Weekly Flyers

Shabbat Flyer April 7 & 8

 

CONGREGATION BEIT TIKVAH

April 8-14, 2017
Parashat Tzav – Shabbat Hagadol      
 

Sefer Torah Sponsor: Ed and Janice Fine

Rabbi
Howard Finkelstein
Chazan
Yair Subar
President
Howard Nadler

15 Chartwell Avenue
Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Website: www.cbto.org
Email: shul@cbto.org
Phone: 613-723-1800
Fax: 613-723-6567

Service Times  for April 7th
Shacharit 7:00 am
Candle Lighting 7:21pm
Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat 7:00 pm

Shabbat April 8th
Shacharit 9:00 am
Rabbi Finkelstein’s Derasha 6:15 pm
Mincha 7:10 pm
Ma’ariv 8:10pm

Shabbat Ends 8:30 pm

Rabbi Finkelstein, Words of Torah. Pesach:
Rabbi Finkelstein would like to wish the members of Congregation Beit Tikvah and the entire Ottawa Jewish Community a Chag Sameach this Passover 2017 (5777).

Please click on this link to view and listen to his message.  https://youtu.be/loksc_gqTfw


Thank you                                                                          
Thank you to the volunteers who helped out with  the Passover Fair on Sunday.

Beit Tikvah wishes everyone a Chag Pesach Kasher V’Sameach! 


FROM THE RABBI’S DESK – TZAV-SHABBAT HAGADOL:  

Rashi, at the beginning of his commentary on this week’s Torah reading of Tzav refers to the need for Aaron and his children to be careful and deliberate in the performance of the mitzvah of preparing the sacrifices. Diligence, however, is not simply reserved for Aaron and his sons.

Diligence is mandatory to ensure that the dough of the five grains, wheat, barley, rye, oats and spelt does not leaven.  It is further mandated that the laws of the consumption of the Passsover sacrifice be carefully fulfilled within a specific time frame, lest it become invalidated. Equally, diligence is a necessary ingredient in ensuring that not only this generation, but future generations, to paraphrase Rashi, benefit from the teachings and instructions of previous generations.

The whole concept of the seder is based on diligence, in terms of how it is conducted and in what sequence the elements of the seder are observed. Diligence also requires that the prayers of the Haggadah be recited with fervor. In addition, the seder leader must engage those sitting at the table in detailed and in depth discussion of what transpired in Egypt and how those events affect us today.

The other day, I came across a website dealing with the intriguing proposition of ensuring that the seder master asks the “right questions”. It is not simply a matter of preparing the appropriate foods for the seder, but also engaging in a process where the right questions are also prepared in advance to promote a discussion among participants with the goal of demonstrating the relevance of the Haggadah to our lives.

It is therefore perfectly logical for the Haggadah to admonish the reader to demonstrate that he or she personally left Egypt, which translates itself as a call to the seder participants to discover the modern day relevance of that which we read these first two nights of Passover in the Diaspora. That discovery requires effort and diligence.
Rivka, Judith, Tani and I wish you and your families a Chag Kasher Vesameach.


Rabbi Finkelstein’s Shabbat Hagadol Derasha – Shabbat, April 8th at 6:15 pm
TIME FOR A BREAK-OR WHY IS HALLEL SPLIT AT THE SEDER?- A halachic and historic analysis.

CALENDAR                                                                         

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
  3. “TEXTING” WITH THE RABBI for Bar/Bat Mitzvah Students: on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm.  Rabbi Finkelstein will share his knowledge of sacred texts with our girls (age 11) and boys (age 12) in preparation for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah.
OTTAWA JEWISH COMMUNITY EVENTS
SING! CHAMETZ! SHIRU! 
Join MUSICA EBRAICA on May 14th at 7:30 p.m. at Kehillat Beth Israel, 1400 Coldrey, in their 150th Celebration of Canadian Jewish  Music. In Memory of Ely Garfinkle Featuring Samara Garfinkle, Soprano World Premiers by Leo Lightstone Conductor: Gloria Jean Nagy; Accompanist: Carol Gurofsky For more info: pmwershof@gmail.com or 613-224-7073JFS VOLUNTEER POSITION: JFS has a mildly cognitively-impaired client who lives near the Trainyards and would like to continue volunteering at Hillel Lodge on Fridays, but needs transportation to get there for 12:00 noon.  One-way only.  Consistency is very important, so we need someone who can commit to doing it “most weeks”, and we’ll work around vacations.  If you are a west-ender who goes to Rideau Bakery on Friday mornings or an east-ender who needs the kosher Loblaws before Shabbos, this is a great opportunity to add an extra mitzvah to your week!  613.722.2225, x315 or lbogdonov@jfsottawa.com.

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.

We need your help to support our Shul.  
Gift cards orders over $500 will be delivered to your home.

Donations:                                                               
SIDDURIM: Dedication cost of Koren $50
KOREN TALMUD BAVLI: Dedication cost is $100.
PLAQUE DEDICATIONS:
· A brick on the Wall of Honour $118
· A memorial plaque on the Yahrzeit Board $300
· A leaf on the Eitz Chaim $180
·An Acorn on the Eitz Chaim $300
· A boulder for the Eitz Chaim $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 March 31 & April 1

 

CONGREGATION BEIT TIKVAH

April 1-7, 2017
Parashat Vayikra         
  

Sefer Torah Sponsor: The Stevens/Luden Family

Rabbi
Howard Finkelstein
Chazan
Yair Subar
President
Howard Nadler

15 Chartwell Avenue
Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Website: www.cbto.org
Email: shul@cbto.org
Phone: 613-723-1800
Fax: 613-723-6567

Service Times  for March 31st
Shacharit 7:00 am
Candle Lighting 7:12pm
Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat 7:00 pm

Shabbat April 1st
Shacharit 9:00 am
Mincha 7:00 pm
Ma’ariv 8:10pm

Shabbat Ends 8:21 pm

NEW! at Beit Tikvah

Torah Insights from Rabbi Howard Finkelstein, Chapter 2:
As part of our continuing Torah series, I would like to share the following short YouTube video and lesson with you from Rabbi Finkelstein, about Moishe Rabbeinu and the 40 days and 40 nights that he spent on the Mountain,  prior to descending from the Mountain with the Tablets.

