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Shabbos Ki Teitzei - ha’MELECH b’SODEH - 13-20 Elul, 5779

Friday, 13 September, 2019 - 10:57 am


Erev Shabbos, Fri Sept 13th 
Shacharis: 7 AM 
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  7:07 PM

 

SHABBOS Sat Sept 14th  
Shacharis: 9:30 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 9:55 AM 
Shabbos Mincha 7:07 PM  /Pirkei Avot Chapters 
1&2
End of Shabbos/Maariv 8:08 Pfollowed 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 
7:05 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

 

 

KIDDUSH 
Thank you to Avram and Tamar Rosenfeld for sponsoring this week’s kiddush in celebration of Avram Rosenfeld's Bar Mitzvah Parshah and in honor of the Yahrzeit of Avram's father, Menachem  Rosenfeld Z”TL. Delicious meat cholent will be made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin.

 

 

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN - FRI 6 PM
Erev-Shabbos Farbrengen in front of the CSTL Men’s Mikvah, in honor of the 13th of Elul, the wedding anniversary of the previous rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Shneersohn (1897), and the Yahrzeit of the Ben Ish Chai (1909), renowned Sephardic Halachic authority and Kabbalist.

 

 

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
An inspiring class with Rabbi Mendy.

 

 

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 6:10 PM
This week G-d willing, we will be learning the Rebbe’s Ma'amar B'chochma Yibone (5722/1962). This Ma'amar discusses how with  Chochma/Wisdom we seal G-D’s desire and Joy to be King over all 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. 

 

 

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

 

 

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 .

 

 

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 $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

 

 

Seattle Kollel "Mussar in Action" MON EVES THROUGHOUT  SEPT 
With Rabbi Michael Cohen. More info: 
www.seattlekollel.com

 

SEPHARDIC SLICHOT DAILY THROUGHOUT ELUL – SUNDAYS AT 5 AM
At Ezra Bessaroth.  A lovely breakfast following Selihot/Shahrit services for all attendees.

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 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

 

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 KI TEITZEI

 https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/2317587/jewish/Ki-Seitzei.htm
© 
SichosInEnglish.org

 

This Torah reading begins, “When you go out to war against your enemies….” What does a soldier feel when he enters combat? Maimonides writes: “Once a soldier enters the throes of battle, he should rely on the Hope of Israel and their Savior in times of need. He should realize that he is fighting for the sake of the oneness of G‑d’s Name. Therefore, he should place his soul in his hand and not show fright or fear.

“He should not worry about his wife or children. On the contrary, he should wipe their memory from his heart, removing all thoughts from his mind except the war.”

What motivates a soldier to rise above his personal self and risk his life in battle? He identifies with something higher. At the point he enters into battle, his personal identity becomes subsumed to the general whole. His “I” is no longer the individual “I” of his personal self, but the encompassing “I” of the Jewish people as a whole. Simply put, a soldier is not his own man. He is the representative of the Jewish people and that collective identity takes precedence over his own.

Here lies the issue: We see that, when called to serve in an army, ordinary individuals who are not spiritually oriented can rise above themselves and make the supreme and ultimate sacrifice. They subsume their individual identities. On the other hand, there are developed persons who spend their days in spiritual endeavors; they struggle and labor and yet, they have difficulty eclipsing their “I.” It’s true; their “I” is not an “I” of materialistic desires. Instead of seeking physical satisfaction, their wants are intellectual and spiritual, but there is still an “I” that wants.

The soldier, by contrast, is not concerned with his individual “I.” He is not laboring intellectually or spiritually and yet, he is prepared to give up everything, his life and all his concerns, for a purpose above himself.

What is the source for this dynamic? At the core of each of our beings lies a G‑dly soul that is not identified with our individual “I.” It is a part of G‑d, infinite and undefined as He is. Since this is the core of our being, we all have an innate tendency to self-transcendence. During our everyday lives, this inner potential does not surface. But when put to the test, when the person feels — either consciously or subconsciously — that this inner potential is being called on, it comes forth, almost effortlessly.

The Jewish people are called “the army of G‑d.” Implied is that each one of us is a soldier. In that vein, our Rabbis explain that the phrase “When you go out to war…” refers to the battle each person faces with his own individual nature and his struggle to bring spirituality into his everyday concerns.

This is where we must be soldiers. Instead of seeing these challenges as personal issues, we should see them as part of a general concern, as part of G‑d’s desire for a dwelling place among mortals, which is the purpose of creation as a whole. That sense of purpose will lift each one of us above our individual identities and prompt our essential core to seek expression.

Looking to the Horizon

War is an ongoing part of the human condition. Probably from the time when men first began to bond into nations, one nation sought to attack another. Why? They were greedy; they wanted the other nation’s land, grain, or animals. And life was cheap; the attackers did not understand the value of life, not the lives of their own citizens and certainly, not those of the nation which they were attacking.

In the era of Mashiach, this will change. “Nation will not lift up sword against nation, nor will they learn war any more.” Moreover, this will be the natural and accepted pattern of life, not the result of a particular treaty or pact.

Why? Because “good things will flow in abundance and all the delights will be freely available as dust. The occupation of the entire world will be solely to know G‑d.” The scarcity mentality that plagues people at present will be replaced by feelings of satisfaction and content. There will be no need to take from anyone else, because everyone will have in abundance.

Moreover, no one will desire to pursue physical pleasures and delights. That is the intent of the phrase “The delights will be freely available as dust.” Just like dust is not desired, so, too, although material pleasures will be available and appreciated, we will no longer anxiously pursue them. As a result, they will appreciate the value of their own lives, understanding the opportunity to bond with G‑d that every moment of life grants. Moreover, they will appreciate the G‑dliness in another person and understand that his or her life is similarly precious.

 

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