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Shabbos Miketz – Rosh Chodesh Teves | 29 Kislev – 6 Teves 5780

EREV SHABBOS FRI DEC 27th /5 CHANUKAH
Shacharis 7:00 am
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  4:05 PM /Light 6 Chanukah Candles before Shabbos Candles

SHABBOS SAT DEC 28th /6 CHANUKAH AND ROSH CHODESH TEVES
Shacharis: 9 am /Sof Zman Krias Shema 10:01 am
Shabbos Mincha 4:05 pm
Maariv/Havdalah 5:12 pm /followed by an inspiring Living Torah video.

WEEKDAY
Sun Shacharis  9:00 am  /7 CHANUKAH AND ROSH CHODESH TEVES
Mon-Shacharis 7:00 am /8 CHANUKAH FULL HALLEL AND TORAH READING/ “AL haNISIM”  IN AMIDAH
Tue – Fri Shacharis 7:00 am
Sun-Thu Mincha 4:10 pm /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV/

SPECIAL KIDDUSH WITH CHICKEN FINGERS
Thank you to Kiddush sponsors Paul and Tamar Azous in honor of Chanukah! Thank you to Kiddush sponsors Yussi and Rochel Greenberg in honor of the Yahrzeit (30th Kislev) of his father, Yitzchak Pesach ben Avrohom Shimon ZT”L.  Thank you to kiddush sponsors Dr. Shimon and Jessica Rudnick in honor of the Yahrzeit of his father Yisroel ben Shmuel ZT”L . Thank you to Kiddush sponsors to welcome back the Weichbrodts: .Rabbi and Mrs. Chani Levitin, Yitzchak and Liz Rothman, Rabbi Mendy and Leahle Levitin, Shimon and Tova Cox, and Rabbi Avi and Marave Herbstman. We will also have a delicious meat cholent, by Rabbi Mendy Levitin sponsored by Rabbi and Mrs. Mendy Levitin bezchuz for their son Shmuli who is home from Yeshiva.

WELCOME HOME TO THE WEICHBRODT FAMILY
It is wonderful to have you back!  Tizku L’Mitzvot!

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

AVOS u’BONIM MOTZEI SHABBOS SAT DEC 28th /NOT THIS WEEK.  RESUMES NEXT WEEK
Inspiring programs for fathers and children.  Living Torah Video, Raffle, Prizes, Delicious Refreshments, Grand Prize Raffle.  All ages welcome! Sponsorships available – Contact 
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com Thank you to our generous sponsors

JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE LADIES DANCE NIGHTS
Jan 5th – Jazz – 7:45 to 8:45 pm
Jan 19th – Contemporary – 6 to 7 pm /Mother/Bubbie/Daughter/Cousin
Feb 23rd – Cardio 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Mar 8th – Hip Hop – 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Mar 22nd – Cardio 7:45 – 8:45 pm
All five for $75 or $20 each. 
https://tinyurl.com/cstlWomensEvent mherbstman@gmail.com
At All that Dance Studio, 3012 NE Blakely Street.

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY – 8:15 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. This week we will be learning the  mystical meaning of the verse 41:21 וַתָּבֹ֣אנָה אֶל־קִרְבֶּ֗נָה וְלֹ֤א נוֹדַע֙ כִּי־בָ֣אוּ אֶל־קִרְבֶּ֔נָה  “And when they had eaten them up, it could not be known that they had eaten them; but they were still ill-favoured as at the beginning. So I awoke..”- How do we apply this in our Avodah/Service to Hasham.

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 3:20 PM
This week featuring inspiring words of Torah in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. We will be learning a Sicho on Parshat Miketz and Chanukah.

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

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

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

WOMEN’S MONDAY EVENING LEARNING  8 PM
Weekly learning class for women with Rabbi Emlen  This class is dedicated to the speedy recovery/refuah shlaimah of Sarah Goldberg      Chaya Sarah Malkah bas Brochoh Leah Chavah. This fast paced class is based on the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s, OBM, Sichos.   All levels of knowledge are welcome! Asking questions is not only allowed, it is encouraged!    At the home of the Kavkas  4002 NE 72nd St Seattle. Light refreshments are served

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

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS

SHIUR FOR WOMEN "Who is Yavan?", SUN DEC 29th 8 PM
At the Kollel 
https://www.seattlekollel.com/women-s-rosh-chodesh-event 

SEATTLE COMMUNITY SECURITY – EIGHT WEDNESDAYS 7 -10 PM
Next course begins Jan 15th.  Contact 
Elisabeth.rosenthal@gmail.com

Be a Part of Project TEN – APPLICATION DEADLINE FRI DEC 27th
This year, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, Hillel UW, and Project TEN want to send you to Oaxaca, Mexico for spring break, March 21-29, 2020. Project TEN is an international tikkun olam program that brings together Jewish young adults in a program combining volunteer work in local communities with service learning in international development, culture, identity, and Jewish activism. 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

YOU AND I SEMINAR WITH RABBI ILAN FELDMAN JAN 5th 6th and 7th
Co-sponsored by BCMH and Ashreichem Yisroel.  A powerful and transformative 18 hour seminar.  For more information visit 
www.youandi.world/register  or call 206-377-9555.

