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PARASHA VAYAKHEL Shabbos Shekolim Mevarchim Adar Beis | 24 Adar I – 1 Adar II, 5779

Friday, 1 March, 2019 - 1:40 pm

EREV SHABBOS MAR 1st  
Shacharis 7 AM
Candles/Mincha/Maariv 5:35 PM

SHABBOS - SAT MAR 2nd 
Tehilim for Mevarchim Adar Beis 7:30 AM
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 9:34 AM/Special Adar Kiddush with Bread
Shabbos Mincha 5:35 PM /Seuda Slishit Lite
Maariv/Havdalah 6:35 PM

WEEKDAY SERVICES
Sun Shacharis 9 AM 
Mon -  Wed Shacharis 7 AM
Thu & Fri Shacharis 6:50 AM /ROSH CHODESH ADAR II/
Sun - Thu Mincha 5:45 PM, followed immediately by Maariv

SHABBOS KIDDUSH AND SEUDA SLISHIT.  
Extra-special ADAR Kiddush with washing!  Kiddush and meat cholent sponsors are Meir and Arielle Zwanziger, in memory of the yahrzeits of Meir's zayde's: Chaim ben Chaim HaCohen ZT”L and Aryeh Leib ben Yaakov Tzvi ZT”L.  The delicious meat cholent is made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin.

HAMENTASHEN SHAPE & BAKE – SUN MAR 10th 7 PM AT CSTL
A fun community event, with Master Baker Frumi Marasow! 
mherbstman@gmail.com Adults only

MMSC PURIM PROJECT FUNDRAISER
MMSC Day School is excited to invite you to donate to our Purim Project! This is a great opportunity to support MMSC Email 
rochel@mmscdayschool.org for a link to the donation web site.

Simcha’s Shmurah Matzah Co-op NOW Taking Orders 
Available in Wheat, Whole Wheat, Spelt, and reduced price broken Matzahs for non-Seder meals. Please send your order to
sbrandeis@gmail.com  and we will notify you of the pickup date and the cost of your order. Matzah orders are paid in full at pickup at 7248 27th Avenue NE

PURIM AT CSTL – WED MAR 20th – 7 PM
Megilah – Hamantashen – Costumes - Dancing

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -PENDING
For current status of the North Seattle Eruv, please check the flag on the NE 65th Street side of CSTL, (green flag means the Eruv is up, red flag the Eruv is down), CSTL eNews, or the Vaad eNews. Visit our web site 
www.twitter.com/cstleruv for current status.

Avos U'Banim - Motzei Shabbos 7:45 PM //GRAND FINALÉ
Featuring Rebbe Videos, Torah, Raffle, Prizes, Food.  
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

FARBRENGEN ALERT–- FRIDAY 4 PM
Erev-Shabbos Farbrengen in the CSTL Social Hall.  In honor of Shabbos Shekolim.

LADIES TEHILIM – SUN 10 am
Come say Tehilim

Sunday Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin –
Following 9 am Shacharis. Gemora Baba Basra with Rabbi Levitin after 9 am Shacharis

Weekly History Class for Women with Chanie Levitin Tue 7:30 pm
At Rebbetzin Levitin’s home, 6519 49th Ave NE.  For more info, chanielevitin@gmail.com

Rebbi’s Sicho with Rabbi Mendy – SHABBOS 4:45 PM 
Words of Torah inspiration from the Rebbe. For Men and Women. In honor  of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha  and Elanah Rivka bas Sarah for a full רפואה  שלימה  

WOMEN’S LEARNING AT CSTL WED 8:00 PM
Contact Shprintze Kavka to arrange to learn what you want to learn.  206-730-2764

TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY – 8:15 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class the classes  are in honor  of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha  and Elanah Rivka bas Sarah for a full רפואה  שלימה  

Talmud Class - Mesechet SANHEDRIN with Rabbi Mendy 
Please contact Shuky Meyer at +1-347-761-2134 to be added to the whatsapp group, for updated time and location 

CSTL TOT PROGRAM 10:30 am - Noon
This program is now volunteer-led. If you are interested in volunteering from time to time, please email
elizabeth.roth08@gmail.com

CSTL JUNIOR CONGREGATION  10:30 am – Noon 
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

RABBI EMLEN’S MONDAY NIGHT SICHOS CLASS FOR WOMEN–8 PM 
All levels of knowledge are welcome! Light refreshments will be served. At the Kavka’s 4002 NE 72nd  Street . For a Refuah Shlaimah for  חיה שרה מלכה בת ברכה לאה חוה     

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE
If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact Marion Kitz Gabbai Kiddush, 
miriamkitz@hotmail.com . Contact Marion to sponsor a Kiddush for a BIRTHDAY, ANNIVERSARY or YAHRZEIT. Please inform Marion by the preceding Sunday evening so that we have time to prepare properly.  Prices: Sponsor $350, co-Sponsor $175, Contributor: $50-$149.


