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habbos Re’eh – Rosh Chodesh Elul | 29 Menachem Av – 6 Elul, 5779

Erev Shabbos, Fri Aug 30th 
Shacharis: 7 AM 
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  7:34 PM

SHABBOS Sat Aug 31st /ROSH CHODESH ELUL
Shacharis: 9:30 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 9:48 AM 
Shabbos Mincha 7:34 PM  /Pirkei Avot Chapter 5
End of Shabbos/Maariv 8:35 PM

Weekday Services / Come Hear the Shofar at weekday Shacharis throughout Elul
Sun Shacharis  9 AM /ROSH CHODESH ELUL – First Shofar
Mon -Fri Shacharis 7 AM 
Sun-Thu Mincha 7:30 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV

L'David Hashem Ori Starts at Shacharis this Shabbos
The psalm L'David Hashem Ori (Psalm 27) is recited at the end of the morning and afternoon prayers. This special addition is recited throughout the month of Elul and the High Holiday season, until Hoshanah Rabbah (Tishrei 21) -- a total of 50 days.
www.chabad.org/calendar

KIDDUSH 
Gala Rosh Chodesh Elul Kiddush to thank and honor Rabbi Avi & Marave Herbstman and family for all the amazing work they do to help build our warm and vibrant community. Sponsored by Rabbi & Chanie Levitin, Tova & Shimon Cox, Chani & Shuky Meyer, Yussi & Rachel Greenberg and Galit Lurya. Gala kiddush includes meat cholent by Rabbi Mendy Levitin.

BARUCH DAYAN EMETH
We are saddened by the passing of Leah Kitz, Leah Yochana bas Chayim Gershon ZT”L.   May the Kitz family be comforted with all the mourners of Tzion and Yerushalayim.

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN - AUG 23rd  6 PM
Erev-Shabbos Farbrengen in front of the CSTL Men’s Mikvah, in honor of Rosh Chodesh Elul – The King is in the Field!
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.

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY – 8:45 AM SHABBOS MORNING
An inspiring class with Rabbi Mendy.

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 6:35 PM
This week G-d willing, we will be learning a Sicho on Parshas Re'eh and Chodesh Elul

CSTL TOT PROGRAM 10:30 am – 12:30 pm /TBD
Info: Liz Roth-Jacobovitz: 
[email protected]

CSTL JUNIOR CONGREGATION  10 am – Noon 
[email protected]

CRAFTING FOR GIRLS SUN SEPT 1st – 10 AM
With Tova Cox and Chani Meyer.  For girls 7+ at CSTL.  Cookies and Milk will be served
RSVP to 
[email protected]

GAVI GOLDBERG'S BRIDAL SHOWER - SUN SEPT 1st 7 PM
For women only, at the Bogomilsky’s.  RSVP to Chavi Gittler (845) 662-9446

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, 
[email protected]

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

UPSHURNISH BEIS ELUL - SEPT 2nd at 11 AM
The Herbstman family invites the community to the upshurnish for their son Yisroel Pinchas at View Ridge Park.  Only Simchas!

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 
[email protected] .

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE 
If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact Marion Kitz Gabbai Kiddush, 
[email protected].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

Rabbi Eli Mansour at Sephardic Bikur Holim & Seattle Kollel SUN SEP 1st  and MON SEP 2nd 
Daf Yomi SUN 6:30 PM at SBH, followed by Mincha/Maariv.  
Grand Shiur SUN 8:30 PM at SBH
Selichos and Shacharis MON 6:30 AM at SBH
Grand Shiur MON 9 AM at Seattle Kollel
https://www.seattlekollel.com/rabbi-eli-mansour-learning

SEPHARDIC SLICHOT DAILY THROUGHOUT ELUL - FIRST SELICHOT SUN SEP 8th 5 AM
At Ezra Bessaroth. Michael & Carole Behar will be sponsoring a lovely breakfast following Selihot/Shahrit services for all attendees.

Island Synagogue Annual Hike  MON SEPT 2nd 9 AM – 5 PM
A five mile round trip to "Dirty Harry's Balcony." Hike has a difficulty rating of 3 on a 1-to-5 scale. Elevation gain 1,300 feet. Hosted by Dr. Lloyd Tucker. Meet at Island Synagogue/Shevat Achim at 9 am or park at the trail head (Discovery Pass required) off Exit 38 on I-90.  
www.islandsynagogue.org

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. 

