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Shabbos Vayikra | 2-9 Nisan 5780

Friday, 27 March, 2020 - 1:08 pm

NO SERVICES OR ACTIVITIES WILL BE HELD AT CSTL UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE


 EREV SHABBOS FRI MAR 27th /CSTL CLOSED
Shacharis 7 AM (at home)
Mincha (at home) before 7:14 PM
Candle Lighting 7:14 PM
Maariv (at home) after  8:04 PM

SHABBOS SAT MAR 28th /CSTL CLOSED
Shacharis: 9 AM (at home) /Sof Zman Kriat Shema 10:04AM
Shabbos Mincha after 1:46 PM and before 7:34 PM(at home)
Maariv/Havdalah 8:18 PM PM (at home)

CHODESH NISAN – REMEMBER THE NASI!
One is to recite the Nasi each day after Davening starting from Rosh Chodesh Nissan until the 13th of Nissan.  The Rebbe Rayatz writes to read it after Davening, before Tehillim, although the custom of the Rebbe was to read it after Tehillim. On the first day of Nissan one begins to read from “Veyihi Biyom Kalos Moshe.” On the 13th day one begins to read from “Zos Chanukas Hamizbeiach.”  The Yehi Ratzon prayer is read after the reading of each day’s Nasi. 
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Sun

5:56 AM

6:53 AM

10:03 AM

1:46 /7:35 PM

8:07 PM

Mon

5:53 AM

6:51 AM

10:02 AM

1:46 /7:37 PM

8:08 PM

Tue

5:51 AM

6:48 AM

10:01 AM

1:46 /7:38 PM

8:09 PM

Wed

5:49 AM

6:46 AM

10:00 AM

1:46 /7:40 PM

8:11 PM

Thu

5:47 AM

6:44 AM

9:58 AM

1:46 / 7:41 PM

8:12 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.

VIRTUAL PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN IN HONOR OF BEIS NISAN – 6 PM FRIDAY MAR 27th
The second of Nisan is the yahrzeit of the fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Sholom DovBer Schneersohn ("Rashab")After the passing of his father, Rabbi Shmuel (in 1882), he assumed the leadership of Chabad-Lubavitch.  Famed for his phenomenal mind and analytical treatment of Chabad Chassidism, Rabbi Sholom DovBer wrote and delivered some 2,000 maamarim (discourses of Chassidic teaching) over the 38 years of his leadership. In 1897, he established the Tomchei Temimim yeshivah, the first institution of Jewish learning to combine the study of the "body" of Torah (Talmudic and legal studies) with its mystical "soul" (the teachings of Chassidism); it was this unique yeshivah that produced the army of learned, inspired and devoted Chassidim who, in the decades to come, would literally give their lives to keep Judaism alive under Soviet rule. www.chabad.org/calendar  Contact Shimon 206-910-7991 for more info.

SAFETY FIRST
Please stay home whenever possible and obey all Health Department requirements! Prevention, quarantine, and self-quarantine instructions and information on COVID-19 can be found from these websites.
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

SELL YOUR CHAMETZ
The sale of chametz form has been emailed to CSTL@yahoogroups.com . 
You can also sell your chametz on line at 
https://www.chabad.org/holidays/passover/sell_chometz_cdo/jewish/Sell-Your-Chametz-Online.htm

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.   Donate online at www.CSTLSeattle.org/donate with a note “Maot Chitim” to ensure that the money is distributed before Pesach.

RABBI MENDY’S CLASSES ARE ON LINE
Torah Or Class: SUN at 8:00 PM
Gemorah Sanhedrin Class: TUE at 8:15 PM
Chabad-House Parsha Class: WED at 7:00 PM
Sichos Class: THU at 8:00 PM
Join via Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/7125908128
Join via Telephone +1 346 248 7799, Meeting ID 712 590 8128
Updates are available by joining https://chat.whatsapp.com/Lme8WAWOIKo9zIHbVfBsU4
Link for texts https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B6MvcSFEGyoxdjlhT1c4SjNMQ2c   

MONDAY NIGHT LADIES CLASS MON 8 PM
Our weekly Monday night ladies’ class on the Rebbe's Sichos will be given yi"h by Rabbi Emlen via Google Meet. To join the video meeting https://meet.google.com/cyv-sxfp-oyy To join by phone, dial +1 417-355-8459 and enter PIN: 822 147 141# 

WOMEN’S SUNDAY TEHILLIM – 10 AM  AT HOME
Say a prayer for those in need. 

Talmud Class with Rabbi Mendy Levitin
Please contact Shuky Meyer at +1-347-761-2134 to be added to the WhatsApp group.  Class online at  https://zoom.us/j/7125908128 

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

Food Donation to JFS – SUN APR 5th 11 AM - NOON
Drop off your unopened kosher (Passover and non-passover) non-perishable food to be picked up for the JFS Food Bank. Drop off at the Rosenfeld house (outside)

GOFUNDME FOR PEDOWITZ PESACH
https://gf.me/u/xq5hwt . Even a small donation could help the Pedowitz family reach their fundraising goal.

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


 

SHABBAT VAYIKRA
https://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2347360/jewish/Likkutei-Sichot-Vayikra.htm © Chabad.org

The Book of Vayikra concerns itself primarily with the sacrificial offerings1 which were one of the central services carried out in both the Sanctuary and the Beis HaMikdash.2

The Torah is eternal.3 Its laws and even its stories can provide Jewish men and women of every generation with guidance relevant to their everyday life. This also applies to the laws regarding the sacrifices and the other aspects of the Beis HaMikdash.