BUKHARIAN JEWS: A SEPHARDIC STORY - THU JAN 16 AT 6:30PM
Renowned expert on Sephardic communities, Ruben Shimonov will provide an interactive presentation on the story of the native Jews of Central Asia—Bukharian Jews. This unique community is situated at the fascinating, yet lesser known, intersection of Sephardic, Mizrahi, and Russian-speaking Jewish life. This interactive talk will provide a unique opportunity to explore the rich and dynamic experiences of the millennia-old Bukharian Jewish community—as well as how their journey fits into the broader saga of the Jewish People. Refreshments will be served. At Ezra Bessaroth

BCMH MEN'S CLUB EVENT SUN JAN 26th 7 PM
Men of the community are invited for an evening of Sushi, Micro Brews, Snacks & Games. Yavneh Building upstairs Lounge. Cost: $15 per person. 
https://bcmhseattle.org/event/mens-club-jan-2020/

Reset & Refresh STARTS IN JAN
Reset & Refresh is for young adult couples to engage in community building around Jewish values through shared learning about Shabbat. The series is a fulfilling exploration into new and traditional byways of Jewish life. 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

SEPHARDIC LEARNING KITCHEN ON SUN FEB 2 - BOREKAS!
The Ezra Bessaroth Ladies Auxiliary will share the art of baking the perfect boreka. Sunday, February 2nd at 11am. Attendance is limited to 30 participants and this event will sell out. Cost is $20.00 and RSVP is a must. Reserve your spot by calling the office at 206-722-5500 or go to 
www.ezrabessaroth.net  What you bake you take.

Derech Emunah Winter Garden Party Sunday, FEB 9th
https://www.Derechemunah.com/GP  or (206) 402-6621

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

Teen Israel Scholarship – APPLICATION DEADLINE JAN 13th
A journey to Israel will be a life-changing experience for your teen. Visiting our Jewish homeland will strengthen your teen's Jewish identity and foster a deep and lasting connection with Israel. 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

LIMMUD SEATTLE –JAN 18th – 19th 2019.
At Bellevue College.  
www.limmudseattle.org 

Connections 2020 SUN JAN 26th 11 AM – 1 PM
The largest philanthropic gathering of Jewish women in the Northwest. Featuring guest speaker Alana Newhouse, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Tablet magazine and editor of the 2019 book The 100 Most Jewish Foods. Co-chairs Shelley Bensussen and Barrie Galanti. Honoring Naomi Newman with the Althea Stroum Woman of Distinction Award.  AtThe Westin Seattle – Downtown 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

ANTISEMITISM PANEL DISCUSSION AT OHR CHADASH SAT FEB 1st 7:30 PM
Shootings in  Jersey City, Pittsburgh & Poway, guards outside our schools & synagogues, hate flyers on local sanctuaries, increased drills. What are our children thinking? How can we help them navigate this new reality? A panel discussion co-sponsored by Congregation Ezra Bessaroth and others. 
www.minyanohrchadash.org

Holocaust Center Trip: 'Poland Through the Eyes of Children  July 4-11
The Holocaust Center for Humanity will lead an educational trip, "Poland Through the Eyes of Children," a trip about connecting to history and people, and understanding that each person has the power to make a difference. The tripwill be led by Center Education Director Ilana Cone Kennedy. Application Deadline: Saturday, February 1, 2020 
https://holocaustcenterseattle.org/programs-events/508-poland-2020

Applications for 2020 Camp Scholarships DEADLINE MAR 2nd
The Federation’s need-based camp scholarships program helps Washington State families with the cost of Jewish overnight camp tuition. By providing you with a variety of funding options, our goal is to ensure that you receive the assistance you need so that your child/children can participate in a Jewish overnight camp experience. To be eligible for a need-based camp scholarship, you must be a Washington State resident and be signed up with a traditional Jewish camp in the U.S. or Canada. 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

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

AIRPORT , LOCAL TRIPS, AND KOSHER RESTAURANT DELIVERY! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER
NOW PROVIDING MOVING AND VAN SERVICE (UP TO 12 PEOPLE) NOW PROVIDING TOURS OF SEATTLE! Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 
JRideSeattle@gmail.com 
JRide is now serving New York City  locals and tourists! Car seats available upon request. Contact JRide at 206-771-2670 or 
jridenewyork@gmail.com


REBBE’S SICHO – MEKEITZ
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/92019/jewish/Mikeitz-Pharaohs-Dreams-and-Yosefs-Interpretation.htm © SichosInEnglish.org

The Torah portion of Mikeitz begins by relating Pharaoh’s dream, and the fact that the wise men could not provide a satisfactory interpretation. Yosef was then called for and he interpreted the dreams to Pharaoh’s satisfaction.

The commentators ask a number of questions regarding Yosef’s interpretation. The thought that seven handsome healthy-looking cows and seven fat, good ears of grain were symbolic of seven years of plenty, while seven emaciated, bad cows and seven shriveled ears of grain were symbolic of seven years of famine seems obvious.1

Handsome, healthy-looking cows are a direct result of a plenitude of grass and grain — a clear symbol of a time of plenty. And surely this is so with regard to fat ears of grain. Conversely, emaciated cows denote a lack of food, and shriveled ears of grain indicate a lack of water.

Moreover, Pharaoh saw in his dream that the cows emerged from the Nile, the annual flooding of which provided Egypt with vitally needed water for irrigation and growth. Since the healthy cows and grain appeared first, it is understandable that a period of plenty would precede a time of famine. Furthermore, since the cows and grain were seven in number, it clearly indicated seven seasons of growth.

Why did the wise men of Egypt fail to understand something that was so self-evident? What got Pharaoh so excited about Yosef’s wisdom that he appointed him viceroy?

Yet another question: As soon as Yosef interpreted the dreams, he immediately went on to say:2 “And now, Pharaoh must seek out a man with insight and wisdom and place him in charge of Egypt.” Why did Yosef see fit to go on and give advice? Pharaoh had only asked him to interpret the dreams, not to advise him on affairs of state.3

The difficulty in interpreting the dreams resulted from the fact that the “other seven, ugly lean cows emerged from the Nile, and stood next to the cows already on the river bank. ”4 If the seven emaciated cows symbolized seven years of famine following seven years of plenty, why were both sets of cows standing together on the river bank?

The Egyptian wise men therefore came up with various interpretations implying that feast and famine would take place at the same time.