Please go to https://youtu.be/jegaIGPqC_w .


Welcome                                                                        

Beit Tikvah warmly welcomes Canaf Ahituv. Canaf will be
organizing Youth and Adult programming at Beit Tikvah over the next few months.
Thank you to Gladys and Mark Zarecki for hosting Canaf this Shabbat. 


FROM THE RABBI’S DESK – “VAYIKRA                    
Two interesting passages from the haftarah of this past week and the Torah reading this week speak to the abuse of power and the need for a leader to recognize his/her limitations in exercising that power. At the end of the haftarah for Parshat Hachodesh, the Nasi, or leader of the people, is admonished by Ezekiel not to expropriate land belonging to the masses. In our Torah reading this week, the Nasi is to bring a sin-offering for the commission of a transgression. Rashi comments, quoting our sages, ‘Happy is the generation whose prince publicly confesses a sin in error, for how much more he would do so in case of a deliberate sin. (translation provided in the Hertz translation).
We are living unfortunately in a day and age when leaders refuse to apologize for inappropriate actions, and whose spokesmen engage in “spin” to validate that which is invalid. Accountability is discounted by these individual leaders and their assistants, creating a vacuum of trust. Cynicism in the “system” replaces confidence. Diffidence and disillusionment become the pervading forces that diminish the sacred trust between leader and constituent. As a result, society suffers.
It is interesting to note that to the contrary, the leader of Israel is highly accountable for actions he has committed. If the leader becomes aware that an error has been committed, then that leader has a responsibility to demonstrate to the community at large that no one is above the law. Thus, the leader has to bring certain offerings in order to have his act exculpated.
Obviously, times have changed in the sense that at present the leader cannot bring offerings to the Temple, but the message is universal and eternal. A leader must lead by example in terms of humility, and with an acute awareness that what he does in the public or private realm can indeed influence others negatively or positively.


Rabbi Finkelstein’s Shabbat Hagadol Derasha – Shabbat, April 8th at 6:15 pm
TIME FOR A BREAK-OR WHY IS HALLEL SPLIT AT THE SEDER?- A halachic and historic analysis.


CALENDAR                                                                         

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
  3. “TEXTING” WITH THE RABBI for Bar/Bat Mitzvah Students: on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm.  Rabbi Finkelstein will share his knowledge of sacred texts with our girls (age 11) and boys (age 12) in preparation for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah.
OTTAWA JEWISH COMMUNITY EVENTS
JFS VOLUNTEER POSITION: JFS has a mildly cognitively-impaired client who lives near the Trainyards and would like to continue volunteering at Hillel Lodge on Fridays, but needs transportation to get there for 12:00 noon.  One-way only.  Consistency is very important, so we need someone who can commit to doing it “most weeks”, and we’ll work around vacations.  If you are a west-ender who goes to Rideau Bakery on Friday mornings or an east-ender who needs the kosher Loblaws before Shabbos, this is a great opportunity to add an extra mitzvah to your week!  613.722.2225, x315 or lbogdonov@jfsottawa.com.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.

We need your help to support our Shul.  
Gift cards orders over $500 will be delivered to your home.

Donations:                                                             
SIDDURIM: Dedication cost of Koren $50
KOREN TALMUD BAVLI: Dedication cost is $100.
PLAQUE DEDICATIONS:
· A brick on the Wall of Honour $118
· A memorial plaque on the Yahrzeit Board $300
· A leaf on the Eitz Chaim $180
·An Acorn on the Eitz Chaim $300
· A boulder for the Eitz Chaim $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 March 24 & 25

 

CONGREGATION BEIT TIKVAH

March 25 – 31, 2017
Parashat Vayakhel/Pekudei         
 

Sefer Torah Sponsor: Jackie & Lucian Sitwell
and Marcia & Barry Cantor

Rabbi
Howard Finkelstein
Chazan
Yair Subar
President
Howard Nadler

15 Chartwell Avenue
Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Website: www.cbto.org
Email: shul@cbto.org
Phone: 613-723-1800
Fax: 613-723-6567

Service Times  for March 24th
Shacharit 7:00 am
Candle Lighting 7:03 pm
Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat 7:00 pm

Shabbat March 25th
Shacharit 9:00 am
Mincha 6:55 pm
Ma’ariv 8:05 pm
 

Shabbat Ends 8:14 pm

NEW! at Beit Tikvah

Torah Insights from Rabbi Howard Finkelstein:
Watch our new series of videos from Rabbi Howard Finkelstein. Discover important lessons from the Parsha each week.
Go to  https://youtu.be/F0rcKLGTRsM


FROM THE RABBI’S DESK – VAYAKHEL-PEKUDEI-SHABBAT HACHODESH:                              

It is not coincidental that the Torah reading this week of Vayakhel-Pekudei is connected to the special reading of Parshat Hachodesh. The latter section deals with the first commandment given to the people of Israel as a nation to establish a Jewish calendar with Nisan being the first month. The end of the reading of Pekudei speaks about the completion of the construction of the Mishkan which takes place on the first day of Nisan exactly one year later.

Rabbi Eliyahu Kitov, in his magnum opus, Sefer Hatodaah, Book of Jewish Knowledge, describes Nisan as a month of miracles. Our development into a nation comes on the heels of a miracle which we commemorate on Shabbat Hagadol. Our ancestors are able to choose a lamb for the Paschal sacrifice without any hindrance or interference from the Egyptians who worship this animal as a god.  Of course, the Exodus itself, the splitting of the Red Sea and the giving of the Torah as Sinai point to the ever presence of G-d among the Hebrews . Concomitantly, the presence of the Divine Cloud hovering over the  Mishkan exactly one year later demonstrates the miraculous facet of the interrelationship between Hashem and the Israelites which continues till today. While we no longer have the Temple, the Divine presence remains with us.

