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Pesach | 14-22 Nissan, 5779

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -PENDING
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.

PLEASE PAY YOUR CSTL DUES AND PLEDGES
Take time out from your busy cleaning schedule to please pay your dues and pledges to CSTL! Your payments will be greatly appreciated, especially in light of our need to make our April mortgage payment! You can drop a check by shul, or pay online at 
www.cstlseattle.org  and Thank you! Wishing you a Happy and Kosher Pesach! Sincerely, the CSTL Board

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

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

SELL YOUR HAMETZ BEFORE 9 AM THU MORNING APR 18th www.chabad.org/sellchametz

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KITCHEN CLOSED FOR PESACH CLEANING
Enjoy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LADIES TEHILIM – SUN 10 am
Come say Tehilim

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

Sunday Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin –
Following 9 am Shacharis. Gemora Baba Basra with Rabbi Levitin after 9 am Shacharis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Looking to the Horizon

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

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

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

“By what sign shall I recognize him?”

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

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

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

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

He answered, “Today!”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LADIES TEHILIM – SUN 10 am
Come say Tehilim

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

Sunday Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin –
Following 9 am Shacharis. Gemora Baba Basra with Rabbi Levitin after 9 am Shacharis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Looking to the Horizon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LADIES TEHILIM – SUN 10 am
Come say Tehilim

Sunday Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin –
Following 9 am Shacharis. Gemora Baba Basra with Rabbi Levitin after 9 am Shacharis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Looking to the Horizon

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

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

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

PARASHA TZAV | 15-22 Adar II, 5779

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LADIES TEHILIM – SUN 10 am
Come say Tehilim

Sunday Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin –
Following 9 am Shacharis. Gemora Baba Basra with Rabbi Levitin after 9 am Shacharis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Looking to the Horizon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LADIES TEHILIM – SUN 10 am
Come say Tehilim

Sunday Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin –
Following 9 am Shacharis. Gemora Baba Basra with Rabbi Levitin after 9 am Shacharis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Looking to the Horizon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LADIES TEHILIM – SUN 10 am
Come say Tehilim

Sunday Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin –
Following 9 am Shacharis. Gemora Baba Basra with Rabbi Levitin after 9 am Shacharis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 COMMUNITY NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Looking to the Horizon

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

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

PARASHA VAYAKHEL Shabbos Shekolim Mevarchim Adar Beis | 24 Adar I – 1 Adar II, 5779

EREV SHABBOS MAR 1st  
Shacharis 7 AM
Candles/Mincha/Maariv 5:35 PM

SHABBOS - SAT MAR 2nd 
Tehilim for Mevarchim Adar Beis 7:30 AM
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 9:34 AM/Special Adar Kiddush with Bread
Shabbos Mincha 5:35 PM /Seuda Slishit Lite
Maariv/Havdalah 6:35 PM

WEEKDAY SERVICES
Sun Shacharis 9 AM 
Mon -  Wed Shacharis 7 AM
Thu & Fri Shacharis 6:50 AM /ROSH CHODESH ADAR II/
Sun - Thu Mincha 5:45 PM, followed immediately by Maariv

SHABBOS KIDDUSH AND SEUDA SLISHIT.  
Extra-special ADAR Kiddush with washing!  Kiddush and meat cholent sponsors are Meir and Arielle Zwanziger, in memory of the yahrzeits of Meir's zayde's: Chaim ben Chaim HaCohen ZT”L and Aryeh Leib ben Yaakov Tzvi ZT”L.  The delicious meat cholent is made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin.

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

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

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

PURIM AT CSTL – WED MAR 20th – 7 PM
Megilah – Hamantashen – Costumes - Dancing

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.

Avos U'Banim - Motzei Shabbos 7:45 PM //GRAND FINALÉ
Featuring Rebbe Videos, Torah, Raffle, Prizes, Food.  
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

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

LADIES TEHILIM – SUN 10 am
Come say Tehilim

Sunday Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin –
Following 9 am Shacharis. Gemora Baba Basra with Rabbi Levitin after 9 am Shacharis

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

Rebbi’s Sicho with Rabbi Mendy – SHABBOS 4:45 PM 
Words of Torah inspiration from the Rebbe. For Men and Women. In honor  of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha  and Elanah Rivka bas Sarah for a full רפואה  שלימה  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS

UNDER THE WINGS OF THE SULTAN – SUN MAR 3rd 4 PM
Sephardic Lecture Series - The Fate of Ottoman Jewish Communities in the 20th Century
At Sephardic Bikur Holim . Series is free.

Rabbi Yissocher Frand at BCMH Mon  Mar 4th 8 PM
Drasha Topic: "Perfection: It's Not All What It's Cracked Up to Be", BCMH Main Sanctuary. The community is invited to attend.

Seattle Sephardic Unity Project TUE MAR 5th 7-9 PM
Community Presentation and Sephardic Dessert & Wine Reception at SJCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island

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

Seattle Nigun Collective – THU MAR 7th 7:30-9 PM
With special guest from Jerusalem - Yisrael Smith.  Come and sing, bring a nigun to share or come learn new nigunim and old favorites!  At Mercaz.

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

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

Seattle Kollel HEBREW LEVEL 2 Monday Evenings, FEB 25th  to MAR 18th  7:30PM, 
"Reach your peak with Hebrew Crash Course Level 2". More info: (206) 722-8289 or 
https://www.seattlekollel.com/hebrew-reading-crash-course-2 At the home of Ike Almo. For reservations, contact Cheryl www.DerechEmunah.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 REBBE’S SICHO FOR PARSHAS VAYAKHEL
https://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2468802/jewish/Eve-of-the-24th-of-Adar-I-5752-1992.htm © SichosInEnglish.

Our Rabbis taught, “Begin with blessing.” The greatest blessing possible is the fulfillment of the promise alluded to in this week’s Torah reading, Parshas Vayakhel, that the Jews be gathered in from all four corners of the world.

And a foretaste of this is already being experienced at present, for Jews from many different nations are gathering together in our Holy Land. Furthermore, this ingathering of exiles is being carried out “with mercy and kindness.” Instead of having to secretly flee from those countries, the Jews are being allowed to leave openly.

There are still countries where Jews are not granted permission to emigrate and they must flee under shades of concealment. Moreover, this flight endangers their safety. Nevertheless, the ingathering of those Jews who are allowed to reach Eretz Yisrael in a peaceful manner has a positive effect on the status of those whose aliyah at present involves danger. The spiritual influences generated ensure that ultimately, these Jews will also be released from danger and reach Eretz Yisrael where they can live with prosperity and peace of mind. And this is reflected in the manner in which the present immigrants to Eretz Yisrael have found prosperity and peace of mind when compared to the circumstances prevailing in the countries from which they have left.

Every concept present in the world at large must also be reflected in microcosm within the personal world of every individual Jew and applied in his divine service. Similarly, the concept of gathering in the dispersed members of our people must be reflected in a inner process of gathering in and unification, binding together our ten different conscious powers and unifying them as a single holy entity.

This is alluded to in the Torah reading of the previous week, Parshas Ki Sisa, which is also directly related to the Torah reading of the present week, for the first passages of that parshah are read again this week as Parshas Shekalim. That portion relates how “atonement for one’s soul” is attained by giving “ten gerah.” Nevertheless, these ten gerahare [half of] “a holy shekel.

Furthermore, beyond the ingathering of one’s own potentials, there is also a direct allusion to the importance of joining together with other Jews in the spirit of “Love your fellow man as yourself.” For a Jew is required to give only a half-shekel, and indeed, is forbidden to give more, “The rich may not give more1 ... than a half-shekel.”

What is the reason for this command? To teach us that our ten soul powers are only half a shekel and in order to be a complete entity, one must join together with another Jew.2

The half-shekalim were given for the census of the Jewish people. A census emphasizes the unique importance possessed by each individual. Together with that emphasis, however, comes the concept that every Jew’s true existence is bound up with that of his fellow man. Only when he fulfills the mitzvah “Love your fellow man as yourself,” can he reach his own individual fulfillment.

The Alter Rebbe highlights the importance of these concepts by placing the declaration,3“Behold I accept upon myself the fulfillment of the mitzvah, ‘Love your fellow man as yourself,’ ” at the very beginning of the prayer service.4

The half-shekalim were used to bring the communal offerings on behalf of the entire Jewish people. Herein there was also an emphasis on completion and perfection, for the offerings and the utensils used to bring them were required to be “perfect and complete.”

This also serves as an allusion to the imminence of the time when we will again bring these offerings in the perfect and complete Beis HaMikdash, “the Sanctuary of G‑destablished by Your hands.” At that time, the communal sacrifices will again be purchased from the half-shekalim which the Jews will give.

Although we are in exile at present, we can still perform a service representative of the giving of the half-shekalim, giving to tzedakah. Indeed, it is customary to give three half-shekalim to tzedakah before Purim. This custom is surely fulfilled by those who are 20 years old and even those who are merely Bar Mitzvah. And it is fitting that children be trained in its fulfillment and that they give of their own funds for this purpose. (Their parents, in turn, should help them so that they can make these gifts without feeling strained.)

And these gifts will hasten the coming of the time when, as mentioned at the beginning of Parshas Shekalim, “the heads of the Jewish people will be uplifted.” Similarly, as the conclusion of Parshas Ki Sisa mentions, Moshe’s face will shine. Since there is “a spark of Moshe within every Jew,” this phenomenon will be reflected in the countenance of every Jewish man, woman, and child in the Era of the Redemption. Their faces will shine and then, there will be no need for a veil, for G‑d’s essence will be revealed throughout the world.5

May this take place in the immediate future and may it be hastened by the distribution of money to be given to tzedakah at present, for Friday is a day particularly appropriate for giving tzedakah. And most importantly, the present time is particularly appropriate, indeed, the most appropriate time that could be, for the coming of the Redemption.6

Then “Moshe will gather,” i.e., Moshe, “the first redeemer and the ultimate redeemer,” will gather every single Jewish man, woman, and child, “a great congregation shall return there.” And we will proceed “with our youth and with our elders... with our sons and with our daughters” to Eretz Yisrael, to Jerusalem, and to the Third (and threefold) BeisHaMikdash. May this take place in the immediate future.

PARASHA KI TISA | 17-24 Adar I, 5779

EREV SHABBOS  FEB 22nd 
Shacharis 7 AM
Candles/Mincha/Maariv 5:25 PM

SHABBOS - SAT FEB 23rd 
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 9:41 AM/
Shabbos Mincha 5:25 PM /Seuda Slishit Lite
Maariv/Havdalah 6:25 PM

WEEKDAY SERVICES
Sun Shacharis 9 AM 
Mon -  Fri Shacharis 7 AM
Sun - Thu Mincha 5:30 PM, followed immediately by Maariv

SHABBOS KIDDUSH AND SEUDA SLISHIT.  
Kiddush and cholent sponsors this week are Mitch Benedon and Isaac Keil.  This Kiddush is to celebrate Isaac's two year anniversary in Seattle!!  It is also to commemorate Mitch's two year anniversary--and his final Shabbat in Seattle!  He will be moving back to NJ and we are sad to see him leave!  The delicious meat cholent is 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.

Avos U'Banim - Motzei Shabbos 7:30 PM
Thank you to Mendel Herbstman for sponsoring ! Featuring Rebbe Videos, Torah, Raffle, Prizes, Food. 
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

FARBRENGEN ALERT–- FRIDAY 4 PM
Erev-Shabbos Farbrengen in the CSTL Social Hall.  In honor of the Rabbi Joseph Caro’s Shulchan Aruch,  published on this date in 1565.

