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Shabbos Shlach – Mevarchim Tamuz | 25 Sivan – 2 Tamuz, 5779

Erev Shabbos, Fri June 27th
Shacharis: 7  AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  8:52 PM

Shabbos Sat June 28th 
Tehilim for Mevarchim Tamuz 8 AM
Shacharis: 9:30 AM 
Mincha 8:52 PM. Pirkei Avos Chapter 3.  Seuda Slishit Lite.
Maariv/Havdalah 10:02 PM

Weekday Services
Sun Shacharis 9 AM
Mon,Tue,Fri Shacharis 7 AM 
Wed, Thu 6:50 AM /ROSH CHODESH TAMUZ
Sun-Thu Mincha 8:15 pm /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN 6 PM
In the CSTL Social Hall. In honor of the yahrzeit on 23rd  Sivan of R. Yaakov Pollack , Rabbi first in Prague and then in Cracow. In Cracow he established a large yeshiva that attracted thousands of students. R. Yaakov devised a new method of Talmudic study known as pilpul, with the goal of stimulating the intellectual abilities of his students. Although many scholars of subsequent generations opposed this method, R. Yaakov succeeded in bringing about a renewal of Talmudic study in Poland, which became a major Torah center for the next four centuries.  
www.chabad.org/calendar

SHABBOS – KIDDUSH 
Farewell Gala Kiddush in honor of the Tennenhaus Family.  The co-sponsors are: Rabbi SB and Chani Levitin, Shimon & Tova Cox; Velvel & Mushka Rosler; Adam & Jenny Minkus;  Yossi & Rachel Greenberg; Dr. Vernon & Liz Neppe;  Andre & Liz Roth-Jacobovitz;  Rabbi Avremi & Chavi Gitler; Andy & Nina Krasnow; Rabbi Safo & Frumi Marasow; Paul & Tamar Azous; Shuki & Chani Meyer; Rabbi Avi & Marave Herbstman; Ben & Myriam Caro and Moishe & Karen Yalovsky.   Delicious meat cholent is made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin. 

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

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

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 7:50 PM
One hour before Shabbos mincha.

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

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

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

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

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

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

SHIURIM WITH DR TRACHTMAN SUN,MON,TUE, and WED 7-8 PM 
Via teleconference. Info and registration: Joseph N. Trachtman, O.D., Ph.D.  206-412-5985
tracht@accommotrac.com .
SUN: Chayenu. Chassidic Discourse from one of the Rebbeim, Letters from the Rebbe, and a  Chassidic story. 
MON: Sichos in English. English translation of the Rebbe's Sichos by the weekly Parshah.
TUE:  Ein Yaakov in English: A Basic Course. For both its stories and gentle introduction to the Gemara, Ein Yaakov is unique. It has been studied traditionally for centuries. With recent English translations of Ein Yaakov and the Gemara, the secrets of the Torah are now available to everyone.
WED: Navi (Prophets) with English translation and commentary.

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.. Looking forward to giving your child the best summer experience. With questions, call or text Rabbi Kavka 206-730-2775

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


COMMUNITY NEWS

Shalom Baby Baskets
Available for every Jewish baby in the Seattle area, sponsored by Jewish Community Center. 
https://sjcc.org/events-classes/families/shalom-baby/  To register, call Talya Kurland, 206-388-0828. The Shalom Baby basket is suitable for children ages birth through age 2.

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

RHODES/KOS MEMORIAL – 7 PM TUE JUL. 23rd 
Please join us for a special evening "Honoring the Legacy of Survivors in our Community"The program includes a screening of the film "Sephardic Memories of the Holocaust", a panel discussion featuring local descendants of survivors, a Hashkava memorial service and Sephardic dessert reception. To RSVP call 206-722-5500 or email 
office@ezrabessaroth.net 

EZRA BESSAROTH GALA DINNER W/ MICHAEL MEDVED - SUN SEP 1st 
Plan to join us for an exciting and glamorous evening of celebrating all we love about Ezra Bessaroth. This gala event will feature best-selling author, movie critic, radio host and local celebrity, Michael Medved. 

