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Shabbos Pinchas – Mevarchim Menachem Av | 23 Tamuz – 1 Av, 5779

Erev Shabbos, Fri July 26th
Shacharis: 7  AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  8:33 PM

Shabbos Sat July 27th 
Tehilim for Mevarchim Menachem Av 8 AM
Shacharis: 9:30 AM /Latest Shema 9:28 AM
Mincha 8:33 PM. Pirkei Avos Chapter 1.  Seuda Slishit Lite.
Maariv/Havdalah 9:38 PM

Weekday Services
Sun Shacharis 9 AM
Mon -Thu Shacharis 7 AM 
Fri Shacharis 6:50 AM /ROSH CHODESH MENACHEM AV
Mon-Thu Mincha 8:15 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV

SHABBOS – KIDDUSH 
Kiddush this week is sponsored by Yehoshua and Shoshana Greenblatt, in honor of their daughter, Chana's, Birthday!!!  Cholent sponsors are Rabbi Alter and Debbie Levitin and Eli and Ilana Duban, sponsoring with scotch for Shabbos Mevorchim Menahem Av! Delicious meat cholent is made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin.

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN 6 PM
In the CSTL Social Hall. In honor of the 23rd of Tamuz, yahrzeit of Rabbi Moshe Cordovero (≈1522 to 1570) founder of the Kabbalist Academy  of Safed and author of Pardes Rimonim, the authoritative systemization of all Kabbalistic thought up to that time. 
https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/83771/jewish/Rabbi-Moshe-Cordovero.htm

THE THREE WEEKS 
https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/144558/jewish/Tisha-BAv-and-the-3-Weeks.htm

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.

SEATTLE JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE SUMMER BACKYARD PARTY – SUN AUG 4th 7:30 PM
For women only. At the home of Leahle Levitin, 4027 NE 60th Street. Featuring Hena Artist Sarah.  Come meet other women of our community! RSVP 
mherbstman@gmail.com

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 7:30 PM
This week G-d willing we will continue learning  the Rebbe’s M'ammar Tziyon BeMishpat Tipadeh  (1976/5736). The M'ammar discusses how the  spiritual condition of “Galus” Exile,- defined by Choosing your day to day mood based on Material Not  Spiritual achievements and setback,- can only be redeemed by finding the timelessness of Torah within the time of creation.

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 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 .

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


COMMUNITY NEWS

Films in Honor of Chiune Sugihara at Broadway Performance Hall Mon July 29th 6:30 PM
The Holocaust Center for Humanity and the Consulate-General of Japan present a screening of the film Sugihara Survivors, panel discussion with film director Junichi Kajioka, followed by screening of the film Persona Non Grata, which tells the story of Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara, who during World War II issued visas enabling thousands of Lithuanian Jews to flee Europe.
www.jewishinseattle.org

Seattle Kollel Women’s Tisha b’Av Program – Sun Aug 4th 7:30 PM
Hear a panel of our local Rebbetzins, Mrs. Shaindel Bresler, Rebbetzin Rooksie David, Mrs. Tahlia Mollot & Rebbetzin Aliza Tanenbaum. Topic: "How can I feel the loss of the Beit Hamikdash?" 
www.seattlekollel.com

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. 

Eleventh Annual Community StandWithUs Northwest Reception Thu Sept 12th 
At the Hillel at the UW.  Purchase tickets at www.standwithus.com/seattle2019. Questions? Call (206) 801-0902 or email: Northwest@StandWithUs.com

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

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


REBBE’S SICHO -  PINCHAS
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/2317572/jewish/Pinchas.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

This Torah reading relates that after G‑d told Moses to ascend to Mount Nebo to die, Moses asked G‑d to appoint a leader for the people. Often, emphasis is placed on the fact that in this moment, Moses showed the ultimate self-sacrifice. He did not think of himself at all, but instead, asked G‑d to care for His people. In addition to this general lesson, however, the particular dimensions of Moses’ request are also significant.

