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Shabbat Vaera – Rosh Chodesh Shevat | 29 Tevet – 6 Shevat 5777

EREV SHABBOS Jan 27th 
Shacharis 7 am 
Mincha/Candles/Maariv 4:44 pm

SHABBOS SAT Jan 28th 
Shacharis 9 am /Latest Shema 10:01 am
Mincha/ 4:30 pm /Seuda Slishit Lite
Maariv/Havdalah 5:51 pm

RABBI LEVITIN’S 70th BIRTHDAY KIDDUSH – SHABBOS VA’EIRA – JAN 28th 
Full sit down lunch sponsored by Mrs. Chanie Levitin and family in honor of Rabbi Sholom Ber Levitin's birthday, the 28th of Tevet and the 6th Yahrzeit of Mrs. Miriam bas Alter Mordechi obm, the mother and grandmother of Mrs. Chanie Levitin and family, whose Yahrzeit is Rosh Chodesh Shevat.  At the Shabbos meal, Rabbi L
evitin will be making a siyam (conclusion) of the Talmudic Tractade of Chagiga
Kiddush will begin after 12:10pm.  Please do not attempt to enter the Social Hall before that time, in order to give the Kiddush Crew time to prepare this very special Kiddush!
Seuda Slishit Lite

Weekday Services
Sun Shacharis 9 am
Mon- Fri  Shacharis 7 am 
Sun-Thu  Maariv 9 pm. (Mincha to resume soon בעזרת השם)

PINDYON baBEN AND MELAVAH MALKA – SAT NIGHT JAN 28th 7:30 pm
Please join Uri and Avigail London in celebrating the Pidyon Ha-Ben ceremony of their son Yoav Yoshiyahu Lev, this Motzei Shabbat at 7:30 PM at Mercaz Seattle. 6011 A 37th Ave NE. Melava Malka to follow

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.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY - MMSC Now Hiring Substitute Teachers
MMSC is looking for substitute teachers.  We are a private Jewish school in Seattle that is opened Monday -- Friday, 8:45am to 3:45pm.  As such, on-call substitutes for MMSC must have some or full availability between these hours of operation. Shifts may be 4-8 hours within that time frame. If interested please call Sue Chambers @ (206) 523-9766 for further information.

Community Kollel at CSTL – Every Tuesday 8pm
Come learn with the community!  Learn any topic you want, with a chavrusa.  If you need a chavrusa, we will find you one.  Drinks and occasionally light refreshments will be served.

AVOS u’BONIM MOTZEI SHABBOS THIS WEEK 6:45 – 7:45pm
Special Yud Shevat hachana. Sponsored by the Tennenhaus Family.  Info: Rabbi Herbstman 
avrahamshlomo@hotmail.com

LADIES TEHILIM – SUN 10 am
Come say Tehilim

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

CSTL ANNUAL DINNER SUN FEB 12th honoring Dr Vernon and Lis Neppe
Tickets for our annual fundraising dinner are live- get yours now! Please register by Tuesday, February 7th, as seats are limited.
Please join us for happy hour and a delicious dinner catered by Leah's Catering as we honor Dr. Vernon and Elisabeth Neppe! In addition, we will be celebrating the growth of our community.
Unable to attend? Please consider being a sponsor or making a donation in honor of the Neppe's! Your support is greatly appreciated!
Please volunteer to help -  contact the event chair Velvil Rosler  Velvilrosler@gmail.com

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE
If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact SARAH DERSHOWITZ, Gabbai Kiddush, 
sgdersho@gmail.com. Please inform Sarah by the preceding Sunday evening so that we have time to prepare properly.  Prices: Sponsor $350, co-Sponsor $175, Contributor: $50-$149.

THANK YOU TO JEWISH FEDERATION OF GREATER SEATTLE
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 
https://www.jewishinseattle.org/donate


COMMUNITY NEWS

WOMENS EVENING – SHLOSHIM OF REBISA ESTHER MAIMON – FEB 7th 7:30 pm
Tehilim, Prayers, and Personal Stories At Sephardic Bikur Cholim. Lysa Almo Lysa3456@gmail.com

MELAVA MALKA SINGLES EVENT WITH LAURIE YOUNG SAT FEB 11th 8:15 pm 
Mixer plus a talk by Laurie Young, the Seattle Shadchan. The topic will be: HAPPILY EVER AFTER, CHOOSING LOVE. Singles of all ages are welcome. Reservations are required to attend.  For more information, contact Shira Balint at JSeattleSingles@gmail.com or check for the invitation on Mercaz Seattle's Facebook page.  Sponsored by Mercaz Seattle 
www.MercazSeattle.org

Halachos of Shabbos Series Monday, Jan. 30, 7:30 pm 
For Men & Women with Rabbi Yaakov Tanenbaum Topic: "Benefiting from Accidents on Shabbos-Oops! I Turned On the Light", BCMH Beis Midrash. The community is invited.

QFC UNIVERSITY VILLAGE SEEKS KOSHER MEAT CUTTER
Kosher Meat Cutter/Meat Cutter Apprentice:  The University Village QFC  is accepting applications for a Kosher Meat Cutter or to become a Meat Cutter Apprentice.  Applicants for kosher positions must have and maintain the endorsement of the Seattle Va'ad and either already be a licensed meat cutter or willing to complete necessary meat cutter apprenticeship classes. This position is primarily responsible for the kosher meat program but will also assist in other kosher and general duties.  To apply fill out the application online, click here.  Also, please email a Rabbinic reference from the Seattle Va'ad (or who can be contacted by the Seattle Va'ad) to 
Jeremy.Allen@stores.qfci.com

Jewish Baseball Registration
Jewish Baseball Registration is now open for Jewish students in Seattle. For 3rd grade and younger please register here: http://www.seattleponybaseball.org/ For 4th grade and up please contact Torah Day School. Students who are not enrolled in TDS are eligible to sign up. If you would like to help start other teams including soccer and girls teams please contact Ari Hoffman

EB FRUTICAS DINNER AND CELEBRATION FEB 10th 6:15 pm
www.EzraBessarot.net or you can call Susan in the office, 206 722-5500. Price goes up after Feb. 6

Tu B'Shevat EVENT: "Scouts in the wild", Feb 12th 2:30 - 4:30 pm, 
A naturalist guided walk through the Mercer slough. Cost: $10. RSVP to rlr62@comcast.net. Limited to first 15.

BASICS OF JEWISH LIFE Jan 29, Feb 5, Feb 12, 5 pm 
Learn about words and concepts, customs associated with life stages, the Jewish calendar, fundamental principles of faith and heritage, Kabbalah of food, Airusin and Nisuin, and more in this free three-part series. Chabad Jewish Center of Snohomish County.

NYHS Gala at the Westin Seattle Hotel. Sun Feb 26th 
We will celebrate the life and legacy of Jack DeLeon A"H and honor Beryl and Gary Cohen with the Jack DeLeon Community Leadership Award. Doors open at 5:00 pm. Visit www.nyhsgala.org to RSVP, place an ad or get more information.

INTRODUCTION TO HOME CANNING, PICKLING, PRESERVING  Jan 31st  7 pm,
Canning is all about locking in great, local, fresh and seasonal flavors, so you can enjoy them all year long. Learn canning science and safety, leave with jars of good food and the skills to continue pickling at home. Stroum Jewish Community Center

THE SUMMIT BISTRO NIGHTS Jan 31st Mar 28th May 23rd Jul 18th Aug 22nd and Dec 5th 
In 2017, there will be six different Bistro events, including a summer party on our 4th floor plaza, and five seated dinners.  Email 
Chrise@summitatfirsthill.org  to make a reservation.   Bistro Night at The Summit features kosher cuisine (supervised daily by Va'ad HaRabanim of Greater Seattle staff) in an elegant atmosphere.

