Weekly Flyers

Rabbi Howard Finkelstein

Chazan Yair Subar

President Howard Nadler

Shabbat in the Park will be at Charing Park this Shabbat from 3:30 – 5:00 pm. The walking Group will meet at 4:00 pm.

Donations:

  • General Donations: $18
  • Siddurim: Koren/Artscroll $50
  • Koren Talmud Bavli: $100
  • Wall of Honour/brick: $118
  • Yahrzeit Board: $300
  • Eitz Chaim/Leaf: $180
  • Eitz Chaim/Acorn: $300
  • Eitz Chaim/boulder: $360

15 Chartwell Avenue, Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Phone 613-723-1800 / Fax 613-723-6567
Rabbi Howard Finkelstein rabbihoward.finkelstein@gmail.com
Howard Nadler, President howardnadler@rogers.com
Elisheva Brantz, Office Administrator shul@cbto.org

Copyright © 2017 CBTO, All rights reserved.

Shabbat Flyer – Parashat Ekev August 11 & 12

 

 Rabbi Howard Finkelstein

Chazan Yair Subar

President Howard Nadler
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Parashat Ekev 

Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat: 7:00 pm

Candle Lighting: 7:57 pm

Shabbat Ends: 9:03 pm

Sefer Torah Sponsor:  Anonymous

Shabbat in the Park will be at Charing Park this Shabbat from 3:30 – 5:00 pm. The walking Group will meet at 4:00 pm.

From the Rabbi’s Desk – Parashat Ekev:  
                       

Can a Jew accept a blessing from a non-Jew, and can the Jew answer “amen” to that blessing?  Based on a  unique reading of the phrase that appears in this week’s Torah reading, ‘you shall be blessed above all peoples, the Talmud Yerushalmi in Berachot  in the name of Rabbi Tanchum translates this phrase to read, ‘you shall be blessed from all the nations. ‘In other words, the Jew can indeed receive blessings from non-Jews who invoke the name of G-d in that blessing. As to whether one may answer, “amen”, the Mishna Berurah in siman 205, Orach Chaim, cites sources that technically one can indeed respond accordingly, although it is not necessary to do so.

On reading the Yerushalmi and its commentaries, one draws the conclusions that if there were concerns at one time that the non-Jew was really blessing the Jew with idolatrous intentions, that fear is no longer in existence today. When the non-Jew says the word, “God”, he or she is referring to the Creator.

This discussion has bearing in modern society today, especially in North America, where there are many philo-semites among the non-Jewish population.  While, obviously, one has to be suspect of missionary groups and evangelicals who wish to convert us, one has to be discerning enough to distinguish these people from those who sincerely wish to bless us as a people.  I think of Rabbi Aryeh Scheinberg, the chief orthodox rabbi in San Antonio, Texas, who has a very strong relationship with John Hagee, a well known church leader nationally who is a very outspoken supporter of the state of Israel.  On a more local basis, Ottawa born Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein has been instrumental in arranging for huge financial support for Israel and Jews in general through his organization. While there are ‘supporters’ who are primarily interested in Restoration Theology which is to the detriment of the Jews, one cannot ignore or show lack of appreciation to those who sincerely wish to bless us.

We are living in precarious times with Israel treated as a pariah state in many circles. Anti-Semites couch their rhetoric in the language of anti-Zionism, claiming that they are not against the Jews but only oppose the existence of the Jewish state.  The presence of the Neturei Karta at these anti-Zionist (read, anti-Semitic) rallies is sickening and a perversion of the sentence cited at the beginning of this essay welcoming non-Jewish blessings. We welcome those who bless us, for they too will be blessed. But we reject those who purport to bless us when their motivations are nefarious.

   Donations:
* General Donations: $18
* Siddurim: Koren/Artscroll $50
* Koren Talmud Bavli: $100
* Wall of Honour/brick: $118

* Yahrzeit Board:  $300
* Eitz Chaim/Leaf: $180
* Eitz Chaim/Acorn: $300
* Eitz Chaim/boulder: $360


15 Chartwell Avenue, Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Phone 613-723-1800 / Fax 613-723-6567
Rabbi Howard Finkelstein rabbihoward.finkelstein@gmail.com
Howard Nadler, President howardnadler@rogers.com
Elisheva Brantz, Office Administrator shul@cbto.org

Copyright © 2017 CBTO, All rights reserved.

 

 

 

Shabbat Flyer – Parashat Va’etchanan – Shabbat Nachamu August 4 & 5 

 

 Rabbi Howard Finkelstein
Chazan Yair Subar
President Howard Nadler

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Parashat Va’etchanan/Shabbat NachamuMincha & Kabbalat Shabbat: 7:00 pm

Candle Lighting: 8:07 pm

Shabbat Ends: 9:14 pm

Sefer Torah Sponsor:  Elaine & Marten Brodsky

Shabbat in the Park will be at Charing Park this Shabbat from 3:30 – 5:00 pm.
The walking group will meet at 4:00 pm.

From the Rabbi’s Desk – Parashat Va’etchanan:                          

This past week, a number of emails among rabbis of the Rabbinical Council of America dealt with the historical tragedy of the conversion of the son of the great rabbi, Rabbenu Gershom, to Christianity, and how the family and especially the rabbi himself had to deal with that act. What sprouts forth from this event of some one thousand years ago, is that even in the best of religious homes, there is no guarantee that the children necessarily follow in their parents’ ways.  In recent times, there seems to be great admiration and adulation in the secular Jewish media of those who have abandoned the Hasidic way of life. Articles abound in singing the praises of those who have discarded Judaism, and lead a more cosmopolitan way of life.

