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Yom Kippur / Shabbos Haazinu / Sukkos

Shabbos Haazinu

EREV SHABBOS FRI OCT 11th 
Shacharis: 7 AM 
Mincha/Candles/Maariv 6:10 PM 

SHABBOS HAAZINU SAT OCT 12th 
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 10:06 AM 
Shabbos Mincha 6:10 PM / 
End of Shabbos/Maariv 7:12 PM followed by inspirational JEM videos 

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Sukkos


EREV SUKKOS – SUN OCT 13th 
Shacharit: 9 AM 
Mincha/Candle Lighting 6:06 PM followed by Maariv 

SUKKOS DAY ONE – MON OCT 14th 

Shacharit: 9 AM 
Mincha 6:06 PM 
Maariv/Candles 7:08 PM /Light from an existing flame 

SUKKOS DAY TWO – TUE OCT 15th 
Shacharit: 9 AM 
Mincha 6:06 PM 
Maariv/Havdala 7:06 PM /Havdalah on Wine only/ 
Chol HaMoed Services 
Sun Shacharis 9 AM 
Wed-Fri Shacharis 7 AM 
Wed-Thu Mincha 6 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV 

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Events 


MAZEL TOV MAZEL TOV 
Mazal Tov to Mark and Tziviah Goldberg on the birth of a baby girl, Emma Valentine, to Sergei and Rosie (Goldberg) Golovatchev on Shabbos Vav Tishrei / October 5th , in Surrey, B.C. May they merit to raise her to Torah Chupa and Maasim Tovim! 


PRE-SHABBOS HAAZINU FARBRENGEN - FRI 5 PM 
Erev-Shabbos Farbrengen in front of the CSTL Men’s Mikvah in honor of the Yahrzeit (12th Tishrei) ofRabbi Abraham haMalach(1740-1776) the son of Rabbi DovBer of Mezeritch and study partner of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi; known as "Rabbi Abraham the Angel" for his saintliness and ascetism. 
www.chabad.org/calendar<http://www.chabad.org/calendar

WOMEN’S MIKVAH EREV YOM KIPPUR TUE OCT 8th 9 AM – 12:30 PM 
No appointment is necessary. Please bring your own towel. Donations appreciated. For further information please text or call Liz Rothman at 206-214-5283. 

SUNDAY SCHOOL IN NORTH SEATTLE 

Chabad of NW Seattle is excited to provide “Hebrew School of the Arts” on Sundays. Give your child an opportunity to explore Judaism where it's meaningful, educational, fun and innovative! R! For more info and to register please visit 
www.Seattlehebrewschool.com<http://www.Seattlehebrewschool.com> . yonilevitin@gmail.com<mailto:yonilevitin@gmail.com

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: UP!
Visit 
www.twitter.com/cstleruv<http://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. 


CHILDREN’S SUKKOT – BOWLING AND PIZZA WED OCT 16th 4:30 PM 

For ages 6+. Drop of at CSTL, pick up at the Cox’s sukkah 7:30 PM. RSVP by Oct 10th: 
MHerbstman@gmail.com<mailto:MHerbstman@gmail.com> Generously funded by the CSTL Children’s Program. 

StandWithUs Northwest SHABBATON at CSTL– 4 MarCheshvan – NOV 2nd 

Featuring Randy Kessler Executive Director, StandWithUs Northwest at a Gala CSTL Shabbos Noach Kiddush– Please help sponsor. Oneg Shabbat Friday night at the home of Saifo and Frumi Marasow about 8.30pm Answering tough questions about Israel, where we tackle some of the main accusations leveled against Israel and separate fact from fiction. Info: Vernon Neppe MD, PhD 
psyche@pni.org<mailto:psyche@pni.org


WOMEN WINE AND WARDROBE – SUN NOV 3rd 7:30 PM 
With Women’s expert Federica Gabardi. RSVP and More info 
https://tinyurl.com/cstlwomensevent 


ORDER ESROGIM FROM RABBI KAVKA – 
Order online or print a form: 
http://seattleesrogim.com Pick up is at Congregation Shaarei Tefilah-Lubavitch. There is limited availability! rabbikavka@gmail.com<mailto:rabbikavka@gmail.com


LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY – 8:45 AM SHABBOS MORNING 
An inspiring class with Rabbi Mendy. 
RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON /TBD 
Inspiring words of Torah! 


CSTL TOT PROGRAM for YOM KIPPUR 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM 
Babysitting offered upstairs by Dina Koyfman. Please pack snacks and drinks for kids. Reminder: tot groups are for ages 0-5. Ages 2 and under should be accompanied by a parent.Info: Liz Roth-Jacobovitz: elizabeth.roth08@gmail..com<
mailto:elizabeth.roth08@gmail.com

CSTL JUNIOR CONGREGATION for YOM KIPPUR 10 PM – 2 PM 
Supervision by Ms. Stacey (preschool and 2nd grade teacher at MMSC) Please pack snacks and drinks for kiddos. 
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com<mailto: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– INFORMATION TO FOLLOW 
Location, subject, and speaker. 
Weekly Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin –Sundays following 9 am Shacharis 
Gemora Baba Basra with Rabbi Levitin after 9 am Shacharis 
Weekly History Class for Women with Chanie Levitin Tue 7:30 pm /NOT THIS WEEK 
At Rebbetzin Levitin’s home, 6519 49th Ave NE. For more info, 
chanielevitin@gmail.com<mailto:chanielevitin@gmail.com

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<mailto: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<http://www.CSTLSeattle.org

COMMUNITY NEWS 

SEPHARDIC LEARNING KITCHEN OCT 27th 11 AM – 1 PM 
Learn to bake bischochos with the Ezra Bessaroth Ladies Auxilliary. At Ezra Bessaroth. RSVP: 
www.EzraBessaroth.net<http://www.EzraBessaroth.net

A Historic Evening with Eva Schloss - Stepsister of Anne Frank TUE NOV 5th 7 PM 
Hear the story of noted speaker and author, Eva Schloss, a Holocaust survivor and stepsister of Anne Frank. Eva will be joined on stage on the Hub Ballroom by University of Washington President, Ana Mari Cauce, who will lead the conversation. Sponsored by ChabadUW. RSVP: 
www.EvaSchlossUW.com<http://www.EvaSchlossUW.com

JFS Community-Wide Food Drive and Sort 
Jewish Family Service's Community-Wide Food Drive began Sept 29th and culminates with the Food Sort on Oct 20th. JFS is collecting non-perishable food and toiletries for the Polack Food Bank. To start a collection at your school, organization, or company, contact 
volunteer@jfsseattle.org<mailto:volunteer@jfsseattle.org>. 

SUMMER CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS AND TEEN ISREAL TRIP SCHOLARSHIPS – APPLY TODAY 
www.JewishInSeattle.org<http://www.JewishInSeattle.org

BCMH ANNUAL DINNER -SUN NOV 3rd 
Honoring Ari & Jessica Hoffman and Young Leadership Award honorees, Alexandra Birk, Yael Genauer, Rachel Eisenstein, Aliza Margolese & Shifra Wren. 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bcmh-annual-gala-honoring-ari-jessica-hoffman-tickets-73856309209 

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! 
Competitive rates, excellent service. Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 
JRideSeattle@gmail.com 


REBBE’S SICHO - YOM KIPPUR 
https://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2624123/jewish/At-One-With-G-d.htm 
© SichosInEnglish.org 

The name Yom Kippur means “Day of Atonement”; it is “the culmination of forgiveness and pardon for Israel.”1<javascript:
doFootnote('1a2624123');> The Hebrew term for “atonement” — kapparah , implies not only that the sinner will not be punished for his transgressions, but also that the spiritual blemishes caused by sin will be washed away from his soul. When a person turns to G‑d in sincere teshuvah, the process of change can purge, and even transform, the negative spiritual influences generated by sin.2<javascript:doFootnote('2a2624123');> It is, however, difficult to understand how can this be accomplished by the arrival of Yom Kippur on the calendar. How can Yom Kippur itself bring about such a dramatic change in a person’s being? 

The Essence of the Day Atones 

This question lies at the heart of a difference of opinion among our Sages.3<javascript:doFootnote(
'3a2624123');> Rabbi Yehudah HaNasi maintains that atonement is granted on Yom Kippur whether or not a sinner repents, because “the essence of the day (itzumo shel yom) atones.”4<javascript:doFootnote('4a2624123');> The majority of the Sages differ with this view, maintaining that Yom Kippur atones only for those who repent.5<javascript:doFootnote('5a2624123');> 

However, even those Sages acknowledge the power of “the essence of the day,” in their statement that on Yom Kip­pur we can atone for sins which cannot be completely atoned for on other days.6<javascript:doFootnote('
6a2624123');> The difference between the Sages and Rabbi Yehudah HaNasi, then, is that the Sages maintain that “the essence of the day” can only affect an individual who through teshuvah has opened his heart to its influence. Rabbi Yehudah HaNasi, by contrast, maintains that the influence of “the essence of the day” is so powerful that it atones even without teshuvah. In order to understand this difference of opinion, we must analyze the nature of “the essence of the day” and how can it bring about an internal change within a person. 

Three Levels of Connection 

We relate with G‑d at three levels.7<javascript:
doFootnote('7a2624123');> The first level of con­nection is based on a person’s Torah observance: his intellect grapples with Torah study, his emotions find expression in the love and fear of G‑d, and his potential for activity is actualized in the performance of mitzvos. 

The second level of connection is deeper than that which can be achieved through thought or word or deed. This bond surfaces even when the Torah-based connection to G‑d has been severed. At this level, though sin may separate a person from G‑d, he will be inspired to turn to Him through the potential for teshuvah.8<javascript:
doFootnote('8a2624123');> 

Finally, there is a level of connection to G‑d which stems from the fact that the essence of the Jewish soul is one with the essence of G‑d. This bond is constant. At all times, our essence “cleaves to You.”9<javascript:doFootnote('
9a2624123');> This bond is not the result of our efforts, and consequently, neither our thoughts nor our words nor our deeds can weaken it. 

Transcending Separation 

The connection to G‑d established through Torah obser­vance is limited by the extent of each individual’s religious commitment and actual observance. Furthermore, since this connection is humanly generated, it is limited, no matter how inspired and complete our observance is. 

Even teshuvah — though it results in a deeper connection than that effected by observance — is limited, because it too requires human input: our yearning not to be separated from G‑d. 

The essential bond we share with G‑d, however, does not depend on us at all, coming about instead, because our souls are “an actual part of G‑d from above.”10<javascript:
doFootnote('10a2624123');> At this level of essential connection, there is no existence outside G‑dliness, no possibility of separation from G‑d, no possibility that the soul be affected by sin. The very revelation of this level of connection removes the blemishes which sin causes. This kind of cleansing is a natural process, for the revelation of one’s inner bond renews our connection with G‑d at all lev­els. 

When, by contrast, one atones for sin through teshuvah, the deeper connection he establishes breaks through the bar­riers he has created by his past conduct. Revealing one’s innate inner bond with G‑d is even more powerful: it leaves no possibility of imperfection. 

This is the meaning of saying that “the essence of the day atones.” On Yom Kippur, one’s essential bond with G‑d is revealed, and in the process, every element of our spiritual potential is revitalized.11<javascript:
doFootnote('11a2624123');> 

Locked In, Alone With G‑d 

The revelation of this essential bond on Yom Kippur is reflected in the High Priest’s entry into the Holy of Holies, during which he came into direct contact with the Divine Presence. No human or spiritual being12<javascript:doFootnote(
'12a2624123');> was permitted to intrude upon his connection with G‑d. 

This same degree of connection can be achieved by each of us through our divine service on Yom Kippur, and in par­ticular, during the concluding Neilah service. Neilah means “closing” or “locking”. At this time, every individual Jew is locked in, alone with G‑d. At this time, the essence of his soul, the level that is one with the essence of G‑d, is revealed. 

Neilah is the fifth prayer service of Yom Kippur. Our Sages explain13<javascript:
doFootnote('13a2624123');> that there are five levels within the soul. The fifth and deepest is called yechidah, from the word yachid which means “singular oneness.” This is the point in the soul that is united in singular oneness with G‑d; this is the level that surfaces during Neilah.14<javascript:doFootnote('14a2624123');> 

The level of soul experienced during Neilah foreshadows the Era of the Redemption, for Mashiach<
https://www.sie.org/article.asp?AID=332562> represents the yechi­dah of all existence15<javascript:doFootnote('15a2624123');> and will reveal this unique connection in every aspect of our being. May this take place in the immedi­ate future. 

Adapted from Likkutei Sichos,Vol. IV,Yom Kippur 

Shabbos Netzavim – Rosh haShana 27 Elul, 5779 - 5 Tishrei 5780

Shana Tova U'Mesuka - Kesiva V'Chasima Tova

Erev Shabbos, Fri Sept 27th 
Shacharis: 7 AM 
Mincha/Candles/Maariv 6:38 PM 


SHABBOS Sat Sept 28th 
Shacharis: 9:30 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 10:01 AM 
Shabbos Mincha 6:38 PM /Pirkei Avot Chapters 5&6 
End of Shabbos/Maariv 7:38 PM followed by inspirational JEM videos 


Weekday Services 

Sun Selichos 8 AM / Shacharis 9 AM /Hataras Nedarim 
Wed Shacharis 6:50 AM /Fast of Gedalia 
Thu-Fri Shacharis 7 AM 
Thu Mincha 6:30 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV 
EREV ROSH HASHANA, SUN SEPT 29th //HATARAS NEDARIM/ 
Selichos 8 AM 
Shacharis 9 AM /followed by Hataras Nedarim (annulment of vows) 
Mincha/Maariv/Candles – 6:34 PM 


ROSH HASHANA DAY 1, MON SEPT 30th 

Shacharit/Musaf 9 AM 
Mincha/Tashlich 6 PM 
Maariv/Candles after 7:34 PM /from existing flame/ 


ROSH HASHANA DAY 2, TUE OCT 1st 

Shacharit/Musaf 9 AM 
Mincha/Farbrengen 6 PM 
Maariv/Havdalah 7:32 PM 


FAST OF GEDALIA, WED OCT 2nd 
Fast Begins 5:38 AM 
Shacharit 6:50 AM 
Mincha 6:15 PM 
Maariv/Fast Ends 7:17 PM 

 
Men’s Mikvah Annual Dues were Due on Elul 1st 
$440/daily, $220/weekly, $100/holiday only. Paying for one visit is not an option if you live in this community. Visitors pay $2.50 for single use. You can go to 
http://www.CSTLSeattle.org<http://www.cstlseattle.org/> to make your payment online with your credit card. Men’s mikvah codes will be canceled unless dues are paid before Yom Kippur. 


KIDDUSH 
Thank you to Marion Kitz and Bima Goldshmid for sponsoring this week’s Kiddush and meat cholent in honor of the shloshim of Marion's daughter, Leah bas Chaim Gershon ZT”L and the shloshim of Bima's mother, Pnina bas Daniel ZT”L. May their neshamot have an aliyah. Delicious meat cholent is made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin. 


BARUCH DAYAN EMETH 
We regret to inform you of the passing of Rabbi Solomon Maimon, Rabbi Emeritus of Sephardic Bikur Holim. May Hashem comfort the family amongst the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem 


PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN - FRI 5 PM 

Erev-Shabbos Farbrengen in front of the CSTL Men’s Mikvah in memory of Rabbi Solomon Maimon ZT”L, a founder of the Seattle Kollel, and a founding member of the Seattle Vaad. 
https://www.jewishideas.org/article/secret-successful-sephardic-community-interview-rabbi-solomon-maimon 


ROSH haSHANAH FARBRENGEN – FOLLOWING 6 PM MINCHA – TUE OCT 1st 
Featuring words of inspiration, Chasidic melodies, and refreshments in the CSTL Social Hall. Sponsored by Shimon Dershowitz in honor of all those who led services during the holiday. 


THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -PENDING 
Visit 
www.twitter.com/cstleruv<http://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. 
ORDER ESROGIM FROM RABBI KAVKA – 
Order online or print a form: 
http://seattleesrogim.com<http://seattleesrogim.com/> Pick up is at Congregation Shaarei Tefilah-Lubavitch. There is limited availability! rabbikavka@gmail.com<mailto:rabbikavka@gmail.com


LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY
– 8:45 AM SHABBOS MORNING 
An inspiring class with Rabbi Mendy. This week we will learn about אֶת־יְהֹוָ֥ה הֶֽאֱמַ֖רְתָּ הַיּ֑וֹם and וַֽיהֹוָ֞ה הֶֽאֱמִֽירְךָ֣ “You have selected the Lord And the Lord has selected you” 
RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 5:35 PM 
This week G-d willing, we will be learning the Rebbes Sicoh on Chai Elul and how we should prepare ourselves for Rosh haShanah. 


CSTL TOT PROGRAM 10:30 am – 12:30 pm /TBD 
Info: Liz Roth-Jacobovitz: 
elizabeth.roth08@gmail.com<mailto:elizabeth.roth08@gmail.com


CSTL JUNIOR CONGREGATION 10 am – Noon 
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com<mailto: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– INFORMATION TO FOLLOW /NOT THIS WEEK 
Location, subject, and speaker. 
Weekly Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin –Sundays following 9 am Shacharis 
Gemora Baba Basra with Rabbi Levitin after 9 am Shacharis 
Weekly History Class for Women with Chanie Levitin Tue 7:30 pm /NOT THIS WEEK 
At Rebbetzin Levitin’s home, 6519 49th Ave NE. For more info, 
chanielevitin@gmail.com<mailto:chanielevitin@gmail.com
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 


CSTL ROSH HASHANA KIDS PROGRAM – PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED 
Info to follow 


CSTL ROSH haSHANA TOTS PROGRAM 
If you are interested in volunteering with Tot Groups, please contact Liz Roth-Jacobovitz: 
elizabeth.roth08@gmail.com 


KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE 
If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact Marion Kitz Gabbai Kiddush, 
miriamkitz@hotmail.com<mailto: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<http://www.cstlseattle.org/


COMMUNITY NEWS

Rabbi Frand Annual Drasha Video at the Kollel OCT 6th 8 PM 
More info: 
http://www.seattlekollel.com/rabbi-frand-teshuva-video 

JFS Community-Wide Food Drive and Sort 

Jewish Family Service's Community-Wide Food Drive begins September 29 and culminates with the Food Sort on October 20. JFS is collecting non-perishable food and toiletries for the Polack Food Bank. To start a collection at your school, organization, or company, contact 
volunteer@jfsseattle.org<mailto:volunteer@jfsseattle.org>. 

