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Shabbos Ki Tisa - Parah | 17-24 Adar 5780

Friday, 13 March, 2020 - 12:09 am

EREV SHABBOS FRI MAR 13th
Shacharis 7 AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  6:54 PM

SHABBOS SAT MAR 14th
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Kriat Shema 10:20 AM
Shabbos Mincha 6:54 PM
Maariv/Havdalah 7:57 PM //followed by Inspiring Rebbe Videos

WEEKDAY
Sun Shacharis  9 AM 
Mon - Fri Shacharis 7 AM
Sun-Thu Mincha 7:10 PM

KITCHEN CLOSED FOR PESACH CLEANING – NO KIDDUSH
It is widely hoped that Kiddush returns following Pesach

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.

MAZEL TOV MAZEL TOV
Mazel Tov to Mike and Lesley Weichbrodt on their son’s Ben’s Bar Mitzvah,  Shabbos Ki Tisa at CSTL. 

MAZEL TOV MAZEL TOV
Mazel Tov to Andy and Nina Krasnow on the marriage of Natalie Krasnow & Yisrael Kelsick . May they merit to build a bayis neeman b’Yisroel!

MAZEL TOV MAZEL TOV
Mazel Tov to Rabbi Elazar and Esther Bogomilsky on the upcoming wedding of Dassi to Mendel Sperlin. May they merit to build a bayis neeman b’Yisroel!

LEIL SHISHI TORAH LEARNING AT CSTL – THU 8:30 PM
Join us in learning together in preparation for Shabbos – with refreshments and L’Chaim sponsored by Avrami and Chavi Gitler.  In memory of Menachem Mendel ben Yoel Ze’ev.

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN– FRI  5 PM
In the CSTL Social Hall, in nonor of Shabbos Parah  www.chabad.org/calendar ..

THIS SHABBOS IS THE 3rd of the 4 SPECIAL READINGS BEFORE PESACH - PARAH
The Torah reading of Parah (Numbers 19) is added to the weekly reading. Parah details the laws of the "Red Heifer" and the process by which a person rendered ritually impure by contact with a dead body was purified. (When the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem, every Jew had to be in a state of ritual purity in time for the bringing of the Passover offering in the Temple. Today, though we're unable to fulfill the Temple-related rituals in practice, we fulfill them spiritually by studying their laws in the Torah. Thus, we study and read the section of Parah in preparation for the upcoming festival of Passover.) www.chabad.org/calendar

SAFETY FIRST
If you are experiencing flu like symptoms such as fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing or have returned from a country or location impacted by the Coronavirus within the past two weeks, in consideration of our elderly and children, we respectfully ask that you not come to the synagogue until you are fully recovered or until the 14 day incubation period has passed. More prevention tips at the CDC website and further details at the Washington State DOH website.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus
https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus.aspx

KIMCHA d’PISCHA – Ma’ot Chitim – CSTL PESACH FUND
As Pesach approaches it is the custom of our community to collect donations to help our community and Jews worldwide with the many expenses of the holiday. Please contact Gabbai Tzedakah Jonathan Greene j.i.greene625@gmail.com to make donations, and to alert him of those in need of support.

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR – 8:15 AM SHABBOS MORNING /NOT THIS WEEK
This week we will not hold this inspiring class. Please study Torah in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. 

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 6 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.   Taught this week by Rabbi Emlen, with a Sicho regarding Ki Tisa and Parah.

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

CSTL JUNIOR CONGREGATION 10 AM – Noon  /CANCELLED FOR THIS WEEK Ki Tisa
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

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

LEARN, CONNECT, AND NOSH WITH PJ LIBRARY PARENTS, WHILE YOUR KIDS PLAY. The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle’s Jewish Parenting Together series is all about creating family-to-family relationships through the lens of Jewish values. https://www.jewishinseattle.org/investments-in-jewish-life/pj-library-for-families-with-young/jewish-parenting-together/

KOSHER FOR PASSOVER LUNCHES AT HILLEL UW - APRIL 13 & 14
Join us for our famous catered kosher for Passover lunches at Hillel UW on Monday and Tuesday, April 13 & 14 from 11:00 am to 1:30pm. Cost is $15/Community & Jconnectors (21-35 years old) with pre-paid online reservation, or $20 at the door. ($8/students) More information at www.hilleluw.org 

Mercaz Shavuaton 5780 THR MAY 28th – SUN MAY 31st
Ocean Park Camp and Retreat Center in Ocean Park, WA. Registration and more details coming after soon.

