Misplaced priorities mark the life of Lot after he and his uncle Abraham go in different directions, both geographically and spiritually. Lot’s casting his lot with the people of Sodom not only corrupts him, but destroys any of his moral legitimacy when he offers his two daughters to the inhabitants of this city of evil.
What is not apparent to the average reader of this account is Lotâ€™s misplaced concerns about the effect of the impending upheaval awaiting Sodom and Gomorrah. They do not center around the lives of his family but around his money and property. In addressing the wording of the Torah that describes Lotâ€™s hesitancy in leaving Sodom, Rashi comments that Lot is worried about his material wealth if his home is destroyed.
In effect, his newly adopted lifestyle in Sodom is indicative of a strong sense of narcissism on his part. Initially, his offer of his two daughters to the Sodomites denotes a callous and cavalier attitude on the part of Lot to his family members. Money and materialism become his new gods. His fortuitous escape from the destruction of Sodom through the intervention of the two angels sent by G-d to rescue him does not engender any attitudes or expressions of thanks to G-d. His only reaction is to become intoxicated to the point that he sleeps with his daughters producing two illegitimate children.
While Rashi’s explanation regarding the narcissistic nature of Lot may seem unusual, it is not an exaggeration to say that there are people who cherish their money more than their family. Though the Talmud tells us that the actions of our ancestors are symbols for their descendants, one cannot deny that negative actions and attitudes by biblical characters should be studied to learn as to what one should not do in life.
BEIT TIKVAH BOOK CLUB – CALL FOR BOOK SUGGESTIONS
The first Beit Tikvah Book Club meeting was a great success, so we’re doing it again! We’d love to hear what book you’d be interested in discussing next. Please send your suggestions to Nechama Hoffman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Dr. Jon Mitzmacher is the Head of the Ottawa Jewish Community School and co-founder of edJEWcon. He was most recently the VP of Innovation for Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools. He is the former Executive Director of the Schechter Day School Network. He is also the former head of the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School, a K-8 Solomon Schechter, located in Jacksonville, FL, and part of the Jacksonville Jewish Center. He was the founding head of the Solomon Schechter Day School of Las Vegas. Jon has worked in all aspects of Jewish Education from camping to congregations and everything in between.
Rabbi Eleazar Durden grew up and finished schooling in New Zealand, followed by 8 years yeshiva learning in Israel. After a brief 3 year term as a pulpit Rabbi in Cardiff, Wales, entered the field of education, and for the past 25 years has taught in positions in New Haven, CT, Southfield, MI, Vancouver, BC, and now Ottawa, ON. For the last 22 of those years, involved in the administration of the schools, firstly as assistant principal, then as Principal of Judaic Studies, finally as Principal.
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Winter Mincha Minyan – Torah day school November 6th:
This week, the clocks will change, which makes it very challenging for local Shuls to hold a minyan for Mincha. Last year we were fortunate enough to have enough students to create a minyan here in school, of which a number of parents and community members took advantage. TDSO would once again be happy to be the rallying point for Mincha during the winter months, but we would need a solid commitment from at least 10 people to be here at 4:05 pm Monday through Thursday. If you can commit to making a Mincha minyan or have interest in such a minyan, please contact Rabbi Durden directly, atRabbi Durden email.
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 (email@example.com).
Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship (CHES): In memory of the 79th Anniversary of Kristallnacht, Keynote Address: â€˜From Destruction to Rebirth: The Return of Life in the Jewish DP Campsâ€™ 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 â€“ 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.