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Shabbos Vayetzei | 8-15 Kislev 5780 TES & YUD KISLEV

Friday, 6 December, 2019 - 8:38 am

EREV SHABBOS FRI DEC 6th
Shacharis 7 AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  3:59 PM

SHABBOS SAT DEC 7th
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 9:52 AM
Shabbos Mincha 3:59 PM
Maariv/Havdalah 5:03 PM followed by inspirational JEM videos

WEEKDAY SERVICES
Sun Shacharis  9 AM
Mon- Fri Shacharis 7 AM
Sun-Thu Mincha 4:10 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV/

KIDDUSH SPONSORS
Kiddush Lite – No Sponsor. Delicious Meat Cholent made by Anonymous, sponsored by Katherine Barnes.  Thank you!

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -TBD
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.

FARBRENGEN ALERT – TES AND YUD KISLEV – DEC 7th and 8th
Birth & Passing of R. Dovber of Lubavitch (1773; 1827) Kislev 9 is both the birthday and day of passing of Rabbi DovBer of Lubavitch, son of and successor to the founder of Chabad Chassidism, Rabbi Schneur Zalman·of Liadi. Rabbi DovBer was known for his unique style of "broadening rivers" -- his teachings were the intellectual rivers to his father's wellspring, lending breadth and depth to the principles set down by Rabbi Schneur Zalman. Born in Liozna, White Russia in 1773, Rabbi DovBer was named after Rabbi Schneur Zalman's mentor and teacher, Rabbi DovBer of Mezeritch, who had passed away on Kislev 19 of the previous year. Rabbi DovBer assumed the leadership of Chabad upon his father's passing in 1812. In 1813 he settled in the town of Lubavitch, which was to serve as the movement's headquarters for the next 102 years. In 1826, he was arrested on charges that his teachings threatened the imperial authority of the Czar, but was subsequently exonerated. Venue to be Announced.  
www.chabad.org/calendar

 GIRLS CRAFTING MORNING – SUN DEC 8th 10 – 11:30 AM
At CSTL.  With Tova Cox and Chani Meyer.  Cookies and Milk will be served.  RSVP 
MHerbstman@gmail.com   Sponsored by CSTL Children’s Program.

CHANUKAH ON ICE – WED DEC 25th 2:45 PM
At Highland Ice Arena, 18005 Aurora Ave N. .  Free Admission. Skate rental available for $4. Sponsored by a generous donation to the CSTL Children’s Program.  RSVP and More info 
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

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 HERBSTMAN – 8:15 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava  and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. .

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 3:10 PM
This week featuring inspiring words of Torah in the merit of a complete recovery רפואה  שלימה for of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha Leah Chava and Eliana Rivka bas Sarah. We will be learning a Sicho on Parshat Vayetzei with Rabbi Herbstman.

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

HELP BRING AN EL AL SEATTLE - TEL-AVIV NON-STOP TO SEATAC AIRPORT !
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle is assisting the Port of Seattle in advocating for a round trip, non-stop EL AL flight from Seattle to Tel Aviv.  Albert Israel is collecting links to events of Pacific Northwest/Israel related exchanges, such as business, educational and/or cultural interactions. The more Seattle/Israel activities that can be documented, the better the chance of securing that route. Spread the word, and help by contacting Albert Israel  
jewishalbert@yahoo.com   

Seattle Kollel Events
Sat. nights, 6:30 pm, Avo U'Banim at the Kollel
Monday nights, Nov. 18-Dec. 16, 7:00 pm, Hebrew Crash Course
Women's Night Out, Nov. 30, 9:00 pm, Mosaic Art
All classes at the Kollel. More info: 
www.seattlekollel.org

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 Hebrew Academy Annual Gala Dinner DEC 8th
Honoring Aaron & Joanna Sandorffy. More info: 
http://www.seattlehebrewacademy.org

Derech Emunah Girl’s High School Open House Tue Dec 10th 7-9 PM
Open house for Parents of Prospective Students Contact: Cheryl Greene 
cgreene@derechemunah.com  206.402.6621 www.derechemunah.org

SHABBAT DINNER HONORING RABBI & MRS BENZAQUEN ON GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY - FRI DEC 20th
Join us for a very special Shabbat dinner at Ezra Bessaroth as we honor our beloved Rabbi Simon & CecIlia Benzaquen on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary. Friday, December 20, services at 4pm, dinner at 5pm,Cost is $30/person, $75/family. 3 and under, free. This event will sell out so reserve your spot today. 
www.EzraBessaroth.net

