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Shabbos Ekev – Mevarchim Elul | 22-29 Menachem Av, 5779

Friday, 23 August, 2019 - 11:17 am

Erev Shabbos, Fri Aug 23rd 
Shacharis: 7 AM 
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  7:49 PM

SHABBOS Sat Aug 24th 
Tehilim for Mevarchim Elul 7:30 AM
Shacharis: 9:30 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 9:44 AM 
Shabbos Mincha 7:49 PM  /Pirkei Avot Chapter 4
End of Shabbos/Maariv 8:51 PM

Weekday Services
Sun Shacharis  9 AM
Mon -Fri Shacharis 7 AM 
Sun-Thu Mincha 7:45 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV

KIDDUSH 
Shabbos Mevarchim Kiddush sponsored by TBD Delicious meat cholent made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin, sponsored byTBD.

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN - AUG 23rd  6 PM
Erev-Shabbos Farbrengen in front of the CSTL Men’s Mikvah, in honor of Chof Menachem Av, yahrzeit of the Rebbe’s father, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson (1878-1944), in Alma Ata, Kazakhstan. Rabbi Levi Yitzchak was Chief Rabbi of Yekaterinoslav (currently Dnepropetrovsk), and was arrested and exiled to Kazakhstan by the Stalinist regime as a result of his work to preserve Jewish life in the Soviet Union. 
www.chabad.org/calendar

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
An inspiring class with Rabbi Mendy.

RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 6:45 PM
This week G-d willing we will continue learning  the Rebbes' M'ammar  Tziyon BeMishpat Tipadeh (1976/5736). The M'ammar discusses how our  spiritual condition of “Galus” Exile,- defined by Choosing your day to day mood based on Material Not  Spiritual achievements and setback,- can only be redeemed by finding the timelessness of Torah and Mitzvot  within the time of creation.

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

CRAFTING FOR GIRLS SUN SEPT 1st – 10 AM
With Tova Cox and Chani Meyer.  For girls 7+ at CSTL.  Cookies and Milk will be served
RSVP to 
MHerbstman@gmail.com

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 –Sundays following 9 am Shacharis 
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 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

UPSHURNISH BEIS ELUL - SEPT 2nd at 11 AM
The Herbstman family invites the community to the upshurnish for their son Yisroel Pinchas at View Ridge Park.  Only Simchas!

SHIURIM WITH DR TRACHTMAN SUN,MON,TUE, and WED 7-8 PM 
Via teleconference. Info and registration: Joseph N. Trachtman, O.D., Ph.D.  206-412-5985 
tracht@accommotrac.com .

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

Ruth Fast in Conversation with Pamela Lavitt SUN AUG 25th 4 PM
Hadassah will honor Ruth Fast to celebrate her 99th birthday. Ruth will share highlights of her story in conversation with Pamela Lavitt. Rescued from the Nazis by Hadassah-sponsored Youth Aliyah, Ruth has held every position in Hadassah's Seattle chapter.
https://www.seattlehadassah.org/events/ruth-fast-in-conversation-with-pamela-lavitt/

Honeymoon Israel Applications Are Now Open!
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle's next Honeymoon Israel cohort will travel to Israel March 19-29, 2020. Want to learn more about this opportunity to make deep and meaningful connections to Jewish life?
https://www.jewishinseattle.org/investments-in-jewish-life/young-adults/honeymoon-israel/

WOMEN'S POOLSIDE GARDEN SHIUR TUE AUG 27th 7 PM
Class given by Aliza Tanenbaum at the home of Liz Rosen, 5504 Seward Park AVE S, Sea. Topic: "Elul: Closeness, Unity and Gratitude". For Adults only. Drinks & snacks provided. RSVP to: 
lizmrosen@gmail.com

STEVE HEMMAT & YOUNG SEPHARDIC PROFESSIONALS – WED AUG 28th 6:30 PM
Young Jewish adults are invited to join our Young Sephardic Professionals for an informal rooftop wine chat with Steven Hemmat, former Trial Attorney at the US Department of Justice. Enjoy drinks and networking. At The Summit, 2020 E Madison St. To RSVP or for information email 
Ethan@SeattleSephardic.org

Mental Health: Fighting Isolation – THU AUG 29th at NOON
JFS Capital Hill Campus, Seattle. What can we learn from Jewish texts that could ease the isolation caused by mental health concerns? Join Beth Huppin, Jewish Family Service's Director of Project Kavod/Dignity for a text-based exploration. Snacks and bagels provided, feel free to bring lunch. 
https://www.jfsseattle.org/event/exploring-dignity-mental-health-fighting-isolation/

Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib to Climb Kilamanjaro 
Those of you who attended the May 27th Erensya event at Ezra Bessaroth will recall Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib's inspiring talk on the importance of preserving our Sephardic heritage. Lt. Governor Habib is in the spotlight again as he travels to the highest point in Africa – the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro! He’s making the most of his climb by raising donations for Boundless Washington, an outdoor leadership development program for young people with physical and sensory disabilities in Washington State.
https://www.boundlesswa.org/news/2014/1/23/get-out-there

EZRA BESSAROTH GALA DINNER W/ MICHAEL MEDVED - SUN SEP 1st  
Plan to join us for an exciting and glamorous evening of celebrating all we love about Ezra Bessaroth. This gala event will feature best-selling author, movie critic, radio host and local celebrity, Michael Medved. 

