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Shabbos Netzavim – Rosh haShana 27 Elul, 5779 - 5 Tishrei 5780

Friday, 27 September, 2019 - 9:01 am

Shana Tova U'Mesuka - Kesiva V'Chasima Tova

Erev Shabbos, Fri Sept 27th 
Shacharis: 7 AM 
Mincha/Candles/Maariv 6:38 PM 


SHABBOS Sat Sept 28th 
Shacharis: 9:30 AM /Sof Zman Krias Shema 10:01 AM 
Shabbos Mincha 6:38 PM /Pirkei Avot Chapters 5&6 
End of Shabbos/Maariv 7:38 PM followed by inspirational JEM videos 


Weekday Services 

Sun Selichos 8 AM / Shacharis 9 AM /Hataras Nedarim 
Wed Shacharis 6:50 AM /Fast of Gedalia 
Thu-Fri Shacharis 7 AM 
Thu Mincha 6:30 PM /FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY MAARIV 
EREV ROSH HASHANA, SUN SEPT 29th //HATARAS NEDARIM/ 
Selichos 8 AM 
Shacharis 9 AM /followed by Hataras Nedarim (annulment of vows) 
Mincha/Maariv/Candles – 6:34 PM 


ROSH HASHANA DAY 1, MON SEPT 30th 

Shacharit/Musaf 9 AM 
Mincha/Tashlich 6 PM 
Maariv/Candles after 7:34 PM /from existing flame/ 


ROSH HASHANA DAY 2, TUE OCT 1st 

Shacharit/Musaf 9 AM 
Mincha/Farbrengen 6 PM 
Maariv/Havdalah 7:32 PM 


FAST OF GEDALIA, WED OCT 2nd 
Fast Begins 5:38 AM 
Shacharit 6:50 AM 
Mincha 6:15 PM 
Maariv/Fast Ends 7:17 PM 

 
Men’s Mikvah Annual Dues were Due on Elul 1st 
$440/daily, $220/weekly, $100/holiday only. Paying for one visit is not an option if you live in this community. Visitors pay $2.50 for single use. You can go to 
http://www.CSTLSeattle.org<http://www.cstlseattle.org/> to make your payment online with your credit card. Men’s mikvah codes will be canceled unless dues are paid before Yom Kippur. 


KIDDUSH 
Thank you to Marion Kitz and Bima Goldshmid for sponsoring this week’s Kiddush and meat cholent in honor of the shloshim of Marion's daughter, Leah bas Chaim Gershon ZT”L and the shloshim of Bima's mother, Pnina bas Daniel ZT”L. May their neshamot have an aliyah. Delicious meat cholent is made by Rabbi Mendy Levitin. 


BARUCH DAYAN EMETH 
We regret to inform you of the passing of Rabbi Solomon Maimon, Rabbi Emeritus of Sephardic Bikur Holim. May Hashem comfort the family amongst the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem 


PRE-SHABBOS FARBRENGEN - FRI 5 PM 

Erev-Shabbos Farbrengen in front of the CSTL Men’s Mikvah in memory of Rabbi Solomon Maimon ZT”L, a founder of the Seattle Kollel, and a founding member of the Seattle Vaad. 
https://www.jewishideas.org/article/secret-successful-sephardic-community-interview-rabbi-solomon-maimon 


ROSH haSHANAH FARBRENGEN – FOLLOWING 6 PM MINCHA – TUE OCT 1st 
Featuring words of inspiration, Chasidic melodies, and refreshments in the CSTL Social Hall. Sponsored by Shimon Dershowitz in honor of all those who led services during the holiday. 


THE NORTH SEATTLE ERUV STATUS: -PENDING 
Visit 
www.twitter.com/cstleruv<http://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. 
ORDER ESROGIM FROM RABBI KAVKA – 
Order online or print a form: 
http://seattleesrogim.com<http://seattleesrogim.com/> Pick up is at Congregation Shaarei Tefilah-Lubavitch. There is limited availability! rabbikavka@gmail.com<mailto:rabbikavka@gmail.com


LIKUTEI TORAH/TORAH OHR WITH RABBI MENDY
– 8:45 AM SHABBOS MORNING 
An inspiring class with Rabbi Mendy. This week we will learn about אֶת־יְהֹוָ֥ה הֶֽאֱמַ֖רְתָּ הַיּ֑וֹם and וַֽיהֹוָ֞ה הֶֽאֱמִֽירְךָ֣ “You have selected the Lord And the Lord has selected you” 
RABBI MENDY’S SICHO CLASS – SHABBOS AFTERNOON 5:35 PM 
This week G-d willing, we will be learning the Rebbes Sicoh on Chai Elul and how we should prepare ourselves for Rosh haShanah. 