SUMMER CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS AND TEEN ISREAL TRIP SCHOLARSHIPS – APPLY TODAY 

www.JewishInSeattle.org<http://www.jewishinseattle.org/

BCMH ANNUAL DINNER -SUN NOV 3rd 
Honoring Ari & Jessica Hoffman and Young Leadership Award honorees, Alexandra Birk, Yael Genauer, Rachel Eisenstein, Aliza Margolese & Shifra Wren. 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bcmh-annual-gala-honoring-ari-jessica-hoffman-tickets-73856309209 

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! 
Competitive rates, excellent service. Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 
JRideSeattle@gmail.com 


REBBE’S SICHO -  SHABBOS NITZAVIM 
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/2317592/jewish/Nitzavim.htm 
© SichosInEnglish.org 



This Torah reading contains the verse: “You will return to G‑d your L‑rd and heed His voice.” Maimonidesunderstands this verse as a description of what will take place in the future. Our translation follows that interpretation, i.e., after the Jews will be dispersed among the nations, they will turn to G‑d in repentance and then He will redeem them, bringing them back to the Land of Israel. Nachmanides, by contrast, interprets this verse as a command to repent, translating it as: “You shall return to G‑d.” 
The difference in interpreting this verse can be understood within the scope of a larger question: Is teshuvah, repentance, a mitzvah or not? There are commentaries who consider teshuvah as one of the 613 mitzvos and others who do not include it in that reckoning, maintaining that there is no explicit mitzvah to repent. 
The spiritual basis for these two positions can be explained as follows: The mitzvos are described using the analogy of the human body. In that context, the 248 positive commandments are comparable to the 248 limbs of the body and the 365 negative commandments are comparable to its 365 sinews. Because G‑d’s will is manifest in the Torah and its mitzvos, by observing them we connect our thoughts, words and actions with Him. Whenever we perform a mitzvah, we reinforce our connection with Him, energizing the particular spiritual limb and strengthening the health of the body as a whole, as it were. Every transgression, by contrast, weakens that connection and causes a blemish to the corresponding spiritual organ involved. 
Nevertheless, every Jew shares a bond with G‑d that is not at all dependent on his deeds, for his soul is an actual part of G‑d. For this reason, even a person who has failed to establish a connection with G‑d through mitzvos or even one who has sinned and thus obstructed that connection, may still feel a desire — and still retains the capacity — to return to Him. 
This is the motivation for teshuvah, repentance. A Jew’s inner spiritual core does not allow him to remain separate from G‑d. Spontaneously, it forces itself into the forefront of the person’s consciousness and motivates him to repent. 
On this basis, we can understand the opinion that teshuvah is not a mitzvah.. For that inner spiritual impetus cannot be commanded. Instead, almost instinctively, it surfaces of its own volition. 
Because of the innate spiritual power of teshuvah, however, the possibility exists that it will cause a person to seek to rise above his ordinary day-to-day experience in pursuit of an entirely spiritual lifestyle. To prevent his experience from becoming other-worldly, his teshuvah must be grounded in the observance of mitzvos and the study of the Torah, i.e., within the context of conduct that conforms to normative standards of behavior. 
This, then, is the source for the opinion that teshuvah should be considered a mitzvah. Anchoring teshuvah in a mitzvah channels its inner, spiritual power into a person’s ongoing Torah experience, enabling it to become a fruitful means of expression, enhancing and enriching the person’s life experience as well as the lives of others with whom he comes into contact. 
Looking to the Horizon 
Maimonides cites the above verse as a prooftext for the concept that “‘Israel will only be redeemed through teshuvah.’ The Torah has already promised that, ultimately, Israel will repent towards the end of her exile and, immediately, she will be redeemed.” 
Why is teshuvah intrinsically connected with redemption? Because teshuvah involves coming in contact with the G‑dly core that lies at the heart of our individual existence. Similarly, the Redemption involves enabling the G‑dly core that lies at the heart of existence as a whole to surface. At that time, not only will we know that a G‑dly spark exists within every created entity, we will be able to perceive that G‑dliness and have it guide the focus of our lives. 

Shabbos Ki Teitzei - ha’MELECH b’SODEH - 13-20 Elul, 5779


Erev Shabbos, Fri Sept 13th 
Shacharis: 7 AM 
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  7:07 PM

 

SHABBOS Sat Sept 14th  
Shacharis: 9:30 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 9:55 AM 
Shabbos Mincha 7:07 PM  /Pirkei Avot Chapters 
1&2
End of Shabbos/Maariv 8:08 Pfollowed by inspirational JEM videos

 

Weekday Services / Come Hear the Shofar at weekday Shacharis throughout Elul
Sun Shacharis  9 AM 
Mon -Fri Shacharis 7 AM 
Sun-Thu Mincha 
7:05 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV

L'David Hashem Daily at Shacharis and Mincha
The psalm L'David Hashem Ori (Psalm 27) is recited at the end of the morning and afternoon prayers. This special addition is recited throughout the month of Elul and the High Holiday season, until Hoshanah Rabbah (Tishrei 21) -- a total of 50 days. 
www.chabad.org/calendar

 

 

KIDDUSH 
Thank you to Avram and Tamar Rosenfeld for sponsoring this week’s kiddush in celebration of Avram Rosenfeld's Bar Mitzvah Parshah and in honor of the Yahrzeit of Avram's father, Menachem  Rosenfeld Z”TL. Delicious meat cholent will be made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin.

 

 

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN - FRI 6 PM
Erev-Shabbos Farbrengen in front of the CSTL Men’s Mikvah, in honor of the 13th of Elul, the wedding anniversary of the previous rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Shneersohn (1897), and the Yahrzeit of the Ben Ish Chai (1909), renowned Sephardic Halachic authority and Kabbalist.

 

 

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -PENDING
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.

 

 

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY – 8:45 AM SHABBOS MORNING
An inspiring class with Rabbi Mendy.

 

 

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 6:10 PM
This week G-d willing, we will be learning the Rebbe’s Ma'amar B'chochma Yibone (5722/1962). This Ma'amar discusses how with  Chochma/Wisdom we seal G-D’s desire and Joy to be King over all creation.

 

 

CSTL TOT PROGRAM 10:30 am – 12:30 pm /TBD
Info: Liz Roth-Jacobovitz: 
elizabeth.roth08@gmail.com

 

 

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– INFORMATION TO FOLLOW
Location, subject, and speaker.

 

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

 

Weekly History Class for Women with Chanie Levitin Tue 7:30 pm
At Rebbetzin Levitin’s home, 6519 49th Ave NE.  For more info, 
chanielevitin@gmail.com

 

 

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

 

 

SHIURIM WITH DR TRACHTMAN SUN,MON,TUE, and WED 7-8 PM 
Via teleconference. Info and registration: Joseph N. Trachtman, O.D., Ph.D.  206-412-5985 
tracht@accommotrac.com .

 

 

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

 

 

Seattle Kollel "Mussar in Action" MON EVES THROUGHOUT  SEPT 
With Rabbi Michael Cohen. More info: 
www.seattlekollel.com

 

SEPHARDIC SLICHOT DAILY THROUGHOUT ELUL – SUNDAYS AT 5 AM
At Ezra Bessaroth.  A lovely breakfast following Selihot/Shahrit services for all attendees.

Eleventh Annual Community StandWithUs Northwest Reception Thu Sept 12th 
At the Hillel at the UW.  Purchase tickets at 
www.standwithus.com/seattle2019. Questions? Call (206) 801-0902 or email: Northwest@StandWithUs.com

 

Seattle Jewish Arts + Music Festival – SEPT 13th to 15th 
At Stroum JCC - Mercer Island. Get ready for the 2019 SeaJAM, Seattle Jewish Arts + Music Festival. Featuring Emmy-winning Will & Grace star Debra Messing on opening night, Chef Joel Gamoran, The Maccabeats in concert, and a pre-Shabbat community challah baking contest. 
https://sjcc.org/arts-ideas/seajam/

 

ZIONIST SPAGHETTI NIGHT AT BCMH WED SEPT 18th  5:30 PM
Cost: $6 per person  /  $3 per child ages 2-10. Guest speaker will be Randy Kessler, Executive Director of StandWithUs Northwest. Topic: "Answering Tough Questions About Israel”

 

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

 

Honeymoon Israel Applications Are Now Open!
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle's next Honeymoon Israel cohort will travel to Israel March 19-29, 2020. Want to learn more about this opportunity to make deep and meaningful connections to Jewish life? 
https://www.jewishinseattle.org/investments-in-jewish-life/young-adults/honeymoon-israel/

 

Macabee Martial Arts Classes at BCMH
White Dragon Kung Fu and Self Defense for beginners. Tues. & Thur., 4:30 - 5:30 pm and Sun., 12 - 1 pm, for ages 7 to adult. Sign up for one week free at 
www.dragonkungfuseattle.com

 

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!

Competitive rates, excellent service.  Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 
JRideSeattle@gmail.com

 


REBBE’S SICHO -  SHABBOS KI TEITZEI

 https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/2317587/jewish/Ki-Seitzei.htm
© 
SichosInEnglish.org

 

This Torah reading begins, “When you go out to war against your enemies….” What does a soldier feel when he enters combat? Maimonides writes: “Once a soldier enters the throes of battle, he should rely on the Hope of Israel and their Savior in times of need. He should realize that he is fighting for the sake of the oneness of G‑d’s Name. Therefore, he should place his soul in his hand and not show fright or fear.

“He should not worry about his wife or children. On the contrary, he should wipe their memory from his heart, removing all thoughts from his mind except the war.”

What motivates a soldier to rise above his personal self and risk his life in battle? He identifies with something higher. At the point he enters into battle, his personal identity becomes subsumed to the general whole. His “I” is no longer the individual “I” of his personal self, but the encompassing “I” of the Jewish people as a whole. Simply put, a soldier is not his own man. He is the representative of the Jewish people and that collective identity takes precedence over his own.

Here lies the issue: We see that, when called to serve in an army, ordinary individuals who are not spiritually oriented can rise above themselves and make the supreme and ultimate sacrifice. They subsume their individual identities. On the other hand, there are developed persons who spend their days in spiritual endeavors; they struggle and labor and yet, they have difficulty eclipsing their “I.” It’s true; their “I” is not an “I” of materialistic desires. Instead of seeking physical satisfaction, their wants are intellectual and spiritual, but there is still an “I” that wants.

The soldier, by contrast, is not concerned with his individual “I.” He is not laboring intellectually or spiritually and yet, he is prepared to give up everything, his life and all his concerns, for a purpose above himself.

What is the source for this dynamic? At the core of each of our beings lies a G‑dly soul that is not identified with our individual “I.” It is a part of G‑d, infinite and undefined as He is. Since this is the core of our being, we all have an innate tendency to self-transcendence. During our everyday lives, this inner potential does not surface. But when put to the test, when the person feels — either consciously or subconsciously — that this inner potential is being called on, it comes forth, almost effortlessly.

The Jewish people are called “the army of G‑d.” Implied is that each one of us is a soldier. In that vein, our Rabbis explain that the phrase “When you go out to war…” refers to the battle each person faces with his own individual nature and his struggle to bring spirituality into his everyday concerns.

This is where we must be soldiers. Instead of seeing these challenges as personal issues, we should see them as part of a general concern, as part of G‑d’s desire for a dwelling place among mortals, which is the purpose of creation as a whole. That sense of purpose will lift each one of us above our individual identities and prompt our essential core to seek expression.

Looking to the Horizon

War is an ongoing part of the human condition. Probably from the time when men first began to bond into nations, one nation sought to attack another. Why? They were greedy; they wanted the other nation’s land, grain, or animals. And life was cheap; the attackers did not understand the value of life, not the lives of their own citizens and certainly, not those of the nation which they were attacking.

In the era of Mashiach, this will change. “Nation will not lift up sword against nation, nor will they learn war any more.” Moreover, this will be the natural and accepted pattern of life, not the result of a particular treaty or pact.

Why? Because “good things will flow in abundance and all the delights will be freely available as dust. The occupation of the entire world will be solely to know G‑d.” The scarcity mentality that plagues people at present will be replaced by feelings of satisfaction and content. There will be no need to take from anyone else, because everyone will have in abundance.

Moreover, no one will desire to pursue physical pleasures and delights. That is the intent of the phrase “The delights will be freely available as dust.” Just like dust is not desired, so, too, although material pleasures will be available and appreciated, we will no longer anxiously pursue them. As a result, they will appreciate the value of their own lives, understanding the opportunity to bond with G‑d that every moment of life grants. Moreover, they will appreciate the G‑dliness in another person and understand that his or her life is similarly precious.

 

Shabbos Shoftim 6-13 Elul, 5779 -THE KING IS IN THE FIELD – ha’MELECH b’SODEH

 Erev Shabbos, Fri Sept 6th 
Shacharis: 7 AM 
Mincha/Candles/Maariv 7:21 PM 


SHABBOS Sat Sept 7th 

Shacharis: 9:30 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 9:51 AM 
Shabbos Mincha 7:21 PM /Pirkei Avot Chapter 6 


End of Shabbos/Maariv 8:20 PM followed by inspirational JEM videos 


Weekday Services / Come Hear the Shofar at weekday Shacharis throughout Elul 
Sun Shacharis 9 AM 
Mon -Fri Shacharis 7 AM 
Sun-Thu Mincha 7:20 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV 
L'David Hashem Daily at Shacharis and Mincha 
The psalm L'David Hashem Ori (Psalm 27) is recited at the end of the morning and afternoon prayers. This special addition is recited throughout the month of Elul and the High Holiday season, until Hoshanah Rabbah (Tishrei 21) -- a total of 50 days. www.chabad.org/calendar<http://www.chabad.org/calendar

 


KIDDUSH 
Kiddush Lite. Meat cholent by Rabbi Mendy Levitin sponsored by Frumi, Rachi, Alter, Mendy, Toby, Shmuly, Shnai, Yoni and Levi Levitin in honor of their Father and Mother’s 50th wedding anniversary. Mazel Tov Mazel Tov!. 


PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN - FRI 6 PM 
Erev-Shabbos Farbrengen in front of the CSTL Men’s Mikvah, in memory of Ariel Efraim Rosenfeld ZT”L, Yahrzeit 6th Elul. 


THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: ACTIVE

Visit www.twitter.com/cstleruv<http://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. 

 


LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY – 8:45 AM SHABBOS MORNING 
An inspiring class with Rabbi Mendy. 


RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 6:20 PM 
This week G-d willing, we will be learning a Sicho on Parshas Shoftim and Chodesh Elul. Hamelech b’Sodeh!

 
CSTL TOT PROGRAM 10:30 am – 12:30 pm /TBD 
Info: Liz Roth-Jacobovitz: elizabeth.roth08@gmail.com<mailto:elizabeth.roth08@gmail.com


CSTL JUNIOR CONGREGATION 10 am – Noon 
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com<mailto: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– INFORMATION TO FOLLOW 
Location, subject, and speaker. 


Weekly Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin –Sundays following 9 am Shacharis 


Gemora Baba Basra with Rabbi Levitin after 9 am Shacharis 


Weekly History Class for Women with Chanie Levitin Tue 7:30 pm 
At Rebbetzin Levitin’s home, 6519 49th Ave NE. For more info, chanielevitin@gmail.com<mailto:chanielevitin@gmail.com
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 


SHIURIM WITH DR TRACHTMAN SUN,MON,TUE, and WED 7-8 PM 
Via teleconference. Info and registration: Joseph N. Trachtman, O.D., Ph.D. 206-412-5985 tracht@accommotrac.com<mailto:tracht@accommotrac.com> .. 


KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE 

If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact Marion Kitz Gabbai Kiddush, miriamkitz@hotmail.com<mailto: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<http://www.CSTLSeattle.org

COMMUNITY NEWS 

Seattle Kollel "Mussar in Action" MON EVE SEPT 2nd to 23rd 
With Rabbi Michael Cohen. More info: www.seattlekollel.com<http://www.seattlekollel.com

SEPHARDIC SLICHOT DAILY THROUGHOUT ELUL - FIRST SELICHOT SUN SEP 8th 5 AM 
At Ezra Bessaroth. Michael & Carole Behar will be sponsoring a lovely breakfast following Selihot/Shahrit services for all attendees. 