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

Sephardic Lecture Series 
At Sephardic Bikur Holim. 
www.SBHSeattle.org (206) 723-3028

AIRPORT , LOCAL TRIPS, AND KOSHER RESTAURANT DELIVERY! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER
NOW PROVIDING MOVING AND VAN SERVICE (UP TO 12 PEOPLE)
Competitive rates, excellent service.  Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com
 


REBBE’S SICHO -  SHLACH
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/2317561/jewish/Shelach.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

This Torah reading focuses on the spies sent out to gather information about Eretz Yisrael. They came back, telling the people how terrifying the nations dwelling there were and how difficult, virtually impossible, it would be for the Jews to conquer the land of Israel. The people lost heart and wanted to turn back to Egypt. When G‑d saw this, He told Moses that the people were unfit for this mission of entering the land. They would wander in the desert for an additional 40 years and it would not be until the next generation that the people would enter Eretz Yisrael.

There is one telling line in the report the spies brought back. They told the people: “We saw the giants, the sons of the titan.... We were like grasshoppers in our eyes and so we were in theirs.”

Because they cowered in fear, their fear became a self-fulfilling prophecy. They lost their self-respect and, consequently, others had no respect for them.

Ultimately, the image a person projects outward is a reflection of the way he or she looks at himself. When the spies saw themselves as powerless, they became so and the Canaanites perceived them in that manner.

But what should they have done? They saw giants!

A positive self-image has to be genuine. The intent is not to fool others and even yourself with false bravado. Since the Canaanites were giants, how could the Jews have the self-confidence to think that they could defeat them?

Because they should have realized that inside, they were also giants. Indeed, they possessed far greater power than the Canaanites. The power the Canaanites possessed was merely physical. Now when two strong people are pitted against each other in battle, they both lose. One may emerge the victor, but he will also suffer losses. And the outcome is unpredictable. For when two people grapple with each other, it is impossible to know who is going to emerge victorious.

The Jews, by contrast, possessed far greater resources of strength. Their power was not physical, it was spiritual. They were not going to war because of their own strength. On the contrary, they were obviously a weaker nation physically. They were able to conquer Eretz Yisrael for one reason alone: because G‑d would assist them. And since G‑d was going to help them, it did not matter how powerful their foes were.

They had a tremendous potential to develop a positive self-image, because the truth of their being was an inner G‑dly spark, the soul that we all possess, and moreover, they had received G‑d’s assurance. The only challenge was that of properly focusing their attention. Instead of viewing the world through the myopic lens of humanity, they were invited — and expected — to see things from G‑d’s perspective.

That invitation is available to each one of us. We all confront the challenge of entering Eretz Yisrael: i.e., entering a world that is daunting and trying. We must realize that we have the inner strength to prevail, because we stand for more than ourselves. We are given a mission to make this world a dwelling for G‑d and there is nothing that can stand in the way of the fulfillment of that mission. With this in mind, we can proceed with true strength and confidence.

Looking to the Horizon

The Torah reading concludes with the mitzvah of tzitzis, the tassels worn on the four corners of our garments. Although the physical commandments are fulfilled only in our material world, our Sages also speak of how G‑d Himself, so to speak, fulfills His own commandments, as hinted at in the verse, “He tells His words to Yaakov, His statutes and His ordinances to Yisrael.” In the words of the Midrash: “A man of flesh habitually tells others to perform actions, though he himself does not perform them. Not so with the Holy One, blessed be He: the acts that He Himself performs, He commands the Jewish people to perform and to observe.”

Through our fulfillment of the mitzvah of tzitzis, whose four corners we gather together every morning, we hasten the fulfillment of this mitzvah by G‑d Himself — the ingathering of the Jewish people from the four corners of the earth.

