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Shabbos Vaeira Mevarchim Shevat | 27 Teves – 5 Shevat 5780

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

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

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

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

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

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

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



COMMUNITY NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

What is the connection between Havayah and liberation?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shabbos Shemos | 20-27 Teves 5780

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

COMMUNITY NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

REBBE’S SICHO – SHEMOS
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/92044/jewish/Shmos-Redemption-Who-and-WHy.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shabbos Vayechi - Hazaq! | 6-13 Teves 5780

EREV SHABBOS FRI JAN 10th
Shacharis 7 AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  4:19 PM

SHABBOS SAT JAN 11th
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 10:06 AM
Shabbos Mincha 4:19 PM
Maariv/Havdalah 5:28 PM

WEEKDAY
Sun Shacharis  9 AM 
Mon- Fri Shacharis 7 AM
Sun - Thu Mincha 4:20 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV/

GALA KIDDUSH IN HONOR OF THE CARO FAMILY
Catered by Wolf & Spice. Thank you to sponsors Rabbi and Mrs Chani Levitin, Shimon and Tova Cox, Shuky and Chan Meyer, Mike and Lesley Weichbrodt, Rabbi Avi and Marave Herbstman, Andre and Liz Jacobowitz, Dr. Shimon and Jessica Rudnick, Liz Rothman, Chana Plotke, Ben and Sarah Dershowitz, Meir and Areille Zwanziger, Moshe and Karen Yalovsky, Eduardo and Gabrielle Sonnino, and David Judkovich.

TZEITCHEM L’SHALOM
The community wishes tzeitchem l’shalom to the Caro Family.  We will greatly miss you all!

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

AVOS u’BONIM MOTZEI SHABBOS SAT JAN 10h 6:30 PM
Inspiring programs for fathers and children.  Living Torah Video, Raffle, Prizes, Delicious Refreshments, Grand Prize Raffle.  All ages welcome! Sponsorships available – Contact 
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com A special thanks to this week's generous sponsors, Chani and Shuky Meyer.

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

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

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 3:20 PM
This week featuring inspiring words of Torah in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. this week we will be learning Parasha Vayechi and Chazaq! With Rabbi Herbstman.

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

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

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

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

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

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

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

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS

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

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

JEWS AND COFFEE A COMPLEX BREW– SAT JAN 11th 6:30 PM
When coffee arrived in Europe, the non-Jewish establishment decried it but the Jewish community embraced it. Minyan Ohr Chadash presents Gilah Kletenik, a Jewish educator, who will explore this stimulating history, focusing on rabbis, Jewish merchants, and German Jewish women for whom coffee was an opportunity for integration, expansion, and advancement.  At Café Vita in Seward Park.

RABBI MEYERS JANUARY STUDY SERIES SUN JAN 12th 7:30 PM
Rabbi Ron-Ami Meyers continues his interactive study on the book of Shemot this Sunday at 7:30pm at Ezra Bessaroth. The classes take place every Sunday in January. Light refreshments will be served. For men and women, open to the community. Check out the class from this past Sunday at 
https://youtu.be/ylKGUZqRIG4  . We are grateful for our generous sponsors Donna Amira, Ralph Capeluto & Albert Israel. For more about learning opportunities with Rabbi Meyers go to www.talmid-chaver.com

A Journey to Israel Will Change Your Teen's Life – DEADLINE JAN 13th
Every Jewish teen should have the opportunity for a transformative Israel experience. Teens who have visited Israel have come home with a stronger Jewish identity and a lasting connection to our Jewish homeland. Make the dream of an Israel experience come true for your teen – apply today for a scholarship made possible by the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, the Samis Foundation, and other generous donors. 
https://www.jewishinseattle.org/investments-in-jewish-life/scholarships/teen-israel

BUKHARIAN JEWS: A SEPHARDIC STORY - THU JAN 16 AT 6:30PM
Renowned expert on Sephardic communities, Ruben Shimonov will provide an interactive presentation on the story of the native Jews of Central Asia—Bukharian Jews. This unique community is situated at the fascinating, yet lesser known, intersection of Sephardic, Mizrahi, and Russian-speaking Jewish life. This interactive talk will provide a unique opportunity to explore the rich and dynamic experiences of the millennia-old Bukharian Jewish community—as well as how their journey fits into the broader saga of the Jewish People. Refreshments will be served. At Ezra Bessaroth

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reset & Refresh STARTS IN JAN
Reset & Refresh is for young adult couples to engage in community building around Jewish values through shared learning about Shabbat. The series is a fulfilling exploration into new and traditional byways of Jewish life. 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


REBBE’S SICHO – VAYECHI
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/92024/jewish/Vayechi-The-Golden-Years.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

The Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn of blessed memory, related:1 When the Tzemach Tzedek was a young child and learned the passage, “Ya’akov lived in the land of Egypt for 17 years,”2 his teacher translated it according to the Baal HaTurim commentary: “Our father Ya’akov lived his 17 best years in Egypt.”

Upon his return from cheder, he asked his grandfather, the Alter Rebbe: How can it be that our father Ya’akov, the elect of the Patriarchs, had his best years in Egypt, the land of corruption?3

The Alter Rebbe answered: It is written, “And Yehudah sent before him to Yosef to give instruction for Goshen.”4 The Midrash states, and Rashi quotes this: “R. Nechemya said: to establish a house of study so Torah would be there and the tribes would learn Torah.”

“To give instructions for Goshen” means (in a deeper sense), that when one learns Torah, he becomes closer to G‑d, may He be blessed. So, even in Egypt, it is possible to say vayechi — Ya’akov truly lived.

At first glance, it is not hard to understand why Ya’akov’s best years were the last 17 of his life, which he spent with his beloved Yosef. As the select of the Patriarchs, Ya’akov’s primary delight was in seeing that Yosef was not only alive, but conducting himself as befitted Ya’akov’s son, remaining wholly righteous, notwithstanding the fact that he had lived in a corrupt land for so many years.5

This is also to be understood from what Ya’akov said to Yosef when he saw him in Egypt: “After I have seen your face, that you are still alive.”6 This passage is puzzling: Was it only by actually seeing Yosef’s face that Ya’akov could know that he was alive?

The verse informs us that, by gazing into Yosef’s face, Ya’akov was able to see that Yosef was alive spiritually as well as physically. Yosef’s righteousness had not waned; indeed, it had grown while he was in Egypt. And this was the main reason for Ya’akov’s extreme joy.7

It is thus understandable that Ya’akov’s tremendous joy8 in seeing Yosef resulted from the latter’s ability to transform the gloom of Egypt into a blaze of holiness.

This being so, both the Tzemach Tzedek’s question and the Alter Rebbe’s answer require an explanation.

The Hebrew word for Egypt, mitzrayim, is related to the words “straits” and “limitations”9 — it is a land that does not allow the infinite revelation of G‑dliness. Indeed, as “the land of corruption,” it did not readily allow for any degree of Divine revelation.

The goal of man’s spiritual service is to achieve a state of exodus from all limitations, so that he can serve G‑d without constraints.10

This, then, was the point of the Tzemach Tzedek’s question: While during these 17 years, Ya’akov achieved a measure of spiritual joy that he had not attained until then, his descent into such a land had to have a limiting effect on his spiritual service. How then could these years be considered the best of his life?

The Alter Rebbe answered by noting that Ya’akov “established a house of Torah study”: Torah study can raise an individual above all limitations, so that one can be truly alive in a spiritual sense, even while in Egypt.

The reason for this is that the Torah is rooted in G‑d’s essence.11 Just as G‑d defies all limitations, so too with Torah; even though it descends within the physical, it remains essentially limitless.12 Therefore, by cleaving to Torah, one can withstand even the spiritual trials and tribulations of Egypt.

By establishing a Torah center in Egypt, Ya’akov was assured that his going there would not involve a descent in spiritual service, for the study of Torah placed him beyond the nation’s spiritual concealment. This enabled Ya’akov to live the best spiritual years of his life, even while in Egypt.

Based on Likkutei Sichos, Vol. X, pp. 160-162

Shabbos Vayigash | 6-13 Teves 5780

EREV SHABBOS FRI JAN 3rd
Shacharis 7 AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  4:11 PM

SHABBOS SAT JAN 4th
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 10:05 AM
Shabbos Mincha 4:11 PM
Maariv/Havdalah 5:17 PM

WEEKDAY
Sun Shacharis  9 AM 
Mon- Fri Shacharis 7 AM
Sun, Mon, Wed, Thu Mincha 4:10 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV/

FAST OF ASARAH b’TEVES TUE JAN 7th
Fast Begins 6:16 AM
Shacharis 7 AM /with Selichos
Mincha 4 PM
Maariv /Fast Ends 5:10 PM

KIDDUSH LITE
Thank you to Shumlie and Rosie Tennenhaus for sponsoring our delicious meat cholent, made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin

MAZEL TOV MAZEL TOV
Mazel Tov to Rabbi Abe and Shprintze Kavka on the birth of their new grandchild Sara Miriam. Zalmy and Sheina Kavka are the proud and happy parents. May they merit to raise her to Torah, Chupa, and Ma’asim Tovim!

MAZEL TOV MAZEL TOV
Mazel Tov to the Kintzer/Becker/Bokor family on the bris of their baby boy, Lior Chaim Yishiah. May they raise him to Torah, Chupah and Masim Tovim and may we know many more smachot together!

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

AVOS u’BONIM MOTZEI SHABBOS SAT JAN 4h
Inspiring programs for fathers and children.  Living Torah Video, Raffle, Prizes, Delicious Refreshments, Grand Prize Raffle.  All ages welcome! Sponsorships available – Contact 
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com Thank you to our generous sponsors

JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE LADIES DANCE NIGHTS
Jan 5th – Jazz – 7:45 to 8:45 pm
Jan 19th – Contemporary – 6 to 7 pm /Mother/Bubbie/Daughter/Cousin
Feb 23rd – Cardio 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Mar 8th – Hip Hop – 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Mar 22nd – Cardio 7:45 – 8:45 pm
All five for $75 or $20 each. 
https://tinyurl.com/cstlWomensEvent mherbstman@gmail.com
At All that Dance Studio, 3012 NE Blakely Street.

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY – 8:15 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. this week we will be learning about-וַיִּגַּ֨שׁ אֵלָ֜יו יְהוּדָ֗ה וַיֹּ֘אמֶר֘ בִּ֣י אֲדֹנִי֒  “Then Judah approached him (Joseph)  and said, Please, my lord”- Understanding how the difference between the g-dly service of  Josephs and Yehudah, is the difference between Haven and Earth, Tabernacle and Temple, this world and the world to come!.

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 3:20 PM
This week featuring inspiring words of Torah in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. We will be learning a Sicho on Parshat Vayigash and Hei Teves.

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

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

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

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

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

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS

TORAH & COOKIES WITH RABBI ROSENFELD – THU JAN 2nd 9 -10:30 PM
At Mercaz

BCMH WOMEN'S SHIUR SUN JAN 5th  10:20 AM
Class taught by Rabbi Yaakov Tanenbaum. Topic: "Getting in Touch With our Tefillah: Exploring the Depth and Words of the Amidah", BCMH Beis Midrash.

SEATTLE COMMUNITY SECURITY – EIGHT WEDNESDAYS 7 -10 PM
Next course begins Jan 15th.  Contact 
Elisabeth.rosenthal@gmail.com

JEWS AND COFFEE A COMPLEX BREW– SAT JAN 11th 6:30 PM
When coffee arrived in Europe, the non-Jewish establishment decried it but the Jewish community embraced it. Minyan Ohr Chadash presents Gilah Kletenik, a Jewish educator, who will explore this stimulating history, focusing on rabbis, Jewish merchants, and German Jewish women for whom coffee was an opportunity for integration, expansion, and advancement.  At Café Vita in Seward Park.

YOU AND I SEMINAR WITH RABBI ILAN FELDMAN JAN 5th 6th and 7th
Co-sponsored by BCMH and Ashreichem Yisroel.  A powerful and transformative 18 hour seminar.  For more information visit 
www.youandi.world/register  or call 206-377-9555.

A Journey to Israel Will Change Your Teen's Life – DEADLINE JAN 13th
Every Jewish teen should have the opportunity for a transformative Israel experience. Teens who have visited Israel have come home with a stronger Jewish identity and a lasting connection to our Jewish homeland. Make the dream of an Israel experience come true for your teen – apply today for a scholarship made possible by the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, the Samis Foundation, and other generous donors. 
https://www.jewishinseattle.org/investments-in-jewish-life/scholarships/teen-israel

BUKHARIAN JEWS: A SEPHARDIC STORY - THU JAN 16 AT 6:30PM
Renowned expert on Sephardic communities, Ruben Shimonov will provide an interactive presentation on the story of the native Jews of Central Asia—Bukharian Jews. This unique community is situated at the fascinating, yet lesser known, intersection of Sephardic, Mizrahi, and Russian-speaking Jewish life. This interactive talk will provide a unique opportunity to explore the rich and dynamic experiences of the millennia-old Bukharian Jewish community—as well as how their journey fits into the broader saga of the Jewish People. Refreshments will be served. At Ezra Bessaroth

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

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

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

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

Reset & Refresh STARTS IN JAN
Reset & Refresh is for young adult couples to engage in community building around Jewish values through shared learning about Shabbat. The series is a fulfilling exploration into new and traditional byways of Jewish life. 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


REBBE’S SICHO – MEKEITZ
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/92020/jewish/Vayigash-To-Learn-From-Yosefs-Conduct-With-his-Brothers.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

The verse states:1 “These are the descendants of Ya’akov — Yosef.” This indicates that Yosef was the continuation of Ya’akov,2 in keeping with the saying of our Sages:3 “All that transpired with this one [Ya’akov] transpired with this one [Yosef].”

Yosef differed from his brothers in that only he underwent the trials and tribulations of exile. In this sense, he was similar to his father Ya’akov, who was the only Patriarch subjected to exile — during his 20 years in the house of Lavan.

