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Shabbos Shoftim 6-13 Elul, 5779 -THE KING IS IN THE FIELD – ha’MELECH b’SODEH

Friday, 6 September, 2019 - 7:31 pm

 Erev Shabbos, Fri Sept 6th 
Shacharis: 7 AM 
Mincha/Candles/Maariv 7:21 PM 


SHABBOS Sat Sept 7th 

Shacharis: 9:30 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 9:51 AM 
Shabbos Mincha 7:21 PM /Pirkei Avot Chapter 6 


End of Shabbos/Maariv 8:20 PM followed by inspirational JEM videos 


Weekday Services / Come Hear the Shofar at weekday Shacharis throughout Elul 
Sun Shacharis 9 AM 
Mon -Fri Shacharis 7 AM 
Sun-Thu Mincha 7:20 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV 
L'David Hashem Daily at Shacharis and Mincha 
The psalm L'David Hashem Ori (Psalm 27) is recited at the end of the morning and afternoon prayers. This special addition is recited throughout the month of Elul and the High Holiday season, until Hoshanah Rabbah (Tishrei 21) -- a total of 50 days. www.chabad.org/calendar<http://www.chabad.org/calendar

 


KIDDUSH 
Kiddush Lite. Meat cholent by Rabbi Mendy Levitin sponsored by Frumi, Rachi, Alter, Mendy, Toby, Shmuly, Shnai, Yoni and Levi Levitin in honor of their Father and Mother’s 50th wedding anniversary. Mazel Tov Mazel Tov!. 


PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN - FRI 6 PM 
Erev-Shabbos Farbrengen in front of the CSTL Men’s Mikvah, in memory of Ariel Efraim Rosenfeld ZT”L, Yahrzeit 6th Elul. 


THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: ACTIVE

Visit www.twitter.com/cstleruv<http://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 
An inspiring class with Rabbi Mendy. 


RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 6:20 PM 
This week G-d willing, we will be learning a Sicho on Parshas Shoftim and Chodesh Elul. Hamelech b’Sodeh!

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


CSTL JUNIOR CONGREGATION 10 am – Noon 
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com<mailto:RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

 

WOMEN’S SUNDAY TEHILLIM AT CSTL – 10 AM 
In the library. Come say a prayer for those in need. 
WOMEN’S MONDAY EVENING LEARNING– INFORMATION TO FOLLOW 
Location, subject, and speaker. 


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<mailto: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<mailto:tracht@accommotrac.com> .. 


KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE 

If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact Marion Kitz Gabbai Kiddush, miriamkitz@hotmail.com<mailto: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<http://www.CSTLSeattle.org

COMMUNITY NEWS 

Seattle Kollel "Mussar in Action" MON EVE SEPT 2nd to 23rd 
With Rabbi Michael Cohen. More info: www.seattlekollel.com<http://www.seattlekollel.com

SEPHARDIC SLICHOT DAILY THROUGHOUT ELUL - FIRST SELICHOT SUN SEP 8th 5 AM 
At Ezra Bessaroth. Michael & Carole Behar will be sponsoring a lovely breakfast following Selihot/Shahrit services for all attendees. 

THE NEW ANTISEMITISM, WHERE IS IT FROM AND WHAT CAN WE DO? SUN SEPT 8th 7 PM 
At Ezra Bessaroth. In recent months dangerous antisemitism has metastasized, from Philadelphia to Poway, to New York, To Miami and even right here in the Pacific NW. Regina Sassoon Friedland, Director of AJC Seattle will share vital information from the front-lines of the fight against antisemitism. www.EzraBessaroth.net<http://www.EzraBessaroth.net

Honor Susie Pass at Hadassah SUN SEPT 8th 11 AM 
Hadassah will hold a game day fundraiser at Redmond Ridge honoring Susie Pass. Mah jongg, bridge, or any table game. Not a game player? Come by for lunch, friendship, echar lashon, and schmoozing. https://www.seattlehadassah.org/events/a-fundraiser-presented-by-hadassah-at-redmond-ridge/ 

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<mailto:Northwest@StandWithUs.com

Seattle Jewish Arts + Music Festival – SEPT 13th to 15th 
At Stroum JCC - Mercer Island. Get ready for the 2019 SeaJAM, Seattle Jewish Arts + Music Festival. Featuring Emmy-winning Will & Grace star Debra Messing on opening night, Chef Joel Gamoran, The Maccabeats in concert, and a pre-Shabbat community challah baking contest. https://sjcc.org/arts-ideas/seajam/ 

ZIONIST SPAGHETTI NIGHT AT BCMH WED SEPT 18th 5:30 PM 
Cost: $6 per person / $3 per child ages 2-10. Guest speaker will be Randy Kessler, Executive Director of StandWithUs Northwest. Topic: "Answering Tough Questions About Israel” 