Yosef’s approach, however, was different. He correctly interpreted the dream to mean that seven good years would be followed by seven years of famine. In answer to the obvious question of why the cows were standing together, Yosef replied that this meant someone should be appointed over Egypt to ensure that the grain from the seven bountiful years would be stored for the coming years of famine, for in this way the cows could stand “together” in the following manner:

When steps are taken at the beginning of the seven years of plenty to insure that there will be food for the seven years of famine, then the two periods — the two sets of cows — come together. Conversely, during the seven years of hunger, the seven years of plenty are profoundly felt, for the food eaten during these latter years comes from the first seven years.

This is why Pharaoh was so taken by Yosef’s reply; it wasn’t so much Yosef’s ability to interpret the dreams as his ability to account for the juxtaposition of the seven fat and emaciated cows.

On a more spiritual level, Pharaoh’s dreams and Yosef’s interpretation thereof served as the precursor to the Jewish people’s descent into exile, for it was Yosef’s leadership (which resulted from his interpretation) that brought about the circumstances which caused Ya’akov and his family to descend to Egypt. Thus, Pharaoh’s dreams and their interpretation also serve as a parable to exile.

During a dream, it is possible for opposites to unite. Exile is therefore likened to a dream, for during the time of exile, “good cows” (the desire to be good and holy) and “emaciated cows” (the desire to act in an untoward manner) can reside in an individual at almost the same time.

By putting aside provisions during the times of spiritual good, spiritual famine is averted, and Jews are constantly blessed with all manner of good.

Based on Likkutei Sichos, Vol. XV, pp. 339-346

Shabbos Vayeshev Mevarchim Teves | 22-29 Kislev 5780

EREV SHABBOS FRI DEC 20th
Shacharis 7 AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  4:01 PM

SHABBOS SAT DEC 21st
Tehilim for Mevarchim Teves 7:45 AM
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 10:01 AM
Shabbos Mincha 4:01 PM
Maariv/Havdalah 5:06 PM followed by inspirational JEM videos

WEEKDAY /CHANUKAH SERVICES
Sun Shacharis  9 AM
Mon- Fri Shacharis 7 AM /FULL HALLEL AND TORAH READING/ “AL haNISIM”  IN AMIDAH
Sun-Thu Mincha 4:10 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY  HANUKAH CANDLES ANDMAARIV/

SPECIAL KIDDUSH WITH ROLLS AND SALADS
Thank you to Kiddush sponsors Yussi and Rochel Greenberg in memory of his father, Yitzchak  Pesach ben Avrohom Shimon z"l and Shmuel and Amiee Kotliar,  in memory of his mother, Shaina bat Shmuel Mordechai z"l.  We will also have a delicious meat cholent ,made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin.

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

AVOS u’BONIM MOTZEI SHABBOS SAT DEC 21st 
Inspiring programs for fathers and children.  Living Torah Video, Raffle, Prizes, Delicious Refreshments, Grand Prize Raffle.  All ages welcome! Sponsorships available – Contact 
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com Thank you to our generous sponsors: James Packman ,Shuky and Chani Meyer, and Anonymous

CHABAD PUBLIC FESTIVE MENORAH LIGHTINGS
Sun Dec 22nd 5 PM – 6 PM at corner of Queen Anne Ave and Crockett St.
Sun Dec 22nd 4PM – 7 PM at Shoreline City Hall , 17500 Midvale Ave N. 
Sun Dec 22nd 5PM – 6 PM, at Bergen Place Park, 5420 22nd Ave NW (Ballard)
Sun Dec 22nd 5PM – 6 PM at Volunteer Park, Capital Hill
Sun Dec 22nd 5PM – 6 PM at Westlake Park, Downtown Seattle
Sun Dec 22nd 5PM – 6 PM at Mercerdale Park, Mercer Island
Sun Dec 22nd 5 PM – 6 PM at Redmond Town Center, Redmond
Mon Dec 23rd 5 PM – 6 PM at Downtown Bellevue Park, Bellevue

CHANUKAH ON ICE – WED DEC 25th 2:45 PM
At Highland Ice Arena, 18005 Aurora Ave N. .  Free Admission. Skate rental available for $4. Sponsored by a generous donation to the CSTL Children’s Program.  RSVP and More info 
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY – 8:15 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. This week we will be learning about שִׁ֗יר הַֽמַּֽ֫עֲל֥וֹת בְּשׁ֣וּב יְ֖הֹוָה אֶת־שִׁיבַ֣ת צִיּ֑וֹן הָ֜יִ֗ינוּ כְּחֹֽלְמִֽים “A song of ascents. When the Lord returns the returnees to Zion, we shall be like dreamers.” A dreams power to combine the seaming contradictions in our life between the spiritual and the material… 

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 3:20 PM
This week featuring inspiring words of Torah in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. We will be learning a Sicho on Parshat Vayeishev and Chanukah.

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

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

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

WOMEN’S MONDAY EVENING LEARNING  8 PM
Weekly learning class for women with Rabbi Emlen  This class is dedicated to the speedy recovery/refuah shlaimah of Sarah Goldberg      Chaya Sarah Malkah bas Brochoh Leah Chavah. This fast paced class is based on the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s, OBM, Sichos.   All levels of knowledge are welcome! Asking questions is not only allowed, it is encouraged!    At the home of the Kavkas  4002 NE 72nd St Seattle. Light refreshments are served

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

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS

SEATTLE COMMUNITY SECURITY – EIGHT WEDNESDAYS 7 -10 PM
Next course begins Jan 15th.  Contact 
Elisabeth.rosenthal@gmail.com

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

Sunday Women’s Shiur: Getting in Touch with Our Tefillah SUN 10:20 AM AT BCMH.
With Rabbi Tannenbaum.  For a video of last week’s shiur:   
https://vimeo.com/370771561

SHABBAT DINNER HONORING RABBI & MRS BENZAQUEN ON GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY - FRI DEC 20th
Join us for a very special Shabbat dinner at Ezra Bessaroth as we honor our beloved Rabbi Simon & CecIlia Benzaquen on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary. Friday, December 20, services at 4pm, dinner at 5pm,Cost is $30/person, $75/family. 3 and under, free. This event will sell out so reserve your spot today. 
www.EzraBessaroth.net

