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Shabbos Mishpatim Shekolim – Mevarchim Adar | 26 Shevat – 3 Adar 5780

Friday, 21 February, 2020 - 11:48 am

EREV SHABBOS FRI FEB 21st 
Shacharis 7 AM
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  5:23 PM

SHABBOS SAT FEB 22nd
Tehilim for Mevarchim Adar 7:45 AM
Shacharis: 9 AM /Sof Zman Kriat Shema 9:43 AM
Shabbos Mincha 5:23 PM
Maariv/Havdalah 6:26 PM

WEEKDAY
Sun Shacharis  9 AM 
Mon, Thu, Fri Shacharis 7 AM
Tue, Wed Shacharis 6:50 AM /ROSH CHODESH ADAR
Sun - Thu Mincha 5:30 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV/

FULL KIDDUSH
Thank you to Harry Spitzbart for sponsoring Kiddush in honor of receiving beautiful new tefillin, which Rabbi Levitin brought back from New York, via Israel!  Harry is also sponsoring the delicious meat cholent, made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin

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.

LEIL SHISHI TORAH LEARNING AT CSTL – THU 8:30 PM
Join us in learning together in preparation for Shabbos – with refreshments and L’Chaim sponsored by Avrami and Chavi Gitler.  In memory of Menachem Mendel ben Yoel Ze’ev.

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN– FRI  4 PM
In the CSTL Social Hall, in honor of the yahrzeit (Shevat 26) of the “Taz”, Rabbi David ben Shmuel Halevi (1586-1667), a primary Halachic authority, known for his work Turei Zahav ("Rows of Gold") -- a commentary on Rabbi Yosef Caro's Shulchan Aruch  www.chabad.org/calendar..

AVOS u’BONIM MOTZEI SHABBOS SAT FEB 22nd
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

JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE LADIES DANCE NIGHTS
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
Just $20 each. https://tinyurl.com/cstlWomensEvent mherbstman@gmail.com
At All that Dance Studio, 3012 NE Blakely Street.

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR – 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.  This week we will learn on the verse- כִּ֤י תִקְנֶה֙ עֶ֣בֶד עִבְרִ֔י - וְאֵ֨לֶּה֙ הַמִּשְׁפָּטִ֔ים אֲשֶׁ֥ר תָּשִׂ֖ים לִפְנֵיהֶֽם  “And these are the ordinances that you shall set before them - Should you buy a Hebrew slave… "  This verse is in reference to Moshe Rabbeinu – and his mission as faithful shepherd – to reveal within the Jewish people our G-dly awareness and consciousness.

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 4:45 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 Parshas Mishpatim-Shekalim and Chodesh Adar.

JEWISH WOMEN’S CIRCLE EVENT – SUN MAR 1st  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.

PURIM CHILDREN’S PROGRAM AT CSTL – MON MAR 9th 6:30 PM
Featuring magician and illusionist Nate Jester, followed by special kids Megillah Reading (7:45 pm) with multimedia presentation

PURIM AT CSTL MON MAR 9th 7:45 PM
Maariv and Megillah Reading.  Italian Food by Wolf and Spice. Music by DC Zacob.  Music and Dancing.   Pay in advance https://tinyurl.com/CSTLPurim .  Info:  RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

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

BABYCHINO – SUNDAYS 10:30 to 11:30 AM
A chic meet for mod moms & their tots.  Grow along with us as we explore and discover the miraculous world of nature around us via trees, fruits, water and earth! 👶🏼 ☕️ #babyccino  For ages 0-3 years, $10 per class.  Ilana Duban (917) 615-3241 . ilanaduban@gmail.com


 

COMMUNITY NEWS

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

CHABAD OF BELLEVUE – 25th ANNIVERSARY GALA SUN FEB 23rd5:30 PM
Twenty-Five Year Unity Torah - Join us as we begin the writing of a new Sefer Torah honoring the twenty-five years of dedication and commitment of the Eastside Torah Center community.  Everyone will have the opportunity to join the live auction and participate in this historical event!  Enjoy a live performance by Shulem Lemmer,  one of the most sought after Jewish singers today! Shulem provides an authentic yet contemporary taste in Jewish music. His music will touch your heart and soul. Awards in Excellence to Rochie Farkash , Founder and Director of CHS and Challah Friends; Sholom Ber and Chaya Elishevitz , CTeen Founders and Directors; Julia Calvo , ETC Chief Operating Officer; Arkady and Elmira Yusupov , ETC Kavod HaTorah Award; and Leah Solomon , ETC Community Builder Award.  Registration and more info:
https://www.chabadbellevue.org/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/4547479/jewish/25-Years-Celebration.htm

