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Shabbos Teruma | 3-10 Adar 5780

EREV SHABBOS FRI FEB 28th
Shacharis 7 AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  5:33 PM

SHABBOS SAT FEB 29th
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Kriat Shema 9:36 AM
Shabbos Mincha 5:33 PM
Maariv/Havdalah 6:36 PM

WEEKDAY
Sun Shacharis  9 AM 
Mon - Fri Shacharis 7 AM
Sun - Thu Mincha 5:45 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV/

KIDDUSH LITE
Thank you to Yitzchok Rothman for sponsoring meat cholent in honor of his birthday today! (4th of Adar).  It is also in honor of the 8th birthday of Shlomo Bomstyk, Mordechi Tennehaus, and Avrumie Zaychik (all on 22nd of Shevat)!

MAZEL TOV MAZEL TOV
Mazal tov to Jonathan and Catherine Greene and Paul and Daniele Nacamuli on the engagement of Eitan Greene and Michaela Yancey! May they merit to build a bais ne’eman b’Yisroel !

MAZEL TOV MAZEL TOV
Mazal tov to Rachel, Yaakov and Maya Kimelfeld on the birth of their new baby girl!  May they merit to raise her to Torah, Chupa, 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.

LEIL SHISHI TORAH LEARNING AT CSTL – THU 8:30 PM
Join us in learning together in preparation for Shabbos – with refreshments and L’Chaim sponsored by Avrami and Chavi Gitler.  In memory of Menachem Mendel ben Yoel Ze’ev.

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN– FRI  4 PM
In the CSTL Social Hall, www.chabad.org/calendar ..

AVOS u’BONIM MOTZEI SHABBOS  GRAND FINALE SAT FEB 29th   7:30 PM
Inspiring programs for fathers and children.  Living Torah Video, Raffle, Prizes, Delicious Refreshments, Grand Prize Raffle.  All ages welcome! Sponsorships available – Contact [email protected] A special thanks to this week's generous sponsors: Shuky and Chani Meyer and Gershon Grashin.

JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE LADIES DANCE NIGHTS
Mar 8th – Hip Hop – 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Mar 22nd – Cardio 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Just $20 each. https://tinyurl.com/cstlWomensEvent [email protected]
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’s Torah Or goes into understanding the  two golden Cherubim, and our desire in the exile to try to have this same effect even as the temple has been destroyed. May it be built speedily in our times! Thank you Rabbi Herbstman for giving this week’s Torah Or Class

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 4:45 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 Parshas Terumah and Chodesh Adar. Thank you Rabbi Emlen for giving this week’s Sicho Class

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.

FAST OF ESTHER, MON MAR 9th  /Preliminary Schedule/
Fast Begins: 6:01 AM
Shacharis: 6:50 AM /Selichos
Mincha: 6:00 PM
Fast ends at 7:38  PM
Maariv/Megilah 7:40 PM

PURIM CHILDREN’S PROGRAM AT CSTL – MON MAR 9th 6:30 PM
Featuring magician and illusionist Nate Jester, followed by special kids Megillah Reading (7:45 pm) with multimedia presentation

PURIM AT CSTL MON MAR 9th 7:40 PM
Maariv and Megillah Reading.  Italian Food by Wolf and Spice. Music by DC Zacob.  Music and Dancing.   Pay in advance https://tinyurl.com/CSTLPurim .  Info:  [email protected]

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

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  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, [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

BABYCHINO – SUNDAYS 10:30 to 11:30 AM
A chic meet for mod moms & their tots.  Grow along with us as we explore and discover the miraculous world of nature around us via trees, fruits, water and earth! 👶🏼 ☕️ #babyccino  For ages 0-3 years, $10 per class.  Ilana Duban (917) 615-3241 . [email protected]


 

COMMUNITY NEWS

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

RABBI YISSOCHER FRAND AT BCMH MON MAR 2nd 8 PM
"Should We Ever Try to Play G-d", in the BCMH Beis Midrash

SMALL AGENCY SUSTAINABILITY GRANTS Application Deadline: FRI MAR 6th 3 PM
https://www.jewishinseattle.org/community-services/get-funding-special-initiatives-fund/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Puget%20Sound%20Jewish%20Life