19ый Ежегодный Ханукальный Вечер -SUN DEC 29th 4:00 PM
Chabad Jewish Russian Center 1114 NE Perkins Way, Shoreline WA 98155 . Design your own t-shirt. Hot Donuts, Latkes, Lechaim. RSVP 
rabbi@shalomseattle.org

Torah,Tea and Cookies with Rabbi Rosenfeld – THU 9 PM
At Mercaz – 6011 37th Ave NE.   
www.mercazseattle.org

SEPHARDIC ADVENTURE CAMP REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
Registration for Sephardic Adventure Camp is now open. Dates are August 1-18. For more information go to  
www.sephardicadventurecamp.org

LIMMUD SEATTLE –JAN 18th – 19th 2019.
At Bellevue College.  
www.limmudseattle.org 

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! Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 
RideSeattle@gmail.com 
JRide is now serving New York City  locals and tourists! Car seats available upon request. Contact JRide at 206-771-2670 or 
jridenewyork@gmail.com


REBBE’S SICHO – VAYETZEI
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/92013/jewish/Vayeitzei-L-rd-of-Yitzchak.htm © SichosInEnglish.org

The Torah portion Vayeitzei begins by relating how G‑d revealed Himself to Ya’akov while he was traveling to Charan. G‑d begins his address by saying:1 “I am G‑d, L-rd of Avraham your father, and L-rd of Yitzchak.”

The Midrash notes2 that, although G‑d generally does not affiliate His name with tzaddikim — “L-rd of Avraham,” “L-rd of Yitzchak,” etc. — while they are still alive (for it is possible that they may yet sin), He made an exception in the case of Yitzchak, calling Himself “L-rd of Yitzchak,” even though Yitzchak was still alive.

The Midrash explains that “since he [Yitzchak] was sightless, it was considered as if he had already passed on; for he was confined to his home, and the evil inclination had ceased its blandishments.” G‑d was thus assured that Yitzchak would not sin in the future, and could confidently affiliate His name with him.

Although it is true that G‑d knows the future, and whether a tzaddik will or will not eventually succumb to sin,3 He refrains from explicitly stating His affiliation with tzaddikim while they are alive, for when G‑d’s knowledge is clearly revealed, it inhibits man’s free will.4

But since Yitzchak’s evil inclination had ceased to tempt him, there was no possibility that, by declaring Himself “L-rd of Yitzchak,” G‑d would nullify his freedom of choice.

But this must be better understood. It is quite true that a sightless person is considered as if he had died, as our Sages state:5 “Four categories of people are considered as if they were dead: an impoverished person, a leper, a sightless individual and he who has no children.” There is even an opinion6 that a blind person — like a dead one7 — is free from the obligation of performing mitzvos.

Nevertheless, this does not appear to be reason enough for the Midrash to state that because Yitzchak was blind, the evil inclination held absolutely no sway. We can observe that a sightless person possesses an evil inclination, harbors forbidden desires, and is quite capable of sinning. How then does the Midrash state that G‑d affiliated His name with Yitzchak while he was still alive because “he was sightless … and the evil inclination had ceased its blandishments”?

According to our Sages,8 Yitzchak became blind because of the smoke from the incense and other offerings that Esav’s wives offered to their idols. Now, although it is true that smoke is damaging to the eyes,9 we must recognize the fact that this smoke was not so dense that it caused everyone who came into contact with it to be blinded, for if this were so, then Esav’s wives, as well as Esav himself, should also have been blinded. Why then did this smoke blind only Yitzchak?

In fact, Yitzchak’s blindness did not result from the smoke itself, but because the smoke was a byproduct of idolatry. Yitzchak, who was “pure of eye, incapable of seeing evil,”10 was so repulsed by this smoke that it caused him to become sightless.

This is similar to an incident involving R. Nochum of Chernobyl, who was once inadvertently given non-Jewish milk and was simply unable to see it. In explaining this phenomenon, R. Nochum noted: “That which a Jew should not see, he does not see.”11

Since Yitzchak’s blindness resulted from his utter inability to tolerate anything idolatrous, “the evil inclination ceased its blandishments.” Evil now held absolutely no sway over him.

Because Yitzchak had attained such an exalted state, it was possible for G‑d to affiliate His name with him even while he was still alive.

Based on Likkutei Sichos, Vol. V, pp. 132-140

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