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Shevi’i/Acharon shel Pesach | 19-26 Nissan, 5779

Erev Shevi’i Shel Pesach, Thu Apr 25th 
Shacharis: 7  AM
Mincha/Candles  7:54 PM /ERUV TAVSHILIN/
Maariv 8:47 PM /COUNT OMER #6/
It is customary to remain awake on the eve of the Seventh of Passover (i.e., tonight) and spend the entire night in Torah study and joyous celebration of the great miracle of the splitting of the sea. (
www.chabad.org)

Shevi’i Shel Pesach, Fri Apr 26th 
Shacharis: 9:30 AM
Mincha 7:00 PM /Special Time - FOLLOWED BY KINUS TORAH/
Candles & Yartzeit Candles BEFORE 7:56 PM from existing flame
Maariv 8:48 /COUNT OMER #7/

Shabbos/Acharon Shel Pesach, Sat Apr 27th 
Shacharis: 9:30 AM /YIZKOR/
Mincha  7:00 PM followed by MOSHIACH SEUDA
Maariv/Havdalah 8:59 PM /COUNT OMER #8/
Chametz repurchased 10:00 PM

Weekday Services
Sun Shacharis 9 am
Mon-Fri Shacharis 7 am
Mincha 8:10 pm
Maariv and Sefira bezomano  (Sunday 8:51 PM to Thursday 8:58 PM) /COUNT #9-13/

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.

PLEASE PAY YOUR CSTL DUES AND PLEDGES
Take time out from your busy cleaning schedule to please pay your dues and pledges to CSTL! Your payments will be greatly appreciated, especially in light of our need to make our April mortgage payment! You can drop a check by shul, or pay online at 
www.cstlseattle.org  and Thank you! Wishing you a Happy and Kosher Pesach! Sincerely, the CSTL Board

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

CSTL TOT PROGRAM 10:30 am – 12:30 pm /TBD
Info: Liz Roth-Jacobovitz: elizabeth.roth08@gmail.com

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

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – YOM TOV /TBD
TBD for the class this week

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

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

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

YOM TOM WOMEN’S MIKVAH BUDDY SYSTEM
During the nights of Yom Tov (4/25, 4/26) the women’s mikvah will be using a "buddy system".  On those nights, women would need to bring their own attendant.  If a woman needs to use the mikvah on one of those evenings, she should leave a message on the mikvah line or call Mrs. Chanie Levitin at 206-931-4100 at least 72 hours before Yom Tov.  Mrs. Levitin has keys and instructions for each mikvah user, and can address any concerns.

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

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE
If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact Marion Kitz Gabbai Kiddush,
miriamkitz@hotmail.com . Contact Marion to sponsor a Kiddush for a BIRTHDAY, ANNIVERSARY or YAHRZEIT. Please inform Marion by the preceding Sunday evening so that we have time to prepare properly.  Prices: Sponsor $350, co-Sponsor $175, Contributor: $50-$149. Presidential Kiddush $50, Chulent $100.


COMMUNITY NEWS

Camp Yavneh 2019 
Registration now open for Camp Yavneh. Staff applications now available at 
www.campyavnehseattle.com    

JCC SOFTBALL LEAGUE
Team with Ariel Green and Ben Dershowitz sponsored by Leah’s Catering.  Info: 
Bdersho@uw.edu

Sephardic Lecture Series APR 28th 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

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

AJC EXPERT ON ANTISEMITISM MAY 16th at 7:30 PM
AJC Assistant Director of International Relations Holly Huffnagle who will speak on 'The Viability of Europe’s Jewish Communities in the Face of Rising Antisemitism”. At Ezra Bessaroth. Open to the entire community. No charge for admission, but reservations are required 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-viability-of-europes-jewish-communities-in-the-face-of-rising-antisemitism-registration-58025750582?ms=wb_evt_20190407_AJCSeattle

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 

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 -  SHEVI’I SHEL PESACH
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/2600669/jewish/Acharon-Shel-Pesach-22nd-Day-of-Nissan-5740-1980.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

1. The last days of Pesach are a continuation of the service which began on the first days. The first days represent, in the words of the prophet Yechezkel (Ch. 16), the birth of the Jewish nation. Similarly, the AriZal interprets the verse (Devorim, 4:34) “to take Him a nation from the midst of (another) nation,” as a reference to pregnancy and birth.1 An embryo has a complete body with 248 limbs, even hair and fingernails. However, it does not live independently. Its existence is hidden; only at birth does it come into revelation. In this metaphor the eighth day of Pesach is the day of the “bris,” the day which “is the beginning of the entry of the holy soul.” Similarly, the eighth day of Pesach commemorates the bris of Yitzchok, the first Jew to be circumcised after eight days.

The above further explains the connection between Moshiach’s Seudah (the meal eaten at the conclusion of the eighth day of Pesach) and the eighth day of Pesach. Since in Messianic times Yitzchok will be given prominence over the other forefathers. — The Jewish people will tell him, “You are our ancestor.” — Similarly, the number eight (which is intrinsically related to circumcision) is representative of Messianic times, as our sages comment, “the harp of the Messianic age will have eight strings.”2 Through eating Moshiach’s Seudah our connection to Moshiach becomes stronger. This will be true not only within our minds and hearts — in our thoughts and speech — but also within the realm of action. The food is assimilated into our bodies, thus becoming part of our flesh and blood.

