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Shabbos Naso | 11-18 Sivan, 5779

Erev Shabbos, Fri June 13th  
Shacharis: 7  AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  8:50 PM

Shabbos Sat June 14th 
Shacharis: 10 AM 
Mincha 8:50 PM. Pirkei Avos Chapter 1.  Seuda Slishit Lite.
Maariv/Havdalah 10 PM

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

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN 6 PM
In the CSTL Social Hall. In honor of the wedding anniversary (11th  of Sivan) of the Rebbe’s parents, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson (1878-1944) and Rebbetzin Chana Yanovsky (1880-1964). Their oldest son, Menachem Mendel, was born two years later, on the 11th of Nissan (1902). 
www.chabad.org/calendar

SHABBOS – KIDDUSH 
Full Kiddush this week is sponsored by Arielle and Meir  Zwanziger, to thank Rabbi Levitin, Rabbi Kletenik, Yossi Greenberg and Jonathan Greene, for helping them to add their new house into the eruv. Delicious meat cholent is made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin.  ALSO, a huge Mazel Tov to Meir's cousin, Sara Werb on her marriage to Jacob Moshinsky.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE /NEW PRICES
If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact Marion Kitz Gabbai Kiddush,
miriamkitz@hotmail.com .Please inform Marion by the preceding Sunday evening so that we have time to prepare properly.  NEW Prices: 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

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

Modern Anti-Semitism and Anti-Zionism: Is there a Separation - Wed Jun 19th 7:30 PM
Speaker at CSTL:  Regina Sassoon Friedland,  Regional Director. American Jewish Committee. Complimentary attendance but we need RSVP. RSVP to Education Committee Chair, Dr. Vernon Neppe  
psyche@pni.org

Basarfest at BCMH Sunday, June 16th  6 PM 
Featuring MEAT.   
www.BCMHSeattle.org ,

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

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

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

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

Federation Annual Meeting Thu June 20th 7 PM
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle invites you to our 2019 Annual Meeting to honor community award recipients and learn about Federation's impact on our community. At Stroum JCC - Mercer Island 
www.JewishinSeattle.org

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

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


REBBE’S SICHO -  NASO
https://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2470441/jewish/Naso.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

This week’s Torah reading contains the mitzvah of nizirus, taking nazirite vows. That subject presents a paradox. On one hand, regarding a nazirite, the Torah states: “The diadem of his G‑d is upon his head... He is holy unto G‑d” and he is equated with a prophet, as it is written: “And from your sons, I will raise [some] as prophets, and from your youths, [some] as nazirites.”

Nevertheless, the Torah also requires a nazirite to bring a sin-offering, stating that he has “sinned against his soul.” And our Sages speak critically of him, posing a rhetorical question: “Are not the things which the Torah has prohibited sufficient for you? [Why] must you add further prohibitions?”

For asceticism was always disdained by the Torah. As opposed to other faiths which place other-worldly hermits on pedestals, Judaism puts the emphasis on sanctifying the here and now, bringing holiness into the context of our ordinary experience. In that vein, our Sages taught that the verse: “Know Him in all your ways” is “A small passage upon which all the fundamentals of Torah depend.” For Judaism underscores the importance of knowing G‑d, not only in the synagogue or the house of study, but in every dimension of our everyday lives: in our business, our homes, and even in the way we relax. As Maimonides says: “A person should direct his heart and the totality of his behavior to one goal, becoming aware of G‑d, blessed be He. The way he rests, rises, and speaks should all be directed to this end.” For the purpose of creation is to use every element of existence in G‑d’s service.

By denying himself wine, a nazirite takes an opposite tact. Wine is the symbol of happiness and pleasure, a substance that enables us to let loose and relax. But this happiness and relaxation should be a holy experience, carried out in a manner which brings a person closer to the Divine. When a person abstains from wine, he is saying that he does not know how to sanctify such activity.

Why then is a nazirite praised? Because sometimes a person must admit his shortcomings. When a person looks himself in the mirror and realizes that he has certain tendencies that he is almost powerless to control, he is in fact taking the first step towards controlling them. Again to quote Maimonides, “taking and maintaining vows to abstain from certain [undesirable] elements [of conduct] ingrains in a person the tendency to bridle the desires he seeks to curb.” This tendency will continue and it will be easy for him to acquire the quality of restraint — i.e., the tendency to protect oneself from impurity.”

So when a nazirite takes a vow to develop self-control and inner discipline, the Torah considers it admirable. When he does so because he thinks that G‑d’s ultimate intent is other-worldly abstinence, our Sages consider his conduct comparable to sin.

Looking to the Horizon

The ultimate resolution of the inner conflict described above will be in the era of Mashiachwhen “Good will flow in abundance and all the delights will be freely available as dust.” At present, since material existence presents a challenge and a person could genuinely need curbs, restraint plays an important role in our Divine service.

But in the era of Mashiach, when “The occupation of the entire world will be solely to know G‑d,” there will be no need for such checks. For in that environment of revealed G‑dliness, man will not be motivated by selfish desires. He will take advantage of all the good the world has to offer, but will appreciate how that good is an expression of G‑d’s kindness and therefore employ all of these influences in His service.

Bamidbar - Shavuot | 26 Iyar – 4 Siva

Erev Shabbos, Fri June 7th  
Shacharis: 7  AM
Mincha/Candles  8:46 PM /REMEMBER TO LIGHT A 24+ hr CANDLE
Maariv 9:48 PM /COUNT OMER #49/

Shabbos & Erev Shavuos, Sat June 8th 
Shacharis: 9:30 AM 
Mincha 8:46 PM. Pirkei Avos Chapter 6.  Seuda Slishit Lite.
Maariv/Havdalah 9:53 /Havdalah in Kiddush/ Light Yom Tov Candles from Existing Flame
All Night Shavuos Learning Starts Sat. Night 11:45 AM

Shavuous Day One, Sun June 9th 
All Night Shavuos Learning to 3 AM (see below)
Alos haShachar (72 minutes as 16.1 degrees) 2:45 AM
Latest time for Shema 9:10 AM
Shacharis: 10 AM /READING OF THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
Mincha 8:50 PM. 
Maariv  9:55 /Light Yahrzeit & Yom Tov from Existing Flame

Shavuos Day Two, Mon June 10th 
Shacharis: 9:30 AM  /YIZKOR
Mincha 8:15 PM. /FOLLOWED BY YOM TOV FARBRENGEN
Maariv/Havdalah 9:56

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

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN 6 PM
In the CSTL Social Hall. In honor of the Rebbe, who in 1986 made a personal request that all communities are to have a Farbrengen during Mincha of Shabbos Parshas Bamidbar, which was Shabbos Mivarchim Sivan, in living with the spirit of Matan Torah when we were one nation united with one heart and one soul.
www.ShulchanAruchhaRav.com   

SHABBOS – KIDDUSH LITE
Chulent made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin is sponsored by Tova and Shimon Cox.

SUMPTUOUS SHAVUOS DAY ONE KIDDUSH LUNCH
Shavuos Dairy Lunch sponsored by Rabbi SB and Chani Levitin, in honor of the Yahrzeit Rabbi Yisochar Dov ben Yona Weiss.

All-Night Learning – SAT JUN 8th 11 AM – SUN JUN 9th 3 AM
SEFER haMITZVOT (ALL 613 COMMANDMENTS) – 11:45 PM – 1 AM WITH RABBI EMLEN
SHIUR WITH RABBI SB LEVITIN – 1 AM TO 3 AM 
The Talmud relates that when G-d came to give the Torah to the People of Israel in the early morning of Sivan 6 (see "Today in Jewish History" for tomorrow), He found them sleeping. (The Chassidic masters explain that this was an attempt to connect to their subconscious, transcendent self in preparation for their reception of the divine wisdom.) To rectify this lapse, we spend the entire first night of Shavuot (which begins at nightfall tonight) studying Torah. The traditional Tikkun Leil Shavout ("Rectification for Shavuot Night") study program includes the opening and closing verses of each book of the Written Torah (Tanach), as well as of each Parshah; the entire Book of Ruth (see "Laws and Customs" for tomorrow); the opening and closing sections of each tractate of the Talmud; a list of the 613 mitzvot; and selected readings from the Zohar and other Kabbalistic works.

SUNDAES IN THE PARK – SUN JUN 9th 5 PM
At View Ridge Park.  Sponsored by Mrs. Chani Levitin

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

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

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

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

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

WOMEN’S SUNDAY TEHILLIM AT CSTL – 10 AM /NOT THIS WEEK
In the library.  Come say a prayer for those in need. 

Weekly Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin –Sundays following 9am Shacharis /NOT THIS WEEK
Gemora Baba Basra with Rabbi Levitin after 9 am Shacharis

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

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

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

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE /NEW PRICES
If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact Marion Kitz Gabbai Kiddush,
miriamkitz@hotmail.com . Contact Marion to sponsor a Kiddush for a BIRTHDAY, ANNIVERSARY or YAHRZEIT. Please inform Marion by the preceding Sunday evening so that we have time to prepare properly. NEW Prices: 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

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

VIDEO SHIUR WITH RABBI TANENBAUM OF BCMH
https://vimeo.com/339392945 “Making Requests in our Tefilah – Exploring the Depths of the Amida”

Modern Anti-Semitism and Anti-Zionism: Is there a Separation - Wed Jun 19th 7:30 PM
Speaker at CSTL:  Regina Sassoon Friedland,  Regional Director. American Jewish Committee. Complimentary attendance but we need RSVP. RSVP to Education Committee Chair, Dr. Vernon Neppe  
psyche@pni.org

Basarfest at BCMH Sunday, June 16th  6 PM 
Featuring MEAT.   
www.BCMHSeattle.org ,

SEFARDI FEST – SUN JUN 23rd 9 AM – 3 PM
Annual Festival of Sefardi Food & Culture.  At Ezra Bessaroth 
www.EzraBessaroth.net

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

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

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

Federation Annual Meeting Thu June 20th 7 PM
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle invites you to our 2019 Annual Meeting to honor community award recipients and learn about Federation's impact on our community. At Stroum JCC - Mercer Island 
www.JewishinSeattle.org

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

Mercaz Shavuaton JUNE 7th – 10th 
At Camp Salomon Schechter.  
www.MercazSeattle.org

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


 REBBE’S SICHO -  BAMIDBAR
https://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2470440/jewish/Bamidbar.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

This week’s Torah reading describes the census of the Jewish people taken after the construction of the Sanctuary. Counting implies two concepts: a) we count something that is important; b) counting something increases its importance, making it more significant in our eyes.

Why does G‑d have the Jews counted? Because He cherishes them. Every Jew counts as one, because every Jew is as dear to G‑d as an only child born to parents in their old age. Conversely, counting the Jews brings their positive quality to the surface. For when a person knows that he is counted, he realizes that he is being counted for a reason: that he has a mission and purpose that is unique and special.

This is not just a point of faith; it is a logical construct. Just as a person building a structure tries to ensure that every element in it is functional, so too, in our Sages’ words, “the Holy One, blessed be He, did not create anything without a purpose.” Each one of us is different from all others and that difference implies that he has been given the opportunity to add something — a unique contribution that no one else can make — to bring this world to its consummate purpose.

Counting an individual makes him aware of his mission and encourages him to fulfill it. Simply put, counting someone motivates him to make himself count. It teaches him to look inside and discover his individual purpose and then work to carry it out.

There is a parallel to this concept in Jewish Law. In the laws of kashrus, we find the idea of bittul bishishim, i.e., when a non-kosher substance is mixed with sixty times its volume of kosher food, the non-kosher substance does not cause the mixture to be considered forbidden. There is simply too much of the kosher substance for the presence of the non-kosher substance to be considered significant. Since there is so little of it, it’s as if it’s not there at all.

When does that apply? When the non-kosher substance is of an ordinary nature. When, however, it is important, that importance prevents it from ever being considered insignificant. For example, if a particularly choice piece of meat falls into a soup containing milk, the soup is considered non-kosher even if its volume is more than sixty times the meat. Because this cut of meat is noteworthy, it is never considered as if it did not exist.

Now another example of a substance that is always considered as important is a substance sold by number. The fact that every entity is counted individually shows that it is significant even though its volume is surpassed exceedingly by that of the other substances.

Similarly, in the spiritual analogue, counting the Jewish people prevents the Jewish people from ever being considered as insignificant. Though they will face challenges and travails from within and without, the fact that G‑d treasures them and looks toward them for their contribution will give them the strength to persevere and accomplish their mission.

These concepts also relate to the present time of year: the days of Counting the Omer.Counting the days teaches us to bring out the positive quality that each day uniquely possesses, using it to its fullest.

Looking to the Horizon

Our Sages relate that there have been nine censuses of the entire Jewish people and the tenth census will be conducted in the Era of Mashiach. For this is the age when the cherished nature of the Jewish people will reach consummate fulfillment. Every individual will play his role in bringing the world to its desired state.

This census will, however, be different than the previous nine. As the prophet declares: “The number of the children of Israel will be like the sand of the sea, which can be neither measured nor counted.” In that era, the infinite G‑dly quality that pervades our people and this world will be manifest.

Bechukotai – Mevarchim Sivan | 26 Iyar – 4 Sivan, 5779

Erev Shabbos, Fri May 31st 
Shacharis: 7  AM
Mincha/Candles  8:40 PM 
Maariv 9:38 PM /COUNT OMER #42/

Shabbos, Sat June 1st 
Tehilim for Mevarchim Sivan 8:00 AM
Shacharis: 9:30 AM 
Mincha 8:40 PM. Pirkei Avos Chapter 5.  Seuda Slishit Lite.
Maariv/Havdalah 9:42 /COUNT OMER #43/

Weekday Services
Sun Shacharis 9 AM 
Mon, Wed -Fri Shacharis 7 AM 
Tue – Shacharis 6:50 AM /ROSH CHODESH SIVAN
Sun-Thu Mincha 8:50 pm
Sun-Thu Maariv and Sefira bezomano  (Sun 9:40 PM to Thu 9:43 PM) /COUNT #44-48/

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN 6 PM
In the CSTL Social Hall. In honor of the yahrzeit of Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzato (known by the acronym "Ramchal"), philosopher, kabbalist and ethicist, was born in Padua, Italy, in 1707. At a very early age, he began to study Kabbalah under the tutelage of Rabbi Moshe Zacuto, one of the foremost Kabbalists of his generation. While still in his twenties, he authored numerous works of Torah scholarship, including Derech Hashem ("The way of G-d"), a systematic exposition of the fundamentals of Judaism. 
www.Chabad.org/calendar

KIDDUSH SPONSORS  /KIDDUSH LUNCH
Shabbos Mevorchim Kiddush Lunch sponsored by AnonymousRabbi Mendy and Leahle Levitin (in honor of the Yahrzeit of Zaidy = Rabbi Yisochar Dov ben Yona), Rabbi Abraham and Shprintze Kavka (in honor of the Yahrzeit for Shprintze’s uncle=Reb Dovid Zev ben Reb Tzvi Elimelech) and Miriam Kitz (in honor of the Yahrzeit for Shprintze’s uncle). Delicious Cholent by Rabbi Mendy.

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

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

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 7:40 PM
One hour before Shabbos mincha.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE
If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact Marion Kitz Gabbai Kiddush,
miriamkitz@hotmail.com . Contact Marion to sponsor a Kiddush for a BIRTHDAY, ANNIVERSARY or YAHRZEIT. Please inform Marion by the preceding Sunday evening so that we have time to prepare properly.  Prices: Sponsor $350, co-Sponsor $175, Contributor: $50-$149. Presidential Kiddush $50, Chulent $100.


 COMMUNITY NEWS

YOM YERUSHALAYIM BREAKFAST SUN JUNE 2nd FOLLOWING 8 AM SHACHARIS
At Ezra Bessaroth . An uplifting 8am Shacharit service followed by a satisfying breakfast.

VIDEO SHIUR WITH RABBI TANENBAUM OF BCMH
https://vimeo.com/339392945 “Making Requests in our Tefilah – Exploring the Depths of the Amida”

MMSC Annual Fundraising Dinner TUE JUN 4th 6:15 PM
At Melrose Market Studios, 1532 Minor Avenue. Register to attend or sponsor at 
www.mmscgala.com by May 31st. An evening of Cocktails, Hors D'oeuvres, and Comedy by world-renowned comedian, Mark Schiff! Featuring a top-shelf open bar throughout the evening, along with delicious Hors d'oeuvres catered bywww.seattlekoshercatering.com     Info:  Levi at (206) 898 -9361, rabbi@chabadcapitolhill.org

Modern Anti-Semitism and Anti-Zionism: Is there a Separation - Wed Jun 19th 7:30 PM
Speaker at CSTL:  Regina Sassoon Friedland,  Regional Director. American Jewish Committee. Complimentary attendance but we need RSVP. RSVP to Education Committee Chair, Dr. Vernon Neppe  
psyche@pni.org

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

Behind Enemy Lines with Marthe Cohn Mon Jun 3rd 7 PM
Hear an incredible story of courage, faith, and espionage. Holocaust survivor Marthe Cohn gathered intelligence about Nazi troop movements behind enemy lines by posing as a German nurse. She was later awarded France's highest military honor. Presented by Chabad of Kirkland. At Lake Washington High School ( Kirkland)
www.jewishkirkland.com

Cardozo Jewish Lawyer Society – Thu June 6th 6 PM
Honoring Professor Eric Schnapper, recipient of the 2019 L'Dor V'Dor Award for his contributions to the Jewish and legal communities of Washington State. Professor Schnapper teaches civil rights, civil procedure, and employment discrimination law at the UW School of Law.

Basarfest at BCMH Sunday, June 16, 6:00 pm
Featuring MEAT.   
www.BCMHSeattle.org ,

SEFARDI FEST – SUN JUN 23rd 9 AM – 3 PM
Annual Festival of Sefardi Food & Culture.  At Ezra Bessaroth 
www.EzraBessaroth.net

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

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

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

SEATTLE SEPHARDIC LEGACIES – SUN JUNE 2 AT 2PM AT THE UW HUB
Trace the journey of Seattle’s Sephardic Jews from the Ottoman Empire to the Pacific Northwest through the letters, documents, books, and material artifacts. Info: Ty Alhadeff,  
tda2@uw.edu . At the UW “Hub”, Room 160.

Federation Annual Meeting Thu June 20th 7 PM
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle invites you to our 2019 Annual Meeting to honor community award recipients and learn about Federation's impact on our community. At Stroum JCC - Mercer Island
www.JewishinSeattle.org

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

Mercaz Shavuaton JUNE 7th – 10th 
At Camp Salomon Schechter.  
www.MercazSeattle.org

AIRPORT , LOCAL TRIPS, AND KOSHER RESTAURANT DELIVERY! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER
Competitive rates, excellent service.  Contact Eli at 206-771 2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com
 


REBBE’S SICHO -  BECHUKOTAI
https://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2470439/jewish/Bechukosai.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

The opening phrase of the Torah, Im bechukosai teileichu, “If you proceed in My statutes,” is interpreted by our Rabbis as follows:

Is the intent the performance of the mitzvos? The continuation [of the verse] “and are careful to keep My commandments” pertains to the mitzvos. What then is the intent of “If you proceed in My statutes”? That you labor in the study of Torah.

Postulating that the phrase is referring to the study of Torah, however, presents a difficulty because of the term bechukosai. The root of that term, chok, refersto mitzvos whose motivating principle transcends understanding. As Rashi states: “It is a decree... you have no permission to question [the reason for its observance].” Torah study, however, involves comprehension and understanding, giving man the opportunity to intellectually grasp and identify with G‑d’s truth.

There is, however,another way of interpreting the term bechukosai, seeing itas related to the word chakikah, meaning “engraving.” According to this understanding, the implication of referring to Torah study with the word bechukosai is that we must labor in the study of Torah until the words are engraved within us.

The advantage of engraving over writing is not merely that engraved letters are united with the surface unto which they are carved, for this is also true with regard to written letters. Although letters written on parchment are not part of the parchment itself, they become one with the parchment.

Instead, the advantage of engraving is that the letters are not an independent entity. Their existence cannot be separated from the object onto which they have been engraved; the two form one integral whole.

This is the lesson the term bechukosai communicates with regard to the study of Torah. The intent is not merely that a Jew who studies the Torah should be united with the subject matter. Instead, the phrase teaches that a person must engrave the Torah he studies within his very being. Studying in a manner resembling writing — in which two separate entities come together — is not sufficient. Instead, one must study in a manner that resembles engraving; the student ceases to see himself as an independent entity, rather, his entire existence is the Torah.

This approach was exemplified by Moshe our teacher, the first recipient of the Torah. His bittul, self-nullification, was so great that he identified totally with G‑dliness, saying “I will grant grass....” The word “I” refers to G‑d, and yet it was uttered by Moshe because “the Divine Presence spoke from his throat.” Every person can, in microcosm, bring about that degree of identification with G‑dliness through Torah study. When he understands a Torah concept, he can appreciate how his mind has become one with the G‑dly idea that he is studying.

Looking to the Horizon

This Torah reading contains the verse: “I will remove beasts of prey from the land.” The commentaries interpret this as a reference to the era of Mashiach, because in the present gestalt, there have been and always will be beasts of prey.

Among the concepts derived from this verse: There is a difference of opinion among our Sages if there will be outright miracles in the era of Mashiach or not. The Rabbis who maintain that there will be such miracles use this verse as a prooftext to prove their assertion, for the removal of beasts of prey is certainly a miracle that transcends the limits of nature. Others, however, maintain that the verse is merely an analogy: the beasts of prey represent the gentile nations that prey on the Jewish people. The intent is that in the era of Mashiach, they will dwell peacefully with the Jews.

The conception which understands this as a prophecy of miracles is a subject of expanded discussion. What exactly will that miracle be? One view maintains that the beasts of prey will cease to exist. Another maintains that the beasts of prey will continue to exit, but their predatory nature will cease, as the verse states: “The lion will lie down with the lamb.” This represents the ultimate perfection of the era of Mashiach: that the undesirable entities will be transformed into good, not merely banished from existence.