THE NEW ANTISEMITISM, WHERE IS IT FROM AND WHAT CAN WE DO? SUN SEPT 8th 7 PM 
At Ezra Bessaroth. In recent months dangerous antisemitism has metastasized, from Philadelphia to Poway, to New York, To Miami and even right here in the Pacific NW. Regina Sassoon Friedland, Director of AJC Seattle will share vital information from the front-lines of the fight against antisemitism. www.EzraBessaroth.net<http://www.EzraBessaroth.net

Honor Susie Pass at Hadassah SUN SEPT 8th 11 AM 
Hadassah will hold a game day fundraiser at Redmond Ridge honoring Susie Pass. Mah jongg, bridge, or any table game. Not a game player? Come by for lunch, friendship, echar lashon, and schmoozing. https://www.seattlehadassah.org/events/a-fundraiser-presented-by-hadassah-at-redmond-ridge/ 

Eleventh Annual Community StandWithUs Northwest Reception Thu Sept 12th 
At the Hillel at the UW. Purchase tickets at www.standwithus.com/seattle2019. Questions? Call (206) 801-0902 or email: Northwest@StandWithUs.com<mailto:Northwest@StandWithUs.com

Seattle Jewish Arts + Music Festival – SEPT 13th to 15th 
At Stroum JCC - Mercer Island. Get ready for the 2019 SeaJAM, Seattle Jewish Arts + Music Festival. Featuring Emmy-winning Will & Grace star Debra Messing on opening night, Chef Joel Gamoran, The Maccabeats in concert, and a pre-Shabbat community challah baking contest. https://sjcc.org/arts-ideas/seajam/ 

ZIONIST SPAGHETTI NIGHT AT BCMH WED SEPT 18th 5:30 PM 
Cost: $6 per person / $3 per child ages 2-10. Guest speaker will be Randy Kessler, Executive Director of StandWithUs Northwest. Topic: "Answering Tough Questions About Israel” 

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

Honeymoon Israel Applications Are Now Open! 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle's next Honeymoon Israel cohort will travel to Israel March 19-29, 2020. Want to learn more about this opportunity to make deep and meaningful connections to Jewish life? https://www.jewishinseattle.org/investments-in-jewish-life/young-adults/honeymoon-israel/ 

Macabee Martial Arts Classes at BCMH 
White Dragon Kung Fu and Self Defense for beginners. Tues. & Thur., 4:30 - 5:30 pm and Sun., 12 - 1 pm, for ages 7 to adult. Sign up for one week free at www.dragonkungfuseattle.com<http://www.dragonkungfuseattle.com
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! 
Competitive rates, excellent service. Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com 

 


REBBE’S SICHO -  SHABBOS SHOFTIM 

 
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/2317586/jewish/Shoftim.htm 
© SichosInEnglish.org 
This week’s Torah reading includes the mitzvah of eglah arufah, a ritual act whereby the neck of a calf is broken to atone for the murder of a person who was slain by an unknown assailant. 
In ultimate terms, a Jew’s life is his connection to G‑dliness, as it is written: “You, who cling to G‑d your L‑rd, are all alive today.” On this basis, we can understand the cause of the death of the person slain. His connection to G‑dliness was cut off. Why? Because he was found in the field. The field refers to a place outside the realm of holiness. It is not an innately negative place. On the contrary, it is food that is grown in a field that sustains man. Nevertheless, in the field, one can meet “Esau… the man of the field” and be influenced by him. In simple words: Once outside the realm of holiness it is very easy to slip into the error of seeking worldly accomplishments and pleasures without a G‑dly intent. This is spiritual death — the cessation of the person’s bond with G‑d. 
The eglah arufah was brought to absolve the people of the neighboring city for their responsibility for the person’s death. Why might they be held responsible? Seemingly, the one who has died is responsible for his own death. After all, he left the city, a place of Torah, and went out to the field? Why then are others — the city elders, no less — responsible to atone for his death? 
The mitzvah of eglah arufah highlights the flaws associated with such a line of reasoning; no one should use such an argument to absolve himself of responsibility. There is an inner bond that ties all Jews together and connects us to all of our brethren, even those who have made wrong choices and are found “in the field.” 
The elders of the city model the obligation that applies to us all — by performing this ritual and declaring: “Our hands did not spill this blood.” Our Sages explain that they are saying that they did not let the slain person depart the city without providing him with food and an escort. “Food” refers to Torah study. Before a Jew goes out to the field, the Jewish community must provide him with “food,” spiritual nurture, and they must also see that others accompany him, so that he will not face the challenges of the field alone. 
Parshas Shoftim is always read in the month of Elul, the month when — as explained in the renowned analogy of the Alter Rebbe — “the King is in the field.” Every Jew should “follow in His paths,” and leave the security of the “city,” the established Jewish community, and go out and extend himself to those Jews in the “field,” helping them find their way back to their Jewish heritage. Moreover, he should do so with happiness, emulating the King who, as the Alter Rebbe continues in that source, “accepts all with a gracious countenance and beams a shining countenance to all.” 


Looking to the Horizon 
Parshas Shoftim also speaks of prophets and the guidance they will give the Jewish people, saying: “I will raise up a prophet for them from among their brothers… and I will put My words in his mouth.” On one hand, that is a very inviting thought — to know that someone will be telling you G‑d’s word: that you can apply what he says with utter confidence because this is not a man guessing what may or may not be right. He is communicating truth from above. 
On the other hand, that is very frightening, for we can imagine how this potential can be misused. There are many gullible people who will swallow anything that people say. Indeed, the more “spiritual” the persuader looks and sounds, the more some people are swayed by his message. For this reason, the Bible itself warns about false prophets and the damage they can cause. 
Maimonides writes: “It is one of the fundamental principles of faith that G‑d conveys prophecy through man” — for G‑d wants that His word be communicated to mankind. And yet for thousands of years — ever since the initial years of the Second Temple — there has not been a prophet in the complete sense. 
One of the hallmarks of the era of Mashiach will be the renewal of prophecy.. Indeed, in a letter to the Jews of Yemen, Maimonides starts that “shortly before the coming of Mashiach, prophecy will return to the Jewish people.” After Mashiach’s coming, prophecy will become a universal phenomenon. “And it shall come to pass that I will pour out My spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and daughters shall prophecy; your elders shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.” In preparation for Mashiach’s coming and certainly after his coming, mankind will benefit from the positive dimensions of prophecy without having to worry about the drawbacks of false prophets. 

habbos Re’eh – Rosh Chodesh Elul | 29 Menachem Av – 6 Elul, 5779

Erev Shabbos, Fri Aug 30th 
Shacharis: 7 AM 
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  7:34 PM

SHABBOS Sat Aug 31st /ROSH CHODESH ELUL
Shacharis: 9:30 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 9:48 AM 
Shabbos Mincha 7:34 PM  /Pirkei Avot Chapter 5
End of Shabbos/Maariv 8:35 PM

Weekday Services / Come Hear the Shofar at weekday Shacharis throughout Elul
Sun Shacharis  9 AM /ROSH CHODESH ELUL – First Shofar
Mon -Fri Shacharis 7 AM 
Sun-Thu Mincha 7:30 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV

L'David Hashem Ori Starts at Shacharis this Shabbos
The psalm L'David Hashem Ori (Psalm 27) is recited at the end of the morning and afternoon prayers. This special addition is recited throughout the month of Elul and the High Holiday season, until Hoshanah Rabbah (Tishrei 21) -- a total of 50 days.
www.chabad.org/calendar

KIDDUSH 
Gala Rosh Chodesh Elul Kiddush to thank and honor Rabbi Avi & Marave Herbstman and family for all the amazing work they do to help build our warm and vibrant community. Sponsored by Rabbi & Chanie Levitin, Tova & Shimon Cox, Chani & Shuky Meyer, Yussi & Rachel Greenberg and Galit Lurya. Gala kiddush includes meat cholent by Rabbi Mendy Levitin.

BARUCH DAYAN EMETH
We are saddened by the passing of Leah Kitz, Leah Yochana bas Chayim Gershon ZT”L.   May the Kitz family be comforted with all the mourners of Tzion and Yerushalayim.

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN - AUG 23rd  6 PM
Erev-Shabbos Farbrengen in front of the CSTL Men’s Mikvah, in honor of Rosh Chodesh Elul – The King is in the Field!
www.chabad.org/calendar

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -PENDING
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.

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY – 8:45 AM SHABBOS MORNING
An inspiring class with Rabbi Mendy.

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 6:35 PM
This week G-d willing, we will be learning a Sicho on Parshas Re'eh and Chodesh Elul

CSTL TOT PROGRAM 10:30 am – 12:30 pm /TBD
Info: Liz Roth-Jacobovitz: 
elizabeth.roth08@gmail.com

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

CRAFTING FOR GIRLS SUN SEPT 1st – 10 AM
With Tova Cox and Chani Meyer.  For girls 7+ at CSTL.  Cookies and Milk will be served
RSVP to 
MHerbstman@gmail.com

GAVI GOLDBERG'S BRIDAL SHOWER - SUN SEPT 1st 7 PM
For women only, at the Bogomilsky’s.  RSVP to Chavi Gittler (845) 662-9446

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

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

Weekly History Class for Women with Chanie Levitin Tue 7:30 pm
At Rebbetzin Levitin’s home, 6519 49th Ave NE.  For more info, 
chanielevitin@gmail.com

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

UPSHURNISH BEIS ELUL - SEPT 2nd at 11 AM
The Herbstman family invites the community to the upshurnish for their son Yisroel Pinchas at View Ridge Park.  Only Simchas!

SHIURIM WITH DR TRACHTMAN SUN,MON,TUE, and WED 7-8 PM 
Via teleconference. Info and registration: Joseph N. Trachtman, O.D., Ph.D.  206-412-5985 
tracht@accommotrac.com .

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

Rabbi Eli Mansour at Sephardic Bikur Holim & Seattle Kollel SUN SEP 1st  and MON SEP 2nd 
Daf Yomi SUN 6:30 PM at SBH, followed by Mincha/Maariv.  
Grand Shiur SUN 8:30 PM at SBH
Selichos and Shacharis MON 6:30 AM at SBH
Grand Shiur MON 9 AM at Seattle Kollel
https://www.seattlekollel.com/rabbi-eli-mansour-learning

SEPHARDIC SLICHOT DAILY THROUGHOUT ELUL - FIRST SELICHOT SUN SEP 8th 5 AM
At Ezra Bessaroth. Michael & Carole Behar will be sponsoring a lovely breakfast following Selihot/Shahrit services for all attendees.

Island Synagogue Annual Hike  MON SEPT 2nd 9 AM – 5 PM
A five mile round trip to "Dirty Harry's Balcony." Hike has a difficulty rating of 3 on a 1-to-5 scale. Elevation gain 1,300 feet. Hosted by Dr. Lloyd Tucker. Meet at Island Synagogue/Shevat Achim at 9 am or park at the trail head (Discovery Pass required) off Exit 38 on I-90.  
www.islandsynagogue.org

EZRA BESSAROTH GALA DINNER W/ MICHAEL MEDVED - SUN SEP 1st  
Plan to join us for an exciting and glamorous evening of celebrating all we love about Ezra Bessaroth. This gala event will feature best-selling author, movie critic, radio host and local celebrity, Michael Medved. 

THE NEW ANTISEMITISM, WHERE IS IT FROM AND WHAT CAN WE DO? SUN SEPT 8th 7 PM
At Ezra Bessaroth. In recent months dangerous antisemitism has metastasized, from Philadelphia to Poway, to New York, To Miami and even right here in the Pacific NW. Regina Sassoon Friedland, Director of AJC Seattle will share vital information from the front-lines of the fight against antisemitism. 
www.EzraBessaroth.net

Honor Susie Pass at Hadassah SUN SEPT 8th 11 AM
Hadassah will hold a game day fundraiser at Redmond Ridge honoring Susie Pass. Mah jongg, bridge, or any table game. Not a game player? Come by for lunch, friendship, echar lashon, and schmoozing. 
https://www.seattlehadassah.org/events/a-fundraiser-presented-by-hadassah-at-redmond-ridge/

Eleventh Annual Community StandWithUs Northwest Reception Thu Sept 12th 
At the Hillel at the UW.  Purchase tickets at www.standwithus.com/seattle2019. Questions? Call (206) 801-0902 or email:
Northwest@StandWithUs.com

Seattle Jewish Arts + Music Festival – SEPT 13th to 15th 
At Stroum JCC - Mercer Island. Get ready for the 2019 SeaJAM, Seattle Jewish Arts + Music Festival. Featuring Emmy-winning Will & Grace star Debra Messing on opening night, Chef Joel Gamoran, The Maccabeats in concert, and a pre-Shabbat community challah baking contest. 
https://sjcc.org/arts-ideas/seajam/

American Society for Yad Vashem Gala Dinner MON SEPT 1th 7 PM
Columbia Tower Club – Seattle. 
The American Society for Yad Vashem-Western Region will honor philanthropist Steven Baral at the society's first gala dinner in Seattle. Israeli filmmaker Guy Nattiv, whose short film Skin won an Oscar this year for Best Live Action Short Film, will be guest speaker. 
https://www.yadvashemusa.org/events-posts/2019-seattle-gala/

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

Honeymoon Israel Applications Are Now Open!
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle's next Honeymoon Israel cohort will travel to Israel March 19-29, 2020. Want to learn more about this opportunity to make deep and meaningful connections to Jewish life? 
https://www.jewishinseattle.org/investments-in-jewish-life/young-adults/honeymoon-israel/

Macabee Martial Arts Classes at BCMH
White Dragon Kung Fu and Self Defense for beginners. Tues. & Thur., 4:30 - 5:30 pm and Sun., 12 - 1 pm, for ages 7 to adult. Sign up for one week free at 
www.dragonkungfuseattle.com

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!

Competitive rates, excellent service.  Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com


REBBE’S SICHO -  SHABBOS RE’EH 
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/2317584/jewish/Reeh.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

Among the concepts discussed in this week’s Torah reading are the mitzvos to tithe and to give charity. Interpreting one of the verses in this week’s Torah reading, our Sages comment: “Tithe in order to become wealthy.” בשביל, translated as “in order to” can also be translated as “through the path.” By tithing, a person creates a path through which Divine influence flows to him. For showing generosity to others is a proper medium to elicit Divine generosity and blessing.

The rationale behind this approach is reflected in our Rabbis’ explanation of the verse: “Give him and do not feel bad in your heart,” that one should not feel bad when giving charity, because what he is giving is merely what he himself has been given by G‑d.

We are not due anything. Everything we have is a gift, generously granted to us from Above. Taking the concept further, it can be said that included in what G‑d gives a person is a portion that is intended to be given to others. He gives us in order that we will give to those less fortunate.

When G‑d sees that a person is generous with the money entrusted to him for others and gives them without qualms, He increases the money He entrusts to the giver, providing him with the opportunity to add to the gifts he grants to the poor.

Indeed, the above verse can be interpreted “Do not give, because you feel bad for the other person.” For a person should not give solely out of an emotional response to the other person’s need. Instead, he should give out of the recognition that this is the reason he was granted the wealth and the success at the outset: so that he could share it with others and spread the goodness that G‑d has granted him.

The emphasis on the intellectual appreciation of the need to give adds another dimension to the idea that tithing leads to wealth. Our Sages teach: “Who is a wealthy man? One who is happy in his portion.” Often, there are people who have been granted success, but have not been granted the peace of mind to enjoy it. They are on a constant treadmill, always feeling the need to gain and accumulate more.

A giver steps off the treadmill. When he looks at others and makes a commitment to help them, the focus of his world shifts. Instead, of being only “I-oriented,” his outlook broadens. When that happens, he gains an entirely new perspective on what he himself has been given. He is able to step back and appreciate how great are the blessings that he has been granted. That is true wealth.

This wealth should also be shared with the poor. Perhaps the most crippling dimension of poverty is the emotional and psychological constraints it creates. To whatever degree possible, a giver should try to help the recipient in this area as well, enabling him to see beyond his need and appreciate G‑d’s kindness.

Looking to the Horizon

This week’s Torah reading also contains the commandments to build a Temple in Jerusalem. It describes the pagan practice of offering sacrifices in many places and explains that the Jews should not worship G‑d in such a manner. Instead, they should construct for Him a Temple and offer their sacrifices there.

The commentaries offer two explanations for this command:

a) that the Jews have a centralized place for worship;

b) that G‑d have a dwelling place in this world, a place where His presence would be revealed and manifest.

Both of these motifs are significant. One of the fundamental principles of Judaism is that our relationship with G‑d is expressed as a people, a nation with a shared identity, not merely a group of individuals. True, the Divine service of every individual is important, but G‑d also looks at the nation as a whole. To emphasize this point, sacrifices may be offered only in one place.

But over and beyond the service of the Jewish people, the Temple exists as — to quote this week’s Torah portion — “the place which G‑d chose to cause His name to rest.” This is the fundamental purpose of the Temple: for there to be a place where G‑d’s presence will be visibly perceptible.

The lack of such a place is the true hardship of exile and the motivation for our hope and expectation for Mashiach’s coming.

Shabbos Ekev – Mevarchim Elul | 22-29 Menachem Av, 5779

Erev Shabbos, Fri Aug 23rd 
Shacharis: 7 AM 
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  7:49 PM

SHABBOS Sat Aug 24th 
Tehilim for Mevarchim Elul 7:30 AM
Shacharis: 9:30 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 9:44 AM 
Shabbos Mincha 7:49 PM  /Pirkei Avot Chapter 4
End of Shabbos/Maariv 8:51 PM

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

KIDDUSH 
Shabbos Mevarchim Kiddush sponsored by TBD Delicious meat cholent made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin, sponsored byTBD.

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN - AUG 23rd  6 PM
Erev-Shabbos Farbrengen in front of the CSTL Men’s Mikvah, in honor of Chof Menachem Av, yahrzeit of the Rebbe’s father, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson (1878-1944), in Alma Ata, Kazakhstan. Rabbi Levi Yitzchak was Chief Rabbi of Yekaterinoslav (currently Dnepropetrovsk), and was arrested and exiled to Kazakhstan by the Stalinist regime as a result of his work to preserve Jewish life in the Soviet Union. 
www.chabad.org/calendar

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -PENDING
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.

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY – 8:45 AM SHABBOS MORNING
An inspiring class with Rabbi Mendy.

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 6:45 PM
This week G-d willing we will continue learning  the Rebbes' M'ammar  Tziyon BeMishpat Tipadeh (1976/5736). The M'ammar discusses how our  spiritual condition of “Galus” Exile,- defined by Choosing your day to day mood based on Material Not  Spiritual achievements and setback,- can only be redeemed by finding the timelessness of Torah and Mitzvot  within the time of creation.