The connection between the last days of Pesach and the Messianic redemption is also emphasized by the Torah and Haftorah readings of those days. The Torah reading of the seventh day includes the “Song of the Red Sea,” which begins, “Then Moshe and the children of Israel sang.” The Talmud notes that the conjugation of the Hebrew word for song — Yashir — is future tense, not past, and comments: “This is an allusion from the Torah to the resurrection of the dead.” The Torah reading also contains the phrase “the Sanctuary which Your hands, 0 L‑rd, have established.” This is a reference to the third Temple. The Haftorah also contains the phrase, “He is a tower of deliverance to His king, and bestows kindness upon His anointed , to David and his descendants forever,” which is a reference to Moshiach. The Haftorah of the eighth day refers to the Messianic age, not only in allusions, but directly, e.g., “The wolf will dwell with the lamb,” “the earth will be full with the knowledge of the L‑rd, as the waters cover the sea.”3

The four cups of wine drunk during Moshiach’s Seudah are also an allusion to the Messianic age. The four cups symbolize all of the following: the four expressions of redemption during Yetzias Mitzrayim (Shemos 6:6-7), the four cups of retribution G‑d will force the nations to drink, the four cups of comfort G‑d will grant the Jewish people, the four letters of G‑d’s name, and the four levels of Teshuvah (alluding to the transformation of darkness into light).4 All of these are related to the Messianic redemption.5

The Zohar calls Matzah “the food of faith” and “the food of healing.” The Rebbe Maharashexplains that when we eat Matzah on Pesach we “eat G‑dliness.” The level of G‑dliness which is “eaten” on the last days of Pesach is much greater than that of the first days. The Matzah of the last days is parallel to the Matzah of the Messianic era, “Matzah Ashirah.” Matzah Ashirah alludes to the richness — Ashirah — of knowledge that will be at that time, “the earth will be full with the knowledge of the L‑rd, as the waters cover the sea.”

Thus we see that both in regard to the Torah readings and to the food eaten, the eighth day has an advantage over the seventh day.6

The lesson the above provides for us is as follows: The seventh and eighth days of Pesach are connected with the service of Mesirus Nefesh (self-sacrifice). It was the service of self-sacrifice with which the Jews jumped into the Red Sea that caused it to split. The concept of Moshiach influences that service of Mesirus Nefesh. One might think that the world is opposed to our service, and that efforts must be made not to be effected by it. Moshiach’s Seudah teaches that the world is not opposed to G‑dliness, on the contrary, it aids that cause. Since each Jew has within him a spark of Moshiach, he can control the world, for the world is waiting and hoping for Moshiach to bring it to a state of fulfillment.7

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2. Chassidus explains that our intention while performing a Mitzvah is the soul (of the Mitzvah), and the actual deed is the body. Nevertheless, “deed is most essential.”8Similarly, though Pesach is connected to the birth and education of every Jew — emphasizing that every Jew, no matter what his level is a child compared to G‑d’s infinity — nevertheless, it is particularly connected to children. On Pesach special efforts are made to involve the children. The Seder, a unique element which is not found in the celebration of other festivals, revolves around the children. Its entire narrative is related as a response to the children’s questions. Also, many changes have been instituted in the Seder so that the children do not fall asleep.9 Throughout the Jewish community it is common custom for the youngest child to ask the four questions first. His questions stimulate those whose duty it is to answer to respond, “We were slaves to Pharaoh...”, and continue with the entire Seder.

Similarly, the last days of Pesach also emphasize the involvement of children. The splitting of the Red Sea on the seventh day of Pesach brought about a revelation in which “Israel beheld the mighty hand which the L‑rd wielded against the Egyptians, and the people feared the L‑rd, and believed in the L‑rd and in Moshe His servant.”10 The Talmud relates that the Jewish children “recognized Him first.” He had miraculously protected them and sustained them during their ordeal in Egypt. Hence, at the Red Sea they were the first to recognize Him.11

The Messianic revelation itself emphasizes the important role of children. The Haftorah relates how “the wolf will dwell with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the young goat... and a little child will lead them12 ... The nursing child will play on the hole of the asp, the weaned child will stretch his hand over the den of the viper.”13

We see that “the child will lead.” In order that these prophecies be fulfilled, it is necessary to prepare for them now, in Golus. This is particularly true regarding Nissan, the month of redemption; Pesach, the holiday of redemption; and the final day of Pesach, the day connected with Moshiach.

G‑d shows a special love for children. Therefore, it is understandable that their efforts can have a great effect, particularly their efforts to turn the hearts of their parents. The above holds true regarding their efforts during Pesach. Their actions will lead to the fulfillment of the prophecy “the young child will become a thousand, and the youth a great nation; I, G‑d, will hasten it (the Messianic redemption) in its time.” Then, too, the children will “recognize G‑d first,” and “a young child will lead them.”

The Shulchan Aruch teaches that before Shabbos it is proper to taste the foods cooked for Shabbos. Right now we are in the generation before Moshiach, and we must taste “from every dish” of the revelations that will occur then. Therefore, now, also, young children must become leaders — turning the hearts of their parents to Torah. These efforts will hasten the coming of Moshiach and the fulfillment of the prophecy “all will know Me, from the small to the great.” Through our present efforts to spread Torah — knowing that “our souls never went into Golus” — not one Jewish child will remain in Golus. We will find success in our attempts to involve children in the study of Torah and the fulfillment of Mitzvos. This, in turn, will lead to even greater efforts and hasten the coming of Moshiach, speedily, in our days.

3. The Talmud states that it is proper to “join the redemption (of Purim) to the redemption (of Pesach).” The reason for this connection is that the beginning of Haman’s downfall and the redemption from Egypt both took place in the month of Nissan. Also, the spiritual service that brought about the Purim redemption — Mordechai’s efforts to “go collect all the Jews — took place in Nissan. The Alter Rebbe writes that on the second day of Pesach it is proper to make a remembrance of the feast Esther gave that led to Haman’s downfall.