Behar | 19-26 Iyar, 5779

Erev Shabbos, Fri May 24th 
Shacharis: 7  AM
Mincha/Candles  8:32 PM 
Maariv 9:29 PM /COUNT OMER #35/

Shabbos, Sat May 25th 
Shacharis: 9:30 AM 
Mincha 8:32 PM. Pirkei Avos Chapter 4.  Seuda Slishit Lite.
Maariv/Havdalah 9:42 /COUNT OMER #36/

Weekday Services
Sun Shacharis 9 AM 
Mon -Fri Shacharis 7 AM 
Mincha 8:40 pm
Maariv and Sefira bezomano  (Sun 9:32 PM to Thu 9:36 PM) /COUNT #37-41/

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN 6 PM
In the CSTL Social Hall. In honor of the yahrzeit of Rabbi Meir ("Maharam") of Rothenburg (1293)

KIDDUSH SPONSORS 
Kiddush lite.   So far, no sponsor for cholent.

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

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

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 7:30 PM
One hour before Shabbos mincha.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE
If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact Marion Kitz Gabbai Kiddush,
miriamkitz@hotmail.com . Contact Marion to sponsor a Kiddush for a BIRTHDAY, ANNIVERSARY or YAHRZEIT. Please inform Marion by the preceding Sunday evening so that we have time to prepare properly.  Prices: Sponsor $350, co-Sponsor $175, Contributor: $50-$149. Presidential Kiddush $50, Chulent $100.


COMMUNITY NEWS 

MMSC Annual Fundraising Dinner Tue June 4th 6:15 AM At Melrose Market Studios, 1532 Minor Avenue. Register to attend or sponsor at www.mmscgala.com by May 31st. An evening of Cocktails, Hors D'oeuvres, and Comedy by world-renowned comedian, Mark Schiff! Featuring a top-shelf open bar throughout the evening, along with delicious Hors d'oeuvres catered by www.seattlekoshercatering.com Info: Levi at (206) 898 -9361, rabbi@chabadcapitolhill.org 

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

ERENSYA SEPHARDIC DESSERT RECEPTION– 7 PM MON MAY 27 Congregation Ezra Bessaroth is proud to host a special evening of Sephardic history, culture, & Art. The program will include a dessert reception with special guests Aron Hasson of the Rhodes Jewish Historical Foundation and delegates from Sephardic Communities around the world. The award winning exhibit on Jewish Life on Rhodes will be on display for this one night only. This evening is free & open to the community. www.ezrabessaroth.net 

Behind Enemy Lines with Marthe Cohn Mon Jun 3rd 7 PM Hear an incredible story of courage, faith, and espionage. Holocaust survivor Marthe Cohn gathered intelligence about Nazi troop movements behind enemy lines by posing as a German nurse. She was later awarded France's highest military honor. Presented by Chabad of Kirkland. At Lake Washington High School ( Kirkland) www.jewishkirkland.com 

Cardozo Jewish Lawyer Society – Thu June 6th 6 PM Honoring Professor Eric Schnapper, recipient of the 2019 L'Dor V'Dor Award for his contributions to the Jewish and legal communities of Washington State. Professor Schnapper teaches civil rights, civil procedure, and employment discrimination law at the UW School of Law. 

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

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

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

SEATTLE SEPHARDIC LEGACIES – SUN JUNE 2 AT 2PM AT THE UW HUB Trace the journey of Seattle’s Sephardic Jews from the Ottoman Empire to the Pacific Northwest through the letters, documents, books, and material artifacts transported from the Mediterranean world to the Puget Sound. Get a glimpse of the diverse and rich libraries of Ladino literature that they established right here in Seattle to transmit Ladino culture to future generations. Presented by UW Sephardic Studies. For more information contact Ty Alhadeff, at tda2@uw.edu. Sunday, June 2nd from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the HUB 160: Lyceum, 4001 E Stevens Way NE Seattle, WA 98195 

Federation Annual Meeting Thu June 20th 7 PM The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle invites you to our 2019 Annual Meeting to honor community award recipients and learn about Federation's impact on our community. At Stroum JCC - Mercer Island www.JewishinSeattle.org 

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

Mercaz Shavuaton JUNE 7th – 10th At Camp Salomon Schechter. www.MercazSeattle.org 

AIRPORT , LOCAL TRIPS, AND KOSHER RESTAURANT DELIVERY! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER Competitive rates, excellent service. Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com 


REBBE’S SICHO - BEHAR
https://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2470438/jewish/Behar.htm © SichosInEnglish.org 

This week’s Torah reading describes the mitzvah of the Jubilee year. During the Jubilee, land that was part of a person’s ancestral heritage and which he had sold would be returned to him. To explain: When the Jews entered Eretz Yisrael, the land was divided among them, with every person receiving a portion of equal value. The people were then given the opportunity of working the land. Inevitably, some were more successful than others. There were some who failed so severely that they had to sell their land in order to purchase their life necessities. 

As every person was living out his individual life story, the people as a whole were counting years. Every seven years, there was a Sabbatical year when the land would not be worked. After seven Sabbatical year cycles, 49 years, came the Jubilee. At the beginning of that year, any property that had been sold would be returned to its original owner or to his heirs. 

On one hand, this is an amazing opportunity for rebirth and renewal. A person is given a second chance. On the other hand, we all know from experience that when a person is given a second chance, there is a high probability that he will do exactly what he did the first time. After all, his habits are scripted into his psyche to the point that the likelihood of significant change taking place is small. 

Why then the mitzvah of the Jubilee? 

To give a person the opportunity; to invite him to break out of his existing patterns and start something new. 

Moreover, the mitzvah of the Jubilee also points to the inner strength a person possesses that enables him to break out of his previous mode of conduct and make that new start something more than a repetition of past events. 

The Jubilee starts with the sounding of the shofar. In addition to the sounding of the shofaron Rosh HaShanah, the shofar is again sounded on Yom Kippur for the Jubilee. The shofar’s call emanates from the very essence of our being. It is simple, without musical trappings, the essence of a Jew calling out to his Father in Heaven. 

It is from this essential core that a person begins rebuilding in the Jubilee. The essence of a Jew’s soul is an actual part of G-d, infinite, unbounded, and undefined, like G-d Himself. Often, however, this G-dly potential lies latent and the person goes about his daily routine with little change or deviation. The sounding of the shofar calls this G-dly potential into revelation and gives this person the potential to access it and begin living in a different manner entirely. 

Looking to the Horizon 

The seven-year Sabbatical cycle, like the seven-day weekly cycle, alludes to a cycle of greater scope. The history of the world is divided into seven millennia with the seventh millennium — like the Sabbath and the Sabbatical year — to be an era when G-d’s presence will be tangibly felt. To use our Sages’ words: It will be the era that is “the era that is all Sabbath and rest for life everlasting.” 

This is not only a prophecy for the future; it makes us aware of the special time in which we are presently living. If we follow the above conception, in the present age, it’s Friday afternoon, past midday. Now at that time, in Jewish homes, the house begins to take on a Shabbos look. Similarly, at this time, G-d’s home, the world, is beginning to anticipate the era of the Redemption. By opening our eyes to the Messianic dynamics at work in our lives at present, our waiting for Mashiach can be charged with the force of an idea whose time has come. 

Emor – Pesach Sheini – Lag b’Omer | 12-19 Iyar, 5779

Erev Shabbos, Fri May 17th 
Shacharis: 7  AM
Mincha/Candles  8:24 PM 
Maariv 9:20 PM /COUNT OMER #28/

Shabbos, Sat May 18th 
Shacharis: 9:30 AM 
Mincha 8:24 PM. Pirkei Avos Chapter 3.  Seuda Slishit Lite.
Maariv/Havdalah 9:32 /COUNT OMER #29/

Weekday Services
Sun Shacharis 9 AM /Pesach Sheini – No Tachanun – Eat Matzo!
Mon -Fri Shacharis 7 AM 
Mincha 8:35 pm
Maariv and Sefira bezomano  (Sun 9:23 PM to Thu 9:28 PM) /COUNT #30-34/

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN 6 PM
In the CSTL Social Hall. In honor of the Pesach Sheini !

SPECIAL SUNDAY MORNING KIDS PROGRAM May 19th 10 -11:30 AM
Get this Sunday morning started right! In the CSTL Social Hall. For Kids 6 and up. Davening, Cookies and Milk. Followed by sign making and drum practice for Lag Ba'omer Children's Marching. Looking forward to seeing you there - Rabbi Herbstman

KIDDUSH SPONSORS /KIDDUSH LUNCH
Thank you to Dr. Vernon and Liz Neppe for sponsoring kiddush lunch and cholent in honor of their grandchildren.  The delicious meat cholent is made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin.

PESACH SHEINI "Second Passover" SUN MAY 19th 
A year after the Exodus (1312 BCE), G-d instructed the people of Israel to bring the Passover offering on the afternoon of Nissan 14, and to eat it that evening, roasted over the fire, together with matzah and bitter herbs, as they had done on the previous year just before they left Egypt. "There were, however, certain persons who had become ritually impure through contact with a dead body, and could not, therefore, prepare the Passover offering on that day. They approached Moses and Aaron ... and they said: '...Why should we be deprived, and not be able to present G-d's offering in its time, amongst the children of Israel?'" (Numbers 9). In response to their plea, G-d established the 14th of Iyar as a "second Passover" (pesach sheini) for anyone who was unable to bring the offering on its appointed time in the previous month. The day thus represents the "second chance" achieved by teshuvah the power of repentance and "return." In the words of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak of Lubavitch, "The Second Passover means that it's never a 'lost case.'" 
www.chabad.org/calendar

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -PENDING
Visit our web site 
www.twitter.com/cstleruv for current status or to sign up for text 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.

ANNUAL LAG b’OMER PARADE & PICNIC  - 5 PM THU MAY 23rd 
Details to follow. The adorable Children's Drum Parade is organized by Rabbi Emlin and Rabbi Herbstman!!! BBQ with Master Berel Pedowitz. All the wonderful supporters and volunteers, we neeeeeeeeeed you! If you can sponsor an activity or part of it, and/or volunteer with set up, food prep, cashier, clean up - we will be forever  grateful. Call 206- 730-2775 if you can help.  Sponsored by CSTL and Camp Gan Israel.

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

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 7:25 PM
One hour before Shabbos mincha.

JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE EXCLUSIVE SCREENING – SUN MAY 19th 7 PM
At CSTL.  Featuring Wine & Chocolate, and a private screening of “93Queen”. 
http://tinyurl.com/93queenScreening Info:  mherbstman@gmail.com 

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

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

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

Weekly Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin –Sundays following 9am 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

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

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE
If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact Marion Kitz Gabbai Kiddush,
miriamkitz@hotmail.com . Contact Marion to sponsor a Kiddush for a BIRTHDAY, ANNIVERSARY or YAHRZEIT. Please inform Marion by the preceding Sunday evening so that we have time to prepare properly.  Prices: Sponsor $350, co-Sponsor $175, Contributor: $50-$149. Presidential Kiddush $50, Chulent $100.


COMMUNITY NEWS

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

"Pray Like You Mean It"  Mon May 20th 8 PM 
Class by Rabbi Rafi Mollot for Men & Women at the Seattle Kollel

Brothers For Life Community Shabbat Dinner, MAY 17th 7 pm at SBH.
Honoring our injured Israeli Soldiers. Co-sponsored by BCMH, Ezra Bessaroth, Ohr Chadash, IAC Seattle, and Sephardic Bikur Cholim 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bfl-shabbat-dinner-tickets-59613348129

ERENSYA SEPHARDIC DESSERT RECEPTION– 7 PM MON MAY 27
Congregation Ezra Bessaroth is proud to host a special evening of Sephardic history, culture, & Art. The program will include a dessert reception with special guests Aron Hasson of the Rhodes Jewish Historical Foundation and delegates from Sephardic Communities around the world. The award winning exhibit on Jewish Life on Rhodes will be on display for this one night only.  This evening is free & open to the community.
www.ezrabessaroth.net

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

SEATTLE SEPHARDIC LEGACIES – SUN JUNE 2 AT 2PM AT THE UW HUB
Trace the journey of Seattle’s Sephardic Jews from the Ottoman Empire to the Pacific Northwest through the letters, documents, books, and material artifacts transported from the Mediterranean world to the Puget Sound. Get a glimpse of the diverse and rich libraries of Ladino literature that they established right here in Seattle to transmit Ladino culture to future generations. Presented by UW Sephardic Studies. For more information contact Ty Alhadeff, at tda2@uw.edu. Sunday, June 2nd from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the HUB 160: Lyceum, 4001 E Stevens Way NE  Seattle, WA 98195

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

StandWithUs Northwest SUN MAY 19th 6 PM
"Leaders of Tomorrow" Gala Dinner Downtown Seattle, 6 pm Cocktail Reception / 7 pm Dinner & Program. Keynote speaker, Colonel Richard Kemp. 
www.standwithus.com/SeattleGala2019 

Mercaz Shavuaton JUNE 7th – 10th 
At Camp Salomon Schechter.  
www.MercazSeattle.org

AIRPORT , LOCAL TRIPS, AND KOSHER RESTAURANT DELIVERY! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER
Competitive rates, excellent service.  Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com


REBBE’S SICHO -  EMOR
https://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2470437/jewish/Emor.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

This Torah reading contains a description of the festivals G‑d commands the Jewish people to celebrate. It begins with the festival of Pesach, for that is when our people became a nation. The next holiday mentioned is the holiday of Shavuos. But unlike all the other holidays mentioned in this passage, a specific date is not mentioned for Shavuos. Instead of specifying the day on which the holiday should be celebrated, the Torah gives us the mitzvah of Counting the Omer and states that on the fiftieth day of the Counting of the Omer, Shavuos should be observed. (That indeed is the source for the name Shavuos. Shavuos means “weeks.” After seven weeks, 49 days, the fiftieth day serves as a holiday.)

The Counting of the Omer does more than chronologically bridge the gap between Pesach and Shavuos. The spiritual import of the mitzvah enables the two holidays to complement each other. On Pesach, “the King of kings, the Holy One, blessed be He, was revealed” to the Jewish people. They, however, were not able to internalize the revelation for they were still sullied by the impurity that had become attached to them through the years of Egyptian exile. As our Rabbis say: “It took G‑d one moment to take the Jews out of Egypt, but forty years to take Egypt out of the Jews.”

Moreover, in a complete sense, “taking Egypt out of the Jews” — i.e., the personal refinement the Jews must undergo — must come from their own efforts and not from a revelation from Above. This defines the nature of the Divine service prescribed for the Counting of the Omer:to refine and elevate our personalities. The 49 days of the Counting of the Omer correspond to the 49 dimensions of our personalities. (According to Kabbalah,our emotions are made up of seven different qualities. These seven interrelate with each other producing a total of 49. The Divine service of Counting the Omer involves polishing and developing each of these potentials.)

Chassidicthought sets out an entirely new set of parameters for this task. Not only must we abandon our undesirable character traits and polish the positive ones, we must focus on conquering our fundamental self-concern, the dimension of our personalities labeled as yeshus, self-concern. At that point, our emotions no longer focus on “what I want” and “what I feel,” but they become aligned with the middos Elyonus, G‑d’s emotional qualities, and reflect them. That is the inner meaning of the term sefirah. Not only does it mean “counting,” it also means “shining forth.” A person is given the potential to beam forth G‑dly light.

Looking to the Horizon

The Torah reading begins with a command to the priests to avoid the impurity stemming from contact with a human corpse. Impurity is not evil. On the contrary, burying a corpse is a great mitzvah and yet a person who does so becomes impure. It is, however, a result of the descent experienced by mankind after the Sin of the Tree of Knowledge. Before that sin, man was intended to live forever. The body and the soul would function in utter harmony. The sin, however, brought about the potential for the separation of the body and the soul — death. The vacuum created by that separation is the source of impurity.

In the era of the Redemption, “I will cause the spirit of impurity to depart from the earth.” Man will return to an Eden-like existence. Indeed, it will be more than a return to Eden, for in the Ultimate Future, it will be revealed that the body has a higher spiritual source than the soul. In the present era, the body derives its vitality from the soul and dies when the connection between the two is severed. In the Ultimate Future, the soul will derive its vitality from the body and appreciate the transcendent G‑dliness invested in material existence.

Kedoshim | 5-12 Iyar, 5779

Erev Shabbos, Fri May 10th 
Shacharis: 7  AM
Mincha/Candles  8:16 PM 
Maariv 9:10 PM /COUNT OMER #21/

Shabbos, Sat May 11th 
Shacharis: 9:30 AM
Mincha 8:16 PM
Maariv/Havdalah 9:21 /COUNT OMER #22/

Weekday Services
Sun Shacharis 9 AM 
Mon -Fri Shacharis 7 AM 
Mincha 8:30 pm
Maariv and Sefira bezomano  (Sun 9:13 PM to Thu 9:19 PM) /COUNT #23-27/

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN 6 PM
In the CSTL Social Hall. In honor of the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Levi ben Gershom (Ralbag, aka Gersonides), author of a popular commentary on the Torah, 6 Iyar, 1344 
www.ou.org

KIDDUSH SPONSORS
Kiddush Lite.  The delicious meat cholent is sponsored by Paul and Tamar Azous and made by Rabbi Mendy, Levitin.

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -PENDING
For current status of the North Seattle Eruv, please check the flag on the NE 65th Street side of CSTL, (green flag means the Eruv is up, red flag the Eruv is down), CSTL eNews, or the Vaad eNews. Visit our web site
www.twitter.com/cstleruv for current status.

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

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 7:15 PM
One hour before Shabbos mincha.

JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE EXCLUSIVE SCREENING – SUN MAY 19th 7 PM
At CSTL.  Featuring Wine & Chocolate, and a private screening of “93Queen”. 
http://tinyurl.com/93queenScreening Info:  mherbstman@gmail.com 

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

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

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

Weekly Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin –Sundays following 9am 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

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

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE
If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact Marion Kitz Gabbai Kiddush,
miriamkitz@hotmail.com . Contact Marion to sponsor a Kiddush for a BIRTHDAY, ANNIVERSARY or YAHRZEIT. Please inform Marion by the preceding Sunday evening so that we have time to prepare properly.  Prices: Sponsor $350, co-Sponsor $175, Contributor: $50-$149. Presidential Kiddush $50, Chulent $100.


COMMUNITY NEWS

"Pray Like You Mean It"  Mon May 13th  & Mon May 20th 8 PM 
Class by Rabbi Rafi Mollot for Men & Women at the Seattle Kollel

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

Brothers For Life Community Shabbat Dinner, MAY 17th 7 pm at SBH.
Honoring our injured Israeli Soldiers. Co-sponsored by BCMH, Ezra Bessaroth, Ohr Chadash, IAC Seattle, and Sephardic Bikur Cholim 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bfl-shabbat-dinner-tickets-59613348129

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

SEATTLE SEPHARDIC LEGACIES – SUN JUNE 2 AT 2PM AT THE UW HUB
Trace the journey of Seattle’s Sephardic Jews from the Ottoman Empire to the Pacific Northwest through the letters, documents, books, and material artifacts transported from the Mediterranean world to the Puget Sound. Get a glimpse of the diverse and rich libraries of Ladino literature that they established right here in Seattle to transmit Ladino culture to future generations. Presented by UW Sephardic Studies. For more information contact Ty Alhadeff, at tda2@uw.edu. Sunday, June 2nd from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the HUB 160: Lyceum, 4001 E Stevens Way NE  Seattle, WA 98195

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

AJC EXPERT ON ANTISEMITISM MAY 16th at 7:30 PM
AJC Assistant Director of International Relations Holly Huffnagle who will speak on 'The Viability of Europe’s Jewish Communities in the Face of Rising Antisemitism”. At Ezra Bessaroth. Open to the entire community. No charge for admission, but reservations are required 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-viability-of-europes-jewish-communities-in-the-face-of-rising-antisemitism-registration-58025750582?ms=wb_evt_20190407_AJCSeattle

StandWithUs Northwest SUN MAY 19th 6 PM
"Leaders of Tomorrow" Gala Dinner Downtown Seattle, 6 pm Cocktail Reception / 7 pm Dinner & Program. Keynote speaker, Colonel Richard Kemp. 
www.standwithus.com/SeattleGala2019 

Mercaz Shavuaton JUNE 7th – 10th 
At Camp Salomon Schechter.  
www.MercazSeattle.org

AIRPORT , LOCAL TRIPS, AND KOSHER RESTAURANT DELIVERY! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER
Competitive rates, excellent service.  Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com


REBBE’S SICHO -  KEDOSHIM
https://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2470436/jewish/Kedoshim.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

The Torah teaches: “Do not hate your brother in your heart; reprove your fellow man.... Do not take revenge and do not bear a grudge.... Love your fellowman as yourself.”

Clearly, “Love your fellowman as yourself” is not commanded in the idyllic expectation that no negative feelings will ever arise between one person and another, but in a setting where there is a possibility for hatred and bearing a grudge and yet one doesn’t.

What will prevent such negative feelings from arising? Firstly, the fundamental spiritual unity that ties all men together. One can “love his fellowman as himself,” because essentially, there is no difference between them. We all share the same spiritual essence.

But the passage does not merely rely on lofty spiritual principles. It also suggests an approach that will actually prevent those feelings from affecting our conduct, namely: “Do not hate your brother in your heart; reprove your fellow man.” Negative feelings that are kept in a person’s heart will inevitably breed further negativity. If a person is not at peace with another person in his heart, there is no way that he or she can show genuine love or care for them. Seemingly, any kindness that will be shown will be a sham, an external act without any genuine feeling. Our Sages were extremely critical of people who “say one thing with their mouths and feel another in their hearts,” for integrity lies at the core of all fruitful communication between people.

On the other hand, confronting negativity with negativity is also not desirable. There is no way to fight dirty people without getting soiled somewhat oneself. Moreover, the Torah’s ways are “pleasant ways and all its path are peace.” That’s the way we want our lives to be.

And yet to ignore negativity is also hard. Because it continues to come up and interfere with the positive things that we want do.

Therefore the Torah teaches: “Don’t hold hatred in your heart,” confront the person who disturbed you. Tell him what your feelings are, seek an explanation and work things out. Don’t ignore the provocation and let the ill feelings simmer, but also, don’t respond with rage.

Patiently, talk to the other person. See his or her perspective. Talking straightforwardly to each other will enable the differences to be straightened out and make it possible for the inner love that Jews share to surface.

