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Shabbos Vayikra | 2-9 Nisan 5780

NO SERVICES OR ACTIVITIES WILL BE HELD AT CSTL UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE


 EREV SHABBOS FRI MAR 27th /CSTL CLOSED
Shacharis 7 AM (at home)
Mincha (at home) before 7:14 PM
Candle Lighting 7:14 PM
Maariv (at home) after  8:04 PM

SHABBOS SAT MAR 28th /CSTL CLOSED
Shacharis: 9 AM (at home) /Sof Zman Kriat Shema 10:04AM
Shabbos Mincha after 1:46 PM and before 7:34 PM(at home)
Maariv/Havdalah 8:18 PM PM (at home)

CHODESH NISAN – REMEMBER THE NASI!
One is to recite the Nasi each day after Davening starting from Rosh Chodesh Nissan until the 13th of Nissan.  The Rebbe Rayatz writes to read it after Davening, before Tehillim, although the custom of the Rebbe was to read it after Tehillim. On the first day of Nissan one begins to read from “Veyihi Biyom Kalos Moshe.” On the 13th day one begins to read from “Zos Chanukas Hamizbeiach.”  The Yehi Ratzon prayer is read after the reading of each day’s Nasi. 
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WEEKDAY ZMANIM www.myzmanim.com (no services at CSTL)

 

Earliest Tefilin

Sunrise

Latest Shema

Earliest/
Latest Mincha (Sunset)

Earliest Shema Maariv

Sun

5:56 AM

6:53 AM

10:03 AM

1:46 /7:35 PM

8:07 PM

Mon

5:53 AM

6:51 AM

10:02 AM

1:46 /7:37 PM

8:08 PM

Tue

5:51 AM

6:48 AM

10:01 AM

1:46 /7:38 PM

8:09 PM

Wed

5:49 AM

6:46 AM

10:00 AM

1:46 /7:40 PM

8:11 PM

Thu

5:47 AM

6:44 AM

9:58 AM

1:46 / 7:41 PM

8:12 PM

KITCHEN CLOSED FOR PESACH CLEANING – NO KIDDUSH
It is widely hoped that Kiddush returns following Pesach

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.

VIRTUAL PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN IN HONOR OF BEIS NISAN – 6 PM FRIDAY MAR 27th
The second of Nisan is the yahrzeit of the fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Sholom DovBer Schneersohn ("Rashab")After the passing of his father, Rabbi Shmuel (in 1882), he assumed the leadership of Chabad-Lubavitch.  Famed for his phenomenal mind and analytical treatment of Chabad Chassidism, Rabbi Sholom DovBer wrote and delivered some 2,000 maamarim (discourses of Chassidic teaching) over the 38 years of his leadership. In 1897, he established the Tomchei Temimim yeshivah, the first institution of Jewish learning to combine the study of the "body" of Torah (Talmudic and legal studies) with its mystical "soul" (the teachings of Chassidism); it was this unique yeshivah that produced the army of learned, inspired and devoted Chassidim who, in the decades to come, would literally give their lives to keep Judaism alive under Soviet rule. www.chabad.org/calendar  Contact Shimon 206-910-7991 for more info.

SAFETY FIRST
Please stay home whenever possible and obey all Health Department requirements! Prevention, quarantine, and self-quarantine instructions and information on COVID-19 can be found from these websites.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus
https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus.aspx

SELL YOUR CHAMETZ
The sale of chametz form has been emailed to CSTL@yahoogroups.com . 
You can also sell your chametz on line at 
https://www.chabad.org/holidays/passover/sell_chometz_cdo/jewish/Sell-Your-Chametz-Online.htm

KIMCHA d’PISCHA – Ma’ot Chitim – CSTL PESACH FUND
As Pesach approaches it is the custom of our community to collect donations to help our community and Jews worldwide with the many expenses of the holiday. Please contact Gabbai Tzedakah Jonathan Greene j.i.greene625@gmail.com to make donations, and to alert him of those in need of support.   Donate online at www.CSTLSeattle.org/donate with a note “Maot Chitim” to ensure that the money is distributed before Pesach.

RABBI MENDY’S CLASSES ARE ON LINE
Torah Or Class: SUN at 8:00 PM
Gemorah Sanhedrin Class: TUE at 8:15 PM
Chabad-House Parsha Class: WED at 7:00 PM
Sichos Class: THU at 8:00 PM
Join via Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/7125908128
Join via Telephone +1 346 248 7799, Meeting ID 712 590 8128
Updates are available by joining https://chat.whatsapp.com/Lme8WAWOIKo9zIHbVfBsU4
Link for texts https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B6MvcSFEGyoxdjlhT1c4SjNMQ2c   

MONDAY NIGHT LADIES CLASS MON 8 PM
Our weekly Monday night ladies’ class on the Rebbe's Sichos will be given yi"h by Rabbi Emlen via Google Meet. To join the video meeting https://meet.google.com/cyv-sxfp-oyy To join by phone, dial +1 417-355-8459 and enter PIN: 822 147 141# 

WOMEN’S SUNDAY TEHILLIM – 10 AM  AT HOME
Say a prayer for those in need. 

Talmud Class with Rabbi Mendy Levitin
Please contact Shuky Meyer at +1-347-761-2134 to be added to the WhatsApp group.  Class online at  https://zoom.us/j/7125908128 

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

Food Donation to JFS – SUN APR 5th 11 AM - NOON
Drop off your unopened kosher (Passover and non-passover) non-perishable food to be picked up for the JFS Food Bank. Drop off at the Rosenfeld house (outside)

GOFUNDME FOR PEDOWITZ PESACH
https://gf.me/u/xq5hwt . Even a small donation could help the Pedowitz family reach their fundraising goal.

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


 

SHABBAT VAYIKRA
https://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2347360/jewish/Likkutei-Sichot-Vayikra.htm © Chabad.org

The Book of Vayikra concerns itself primarily with the sacrificial offerings1 which were one of the central services carried out in both the Sanctuary and the Beis HaMikdash.2

The Torah is eternal.3 Its laws and even its stories can provide Jewish men and women of every generation with guidance relevant to their everyday life. This also applies to the laws regarding the sacrifices and the other aspects of the Beis HaMikdash.

The command4 “And they shall make Me a Sanctuary,” requiring the Jews to construct the Beis HaMikdash has a specific goal, as the verse continues: “I, (G‑d), will dwell within.” Moreover, the verse does not use the singular form of the word “within,” which would imply that the indwelling is merely within the physical structure of the Sanctuary and the Beis HaMikdash , but rather the plural form, indicating that G‑d dwells within each and every Jew.