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


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


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


WOMEN’S MONDAY EVENING LEARNING– INFORMATION TO FOLLOW /NOT THIS WEEK 
Location, subject, and speaker. 
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 /NOT THIS WEEK 
At Rebbetzin Levitin’s home, 6519 49th Ave NE. For more info, 
chanielevitin@gmail.com<mailto: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 


CSTL ROSH HASHANA KIDS PROGRAM – PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED 
Info to follow 


CSTL ROSH haSHANA TOTS PROGRAM 
If you are interested in volunteering with Tot Groups, please contact Liz Roth-Jacobovitz: 
elizabeth.roth08@gmail.com 


KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE 
If you would like to sponsor Kiddush at CSTL, please contact Marion Kitz Gabbai Kiddush, 
miriamkitz@hotmail.com<mailto: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<http://www.cstlseattle.org/


COMMUNITY NEWS

Rabbi Frand Annual Drasha Video at the Kollel OCT 6th 8 PM 
More info: 
http://www.seattlekollel.com/rabbi-frand-teshuva-video 

JFS Community-Wide Food Drive and Sort 

Jewish Family Service's Community-Wide Food Drive begins September 29 and culminates with the Food Sort on October 20. JFS is collecting non-perishable food and toiletries for the Polack Food Bank. To start a collection at your school, organization, or company, contact 
volunteer@jfsseattle.org<mailto:volunteer@jfsseattle.org>. 

SUMMER CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS AND TEEN ISREAL TRIP SCHOLARSHIPS – APPLY TODAY 

www.JewishInSeattle.org<http://www.jewishinseattle.org/

BCMH ANNUAL DINNER -SUN NOV 3rd 
Honoring Ari & Jessica Hoffman and Young Leadership Award honorees, Alexandra Birk, Yael Genauer, Rachel Eisenstein, Aliza Margolese & Shifra Wren. 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bcmh-annual-gala-honoring-ari-jessica-hoffman-tickets-73856309209 

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


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


REBBE’S SICHO -  SHABBOS NITZAVIM 
https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/2317592/jewish/Nitzavim.htm 
© SichosInEnglish.org 



This Torah reading contains the verse: “You will return to G‑d your L‑rd and heed His voice.” Maimonidesunderstands this verse as a description of what will take place in the future. Our translation follows that interpretation, i.e., after the Jews will be dispersed among the nations, they will turn to G‑d in repentance and then He will redeem them, bringing them back to the Land of Israel. Nachmanides, by contrast, interprets this verse as a command to repent, translating it as: “You shall return to G‑d.” 
The difference in interpreting this verse can be understood within the scope of a larger question: Is teshuvah, repentance, a mitzvah or not? There are commentaries who consider teshuvah as one of the 613 mitzvos and others who do not include it in that reckoning, maintaining that there is no explicit mitzvah to repent. 
The spiritual basis for these two positions can be explained as follows: The mitzvos are described using the analogy of the human body. In that context, the 248 positive commandments are comparable to the 248 limbs of the body and the 365 negative commandments are comparable to its 365 sinews. Because G‑d’s will is manifest in the Torah and its mitzvos, by observing them we connect our thoughts, words and actions with Him. Whenever we perform a mitzvah, we reinforce our connection with Him, energizing the particular spiritual limb and strengthening the health of the body as a whole, as it were. Every transgression, by contrast, weakens that connection and causes a blemish to the corresponding spiritual organ involved. 
Nevertheless, every Jew shares a bond with G‑d that is not at all dependent on his deeds, for his soul is an actual part of G‑d. For this reason, even a person who has failed to establish a connection with G‑d through mitzvos or even one who has sinned and thus obstructed that connection, may still feel a desire — and still retains the capacity — to return to Him. 
This is the motivation for teshuvah, repentance. A Jew’s inner spiritual core does not allow him to remain separate from G‑d. Spontaneously, it forces itself into the forefront of the person’s consciousness and motivates him to repent. 
On this basis, we can understand the opinion that teshuvah is not a mitzvah.. For that inner spiritual impetus cannot be commanded. Instead, almost instinctively, it surfaces of its own volition. 
Because of the innate spiritual power of teshuvah, however, the possibility exists that it will cause a person to seek to rise above his ordinary day-to-day experience in pursuit of an entirely spiritual lifestyle. To prevent his experience from becoming other-worldly, his teshuvah must be grounded in the observance of mitzvos and the study of the Torah, i.e., within the context of conduct that conforms to normative standards of behavior. 
This, then, is the source for the opinion that teshuvah should be considered a mitzvah. Anchoring teshuvah in a mitzvah channels its inner, spiritual power into a person’s ongoing Torah experience, enabling it to become a fruitful means of expression, enhancing and enriching the person’s life experience as well as the lives of others with whom he comes into contact. 
Looking to the Horizon 
Maimonides cites the above verse as a prooftext for the concept that “‘Israel will only be redeemed through teshuvah.’ The Torah has already promised that, ultimately, Israel will repent towards the end of her exile and, immediately, she will be redeemed.” 
Why is teshuvah intrinsically connected with redemption? Because teshuvah involves coming in contact with the G‑dly core that lies at the heart of our individual existence. Similarly, the Redemption involves enabling the G‑dly core that lies at the heart of existence as a whole to surface. At that time, not only will we know that a G‑dly spark exists within every created entity, we will be able to perceive that G‑dliness and have it guide the focus of our lives. 

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