THE NEW ANTISEMITISM, WHERE IS IT FROM AND WHAT CAN WE DO? SUN SEPT 8th 7 PM
At Ezra Bessaroth. In recent months dangerous antisemitism has metastasized, from Philadelphia to Poway, to New York, To Miami and even right here in the Pacific NW. Regina Sassoon Friedland, Director of AJC Seattle will share vital information from the front-lines of the fight against antisemitism. 
www.EzraBessaroth.net

Honor Susie Pass at Hadassah SUN SEPT 8th 11 AM
Hadassah will hold a game day fundraiser at Redmond Ridge honoring Susie Pass. Mah jongg, bridge, or any table game. Not a game player? Come by for lunch, friendship, echar lashon, and schmoozing. 
https://www.seattlehadassah.org/events/a-fundraiser-presented-by-hadassah-at-redmond-ridge/

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:
[email protected]

Seattle Jewish Arts + Music Festival – SEPT 13th to 15th 
At Stroum JCC - Mercer Island. Get ready for the 2019 SeaJAM, Seattle Jewish Arts + Music Festival. Featuring Emmy-winning Will & Grace star Debra Messing on opening night, Chef Joel Gamoran, The Maccabeats in concert, and a pre-Shabbat community challah baking contest. 
https://sjcc.org/arts-ideas/seajam/

American Society for Yad Vashem Gala Dinner MON SEPT 1th 7 PM
Columbia Tower Club – Seattle. 
The American Society for Yad Vashem-Western Region will honor philanthropist Steven Baral at the society's first gala dinner in Seattle. Israeli filmmaker Guy Nattiv, whose short film Skin won an Oscar this year for Best Live Action Short Film, will be guest speaker. 
https://www.yadvashemusa.org/events-posts/2019-seattle-gala/

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

Honeymoon Israel Applications Are Now Open!
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle's next Honeymoon Israel cohort will travel to Israel March 19-29, 2020. Want to learn more about this opportunity to make deep and meaningful connections to Jewish life? 
https://www.jewishinseattle.org/investments-in-jewish-life/young-adults/honeymoon-israel/

Macabee Martial Arts Classes at BCMH
White Dragon Kung Fu and Self Defense for beginners. Tues. & Thur., 4:30 - 5:30 pm and Sun., 12 - 1 pm, for ages 7 to adult. Sign up for one week free at 
www.dragonkungfuseattle.com

AIRPORT , LOCAL TRIPS, AND KOSHER RESTAURANT DELIVERY! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER
NOW PROVIDING MOVING AND VAN SERVICE (UP TO 12 PEOPLE)
NOW PROVIDING TOURS OF SEATTLE!

Competitive rates, excellent service.  Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 [email protected]


REBBE’S SICHO -  SHABBOS RE’EH 
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/2317584/jewish/Reeh.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

Among the concepts discussed in this week’s Torah reading are the mitzvos to tithe and to give charity. Interpreting one of the verses in this week’s Torah reading, our Sages comment: “Tithe in order to become wealthy.” בשביל, translated as “in order to” can also be translated as “through the path.” By tithing, a person creates a path through which Divine influence flows to him. For showing generosity to others is a proper medium to elicit Divine generosity and blessing.

The rationale behind this approach is reflected in our Rabbis’ explanation of the verse: “Give him and do not feel bad in your heart,” that one should not feel bad when giving charity, because what he is giving is merely what he himself has been given by G‑d.

We are not due anything. Everything we have is a gift, generously granted to us from Above. Taking the concept further, it can be said that included in what G‑d gives a person is a portion that is intended to be given to others. He gives us in order that we will give to those less fortunate.

When G‑d sees that a person is generous with the money entrusted to him for others and gives them without qualms, He increases the money He entrusts to the giver, providing him with the opportunity to add to the gifts he grants to the poor.

Indeed, the above verse can be interpreted “Do not give, because you feel bad for the other person.” For a person should not give solely out of an emotional response to the other person’s need. Instead, he should give out of the recognition that this is the reason he was granted the wealth and the success at the outset: so that he could share it with others and spread the goodness that G‑d has granted him.

The emphasis on the intellectual appreciation of the need to give adds another dimension to the idea that tithing leads to wealth. Our Sages teach: “Who is a wealthy man? One who is happy in his portion.” Often, there are people who have been granted success, but have not been granted the peace of mind to enjoy it. They are on a constant treadmill, always feeling the need to gain and accumulate more.

A giver steps off the treadmill. When he looks at others and makes a commitment to help them, the focus of his world shifts. Instead, of being only “I-oriented,” his outlook broadens. When that happens, he gains an entirely new perspective on what he himself has been given. He is able to step back and appreciate how great are the blessings that he has been granted. That is true wealth.

This wealth should also be shared with the poor. Perhaps the most crippling dimension of poverty is the emotional and psychological constraints it creates. To whatever degree possible, a giver should try to help the recipient in this area as well, enabling him to see beyond his need and appreciate G‑d’s kindness.

Looking to the Horizon

This week’s Torah reading also contains the commandments to build a Temple in Jerusalem. It describes the pagan practice of offering sacrifices in many places and explains that the Jews should not worship G‑d in such a manner. Instead, they should construct for Him a Temple and offer their sacrifices there.

The commentaries offer two explanations for this command:

a) that the Jews have a centralized place for worship;

b) that G‑d have a dwelling place in this world, a place where His presence would be revealed and manifest.

