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habbos Re’eh – Rosh Chodesh Elul | 29 Menachem Av – 6 Elul, 5779

Friday, 30 August, 2019 - 1:22 am

Erev Shabbos, Fri Aug 30th 
Shacharis: 7 AM 
Mincha/Candles/Maariv  7:34 PM

SHABBOS Sat Aug 31st /ROSH CHODESH ELUL
Shacharis: 9:30 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 9:48 AM 
Shabbos Mincha 7:34 PM  /Pirkei Avot Chapter 5
End of Shabbos/Maariv 8:35 PM

Weekday Services / Come Hear the Shofar at weekday Shacharis throughout Elul
Sun Shacharis  9 AM /ROSH CHODESH ELUL – First Shofar
Mon -Fri Shacharis 7 AM 
Sun-Thu Mincha 7:30 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV

L'David Hashem Ori Starts at Shacharis this Shabbos
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

KIDDUSH 
Gala Rosh Chodesh Elul Kiddush to thank and honor Rabbi Avi & Marave Herbstman and family for all the amazing work they do to help build our warm and vibrant community. Sponsored by Rabbi & Chanie Levitin, Tova & Shimon Cox, Chani & Shuky Meyer, Yussi & Rachel Greenberg and Galit Lurya. Gala kiddush includes meat cholent by Rabbi Mendy Levitin.

BARUCH DAYAN EMETH
We are saddened by the passing of Leah Kitz, Leah Yochana bas Chayim Gershon ZT”L.   May the Kitz family be comforted with all the mourners of Tzion and Yerushalayim.

PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN - AUG 23rd  6 PM
Erev-Shabbos Farbrengen in front of the CSTL Men’s Mikvah, in honor of Rosh Chodesh Elul – The King is in the Field!
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 6:35 PM
This week G-d willing, we will be learning a Sicho on Parshas Re'eh and Chodesh Elul

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

GAVI GOLDBERG'S BRIDAL SHOWER - SUN SEPT 1st 7 PM
For women only, at the Bogomilsky’s.  RSVP to Chavi Gittler (845) 662-9446

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

Rabbi Eli Mansour at Sephardic Bikur Holim & Seattle Kollel SUN SEP 1st  and MON SEP 2nd 
Daf Yomi SUN 6:30 PM at SBH, followed by Mincha/Maariv.  
Grand Shiur SUN 8:30 PM at SBH
Selichos and Shacharis MON 6:30 AM at SBH
Grand Shiur MON 9 AM at Seattle Kollel
https://www.seattlekollel.com/rabbi-eli-mansour-learning

SEPHARDIC SLICHOT DAILY THROUGHOUT ELUL - FIRST SELICHOT SUN SEP 8th 5 AM
At Ezra Bessaroth. Michael & Carole Behar will be sponsoring a lovely breakfast following Selihot/Shahrit services for all attendees.

Island Synagogue Annual Hike  MON SEPT 2nd 9 AM – 5 PM
A five mile round trip to "Dirty Harry's Balcony." Hike has a difficulty rating of 3 on a 1-to-5 scale. Elevation gain 1,300 feet. Hosted by Dr. Lloyd Tucker. Meet at Island Synagogue/Shevat Achim at 9 am or park at the trail head (Discovery Pass required) off Exit 38 on I-90.  
www.islandsynagogue.org

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

Honor Susie Pass at Hadassah SUN SEPT 8th 11 AM
Hadassah will hold a game day fundraiser at Redmond Ridge honoring Susie Pass. Mah jongg, bridge, or any table game. Not a game player? Come by for lunch, friendship, echar lashon, and schmoozing. 
https://www.seattlehadassah.org/events/a-fundraiser-presented-by-hadassah-at-redmond-ridge/