CHANUKAH BEGINS SUN EVE DEC 22nd
Seattle Chanukah Events Calendar 
https://www.jewishinseattle.org/chanukah-2019/

ANNUAL MERCAZ CHANUKAH PARTY – SUN DEC 22nd 5:30 – 8 PM
At Mercaz, 6011A 37th Ave NE.  
www.MercazSeattle.org

Be a Part of Project TEN – APPLICATION DEADLINE FRI DEC 27th
This year, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, Hillel UW, and Project TEN want to send you to Oaxaca, Mexico for spring break, March 21-29, 2020. Project TEN is an international tikkun olam program that brings together Jewish young adults in a program combining volunteer work in local communities with service learning in international development, culture, identity, and Jewish activism. 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

19ый Ежегодный Ханукальный Вечер -MON DEC 23rd  4 – 9 PM
Chabad Jewish Russian Center 1114 NE Perkins Way, Shoreline WA 98155 . Hot Donuts, Latkes, Lechaim. RSVP 
rabbi@shalomseattle.org

Fire & Ice Chanukah Soiree Monday, DEC 23rd 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Hosted by CYP Seattle & Chabad of Downtown at Premiere on Pine, 1525 9th Ave,Seattle

Reset & Refresh STARTS IN JAN
Reset & Refresh is for young adult couples to engage in community building around Jewish values through shared learning about Shabbat. The series is a fulfilling exploration into new and traditional byways of Jewish life. 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

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

Teen Israel Scholarship – APPLICATION DEADLINE JAN 13th
A journey to Israel will be a life-changing experience for your teen. Visiting our Jewish homeland will strengthen your teen's Jewish identity and foster a deep and lasting connection with Israel. 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

LIMMUD SEATTLE –JAN 18th – 19th 2019.
At Bellevue College.  
www.limmudseattle.org 

Connections 2020 SUN JAN 26th 11 AM – 1 PM
The largest philanthropic gathering of Jewish women in the Northwest. Featuring guest speaker Alana Newhouse, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Tablet magazine and editor of the 2019 book The 100 Most Jewish Foods. Co-chairs Shelley Bensussen and Barrie Galanti. Honoring Naomi Newman with the Althea Stroum Woman of Distinction Award.  AtThe Westin Seattle – Downtown 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

ANTISEMITISM PANEL DISCUSSION AT OHR CHADASH SAT FEB 1st 7:30 PM
Shootings in  Jersey City, Pittsburgh & Poway, guards outside our schools & synagogues, hate flyers on local sanctuaries, increased drills. What are our children thinking? How can we help them navigate this new reality? A panel discussion co-sponsored by Congregation Ezra Bessaroth and others. 
www.minyanohrchadash.org

Holocaust Center Trip: 'Poland Through the Eyes of Children  July 4-11
The Holocaust Center for Humanity will lead an educational trip, "Poland Through the Eyes of Children," a trip about connecting to history and people, and understanding that each person has the power to make a difference. The tripwill be led by Center Education Director Ilana Cone Kennedy. Application Deadline: Saturday, February 1, 2020 
https://holocaustcenterseattle.org/programs-events/508-poland-2020

Applications for 2020 Camp Scholarships DEADLINE MAR 2nd
The Federation’s need-based camp scholarships program helps Washington State families with the cost of Jewish overnight camp tuition. By providing you with a variety of funding options, our goal is to ensure that you receive the assistance you need so that your child/children can participate in a Jewish overnight camp experience. To be eligible for a need-based camp scholarship, you must be a Washington State resident and be signed up with a traditional Jewish camp in the U.S. or Canada. 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

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

AIRPORT , LOCAL TRIPS, AND KOSHER RESTAURANT DELIVERY! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER
NOW PROVIDING MOVING AND VAN SERVICE (UP TO 12 PEOPLE) NOW PROVIDING TOURS OF SEATTLE! Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 
RideSeattle@gmail.com 
JRide is now serving New York City  locals and tourists! Car seats available upon request. Contact JRide at 206-771-2670 or 
jridenewyork@gmail.com


REBBE’S SICHO – VAYEISHEV
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/92018/jewish/Vayeishiv-Binding-Bundles.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

At the beginning of the Torah portion Vayeishev, we are told that, in relating the beginning of his dream to his brothers, Yosef said:1 “We were binding sheaves in the field.” Rashi explains the words “binding sheaves” according to the Targum — that the phrase means “binding bundles, i.e., sheaves of grain.”

In terms of our spiritual service, the verse and Rashi’ s comment imply2 that the spiritual service of “binding sheaves” involves gathering disparate sparks of holiness and uniting them, just as separate stalks of grain are brought together and bound into a bundle.

This manner of service also applies to each individual’s soul; he is to gather the disparate elements of his personality and unite them with the Divine.

Herein lies the lesson of Yosef’s dream: in addition to tying together and elevating the holy sparks found within each of us and uniting them through the service of Torah and mitzvos , we must also “go out in the field” and occupy ourselves in uniting the elements of holiness scattered throughout the world.

We do so in order to bring others back to G‑d and the observance of Torah and mitzvos , and to the light of Torah3 — its inner dimension4 — the “Tree of Life.”5

Rashi elaborates on this theme when he explains that “tying sheaves” means “binding bundles,” i.e., that the purification and elevation of the sparks of holiness is to be done in a way that binds them permanently to their source, similar to something that is tied and bound. This will guarantee that the binder will have a lasting effect on the one who is bound, so much so that all the ill winds in the world will be unable to sever his bond with G‑d and Torah.

Rashi then goes on to explain that, in order for this to be accomplished, we must learn a lesson from “sheaves of grain. ” Just as kernels of grain yield future crops, so too, when one betters another, it is to be done in a manner such that the beneficiary will in turn have a positive impact on others.