Although these 20 years were exceedingly difficult, Ya’akov remained steadfast in his faith. For this is the particular accomplishment of Ya’akov — who represents the Attribute of Truth4 — that in all situations and circumstances, he did not change his ways, remaining steadfast in his faith and observance, even while in Lavan’s home.

Still and all, a difference did exist between Ya’akov and Yosef with regard to the nature of their exiles, and that’s why it is the particular strength of Yosef that enables the Jewish people to endure the difficulties of exile.

Even while Ya’akov was in exile with Lavan, he was not immersed in worldly affairs. His servitude consisted of having to care for Lavan’s flocks — a type of labor that enables one to remain far removed from worldly concerns and concentrate on matters of the spirit. This was because Ya’akov was at a level of ultimate sanctity and holiness, completely immune to the darkness of exile.

Herein lay the difference between Ya’akov — and the Patriarchs in general — and the 12 tribes. The tribes, of necessity, had to remove themselves from worldly matters so that the world would not impinge upon their spiritual service — had they not done so, the mundane world would have hindered their service.

The Patriarchs, however, were intrinsically removed from worldly matters, living as they did in total holiness and sanctity. Their shepherding was merely a natural outgrowth of their innate sense of removal from the mundane.

So too with Ya’akov. Even as he found himself in Lavan’s house, he remained separate and thus above any true sense of exile. Consequently, like his forbears, he was a shepherd.

The quality that allowed Ya’akov, even while he was in exile, to remain removed from and loftier than that state, also finds expression in the fact that, when he is forced to do battle with Esav’s angel5 — when he must vanquish his opposition — he overwhelms him totally, so that the angel declares: “Your name will no longer be Ya’akov, but Yisrael [a term of mastery], for you have striven with men and with angels and have been successful.”6

Herein lies the special quality of Yosef, who indeed descended into exile, and was truly under the dominion first of Potiphar and then of Pharaoh. But even under such circumstances, he remained completely united with G‑d.

Thus, the strength that all Jews have to withstand exile — for, to all Jews, exile means being under foreign dominion — comes primarily from Yosef, who, as we read in the portion of Vayigash , sustained his brothers — i.e. he granted them his qualities — during the “time of hunger.”

This quality was subsequently transmitted to every Jew in all generations.

Because it is Yosef’s resilience that sustains us during even the darkest times, all Jews are called Yosef.7 And similar to our namesake, the darkness and gloom of exile does not prevent us from being totally united with G‑d, and we remain completely steady in our Judaism and observance of Torah and mitzvos.

Ultimately, this exalted behavior not only nullifies exile, but transforms it into a state of redemption — an eternal redemption that can never be subject to further exile, with the speedy coming of our righteous Moshiach.

Based on Likkutei Sichos, Vol. XXV, pp. 254-257

Shabbos Miketz – Rosh Chodesh Teves | 29 Kislev – 6 Teves 5780

EREV SHABBOS FRI DEC 27th /5 CHANUKAH
Shacharis 7:00 am
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  4:05 PM /Light 6 Chanukah Candles before Shabbos Candles

SHABBOS SAT DEC 28th /6 CHANUKAH AND ROSH CHODESH TEVES
Shacharis: 9 am /Sof Zman Krias Shema 10:01 am
Shabbos Mincha 4:05 pm
Maariv/Havdalah 5:12 pm /followed by an inspiring Living Torah video.

WEEKDAY
Sun Shacharis  9:00 am  /7 CHANUKAH AND ROSH CHODESH TEVES
Mon-Shacharis 7:00 am /8 CHANUKAH FULL HALLEL AND TORAH READING/ “AL haNISIM”  IN AMIDAH
Tue – Fri Shacharis 7:00 am
Sun-Thu Mincha 4:10 pm /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV/

SPECIAL KIDDUSH WITH CHICKEN FINGERS
Thank you to Kiddush sponsors Paul and Tamar Azous in honor of Chanukah! Thank you to Kiddush sponsors Yussi and Rochel Greenberg in honor of the Yahrzeit (30th Kislev) of his father, Yitzchak Pesach ben Avrohom Shimon ZT”L.  Thank you to kiddush sponsors Dr. Shimon and Jessica Rudnick in honor of the Yahrzeit of his father Yisroel ben Shmuel ZT”L . Thank you to Kiddush sponsors to welcome back the Weichbrodts: .Rabbi and Mrs. Chani Levitin, Yitzchak and Liz Rothman, Rabbi Mendy and Leahle Levitin, Shimon and Tova Cox, and Rabbi Avi and Marave Herbstman. We will also have a delicious meat cholent, by Rabbi Mendy Levitin sponsored by Rabbi and Mrs. Mendy Levitin bezchuz for their son Shmuli who is home from Yeshiva.

WELCOME HOME TO THE WEICHBRODT FAMILY
It is wonderful to have you back!  Tizku L’Mitzvot!

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

AVOS u’BONIM MOTZEI SHABBOS SAT DEC 28th /NOT THIS WEEK.  RESUMES NEXT WEEK
Inspiring programs for fathers and children.  Living Torah Video, Raffle, Prizes, Delicious Refreshments, Grand Prize Raffle.  All ages welcome! Sponsorships available – Contact 
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com Thank you to our generous sponsors

JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE LADIES DANCE NIGHTS
Jan 5th – Jazz – 7:45 to 8:45 pm
Jan 19th – Contemporary – 6 to 7 pm /Mother/Bubbie/Daughter/Cousin
Feb 23rd – Cardio 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Mar 8th – Hip Hop – 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Mar 22nd – Cardio 7:45 – 8:45 pm
All five for $75 or $20 each. 
https://tinyurl.com/cstlWomensEvent mherbstman@gmail.com
At All that Dance Studio, 3012 NE Blakely Street.

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY – 8:15 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. This week we will be learning the  mystical meaning of the verse 41:21 וַתָּבֹ֣אנָה אֶל־קִרְבֶּ֗נָה וְלֹ֤א נוֹדַע֙ כִּי־בָ֣אוּ אֶל־קִרְבֶּ֔נָה  “And when they had eaten them up, it could not be known that they had eaten them; but they were still ill-favoured as at the beginning. So I awoke..”- How do we apply this in our Avodah/Service to Hasham.

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 3:20 PM
This week featuring inspiring words of Torah in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. We will be learning a Sicho on Parshat Miketz and Chanukah.

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

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

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

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

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

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS

SHIUR FOR WOMEN "Who is Yavan?", SUN DEC 29th 8 PM
At the Kollel 
https://www.seattlekollel.com/women-s-rosh-chodesh-event 

SEATTLE COMMUNITY SECURITY – EIGHT WEDNESDAYS 7 -10 PM
Next course begins Jan 15th.  Contact 
Elisabeth.rosenthal@gmail.com

Be a Part of Project TEN – APPLICATION DEADLINE FRI DEC 27th
This year, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, Hillel UW, and Project TEN want to send you to Oaxaca, Mexico for spring break, March 21-29, 2020. Project TEN is an international tikkun olam program that brings together Jewish young adults in a program combining volunteer work in local communities with service learning in international development, culture, identity, and Jewish activism. 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

YOU AND I SEMINAR WITH RABBI ILAN FELDMAN JAN 5th 6th and 7th
Co-sponsored by BCMH and Ashreichem Yisroel.  A powerful and transformative 18 hour seminar.  For more information visit 
www.youandi.world/register  or call 206-377-9555.

BUKHARIAN JEWS: A SEPHARDIC STORY - THU JAN 16 AT 6:30PM
Renowned expert on Sephardic communities, Ruben Shimonov will provide an interactive presentation on the story of the native Jews of Central Asia—Bukharian Jews. This unique community is situated at the fascinating, yet lesser known, intersection of Sephardic, Mizrahi, and Russian-speaking Jewish life. This interactive talk will provide a unique opportunity to explore the rich and dynamic experiences of the millennia-old Bukharian Jewish community—as well as how their journey fits into the broader saga of the Jewish People. Refreshments will be served. At Ezra Bessaroth

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

Reset & Refresh STARTS IN JAN
Reset & Refresh is for young adult couples to engage in community building around Jewish values through shared learning about Shabbat. The series is a fulfilling exploration into new and traditional byways of Jewish life. 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

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

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

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

Teen Israel Scholarship – APPLICATION DEADLINE JAN 13th
A journey to Israel will be a life-changing experience for your teen. Visiting our Jewish homeland will strengthen your teen's Jewish identity and foster a deep and lasting connection with Israel. 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


REBBE’S SICHO – MEKEITZ
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/92019/jewish/Mikeitz-Pharaohs-Dreams-and-Yosefs-Interpretation.htm © SichosInEnglish.org

The Torah portion of Mikeitz begins by relating Pharaoh’s dream, and the fact that the wise men could not provide a satisfactory interpretation. Yosef was then called for and he interpreted the dreams to Pharaoh’s satisfaction.

The commentators ask a number of questions regarding Yosef’s interpretation. The thought that seven handsome healthy-looking cows and seven fat, good ears of grain were symbolic of seven years of plenty, while seven emaciated, bad cows and seven shriveled ears of grain were symbolic of seven years of famine seems obvious.1

Handsome, healthy-looking cows are a direct result of a plenitude of grass and grain — a clear symbol of a time of plenty. And surely this is so with regard to fat ears of grain. Conversely, emaciated cows denote a lack of food, and shriveled ears of grain indicate a lack of water.

Moreover, Pharaoh saw in his dream that the cows emerged from the Nile, the annual flooding of which provided Egypt with vitally needed water for irrigation and growth. Since the healthy cows and grain appeared first, it is understandable that a period of plenty would precede a time of famine. Furthermore, since the cows and grain were seven in number, it clearly indicated seven seasons of growth.

Why did the wise men of Egypt fail to understand something that was so self-evident? What got Pharaoh so excited about Yosef’s wisdom that he appointed him viceroy?

Yet another question: As soon as Yosef interpreted the dreams, he immediately went on to say:2 “And now, Pharaoh must seek out a man with insight and wisdom and place him in charge of Egypt.” Why did Yosef see fit to go on and give advice? Pharaoh had only asked him to interpret the dreams, not to advise him on affairs of state.3

The difficulty in interpreting the dreams resulted from the fact that the “other seven, ugly lean cows emerged from the Nile, and stood next to the cows already on the river bank. ”4 If the seven emaciated cows symbolized seven years of famine following seven years of plenty, why were both sets of cows standing together on the river bank?

The Egyptian wise men therefore came up with various interpretations implying that feast and famine would take place at the same time.

Yosef’s approach, however, was different. He correctly interpreted the dream to mean that seven good years would be followed by seven years of famine. In answer to the obvious question of why the cows were standing together, Yosef replied that this meant someone should be appointed over Egypt to ensure that the grain from the seven bountiful years would be stored for the coming years of famine, for in this way the cows could stand “together” in the following manner:

When steps are taken at the beginning of the seven years of plenty to insure that there will be food for the seven years of famine, then the two periods — the two sets of cows — come together. Conversely, during the seven years of hunger, the seven years of plenty are profoundly felt, for the food eaten during these latter years comes from the first seven years.

This is why Pharaoh was so taken by Yosef’s reply; it wasn’t so much Yosef’s ability to interpret the dreams as his ability to account for the juxtaposition of the seven fat and emaciated cows.

On a more spiritual level, Pharaoh’s dreams and Yosef’s interpretation thereof served as the precursor to the Jewish people’s descent into exile, for it was Yosef’s leadership (which resulted from his interpretation) that brought about the circumstances which caused Ya’akov and his family to descend to Egypt. Thus, Pharaoh’s dreams and their interpretation also serve as a parable to exile.

During a dream, it is possible for opposites to unite. Exile is therefore likened to a dream, for during the time of exile, “good cows” (the desire to be good and holy) and “emaciated cows” (the desire to act in an untoward manner) can reside in an individual at almost the same time.

By putting aside provisions during the times of spiritual good, spiritual famine is averted, and Jews are constantly blessed with all manner of good.

Based on Likkutei Sichos, Vol. XV, pp. 339-346

Shabbos Vayeshev Mevarchim Teves | 22-29 Kislev 5780

EREV SHABBOS FRI DEC 20th
Shacharis 7 AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  4:01 PM

SHABBOS SAT DEC 21st
Tehilim for Mevarchim Teves 7:45 AM
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 10:01 AM
Shabbos Mincha 4:01 PM
Maariv/Havdalah 5:06 PM followed by inspirational JEM videos

WEEKDAY /CHANUKAH SERVICES
Sun Shacharis  9 AM
Mon- Fri Shacharis 7 AM /FULL HALLEL AND TORAH READING/ “AL haNISIM”  IN AMIDAH
Sun-Thu Mincha 4:10 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY  HANUKAH CANDLES ANDMAARIV/

SPECIAL KIDDUSH WITH ROLLS AND SALADS
Thank you to Kiddush sponsors Yussi and Rochel Greenberg in memory of his father, Yitzchak  Pesach ben Avrohom Shimon z"l and Shmuel and Amiee Kotliar,  in memory of his mother, Shaina bat Shmuel Mordechai z"l.  We will also have a delicious meat cholent ,made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin.

