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Shabbos Bereshis -Mevarchim MarCheshvan | 26 Tishrei – 3 MarCheshvan 5780

Friday, 25 October, 2019 - 3:20 pm

EREV SHABBOS FRI OCT 25th 
Shacharis 9 AM 
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  5:45 PM

SHABBOS SAT OCT 26th 
Tehilim for Mevarchim MarCheshvan,  7:45 AM
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 10:19 AM 
Shabbos Mincha 5:45 PM 
Maariv/Havdalah 6:47 PM followed by inspirational JEM videos

SHABBOS KIDDUSH
Kiddush sponsored by Northwest Yeshiva High School, in honor of Rabbi Naftali and Tali Rothstein (campus Rabbi and teachers at NYHS) and Reb Josh (Mashgiach Ruchani and teacher at NYHS) and Rachel Meisel. Delicious meat Cholent made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin.

MAZEL TOV MAZEL TOV
Mazel Tov to Rabbi Abe and Shprintze Kavka on the birth of their new grandson Moishe Deitsch, to their children Naomi and Levi Deitsch. The bris was on the first day of Succos in New Haven. May they merit to raise him to Torah, Chupa, and Maasim Tovim!

THANK YOU THANK YOU!
Thank you to all those who volunteered for the shul over the holidays, those who led davening and leining, the Cohanim, and all those who contributed and pledged for the auction! Tizku L'Mitzvot! 

Weekday Services 
Sun Shacharis  9 AM 
Mon, Thu, Fri Shacharis 7 AM 
Tue & Wed Shacharis 6:50 AM /ROSH CHODESH MARCHESHVAN
Sun-Thu Mincha 5:45 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV

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.

StandWithUs Northwest SHABBATON at CSTL– 4 MarCheshvan – NOV 2nd 
Featuring Randy Kessler Executive Director, StandWithUs Northwest at a the CSTL Shabbos Noach Kiddush– Please help sponsor.  Oneg Shabbat Friday night at the home of Saifo and Frumi Marasow about 8.30pm Answering tough questions about Israel, where we tackle some of the main accusations leveled against Israel and separate fact from fiction. Info: Vernon Neppe MD, PhD 
psyche@pni.org

WOMEN WINE AND WARDROBE – SUN NOV 3rd 7:30 PM
With Women’s expert Federica Gabardi.   RSVP and More info 
https://tinyurl.com/cstlwomensevent

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY – 8:15 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah.

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 5:45 PM
Inspiring words of Torah in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. We will Be learning a Sicho on Parsha Bereishit  and “Veyakov Halach Ledarco/Yaakov went on his way,” As is customary in some places to announce on motzoei Simchas Torah and Parsha Bereishit.

TOT PROGRAM /TBD

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  8 PM
Weekly learning class for women with Rabbi Emlin  This class is dedicated to the speedy recovery/refuah shlaimah of Sarah Goldberg      Chaya Sarah Malkah bas Brochoh Leah Chavah. This fast paced class is based on the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s, OBM, Sichos.   All levels of knowledge are welcome! Asking questions is not only allowed, it is encouraged!    At the home of the Kavkas  4002 NE 72nd St Seattle. Light refreshments are served

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

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

Pause with Pittsburgh SUN OCT 27th 2 PM
As we approach the one-year mark of the horrific attack on the Tree of Life in Pittsburgh, we encourage you to honor those we lost and commit to strengthen our Jewish community. People from around the world will have the opportunity to join Pittsburgh in a memorial service. Sign up to receive a text message with mourning prayer and the names of the 11 lives lost and a link to join Pittsburgh's local service via live stream.
www.JewishInSeattle.org

SEPHARDIC LEARNING KITCHEN SUN OCT 27th 11 AM – 1 PM
Learn to bake bischochos with the Ezra Bessaroth Ladies Auxilliary. At Ezra Bessaroth.  RSVP:
www.EzraBessaroth.net

Seattle Kollel Women’s Game Night WED OCT 30th , 8:00 PM
Contact Rachelly (206) 637-9541

No Pasarán!: Jewish Collective Memory in the Spanish Civil War TUE OCT 29th 5:30 PM
Dr. Amelia Glaser of UC San Diego will speak at the UW Hub, Room 145 about how three Jewish poets addressed the fight against fascism in 1930’s Spain, the participation by international volunteers, including many Jews, and the long, troubled history of Jews in Spain. Presented by the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies at the UW.
www.JewishInSeattle.org

BCMH ANNUAL DINNER -SUN NOV 3rd
Honoring Ari & Jessica Hoffman and Young Leadership Award honorees, Alexandra Birk, Yael Genauer, Rachel Eisenstein, Aliza Margolese & Shifra Wren. 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bcmh-annual-gala-honoring-ari-jessica-hoffman-tickets-73856309209

PACO DIAZ IN CONCERT - FEATURING HAZZAN ISAAC AZOSE - SUN NOV 3
Don't miss this opportunity to see Judeo/Spanish superstar Paco Diaz in a rare local performance at the Stroum Jewish Community Center. Featuring our very own Hazzan Isaac Azose! Tickets may be purchased at
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paco-diez-in-concert-tickets-74235964769?aff=ebdssbeac  .