COMMUNITY NEWS

UNDER THE WINGS OF THE SULTAN – SUN MAR 3rd 4 PM
Sephardic Lecture Series - The Fate of Ottoman Jewish Communities in the 20th Century
At Sephardic Bikur Holim . Series is free.

Rabbi Yissocher Frand at BCMH Mon  Mar 4th 8 PM
Drasha Topic: "Perfection: It's Not All What It's Cracked Up to Be", BCMH Main Sanctuary. The community is invited to attend.

Seattle Sephardic Unity Project TUE MAR 5th 7-9 PM
Community Presentation and Sephardic Dessert & Wine Reception at SJCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island

ORDER YOUR HAMANTASHEN TODAY!
The Ezra Bessaroth Ladies Auxiliary are baking their amazing, delectable Hamantashen for Purim. There will be three varieties to choose from, Poppy. Apricot and Raspberry. To order send your request by email to  Muriel 
meriamt@comcast.net or call Susan in the EB office at 206-722-5500. Supplies are limited so order early. You will be contacted when ready to make arrangements for pick up.

Seattle Nigun Collective – THU MAR 7th 7:30-9 PM
With special guest from Jerusalem - Yisrael Smith.  Come and sing, bring a nigun to share or come learn new nigunim and old favorites!  At Mercaz.

Talmud with Rabbi Fox Monday mornings, 10:00 am
At Minyan Ohr Chadash. Email 
thoughtsonparasha@gmail.com  to receive sources before each session.

Torah,Tea and Cookies with Rabbi Rosenfeld – THU 9 PM
At Mercaz – 6011 37th Ave NE.  

Seattle Kollel HEBREW LEVEL 2 Monday Evenings, FEB 25th  to MAR 18th  7:30PM, 
"Reach your peak with Hebrew Crash Course Level 2". More info: (206) 722-8289 or 
https://www.seattlekollel.com/hebrew-reading-crash-course-2 At the home of Ike Almo. For reservations, contact Cheryl www.DerechEmunah.com

RABBI BENZAQUEN CLASSES AT EZRA BESSAROTH
Rabbi Simon Benzaquen is offering classes on the Laws of Kashrut (Thursday nights at 7:30pm), and on the Laws of Shabbat (2nd, 3rd & 4th Wednesdays at 7:30pm). These are text-based classes well-suited for individuals of all backgrounds and skill levels. All are welcome. All classes at Ezra Bessaroth.

UNVEILING FOR ROSA GREENBERG A"H -  SUN MAR  10th 10:30 AM
The family of Rosa Greenberg a"h (wife of Rabbi Wm/ H Greenberg a"h) has asked us to share with the community that the unveiling ceremony will take place at 10:30 AM on Sunday, March 10th at the Sephardic Brotherhood Cemetery, 1230 N. 167th Street just off of Aurora.

IAC KESHET Mifgash – Eliezer Ben Yehuda and the Hebrew language SUN MAR 10th – 10:30 AM
At Seattle Hebrew Academy.  Sponsored by Israeli American Council 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/iac-keshet-mifgash-about-the-hebrew-language-sha-tickets-53981026704? 

Derech Emuna Annual Class Play"The Real Deal" for Women Only MAR 27TH 
At Renton Ikea Performing Arts Center 400 S Second Street, Renton, WA. Purchase tickets at 
www.derechemunah.com/play

StandWithUs Northwest SUN MAY 19th 6 PM
"Leaders of Tomorrow" Gala Dinner Downtown Seattle, 6 pm Cocktail Reception / 7 pm Dinner & Program. Keynote speaker, Colonel Richard Kemp. 
www.standwithus.com/SeattleGala2019 

Mercaz Shavuaton JUNE 7th – 10th 
At Camp Salomon Schechter.  
www.MercazSeattle.org

Nominations for the Federation’s Jewish Communal Professional Award
Deadline for submitting nominations for the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle 2019 Pamela Waechter z"l Jewish Communal Professional Award is Friday, March 15, 2019. Contact Cindy Bockelman: cindyb@jewishinseattle.org or 206-774-2251. More info: 
www.jewishinseattle.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

Sunday Morning Women's Shiur 10:20 AM
Topic: "Tomer Devorah: Emulating the Attributes of Hashem". A three part series given by Rabbi Yaakov Tanenbaum, BCMH Beis Midrash

Seattle Kollel Mishna Yomit Seder Nezikin & Tractate Bava Kama MON evenings.
More info: 
rabbiavrohomdavid@gmail.com  or (206) 369-1215

CONSIDERING SEEKING SPANISH OR PORTUGUESE CITIZENSHIP? 
Sephardic brethren, have you thought about applying for Spanish or Portuguese citizenship? Ezra Bessaroth can assist. We are available to provide expert consultation and guidance services to interested individuals along with the required confirmation of Sephardic Heritage. For  details please contact Susan at 206-722-5500.

AIRPORT , LOCAL TRIPS, AND KOSHER RESTAURANT DELIVERY! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER
Competitive rates, excellent service.  Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com .

