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PARASHA VAYIKRA – ZACHOR | 8-15 Adar II, 5779

Friday, 15 March, 2019 - 12:00 pm

EREV SHABBOS MAR 15th 
Shacharis 7 AM
Candles/Mincha/Maariv 6:55 PM

SHABBOS - SAT MAR 16th //HEARING THE ZACHOR TORAH READING IS A BIBLICAL MITZVAH
Shacharis: 9:30 AM ß NOTE NEW TIME FOR DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME
Sof Zman Krias Shema 10:19 AM 
Shabbos Mincha 6:55 PM /Seuda Slishit Lite
Maariv/Havdalah 7:56 PM

WEEKDAY SERVICES
Sun Shacharis 9 AM 
Mon ,Tue,Thu, Fri Shacharis 7 AM

Wed 6:50 AM /FAST OF ESTHER/
Sun - Tue Mincha 7 PM, followed immediately by Maariv

SHABBOS KIDDUSH AND SEUDA SLISHIT.  
Shabbat Zachor kiddush  is co-sponsored by Lis and Dr. Vernon Neppe in commemoration of the 24th  Yahrzeit of Lis’s , Yehuda Leib Ben Eliahu ז׳ל  ,   9 Adar 2.  5755. Cholent sponsored by the Neppe family. The Yahrzeit is this Shabbat.The delicious meat cholent is made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin.

SHABBAT ZACHOR - MARCH 16th  REMEMBER WHAT AMALEK DID TO US
The Shabbat before Purimis known as 'Shabbat Zachor" the Shabbat of remembrance. On this Shabbat we read the special Maftir portion from Devarim 25 which contains the admonition, “Remember what Amalek did to you on your way out of Egypt! Do not forget!” This reading serves as an eternal reminder of Amalek's cowardly attack upon the children of Israel, Haman's evil plans and the nefarious intentions of all those who came after. Our sages teach that all who are able, should come to synagogue to hear the recitation of this passage.
www.ezrabessarot.net

FAST OF ESTHER & PURIM – WED MAR 20th and THU MAR 21st 
Wed Mar 20th – FAST BEGINS 5:40 AM
Wed Mar 20th -  Shacharis 6:50 AM/Torah & Selichos

Wed Mar 20th -  Kids Purim Party 6 PM
Wed Mar 20th – Mincha 6:30 PM /Torah & Haftorah
Wed Mar 20th   FAST ENDS 7:53 PM
Wed Mar 20st – Maariv/Megilah/Dancing 7:53 PM.
Thu Mar 21st – Shacharis/Megilah 7 AM
Thu Mar 21st – Mincha/Megilah for Ladies 2 PM

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. Maariv/Megilah Reading 7:52 pm.  Tickets for Shwarma 
www.tinyurl.com/CSTLPurimCarnival   RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

MATONOT L’EVYONIM – GIFTS TO THE POOR FOR PURIM
Please contact Gabbai Tzedakah Jonathan Greene to make your donation for this important mitzvah
j.i.greene625@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 6 PM
Erev-Shabbos Farbrengen in the CSTL Social Hall.  In honor of MOSHE RABENU’S BIRTHDAY – 7 ADAR.

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 6 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 – 8:45 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.

GoFundMe for the Pedowitz Family - Maot Chitim
Now’s a good time so start thinking about the mitzvah of Maos Chitim (Charity for Pesach).   Berel Pedowitz has made this link for donations for his family’s Pesach. 
https://www.gofundme.com/u6b6c9-pesach?pc=ot_co_dashboard_a&rcid=a2ebbe783a3f4213b7cf71f8aed97e75


COMMUNITY NEWS

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

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

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Jewish Prisoner Services International (JPSI)
Please help with the very important chesed of Pidyon Shevuim.  Volunteers are needed to Visiting/Teaching at Jails and Prison, Advocacy, Answering letters from inmates, Web database development and database work. info@jpsi.org and list your area of interest, please include your preferred contact information  Thank You, Matthew Perry, Secretary/Treasurer JPSI, 206-617-2367

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

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.

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.

Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance Day Sunday, April 8, 7:00 pm
At Ezra Bessaroth 
www.EzraBessaroth.net

RABBI BENZAQUEN CLASSES AT EZRA BESSAROTH
Rabbi Simon Benzaquen is offering classes on the Laws of Kashrut (Thursday nights at 7:30pm), and on theLaws 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 Mondays 10 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 VAYIKRA
https://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2470430/jewish/Vayikra.htm ©SichosInEnglish.