Moses addresses G‑d as: “G‑d of the spirits of all flesh.” He appeals to the dimension of G‑dliness that understands and relates to the fleshy aspects of the people. For the leader must motivate the people, not only when they are spiritually inspired — then it’s easy to lead — but as they exist within the context of their day-to-day reality.

The commentaries add a further point: Mentioning “the spirits of all flesh” alludes to the necessity for the leader to relate to the spirit of every one of the people. There are often leaders who appeal to a given strata of society and that strata alone. A true Jewish leader finds a way to get through to every member of the people.

Moses states that the leader must “go out before them and come in before them” — i.e., not closet himself in an ivory tower and give directives, but meet the people on their own playing field. And he must be the first to do so. Whether it be in confronting the challenges of war or wrestling with internal matters that challenge the people, the leader must be on the front lines, seeing and dealing with the issues.

And Moses concludes by asking: “May the assembly of G‑d not be like sheep without a shepherd.” This is a prayer for the people themselves, i.e., not only that G‑d appoint a leader for them, but that He give the people the awareness to accept the leader that He appoints.

Looking to the Horizon

Our Rabbis identify Pinchas with the prophet Elijah, the messenger of the Redemption. When the prophet Malachi describes Elijah’s return to announce the coming of the Redemption, he states that Elijah will “turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to the fathers.” Similarly, when the Rambam describes Elijah’s mission, he states that “he will come solely to establish peace.” For one of the fundamental breakthroughs of the era of Mashiach is that it will be an era of peace. Indeed, competition and greed, the inner motivators for strife and friction will cease. Looking back, people will be amazed that in the history of mankind, there was once a time when there were wars, theft, and interpersonal discord. For such matters will be utterly unthinkable in that future era.

Shabbos Balak | Fast of 17th of Tamuz THE THREE WEEKS | 16-25 Tamuz, 5779

Erev Shabbos, Fri July 19th
Shacharis: 7  AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  8:41 PM

Shabbos Sat July 20th 
Shacharis: 9:30 AM /Latest Shema 9:23 AM
Mincha 8:41 PM. Pirkei Avos Chapter 6.  Seuda Slishit Lite.
Maariv/Havdalah 9:47 PM

FAST OF THE SEVENTEENTH OF TAMUZ – SUN JULY 21st 
Fast Begins 3:22 AM
Shacharis 9 AM
Mincha 8:30 PM
Maariv/Fast Ends 9:35 PM

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

SHABBOS – KIDDUSH 
Kiddush Lite this week. Our delicious meat cholent is sponsored by Shmuly and Rosie Tennenhous.  The delicious meat cholent is made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin.

BARUCH DAYAN EMETH
We regret to inform you of the passing of Diane Spinrad ZT”L , mother of Andrew Cohen.  Andrew will return to Seattle on Friday, July 19th to complete shiva, after the funeral in Massachusetts. Shiva visiting hours will be on Sunday and Monday from 12 pm-5 pm at 7343 39th Ave NE.

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN 6 PM
In the CSTL Social Hall. In honor of the 15th of Tamuz, the yahrzeit of the  famed Torah scholar and mystic Rabbi Chayim ben Attar (1696-1743), author of the Ohr HaChayim commentary on the Torah. Born in Morocco, he also lived and taught in Algiers, Italy, Acco and Jerusalem, where he settled a year before his passing. Many stories are told of his holiness and greatness, and of the repeated unsuccessful attempts by Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov to reach the Holy Land and meet with him in the belief that together they could bring the Moshiach and the final redemption.  
www.chabad.org/calendar

THE THREE WEEKS BEGIN THIS SHABBOS JULY 20th  
The 17th of Tammuz also marks the beginning of The Three Weeks period of mourning which culminates on the 9th of Av, commemorating the conquest of Jerusalem, the destruction of the Holy Temple and the dispersion of the Jewish people. Weddings and other joyful events are not held during this period; like mourners, we do not cut our hair, and various pleasurable activities are limited or proscribed. (Consult the Code of Jewish Law (Shulchan Aruch) or a qualified rabbi regarding specific proscriptions). The Lubavitcher Rebbe urged that the Three Weeks should be a time of increased giving of charity and Torah study (in keeping with the verse (Isaiah 1:27), "Zion shall be redeemed by law, and her returnees by charity"), particularly the study of those portions of Torah that deal with the laws and the deeper significance of the Holy Temple. 
www.chabad.org/calendar

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.

