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PARASHA PEKUDEI - CHAZAQ | 1-8 Adar II, 5779

Friday, 8 March, 2019 - 12:18 pm

EREV SHABBOS MAR 8th 
Shacharis 7 AM
Candles/Mincha/Maariv 5:45 PM

SHABBOS - SAT MAR 9th 
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 9:27 AM 
Shabbos Mincha 5:45 PM /Seuda Slishit Lite
Maariv/Havdalah 6:46 PM /CLOCKS SPRING FORWARD AT 2 AM/

WEEKDAY SERVICES
Sun Shacharis 9 AM 
Mon -  Fri Shacharis 7 AM
Sun - Thu Mincha 7 PM, followed immediately by Maariv

SHABBOS KIDDUSH AND SEUDA SLISHIT.  
This week's Kiddish and meat cholent is sponsored by Galit Lurya, in honor of her birthday!!!  MAZEL TOV, MAZEL TOV and many more!!  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 – 6 PM
Megilah – Hamantashen – Costumes – Dancing. Od Yeshama Orchestra. Megilah Reading 7:45 pm.  Tickets for Shwarma 
www.tinyurl.com/CSTLPurimCarnival   RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

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.

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

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 5 PM 
Words of Torah inspiration from the Rebbe. For Men and Women. In honor  of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha  and Eliana 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 Eliana 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

PRACTICAL MEDICAL INSIGHTS –SAT MAR 9th 8 PM
At Minyan Ohr Chadash. Moderator: Dr. Scott Pollack.

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 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? 

SHUSHAN AND JERUSALEM – A TALE OF TWO CITIES  - TUE MAR 12th 7:30 PM
For women only, with Rabbi Meyers.  At 5526 South Morgan St.

EASTSIDE TORAH CENTER CHALAH BAKE -WED MAR 13th 6:30 PM
www.ChabadBellevue.org

Comedy Night with Ashley Blaker  SUN MAR 17th 7:15 – 9:30 PM
At BCMH. $36 per seat. 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ashley-blaker-comedy-night-at-bcmh-tickets-58116230209

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

CHIEF RABBI OF UK TO SPEAK IN VANCOUVER - SUN MAR 31st 
Beth Hamidrash Sephardic Congregation  of Vancouver BC is celebrating their Jubilee with a  gala dinner featuring keynote speaker Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom..
www.BethHaMidrash.com

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.

JEWISH THEATER PRESENTS 'ASHER LEV' - THU APR 11th 7:30 PM
The Seattle Jewish Theater Company returns to Congregation Ezra Bessaroth,  on Thursday evening, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. to present the award winning play, “My Name is Asher Lev,”. The performance will be followed by a chocolate reception and conversation with the cast. Tickets are $20 for members of Ezra Bessaroth, $25 for non-members and $18 for students. Tickets may be purchased at the Cong. Ezra Bessaroth office or at the door.

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

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.

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

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

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

StandWithUs Northwest   "Leaders of Tomorrow" Gala Dinner SUN MAY 19th 7 PM
Keynote Speaker: Colonel Richard Kemp. More info: 
www.standwithus.com

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 PEKUDEI
https://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2470429/jewish/Pekudei.htm © SichosInEnglish.

Parshas Pekudei begins with a reckoning of all the materials used in the Sanctuary. This is a lesson for each of us. For we have all been given gifts that we must make a reckoning of. When a person has been given potentials, be it wealth, intelligence, or other gifts, it is for a reason: to increase the good there is in the world.

This is not merely a general concept; it applies in a very particular and individual way. A person must be “a master of accounts,” realizing that he has been given a fixed number of days, no more and no less. Every day, every hour, and every moment are creations, brought into being by G‑d for specific purpose: that we should use them for His service by studying Torah, doing good for others, and performing mitzvos. A person must be busy, fulfilling his mission in this world.

It’s not like you can cram for this one. If you can accomplish so much good today, then that’s what today was intended for; it’s not making up for yesterday. When a person learns to count his moments, he makes every moment count.

Parshas Pekudei is usually read together with the previous reading, Parshas Vayakhel.Only in a leap year are they singled out and read separately. The themes of these Torah readings appear opposite. Vayakhel means “he gathered together,” focusing the creation of a communal identity. Pekudei, by contrast, as explained above, places the emphasis on an individual reckoning.

These two themes are general thrusts motivating our conduct. On one hand, we seek transcendence. We want to be part of something bigger than ourselves, to be included in a greater whole in which our individual identity is eclipsed. Conversely, we want to be ourselves and express the unique qualities and gifts that were granted to us individually.

Judaism highlights the truth that is present in each of these motifs. There is a dimension of G‑dliness that transcends all existence. From the standpoint of this level of G‑dly light, there is no difference between great and small. In terms of our personal relationships, it makes no difference how intelligent you are, how attractive you are, that you possess wealth, skills, or other resources, for when we speak in relation to G‑d’s infinity, these are of no consequence whatsoever.

The concept is reflected in contemporary mathematics. Regardless of the number that infinity is divided by, the sum is the same. Or to illustrate by analogy, we have a comprehensive “I,” that takes in all the different limbs and organs in our bodies as one. The head, the heart, and the hand are all part of the same organism. In Kabbalah, this aspect of light is referred to as Ein Sof, the infinite, and sovev kol almin, “encompassing all the worlds,” for this perspective envelopes all existence as one. Parshas Vayakhel heightens our awareness of this collective dimension and inspires us to identify with it.

Conversely, there is another aspect of G‑dly light that lowers itself and brings into being every element of existence according to its own level. Just as in our bodies, the head is different from the heart and both are different from the hands, so too, every individual has a unique and different personality. This is not accidental. Quite the contrary, a person’s character is a unique gift from G‑d that no one else in the world possesses. Every person has a unique individual nature and a unique mission to accomplish. That nature and that mission are vitally important. If they are not brought to fulfillment, G‑d’s plan for the world is lacking, as it were. Parshas Pekudei highlights this approach, teaching each of us how important it is to use our individual gifts in G‑d’s service.

Parshas Vayakhel precedes Parshas Pekudei, because although both of these dimensions of expression are important, it is preferable to begin with Parshas Vayakhel. Were we to begin with Parshas Pekudei, we might remain totally absorbed in ourselves and never appreciate anything beyond. Beginning with Vayakhel enables harmony to be established between the two thrusts. Then our individual expression is introduced by the selflessness inspired by a collective identity.

Looking to the Horizon

The Torah readings of Vayakhel and Pekudei are the final phases of the narrative describing the construction of the Sanctuary, the structure in which the Divine Presence rested during the Jews’ journey through the wilderness. That journey has been interpreted as an analogy for the more than two-thousand year journey of the Jewish people through the wilderness of exile. The ark where G‑d’s presence was manifest throughout the journey through the desert ultimately became the fundamental element of the Temple in Jerusalem. Similarly, the spiritual motif associated with these themes of these two Torah readings will nurture our people through their experience in exile and will then blossom into complete expression in the era of Mashiach. Then it will be revealed how the entire world is a dwelling for G‑d.

At that time, every element of existence will express the G‑dly purpose for which it was created. Simultaneously, there will be a general and all-encompassing awareness of G‑d that will permeate all existence.

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