Therefore even when the physical Beis HaMikdash is destroyed because of our sins, every Jew should conduct his home as “a Sanctuary in microcosm.”5 By infusing holiness into his conduct in this manner, he brings about atonement for all the sins he committed in the past, and makes his home fit for G‑d’s Presence. This in turn will bring Divine blessings wherever necessary.

“G‑d desires the Heart”See Sanhedrin 106b.

As mentioned above, one of the central aspects of the service in the Beis HaMikdash were the sacrificial offerings. Every day began and ended with the daily offering, which was brought before all other sacrifices in the morning, and after all the sacrifices before nightfall.7

Among the lessons taught by the daily offering is that G‑d does not necessarily ask a Jew to give all his resources to Him. For the daily offering consisted of only one sheep and a small amount of oil, wine, and salt. Moreover, this was a communal offering purchased with funds to which every individual contributed a tiny amount once a year. And yet this minimal amount was able to bring G‑d’s blessings for everything the Jewish people needed.

For G‑d does not demand that a Jew give away everything he owns. What G‑d does demand, however, is that gifts be made with all one’s heart.8What is most important is not the amount which one gives9 how much energy, money, or other good things but how one gives.

If a gift is made with all one’s heart, even if (for whatever reason) the sum is not great as the daily offering involved only a small portion from each category:10 from the animal kingdom, a sheep; from the plant kingdom, a small amount of wine and oil; and from inanimate matter, salt since one gives with all one’s heart, with vitality and joy, this fulfills G‑d’s intent and draws down His positive influence.

Setting the Tone

The daily sacrifice was brought twice a day, once in the early morning and once before nightfall, and yet it was referred to as the korban tamid, “the continuous offering.” This implies11 that the sacrifices brought throughout the day were influenced by the daily offering. Indeed, for that reason, it was offered before all the other sacrifices.

This also teaches a lesson in regard to the conduct of a Jewish home. As the day proceeds, various factors some concerning the soul and others concerning the body pervade the home environment. The common trait shared by all these concerns is that G‑dly light is not directly obvious in them. For even matters that concern the soul must be carried in a manner that conforms with mortal intellect. This can at times lead a person away from the correct path and bring him to do the opposite of G‑d’s will.

For this reason, at the very beginning of the day, a person makes a total and all-encompassing commitment to G‑d, saying: Modeh Ani… “I thankfully acknowledge You, living and eternal King….” As soon as he arises in the morning, he thanks G‑d for returning his soul. He refers to G‑d as “King,” implying that, as befits a commitment made to even a mortal king, he is willing to devote himself with all his heart, even to the extent of giving up his life.

Making this commitment at the beginning of the day has an effect on the hours that follow which the individual uses for his personal affairs. They become permeated with the thanks and commitment expressed in Modeh Ani. Accordingly, the person’s efforts are accompanied by G‑d’s blessings.

This lesson is also communicated by the daily offering. When we start the day with a sacrifice, which in the personal sense means giving oneself over to G‑d, the act becomes tamid, “continuous.” It is not confined to the moment when the commitment is made, but continues throughout the entire day.

Bringing the daily sacrifice involved sprinkling its blood on the altar and offering its fats on the fire burning there. Blood serves as an analogy for vitality, warmth, and energy, while fat serves as an analogy for satisfaction (for indeed satisfaction leads to an increase in the body’s size).12 The implication is that a Jew’s day must begin with a firm commitment to devote his energy to the altar, i.e., to holy matters, and they will be his source of satisfaction. G‑d will then help him carry out this resolution, and this will cause the entire day to be filled with His blessings.

Turning in Teshuvah

The Midrash says13 that the daily sacrifice atones for certain sins which a person committed before the sacrifice is offered. For G‑d gives a person who transgresses an opportunity to rectify his conduct. Throughout a person’s life, he will face difficulties and challenges, and it is possible that he will not overcome a particular challenge. But when he renews his commitment to G‑d, proclaiming with his whole heart: “I thankfully acknowledge You, living and eternal King….” which as mentioned above parallels the daily sacrifice this atones for his earlier conduct.

From the Alter Rebbe onward, Chassidus provides us with profound explanations regarding teshuvah. When a Jew stumbles in his Divine service, heaven forbid, he should not despair or become depressed. On the contrary, he should strengthen his commitment, try to correct his blunder, and compensate for what he failed to accomplish, hoping that G‑d will accept his teshuvah.14

The expression “I thankfully acknowledge You, living and eternal King….” embodies this pledge of teshuvah. It involves the engraving in one’s mind and heart of one’s thanks and commitment to G‑d a firm resolution that one’s “blood and fat,” one’s energy and satisfaction, will be directed to holiness alone.

When this commitment is made, G‑d forgives one’s previous trespasses and grants the person His blessings, satisfying his and his family’s needs in material and spiritual matters.

This spiritual parallel to the daily offering will lead to the ultimate and most essential blessing: that Mashiach will come and rebuild the Beis HaMikdash. He will take us out of our inner, personal exile and out of exile in the world at large, leading us to our Holy Land.15 Then we will actually see the daily sacrifice being offered in the Beis HaMikdash. May this take place speedily, in our days.

(Adapted from Sichos 28 Iyar , 5722)

Shabbos Vayakhel – Pekudei Chazq – haChodesh Mevarchim | Nisan 24 Adar – 2 Nisan 5780

NO SERVICES OR ACTIVITIES WILL BE HELD AT CSTL UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE


EREV SHABBOS FRI MAR 20th /CSTL CLOSED
Shacharis 7 AM (at home)
Mincha (at home) before 7:04 PM
Candle Lighting 7:04 PM
Maariv (at home) after  7:53 PM

SHABBOS SAT MAR 21st  /CSTL CLOSED
Tehilim for Mevarchim Nissan 7:45 AM (at home)
Shacharis: 9 AM (at home) /Sof Zman Kriat Shema 10:12AM
Shabbos Mincha after 1:47 PM and before 7:24 PM(at home)
Maariv/Havdalah 8:08 PM PM (at home)

ROSH CHODESH NISAN /CSTL CLOSED
Wednesday night & Thursday this week. Remember Yalah b’Yavo.  Hallel and Musaf at Shacharis

WEEKDAY ZMANIM www.myzmanim.com (no services at CSTL)

 

Earliest Tefilin

Sunrise

Latest Shema

Earliest/
Latest Mincha (Sunset)

Earliest Shema Maariv

Sun

6:10 AM

7:07 AM

10:11 AM

1:47 /7:26 PM

7:56 PM

Mon

6:08 AM

7:05 AM

10:10 AM

1:47 /7:27 PM

7:58 PM

Tue

6:06 AM

7:03 AM

10:09 AM

1:47 /7:28 PM

7:59 PM

Wed

6:04 AM

7:01 AM

10:08 AM

1:47 /7:30 PM

8:01 PM

Thu

6:02 AM

6:59 AM

10:07 AM

1:47 / 7:31 PM

8:02 PM

KITCHEN CLOSED FOR PESACH CLEANING – NO KIDDUSH
It is widely hoped that Kiddush returns following Pesach

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.