Kollel - Trip To Israel for Women ages 45 - 60 Feb 26 - March 7
“Jewish Women Inspired – Renew your Wows!”. This trip is geared for all women 45ish – 60ish and for JWRP alumni who want to return to reignite the spark. Join a group of vibrant Jewish women for a fun filled action-packed journey of self- rediscovery & exploration. ABSORB the Beauty of Tiberias  - CRUISE the Kinneret  - TOUR the Mystical City of Tsfat  - TRAVEL to Tel Aviv - Free time for sightseeing and shopping  - WANDER the Historical Alleys of Jerusalem’s Old City -  PARTICIPATE in the Western Wall Experience  - CONNECT to your Ancestry at Rachel’s Tomb -  LED BY Scholar in Residence, Mimi David, experienced Israel tour leader  - MEET and learn from Renowned Jewish Speakers/Fascinating Authors. Land costs - $2400. For more information and to register contact Rooksie David and visit goinspire.com/jewish-women-journey 206-790-1475 / 
rooksiedavid@aol.com

MEDICINE & MEDICAL ETHICS AFTER THE HOLOCAUST Feb 1st 7pm
Dr. Sheldon Rubenfeld of the Baylor College of Medicine will review the complex history of Holocaust bioethics and challenge medical professionals and healthcare policymakers to apply that knowledge to contemporary medicine. UW Thomson Hall 101

PACO DIEZ CONCERT JAN 29th 7 PM
Seattle Sephardic Network and the Stroum Jewish Community Center are pleased to present  an evening of beautiful Sephardic-inspired music performed by Paco Díez, one of the most widely recognized and important interpreters of Judeo-Spanish music and Sephardic ballads.. At the Stroum Jewish Community Center 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island, Wash. Tickets online for $10 to $15, including discounts for seniors and students, 
www.SeattleSephardicNetwork.org .  For more information, contact Doreen C. Alhadeff at Seattlesephardicnetwork@gmail.com or 206.604.7575.

Jewish Day School Annual Auction & Gala Sun Mar 19th 
Honoring Judy & Jeff Greenstein. Register at: 
www.jds.org

Seattle Va'ad HaRabanim 2017 Membership 
http://seattlevaad.org/vaad-services/#tab-membership or mail a minimum $36 donation to Vaad HaRabanim of Greater Seattle, 5305 52nd AVE S, Sea., WA 98118 or call the Vaad Office (206) 760-0805 to pay via Credit Card

SEATTLE KOLLEL SUNDAY TORAH 9 am – 10:15 AM
Learning for adults and for children 5th through 8th grades.

Derech Emunah –Every Sunday Evening  7:30 pm, 
"A Taste of Derech Emunah", a weekly Women's class by Rabbi Shaul Engelsberg in the BCMH Yavneh Youth Building.

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

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

Mishmar Chavura with Rabbi Avi Rosenfeld Thu 8pm - 10pm
Parsha Learning and Discussion. Everyone welcome to join the conversation.  5240 38th Ave. NE.  Snacks served

NEED A DRIVER – CALL GERSHON!
For all your transportation needs, call Gershon Grashin (206) 856-2754


DVAR TORAH FOR VAERA
http://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2507868/jewish/Shabbos-Parshas-Vaeira-Rosh-Chodesh-Shevat-5750-1990.htm | Free translation of a talk by the Lubavitcher Rebbe OB”M © SichosInEnglish.org

1. The Torah specifically mentions Rosh Chodesh Shevat, relating:

On the first day of the eleventh month in the fortieth year, Moshe spoke to the children of Israel regarding all that G‑d had commanded him for them.... Moshe began to explain this Torah, saying....

The Megillah states, “These days are remembered and carried out.” The AriZalexplains that when a day is “remembered” properly, all the spiritual influences which were originally expressed are “carried out” again. Thus, by remembering the events of “the first day of the eleventh month,” we cause the spiritual influences of that day to be expressed again. Furthermore, based on the principle, “always advance in regard to holy matters,” we can assume that, each year, these influences are expressed on a higher level.

Based on the Alter Rebbe’s directive, “Live with the times,”1 it follows that we must learn a lesson from that narrative which is applicable to our own circumstances. Moshe’s address to the Jews was intended to prepare them to enter Eretz Yisrael.2 The opening verse of the book, “These are the words which Moshe spoke to all of Israel,” teach us an important lesson in this context.

The Hebrew word eileh, translated as “these,” refers to something which is openly revealed. Thus, “the words which Moshe spoke,” the entire Torah — all the levels of pshat, remez, drush, and sod which range from the simple meaning of the Torah until its deepest mystic secrets — must be revealed to “all of Israel,” every Jew, to prepare for the entry into Eretz Yisrael.3

Thus, each year, on Rosh Chodesh Shevat, the Moshe of each generation — and the spark of Moshe which each Jew possesses within his soul — declares that the service of receiving the Torah and the mitzvos has been completed and he is prepared to lead them into Eretz Yisrael in the true and complete redemption.

2. The above concepts are reflected in this week’s Torah portion, parshasVaeira. The portion begins with G‑d’s reply to Moshe’s complaint, “[As of yet,] You have not saved Your nation.” In response to this complaint, G‑d promises to redeem the Jewish people. As a preface to this reply, however, He states, “I revealed Myself to the patriarchs, to Avraham, Yitzchok, and Yaakov [in the name of] G‑d, Almighty, but My name Y‑H‑V‑H, I did not reveal to them.” Rashiexplains, “I did not reveal My attribute of truth to them... I promised [to give them Eretz Yisrael], but did not fulfill.” Now G‑d states that He will immediately fulfill the promise to bring the Jews into Eretz Yisrael, after revealing to them that “I am Y‑H‑V‑H.”

Chassidic thought explains that, “I am Y‑H‑V‑H,” is associated with the revelation of the giving of the Torah. The patriarchs lived before the giving of the Torah and therefore, did not experience the full revelation of “I am Y‑H‑V‑H” which was revealed to the Jews at the giving of the Torah.

In this context, we can understand the connection between these two concepts: The promise to bring the Jews into Eretz Yisrael was not fulfilled until after the revelation of “I am Y‑H‑V‑H” at the giving of the Torah. At the giving of the Torah, the decree separating the “higher realms from the lower realms was nullified.” The nullification of this decree gives the Jews the potential to enter the land of Canaan and transform it into Eretz Yisrael. In a larger sense, this refers to our efforts to refine the entire world and transform it into Eretz Yisrael, to make it, “a dwelling for G‑d in the lower realms.”

Thus, each year when parshas Vaeira is read, G‑d’s response to Moshe’s protest is revealed. The Moshe of each generation — and the spark of Moshe in each Jew — protests (as explained in last week’s farbrengen): “From the time I have come to speak in Your name,” i.e., to fulfill Torah and mitzvos, “You have not saved Your people,” the redemption has not come.

This evokes a promise from G‑d: The Torah and mitzvos have already been revealed — indeed, each year, the revelation of Mount Sinai has been repeated for over 3300 years — and thus, the Jews have received the Torah and mitzvos in their entirety. Therefore, G‑d promises the Jews that He will immediately redeem them from exile and bring them into Eretz Yisrael.

These two concepts are reinforced when they coincide and, on a single Shabbos, the completion of the revelation of the giving of the Torah and immanence of the Messianic redemption are conveyed both by the day of the month and the weekly Torah portion.

3. To understand the above concepts in greater depth, it is necessary to understand their connection with the fact that Moshe made his address to the Jewish people in the fortieth year after their leaving Egypt. The revelation of the Torah on Mount Sinai was “from above to below,” G‑d revealed Himself to the Jews. In contrast, Moshe’s address to the Jewish people was made “in his own words.” Thus, our Sages state that Moshe related the book of Devarimindependently. This is not to be interpreted to mean that this book is not a revelation of G‑d’s Torah. Surely, it is. Rather, our Sages’ intent was that, in this instance, G‑d’s Torah enclothed itself within Moshe’s intellect to the point that the words he spoke were simultaneously G‑d’s and his own. This, in turn, made it possible for these words to be grasped and comprehended by the intellect of the Jewish people and, in this way, to permeate through their powers of comprehension.

The potential for this is connected with the concept of forty years, which is associated with G‑d’s granting, “A knowing heart, eyes that see, and ears that hear,” or as our Sages stated, “After forty years, a student can attain [a full grasp of] his teacher’s knowledge.”4 Thus, after the forty years in the desert when the Jews lived with the revelation of Mount Sinai, they were able to internalize it and appreciate it, not only as a revelation from above, but rather, as an aspect of their own service.