SEATTLE JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE – DECORATE AND DAIQUIRI – SUN FEB 24th 
Hosted by Lesley Weichbrodt , 5815 Vassar NE. Featuring Seattle Talent Benoria Levy.  
mherbstman@gmail.comwww.tinyurl.com/seattleladiesevent  SPACE LIMITED!

FEARLESS PARENTING – AT MMSC – MON FEB 25th 9 -10:30 AM
Meet Tammy Fisher, author of “Fearless Parenting” .  A delicious breakfast will be served.  RSVP to Chaya Elishevitz
CElishevitz@MMSCDaySchool.org

Finding Joy in Contemporary Times – WED FEB 27th 7:30 – 9 PM
A special presentation at CSTL by Rabbi Mendy Levitin. This is particularly relevant during our month of Adar. A real learning experience! Please support our endeavor. Dr. Vernon Neppe  
psyche@pni.org

CSTL FAMILY SHABBAT DINNER – FRI FEB 22nd 
Mexican Food catered by The Summit.  Fine Wines.  Deadline to Register is Thursday Feb. 21st 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/friday-night-dinner-tickets-55938466459   Discounted pricing available with:rosilevin@gmail.com.  Separate children's dinner & program with dedicated counselors and activities.RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

LADIES TEHILIM – SUN 10 am
Come say Tehilim

Sunday Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin –
Following 9 am Shacharis. Gemora Baba Basra with Rabbi Levitin after 9 am Shacharis

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

Rebbi’s Sicho with Rabbi Mendy – SHABBOS 4:30 PM 
Words of Torah inspiration from the Rebbe. For Men and Women. In honor  of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha  and Elanah Rivka bas Sarah for a full רפואה  שלימה  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 COMMUNITY NEWS

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

GUEST SPEAKER - Rabbi Elchonon Zohn AT EZRA BESSAROTH -  SAT FEB 23rd 7:30 PM
Rabbi Zohn is the founder and director of the National Association of Chevra Kadisha.  He will be speaking on “The Mystical Meaning and Beauty Surrounding Jewish Burials". Everyone invited.

DR. CHARLES BROCHES MEMORIAL LECTURE MON FEB 25th 7 PM AT SHA
Commemorating the first yahrzeit of Chuck Broches OBM.  Gilah Kletenikof NYU will present the lecture:.  State of Emergency: Who has the Power? The Talmud on Law, Violence & Absolutism. A study in the Jewish Political Tradition with. Focusing on Sovereign Authority, Judicial Independence and the Balance of Powers. At Seattle Hebrew Academy.

Seattle Nigun Collective – THU MAR 7th 7:30-9 PM
With special guest from Jerusalem - Yisrael Smith.  Come and sing, bring a nigun to share or come learn new nigunim and old favorites!  At Mercaz.

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

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

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

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

Avos U’Banim at the Seattle Kollel Every Saturday Night 6:30-7:30 PM
www.seattlekollel.org

Seattle Kollel HEBREW LEVEL 2 Monday Evenings, Feb. 25-Mar. 18, 7:30PM, 
"Reach your peak with Hebrew Crash Course Level 2". More info: (206) 722-8289 or https://www.seattlekollel.com/hebrew-reading-crash-course-2

Derech Emunah Annual Winter Garden Party SUN MAR 3rd 6 PM
At the home of Ike Almo. For reservations, contact Cheryl in the DE School Office or 
www.DerechEmunah.com

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

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

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

Airport, local trips, and kosher restaurant delivery! Eli Duban, driver
Competitive rates, excellent service.  Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 
dubanrides@gmail.com


REBBE’S SICHO FOR PARSHAS KI TISA
https://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2468801/jewish/Shabbos-Parshas-Ki-Sisa-18th-Day-of-Adar-I-5752-1992.htm © SichosInEnglish.

Parshas Ki Sisa describes concepts that range across a broad spectrum, from one extreme to the other including the giving of the First Tablets, the sin of the Golden Calf and the destruction of the Tablets, Moshe’s prayers for forgiveness, Moshe’s vision of G‑d’s glory, the Thirteen Attributes of Mercy, the giving of the Second Tablets, and the shining of Moshe’s face.2

A question arises. The Torah is not a historical record. Hence, although these events all occurred within chronological proximity to each other, we must understand: Why does the Torah mention concepts of such extreme polarity in a direct sequence?3

To clarify the radical nature of the changes in sequence: The First Tablets represent an extremely high spiritual level, “the Tablets were the work of G‑d and the writing, the writing of G‑d.”4 Conversely, the breaking of these Tablets (because of the sin of the Golden Calf), represents a most extreme descent. Conversely, the Thirteen Attributes of Mercy and Moshe’s vision of G‑d’s glory represent an extremely high spiritual level. Afterwards, the giving of the Second Tablets represents a further change, for they were different in nature from the First Tablets (the most obvious difference being as opposed to the First Tablets which were “the work of G‑d,” the Second Tablets were hewn by Moshe).5

Despite these differences, however, the fact that all of these concepts were recorded in a single sequence in a single Torah reading indicates that they share a connection. That connection is reflected in the name of the Torah reading Ki Sisa, which literally means “When you lift up.” Herein, lies an obvious question. The sin of the Golden Calf represents an unprecedented descent. The impurity which had blemished the souls of the Jewish people after the sin of the Tree of Knowledge, had departed after the giving of the Torah, returned after this sin. This sin is the source and root of all other sins, and all the punishments suffered by the Jewish people throughout the centuries have a connection to this sin. If so, how can it have a place in the portion which reflects the ascent of the Jewish people?

All of the above difficulties can be resolved within the explanation of a unique phenomenon that is present in Parshas Ki Sisa:6 G‑d has imbued the world with the following pattern: The beginning, the head, reflects the purpose and goal of the entire entity. Afterwards, the middle sets in motion a process leading to the achievement of that purpose and then, the conclusion, where the goal is actualized and consummated.

These three stages can be defined as:

a) The Torah, “the beginning of the path,” which preceded the world and which is the purpose of creation as our Sages commented on the word Bereishis;7 b) The creation through which the world is brought into being and given a chance to fulfill its purpose; c) The Redemption, the ultimate purpose of the world’s existence.

These three stages are also alluded in the first three letters of the Hebrew Alef-beis. The alef is the first letter of the Ten Commandments and includes all the Ten Commandments within it. The beis is the first letter of the word Bereishis, the beginning of the Torah’s narrative of creation (and our Sages relate, “The world was created with a beis”). The third letter, the gimmel is the first letter of the world geulah meaning “redemption.”

In Kabbalistic terminology, these three phases can be described as: a) the Or Ein Sof,G‑d’s Infinite Light, which encompassed all existence;

b) the tzimtzum, the process of divine self-contraction which left a “vacuum and empty space;” and

c) the revelation of the Or Ein Sof within the vacuum created by the tzimtzum.8

All three stages of this process are openly expressed in our Torah reading. The First Tablets refer to the Torah as it transcends the world (and thus they begin with the letter alef). The descent into the context of worldliness is reflected by the sin of the Golden Calf.9And the giving of the Second Tablets reflect the ultimate elevation that comes after this descent.

To explain: Our Sages interpret the final words of the Torah, “before the eyes of the children of Israel,” as referring to Moshe’s breaking of the Tablets before the eyes of the Jewish people. They continue, explaining that G‑d acknowledged the positive dimensions of Moshe’s act and even congratulated him for it.

Although the question is asked: What positive purpose did breaking the Tablets have? In Chassidic thought, it is explained that breaking the Tablets enabled a higher dimension of Torah to be revealed. Through the process of sin and teshuvah, the Jews were elevated to a higher spiritual plane as our Sages declared, “In the place of baalei teshuvah, completely righteous men are unable to stand.” And this higher level is reflected in an increase of Torah knowledge. Thus our Sages relate that if Moshe had not destroyed the Tablets, we would have received only the Five Books of the Chumash and the Book of Yehoshua. Only after the breaking of the Tablets, were we granted the other dimensions of Torah study.

The advantage of the Second Tablets is also reflected in the contrast between the First and Second Tablets mentioned above: that the First Tablets were the “work of G‑d,” while the Second Tablets were hewn by Moshe. It is true that the First Tablets represented a higher level of revelation, but the advantage of the Second Tablets lay in that their holiness permeated the realm of worldly existence. Thus the First Tablets could be broken, for worldly existence represents a contrast and even a conflict with their holiness. The Second Tablets, by contrast, are eternal, for they represent the fusion of holiness with material existence.

This level is reflected in the ultimate fulfillment to be experienced by the Jewish people, the Redemption, which will follow the teshuvah of the Jewish people. And at that time, it will be revealed how the material dimensions of the world will have become fused with their ultimate spiritual purpose, how they all exist, “for the sake of the Torah.”

Thus we can see how the totality of this threefold sequence is contained in Parshas Ki Sisa. This also leads to another concept, that the flow from one stage to another is a sequence established by G‑d. And in this process, to reach the third stage, one must undergo the descent represented by the second stage.

This gives us a different perspective regarding sin: In Chassidic thought it is explained that sin is, to paraphrase a verse, “an awesome intrigue devised against man.” If a person’s yetzer hora overcomes him and makes him sin, this is because, from Above, the yetzer hora was prompted to bring him to this sin. The Jews, by nature, are above any connection with sin. Nevertheless, G‑d, however, devises “an awesome intrigue” in order to elevate our people to a higher level by having them undergo a descent beforehand.

Since this descent is merely a means to lead to a greater ascent, it is brief — to borrow a phrase “I abandoned you for a fleeting moment.” The ascent which follows it, by contrast, is eternal. This pattern will be expressed in the ultimate Redemption. It has been preceded by an awesome descent, this present exile, but it will lead to a great and eternal ascent,10“a redemption never to be followed by exile.”

Thus when seen in this context, the descent is not merely for the purpose of an ascent, but is itself a stage of that ultimate ascent. Thus our Sages relate that the entire purpose of the sin of the Golden Calf was to allow for the potential of teshuvah.

Accordingly, we can appreciate how all three phases mentioned above are part of the sequence of Ki Sisa, the ascent of the Jewish people. The giving of the First Tablets reflected the first phase, the revelation of the intent.11 It was followed by the second phase, the descent, the sin and the breaking of the Tablets. This in turn motivated the Jewish people to turn to G‑d in teshuvah, evoking the third phase,12 the revelation of the Thirteen Attributes of Mercy and the great ascent that found expression in the giving of the Second Tablets and the shining of Moshe’s countenance.13

The above also enables us to understand the connection between the Second Tablets and the shining of Moshe’s countenance. The giving of the Second Tablets followed the descent after the sin of the Golden Calf. Thus, they relate to the world as it exists within its own perspective. This is reflected in the fact that they were hewn by Moshe from stone in this world. Simultaneously, they are associated with great revelation — indeed, quantitatively, a greater revelation than the First Tablets. And thus, this revelation reflects a fusion of materiality and spirituality which brought about an elevation within the physical person of Moshe himself causing his face to shine.

Indeed, this revelation was so great that it was necessary for Moshe to place a veil over his face. This veil was necessary, however, only when Moshe and the Jewish people were involved with worldly matters, the refinement of the world at large. When Moshe communicated G‑d’s word to the people, he would remove this veil.

