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PARASHA TZAV | 15-22 Adar II, 5779

Friday, 22 March, 2019 - 12:44 pm

EREV SHABBOS MAR 22nd /SHUSHAN PURIM
Shacharis 7 AM
Candles/Mincha/Maariv 7:06 PM

SHABBOS - SAT MAR 23rd 
Shacharis: 9:30 AM 
Sof Zman Krias Shema 10:11 AM 
Shabbos Mincha 7:05 PM /Seuda Slishit Lite
Maariv/Havdalah 8:09 PM

WEEKDAY SERVICES
Sun Shacharis 9 AM 
Mon – Fri  Shacharis 7 AM
Sun - Thu Mincha 7:15 PM, followed immediately by Maariv

SHABBOS KIDDUSH AND SEUDA SLISHIT.  
Kiddush Light.The delicious meat cholent is made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin, and sponsored by Ploni Almoni.

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

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. 

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 6:15 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.  

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.

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

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

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


REBBE’S SICHO FOR TZAV
https://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2470431/jewish/Tzav.htm ©SichosInEnglish.

This Torah reading contains the verse: “This is the law of the burnt offering... [It shall remain on] the altar’s hearth throughout the night.” Rashi explains that the verse teaches that although the sacrifices had to be offered during the day, burning the fats and limbs of the sacrifices was permitted throughout the night. Nevertheless, although license to burn the fats at night was granted, the mitzvahof burning the sacrificial fats applied primarily during the day. The burning of fats at night was only to compensate for not burning them earlier.

Fat is an analogy for satisfaction. We are commanded: “All the fat [should be offered] to G‑d,” implying that a person must offer his powers of pleasure and satisfaction to G‑dliness. This includes “the fats of the sacrifice,” the satisfaction he receives from drawing close to G‑d. One might think that the need to sublimate and sacrifice pleasure refers only to the pleasure derived from material things. Seemingly, what could be wrong with deriving pleasure from the observance of mitzvosand other holy matters?

In resolution: True, one should feel energy and vitality in the observance of the mitzvos,observing them not simply out of compulsion, but out of a genuine love for G‑d. The fact that one is able to fulfill G‑d’s will should be the greatest source of pleasure. Nevertheless, care must be taken to ensure that one takes pleasure in fulfilling G‑d’s will and not from the self-satisfying dimensions of the observanceof mitzvos. For example, a person may feel good because he performed a mitzvah; he may be happy that he helped another person. His self-image is enhanced. That is a positive feeling, but it is the person’s own feeling.

In truth, we should be happy that we performed a mitzvah, because this is G‑d’s will and because His desire has been carried out. From this perspective, it doesn’t matter who performed the mitzvah. It could have been performed by another person as well. The reason for one’s happiness is that G‑d’s will has been fulfilled, not that he fulfilled it.

On this basis, we can understand the concept stated previously: that the mitzvah of burning the fats applies primarily during the day and burning them at night is merely compensation. With regard to our Divine service, “day” refers to the times when we are occupied with the study of Torah and the observance of mitzvos, as reflected in the analogy: “A mitzvahis a candle, and the Torah, light.” Night and darkness, by contrast, represent times when a person is not occupied with the Torah or its mitzvos, but rather occupied with material concerns.

The lesson about dedicating the fat — our potential for pleasure and satisfaction — to G‑d applies primarily during the day. When it comes to material things, it is obvious that a person should not seek his own pleasure, but should perform “[all his deeds] for the sake of heaven.” When it comes to the Torah and its mitzvos, however, it is possible that a person might feel that his motives are not important; as long as he studies the Torah and performs its mitzvos, it’s okay. And he will rationalize his behavior quoting our Sages: “A person should always occupy himself in the Torah and its mitzvos... [even] for a selfish intent.” Such a person has to be taught: The fats must first be offered on the altar. Even one’s spiritual pleasure must be devoted to G‑d.

Looking to the Horizon

There is an allusion to the Ultimate Redemption in the verse “Do not allow the fat of the festive offering to remain until the morning.” Implied is that burning the fats on the altar, dedicating one’s pleasure to G‑d will be a catalyst for “the morning” — the ultimate dawn, the era when “the sun will no longer serve you for the light of day.... Instead, G‑d will be your eternal light.” By devoting our capacity for pleasure to G‑d, we enable Divine pleasure and satisfaction to flourish in the era of Mashiach.

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