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Shabbos Vayechi - Hazaq! | 6-13 Teves 5780

Friday, 10 January, 2020 - 3:10 am

EREV SHABBOS FRI JAN 10th
Shacharis 7 AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  4:19 PM

SHABBOS SAT JAN 11th
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 10:06 AM
Shabbos Mincha 4:19 PM
Maariv/Havdalah 5:28 PM

WEEKDAY
Sun Shacharis  9 AM 
Mon- Fri Shacharis 7 AM
Sun - Thu Mincha 4:20 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV/

GALA KIDDUSH IN HONOR OF THE CARO FAMILY
Catered by Wolf & Spice. Thank you to sponsors Rabbi and Mrs Chani Levitin, Shimon and Tova Cox, Shuky and Chan Meyer, Mike and Lesley Weichbrodt, Rabbi Avi and Marave Herbstman, Andre and Liz Jacobowitz, Dr. Shimon and Jessica Rudnick, Liz Rothman, Chana Plotke, Ben and Sarah Dershowitz, Meir and Areille Zwanziger, Moshe and Karen Yalovsky, Eduardo and Gabrielle Sonnino, and David Judkovich.

TZEITCHEM L’SHALOM
The community wishes tzeitchem l’shalom to the Caro Family.  We will greatly miss you all!

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.

AVOS u’BONIM MOTZEI SHABBOS SAT JAN 10h 6:30 PM
Inspiring programs for fathers and children.  Living Torah Video, Raffle, Prizes, Delicious Refreshments, Grand Prize Raffle.  All ages welcome! Sponsorships available – Contact 
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com A special thanks to this week's generous sponsors, Chani and Shuky Meyer.

JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE LADIES DANCE NIGHTS
Jan 19th – Contemporary – 6 to 7 pm /Mother/Bubbie/Daughter/Cousin
Feb 23rd – Cardio 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Mar 8th – Hip Hop – 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Mar 22nd – Cardio 7:45 – 8:45 pm
All five for $75 or $20 each. 
https://tinyurl.com/cstlWomensEvent mherbstman@gmail.com
At All that Dance Studio, 3012 NE Blakely Street.

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 3:20 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. this week we will be learning Parasha Vayechi and Chazaq! With Rabbi Herbstman.

GIRLS CRAFTING MORNING – SUN JAN 19th 10 AM
For Girls 7 and Up. With Tova Cox and Chani Meyer. At CSTL. Coffee and Milk served. RSVP 
mherbstman@gmail.com

JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE EVENT – SUN FEB 2nd 7:30 PM
Being the CEO of your life – Focusing on Mastering your Financial Health. With Morgan Stanley’s Miri Tilson. Hosted by Elisheva Sprung.  At the Mod Apartments. 6559 35th Ave NE.  Sponsored by Chabad of Seattle.   Sushi & Wine will be served.

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

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

PARSHA WITH RABBI ROSENFELD 9 PM – 10:30 PM
At Mercaz

SEATTLE COMMUNITY SECURITY – EIGHT WEDNESDAYS 7 -10 PM
This course trains participants to protect our community. See more at this 
video. Begins Jan 15th.  Contact Elisabeth.rosenthal@gmail.com

JEWS AND COFFEE A COMPLEX BREW– SAT JAN 11th 6:30 PM
When coffee arrived in Europe, the non-Jewish establishment decried it but the Jewish community embraced it. Minyan Ohr Chadash presents Gilah Kletenik, a Jewish educator, who will explore this stimulating history, focusing on rabbis, Jewish merchants, and German Jewish women for whom coffee was an opportunity for integration, expansion, and advancement.  At Café Vita in Seward Park.

RABBI MEYERS JANUARY STUDY SERIES SUN JAN 12th 7:30 PM
Rabbi Ron-Ami Meyers continues his interactive study on the book of Shemot this Sunday at 7:30pm at Ezra Bessaroth. The classes take place every Sunday in January. Light refreshments will be served. For men and women, open to the community. Check out the class from this past Sunday at 
https://youtu.be/ylKGUZqRIG4  . We are grateful for our generous sponsors Donna Amira, Ralph Capeluto & Albert Israel. For more about learning opportunities with Rabbi Meyers go to www.talmid-chaver.com

A Journey to Israel Will Change Your Teen's Life – DEADLINE JAN 13th
Every Jewish teen should have the opportunity for a transformative Israel experience. Teens who have visited Israel have come home with a stronger Jewish identity and a lasting connection to our Jewish homeland. Make the dream of an Israel experience come true for your teen – apply today for a scholarship made possible by the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, the Samis Foundation, and other generous donors. 
https://www.jewishinseattle.org/investments-in-jewish-life/scholarships/teen-israel