The redemption of Purim is also related to the Messianic redemption, and therefore bears a connection with the last days of Pesach. Purim and the Messianic redemption both share a connection with Teshuvah. The Zohar states that Moshiach will cause Tzaddikim to do Teshuvah. Purim represents an intensification of the Jews’ commitment to Torah despite the challenges of Golus, a service parallel to Teshuvah.14

The redemption of Purim is closely related to Jewish children. It was the “voice of the kids and lambs — the little (‘Tinuk’) children, — the voice of the 22,000 children that Mordechai collected together that brought about the negation of Haman’s decree in the spiritual realms.15 Furthermore, the Medrash (Esther Rabbah 7:13) relates that after hearing Haman’s decree Mordechai met three children coming from school. He asked them to repeat the verses that they had learned. The first replied: “Do not fear sudden terror, nor the destruction of the wicked when it comes.” The second continued: “Contrive a scheme, but it will be foiled; conspire a plot, but it will not materialize, for G‑d is with us.” The third added: “To your old age I am [with you]; to your hoary years I will sustain you; I have made you, and I will carry you; I will sustain you and deliver you.” When Mordechai heard this he was very happy. He knew that the promises contained in the children’s verses would be fulfilled.

Similarly, the redemption from Egypt was connected with Jewish children. Our sages declared that the redemption was caused by the merit of the righteous women who raised children to be part of “G‑d’s hosts.” The women followed the laws of Taharas Hamishpachah (Vayikra Rabbah 32:5) and thus gave birth to a generation that was able “to recognize G‑d first,” at the splitting of the Red Sea.

The Haggadah teaches that “...not one alone desired to destroy us. Rather, in each and every generation, they are standing over us to destroy us, hut the Holy One, Blessed Be He, saves us from their hands.” Just as the redemptions of Pesach and Purim were connected with children, so too, every redemption is related to the efforts of children. This is particularly true during the festivals, the time of rejoicing. When a father sees his son happy, he also feels joy — and grants him all his wishes. Similarly, when G‑d our Father sees his children — the Jewish people — happy, He blesses them from His holy and broad hand. When a father sees his child make a blessing he will give him that which he desires. Once one of the Polishe Tzaddikim, then a child, wanted an apple. His father did not want to give it to him. He made a blessing and, in order that the blessing not be in vain, his father gave him the apple. Similarly we have made the blessing proclaiming how G‑d will “bring us to festivals and holidays;” this will force G‑d to bring the redemption.

The participation of children in Moshiach’s Seudah and their request, made with joy and happiness, asking G‑d to bring Moshiach, will hasten Moshiach’s coming. A child knows no compromises and will not settle for anything less than actually seeing Moshiach come.16

Likewise, it is the voice of the children which will protect us from any challenge to Shleimus (the complete state of) Torah, Shleimus of the land of Israel, and Shleimus of the Jewish nation. Now there is severe fluctuation back and forth in all three areas. Many of the undesirable factors are known to many. The informed few know more, and “the one to whom the miracle happens does not realize the miracle,” i.e., there are other factors of which no one knows. The efforts of the children will protect us and bring about the Messianic redemption.

Hence, the children should all say L’Chaim and then join in singing the melody “Utzu Eytzo” (which is based on the verse “contrive a scheme,” mentioned above). In this way they will extend the influence of Moshiach into the coming days. Furthermore, these efforts will herald the time when “they will recognize Him first,” with the redemption of Moshiach.

Pesach | 14-22 Nissan, 5779

Erev-Erev Pesach, Thu Apr 18th 
Shacharit 7 am

Sell Pesach through Rabbi Levitin before NOON
Mincha/Maariv 7:50 pm 
Bedikat Chametz (search for chametz) after 8:36 pm

Erev Pesach, Fri Apr 19th 
Fast of First Born Begins 4:30 AM
Shacharit 7:00 am / Siyum Bechorot 
Last time to eat chametz  10:48 am
Last time to burn chametz (biur chametz) 11:58 AM
Candles/Mincha/Maariv 7:46 PM.  Start Seder after 8:37 PM
Finish Eating: before hatzot 1:07 AM

Shabbos/Pesach Day 1, Sat Apr 20th  
Shacharis 9:30 PM /Latest Shema 9:39 AM/
Mincha 7:45 PM
Maariv/ Sefira  8:18 pm /COUNT #1/
Candles (from existing flame after)/Seder Prep should not start before 8:48 PM
Start Seder after: 8:48 PM
Finish Eating: before hatzot 1:14 AM

Pesach Day 2, Sun Apr 21st 
Shacharis 9:30 AM
Mincha: 7:45 PM
Maariv/Havdala/Sefira 8:50 PM /COUNT #2/

Chol haMoed Pesach, Mon-Wed Apr 22nd – 24th 
Shacharis 7:30 am
Mincha 7:30 pm
Maariv and Sefira 8:45 pm /COUNT #3-5/

Erev Shevi’i Shel Pesach, Thu Apr 25th 
Shacharis: 7  AM
Mincha/Candles  7:54 PM /ERUV TAVSHILIN/
Maariv 8:47 PM /COUNT OMER #6/
It is customary to remain awake on the eve of the Seventh of Passover (i.e., tonight) and spend the entire night in Torah study and joyous celebration of the great miracle of the splitting of the sea. (
www.chabad.org)

Shevi’i Shel Pesach, Fri Apr 26th 
Shacharis: 9:30 AM
Mincha 7:00 PM /Special Time - FOLLOWED BY KINUS TORAH/
Candles & Yartzeit Candles BEFORE 7:56 PM from existing flame
Maariv 8:48 /COUNT OMER #7/