LEARN, CONNECT, AND NOSH WITH PJ LIBRARY PARENTS, WHILE YOUR KIDS PLAY
Geared for families with children ages 0-5. Are you seeking meaningful Jewish experiences alongside other families? Do you want to make informed decisions about your family’s Jewish journey? We’ve got you covered. The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle’s Jewish Parenting Together series is all about creating family-to-family relationships through the lens of Jewish values. Explore and learn together while the kids enjoy a fun learning experience with Lisa the Librarian! Then, enjoy a kosher brunch and an engaging workshop. Series Leader: Rabbi Samuel Klein , Director of Jewish Engagement for the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. He has led Jewish life courses for couples and families in a variety of community settings including synagogues, JCCs, and Federations nationally https://www.jewishinseattle.org/investments-in-jewish-life/pj-library-for-families-with-young/jewish-parenting-together/

FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE HEROS’ GALA – MAR 5th
At Hyatt Regency Seattle, 808 Howell St, Seattle https://www.friendshipcirclewa.org/templates/section_cdo/aid/4562657/jewish/Heroes-Gala-2020.htm

Beersheva Hadassah Brunch SUN MAR 15th 10:30 AM
with Regina Friedland Sasson, in conversation with Meryl Alcabes at a private home in Seward Park. Topic: "Rising Antisemitism in the West, Advancement in the Middle East-Demystifying the Enigma"  https://www.seattlehadassah.org 

Seattle Jewish Film Festival MAR 19-29, APR 4-5
Tickets on Sale Now! Get your tickets for the Seattle Jewish Film Festival, celebrating its silver anniversary this year. Check out this year's lineup of comedies, dramas, documentaries, and shorts that showcase the vibrancy of global Jewish life. https://seattlejewishfilmfestival.org/

"THE FINAL HOUR" AT SJFF MAR 22  1:20 PM at AMC PACIFIC PLACE 11
The Seattle premier of "The Final Hour". Deniz Bensusan is a young Sephardic woman who has just come to the realization that her ancestral language, Ladino (Judeo-Spanish), is on the verge of extinction. Alarmed by the imminent demise of her heritage, she embarks on a journey of discovery in an attempt to uncover the roots of her Sephardic heritage. Program followed by an echar lashon with biscochos made by the Ladies Auxiliary of Congregation Ezra Bessaroth. Guest Speakers include Cem Kitaci, the film’s producer and Dr. Devin E. Naar. Ezra Bessaroth is a community partner of this presentation. More info at https://seattlejewishfilmfestival.org/

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 alread y 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.

SEATTLE’S SEPHARDIC COMMUNITY - 
A HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY EXPLORATION – THU MAR 26th 10:30 AM
Hazzan Azose will share how the Sephardic community in Seattle started and developed into the third-largest Sephardic community in the US. Al Maimon will make sure we’re up to date on the current institutions and opportunities to engage locally with Sephardic culture and ritual. Then, we’ll have the opportunity to ask questions of our presenters and one another.At Sephardic Bikur Holim: 6500 52nd Ave S, Seattle www.sbhseattle.org  ∙ (206) 723-3028.

MISS ISRAEL AT EZRA BESSAROTH - MON MAR 30th  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

KOSHER FOR PASSOVER LUNCHES AT HILLEL UW - APRIL 13 & 14
Join us for our famous catered kosher for Passover lunches at Hillel UW on Monday and Tuesday, April 13 & 14 from 11:00 am to 1:30pm. Cost is $15/Community & Jconnectors (21-35 years old) with pre-paid online reservation, or $20 at the door. ($8/students) More information at www.hilleluw.org 

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 [email protected] 
JRide is now serving New York City  locals and tourists! Car seats available upon request. Contact JRide at 206-771-2670 or [email protected]


 

REBBE’S SICHO – TERUMA
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/92058/jewish/Terumah-Two-Forms-of-Giving-Two-Forms-of-Service.htm © SichosInEnglish.org

In the Torah portion of Terumah, the Jews are commanded to bring terumah (offerings) for use in the Mishkan (the Tabernacle). The command is repeated three times: “They shall take unto Me terumah ;” “you shall take My terumah ;” “This is the terumah that you shall take.”1

Our Sages comment2 that the Torah is referring here to three different types of terumah : the terumah used for constructing bases for the Mishkan’s beams; the terumah of the silver half-shekel for the purchase of communal offerings; and general offerings for the construction of the Mishkan.