Looking to the Horizon

What enables people with different perspectives to come together? The realization of truth and purpose that surpasses their own identity. When a person’s selfhood is dwarfed by his realization of a greater goal, he is able to come together with another person even though that person sees the world differently. And as the two work together, they will see that their differences complement and enhance each other, rather than conflict with their self-expression.

Mashiach’s coming will introduce an era when “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of G‑d.” Everyone will be humbled as they reach these levels of awareness. In that state, they will be able to extend themselves to others and join together in unity.

Acharei Mos – Mevarchim Iyar | 28 Nissan – 5 Iyar, 5779

Erev Shabbos, Fri May 3rd 
Shacharis: 7  AM
Mincha/Candles  8:06 PM 
Maariv 8:59 PM /COUNT OMER #14/

Shabbos, Sat May 4th 
Tehilim for Mevarchim Shacharis: 9:30 AM
Mincha 8:06 PM
Maariv/Havdalah 9:10 /COUNT OMER #15/

Weekday Services
Sun Shacharis 9 AM /ROSH CHODESH IYAR
Mon Shacharis 6:50 AM /ROSH CHODESH IYAR
Tue-Fri Shacharis 7 AM 
Mincha 8:20 pm
Maariv and Sefira bezomano  (Sun 9:02 PM to Thu 9:08 PM) /COUNT #16-20/

KIDDUSH
Kiddush in honor of Rosh Chodesh Iyar sponsored by Rabbi Sholom Ber & Mrs. Chanie Levitin, Shimon & Tova Cox, Shmuli & Rosi Tenenhaus, and Rabbi Avi & Rachel Rosenfeld. Delicious meat cholent sponsored by Paul & Tamar Azous, made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin.

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -PENDING
For current status of the North Seattle Eruv, please check the flag on the NE 65th Street side of CSTL, (green flag means the Eruv is up, red flag the Eruv is down), CSTL eNews, or the Vaad eNews. Visit our web site
www.twitter.com/cstleruv for current status.

YOM haZIKARON and YOM haATZMAUT – TUE EVE MAY 7th – THU MAY 9th 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yom_HaZikaron 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independence_Day_(Israel)

https://www.jewishinseattle.org/israel-world-jewry/israel-focused-community-events/nw-israel-fest/ 
https://sjcc.org/arts-ideas/talks/

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

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 8 PM
One hour before Shabbos mincha.

JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE EXCLUSIVE SCREENING – SUN MAY 19th 7 PM
At CSTL.  Featuring Wine & Chocolate, and a private screening of “93Queen”. 
http://tinyurl.com/93queenScreening Info:  mherbstman@gmail.com 

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

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

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

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

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

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE
If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact Marion Kitz Gabbai Kiddush,
miriamkitz@hotmail.com . Contact Marion to sponsor a Kiddush for a BIRTHDAY, ANNIVERSARY or YAHRZEIT. Please inform Marion by the preceding Sunday evening so that we have time to prepare properly.  Prices: Sponsor $350, co-Sponsor $175, Contributor: $50-$149. Presidential Kiddush $50, Chulent $100.


COMMUNITY NEWS

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

JCC SOFTBALL LEAGUE
Team with Ariel Green and Ben Dershowitz sponsored by Leah’s Catering.  Info: 
Bdersho@uw.edu

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

Germany Close Up by Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle
The Jewish Federation is taking applications 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance Day Sun May 8th  7:00 pm
At Ezra Bessaroth 
www.EzraBessaroth.net

AJC EXPERT ON ANTISEMITISM MAY 16th at 7:30 PM
AJC Assistant Director of International Relations Holly Huffnagle who will speak on 'The Viability of Europe’s Jewish Communities in the Face of Rising Antisemitism”. At Ezra Bessaroth. Open to the entire community. No charge for admission, but reservations are required 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-viability-of-europes-jewish-communities-in-the-face-of-rising-antisemitism-registration-58025750582?ms=wb_evt_20190407_AJCSeattle

StandWithUs Northwest SUN MAY 19th 6 PM
"Leaders of Tomorrow" Gala Dinner Downtown Seattle, 6 pm Cocktail Reception / 7 pm Dinner & Program. Keynote speaker, Colonel Richard Kemp. 
www.standwithus.com/SeattleGala2019 

CONSIDERING SEEKING SPANISH OR PORTUGUESE CITIZENSHIP? 
Sephardic brethren, have you thought about applying for Spanish or Portuguese citizenship? Ezra Bessaroth can assist. We are available to provide expert consultation and guidance services to interested individuals along with the required confirmation of Sephardic Heritage. For  details please contact Susan at 206-722-5500.

Mercaz Shavuaton JUNE 7th – 10th 
At Camp Salomon Schechter.  
www.MercazSeattle.org

AIRPORT , LOCAL TRIPS, AND KOSHER RESTAURANT DELIVERY! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER
Competitive rates, excellent service.  Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com


REBBE’S SICHO -  SHEVI’I SHEL PESACH
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/2600669/jewish/Acharon-Shel-Pesach-22nd-Day-of-Nissan-5740-1980.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

When a variety of Jews, each one representing a different sector of the total Jewish community, meet together, their intent should be to rise above their own personal existences. As the Torah states in Devarim, “You are all standing before G‑d:1 “your Heads, your leaders...(mentioning ten different categories including even).your wood-choppers and water carriers.” (1)

The intent of that verse is to define the collectiveness of the Jewish people as one singular entity. Even so, the ten different categories are mentioned (and the verb ‘Nitzavim’ (standing) and the pronoun ‘Kulchem’ (you) are in the plural) to accentuate the awareness that the unity of the Jewish people does not stand in opposition to plurality. Rather, it recognizes the particular perspective of each individual and that it is applicable to him within the context of his own experience.

The potential for the existence of such a unity among the Jewish people is derived from the Absolute Unity of G‑d Himself. Though G‑d’s unity is the Absolute of Oneness, nevertheless, in creation of the world, He chose not to reveal that oneness as it is for itself, but to bring into being a multitude of creations, each one with an individual identity and importance — each one as a particular expression of G‑d’s greatness. When contemplating the vast multitude of different creations, one is moved to feelings of awe at G‑d’s infinity. These feelings are communicated in the verse recited every day in the morning service “How great are Your deeds, O G‑d.” (2)

These two concepts, viz., G‑d’s Absolute Unity and the seemingly infinite amount of created beings, while on the surface contradictory, are, in fact, inter-dependent. As the Mitteler Rebbe explains in ‘Toras Chaim’, only an Absolute Unity can produce an unlimited amount of creations.’ (3)

Therefore, though on the surface, the world appears to be of a limited nature and every creation limited to a specific and defined existence, in truth, however, when you consider the vast multitude of creations, and perceive how (to the degree possible under the limitations of space) their number approaches infinity (particularly, if you take into account their potential for reproduction), then you become aware of the G‑dly power invested in creation, and perceive how the world reflects G‑d’s infinity.

This concept of a fusion between unity and infinite difference is reflected in the general composition of the human race. Though a basic similarity is common to all men, insomuch that they share the same physical features, body structure, etc., nevertheless, no two men are exactly alike. Marked differences exist in their appearances, attitudes, dispositions, etc.

Both of these factors, viz., the basic similarity, and the unending variety are expressions of oneness. Both directly (through similarity) and indirectly (through infinite difference, as explained above) one can perceive G‑d’s Absolute Unity. By simultaneously combining two opposites in one place, the divine attribute of Ultimate Transcendency is revealed.2

2. The Temple in Jerusalem revealed this attribute of Ultimate Transcendency in the world par excellence. The different sections of the Temple varied in their holiness, and correspondingly, they varied in the degree to which they revealed G‑d’s Ultimate Transcendency. In the Holy of Holies, the most complete expression of Ultimate Transcendency was manifest. The room’s very construction (as explained below) testified to G‑d’s power.

In the Temple in general, and in the Holy of Holies in particular, precise measure was of extreme importance. If an object did not carefully adhere to the measure specified for it, it did not qualify for Temple use. The measure of the Eastern Wall of the Holy of Holies was as follows: 10 cubits from the northern wall to the ark, 2 1/4 cubits the length of the ark, and ten cubits from the ark to the southern wall. Yet the entire span from the northern wall to the southern wall measured only 20 cubits. The ark stood as an open and revealed manifestation of G‑d’s Ultimate Transcendency.

As the Talmud explains “from the Temple emanated light to the entire world,” (4) i.e., through the revelation of G‑dliness in the Temple, we can become aware of and learn to appreciate the true nature of the world’s existence.

In fact, the world is a “Dirah Batachtonim,” G‑d’s dwelling place. The very same qualities of Ultimate Transcendency revealed in the Temple are present throughout the whole of creation. However, in the world, these elements are hidden, (due to specific divine intention) in order that a Jew demonstrate how Torah has shaped his mind. Despite the lack of revelation, the Jew realizes the world’s true nature and does what is dependent on him (through his service of Torah and Mitzvos) to bring about the revelation of those qualities in the world.

Each act of Torah and Mitzvos brings about the revelation of G‑d’ Absolute Unity in the world. Though, presently, that revelation is not apparent, yet, man’s lack of perception does not diminish the effects of a Jew’s service. The Messianic redemption will demonstrate how a Jew’s Torah activity caused an open expression of G‑d’s Absolute Unity.

3. This concept of transcendency is reflected in man himself. Each man possesses 613 organs (365 sinews, 248 limbs). Each organ has a specific function, an individual identity, and a unique importance. However, each individuals’ personal identity dominates the functioning of his body. The separate organs all combine and join together in unified activity.

Similarly, the Talmud Yerushalmi (5) compares the totality of the Jewish people to the human body. Though composed of different and individual entities, the entire nation is joined together by a common identity. This common denominator and the unity between Jews it produces, comes to the fore when many and different Jews meet together (as here tonight).

For this reason, the Ari Hakodesh, Rav Isaac Luria, writes that before prayer you should fully accept upon yourself the commandment, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (6) Before beginning your daily activities,3 you should re-affirm you commitment to unite yourself with the entire Jewish people.

Prayer is not meant to be self-contained. Its effects should be evident in the behavior during the ensuing day. When observing a Jew conducting his daily affairs, you should be able to recognize that he has davenned (and davenned in a manner that a Jew should daven).

Therefore, the acceptance of the Mitzvah of ‘Ahavas Yisrael’ made before prayer should also influence one’s daily activities. In fact, then the stress on Ahavas Yisrael should be greater. In davenning, the concept is still abstract. In life, business, interpersonal communication, and eating, etc., you come into contact with other people and the expression of Ahavas Yisrael has to be concrete.

With this concept, particularly emphasizing the Yerushalmi’s comparison of the totality of the Jewish people to the human body, the Jew carries out his daily activities. Through expressing Ahavas Yisrael in even his mundane and routine affairs, in his everyday practicalities, he reveals in the world and to the world, G‑d’s Absolute Unity.

4. Since this service of Ahavas Yisrael and the other Torah and Mitzvos activities affect the world and reveal within the world G‑d’s Absolute Oneness, it follows that as that work proceeds, its effects cause the world itself to demand that it serve as vessel to reveal G‑d’s oneness.

The business world provides a suitable example. The history of business illustrates how the world has progressed from individuality towards unity. Previously, private companies had dominated the business world. Success was a product of man’s individual efforts.

Modern business reversed this trend, opting for corporate entities, combining the efforts of many. This pattern has allowed for increased coordination of the various stages of production, cut expenses, and added to the available markets. Though the Yetzer Haraargued such cooperation (and the decrease in fraud, theft, etc. which accompanies it) would lower profits, experience shows it maximizes them, demonstrating how unity has become part of the world’s internal system.

The evolutionary pattern undergone by the business world was paralleled in the sphere of science.4 A similar process of growth, emphasizing how G‑d’s Absolute Oneness has influenced the world, can be noticed (and to a greater degree, because science deals with the world abstractly).

Accordingly, the modern approach in science has been to seek theories of greater range, to search for a common denominator applicable in various, different situations. Likewise, an attempt has been made to cross disciplinary lines, to relate concepts from one field to a totally foreign area (e.g., physics to biology). Parallelisms and associations have been made between seemingly separate bodies of knowledge which has allowed for growth and advancement.

The closer we are drawn to the coming of the Mashiach, the more science has been able to demonstrate how an innate oneness (explained by Torah to be the oneness of G‑d) permeates every aspect of the universe.5

(This radically different approach in science was foreseen in the Zohar’s prophecy “In the 600th year (of the sixth millennium) the well-springs of knowledge will open.” (7) At that time, there was an explosion of knowledge in the realm of Torah study which produced in turn, an explosion of knowledge in the sciences — allowing for the perception of oneness described above.)

5. The awareness of how plurality does not contradict (on the contrary helps express) unity (as explained above) should help a Jew appreciate the unity present when a number of Jews meet together.6 Even though they appear different, these differences are only superficial. In reality, all Jews, irrespective of their social or religious strata, are unified standing before G‑d:

At that point, as the verse say, we “join into a covenant with the L‑rd, your G‑d.” (8) A covenant is made by one taking an animal, dividing it into two separate halves, and then passing between them. The action expresses the concept that the two principals of the covenant become one entity. They may become divided, but only superficially, as the essential connection remains. Similarly, by entering into a covenant with G‑d the Jew becomes one with the Divine, in the prophet’s words “a part of G‑d from above.”

6. This discussion concerning the unification of seemingly separate entities is uniquely appropriate to the present time. This present occasion is itself a composite of different and even contradictory elements (each one with a powerful and significant individual lesson).

First of all, it is Motzaei Shabbos, itself a combination of seemingly opposite facets. It is still related to Shabbos. It is the time of Melaveh Malkah, accompanying and enjoying the last moment of connection to the Shabbos queen.7 Simultaneously, it is no longer Shabbos as the Melaveh Malkah begins after Havdalah. The Shabbos mood has .already given way to the hustle-bustle atmosphere of the working week.

Then, it is Rosh Chodesh — which follows a pattern different and even contradictory to the Shabbos-weekday cycle. That cycle is dependent on the Sun, while, according to the Jewish calendar the months are set according to the phases of the moon. Therein lies the contradiction the sun is the generator of energy, the moon its receiver.

Moreover, though today is called Rosh Chodesh, the beginning of the month of Iyar, its calendar date is the thirtieth of Nissan. The joining together of the two months Nissan and Iyar is also a combination of two opposites. There is a specific quality of service to G‑d for each month. And the qualities designated for Nissan and Iyar differ greatly.

Nissan is called the month of redemption. That name, however, itself indicates a connection to Galus (the very fact that there is a need to specify redemption implies a connection to Galus). In spiritual terms, this refers to the service of “Iscafia” — bending one’s nature, i.e., there is still evil in existence, but you control and dominate that evil.

Iyar, on the other hand, describes a state of freedom in which Galus never enters consideration. The first redemption, the Exodus from Egypt, serves as an example. On the seventh day of Passover, the Egyptians (representing the source of all Galus) drowned in the Red Sea. In the following month of Iyar a new service, “Is-hap-cha,” began, the transformation into G‑dliness of all one’s behavioral traits.

Finally, this Shabbos marks the completion of the Pesach Holiday. Just as in a physical sense the achievements of the week are enjoyed on Shabbos, similarly, in a spiritual sense, the Shabbos completes and perfects the Jew’s service of the preceding week. Even the Shabbos before,8 in this case, the last day of Passover, is affected and elevated by the ensuing Shabbos.

As explained above, though all these elements are different, one line runs through all of them. In every case, they express the greatness of Torah and the greatness of a Jew, which both parallel the greatness of G‑d. Therefore, they possess the powers of Ultimate Transcendency necessary to combine many seemingly opposite forces by revealing their common denominator, i.e., the divine energy which permeates the<entire creation.

7. A practical lesson should result from every concept. We are leaving the month of Nissan, the first month of the year,9 the month of freedom (the source for the freedom-; being G‑d’s Ultimate Transcendency) and entering the remainder of the year. We should try to bring that freedom into contact with the world to connect that Ultimate Transcendency with practical, daily affairs and mundane matters.

The first step in such a course of behavior is Ahavas Yisrael. Through revealing the unity among Jews we reveal the unity in the world. Proceeding to Chinuch, which means educating a person according to Torah which leads to Tefillin, and Mezuzah (performing these Mitzvos is considered by the Talmud to be equivalent to performing the entire Torah). (9) Such action will cause G‑d to lend heavenly assistance which is channeled into the world through Tzedakah, so that the entire world becomes a dwelling place for G‑d, and becomes Melah Seforim filled with divine light.

This light is in turn expressed by Neiros Shabbos Kodesh, whose purpose is to illuminate the home which is purified, refined, and made holy through following Kashrus and Taharas Hamishpachah.

When this service is completed in each individual house, the revelation will spread throughout the entire world, G‑d’s house and dwelling place — “Dirah Bitachtonim,” and bring about the coming of Mashiach, speedily in our days.

8. It is proper to begin with that which is most important. In the Talmud our sages clearly stated, “Deed is the most essential.” (10) Even though thought and speech are more refined means of self-expression, our sages put their stress on Deed.

Now, the present circumstances clearly point to the deeds most necessary. In America and other countries, the summer, and with it, school vacation, are soon approaching. Already parents have begun making preparations to enroll their child in a day camp, sleeping camp, etc.

It is understandable that it is difficult to convince a parent to make a change once a decision has been made. The opposite is also true. Before a parent has decided, they are open-minded and can be convinced to send their child to a Torah-oriented school or camp.

The stress on camp is even greater than on school, because in many ways more can be accomplished in the brief time a child is at camp than during an entire year at school. There are two reasons for this paradoxical phenomenon. Firstly, in school, a significant part of the day is devoted to secular subjects, while in camp the child can be involved 24 hours a day with Jewish study, play, and rest. He can be involved in a Jewish atmosphere without being disturbed by anything, even permitted things, which is outside the realm of Torah.

Secondly, a school is only a few hours a day, and camp can be, if possible, a complete and total experience, embracing 24 hours a day. Once a child is submerged totally in an environment, it will change his entire thinking process. He can become a totally different personality. Torah can become alive for him. (As it says in Parshas Acharei (the portion which we read this Shabbos, “VeChay Bohem” — “You shall live in them.” (11)10

Therefore, there should be a stress on Jewish education, particularly camps. Especially since we have drawn one year closer to the coming of Mashiach, it is proper to make every effort to ensure that not one Jewish child suffer the “Galus” of a non-Torah-oriented educational system. Even if that system does not oppose Torah, still, if that system is not Torah oriented, it is not fit for a Jewish child.

9. The last statement can be best understood when viewed in the light of the Baal Shem Tov’s description of the Jew’s relationship to G‑d as that of an only son born to a King in his old age. Just as in physical things, the King’s son is treated with utmost care, and given only the best, so, too, and even to a greater degree, in spiritual matter (for these nourish both the body and the soul) must extreme care be taken to ensure what is most appropriate, and in this case, a Torah-oriented education must be received by each and every Jewish child.

The above is particularly true in the early childhood years when, as is well known, an individual’s behavioral pattern is fixed. The physical example of a seed expresses this concept clearly. When a seed is first planted, the slightest things done to improve its condition result in major changes in the tree, its fruit, and the trees which will grow from its fruit in later years.

A parallel phenomenon can be seen in the growth of a child. Anything which can be done to improve his early years, even when it is only for a brief period (the three weeks the child is in camp or even less (or even if the child already goes to a good camp, but there is the possibility of sending him to a better one ) ), will result in greater changes at a later date. In Midrash, it says, do not weigh the Mitzvos, (12) considering which one is more important, which one less, but fulfill them all equally, with the same sense of commitment. Similarly, regardless of the unapparent immediate effect on the child (particularly when just like in the example of the seed, the positive efforts are not seen immediately), each small step to improve his Jewish education is of extreme importance.

10. The stress on taking major strides in Jewish education is particularly appropriate after the Pesach Holiday. The literal translation of Pesach — is G‑d “jumped.” Since a Jew follows in a pattern of “Imatio Deo” — as it says Tzaddikim (which applies to every Jew) are similar to their creator, (13) it follows that every Jew has the power to “jump” from his previously established habits to a new pattern. He has the potential to make unlimited progress, to leave Egypt — his boundaries and limitations — and proceed to redemption “B’yod Romah” — with proudly up-raised hands.

Since G‑d gives the potential for such progress, the Jew has the obligation to use it. Wasting the power which G‑d granted is a sign of disrespect. Therefore, since a Jew, according to Halachah, is sure to do what is correct (particularly after Pesach, when as a nation, and as individuals the Jew is reborn and is considered a new child, unaffected by his past), we can be sure of unlimited progress, proceeding on a path of unlimited growth.

This will lead to the child’s enjoyment of a healthy summer, and a successful summer (all because it is a ‘Jewish’ summer.)

Similarly we can see how Torah produces success from the Mishnayos of Pirkei Avos(which is customarily studied between Passover and Shavuos). At the outset, it proclaims that each Jew has a share in the world to come. Directly after this proclamation, we are instructed how to actualize that share, through the three pillars upon which the world stands: Torah, Avodah, and Gemilus Chassadim, (14) which describe the totality of a Jew’s service in Torah and Mitzvos.

After the entire chapter develops these concepts, it concludes with the statement that G‑d gave the Jews the Torah as a Zechus (a merit, a privilege) not as a burden, or a difficulty, and He gave them therefore a multitude of Mitzvos.

11. With this attitude, we can proceed to receive the Torah on Shavuos, particularly after the preparatory (preparation to serve G‑d is also service) period of Sefiras HaOmer.

And then “you shall for yourselves count seven perfect weeks,” (15) each person can make his weeks perfect and they shall be “for yourselves,” (16) you will feel these spiritual achievements as your own and hence work for them with more zeal.