The internalization of the giving of the Torah in the fortieth year is an appropriate preparation for the Messianic redemption which is also alluded to by the number forty. Thus, our Sages explain that there is an allusion to the redemption in the final mem (numerically equivalent to forty) of the word misrah in the verse, “for the increase of the sovereignty and for peace without end.”5Similarly, the Rambam ends the Mishneh Torah by quoting a description of the Messianic era, “The earth will be filled with the knowledge of G‑d as the waters cover up the ocean bed.” In Hebrew, the last three words of this verse conclude with a final mem.

In particular, there is a special emphasis on the above concepts in the “eleventh month of the fortieth year,” the month of Shevat. Chassidus explains that the number eleven is connected with the inner dimensions of the level of kesser, a rung that transcends the ten sefiros, “You are one, but not in a numerical sense.”

After the service of the first ten months of the fortieth year — and in particular, after the service of the tenth month, “the tenth will be holy,” revealing the yud, the spark of G‑dliness present in every entity — we come to the eleventh month, in which the level of Kesser is revealed.6

This new phase begins with a new revelation in Torah. After reaching the completion of the quality of ten, which is associated with the quality of forty (a full expression of the four intellectual potentials), we proceed to the level of eleven, the inner dimension of Kesser.7

Similarly, the number eleven is connected with the concept of redemption and the entry into Eretz Yisrael as evidenced by the fact that Moshe began to address the Jews in the eleventh month. The revelation of the eleventh level brings about redemption from all boundaries and limitations, bringing the true and complete redemption.

[The name of the eleventh month, Shevat, is also connected with the Messianic redemption. Shevat has the same letters as the word, Shevet, which is interpreted as a reference to the Mashiach as our Sages commented on the verse, “A shevet will arise in Israel,” “This refers to the Messianic king.”]

Added emphasis on the uniqueness of the eleventh month of the fortieth year comes this year when Rosh Chodesh Shevat falls on Shabbos Vaeira. As explained above parshas Vaeira relates to the beginning of the revelation of the giving of the Torah. The full dimension of that revelation came on the “first day of the eleventh month,” when the revelation of the giving of the Torah permeated through the full range of the Jews’ conscious powers.8

The above is also related to the fact that Rosh Chodesh falls on Shabbos.Shabbos is connected with the weekly cycle that is dependent on the movement of the sun which is a mashpia (“a source of influence”) which reflects revelation from above. Rosh Chodesh is dependent on the daily cycle which is dependent on the movement of the moon which is a mekabel (“a recipient”), which reflects the service of man.

[In particular, both of these concepts are reflected within Rosh Chodesh itself. In describing the mitzvah of sanctifying the new month, the Rambam writes that the sanctification of the month depends on the new moon being seen by witnesses (the revelation from above) and also the calculations of the court (the service of the Jews9 and the use of their intellectual powers). Significantly, the fusion of these two influences is seen in this mitzvah, “the first mitzvah which the Jews were commanded to fulfill.”]

This year, the above concepts are given greater emphasis: The giving of the Torah is also related to the revelation of Pnimiyus HaTorah (Torah’s mystic dimension). Thus, the Torah declares that the miracles wrought in Egypt were performed, “so that you will know that I am the L‑rd.” The mitzvah of knowing G‑d — described by the Zohar as, “the first of all commandments,” comes by studying Pnimiyus HaTorah in a manner in which all of one’s intellectual potentials are used. This, in turn, will bring about the Messianic redemption as Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai was told, “With your text, the Zohar, Israel... will leave exile in mercy.” Similarly, the Mashiach told the Baal Shem Tov that he will come when, “the wellsprings of your teachings spread outward.”

In particular, the revelation of Pnimiyus HaTorah began with the AriZal who declared that, at present, “it is a mitzvah to reveal this knowledge.” It was intensified in the year 5500, “the dawn of the sixth day” as our Sages’ state, “G‑d’s day is one thousand years” — (according to other conceptions,10 this year represents “midday on the sixth day”) — with the revelation of the teachings of Chassidus by the Baal Shem Tov.

Greater impetus came from the revelation of the teachings of Chabad by the Alter Rebbe, particularly after Yud-Tes Kislev when, “the service of spreading the wellsprings outward began.” In each subsequent generation, this service was intensified including also the unique contributions of the Previous Rebbe, the eighth of the Nesi'im (when one begins counting from the Baal Shem Tov).

In particular, the Previous Rebbe’s activity can be divided into two periods, one including the years he lived in this material world, the eighth generation as above; and one after his passing,11 the ninth generation, the final generation of exile. This will become the first generation of redemption, the tenth generation.

Thus, this Shabbos marks “the first day of the eleventh month12 in the fortieth year,” the time when we are granted, “a knowing heart, eyes that see, and ears that hear,” to “attain the [full grasp] of the teacher’s knowledge” and thus, to complete the service of the ninth generation.

The Moshe of the generation, the Previous Rebbe, declares, “You have remained on this mountain for too long.” We have completed the service required of us and any undesirable influences have been corrected through Teshuvah. Now is the time to, “Turn and head toward the mountains... Come, occupy the land which the L‑rd swore He would give to your ancestors.” We are ready to enter Eretz Yisrael in the Messianic redemption.

The above is reinforced by the unique nature of the present year, תש"נ, “a year of miracles.” Furthermore, it is — according to the two opinions mentioned above, either midday or mid-afternoon on the sixth of G‑d’s “days,” a time directly connected with the seventh day, Messianic era, “the day which is all Shabbos and rest for eternity.”

Throughout the entire exile, the Jews have believed in Mashiach and waited anxiously for his coming.13 In particular, the present exile, the exile of Edom has been extended endlessly for reasons which — seemingly — defy explanation. All the omens the Sages have mentioned in connection with Mashiach’s coming have been seen. Even in the era of the Talmud, our Sages declared, “All the appointed times for Mashiach’s coming have passed.” Similarly, in the subsequent generations, many great sages have predicted dates for Mashiach’s coming and these too have passed without Mashiach coming.

Nevertheless, our faith in Mashiach’s coming has not waned. On the contrary, we have strengthened our calls to G‑d Ad Masai — “Until when?” — and intensified our requests that He bring the redemption immediately. Thus, the present is a highly appropriate time for each individual to do what is dependent on him to bring the Messianic redemption. This involves strengthening one’s faith and that of others in Mashiach’s coming, encouraging the demands that he come, strengthening our observance of Torah and mitzvos, and in particular, spreading the wellsprings of Chassidus outward.

Everyone should also increase his gifts to tzedakah, and — in connection with the fortieth anniversary of the Previous Rebbe’s passing — do so in multiples of forty. I will be the first to do so, promising a multiple of forty to every institution that is under the direction of the Nesi'im and dedicates itself to service in the three vectors of Torah, service, and deeds of kindness. Efforts should be made to open at least forty new institutions of this nature in the next year. Forty is not a limit. May many new institutions be opened until we reach a number of 1000 institutions, thus recalling the verse, “The least one shall be a thousand...” which is connected with the Messianic redemption as the verse continues, “I the L‑rd will hasten it in its time.”

May these gifts to tzedakah “bring close the redemption,” and may we, in the immediate future proceed “with our youths and elders, with our sons and daughters,” to Eretz Yisrael in the Messianic redemption.

Shabbat Shemos – Mevarchim Shevat | 22-29 Tevet 5777

EREV SHABBOS Jan 20th 
Shacharis 7 am 
Mincha/Candles/Maariv 4:34 pm

SHABBOS SAT Jan 21st 
Tehilim for Mevarchim Shevat 7:30 am
Shacharis 9 am /Latest Shema 10:04 am
Mincha/ 4:20 pm /Seuda Slishit Lite
Maariv/Havdalah 5:39 pm

Kiddush and Seuda Slishit.  
Kiddush Lite No Sponsor.  Seuda Slishit Lite.

Weekday Services
Sun Shacharis 9 am
Mon- Fri  Shacharis 7 am 
Sun-Thu  Maariv 9 pm. (Mincha to resume soon בעזרת השם)

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.

Community Kollel at CSTL – Every Tuesday 8pm
Come learn with the community!  Learn any topic you want, with a chavrusa.  If you need a chavrusa, we will find you one.  Drinks and occasionally light refreshments will be served.