Shabbos Behaaloscha | 18-25 Sivan, 5779

Erev Shabbos, Fri June 21st 
Shacharis: 7  AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  8:52 PM

Shabbos Sat June 22nd  
Shacharis: 9:30 AM 
Mincha 8:52 PM. Pirkei Avos Chapter 2.  Seuda Slishit Lite.
Maariv/Havdalah 10:02 PM

Weekday Services
Sun Shacharis 9 AM
Mon -Fri Shacharis 7 AM 
Sun-Thu Mincha 8:15 pm /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN 6 PM
In the CSTL Social Hall. In honor of the yahrzeit on 19th Sivan of Rabbi Yehuda ibn Attar (1655–1733),
https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/112384/jewish/Rabbi-Chaim-ibn-Attar.htm. Rabbi ibn Attar served as rabbi in Fez, is regarded as one of the greatest leaders among Moroccan Jewry.  www.chabad.org/calendar

SHABBOS – KIDDUSH 
Thank you to this week’s kiddush sponsors:  Tatyana Gertzen and her family in loving memory of their father,  grandfather and great grandfather, Yosif ben Reuvin Z”L; and  Shprintze Kavka and her family in memory of their father, grandfather and great grandfather, Alexander ben Avigor Z”L. Delicious cholent is made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin. 

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

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

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 7:50 PM
One hour before Shabbos mincha.

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

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

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

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

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

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

SHIURIM WITH DR TRACHTMAN SUN,MON,TUE, and WED 7-8 PM 
Via teleconference. Info and registration: Joseph N. Trachtman, O.D., Ph.D.  206-412-5985
tracht@accommotrac.com .
SUN: Chayenu. Chassidic Discourse from one of the Rebbeim, Letters from the Rebbe, and a  Chassidic story. 
MON: Sichos in English. English translation of the Rebbe's Sichos by the weekly Parshah.
TUE:  Ein Yaakov in English: A Basic Course. For both its stories and gentle introduction to the Gemara, Ein Yaakov is unique. It has been studied traditionally for centuries. With recent English translations of Ein Yaakov and the Gemara, the secrets of the Torah are now available to everyone.
WED: Navi (Prophets) with English translation and commentary.

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.. Looking forward to giving your child the best summer experience. With questions, call or text Rabbi Kavka 206-730-2775

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


COMMUNITY NEWS

Second Annual "One People, One Heart" Community Event MON  JUN 24th 
Keynote speaker will be former Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau. More info: 
www.chabadofseattle.org

SEFARDI FEST – SUN JUN 23rd 9 AM – 3 PM
Enjoy incredible delicacies, music, lectures and special activities for the kids at the Annual Festival of Sefardi Food & Culture.  At Ezra Bessaroth 
www.EzraBessaroth.net

Shalom Baby Baskets
Available for every Jewish baby in the Seattle area, sponsored by Jewish Community Center. 
https://sjcc.org/events-classes/families/shalom-baby/  To register, call Talya Kurland, 206-388-0828. The Shalom Baby basket is suitable for children ages birth through age 2.

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

RHODES/KOS MEMORIAL – 7 PM TUE JUL. 23rd 
Please join us for a special evening "Honoring the Legacy of Survivors in our Community"The program includes a screening of the film "Sephardic Memories of the Holocaust", a panel discussion featuring local descendants of survivors, a Hashkava memorial service and Sephardic dessert reception. To RSVP call 206-722-5500 or email 
office@ezrabessaroth.net 

EZRA BESSAROTH GALA DINNER W/ MICHAEL MEDVED - SUN SEP 1st 
Plan to join us for an exciting and glamorous evening of celebrating all we love about Ezra Bessaroth. This gala event will feature best-selling author, movie critic, radio host and local celebrity, Michael Medved. 

