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Parshas Ki Teitzei | 13-20 Elul, 5778

Friday, 24 August, 2018 - 11:13 am

EREV SHABBOS  AUG 24th  
Shacharis 7 AM
Candles/Mincha/Maariv 7:46 PM

SHABBOS - SAT AUG 25th 
Shacharis: 9:30 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 9:44       AM/
Shabbos Mincha 7:46 PM /Seuda Slishit  /Pirkei Avos Chapter 1&2
Maariv/Havdalah 8:48 PM

WEEKDAY SERVICES
Sun Shacharis 9 AM / SHOFAR BLOWING
Mon - Fri Shacharis 7 AM /Followed by Shofar every weekday during Elul
Mon -Thu Mincha 7:46 PM, followed immediately by Maariv

SHABBOS KIDDUSH AND SEUDA SLISHIT.  
Gala Kiddush Sium on Rambam with Rabbi Levitin, celebrating the completion of the 37th Global Cycle  Sponsored by Chabad of the Washington State.  Seuda Slishit Lite.

MAZEL TOV MAZEL TOV
Mazel Tov to Gilad and Mihal Ehven on the upcoming wedding of their daughter Chaya Mushka to Avraham Simcha in Crown Heights!  May they merit to build a bayis ne’eman b’yisroel!

SHUL FUNDRAISER
Thank you to all who contributed to the successful shul fund raiser this week!  Donors, Matchers, and all those who made it happen.  Yasher Koach to Rabbi Herbstman!

SELICHOS BEGINS MOTZEI SHABBOS NEXT WEEK SEPT 1st 
Selichos will begin at 1:10 am next Saturday night (Sept 1st), preceeding by a Farbrengen from 11:30 pm.  Selichos during the week will start at 6:30 am, followed by Shachris at 7 am.

L’DOVID HASHEM ORI 
The psalm L'David Hashem Ori (Psalm 27) is recited at the end of the morning and afternoon prayers. This special addition is recited throughout the month of Elul and the High Holiday season, until Hoshanah Rabbah (Tishrei 21) -- a total of 50 days. 
www.chabad.org/calendar

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -PENDING
For current status of the North Seattle Eruv, please check the flag on the NE 65thStreet side of CSTL, (green flag means the Eruv is up, red flag the Eruv is down), CSTL eNews, or the Vaad eNews. Visit our web site
www.twitter.com/cstleruv for current status.

FARBRENGEN ALERT–IN HONOR OF CHAI ELUL - FRIDAY 5 PM
Erev-Shabbos Farbrengen in front of the CSTL Men’s Mikvah. "Chai Elul" (Hebrew for "the 18th of Elul," also meaning "the life of Elul". This year August 28/29) is celebrated by the Chassidic community as the birthday of the "two great luminaries" -- Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Chassidism; and Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, the founder of Chabad. Chassidim wish each other "Gut Yom Tov!" and conduct joyous gatherings called farbrengens.
www.chabad.org/calendar

Esrog/Lulav/Schach Deadline is Tue Sept 4th 
RabbiKavka@gmail.com

ANI L’DODI V DODI LI  with Rabbi Mendy – 6:30 PM
The Rebbe’s Chasidus Discourse Ani LeDodi VeDodi Li is based on the idea of ‘Elul is the time of “Melech Basadeh” - The King Is In The Field’. Who Initiates the Intensification of this Love Relationship?  For Men and Women. In honor  of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha  and Elanah Rivka bas Sarah for a full רפואה  שלימה  

WOMEN’S LEARNING AT CSTL WED 8:00 PM
Contact Shprintze Kavka to arrange to learn what you want to learn.  206-730-2764

TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY – 8:45 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class the classes  are in honor  of Chaya Sarah Malka bas Bracha  and Elanah Rivka bas Sarah for a full רפואה  שלימה.  Velvel and Mushka Rosler are sponsoring  cake and cold brew  coffee

Talmud Class - Mesechet Rosh Hashanah with Rabbi Mendy 
Starting  Third Chapter Be"h  Aug 14th .. Please contact Shuky Meyer at +1-347-761-2134 to be added to the whatsapp group, for updated time and location 

CSTL TOT PROGRAM 10:30 am - Noon
This program is now volunteer-led. If you are interested in volunteering from time to time, please email 
elizabeth.roth08@gmail.com

CSTL JUNIOR CONGREGATION  10:30 am – Noon 
RabbiHerbstman@gmail.com

RABBI EMLEN’S MONDAY NIGHT SICHOS CLASS FOR WOMEN–8 PM. 
All levels of knowledge are welcome! Light refreshments will be served. At the Kavka’s 4002 NE 72nd  Street . For a Refuah Shlaimah for  חיה שרה מלכה בת ברכה לאה חוה     

WOMEN’S SUNDAY TEHILLIM AT CSTL – 10 AM …
In the library.  Come say a prayer for those in need. 

