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Shabbos Vayishlach | 15-22 Kislev 5780

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shabbos Toldos | 1-8 Kislev 5780

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

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

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

KIDDUSH SPONSORS
Kiddush Lite – No Sponsor. Cholent TBD.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 COMMUNITY NEWS

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shabbos Vayeira | 17-24 MarCheshvan 5780

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shabbos Lech Lecha | 10-17 MarCheshvan 5780

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shabbos Noach | 3-10 MarCheshvan 5780

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AIRPORT , LOCAL TRIPS, AND KOSHER RESTAURANT DELIVERY! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER
NOW PROVIDING MOVING AND VAN SERVICE (UP TO 12 PEOPLE)
NOW PROVIDING TOURS OF SEATTLE!

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

StandWithUs Northwest SHABBATON at CSTL– 4 MarCheshvan – NOV 2nd 
Featuring Randy Kessler Executive Director, StandWithUs Northwest at a the CSTL Shabbos Noach Kiddush– Please help sponsor.  Oneg Shabbat Friday night at the home of Saifo and Frumi Marasow about 8.30pm Answering tough questions about Israel, where we tackle some of the main accusations leveled against Israel and separate fact from fiction. Info: Vernon Neppe MD, PhD 
psyche@pni.org

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

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

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

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shabbos Sukkos / Simchat Torah

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

StandWithUs Northwest SHABBATON at CSTL– 4 MarCheshvan – NOV 2nd 
Featuring Randy Kessler Executive Director, StandWithUs Northwest at a the CSTL Shabbos Noach Kiddush– Please help sponsor.  Oneg Shabbat Friday night at the home of Saifo and Frumi Marasow about 8.30pm Answering tough questions about Israel, where we tackle some of the main accusations leveled against Israel and separate fact from fiction. Info: Vernon Neppe MD, PhD psyche@pni.org

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

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

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

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

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

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

WOMEN’S MONDAY EVENING LEARNING–/NOT THIS WEEK 
Location, subject, and speaker.

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

Weekly History Class for Women with Chanie Levitin Tue 7:30 pm /NOT THIS WEEK
At Rebbetzin Levitin’s home, 6519 49th Ave NE.  For more info, chanielevitin@gmail.com

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

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

 

 

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AIRPORT , LOCAL TRIPS, AND KOSHER RESTAURANT DELIVERY! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER
NOW PROVIDING MOVING AND VAN SERVICE (UP TO 12 PEOPLE)
NOW PROVIDING TOURS OF SEATTLE!

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

 

REBBE’S SICHO - SUKKOT
https://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2624128/jewish/We-Do-Not-Rejoice-Alone.htm  
© SichosInEnglish.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shemini Atzeres: King Shlomo and the Rebbe Rayatz

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

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

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

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

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

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


Yom Kippur / Shabbos Haazinu / Sukkos

Shabbos Haazinu

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

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

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Sukkos


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

SUKKOS DAY ONE – MON OCT 14th 

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

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

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Events 


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


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

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

SUNDAY SCHOOL IN NORTH SEATTLE 

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

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


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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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

CSTL JUNIOR CONGREGATION for YOM KIPPUR 10 PM – 2 PM 
Supervision by Ms. Stacey (preschool and 2nd grade teacher at MMSC) Please pack snacks and drinks for kiddos. 
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com<mailto:RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

WOMEN’S SUNDAY TEHILLIM AT CSTL – 10 AM 

In the library. Come say a prayer for those in need. 
WOMEN’S MONDAY EVENING LEARNING– INFORMATION TO FOLLOW 
Location, subject, and speaker. 
Weekly Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin –Sundays following 9 am Shacharis 
Gemora Baba Basra with Rabbi Levitin after 9 am Shacharis 
Weekly History Class for Women with Chanie Levitin Tue 7:30 pm /NOT THIS WEEK 
At Rebbetzin Levitin’s home, 6519 49th Ave NE. For more info, 
chanielevitin@gmail.com<mailto:chanielevitin@gmail.com