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

Sephardic Lecture Series 
At Sephardic Bikur Holim. 
www.SBHSeattle.org (206) 723-3028

AIRPORT , LOCAL TRIPS, AND KOSHER RESTAURANT DELIVERY! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER
NOW PROVIDING MOVING AND VAN SERVICE (UP TO 12 PEOPLE)
Competitive rates, excellent service.  Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com


 REBBE’S SICHO -  BEHAALOSCHA
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/2317560/jewish/Behaaloscha.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

The week’s Torah reading begins with a description of the command to kindle the Menorah,the candelabra in the Sanctuary and later in the Temple. After relating the command, it concludes the subject with the words: “And Aaron did so.” On that phrase, our Sages comment: “This relates Aaron’s praise, that he did not change,” i.e., he did not deviate from G‑d’s command.

What kind of praise is that? Why would one think that Aaron would deviate? Moses had received the command to light the Menorah from G‑d and conveyed it to Aaron. Is there any reason to think that he would do something other than what G‑d commanded?

Among the explanations of our Sages’ statement:

a) Aaron saw the spiritual impact of the kindling of the Menorah. The seven branches of the Menorah refer to the seven emotional qualities that make up our spiritual personalities. Kindling the lights implies inspiring each of those qualities to shine with G‑dly light. And kindling these lights on the earthly plane brings about an outpouring of light from the spiritual qualities that parallel our emotions. Aaron’s service was so lofty that it did not bring about any change or spiritual degradation in the radiance of that light. As it was revealed above, so too, was Aaron able to reveal it on this earthly plane.

b) Despite his knowledge of the tremendous implication of lighting the menorah, Aaron was able to steel himself and perform the physical actions precisely as commanded. Many people get excited when they realize the profound effect their actions have and they have trouble controlling themselves. Aaron mastered himself. Despite the knowledge he had and the happiness and love that knowledge evoked, Aaron did not spill the oil or stumble; he was able to maintain his composure and kindle the Menorah exactly as commanded.

c) Aaron did not change within himself. He felt no extra pride because of what he was doing. Rather he fulfilled G‑d’s command with the dedication of a simple servant.

d) Throughout his life, his enthusiasm while performing this mitzvah did not change. Day-in and day-out, he performed this action with the same enthusiasm and energy as when initially commanded. It was not a habitual repetition, but a new service each day, with new energy, joy, and vitality that reflected how he was drawing down new light from above.

Our Sages state that the kindling of the Menorah endures forever all time. Although the Temple is destroyed and its lights are not kindled in a physical sense, there are spiritual giants who like Aaron are able to spark the fires of our emotions and motivate us to fiery love for G‑d.

Looking to the Horizon

This week’s Torah reading also relates the journeys of the Jewish people through the desert. After having camped at Sinai for more than a year, they broke camp and began the trek to Eretz Yisrael. Our Sages explain that these journeys reflect an eternal pattern. In a larger sense, they can be understood as describing a paradigm that exists throughout our nation’s history. The entry into Eretz Yisrael represents the culmination of the process, the coming of Mashiach.

In this vein, our Rabbis note that the desert is called “the desert of the nations” and compare our people’s journey through it with their journey through “the desert of the nations” in our 2000 years of exile.

On the journey through the desert, the ark would be carried before the people. It’s like a child learning to walk. He stands. His parents stand somewhat away from him and the child steps toward them. As he proceeds forward, they take a step backward, maintaining eye-contact with him and leading him forward.