THIS SHABBOS IS THE 3rd of the 4 SPECIAL READINGS BEFORE PESACH - haCHODESH
On the Shabbat that falls on or before the 1st of Nissan, a special reading called "haCachodesh" (Exodus 12:1-20) is added to the regular Shabbat Torah reading. haChodesh recounts G-d's historic communication to Moses in Egypt on the 1st of Nissan (2 weeks before the Exodus) regarding the Jewish calendar, the month of Nissan and the Passover offering. www.chabad.org/calendar

VIRTUAL PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN IN HONOR OF THE REBBETZIN’S BIRTHDAY
Rebbetzin Chaya Mushkah Schneerson (1901-1988) of righteous memory, wife of the Lubavitcher Rebbe of righteous memory, was born on Shabbat, the 25th of Adar, in Babinovich, a town near the Russian city of Lubavitch, in the year 5661 from creation (1901). In an address delivered on the 25 of Adar of 1988 (the Rebbetzin's 87th birthday, and about a month after her passing), the Rebbe initiated an international birthday campaign, urging people to celebrate their birthdays and utilize the day as a time of introspection and making resolutions involving an increase in good deeds. www.chabad.org/calendar  Contact Shimon 206-910-7991 for more info.

SAFETY FIRST
Please stay home whenever possible and obey all Health Department requirements! Prevention, quarantine, and self-quarantine instructions and information on COVID-19 can be found from these websites.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus
https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus.aspx

SELL YOUR CHAMETZ
The sale of chametz form will be e-mailed to CSTL soon.  You can sell your chametz on line at 
https://www.chabad.org/holidays/passover/sell_chometz_cdo/jewish/Sell-Your-Chametz-Online.htm

KIMCHA d’PISCHA – Ma’ot Chitim – CSTL PESACH FUND
As Pesach approaches it is the custom of our community to collect donations to help our community and Jews worldwide with the many expenses of the holiday. Please contact Gabbai Tzedakah Jonathan Greene j.i.greene625@gmail.com to make donations, and to alert him of those in need of support.

RABBI MENDY’S CLASSES ARE ON LINE
Torah Or Class: SUN at 8:00 PM
Gemorah Sanhedrin Class: TUE at 8:15 PM
Chabad-House Parsha Class: WED at 7:00 PM
Sichos Class: THU at 7:00 PM
Join via Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/7125908128
Join via Telephone +1 346 248 7799, Meeting ID 712 590 8128
Updates are available by joining https://chat.whatsapp.com/Lme8WAWOIKo9zIHbVfBsU4
Link for texts https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B6MvcSFEGyoxdjlhT1c4SjNMQ2c   

MONDAY NIGHT LADIES CLASS MON 8 PM
Our weekly Monday night ladies’ class on the Rebbe's Sichos will be given yi"h by Rabbi Emlen via Google Meet. To join the video meeting https://meet.google.com/cyv-sxfp-oyy To join by phone, dial +1 417-355-8459 and enter PIN: 822 147 141# 

WOMEN’S SUNDAY TEHILLIM – 10 AM  AT HOME
Say a prayer for those in need. 

Chabad Virtual Havdalah this Motzei Shabbos - SAT MAR 21st AT 8:30 PM
Join at https://zoom.us/j/940184014
The Chabad centers of Washington state invite you to a virtual Havdalah kumzitzUniting the Jewish communities across Washington State. We may be physically apart from our family, friends and our community, but let us take advantage of technology to get inspired, to unite as one with prayer, Havdalah and song. All within the comfort of our own homes. We are delighted to have Seattle native Rabbi Schneur Kaplan -  a renowned cantor from Ft. Lauderdale - lead us on Zoom with Havdalah and song! If you have any questions, please contact your local Chabad Rabbi, feel free to reach out to Rabbi Yoni Levitin chabadofballard@gmail.com 206 851 9831.

Talmud Class with Rabbi Mendy Levitin
Please contact Shuky Meyer at +1-347-761-2134 to be added to the WhatsApp group.  Class online at  https://zoom.us/j/7125908128 

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

PLEASE PAY YOUR CSTL DUES AND PLEDGES
Take time out from your busy cleaning schedule to please pay your dues and pledges to CSTL! Your payments will be greatly appreciated.  You can drop a check by shul, or pay online at www.cstlseattle.org   and Thank you! Sincerely, the CSTL Board


 COMMUNITY NEWS

Food Donation to JFS – SUN APR 5th 11 AM - NOON
Drop off your unopened kosher (Passover and non-passover) non-perishable food to be picked up for the JFS Food Bank. Drop off at the Rosenfeld house (outside)

PARSHA WITH RABBI ROSENFELD THU 8 PM – 9:30 PM
Call Rabbi Avi on Google hangouts at avirabbi@gmail.com  at 8 pm tonight to join.

GOFUNDME FOR PEDOWITZ PESACH
https://gf.me/u/xq5hwt . Even a small donation could help the Pedowitz family reach their fundraising goal.

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


 SHABBAT haCHODESH
https://www.chabad.org/parshah/in-depth/default_cdo/aid/74478/jewish/In-Depth.htm © Chabad.org

This chodesh (new moon, month) shall be for you the head of months; it shall be for you the first of the months of the year (12:2)

G‑d showed Moses the new moon at its moment of rebirth, and said to him: “When the moon is reborn, mark the beginning of a new month.”

(Mechilta)

There was a large courtyard in Jerusalem called Beth Yaazek, where all the witnesses (who had seen the appearance of the new moon) used to assemble, and the beit din (rabbinical court) used to examine them. They used to entertain them lavishly there, so that they should have an inducement to come . . .

The pair of witnesses who arrived first were crossexamined first. The senior of them was brought in and they said to him: “Tell us how you saw the moon—in front of the sun or behind the sun? To the north of it or the south? How big was it, and in which direction was it inclined? How broad was it?” . . . Rabban Gamaliel used to have diagrams of the phases of the moon on a tablet on the wall of his upper chamber, and he used to show them to the unlearned and ask, “Did it look like this or this?” . . .

After that they would bring in the second witness and question him. If their accounts tallied, their evidence was accepted. The other pairs were questioned briefly—not because they were required at all, but so that they should not be disappointed and discouraged from coming (the next time).

The head of the beit din would then proclaim: “Sanctified!” and all the people would repeat after him, “Sanctified! Sanctified!”

