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Shabbos Korach | Gimel Tamuz 2-9 Tamuz, 5779

Friday, 5 July, 2019 - 12:38 pm

Erev Shabbos, Fri July 5th
Shacharis: 7  AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  8:51 PM

Shabbos Sat July 6th 
Shacharis: 9:30 AM 
Mincha 8:51 PM. Pirkei Avos Chapter 4.  Seuda Slishit Lite.
Maariv/Havdalah 10:00 PM

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

SHABBOS – KIDDUSH 
Kiddush this week for Gimmel Tamez is sponsored by Chabad of Pacific Northwest for the 25th Yahrzeit of The Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson.  Shmulie and Rosie Tennenhaus are also sponsoring, in honor of the shul! A delicious meat cholent is made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin.

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN 6 PM
In the CSTL Social Hall. In honor of the 25th yahrzeit (3rd of Tamuz) of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson ZT”L . Also the date when the previous Rebbe, Rabbi Yoseph Yitzak Schneersohn ZT”L was released from Soviet prison in 1927.  
www.chabad.org/calendar

GIMEL TAMUZ FARBRENGEN 3:30 PM SHABBOS AFTERNOON
In honor of Gimmel Tammuz -the Rebbe’s Yartzeit  - Rabbi Mendy Levitin will be making a gathering of learning, singing, and words of Torah and inspiration on Shabbos afternoon at 3:30pm  for men and women in their backyard at 4027 NE 60th St. Light refreshments and L'chaim.

MAZEL TOV MAZEL TOV!
Mazel Tov to Michael and Ilana Levin and the entire Levin family on the marriage of their son Shmuel!

BARUCH DAYAN EMETH
Will are sorry to inform you that Bev Blum ZT”L (Esther bas Yehuda haLevi) passed away on the 29th of  Shevat. Bev’s sister Susan Benowitz, will be sitting shiva until 1 PM Friday 5th July at the home of Jerry and Carol Strassman, 4846 B South Morgan Street, and will resume Shiva at her home in LA on Sunday afternoon.  On-street parking only.  The community expresses deep condolences to Sue, Bev’s son Steven Blum, and Bev’s husband Peter Blum. May the family be comforted with all the mourners of Tzion and Yerushalayim.

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -PENDING
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.

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.  This week G-d willing we will continue with the Rebbes' M'ammar נתת ליראיך נס להתנוסס 1951/5711. The M'ammar discusses and challenges us with understanding the Divine service related to   נסיונות=Tests and extreme situations that we face,  and have to contend with sometimes on a near and constant basis.

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 9 am 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.  Kiddush Lite Sponsor $150 includes meat cholent, Kiddush Sponsor $250 with Pareve Chulent or $350with meat cholent. Kiddush can be paid for at www.CSTLSeattle.org


COMMUNITY NEWS

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.

RHODES/KOS MEMORIAL – 7 PM TUE JUL. 23rd 
Please join us for a special evening "Honoring the Legacy of Survivors in our Community"The program includes a screening of the film "Sephardic Memories of the Holocaust", a panel discussion featuring local descendants of survivors, a Hashkava memorial service and Sephardic dessert reception. To RSVP call 206-722-5500 or email 
office@ezrabessaroth.net 

EZRA BESSAROTH GALA DINNER W/ MICHAEL MEDVED - SUN SEP 1st 
Plan to join us for an exciting and glamorous evening of celebrating all we love about Ezra Bessaroth. This gala event will feature best-selling author, movie critic, radio host and local celebrity, Michael Medved. 

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

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

AIRPORT , LOCAL TRIPS, AND KOSHER RESTAURANT DELIVERY! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER
NOW PROVIDING MOVING AND VAN SERVICE (UP TO 12 PEOPLE)
Competitive rates, excellent service.  Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com


REBBE’S SICHO -  KORACH
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/2317565/jewish/Korach.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

Leadership is a crucial issue throughout society today. In all walks of life, be it business, politics, social relations, we are looking for leaders, people of vision who can motivate others to focus their energies on a goal and work to attain it.

It’s almost too simplistic to say, but the most important aspect of being a leader is the ability to motivate followers. A person can be intelligent, diligent, and full of character virtues, but if he or she cannot get through to others, he or she will not be an effective leader. But how does one get through to others? The oft-tried approach is to appeal to the lowest common denominator.