Moreover, even in regard to the world at large, this concealment is not a permanent factor. Ultimately, through the Jews’ service in refining and elevating the world, they make it possible for there to be a revelation of G‑dliness within the context of our worldly environment. This process will be consummated in the Era of the Redemption when “Your Master will no longer conceal Himself and your eyes will behold your Master,” “the glory of G‑d will be revealed and all flesh will see.”14

The three phases of service mentioned above are reflected in our divine service every day: We begin our day with the first stage, the declaration of intent, Modeh Ani, in which we thankfully acknowledge our connection with G‑d.15 This declaration is then given expression and allowed to take form in the morning prayers and the study session which follows them.

Afterwards, we proceed to the second stage, the descent into worldliness, our occupation with our surrounding environment through our daily business affairs. At the conclusion of the day, we reach the third stage, the ingathering of all the activities performed during the day. This is communicated in the final verse of the evening service, “Indeed, the righteous will thankfully acknowledge Your name.” (Significantly, this verse employs the same verb that is used in the phrase Modeh Ani.) And in a more particular sense, the person’s giving himself over to G‑d is reflected in the final verse of the prayers recited before retiring at night, Kerias Shema al hamitah, “In Your hands, I entrust my soul.”

The above is particularly relevant in the present generation, the last generation of the exile and the first generation of the Redemption. The previous generations have completed the service of refining the world and our generation is confronted with the task of causing the third phase of the process, the Redemption, to actually come to fruition.

In this, we can take a lesson from the beginning of the Torah reading, the command to “lift up the heads” of the Jewish people. Significantly, this command was addressed to Moshe. It is Moshe — and similarly, the extension of Moshe that exists in every generation who infuses the Jewish people with the spiritual power to undergo this threefold process of ascent.

Similarly, the process of ascent is accomplished through the spark of Moshe that exists within every individual Jew.16 The spark of Moshe is identified with the power of mesirus nefesh, the willingness of every Jew to give himself over to G‑d.17 This source of commitment, however, is openly revealed in souls of the leaders of the generations, and will reach complete expression in the person of Mashiach.

May this be revealed in the very near future and may the happiness of the month of Adarbreak through all barriers and allow us to “join redemption to redemption,” and proceed from the redemption of Purim to the ultimate Redemption. May this take place in the immediate future.

PARASHA TETZAVEH | 10-17 Adar I, 5779

EREV SHABBOS  FEB 15th 
Shacharis 7 AM
Candles/Mincha/Maariv 5:14 PM

SHABBOS - SAT FEB 16th 
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 9:48 AM/
Shabbos Mincha 5:14 PM /Seuda Slishit Lite
Maariv/Havdalah 6:15 PM

WEEKDAY SERVICES
Sun Shacharis 9 AM 
Mon -  Fri Shacharis 7 AM
Sun - Thu Mincha 5:20 PM, followed immediately by Maariv

SHABBOS KIDDUSH AND SEUDA SLISHIT.  
Kiddush Lite. Cholent is sponsored by Paul and Tamar Azous. The delicious meat cholent will be made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin. Seuda Slishit Lite.

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

LADIES TEHILIM – SUN 10 am
Come say Tehilim

CSTL FAMILY SHABBAT DINNER – FRI FEB 22nd 
Mexican Food catered by The Summit.  Fine Wines.  Deadline to Register is Thursday Feb. 21st   
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/friday-night-dinner-tickets-55938466459   Discounted pricing available with: rosilevin@gmail.com.  Separate children's dinner & program with dedicated counselors and activities. RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

Avos U'Banim - Motzei Shabbos 7:15 PM
Thank you to Mendel Herbstman for sponsoring ! Featuring Rebbe Videos, Torah, Raffle, Prizes, Food.  
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

SEATTLE JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE – DECORATE AND DAIQUIRI – SUN FEB 24th 
Hosted by Lesley Weichbrodt , 5815 Vassar NE. Featuring Seattle Talent Benoria Levy. 
mherbstman@gmail.com www.tinyurl.com/seattleladiesevent  SPACE LIMITED!

FARBRENGEN ALERT–- FRIDAY 3 PM
Erev-Shabbos Farbrengen in the CSTL Social Hall.  In honor of Purim Katan, 14 Adar I

Sunday Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin –
Following 9 am Shacharis. Gemora Baba Basra with Rabbi Levitin after 9 am Shacharis

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

Rebbi’s Sicho with Rabbi Mendy – SHABBOS 4:15 PM 
Words of Torah inspiration from the Rebbe. For Men and Women. In honor  of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha  and Elanah Rivka bas Sarah for a full רפואה  שלימה  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS

Private Audiences with the Bostoner Rebbe - IN SEATTLE SUN FEB 17th 
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REBBE’S SICHO FOR PARSHAS TEZAVEH
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Both the beginning and the conclusion of this week’s Torah reading mention the kindling of the menorah in the Sanctuary. Significantly, in the conclusion of the Torah reading, the kindling of the menorah is coupled with bringing the ketores, the incense offering: “Aharonshall burn incense each morning when he cleans the lamps. And he shall burn incense in the evening when he kindles the lamps.”1

As mentioned frequently,2 the use of the word besochem in the verse, “And you shall make Me a Sanctuary and I will dwell within,” implies that G‑d dwells, not only in the physical sanctuaries and Batei Mikdashos the Jews have constructed, but also within the spiritual sanctuary that exists in every Jew’s heart. Accordingly, all the different tasks carried out in the Sanctuary have parallels in our divine service.3

The relevance of the kindling of the menorah and the bringing of the incense offering in the above context can be understood by the analysis of their place in Parshas Tetzaveh, a Torah reading which is devoted almost exclusively to the concept of priesthood. This Torah reading contains a lengthy explanation of the priestly garments and a description of the sacrifices brought when the priests were inaugurated into the service of the Sanctuary.

Indeed, the mention of these services in this Torah reading is problematic in nature. Seemingly, the kindling of the menorah should have been mentioned in Parshas Terumahwith the description of its structure. Similarly, it would appear that the description of the fashioning of the incense altar — and hence, the bringing of the incense offering — should have been included in that Torah reading, together with the description of the Ark, the menorah, the Table for the Showbread, the external altar and the other structural elements of the Sanctuary.

The above questions can be resolved as follows: The incense altar and its offering are mentioned as the final element of the construction of the Sanctuary and the preparations for its service to emphasize its unique importance. Indeed, we find that the Divine Presence did not rest in the Sanctuary until the incense offering was brought.

What is the reason for this uniqueness? Our Sages explain that the sacrifices offered on the altar in the courtyard of the Sanctuary relate to a Jew’s body, while the incense offering brought on the inner altar relates to a Jew’s soul.4

This concept is also reflected in the inferences that can be drawn from the Hebrew names used to describe these different offerings. The Hebrew for sacrifice is korban, which has its root in the word kerov, meaning “close.” In contrast, the Hebrew for incense offering ketores relates to the root ketar, the Aramaic for “bond.”5 By bringing a sacrifice, a Jew draws close to G‑d. Through the incense offering, however, a Jew and G‑d become fused in total unity.

Thus, after the Torah describes the preparations necessary for the Sanctuary which make it possible for the Divine Presence to dwell among — and thus within — the Jewish people, it mentions the incense offering which allows for a bond of oneness to be established between them.6

More particularly, the bond established by the incense offering refers to the soul’s connection to G‑d at the level of yechidah, an unparalleled essential union. The connection to this level is reflected in that:

a) The incense altar was one cubit by one cubit, reflecting the connection to the level of soul associated with oneness;

b) There were eleven spices used in the incense offering. Our conscious powers are structured in a set of ten. The number eleven, by contrast, relates to a dimension of the soul and G‑d that transcends this set, the level described by the phrase, “You are one, but not in a numerical sense.”7

c) When the incense offering was brought, the priest making the offering was alone with G‑d. No one was allowed in the Heichal and between the Ulam and Mizbeiach (See Rambam, Temidim U’Musofim 3:3). And in a greater sense, this concept is reflected in the fact that when the High Priest entered into the Holy of Holies on Yom Kippur, he brought an incense offering. This represented a fusion of the yechidah of time, Yom Kippur, with the yechidah of place, the Holy of Holies, and the yechidah of soul, the High Priest.8

As mentioned above, the incense offering is associated with the menorah. The menorahrefers to the Jewish people as reflected in the verse “The lamp of G‑d is the soul of man.” And the Jewish soul is given the potential to shine with light through the Torah and its mitzvos as it is written, “A mitzvah is a lamp, and Torah, light.”

The kindling of the menorah was intended to draw this light into the world at large. This is reflected in the construction of the windows of the Beis HaMikdash which were designed with their inner side narrower than their outer side. This indicated that their intent was not to bring in light from the outside, but to allow the light from the menorah to radiate forth to the world. In a similar context, our Sages describe the menorah as “testimony to all the inhabitants of the world that the Divine Presence rests in Israel.”

Based on the above, we can appreciate the connection the kindling of the menorah shares with the incense offering and with Parshas Tetzaveh. It is through the menorah that the inner bond established through the incense offering is radiated throughout the world at large.9

A similar concept applies in regard to Parshas Tetzaveh. The name Tetzaveh relates to the word tzavsa which means “connection.” To emphasize the importance of spreading the connection between G‑d and the Jewish people throughout the world, Parshas Tetzavehbegins with the description of the kindling of the menorah. Although the principle focus of this Torah reading is on the priests, by beginning with the kindling of the menorah, attention is drawn to the primary purpose of the priests’ service, to reveal the Divine Presence in the world at large.

These concepts must be paralleled in our divine service every day. Every day, a person arises as “a new creation.” Therefore, every day, we must renew the inner bond we share with G‑d as expressed by our recitation of the verses concerning the bringing of the incense offering.10 Similarly, we mention how this offering was brought in connection with the cleaning and the kindling of the menorah. This indicates how the bond between us and G‑d must be extended into our worldly affairs, causing them to be carried out in the spirit of “All your deeds shall be for the sake of heaven,” and “Know Him in all your ways.”

We see a parallel to this in our prayer service. When reciting the Shema a Jew should “give his soul over to G‑d.” This connection is continued in the Shemoneh Esreh, when he stands before G‑d with the nullification of a subject in the presence of his king.

After the conclusion of the morning prayers, we divert our attention to our worldly activities. In the midst of these activities, it is impossible to maintain the same level of attachment to G‑d experienced during prayer.11 Nevertheless, in the midst of our involvement in worldly matters, the essential connection established with G‑d continues to have a residual effect — and that effect is apparent in one’s conduct. And thus our ketores bond with G‑d forges an everlasting union.

2. As mentioned above, the halachah — as decided by the Rambam and the Sefer Mitzvos Gadol — is that the incense offering is brought between the cleaning of the first five and the final two lamps of the menorah. In this light, it is problematic that in the daily liturgy, we recite the order of the priestly functions in accordance with the view of Abba Shaul, a minority opinion, who maintains that:

The cleaning of the five lamps [of the menorah] preceded the sprinkling of the blood of the daily burnt offering. The sprinkling of the blood of the daily burnt offering preceded the cleaning of the [remaining] two lamps [of the menorah]. The cleaning of the two lamps [of the menorah] preceded the incense offering.

According to this view, the incense offering is brought after the cleaning of the menorahhas been completed entirely.

The Beis Yosef attempts to reconcile this difficulty, explaining that the Rambam’s ruling follows the principle that, in a difference of opinion between the Sages, the majority view is accepted. On the other hand:

Since people at large discovered that “Abbaye recounted the order of priestly functions in accordance with the view of Abba Shaul,” it would appear that he [Abbaye] maintains that the halachah follows this view. Hence, they did not wish to change that order.

I.e., the Beis Yosef is explaining that since a sage of the later Talmudic period followed Abba Shaul’s view, then the principle “the halachah is in accordance with the later authority” should be followed.