WOMEN’S PARENTING GATHERING – TUE JULY 23rd  9:30 AM          
Turning Bullies to Buddies. Sponsored by Seattle Jewish Women’s Circle.  Featuring the Video, “Sarah the Bucket Filler”, based on Izzy Kalman’s approach to bullying. 
https://bullies2buddies.com/ .  At the home of Rabbi Avi and Meirav Herbstman, 4402 NE 65th Street. RSVP mherbstman@gmail.com

SEATTLE JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE SUMMER BACKYARD PARTY – SUN AUG 4th 7:30 PM
For women only. At the home of Leahle Levitin, 4027 NE 60th Street. Featuring Hanna Artist Sarah.  Come meet other women of our community! RSVP 
mherbstman@gmail.com

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
This week G-d willing we will begin learning  the Rebbe’s M'ammar Tziyon BeMishpat Tipadeh  (1976/5736). The M'ammar discusses how the  spiritual condition of “Galus” Exile,- defined by Choosing your day to day mood based on Material Not  Spiritual achievements and setback,- can only be redeemed by finding the timelessness of Torah within the time of creation.

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 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 .

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


COMMUNITY NEWS

Seattle Kollel
July 2 - 26, Boys SEED program at the Kollel
July 2 - 26, Girls SEED program at EB 
Sunday, August 4, 7:30 pm, Rosh Chodesh Tisha B'Av program for Women. Hear a panel of our local Rebbetzins, Mrs. Shaindel Bresler, Rebbetzin Rooksie David, Mrs. Tahlia Mollot & Rebbetzin Aliza Tanenbaum. Topic: "How can I feel the loss of the Beit Hamikdash?" 
Monday, August 12, Kollel Summer Benefit Dinner
More info: www.seattlekollel.com

Zootopia at SJCC - Sun July 21st 10:30 AM
Join with PJ Library and the Stroum Jewish Community Center to watch an animated story set in a city of animals, large and small, where a fox and rabbit form an unlikely partnership to protect them all. Stay for a brief activity afterwards about the "importance of community." 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

Jewish Community Night with the Seattle Mariners Mon July 22nd  7:10 PM
Let's go to the ball game on Jewish Community Night and cheer on the Mariners as they take on the Texas Rangers. Get your tickets now and get a Jewish Community Night t-shirt while supplies last. 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

RHODES/KOS MEMORIAL –TUE JUL. 23rd 7 PM
University of Washington Professor Devin Naar will moderate a panel discussion with three children of survivors from Rhodes and Salonika. Panel members, Vicki Angel, Jack Schaloum and Claire Flash Barkey will share the legacy of the Holocaust and the importance of memory. Other program highlights include: a screening of the film “Sephardic Memories of the Holocaust” produced by the Holocaust Center for Humanity; a musical selection by Hazzan Isaac Azose; a Hashkava (Memorial Prayer) led by Rabbi Benzaquen; and a Sephardic dessert reception. RSVP appreciated. call Ezra Bessaroth at (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. 

Eleventh Annual Community StandWithUs Northwest Reception Thu Sept 12th 
At the Hillel at the UW.  Purchase tickets at www.standwithus.com/seattle2019. Questions? Call (206) 801-0902 or email: Northwest@StandWithUs.com

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

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


REBBE’S SICHO -  BALAK
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/2317571/jewish/Balak.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

The name of this week’s Torah reading: Balak, raises a question:Balak was a wicked man, an immoral king who hated the Jewish people and wanted to destroy them. Our Sages state that a person should not be named after a wicked man. Surely, this applies with regard to the name of a Torah portion. Why then is his name immortalized as the title of this week’s reading?