Weekly Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin –
Gemora Baba Basra with Rabbi Levitin after 9 am Shacharis

WEEKLY CLASS FOR WOMEN 
At Rebbetzin Levitin’s home, 6519 49th Ave NE.  For more info,
chanielevitin@gmail.com

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE
If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact Marion KitzGabbai Kiddush, 
miriamkitz@hotmail.com . Contact Marion to sponsor a Kiddush for a BIRTHDAY, ANNIVERSARY or YAHRZEIT. Please inform Marion by the preceding Sunday evening so that we have time to prepare properly.  Prices: Sponsor $350, co-Sponsor $175, Contributor: $50-$149. Presidential Kiddush $50, Chulent $100.


COMMUNITY NEWS

Mental Health First Aid: Aug 30, Oct 5, or Nov 28, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Free, eight-hour course offered by Jewish Family Service prepares you to interact with an adult in crisis and connect them with help. Three dates available. At JFS, 1601 16th Ave., Seattle.

Emanuel Congregation Gala. Sunday, Aug 26, noon - 4 pm
Emanuel Congregation is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a gala dinner, music, and keynoter Prof. Emeritus Dr. Edward Alexander, speaking on the UW Jewish Studies Program's early days, at Emanuel Congregation, 3412 NE 65th St., Seattle.

Hike to Margaret Lake Sun Aug 26th 
Join with Island Synagogue AKA Shevat Achim with experienced hiker Lloyd Tucker, who will share the hike and words of Torah with you. Meet at Island Synagogue, 8685 SE 47th St., Mercer Island, 8:15 am, for carpooling, or at trail head, 9:45 am. Hike moderate to difficult, not suitable for very young children. Bring water, snacks, and bug spray.

President Roosevelt and the Holocaust Sun Aug 26th 11 am
A revealing lecture by historian Laurence Stern offers a new perspective on President Franklin Roosevelt's views, war strategy, and State Department cloak-and-dagger actions and inactions. Ticket sales benefit the Holocaust Center for Humanity., Big Picture Theater, 2505 1st Ave., Seattle.

Mercaz Visits West Seattle Bee Garden Mon Sept 3rd 11am-1pm
High Point Commons Pea Patch, 3108 SW Graham St, Seattle. Bring a lunch picnic and your BEEautiful selves. We will sings songs, read a story or two, roll some beeswax candles and have a tour of the West Seattle Bee Garden. There is a playground and field to play in as well. $3 a person, $10 for a family of four or more.  

SBH Dezayuno and Food Festival Sun Sept 2nd 10 am – 4 pm
Enjoy all of your favorite mouth watering Sephardic delicacies along with amazing meat lunch options, including Fatburger and Mexican food. Bouncy houses and entertainment for the kids. At Sephardic Bikur Cholim

BASARFEST 2018. MON SEPT 3rd 5 pm
Eat.  Meat. Annual BBQ & Cook Off. Featuring Award Winning BBQ Pit Master & Food Blogger, Daniel Peikes. Register at 
www.bcmhseattle.org

ELUL IS HERE – HAVE MEZUZOT AND TEFILIN CHECKED!
Rabbi Benzaquen 206-200-6829

SEPHARDIC RELIGIOUS SCHOOL
Register now for 2018-2019 Sephardic Hebrew Religious School at the SJCC in Mercer Island!  Sephardic Religious School 1st day begins on Sunday, September 2, 2018 at 9:45 A.M at the J.C.C. [Grades K - 8]


REBBE’S SICHO FOR KI TEITSEI
https://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2507736/jewish/Eve-of-the-13th-of-Elul-5751-1991.htm © SichosInEnglish.org

1. It is always customary to begin with a matter related to the present time. This is particularly appropriate when doing so also fulfills the directive, “Begin with blessing.”

Within the concept of blessing itself, there are many levels, nevertheless, all of these blessings — even the hundred1 blessings which we are required to recite each day — have limitations.