CSTL TOT PROGRAM 10:30 am – 12:30 pm /TBD
Info: Liz Roth-Jacobovitz: 
elizabeth.roth08@gmail.com

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

CRAFTING FOR GIRLS SUN SEPT 1st – 10 AM
With Tova Cox and Chani Meyer.  For girls 7+ at CSTL.  Cookies and Milk will be served
RSVP to 
MHerbstman@gmail.com

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

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

Weekly History Class for Women with Chanie Levitin Tue 7:30 pm
At Rebbetzin Levitin’s home, 6519 49th Ave NE.  For more info, 
chanielevitin@gmail.com

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

UPSHURNISH BEIS ELUL - SEPT 2nd at 11 AM
The Herbstman family invites the community to the upshurnish for their son Yisroel Pinchas at View Ridge Park.  Only Simchas!

SHIURIM WITH DR TRACHTMAN SUN,MON,TUE, and WED 7-8 PM 
Via teleconference. Info and registration: Joseph N. Trachtman, O.D., Ph.D.  206-412-5985 
tracht@accommotrac.com .

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

Ruth Fast in Conversation with Pamela Lavitt SUN AUG 25th 4 PM
Hadassah will honor Ruth Fast to celebrate her 99th birthday. Ruth will share highlights of her story in conversation with Pamela Lavitt. Rescued from the Nazis by Hadassah-sponsored Youth Aliyah, Ruth has held every position in Hadassah's Seattle chapter.
https://www.seattlehadassah.org/events/ruth-fast-in-conversation-with-pamela-lavitt/

Honeymoon Israel Applications Are Now Open!
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle's next Honeymoon Israel cohort will travel to Israel March 19-29, 2020. Want to learn more about this opportunity to make deep and meaningful connections to Jewish life?
https://www.jewishinseattle.org/investments-in-jewish-life/young-adults/honeymoon-israel/

WOMEN'S POOLSIDE GARDEN SHIUR TUE AUG 27th 7 PM
Class given by Aliza Tanenbaum at the home of Liz Rosen, 5504 Seward Park AVE S, Sea. Topic: "Elul: Closeness, Unity and Gratitude". For Adults only. Drinks & snacks provided. RSVP to: 
lizmrosen@gmail.com

STEVE HEMMAT & YOUNG SEPHARDIC PROFESSIONALS – WED AUG 28th 6:30 PM
Young Jewish adults are invited to join our Young Sephardic Professionals for an informal rooftop wine chat with Steven Hemmat, former Trial Attorney at the US Department of Justice. Enjoy drinks and networking. At The Summit, 2020 E Madison St. To RSVP or for information email 
Ethan@SeattleSephardic.org

Mental Health: Fighting Isolation – THU AUG 29th at NOON
JFS Capital Hill Campus, Seattle. What can we learn from Jewish texts that could ease the isolation caused by mental health concerns? Join Beth Huppin, Jewish Family Service's Director of Project Kavod/Dignity for a text-based exploration. Snacks and bagels provided, feel free to bring lunch. 
https://www.jfsseattle.org/event/exploring-dignity-mental-health-fighting-isolation/

Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib to Climb Kilamanjaro 
Those of you who attended the May 27th Erensya event at Ezra Bessaroth will recall Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib's inspiring talk on the importance of preserving our Sephardic heritage. Lt. Governor Habib is in the spotlight again as he travels to the highest point in Africa – the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro! He’s making the most of his climb by raising donations for Boundless Washington, an outdoor leadership development program for young people with physical and sensory disabilities in Washington State.
https://www.boundlesswa.org/news/2014/1/23/get-out-there

EZRA BESSAROTH GALA DINNER W/ MICHAEL MEDVED - SUN SEP 1st  
Plan to join us for an exciting and glamorous evening of celebrating all we love about Ezra Bessaroth. This gala event will feature best-selling author, movie critic, radio host and local celebrity, Michael Medved. 

THE NEW ANTISEMITISM, WHERE IS IT FROM AND WHAT CAN WE DO? SUN SEPT 8th 7 PM
At Ezra Bessaroth. In recent months dangerous antisemitism has metastasized, from Philadelphia to Poway, to New York, To Miami and even right here in the Pacific NW. Regina Sassoon Friedland, Director of AJC Seattle will share vital information from the front-lines of the fight against antisemitism. 
www.EzraBessaroth.net

Eleventh Annual Community StandWithUs Northwest Reception Thu Sept 12th 
At the Hillel at the UW.  Purchase tickets at www.standwithus.com/seattle2019. Questions? Call (206) 801-0902 or email:
Northwest@StandWithUs.com

Seattle Jewish Arts + Music Festival – SEPT 13th to 15th 
At Stroum JCC - Mercer Island. Get ready for the 2019 SeaJAM, Seattle Jewish Arts + Music Festival. Featuring Emmy-winning Will & Grace star Debra Messing on opening night, Chef Joel Gamoran, The Maccabeats in concert, and a pre-Shabbat community challah baking contest. 
https://sjcc.org/arts-ideas/seajam/

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)
Competitive rates, excellent service.  Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com


REBBE’S SICHO -  SHABBOS EKEV
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/2317583/jewish/Ekev.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

This week’s Torah reading contains the passage Vihayah Im Shamoa, a passage so fundamental to our Torah heritage that it was chosen to be included in the daily recitations of the Shema and to be written in tefillin and mezuzos.

Why is Vihayah Im Shamoa so important? Firstly, it mentions the observance of three critically important mitzvos: wearing tefillin, studying Torah, and affixing mezuzos. These mitzvos serve as continuous reminders of G‑d’s presence. Through their observance, we are able to maintain awareness of G‑d, not only on occasion, but continually, keeping His existence as an ongoing factor in our lives.

These mitzvos are, however, also stated in the first paragraph of the Shema. What makes Vihayah Im Shamoa particularly significant is its promise of reward and punishment. As the passage states, when we observe G‑d’s will, we will be granted bountiful prosperity and if we fail to do so, we will be punished by hardship, difficulty, and exile. The intent is clear. Our deeds determine our future.

Many will object, protesting that they finished Sunday School years ago and that this is an underdeveloped approach to spirituality. Checks and Xes may be necessary to train children, but as we grow older, we feel that approach is too simplistic. G‑d is something much more than an adding machine. He is transcendent and unbounded and His wisdom and providence have no limits or structured patterns. As such, He is above handing out prizes for good conduct and punishment for disobedience.

How far from the truth! Man’s accountability is one of the fundamental principles of our faith. Simply put, if our actions would have no connection to our fate, we would be living in a world of utter randomness that would have no order or design. Alternatively, G‑d would be controlling everything by absolute decree and then it would make no difference how we conduct ourselves.

Instead, man determines his fate through his own behavior. Just as cause and effect are cardinal principles in natural law, so too, they are fundamental principles of spiritual law.

Precisely for that reason, people have difficulty accepting this concept. We have trouble shouldering responsibility. It’s much easier to say that there is no Judge or judgment then to acknowledge that everything we do has a consequence.

This said, it must also be emphasized that G‑d’s scales of justice are determined by His own unfathomable judgment. Often, we see righteous men suffer and the wicked prosper, for His scales are not ours. He is truly infinite and controls the world as He sees fit, not as we would like. As R. Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev would say: “When I was a young man, I thought I could give G‑d a lot of advice about how to run the universe. As I grew older, I realized that He was doing just fine.” Our personal challenge is to attune ourselves to His will and live in consonance with His standards.

Looking to the Horizon

One of the interpretations given to the name Ekev is that it refers to the Ultimate Future, the era of Mashiach. We are assured that in that era, we will receive the true reward for our Torah observance. At the present time, we receive only “the fruits,” but the principle will be granted in that future time period.

In its present state, the world is not capable of bearing the full measure of G‑d’s power, for there are pockets of evil in many different places in the world. Were G‑d to radiate goodness immeasurably in the present era, the forces of evil would also derive nurture. In the Ultimate Future, by contrast, evil will be banished from the earth and there will be no reason to withhold goodness from the righteous. Moreover, the righteous themselves will have expanded their capacity and made themselves a more fitting medium for the revelation of G‑dliness.

Shabbos NACHAMU - Vaeschanan | 15-22 Menachem Av, 5779

Erev Shabbos, Fri Aug 16th 
Shacharis: 7 AM 
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  8:01 PM

SHABBOS NACHAMU - Sat Aug 17th 
Shacharis: 9:30 am /Sof Zman Krias Shema 9:36 am 
Shabbos Mincha 8:03 PM 
End of Shabbos/Maariv 9:01 PM

Weekday Services
Sun Shacharis  9 AM
Mon -Fri Shacharis 7 AM 
Sun-Thu Mincha 8 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV

KIDDUSH 
Kiddush sponsored by Shimon Dershowitz in honor of Shabbos Nachamu, and in honor of the 95th birthday of Susan’s mother Guta Lieba bas Shmuel ZT”L (21 Menachem Av), and in honor of the wedding anniversaries of Jennie and Adam Minkus (18 Menachem Av) and Sarah and Ben Dershowitz (Rosh Chodesh Elul/Aug 20th ), and the 35th Birthday ofAdam Minkus (16 Menachem Av)! Delicious meat cholent made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin, sponsored by Ploni Almoni.

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN -Tu b’AV   FRI 15 MENACHEM AV - AUG 16th 6 PM
Erev-Shabbos Farbrengen in front of the CSTL Men’s Mikvah, in honor of Tu b’Av, one of the two happiest days on the year (the other being Yom Kippur—see Gemora Taanit 26b). Beginning on the 15th of Av one should increase Torah study, as the nights begin to grow longer and "the night was created for study" 
www.chabad.org/calendar lists many joyous events on this date.

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -PENDING
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.

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY – 8:45 AM SHABBOS MORNING
will not be held this week.

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 7 PM
will not be held this week

CSTL TOT PROGRAM 10:30 am – 12:30 pm /TBD
Info: Liz Roth-Jacobovitz: 
elizabeth.roth08@gmail.com

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. 

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

Weekly History Class for Women with Chanie Levitin Tue 7:30 pm
At Rebbetzin Levitin’s home, 6519 49th Ave NE.  For more info, 
chanielevitin@gmail.com

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

SHIURIM WITH DR TRACHTMAN SUN,MON,TUE, and WED 7-8 PM 
Via teleconference. Info and registration: Joseph N. Trachtman, O.D., Ph.D.  206-412-5985 
tracht@accommotrac.com .

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

EZRA BESSAROTH GALA DINNER W/ MICHAEL MEDVED - SUN SEP 1st  
Plan to join us for an exciting and glamorous evening of celebrating all we love about Ezra Bessaroth. This gala event will feature best-selling author, movie critic, radio host and local celebrity, Michael Medved. 

THE NEW ANTISEMITISM, WHERE IS IT FROM AND WHAT CAN WE DO? SUN. SEP. 8 AT 7PM
At Ezra Besaroth. In recent months dangerous antisemitism has metastasized, from Philadelphia to Poway, to New York, To Miami and even right here in the Pacific NW. Regina Sassoon Friedland, Director of AJC Seattle will share vital information from the front-lines of the fight against antisemitism. 
www.EzraBessaroth.net

Eleventh Annual Community StandWithUs Northwest Reception Thu Sept 12th 
At the Hillel at the UW.  Purchase tickets at www.standwithus.com/seattle2019. Questions? Call (206) 801-0902 or email: Northwest@StandWithUs.com

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)
Competitive rates, excellent service.  Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com


REBBE’S SICHO -  SHABBOS NACHAMU
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/2317581/jewish/VaEschanan.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

In a Torah reading filled with many important events: e.g., the repetition of the Ten Commandments and the Shema, there is one small passage that is occasionally overlooked: The Torah relates that at that time, Moses set aside three cities in the area of TransJordan to serve as cities of refuge for anyone who accidentally killed another person.

Now the question arises: This act had no immediate purpose. The designation of these cities would not actually take effect until three other cities were set aside in the land of Israel between the Jordan and the Mediterranean and that would not be until several years later. Why then did Moses take the time to make this designation before his death?

Our Sages answer: When a mitzvah comes to your hand, do not postpone its fulfillment. True, Moses knew all the laws and all the significance behind setting aside a city of refuge. But that was all on the intellectual plane. Here he had the chance to take part in the actual fulfillment of the mitzvah. There is nothing higher than that.

The Hebrew term mitzvah (מצוה) relates to the term tzavsa (צוותא), meaning connection or bond. Every mitzvah represents a bond with G‑d, a step above the limits of humanity and a chance to relate to G‑d on His terms. A person can try to relate to G‑d intellectually or emotionally, but then he is conscribed by his thoughts and his feelings. He can go no further than the limits of his mind and heart. And G‑d certainly transcends those limits.

Indeed, since G‑d is infinite and man, finite, one might think that there is no way that one can ever relate to G‑d, because finiteness and infinity are skew lines that will never intersect.

From man’s own perspective, this is true. But the limits mentioned above do not confine G‑d. For His infinity encompasses finiteness as well. He can step into the realm of finiteness and give man a means of bonding with Him.

That’s what mitzvos are. G‑d prescribes a physical deed for man to carry out. True, every one of these deeds has manifold significance, enabling us to refine ourselves and the world at large. But over and above any and all significance, the advantage of a mitzvah is that whena person performs a mitzvah, he or she bonds with G‑d in all His infinity.

For this reason, Moses was eager to perform the mitzvah of setting aside the cities of refuge before his passing. He knew the meaning and significance of all the mitzvos, but he was not interested in the intellectual satisfaction that this knowledge brought him. He wanted the infinite bond that can be achieved only through actually fulfilling the mitzvos. That’s why — on a personal level — he prayed so sincerely to be allowed to enter Eretz Yisrael, as related at the beginning of this week’s Torah reading. He wanted the chance to fulfill all the mitzvos whose observance is associated with our Holy Land. When G‑d did not grant his request, he grabbed the opportunity to fulfill whatever mitzvos he could. Therefore, even though his act would have no immediate effect, he set aside the three cities of refuge in TransJordan.

Looking to the Horizon

VaEschanan means “And he prayed,” referring to Moses’ prayer to enter the land of Israel. Now, why did Moses want to enter the land of Israel? At 120 years old, he certainly had concerns other than to visit tourist attractions.

Our Sages say that he desired to perform the mitzvos that were capable of being performed only in the land. That certainly is a valid answer, as explained above, because the bond with G‑d achieved through the observance of the mitzvos surpasses the bond achieved through study and knowledge alone.

But there is a deeper answer and a necessary one, because Moses was not merely concerned with his own spiritual fulfillment. Moses knew that if he were able to enter the land with the people, he would be able to bring about Mashiach’s coming. There would not have been any potential for exile. That’s what he was praying for.

Why didn’t G‑d grant his request? Because G‑d desires that the redemption not be the product of the Divine service of only one or even several righteous man, but of the people as a whole — that every man, woman, and child do his or her part in bringing about Mashiach’s coming.

Mashiach will introduce an age when “the world will be filled with the knowledge of G‑d as the waters cover up the ocean bed.” To anticipate and prepare for that age, the world at large must be filled with G‑dliness. Not only must several righteous men live in a G‑dly manner, but this must be the way of life of the people as a whole.

Shabbos Devarim /Tisha b’Av | 8-15 Menachem Av, 5779

Erev Shabbos, Fri Aug 9th 
Shacharis: 7 AM 
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  8:13 PM

SHABBOS CHAZON /EREV TISHA b’AV SAT Aug 10th 
Shacharis: 9:30 am /Sof Zman Krias Shema 9:36 am
Learn Torah (except Tisha b’Av related) only until 1:14 PM Hatzot
Shabbos Mincha 5 PM /Seuda Slishit at Home
Shkiah/Sunset/FAST BEGINS 8:30 PM
End of Shabbos 9:15 PM /Say haMavdil ben Kodesh L’Chol – no Havdala
Maariv with Eicha 9:35 PM

TISHA b’AV SUNDAY AUG 11th  
Shacharis  with Kinot  9 AM /No tallis, No tefillin
Sit on Chairs only after Hatzot 1:14 PM
Mincha 7:45 pm.  Talis and Tefilin 7:30 PM
Fast Ends/Maariv 9:03 PM followed IYH by Kiddish haLevanah and Havdaloh on Wine

Weekday Services
Mon -Fri Shacharis 7 AM 
Mon-Thu Mincha 8:15 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV

GALA KIDDUSH LUNCH
Mazel Tov to Shmully and Toby Hecht who are sponsoring GALA KIDDUSH LUNCH this shabbos in honor of their son Nisan’s Bar mitzvah.  Delicious meat cholent made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin

MAZEL TOV MAZEL TOV
Mazel Tov to all the donors and volunteers who made our Matchathon campaign successful this past week.  Thank you toRabbi Herbstman !

MAZEL TOV MAZEL TOV
Mazel Tov to Nisan Hecht and his entire family on his Bar Mitzvah.  May he grow to Torah, Chupa, and Ma’asim Tovim!

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN -YAHRZEIT OF THE CHOZER OF LUBLIN   FRI AUG 9th 6 PM
Erev-Shabbos Farbrengen in front of the CSTL Men’s Mikvah, in honor of the yahrzeit of Reb Yaakov Yitzchok ben Reb Avraham Eliezer Halevi, the Chozeh (Seer) of Lublin (9 Menachem Av)

TISHA b’AV www.chabad.org/calendar 
The fast begins at sunset Saturday Aug 10th  and concludes Sunday night Aug 11th at nightfall During this time, we do not

  • eat or drink
  • wear leather footwear
  • bathe or wash ourselves (washing only until the knuckle when mandated by halachah)
  • apply ointments or creams
  • engage in marital relations or any form of intimacy
  • sit on a normal-height chair until chatzot (the time when the sun has reached its apex)
  • study Torah (except for the “sad” parts that deal with the destruction of the Temples, etc.)
  • send gifts, or even greet one another (you may respond to greetings)
  • engage in outings, trips or similar pleasurable activities
  • wear fine, festive clothing

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -PENDING
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.