BUKHARIAN JEWS: A SEPHARDIC STORY - THU JAN 16 AT 6:30PM
Renowned expert on Sephardic communities, Ruben Shimonov will provide an interactive presentation on the story of the native Jews of Central Asia—Bukharian Jews. This unique community is situated at the fascinating, yet lesser known, intersection of Sephardic, Mizrahi, and Russian-speaking Jewish life. This interactive talk will provide a unique opportunity to explore the rich and dynamic experiences of the millennia-old Bukharian Jewish community—as well as how their journey fits into the broader saga of the Jewish People. Refreshments will be served. At Ezra Bessaroth

Sourdough Baking for Women at the Kollel SAT JAN 18th 8:45 PM
www.SeattleKollel.org  or call Mrs. Feibusch at (203) 260-0267

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

BCMH MEN'S CLUB EVENT SUN JAN 26th 7 PM
Men of the community are invited for an evening of Sushi, Micro Brews, Snacks & Games. Yavneh Building upstairs Lounge. Cost: $15 per person. 
www.BCMHSeattle.org

Connections 2020 SUN JAN 26th 11 AM – 1 PM
The largest philanthropic gathering of Jewish women in the Northwest. Featuring guest speaker Alana Newhouse, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Tablet magazine and editor of the 2019 book The 100 Most Jewish Foods. Co-chairs Shelley Bensussen and Barrie Galanti. Honoring Naomi Newman with the Althea Stroum Woman of Distinction Award.  AtThe Westin Seattle – Downtown 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

The Rescue – A Live Film /Concerto SAT JAN 25th 7:30 PM
The Holocaust Center for Humanity presents The Rescue - A Live Film-Concerto, a performative film experience that tells the story of José Arturo Castellanos, the Latin American Wallenberg. At great risk to himself and his family, Col. Castellanos saved thousands of Jews during the Holocaust by issuing Salvadoran nationality certificates while working as a diplomat. Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. At Town Hall Seattle 
https://holocaustcenterseattle.org/programs-events/518-the-rescue

BCMH MEN'S CLUB EVENT SUN JAN 26th 7 PM
Men of the community are invited for an evening of Sushi, Micro Brews, Snacks & Games. Yavneh Building upstairs Lounge. Cost: $15 per person. 
https://bcmhseattle.org/event/mens-club-jan-2020/

Reset & Refresh STARTS IN JAN
Reset & Refresh is for young adult couples to engage in community building around Jewish values through shared learning about Shabbat. The series is a fulfilling exploration into new and traditional byways of Jewish life. 
www.JewishInSeattle.org

ANTISEMITISM PANEL DISCUSSION AT OHR CHADASH SAT FEB 1st 7:30 PM
Shootings in  Jersey City, Pittsburgh & Poway, guards outside our schools & synagogues, hate flyers on local sanctuaries, increased drills. What are our children thinking? How can we help them navigate this new reality? A panel discussion co-sponsored by Congregation Ezra Bessaroth and others. 
www.minyanohrchadash.org

SEPHARDIC LEARNING KITCHEN ON SUN FEB 2 - BOREKAS!
The Ezra Bessaroth Ladies Auxiliary will share the art of baking the perfect boreka. Sunday, February 2nd at 11am. Attendance is limited to 30 participants and this event will sell out. Cost is $20.00 and RSVP is a must. Reserve your spot by calling the office at 206-722-5500 or go to 
www.ezrabessaroth.net  What you bake you take.

“FAMILY PAPERS” BOOK TALK WITH SARAH ABREVAYA STEIN - TUE FEB 4th 7 PM
Join the Sephardic Studies Program at the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies and the Seattle Public Library for a conversation with Dr. Devin E. Naar and Dr. Sarah Abrevaya Stein about her new book, “Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century.” At the Downtown Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave. Seattle.

Derech Emunah Winter Garden Party SUN FEB 9th
https://www.Derechemunah.com/GP  or (206) 402-6621

PARENTING TOGETHER – TUE FEB 4th
Create family-to-family relationships through the lens of Jewish values. Learn more about this series at a fantastic lecture by best-selling author and parenting expert Wendy Mogel. 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-with-wendy-mogel-tickets-83420072683

FRUTICAS (Tu b’SHEVAT) SEDER & DINNER AT EZRA BESSAROTH - SUN FEB. 9
Save the date: Celebrate Fruticas, the New Year of the trees in Sephardic style with our unique Hebrew and Ladino Fruticas seder. Enjoy a cornucopia of fruits and a delicious festive meal. $85.00 per family or $30.00 per person. 
www.EzraBessaroth.Net

