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Shabbos Bo | 5-12 Shevat 5780

EREV SHABBOS FRI JAN 31st
Shacharis 7 AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  4:50 PM

SHABBOS SAT FEB 1st
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Kriat Shema 9:59 AM
Shabbos Mincha 4:50 PM
Maariv/Havdalah 5:55 PM

WEEKDAY
Sun Shacharis  9 AM 
Mon - Fri Shacharis 7 AM
Sun - Thu Mincha 5 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV/

KIDDUSH LITE
Thank you to Yitzchak Rothman for sponsoring cholent in honor and in memory of the 21st yahrzeit of his father, Julius Rothman z"l (Yehuda ben haRav Yehoshua Falik, 29th of Tevet).  Cholent made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin.

MAZEL TOV MAZEL TOV
Mazel Tov to Sarah and Ben Dershowitz on the birth of their new daughter, Nesiah Tikva Lieba  May they merit to raise her to Torah, Chupah, and Ma’asim Tovim!

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -TBD
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.

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN– FRI  4 PM
In the CSTL Social Hall, in honor of the yahrzeit on the 5th of Shevat of Rabbi Yehudah Leib Alter (1847-1905), the second Rebbe in the Chassidic dynasty of Ger -- known for his famed Chassidic work "Sefat Emet" --. www.chabad.org/calendar .

AVOS u’BONIM MOTZEI SHABBOS SAT FEB 1st
Inspiring programs for fathers and children.  Living Torah Video, Raffle, Prizes, Delicious Refreshments, Grand Prize Raffle.  All ages welcome! Sponsorships available – Contact RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com A special thanks to this week's generous sponsors

JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE LADIES DANCE NIGHTS
Feb 23rd – Cardio 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Mar 8th – Hip Hop – 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Mar 22nd – Cardio 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Just $20 each. https://tinyurl.com/cstlWomensEvent mherbstman@gmail.com
At All that Dance Studio, 3012 NE Blakely Street.

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR – 8:15 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. This week we will be learning This week we will be learning about  “In that very day, that all the legions of the Lord went out of the land of Egypt. "Understanding the Name of G-D Lord of Hosts  and its relevance to the Jewish ppl leaving Egypt..

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 4 PM
This week featuring inspiring words of Torah in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. this week we will be learning Parasha Va’eira and Chodesh Shevat.

YUD SHEVAT EVENT AT CSTL – MON FEB 3rd 7:30 PM
An evening of inspiration Honoring 70 years of leadership of the Rebbe OBM. Featuring guest speaker Rabbi Yitchchak Weinberg Director Chabad Of British Colombia. Hors d’oeuvres Sushi & Desserts.  Tickets https://www.eventbrite.com/e/91533265461  Sponsored by Chabad of the Pacific Northwest.

JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE EVENT – SUN MAR 1st  7:30 PM
Being the CEO of your life – Focusing on Mastering your Financial Health. With Morgan Stanley’s Miri Tilson. Hosted by Elisheva Sprung.  At the Mod Apartments. 6559 35th Ave NE.  Sponsored by Chabad of Seattle.   Sushi & Wine will be served.

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

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. 

WOMEN’S MONDAY EVENING LEARNING  8 PM
Weekly learning class for women with Rabbi Emlen  This class is dedicated to the speedy recovery/refuah shlaimah of Sarah Goldberg      Chaya Sarah Malkah bas Brochoh Leah Chavah. This fast paced class is based on the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s, OBM, Sichos.   All levels of knowledge are welcome! Asking questions is not only allowed, it is encouraged!    At the home of the Kavkas  4002 NE 72nd St Seattle. Light refreshments are served

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

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

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

PARSHA WITH RABBI ROSENFELD THU 9 PM – 10:30 PM
At Mercaz

ANTISEMITISM PANEL DISCUSSION AT OHR CHADASH SAT FEB 1st 7:30 PM
Shootings in  Jersey City, Pittsburgh & Poway, guards outside our schools & synagogues, hate flyers on local sanctuaries, increased drills. What are our children thinking? How can we help them navigate this new reality? A panel discussion co-sponsored by Congregation Ezra Bessaroth and others. www.minyanohrchadash.org

SEPHARDIC LEARNING KITCHEN ON SUN FEB 2 - BOREKAS!
The Ezra Bessaroth Ladies Auxiliary will share the art of baking the perfect boreka. Sunday, February 2nd at 11am. Attendance is limited to 30 participants and this event will sell out. Cost is $20.00 and RSVP is a must. Reserve your spot by calling the office at 206-722-5500 or go to www.ezrabessaroth.net  What you bake you take.

“FAMILY PAPERS” BOOK TALK WITH SARAH ABREVAYA STEIN - TUE FEB 4th 7 PM
Join the Sephardic Studies Program at the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies and the Seattle Public Library for a conversation with Dr. Devin E. Naar and Dr. Sarah Abrevaya Stein about her new book, “Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century.” At the Downtown Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave. Seattle.

HillelFest 2020 THU FEB 6th 6 PM
Join us at HillelFest 2020 to celebrate the impact of Hillel UW through the eyes of students and to support our vision for the future. https://www.hilleluw.org/events/

HFLA Champagne Brunch SUN FEB 9th 11 AM
The Hebrew Free Loan Association of Washington State invites you to their Annual Champagne Brunch. Lox, bagels, blintzes ... all your favorites. Keynote speaker: Rabbi Daniel Weiner of Temple De Hirsch Sinai. At Mercer Island Community & Event Center. https://www.hflawa.org/

Derech Emunah Winter Garden Party SUN FEB 9th
https://www.Derechemunah.com/GP  or (206) 402-6621

PARENTING TOGETHER – TUE FEB 4th
Create family-to-family relationships through the lens of Jewish values. Learn more about this series at a fantastic lecture by best-selling author and parenting expert Wendy Mogel. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-with-wendy-mogel-tickets-83420072683

FRUTICAS (Tu b’SHEVAT) SEDER & DINNER AT EZRA BESSAROTH - SUN FEB. 9
Save the date: Celebrate Fruticas, the New Year of the trees in Sephardic style with our unique Hebrew and Ladino Fruticas seder. Enjoy a cornucopia of fruits and a delicious festive meal. $85.00 per family or $30.00 per person. www.EzraBessaroth.Net

ARRIVALS PLAY ABOUT SEPHARDIC PIONEERS TO DEBUT SUN MAR. 29th 
The Seattle Jewish Theater Company and Congregation Ezra Bessaroth are proud to present “Arrivals, a Sephardic-Ashkenazi love story" at Ezra Bessaroth on Sunday, March 29 at 2:00 pm.  “Arrivals” is based on historical events and tells the story of the arrival of the first Sephardic immigrants to Seattle in 1903 and their sometimes-difficult encounters with Ashkenazi Jews already settled in the city. The performance will be followed by an audience conversation with the playwright and the cast. Tickets are $7.00 if purchased in advance, $10.00 at the door. Purchase tickets at www.ezrabessaroth.net  or at the Ezra Bessaroth office (M-F 9am-3pm).

MISS ISRAEL AT EZRA BESSAROTH - MON MAR 30 7 PM
Ezra Bessaroth is honored to be hosting Titi Aynaw, Miss Israel 2013. Ms. Aynaw is an Israeli model and television personality who was crowned Miss Israel in 2013. She made Aliyah to Israel from Ethiopia when she was twelve years old, settling in Netanya. In 2016 Aynaw began work on establishing a community arts education center in Netanya to serve at-risk youth. Ayynaw was named the 39th most influential Jew of 2013 by The Jerusalem Post . RSVP at www.ezrabessaroth.net . Dessert & drinks will be served

SEPHARDIC ADVENTURE CAMP REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
Registration for Sephardic Adventure Camp is now open. Dates are August 1-18. For more information go to  www.sephardicadventurecamp.org

Introducing the Student to Student Program
Prejudice often results from lack of knowledge and familiarity. As a response, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle is introducing Student to Student, a program that teaches high school-age students to put a "human face" to Judaism – the best antidote to bigotry and intolerance. https://www.jewishinseattle.org/community-services/community-relations/student-to-student/

Holocaust Center Trip: 'Poland Through the Eyes of Children  July 4-11
The Holocaust Center for Humanity will lead an educational trip, "Poland Through the Eyes of Children," a trip about connecting to history and people, and understanding that each person has the power to make a difference. The tripwill be led by Center Education Director Ilana Cone Kennedy. Application Deadline: Saturday, February 1, 2020 https://holocaustcenterseattle.org/programs-events/508-poland-2020

Applications for 2020 Camp Scholarships DEADLINE MAR 2nd
The Federation’s need-based camp scholarships program helps Washington State families with the cost of Jewish overnight camp tuition. By providing you with a variety of funding options, our goal is to ensure that you receive the assistance you need so that your child/children can participate in a Jewish overnight camp experience. To be eligible for a need-based camp scholarship, you must be a Washington State resident and be signed up with a traditional Jewish camp in the U.S. or Canada. www.JewishInSeattle.org

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! Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com 
JRide is now serving New York City  locals and tourists! Car seats available upon request. Contact JRide at 206-771-2670 or jridenewyork@gmail.com



REBBE’S SICHO – BO
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/92049/jewish/Bo-Passover-Offerings-Home-and-Away.htm © SichosInEnglish.org

One of the differences between the Paschal offerings brought in Egypt and subsequent Paschal offerings is that those brought in Egypt were sacrificed by each family within their homes, while the later Paschal offerings had to be sacrificed in the Mishkan or Beis HaMikdash.1

That the offerings in Egypt were brought by each family in its own home was not only permissible, but obligatory; each domicile had to have its own offering. Only when the number of individuals within one dwelling was not enough to consume the entire offering in one night was it permitted to join another family that lived nearby.2

Why did the Egyptian Paschal offering differ from all subsequent Paschal offerings?