Shabbos/Acharon Shel Pesach, Sat Apr 27th 
Shacharis: 9:30 AM /YIZKOR/
Mincha  7:00 PM followed by MOSHIACH SEUDA
Maariv/Havdalah 8:59 PM /COUNT OMER #8/
Chametz repurchased 10:00 PM

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

PLEASE PAY YOUR CSTL DUES AND PLEDGES
Take time out from your busy cleaning schedule to please pay your dues and pledges to CSTL! Your payments will be greatly appreciated, especially in light of our need to make our April mortgage payment! You can drop a check by shul, or pay online at 
www.cstlseattle.org  and Thank you! Wishing you a Happy and Kosher Pesach! Sincerely, the CSTL Board

PUBLIC SEDERS AT CHABAD HOUSE MINYAN– FRI APR 19th and SAT APR 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/

MA'OT HITTIM CHARITY FOR PESACH 
Donate online 
www.CSTLSeattle.org, with Notation “Maot Hittim”, 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 HAMETZ BEFORE 9 AM THU MORNING APR 18th www.chabad.org/sellchametz

PRE-PESACH PAMPERING – SUN APR 14th 4:30 PM
Shalak Manicure & Regular Pedicure. Seattle Jewish Women’s Circle. RSVP to 
mherbstman@gmail.com

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

CSTL TOT PROGRAM 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Info: Liz Roth-Jacobovitz: elizabeth.roth08@gmail.com

CSTL JUNIOR CONGREGATION  10 am – Noon /NOT DURING PESACH/
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – YOM TOV DAYS 1 & 2 PESACH 7 PM
Rabbi Avi Herbstmen will be giving the class this week

WOMEN’S SUNDAY TEHILLIM AT CSTL – 10 AM /NOT DURING PESACH/
In the library.  Come say a prayer for those in need. 

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

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

YOM TOM WOMEN’S MIKVAH BUDDY SYSTEM
During the nights of Yom Tov (4/19, 4/20, 4/25, 4/26) the women’s mikvah will be using a "buddy system".  On those nights, women would need to bring their own attendant.  If a woman needs to use the mikvah on one of those evenings, she should leave a message on the mikvah line or call Mrs. Chanie Levitin at 206-931-4100 at least 72 hours before Yom Tov.  Mrs. Levitin has keys and instructions for each mikvah user, and can address any concerns.

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

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE
If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact Marion Kitz Gabbai Kiddush,
miriamkitz@hotmail.com . Contact Marion to sponsor a Kiddush for a BIRTHDAY, ANNIVERSARY or YAHRZEIT. Please inform Marion by the preceding Sunday evening so that we have time to prepare properly.  Prices: Sponsor $350, co-Sponsor $175, Contributor: $50-$149. Presidential Kiddush $50, Chulent $100.


COMMUNITY NEWS

Camp Yavneh 2019 
Registration now open for Camp Yavneh. Staff applications now available at 
www.campyavnehseattle.com    


REBBE’S SICHO -  PESACH
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/2600664/jewish/In-the-Synagogue-After-Maariv-13th-Eve-of-the-14th-of-Nissan-5740-1980.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

1. Torah teaches, “Begin with a blessing.” The appropriate blessing at present is the wish that each and every Jew, including those present here and those throughout the world, have a kosherand happy Pesach and that their preparations for Pesach be carried out in the best, most kosher, and happiest way possible. This, in turn, will bring about added kashrus and happiness throughout the entire year. The AriZal declares that one who is careful in regard to even a tiny amount of Chometz on Pesach is assured of not sinning throughout the entire year. Just as such a person will not encounter any undesirable influences in regard to spiritual matters as a result of this behavior, he will also not encounter any undesirable influences in material affairs.

At present, we find ourselves in a propitious time. Today is the Yahrzeit of the Tzemach Tzedekand also of Rav Yosef Karo, the Rabbinic Master of Israel. Also, the 14th of Nissan (and in Torah the night is related to the following day) is the birthday of the Rambam, a Halachic master whose opinion is accepted both in Israel and in the Diaspora and who also acted as a “guide to the perplexed.” Hence, the present occasion is a fitting time to raise the following issues.

In the days of the exodus from Egypt, on the thirteenth of Nissan and even on Erev Pesach, the Jews were still in Golus. However, even in Golus, “Behold, the Guardian of Israel neither slumbers or sleeps.” Similarly at present, we are watched by the Guardian of Israel. Furthermore, the efforts of the children to “turn the hearts of their fathers” have increased that protection. Likewise, the efforts of G‑d’s children, our deeds and service in the physical world, turn the heart of our Father in Heaven to us and thus add strength and power to the manner in which He watches over us.

The above is particularly true in view of the present situation, which is constantly ‘Shuklin’ — fluctuating. This is especially so in Israel, where in regard to national security — the preservation of safe borders — and in regard to the economy, a very shaky situation prevails.

Because of this situation, we are in greater need of the protection of the Guardian of Israel. Our very need further awakens the promise, “The Guardian of Israel neither slumbers or sleeps.” This is particularly true in Israel, which is described as “the land which...the eyes of G‑d are always upon from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.”