The reading of the Torah portion, and by extension, the Haggadah, are not simply religious requirements to remember what happened thousands of years ago. They serve as a reminder to us that though circumstances have changed, and years have passed, G-d’s commitment to us, and hopefully, ours to Him, remain constant and unwavering.

CALENDAR                                                                         

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
  3. “TEXTING” WITH THE RABBI for Bar/Bat Mitzvah Students: on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm.  Rabbi Finkelstein will share his knowledge of sacred texts with our girls (age 11) and boys (age 12) in preparation for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah.
OTTAWA JEWISH COMMUNITY EVENTS
JFS VOLUNTEER POSITION: JFS has a mildly cognitively-impaired client who lives near the Trainyards and would like to continue volunteering at Hillel Lodge on Fridays, but needs transportation to get there for 12:00 noon.  One-way only.  Consistency is very important, so we need someone who can commit to doing it “most weeks”, and we’ll work around vacations.  If you are a west-ender who goes to Rideau Bakery on Friday mornings or an east-ender who needs the kosher Loblaws before Shabbos, this is a great opportunity to add an extra mitzvah to your week!  613.722.2225, x315 or lbogdonov@jfsottawa.com.SAINT PAUL UNIVERSITY: We’re looking for children ages 6-12 to participate in an online video-based survey looking at the relationship between religious attendance and well-being. Little is known about how religious attendance builds child well-being.  Dr. Laura Armstrong, C.Psych., Elizabeth St John  (M.A candidate) and Emmalyne Watt  (PhD Candidate) from Saint Paul University in Ottawa are examining this issue. We will share our findings with the local religious community. All data collected will be anonymous. If you volunteer to participate, please have your child complete this survey by March 25. Thank you so much for your participation. In a time period where many religious congregations are shrinking, results from this survey will help local places of worship build local capacity to support positive child development and potentially grow their population of young people. Ultimately, this research will illuminate what works in religious communities to enhance meaning, skills for resilience, and child well-being. Please click on the following to complete the survey:   http://uottawa.fluidsurveys.com/surveys/larmstrong/isa/

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.

We need your help to support our Shul.  
Gift cards orders over $500 will be delivered to your home.

Donations:                                                              
SIDDURIM: Dedication cost of Koren $50
KOREN TALMUD BAVLI: Dedication cost is $100.
PLAQUE DEDICATIONS:
· A brick on the Wall of Honour $118
· A memorial plaque on the Yahrzeit Board $300
· A leaf on the Eitz Chaim $180
·An Acorn on the Eitz Chaim $300
· A boulder for the Eitz Chaim $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 March 17 & 18

 

CONGREGATION BEIT TIKVAH

March 18 – 24, 2017
Parashat Ki Tisa/Shabbat Parah            

Sefer Torah Sponsor: Roz & Steve Fremeth,
Anna & Hy Rabinovitch and The Gacic Family

Rabbi
Howard Finkelstein
Chazan
Yair Subar
President
Howard Nadler

15 Chartwell Avenue
Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Website: www.cbto.org
Email: shul@cbto.org
Phone: 613-723-1800
Fax: 613-723-6567

Service Times  for March 17th
Shacharit 7:00 am
Candle Lighting 6:54 pm
Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat 7:00 pm

Shabbat March 18th
Shacharit 9:00 am
Mincha 6:40 pm
Ma’ariv 7:50 pm
Shabbat Ends 8:03 pm

NEW! at Beit Tikvah

Torah Insights from Rabbi Howard Finkelstein:
Watch our new series of videos from Rabbi Howard Finkelstein. Discover important lessons from the Parsha each week.
Go to  https://youtu.be/F0rcKLGTRsM




FROM THE RABBI’S DESK – KI TISA-PARAH:

The correlation between the parsha of Ki Tisa and the special reading of Parah is not simply an arbitrary determination of the Jewish calendar. Ki Tisa, which deals primarily with the Golden Calf incident and its aftermath, and Parah, which concentrates on the mysterious procedure involving the ashes of the Red Heifer, are interrelated.

The Talmud states that the mother, referring to the heifer, should clean up after the filth of the daughter, the Golden Calf. Apparently, as the Kli Yakar writes, with the fallout of the Golden Calf incident,  tumah, mistranslated as impurity of the highest kind, enters into the Jewish community necessitating the ashes of the Red Heifer to be used to purify those who coming in contact with a dead body.

Unlike ancient philosophers who deal with the issues of mind v. body, and theologies that denigrate the human form, Judaism recognizes the confluence of both mind and body as necessary mechanisms in observing G-d’s mitzvoth.  On the positive side of the leger, thought has to be coupled with physical action in order for a mitzvah to be considered as completely fulfilled. On the negative side, thought coupled with action have to be necessary ingredients for transgressions to be committed. While there are obviously mitzvoth such as the belief in G-d that do not require concomitant action, and conversely, sins such as belief in idolatry that do not demand physical worship, the majority of activities in Judaism is predicated on the combination of thought and process.

The mitzvah of Parah Adumah reflects on the interfacing of mind and body.  Tumah is a state of being, and a state of mind. The ashes of the heifer and the waters of the Mikvah contribute to the spiritual enhancement of the individual unlike the embers of the Golden Calf that completely defiles the population that worships it. The Golden Calf introduces an element of impurity of thought and a defilement of the body.

There is no doubt that the study of this difficult area of Jewish law called Taharot can only be mastered by the talented few. But the message of this sixth order of the Mishna enables us to gain an appreciation of the gifts of mind and body that G-d has given us.

