President Howard Nadler ~~~~~~~~~~~ Parashat Ki Tetze
Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat: 7:00 pm
Candle Lighting: 7:21 pm
Shabbat Ends: 8:27 pm
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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 weekâ€™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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
We had the chance to speak with some of the representatives of Houstonâ€™s orthodox Jewish community and the word they kept repeating was â€œcatastrophic.â€
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.
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 RCAâ€™s and OUâ€™s call for help has been phenomenal but we have much more work ahead of us.
Thank you for joining us in these efforts.
Moishe Bane, President
Rabbi Elazar Muskin, President
Rabbinical Council of America
Allen Fagin, Executive Vice President
Rabbi Mark Dratch, Executive VP
Rabbinical Council of America