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY – 8:45 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class.

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 4:30 PM
This week G-d willing we will continue learning  the Rebbe’s M'ammar Tziyon BeMishpat Tipadeh  (1976/5736). The M'ammar discusses how the  spiritual condition of “Galus” Exile,- defined by Choosing your day to day mood based on Material Not  Spiritual achievements and setback,- can only be redeemed by finding the timelessness of Torah within the time of creation.

CSTL TOT PROGRAM 10:30 am – 12:30 pm /TBD
Info: Liz Roth-Jacobovitz: 
elizabeth.roth08@gmail.com

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. 

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

Weekly History Class for Women with Chanie Levitin Tue 7:30 pm
At Rebbetzin Levitin’s home, 6519 49th Ave NE.  For more info, 
chanielevitin@gmail.com

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

SHIURIM WITH DR TRACHTMAN SUN,MON,TUE, and WED 7-8 PM 
Via teleconference. Info and registration: Joseph N. Trachtman, O.D., Ph.D.  206-412-5985 
tracht@accommotrac.com .

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 $150includes meat cholent, Kiddush Sponsor $250 with Pareve Chulent or $350 with meat cholent. Kiddush can be paid for atwww.CSTLSeattle.org


COMMUNITY NEWS

Seattle Kollel - World Wide Tisha B'Av Event Sun Aug 11th 
Program A: 2:45 pm at BCMH, 5145 S Morgan Street
Program B: 6:30 pm at SBH, 6500 52nd AVE S
More info: 
www.seattlekollel.com  

Tisha B'Av Event for Children at the Kollel Sun, Aug 11th 3:15 pm
More info: 
https://www.seattlekollel.com/childrens-tisha-b-av-program   

Tisha b’Av in Sephardic Seattle: A Ladino Journey from the Old World to the New
https://jewishstudies.washington.edu/sephardic-studies/tisha-av-sephardic-seattle-ladino-journey-old-world-new/

EZRA BESSAROTH GALA DINNER W/ MICHAEL MEDVED - SUN SEP 1st  
Plan to join us for an exciting and glamorous evening of celebrating all we love about Ezra Bessaroth. This gala event will feature best-selling author, movie critic, radio host and local celebrity, Michael Medved. 

THE NEW ANTISEMITISM, WHERE IS IT FROM AND WHAT CAN WE DO? SUN. SEP. 8 AT 7PM
At Ezra Besaroth. In recent months dangerous antisemitism has metastasized, from Philadelphia to Poway, to New York, To Miami and even right here in the Pacific NW. Regina Sassoon Friedland, Director of AJC Seattle will share vital information from the front-lines of the fight against antisemitism. 
www.EzraBessaroth.net

Eleventh Annual Community StandWithUs Northwest Reception Thu Sept 12th 
At the Hillel at the UW.  Purchase tickets at www.standwithus.com/seattle2019. Questions? Call (206) 801-0902 or email: Northwest@StandWithUs.com

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)
Competitive rates, excellent service.  Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com


REBBE’S SICHO -  DEVARIM
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/2317579/jewish/Devarim.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

This week’s Torah reading describes the journeys of the Jewish people through the desert as they approached Eretz Yisrael. Rather than have them enter the Holy Land directly, G‑dcommanded them to take an extensive detour and avoid the lands of Edom, Moab, and Ammon. These three nations, all sharing ancestral links to the Jewish people, were permitted to retain possession of their lands at that time.

Our Sages note that when G‑d originally promised to give the Land of Israel to Abraham, He told him that his descendants would be given the lands of ten nations, including also the lands of Edom, Moab, and Ammon. Nevertheless, at the time of the Exodus from Egypt, they were promised only the lands of seven nations. In resolution, our Sages explain that, ultimately, in the Messianic era, the lands of the three nations mentioned above will become the inheritance of the Jewish people. That was, however, a future prophecy. At the time of the original conquest, by contrast, the Jews were to conquer only the seven Canaanite nations and these three nations were not to be disturbed.

The land of Israel is more than a physical place. It serves as an analogy for the Divine service of the Jewish people as a whole and every individual in particular. The number ten is mystically significant. As explained in the works of Kabbalah, Jewish mysticism, there are ten Sefiros, emanations of G‑dliness, from which all existence comes into being. These sublime spiritual qualities are mirrored in our souls, serving as the motivation for everything we think, feel, and do.

More particularly, these ten qualities are divided into groupings of seven and three: seven emotional qualities and three intellectual qualities. This is the rationale for the distinction regarding the lands of the nations mentioned above. The seven nations to be conquered represent the seven emotions, while the three whose lands will not be acquired until the era of Mashiach are identified with the intellect.

There are seven days of the week and our Rabbis speak of seven millennia of the world’s recorded history. Time is structured in these cycles of seven, because in the present time frame, our challenge involves controlling and directing our emotions. What grips us and makes our adrenalin flow are our feelings. Intellectual matters are more distant. Yes, we can be attracted by an interesting idea, but it’s our emotional arousal that pulls us out of inertia and compels us to act.

This constitutes the battleground on which the war with the seven nations is fought: Are we to control our emotions or be controlled by them. The Canaanites had lived a depraved life style, seeking base, materialistic pleasures. The Jews’ mission was to take the land of Israel from their hand and make it a holy land, a land in which G‑d’s presence would dwell.

To apply these concepts in a personal sense: We will always love. The question is what will we love and how will we express that love. Will our love be self-oriented and self-serving or will it be directed outward? Similarly, with regard to fear, will we only fear for our personal interests or will we be able to show similar concern for the welfare of others? And will we be able to rise above our ordinary thinking entirely and look with awe and reverence at the wonders of G‑d’s creation?

Conquering the seven Canaanite nations means directing our seven emotional powers to selfless and holy means of expression.

Looking to the Horizon

If the challenge of the present era is having the mind control the emotions, the challenge of the future era will be having the mind controlled by our spiritual potential that surpasses intellect. That is the analogue suggested by the conquest of the lands of these three nations: that worldly intellect will be dominated by spiritual holiness.

The mind enables us to appreciate reality. At present, the forces governing our reality are material. In the future, we will be able to appreciate the spiritual in as palpable and concrete a manner as we comprehend material things today. As a result, our way of thinking and our focus will change. Our minds will be conquered — overwhelmed and overpowered — by this new perception.

A foretaste of these insights is available at present. Just as the sun’s rays begin appearing on the horizon before the actual dawn, glimmerings of the spiritual perception that will accompany Mashiach’s coming are available at present. This is the motivating force behind the flowering of Jewish mystic knowledge in the present time. Tasting these teachings and sharing them with others enables us to anticipate the redemption and, in this way, precipitate it becoming a top-to-bottom reality.

Shabbos Matos Masei - CHAZAQ | THE NINE DAYS 1-8 Menachem Av, 5779

Erev Shabbos, Fri Aug 2nd 
Shacharis: 7 AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  8:24 PM

Shabbos Sat Aug 3rd  
Shacharis: 9:30 AM /Latest Shema 9:31 AM
Mincha 8:24 PM. Pirkei Avos Chapter 2.  Seuda Slishit Lite.
Maariv/Havdalah 9:27 PM

Weekday Services
Sun Shacharis 9 AM
Mon -Fri Shacharis 7 AM 
Mon-Thu Mincha 8:15 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV

SHABBOS – KIDDUSH 
Kiddush Lite this week. Delicious meat cholent made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin is sponsored by Paul and Tamar Azous.

MAZEL TOV MAZEL TOV!
Mazel Tov to Mark and Tziviah Goldberg and the entire Goldberg family on the engagement of Gavi Goldberg to Benyamin Groberman of Vancouver BC.  May they merit to build a bayit ne’eman b’Yisroel!

Mazel Tov to Abe and Marlene Vinikoor on the birth of their new granddaughter to Yafa and Daniel Zana.

Mazel Tov to Malka and Robert Jillian and big brothers Gabriel and Nosson on the birth of a baby girl!

Mazel Tov Gabrielle and Eduardo Sonino and family on the bris of their new son!

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN 6 PM
In the CSTL Social Hall. In honor of 1 Menachem Av, anniversary of the arrival of Ezra the Scribe in Israel.  Ezra lead a dramatic teshuva movement to bring the Jews of Eretz Yisroel back to Judaism, in the face of strong opposition. 
www.chabad.org/calendar

THE THREE WEEKS,THE NINE DAYS, AND TISHA b’AV
https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/144558/jewish/Tisha-BAv-and-the-3-Weeks.htm

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -PENDING
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.

SEATTLE JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE SUMMER BACKYARD PARTY – SUN AUG 4th 7:30 PM
For women only. At the home of Leahle Levitin, 4027 NE 60th Street. Featuring Hena Artist Sarah.  Come meet other women of our community! RSVP 
mherbstman@gmail.com

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY – 8:45 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class.

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 7:25 PM
This week G-d willing we will continue learning  the Rebbe’s M'ammar Tziyon BeMishpat Tipadeh  (1976/5736). The M'ammar discusses how the  spiritual condition of “Galus” Exile,- defined by Choosing your day to day mood based on Material Not  Spiritual achievements and setback,- can only be redeemed by finding the timelessness of Torah within the time of creation.

CSTL TOT PROGRAM 10:30 am – 12:30 pm /TBD
Info: Liz Roth-Jacobovitz: 
elizabeth.roth08@gmail.com

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. 

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

Weekly History Class for Women with Chanie Levitin Tue 7:30 pm
At Rebbetzin Levitin’s home, 6519 49th Ave NE.  For more info, 
chanielevitin@gmail.com

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

SHIURIM WITH DR TRACHTMAN SUN,MON,TUE, and WED 7-8 PM 
Via teleconference. Info and registration: Joseph N. Trachtman, O.D., Ph.D.  206-412-5985 
tracht@accommotrac.com .

CAMP GAN ISRAEL SEATTLE July  1st – Aug 9th. – REGISTER NOW
Register at 
www.campganisraelseattle.org This summer at Camp Gan Israel Seattle, we will be focusing on discovering the hidden talents within every single camper.. Looking forward to giving your child the best summer experience. With questions, call or text Rabbi Kavka 206-730-2775

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 $150includes meat cholent, Kiddush Sponsor $250 with Pareve Chulent or $350 with meat cholent. Kiddush can be paid for atwww.CSTLSeattle.org


COMMUNITY NEWS

Seattle Kollel Women’s Tisha b’Av Program – Sun Aug 4th 7:30 PM
Hear a panel of our local Rebbetzins, Mrs. Shaindel Bresler, Rebbetzin Rooksie David, Mrs. Tahlia Mollot & Rebbetzin Aliza Tanenbaum. Topic: "How can I feel the loss of the Beit Hamikdash?" 
www.seattlekollel.com

EZRA BESSAROTH GALA DINNER W/ MICHAEL MEDVED - SUN SEP 1st  
Plan to join us for an exciting and glamorous evening of celebrating all we love about Ezra Bessaroth. This gala event will feature best-selling author, movie critic, radio host and local celebrity, Michael Medved. 

Eleventh Annual Community StandWithUs Northwest Reception Thu Sept 12th 
At the Hillel at the UW.  Purchase tickets at www.standwithus.com/seattle2019. Questions? Call (206) 801-0902 or email: Northwest@StandWithUs.com

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)
Competitive rates, excellent service.  Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com


REBBE’S SICHO -  MASEI
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/2317575/jewish/Maasei.htm  ©SichosInEnglish.org

There is a unique factor that features in this week’s Torah reading that never occurs on any other Sabbath. In the midst of the recounting of the events that occurred to the Jewish people in their journey from Egypt to the Promised Land, the Torah relates that in the 40th year of their wanderings, on the first day of the fifth month, Aaron the High Priest died. Now when we count the months from Nissan, as the Torah does, the fifth month of the Jewish calendar is Av. Parshas Maasei is always read in the month of Av or on the Sabbath on which that month is blessed. Thus on Shabbos Parshas Maasei, we are reading about an event integrally related to the chronology of the time.

Now the Torah does not inform us explicitly of the date of the death of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, or Miriam. The fact that it does so with regard to Aaron and, moreover, that this passage is always read close to the very day that this passing took place is certainly significant.

What singles out the month of Av? It is the month of the destruction of the Temple: the First Temple, by the Babylonians and the Second Temple, by the Romans. Our Sages ask why the Second Temple was destroyed and explain that the destruction came because of the sin of unwarranted hatred. There was strife and enmity among the people. Moreover, this was not merely a spiritual factor. As anyone aware of the history of that era knows, it was the rivalry, in-fighting, and discord among the Jewish people themselves that cost them their supplies of food and water and, ultimately, led to their defeat by the Romans.

What was unique about Aaron the High Priest? His continuous efforts to establish peace and harmony among the Jewish people. If Aaron heard two people arguing, on the following day, he would seek out one of them and tell him — wishfully speaking, the conversation never actually happened — how he met the other person with whom he had argued the previous day and that person was so sorry; he really felt close to the other person and did not understand how or why they had quarreled. Directly afterwards, he would seek out that other person and tell him the same thing about the first. In this way, the next time, the two met, they were able to step beyond their petty disagreements and relate to each other with friendship and love.

Why is Aaron’s death associated with the month of Av? Our Sages state: G‑d prepares the cure before the wound. Centuries before there arose the strife and friction that led to the destruction of the Temple, G‑d saw to it that the month of Av would be influenced by Aaron who stood for the opposite qualities, friendship and love.

The destruction of the Temple is not merely a story of the past. On the contrary, our Sages state that whoever does not see the Temple built in his days should consider it as if it was destroyed in his days. Moreover, the same factor that led to the destruction of the Temple, the lack of unity and oneness among our people, is also preventing it from being rebuilt. For according to the Jewish tradition, reward and punishment is given “measure for measure.” It follows that were the friction and strife that were the cause of the exile to be eradicated, the result, the exile itself, would also cease.

Now is the time to take a cue from Aaron the High Priest and proactively seek out our fellowmen and heighten the bonds of love and unity that bind us together.

Looking to the Horizon

The efforts to highlight unity and love do more than correct the misdeeds of our ancestors, they give us a foretaste of the ultimate love and unity that will characterize the era of Mashiach, as Maimonides writes: “In that era,... there will be no envy or competition.” There are two dimensions to that statement. Firstly, Maimonides states the immediate cause, “for good will flow in abundance and all the delights will be freely available as dust.”

Why is there strife and friction today? Because of a scarcity mentality. A person is jealous of another person because he thinks that the other person will prevent him from getting his share of the pie. But what if the pie is clearly big enough for both?

It is and it always was. We are the ones who are small. In the era of Mashiach, we will be able to see beyond our own limitations and realize the great blessings G‑d has invested in this world.

Implied in the above statement of Maimonides is also a second point: that man will overcome his fundamental selfishness and be able to appreciate the G‑dliness in himself, in others, and in the world at large. For otherwise, even when there are abundant blessings, man’s own shortsightedness will prevent him from taking advantage of them. 

Shabbos Pinchas – Mevarchim Menachem Av | 23 Tamuz – 1 Av, 5779

Erev Shabbos, Fri July 26th
Shacharis: 7  AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  8:33 PM

Shabbos Sat July 27th 
Tehilim for Mevarchim Menachem Av 8 AM
Shacharis: 9:30 AM /Latest Shema 9:28 AM
Mincha 8:33 PM. Pirkei Avos Chapter 1.  Seuda Slishit Lite.
Maariv/Havdalah 9:38 PM

Weekday Services
Sun Shacharis 9 AM
Mon -Thu Shacharis 7 AM 
Fri Shacharis 6:50 AM /ROSH CHODESH MENACHEM AV
Mon-Thu Mincha 8:15 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV

SHABBOS – KIDDUSH 
Kiddush this week is sponsored by Yehoshua and Shoshana Greenblatt, in honor of their daughter, Chana's, Birthday!!!  Cholent sponsors are Rabbi Alter and Debbie Levitin and Eli and Ilana Duban, sponsoring with scotch for Shabbos Mevorchim Menahem Av! Delicious meat cholent is made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin.

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN 6 PM
In the CSTL Social Hall. In honor of the 23rd of Tamuz, yahrzeit of Rabbi Moshe Cordovero (≈1522 to 1570) founder of the Kabbalist Academy  of Safed and author of Pardes Rimonim, the authoritative systemization of all Kabbalistic thought up to that time. 
https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/83771/jewish/Rabbi-Moshe-Cordovero.htm

THE THREE WEEKS 
https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/144558/jewish/Tisha-BAv-and-the-3-Weeks.htm

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -PENDING
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.

SEATTLE JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE SUMMER BACKYARD PARTY – SUN AUG 4th 7:30 PM
For women only. At the home of Leahle Levitin, 4027 NE 60th Street. Featuring Hena Artist Sarah.  Come meet other women of our community! RSVP 
mherbstman@gmail.com

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY – 8:45 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class.

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 7:30 PM
This week G-d willing we will continue learning  the Rebbe’s M'ammar Tziyon BeMishpat Tipadeh  (1976/5736). The M'ammar discusses how the  spiritual condition of “Galus” Exile,- defined by Choosing your day to day mood based on Material Not  Spiritual achievements and setback,- can only be redeemed by finding the timelessness of Torah within the time of creation.

CSTL TOT PROGRAM 10:30 am – 12:30 pm /TBD
Info: Liz Roth-Jacobovitz: 
elizabeth.roth08@gmail.com

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. 