Shabbos is connected to the previous days of the week, for “He who toils before Shabbos gets to eat on Shabbos.”6 Similarly, Shabbos is linked to the days that follow it, for “Shabbos is the day from whence all the coming days of the week are blessed.”7 Shabbos is thus a day that unites the days before it with the days that follow it.

During many years (and this year as well), the Shabbos of the portion Vayeishev falls between the festival of the Alter Rebbe’s liberation on the 19th of Kislev and the days of Chanukah. Since the Torah portions are related to the time during which they are read,8 it follows that the above-mentioned lesson applies equally to the festival of the 19th of Kislev and to the festival of Chanukah.

One of the pillars of the Alter Rebbe’s service was getting Jews to return to Judaism.9 In fact, the Alter Rebbe related that, upon hearing a particular Torah message from his teacher the Maggid of Mezritch, he decided that it was incumbent on himself to draw all Jews closer to Judaism. He thereafter spent five years traveling from place to place in order to bring Jews on the “outside” closer to Torah and mitzvos.10 Moreover, it was after the festival of the 19th of Kislev that there began11 the service of “spreading the wellsprings outside. ”

The Chanukah lights are to be lit as well in the entrance of one’s home. For they also serve to illuminate and purify the “outside,” bringing it back into the domain of holiness.

Based on Likkutei Sichos, Vol. X, p. 115-121

Shabbos Vayishlach | 15-22 Kislev 5780

EREV SHABBOS FRI DEC 13th
Shacharis 7 AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  3:59 PM

SHABBOS SAT DEC 14th
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 9:56 AM
Shabbos Mincha 3:59 PM
Maariv/Havdalah 5:03 PM followed by inspirational JEM videos

WEEKDAY SERVICES
Sun Shacharis  9 AM
Mon- Fri Shacharis 7 AM
Sun-Thu Mincha 4:10 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV/

SPECIAL BRIS SEUDAS MITZVAH KIDDUSH LUNCH
Thank you to Josh and Rachel Meisel, and grandparents Jeff & Lori Meisel and Benny & Ruth Wagner for sponsoring our Special Bris Seuda in honor of the bris of their new son/grandson this Shabbos at CSTL !

MAZEL TOV MAZEL TOV
Mazel Tov to Josh and Rachel Meisel, and the honored grandparents Jeff & Lori Meisel and Benny & Ruth Wagner on the bris of their new son/grandson this Shabbos at CSTL ! May they merit to raise him to Torah Chupa and Ma’asim Tovim

MAZEL TOV MAZEL TOV
Mazel Tov to Mayer and Shoshi Goldman and the Dershowitz Family on the pidyon haBen of Tzvi Noach Goldman, 5 PM on Sunday Dec. 15th at Chabad House, 4525 19th Ave NE.  All are invited! May they merit to raise him to Torah Chupa and Ma’asim Tovim

SHALOM ZACHOR FOR BABY MEISEL – FRI DEC 13th 8:30 PM
6528 34th Ave NE, Unit A.  Mazel Tov Mazel Tov! Info: 
natalia.jacobowitz@gmail.com

BARUCH DAYAN EMETH
We are saddened to report the passing of Slava Stanislav Zherdev, Yitzhak Dovid ben Avrohom ZT”L  a long time member of the Chabad House Minyan. Funeral will be at 10 AM, Friday DEC 13th, at the Bikur Cholim Cemetery , 1340 N 115th St, Seattle. Please join us to help make a minyan.

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

HAVDALAH  PARTY / KUMZITZ MOTZEI SHABBOS SAT DEC 14th 5:45 PM
Featuring Niggunim and Havdalah Party.  Welcome to all! 
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

AVOS u’BONIM MOTZEI SHABBOS SAT DEC 14th 6:30  PM
Inspiring programs for fathers and children.  Living Torah Video, Raffle, Prizes, Delicious Refreshments, Grand Prize Raffle.  All ages welcome! Sponsorships available – Contact 
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com Thank you to our generous sponsors: James Packman ,Shuky and Chani Meyer, and Anonymous

LADIES DANCE NIGHT OUT – SUN DEC 15th 7:30 PM
At All That Dance, 3012 NE Blakely St.  Sponsored by the Seattle Jewish Women’s Circle.  RSVP and More info 
https://tinyurl.com/cstlwomensevent

FARBRENGEN ALERT – YUD TES KISLEV – TUE DEC 17th 8 PM
On the 19th of Kislev of the year 5559 from creation (1798), Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi -- a leading disciple of Rabbi DovBer of Mezeritch  and the founder of Chabad Chassidism -- was released from his imprisonment in the Peter-Paul fortress in Petersburg, where he was held for 53 days on charges that his teachings threatened the imperial authority of the Czar. More than a personal liberation, this was a watershed event in the history of Chassidism heralding a new era in the revelation of the "inner soul" of Torah, and is celebrated to this day as "The Rosh Hashanah of Chassidism."  At Chabad of Shoreline, 1114 NE Perkins Way, Shoreline.

CHANUKAH ON ICE – WED DEC 25th 2:45 PM
At Highland Ice Arena, 18005 Aurora Ave N. .  Free Admission. Skate rental available for $4. Sponsored by a generous donation to the CSTL Children’s Program.  RSVP and More info 
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY – 8:15 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. This week we will be learning about   וַיַּֽעֲבֹ֕ר אֵ֖ת מַֽעֲבַ֥ר יַבֹּֽק  " And he crossed the ford of [the] Jabbok. " what’s the significance of crossing the Jabbok?? what was our Father Yaakov’s mission?!.