AVOS u’BONIM MOTZEI SHABBOS THIS WEEK 6:45 – 7:45pm
Sponsored by the Tennenhaus Family
Info: Rabbi Herbstman 
avrahamshlomo@hotmail.com

FARBRENGEN ALERT – CHOV DELED TEVES – SUN 22 JAN
Passing of R. Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1812). The founder of Chabad Chassidism, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1812), passed away on the eve of the 24th of Tevet, at approximately 10:30 pm, shortly after reciting the Havdalah prayer marking the end of the Shabbat.  
www.chabad.org/calendar Venue to be announced

LADIES TEHILIM – SUN 10 am
Come say Tehilim

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

CSTL ANNUAL DINNER SUN FEB 12th honoring Dr Vernon and Lis Neppe
At Hillel, with Catering by Leah.  More info to follow. 
www.CSTLSeattle.org . Please volunteer to help -  contact the event chair Velvil Rosler  Velvilrosler@gmail.com

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE
If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact SARAH DERSHOWITZ, Gabbai Kiddush, 
sgdersho@gmail.com . Please inform Sarah by the preceding Sunday evening so that we have time to prepare properly.  Prices: Sponsor $350, co-Sponsor $175, Contributor: $50-$149.

THANK YOU TO JEWISH FEDERATION OF GREATER SEATTLE
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 
https://www.jewishinseattle.org/donate


COMMUNITY NEWS

QFC UNIVERSITY VILLAGE SEEKS KOSHER MEAT CUTTER
Kosher Meat Cutter/Meat Cutter Apprentice:  The University Village QFC  is accepting applications for a Kosher Meat Cutter or to become a Meat Cutter Apprentice.  Applicants for kosher positions must have and maintain the endorsement of the Seattle Va'ad and either already be a licensed meat cutter or willing to complete necessary meat cutter apprenticeship classes. This position is primarily responsible for the kosher meat program but will also assist in other kosher and general duties.  To apply fill out the application online, click here.  Also, please email a Rabbinic reference from the Seattle Va'ad (or who can be contacted by the Seattle Va'ad) to 
Jeremy.Allen@stores.qfci.com

INTERNATIONAL HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY CONCERT: January 23rd  5 pm 
Free community concert to honor International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Featuring stellar instrumentalists drawn largely from the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and some of the region's finest vocal talents. Benaroya Hall.  
www.JewishInSeattle.org

Rabbi Ron-Ami Meyers Wednesday, Jan 18th  7:00 pm
At the home of Connie Kanter & Chuck Broches -  text-based interactive discussion on "The Whole Truth and Nothing But the Truth", White lies from the perspective of Jewish tradition. Free and open to all. Rsvp at nyhs@nyhs.org 

BASICS OF JEWISH LIFE Jan 29, Feb 5, Feb 12, 5 pm 
Learn about words and concepts, customs associated with life stages, the Jewish calendar, fundamental principles of faith and heritage, Kabbalah of food, Airusin and Nisuin, and more in this free three-part series. Chabad Jewish Center of Snohomish County.

NYHS Gala at the Westin Seattle Hotel. Sun Feb 26th 
We will celebrate the life and legacy of Jack DeLeon A"H and honor Beryl and Gary Cohen with the Jack DeLeon Community Leadership Award. Doors open at 5:00 pm. Visit www.nyhsgala.org to RSVP, place an ad or get more information.

INTRODUCTION TO HOME CANNING, PICKLING, PRESERVING  Jan 31st  7 pm,
Canning is all about locking in great, local, fresh and seasonal flavors, so you can enjoy them all year long. Learn canning science and safety, leave with jars of good food and the skills to continue pickling at home. Stroum Jewish Community Center

THE SUMMIT BISTRO NIGHTS Jan 31st Mar 28th May 23rd Jul 18th Aug 22nd and Dec 5th 
In 2017, there will be six different Bistro events, including a summer party on our 4th floor plaza, and five seated dinners.  Email 
Chrise@summitatfirsthill.org  to make a reservation.   Bistro Night at The Summit features kosher cuisine (supervised daily by Va'ad HaRabanim of Greater Seattle staff) in an elegant atmosphere.

Kollel - Trip To Israel for Women ages 45 - 60 -  Feb 26 - March 7
“Jewish Women Inspired – Renew your Wows!”. This trip is geared for all women 45ish – 60ish and for JWRP alumni who want to return to reignite the spark. Join a group of vibrant Jewish women for a fun filled action-packed journey of self- rediscovery & exploration. ABSORB the Beauty of Tiberias  - CRUISE the Kinneret  - TOUR the Mystical City of Tsfat  - TRAVEL to Tel Aviv - Free time for sightseeing and shopping  - WANDER the Historical Alleys of Jerusalem’s Old City -  PARTICIPATE in the Western Wall Experience  - CONNECT to your Ancestry at Rachel’s Tomb -  LED BY Scholar in Residence, Mimi David, experienced Israel tour leader  - MEET and learn from Renowned Jewish Speakers/Fascinating Authors. Land costs - $2400. For more information and to register contact Rooksie David and visit goinspire.com/jewish-women-journey 206-790-1475 / 
rooksiedavid@aol.com

MEDICINE & MEDICAL ETHICS AFTER THE HOLOCAUST Feb 1st 7pm
Dr. Sheldon Rubenfeld of the Baylor College of Medicine will review the complex history of Holocaust bioethics and challenge medical professionals and healthcare policymakers to apply that knowledge to contemporary medicine. UW Thomson Hall 101

PACO DIEZ CONCERT JAN 29th 7 PM
Seattle Sephardic Network and the Stroum Jewish Community Center are pleased to present  an evening of beautiful Sephardic-inspired music performed by Paco Díez, one of the most widely recognized and important interpreters of Judeo-Spanish music and Sephardic ballads.. At the Stroum Jewish Community Center 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island, Wash. Tickets online for $10 to $15, including discounts for seniors and students, 
www.SeattleSephardicNetwork.org .  For more information, contact Doreen C. Alhadeff at Seattlesephardicnetwork@gmail.com or 206.604.7575.

Jewish Day School Annual Auction & Gala Sun Mar 19th 
Honoring Judy & Jeff Greenstein. Register at: 
www.jds.org

Seattle Va'ad HaRabanim 2017 Membership 
http://seattlevaad.org/vaad-services/#tab-membership or mail a minimum $36 donation to Vaad HaRabanim of Greater Seattle, 5305 52nd AVE S, Sea., WA 98118 or call the Vaad Office (206) 760-0805 to pay via Credit Card

SEATTLE KOLLEL SUNDAY TORAH 9 am – 10:15 AM
Learning for adults and for children 5th through 8th grades.

Derech Emunah –Every Sunday Evening  7:30 pm, 
"A Taste of Derech Emunah", a weekly Women's class by Rabbi Shaul Engelsberg in the BCMH Yavneh Youth Building.

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

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

Mishmar Chavura with Rabbi Avi Rosenfeld Thu 8pm - 10pm
Parsha Learning and Discussion. Everyone welcome to join the conversation.  5240 38th Ave. NE.  Snacks served

NEED A DRIVER – CALL GERSHON!
For all your transportation needs, call Gershon Grashin (206) 856-2754


 DVAR TORAH FOR SHEMOS
http://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2507865/jewish/20th-of-Teves-Yahrtzeit-of-the-Rambam-5750-1990.htm | Free translation of a talk by the Lubavitcher Rebbe OB”M © SichosInEnglish.org

1. The 20th1 of Teves2 commemorates the yahrzeit of the Rambam. Thus, it is connected with “all of his deeds, teachings, and service which he accomplished throughout his life... which are revealed and shine in an open manner from above to below, ‘bringing about salvation in the midst of the earth.’ “

Surely, this applies to the Rambam whose text, the Mishneh Torah, is structured “for the small and for the great... in order that, at first, a person will study the Written Law and then, he will study this text and from it, he will know the entire oral law without requiring any other text.”3 This text includes the entire Oral Law, describing the fulfillment of even those mitzvos that are applicable only when the Bais HaMikdash is standing.

