Shabbat Flyer – Parashat Noach October 20 & 21

 

 Rabbi Howard Finkelstein

Chazan Yair Subar

President Howard Nadler

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Parashat Noach – October 20

Candle Lighting: 5:49 pm

Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat: 5:55 pm

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Sefer Torah Sponsor:

Ken, Jordanna, Courtney, Wesley & Hayley Ostrega

From the Rabbi’s Desk -Parashat Noach:    

It seems to be almost a given that societies operate by law and by legal loopholes. Discussions in both the United States and here in Canada in regard to the closing of certain tax loopholes in devising new reforms raise an interesting point in relation to our Torah portion this week of Noach. As a disclaimer, one should say that no comparisons of any kind should be made.

The Midrash indicates that petty theft was countenanced in the antediluvian society of Noah’s time. Courts could not be bothered to deal with instances of petty theft, thereby encouraging a whole generation of people to commit these acts with impunity. From the legal point of view of the time, those who engaged in this type of activity were considered to be righteous individuals.

It is interesting to note that Jewish law does not consider such behavior to be acceptable. In fact, Halacha considers its mandate to uphold those who are truly righteous, and hold to account those who are guilty of even ‘minor’ infractions.

This point is corroborated by G-d’s comment to Noah that the latter is ‘a righteous individual before Me in this generation.’ The Kli Yakar comments that Noah’s righteousness is not defined or confined to his fealty to the law of the land, but to    G-d. Other ‘righteous’ individuals are simply ‘law observing’ but not characteristically pious people.

Apropos to this conclusion is a cryptic Talmudic statement that the Temple was destroyed because people obeyed the law.  In essence, their failure to go beyond the letter of the law and to evaluate the spirit of the law condemned them to a period of exile. Piety was missing, and righteousness was wanting. The flood generation also suffered destruction because the people of that time lived by the letter of the law, and failed to appreciate the spirit of piety which by definition recognizes the need for functionally moral communities to develop and support.

In contrast, modern day society which suffers from politically correct behavior promotes the flouting of the spirit of the law by legal machinations and sometimes by questionably proper procedures. To do that which is right and that which is proper, a biblical admonition, should be the credo of all, be they individuals or communities.

November 11th – 70 Year Olds’ Kiddush

On November 11th Beit Tikvah will be honouring members who are turning or who have turned 70 in 2017.  Please contact the office if you would like to participate in this milestone

   Donations:
* General Donations: $18
* Siddurim: Koren/Artscroll $50
* Koren Talmud Bavli: $100
* Wall of Honour/brick: $118

* Yahrzeit Board:  $300
* Eitz Chaim/Leaf: $180
* Eitz Chaim/Acorn: $300
* Eitz Chaim/boulder: $360

COMMUNITY CORNER – NEWS TO SHARE:

2017 JNF Ottawa Negev Dinner: honouring Lawrence Greenspon for his outstanding community record of philanthropy, volunteerism & active support of Israel. In support of ALEH organization: helping children with special needs. Nov 6, 2017 at the Infinity Centre! Tickets available online (JNFOttawa.ca), by phone (613-798-2411) or email (ottawa@jnf.ca).

Holocaust Education Month: For a full list of Holocaust Education event s please visit the link below
https://jewishottawa.com/shoah/holocaust-education-month

Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship (CHES):  In memory of the 79th Anniversary of Kristallnacht, Keynote Address: ‘From Destruction to Rebirth: The Return of Life in the Jewish DP Camps’ Dr. Avinoam Patt, Philip D Feltman Professor of Modern Jewish History, Associate Director at the Maurice Greenberg Centre for Judaic Studies, University of Hartford, Connecticut and Director of the Museum of Jewish Civilization. November 9th, 2017 7:00 p.m. Kehillat Beth Israel Congregation 1400 Coldrey Ave  Ottawa. Free event, everyone is welcome. Presented by the Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship (CHES) in cooperation with the Kehillat Beth Israel Synagogue, the Zelikovitz Centre for Jewish Studies at Carleton University, the Embassy of the United States of America, Saint Paul University, and the University of Ottawa.

 

JFS VOLUNTEER Drivers needed: We have 3 clients requiring transportation in order to attend an Adult Day Program for dementia-sufferers at JFS on Carling Ave., Wednesdays from 11:00am – 3:00pm.  Ideally, we will find 1 driver to bring 2 passengers from the Glebe and Byward Market areas TO the program, another to bring 1 passenger in Hunt Club, and either the same or another 2 drivers to RETURN them home afterwards.  Consistency is important, as are reminder calls.  613.722.2225, ext.315 to help with this important mitzvah.

 

TEN YAD KOSHER PANTRIES: are located at the Queensway Carleton Hospital and the Ottawa Hospital at both the General Campus and Civic Campuses. Each pantry is stocked with kosher non-perishable food items and religious resources that may be useful to patients, their families and their caregiver.

15 Chartwell Avenue, Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Phone 613-723-1800 / Fax 613-723-6567 
Rabbi Howard Finkelstein rabbihoward.finkelstein@gmail.com
Howard Nadler, President howardnadler@rogers.com
Elisheva Brantz, Office Administrator shul@cbto.org

Copyright © 2017 CBTO, All rights reserved.

 

 

Shabbat Flyer – Parashat Ha’azinu/Shabbat Shuva – September 23

 

 Rabbi Howard Finkelstein

Chazan Yair Subar

President Howard Nadler
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Parashat Ha’azinu/Shabbat Shuva 

Mincha & Ma’ariv: 6:40 pm

Candle Lighting: 6:41 pm

Shabbat Ends: 7:47 pm

Sefer Torah Sponsor:  
Irit & Harry Beck, Sheila Beck, Eva & Viktor Eichler, Sheila & Stephen Senman

Shabbat in the Park will be at Craig Henry Park (weather permitting) Shabbat afternoon from 3:30 – 5:00 pm. The walking Group will meet at 4:00 pm.

