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Parshas Balak – Fast of 17th Tamuz The Three Weeks | 16-23 Tamuz , 5778

EREV SHABBOS  JUNE 29th 
Shacharis 7 am
Candles/Mincha/Maariv 8:52 pm

SHABBOS SAT JUNE 30th 
Shacharis: 9:30 am /Sof Zman Krias Shema 9:13 am/
Mincha 8:52 pm /followed by Seuda Slishit / PIRKEI AVOT CHAPTER 6
Maariv/Havdalah 10:03 pm  

Weekday Services 
Sun 9 am /FAST OF THE 17th of TAMUZ
Mon - Fri Shacharis 7 am
Mon -Thu Mincha 8:30 pm, followed immediately by Maariv /SUMMER SCHEDULE

SHABBOS KIDDUSH AND SEUDA SLISHIT.  
Kiddush Lite.   Chulent Sponsored by Anonymous.

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -PENDING
For current status of the North Seattle Eruv, please check the flag on the NE 65thStreet 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.

FAST OF 17th TAMMUZ– Sunday June 30th
Fast Begins 2:47 AM (72 degrees as 16 .1 degrees)
Shacharis 9 AM
Mincha 8:30 PM
Maariv /Fast Ends 9:51 PM

FARBRENGEN ALERT–EREV YUD-BEIS TAMUZ –  FRI JUNE 29th 6 PM
Erev-Shabbos Farbrengen in front of the CSTL Men’s Mikvah. In honor of the Yahreit of Rabbi Shneur-Zalman Schneersohn (18 Tammuz, 5740), a second cousin of the 7th Lubavitcher Rebbe, having a close relationship with him in Paris when they both lived there after 1936, even hosting the Rebbe's mother in his house for three months. He held the post of Chief Rabbi of the Association of Orthodox Jewry of France, and was well-known and highly respected for his work in saving more than one hundred children after the German occupation of Vichy France. In 1950, when the 6th Rebbe passed away, a small percentage of the chasidim considered him a fitting successor. Eventually settling in Brooklyn, he founded and headed for many years the Shevet Yehuda Institute of Technology, which offered a training program in computer science for yeshiva students, one of the first such programs ever. He is buried directly behind the Lubavitcher Rebbes' ohel, alongside the Tomashpol Rebbe, in the Old Montefiore Cemetery in Queens. 
http://ascentofsafed.com/cgi-bin/ascent.cgi?Name=rebbeBios

THE THREE WEEKS BEGINS MONDAY NIGHT JUNE 28th 
The 17th of Tammuz also marks the beginning of The Three Weeks period of mourning which culminates on the 9th of Av, commemorating the conquest of Jerusalem, the destruction of the Holy Temple and the dispersion of the Jewish people. Weddings and other joyful events are not held during this period; like mourners, we do not cut our hair, and various pleasurable activities are limited or proscribed. (Consult the Code of Jewish Law (Shulchan Aruch) or a qualified rabbi regarding specific proscriptions).. The Lubavitcher Rebbe urged that the Three Weeks should be a time of increased giving of charity and Torah study (in keeping with the verse (Isaiah 1:27), "Zion shall be redeemed by law, and her returnees by charity"), particularly the study of those portions of Torah that deal with the laws and the deeper significance of the Holy Temple.
www.chabad.org/calendar

B’Yom Ashtei-Asar Yom with Rabbi Mendy Levitin – 7:45 PM SHABBOS AFTERNOON
Rabbi Mendy Levitin will introduce you to one of the most fundamental works of the Rebbe. The Chasidus Discourse b’Yom Ashtei-Asar Yom is based on the idea of Ana nasiv malka — “I will choose the king.” - Stepping Above Self by Looking Beyond the Big Picture”.  The discourse was originally delivered by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson 11 Nissan, 5731 (1971). For Men and Women. In honor  of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha  and Elanah Rivka bas Sarah for a full רפואה  שלימה  

TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY LEVITIN – 8:45 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.

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

MONDAY NIGHT SICHOS CLASS –8 PM. 
With Rabbi Emlin.  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     

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

Weekly Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin – Every Sunday 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 /NOT THIS WEEK
At Rebbetzin Levitin’s home, 6519 49th Ave NE.  For more info,
chanielevitin@gmail.com

WOMEN’S SHABBOS CLASS – 5:30 PM
At the home of Frumi Marasow, 7201 40th Ave NE.

CAMP GAN YISROEL 5778
Campers ages 1½ to 12 are excited about Gan Izzy 2018, especially since we’ve added a sixth week! For six fabulous weeks, your child can enjoy everything summer has to offer: swimming, crafts, sports, days at the beach, excursions to museums, roller skating, berry picking, and more, all in a loving, safe, Jewish environment. What could be better?! Campers from a wide range of backgrounds are welcomed, and given lots of love and attention from our enthusiastic group of specially recruited and trained counselors—some of whom are CGIS alumni themselves.  Fun that lasts a summer...memories that last a lifetime! Register now for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and/or 6 weeks at
http://www.campganisraelseattle.org/

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE
If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact Marion KitzGabbai 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

Girls SEED Summer Camp, June 25-July 20 at the Kollel
Boys SEED Summer Camp, June 26-August 8 at the Kollel
More info & to register: 
www.seattlekollel.com/camp-seed

SEPHARDIC RELIGIOUS SCHOOL
Register now for 2018-2019 Sephardic Hebrew Religious School at the SJCC in Mercer Island!  Sephardic Religious School 1st day begins on Sunday, September 2, 2018 at 9:45 A.M at the J.C.C. [Grades K - 8]

Camp Yavneh June 25th - August 17th 
Registration now open for Camp Yavneh. Staff applications now available at 
www.campyavnehseattle.com  

Families Belong Together
There will be rallies happening around the country this Saturday. We pray for a quick resolution of this crisis and for the many families separated to be reunited. Bring your Shabbat lunch as a picnic or come after your meal to be with our families and community, joining together in solidarity with migrants who have been separated at the border. If people are moved to say Tehillim or share some Torah that is welcome. June 30, Bryant Park 2-5 PM. Organized by Rachel Kimmelfeld 

Hosts Needed for Summer Shlichim 
Volunteer family hosts are needed for Summer Shlichim - Noy Asis, Shir Kedem, and Taly Pachornik - who will be working at the Stroum Jewish Community Center Day Camp this summer. 
www.jewishinseattle.org


REBBE’S SICHO FOR BALAK
http://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2507714/jewish/Yechidus-14th-of-Tammuz-5751-1991.htm © SichosInEnglish.org

Our Rabbis taught, “Begin with peace.” This is particularly appropriate since this is the day following the day of the Previous Rebbe’s redemption,1 whose activities were dedicated to bringing peace among the Jewish people. And similarly, this will bring peace in the world at large by spreading the wellsprings of Torah and Chassidus outward for the Torah was “given to bring peace to the world.”

This is associated with today’s Torah portion, the fourth aliyah in Parshas Balak which contains the blessing “I see [him] from the mountain tops and gaze upon him from the hills.” I.e., when a person looks at the Jewish people from afar,2 he describes them using the singular, implying that he appreciates the positive qualities of each individual.

And those prophecies continue, “Who can count the dust of Yaakov..” Dust is an allegory used to refer to a great multitude. This is the intent of this term. The pejorative connotations are surely not in place for every Jew is an important — and indeed most important — entity, for “G‑d is the lot of His people, Yaakov, the cord of His inheritance.” Why is dust used? To emphasize how the positive qualities a Jew possesses are expressed in a manner of bittul, with selflessness and humility.

This is further enhanced by the census of the Jewish people which endowed each Jew with further importance as implied by our Sages’ statements, “An entity which is counted can never be nullified.”

As an expression of these qualities, the Jews are compared to stars, a very important entity, placed in the heavens themselves. Nevertheless, although the stars are in the heavens, their light is perceived on the earth, and indeed, shines to the earth when the other luminaries, the sun and at times, the moon, do not shine. And there are a multitudeof stars. Many are perceivable when we look towards the heavens at night, and far more exist which cannot be perceived here on earth. Thus the two metaphors, the stars and the dust, convey the message of how important and numerous the Jews are.

These metaphors were first given to our Patriarch Avraham, the first Jew, of whom it is said, “Avraham was one.” He communicated this legacy to his descendants, “one nation in the earth,” i.e., even as the Jews exist within the material confines of this earth, they draw down G‑d’s Oneness, expressing the quality of bittul in their involvement with their material concerns.

And this will lead to the redemption, as this Torah reading continues, “They rise like the king of beasts, and will be lifted up like a lion.”