Both of these motifs are significant. One of the fundamental principles of Judaism is that our relationship with G‑d is expressed as a people, a nation with a shared identity, not merely a group of individuals. True, the Divine service of every individual is important, but G‑d also looks at the nation as a whole. To emphasize this point, sacrifices may be offered only in one place.

But over and beyond the service of the Jewish people, the Temple exists as — to quote this week’s Torah portion — “the place which G‑d chose to cause His name to rest.” This is the fundamental purpose of the Temple: for there to be a place where G‑d’s presence will be visibly perceptible.

The lack of such a place is the true hardship of exile and the motivation for our hope and expectation for Mashiach’s coming.

Shabbos Ekev – Mevarchim Elul | 22-29 Menachem Av, 5779

Erev Shabbos, Fri Aug 23rd 
Shacharis: 7 AM 
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  7:49 PM

SHABBOS Sat Aug 24th 
Tehilim for Mevarchim Elul 7:30 AM
Shacharis: 9:30 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 9:44 AM 
Shabbos Mincha 7:49 PM  /Pirkei Avot Chapter 4
End of Shabbos/Maariv 8:51 PM

Weekday Services
Sun Shacharis  9 AM
Mon -Fri Shacharis 7 AM 
Sun-Thu Mincha 7:45 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV

KIDDUSH 
Shabbos Mevarchim Kiddush sponsored by TBD Delicious meat cholent made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin, sponsored byTBD.

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN - AUG 23rd  6 PM
Erev-Shabbos Farbrengen in front of the CSTL Men’s Mikvah, in honor of Chof Menachem Av, yahrzeit of the Rebbe’s father, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson (1878-1944), in Alma Ata, Kazakhstan. Rabbi Levi Yitzchak was Chief Rabbi of Yekaterinoslav (currently Dnepropetrovsk), and was arrested and exiled to Kazakhstan by the Stalinist regime as a result of his work to preserve Jewish life in the Soviet Union. 
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.

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY – 8:45 AM SHABBOS MORNING
An inspiring class with Rabbi Mendy.

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 6:45 PM
This week G-d willing we will continue learning  the Rebbes' M'ammar  Tziyon BeMishpat Tipadeh (1976/5736). The M'ammar discusses how our  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 and Mitzvot  within the time of creation.

CSTL TOT PROGRAM 10:30 am – 12:30 pm /TBD
Info: Liz Roth-Jacobovitz: 
[email protected]

CSTL JUNIOR CONGREGATION  10 am – Noon 
[email protected]

CRAFTING FOR GIRLS SUN SEPT 1st – 10 AM
With Tova Cox and Chani Meyer.  For girls 7+ at CSTL.  Cookies and Milk will be served
RSVP to 
[email protected]

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, 
[email protected]

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

UPSHURNISH BEIS ELUL - SEPT 2nd at 11 AM
The Herbstman family invites the community to the upshurnish for their son Yisroel Pinchas at View Ridge Park.  Only Simchas!

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 
[email protected] .

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE 
If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact Marion Kitz Gabbai Kiddush, 
[email protected].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

Ruth Fast in Conversation with Pamela Lavitt SUN AUG 25th 4 PM
Hadassah will honor Ruth Fast to celebrate her 99th birthday. Ruth will share highlights of her story in conversation with Pamela Lavitt. Rescued from the Nazis by Hadassah-sponsored Youth Aliyah, Ruth has held every position in Hadassah's Seattle chapter.
https://www.seattlehadassah.org/events/ruth-fast-in-conversation-with-pamela-lavitt/

Honeymoon Israel Applications Are Now Open!
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle's next Honeymoon Israel cohort will travel to Israel March 19-29, 2020. Want to learn more about this opportunity to make deep and meaningful connections to Jewish life?
https://www.jewishinseattle.org/investments-in-jewish-life/young-adults/honeymoon-israel/

WOMEN'S POOLSIDE GARDEN SHIUR TUE AUG 27th 7 PM
Class given by Aliza Tanenbaum at the home of Liz Rosen, 5504 Seward Park AVE S, Sea. Topic: "Elul: Closeness, Unity and Gratitude". For Adults only. Drinks & snacks provided. RSVP to: 
[email protected]

STEVE HEMMAT & YOUNG SEPHARDIC PROFESSIONALS – WED AUG 28th 6:30 PM
Young Jewish adults are invited to join our Young Sephardic Professionals for an informal rooftop wine chat with Steven Hemmat, former Trial Attorney at the US Department of Justice. Enjoy drinks and networking. At The Summit, 2020 E Madison St. To RSVP or for information email 
[email protected]

Mental Health: Fighting Isolation – THU AUG 29th at NOON
JFS Capital Hill Campus, Seattle. What can we learn from Jewish texts that could ease the isolation caused by mental health concerns? Join Beth Huppin, Jewish Family Service's Director of Project Kavod/Dignity for a text-based exploration. Snacks and bagels provided, feel free to bring lunch. 
https://www.jfsseattle.org/event/exploring-dignity-mental-health-fighting-isolation/

Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib to Climb Kilamanjaro 
Those of you who attended the May 27th Erensya event at Ezra Bessaroth will recall Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib's inspiring talk on the importance of preserving our Sephardic heritage. Lt. Governor Habib is in the spotlight again as he travels to the highest point in Africa – the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro! He’s making the most of his climb by raising donations for Boundless Washington, an outdoor leadership development program for young people with physical and sensory disabilities in Washington State.
https://www.boundlesswa.org/news/2014/1/23/get-out-there

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. 