The prophet Yechezkiel speaks of the Exodus from Egypt as the time of the Jewish nation’s birth.3 It follows that the offering brought in association with this exodus is related to the birth of the Jewish people and their subsequent function.

The Midrash informs us4 that “G‑d earnestly desired a dwelling in the nethermost level,” i.e., in this physical world. This was primarily accomplished, according to the Midrash, when the Mishkan was built, as the verse states:5 “And you shall make for Me a Sanctuary and I shall reside among them.”6

Our Sages comment:7 “It does not state [‘I shall reside] in it,’ rather, ‘in them,’ that is to say, within each and every Jew.”

Since all verses are first and foremost to be understood in their simple sense,8 it follows that our Sages are telling us that in addition to the primary Mishkan and Beis HaMikdash, each Jew should seek to make his own personal Mishkan and Beis HaMikdash, so that G‑d will reside within him.

Since the verse states “in them” and not “in it,” it follows that the personal Mishkan and Beis HaMikdash is of great importance.

The reason is as follows: Although the degree of holiness that resided in the Mishkan and Beis HaMikdash far surpassed the holiness that could be contained by any individual Jew as a result of his service, the physical Mishkan and Beis HaMikdash alone could not fulfill G‑d’s desire for “a dwelling in the nethermost level.”

For the Mishkan and Beis HaMikdash were confined to specific sites, with most of creation existing outside these areas. It was thus necessary for the G‑dliness within the Mishkan and Beis HaMikdash to reach beyond their boundaries and emanate to the outside world.9

It is by drawing down the sanctity of the Mishkan and Beis HaMikdash within his own home, thus causing his own dwelling to become a domicile of holiness, that a Jew fulfills G‑d’s intent — the transformation of the entire world into a dwelling fit for Him.

This is why the Jews were to bring offerings within their own homes in Egypt, for since those offerings took place at the time of the nation’s birth, the purpose of that nationhood had to be stressed — that, through their personal spiritual service, they would have G‑d dwelling within each one of them, transforming their individual homes into a dwelling place for G‑d.

Once the Mishkan and Beis HaMikdash were built, however, the Paschal offering had to be brought there, for it was there that the highest degree of holiness resided.

Thus, the order of things changed: G‑d dwelled in those edifices, and as a result of that indwelling, He came to reside — through the Jews’ service “in them” — within each and every Jew, and within the world as a whole.

Based on Likkutei Sichos, Vol. XXVI, pp. 77-84

Shabbos Vaeira Mevarchim Shevat | 27 Teves – 5 Shevat 5780

EREV SHABBOS FRI JAN 24th
Shacharis 7:00 AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv 4:39 PM

SHABBOS SAT JAN 25th
Tehilim for Mevarchim Shevat 7:45 AM
Shacharis: 9:00 AM /Sof Zman Kriat Shema 10:03 AM
Shabbos Mincha 4:39 PM
Maariv/Havdalah 5:46 PM

WEEKDAY
Sun Shacharis  9:00 AM 
Mon Shacharis 7:00 AM /ROSH CHODESH SHEVAT
Tue-Fri Shacharis 7:00 AM
Sun - Thu Mincha 4:45 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV/

KIDDUSH LITE
Thank you to Boris (Baruch) Masinovsky for sponsoring Kiddush Lite in honor of the Yahrzeit of his mother  Feiga Bas Nachum ZT”L. Thank you to Mike Weichbrodt for sponsoring  meat Cholent and cold cuts in honor of his mother Sarah bas Shmuel ZT”L. Cholent made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin.

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -TBD
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.

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN– FRI  4 PM
In the CSTL Social Hall, in honor of the birthday of Rabbi Levitin (Tevet 28) and the birthday of Rebbetzin Chana Schneerson (1879 (O.S.) - 1964), mother of the Lubavitcher Rebbe (Tevet 28). https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/133640/jewish/Rebbetzin-Chanas-Biography.htm

AVOS u’BONIM MOTZEI SHABBOS SAT JAN 25th 
Inspiring programs for fathers and children.  Living Torah Video, Raffle, Prizes, Delicious Refreshments, Grand Prize Raffle.  All ages welcome! Sponsorships available – Contact RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com A special thanks to this week's generous sponsors

JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE LADIES DANCE NIGHTS
Feb 23rd – Cardio 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Mar 8th – Hip Hop – 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Mar 22nd – Cardio 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Just $20 each. https://tinyurl.com/cstlWomensEvent mherbstman@gmail.com
At All that Dance Studio, 3012 NE Blakely Street.

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR – 8:15 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. This week we will be learning about “ קַ֧ח אֶת־מַטְּךָ֛ וְהַשְׁלֵ֥ךְ לִפְנֵֽי־פַרְעֹ֖ה יְהִ֥י לְתַנִּֽין” “Take your staff, cast [it] before Pharaoh; it will become a serpent.' "  What was G-D’s inner message with this to Pharaoh??.

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 3:50 PM
This week featuring inspiring words of Torah in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. this week we will be learning Parasha Va’eira and Chodesh Shevat.

JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE EVENT – SUN FEB 2nd 7:30 PM
Being the CEO of your life – Focusing on Mastering your Financial Health. With Morgan Stanley’s Miri Tilson. Hosted by Elisheva Sprung.  At the Mod Apartments. 6559 35th Ave NE.  Sponsored by Chabad of Seattle.   Sushi & Wine will be served.

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

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. 

WOMEN’S MONDAY EVENING LEARNING  8 PM
Weekly learning class for women with Rabbi Emlen  This class is dedicated to the speedy recovery/refuah shlaimah of Sarah Goldberg      Chaya Sarah Malkah bas Brochoh Leah Chavah. This fast paced class is based on the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s, OBM, Sichos.   All levels of knowledge are welcome! Asking questions is not only allowed, it is encouraged!    At the home of the Kavkas  4002 NE 72nd St Seattle. Light refreshments are served

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

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

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

PARSHA WITH RABBI ROSENFELD THU 9 PM – 10:30 PM
At Mercaz

BCMH MEN'S CLUB EVENT SUN JAN 26th 7 PM
Men of the community are invited for an evening of Sushi, Micro Brews, Snacks & Games. Yavneh Building upstairs Lounge. Cost: $15 per person. www.BCMHSeattle.org

Connections 2020 SUN JAN 26th 11 AM – 1 PM
The largest philanthropic gathering of Jewish women in the Northwest. Featuring guest speaker Alana Newhouse, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Tablet magazine and editor of the 2019 book The 100 Most Jewish Foods. Co-chairs Shelley Bensussen and Barrie Galanti. Honoring Naomi Newman with the Althea Stroum Woman of Distinction Award.  AtThe Westin Seattle – Downtown www.JewishInSeattle.org

The Rescue – A Live Film /Concerto SAT JAN 25th 7:30 PM
The Holocaust Center for Humanity presents The Rescue - A Live Film-Concerto, a performative film experience that tells the story of José Arturo Castellanos, the Latin American Wallenberg. At great risk to himself and his family, Col. Castellanos saved thousands of Jews during the Holocaust by issuing Salvadoran nationality certificates while working as a diplomat. Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. At Town Hall Seattle https://holocaustcenterseattle.org/programs-events/518-the-rescue

BCMH MEN'S CLUB EVENT SUN JAN 26th 7 PM
Men of the community are invited for an evening of Sushi, Micro Brews, Snacks & Games. Yavneh Building upstairs Lounge. Cost: $15 per person. https://bcmhseattle.org/event/mens-club-jan-2020/

ANTISEMITISM PANEL DISCUSSION AT OHR CHADASH SAT FEB 1st 7:30 PM
Shootings in  Jersey City, Pittsburgh & Poway, guards outside our schools & synagogues, hate flyers on local sanctuaries, increased drills. What are our children thinking? How can we help them navigate this new reality? A panel discussion co-sponsored by Congregation Ezra Bessaroth and others. www.minyanohrchadash.org

SEPHARDIC LEARNING KITCHEN ON SUN FEB 2 - BOREKAS!
The Ezra Bessaroth Ladies Auxiliary will share the art of baking the perfect boreka. Sunday, February 2nd at 11am. Attendance is limited to 30 participants and this event will sell out. Cost is $20.00 and RSVP is a must. Reserve your spot by calling the office at 206-722-5500 or go to www.ezrabessaroth.net  What you bake you take.