The above shares a unique connection to the redemption of the Previous Rebbe, who was released from the limits of imprisonment, and ultimately, released from all the restrictions of Russia until he was able to come to a free land where he could carry out his activities with no restraints.

This revealed the lesson which he boldly declared on the Third of Tammuz, ten days before his redemption:

It is only our bodies which are in exile and subjugated to the gentile nations, our souls were never sent into exile or subjugation.

This applies to every Jew, and in particular, to a Nasi, for that name implies that one is lifted above all limits. And from the Previous Rebbe, there is a connection with every individual Jew as reflected in our Sages’ statement, “The Nasi is the entire people.”3

The Previous Rebbe’s service is implied in his name Yosef, which the Torah associates with Rachel’s prayer, “May G‑d add on to me another son.” Chassidic thought explains that Yosef has the potential to transform “another,” a person who is estranged from his Jewish roots, into a “son.” This is relevant to every Jew, for indeed, every Jew is like a son to G‑d, as it were, as it is written, “You are children to G‑d, your L‑rd.” Indeed, as the Baal Shem Tov taught, G‑d loves every Jew as parents love an only child born to them in their old age.

May the redemption of the Previous Rebbe from prison lead to the redemption of the entire Jewish people from the prison of exile. For indeed, the Previous Rebbe’s redemption was general in nature: “The Holy One, blessed be He, did not redeem me alone... but... all those who are referred to with the name ‘Israel.’ ”

This relates to the maamar sent out by the Previous Rebbe in connection with Yud-BeisTammuz which begins with the teaching: “When ten people sit and occupy themselves with Torah study.” Each term in this expression is significant: “Ten” is a reference to the tenth redemption, the ultimate redemption which we await. “Sit” implies a settled approach to study which in an ultimate sense, is possible only in the Era of the Redemption. Furthermore, it is a reference to the Third Beis HaMikdash where “the righteous shall sit in Your presence.” “Occupy themselves” alludes to the development of new Torah ideas.

And may this be enhanced by the good resolutions to add to the study of the Torah — both Nigleh and Pnimiyus HaTorah — and since “great is study for it brings to deed,” the fulfillment of the mitzvos. For it is the study of the Torah that takes a Jew beyond all confines and limitations. And in particular, this allows him to fulfill mitzvos in a manner that is unlimited, adding this lack of limitation also to the intent of the mitzvos.

There is a unique connection to the mitzvah of tzedakah. Tzedakah should be given without any limitation, without considering whether one is giving a tenth, or a fifth, or more. And “tzedakah is great because it brings the redemption near.” May we merit that this — the ultimate and complete Redemption — take place immediately.

Parshas Chukas - Yud Beis/Yud Gimel Tamuz | 9-16 Tamuz , 5778

EREV SHABBOS  JUNE 22nd
Shacharis 7 am
Candles/Mincha/Maariv 8:52 pm

SHABBOS SAT JUNE 23rd 
Shacharis: 9:30 am /Sof Zman Krias Shema 9:12 am/
Mincha 8:52 pm /followed by Seuda Slishit / PIRKEI AVOT CHAPTER 5
Maariv/Havdalah 10:04 pm  

Weekday Services 
Sun 9 am
Mon - Fri Shacharis 7 am
Mon -Thu Mincha 8:30 pm, followed immediately by Maariv /SUMMER SCHEDULE

SHABBOS KIDDUSH AND SEUDA SLISHIT.  
Kiddush Lite. We will also have our delicious meat cholent, made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin. Seuda Slishit.

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -PENDING
For current status of the North Seattle Eruv, please check the flag on the NE 65thStreet 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–YUD-BEIS TAMUZ –  FRI JUNE 22nd  6 PM
Erev-Shabbos Farbrengen in front of the CSTL Men’s Mikvah, in honor of Yud Beis/Gimel Tamuz, the previous Rebbe’s Chag ha’Geula. 
www.chabad.org/calendar

B’Yom Ashtei-Asar Yom with Rabbi Mendy Levitin – 7:45 PM SHABBOS AFTERNOON
Rabbi Mendy Levitin will introduce you to one of the most fundamental works of the Rebbe. The Chasidus Discourse b’Yom Ashtei-Asar Yom is based on the idea of Ana nasiv malka — “I will choose the king.” - Stepping Above Self by Looking Beyond the Big Picture”.  The discourse was originally delivered by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson 11 Nissan, 5731 (1971). For Men and Women. In honor  of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha  and Elanah Rivka bas Sarah for a full רפואה  שלימה  

TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY LEVITIN – 8:45 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.

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

NEW!!! Monday Night Rebbe's Sichos Class – Starts Mon Jun 25th 8M. 
With Rabbi Emlin.  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     

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

Weekly Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin – Every Sunday 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 /NOT THIS WEEK
At Rebbetzin Levitin’s home, 6519 49th Ave NE.  For more info,
chanielevitin@gmail.com

CAMP GAN YISROEL 5778
Campers ages 1½ to 12 are excited about Gan Izzy 2018, especially since we’ve added a sixth week! For six fabulous weeks, your child can enjoy everything summer has to offer: swimming, crafts, sports, days at the beach, excursions to museums, roller skating, berry picking, and more, all in a loving, safe, Jewish environment. What could be better?! Campers from a wide range of backgrounds are welcomed, and given lots of love and attention from our enthusiastic group of specially recruited and trained counselors—some of whom are CGIS alumni themselves.  Fun that lasts a summer...memories that last a lifetime! Register now for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and/or 6 weeks at
http://www.campganisraelseattle.org/

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE
If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact Marion KitzGabbai 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

Seattle Judaica Going out of Business Sale – Sun Jun 24th 9am – 4pm
Closing out the inventory of Rabbi Kavka’s Chabad House store.  Prices Below Low.  In the CSTL Social Hall.

Scotch & Tequila Tasting and Auction Thu June 28th  7 pm
Island Synagogue invites you (21 and over only) to the 8th Annual Morris Frimer Scotch & Tequila Tasting and Auction. 
www.IslandSynagogue.org

Girls SEED Summer Camp, June 25-July 20 at the Kollel
Boys SEED Summer Camp, June 26-August 8 at the Kollel
More info & to register: 
www.seattlekollel.com/camp-seed

SEPHARDIC RELIGIOUS SCHOOL
Register now for 2018-2019 Sephardic Hebrew Religious School at the SJCC in Mercer Island!  Sephardic Religious School 1st day begins on Sunday, September 2, 2018 at 9:45 A.M at the J.C.C. [Grades K - 8]

Judy Balint at Yavneh Educational Center Sun Jun 24th 7 PM
"Israel Up Close and Personal" 
www.bcmhseattle.org

Camp Yavneh June 25th - August 17th 
Registration now open for Camp Yavneh. Staff applications now available at
www.campyavnehseattle.com    

Hosts Needed for Summer Shlichim 
Volunteer family hosts are needed for Summer Shlichim - Noy Asis, Shir Kedem, and Taly Pachornik - who will be working at the Stroum Jewish Community Center Day Camp this summer. 
www.jewishinseattle.org


REBBE’S SICHO FOR CHUKAS
http://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2507712/jewish/Shabbos-Parshas-Chukas-10th-Day-of-Tammuz-5751-1991.htm © SichosInEnglish.org

Every day has two dimensions, its place in the week (which depends on the daily cycle of day and night) and its place in the month (which is dependent on the lunar cycle). Each of these serves as a lesson for us in the service of G‑d. In particular, this is relevant in regard to the present Shabbos which falls on the tenth of Tammuz and, as every other Shabbos, is the seventh day of the week. This is especially true, because the numbersseven and ten are of general import.

To focus on the difference between the weekly cycle and the monthly cycle. The weekly cycle reflects a Divine pattern of revelation, paralleling the first seven days of creation. This is not dependent on man’s activity at all. Thus, the holiness of Shabbos is established by G‑d, above all connection to human actions. From the seventh day of creation onward, every Shabbos has been an experience of holiness.

In contrast, the monthly cycle is dependent on man, for it is the Jewish court who establish the calendar.1 This is reflected in the blessing recited on holidays, “...who sanctifies Israeland festive seasons.” Israel is mentioned first, for the sanctity of the festivals is dependent on the Jewish court. This points to the spiritual task given to the Jewish people, to draw down holiness which transcends the creation within our world.

The weekly cycle is thus an expression of the Divine energy invested in the creation. This reflects a level of perfection as our Sages said, “The world was created in a perfect state.” Man, however, was given the potential to raise the creation to a new2 and higher level of perfection. Thus our Sages interpreted the phrase “all that G‑d created to do,” “as created to improve,” i.e., man has the potential and the responsibility to introduce into the world a dimension of holiness which the world does not possess by nature. This holiness will be revealed in the Era of the Redemption, when man will have completed his task of elevating the world.