This explanation is still problematic: The Rambam surely knew of Abbaye’s treatment of the matter and still ruled that the halachah follows the Sages’ view. Furthermore, in our recitation of the order of the offerings in the Beis HaMikdash in the Avodah section of the Yom Kippur liturgy, the view of the Sages is accepted and we say that the bringing of the incense offering precedes the cleaning of the final two lamps.

Within the context of the application of these concepts in our personal divine service, these difficulties can be explained as follows: a) The Hebrew expression used by the Beis Yoseffor the phrase “people at large discovered” is motzu haolam. The word olam (עולם) relates to the word helam (העלם), meaning “concealment.” I.e., this perspective reflects the concealment of G‑d prevalent within the time of exile. This is also reflected by the name Abbaye which our Sages interpret as an acronym for the Hebrew words (אשר בך ירוחם יתום) meaning “In You, an orphan will take comfort.”12 For in the time of exile, the Jews are like orphans, “children who have been exiled from their Father’s table.”13

At such a time, it is difficult for the inner bond with G‑d represented by the incense offering to be revealed in the world at large, the influence of the menorah. Therefore, in our daily prayers, these two services are not coupled together. On Yom Kippur, however, when every Jew is elevated to a higher spiritual rung and experiences, in microcosm, the connection to G‑d established by the High Priest in the Holy of Holies,14 the possibility exists for the two services to be fused. At this time, a Jew’s inner bond with G‑d can radiate forth to the world at large. Furthermore, the inner bond established on Yom Kippur is not self-contained and affects our conduct throughout the year as well.

3. Significantly, Parshas Tetzaveh which is associated with these two services is always read in the month of Adar. Among the reasons for this is that it is on Rosh Chodesh Adar a pronouncement is issued, reminding the people to make their annual donation of a half-shekel to purchase the offerings for the Beis HaMikdash. Thus this is a month when the services associated with the two thrusts mentioned above are renewed. Furthermore, this renewal is characterized by joy, as our Sages state, “When Adar enters, we increase our joy.”

In particular, there is a connection with the present date, the eleventh of Adar. For as explained above, eleven is associated with the level of yechidah. Similarly, Shabbos is associated with this same quality as reflected in our Sages’ statement that every day of the week possesses “a partner” with the exception of Shabbos. And therefore, the Jewish people were designated as the Shabbos’ partner, for they are also unique among the nations.

The positive influence of the eleventh of Adar is enhanced by the service of the tenth of Adar. Ten refers to the complete expression of our ten soul powers, i.e., the spiritual powers which are under our conscious control. This creates a setting for the revelation of the eleventh potential, the quality of yechidah which is transcendent in nature.

May everyone internalize the inner bond with G‑d symbolized by the ketores offering. And may we make efforts, in the spirit of the kindling of the menorah which spreads light outward, to share these concepts with others. Every individual should try to influence at least ten other Jews and, if possible, extend his influence to every member of our people.15

These efforts, the internalization of the services of the Beis HaMikdash in the heart of every Jew, a “sanctuary in microcosm,” will hasten the coming of the era when we will merit the revelation of the Beis HaMikdash itself. May this take place in the immediate future.

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REBBE’S SICHO FOR PARSHAS TERUMAH
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Our Rabbis taught, “Begin with blessing.” This is particularly appropriate in the month of Adar, a month of which it is said, “When Adar enters, we should increase our joy.” It is a month whose mazal (“source of influence”) is associated with strength and health. Hence, it is a month in which the Jewish people are granted unique blessings.

Furthermore, we find that the happiness of Adar has the potential to transform undesirable influences. This concept is reflected in our Sages’ statement “Just as when Av enters, we reduce our joy, when Adar enters, we increase our joy.” Even the undesirable factors associated with the reduction of our joy in the month of Av can be transformed into positive influences through the celebrations of the month of Adar.2 And ultimately, this will lead to the most complete celebration, the rejoicings of the Redemption.

To explain: The greatest happiness that a Jew can possibly feel is his connection with G‑d. Even as he exists within the limitations of this material world, and furthermore, as he is in exile within this world, he is still “the only son” of G‑d, King of kings. When a Jew comprehends this concept, it brings him great joy. This joy, in turn, changes the manner in which he approaches his life within the context of his worldly existence.

For the nature of happiness is that it permeates through the entire scope of the person’s existence. When a person is happy, he lives happily. This happiness affects the way he conducts his life and all the people with whom he comes in contact. He shares happiness with those around him and his happiness brings him success in all matters. And this can be openly seen in the events that transpire in the world at large.3

The connection between the month of Adar and positive influence raises a question: Our Sages teach, “Israel has no mazal,” i.e., the various different sources of spiritual influence (mazalos) do not control the fate of the Jewish people.4 If so, what relevance is there to the fact that the mazal of Adar is associated with health and strength?

This concept can be resolved as follows: The mazalos have power over the gentiles, for their fate is controlled by the natural order. A Jew, by contrast, even as he exists in this material world stands above the limits of the natural order. Accordingly, he has the power to change the workings of the natural order through his divine service and draw down positive influence.

In Adar, however, this is not necessary. In and of its own right, without the positive forces generated by a Jew’s service, Adar is a month of health and strength for the Jewish people. Moreover, these positive influences are reflected in our actual material life. Thus our Sages counseled, “When a Jew has a legal dispute with a gentile, he should postpone the judgment until the month of Adar.”

The relevance of the above concepts receives special emphasis in the present year when Rosh Chodesh Adar falls on the third and fourth days of the week d and s in Hebrew. Our Sages associate the sequence of these two letters with the phrase gommel dallim,“showing kindness to the poor.” Furthermore, when coupled together, the two letters form the word gad which means “good fortune.”

The expression gommel dallim is worthy of analysis. Seemingly, it would have been proper for our Sages to use the expression gommel rashim. For although both the words dal and rash mean “poor,” rash connotes a much direr state of poverty.

This difficulty can be resolved through the comprehension of the difference between the letters raish (ר) and daled (ד). Although their forms are similar, there is a clear difference between them. The daled possesses a yud in its right corner. This yud reflects the quality of bittul, “selflessness,” which allows for a connection to be established between the recipient (in terms of the Sefiros, the Sefirah of Malchus) and the source of influence (the Sefirah of Yesod).

Within the context of our divine service, this means that a Jew always possesses an essential Jewish spark within his soul. This in turn connects him to the source of G‑dly influence. This applies even when a Jew is in a state of poverty, dallus. Indeed, because of this influence, it is impossible for a Jew to fall into dire poverty, rashus.

This inner Divine connection was brought about by the giving of the Torah. For it was at that time that the decree separating spirituality from materiality was nullified and G‑dliness became a permanent part of the Jew’s being. And it was then, that the potential for the flow of Divine influence to the world, gommel dallim, was established.5

2. The weekly cycle of Torah portions shares parallels with the sequence of spiritual influences reflected by the times in which these portions are read. Accordingly, there is a connection between this week’s Torah reading and the uniquely positive spiritual influences of the month of Adar.

This connection becomes apparent through the resolution of an obvious question: This week’s Torah reading begins with G‑d’s command to the Jewish people to donate to the Sanctuary: “And you shall give an offering... gold, silver, and brass.” Seemingly, G‑d’s request should have been made in an ascending order, beginning with the items which every individual could easily give. Since there were differences in the levels of wealth of the Jewish people, it would appear more appropriate to begin with an item that could be given freely by all. Why then did G‑d mention gold first?6

The Jews possessed an abundance of gold at that time, for they received spoil from the Egyptians before leaving that land and also gathered great wealth after the miracles of the Red Sea. Nevertheless, we may assume that among the Egyptians from whom they took this wealth, and therefore among the Jews themselves, there were still differences between the value of gold, silver, and brass and the Jews possessed a smaller quantity of the more precious metals. Indeed, we find that in actuality, more brass and silver were donated to the Sanctuary than gold.

This adds emphasis to the question raised above: Why was gold mentioned first?7 And furthermore, the question arises: What is the lesson to be derived from this for subsequent generations?

These questions can be resolved by considering another question which is raised regarding the construction of the Sanctuary as a whole. Every Jew was commanded to donate towards the Sanctuary’s construction and in actuality, each member of the Jewish people — men, women, and children — made such donations. The questions arises: Since the Sanctuary was intended to establish a dwelling for G‑d in this world,8 seemingly, that dwelling should have been fashioned only through the service of the most elevated and sophisticated among the people.9 Why were the donations to the Sanctuary allowed to be made by every single Jew?10

Nevertheless, precisely this is the message that the Torah wishes to communicate: that every Jew, even a simple man or woman or a young child, has the power to establish a dwelling for G‑d.

To explain: The command to build the Sanctuary was communicated after the giving of the Torah at which time, G‑d chose the Jewish people. In Chassidic thought, it is explained that this choice encompassed the physical person of each and every Jew. Even as a Jew exists within a material body in this physical world, he is a member of “a nation of priests and a holy people.”

This relates to the concept mentioned above, that the giving of the Torah nullified the Divine decree separating the spiritual from the physical. Thus even as the Jewish people exist in the material world, their true nature is spiritual. They are “an actual part of G‑d,” and “Israel and the Holy One, blessed be He, are all one.”

Even when a Jew sins he remains a Jew. He cannot divorce himself from his true source. As the Rambam states, the true desire of every Jew is to serve G‑d. If, at times, this is not reflected in a person’s conduct, we should realize that this is a deviation from his true will, that his natural inclination temporarily forced him to act against his genuine desire.

In this context, we can understand our Sages’ directive, “A person should always occupy himself in Torah study although his intention is self-oriented. For from service that is not for G‑d’s sake comes service which is for G‑d’s sake.” In the Hebrew original of the above expression, the word mitoch translated as “from” also can be rendered “the depth of.” Thus, the expression can be interpreted “the depths, i.e., the core, of service which is not for G‑d’s sake is service that is for G‑d’s sake.” This means that although a person is outwardly studying the Torah or performing a mitzvah for an ulterior motive, the inner motivation for his act is the desire to fulfill G‑d’s will.

From the giving of the Torah on, this has been and is the nature of every Jew. And therefore, after the giving of the Torah, the command was given for a dwelling for G‑d to be constructed within our material world through the donations of every Jew, regardless of his individual attributes.

Based on the above, we can understand why gold was mentioned first when G‑d commanded the Jews to donate toward the Sanctuary. A Jew shares an intrinsic connection to gold. Since a Jew, as he exists within the material world, is “G‑d’s only son,” he is by nature rich. He has the potential to give generously, and to give gold. Indeed, the very Hebrew word for gold, zahav, reflects a Jew’s tendency to give, for our Sages interpret this word as an acronym for the phrase, “He who gives while healthy,” i.e., the person gives not to ward off any unfavorable influences, but as a natural expression of his inner self. And to emphasize this attribute, the first item asked of the Jewish people was gold.11

3. Based on the above, we can appreciate the connection between the month of Adar and Parshas Terumah. Both reflect how even as a Jew exists within the context of this material world, he is connected with his spiritual source. This in turn brings him success and prosperity even within the framework of material existence.

A Jew is in essence rich and his inner spiritual wealth should be reflected in actual material wealth. If this is not openly apparent, this is only because G‑d desires that a Jew reveal this wealth through his efforts, that he transform the darkness of the world into light. This in turn will draw down an abundance of Divine blessing into the world.

The above is particularly true in the present time, when the Jewish people have completed all the spiritual tasks demanded of them and all that is necessary is to actually accept Mashiach. At this time, each and every member of the present generation, the last generation of exile and the first generation of Redemption, is surely worthy of abundant material wealth.