Of the above three offerings, only the terumah of the half-shekel was obligatory throughout the time that the Mishkan and Beis HaMikdash stood — every Jew was commanded to contribute a half-shekel a year for the purchase of communal offerings.3

In commemoration of the above, we read the Torah portion concerning the half-shekel on the Shabbos that precedes Rosh Chodesh Adar ,4 the time when the announcement was made about the half-shekel while the Beis HaMikdash still existed.5 Additionally, some say that before Purim, a half-coin of the currency of the country should be given in commemoration of the half-shekel that used to be given during the month of Adar.6

The command regarding the offering used for the sockets was germane only prior to the building of the Mishkan , as was the command regarding the general construction offerings, which applied only prior to the construction of the Mishkan and Beis HaMikdash.7

Torah, however, is eternal,8 and thus applies equally to all times and places; in terms of man’s spiritual service, the terumah of the sockets and the terumah of the general construction offerings must apply nowadays as well.

How so?

There was a fundamental difference between the terumah of the Mishkan ’s sockets and the terumah for the construction of the Mishkan itself: Regarding the former, all Jews gave an equal amount — a half-shekel ; regarding the latter, each Jew gave according to his heart’s desire.9

In terms of our personal spiritual service, the terumah for the sockets represents the self-abnegation and acceptance of the Heavenly Yoke that stem from the essence of every Jew’s soul, and concerning which all Jews are equal.

This also explains why the half-shekel given by every Jew was used only for the sockets, and not for the rest of the Mishkan : The sockets constituted the foundation upon which the entire Mishkan stood.

In spiritual terms, the sockets are congruous with acceptance of the Heavenly Yoke,10 inasmuch as such acceptance serves as the foundation of all spiritual service,11 springing from the soul’s essence, wherein all Jews are equal.12

The terumah for the general construction of the Mishkan , however, reflects intellectual and emotional service, which depend upon each individual’s spiritual status; the spiritual level — “heart’s desire” — of one Jew differs significantly from that of his fellow.13

These two levels are also to be found within our daily spiritual service: Every Jew’s spiritual service begins immediately upon awakening, with Modeh Ani , a prayer recited even before the ritual purification of washing the hands.14 For Modeh Ani is a prayer of thanks and acceptance of the Divine Yoke, and derives from the soul’s essence — a level that touches all Jews equally.15

After all Jews begin their day in a similar manner — the terumah of the sockets — they go on to their individual levels of Divine service — the terumah for the general construction of the Mishkan — as expressed in each Jew’s unique approach to prayer, Torah study and the transformation of the world into a Mishkan for G‑d.

Based on Likkutei Sichos, Vol. XI, pp. 109-111

Shabbos Mishpatim Shekolim – Mevarchim Adar | 26 Shevat – 3 Adar 5780

EREV SHABBOS FRI FEB 21st 
Shacharis 7 AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  5:23 PM

SHABBOS SAT FEB 22nd
Tehilim for Mevarchim Adar 7:45 AM
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Kriat Shema 9:43 AM
Shabbos Mincha 5:23 PM
Maariv/Havdalah 6:26 PM

WEEKDAY
Sun Shacharis  9 AM 
Mon, Thu, Fri Shacharis 7 AM
Tue, Wed Shacharis 6:50 AM /ROSH CHODESH ADAR
Sun - Thu Mincha 5:30 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV/

FULL KIDDUSH
Thank you to Harry Spitzbart for sponsoring Kiddush in honor of receiving beautiful new tefillin, which Rabbi Levitin brought back from New York, via Israel!  Harry is also sponsoring the delicious meat 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.

LEIL SHISHI TORAH LEARNING AT CSTL – THU 8:30 PM
Join us in learning together in preparation for Shabbos – with refreshments and L’Chaim sponsored by Avrami and Chavi Gitler.  In memory of Menachem Mendel ben Yoel Ze’ev.

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN– FRI  4 PM
In the CSTL Social Hall, in honor of the yahrzeit (Shevat 26) of the “Taz”, Rabbi David ben Shmuel Halevi (1586-1667), a primary Halachic authority, known for his work Turei Zahav ("Rows of Gold") -- a commentary on Rabbi Yosef Caro's Shulchan Aruch  www.chabad.org/calendar..