(Talmud, Rosh Hashanah ch. 2)

What blessing was to be recited by one who beholds the new moon, in the period when Israel used to sanctify the new month? Some of the sages hold: “Blessed be He who renews the months.” Others say: “Blessed be He who consecrates the months.” And others say: “Blessed be He who hallows Israel,” since unless Israel sanctify it, it is not sanctified at all.

(Midrash Rabbah)

The people of Israel set their calendar by the moon, because they are the moon of the world.

(Zohar)

The moon begins to shine on the first of the month, and increases in luminance till the fifteenth day, when her orb becomes full; from the fifteenth till the thirtieth day her light wanes, till on the thirtieth it is not seen at all. With Israel too, there were fifteen generations from Abraham to Solomon. Abraham began to shine . . . Jacob added to this light . . . and after them came Judah, Peretz, Chetzron, Ram, Aminadav, Nachshon, Salmon, Boaz, Obed, Jesse and David. When Solomon appeared, the moon’s orb was full. . . . Henceforth the kings began to diminish in power. . . . With Zedekiah [in whose time the Holy Temple was destroyed], the light of the moon dimmed entirely.

(Midrash Rabbah)

It is written (Genesis 1:16), “G‑d made the two great luminaries”; but then it says, “The great luminary . . . and the small luminary”?

[Indeed, at first they were both great; but then] the moon said to G‑d: Master of the Universe! Can two kings wear the same crown?

Said G‑d to her: Go diminish yourself.

Said she to Him: Master of the Universe! Because I have said a proper thing, I must diminish myself?

Said He to her: You may rule both during the day and at night.

Said she to Him: What advantage is there in that? What does a lamp accomplish at high noon?

Said He to her: The people of Israel shall calculate their dates and years by you.

Said she to Him: But the sun, too, shall have a part in that, for they shall calculate the seasons by him.

Said G‑d: The righteous shall be called by your name—“Jacob the Small,” “Samuel the Small,” “David the Small.”

Still G‑d saw that the moon was not appeased. So G‑d said: “Offer an atonement for My sake, for My having diminished the moon.” This is the significance of what Reish Lakish said: Why does the he-goat offered on Rosh Chodesh (the first of the month) differ from the others in that it is specified as for G‑d? G‑d is saying: This he-goat shall atone for My diminishing of the moon.

(Talmud, Chullin 60b)


The months of the year are lunar months, as it is written: “This chodesh shall be for you the head of months.” So said our sages: G‑d showed Moses the figure of the [new] moon in a prophetic vision, and said to him: “Thus you should see and sanctify.”

However, the years which we figure are solar years, as it is written: “Keep the month of spring” [i.e., ensure that the month of Passover is always in the spring season].

The solar year is eleven days longer than a year of [twelve] lunar months. Therefore, when this surplus accumulates to the amount of 30 days—either a little more or a little less—they add an extra month, so that the year has 13 months; this is what is called a shanah meuberet (“pregnant year”). [This is done] because one cannot make the year to consist of so many months plus so many days, since the verse says, “[It shall be for you the first of] the months of the year”—implying that the year should consist of months, and months only.

The moon is concealed each month, and remains invisible for approximately two days—for about one day before it is closest to the sun, and about one day after it is closest to the sun—after which it can be seen in the west in the evening. The night on which it is visible in the west marks the beginning of the month, and one counts from that day 29 days. If the moon is visible on the eve of the 30th, then the 30th day is Rosh Chodesh (“head of the month”); if not, then the 31st day is Rosh Chodesh, and the 30th day belongs to the previous month.

(Mishneh Torah, Laws of the Sanctification of the Moon)

Time is the first creation (see Sforno on Genesis 1:1); thus, the sanctification of time is the first mitzvah commanded to Israel.

(The Lubavitcher Rebbe)

The head of months (Exodus 12:2)

When G‑d chose His world, He established heads of months and years. When He chose Jacob and his sons, He established the head of the month of redemption.

(Midrash Rabbah)

Thus there are two “heads” to the Jewish year. The 1st of Tishrei (Rosh Hashanah), the day of the creation of man, is the head of the natural year—the year which the Jew shares with all of creation. The month of Nissan, marking the Exodus and the birth of Israel, is the head of a miraculous year: a dimension of time inhabited solely by the Jew, in which the miraculous—i.e., the power to transcend nature and norm—is the very stuff and substance of life.

(The Chassidic Masters)

 


 

On the tenth day of this month, they shall take to them every man a lamb. . . . You shall keep it until the 14th day of that month; and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall slaughter it towards evening (12:3–6)

When G‑d told Moses to slaughter the paschal lamb, Moses said: “Master of the Universe! How can I possibly do this thing? Don’t You know the lamb is the Egyptian god? ‘Lo, if we sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians before their eyes, will they not stone us?’” (Exodus 8:22)

Said G‑d: “By your life, Israel will not depart from here before they slaughter the Egyptian gods before their very eyes, so that I may teach them that their gods are really nothing at all.” This is what He actually did; for on that night He slew the Egyptian firstborn, and on that night the Israelites slaughtered their paschal lamb and ate it.

(Midrash Rabbah)

That year, the 10th of Nissan was a Shabbat; this is why the Shabbat before Passover is called Shabbat HaGadol (“The Great Shabbat”)—because a great miracle happened on that day. For when the children of Israel took their paschal lambs on that Shabbat, the Egyptian firstborn converged on them and asked them: “Why are you doing this?” They replied: “It is a passover sacrifice to G‑d, for He will kill the firstborn of Egypt.” The firstborn approached their fathers and Pharaoh to request that Israel be allowed to go, but they refused; so the firstborn waged war against them, killing many of them. Thus the verse (Psalms 136:10) proclaims: “[Offer thanks] to He who smote the Egyptian with their firstborn.”

(Tosafot to Talmud, Shabbat 87b)

 


 

I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt . . . and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am G‑d (12:12)

“I will pass”—I, and no angel; “I will smite”—I, and no seraph; “I will execute”—I, and no messenger; “I am G‑d”—I am He, and no other.

(Passover Haggadah)

 


 

And against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments (12:12)

Those that were of wood rotted; those that were of metal melted.

(Rashi)

 


 

Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses (12:19)

On the eve of the fourteenth [of Nissan], a search is made for leaven by the light of a candle. . . . Why a candle? So that it can be brought into holes and chinks [in the wall].

(Talmud, Pesachim 2a, 8b)

There are other foods whose consumption is forbidden by the Torah; but leaven on Passover is forbidden to eat, benefit from in any way, or even keep in our possession. Usually, a forbidden substance becomes “nullified” if it mixes with a much greater quantity of permissible substances; of leaven, the Torah forbids even the slightest trace.

