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Parshas Ki Tavo | 20-27 Elul, 5778

Friday, 31 August, 2018 - 1:22 am

EREV SHABBOS  AUG 31st 
Shacharis 7 AM
Candles/Mincha/Maariv 7:33 PM

SHABBOS - SAT SEPT 1st 
Shacharis: 9:30 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 9:48       AM/
Shabbos Mincha 7:33 PM /Seuda Slishit  /Pirkei Avos Chapter 3&4
Maariv/Havdalah 8:38 PM
SELICHOS 1:08 AM (Sunday Morning)

WEEKDAY SERVICES
Sun Shacharis 9 AM / SHOFAR BLOWING
Mon – Fri Selichos 6:30 AM
Mon - Fri Shacharis 7 AM /Followed by Shofar every weekday during Elul
Mon -Thu Mincha 7:30 PM, followed immediately by Maariv

SHABBOS KIDDUSH AND SEUDA SLISHIT.  
Kiddush Lite. Rabbi Saifo and Frumi Marasow, Gershon Grashin and Moshe Ohayon are sponsoring Meat Chulent, made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin. Seuda Slishit Lite.

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

SELICHOS BEGINS MOTZEI SHABBOS SEPT 1st 
Selichos will begin at 1:08 am Motzei Shabbat (Sept 1st), preceeding by a Farbrengen from 11:30 pm.  Selichos during the week will start at 6:30 am, followed by Shacharis 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 https://www.seattleesrogim.com

ANI L’DODI V DODI LI  with Rabbi Mendy – 6:15 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

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

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.

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.  

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]

VOICES FOR HUMANITY LUNCHEON - THU. OCT 4 NOON- 1 PM
Join us for the annual Voices for Humanity Luncheon at the Downtown Seattle Sheraton Hotel. The Holocaust Center for Humanity provides vital resources and programs to schools and communities. A minimum $180 donation per guest is requested. Register at 
https://holocaustcenterseattle.org/voices-for-humanity-registration/view/form   

SEPHARDIC DAY AT THE J - SUN. OCT 21 11am-2pm
Celebrate our Sephardic heritage at the SJCC. Featuring a Kosher Sephardic lunch from Leah's, Jaffa Road in concert, Ladino games and prizes, art projects for the kids, Marketplace and more. Register at 
www.sjcc.org


REBBE’S SICHO FOR KI TAVO
https://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2507741/jewish/The-Night-Following-the-18th-of-Elul-5751-1991.htm © SichosInEnglish.org

1. There are many interpretations of the name Chai Elul. The most fundamental interpretation is that this day infuses chayos — “life-energy” into all the dimensions of Elul. Since Elul is the month of stocktaking for the entire year and the month of preparation for the coming year, it must be filled with the service of G‑d in the three pillars on which the world1 stands — Torah, prayer, and deeds of kindness. Chai Elul must introduce additional energy in all these services.

Frequently, however, when we speak to people in spiritual terms, there are some who know what to do and others who become confused and waste time on matters which are not worthy of any attention at all.

One of the ways to overcome this difficulty is to associate spiritual concepts with material things, for all people relate equally in this sphere. In regard to spiritual matters, this is dependent on a person’s feelings and his understanding and in this sphere, there are differences between individuals. In contrast, in regard to deed, the totality of the Jewish people are required to observe all 248 positive mitzvos and all 365 negative mitzvos every day.

(Thinking is also required to perform a deed. Nevertheless, in this instance, one’s thoughts are goal-directed and therefore, can be focused easily. Thus in regard to the month of Elul, it is easy to find direct expressions for the increase of life-energy mentioned previously.)

In Elul, it is customary to increase one’s prayers. Indeed, in this month, even Torah scholars take time from their studies and devote it to prayer. This increase should be associated with the portion of Tehillim recited daily and also the three additional chapters which are added in the month of Elul. Similarly, there are other special prayers which are recited at this time. Therefore, there is no need to search for how one should make an increase in connection with Chai Elul; the area of activity is clearly outlined.

Similarly, in regard to Torah study, there are matters that are of present concern, laws that are relevant to Elul, to Rosh HaShanah, and to the days that follow. Furthermore, we are within thirty days of the holiday of Sukkos, when it is mandatory to study the laws pertaining to that holiday.

Likewise, in regard to deeds of kindness — in order to clarify where our focus should lie: The primary concern is to provide our fellow Jews with their holiday needs. Thus in regard to Rosh HaShanah, it is written “And send portions to those who do not have prepared, for the day is holy unto our L‑rd.” And we are assured, whoever increases will receive increased blessings.2

Thus we have clear and particular directives in regard to all three areas of Torah study, prayer, and deeds of kindness. Particularly, in regard to deeds of kindness, we will conclude this gathering by making everyone an agent to distribute tzedakah. A second dollar will be added in connection with Chai Elul.

As mentioned, whoever increases will receive increased blessings in all of his concerns, including a kesivah vachasimah tovah for a good and sweet year. Also he will be given the potential to increase life-energy in all the service of Elul and to do so immediately.

As mentioned previously, the name Elul also serves as an acronym for a verse associated with the redemption. “Tzedakah brings the Redemption near.” Similarly studying the laws of the Redemption in the Rambam’s Mishneh Torah and concentrating on the blessing of the Redemption in Shemoneh Esreh precipitate its coming.

By increasing our Torah study, prayer, and deeds of kindness, we increase the kesivah vachasimah tovah for a good and sweet year which we all will receive together with the entire Jewish people. L’Shanah tovah tikosaiv v’tichasaim — May you be written down and inscribed for a good year.

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