirational Learning and Delectable Cuisine, (meat dinner catered by Wolf and Spice). Men will be in the Beis Medrash learning with chavrusas  Women will learn together as a group, led by Shimona Davidoff, Chabad emissary to Shoreline, WA, in our social hall downstairs. There is no charge to join this event, thanks to our generous sponsors: Rabbi Mendy & Leahle Levitin, Rabbi Avremi & Chavi Gitler, Paul & Tamar Azous, Rabbi Saifo & Frumi Marazow, Rabbi Shnai & Chaya Levitin, Rabbi Shmuly & Chaya Levitin, Rabbi Elazar & Esther Bogomilsky, Yussi & Rachel Greenberg, Moshe & Karen Yalovsky . If you have any questions about this event, please reach out to Rabbi Mendy Levitin keilimetals@gmail.com  or rabbiherbstman@gmail.com  Sign up today and find a chavrusa @ https://shutaf.im/s/or/Seattle

JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE LADIES DANCE NIGHTS
Jan 19th – Contemporary – 6 to 7 pm /Mother/Bubbie/Daughter/Cousin
Feb 23rd – Cardio 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Mar 8th – Hip Hop – 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Mar 22nd – Cardio 7:45 – 8:45 pm
All five for $75 or $20 each. https://tinyurl.com/cstlWomensEvent mherbstman@gmail.com
At All that Dance Studio, 3012 NE Blakely Street.

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR WITH RABBI HERBSTMAN – 8:15 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah.

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 3:30 PM
This week featuring inspiring words of Torah in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. this week we will be learning Parasha Vayechi and Chazaq! With Rabbi Herbstman.

GIRLS CRAFTING MORNING – SUN JAN 19th 10 AM
For Girls 7 and Up. With Tova Cox and Chani Meyer. At CSTL. Coffee and Milk served. RSVP mherbstman@gmail.com

JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE EVENT – SUN FEB 2nd 7:30 PM
Being the CEO of your life – Focusing on Mastering your Financial Health. With Morgan Stanley’s Miri Tilson. Hosted by Elisheva Sprung.  At the Mod Apartments. 6559 35th Ave NE.  Sponsored by Chabad of Seattle.   Sushi & Wine will be served.

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

CSTL JUNIOR CONGREGATION 10 AM – Noon
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

WOMEN’S SUNDAY TEHILLIM AT CSTL – 10 AM
In the library.  Come say a prayer for those in need. 

WOMEN’S MONDAY EVENING LEARNING  8 PM
Weekly learning class for women with Rabbi Emlen  This class is dedicated to the speedy recovery/refuah shlaimah of Sarah Goldberg      Chaya Sarah Malkah bas Brochoh Leah Chavah. This fast paced class is based on the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s, OBM, Sichos.   All levels of knowledge are welcome! Asking questions is not only allowed, it is encouraged!    At the home of the Kavkas  4002 NE 72nd St Seattle. Light refreshments are served

Weekly Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin –Sundays following 9 am Shacharis
Gemora Baba Basra with Rabbi Levitin after 9 am Shacharis

Talmud Class with Rabbi Mendy Levitin
Please contact Shuky Meyer at +1-347-761-2134 to be added to the WhatsApp group, for updated time and location

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE
If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact Marion Kitz Gabbai Kiddush, miriamkitz@hotmail.com .Please inform Marion by the preceding Sunday evening so that we have time to prepare properly.  Kiddush Lite Sponsor $150 includes meat cholent, Kiddush Sponsor $250 with Pareve Chulent or $350 with meat cholent. Kiddush can be paid for at www.CSTLSeattle.org


 

COMMUNITY NEWS

PARSHA WITH RABBI ROSENFELD 9 PM – 10:30 PM
At Mercaz

SEATTLE COMMUNITY SECURITY – EIGHT WEDNESDAYS 7 -10 PM
This course trains participants to protect our community. See more at this video. Begins Jan 15th.  Contact Elisabeth.rosenthal@gmail.com

Sourdough Baking for Women at the Kollel SAT JAN 18th 8:45 PM
www.SeattleKollel.org  or call Mrs. Feibusch at (203) 260-0267

LIMMUD SEATTLE –JAN 18th – 19th 2019.
At Bellevue College.  www.limmudseattle.org 

BCMH MEN'S CLUB EVENT SUN JAN 26th 7 PM
Men of the community are invited for an evening of Sushi, Micro Brews, Snacks & Games. Yavneh Building upstairs Lounge. Cost: $15 per person. www.BCMHSeattle.org

Connections 2020 SUN JAN 26th 11 AM – 1 PM
The largest philanthropic gathering of Jewish women in the Northwest. Featuring guest speaker Alana Newhouse, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Tablet magazine and editor of the 2019 book The 100 Most Jewish Foods. Co-chairs Shelley Bensussen and Barrie Galanti. Honoring Naomi Newman with the Althea Stroum Woman of Distinction Award.  AtThe Westin Seattle – Downtown www.JewishInSeattle.org