RABBI AVROHOM UNION AT THE KOLLEL SUN FEB 23rd 10:15 AM
Topic: "Jewish Perspectives on End-of-Life-Care"  Co-sponsored by the Seattle Kollel, Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadath, Ashreichem Yisrael, Ezra Bessaroth, Minyan Ohr Chadash & Sephardic Bikur Holim.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers Mondays FEB 24th – MAR 30th 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Genuine self-care is crucial for family caregivers looking after loved ones. In this six-week class offered by Jewish Family Service, participants will learn how to reduce stress, communicate needs, deal with difficult emotions, and make tough caregiving decisions. Free of charge. Wallingford Community Senior Center – Seattle https://www.jfsseattle.org/event/powerful-tools-for-caregivers-2/

Jewish Community Lobby Day TUE FEB 25th 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM IN OLYMPIA
Make your voice heard for our Jewish community! Join with friends, neighbors, congregants, and fellow engaged citizens in Olympia for the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle's Jewish Community Lobby Day. No experience necessary – we'll do all the prep work! Bus transportation available to and from North Seattle and Mercer Island. Hurry! Registration closes on Sunday, February 23 https://jewishinseattle.secure.force.com/donate/rc_connect__campaign_designform?id=7010a000004ORUAAA4&form=00P0a00000o7bq7EAA

RABBI YISSOCHER FRAND AT BCMH MON MAR 2nd 8 PM
"Should We Ever Try to Play G-d", in the BCMH Beis Midrash

SMALL AGENCY SUSTAINABILITY GRANTS Application Deadline: FRI MAR 6th 3 PM
https://www.jewishinseattle.org/community-services/get-funding-special-initiatives-fund/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Puget%20Sound%20Jewish%20Life

LEARN, CONNECT, AND NOSH WITH PJ LIBRARY PARENTS, WHILE YOUR KIDS PLAY
Geared for families with children ages 0-5. Are you seeking meaningful Jewish experiences alongside other families? Do you want to make informed decisions about your family’s Jewish journey? We’ve got you covered. The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle’s Jewish Parenting Together series is all about creating family-to-family relationships through the lens of Jewish values. Explore and learn together while the kids enjoy a fun learning experience with Lisa the Librarian! Then, enjoy a kosher brunch and an engaging workshop. Series Leader: Rabbi Samuel Klein , Director of Jewish Engagement for the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. He has led Jewish life courses for couples and families in a variety of community settings including synagogues, JCCs, and Federations nationally https://www.jewishinseattle.org/investments-in-jewish-life/pj-library-for-families-with-young/jewish-parenting-together/

FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE HEROS’ GALA – MAR 5th
At Hyatt Regency Seattle, 808 Howell St, Seattle https://www.friendshipcirclewa.org/templates/section_cdo/aid/4562657/jewish/Heroes-Gala-2020.htm

Beersheva Hadassah Brunch SUN MAR 15th 10:30 AM
with Regina Friedland Sasson, in conversation with Meryl Alcabes at a private home in Seward Park. Topic: "Rising Antisemitism in the West, Advancement in the Middle East-Demystifying the Enigma"  https://www.seattlehadassah.org 

Seattle Jewish Film Festival MAR 19-29, APR 4-5
Tickets on Sale Now! Get your tickets for the Seattle Jewish Film Festival, celebrating its silver anniversary this year. Check out this year's lineup of comedies, dramas, documentaries, and shorts that showcase the vibrancy of global Jewish life. https://seattlejewishfilmfestival.org/

ARRIVALS PLAY ABOUT SEPHARDIC PIONEERS TO DEBUT SUN MAR. 29th 
The Seattle Jewish Theater Company and Congregation Ezra Bessaroth are proud to present “Arrivals, a Sephardic-Ashkenazi love story" at Ezra Bessaroth on Sunday, March 29 at 2:00 pm.  “Arrivals” is based on historical events and tells the story of the arrival of the first Sephardic immigrants to Seattle in 1903 and their sometimes-difficult encounters with Ashkenazi Jews already settled in the city. The performance will be followed by an audience conversation with the playwright and the cast. Tickets are $7.00 if purchased in advance, $10.00 at the door. Purchase tickets at www.ezrabessaroth.net  or at the Ezra Bessaroth office (M-F 9am-3pm).

