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Parashat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim –
April 27 & 28
Mincha and Ma’ariv: 7:00 p.m.
Candle Lighting: 7:46 p.m.

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From the Desk of the Rabbi
 Parashat Aharei Mot-Kedoshim:

Sometimes we are our own worst enemies.  I am not dealing with self-hating Jews, but with ostensibly observant Jews whose behaviour raises important questions about how we deal with other people.  A congregant sent me an article written by a former Montreal rabbi living now in the States about how members of his present community mobbed a certain pizza shop at the end of Pesach to get a taste of chametz within moments of the close of Yom Tov. No doubt the writer pines that these Jews did not eat the previous eight days of Pesach, and now were in dire need of a piece of pizza.

The concept of Naval Birshut HaTorah comes to mind regarding these people. This phrase used by the Ramban in his commentary on the opening words of the second portion of the Torah reading this Shabbat morning, describes low class people who technically do not violate Torah law, but abuse its spirit. The Ramban gives several examples of people who can claim they are not transgressing against the Torah, even though they ignore the intent of the law. One such person is the glutton who in his punctilious observance of the laws of kashrut gorges himself. In a more serious vein, there are those who cite Jewish law erroneously in their mistreatment of people not part of our faith group.

To be “kadosh” or holy,in the eyes of Hashem is not to simply observe the law. The Ramban indicates that one must be careful not to violate the spirit of the law even when not breaking the law. Indeed, not only does G-d observe the callous individual who does not care about the spirit of the law, the public as well watches and comments negatively about that person. The adage that we read in this week’s Perek of Pirkei Avot, is that one whose action proves praiseworthy in the eyes of mankind is also praiseworthy in the eyes of G-d.

“Kedushah”, or holiness, is a work in progress. We must progress in our observance of the laws of the Torah. We dare not regress.

Shul News

Thank you to all who attended the Yom Ha’atzmaut T’fillah Chagigit last week

MISHNA BERURA CLASS: Rabbi Durden’s class in Mishna Berura will resume this
Tuesday evening at 7:05 p.m.
No prior knowledge needed to attend; Hebrew AND English texts available.
Continuing with the Laws of the Mitzvah of Shema.

Community News

CAMP B’NAI BRITH: The Ottawa Jewish historical Society, in partnership with the Soloway JCC, invite you to a retrospective evening of all things CAMP on Thursday May 17 at the Soloway JCC, in the Social Hall at 7:30 pm. Admission is $10. Memories and Mamaloshin, fantastic photos that will make you laugh, and wonderful food (including standard camp fare and Joe Louis) prepared by David Smith, Creative Kosher, will be served in the “Mess Hall”!  To make this evening extra special, Mark Max and Russell Kronick have agreed to lead all of us in a super singsong. This will surely be a night to remember. Don’t miss this magical memory-filled party.  CBB was a place we couldn’t wait to go back to.  On May 17 we can go back for one more brief visit with our old friends. We hope to see all of you there. For more information, and to RSVP please contact the Ottawa Jewish Historical Society Office at  613-798-9818 ext. 264 or by e-mail at ojhsoc@gmail.com.
JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES: Client with some mobility issues is looking for a friendly visitor to spend time together working in her garden every week or two.  JFS neighbourhood.  Female preferred.
Newcomer to Ottawa (Alta Vista area) is looking for a female companion to join her at AJA 50+ events and other events/outings.  Companion to provide transportation.  Client uses a walker.
Elderly client who is visually and hearing impaired needs a visitor for about 45 min-1 hr every 2-3 weeks, at his home on Merivale Rd.  Communication will need to be in writing, or by typing on your laptop in large print.   To take on any of these mitzvot, please contact the JFS Volunteer Desk at 613.722.2225, x315.

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