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

AVOS u’BONIM MOTZEI SHABBOS SAT DEC 21st 
Inspiring programs for fathers and children.  Living Torah Video, Raffle, Prizes, Delicious Refreshments, Grand Prize Raffle.  All ages welcome! Sponsorships available – Contact 
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com Thank you to our generous sponsors: James Packman ,Shuky and Chani Meyer, and Anonymous

CHABAD PUBLIC FESTIVE MENORAH LIGHTINGS
Sun Dec 22nd 5 PM – 6 PM at corner of Queen Anne Ave and Crockett St.
Sun Dec 22nd 4PM – 7 PM at Shoreline City Hall , 17500 Midvale Ave N. 
Sun Dec 22nd 5PM – 6 PM, at Bergen Place Park, 5420 22nd Ave NW (Ballard)
Sun Dec 22nd 5PM – 6 PM at Volunteer Park, Capital Hill
Sun Dec 22nd 5PM – 6 PM at Westlake Park, Downtown Seattle
Sun Dec 22nd 5PM – 6 PM at Mercerdale Park, Mercer Island
Sun Dec 22nd 5 PM – 6 PM at Redmond Town Center, Redmond
Mon Dec 23rd 5 PM – 6 PM at Downtown Bellevue Park, Bellevue

CHANUKAH ON ICE – WED DEC 25th 2:45 PM
At Highland Ice Arena, 18005 Aurora Ave N. .  Free Admission. Skate rental available for $4. Sponsored by a generous donation to the CSTL Children’s Program.  RSVP and More info 
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY – 8:15 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. This week we will be learning about שִׁ֗יר הַֽמַּֽ֫עֲל֥וֹת בְּשׁ֣וּב יְ֖הֹוָה אֶת־שִׁיבַ֣ת צִיּ֑וֹן הָ֜יִ֗ינוּ כְּחֹֽלְמִֽים “A song of ascents. When the Lord returns the returnees to Zion, we shall be like dreamers.” A dreams power to combine the seaming contradictions in our life between the spiritual and the material… 

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 3:20 PM
This week featuring inspiring words of Torah in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. We will be learning a Sicho on Parshat Vayeishev and Chanukah.

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

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

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

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

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

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS

SEATTLE COMMUNITY SECURITY – EIGHT WEDNESDAYS 7 -10 PM
Next course begins Jan 15th.  Contact 
Elisabeth.rosenthal@gmail.com

Torah,Tea and Cookies with Rabbi Rosenfeld – THU 9 PM
At Mercaz – 6011 37th Ave NE.   
www.mercazseattle.org

Sunday Women’s Shiur: Getting in Touch with Our Tefillah SUN 10:20 AM AT BCMH.
With Rabbi Tannenbaum.  For a video of last week’s shiur:   
https://vimeo.com/370771561

SHABBAT DINNER HONORING RABBI & MRS BENZAQUEN ON GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY - FRI DEC 20th
Join us for a very special Shabbat dinner at Ezra Bessaroth as we honor our beloved Rabbi Simon & CecIlia Benzaquen on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary. Friday, December 20, services at 4pm, dinner at 5pm,Cost is $30/person, $75/family. 3 and under, free. This event will sell out so reserve your spot today. 
www.EzraBessaroth.net

CHANUKAH BEGINS SUN EVE DEC 22nd
Seattle Chanukah Events Calendar 
https://www.jewishinseattle.org/chanukah-2019/

ANNUAL MERCAZ CHANUKAH PARTY – SUN DEC 22nd 5:30 – 8 PM
At Mercaz, 6011A 37th Ave NE.  
www.MercazSeattle.org

Be a Part of Project TEN – APPLICATION DEADLINE FRI DEC 27th
This year, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, Hillel UW, and Project TEN want to send you to Oaxaca, Mexico for spring break, March 21-29, 2020. Project TEN is an international tikkun olam program that brings together Jewish young adults in a program combining volunteer work in local communities with service learning in international development, culture, identity, and Jewish activism. 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

19ый Ежегодный Ханукальный Вечер -MON DEC 23rd  4 – 9 PM
Chabad Jewish Russian Center 1114 NE Perkins Way, Shoreline WA 98155 . Hot Donuts, Latkes, Lechaim. RSVP 
rabbi@shalomseattle.org

Fire & Ice Chanukah Soiree Monday, DEC 23rd 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Hosted by CYP Seattle & Chabad of Downtown at Premiere on Pine, 1525 9th Ave,Seattle

Reset & Refresh STARTS IN JAN
Reset & Refresh is for young adult couples to engage in community building around Jewish values through shared learning about Shabbat. The series is a fulfilling exploration into new and traditional byways of Jewish life. 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

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

Teen Israel Scholarship – APPLICATION DEADLINE JAN 13th
A journey to Israel will be a life-changing experience for your teen. Visiting our Jewish homeland will strengthen your teen's Jewish identity and foster a deep and lasting connection with Israel. 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


REBBE’S SICHO – VAYEISHEV
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/92018/jewish/Vayeishiv-Binding-Bundles.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

At the beginning of the Torah portion Vayeishev, we are told that, in relating the beginning of his dream to his brothers, Yosef said:1 “We were binding sheaves in the field.” Rashi explains the words “binding sheaves” according to the Targum — that the phrase means “binding bundles, i.e., sheaves of grain.”

In terms of our spiritual service, the verse and Rashi’ s comment imply2 that the spiritual service of “binding sheaves” involves gathering disparate sparks of holiness and uniting them, just as separate stalks of grain are brought together and bound into a bundle.

This manner of service also applies to each individual’s soul; he is to gather the disparate elements of his personality and unite them with the Divine.

Herein lies the lesson of Yosef’s dream: in addition to tying together and elevating the holy sparks found within each of us and uniting them through the service of Torah and mitzvos , we must also “go out in the field” and occupy ourselves in uniting the elements of holiness scattered throughout the world.

We do so in order to bring others back to G‑d and the observance of Torah and mitzvos , and to the light of Torah3 — its inner dimension4 — the “Tree of Life.”5

Rashi elaborates on this theme when he explains that “tying sheaves” means “binding bundles,” i.e., that the purification and elevation of the sparks of holiness is to be done in a way that binds them permanently to their source, similar to something that is tied and bound. This will guarantee that the binder will have a lasting effect on the one who is bound, so much so that all the ill winds in the world will be unable to sever his bond with G‑d and Torah.

Rashi then goes on to explain that, in order for this to be accomplished, we must learn a lesson from “sheaves of grain. ” Just as kernels of grain yield future crops, so too, when one betters another, it is to be done in a manner such that the beneficiary will in turn have a positive impact on others.

Shabbos is connected to the previous days of the week, for “He who toils before Shabbos gets to eat on Shabbos.”6 Similarly, Shabbos is linked to the days that follow it, for “Shabbos is the day from whence all the coming days of the week are blessed.”7 Shabbos is thus a day that unites the days before it with the days that follow it.

During many years (and this year as well), the Shabbos of the portion Vayeishev falls between the festival of the Alter Rebbe’s liberation on the 19th of Kislev and the days of Chanukah. Since the Torah portions are related to the time during which they are read,8 it follows that the above-mentioned lesson applies equally to the festival of the 19th of Kislev and to the festival of Chanukah.

One of the pillars of the Alter Rebbe’s service was getting Jews to return to Judaism.9 In fact, the Alter Rebbe related that, upon hearing a particular Torah message from his teacher the Maggid of Mezritch, he decided that it was incumbent on himself to draw all Jews closer to Judaism. He thereafter spent five years traveling from place to place in order to bring Jews on the “outside” closer to Torah and mitzvos.10 Moreover, it was after the festival of the 19th of Kislev that there began11 the service of “spreading the wellsprings outside. ”

The Chanukah lights are to be lit as well in the entrance of one’s home. For they also serve to illuminate and purify the “outside,” bringing it back into the domain of holiness.

Based on Likkutei Sichos, Vol. X, p. 115-121

Shabbos Vayishlach | 15-22 Kislev 5780

EREV SHABBOS FRI DEC 13th
Shacharis 7 AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  3:59 PM

SHABBOS SAT DEC 14th
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 9:56 AM
Shabbos Mincha 3:59 PM
Maariv/Havdalah 5:03 PM followed by inspirational JEM videos

WEEKDAY SERVICES
Sun Shacharis  9 AM
Mon- Fri Shacharis 7 AM
Sun-Thu Mincha 4:10 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV/

SPECIAL BRIS SEUDAS MITZVAH KIDDUSH LUNCH
Thank you to Josh and Rachel Meisel, and grandparents Jeff & Lori Meisel and Benny & Ruth Wagner for sponsoring our Special Bris Seuda in honor of the bris of their new son/grandson this Shabbos at CSTL !

MAZEL TOV MAZEL TOV
Mazel Tov to Josh and Rachel Meisel, and the honored grandparents Jeff & Lori Meisel and Benny & Ruth Wagner on the bris of their new son/grandson this Shabbos at CSTL ! May they merit to raise him to Torah Chupa and Ma’asim Tovim

MAZEL TOV MAZEL TOV
Mazel Tov to Mayer and Shoshi Goldman and the Dershowitz Family on the pidyon haBen of Tzvi Noach Goldman, 5 PM on Sunday Dec. 15th at Chabad House, 4525 19th Ave NE.  All are invited! May they merit to raise him to Torah Chupa and Ma’asim Tovim

SHALOM ZACHOR FOR BABY MEISEL – FRI DEC 13th 8:30 PM
6528 34th Ave NE, Unit A.  Mazel Tov Mazel Tov! Info: 
natalia.jacobowitz@gmail.com

BARUCH DAYAN EMETH
We are saddened to report the passing of Slava Stanislav Zherdev, Yitzhak Dovid ben Avrohom ZT”L  a long time member of the Chabad House Minyan. Funeral will be at 10 AM, Friday DEC 13th, at the Bikur Cholim Cemetery , 1340 N 115th St, Seattle. Please join us to help make a minyan.

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

HAVDALAH  PARTY / KUMZITZ MOTZEI SHABBOS SAT DEC 14th 5:45 PM
Featuring Niggunim and Havdalah Party.  Welcome to all! 
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

AVOS u’BONIM MOTZEI SHABBOS SAT DEC 14th 6:30  PM
Inspiring programs for fathers and children.  Living Torah Video, Raffle, Prizes, Delicious Refreshments, Grand Prize Raffle.  All ages welcome! Sponsorships available – Contact 
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com Thank you to our generous sponsors: James Packman ,Shuky and Chani Meyer, and Anonymous

LADIES DANCE NIGHT OUT – SUN DEC 15th 7:30 PM
At All That Dance, 3012 NE Blakely St.  Sponsored by the Seattle Jewish Women’s Circle.  RSVP and More info 
https://tinyurl.com/cstlwomensevent

FARBRENGEN ALERT – YUD TES KISLEV – TUE DEC 17th 8 PM
On the 19th of Kislev of the year 5559 from creation (1798), Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi -- a leading disciple of Rabbi DovBer of Mezeritch  and the founder of Chabad Chassidism -- was released from his imprisonment in the Peter-Paul fortress in Petersburg, where he was held for 53 days on charges that his teachings threatened the imperial authority of the Czar. More than a personal liberation, this was a watershed event in the history of Chassidism heralding a new era in the revelation of the "inner soul" of Torah, and is celebrated to this day as "The Rosh Hashanah of Chassidism."  At Chabad of Shoreline, 1114 NE Perkins Way, Shoreline.

CHANUKAH ON ICE – WED DEC 25th 2:45 PM
At Highland Ice Arena, 18005 Aurora Ave N. .  Free Admission. Skate rental available for $4. Sponsored by a generous donation to the CSTL Children’s Program.  RSVP and More info 
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY – 8:15 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. This week we will be learning about   וַיַּֽעֲבֹ֕ר אֵ֖ת מַֽעֲבַ֥ר יַבֹּֽק  " And he crossed the ford of [the] Jabbok. " what’s the significance of crossing the Jabbok?? what was our Father Yaakov’s mission?!.

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 3:20 PM
This week featuring inspiring words of Torah in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. We will be learning a Sicho on Parshat Vayishlach and Yud Tes Kislev

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

CSTL JUNIOR CONGREGATION 10 am – Noon  /CANCELLED THIS WEEK VAYISHLACH
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

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

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

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

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

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 COMMUNITY SECURITY – EIGHT WEDNESDAYS 7 -10 PM
Next course begins Jan 15th.  Contact 
Elisabeth.rosenthal@gmail.com

Torah,Tea and Cookies with Rabbi Rosenfeld – THU 9 PM
At Mercaz – 6011 37th Ave NE.   
www.mercazseattle.org

Sunday Women’s Shiur: Getting in Touch with Our Tefillah SUN 10:20 AM AT BCMH.
With Rabbi Tannenbaum.  For a video of last week’s shiur:   
https://vimeo.com/370771561

SHABBAT DINNER HONORING RABBI & MRS BENZAQUEN ON GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY - FRI DEC 20th
Join us for a very special Shabbat dinner at Ezra Bessaroth as we honor our beloved Rabbi Simon & CecIlia Benzaquen on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary. Friday, December 20, services at 4pm, dinner at 5pm,Cost is $30/person, $75/family. 3 and under, free. This event will sell out so reserve your spot today. 
www.EzraBessaroth.net

CHANUKAH BEGINS SUN EVE DEC 22nd
Seattle Chanukah Events Calendar 
https://www.jewishinseattle.org/chanukah-2019/

ANNUAL MERCAZ CHANUKAH PARTY – SUN DEC 22nd 5:30 – 8 PM
At Mercaz, 6011A 37th Ave NE.  
www.MercazSeattle.org

Be a Part of Project TEN – APPLICATION DEADLINE FRI DEC 27th
This year, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, Hillel UW, and Project TEN want to send you to Oaxaca, Mexico for spring break, March 21-29, 2020. Project TEN is an international tikkun olam program that brings together Jewish young adults in a program combining volunteer work in local communities with service learning in international development, culture, identity, and Jewish activism. 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

19ый Ежегодный Ханукальный Вечер -SUN DEC 29th 4:00 PM
Chabad Jewish Russian Center 1114 NE Perkins Way, Shoreline WA 98155 . Design your own t-shirt. Hot Donuts, Latkes, Lechaim. RSVP 
rabbi@shalomseattle.org

Reset & Refresh STARTS IN JAN
Reset & Refresh is for young adult couples to engage in community building around Jewish values through shared learning about Shabbat. The series is a fulfilling exploration into new and traditional byways of Jewish life. 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

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

Teen Israel Scholarship – APPLICATION DEADLINE JAN 13th
A journey to Israel will be a life-changing experience for your teen. Visiting our Jewish homeland will strengthen your teen's Jewish identity and foster a deep and lasting connection with Israel. 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


REBBE’S SICHO – VAYISHLACH
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/92016/jewish/Vayishlach-The-Names-Yaakov-and-Yisrael.htm  © SichosInEnglish.org

In the Torah portion of Vayishlach, we read that the angel told Ya’akov:1 “Your name will no longer be Ya’akov, but Yisrael….” The Gemara states2 that he who calls Avraham by the name Avram transgresses the command: “Your name will no longer be Avram.”