These two levels relate to the numbers seven and ten. Seven relates to the holiness of the natural order, i.e., the Divine life-force invested in creation. Ten, in contrast, relates to a level which transcends creation and is introduced by man.

To explain the concept in Kabbalistic terminology. Seven reflects the seven middos, the Divine energies which are paralleled by our emotional qualities. These were the forces which brought the world into being; each day of creation giving expression to a different one of these middos (the first day of creation reflected the quality of Chessed, “kindness,” the second day, the quality of Gevurah, “might,” until the seventh day which reflected the quality of Malchus, “sovereignty”).

Ten, in contrast, includes also the three qualities described as mochin, which are paralleled by our intellectual faculties. These qualities transcend the present level of the world. The intent, however, is for man to introduce these intellectual qualities into the world, and thus to elevate the world to a higher plane.

This will be accomplished in the Era of the Redemption. In the maamarim associated with the verse, “Do not cause distress to Moav,” Chassidic thought explains that in the present age, our service involves refining the seven emotional qualities which correspond to the seven nations which inhabited Eretz Yisrael. In contrast, in the Era of the Redemption, our service will focus on the development of our intellectual faculties which correspond to the Keini, Kenizi, and Kadmoni, the three nations whose lands will be conquered in the Era of the Redemption.

To explain this concept in greater depth: In truth, these two dimensions are manifest within the creation itself. Thus the Written Torah speaks of the seven days of the creation, while the Oral Torah (this week’s chapter of Pirkei Avos) speaks of the Ten Utterances of Creation.

(Here too we see a parallel to the above concepts: The Written Torah is given from Above and its holiness exists independent of man’s activity. In contrast, the Oral Torah is revealed through man’s efforts. Through one’s dedication of his efforts to Torah study, it is possible for him to develop new concepts that were not revealed previously.)

Each of these numbers, seven and ten, possess an advantage. Seven represents the perfection which G‑d invested into the creation itself. This is the true nature of the world; that it is good, and indeed, its goodness is an intrinsic aspect of its being. In contrast, ten refers to a level of holiness that transcends the world; “The tenth is holy,” and our sages said, “ ’Holy’ is a word which is unique.” The uniqueness of this holiness stems from the contribution of the efforts of man.3

Thus these two levels reflect the perfections of limitation and infinity, expressing the manner with which G‑dliness permeates the creation and the revelation of G‑dliness above the level of creation.

Based on the above, we can appreciate the unique qualities of the present day which is, as mentioned above, the seventh day of the week and the tenth day of the month. This reflects a fusion of the two levels, that the G‑dliness which transcends nature pervades the limits of the world itself.

2. The sum of ten and seven is seventeen which is numerically equivalent to the word טוב meaning “good.” This reflects an ultimate good, a good which fuses the positive dimensions of both thrusts described above.4

The Zohar states that all the days of the coming week are blessed by the Shabbos. The above concepts highlight the nature of the blessing received by the following Shabbos, the seventeenth of Tammuz. Generally, the seventeenth of Tammuz is a fast day. This year, however, because the date falls on Shabbos, the fast is postponed until Sunday.

As mentioned seventeen is numerically equivalent to the word טוב meaning “good.” In this instance, man’s service brings about an ultimate dimension of goodness, a transformation of seemingly negative factors, and a revelation of the inner positive qualities.

To explain: The inner dimension of a fast day is that it is “a time of will.” This is reflected in the fact that, in the Era of the Redemption, all the fasts will be transformed into festivals and days of celebration. This indicates how even the undesirable events which occurred on these fast days are an expression of this inner goodness; they show the great love G‑d has for the Jewish people. To cite an allegory: it is like a king who personally washes the filth from his child.

The positive dimension of the seventeenth of Tammuz is openly revealed this year, when that date falls on Shabbos. On Shabbos, it is forbidden to fast. On the contrary, it is a mitzvah to indulge in pleasures of a physical nature, to eat and drink in a festive manner. When the seventeenth of Tammuz falls on Shabbos, the holiness from Above associated with the number seven is revealed and simultaneously, there is a transformation — at least on that date itself — of the undesirable elements associated with that day into good which demonstrates the positive qualities contributed by man’s service, the quality of ten.5

With the exception of Yom Kippur, all the fast days are Rabbinic in origin. This implies that the Torah, described as “the Torah of kindness,” sees the world in a positive light, and, therefore does not see that great a need for fasts to be instituted for man to seek atonement for his conduct. Indeed, even Yom Kippur is primarily a positive concept, as reflected in the association between it and the verse, “to give them life through famine,” i.e., although it is a day of “famine,” on this day, we are given life.

In contrast, the Rabbis appreciated that “it was our evil deeds and those of our ancestors which resemble our own, which brought about these difficulties for them and for us.” Hence, they established fasts “in order to arouse the hearts and open the paths of teshuvah.6 And through this teshuvah, man and the world are brought to a higher level than before the sin.

Thus, the Torah reveals the good which is present within the creation. Through the Rabbinic tradition — which reveals the input of man — we are able to express an inner and deeper good, a good that involves the transformation of undesirable influences.

Based on the above, we can appreciate the potential possessed by Shabbos to cause a fast to be postponed. Shabbos is associated with the revelation of good and pleasure from above in a manner which prevents the possibility of a fast. When, however, the seventeenth of Tammuz falls on Shabbos, there is also a revelation of the good associated with the service of ten. Instead of fasting, there is a mitzvah to delight in the Shabbos, and take pleasure in food and drink. This serves as the preparation for the era when the fast will be transformed into a day of celebration of happiness in the Era of the Redemption.7

This is accomplished through the blessing granted by the Shabbos of the 10th of Tammuz, for it is the fusion of ten and seven of this Shabbos that allows for the transformation of the seventeenth of Tammuz on the following Shabbos.8

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3. The above concepts also relate to this week’s Torah portion, Parshas Chukas. This portion begins, “These are the statutes of the Torah....” Although the passage that follows describes only one mitzvah, the Red Heifer, it is still referred to as “the statute of the Torah,” because in microcosm, the service of the entire Torah is alluded to in this mitzvah.9

To explain: The service of the Red Heifer involves two movements, ratzo and shov. The burning of the heifer alludes to the service of ratzo, the yearning of the Jewish soul to be united with G‑d. And the placement of water in a vessel refers to the service of shov, our efforts to draw G‑dliness into the world, and make the world a dwelling for Him.

There is a parallel between the movements of ratzo and shov and the concepts of seven and ten described previously. Ratzo reflects the desire to rise above the limitations of our world. Thus, it relates to the level of ten which also reflects a level of perfection that transcends the natural limits. In contrast, shov involves service within the world. Thus, it parallels the level of seven which is associated with perfection within nature.

The ultimate level of service reflects a fusion of both these movements: One’s yearning to transcend the limits of the body and the world must be combined with the consciousness of G‑d’s desire for a dwelling to be created for Him on this plane. Conversely, one’s service of drawing G‑dliness into this world must be carried out with an awareness that “By force, you live,” that the soul’s natural yearning is to rise above the body, and it is only for the sake of the fulfillment of G‑d’s will that one remains on this material plane.

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4. Herein there is also a connection to the holiday of Yud-Beis-Yud-Gimmel Tammuz, the festive commemoration of the redemption of the Previous Rebbe from prison, which also takes place in the coming week.

The power to reveal the levels of seven and ten in the world stems from our achievements in the realm of Torah as indicated in the Zohar’s teaching, “The Holy One, blessed be He, looked into the Torah and created the world. A mortal looks into the Torah and maintains the world.”

The two levels of seven and ten (in addition to their connection to the Written Torah and the Oral Torah as mentioned above) can also be seen as paralleling the two Torah disciplines: Nigleh, the revealed dimension of Torah law, the body of the Torah, and Pnimiyus HaTorah,Torah’s inner, mystic dimension, the Torah’s soul.

Nigleh deals with practical directives for deed and action in the world at large. Thus, it relates to that level of G‑dliness that enclothes itself within the limits of the natural order (seven). In contrast, Pnimiyus HaTorah deals with the inner dimensions of the soul and the world and thus relates to the level of G‑dliness which transcends the world (ten). And hence, it is Pnimiyus HaTorah which gives us the potential to appreciate the inner, positive nature of those elements of existence which do not appear as outwardly good..