From the Rabbi’s Desk – Shabbat Shuva Derasha:                         
Rabbi Finkelstein’s Shabbat Shuva Derasha September 23rd at 5:30 pm
Topic: “Inspired, uplifted but not changed”
An Analysis of Hirhurei Teshuva


 

THE NAOMI BULKA COMMUNITY  MIKVAH:
Will be open for MEN on  Erev Rosh Hashana and Erev Yom Kippur 2017/5777,
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Please bring your own towel. Suggested donation per family $ 20/ each day.

Please note: Studies in Sefer Melachim will not be offered on
Sunday, September 24th and October 1st

   Donations:
* General Donations: $18
* Siddurim: Koren/Artscroll $50
* Koren Talmud Bavli: $100
* Wall of Honour/brick: $118

* Yahrzeit Board:  $300
* Eitz Chaim/Leaf: $180
* Eitz Chaim/Acorn: $300
* Eitz Chaim/boulder: $360

15 Chartwell Avenue, Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Phone 613-723-1800 / Fax 613-723-6567
Rabbi Howard Finkelstein rabbihoward.finkelstein@gmail.com
Howard Nadler, President howardnadler@rogers.com
Elisheva Brantz, Office Administrator shul@cbto.org

Copyright © 2017 CBTO, All rights reserved.

 

Rosh Hashana Greetings

 

Youth Program and Babysitting Services will be available on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur 10:00-1:00 pm. Youth lounge for babies 0-3, Social Hall ages 4-7 and 8-11.

Rabbi’s Message:

The mishna  in Tractate Rosh Hashanah relates that in the days of the Temple, the shofar and the trumpets were sounded as part of the ritual that we normally associate today with the blowing of the ram’s horn.  If one could picture the scene of the blasting of the shofar as well as the trumpets, one would envision three people standing together, two on either side of the Baal Tokea, the shofar blower. The shofar sound was long, while those of the trumpets were short. Today, we apply the names of the tekiah, shevarim and teruah to these different sounds.

The sounding of the trumpets was symbolic of the coronation of G-d as our King. Indeed, Chabad Chasidism calls Rosh Hashanah, Yom HaHachtarah, the day of coronation. One could imagine that the sounding of both the shofar and the trumpet was emotional and moving to the congregation gathered to witness this event. Today, unfortunately, with the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, we are left only with the shofar, a simple instrument that speaks figuratively to the heart through its blasts.

Our sages differ over the sounds of the teruah, as to whether it consisted of three sharp sounds or nine staccato sounds. The former symbolizes the sigh of the individual, agonizing over his or her sins of the past year. The latter reflects on the tears shed by that same individual, a sound similar with some imagination to the cry of Sephardic women at a funeral or a wedding.

Regardless of the sound, the shofar speaks to our hearts, and in the words of Maimonides, arouses us from our spiritual slumber. We yearn to hear the sound of the shofar, regardless of its lack of musicality. The shofar sounds are the sounds of the soul that urges the body to do the bidding of G-d.  They are also the sounds that prompt us to look forward to G-d’s continued providence and blessing.

Rivka, Judith, Tani and I wish you and your families a  Shana Tova. Tikatevu vetachatamu besefer chaim tovim. May you and your families be inscribed in the Book of Life.

Chazzan’s Message:

Dear Members of Congregation Beit Tikvah,

In honor of the coming new year I would like to take this opportunity to wish each one of you a Ktiva V’chatima Tovah. May you have a year filled with peace and harmony. Our prayers should be accepted with warmth and mercy from Hashem. Have a happy and healthy sweet new year.

Warmly,  Chazan Yair Subar

President’s Message: 

As you read this message you are preparing for one of the most exciting times of the year.  We prepare for Rosh Hashanah hoping that our New Year will be filled with joy and happiness for our family and friends.  We also prepare to welcome our children home, see our parents enjoy another new year, and celebrate with our closest friends.  We truly close out last year and hope for better things to come.

We also look for our shul to become a better place this coming year.  I am often asked: Why can’t our shul be like the others?  Why can’t CBTO bring us those wonderful dinners with 300 people and why can’t we have terrific children’s programs like that shul does?  Yes the others do a much better job at everything, or so we think. We offer many things that other shuls don’t. In fact more people come to dinners and programs than come to their shul on Shabbat.  People from around the city come to our shul for daily minyans because they can’t get enough people to have one at their shul.. But we are more than our services. We also have countless educational classes and wonderful Holiday programs too.  And by the way we definitely have more rabbis than any other shul in Ottawa!

But we know we can be better and we’re working hard at getting there.  We now have a Board with 22 members who have come forward to help guide our shul into the future.  This Board has now begun to put together a Strategic Plan for our shul and will also be developing a new Vision for CBTO.  We know we need to change and we will.  But we will need your help along the way.  We want to build a level of excitement in the shul around our new vision and want you to be part of it.  We need us all to pull together this year whatever your level of observance, whether you come every day or a few times a year, we are a family at CBTO and this year we need to act like one.  Let’s leave all the complaints and differences behind and pull together to make our shul the envy of Ottawa.  I know that when our vision is unveiled, and you see where we are headed, you will be proud to say you belong to CBTO.

