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Shevi’i/Acharon shel Pesach | 19-26 Nissan, 5779

Thursday, 25 April, 2019 - 1:50 pm

Erev Shevi’i Shel Pesach, Thu Apr 25th 
Shacharis: 7  AM
Mincha/Candles  7:54 PM /ERUV TAVSHILIN/
Maariv 8:47 PM /COUNT OMER #6/
It is customary to remain awake on the eve of the Seventh of Passover (i.e., tonight) and spend the entire night in Torah study and joyous celebration of the great miracle of the splitting of the sea. (

Shevi’i Shel Pesach, Fri Apr 26th 
Shacharis: 9:30 AM
Mincha 7:00 PM /Special Time - FOLLOWED BY KINUS TORAH/
Candles & Yartzeit Candles BEFORE 7:56 PM from existing flame
Maariv 8:48 /COUNT OMER #7/

Shabbos/Acharon Shel Pesach, Sat Apr 27th 
Shacharis: 9:30 AM /YIZKOR/
Mincha  7:00 PM followed by MOSHIACH SEUDA
Maariv/Havdalah 8:59 PM /COUNT OMER #8/
Chametz repurchased 10:00 PM

Weekday Services
Sun Shacharis 9 am
Mon-Fri Shacharis 7 am
Mincha 8:10 pm
Maariv and Sefira bezomano  (Sunday 8:51 PM to Thursday 8:58 PM) /COUNT #9-13/

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Take time out from your busy cleaning schedule to please pay your dues and pledges to CSTL! Your payments will be greatly appreciated, especially in light of our need to make our April mortgage payment! You can drop a check by shul, or pay online at  and Thank you! Wishing you a Happy and Kosher Pesach! Sincerely, the CSTL Board

All are welcome to this inspiring class.

CSTL TOT PROGRAM 10:30 am – 12:30 pm /TBD
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TBD for the class this week

In the library.  Come say a prayer for those in need. 

Weekly Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin – Regular Sundays following 9am Shacharis
Gemora Baba Basra with Rabbi Levitin after 9 am Shacharis

Weekly History Class for Women with Chanie Levitin Tue 7:30 pm
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During the nights of Yom Tov (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.

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

Germany Close Up by Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle
The Jewish Federation is taking applications

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

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

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. 

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.

Competitive rates, excellent service.  Contact Eli at 206-771-2670


1. The last days of Pesach are a continuation of the service which began on the first days. The first days represent, in the words of the prophet Yechezkel (Ch. 16), the birth of the Jewish nation. Similarly, the AriZal interprets the verse (Devorim, 4:34) “to take Him a nation from the midst of (another) nation,” as a reference to pregnancy and birth.1 An embryo has a complete body with 248 limbs, even hair and fingernails. However, it does not live independently. Its existence is hidden; only at birth does it come into revelation. In this metaphor the eighth day of Pesach is the day of the “bris,” the day which “is the beginning of the entry of the holy soul.” Similarly, the eighth day of Pesach commemorates the bris of Yitzchok, the first Jew to be circumcised after eight days.

The above further explains the connection between Moshiach’s Seudah (the meal eaten at the conclusion of the eighth day of Pesach) and the eighth day of Pesach. Since in Messianic times Yitzchok will be given prominence over the other forefathers. — The Jewish people will tell him, “You are our ancestor.” — Similarly, the number eight (which is intrinsically related to circumcision) is representative of Messianic times, as our sages comment, “the harp of the Messianic age will have eight strings.”2 Through eating Moshiach’s Seudah our connection to Moshiach becomes stronger. This will be true not only within our minds and hearts — in our thoughts and speech — but also within the realm of action. The food is assimilated into our bodies, thus becoming part of our flesh and blood.

The connection between the last days of Pesach and the Messianic redemption is also emphasized by the Torah and Haftorah readings of those days. The Torah reading of the seventh day includes the “Song of the Red Sea,” which begins, “Then Moshe and the children of Israel sang.” The Talmud notes that the conjugation of the Hebrew word for song — Yashir — is future tense, not past, and comments: “This is an allusion from the Torah to the resurrection of the dead.” The Torah reading also contains the phrase “the Sanctuary which Your hands, 0 L‑rd, have established.” This is a reference to the third Temple. The Haftorah also contains the phrase, “He is a tower of deliverance to His king, and bestows kindness upon His anointed , to David and his descendants forever,” which is a reference to Moshiach. The Haftorah of the eighth day refers to the Messianic age, not only in allusions, but directly, e.g., “The wolf will dwell with the lamb,” “the earth will be full with the knowledge of the L‑rd, as the waters cover the sea.”3