This leads to a practical directive: Each Jew should seek to obtain wealth, spiritual wealth as our Sages stated, “There is no concept of wealth other than knowledge,” and also actual material wealth. The latter will, as the Rambam explains, enable one to devote oneself to the study of Torah and the observance of mitzvos in a more complete manner. Similarly, one will be able to donate more generously to tzedakah, including the tzedakahgiven for the construction of synagogues and houses of study.

And this will lead to the construction of the Third Beis HaMikdash, a mitzvah which is incumbent on every single Jew. And it will be fulfilled by the entire Jewish people, for every Jew — man, woman, and child12 — will donate towards the construction of that BeisHaMikdash.

Similarly, at this time, in connection with the twofold influence of the months of Adar, there must be an emphasis on the service of happiness. Our happiness should continue to grow and increase throughout these two months. Indeed, efforts should be made to increase and heighten this celebration. These efforts should begin with an increase in Torah study, as it is written, “The precepts of G‑d bring joy to the heart,” and this study should lead to deed, an increase in the performance of mitzvos behiddur, in a careful and beautiful manner.

From “serving G‑d with joy,” we should proceed to spreading joy and happiness in the most literal sense, making efforts that the members of one’s household and similarly, all of those with whom one comes in contact, experience greater joy. And this will lead to the ultimate joy, the coming of the Redemption. May it take place in the immediate future.

PARASHA MISHPATIM Mevarchim Adar Aleph | 26 Shevat – 3 Ad

EREV SHABBOS  FEB 1st  
Shacharis 7 AM
Candles/Mincha/Maariv 4:52 PM

SHABBOS - SAT FEB 2nd 
Tehilim for Mevarchim Adar Aleph -  7:30 am
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 9:58 AM/
Shabbos Mincha 4:52 PM /Seuda Slishit Lite
Maariv/Havdalah 5:53 PM

WEEKDAY SERVICES
Sun Shacharis 9 AM 
Mon, Thu,  Fri Shacharis 7 AM
Tue, Wed Shacharis 6:50 AM /ROSH CHODESH ADAR I
Sun - Thu Mincha 5:00 PM, followed immediately by Maariv

SHABBOS KIDDUSH AND SEUDA SLISHIT.  
Kiddush Lite. Cholent is co-sponsored by Ploni Almoni. The delicious meat cholent will be made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin. Seuda Slishit Lite.

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

LADIES TEHILIM – SUN 10 am
Come say Tehilim

CSTL FAMILY SHABBAT DINNER – FRI FEB 15th
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

Avos U'Banim this Motzei Shabbos 7 PM at CSTL
Generously Sponsored this week by Rabbi Shneur Zalman and Chaya Levitin, in honor of the 6th birthday of their son Yisachar Dov. . Featuring Rebbe Videos, Torah, Raffle, Prizes, Food.  
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

SEATTLE JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE – DECORATE AND DAIQUIRI – SUN FEB 10th 7:30 PM
Hosted by Lesley Weichbrodt , 5815 Vassar NE. Featuring Seattle Talent Benoria Levy. 
mherbstman@gmail.com www.tinyurl.com/seattleladiesevent 

FARBRENGEN ALERT–- FRIDAY 3 PM
Erev-Shabbos Farbrengen in the CSTL Social Hall.  In honor of our friend Bill Abramson (Ze’ev ben Aharon Z”L), who passed away in Israel this week, and in honor of the yahrzeit (30th  of Shevat) of Chaplain Gary Friedman, Chaim Tzvi ben Yehuda Leib Z”L. 

MEMORIAL FOR CHAPLAN GARY FRIEDMAN Z”L – 30th of SHEVAT - TUE FEB 5th – 8 PM
At Chabad House, 4541 19th Ave NE. 
www.chabadhouseminyan.org

Sunday Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin –
Following 9 am Shacharis. Gemora Baba Basra with Rabbi Levitin after 9 am Shacharis

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

Rebbi’s Sicho with Rabbi Mendy – SHABBOS 4:00 PM 
Words of Torah inspiration from the Rebbe. For Men and Women. In honor  of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha  and Elanah Rivka bas Sarah for a full רפואה  שלימה  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS

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

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

MELAVE MALKA AT Ezra Bessaroth – FEB 2nd 
Featuring NYHS Scholar in Residence Rabbi Dr. Jeremy Wieder, Rosh Yeshiva of the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, Yeshiva University.  
www.ezrabessaroth.net

An Evening with Ambassador Dennis Ross – THU FEB 7th 7 PM
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle invites you to a candid evening of discussion with Ambassador Dennis Ross, a veteran diplomat with extensive Israel and Middle East experience. Register, submit a question for evening's Q&A. Q&A will be moderated by Steve Bunin, KING-5 morning news anchor. Herzl-Ner Tamid, 3700 E. Mercer Way, Mercer Island
www.JewishInSeattle..org

Avos U’Banim at the Seattle Kollel Every Saturday Night 6:30-7:30 PM
www.seattlekollel..org

Seattle Kollel HEBREW LEVEL 2 Monday Evenings, Feb. 25-Mar. 18, 7:30PM, 
"Reach your peak with Hebrew Crash Course Level 2". More info: (206) 722-8289 or https://www.seattlekollel.com/hebrew-reading-crash-course-2

Derech Emunah Annual Winter Garden Party SUN MAR 3rd 6 PM
At the home of Ike Almo. For reservations, contact Cheryl in the DE School Office or
www.DerechEmunah.com

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

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

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

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


REBBE’S SICHO FOR PARSHAS MISHPATIM
https://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2468783/jewish/The-25th-of-Shvat-5752-1992.htm © SichosInEnglish.

1. Our Rabbis teach, “Open with blessing.” The 25th of the month, כה in Hebrew, relates to the Priestly Blessing which begins “In this manner koh (כה), bless the children of Israel.” The Priestly Blessing has the positive qualities of both blessing and prayer as explained on previous occasions.

This will be enhanced by the influence of the present month, the eleventh month which reflects a transcendent influence.1 And from Shvat, we proceed to Adar, a month whose mazal (source of influence) is healthy, implying that it is a source of healthy influence for every single Jew.

The influence of Adar begins at present, for all matters associated with a month are drawn down on Shabbos Mevarchim (the Shabbos on which the month is blessed). Since the preparations for Shabbos begin on the preceding days (and we have already reciting the evening service associated with the day preceding the Shabbos), the positive influences associated with a “healthy mazal” are already present.

The above is enhanced by the recurring influence of Shabbos Mevarchim which is associated with the renewal of the moon and also with the ultimate renewal of every member of the Jewish people — men, women, and children — which will take place in the Era of the Redemption.2

All the more emphasis on the above exists in the present year, a leap year which our Sages refer to as “a perfect year.”3 In particular, this relates to the month of Adar, for there are two Adars in a leap year, indicating that all the positive influences associated with Adar are of twofold intensity.

The positive nature of the present time is also reflected in this week’s Torah portion, Parshas Mishpatim. As mentioned at our last gathering,4 Parshas Mishpatim is associated with those aspects of Torah that can be comprehended by human intellect. Accordingly, there is a necessity to emphasize that cases governed by these laws must be judged before a Jewish court, and not before gentiles. “Even when one knows that in a particular instance the secular law will parallel Jewish law, one may not judge the case before their authorities.” Although the result of the judgment would be the same in both courts, we are required to judge the case only before a Jewish court.

There is a point of connection to this concept in the events of the preceding days. To explain: One of the prophecies concerning the Era of the Redemption is, “Nations shall not lift up a sword against other nations.... They shall beat their swords into plowshares.” From “swords,” which refers to the totality of armaments and weapons, they will make “plowshares,” instruments which cultivate the earth and produce food.

In this context, there is a unique significance to the statements made by the leader of this country who announced that funds which were previously allocated to the production of arms will be used to produce food. This clearly emphasizes the thrust towards a total negation of armament and war.

Since “the law of the land is your law,” there is significance to the statements made by the leader of this country, a country of kindness.5 This is particularly true since they were immediately accepted by the majority of the representatives chosen by the people. Hence, these statements now have the authority of Torah law.

They are relevant, not only within the national and international sphere, but also within the realm of our interpersonal relations. This adds further emphasis to the importance of following the example of Aharon the Priest, who “loved the created beings and drew them close to the Torah.” Even when one has reason to be displeased with a colleague’s conduct,6 one should relate to him with love. Indeed, this thrust towards love and charity is one which should be emulated by both Jews and gentiles alike.7

These concepts are relevant at present, for as mentioned on previous occasions,8 we are at the pinnacle of Jewish history, the time most appropriate for the Redemption. And this will cause the very next moment to be the last moment of the exile and the first moment of the Redemption, when “as in the days of your exodus from Egypt, I will show you wonders.”9

And at this time, we will merit the revelation of “the new [dimensions of the] Torah that will emerge from Me.” Herein, there is a connection to the opening words of Parshas Mishpatim, v’eileh hamishpatim, which, as Rashi relates, come to emphasize how the laws related in this Torah portion are a continuation of the revelation of Sinai. Similarly, the Torah which we study every day and the Torah to be revealed in the Era of the Redemption are a continuation of that revelation.

At that time, we — together with the entire Jewish people — will proceed to our Holy Land, in Jerusalem, and to the Beis HaMikdash. Herein, there is a connection to the Torah portion of the coming week Parshas Terumah which begins with the command, “And you shall make Me a Sanctuary and I will dwell within.” For the ultimate fulfillment of this command will be in the Era of the Redemption, with the construction of the Third BeisHaMikdash. May this take place immediately — with all the significance implied by the word “immediately.”10 And may we — with the Nasi of our generation at our head — proceed to the true and ultimate Redemption, led by Mashiach.

PARASHA YITRO | 19-26 Shevat, 5779

EREV SHABBOS  JAN 25th 
Shacharis 7 AM
Candles/Mincha/Maariv 4:41 PM

SHABBOS - SAT JAN 26th 
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 10:03 AM/
Shabbos Mincha 4:41 PM /Seuda Slishit Lite
Maariv/Havdalah 5:43 PM

WEEKDAY SERVICES
Sun Shacharis 9 AM 
Mon – Fri Shacharis 7 AM
Sun - Thu Mincha 4:50 PM, followed immediately by Maariv

SHABBOS KIDDUSH AND SEUDA SLISHIT.  
Kiddush Lite. Cholent is co-sponsored by Anonymous and by Avremi & Chavi Gitler in memory of their nephew, התינוק  מנחם מענדל בן יבלחט"א ר יואל זאב שי. Yartzeit  is כ"ו שבט.The delicious meat cholent will be made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin. Seuda Slishit Lite.

