Rabbi Howard Finkelstein
Chazan Yair Subar
President Howard Nadler ~~~~~~~~~~~ Parashat Korach
Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat: 7:00 pm
Candle Lighting: 8:37 pm
Shabbat Ends: 9:45 pm
Sefer Torah Sponsor: Magda & Peter Benedek, Erin & Ben Gailor
and The Naor Families
From the Rabbi’s Desk – Korach:
Rivka and I had the pleasure of meeting with Member of Parliament for Nepean, Chandra Arya, to discuss our upcoming special Canada Day service and Kiddush on July 1. Mr. Arya has graciously agreed to celebrate with us the 150th anniversary of Canada’s founding at Kiddush that day. We look forward to welcoming Mr.Arya to our congregation. Please note your calendar, and let us commemorate Canada Day together on that Shabbat.
One of our major strengths as a modern orthodox congregation is the multiplicity of expressions of religious observance of all of our membership that makes up this beautiful mosaic we call Beit Tikvah. Further, there are many points of view expressed by our members of how to enhance and develop our congregation, and we welcome these opinions. With the beginning of a new board with the largest number of members in our shul’s history taking shape, we look forward to the new board building on the successes of previous boards. We owe a debt of gratitude toward all those who have made our shul flourish and prosper, from our founding families, to those who have come to Beit Tikvah during the course of the last few decades.
This year promises, G-d willing, to be a banner year in our existence as we expand our program base. Les, Sara Breiner and I are working on a schedule calendar to note upcoming events on a monthly basis. Some years ago, with the help of members, Ian Sadinsky, Deena Kingstone, I submitted to the Legacy Heritage Project of New York City a program designed to enhance learning opportunities of all levels in our synagogue with the intention of broadening our reach to the greater community to come and study with us at Beit Tikvah. The Legacy Heritage Project evaluated and appreciated our program, and we achieved a second place finish among contesting synagogues and institutions. We are now bringing this program to our shul. A description of this program will be coming out shortly.
We are blessed in our shul with having a lot of rabbinic talent, and I am hoping to involve them in this program I am describing above which involves all ages and genders. In addition, our shul has a lot of talented people on both sides of the mechitzah who will be called on to help this program succeed at Beit Tikvah. Our shul will become the Mercaz HaTorah, the centre of Jewish learning and living in this community.
DVAR TORAH-The tragedy of the story of Korah points to the dangers that accrue from machloket, division, and leshon hara, evil speech. So powerful is the pitfall of evil speech that the rabbis in Massechet Zevachim tell us that it takes two elements in the sanctuary of the desert, the outer coat of the Kohen Gadol (meâ€™il) and the incense (ketoret), to atone for the sins of evil speech. The meâ€™il refers to public displays of leshon hara, and the ketoret exculpates the sin of secretive leshon hara. In essence, both aspects of leshon hara are interwoven. What is spoken publicly is brought home, and what is spoken at home reverts back to the public domain. The concept of leshon hara depicts the venality of mankind, as this type of speech ruins lives and relationships, personal and professional. G-d gives us the power of speech to build and to assist, to strengthen and inspire. It is a gift to be used wisely.
ONGOING CLASSES OFFERED BY RABBI FINKELSTEIN:Everyone is welcome at no charge.
GEMARA: Wednesday evenings after Ma’ariv. Please check calendar in case of shifting.
SHABBAT CLASSES: Parsha and Halacha class between Mincha and Ma’ariv.
Donations: * General Donations: $18
* Siddurim: Koren/Artscroll $50
* Koren Talmud Bavli: $100
* Wall of Honour/brick: $118