“FAMILY PAPERS” BOOK TALK WITH SARAH ABREVAYA STEIN - TUE FEB 4th 7 PM
Join the Sephardic Studies Program at the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies and the Seattle Public Library for a conversation with Dr. Devin E. Naar and Dr. Sarah Abrevaya Stein about her new book, “Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century.” At the Downtown Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave. Seattle.

HillelFest 2020 THU FEB 6th 6 PM
Join us at HillelFest 2020 to celebrate the impact of Hillel UW through the eyes of students and to support our vision for the future. https://www.hilleluw.org/events/

HFLA Champagne Brunch SUN FEB 9th 11 AM
The Hebrew Free Loan Association of Washington State invites you to their Annual Champagne Brunch. Lox, bagels, blintzes ... all your favorites. Keynote speaker: Rabbi Daniel Weiner of Temple De Hirsch Sinai. At Mercer Island Community & Event Center. https://www.hflawa.org/

Derech Emunah Winter Garden Party SUN FEB 9th
https://www.Derechemunah.com/GP  or (206) 402-6621

PARENTING TOGETHER – TUE FEB 4th
Create family-to-family relationships through the lens of Jewish values. Learn more about this series at a fantastic lecture by best-selling author and parenting expert Wendy Mogel. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-with-wendy-mogel-tickets-83420072683

FRUTICAS (Tu b’SHEVAT) SEDER & DINNER AT EZRA BESSAROTH - SUN FEB. 9
Save the date: Celebrate Fruticas, the New Year of the trees in Sephardic style with our unique Hebrew and Ladino Fruticas seder. Enjoy a cornucopia of fruits and a delicious festive meal. $85.00 per family or $30.00 per person. www.EzraBessaroth.Net

ARRIVALS PLAY ABOUT SEPHARDIC PIONEERS TO DEBUT SUN MAR. 29th 
The Seattle Jewish Theater Company and Congregation Ezra Bessaroth are proud to present “Arrivals, a Sephardic-Ashkenazi love story" at Ezra Bessaroth on Sunday, March 29 at 2:00 pm.  “Arrivals” is based on historical events and tells the story of the arrival of the first Sephardic immigrants to Seattle in 1903 and their sometimes-difficult encounters with Ashkenazi Jews already settled in the city. The performance will be followed by an audience conversation with the playwright and the cast. Tickets are $7.00 if purchased in advance, $10.00 at the door. Purchase tickets at www.ezrabessaroth.net  or at the Ezra Bessaroth office (M-F 9am-3pm). www.S

SEPHARDIC ADVENTURE CAMP REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
Registration for Sephardic Adventure Camp is now open. Dates are August 1-18. For more information go to  www.sephardicadventurecamp.org

Introducing the Student to Student Program
Prejudice often results from lack of knowledge and familiarity. As a response, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle is introducing Student to Student, a program that teaches high school-age students to put a "human face" to Judaism – the best antidote to bigotry and intolerance. https://www.jewishinseattle.org/community-services/community-relations/student-to-student/

Holocaust Center Trip: 'Poland Through the Eyes of Children  July 4-11
The Holocaust Center for Humanity will lead an educational trip, "Poland Through the Eyes of Children," a trip about connecting to history and people, and understanding that each person has the power to make a difference. The tripwill be led by Center Education Director Ilana Cone Kennedy. Application Deadline: Saturday, February 1, 2020 https://holocaustcenterseattle.org/programs-events/508-poland-2020

Applications for 2020 Camp Scholarships DEADLINE MAR 2nd
The Federation’s need-based camp scholarships program helps Washington State families with the cost of Jewish overnight camp tuition. By providing you with a variety of funding options, our goal is to ensure that you receive the assistance you need so that your child/children can participate in a Jewish overnight camp experience. To be eligible for a need-based camp scholarship, you must be a Washington State resident and be signed up with a traditional Jewish camp in the U.S. or Canada. www.JewishInSeattle.org

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! Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com 
JRide is now serving New York City  locals and tourists! Car seats available upon request. Contact JRide at 206-771-2670 or jridenewyork@gmail.com



REBBE’S SICHO – VA’EIRA
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/92045/jewish/Vaeira-Havayah-The-Attribute-of-Truth.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

The Torah portion of Vayeira begins1 with G‑d revealing to Moshe His Ineffable Name Havayah. G‑d then goes on to tell Moshe that He did not make this name known to AvrahamYitzchak or Ya’akovRashi2 comments that G‑d was thereby implying that “He did not make Himself known to them with His unlimited attribute of truth.”

The Alter Rebbe explains3 that, with this statement, G‑d was answering Moshe’s complaint of “Why do You mistreat Your people?” G‑d in effect told Moshe that redemption is tied to the revelation of His Ineffable Name. In order to merit this great degree of revelation, it was necessary for the Jews to undergo the hardships of the Egyptian exile.

This redemption thus involved more than physical and spiritual liberation from slavery; its ultimate purpose was the revelation and knowledge of the Name Havayah. As long as the Name was not known by the Jewish people, there could be no true freedom.

What is the connection between Havayah and liberation?

The explanation is as follows: The Hebrew root of the word for Egypt (meitzar) means straits and limitations.4 These are found within holiness as well. All human beings are inherently limited, so even when we serve G‑d with all our power, we have still not transcended these built-in boundaries.

In a more profound sense, exodus from Egypt requires the transcending of even the limitations of holiness. Understandably, a person is not capable of doing this on his own, as man is inherently limited. One can leave this “Egypt” only by nullifying oneself before G‑d, thereby becoming a receptacle for the G‑dly revelation of Havayah, which takes a person beyond all limitations.

Herein lies an eternal lesson to Jews, at all times and in all places: An individual can attain a personal state of spiritual redemption even before the redemption of the entire nation.5 It is thus possible for an individual to be in doubt as to whether he or she has already attained spiritual redemption or is still in a state of spiritual exile.

A person might well think that, if he has vanquished his evil inclination and is wholly dedicated to the study of Torah and the performance of mitzvos, with even his worldly activity being performed for the “sake of Heaven,” that he has attained a state of redemption.

The verse therefore informs us that one may have attained the spiritual state of the Patriarchs, serving G‑d with complete devotion to Torah, prayer and good deeds, but as long as the Name Havayah does not illuminate his life, he has yet to leave Egypt and attain true redemption.

But how does a person know whether he has merited the revelation of HavayahRashi answers by explaining that the Patriarchs did not merit Havayah because “He did not make Himself known to them with His unlimited attribute of Truth.”

Truth is not subject to change. Thus, the Talmud Yerushalmi states6 that “G‑d’s seal is emmes — truth.” The Hebrew word emmes is composed of the three letters, alefmemtav — the first, middle and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet. This indicates that, from the beginning, through the middle and until the conclusion, truth does not vary.

This, then, is the criterion by which we can determine whether a person has truly left behind all spiritual straits and limitations: If the person’s manner of service defies change, i.e., his Torah study, prayer, performance of mitzvos and involvement in permissible matters are all done — under all circumstances — without change and with total nullification before G‑d, then he can rest assured that he has attained a true state of spiritual redemption. Havayah is revealed within him, for his service displays the imprint of unvarying Truth.

Based on Likkutei Sichos, Vayeira 5749, pp. 1-5

Shabbos Shemos | 20-27 Teves 5780

EREV SHABBOS FRI JAN 17th
Shacharis 7 AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  4:29 PM

SHABBOS SAT JAN 18th
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 10:05 AM
Shabbos Mincha 4:29 PM
Maariv/Havdalah 5:36 PM

WEEKDAY
Sun Shacharis  9 AM 
Mon- Fri Shacharis 7 AM
Sun - Thu Mincha 4:30 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV/

KIDDUSH LITE
Thank you to Rabbi Sholom Ber and Chani Levitin for sponsoring Chulent in honor of Rabbi Levitin's Birthday and to welcome back Yussi and Rachel Greenberg.