Receiving the Torah is a daily phenomenon, and is not restricted to Shavuos alone. Each day we declare that G‑d is “Nosain HaTorah” (the Giver of the Torah) and use the present tense. This concept is expressed by the statement of our Sages that whenever a Jew learns Torah HaKodesh Baruch Hu, the Divine presence, learns with him, i.e., Divine energy is generated just as if the Torah was being given for the first time. (17)

This understanding of what Torah is will lead to a behavioral pattern of “you shall walk in my laws” (18) — which commentaries explain to mean as you shall labor at Torah study. G‑d in turn will reward such behavior with manifold blessings, as mentioned there in the Torah portion, including and concluding with the greatest blessing of all, the blessing of peace, (as our Sages write, “that peace is balanced against everything”), (19)as the verse continues “you shall dwell in your land and not fear” (20) (which applies wherever a Jew is to be found, particularly in Israel). The blessings continue and include the prophecy of the final redemption, “I will lead you upright to your land” (21) which will be brought about by the Jews’ behavior in the time of Galus. Through his standing upright, meaning, not being affected by the pressures of the outside world or the threats and boasts of the goyim, (which as described in Tehillim, are empty and idle) and developing his connection to G‑d, he is then rewarded with G‑d’s covenant, as expressed in the verse, “I will be your G‑d and you shall be my nation,” (22) and then “Your enemies will flee before you” (23) and “no sword will pass through your land” (24) (even swords of peace). There will be settlement of the entire land of Israel, as was intended, and it will be restored as an eternal inheritance of the Jewish people.

This will occur in the last days of Galus and will be accomplished by the Jew’s dedicated service of laboring in Torah study and in fulfillment of Mitzvos.

This will bring about the Messianic redemption in which “I will bring you upright to your land.” The same concept was echoed in the redemption from Egypt when, even while in Egypt, the Jews felt proud that they were leaving with uplifted hands. So should it be for us, revealed here in this world, in an obviously good manner.

12. This morning we read the portion of “Acharei.” In everything a Jew sees or hears, and how much more so in every Torah concept he comes in contact with, there is a practical lesson in one’s service to G‑d. Hence we can assuredly find a useful lesson with the portion of Acharei.

Since the intent is to find a lesson which is taught by the portion as a whole, not a particular lesson from one of its elements, it is proper to look into the name of the portion, Acharei. The Hebrew name of any object, particularly a portion of the Torah, describes the life force and character of that object. (This concept was explained by the Baal Shem Tov and elaborated on in Tanya. (25)) Therefore, the name Acharei can itself provide us with a valuable lesson.

Yet, Acharei — meaning afterwards, or behind — seems a very secondary point compared to the various different and important spiritual services of Pesach and Nissan, the month of redemption. However, this is precisely indicative of the lesson to be learnt: regardless of the spiritual height that one achieves in his service of G‑d, he has to consider Acharei — what will come afterwards.

The story described in Acharei — the death of the sons of Aharon provides a paradigm. They had reached elevated spiritual levels as the Torah describes; they came close to G‑d, and experienced the oneness of the Holy of Holies. The commentators on the Torah all describe the greatness of Aharon’s sons. Rashi states that they were holier than Mosesand Aharon. (26) The Orach Chaim HaKodesh explains their yearning and passion to cling to G‑d and how it was rewarded with Love, Friendship, and Faithful Trust. However, they did not pay attention to Acharei, the aftermath, and the inevitable consequences of their type of service. In this case, the tragic end is clearly understood by. their deaths and the labeling of the entire episode “The sin of Aharon’s sons.”

13. The same point is brought out in the Yom Kippur service described in the portion. The portion talks about the service of the High Priest on Yom Kippur. The most elevated point in the three aspects of Time, Place, and Soul. In Time, it was Yom Kippur. In Place — the Holy of Holies. In Soul — the High Priest, the most refined of the Jewish people.

Yet, immediately afterwards, the portion speaks about immorality, and the punishment received for various different forbidden relationships.

This paradox is reflected in the ritual of Yom Kippur itself. After the Jew has performed most of the Yom Kippur services — he is fasting, wearing his Kittel, preparing for Minchah, and directly afterwards Neilah, “the ultimate” level of holiness — which Torah portion is read at this time? It is the second half of Acharei, which deals with immorality and forbidden relationships. While a Jew is preparing for the highest spiritual services he is warned, “Do not follow the customs of Egypt and Canaan!”)

This is the point, however, expressed by Acharei. Unless you consider the aftermath, and unless from the onset you plan what will come next, the highest spiritual levels can be followed by the immorality of Egypt and Canaan. By placing the word Acharei as a preface to the entire Sedra, the Torah communicates the necessity of considering the results of one’s actions.

(In communicating the concept in this manner, the Torah reveals its own greatness and infinitude. The ability to relate a profound concept in one word gives us some idea of Torah’s true boundless nature.

This concept has practical application as well. A Jew may look at his Torah behavior, his gifts to Tzedakah, his donning of Tefillin and become disenchanted. He may consider these actions, limited and insignificant, chas v’shalom. Even after he learns their true significance, he may still see them as restrictive and bounded compared to G‑d’s infinity.

However, when he considers that Torah is infinite, and when he understands the blessing he says before putting on the Tefillin — that G‑d has sanctified him with his Mitzvos — and when he realizes that by putting on Tefillin he enters into a boundless relationship with G‑d Himself — his feelings will change.)

Acharei teaches us that regardless of a Jew’s heights in Torah and Mitzvos — be he the High Priest on Yom Kippur, he still has to think ‘Acharei’ — what will come next. Furthermore, since a Jew should be constantly in a state of progress, “You should proceed from strength to strength,” (27) it follows that with each step forward, his acharei, consideration of the consequences, also changes.11

This is not an abstract concept, but a practical one. And though, perhaps, seemingly difficult, still every command in the Torah is within man’s potential — (as G‑d would not give a command which could not be carried out). Through this course of behavior, we will enjoy a happy summer and healthy summer, experience true freedom (which comes about through true service of Torah) and will bring about speedily in our days, the coming of Mashiach, May he come and redeem us.

Shevi’i/Acharon shel Pesach | 19-26 Nissan, 5779

Erev Shevi’i Shel Pesach, Thu Apr 25th 
Shacharis: 7  AM
Mincha/Candles  7:54 PM /ERUV TAVSHILIN/
Maariv 8:47 PM /COUNT OMER #6/
It is customary to remain awake on the eve of the Seventh of Passover (i.e., tonight) and spend the entire night in Torah study and joyous celebration of the great miracle of the splitting of the sea. (
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Shevi’i Shel Pesach, Fri Apr 26th 
Shacharis: 9:30 AM
Mincha 7:00 PM /Special Time - FOLLOWED BY KINUS TORAH/
Candles & Yartzeit Candles BEFORE 7:56 PM from existing flame
Maariv 8:48 /COUNT OMER #7/

Shabbos/Acharon Shel Pesach, Sat Apr 27th 
Shacharis: 9:30 AM /YIZKOR/
Mincha  7:00 PM followed by MOSHIACH SEUDA
Maariv/Havdalah 8:59 PM /COUNT OMER #8/
Chametz repurchased 10:00 PM

Weekday Services
Sun Shacharis 9 am
Mon-Fri Shacharis 7 am
Mincha 8:10 pm
Maariv and Sefira bezomano  (Sunday 8:51 PM to Thursday 8:58 PM) /COUNT #9-13/

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -PENDING
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TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY – 8:45 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class.

CSTL TOT PROGRAM 10:30 am – 12:30 pm /TBD
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CSTL JUNIOR CONGREGATION  10 am – Noon /TBD
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RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – YOM TOV /TBD
TBD for the class this week

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

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

YOM TOM WOMEN’S MIKVAH BUDDY SYSTEM
During the nights of Yom Tov (4/25, 4/26) the women’s mikvah will be using a "buddy system".  On those nights, women would need to bring their own attendant.  If a woman needs to use the mikvah on one of those evenings, she should leave a message on the mikvah line or call Mrs. Chanie Levitin at 206-931-4100 at least 72 hours before Yom Tov.  Mrs. Levitin has keys and instructions for each mikvah user, and can address any concerns.

CAMP GAN ISRAEL SEATTLE July  1st – Aug 9th. – REGISTER NOW
Register at 
www.campganisraelseattle.org This summer at Camp Gan Israel Seattle, we will be focusing on discovering the hidden talents within every single camper. Each child will have the opportunity to express their abilities through art, science, drama, sports and much more. We will also learn how every talent relates to us as Jews and that we play a distinctive irreplaceable role. We are all valued as individuals, and as a part of the greater Jewish nation. Every single child is unique and has so much to contribute. Looking forward to giving your child the best summer experience. With questions, call or text Rabbi Kavka 206-730-2775

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE
If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact Marion Kitz Gabbai Kiddush,
miriamkitz@hotmail.com . Contact Marion to sponsor a Kiddush for a BIRTHDAY, ANNIVERSARY or YAHRZEIT. Please inform Marion by the preceding Sunday evening so that we have time to prepare properly.  Prices: Sponsor $350, co-Sponsor $175, Contributor: $50-$149. Presidential Kiddush $50, Chulent $100.


COMMUNITY NEWS

Camp Yavneh 2019 
Registration now open for Camp Yavneh. Staff applications now available at 
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JCC SOFTBALL LEAGUE
Team with Ariel Green and Ben Dershowitz sponsored by Leah’s Catering.  Info: 
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Sephardic Lecture Series APR 28th 4 PM
At Sephardic Bikur Holim. 
www.SBHSeattle.org (206) 723-3028

Germany Close Up by Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle
The Jewish Federation is taking applications 
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Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance Day Sunday May 8th  7:00 pm
At Ezra Bessaroth 
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AJC EXPERT ON ANTISEMITISM MAY 16th at 7:30 PM
AJC Assistant Director of International Relations Holly Huffnagle who will speak on 'The Viability of Europe’s Jewish Communities in the Face of Rising Antisemitism”. At Ezra Bessaroth. Open to the entire community. No charge for admission, but reservations are required 
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StandWithUs Northwest SUN MAY 19th 6 PM
"Leaders of Tomorrow" Gala Dinner Downtown Seattle, 6 pm Cocktail Reception / 7 pm Dinner & Program. Keynote speaker, Colonel Richard Kemp. 
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CONSIDERING SEEKING SPANISH OR PORTUGUESE CITIZENSHIP? 
Sephardic brethren, have you thought about applying for Spanish or Portuguese citizenship? Ezra Bessaroth can assist. We are available to provide expert consultation and guidance services to interested individuals along with the required confirmation of Sephardic Heritage. For  details please contact Susan at 206-722-5500.

Mercaz Shavuaton JUNE 7th – 10th 
At Camp Salomon Schechter.  
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AIRPORT , LOCAL TRIPS, AND KOSHER RESTAURANT DELIVERY! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER
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REBBE’S SICHO -  SHEVI’I SHEL PESACH
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/2600669/jewish/Acharon-Shel-Pesach-22nd-Day-of-Nissan-5740-1980.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

1. The last days of Pesach are a continuation of the service which began on the first days. The first days represent, in the words of the prophet Yechezkel (Ch. 16), the birth of the Jewish nation. Similarly, the AriZal interprets the verse (Devorim, 4:34) “to take Him a nation from the midst of (another) nation,” as a reference to pregnancy and birth.1 An embryo has a complete body with 248 limbs, even hair and fingernails. However, it does not live independently. Its existence is hidden; only at birth does it come into revelation. In this metaphor the eighth day of Pesach is the day of the “bris,” the day which “is the beginning of the entry of the holy soul.” Similarly, the eighth day of Pesach commemorates the bris of Yitzchok, the first Jew to be circumcised after eight days.

The above further explains the connection between Moshiach’s Seudah (the meal eaten at the conclusion of the eighth day of Pesach) and the eighth day of Pesach. Since in Messianic times Yitzchok will be given prominence over the other forefathers. — The Jewish people will tell him, “You are our ancestor.” — Similarly, the number eight (which is intrinsically related to circumcision) is representative of Messianic times, as our sages comment, “the harp of the Messianic age will have eight strings.”2 Through eating Moshiach’s Seudah our connection to Moshiach becomes stronger. This will be true not only within our minds and hearts — in our thoughts and speech — but also within the realm of action. The food is assimilated into our bodies, thus becoming part of our flesh and blood.

The connection between the last days of Pesach and the Messianic redemption is also emphasized by the Torah and Haftorah readings of those days. The Torah reading of the seventh day includes the “Song of the Red Sea,” which begins, “Then Moshe and the children of Israel sang.” The Talmud notes that the conjugation of the Hebrew word for song — Yashir — is future tense, not past, and comments: “This is an allusion from the Torah to the resurrection of the dead.” The Torah reading also contains the phrase “the Sanctuary which Your hands, 0 L‑rd, have established.” This is a reference to the third Temple. The Haftorah also contains the phrase, “He is a tower of deliverance to His king, and bestows kindness upon His anointed , to David and his descendants forever,” which is a reference to Moshiach. The Haftorah of the eighth day refers to the Messianic age, not only in allusions, but directly, e.g., “The wolf will dwell with the lamb,” “the earth will be full with the knowledge of the L‑rd, as the waters cover the sea.”3

The four cups of wine drunk during Moshiach’s Seudah are also an allusion to the Messianic age. The four cups symbolize all of the following: the four expressions of redemption during Yetzias Mitzrayim (Shemos 6:6-7), the four cups of retribution G‑d will force the nations to drink, the four cups of comfort G‑d will grant the Jewish people, the four letters of G‑d’s name, and the four levels of Teshuvah (alluding to the transformation of darkness into light).4 All of these are related to the Messianic redemption.5

The Zohar calls Matzah “the food of faith” and “the food of healing.” The Rebbe Maharashexplains that when we eat Matzah on Pesach we “eat G‑dliness.” The level of G‑dliness which is “eaten” on the last days of Pesach is much greater than that of the first days. The Matzah of the last days is parallel to the Matzah of the Messianic era, “Matzah Ashirah.” Matzah Ashirah alludes to the richness — Ashirah — of knowledge that will be at that time, “the earth will be full with the knowledge of the L‑rd, as the waters cover the sea.”

Thus we see that both in regard to the Torah readings and to the food eaten, the eighth day has an advantage over the seventh day.6

The lesson the above provides for us is as follows: The seventh and eighth days of Pesach are connected with the service of Mesirus Nefesh (self-sacrifice). It was the service of self-sacrifice with which the Jews jumped into the Red Sea that caused it to split. The concept of Moshiach influences that service of Mesirus Nefesh. One might think that the world is opposed to our service, and that efforts must be made not to be effected by it. Moshiach’s Seudah teaches that the world is not opposed to G‑dliness, on the contrary, it aids that cause. Since each Jew has within him a spark of Moshiach, he can control the world, for the world is waiting and hoping for Moshiach to bring it to a state of fulfillment.7

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2. Chassidus explains that our intention while performing a Mitzvah is the soul (of the Mitzvah), and the actual deed is the body. Nevertheless, “deed is most essential.”8Similarly, though Pesach is connected to the birth and education of every Jew — emphasizing that every Jew, no matter what his level is a child compared to G‑d’s infinity — nevertheless, it is particularly connected to children. On Pesach special efforts are made to involve the children. The Seder, a unique element which is not found in the celebration of other festivals, revolves around the children. Its entire narrative is related as a response to the children’s questions. Also, many changes have been instituted in the Seder so that the children do not fall asleep.9 Throughout the Jewish community it is common custom for the youngest child to ask the four questions first. His questions stimulate those whose duty it is to answer to respond, “We were slaves to Pharaoh...”, and continue with the entire Seder.

Similarly, the last days of Pesach also emphasize the involvement of children. The splitting of the Red Sea on the seventh day of Pesach brought about a revelation in which “Israel beheld the mighty hand which the L‑rd wielded against the Egyptians, and the people feared the L‑rd, and believed in the L‑rd and in Moshe His servant.”10 The Talmud relates that the Jewish children “recognized Him first.” He had miraculously protected them and sustained them during their ordeal in Egypt. Hence, at the Red Sea they were the first to recognize Him.11

The Messianic revelation itself emphasizes the important role of children. The Haftorah relates how “the wolf will dwell with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the young goat... and a little child will lead them12 ... The nursing child will play on the hole of the asp, the weaned child will stretch his hand over the den of the viper.”13

We see that “the child will lead.” In order that these prophecies be fulfilled, it is necessary to prepare for them now, in Golus. This is particularly true regarding Nissan, the month of redemption; Pesach, the holiday of redemption; and the final day of Pesach, the day connected with Moshiach.

G‑d shows a special love for children. Therefore, it is understandable that their efforts can have a great effect, particularly their efforts to turn the hearts of their parents. The above holds true regarding their efforts during Pesach. Their actions will lead to the fulfillment of the prophecy “the young child will become a thousand, and the youth a great nation; I, G‑d, will hasten it (the Messianic redemption) in its time.” Then, too, the children will “recognize G‑d first,” and “a young child will lead them.”

The Shulchan Aruch teaches that before Shabbos it is proper to taste the foods cooked for Shabbos. Right now we are in the generation before Moshiach, and we must taste “from every dish” of the revelations that will occur then. Therefore, now, also, young children must become leaders — turning the hearts of their parents to Torah. These efforts will hasten the coming of Moshiach and the fulfillment of the prophecy “all will know Me, from the small to the great.” Through our present efforts to spread Torah — knowing that “our souls never went into Golus” — not one Jewish child will remain in Golus. We will find success in our attempts to involve children in the study of Torah and the fulfillment of Mitzvos. This, in turn, will lead to even greater efforts and hasten the coming of Moshiach, speedily, in our days.

3. The Talmud states that it is proper to “join the redemption (of Purim) to the redemption (of Pesach).” The reason for this connection is that the beginning of Haman’s downfall and the redemption from Egypt both took place in the month of Nissan. Also, the spiritual service that brought about the Purim redemption — Mordechai’s efforts to “go collect all the Jews — took place in Nissan. The Alter Rebbe writes that on the second day of Pesach it is proper to make a remembrance of the feast Esther gave that led to Haman’s downfall.

The redemption of Purim is also related to the Messianic redemption, and therefore bears a connection with the last days of Pesach. Purim and the Messianic redemption both share a connection with Teshuvah. The Zohar states that Moshiach will cause Tzaddikim to do Teshuvah. Purim represents an intensification of the Jews’ commitment to Torah despite the challenges of Golus, a service parallel to Teshuvah.14

The redemption of Purim is closely related to Jewish children. It was the “voice of the kids and lambs — the little (‘Tinuk’) children, — the voice of the 22,000 children that Mordechai collected together that brought about the negation of Haman’s decree in the spiritual realms.15 Furthermore, the Medrash (Esther Rabbah 7:13) relates that after hearing Haman’s decree Mordechai met three children coming from school. He asked them to repeat the verses that they had learned. The first replied: “Do not fear sudden terror, nor the destruction of the wicked when it comes.” The second continued: “Contrive a scheme, but it will be foiled; conspire a plot, but it will not materialize, for G‑d is with us.” The third added: “To your old age I am [with you]; to your hoary years I will sustain you; I have made you, and I will carry you; I will sustain you and deliver you.” When Mordechai heard this he was very happy. He knew that the promises contained in the children’s verses would be fulfilled.

Similarly, the redemption from Egypt was connected with Jewish children. Our sages declared that the redemption was caused by the merit of the righteous women who raised children to be part of “G‑d’s hosts.” The women followed the laws of Taharas Hamishpachah (Vayikra Rabbah 32:5) and thus gave birth to a generation that was able “to recognize G‑d first,” at the splitting of the Red Sea.

The Haggadah teaches that “...not one alone desired to destroy us. Rather, in each and every generation, they are standing over us to destroy us, hut the Holy One, Blessed Be He, saves us from their hands.” Just as the redemptions of Pesach and Purim were connected with children, so too, every redemption is related to the efforts of children. This is particularly true during the festivals, the time of rejoicing. When a father sees his son happy, he also feels joy — and grants him all his wishes. Similarly, when G‑d our Father sees his children — the Jewish people — happy, He blesses them from His holy and broad hand. When a father sees his child make a blessing he will give him that which he desires. Once one of the Polishe Tzaddikim, then a child, wanted an apple. His father did not want to give it to him. He made a blessing and, in order that the blessing not be in vain, his father gave him the apple. Similarly we have made the blessing proclaiming how G‑d will “bring us to festivals and holidays;” this will force G‑d to bring the redemption.

The participation of children in Moshiach’s Seudah and their request, made with joy and happiness, asking G‑d to bring Moshiach, will hasten Moshiach’s coming. A child knows no compromises and will not settle for anything less than actually seeing Moshiach come.16

Likewise, it is the voice of the children which will protect us from any challenge to Shleimus (the complete state of) Torah, Shleimus of the land of Israel, and Shleimus of the Jewish nation. Now there is severe fluctuation back and forth in all three areas. Many of the undesirable factors are known to many. The informed few know more, and “the one to whom the miracle happens does not realize the miracle,” i.e., there are other factors of which no one knows. The efforts of the children will protect us and bring about the Messianic redemption.

Hence, the children should all say L’Chaim and then join in singing the melody “Utzu Eytzo” (which is based on the verse “contrive a scheme,” mentioned above). In this way they will extend the influence of Moshiach into the coming days. Furthermore, these efforts will herald the time when “they will recognize Him first,” with the redemption of Moshiach.

