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PARASHA TAZRIAH – ROSH CHODESH NISSAN haCHODESH | 29 Adar II – 7 Nissan, 5779

Friday, 5 April, 2019 - 11:05 am

EREV SHABBOS APR 5th  
Shacharis 7 AM
Candles/Mincha/Maariv 7:26 PM

SHABBOS - SAT APR 6th   
Shacharis: 9:30 AM 
Sof Zman Krias Shema 9:54 AM 
Shabbos Mincha 7:26 PM /Seuda Slishit Lite
Maariv/Havdalah 8:26 PM

WEEKDAY SERVICES
Sun Shacharis 9 AM 
Mon – Fri  Shacharis 7 AM
Sun - Thu Mincha 7:40 PM, followed immediately by Maariv

GALA KIDDUSH AND SEUDA SLISHIT.  
Gala kiddush in honor of Rosh Chodesh Nissan.  Kiddush will feature hamotzi, sushi, meat cholent, salads, and more.  No need to plan for lunch at home. Sponsored by David and Sarah Barak, Shimon and Tova Cox, Shuki and Chani Meyer (with a Mazel Tov to Bella on her 8th birthday), Ivan and Liz Rothman, and Shmueli and Rosi Tenenhaus. Delicious meat cholent made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin.  Seuda Slishit Lite.

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. 

PUBLIC SEDER AT CHABAD HOUSE MINYAN– FRI APRIL 19th  and SAT APRIL 20th at 8 pm
4541 19th Ave NE.  Featuring an inspiring Hagadah, Matzah, Wine/Grape Juice, Chrain, Charoses, and a delicious seder meal!   
https://www.facebook.com/chabadhouseminyan/

SAFETY OF CHILDREN AT CSTL – IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM CSTL BOARD
As a reminder children are not allowed to play outside the Shul. Parents please keep your children in the Kids Program or with their parents in Shul. The Board of CSTL and CSTL will not be responsible for children that are left unattended. Thank you for your cooperation.

MA'OT HITTIM CHARITY FOR PESACH 
Donate online 
www.CSTLSeattle.org, with Notation “Maot Chitim”, or mail you checks to CSTL, 6250 43rd Ave NE, Seattle WA 98115.  Contract Jonathan Greene for more info, j.i.greene625@gmail.com

SELL YOUR CHAMETZ BEFORE 7 AM FRIDAY MORNING APRIL 19th 
www.chabad.org/sellchametz

PRE-PESACH PAMPERING – SUN APR 14th 4:30 PM
Shalak Manicure & Regular Pedicure. Seattle Jewish Women’s Circle. RSVP to 
mherbstman@gmail.com

MAOS CHITIM
Berel Pedowitz has set up a gofundme to solicit funds for Pesach for his family (Maos Chitim).   https://www.gofundme.com/pesach-fund Please help with this important mitzvah.

YOM TOM WOMEN’S MIKVAH BUDDY SYSTEM
During the nights of Yom Tov (4/19, 4/20, 4/25, 4/26) the women’s mikvah will be using a "buddy system".  On those nights, women would need to bring their own attendant.  If a woman needs to use the mikvah on one of those evenings, she should leave a message on the mikvah line or call Mrs. Chanie Levitin at 206-931-4100 at least 72 hours before Yom Tov.  Mrs. Levitin has keys and instructions for each mikvah user, and can address any concerns.

CAMP GAN ISRAEL SEATTLE July  1st – Aug 9th. – REGISTER NOW
Register at 
www.campganisraelseattle.org This summer at Camp Gan Israel Seattle, we will be focusing on discovering the hidden talents within every single camper. Each child will have the opportunity to express their abilities through art, science, drama, sports and much more. We will also learn how every talent relates to us as Jews and that we play a distinctive irreplaceable role. We are all valued as individuals, and as a part of the greater Jewish nation. Every single child is unique and has so much to contribute. Looking forward to giving your child the best summer experience. 
With questions, call or text Rabbi Kavka 206-730-2775

LADIES TEHILIM – SUN 10 am
Come say Tehilim

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     

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 6:45 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

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.  