CALENDAR                                                                         ×œ×•×— זמנים

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
  3. “TEXTING” WITH THE RABBI for Bar/Bat Mitzvah Students: on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm.  Rabbi Finkelstein will share his knowledge of sacred texts with our girls (age 11) and boys (age 12) in preparation for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah.
OTTAWA JEWISH COMMUNITY EVENTS
JFS VOLUNTEER POSITION: JFS has a mildly cognitively-impaired client who lives near the Trainyards and would like to continue volunteering at Hillel Lodge on Fridays, but needs transportation to get there for 12:00 noon.  One-way only.  Consistency is very important, so we need someone who can commit to doing it “most weeks”, and we’ll work around vacations.  If you are a west-ender who goes to Rideau Bakery on Friday mornings or an east-ender who needs the kosher Loblaws before Shabbos, this is a great opportunity to add an extra mitzvah to your week!  613.722.2225, x315 or lbogdonov@jfsottawa.com.SAINT PAUL UNIVERSITY: We’re looking for children ages 6-12 to participate in an online video-based survey looking at the relationship between religious attendance and well-being. Little is known about how religious attendance builds child well-being.  Dr. Laura Armstrong, C.Psych., Elizabeth St John  (M.A candidate) and Emmalyne Watt  (PhD Candidate) from Saint Paul University in Ottawa are examining this issue. We will share our findings with the local religious community. All data collected will be anonymous. If you volunteer to participate, please have your child complete this survey by March 25. Thank you so much for your participation. In a time period where many religious congregations are shrinking, results from this survey will help local places of worship build local capacity to support positive child development and potentially grow their population of young people. Ultimately, this research will illuminate what works in religious communities to enhance meaning, skills for resilience, and child well-being. Please click on the following to complete the survey:   http://uottawa.fluidsurveys.com/surveys/larmstrong/isa/

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.

We need your help to support our Shul.  
Gift cards orders over $500 will be delivered to your home.

Donations:                                                              
SIDDURIM: Dedication cost of Koren $50
KOREN TALMUD BAVLI: Dedication cost is $100.
PLAQUE DEDICATIONS:
· A brick on the Wall of Honour $118
· A memorial plaque on the Yahrzeit Board $300
· A leaf on the Eitz Chaim $180
·An Acorn on the Eitz Chaim $300
· A boulder for the Eitz Chaim $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 March 10 & 11

 

CONGREGATION BEIT TIKVAH

March 11 – 17, 2017
Parashat Tetzaveh/Shabbat Zachor             

Sefer Torah Sponsor: Alice and Lewis Retik

Rabbi
Howard Finkelstein
Chazan
Yair Subar
President
Howard Nadler

15 Chartwell Avenue
Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Website: www.cbto.org
Email: shul@cbto.org
Phone: 613-723-1800
Fax: 613-723-6567

Service Times  for March 3rd
Shacharit 7:00 am
Candle Lighting 5:45 pm
Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat 5:50 pm

 

Shabbat March 4th
Shacharit 9:00 am
Mincha 2:00 pm
Shabbat Ends 6:54 pm
Ma’ariv followed by Megillah Reading 7:25 pm

MOVE CLOCKS FORWARD
1 HOUR TONIGHT

NEW! at Beit Tikvah

Torah Insights from Rabbi Howard Finkelstein:
Watch our new series of videos from Rabbi Howard Finkelstein. Discover important lessons from the Parsha each week.
Go to  https://youtu.be/F0rcKLGTRsM


FROM THE RABBI’S DESK – TETZAVEH-
PARSHAT ZACHOR:
                     

The proliferation of bomb threats against JCCs and other Jewish institutions across North America serves as a reminder that the descendants of Amalek are alive and well.  As we enter the period of Purim celebration, we take note of the followers of Haman who have been unleashed in the last couple of months continuing their hateful actions against our people, ironically at a time when a recent American poll identified the Jewish people as the most admired community in the United States.

One key word we read from Parshat Zachor that really reflects accurately the actions of modern day anti-Semites is the term used to describe the method used by Amalek in attacking the Jews. The word, Vayezanev, indicating that the Amalekites ambush the Israelites, is derived from the Hebrew root, zanav, referring to the tail of an animal. The Amalekites attack from behind rather than frontally. The bomb threat emailer or caller attacks the Jewish community from behind through the commission of these hoaxes with the intent of terrorizing the Jews.

At a time that the Jewish people are enjoying the pleasures and gifts of North American society, the anti-Semite arises to remind them that all is not as it seems. Rashi comments on this attack by the Amalekites that until the attack of Amalek, nations were reluctant to confront the Hebrews. The anti-Semites’ actions demonstrate the vulnerability of the Jewish people. We must therefore remain vigilant.

The book of Esther declares that the Jews of the Persian Empire at first lived in the la-la land of Persia where wine was plentiful and good times were had by all. The Jews were comfortable in Shushan and elsewhere. However, it takes a Haman to expose the weakness of the comfortable Jewish community.

As we know, Haman meets his downfall at the hands of Esther and Mordechai. The Jews celebrate but must remain vigilant in meeting and defeating Haman’s cohorts across the Persian Empire who wish to carry out his plan to exterminate the Jews. It is interesting to note that many commentaries indicate that the Jews fast prior going to battle against their enemies, as an indication that the upcoming battle is not only of the body, but of the spirit as well. The Jews have to return to their spiritual roots, engage in a process of teshuvah, or repentance. They must finally accept their mission of being a holy people.

Indeed, the rabbis of the Talmud commenting on the phrase that the Jews accepted and fulfilled what was expected of them, actually refers to a recommitment to obey the word of G-d. The anti-Semites of the time revealed that the Jews were a unique people with its own laws and ways. They are reminding us again today. We fervently hope, that as Haman was defeated, so too will those who wish us harm today.

Chag Purim Sameach.