May you and your families all have a Healthy and Happy New Year.
Shana Tova, Howard & Joyce

Join Us/Become a Member:
Come join our friendly shul community for our daily Minyanim and our High Holiday services. For more information contact the office at shul@cbto.org.

Thank You Toda Rabba Thank You Toda Rabba Thank You Toda Rabba
It is hard to run an organization without the efforts and hard work of volunteers. We would like to say Toda Rabba to the following people who have given their time to enhance our shul;

We apologize if we have missed anyone and thank you for all that you have done.

CONGREGATION BEIT TIKVAH WISHES ALL FAMILY
AND FRIENDS A SHANA TOVA, K’ATIVA V’CHATIMA TOVA
A HAPPY HEALTHY AND JOYOUS NEW YEAR

15 Chartwell Avenue, Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Phone 613-723-1800 / Fax 613-723-6567 / Web Site www.cbto.org
Rabbi Howard Finkelstein rabbihoward.finkelstein@gmail.com
Howard Nadler, President howardnadler@gamil.com
Elisheva Brantz, Office Administrator shul@cbto.org

Copyright © 2017 CBTO, All rights reserved.

 

 

 

Shabbat Flyer – Parashat Nitzavim/Vayelech – September 15 & 16

 

 Rabbi Howard Finkelstein

Chazan Yair Subar

President Howard Nadler
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Parashat Nitzavim/Vayelech

Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat: 7:00 pm

Candle Lighting: 6:54 pm

Shabbat Ends: 8:00 pm

Sefer Torah Sponsor:  Elaine Friedberg & Bob Dale  and Golda & Ned Steinman

Shabbat in the Park will be at Charing Park(weather permitting) Shabbat afternoon from 3:30 – 5:00 pm. The walking Group will meet at 4:00 pm.

From the Rabbi’s Desk – Parashat Nitzavim/Vayelech:      
                 

There is one word in the Hebrew language that completely encapsulates the relationship between G-d and man, and that word is “karov”, or close. Isaiah beckons the Jew to seek out G-d when He is close to us, and we are told in this week’s Torah reading that the Torah is close to the Jew who has the capacity to verbalize and to actualize the tenets of Torah through his heartfelt dedication to the mitzvoth. Rabbi David KImche, the Radak, connects the verses of Isaiah and of our parsha dealing with the concept of closeness, to the verse we recite in Psalm 145 on a thrice daily basis that G-d is close to those who call on Him with sincerity.

Sincerity is the key determining factor that establishes the rapport between G-d and man. One’s expression of commitment forms the basis of successful return or teshuva to G-d. As Isaiah points out in the first chapter, it is not the plurality of animal offerings that sway G-d’s judgment of us. To the contrary, one’s actions in interrelating with others in a positive way reflecting acts of kindness and compassion determine one’s sincerity before G-d.

Ceremonial pomp and circumstance do not dictate or indicate piety. Types of clothing and other accoutrements do not define the religious individual. One’s actions do. One’s return to G-d, as the theme of this holiday period declares, is not predicated on just singing and dancing to spiritually uplifting tunes, but to good deeds that are coupled with the study of Torah.

While books of ethical teachings define teshuva as a process that encompasses regret for one’s actions and a determination not to repeat  the questionable activity, the true fulfillment of teshuva comes through the study of Torah. Rabbi Chaim Volozhin, in his magnum opus, Nefesh Hachaim, describes the study of Torah as a mechanism by which one understands G-d and godliness.  Even the study of topics that seemingly are not related to G-d at all such as those found in Bava Kamma dealing with property damage and the like give us a perspective and an understanding of G-d’s essence. Study for the sake of study, Torah LIshmah, accomplishes a level of closeness between the Jew and G-d that not only complements prayer and good deeds but supersedes them.

We at Beit Tikvah are engaged in a wonderful experiment and experience that is found uniquely in our synagogue in Ottawa and nowhere else in the nation’s capital. It is the public study of Torah we have instituted through our Beit Midrash program taught by a number of rabbis and lay people which takes place on a daily basis. We will continue to develop our program of Torah study at Beit Tikvah for all ages and backgrounds this coming year, with G-d’s help.  Through our commitment and renewal of that commitment to the study of Torah as carried out in our programs and on individual bases, our congregation will continue to flourish as a place for prayer and learning, open to all and welcome to all. Indeed, we are a congregation that calls on G-d in sincerity, and G-d is close to us.

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Beit Midrash Adult Learning at Beit Tikvah


Tuesday, September 19, 2017:

· Rabbi Eleazar Durden – Mishna Berura 7:30 – 8:15 pm
· Rabbi Michael Fine – Hilchot Shabbat 8:15 – 9:00 pm (Tuesday evenings weekly)

     Saturday, September 16, 2017
· Rabbi Finkelstein’s Pre-Selichot Class 10:30 pm, and Selichot 11:00 pm

   Monday, September 18, 2017:
· Rabbi Finkelstein Lecture series – Analysis of Prayers on Rosh Hashanah 7:30 pm

Ongoing Weekly Classes lead by: Rabbi Howard Finkelstein
· Weekly Shabbat classes on topics of Jewish Law between Mincha and Ma’ariv
· Daily mini classes on Parshat Hashavua between Mincha and Ma’ariv
· Wednesday evening Gemara classes – Masechet Kiddushin 45 minutes before Ma’ariv