The Gemara then asks: seeing that this is so, why is it that, when one calls Ya’akov by the name Ya’akov and not Yisrael, that he does not transgress the command “Your name will no longer be Ya’akov, but Yisrael”?

The Gemara answers that the two situations are different, in that, once Avram was given the name Avraham, we no longer find him referred to as Avram. The name Ya’akov, however, is mentioned in the Torah even after he was given the name Yisrael.

Why is it that the Torah still calls Yisrael Ya’akov after it explicitly states “Your name will no longer be Ya’akov, but Yisrael”?

Chassidus explains3 that the names Ya’akov and Yisrael denote two levels of Divine service that must be found within every Jew. There are times when an individual must serve in the manner of Ya’akov, while at other times the person should serve in the manner of Yisrael. The name Yisrael denotes a loftier form of spiritual service, but there are times when the lesser service of Ya’akov must be employed.

The difference between Ya’akov and Yisrael in terms of spiritual service is as follows: the name Ya’akov reminds us that the blessings received by Ya’akov from his father came about as a result of eikev , deception and subterfuge — he was able to outfox his brother Esav. The name Yisrael, however, indicates that the blessings were received from Yitzchak in a straightforward manner.

Since “the deeds of our forefathers are an indication to their descendants,”4 it follows that, in terms of our own lives, there must be a manner of service similar to that of Ya’akov and a manner similar to that of Yisrael.

We observe that, in order to receive Yitzchak’s blessings — which involve physical matters — both Ya’akov and his mother Rivka were self-sacrificing in their deception, with Ya’akov donning the garments of the infamous Nimrod,5 etc. This was done so that Ya’akov could elevate the sparks of holiness found within material things.

Herein lies a lesson on how to serve in the manner of Ya’akov: a Jew’s approach to eating, drinking and other such physical matters is to be that of deception.6 The nature of a deceiver is not to reveal his true intent; he seems to be in complete agreement with his opponent, but when it comes right down to it, he acts in complete opposition to his opponent’s desires.

So too, a Jew must be involved in purely physical matters such as eating and drinking, business and the like. Yet his intent is spiritual — he garbs himself in “Esav’s clothing,” in order to refine and elevate the sparks of holiness found within these physical matters.

The spiritual service of Yisrael is quite different. The blessings for the “dew of heaven and the fat of the earth” were received by Yisrael in an open and completely aboveboard manner.

At this level, a Jew need not hide his spiritual intent in involvement with physical things, for on this level, physicality does not hinder his spiritual service, nor does it conceal G‑dliness.

An example would be the Shabbos meal.7 In this instance, the meal itself is a mitzvah, not like the six days of the week, when a person eats for the sake of spirituality. The sanctity of the Shabbos meal is such that the holiness of the event is clearly manifest.

Based on Likkutei Sichos, Vol. III, pp. 795-796

Shabbos Vayetzei | 8-15 Kislev 5780 TES & YUD KISLEV

EREV SHABBOS FRI DEC 6th
Shacharis 7 AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  3:59 PM

SHABBOS SAT DEC 7th
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 9:52 AM
Shabbos Mincha 3:59 PM
Maariv/Havdalah 5:03 PM followed by inspirational JEM videos

WEEKDAY SERVICES
Sun Shacharis  9 AM
Mon- Fri Shacharis 7 AM
Sun-Thu Mincha 4:10 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV/

KIDDUSH SPONSORS
Kiddush Lite – No Sponsor. Delicious Meat Cholent made by Anonymous, sponsored by Katherine Barnes.  Thank you!

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

FARBRENGEN ALERT – TES AND YUD KISLEV – DEC 7th and 8th
Birth & Passing of R. Dovber of Lubavitch (1773; 1827) Kislev 9 is both the birthday and day of passing of Rabbi DovBer of Lubavitch, son of and successor to the founder of Chabad Chassidism, Rabbi Schneur Zalman·of Liadi. Rabbi DovBer was known for his unique style of "broadening rivers" -- his teachings were the intellectual rivers to his father's wellspring, lending breadth and depth to the principles set down by Rabbi Schneur Zalman. Born in Liozna, White Russia in 1773, Rabbi DovBer was named after Rabbi Schneur Zalman's mentor and teacher, Rabbi DovBer of Mezeritch, who had passed away on Kislev 19 of the previous year. Rabbi DovBer assumed the leadership of Chabad upon his father's passing in 1812. In 1813 he settled in the town of Lubavitch, which was to serve as the movement's headquarters for the next 102 years. In 1826, he was arrested on charges that his teachings threatened the imperial authority of the Czar, but was subsequently exonerated. Venue to be Announced.  
www.chabad.org/calendar

 GIRLS CRAFTING MORNING – SUN DEC 8th 10 – 11:30 AM
At CSTL.  With Tova Cox and Chani Meyer.  Cookies and Milk will be served.  RSVP 
MHerbstman@gmail.com   Sponsored by CSTL Children’s Program.

CHANUKAH ON ICE – WED DEC 25th 2:45 PM
At Highland Ice Arena, 18005 Aurora Ave N. .  Free Admission. Skate rental available for $4. Sponsored by a generous donation to the CSTL Children’s Program.  RSVP and More info 
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

LADIES DANCE NIGHT OUT – SUN DEC 15th 7:30 PM
At All That Dance, 3012 NE Blakely St.  Sponsored by the Seattle Jewish Women’s Circle.  RSVP and More info 
https://tinyurl.com/cstlwomensevent

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

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 3:10 PM
This week featuring inspiring words of Torah in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. We will be learning a Sicho on Parshat Vayetzei with Rabbi Herbstman.

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

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

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

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

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

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

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

HELP BRING AN EL AL SEATTLE - TEL-AVIV NON-STOP TO SEATAC AIRPORT !
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle is assisting the Port of Seattle in advocating for a round trip, non-stop EL AL flight from Seattle to Tel Aviv.  Albert Israel is collecting links to events of Pacific Northwest/Israel related exchanges, such as business, educational and/or cultural interactions. The more Seattle/Israel activities that can be documented, the better the chance of securing that route. Spread the word, and help by contacting Albert Israel  
jewishalbert@yahoo.com   

Seattle Kollel Events
Sat. nights, 6:30 pm, Avo U'Banim at the Kollel
Monday nights, Nov. 18-Dec. 16, 7:00 pm, Hebrew Crash Course
Women's Night Out, Nov. 30, 9:00 pm, Mosaic Art
All classes at the Kollel. More info: 
www.seattlekollel.org

Sunday Women’s Shiur: Getting in Touch with Our Tefillah SUN 10:20 AM AT BCMH.
With Rabbi Tannenbaum.  For a video of last week’s shiur:   
https://vimeo.com/370771561

Seattle Hebrew Academy Annual Gala Dinner DEC 8th
Honoring Aaron & Joanna Sandorffy. More info: 
http://www.seattlehebrewacademy.org

Derech Emunah Girl’s High School Open House Tue Dec 10th 7-9 PM
Open house for Parents of Prospective Students Contact: Cheryl Greene 
cgreene@derechemunah.com  206.402.6621 www.derechemunah.org

SHABBAT DINNER HONORING RABBI & MRS BENZAQUEN ON GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY - FRI DEC 20th
Join us for a very special Shabbat dinner at Ezra Bessaroth as we honor our beloved Rabbi Simon & CecIlia Benzaquen on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary. Friday, December 20, services at 4pm, dinner at 5pm,Cost is $30/person, $75/family. 3 and under, free. This event will sell out so reserve your spot today. 
www.EzraBessaroth.net

19ый Ежегодный Ханукальный Вечер -SUN DEC 29th 4:00 PM
Chabad Jewish Russian Center 1114 NE Perkins Way, Shoreline WA 98155 . Design your own t-shirt. Hot Donuts, Latkes, Lechaim. RSVP 
rabbi@shalomseattle.org

Torah,Tea and Cookies with Rabbi Rosenfeld – THU 9 PM
At Mercaz – 6011 37th Ave NE.   
www.mercazseattle.org

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

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

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

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


REBBE’S SICHO – VAYETZEI
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/92013/jewish/Vayeitzei-L-rd-of-Yitzchak.htm © SichosInEnglish.org

The Torah portion Vayeitzei begins by relating how G‑d revealed Himself to Ya’akov while he was traveling to Charan. G‑d begins his address by saying:1 “I am G‑d, L-rd of Avraham your father, and L-rd of Yitzchak.”

The Midrash notes2 that, although G‑d generally does not affiliate His name with tzaddikim — “L-rd of Avraham,” “L-rd of Yitzchak,” etc. — while they are still alive (for it is possible that they may yet sin), He made an exception in the case of Yitzchak, calling Himself “L-rd of Yitzchak,” even though Yitzchak was still alive.

The Midrash explains that “since he [Yitzchak] was sightless, it was considered as if he had already passed on; for he was confined to his home, and the evil inclination had ceased its blandishments.” G‑d was thus assured that Yitzchak would not sin in the future, and could confidently affiliate His name with him.

Although it is true that G‑d knows the future, and whether a tzaddik will or will not eventually succumb to sin,3 He refrains from explicitly stating His affiliation with tzaddikim while they are alive, for when G‑d’s knowledge is clearly revealed, it inhibits man’s free will.4

But since Yitzchak’s evil inclination had ceased to tempt him, there was no possibility that, by declaring Himself “L-rd of Yitzchak,” G‑d would nullify his freedom of choice.

But this must be better understood. It is quite true that a sightless person is considered as if he had died, as our Sages state:5 “Four categories of people are considered as if they were dead: an impoverished person, a leper, a sightless individual and he who has no children.” There is even an opinion6 that a blind person — like a dead one7 — is free from the obligation of performing mitzvos.

Nevertheless, this does not appear to be reason enough for the Midrash to state that because Yitzchak was blind, the evil inclination held absolutely no sway. We can observe that a sightless person possesses an evil inclination, harbors forbidden desires, and is quite capable of sinning. How then does the Midrash state that G‑d affiliated His name with Yitzchak while he was still alive because “he was sightless … and the evil inclination had ceased its blandishments”?

According to our Sages,8 Yitzchak became blind because of the smoke from the incense and other offerings that Esav’s wives offered to their idols. Now, although it is true that smoke is damaging to the eyes,9 we must recognize the fact that this smoke was not so dense that it caused everyone who came into contact with it to be blinded, for if this were so, then Esav’s wives, as well as Esav himself, should also have been blinded. Why then did this smoke blind only Yitzchak?

In fact, Yitzchak’s blindness did not result from the smoke itself, but because the smoke was a byproduct of idolatry. Yitzchak, who was “pure of eye, incapable of seeing evil,”10 was so repulsed by this smoke that it caused him to become sightless.

This is similar to an incident involving R. Nochum of Chernobyl, who was once inadvertently given non-Jewish milk and was simply unable to see it. In explaining this phenomenon, R. Nochum noted: “That which a Jew should not see, he does not see.”11

Since Yitzchak’s blindness resulted from his utter inability to tolerate anything idolatrous, “the evil inclination ceased its blandishments.” Evil now held absolutely no sway over him.

Because Yitzchak had attained such an exalted state, it was possible for G‑d to affiliate His name with him even while he was still alive.

Based on Likkutei Sichos, Vol. V, pp. 132-140

Shabbos Toldos | 1-8 Kislev 5780

EREV SHABBOS FRI NOV 29th
Shacharis 6:50 AM /ROSH CHODESH KISLEV
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  4:02 PM

SHABBOS SAT NOV 30th
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 9:46 AM
Shabbos Mincha 4:02 PM
Maariv/Havdalah 5:04 PM followed by inspirational JEM videos

WEEKDAY SERVICES
Sun Shacharis  9 AM
Mon- Fri Shacharis 7 AM
Sun-Thu Mincha 4:10 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV/

KIDDUSH SPONSORS
Kiddush Lite – No Sponsor. Cholent TBD.

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

MAZEL TOV MAZEL TOV
Mazel Tov to Rabbi Levi and Rivka Levitin and their families on the birth of their new daughter Golda!  May they raise her to Torah, Chupa, and Ma’asim Tovim! Only Simchas!

BARUCH DAYAN EMETH
We are saddened to report the passing of Seemah Judah Spitzbart (Simha Matana Bat Ramah ZT”L) , beloved mother of Harry, Jacob, Sylvia, Sam and (Milton of Blessed Memory), and wife of Max Spitzbart ZT”L.  Funeral  at 11:45 AM, Friday, 1 Kislev, at Bikur Cholim Cemetery, 1340 North 115th St Seattle. May the family be comforted with all the mourners of Tzion and Yerushalayim.

AVOS u’BONIM SEASON KICKOFF THIS MOTZEI SHABBOS SAT NOV 30th (3 Kislev) 6:00 PM
Inspiring programs for fathers and children.  Living Torah Video, Raffle, Prizes, Delicious Refreshments, Grand Prize Raffle.  All ages welcome! Sponsorships available – Contact 
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

CHANUKAH ON ICE – WED DEC 25th 2:45 PM
At Highland Ice Arena, 18005 Aurora Ave N. .  Free Admission. Skate rental available for $4. Sponsored by a generous donation to the CSTL Children’s Program.  RSVP and More info 
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

LADIES DANCE NIGHT OUT – SUN DEC 15th 7:30 PM
At All That Dance, 3012 NE Blakely St.  Sponsored by the Seattle Jewish Women’s Circle.  RSVP and More info 
https://tinyurl.com/cstlwomensevent

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

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 3:15 PM
This week featuring inspiring words of Torah in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. We will be learning a Sicho on Parshat Toldos with Rabbi Herbstman.