The ultimate revelation of Pnimiyus HaTorah will be in the Era of the Redemption (and is alluded to by the conquest of the lands of the Keini, Kenizi, and the Kadmoni as mentioned above).. We have been granted, however, a foretaste of that revelation in the last several hundred years. Thus the AriZal declared that “It is a mitzvah to reveal this wisdom,” and the Baal Shem Tov began the service of “spreading the wellsprings outward.” And the Chabad Rebbeim enclothed these truths in an intellectual framework which allowed them to be grasped by more individuals. In each subsequent generation, there has been a greater spreading, and simultaneously, a greater revelation of Pnimiyus HaTorah.

Although there has been a decline in the spiritual level of the generations, it is precisely because our service is being carried out on the lowest of all levels, that these transcendent levels of Torah are being revealed. It is the service in the darkness of exile, a service which draws out the deepest dimensions of a Jew’s spiritual potential, which prompts the revelation of these lights. And thus, as the descent of exile continues, there is a greater and more inclusive revelation of the wellsprings of Chassidus.

This relates to the redemption of Yud-Beis Tammuz, for that event sparked an increase in the service of spreading the wellsprings of Chassidus outward. Moreover, it ultimately led to the Previous Rebbe’s coming to America which brought about a marked increase in this service. Indeed, the extent to which Chassidus has been revealed and spread since then has far exceeded the nature of these efforts in previous generations.

The potential for this emanates from the Previous Rebbe’s redemption for as Rashimentions, “The Nasi is the entire people.” The entire people, particularly those who merited to see the Previous Rebbe in person — for seeing a Nasi has a powerful effect on those who behold him — derive inspiration and strength from him.

The effects of these efforts increase year after year. Particularly, in the last several years, an abundance of Chassidic teachings which in previous generations had been reserved for a select few, have been published and disseminated. Indeed, even maamarim which no one knew about previously have been published. (Great is the merit of all those who through their efforts and/or financial support have made these teachings available to others.)

The spreading of these teachings leads to the revelation of Divine influence which in essence transcends the world (the level of ten). In particular, the teachings of Chabad Chassidus which enclothe these transcendent concepts within the limits of intellect, grant the potential to make vessels for G‑dliness within the world and to transform the world into a dwelling for Him (the level of ten permeating the level of seven).

This service serves as a preparation for the ultimate revelation, the reward for “spreading the wellsprings outward,” which is — as the Mashiach told the Baal Shem Tov — the Future Redemption. Then we will see the ultimate fusion of the G‑dliness which transcends nature (ten) and the G‑dliness invested within the natural order (seven).

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5. The above concepts must also be reflected in the individual service of every person. A person must be involved in both services mentioned above: revealing the G‑dliness invested within the world at large and drawing down G‑dliness which transcends the world.

Both these services are alluded to in the declaration Modeh Ani which a Jew makes upon arising every morning. We thank G‑d for returning our souls — i.e., acknowledge the G‑dly life-force invested within us — and relate “great is Your faithfulness” — state our awareness of a level of G‑dliness which is “great,” i.e., above our ordinary limits.

In a more explicit manner, these two services feature in the blessings we say each morning. The morning blessings thank G‑d for the material gifts He has granted us, and afterwards, we proceed to the blessings of the Torah, which describe a bond with G‑d that is higher than nature as our Sages commented “the Torah preceded the world.”

Afterwards, these two thrusts feature in our service throughout the day. Certain elements of our conduct are involved with refining and elevating the world and others are involved with spiritual service that transcends the limits of the world, i.e., the study of the Torah and the observance of its mitzvos.

The necessity for such a twofold service can be appreciated by everyone, even a young child. Everyone realizes that he has a body which derives its nurture from physical activities and a soul which is a spiritual entity above the body. The body is obviously limited, while the nature of the soul transcends the limits of our perception.

Within the soul itself, there are also different levels. There is an inner dimension which is manifest in the deepfelt desire with which a person longs for certain things. And there is an external dimension of the soul where the desires are not as powerful. The external dimension of the soul is limited, while the internal dimension is without bounds. Each day, we must endeavor to fuse together these two dimensions on all these levels.

In practice, this should entail making an effort to study a portion of Nigleh and a portion of Pnimiyus HaTorah each day.10 In particular, we should increase our gifts to tzedakah, this includes not only deeds of tzedakah, but tzedakah on the level of speech and deed, thinking and speaking favorably about other Jews.

Similarly, in connection with Yud-Beis Tammuz, efforts should be made to organize farbrengens in each and every place where Jews will gather together to inspire each other in the service of spreading the wellsprings of Chassidus outward. This will generate the potential for the transformation of the Three Weeks into a positive period, with the coming of the ultimate Redemption. Even before that redemption comes, we will merit a succession of Divine miracles.11 When one Jew will ask another, “What was the last miracle that happened,” he will be unable to answer because the miracles are taking place in such rapid succession. And these miracles will lead to the ultimate miracles, those which accompany the redemption from exile, when “As in the days of your exodus from Egypt, I will show you wonders.”

Parshas Korach | Gimel Tamuz 2-9 Tamuz , 5778

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Rabbi Mendy Levitin will introduce you to one of the most fundamental works of the Rebbe. The Chasidus Discourse b’Yom Ashtei-Asar Yom is based on the idea of Ana nasiv malka — “I will choose the king.” - Stepping Above Self by Looking Beyond the Big Picture”.  The discourse was originally delivered by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson 11 Nissan, 5731 (1971). For Men and Women. In honor  of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha  and Elanah Rivka bas Sarah for a full רפואה  שלימה  

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REBBE’S SICHO FOR KORACH
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On1 the Third of Tammuz, 5687, the Previous Rebbe was released from prison in Leningrad on the condition that he spend three years in exile in the city of Kostroma. At the time, it was not known whether this was a positive step, for although exile is preferable to imprisonment, it is also connected with several hardships and dangers.

Afterwards, on Yud-Beis Tammuz, the Previous Rebbe received the news that he would be freed and on Yud-Gimmel Tammuz, he received the official documents testifying to this. And thus it was revealed that the Third of Tammuz was the first stage of the process of redemption. Furthermore, it was revealed that a death sentence had been issued previously, and the sentence of exile had represented a lessening of his judgment leading to his ultimate redemption on Yud-Beis-Yud-Gimmel Tammuz.

One might ask: Since the redemption was a Divine miracle, why did it have to come in stages? Why wasn’t the Previous Rebbe granted a complete redemption immediately? Further­more, even after Yud-Beis Tammuz when the Previous Rebbe was freed, he did not achieve a complete victory over the opposing forces. Many restrictions remained on the Jews in Russia, until the Previous Rebbe was forced to leave the country. And even after his departure, those restrictions contin­ued. It is not until the present days, more than 60 years after his redemption, that its full ramifications are being realized and Jews are being redeemed from Russia.

Surely this pattern, that redemption comes in stages, is controlled by Divine Providence. And hence, it is necessary to understand the reason for such a pattern. This is all the more relevant because the Previous Rebbe’s redemption relates to the entire Jewish people, as the Previous Rebbe writes in his renown letter:

The Holy One, blessed be He, did not redeem Me alone on Yud-Beis Tammuz, but also all those who hold our holy Torah dear, observe its mitzvos, and all those who are called by the name “Israel.”

Many years previously, another great miracle occurred on the Third of Tammuz. In response to Yehoshua’s request, “The sun stood still over Givon.” Here too, a question arises: On one hand, the stopping of the sun was a great miracle. On the other hand, it also had a limitation. Why did the sun stop? So that Yehoshua could complete the battle against the Canaanites, a battle that was fought through natural means. Seemingly, instead G‑d could have worked a different miracle and caused the Canaanites to be defeated without battle.

There is also a more abstract question involved with this miracle: Did the miracle merely keep the sun’s rays shining to enable Yehoshua to carry on with his battle against the Canaanites? And for this, all that was necessary is for the sun itself to stop. Or was the miracle more inclusive, affecting also the entire physical process — the orbits and spheres — which govern the movement of the sun?

This question revolves around the integration between miracles and the natural order. To what extent did the miracle permeate our ordinary natural frame of reference? Did it merely break the natural order? I.e., the sun stopped. Or did it change the natural order? The entire physical process governing the sun’s movement was affected.2

A similar question is seen in regard to the miracle described in this week’s Torah portion, the blossoming of Aharon’s staff. After Korach’s revolt, Moshe took the staffs of all the Nesi’im and Aharon’s staff, and placed them together in the Sanctuary, placing Aharon’s staff in the center of the others. A miracle occurred and Aharon’s staff sprouted flowers and fruit.