The four cups of wine drunk during Moshiach’s Seudah are also an allusion to the Messianic age. The four cups symbolize all of the following: the four expressions of redemption during Yetzias Mitzrayim (Shemos 6:6-7), the four cups of retribution G‑d will force the nations to drink, the four cups of comfort G‑d will grant the Jewish people, the four letters of G‑d’s name, and the four levels of Teshuvah (alluding to the transformation of darkness into light).4 All of these are related to the Messianic redemption.5

The Zohar calls Matzah “the food of faith” and “the food of healing.” The Rebbe Maharashexplains that when we eat Matzah on Pesach we “eat G‑dliness.” The level of G‑dliness which is “eaten” on the last days of Pesach is much greater than that of the first days. The Matzah of the last days is parallel to the Matzah of the Messianic era, “Matzah Ashirah.” Matzah Ashirah alludes to the richness — Ashirah — of knowledge that will be at that time, “the earth will be full with the knowledge of the L‑rd, as the waters cover the sea.”

Thus we see that both in regard to the Torah readings and to the food eaten, the eighth day has an advantage over the seventh day.6

The lesson the above provides for us is as follows: The seventh and eighth days of Pesach are connected with the service of Mesirus Nefesh (self-sacrifice). It was the service of self-sacrifice with which the Jews jumped into the Red Sea that caused it to split. The concept of Moshiach influences that service of Mesirus Nefesh. One might think that the world is opposed to our service, and that efforts must be made not to be effected by it. Moshiach’s Seudah teaches that the world is not opposed to G‑dliness, on the contrary, it aids that cause. Since each Jew has within him a spark of Moshiach, he can control the world, for the world is waiting and hoping for Moshiach to bring it to a state of fulfillment.7

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2. Chassidus explains that our intention while performing a Mitzvah is the soul (of the Mitzvah), and the actual deed is the body. Nevertheless, “deed is most essential.”8Similarly, though Pesach is connected to the birth and education of every Jew — emphasizing that every Jew, no matter what his level is a child compared to G‑d’s infinity — nevertheless, it is particularly connected to children. On Pesach special efforts are made to involve the children. The Seder, a unique element which is not found in the celebration of other festivals, revolves around the children. Its entire narrative is related as a response to the children’s questions. Also, many changes have been instituted in the Seder so that the children do not fall asleep.9 Throughout the Jewish community it is common custom for the youngest child to ask the four questions first. His questions stimulate those whose duty it is to answer to respond, “We were slaves to Pharaoh...”, and continue with the entire Seder.

Similarly, the last days of Pesach also emphasize the involvement of children. The splitting of the Red Sea on the seventh day of Pesach brought about a revelation in which “Israel beheld the mighty hand which the L‑rd wielded against the Egyptians, and the people feared the L‑rd, and believed in the L‑rd and in Moshe His servant.”10 The Talmud relates that the Jewish children “recognized Him first.” He had miraculously protected them and sustained them during their ordeal in Egypt. Hence, at the Red Sea they were the first to recognize Him.11

The Messianic revelation itself emphasizes the important role of children. The Haftorah relates how “the wolf will dwell with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the young goat... and a little child will lead them12 ... The nursing child will play on the hole of the asp, the weaned child will stretch his hand over the den of the viper.”13

We see that “the child will lead.” In order that these prophecies be fulfilled, it is necessary to prepare for them now, in Golus. This is particularly true regarding Nissan, the month of redemption; Pesach, the holiday of redemption; and the final day of Pesach, the day connected with Moshiach.

G‑d shows a special love for children. Therefore, it is understandable that their efforts can have a great effect, particularly their efforts to turn the hearts of their parents. The above holds true regarding their efforts during Pesach. Their actions will lead to the fulfillment of the prophecy “the young child will become a thousand, and the youth a great nation; I, G‑d, will hasten it (the Messianic redemption) in its time.” Then, too, the children will “recognize G‑d first,” and “a young child will lead them.”