This is a reflection of what these “forbidden foods” represent on the spiritual level. Leaven is that which rises and inflates itself; in the human character, “leaven” is the trait of pride. While many negative traits can be useful in small, greatly diluted doses, the leaven of the soul must be utterly rejected. Thus the Talmud (Erachin 15b) states that G‑d says of the arrogant one, “I and he cannot dwell in the same world,” and Maimonides writes that while in all character traits one should follow the “golden mean,” the trait of pride one must avoid entirely, and follow the path of consummate humility. Like chametz on Passover, we must abandon any attempt to exploit it, and must totally eradicate it from every nook and cranny of our hearts.

(The Lubavitcher Rebbe) 

This weeks שבת classes Parshat Vayak'hel-Pekudei, H'aChodesh, Shabbos Chazak, and Mevorchim the month of Nisan

Dear Friends,
Unfortunately, as our Shull is still closed, this week we will not be learning our Torah OR class nor Sicho class on Shabbos.

We will be learning our classes online via ZOOM as per below

  • Sicho Class: Thursday nights at 8:00 PM pacific time (tonight)
  • Torah Or class: Sunday night at 8:00 PM pacific time  
  • Gemorah Sanhedrin class: Tuesday 8:15 PM pacific time
  • Our Chabad-House Parsha class: Wednesday  7:00 PM pacific time  

Our Zoom meeting room is:
https://zoom.us/j/7125908128
Meeting ID: 712 590 8128

If you would like to keep updates and times or changes etc pls join the whatsapp group  https://chat.whatsapp.com/Lme8WAWOIKo9zIHbVfBsU4

Classes are in honor of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah  For a רפואה  שלימה

Pls enjoy our weekly song with the Rebbe singing a famous Chabad song from the Haggadah https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzTeOuZRvMw

I have also added a nice clip of the Rebbe giving out matzah and mentioning to a few of the recipience the idea brought down in Zohar that matzah is ‘מיכלא דאסוותא' a food of healing… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaGMbJjOexU

As well as a small clip of the Rebbe explaining  the four sons!! https://youtu.be/NfpDgGhW394

Again, everyone pls keep well keep safe – Joy breaks all boundaries and separation, we are all together in spirit!!

As this week is Shabbos Mevorchim pls remember to say the whole Tehillim - It is brought down in Hayom Yom of the Rebbe, Tehillim on Shabbos Mevorchim effects in a way of blessing  for you, your kids and your grand kids. 

Good Shabbos
Mendy Levitin

Letter To The Community From Rabbi Levitin | CSTL Minyanim Discontinued Temporarily

To Our Beloved Community,

I write this letter with enormous feelings of sorrow and pain. The responsibility of the decision to temporarily discontinue daily Minyanim, and the learning of Torah, in our beautiful warm Synagogue, Congregation Shaarei Tefilah-Lubavitch, has been one of the most difficult decisions in my 47 years as a Rabbi.

Images of my childhood:  as a young child of eight, my beloved father, of blessed memory, took me at 6:30 AM to the corner Synagogue where we lived, “The Kasterer – Shul & Mikvah”.  This took place in the early 1950’s.  The Shul membership was almost 100% Survivors of the Holocaust – mostly young men from Hungary and Romania.

I remember the Satmar Yeshiva students, in their late teens, coming with hands out-stretched requesting financial support for the Satmar Instititions being rebuilt in Williamsburg, under the leadership of the renowned Reb Yolish Satmar Ruv, of blessed memory. Looking back, most of the young teens were themselves Survivors.

Every week the famous Reb Chaim Gelb would visit the Synagogue raising funds for the support of numerous families who he personally assisted. He elicited great respect from everyone in the Shul.

I’ve mentioned many times to my family that I have no recollection at all of growing up seeing my father, of blessed memory, EVER davening with Tallis and Tefillin at home. Regardless of the climatic conditions he always went to Shul to join a Minyan (Unfortunately, I can not say the same about myself).

Later in life, my late grandfather, renowned senior Chassid and Mashpia of Chabad, known as Reb Shmuel, of blessed memory:  In the early 1960’s, when he was in his early 80’s, in a ferocious snow storm, with over a foot of snow, walked back to Shul to Daven Mincha with a Minyan. He slipped and dislocated his shoulder. My father and I took him to the hospital. He was in tremendous pain. Our beloved Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka, of blessed memory (Rebbetzin of our Holy Rebbe, of blessed memory) checked with my father daily on how my grandfather was feeling.

When I married, and came to Los Angeles, my late father-in-law of blessed memory’s Shul was composed mostly of Survivors from the war. One of his very close friends, Reb Mottel Kornwasser, shared with me an incident that happened while he was at Auschwitz:  Close to 60 Yeshiva students were Davening together as a Minyan when the German guards suddenly came in and began to machine gun them. They continued to Daven. About 30 were killed instantly. He was one of the 30 or so that survived.

Rambam Hilchot Tefilah – Chapter 8: 1

“Communal prayer is always heard [on high]. Even when there are transgressors among [the congregation], the Holy One, blessed be He, does not reject the prayers of the many. Therefore, a person should include himself in the community and should not pray alone whenever he is able to pray with the community.”

The centrality of the daily MinyanShacharisMinchaMaariv is the underpinning of every Jewish community.

This morning, Tuesday, 21 Adar, Davening with my fellow Mispallim:  Reb Shimon, Reb Moshe, Reb Naftali, Reb Yitzchak, and Reb Pinchas, G-d Bless them, I opened the Ark and lead them, with tears in my eyes, with the words of the 20th Chapter of the Book of Psalms: “For the choirmaster, a psalm from David. May the Lord answer you on the day of distress; may the Name of the G-d of Jacob fortify you. May He send your name from the Sanctuary, and support you from Zion. May He remember all your offerings, and always accept favorably your sacrifices. May He grant you your heart’s desire, and fulfill your every counsel. We will rejoice in your deliverance, and raise our banners in the name of our G-d; May the Lord fulfill all your wishes. Now I know that the Lord has delivered His anointed one, answering him from His holy heavens with the mighty saving power of His right hand. Some [rely] upon chariots and some upon horses, but we [rely upon and] invoke the Name of the Lord our G-d. They bend and fall, but we rise and stand firm. Lord, deliver us; may the King answer us on the day we call.”

With all of the above, and more, twirling through my heart and mind, yet also weighing the advice from the professionals, considering that King County has suffered the most, and the composition of our daily Minyan, where a sizable percentage of the daily participants are in the age group that is of higher risk, etc., I have made the decision to temporarily close our Synagogue.

In the meantime, let us devote ourselves, during the three times of Tefillah, to the quality and focus of the meaning of the words of Tefillah. Gather around members of the family, especially the children, and share with them what Tefillah represents. Utilize these times for reflection and rededication on the priorities and purpose of life.

