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Shabbos Beshalach SHABBOS SHIRA – TU b’SHEVAT | 12-19 Shevat 5780

Friday, 7 February, 2020 - 11:38 am

EREV SHABBOS FRI FEB 7th 
Shacharis 7 AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  5:01 PM

SHABBOS SAT FEB 8th
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Kriat Shema 9:56 AM
Shabbos Mincha 5:01 PM
Maariv/Havdalah 6:05 PM

WEEKDAY
Sun Shacharis  9 AM 
Mon - Fri Shacharis 7 AM /NO TACHANUN MONDAY – Tu b’SHEVAT
Sun - Thu Mincha 5:15 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV/

KIDDUSH
Thank you to  Rabbi Avi and Marave Herbstman for contributing to our washing kiddush, in honor of Mendel's 14th birthday (12th  Shevat). Thank you to Rabbi Mendy and Leahla Levitin for sponsoring Cholent in honor of the 8th birthday of their daughter Miriam (Mimi) Levitin. Delicious cholent made by Moshe Ohayon.

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.

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN– FRI  4 PM
In the CSTL Social Hall, in honor of the yahrzeit (13th Shevat) of Rebbetzin Shterna Sarah Schneersohn (1942), wife of the fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Sholom DovBer Schneerson, and mother of the sixth Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson.

AVOS u’BONIM MOTZEI SHABBOS SAT FEB 8th
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 A special thanks to this week's generous sponsors

JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE LADIES DANCE NIGHTS
Feb 23rd – Cardio 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Mar 8th – Hip Hop – 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Mar 22nd – Cardio 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Just $20 each. https://tinyurl.com/cstlWomensEvent mherbstman@gmail.com
At All that Dance Studio, 3012 NE Blakely Street.

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR – 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 on the verse – לֹֽא־נָחָ֣ם אֱלֹקים דֶּ֚רֶךְ אֶ֣רֶץ פְּלִשְׁתִּ֔ים” “G-d did not lead them [by] way of the land of the Philistines” Getting a deeper understanding of the exile and redemption. Class will be taught by Rabbi Emlen.

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 4 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 Parshas  Beshalach. Thank you Rabbi Emlen for giving this week’s classes.

JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE EVENT – SUN MAR 1st  7:30 PM
Being the CEO of your life – Focusing on Mastering your Financial Health. With Morgan Stanley’s Miri Tilson. Hosted by Elisheva Sprung.  At the Mod Apartments. 6559 35th Ave NE.  Sponsored by Chabad of Seattle.   Sushi & Wine will be served.

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

BABYCHINO – SUNDAYS 10:30 to 11:30 AM
A chic meet for mod moms & their tots Tu Bishvat is in full bloom - just like your little sprouts will be during Babyccino! Grow along with us as we explore and discover the miraculous world of nature around us via trees, fruits, water and earth! 👶🏼 ☕️ #babyccino  For ages 0-3 years, $10 per class.  Ilana Duban (917) 615-3241 . ilanaduban@gmail.com


 

COMMUNITY NEWS

KOSHER AT OUR NEIGHBORHOOD SAFEWAY!
Thank you to John, manager of the Safeway at 35th Ave NE and NE 75th St for bringing back kosher food!  Our neighborhood Safeway now has Cholov Yisroel milk and cheese, an expanded kosher grocery section, and kosher meats.  More to come!

PARSHA WITH RABBI ROSENFELD THU 9 PM – 10:30 PM
At Mercaz

HFLA Champagne Brunch SUN FEB 9th 11 AM
The Hebrew Free Loan Association of Washington State invites you to their Annual Champagne Brunch. Lox, bagels, blintzes ... all your favorites. Keynote speaker: Rabbi Daniel Weiner of Temple De Hirsch Sinai. At Mercer Island Community & Event Center. https://www.hflawa.org/

Derech Emunah Winter Garden Party SUN FEB 9th
https://www.Derechemunah.com/GP  or (206) 402-6621

FRUTICAS (Tu b’SHEVAT) SEDER & DINNER AT EZRA BESSAROTH - SUN FEB. 9
Save the date: Celebrate Fruticas, the New Year of the trees in Sephardic style with our unique Hebrew and Ladino Fruticas seder. Enjoy a cornucopia of fruits and a delicious festive meal. $85.00 per family or $30.00 per person. www.EzraBessaroth.Net