What is the reason for this unstable situation? Because we are constantly fluctuating back and forth in regard to Yiddishkeit, Torah and Mitzvos. Rather than holding steadily and firmly to the straight path, the way of our holy Torah, the Torah of truth and the Torah of life, there are those who fluctuate back and forth — sometimes following the guidance of Torah and sometimes ignoring it. There is a clear Torah judgment in the laws of Shabbos, chapter 329, that clarifies the proper position to be taken regarding national security. [The Shulchan Aruch declares that if gentiles approach a Jewish settlement and demand even hay and straw, arms must be taken up against them even on Shabbos, lest the entire land be opened up before them.] Yet despite the fact that this is a clear decision of Torah law, there are those who fluctuate back and forth. When we follow the directive of the Torah, we can feel secure because of the strength of Torah, as our sages declared: “There is no strength other than Torah.” Surely, the land will not be opened before them.1

According to the principle, “One Mitzvah draws another Mitzvah (after it),” it follows that the fulfillment of the above law will bring about an increase in the performance of all the Mitzvos, particularly those Mitzvos that are relevant at present: those connected with the preparation for Pesach. The preparation for Pesach is related to the preceding Shabbos,2 Shabbos HaGadol — the great Shabbos — which is called by that name because of the great miracle that occurred then — “the smiting of Egypt through its first-born.”

Since the word “Mitzrayim” — Egypt — is related to the word “Maytzorim” meaning boundaries and limitations, the totality of this physical world can be referred to as Mitzrayim — Egypt. Physical plenty and prosperity can be regarded as the first-born (the major power) of Egypt. Shabbos HaGadol teaches us that we can “smite Egypt with its first-born,” i.e. use physical prosperity for spiritual purposes, thus transforming darkness into light, which in turn makes us vessels to receive G‑d’s infinite grace.

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2. To counteract the shaky situation — a situation where Jews are fluctuating and where their fluctuation has caused the entire world community to begin to waver — there is confusion everywhere. And it is very necessary that Moshe’s request “that we be singled out from all the peoples of the earth” be fulfilled in a revealed manner: it is necessary to take actions that are within the natural order. However, even “the natural order” of the Jew is related to Torah and Mitzvos. Therefore, to counteract the above-mentioned fluctuation it is necessary to make a firm decision to increase our efforts in the study of Torah, both Niglah and Chassidus,3 the fulfillment of Mitzvos B’Hiddur, and the spreading of Torah both Niglah and Chassidus, until “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of G‑d, as the waters cover the sea.” These efforts should begin with the preparations for Pesach which essentially consist of getting rid of Chometz — leaven. The spiritual parallel of that service involves negating the influence of the Yetzer Hora, which is called ‘Chometz.’ Thus, turning away from evil increases the amount of good which we do.

These efforts force those who have been fluctuating in regard to the security of Israel to change their approach and to adopt a strong and resolute position. Even though free choice is never taken away from a Jew, just as there are those who at times are “forced” by the overpowering influence of the Yetzer Hora, there are times when the Yetzer Tov can become an overpowering influence and “force” someone to carry out its desires. This resolute position will in turn negate the confusion and difficulties brought about by the other nations. Those difficulties came about only because of the shakiness of Israel’s position. Once a stronger stand is made, they will cease to exist.

Furthermore, our efforts to spread Torah, both Niglah and Chassidus, throughout the world — creating a situation parallel to the Messianic age when “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of G‑d, as the waters cover the sea” — will bring about the actualization of another of the prophecies of the Messianic age: “and kings shall be your foster fathers and their queens your nursing mothers.” Not only won’t the gentiles disturb the Jews; they will help and assist them in all matters of Yiddishkeit. Their first-born — their best — will be given to the Jews and they will do all they can to make sure that Jews be provided with all their needs. Furthermore, we will receive the blessing of G‑d’s full, open, holy,4 and broad hand.

All the above — the effect on the Jews (forcing them to adapt a firm position), and the effect on the gentiles (causing them to help the Jews in all ways that they need it) — will come about as a result of our firm adherence to Torah and Mitzvos, and particularly our efforts in Mivtza Pesach. This is particularly true in view of the meritorious nature of the present day — the Yahrzeit of the Tzemach Tzedek and Rav Yosef Karo and the birthday of the Rambam.

Before the redemption from Egypt, even when the Jews were still in exile, “all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings” and with that light they were able to spoil Egypt taking out “vessels of silver and vessels of gold.” So too in the present Golus, the gentiles will give all their best to the Jews, and we will leave exile “with great substance,” elevating all the G‑dly sparks within the world — and greet Moshiach.

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3. The Jews were redeemed from Egypt because they are G‑d’s children, as the Torah declares: “My son, My first-born Israel... send forth My son that he may serve Me.” The relationship between G‑d and the Jewish people is even deeper. The prophet Hoshea (11:1) declares, “When Israel was a child, then I loved him,” comparing the Jews to a young son for whom the father has a great love and who can cause his father to do anything he wants. In order to arouse such love from above, we must act in a similar way, as our sages declared: “According to a way one measures, so it is measured for him,” making special efforts to reach out to young boys and girls.5

Therefore, it is proper to give warm thanks and special blessing to all the children who have taken an active role in the campaign to “return the hearts of the fathers through the children” in general and particularly in regard to the preparations for Pesach. Surely, they will continue their efforts in the future and use the time remaining until Pesach, and the days of Pesach itself, to enhance the joy and kashrus of the holiday. By “returning the hearts of the fathers through the children,” we will cause our Father in Heaven to turn His heart to His children, the Jewish people. We must see ourselves as small, as the verse declares, “Israel is a child,” and not boast how “my strength and the power of my hands has brought success.” We must view our success as coming from G‑d,6 who possesses everything and gives to the Jewish people and each individual Jew with His “full, open, and holy hand.”

The efforts of the children will further negate the shaky situation described above. On the contrary, the Jews will “not bow and not bend.” In this context, we can appreciate another significant event that occurred on the 14th of Nissan. After Haman’s decree, Mordechai’s efforts to “go, collect together all the Jews” began on the 14th of Nissan. The activity in the succeeding three days, which stressed Ahavas Yisroel, caused the downfall of Haman, his sons, and all his followers.