Even the Priestly Blessing which has an unlimited dimension, for it is connected with G‑d’s promise, “And I will bless them,” is still limited for it is dependent on the service of the Priests which is limited in nature.2

In contrast, the blessings associated with a wedding celebration — and tonight is the anniversary of the wedding of the Previous Rebbe — are above all concept of limitation. Even though we see that in actual fact, there are limits even to such a celebration, they are in essence unlimited. For we associate these weddings with the era when “Speedily, there will be heard in the cities of Judah and the outskirts of Jerusalem... the voice of a groom and the voice of a bride,” the celebration of the Redemption and the rejoicing of that era will surely be above all limitations.

2. There is also a connection to this week’s Torah reading which begins “If you go out to war.” By beginning with the word “if,” which implies merely a possibility, but not an inevitable event, the Torah points out that war is alien to a Jew’s nature. In essence, a Jew has no connection to war, for he should be granted G‑dly blessings in a manner of peace and happiness, and indeed, unbounded happiness, from G‑d’s “full, open, holy, and generous hand.”

Although the phrase describes G‑d’s hand with four adjectives, since the subject is G‑d’s hand, the influence granted is unlimited. Why are these four adjectives necessary? Because our world is limited in nature and G‑d’s influence must therefore be drawn down within the limitations of our world which is structured according to a set of four spiritual potentials.

Similarly, mankind is structured according to this set of four potentials, for each person is a microcosm of the world at large.3 This is reflected in a Jew’s wearing tzitzis which shows how he includes all four corners4 of the world within him.5

[This is of present relevance, as reflected in the ingathering of the exiles from the four corners of the earth. Now is a time when we must study this subject as it is explained in Nigleh (the revealed aspect of Torah) and Pnimiyus HaTorah (Torah’s mystic realm).]

A Jew is essentially above all limits, even the limits of four, for in essence, his existence is one with G‑d’s. Therefore, entering these limits involves a departure (“If you go out...”) and also in a figurative sense, an aspect of war.

And when making such a departure, a Jew must — as the Torah reading continues — “take captives,” i..e., transform aspects of the worldly environment which he enters. And this will reveal how he is — as the reading continues, “the first of his strength. To him, belong the rights of the firstborn.”6 Through the descent into the frame of limitation, ultimately, a Jew will rise above all limits and confines.

The above will be enhanced by connecting it with the distribution of money for tzedakah,for tzedakah — like the fusion of finiteness and infinity — involves a combination of opposites. Tzedakah must be given by a person who has means, a mashpia, to a person who lacks means, a mekabel. Indeed even if a person possesses a minimal financial base (two hundred zuz), he should not receive tzedakah and instead should give to others.

(This will also continue in the Era of the Redemption. The Torah states, “the poor will not depart from the land,” and thus even in this Era, we will give tzedakah. It is only in the second period of the Era of the Redemption that we will witness fulfillment of the prophecy, “And there will be no poor among you.”)

The relationship between a mashpia and a mekabel also relates to the concept of a bride and groom mentioned above. The bride is a recipient. Therefore, she is not “to eat from property which belongs to her,” i.e., her needs are to be provided by the groom.

This is also mirrored in the wedding relationship between G‑d and the Jewish people. For every Jew is “the bride of G‑d,” as it were. The giving of the Torah represented the betrothal and the consummation of this wedding bond, will be in the Era of Redemption. Then oneness7 will be established among all entities.

May this be realized in the immediate future. Although a Jew is found in exile, he hates the exile, and indeed, hates it with a deep-seated hatred. What is the source of this hatred? Because in exile (golah in Hebrew), the manifestation of G‑d (the Alef) is lacking.

A Jew is constantly involved in the effort to transform exile into redemption. For G‑d also hates the exile, since He knows that in the exile the Jews are lacking — and indeed, He understands their lack better than the Jews themselves. Even though a Jew has been informed of the ultimate state that will occur after the exile, since he lives within the confines of a physical body and is limited within the confines of this world, he cannot understand these concepts fully. Nevertheless, since a Jew knows that G‑d hates the exile, he also hates the exile.

May we transcend all limitations and proceed to the Redemption immediately. And this will be enhanced by our presence in a house where good deeds are performed, prayers are recited, and Torah is studied. And from this house, we will proceed to the ultimate house the Beis HaMikdash, where we will stand on the roof and announce — “Humble ones, the time for your Redemption has come.”8

To emphasize the connection to the Previous Rebbe’s wedding, it is proper that the marriages which are being held at the present time should be held with increased celebrations. And these celebrations should be coupled with charity, by making a special “feast for the poor,” as is customary. And this day, the thirteenth of Elul,9 should serve to inspire greater wedding celebrations.

May all of the above concepts be actualized in deed. And may they lead to the ultimate deed, the coming of the Future Redemption. May it take place in the immediate future.

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