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PARASHA METZORAH – SHABBOS haGADOL | 7-14 Nissan, 5779

Friday, 12 April, 2019 - 12:43 pm

EREV SHABBOS APR 12th  
Shacharis 7 AM
Candles/Mincha/Maariv 7:36 PM

SHABBOS - SAT APR 13th   
Shacharis: 9:30 AM 
Sof Zman Krias Shema 9:47 AM 
Shabbos Mincha 7:15 PM /SHABBOS haGADOL DRASHA
Maariv/Havdalah 8:37 PM

WEEKDAY SERVICES
Sun Shacharis 9 AM 
Mon – Fri  Shacharis 7 AM
Sun - Thu Mincha 7:50 PM, followed immediately by Maariv

PASSOVER TIMES 
Thu Apr 18th  – Bedikat Chametz as soon as possible after 8:36 PM
Thu Apr 18th  – Sell Chametz through Rabbi Levitin before NOON
Fri Apr 19th – Fast of First born starts 4:30 AM
Fri Apr 19th – Last time to eat chametz 10:48 AM
Fri Apr 19th – Burn Chametz before 11:58 AM
Fri Apr 19th -  Candle Lighting 7:46 AM.  Seder Start after 8:37 pm

BARUCH DAYAN EMETH
We are sorry to report the passing of Gloria Hankin, Guta Lieba bas Shmuel Z”L, mother of Susan Hankin. May the Hankin and Dershowitz families be comforted with all the mouroof Tzion and Yerushalayim.

SHABBOS haGADOL DRASHA – SAT APR 13th 7:15 PM
Please join us following shabbos Mincha for Rabbi Levitin’s annual Shabbos haGadol Drasha.  This is a very important event.  Men, women, and children are encouraged to attend.

KITCHEN CLOSED FOR PESACH CLEANING
Enjoy

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. 

CSTL SHUL GREETER VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Please consider becoming a shul greeter and taking part of this critical and needed mitzva. To become a shul greeter, please reach out to Andre at 
andre.jacobovitz@gmail.com

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/

JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE – PRIVATE SCREENING –7 PM MAY 19th
See the movie “93Queen” with wine and chocolate at CSTL.  For women only. 
www.tinyurl.com/93queenscreeningmherbstman@gmail.com

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 6:30 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.


COMMUNITY NEWS 

ADL LECTURE - COMBATING ANTISEMITISM SUN. APR 14th 1 PM
“Combating Antisemitism: From global to national trends” featuring Dr. Sharon Nazarian. At Minyan Ohr Chadash (6721 51st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118). Registration required:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfAntsPfucqp4tmCUcjOduE4wJyE3f0Afb4Xc7iwQfwj_PiYw/viewform Light refreshments will be served.

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

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

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

AJC EXPERT ON ANTISEMITISM MAY 16th at 7:30 PM
AJC Assistant Director of International Relations Holly Huffnagle who will speak on 'The Viability of Europe’s Jewish Communities in the Face of Rising Antisemitism”. At Ezra Bessaroth. Open to the entire community. No charge for admission, but reservations are required 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-viability-of-europes-jewish-communities-in-the-face-of-rising-antisemitism-registration-58025750582?ms=wb_evt_20190407_AJCSeattle

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 

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 METZORAH
https://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2470434/jewish/Metzora.htm ©SichosInEnglish.

The large majority of the subject matter of this Torah reading focuses on the affliction of tzaraas. Generally, this term is translated as leprosy, but that’s a misnomer. Since as the Torah relates in this reading, tzaraas affects not only a person’s skin, but also his clothes and the walls of his home, it is not leprosy or any other known disease. Instead, as Maimonides writes, tzaaras is “is not a natural occurrence; it is a sign and a wonder prevalent among the Jewish people to warn them against lashon hora, ‘undesirable speech.’” For speech is a uniquely human potential, reflecting our innermost tendencies. Therefore, if it is misused, it has severe consequences. When we speak words of gossip or slander, we are not merely hurting the person we are speaking about, we are harming ourselves and, in a larger sense, undermining the spiritual makeup of the entire Jewish people.

Speech does not originate in a vacuum. Instead, it reveals what is hidden in a person’s heart. When a person speaks undesirably, that indicates that he has undesirable character traits. The tzaraas afflictions are intended to draw his attention to these character faults and inspire him to correct them.

To assist a person in this task, the Torah ordained that when a person had a tzaraasblemish, he would have to appear before a kohen (priest) to have the blemish inspected and ultimately be declared pure. The kohanim were characterized by a desire for unity and love for their fellow Jew. For that reason, they were chosen to bless the people. Indeed, the blessing they recite before conveying the Priestly Blessing, emphasizes this quality, stating that they were “commanded to bless His people Israel with love.”

When a person with a tzaraas blemish came to a kohen, a two-tiered process took place. On one level, the kohen was watching the internal process of purification. On a deeper level, he was causing it. Every time he looked at the blemish, he imparted spiritual energy — love and care — to the blemished person, energy that enabled him to heal his character flaws and ultimately be purified from his affliction.

Looking to the Horizon

Our Sages relate that Mashiach himself will be afflicted with wounds similar to tzaraas and in that vein, they tell the following story.

Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi encountered the prophet Elijah,... and asked him: “When is Mashiach coming?”

Replied the prophet: “Go and ask him.”...

“By what sign shall I recognize him?”

“He is sitting among paupers stricken by wounds. The others unbind all their wounds at once, and then bind them up again. But he unbinds one wound at a time, and straight away binds it up again. For he says, ‘Perhaps I shall be called upon [to appear as Mashiach], and I must not be delayed!’ ”

So [Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi] went to him and said, “Peace upon you, my master and teacher!”

He answered him, “Peace upon you, son of Levi!”

Then he asked him, “Master, when are you coming?”

He answered, “Today!”

Rabbi Yehoshua returned to Elijah, ... and told him: “...He has deceived me! He told me, ‘I am coming today,’ and he has not come!”

Said Elijah, “What Mashiach had in mind was this [verse]: ‘Today — if you would only listen to His voice!’ 

What is needed to bring Mashiach? — A change of direction in man. All man has to do is to turn to G‑d and heed His voice. By virtue of this very initiative, G‑d’s face will no longer be hidden.

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