In closing, a Torah Thought:

The most often quoted Rambam that our Holy Rebbe, of blessed memory, shares with us is the Rambam Hilchot Teshuvah Chapter 3:4:

“Even though the sounding of the Shofar on Rosh HaShanah is a decree, it contains an allusion. It is as if [the shofar’s call] is saying:

Wake up you sleepy ones from your sleep and you who slumber, arise…

Accordingly, throughout the entire year, a person should always look at himself as equally balanced between merit and sin and the world as equally balanced between merit and sin. If he performs one sin, he tips his balance and that of the entire world to the sided of guilt and brings destruction upon himself. [On the other hand,] if he performs one mitzvah, he tips his balance and that of the entire world to the side of merit and brings deliverance and salvation to himself and others. This is implied by [Proverbs 10:25]: “A righteous man is the foundation of the world,” i.e., he who acted righteously, tipped the balance of the entire world to merit and saved it.”

The Holy Rebbe adds to this Rambam: Not only an “act” but even an “utterance” or even a “thought” tips the balance of the entire world to merit and saves it and brings salvation.

So, my friends, in these challenging times, call a friend. Yes, call, not just text or email. Call and see how they are doing. Especially the elderly - Especially the lonely - Especially those with special needs - People who you haven’t spoken to in years – Tell them that G-d loves them. See if there is anything they need. Give them quality of your time. Strengthen their Emunah in G-d, that we will come through this challenge, and we all commit to a more reflective, more dedicated, and more appreciative focus on life’s priorities. Lift their spirits. Lift your own spirits. Lift your family’s spirits. G-d willing we will return to our Synagogue in the very near future with Simcha-joy and a deeper commitment to participate daily in our services and the learning of our Holy Torah.

A special thanks to our Board, lead by our dedicated and devoted President, Dr. Yossi Greenberg, for their tireless efforts in service of our community. In addition, special thanks to Dr. Shimon Rudnick who has been our medical advisor.

G-d Bless You All.
With Love,
Rabbi Levitin

Shabbos Ki Tisa - Parah | 17-24 Adar 5780

EREV SHABBOS FRI MAR 13th
Shacharis 7 AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  6:54 PM

SHABBOS SAT MAR 14th
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Kriat Shema 10:20 AM
Shabbos Mincha 6:54 PM
Maariv/Havdalah 7:57 PM //followed by Inspiring Rebbe Videos

WEEKDAY
Sun Shacharis  9 AM 
Mon - Fri Shacharis 7 AM
Sun-Thu Mincha 7:10 PM

KITCHEN CLOSED FOR PESACH CLEANING – NO KIDDUSH
It is widely hoped that Kiddush returns following Pesach

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.

MAZEL TOV MAZEL TOV
Mazel Tov to Mike and Lesley Weichbrodt on their son’s Ben’s Bar Mitzvah,  Shabbos Ki Tisa at CSTL. 

MAZEL TOV MAZEL TOV
Mazel Tov to Andy and Nina Krasnow on the marriage of Natalie Krasnow & Yisrael Kelsick . May they merit to build a bayis neeman b’Yisroel!

MAZEL TOV MAZEL TOV
Mazel Tov to Rabbi Elazar and Esther Bogomilsky on the upcoming wedding of Dassi to Mendel Sperlin. May they merit to build a bayis neeman b’Yisroel!

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  5 PM
In the CSTL Social Hall, in nonor of Shabbos Parah  www.chabad.org/calendar ..

THIS SHABBOS IS THE 3rd of the 4 SPECIAL READINGS BEFORE PESACH - PARAH
The Torah reading of Parah (Numbers 19) is added to the weekly reading. Parah details the laws of the "Red Heifer" and the process by which a person rendered ritually impure by contact with a dead body was purified. (When the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem, every Jew had to be in a state of ritual purity in time for the bringing of the Passover offering in the Temple. Today, though we're unable to fulfill the Temple-related rituals in practice, we fulfill them spiritually by studying their laws in the Torah. Thus, we study and read the section of Parah in preparation for the upcoming festival of Passover.) www.chabad.org/calendar

SAFETY FIRST
If you are experiencing flu like symptoms such as fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing or have returned from a country or location impacted by the Coronavirus within the past two weeks, in consideration of our elderly and children, we respectfully ask that you not come to the synagogue until you are fully recovered or until the 14 day incubation period has passed. More prevention tips at the CDC website and further details at the Washington State DOH website.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus
https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus.aspx

KIMCHA d’PISCHA – Ma’ot Chitim – CSTL PESACH FUND
As Pesach approaches it is the custom of our community to collect donations to help our community and Jews worldwide with the many expenses of the holiday. Please contact Gabbai Tzedakah Jonathan Greene j.i.greene625@gmail.com to make donations, and to alert him of those in need of support.

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR – 8:15 AM SHABBOS MORNING /NOT THIS WEEK
This week we will not hold this inspiring class. Please study Torah 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 6 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.   Taught this week by Rabbi Emlen, with a Sicho regarding Ki Tisa and Parah.

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

CSTL JUNIOR CONGREGATION 10 AM – Noon  /CANCELLED FOR THIS WEEK Ki Tisa
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

LEARN, CONNECT, AND NOSH WITH PJ LIBRARY PARENTS, WHILE YOUR KIDS PLAY. 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. https://www.jewishinseattle.org/investments-in-jewish-life/pj-library-for-families-with-young/jewish-parenting-together/

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 

Mercaz Shavuaton 5780 THR MAY 28th – SUN MAY 31st
Ocean Park Camp and Retreat Center in Ocean Park, WA. Registration and more details coming after soon.

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

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

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 – Ki TISA
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/92302/jewish/Ki-Sisa-Shabbos-and-the-Additional-Soul.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

The Torah portion of Sisa contains an entire section1 relating to Shabbos. It begins by stating that Shabbos is “a sign between Me and you for all generations, so that you know that I, G‑d, am making you holy.” The section concludes: “And the children of Israel shall observe the Shabbos … as an everlasting covenant … for in six days G‑d made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day He ceased working and rested.”

Why is Shabbos and its laws discussed here at such length, when it was already covered in detail2 as part of the Ten Commandments?

Our Sages derive3 from the words “He ceased working and rested,” that “An additional [measure of] soul is granted [the Jew] on the arrival of Shabbos. With the departure of Shabbos, it departs as well.” Moreover, our Rabbis explain4 that spices are sniffed on Saturday night during the Havdalah service so as to becalm the person’s soul, which is perturbed by the departure of the additional soul.