A fascinating statement by Rashi on the opening lines of the Shema brings us some perspective on the issues we have outlined in the opening paragraph of this article. Rashi comments that one who follows the word of G-d out of love is far superior to one who fulfills the commandments out of fear. The one who simply observes on the basis of fear abandons observance at the first opportune moment.

While the above may appear to be a simplistic understanding of the mindsets of individuals who abandon Judaism, it nevertheless serves as an indicator of what motivates people to follow a different pathway of life. While it is true that each person is a unique individual, there is no doubt that people are influenced by their environment and by others.  The inspirational instructor, or the boring teacher, consciously or unconsciously, influence their charges. We all can think of someone who inspired us, and we can think of those who completely turned us off in terms of their presentations and their ideas.

The same applies in the area of Jewish Education, where the instructor has the power to make or break Jewish students through either positive or negative examples or remarks.  Especially in an age of instant information and gratification, teachers must develop new techniques and methods to reach their students.  It is not simply enough to rely on the inculcation of text. The challenge of presenting the beauty of that which is being studied is paramount and ever present.  The end part of the Shema  dealing with the responsibility of the parent or teacher to instruct the child remains the litmus test by which it will be determined if that child remains within the Jewish orbit years later.

We will never understand what motivated the child of the Luminary of the Exile, Rabbenu Gershom of Mayence, to convert, but we must do our share as parents, grandparents and educators to deliver the lesson of Torah through love by personal example and by instruction. The fear factor is detrimental to our continued survival as a people.

ONGOING CLASSES OFFERED BY RABBI FINKELSTEIN: Everyone is welcome at no charge.

  1. GEMARA: Wednesday evenings after Ma’ariv. Please check calendar in case of shifting.
  2. SHABBAT CLASSES:  Parsha and Halacha class between Mincha and Ma’ariv.
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   Donations:
* General Donations: $18
* Siddurim: Koren/Artscroll $50
* Koren Talmud Bavli: $100
* Wall of Honour/brick: $118

* Yahrzeit Board:  $300
* Eitz Chaim/Leaf: $180
* Eitz Chaim/Acorn: $300
* Eitz Chaim/boulder: $360

15 Chartwell Avenue, Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Phone 613-723-1800 / Fax 613-723-6567 
Rabbi Howard Finkelstein rabbihoward.finkelstein@gmail.com
Howard Nadler, President howardnadler@rogers.com
Elisheva Brantz, Office Administrator shul@cbto.org

Copyright © 2017 CBTO, All rights reserved.

 

 

 

Shabbat Flyer – Parashat Matot -Masei – July 21 & 22

 

 Rabbi Howard Finkelstein
Chazan Yair Subar
President Howard Nadler

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Parashat Matot – Masei
Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat: 7:00 pm
Candle Lighting: 8:24 pm
Shabbat Ends: 9:31 pm
Sefer Torah Sponsor:  Deborah & Lou Davis and Minda & Peter Wershof

Please note that the office will be closed until July 28. The office will reopen on July 31st. Email and messages will be monitored throughout the week.If you have an emergency please contact Rabbi Finkelstein.

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The Downstairs Minyan will be running for the next 3 Shabbatot (July 22,29 and August 5) at 8:30 am.

From the Rabbi’s Desk – Parashat Matot – Masei:  
                       

A term  that has manifested itself numerous times in the media as of late and related to judicial procedure is “recusa”™ defined as one’s personal disqualification from involvement in a particular case that can invoke conflict of interest. Obviously, conscious and sub-conscious motivations can influence a judge or official to pursue a certain course of action that may be deliberately self serving.

This concept exists in Jewish law and is translated as a “negiah bedavar”. In other words, it redounds to a judge’s benefit to rule in a certain way in a case if his own interests are enhanced. But conflict of interest is only one aspect of human behaviour. Even in terms of nefarious conduct, the Talmud declares that one only sins if he benefits from his actions.

Ever mindful of the relationship between man and society, the Torah warns the individual to be innocent in the eyes of G-d and of Israel as indicated in this week’s parsha of Matot. In granting the tribes of Reuven, Gad and half of Menashe the right to settle on the eastern side of the Jordan River, Moshe holds the people of these groups responsible to adhere to their promise to help the other nine and a half tribes conquer the land of Canaan. Moshe admonishes them to be above reproach and suspicion.

The Talmud Yerushalmi, Shekalim, cites this admonition of Moshe as the prime example of biblical text necessitating proper behaviour that is of such high moral character that nobody can question it.  The Torah Temimah comments that this quote of Moshe is an a priori statement that presupposes the need of all individuals to live a life, the probity of which, is not questioned by others.  One’s need to be innocent in the eyes of G-d and of Israel is a sine qua non of Jewish existence.  Our relationships with  G-d and man are treated equally in the eyes of Jewish law and outlook.

The failure to recuse oneself when necessary is a poor excuse for human behaviour. Hillelâ’s famous expression regarding the need to care for oneself because no one else will, is balanced by the second part of his statement, that if one only cares about oneself, what is that person?  Yes, we must look after our needs, but at the same time we must be mindful not to allow the suspicions of others to cloud our good intentions.