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

Weekly History Class for Women with Chanie Levitin Tue 7:30 pm
At Rebbetzin Levitin’s home, 6519 49th Ave NE.  For more info, 
chanielevitin@gmail.com

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

SHIURIM WITH DR TRACHTMAN SUN,MON,TUE, and WED 7-8 PM 
Via teleconference. Info and registration: Joseph N. Trachtman, O.D., Ph.D.  206-412-5985 
tracht@accommotrac.com .

CAMP GAN ISRAEL SEATTLE July  1st – Aug 9th. – REGISTER NOW
Register at 
www.campganisraelseattle.org This summer at Camp Gan Israel Seattle, we will be focusing on discovering the hidden talents within every single camper.. Looking forward to giving your child the best summer experience. With questions, call or text Rabbi Kavka 206-730-2775

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

Films in Honor of Chiune Sugihara at Broadway Performance Hall Mon July 29th 6:30 PM
The Holocaust Center for Humanity and the Consulate-General of Japan present a screening of the film Sugihara Survivors, panel discussion with film director Junichi Kajioka, followed by screening of the film Persona Non Grata, which tells the story of Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara, who during World War II issued visas enabling thousands of Lithuanian Jews to flee Europe.
www.jewishinseattle.org

Seattle Kollel Women’s Tisha b’Av Program – Sun Aug 4th 7:30 PM
Hear a panel of our local Rebbetzins, Mrs. Shaindel Bresler, Rebbetzin Rooksie David, Mrs. Tahlia Mollot & Rebbetzin Aliza Tanenbaum. Topic: "How can I feel the loss of the Beit Hamikdash?" 
www.seattlekollel.com

EZRA BESSAROTH GALA DINNER W/ MICHAEL MEDVED - SUN SEP 1st  
Plan to join us for an exciting and glamorous evening of celebrating all we love about Ezra Bessaroth. This gala event will feature best-selling author, movie critic, radio host and local celebrity, Michael Medved. 

Eleventh Annual Community StandWithUs Northwest Reception Thu Sept 12th 
At the Hillel at the UW.  Purchase tickets at www.standwithus.com/seattle2019. Questions? Call (206) 801-0902 or email: Northwest@StandWithUs.com

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)
Competitive rates, excellent service.  Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com


REBBE’S SICHO -  PINCHAS
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/2317572/jewish/Pinchas.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

This Torah reading relates that after G‑d told Moses to ascend to Mount Nebo to die, Moses asked G‑d to appoint a leader for the people. Often, emphasis is placed on the fact that in this moment, Moses showed the ultimate self-sacrifice. He did not think of himself at all, but instead, asked G‑d to care for His people. In addition to this general lesson, however, the particular dimensions of Moses’ request are also significant.

Moses addresses G‑d as: “G‑d of the spirits of all flesh.” He appeals to the dimension of G‑dliness that understands and relates to the fleshy aspects of the people. For the leader must motivate the people, not only when they are spiritually inspired — then it’s easy to lead — but as they exist within the context of their day-to-day reality.

The commentaries add a further point: Mentioning “the spirits of all flesh” alludes to the necessity for the leader to relate to the spirit of every one of the people. There are often leaders who appeal to a given strata of society and that strata alone. A true Jewish leader finds a way to get through to every member of the people.

Moses states that the leader must “go out before them and come in before them” — i.e., not closet himself in an ivory tower and give directives, but meet the people on their own playing field. And he must be the first to do so. Whether it be in confronting the challenges of war or wrestling with internal matters that challenge the people, the leader must be on the front lines, seeing and dealing with the issues.

And Moses concludes by asking: “May the assembly of G‑d not be like sheep without a shepherd.” This is a prayer for the people themselves, i.e., not only that G‑d appoint a leader for them, but that He give the people the awareness to accept the leader that He appoints.

Looking to the Horizon

Our Rabbis identify Pinchas with the prophet Elijah, the messenger of the Redemption. When the prophet Malachi describes Elijah’s return to announce the coming of the Redemption, he states that Elijah will “turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to the fathers.” Similarly, when the Rambam describes Elijah’s mission, he states that “he will come solely to establish peace.” For one of the fundamental breakthroughs of the era of Mashiach is that it will be an era of peace. Indeed, competition and greed, the inner motivators for strife and friction will cease. Looking back, people will be amazed that in the history of mankind, there was once a time when there were wars, theft, and interpersonal discord. For such matters will be utterly unthinkable in that future era.

Shabbos Balak | Fast of 17th of Tamuz THE THREE WEEKS | 16-25 Tamuz, 5779

Erev Shabbos, Fri July 19th
Shacharis: 7  AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  8:41 PM

Shabbos Sat July 20th 
Shacharis: 9:30 AM /Latest Shema 9:23 AM
Mincha 8:41 PM. Pirkei Avos Chapter 6.  Seuda Slishit Lite.
Maariv/Havdalah 9:47 PM

FAST OF THE SEVENTEENTH OF TAMUZ – SUN JULY 21st 
Fast Begins 3:22 AM
Shacharis 9 AM
Mincha 8:30 PM
Maariv/Fast Ends 9:35 PM

Weekday Services
Sun Shacharis 9 AM
Mon -Fri Shacharis 7 AM 
Mon-Thu Mincha 8:15 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV

SHABBOS – KIDDUSH 
Kiddush Lite this week. Our delicious meat cholent is sponsored by Shmuly and Rosie Tennenhous.  The delicious meat cholent is made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin.

BARUCH DAYAN EMETH
We regret to inform you of the passing of Diane Spinrad ZT”L , mother of Andrew Cohen.  Andrew will return to Seattle on Friday, July 19th to complete shiva, after the funeral in Massachusetts. Shiva visiting hours will be on Sunday and Monday from 12 pm-5 pm at 7343 39th Ave NE.

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN 6 PM
In the CSTL Social Hall. In honor of the 15th of Tamuz, the yahrzeit of the  famed Torah scholar and mystic Rabbi Chayim ben Attar (1696-1743), author of the Ohr HaChayim commentary on the Torah. Born in Morocco, he also lived and taught in Algiers, Italy, Acco and Jerusalem, where he settled a year before his passing. Many stories are told of his holiness and greatness, and of the repeated unsuccessful attempts by Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov to reach the Holy Land and meet with him in the belief that together they could bring the Moshiach and the final redemption.  
www.chabad.org/calendar

THE THREE WEEKS BEGIN THIS SHABBOS JULY 20th  
The 17th of Tammuz also marks the beginning of The Three Weeks period of mourning which culminates on the 9th of Av, commemorating the conquest of Jerusalem, the destruction of the Holy Temple and the dispersion of the Jewish people. Weddings and other joyful events are not held during this period; like mourners, we do not cut our hair, and various pleasurable activities are limited or proscribed. (Consult the Code of Jewish Law (Shulchan Aruch) or a qualified rabbi regarding specific proscriptions). The Lubavitcher Rebbe urged that the Three Weeks should be a time of increased giving of charity and Torah study (in keeping with the verse (Isaiah 1:27), "Zion shall be redeemed by law, and her returnees by charity"), particularly the study of those portions of Torah that deal with the laws and the deeper significance of the Holy Temple. 
www.chabad.org/calendar

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -PENDING
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.

WOMEN’S PARENTING GATHERING – TUE JULY 23rd  9:30 AM          
Turning Bullies to Buddies. Sponsored by Seattle Jewish Women’s Circle.  Featuring the Video, “Sarah the Bucket Filler”, based on Izzy Kalman’s approach to bullying. 
https://bullies2buddies.com/ .  At the home of Rabbi Avi and Meirav Herbstman, 4402 NE 65th Street. RSVP mherbstman@gmail.com

SEATTLE JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE SUMMER BACKYARD PARTY – SUN AUG 4th 7:30 PM
For women only. At the home of Leahle Levitin, 4027 NE 60th Street. Featuring Hanna Artist Sarah.  Come meet other women of our community! RSVP 
mherbstman@gmail.com

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY – 8:45 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class.

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 7:50 PM
This week G-d willing we will begin learning  the Rebbe’s M'ammar Tziyon BeMishpat Tipadeh  (1976/5736). The M'ammar discusses how the  spiritual condition of “Galus” Exile,- defined by Choosing your day to day mood based on Material Not  Spiritual achievements and setback,- can only be redeemed by finding the timelessness of Torah within the time of creation.

CSTL TOT PROGRAM 10:30 am – 12:30 pm /TBD
Info: Liz Roth-Jacobovitz: 
elizabeth.roth08@gmail.com

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. 

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

Weekly History Class for Women with Chanie Levitin Tue 7:30 pm
At Rebbetzin Levitin’s home, 6519 49th Ave NE.  For more info, 
chanielevitin@gmail.com

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

SHIURIM WITH DR TRACHTMAN SUN,MON,TUE, and WED 7-8 PM 
Via teleconference. Info and registration: Joseph N. Trachtman, O.D., Ph.D.  206-412-5985
tracht@accommotrac.com .

CAMP GAN ISRAEL SEATTLE July  1st – Aug 9th. – REGISTER NOW
Register at 
www.campganisraelseattle.org This summer at Camp Gan Israel Seattle, we will be focusing on discovering the hidden talents within every single camper.. Looking forward to giving your child the best summer experience. With questions, call or text Rabbi Kavka 206-730-2775

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

Seattle Kollel
July 2 - 26, Boys SEED program at the Kollel
July 2 - 26, Girls SEED program at EB 
Sunday, August 4, 7:30 pm, Rosh Chodesh Tisha B'Av program for Women. Hear a panel of our local Rebbetzins, Mrs. Shaindel Bresler, Rebbetzin Rooksie David, Mrs. Tahlia Mollot & Rebbetzin Aliza Tanenbaum. Topic: "How can I feel the loss of the Beit Hamikdash?" 
Monday, August 12, Kollel Summer Benefit Dinner
More info: www.seattlekollel.com

Zootopia at SJCC - Sun July 21st 10:30 AM
Join with PJ Library and the Stroum Jewish Community Center to watch an animated story set in a city of animals, large and small, where a fox and rabbit form an unlikely partnership to protect them all. Stay for a brief activity afterwards about the "importance of community." 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

Jewish Community Night with the Seattle Mariners Mon July 22nd  7:10 PM
Let's go to the ball game on Jewish Community Night and cheer on the Mariners as they take on the Texas Rangers. Get your tickets now and get a Jewish Community Night t-shirt while supplies last. 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

RHODES/KOS MEMORIAL –TUE JUL. 23rd 7 PM
University of Washington Professor Devin Naar will moderate a panel discussion with three children of survivors from Rhodes and Salonika. Panel members, Vicki Angel, Jack Schaloum and Claire Flash Barkey will share the legacy of the Holocaust and the importance of memory. Other program highlights include: a screening of the film “Sephardic Memories of the Holocaust” produced by the Holocaust Center for Humanity; a musical selection by Hazzan Isaac Azose; a Hashkava (Memorial Prayer) led by Rabbi Benzaquen; and a Sephardic dessert reception. RSVP appreciated. call Ezra Bessaroth at (206) 722-5500, or email
office@ezrabessaroth.net .

EZRA BESSAROTH GALA DINNER W/ MICHAEL MEDVED - SUN SEP 1st  
Plan to join us for an exciting and glamorous evening of celebrating all we love about Ezra Bessaroth. This gala event will feature best-selling author, movie critic, radio host and local celebrity, Michael Medved. 

Eleventh Annual Community StandWithUs Northwest Reception Thu Sept 12th 
At the Hillel at the UW.  Purchase tickets at www.standwithus.com/seattle2019. Questions? Call (206) 801-0902 or email: Northwest@StandWithUs.com

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)
Competitive rates, excellent service.  Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com


REBBE’S SICHO -  BALAK
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/2317571/jewish/Balak.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

The name of this week’s Torah reading: Balak, raises a question:Balak was a wicked man, an immoral king who hated the Jewish people and wanted to destroy them. Our Sages state that a person should not be named after a wicked man. Surely, this applies with regard to the name of a Torah portion. Why then is his name immortalized as the title of this week’s reading?

In resolution: The Torah reading relates how Balak hired Bilaam, a perverse and perverted mystic, and asked him to curse the Jewish people. G‑d, however, frustrated Bilaam’s intent. Whenever he sought to call down Divine curses upon the Jewish people, G‑d forced him to shower powerful blessings upon them instead, including blessings which will become manifest with the coming of Mashiach.

Naming the Torah reading “Balak” is a means of negating and transforming the forces associated with him. The name Balak serves as an eternal source of positive influence, frustrating any power that seeks to harm the Jewish people and showing how it can be transformed into blessing and goodness.

This reflects the Torah’s ultimate purpose: not only to protect and safeguard us from undesirable influences, but to transform those very influences into contributory forces, enabling them to play their part in G‑d’s purpose.

This answer, however, raises a further question, for then it would seem appropriate to name the Torah reading Bilaam and not Balak. After all, Bilaam was also an evil man and it was he and not Balak who actually pronounced the blessings upon the Jewish people. Why then is Balak the one whose name is immortalized as the name of a Torah reading?

Herein lies an important lesson: Without Balak, Bilaam wouldn’t have done anything. True, Bilaam hated the Jews, but he would not have bestirred himself to attempt to curse them had not Balak invited him. Moreover, he initially declined Balak’s offer. It was only Balak’s persistence — sending messengers again with an offer that Bilaam could not refuse — that motivated him to come and attempt to curse the Jews. Simply put, Balak was the catalyst. Without him, the story would never have happened.

Naming the Torah portion Balak teaches us that we all have to use the potentials we possess to instigate positive activity. It is not enough to sit back and wait until we have been asked to contribute, to give of ourselves. Like Balak, to be immortalized in our Torah heritage, you have to take the first step.

To initiate something is hard; you have to battle inertia. For that reason, the Torah uses this example to heighten our awareness of the necessity to be proactive. Not only should we respond to our environment in a manner that the Torah desires, we should take steps to change that environment according to the Torah’s guidelines.

Looking to the Horizon

According to Jewish law, the Haftorah portion of the week reflects the content of the Torah reading as a whole. Now the connection between the weekly reading, Parshas Balak, and its Haftorah is obvious. The Haftorah relates how G‑d commands the Jewish people: “My nation, remember the counsel given by Balak, King of Moab, and the response Bilaamthe son of Beorgavehim from Shittim.” Nevertheless, obvious as it is, that point of connection also appears superficial, because seemingly all it does is mention the chief protagonists of the Torah reading. It does not appear to relate to its general theme.

The connection between the two readings stems from the fact that they both deal with an impending transition. The Torah reading, Parshas Balak, speaks of the time when the Jews were “in the plains of Moab, across from Jericho at the Jordan,” ready to enter Eretz Yisrael. And the Haftorah speaks about the time at the beginning of the Redemption when the last preparations for the complete Redemption will take place.

This period of transition will be fraught with challenges. Therefore, the Haftorah tells us:“not [to] hope from man, nor expect from a mortal.” Instead, one’s faith and trust should be focused above.

This enables us to understand the connection to the entry of the Jewish people into Eretz Yisrael. In the desert, the people were sustained by manna, i.e., their lives were controlled by a miraculous pattern of existence. It was not possible to err and think that human input could make a difference. Moreover, each day, only enough manna for that day descended, emphasizing how one must have absolute trust in G‑d that He will provide for one’s needs day by day.

In contrast, the entry into Eretz Yisrael brought about the beginning of a new phase of human activity. They had to sow their own crops and earn their livelihood through their own efforts. In such a situation, it is possible for man to err and think that his livelihood depends on other factors and he should “hope in a man.” We are not speaking of a person doing anything forbidden, just thinking that if one works harder and invests his time, energy, and resources properly, he will prosper. Taken simply, that is an improper thought. Instead, a person must appreciate that the same utter reliance on G‑d that prevailed in the desert is still necessary.

Does that mean we should sit idly by and hope for miracles? No; the Torah teaches “G‑d will bless you in all you do,” i.e., that man must “do;” he must create a medium for G‑d’s blessings to be manifest. But why must he “do”? Not because the natural order has any significance in and of itself. It is nothing more than “an ax in the hand of the chopper,” the medium G‑d uses to convey His blessings. True, we must employ that medium — work and indeed, work hard — but realize that the source of our success is not our own efforts, but G‑d’s blessings.

The transition we are to face as we proceed to the ultimate redemption to be led by Mashiach is of a reverse nature. Then, the Jews were departing a miraculous setting and entering a natural one. We, by contrast, will be leaving the state of exile where G‑d’s providence is not openly visible and entering an era when “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of G‑d as the waters cover up the ocean bed.” “There will be neither famine nor war, envy or competition, for good will flow in abundance and all the delights will be freely available as dust.”

At the time of the first entry into Eretz Yisrael, the awareness of G‑d engendered during the journey through the desert was intended to influence the Jews’ conduct as they took possession of the land.Similarly, in our time, the knowledge of the G‑dly nature of existence that will prevail during the era of Mashiach should impact our present lives. For we can experience a foretaste of that future era at present, realizing that we have been granted unique blessings and prosperity due to G‑d’s generosity.

Shabbos Chukas | 9-16 Tamuz, 5779

Erev Shabbos, Fri July 12th
Shacharis: 7  AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  8:47 PM

Shabbos Sat July 13th 
Shacharis: 9:30 AM 
Mincha 8:47 PM. Pirkei Avos Chapter 5.  Seuda Slishit Lite.
Maariv/Havdalah 9:53 PM

Weekday Services
Sun Shacharis 9 AM
Mon -Fri Shacharis 7 AM 
Sun-Thu Mincha 8:15 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV

SHABBOS – KIDDUSH 
Kiddush Lite this week. Our delicious meat cholent is sponsored by Eli and Elana Duban, Avrumi and Chavi Gitler, and Moshe Ohrnon.  The cholent is made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin.