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/

American Society for Yad Vashem Gala Dinner MON SEPT 1th 7 PM
Columbia Tower Club – Seattle. 
The American Society for Yad Vashem-Western Region will honor philanthropist Steven Baral at the society's first gala dinner in Seattle. Israeli filmmaker Guy Nattiv, whose short film Skin won an Oscar this year for Best Live Action Short Film, will be guest speaker. 
https://www.yadvashemusa.org/events-posts/2019-seattle-gala/

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

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/

Macabee Martial Arts Classes at BCMH
White Dragon Kung Fu and Self Defense for beginners. Tues. & Thur., 4:30 - 5:30 pm and Sun., 12 - 1 pm, for ages 7 to adult. Sign up for one week free at 
www.dragonkungfuseattle.com

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REBBE’S SICHO -  SHABBOS RE’EH 
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/2317584/jewish/Reeh.htm ©SichosInEnglish.org

Among the concepts discussed in this week’s Torah reading are the mitzvos to tithe and to give charity. Interpreting one of the verses in this week’s Torah reading, our Sages comment: “Tithe in order to become wealthy.” בשביל, translated as “in order to” can also be translated as “through the path.” By tithing, a person creates a path through which Divine influence flows to him. For showing generosity to others is a proper medium to elicit Divine generosity and blessing.

The rationale behind this approach is reflected in our Rabbis’ explanation of the verse: “Give him and do not feel bad in your heart,” that one should not feel bad when giving charity, because what he is giving is merely what he himself has been given by G‑d.

We are not due anything. Everything we have is a gift, generously granted to us from Above. Taking the concept further, it can be said that included in what G‑d gives a person is a portion that is intended to be given to others. He gives us in order that we will give to those less fortunate.

When G‑d sees that a person is generous with the money entrusted to him for others and gives them without qualms, He increases the money He entrusts to the giver, providing him with the opportunity to add to the gifts he grants to the poor.

Indeed, the above verse can be interpreted “Do not give, because you feel bad for the other person.” For a person should not give solely out of an emotional response to the other person’s need. Instead, he should give out of the recognition that this is the reason he was granted the wealth and the success at the outset: so that he could share it with others and spread the goodness that G‑d has granted him.

The emphasis on the intellectual appreciation of the need to give adds another dimension to the idea that tithing leads to wealth. Our Sages teach: “Who is a wealthy man? One who is happy in his portion.” Often, there are people who have been granted success, but have not been granted the peace of mind to enjoy it. They are on a constant treadmill, always feeling the need to gain and accumulate more.

A giver steps off the treadmill. When he looks at others and makes a commitment to help them, the focus of his world shifts. Instead, of being only “I-oriented,” his outlook broadens. When that happens, he gains an entirely new perspective on what he himself has been given. He is able to step back and appreciate how great are the blessings that he has been granted. That is true wealth.

This wealth should also be shared with the poor. Perhaps the most crippling dimension of poverty is the emotional and psychological constraints it creates. To whatever degree possible, a giver should try to help the recipient in this area as well, enabling him to see beyond his need and appreciate G‑d’s kindness.

Looking to the Horizon

This week’s Torah reading also contains the commandments to build a Temple in Jerusalem. It describes the pagan practice of offering sacrifices in many places and explains that the Jews should not worship G‑d in such a manner. Instead, they should construct for Him a Temple and offer their sacrifices there.

The commentaries offer two explanations for this command:

a) that the Jews have a centralized place for worship;

b) that G‑d have a dwelling place in this world, a place where His presence would be revealed and manifest.

Both of these motifs are significant. One of the fundamental principles of Judaism is that our relationship with G‑d is expressed as a people, a nation with a shared identity, not merely a group of individuals. True, the Divine service of every individual is important, but G‑d also looks at the nation as a whole. To emphasize this point, sacrifices may be offered only in one place.

But over and beyond the service of the Jewish people, the Temple exists as — to quote this week’s Torah portion — “the place which G‑d chose to cause His name to rest.” This is the fundamental purpose of the Temple: for there to be a place where G‑d’s presence will be visibly perceptible.

The lack of such a place is the true hardship of exile and the motivation for our hope and expectation for Mashiach’s coming.

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