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

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

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

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

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

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

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

HELP BRING AN EL AL SEATTLE - TEL-AVIV NON-STOP TO SEATAC AIRPORT!
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle is assisting the Port of Seattle in advocating for a round trip, non-stop EL AL flight from Seattle to Tel Aviv.  Albert Israel is collecting links to events of Pacific Northwest/Israel related exchanges, such as business, educational and/or cultural interactions. The more Seattle/Israel activities that can be documented, the better the chance of securing that route. Spread the word, and help by contacting Albert Israel  
jewishalbert@yahoo.com   

Seattle Kollel Events
Sat. nights, 6:30 pm, Avo U'Banim at the Kollel
Monday nights, Nov. 18-Dec. 16, 7:00 pm, Hebrew Crash Course
Women's Night Out, Nov. 30, 9:00 pm, Mosaic Art
All classes at the Kollel. More info: 
www.seattlekollel.org

Sunday Women’s Shiur: Getting in Touch with Our Tefillah
SUN 10:20 AM AT BCMH. With Rabbi Tannenbaum.  For a video of last week’s shiur 
https://vimeo.com/370771561

LADINO DAY - THU DEC. 5
Ladino Day will survey the life cycle customs and traditions unique to Sepharadim from the Ottoman Empire. Performances of Ladino songs by the Ladineros with Hazzan Isaac Azose, Seattle’s long time Ladino conversation group, a Ladino reading by Anna Jacoby (Congregation Ezra Bessaroth) and a multimedia presentation by Professor Devin Naar, will bring memories of these Sephardic traditions to life. 
www.EzraBessaroth.Net

Seattle Hebrew Academy Annual Gala Dinner DEC 8th
Honoring Aaron & Joanna Sandorffy. More info: 
http://www.seattlehebrewacademy.org

Derech Emunah Girl’s High School Open House Tue Dec 10th 7-9 PM
Open house for Parents of Prospective Students Contact: Cheryl Greene 
cgreene@derechemunah.com  206.402.6621 www.derechemunah.org

SHABBAT DINNER HONORING RABBI & MRS BENZAQUEN ON GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY - FRI DEC 20th
Join us for a very special Shabbat dinner at Ezra Bessaroth as we honor our beloved Rabbi Simon & CecIlia Benzaquen on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary. Friday, December 20, services at 4pm, dinner at 5pm,Cost is $30/person, $75/family. 3 and under, free. This event will sell out so reserve your spot today. 
www.EzraBessaroth.net

19ый Ежегодный Ханукальный Вечер -SUN DEC 29th 4:00 PM
Chabad Jewish Russian Center 1114 NE Perkins Way, Shoreline WA 98155 . Design your own t-shirt. Hot Donuts, Latkes, Lechaim. RSVP 
rabbi@shalomseattle.org

Torah,Tea and Cookies with Rabbi Rosenfeld – THU 9 PM
At Mercaz – 6011 37th Ave NE.   
www.mercazseattle.org

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

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

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

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


REBBE’S SICHO – TOLDOS
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/92011/jewish/Toldos-Yaakov-and-Esau-Two-Manners-of-Service.htm © SichosInEnglish.org

At the beginning of the Torah portion Toldos, the Torah relates that when Rivkah was pregnant with Ya’akov and Esav, “the children clashed within her.” Our Sages explain that, while still within the womb, Ya’akov was drawn to holiness, while Esav was attracted to idolatry.

Esav’s behavior is difficult to fathom. The Patriarchs were, as the Midrash states, “truly the [Divine] Chariot,” which, as the Alter Rebbe explains, means that “all their organs were completely holy,” and that “through their lives, they served as a vehicle for nothing but the Divine Will.”

Understandably, their children were conceived and born in complete holiness, and within them was found not only the “power of their father” but also the essence of their father. How can it be that Yitzchak’s son, Esav, should innately be drawn to idolatry?

Since “the deeds of the Patriarchs are a sign unto their progeny” (i.e., the deeds of the Patriarchs provide the strength and inspiration which their progeny need in order to emulate their behavior), it follows that all manner of spiritual service found in the Jewish people are also to be found — at least as a “sign” — within the service of the Patriarchs.

The Rambam explains that there are two general manners of spiritual service: the individual who desires to do only good, and the one who desires to do evil, but conquers his evil inclination.

Since the Patriarchs were on such a lofty spiritual level that they only desired to fulfill G‑d’s will, where is the “sign” within their service that inspires and empowers their descendants to overcome the blandishments of evil? The Patriarchs themselves were never subject to such temptations.

Moreover, even a person who conquers his evil inclination is merely tempted by evil — he does not actually succumb. However, Jews also have the service of repentance, wherein they rectify inappropriate behavior. How are we to find the “signs” of repentance within the behavior of such sterling individuals as the Patriarchs?

Although the Patriarchs experienced no internal conflict, they were still faced with external opposition to their way of life, opposition that they had to overcome. And, although conquest of one’s own evil inclination may be much more difficult than overcoming outside opposition, nevertheless, the Patriarchs’ service in this regard also served as an empowerment to their children, for the following reason: by conquering one’s evil inclination, a person shows how greatly attached he is to G‑d; although he desires to do evil, this desire does not hinder his will to do only good.

This is expressed even more forcefully through repentance. Though the person has actually succumbed to evil, his innermost desire to remain attached to G‑d is so strong that he conquers his evil, regrets his past and returns to His service.

Herein lies the inspiration we all draw from the Patriarchs: this inner strength and complete unity with G‑d, a unity so solid that nothing in the world can weaken it, is inherited by us from the Patriarchs, who were a “chariot” to G‑d, such that it was impossible for them to sunder this connection for even a moment.

Thus, although the “conquest” of the Patriarchs only applied to external forces, the underlying root of their conquest — their unparalleled unity with G‑d — empowers their children to overcome not only external evil but internal evil as well.

These two manners of service — “wholly righteous” and “overcoming evil” — were also mirrored in their children — Ya’akov was completely righteous, and Esav had the task of conquering an innate tendency towards evil.

Based on Likkutei Sichos, Vol. XX, pp. 108-112

Shabbos Chayei Sarah – Mevarchim Kislev | 24 MarCheshvan – 1 Kislev 5780

EREV SHABBOS FRI NOV 22nd
Shacharis 7 AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  4:07 PM

SHABBOS SAT NOV 23rd
Tehilim for Mevarchim Kislev 7:45 AM
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 9:40 AM
Shabbos Mincha 4:07 PM
Maariv/Havdalah 5:09 PM followed by inspirational JEM videos

WEEKDAY SERVICES
Sun Shacharis  9 AM
Mon- Wed Shacharis 7 AM
Thu-Fri Shacharis 6:50 AM /ROSH CHODESH KISLEV
Sun-Thu Mincha 4:15 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV/

KIDDUSH SPONSORS
Kiddush sponsored by the Dershowitz Family in honor of new parents Mayer and Shoshi Goldman.  Welcome to the Goldman and Niasoff families!  Thank you to Rabbi Mendy Levitin for his special Meat Cholent, sponsored by the Dershowitz Family

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.

MAZEL TOV MAZEL TOV
Mazel Tov to the Dershowitz, Goldman, and Niasoff  families on their new grandson! May they raise him to Torah, Chupa, and Ma’asim Tovim! Only Simchas!

AVOS u’BONIM RETURNS SAT NOV 30th (3 Kislev) 6:30 PM
Inspiring programs for fathers and childrens.  More info to follow.

LADIES DANCE NIGHT OUT – SUN DEC 15th 7:30 PM
At All That Dance, 3012 NE Blakely St.  Sponsored by the Seattle Jewish Women’s Circle.  RSVP and More info 
https://tinyurl.com/cstlwomensevent

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY – 8:15 AM SHABBOS MORNING
This week we will be learning BE"H about  וַיֵּצֵ֥א יִצְחָ֛ק לָשׂ֥וּחַ בַּשָּׂדֶ֖ה לִפְנ֣וֹת עָ֑רֶב - And Isaac went forth to pray in the field towards evening" . What is the significance of the field? And why in the evening?! All are welcome to this inspiring class in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. .

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 3:35 PM
This week featuring inspiring words of Torah in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. We will be learning a Sicho on Parshat Chayei Sarah.

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday Women’s Shiur: Getting in Touch with Our Tefillah SUN 10:20 AM AT BCMH.
With Rabbi Tannenbaum.  For a video of last week’s shiur:   
https://vimeo.com/370771561

LADINO DAY - THU DEC. 5
Ladino Day will survey the life cycle customs and traditions unique to Sepharadim from the Ottoman Empire. Performances of Ladino songs by the Ladineros with Hazzan Isaac Azose, Seattle’s long time Ladino conversation group, a Ladino reading by Anna Jacoby (Congregation Ezra Bessaroth) and a multimedia presentation by Professor Devin Naar, will bring memories of these Sephardic traditions to life. 
www.EzraBessaroth.Net

Seattle Hebrew Academy Annual Gala Dinner DEC 8th
Honoring Aaron & Joanna Sandorffy. More info: 
http://www.seattlehebrewacademy.org

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

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


REBBE’S SICHO – CHAYEI SARAH
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/92007/jewish/Vayeira-Performing-Mitzvos-The-Natural-Approach.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

The central theme of each Torah portion is indicated by its name.1 The name of this week’s portion, Chayei Sarah, the “Life of Sarah,” seems to defy this rule. The entire portion speaks of events that transpired after Sarah’s demise, a theme in stark contrast to the “life of Sarah.”

The opening section of Chayei Sarah2 relates how Avraham purchased a burial place for his wife; the second section3 recounts the events surrounding the marriage of Yitzchak and Rivkah — at which time “Yitzchak found consolation for the loss of his mother.”4

So too, the closing portion of Chayei Sarah5 describes how Avraham took another wife, and recounts Yishmael’s progeny — something in total opposition to Sarah, who declared, “send away this handmaiden and her child.”6 How then can we possibly say that the “life of Sarah” is the portion’s central theme?

The Gemara states:7 “Our father Ya’akov did not die — as his progeny lives on, he too lives on.” The truly timeless aspect of human existence is that which derives from living at one with G‑d — He who is truly timeless and eternal. Since Ya’akov lived in this manner, his true life includes his continuing effect, even after his soul left his body.

This effect was perceived not only in his soul’s continued unity with G‑d — an eternality of the soul — but more importantly, that in this world as well, he continued to live through his children — who pursued the eternal lifestyle of their father Ya’akov.8

The same is true with regard to Sarah. The quality of Sarah’s life, the true “life of Sarah,” can best be measured after her passing, by dint of the legacy she passed on to her progeny.

Avraham and Sarah differed in that Avraham fathered not only Yitzchak but also Yishmael, thus becoming not only the father of the Jewish people but also of other nations,9 while Sarah was the mother of Yitzchak exclusively, thereby connecting her specifically with the Jewish nation. Sarah was thus better able to discern the unique quality of the Jewish people, who descended solely through Yitzchak.

This dominant theme in Sarah’s life is the central motif of the portion Chayei Sarah.

Avraham buried Sarah in the Meoras HaMachpeilah, the burial place of Adam and Chavah, parents of all humanity. As such, the Meoras HaMachpeilah was seemingly connected to all of mankind, not only to the Jewish people. Nonetheless, Avraham purchased it for the exclusive use of the Jews, thereby emphasizing Sarah’s theme — the special quality of the Jewish people.

The Torah then goes on to relate that this quality was apparent even in relation to those who were of kindred spirit with Avraham: for our sages relate10 that when Avraham’s faithful student and servant, Eliezer, told Avraham of his desire that his daughter marry Yitzchak, he was told it was out of the question — Yitzchak was to marry someone from Avraham’s family.

The conclusion of the portion then informs us of an even greater dimension to this special quality found in the Jews — that they far outdistanced even Avraham’s other progeny.

After the Torah relates “Avraham married another woman whose name was Keturah,”11 and mentions the children born to them, it goes on to state:12 “Avraham gave all that he owned to Yitzchak, and, to the children of the concubine, Avraham gave gifts and sent them away.” Similarly, Yishmael’s offspring are alluded to as descending from “Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah’s slave”13 — of decidedly lesser rank than Yitzchak.

Herein lies the connection of this Torah portion to the “life of Sarah”: it stresses her life’s work — emphasizing the special quality inherent within the Jewish people.

Based on Likkutei Sichos, Vol. XV, pp. 145-150

Shabbos Vayeira | 17-24 MarCheshvan 5780

 

EREV SHABBOS FRI NOV 15th
Shacharis 7:00 AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  4:14 PM

SHABBOS SAT NOV 16th  
Shacharis: 9:00 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 9:34 AM
Shabbos Mincha 4:14 PM
Maariv/Havdalah 5:16 PM followed by inspirational JEM videos

WEEKDAY SERVICES
Sun Shacharis  9 AM
Mon- Fri Shacharis 7 AM
Sun-Thu Mincha 4:15 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV/

KIDDUSH LITE
Kiddush Lite – No sponsor.  Meat Cholent sponsored by Dr Vernon and Liz Neppe in honor of The Shabbos Project.  Thank you to Rabbi Mendy Levitin for his special Meat Cholent.

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.

MAZEL TOV MAZEL TOV
Mazel Tov to Andy and Nina Krasnow on the engagement of Nattie to Izzy Kelsic! May they merit to build a bais ne’eman b’Yisroel! Only Simchas!

CSTL's Children's Program Special Event - This Motzei Shabbat SAT NOV 16th 6:30 PM
All children 6+ are invited to Cash in your Torah Dollars for some amazing prizes, and for Pizza and a Movie (Both are Kosher L'M'Hadrin). RSVP a MUST by THIS WED to 
mherbstman@gmail.com. This program is generously funded by the Children's program

AVOS u’BONIM RETURNS SAT NOV 30th (3 Kislev) 6:30 PM
Inspiring programs for fathers and childrens.  More info to follow.