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN 6 PM
In the CSTL Social Hall. In honor of the 12th /13th of Tamuz, the days of Liberation of the previous Rebbe, the Rayatz, from Soviet prison.  
www.chabad.org/calendar

FARBRENGEN ALERT – YUD BEIS / YUD GIMEL TAMUZ – MON JULY 15th 7:30 PM 
Rabbi Mendy Levitin will be making a gathering of learning, singing, and words of Torah in honor of Yud Beis / Yud Gimel Tamuz. For men and women. At 4027 NE 60th St. Light refreshments and L'chaim.

BARUCH DAYAN EMETH
We are very sorry to inform the community of the passing of Alex Kon ZT”L, Alexander ben Moshe haCohen, on the 7th of Tammuz. May the family be comforted with all the mourners of Tzion and Yerushalayim.

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -PENDING
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.

PARENTING WITH YOUR MIND BODY & SOUL – TUE JULY 16th 9:30 AM    
Sponsored by Seattle Jewish Women’s Circle.  Featuring Rabbi Shimon Russell, licensed psychotherapist.  At the home of Rabbi Avi and Meirav Herbstman, 4402 NE 65th Street. RSVP 
mherbstman@gmail.com

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY – 8:45 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class.

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 7:50 PM
One hour before Shabbos mincha.  This week G-d willing we will continue with the Rebbes' M'ammar נתת ליראיך נס להתנוסס 1951/5711. The M'ammar discusses and challenges us with understanding the Divine service related to   נסיונות=Tests and extreme situations that we face,  and have to contend with sometimes on a near and constant basis.

CSTL TOT PROGRAM 10:30 am – 12:30 pm /TBD
Info: Liz Roth-Jacobovitz: 
elizabeth.roth08@gmail.com

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. 

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

Weekly History Class for Women with Chanie Levitin Tue 7:30 pm
At Rebbetzin Levitin’s home, 6519 49th Ave NE.  For more info, 
chanielevitin@gmail.com

Talmud Class - Mesechet SANHEDRIN 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

SHIURIM WITH DR TRACHTMAN SUN,MON,TUE, and WED 7-8 PM 
Via teleconference. Info and registration: Joseph N. Trachtman, O.D., Ph.D.  206-412-5985
tracht@accommotrac.com .
SUN: Chayenu. Chassidic Discourse from one of the Rebbeim, Letters from the Rebbe, and a  Chassidic story.MON: Sichos in English. English translation of the Rebbe's Sichos by the weekly Parshah. TUE:  Ein Yaakov in English: A Basic Course. For both its stories and gentle introduction to the Gemara, Ein Yaakov is unique. It has been studied traditionally for centuries. With recent English translations of Ein Yaakov and the Gemara, the secrets of the Torah are now available to everyone. WED: Navi (Prophets) with English translation and commentary.

CAMP GAN ISRAEL SEATTLE July  1st – Aug 9th. – REGISTER NOW
Register at 
www.campganisraelseattle.org This summer at Camp Gan Israel Seattle, we will be focusing on discovering the hidden talents within every single camper.. Looking forward to giving your child the best summer experience. With questions, call or text Rabbi Kavka 206-730-2775

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE /NEW PRICES
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

NEW VOLUMES OF THE HEBREW / ENGLISH YALKUT YOSEF NOW AVAILABLE
The new two-volume set of Yalkut Yosef on Tefillin have just been released and are part of the greater 19 volume set that has already been published. If you have any questions or are interested in purchasing these or any other volumes in the set. Please contact Jeffrey Amon at 
jamon18@msn.com

Friendship Circle Grill-Off Thu July 18th  6 PM 
Join with the Friendship Circle of Washington for a fun-packed summer evening with meat galore, beer garden, DJ, inflatables, and more. Featuring one-of-a-kind Chopped Competition for the Friendship Circle 2019 Grill Master Title. Kosher-supervised event, benefiting the Friendship Circle. Gas Works Park – Seattle.  
www.friendshipcirclewa.org

Jewish Community Night with the Seattle Mariners Mon July 22nd  7:10 PM
Let's go to the ball game on Jewish Community Night and cheer on the Mariners as they take on the Texas Rangers. Get your tickets now and get a Jewish Community Night t-shirt while supplies last. 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

Zootopia at SJCC - Sun July 21st 10:30 AM
Join with PJ Library and the Stroum Jewish Community Center to watch an animated story set in a city of animals, large and small, where a fox and rabbit form an unlikely partnership to protect them all. Stay for a brief activity afterwards about the "importance of community." 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

RHODES/KOS MEMORIAL – 7 PM TUE JUL. 23rd 
Please join us for a special evening "Honoring the Legacy of Survivors in our Community"The program includes a screening of the film "Sephardic Memories of the Holocaust", a panel discussion featuring local descendants of survivors, a Hashkava memorial service and Sephardic dessert reception. To RSVP call 206-722-5500 or email 
office@ezrabessaroth.net 

EZRA BESSAROTH GALA DINNER W/ MICHAEL MEDVED - SUN SEP 1st 
Plan to join us for an exciting and glamorous evening of celebrating all we love about Ezra Bessaroth. This gala event will feature best-selling author, movie critic, radio host and local celebrity, Michael Medved. 

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

Sephardic Lecture Series 
At Sephardic Bikur Holim. 
www.SBHSeattle.org (206) 723-3028

AIRPORT , LOCAL TRIPS, AND KOSHER RESTAURANT DELIVERY! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER
NOW PROVIDING MOVING AND VAN SERVICE (UP TO 12 PEOPLE)
Competitive rates, excellent service.  Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com
 


REBBE’S SICHO -  CHUKAS
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/2317568/jewish/Chukas.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

This week’s Torah reading contains a miraculous narrative: For the tenth time, the Jewish people complained to Moses about their conditions in the desert. G‑d heard their grumblings and sent fiery serpents that wounded the people and caused many to die. When they saw G‑d’s retribution, the people cried out in contrite repentance. Moses prayed on their behalf. G‑d told Moses to make a snake of copper and place it on a high pole. Anyone who was bitten would look at it and live. (This is the source for the image of a snake on a pole that serves as an emblem for healing.)

Our Sages comment: Did the snake causing healing? Instead, when the Jews would look upward, they would turn their hearts to G‑d and then they would be healed.

The snake is obviously a symbolic figure, going back to the Garden of Eden when the snake was the source for man’s sin. On the other hand, the snake also has powerful positive connotations. Indeed, the Hebrew term for snake, נחש, shares the same numerical equivalent as Mashiachמשיח. And it is well known that in Hebrew, numerical equivalence is not coincidental, but rather a function of a shared inner motif.

A third point: נחש, snake, shares the same root letters as נחשת, copper. While valuable, copper is considered as a functional and not a precious metal. True, it is used for coinage, but only for pennies.

One can build with copper. The articles made from it are not precious, but they are useful. Unlike gold and silver, it is not an end in and of itself, but it serves as a functional intermediary.

These three ideas are interrelated. The snake symbolizes man’s desire for material things, as evident from Eve’s response to the serpent’s temptation: “She saw the tree was tasty as food and desirous to the eye.” Now desire is not a negative quality. Quite the contrary, desire can be positive because it rouses man out of inertia and motivates activity.

On the other hand, there is no question that desire can also be detrimental. When a person’s desires are only materially oriented, they are — like the snake’s venom — poisonous, drawing him away from his true humanity, making him subservient to his natural drives and passions.

The snake — desire — has to be placed on a high pole, one that will make man look upward and understand G‑d’s intent. Then the “copper” entities are useful, enabling him to use the material entities he desires for a spiritual purpose. This is our lifework: not to seek transcendent spirituality that raises us above our material realities, but a grounded awareness of G‑d that involves us in physical activities, using them as means to further His intent.

The consummation of this process will come in the era of Mashiach who will bring the world to a higher state of awareness than possessed by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve did not know how to reconcile the physical and the spiritual: that was the core of their sin. In Mashiach’s era, by contrast, G‑dliness will be apparent in every element of existence, even what we now consider as base matters.

Looking to the Horizon

In one of the prophecies concerning the era of Mashiach, Maimonides states that at that time there will be no sickness. On one hand, the lack of sickness will be a natural consequence of the advances in knowledge and the outpouring of goodness that will characterize that future era. It is, however, also a response to the spiritual atmosphere that will prevail then.

In Jewish mysticism, it is explained that חולה, Hebrew for “sickness,” is numerically equivalent to 49. There are 50 Gates of Understanding in the world, 50 levels of knowledge of G‑d and of connection to Him. On his own initiative, man can attain only 49 levels. The 50th gate, however, is beyond his grasp.

What is the source for all sickness in the world? Our inability to proceed beyond the 49th level. Consciously or unconsciously, our souls are lovesick for G‑d. That inner, unsatisfied yearning — being “sick with love” — creates an imbalance that is the root of physical sickness.

In the era of Mashiach, “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of G‑d as the waters cover the ocean bed.” There will no longer be such yearning, for the awareness of G‑d will be within everyone’s reach.

Shabbos Korach | Gimel Tamuz 2-9 Tamuz, 5779

Erev Shabbos, Fri July 5th
Shacharis: 7  AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  8:51 PM

Shabbos Sat July 6th 
Shacharis: 9:30 AM 
Mincha 8:51 PM. Pirkei Avos Chapter 4.  Seuda Slishit Lite.
Maariv/Havdalah 10:00 PM

Weekday Services
Sun Shacharis 9 AM
Mon -Fri Shacharis 7 AM 
Sun-Thu Mincha 8:15 pm /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV

SHABBOS – KIDDUSH 
Kiddush this week for Gimmel Tamez is sponsored by Chabad of Pacific Northwest for the 25th Yahrzeit of The Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson.  Shmulie and Rosie Tennenhaus are also sponsoring, in honor of the shul! A delicious meat cholent is made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin.

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN 6 PM
In the CSTL Social Hall. In honor of the 25th yahrzeit (3rd of Tamuz) of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson ZT”L . Also the date when the previous Rebbe, Rabbi Yoseph Yitzak Schneersohn ZT”L was released from Soviet prison in 1927.  
www.chabad.org/calendar

GIMEL TAMUZ FARBRENGEN 3:30 PM SHABBOS AFTERNOON
In honor of Gimmel Tammuz -the Rebbe’s Yartzeit  - Rabbi Mendy Levitin will be making a gathering of learning, singing, and words of Torah and inspiration on Shabbos afternoon at 3:30pm  for men and women in their backyard at 4027 NE 60th St. Light refreshments and L'chaim.

MAZEL TOV MAZEL TOV!
Mazel Tov to Michael and Ilana Levin and the entire Levin family on the marriage of their son Shmuel!

BARUCH DAYAN EMETH
Will are sorry to inform you that Bev Blum ZT”L (Esther bas Yehuda haLevi) passed away on the 29th of  Shevat. Bev’s sister Susan Benowitz, will be sitting shiva until 1 PM Friday 5th July at the home of Jerry and Carol Strassman, 4846 B South Morgan Street, and will resume Shiva at her home in LA on Sunday afternoon.  On-street parking only.  The community expresses deep condolences to Sue, Bev’s son Steven Blum, and Bev’s husband Peter Blum. May the family be comforted with all the mourners of Tzion and Yerushalayim.

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -PENDING
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.

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY – 8:45 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class.

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 7:50 PM
One hour before Shabbos mincha.  This week G-d willing we will continue with the Rebbes' M'ammar נתת ליראיך נס להתנוסס 1951/5711. The M'ammar discusses and challenges us with understanding the Divine service related to   נסיונות=Tests and extreme situations that we face,  and have to contend with sometimes on a near and constant basis.

CSTL TOT PROGRAM 10:30 am – 12:30 pm /TBD
Info: Liz Roth-Jacobovitz: 
elizabeth.roth08@gmail.com

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. 

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

Weekly History Class for Women with Chanie Levitin Tue 7:30 pm
At Rebbetzin Levitin’s home, 6519 49th Ave NE.  For more info, 
chanielevitin@gmail.com

Talmud Class - Mesechet SANHEDRIN 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

SHIURIM WITH DR TRACHTMAN SUN,MON,TUE, and WED 7-8 PM 
Via teleconference. Info and registration: Joseph N. Trachtman, O.D., Ph.D.  206-412-5985
tracht@accommotrac.com .
SUN: Chayenu. Chassidic Discourse from one of the Rebbeim, Letters from the Rebbe, and a  Chassidic story. 
MON: Sichos in English. English translation of the Rebbe's Sichos by the weekly Parshah.
TUE:  Ein Yaakov in English: A Basic Course. For both its stories and gentle introduction to the Gemara, Ein Yaakov is unique. It has been studied traditionally for centuries. With recent English translations of Ein Yaakov and the Gemara, the secrets of the Torah are now available to everyone.
WED: Navi (Prophets) with English translation and commentary.

CAMP GAN ISRAEL SEATTLE July  1st – Aug 9th. – REGISTER NOW
Register at 
www.campganisraelseattle.org This summer at Camp Gan Israel Seattle, we will be focusing on discovering the hidden talents within every single camper.. Looking forward to giving your child the best summer experience. With questions, call or text Rabbi Kavka 206-730-2775

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE /NEW PRICES
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 $350with meat cholent. Kiddush can be paid for at www.CSTLSeattle.org


COMMUNITY NEWS

Shalom Baby Baskets
Available for every Jewish baby in the Seattle area, sponsored by Jewish Community Center. 
https://sjcc.org/events-classes/families/shalom-baby/  To register, call Talya Kurland, 206-388-0828. The Shalom Baby basket is suitable for children ages birth through age 2.

RHODES/KOS MEMORIAL – 7 PM TUE JUL. 23rd 
Please join us for a special evening "Honoring the Legacy of Survivors in our Community"The program includes a screening of the film "Sephardic Memories of the Holocaust", a panel discussion featuring local descendants of survivors, a Hashkava memorial service and Sephardic dessert reception. To RSVP call 206-722-5500 or email 
office@ezrabessaroth.net 

EZRA BESSAROTH GALA DINNER W/ MICHAEL MEDVED - SUN SEP 1st 
Plan to join us for an exciting and glamorous evening of celebrating all we love about Ezra Bessaroth. This gala event will feature best-selling author, movie critic, radio host and local celebrity, Michael Medved. 

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

Sephardic Lecture Series 
At Sephardic Bikur Holim. 
www.SBHSeattle.org (206) 723-3028

AIRPORT , LOCAL TRIPS, AND KOSHER RESTAURANT DELIVERY! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER
NOW PROVIDING MOVING AND VAN SERVICE (UP TO 12 PEOPLE)
Competitive rates, excellent service.  Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com


REBBE’S SICHO -  KORACH
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/2317565/jewish/Korach.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

Leadership is a crucial issue throughout society today. In all walks of life, be it business, politics, social relations, we are looking for leaders, people of vision who can motivate others to focus their energies on a goal and work to attain it.

It’s almost too simplistic to say, but the most important aspect of being a leader is the ability to motivate followers. A person can be intelligent, diligent, and full of character virtues, but if he or she cannot get through to others, he or she will not be an effective leader. But how does one get through to others? The oft-tried approach is to appeal to the lowest common denominator.

We all have basic desires: for money, for physical satisfaction, for honor. There are some aspiring leaders who play to these wants, promising — or implying — that accepting their leadership will enable a follower to achieve these ends.

Every once in a while in history, we find leaders of an entirely different nature. They appeal to the highest common denominator, teaching their people to focus on values and principles that transcend their individual selves. Their message communicates: partially, because of their awesome personal integrity, the values that they preach are those that they live by and partially, because the truth of our being is not our petty desires, but our souls that are an actual part of G‑d. When a leader is able to express his inner G‑dly potential, he sparks a desire within his people for them to express theirs.

This is the background against which the rebellion of Korach against Moses described in our Torah reading is played out. Korach comes to Moses with a genuine complaint: “The entire congregation is holy and G‑d is among them. Why do you raise yourself up above the congregation of G‑d?” Within every Jew is a G‑dly spark, an actual part of His infinity. Given that, how can one person be placed above another? The G‑dly potential we possess is the fundamental equalizer. Once it is accepted that every Jew possesses such a potential, seemingly, there is no place for a hierarchy. Why then, Korach asks, should Moses serve as an absolute authority and Aaron, as the High Priest?

In resolution, it can be explained that there is a difference between the existence of a potential and its expression. Of course, every Jew possesses a Divine potential, but he also possesses natural drives and tendencies which divert his attention and distract him from focusing on that Divine gift. Yes, we are all innately holy. But we also have other innate, natural drives. The goal of a genuine Jewish leader is to motivate the people to heighten the expression of their inner G‑dliness.

This was the unique role of Moses. Through his inner Divine service, he was able to integrate his Divine potential within all of his human qualities. Thus everyone who interacted with him realized that he was in contact with a holy man.

As a result, that person would seek to express his own Divine potential. The process is two-tiered. On a conscious level, we feel a positive sense of envy when we meet a man who is content and fulfilled, who is not chasing worldly desires and yet, is an accomplished person, one who has achieved his goals and is not wanting. We are willing to accept the guidance and direction such a person offers for we feel that it will enable us to live fuller and more complete lives.

Beyond this, there is an inner spiritual process at work, a motif that operates on a deeper level than conscious thought. Coming into contact with a person who has realized his spiritual potential inspires one to develop his own. Like a burning candle that ignites other combustible material, when the light of one person’s Divine potential shines forth, it will naturally arouse the latent Divinity that exists within others.

This was the nature of Moses’ leadership. Moses had no concept of self-concern. Not only did he not focus on his material desires, he was not concerned even with his own spiritual desires. He centered solely on his people: what was for their benefit and how could they best realize their own inner strengths. Korach argued: “The entire congregation is holy and G‑d is among them.” But precisely for that reason it was necessary for Moses to assume a leadership role that would encourage them to express the G‑dly potential that they possess.

