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Shabbos Netzavim – Rosh haShana 27 Elul, 5779 - 5 Tishrei 5780

Shana Tova U'Mesuka - Kesiva V'Chasima Tova

Erev Shabbos, Fri Sept 27th 
Shacharis: 7 AM 
Mincha/Candles/Maariv 6:38 PM 


SHABBOS Sat Sept 28th 
Shacharis: 9:30 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 10:01 AM 
Shabbos Mincha 6:38 PM /Pirkei Avot Chapters 5&6 
End of Shabbos/Maariv 7:38 PM followed by inspirational JEM videos 


Weekday Services 

Sun Selichos 8 AM / Shacharis 9 AM /Hataras Nedarim 
Wed Shacharis 6:50 AM /Fast of Gedalia 
Thu-Fri Shacharis 7 AM 
Thu Mincha 6:30 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV 
EREV ROSH HASHANA, SUN SEPT 29th //HATARAS NEDARIM/ 
Selichos 8 AM 
Shacharis 9 AM /followed by Hataras Nedarim (annulment of vows) 
Mincha/Maariv/Candles – 6:34 PM 


ROSH HASHANA DAY 1, MON SEPT 30th 

Shacharit/Musaf 9 AM 
Mincha/Tashlich 6 PM 
Maariv/Candles after 7:34 PM /from existing flame/ 


ROSH HASHANA DAY 2, TUE OCT 1st 

Shacharit/Musaf 9 AM 
Mincha/Farbrengen 6 PM 
Maariv/Havdalah 7:32 PM 


FAST OF GEDALIA, WED OCT 2nd 
Fast Begins 5:38 AM 
Shacharit 6:50 AM 
Mincha 6:15 PM 
Maariv/Fast Ends 7:17 PM 

 
Men’s Mikvah Annual Dues were Due on Elul 1st 
$440/daily, $220/weekly, $100/holiday only. Paying for one visit is not an option if you live in this community. Visitors pay $2.50 for single use. You can go to 
http://www.CSTLSeattle.org<http://www.cstlseattle.org/> to make your payment online with your credit card. Men’s mikvah codes will be canceled unless dues are paid before Yom Kippur. 


KIDDUSH 
Thank you to Marion Kitz and Bima Goldshmid for sponsoring this week’s Kiddush and meat cholent in honor of the shloshim of Marion's daughter, Leah bas Chaim Gershon ZT”L and the shloshim of Bima's mother, Pnina bas Daniel ZT”L. May their neshamot have an aliyah. Delicious meat cholent is made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin. 


BARUCH DAYAN EMETH 
We regret to inform you of the passing of Rabbi Solomon Maimon, Rabbi Emeritus of Sephardic Bikur Holim. May Hashem comfort the family amongst the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem 


PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN - FRI 5 PM 

Erev-Shabbos Farbrengen in front of the CSTL Men’s Mikvah in memory of Rabbi Solomon Maimon ZT”L, a founder of the Seattle Kollel, and a founding member of the Seattle Vaad. 
https://www.jewishideas.org/article/secret-successful-sephardic-community-interview-rabbi-solomon-maimon 


ROSH haSHANAH FARBRENGEN – FOLLOWING 6 PM MINCHA – TUE OCT 1st 
Featuring words of inspiration, Chasidic melodies, and refreshments in the CSTL Social Hall. Sponsored by Shimon Dershowitz in honor of all those who led services during the holiday. 


THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -PENDING 
Visit 
www.twitter.com/cstleruv<http://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. 
ORDER ESROGIM FROM RABBI KAVKA – 
Order online or print a form: 
http://seattleesrogim.com<http://seattleesrogim.com/> Pick up is at Congregation Shaarei Tefilah-Lubavitch. There is limited availability! [email protected]<mailto:ra[email protected]


LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY
– 8:45 AM SHABBOS MORNING 
An inspiring class with Rabbi Mendy. This week we will learn about אֶת־יְהֹוָ֥ה הֶֽאֱמַ֖רְתָּ הַיּ֑וֹם and וַֽיהֹוָ֞ה הֶֽאֱמִֽירְךָ֣ “You have selected the Lord And the Lord has selected you” 
RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 5:35 PM 
This week G-d willing, we will be learning the Rebbes Sicoh on Chai Elul and how we should prepare ourselves for Rosh haShanah. 