AVOS u’BONIM MOTZEI SHABBOS SAT FEB 22nd
Inspiring programs for fathers and children.  Living Torah Video, Raffle, Prizes, Delicious Refreshments, Grand Prize Raffle.  All ages welcome! Sponsorships available – Contact [email protected] 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 [email protected]
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 learn on the verse- כִּ֤י תִקְנֶה֙ עֶ֣בֶד עִבְרִ֔י - וְאֵ֨לֶּה֙ הַמִּשְׁפָּטִ֔ים אֲשֶׁ֥ר תָּשִׂ֖ים לִפְנֵיהֶֽם  “And these are the ordinances that you shall set before them - Should you buy a Hebrew slave… "  This verse is in reference to Moshe Rabbeinu – and his mission as faithful shepherd – to reveal within the Jewish people our G-dly awareness and consciousness.

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 4:45 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 Parshas Mishpatim-Shekalim and Chodesh Adar.

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.

PURIM CHILDREN’S PROGRAM AT CSTL – MON MAR 9th 6:30 PM
Featuring magician and illusionist Nate Jester, followed by special kids Megillah Reading (7:45 pm) with multimedia presentation

PURIM AT CSTL MON MAR 9th 7:45 PM
Maariv and Megillah Reading.  Italian Food by Wolf and Spice. Music by DC Zacob.  Music and Dancing.   Pay in advance https://tinyurl.com/CSTLPurim .  Info:  [email protected]

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

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  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, [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

BABYCHINO – SUNDAYS 10:30 to 11:30 AM
A chic meet for mod moms & their tots.  Grow along with us as we explore and discover the miraculous world of nature around us via trees, fruits, water and earth! 👶🏼 ☕️ #babyccino  For ages 0-3 years, $10 per class.  Ilana Duban (917) 615-3241 . [email protected]


 

COMMUNITY NEWS

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

CHABAD OF BELLEVUE – 25th ANNIVERSARY GALA SUN FEB 23rd5:30 PM
Twenty-Five Year Unity Torah - Join us as we begin the writing of a new Sefer Torah honoring the twenty-five years of dedication and commitment of the Eastside Torah Center community.  Everyone will have the opportunity to join the live auction and participate in this historical event!  Enjoy a live performance by Shulem Lemmer,  one of the most sought after Jewish singers today! Shulem provides an authentic yet contemporary taste in Jewish music. His music will touch your heart and soul. Awards in Excellence to Rochie Farkash , Founder and Director of CHS and Challah Friends; Sholom Ber and Chaya Elishevitz , CTeen Founders and Directors; Julia Calvo , ETC Chief Operating Officer; Arkady and Elmira Yusupov , ETC Kavod HaTorah Award; and Leah Solomon , ETC Community Builder Award.  Registration and more info:
https://www.chabadbellevue.org/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/4547479/jewish/25-Years-Celebration.htm

RABBI AVROHOM UNION AT THE KOLLEL SUN FEB 23rd 10:15 AM
Topic: "Jewish Perspectives on End-of-Life-Care"  Co-sponsored by the Seattle Kollel, Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadath, Ashreichem Yisrael, Ezra Bessaroth, Minyan Ohr Chadash & Sephardic Bikur Holim.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers Mondays FEB 24th – MAR 30th 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Genuine self-care is crucial for family caregivers looking after loved ones. In this six-week class offered by Jewish Family Service, participants will learn how to reduce stress, communicate needs, deal with difficult emotions, and make tough caregiving decisions. Free of charge. Wallingford Community Senior Center – Seattle https://www.jfsseattle.org/event/powerful-tools-for-caregivers-2/

Jewish Community Lobby Day TUE FEB 25th 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM IN OLYMPIA
Make your voice heard for our Jewish community! Join with friends, neighbors, congregants, and fellow engaged citizens in Olympia for the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle's Jewish Community Lobby Day. No experience necessary – we'll do all the prep work! Bus transportation available to and from North Seattle and Mercer Island. Hurry! Registration closes on Sunday, February 23 https://jewishinseattle.secure.force.com/donate/rc_connect__campaign_designform?id=7010a000004ORUAAA4&form=00P0a00000o7bq7EAA

RABBI YISSOCHER FRAND AT BCMH MON MAR 2nd 8 PM
"Should We Ever Try to Play G-d", in the BCMH Beis Midrash