In particular, this receives emphasis at present when the custom of studying a portion of the Mishneh Torah each day has spread throughout the international Jewish community. Particularly, this applies for those who follow the desirable practice of studying three chapters a day in order to conclude the study of the Mishneh Torah in a single year. This emphasizes the parallel to the Torah itself which is also completed in a single year. In this manner, each person will have “in his pocket,” the knowledge of practically applicable halachah for every year, he will review the entire Mishneh Torah.

Thus, each year the study is completed and begun anew as we say in the prayer recited after completing a portion of Torah study, “Just as You have assisted me and enabled me to conclude ----, so may You assist me to begin other tractates and texts and conclude them....” Since a Divine blessing is required for this study, it is appropriate to connect it with giving to tzedakahwhich encourages such blessings.

2. Based on the Rambam’s principle that, “Most of the laws of the Torah are intended to... correct our characters and straighten our deeds,” it is appropriate to derive a lesson of that nature from one of the laws from the portion of the Mishneh Torah associated with the present day.

Today’s portion of study concludes Hilchos Chametz U’Matzah, the laws associated with the celebration of the Pesach festival. The final law in those halachos states: A person who slept in the midst of the meal and then awoke should not begin to eat again. If, however, some members of a company slept in the midst of the meal, they may eat again. If they all fell into a sound slumber and then awoke, they should not eat. If they all [merely] dozed, they may eat.

This refers to our service in the present age, Ikvesa DiMeshicha, the era immediately before Mashiach’s coming. In the time of exile, the state of the Jewish people as a whole is described as sleep. Neverthe­less, there are Tzaddikim who do not sleep, who are always awake.

Our halachah teaches that even when a person does sleep (not merely dozes) in exile, since when he awakes he becomes aware that there are others who have not slept, he can consider himself as part of their group and continue the Seder as if there was no interruption.

The daily portion of study also includes the Rambam’s text of the Haggadahthat teaches, “No desert is served after the Pesach.” This implies that after the Pesach, the Messianic redemption, nothing else, no other matter or service will follow. Rather, it will be an eternal redemption which will never be followed by exile.

This is particularly relevant at present when, to quote the Previous Rebbe, all that is necessary is for us to “stand prepared to await Mashiach’s coming.” This is also relevant to the Mishneh Torah which concludes with the description of the Messianic age, when, “the world will be filled with the knowledge of G‑d as the sea covers up the ocean bed.”4

SHabbat Vayehi - Chazaq | 15 -22 Tevet 5777

EREV SHABBOS Jan 13th 
Shacharis 7 am 
Mincha/Candles/Maariv 4:24 pm

SHABBOS SAT Jan 14th 
Shacharis 9 am /Latest Shema 10:06 am
Mincha/ 4:10 pm /Seuda Slishit Lite
Maariv/Havdalah 5:30 pm

Kiddush and Seuda Slishit.  
Kiddush NO INFO.  Seuda Slishit Lite.

Weekday Services
Sun Shacharis 9 am
Mon- Fri  Shacharis 7 am 
Sun-Thu  Maariv 9 pm (Mincha to resume soon בעזרת השם)

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.

BARUCH DAYAN EMETH
We regret to inform you of the passing of Joseph Michael Feinberg, father of Sari Feinberg Weiss.  May the family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Israel.

Community Kollel at CSTL – Every Tuesday 8pm
Come learn with the community!  Learn any topic you want, with a chavrusa.  If you need a chavrusa, we will find you one.  Drinks and occasionally light refreshments will be served.

AVOS u’BONIM MOTZEI SHABBOS THIS WEEK ?
Join us for Avos U'Banim, Saturday Night, January 14th from 6:30-7:30 pm at CSTL. Thank you to our sponsors this week, Rabbi Avi & Marave Herbstman!

 

 

 

 

LADIES TEHILIM – SUN 10 am
Come say Tehilim

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

CSTL ANNUAL DINNER SUN FEB 12th honoring Dr Vernon and Lis Neppe
At Hillel, with Catering by Leah.  More info to follow.
www.CSTLSeattle.org . Please volunteer to help - contact the event chair Velvil Rosler  Velvilrosler@gmail.com

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE
If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact SARAH DERSHOWITZ, Gabbai Kiddush, 
sgdersho@gmail.com . Please inform Sarah by the preceding Sunday evening so that we have time to prepare properly.  Prices: Sponsor $350, co-Sponsor $175, Contributor: $50-$149.

THANK YOU TO JEWISH FEDERATION OF GREATER SEATTLE
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 
https://www.jewishinseattle.org/donate


COMMUNITY NEWS

SHIUR IN MEMORY OF NAZEM ZELKHA SUN. 8 PM JAN. 15TH
Former CSTL members Rita and Danny Sikavi will be hosting a special shiur, "What's in a Name?" The shiur will be given by Rabbi Meyers in memory of Rita's father, Nazem Zelkha A"H. At Ezra Besaroth

INTERNATIONAL HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY CONCERT: January 23, 5 pm 
Free community concert to honor International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Featuring stellar instrumentalists drawn largely from the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and some of the region's finest vocal talents. Benaroya Hall.  
www.JewishInSeattle.org

Rabbi Ron-Ami Meyers Wednesday, Jan 18th  7:00 pm
At the home of Connie Kanter & Chuck Broches -  text-based interactive discussion on "The Whole Truth and Nothing But the Truth", White lies from the perspective of Jewish tradition. Free and open to all. Rsvp at nyhs@nyhs.org 

BASICS OF JEWISH LIFE Jan 29, Feb 5, Feb 12, 5 pm 
Learn about words and concepts, customs associated with life stages, the Jewish calendar, fundamental principles of faith and heritage, Kabbalah of food, Airusin and Nisuin, and more in this free three-part series. Chabad Jewish Center of Snohomish County.

NYHS Gala at the Westin Seattle Hotel. Sun Feb 26th 
We will celebrate the life and legacy of Jack DeLeon A"H and honor Beryl and Gary Cohen with the Jack DeLeon Community Leadership Award. Doors open at 5:00 pm. Visit www.nyhsgala.org to RSVP, place an ad or get more information.

INTRODUCTION TO HOME CANNING, PICKLING, PRESERVING  Jan 31st  7 pm,
Canning is all about locking in great, local, fresh and seasonal flavors, so you can enjoy them all year long. Learn canning science and safety, leave with jars of good food and the skills to continue pickling at home. Stroum Jewish Community Center

THE SUMMIT BISTRO NIGHTS Jan 31st Mar 28th May 23rd Jul 18thAug 22nd and Dec 5th 
In 2017, there will be six different Bistro events, including a summer party on our 4th floor plaza, and five seated dinners.  Email
Chrise@summitatfirsthill.org  to make a reservation.   Bistro Night at The Summit features kosher cuisine (supervised daily by Va'ad HaRabanim of Greater Seattle staff) in an elegant atmosphere.

Kollel - Trip To Israel for Women ages 45 - 60 -  Feb 26 - March 7
“Jewish Women Inspired – Renew your Wows!”. This trip is geared for all women 45ish – 60ish and for JWRP alumni who want to return to reignite the spark. Join a group of vibrant Jewish women for a fun filled action-packed journey of self- rediscovery & exploration. ABSORB the Beauty of Tiberias  - CRUISE the Kinneret  - TOUR the Mystical City of Tsfat  - TRAVEL to Tel Aviv - Free time for sightseeing and shopping  - WANDER the Historical Alleys of Jerusalem’s Old City -  PARTICIPATE in the Western Wall Experience  - CONNECT to your Ancestry at Rachel’s Tomb -  LED BY Scholar in Residence, Mimi David, experienced Israel tour leader  - MEET and learn from Renowned Jewish Speakers/Fascinating Authors. Land costs - $2400. For more information and to register contact Rooksie David and visit goinspire.com/jewish-women-journey 206-790-1475 / 
rooksiedavid@aol.com

MEDICINE & MEDICAL ETHICS AFTER THE HOLOCAUST Feb 1st 7pm
Dr. Sheldon Rubenfeld of the Baylor College of Medicine will review the complex history of Holocaust bioethics and challenge medical professionals and healthcare policymakers to apply that knowledge to contemporary medicine. UW Thomson Hall 101

PACO DIEZ CONCERT JAN 29th 7 PM
Seattle Sephardic Network and the Stroum Jewish Community Center are pleased to present  an evening of beautiful Sephardic-inspired music performed by Paco Díez, one of the most widely recognized and important interpreters of Judeo-Spanish music and Sephardic ballads.. At the Stroum Jewish Community Center 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island, Wash. Tickets online for $10 to $15, including discounts for seniors and students,
www.SeattleSephardicNetwork.org .  For more information, contact Doreen C. Alhadeff at Seattlesephardicnetwork@gmail.com or 206.604.7575.