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SHABBAT MORNING TOT SHABBAT PROGRAM: FOR CHILDREN 0-7 YEARS OF AGE FROM 10:30 – 11:30 AM. Please join us for prayers, singing, stories, games, and snacks. Parents are encouraged to accompany their children ages 2 and under.
To ensure this program runs smoothly and on time please make sure children are in the
Youth lounge at 10:30. 

ONGOING CLASSES OFFERED BY RABBI FINKELSTEIN: Everyone is welcome at no charge.

  1. GEMARA: Wednesday evenings after Ma’ariv. Please check calendar in case of shifting.
  2. SHABBAT CLASSES:  Parsha and Halacha class between Mincha and Ma’ariv.
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   Donations:
* General Donations: $18
* Siddurim: Koren/Artscroll $50
* Koren Talmud Bavli: $100
* Wall of Honour/brick: $118

* Yahrzeit Board:  $300
* Eitz Chaim/Leaf: $180
* Eitz Chaim/Acorn: $300
* Eitz Chaim/boulder: $360


15 Chartwell Avenue, Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Phone 613-723-1800 / Fax 613-723-6567 
Rabbi Howard Finkelstein rabbihoward.finkelstein@gmail.com
Howard Nadler, President howardnadler@rogers.com
Elisheva Brantz, Office Administrator shul@cbto.org

Copyright  2017 CBTO, All rights reserved.

 

Shabbat Flyer – Parashat Pinchas – July 14 & 15

 

 Rabbi Howard Finkelstein
Chazan Yair Subar
President Howard Nadler

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Parashat Pinchas
Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat: 7:00 pm
Candle Lighting: 8:30 pm
Shabbat Ends: 9:37 pm
Sefer Torah Sponsor:  Marion Silver & Alan Brass, Vera Kadar,
Candice & Stan Wilder

From the Rabbi’s Desk – Parashat Pinchas:                          

Having just returned from St. Louis visiting our son and daughter-in-law, a few observations come to mind having visited numerous synagogues in different states along the way down south and back. The orthodox community is thriving in these centres.  One highlight was receiving an aliyah at the Skokie Yeshiva.  The gabbai was our own Edward Sandler, Aaron’s son, who has served faithfully as a gabbai in our own congregation for a number of years.

What stood out most poignantly was that as a visitor to these synagogues, some of the local attendees made it their business to welcome me and Rivka to their community. As a stranger, it is very comforting to have somebody make an overture of welcome. At the same time, it is very disconcerting when as a visitor to a shul, one is ignored or avoided.  On the other hand, davening in a makeshift minyan where nobody knew each other as occurred in an unnamed community can equally be uncomfortable. The rule of thumb in this particular minyan was that no one was to introduce himself to anyone else sitting there. Therefore, there was no talking and hopefully a lot more davening.

All that I have written above comes to mind as we read the listing of families belonging to each tribe. Each family is prominently mentioned, though we may know little about each one. The fact remains that each family is not simply a number, but a name, an identity. For people who come to shul either as visitors or as regulars, they share a common value, they share a name.  The stranger who visits a shul should be welcomed and made to feel at home in this new environment. The regular attendee equally has to be respected as such, and his or her attendance should not be taken for granted.

Normally, when a person is given an aliyah, he is called by his name. Years ago, I attended a shul where those who were honoured were not called by name, but by Kohen, Levi, Shlishi, Revii, etc.  The congregational setting was impersonal, cold and without feeling. Part of the environment of the shul service should be warm and welcoming.  Many do take the initiative in our shul in welcoming new faces, and we are indeed blessed with that approach which will continue to enhance our congregation’s status in our eyes and in the eyes of others.

ONGOING CLASSES OFFERED BY RABBI FINKELSTEIN: Everyone is welcome at no charge.

  1. GEMARA: Wednesday evenings after Ma’ariv. Please check calendar in case of shifting.
  2. SHABBAT CLASSES:  Parsha and Halacha class between Mincha and Ma’ariv.
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   Donations:
* General Donations: $18
* Siddurim: Koren/Artscroll $50
* Koren Talmud Bavli: $100
* Wall of Honour/brick: $118

* Yahrzeit Board:  $300
* Eitz Chaim/Leaf: $180
* Eitz Chaim/Acorn: $300
* Eitz Chaim/boulder: $360


15 Chartwell Avenue, Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Phone 613-723-1800 / Fax 613-723-6567
Rabbi Howard Finkelstein rabbihoward.finkelstein@gmail.com
Howard Nadler, President howardnadler@rogers.com
Elisheva Brantz, Office Administrator shul@cbto.org

Copyright © 2017 CBTO, All rights reserved.

 

 

 

Shabbat Flyer – Parashat Balak – July 7 & 8 

 

 Rabbi Howard Finkelstein
Chazan Yair Subar
President Howard Nadler

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Parashat Balak
Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat: 7:00 pm
Candle Lighting: 8:34 pm
Shabbat Ends: 9:42 pm
Sefer Torah Sponsor:  Elaine & Marten Brodsky

Please note that Rabbi Finkelstein will be away from July 2nd-July 13th.
Should you have an emergency please contact Rabbi Reuven Bulka 613-521-9700.
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Beit Tikvah extends a warm welcome to all  who have come to join our Shul for JET’s Yarchei Kallah Shabbaton.