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


KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE 

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

COMMUNITY NEWS 

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

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

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

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

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

Seattle Jewish Event Calendar 
http://seattlejewishuniverse.org/ 
AIRPORT , LOCAL TRIPS, AND KOSHER RESTAURANT DELIVERY! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER 
NOW PROVIDING MOVING AND VAN SERVICE (UP TO 12 PEOPLE) 
NOW PROVIDING TOURS OF SEATTLE! 
Competitive rates, excellent service. Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 
JRideSeattle@gmail.com 


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

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

The Essence of the Day Atones 

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

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

Three Levels of Connection 

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

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

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

Transcending Separation 

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

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

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

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

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

Locked In, Alone With G‑d 

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

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

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

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

Adapted from Likkutei Sichos,Vol. IV,Yom Kippur 

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

Shana Tova U'Mesuka - Kesiva V'Chasima Tova

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


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


Weekday Services 

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


ROSH HASHANA DAY 1, MON SEPT 30th 

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


ROSH HASHANA DAY 2, TUE OCT 1st 

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


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

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


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


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


PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN - FRI 5 PM 

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


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


THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -PENDING 
Visit 
www.twitter.com/cstleruv<http://www.twitter.com/cstleruv> for current eruv status or to sign up for SMS alerts. North Seattle Eruv status flag on the NE 65th Street side of CSTL: Green flag means the Eruv is up, Red flag the Eruv is down. 
ORDER ESROGIM FROM RABBI KAVKA – 
Order online or print a form: 
http://seattleesrogim.com<http://seattleesrogim.com/> Pick up is at Congregation Shaarei Tefilah-Lubavitch. There is limited availability! rabbikavka@gmail.com<mailto:rabbikavka@gmail.com


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


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


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


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


WOMEN’S MONDAY EVENING LEARNING– INFORMATION TO FOLLOW /NOT THIS WEEK 
Location, subject, and speaker. 
Weekly Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin –Sundays following 9 am Shacharis 
Gemora Baba Basra with Rabbi Levitin after 9 am Shacharis 
Weekly History Class for Women with Chanie Levitin Tue 7:30 pm /NOT THIS WEEK 
At Rebbetzin Levitin’s home, 6519 49th Ave NE. For more info, 
chanielevitin@gmail.com<mailto:chanielevitin@gmail.com
Talmud Class with Rabbi Mendy Levitin 
Please contact Shuky Meyer at +1-347-761-2134 to be added to the WhatsApp group, for updated time and location 


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


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


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


COMMUNITY NEWS

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

JFS Community-Wide Food Drive and Sort 

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

SUMMER CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS AND TEEN ISREAL TRIP SCHOLARSHIPS – APPLY TODAY 

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

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

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


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


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



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

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


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

 

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

WOMEN’S MONDAY EVENING LEARNING– INFORMATION TO FOLLOW
Location, subject, and speaker.

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 



COMMUNITY NEWS

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

AIRPORT , LOCAL TRIPS, AND KOSHER RESTAURANT DELIVERY! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER
NOW PROVIDING MOVING AND VAN SERVICE (UP TO 12 PEOPLE)
NOW PROVIDING TOURS OF SEATTLE!

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

 


REBBE’S SICHO -  SHABBOS KI TEITZEI

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Looking to the Horizon

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

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

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

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

 

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

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


SHABBOS Sat Sept 7th 

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


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


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

 


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


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


THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: ACTIVE

Visit www.twitter.com/cstleruv<http://www.twitter.com/cstleruv> for current eruv status or to sign up for SMS alerts. North Seattle Eruv status flag on the NE 65th Street side of CSTL: Green flag means the Eruv is up, Red flag the Eruv is down. 

 


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


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

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


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

 

WOMEN’S SUNDAY TEHILLIM AT CSTL – 10 AM 
In the library. Come say a prayer for those in need. 
WOMEN’S MONDAY EVENING LEARNING– INFORMATION TO FOLLOW 
Location, subject, and speaker. 


