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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Looking to the Horizon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Looking to the Horizon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Looking to the Horizon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Looking to the Horizon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Looking to the Horizon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shabbos Chukas | 9-16 Tamuz, 5779

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Looking to the Horizon

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

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

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

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

Shabbos Korach | Gimel Tamuz 2-9 Tamuz, 5779

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Looking to the Horizon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

But what should they have done? They saw giants!

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

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

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

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

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

Looking to the Horizon

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

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

Shabbos Behaaloscha | 18-25 Sivan, 5779

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Among the explanations of our Sages’ statement:

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

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

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

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

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

Looking to the Horizon

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

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

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

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

Shabbos Naso | 11-18 Sivan, 5779

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 COMMUNITY NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Looking to the Horizon

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

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

Bamidbar - Shavuot | 26 Iyar – 4 Siva

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 COMMUNITY NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Looking to the Horizon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 COMMUNITY NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Looking to the Horizon

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

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

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

Behar | 19-26 Iyar, 5779

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Why then the mitzvah of the Jubilee? 

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

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

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

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

Looking to the Horizon 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Looking to the Horizon

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

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

Kedoshim | 5-12 Iyar, 5779

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Looking to the Horizon

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

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

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