ONGOING CLASSES OFFERED BY RABBI FINKELSTEIN: Everyone is welcome at no charge.

  1. GEMARA: Wednesday evenings after Ma’ariv. Please check calendar in case of shifting.
  2. SHABBAT CLASSES:  Parsha and Halacha class between Mincha and Ma’ariv.
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   Donations:
* General Donations: $18
* Siddurim: Koren/Artscroll $50
* Koren Talmud Bavli: $100
* Wall of Honour/brick: $118

* Yahrzeit Board:  $300
* Eitz Chaim/Leaf: $180
* Eitz Chaim/Acorn: $300
* Eitz Chaim/boulder: $360


15 Chartwell Avenue, Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Phone 613-723-1800 / Fax 613-723-6567 
Rabbi Howard Finkelstein rabbihoward.finkelstein@gmail.com
Howard Nadler, President howardnadler@rogers.com
Elisheva Brantz, Office Administrator shul@cbto.org

Copyright © 2017 CBTO, All rights reserved.

 

Shabbat Flyer – Parashat Chukat – June 30 & July 1

 

 Rabbi Howard Finkelstein
Chazan Yair Subar
President Howard Nadler

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Parashat Chukat
Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat: 7:00 pm
Candle Lighting: 8:36 pm
Shabbat Ends: 9:44 pm
Sefer Torah Sponsor:  William & Katherine Moss 

There will be no Downstairs Minyan this Shabbat due to the Canada Day Kiddush, as well as next Shabbat as we welcome the JET Shabbaton to our Shul.
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Please note that Rabbi Finkelstein will be away from July 2nd-July 13th.
Should you have an emergency please contact the office.

From the Rabbi’s Desk – Chukat:                                                                    

As we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, a country whose democratic ideals and values are the envy of others, we recall the contribution and the history of the Jews who have lived here going back to the days of Ezekiel Hart. The Canadian Jewish News in its present issue features numerous instances of Jews who enriched Canada with their talents in all fields of endeavors. At the same time, we unfortunately recall declarative statements such as “None is too many” which depicted a government policy that had denied Jews entry into Canada prior to World War II. On the other side of the coin, we are gratified that today Canada is a stalwart friend of Israel regardless of which political party is in power in Ottawa.

While one can cite instances both positive and negative regarding Canada’s attitude toward Israel and the Jewish community over the course of the years, we should be thankful we are living in a country that today promotes the protection of the individual, and provides the necessary resources to enable all Canadians to benefit from universal health coverage and numerous programs.

Canada, as a multicultural mosaic, has welcomed people from all over the world, and continues to be a source of light to a world darkened by evil forces and terror.  Congratulations , Canada. May G-d continue to bless this great country.
 
Dvar Torah- The numerous instances mentioned in the Torah reading this week of nations that tried to prevent the entry of the Israelites into their land speak to the eventual diaspora that would envelop the Jewish community in the future. While the intent of the Torah portion is designed to demonstrate G-d’s anger at the people of Israel for listening to the false report of the ten spies, there is no great leap of faith needed to apply that same anger to the exile that Jews suffered in the aftermaths of the destructions of the Temples in Jerusalem.
However, the end of the original wanderings of the Hebrews in the wilderness end with their arrival at the banks of the Jordan. So, too, the wanderings of the Jews in the Diaspora are reaching a determined end with the founding and development of the state of Israel with its eight million Jews who call it home.

As we are entering shortly the three week period starting from the Fast of the Seventeenth of Tammuz and culminating with Tisha B’Av, we are mindful of our history of dispersion and exile and are dedicated to our prayers asking G-d for immediate redemption.

 

This Shabbat we welcome Nepean’s Member of Parliament, Mr. Chandra Arya.
 We are grateful to be able to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in a country blessed with democracy, multiculturalism and diversity . Mr.  Arya will be addressing the congregation, and we would would like to thank him for taking the time to be here with us on this special day.

 

ONGOING CLASSES OFFERED BY RABBI FINKELSTEIN: Everyone is welcome at no charge.

  1. GEMARA: Wednesday evenings after Ma’ariv. Please check calendar in case of shifting.
  2. SHABBAT CLASSES:  Parsha and Halacha class between Mincha and Ma’ariv.
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   Donations:
* General Donations: $18
* Siddurim: Koren/Artscroll $50
* Koren Talmud Bavli: $100
* Wall of Honour/brick: $118

* Yahrzeit Board:  $300
* Eitz Chaim/Leaf: $180
* Eitz Chaim/Acorn: $300
* Eitz Chaim/boulder: $360


15 Chartwell Avenue, Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Phone 613-723-1800 / Fax 613-723-6567 
Rabbi Howard Finkelstein rabbihoward.finkelstein@gmail.com
Howard Nadler, President howardnadler@gmail.com
Elisheva Brantz, Office Administrator shul@cbto.org

Copyright © 2017 CBTO, All rights reserved.

 

 

Shabbat Flyer – Parashat Korach – June 23 & 24

 

 Rabbi Howard Finkelstein
Chazan Yair Subar
President Howard Nadler

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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 (me’il) and the incense (ketoret), to atone for the sins of evil speech. The me’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.