· Avi Brodsky – Studies in Sefer Melachim Sunday mornings following Shacharit

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                             Please volunteer to join the door greeter team
Fellow Beit Tikvah members,
A wonderful feature of our shul is the smiling face and warm handshake that greets you at the front door every Shabbat and Yom Tov. We have a team of dedicated volunteers who have willingly and cheerfully taken on this duty for the past several years. Lately our roster has become quite depleted for various reasons, so we are looking for new or returning volunteers for this important role. It only takes about 30 minutes of your day, once or twice a month.
If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Mark Silver at msilver1818@gmail.com,  mobile: 613-295-5333, or see me at shul.
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   Donations:
* General Donations: $18
* Siddurim: Koren/Artscroll $50
* Koren Talmud Bavli: $100
* Wall of Honour/brick: $118

* Yahrzeit Board:  $300
* Eitz Chaim/Leaf: $180
* Eitz Chaim/Acorn: $300
* Eitz Chaim/boulder: $360


COMMUNITY CORNER – NEWS TO SHARE:

CHES: The launch of the Holocaust Monument in Ottawa will take place on September 27. With the blessings and cooperation from  Monument’s Council, the Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship (CHES), will present a special program that evening to mark the monument’s inauguration (http://www.ottawajewishbulletin.com/2017/08/special-program-to-honour-inauguration-of-national-holocaust-monument/).
We wish the congregation a Happy and Sweet New Year from Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship (CHES).
Please note that the event is time sensitive, RSVP must be  by September 18. The event itself is September 27.

Jewish Federation of Ottawa’s: Annual Campaign Kickoff events on Sunday, Sept. 17 featuring an afternoon sing-a-long concert with family entertainers Sharon and Bram (sold out, but add your name to the waiting list!) and  at 7 pm, Keynote speaker Hillel Neuer, a Montreal-born lawyer, writer and activist, and executive director of UN Watch in Geneva. Tickets $10/person or $20/household, available online at jewishottawa.com , or call Samantha Sharkey 613-798-4696, ext. 241, or e-mail Ssharkey@jewishottawa.com.

March of the Living info session will be held on September 18 at 7:00 pm at the Soloway JCC

JFS VOLUNTEER OPTIONS: JFS has a blind, elderly client in the CBTO neighbourhood who needs someone to pick up a few groceries for her from the Kosher section at Loblaws College Square, approximately every other week, starting after the chagim until April.  If you are able to do this important mitzvah while doing your own shopping, please call the Volunteer Desk at 613.722.2225, ext. 315.

TEN YAD KOSHER PANTRIES: are located at the Queensway Carleton Hospital and the Ottawa Hospital at both the General Campus and Civic Campuses. Each pantry is stocked with kosher non-perishable food items and religious resources that may be useful to patients, their families and their caregiver.

15 Chartwell Avenue, Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Phone 613-723-1800 / Fax 613-723-6567
Rabbi Howard Finkelstein rabbihoward.finkelstein@gmail.com
Howard Nadler, President howardnadler@rogers.com
Elisheva Brantz, Office Administrator shul@cbto.org

Copyright © 2017 CBTO, All rights reserved.

 

Shabbat Flyer – Parashat Ki Tavo – September 8 & 9

 

 Rabbi Howard Finkelstein

Chazan Yair Subar

President Howard Nadler
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Parashat Ki Tavo

Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat: 7:00 pm

Candle Lighting: 7:07 pm

Shabbat Ends: 8:14 pm

Sefer Torah Sponsor:  Janet & Jonathan Isserlin

Shabbat in the Park will be at Craig Henry Park(weather permitting) Shabbat afternoon from 3:30 – 5:00 pm. The walking Group will meet at 4:00 pm.

From the Rabbi’s Desk – Parashat Ki Tavo:                         

The unique relationship between G-d and the people of Israel is predicated on the latter’s adherence to not only the mitzvoth of Hashem, but to the commitment of the Jew to walk in the way of G-d. Pursuing this pathway is a prerequisite for the observance of the commandments. The Or HaChaim in his commentary states that the Torah emphatically stresses the need for the Jew to walk in that divine pathway. The failure to do could even renders mitzvah observance to be wanting.

What does it mean to walk in the pathway of G-d? The Or HaChaim defines it as those behaviours in life that are not necessarily defined as laws, but characterize the Jew. The practice of Chesed is a descriptive act of the Jew. Whether that person be defined as religious or not, his or her carrying out acts of chesed truly depicts the character and nature of that individual.  Meticulous observance of the various aspects of specific Halachot minus the dimension of chesed render that person as incomplete in the eyes of G-d.

As we enter the High Holiday period, we should keep in mind this interpretation of the Or HaChaim, emphasizing the importance of following a pathway of life that demonstrates to others the beauty of Chesed. Our congregation, through the Chesed committee and through private initiatives, is a leading institution in the promulgation of chesed in the Ottawa community. On a more global stage, the work of Ten Yad in our community is a wonderful source of support for many families.

Many families and individuals are continuing to contribute needed funds for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, and we watch with trepidation the effects of Hurricane Irma. Many of us have family and friends in Florida, and many have winter residences in that part of the United States. We pray for the safety of the millions that are effected by these horrifying acts of nature. As we mentioned in last week’s sermon based on Psalm 148, the power of the elements rest in G-d’s hands. May He spare those who live in that part of the world from the effects of these hurricanes.

                             Please volunteer to join the door greeter team
Fellow Beit Tikvah members,
A wonderful feature of our shul is the smiling face and warm handshake that greets you at the front door every Shabbat and Yom Tov. We have a team of dedicated volunteers who have willingly and cheerfully taken on this duty for the past several years. Lately our roster has become quite depleted for various reasons, so we are looking for new or returning volunteers for this important role. It only takes about 30 minutes of your day, once or twice a month.
If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Mark Silver at msilver1818@gmail.com,  mobile: 613-295-5333, or see me at shul.
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Do you want to clear your shelves?