ARRIVALS PLAY ABOUT SEPHARDIC PIONEERS TO DEBUT SUN MAR. 29th 
The Seattle Jewish Theater Company and Congregation Ezra Bessaroth are proud to present “Arrivals, a Sephardic-Ashkenazi love story" at Ezra Bessaroth on Sunday, March 29 at 2:00 pm.  “Arrivals” is based on historical events and tells the story of the arrival of the first Sephardic immigrants to Seattle in 1903 and their sometimes-difficult encounters with Ashkenazi Jews already settled in the city. The performance will be followed by an audience conversation with the playwright and the cast. Tickets are $7.00 if purchased in advance, $10.00 at the door. Purchase tickets at www.ezrabessaroth.net  or at the Ezra Bessaroth office (M-F 9am-3pm).

MISS ISRAEL AT EZRA BESSAROTH - MON MAR 30 7 PM
Ezra Bessaroth is honored to be hosting Titi Aynaw, Miss Israel 2013. Ms. Aynaw is an Israeli model and television personality who was crowned Miss Israel in 2013. She made Aliyah to Israel from Ethiopia when she was twelve years old, settling in Netanya. In 2016 Aynaw began work on establishing a community arts education center in Netanya to serve at-risk youth. Ayynaw was named the 39th most influential Jew of 2013 by The Jerusalem Post . RSVP at www.ezrabessaroth.net . Dessert & drinks will be served

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

Introducing the Student to Student Program
Prejudice often results from lack of knowledge and familiarity. As a response, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle is introducing Student to Student, a program that teaches high school-age students to put a "human face" to Judaism – the best antidote to bigotry and intolerance. https://www.jewishinseattle.org/community-services/community-relations/student-to-student/

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 JRideSeattle@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 – BESHALACH
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/92050/jewish/Beshallach-Prerequisites.htm © SichosInEnglish.org

The Torah portion of Beshallach includes the phrase1 “and the sea returned to its [original] strength.” The Midrash notes that G‑d made the creation of the sea conditional on its willingness to split when the Jews were to pass through it.2 Moreover, states the Midrash,3 G‑d made a similar condition with all of creation — that it fulfill the will of the righteous, even if doing so involves a suspension of its basic nature.

G‑d is Master of the universe; why was it necessary for Him to make such conditions? He surely had the ability to split the sea in any case.

The ultimate purpose of creation is that the Jewish people, through their service of Torah and mitzvos — “Knowing G‑d in all your ways,”4 and “All your actions being for the sake of Heaven”5 — transform this world into a dwelling place for G‑d.

Just as the essence of an individual can be found within his physical dwelling, so too, G‑d’s essence will be found within the physical world.6 In order for this to be accomplished, the world must be able to receive a degree of G‑dliness far greater than it is by nature accustomed to.

By imposing a condition on the sea (and on all of creation) that when the appropriate time comes, the “natural” laws will be suspended for the sake of the Jewish people, the natural world became able to receive a much greater degree of Divinity than it could otherwise contain.

Were this condition not made, the world would stand in “opposition” to miracles and changes of nature, so that in order for a miracle to occur, nature would have to be “broken.” By making all of creation conditional on its ability to accept supernatural events, the physical world became intrinsically loftier, having gained the ability to relate not only to the world of the natural, but also to the supernatural.

So, G‑d’s precondition enabled the universe to exist in a more powerful manner.

When something is created for only a limited time, after which it must cease to exist, then its existence is a tenuous one — this inherent weakness serving as the cause for its ultimate cessation.7

It is thus to be understood that the world (bereft of G‑d’s precondition) would not enjoy a truly powerful state of existence, since it would have been created for only a limited period.8

But because G‑d created the world in such a way that it fulfills the will of the righteous, even if doing so runs “against nature,” it embraces a higher purpose, and becomes one with that purpose. That the world was created for the sake of the Jews and their performance of Torah and mitzvos makes the world one with them.

Since the existence of the Jewish people is eternal,9 as is the existence of Torah and mitzvos (for Torah and mitzvos represent the Eternal G‑d’s Will and Wisdom), by accepting this precondition, the world and its creatures took upon themselves a strength and vitality which they would never have had on their own, and they became eternal as well.

Based on Likkutei Sichos, Vol. VI, pp. 86-94

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