SMALL AGENCY SUSTAINABILITY GRANTS Application Deadline: FRI MAR 6th 3 PM
https://www.jewishinseattle.org/community-services/get-funding-special-initiatives-fund/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Puget%20Sound%20Jewish%20Life

LEARN, CONNECT, AND NOSH WITH PJ LIBRARY PARENTS, WHILE YOUR KIDS PLAY
Geared for families with children ages 0-5. Are you seeking meaningful Jewish experiences alongside other families? Do you want to make informed decisions about your family’s Jewish journey? We’ve got you covered. The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle’s Jewish Parenting Together series is all about creating family-to-family relationships through the lens of Jewish values. Explore and learn together while the kids enjoy a fun learning experience with Lisa the Librarian! Then, enjoy a kosher brunch and an engaging workshop. Series Leader: Rabbi Samuel Klein , Director of Jewish Engagement for the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. He has led Jewish life courses for couples and families in a variety of community settings including synagogues, JCCs, and Federations nationally https://www.jewishinseattle.org/investments-in-jewish-life/pj-library-for-families-with-young/jewish-parenting-together/

FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE HEROS’ GALA – MAR 5th
At Hyatt Regency Seattle, 808 Howell St, Seattle https://www.friendshipcirclewa.org/templates/section_cdo/aid/4562657/jewish/Heroes-Gala-2020.htm

Beersheva Hadassah Brunch SUN MAR 15th 10:30 AM
with Regina Friedland Sasson, in conversation with Meryl Alcabes at a private home in Seward Park. Topic: "Rising Antisemitism in the West, Advancement in the Middle East-Demystifying the Enigma"  https://www.seattlehadassah.org 

Seattle Jewish Film Festival MAR 19-29, APR 4-5
Tickets on Sale Now! Get your tickets for the Seattle Jewish Film Festival, celebrating its silver anniversary this year. Check out this year's lineup of comedies, dramas, documentaries, and shorts that showcase the vibrancy of global Jewish life. https://seattlejewishfilmfestival.org/

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 30th  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 [email protected] 
JRide is now serving New York City  locals and tourists! Car seats available upon request. Contact JRide at 206-771-2670 or [email protected]


 

REBBE’S SICHO – MISHPATIM
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/92055/jewish/Mishpatim-To-Fast-or-Not-to-Fast.htm © SichosInEnglish.org

We learn in the Torah portion of Mishpatim :1 “When you see the donkey of your enemy lying under its load, you will [be tempted] to refrain from helping him, [but] you must come to his aid.”

In commenting on this verse, the Mechilta notes2 instances when one is not obliged to render assistance: when the donkey belongs to a gentile and the load belongs to a Jew, or when the animal is in a cemetery and the person who would render assistance is a kohen, for the kohen may not ritually defile himself by entering a cemetery.

Rashi, in his commentary on the Torah3 , explains this verse, first according to its simple meaning and then according to its Midrashic interpretation. The simple meaning, says Rashi , is that the verse expresses an understanding that a person might want to refrain from helping his enemy, but goes on to say “you must come to his aid.”

Now, we observe that Rashi, in discussing the Midrashic exceptions, omits the instance mentioned in the Mechilta of the animal being in a cemetery, and instead mentions that when the individual who would offer assistance is old and the conduct would be entirely inappropriate, he is not obliged to help.

Now, while the instance of the older person is indeed mentioned by our Sages,4 they mention it in explaining the verse in Devarim :5 “If you see your brother’s ox or sheep going astray…..”

How could Rashi possibly omit the example quoted by the Mechilta on this verse and substitute an example derived from another verse?

This can be understood by explaining the inner meaning of this Rashi , in context with our own spiritual service:

The Ba’al Shem Tov explains6 that “donkey” — in Hebrew, chamor , from the root chomer (materialism) — refers to a person’s physical body. “You must come to his aid” thus means that one may not rely on fasts and mortifications to break down the body’s crude materialism, but must rather “come to his aid,” by purifying and refining the body.

But there are instances in which one may engage in fasting:7

a) a fast of repentance;

b) a fast to restore one’s spiritual status.

In the first instance, fasting atones for iniquities, while in the latter instance, it either follows repentance, or there was no sin at all; the individual is merely “polishing the soul clean before G‑d.”8

Rashi ’s two examples of “an old person…” and “a gentile’s animal….” are predicated upon the two instances when one does not “come to his [the body’s] aid” through purification and refinement alone, but also through fasts.