THE NEW ANTISEMITISM, WHERE IS IT FROM AND WHAT CAN WE DO? SUN SEPT 8th 7 PM
At Ezra Bessaroth. In recent months dangerous antisemitism has metastasized, from Philadelphia to Poway, to New York, To Miami and even right here in the Pacific NW. Regina Sassoon Friedland, Director of AJC Seattle will share vital information from the front-lines of the fight against antisemitism. 
www.EzraBessaroth.net

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:
[email protected]

Seattle Jewish Arts + Music Festival – SEPT 13th to 15th 
At Stroum JCC - Mercer Island. Get ready for the 2019 SeaJAM, Seattle Jewish Arts + Music Festival. Featuring Emmy-winning Will & Grace star Debra Messing on opening night, Chef Joel Gamoran, The Maccabeats in concert, and a pre-Shabbat community challah baking contest. 
https://sjcc.org/arts-ideas/seajam/

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 [email protected]


REBBE’S SICHO -  SHABBOS EKEV
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/2317583/jewish/Ekev.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

This week’s Torah reading contains the passage Vihayah Im Shamoa, a passage so fundamental to our Torah heritage that it was chosen to be included in the daily recitations of the Shema and to be written in tefillin and mezuzos.

Why is Vihayah Im Shamoa so important? Firstly, it mentions the observance of three critically important mitzvos: wearing tefillin, studying Torah, and affixing mezuzos. These mitzvos serve as continuous reminders of G‑d’s presence. Through their observance, we are able to maintain awareness of G‑d, not only on occasion, but continually, keeping His existence as an ongoing factor in our lives.

These mitzvos are, however, also stated in the first paragraph of the Shema. What makes Vihayah Im Shamoa particularly significant is its promise of reward and punishment. As the passage states, when we observe G‑d’s will, we will be granted bountiful prosperity and if we fail to do so, we will be punished by hardship, difficulty, and exile. The intent is clear. Our deeds determine our future.

Many will object, protesting that they finished Sunday School years ago and that this is an underdeveloped approach to spirituality. Checks and Xes may be necessary to train children, but as we grow older, we feel that approach is too simplistic. G‑d is something much more than an adding machine. He is transcendent and unbounded and His wisdom and providence have no limits or structured patterns. As such, He is above handing out prizes for good conduct and punishment for disobedience.

How far from the truth! Man’s accountability is one of the fundamental principles of our faith. Simply put, if our actions would have no connection to our fate, we would be living in a world of utter randomness that would have no order or design. Alternatively, G‑d would be controlling everything by absolute decree and then it would make no difference how we conduct ourselves.

Instead, man determines his fate through his own behavior. Just as cause and effect are cardinal principles in natural law, so too, they are fundamental principles of spiritual law.

Precisely for that reason, people have difficulty accepting this concept. We have trouble shouldering responsibility. It’s much easier to say that there is no Judge or judgment then to acknowledge that everything we do has a consequence.

This said, it must also be emphasized that G‑d’s scales of justice are determined by His own unfathomable judgment. Often, we see righteous men suffer and the wicked prosper, for His scales are not ours. He is truly infinite and controls the world as He sees fit, not as we would like. As R. Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev would say: “When I was a young man, I thought I could give G‑d a lot of advice about how to run the universe. As I grew older, I realized that He was doing just fine.” Our personal challenge is to attune ourselves to His will and live in consonance with His standards.

Looking to the Horizon

One of the interpretations given to the name Ekev is that it refers to the Ultimate Future, the era of Mashiach. We are assured that in that era, we will receive the true reward for our Torah observance. At the present time, we receive only “the fruits,” but the principle will be granted in that future time period.

In its present state, the world is not capable of bearing the full measure of G‑d’s power, for there are pockets of evil in many different places in the world. Were G‑d to radiate goodness immeasurably in the present era, the forces of evil would also derive nurture. In the Ultimate Future, by contrast, evil will be banished from the earth and there will be no reason to withhold goodness from the righteous. Moreover, the righteous themselves will have expanded their capacity and made themselves a more fitting medium for the revelation of G‑dliness.

