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Bamidbar - Shavuot | 26 Iyar – 4 Siva

Friday, 7 June, 2019 - 11:39 am

Erev Shabbos, Fri June 7th  
Shacharis: 7  AM
Mincha/Candles  8:46 PM /REMEMBER TO LIGHT A 24+ hr CANDLE
Maariv 9:48 PM /COUNT OMER #49/

Shabbos & Erev Shavuos, Sat June 8th 
Shacharis: 9:30 AM 
Mincha 8:46 PM. Pirkei Avos Chapter 6.  Seuda Slishit Lite.
Maariv/Havdalah 9:53 /Havdalah in Kiddush/ Light Yom Tov Candles from Existing Flame
All Night Shavuos Learning Starts Sat. Night 11:45 AM

Shavuous Day One, Sun June 9th 
All Night Shavuos Learning to 3 AM (see below)
Alos haShachar (72 minutes as 16.1 degrees) 2:45 AM
Latest time for Shema 9:10 AM
Shacharis: 10 AM /READING OF THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
Mincha 8:50 PM. 
Maariv  9:55 /Light Yahrzeit & Yom Tov from Existing Flame

Shavuos Day Two, Mon June 10th 
Shacharis: 9:30 AM  /YIZKOR
Mincha 8:15 PM. /FOLLOWED BY YOM TOV FARBRENGEN
Maariv/Havdalah 9:56

Weekday Services
Tue -Fri Shacharis 7 AM 
Tue-Thu Mincha 8:15 pm /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN 6 PM
In the CSTL Social Hall. In honor of the Rebbe, who in 1986 made a personal request that all communities are to have a Farbrengen during Mincha of Shabbos Parshas Bamidbar, which was Shabbos Mivarchim Sivan, in living with the spirit of Matan Torah when we were one nation united with one heart and one soul.
www.ShulchanAruchhaRav.com   

SHABBOS – KIDDUSH LITE
Chulent made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin is sponsored by Tova and Shimon Cox.

SUMPTUOUS SHAVUOS DAY ONE KIDDUSH LUNCH
Shavuos Dairy Lunch sponsored by Rabbi SB and Chani Levitin, in honor of the Yahrzeit Rabbi Yisochar Dov ben Yona Weiss.

All-Night Learning – SAT JUN 8th 11 AM – SUN JUN 9th 3 AM
SEFER haMITZVOT (ALL 613 COMMANDMENTS) – 11:45 PM – 1 AM WITH RABBI EMLEN
SHIUR WITH RABBI SB LEVITIN – 1 AM TO 3 AM 
The Talmud relates that when G-d came to give the Torah to the People of Israel in the early morning of Sivan 6 (see "Today in Jewish History" for tomorrow), He found them sleeping. (The Chassidic masters explain that this was an attempt to connect to their subconscious, transcendent self in preparation for their reception of the divine wisdom.) To rectify this lapse, we spend the entire first night of Shavuot (which begins at nightfall tonight) studying Torah. The traditional Tikkun Leil Shavout ("Rectification for Shavuot Night") study program includes the opening and closing verses of each book of the Written Torah (Tanach), as well as of each Parshah; the entire Book of Ruth (see "Laws and Customs" for tomorrow); the opening and closing sections of each tractate of the Talmud; a list of the 613 mitzvot; and selected readings from the Zohar and other Kabbalistic works.

SUNDAES IN THE PARK – SUN JUN 9th 5 PM
At View Ridge Park.  Sponsored by Mrs. Chani Levitin

THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -PENDING
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.

LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY – 8:45 AM SHABBOS MORNING
All are welcome to this inspiring class.

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 7:50 PM
One hour before Shabbos mincha.

CSTL TOT PROGRAM 10:30 am – 12:30 pm /TBD
Info: Liz Roth-Jacobovitz: 
elizabeth.roth08@gmail.com

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

WOMEN’S SUNDAY TEHILLIM AT CSTL – 10 AM /NOT THIS WEEK
In the library.  Come say a prayer for those in need. 

Weekly Talmud Class with Rabbi Levitin –Sundays following 9am Shacharis /NOT THIS WEEK
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 - Mesechet SANHEDRIN with Rabbi Mendy Levitn 
Please contact Shuky Meyer at +1-347-761-2134 to be added to the whatsapp group, for updated time and location

CAMP GAN ISRAEL SEATTLE July  1st – Aug 9th. – REGISTER NOW
Register at 
www.campganisraelseattle.org This summer at Camp Gan Israel Seattle, we will be focusing on discovering the hidden talents within every single camper.. Looking forward to giving your child the best summer experience. With questions, call or text Rabbi Kavka 206-730-2775

KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE /NEW PRICES
If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact Marion Kitz Gabbai 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. NEW Prices: 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

Second Annual "One People, One Heart" Community Event, JUN 24th 
Keynote speaker will be former Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau. More info: 
www.chabadofseattle.org

VIDEO SHIUR WITH RABBI TANENBAUM OF BCMH
https://vimeo.com/339392945 “Making Requests in our Tefilah – Exploring the Depths of the Amida”

