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Shabbos Vayeshev Mevarchim Teves | 22-29 Kislev 5780

Friday, 20 December, 2019 - 12:32 pm

EREV SHABBOS FRI DEC 20th
Shacharis 7 AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  4:01 PM

SHABBOS SAT DEC 21st
Tehilim for Mevarchim Teves 7:45 AM
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 10:01 AM
Shabbos Mincha 4:01 PM
Maariv/Havdalah 5:06 PM followed by inspirational JEM videos

WEEKDAY /CHANUKAH SERVICES
Sun Shacharis  9 AM
Mon- Fri Shacharis 7 AM /FULL HALLEL AND TORAH READING/ “AL haNISIM”  IN AMIDAH
Sun-Thu Mincha 4:10 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY  HANUKAH CANDLES ANDMAARIV/

SPECIAL KIDDUSH WITH ROLLS AND SALADS
Thank you to Kiddush sponsors Yussi and Rochel Greenberg in memory of his father, Yitzchak  Pesach ben Avrohom Shimon z"l and Shmuel and Amiee Kotliar,  in memory of his mother, Shaina bat Shmuel Mordechai z"l.  We will also have a delicious meat cholent ,made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin.

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -TBD
Visit 
www.twitter.com/cstleruv  for current eruv status or to sign up for SMS 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.

AVOS u’BONIM MOTZEI SHABBOS SAT DEC 21st 
Inspiring programs for fathers and children.  Living Torah Video, Raffle, Prizes, Delicious Refreshments, Grand Prize Raffle.  All ages welcome! Sponsorships available – Contact 
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com Thank you to our generous sponsors: James Packman ,Shuky and Chani Meyer, and Anonymous

CHABAD PUBLIC FESTIVE MENORAH LIGHTINGS
Sun Dec 22nd 5 PM – 6 PM at corner of Queen Anne Ave and Crockett St.
Sun Dec 22nd 4PM – 7 PM at Shoreline City Hall , 17500 Midvale Ave N. 
Sun Dec 22nd 5PM – 6 PM, at Bergen Place Park, 5420 22nd Ave NW (Ballard)
Sun Dec 22nd 5PM – 6 PM at Volunteer Park, Capital Hill
Sun Dec 22nd 5PM – 6 PM at Westlake Park, Downtown Seattle
Sun Dec 22nd 5PM – 6 PM at Mercerdale Park, Mercer Island
Sun Dec 22nd 5 PM – 6 PM at Redmond Town Center, Redmond
Mon Dec 23rd 5 PM – 6 PM at Downtown Bellevue Park, Bellevue

CHANUKAH ON ICE – WED DEC 25th 2:45 PM
At Highland Ice Arena, 18005 Aurora Ave N. .  Free Admission. Skate rental available for $4. Sponsored by a generous donation to the CSTL Children’s Program.  RSVP and More info 
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY – 8:15 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. This week we will be learning about שִׁ֗יר הַֽמַּֽ֫עֲל֥וֹת בְּשׁ֣וּב יְ֖הֹוָה אֶת־שִׁיבַ֣ת צִיּ֑וֹן הָ֜יִ֗ינוּ כְּחֹֽלְמִֽים “A song of ascents. When the Lord returns the returnees to Zion, we shall be like dreamers.” A dreams power to combine the seaming contradictions in our life between the spiritual and the material… 

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 3:20 PM
This week featuring inspiring words of Torah in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. We will be learning a Sicho on Parshat Vayeishev and Chanukah.

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

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

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

WOMEN’S MONDAY EVENING LEARNING  8 PM
Weekly learning class for women with Rabbi Emlen  This class is dedicated to the speedy recovery/refuah shlaimah of Sarah Goldberg      Chaya Sarah Malkah bas Brochoh Leah Chavah. This fast paced class is based on the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s, OBM, Sichos.   All levels of knowledge are welcome! Asking questions is not only allowed, it is encouraged!    At the home of the Kavkas  4002 NE 72nd St Seattle. Light refreshments are served

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

Talmud Class with Rabbi Mendy Levitin
Please contact Shuky Meyer at +1-347-761-2134 to be added to the WhatsApp group, for updated time and location