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

LADIES TEHILIM – SUN 10 am
Come say Tehilim

CSTL FAMILY SHABBAT DINNER – FRI FEB 15th
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

Avos U'Banim this Motzei Shabbos 6:30 PM at CSTL
Generously Sponsored this week by: Shmueli Tennenhaus and Rosie Levin. Featuring Rebbe Videos, Torah, Raffle, Prizes, Food.  
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

SEATTLE JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE – DECORATE AND DAIQUIRI – SUN FEB 10th 7:30 PM
Hosted by Lesley Weichbrodt , 5815 Vassar NE. Featuring Seattle Talent Benoria Levy. 
mherbstman@gmail.com www.tinyurl.com/seattleladiesevent 

FARBRENGEN ALERT–- FRIDAY 3 PM
Erev-Shabbos Farbrengen in the CSTL Social Hall.  In honor of the yahrzeit (22nd of Shevat) of the  Rebbetzin Chaya Mushkah Schneerson, wife of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. 
www.chabad.org/calendar

MEMORIAL FOR CHAPLAN GARY FRIEDMAN Z”L – 30th of SHEVAT - TUE FEB 5th – 8 PM
At Chabad House, 4541 19th Ave NE. 
www.chabadhouseminyan.org

Sunday Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin –
Following 9 am Shacharis. Gemora Baba Basra with Rabbi Levitin after 9 am Shacharis

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

Rebbi’s Sicho with Rabbi Mendy – SHABBOS 3:30 PM 
Words of Torah inspiration from the Rebbe. For Men and Women. In honor  of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha  and Elanah Rivka bas Sarah for a full רפואה  שלימה  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS

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

PROTECTION, PRIVACY, BIG BROTHER AND YOU - SAT, JAN. 26th 7:30 PM
Can you retain some element of privacy on the web?  How does technology impact the education of our children?  Should artificial intelligence be regulated? You Are invited to a panel discussion with techies: Dov Weiss, Danielle Ellbogen,  Yoni Hirsch, Yehuda Turpie and Moderator, Raf Zimberoff. At Minyan Ohr Chadash 6721 51st Ave S, Seattle

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

MELAVE MALKA AT Ezra Bessaroth – FEB 2nd 
Featuring NYHS Scholar in Residence Rabbi Dr. Jeremy Wieder, Rosh Yeshiva of the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, Yeshiva University.  
www.ezrabessaroth.net

Jewish Women Connections at the Westin – SUN JAN 27th 11 AM
The largest philanthropic gathering of Jewish women in the Pacific Northwest, featuring guest speaker Sharon Tal, the renowned designer behind re-launch of the legendary Maskit Fashion House. Read Sharon's story in the latest issue of Jewish In Seattle magazine. See and shop a selection of Maskit designs at a post-event Trunk Show!  
www.JewishInSeattle.org

An Evening with Ambassador Dennis Ross – THU FEB 7th 7 PM
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle invites you to a candid evening of discussion with Ambassador Dennis Ross, a veteran diplomat with extensive Israel and Middle East experience. Register, submit a question for evening's Q&A. Q&A will be moderated by Steve Bunin, KING-5 morning news anchor. Herzl-Ner Tamid, 3700 E. Mercer Way, Mercer Island
www.JewishInSeattle.org

Send Your Child to Jewish Camp
The Federation supports formative Jewish experiences through camp scholarships and incentives. Applications are now open for 2019 Jewish overnight camp scholarships. Last year, need-based scholarships made it possible for 263 children to attend. For first-time campers, incentive grants of up to $1,000 are available. 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

Seattle Campus Crash Course Sun Jan 27th 4 pm - 9 pm
Jewish and other pro-Israel students can face BDS initiatives, demonizing language, and other attacks on Israel's legitimacy on college campuses. StandWithUs presents a course that prepares students to turn difficult conversations into something positive.  Herzl-Ner Tamid, 3700 E. Mercer Way, Mercer Island

Avos U’Banim at the Seattle Kollel Every Saturday Night 6:30-7:30 PM
www.seattlekollel.org

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

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

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

AIRPORT AND LOCAL TRIPS – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER
Competitive rates, excellent service.  Contact Eli at 206-771-2670.


REBBE’S SICHO FOR PARSHAS YITRO
https://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2468779/jewish/Shabbos-Parshas-Yisro-20th-Day-of-Shvat-5752-1992.htm © SichosInEnglish.

The Ten Commandments are recorded twice in the Torah: once in Parshas Yisro, and once in Parshas Vaeschanan. Since the Ten Commandments are the foundation for the entire Torah and include the entire Torah, it is obvious that their repetition communicates central lessons relevant to the Torah as a whole, i.e., they each represent an approach that is vital to our observance of the Torah in its entirety.1

The fundamental differences between the narrative of the Ten Commandments in Parshas Yisro and the narrative of the Ten Commandments in Parshas Vaeschanan is that Parshas Yisro relates how the Ten Commandments were given by G‑d. Parshas Vaeschanan, by contrast, presents Moshe’s description of the giving of the Ten Commandments. They are “the words of Moshe,” and not the direct word of G‑d.

This difference reflects two fundamental dimensions of the Torah: On one hand, the Torah is “G‑d’s will and G‑d’s wisdom,” “the Torah and the Holy One, blessed be He, are one.” From this perspective, the Torah is a “hidden treasure,” above the grasp of man.

Conversely, however, “the Torah has journeyed and descended through hidden stages, stage after stage through the entire set of the spiritual cosmos until it became enclothed in material entities and matters of this world.” This process reached its fullest expression at the giving of the Torah when the Torah was given to the Jewish people as they live in this material world. From that time onward, “the Torah is not in the heavens,” but rather the possession of the Jewish people. After the giving of the Torah, the Torah must be studied by the Jewish people as they exist “souls within bodies” and it is on the basis of their understanding that Torah law will be decided. Similarly, through their observance of the mitzvos, they transform the world into a dwelling for G‑d.

These two dimensions should be reflected in the way in which every Jew studies Torah: The awareness that the Torah transcends human knowledge leads to bittul, “selflessness.”2In a complete sense, this bittul is reflected in the verse, “My tongue will repeat Your sayings,” which is interpreted as follows: “The Torah is ‘Your sayings,’ and my tongue is merely repeating what You have said.” In this context, we can also interpret the verse “G‑d, open my lips and my mouth will recite Your praise,” i.e., although it is a man who is speaking, what he is saying is “Your praise,” G‑d’s words and not his own. “The Divine Presence speaks from his throat.”

On this basis, we can understand our Sages’ statement that we should study the Torah with the same awe, fear, and trembling experienced by the Jews at Mount Sinai. For, although we are lacking all the open miracles of Sinai, the essence of the experience, that a limited human being is perceiving the word of G‑d, is the same.

Conversely, we must also appreciate that the Torah was given to man as he exists within our material world, a soul within a physical body. Accordingly, a person must endeavor to understand the Torah with his own mind and faculties. And when he achieves this, the Torah he studies is considered as his own. He receives a measure of authority over the Torah which he has studied.3

These two thrusts are also reflected in the ultimate purpose of our Torah study: fashioning a dwelling for G‑d in these lower worlds. Here, too, we see two dimensions, that it is a dwelling for G‑d, i.e., a place where He reveals Himself totally, as a person reveals himself without restraint in his own home. This relates to the transcendent dimension of the Torah. Because “the Torah and G‑d are one,” the Torah can reveal His presence in the world.

Simultaneously, as mentioned above, the Torah has undergone a process of descent, enclothing itself in matters of our material world. This enables the dwelling to be part and parcel of our lower world itself, causing its very own framework of reference to serve as a medium to reveal G‑d’s dwelling.

In this context, we can apply our Sages’ expression, “One who enters a country should follow its modes,” to the Torah’s descent into worldly existence. Because the Torah adapts to the modes of existence of our material environment, it has the potential to make them into a dwelling for G‑d.4

Based on these concepts, we can appreciate the significance of the two different narratives of the Ten Commandments in the Torah. The description of the Ten Commandments in Parshas Yisro reflects G‑d’s speech, granting the Jews the potential for their Torah study to reflect G‑d’s speech.

This concept is reflected in the introductory verse to the Ten Commandments, literally translated as, “And G‑d related all the following to say (לאמר).” The commentaries note that the word laimor, “to say,” appears frequently in the Torah with the intent that the message communicated should be conveyed to others. This meaning is not appropriate in this instance, for the entire Jewish people were present at the giving of the Torah. Nor can the intent be to communicate the message to the Jews of future generations, for all the souls of the Jewish people, even those yet to be born,5 attended at Mount Sinai.

Therefore, the intent of the term in this instance is that G‑d gave the Jews the power to say the words of Torah as He said them, that the words of the Torah studied by a Jew should be “G‑d’s word.”

The description of the Ten Commandments in Parshas Vaeschanan, by contrast, were spoken by Moshe. This grants a Jew the potential to comprehend the Torah within the context of his own limited human intellect and in a larger sense, to make a dwelling for G‑d within the context of our material world.6

Thus each of the different accounts of the Ten Commandments possesses an advantage lacking in the other. The account in Parshas Yisro reflects the advantage of direct revelation from G‑d, without an intermediaries. All the Jews heard the commandments from G‑d Himself.

In contrast, the description of the Ten Commandments in Parshas Vaeschanan reflects how they are related by Moshe. Although Moshe was “a medium who connects,”7 and “the Divine Presence spoke from his throat,” this still represented a descent.8 And therefore, the giving of the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai represents the ultimate of man’s connection with G‑d.

Nevertheless, receiving G‑d’s word in this manner negates our individual existence. (And thus our Sages relate that after each of the Commandments, the souls of the Jews expired.) Conversely, the second description of the giving of the Ten Commandments reflects the ultimate of a person’s individual existence, that a Jew, like Moshe, can be a medium for the expression of G‑d’s speech.

To express these advantages within the context of the expression “a dwelling for G‑d in the lower worlds”: The description of the Ten Commandments in Parshas Vaeschanan reflects how even the lower worlds within their own context become a dwelling “for G‑d.” There is, however, a limitation although they are a “dwelling for G‑d,” there is a difference between G‑d and His dwelling. To refer to the analogy mentioned above, in a person’s own home, he expresses himself most freely: Although this is true, his home is merely the place where he expresses himself. There is a clear difference between the person himself and his home.

Similarly, in the analogue, although the description of the Ten Commandments in Parshas Vaeschanan reflect how the Jews — as they exist within the framework of worldly existence — become a dwelling for G‑d, there remains, however, a difference between G‑d and His dwelling. The description of the Ten Commandments in Parshas Yisro, by contrast, reflect how nothing exists aside from G‑d Himself.

The ultimate level of fulfillment is when there is a fusion of both approaches, that G‑d’s essence is revealed within the context of our material world with no limitation whatsoever and that this revelation is internalized within the Jewish people (as opposed to causing their self-nullification). In this manner, a Jew repeats “G‑d’s word” and becomes a channel for the revelation of G‑dliness in the world at large.

In this context, the two narratives of the giving of the Ten Commandments can be seen as two stages in a single process. The narrative in Parshas Yisro reflects the potential for the revelation of essential G‑dliness. And the narrative in Parshas Vaeschanan reveals how this essential G‑dliness becomes internalized within Moshe, within the Jewish people, and within the world at large. In this manner, the revelation at Mount Sinai, becomes relevant to our divine service at all places and in all places.

* * *

2. There is a connection between the above concepts and the date on which Parshas Yisrois read this year, the 20th of Shvat, ten days after the yahrzeit of the Previous Rebbe, and two days before the yahrzeit of the Previous Rebbe’s daughter, Rebbetzin Chayah Mushka.

Shvat is the eleventh month in the year. As mentioned on previous occasions,9 all existence is structured in a framework of reference of ten. Eleven refers to a level of transcendence above that framework. These two levels are also reflected in the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments themselves reflect a set of ten. The first commandment, Anochi, reflects a level of transcendence, “You are one and not in a numerical sense.”

The Previous Rebbe’s yahrzeit falls on the tenth day of the eleventh month, i.e., the transcendent quality associated with eleven is drawn down into the limited framework of ten.10 And this is the ultimate goal of the giving of the Torah, that G‑d’s essence be drawn down by the Jews in their Torah study every day.

