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Shabbos Chukas | 9-16 Tamuz, 5779

Friday, 12 July, 2019 - 1:37 am

Erev Shabbos, Fri July 12th
Shacharis: 7  AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  8:47 PM

Shabbos Sat July 13th 
Shacharis: 9:30 AM 
Mincha 8:47 PM. Pirkei Avos Chapter 5.  Seuda Slishit Lite.
Maariv/Havdalah 9:53 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 Lite this week. Our delicious meat cholent is sponsored by Eli and Elana Duban, Avrumi and Chavi Gitler, and Moshe Ohrnon.  The cholent is made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin.

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN 6 PM
In the CSTL Social Hall. In honor of the 12th /13th of Tamuz, the days of Liberation of the previous Rebbe, the Rayatz, from Soviet prison.  
www.chabad.org/calendar

FARBRENGEN ALERT – YUD BEIS / YUD GIMEL TAMUZ – MON JULY 15th 7:30 PM 
Rabbi Mendy Levitin will be making a gathering of learning, singing, and words of Torah in honor of Yud Beis / Yud Gimel Tamuz. For men and women. At 4027 NE 60th St. Light refreshments and L'chaim.

BARUCH DAYAN EMETH
We are very sorry to inform the community of the passing of Alex Kon ZT”L, Alexander ben Moshe haCohen, on the 7th of Tammuz. 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.

PARENTING WITH YOUR MIND BODY & SOUL – TUE JULY 16th 9:30 AM    
Sponsored by Seattle Jewish Women’s Circle.  Featuring Rabbi Shimon Russell, licensed psychotherapist.  At the home of Rabbi Avi and Meirav Herbstman, 4402 NE 65th Street. RSVP 
mherbstman@gmail.com

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 $350 with meat cholent. Kiddush can be paid for at www.CSTLSeattle.org 


COMMUNITY NEWS

NEW VOLUMES OF THE HEBREW / ENGLISH YALKUT YOSEF NOW AVAILABLE
The new two-volume set of Yalkut Yosef on Tefillin have just been released and are part of the greater 19 volume set that has already been published. If you have any questions or are interested in purchasing these or any other volumes in the set. Please contact Jeffrey Amon at 
jamon18@msn.com

Friendship Circle Grill-Off Thu July 18th  6 PM 
Join with the Friendship Circle of Washington for a fun-packed summer evening with meat galore, beer garden, DJ, inflatables, and more. Featuring one-of-a-kind Chopped Competition for the Friendship Circle 2019 Grill Master Title. Kosher-supervised event, benefiting the Friendship Circle. Gas Works Park – Seattle.  
www.friendshipcirclewa.org

Jewish Community Night with the Seattle Mariners Mon July 22nd  7:10 PM
Let's go to the ball game on Jewish Community Night and cheer on the Mariners as they take on the Texas Rangers. Get your tickets now and get a Jewish Community Night t-shirt while supplies last. 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

Zootopia at SJCC - Sun July 21st 10:30 AM
Join with PJ Library and the Stroum Jewish Community Center to watch an animated story set in a city of animals, large and small, where a fox and rabbit form an unlikely partnership to protect them all. Stay for a brief activity afterwards about the "importance of community." 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

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 -  CHUKAS
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/2317568/jewish/Chukas.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

This week’s Torah reading contains a miraculous narrative: For the tenth time, the Jewish people complained to Moses about their conditions in the desert. G‑d heard their grumblings and sent fiery serpents that wounded the people and caused many to die. When they saw G‑d’s retribution, the people cried out in contrite repentance. Moses prayed on their behalf. G‑d told Moses to make a snake of copper and place it on a high pole. Anyone who was bitten would look at it and live. (This is the source for the image of a snake on a pole that serves as an emblem for healing.)

Our Sages comment: Did the snake causing healing? Instead, when the Jews would look upward, they would turn their hearts to G‑d and then they would be healed.

The snake is obviously a symbolic figure, going back to the Garden of Eden when the snake was the source for man’s sin. On the other hand, the snake also has powerful positive connotations. Indeed, the Hebrew term for snake, נחש, shares the same numerical equivalent as Mashiachמשיח. And it is well known that in Hebrew, numerical equivalence is not coincidental, but rather a function of a shared inner motif.

A third point: נחש, snake, shares the same root letters as נחשת, copper. While valuable, copper is considered as a functional and not a precious metal. True, it is used for coinage, but only for pennies.

One can build with copper. The articles made from it are not precious, but they are useful. Unlike gold and silver, it is not an end in and of itself, but it serves as a functional intermediary.

These three ideas are interrelated. The snake symbolizes man’s desire for material things, as evident from Eve’s response to the serpent’s temptation: “She saw the tree was tasty as food and desirous to the eye.” Now desire is not a negative quality. Quite the contrary, desire can be positive because it rouses man out of inertia and motivates activity.

On the other hand, there is no question that desire can also be detrimental. When a person’s desires are only materially oriented, they are — like the snake’s venom — poisonous, drawing him away from his true humanity, making him subservient to his natural drives and passions.

The snake — desire — has to be placed on a high pole, one that will make man look upward and understand G‑d’s intent. Then the “copper” entities are useful, enabling him to use the material entities he desires for a spiritual purpose. This is our lifework: not to seek transcendent spirituality that raises us above our material realities, but a grounded awareness of G‑d that involves us in physical activities, using them as means to further His intent.

The consummation of this process will come in the era of Mashiach who will bring the world to a higher state of awareness than possessed by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve did not know how to reconcile the physical and the spiritual: that was the core of their sin. In Mashiach’s era, by contrast, G‑dliness will be apparent in every element of existence, even what we now consider as base matters.

Looking to the Horizon

In one of the prophecies concerning the era of Mashiach, Maimonides states that at that time there will be no sickness. On one hand, the lack of sickness will be a natural consequence of the advances in knowledge and the outpouring of goodness that will characterize that future era. It is, however, also a response to the spiritual atmosphere that will prevail then.

In Jewish mysticism, it is explained that חולה, Hebrew for “sickness,” is numerically equivalent to 49. There are 50 Gates of Understanding in the world, 50 levels of knowledge of G‑d and of connection to Him. On his own initiative, man can attain only 49 levels. The 50th gate, however, is beyond his grasp.

What is the source for all sickness in the world? Our inability to proceed beyond the 49th level. Consciously or unconsciously, our souls are lovesick for G‑d. That inner, unsatisfied yearning — being “sick with love” — creates an imbalance that is the root of physical sickness.

In the era of Mashiach, “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of G‑d as the waters cover the ocean bed.” There will no longer be such yearning, for the awareness of G‑d will be within everyone’s reach.

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