Shabbos NACHAMU - Vaeschanan | 15-22 Menachem Av, 5779

Erev Shabbos, Fri Aug 16th 
Shacharis: 7 AM 
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  8:01 PM

SHABBOS NACHAMU - Sat Aug 17th 
Shacharis: 9:30 am /Sof Zman Krias Shema 9:36 am 
Shabbos Mincha 8:03 PM 
End of Shabbos/Maariv 9:01 PM

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

KIDDUSH 
Kiddush sponsored by Shimon Dershowitz in honor of Shabbos Nachamu, and in honor of the 95th birthday of Susan’s mother Guta Lieba bas Shmuel ZT”L (21 Menachem Av), and in honor of the wedding anniversaries of Jennie and Adam Minkus (18 Menachem Av) and Sarah and Ben Dershowitz (Rosh Chodesh Elul/Aug 20th ), and the 35th Birthday ofAdam Minkus (16 Menachem Av)! Delicious meat cholent made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin, sponsored by Ploni Almoni.

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN -Tu b’AV   FRI 15 MENACHEM AV - AUG 16th 6 PM
Erev-Shabbos Farbrengen in front of the CSTL Men’s Mikvah, in honor of Tu b’Av, one of the two happiest days on the year (the other being Yom Kippur—see Gemora Taanit 26b). Beginning on the 15th of Av one should increase Torah study, as the nights begin to grow longer and "the night was created for study" 
www.chabad.org/calendar lists many joyous events on this date.

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
will not be held this week.

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 7 PM
will not be held this week

CSTL TOT PROGRAM 10:30 am – 12:30 pm /TBD
Info: Liz Roth-Jacobovitz: 
[email protected]

CSTL JUNIOR CONGREGATION  10 am – Noon 
[email protected]

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, 
[email protected]

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 
[email protected] .

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE 
If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact Marion Kitz Gabbai Kiddush, 
[email protected].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

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. 

THE NEW ANTISEMITISM, WHERE IS IT FROM AND WHAT CAN WE DO? SUN. SEP. 8 AT 7PM
At Ezra Besaroth. In recent months dangerous antisemitism has metastasized, from Philadelphia to Poway, to New York, To Miami and even right here in the Pacific NW. Regina Sassoon Friedland, Director of AJC Seattle will share vital information from the front-lines of the fight against antisemitism. 
www.EzraBessaroth.net

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: [email protected]

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 [email protected]


REBBE’S SICHO -  SHABBOS NACHAMU
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/2317581/jewish/VaEschanan.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

In a Torah reading filled with many important events: e.g., the repetition of the Ten Commandments and the Shema, there is one small passage that is occasionally overlooked: The Torah relates that at that time, Moses set aside three cities in the area of TransJordan to serve as cities of refuge for anyone who accidentally killed another person.

Now the question arises: This act had no immediate purpose. The designation of these cities would not actually take effect until three other cities were set aside in the land of Israel between the Jordan and the Mediterranean and that would not be until several years later. Why then did Moses take the time to make this designation before his death?

Our Sages answer: When a mitzvah comes to your hand, do not postpone its fulfillment. True, Moses knew all the laws and all the significance behind setting aside a city of refuge. But that was all on the intellectual plane. Here he had the chance to take part in the actual fulfillment of the mitzvah. There is nothing higher than that.

The Hebrew term mitzvah (מצוה) relates to the term tzavsa (צוותא), meaning connection or bond. Every mitzvah represents a bond with G‑d, a step above the limits of humanity and a chance to relate to G‑d on His terms. A person can try to relate to G‑d intellectually or emotionally, but then he is conscribed by his thoughts and his feelings. He can go no further than the limits of his mind and heart. And G‑d certainly transcends those limits.

Indeed, since G‑d is infinite and man, finite, one might think that there is no way that one can ever relate to G‑d, because finiteness and infinity are skew lines that will never intersect.

From man’s own perspective, this is true. But the limits mentioned above do not confine G‑d. For His infinity encompasses finiteness as well. He can step into the realm of finiteness and give man a means of bonding with Him.

That’s what mitzvos are. G‑d prescribes a physical deed for man to carry out. True, every one of these deeds has manifold significance, enabling us to refine ourselves and the world at large. But over and above any and all significance, the advantage of a mitzvah is that whena person performs a mitzvah, he or she bonds with G‑d in all His infinity.

For this reason, Moses was eager to perform the mitzvah of setting aside the cities of refuge before his passing. He knew the meaning and significance of all the mitzvos, but he was not interested in the intellectual satisfaction that this knowledge brought him. He wanted the infinite bond that can be achieved only through actually fulfilling the mitzvos. That’s why — on a personal level — he prayed so sincerely to be allowed to enter Eretz Yisrael, as related at the beginning of this week’s Torah reading. He wanted the chance to fulfill all the mitzvos whose observance is associated with our Holy Land. When G‑d did not grant his request, he grabbed the opportunity to fulfill whatever mitzvos he could. Therefore, even though his act would have no immediate effect, he set aside the three cities of refuge in TransJordan.

Looking to the Horizon

VaEschanan means “And he prayed,” referring to Moses’ prayer to enter the land of Israel. Now, why did Moses want to enter the land of Israel? At 120 years old, he certainly had concerns other than to visit tourist attractions.