CALENDAR                                                                         

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
  3. “TEXTING” WITH THE RABBI for Bar/Bat Mitzvah Students: on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm.  Rabbi Finkelstein will share his knowledge of sacred texts with our girls (age 11) and boys (age 12) in preparation for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah.
OTTAWA JEWISH COMMUNITY EVENTS
JFS VOLUNTEER POSITION: JFS has a mildly cognitively-impaired client who lives near the Trainyards and would like to continue volunteering at Hillel Lodge on Fridays, but needs transportation to get there for 12:00 noon.  One-way only.  Consistency is very important, so we need someone who can commit to doing it “most weeks”, and we’ll work around vacations.  If you are a west-ender who goes to Rideau Bakery on Friday mornings or an east-ender who needs the kosher Loblaws before Shabbos, this is a great opportunity to add an extra mitzvah to your week!  613.722.2225, x315 or lbogdonov@jfsottawa.com.SAINT PAUL UNIVERSITY: We’re looking for children ages 6-12 to participate in an online video-based survey looking at the relationship between religious attendance and well-being. Little is known about how religious attendance builds child well-being.  Dr. Laura Armstrong, C.Psych., Elizabeth St John  (M.A candidate) and Emmalyne Watt  (PhD Candidate) from Saint Paul University in Ottawa are examining this issue. We will share our findings with the local religious community. All data collected will be anonymous. If you volunteer to participate, please have your child complete this survey by March 25. Thank you so much for your participation. In a time period where many religious congregations are shrinking, results from this survey will help local places of worship build local capacity to support positive child development and potentially grow their population of young people. Ultimately, this research will illuminate what works in religious communities to enhance meaning, skills for resilience, and child well-being. Please click on the following to complete the survey:   http://uottawa.fluidsurveys.com/surveys/larmstrong/isa/

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.

Don’t forget to pick up Loblaws Gift Cards.

If you order over $500 we will have them
delivered to you.

Donations:                                                                
SIDDURIM: Dedication cost of Koren $50
KOREN TALMUD BAVLI: Dedication cost is $100.
PLAQUE DEDICATIONS:
· A brick on the Wall of Honour $118
· A memorial plaque on the Yahrzeit Board $300
· A leaf on the Eitz Chaim $180
·An Acorn on the Eitz Chaim $300
· A boulder for the Eitz Chaim $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 February 24 & 25

 

CONGREGATION BEIT TIKVAH

February 25 – March 3, 2017

Parashat Mispatim                

Sefer Torah Sponsor: Lily Feig

Rabbi
Howard Finkelstein
Chazan
Yair Subar
President
Howard Nadler

15 Chartwell Avenue
Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Website: www.cbto.org
Email: shul@cbto.org
Phone: 613-723-1800
Fax: 613-723-6567

Service Times  for February 24th
Shacharit 7:00 am
Candle Lighting 5:25 pm
Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat 5:30 pm
 

Shabbat February 25th
Shacharit 9:00 am
Mincha 5:15 pm
Followed by Parsha and Halacha
Ma’ariv 6:25 pm
Shabbat Ends 6:35 pm

  • Family Minyan, Shabbat, February 25th at 8:30 am
  • Cholent cook-off round 4. March 4th. Please contact the office to register.

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

FROM THE RABBI’S DESK – MISHPATIM:         

Having just returned from Los Angeles joining some of our congregants in attending the wedding of Noah and Elana Zeligman, I was struck by three contradicting elements that mark the life style that is so typically California. The first was the strong, vibrant orthodox community of LA with its numerous institutions, and the second was the vapid, empty life that depicts the existence of tinsel town in that city with the media and others hovering over the rich and famous that populate Beverly Hills and other wealthy vistas.  The third was the vast poverty and homelessness that pervades the LA landscape.

While taking the required tour of the city and the homes of the overly wealthy of LA, I could not help feeling as others were taking pictures of these large estates how the inhabitants had to live behind closed gates in a gilded ghetto type of existence. While others were gawking at the size and scope of these properties, I was wondering if these people could live a type of life that would enable to truly enjoy what G-d has given them instead of engaging in debauchery, intoxication and addiction.

The Torah this week projects a life of meaning and value as opposed to one filled with vices in the form of two words that signify what it means to be a Jew especially in a society which demands acculturation and assimilation. The words of Naaseh venishma, “we will do and we will listen” come forth from the people of Israel as they prepared to receive the word of G-d at Sinai. No hesitation, no recalculation, but a firm acceptance of  G-d’s law to uphold and to fulfill on a daily basis both ritually and in the practical application of the interrelationship between G-d and the Jew.

Our commentaries write that these two words of affirmation refer to not only the written text, but to the Oral Tradition as well. The Torah Shebealpeh, the Oral Tradition, is the mechanism by which the Jews can fully apply the tenets and principles of Halachah to their lives in all of their facets. The Oral Torah encompassing the Talmud is a necessary ingredient for the perpetuation and continuity of our people. The study and application of the laws explained in the Talmud as well as the Aggadah discussed there enhance our ability to make our lives religiously meaningful and spiritually uplifting.

It is therefore wonderful to read about the recent Talmud program available in digital form in English with commentaries through www.sefaria.org  which enhances the Steinsaltz, Soncino and Artscroll editions of the Talmud to make Talmud accessible to all. Jewish life whether it be in Los Angeles or Ottawa takes on special meaning with the availability of such resources to the entire Jewish community and not just to the erudite few.

CALENDAR                                                                          

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
  3. “TEXTING” WITH THE RABBI for Bar/Bat Mitzvah Students: on Tuesdays at 5:00 pm.  Rabbi Finkelstein will share his knowledge of sacred texts with our girls (age 11) and boys (age 12) in preparation for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah.
OTTAWA JEWISH COMMUNITY EVENTS
JFS VOLUNTEER POSITION: JFS has a mildly cognitively-impaired client who lives near the Trainyards and would like to continue volunteering at Hillel Lodge on Fridays, but needs transportation to get there for 12:00 noon.  One-way only.  Consistency is very important, so we need someone who can commit to doing it most week, and we’ll work around vacations.  If you are a west-ender who goes to Rideau Bakery on Friday mornings or an east-ender who needs the kosher Loblaws before Shabbos, this is a great opportunity to add an extra mitzvah to your week!  613.722.2225, x315 or lbogdonov@jfsottawa.com.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.

Don’t forget to pick up Loblaws Gift Cards.
Purim is closer than you think.

If you order over $500 we will have them
delivered to you.