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


CSTL JUNIOR CONGREGATION 10 am – Noon 
[email protected]<mailto:[email protected]com


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


WOMEN’S MONDAY EVENING LEARNING– INFORMATION TO FOLLOW /NOT THIS WEEK 
Location, subject, and speaker. 
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 /NOT THIS WEEK 
At Rebbetzin Levitin’s home, 6519 49th Ave NE. For more info, 
[email protected]<mailto:[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 


CSTL ROSH HASHANA KIDS PROGRAM – PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED 
Info to follow 


CSTL ROSH haSHANA TOTS PROGRAM 
If you are interested in volunteering with Tot Groups, please contact Liz Roth-Jacobovitz: 
[email protected] 


KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE 
If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact Marion Kitz Gabbai Kiddush, 
[email protected]<mailto:[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<http://www.cstlseattle.org/


COMMUNITY NEWS

Rabbi Frand Annual Drasha Video at the Kollel OCT 6th 8 PM 
More info: 
http://www.seattlekollel.com/rabbi-frand-teshuva-video 

JFS Community-Wide Food Drive and Sort 

Jewish Family Service's Community-Wide Food Drive begins September 29 and culminates with the Food Sort on October 20. JFS is collecting non-perishable food and toiletries for the Polack Food Bank. To start a collection at your school, organization, or company, contact 
[email protected]<mailto:[email protected]org>. 

SUMMER CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS AND TEEN ISREAL TRIP SCHOLARSHIPS – APPLY TODAY 

www.JewishInSeattle.org<http://www.jewishinseattle.org/

BCMH ANNUAL DINNER -SUN NOV 3rd 
Honoring Ari & Jessica Hoffman and Young Leadership Award honorees, Alexandra Birk, Yael Genauer, Rachel Eisenstein, Aliza Margolese & Shifra Wren. 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bcmh-annual-gala-honoring-ari-jessica-hoffman-tickets-73856309209 

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) 
NOW PROVIDING TOURS OF SEATTLE! 
Competitive rates, excellent service. Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 
[email protected] 


REBBE’S SICHO -  SHABBOS NITZAVIM 
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/2317592/jewish/Nitzavim.htm 
© SichosInEnglish.org 



This Torah reading contains the verse: “You will return to G‑d your L‑rd and heed His voice.” Maimonidesunderstands this verse as a description of what will take place in the future. Our translation follows that interpretation, i.e., after the Jews will be dispersed among the nations, they will turn to G‑d in repentance and then He will redeem them, bringing them back to the Land of Israel. Nachmanides, by contrast, interprets this verse as a command to repent, translating it as: “You shall return to G‑d.” 
The difference in interpreting this verse can be understood within the scope of a larger question: Is teshuvah, repentance, a mitzvah or not? There are commentaries who consider teshuvah as one of the 613 mitzvos and others who do not include it in that reckoning, maintaining that there is no explicit mitzvah to repent. 
The spiritual basis for these two positions can be explained as follows: The mitzvos are described using the analogy of the human body. In that context, the 248 positive commandments are comparable to the 248 limbs of the body and the 365 negative commandments are comparable to its 365 sinews. Because G‑d’s will is manifest in the Torah and its mitzvos, by observing them we connect our thoughts, words and actions with Him. Whenever we perform a mitzvah, we reinforce our connection with Him, energizing the particular spiritual limb and strengthening the health of the body as a whole, as it were. Every transgression, by contrast, weakens that connection and causes a blemish to the corresponding spiritual organ involved. 
Nevertheless, every Jew shares a bond with G‑d that is not at all dependent on his deeds, for his soul is an actual part of G‑d. For this reason, even a person who has failed to establish a connection with G‑d through mitzvos or even one who has sinned and thus obstructed that connection, may still feel a desire — and still retains the capacity — to return to Him. 
This is the motivation for teshuvah, repentance. A Jew’s inner spiritual core does not allow him to remain separate from G‑d. Spontaneously, it forces itself into the forefront of the person’s consciousness and motivates him to repent. 
On this basis, we can understand the opinion that teshuvah is not a mitzvah.. For that inner spiritual impetus cannot be commanded. Instead, almost instinctively, it surfaces of its own volition. 
Because of the innate spiritual power of teshuvah, however, the possibility exists that it will cause a person to seek to rise above his ordinary day-to-day experience in pursuit of an entirely spiritual lifestyle. To prevent his experience from becoming other-worldly, his teshuvah must be grounded in the observance of mitzvos and the study of the Torah, i.e., within the context of conduct that conforms to normative standards of behavior. 
This, then, is the source for the opinion that teshuvah should be considered a mitzvah. Anchoring teshuvah in a mitzvah channels its inner, spiritual power into a person’s ongoing Torah experience, enabling it to become a fruitful means of expression, enhancing and enriching the person’s life experience as well as the lives of others with whom he comes into contact. 
Looking to the Horizon 
Maimonides cites the above verse as a prooftext for the concept that “‘Israel will only be redeemed through teshuvah.’ The Torah has already promised that, ultimately, Israel will repent towards the end of her exile and, immediately, she will be redeemed.” 
Why is teshuvah intrinsically connected with redemption? Because teshuvah involves coming in contact with the G‑dly core that lies at the heart of our individual existence. Similarly, the Redemption involves enabling the G‑dly core that lies at the heart of existence as a whole to surface. At that time, not only will we know that a G‑dly spark exists within every created entity, we will be able to perceive that G‑dliness and have it guide the focus of our lives. 

