Rabbi Howard Finkelstein

Chazan Yair Subar

President Howard Nadler

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Parashat Vayeshev – December 8 & 9

Candle Lighting: 4:01 pm

Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat: 4:05 pm

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Sefer Torah Sponsor:

Golda & Ned Steinman

From the Rabbi’s Desk -Parashat Vayeshev:      

The announcement of the President of the United States that his administration is recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is momentous in the message it sends out to a world community that preaches even-handedness at the expense of Israel. The natural knee jerk reactions of the Arab world coupled with the self-righteousness of other countries stand in contrast to a courageous step taken by President Trump in affirming Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and by extension the Jewish people.

While threats of a new intifada abound, sounded by Hamas, Israel faces a difficult period ahead. To paraphrase Rashi’s interpretation in this week’s Torah reading describing what lurks in the pit to which Joseph is cast, there are ‘snakes and scorpions’ ready to attack Jews in Israel and perhaps elsewhere. The hatred aimed toward Israel knows no bounds, and geographical boundaries concerning West or East Jerusalem is of no consequence to the anti-Israeli who wants to eliminate the complete presence of the Jews in Eretz Yisrael.

Unlike Judah who with the use of perplexing logic rules out the murder of Joseph because the latter is the brother of the sons of Jacob and opts to sell him instead, the enemy of the Jew does not have any feeling of emotion toward the Jew except for hatred. Of course, even in the acknowledgment and appreciation of Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, we are concerned with the physical well being of every one of our brethren there. We pray for the peace of Jerusalem and the people of Israel.

Continuing this week- Blessings and Prayers

Mishna Berurah – 7:30 Tuesday nights

1.      How many blessings do we say each day on learning Torah: 2, 3 or 4?
2.      If you fall asleep during the Rabbi’s speech, do you have to say the blessings for Torah learning again when  you wake up?

Cantor Moshe Kraus will be at the Shul on Sunday, December 10th
from 9:30 – 11:00 am to sell his autobiography,
The Life of Moshele Der Zinger: How My Singing Save My Life

   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

COMMUNITY CORNER – NEWS TO SHARE:

TORAH DAY SCHOOL: Chocolate Chances, TDSO’s largest fundraiser includes decadent desserts, amazing raffles and fabulous prizes  Sunday, December 10th 7:00 pm Soloway JCC (21 Nadolny Sachs Private. $10 in advance $15 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets call 274-0110 or events@torahday.ca www.chocolatechances.com

EMMUNAH: Membership Drive 5778 Sunday, December 10th at 6:30 pm, Featuring:   Robert Hage-Former Canadian Ambassador to   Hungary and Slovenia (2004-2007)    “Canada in the   Eyes of the World”  at the home of our gracious sponsor and Emunah Life Member Barbara Crook  11 Clemow Avenue, Ottawa Women and men welcome A delicious pareve Chanukah-themed buffet will be served!  $25 (Emunah Life Members); $36 (for everyone else – this includes yearly membership to Emunah with tax receipt)  RSVP marsha.kaiserman@rogers.com or Rivka Kraus 613-241-5613

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