Do you have gently used toys lying around the house collecting dust? Please consider donating new or used toys (not electronic) for our children in our shul to be used on high holidays or Shabbat throughout the year. Donations can be left in the front lobby during normal office hours for the next two weeks.

NEW DATE! Monday, September 18th at 7:30 pm

   Donations:
* General Donations: $18
* Siddurim: Koren/Artscroll $50
* Koren Talmud Bavli: $100
* Wall of Honour/brick: $118

* Yahrzeit Board:  $300
* Eitz Chaim/Leaf: $180
* Eitz Chaim/Acorn: $300
* Eitz Chaim/boulder: $360


COMMUNITY CORNER – NEWS TO SHARE:

CHES: The launch of the Holocaust Monument in Ottawa will take place on September 27. With the blessings and cooperation from  Monument’s Council, the Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship (CHES), will present a special program that evening to mark the monument’s inauguration (http://www.ottawajewishbulletin.com/2017/08/special-program-to-honour-inauguration-of-national-holocaust-monument/).
We wish the congregation a Happy and Sweet New Year from Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship (CHES).
Please note that the event is time sensitive, RSVP must be  by September 18. The event itself is September 27.

JNF: MICKY ROSENFELD, Israel Police Foreign Press Correspondent, direct from Israel. September 10, 7:45 pm,  Congregation Beit Tikvah. Cost: $18.00 in advance, $20 at the door.

Jewish Federation of Ottawa’s: Annual Campaign Kickoff events on Sunday, Sept. 17 featuring an afternoon sing-a-long concert with family entertainers Sharon and Bram (sold out, but add your name to the waiting list!) and  at 7 pm, Keynote speaker Hillel Neuer, a Montreal-born lawyer, writer and activist, and executive director of UN Watch in Geneva. Tickets $10/person or $20/household, available online at jewishottawa.com , or call Samantha Sharkey 613-798-4696, ext. 241, or e-mail Ssharkey@jewishottawa.com.

JFS VOLUNTEER OPTIONS: JFS has a blind, elderly client in the CBTO neighbourhood who needs someone to pick up a few groceries for her from the Kosher section at Loblaws College Square, approximately every other week, starting after the chagim until April.  If you are able to do this important mitzvah while doing your own shopping, please call the Volunteer Desk at 613.722.2225, ext. 315.

TEN YAD KOSHER PANTRIES: are located at the Queensway Carleton Hospital and the Ottawa Hospital at both the General Campus and Civic Campuses. Each pantry is stocked with kosher non-perishable food items and religious resources that may be useful to patients, their families and their caregiver.

HOUSTON RELIEF: YOU CAN HELP by clicking on any of these links:

15 Chartwell Avenue, Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Phone 613-723-1800 / Fax 613-723-6567
Rabbi Howard Finkelstein rabbihoward.finkelstein@gmail.com
Howard Nadler, President howardnadler@rogers.com
Elisheva Brantz, Office Administrator shul@cbto.org

Copyright © 2017 CBTO, All rights reserved.

 

 

Shabbat Flyer – Parashat Ki Tetze – September 1 & 2

 

 Rabbi Howard Finkelstein

Chazan Yair Subar

President Howard Nadler
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Parashat Ki Tetze

Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat: 7:00 pm

Candle Lighting: 7:21 pm

Shabbat Ends: 8:27 pm

Sefer Torah Sponsor:  Lucian & Jackie Sitwell 

Shabbat in the Park will be at Craig Henry Park(weather permitting) Shabbat afternoon  from 3:30 – 5:00 pm. The walking Group will meet at 4:00 pm.

From the Rabbi’s Desk – Parashat Ki Tetze:                          

It should not be deemed unusual that the Rambam in his Mishne Torah dedicates several chapters to the conducting of war, the behavior of soldiers in the course of battle and related issues. The very first sentences of this week’s parsha deal with the temptations facing soldiers in war, and how to deal with those temptations

But most poignant is the commentary of the Ramban who not only addresses the  temptations facing battle weary soldiers, but also the probability that hardened fighters can lose their humanity in the process.  They become cruel, uncivilized and barbaric. Therefore, the Torah, according to the Ramban, warns soldiers about their responsibilities to preserve and to promote moral behavior and proper protocol. In addition, the Ramban writes of the propensity of soldiers to sow disunity and disharmony among the ranks by engaging in capricious behavior and evil speech. Much as victory can be assured through properly planned strategy and tactics, defeat begins with a breakdown in the relationships between soldiers.

On a different note, we have all been horrified by the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana. Elsewhere in this flyer, you will find lists of organizations through the Orthodox Union that are raising funds to help the victims of this travesty and tragedy. We pray for the safety of the victims.

Please volunteer to join the door greeter team
Fellow Beit Tikvah members,A wonderful feature of our shul is the smiling face and warm handshake that greets you at the front door every Shabbat and Yom Tov. We have a team of dedicated volunteers who have willingly and cheerfully taken on this duty for the past several years. Lately our roster has become quite depleted for various reasons, so we are looking for new or returning volunteers for this important role. It only takes about 30 minutes of your day, once or twice a month.

If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Mark Silver at msilver1818@gmail.com, mobile: 613-295-5333, or see me at shul.

   Donations:
* General Donations: $18
* Siddurim: Koren/Artscroll $50
* Koren Talmud Bavli: $100
* Wall of Honour/brick: $118

* Yahrzeit Board:  $300
* Eitz Chaim/Leaf: $180
* Eitz Chaim/Acorn: $300
* Eitz Chaim/boulder: $360


HOUSTON RELIEF:
YOU CAN HELP

 

Dear Supporter,

We had the chance to speak with some of the representatives of Houston’s orthodox Jewish community and the word they kept repeating was “catastrophic.”