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE
If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact Marion Kitz Gabbai Kiddush, 
miriamkitz@hotmail.com .Please inform Marion by the preceding Sunday evening so that we have time to prepare properly.  Kiddush Lite Sponsor $150 includes meat cholent, Kiddush Sponsor $250 with Pareve Chulent or $350 with meat cholent. Kiddush can be paid for at www.CSTLSeattle.org


COMMUNITY NEWS

SEATTLE COMMUNITY SECURITY – EIGHT WEDNESDAYS 7 -10 PM
Next course begins Jan 15th.  Contact 
Elisabeth.rosenthal@gmail.com

Torah,Tea and Cookies with Rabbi Rosenfeld – THU 9 PM
At Mercaz – 6011 37th Ave NE.   
www.mercazseattle.org

Sunday Women’s Shiur: Getting in Touch with Our Tefillah SUN 10:20 AM AT BCMH.
With Rabbi Tannenbaum.  For a video of last week’s shiur:   
https://vimeo.com/370771561

SHABBAT DINNER HONORING RABBI & MRS BENZAQUEN ON GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY - FRI DEC 20th
Join us for a very special Shabbat dinner at Ezra Bessaroth as we honor our beloved Rabbi Simon & CecIlia Benzaquen on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary. Friday, December 20, services at 4pm, dinner at 5pm,Cost is $30/person, $75/family. 3 and under, free. This event will sell out so reserve your spot today. 
www.EzraBessaroth.net

CHANUKAH BEGINS SUN EVE DEC 22nd
Seattle Chanukah Events Calendar 
https://www.jewishinseattle.org/chanukah-2019/

ANNUAL MERCAZ CHANUKAH PARTY – SUN DEC 22nd 5:30 – 8 PM
At Mercaz, 6011A 37th Ave NE.  
www.MercazSeattle.org

Be a Part of Project TEN – APPLICATION DEADLINE FRI DEC 27th
This year, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, Hillel UW, and Project TEN want to send you to Oaxaca, Mexico for spring break, March 21-29, 2020. Project TEN is an international tikkun olam program that brings together Jewish young adults in a program combining volunteer work in local communities with service learning in international development, culture, identity, and Jewish activism. 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

19ый Ежегодный Ханукальный Вечер -MON DEC 23rd  4 – 9 PM
Chabad Jewish Russian Center 1114 NE Perkins Way, Shoreline WA 98155 . Hot Donuts, Latkes, Lechaim. RSVP 
rabbi@shalomseattle.org

Fire & Ice Chanukah Soiree Monday, DEC 23rd 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Hosted by CYP Seattle & Chabad of Downtown at Premiere on Pine, 1525 9th Ave,Seattle

Reset & Refresh STARTS IN JAN
Reset & Refresh is for young adult couples to engage in community building around Jewish values through shared learning about Shabbat. The series is a fulfilling exploration into new and traditional byways of Jewish life. 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

 SEPHARDIC ADVENTURE CAMP REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
Registration for Sephardic Adventure Camp is now open. Dates are August 1-18. For more information go to  
www.sephardicadventurecamp.org

Teen Israel Scholarship – APPLICATION DEADLINE JAN 13th
A journey to Israel will be a life-changing experience for your teen. Visiting our Jewish homeland will strengthen your teen's Jewish identity and foster a deep and lasting connection with Israel. 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

LIMMUD SEATTLE –JAN 18th – 19th 2019.
At Bellevue College.  
www.limmudseattle.org 

Connections 2020 SUN JAN 26th 11 AM – 1 PM
The largest philanthropic gathering of Jewish women in the Northwest. Featuring guest speaker Alana Newhouse, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Tablet magazine and editor of the 2019 book The 100 Most Jewish Foods. Co-chairs Shelley Bensussen and Barrie Galanti. Honoring Naomi Newman with the Althea Stroum Woman of Distinction Award.  AtThe Westin Seattle – Downtown 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

ANTISEMITISM PANEL DISCUSSION AT OHR CHADASH SAT FEB 1st 7:30 PM
Shootings in  Jersey City, Pittsburgh & Poway, guards outside our schools & synagogues, hate flyers on local sanctuaries, increased drills. What are our children thinking? How can we help them navigate this new reality? A panel discussion co-sponsored by Congregation Ezra Bessaroth and others. 
www.minyanohrchadash.org

