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Shabbos Yitro Chof Beis Shevat – the ten commandments | 19-26 shevat 5780

Friday, 14 February, 2020 - 11:56 am

EREV SHABBOS FRI FEB 14th 
Shacharis 7 AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  5:12 PM

SHABBOS SAT FEB 15th
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Kriat Shema 9:56 AM
Shabbos Mincha 5:12 PM
Maariv/Havdalah 6:16 PM

WEEKDAY
Sun Shacharis  9 AM 
Mon - Fri Shacharis 7 AM
Sun - Thu Mincha 5:25 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV/

FULL WASHING KIDDUSH
Thank you to Rabbi & Mrs. Sholom Ber Levitin, Rabbi & Mrs. Alter Levitin, and Rabbi & Mrs. Avremi Gitler for sponsoring a full Kiddush this Shabbos in honor of the Yahrtzeit of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka (22 Shevat). Thank you to Mendel Herbstman, who is making the meat cholent this week!!

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 (Monday 22nd  Shevat) of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson  wife of the Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson.

AVOS u’BONIM MOTZEI SHABBOS SAT FEB 15th  7:30 PM
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 Dr. Shimon & Jessica Rudnick

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.   Thank you to Reb Moshe Ohayon for giving this weeks Torah Or class

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 4:20 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 Parshas  Yitro. 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

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

In the “Tally of Mitzvos” at the beginning of his Mishnah Torah, the Rambam states: “The first of the positive commandments is to know G‑d, as the verse states:1 ‘I am G‑d, your L-rd.’ ”

The Rambam begins the laws of Mishnah Torah2 with this mitzvah as well: “The foundation of all foundations and the pillar of wisdom is the knowledge that there exists a Primary Being.”

However, the Rambam does not immediately state that to have such knowledge is a positive command. Rather, he spends the next five paragraphs providing details about the “Primary Being.” Only in the sixth paragraph does he go on to say: “Knowledge of this matter is a positive command, as the verse states: ‘I am G‑d, your L-rd.’ ”

We thus understand that, according to the Rambam, the positive command implied by the phrase “I am G‑d, your L-rd” includes not only the general knowledge of G‑d’s existence as a Primary Being, but also the details about G‑d that he enumerates.

It would seem that the Rambam ’s source for this is the Zohar ’s statement:3 “’You shall know that I am G‑d, your L-rd’4 — This is the primary command of all commands… to know G‑d… that there is a Supernal Ruler who is Master of the Universe; He created all the worlds, the heaven and earth and all their hosts.”

The Rambam ’s text is similar to that of the Zohar : “The foundation of all foundations” (“the primary command of all commands”) “is the knowledge that there exists a Primary Being” (“to know G‑d”) “who brought about all beings, and all those who are found in heaven and earth and that which is between them….” (“He created all the worlds, the heaven and earth and all their hosts.”)

From this passage in the Zohar, the Rambam learns that, although the verse simply states: “I am G‑d, your L-rd,” the commandment includes detailed knowledge of G‑d.

An otherwise inexplicable matter in the Rambam can now be understood: The Rambam begins the second chapter of Hilchos Yesodei HaTorah by discussing the commandments to love and fear G‑d.

He then continues:5 “What is the way to attain love and fear of Him? When a person contemplates His wondrous and great deeds and creatures, observing therefrom His wisdom that has no comparison or end, the individual will immediately come to love G‑d… know His great name… and fear. Accordingly, I shall explain important principles regarding the actions of the Creator, so that they serve as a discerning gateway to the love of G‑d.”

The Rambam then spends three chapters describing “His wondrous and great deeds and creatures;” one chapter6 describing angelic beings (part of the “Works of the Divine Chariot”7), and the next two chapters in describing “Works of Creation.”

He then concludes: “When an individual contemplates all this and is cognizant of all the created beings… it will enhance his love for G‑d; he will fear and be in awe of Him.”

Now, while it is true that love and fear of G‑d are accomplished by contemplation, the Mishnah Torah is “a compilation of laws.”8 How is this lengthy exposition concerning “His wondrous and great deeds and creatures” germane?

The explanation is as follows. The matters described by the Rambam in these three chapters — “Works of the Divine Chariot” and “Works of Creation” — are not only contemplative exercises that eventually lead to love and fear of G‑d, but are also relevant to a part of the mitzvah to know G‑d.

This is as the commentary on Rambam states:9 “Included within these two commandments [to know G‑d, and to know that there is no other deity] are the ‘Works of the Divine Chariot’ and ‘Works of Creation.’ For by knowing them, one can ascertain proof of G‑d’s existence, and that He is the Primary Being and Creator of all.”

The Rambam therefore explains the “important principles regarding the actions of the Creator” at great length, for in order to fulfill the mitzvah of knowing G‑d, one must know these principles, leading as they do to “proof of G‑d’s existence, and that He is the Primary Being and Creator of all.”

Based on Likkutei Sichos, Vol. XXVI, pp. 114-119

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