This is not merely a story of the past. The Zohar, the fundamental text of Jewish mysticism, speaks of “the extension of Moses in all generations,” explaining that, at all times, there are Jews who fulfill the function of Moses and inspire their brethren to tap the inner spiritual potential they possess. By developing a connection with such Moseses, we can rise above our individual personalities and empower our innate G‑dly potential to surface.

Looking to the Horizon

Korach’s challenge to Moses’ leadership calls for an understanding of the Jewish concept of authority in general. One of the mitzvos of the Torah is to appoint a king and whenever we recite the Grace After Meals we pray for the restoration of the monarchy and the House of David. Indeed, this will be the function of the Mashiach who will be a teacher, but primarily a king, an absolute ruler.

Among the explanations of this concept is that earthly monarchy stems from — and serves as an analogy to and an extension of — our relationship with the King of kings. The purpose of a Jewish monarchy is to teach the people self-nullification to the king in order to intensify their self-nullification to G‑d. The self-nullification of the people to a mortal king should infuse kabbalas ol, “the acceptance of G‑d’s yoke,” into every dimension of their Divine service, deepening the intensity of their commitment until it affects their very essence.

Ideally, kingship is invited by the king’s subjects, and not imposed upon them. The analogue to this relationship reflects man’s desire and initiative to tie the essence of his being to G‑d in homage to Him.

Shabbos Shlach – Mevarchim Tamuz | 25 Sivan – 2 Tamuz, 5779

Erev Shabbos, Fri June 27th
Shacharis: 7  AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  8:52 PM

Shabbos Sat June 28th 
Tehilim for Mevarchim Tamuz 8 AM
Shacharis: 9:30 AM 
Mincha 8:52 PM. Pirkei Avos Chapter 3.  Seuda Slishit Lite.
Maariv/Havdalah 10:02 PM

Weekday Services
Sun Shacharis 9 AM
Mon,Tue,Fri Shacharis 7 AM 
Wed, Thu 6:50 AM /ROSH CHODESH TAMUZ
Sun-Thu Mincha 8:15 pm /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN 6 PM
In the CSTL Social Hall. In honor of the yahrzeit on 23rd  Sivan of R. Yaakov Pollack , Rabbi first in Prague and then in Cracow. In Cracow he established a large yeshiva that attracted thousands of students. R. Yaakov devised a new method of Talmudic study known as pilpul, with the goal of stimulating the intellectual abilities of his students. Although many scholars of subsequent generations opposed this method, R. Yaakov succeeded in bringing about a renewal of Talmudic study in Poland, which became a major Torah center for the next four centuries.  
www.chabad.org/calendar

SHABBOS – KIDDUSH 
Farewell Gala Kiddush in honor of the Tennenhaus Family.  The co-sponsors are: Rabbi SB and Chani Levitin, Shimon & Tova Cox; Velvel & Mushka Rosler; Adam & Jenny Minkus;  Yossi & Rachel Greenberg; Dr. Vernon & Liz Neppe;  Andre & Liz Roth-Jacobovitz;  Rabbi Avremi & Chavi Gitler; Andy & Nina Krasnow; Rabbi Safo & Frumi Marasow; Paul & Tamar Azous; Shuki & Chani Meyer; Rabbi Avi & Marave Herbstman; Ben & Myriam Caro and Moishe & Karen Yalovsky.   Delicious meat cholent is made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin. 

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -PENDING
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.

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY – 8:45 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class.

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 7:50 PM
One hour before Shabbos mincha.

CSTL TOT PROGRAM 10:30 am – 12:30 pm /TBD
Info: Liz Roth-Jacobovitz: 
elizabeth.roth08@gmail.com

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. 

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

Weekly History Class for Women with Chanie Levitin Tue 7:30 pm
At Rebbetzin Levitin’s home, 6519 49th Ave NE.  For more info, 
chanielevitin@gmail.com

Talmud Class - Mesechet SANHEDRIN 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

SHIURIM WITH DR TRACHTMAN SUN,MON,TUE, and WED 7-8 PM 
Via teleconference. Info and registration: Joseph N. Trachtman, O.D., Ph.D.  206-412-5985
tracht@accommotrac.com .
SUN: Chayenu. Chassidic Discourse from one of the Rebbeim, Letters from the Rebbe, and a  Chassidic story. 
MON: Sichos in English. English translation of the Rebbe's Sichos by the weekly Parshah.
TUE:  Ein Yaakov in English: A Basic Course. For both its stories and gentle introduction to the Gemara, Ein Yaakov is unique. It has been studied traditionally for centuries. With recent English translations of Ein Yaakov and the Gemara, the secrets of the Torah are now available to everyone.
WED: Navi (Prophets) with English translation and commentary.

CAMP GAN ISRAEL SEATTLE July  1st – Aug 9th. – REGISTER NOW
Register at 
www.campganisraelseattle.org This summer at Camp Gan Israel Seattle, we will be focusing on discovering the hidden talents within every single camper.. Looking forward to giving your child the best summer experience. With questions, call or text Rabbi Kavka 206-730-2775

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE /NEW PRICES
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 $350with meat cholent. Kiddush can be paid for at www.CSTLSeattle.org


COMMUNITY NEWS

Shalom Baby Baskets
Available for every Jewish baby in the Seattle area, sponsored by Jewish Community Center. 
https://sjcc.org/events-classes/families/shalom-baby/  To register, call Talya Kurland, 206-388-0828. The Shalom Baby basket is suitable for children ages birth through age 2.

Camp Yavneh 2019 
Registration now open for Camp Yavneh. Staff applications now available at 
www.campyavnehseattle.com    

RHODES/KOS MEMORIAL – 7 PM TUE JUL. 23rd 
Please join us for a special evening "Honoring the Legacy of Survivors in our Community"The program includes a screening of the film "Sephardic Memories of the Holocaust", a panel discussion featuring local descendants of survivors, a Hashkava memorial service and Sephardic dessert reception. To RSVP call 206-722-5500 or email 
office@ezrabessaroth.net 

EZRA BESSAROTH GALA DINNER W/ MICHAEL MEDVED - SUN SEP 1st 
Plan to join us for an exciting and glamorous evening of celebrating all we love about Ezra Bessaroth. This gala event will feature best-selling author, movie critic, radio host and local celebrity, Michael Medved. 

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

Sephardic Lecture Series 
At Sephardic Bikur Holim. 
www.SBHSeattle.org (206) 723-3028

AIRPORT , LOCAL TRIPS, AND KOSHER RESTAURANT DELIVERY! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER
NOW PROVIDING MOVING AND VAN SERVICE (UP TO 12 PEOPLE)
Competitive rates, excellent service.  Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com
 


REBBE’S SICHO -  SHLACH
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/2317561/jewish/Shelach.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

This Torah reading focuses on the spies sent out to gather information about Eretz Yisrael. They came back, telling the people how terrifying the nations dwelling there were and how difficult, virtually impossible, it would be for the Jews to conquer the land of Israel. The people lost heart and wanted to turn back to Egypt. When G‑d saw this, He told Moses that the people were unfit for this mission of entering the land. They would wander in the desert for an additional 40 years and it would not be until the next generation that the people would enter Eretz Yisrael.

There is one telling line in the report the spies brought back. They told the people: “We saw the giants, the sons of the titan.... We were like grasshoppers in our eyes and so we were in theirs.”

Because they cowered in fear, their fear became a self-fulfilling prophecy. They lost their self-respect and, consequently, others had no respect for them.

Ultimately, the image a person projects outward is a reflection of the way he or she looks at himself. When the spies saw themselves as powerless, they became so and the Canaanites perceived them in that manner.

But what should they have done? They saw giants!

A positive self-image has to be genuine. The intent is not to fool others and even yourself with false bravado. Since the Canaanites were giants, how could the Jews have the self-confidence to think that they could defeat them?

Because they should have realized that inside, they were also giants. Indeed, they possessed far greater power than the Canaanites. The power the Canaanites possessed was merely physical. Now when two strong people are pitted against each other in battle, they both lose. One may emerge the victor, but he will also suffer losses. And the outcome is unpredictable. For when two people grapple with each other, it is impossible to know who is going to emerge victorious.

The Jews, by contrast, possessed far greater resources of strength. Their power was not physical, it was spiritual. They were not going to war because of their own strength. On the contrary, they were obviously a weaker nation physically. They were able to conquer Eretz Yisrael for one reason alone: because G‑d would assist them. And since G‑d was going to help them, it did not matter how powerful their foes were.

They had a tremendous potential to develop a positive self-image, because the truth of their being was an inner G‑dly spark, the soul that we all possess, and moreover, they had received G‑d’s assurance. The only challenge was that of properly focusing their attention. Instead of viewing the world through the myopic lens of humanity, they were invited — and expected — to see things from G‑d’s perspective.

That invitation is available to each one of us. We all confront the challenge of entering Eretz Yisrael: i.e., entering a world that is daunting and trying. We must realize that we have the inner strength to prevail, because we stand for more than ourselves. We are given a mission to make this world a dwelling for G‑d and there is nothing that can stand in the way of the fulfillment of that mission. With this in mind, we can proceed with true strength and confidence.

Looking to the Horizon

The Torah reading concludes with the mitzvah of tzitzis, the tassels worn on the four corners of our garments. Although the physical commandments are fulfilled only in our material world, our Sages also speak of how G‑d Himself, so to speak, fulfills His own commandments, as hinted at in the verse, “He tells His words to Yaakov, His statutes and His ordinances to Yisrael.” In the words of the Midrash: “A man of flesh habitually tells others to perform actions, though he himself does not perform them. Not so with the Holy One, blessed be He: the acts that He Himself performs, He commands the Jewish people to perform and to observe.”

Through our fulfillment of the mitzvah of tzitzis, whose four corners we gather together every morning, we hasten the fulfillment of this mitzvah by G‑d Himself — the ingathering of the Jewish people from the four corners of the earth.

Shabbos Behaaloscha | 18-25 Sivan, 5779

Erev Shabbos, Fri June 21st 
Shacharis: 7  AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  8:52 PM

Shabbos Sat June 22nd  
Shacharis: 9:30 AM 
Mincha 8:52 PM. Pirkei Avos Chapter 2.  Seuda Slishit Lite.
Maariv/Havdalah 10:02 PM

Weekday Services
Sun Shacharis 9 AM
Mon -Fri Shacharis 7 AM 
Sun-Thu Mincha 8:15 pm /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN 6 PM
In the CSTL Social Hall. In honor of the yahrzeit on 19th Sivan of Rabbi Yehuda ibn Attar (1655–1733),
https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/112384/jewish/Rabbi-Chaim-ibn-Attar.htm. Rabbi ibn Attar served as rabbi in Fez, is regarded as one of the greatest leaders among Moroccan Jewry.  www.chabad.org/calendar

SHABBOS – KIDDUSH 
Thank you to this week’s kiddush sponsors:  Tatyana Gertzen and her family in loving memory of their father,  grandfather and great grandfather, Yosif ben Reuvin Z”L; and  Shprintze Kavka and her family in memory of their father, grandfather and great grandfather, Alexander ben Avigor Z”L. Delicious cholent is made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin. 

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -PENDING
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.

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY – 8:45 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class.

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 7:50 PM
One hour before Shabbos mincha.

CSTL TOT PROGRAM 10:30 am – 12:30 pm /TBD
Info: Liz Roth-Jacobovitz: 
elizabeth.roth08@gmail.com

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. 

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

Weekly History Class for Women with Chanie Levitin Tue 7:30 pm
At Rebbetzin Levitin’s home, 6519 49th Ave NE.  For more info, 
chanielevitin@gmail.com

Talmud Class - Mesechet SANHEDRIN 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

SHIURIM WITH DR TRACHTMAN SUN,MON,TUE, and WED 7-8 PM 
Via teleconference. Info and registration: Joseph N. Trachtman, O.D., Ph.D.  206-412-5985
tracht@accommotrac.com .
SUN: Chayenu. Chassidic Discourse from one of the Rebbeim, Letters from the Rebbe, and a  Chassidic story. 
MON: Sichos in English. English translation of the Rebbe's Sichos by the weekly Parshah.
TUE:  Ein Yaakov in English: A Basic Course. For both its stories and gentle introduction to the Gemara, Ein Yaakov is unique. It has been studied traditionally for centuries. With recent English translations of Ein Yaakov and the Gemara, the secrets of the Torah are now available to everyone.
WED: Navi (Prophets) with English translation and commentary.

CAMP GAN ISRAEL SEATTLE July  1st – Aug 9th. – REGISTER NOW
Register at 
www.campganisraelseattle.org This summer at Camp Gan Israel Seattle, we will be focusing on discovering the hidden talents within every single camper.. Looking forward to giving your child the best summer experience. With questions, call or text Rabbi Kavka 206-730-2775

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE /NEW PRICES
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 $350with meat cholent. Kiddush can be paid for at www.CSTLSeattle.org


COMMUNITY NEWS

Second Annual "One People, One Heart" Community Event MON  JUN 24th 
Keynote speaker will be former Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau. More info: 
www.chabadofseattle.org

SEFARDI FEST – SUN JUN 23rd 9 AM – 3 PM
Enjoy incredible delicacies, music, lectures and special activities for the kids at the Annual Festival of Sefardi Food & Culture.  At Ezra Bessaroth 
www.EzraBessaroth.net

Shalom Baby Baskets
Available for every Jewish baby in the Seattle area, sponsored by Jewish Community Center. 
https://sjcc.org/events-classes/families/shalom-baby/  To register, call Talya Kurland, 206-388-0828. The Shalom Baby basket is suitable for children ages birth through age 2.

Camp Yavneh 2019 
Registration now open for Camp Yavneh. Staff applications now available at 
www.campyavnehseattle.com    

RHODES/KOS MEMORIAL – 7 PM TUE JUL. 23rd 
Please join us for a special evening "Honoring the Legacy of Survivors in our Community"The program includes a screening of the film "Sephardic Memories of the Holocaust", a panel discussion featuring local descendants of survivors, a Hashkava memorial service and Sephardic dessert reception. To RSVP call 206-722-5500 or email 
office@ezrabessaroth.net 

EZRA BESSAROTH GALA DINNER W/ MICHAEL MEDVED - SUN SEP 1st 
Plan to join us for an exciting and glamorous evening of celebrating all we love about Ezra Bessaroth. This gala event will feature best-selling author, movie critic, radio host and local celebrity, Michael Medved. 

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

Sephardic Lecture Series 
At Sephardic Bikur Holim. 
www.SBHSeattle.org (206) 723-3028

AIRPORT , LOCAL TRIPS, AND KOSHER RESTAURANT DELIVERY! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER
NOW PROVIDING MOVING AND VAN SERVICE (UP TO 12 PEOPLE)
Competitive rates, excellent service.  Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com


 REBBE’S SICHO -  BEHAALOSCHA
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/2317560/jewish/Behaaloscha.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

The week’s Torah reading begins with a description of the command to kindle the Menorah,the candelabra in the Sanctuary and later in the Temple. After relating the command, it concludes the subject with the words: “And Aaron did so.” On that phrase, our Sages comment: “This relates Aaron’s praise, that he did not change,” i.e., he did not deviate from G‑d’s command.

What kind of praise is that? Why would one think that Aaron would deviate? Moses had received the command to light the Menorah from G‑d and conveyed it to Aaron. Is there any reason to think that he would do something other than what G‑d commanded?

Among the explanations of our Sages’ statement:

a) Aaron saw the spiritual impact of the kindling of the Menorah. The seven branches of the Menorah refer to the seven emotional qualities that make up our spiritual personalities. Kindling the lights implies inspiring each of those qualities to shine with G‑dly light. And kindling these lights on the earthly plane brings about an outpouring of light from the spiritual qualities that parallel our emotions. Aaron’s service was so lofty that it did not bring about any change or spiritual degradation in the radiance of that light. As it was revealed above, so too, was Aaron able to reveal it on this earthly plane.

b) Despite his knowledge of the tremendous implication of lighting the menorah, Aaron was able to steel himself and perform the physical actions precisely as commanded. Many people get excited when they realize the profound effect their actions have and they have trouble controlling themselves. Aaron mastered himself. Despite the knowledge he had and the happiness and love that knowledge evoked, Aaron did not spill the oil or stumble; he was able to maintain his composure and kindle the Menorah exactly as commanded.

c) Aaron did not change within himself. He felt no extra pride because of what he was doing. Rather he fulfilled G‑d’s command with the dedication of a simple servant.

d) Throughout his life, his enthusiasm while performing this mitzvah did not change. Day-in and day-out, he performed this action with the same enthusiasm and energy as when initially commanded. It was not a habitual repetition, but a new service each day, with new energy, joy, and vitality that reflected how he was drawing down new light from above.

Our Sages state that the kindling of the Menorah endures forever all time. Although the Temple is destroyed and its lights are not kindled in a physical sense, there are spiritual giants who like Aaron are able to spark the fires of our emotions and motivate us to fiery love for G‑d.

Looking to the Horizon

This week’s Torah reading also relates the journeys of the Jewish people through the desert. After having camped at Sinai for more than a year, they broke camp and began the trek to Eretz Yisrael. Our Sages explain that these journeys reflect an eternal pattern. In a larger sense, they can be understood as describing a paradigm that exists throughout our nation’s history. The entry into Eretz Yisrael represents the culmination of the process, the coming of Mashiach.

In this vein, our Rabbis note that the desert is called “the desert of the nations” and compare our people’s journey through it with their journey through “the desert of the nations” in our 2000 years of exile.

On the journey through the desert, the ark would be carried before the people. It’s like a child learning to walk. He stands. His parents stand somewhat away from him and the child steps toward them. As he proceeds forward, they take a step backward, maintaining eye-contact with him and leading him forward.

This was the pattern in which the ark led the people through the desert and this is the pattern, albeit without the conscious connection, with which G‑d is leading us on our collective journey until, together with Mashiach, we return to Eretz Yisrael

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