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


Gemora Baba Basra with Rabbi Levitin after 9 am Shacharis 


Weekly History Class for Women with Chanie Levitin Tue 7:30 pm 
At Rebbetzin Levitin’s home, 6519 49th Ave NE. For more info, chanielevitin@gmail.com<mailto:chanielevitin@gmail.com
Talmud Class with Rabbi Mendy Levitin 
Please contact Shuky Meyer at +1-347-761-2134 to be added to the WhatsApp group, for updated time and location 


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


KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE 

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

COMMUNITY NEWS 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Macabee Martial Arts Classes at BCMH 
White Dragon Kung Fu and Self Defense for beginners. Tues. & Thur., 4:30 - 5:30 pm and Sun., 12 - 1 pm, for ages 7 to adult. Sign up for one week free at www.dragonkungfuseattle.com<http://www.dragonkungfuseattle.com
AIRPORT , LOCAL TRIPS, AND KOSHER RESTAURANT DELIVERY! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER 
NOW PROVIDING MOVING AND VAN SERVICE (UP TO 12 PEOPLE) 
NOW PROVIDING TOURS OF SEATTLE! 
Competitive rates, excellent service. Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com 

 


REBBE’S SICHO -  SHABBOS SHOFTIM 

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AIRPORT , LOCAL TRIPS, AND KOSHER RESTAURANT DELIVERY! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER
NOW PROVIDING MOVING AND VAN SERVICE (UP TO 12 PEOPLE)
NOW PROVIDING TOURS OF SEATTLE!

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Looking to the Horizon

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

The commentaries offer two explanations for this command:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN - AUG 23rd  6 PM
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RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 6:45 PM
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CSTL TOT PROGRAM 10:30 am – 12:30 pm /TBD
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CSTL JUNIOR CONGREGATION  10 am – Noon 
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CRAFTING FOR GIRLS SUN SEPT 1st – 10 AM
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WOMEN’S SUNDAY TEHILLIM AT CSTL – 10 AM 
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UPSHURNISH BEIS ELUL - SEPT 2nd at 11 AM
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SHIURIM WITH DR TRACHTMAN SUN,MON,TUE, and WED 7-8 PM 
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Ruth Fast in Conversation with Pamela Lavitt SUN AUG 25th 4 PM
Hadassah will honor Ruth Fast to celebrate her 99th birthday. Ruth will share highlights of her story in conversation with Pamela Lavitt. Rescued from the Nazis by Hadassah-sponsored Youth Aliyah, Ruth has held every position in Hadassah's Seattle chapter.
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WOMEN'S POOLSIDE GARDEN SHIUR TUE AUG 27th 7 PM
Class given by Aliza Tanenbaum at the home of Liz Rosen, 5504 Seward Park AVE S, Sea. Topic: "Elul: Closeness, Unity and Gratitude". For Adults only. Drinks & snacks provided. RSVP to: 
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STEVE HEMMAT & YOUNG SEPHARDIC PROFESSIONALS – WED AUG 28th 6:30 PM
Young Jewish adults are invited to join our Young Sephardic Professionals for an informal rooftop wine chat with Steven Hemmat, former Trial Attorney at the US Department of Justice. Enjoy drinks and networking. At The Summit, 2020 E Madison St. To RSVP or for information email 
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Mental Health: Fighting Isolation – THU AUG 29th at NOON
JFS Capital Hill Campus, Seattle. What can we learn from Jewish texts that could ease the isolation caused by mental health concerns? Join Beth Huppin, Jewish Family Service's Director of Project Kavod/Dignity for a text-based exploration. Snacks and bagels provided, feel free to bring lunch. 
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THE NEW ANTISEMITISM, WHERE IS IT FROM AND WHAT CAN WE DO? SUN SEPT 8th 7 PM
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Seattle Jewish Arts + Music Festival – SEPT 13th to 15th 
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REBBE’S SICHO -  SHABBOS EKEV
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/2317583/jewish/Ekev.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Looking to the Horizon

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

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

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