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Congregation Beit Tikvah of Ottawa
Parashat Ekev
August 27 – September 2, 2016   22 Av  – 28
, 5776

CONGREGATIONAL FAMILY

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • One year ago, Rabbi Ely and Sheli Braun, left Ottawa to make Aliya. On Shabbat, September 3rd during Seudah Shlishit following Mincha, Rabbi Ely and Sheli  will be back visiting Ottawa and will be speaking at CBTO about their experiences:  the topic, “Israel – Making Aliyah – One Year Later”.
  • Monday, September 5th at 4:00 pm – Annual Beit Tikvah BBQ Fun for all ages! Food, friends, and a bouncy castle for children 12 and under, Teen programming for kids aged 13-15. The food will be supplied by Creative Kosher Catering.
  • Shabbat, September 17th – Please join Beit Tikvah as we honour Rabbi Howard and Rivka Finkelstein on their 25th anniversary with our Shul with a Kiddush Luncheon. For those who are interested in sponsoring this Kiddush please contact the office.

Tallit Update: Beit Tikvah greatly appreciates the many generous donations made to the Tallit fund. Thanks to your support we were able to replace many of the worn Tallitot with new ones. 


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.

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

FROM THE RABBI’S DESK: EKEV

It was a surreal experience standing on the balcony of somebody’s home overlooking the hills of the Judean desert outside of Maaleh Adumim, a community located near Jerusalem. The word, ‘moonscape’ comes to mind, as the sight of these barren hills was overwhelming.  Pockets of Jewish towns dotted the terrain of these hills. One had to wonder as to the viability and vitality of these settlements especially in the context of those who would want to see this area Judenrein.

The words of this week’s parsha come to mind in relation to what I saw that afternoon. ‘The eyes of G-d watch over (the land) from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.’ While the ordinary understanding of the sentence clearly underlines G-d’s protection of the land of Israel, the Siftei Chachamim sets forth an ominous warning based on an interpretation of Rashi. “If the people are righteous, G-d will ensure that the decrees concerning the land will be good, and if not G-d will change them to become negative.”

Rashi, in his commentary, writes that G-d watches over all countries and lands, but Israel receives special providence. Traveling through Israel, one senses the veracity of Rashi’s statement, and trembles at the added comment of the Siftei Chachamim. The miracle of the daily existence of the state of Israel is apparent to all except to those who are willfully blind to that reality.

Following the verse cited above, we read the second paragraph of the Shema that also speaks to the daily miracle of existence in terms of the land of Israel, benefitting from timely rains and bountiful produce. This promise is predicated on the concomitant observance of the laws of the Torah by the people of Israel, and the failure to do so is reflective of the commentary of the Siftei Chachamim.

In light of the content and context of these verses we read on Shabbat morning, we pray that the last line of the second paragraph of Shema be fulfilled guaranteeing our length of days and that of our descendants in the land G-d has given to the Jews.

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YIZKOR BOOK for Beit Tikvah… Remember your loved ones and those who brought life to you through memorializing their passing.  Beit Tikvah will publish a memorial Yizkor Book with the names of those that you wish to be remembered for all to see and recall.  The book will also note selected prayers and commentaries appropriate to the solemnity.  Listings will be included for the usual donation per name included.  Names and donations should be submitted to the office ASAP, please.

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

OTTAWA JEWISH COMMUNITY EVENTS

JFS: is looking for a shopping companion urgently needed for an elderly holocaust survivor who lives in Orleans.  Bi-weekly, starting asap.  Please call Jewish Family Services at 613.722.2225, ext. 315 to help.

 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.

SIDDURIM: Dedication cost of Koren or ArtScroll $50

STONE EDITION CHUMASH: Dedication cost is $90
KOREN TALMUD BAVLI:  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

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