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Parashat Tazria-Metzora – April 20 & 21
Mincha and Ma’ariv: 7:00 p.m.
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From the Desk of the Rabbi
 Parashat Tazria-Metzora:

The recent decision by a North Carolina police department and city council to dissociate itself from any training programs designed and delivered by Israeli police and security services is attributed to the influence of a fringe group calling itself “Jewish Voice for Peace”. This outlier group petitioned the police department and city officials to take this decision portraying Israel as a “terrorist, apartheid” state.

The BDS movement of boycott, divest and sanction, promoted by the Jewish Voice for Peace and similar organizations, has manifested itself on campuses here in Ottawa and elsewhere, albeit unsuccessfully, trying to convince institutions to divest from Israel.  Nonetheless, these initiatives are repulsive and odious.

Obviously, these BDS attempts to discredit Israel are dangerous, but especially so when Jews are involved. Actions such as these as promulgated and promoted by our co-religionists are dissimilar to the Negaim, or plagues, that are referenced in this week’s Torah readings of Tazria-Metzora. Of course, the Torah is referring to the plagues of Tzaraat, mistranslated as leprosy, which serve as a punishment for the sin of Lashon Hara or evil speech. In our scenario, the lashon hara against Israel smacks of a persistent plague that continues to afflict the Jewish community here and in Israel.

The Torah’s depiction of this insidious disease cites three variations, the first, affecting one’s home, the second, the clothing of the perpetrator, and finally the skin of the individual in question.  From the Torah perspective, the disease of Tzaraat takes place solely in the land of Israel.  It goes without saying that the disseminator of lashon hara knows no boundaries, as in the case of BDS.

Unlike the status of the leper who is quarantined for a set period of time until the symptoms of the disease disappear, the status of the BDS proponent undergoes no change, at best, and proceeds to worsen in most cases. The constant attempts to discredit Israel, be it on university campuses or North Carolina police stations, point to a mentality that seeks the approval of anti-Semites and invites the excoriation of mainstream Jewry.

The leper in the Torah reading is isolated for his own good and for the betterment of the community at large that minimally tolerates and maximally accepts negative speech that cast aspersions on others.  Jews who are part of the BDS movement should be isolated as well. One can legitimately disagree with Israeli government policy, but such disagreement does not give license to Jews to disparage, denigrate and divest themselves from the Jewish state.

Shul News

Now that Passover has passed we need to start thinking about our weekly kiddushim.  After Rosalie Schwartz replenished our supplies, Yana Abramovich, Marsha Kaiserman, Sheila Senman and Sophie Frenkel spent a few hours baking some of our favourites for everyone to enjoy.
We need more members to commit to Thursdays or Fridays to prepare salads, etc. for Shabbat. If you are available please let us know. With enough volunteers, this becomes a doable and enjoyable task.
If you have any comments or questions, please contact the office or kiddush committee.
Sophie Frenkel
Rosalie Schwartz

Door Monitors

8:30 OPEN; 9:00 OPEN; 9:30 Doug Schulek-Miller; 10:00 Joseph Ostrovsky; 10:30 David Harary; 11:00 Isaac Benguigui; 11:30 Lisa Bogdonov; 11:50 Aklilu Afowerk; 12:10 Aberra Minywab 

Community News

CAMP B’NAI BRITH: The Ottawa Jewish historical Society, in partnership with the Soloway JCC, invite you to a retrospective evening of all things CAMP on Thursday May 17 at the Soloway JCC, in the Social Hall at 7:30 pm. Admission is $10. Memories and Mamaloshin, fantastic photos that will make you laugh, and wonderful food (including standard camp fare and Joe Louis) prepared by David Smith, Creative Kosher, will be served in the “Mess Hall”!  To make this evening extra special, Mark Max and Russell Kronick have agreed to lead all of us in a super singsong. This will surely be a night to remember. Don’t miss this magical memory-filled party.  CBB was a place we couldn’t wait to go back to.  On May 17 we can go back for one more brief visit with our old friends. We hope to see all of you there. For more information, and to RSVP please contact the Ottawa Jewish Historical Society Office at  613-798-9818 ext. 264 or by e-mail at ojhsoc@gmail.com.
JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES: Client with some mobility issues is looking for a friendly visitor to spend time together working in her garden every week or two.  JFS neighbourhood.  Female preferred.
Newcomer to Ottawa (Alta Vista area) is looking for a female companion to join her at AJA 50+ events and other events/outings.  Companion to provide transportation.  Client uses a walker.
Elderly client who is visually and hearing impaired needs a visitor for about 45 min-1 hr every 2-3 weeks, at his home on Merivale Rd.  Communication will need to be in writing, or by typing on your laptop in large print.   To take on any of these mitzvot, please contact the JFS Volunteer Desk at 613.722.2225, x315.

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