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

Introducing the Student to Student Program
Prejudice often results from lack of knowledge and familiarity. As a response, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle is introducing Student to Student, a program that teaches high school-age students to put a "human face" to Judaism – the best antidote to bigotry and intolerance. 
https://www.jewishinseattle.org/community-services/community-relations/student-to-student/

Holocaust Center Trip: 'Poland Through the Eyes of Children  July 4-11
The Holocaust Center for Humanity will lead an educational trip, "Poland Through the Eyes of Children," a trip about connecting to history and people, and understanding that each person has the power to make a difference. The tripwill be led by Center Education Director Ilana Cone Kennedy. Application Deadline: Saturday, February 1, 2020 
https://holocaustcenterseattle.org/programs-events/508-poland-2020

Applications for 2020 Camp Scholarships DEADLINE MAR 2nd
The Federation’s need-based camp scholarships program helps Washington State families with the cost of Jewish overnight camp tuition. By providing you with a variety of funding options, our goal is to ensure that you receive the assistance you need so that your child/children can participate in a Jewish overnight camp experience. To be eligible for a need-based camp scholarship, you must be a Washington State resident and be signed up with a traditional Jewish camp in the U.S. or Canada. 
www.JewishInSeattle.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 
JRideSeattle@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 – VAYECHI
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/92024/jewish/Vayechi-The-Golden-Years.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

The Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn of blessed memory, related:1 When the Tzemach Tzedek was a young child and learned the passage, “Ya’akov lived in the land of Egypt for 17 years,”2 his teacher translated it according to the Baal HaTurim commentary: “Our father Ya’akov lived his 17 best years in Egypt.”

Upon his return from cheder, he asked his grandfather, the Alter Rebbe: How can it be that our father Ya’akov, the elect of the Patriarchs, had his best years in Egypt, the land of corruption?3

The Alter Rebbe answered: It is written, “And Yehudah sent before him to Yosef to give instruction for Goshen.”4 The Midrash states, and Rashi quotes this: “R. Nechemya said: to establish a house of study so Torah would be there and the tribes would learn Torah.”

“To give instructions for Goshen” means (in a deeper sense), that when one learns Torah, he becomes closer to G‑d, may He be blessed. So, even in Egypt, it is possible to say vayechi — Ya’akov truly lived.

At first glance, it is not hard to understand why Ya’akov’s best years were the last 17 of his life, which he spent with his beloved Yosef. As the select of the Patriarchs, Ya’akov’s primary delight was in seeing that Yosef was not only alive, but conducting himself as befitted Ya’akov’s son, remaining wholly righteous, notwithstanding the fact that he had lived in a corrupt land for so many years.5

This is also to be understood from what Ya’akov said to Yosef when he saw him in Egypt: “After I have seen your face, that you are still alive.”6 This passage is puzzling: Was it only by actually seeing Yosef’s face that Ya’akov could know that he was alive?

The verse informs us that, by gazing into Yosef’s face, Ya’akov was able to see that Yosef was alive spiritually as well as physically. Yosef’s righteousness had not waned; indeed, it had grown while he was in Egypt. And this was the main reason for Ya’akov’s extreme joy.7

It is thus understandable that Ya’akov’s tremendous joy8 in seeing Yosef resulted from the latter’s ability to transform the gloom of Egypt into a blaze of holiness.

This being so, both the Tzemach Tzedek’s question and the Alter Rebbe’s answer require an explanation.

The Hebrew word for Egypt, mitzrayim, is related to the words “straits” and “limitations”9 — it is a land that does not allow the infinite revelation of G‑dliness. Indeed, as “the land of corruption,” it did not readily allow for any degree of Divine revelation.

The goal of man’s spiritual service is to achieve a state of exodus from all limitations, so that he can serve G‑d without constraints.10

This, then, was the point of the Tzemach Tzedek’s question: While during these 17 years, Ya’akov achieved a measure of spiritual joy that he had not attained until then, his descent into such a land had to have a limiting effect on his spiritual service. How then could these years be considered the best of his life?

The Alter Rebbe answered by noting that Ya’akov “established a house of Torah study”: Torah study can raise an individual above all limitations, so that one can be truly alive in a spiritual sense, even while in Egypt.

The reason for this is that the Torah is rooted in G‑d’s essence.11 Just as G‑d defies all limitations, so too with Torah; even though it descends within the physical, it remains essentially limitless.12 Therefore, by cleaving to Torah, one can withstand even the spiritual trials and tribulations of Egypt.

By establishing a Torah center in Egypt, Ya’akov was assured that his going there would not involve a descent in spiritual service, for the study of Torah placed him beyond the nation’s spiritual concealment. This enabled Ya’akov to live the best spiritual years of his life, even while in Egypt.

Based on Likkutei Sichos, Vol. X, pp. 160-162

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