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -TBD
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.

AVOS u’BONIM MOTZEI SHABBOS SAT JAN 18h 7 PM
Inspiring programs for fathers and children.  Living Torah Video, Raffle, Prizes, Delicious Refreshments, Grand Prize Raffle.  All ages welcome! Sponsorships available – Contact RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com A special thanks to this week's generous sponsors, Rabbi Yechezkel & Ora Rappoport and Gershon Grashin in honor of his Grandfather's Yahrtzeit Shlomo Ben Moshe A"H

70 YEAR STRONG LEARNING EVENT – THU JAN 23rd 7:30 PM
Join us at CSTL as we celebrate with an evening of Inspirational Learning and Delectable Cuisine, (meat dinner catered by Wolf and Spice). Men will be in the Beis Medrash learning with chavrusas  Women will learn together as a group, led by Shimona Davidoff, Chabad emissary to Shoreline, WA, in our social hall downstairs. There is no charge to join this event, thanks to our generous sponsors: Rabbi Mendy & Leahle Levitin, Rabbi Avremi & Chavi Gitler, Paul & Tamar Azous, Rabbi Saifo & Frumi Marazow, Rabbi Shnai & Chaya Levitin, Rabbi Shmuly & Chaya Levitin, Rabbi Elazar & Esther Bogomilsky, Yussi & Rachel Greenberg, Moshe & Karen Yalovsky . If you have any questions about this event, please reach out to Rabbi Mendy Levitin keilimetals@gmail.com  or rabbiherbstman@gmail.com  Sign up today and find a chavrusa @ https://shutaf.im/s/or/Seattle

JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE LADIES DANCE NIGHTS
Jan 19th – Contemporary – 6 to 7 pm /Mother/Bubbie/Daughter/Cousin
Feb 23rd – Cardio 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Mar 8th – Hip Hop – 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Mar 22nd – Cardio 7:45 – 8:45 pm
All five for $75 or $20 each. https://tinyurl.com/cstlWomensEvent mherbstman@gmail.com
At All that Dance Studio, 3012 NE Blakely Street.

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR WITH RABBI HERBSTMAN – 8:15 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah.

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 3:30 PM
This week featuring inspiring words of Torah in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. this week we will be learning Parasha Vayechi and Chazaq! With Rabbi Herbstman.

GIRLS CRAFTING MORNING – SUN JAN 19th 10 AM
For Girls 7 and Up. With Tova Cox and Chani Meyer. At CSTL. Coffee and Milk served. RSVP mherbstman@gmail.com

JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE EVENT – SUN FEB 2nd 7:30 PM
Being the CEO of your life – Focusing on Mastering your Financial Health. With Morgan Stanley’s Miri Tilson. Hosted by Elisheva Sprung.  At the Mod Apartments. 6559 35th Ave NE.  Sponsored by Chabad of Seattle.   Sushi & Wine will be served.

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

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. 

WOMEN’S MONDAY EVENING LEARNING  8 PM
Weekly learning class for women with Rabbi Emlen  This class is dedicated to the speedy recovery/refuah shlaimah of Sarah Goldberg      Chaya Sarah Malkah bas Brochoh Leah Chavah. This fast paced class is based on the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s, OBM, Sichos.   All levels of knowledge are welcome! Asking questions is not only allowed, it is encouraged!    At the home of the Kavkas  4002 NE 72nd St Seattle. Light refreshments are served

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

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

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

PARSHA WITH RABBI ROSENFELD 9 PM – 10:30 PM
At Mercaz

SEATTLE COMMUNITY SECURITY – EIGHT WEDNESDAYS 7 -10 PM
This course trains participants to protect our community. See more at this video. Begins Jan 15th.  Contact Elisabeth.rosenthal@gmail.com

Sourdough Baking for Women at the Kollel SAT JAN 18th 8:45 PM
www.SeattleKollel.org  or call Mrs. Feibusch at (203) 260-0267

LIMMUD SEATTLE –JAN 18th – 19th 2019.
At Bellevue College.  www.limmudseattle.org 

BCMH MEN'S CLUB EVENT SUN JAN 26th 7 PM
Men of the community are invited for an evening of Sushi, Micro Brews, Snacks & Games. Yavneh Building upstairs Lounge. Cost: $15 per person. www.BCMHSeattle.org

Connections 2020 SUN JAN 26th 11 AM – 1 PM
The largest philanthropic gathering of Jewish women in the Northwest. Featuring guest speaker Alana Newhouse, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Tablet magazine and editor of the 2019 book The 100 Most Jewish Foods. Co-chairs Shelley Bensussen and Barrie Galanti. Honoring Naomi Newman with the Althea Stroum Woman of Distinction Award.  AtThe Westin Seattle – Downtown www.JewishInSeattle.org

The Rescue – A Live Film /Concerto SAT JAN 25th 7:30 PM
The Holocaust Center for Humanity presents The Rescue - A Live Film-Concerto, a performative film experience that tells the story of José Arturo Castellanos, the Latin American Wallenberg. At great risk to himself and his family, Col. Castellanos saved thousands of Jews during the Holocaust by issuing Salvadoran nationality certificates while working as a diplomat. Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. At Town Hall Seattle https://holocaustcenterseattle.org/programs-events/518-the-rescue

BCMH MEN'S CLUB EVENT SUN JAN 26th 7 PM
Men of the community are invited for an evening of Sushi, Micro Brews, Snacks & Games. Yavneh Building upstairs Lounge. Cost: $15 per person. https://bcmhseattle.org/event/mens-club-jan-2020/

ANTISEMITISM PANEL DISCUSSION AT OHR CHADASH SAT FEB 1st 7:30 PM
Shootings in  Jersey City, Pittsburgh & Poway, guards outside our schools & synagogues, hate flyers on local sanctuaries, increased drills. What are our children thinking? How can we help them navigate this new reality? A panel discussion co-sponsored by Congregation Ezra Bessaroth and others. www.minyanohrchadash.org

SEPHARDIC LEARNING KITCHEN ON SUN FEB 2 - BOREKAS!
The Ezra Bessaroth Ladies Auxiliary will share the art of baking the perfect boreka. Sunday, February 2nd at 11am. Attendance is limited to 30 participants and this event will sell out. Cost is $20.00 and RSVP is a must. Reserve your spot by calling the office at 206-722-5500 or go to www.ezrabessaroth.net  What you bake you take.

“FAMILY PAPERS” BOOK TALK WITH SARAH ABREVAYA STEIN - TUE FEB 4th 7 PM
Join the Sephardic Studies Program at the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies and the Seattle Public Library for a conversation with Dr. Devin E. Naar and Dr. Sarah Abrevaya Stein about her new book, “Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century.” At the Downtown Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave. Seattle.

HillelFest 2020 THU FEB 6th 6 PM
Join us at HillelFest 2020 to celebrate the impact of Hillel UW through the eyes of students and to support our vision for the future. https://www.hilleluw.org/events/

HFLA Champagne Brunch SUN FEB 9th 11 AM
The Hebrew Free Loan Association of Washington State invites you to their Annual Champagne Brunch. Lox, bagels, blintzes ... all your favorites. Keynote speaker: Rabbi Daniel Weiner of Temple De Hirsch Sinai. At Mercer Island Community & Event Center. https://www.hflawa.org/

Derech Emunah Winter Garden Party SUN FEB 9th
https://www.Derechemunah.com/GP  or (206) 402-6621

PARENTING TOGETHER – TUE FEB 4th
Create family-to-family relationships through the lens of Jewish values. Learn more about this series at a fantastic lecture by best-selling author and parenting expert Wendy Mogel. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-with-wendy-mogel-tickets-83420072683

FRUTICAS (Tu b’SHEVAT) SEDER & DINNER AT EZRA BESSAROTH - SUN FEB. 9
Save the date: Celebrate Fruticas, the New Year of the trees in Sephardic style with our unique Hebrew and Ladino Fruticas seder. Enjoy a cornucopia of fruits and a delicious festive meal. $85.00 per family or $30.00 per person. www.EzraBessaroth.Net

