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CONGREGATION BEIT TIKVAH
ק’ק בית תקוה
December 3-9, 2016                                 ב’-ח’ כסלו   תשע”ז
Parashat Toldot           תולדות פרשת
Sefer Torah Sponsor: Golda and Ned Steinman

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 2nd

Shacharit 7:00 am

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

Shabbat Ends 5:10pm

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 TOLDOT:                דברי הרב

A number of perplexing issues arise regarding Rebecca’s behaviour as described in this parsha in regards to her relationship with her son, Esau. In the opening aliyah of the Torah reading, Rebecca is seen as specifically loving her other son, Jacob. She neglects Esau. Later, we read she encourages Jacob to disguise himself as Esau in order to deceive Isaac in giving the blessing to the former rather than to the latter. Finally, at the end of the Torah reading, she is called “˜the mother of Jacob and Esau”, concerned that the internecine relations between the brothers can result in their untimely deaths.

Rashi quizzically states that he does not know why the Torah mentions that she is the mother of Jacob and Esau, and fails to understand the lesson to be derived from this unusual phrase. The Siftei Chachamim defends Rashi indicating that Rashi is privy to all kinds of interpretations, but cannot correlate these theses with the quoted text.

It remains for Rabbi Sampson Raphael Hirsch to explain the statement that Rebecca is the mother of Jacob and Esau. Despite the fact that she loves Jacob more than Esau, she cannot shake her feelings of motherhood. She realizes that if Jacob were to take advantage of the blessing of great wealth and power, that Esau would hate him all the more. Therefore, she and Isaac conclude that in sending away Jacob from their home in order to escape Esau, that he be given little more than what he needs in terms of money and food to leave. Despite Isaac’s riches as described in the opening section of the parsha, Jacob is not to benefit from any of it when he leaves his ancestral home to find refuge and a wife in the home of Laban, his uncle.

Rebecca is concerned with Esau’s self-esteem, and feels that if his brother were to flaunt his newly found wealth bequeathed to him by deceiving his father into thinking he was Esau, Esau’s hatred would only grow. Rebecca was hoping that with the passage of time, Esau’s anger against Jacob would subside. Unfortunately, his anger remains despite the seeming reconciliation described between the brothers later in parshat Vayishlach.

It may have been too late for Rebecca to patch up her differences with Esau, but she remained his mother not only biologically but emotionally. That they remain estranged is indeed tragic. It is equally tragic when we know of estranged relations among our acquaintances, friends and even family.

 

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.

JNF: Emergency Update: “For each tree that was burned, we’ll plant two new ones”
http://www.kkl-jnf.org/about-kkl-jnf/green-israel-news/november-2016/danny-atar-statement-on-fire-damage

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
1. We are currently in the process of updating our bulletin, the shul’s information booklet and all information that is sent to both congregants and perspective members.
The website was launched in June of last year and at this time the site requires updating. If you have time and would like to volunteer to manage this site, please contact Elisheva at 613-723-1800.
2.    We are looking for volunteers to help cook for the upcoming Shabbat Dinner meal December 23rd. If you are in town and available to help out please contact Elisheva in the shul office.  In order for this to be possible  a minimum of 30 people will have to register for the dinner.

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

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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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