This was the pattern in which the ark led the people through the desert and this is the pattern, albeit without the conscious connection, with which G‑d is leading us on our collective journey until, together with Mashiach, we return to Eretz Yisrael

Shabbos Naso | 11-18 Sivan, 5779

Erev Shabbos, Fri June 13th  
Shacharis: 7  AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  8:50 PM

Shabbos Sat June 14th 
Shacharis: 10 AM 
Mincha 8:50 PM. Pirkei Avos Chapter 1.  Seuda Slishit Lite.
Maariv/Havdalah 10 PM

Weekday Services
Sun Shacharis 9 AM
Mon -Fri Shacharis 7 AM 
Sun-Thu Mincha 8:15 pm /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN 6 PM
In the CSTL Social Hall. In honor of the wedding anniversary (11th  of Sivan) of the Rebbe’s parents, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson (1878-1944) and Rebbetzin Chana Yanovsky (1880-1964). Their oldest son, Menachem Mendel, was born two years later, on the 11th of Nissan (1902). 
www.chabad.org/calendar

SHABBOS – KIDDUSH 
Full Kiddush this week is sponsored by Arielle and Meir  Zwanziger, to thank Rabbi Levitin, Rabbi Kletenik, Yossi Greenberg and Jonathan Greene, for helping them to add their new house into the eruv. Delicious meat cholent is made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin.  ALSO, a huge Mazel Tov to Meir's cousin, Sara Werb on her marriage to Jacob Moshinsky.

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

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

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 7:50 PM
One hour before Shabbos mincha.

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

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

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

Weekly Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin –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

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

SHIURIM WITH DR TRACHTMAN SUN,MON,TUE, and WED 7-8 PM 
Via teleconference. Info and registration: Joseph N. Trachtman, O.D., Ph.D.  206-412-5985
tracht@accommotrac.com .
SUN: Chayenu. Chassidic Discourse from one of the Rebbeim, Letters from the Rebbe, and a  Chassidic story. 
MON: Sichos in English. English translation of the Rebbe's Sichos by the weekly Parshah.
TUE:  Ein Yaakov in English: A Basic Course. For both its stories and gentle introduction to the Gemara, Ein Yaakov is unique. It has been studied traditionally for centuries. With recent English translations of Ein Yaakov and the Gemara, the secrets of the Torah are now available to everyone.
WED: Navi (Prophets) with English translation and commentary.

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.. Looking forward to giving your child the best summer experience. With questions, call or text Rabbi Kavka 206-730-2775

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


 COMMUNITY NEWS

Second Annual "One People, One Heart" Community Event, JUN 24th 
Keynote speaker will be former Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau. More info: 
www.chabadofseattle.org

Modern Anti-Semitism and Anti-Zionism: Is there a Separation - Wed Jun 19th 7:30 PM
Speaker at CSTL:  Regina Sassoon Friedland,  Regional Director. American Jewish Committee. Complimentary attendance but we need RSVP. RSVP to Education Committee Chair, Dr. Vernon Neppe  
psyche@pni.org

Basarfest at BCMH Sunday, June 16th  6 PM 
Featuring MEAT.   
www.BCMHSeattle.org ,

SEFARDI FEST – SUN JUN 23rd 9 AM – 3 PM
Enjoy incredible delicacies, music, lectures and special activities for the kids at the Annual Festival of Sefardi Food & Culture.  At Ezra Bessaroth 
www.EzraBessaroth.net

Shalom Baby Baskets
Available for every Jewish baby in the Seattle area, sponsored by Jewish Community Center. 
https://sjcc.org/events-classes/families/shalom-baby/  To register, call Talya Kurland, 206-388-0828. The Shalom Baby basket is suitable for children ages birth through age 2.

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

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

Federation Annual Meeting Thu June 20th 7 PM
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle invites you to our 2019 Annual Meeting to honor community award recipients and learn about Federation's impact on our community. At Stroum JCC - Mercer Island 
www.JewishinSeattle.org

Sephardic Lecture Series 
At Sephardic Bikur Holim. 
www.SBHSeattle.org (206) 723-3028

AIRPORT , LOCAL TRIPS, AND KOSHER RESTAURANT DELIVERY! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER
NOW PROVIDING MOVING AND VAN SERVICE (UP TO 12 PEOPLE)
Competitive rates, excellent service.  Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com


REBBE’S SICHO -  NASO
https://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2470441/jewish/Naso.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

This week’s Torah reading contains the mitzvah of nizirus, taking nazirite vows. That subject presents a paradox. On one hand, regarding a nazirite, the Torah states: “The diadem of his G‑d is upon his head... He is holy unto G‑d” and he is equated with a prophet, as it is written: “And from your sons, I will raise [some] as prophets, and from your youths, [some] as nazirites.”

