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Shabbos Matos Masei - CHAZAQ | THE NINE DAYS 1-8 Menachem Av, 5779

Thursday, 1 August, 2019 - 6:23 pm

Erev Shabbos, Fri Aug 2nd 
Shacharis: 7 AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  8:24 PM

Shabbos Sat Aug 3rd  
Shacharis: 9:30 AM /Latest Shema 9:31 AM
Mincha 8:24 PM. Pirkei Avos Chapter 2.  Seuda Slishit Lite.
Maariv/Havdalah 9:27 PM

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

SHABBOS – KIDDUSH 
Kiddush Lite this week. Delicious meat cholent made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin is sponsored by Paul and Tamar Azous.

MAZEL TOV MAZEL TOV!
Mazel Tov to Mark and Tziviah Goldberg and the entire Goldberg family on the engagement of Gavi Goldberg to Benyamin Groberman of Vancouver BC.  May they merit to build a bayit ne’eman b’Yisroel!

Mazel Tov to Abe and Marlene Vinikoor on the birth of their new granddaughter to Yafa and Daniel Zana.

Mazel Tov to Malka and Robert Jillian and big brothers Gabriel and Nosson on the birth of a baby girl!

Mazel Tov Gabrielle and Eduardo Sonino and family on the bris of their new son!

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN 6 PM
In the CSTL Social Hall. In honor of 1 Menachem Av, anniversary of the arrival of Ezra the Scribe in Israel.  Ezra lead a dramatic teshuva movement to bring the Jews of Eretz Yisroel back to Judaism, in the face of strong opposition. 
www.chabad.org/calendar

THE THREE WEEKS,THE NINE DAYS, AND TISHA b’AV
https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/144558/jewish/Tisha-BAv-and-the-3-Weeks.htm

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.

SEATTLE JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE SUMMER BACKYARD PARTY – SUN AUG 4th 7:30 PM
For women only. At the home of Leahle Levitin, 4027 NE 60th Street. Featuring Hena Artist Sarah.  Come meet other women of our community! 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 7:25 PM
This week G-d willing we will continue learning  the Rebbe’s M'ammar Tziyon BeMishpat Tipadeh  (1976/5736). The M'ammar discusses how the  spiritual condition of “Galus” Exile,- defined by Choosing your day to day mood based on Material Not  Spiritual achievements and setback,- can only be redeemed by finding the timelessness of Torah within the time of creation.

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 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 .

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 
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 $150includes meat cholent, Kiddush Sponsor $250 with Pareve Chulent or $350 with meat cholent. Kiddush can be paid for atwww.CSTLSeattle.org


COMMUNITY NEWS

Seattle Kollel Women’s Tisha b’Av Program – Sun Aug 4th 7:30 PM
Hear a panel of our local Rebbetzins, Mrs. Shaindel Bresler, Rebbetzin Rooksie David, Mrs. Tahlia Mollot & Rebbetzin Aliza Tanenbaum. Topic: "How can I feel the loss of the Beit Hamikdash?" 
www.seattlekollel.com

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. 

Eleventh Annual Community StandWithUs Northwest Reception Thu Sept 12th 
At the Hillel at the UW.  Purchase tickets at www.standwithus.com/seattle2019. Questions? Call (206) 801-0902 or email: Northwest@StandWithUs.com

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

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REBBE’S SICHO -  MASEI
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/2317575/jewish/Maasei.htm  ©SichosInEnglish.org

There is a unique factor that features in this week’s Torah reading that never occurs on any other Sabbath. In the midst of the recounting of the events that occurred to the Jewish people in their journey from Egypt to the Promised Land, the Torah relates that in the 40th year of their wanderings, on the first day of the fifth month, Aaron the High Priest died. Now when we count the months from Nissan, as the Torah does, the fifth month of the Jewish calendar is Av. Parshas Maasei is always read in the month of Av or on the Sabbath on which that month is blessed. Thus on Shabbos Parshas Maasei, we are reading about an event integrally related to the chronology of the time.

Now the Torah does not inform us explicitly of the date of the death of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, or Miriam. The fact that it does so with regard to Aaron and, moreover, that this passage is always read close to the very day that this passing took place is certainly significant.

What singles out the month of Av? It is the month of the destruction of the Temple: the First Temple, by the Babylonians and the Second Temple, by the Romans. Our Sages ask why the Second Temple was destroyed and explain that the destruction came because of the sin of unwarranted hatred. There was strife and enmity among the people. Moreover, this was not merely a spiritual factor. As anyone aware of the history of that era knows, it was the rivalry, in-fighting, and discord among the Jewish people themselves that cost them their supplies of food and water and, ultimately, led to their defeat by the Romans.

What was unique about Aaron the High Priest? His continuous efforts to establish peace and harmony among the Jewish people. If Aaron heard two people arguing, on the following day, he would seek out one of them and tell him — wishfully speaking, the conversation never actually happened — how he met the other person with whom he had argued the previous day and that person was so sorry; he really felt close to the other person and did not understand how or why they had quarreled. Directly afterwards, he would seek out that other person and tell him the same thing about the first. In this way, the next time, the two met, they were able to step beyond their petty disagreements and relate to each other with friendship and love.

Why is Aaron’s death associated with the month of Av? Our Sages state: G‑d prepares the cure before the wound. Centuries before there arose the strife and friction that led to the destruction of the Temple, G‑d saw to it that the month of Av would be influenced by Aaron who stood for the opposite qualities, friendship and love.

The destruction of the Temple is not merely a story of the past. On the contrary, our Sages state that whoever does not see the Temple built in his days should consider it as if it was destroyed in his days. Moreover, the same factor that led to the destruction of the Temple, the lack of unity and oneness among our people, is also preventing it from being rebuilt. For according to the Jewish tradition, reward and punishment is given “measure for measure.” It follows that were the friction and strife that were the cause of the exile to be eradicated, the result, the exile itself, would also cease.

Now is the time to take a cue from Aaron the High Priest and proactively seek out our fellowmen and heighten the bonds of love and unity that bind us together.

Looking to the Horizon

The efforts to highlight unity and love do more than correct the misdeeds of our ancestors, they give us a foretaste of the ultimate love and unity that will characterize the era of Mashiach, as Maimonides writes: “In that era,... there will be no envy or competition.” There are two dimensions to that statement. Firstly, Maimonides states the immediate cause, “for good will flow in abundance and all the delights will be freely available as dust.”

Why is there strife and friction today? Because of a scarcity mentality. A person is jealous of another person because he thinks that the other person will prevent him from getting his share of the pie. But what if the pie is clearly big enough for both?

It is and it always was. We are the ones who are small. In the era of Mashiach, we will be able to see beyond our own limitations and realize the great blessings G‑d has invested in this world.

Implied in the above statement of Maimonides is also a second point: that man will overcome his fundamental selfishness and be able to appreciate the G‑dliness in himself, in others, and in the world at large. For otherwise, even when there are abundant blessings, man’s own shortsightedness will prevent him from taking advantage of them. 

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