In resolution: The Torah reading relates how Balak hired Bilaam, a perverse and perverted mystic, and asked him to curse the Jewish people. G‑d, however, frustrated Bilaam’s intent. Whenever he sought to call down Divine curses upon the Jewish people, G‑d forced him to shower powerful blessings upon them instead, including blessings which will become manifest with the coming of Mashiach.

Naming the Torah reading “Balak” is a means of negating and transforming the forces associated with him. The name Balak serves as an eternal source of positive influence, frustrating any power that seeks to harm the Jewish people and showing how it can be transformed into blessing and goodness.

This reflects the Torah’s ultimate purpose: not only to protect and safeguard us from undesirable influences, but to transform those very influences into contributory forces, enabling them to play their part in G‑d’s purpose.

This answer, however, raises a further question, for then it would seem appropriate to name the Torah reading Bilaam and not Balak. After all, Bilaam was also an evil man and it was he and not Balak who actually pronounced the blessings upon the Jewish people. Why then is Balak the one whose name is immortalized as the name of a Torah reading?

Herein lies an important lesson: Without Balak, Bilaam wouldn’t have done anything. True, Bilaam hated the Jews, but he would not have bestirred himself to attempt to curse them had not Balak invited him. Moreover, he initially declined Balak’s offer. It was only Balak’s persistence — sending messengers again with an offer that Bilaam could not refuse — that motivated him to come and attempt to curse the Jews. Simply put, Balak was the catalyst. Without him, the story would never have happened.

Naming the Torah portion Balak teaches us that we all have to use the potentials we possess to instigate positive activity. It is not enough to sit back and wait until we have been asked to contribute, to give of ourselves. Like Balak, to be immortalized in our Torah heritage, you have to take the first step.

To initiate something is hard; you have to battle inertia. For that reason, the Torah uses this example to heighten our awareness of the necessity to be proactive. Not only should we respond to our environment in a manner that the Torah desires, we should take steps to change that environment according to the Torah’s guidelines.

Looking to the Horizon

According to Jewish law, the Haftorah portion of the week reflects the content of the Torah reading as a whole. Now the connection between the weekly reading, Parshas Balak, and its Haftorah is obvious. The Haftorah relates how G‑d commands the Jewish people: “My nation, remember the counsel given by Balak, King of Moab, and the response Bilaamthe son of Beorgavehim from Shittim.” Nevertheless, obvious as it is, that point of connection also appears superficial, because seemingly all it does is mention the chief protagonists of the Torah reading. It does not appear to relate to its general theme.

The connection between the two readings stems from the fact that they both deal with an impending transition. The Torah reading, Parshas Balak, speaks of the time when the Jews were “in the plains of Moab, across from Jericho at the Jordan,” ready to enter Eretz Yisrael. And the Haftorah speaks about the time at the beginning of the Redemption when the last preparations for the complete Redemption will take place.

This period of transition will be fraught with challenges. Therefore, the Haftorah tells us:“not [to] hope from man, nor expect from a mortal.” Instead, one’s faith and trust should be focused above.

This enables us to understand the connection to the entry of the Jewish people into Eretz Yisrael. In the desert, the people were sustained by manna, i.e., their lives were controlled by a miraculous pattern of existence. It was not possible to err and think that human input could make a difference. Moreover, each day, only enough manna for that day descended, emphasizing how one must have absolute trust in G‑d that He will provide for one’s needs day by day.

In contrast, the entry into Eretz Yisrael brought about the beginning of a new phase of human activity. They had to sow their own crops and earn their livelihood through their own efforts. In such a situation, it is possible for man to err and think that his livelihood depends on other factors and he should “hope in a man.” We are not speaking of a person doing anything forbidden, just thinking that if one works harder and invests his time, energy, and resources properly, he will prosper. Taken simply, that is an improper thought. Instead, a person must appreciate that the same utter reliance on G‑d that prevailed in the desert is still necessary.