FARBRENGEN ALERT – CHOF MARCHESHVAN - MON NOV 18th – VENUE TBD.
The fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Sholom DovBer Schneersohn (known by the acronym "Rashab"), was born on the 20th of MarCheshvan of the year 5621 from creation (1860).  After the passing of his father, Rabbi Shmuel of Lubavitch, in 1882, Rabbi Sholom DovBer assumed the leadership of the movement. Over the next 38 years, he wrote and delivered some 2,000 maamarim (discourses of Chassidic teaching) including the famed hemshechim (serialized discourses) which contain his profound analytical treatment of Chabad Chassidism.  
www.chabad.org/calendar

LADIES DANCE NIGHT OUT – SUN DEC 15th 7:30 PM
At All That Dance, 3012 NE Blakely St.  Sponsored by the Seattle Jewish Women’s Circle.  RSVP and More info 
https://tinyurl.com/cstlwomensevent

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY – 8:15 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. . This week we will be learning Be"h about  אֵֽרֲדָה־נָּ֣א וְאֶרְאֶ֔ה    "I will descend now and see" Why does G-d need to descend to see? He sees all from Heaven?!

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 3:45 PM
Inspiring words of Torah in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. We will Be learning a Sicho on Parshat Vayeira- and Chof  Cheshvan..

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday Women’s Shiur: Getting in Touch with Our Tefillah SUN 10:20 AM AT BCMH.
With Rabbi Tannenbaum.  For a video of last week’s shiur:   
https://vimeo.com/370771561

LADINO DAY - THU DEC. 5
Ladino Day will survey the life cycle customs and traditions unique to Sepharadim from the Ottoman Empire. Performances of Ladino songs by the Ladineros with Hazzan Isaac Azose, Seattle’s long time Ladino conversation group, a Ladino reading by Anna Jacoby (Congregation Ezra Bessaroth) and a multimedia presentation by Professor Devin Naar, will bring memories of these Sephardic traditions to life. 
www.EzraBessaroth.Net

Seattle Hebrew Academy Annual Gala Dinner DEC 8th
Honoring Aaron & Joanna Sandorffy. More info: 
http://www.seattlehebrewacademy.org

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

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


REBBE’S SICHO – VAYEIRA
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/92007/jewish/Vayeira-Performing-Mitzvos-The-Natural-Approach.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

The Torah portion of Vayeira opens with the words: “G‑d revealed Himself to Avraham.”1 The Gemara2 comments that this took place on the third day following Avraham’s circumcision; on that day, G‑d visited him to inquire after his welfare. How does the Gemara deduce that this took place on the third day and not earlier?

The ability of the Jewish people to perform Torah and mitzvos subsequent to Mattan Torah , the Giving of the Torah, derives from the performance of the commandments by the nation’s forbears, for “the deeds of the Patriarchs are a sign unto their progeny.”3 However, the mitzvos performed by the Patriarchs were mainly spiritual in nature, and did not have a great effect on the objects involved. In contrast, the mitzvos performed after Mattan Torah permeate physical objects with holiness.

In order that there be a relationship between the mitzvos fulfilled by the Patriarchs and those performed by their descendants, it was necessary that at least one mitzvah be fulfilled by the Patriarchs in exactly the manner that would later be employed by their descendants. This was the mitzvah of circumcision.

One of the main aspects of the mitzvos subsequent to Mattan Torah is their performance in as natural a manner as possible, without recourse to miracles and the like. This is because mitzvos are meant to refine the world by causing sanctity to enter it, rather than miraculously negating its physicality.

This requirement to perform a mitzvah in the most natural manner possible also applies to the preparations necessary for its performance,4 as well as to its effects.

Understandably, when a mitzvah, the preparation or the results thereof, involve natural difficulties, one should not use supernatural means in order to remove these difficulties. Of course, one should not seek out discomfort and hindrances, but if these are a natural part of a mitzvah or its aftermath, they should not be circumvented by supernatural means.

Since Avraham’s circumcision was entirely similar to the mitzvah performed after Mattan Torah , it follows that no miraculous intervention should have been involved in the Patriarch’s natural healing process.

Accordingly, we must understand how it was that the angel Raphael — the angel of healing5 — came to Avraham in order to heal him.6 Why would G‑d send a special messenger to alleviate our Patriarch’s natural discomfort?

The Rambam7 explains that the term “angels” also applies to natural forces. The reason for this is that all things below have a spiritual source above.8 Since the forces of nature descend from angels, they are sometimes called angels — after their source.

It therefore follows that every natural healing derives from the angel Raphael, albeit after a tremendous descent from the spiritual to the physical, until the angel’s action is vested within the physical garments of nature and manifests itself in the specific recovery of a particular individual.

Most people are only capable of seeing the specific healing vested within nature. Avraham, however, was able to perceive the spiritual source of his healing — “he beheld three ‘people,’ ”9 one of them being the angel Raphael. Avraham’s recovery was thus entirely natural; he merely observed the healing at its source.

Therefore, we must say that Raphael came to heal Avraham only on the third day following Avraham’s circumcision, when healing takes place naturally; coming any earlier would have interfered with the natural process. Since Raphael came to Avraham on the same day that G‑d appeared to him, it follows that G‑d’s appearance was also on the third day.

Based on Likkutei Sichos, Vol. V, pp. 77-83

Shabbos Lech Lecha | 10-17 MarCheshvan 5780

EREV SHABBOS FRI NOV 8th
Shacharis 7 AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  4:23 PM  PST

SHABBOS SAT NOV 9th  
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 9:29 AM
Shabbos Mincha 4:23 PM
Maariv/Havdalah 5:25 PM followed by inspirational JEM videos

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

KIDDUSH LITE
Kiddush Lite – No sponsor.  Meat Cholent co-sponsored by Shimon Dershowitz in memory of the victims of Kristallnacht, and for the yahrzeits of Ron Goldberg (Yerachmeil ben Moshe ZT”L) and Laura Greene (Leah bas Mordechai ZT”L, sister of Jonathan Greene).  Meat Cholent is co-sponsored by the Duban Family. Thank you to Rabbi Mendy Levitin for his special Meat Cholent.

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.

LADIES DANCE NIGHT OUT – SUN DEC 15th 7:30 PM
At All That Dance, 3012 NE Blakely St.  Sponsored by the Seattle Jewish Women’s Circle.  RSVP and More info 
https://tinyurl.com/cstlwomensevent

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY – 8:15 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. This week G-d willing we will be learning a Chasidic insight  about Avram שכל הנעלם מכל רעיון  “intellect  concealed from all ideas” – and how to reveal that !

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 3:50 PM
Inspiring words of Torah in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. We will Be learning a Sicho on Parsha Lech Lecha.

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday Women’s Shiur: Getting in Touch with Our Tefillah SUN 10:20 AM AT BCMH.
With Rabbi Tannenbaum.  For a video of last week’s shiur:   
https://vimeo.com/370771561

SEATTLE KOLLEL AVOS u’BANIM STARTS SAT EVE NOV 9th 6:30 PM
Boys & Girls learning Torah with their parents. Info: 
https://www.seattlekollel.com/avos-u-banim

JERUSALEM POST'S HERB KEINON TO SPEAK AT SJCC - WED. NOV 13
Isolated? A Look at Israel’s Relations With the World, Wednesday, November 13, 7:00 PM at The Stroum Jewish Community Center. Herb Keinon is the diplomatic correspondent for The Jerusalem Post, and has been at the paper for 33 years. A nation that dwells alone? Hardly. A look at Israel’s relations with the world, from Brazil to Bahrain, Romania to Rwanda. Register at 
www.AJC.org/seattle/isolated   For more information contact seattle@ajc.org  or 206-622-6315  

SUMMER CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS AND TEEN ISREAL TRIP SCHOLARSHIPS – APPLY TODAY
www.JewishInSeattle.org 

LADINO DAY - THU DEC. 5
Ladino Day will survey the life cycle customs and traditions unique to Sepharadim from the Ottoman Empire. Performances of Ladino songs by the Ladineros with Hazzan Isaac Azose, Seattle’s long time Ladino conversation group, a Ladino reading by Anna Jacoby (Congregation Ezra Bessaroth) and a multimedia presentation by Professor Devin Naar, will bring memories of these Sephardic traditions to life. 
www.EzraBessaroth.Net

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 RideSeattle@gmail.com


REBBE’S SICHO – LECH LECHA
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/92004/jewish/Lech-Lecha-Man-is-Born-to-Toil.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

In the Torah portion of Lech Lecha, G‑d promises Avraham: “I shall give your children this land.”1 The Midrash comments:2 “While Avraham was traveling in Aram Naharayim… he observed the inhabitants eating, drinking and acting frivolously and wantonly. He said: ‘I wish to have no part in this land.’ When he arrived at the entrance of Tzur, he observed them weeding… cultivating… He said: ‘I wish to have my share in this land.’ G‑d said to him: ‘I shall give your children this land.’ ”

It is understandable that Avraham desired to have his portion among people who toiled and behaved properly, rather than among individuals who spent their lives frivolously.

However, G‑d’s promise that “I shall give your children this land,” meant that the Jewish people would inherit and conquer the entire land. What reason is there for connecting G‑d’s promise to the conduct of the land’s inhabitants during the time of Avraham?

The importance of labor and toil is to be seen from the verse: “Man is born to toil.”3 What is so important about toil and labor? Moreover, since G‑d is the Essence of Good and it is the nature of one who is good to act in a kind and benevolent manner, it seems strange that He made it necessary for man to work.

It is true that man’s nature is such that he derives pleasure from something accomplished through labor and toil, in accordance with the expression:4 “A person desires one measure of that which is his more than nine measures of that which belongs to his fellow.”

However, we cannot say that this is why G‑d made man work, for it is man’s nature to enjoy the fruits of his labor only because G‑d imbued him with this tendency.

So the original question remains: Why did G‑d create man in such a way that his greatest joy comes through toil? Why not create him with the ability to be delighted by idleness, for example?

The ultimate achievement of a human being lies not only in realizing his full potential, but in attaining a level such that he is, as it were, similar to his Creator, in line with the saying:5 “He becomes a partner with G‑d in Creation.”

It was for this reason that G‑d established the world in a manner such that the things which man needs for his existence are not ready-made. For it is through toil and labor that man is able to elevate himself, not only to the highest “recipient” level — the highest possible attainment of a created being — but to the level of a provider and “creator.”

This is why man does not derive pleasure from things acquired without effort, but is instead ashamed of them. Toil and effort are the hallmarks of mankind’s efforts to improve the world — he can thus enhance Creation and thereby become a “partner with G‑d.”

Labor that involves the recognition of and faith in G‑d as Creator and Provider6 leads to “labor in Torah,”7 whereby individuals lift the entire world to a level beyond itself. By doing so, one “creates” a new entity.

In a similar vein, the labor of the Jewish people in Eretz Yisrael consisted of working to “create” a holy land of Torah out of that which was previously mundane. The first steps taken in this direction were a fitting prelude to G‑d’s promise that “I shall give your children this land.”

Based on Likkutei Sichos, Vol. XV, pp. 93-99

Shabbos Noach | 3-10 MarCheshvan 5780

EREV SHABBOS FRI NOV 1st  
Shacharis 9 AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  5:33 PM

SHABBOS SAT NOV 2nd
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 10:22 AM
Shabbos Mincha 5:33 PM
Maariv/Havdalah 6:35 PM followed by inspirational JEM videos
TURN CLOCKS BACK ONE HOUR AT 2 AM SUNDAY MORNING!

SPECIAL SHABBAT NOACH SHABBATON AT CSTL
Our main speakers are Randy Kessler, Executive Director of StandWithUs Northwest and his Israeli colleague, Aviv Attia, who has recently arrived in Seattle. We greatly appreciate them and also StandWithUs Northwest whom they represent for giving of their time spontaneously. תודה רבה. StandWithUs is a non-profit international education pro-Israel organization. StandWithUs supports Israel and fights Antisemitism through education. Through the speakers and materials of StandWithUs we will better understand the complex issues facing Israel and the Jewish people, through the lens of real people and real stories.
The topic for the Oneg Shabbat on Shabbat Evening about 8.30pm after dinner, is an informal discussion  on Israel today, and is at the home of Saifo and Frumi Marasow, 7201  40th Avenue NE, Seattle, 98115.
A second program after the Shabbat Kiddush lunch at CSTL,   where the speakers will  relate to “Answering tough questions about Israel”. The discussion will be interactive, in part. This is based on a booklet that StandWithUs has produced. The program will begin after the kiddush around  12.30 or 1.30pm so that others can come from outside.
Sponsor: Dr Vernon and Lis Neppe and the CSTL Education Program in honor of the great work being done by StandWithUs Northwest  Co-sponsor: Eliana (Sharon) Kelso who spontaneously was the first to contribute to this important educational meeting.
Contributors: Dr. Shimon Dershowitz, in honor of the yahrzeits of Susan’s father Ze’ev Wolf ben Hanoch Chenech ZT”L (1 MarCheshvan), Shimon’s father Efraim Alter ben Shmuel ZT”L (9 MarCheshvan), and Shimon’s mother Chana (Tikva) bas Yechezkel Lieb ZT”L (9 MarCheshvan)  and Yitzhak Rothman in honor and memory of the 21st yahrzeit of Mark Dykan, Mordechai Ze'ev ben HaRav Yaacov ZT”L (4th MarCheshvan). 
Yasher Koach to Saifo and Frumi Marasow who are hosting our guests and the Oneg Shabbat on the Friday evening, to our hardworking kiddush crew, including Rabbi Kavka, and to Galit Lurya for the poster, and, of course, our eminent speakers and discussants Randy Kessler and Aviv Attia. Thank you too to Rabbi Mendy Levitin for his special Meat Cholent sponsored by the Neppe family.

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

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

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

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 4:35 PM
Inspiring words of Torah in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. We will Be learning a Sicho on Parsha Noach.