When a Jew — Heaven forbid! — sins, his body and animal soul are torn away from holiness and come under the temporary rule of unholiness; they become “a gentile’s animal.” Yet, even the greatest Jewish sinner is filled with mitzvos9 — a “Jewish load” — especially so since, even while a sin is being committed, the Divine soul remains faithful to G‑d.10

In such an instance, where there is “a gentile’s ‘animal’ and a Jewish ‘load,’ ” Rashi informs us that fasting is permitted in order to gain atonement.

The second instance of permissible fasting, however, involves a person who merely desires to “polish his soul” — no actual sin is involved; it’s just that he was so busy with spiritual affairs, he did not take the opportunity to fully refine his materialism, though this shortcoming also dims the shine of one’s soul.

This is alluded to by Rashi as someone “old” — age being a metaphor for the acquisition of wisdom11 — who had found it spiritually “inappropriate” until now to deal with his materialism. For such a person, fasting “polishes” both body and soul.

Rashi therefore does not bring the example of a Kohen and the cemetery, for the Jewish soul — the “load” which is likened to a [daughter of a] Kohen12 — can never descend so low that it is found in a “cemetery,” for both the divine soul and even the Jewish body are ultimately immortal.13

Based on Likkutei Sichos, Vol. XXI, pp. 125-131

Shabbos Yitro Chof Beis Shevat – the ten commandments | 19-26 shevat 5780

EREV SHABBOS FRI FEB 14th 
Shacharis 7 AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  5:12 PM

SHABBOS SAT FEB 15th
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Kriat Shema 9:56 AM
Shabbos Mincha 5:12 PM
Maariv/Havdalah 6:16 PM

WEEKDAY
Sun Shacharis  9 AM 
Mon - Fri Shacharis 7 AM
Sun - Thu Mincha 5:25 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV/

FULL WASHING KIDDUSH
Thank you to Rabbi & Mrs. Sholom Ber Levitin, Rabbi & Mrs. Alter Levitin, and Rabbi & Mrs. Avremi Gitler for sponsoring a full Kiddush this Shabbos in honor of the Yahrtzeit of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka (22 Shevat). Thank you to Mendel Herbstman, who is making the meat cholent this week!!

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 (Monday 22nd  Shevat) of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson  wife of the Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson.

AVOS u’BONIM MOTZEI SHABBOS SAT FEB 15th  7:30 PM
Inspiring programs for fathers and children.  Living Torah Video, Raffle, Prizes, Delicious Refreshments, Grand Prize Raffle.  All ages welcome! Sponsorships available – Contact [email protected] A special thanks to this week's generous sponsors Dr. Shimon & Jessica Rudnick

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 [email protected]
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.   Thank you to Reb Moshe Ohayon for giving this weeks Torah Or class

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 4:20 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 Parshas  Yitro. Thank you Rabbi Emlen for giving this week’s classes.

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
[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  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, [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

BABYCHINO – SUNDAYS 10:30 to 11:30 AM
A chic meet for mod moms & their tots Tu Bishvat is in full bloom - just like your little sprouts will be during Babyccino! Grow along with us as we explore and discover the miraculous world of nature around us via trees, fruits, water and earth! 👶🏼 ☕️ #babyccino  For ages 0-3 years, $10 per class.  Ilana Duban (917) 615-3241 . [email protected]


 

COMMUNITY NEWS

KOSHER AT OUR NEIGHBORHOOD SAFEWAY!
Thank you to John, manager of the Safeway at 35th Ave NE and NE 75th St for bringing back kosher food!  Our neighborhood Safeway now has Cholov Yisroel milk and cheese, an expanded kosher grocery section, and kosher meats.  More to come!

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

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 [email protected] 
JRide is now serving New York City  locals and tourists! Car seats available upon request. Contact JRide at 206-771-2670 or [email protected]


 

REBBE’S SICHO – YITRO
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/92050/jewish/Beshallach-Prerequisites.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

In the “Tally of Mitzvos” at the beginning of his Mishnah Torah, the Rambam states: “The first of the positive commandments is to know G‑d, as the verse states:1 ‘I am G‑d, your L-rd.’ ”

The Rambam begins the laws of Mishnah Torah2 with this mitzvah as well: “The foundation of all foundations and the pillar of wisdom is the knowledge that there exists a Primary Being.”