The Shulchan Aruch teaches that before Shabbos it is proper to taste the foods cooked for Shabbos. Right now we are in the generation before Moshiach, and we must taste “from every dish” of the revelations that will occur then. Therefore, now, also, young children must become leaders — turning the hearts of their parents to Torah. These efforts will hasten the coming of Moshiach and the fulfillment of the prophecy “all will know Me, from the small to the great.” Through our present efforts to spread Torah — knowing that “our souls never went into Golus” — not one Jewish child will remain in Golus. We will find success in our attempts to involve children in the study of Torah and the fulfillment of Mitzvos. This, in turn, will lead to even greater efforts and hasten the coming of Moshiach, speedily, in our days.

3. The Talmud states that it is proper to “join the redemption (of Purim) to the redemption (of Pesach).” The reason for this connection is that the beginning of Haman’s downfall and the redemption from Egypt both took place in the month of Nissan. Also, the spiritual service that brought about the Purim redemption — Mordechai’s efforts to “go collect all the Jews — took place in Nissan. The Alter Rebbe writes that on the second day of Pesach it is proper to make a remembrance of the feast Esther gave that led to Haman’s downfall.

The redemption of Purim is also related to the Messianic redemption, and therefore bears a connection with the last days of Pesach. Purim and the Messianic redemption both share a connection with Teshuvah. The Zohar states that Moshiach will cause Tzaddikim to do Teshuvah. Purim represents an intensification of the Jews’ commitment to Torah despite the challenges of Golus, a service parallel to Teshuvah.14

The redemption of Purim is closely related to Jewish children. It was the “voice of the kids and lambs — the little (‘Tinuk’) children, — the voice of the 22,000 children that Mordechai collected together that brought about the negation of Haman’s decree in the spiritual realms.15 Furthermore, the Medrash (Esther Rabbah 7:13) relates that after hearing Haman’s decree Mordechai met three children coming from school. He asked them to repeat the verses that they had learned. The first replied: “Do not fear sudden terror, nor the destruction of the wicked when it comes.” The second continued: “Contrive a scheme, but it will be foiled; conspire a plot, but it will not materialize, for G‑d is with us.” The third added: “To your old age I am [with you]; to your hoary years I will sustain you; I have made you, and I will carry you; I will sustain you and deliver you.” When Mordechai heard this he was very happy. He knew that the promises contained in the children’s verses would be fulfilled.

Similarly, the redemption from Egypt was connected with Jewish children. Our sages declared that the redemption was caused by the merit of the righteous women who raised children to be part of “G‑d’s hosts.” The women followed the laws of Taharas Hamishpachah (Vayikra Rabbah 32:5) and thus gave birth to a generation that was able “to recognize G‑d first,” at the splitting of the Red Sea.

The Haggadah teaches that “...not one alone desired to destroy us. Rather, in each and every generation, they are standing over us to destroy us, hut the Holy One, Blessed Be He, saves us from their hands.” Just as the redemptions of Pesach and Purim were connected with children, so too, every redemption is related to the efforts of children. This is particularly true during the festivals, the time of rejoicing. When a father sees his son happy, he also feels joy — and grants him all his wishes. Similarly, when G‑d our Father sees his children — the Jewish people — happy, He blesses them from His holy and broad hand. When a father sees his child make a blessing he will give him that which he desires. Once one of the Polishe Tzaddikim, then a child, wanted an apple. His father did not want to give it to him. He made a blessing and, in order that the blessing not be in vain, his father gave him the apple. Similarly we have made the blessing proclaiming how G‑d will “bring us to festivals and holidays;” this will force G‑d to bring the redemption.

The participation of children in Moshiach’s Seudah and their request, made with joy and happiness, asking G‑d to bring Moshiach, will hasten Moshiach’s coming. A child knows no compromises and will not settle for anything less than actually seeing Moshiach come.16

Likewise, it is the voice of the children which will protect us from any challenge to Shleimus (the complete state of) Torah, Shleimus of the land of Israel, and Shleimus of the Jewish nation. Now there is severe fluctuation back and forth in all three areas. Many of the undesirable factors are known to many. The informed few know more, and “the one to whom the miracle happens does not realize the miracle,” i.e., there are other factors of which no one knows. The efforts of the children will protect us and bring about the Messianic redemption.

Hence, the children should all say L’Chaim and then join in singing the melody “Utzu Eytzo” (which is based on the verse “contrive a scheme,” mentioned above). In this way they will extend the influence of Moshiach into the coming days. Furthermore, these efforts will herald the time when “they will recognize Him first,” with the redemption of Moshiach.

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