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

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

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

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

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

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

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

PACO DIAZ IN CONCERT - FEATURING HAZZAN ISAAC AZOSE - SUN NOV 3
Don't miss this opportunity to see Judeo/Spanish superstar Paco Diaz in a rare local performance at the Stroum Jewish Community Center. Featuring our very own Hazzan Isaac Azose! Tickets may be purchased at 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paco-diez-in-concert-tickets-74235964769?aff=ebdssbeac  .

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 

Voices for Humanity Luncheon WED NOV 6th Noon - 1 pm
Join community members to celebrate the Holocaust Center for Humanity's 30th anniversary at the Sheraton Seattle – Downtown. Honoring 2019 Voices for Humanity Award recipient Alayne Sulkin. Luncheon Chairs: Lynne & Brad Smith. 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

SEATTLE KOLLEL AVOS u’BANIM STARTS SAT EVE NOV 9th 6:30 PM
Boys & Girls learning Torah with their parents. Info: 
https://www.seattlekollel.com/avos-u-banim

SUMMER CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS AND TEEN ISREAL TRIP SCHOLARSHIPS – APPLY TODAY
www.JewishInSeattle.org 

LADINO DAY - THU DEC. 5
Ladino Day will survey the life cycle customs and traditions unique to Sepharadim from the Ottoman Empire. From berit mila to bar mitsva, weddings to funerals, the program will highlight a selection of major life events and explore shifts in Sephardic culture and the Ladino language through textual and material artifacts, oral histories, and photographs. Performances of Ladino songs by the Ladineros with Hazzan Isaac Azose, Seattle’s long time Ladino conversation group, a Ladino reading by Anna Jacoby (Congregation Ezra Bessaroth) and a multimedia presentation by Professor Devin Naar, will bring memories of these Sephardic traditions to life. 
www.EzraBessaroth.Net

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 - NOACH
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/91945/jewish/Noach-Praying-for-Others.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

Our Sages relate1 that Noach did not pray for the welfare of humanity before the Flood, unlike Moshe who prayed for the welfare of those who made the Golden Calf.

There is a dispute2 among the rabbis with regard to Noach’s lack of prayer: R. Yehuda concedes that Noach failed to pray like Moshe did, but points out that Moshe beseeched G‑d in the merit of the Patriarchs. Since Noach could not have done so, he cannot be blamed for his failure to pray on behalf of others.

R. Yitzchak, however, maintains that even though he was unable to invoke the merit of the Patriarchs, Noach should nonetheless have beseeched G‑d’s mercy on behalf of the world’s population.

The Torah commands us3 to judge every person favorably, to give every individual the benefit of the doubt. Why then does R. Yitzchak seem to condemn Noach’s behavior, rather than recognizing that Noach lacked people in whose merit he could plead for Divine mercy?

In fact, we can argue that R. Yitzchak agrees that Noach was unable to pray for his generation, because he was lacking individuals on whose merit he could rely. R. Yitzchak is not seeking to indict Noach, however, but rather wanted to be sure that his failure to pray for the welfare of others would not set a precedent for future generations.

R. Yitzchak therefore concludes that it is necessary to portray Noach’s lack of prayer as a flaw — although, in his case, there was nothing else he could have done — for it teaches later generations that all possible means must be used in order to obtain mercy and compassion for one’s fellows.

The statement of R. Yitzchak thus in no way contradicts the command to judge every person favorably, for he too judges Noach favorably, and agrees that he would have had to rely on the merit of others in order to succeed in his prayers. R. Yitzchak merely intended to encourage other individuals always to intercede on behalf of their fellows, although the chances of success may seem remote.

Moreover, if Noach’s failure to pray for the welfare of others had not been discussed, then this itself could have a detrimental effect on Noach, for his behavior, innocent though it was, may have led to the misconduct of others.

There is a lesson here for us all. A person may well do all he can in order to have a beneficial effect on his environment, but fail due to circumstances beyond his control. Such an individual might well think that, since he did all he could, he has no further moral obligation to himself or to others, and can now rest comfortably; the fact that he didn’t succeed is not his fault.

R. Yitzchak therefore teaches us that a person may very well have done as much as he was capable of doing, and is not merely fooling himself into thinking so. Nevertheless, says R. Yitzchak, one cannot make peace with such a situation. He must continue to “beseech mercy for his generation”; failure to do so can well be considered a fault.

Such relentless concern for the welfare of others may well bring G‑d to negate those factors that are causing the untoward situation, for He provides every Jew with the opportunity to successfully seek Divine mercy on behalf of his generation.

Especially so, since the Rambam rules4 that the “Torah guarantees that the Jewish people will ultimately repent at the conclusion of their exile, and will immediately be redeemed.”

Based on Likkutei Sichos, Vol. XXV, pp. 19-22

 

 

 

Shabbos Bereshis -Mevarchim MarCheshvan | 26 Tishrei – 3 MarCheshvan 5780

EREV SHABBOS FRI OCT 25th 
Shacharis 9 AM 
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  5:45 PM

SHABBOS SAT OCT 26th 
Tehilim for Mevarchim MarCheshvan,  7:45 AM
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 10:19 AM 
Shabbos Mincha 5:45 PM 
Maariv/Havdalah 6:47 PM followed by inspirational JEM videos

SHABBOS KIDDUSH
Kiddush sponsored by Northwest Yeshiva High School, in honor of Rabbi Naftali and Tali Rothstein (campus Rabbi and teachers at NYHS) and Reb Josh (Mashgiach Ruchani and teacher at NYHS) and Rachel Meisel. Delicious meat Cholent made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin.

MAZEL TOV MAZEL TOV
Mazel Tov to Rabbi Abe and Shprintze Kavka on the birth of their new grandson Moishe Deitsch, to their children Naomi and Levi Deitsch. The bris was on the first day of Succos in New Haven. May they merit to raise him to Torah, Chupa, and Maasim Tovim!

THANK YOU THANK YOU!
Thank you to all those who volunteered for the shul over the holidays, those who led davening and leining, the Cohanim, and all those who contributed and pledged for the auction! Tizku L'Mitzvot! 

Weekday Services 
Sun Shacharis  9 AM 
Mon, Thu, Fri Shacharis 7 AM 
Tue & Wed Shacharis 6:50 AM /ROSH CHODESH MARCHESHVAN
Sun-Thu Mincha 5:45 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV

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.

StandWithUs Northwest SHABBATON at CSTL– 4 MarCheshvan – NOV 2nd 
Featuring Randy Kessler Executive Director, StandWithUs Northwest at a the 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

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

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

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 5:45 PM
Inspiring words of Torah in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. We will Be learning a Sicho on Parsha Bereishit  and “Veyakov Halach Ledarco/Yaakov went on his way,” As is customary in some places to announce on motzoei Simchas Torah and Parsha Bereishit.

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pause with Pittsburgh SUN OCT 27th 2 PM
As we approach the one-year mark of the horrific attack on the Tree of Life in Pittsburgh, we encourage you to honor those we lost and commit to strengthen our Jewish community. People from around the world will have the opportunity to join Pittsburgh in a memorial service. Sign up to receive a text message with mourning prayer and the names of the 11 lives lost and a link to join Pittsburgh's local service via live stream.
www.JewishInSeattle.org

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

Seattle Kollel Women’s Game Night WED OCT 30th , 8:00 PM
Contact Rachelly (206) 637-9541

No Pasarán!: Jewish Collective Memory in the Spanish Civil War TUE OCT 29th 5:30 PM
Dr. Amelia Glaser of UC San Diego will speak at the UW Hub, Room 145 about how three Jewish poets addressed the fight against fascism in 1930’s Spain, the participation by international volunteers, including many Jews, and the long, troubled history of Jews in Spain. Presented by the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies at the UW.
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

PACO DIAZ IN CONCERT - FEATURING HAZZAN ISAAC AZOSE - SUN NOV 3
Don't miss this opportunity to see Judeo/Spanish superstar Paco Diaz in a rare local performance at the Stroum Jewish Community Center. Featuring our very own Hazzan Isaac Azose! Tickets may be purchased at
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paco-diez-in-concert-tickets-74235964769?aff=ebdssbeac  .

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 

Voices for Humanity Luncheon WED NOV 6th Noon - 1 pm 
Join community members to celebrate the Holocaust Center for Humanity's 30th anniversary at the Sheraton Seattle – Downtown. Honoring 2019 Voices for Humanity Award recipient Alayne Sulkin. Luncheon Chairs: Lynne & Brad Smith. 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

SEATTLE KOLLEL AVOS u’BANIM STARTS SAT EVE NOV 9th 6:30 PM
Boys & Girls learning Torah with their parents. Info: 
https://www.seattlekollel.com/avos-u-banim

SUMMER CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS AND TEEN ISREAL TRIP SCHOLARSHIPS – APPLY TODAY
www.JewishInSeattle.org  

LADINO DAY - THU DEC. 5 
Ladino Day will survey the life cycle customs and traditions unique to Sepharadim from the Ottoman Empire. From berit mila to bar mitsva, weddings to funerals, the program will highlight a selection of major life events and explore shifts in Sephardic culture and the Ladino language through textual and material artifacts, oral histories, and photographs. Performances of Ladino songs by the Ladineros with Hazzan Isaac Azose, Seattle’s long time Ladino conversation group, a Ladino reading by Anna Jacoby (Congregation Ezra Bessaroth) and a multimedia presentation by Professor Devin Naar, will bring memories of these Sephardic traditions to life.
www.EzraBessaroth.Net 

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 - BERESHIS
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/91944/jewish/Bereishis-Boundless-Benevolence.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

The Gemara in tractate Shabbos1 says: “He who is born on a Thursday will be a benevolent individual, for on that day, the fish and birds were created,”2 i.e., on that day — as Rashi explains3 — G‑d created beings that are wholly sustained by His kindness.

The Gemara, however, informs us in another tractate4 that all Jews are by nature compassionate and benevolent.5 This being so, what is special about the Jew born on a Thursday, as compared to Jews born on other days of the week?

The fifth day of Creation was unique, since on that day, as Rashi explains, G‑d’s benevolence was dominant — a benevolence that is boundless, for just as G‑d Himself knows no limitation, so too are His attributes limitless.

Indeed, because His boundless benevolence was dominant on the fifth day, the beings created on that day — especially fish — multiply greatly.

Herein lies the difference between all Jews’ natural benevolence and the benevolence of one born on a Thursday: The degree of most Jews’ natural kindness is limited — they will act kindly toward others, but not to the extent of foregoing all their own needs or undergoing excessive hardship.

However, he who is born on that day when G‑d’s kindness was manifest will display a natural tendency to completely disregard his own being in order to assist others.

Conversely, there is special merit to the innate kindness found within all Jews, as opposed to the capacity for kindness and benevolence evinced by those born on a Thursday.

Understandably, being born on a Thursday does not guarantee that a person will be infinitely kind; it simply means that he or she will have a slightly stronger inclination to act kindly, and that this kindness — if fully realized — can be boundless.6 However, the benevolence inherent in every Jew’s character is an actual goodness — not just the Thursday-type potential for goodness and benevolence.

For a person to aspire to infinite benevolence, he must first possess the quality of self-effacement; as long as a person thinks primarily of himself, it will be impossible to give totally of himself to others. Diminishing one’s own ego and desires enables one to become immersed in the act of kindness — a kindness not confined by a sense of self, but a kindness without end.

This aspect of self-nullification is also alluded to by the creation of fish on the fifth day. Fish, which multiply greatly — indicative of an infinite capacity — are entirely covered by water. As such, they are completely hidden from our view; all a person sees is the water.

Water is, of course, a fish’s source of life. Being so completely immersed in one’s source that all others see is the source, alludes to complete self-nullification — a quality that leads to the blessing of, and the capacity to, multiply without limit.

So too regarding man’s manner of service. In order to arouse the loftiest degree of benevolence — which is similar to G‑d’s boundless kindness — a person must first nullify himself before G‑d. This will cause him to become truly humble, and enable him to perform boundless kindness, free of the constraints of self.

This is also the intent of Rashi’s comment to the verse7 “Cleave to Him,” where he notes:8 “Cleave to His ways, perform acts of benevolence … just as G‑d does.”

When a Jew is truly cleaving to G‑d, feeling only the A-mighty and himself not at all, then he can rest assured that his acts of kindness will emulate G‑d’s — he too will perform acts of boundless benevolence.

Based on Likkutei Sichos, Vol. XXV, pp. 10-12

Shabbos Sukkos / Simchat Torah

 

Congregation Shaarei Tefilah Lubavitch
Sukkot – Shemini Atzereth – Simchat Torah
19-26 Tishrei 5780

EREV SHABBOS SUKKOS FRI OCT 18th 
Shacharis/Hallel/Hoshanos/Musaf 7 AM 
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  5:57 PM

SHABBOS SUKKOS SAT OCT 18th 
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 10:13 AM 
Shabbos Mincha 5:57 PM 
End of Shabbos/Maariv 6:59 PM followed by inspirational JEM videos
All Night Tehilim for Hoshana Raba from 12:54 AM

SHABBOS KIDDUSH
Kiddush sponsored by Rabbi Sholom Dov Ber and Chani Levitin, in honor of the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Levitin’s father, haRav Benjamin ben haRav Shmuel haLevi ZT”L.  Kiddush is co-sponsored by Mark and Tziviah Goldberg in honor of Gavi and Binyomin  Groberman's recent marriage..   Delicious meat Cholent made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin.

KIDDUSHES AND MEALS AT CSTL – SHEMINI ATZERET AND SIMCHAT TORAH
The following meals will be provided by CSTL for Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah:   1) Dinner Shemini Atzeret (SUN OCT 20th ) in the Sukka 2) Dinner Simchat Torah (MON OCT 21st) in the Social Hall, and 3) Lunch Simchat Torah (TUE OCT 22nd ) in the Social Hall.