The question arises: Since the entire purpose of the miracle was to show that G‑d had chosen Aharon, why was it necessary for the miracle to take place according to the natural process of the almonds’ growth, that the almond branches would bud, flower, and then give fruit? Seemingly, it would have been sufficient for them to produce the fruit. That would have been a sufficient sign that G‑d chose Aharon.3

To explain: A staff can only sprout flowers and fruit as a result of a Divine miracle. In this instance, however, the miracle permeated the natural order of the world, and therefore, the staff sprouted almonds in a “natural” — within the context of a miracle — manner.4

This relates to a concept of greater depth: Our Sages declared: “Everything which the Holy One, blessed be He, created in His world, He created solely for His honor.” Thus although the nature of the world (עולם in Hebrew which relates to the word העלם, meaning “hiddenness”) is one in which its G‑dly life-force is concealed, nevertheless, each particular entity in the world exists for one purpose alone: to reveal G‑d’s glory.

There is logical support for this concept as well: Since the world and every entity it contains was created by G‑d — and thus G‑d took from His time and effort, as it were, to bring it into being — He surely did so with a purpose, that purpose being that they relate to the Divine life-force which creates them, and thus add to G‑d’s honor, as it were.

This logic is further reinforced by the Baal Shem Tov’s teaching that creation is an ongoing process, happening every moment of existence. Why else would G‑d have created the world in a manner that requires Him to constantly invest Himself within it to bring it into existence. He could have created the world in a manner in which He initially invested enough energy for the world to be maintained for 6000 years.5

G‑d, however, chose to create the world in the manner in which it exists at present so that each creation will feel that it has the potential to increase and enhance the positive nature of the world by revealing G‑d’s glory. Not only does he follow G‑d’s will, he is capable of contributing independently as it were to G‑d’s glory. (This in turn brings a person great joy, because everyone desires to be a contributor more than a recipient.)

It was in order to maintain a constant connection with the creation, that G‑d invested so much of Himself in bringing the world into being. In this manner, He has granted the potential for each particular creation to reveal His glory at every moment.

Were the creation to have received an initial burst of Divine energy that would continue to maintain its existence at all times, the revelation of G‑d’s glory would be in a much more general and far removed manner. In contrast, because G‑d created the world as He did, each moment of existence can serve as means to reveal G‑d’s glory. For example, when a Jew takes a drink of water and recites the blessing “...for everything was created by His word,” this6 reveals the existence of G‑d’s word — i.e., His creative force — within the water. Similarly, every other blessing reveals the uniqueness of G‑d’s creative energy.7

G‑d’s glory is also revealed by miracles. His ultimate intent is that these miracles permeate nature and thus reveal G‑dliness openly within this framework as well. This was reflected in the blossoming of Aharon’s staff in which the miracle was drawn down into the natural manner in which the almond tree gives fruit.

Chassidic thought relates a connection between this concept and the Priestly Blessing. This blessing draws down G‑dly energy from above the natural order,8 and yet this blessing also permeates that order, bringing about positive changes within our reality.

A similar concept can be explained in regard to the miracle of the sun standing still for Yehoshua. The intent of the miracle was not to transcend the natural order entirely, but that the miracle should amplify the success of the war which was carried out (primarily) within the limits of the natural order. Therefore, the enemy was not defeated through miraculous means. Instead, the miracle merely allowed the success which was achieved by natural means to be more complete and inclusive.

Therefore, one can conclude that the miracle of the sun standing still did not affect the sun alone, but rather influenced the entire physical process which causes it to move. In this way, the miracle had a greater tie to the natural order.9

Based on the above, we can also understand the gradual nature of the miracle of the Third of Tammuz. Although the Third of Tammuz was a miracle which transcended nature, it also influenced the natural order, the natural order agreeing, as it were, to this miraculous series of events. Simply put, the very same people who arrested the Previous Rebbe were the ones who set him free and, indeed, they were forced to assist him in regard to certain elements of his liberation.

For this reason, so that the opposing forces would — within the context of their nature, and without having lost their power — appreciate the need to free the Previous Rebbe, his redemption had to come in stages. First, his death sentence was commuted to exile and only afterwards, was he set free entirely.

The effects of his redemption did not end there. The Russian government’s opposition to Yiddishkeit continued for many years afterwards until ultimately at present, they are allowing Jews the potential to observe Yiddishkeit and also giving them freedom to emigrate from that country.10

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2. The above concepts can also be connected to the transition between the months of Sivan, the third month, and Tammuz, the fourth month. Our Sages associate the transition from three (gimmel in Hebrew) to four (daled in Hebrew) with the phrase gomail dallim(showing generosity to the poor). This transition takes us from the month in which the Torah was given to a month associated with the Previous Rebbe’s imprisonment and then, brings about the transformation of that month into a month of redemption.

This process is also alluded to in the shape of the letter daled. To explain: Both the letters daled and reish are associated with poverty (for the word dallus means “poverty” and the word reish means “a poor person”). Similarly, the forms of these two letters resemble each other. There is, however, one difference between them. The letter daled has a point at its corner resembling the letter yud, while the reish does not.

The point of the daled represents the quality of bittul, which emanates from the essential point of the Jewish soul possessed by every Jew. Even if a Jew is estranged from his roots, he remains a Jew, for this essential point of the soul is above all concealment, connecting the essence of a Jew to G‑d’s essence. Thus, the poverty of the daled is representative of the attitude of bittul which connects a person with the highest levels.11 In contrast, the letter reish is not associated with this quality of bittul and thus reflects poverty which has no connection to holiness.

This reflects the nature of the fourth month, the transformation of poverty and exile to redemption. Even in the lowest levels of distress, one is able to reveal a yud, the essential point of a Jew’s soul, and this establishes a connection with the highest levels of G‑dliness.12

The above has particular ramifications in regard to the service of spreading the wellsprings of Chassidus outward, a service which is particularly related to the Third of Tammuz. From the connection to Parshas Korach and the narrative of the blossoming of Aharon’s staff, we learn that this service must be carried out with zerizus, with energy and vitality.

Similarly, this concept has ramifications regarding all aspects of our service of G‑d. This energy and vitality must permeate every aspect of our service, expressing a fundamental commit­ment to G‑d as the Rebbe Rashab stated, “Were we commanded to chop trees, [we would do so with joy].”

The above also relates to a Jew’s involvement with worldly affairs and earning a livelihood. Aharon’s staff was placed in the ark together with the measure of manna. Thus it also serves as a message to the Jews that their sustenance is dependent on G‑d and not on natural means alone.

It is written “And G‑d will bless you in all that you do,” implying that there is a necessity for man’s activity within the context of the rules of nature. Nevertheless, this activity is merely a medium through which G‑d will grant a Jew his livelihood in a miraculous manner. These miracles will permeate the nature of the world and the world itself and the gentile nations will assist the Jews in earning a livelihood, and indeed, enable them to enjoy prosperity as we have seen in the present generation.

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3. To focus on the service of spreading the wellsprings outward in greater detail. This service must become part of a person’s nature, an essential part of his being. When he wakes up in the morning, he must feel that his entire existence is the spreading of Chassidus. The intent is not that he exists as a separate entity and that he dedicates himself to this goal, but that spreading Chassidus is his being itself.

And in this manner, he will be able to spread the wellsprings, the level of Torah at which even a single drop brings purity,13 outward. This means extending one’s own personal service beyond the essential point of faith to the powers of intellect and emotion; in a deeper sense, extending these wellsprings to others beyond one’s self; and in the most complete sense, reaching the furthest peripheries, the area beyond the scope of holiness.

An example of this can be taken from the well-known story regarding a Chassid who was stopped on the street by a policeman in Peterburg. In response to the policeman’s question, “Who are you?”, the Chassid answered, “I’m bittul (self-nullification),” i.e., bittulwas the totality of his existence. Furthermore, he gave this answer in Russian, reflecting how this awareness had permeated even this dimension of his being.

The question, nevertheless, arises: Even if a single individual carries out his service in a perfect manner, what effect can such activity have on the world at large? On the surface, the world seems to be going on without being affected by a Jew’s service in spreading the wellsprings of Chassidus outward or preparing for Mashiach’s coming.

This, however, represents a very narrow view of what is going on in the world. In truth, the world is ready for Mashiach’s coming and when a Jew carries out his service in the proper manner, the world itself and the gentile nations will assist him. This is particularly true in the present year, a year when “I will show you wonders.”

In practice, from the Third of Tammuz onward, efforts must be made to intensify our service of spreading the wellsprings of Chassidus outward. In particular, these summer months should be used to enroll children in summer camps and for those camps to use each moment of the summer to give the children additional exposure to Yiddishkeit, and to do this with joy and vitality.