This is the third major flood to strike Houston in the last three years and by all accounts, it is the most devastating by a longshot. Hundreds have been forced from their homes and the rains have still not ceased.

Many Jewish community members who sheltered others in previous floods are themselves in need this time around.  Homes that had been dry for the previous storms have taken on feet of water in the past 24-48 hours.

What can you do right now to help? Visit our Help for Houston website<http://links.mkt3536.com/ctt?kn=10&ms=MTY1OTk4MTUS1&r=MjQ2MTM5MzYxMDAS1&b=0&j=MTA0NDA4NjkwMAS2&mt=1&rt=0> and discover how you can offer assistance.

Significant funds will be needed in the weeks ahead as the Jewish community members work to repair and rebuild their homes or, in some cases, their synagogues.  Per the request of Houston Jewish community members: Please do not send clothing, toys or the like at this time – they simply have no place to store anything that is not portable. Right now donations of funds<http://links.mkt3536.com/ctt?kn=12&ms=MTY1OTk4MTUS1&r=MjQ2MTM5MzYxMDAS1&b=0&j=MTA0NDA4NjkwMAS2&mt=1&rt=0> are most helpful.

Additionally, your thoughts and prayers are needed more than ever – please sign our form and commit to reciting Tehillim<http://links.mkt3536.com/ctt?kn=4&ms=MTY1OTk4MTUS1&r=MjQ2MTM5MzYxMDAS1&b=0&j=MTA0NDA4NjkwMAS2&mt=1&rt=0> on behalf of our brethren in Houston.

Once the flood waters recede and the insurance adjusters have had their first look, massive manpower will be needed in the days, weeks and months ahead. Learn how you can volunteer to help in Houston<http://links.mkt3536.com/ctt?kn=8&ms=MTY1OTk4MTUS1&r=MjQ2MTM5MzYxMDAS1&b=0&j=MTA0NDA4NjkwMAS2&mt=1&rt=0>.  Please do not simply “show up” in Houston without coordinating with a volunteer organization like the OU to ensure that all assistance will be directed when and where it is needed.

A positive aspect to emerge from such tragic circumstances is to witness the response of those who want to help.  The immediate response to the RCA’s and OU’s call for help has been phenomenal but we have much more work ahead of us.

Thank you for joining us in these efforts.

With Gratitude,
Moishe Bane, President
Orthodox Union

Rabbi Elazar Muskin, President
Rabbinical Council of America

Allen Fagin, Executive Vice President
Orthodox Union

Rabbi Mark Dratch, Executive VP
Rabbinical Council of America

15 Chartwell Avenue, Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Phone 613-723-1800 / Fax 613-723-6567 
Rabbi Howard Finkelstein rabbihoward.finkelstein@gmail.com
Howard Nadler, President howardnadler@rogers.com
Elisheva Brantz, Office Administrator shul@cbto.org

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Shabbat Flyer Parashat Shoftim August 25 & 26

 

 Rabbi Howard Finkelstein

Chazan Yair Subar

President Howard Nadler
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Parashat Shoftim

Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat: 7:00 pm

Candle Lighting: 7:33 pm

Shabbat Ends: 8:40 pm

Sefer Torah Sponsor:  The Weisbloom Family 

Shabbat in the Park: Charing Park(weather permitting) Shabbat afternoon            from 3:30 – 5:00 pm. The walking Group will meet at 4:00 pm.

From the Rabbi’s Desk – Parashat Shoftim:                          

One of the most powerful tools in the Jewish arsenal of prayer is the recitation of psalms or Tehillim. In our congregation, many women gather on a regular basis to recite Tehillim for those who are ill. Invariably, I receive emails asking for the recitation of Tehillim for the people of Israel especially after, G-d forbid, a series of terrorist acts. There is no question that prayer and Tehillim are phenomenal instruments of supplication before G-d. I recently received an email from an individual who attributed the improved physical condition of an ill acquaintance to the power of prayer. I believe that as well.

One of the most unusual chapters of Tehillim, is Psalm 119 which is not only the longest one, but a chapter based on the Hebrew alphabet, each letter opening a series of eight sentences. The very first verse of this chapter states that those individuals who are Temimei Derech are indeed fortunate and happy. The concept of Temimut refers to the complete feeling of faith and confidence one feels when he or she is one with G-d. Temimut is reflective of what Maimonides calls the Emunah Sheleimah of the individual who does not hesitate in expressing a loyalty to, and believing in, Divine Providence.

Maimonides declares this concept of temimut, which is stated in this week’s Torah reading to be a general mitzvah not to be included in the 613 commandments. Nachmanides disagrees, and counts it as one of the Taryag Mitzvot.

Regardless, as we prepare for the Yamim Noraim of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we walk with G-d with faith and confidence that the Almighty neither slumbers nor sleeps, but watches over us.

   Donations:
* General Donations: $18
* Siddurim: Koren/Artscroll $50
* Koren Talmud Bavli: $100
* Wall of Honour/brick: $118

* Yahrzeit Board:  $300
* Eitz Chaim/Leaf: $180
* Eitz Chaim/Acorn: $300
* Eitz Chaim/Boulder: $360


15 Chartwell Avenue, Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Phone 613-723-1800 / Fax 613-723-6567 
Rabbi Howard Finkelstein rabbihoward.finkelstein@gmail.com
Howard Nadler, President howardnadler@rogers.com
Elisheva Brantz, Office Administrator shul@cbto.org

Copyright © 2017 CBTO, All rights reserved.