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 3:20 PM
This week featuring inspiring words of Torah in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. We will be learning a Sicho on Parshat Vayishlach and Yud Tes Kislev

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

CSTL JUNIOR CONGREGATION 10 am – Noon  /CANCELLED THIS WEEK VAYISHLACH
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

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

WOMEN’S MONDAY EVENING LEARNING  8 PM
Weekly learning class for women with Rabbi Emlen  This class is dedicated to the speedy recovery/refuah shlaimah of Sarah Goldberg      Chaya Sarah Malkah bas Brochoh Leah Chavah. This fast paced class is based on the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s, OBM, Sichos.   All levels of knowledge are welcome! Asking questions is not only allowed, it is encouraged!    At the home of the Kavkas  4002 NE 72nd St Seattle. Light refreshments are served

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

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

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS

SEATTLE COMMUNITY SECURITY – EIGHT WEDNESDAYS 7 -10 PM
Next course begins Jan 15th.  Contact 
Elisabeth.rosenthal@gmail.com

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

Sunday Women’s Shiur: Getting in Touch with Our Tefillah SUN 10:20 AM AT BCMH.
With Rabbi Tannenbaum.  For a video of last week’s shiur:   
https://vimeo.com/370771561

SHABBAT DINNER HONORING RABBI & MRS BENZAQUEN ON GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY - FRI DEC 20th
Join us for a very special Shabbat dinner at Ezra Bessaroth as we honor our beloved Rabbi Simon & CecIlia Benzaquen on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary. Friday, December 20, services at 4pm, dinner at 5pm,Cost is $30/person, $75/family. 3 and under, free. This event will sell out so reserve your spot today. 
www.EzraBessaroth.net

CHANUKAH BEGINS SUN EVE DEC 22nd
Seattle Chanukah Events Calendar 
https://www.jewishinseattle.org/chanukah-2019/

ANNUAL MERCAZ CHANUKAH PARTY – SUN DEC 22nd 5:30 – 8 PM
At Mercaz, 6011A 37th Ave NE.  
www.MercazSeattle.org

Be a Part of Project TEN – APPLICATION DEADLINE FRI DEC 27th
This year, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, Hillel UW, and Project TEN want to send you to Oaxaca, Mexico for spring break, March 21-29, 2020. Project TEN is an international tikkun olam program that brings together Jewish young adults in a program combining volunteer work in local communities with service learning in international development, culture, identity, and Jewish activism. 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

19ый Ежегодный Ханукальный Вечер -SUN DEC 29th 4:00 PM
Chabad Jewish Russian Center 1114 NE Perkins Way, Shoreline WA 98155 . Design your own t-shirt. Hot Donuts, Latkes, Lechaim. RSVP 
rabbi@shalomseattle.org

Reset & Refresh STARTS IN JAN
Reset & Refresh is for young adult couples to engage in community building around Jewish values through shared learning about Shabbat. The series is a fulfilling exploration into new and traditional byways of Jewish life. 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

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

Teen Israel Scholarship – APPLICATION DEADLINE JAN 13th
A journey to Israel will be a life-changing experience for your teen. Visiting our Jewish homeland will strengthen your teen's Jewish identity and foster a deep and lasting connection with Israel. 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

LIMMUD SEATTLE –JAN 18th – 19th 2019.
At Bellevue College.  
www.limmudseattle.org 

Connections 2020 SUN JAN 26th 11 AM – 1 PM
The largest philanthropic gathering of Jewish women in the Northwest. Featuring guest speaker Alana Newhouse, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Tablet magazine and editor of the 2019 book The 100 Most Jewish Foods. Co-chairs Shelley Bensussen and Barrie Galanti. Honoring Naomi Newman with the Althea Stroum Woman of Distinction Award.  AtThe Westin Seattle – Downtown 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

ANTISEMITISM PANEL DISCUSSION AT OHR CHADASH SAT FEB 1st 7:30 PM
Shootings in  Jersey City, Pittsburgh & Poway, guards outside our schools & synagogues, hate flyers on local sanctuaries, increased drills. What are our children thinking? How can we help them navigate this new reality? A panel discussion co-sponsored by Congregation Ezra Bessaroth and others. 
www.minyanohrchadash.org

Holocaust Center Trip: 'Poland Through the Eyes of Children  July 4-11
The Holocaust Center for Humanity will lead an educational trip, "Poland Through the Eyes of Children," a trip about connecting to history and people, and understanding that each person has the power to make a difference. The tripwill be led by Center Education Director Ilana Cone Kennedy. Application Deadline: Saturday, February 1, 2020 
https://holocaustcenterseattle.org/programs-events/508-poland-2020

Applications for 2020 Camp Scholarships DEADLINE MAR 2nd
The Federation’s need-based camp scholarships program helps Washington State families with the cost of Jewish overnight camp tuition. By providing you with a variety of funding options, our goal is to ensure that you receive the assistance you need so that your child/children can participate in a Jewish overnight camp experience. To be eligible for a need-based camp scholarship, you must be a Washington State resident and be signed up with a traditional Jewish camp in the U.S. or Canada. 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

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

AIRPORT , LOCAL TRIPS, AND KOSHER RESTAURANT DELIVERY! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER
NOW PROVIDING MOVING AND VAN SERVICE (UP TO 12 PEOPLE) NOW PROVIDING TOURS OF SEATTLE! Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 
RideSeattle@gmail.com 
JRide is now serving New York City  locals and tourists! Car seats available upon request. Contact JRide at 206-771-2670 or 
jridenewyork@gmail.com


REBBE’S SICHO – VAYISHLACH
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/92016/jewish/Vayishlach-The-Names-Yaakov-and-Yisrael.htm  © SichosInEnglish.org

In the Torah portion of Vayishlach, we read that the angel told Ya’akov:1 “Your name will no longer be Ya’akov, but Yisrael….” The Gemara states2 that he who calls Avraham by the name Avram transgresses the command: “Your name will no longer be Avram.”

The Gemara then asks: seeing that this is so, why is it that, when one calls Ya’akov by the name Ya’akov and not Yisrael, that he does not transgress the command “Your name will no longer be Ya’akov, but Yisrael”?

The Gemara answers that the two situations are different, in that, once Avram was given the name Avraham, we no longer find him referred to as Avram. The name Ya’akov, however, is mentioned in the Torah even after he was given the name Yisrael.

Why is it that the Torah still calls Yisrael Ya’akov after it explicitly states “Your name will no longer be Ya’akov, but Yisrael”?