SIMCHAT TORAH MEALS – SPONSORS NEEDED
Please help sponsor the full meals at CSTL for the evenings of Shemini Atzereth and Simchat Torah, and for Simchat Torah Day.  Donate at www.CSTLSeattle.org , with the note:  Simchat Torah Meals. Thank you – Yossi.

SHABBOS CHOL haMOED SUKKOS FARBRENGEN - FRI 5 PM
Erev-Shabbos Farbrengen in the CSTL sukkah in honor of the Yahrzeit (19 Tishrei) of the famed Talmudist and Kabbalist, Rabbi Eliyahu of Vilna, Lithuania (1720-1797), known as the "Vilna Gaon." www.chabad.org/calendar

HOSHANA RABBA – SUN OCT 20th 
Shacharit: 9 AM /WITH GRAND HOSHANOS/
Mincha/Candle Lighting 5:53 PM  /YAHRZEIT CANDLE
Maariv 6:43 pm /FOLLOWED BY MEAL, DANCING & HAKAFOT

SHEMINI ATZERETH – MON OCT 21st 
Shacharit: 9 AM /YIZKOR
Mincha 5:53 PM 
Maariv/Candles  after 6:53 PM /Light from an existing flame

SIMCHAT TORAH – TUE OCT 22nd 
Shacharit: 9 AM followed by Kiddush Lunch, Hakafot/Dancing/Torah Reading, Musaf and Mincha
Maariv/Havdala  6:52 PM

Weekday Services 
Sun Shacharis  9 AM 
Wed-Fri Shacharis 7 AM 
Wed-Thu Mincha 5:50 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV

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.

StandWithUs Northwest SHABBATON at CSTL– 4 MarCheshvan – NOV 2nd 
Featuring Randy Kessler Executive Director, StandWithUs Northwest at a the 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

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

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

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AND BOTH YOM TOV SUKKOS AFTERNOONS 5 PM
Inspiring words of Torah in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. We will be learning the Rebbes Sicoh on Parshat Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah.

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

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

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

WOMEN’S MONDAY EVENING LEARNING–/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

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

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

 

 

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

JFS Community-Wide Food Drive and Sort OCT 20th 
Jewish Family Service's Community-Wide Food Drive bculminates 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.

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

Seattle Kollel Women’s Game Night Wed., Oct. 30, 8:00 PM
Contact Rachelly (206) 637-9541

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 

SEATTLE KOLLEL AVOS u’BANIM STARTS SAT EVE NOV 9th 6:30 PM
Boys & Girls learning Torah with their parents. Info: https://www.seattlekollel.com/avos-u-banim

SUMMER CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS AND TEEN ISREAL TRIP SCHOLARSHIPS – APPLY TODAY
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 - SUKKOT
https://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2624128/jewish/We-Do-Not-Rejoice-Alone.htm  
© SichosInEnglish.org

We refer to our festivals as “festivals for rejoicing, holidays and seasons for gladness.”1 A happy person naturally wants to share his joy with others. Inner satisfaction may be felt alone, but exuberant celebration can be experienced only in the company of others. As an expression of our happiness, our Rabbis stressed the importance of sharing the joy of the festivals by inviting guests to our holiday meals.2 This mitzvah is especially important on Sukkos, “the season of our rejoic­ing.”3

The Zohar teaches that our Sukkos guests include not only those who visibly partake of the festive meals, but also guests from the spiritual realm. On Sukkos we are joined in the sukkah by seven Ushpizin (“honored guests”): Avraham, Yitzchak, Yaakov, Moshe, Aharon, Yosef, and King David.4

In addition, the Previous Rebbe taught that our sukkos are also visited by chassidic Ushpizin. In fact, he would actually point to particular places in his sukkah and say,5 “Here sits the Baal Shem Tov; here, the Maggid of Mezritch; here, the Alter Rebbe; here, the Mitteler Rebbe; here, the Tzemach Tzedek; here, the Rebbe Maharash; and here, the Rebbe Rashab.”

Although these Ushpizin visit our sukkos together on every day of the holiday, on each of the days of Sukkos the influence of one of the Ushpizin is dominant,6 and his quali­ties teach us lessons to apply in our service of G‑d.

The Guests of the First Day: Avraham Avinu and the Baal Shem Tov

The Ushpizin of the first day, the Patriarch Avraham and the Baal Shem Tov, share certain characteristics. Each of them initiated a new stage in the relationship between man and G‑d. Avraham was the founder of the Jewish faith, and the Baal Shem Tov, of the chassidic movement. Furthermore, both Avraham and the Baal Shem Tov traveled from place to place in order to reveal G‑d’s presence within the world.

On the verse,7 “And he called (vayikra) upon the name of G‑d, the eternal L‑rd,” our Sages8 comment, “Do not read vayikra (‘and he called’) but vayakri (‘and he caused others to call...’), for Avraham made all the wayfarers [he encountered] call upon the name of G‑d.”

Chassidic thought9 notes that the Hebrew word olam in the above phrase Keil-Olam (“eternal L‑rd”) means both “eternal” and also “world”. Since Avraham revealed the complete unity between G‑d and the world, the verse does not use the phrase Keil-HaOlam (“L‑rd of the world”), which would imply that the world is a separate entity over which G‑d rules, but rather, okug k‑t, which implies that the two are fused in perfect unity.

Like our father Avraham, the Baal Shem Tov sought out the common people. He would ask them about their health, jobs, and other material concerns in order to elicit the grate­ful response, Baruch HaShem (“Blessed be G‑d!”). In doing so, he demonstrated that G‑dliness is part of even the most mun­dane dimensions of our existence.10

The Guests of the Second Day: Yitzchak Avinu and the Maggid of Mezritch

The characteristic shared by these two Ushpizin is alluded to by the verse,11 “Do not abandon your place.” In contrast to the other Patriarchs, Yitzchak never left Eretz Yisrael. Simi­larly, in contrast to the other Rebbeim who journeyed from place to place, the Maggid never left Mezritch after assuming leadership of the chassidic movement.12

The essence of every person is his G‑dly core. This, and not any geographical location, is every person’s true place and that which defines his being. The Patriarch Yitzchak and the Maggid of Mezritch taught that one should focus on pene­trating to this core and bringing it to the surface, instead of seeking to grow from outside influences.13 Thus, the Torah describes Yitzchak as digging wells,14 searching for the source of flowing water and allowing it to surface.

Focusing on one’s own place does not diminish the sig­nificance of others. Chassidic thought explains15 that the revelation of a powerful light has an elevating influence even on far-removed places. For example, the light of the Beis HaMikdash was diffused throughout the world, spreading ho­liness to the extent that people in distant places, such as the Queen of Sheba,16 were motivated to journey to Jerusalem.

The Guests of the Third Day: Yaakov Avinu and the Alter Rebbe

Both Ushpizin of the third day are especially associated with Torah study. The Torah17 describes Yaakov as “a simple man, dwelling in tents,” which our Sages understand as a ref­erence to “the tents of Shem and Eiver,”18 the leading houses of study of that age.

The Alter Rebbe’s connection to Torah study is hinted at in his first name, Shneur, which can be read as shnei or (“two lights”), in allusion to the light of nigleh, the revealed dimen­sion of Torah law, and pnimiyus HaTorah, the hidden, mysti­cal dimension of the Torah.19 These two modes of spiritual illumination shine forth in the Alter Rebbe’s two classics, the Shulchan Aruch and the Tanya.20

Everyone has his share in the Torah, and this connection should be expressed in our daily conduct. Thus, our Sages teach,21 “[The example of] Hillel obligates the poor and [the example of] Rabbi Elazar ben Charsom obligates the rich [to study Torah].” Although Hillel was a poor man who labored hard for his livelihood, he studied Torah diligently, while Rabbi Elazar ben Charsom, who was extremely wealthy, did not allow his thriving business concerns to divert his atten­tion from Torah study. Regardless of one’s financial status, everyone has both the potential and the responsibility to devote himself to the study of the Torah.

The Guests of the Fourth Day: Moshe Rabbeinu and the Mitteler Rebbe

The Ushpizin of the fourth day are also associated with Torah study. Moshe “received the Torah from Sinai and transmitted it” to the entire Jewish people.22 Indeed, the Torah is associated with his name to the extent that the prophets23 refer to it as “the Torah of Moshe, My servant.”

Moshe’s connection to the Torah was twofold: (a) he served as the intermediary who communicated the Torah to the Jewish people; (b) he interpreted the Torah, developing the approach of abstract argumentation within Torah law which is referred to as pilpula de’oraysa. Significantly, he also sought to communicate this dimension of Torah to others.24

Like Moshe Rabbeinu, the Mitteler Rebbe served as both transmitter and interpreter, for the Mitteler Rebbe was renowned for his detailed explanation of the philosophical concepts of Chassidus. While the Alter Rebbe laid the foun­dation for an understanding of chassidic thought, he revealed his ideas as essential points, flashes of lightning.25 The Mitteler Rebbe amplified these ideas, explaining them with examples and analogies, and developing a conceptual frame­work which allowed them to be internalized — grasped intel­lectually.

Though the Ushpizin of the third day are also connected with Torah study, those of the fourth day, Moshe Rabbeinu and the Mitteler Rebbe, show how our Torah study can be amplified. Their divine service demonstrates that everyone shares a connection not only with the fundamentals of Torah study, but also with a comprehension of its depth and breadth. And with regard to this dimension as well, neither poverty nor wealth can excuse one from the responsibility of applying oneself to this task.

The Guests of the Fifth Day: Aharon HaKohen and the Tzemach Tzedek

The Ushpizin of the fifth day teach a lesson of love and harmony among all men. Aharon is the epitome of this approach, because he “loved peace, pursued peace, loved cre­ated beings, and drew them near to the Torah.”26

The use of the term “created beings” instead of “people” implies that Aharon would reach out to individuals whose only redeeming virtue was the fact that they were G‑d’s crea­tions.27 Aharon’s concern for his fellow man was all the more impressive because of his exalted position as High Priest. Leaving the Sanctuary where G‑d’s presence was openly revealed to him, he would reach out to people who had no other virtue than being created by G‑d.28

Also significant is the phrase, “drew them near to the Torah.” This implies that Aharon first concerned himself with the difficulties that confronted them,29 in the hope that ulti­mately, this would “draw them close to the Torah.”30

The Tzemach Tzedek represents the development of har­mony among the scholars and leaders of the Jewish commu­nity. Under his leadership, unity was established between chassidim and other sectors of the Jewish community. The Tzemach Tzedek met with the leaders of all contemporary factions and was able to develop a united front that empha­sized the mutual purpose shared by all.

The Guests of the Sixth Day: Yosef HaTzaddik and the Rebbe Maharash

The qualities shared by the Ushpizin of the sixth day are expressed by a renowned adage of the Rebbe Maharash,31 Lechat’chilah ariber: “People say, ‘If you can’t crawl under, try to climb over.’ And I say, ‘From the outset, climb right over the top!’” Apparent difficulties are waiting to be taken confi­dently by the horns and overcome.32

This is not a theoretical concept, but a truth that can be practically applied — as witness the life of Yosef, who rose from imprisoned slave to viceroy of Egypt.

The lessons of Yosef’s life are relevant to everyone. Though we are in exile, no individual should feel hampered or handicapped. We have the potential for the highest levels of achievement in spiritual matters, and this spiritual success may even be reflected in the advancement of our material concerns.33

The Guests of the Seventh Day: King David and the Rebbe Rashab

The attribute shared by the Ushpizin of the seventh day is royalty, the ultimate expression of which will come in the Era of the Redemption. King David is particularly identified with royalty, for “once David was anointed, he acquired the crown of kingship, which [thereafter] belongs to him and his male descendants forever.”34 Similarly, King David is identified with the ultimate monarch, the Mashiach, who will be one of his descendants. Furthermore, as the Rambam35 points out, the prophecies in the Torah36 which allude to the coming of Mashiach, speak about two anointed kings, David and the Mashiach.

These qualities are shared by the Rebbe Rashab, as is hinted at in the name of the year in which he was born — 5621 (תרכ"א). These Hebrew letters spell the Aramaic word kisra (“crown”),37 the symbol which reflects a king’s unique status.38

The Rebbe Rashab also shares a connection with Mashiach, as is highlighted by his conception of the students of Yeshivas Tomchei Temimim, the yeshivah he established in Lubavitch in 1897, as “soldiers of the House of David” whose primary goal is to bring about the coming of Mashiach.39

Shemini Atzeres: King Shlomo and the Rebbe Rayatz

The leaders associated with Shemini Atzeres, King Shlo­mo and the Previous Rebbe,40 follow the Ushpizin of the pre­vious day, for they continued and enhanced the contributions made by their respective fathers, King David and the Rebbe Rashab.

Though King David established the hereditary monarchy, his own reign was torn by strife and war; in the words of the prophet,41 “You have shed blood.” As to the reign of his son and successor King Shlomo, however, G‑d promised,42 “I will grant peace and tranquillity to Israel during his days.” And indeed, throughout his reign,43 “Israel dwelled in safety, every man under his vine and under his fig tree.”

In this atmosphere of peace, King Shlomo built the Beis HaMikdash, a permanent dwelling place for G‑d within our material world. This enabled the entire world to be refined, since the light generated by the Beis HaMikdash motivated people throughout the world to seek holiness.

In a similar way, the Previous Rebbe enhanced the achievements of his father, spreading the teachings of Chas­sidus throughout the world, thereby preparing the world for the coming of the Redemption. No place was too far removed, nor any individual too estranged for the Rebbe Rayatz to reach out to him, and connect him with the teachings that herald and prepare us for the coming of Mashiach.

This is the legacy left to our present generation, and the goal to which all our efforts must be directed: to make the coming of the Redemption a tangible reality.44 The coming of that era is not a matter of the distant future, but a present concern. For the time for the Redemption has arrived.45

May this promise be realized in the immediate future and may we then join in celebration with all the Ushpizin in Eretz Yisrael, in Jerusalem, and in the Beis HaMikdash.


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