Among the sacrifices mentioned in this Torah reading is the conditional guilt-offering. A sin-offering is brought when one definitely knows that he has committed an inadvertent sin. A conditional guilt-offering, however, is brought when one is in doubt whether in fact he committed a transgression. Significantly, the conditional guilt-offering is many times more expensive than the sin-offering.

In the works of the Rabbis, the following explanation is given: Fundamentally, the atonement brought about by a sacrifice comes from the person’s feelings of teshuvah. When a person knows he has sinned, he is naturally aroused to sincere feelings of regret. But when a person is unsure whether or not he sinned, he has to seek external means to inspire such feelings of teshuvah. For this reason, the conditional guilt-offering cost more than a sin-offering.

This rationale is, however, insufficient. For although teshuvah is necessary, it is not the only element involved. The actual offering of the sacrifice in and of itself serves as a powerful catalyst to bring atonement and remove the blemishes created by sin. The different kinds of sacrifices were ordained according to the nature of the blemish a person’s sins created within his soul.

This leads to the conclusion that the reason a conditional guilt-offering cost more than a sin-offering was not merely to inspire sincere teshuvah, but also because a conditional guilt-offering must atone for a greater blemish. This raises a question: Why is the blemish created when one is unsure of one’s guilt greater than that created when one is certain that he sinned?

This question can be resolved as follows: In general, sacrifices atone for sins committed unintentionally, for even a commandment violated unknowingly requires atonement. Although the person did not intentionally sin, the fact that his unconscious thoughts led to such behavior is an indication that he is spiritually lacking. For if he was not lacking, he would not have sinned, even unintentionally, as it is written: “No evil shall befall the righteous.”

This reflects a further point. A person’s unconscious behavior — what he does without thinking — is often a powerful indicator of his nature, reflecting his fundamental concerns and sources of pleasure. A righteous manderives pleasure from G‑dliness; therefore his deeds involve goodness and holiness. When, by contrast, a person unknowingly commits a sin, this indicates that undesirable factors are his source of pleasure. His conduct is like a Freudian slip indicating where his inner desire for pleasure lies.

Building on the above concepts: When a person knows he has committed a sin unwittingly, he realizes that he is in need of spiritual improvement; the transgression makes him aware of an inner involvement with evil. But when a person is not definitely aware that he has sinned, his positive self-image can remain intact and he may not appreciate the need for change. This shows an even deeper connection with evil, for the person does not even realize something is amiss.

When a person knows he has unwittingly committed a transgression, his fundamental nature remains good; the deed runs contrary to his true self. For this reason, he is conscious that he has transgressed G‑d’s will. He senses the evil within his act, and realizes that this is not who he really is. When, however, a person does not realize that he has committed a transgression, this is a sign that the sin does not disturb him; it does not run contrary to his tendencies. For this reason, he does not even notice the sin. This is truly a severe internal blemish.

So when a person does not know whether or not he has committed a sin, he must bring a conditional guilt-offering — a sacrifice which is much more expensive than a sin-offering. For the conditional guilt-offering must correct the deeper spiritual insensitivity that prevents him from being aware of his faults.

Looking to the Horizon

This Torah reading begins: “And G‑d called to Moses and G‑d spoke to him.” Now we often find the expression “And G‑d spoke to Moses,” but here the Torah adds the preface, “And G‑d called....” Why does the Torah do so? Our Sages explain that the verse is highlighting the dearness with which G‑d regarded Moses and the Jewish people as a whole, for Moses was the emissary of the Jewish people. Before speaking to him, as a sign of endearment, G‑d first called to him.

The cherished quality possessed by the Jewish people is also reflected by the Haftorah which begins with the verse: “This people I made for My sake; they will relate My praise.”

Every Jew is heir to the entire spiritual legacy of our people. There is a golden chain extending throughout the generations, reaching back to our forefathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and to our Matriarchs, Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah. Every Jew in the present generation is a representative of the entire collective as it has existed and evolved throughout history. As such, G‑d cherishes every Jew as a father cherishes an only son and He is confident that, regardless of the way he looks or conducts himself, he or she will ultimately “relate G‑d’s praise,” by performing acts of goodness and kindness that reflect his spiritual potential.

The consummate expression of this quality will be in the era of Mashiach, when the virtues of the Jewish people will come to the surface. However, even before that era — and in anticipation of it — we should look at the virtues hidden within our fellow man and labor to bring them to the surface.

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