The Rescue – A Live Film /Concerto SAT JAN 25th 7:30 PM
The Holocaust Center for Humanity presents The Rescue - A Live Film-Concerto, a performative film experience that tells the story of José Arturo Castellanos, the Latin American Wallenberg. At great risk to himself and his family, Col. Castellanos saved thousands of Jews during the Holocaust by issuing Salvadoran nationality certificates while working as a diplomat. Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. At Town Hall Seattle https://holocaustcenterseattle.org/programs-events/518-the-rescue

BCMH MEN'S CLUB EVENT SUN JAN 26th 7 PM
Men of the community are invited for an evening of Sushi, Micro Brews, Snacks & Games. Yavneh Building upstairs Lounge. Cost: $15 per person. https://bcmhseattle.org/event/mens-club-jan-2020/

ANTISEMITISM PANEL DISCUSSION AT OHR CHADASH SAT FEB 1st 7:30 PM
Shootings in  Jersey City, Pittsburgh & Poway, guards outside our schools & synagogues, hate flyers on local sanctuaries, increased drills. What are our children thinking? How can we help them navigate this new reality? A panel discussion co-sponsored by Congregation Ezra Bessaroth and others. www.minyanohrchadash.org

SEPHARDIC LEARNING KITCHEN ON SUN FEB 2 - BOREKAS!
The Ezra Bessaroth Ladies Auxiliary will share the art of baking the perfect boreka. Sunday, February 2nd at 11am. Attendance is limited to 30 participants and this event will sell out. Cost is $20.00 and RSVP is a must. Reserve your spot by calling the office at 206-722-5500 or go to www.ezrabessaroth.net  What you bake you take.

“FAMILY PAPERS” BOOK TALK WITH SARAH ABREVAYA STEIN - TUE FEB 4th 7 PM
Join the Sephardic Studies Program at the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies and the Seattle Public Library for a conversation with Dr. Devin E. Naar and Dr. Sarah Abrevaya Stein about her new book, “Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century.” At the Downtown Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave. Seattle.

HillelFest 2020 THU FEB 6th 6 PM
Join us at HillelFest 2020 to celebrate the impact of Hillel UW through the eyes of students and to support our vision for the future. https://www.hilleluw.org/events/

HFLA Champagne Brunch SUN FEB 9th 11 AM
The Hebrew Free Loan Association of Washington State invites you to their Annual Champagne Brunch. Lox, bagels, blintzes ... all your favorites. Keynote speaker: Rabbi Daniel Weiner of Temple De Hirsch Sinai. At Mercer Island Community & Event Center. https://www.hflawa.org/

Derech Emunah Winter Garden Party SUN FEB 9th
https://www.Derechemunah.com/GP  or (206) 402-6621

PARENTING TOGETHER – TUE FEB 4th
Create family-to-family relationships through the lens of Jewish values. Learn more about this series at a fantastic lecture by best-selling author and parenting expert Wendy Mogel. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-with-wendy-mogel-tickets-83420072683

FRUTICAS (Tu b’SHEVAT) SEDER & DINNER AT EZRA BESSAROTH - SUN FEB. 9
Save the date: Celebrate Fruticas, the New Year of the trees in Sephardic style with our unique Hebrew and Ladino Fruticas seder. Enjoy a cornucopia of fruits and a delicious festive meal. $85.00 per family or $30.00 per person. www.EzraBessaroth.Net

ARRIVALS PLAY ABOUT SEPHARDIC PIONEERS TO DEBUT SUN MAR. 29th 
The Seattle Jewish Theater Company and Congregation Ezra Bessaroth are proud to present “Arrivals, a Sephardic-Ashkenazi love story" at Ezra Bessaroth on Sunday, March 29 at 2:00 pm.  “Arrivals” is based on historical events and tells the story of the arrival of the first Sephardic immigrants to Seattle in 1903 and their sometimes-difficult encounters with Ashkenazi Jews already settled in the city. The performance will be followed by an audience conversation with the playwright and the cast. Tickets are $7.00 if purchased in advance, $10.00 at the door. Purchase tickets at www.ezrabessaroth.net  or at the Ezra Bessaroth office (M-F 9am-3pm). www.S

SEPHARDIC ADVENTURE CAMP REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
Registration for Sephardic Adventure Camp is now open. Dates are August 1-18. For more information go to  www.sephardicadventurecamp.org

Introducing the Student to Student Program
Prejudice often results from lack of knowledge and familiarity. As a response, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle is introducing Student to Student, a program that teaches high school-age students to put a "human face" to Judaism – the best antidote to bigotry and intolerance. https://www.jewishinseattle.org/community-services/community-relations/student-to-student/