The Alter Rebbe thus writes in his Shulchan Aruch :5 “The Sages have established that spices be sniffed every Saturday night in order to pacify the soul. For it laments the departure of Shabbos because of the additional soul that has departed. Therefore it is assuaged and gladdened with a pleasant odor.”

What exactly is meant by the statement that “an additional [measure of] soul is granted [the Jew] on the arrival of Shabbos”?

According to the Zohar, this literally refers to an additional measure of spirituality that is granted from above as a gift on Shabbos. The esoteric portion of Torah, however, explains it differently.

Rashi6 says that it means that a person is given the ability to savor Shabbos in a state of tranquillity; he is able to eat and drink and enjoy Shabbos unhindered by the worries of the weekday. The Rashba7 says: “There are those who explain that the additional soul refers to the tranquillity and delight that the soul finds on Shabbos, so that it is as if the person is granted an additional soul.”

Thus, according to the revealed portion of Torah, the additional soul does not refer to an additional measure of spirituality, but rather to a state of mind that enables and also results from the tranquillity and delight of Shabbos.

Why then is this termed “an additional soul,” rather than simply “a state of mind” or “a state of tranquillity” and the like? Because this tranquillity and delight of Shabbos is so pronounced that it effects an actual change in the person; it is as if the individual gains an additional soul.

This is to be understood as well from the fact that our Sages derive this understanding of the additional soul specifically from the verses in our Torah portion, and not from any earlier passage.

There is a novel aspect to Shabbos as described in Sisa. Previously, the Torah emphasized that Shabbos is markedly different from weekdays — “For in six days G‑d made heaven and earth … and rested on the seventh day. Therefore G‑d blessed the day of Shabbos and hallowed it.” Here, however, the verse states that Shabbos is “a sign between Me and you … that I, G‑d, am making you holy,” and that Shabbos is “an everlasting covenant.”

In other words, the Ten Commandments speaks of Shabbos in and of itself. Our portion addresses the effect that Shabbos has on the Jewish people.

This is particularly apparent in light of Rashi’ s comment on the verse “it is a sign between Me and you”: “It is a great symbol between us that I have chosen you, in that I have given you My day of rest for rest.”

Rashi is in effect telling us that the Jews’ rest on Shabbos involves more than merely relaxing and resting from labor, but that it is G‑d’s day of rest. As a result, repose on this day effects an elevation within the Jew himself.

This is also emphasized by Rashi when he explains “a Shabbos of Sabbaths” to mean: “a repose of stillness and not a temporary rest.” In other words, a Jews’ rest on Shabbos entails a complete change in his being. This type of Shabbos tranquillity and peace can truly be termed an additional soul — G‑d’s tranquillity and quietude that is granted on Shabbos to and within each Jew.

Based on Likkutei Sichos , Vol. XXXI, pp. 191-195.

Important Information Regarding Coronavirus Concerns and Upcoming Purim Party

The purpose of this email is to update about our upcoming Purim party, as well as discussing changes that need to be made to keep us safer in Shul.

I have asked Dr Shimon Rudnick to join the board and serve as our medical director and he has graciously agreed. Shimon is a board certified internal medicine physician who serves professionally as a medical director to multiple skilled nursing facilities in our area. Questions about safety should be directed to him. The situation regarding Coronavirus appears to be changing on a daily basis, and we are monitoring the situation and will update accordingly.

The Purim party scheduled for Monday night after Megilla reading will take place as scheduled. Please note that if you are over 60 or have an underlying condition such as Diabetes, heart disease, chronic lung disease such as asthma or emphysema, or conditions that can compromise your immunity, you may be at higher risk and may want to consider not coming to Shul at this time for services. In addition, please note there certainly is no obligation to attend the Purim party or Kiddushim. We do expect a smaller crowd and are reducing the amount of food served. We will have soft music played rather than dancing music and would like to request that no dancing take place, as dancing can be a risk due to physical contact with others. We are also planning to implement a system of food servers rather than have a self serve buffet to minimize exposure of foods to potential pathogens. 

Please note that the following changes will need to be made to our routine conduct in Shul for this Shabbos, Purim and the foreseeable future.

At this time, we have learned that the majority of the coronavirus illnesses (about 80%) around the world appear to be mild and are characterized by fever and cough. Around 15-20% of cases are severe and involve pneumonia, particularly in older individuals and people with underlying medical conditions. We are  taking the outbreak of this novel coronavirus seriously, and have chosen a cautious and prudent approach to minimize the risk to our community. We are asking all members of our community for their cooperation and support in these efforts.

We are requesting that congregants take the following steps in the Shul to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, steps that are similar to those for preventing the spread of the flu or a common cold. These recommendations are consistent with those of the local health department and focus on the most prevalent mode of transmission of the viruses, hand-to-face. CLEAN HANDS SAVE LIVES.

  • Avoid handshakes and hugging. This appears to be a common route that that Coronavirus is spread.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow or sleeve, NOT with your hand.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid kissing the Torah or a Mezuzah directly.
  • Wash hands with soap and water frequently with proper technique. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based gel to clean hands.
  • Before taking food at Kiddush and other Food Events, hands should be washed with soap and water.
  • Do not use your hands to directly take food at kiddushes. Please use serving utensils and do not place the handles of the utensils on the food. We will try to avoid this by attempting to set up a system of food servers.
  • Do not come to Shul if you have evidence of an upper respiratory infection, such as a runny nose, sneezing, coughing or have a fever.
  • Mentor and assist our community's children with following the above recommendations.

We look forward to seeing you this Shabbos and on Monday night for Purim. We will continue to monitor the evolving guidance from the Health Department, and will update our approaches as appropriate. 

We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and safe Purim!

Best,
Yussi Greenberg President
Shimon Rudnick, Medical Director

Shabbos Tetzaveh – Zachor - Purim | 10-17 Adar 5780

EREV SHABBOS FRI MAR 6th
Shacharis 7 AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  5:44 PM

SHABBOS SAT MAR 7th
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Kriat Shema 9:36 AM
Shabbos Mincha 5:44 PM
Maariv/Havdalah 6:47 PM /SET CLOCKS FORWARD 1 HOUR AT 1 AM SUNDAY MORNING

WEEKDAY, FAST OF ESTHER, AND PURIM
Sun Shacharis  9 AM
Mon Shacharis 6:50 AM with Selichos/ Fast of Esther
Tue - Fri Shacharis 7 AM
Sun, Wed, Thu Mincha 7 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV/
Mon Mincha 6:30 PM /Fast of Esther
Mon Fast Ends 7:38 PM.  Maariv 7:38 PM , Megilah 7:45 PM
Tue Mincha 2 PM with Megilah Reading.  Maariv 8 PM.

