Congregation Beit Tikvah of Ottawa
Parashat Matot-Masei
August 6 – 12, 2016   1 Av  – 7
, 5776
Sefer Torah Project Sponsors: Deborah and Lou Davis,
Minda and Peter Wershof


Deborah and Lou Davis on the engagement of their son David to Nina Osterer

Froma Rose on the Engagement of her daughter Eliana to Avi Porter from Cederhurst, N.Y.


  • Shabbat, August 13th – Family Minyan at 9:15 am.  
  • Monday, September 5th at 5:00 pm – Annual Beit Tikvah BBQ Fun for all ages! Food, friends, and a bouncy castle for children 12 and under.
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.

We wish a Refuah Shlemah to:  Karen Crowther, Jean Gurevitch, Sara Kerzner, and Rabbi Yehuda Simes.

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

One of the strange quirks of the Jewish calendar is the determination of what parsha is read on Shabbat in Israel and in the diaspora as a result of the fact that the eighth day of Passover is not observed in the former. This year, the eighth day falls out on a Shabbat, which means that diaspora jews do not consider the day a regular Shabbat, while communities in Israel do. The net result is that the diaspora and Israeli communities are one week apart in terms of which Torah portion is read. That is why Matot and Masei are combined Torah readings in the diaspora, while in Israel the two are separate.

What unifies the two parshiyot is the emphasis on the love of the land of Israel. The pleas of the daughters of zelaphchad to inherit land in Israel, and the inquiries of the tribes of Reuven, gad and half of Menasheh to settle on the eastern side of the Jordan river at the same time committing to fight alongside the other tribes to conquer Canaan bespeak of a dedication to develop a home for the Jewish people under the leadership of Joshua.

In a modern day context, the incessant building of the land of Israel especially in terms of real estate and high tech development bring to mind the dedication of modern Israelis to continue their ancestors’ desire to firmly establish a national home in the land g-d has given us. The midrash rabbah and tanchuma comment on this week’s torah reading that g-d could have given the people of Israel territory in a ‘safer’ neighbourhood, but chose this land as a symbol of g-d’s protection of the land. Having just returned from Israel on Wednesday night, I was amazed at the constant building taking place in Jerusalem and the beautiful sights and sites that make up this blessed country.

Aside from connecting with many friends from Ottawa and beyond in Israel, I could not help but think of the beracha we recite in the amidah that speaks of the building of Jerusalem. The prayer relates to our hope that g-d will build Jerusalem, but the ending of the prayer switches to the present praising g-d as one who builds the city in the present. That beracha comes to life when one personally witnesses that taking place.

Many of us have been to Israel at least once. Each visit, or prolonged stay as tourists, residents and students brings out new perspectives and renewed appreciation for what Israel has accomplished with g-d’s help and the resilience and determination of the people who live there. For one coming back from Israel, the title of the parsha of Masei connoting trips is not only a reference only to the travels of the people of Israel to the promised land, it takes on personal meaning of having been able with the help of g-d to once again see and admire the indescribable beauty and majesty of the Eretz Hakodesh.

YAHRZEITS TO BE OBSERVED NEXT WEEK: August 7-13, 2016: (Yahrzeits commence on the evenings prior to the dates listed below)

Anita Mendelson z’l, mother of Susan Schwartzman observed on August 7th
Anne Weinman z’l, mother-in-law of Judith Weinman observed on August 7th
Hadas Kalchouk z’l, sister of Tal Gilboa observed on August 9th
Simma Kraitberg z’l, mother of Dr. Neil Kraitberg observed on August 9th
Feigl Zippora Cepelinski z’l, mother-in-law of Esther Cepelinski observed on August 11th
Gita Schwartz z’l, mother of Shifra Ioschikhes observed on August 12th
Lionel Kaiserman z’l, father of Murray Kaiserman observed on August 13th
Yetta Shapiro z’l, grandmother of Katherine Moss observed on August 13th


 Door Monitors: 9:30 Aklilu Afowerk 10:00 Doug Schulek-Miller 10:30 Lou Davis 11:00 Barry Mandelker 11:30 Les Breiner 11:50 Harold Schwartz 12:10 David Harary


  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


JFS: is looking for a weekly visitor to play cards/games, watch movies, and otherwise just hang out with an isolated woman with mobility issues who is now housebound.  Riverside Dr.  Please call the Volunteer Desk at 613.722.2225 to help.

VOLUNTEER IN ISRAEL:  Sar El, volunteers for Israel, is having a Meet and Greet on August 24, 2016 at the JCC at7PM.  Hear about how you can volunteer on a military base in Israel. Meet some volunteers who have gone on the program. For more information, contact me at sadinsky@magma.ca.

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.

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

NEW! TALLIT FUND: Our community has been fortunate to share countless simchas over the past years, many of which bring visitors and guests to our shul. As we look forward to future simchas, we are in the process of replacing the tallitot available near the entrance, and hope to purchase 12 new ones. There are two options for donating to the new Tallit Fund: sponsoring an entire tallit for $118, or contributing towards a tallit in the amount of your choosing. Sponsors of $118 or more will be honored with a plaque. May our CBTO family go from simcha to simcha!


Deborah and Lou Davis in honour of David’s engagement to Nina Osterer
   By Marion Silver, Alan Brass, Lawrence, Rafi and Shira
Froma Rose in honour of Eliana’s engagement to Avi Porter
   By Marion Silver, Alan Brass, Lawrence, Rafi and Shira
Ellen Osterer in honour of Nina’s engagement to David Davis
   By Marion Silver, Alan Brass, Lawrence, Rafi and Shira
Eitz Chaim
A Leaf has been dedicated in honour of the birth of their granddaughter, Faige Sarah Segall
   By Marsha and Murray Kaiserman
Froma Rose in honour of Eliana’s engagement to Avi Porter
   By Elaine and Marten Brodsky
A Siddur has been dedicated in memory of Yaakov Yosef Refael Segal z’l
A donation has been made in memory of Neil’s mother, Simma Kraitberg z’l
   By Bella, Neil, Hannah and Sheera Kraitberg
In appreciation to everyone for your good wishes and
generous donations in honour of the birth of our
granddaughter, Faige Sarah.

   By Marsha and Murray Kaiserman

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

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