Shabbos Ki Teitzei - ha’MELECH b’SODEH - 13-20 Elul, 5779


Erev Shabbos, Fri Sept 13th 
Shacharis: 7 AM 
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  7:07 PM

 

SHABBOS Sat Sept 14th  
Shacharis: 9:30 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 9:55 AM 
Shabbos Mincha 7:07 PM  /Pirkei Avot Chapters 
1&2
End of Shabbos/Maariv 8:08 Pfollowed by inspirational JEM videos

 

Weekday Services / Come Hear the Shofar at weekday Shacharis throughout Elul
Sun Shacharis  9 AM 
Mon -Fri Shacharis 7 AM 
Sun-Thu Mincha 
7:05 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV

L'David Hashem Daily at Shacharis and Mincha
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 
Thank you to Avram and Tamar Rosenfeld for sponsoring this week’s kiddush in celebration of Avram Rosenfeld's Bar Mitzvah Parshah and in honor of the Yahrzeit of Avram's father, Menachem  Rosenfeld Z”TL. Delicious meat cholent will be made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin.

 

 

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN - FRI 6 PM
Erev-Shabbos Farbrengen in front of the CSTL Men’s Mikvah, in honor of the 13th of Elul, the wedding anniversary of the previous rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Shneersohn (1897), and the Yahrzeit of the Ben Ish Chai (1909), renowned Sephardic Halachic authority and Kabbalist.

 

 

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 6:10 PM
This week G-d willing, we will be learning the Rebbe’s Ma'amar B'chochma Yibone (5722/1962). This Ma'amar discusses how with  Chochma/Wisdom we seal G-D’s desire and Joy to be King over all 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. 

 

 

WOMEN’S MONDAY EVENING LEARNING– INFORMATION TO FOLLOW
Location, subject, and speaker.

 

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

 

 

Seattle Kollel "Mussar in Action" MON EVES THROUGHOUT  SEPT 
With Rabbi Michael Cohen. More info: 
www.seattlekollel.com

 

SEPHARDIC SLICHOT DAILY THROUGHOUT ELUL – SUNDAYS AT 5 AM
At Ezra Bessaroth.  A lovely breakfast following Selihot/Shahrit services for all attendees.

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/

 

ZIONIST SPAGHETTI NIGHT AT BCMH WED SEPT 18th  5:30 PM
Cost: $6 per person  /  $3 per child ages 2-10. Guest speaker will be Randy Kessler, Executive Director of StandWithUs Northwest. Topic: "Answering Tough Questions About Israel”

 

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 KI TEITZEI

 https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/2317587/jewish/Ki-Seitzei.htm
© 
SichosInEnglish.org

 

This Torah reading begins, “When you go out to war against your enemies….” What does a soldier feel when he enters combat? Maimonides writes: “Once a soldier enters the throes of battle, he should rely on the Hope of Israel and their Savior in times of need. He should realize that he is fighting for the sake of the oneness of G‑d’s Name. Therefore, he should place his soul in his hand and not show fright or fear.

“He should not worry about his wife or children. On the contrary, he should wipe their memory from his heart, removing all thoughts from his mind except the war.”

What motivates a soldier to rise above his personal self and risk his life in battle? He identifies with something higher. At the point he enters into battle, his personal identity becomes subsumed to the general whole. His “I” is no longer the individual “I” of his personal self, but the encompassing “I” of the Jewish people as a whole. Simply put, a soldier is not his own man. He is the representative of the Jewish people and that collective identity takes precedence over his own.

Here lies the issue: We see that, when called to serve in an army, ordinary individuals who are not spiritually oriented can rise above themselves and make the supreme and ultimate sacrifice. They subsume their individual identities. On the other hand, there are developed persons who spend their days in spiritual endeavors; they struggle and labor and yet, they have difficulty eclipsing their “I.” It’s true; their “I” is not an “I” of materialistic desires. Instead of seeking physical satisfaction, their wants are intellectual and spiritual, but there is still an “I” that wants.