We will enjoy similar success and celebrate the season of our rejoicing, and even while in Golus, we will have “light in our dwellings” and receive “the great substance,” with which we will, with happiness and good feeling, leave Golus.

From the above, it is understood why there is the great necessity for efforts to involve more Jews, and particularly more Jewish children, in the observance of Pesach, and after Pesach to involve them in all aspects of Torah and Mitzvos. And thus, “with our youth and with our elders” we will proceed to the ultimate redemption when “He puts an end to darkness,” the darkness of Golus.

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4. To summarize the above: All Jews — men and women, and especially boys and girls — should know that through stopping their fluctuation in regard to Torah and Mitzvos, and by proceeding on “the path of G‑d to do charity and justice,” they will cause those who are responsible for Israel’s security to stop their fluctuation. Then “kings” and “queens” will realize that their function is to be your “foster fathers” and “nursing mothers.” We will approach the time when a “a king will arise from the House of David who will force all of Israel to follow in its path (the path of Torah)...and fight the wars of G‑d and be victorious, build the Temple on its place, and collect the dispersed of Israel.”

The strong stance taken by the children will also negate the fluctuation of their counselors and leaders. When they see that children stand firm, and without shame declare that it is an open prohibition to do anything that will cause even the slightest breach of the Torah it will effect them. Since “G‑d looked into the Torah and created the world,” it follows that there is a directive in Torah for everything in the world. There is a clear directive in regard to Shleimus ho’Oretz — the complete state of the land of Israel — that it is an open prohibition to allow the possibility of “opening the land before them.” Likewise, there is a clear Torah directive in regard to Shleimus ho’Om — the complete state of the Jewish nation — that conversion must follow Halachah. The Rabbis have the responsibility to become “guides to the perplexed,” showing all those who are confused, and who hence fluctuate back and forth, how to act. (This is the connection to the Rambam, “the guide to the perplexed” of all generations.) Every Rav who has ‘Smeicha’(rabbinical ordination) and makes decisions according to Shulchan Aruch does so on the strength of the ‘Smeicha’ which can be traced back, from one sage to another, to MosheRabbeinu. This, in turn, gives the potential for each of his followers to live according to Torah and do so with firm resolve — in the words of the Shulchan Aruch, “showing the strength of a lion” and in the words of the Ramah, “placing G‑d before him always.”7 This, in turn, allows him to proceed in worldly affairs with success.

Just as during the exodus from Egypt the children recognized G‑d first, so too the present redemption will begin with the efforts of Jewish children and their attempt to influence their parents to increase their Jewish involvement, beginning with the preparations for Pesach. And then the children will ask the four questions, which will arouse the fathers to answer, “We were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt and G‑d took us out from there” and to continue the Haggadah till the conclusion of the Brachah, “Asher Go’alanu” which declares, “So He will bring us to other festivals and holidays...rejoicing in the building of Your city, glad in Your service.” Thus, “we, your nation, the sheep of Your pasture ...will relate your praise from generation to generation.”

The above is enhanced by the meritorious nature of the present date. It is one of the days of Nissan, a month in which “it is customary to make the entire month holy” (Shulchan Aruch Admur Hazaken 429:9); it is the Yahrzeit of the Tzemach Tzedek,8 who made Torah decisions in both Niglah and Pnimius haTorah; the Yahrzeit of Rav Yosef Karo who authored the Shulchan Aruch in the realm of Niglah and the Maggid Meishorim in the mystic realm of Torah; and the birthday of the Rambam. The latter begins the epic work called by his name with the phrase: “The foundation of all foundations and the pillar of all wisdom is to know that there exists a Primary Being...and all beings...were created from the truth of His being.” He concludes it with the prophecy, “And the earth will be filled with the knowledge of G‑d, as the waters cover the sea.” May that prophecy be fulfilled with the true and complete redemption led by Moshiach

PARASHA METZORAH – SHABBOS haGADOL | 7-14 Nissan, 5779

EREV SHABBOS APR 12th  
Shacharis 7 AM
Candles/Mincha/Maariv 7:36 PM

SHABBOS - SAT APR 13th   
Shacharis: 9:30 AM 
Sof Zman Krias Shema 9:47 AM 
Shabbos Mincha 7:15 PM /SHABBOS haGADOL DRASHA
Maariv/Havdalah 8:37 PM

WEEKDAY SERVICES
Sun Shacharis 9 AM 
Mon – Fri  Shacharis 7 AM
Sun - Thu Mincha 7:50 PM, followed immediately by Maariv

PASSOVER TIMES 
Thu Apr 18th  – Bedikat Chametz as soon as possible after 8:36 PM
Thu Apr 18th  – Sell Chametz through Rabbi Levitin before NOON
Fri Apr 19th – Fast of First born starts 4:30 AM
Fri Apr 19th – Last time to eat chametz 10:48 AM
Fri Apr 19th – Burn Chametz before 11:58 AM
Fri Apr 19th -  Candle Lighting 7:46 AM.  Seder Start after 8:37 pm

BARUCH DAYAN EMETH
We are sorry to report the passing of Gloria Hankin, Guta Lieba bas Shmuel Z”L, mother of Susan Hankin. May the Hankin and Dershowitz families be comforted with all the mouroof Tzion and Yerushalayim.

SHABBOS haGADOL DRASHA – SAT APR 13th 7:15 PM
Please join us following shabbos Mincha for Rabbi Levitin’s annual Shabbos haGadol Drasha.  This is a very important event.  Men, women, and children are encouraged to attend.

KITCHEN CLOSED FOR PESACH CLEANING
Enjoy

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. 