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

Honeymoon Israel Applications Are Now Open! 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle's next Honeymoon Israel cohort will travel to Israel March 19-29, 2020. Want to learn more about this opportunity to make deep and meaningful connections to Jewish life? https://www.jewishinseattle.org/investments-in-jewish-life/young-adults/honeymoon-israel/ 

Macabee Martial Arts Classes at BCMH 
White Dragon Kung Fu and Self Defense for beginners. Tues. & Thur., 4:30 - 5:30 pm and Sun., 12 - 1 pm, for ages 7 to adult. Sign up for one week free at www.dragonkungfuseattle.com<http://www.dragonkungfuseattle.com
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! 
Competitive rates, excellent service. Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com 

 


REBBE’S SICHO -  SHABBOS SHOFTIM 

 
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/2317586/jewish/Shoftim.htm 
© SichosInEnglish.org 
This week’s Torah reading includes the mitzvah of eglah arufah, a ritual act whereby the neck of a calf is broken to atone for the murder of a person who was slain by an unknown assailant. 
In ultimate terms, a Jew’s life is his connection to G‑dliness, as it is written: “You, who cling to G‑d your L‑rd, are all alive today.” On this basis, we can understand the cause of the death of the person slain. His connection to G‑dliness was cut off. Why? Because he was found in the field. The field refers to a place outside the realm of holiness. It is not an innately negative place. On the contrary, it is food that is grown in a field that sustains man. Nevertheless, in the field, one can meet “Esau… the man of the field” and be influenced by him. In simple words: Once outside the realm of holiness it is very easy to slip into the error of seeking worldly accomplishments and pleasures without a G‑dly intent. This is spiritual death — the cessation of the person’s bond with G‑d. 
The eglah arufah was brought to absolve the people of the neighboring city for their responsibility for the person’s death. Why might they be held responsible? Seemingly, the one who has died is responsible for his own death. After all, he left the city, a place of Torah, and went out to the field? Why then are others — the city elders, no less — responsible to atone for his death? 
The mitzvah of eglah arufah highlights the flaws associated with such a line of reasoning; no one should use such an argument to absolve himself of responsibility. There is an inner bond that ties all Jews together and connects us to all of our brethren, even those who have made wrong choices and are found “in the field.” 
The elders of the city model the obligation that applies to us all — by performing this ritual and declaring: “Our hands did not spill this blood.” Our Sages explain that they are saying that they did not let the slain person depart the city without providing him with food and an escort. “Food” refers to Torah study. Before a Jew goes out to the field, the Jewish community must provide him with “food,” spiritual nurture, and they must also see that others accompany him, so that he will not face the challenges of the field alone. 
Parshas Shoftim is always read in the month of Elul, the month when — as explained in the renowned analogy of the Alter Rebbe — “the King is in the field.” Every Jew should “follow in His paths,” and leave the security of the “city,” the established Jewish community, and go out and extend himself to those Jews in the “field,” helping them find their way back to their Jewish heritage. Moreover, he should do so with happiness, emulating the King who, as the Alter Rebbe continues in that source, “accepts all with a gracious countenance and beams a shining countenance to all.” 


Looking to the Horizon 
Parshas Shoftim also speaks of prophets and the guidance they will give the Jewish people, saying: “I will raise up a prophet for them from among their brothers… and I will put My words in his mouth.” On one hand, that is a very inviting thought — to know that someone will be telling you G‑d’s word: that you can apply what he says with utter confidence because this is not a man guessing what may or may not be right. He is communicating truth from above. 
On the other hand, that is very frightening, for we can imagine how this potential can be misused. There are many gullible people who will swallow anything that people say. Indeed, the more “spiritual” the persuader looks and sounds, the more some people are swayed by his message. For this reason, the Bible itself warns about false prophets and the damage they can cause. 
Maimonides writes: “It is one of the fundamental principles of faith that G‑d conveys prophecy through man” — for G‑d wants that His word be communicated to mankind. And yet for thousands of years — ever since the initial years of the Second Temple — there has not been a prophet in the complete sense. 
One of the hallmarks of the era of Mashiach will be the renewal of prophecy.. Indeed, in a letter to the Jews of Yemen, Maimonides starts that “shortly before the coming of Mashiach, prophecy will return to the Jewish people.” After Mashiach’s coming, prophecy will become a universal phenomenon. “And it shall come to pass that I will pour out My spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and daughters shall prophecy; your elders shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.” In preparation for Mashiach’s coming and certainly after his coming, mankind will benefit from the positive dimensions of prophecy without having to worry about the drawbacks of false prophets. 

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