Pesach | 14-22 Nissan, 5779

Erev-Erev Pesach, Thu Apr 18th 
Shacharit 7 am

Sell Pesach through Rabbi Levitin before NOON
Mincha/Maariv 7:50 pm 
Bedikat Chametz (search for chametz) after 8:36 pm

Erev Pesach, Fri Apr 19th 
Fast of First Born Begins 4:30 AM
Shacharit 7:00 am / Siyum Bechorot 
Last time to eat chametz  10:48 am
Last time to burn chametz (biur chametz) 11:58 AM
Candles/Mincha/Maariv 7:46 PM.  Start Seder after 8:37 PM
Finish Eating: before hatzot 1:07 AM

Shabbos/Pesach Day 1, Sat Apr 20th  
Shacharis 9:30 PM /Latest Shema 9:39 AM/
Mincha 7:45 PM
Maariv/ Sefira  8:18 pm /COUNT #1/
Candles (from existing flame after)/Seder Prep should not start before 8:48 PM
Start Seder after: 8:48 PM
Finish Eating: before hatzot 1:14 AM

Pesach Day 2, Sun Apr 21st 
Shacharis 9:30 AM
Mincha: 7:45 PM
Maariv/Havdala/Sefira 8:50 PM /COUNT #2/

Chol haMoed Pesach, Mon-Wed Apr 22nd – 24th 
Shacharis 7:30 am
Mincha 7:30 pm
Maariv and Sefira 8:45 pm /COUNT #3-5/

Erev Shevi’i Shel Pesach, Thu Apr 25th 
Shacharis: 7  AM
Mincha/Candles  7:54 PM /ERUV TAVSHILIN/
Maariv 8:47 PM /COUNT OMER #6/
It is customary to remain awake on the eve of the Seventh of Passover (i.e., tonight) and spend the entire night in Torah study and joyous celebration of the great miracle of the splitting of the sea. (
www.chabad.org)

Shevi’i Shel Pesach, Fri Apr 26th 
Shacharis: 9:30 AM
Mincha 7:00 PM /Special Time - FOLLOWED BY KINUS TORAH/
Candles & Yartzeit Candles BEFORE 7:56 PM from existing flame
Maariv 8:48 /COUNT OMER #7/

Shabbos/Acharon Shel Pesach, Sat Apr 27th 
Shacharis: 9:30 AM /YIZKOR/
Mincha  7:00 PM followed by MOSHIACH SEUDA
Maariv/Havdalah 8:59 PM /COUNT OMER #8/
Chametz repurchased 10:00 PM

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -PENDING
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PLEASE PAY YOUR CSTL DUES AND PLEDGES
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PUBLIC SEDERS AT CHABAD HOUSE MINYAN– FRI APR 19th and SAT APR 20th at 8 pm
4541 19th Ave NE.  Featuring an inspiring Hagadah, Matzah, Wine/Grape Juice, Chrain, Charoses, and a delicious seder meal!   
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MA'OT HITTIM CHARITY FOR PESACH 
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SELL YOUR HAMETZ BEFORE 9 AM THU MORNING APR 18th www.chabad.org/sellchametz

PRE-PESACH PAMPERING – SUN APR 14th 4:30 PM
Shalak Manicure & Regular Pedicure. Seattle Jewish Women’s Circle. RSVP to 
mherbstman@gmail.com

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

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

CSTL JUNIOR CONGREGATION  10 am – Noon /NOT DURING PESACH/
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – YOM TOV DAYS 1 & 2 PESACH 7 PM
Rabbi Avi Herbstmen will be giving the class this week

WOMEN’S SUNDAY TEHILLIM AT CSTL – 10 AM /NOT DURING PESACH/
In the library.  Come say a prayer for those in need. 

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

YOM TOM WOMEN’S MIKVAH BUDDY SYSTEM
During the nights of Yom Tov (4/19, 4/20, 4/25, 4/26) the women’s mikvah will be using a "buddy system".  On those nights, women would need to bring their own attendant.  If a woman needs to use the mikvah on one of those evenings, she should leave a message on the mikvah line or call Mrs. Chanie Levitin at 206-931-4100 at least 72 hours before Yom Tov.  Mrs. Levitin has keys and instructions for each mikvah user, and can address any concerns.

CAMP GAN ISRAEL SEATTLE July  1st – Aug 9th. – REGISTER NOW
Register at 
www.campganisraelseattle.org This summer at Camp Gan Israel Seattle, we will be focusing on discovering the hidden talents within every single camper. Each child will have the opportunity to express their abilities through art, science, drama, sports and much more. We will also learn how every talent relates to us as Jews and that we play a distinctive irreplaceable role. We are all valued as individuals, and as a part of the greater Jewish nation. Every single child is unique and has so much to contribute. Looking forward to giving your child the best summer experience. With questions, call or text Rabbi Kavka 206-730-2775

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE
If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact Marion Kitz Gabbai Kiddush,
miriamkitz@hotmail.com . Contact Marion to sponsor a Kiddush for a BIRTHDAY, ANNIVERSARY or YAHRZEIT. Please inform Marion by the preceding Sunday evening so that we have time to prepare properly.  Prices: Sponsor $350, co-Sponsor $175, Contributor: $50-$149. Presidential Kiddush $50, Chulent $100.


COMMUNITY NEWS

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


REBBE’S SICHO -  PESACH
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/2600664/jewish/In-the-Synagogue-After-Maariv-13th-Eve-of-the-14th-of-Nissan-5740-1980.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

1. Torah teaches, “Begin with a blessing.” The appropriate blessing at present is the wish that each and every Jew, including those present here and those throughout the world, have a kosherand happy Pesach and that their preparations for Pesach be carried out in the best, most kosher, and happiest way possible. This, in turn, will bring about added kashrus and happiness throughout the entire year. The AriZal declares that one who is careful in regard to even a tiny amount of Chometz on Pesach is assured of not sinning throughout the entire year. Just as such a person will not encounter any undesirable influences in regard to spiritual matters as a result of this behavior, he will also not encounter any undesirable influences in material affairs.

At present, we find ourselves in a propitious time. Today is the Yahrzeit of the Tzemach Tzedekand also of Rav Yosef Karo, the Rabbinic Master of Israel. Also, the 14th of Nissan (and in Torah the night is related to the following day) is the birthday of the Rambam, a Halachic master whose opinion is accepted both in Israel and in the Diaspora and who also acted as a “guide to the perplexed.” Hence, the present occasion is a fitting time to raise the following issues.

In the days of the exodus from Egypt, on the thirteenth of Nissan and even on Erev Pesach, the Jews were still in Golus. However, even in Golus, “Behold, the Guardian of Israel neither slumbers or sleeps.” Similarly at present, we are watched by the Guardian of Israel. Furthermore, the efforts of the children to “turn the hearts of their fathers” have increased that protection. Likewise, the efforts of G‑d’s children, our deeds and service in the physical world, turn the heart of our Father in Heaven to us and thus add strength and power to the manner in which He watches over us.

The above is particularly true in view of the present situation, which is constantly ‘Shuklin’ — fluctuating. This is especially so in Israel, where in regard to national security — the preservation of safe borders — and in regard to the economy, a very shaky situation prevails.

Because of this situation, we are in greater need of the protection of the Guardian of Israel. Our very need further awakens the promise, “The Guardian of Israel neither slumbers or sleeps.” This is particularly true in Israel, which is described as “the land which...the eyes of G‑d are always upon from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.”

What is the reason for this unstable situation? Because we are constantly fluctuating back and forth in regard to Yiddishkeit, Torah and Mitzvos. Rather than holding steadily and firmly to the straight path, the way of our holy Torah, the Torah of truth and the Torah of life, there are those who fluctuate back and forth — sometimes following the guidance of Torah and sometimes ignoring it. There is a clear Torah judgment in the laws of Shabbos, chapter 329, that clarifies the proper position to be taken regarding national security. [The Shulchan Aruch declares that if gentiles approach a Jewish settlement and demand even hay and straw, arms must be taken up against them even on Shabbos, lest the entire land be opened up before them.] Yet despite the fact that this is a clear decision of Torah law, there are those who fluctuate back and forth. When we follow the directive of the Torah, we can feel secure because of the strength of Torah, as our sages declared: “There is no strength other than Torah.” Surely, the land will not be opened before them.1

According to the principle, “One Mitzvah draws another Mitzvah (after it),” it follows that the fulfillment of the above law will bring about an increase in the performance of all the Mitzvos, particularly those Mitzvos that are relevant at present: those connected with the preparation for Pesach. The preparation for Pesach is related to the preceding Shabbos,2 Shabbos HaGadol — the great Shabbos — which is called by that name because of the great miracle that occurred then — “the smiting of Egypt through its first-born.”

Since the word “Mitzrayim” — Egypt — is related to the word “Maytzorim” meaning boundaries and limitations, the totality of this physical world can be referred to as Mitzrayim — Egypt. Physical plenty and prosperity can be regarded as the first-born (the major power) of Egypt. Shabbos HaGadol teaches us that we can “smite Egypt with its first-born,” i.e. use physical prosperity for spiritual purposes, thus transforming darkness into light, which in turn makes us vessels to receive G‑d’s infinite grace.

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2. To counteract the shaky situation — a situation where Jews are fluctuating and where their fluctuation has caused the entire world community to begin to waver — there is confusion everywhere. And it is very necessary that Moshe’s request “that we be singled out from all the peoples of the earth” be fulfilled in a revealed manner: it is necessary to take actions that are within the natural order. However, even “the natural order” of the Jew is related to Torah and Mitzvos. Therefore, to counteract the above-mentioned fluctuation it is necessary to make a firm decision to increase our efforts in the study of Torah, both Niglah and Chassidus,3 the fulfillment of Mitzvos B’Hiddur, and the spreading of Torah both Niglah and Chassidus, until “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of G‑d, as the waters cover the sea.” These efforts should begin with the preparations for Pesach which essentially consist of getting rid of Chometz — leaven. The spiritual parallel of that service involves negating the influence of the Yetzer Hora, which is called ‘Chometz.’ Thus, turning away from evil increases the amount of good which we do.

These efforts force those who have been fluctuating in regard to the security of Israel to change their approach and to adopt a strong and resolute position. Even though free choice is never taken away from a Jew, just as there are those who at times are “forced” by the overpowering influence of the Yetzer Hora, there are times when the Yetzer Tov can become an overpowering influence and “force” someone to carry out its desires. This resolute position will in turn negate the confusion and difficulties brought about by the other nations. Those difficulties came about only because of the shakiness of Israel’s position. Once a stronger stand is made, they will cease to exist.

Furthermore, our efforts to spread Torah, both Niglah and Chassidus, throughout the world — creating a situation parallel to the Messianic age when “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of G‑d, as the waters cover the sea” — will bring about the actualization of another of the prophecies of the Messianic age: “and kings shall be your foster fathers and their queens your nursing mothers.” Not only won’t the gentiles disturb the Jews; they will help and assist them in all matters of Yiddishkeit. Their first-born — their best — will be given to the Jews and they will do all they can to make sure that Jews be provided with all their needs. Furthermore, we will receive the blessing of G‑d’s full, open, holy,4 and broad hand.

All the above — the effect on the Jews (forcing them to adapt a firm position), and the effect on the gentiles (causing them to help the Jews in all ways that they need it) — will come about as a result of our firm adherence to Torah and Mitzvos, and particularly our efforts in Mivtza Pesach. This is particularly true in view of the meritorious nature of the present day — the Yahrzeit of the Tzemach Tzedek and Rav Yosef Karo and the birthday of the Rambam.

Before the redemption from Egypt, even when the Jews were still in exile, “all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings” and with that light they were able to spoil Egypt taking out “vessels of silver and vessels of gold.” So too in the present Golus, the gentiles will give all their best to the Jews, and we will leave exile “with great substance,” elevating all the G‑dly sparks within the world — and greet Moshiach.

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3. The Jews were redeemed from Egypt because they are G‑d’s children, as the Torah declares: “My son, My first-born Israel... send forth My son that he may serve Me.” The relationship between G‑d and the Jewish people is even deeper. The prophet Hoshea (11:1) declares, “When Israel was a child, then I loved him,” comparing the Jews to a young son for whom the father has a great love and who can cause his father to do anything he wants. In order to arouse such love from above, we must act in a similar way, as our sages declared: “According to a way one measures, so it is measured for him,” making special efforts to reach out to young boys and girls.5

Therefore, it is proper to give warm thanks and special blessing to all the children who have taken an active role in the campaign to “return the hearts of the fathers through the children” in general and particularly in regard to the preparations for Pesach. Surely, they will continue their efforts in the future and use the time remaining until Pesach, and the days of Pesach itself, to enhance the joy and kashrus of the holiday. By “returning the hearts of the fathers through the children,” we will cause our Father in Heaven to turn His heart to His children, the Jewish people. We must see ourselves as small, as the verse declares, “Israel is a child,” and not boast how “my strength and the power of my hands has brought success.” We must view our success as coming from G‑d,6 who possesses everything and gives to the Jewish people and each individual Jew with His “full, open, and holy hand.”

The efforts of the children will further negate the shaky situation described above. On the contrary, the Jews will “not bow and not bend.” In this context, we can appreciate another significant event that occurred on the 14th of Nissan. After Haman’s decree, Mordechai’s efforts to “go, collect together all the Jews” began on the 14th of Nissan. The activity in the succeeding three days, which stressed Ahavas Yisroel, caused the downfall of Haman, his sons, and all his followers.

We will enjoy similar success and celebrate the season of our rejoicing, and even while in Golus, we will have “light in our dwellings” and receive “the great substance,” with which we will, with happiness and good feeling, leave Golus.

From the above, it is understood why there is the great necessity for efforts to involve more Jews, and particularly more Jewish children, in the observance of Pesach, and after Pesach to involve them in all aspects of Torah and Mitzvos. And thus, “with our youth and with our elders” we will proceed to the ultimate redemption when “He puts an end to darkness,” the darkness of Golus.

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4. To summarize the above: All Jews — men and women, and especially boys and girls — should know that through stopping their fluctuation in regard to Torah and Mitzvos, and by proceeding on “the path of G‑d to do charity and justice,” they will cause those who are responsible for Israel’s security to stop their fluctuation. Then “kings” and “queens” will realize that their function is to be your “foster fathers” and “nursing mothers.” We will approach the time when a “a king will arise from the House of David who will force all of Israel to follow in its path (the path of Torah)...and fight the wars of G‑d and be victorious, build the Temple on its place, and collect the dispersed of Israel.”

The strong stance taken by the children will also negate the fluctuation of their counselors and leaders. When they see that children stand firm, and without shame declare that it is an open prohibition to do anything that will cause even the slightest breach of the Torah it will effect them. Since “G‑d looked into the Torah and created the world,” it follows that there is a directive in Torah for everything in the world. There is a clear directive in regard to Shleimus ho’Oretz — the complete state of the land of Israel — that it is an open prohibition to allow the possibility of “opening the land before them.” Likewise, there is a clear Torah directive in regard to Shleimus ho’Om — the complete state of the Jewish nation — that conversion must follow Halachah. The Rabbis have the responsibility to become “guides to the perplexed,” showing all those who are confused, and who hence fluctuate back and forth, how to act. (This is the connection to the Rambam, “the guide to the perplexed” of all generations.) Every Rav who has ‘Smeicha’(rabbinical ordination) and makes decisions according to Shulchan Aruch does so on the strength of the ‘Smeicha’ which can be traced back, from one sage to another, to MosheRabbeinu. This, in turn, gives the potential for each of his followers to live according to Torah and do so with firm resolve — in the words of the Shulchan Aruch, “showing the strength of a lion” and in the words of the Ramah, “placing G‑d before him always.”7 This, in turn, allows him to proceed in worldly affairs with success.

Just as during the exodus from Egypt the children recognized G‑d first, so too the present redemption will begin with the efforts of Jewish children and their attempt to influence their parents to increase their Jewish involvement, beginning with the preparations for Pesach. And then the children will ask the four questions, which will arouse the fathers to answer, “We were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt and G‑d took us out from there” and to continue the Haggadah till the conclusion of the Brachah, “Asher Go’alanu” which declares, “So He will bring us to other festivals and holidays...rejoicing in the building of Your city, glad in Your service.” Thus, “we, your nation, the sheep of Your pasture ...will relate your praise from generation to generation.”

The above is enhanced by the meritorious nature of the present date. It is one of the days of Nissan, a month in which “it is customary to make the entire month holy” (Shulchan Aruch Admur Hazaken 429:9); it is the Yahrzeit of the Tzemach Tzedek,8 who made Torah decisions in both Niglah and Pnimius haTorah; the Yahrzeit of Rav Yosef Karo who authored the Shulchan Aruch in the realm of Niglah and the Maggid Meishorim in the mystic realm of Torah; and the birthday of the Rambam. The latter begins the epic work called by his name with the phrase: “The foundation of all foundations and the pillar of all wisdom is to know that there exists a Primary Being...and all beings...were created from the truth of His being.” He concludes it with the prophecy, “And the earth will be filled with the knowledge of G‑d, as the waters cover the sea.” May that prophecy be fulfilled with the true and complete redemption led by Moshiach

PARASHA METZORAH – SHABBOS haGADOL | 7-14 Nissan, 5779

EREV SHABBOS APR 12th  
Shacharis 7 AM
Candles/Mincha/Maariv 7:36 PM

SHABBOS - SAT APR 13th   
Shacharis: 9:30 AM 
Sof Zman Krias Shema 9:47 AM 
Shabbos Mincha 7:15 PM /SHABBOS haGADOL DRASHA
Maariv/Havdalah 8:37 PM

WEEKDAY SERVICES
Sun Shacharis 9 AM 
Mon – Fri  Shacharis 7 AM
Sun - Thu Mincha 7:50 PM, followed immediately by Maariv

PASSOVER TIMES 
Thu Apr 18th  – Bedikat Chametz as soon as possible after 8:36 PM
Thu Apr 18th  – Sell Chametz through Rabbi Levitin before NOON
Fri Apr 19th – Fast of First born starts 4:30 AM
Fri Apr 19th – Last time to eat chametz 10:48 AM
Fri Apr 19th – Burn Chametz before 11:58 AM
Fri Apr 19th -  Candle Lighting 7:46 AM.  Seder Start after 8:37 pm

BARUCH DAYAN EMETH
We are sorry to report the passing of Gloria Hankin, Guta Lieba bas Shmuel Z”L, mother of Susan Hankin. May the Hankin and Dershowitz families be comforted with all the mouroof Tzion and Yerushalayim.

SHABBOS haGADOL DRASHA – SAT APR 13th 7:15 PM
Please join us following shabbos Mincha for Rabbi Levitin’s annual Shabbos haGadol Drasha.  This is a very important event.  Men, women, and children are encouraged to attend.

KITCHEN CLOSED FOR PESACH CLEANING
Enjoy

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -PENDING
For current status of the North Seattle Eruv, please check the flag on the NE 65th Street side of CSTL, (green flag means the Eruv is up, red flag the Eruv is down), CSTL eNews, or the Vaad eNews. Visit our web site
www.twitter.com/cstleruv for current status.

FARBRENGEN ALERT–- FRIDAY 6 PM
Erev-Shabbos Farbrengen in the CSTL Social Hall. 

CSTL SHUL GREETER VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Please consider becoming a shul greeter and taking part of this critical and needed mitzva. To become a shul greeter, please reach out to Andre at 
andre.jacobovitz@gmail.com

PUBLIC SEDER AT CHABAD HOUSE MINYAN– FRI APRIL 19th  and SAT APRIL 20th at 8 pm
4541 19th Ave NE.  Featuring an inspiring Hagadah, Matzah, Wine/Grape Juice, Chrain, Charoses, and a delicious seder meal!   
https://www.facebook.com/chabadhouseminyan/

JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE – PRIVATE SCREENING –7 PM MAY 19th
See the movie “93Queen” with wine and chocolate at CSTL.  For women only. 
www.tinyurl.com/93queenscreeningmherbstman@gmail.com

SAFETY OF CHILDREN AT CSTL – IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM CSTL BOARD
As a reminder children are not allowed to play outside the Shul. Parents please keep your children in the Kids Program or with their parents in Shul. The Board of CSTL and CSTL will not be responsible for children that are left unattended. Thank you for your cooperation.

MA'OT HITTIM CHARITY FOR PESACH 
Donate online 
www.CSTLSeattle.org, with Notation “Maot Chitim”, or mail you checks to CSTL, 6250 43rd Ave NE, Seattle WA 98115.  Contract Jonathan Greene for more info, j.i.greene625@gmail.com

SELL YOUR CHAMETZ BEFORE 7 AM FRIDAY MORNING APRIL 19th 
www.chabad.org/sellchametz

PRE-PESACH PAMPERING – SUN APR 14th 4:30 PM
Shalak Manicure & Regular Pedicure. Seattle Jewish Women’s Circle. RSVP to 
mherbstman@gmail.com

MAOS CHITIM
Berel Pedowitz has set up a gofundme to solicit funds for Pesach for his family (Maos Chitim).  
https://www.gofundme.com/pesach-fund  Please help with this important mitzvah.

YOM TOM WOMEN’S MIKVAH BUDDY SYSTEM
During the nights of Yom Tov (4/19, 4/20, 4/25, 4/26) the women’s mikvah will be using a "buddy system".  On those nights, women would need to bring their own attendant.  If a woman needs to use the mikvah on one of those evenings, she should leave a message on the mikvah line or call Mrs. Chanie Levitin at 206-931-4100 at least 72 hours before Yom Tov.  Mrs. Levitin has keys and instructions for each mikvah user, and can address any concerns.

CAMP GAN ISRAEL SEATTLE July  1st – Aug 9th. – REGISTER NOW
Register at 
www.campganisraelseattle.org This summer at Camp Gan Israel Seattle, we will be focusing on discovering the hidden talents within every single camper. Each child will have the opportunity to express their abilities through art, science, drama, sports and much more. We will also learn how every talent relates to us as Jews and that we play a distinctive irreplaceable role. We are all valued as individuals, and as a part of the greater Jewish nation. Every single child is unique and has so much to contribute. Looking forward to giving your child the best summer experience. 
With questions, call or text Rabbi Kavka 206-730-2775

LADIES TEHILIM – SUN 10 am
Come say Tehilim

RABBI EMLEN’S MONDAY NIGHT SICHOS CLASS FOR WOMEN–8 PM 
All levels of knowledge are welcome! Light refreshments will be served. At the Kavka’s 4002 NE 72nd  Street .For a Refuah Shlaimah for  חיה שרה מלכה בת ברכה לאה חוה     

Sunday Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin –
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

Rebbi’s Sicho with Rabbi Mendy – SHABBOS 6:30 PM 
Words of Torah inspiration from the Rebbe. For Men and Women. In honor  of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah for a full רפואה  שלימה  

WOMEN’S LEARNING AT CSTL WED 8:00 PM
Contact Shprintze Kavka to arrange to learn what you want to learn.  206-730-2764

TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY – 8:45 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class the classes  are in honor  of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah for a full רפואה  שלימה 

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

CSTL TOT PROGRAM 10:30 am - Noon
This program is now volunteer-led. If you are interested in volunteering from time to time, please email
elizabeth.roth08@gmail.com

CSTL JUNIOR CONGREGATION  10:30 am – Noon 
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE
If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact Marion Kitz Gabbai Kiddush,
miriamkitz@hotmail.com . Contact Marion to sponsor a Kiddush for a BIRTHDAY, ANNIVERSARY or YAHRZEIT. Please inform Marion by the preceding Sunday evening so that we have time to prepare properly.  Prices: Sponsor $350, co-Sponsor $175, Contributor: $50-$149.