 

Shabbat Flyer – Parashat Ekev August 11 & 12

 

 Rabbi Howard Finkelstein

Chazan Yair Subar

President Howard Nadler
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Parashat Ekev 

Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat: 7:00 pm

Candle Lighting: 7:57 pm

Shabbat Ends: 9:03 pm

Sefer Torah Sponsor:  Anonymous

Shabbat in the Park will be at Charing Park this Shabbat from 3:30 – 5:00 pm. The walking Group will meet at 4:00 pm.

From the Rabbi’s Desk – Parashat Ekev:  
                       

Can a Jew accept a blessing from a non-Jew, and can the Jew answer “amen” to that blessing?  Based on a  unique reading of the phrase that appears in this week’s Torah reading, ‘you shall be blessed above all peoples, the Talmud Yerushalmi in Berachot  in the name of Rabbi Tanchum translates this phrase to read, ‘you shall be blessed from all the nations. ‘In other words, the Jew can indeed receive blessings from non-Jews who invoke the name of G-d in that blessing. As to whether one may answer, “amen”, the Mishna Berurah in siman 205, Orach Chaim, cites sources that technically one can indeed respond accordingly, although it is not necessary to do so.

On reading the Yerushalmi and its commentaries, one draws the conclusions that if there were concerns at one time that the non-Jew was really blessing the Jew with idolatrous intentions, that fear is no longer in existence today. When the non-Jew says the word, “God”, he or she is referring to the Creator.

This discussion has bearing in modern society today, especially in North America, where there are many philo-semites among the non-Jewish population.  While, obviously, one has to be suspect of missionary groups and evangelicals who wish to convert us, one has to be discerning enough to distinguish these people from those who sincerely wish to bless us as a people.  I think of Rabbi Aryeh Scheinberg, the chief orthodox rabbi in San Antonio, Texas, who has a very strong relationship with John Hagee, a well known church leader nationally who is a very outspoken supporter of the state of Israel.  On a more local basis, Ottawa born Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein has been instrumental in arranging for huge financial support for Israel and Jews in general through his organization. While there are ‘supporters’ who are primarily interested in Restoration Theology which is to the detriment of the Jews, one cannot ignore or show lack of appreciation to those who sincerely wish to bless us.

We are living in precarious times with Israel treated as a pariah state in many circles. Anti-Semites couch their rhetoric in the language of anti-Zionism, claiming that they are not against the Jews but only oppose the existence of the Jewish state.  The presence of the Neturei Karta at these anti-Zionist (read, anti-Semitic) rallies is sickening and a perversion of the sentence cited at the beginning of this essay welcoming non-Jewish blessings. We welcome those who bless us, for they too will be blessed. But we reject those who purport to bless us when their motivations are nefarious.

   Donations:
* General Donations: $18
* Siddurim: Koren/Artscroll $50
* Koren Talmud Bavli: $100
* Wall of Honour/brick: $118

* Yahrzeit Board:  $300
* Eitz Chaim/Leaf: $180
* Eitz Chaim/Acorn: $300
* Eitz Chaim/boulder: $360


15 Chartwell Avenue, Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Phone 613-723-1800 / Fax 613-723-6567
Rabbi Howard Finkelstein rabbihoward.finkelstein@gmail.com
Howard Nadler, President howardnadler@rogers.com
Elisheva Brantz, Office Administrator shul@cbto.org

Copyright © 2017 CBTO, All rights reserved.

 

 

 

Shabbat Flyer – Parashat Va’etchanan – Shabbat Nachamu August 4 & 5 

 

 Rabbi Howard Finkelstein
Chazan Yair Subar
President Howard Nadler

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Parashat Va’etchanan/Shabbat NachamuMincha & Kabbalat Shabbat: 7:00 pm

Candle Lighting: 8:07 pm

Shabbat Ends: 9:14 pm

Sefer Torah Sponsor:  Elaine & Marten Brodsky

Shabbat in the Park will be at Charing Park this Shabbat from 3:30 – 5:00 pm.
The walking group will meet at 4:00 pm.

From the Rabbi’s Desk – Parashat Va’etchanan:                          

This past week, a number of emails among rabbis of the Rabbinical Council of America dealt with the historical tragedy of the conversion of the son of the great rabbi, Rabbenu Gershom, to Christianity, and how the family and especially the rabbi himself had to deal with that act. What sprouts forth from this event of some one thousand years ago, is that even in the best of religious homes, there is no guarantee that the children necessarily follow in their parents’ ways.  In recent times, there seems to be great admiration and adulation in the secular Jewish media of those who have abandoned the Hasidic way of life. Articles abound in singing the praises of those who have discarded Judaism, and lead a more cosmopolitan way of life.

A fascinating statement by Rashi on the opening lines of the Shema brings us some perspective on the issues we have outlined in the opening paragraph of this article. Rashi comments that one who follows the word of G-d out of love is far superior to one who fulfills the commandments out of fear. The one who simply observes on the basis of fear abandons observance at the first opportune moment.

While the above may appear to be a simplistic understanding of the mindsets of individuals who abandon Judaism, it nevertheless serves as an indicator of what motivates people to follow a different pathway of life. While it is true that each person is a unique individual, there is no doubt that people are influenced by their environment and by others.  The inspirational instructor, or the boring teacher, consciously or unconsciously, influence their charges. We all can think of someone who inspired us, and we can think of those who completely turned us off in terms of their presentations and their ideas.

