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Shabbos Bereshis Mevarchim Mar Cheshvan | 26 Tishrei – 3 Mar Cheshvan 5777

Shacharis 7 am 
Mincha/Candles/Maariv 5:38 pm

Tehilim for Shabbos Mevarchim 7:30 am
Shacharis 9 am /Latest Shema 10:21 am/
Mincha/ 5:20 pm /Seuda Slishit Lite
Maariv/Havdalah 6:38 pm

Kiddush and Seuda Slishit
The honor of sponsoring Kiddush Shabbat Beresheet goes to  Goldie Rosencrantz, who is sponsoring in honor and in memory of the 5th yahrzeit of her late husband Yisrael Yaacov ben Avraham Rosencrantz, z"l (28th Tishrei).  . Seuda Slishit Lite.

Weekday Services
Sun Shacharis: 9 am 
Mon, Thu, Fri  Shacharis 7 am
Tue-Wed Shacharis 6:50 am /ROSH CHODESH MAR CHESVHAN/ 
Wed-Thu  Mincha 5:35 pm, followed by Maariv  /Repeat Shema after 6:26 pm

Come say Tehilim

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 for current status.

Prayer is very important!  Please join Rabbi Emlen for a practical and inspiring class focusing each week on a single prayer. At the Green’s

Mikvah and Marriage: A Fresh Refresher Class with Chani Levitin. Nov 9th  7pm. 
At CSTL. Light refreshments served.

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

Women’s Class on Jewish History with Chani Levitin Tue 7:30 pm 
At the home of Rabbi & Chanie Levitin, 6519 49th Ave NE, info:

If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact Ivan Rothman, Gabbai Kiddush, . Please inform Ivan by the preceding Sunday evening so that we have time to prepare properly.  Prices: Sponsor $300, co-Sponsor $150, Contributor: $50-$149.

Funding for CSTL Outreach Program was made possible, in part, by a grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle.  Please donate to JFGS at


The Seattle Kollel Gala Dinner  Nov 20th at 5:30 pm
Celebrating 25 Years of Jewish Learning for Every Level. Special recognition and appreciation to our founder Rabbi Solomon Maimon and the founding board. Couvert $90. Call or E-mail to make reservations and your opportunity to participate in our Tribute Journal! Journal Deadline Nov.15, 2016. Please see  for the Donate Now Button. Or call 206-722-8289 or

MID-DAY MINHA AT THE SEATTLE KOLLEL – Starts Mon Nov 7th 12:45 pm
At the Seattle Kollel

Camp and Israel Scholarship Applications Available
Apply for Jewish overnight camp scholarships, first-time camper grants, teen Israel

The Reptile Man at BCMH Sun Nov 6, 10:30 am - Noon, 
Cost: $10. Snacks provided. For children in pre-school - 5th grade. Meet in BCMH Yavneh Youth Building.

Book reading - A Hug From Afar: One family's dramatic journey through three continents to escape the Holocaust.  At Third Place Books - Seward Park in Seattle, Wash., This is an amazing true-life tale of one family's desperation and hope as they worked for 16 years to immigrate from the island of Rhodes in the Aegean Sea to the United States during and after WWII.,

Volunteer for the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle phone-a-thon. Sun Nov 20th

The Lego Man at BCMH Sun Dec 4, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, 
Cost: $10.  The Lego Man plus Aftecare, 11:00 am - 3:30 pm. Cost: $25. Must register by November 30 at

Seattle University is administering the citywide 2016 Seattle Public Safety Survey. The purpose of the survey is to solicit feedback on public safety and security concerns from those who live and/or work in Seattle. A report on the survey results will be provided to the Seattle Police Department to assist them with making your neighborhood safer and more secure.

 Seattle Kollel Daf Yomi - Tractate Baba Metzia, 9:15 pm Sun - Thu 
at the Kollel 

Seattle Sephardic Network Presents: A Night at the Movies Wed Nov 16 7:30 pm
Featuring The Midnight Orchestra, Admission includes popcorn, Sephardic delicacies kosher gift box. Majestic Bay Theatres, 2044 NW Market St., Seattle

"Mishnah In A Year" Beginning Sunday, October 9, 9:45 am, 
at the Kollel. Schedule & more info:

The Shabbat Project "The Great Big Challah Bake" Thursday, November 10, 2016.
Join the Seattle Jewish Community & feel the power of making Challah together. Book now:

Mishmar Chavura with Rabbi Avi Rosenfeld Thu 9pm - 11pm
Parsha Learning and Discussion. Everyone welcome to join the conversation.  5240 38th Ave. NE.  Snacks served

For all your transportation needs, call Gershon Grashin (206) 856-2754

DVAR TORAH FOR BERERSHIS | Based on the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe OB”M| Rendered by Rabbi Yanki Tauber. ©

In the beginning G d created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1).

A basic principle of Judaism is that the entirety of existence was created by G d yesh me-ayin, "something from nothing." Everything--matter and energy, space and time, even the very phenomenon "existence"--was generated from a prior state of utter nothingness by the Creator.

This isn't just a factual truth--it has a profound influence on how we perceive ourselves and our existence. It means that nothing, except for G d, must be; that there are no axioms, paradigms, laws or realities that limit G d's absolute freedom; that everything that is, is solely because G d made it so.

Furthermore, creation is not a one-time act, after which the world exists on its own, like a carpenter who builds a cabinet and walks away from it. Rather, G d continually creates the world, constantly forcing it out of an initial state of utter nothingness into existence and life. Should this flow of vitality cease for even an instant, G d forbid, all would revert to absolute nothingness. As we say in the daily prayers, "He who in His goodness renews each day, constantly, the first act of Creation." The great works of Jewish philosophy (such as Maimonides' Guide for the Perplexed, the Ramak's Pardes Rimonim, R. Isaiah Horowitz's Shaloh and R. Schneur Zalman of Liadi's Tanya) discuss this doctrine of "perpetual creation," and cite scriptural, logical and philosophical proofs that such is indeed the nature of existence.

At every point in time, the world is the way it is only because G d actively desires to so create it. This is of course a fascinating idea--to think that our world, which seems so solid and contagious to our five sense, is actually pulsating from existence to nothingness and back again every fraction of time! But aside from stimulating our minds and inspiring our mystic wonder, does it make any real difference to us in our daily lives? What are the practical ramifications of the truth that G d is creating the world anew every moment of time?

Often, as we journey through life and grapple with its myriad challenges, we experience moments of hopelessness and despair. At these times, we seem incapable of seeing any good in ourselves or in a fellow human being, nor of discerning any redeeming purpose in the dilemma or circumstance in which we find ourselves.

But the doctrine of perpetual creation means that at every point in time, the world is the way it is only because G d actively desires to so create it. There can be no "hopeless" situations, no "meaningless" moments, for this very moment, with all its attendant circumstances, was only just now brought into being out of absolute nothingness by a purposeful Creator who is the ultimate source of good.

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