However, the Rambam does not immediately state that to have such knowledge is a positive command. Rather, he spends the next five paragraphs providing details about the “Primary Being.” Only in the sixth paragraph does he go on to say: “Knowledge of this matter is a positive command, as the verse states: ‘I am G‑d, your L-rd.’ ”

We thus understand that, according to the Rambam, the positive command implied by the phrase “I am G‑d, your L-rd” includes not only the general knowledge of G‑d’s existence as a Primary Being, but also the details about G‑d that he enumerates.

It would seem that the Rambam ’s source for this is the Zohar ’s statement:3 “’You shall know that I am G‑d, your L-rd’4 — This is the primary command of all commands… to know G‑d… that there is a Supernal Ruler who is Master of the Universe; He created all the worlds, the heaven and earth and all their hosts.”

The Rambam ’s text is similar to that of the Zohar : “The foundation of all foundations” (“the primary command of all commands”) “is the knowledge that there exists a Primary Being” (“to know G‑d”) “who brought about all beings, and all those who are found in heaven and earth and that which is between them….” (“He created all the worlds, the heaven and earth and all their hosts.”)

From this passage in the Zohar, the Rambam learns that, although the verse simply states: “I am G‑d, your L-rd,” the commandment includes detailed knowledge of G‑d.

An otherwise inexplicable matter in the Rambam can now be understood: The Rambam begins the second chapter of Hilchos Yesodei HaTorah by discussing the commandments to love and fear G‑d.

He then continues:5 “What is the way to attain love and fear of Him? When a person contemplates His wondrous and great deeds and creatures, observing therefrom His wisdom that has no comparison or end, the individual will immediately come to love G‑d… know His great name… and fear. Accordingly, I shall explain important principles regarding the actions of the Creator, so that they serve as a discerning gateway to the love of G‑d.”

The Rambam then spends three chapters describing “His wondrous and great deeds and creatures;” one chapter6 describing angelic beings (part of the “Works of the Divine Chariot”7), and the next two chapters in describing “Works of Creation.”

He then concludes: “When an individual contemplates all this and is cognizant of all the created beings… it will enhance his love for G‑d; he will fear and be in awe of Him.”

Now, while it is true that love and fear of G‑d are accomplished by contemplation, the Mishnah Torah is “a compilation of laws.”8 How is this lengthy exposition concerning “His wondrous and great deeds and creatures” germane?

The explanation is as follows. The matters described by the Rambam in these three chapters — “Works of the Divine Chariot” and “Works of Creation” — are not only contemplative exercises that eventually lead to love and fear of G‑d, but are also relevant to a part of the mitzvah to know G‑d.

This is as the commentary on Rambam states:9 “Included within these two commandments [to know G‑d, and to know that there is no other deity] are the ‘Works of the Divine Chariot’ and ‘Works of Creation.’ For by knowing them, one can ascertain proof of G‑d’s existence, and that He is the Primary Being and Creator of all.”

The Rambam therefore explains the “important principles regarding the actions of the Creator” at great length, for in order to fulfill the mitzvah of knowing G‑d, one must know these principles, leading as they do to “proof of G‑d’s existence, and that He is the Primary Being and Creator of all.”

Based on Likkutei Sichos, Vol. XXVI, pp. 114-119

Shabbos Beshalach SHABBOS SHIRA – TU b’SHEVAT | 12-19 Shevat 5780

EREV SHABBOS FRI FEB 7th 
Shacharis 7 AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  5:01 PM

SHABBOS SAT FEB 8th
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Kriat Shema 9:56 AM
Shabbos Mincha 5:01 PM
Maariv/Havdalah 6:05 PM

WEEKDAY
Sun Shacharis  9 AM 
Mon - Fri Shacharis 7 AM /NO TACHANUN MONDAY – Tu b’SHEVAT
Sun - Thu Mincha 5:15 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV/

KIDDUSH
Thank you to  Rabbi Avi and Marave Herbstman for contributing to our washing kiddush, in honor of Mendel's 14th birthday (12th  Shevat). Thank you to Rabbi Mendy and Leahla Levitin for sponsoring Cholent in honor of the 8th birthday of their daughter Miriam (Mimi) Levitin. Delicious cholent made by Moshe Ohayon.

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 (13th Shevat) of Rebbetzin Shterna Sarah Schneersohn (1942), wife of the fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Sholom DovBer Schneerson, and mother of the sixth Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson.

