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Shabbos Lech Lecha | 10-17 MarCheshvan 5780

Friday, 8 November, 2019 - 12:30 pm

EREV SHABBOS FRI NOV 8th
Shacharis 7 AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  4:23 PM  PST

SHABBOS SAT NOV 9th  
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 9:29 AM
Shabbos Mincha 4:23 PM
Maariv/Havdalah 5:25 PM followed by inspirational JEM videos

WEEKDAY SERVICES
Sun Shacharis  9 AM
Mon- Fri Shacharis 7 AM
Sun-Thu Mincha 4:30 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV/

KIDDUSH LITE
Kiddush Lite – No sponsor.  Meat Cholent co-sponsored by Shimon Dershowitz in memory of the victims of Kristallnacht, and for the yahrzeits of Ron Goldberg (Yerachmeil ben Moshe ZT”L) and Laura Greene (Leah bas Mordechai ZT”L, sister of Jonathan Greene).  Meat Cholent is co-sponsored by the Duban Family. Thank you to Rabbi Mendy Levitin for his special Meat Cholent.

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.

LADIES DANCE NIGHT OUT – SUN DEC 15th 7:30 PM
At All That Dance, 3012 NE Blakely St.  Sponsored by the Seattle Jewish Women’s Circle.  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. This week G-d willing we will be learning a Chasidic insight  about Avram שכל הנעלם מכל רעיון  “intellect  concealed from all ideas” – and how to reveal that !

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 3:50 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 Lech Lecha.

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 Emlen  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

Sunday Women’s Shiur: Getting in Touch with Our Tefillah SUN 10:20 AM AT BCMH.
With Rabbi Tannenbaum.  For a video of last week’s shiur:   
https://vimeo.com/370771561

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

JERUSALEM POST'S HERB KEINON TO SPEAK AT SJCC - WED. NOV 13
Isolated? A Look at Israel’s Relations With the World, Wednesday, November 13, 7:00 PM at The Stroum Jewish Community Center. Herb Keinon is the diplomatic correspondent for The Jerusalem Post, and has been at the paper for 33 years. A nation that dwells alone? Hardly. A look at Israel’s relations with the world, from Brazil to Bahrain, Romania to Rwanda. Register at 
www.AJC.org/seattle/isolated   For more information contact seattle@ajc.org  or 206-622-6315  

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. 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/

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 RideSeattle@gmail.com


REBBE’S SICHO – LECH LECHA
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/92004/jewish/Lech-Lecha-Man-is-Born-to-Toil.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

In the Torah portion of Lech Lecha, G‑d promises Avraham: “I shall give your children this land.”1 The Midrash comments:2 “While Avraham was traveling in Aram Naharayim… he observed the inhabitants eating, drinking and acting frivolously and wantonly. He said: ‘I wish to have no part in this land.’ When he arrived at the entrance of Tzur, he observed them weeding… cultivating… He said: ‘I wish to have my share in this land.’ G‑d said to him: ‘I shall give your children this land.’ ”

It is understandable that Avraham desired to have his portion among people who toiled and behaved properly, rather than among individuals who spent their lives frivolously.

However, G‑d’s promise that “I shall give your children this land,” meant that the Jewish people would inherit and conquer the entire land. What reason is there for connecting G‑d’s promise to the conduct of the land’s inhabitants during the time of Avraham?

The importance of labor and toil is to be seen from the verse: “Man is born to toil.”3 What is so important about toil and labor? Moreover, since G‑d is the Essence of Good and it is the nature of one who is good to act in a kind and benevolent manner, it seems strange that He made it necessary for man to work.

It is true that man’s nature is such that he derives pleasure from something accomplished through labor and toil, in accordance with the expression:4 “A person desires one measure of that which is his more than nine measures of that which belongs to his fellow.”

However, we cannot say that this is why G‑d made man work, for it is man’s nature to enjoy the fruits of his labor only because G‑d imbued him with this tendency.

So the original question remains: Why did G‑d create man in such a way that his greatest joy comes through toil? Why not create him with the ability to be delighted by idleness, for example?

The ultimate achievement of a human being lies not only in realizing his full potential, but in attaining a level such that he is, as it were, similar to his Creator, in line with the saying:5 “He becomes a partner with G‑d in Creation.”

It was for this reason that G‑d established the world in a manner such that the things which man needs for his existence are not ready-made. For it is through toil and labor that man is able to elevate himself, not only to the highest “recipient” level — the highest possible attainment of a created being — but to the level of a provider and “creator.”

This is why man does not derive pleasure from things acquired without effort, but is instead ashamed of them. Toil and effort are the hallmarks of mankind’s efforts to improve the world — he can thus enhance Creation and thereby become a “partner with G‑d.”

Labor that involves the recognition of and faith in G‑d as Creator and Provider6 leads to “labor in Torah,”7 whereby individuals lift the entire world to a level beyond itself. By doing so, one “creates” a new entity.

In a similar vein, the labor of the Jewish people in Eretz Yisrael consisted of working to “create” a holy land of Torah out of that which was previously mundane. The first steps taken in this direction were a fitting prelude to G‑d’s promise that “I shall give your children this land.”

Based on Likkutei Sichos, Vol. XV, pp. 93-99

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