Does that mean we should sit idly by and hope for miracles? No; the Torah teaches “G‑d will bless you in all you do,” i.e., that man must “do;” he must create a medium for G‑d’s blessings to be manifest. But why must he “do”? Not because the natural order has any significance in and of itself. It is nothing more than “an ax in the hand of the chopper,” the medium G‑d uses to convey His blessings. True, we must employ that medium — work and indeed, work hard — but realize that the source of our success is not our own efforts, but G‑d’s blessings.

The transition we are to face as we proceed to the ultimate redemption to be led by Mashiach is of a reverse nature. Then, the Jews were departing a miraculous setting and entering a natural one. We, by contrast, will be leaving the state of exile where G‑d’s providence is not openly visible and entering an era when “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of G‑d as the waters cover up the ocean bed.” “There will be neither famine nor war, envy or competition, for good will flow in abundance and all the delights will be freely available as dust.”

At the time of the first entry into Eretz Yisrael, the awareness of G‑d engendered during the journey through the desert was intended to influence the Jews’ conduct as they took possession of the land.Similarly, in our time, the knowledge of the G‑dly nature of existence that will prevail during the era of Mashiach should impact our present lives. For we can experience a foretaste of that future era at present, realizing that we have been granted unique blessings and prosperity due to G‑d’s generosity.

Shabbos Chukas | 9-16 Tamuz, 5779

Erev Shabbos, Fri July 12th
Shacharis: 7  AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  8:47 PM

Shabbos Sat July 13th 
Shacharis: 9:30 AM 
Mincha 8:47 PM. Pirkei Avos Chapter 5.  Seuda Slishit Lite.
Maariv/Havdalah 9:53 PM

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

SHABBOS – KIDDUSH 
Kiddush Lite this week. Our delicious meat cholent is sponsored by Eli and Elana Duban, Avrumi and Chavi Gitler, and Moshe Ohrnon.  The cholent is made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin.

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN 6 PM
In the CSTL Social Hall. In honor of the 12th /13th of Tamuz, the days of Liberation of the previous Rebbe, the Rayatz, from Soviet prison.  
www.chabad.org/calendar

FARBRENGEN ALERT – YUD BEIS / YUD GIMEL TAMUZ – MON JULY 15th 7:30 PM 
Rabbi Mendy Levitin will be making a gathering of learning, singing, and words of Torah in honor of Yud Beis / Yud Gimel Tamuz. For men and women. At 4027 NE 60th St. Light refreshments and L'chaim.

BARUCH DAYAN EMETH
We are very sorry to inform the community of the passing of Alex Kon ZT”L, Alexander ben Moshe haCohen, on the 7th of Tammuz. May the family be comforted with all the mourners of Tzion and Yerushalayim.

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.

PARENTING WITH YOUR MIND BODY & SOUL – TUE JULY 16th 9:30 AM    
Sponsored by Seattle Jewish Women’s Circle.  Featuring Rabbi Shimon Russell, licensed psychotherapist.  At the home of Rabbi Avi and Meirav Herbstman, 4402 NE 65th Street. RSVP 
mherbstman@gmail.com

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.  This week G-d willing we will continue with the Rebbes' M'ammar נתת ליראיך נס להתנוסס 1951/5711. The M'ammar discusses and challenges us with understanding the Divine service related to   נסיונות=Tests and extreme situations that we face,  and have to contend with sometimes on a near and constant basis.