FULL WASHING SHABBOS ZACHOR KIDDUSH
Thank you to Rabbi & Mrs. Sholom Ber Levitin and Rabbi & Mrs. Alter Levitin for sponsoring kiddush in honor of Shabbos Zachor.  Thank you to Rabbi & Mrs. Avromi Gitler for sponsoring kiddush in honor of the yahrzeit of his uncle Yaakov Ze’ev ben haRav Meir ZT”L (17th Adar)  .  Thank you to Mark and Tziviah Goldberg for sponsoring kiddush in honor of the yahrzeit of Mark’s mother, Raizel bas Dov Ber ZT”L.

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.

FAST OF ESTHER, MON MAR 9th 
Fast Begins: 6:00 AM
Shacharis: 6:50 AM /Selichos
Mincha: 6:30 PM
Fast ends at 7:38  PM
Maariv 7:38 PM. Megilah 7:45 PM

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

PURIM AT CSTL MON MAR 9th 7:38 PM /Preliminary Schedule. More info to follow/
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:  RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

MAZEL TOV MAZEL TOV – SHABBOS Ki Tisa
Mazel Tov to Mike and Leslie Weichbrodt on their son’s Ben’s Bar Mitzvah,  Shabbos Ki Tisa, 14th of March at CSTL.  The entire community is invited.

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 nonor of Shabbos Zachor www.chabad.org/calendar ..

SAFETY FIRST
If you are experiencing flu like symptoms such as fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing or have returned from a country or location impacted by the Coronavirus within the past two weeks, in consideration of our elderly and children, we respectfully ask that you not come to the synagogue until you are fully recovered or until the 14 day incubation period has passed. More prevention tips at the CDC website and further details at the Washington State DOH website.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus
https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus.aspx

Matanot La'Evyonim FUNDS FOR THE NEEDY ON PURIM
As Purim approaches it is the custom of our community to collect Matanot La'Evyonim, donations to be directed towards the needy families of our greater Seattle community and in Israel. Please contact Gabbai Tzedakah Jonathan Greene j.i.greene625@gmail.com to make donations, and to alert him of those in need of support.

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 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 to understand the significance of the breastplate as it says:ועָשִׂ֥יתָ צּיץ זָהָ֣ב טָה֑וֹר וּפִתַּחְתָּ֤ עָלָיו֙ פִּתּוּחֵ֣י חֹתָ֔ם קֹ֖דֶשׁ לַֽיהֹוָֽה  “And you shall make a breastplate of pure gold, and you shall engrave upon it like the engraving of a seal: Holy to the Lord.“

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 4:30 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 start a bit earlier so we can learn the "Previous Rebbe" Chasidic discourse זכור את אשר עשה לך עמלק remembering Amalek – this incredible Maamar that  is so relevant in our current times, goes into depth helping us identify  Amalek’s character and how we confront this challenge within our service to Hashem.


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 /NOT THIS WEEK
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

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

The Yellow Star House WED MAR 11th 11:45 AM
Author and educator Paul Regelbrugge presents the remarkable story of one boy's survival in a protected house in Hungary and the reuniting of survivors and family members 70 years after World War II. Bring your own lunch; coffee and cookies provided. Members free, non-members $10. At the Henry & Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity - Seattle

LEARN, CONNECT, AND NOSH WITH PJ LIBRARY PARENTS, WHILE YOUR KIDS PLAY. 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. https://www.jewishinseattle.org/investments-in-jewish-life/pj-library-for-families-with-young/jewish-parenting-together/

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 

OUR SEATTLE SEPHARDIC COMMUNITY- - MAR 26th 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
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. Sponsored by Endless Opportunities.

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.

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

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

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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 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 – TETZAVEH
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/92039/jewish/Tetzaveh-The-Two-Altars.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

There were two mizbeichos, altars, in the Mishkan and the Beis HaMikdash. They were the mizbeiach hazahav and mizbeiach hanechoshes, the golden altar and the copper altar. The golden altar was used for offering incense, while the copper one was used for regular offerings.

Details of the copper altar are discussed in the Torah portion of Terumah, while the golden altar is described in the portion of Tetzaveh.

The Mishnah informs us in Tractate Chagigah1 that both the golden and copper altars were immune to ritual impurity. R. Eliezer says the reason for this is that the altars are likened to earth, and earth is not subject to ritual impurity. The Sages, however, explain that they were not subject to ritual impurity because the altars were merely covered with gold or copper. As such, their covering was nullified before their interior, which was composed of material not subject to ritual impurity.

In terms of our personal spiritual service, the teaching of the Mishnah is as follows: In its spiritual sense, the Tabernacle and all its vessels are found within every Jew. Man himself is likened to the Mishkan, while his faculties of intellect, emotion, etc., are similar to its vessels.

These vessels can become defiled and spiritually impure when a person acts contrary to G‑d’s will.

Once this occurs, the vessels must be purified so that they may continue to be used in the service of man’s personal Tabernacle. For every Jew is considered G‑d’s Holy Temple, and the Temple and its vessels must be spiritually pure.

People fall into two categories: either they are wealthy or they are not. This wealth may be either spiritual or material. Of he who is wealthy, it is said that “everything he possesses is of gold,”2 while of he who is not wealthy, it is said that “all his coins are copper.”3

Every Jew, however, even one whose spiritual status is merely “copper,” is whole with regard to that quintessential part of him that makes him what he is, a Jew. That part always desires to fulfill G‑d’s will. As stated in HaYom Yom: :4 “A Jew neither desires, nor is capable, of sundering himself from G‑dliness.”

A Jew’s inability to separate himself from G‑dliness, and his readiness to sacrifice himself and his animalistic desires for G‑d, is termed mizbeiach, an altar upon which the individual sacrifices his individuality, ego and desires. The above-mentioned Mishnah thus informs us that, whatever a Jew’s level, be he of “gold” or “copper,” his Jewish essence is not subject to ritual impurity.

According to R. Eliezer, the reason for this is because the innermost desire of every Jew is to fulfill G‑d’s will to the exclusion of all else. This is because a Jew’s essence possesses a humility before G‑d that causes him to be likened to earth, which permits itself to be trodden upon by all.

The other Sages, however, feel it is too much to expect that we will be able to see the essence of the Jew to the exclusion of all external characteristics. They therefore state that the reason Jews are not subject to impurity is because, although externally some Jews may be led astray by their wealth (their “gold”) or their poverty (their “copper”), their essence — their “altar” — is not subject to spiritual impurity.

The reason for this is that the rich man’s gold as well as the poor man’s copper are merely external coverings; the individual’s core is entirely pure. So indomitable is this internal holiness that eventually, every external impurity is nullified before it.

Based on Likkutei Sichos, Vol. III, pp. 910-913

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