Surely, the above is relevant to our generation, the last generation of the exile and the first generation of the redemption, for it is in the Era of the Redemption when we will witness the quintessence of the above process, seeing how G‑d’s essence permeates every dimension of existence.

And the Redemption can come immediately. Indeed, miyad (מיד) the Hebrew for “immediately,” is intrinsically connected with the Redemption, for its letters serve as an acronym for the names Moshe, Yisrael, David, the three Jewish leaders associated with the Redemption. Moshe redeemed the Jews from Egypt and our Sages declare, “He was the first redeemer and he will be the ultimate Redeemer.” It is the spreading outward of the wellsprings of the teachings of Yisrael, the Baal Shem Tov, which will bring the Redemption. And similarly, the Mashiach will be a descendant of David, the first anointed king.

Similarly, miyad can reflect the continuity between generations as reflected in the acronym Moshe, Yehoshua, Doram, “Moshe Yehoshua and their generations.” This emphasizes how the concepts symbolized by the three letters are not distant from each other, but rather in direct connection.

Each one of us — man, woman, and child — must take a lesson from the above concepts.11 Since the Ten Commandments were associated with the unity of the Jewish people, at Mount Sinai, they camped “as one man, with one heart,” our application of the lessons they teach should also involve a community, i.e., ten other people. Every individual should seek to convey the totality of the Torah and its mitzvos, for they are all reflected within the Ten Commandments to at least ten other Jews.12

Although the above directive applies to every member of our generation, it is particularly relevant to those present in this “sanctuary in microcosm,” the house of prayer, house of study, and house of good deeds of the Previous Rebbe. Since the Nasi represents the entire generation, this building is beis chayeinu, “the source of our life,” for every person in this generation.

When all the Jews here will serve as a living example of how the Previous Rebbe’s directives should be fulfilled, the influence from this house13 will reach Jews throughout the world. And this will hasten the coming of the time when the synagogues and houses of study in the Diaspora will all be taken to Eretz Yisrael together with the entire Jewish people. May this take place in the immediate future.

PARASHA BESHALACH – SHABBOS SHIRA – TU b’SHEVAT | 12 -19 Shevat, 5779

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FARBRENGEN ALERT–- FRIDAY 3 PM
Erev-Shabbos Farbrengen in the CSTL Social Hall.  In honor of the yahrzeit (13th of Shevat) of the  Rebbetzin Shterna Sarah Schneersohn, wife of the fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Sholom DovBer Schneerson, and mother of the sixth Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak. . 
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Sunday Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin –
Following 9 am Shacharis. Gemora Baba Basra with Rabbi Levitin after 9 am Shacharis

Weekly History Class for Women with Chanie Levitin Tue 7:30 pm
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Rebbi’s Sicho with Rabbi Mendy – SHABBOS 3:30 PM 
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Jewish Women Connections at the Westin – SUN JAN 27th 11 AM
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REBBE’S SICHO FOR PARSHAS BESHALACH
https://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2468773/jewish/The-11th-of-Shvat-and-Shabbos-Parshas-Beshallach-13th-Day-of-Shvat-5752-1992.htm © SichosInEnglish.

There are several significant dimensions to the fact that this year, Yud Shvat, the day of the Previous Rebbe’s yahrzeit, was commemorated on a Wednesday. Among them:

  1. Wednesday is the day on which the luminaries were suspended in the heavens;
  2. Wednesday begins the preparations for the coming Shabbos (on which the service associated with the previous week, and in this instance, the service associated with the Previous Rebbe’s yahrzeit, is elevated to a higher level). This is reflected in the recitation of the verses from Lechu Nerraninah (the beginning of the Kabbolas Shabbos service) in the Psalm of the Day of Wednesday.

The latter concept is particularly appropriate this Shabbos, for it is Shabbos Shirah (the Shabbos of Song), the Shabbos on which the Torah reading contains the song sung by the Jewish people after the crossing of the Red Sea.

Shabbos shares a unique connection to song as reflected in the psalm that begins, “A psalm, a song for the Shabbos day.” In Chassidic thought, it is explained that song is a medium through which one can ascend to higher spiritual levels. For that reason, the elevation of the worlds to a higher spiritual level on Shabbos comes about through song. In particular, this potential is granted on Shabbos Shirah, and from Shabbos Shirah, the potential is drawn down to the other Shabbasos of the year. Thus, it is understood that Shabbos Shirah also allows a unique potential for the elevation of the service of YudShvat.

This Shabbos s also significant because it generates blessing for the day of Tu BeShvat. There are two important dimensions to the latter date: It is the New Year of the Trees and it is also the fifteenth of the month, the day on which the moon shines in its fullness, i.e., the service of this month is expressed in a complete manner. Connecting points to all of the above concepts can be found in the two Torah portions associated with the present Shabbos: Beshallach which is read in the morning service and Yisro, which is read in the afternoon service.

There is a connection between these two Torah readings. Parshas Beshallach marks the completion of the redemption from Egypt which is connected with the giving of the Torah described in Parshas Yisro as it is written, “When you take the people out of the Land of Egypt, you will serve Me on this mountain.” Conversely, Parshas Yisro is connected with the splitting of the Red Sea described in Parshas Beshallach, for it was the news of the splitting of the sea that motivated Yisro to come to visit Moshe.

Both Torah portions also share a connection to the Era of the Redemption. The song sung by the Jewish people after the crossing of the Red Sea contains several references to the Era of the Redemption. For example, the verse “the Sanctuary of G‑d established by Your hands,” which refers to the Third Beis HaMikdash which will be constructed at that time, and the concluding verse, “And G‑d will reign forever and ever.” Similarly, the oath taken by G‑d against Amalek recorded at the conclusion of Parshas Beshallach will be in force until Amalek is wiped out in the Era of the Redemption.

The giving of the Torah described in Parshas Yisro is also associated with the ultimate revelation of “the new [dimensions of the] Torah which will emerge from Me,” in the Era of the Redemption.2

The connection between all of these concepts can be understood better through the analysis of the opening verse of the Torah reading, “And G‑d did not choose the way of the Philistines although it was close.” (In practice, all the subsequent events are connected with this choice. Since G‑d led the people southward, it was necessary for the sea to split, there, they encountered Amalek, and it was because of these miracles that Yisro visited them.)

The Midrash explains that “the way of the Philistines” was an eleven day journey and draws a connection to the verse “an eleven day journey from Choreb.” Instead of taking this short journey, they traveled through the desert for forty years.

The Midrash also relates that eleven has positive significance, referring to “the distinct commandment,... the first of the ten, ‘I am G‑d, your L‑rd.’ ” In Kabbalistic terminology, eleven refers to the level of “one, but not in a numerical sense,” i.e., G‑d’s essence which is above the ten Sefiros.

By not choosing to lead the Jews by this path, G‑d did not intend to remove this influence from the Jews. Instead, His intent was that this transcendent influence be drawn down and made part of their inner being. This was accomplished through the forty year journey through the desert which endowed them with “a knowing heart, eyes that see, and ears that hear.” For it was the internalization of this transcendent potential which prepared them for the entry into Eretz Yisrael.3

The above was accomplished through the forty-two4 journeys of the Jewish people through the desert. Part and parcel of the intent in this journey was to elevate the sparks of G‑dliness enclothed in the material entities with which the Jews used during this journey. These sparks had fallen to low levels, the negative dimension of the number eleven.5Nevertheless, through the efforts of the Jewish people, these negative dimensions can be nullified, and the positive power of these transcendent potentials revealed. Indeed, this service draws down increased energy into the service of G‑d within the context of the world’s limitations, which are alluded to in the Ten Commandments.

Were G‑d to have led the Jews to Eretz Yisrael on the eleven day journey, this transcendent quality would have been revealed from above, but would not have permeated the Jewish people as they exist within their own context. By causing the journey to last forty years, the transcendent quality associated with eleven was drawn down through the service of the Jewish people in elevating the material frame of reference in which we live, thus making it an integral part of our existence.

Based on the above, we can appreciate how the events mentioned in the Torah portions of Beshallach and Yisro serve as a preparation for the ultimate revelation of the Torah in the Era of the Redemption. The Torah to be revealed in the Era of the Redemption was also conveyed in the revelation at Mount Sinai.6 Nevertheless, the concepts to be revealed at that time have remained hidden to the point that they are described as “the new [dimensions of the] Torah that will emerge from Me,” i.e., a new entity never appreciated before.7

This concept relates to the contrast between the numbers ten and eleven mentioned above. The giving of the Torah was associated with the Ten Commandments and thus reflects how the Torah enclothes itself within the limits of worldly existence. For this reason, the giving of the Torah is associated with Nigleh, the revealed dimensions of Torah law which provide us with guidelines for our conduct within this world. Conversely, the revelation of “the new [dimensions of the] Torah that will emerge from Me” is associated with the number eleven, the transcendent dimension mentioned above.

In this context, the wanderings of the Jewish people throughout the centuries can be compared to the journeys through the desert, for the purpose of those wanderings was the elevation of the sparks of G‑dliness contained within the nations in which they lived. Ultimately, this service will lead to the fulfillment of the prophecy “I will cause the spirit of impurity to depart from the land,” and this will be reflected in the wiping out of Amalek.

At that time, we will merit to take possession of Eretz Yisrael in its fullness as a land of ten nations, including not only the lands of the seven Canaanite nations, but also the lands of the Keni, Kenizi, and Kadmoni. Furthermore, Eretz Yisrael will spread out through the entire world, revealing how the world is G‑d’s dwelling.

There is a connection between the above and Shabbos Shirah, “the Shabbos of Song.” As mentioned above, song is a medium of ascent and also a medium for revelation. In this context, we can develop the ideas explained by our Sages that there were nine songs sung by the Jewish people as a whole and in the Era of the Redemption, we will sing the tenth song, “a new song.”

Our Sages continue that the previous songs are referred to as shirah, the feminine form of the word song, while the “new song” of the Era of the Redemption is referred as shir, the masculine form. All the previous songs refer to the efforts of the Jewish people (the feminine dimension, as explained by the commentaries to Shir HaShirim) to ascend to a higher spiritual level and to elevate their environment. In contrast, the song of the Era of the Redemption will be a song of revelation from above8 (the masculine dimension).

The above is particularly relevant to the month of Shvat, for Shvat is the eleventh month of the year (when counting from Nissan, the month of redemption).9 There is a special emphasis on the above on the tenth and the eleventh days of the month. The tenth of Shvat is the yahrzeit of the Previous Rebbe, the day on which “all the deeds, teaching, and service which he performed throughout his life” are elevated to a higher level.10 The positive potential generated on this day is particularly emphasized this year when YudShvat falls on a Wednesday, the day the luminaries were suspended in the heavens, i.e., a day associated with revelation.

The elevated state reached is reflected on the eleventh day when the quality of transcendent revelation is expressed by the monthly cycle and by the daily cycle. All the more unique is the commemoration of these dates in the present year, for this is the 42nd anniversary of the Previous Rebbe’s yahrzeit, indicating that “the journey through the desert” to elevate the Jewish people and the environment in which they live has been completed and we, the last generation of exile and the first generation of the Redemption, are prepared to enter Eretz Yisrael.

And soon we will merit the singing of the “new song,” the song of redemption, a song of unity and oneness. Indeed, a foretaste of the happiness and joy which will accompany that song can be experienced at present. The confidence that the Redemption is an immediate reality should produce joy and happiness.11

* * *

2. This Shabbos also conveys blessing upon the day of Tu BeShvat, “the New Year of the Trees,” a day which shares a connection with the seven species of produce for which Eretz Yisrael is praised, wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olive (oil), and dates (honey). This is relevant to every Jew, for every Jew is “a cherished land” which can give forth the seven species of produce, i.e., seven different modes of service of G‑d.