AVOS u’BONIM MOTZEI SHABBOS SAT FEB 8th
Inspiring programs for fathers and children.  Living Torah Video, Raffle, Prizes, Delicious Refreshments, Grand Prize Raffle.  All ages welcome! Sponsorships available – Contact [email protected] 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 [email protected]
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 on the verse – לֹֽא־נָחָ֣ם אֱלֹקים דֶּ֚רֶךְ אֶ֣רֶץ פְּלִשְׁתִּ֔ים” “G-d did not lead them [by] way of the land of the Philistines” Getting a deeper understanding of the exile and redemption. Class will be taught by Rabbi Emlen.

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. We will Be learning a Sicho on Parshas  Beshalach. Thank you Rabbi Emlen for giving this week’s classes.

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
[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  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, [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

BABYCHINO – SUNDAYS 10:30 to 11:30 AM
A chic meet for mod moms & their tots Tu Bishvat is in full bloom - just like your little sprouts will be during Babyccino! Grow along with us as we explore and discover the miraculous world of nature around us via trees, fruits, water and earth! 👶🏼 ☕️ #babyccino  For ages 0-3 years, $10 per class.  Ilana Duban (917) 615-3241 . [email protected]


 

COMMUNITY NEWS

KOSHER AT OUR NEIGHBORHOOD SAFEWAY!
Thank you to John, manager of the Safeway at 35th Ave NE and NE 75th St for bringing back kosher food!  Our neighborhood Safeway now has Cholov Yisroel milk and cheese, an expanded kosher grocery section, and kosher meats.  More to come!

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

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

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
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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 [email protected] 
JRide is now serving New York City  locals and tourists! Car seats available upon request. Contact JRide at 206-771-2670 or [email protected]


 

REBBE’S SICHO – BESHALACH
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/92050/jewish/Beshallach-Prerequisites.htm © SichosInEnglish.org

The Torah portion of Beshallach includes the phrase1 “and the sea returned to its [original] strength.” The Midrash notes that G‑d made the creation of the sea conditional on its willingness to split when the Jews were to pass through it.2 Moreover, states the Midrash,3 G‑d made a similar condition with all of creation — that it fulfill the will of the righteous, even if doing so involves a suspension of its basic nature.

G‑d is Master of the universe; why was it necessary for Him to make such conditions? He surely had the ability to split the sea in any case.

The ultimate purpose of creation is that the Jewish people, through their service of Torah and mitzvos — “Knowing G‑d in all your ways,”4 and “All your actions being for the sake of Heaven”5 — transform this world into a dwelling place for G‑d.

Just as the essence of an individual can be found within his physical dwelling, so too, G‑d’s essence will be found within the physical world.6 In order for this to be accomplished, the world must be able to receive a degree of G‑dliness far greater than it is by nature accustomed to.

By imposing a condition on the sea (and on all of creation) that when the appropriate time comes, the “natural” laws will be suspended for the sake of the Jewish people, the natural world became able to receive a much greater degree of Divinity than it could otherwise contain.

Were this condition not made, the world would stand in “opposition” to miracles and changes of nature, so that in order for a miracle to occur, nature would have to be “broken.” By making all of creation conditional on its ability to accept supernatural events, the physical world became intrinsically loftier, having gained the ability to relate not only to the world of the natural, but also to the supernatural.

So, G‑d’s precondition enabled the universe to exist in a more powerful manner.

When something is created for only a limited time, after which it must cease to exist, then its existence is a tenuous one — this inherent weakness serving as the cause for its ultimate cessation.7

It is thus to be understood that the world (bereft of G‑d’s precondition) would not enjoy a truly powerful state of existence, since it would have been created for only a limited period.8

But because G‑d created the world in such a way that it fulfills the will of the righteous, even if doing so runs “against nature,” it embraces a higher purpose, and becomes one with that purpose. That the world was created for the sake of the Jews and their performance of Torah and mitzvos makes the world one with them.

Since the existence of the Jewish people is eternal,9 as is the existence of Torah and mitzvos (for Torah and mitzvos represent the Eternal G‑d’s Will and Wisdom), by accepting this precondition, the world and its creatures took upon themselves a strength and vitality which they would never have had on their own, and they became eternal as well.

Based on Likkutei Sichos, Vol. VI, pp. 86-94

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