Also, the Shabbasos of these months should be used to study Pirkei Avos. (Significantly, the present Shabbos is the tenth Shabbos on which Pirkei Avos has been studied since Pesach.) Furthermore, as mentioned on previous occasions, it is proper that these teachings be studied, not merely recited. At least one teaching should be studied in depth with its commentaries. At the same time, it is worthy to mention the virtues of the Chassidiccustom of reciting maamarim after the Minchah service on Shabbos. And may these activities hasten the coming of the time when, together with “our youth and our elders, our sons and our daughters,” we will proceed to Eretz Yisrael, to Jerusalem, and to the Beis HaMikdash

Parshas Shelach – Mevarchim Tamuz | 25 Sivan – 2 Tamuz , 5778

EREV SHABBOS JUNE 8th
Shacharis 7 am
Candles/Mincha/Maariv 8:47 pm

SHABBOS SAT JUNE 9th
Tehilim for Mevarchim Tamuz – 8 am
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Mincha 8:47 pm /followed by Seuda Slishit / PIRKEI AVOT CHAPTER 3 Maariv/Havdalah 10:07 pm

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SHABBOS KIDDUSH AND SEUDA SLISHIT
Full Kiddush and washing in honor of Shabbos Mevarchim Tamuz. Contibutors are Rabbi Mendy and Leahle Levitin, Rabbi Elazar and Esther Bogomilsky, Rabbi and Shprintze Kavka, Rabbi Shmuli and Rosie Tennenhaus, Model and Mrs. Wingartin, Moshe Ohayon, Emanuel and Marina Khaimov and Rabbi Sholom Ber and Chanie Levitin. We will also have a delicious meat cholent, 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.

FARBRENGEN ALERT–25th SIVAN – FRI JUNE 8th 6 PM Erev-Shabbos Farbrengen in front of the CSTL Men’s Mikvah, in honor of Sivan 28th , the anniversary of the Rebbe ZT”L’s arrival to the US of A in 1941. After escaping Nazi-occupied Paris, and many perilous months in Vichy France, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902-1994), and his wife, Rebbetzin Chaya Mushkah (1901-1988), boarded the SS Serpa Pinto in Lisbon, Portugal. On Monday, June 23--Sivan 28 on the Jewish calendar--at 10:30 A.M., they arrived in New York www.chabad.org/calendar

One People One Heart Sunday, June 10th 7 pm Chabad centers of Washington invite you to an evening of unity and inspiration. Keynoter: bestselling author Dr. Joseph Telushkin. Also featuring author Paula Begoun, Seattle Hebrew Academy Head of School Rivy Poupko Kletenik, Island Synagogue Rabbi Yechezkel Kornfeld, and radio host Michael Medved., at The Westin Seattle, 1900 5th Ave., downtown.

B’Yom Ashtei-Asar Yom with Rabbi Mendy Levitin – 8 PM SHABBOS AFTERNOON Rabbi Mendy Levitin will introduce you to one of the most fundamental works of the Rebbe. The Chasidus Discourse b’Yom Ashtei-Asar Yom is based on the idea of Ana nasiv malka — “I will choose the king.” - Stepping Above Self by Looking Beyond the Big Picture”. The discourse was originally delivered by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson 11 Nissan, 5731 (1971). For Men and Women. In honor of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha and Elanah Rivka bas Sarah for a full רפואה שלימה

TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY LEVITIN – 8:45 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.

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

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

Weekly Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin – Every Sunday 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

MAKEUP & MIMOSAS – LADIES NIGHT OUT JUNE 17th 7:30 PM Hosted by Chanie Meyer. RSVP to Marave: MHerbstman@gmail.com.

REGISTER NOW FOR CAMP GAN YISROEL 5778 Campers ages 1ó to 12 are excited about Gan Izzy 2018, especially since we’ve added a sixth week! For six fabulous weeks, your child can enjoy everything summer has to offer: swimming, crafts, sports, days at the beach, excursions to museums, roller skating, berry picking, and more, all in a loving, safe, Jewish environment. What could be better?! Campers from a wide range of backgrounds are welcomed, and given lots of love and attention from our enthusiastic group of specially recruited and trained counselors—some of whom are CGIS alumni themselves. Fun that lasts a summer...memories that last a lifetime! Register now for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and/or 6 weeks at http://www.campganisraelseattle.org/

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

GRADUATIONS ! MAZEL TOV MAZEL TOV!
Derech Emunah - June 17, 7 pm, at BCMH JDS - June 14, 7 pm, at JDS MMSC - June 11, at CSTL NYHS - June 10, 4 pm, at SBH SHA - June 13, 7 pm, at SBH SJCS - June 14, 6:30 pm, at SJCS TDS - June 12, 6:30 pm, at BCMH

EZRA BESSAROTH WOMEN’S AUXILIARY BOREKA BAKE SALE JUNE 10th 9:30 AM – 2 PM At Ezra Bessaroth. A wonderful Sephardic breakfast and bake sale! Your chance to buy Borekas, Bolemas, Biscochos, Pastelas and more! www.ezrabessaroth.net

NYHS Class of 2018 Graduation, June 10th 4 pm At Sephardic Bikur Cholim. Celebrate with the Class of 2018

Girls SEED Summer Camp, June 25-July 20 at the Kollel
Boys SEED Summer Camp, June 26-August 8, at the Kollel More info & to register: www.seattlekollel.com/camp-seed

Our Heritage & Our Health, Ashkenazi Jewish Genetic Diseases. Sunday, June 10, RSVP: https://secure2.convio.net/wzoa/site/Ticketing. Seattle Hadassah

Ashkenazi Jewish Genetic Diseases Sunday, June 10, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm Join with Hadassah to learn about genetic conditions among Ashkenazim. With Gary Frohlich of Sanofi Genzyme., at Talaris Conference Center, 4000 NE 41st St., Seattle. Kosher Lunch Buffet by Island Crust .**Doors open for check-in at 11am. Limited Seating, RSVP Early! https://secure2.convio.net/wzoa/site/Ticketing;jsessionid=00000000.app260a?view=Tickets&id=103953&NONCE_TOKEN=A8DD8DE12AC52B92DC7FDAB1FD500E8A

SEPHARDIC RELIGIOUS SCHOOL Register now for 2018-2019 Sephardic Hebrew Religious School at the SJCC in Mercer Island! Sephardic Religious School 1st day begins on Sunday, September 2, 2018 at 9:45 A.M at the J.C.C. [Grades K - 8]

New Sunday Night 7 PM Series for Men & Women at Yavneh Educational Center June 24 taught by Judy Balint, "Israel Up Close and Personal" www.bcmhseattle.org

Camp Yavneh June 25th - August 17th Registration now open for Camp Yavneh. Staff applications now available at www.campyavnehseattle.com


REBBE’S SICHO FOR SHLACH http://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2507775/jewish/The-28th-of-Sivan-50th-anniversary-of-the-arrival-of-the-Rebbe-to-America-5751-1991.htm © SichosInEnglish.org

It is customary to develop a connection between a positive event and the day on which that event transpired, revealing how the day itself is a “day of merit.”1 This surely applies in regard to the present day, the 28th day of the third month. 28 is numerically equivalent to the word כח†, meaning “strength.” Thus, it contributes a dimension of strength and permanence to the entire day.2 This in turn grants strength to every Jew to carry out his preparations for the ultimate redemption. In particular, this applies in our generation, after the charge of the Previous Rebbe for us to “Stand prepared together” for the coming of the ultimate Redemption. This concept can be connected with Parshas Shelach, the Torah reading of the previous Shabbos, which relates how Moshe sent3 spies “to explore” Eretz Yisrael, and thus allow it to be conquered more easily.