A Historic Evening with Eva Schloss - Stepsister of Anne Frank TUE NOV 5th 7 PM
Hear the story of noted speaker and author, Eva Schloss, a Holocaust survivor and stepsister of Anne Frank. Eva will be joined on stage on the Hub Ballroom by University of Washington President, Ana Mari Cauce, who will lead the conversation. Sponsored by ChabadUW.  RSVP:  
www.EvaSchlossUW.com 

Voices for Humanity Luncheon WED NOV 6th Noon - 1 pm 
Join community members to celebrate the Holocaust Center for Humanity's 30th anniversary at the Sheraton Seattle – Downtown. Honoring 2019 Voices for Humanity Award recipient Alayne Sulkin. Luncheon Chairs: Lynne & Brad Smith. 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

SEATTLE KOLLEL AVOS u’BANIM STARTS SAT EVE NOV 9th 6:30 PM
Boys & Girls learning Torah with their parents. Info: 
https://www.seattlekollel.com/avos-u-banim

SUMMER CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS AND TEEN ISREAL TRIP SCHOLARSHIPS – APPLY TODAY
www.JewishInSeattle.org  

LADINO DAY - THU DEC. 5 
Ladino Day will survey the life cycle customs and traditions unique to Sepharadim from the Ottoman Empire. From berit mila to bar mitsva, weddings to funerals, the program will highlight a selection of major life events and explore shifts in Sephardic culture and the Ladino language through textual and material artifacts, oral histories, and photographs. Performances of Ladino songs by the Ladineros with Hazzan Isaac Azose, Seattle’s long time Ladino conversation group, a Ladino reading by Anna Jacoby (Congregation Ezra Bessaroth) and a multimedia presentation by Professor Devin Naar, will bring memories of these Sephardic traditions to life.
www.EzraBessaroth.Net 

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

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REBBE’S SICHO - BERESHIS
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/91944/jewish/Bereishis-Boundless-Benevolence.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

The Gemara in tractate Shabbos1 says: “He who is born on a Thursday will be a benevolent individual, for on that day, the fish and birds were created,”2 i.e., on that day — as Rashi explains3 — G‑d created beings that are wholly sustained by His kindness.

The Gemara, however, informs us in another tractate4 that all Jews are by nature compassionate and benevolent.5 This being so, what is special about the Jew born on a Thursday, as compared to Jews born on other days of the week?

The fifth day of Creation was unique, since on that day, as Rashi explains, G‑d’s benevolence was dominant — a benevolence that is boundless, for just as G‑d Himself knows no limitation, so too are His attributes limitless.

Indeed, because His boundless benevolence was dominant on the fifth day, the beings created on that day — especially fish — multiply greatly.

Herein lies the difference between all Jews’ natural benevolence and the benevolence of one born on a Thursday: The degree of most Jews’ natural kindness is limited — they will act kindly toward others, but not to the extent of foregoing all their own needs or undergoing excessive hardship.

However, he who is born on that day when G‑d’s kindness was manifest will display a natural tendency to completely disregard his own being in order to assist others.

Conversely, there is special merit to the innate kindness found within all Jews, as opposed to the capacity for kindness and benevolence evinced by those born on a Thursday.

Understandably, being born on a Thursday does not guarantee that a person will be infinitely kind; it simply means that he or she will have a slightly stronger inclination to act kindly, and that this kindness — if fully realized — can be boundless.6 However, the benevolence inherent in every Jew’s character is an actual goodness — not just the Thursday-type potential for goodness and benevolence.

For a person to aspire to infinite benevolence, he must first possess the quality of self-effacement; as long as a person thinks primarily of himself, it will be impossible to give totally of himself to others. Diminishing one’s own ego and desires enables one to become immersed in the act of kindness — a kindness not confined by a sense of self, but a kindness without end.

This aspect of self-nullification is also alluded to by the creation of fish on the fifth day. Fish, which multiply greatly — indicative of an infinite capacity — are entirely covered by water. As such, they are completely hidden from our view; all a person sees is the water.

Water is, of course, a fish’s source of life. Being so completely immersed in one’s source that all others see is the source, alludes to complete self-nullification — a quality that leads to the blessing of, and the capacity to, multiply without limit.

So too regarding man’s manner of service. In order to arouse the loftiest degree of benevolence — which is similar to G‑d’s boundless kindness — a person must first nullify himself before G‑d. This will cause him to become truly humble, and enable him to perform boundless kindness, free of the constraints of self.

This is also the intent of Rashi’s comment to the verse7 “Cleave to Him,” where he notes:8 “Cleave to His ways, perform acts of benevolence … just as G‑d does.”

When a Jew is truly cleaving to G‑d, feeling only the A-mighty and himself not at all, then he can rest assured that his acts of kindness will emulate G‑d’s — he too will perform acts of boundless benevolence.

Based on Likkutei Sichos, Vol. XXV, pp. 10-12

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