The command4 “And they shall make Me a Sanctuary,” requiring the Jews to construct the Beis HaMikdash has a specific goal, as the verse continues: “I, (G‑d), will dwell within.” Moreover, the verse does not use the singular form of the word “within,” which would imply that the indwelling is merely within the physical structure of the Sanctuary and the Beis HaMikdash , but rather the plural form, indicating that G‑d dwells within each and every Jew.

Therefore even when the physical Beis HaMikdash is destroyed because of our sins, every Jew should conduct his home as “a Sanctuary in microcosm.”5 By infusing holiness into his conduct in this manner, he brings about atonement for all the sins he committed in the past, and makes his home fit for G‑d’s Presence. This in turn will bring Divine blessings wherever necessary.

“G‑d desires the Heart”See Sanhedrin 106b.

As mentioned above, one of the central aspects of the service in the Beis HaMikdash were the sacrificial offerings. Every day began and ended with the daily offering, which was brought before all other sacrifices in the morning, and after all the sacrifices before nightfall.7

Among the lessons taught by the daily offering is that G‑d does not necessarily ask a Jew to give all his resources to Him. For the daily offering consisted of only one sheep and a small amount of oil, wine, and salt. Moreover, this was a communal offering purchased with funds to which every individual contributed a tiny amount once a year. And yet this minimal amount was able to bring G‑d’s blessings for everything the Jewish people needed.

For G‑d does not demand that a Jew give away everything he owns. What G‑d does demand, however, is that gifts be made with all one’s heart.8What is most important is not the amount which one gives9 how much energy, money, or other good things but how one gives.

If a gift is made with all one’s heart, even if (for whatever reason) the sum is not great as the daily offering involved only a small portion from each category:10 from the animal kingdom, a sheep; from the plant kingdom, a small amount of wine and oil; and from inanimate matter, salt since one gives with all one’s heart, with vitality and joy, this fulfills G‑d’s intent and draws down His positive influence.

Setting the Tone

The daily sacrifice was brought twice a day, once in the early morning and once before nightfall, and yet it was referred to as the korban tamid, “the continuous offering.” This implies11 that the sacrifices brought throughout the day were influenced by the daily offering. Indeed, for that reason, it was offered before all the other sacrifices.

This also teaches a lesson in regard to the conduct of a Jewish home. As the day proceeds, various factors some concerning the soul and others concerning the body pervade the home environment. The common trait shared by all these concerns is that G‑dly light is not directly obvious in them. For even matters that concern the soul must be carried in a manner that conforms with mortal intellect. This can at times lead a person away from the correct path and bring him to do the opposite of G‑d’s will.

For this reason, at the very beginning of the day, a person makes a total and all-encompassing commitment to G‑d, saying: Modeh Ani… “I thankfully acknowledge You, living and eternal King….” As soon as he arises in the morning, he thanks G‑d for returning his soul. He refers to G‑d as “King,” implying that, as befits a commitment made to even a mortal king, he is willing to devote himself with all his heart, even to the extent of giving up his life.

Making this commitment at the beginning of the day has an effect on the hours that follow which the individual uses for his personal affairs. They become permeated with the thanks and commitment expressed in Modeh Ani. Accordingly, the person’s efforts are accompanied by G‑d’s blessings.

This lesson is also communicated by the daily offering. When we start the day with a sacrifice, which in the personal sense means giving oneself over to G‑d, the act becomes tamid, “continuous.” It is not confined to the moment when the commitment is made, but continues throughout the entire day.

Bringing the daily sacrifice involved sprinkling its blood on the altar and offering its fats on the fire burning there. Blood serves as an analogy for vitality, warmth, and energy, while fat serves as an analogy for satisfaction (for indeed satisfaction leads to an increase in the body’s size).12 The implication is that a Jew’s day must begin with a firm commitment to devote his energy to the altar, i.e., to holy matters, and they will be his source of satisfaction. G‑d will then help him carry out this resolution, and this will cause the entire day to be filled with His blessings.

Turning in Teshuvah

The Midrash says13 that the daily sacrifice atones for certain sins which a person committed before the sacrifice is offered. For G‑d gives a person who transgresses an opportunity to rectify his conduct. Throughout a person’s life, he will face difficulties and challenges, and it is possible that he will not overcome a particular challenge. But when he renews his commitment to G‑d, proclaiming with his whole heart: “I thankfully acknowledge You, living and eternal King….” which as mentioned above parallels the daily sacrifice this atones for his earlier conduct.

From the Alter Rebbe onward, Chassidus provides us with profound explanations regarding teshuvah. When a Jew stumbles in his Divine service, heaven forbid, he should not despair or become depressed. On the contrary, he should strengthen his commitment, try to correct his blunder, and compensate for what he failed to accomplish, hoping that G‑d will accept his teshuvah.14

The expression “I thankfully acknowledge You, living and eternal King….” embodies this pledge of teshuvah. It involves the engraving in one’s mind and heart of one’s thanks and commitment to G‑d a firm resolution that one’s “blood and fat,” one’s energy and satisfaction, will be directed to holiness alone.

When this commitment is made, G‑d forgives one’s previous trespasses and grants the person His blessings, satisfying his and his family’s needs in material and spiritual matters.

This spiritual parallel to the daily offering will lead to the ultimate and most essential blessing: that Mashiach will come and rebuild the Beis HaMikdash. He will take us out of our inner, personal exile and out of exile in the world at large, leading us to our Holy Land.15 Then we will actually see the daily sacrifice being offered in the Beis HaMikdash. May this take place speedily, in our days.

(Adapted from Sichos 28 Iyar , 5722)

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