The Hebrew for “to explore,” לתור†, is also significant. The root of the word לתור†is also connected to the word יתרון†, “advantage,” as in the verse “The advantage of the land is in all things ®בכל©Æ”†בכל†refers to the attribute of Yesod which includes within it all the Sefirosabove it. Through descending and enclothing itself in “the land,” which refers to the attribute of Malchus, an advantage is generated for the quality of Yesod. Malchus brings into revelation all qualities. In an ultimate sense, the concept of revelation is associated with permanence, when one is above change. This quality will be realized in the Era of the Redemption which — unlike the redemptions which preceded it — will never be followed by an exile. And thus all the qualities will be revealed in this material world. (This concept is reflected in the similarity between the Hebrew words for redemption, גאולה†and revelation, גילוי†.) Thus, the redemption will be complete. שלימה†, the Hebrew for “complete,” also contains the letters of the name שלמה†, “Shlomo.” King Shlomo is associated with peace as the verse declares, “Shlomo will be his name and I will grant [Israel] peace and tranquility in his days.” Peace is also connected with the concept of redemption as explained by the Mitteler Rebbe in connection with the verse “He redeemed my soul in peace for the many were with me.” The Alter Rebbe recited this verse before he was redeemed, and thus it shares a connection with his personal redemption on Yud-Tes Kislev. Nevertheless, in an ultimate sense, the verse is associated with the future Redemption which will come about as a result of the spreading forth of the wellsprings of Chassidus outward that began with the Alter Rebbe’s redemption. The concept of “the many were with me,” refers to the transformation of this world, which is characterized by multiplicity and division, until it becomes “with me,” i.e., united in the oneness of the Redemption, these manifold qualities become positive influences. The redemption will become a present matter; i.e., it will come immediately, and become manifest in this very place, which has a threefold advantage of being a house of prayer, a house of study, and a house of good deeds. These three activities are associated with the month of Sivan which is characterized by three.4 Sivan is also the month of the giving of the Torah which includes “all the new concepts to be developed by an experienced Torah scholar.” In an expanded sense, this also refers to the new concept developed by a child in the present era when he expresses his hope that Mashiach will come. This will bring about a new expression of G-dly influence, for G-d, motivated by His great love for the Jews — a love that relates to children as reflected in the verse “Israel is a youth and I love him” — will bring about the Redemption in an unlimited manner in this world.

This present place is also a preparation for “the Sanctuary of the L-rd established by Your hands.” Although the place for that Sanctuary will be in Eretz Yisrael, and in Jerusalem, the preparation will be accomplished here, through “the spreading of the wellsprings of Chassidus outward.” May the “spreading,” the “wellsprings,” and “outward” be realized in a full and complete sense. On the surface, the concept of a full and complete sense of “outward” is undesirable for this seems to indicate an existence apart from G-d, as it were. The true sense of outward, however, is to reveal how there is nothing which is apart from G-d, and He is manifest in the furthest removed reaches.5 This relates to the extension of the revelation of Chassidus to the “lower half of the world.” Although the Torah was not given in this portion of the world, it is from here that the spreading forth of Chassidus reached peaks never appreciated beforehand. Although this service was begun in “the upper half of the world,” in Lubavitch and in the other centers in which the Rebbeim lived, it was here, from this building, 770, that the spreading of Chassidus reached its most complete expression. Indeed, the number 7706 is numerically equivalent to the word ®ו©פרצת†, “and you shall spread forth.” From this limited space, Chassidus will spread forth in an unlimited manner, reflecting the prophecy “And Jerusalem will exist without confines.”7 The Previous Rebbe caused that the first revelation of “the Sanctuary of the L-rd established by Your hands,” will be here in 770, the place where he spent the last ten years of his life. This revelation will encompass the entire building from its lowest levels until its roof on which Mashiach will stand and announce, “Humble ones, the time for your redemption has come.” And from this state, we will proceed, together with the entire Jewish people,8 taken by “the clouds of the heavens,” to Eretz Yisrael, and to the Beis HaMikdash. May this be in the immediate future mamash.9 This will be hastened by our gifts to tzedakah, and for that purpose, money will be distributed at the conclusion of this gathering. May this “bring near the redemption,” and may it be in the immediate future. 2. As mentioned previously, today is the 28th, the כח†of the month of Sivan. This date leads to the 29th of Sivan which is the day proceeding Rosh Chodesh. This shares a connection to the Jewish people for “the Jews resemble the moon and establish their calendar according to the moon.” Rosh Chodesh involves a concealment of the moon. This, however, leads to a union between the sun and the moon, a union which is representative of the union between G-d and the Jewish people. There is no separation in this unity; on the contrary, it is a complete bond, “they shall be as one flesh.”

This union also produces offspring and “the essential offspring of the righteous are their good deeds.” This adds perfection to the good deeds performed by each and every member of the Jewish people and reveals how the Jews become G-d’s partner in the work of creation. As it were, G-d cannot achieve this by Himself, and He needs the help of the Jews. And the Jews’ consent to accept this partnership causes Him to announce, “The time for your redemption has come.” As mentioned, the Hebrew for “redemption,” גאולה†, resembles the Hebrew for “revelation,” גילוי†. Through the transformation of exile (גולה†) into redemption (גאולה†), the Alef, G-d (Alufo shel olam), “the L-rd of the world,” is revealed. This will also be accompanied by a revelation of Pnimiyus HaTorah (Torah’s mystic dimension) as implied by the verse “He will kiss me with the kisses of His mouth.” All the revelations of Pnimiyus HaTorah we have been granted are merely a foretaste of the revelations of the Era of the Redemption. Pnimiyus HaTorah is connected with the hidden dimensions of the Torah which are related to the hidden dimensions of G-d and the hidden dimensions of the Jewish people. Then will be revealed the yechidah, the essence of the Jewish soul, the dimension of Mashiachpossessed by every Jew. This is enhanced by the gathering together of many Jews in a house of good deeds, a house of prayer, and a house of study. And from this house will begin the revelation of G-d’s dwelling in the lower worlds and we will proceed to greet Mashiach and receive “the new [dimension of the] Torah which will emerge from Me.”

 

 

Parshas Beha’aloscha | 18-25 Sivan , 5778

EREV SHABBOS  JUNE 1st  
Shacharis 7 am
Candles/Mincha/Maariv 8:41 pm

SHABBOS SAT JUNE 2nd 
Shacharis: 9:30 am /Sof Zman Krias Shema 9:11 am/
Mincha 8:41 pm /followed by Seuda Slishit / PIRKEI AVOT CHAPTER 2
Maariv/Havdalah 10:01 pm  

Weekday Services 
Sun 9 am
Mon - Fri Shacharis 7 am
Mon -Thu Mincha 8:30 pm, followed immediately by Maariv /SUMMER SCHEDULE

SHABBOS KIDDUSH AND SEUDA SLISHIT.  
Kiddush Lite. Yitchok Rothman is contributing to the Kiddush in honor and in memory of the 6th Yahrzeit of Norman Manaster (  Naftali Michel Ben Baruch zt’l, 18th Sivan).  May his memory be for a blessing. Rabbi Alter and Debbie Levitin are sponsoring the delicious meat cholent, 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 65thStreet 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–18 SIVAN –  FRI JUNE 1st   6 PM
Erev-Shabbos Farbrengen in front of the CSTL Men’s Mikvah, in honor of end of the Spanish Inquisition, Sivan 18th 5727 (1967). On this date, the Spanish cabinet approved a bill which granted religious freedom to Spain's Jews as well as other religious minorities. Since 1492 it had been officially forbidden to practice Judaism in Spain -- though this law had not been enforced for many years before its official abolishment.. 
www.chabad.org/calendar.

One People One Heart Sunday, June 10, 7 pm
Chabad centers of Washington invite you to an evening of unity and inspiration. Keynoter: bestselling author Dr. Joseph Telushkin. Also featuring author Paula Begoun, Seattle Hebrew Academy Head of School Rivy Poupko Kletenik, Island Synagogue Rabbi Yechezkel Kornfeld, and radio host Michael Medved., at The Westin Seattle, 1900 5th Ave., downtown.

B’Yom Ashtei-Asar Yom with Rabbi Mendy Levitin – 8:00 PM SHABBOS AFTERNOON
Rabbi Mendy Levitin will introduce you to one of the most fundamental works of the Rebbe. The Chasidus Discourse b’Yom Ashtei-Asar Yom is based on the idea of Ana nasiv malka — “I will choose the king.” - Stepping Above Self by Looking Beyond the Big Picture”.  The discourse was originally delivered by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson 11 Nissan, 5731 (1971). For Men and Women. 

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

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

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

Weekly Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin – Every Sunday 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

MAKEUP & MIMOSAS – LADIES NIGHT OUT JUNE 17th 7:30 PM
Hosted by Chanie Meyer.RSVP to Marave:  
MHerbstman@gmail.com .

REGISTER NOW FOR CAMP GAN YISROEL 5778
Campers ages 1½ to 12 are excited about Gan Izzy 2018, especially since we’ve added a sixth week! For six fabulous weeks, your child can enjoy everything summer has to offer: swimming, crafts, sports, days at the beach, excursions to museums, roller skating, berry picking, and more, all in a loving, safe, Jewish environment. What could be better?! Campers from a wide range of backgrounds are welcomed, and given lots of love and attention from our enthusiastic group of specially recruited and trained counselors—some of whom are CGIS alumni themselves.  Fun that lasts a summer...memories that last a lifetime! Register now for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and/or 6 weeks at
http://www.campganisraelseattle.org/

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE
If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact Marion KitzGabbai 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

Seattle Mikvah Association Event Tue June 5th 7:45 pm
Topic: "Understanding You: Balancing Love & Intimacy In a Busy Life". Gevura Davis, Mikvah USA speaker will be the guest speaker. At the home of Jenny Assouline, 5151 55th AVE S, Sea. 