THE NEW ANTISEMITISM, WHERE IS IT FROM AND WHAT CAN WE DO? SUN SEPT 8th 7 PM
At Ezra Bessaroth. In recent months dangerous antisemitism has metastasized, from Philadelphia to Poway, to New York, To Miami and even right here in the Pacific NW. Regina Sassoon Friedland, Director of AJC Seattle will share vital information from the front-lines of the fight against antisemitism. 
www.EzraBessaroth.net

Eleventh Annual Community StandWithUs Northwest Reception Thu Sept 12th 
At the Hillel at the UW.  Purchase tickets at www.standwithus.com/seattle2019. Questions? Call (206) 801-0902 or email:
Northwest@StandWithUs.com

Seattle Jewish Arts + Music Festival – SEPT 13th to 15th 
At Stroum JCC - Mercer Island. Get ready for the 2019 SeaJAM, Seattle Jewish Arts + Music Festival. Featuring Emmy-winning Will & Grace star Debra Messing on opening night, Chef Joel Gamoran, The Maccabeats in concert, and a pre-Shabbat community challah baking contest. 
https://sjcc.org/arts-ideas/seajam/

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

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Competitive rates, excellent service.  Contact Eli at 206-771-2670 JRideSeattle@gmail.com


REBBE’S SICHO -  SHABBOS EKEV
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/2317583/jewish/Ekev.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

This week’s Torah reading contains the passage Vihayah Im Shamoa, a passage so fundamental to our Torah heritage that it was chosen to be included in the daily recitations of the Shema and to be written in tefillin and mezuzos.

Why is Vihayah Im Shamoa so important? Firstly, it mentions the observance of three critically important mitzvos: wearing tefillin, studying Torah, and affixing mezuzos. These mitzvos serve as continuous reminders of G‑d’s presence. Through their observance, we are able to maintain awareness of G‑d, not only on occasion, but continually, keeping His existence as an ongoing factor in our lives.

These mitzvos are, however, also stated in the first paragraph of the Shema. What makes Vihayah Im Shamoa particularly significant is its promise of reward and punishment. As the passage states, when we observe G‑d’s will, we will be granted bountiful prosperity and if we fail to do so, we will be punished by hardship, difficulty, and exile. The intent is clear. Our deeds determine our future.

Many will object, protesting that they finished Sunday School years ago and that this is an underdeveloped approach to spirituality. Checks and Xes may be necessary to train children, but as we grow older, we feel that approach is too simplistic. G‑d is something much more than an adding machine. He is transcendent and unbounded and His wisdom and providence have no limits or structured patterns. As such, He is above handing out prizes for good conduct and punishment for disobedience.

How far from the truth! Man’s accountability is one of the fundamental principles of our faith. Simply put, if our actions would have no connection to our fate, we would be living in a world of utter randomness that would have no order or design. Alternatively, G‑d would be controlling everything by absolute decree and then it would make no difference how we conduct ourselves.

Instead, man determines his fate through his own behavior. Just as cause and effect are cardinal principles in natural law, so too, they are fundamental principles of spiritual law.

Precisely for that reason, people have difficulty accepting this concept. We have trouble shouldering responsibility. It’s much easier to say that there is no Judge or judgment then to acknowledge that everything we do has a consequence.

This said, it must also be emphasized that G‑d’s scales of justice are determined by His own unfathomable judgment. Often, we see righteous men suffer and the wicked prosper, for His scales are not ours. He is truly infinite and controls the world as He sees fit, not as we would like. As R. Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev would say: “When I was a young man, I thought I could give G‑d a lot of advice about how to run the universe. As I grew older, I realized that He was doing just fine.” Our personal challenge is to attune ourselves to His will and live in consonance with His standards.

Looking to the Horizon

One of the interpretations given to the name Ekev is that it refers to the Ultimate Future, the era of Mashiach. We are assured that in that era, we will receive the true reward for our Torah observance. At the present time, we receive only “the fruits,” but the principle will be granted in that future time period.

In its present state, the world is not capable of bearing the full measure of G‑d’s power, for there are pockets of evil in many different places in the world. Were G‑d to radiate goodness immeasurably in the present era, the forces of evil would also derive nurture. In the Ultimate Future, by contrast, evil will be banished from the earth and there will be no reason to withhold goodness from the righteous. Moreover, the righteous themselves will have expanded their capacity and made themselves a more fitting medium for the revelation of G‑dliness.

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