The soldier, by contrast, is not concerned with his individual “I.” He is not laboring intellectually or spiritually and yet, he is prepared to give up everything, his life and all his concerns, for a purpose above himself.

What is the source for this dynamic? At the core of each of our beings lies a G‑dly soul that is not identified with our individual “I.” It is a part of G‑d, infinite and undefined as He is. Since this is the core of our being, we all have an innate tendency to self-transcendence. During our everyday lives, this inner potential does not surface. But when put to the test, when the person feels — either consciously or subconsciously — that this inner potential is being called on, it comes forth, almost effortlessly.

The Jewish people are called “the army of G‑d.” Implied is that each one of us is a soldier. In that vein, our Rabbis explain that the phrase “When you go out to war…” refers to the battle each person faces with his own individual nature and his struggle to bring spirituality into his everyday concerns.

This is where we must be soldiers. Instead of seeing these challenges as personal issues, we should see them as part of a general concern, as part of G‑d’s desire for a dwelling place among mortals, which is the purpose of creation as a whole. That sense of purpose will lift each one of us above our individual identities and prompt our essential core to seek expression.

Looking to the Horizon

War is an ongoing part of the human condition. Probably from the time when men first began to bond into nations, one nation sought to attack another. Why? They were greedy; they wanted the other nation’s land, grain, or animals. And life was cheap; the attackers did not understand the value of life, not the lives of their own citizens and certainly, not those of the nation which they were attacking.

In the era of Mashiach, this will change. “Nation will not lift up sword against nation, nor will they learn war any more.” Moreover, this will be the natural and accepted pattern of life, not the result of a particular treaty or pact.

Why? Because “good things will flow in abundance and all the delights will be freely available as dust. The occupation of the entire world will be solely to know G‑d.” The scarcity mentality that plagues people at present will be replaced by feelings of satisfaction and content. There will be no need to take from anyone else, because everyone will have in abundance.

Moreover, no one will desire to pursue physical pleasures and delights. That is the intent of the phrase “The delights will be freely available as dust.” Just like dust is not desired, so, too, although material pleasures will be available and appreciated, we will no longer anxiously pursue them. As a result, they will appreciate the value of their own lives, understanding the opportunity to bond with G‑d that every moment of life grants. Moreover, they will appreciate the G‑dliness in another person and understand that his or her life is similarly precious.

 

Shabbos Shoftim 6-13 Elul, 5779 -THE KING IS IN THE FIELD – ha’MELECH b’SODEH

 Erev Shabbos, Fri Sept 6th 
Shacharis: 7 AM 
Mincha/Candles/Maariv 7:21 PM 


SHABBOS Sat Sept 7th 

Shacharis: 9:30 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 9:51 AM 
Shabbos Mincha 7:21 PM /Pirkei Avot Chapter 6 


End of Shabbos/Maariv 8:20 PM followed by inspirational JEM videos 


Weekday Services / Come Hear the Shofar at weekday Shacharis throughout Elul 
Sun Shacharis 9 AM 
Mon -Fri Shacharis 7 AM 
Sun-Thu Mincha 7:20 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV 
L'David Hashem Daily at Shacharis and Mincha 
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<http://www.chabad.org/calendar

 


KIDDUSH 
Kiddush Lite. Meat cholent by Rabbi Mendy Levitin sponsored by Frumi, Rachi, Alter, Mendy, Toby, Shmuly, Shnai, Yoni and Levi Levitin in honor of their Father and Mother’s 50th wedding anniversary. Mazel Tov Mazel Tov!. 


PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN - FRI 6 PM 
Erev-Shabbos Farbrengen in front of the CSTL Men’s Mikvah, in memory of Ariel Efraim Rosenfeld ZT”L, Yahrzeit 6th Elul. 


THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: ACTIVE

Visit www.twitter.com/cstleruv<http://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 6:20 PM 
This week G-d willing, we will be learning a Sicho on Parshas Shoftim and Chodesh Elul. Hamelech b’Sodeh!

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


CSTL JUNIOR CONGREGATION 10 am – Noon 
[email protected]<mailto:[email protected]com

 

WOMEN’S SUNDAY TEHILLIM AT CSTL – 10 AM 
In the library. Come say a prayer for those in need. 
WOMEN’S MONDAY EVENING LEARNING– INFORMATION TO FOLLOW 
Location, subject, and speaker. 


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]<mailto:[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]<mailto:[email protected]> .. 


KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE 

If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact Marion Kitz Gabbai Kiddush, [email protected]<mailto:[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<http://www.CSTLSeattle.org

COMMUNITY NEWS 

Seattle Kollel "Mussar in Action" MON EVE SEPT 2nd to 23rd 
With Rabbi Michael Cohen. More info: www.seattlekollel.com<http://www.seattlekollel.com

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. 

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<http://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]<mailto:[email protected]com

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/ 

ZIONIST SPAGHETTI NIGHT AT BCMH WED SEPT 18th 5:30 PM 
Cost: $6 per person / $3 per child ages 2-10. Guest speaker will be Randy Kessler, Executive Director of StandWithUs Northwest. Topic: "Answering Tough Questions About Israel” 

Seattle Jewish Event Calendar 
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Honeymoon Israel Applications Are Now Open! 
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REBBE’S SICHO -  SHABBOS SHOFTIM 

 
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/2317586/jewish/Shoftim.htm 
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This week’s Torah reading includes the mitzvah of eglah arufah, a ritual act whereby the neck of a calf is broken to atone for the murder of a person who was slain by an unknown assailant. 
In ultimate terms, a Jew’s life is his connection to G‑dliness, as it is written: “You, who cling to G‑d your L‑rd, are all alive today.” On this basis, we can understand the cause of the death of the person slain. His connection to G‑dliness was cut off. Why? Because he was found in the field. The field refers to a place outside the realm of holiness. It is not an innately negative place. On the contrary, it is food that is grown in a field that sustains man. Nevertheless, in the field, one can meet “Esau… the man of the field” and be influenced by him. In simple words: Once outside the realm of holiness it is very easy to slip into the error of seeking worldly accomplishments and pleasures without a G‑dly intent. This is spiritual death — the cessation of the person’s bond with G‑d. 
The eglah arufah was brought to absolve the people of the neighboring city for their responsibility for the person’s death. Why might they be held responsible? Seemingly, the one who has died is responsible for his own death. After all, he left the city, a place of Torah, and went out to the field? Why then are others — the city elders, no less — responsible to atone for his death? 
The mitzvah of eglah arufah highlights the flaws associated with such a line of reasoning; no one should use such an argument to absolve himself of responsibility. There is an inner bond that ties all Jews together and connects us to all of our brethren, even those who have made wrong choices and are found “in the field.” 
The elders of the city model the obligation that applies to us all — by performing this ritual and declaring: “Our hands did not spill this blood.” Our Sages explain that they are saying that they did not let the slain person depart the city without providing him with food and an escort. “Food” refers to Torah study. Before a Jew goes out to the field, the Jewish community must provide him with “food,” spiritual nurture, and they must also see that others accompany him, so that he will not face the challenges of the field alone. 
Parshas Shoftim is always read in the month of Elul, the month when — as explained in the renowned analogy of the Alter Rebbe — “the King is in the field.” Every Jew should “follow in His paths,” and leave the security of the “city,” the established Jewish community, and go out and extend himself to those Jews in the “field,” helping them find their way back to their Jewish heritage. Moreover, he should do so with happiness, emulating the King who, as the Alter Rebbe continues in that source, “accepts all with a gracious countenance and beams a shining countenance to all.” 


Looking to the Horizon 
Parshas Shoftim also speaks of prophets and the guidance they will give the Jewish people, saying: “I will raise up a prophet for them from among their brothers… and I will put My words in his mouth.” On one hand, that is a very inviting thought — to know that someone will be telling you G‑d’s word: that you can apply what he says with utter confidence because this is not a man guessing what may or may not be right. He is communicating truth from above. 
On the other hand, that is very frightening, for we can imagine how this potential can be misused. There are many gullible people who will swallow anything that people say. Indeed, the more “spiritual” the persuader looks and sounds, the more some people are swayed by his message. For this reason, the Bible itself warns about false prophets and the damage they can cause. 
Maimonides writes: “It is one of the fundamental principles of faith that G‑d conveys prophecy through man” — for G‑d wants that His word be communicated to mankind. And yet for thousands of years — ever since the initial years of the Second Temple — there has not been a prophet in the complete sense. 
One of the hallmarks of the era of Mashiach will be the renewal of prophecy.. Indeed, in a letter to the Jews of Yemen, Maimonides starts that “shortly before the coming of Mashiach, prophecy will return to the Jewish people.” After Mashiach’s coming, prophecy will become a universal phenomenon. “And it shall come to pass that I will pour out My spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and daughters shall prophecy; your elders shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.” In preparation for Mashiach’s coming and certainly after his coming, mankind will benefit from the positive dimensions of prophecy without having to worry about the drawbacks of false prophets. 

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