Chassidus explains3 that the names Ya’akov and Yisrael denote two levels of Divine service that must be found within every Jew. There are times when an individual must serve in the manner of Ya’akov, while at other times the person should serve in the manner of Yisrael. The name Yisrael denotes a loftier form of spiritual service, but there are times when the lesser service of Ya’akov must be employed.

The difference between Ya’akov and Yisrael in terms of spiritual service is as follows: the name Ya’akov reminds us that the blessings received by Ya’akov from his father came about as a result of eikev , deception and subterfuge — he was able to outfox his brother Esav. The name Yisrael, however, indicates that the blessings were received from Yitzchak in a straightforward manner.

Since “the deeds of our forefathers are an indication to their descendants,”4 it follows that, in terms of our own lives, there must be a manner of service similar to that of Ya’akov and a manner similar to that of Yisrael.

We observe that, in order to receive Yitzchak’s blessings — which involve physical matters — both Ya’akov and his mother Rivka were self-sacrificing in their deception, with Ya’akov donning the garments of the infamous Nimrod,5 etc. This was done so that Ya’akov could elevate the sparks of holiness found within material things.

Herein lies a lesson on how to serve in the manner of Ya’akov: a Jew’s approach to eating, drinking and other such physical matters is to be that of deception.6 The nature of a deceiver is not to reveal his true intent; he seems to be in complete agreement with his opponent, but when it comes right down to it, he acts in complete opposition to his opponent’s desires.

So too, a Jew must be involved in purely physical matters such as eating and drinking, business and the like. Yet his intent is spiritual — he garbs himself in “Esav’s clothing,” in order to refine and elevate the sparks of holiness found within these physical matters.

The spiritual service of Yisrael is quite different. The blessings for the “dew of heaven and the fat of the earth” were received by Yisrael in an open and completely aboveboard manner.

At this level, a Jew need not hide his spiritual intent in involvement with physical things, for on this level, physicality does not hinder his spiritual service, nor does it conceal G‑dliness.

An example would be the Shabbos meal.7 In this instance, the meal itself is a mitzvah, not like the six days of the week, when a person eats for the sake of spirituality. The sanctity of the Shabbos meal is such that the holiness of the event is clearly manifest.

Based on Likkutei Sichos, Vol. III, pp. 795-796

Shabbos Vayetzei | 8-15 Kislev 5780 TES & YUD KISLEV

EREV SHABBOS FRI DEC 6th
Shacharis 7 AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  3:59 PM

SHABBOS SAT DEC 7th
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 9:52 AM
Shabbos Mincha 3:59 PM
Maariv/Havdalah 5:03 PM followed by inspirational JEM videos

WEEKDAY SERVICES
Sun Shacharis  9 AM
Mon- Fri Shacharis 7 AM
Sun-Thu Mincha 4:10 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV/

KIDDUSH SPONSORS
Kiddush Lite – No Sponsor. Delicious Meat Cholent made by Anonymous, sponsored by Katherine Barnes.  Thank you!

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

FARBRENGEN ALERT – TES AND YUD KISLEV – DEC 7th and 8th
Birth & Passing of R. Dovber of Lubavitch (1773; 1827) Kislev 9 is both the birthday and day of passing of Rabbi DovBer of Lubavitch, son of and successor to the founder of Chabad Chassidism, Rabbi Schneur Zalman·of Liadi. Rabbi DovBer was known for his unique style of "broadening rivers" -- his teachings were the intellectual rivers to his father's wellspring, lending breadth and depth to the principles set down by Rabbi Schneur Zalman. Born in Liozna, White Russia in 1773, Rabbi DovBer was named after Rabbi Schneur Zalman's mentor and teacher, Rabbi DovBer of Mezeritch, who had passed away on Kislev 19 of the previous year. Rabbi DovBer assumed the leadership of Chabad upon his father's passing in 1812. In 1813 he settled in the town of Lubavitch, which was to serve as the movement's headquarters for the next 102 years. In 1826, he was arrested on charges that his teachings threatened the imperial authority of the Czar, but was subsequently exonerated. Venue to be Announced.  
www.chabad.org/calendar

 GIRLS CRAFTING MORNING – SUN DEC 8th 10 – 11:30 AM
At CSTL.  With Tova Cox and Chani Meyer.  Cookies and Milk will be served.  RSVP 
MHerbstman@gmail.com   Sponsored by CSTL Children’s Program.

CHANUKAH ON ICE – WED DEC 25th 2:45 PM
At Highland Ice Arena, 18005 Aurora Ave N. .  Free Admission. Skate rental available for $4. Sponsored by a generous donation to the CSTL Children’s Program.  RSVP and More info 
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

LADIES DANCE NIGHT OUT – SUN DEC 15th 7:30 PM
At All That Dance, 3012 NE Blakely St.  Sponsored by the Seattle Jewish Women’s Circle.  RSVP and More info 
https://tinyurl.com/cstlwomensevent

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR WITH RABBI HERBSTMAN – 8:15 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. .

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 3:10 PM
This week featuring inspiring words of Torah in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. We will be learning a Sicho on Parshat Vayetzei with Rabbi Herbstman.