*** There will be no handmade Shmurah Matzo sold at Loblaws this year. Machine Shmurah will be available.  Lobalws should have Pesach products available March 6th. ***

Donations:                                                               
SIDDURIM: Dedication cost of Koren $50
KOREN TALMUD BAVLI: Dedication cost is $100.
PLAQUE DEDICATIONS:
· A brick on the Wall of Honour $118
· A memorial plaque on the Yahrzeit Board $300
· A leaf on the Eitz Chaim $180
·An Acorn on the Eitz Chaim $300
· A boulder for the Eitz Chaim $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 February 17 & 18

 

CONGREGATION BEIT TIKVAH

February 18 – 24, 2017
Parashat Yitro

Sefer Torah Sponsor: Noga and Levi Reiss

Rabbi
Howard Finkelstein
Chazan
Yair Subar
President
Howard Nadler

15 Chartwell Avenue
Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Website: www.cbto.org
Email: shul@cbto.org
Phone: 613-723-1800
Fax: 613-723-6567

Service Times  for February 17th
Shacharit 7:00 am
Candle Lighting 5:16 pm
Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat 5:20 pm
Shabbat February 18th
Shacharit 9:00 am
Mincha 5:05 pm
Followed by Parsha and Halacha
Ma’ariv 6:15 pm

Shabbat Ends 6:25 pm

  • Rabbi Finkelstein will be away from Sunday, February 19th – Wednesday, February 22nd.
  • The office will be closed Monday, February 20th for Family Day.

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

FROM THE RABBI’S DESK – YITRO:                    

Differentiated instruction is an approach to education that finds its sources in the book of Proverbs where King Solomon says to educate a child according to his or her needs.  No one style of instruction fits all, and teachers have to accommodate their charges accordingly. In effect, the earliest reference to the educational concept of differentiation is found in this week’s parsha, as Hashem tells Moshe to teach the Torah and its laws in one fashion to the House of Jacob, and in a different way to the Children of Israel.

While most commentators identify the House of Jacob with women, and the Children of Israel with men, the Ibn Ezra takes a different approach which speaks more to the different levels of knowledge acquisition found in any population selection. According to the Ibn Ezra, the house of Jacob refers to the ordinary populace, while the Children of Israel is a phrase that applies to the elders of the community.

Those in the House of Jacob are to be informed in a soft way the rules of regulations of Halacha and the foundations of the outlook of our faith. On the other hand, the elders shall be given harsh instruction in enabling them to get a full understanding of the intricacies of Jewish law and concepts. Anyone who has had the opportunity to study a page of Talmud in depth and analysis can well appreciate the complexities underlying Jewish law. Simple memorization of what the law is does not constitute the true understanding of what the Talmud calls the physical and mental exhaustion one experiences in  the study of what Jewish law is.

For the majority of Jews, a soft sell has to be employed. As important as Halacha is, the Aggadah which is the theological part of our faith plays an equally important role in shaping the spiritual lives of Jews of all walks of life. Words that pull the heart is an expression that the rabbis of the Talmud use to describe the effects of the study and appreciation of Aggadic texts that enhance our understanding of biblical text.

The Tanach tells us that one should approach the study and appreciation of our faith and its tenets in whatever direction that is personally suitable. Not all can be Talmudic scholars, but none should be deprived of opportunities to learn and to absorb what Judaism has to offer.

CALENDAR                                                                       

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
  3. “TEXTING” WITH THE RABBI for Bar/Bat Mitzvah Students: on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm.  Rabbi Finkelstein will share his knowledge of sacred texts with our girls (age 11) and boys (age 12) in preparation for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah.
OTTAWA JEWISH COMMUNITY EVENTS
JFS VOLUNTEER POSITION: The JFS Transportation program is desperately seeking replacement drivers for missing snowbirds!  Approximately 1-2 drives per month, usually during regular business hours, taking seniors to medical appointments or social recreational programs.  Call 613.722.2225, x249 to help fill this growing, critical need.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.

Donations:                                                              
SIDDURIM: Dedication cost of Koren $50
KOREN TALMUD BAVLI: Dedication cost is $100.
PLAQUE DEDICATIONS:
· A brick on the Wall of Honour $118
· A memorial plaque on the Yahrzeit Board $300
· A leaf on the Eitz Chaim $180
·An Acorn on the Eitz Chaim $300
· A boulder for the Eitz Chaim $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 February 10 & 11

 

CONGREGATION BEIT TIKVAH

February 11 – 17, 2017
Parashat Beshalach – Tu B’Shevat             
  

Sefer Torah Sponsor: Sarit, David, Lee and Ben Eskenazi 

Rabbi
Howard Finkelstein
Chazan
Yair Subar
President
Howard Nadler

15 Chartwell Avenue
Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Website: www.cbto.org
Email: shul@cbto.org
Phone: 613-723-1800
Fax: 613-723-6567

Service Times  for February 10th
Shacharit 7:00 am
Candle Lighting 5:05 pm
Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat 5:10 pm
Shabbat February 11th
Shacharit 9:00 am
Mincha 4:55 pm
Followed by Parsha and Halacha
Ma’ariv 5:05 pm

Shabbat Ends 6:15 pm

 

FROM THE RABBI’S DESK – BESHALACH-SHABBAT SHIRAH-TU BISHVAT:                               

All of us are in shock over the loss of a truly great Tzaddik, Rav Yehuda Simes, who passed away on Tuesday morning. His love of Torah, love of all Jews and Judaism, love of family were boundless, and our hearts and prayers go out to Shaindel and her wonderful family. His students, young and older, will never forget him, as he personified Torah and its values in the way he conducted his life.

Our congregation and clergy as well as community paid tribute to Rav Simes the other night, as over 450 people braved the terrible weather to mourn together for this great and humble rabbi, teacher and leader. We heard words of Torah and messages of tribute from different rabbanim and lay people. As a congregation and community, we were heartened by the words of Rabbi Yonah Burr of the Kollel of Ottawa, Rabbi Zischa Shaps of Torah Day School and JET, Rabbi Yaacov Harris of the Ottawa Torah Institute, Bram Bregman, community leader, Rabbi Vinitsky, Rabbi Simes’ father-in-law and Rabbi Eliezer Lehrer, Rabbi Simes’ brother-in-law.  Shmueli Simes’ words of tribute to his father were especially meaningful and moving.