SHALOCH MANOT DELIVERY – RESERVE NOW! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER
Competitive rates, excellent service.  Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com .


 REBBE’S SICHO FOR PARSHAS VAYAKHEL
https://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2468802/jewish/Eve-of-the-24th-of-Adar-I-5752-1992.htm © SichosInEnglish.

Our Rabbis taught, “Begin with blessing.” The greatest blessing possible is the fulfillment of the promise alluded to in this week’s Torah reading, Parshas Vayakhel, that the Jews be gathered in from all four corners of the world.

And a foretaste of this is already being experienced at present, for Jews from many different nations are gathering together in our Holy Land. Furthermore, this ingathering of exiles is being carried out “with mercy and kindness.” Instead of having to secretly flee from those countries, the Jews are being allowed to leave openly.

There are still countries where Jews are not granted permission to emigrate and they must flee under shades of concealment. Moreover, this flight endangers their safety. Nevertheless, the ingathering of those Jews who are allowed to reach Eretz Yisrael in a peaceful manner has a positive effect on the status of those whose aliyah at present involves danger. The spiritual influences generated ensure that ultimately, these Jews will also be released from danger and reach Eretz Yisrael where they can live with prosperity and peace of mind. And this is reflected in the manner in which the present immigrants to Eretz Yisrael have found prosperity and peace of mind when compared to the circumstances prevailing in the countries from which they have left.

Every concept present in the world at large must also be reflected in microcosm within the personal world of every individual Jew and applied in his divine service. Similarly, the concept of gathering in the dispersed members of our people must be reflected in a inner process of gathering in and unification, binding together our ten different conscious powers and unifying them as a single holy entity.

This is alluded to in the Torah reading of the previous week, Parshas Ki Sisa, which is also directly related to the Torah reading of the present week, for the first passages of that parshah are read again this week as Parshas Shekalim. That portion relates how “atonement for one’s soul” is attained by giving “ten gerah.” Nevertheless, these ten gerahare [half of] “a holy shekel.

Furthermore, beyond the ingathering of one’s own potentials, there is also a direct allusion to the importance of joining together with other Jews in the spirit of “Love your fellow man as yourself.” For a Jew is required to give only a half-shekel, and indeed, is forbidden to give more, “The rich may not give more1 ... than a half-shekel.”

What is the reason for this command? To teach us that our ten soul powers are only half a shekel and in order to be a complete entity, one must join together with another Jew.2

The half-shekalim were given for the census of the Jewish people. A census emphasizes the unique importance possessed by each individual. Together with that emphasis, however, comes the concept that every Jew’s true existence is bound up with that of his fellow man. Only when he fulfills the mitzvah “Love your fellow man as yourself,” can he reach his own individual fulfillment.

The Alter Rebbe highlights the importance of these concepts by placing the declaration,3“Behold I accept upon myself the fulfillment of the mitzvah, ‘Love your fellow man as yourself,’ ” at the very beginning of the prayer service.4

The half-shekalim were used to bring the communal offerings on behalf of the entire Jewish people. Herein there was also an emphasis on completion and perfection, for the offerings and the utensils used to bring them were required to be “perfect and complete.”

This also serves as an allusion to the imminence of the time when we will again bring these offerings in the perfect and complete Beis HaMikdash, “the Sanctuary of G‑destablished by Your hands.” At that time, the communal sacrifices will again be purchased from the half-shekalim which the Jews will give.

Although we are in exile at present, we can still perform a service representative of the giving of the half-shekalim, giving to tzedakah. Indeed, it is customary to give three half-shekalim to tzedakah before Purim. This custom is surely fulfilled by those who are 20 years old and even those who are merely Bar Mitzvah. And it is fitting that children be trained in its fulfillment and that they give of their own funds for this purpose. (Their parents, in turn, should help them so that they can make these gifts without feeling strained.)

And these gifts will hasten the coming of the time when, as mentioned at the beginning of Parshas Shekalim, “the heads of the Jewish people will be uplifted.” Similarly, as the conclusion of Parshas Ki Sisa mentions, Moshe’s face will shine. Since there is “a spark of Moshe within every Jew,” this phenomenon will be reflected in the countenance of every Jewish man, woman, and child in the Era of the Redemption. Their faces will shine and then, there will be no need for a veil, for G‑d’s essence will be revealed throughout the world.5

May this take place in the immediate future and may it be hastened by the distribution of money to be given to tzedakah at present, for Friday is a day particularly appropriate for giving tzedakah. And most importantly, the present time is particularly appropriate, indeed, the most appropriate time that could be, for the coming of the Redemption.6

Then “Moshe will gather,” i.e., Moshe, “the first redeemer and the ultimate redeemer,” will gather every single Jewish man, woman, and child, “a great congregation shall return there.” And we will proceed “with our youth and with our elders... with our sons and with our daughters” to Eretz Yisrael, to Jerusalem, and to the Third (and threefold) BeisHaMikdash. May this take place in the immediate future.

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