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

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

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 – Ki TISA
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/92302/jewish/Ki-Sisa-Shabbos-and-the-Additional-Soul.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

The Torah portion of Sisa contains an entire section1 relating to Shabbos. It begins by stating that Shabbos is “a sign between Me and you for all generations, so that you know that I, G‑d, am making you holy.” The section concludes: “And the children of Israel shall observe the Shabbos … as an everlasting covenant … for in six days G‑d made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day He ceased working and rested.”

Why is Shabbos and its laws discussed here at such length, when it was already covered in detail2 as part of the Ten Commandments?

Our Sages derive3 from the words “He ceased working and rested,” that “An additional [measure of] soul is granted [the Jew] on the arrival of Shabbos. With the departure of Shabbos, it departs as well.” Moreover, our Rabbis explain4 that spices are sniffed on Saturday night during the Havdalah service so as to becalm the person’s soul, which is perturbed by the departure of the additional soul.

The Alter Rebbe thus writes in his Shulchan Aruch :5 “The Sages have established that spices be sniffed every Saturday night in order to pacify the soul. For it laments the departure of Shabbos because of the additional soul that has departed. Therefore it is assuaged and gladdened with a pleasant odor.”

What exactly is meant by the statement that “an additional [measure of] soul is granted [the Jew] on the arrival of Shabbos”?

According to the Zohar, this literally refers to an additional measure of spirituality that is granted from above as a gift on Shabbos. The esoteric portion of Torah, however, explains it differently.

Rashi6 says that it means that a person is given the ability to savor Shabbos in a state of tranquillity; he is able to eat and drink and enjoy Shabbos unhindered by the worries of the weekday. The Rashba7 says: “There are those who explain that the additional soul refers to the tranquillity and delight that the soul finds on Shabbos, so that it is as if the person is granted an additional soul.”

Thus, according to the revealed portion of Torah, the additional soul does not refer to an additional measure of spirituality, but rather to a state of mind that enables and also results from the tranquillity and delight of Shabbos.

Why then is this termed “an additional soul,” rather than simply “a state of mind” or “a state of tranquillity” and the like? Because this tranquillity and delight of Shabbos is so pronounced that it effects an actual change in the person; it is as if the individual gains an additional soul.

This is to be understood as well from the fact that our Sages derive this understanding of the additional soul specifically from the verses in our Torah portion, and not from any earlier passage.

There is a novel aspect to Shabbos as described in Sisa. Previously, the Torah emphasized that Shabbos is markedly different from weekdays — “For in six days G‑d made heaven and earth … and rested on the seventh day. Therefore G‑d blessed the day of Shabbos and hallowed it.” Here, however, the verse states that Shabbos is “a sign between Me and you … that I, G‑d, am making you holy,” and that Shabbos is “an everlasting covenant.”

In other words, the Ten Commandments speaks of Shabbos in and of itself. Our portion addresses the effect that Shabbos has on the Jewish people.

This is particularly apparent in light of Rashi’ s comment on the verse “it is a sign between Me and you”: “It is a great symbol between us that I have chosen you, in that I have given you My day of rest for rest.”

Rashi is in effect telling us that the Jews’ rest on Shabbos involves more than merely relaxing and resting from labor, but that it is G‑d’s day of rest. As a result, repose on this day effects an elevation within the Jew himself.

This is also emphasized by Rashi when he explains “a Shabbos of Sabbaths” to mean: “a repose of stillness and not a temporary rest.” In other words, a Jews’ rest on Shabbos entails a complete change in his being. This type of Shabbos tranquillity and peace can truly be termed an additional soul — G‑d’s tranquillity and quietude that is granted on Shabbos to and within each Jew.

Based on Likkutei Sichos , Vol. XXXI, pp. 191-195.

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