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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LADIES TEHILIM – SUN 10 am
Come say Tehilim

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


REBBE’S SICHO FOR SHEMINI
https://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2470432/jewish/Shemini.htm ©SichosInEnglish

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Looking to the Horizon

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

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

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

PARASHA TZAV | 15-22 Adar II, 5779

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LADIES TEHILIM – SUN 10 am
Come say Tehilim

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


REBBE’S SICHO FOR TZAV
https://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2470431/jewish/Tzav.htm ©SichosInEnglish.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Looking to the Horizon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LADIES TEHILIM – SUN 10 am
Come say Tehilim

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


REBBE’S SICHO FOR VAYIKRA
https://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2470430/jewish/Vayikra.htm ©SichosInEnglish.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Looking to the Horizon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LADIES TEHILIM – SUN 10 am
Come say Tehilim

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 COMMUNITY NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Looking to the Horizon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LADIES TEHILIM – SUN 10 am
Come say Tehilim

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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