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CONGREGATION BEIT TIKVAH
ק’ק בית תקוהDecember 17-23, 2016           ט’ז-כ’ב כסלו   תשע”ז
Parashat Vayishlach        
  לחוי פרשת

Sefer Torah Sponsor: Janet and Jonathan Isserrlin

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  December 16th
Shacharit 7:00 am
Candle Lighting 4:02 pm
Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat 4:10 pm
Shabbat December 10th
Shacharit 9:00 am
Mincha 3:50 pm
Followed by Parsha and Halacha
Ma’ariv 5:00 pm
Shabbat Ends 5:11pm


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 – VAYISHLACH:           דברי הרב

It does not take long for Jacob to recover from his injury to his sciatic nerve which he suffers as a result of his confrontation with the angel of Esau. The Torah relates that he is shalem, or complete, prompting the rabbis to state that Jacob is complete in his physical recovery, his wealth and his religious faith.

If we were to examine the above rabbinic statement as a reference point to Jewish children, we find similar aspirations applicable to them. We want our children and grandchildren to be safe and physically well. We want them to be secure in their pursuit of their goals in life, be they professional or familial, and we want them to be strongly committed to their faith.

Our children and we are the Bene Yisrael, the sons and daughters of Israel or Jacob. We are not normally called the children of Abraham or Isaac, but of Jacob. Unlike Ishmael and Esau, the children of Jacob do not pursue other avenues of religious faith, although their father condemns the behaviour of those who are involved in the massacre of the inhabitants of Shechem.  Though sibling rivalry almost completely unravels the family of Jacob with the sale and disappearance of Joseph, the ever present example of Jacob remains foremost in the mind of his children and their descendants.

The image of Jacob that the rabbis tell us is engraved in the side of the Divine Throne is the same image Joseph sees when he narrowly eludes the wife of Potiphar who tries to seduce him. It is the image of Jacob that we see when we sing the song of Hamalach Hagoel Oti, (The angel who redeems me), his words as we raise our children. It is the image of Jacob that we see when we face challenges to our faith, and we gather strength from his example, as one who fights with angels and people and perseveres.  It is the image of Jacob we see when we are beset by enemies, as we remember the blessings Isaac gives him that promise he will overcome those who wish to destroy us. It could be a Laban, an Esau, or a modern day terrorist.

Am Yisrael Chai, Israel’s or Jacob’s nation lives.


CALENDAR                                                                        לוח 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
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 caregiver.

Donations:                                                               תודה רבה
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
· 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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