Our Sages say that he desired to perform the mitzvos that were capable of being performed only in the land. That certainly is a valid answer, as explained above, because the bond with G‑d achieved through the observance of the mitzvos surpasses the bond achieved through study and knowledge alone.

But there is a deeper answer and a necessary one, because Moses was not merely concerned with his own spiritual fulfillment. Moses knew that if he were able to enter the land with the people, he would be able to bring about Mashiach’s coming. There would not have been any potential for exile. That’s what he was praying for.

Why didn’t G‑d grant his request? Because G‑d desires that the redemption not be the product of the Divine service of only one or even several righteous man, but of the people as a whole — that every man, woman, and child do his or her part in bringing about Mashiach’s coming.

Mashiach will introduce an age when “the world will be filled with the knowledge of G‑d as the waters cover up the ocean bed.” To anticipate and prepare for that age, the world at large must be filled with G‑dliness. Not only must several righteous men live in a G‑dly manner, but this must be the way of life of the people as a whole.

Shabbos Devarim /Tisha b’Av | 8-15 Menachem Av, 5779

Erev Shabbos, Fri Aug 9th 
Shacharis: 7 AM 
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  8:13 PM

SHABBOS CHAZON /EREV TISHA b’AV SAT Aug 10th 
Shacharis: 9:30 am /Sof Zman Krias Shema 9:36 am
Learn Torah (except Tisha b’Av related) only until 1:14 PM Hatzot
Shabbos Mincha 5 PM /Seuda Slishit at Home
Shkiah/Sunset/FAST BEGINS 8:30 PM
End of Shabbos 9:15 PM /Say haMavdil ben Kodesh L’Chol – no Havdala
Maariv with Eicha 9:35 PM

TISHA b’AV SUNDAY AUG 11th  
Shacharis  with Kinot  9 AM /No tallis, No tefillin
Sit on Chairs only after Hatzot 1:14 PM
Mincha 7:45 pm.  Talis and Tefilin 7:30 PM
Fast Ends/Maariv 9:03 PM followed IYH by Kiddish haLevanah and Havdaloh on Wine

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

GALA KIDDUSH LUNCH
Mazel Tov to Shmully and Toby Hecht who are sponsoring GALA KIDDUSH LUNCH this shabbos in honor of their son Nisan’s Bar mitzvah.  Delicious meat cholent made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin

MAZEL TOV MAZEL TOV
Mazel Tov to all the donors and volunteers who made our Matchathon campaign successful this past week.  Thank you toRabbi Herbstman !

MAZEL TOV MAZEL TOV
Mazel Tov to Nisan Hecht and his entire family on his Bar Mitzvah.  May he grow to Torah, Chupa, and Ma’asim Tovim!

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN -YAHRZEIT OF THE CHOZER OF LUBLIN   FRI AUG 9th 6 PM
Erev-Shabbos Farbrengen in front of the CSTL Men’s Mikvah, in honor of the yahrzeit of Reb Yaakov Yitzchok ben Reb Avraham Eliezer Halevi, the Chozeh (Seer) of Lublin (9 Menachem Av)

TISHA b’AV www.chabad.org/calendar 
The fast begins at sunset Saturday Aug 10th  and concludes Sunday night Aug 11th at nightfall During this time, we do not

  • eat or drink
  • wear leather footwear
  • bathe or wash ourselves (washing only until the knuckle when mandated by halachah)
  • apply ointments or creams
  • engage in marital relations or any form of intimacy
  • sit on a normal-height chair until chatzot (the time when the sun has reached its apex)
  • study Torah (except for the “sad” parts that deal with the destruction of the Temples, etc.)
  • send gifts, or even greet one another (you may respond to greetings)
  • engage in outings, trips or similar pleasurable activities
  • wear fine, festive clothing

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 4:30 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: 
[email protected]

CSTL JUNIOR CONGREGATION  10 am – Noon 
[email protected]

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, 
[email protected]

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 
[email protected] .

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


COMMUNITY NEWS

Seattle Kollel - World Wide Tisha B'Av Event Sun Aug 11th 
Program A: 2:45 pm at BCMH, 5145 S Morgan Street
Program B: 6:30 pm at SBH, 6500 52nd AVE S
More info: 
www.seattlekollel.com  

Tisha B'Av Event for Children at the Kollel Sun, Aug 11th 3:15 pm
More info: 
https://www.seattlekollel.com/childrens-tisha-b-av-program   

Tisha b’Av in Sephardic Seattle: A Ladino Journey from the Old World to the New
https://jewishstudies.washington.edu/sephardic-studies/tisha-av-sephardic-seattle-ladino-journey-old-world-new/

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. 