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

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

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

WOMEN’S MONDAY EVENING LEARNING  8 PM
Weekly learning class for women with Rabbi Emlen  This class is dedicated to the speedy recovery/refuah shlaimah of Sarah Goldberg      Chaya Sarah Malkah bas Brochoh Leah Chavah. This fast paced class is based on the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s, OBM, Sichos.   All levels of knowledge are welcome! Asking questions is not only allowed, it is encouraged!    At the home of the Kavkas  4002 NE 72nd St Seattle. Light refreshments are served

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

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

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS

HELP BRING AN EL AL SEATTLE - TEL-AVIV NON-STOP TO SEATAC AIRPORT !
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle is assisting the Port of Seattle in advocating for a round trip, non-stop EL AL flight from Seattle to Tel Aviv.  Albert Israel is collecting links to events of Pacific Northwest/Israel related exchanges, such as business, educational and/or cultural interactions. The more Seattle/Israel activities that can be documented, the better the chance of securing that route. Spread the word, and help by contacting Albert Israel  
jewishalbert@yahoo.com   

Seattle Kollel Events
Sat. nights, 6:30 pm, Avo U'Banim at the Kollel
Monday nights, Nov. 18-Dec. 16, 7:00 pm, Hebrew Crash Course
Women's Night Out, Nov. 30, 9:00 pm, Mosaic Art
All classes at the Kollel. More info: 
www.seattlekollel.org

Sunday Women’s Shiur: Getting in Touch with Our Tefillah SUN 10:20 AM AT BCMH.
With Rabbi Tannenbaum.  For a video of last week’s shiur:   
https://vimeo.com/370771561

Seattle Hebrew Academy Annual Gala Dinner DEC 8th
Honoring Aaron & Joanna Sandorffy. More info: 
http://www.seattlehebrewacademy.org

Derech Emunah Girl’s High School Open House Tue Dec 10th 7-9 PM
Open house for Parents of Prospective Students Contact: Cheryl Greene 
cgreene@derechemunah.com  206.402.6621 www.derechemunah.org

SHABBAT DINNER HONORING RABBI & MRS BENZAQUEN ON GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY - FRI DEC 20th
Join us for a very special Shabbat dinner at Ezra Bessaroth as we honor our beloved Rabbi Simon & CecIlia Benzaquen on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary. Friday, December 20, services at 4pm, dinner at 5pm,Cost is $30/person, $75/family. 3 and under, free. This event will sell out so reserve your spot today. 
www.EzraBessaroth.net

19ый Ежегодный Ханукальный Вечер -SUN DEC 29th 4:00 PM
Chabad Jewish Russian Center 1114 NE Perkins Way, Shoreline WA 98155 . Design your own t-shirt. Hot Donuts, Latkes, Lechaim. RSVP 
rabbi@shalomseattle.org

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

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

LIMMUD SEATTLE –JAN 18th – 19th 2019.
At Bellevue College.  
www.limmudseattle.org 

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

AIRPORT , LOCAL TRIPS, AND KOSHER RESTAURANT DELIVERY! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER
NOW PROVIDING MOVING AND VAN SERVICE (UP TO 12 PEOPLE) NOW PROVIDING TOURS OF SEATTLE! Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 
RideSeattle@gmail.com 
JRide is now serving New York City  locals and tourists! Car seats available upon request. Contact JRide at 206-771-2670 or 
jridenewyork@gmail.com


REBBE’S SICHO – VAYETZEI
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/92013/jewish/Vayeitzei-L-rd-of-Yitzchak.htm © SichosInEnglish.org

The Torah portion Vayeitzei begins by relating how G‑d revealed Himself to Ya’akov while he was traveling to Charan. G‑d begins his address by saying:1 “I am G‑d, L-rd of Avraham your father, and L-rd of Yitzchak.”

The Midrash notes2 that, although G‑d generally does not affiliate His name with tzaddikim — “L-rd of Avraham,” “L-rd of Yitzchak,” etc. — while they are still alive (for it is possible that they may yet sin), He made an exception in the case of Yitzchak, calling Himself “L-rd of Yitzchak,” even though Yitzchak was still alive.

The Midrash explains that “since he [Yitzchak] was sightless, it was considered as if he had already passed on; for he was confined to his home, and the evil inclination had ceased its blandishments.” G‑d was thus assured that Yitzchak would not sin in the future, and could confidently affiliate His name with him.

Although it is true that G‑d knows the future, and whether a tzaddik will or will not eventually succumb to sin,3 He refrains from explicitly stating His affiliation with tzaddikim while they are alive, for when G‑d’s knowledge is clearly revealed, it inhibits man’s free will.4

But since Yitzchak’s evil inclination had ceased to tempt him, there was no possibility that, by declaring Himself “L-rd of Yitzchak,” G‑d would nullify his freedom of choice.

But this must be better understood. It is quite true that a sightless person is considered as if he had died, as our Sages state:5 “Four categories of people are considered as if they were dead: an impoverished person, a leper, a sightless individual and he who has no children.” There is even an opinion6 that a blind person — like a dead one7 — is free from the obligation of performing mitzvos.

Nevertheless, this does not appear to be reason enough for the Midrash to state that because Yitzchak was blind, the evil inclination held absolutely no sway. We can observe that a sightless person possesses an evil inclination, harbors forbidden desires, and is quite capable of sinning. How then does the Midrash state that G‑d affiliated His name with Yitzchak while he was still alive because “he was sightless … and the evil inclination had ceased its blandishments”?

According to our Sages,8 Yitzchak became blind because of the smoke from the incense and other offerings that Esav’s wives offered to their idols. Now, although it is true that smoke is damaging to the eyes,9 we must recognize the fact that this smoke was not so dense that it caused everyone who came into contact with it to be blinded, for if this were so, then Esav’s wives, as well as Esav himself, should also have been blinded. Why then did this smoke blind only Yitzchak?

In fact, Yitzchak’s blindness did not result from the smoke itself, but because the smoke was a byproduct of idolatry. Yitzchak, who was “pure of eye, incapable of seeing evil,”10 was so repulsed by this smoke that it caused him to become sightless.

This is similar to an incident involving R. Nochum of Chernobyl, who was once inadvertently given non-Jewish milk and was simply unable to see it. In explaining this phenomenon, R. Nochum noted: “That which a Jew should not see, he does not see.”11

Since Yitzchak’s blindness resulted from his utter inability to tolerate anything idolatrous, “the evil inclination ceased its blandishments.” Evil now held absolutely no sway over him.

Because Yitzchak had attained such an exalted state, it was possible for G‑d to affiliate His name with him even while he was still alive.

Based on Likkutei Sichos, Vol. V, pp. 132-140

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