ARRIVALS PLAY ABOUT SEPHARDIC PIONEERS TO DEBUT SUN MAR. 29th 
The Seattle Jewish Theater Company and Congregation Ezra Bessaroth are proud to present “Arrivals, a Sephardic-Ashkenazi love story" at Ezra Bessaroth on Sunday, March 29 at 2:00 pm.  “Arrivals” is based on historical events and tells the story of the arrival of the first Sephardic immigrants to Seattle in 1903 and their sometimes-difficult encounters with Ashkenazi Jews already settled in the city. The performance will be followed by an audience conversation with the playwright and the cast. Tickets are $7.00 if purchased in advance, $10.00 at the door. Purchase tickets at www.ezrabessaroth.net  or at the Ezra Bessaroth office (M-F 9am-3pm). www.S

SEPHARDIC ADVENTURE CAMP REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
Registration for Sephardic Adventure Camp is now open. Dates are August 1-18. For more information go to  www.sephardicadventurecamp.org

Introducing the Student to Student Program
Prejudice often results from lack of knowledge and familiarity. As a response, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle is introducing Student to Student, a program that teaches high school-age students to put a "human face" to Judaism – the best antidote to bigotry and intolerance. https://www.jewishinseattle.org/community-services/community-relations/student-to-student/

Holocaust Center Trip: 'Poland Through the Eyes of Children  July 4-11
The Holocaust Center for Humanity will lead an educational trip, "Poland Through the Eyes of Children," a trip about connecting to history and people, and understanding that each person has the power to make a difference. The tripwill be led by Center Education Director Ilana Cone Kennedy. Application Deadline: Saturday, February 1, 2020 https://holocaustcenterseattle.org/programs-events/508-poland-2020

Applications for 2020 Camp Scholarships DEADLINE MAR 2nd
The Federation’s need-based camp scholarships program helps Washington State families with the cost of Jewish overnight camp tuition. By providing you with a variety of funding options, our goal is to ensure that you receive the assistance you need so that your child/children can participate in a Jewish overnight camp experience. To be eligible for a need-based camp scholarship, you must be a Washington State resident and be signed up with a traditional Jewish camp in the U.S. or Canada. www.JewishInSeattle.org

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! Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com 
JRide is now serving New York City  locals and tourists! Car seats available upon request. Contact JRide at 206-771-2670 or jridenewyork@gmail.com


 

REBBE’S SICHO – SHEMOS
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/92044/jewish/Shmos-Redemption-Who-and-WHy.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

On the passage in which G‑d reveals His name as,1 “I Will Be Who I Will Be,” the Midrash comments2 that G‑d forcefully redeemed the multitude from Egypt, even those individuals who were wicked. However, those who did not want to leave Egypt died during the three days of darkness.3

G‑d redeemed the Jewish people from Egypt because, as stated in this week’s portion of Shmos, they are “His firstborn son.”4 He tells Pharaoh5 to “send out My son so that he may serve Me.”

The redemption of the Jews from Egypt thus came about because all the Jews in Egypt, even the lowliest, were considered by G‑d to be His children, and the connection between a father and child is so essential that it is not subject to deterioration or change.

G‑d’s relationship with every Jew is thus so strong that, in the words of our Sages:6 “Whatever the case [whether you are good or not], you are called [My] children, [therefore,] exchanging them for another nation is impossible.”

This being so, why weren’t all the people redeemed from Egypt?

Furthermore, during the Egyptian exile, there were different categories of evil people among the Jews,7 up to and including idolaters…8 so much so that there were individuals who left Egypt with their idols in hand.9 Nevertheless, all the Jews managed to take part in the exodus. Why then were those who did not want to leave Egypt excluded from the redemption? How were they different from the rest?

Consider. According to Rebbe ,10 Rabbi Yehudah HaNasi, the very day of Yom Kippur brings atonement for all sins, even if the sinner himself does not atone. However, Rebbe admits that if a person transgresses the prohibitions of Yom Kippur itself, such as eating and drinking on that day, then Yom Kippur will not atone for these sins.11

Since, according to Rebbe, Yom Kippur atones even for the harshest of sins,12 why does it not ameliorate the sins of Yom Kippur itself?

The Rogatchover Gaon answers:13 Since these sins pertain to Yom Kippur itself, Yom Kippur serves as a “cause” for them, i.e., the sins came about through the very day of Yom Kippur. It follows that the cause of a sin cannot simultaneously act as its atonement, for “a prosecutor cannot become a defense attorney.”14

On a more esoteric level, the explanation is as follows: Yom Kippur reveals the essential bond between every Jew and G‑d, a bond that transcends iniquity.15 However, sins relating to Yom Kippur itself block the revelation of this bond with G‑d. It is therefore impossible for the bond to serve as a basis of a person’s forgiveness for sins committed on Yom Kippur, since these very sins obscure this bond.

The same is true with regard to the Exodus: The arousal from above that brought about the redemption of the Jewish people from Egypt was predicated upon the revelation of G‑d’s bond as Father of His children.

Since this connection is not subject to change, it resulted in the freeing of all the Jews from Egyptian bondage, even those who were wicked, for “Whatever the case, you are called [My] children.”

But those Jews who refused to leave Egypt, choosing to remain “slaves to slaves” — the very antithesis of devotion to G‑d, and surely in complete opposition to the relationship implied by the phrase “My firstborn son” — placed themselves in a different category:

By their refusal to leave, they opposed the very revelation of the essential bond between G‑d and all Jews. It was thus impossible for this revelation to serve as the grounds for their redemption, because “a prosecutor cannot become a defense attorney.”

Nonetheless, this was only so regarding the redemption from Egypt. Concerning the future Redemption, the Torah assures us that all Jews, without exception, will be redeemed.16

Based on Likkutei Sichos, Vol. XI, pp. 1-4

Shabbos Vayechi - Hazaq! | 6-13 Teves 5780

EREV SHABBOS FRI JAN 10th
Shacharis 7 AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  4:19 PM

SHABBOS SAT JAN 11th
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 10:06 AM
Shabbos Mincha 4:19 PM
Maariv/Havdalah 5:28 PM

WEEKDAY
Sun Shacharis  9 AM 
Mon- Fri Shacharis 7 AM
Sun - Thu Mincha 4:20 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV/

GALA KIDDUSH IN HONOR OF THE CARO FAMILY
Catered by Wolf & Spice. Thank you to sponsors Rabbi and Mrs Chani Levitin, Shimon and Tova Cox, Shuky and Chan Meyer, Mike and Lesley Weichbrodt, Rabbi Avi and Marave Herbstman, Andre and Liz Jacobowitz, Dr. Shimon and Jessica Rudnick, Liz Rothman, Chana Plotke, Ben and Sarah Dershowitz, Meir and Areille Zwanziger, Moshe and Karen Yalovsky, Eduardo and Gabrielle Sonnino, and David Judkovich.

TZEITCHEM L’SHALOM
The community wishes tzeitchem l’shalom to the Caro Family.  We will greatly miss you all!

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -TBD
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.

AVOS u’BONIM MOTZEI SHABBOS SAT JAN 10h 6:30 PM
Inspiring programs for fathers and children.  Living Torah Video, Raffle, Prizes, Delicious Refreshments, Grand Prize Raffle.  All ages welcome! Sponsorships available – Contact 
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com A special thanks to this week's generous sponsors, Chani and Shuky Meyer.

JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE LADIES DANCE NIGHTS
Jan 19th – Contemporary – 6 to 7 pm /Mother/Bubbie/Daughter/Cousin
Feb 23rd – Cardio 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Mar 8th – Hip Hop – 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Mar 22nd – Cardio 7:45 – 8:45 pm
All five for $75 or $20 each. 
https://tinyurl.com/cstlWomensEvent mherbstman@gmail.com
At All that Dance Studio, 3012 NE Blakely Street.

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR WITH RABBI HERBSTMAN – 8:15 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah.

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 3:20 PM
This week featuring inspiring words of Torah in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. this week we will be learning Parasha Vayechi and Chazaq! With Rabbi Herbstman.

GIRLS CRAFTING MORNING – SUN JAN 19th 10 AM
For Girls 7 and Up. With Tova Cox and Chani Meyer. At CSTL. Coffee and Milk served. RSVP 
mherbstman@gmail.com

JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE EVENT – SUN FEB 2nd 7:30 PM
Being the CEO of your life – Focusing on Mastering your Financial Health. With Morgan Stanley’s Miri Tilson. Hosted by Elisheva Sprung.  At the Mod Apartments. 6559 35th Ave NE.  Sponsored by Chabad of Seattle.   Sushi & Wine will be served.

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

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. 