Holocaust Center Trip: 'Poland Through the Eyes of Children  July 4-11
The Holocaust Center for Humanity will lead an educational trip, "Poland Through the Eyes of Children," a trip about connecting to history and people, and understanding that each person has the power to make a difference. The tripwill be led by Center Education Director Ilana Cone Kennedy. Application Deadline: Saturday, February 1, 2020 https://holocaustcenterseattle.org/programs-events/508-poland-2020

Applications for 2020 Camp Scholarships DEADLINE MAR 2nd
The Federation’s need-based camp scholarships program helps Washington State families with the cost of Jewish overnight camp tuition. By providing you with a variety of funding options, our goal is to ensure that you receive the assistance you need so that your child/children can participate in a Jewish overnight camp experience. To be eligible for a need-based camp scholarship, you must be a Washington State resident and be signed up with a traditional Jewish camp in the U.S. or Canada. www.JewishInSeattle.org

Seattle Jewish Event Calendar
http://seattlejewishuniverse.org/

AIRPORT , LOCAL TRIPS, AND KOSHER RESTAURANT DELIVERY! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER
NOW PROVIDING MOVING AND VAN SERVICE (UP TO 12 PEOPLE) NOW PROVIDING TOURS OF SEATTLE! Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com 
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REBBE’S SICHO – SHEMOS
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/92044/jewish/Shmos-Redemption-Who-and-WHy.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

On the passage in which G‑d reveals His name as,1 “I Will Be Who I Will Be,” the Midrash comments2 that G‑d forcefully redeemed the multitude from Egypt, even those individuals who were wicked. However, those who did not want to leave Egypt died during the three days of darkness.3

G‑d redeemed the Jewish people from Egypt because, as stated in this week’s portion of Shmos, they are “His firstborn son.”4 He tells Pharaoh5 to “send out My son so that he may serve Me.”

The redemption of the Jews from Egypt thus came about because all the Jews in Egypt, even the lowliest, were considered by G‑d to be His children, and the connection between a father and child is so essential that it is not subject to deterioration or change.

G‑d’s relationship with every Jew is thus so strong that, in the words of our Sages:6 “Whatever the case [whether you are good or not], you are called [My] children, [therefore,] exchanging them for another nation is impossible.”

This being so, why weren’t all the people redeemed from Egypt?

Furthermore, during the Egyptian exile, there were different categories of evil people among the Jews,7 up to and including idolaters…8 so much so that there were individuals who left Egypt with their idols in hand.9 Nevertheless, all the Jews managed to take part in the exodus. Why then were those who did not want to leave Egypt excluded from the redemption? How were they different from the rest?

Consider. According to Rebbe ,10 Rabbi Yehudah HaNasi, the very day of Yom Kippur brings atonement for all sins, even if the sinner himself does not atone. However, Rebbe admits that if a person transgresses the prohibitions of Yom Kippur itself, such as eating and drinking on that day, then Yom Kippur will not atone for these sins.11

Since, according to Rebbe, Yom Kippur atones even for the harshest of sins,12 why does it not ameliorate the sins of Yom Kippur itself?

The Rogatchover Gaon answers:13 Since these sins pertain to Yom Kippur itself, Yom Kippur serves as a “cause” for them, i.e., the sins came about through the very day of Yom Kippur. It follows that the cause of a sin cannot simultaneously act as its atonement, for “a prosecutor cannot become a defense attorney.”14

On a more esoteric level, the explanation is as follows: Yom Kippur reveals the essential bond between every Jew and G‑d, a bond that transcends iniquity.15 However, sins relating to Yom Kippur itself block the revelation of this bond with G‑d. It is therefore impossible for the bond to serve as a basis of a person’s forgiveness for sins committed on Yom Kippur, since these very sins obscure this bond.

The same is true with regard to the Exodus: The arousal from above that brought about the redemption of the Jewish people from Egypt was predicated upon the revelation of G‑d’s bond as Father of His children.

Since this connection is not subject to change, it resulted in the freeing of all the Jews from Egyptian bondage, even those who were wicked, for “Whatever the case, you are called [My] children.”

But those Jews who refused to leave Egypt, choosing to remain “slaves to slaves” — the very antithesis of devotion to G‑d, and surely in complete opposition to the relationship implied by the phrase “My firstborn son” — placed themselves in a different category:

By their refusal to leave, they opposed the very revelation of the essential bond between G‑d and all Jews. It was thus impossible for this revelation to serve as the grounds for their redemption, because “a prosecutor cannot become a defense attorney.”

Nonetheless, this was only so regarding the redemption from Egypt. Concerning the future Redemption, the Torah assures us that all Jews, without exception, will be redeemed.16

Based on Likkutei Sichos, Vol. XI, pp. 1-4

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