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Shabbos Naso | 11-18 Sivan, 5779

Friday, 14 June, 2019 - 12:40 pm

Erev Shabbos, Fri June 13th  
Shacharis: 7  AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  8:50 PM

Shabbos Sat June 14th 
Shacharis: 10 AM 
Mincha 8:50 PM. Pirkei Avos Chapter 1.  Seuda Slishit Lite.
Maariv/Havdalah 10 PM

Weekday Services
Sun Shacharis 9 AM
Mon -Fri Shacharis 7 AM 
Sun-Thu Mincha 8:15 pm /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN 6 PM
In the CSTL Social Hall. In honor of the wedding anniversary (11th  of Sivan) of the Rebbe’s parents, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson (1878-1944) and Rebbetzin Chana Yanovsky (1880-1964). Their oldest son, Menachem Mendel, was born two years later, on the 11th of Nissan (1902). 
www.chabad.org/calendar

SHABBOS – KIDDUSH 
Full Kiddush this week is sponsored by Arielle and Meir  Zwanziger, to thank Rabbi Levitin, Rabbi Kletenik, Yossi Greenberg and Jonathan Greene, for helping them to add their new house into the eruv. Delicious meat cholent is made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin.  ALSO, a huge Mazel Tov to Meir's cousin, Sara Werb on her marriage to Jacob Moshinsky.

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -PENDING
Visit 
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LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY – 8:45 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class.

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 7:50 PM
One hour before Shabbos mincha.

CSTL TOT PROGRAM 10:30 am – 12:30 pm /TBD
Info: Liz Roth-Jacobovitz: 
elizabeth.roth08@gmail.com

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. 

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

Weekly History Class for Women with Chanie Levitin Tue 7:30 pm
At Rebbetzin Levitin’s home, 6519 49th Ave NE.  For more info, 
chanielevitin@gmail.com

Talmud Class - Mesechet SANHEDRIN 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

SHIURIM WITH DR TRACHTMAN SUN,MON,TUE, and WED 7-8 PM 
Via teleconference. Info and registration: Joseph N. Trachtman, O.D., Ph.D.  206-412-5985
tracht@accommotrac.com .
SUN: Chayenu. Chassidic Discourse from one of the Rebbeim, Letters from the Rebbe, and a  Chassidic story. 
MON: Sichos in English. English translation of the Rebbe's Sichos by the weekly Parshah.
TUE:  Ein Yaakov in English: A Basic Course. For both its stories and gentle introduction to the Gemara, Ein Yaakov is unique. It has been studied traditionally for centuries. With recent English translations of Ein Yaakov and the Gemara, the secrets of the Torah are now available to everyone.
WED: Navi (Prophets) with English translation and commentary.

CAMP GAN ISRAEL SEATTLE July  1st – Aug 9th. – REGISTER NOW
Register at 
www.campganisraelseattle.org This summer at Camp Gan Israel Seattle, we will be focusing on discovering the hidden talents within every single camper.. Looking forward to giving your child the best summer experience. With questions, call or text Rabbi Kavka 206-730-2775

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE /NEW PRICES
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.  NEW Prices: 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

Second Annual "One People, One Heart" Community Event, JUN 24th 
Keynote speaker will be former Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau. More info: 
www.chabadofseattle.org

Modern Anti-Semitism and Anti-Zionism: Is there a Separation - Wed Jun 19th 7:30 PM
Speaker at CSTL:  Regina Sassoon Friedland,  Regional Director. American Jewish Committee. Complimentary attendance but we need RSVP. RSVP to Education Committee Chair, Dr. Vernon Neppe  
psyche@pni.org

Basarfest at BCMH Sunday, June 16th  6 PM 
Featuring MEAT.   
www.BCMHSeattle.org ,

SEFARDI FEST – SUN JUN 23rd 9 AM – 3 PM
Enjoy incredible delicacies, music, lectures and special activities for the kids at the Annual Festival of Sefardi Food & Culture.  At Ezra Bessaroth 
www.EzraBessaroth.net

Shalom Baby Baskets
Available for every Jewish baby in the Seattle area, sponsored by Jewish Community Center. 
https://sjcc.org/events-classes/families/shalom-baby/  To register, call Talya Kurland, 206-388-0828. The Shalom Baby basket is suitable for children ages birth through age 2.