Prior to the memorial, Cantor Subar remarked to me that the parsha of the week, Beshalach, carries the theme of Emunah, faith, as it is written that in the aftermath of the splitting of the Red Sea, the people of Israel believed in G-d and in Moshe, His servant. How true that was of Rabbi Simes, an Ish Emunah, a man of faith, and Ish Halacha, a man of Jewish law.

Drawing inspiration from this week’s parsha recounting Moshe’s sweetening of the bitter waters to enable the people of Israel to drink, Rabbi Shaps described Rabbi Simes amazing ability to reach people of all walks of life through his teaching and personal example.  His positive feeling to all Jews touched the lives of so many, and brought them the beauty of Torah.  The waters of Torah were sweetened by his explanation and emulation of Torah values.

The morning after the funeral service in our shul, CBC Radio played an excerpt of a speech Rabbi Simes gave the students of Hillel Academy when he returned to teach sometime after his terrible accident. Rather than ask G-d why this catastrophe happened to him, he wanted to know what G-d expects of him. What should he do for the sake of G-d?  Rabbi Simes influenced thousands to greater observance through his words, through his actions, through his smile, through his love of Judaism, the Jewish people, and his family.

Yesterday, that excerpt was replayed for the older students of OJCS who remembered him. That same day, CBC Radio called to tell me that the CBC corporation decided to replay an interview that he conducted with their reporters, because of the impact he and his story had on them. His words of inspiration reverberated over the airwaves across Canada and elsewhere.

We will remember him always, and we will take his message to heart that he expressed when our community engaged in the Shabbat Project a few years ago. He said that he wanted each Jew to take on a new mitzvah, and to rededicate himself or herself to a greater commitment to Hashem and to Torah. That is the greatest tribute we can pay to the memory of Rabbi Yehuda Simes, a tzaddik of our generation and of our community. May his memory be for a blessing.

CALENDAR                                                                         

*Services will shift from Beit Tikvah to the Shiva house
Sunday: Shacharit 8:30 AM
Mincha and Maâ’ariv 5:15 PM
Monday: Shacharit 6:45 AM
Mincha & Ma’ariv 5:15 PM
Tuesday: Shacharit 7:00 AM

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
  3. “TEXTING” WITH THE RABBI for Bar/Bat Mitzvah Students: on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm.  Rabbi Finkelstein will share his knowledge of sacred texts with our girls (age 11) and boys (age 12) in preparation for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah.
OTTAWA JEWISH COMMUNITY EVENTS
JFS VOLUNTEER POSITION: The JFS Transportation program is desperately seeking replacement drivers for missing snowbirds!  Approximately 1-2 drives per month, usually during regular business hours, taking seniors to medical appointments or social recreational programs.  Call 613.722.2225, x249 to help fill this growing, critical need.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.

Donations:                                                              
SIDDURIM: Dedication cost of Koren $50
KOREN TALMUD BAVLI: Dedication cost is $100.
PLAQUE DEDICATIONS:
· A brick on the Wall of Honour $118
· A memorial plaque on the Yahrzeit Board $300
· A leaf on the Eitz Chaim $180
·An Acorn on the Eitz Chaim $300
· A boulder for the Eitz Chaim $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 

 

CONGREGATION BEIT TIKVAH

February 4 – 10, 2017
Parashat Bo             
  

Sefer Torah Sponsor: Janet and Jonathan Isserlin

Rabbi
Howard Finkelstein
Chazan
Yair Subar
President
Howard Nadler

15 Chartwell Avenue
Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Email: shul@cbto.org
Phone: 613-723-1800
Fax: 613-723-6567

Service Times  for February 3rd
Shacharit 7:00 am
Candle Lighting 4:55 pm
Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat 5:00 pm
Shabbat February 4th
Shacharit 9:00 am
Mincha 4:45 pm
Followed by Parsha and Halacha
Ma’ariv 5:55 pm

Shabbat Ends 6:05 pm

Lost Tallit Bag:  It seems that a blue Tallit  bag  was taken home by mistake some months ago. Can you please make sure you have the correct bag, if you do notice you have the wrong bag please contact the office.

Thank you


FROM THE RABBI’S DESK – BO:                              

Ironically, Pharaoh’s initial agreement to allow the Hebrews to go into the desert to perform their prayers and sacrifices in the aftermath of the plague of locusts stands in contrast to other despots in Jewish history who deny the Jews that opportunity of worship. Though Pharaoh changes his mind, his original thought to permit this action on the part of the Israelites is reflective of his understanding that it is in the nature of man to wish to reach out to a deity.

On the other hand, the denial of freedom of worship is devastating to the Soviet Jews in the 20th Century, and the Communist experiment in Russia is almost successful in obliterating any religious connections the Jews may have. Thankfully, that attempt is not successful, although a large percentage of Soviet Jews assimilate and are lost to the Jewish community.

But denial deteriorates into terror when individuals take on themselves the task to harm those who engage in worship. We as a Jewish community are more than aware of numerous attempts to destroy synagogues such as during Krystallnacht, and the murder of Jews at worship, be it in a synagogue in Turkey or a shul in Har Nof in Jerusalem. On the other hand, other faith communities have suffered equally, noting the recent tragic events at a mosque in Quebec City, and the attack on bible students at a Charleston, South Carolina church. Terrorism and hate go hand in hand, and they are not discriminatory. Terror and hate attack all decent people, regardless of race or creed.

There is no question that what transpired a few days ago in Quebec City was horrible and tragic. All decent people must condemn what happened there and elsewhere. At the same time, sadly, I do not remember a similar outcry and vigil for the victims of the Har Nof massacre a few short years ago, victims who were known personally by members of our community. When 34 Jews were killed in a synagogue massacre some years ago in Turkey, there was no huge hue and cry by the world community about what happened there.