THE NEW ANTISEMITISM, WHERE IS IT FROM AND WHAT CAN WE DO? SUN. SEP. 8 AT 7PM
At Ezra Besaroth. In recent months dangerous antisemitism has metastasized, from Philadelphia to Poway, to New York, To Miami and even right here in the Pacific NW. Regina Sassoon Friedland, Director of AJC Seattle will share vital information from the front-lines of the fight against antisemitism. 
www.EzraBessaroth.net

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: [email protected]

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 [email protected]


REBBE’S SICHO -  DEVARIM
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/2317579/jewish/Devarim.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

This week’s Torah reading describes the journeys of the Jewish people through the desert as they approached Eretz Yisrael. Rather than have them enter the Holy Land directly, G‑dcommanded them to take an extensive detour and avoid the lands of Edom, Moab, and Ammon. These three nations, all sharing ancestral links to the Jewish people, were permitted to retain possession of their lands at that time.

Our Sages note that when G‑d originally promised to give the Land of Israel to Abraham, He told him that his descendants would be given the lands of ten nations, including also the lands of Edom, Moab, and Ammon. Nevertheless, at the time of the Exodus from Egypt, they were promised only the lands of seven nations. In resolution, our Sages explain that, ultimately, in the Messianic era, the lands of the three nations mentioned above will become the inheritance of the Jewish people. That was, however, a future prophecy. At the time of the original conquest, by contrast, the Jews were to conquer only the seven Canaanite nations and these three nations were not to be disturbed.

The land of Israel is more than a physical place. It serves as an analogy for the Divine service of the Jewish people as a whole and every individual in particular. The number ten is mystically significant. As explained in the works of Kabbalah, Jewish mysticism, there are ten Sefiros, emanations of G‑dliness, from which all existence comes into being. These sublime spiritual qualities are mirrored in our souls, serving as the motivation for everything we think, feel, and do.

More particularly, these ten qualities are divided into groupings of seven and three: seven emotional qualities and three intellectual qualities. This is the rationale for the distinction regarding the lands of the nations mentioned above. The seven nations to be conquered represent the seven emotions, while the three whose lands will not be acquired until the era of Mashiach are identified with the intellect.

There are seven days of the week and our Rabbis speak of seven millennia of the world’s recorded history. Time is structured in these cycles of seven, because in the present time frame, our challenge involves controlling and directing our emotions. What grips us and makes our adrenalin flow are our feelings. Intellectual matters are more distant. Yes, we can be attracted by an interesting idea, but it’s our emotional arousal that pulls us out of inertia and compels us to act.

This constitutes the battleground on which the war with the seven nations is fought: Are we to control our emotions or be controlled by them. The Canaanites had lived a depraved life style, seeking base, materialistic pleasures. The Jews’ mission was to take the land of Israel from their hand and make it a holy land, a land in which G‑d’s presence would dwell.

To apply these concepts in a personal sense: We will always love. The question is what will we love and how will we express that love. Will our love be self-oriented and self-serving or will it be directed outward? Similarly, with regard to fear, will we only fear for our personal interests or will we be able to show similar concern for the welfare of others? And will we be able to rise above our ordinary thinking entirely and look with awe and reverence at the wonders of G‑d’s creation?

Conquering the seven Canaanite nations means directing our seven emotional powers to selfless and holy means of expression.

Looking to the Horizon

If the challenge of the present era is having the mind control the emotions, the challenge of the future era will be having the mind controlled by our spiritual potential that surpasses intellect. That is the analogue suggested by the conquest of the lands of these three nations: that worldly intellect will be dominated by spiritual holiness.

The mind enables us to appreciate reality. At present, the forces governing our reality are material. In the future, we will be able to appreciate the spiritual in as palpable and concrete a manner as we comprehend material things today. As a result, our way of thinking and our focus will change. Our minds will be conquered — overwhelmed and overpowered — by this new perception.

A foretaste of these insights is available at present. Just as the sun’s rays begin appearing on the horizon before the actual dawn, glimmerings of the spiritual perception that will accompany Mashiach’s coming are available at present. This is the motivating force behind the flowering of Jewish mystic knowledge in the present time. Tasting these teachings and sharing them with others enables us to anticipate the redemption and, in this way, precipitate it becoming a top-to-bottom reality.

Shabbos Matos Masei - CHAZAQ | THE NINE DAYS 1-8 Menachem Av, 5779

Erev Shabbos, Fri Aug 2nd 
Shacharis: 7 AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  8:24 PM

Shabbos Sat Aug 3rd  
Shacharis: 9:30 AM /Latest Shema 9:31 AM
Mincha 8:24 PM. Pirkei Avos Chapter 2.  Seuda Slishit Lite.
Maariv/Havdalah 9:27 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. Delicious meat cholent made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin is sponsored by Paul and Tamar Azous.

MAZEL TOV MAZEL TOV!
Mazel Tov to Mark and Tziviah Goldberg and the entire Goldberg family on the engagement of Gavi Goldberg to Benyamin Groberman of Vancouver BC.  May they merit to build a bayit ne’eman b’Yisroel!

Mazel Tov to Abe and Marlene Vinikoor on the birth of their new granddaughter to Yafa and Daniel Zana.