  1. GEMARA: Wednesday evenings after Ma’ariv. Please check calendar in case of shifting.
  2. SHABBAT CLASSES:  Parsha and Halacha class between Mincha and Ma’ariv.
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   Donations:
* General Donations: $18
* Siddurim: Koren/Artscroll $50
* Koren Talmud Bavli: $100
* Wall of Honour/brick: $118

* Yahrzeit Board:  $300
* Eitz Chaim/Leaf: $180
* Eitz Chaim/Acorn: $300
* Eitz Chaim/boulder: $360


15 Chartwell Avenue, Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Phone 613-723-1800 / Fax 613-723-6567 Rabbi Howard Finkelstein rabbihoward.finkelstein@gmail.com
Howard Nadler, President howardnadler@rogers.com
Elisheva Brantz, Office Administrator shul@cbto.org

Copyright © 2017 CBTO, All rights reserved.

 

Shabbat Flyer – Parashat Shelach – June 16 & 17

 

 Rabbi Howard Finkelstein
Chazan Yair Subar
President Howard Nadler

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Parashat Shelach
Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat: 7:00 pm
Candle Lighting: 8:32 pm
Shabbat Ends: 9:43 pm
Sefer Torah Sponsor: Kathi Kovacs & Irwin Schweitzer

Beit Tikvah will honour the graduation of our youth at a future time
when many more graduates will be available to  attend.

Special guest speaker this coming Shabbat during Seudah Shlishit:
Rabbi Mordechai Levine, Rosh Kollel of Yeshivat Torat Chaim, Jerusalem.

From the Rabbi’s Desk – Shelach:                                                                    

“Tyranny of the majority” has been used as a catch phrase to depict inherent discrimination against minority rights and privileges.  It is usually a term reserved for political discourse. However, it is also appropriate to employ that term in reference to the report of the ten spies versus that of Joshua and Caleb that persuades the majority of the Israelites to return to Egypt. To recount, the ten spies Moshe sends out to scout the land of Canaan speak disparagingly of the land resulting in the concomitant condemnation of the people of Israel to sojourn in the wilderness for forty years.

What is interesting about the dialogue recorded in this week’s Torah reading between the ten spies and Caleb and Joshua, is that at the end of the first conversation cited, there is no concerted call from the people of Israel to retreat back to Egypt.  That call only comes after the spies continue their diatribe against the land of Canaan. To be exact, the Torah records only Caleb reacting with horror at the majority of spies’ determination to abandon plans to go to Canaan. However, in response to the second debate regarding the propriety of entering the Holy Land, the population privy to this discussion wish to kill Joshua and Caleb according to the Torah text.  The midrash as well as the Talmud indicate that the people desire to kill Moshe and Aharon as well, and begin to throw stones at them, as well as toward the heavens.

Throwing stones at the heavens symbolically indicates a rejection of G-d, and not only the leadership of the people of Israel. This attack on G-d becomes almost “religious” in nature, not in terms of spiritual fervour but in terms of a determined effort and frenzy to distance oneself from G-d.  The deliberate abandonment of G-d as demonstrated by the symbolic casting of stones against the heavens prompts the punishment that results in the Hebrews wandering in the desert for forty years.

Without G-d in our lives, we live as wanderers without purpose and moral guide. Life becomes meaningless as our daily existences become routine without goal and without direction. It is no wonder that there is a long period of time that transpires during the sojourn of the people in the desert where there is no communication between G-d and Moshe.  A symbolic Hester Panim, or G-d’s hiding takes place.

Today, despite the fact that G-d does not directly communicate with us, we communicate with G-d through our actions, our prayers and our study of Torah. Each mitzvah we fulfill, each prayer we say, each passage of Torah and Talmud we study, brings us closer to G-d and to redemption. The people of Israel in this week’s parsha were so close to reaching their goal of entering into the Promised Land, a matter of a few short days. However, they threw their stones to the sky, and their faith to the winds. We learn from them how not to behave, but we follow the examples o f Caleb and Joshua who urge us to go forward in our pursuit of our heritage.

On Monday, June 12th Beit Tikvah held an election for the presidency of the Shul. Thank you to the two candidates who ran for the position of President, Gedalia Kerzner and Howard Nadler. Thank you to Marten Brodsky, Jonathan Isserlin, Katherine Moss and Stan Wilder for  their hard work collecting proxy votes. They worked hard to ensure that the voting process was correctly executed and that all details pertaining to the evening were handled in a professional manner.

Mazal Tov to Howard Nadler who has been voted as the President for another term.
We look forward to a very productive year with the help of our newly elected board.

 

 

SHABBAT MORNING TOT SHABBAT PROGRAM: FOR CHILDREN 0-7 YEARS OF AGE FROM 10:30 – 11:30 AM. Please join us for prayers, singing, stories, games, and snacks. Parents are encouraged to accompany their children ages 2 and under.
To ensure this program runs smoothly and on time please make sure children are in the Youth lounge at 10:30.
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ONGOING CLASSES OFFERED BY RABBI FINKELSTEIN: Everyone is welcome at no charge.

