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Emor – Pesach Sheini – Lag b’Omer | 12-19 Iyar, 5779

Friday, 17 May, 2019 - 12:12 pm

Erev Shabbos, Fri May 17th 
Shacharis: 7  AM
Mincha/Candles  8:24 PM 
Maariv 9:20 PM /COUNT OMER #28/

Shabbos, Sat May 18th 
Shacharis: 9:30 AM 
Mincha 8:24 PM. Pirkei Avos Chapter 3.  Seuda Slishit Lite.
Maariv/Havdalah 9:32 /COUNT OMER #29/

Weekday Services
Sun Shacharis 9 AM /Pesach Sheini – No Tachanun – Eat Matzo!
Mon -Fri Shacharis 7 AM 
Mincha 8:35 pm
Maariv and Sefira bezomano  (Sun 9:23 PM to Thu 9:28 PM) /COUNT #30-34/

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN 6 PM
In the CSTL Social Hall. In honor of the Pesach Sheini !

SPECIAL SUNDAY MORNING KIDS PROGRAM May 19th 10 -11:30 AM
Get this Sunday morning started right! In the CSTL Social Hall. For Kids 6 and up. Davening, Cookies and Milk. Followed by sign making and drum practice for Lag Ba'omer Children's Marching. Looking forward to seeing you there - Rabbi Herbstman

KIDDUSH SPONSORS /KIDDUSH LUNCH
Thank you to Dr. Vernon and Liz Neppe for sponsoring kiddush lunch and cholent in honor of their grandchildren.  The delicious meat cholent is made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin.

PESACH SHEINI "Second Passover" SUN MAY 19th 
A year after the Exodus (1312 BCE), G-d instructed the people of Israel to bring the Passover offering on the afternoon of Nissan 14, and to eat it that evening, roasted over the fire, together with matzah and bitter herbs, as they had done on the previous year just before they left Egypt. "There were, however, certain persons who had become ritually impure through contact with a dead body, and could not, therefore, prepare the Passover offering on that day. They approached Moses and Aaron ... and they said: '...Why should we be deprived, and not be able to present G-d's offering in its time, amongst the children of Israel?'" (Numbers 9). In response to their plea, G-d established the 14th of Iyar as a "second Passover" (pesach sheini) for anyone who was unable to bring the offering on its appointed time in the previous month. The day thus represents the "second chance" achieved by teshuvah the power of repentance and "return." In the words of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak of Lubavitch, "The Second Passover means that it's never a 'lost case.'" 
www.chabad.org/calendar

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -PENDING
Visit our web site 
www.twitter.com/cstleruv for current status or to sign up for text alerts North Seattle Eruv status flag on the NE 65th Street side of CSTL: Green flag means the Eruv is up, Red flag the Eruv is down.

ANNUAL LAG b’OMER PARADE & PICNIC  - 5 PM THU MAY 23rd 
Details to follow. The adorable Children's Drum Parade is organized by Rabbi Emlin and Rabbi Herbstman!!! BBQ with Master Berel Pedowitz. All the wonderful supporters and volunteers, we neeeeeeeeeed you! If you can sponsor an activity or part of it, and/or volunteer with set up, food prep, cashier, clean up - we will be forever  grateful. Call 206- 730-2775 if you can help.  Sponsored by CSTL and Camp Gan Israel.

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY – 8:45 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class.

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 7:25 PM
One hour before Shabbos mincha.

JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE EXCLUSIVE SCREENING – SUN MAY 19th 7 PM
At CSTL.  Featuring Wine & Chocolate, and a private screening of “93Queen”. 
http://tinyurl.com/93queenScreening Info:  mherbstman@gmail.com 

CSTL TOT PROGRAM 10:30 am – 12:30 pm /TBD
Info: Liz Roth-Jacobovitz: elizabeth.roth08@gmail.com

CSTL JUNIOR CONGREGATION  10 am – Noon /TBD
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

WOMEN’S SUNDAY TEHILLIM AT CSTL – 10 AM 
In the library.  Come say a prayer for those in need. 

Weekly Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin –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
At Rebbetzin Levitin’s home, 6519 49th Ave NE.  For more info, 
chanielevitin@gmail.com

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.. Looking forward to giving your child the best summer experience. With questions, call or text Rabbi Kavka 206-730-2775

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. Presidential Kiddush $50, Chulent $100.