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 $350 with meat cholent. Kiddush can be paid for at www.CSTLSeattle.org 


COMMUNITY NEWS

NEW VOLUMES OF THE HEBREW / ENGLISH YALKUT YOSEF NOW AVAILABLE
The new two-volume set of Yalkut Yosef on Tefillin have just been released and are part of the greater 19 volume set that has already been published. If you have any questions or are interested in purchasing these or any other volumes in the set. Please contact Jeffrey Amon at 
jamon18@msn.com

Friendship Circle Grill-Off Thu July 18th  6 PM 
Join with the Friendship Circle of Washington for a fun-packed summer evening with meat galore, beer garden, DJ, inflatables, and more. Featuring one-of-a-kind Chopped Competition for the Friendship Circle 2019 Grill Master Title. Kosher-supervised event, benefiting the Friendship Circle. Gas Works Park – Seattle.  
www.friendshipcirclewa.org

Jewish Community Night with the Seattle Mariners Mon July 22nd  7:10 PM
Let's go to the ball game on Jewish Community Night and cheer on the Mariners as they take on the Texas Rangers. Get your tickets now and get a Jewish Community Night t-shirt while supplies last. 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

Zootopia at SJCC - Sun July 21st 10:30 AM
Join with PJ Library and the Stroum Jewish Community Center to watch an animated story set in a city of animals, large and small, where a fox and rabbit form an unlikely partnership to protect them all. Stay for a brief activity afterwards about the "importance of community." 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

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 -  CHUKAS
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/2317568/jewish/Chukas.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

This week’s Torah reading contains a miraculous narrative: For the tenth time, the Jewish people complained to Moses about their conditions in the desert. G‑d heard their grumblings and sent fiery serpents that wounded the people and caused many to die. When they saw G‑d’s retribution, the people cried out in contrite repentance. Moses prayed on their behalf. G‑d told Moses to make a snake of copper and place it on a high pole. Anyone who was bitten would look at it and live. (This is the source for the image of a snake on a pole that serves as an emblem for healing.)

Our Sages comment: Did the snake causing healing? Instead, when the Jews would look upward, they would turn their hearts to G‑d and then they would be healed.

The snake is obviously a symbolic figure, going back to the Garden of Eden when the snake was the source for man’s sin. On the other hand, the snake also has powerful positive connotations. Indeed, the Hebrew term for snake, נחש, shares the same numerical equivalent as Mashiachמשיח. And it is well known that in Hebrew, numerical equivalence is not coincidental, but rather a function of a shared inner motif.

A third point: נחש, snake, shares the same root letters as נחשת, copper. While valuable, copper is considered as a functional and not a precious metal. True, it is used for coinage, but only for pennies.

One can build with copper. The articles made from it are not precious, but they are useful. Unlike gold and silver, it is not an end in and of itself, but it serves as a functional intermediary.

These three ideas are interrelated. The snake symbolizes man’s desire for material things, as evident from Eve’s response to the serpent’s temptation: “She saw the tree was tasty as food and desirous to the eye.” Now desire is not a negative quality. Quite the contrary, desire can be positive because it rouses man out of inertia and motivates activity.

On the other hand, there is no question that desire can also be detrimental. When a person’s desires are only materially oriented, they are — like the snake’s venom — poisonous, drawing him away from his true humanity, making him subservient to his natural drives and passions.

The snake — desire — has to be placed on a high pole, one that will make man look upward and understand G‑d’s intent. Then the “copper” entities are useful, enabling him to use the material entities he desires for a spiritual purpose. This is our lifework: not to seek transcendent spirituality that raises us above our material realities, but a grounded awareness of G‑d that involves us in physical activities, using them as means to further His intent.

The consummation of this process will come in the era of Mashiach who will bring the world to a higher state of awareness than possessed by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve did not know how to reconcile the physical and the spiritual: that was the core of their sin. In Mashiach’s era, by contrast, G‑dliness will be apparent in every element of existence, even what we now consider as base matters.

Looking to the Horizon

In one of the prophecies concerning the era of Mashiach, Maimonides states that at that time there will be no sickness. On one hand, the lack of sickness will be a natural consequence of the advances in knowledge and the outpouring of goodness that will characterize that future era. It is, however, also a response to the spiritual atmosphere that will prevail then.