  1. GEMARA: Wednesday evenings after Ma’ariv. Please check calendar in case of shifting.
  2. SHABBAT CLASSES:  Parsha and Halacha class between Mincha and Ma’ariv.
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   Donations:
* General Donations: $18
* Siddurim: Koren/Artscroll $50
* Koren Talmud Bavli: $100
* Wall of Honour/brick: $118

* Yahrzeit Board:  $300
* Eitz Chaim/Leaf: $180
* Eitz Chaim/Acorn: $300
* Eitz Chaim/boulder: $360


15 Chartwell Avenue, Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Phone 613-723-1800 / Fax 613-723-6567
Rabbi Howard Finkelstein rabbihoward.finkelstein@gmail.com
Howard Nadler, President howardnadler@rogers.com
Elisheva Brantz, Office Administrator shul@cbto.org

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Shabbat Flyer – Parashat Beha’alotcha June 9 & 10

 

 Rabbi Howard Finkelstein
Chazan Yair Subar
President Howard Nadler

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Parashat Beha’alotcha
Candle Lighting: 8:32 pm
Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat: 7:00 pm
Sefer Torah Sponsor: Joan Bercovitch & Ian Sadinsky and Family

From the Rabbi’s Desk – Beha’alotcha: 

If this is what you are doing to me, then…(Numbers  11:15)

Moshe, our greatest rabbi, suffers through another serious round of complaints by the people of Israel regarding the lack of an interesting menu, and begs G-d to kill him rather than to allow him to see his own downfall.  Frustrated by the constant barrage of complaints by the people of Israel, Moshe seeks assistance, and G-d provides him with seventy elders chosen from among the tribes of Israel to take on some of the responsibilities of leadership that Moshe cannot bear alone.

The Maharal of Prague in discussing leadership draws a triangle with the leader at the top point, alone and bereft. The masses congregate below receiving inspiration from above, as the leader’s wisdom filters down the sides of the triangle. In the optimum configuration of the triangle, the geometric figure is flipped on its side in order to allow wisdom  to flow in both directions. The leader is no longer at the top point but benefits from all sides of that geometric figure.

Leadership is a lonely business. It doesn’t matter what kind of leader one speaks of. The leader by definition cannot claim that important mantle without making decisions that may be unpopular. Rabbi Yisrael  Salanter, the great ethicist, states that a leader who seeks popular acclaim is no leader, because such individual compromises on his or her beliefs and principles.  The leader must pay heed to the needs and thoughts of those who are led, but decisions have to be taken regardless of popular positions.

Moshe is that leader, who even risks the lashon hara, however innocent, spoken by his sister, Miriam, in order to fulfill the word of G-d in directing and inspiring his people. He must resist the rebellion of Korah, and he must restrain his anger which he fails to do in dealing with the common complaint of a lack of water available to his people in the desert.

In the narrative involving Moshe and his sister’s observations regarding her brother, G-d intervenes   to defend Moshe, warding off any statement or thought concerning his prophecy. Modern leaders do not have that luxury of Divine intervention as described in this week’s parsha. But a leader is driven by a cause of by a calling, and is not deterred from carrying out his mission or task.  For those who serve in voluntary leadership positions, the third paragraph of Yekum Purkan which we recite on Shabbat morning indicates that they receive  their heavenly reward.  We in our congregation celebrate the wonderful work of our board members, past, present and future, who take on these leadership roles to enhance our congregation. In addition, we thank all who have and continue to contribute in many different ways for the betterment of our shul. It is fitting that the parsha of Behaalotecha , containing the theme of leadership precedes the Annual General Meeting of our shul when a new board is heralded into office.

 

SHABBAT MORNING TOT SHABBAT PROGRAM: FOR CHILDREN 0-7 YEARS OF AGE FROM 10:30 – 11:30 AM. Please join us for prayers, singing, stories, games, and snacks. Parents are encouraged to accompany their children ages 2 and under.
To ensure this program runs smoothly and on time please make sure children are in the Youth lounge at 10:30.
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ONGOING CLASSES OFFERED BY RABBI FINKELSTEIN: Everyone is welcome at no charge.

  1. GEMARA: Wednesday evenings after Ma’ariv. Please check calendar in case of shifting.
  2. SHABBAT CLASSES:  Parsha and Halacha class between Mincha and Ma’ariv.
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To the Members of CBTO:

Report of the Nominating Committee

This is a list of nominees to the Board of Directors for 2017-2018, presented for election at the the Annual General meeting on June 12, 2017.

Since their number does not exceed 25 they are all acclaimed to office as Directors. The By-Laws of the congregation allow for additional nominations for election to the Board of Directors at the meeting so long as the total number of Directors does not exceed 25. The nomination of additional potential Directors at the meeting does not affect the acclamation of the people below.

The following have indicated their intention to run for President of the congregation:  Gedalia Kerzner and Howard Nadler. The members will vote for the President at the meeting after the election of the Directors.

Proxies can use the form that’s enclosed in the shul Bulletin or available in the shul lobby. It’s also permitted to use your own form, provided that it clearly has your name, is signed by you, is dated, names the proxy-holder and gives the proxy-holder whatever general or specific directions you want. Proxies should reach the shul office during the day on Monday, June 12 if possible, and if not possible at the beginning of the meeting. The proxy form is not a ballot. You must name a proxy-holder to cast a vote on your behalf.

Please come to the meeting!