CSTL SHUL GREETER VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Please consider becoming a shul greeter and taking part of this critical and needed mitzva. To become a shul greeter, please reach out to Andre at 
andre.jacobovitz@gmail.com

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/

JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE – PRIVATE SCREENING –7 PM MAY 19th
See the movie “93Queen” with wine and chocolate at CSTL.  For women only. 
www.tinyurl.com/93queenscreeningmherbstman@gmail.com

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

PRE-PESACH PAMPERING – SUN APR 14th 4:30 PM
Shalak Manicure & Regular Pedicure. Seattle Jewish Women’s Circle. RSVP to 
mherbstman@gmail.com

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.

YOM TOM WOMEN’S MIKVAH BUDDY SYSTEM
During the nights of Yom Tov (4/19, 4/20, 4/25, 4/26) the women’s mikvah will be using a "buddy system".  On those nights, women would need to bring their own attendant.  If a woman needs to use the mikvah on one of those evenings, she should leave a message on the mikvah line or call Mrs. Chanie Levitin at 206-931-4100 at least 72 hours before Yom Tov.  Mrs. Levitin has keys and instructions for each mikvah user, and can address any concerns.

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

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     

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

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 

ADL LECTURE - COMBATING ANTISEMITISM SUN. APR 14th 1 PM
“Combating Antisemitism: From global to national trends” featuring Dr. Sharon Nazarian. At Minyan Ohr Chadash (6721 51st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118). Registration required:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfAntsPfucqp4tmCUcjOduE4wJyE3f0Afb4Xc7iwQfwj_PiYw/viewform Light refreshments will be served.

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

JCC SOFTBALL LEAGUE
Team with Ariel Green and Ben Dershowitz sponsored by Leah’s Catering.  Info: 
Bdersho@uw.edu

Sephardic Lecture Series APR 28th 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

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

AJC EXPERT ON ANTISEMITISM MAY 16th at 7:30 PM
AJC Assistant Director of International Relations Holly Huffnagle who will speak on 'The Viability of Europe’s Jewish Communities in the Face of Rising Antisemitism”. At Ezra Bessaroth. Open to the entire community. No charge for admission, but reservations are required 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-viability-of-europes-jewish-communities-in-the-face-of-rising-antisemitism-registration-58025750582?ms=wb_evt_20190407_AJCSeattle

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 

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 METZORAH
https://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2470434/jewish/Metzora.htm ©SichosInEnglish.

The large majority of the subject matter of this Torah reading focuses on the affliction of tzaraas. Generally, this term is translated as leprosy, but that’s a misnomer. Since as the Torah relates in this reading, tzaraas affects not only a person’s skin, but also his clothes and the walls of his home, it is not leprosy or any other known disease. Instead, as Maimonides writes, tzaaras is “is not a natural occurrence; it is a sign and a wonder prevalent among the Jewish people to warn them against lashon hora, ‘undesirable speech.’” For speech is a uniquely human potential, reflecting our innermost tendencies. Therefore, if it is misused, it has severe consequences. When we speak words of gossip or slander, we are not merely hurting the person we are speaking about, we are harming ourselves and, in a larger sense, undermining the spiritual makeup of the entire Jewish people.

Speech does not originate in a vacuum. Instead, it reveals what is hidden in a person’s heart. When a person speaks undesirably, that indicates that he has undesirable character traits. The tzaraas afflictions are intended to draw his attention to these character faults and inspire him to correct them.

To assist a person in this task, the Torah ordained that when a person had a tzaraasblemish, he would have to appear before a kohen (priest) to have the blemish inspected and ultimately be declared pure. The kohanim were characterized by a desire for unity and love for their fellow Jew. For that reason, they were chosen to bless the people. Indeed, the blessing they recite before conveying the Priestly Blessing, emphasizes this quality, stating that they were “commanded to bless His people Israel with love.”

When a person with a tzaraas blemish came to a kohen, a two-tiered process took place. On one level, the kohen was watching the internal process of purification. On a deeper level, he was causing it. Every time he looked at the blemish, he imparted spiritual energy — love and care — to the blemished person, energy that enabled him to heal his character flaws and ultimately be purified from his affliction.

Looking to the Horizon

Our Sages relate that Mashiach himself will be afflicted with wounds similar to tzaraas and in that vein, they tell the following story.

Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi encountered the prophet Elijah,... and asked him: “When is Mashiach coming?”

Replied the prophet: “Go and ask him.”...

“By what sign shall I recognize him?”

“He is sitting among paupers stricken by wounds. The others unbind all their wounds at once, and then bind them up again. But he unbinds one wound at a time, and straight away binds it up again. For he says, ‘Perhaps I shall be called upon [to appear as Mashiach], and I must not be delayed!’ ”

So [Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi] went to him and said, “Peace upon you, my master and teacher!”

He answered him, “Peace upon you, son of Levi!”

Then he asked him, “Master, when are you coming?”

He answered, “Today!”

Rabbi Yehoshua returned to Elijah, ... and told him: “...He has deceived me! He told me, ‘I am coming today,’ and he has not come!”

Said Elijah, “What Mashiach had in mind was this [verse]: ‘Today — if you would only listen to His voice!’ 

What is needed to bring Mashiach? — A change of direction in man. All man has to do is to turn to G‑d and heed His voice. By virtue of this very initiative, G‑d’s face will no longer be hidden.