Jewish Day School Annual Auction & Gala Sun Mar 19th 
Honoring Judy & Jeff Greenstein. Register at: 
www.jds.org

Seattle Va'ad HaRabanim 2017 Membership 
http://seattlevaad.org/vaad-services/#tab-membership or mail a minimum $36 donation to Vaad HaRabanim of Greater Seattle, 5305 52nd AVE S, Sea., WA 98118 or call the Vaad Office (206) 760-0805 to pay via Credit Card

SEATTLE KOLLEL SUNDAY TORAH 9 am – 10:15 AM
Learning for adults and for children 5th through 8th grades.

Derech Emunah –Every Sunday Evening  7:30 pm, 
"A Taste of Derech Emunah", a weekly Women's class by Rabbi Shaul Engelsberg in the BCMH Yavneh Youth Building.

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

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

Mishmar Chavura with Rabbi Avi Rosenfeld Thu 8pm - 10pm
Parsha Learning and Discussion. Everyone welcome to join the conversation.  5240 38th Ave. NE.  Snacks served

NEED A DRIVER – CALL GERSHON!
For all your transportation needs, call Gershon Grashin (206) 856-2754


DVAR TORAH FOR VAYEHI
http://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2507957/jewish/Directive-to-Prepare-for-Yud-Shevat-15th-of-Teves.htm | Free translation of a talk by the Lubavitcher Rebbe OB”M © SichosInEnglish.org

1. Tonight begins the fifteenth of Teves, the day on which “the moon shines in its fullness.” Accordingly, we can understand that on this day, all the aspects of the month are revealed in a complete fashion.

The unique quality of the month of Teves is expressed by our Sages who described it as “the month when the body derives pleasure from the body.” In the previous sichah (Tenth of Teves), it was explained that, in an ultimate sense, this refers to the pleasure that our bodies will derive from the Divine equivalent of the body after completing the service of refining the lowest elements of existence. This level is revealed on the 15th of the month in a complete manner.

An added dimension is added this year when the 15th of Teves falls on Friday, the day on which the work of creation was completed. Thus, we find that the expression “And G‑d saw that it was good” was repeated twice on Friday, once for Friday itself, and once for the entire creation.1 Similarly, our Sages described the sixth day as the day when “everything was prepared for the feast.” This refers to a feast in both a physical and spiritual context. Our Sages also associate the sixth day with the sixth of Sivan, the day on which the Torahwas given. The Torah is “the Torah of truth,” which reveals the truth in every aspect of the creation and thus brings the creation to its ultimate fulfillment.2

This ultimate fulfillment will be revealed after the Messianic redemption. Then, we will see how “all that He made is very good,” i.e., it will be apparent that not only the first millennia of creation which reflects the Sefirah of Kindness is good, but also the second millennia which reflects the Sefirah of Might is also “very good.”

This relates to this week’s Torah portion which begins, “And Yaakov lived in the land of Egypt.” Yaakov was able to live — in the full sense of the word as Torah defines it — not only in Eretz Yisrael, but even in Egypt, the lowest levels of this world. There, he spent 17 years, 17 being numerically equivalent to Tov, good.

Yaakov’s soul contained the entire Jewish people and thus, each Jew has a spark of Yaakov in his soul. This spark grants him the potential to “live” even when he is found in “Egypt,” in the midst of the exile. This is surely true at present when we are found in the last moments of the exile directly before the redemption. It is the sixth millennia, which is equivalent to Friday and it is already past midday. Furthermore, we are in the midst of a unique year, תש"נ, “a year of miracles.”

Thus, all the factors involved in the present day reflect a complete state. It is “a year of miracles” and “a month when the body derives pleasure from the body.” It is the 15th of the month, the night when the moon is full. The weekly Torah portion is parshas Vayechi and it is Friday, the day when the entire creation is brought to a complete state. Thus, we are prepared to proceed from parshas Vayechi to the Book of Shmos, the book which describes the Jews’ emergence from exile. Similarly, through the spreading of the wellsprings of Chassidus, we will soon “emerge from the exile with mercy.”

2. We are within 30 days of Yud Shevat. Hence, it is appropriate to mention the preparations to be made for that day. As has been the custom in the past years, the farbrengen associated with the Previous Rebbe’s yahrzeit will be held on the preceding Shabbos. Afterwards, on Sunday (as is customary) and on Monday (the day of the yahrzeit), I will go to the Previous Rebbe’s grave-site.

It is appropriate to use these days (the day before the yahrzeit and the day of the yahrzeit) for the spreading of the wellsprings of Chassidus outward. This should be done in a manner that reflects how, after forty years, we have been given, “a knowing heart, eyes that see, and ears that hear.”

In all places that it is possible to reach, we should repeat — at least one statement — of the Previous Rebbe’s teachings. In particular, emphasis should be placed on the maamar Basi LeGani which the Previous Rebbe released to be studied on Yud Shevat and/or his maamarim that deal with the weekly portion, Parshas Beshallach, which contains an allusion to the Messianic redemption. Similarly, emphasis should be placed on carrying out the Previous Rebbe’s directives.

In order that all the above be carried out in an ordered manner, a period of preparation is necessary where different approaches can be tried. This will ensure a greater measure of success. May these efforts bring about the era when, “those that lie in the dust will arise and sing,” with the Previous Rebbe among them. This will be accomplished by the service of Yosef, which is connected with Rachel’s prayer, “May G‑d add on to me another son,” explained by Chassidus to involve transforming those aspects of existence which are “other,” estranged from G‑dliness, into a son. This will herald the coming of the Messianic redemption which is connected with Yitzchok, the Previous Rebbe’s second name.

Shabbos Vayigash | 8-15 Tevet 5777

EREV SHABBOS Jan 6th 
Shacharis 7 am 
Mincha/Candles/Maariv 4:15 pm

SHABBOS SAT Jan 7th 
Shacharis 9 am /Latest Shema 10:06 am
Mincha/ 4:00 pm /Seuda Slishit Lite
Maariv/Havdalah 5:18 pm

Kiddush and Seuda Slishit.  
Kiddush Lite – No Sponsor.  Seuda Slishit Lite.

FAST OF 10th of TEVES – SUN 8th JAN
Fast begins 6:16 am
Sun Shacharis: 9 am with SELICHOS
Mincha 4 pm / Torah Reading & Haftarah
Maariv (fast ends) 5:12 pm

Weekday Services
Mon- Fri  Shacharis 7 am 
Mon-Thu  Mincha 4:30 pm, followed by Maariv  /Repeat Shema after 5:16 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.

Kids Cocoa Club- Junior Minyan
Join us this Shabbat for CSTL Kids Cocoa Club- junior minyan followed by cocoa and marshmallows kids ages 6 and up from 1:00-10:30 am led by Rabbi Herbstman

AVOS u’BONIM MOTZEI SHABBOS THIS WEEK
Avos U'Banim, Saturday Night, January 7th from 6:30-7:30 pm at CSTL

LADIES TEHILIM – SUN 10 am
Come say Tehilim

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:  
chanielevitin@gmail.com

CSTL ANNUAL DINNER SUN FEB 12th honoring Dr Vernon and Lis Neppe
At Hillel, with Catering by Leah.  More info to follow. 
www.CSTLSeattle.org . Please volunteer to help -  contact the event chair Velvil Rosler  Velvilrosler@gmail.com

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE
If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact SARAH DERSHOWITZ, Gabbai Kiddush, 
sgdersho@gmail.com . Please inform Sarah by the preceding Sunday evening so that we have time to prepare properly.  Prices: Sponsor $350, co-Sponsor $175, Contributor: $50-$149.