Katherine Shapiro Moss
Nominating Committee


   Donations:
* General Donations: $18
* Siddurim: Koren/Artscroll $50
* Koren Talmud Bavli: $100
* Wall of Honour/brick: $118

* Yahrzeit Board:  $300
* Eitz Chaim/Leaf: $180
* Eitz Chaim/Acorn: $300
* Eitz Chaim/boulder: $360


15 Chartwell Avenue, Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Phone 613-723-1800 / Fax 613-723-6567 / Web Site www.cbto.org
Rabbi Howard Finkelstein rabbihoward.finkelstein@gmail.com
Howard Nadler, President howardnadler@rogers.com
Elisheva Brantz, Office Administrator shul@cbto.org

Copyright © 2017 CBTO, All rights reserved.
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Shabbat Flyer December 4 &5

 

Congregation Beit Tikvah of Ottawa
Parashat Vayeshev
December 5-11, 2015        23
Kislev– 29 , 5776

Sefer Torah Sponsors: Golda and Ned Steinman

CONGREGATIONAL FAMILY

Beit Tikvah welcomes OJSC students to the Shul. Please join us as our students from OJSC participate in this week’s Shabbat morning service.

Mazal Tov to Debbie and David Fischman and family on the engagement of their daughter, Neema to Michael Adler.

Mazal Tov to Rabbi Yehuda and Shaindel Simes and family on the engagement of their son, Shmuly to Margalit Mattuk.

Mazal Tov To Rabbi Ely Braun upon his registration with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.

We wish a Refuah Shlemah to: Lynne Cohen Ben-Ami, Jean Gurevitch,Sara Kerzner, Cheryl Leyton, Ian Sadinsky,  Elana Siegman, Paula Silver, and Rabbi Yehuda Simes.

NO SCENTS MAKES GOOD SENSE: Please avoid the use of perfumes and colognes in the shul.

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UPCOMING EVENTS
Beit Tikvah is having a Congregational Chanukah Shabbat Lunch, on Shabbat, December 12, 2015 the 30th of Kislev, Rosh Chodesh Tevet. This Kiddush lunch is being sponsored by Elana and Leslie Siegman in thanks to the Beit Tikvah community for all their support.
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FROM THE RABBI’S DESK: VAYESHEV

Although not really related to the story of Chanukah, the discovery of the seal of Hezekiah, king of Judah, not only gives credence to the biblical accounts of the monarch’s life, it also lends legitimacy indirectly to the Maccabees ‘rededication of the Temple. While we definitely do not need confirmation of our biblical sources, we are being subjected to constant denials of the existence of the Temples by Palestinian leaders such as the mufti in Jerusalem and others of his ilk. It goes without saying that the denial of the existence of our Temples in Jerusalem also by extension denies the authenticity of Judaism.

In ancient times, Antiochus IV tried to eradicate Judaism by banning the practice of Shabbat, Rosh Chodesh and Brit Milah. Today our enemies are trying to eliminate any historical, much less religious, significance to the Jewish religion. But we persevere.

At the same time, we read that French authorities are asking Jews not to light Chanukiyot which can be seen publicly for fear of anti-Semitic acts. It is ironic that the holiday that is supposed to project the light of the Chanukiyah as a symbol of religious freedom and pride is a source of controversy in a country that has no lack of bigots, terrorists and just plain Jew haters. French aliyah is growing, although the majority of Jews in France have decided to stay to offset any negative actions toward them. In a way, they possess the Maccabean spirit that refuses to buckle under and withstand the onslaught of the many who wish them harm.

What is needed today is a modern day version of Al Hanisim, a prayer we say in the Amidah and in Birkat Hamazon which not only relates to the events of the past, but to the happenings of today. What happens, ‘Bayamim Hahem’, namely the victory of the Maccabees and the rededication of the Temple should be harbingers for us today as we not only celebrate the miracles of ancient times, but pray for modern day miracles to protect us from those who wish us harm, physically and spiritually.

Rivka, Judith, Tani and I wish you and your families a Chag Urim Sameach.

YAHRZEITS TO BE OBSERVED NEXT WEEK: December 5 – 11, 2015:
Libby Lieff z’l, mother of Murray Lieff and sister of Ann Brozovsky observed on December 5th
Annette Walfish z’l, mother of Barry Walfish observed on December 6th
Isaac Kurland z’l, father of Ethel Naor observed on December 7th
Victor Harary z’l, father of David Harary observed on December 9th
Emanuel Shaps z’l, father of Rabbi Zischa Shaps observed on December 9th
Beatrice Presser z’l, mother of Morris Presser observed on December 11th
Eva Senman z’l, mother of Stephen Senman observed on December 11th

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Door Monitors: 9:30 Marvin Krym 10:00 Lou Davis 10:30 Vera Kadar 11:00 Leah Cohen-Gaynes 11:30 Mark Silver 11:45 Barry Mandelker 12:00 Ben Gitter 12:15 Harold Schwartz

This week’s Kiddush is sponsored by Orly and Stan Aaron, Yana Abramovich, Pamela and Morley Belfer, Elisheva and Josh Brantz, Gina and Talal Camel-Toueg, Dena and Brian Kingstone, Andrea Stevens and Mark Luden,  Kayla Estrin and Wayne Moore, Rosalie and Adam Newman, in honour of the OJCS Shabbat and their children, as well as Susan Marcus and Mark Silver to commemorate the Yahrzeits of Eleanor and Bernard Silver z’l.

ONGOING CLASSES OFFERED BY RABBI FINKELSTEIN: Everyone is welcome at no charge.
1.GEMARA: after Ma’ariv Wednesday evenings after Ma’ariv. Please check calendar in case of shifting.
2.SHABBAT CLASSES:  Parsha and Halacha class between Mincha and Ma’ariv
3.YESHIVAT TIKVAH: For high school students every Thursday at 4:15 pm

JET CLASSES AT BEIT TIKVAH ON MONDAYS AT 7:30 PM WITH RABBI TUVIA HOFFMAN: “Derech Hashem” (The Way of G-d), one of the great books of Kabbalah. Come learn the secrets of the universe. Please contact rabbihoffman@jetottawa.com for more information. 