Holocaust Center Trip: 'Poland Through the Eyes of Children  July 4-11
The Holocaust Center for Humanity will lead an educational trip, "Poland Through the Eyes of Children," a trip about connecting to history and people, and understanding that each person has the power to make a difference. The tripwill be led by Center Education Director Ilana Cone Kennedy. Application Deadline: Saturday, February 1, 2020 
https://holocaustcenterseattle.org/programs-events/508-poland-2020

Applications for 2020 Camp Scholarships DEADLINE MAR 2nd
The Federation’s need-based camp scholarships program helps Washington State families with the cost of Jewish overnight camp tuition. By providing you with a variety of funding options, our goal is to ensure that you receive the assistance you need so that your child/children can participate in a Jewish overnight camp experience. To be eligible for a need-based camp scholarship, you must be a Washington State resident and be signed up with a traditional Jewish camp in the U.S. or Canada. 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

Seattle Jewish Event Calendar
http://seattlejewishuniverse.org/

AIRPORT , LOCAL TRIPS, AND KOSHER RESTAURANT DELIVERY! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER
NOW PROVIDING MOVING AND VAN SERVICE (UP TO 12 PEOPLE) NOW PROVIDING TOURS OF SEATTLE! Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 
RideSeattle@gmail.com 
JRide is now serving New York City  locals and tourists! Car seats available upon request. Contact JRide at 206-771-2670 or 
jridenewyork@gmail.com


REBBE’S SICHO – VAYEISHEV
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/92018/jewish/Vayeishiv-Binding-Bundles.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

At the beginning of the Torah portion Vayeishev, we are told that, in relating the beginning of his dream to his brothers, Yosef said:1 “We were binding sheaves in the field.” Rashi explains the words “binding sheaves” according to the Targum — that the phrase means “binding bundles, i.e., sheaves of grain.”

In terms of our spiritual service, the verse and Rashi’ s comment imply2 that the spiritual service of “binding sheaves” involves gathering disparate sparks of holiness and uniting them, just as separate stalks of grain are brought together and bound into a bundle.

This manner of service also applies to each individual’s soul; he is to gather the disparate elements of his personality and unite them with the Divine.

Herein lies the lesson of Yosef’s dream: in addition to tying together and elevating the holy sparks found within each of us and uniting them through the service of Torah and mitzvos , we must also “go out in the field” and occupy ourselves in uniting the elements of holiness scattered throughout the world.

We do so in order to bring others back to G‑d and the observance of Torah and mitzvos , and to the light of Torah3 — its inner dimension4 — the “Tree of Life.”5

Rashi elaborates on this theme when he explains that “tying sheaves” means “binding bundles,” i.e., that the purification and elevation of the sparks of holiness is to be done in a way that binds them permanently to their source, similar to something that is tied and bound. This will guarantee that the binder will have a lasting effect on the one who is bound, so much so that all the ill winds in the world will be unable to sever his bond with G‑d and Torah.

Rashi then goes on to explain that, in order for this to be accomplished, we must learn a lesson from “sheaves of grain. ” Just as kernels of grain yield future crops, so too, when one betters another, it is to be done in a manner such that the beneficiary will in turn have a positive impact on others.

Shabbos is connected to the previous days of the week, for “He who toils before Shabbos gets to eat on Shabbos.”6 Similarly, Shabbos is linked to the days that follow it, for “Shabbos is the day from whence all the coming days of the week are blessed.”7 Shabbos is thus a day that unites the days before it with the days that follow it.

During many years (and this year as well), the Shabbos of the portion Vayeishev falls between the festival of the Alter Rebbe’s liberation on the 19th of Kislev and the days of Chanukah. Since the Torah portions are related to the time during which they are read,8 it follows that the above-mentioned lesson applies equally to the festival of the 19th of Kislev and to the festival of Chanukah.

One of the pillars of the Alter Rebbe’s service was getting Jews to return to Judaism.9 In fact, the Alter Rebbe related that, upon hearing a particular Torah message from his teacher the Maggid of Mezritch, he decided that it was incumbent on himself to draw all Jews closer to Judaism. He thereafter spent five years traveling from place to place in order to bring Jews on the “outside” closer to Torah and mitzvos.10 Moreover, it was after the festival of the 19th of Kislev that there began11 the service of “spreading the wellsprings outside. ”

The Chanukah lights are to be lit as well in the entrance of one’s home. For they also serve to illuminate and purify the “outside,” bringing it back into the domain of holiness.

Based on Likkutei Sichos, Vol. X, p. 115-121

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