In Jewish mysticism, it is explained that חולה, Hebrew for “sickness,” is numerically equivalent to 49. There are 50 Gates of Understanding in the world, 50 levels of knowledge of G‑d and of connection to Him. On his own initiative, man can attain only 49 levels. The 50th gate, however, is beyond his grasp.

What is the source for all sickness in the world? Our inability to proceed beyond the 49th level. Consciously or unconsciously, our souls are lovesick for G‑d. That inner, unsatisfied yearning — being “sick with love” — creates an imbalance that is the root of physical sickness.

In the era of Mashiach, “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of G‑d as the waters cover the ocean bed.” There will no longer be such yearning, for the awareness of G‑d will be within everyone’s reach.

Shabbos Korach | Gimel Tamuz 2-9 Tamuz, 5779

Erev Shabbos, Fri July 5th
Shacharis: 7  AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  8:51 PM

Shabbos Sat July 6th 
Shacharis: 9:30 AM 
Mincha 8:51 PM. Pirkei Avos Chapter 4.  Seuda Slishit Lite.
Maariv/Havdalah 10:00 PM

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

SHABBOS – KIDDUSH 
Kiddush this week for Gimmel Tamez is sponsored by Chabad of Pacific Northwest for the 25th Yahrzeit of The Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson.  Shmulie and Rosie Tennenhaus are also sponsoring, in honor of the shul! A delicious meat cholent is made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin.

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN 6 PM
In the CSTL Social Hall. In honor of the 25th yahrzeit (3rd of Tamuz) of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson ZT”L . Also the date when the previous Rebbe, Rabbi Yoseph Yitzak Schneersohn ZT”L was released from Soviet prison in 1927.  
www.chabad.org/calendar

GIMEL TAMUZ FARBRENGEN 3:30 PM SHABBOS AFTERNOON
In honor of Gimmel Tammuz -the Rebbe’s Yartzeit  - Rabbi Mendy Levitin will be making a gathering of learning, singing, and words of Torah and inspiration on Shabbos afternoon at 3:30pm  for men and women in their backyard at 4027 NE 60th St. Light refreshments and L'chaim.

MAZEL TOV MAZEL TOV!
Mazel Tov to Michael and Ilana Levin and the entire Levin family on the marriage of their son Shmuel!

BARUCH DAYAN EMETH
Will are sorry to inform you that Bev Blum ZT”L (Esther bas Yehuda haLevi) passed away on the 29th of  Shevat. Bev’s sister Susan Benowitz, will be sitting shiva until 1 PM Friday 5th July at the home of Jerry and Carol Strassman, 4846 B South Morgan Street, and will resume Shiva at her home in LA on Sunday afternoon.  On-street parking only.  The community expresses deep condolences to Sue, Bev’s son Steven Blum, and Bev’s husband Peter Blum. May the family be comforted with all the mourners of Tzion and Yerushalayim.

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.  This week G-d willing we will continue with the Rebbes' M'ammar נתת ליראיך נס להתנוסס 1951/5711. The M'ammar discusses and challenges us with understanding the Divine service related to   נסיונות=Tests and extreme situations that we face,  and have to contend with sometimes on a near and constant basis.

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.

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 -  KORACH
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/2317565/jewish/Korach.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

Leadership is a crucial issue throughout society today. In all walks of life, be it business, politics, social relations, we are looking for leaders, people of vision who can motivate others to focus their energies on a goal and work to attain it.

It’s almost too simplistic to say, but the most important aspect of being a leader is the ability to motivate followers. A person can be intelligent, diligent, and full of character virtues, but if he or she cannot get through to others, he or she will not be an effective leader. But how does one get through to others? The oft-tried approach is to appeal to the lowest common denominator.

We all have basic desires: for money, for physical satisfaction, for honor. There are some aspiring leaders who play to these wants, promising — or implying — that accepting their leadership will enable a follower to achieve these ends.