THANK YOU TO JEWISH FEDERATION OF GREATER SEATTLE
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 
https://www.jewishinseattle.org/donate


COMMUNITY NEWS

Torah Day School 8th grade girls Barekas & Biscochos – ORDER BY MIDNIGHT JAN 7th  
The girls are making and selling barekas & biscochos with help from Chef Eli Varon.  Order online at http://www.tdsseattle.org/8th-grade-fundraising  Orders must be made by 12 pm Motzei Shabbos, January 14th. Pick up is at SBH, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, January 15th.

Rabbi Ron-Ami Meyers Wednesday, Jan 18th  7:00 pm
At the home of Connie Kanter & Chuck Broches -  text-based interactive discussion on "The Whole Truth and Nothing But the Truth", White lies from the perspective of Jewish tradition. Free and open to all. Rsvp at nyhs@nyhs.org 

NYHS Gala at the Westin Seattle Hotel. Sun Feb 26th 
We will celebrate the life and legacy of Jack DeLeon A"H and honor Beryl and Gary Cohen with the Jack DeLeon Community Leadership Award. Doors open at 5:00 pm. Visit www.nyhsgala.org to RSVP, place an ad or get more information.

THE SUMMIT BISTRO NIGHTS Jan 31st Mar 28th May 23rd Jul 18th Aug 22nd and Dec 5th 
In 2017, there will be six different Bistro events, including a summer party on our 4th floor plaza, and five seated dinners.  Email 
Chrise@summitatfirsthill.org  to make a reservation.   Bistro Night at The Summit features kosher cuisine (supervised daily by Va'ad HaRabanim of Greater Seattle staff) in an elegant atmosphere.

Kollel - Trip To Israel for Women ages 45 - 60 -  Feb 26 - March 7
“Jewish Women Inspired – Renew your Wows!”. This trip is geared for all women 45ish – 60ish and for JWRP alumni who want to return to reignite the spark. Join a group of vibrant Jewish women for a fun filled action-packed journey of self- rediscovery & exploration. ABSORB the Beauty of Tiberias  - CRUISE the Kinneret  - TOUR the Mystical City of Tsfat  - TRAVEL to Tel Aviv - Free time for sightseeing and shopping  - WANDER the Historical Alleys of Jerusalem’s Old City -  PARTICIPATE in the Western Wall Experience  - CONNECT to your Ancestry at Rachel’s Tomb -  LED BY Scholar in Residence, Mimi David, experienced Israel tour leader  - MEET and learn from Renowned Jewish Speakers/Fascinating Authors. Land costs - $2400. For more information and to register contact Rooksie David and visit goinspire.com/jewish-women-journey 206-790-1475 / 
rooksiedavid@aol.com

PACO DIEZ CONCERT JAN 29th 7 PM
Seattle Sephardic Network and the Stroum Jewish Community Center are pleased to present  an evening of beautiful Sephardic-inspired music performed by Paco Díez, one of the most widely recognized and important interpreters of Judeo-Spanish music and Sephardic ballads.. At the Stroum Jewish Community Center 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island, Wash. Tickets online for $10 to $15, including discounts for seniors and students, 
www.SeattleSephardicNetwork.org .  For more information, contact Doreen C. Alhadeff at Seattlesephardicnetwork@gmail.com or 206.604.7575.

Jewish Day School Annual Auction & Gala Sun Mar 19th 
Honoring Judy & Jeff Greenstein. Register at: 
www.jds.org

Seattle Va'ad HaRabanim 2017 Membership 
http://seattlevaad.org/vaad-services/#tab-membership or mail a minimum $36 donation to Vaad HaRabanim of Greater Seattle, 5305 52nd AVE S, Sea., WA 98118 or call the Vaad Office (206) 760-0805 to pay via Credit Card

SEATTLE KOLLEL SUNDAY TORAH 9 am – 10:15 AM
Learning for adults and for children 5th through 8th grades.

Derech Emunah –Every Sunday Evening  7:30 pm, 
"A Taste of Derech Emunah", a weekly Women's class by Rabbi Shaul Engelsberg in the BCMH Yavneh Youth Building.

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

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

Mishmar Chavura with Rabbi Avi Rosenfeld Thu 8pm - 10pm
Parsha Learning and Discussion. Everyone welcome to join the conversation.  5240 38th Ave. NE.  Snacks served

NEED A DRIVER – CALL GERSHON!
For all your transportation needs, call Gershon Grashin (206) 856-2754


DVAR TORAH FOR VAYIGASH
http://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2507955/jewish/Shabbos-Parshas-Vayigash-9th-Day-of-Teves.htm | Free translation of a talk by the Lubavitcher Rebbe OB”M © SichosInEnglish.org

1. The names of the different Torah portions express the nature of each of these portions, including the entire portion within themselves.1 Thus, this week, the entire portion is characterized by the word Vayigash, “And he approached.”

Accordingly, we must understand how Vayigash includes within all the subsequent events mentioned in the portion, among them, the revelation of Yosef to his brothers and the descent of Yaakov and his household to Egypt. Although these events came as a result of Vayigash, Yehudah’s approaching Yosef, it does not appear that the word Vayigash includes those events. Surely, the events described at the conclusion of the Torah portion, the sale of the Egyptians and their land to Pharaoh does not appear to have any connection to Vayigash.

The general significance of Vayigash is expressed by the Haftorah — the recitation of which was instituted to capsulize the Torah reading. From this week’s Haftorah, it appears that the approach of Yehudah to Yosef is of all-encompassing significance. Our Sages explain that both Yehudah and Yosef were “kings” who represented different spiritual approaches. Their meeting thus, symbolizes a union and unification of these different approaches. Thus, the Haftorah relates how in the Messianic age, the kingdom of Yosef will be united with the kingdom of Yehudah. This will initiate the era when, “I will take Israel from among the nations... and make them a single nation... One king will reign over them.”

Thus, Vayigash represents the oneness of the Jewish people and the oneness that pervades the world at large. In this context, Vayigash expresses, “the great general principle of the Torah,” “Love your fellowman as yourself.” Vayigash demonstrates how this unity is expressed, not only as a spiritual concept, but through coming together and establishing oneness within this world, on the level of deed.

This concept can be explained within the context of the practice of, before prayer, making the statement, “I, hereby, take upon myself the fulfillment of the mitzvah, ‘Love your fellowman as yourself.”‘ It is not sufficient to meditate on this concept, the statement must be verbally expressed. Though making such a statement might disturb a person’s concentration and preparation for prayer, in his Siddur, the Alter Rebbe specifically requires that an actual statement be made.2

The making of the statement is significant for, from a spiritual point of view, there is nothing revolutionary about the concept of the oneness of the Jewish people. The Jewish souls are “all fitting, with a single Father. Therefore, all Israel are called brothers because of the source of their souls in the one G‑d... It is the bodies which separate them.”

When, however, the soul descends into a physical body, factors arise which can separate between one Jew and another. This is particularly true in the time of exile when, the Jews are “scattered and dispersed among the nations.” Even in the midst of such separation, from a spiritual perspective, the Jews are one and share a single desire, to fulfill G‑d’s will. The mitzvah of ahavas Yisrael is intended to establish and express this unity within the world at large.

Therefore, it is important to make a verbal statement of this unity. “The movement of one’s lips is considered as deed.” This deed leads to other deeds of oneness, e.g., the distribution of tzedakah, by the other limbs of the body.

Vayigash represents such an active statement of Jewish unity, to be expressed within the context of our physical world. When Jews gather together in such a manner, their unity has the potential of bringing about greater blessings than the angel, Michael.3

This concept applies in respect to our service in the world at large. In essence, the entire world is pervaded by Divine oneness. The task of our service is to express that oneness; for every particular creation to experience this unity within the context of our world of separation and thus, reveal their ultimate purpose, the expression of G‑d’s glory.

Based on the above, we can understand the connection of Vayigash to the other events mentioned in the Torah portion. The entire portion revolves around the concept of unity, the beginning focusing on the unity of the Jewish people, and the conclusion, on the expression of unity in the world at large.

The meeting between Yehudah and Yosef4 produced unity between Yosef and his brothers after they had been separated for so many years. This, in turn, has been the source for the oneness of the Jewish people throughout the centuries which will reach its fullest expression in the Messianic era.