Nevertheless, the Torah also requires a nazirite to bring a sin-offering, stating that he has “sinned against his soul.” And our Sages speak critically of him, posing a rhetorical question: “Are not the things which the Torah has prohibited sufficient for you? [Why] must you add further prohibitions?”

For asceticism was always disdained by the Torah. As opposed to other faiths which place other-worldly hermits on pedestals, Judaism puts the emphasis on sanctifying the here and now, bringing holiness into the context of our ordinary experience. In that vein, our Sages taught that the verse: “Know Him in all your ways” is “A small passage upon which all the fundamentals of Torah depend.” For Judaism underscores the importance of knowing G‑d, not only in the synagogue or the house of study, but in every dimension of our everyday lives: in our business, our homes, and even in the way we relax. As Maimonides says: “A person should direct his heart and the totality of his behavior to one goal, becoming aware of G‑d, blessed be He. The way he rests, rises, and speaks should all be directed to this end.” For the purpose of creation is to use every element of existence in G‑d’s service.

By denying himself wine, a nazirite takes an opposite tact. Wine is the symbol of happiness and pleasure, a substance that enables us to let loose and relax. But this happiness and relaxation should be a holy experience, carried out in a manner which brings a person closer to the Divine. When a person abstains from wine, he is saying that he does not know how to sanctify such activity.

Why then is a nazirite praised? Because sometimes a person must admit his shortcomings. When a person looks himself in the mirror and realizes that he has certain tendencies that he is almost powerless to control, he is in fact taking the first step towards controlling them. Again to quote Maimonides, “taking and maintaining vows to abstain from certain [undesirable] elements [of conduct] ingrains in a person the tendency to bridle the desires he seeks to curb.” This tendency will continue and it will be easy for him to acquire the quality of restraint — i.e., the tendency to protect oneself from impurity.”

So when a nazirite takes a vow to develop self-control and inner discipline, the Torah considers it admirable. When he does so because he thinks that G‑d’s ultimate intent is other-worldly abstinence, our Sages consider his conduct comparable to sin.

Looking to the Horizon

The ultimate resolution of the inner conflict described above will be in the era of Mashiachwhen “Good will flow in abundance and all the delights will be freely available as dust.” At present, since material existence presents a challenge and a person could genuinely need curbs, restraint plays an important role in our Divine service.

But in the era of Mashiach, when “The occupation of the entire world will be solely to know G‑d,” there will be no need for such checks. For in that environment of revealed G‑dliness, man will not be motivated by selfish desires. He will take advantage of all the good the world has to offer, but will appreciate how that good is an expression of G‑d’s kindness and therefore employ all of these influences in His service.

Bamidbar - Shavuot | 26 Iyar – 4 Siva

Erev Shabbos, Fri June 7th  
Shacharis: 7  AM
Mincha/Candles  8:46 PM /REMEMBER TO LIGHT A 24+ hr CANDLE
Maariv 9:48 PM /COUNT OMER #49/

Shabbos & Erev Shavuos, Sat June 8th 
Shacharis: 9:30 AM 
Mincha 8:46 PM. Pirkei Avos Chapter 6.  Seuda Slishit Lite.
Maariv/Havdalah 9:53 /Havdalah in Kiddush/ Light Yom Tov Candles from Existing Flame
All Night Shavuos Learning Starts Sat. Night 11:45 AM

Shavuous Day One, Sun June 9th 
All Night Shavuos Learning to 3 AM (see below)
Alos haShachar (72 minutes as 16.1 degrees) 2:45 AM
Latest time for Shema 9:10 AM
Shacharis: 10 AM /READING OF THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
Mincha 8:50 PM. 
Maariv  9:55 /Light Yahrzeit & Yom Tov from Existing Flame