WOMEN’S MONDAY EVENING LEARNING  8 PM
Weekly learning class for women with Rabbi Emlen  This class is dedicated to the speedy recovery/refuah shlaimah of Sarah Goldberg      Chaya Sarah Malkah bas Brochoh Leah Chavah. This fast paced class is based on the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s, OBM, Sichos.   All levels of knowledge are welcome! Asking questions is not only allowed, it is encouraged!    At the home of the Kavkas  4002 NE 72nd St Seattle. Light refreshments are served

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

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

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

PARSHA WITH RABBI ROSENFELD 9 PM – 10:30 PM
At Mercaz

SEATTLE COMMUNITY SECURITY – EIGHT WEDNESDAYS 7 -10 PM
This course trains participants to protect our community. See more at this 
video. Begins Jan 15th.  Contact Elisabeth.rosenthal@gmail.com

JEWS AND COFFEE A COMPLEX BREW– SAT JAN 11th 6:30 PM
When coffee arrived in Europe, the non-Jewish establishment decried it but the Jewish community embraced it. Minyan Ohr Chadash presents Gilah Kletenik, a Jewish educator, who will explore this stimulating history, focusing on rabbis, Jewish merchants, and German Jewish women for whom coffee was an opportunity for integration, expansion, and advancement.  At Café Vita in Seward Park.

RABBI MEYERS JANUARY STUDY SERIES SUN JAN 12th 7:30 PM
Rabbi Ron-Ami Meyers continues his interactive study on the book of Shemot this Sunday at 7:30pm at Ezra Bessaroth. The classes take place every Sunday in January. Light refreshments will be served. For men and women, open to the community. Check out the class from this past Sunday at 
https://youtu.be/ylKGUZqRIG4  . We are grateful for our generous sponsors Donna Amira, Ralph Capeluto & Albert Israel. For more about learning opportunities with Rabbi Meyers go to www.talmid-chaver.com

A Journey to Israel Will Change Your Teen's Life – DEADLINE JAN 13th
Every Jewish teen should have the opportunity for a transformative Israel experience. Teens who have visited Israel have come home with a stronger Jewish identity and a lasting connection to our Jewish homeland. Make the dream of an Israel experience come true for your teen – apply today for a scholarship made possible by the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, the Samis Foundation, and other generous donors. 
https://www.jewishinseattle.org/investments-in-jewish-life/scholarships/teen-israel

BUKHARIAN JEWS: A SEPHARDIC STORY - THU JAN 16 AT 6:30PM
Renowned expert on Sephardic communities, Ruben Shimonov will provide an interactive presentation on the story of the native Jews of Central Asia—Bukharian Jews. This unique community is situated at the fascinating, yet lesser known, intersection of Sephardic, Mizrahi, and Russian-speaking Jewish life. This interactive talk will provide a unique opportunity to explore the rich and dynamic experiences of the millennia-old Bukharian Jewish community—as well as how their journey fits into the broader saga of the Jewish People. Refreshments will be served. At Ezra Bessaroth

Sourdough Baking for Women at the Kollel SAT JAN 18th 8:45 PM
www.SeattleKollel.org  or call Mrs. Feibusch at (203) 260-0267

LIMMUD SEATTLE –JAN 18th – 19th 2019.
At Bellevue College.  
www.limmudseattle.org 

BCMH MEN'S CLUB EVENT SUN JAN 26th 7 PM
Men of the community are invited for an evening of Sushi, Micro Brews, Snacks & Games. Yavneh Building upstairs Lounge. Cost: $15 per person. 
www.BCMHSeattle.org

Connections 2020 SUN JAN 26th 11 AM – 1 PM
The largest philanthropic gathering of Jewish women in the Northwest. Featuring guest speaker Alana Newhouse, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Tablet magazine and editor of the 2019 book The 100 Most Jewish Foods. Co-chairs Shelley Bensussen and Barrie Galanti. Honoring Naomi Newman with the Althea Stroum Woman of Distinction Award.  AtThe Westin Seattle – Downtown 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

The Rescue – A Live Film /Concerto SAT JAN 25th 7:30 PM
The Holocaust Center for Humanity presents The Rescue - A Live Film-Concerto, a performative film experience that tells the story of José Arturo Castellanos, the Latin American Wallenberg. At great risk to himself and his family, Col. Castellanos saved thousands of Jews during the Holocaust by issuing Salvadoran nationality certificates while working as a diplomat. Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. At Town Hall Seattle 
https://holocaustcenterseattle.org/programs-events/518-the-rescue

BCMH MEN'S CLUB EVENT SUN JAN 26th 7 PM
Men of the community are invited for an evening of Sushi, Micro Brews, Snacks & Games. Yavneh Building upstairs Lounge. Cost: $15 per person. 
https://bcmhseattle.org/event/mens-club-jan-2020/

Reset & Refresh STARTS IN JAN
Reset & Refresh is for young adult couples to engage in community building around Jewish values through shared learning about Shabbat. The series is a fulfilling exploration into new and traditional byways of Jewish life. 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

ANTISEMITISM PANEL DISCUSSION AT OHR CHADASH SAT FEB 1st 7:30 PM
Shootings in  Jersey City, Pittsburgh & Poway, guards outside our schools & synagogues, hate flyers on local sanctuaries, increased drills. What are our children thinking? How can we help them navigate this new reality? A panel discussion co-sponsored by Congregation Ezra Bessaroth and others. 
www.minyanohrchadash.org

SEPHARDIC LEARNING KITCHEN ON SUN FEB 2 - BOREKAS!
The Ezra Bessaroth Ladies Auxiliary will share the art of baking the perfect boreka. Sunday, February 2nd at 11am. Attendance is limited to 30 participants and this event will sell out. Cost is $20.00 and RSVP is a must. Reserve your spot by calling the office at 206-722-5500 or go to 
www.ezrabessaroth.net  What you bake you take.

“FAMILY PAPERS” BOOK TALK WITH SARAH ABREVAYA STEIN - TUE FEB 4th 7 PM
Join the Sephardic Studies Program at the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies and the Seattle Public Library for a conversation with Dr. Devin E. Naar and Dr. Sarah Abrevaya Stein about her new book, “Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century.” At the Downtown Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave. Seattle.

Derech Emunah Winter Garden Party SUN FEB 9th
https://www.Derechemunah.com/GP  or (206) 402-6621

PARENTING TOGETHER – TUE FEB 4th
Create family-to-family relationships through the lens of Jewish values. Learn more about this series at a fantastic lecture by best-selling author and parenting expert Wendy Mogel. 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-with-wendy-mogel-tickets-83420072683

FRUTICAS (Tu b’SHEVAT) SEDER & DINNER AT EZRA BESSAROTH - SUN FEB. 9
Save the date: Celebrate Fruticas, the New Year of the trees in Sephardic style with our unique Hebrew and Ladino Fruticas seder. Enjoy a cornucopia of fruits and a delicious festive meal. $85.00 per family or $30.00 per person. 
www.EzraBessaroth.Net

SEPHARDIC ADVENTURE CAMP REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
Registration for Sephardic Adventure Camp is now open. Dates are August 1-18. For more information go to  
www.sephardicadventurecamp.org

Introducing the Student to Student Program
Prejudice often results from lack of knowledge and familiarity. As a response, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle is introducing Student to Student, a program that teaches high school-age students to put a "human face" to Judaism – the best antidote to bigotry and intolerance. 
https://www.jewishinseattle.org/community-services/community-relations/student-to-student/

Holocaust Center Trip: 'Poland Through the Eyes of Children  July 4-11
The Holocaust Center for Humanity will lead an educational trip, "Poland Through the Eyes of Children," a trip about connecting to history and people, and understanding that each person has the power to make a difference. The tripwill be led by Center Education Director Ilana Cone Kennedy. Application Deadline: Saturday, February 1, 2020 
https://holocaustcenterseattle.org/programs-events/508-poland-2020

Applications for 2020 Camp Scholarships DEADLINE MAR 2nd
The Federation’s need-based camp scholarships program helps Washington State families with the cost of Jewish overnight camp tuition. By providing you with a variety of funding options, our goal is to ensure that you receive the assistance you need so that your child/children can participate in a Jewish overnight camp experience. To be eligible for a need-based camp scholarship, you must be a Washington State resident and be signed up with a traditional Jewish camp in the U.S. or Canada. 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

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! Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 
JRideSeattle@gmail.com 
JRide is now serving New York City  locals and tourists! Car seats available upon request. Contact JRide at 206-771-2670 or 
jridenewyork@gmail.com


REBBE’S SICHO – VAYECHI
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/92024/jewish/Vayechi-The-Golden-Years.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

The Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn of blessed memory, related:1 When the Tzemach Tzedek was a young child and learned the passage, “Ya’akov lived in the land of Egypt for 17 years,”2 his teacher translated it according to the Baal HaTurim commentary: “Our father Ya’akov lived his 17 best years in Egypt.”