In this context, we can understand the connection of Vayigash to the entire sequence of events described in the Torah portion. The union between Yehudah and Yosef represents and brings about unity throughout the world. To quote the Zohar, it brings about: “The drawing close of one world to another world to establish oneness between them, uniting the upper world with the lower world.”

When unity is established among the Jewish people (for whose sake the world was created), unity is established in the world. This concept is emphasized by the Haftorah5 which describes the unity to be established among the Jewish people, “I will make you into a single nation,” and then, the unity to be established in the world at large, “And the nations will know that I am the L‑rd... and the L‑rd will be King over the entire earth; on that day, the L‑rd shall be one and His name, one.”

Thus, parshas Vayigash describes the settlement of Yaakov and his descendants in the land of Egypt, morally, the lowest place on the earth. The Torah describes Egypt as, “the nakedness of the land,” and the Egyptians as “the most depraved of the nations.” Their spiritual level was so low that Pharaoh, their king, could consider himself a god, saying, “The river is mine for I have made it.”

Yaakov and his sons settled in Egypt to elevate the land and to reveal G‑d’s oneness there for the ultimate revelation of G‑d’s oneness comes in the place of division. The potential for this service of refinement comes from Vayigash — the unity established between Yehudah and Yosef.

[Also of significance is Yaakov’s “sending Yehudah before him to show the way,” interpreted by our Sages to mean that he sent him to establish a yeshivah. This opened the gateways to the transformation of Egypt into a place of Torah.]

These activities led to Vayechi — “And Yaakov lived” — interpreted by our Sages to mean that the best years of his life were spent in Egypt. He and his sons dedicated themselves to Torah study, thus, transforming the darkness of Egypt into light.

2. The all-inclusive nature of this unity is also accentuated by the conclusion of the Torah portion which describes Yosef’s acquisition of the Egyptians and their land for Pharaoh. A superficial perusal of that portion may lead to an opposite conclusion. As will be explained, however, this narrative also reflects the expression of the oneness of G‑d.

To explain: The narrative mentions how Yosef did not buy the lands of the pagan priests. On the surface, this reveals how their idol worship gave them a certain degree of power which even Yosef had to reckon with. This seemingly represents the very opposite of the oneness of G‑d, nevertheless, the service of Vayigash, and, in particular, the contribution of Yehudah is able to reveal G‑d’s oneness even on this plane.

Yehudah represents the service of hoda’ah, the acknowledgement of G‑d with bittul (“self-nullification”) and mesirus nefesh (“self-sacrifice”). Yehudah nullified himself to Yosef and, therefore, he approached him.6 Yosef was — and in the present age, is — the mashpia (“source of influence”) and Yehudah, the mekabel (“recipient”). It is the bittul of Yehudah which leads to the unity with Yosef.7

Yehudah represents, “those who serve G‑d with their bodies,” while Yosef represents, “those who serve G‑d with their souls.” To establish unity between them, Yehudah had to express bittul to Yosef.

This bittul increased Yosef’s power and gave him the potential to reveal G‑d’s oneness in a complete way, breaking the power of the Egyptian idolaters. Yosef, himself, did not have the power to break through and express G‑d’s oneness on this level. Only when he is joined with Yehudah is this possible.

To interpret these concepts in the realm of our individual service: On the level of Yosef,8 the level of study, the possibility exists for there to be a lack of bittul to the extent that a person feels self-importance.9 The approach of deed, however, involves pushing oneself against one’s nature with bittul and self-sacrifice. The person does not feel his individual identity at all. He is totally given over to carrying out the deed which he was commended to perform.

Thus, Yehudah introduces the potential for Yosef to experience this complete level of bittul as well, to study Torah L’shmah (“for G‑d’s sake”), with self sacrifice. This perspective sees no external goals for Torah study, not even the attainment of a portion in the world to come. Rather, one studies out of love, “because one’s soul is bound up in the love of G‑d and totally obsessed with it.”

This is implied in Yaakov’s sending Yehudah to establish a house of study. Though study is the realm of Yosef, in order for Torah study to transform Egypt into a place of Torah, to break the barriers of Egyptian paganism, the influence of Yehudah is necessary. His bittul provides the power to reveal G‑d’s oneness on this low plane.

Thus, in the Messianic age, Yehudah will be on a higher plane than Yosef as the Haftorah states, “And my servant Dovid (from the tribe of Yehudah) will be the Nasi over them forever.” The bittul of Yehudah emanates from the essence of the soul. Hence, when the ultimate unity between Yehudah and Yosef will be established, Yehudah will be on the highest level. This, in turn, will facilitate the revelation of G‑d’s oneness in a complete manner.

The revelation of this oneness is the ultimate goal of the service of the Jewish people throughout the centuries. “The deeds of the patriarchs are a sign to their descendants” and the unity brought about by Yaakov’s settling in Egypt generates the potential for his descendants, the Jews of subsequent generations, to express G‑d’s oneness within the boundaries and limitations of the world, even in the time of exile.

Thus, the first step in ending the exile is spreading unity among the Jewish people.10 This is emphasized in the Haftorah which, as mentioned above, relates how the establishment of unity among the Jewish people will lead to the end of the exile and ultimately, to the spreading of the knowledge of G‑d throughout the world.

In this context, we can understand the progression in the weekly Torah portions. Vayigash, the complete expression of unity despite the exile, leads to Vayechi, a Jew’s full expression of life in the last moments of exile, true life which permeates every aspect of the Jew’s being.11 This leads to eternal life as our Sages state, “Our Patriarch, Yaakov, did not die,” which will be realized in the Messianic redemption that is associated with the book of Shmos, the book which relates the story of the redemption of the Jews.

Though the above concepts reflect eternal spiritual truths, they are particularly relevant in the present generation when “all the appointed times for Mashiach’s coming have passed,” and according to all the signs mentioned by our Sages, the Messianic redemption should have come already. The Previous Rebbedeclared that all that is necessary is to polish the buttons and stand prepared to greet Mashiach. Since that declaration was made many years ago, we can conclude that this service has also been completed already and in the very near future, Mashiach will come.

Therefore, at this time, there must be a greater stress on the establishment of unity among the Jewish people and the spreading of the concept of unity in the world at large by encouraging the observance of the seven universal laws given to Noach and his descendants.

Additional emphasis on the above comes this year, the fortieth year after the Previous Rebbe’s passing when G‑d grants us, “a knowing heart, eyes that see, and ears that hear,” and thus, enables us to “attain the wisdom of one’s teacher” in all matters associated with the Previous Rebbe.

Significantly, Vayigash, Yehudah’s approach to Yosef, took place in the fortieth year of Yosef’s life. This further emphasizes the importance of spreading unity — among the Jews and in the world at large — in the present era. We must dedicate ourselves to directing our thought, speech, and action, to Jewish unity. On a simple level, when Jews gather together (e.g., as Yehudah approached Yosef), their meeting must generate benefit for another Jew (as the above meeting generated a benefit for Binyamin). The effects of this activity will not be self-contained, but will ultimately bring about good for the entire people (as that meeting benefited all the brothers).

In particular, we find that the Jews are frequently conceived of in two groupings, Yissachar, students of Torah, and Zevulun, businessmen who are involved in the performance of good deeds. The divisions between these categories must be nullified. The businessmen must steal time from their occupation to study Torah and the students of Torah must increase their gifts to tzedakah, giving freely and generously.

Even in the past, these categories never represented hard and fast divisions. Students of Torah must occupy themselves with deeds of kindness as our Sages declared, “Whoever says, ‘All I have is Torah,’ does not even have Torah.” Conversely, even businessmen are required to “fix times for Torah study.”

In the previous ages, however, each person had a particular thrust of service with which he was predominantly occupied. In the present age, to complete the final preparations for the redemption, even these distinctions have to be nullified. Businessmen have to establish many times for Torah study until their efforts parallel those of Torah scholars. Similarly, Torah scholars must give to charity over and above their limits as do businessmen.

The unity brought about through these efforts will have an effect in the world at large and hasten the establishment of Jewish unity in all places. Then, we will proceed, “with our sons and daughters,” the entire Jewish people joined together, as we leave the exile in the ultimate and complete redemption.

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