COMMUNITY NEWS 

ADL LECTURE - COMBATING ANTISEMITISM SUN. APR 14th 1 PM
“Combating Antisemitism: From global to national trends” featuring Dr. Sharon Nazarian. At Minyan Ohr Chadash (6721 51st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118). Registration required:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfAntsPfucqp4tmCUcjOduE4wJyE3f0Afb4Xc7iwQfwj_PiYw/viewform Light refreshments will be served.

PASSOVER SALES ON NOW
This year, U Village Safeway has an extensive inventory, as do Safeway on Rainer Ave and, of course, QFC U Village and  
www.AffordableKosher.com

JCC SOFTBALL LEAGUE
Team with Ariel Green and Ben Dershowitz sponsored by Leah’s Catering.  Info: 
Bdersho@uw.edu

Sephardic Lecture Series APR 28th 4 PM
At Sephardic Bikur Holim. 
www.SBHSeattle.org (206) 723-3028

Germany Close Up by Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle
The Jewish Federation is taking applications 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance Day Sunday May 8th  7:00 pm
At Ezra Bessaroth 
www.EzraBessaroth.net

AJC EXPERT ON ANTISEMITISM MAY 16th at 7:30 PM
AJC Assistant Director of International Relations Holly Huffnagle who will speak on 'The Viability of Europe’s Jewish Communities in the Face of Rising Antisemitism”. At Ezra Bessaroth. Open to the entire community. No charge for admission, but reservations are required 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-viability-of-europes-jewish-communities-in-the-face-of-rising-antisemitism-registration-58025750582?ms=wb_evt_20190407_AJCSeattle

StandWithUs Northwest SUN MAY 19th 6 PM
"Leaders of Tomorrow" Gala Dinner Downtown Seattle, 6 pm Cocktail Reception / 7 pm Dinner & Program. Keynote speaker, Colonel Richard Kemp. 
www.standwithus.com/SeattleGala2019 

CONSIDERING SEEKING SPANISH OR PORTUGUESE CITIZENSHIP? 
Sephardic brethren, have you thought about applying for Spanish or Portuguese citizenship? Ezra Bessaroth can assist. We are available to provide expert consultation and guidance services to interested individuals along with the required confirmation of Sephardic Heritage. For  details please contact Susan at 206-722-5500.

Mercaz Shavuaton JUNE 7th – 10th 
At Camp Salomon Schechter.  
www.MercazSeattle.org

AIRPORT , LOCAL TRIPS, AND KOSHER RESTAURANT DELIVERY! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER
Competitive rates, excellent service.  Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com


 REBBE’S SICHO FOR METZORAH
https://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2470434/jewish/Metzora.htm ©SichosInEnglish.

The large majority of the subject matter of this Torah reading focuses on the affliction of tzaraas. Generally, this term is translated as leprosy, but that’s a misnomer. Since as the Torah relates in this reading, tzaraas affects not only a person’s skin, but also his clothes and the walls of his home, it is not leprosy or any other known disease. Instead, as Maimonides writes, tzaaras is “is not a natural occurrence; it is a sign and a wonder prevalent among the Jewish people to warn them against lashon hora, ‘undesirable speech.’” For speech is a uniquely human potential, reflecting our innermost tendencies. Therefore, if it is misused, it has severe consequences. When we speak words of gossip or slander, we are not merely hurting the person we are speaking about, we are harming ourselves and, in a larger sense, undermining the spiritual makeup of the entire Jewish people.

Speech does not originate in a vacuum. Instead, it reveals what is hidden in a person’s heart. When a person speaks undesirably, that indicates that he has undesirable character traits. The tzaraas afflictions are intended to draw his attention to these character faults and inspire him to correct them.

To assist a person in this task, the Torah ordained that when a person had a tzaraasblemish, he would have to appear before a kohen (priest) to have the blemish inspected and ultimately be declared pure. The kohanim were characterized by a desire for unity and love for their fellow Jew. For that reason, they were chosen to bless the people. Indeed, the blessing they recite before conveying the Priestly Blessing, emphasizes this quality, stating that they were “commanded to bless His people Israel with love.”

When a person with a tzaraas blemish came to a kohen, a two-tiered process took place. On one level, the kohen was watching the internal process of purification. On a deeper level, he was causing it. Every time he looked at the blemish, he imparted spiritual energy — love and care — to the blemished person, energy that enabled him to heal his character flaws and ultimately be purified from his affliction.

Looking to the Horizon

Our Sages relate that Mashiach himself will be afflicted with wounds similar to tzaraas and in that vein, they tell the following story.

Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi encountered the prophet Elijah,... and asked him: “When is Mashiach coming?”

Replied the prophet: “Go and ask him.”...

“By what sign shall I recognize him?”

“He is sitting among paupers stricken by wounds. The others unbind all their wounds at once, and then bind them up again. But he unbinds one wound at a time, and straight away binds it up again. For he says, ‘Perhaps I shall be called upon [to appear as Mashiach], and I must not be delayed!’ ”

So [Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi] went to him and said, “Peace upon you, my master and teacher!”

He answered him, “Peace upon you, son of Levi!”

Then he asked him, “Master, when are you coming?”

He answered, “Today!”

Rabbi Yehoshua returned to Elijah, ... and told him: “...He has deceived me! He told me, ‘I am coming today,’ and he has not come!”

Said Elijah, “What Mashiach had in mind was this [verse]: ‘Today — if you would only listen to His voice!’ 

What is needed to bring Mashiach? — A change of direction in man. All man has to do is to turn to G‑d and heed His voice. By virtue of this very initiative, G‑d’s face will no longer be hidden.

PARASHA TAZRIAH – ROSH CHODESH NISSAN haCHODESH | 29 Adar II – 7 Nissan, 5779

EREV SHABBOS APR 5th  
Shacharis 7 AM
Candles/Mincha/Maariv 7:26 PM

SHABBOS - SAT APR 6th   
Shacharis: 9:30 AM 
Sof Zman Krias Shema 9:54 AM 
Shabbos Mincha 7:26 PM /Seuda Slishit Lite
Maariv/Havdalah 8:26 PM

WEEKDAY SERVICES
Sun Shacharis 9 AM 
Mon – Fri  Shacharis 7 AM
Sun - Thu Mincha 7:40 PM, followed immediately by Maariv

GALA KIDDUSH AND SEUDA SLISHIT.  
Gala kiddush in honor of Rosh Chodesh Nissan.  Kiddush will feature hamotzi, sushi, meat cholent, salads, and more.  No need to plan for lunch at home. Sponsored by David and Sarah Barak, Shimon and Tova Cox, Shuki and Chani Meyer (with a Mazel Tov to Bella on her 8th birthday), Ivan and Liz Rothman, and Shmueli and Rosi Tenenhaus. Delicious meat cholent made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin.  Seuda Slishit Lite.

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -PENDING
For current status of the North Seattle Eruv, please check the flag on the NE 65th Street side of CSTL, (green flag means the Eruv is up, red flag the Eruv is down), CSTL eNews, or the Vaad eNews. Visit our web site 
www.twitter.com/cstleruv for current status.

FARBRENGEN ALERT–- FRIDAY 6 PM
Erev-Shabbos Farbrengen in the CSTL Social Hall. 

PUBLIC SEDER AT CHABAD HOUSE MINYAN– FRI APRIL 19th  and SAT APRIL 20th at 8 pm
4541 19th Ave NE.  Featuring an inspiring Hagadah, Matzah, Wine/Grape Juice, Chrain, Charoses, and a delicious seder meal!   
https://www.facebook.com/chabadhouseminyan/

SAFETY OF CHILDREN AT CSTL – IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM CSTL BOARD
As a reminder children are not allowed to play outside the Shul. Parents please keep your children in the Kids Program or with their parents in Shul. The Board of CSTL and CSTL will not be responsible for children that are left unattended. Thank you for your cooperation.

MA'OT HITTIM CHARITY FOR PESACH 
Donate online 
www.CSTLSeattle.org, with Notation “Maot Chitim”, or mail you checks to CSTL, 6250 43rd Ave NE, Seattle WA 98115.  Contract Jonathan Greene for more info, j.i.greene625@gmail.com

SELL YOUR CHAMETZ BEFORE 7 AM FRIDAY MORNING APRIL 19th 
www.chabad.org/sellchametz

PRE-PESACH PAMPERING – SUN APR 14th 4:30 PM
Shalak Manicure & Regular Pedicure. Seattle Jewish Women’s Circle. RSVP to 
mherbstman@gmail.com

MAOS CHITIM
Berel Pedowitz has set up a gofundme to solicit funds for Pesach for his family (Maos Chitim).   https://www.gofundme.com/pesach-fund Please help with this important mitzvah.

YOM TOM WOMEN’S MIKVAH BUDDY SYSTEM
During the nights of Yom Tov (4/19, 4/20, 4/25, 4/26) the women’s mikvah will be using a "buddy system".  On those nights, women would need to bring their own attendant.  If a woman needs to use the mikvah on one of those evenings, she should leave a message on the mikvah line or call Mrs. Chanie Levitin at 206-931-4100 at least 72 hours before Yom Tov.  Mrs. Levitin has keys and instructions for each mikvah user, and can address any concerns.

CAMP GAN ISRAEL SEATTLE July  1st – Aug 9th. – REGISTER NOW
Register at 
www.campganisraelseattle.org This summer at Camp Gan Israel Seattle, we will be focusing on discovering the hidden talents within every single camper. Each child will have the opportunity to express their abilities through art, science, drama, sports and much more. We will also learn how every talent relates to us as Jews and that we play a distinctive irreplaceable role. We are all valued as individuals, and as a part of the greater Jewish nation. Every single child is unique and has so much to contribute. Looking forward to giving your child the best summer experience. 
With questions, call or text Rabbi Kavka 206-730-2775

LADIES TEHILIM – SUN 10 am
Come say Tehilim

RABBI EMLEN’S MONDAY NIGHT SICHOS CLASS FOR WOMEN–8 PM 
All levels of knowledge are welcome! Light refreshments will be served. At the Kavka’s 4002 NE 72nd  Street . For a Refuah Shlaimah for  חיה שרה מלכה בת ברכה לאה חוה     

Sunday Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin –
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

Rebbi’s Sicho with Rabbi Mendy – SHABBOS 6:45 PM 
Words of Torah inspiration from the Rebbe. For Men and Women. In honor  of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah for a full רפואה  שלימה  

WOMEN’S LEARNING AT CSTL WED 8:00 PM
Contact Shprintze Kavka to arrange to learn what you want to learn.  206-730-2764

TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY – 8:45 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class the classes  are in honor  of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah for a full רפואה  שלימה 

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

CSTL TOT PROGRAM 10:30 am - Noon
This program is now volunteer-led. If you are interested in volunteering from time to time, please email
elizabeth.roth08@gmail.com

CSTL JUNIOR CONGREGATION  10:30 am – Noon 
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE
If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact Marion Kitz Gabbai Kiddush,
miriamkitz@hotmail.com . Contact Marion to sponsor a Kiddush for a BIRTHDAY, ANNIVERSARY or YAHRZEIT. Please inform Marion by the preceding Sunday evening so that we have time to prepare properly.  Prices: Sponsor $350, co-Sponsor $175, Contributor: $50-$149.

GoFundMe for the Pedowitz Family - Maot Chitim
Now’s a good time so start thinking about the mitzvah of Maos Chitim (Charity for Pesach).   Berel Pedowitz has made this link for donations for his family’s Pesach. 
https://www.gofundme.com/u6b6c9-pesach?pc=ot_co_dashboard_a&rcid=a2ebbe783a3f4213b7cf71f8aed97e75


COMMUNITY NEWS

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

PASSOVER SALES ON NOW
This year, U Village Safeway has an extensive inventory, as do Safeway on Rainer Ave and, of course, QFC U Village and  
www.AffordableKosher.com

"LINC Closet Clearout" Sunday, April 7, 4-9 pm,
At Ashreichem Yisrael. Contact: Aliza Brand (773) 663-1512, Talya (206) 696-4916 or
lincseattle@gmail.com 

LECTURE: SEPHARDIC JEWS IN AMERICA - SUN APR 7th  4 PM
Professor Devin Naar will explore the trajectories of Sephardic Jews from the Mediterranean world to America during the 20th century, At Sephardic Bikur Cholim Ethan@SeattleSephardic.org

Pre-Pesach Class SUN APR 7th 10 AM
How to Prepare for Pesach, Both Physically and Spiritually,Without Going Crazy. At Mercaz. email avirabbi@gmail.com

SPANISH JEWISH LOVE SONGS AT DOWNTOWN LIBRARY - WED APR. 10th NOON
A performance of "Jewish-Spanish Love Songs" written for guitar and voice. Featuring Malya Muth, soprano and Joan Lundquist, piano performing the Jewish-Spanish Song Cycle by Daniel Akiva at the downtown Seattle Public library.

JCC SOFTBALL LEAGUE
Team with Ariel Green and Ben Dershowitz sponsored by Leah’s Catering.  Info: 
Bdersho@uw.edu

Sephardic Lecture Series APR 28th 4 PM
At Sephardic Bikur Holim. 
www.SBHSeattle.org (206) 723-3028

Germany Close Up by Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle
The Jewish Federation is taking applications 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

JEWISH THEATER PRESENTS 'ASHER LEV' - THU APR 11th 7:30 PM
The Seattle Jewish Theater Company returns to Congregation Ezra Bessaroth,  on Thursday evening, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. to present the award winning play, “My Name is Asher Lev,”. The performance will be followed by a chocolate reception and conversation with the cast. Tickets are $20 for members of Ezra Bessaroth, $25 for non-members and $18 for students. Tickets may be purchased at the Cong. Ezra Bessaroth office or at the door.

Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance Day Sunday May 8th  7:00 pm
At Ezra Bessaroth 
www.EzraBessaroth.net

StandWithUs Northwest SUN MAY 19th 6 PM
"Leaders of Tomorrow" Gala Dinner Downtown Seattle, 6 pm Cocktail Reception / 7 pm Dinner & Program. Keynote speaker, Colonel Richard Kemp. 
www.standwithus.com/SeattleGala2019 

StandWithUs Northwest   "Leaders of Tomorrow" Gala Dinner SUN MAY 19th 7 PM
Keynote Speaker: Colonel Richard Kemp. More info: 
www.standwithus.com

CONSIDERING SEEKING SPANISH OR PORTUGUESE CITIZENSHIP? 
Sephardic brethren, have you thought about applying for Spanish or Portuguese citizenship? Ezra Bessaroth can assist. We are available to provide expert consultation and guidance services to interested individuals along with the required confirmation of Sephardic Heritage. For  details please contact Susan at 206-722-5500.

Mercaz Shavuaton JUNE 7th – 10th 
At Camp Salomon Schechter.  
www.MercazSeattle.org

AIRPORT , LOCAL TRIPS, AND KOSHER RESTAURANT DELIVERY! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER
Competitive rates, excellent service.  Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com


REBBE’S SICHO FOR TAZRIAH
https://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2470433/jewish/Tazria.htm ©SichosInEnglish.

The names of the Torah readings were chosen not because they are the first — or close to the first — words of the Torah reading, but because they convey the theme of the Torah reading as a whole.

It appears difficult to resolve this concept with the name of this week’s Torah reading, Tazria, for the word tazria and the predominant subject of the reading, the affliction of tzaaras, appear to be direct opposites. Tazria means “conceive;” referring to the generation of new life.

Tzaraas, by contrast, refers to a unique affliction. Though commonly translated as leprosy, it is not analogous to that physical ailment. Though it affects a person’s body, it primarily has to do with his soul. In that vein, our Sages say: “One afflicted with tzaraas is considered as dead.” Why then is a name associated with the conception of life given to a Torah reading whose primary subject appears to be of an opposite nature?

The resolution of the question centers on the concept that a person is afflicted with tzaraasas punishment for speaking lashon hora, slanderous gossip. Now reward and punishment is one of the fundamental concepts of the Torah. Indeed, Rambam considers it as one of his Thirteen Principles of Faith. At the core of the issue is the axiom that a person must take responsibility for his conduct. He must realize that his deeds have consequences. G‑dwatches his every act and rewards a person or punishes him as his conduct warrants.

When, however, G‑d metes out punishment, it is not for the sake of retribution. He is not a vengeful G‑d who seeks to cause a person suffering. On the contrary, He is compassionate and merciful. If He metes out punishment, that punishment is itself an act of mercy. The intent is not only that the suffering cleanses the blemish that the person brought about through sin and causes it to be absolved. Instead, the intent is that the punishment serves as cue for the sinner to change his conduct and correct the inner fault that led to the sin.

The punishment of tzaraas is a classic illustration of this principle. As mentioned, tzaraascame as punishment for slanderous gossip, the type of talk that drives wedges between people. As a consequence, one afflicted with tzaraas is compelled to experience solitude. “He must dwell alone, outside the camp of his dwelling.”

In this way, he will understand the error of his ways and he will change. The punishment itself will be the catalyst for his personal growth.

Herein lies the connection with Tazria, the generation of new life. The Torah reading teaches that there are times when life is generated through positive activities. And there are other instances, when a negative situation, even one as severe as tzaraas, will stimulate the beginning of new life and energy. From this instance, we can extrapolate to other situations. Even if circumstances appear negative, we should appreciate them as cues from Above to initiate a new beginning.

Looking to the Horizon

The concluding prophecies of the Book of Isaiah employ birth as an analogy for the coming of Mashiach. What is the difference between an unborn fetus and an infant who has emerged into the world? They both are alive. But the fetus does not function as an independent organism. It does not eat or breathe on its own and its perceptions are limited to the environment of its mother’s womb.

The infant, by contrast, functions independently and it is sensitive to all the stimuli in the world outside of it. True, it needs time to grow and develop, but from the moment, it emerges from the womb, it is living on its own.

These factors enable us to understand the analogue: mankind’s emergence in the era of Mashiach. Throughout the centuries of exile — and to a certain extent, even before that, when the Temple stood in Jerusalem — mankind has not been aware of the true nature of the world. Like a fetus in its mother’s womb, its view of reality has been drastically limited, because it has seen only the material dimensions of existence, without perceiving the spiritual life-force.

As a result, like a fetus, mankind has always been taking; functioning as a recipient of Divine bounty rather than living on its own. As the Divine potential within the world surfaces in the era of Mashiach, man will emerge with a new identity. Hence, Mashiach’s coming is described as birth.

PARASHA SHEMINI – PARAH – MEVARCHIM NISSAN | 22-29 Adar II, 5779

EREV SHABBOS MAR 29th 
Shacharis 7 AM
Candles/Mincha/Maariv 7:16 PM

SHABBOS - SAT MAR 30th  
Tehilim for Mevarchim Nissan 8 AM
Shacharis: 9:30 AM 
Sof Zman Krias Shema 10:03 AM 
Shabbos Mincha 7:16 PM /Seuda Slishit Lite
Maariv/Havdalah 8:16 PM

WEEKDAY SERVICES
Sun Shacharis 9 AM 
Mon – Fri  Shacharis 7 AM
Sun - Thu Mincha 7:30 PM, followed immediately by Maariv

SHABBOS KIDDUSH AND SEUDA SLISHIT.  
This week’s kiddush is sponsored by Eliana Kelso. She would like to thank the CSTL community for their support.  Eliana is also sponsoring the delicious meat cholent made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin.

Simcha’s Shmurah Matzah Co-op NOW Taking Orders 
Available in Wheat, Whole Wheat, Spelt, and reduced price broken Matzahs for non-Seder meals. Please send your order to 
sbrandeis@gmail.com  and we will notify you of the pickup date and the cost of your order. Matzah orders are paid in full at pickup at 7248 27th Avenue NE

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -PENDING
For current status of the North Seattle Eruv, please check the flag on the NE 65th Street side of CSTL, (green flag means the Eruv is up, red flag the Eruv is down), CSTL eNews, or the Vaad eNews. Visit our web site 
www.twitter.com/cstleruv for current status.

FARBRENGEN ALERT–- FRIDAY 6 PM
Erev-Shabbos Farbrengen in the CSTL Social Hall. 

PUBLIC SEDER AT CHABAD HOUSE MINYAN– FRI APRIL 19th  and SAT APRIL 20th at 8 pm
4541 19th Ave NE.  Featuring an inspiring Hagadah, Matzah, Wine/Grape Juice, Chrain, Charoses, and a delicious seder meal!   
https://www.facebook.com/chabadhouseminyan/

SAFETY OF CHILDREN AT CSTL – IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM CSTL BOARD
As a reminder children are not allowed to play outside the Shul. Parents please keep your children in the Kids Program or with their parents in Shul. The Board of CSTL and CSTL will not be responsible for children that are left unattended. Thank you for your cooperation.

MA'OT HITTIM CHARITY FOR PESACH 
Donate online 
www.CSTLSeattle.org, with Notation “Maot Chitim”, or mail you checks to CSTL, 6250 43rd Ave NE, Seattle WA 98115.  Contract Jonathan Greene for more info, j.i.greene625@gmail.com

SELL YOUR CHAMETZ BEFORE 7 AM FRIDAY MORNING APRIL 19th 
www.chabad.org/sellchametz

MAOS CHITIM
Berel Pedowitz has set up a gofundme to solicit funds for Pesach for his family (Maos Chitim).   https://www.gofundme.com/pesach-fund Please help with this important mitzvah.

CAMP GAN ISRAEL SEATTLE July  1st – Aug 9th. – REGISTER NOW
Register at 
www.campganisraelseattle.org This summer at Camp Gan Israel Seattle, we will be focusing on discovering the hidden talents within every single camper. Each child will have the opportunity to express their abilities through art, science, drama, sports and much more. We will also learn how every talent relates to us as Jews and that we play a distinctive irreplaceable role. We are all valued as individuals, and as a part of the greater Jewish nation. Every single child is unique and has so much to contribute. Looking forward to giving your child the best summer experience. 
With questions, call or text Rabbi Kavka 206-730-2775

LADIES TEHILIM – SUN 10 am
Come say Tehilim

Sunday Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin –
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

Rebbi’s Sicho with Rabbi Mendy – SHABBOS 6:30 PM 
Words of Torah inspiration from the Rebbe. For Men and Women. In honor  of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah for a full רפואה  שלימה  

WOMEN’S LEARNING AT CSTL WED 8:00 PM
Contact Shprintze Kavka to arrange to learn what you want to learn.  206-730-2764

TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY – 8:45 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class the classes  are in honor  of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah for a full רפואה  שלימה 

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

CSTL TOT PROGRAM 10:30 am - Noon
This program is now volunteer-led. If you are interested in volunteering from time to time, please email
elizabeth.roth08@gmail.com

CSTL JUNIOR CONGREGATION  10:30 am – Noon 
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

RABBI EMLEN’S MONDAY NIGHT SICHOS CLASS FOR WOMEN–8 PM 
All levels of knowledge are welcome! Light refreshments will be served. At the Kavka’s 4002 NE 72nd  Street .For a Refuah Shlaimah for  חיה שרה מלכה בת ברכה לאה חוה     

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE
If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact Marion Kitz Gabbai Kiddush,
miriamkitz@hotmail.com . Contact Marion to sponsor a Kiddush for a BIRTHDAY, ANNIVERSARY or YAHRZEIT. Please inform Marion by the preceding Sunday evening so that we have time to prepare properly.  Prices: Sponsor $350, co-Sponsor $175, Contributor: $50-$149.