EZRA BESSAROTH WOMEN’S AUXILIARY BOREKA BAKE SALE JUNE 10th 9:30 AM – 2 PM
At Ezra Bessaroth.  A wonderful Sephardic breakfast and bake sale! Your chance to buy Borekas, Bolemas, Biscochos, Pastelas and more!
www.ezrabessaroth.net

NYHS Class of 2018 Graduation, June 10th 4 pm 
At Sephardic Bikur Cholim. Celebrate with the Class of 2018

Girls SEED Summer Camp, June 25-July 20 at the Kollel
Boys SEED Summer Camp, June 26-August 8, at the Kollel
More info & to register: 
www.seattlekollel.com/camp-seed

Cardozo Society L'Dor V'Dor Thursday, June 7, 6 pm
Join in honoring Washington Supreme Court Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud with the Cardozo Society's 2018 L'Dor V'Dor Award., at Foster Pepper, 1111 3rd Ave., #3000, Seattle.

Ashkenazi Jewish Genetic Diseases Sunday, June 10, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Join with Hadassah to learn about genetic conditions among Ashkenazim. With Gary Frohlich of Sanofi Genzyme., at Talaris Conference Center, 4000 NE 41st St., Seattle.. Kosher Lunch Buffet by Island Crust .**Doors open for check-in at 11am. Limited Seating, RSVP Early!
https://secure2.convio.net/wzoa/site/Ticketing;jsessionid=00000000.app260a?view=Tickets&id=103953&NONCE_TOKEN=A8DD8DE12AC52B92DC7FDAB1FD500E8A

SEPHARDIC RELIGIOUS SCHOOL
Register now for 2018-2019 Sephardic Hebrew Religious School at the SJCC in Mercer Island!  Sephardic Religious School 1st day begins on Sunday, September 2, 2018 at 9:45 A.M at the J.C.C. [Grades K - 8]

New Sunday Night 7 PM Series for Men & Women at Yavneh Educational Center
June 3, taught by Marlene Kaplan, "Conversational Street Hebrew for Beginners Part 1"
June 24 taught by Judy Balint, "Israel Up Close and Personal"
www.bcmhseattle.org

Camp Yavneh June 25th - August 17th 
Registration now open for Camp Yavneh. Staff applications now available at
www.campyavnehseattle.com   


REBBE’S SICHO FOR BEHA'ALOSCHA
http://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2507773/jewish/Shabbos-Parshas-Behaaloscha-19th-Day-of-Sivan-5751-1991.htm © SichosInEnglish.org

Now is a time when we must light up the candles of the Jewish people in this era of exile. The cumulative legacy of all the positive activity of the previous generations is granted us, and now, all that is necessary is to kindle the flame, and make sure that it “rises up on its own accord.” Although our generation is on a lower level than the previous ones, being compared to the heel in relation to the entire body, it is our generation that has the potential to elevate the service of all the previous generations. We will be the last generation of exile, and the first generation of the Redemption, and in this way, bring redemption to all the Jews of the previous generations.

This is particularly relevant after the Previous Rebbe’s example of emulating the conduct of Aharon the Priest, “loving the creations and drawing them close to the Torah.” Through his activities, the wellsprings of Yiddishkeit and Chassidus were spread to those on the furthest peripheries of Jewish involvement.

These activities were specifically directed to hastening the coming of the ultimate redemption as the Previous Rebbe proclaimed, “Im­mediately let us turn to G‑d in teshuvah, and immediately we will be redeemed.” He also stated that all that is left is to “polish the buttons” before Mashiach’s coming. That service has already been completed.. And now all we must do is “stand prepared to” greet Mashiach and to proceed “with our youth and our elders, our sons and our daughters” to Eretz Yisrael, to Jerusalem, and to the Beis HaMikdash.

4. This evening, the annual Melaveh Malkah on behalf of Colel Chabad is being held. Accordingly, we can assume that there is a point of connection between the portion of the Torah read this Shabbos and Colel Chabad.

This Torah reading describes the Menorah kindled in the Sanctuary. As mentioned in the Haftorah, that Menorah serves as a symbol for the entire Jewish people, because each Jew is candle which has the potential to illuminate the world with “the light of Torah and the candle of mitzvah.”

The Menorah contained seven branches, and yet it was made of a single block of gold. These are also symbolic factors. There are seven fundamental categories of service among the Jewish people, reflecting the seven emotional qualities (middos) attributed to G‑d. Each category of Jews reflects and reveals a different G‑dly quality. The division into these seven qualities does not, however, create separation among our people. On the contrary, there is a unique oneness which pervades and permeates our people as a whole, for we all share a single essence.

The oneness of the Menorah is also reflected in the fact that the six outer lights were pointed to the central shaft of the Menorah. In the allegory, this implies that the service of these seven different categories will be permeated by a single fundamental commitment to carry out G‑d’s inner will..

In an individual way, these concepts are also reflected in the spiritual service of each person, for each of us possess these seven qualities. They must be illuminated by the light of the essence of the soul, and in this manner, fused into a single and all-inclusive commitment to His service.

These concepts are reflected in Colel Chabad. Chabad is an acronym representing the intellectual qualities of ChochmahBinah, and Daas which are the source for the seven emotional categories mentioned above. The name Colel which means “general quality,” refers to the unification of these seven qualities and their fusion into a single whole.

In a very real way, this describes the activities of Colel Chabad, for it is an organization which offers assistance to all Jews without distinction: material assistance, providing thou­sands with food, clothing, and other necessities, and spiritual assistance, spreading the awareness of Judaism among our people. These activities are dedicated to establishing unity and oneness among our people. In a very simple sense, when Jews see the care and attention their brethren show to them, their feelings of oneness will be aroused.

This emphasis on unity has been generated by the Rebbeim who all, beginning from the Alter Rebbe, have devoted great energies to activity on behalf of Colel Chabad. To express the concept within the context of the allegory of the Menorah mentioned above, the involvement of the Rebbeim has pointed all the seven lights, i.e., all the different forms of activity, to the central shaft of the Menorah, to a single unified commitment to G‑d’s will.

May all those who support the work of the Colel, both financially and with their efforts, realize that they are also a Colel, i.e., they do not live for themselves and they share a connection with others. And may this expression of unity — particularly as associated with tzedakah for tzedakah brings close the redemption — lead to the ultimate expression of unity which will be experienced in the Era of Redemption. May it be in the immediate future.

5. The following remarks were made by the Lubavitcher Rebbe Shlita during the farbrengen of Shabbos Parshas Behaaloscha. The Rebbe made these statements within the discussion of a subject of greater scope. Because of their relevance, we have published them under an independent heading. Nevertheless, they do not represent a complete treatment of the issues discussed and must be considered within the context of the Rebbe Shlita’s previous statements on these issues.

The day following the present Shabbos is the 20th of Sivan, a day which was established as a day of fasting because of the pogroms which took place in Poland.11

Polin as that country is called in Yiddish can be broken up into two Hebrew words Po lin,meaning “Here, we will spend the night;” i.e., it served as a haven for the Jews in the night of exile.12 This expression contains two implications:

a) that one’s stay will only be temporary. Ultimately, the Jews will leave exile, and in the era of the Redemption, come to their true place in Eretz Yisrael.

b) that during the interim while the Jews are in exile, they will be able to “spend the night” in peace and tranquility.

For many generations, this was realized in Poland. The Polish noblemen raised the Jews to prominent positions, entrusting their finances to them. The Jews, in turn, used this prosperity to bring about an increase in the service of Torah and mitzvos.

(These noblemen would call their Jewish overseers Moishkeh, a derivative of the name Moshe. This reflected a deep spiritual concept, that every Jew possesses a spark of Moshe our teacher in his soul.)

This teaches us lessons in regard to the exile as a whole:

a) that exile is associated with night - darkness and concealment. It is only a temporary state leading to the era of the Redemption.

b) that the Jews should use the prosperity offered by the exile to advance in the service of G‑d.13

Also, there is a particular lesson in regard to Poland. There is a need to provide Rabbis and community leaders who will motivate the Jews living there to turn to G‑d in Teshuvah.

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