Regardless, we as Jews must take the high road, and not allow transgressions by an indifferent world community dim our vision and clear determination to condemn evil from whatever source. Just as we have a responsibility to condemn violations and abuses of human rights, because we suffered as slaves in Egypt, we are obligated as members of the world community to mourn the loss of innocent lives snuffed out by terrorists in churches, mosques or in other locales.

We dare not be parochial in our focus on what is happening in the world around us. We are given the mission enunciated by Isaiah to be a “light unto the nations.” We can only be that light if our feelings of solidarity with others in times of crisis are enunciated clearly and unequivocally.

CALENDAR                                                                         

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
  3. “TEXTING” WITH THE RABBI for Bar/Bat Mitzvah Students: on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm.  Rabbi Finkelstein will share his knowledge of sacred texts with our girls (age 11) and boys (age 12) in preparation for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah.
OTTAWA JEWISH COMMUNITY EVENTS
JFS VOLUNTEER POSITION: The JFS Transportation program is desperately seeking replacement drivers for missing snowbirds!  Approximately 1-2 drives per month, usually during regular business hours, taking seniors to medical appointments or social recreational programs.  Call 613.722.2225, x249 to help fill this growing, critical need.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.


Next Round, February 11th, please contact the office if you would like to register.

Donations:                                                           
SIDDURIM: Dedication cost of Koren $50
KOREN TALMUD BAVLI: Dedication cost is $100.
PLAQUE DEDICATIONS:
· A brick on the Wall of Honour $118
· A memorial plaque on the Yahrzeit Board $300
· A leaf on the Eitz Chaim $180
·An Acorn on the Eitz Chaim $300
· A boulder for the Eitz Chaim $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 January 27 & 28

 

CONGREGATION BEIT TIKVAH

January 28 – February 3, 2017
Parashat Va’era             
   

Sefer Torah Sponsor: Tammy and Aaron Sandler

Rabbi
Howard Finkelstein
Chazan
Yair Subar
President
Howard Nadler

15 Chartwell Avenue
Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Website: www.cbto.org
Email: shul@cbto.org
Phone: 613-723-1800
Fax: 613-723-6567

Service Times  for  January 27th
Shacharit 7:00 am
Candle Lighting 4:45 pm
Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat 4:55 pm
Shabbat January 28th
Shacharit 9:00 am
Mincha 4:35 pm
Followed by Parsha and Halacha
Ma’ariv 5:45 pm

Shabbat Ends 5:55 pm

SHUL EVENTS:
  •  Family Minyan at 8:30 am – Shabbat, January 28th.

Lost Tallit Bag:  It seems that a blue Tallit  bag  was taken home by mistake some months ago. Can you please make sure you have the correct bag, if you do notice you have the wrong bag please contact the office.

Thank you



FROM THE RABBI’S DESK – VA’ERA – SHABBAT ROSH CHODESH:  

A persistent theme that appears in this week’s Torah reading regarding the first seven of the ten plagues that afflict Egypt is differentiation. Only the Egyptians suffer, and the Israelites do not. From a simplistic approach to the texts describing this separation between the two protagonists, one concludes that G-d is sparing His people from the onslaught of the plagues, while the oppressors, namely the Egyptians, suffer the full brunt of the impact of these supernatural events.

On further inspection, the underlying concept of separation is not just a Divine determination, but it finds its roots already in the early encounters between Joseph’s brothers and the Egyptians who cannot break bread together.  The former is considered to be abominable in the eyes of the latter. In other words, the term with which we are familiar, Havdalah, literally translated as separation, manifests itself early on in the lives of our people, and continues until this very day.

Abraham is the first Hebrew, the translation of Hebrew referring to the fact that the world is figuratively on one side of the river, and he is on the other. He describes himself to the Hittite population as a resident alien as he attempts to buy the field of Machpelah to serve as a burial place for his wife, Sarah, and future generations.

Isaac is an outcast even in his own country, as his conflict with the Philistines over water sources isolates him from others, albeit with G-d’s blessings. Jacob lives alone with his family far from the madding crowd, especially following his sons’ massacre of the inhabitants of Shechem, known today as Nablus.

Sometimes, Havdalah is foisted on us by anti-Semitic forces. At other times, we have to draw our imaginary mechitzot, or barriers, to ensure we retain our identity as the children of Israel. Sometimes, we have to be the light unto the nations to distinguish ourselves from the darkness that pervades the outside world with its warped sense of values. We have to separate ourselves by ensuring that assimilation does not overcome us with its various enticements.

The people of Israel have to rely on G-d’s wonders to save them from the same fate facing the Egyptians.  Vehfilati, vesamti fedut, I will separate the Israelites from the Egyptians, as if to say they have no choice. Today, we have a choice. We can assimilate or we can remain strongly committed to our faith. The Torah tells us, Uvacharta Bachayim, choose life, choose the way of life given to us at Sinai.


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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
  3. “TEXTING” WITH THE RABBI for Bar/Bat Mitzvah Students: on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm.  Rabbi Finkelstein will share his knowledge of sacred texts with our girls (age 11) and boys (age 12) in preparation for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah.
OTTAWA JEWISH COMMUNITY EVENTS
JFS: The JFS Transportation program is desperately seeking replacement drivers for missing snowbirds!  Approximately 1-2 drives per month, usually during regular business hours, taking seniors to medical appointments or social recreational programs.  Call 613.722.2225, x249 to help fill this growing, critical need.Help an art history professor put together her memoirs!  Someone on-the-ball, with great organizational and computer skills, who can spare a couple of hours at a time on a regular basis, helping this fascinating client put her story to paper.  Call 613.722.2225, x311 to find out more.

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.

Donations:                                                                
SIDDURIM: Dedication cost of Koren $50
KOREN TALMUD BAVLI: Dedication cost is $100.
PLAQUE DEDICATIONS:
· A brick on the Wall of Honour $118
· A memorial plaque on the Yahrzeit Board $300
· A leaf on the Eitz Chaim $180
·An Acorn on the Eitz Chaim $300
· A boulder for the Eitz Chaim $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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