GoFundMe for the Pedowitz Family - Maot Chitim
Now’s a good time so start thinking about the mitzvah of Maos Chitim (Charity for Pesach).   Berel Pedowitz has made this link for donations for his family’s Pesach. 
https://www.gofundme.com/u6b6c9-pesach?pc=ot_co_dashboard_a&rcid=a2ebbe783a3f4213b7cf71f8aed97e75


COMMUNITY NEWS

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

PASSOVER SALES ON NOW
This year, U Village Safeway has an extensive inventory, as do Safeway on Rainer Ave and, of course, QFC U Village and  
www.AffordableKosher.com

CHIEF RABBI OF UK TO SPEAK IN VANCOUVER - SUN MAR 31st 
Beth Hamidrash Sephardic Congregation  of Vancouver BC is celebrating their Jubilee with a  gala dinner featuring keynote speaker Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom..
www.BethHaMidrash.com

Annual Wine, Cheese & Chocolate tasting SUN MAR 31st 7:30 pm
Island Synagogue (aka Congregation Shevat Achim). More info: www.islandsynagogue.org

"LINC Closet Clearout" Sunday, April 7, 4-9 pm,
At Ashreichem Yisrael. Contact: Aliza Brand (773) 663-1512, Talya (206) 696-4916 or 
lincseattle@gmail.com 

LECTURE: SEPHARDIC JEWS IN AMERICA - SUN APR 7th  4 PM
Professor Devin Naar will explore the trajectories of Sephardic Jews from the Mediterranean world to America during the 20th century, At Sephardic Bikur Cholim Ethan@SeattleSephardic.org

SPANISH JEWISH LOVE SONGS AT DOWNTOWN LIBRARY - WED APR. 10th NOON
A performance of "Jewish-Spanish Love Songs" written for guitar and voice. Featuring Malya Muth, soprano and Joan Lundquist, piano performing the Jewish-Spanish Song Cycle by Daniel Akiva at the downtown Seattle Public library.

Sephardic Lecture Series Apr. 28, 4 pm,. 
At Sephardic Bikur Holim. 
www.SBHSeattle.org (206) 723-3028

Germany Close Up by Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle
The Jewish Federation is taking applications 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

JEWISH THEATER PRESENTS 'ASHER LEV' - THU APR 11th 7:30 PM
The Seattle Jewish Theater Company returns to Congregation Ezra Bessaroth,  on Thursday evening, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. to present the award winning play, “My Name is Asher Lev,”. The performance will be followed by a chocolate reception and conversation with the cast. Tickets are $20 for members of Ezra Bessaroth, $25 for non-members and $18 for students. Tickets may be purchased at the Cong. Ezra Bessaroth office or at the door.

Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance Day Sunday May 8th  7:00 pm
At Ezra Bessaroth 
www.EzraBessaroth.net

StandWithUs Northwest SUN MAY 19th 6 PM
"Leaders of Tomorrow" Gala Dinner Downtown Seattle, 6 pm Cocktail Reception / 7 pm Dinner & Program. Keynote speaker, Colonel Richard Kemp. 
www.standwithus.com/SeattleGala2019 

StandWithUs Northwest   "Leaders of Tomorrow" Gala Dinner SUN MAY 19th 7 PM
Keynote Speaker: Colonel Richard Kemp. More info: 
www.standwithus.com

CONSIDERING SEEKING SPANISH OR PORTUGUESE CITIZENSHIP? 
Sephardic brethren, have you thought about applying for Spanish or Portuguese citizenship? Ezra Bessaroth can assist. We are available to provide expert consultation and guidance services to interested individuals along with the required confirmation of Sephardic Heritage. For  details please contact Susan at 206-722-5500.

Mercaz Shavuaton JUNE 7th – 10th 
At Camp Salomon Schechter.  
www.MercazSeattle.org

AIRPORT , LOCAL TRIPS, AND KOSHER RESTAURANT DELIVERY! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER
Competitive rates, excellent service.  Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com


REBBE’S SICHO FOR SHEMINI
https://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2470432/jewish/Shemini.htm ©SichosInEnglish

This week’s Torah reading describes the dedication of the Sanctuary in the desert. To complement that narrative, the Haftorah describes how the Ark was brought to Jerusalemby King David in preparation for the construction of the Temple.

Accompanying the ark, King David was overcome by joy: G‑d’s presence would dwell in the city he had built. As a consequence, “King David was dancing wildly and cavorting before G‑d.”

His wife, Michal the daughter of King Saul, looked out from the window and was horrified at her husband’s conduct. When he came home, she reproached him: “How glorious was the king of Israel today, who uncovered himself today… as one of the low fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!”

David replied to her harshly: “In the presence of G‑d Who chose me over your father… I will hold myself even more lightly esteemed than this.”

Why does Scripture refer to Michal as the daughter of King Saul and why does David mention G‑d’s choice of him over Saul? Because that is the core of the issue. David was telling Michal bluntly that his ability to let go, to give himself over to G‑d without any restraint was the reason why G‑d had chosen him and not Saul. Saul had followed his logic. Of course, Saul had been committed to G‑d’s will — but only according to the extent of his understanding. He couldn’t go totally beyond himself. While for David, the ability to do so was the foundation of his relationship with G‑d. He knew no constraints; he devoted himself to G‑d entirely.

This lead to his boundless happiness. He was not dancing because of personal joy; his rejoicing did not come as a result of the realization of what a great thing he had accomplished. In fact, he was not thinking at all. He was in the presence of G‑d and was celebrating without any limits. For just as G‑d is unbounded and undefined, so too, man’s service of Him must know no restrictions. He was far beyond calculating what constituted “respectful and proper behavior.” His “I” was eclipsed entirely — he was at one with Divinity — before Whom there is no possibility for a mortal to consider himself great.

Maimonides says it most succinctly: “Whoever holds himself proud, seeking his own honor… in such situations is a sinner and a fool. Concerning this, Solomon warned: ‘Do not seek glory before the King.’ [In contrast,] anyone who lowers himself and thinks lightly of his person… is truly a great person, worthy of honor.”

When one rejoices in such a manner, then — again to quote Maimonides: “The happiness with which a person should rejoice in the fulfillment of the mitzvos and the love of G‑d Who commanded them is truly a great service.”

Looking to the Horizon

The Torah emphasizes that the dedication of the Sanctuary took place on the eighth day. Why the eighth? Because the natural order of the world is structured according to a pattern of seven, as indicated by the seven days of the week. Eight represents the transcendence of nature. Therefore, the Sanctuary where G‑d’s presence — a revelation of G‑dliness far above nature — was manifest was dedicated on the eighth day.

Eight is the sum of seven and one. One signifies G‑d’s transcendence, but as He exist alone, above this world. Eight reflects how the one permeates the seven. Unlike one, it does not refer to pure transcendence that leaves no place for the natural. Instead, it points to a fusion of the transcendent and the natural, how His transcendence will pervade and permeate the natural order symbolized by seven.

For this reason, our Sages associate the number eight with the realm of Mashiach, stating that the harp to be played in the Temple in that era will have eight strands (rather than the seven-stringed harp played in previous generations), for the new awareness that will dawn in the era of Mashiach will erase the dichotomy between the physical and the spiritual. In that time, our spiritual awareness will permeate our physical activities, endowing them with inner depth and meaning.

PARASHA TZAV | 15-22 Adar II, 5779

EREV SHABBOS MAR 22nd /SHUSHAN PURIM
Shacharis 7 AM
Candles/Mincha/Maariv 7:06 PM

SHABBOS - SAT MAR 23rd 
Shacharis: 9:30 AM 
Sof Zman Krias Shema 10:11 AM 
Shabbos Mincha 7:05 PM /Seuda Slishit Lite
Maariv/Havdalah 8:09 PM

WEEKDAY SERVICES
Sun Shacharis 9 AM 
Mon – Fri  Shacharis 7 AM
Sun - Thu Mincha 7:15 PM, followed immediately by Maariv

SHABBOS KIDDUSH AND SEUDA SLISHIT.  
Kiddush Light.The delicious meat cholent is made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin, and sponsored by Ploni Almoni.

Simcha’s Shmurah Matzah Co-op NOW Taking Orders 
Available in Wheat, Whole Wheat, Spelt, and reduced price broken Matzahs for non-Seder meals. Please send your order to 
sbrandeis@gmail.com  and we will notify you of the pickup date and the cost of your order. Matzah orders are paid in full at pickup at 7248 27th Avenue NE

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -PENDING
For current status of the North Seattle Eruv, please check the flag on the NE 65th Street side of CSTL, (green flag means the Eruv is up, red flag the Eruv is down), CSTL eNews, or the Vaad eNews. Visit our web site
www.twitter.com/cstleruv for current status.

FARBRENGEN ALERT–- FRIDAY 6 PM
Erev-Shabbos Farbrengen in the CSTL Social Hall. 

LADIES TEHILIM – SUN 10 am
Come say Tehilim

Sunday Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin –
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

Rebbi’s Sicho with Rabbi Mendy – SHABBOS 6:15 PM 
Words of Torah inspiration from the Rebbe. For Men and Women. In honor  of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah for a full רפואה  שלימה  

WOMEN’S LEARNING AT CSTL WED 8:00 PM
Contact Shprintze Kavka to arrange to learn what you want to learn.  206-730-2764

TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY – 8:45 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class the classes  are in honor  of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah for a full רפואה  שלימה 

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

CSTL TOT PROGRAM 10:30 am - Noon
This program is now volunteer-led. If you are interested in volunteering from time to time, please email
elizabeth.roth08@gmail.com

CSTL JUNIOR CONGREGATION  10:30 am – Noon 
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

RABBI EMLEN’S MONDAY NIGHT SICHOS CLASS FOR WOMEN–8 PM 
All levels of knowledge are welcome! Light refreshments will be served. At the Kavka’s 4002 NE 72nd  Street .For a Refuah Shlaimah for  חיה שרה מלכה בת ברכה לאה חוה     

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE
If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact Marion Kitz Gabbai Kiddush,
miriamkitz@hotmail.com . Contact Marion to sponsor a Kiddush for a BIRTHDAY, ANNIVERSARY or YAHRZEIT. Please inform Marion by the preceding Sunday evening so that we have time to prepare properly.  Prices: Sponsor $350, co-Sponsor $175, Contributor: $50-$149.

GoFundMe for the Pedowitz Family - Maot Chitim
Now’s a good time so start thinking about the mitzvah of Maos Chitim (Charity for Pesach).   Berel Pedowitz has made this link for donations for his family’s Pesach. 
https://www.gofundme.com/u6b6c9-pesach?pc=ot_co_dashboard_a&rcid=a2ebbe783a3f4213b7cf71f8aed97e75


COMMUNITY NEWS

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

Derech Emuna Annual Class Play"The Real Deal" for Women Only MAR 27TH 
At Renton Ikea Performing Arts Center 400 S Second Street, Renton, WA. Purchase tickets at
www.derechemunah.com/play

CHIEF RABBI OF UK TO SPEAK IN VANCOUVER - SUN MAR 31st 
Beth Hamidrash Sephardic Congregation  of Vancouver BC is celebrating their Jubilee with a  gala dinner featuring keynote speaker Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom..
www.BethHaMidrash.com

JEWISH THEATER PRESENTS 'ASHER LEV' - THU APR 11th 7:30 PM
The Seattle Jewish Theater Company returns to Congregation Ezra Bessaroth,  on Thursday evening, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. to present the award winning play, “My Name is Asher Lev,”. The performance will be followed by a chocolate reception and conversation with the cast. Tickets are $20 for members of Ezra Bessaroth, $25 for non-members and $18 for students. Tickets may be purchased at the Cong. Ezra Bessaroth office or at the door.

Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance Day Sunday, April 8, 7:00 pm
At Ezra Bessaroth 
www.EzraBessaroth.net

StandWithUs Northwest SUN MAY 19th 6 PM
"Leaders of Tomorrow" Gala Dinner Downtown Seattle, 6 pm Cocktail Reception / 7 pm Dinner & Program. Keynote speaker, Colonel Richard Kemp. 
www.standwithus.com/SeattleGala2019 

Mercaz Shavuaton JUNE 7th – 10th 
At Camp Salomon Schechter.  
www.MercazSeattle.org

StandWithUs Northwest   "Leaders of Tomorrow" Gala Dinner SUN MAY 19th 7 PM
Keynote Speaker: Colonel Richard Kemp. More info: 
www.standwithus.com

CONSIDERING SEEKING SPANISH OR PORTUGUESE CITIZENSHIP? 
Sephardic brethren, have you thought about applying for Spanish or Portuguese citizenship? Ezra Bessaroth can assist. We are available to provide expert consultation and guidance services to interested individuals along with the required confirmation of Sephardic Heritage. For  details please contact Susan at 206-722-5500.

AIRPORT , LOCAL TRIPS, AND KOSHER RESTAURANT DELIVERY! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER
Competitive rates, excellent service.  Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com


REBBE’S SICHO FOR TZAV
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This Torah reading contains the verse: “This is the law of the burnt offering... [It shall remain on] the altar’s hearth throughout the night.” Rashi explains that the verse teaches that although the sacrifices had to be offered during the day, burning the fats and limbs of the sacrifices was permitted throughout the night. Nevertheless, although license to burn the fats at night was granted, the mitzvahof burning the sacrificial fats applied primarily during the day. The burning of fats at night was only to compensate for not burning them earlier.

Fat is an analogy for satisfaction. We are commanded: “All the fat [should be offered] to G‑d,” implying that a person must offer his powers of pleasure and satisfaction to G‑dliness. This includes “the fats of the sacrifice,” the satisfaction he receives from drawing close to G‑d. One might think that the need to sublimate and sacrifice pleasure refers only to the pleasure derived from material things. Seemingly, what could be wrong with deriving pleasure from the observance of mitzvosand other holy matters?

In resolution: True, one should feel energy and vitality in the observance of the mitzvos,observing them not simply out of compulsion, but out of a genuine love for G‑d. The fact that one is able to fulfill G‑d’s will should be the greatest source of pleasure. Nevertheless, care must be taken to ensure that one takes pleasure in fulfilling G‑d’s will and not from the self-satisfying dimensions of the observanceof mitzvos. For example, a person may feel good because he performed a mitzvah; he may be happy that he helped another person. His self-image is enhanced. That is a positive feeling, but it is the person’s own feeling.

In truth, we should be happy that we performed a mitzvah, because this is G‑d’s will and because His desire has been carried out. From this perspective, it doesn’t matter who performed the mitzvah. It could have been performed by another person as well. The reason for one’s happiness is that G‑d’s will has been fulfilled, not that he fulfilled it.

On this basis, we can understand the concept stated previously: that the mitzvah of burning the fats applies primarily during the day and burning them at night is merely compensation. With regard to our Divine service, “day” refers to the times when we are occupied with the study of Torah and the observance of mitzvos, as reflected in the analogy: “A mitzvahis a candle, and the Torah, light.” Night and darkness, by contrast, represent times when a person is not occupied with the Torah or its mitzvos, but rather occupied with material concerns.

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

Looking to the Horizon

There is an allusion to the Ultimate Redemption in the verse “Do not allow the fat of the festive offering to remain until the morning.” Implied is that burning the fats on the altar, dedicating one’s pleasure to G‑d will be a catalyst for “the morning” — the ultimate dawn, the era when “the sun will no longer serve you for the light of day.... Instead, G‑d will be your eternal light.” By devoting our capacity for pleasure to G‑d, we enable Divine pleasure and satisfaction to flourish in the era of Mashiach.

PARASHA VAYIKRA – ZACHOR | 8-15 Adar II, 5779

EREV SHABBOS MAR 15th 
Shacharis 7 AM
Candles/Mincha/Maariv 6:55 PM

SHABBOS - SAT MAR 16th //HEARING THE ZACHOR TORAH READING IS A BIBLICAL MITZVAH
Shacharis: 9:30 AM ß NOTE NEW TIME FOR DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME
Sof Zman Krias Shema 10:19 AM 
Shabbos Mincha 6:55 PM /Seuda Slishit Lite
Maariv/Havdalah 7:56 PM

WEEKDAY SERVICES
Sun Shacharis 9 AM 
Mon ,Tue,Thu, Fri Shacharis 7 AM

Wed 6:50 AM /FAST OF ESTHER/
Sun - Tue Mincha 7 PM, followed immediately by Maariv

SHABBOS KIDDUSH AND SEUDA SLISHIT.  
Shabbat Zachor kiddush  is co-sponsored by Lis and Dr. Vernon Neppe in commemoration of the 24th  Yahrzeit of Lis’s , Yehuda Leib Ben Eliahu ז׳ל  ,   9 Adar 2.  5755. Cholent sponsored by the Neppe family. The Yahrzeit is this Shabbat.The delicious meat cholent is made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin.

SHABBAT ZACHOR - MARCH 16th  REMEMBER WHAT AMALEK DID TO US
The Shabbat before Purimis known as 'Shabbat Zachor" the Shabbat of remembrance. On this Shabbat we read the special Maftir portion from Devarim 25 which contains the admonition, “Remember what Amalek did to you on your way out of Egypt! Do not forget!” This reading serves as an eternal reminder of Amalek's cowardly attack upon the children of Israel, Haman's evil plans and the nefarious intentions of all those who came after. Our sages teach that all who are able, should come to synagogue to hear the recitation of this passage.
www.ezrabessarot.net

FAST OF ESTHER & PURIM – WED MAR 20th and THU MAR 21st 
Wed Mar 20th – FAST BEGINS 5:40 AM
Wed Mar 20th -  Shacharis 6:50 AM/Torah & Selichos

Wed Mar 20th -  Kids Purim Party 6 PM
Wed Mar 20th – Mincha 6:30 PM /Torah & Haftorah
Wed Mar 20th   FAST ENDS 7:53 PM
Wed Mar 20st – Maariv/Megilah/Dancing 7:53 PM.
Thu Mar 21st – Shacharis/Megilah 7 AM
Thu Mar 21st – Mincha/Megilah for Ladies 2 PM

MMSC PURIM PROJECT FUNDRAISER
MMSC Day School is excited to invite you to donate to our Purim Project! This is a great opportunity to support MMSC Email 
rochel@mmscdayschool.org for a link to the donation web site.

Simcha’s Shmurah Matzah Co-op NOW Taking Orders 
Available in Wheat, Whole Wheat, Spelt, and reduced price broken Matzahs for non-Seder meals. Please send your order to 
sbrandeis@gmail.com  and we will notify you of the pickup date and the cost of your order. Matzah orders are paid in full at pickup at 7248 27th Avenue NE

PURIM AT CSTL – WED MAR 20th – 6 PM
Megilah – Hamantashen – Costumes – Dancing. Od Yeshama Orchestra. Maariv/Megilah Reading 7:52 pm.  Tickets for Shwarma 
www.tinyurl.com/CSTLPurimCarnival   RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

MATONOT L’EVYONIM – GIFTS TO THE POOR FOR PURIM
Please contact Gabbai Tzedakah Jonathan Greene to make your donation for this important mitzvah
j.i.greene625@gmail.com

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -PENDING
For current status of the North Seattle Eruv, please check the flag on the NE 65th Street side of CSTL, (green flag means the Eruv is up, red flag the Eruv is down), CSTL eNews, or the Vaad eNews. Visit our web site
www.twitter.com/cstleruv for current status.

FARBRENGEN ALERT–- FRIDAY 6 PM
Erev-Shabbos Farbrengen in the CSTL Social Hall.  In honor of MOSHE RABENU’S BIRTHDAY – 7 ADAR.

LADIES TEHILIM – SUN 10 am
Come say Tehilim

Sunday Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin –
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

Rebbi’s Sicho with Rabbi Mendy – SHABBOS 6 PM 
Words of Torah inspiration from the Rebbe. For Men and Women. In honor  of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah for a full רפואה  שלימה  

WOMEN’S LEARNING AT CSTL WED 8:00 PM
Contact Shprintze Kavka to arrange to learn what you want to learn.  206-730-2764

TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY – 8:45 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class the classes  are in honor  of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah for a full רפואה  שלימה 

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

CSTL TOT PROGRAM 10:30 am - Noon
This program is now volunteer-led. If you are interested in volunteering from time to time, please email
elizabeth.roth08@gmail.com

CSTL JUNIOR CONGREGATION  10:30 am – Noon 
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

RABBI EMLEN’S MONDAY NIGHT SICHOS CLASS FOR WOMEN–8 PM 
All levels of knowledge are welcome! Light refreshments will be served. At the Kavka’s 4002 NE 72nd  Street .For a Refuah Shlaimah for  חיה שרה מלכה בת ברכה לאה חוה     

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE
If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact Marion Kitz Gabbai Kiddush,
miriamkitz@hotmail.com . Contact Marion to sponsor a Kiddush for a BIRTHDAY, ANNIVERSARY or YAHRZEIT. Please inform Marion by the preceding Sunday evening so that we have time to prepare properly.  Prices: Sponsor $350, co-Sponsor $175, Contributor: $50-$149.