COMMUNITY NEWS

Second Annual "One People, One Heart" Community Event, JUN 24th 
Keynote speaker will be former Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau. More info: 
www.chabadofseattle.org

"Pray Like You Mean It"  Mon May 20th 8 PM 
Class by Rabbi Rafi Mollot for Men & Women at the Seattle Kollel

Brothers For Life Community Shabbat Dinner, MAY 17th 7 pm at SBH.
Honoring our injured Israeli Soldiers. Co-sponsored by BCMH, Ezra Bessaroth, Ohr Chadash, IAC Seattle, and Sephardic Bikur Cholim 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bfl-shabbat-dinner-tickets-59613348129

ERENSYA SEPHARDIC DESSERT RECEPTION– 7 PM MON MAY 27
Congregation Ezra Bessaroth is proud to host a special evening of Sephardic history, culture, & Art. The program will include a dessert reception with special guests Aron Hasson of the Rhodes Jewish Historical Foundation and delegates from Sephardic Communities around the world. The award winning exhibit on Jewish Life on Rhodes will be on display for this one night only.  This evening is free & open to the community.
www.ezrabessaroth.net

Camp Yavneh 2019 
Registration now open for Camp Yavneh. Staff applications now available at 
www.campyavnehseattle.com    

SEATTLE SEPHARDIC LEGACIES – SUN JUNE 2 AT 2PM AT THE UW HUB
Trace the journey of Seattle’s Sephardic Jews from the Ottoman Empire to the Pacific Northwest through the letters, documents, books, and material artifacts transported from the Mediterranean world to the Puget Sound. Get a glimpse of the diverse and rich libraries of Ladino literature that they established right here in Seattle to transmit Ladino culture to future generations. Presented by UW Sephardic Studies. For more information contact Ty Alhadeff, at tda2@uw.edu. Sunday, June 2nd from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the HUB 160: Lyceum, 4001 E Stevens Way NE  Seattle, WA 98195

Sephardic Lecture Series 
At Sephardic Bikur Holim. 
www.SBHSeattle.org (206) 723-3028

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

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 -  EMOR
https://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2470437/jewish/Emor.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

This Torah reading contains a description of the festivals G‑d commands the Jewish people to celebrate. It begins with the festival of Pesach, for that is when our people became a nation. The next holiday mentioned is the holiday of Shavuos. But unlike all the other holidays mentioned in this passage, a specific date is not mentioned for Shavuos. Instead of specifying the day on which the holiday should be celebrated, the Torah gives us the mitzvah of Counting the Omer and states that on the fiftieth day of the Counting of the Omer, Shavuos should be observed. (That indeed is the source for the name Shavuos. Shavuos means “weeks.” After seven weeks, 49 days, the fiftieth day serves as a holiday.)

The Counting of the Omer does more than chronologically bridge the gap between Pesach and Shavuos. The spiritual import of the mitzvah enables the two holidays to complement each other. On Pesach, “the King of kings, the Holy One, blessed be He, was revealed” to the Jewish people. They, however, were not able to internalize the revelation for they were still sullied by the impurity that had become attached to them through the years of Egyptian exile. As our Rabbis say: “It took G‑d one moment to take the Jews out of Egypt, but forty years to take Egypt out of the Jews.”

Moreover, in a complete sense, “taking Egypt out of the Jews” — i.e., the personal refinement the Jews must undergo — must come from their own efforts and not from a revelation from Above. This defines the nature of the Divine service prescribed for the Counting of the Omer:to refine and elevate our personalities. The 49 days of the Counting of the Omer correspond to the 49 dimensions of our personalities. (According to Kabbalah,our emotions are made up of seven different qualities. These seven interrelate with each other producing a total of 49. The Divine service of Counting the Omer involves polishing and developing each of these potentials.)

Chassidicthought sets out an entirely new set of parameters for this task. Not only must we abandon our undesirable character traits and polish the positive ones, we must focus on conquering our fundamental self-concern, the dimension of our personalities labeled as yeshus, self-concern. At that point, our emotions no longer focus on “what I want” and “what I feel,” but they become aligned with the middos Elyonus, G‑d’s emotional qualities, and reflect them. That is the inner meaning of the term sefirah. Not only does it mean “counting,” it also means “shining forth.” A person is given the potential to beam forth G‑dly light.

Looking to the Horizon

The Torah reading begins with a command to the priests to avoid the impurity stemming from contact with a human corpse. Impurity is not evil. On the contrary, burying a corpse is a great mitzvah and yet a person who does so becomes impure. It is, however, a result of the descent experienced by mankind after the Sin of the Tree of Knowledge. Before that sin, man was intended to live forever. The body and the soul would function in utter harmony. The sin, however, brought about the potential for the separation of the body and the soul — death. The vacuum created by that separation is the source of impurity.

In the era of the Redemption, “I will cause the spirit of impurity to depart from the earth.” Man will return to an Eden-like existence. Indeed, it will be more than a return to Eden, for in the Ultimate Future, it will be revealed that the body has a higher spiritual source than the soul. In the present era, the body derives its vitality from the soul and dies when the connection between the two is severed. In the Ultimate Future, the soul will derive its vitality from the body and appreciate the transcendent G‑dliness invested in material existence.

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