PARASHA TAZRIAH – ROSH CHODESH NISSAN haCHODESH | 29 Adar II – 7 Nissan, 5779

EREV SHABBOS APR 5th  
Shacharis 7 AM
Candles/Mincha/Maariv 7:26 PM

SHABBOS - SAT APR 6th   
Shacharis: 9:30 AM 
Sof Zman Krias Shema 9:54 AM 
Shabbos Mincha 7:26 PM /Seuda Slishit Lite
Maariv/Havdalah 8:26 PM

WEEKDAY SERVICES
Sun Shacharis 9 AM 
Mon – Fri  Shacharis 7 AM
Sun - Thu Mincha 7:40 PM, followed immediately by Maariv

GALA KIDDUSH AND SEUDA SLISHIT.  
Gala kiddush in honor of Rosh Chodesh Nissan.  Kiddush will feature hamotzi, sushi, meat cholent, salads, and more.  No need to plan for lunch at home. Sponsored by David and Sarah Barak, Shimon and Tova Cox, Shuki and Chani Meyer (with a Mazel Tov to Bella on her 8th birthday), Ivan and Liz Rothman, and Shmueli and Rosi Tenenhaus. Delicious meat cholent made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin.  Seuda Slishit Lite.

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

PRE-PESACH PAMPERING – SUN APR 14th 4:30 PM
Shalak Manicure & Regular Pedicure. Seattle Jewish Women’s Circle. RSVP to 
mherbstman@gmail.com

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.

YOM TOM WOMEN’S MIKVAH BUDDY SYSTEM
During the nights of Yom Tov (4/19, 4/20, 4/25, 4/26) the women’s mikvah will be using a "buddy system".  On those nights, women would need to bring their own attendant.  If a woman needs to use the mikvah on one of those evenings, she should leave a message on the mikvah line or call Mrs. Chanie Levitin at 206-931-4100 at least 72 hours before Yom Tov.  Mrs. Levitin has keys and instructions for each mikvah user, and can address any concerns.

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

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     

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 6:45 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

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

"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

Pre-Pesach Class SUN APR 7th 10 AM
How to Prepare for Pesach, Both Physically and Spiritually,Without Going Crazy. At Mercaz. email avirabbi@gmail.com

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.

JCC SOFTBALL LEAGUE
Team with Ariel Green and Ben Dershowitz sponsored by Leah’s Catering.  Info: 
Bdersho@uw.edu

Sephardic Lecture Series APR 28th 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 TAZRIAH
https://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2470433/jewish/Tazria.htm ©SichosInEnglish.

The names of the Torah readings were chosen not because they are the first — or close to the first — words of the Torah reading, but because they convey the theme of the Torah reading as a whole.

It appears difficult to resolve this concept with the name of this week’s Torah reading, Tazria, for the word tazria and the predominant subject of the reading, the affliction of tzaaras, appear to be direct opposites. Tazria means “conceive;” referring to the generation of new life.

Tzaraas, by contrast, refers to a unique affliction. Though commonly translated as leprosy, it is not analogous to that physical ailment. Though it affects a person’s body, it primarily has to do with his soul. In that vein, our Sages say: “One afflicted with tzaraas is considered as dead.” Why then is a name associated with the conception of life given to a Torah reading whose primary subject appears to be of an opposite nature?

The resolution of the question centers on the concept that a person is afflicted with tzaraasas punishment for speaking lashon hora, slanderous gossip. Now reward and punishment is one of the fundamental concepts of the Torah. Indeed, Rambam considers it as one of his Thirteen Principles of Faith. At the core of the issue is the axiom that a person must take responsibility for his conduct. He must realize that his deeds have consequences. G‑dwatches his every act and rewards a person or punishes him as his conduct warrants.

When, however, G‑d metes out punishment, it is not for the sake of retribution. He is not a vengeful G‑d who seeks to cause a person suffering. On the contrary, He is compassionate and merciful. If He metes out punishment, that punishment is itself an act of mercy. The intent is not only that the suffering cleanses the blemish that the person brought about through sin and causes it to be absolved. Instead, the intent is that the punishment serves as cue for the sinner to change his conduct and correct the inner fault that led to the sin.

The punishment of tzaraas is a classic illustration of this principle. As mentioned, tzaraascame as punishment for slanderous gossip, the type of talk that drives wedges between people. As a consequence, one afflicted with tzaraas is compelled to experience solitude. “He must dwell alone, outside the camp of his dwelling.”

In this way, he will understand the error of his ways and he will change. The punishment itself will be the catalyst for his personal growth.

Herein lies the connection with Tazria, the generation of new life. The Torah reading teaches that there are times when life is generated through positive activities. And there are other instances, when a negative situation, even one as severe as tzaraas, will stimulate the beginning of new life and energy. From this instance, we can extrapolate to other situations. Even if circumstances appear negative, we should appreciate them as cues from Above to initiate a new beginning.

Looking to the Horizon

The concluding prophecies of the Book of Isaiah employ birth as an analogy for the coming of Mashiach. What is the difference between an unborn fetus and an infant who has emerged into the world? They both are alive. But the fetus does not function as an independent organism. It does not eat or breathe on its own and its perceptions are limited to the environment of its mother’s womb.

The infant, by contrast, functions independently and it is sensitive to all the stimuli in the world outside of it. True, it needs time to grow and develop, but from the moment, it emerges from the womb, it is living on its own.

These factors enable us to understand the analogue: mankind’s emergence in the era of Mashiach. Throughout the centuries of exile — and to a certain extent, even before that, when the Temple stood in Jerusalem — mankind has not been aware of the true nature of the world. Like a fetus in its mother’s womb, its view of reality has been drastically limited, because it has seen only the material dimensions of existence, without perceiving the spiritual life-force.

As a result, like a fetus, mankind has always been taking; functioning as a recipient of Divine bounty rather than living on its own. As the Divine potential within the world surfaces in the era of Mashiach, man will emerge with a new identity. Hence, Mashiach’s coming is described as birth.

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