PASSOVER SALES ON NOW
This year, U Village Safeway has an extensive inventory, as do Safeway on Rainer Ave and, of course, QFC U Village and  
www.AffordableKosher.com

"LINC Closet Clearout" Sunday, April 7, 4-9 pm,
At Ashreichem Yisrael. Contact: Aliza Brand (773) 663-1512, Talya (206) 696-4916 or
lincseattle@gmail.com 

LECTURE: SEPHARDIC JEWS IN AMERICA - SUN APR 7th  4 PM
Professor Devin Naar will explore the trajectories of Sephardic Jews from the Mediterranean world to America during the 20th century, At Sephardic Bikur Cholim Ethan@SeattleSephardic.org

Pre-Pesach Class SUN APR 7th 10 AM
How to Prepare for Pesach, Both Physically and Spiritually,Without Going Crazy. At Mercaz. email avirabbi@gmail.com

SPANISH JEWISH LOVE SONGS AT DOWNTOWN LIBRARY - WED APR. 10th NOON
A performance of "Jewish-Spanish Love Songs" written for guitar and voice. Featuring Malya Muth, soprano and Joan Lundquist, piano performing the Jewish-Spanish Song Cycle by Daniel Akiva at the downtown Seattle Public library.

JCC SOFTBALL LEAGUE
Team with Ariel Green and Ben Dershowitz sponsored by Leah’s Catering.  Info: 
Bdersho@uw.edu

Sephardic Lecture Series APR 28th 4 PM
At Sephardic Bikur Holim. 
www.SBHSeattle.org (206) 723-3028

Germany Close Up by Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle
The Jewish Federation is taking applications 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

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 May 8th  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 

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.

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

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 TAZRIAH
https://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2470433/jewish/Tazria.htm ©SichosInEnglish.

The names of the Torah readings were chosen not because they are the first — or close to the first — words of the Torah reading, but because they convey the theme of the Torah reading as a whole.

It appears difficult to resolve this concept with the name of this week’s Torah reading, Tazria, for the word tazria and the predominant subject of the reading, the affliction of tzaaras, appear to be direct opposites. Tazria means “conceive;” referring to the generation of new life.

Tzaraas, by contrast, refers to a unique affliction. Though commonly translated as leprosy, it is not analogous to that physical ailment. Though it affects a person’s body, it primarily has to do with his soul. In that vein, our Sages say: “One afflicted with tzaraas is considered as dead.” Why then is a name associated with the conception of life given to a Torah reading whose primary subject appears to be of an opposite nature?

The resolution of the question centers on the concept that a person is afflicted with tzaraasas punishment for speaking lashon hora, slanderous gossip. Now reward and punishment is one of the fundamental concepts of the Torah. Indeed, Rambam considers it as one of his Thirteen Principles of Faith. At the core of the issue is the axiom that a person must take responsibility for his conduct. He must realize that his deeds have consequences. G‑dwatches his every act and rewards a person or punishes him as his conduct warrants.

When, however, G‑d metes out punishment, it is not for the sake of retribution. He is not a vengeful G‑d who seeks to cause a person suffering. On the contrary, He is compassionate and merciful. If He metes out punishment, that punishment is itself an act of mercy. The intent is not only that the suffering cleanses the blemish that the person brought about through sin and causes it to be absolved. Instead, the intent is that the punishment serves as cue for the sinner to change his conduct and correct the inner fault that led to the sin.

The punishment of tzaraas is a classic illustration of this principle. As mentioned, tzaraascame as punishment for slanderous gossip, the type of talk that drives wedges between people. As a consequence, one afflicted with tzaraas is compelled to experience solitude. “He must dwell alone, outside the camp of his dwelling.”

In this way, he will understand the error of his ways and he will change. The punishment itself will be the catalyst for his personal growth.

Herein lies the connection with Tazria, the generation of new life. The Torah reading teaches that there are times when life is generated through positive activities. And there are other instances, when a negative situation, even one as severe as tzaraas, will stimulate the beginning of new life and energy. From this instance, we can extrapolate to other situations. Even if circumstances appear negative, we should appreciate them as cues from Above to initiate a new beginning.

Looking to the Horizon

The concluding prophecies of the Book of Isaiah employ birth as an analogy for the coming of Mashiach. What is the difference between an unborn fetus and an infant who has emerged into the world? They both are alive. But the fetus does not function as an independent organism. It does not eat or breathe on its own and its perceptions are limited to the environment of its mother’s womb.

The infant, by contrast, functions independently and it is sensitive to all the stimuli in the world outside of it. True, it needs time to grow and develop, but from the moment, it emerges from the womb, it is living on its own.

These factors enable us to understand the analogue: mankind’s emergence in the era of Mashiach. Throughout the centuries of exile — and to a certain extent, even before that, when the Temple stood in Jerusalem — mankind has not been aware of the true nature of the world. Like a fetus in its mother’s womb, its view of reality has been drastically limited, because it has seen only the material dimensions of existence, without perceiving the spiritual life-force.

As a result, like a fetus, mankind has always been taking; functioning as a recipient of Divine bounty rather than living on its own. As the Divine potential within the world surfaces in the era of Mashiach, man will emerge with a new identity. Hence, Mashiach’s coming is described as birth.

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