It is proper to mention the importance of holding farbrengens on Tu BeShvat in every place. At these farbrengens, it should be emphasized how every Jew is “a cherished land,” and possesses within himself the potential to express a mode of service appropriate to each of the seven types of produce for which Eretz Yisrael is praised.

Each Jew has a treasure store of spiritual potentials that enables him to bring out services representative of these seven services. This also includes the revelation of the secrets of Torah, the service associated with dates, as alluded to in the verse “milk and honey are under your tongue.” And it is through these efforts that we will merit that “a shoot will emerge from the stem of Yishai,” the coming of Mashiach who will take us to Eretz Yisraeltogether with the entire Jewish people. And then we will merit the ultimate fulfillment of the giving of the Torah, the revelation of the “the new [dimensions of the] Torah that will emerge from Me.”

SHABBOS BO | 5 -12 Shevat, 5779

EREV SHABBOS  JAN 11th 
Shacharis 7 AM
Candles/Mincha/Maariv 4:21 PM

SHABBOS - SAT JAN 12th 
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Shabbos Mincha 4:21 PM /Seuda Slishit Lite
Maariv/Havdalah 5:26 PM

WEEKDAY SERVICES
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SHABBOS KIDDUSH AND SEUDA SLISHIT.  
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MAZEL TOV MAZEL TOV!
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THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -PENDING
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LADIES TEHILIM – SUN 10 am
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FARBRENGEN ALERT–- FRIDAY 3 PM
Erev-Shabbos Farbrengen in the CSTL Social Hall.  In honor of the yahrzeit (5th of Shevat) of the  "Sefas Emes”,  Rabbi Yehudah Leib Alter (1847-1905), the second Rebbe of the Ger Chassidic dynasty. . 
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FARBRENGEN ALERT – YUD SHEVAT WED JAN 16th 8 PM
At the home of Rabbi Mendy Levitin, 4027 NE 60th Street.  The sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, passed away on Shabbat morning, the 10th of Shevat, of the year 5710 from creation (1950).  A year later, at t a gathering of Chassidim marking the first anniversary of the passing of the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, the late Rebbe's son-in-law, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, delivered a Chassidic discourse (maamar) entitled Basi LeGani ("I Came into My Garden"), signifying his formal acceptance of the leadership of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement.
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CSTL FAMILY SHABBAT DINNER – FRI FEB 15th
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Avos U'Banim this Motzei Shabbos 6:30 PM at CSTL
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SEATTLE JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE – DECORATE AND DAIQUIRI – SUN FEB 10th 7:30 PM
Hosted by Lesley Weichbrodt , 5815 Vassar NE. Featuring Seattle Talent Benoria Levy. 
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Sunday Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin –
Following 9 am Shacharis. Gemora Baba Basra with Rabbi Levitin after 9 am Shacharis

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

Rebbi’s Sicho with Rabbi Mendy – SHABBOS 3:30 PM 
Words of Torah inspiration from the Rebbe. For Men and Women. In honor  of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha  and Elanah Rivka bas Sarah for a full רפואה  שלימה  

WOMEN’S LEARNING AT CSTL WED 8:00 PM
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TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY – 8:15 AM SHABBOS MORNING
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RABBI EMLEN’S MONDAY NIGHT SICHOS CLASS FOR WOMEN–8 PM 
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Sunday Morning Women's Shiur 10:20 AM
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REBBE’S SICHO FOR PARSHAS BO
https://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2468770/jewish/Shabbos-Parshas-Bo-6th-Day-of-Shvat-5752-1992.htm © SichosInEnglish.

This week’s Torah reading, Parshas Bo, relates how the Jewish people were redeemed from Egypt, as it is written “And on that selfsame day, all the hosts of G‑d left the land of Egypt.” The potential for this exodus was generated by G‑d’s command to Moshe which is mentioned at the beginning of the Torah reading, “Come to Pharaoh.”1

The Zohar explains that there is also a positive dimension to Pharaoh, “the source for the revelation of all lights.” Furthermore, the word that phrase uses for “revelation,” ispariyuhas the connotation of wildness, referring to an unbounded revelation that cannot be contained.2 Because in his source, Pharaoh represented such an elevated potential, his expression in this world expressed power in a fallen state.

In a different place, the Zohar relates that Moshe was apprehensive about approaching Pharaoh because Pharaoh represented the source of all evil. Therefore, it was necessary for G‑d to tell Moshe, “Come,” i.e., “Come with Me, I will accompany you.” Similarly, it can be explained that contemplating the essential nature of the counterpart of Pharaoh in holiness cast fear and awe upon Moshe. How could he, a limited human approach the essence of G‑d? Accordingly, he needed the reassurance that G‑d would accompany him and facilitate this fusion of limitation and infinity.

Such a fusion is possible only because of G‑d’s essence. Nevertheless, since the light from G‑d’s essence is connected with its source and reveals its source, it draws down the potential for the fusion of opposites to all levels, even to this physical world. And thus, Moshe as he exists, a soul enclothed in a body, could receive the revelation of these infinite levels of G‑dliness.

The above concepts can be understood within the context of the ultimate goal of the exodus from Egypt, the giving of the Torah as it is written, “When you take the people out of Egypt, you will serve G‑d on this mountain.” The ultimate goal of the Torah is to allow for the fulfillment of G‑d’s desire to have a dwelling in the lower worlds. Just as it is in a person’s home that his personality finds expression without restraint or inhibition, it will be in this world, G‑d’s dwelling place, that G‑dliness will be revealed without restraint.

Before the giving of the Torah, there was a decree preventing the spiritual from descending to the physical and the physical from ascending to the spiritual. When G‑d gave the Torah, He nullified this decree, making possible the revelation of the spiritual — and indeed, His very essence, the highest level of spirituality possible — within this world and conversely, the transformation of the material dimensions of this world into articles of holiness. In the fullest sense, this fusion of finiteness and infinity is revealed in the physical person of a Jew, in the union of his body and soul, for “Israel and the Holy One, blessed be He, are all one.” Since this fusion was the ultimate goal of the exodus, it was reflected in G‑d’s command to Moshe, “Come to Pharaoh,” which served as the catalyst for the redemption.

A similar concept is expressed at the very outset of the Torah’s description of G‑d’s selection of Moshe as the redeemer. Moshe protested, “I am not a man of speech... I am slow-tongued.... Send by means of who You will send.” The commentaries explain that Moshe’s speech defect was representative of the spiritual state of the world. Speech, representative of the Sefirah of Malchus, was in exile and Moshe was unable to awaken this potential. Therefore, he maintained, he was not fitting to bring about the redemption.

From another perspective, in Chassidic thought, it is explained that Moshe’s speech defect stemmed from the fact that his spiritual level — which had its source in the transcendent realm of Tohu — was too high to enclothe itself within the confines of our world; it was impossible for the lights to be enclothed within the vessels. Therefore, he asked G‑d to chose an agent who was capable of internalizing and transmitting revelation within the context of our limited world.

G‑d replied to him, “Who gave man a mouth.... I am G‑d.... I will be with your mouth and direct what you say.” G‑d’s essence possesses the potential to fuse opposites as explained above. Therefore, although Moshe as he exists within his own individual context could not awaken the potential of speech, because “I will be with your mouth,” G‑d’s influence generated the potential for the transcendent revelations of Tohu to be revealed within the finite context of our world. Thus, Moshe’s protest can be understood as being intended at bringing about the fusion of finiteness and infinity associated with the giving of the Torah.3

In this context, we can appreciate Moshe’s apprehension before his confrontation with Pharaoh, “the source for the revelation of all lights.” From his own perspective, Moshe was unable to internalize and transmit transcendent revelation within the context of this world — and such a transmission was necessary for the Redemption from Egypt. Therefore, he needed G‑d to “come with him,” and to reveal the essential potential to fuse opposites. Such a revelation in turn makes possible the revelation of how our material world, and more particularly, the physical body of a Jew, can be a dwelling place for G‑d.

The fusion of finiteness and infinity experienced by Moshe4 became a source of influence leading to a similar fusion to be experienced by the Jewish people at the giving of the Torah.5 This is emphasized by G‑d’s statements “You will be unto Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation,” i.e., even as the Jews exist within the context of this physical world, they will be holy.

Furthermore, the Rabbis associate the expression “kingdom of priests” with the level of High Priest. A High Priest had to be physically healthy without a blemish and wealthy. This indicates the potential for the Jewish people to achieve well-being and prosperity in material terms and still be one with G‑d. The ultimate expression of this fusion will be in the Era of the Resurrection when all the souls of the Jewish people will be enclothed in bodies.6 Indeed, at that time, the soul will derive its nurture from the body.

Based on the above, we can understand why the Torah places such a heavy emphasis on the Jewish people “borrowing” from the Egyptians “utensils of gold, utensils of silver, and garments” and why G‑d performed a special miracle and granted the Jews favor in the eyes of the Egyptians. On the surface, rather than stay one extra moment in exile, they should have left immediately.7 Since, however, the intent is the establishment of a dwelling for G‑d in the lower worlds, the fullest conception of this comes when the dwelling is established within the context of those worlds. And this comes, not through breaking the order of natural existence8 — taking the wealth against the Egyptians’ will — but rather, through its transformation — that the Egyptians give their wealth to the Jews willingly.

Nevertheless, the redemption from Egypt did not represent a complete transformation of the material nature of the world. For this reason, it was necessary for the Jews to “flee” from Egypt.9 In contrast, before the ultimate Redemption, our material environment will be refined and therefore “you will not leave in haste, nor will you take flight.” Since “I will cause the spirit of impurity to depart from the earth,” the Jews will approach the Redemption with eagerness, but they will not be pressured by the constraints of this world. Instead, from a state of prosperity experienced within the context of this world, they will proceed to the ultimate well-being and eternal life of the Era of the Redemption.

2. The above concepts are relevant to the commemoration of the yahrzeit of the Previous Rebbe on Yud Shvat in the coming week. For the Previous Rebbe is the Moshe of our generation and our generation, “the last generation of the exile and the first generation of the Redemption,” is a reincarnation of the generation of the exodus.

Furthermore, in our generation, we have seen a great increase in the efforts to transform the material environment of the world. This is reflected in the efforts to spread the wellsprings of Yiddishkeit and Chassidus outward, the printing of many sacred Jewish texts, and the spreading of the observance of the seven universal laws commanded to Noach and his descendants.

And this has had an effect on the world at large. The nations of the world are granting support to the Jews and assisting their observance of the Torah and its mitzvos. Even Russia which for years oppressed the Jewish people and prevented their emigration is now enabling the Jews to conduct their lives as they desire. Moreover, not only are they allowing the Jews to emigrate, they are even assisting them in doing so.

We are at the pinnacle of Jewish history, the time most appropriate for the Redemption to come. And the coming of the Redemption will be further hastened by the commemoration of Yud Shvat, by holding farbrengens in connection with that date, by studying the Previous Rebbe’s teachings, and dedicating ourselves to the activities he promulgated. And this will hasten the fulfillment of the prophecy “Those that lie in the dust will arise and sing,” at which time we will emerge from the exile and proceed to Eretz Yisrael, to Jerusalem, and to the Third Beis HaMikdash.

Themes which the Rebbe Shlita developed in this farbrengen were also presented in the essays entitled “A Lifetime Renewed” and “Women, Partners in the Dynamic of Creation.”

 

 

 

 

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