Upon his return from cheder, he asked his grandfather, the Alter Rebbe: How can it be that our father Ya’akov, the elect of the Patriarchs, had his best years in Egypt, the land of corruption?3

The Alter Rebbe answered: It is written, “And Yehudah sent before him to Yosef to give instruction for Goshen.”4 The Midrash states, and Rashi quotes this: “R. Nechemya said: to establish a house of study so Torah would be there and the tribes would learn Torah.”

“To give instructions for Goshen” means (in a deeper sense), that when one learns Torah, he becomes closer to G‑d, may He be blessed. So, even in Egypt, it is possible to say vayechi — Ya’akov truly lived.

At first glance, it is not hard to understand why Ya’akov’s best years were the last 17 of his life, which he spent with his beloved Yosef. As the select of the Patriarchs, Ya’akov’s primary delight was in seeing that Yosef was not only alive, but conducting himself as befitted Ya’akov’s son, remaining wholly righteous, notwithstanding the fact that he had lived in a corrupt land for so many years.5

This is also to be understood from what Ya’akov said to Yosef when he saw him in Egypt: “After I have seen your face, that you are still alive.”6 This passage is puzzling: Was it only by actually seeing Yosef’s face that Ya’akov could know that he was alive?

The verse informs us that, by gazing into Yosef’s face, Ya’akov was able to see that Yosef was alive spiritually as well as physically. Yosef’s righteousness had not waned; indeed, it had grown while he was in Egypt. And this was the main reason for Ya’akov’s extreme joy.7

It is thus understandable that Ya’akov’s tremendous joy8 in seeing Yosef resulted from the latter’s ability to transform the gloom of Egypt into a blaze of holiness.

This being so, both the Tzemach Tzedek’s question and the Alter Rebbe’s answer require an explanation.

The Hebrew word for Egypt, mitzrayim, is related to the words “straits” and “limitations”9 — it is a land that does not allow the infinite revelation of G‑dliness. Indeed, as “the land of corruption,” it did not readily allow for any degree of Divine revelation.

The goal of man’s spiritual service is to achieve a state of exodus from all limitations, so that he can serve G‑d without constraints.10

This, then, was the point of the Tzemach Tzedek’s question: While during these 17 years, Ya’akov achieved a measure of spiritual joy that he had not attained until then, his descent into such a land had to have a limiting effect on his spiritual service. How then could these years be considered the best of his life?

The Alter Rebbe answered by noting that Ya’akov “established a house of Torah study”: Torah study can raise an individual above all limitations, so that one can be truly alive in a spiritual sense, even while in Egypt.

The reason for this is that the Torah is rooted in G‑d’s essence.11 Just as G‑d defies all limitations, so too with Torah; even though it descends within the physical, it remains essentially limitless.12 Therefore, by cleaving to Torah, one can withstand even the spiritual trials and tribulations of Egypt.

By establishing a Torah center in Egypt, Ya’akov was assured that his going there would not involve a descent in spiritual service, for the study of Torah placed him beyond the nation’s spiritual concealment. This enabled Ya’akov to live the best spiritual years of his life, even while in Egypt.

Based on Likkutei Sichos, Vol. X, pp. 160-162

Shabbos Vayigash | 6-13 Teves 5780

EREV SHABBOS FRI JAN 3rd
Shacharis 7 AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  4:11 PM

SHABBOS SAT JAN 4th
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 10:05 AM
Shabbos Mincha 4:11 PM
Maariv/Havdalah 5:17 PM

WEEKDAY
Sun Shacharis  9 AM 
Mon- Fri Shacharis 7 AM
Sun, Mon, Wed, Thu Mincha 4:10 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV/

FAST OF ASARAH b’TEVES TUE JAN 7th
Fast Begins 6:16 AM
Shacharis 7 AM /with Selichos
Mincha 4 PM
Maariv /Fast Ends 5:10 PM

KIDDUSH LITE
Thank you to Shumlie and Rosie Tennenhaus for sponsoring our delicious meat cholent, made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin

MAZEL TOV MAZEL TOV
Mazel Tov to Rabbi Abe and Shprintze Kavka on the birth of their new grandchild Sara Miriam. Zalmy and Sheina Kavka are the proud and happy parents. May they merit to raise her to Torah, Chupa, and Ma’asim Tovim!

MAZEL TOV MAZEL TOV
Mazel Tov to the Kintzer/Becker/Bokor family on the bris of their baby boy, Lior Chaim Yishiah. May they raise him to Torah, Chupah and Masim Tovim and may we know many more smachot together!

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -TBD
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.

AVOS u’BONIM MOTZEI SHABBOS SAT JAN 4h
Inspiring programs for fathers and children.  Living Torah Video, Raffle, Prizes, Delicious Refreshments, Grand Prize Raffle.  All ages welcome! Sponsorships available – Contact 
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com Thank you to our generous sponsors

JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE LADIES DANCE NIGHTS
Jan 5th – Jazz – 7:45 to 8:45 pm
Jan 19th – Contemporary – 6 to 7 pm /Mother/Bubbie/Daughter/Cousin
Feb 23rd – Cardio 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Mar 8th – Hip Hop – 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Mar 22nd – Cardio 7:45 – 8:45 pm
All five for $75 or $20 each. 
https://tinyurl.com/cstlWomensEvent mherbstman@gmail.com
At All that Dance Studio, 3012 NE Blakely Street.

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY – 8:15 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. this week we will be learning about-וַיִּגַּ֨שׁ אֵלָ֜יו יְהוּדָ֗ה וַיֹּ֘אמֶר֘ בִּ֣י אֲדֹנִי֒  “Then Judah approached him (Joseph)  and said, Please, my lord”- Understanding how the difference between the g-dly service of  Josephs and Yehudah, is the difference between Haven and Earth, Tabernacle and Temple, this world and the world to come!.

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 3:20 PM
This week featuring inspiring words of Torah in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. We will be learning a Sicho on Parshat Vayigash and Hei Teves.

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

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. 

WOMEN’S MONDAY EVENING LEARNING  8 PM
Weekly learning class for women with Rabbi Emlen  This class is dedicated to the speedy recovery/refuah shlaimah of Sarah Goldberg      Chaya Sarah Malkah bas Brochoh Leah Chavah. This fast paced class is based on the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s, OBM, Sichos.   All levels of knowledge are welcome! Asking questions is not only allowed, it is encouraged!    At the home of the Kavkas  4002 NE 72nd St Seattle. Light refreshments are served

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

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

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

TORAH & COOKIES WITH RABBI ROSENFELD – THU JAN 2nd 9 -10:30 PM
At Mercaz

BCMH WOMEN'S SHIUR SUN JAN 5th  10:20 AM
Class taught by Rabbi Yaakov Tanenbaum. Topic: "Getting in Touch With our Tefillah: Exploring the Depth and Words of the Amidah", BCMH Beis Midrash.

SEATTLE COMMUNITY SECURITY – EIGHT WEDNESDAYS 7 -10 PM
Next course begins Jan 15th.  Contact 
Elisabeth.rosenthal@gmail.com

JEWS AND COFFEE A COMPLEX BREW– SAT JAN 11th 6:30 PM
When coffee arrived in Europe, the non-Jewish establishment decried it but the Jewish community embraced it. Minyan Ohr Chadash presents Gilah Kletenik, a Jewish educator, who will explore this stimulating history, focusing on rabbis, Jewish merchants, and German Jewish women for whom coffee was an opportunity for integration, expansion, and advancement.  At Café Vita in Seward Park.

YOU AND I SEMINAR WITH RABBI ILAN FELDMAN JAN 5th 6th and 7th
Co-sponsored by BCMH and Ashreichem Yisroel.  A powerful and transformative 18 hour seminar.  For more information visit 
www.youandi.world/register  or call 206-377-9555.

