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Parashat Chukat
June 22 & 23
Mincha and Ma’ariv: 7:00 p.m.
Candle Lighting: 8:37p.m.

Sefer Torah Sponsors: 
Katherine and William Moss

From the Desk of the Rabbi
דברי הרב    Parashat Chukat:

Those of us who had the privilege of hearing Dr. Gerald Steinberg of Bar Ilan University speak in our shul this past week under the sponsorship of JNF and Bnai Brith Canada walked away with a more nuanced view of what is happening in Gaza and in anti-Israeli institutions and agencies. The recent and ongoing attempts in infiltrating the Gaza-Israeli border depict a cruel enemy willing to sacrifice its own people to further its cause, the destruction of the state of Israel, G-d forbid.

It is almost ironic that the maneuver of Hamas terrorists to disguise themselves as ordinary citizens wishing to “return” to their alleged homes on the other side of the border with Israel is reflected in this week’s Torah reading about an attack perpetrated by the Amalekites on the Israelites. Unlike other attacks by Amalek, this battle stands out, because, as Rashi explains, the Amalekites disguise themselves as Canaanites in order to confuse the Israelites. Rashi’s unique explanation regarding the rationale for such a scheme revolves around the supposition that the Israelites might pray to G-d to save them from the Canaanites rather than the Amalekites. The Amalekites were indeed fearful that the prayers of the Israelites might be effective, and therefore conspired to disguise themselves accordingly in order to defeat the Israelites in battle.

In truth, the modern enemies of the Jews can disguise themselves with civilized clothing, such as suits and ties. The United Nations Human Rights Council, as described by Dr. Steinberg, is a hotbed of anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. It is no wonder that the American ambassador to the UN, Nicki Haley, declared the Human Rights Council to be a “cesspool” of racism and hatred toward Israel.

Some of our enemies disguise themselves as civilians, as in the case of Hamas, and others wear clerical robes such as the Ayatollahs in Iran.  We pray for the peace and the strength of Jerusalem against these enemies. We look at the various war accounts in this week’s Torah reading where Israel, with the help of Hashem, emerges victorious. May Israel continue to be blessed by G-d, and may its quest for peace be granted, despite the wishes, actions and machinations of others.

Shul News

Rabbi Durden will be giving a class following the Downstairs Minyan on the Rambam. 
Shabbat in the Park: Shabbat, June 23rd at Craig Henry Park from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, walking club
will meet at 4:00 pm (weather permitting).

Community News

JET: JET: Don’t miss the JET Yarchei Kallah: Jewish Educational Extravaganza, a week of engaging classes and lunch and learns.  July 2-7.  Morning Classes at Hillel Lodge.  Evening Classes at the SJCC, culminating with a fabulous Shabbaton at Beit Tikvah.  Special guest speakers include Shaindel Simes and Rabbi Michael Skobac, expert on Missionaries and Cults.  For more information or to register:  www.jetottawa.com.  Early Bird Discount until June 26th.  Bring a first time friend and receive 10% off on that class or program.

JEWISH WAR VETERANS SCHOLARSHIP: The Jewish War Veterans of Canada, Ottawa Post, is offering two (2) $ 1000.00 scholarships to deserving Jewish students who are graduating in 2018 from secondary school and are entering university in 2018.
Applicants must be between the ages of 16 and 19 years on or before the 31st of May 2018 and be residents of the National Capital Region.
In the letter of application, candidates will provide evidence of superior qualities of leadership, good citizenship, complete school mark records including the final year,  and sportsmanship at school, within the Jewish Community and community-at-large. All applicants should provide a letter stating why they think they are eligible. Enclose any supporting material that you may think relevant.  All documentation must be received no later than July 13, 2018. Send Submissions to : Ruth Aaron  877 Maplecrest Avenue Ottawa, Ontario K2A 2Z7.

JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES: Friendly Visitors urgently needed for JFS clients!
Active senior looking for a female volunteer with a car to take her on outings like bowling, JCC Library, AJA 50+ programs, coffee dates, etc. Carling/Preston area. Senior with mobility issues is looking for a visitor who can help with her gardening.  Every 2 weeks or so.  JFS neighbourhood.
Man with mental health challenges needs transportation only for groceries/ banking/ errands every second week, during morning hours.  1-2 hours maximum commitment.  Very flexible on dates.  Vanier area. To help, please contact: 613.722.2225, ext.315
THE KOLLEL OF OTTAWA: invites you to a special farewell reception honouring Rabbi Yonah Burr and Chaya Raizy Burr, Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Kollel of Ottawa, 1762 Carling Avenue. Light refreshments will be served.

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