Camp Yavneh 2019 
Registration now open for Camp Yavneh. Staff applications now available at 
www.campyavnehseattle.com    

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

Federation Annual Meeting Thu June 20th 7 PM
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle invites you to our 2019 Annual Meeting to honor community award recipients and learn about Federation's impact on our community. At Stroum JCC - Mercer Island 
www.JewishinSeattle.org

Sephardic Lecture Series 
At Sephardic Bikur Holim. 
www.SBHSeattle.org (206) 723-3028

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REBBE’S SICHO -  NASO
https://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2470441/jewish/Naso.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

This week’s Torah reading contains the mitzvah of nizirus, taking nazirite vows. That subject presents a paradox. On one hand, regarding a nazirite, the Torah states: “The diadem of his G‑d is upon his head... He is holy unto G‑d” and he is equated with a prophet, as it is written: “And from your sons, I will raise [some] as prophets, and from your youths, [some] as nazirites.”

Nevertheless, the Torah also requires a nazirite to bring a sin-offering, stating that he has “sinned against his soul.” And our Sages speak critically of him, posing a rhetorical question: “Are not the things which the Torah has prohibited sufficient for you? [Why] must you add further prohibitions?”

For asceticism was always disdained by the Torah. As opposed to other faiths which place other-worldly hermits on pedestals, Judaism puts the emphasis on sanctifying the here and now, bringing holiness into the context of our ordinary experience. In that vein, our Sages taught that the verse: “Know Him in all your ways” is “A small passage upon which all the fundamentals of Torah depend.” For Judaism underscores the importance of knowing G‑d, not only in the synagogue or the house of study, but in every dimension of our everyday lives: in our business, our homes, and even in the way we relax. As Maimonides says: “A person should direct his heart and the totality of his behavior to one goal, becoming aware of G‑d, blessed be He. The way he rests, rises, and speaks should all be directed to this end.” For the purpose of creation is to use every element of existence in G‑d’s service.

By denying himself wine, a nazirite takes an opposite tact. Wine is the symbol of happiness and pleasure, a substance that enables us to let loose and relax. But this happiness and relaxation should be a holy experience, carried out in a manner which brings a person closer to the Divine. When a person abstains from wine, he is saying that he does not know how to sanctify such activity.

Why then is a nazirite praised? Because sometimes a person must admit his shortcomings. When a person looks himself in the mirror and realizes that he has certain tendencies that he is almost powerless to control, he is in fact taking the first step towards controlling them. Again to quote Maimonides, “taking and maintaining vows to abstain from certain [undesirable] elements [of conduct] ingrains in a person the tendency to bridle the desires he seeks to curb.” This tendency will continue and it will be easy for him to acquire the quality of restraint — i.e., the tendency to protect oneself from impurity.”

So when a nazirite takes a vow to develop self-control and inner discipline, the Torah considers it admirable. When he does so because he thinks that G‑d’s ultimate intent is other-worldly abstinence, our Sages consider his conduct comparable to sin.

Looking to the Horizon

The ultimate resolution of the inner conflict described above will be in the era of Mashiachwhen “Good will flow in abundance and all the delights will be freely available as dust.” At present, since material existence presents a challenge and a person could genuinely need curbs, restraint plays an important role in our Divine service.

But in the era of Mashiach, when “The occupation of the entire world will be solely to know G‑d,” there will be no need for such checks. For in that environment of revealed G‑dliness, man will not be motivated by selfish desires. He will take advantage of all the good the world has to offer, but will appreciate how that good is an expression of G‑d’s kindness and therefore employ all of these influences in His service.

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