Every once in a while in history, we find leaders of an entirely different nature. They appeal to the highest common denominator, teaching their people to focus on values and principles that transcend their individual selves. Their message communicates: partially, because of their awesome personal integrity, the values that they preach are those that they live by and partially, because the truth of our being is not our petty desires, but our souls that are an actual part of G‑d. When a leader is able to express his inner G‑dly potential, he sparks a desire within his people for them to express theirs.

This is the background against which the rebellion of Korach against Moses described in our Torah reading is played out. Korach comes to Moses with a genuine complaint: “The entire congregation is holy and G‑d is among them. Why do you raise yourself up above the congregation of G‑d?” Within every Jew is a G‑dly spark, an actual part of His infinity. Given that, how can one person be placed above another? The G‑dly potential we possess is the fundamental equalizer. Once it is accepted that every Jew possesses such a potential, seemingly, there is no place for a hierarchy. Why then, Korach asks, should Moses serve as an absolute authority and Aaron, as the High Priest?

In resolution, it can be explained that there is a difference between the existence of a potential and its expression. Of course, every Jew possesses a Divine potential, but he also possesses natural drives and tendencies which divert his attention and distract him from focusing on that Divine gift. Yes, we are all innately holy. But we also have other innate, natural drives. The goal of a genuine Jewish leader is to motivate the people to heighten the expression of their inner G‑dliness.

This was the unique role of Moses. Through his inner Divine service, he was able to integrate his Divine potential within all of his human qualities. Thus everyone who interacted with him realized that he was in contact with a holy man.

As a result, that person would seek to express his own Divine potential. The process is two-tiered. On a conscious level, we feel a positive sense of envy when we meet a man who is content and fulfilled, who is not chasing worldly desires and yet, is an accomplished person, one who has achieved his goals and is not wanting. We are willing to accept the guidance and direction such a person offers for we feel that it will enable us to live fuller and more complete lives.

Beyond this, there is an inner spiritual process at work, a motif that operates on a deeper level than conscious thought. Coming into contact with a person who has realized his spiritual potential inspires one to develop his own. Like a burning candle that ignites other combustible material, when the light of one person’s Divine potential shines forth, it will naturally arouse the latent Divinity that exists within others.

This was the nature of Moses’ leadership. Moses had no concept of self-concern. Not only did he not focus on his material desires, he was not concerned even with his own spiritual desires. He centered solely on his people: what was for their benefit and how could they best realize their own inner strengths. Korach argued: “The entire congregation is holy and G‑d is among them.” But precisely for that reason it was necessary for Moses to assume a leadership role that would encourage them to express the G‑dly potential that they possess.

This is not merely a story of the past. The Zohar, the fundamental text of Jewish mysticism, speaks of “the extension of Moses in all generations,” explaining that, at all times, there are Jews who fulfill the function of Moses and inspire their brethren to tap the inner spiritual potential they possess. By developing a connection with such Moseses, we can rise above our individual personalities and empower our innate G‑dly potential to surface.

Looking to the Horizon

Korach’s challenge to Moses’ leadership calls for an understanding of the Jewish concept of authority in general. One of the mitzvos of the Torah is to appoint a king and whenever we recite the Grace After Meals we pray for the restoration of the monarchy and the House of David. Indeed, this will be the function of the Mashiach who will be a teacher, but primarily a king, an absolute ruler.

Among the explanations of this concept is that earthly monarchy stems from — and serves as an analogy to and an extension of — our relationship with the King of kings. The purpose of a Jewish monarchy is to teach the people self-nullification to the king in order to intensify their self-nullification to G‑d. The self-nullification of the people to a mortal king should infuse kabbalas ol, “the acceptance of G‑d’s yoke,” into every dimension of their Divine service, deepening the intensity of their commitment until it affects their very essence.

Ideally, kingship is invited by the king’s subjects, and not imposed upon them. The analogue to this relationship reflects man’s desire and initiative to tie the essence of his being to G‑d in homage to Him.

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