Shavuos Day Two, Mon June 10th 
Shacharis: 9:30 AM  /YIZKOR
Mincha 8:15 PM. /FOLLOWED BY YOM TOV FARBRENGEN
Maariv/Havdalah 9:56

Weekday Services
Tue -Fri Shacharis 7 AM 
Tue-Thu Mincha 8:15 pm /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN 6 PM
In the CSTL Social Hall. In honor of the Rebbe, who in 1986 made a personal request that all communities are to have a Farbrengen during Mincha of Shabbos Parshas Bamidbar, which was Shabbos Mivarchim Sivan, in living with the spirit of Matan Torah when we were one nation united with one heart and one soul.
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SHABBOS – KIDDUSH LITE
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SUMPTUOUS SHAVUOS DAY ONE KIDDUSH LUNCH
Shavuos Dairy Lunch sponsored by Rabbi SB and Chani Levitin, in honor of the Yahrzeit Rabbi Yisochar Dov ben Yona Weiss.

All-Night Learning – SAT JUN 8th 11 AM – SUN JUN 9th 3 AM
SEFER haMITZVOT (ALL 613 COMMANDMENTS) – 11:45 PM – 1 AM WITH RABBI EMLEN
SHIUR WITH RABBI SB LEVITIN – 1 AM TO 3 AM 
The Talmud relates that when G-d came to give the Torah to the People of Israel in the early morning of Sivan 6 (see "Today in Jewish History" for tomorrow), He found them sleeping. (The Chassidic masters explain that this was an attempt to connect to their subconscious, transcendent self in preparation for their reception of the divine wisdom.) To rectify this lapse, we spend the entire first night of Shavuot (which begins at nightfall tonight) studying Torah. The traditional Tikkun Leil Shavout ("Rectification for Shavuot Night") study program includes the opening and closing verses of each book of the Written Torah (Tanach), as well as of each Parshah; the entire Book of Ruth (see "Laws and Customs" for tomorrow); the opening and closing sections of each tractate of the Talmud; a list of the 613 mitzvot; and selected readings from the Zohar and other Kabbalistic works.

SUNDAES IN THE PARK – SUN JUN 9th 5 PM
At View Ridge Park.  Sponsored by Mrs. Chani Levitin

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -PENDING
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LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY – 8:45 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class.

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 7:50 PM
One hour before Shabbos mincha.

CSTL TOT PROGRAM 10:30 am – 12:30 pm /TBD
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CSTL JUNIOR CONGREGATION  10 am – Noon 
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WOMEN’S SUNDAY TEHILLIM AT CSTL – 10 AM /NOT THIS WEEK
In the library.  Come say a prayer for those in need. 

Weekly Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin –Sundays following 9am Shacharis /NOT THIS WEEK
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, 
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Talmud Class - Mesechet SANHEDRIN with Rabbi Mendy Levitn 
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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.. Looking forward to giving your child the best summer experience. With questions, call or text Rabbi Kavka 206-730-2775

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE /NEW PRICES
If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact Marion Kitz Gabbai Kiddush,
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 COMMUNITY NEWS

Second Annual "One People, One Heart" Community Event, JUN 24th 
Keynote speaker will be former Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau. More info: 
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VIDEO SHIUR WITH RABBI TANENBAUM OF BCMH
https://vimeo.com/339392945 “Making Requests in our Tefilah – Exploring the Depths of the Amida”

Modern Anti-Semitism and Anti-Zionism: Is there a Separation - Wed Jun 19th 7:30 PM
Speaker at CSTL:  Regina Sassoon Friedland,  Regional Director. American Jewish Committee. Complimentary attendance but we need RSVP. RSVP to Education Committee Chair, Dr. Vernon Neppe  
psyche@pni.org

Basarfest at BCMH Sunday, June 16th  6 PM 
Featuring MEAT.   
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SEFARDI FEST – SUN JUN 23rd 9 AM – 3 PM
Annual Festival of Sefardi Food & Culture.  At Ezra Bessaroth 
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Shalom Baby Baskets
Available for every Jewish baby in the Seattle area, sponsored by Jewish Community Center. 
https://sjcc.org/events-classes/families/shalom-baby/  To register, call Talya Kurland, 206-388-0828. The Shalom Baby basket is suitable for children ages birth through age 2.