Modern Anti-Semitism and Anti-Zionism: Is there a Separation - Wed Jun 19th 7:30 PM
Speaker at CSTL:  Regina Sassoon Friedland,  Regional Director. American Jewish Committee. Complimentary attendance but we need RSVP. RSVP to Education Committee Chair, Dr. Vernon Neppe  
psyche@pni.org

Basarfest at BCMH Sunday, June 16th  6 PM 
Featuring MEAT.   
www.BCMHSeattle.org ,

SEFARDI FEST – SUN JUN 23rd 9 AM – 3 PM
Annual Festival of Sefardi Food & Culture.  At Ezra Bessaroth 
www.EzraBessaroth.net

Shalom Baby Baskets
Available for every Jewish baby in the Seattle area, sponsored by Jewish Community Center. 
https://sjcc.org/events-classes/families/shalom-baby/  To register, call Talya Kurland, 206-388-0828. The Shalom Baby basket is suitable for children ages birth through age 2.

Camp Yavneh 2019 
Registration now open for Camp Yavneh. Staff applications now available at 
www.campyavnehseattle.com    

New Seattle Jewish Event Calendar 
http://seattlejewishuniverse.org/

Federation Annual Meeting Thu June 20th 7 PM
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle invites you to our 2019 Annual Meeting to honor community award recipients and learn about Federation's impact on our community. At Stroum JCC - Mercer Island 
www.JewishinSeattle.org

Sephardic Lecture Series 
At Sephardic Bikur Holim. 
www.SBHSeattle.org (206) 723-3028

Mercaz Shavuaton JUNE 7th – 10th 
At Camp Salomon Schechter.  
www.MercazSeattle.org

AIRPORT , LOCAL TRIPS, AND KOSHER RESTAURANT DELIVERY! – ELI DUBAN, DRIVER
NOW PROVIDING MOVING AND VAN SERVICE (UP TO 12 PEOPLE)
Competitive rates, excellent service.  Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com


 REBBE’S SICHO -  BAMIDBAR
https://www.sie.org/templates/sie/article_cdo/aid/2470440/jewish/Bamidbar.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

This week’s Torah reading describes the census of the Jewish people taken after the construction of the Sanctuary. Counting implies two concepts: a) we count something that is important; b) counting something increases its importance, making it more significant in our eyes.

Why does G‑d have the Jews counted? Because He cherishes them. Every Jew counts as one, because every Jew is as dear to G‑d as an only child born to parents in their old age. Conversely, counting the Jews brings their positive quality to the surface. For when a person knows that he is counted, he realizes that he is being counted for a reason: that he has a mission and purpose that is unique and special.

This is not just a point of faith; it is a logical construct. Just as a person building a structure tries to ensure that every element in it is functional, so too, in our Sages’ words, “the Holy One, blessed be He, did not create anything without a purpose.” Each one of us is different from all others and that difference implies that he has been given the opportunity to add something — a unique contribution that no one else can make — to bring this world to its consummate purpose.

Counting an individual makes him aware of his mission and encourages him to fulfill it. Simply put, counting someone motivates him to make himself count. It teaches him to look inside and discover his individual purpose and then work to carry it out.

There is a parallel to this concept in Jewish Law. In the laws of kashrus, we find the idea of bittul bishishim, i.e., when a non-kosher substance is mixed with sixty times its volume of kosher food, the non-kosher substance does not cause the mixture to be considered forbidden. There is simply too much of the kosher substance for the presence of the non-kosher substance to be considered significant. Since there is so little of it, it’s as if it’s not there at all.

When does that apply? When the non-kosher substance is of an ordinary nature. When, however, it is important, that importance prevents it from ever being considered insignificant. For example, if a particularly choice piece of meat falls into a soup containing milk, the soup is considered non-kosher even if its volume is more than sixty times the meat. Because this cut of meat is noteworthy, it is never considered as if it did not exist.

Now another example of a substance that is always considered as important is a substance sold by number. The fact that every entity is counted individually shows that it is significant even though its volume is surpassed exceedingly by that of the other substances.

Similarly, in the spiritual analogue, counting the Jewish people prevents the Jewish people from ever being considered as insignificant. Though they will face challenges and travails from within and without, the fact that G‑d treasures them and looks toward them for their contribution will give them the strength to persevere and accomplish their mission.

These concepts also relate to the present time of year: the days of Counting the Omer.Counting the days teaches us to bring out the positive quality that each day uniquely possesses, using it to its fullest.

Looking to the Horizon

Our Sages relate that there have been nine censuses of the entire Jewish people and the tenth census will be conducted in the Era of Mashiach. For this is the age when the cherished nature of the Jewish people will reach consummate fulfillment. Every individual will play his role in bringing the world to its desired state.

This census will, however, be different than the previous nine. As the prophet declares: “The number of the children of Israel will be like the sand of the sea, which can be neither measured nor counted.” In that era, the infinite G‑dly quality that pervades our people and this world will be manifest.

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