We all have basic desires: for money, for physical satisfaction, for honor. There are some aspiring leaders who play to these wants, promising — or implying — that accepting their leadership will enable a follower to achieve these ends.

Every once in a while in history, we find leaders of an entirely different nature. They appeal to the highest common denominator, teaching their people to focus on values and principles that transcend their individual selves. Their message communicates: partially, because of their awesome personal integrity, the values that they preach are those that they live by and partially, because the truth of our being is not our petty desires, but our souls that are an actual part of G‑d. When a leader is able to express his inner G‑dly potential, he sparks a desire within his people for them to express theirs.

This is the background against which the rebellion of Korach against Moses described in our Torah reading is played out. Korach comes to Moses with a genuine complaint: “The entire congregation is holy and G‑d is among them. Why do you raise yourself up above the congregation of G‑d?” Within every Jew is a G‑dly spark, an actual part of His infinity. Given that, how can one person be placed above another? The G‑dly potential we possess is the fundamental equalizer. Once it is accepted that every Jew possesses such a potential, seemingly, there is no place for a hierarchy. Why then, Korach asks, should Moses serve as an absolute authority and Aaron, as the High Priest?

In resolution, it can be explained that there is a difference between the existence of a potential and its expression. Of course, every Jew possesses a Divine potential, but he also possesses natural drives and tendencies which divert his attention and distract him from focusing on that Divine gift. Yes, we are all innately holy. But we also have other innate, natural drives. The goal of a genuine Jewish leader is to motivate the people to heighten the expression of their inner G‑dliness.

This was the unique role of Moses. Through his inner Divine service, he was able to integrate his Divine potential within all of his human qualities. Thus everyone who interacted with him realized that he was in contact with a holy man.

As a result, that person would seek to express his own Divine potential. The process is two-tiered. On a conscious level, we feel a positive sense of envy when we meet a man who is content and fulfilled, who is not chasing worldly desires and yet, is an accomplished person, one who has achieved his goals and is not wanting. We are willing to accept the guidance and direction such a person offers for we feel that it will enable us to live fuller and more complete lives.

Beyond this, there is an inner spiritual process at work, a motif that operates on a deeper level than conscious thought. Coming into contact with a person who has realized his spiritual potential inspires one to develop his own. Like a burning candle that ignites other combustible material, when the light of one person’s Divine potential shines forth, it will naturally arouse the latent Divinity that exists within others.

This was the nature of Moses’ leadership. Moses had no concept of self-concern. Not only did he not focus on his material desires, he was not concerned even with his own spiritual desires. He centered solely on his people: what was for their benefit and how could they best realize their own inner strengths. Korach argued: “The entire congregation is holy and G‑d is among them.” But precisely for that reason it was necessary for Moses to assume a leadership role that would encourage them to express the G‑dly potential that they possess.

This is not merely a story of the past. The Zohar, the fundamental text of Jewish mysticism, speaks of “the extension of Moses in all generations,” explaining that, at all times, there are Jews who fulfill the function of Moses and inspire their brethren to tap the inner spiritual potential they possess. By developing a connection with such Moseses, we can rise above our individual personalities and empower our innate G‑dly potential to surface.

Looking to the Horizon

Korach’s challenge to Moses’ leadership calls for an understanding of the Jewish concept of authority in general. One of the mitzvos of the Torah is to appoint a king and whenever we recite the Grace After Meals we pray for the restoration of the monarchy and the House of David. Indeed, this will be the function of the Mashiach who will be a teacher, but primarily a king, an absolute ruler.

Among the explanations of this concept is that earthly monarchy stems from — and serves as an analogy to and an extension of — our relationship with the King of kings. The purpose of a Jewish monarchy is to teach the people self-nullification to the king in order to intensify their self-nullification to G‑d. The self-nullification of the people to a mortal king should infuse kabbalas ol, “the acceptance of G‑d’s yoke,” into every dimension of their Divine service, deepening the intensity of their commitment until it affects their very essence.

Ideally, kingship is invited by the king’s subjects, and not imposed upon them. The analogue to this relationship reflects man’s desire and initiative to tie the essence of his being to G‑d in homage to Him.

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