MISS ISRAEL AT EZRA BESSAROTH - MON MAR 30th  7 PM
Ezra Bessaroth is honored to be hosting Titi Aynaw, Miss Israel 2013. Ms. Aynaw is an Israeli model and television personality who was crowned Miss Israel in 2013. She made Aliyah to Israel from Ethiopia when she was twelve years old, settling in Netanya. In 2016 Aynaw began work on establishing a community arts education center in Netanya to serve at-risk youth. Ayynaw was named the 39th most influential Jew of 2013 by The Jerusalem Post . RSVP at www.ezrabessaroth.net . Dessert & drinks will be served

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 – MISHPATIM
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/92055/jewish/Mishpatim-To-Fast-or-Not-to-Fast.htm © SichosInEnglish.org

We learn in the Torah portion of Mishpatim :1 “When you see the donkey of your enemy lying under its load, you will [be tempted] to refrain from helping him, [but] you must come to his aid.”

In commenting on this verse, the Mechilta notes2 instances when one is not obliged to render assistance: when the donkey belongs to a gentile and the load belongs to a Jew, or when the animal is in a cemetery and the person who would render assistance is a kohen, for the kohen may not ritually defile himself by entering a cemetery.

Rashi, in his commentary on the Torah3 , explains this verse, first according to its simple meaning and then according to its Midrashic interpretation. The simple meaning, says Rashi , is that the verse expresses an understanding that a person might want to refrain from helping his enemy, but goes on to say “you must come to his aid.”

Now, we observe that Rashi, in discussing the Midrashic exceptions, omits the instance mentioned in the Mechilta of the animal being in a cemetery, and instead mentions that when the individual who would offer assistance is old and the conduct would be entirely inappropriate, he is not obliged to help.

Now, while the instance of the older person is indeed mentioned by our Sages,4 they mention it in explaining the verse in Devarim :5 “If you see your brother’s ox or sheep going astray…..”

How could Rashi possibly omit the example quoted by the Mechilta on this verse and substitute an example derived from another verse?

This can be understood by explaining the inner meaning of this Rashi , in context with our own spiritual service:

The Ba’al Shem Tov explains6 that “donkey” — in Hebrew, chamor , from the root chomer (materialism) — refers to a person’s physical body. “You must come to his aid” thus means that one may not rely on fasts and mortifications to break down the body’s crude materialism, but must rather “come to his aid,” by purifying and refining the body.

But there are instances in which one may engage in fasting:7

a) a fast of repentance;

b) a fast to restore one’s spiritual status.

In the first instance, fasting atones for iniquities, while in the latter instance, it either follows repentance, or there was no sin at all; the individual is merely “polishing the soul clean before G‑d.”8

Rashi ’s two examples of “an old person…” and “a gentile’s animal….” are predicated upon the two instances when one does not “come to his [the body’s] aid” through purification and refinement alone, but also through fasts.

When a Jew — Heaven forbid! — sins, his body and animal soul are torn away from holiness and come under the temporary rule of unholiness; they become “a gentile’s animal.” Yet, even the greatest Jewish sinner is filled with mitzvos9 — a “Jewish load” — especially so since, even while a sin is being committed, the Divine soul remains faithful to G‑d.10

In such an instance, where there is “a gentile’s ‘animal’ and a Jewish ‘load,’ ” Rashi informs us that fasting is permitted in order to gain atonement.

The second instance of permissible fasting, however, involves a person who merely desires to “polish his soul” — no actual sin is involved; it’s just that he was so busy with spiritual affairs, he did not take the opportunity to fully refine his materialism, though this shortcoming also dims the shine of one’s soul.

This is alluded to by Rashi as someone “old” — age being a metaphor for the acquisition of wisdom11 — who had found it spiritually “inappropriate” until now to deal with his materialism. For such a person, fasting “polishes” both body and soul.

Rashi therefore does not bring the example of a Kohen and the cemetery, for the Jewish soul — the “load” which is likened to a [daughter of a] Kohen12 — can never descend so low that it is found in a “cemetery,” for both the divine soul and even the Jewish body are ultimately immortal.13

Based on Likkutei Sichos, Vol. XXI, pp. 125-131

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