A Journey to Israel Will Change Your Teen's Life – DEADLINE JAN 13th
Every Jewish teen should have the opportunity for a transformative Israel experience. Teens who have visited Israel have come home with a stronger Jewish identity and a lasting connection to our Jewish homeland. Make the dream of an Israel experience come true for your teen – apply today for a scholarship made possible by the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, the Samis Foundation, and other generous donors. 
https://www.jewishinseattle.org/investments-in-jewish-life/scholarships/teen-israel

BUKHARIAN JEWS: A SEPHARDIC STORY - THU JAN 16 AT 6:30PM
Renowned expert on Sephardic communities, Ruben Shimonov will provide an interactive presentation on the story of the native Jews of Central Asia—Bukharian Jews. This unique community is situated at the fascinating, yet lesser known, intersection of Sephardic, Mizrahi, and Russian-speaking Jewish life. This interactive talk will provide a unique opportunity to explore the rich and dynamic experiences of the millennia-old Bukharian Jewish community—as well as how their journey fits into the broader saga of the Jewish People. Refreshments will be served. At Ezra Bessaroth

LIMMUD SEATTLE –JAN 18th – 19th 2019.
At Bellevue College.  
www.limmudseattle.org 

Connections 2020 SUN JAN 26th 11 AM – 1 PM
The largest philanthropic gathering of Jewish women in the Northwest. Featuring guest speaker Alana Newhouse, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Tablet magazine and editor of the 2019 book The 100 Most Jewish Foods. Co-chairs Shelley Bensussen and Barrie Galanti. Honoring Naomi Newman with the Althea Stroum Woman of Distinction Award.  AtThe Westin Seattle – Downtown 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

The Rescue – A Live Film /Concerto SAT JAN 25th 7:30 PM
The Holocaust Center for Humanity presents The Rescue - A Live Film-Concerto, a performative film experience that tells the story of José Arturo Castellanos, the Latin American Wallenberg. At great risk to himself and his family, Col. Castellanos saved thousands of Jews during the Holocaust by issuing Salvadoran nationality certificates while working as a diplomat. Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. At Town Hall Seattle 
https://holocaustcenterseattle.org/programs-events/518-the-rescue

BCMH MEN'S CLUB EVENT SUN JAN 26th 7 PM
Men of the community are invited for an evening of Sushi, Micro Brews, Snacks & Games. Yavneh Building upstairs Lounge. Cost: $15 per person. 
https://bcmhseattle.org/event/mens-club-jan-2020/

Reset & Refresh STARTS IN JAN
Reset & Refresh is for young adult couples to engage in community building around Jewish values through shared learning about Shabbat. The series is a fulfilling exploration into new and traditional byways of Jewish life. 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

ANTISEMITISM PANEL DISCUSSION AT OHR CHADASH SAT FEB 1st 7:30 PM
Shootings in  Jersey City, Pittsburgh & Poway, guards outside our schools & synagogues, hate flyers on local sanctuaries, increased drills. What are our children thinking? How can we help them navigate this new reality? A panel discussion co-sponsored by Congregation Ezra Bessaroth and others. 
www.minyanohrchadash.org

SEPHARDIC LEARNING KITCHEN ON SUN FEB 2 - BOREKAS!
The Ezra Bessaroth Ladies Auxiliary will share the art of baking the perfect boreka. Sunday, February 2nd at 11am. Attendance is limited to 30 participants and this event will sell out. Cost is $20.00 and RSVP is a must. Reserve your spot by calling the office at 206-722-5500 or go to 
www.ezrabessaroth.net  What you bake you take.

Derech Emunah Winter Garden Party Sunday, FEB 9th
https://www.Derechemunah.com/GP  or (206) 402-6621

PARENTING TOGETHER – TUE FEB 4th
Create family-to-family relationships through the lens of Jewish values. Learn more about this series at a fantastic lecture by best-selling author and parenting expert Wendy Mogel. 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-with-wendy-mogel-tickets-83420072683

FRUTICAS (Tu b’SHEVAT) SEDER & DINNER AT EZRA BESSAROTH - SUN. FEB. 9
Save the date: Celebrate Fruticas, the New Year of the trees in Sephardic style with our unique Hebrew and Ladino Fruticas seder. Enjoy a cornucopia of fruits and a delicious festive meal. $85.00 per family or $30.00 per person. 
www.EzraBessaroth.Net

SEPHARDIC ADVENTURE CAMP REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
Registration for Sephardic Adventure Camp is now open. Dates are August 1-18. For more information go to  
www.sephardicadventurecamp.org

Introducing the Student to Student Program
Prejudice often results from lack of knowledge and familiarity. As a response, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle is introducing Student to Student, a program that teaches high school-age students to put a "human face" to Judaism – the best antidote to bigotry and intolerance. 
https://www.jewishinseattle.org/community-services/community-relations/student-to-student/

Holocaust Center Trip: 'Poland Through the Eyes of Children  July 4-11
The Holocaust Center for Humanity will lead an educational trip, "Poland Through the Eyes of Children," a trip about connecting to history and people, and understanding that each person has the power to make a difference. The tripwill be led by Center Education Director Ilana Cone Kennedy. Application Deadline: Saturday, February 1, 2020 
https://holocaustcenterseattle.org/programs-events/508-poland-2020

Applications for 2020 Camp Scholarships DEADLINE MAR 2nd
The Federation’s need-based camp scholarships program helps Washington State families with the cost of Jewish overnight camp tuition. By providing you with a variety of funding options, our goal is to ensure that you receive the assistance you need so that your child/children can participate in a Jewish overnight camp experience. To be eligible for a need-based camp scholarship, you must be a Washington State resident and be signed up with a traditional Jewish camp in the U.S. or Canada. 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

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! Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 
JRideSeattle@gmail.com 
JRide is now serving New York City  locals and tourists! Car seats available upon request. Contact JRide at 206-771-2670 or 
jridenewyork@gmail.com


REBBE’S SICHO – MEKEITZ
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/92020/jewish/Vayigash-To-Learn-From-Yosefs-Conduct-With-his-Brothers.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

The verse states:1 “These are the descendants of Ya’akov — Yosef.” This indicates that Yosef was the continuation of Ya’akov,2 in keeping with the saying of our Sages:3 “All that transpired with this one [Ya’akov] transpired with this one [Yosef].”

Yosef differed from his brothers in that only he underwent the trials and tribulations of exile. In this sense, he was similar to his father Ya’akov, who was the only Patriarch subjected to exile — during his 20 years in the house of Lavan.

Although these 20 years were exceedingly difficult, Ya’akov remained steadfast in his faith. For this is the particular accomplishment of Ya’akov — who represents the Attribute of Truth4 — that in all situations and circumstances, he did not change his ways, remaining steadfast in his faith and observance, even while in Lavan’s home.

Still and all, a difference did exist between Ya’akov and Yosef with regard to the nature of their exiles, and that’s why it is the particular strength of Yosef that enables the Jewish people to endure the difficulties of exile.

Even while Ya’akov was in exile with Lavan, he was not immersed in worldly affairs. His servitude consisted of having to care for Lavan’s flocks — a type of labor that enables one to remain far removed from worldly concerns and concentrate on matters of the spirit. This was because Ya’akov was at a level of ultimate sanctity and holiness, completely immune to the darkness of exile.

Herein lay the difference between Ya’akov — and the Patriarchs in general — and the 12 tribes. The tribes, of necessity, had to remove themselves from worldly matters so that the world would not impinge upon their spiritual service — had they not done so, the mundane world would have hindered their service.

The Patriarchs, however, were intrinsically removed from worldly matters, living as they did in total holiness and sanctity. Their shepherding was merely a natural outgrowth of their innate sense of removal from the mundane.

So too with Ya’akov. Even as he found himself in Lavan’s house, he remained separate and thus above any true sense of exile. Consequently, like his forbears, he was a shepherd.

The quality that allowed Ya’akov, even while he was in exile, to remain removed from and loftier than that state, also finds expression in the fact that, when he is forced to do battle with Esav’s angel5 — when he must vanquish his opposition — he overwhelms him totally, so that the angel declares: “Your name will no longer be Ya’akov, but Yisrael [a term of mastery], for you have striven with men and with angels and have been successful.”6

Herein lies the special quality of Yosef, who indeed descended into exile, and was truly under the dominion first of Potiphar and then of Pharaoh. But even under such circumstances, he remained completely united with G‑d.

Thus, the strength that all Jews have to withstand exile — for, to all Jews, exile means being under foreign dominion — comes primarily from Yosef, who, as we read in the portion of Vayigash , sustained his brothers — i.e. he granted them his qualities — during the “time of hunger.”

This quality was subsequently transmitted to every Jew in all generations.

Because it is Yosef’s resilience that sustains us during even the darkest times, all Jews are called Yosef.7 And similar to our namesake, the darkness and gloom of exile does not prevent us from being totally united with G‑d, and we remain completely steady in our Judaism and observance of Torah and mitzvos.

Ultimately, this exalted behavior not only nullifies exile, but transforms it into a state of redemption — an eternal redemption that can never be subject to further exile, with the speedy coming of our righteous Moshiach.

Based on Likkutei Sichos, Vol. XXV, pp. 254-257

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