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

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

Federation Annual Meeting Thu June 20th 7 PM
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle invites you to our 2019 Annual Meeting to honor community award recipients and learn about Federation's impact on our community. At Stroum JCC - Mercer Island 
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Sephardic Lecture Series 
At Sephardic Bikur Holim. 
www.SBHSeattle.org (206) 723-3028

Mercaz Shavuaton JUNE 7th – 10th 
At Camp Salomon Schechter.  
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 REBBE’S SICHO -  BAMIDBAR
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This week’s Torah reading describes the census of the Jewish people taken after the construction of the Sanctuary. Counting implies two concepts: a) we count something that is important; b) counting something increases its importance, making it more significant in our eyes.

Why does G‑d have the Jews counted? Because He cherishes them. Every Jew counts as one, because every Jew is as dear to G‑d as an only child born to parents in their old age. Conversely, counting the Jews brings their positive quality to the surface. For when a person knows that he is counted, he realizes that he is being counted for a reason: that he has a mission and purpose that is unique and special.

This is not just a point of faith; it is a logical construct. Just as a person building a structure tries to ensure that every element in it is functional, so too, in our Sages’ words, “the Holy One, blessed be He, did not create anything without a purpose.” Each one of us is different from all others and that difference implies that he has been given the opportunity to add something — a unique contribution that no one else can make — to bring this world to its consummate purpose.

Counting an individual makes him aware of his mission and encourages him to fulfill it. Simply put, counting someone motivates him to make himself count. It teaches him to look inside and discover his individual purpose and then work to carry it out.

There is a parallel to this concept in Jewish Law. In the laws of kashrus, we find the idea of bittul bishishim, i.e., when a non-kosher substance is mixed with sixty times its volume of kosher food, the non-kosher substance does not cause the mixture to be considered forbidden. There is simply too much of the kosher substance for the presence of the non-kosher substance to be considered significant. Since there is so little of it, it’s as if it’s not there at all.

When does that apply? When the non-kosher substance is of an ordinary nature. When, however, it is important, that importance prevents it from ever being considered insignificant. For example, if a particularly choice piece of meat falls into a soup containing milk, the soup is considered non-kosher even if its volume is more than sixty times the meat. Because this cut of meat is noteworthy, it is never considered as if it did not exist.

Now another example of a substance that is always considered as important is a substance sold by number. The fact that every entity is counted individually shows that it is significant even though its volume is surpassed exceedingly by that of the other substances.

Similarly, in the spiritual analogue, counting the Jewish people prevents the Jewish people from ever being considered as insignificant. Though they will face challenges and travails from within and without, the fact that G‑d treasures them and looks toward them for their contribution will give them the strength to persevere and accomplish their mission.

These concepts also relate to the present time of year: the days of Counting the Omer.Counting the days teaches us to bring out the positive quality that each day uniquely possesses, using it to its fullest.

Looking to the Horizon

Our Sages relate that there have been nine censuses of the entire Jewish people and the tenth census will be conducted in the Era of Mashiach. For this is the age when the cherished nature of the Jewish people will reach consummate fulfillment. Every individual will play his role in bringing the world to its desired state.

This census will, however, be different than the previous nine. As the prophet declares: “The number of the children of Israel will be like the sand of the sea, which can be neither measured nor counted.” In that era, the infinite G‑dly quality that pervades our people and this world will be manifest.

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