Mazel Tov to Malka and Robert Jillian and big brothers Gabriel and Nosson on the birth of a baby girl!

Mazel Tov Gabrielle and Eduardo Sonino and family on the bris of their new son!

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN 6 PM
In the CSTL Social Hall. In honor of 1 Menachem Av, anniversary of the arrival of Ezra the Scribe in Israel.  Ezra lead a dramatic teshuva movement to bring the Jews of Eretz Yisroel back to Judaism, in the face of strong opposition. 
www.chabad.org/calendar

THE THREE WEEKS,THE NINE DAYS, AND TISHA b’AV
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 
[email protected]

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 7:25 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: 
[email protected]

CSTL JUNIOR CONGREGATION  10 am – Noon 
[email protected]

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, 
[email protected]

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 
[email protected] .

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, 
[email protected].Please inform Marion by the preceding Sunday evening so that we have time to prepare properly.  Kiddush Lite Sponsor $150includes meat cholent, Kiddush Sponsor $250 with Pareve Chulent or $350 with meat cholent. Kiddush can be paid for atwww.CSTLSeattle.org


COMMUNITY NEWS

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: [email protected]

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 [email protected]


REBBE’S SICHO -  MASEI
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/2317575/jewish/Maasei.htm  ©SichosInEnglish.org

There is a unique factor that features in this week’s Torah reading that never occurs on any other Sabbath. In the midst of the recounting of the events that occurred to the Jewish people in their journey from Egypt to the Promised Land, the Torah relates that in the 40th year of their wanderings, on the first day of the fifth month, Aaron the High Priest died. Now when we count the months from Nissan, as the Torah does, the fifth month of the Jewish calendar is Av. Parshas Maasei is always read in the month of Av or on the Sabbath on which that month is blessed. Thus on Shabbos Parshas Maasei, we are reading about an event integrally related to the chronology of the time.

Now the Torah does not inform us explicitly of the date of the death of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, or Miriam. The fact that it does so with regard to Aaron and, moreover, that this passage is always read close to the very day that this passing took place is certainly significant.

What singles out the month of Av? It is the month of the destruction of the Temple: the First Temple, by the Babylonians and the Second Temple, by the Romans. Our Sages ask why the Second Temple was destroyed and explain that the destruction came because of the sin of unwarranted hatred. There was strife and enmity among the people. Moreover, this was not merely a spiritual factor. As anyone aware of the history of that era knows, it was the rivalry, in-fighting, and discord among the Jewish people themselves that cost them their supplies of food and water and, ultimately, led to their defeat by the Romans.

What was unique about Aaron the High Priest? His continuous efforts to establish peace and harmony among the Jewish people. If Aaron heard two people arguing, on the following day, he would seek out one of them and tell him — wishfully speaking, the conversation never actually happened — how he met the other person with whom he had argued the previous day and that person was so sorry; he really felt close to the other person and did not understand how or why they had quarreled. Directly afterwards, he would seek out that other person and tell him the same thing about the first. In this way, the next time, the two met, they were able to step beyond their petty disagreements and relate to each other with friendship and love.

Why is Aaron’s death associated with the month of Av? Our Sages state: G‑d prepares the cure before the wound. Centuries before there arose the strife and friction that led to the destruction of the Temple, G‑d saw to it that the month of Av would be influenced by Aaron who stood for the opposite qualities, friendship and love.

The destruction of the Temple is not merely a story of the past. On the contrary, our Sages state that whoever does not see the Temple built in his days should consider it as if it was destroyed in his days. Moreover, the same factor that led to the destruction of the Temple, the lack of unity and oneness among our people, is also preventing it from being rebuilt. For according to the Jewish tradition, reward and punishment is given “measure for measure.” It follows that were the friction and strife that were the cause of the exile to be eradicated, the result, the exile itself, would also cease.

Now is the time to take a cue from Aaron the High Priest and proactively seek out our fellowmen and heighten the bonds of love and unity that bind us together.

Looking to the Horizon

The efforts to highlight unity and love do more than correct the misdeeds of our ancestors, they give us a foretaste of the ultimate love and unity that will characterize the era of Mashiach, as Maimonides writes: “In that era,... there will be no envy or competition.” There are two dimensions to that statement. Firstly, Maimonides states the immediate cause, “for good will flow in abundance and all the delights will be freely available as dust.”

Why is there strife and friction today? Because of a scarcity mentality. A person is jealous of another person because he thinks that the other person will prevent him from getting his share of the pie. But what if the pie is clearly big enough for both?

It is and it always was. We are the ones who are small. In the era of Mashiach, we will be able to see beyond our own limitations and realize the great blessings G‑d has invested in this world.

Implied in the above statement of Maimonides is also a second point: that man will overcome his fundamental selfishness and be able to appreciate the G‑dliness in himself, in others, and in the world at large. For otherwise, even when there are abundant blessings, man’s own shortsightedness will prevent him from taking advantage of them. 

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