GoFundMe for the Pedowitz Family - Maot Chitim
Now’s a good time so start thinking about the mitzvah of Maos Chitim (Charity for Pesach).   Berel Pedowitz has made this link for donations for his family’s Pesach. 
https://www.gofundme.com/u6b6c9-pesach?pc=ot_co_dashboard_a&rcid=a2ebbe783a3f4213b7cf71f8aed97e75


COMMUNITY NEWS

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

Comedy Night with Ashley Blaker  SUN MAR 17th 7:15 – 9:30 PM
At BCMH. $36 per seat. 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ashley-blaker-comedy-night-at-bcmh-tickets-58116230209

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Jewish Prisoner Services International (JPSI)
Please help with the very important chesed of Pidyon Shevuim.  Volunteers are needed to Visiting/Teaching at Jails and Prison, Advocacy, Answering letters from inmates, Web database development and database work. info@jpsi.org and list your area of interest, please include your preferred contact information  Thank You, Matthew Perry, Secretary/Treasurer JPSI, 206-617-2367

Derech Emuna Annual Class Play"The Real Deal" for Women Only MAR 27TH 
At Renton Ikea Performing Arts Center 400 S Second Street, Renton, WA. Purchase tickets at
www.derechemunah.com/play

CHIEF RABBI OF UK TO SPEAK IN VANCOUVER - SUN MAR 31st 
Beth Hamidrash Sephardic Congregation  of Vancouver BC is celebrating their Jubilee with a  gala dinner featuring keynote speaker Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom..
www.BethHaMidrash.com

JEWISH THEATER PRESENTS 'ASHER LEV' - THU APR 11th 7:30 PM
The Seattle Jewish Theater Company returns to Congregation Ezra Bessaroth,  on Thursday evening, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. to present the award winning play, “My Name is Asher Lev,”. The performance will be followed by a chocolate reception and conversation with the cast. Tickets are $20 for members of Ezra Bessaroth, $25 for non-members and $18 for students. Tickets may be purchased at the Cong. Ezra Bessaroth office or at the door.

ORDER YOUR HAMANTASHEN TODAY!
The Ezra Bessaroth Ladies Auxiliary are baking their amazing, delectable Hamantashen for Purim. There will be three varieties to choose from, Poppy. Apricot and Raspberry. To order send your request by email to  Muriel
meriamt@comcast.net  or call Susan in the EB office at 206-722-5500. Supplies are limited so order early. You will be contacted when ready to make arrangements for pick up.

Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance Day Sunday, April 8, 7:00 pm
At Ezra Bessaroth 
www.EzraBessaroth.net

RABBI BENZAQUEN CLASSES AT EZRA BESSAROTH
Rabbi Simon Benzaquen is offering classes on the Laws of Kashrut (Thursday nights at 7:30pm), and on theLaws of Shabbat (2nd, 3rd & 4th Wednesdays at 7:30pm). These are text-based classes well-suited for individuals of all backgrounds and skill levels. All are welcome. All classes at Ezra Bessaroth.

StandWithUs Northwest SUN MAY 19th 6 PM
"Leaders of Tomorrow" Gala Dinner Downtown Seattle, 6 pm Cocktail Reception / 7 pm Dinner & Program. Keynote speaker, Colonel Richard Kemp. 
www.standwithus.com/SeattleGala2019 

Mercaz Shavuaton JUNE 7th – 10th 
At Camp Salomon Schechter.  
www.MercazSeattle.org

Nominations for the Federation’s Jewish Communal Professional Award
Deadline for submitting nominations for the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle 2019 Pamela Waechter z"l Jewish Communal Professional Award is Friday, March 15, 2019. Contact Cindy Bockelman: cindyb@jewishinseattle.org or 206-774-2251. More info: 
www.jewishinseattle.org

Talmud with Rabbi Fox Mondays 10 AM
At Minyan Ohr Chadash. Email 
thoughtsonparasha@gmail.com  to receive sources before each session.

Sunday Morning Women's Shiur 10:20 AM
Topic: "Tomer Devorah: Emulating the Attributes of Hashem". A three part series given by Rabbi Yaakov Tanenbaum, BCMH Beis Midrash

Seattle Kollel Mishna Yomit Seder Nezikin & Tractate Bava Kama MON evenings.
More info: 
rabbiavrohomdavid@gmail.com  or (206) 369-1215

StandWithUs Northwest   "Leaders of Tomorrow" Gala Dinner SUN MAY 19th 7 PM
Keynote Speaker: Colonel Richard Kemp. More info: 
www.standwithus.com

CONSIDERING SEEKING SPANISH OR PORTUGUESE CITIZENSHIP? 
Sephardic brethren, have you thought about applying for Spanish or Portuguese citizenship? Ezra Bessaroth can assist. We are available to provide expert consultation and guidance services to interested individuals along with the required confirmation of Sephardic Heritage. For  details please contact Susan at 206-722-5500.

AIRPORT , LOCAL TRIPS, AND KOSHER RESTAURANT DELIVERY! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER
Competitive rates, excellent service.  Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com

SHALOCH MANOT DELIVERY – RESERVE NOW! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER
Competitive rates, excellent service.  Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com.


REBBE’S SICHO FOR VAYIKRA
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Among the sacrifices mentioned in this Torah reading is the conditional guilt-offering. A sin-offering is brought when one definitely knows that he has committed an inadvertent sin. A conditional guilt-offering, however, is brought when one is in doubt whether in fact he committed a transgression. Significantly, the conditional guilt-offering is many times more expensive than the sin-offering.

In the works of the Rabbis, the following explanation is given: Fundamentally, the atonement brought about by a sacrifice comes from the person’s feelings of teshuvah. When a person knows he has sinned, he is naturally aroused to sincere feelings of regret. But when a person is unsure whether or not he sinned, he has to seek external means to inspire such feelings of teshuvah. For this reason, the conditional guilt-offering cost more than a sin-offering.

This rationale is, however, insufficient. For although teshuvah is necessary, it is not the only element involved. The actual offering of the sacrifice in and of itself serves as a powerful catalyst to bring atonement and remove the blemishes created by sin. The different kinds of sacrifices were ordained according to the nature of the blemish a person’s sins created within his soul.

This leads to the conclusion that the reason a conditional guilt-offering cost more than a sin-offering was not merely to inspire sincere teshuvah, but also because a conditional guilt-offering must atone for a greater blemish. This raises a question: Why is the blemish created when one is unsure of one’s guilt greater than that created when one is certain that he sinned?

This question can be resolved as follows: In general, sacrifices atone for sins committed unintentionally, for even a commandment violated unknowingly requires atonement. Although the person did not intentionally sin, the fact that his unconscious thoughts led to such behavior is an indication that he is spiritually lacking. For if he was not lacking, he would not have sinned, even unintentionally, as it is written: “No evil shall befall the righteous.”

This reflects a further point. A person’s unconscious behavior — what he does without thinking — is often a powerful indicator of his nature, reflecting his fundamental concerns and sources of pleasure. A righteous manderives pleasure from G‑dliness; therefore his deeds involve goodness and holiness. When, by contrast, a person unknowingly commits a sin, this indicates that undesirable factors are his source of pleasure. His conduct is like a Freudian slip indicating where his inner desire for pleasure lies.

Building on the above concepts: When a person knows he has committed a sin unwittingly, he realizes that he is in need of spiritual improvement; the transgression makes him aware of an inner involvement with evil. But when a person is not definitely aware that he has sinned, his positive self-image can remain intact and he may not appreciate the need for change. This shows an even deeper connection with evil, for the person does not even realize something is amiss.

When a person knows he has unwittingly committed a transgression, his fundamental nature remains good; the deed runs contrary to his true self. For this reason, he is conscious that he has transgressed G‑d’s will. He senses the evil within his act, and realizes that this is not who he really is. When, however, a person does not realize that he has committed a transgression, this is a sign that the sin does not disturb him; it does not run contrary to his tendencies. For this reason, he does not even notice the sin. This is truly a severe internal blemish.

So when a person does not know whether or not he has committed a sin, he must bring a conditional guilt-offering — a sacrifice which is much more expensive than a sin-offering. For the conditional guilt-offering must correct the deeper spiritual insensitivity that prevents him from being aware of his faults.

Looking to the Horizon

This Torah reading begins: “And G‑d called to Moses and G‑d spoke to him.” Now we often find the expression “And G‑d spoke to Moses,” but here the Torah adds the preface, “And G‑d called....” Why does the Torah do so? Our Sages explain that the verse is highlighting the dearness with which G‑d regarded Moses and the Jewish people as a whole, for Moses was the emissary of the Jewish people. Before speaking to him, as a sign of endearment, G‑d first called to him.

The cherished quality possessed by the Jewish people is also reflected by the Haftorah which begins with the verse: “This people I made for My sake; they will relate My praise.”

Every Jew is heir to the entire spiritual legacy of our people. There is a golden chain extending throughout the generations, reaching back to our forefathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and to our Matriarchs, Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah. Every Jew in the present generation is a representative of the entire collective as it has existed and evolved throughout history. As such, G‑d cherishes every Jew as a father cherishes an only son and He is confident that, regardless of the way he looks or conducts himself, he or she will ultimately “relate G‑d’s praise,” by performing acts of goodness and kindness that reflect his spiritual potential.

The consummate expression of this quality will be in the era of Mashiach, when the virtues of the Jewish people will come to the surface. However, even before that era — and in anticipation of it — we should look at the virtues hidden within our fellow man and labor to bring them to the surface.

PARASHA PEKUDEI - CHAZAQ | 1-8 Adar II, 5779

EREV SHABBOS MAR 8th 
Shacharis 7 AM
Candles/Mincha/Maariv 5:45 PM

SHABBOS - SAT MAR 9th 
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 9:27 AM 
Shabbos Mincha 5:45 PM /Seuda Slishit Lite
Maariv/Havdalah 6:46 PM /CLOCKS SPRING FORWARD AT 2 AM/

WEEKDAY SERVICES
Sun Shacharis 9 AM 
Mon -  Fri Shacharis 7 AM
Sun - Thu Mincha 7 PM, followed immediately by Maariv

SHABBOS KIDDUSH AND SEUDA SLISHIT.  
This week's Kiddish and meat cholent is sponsored by Galit Lurya, in honor of her birthday!!!  MAZEL TOV, MAZEL TOV and many more!!  The delicious meat cholent is made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin.

HAMENTASHEN SHAPE & BAKE – SUN MAR 10th 7 PM AT CSTL
A fun community event, with Master Baker Frumi Marasow!  
mherbstman@gmail.com. Adults only.

MMSC PURIM PROJECT FUNDRAISER
MMSC Day School is excited to invite you to donate to our Purim Project! This is a great opportunity to support MMSC Email 
rochel@mmscdayschool.org for a link to the donation web site.

Simcha’s Shmurah Matzah Co-op NOW Taking Orders 
Available in Wheat, Whole Wheat, Spelt, and reduced price broken Matzahs for non-Seder meals. Please send your order to 
sbrandeis@gmail.com  and we will notify you of the pickup date and the cost of your order. Matzah orders are paid in full at pickup at 7248 27th Avenue NE

PURIM AT CSTL – WED MAR 20th – 6 PM
Megilah – Hamantashen – Costumes – Dancing. Od Yeshama Orchestra. Megilah Reading 7:45 pm.  Tickets for Shwarma 
www.tinyurl.com/CSTLPurimCarnival   RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -PENDING
For current status of the North Seattle Eruv, please check the flag on the NE 65th Street side of CSTL, (green flag means the Eruv is up, red flag the Eruv is down), CSTL eNews, or the Vaad eNews. Visit our web site 
www.twitter.com/cstleruv for current status.

FARBRENGEN ALERT–- FRIDAY 4 PM
Erev-Shabbos Farbrengen in the CSTL Social Hall.  In honor of the month of Elul!

LADIES TEHILIM – SUN 10 am
Come say Tehilim

Sunday Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin –
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

Rebbi’s Sicho with Rabbi Mendy – SHABBOS 5 PM 
Words of Torah inspiration from the Rebbe. For Men and Women. In honor  of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah for a full רפואה  שלימה  

WOMEN’S LEARNING AT CSTL WED 8:00 PM
Contact Shprintze Kavka to arrange to learn what you want to learn.  206-730-2764

TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY – 8:15 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class the classes  are in honor  of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah for a full רפואה  שלימה  

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

CSTL TOT PROGRAM 10:30 am - Noon
This program is now volunteer-led. If you are interested in volunteering from time to time, please email
elizabeth.roth08@gmail.com

CSTL JUNIOR CONGREGATION  10:30 am – Noon 
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

RABBI EMLEN’S MONDAY NIGHT SICHOS CLASS FOR WOMEN–8 PM 
All levels of knowledge are welcome! Light refreshments will be served. At the Kavka’s 4002 NE 72nd  Street . For a Refuah Shlaimah for  חיה שרה מלכה בת ברכה לאה חוה     

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE
If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact Marion Kitz Gabbai Kiddush,
miriamkitz@hotmail.com . Contact Marion to sponsor a Kiddush for a BIRTHDAY, ANNIVERSARY or YAHRZEIT. Please inform Marion by the preceding Sunday evening so that we have time to prepare properly.  Prices: Sponsor $350, co-Sponsor $175, Contributor: $50-$149.


 COMMUNITY NEWS

PRACTICAL MEDICAL INSIGHTS –SAT MAR 9th 8 PM
At Minyan Ohr Chadash. Moderator: Dr. Scott Pollack.

UNVEILING FOR ROSA GREENBERG A"H -  SUN MAR 10th 10:30 AM
The family of Rosa Greenberg a"h (wife of Rabbi Wm/ H Greenberg a"h) has asked us to share with the community that the unveiling ceremony will take place at 10:30 AM on Sunday, March 10th at the Sephardic Brotherhood Cemetery, 1230 N. 167th Street just off of Aurora.

IAC KESHET Mifgash – Eliezer Ben Yehuda and the Hebrew language MAR 10th – 10:30 AM
At Seattle Hebrew Academy.  Sponsored by Israeli American Council 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/iac-keshet-mifgash-about-the-hebrew-language-sha-tickets-53981026704? 

SHUSHAN AND JERUSALEM – A TALE OF TWO CITIES  - TUE MAR 12th 7:30 PM
For women only, with Rabbi Meyers.  At 5526 South Morgan St.

EASTSIDE TORAH CENTER CHALAH BAKE -WED MAR 13th 6:30 PM
www.ChabadBellevue.org

Comedy Night with Ashley Blaker  SUN MAR 17th 7:15 – 9:30 PM
At BCMH. $36 per seat. 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ashley-blaker-comedy-night-at-bcmh-tickets-58116230209

Derech Emuna Annual Class Play"The Real Deal" for Women Only MAR 27TH 
At Renton Ikea Performing Arts Center 400 S Second Street, Renton, WA. Purchase tickets at
www.derechemunah.com/play

CHIEF RABBI OF UK TO SPEAK IN VANCOUVER - SUN MAR 31st 
Beth Hamidrash Sephardic Congregation  of Vancouver BC is celebrating their Jubilee with a  gala dinner featuring keynote speaker Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom..
www.BethHaMidrash.com

ORDER YOUR HAMANTASHEN TODAY!
The Ezra Bessaroth Ladies Auxiliary are baking their amazing, delectable Hamantashen for Purim. There will be three varieties to choose from, Poppy. Apricot and Raspberry. To order send your request by email to  Muriel 
meriamt@comcast.net  or call Susan in the EB office at 206-722-5500. Supplies are limited so order early. You will be contacted when ready to make arrangements for pick up.

JEWISH THEATER PRESENTS 'ASHER LEV' - THU APR 11th 7:30 PM
The Seattle Jewish Theater Company returns to Congregation Ezra Bessaroth,  on Thursday evening, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. to present the award winning play, “My Name is Asher Lev,”. The performance will be followed by a chocolate reception and conversation with the cast. Tickets are $20 for members of Ezra Bessaroth, $25 for non-members and $18 for students. Tickets may be purchased at the Cong. Ezra Bessaroth office or at the door.

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

RABBI BENZAQUEN CLASSES AT EZRA BESSAROTH
Rabbi Simon Benzaquen is offering classes on the Laws of Kashrut (Thursday nights at 7:30pm), and on the Laws of Shabbat (2nd, 3rd & 4th Wednesdays at 7:30pm). These are text-based classes well-suited for individuals of all backgrounds and skill levels. All are welcome. All classes at Ezra Bessaroth.

StandWithUs Northwest SUN MAY 19th 6 PM
"Leaders of Tomorrow" Gala Dinner Downtown Seattle, 6 pm Cocktail Reception / 7 pm Dinner & Program. Keynote speaker, Colonel Richard Kemp. 
www.standwithus.com/SeattleGala2019 

Mercaz Shavuaton JUNE 7th – 10th 
At Camp Salomon Schechter.  
www.MercazSeattle.org

Nominations for the Federation’s Jewish Communal Professional Award
Deadline for submitting nominations for the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle 2019 Pamela Waechter z"l Jewish Communal Professional Award is Friday, March 15, 2019. Contact Cindy Bockelman: cindyb@jewishinseattle.org or 206-774-2251. More info: 
www.jewishinseattle.org

Talmud with Rabbi Fox Monday mornings, 10:00 am
At Minyan Ohr Chadash. Email 
thoughtsonparasha@gmail.com  to receive sources before each session.

Sunday Morning Women's Shiur 10:20 AM
Topic: "Tomer Devorah: Emulating the Attributes of Hashem". A three part series given by Rabbi Yaakov Tanenbaum, BCMH Beis Midrash

Seattle Kollel Mishna Yomit Seder Nezikin & Tractate Bava Kama MON evenings.
More info: 
rabbiavrohomdavid@gmail.com  or (206) 369-1215

StandWithUs Northwest   "Leaders of Tomorrow" Gala Dinner SUN MAY 19th 7 PM
Keynote Speaker: Colonel Richard Kemp. More info: 
www.standwithus.com

CONSIDERING SEEKING SPANISH OR PORTUGUESE CITIZENSHIP? 
Sephardic brethren, have you thought about applying for Spanish or Portuguese citizenship? Ezra Bessaroth can assist. We are available to provide expert consultation and guidance services to interested individuals along with the required confirmation of Sephardic Heritage. For  details please contact Susan at 206-722-5500.

AIRPORT , LOCAL TRIPS, AND KOSHER RESTAURANT DELIVERY! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER
Competitive rates, excellent service.  Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com .

SHALOCH MANOT DELIVERY – RESERVE NOW! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER
Competitive rates, excellent service.  Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com .


 REBBE’S SICHO FOR PARSHAS PEKUDEI
https://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2470429/jewish/Pekudei.htm © SichosInEnglish.

Parshas Pekudei begins with a reckoning of all the materials used in the Sanctuary. This is a lesson for each of us. For we have all been given gifts that we must make a reckoning of. When a person has been given potentials, be it wealth, intelligence, or other gifts, it is for a reason: to increase the good there is in the world.

This is not merely a general concept; it applies in a very particular and individual way. A person must be “a master of accounts,” realizing that he has been given a fixed number of days, no more and no less. Every day, every hour, and every moment are creations, brought into being by G‑d for specific purpose: that we should use them for His service by studying Torah, doing good for others, and performing mitzvos. A person must be busy, fulfilling his mission in this world.

It’s not like you can cram for this one. If you can accomplish so much good today, then that’s what today was intended for; it’s not making up for yesterday. When a person learns to count his moments, he makes every moment count.

Parshas Pekudei is usually read together with the previous reading, Parshas Vayakhel.Only in a leap year are they singled out and read separately. The themes of these Torah readings appear opposite. Vayakhel means “he gathered together,” focusing the creation of a communal identity. Pekudei, by contrast, as explained above, places the emphasis on an individual reckoning.

These two themes are general thrusts motivating our conduct. On one hand, we seek transcendence. We want to be part of something bigger than ourselves, to be included in a greater whole in which our individual identity is eclipsed. Conversely, we want to be ourselves and express the unique qualities and gifts that were granted to us individually.

Judaism highlights the truth that is present in each of these motifs. There is a dimension of G‑dliness that transcends all existence. From the standpoint of this level of G‑dly light, there is no difference between great and small. In terms of our personal relationships, it makes no difference how intelligent you are, how attractive you are, that you possess wealth, skills, or other resources, for when we speak in relation to G‑d’s infinity, these are of no consequence whatsoever.

The concept is reflected in contemporary mathematics. Regardless of the number that infinity is divided by, the sum is the same. Or to illustrate by analogy, we have a comprehensive “I,” that takes in all the different limbs and organs in our bodies as one. The head, the heart, and the hand are all part of the same organism. In Kabbalah, this aspect of light is referred to as Ein Sof, the infinite, and sovev kol almin, “encompassing all the worlds,” for this perspective envelopes all existence as one. Parshas Vayakhel heightens our awareness of this collective dimension and inspires us to identify with it.

Conversely, there is another aspect of G‑dly light that lowers itself and brings into being every element of existence according to its own level. Just as in our bodies, the head is different from the heart and both are different from the hands, so too, every individual has a unique and different personality. This is not accidental. Quite the contrary, a person’s character is a unique gift from G‑d that no one else in the world possesses. Every person has a unique individual nature and a unique mission to accomplish. That nature and that mission are vitally important. If they are not brought to fulfillment, G‑d’s plan for the world is lacking, as it were. Parshas Pekudei highlights this approach, teaching each of us how important it is to use our individual gifts in G‑d’s service.

Parshas Vayakhel precedes Parshas Pekudei, because although both of these dimensions of expression are important, it is preferable to begin with Parshas Vayakhel. Were we to begin with Parshas Pekudei, we might remain totally absorbed in ourselves and never appreciate anything beyond. Beginning with Vayakhel enables harmony to be established between the two thrusts. Then our individual expression is introduced by the selflessness inspired by a collective identity.

Looking to the Horizon

The Torah readings of Vayakhel and Pekudei are the final phases of the narrative describing the construction of the Sanctuary, the structure in which the Divine Presence rested during the Jews’ journey through the wilderness. That journey has been interpreted as an analogy for the more than two-thousand year journey of the Jewish people through the wilderness of exile. The ark where G‑d’s presence was manifest throughout the journey through the desert ultimately became the fundamental element of the Temple in Jerusalem. Similarly, the spiritual motif associated with these themes of these two Torah readings will nurture our people through their experience in exile and will then blossom into complete expression in the era of Mashiach. Then it will be revealed how the entire world is a dwelling for G‑d.

At that time, every element of existence will express the G‑dly purpose for which it was created. Simultaneously, there will be a general and all-encompassing awareness of G‑d that will permeate all existence.

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