The same applies in the area of Jewish Education, where the instructor has the power to make or break Jewish students through either positive or negative examples or remarks.  Especially in an age of instant information and gratification, teachers must develop new techniques and methods to reach their students.  It is not simply enough to rely on the inculcation of text. The challenge of presenting the beauty of that which is being studied is paramount and ever present.  The end part of the Shema  dealing with the responsibility of the parent or teacher to instruct the child remains the litmus test by which it will be determined if that child remains within the Jewish orbit years later.

We will never understand what motivated the child of the Luminary of the Exile, Rabbenu Gershom of Mayence, to convert, but we must do our share as parents, grandparents and educators to deliver the lesson of Torah through love by personal example and by instruction. The fear factor is detrimental to our continued survival as a people.

ONGOING CLASSES OFFERED BY RABBI FINKELSTEIN: Everyone is welcome at no charge.

  1. GEMARA: Wednesday evenings after Ma’ariv. Please check calendar in case of shifting.
  2. SHABBAT CLASSES:  Parsha and Halacha class between Mincha and Ma’ariv.
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   Donations:
* General Donations: $18
* Siddurim: Koren/Artscroll $50
* Koren Talmud Bavli: $100
* Wall of Honour/brick: $118

* Yahrzeit Board:  $300
* Eitz Chaim/Leaf: $180
* Eitz Chaim/Acorn: $300
* Eitz Chaim/boulder: $360

15 Chartwell Avenue, Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Phone 613-723-1800 / Fax 613-723-6567 
Rabbi Howard Finkelstein rabbihoward.finkelstein@gmail.com
Howard Nadler, President howardnadler@rogers.com
Elisheva Brantz, Office Administrator shul@cbto.org

Copyright © 2017 CBTO, All rights reserved.

 

 

 

Shabbat Flyer – Parashat Matot -Masei – July 21 & 22

 

 Rabbi Howard Finkelstein
Chazan Yair Subar
President Howard Nadler

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Parashat Matot – Masei
Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat: 7:00 pm
Candle Lighting: 8:24 pm
Shabbat Ends: 9:31 pm
Sefer Torah Sponsor:  Deborah & Lou Davis and Minda & Peter Wershof

Please note that the office will be closed until July 28. The office will reopen on July 31st. Email and messages will be monitored throughout the week.If you have an emergency please contact Rabbi Finkelstein.

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The Downstairs Minyan will be running for the next 3 Shabbatot (July 22,29 and August 5) at 8:30 am.

From the Rabbi’s Desk – Parashat Matot – Masei:  
                       

A term  that has manifested itself numerous times in the media as of late and related to judicial procedure is “recusa”™ defined as one’s personal disqualification from involvement in a particular case that can invoke conflict of interest. Obviously, conscious and sub-conscious motivations can influence a judge or official to pursue a certain course of action that may be deliberately self serving.

This concept exists in Jewish law and is translated as a “negiah bedavar”. In other words, it redounds to a judge’s benefit to rule in a certain way in a case if his own interests are enhanced. But conflict of interest is only one aspect of human behaviour. Even in terms of nefarious conduct, the Talmud declares that one only sins if he benefits from his actions.

Ever mindful of the relationship between man and society, the Torah warns the individual to be innocent in the eyes of G-d and of Israel as indicated in this week’s parsha of Matot. In granting the tribes of Reuven, Gad and half of Menashe the right to settle on the eastern side of the Jordan River, Moshe holds the people of these groups responsible to adhere to their promise to help the other nine and a half tribes conquer the land of Canaan. Moshe admonishes them to be above reproach and suspicion.

The Talmud Yerushalmi, Shekalim, cites this admonition of Moshe as the prime example of biblical text necessitating proper behaviour that is of such high moral character that nobody can question it.  The Torah Temimah comments that this quote of Moshe is an a priori statement that presupposes the need of all individuals to live a life, the probity of which, is not questioned by others.  One’s need to be innocent in the eyes of G-d and of Israel is a sine qua non of Jewish existence.  Our relationships with  G-d and man are treated equally in the eyes of Jewish law and outlook.

The failure to recuse oneself when necessary is a poor excuse for human behaviour. Hillelâ’s famous expression regarding the need to care for oneself because no one else will, is balanced by the second part of his statement, that if one only cares about oneself, what is that person?  Yes, we must look after our needs, but at the same time we must be mindful not to allow the suspicions of others to cloud our good intentions.

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SHABBAT MORNING TOT SHABBAT PROGRAM: FOR CHILDREN 0-7 YEARS OF AGE FROM 10:30 – 11:30 AM. Please join us for prayers, singing, stories, games, and snacks. Parents are encouraged to accompany their children ages 2 and under.
To ensure this program runs smoothly and on time please make sure children are in the
Youth lounge at 10:30. 

ONGOING CLASSES OFFERED BY RABBI FINKELSTEIN: Everyone is welcome at no charge.

  1. GEMARA: Wednesday evenings after Ma’ariv. Please check calendar in case of shifting.
  2. SHABBAT CLASSES:  Parsha and Halacha class between Mincha and Ma’ariv.
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   Donations:
* General Donations: $18
* Siddurim: Koren/Artscroll $50
* Koren Talmud Bavli: $100
* Wall of Honour/brick: $118

* Yahrzeit Board:  $300
* Eitz Chaim/Leaf: $180
* Eitz Chaim/Acorn: $300
* Eitz Chaim/boulder: $360


15 Chartwell Avenue, Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Phone 613-723-1800 / Fax 613-723-6567 
Rabbi Howard Finkelstein rabbihoward.finkelstein@gmail.com
Howard Nadler, President howardnadler@rogers.com
Elisheva Brantz, Office Administrator shul@cbto.org

Copyright  2017 CBTO, All rights reserved.