OTTAWA JEWISH COMMUNITY EVENTS
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES WITH JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES:
To help with any of these opportunities, please contact the JFS Volunteer Recruitment desk at 613.722.2225, ext. 315 or lbogdonov@jfsottawa.com 

  1. Highly isolated 74 yr old woman with chronic pain issues would really benefit from a friendly visitor every week or two, either in her home or for outings.  Merivale South/Hunt Club area.
  2.  Another client in the Wilbrod/Charlotte area would also benefit greatly from a friendly visitor to break her isolation.  Very pleasant, chatty Shoah survivor may sometimes be up for outings, as well.
  3. A very pleasant new volunteer living in Kanata is interested in opportunities to practice his English.  He has a car and can drive, but doesn’t know the city very well yet.
  4. KMOW is desperate for drivers on both the Wednesday morning Alta Vista/east end route and the Friday morning west end route (winter months only).  In all cases, meals are picked up at the Hillel Lodge shipping doors at 10:00am and take less than an hour to complete.  Reimbursement is $5.50/route, dispersed quarterly.

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 caregivers. 

SJCC Adult Education Programs: For full descriptions of these and other SJCC Fall courses please see www.jccottawa.com and follow the link to Adult Programs. Contact: Roslyn Wollock (613) 798-9818 ext. 254

Musica Ebraica presents Chanuka Oh Chanukah!:  Musica Ebraica, Ottawa’s preeminent mixed-voice Jewish choir led by Gloria Jean Nagy, looks forward to presenting an evening of song, festivity, and fun on Dec. 6th at 7 p.m. at 395 Wellington in downtown Ottawa together with The Council of the Jacob M. Lowy Collection, with the support of the Friends of Library and Archives Canada, and the Canada-Israel Cultural foundation. The weather outside might be frightful but inside will be shir delight, as the choir entertains with the Chanukah songs we all know and love, in new and tantalizing variations. Treasures from Library and Archives Canada’s Jacob M. Lowy Collection will be on display! So come, gather round, we’ll give you a treat: dreidls to play with and latkes to eat! Come light the menorah! Let’s have a party!   For information contact Patsy Royer at 613-233-3099. No tickets. Freewill offering appreciated!

SIDDURIM: Dedication cost of Koren or ArtScroll $50

STONE EDITION CHUMASH: Dedication cost is $90

KOREN TALMUD BAVLI by Rav Steinsaltz. Dedication cost is $100.

KADDISH FUND: Ensure that the tradition of saying Kaddish is recited on your behalf in commemoration of your family member for the 11 months. We suggest a contribution of $360.

PLAQUE DEDICATIONS:
A brick on the Wall of Honour $118
A leaf on the Eitz Chaim $180
A memorial plaque on the Yahrzeit Board $300 each
A boulder for the Eitz Chaim $360

WE GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGE THE FOLLOWING DONATIONS:
Building Enhancement
Ian Sadinsky wishing him a refuah shlemah
By Rosalie and Harold Schwartz
Simes family in honour of Shmuly’s engagement to Margalit Mattuk
By Sheila and Steve Senman
Sheila and Steve Senman wishing them a Happy Chanukah
By Marsha and Art Saper

Chesed
Ian Sadinsky wishing him a refuah shlemah
By Erin and Ben Gailor
Aaron Kaiserman in honour of receiving his PhD
By Erin, Ben and Raviv Gailor & Ashira and Bucky Prizant
Marina Linderman in appreciation
By Ashira (Gailor) Prizant
Simes family in honour of Shmuly’s engagement to Margalit Mattuk
By Marion Silver, Alan Brass, Lawrence, Rafi and Shira
Rabbi Yehuda and Shaindel Simes in honour of Shmuly’s engagement to Margalit Mattuk
By Maxine and Arthur Rabinovitch and family
By Marcia and Arie Lubienietzky

Handicap Acces
Simes family in honour of Shmuly’s engagement to Margalit Mattuk
By Liz and Skip Kronick

Library
Fischman family in honour of Neema’s engagement to Michael Adler
By Elaine and Marten Brodsky
Simes family in honour of Shmuly’s engagement to Margalit Mattuk
By Elaine and Marten Brodsky
By Adele Reinhartz and Barry Walfish

Kiddush
To commemorate the yahrzeit of Judith’s mother, Lilla Klauber z’l
By Judith and Ed Borts

Study in Israel
Rabbi Yehuda and Shaindel Simes in honour of Shmuly’s engagement to Margalit Mattuk
By Susan Marcus and Mark Silver
Ian Sadinsky wishing him a refuah shlemah
By Susan Marcus and Mark Silver
Howard Gerson and family in memory of his father, Dan z’l
By Barbara and Adrian Herland

15 Chartwell Avenue, Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Phone 613-723-1800 / Fax 613-723-6567 / Web Site www.cbto.org
Rabbi Howard Finkelstein rabbihoward.finkelstein@gmail.com
Howard Nadler, President howardnadler@rogers.com

Elisheva Brantz, Office Administrator 
shul@cbto.org 

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