CONGREGATION BEIT TIKVAH

December 24-30, 2016
Parashat Vayeshev             
  

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 23rd
Shacharit 7:00 am
Candle Lighting 4:06 pm
Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat 4:10 pm
Shabbat December 24th
Shacharit 9:00 am
Mincha 3:55 pm
Followed by Parsha and Halacha
Ma’ariv 5:05 pm
Shabbat Ends 5:14pm

Please note:
  • Rabbi Finkelstein will be away from December 25th – January 9th. Should you have an emergency please contact Rabbi Bulka 613-521-9700 ext. 225. 
  • The office will be closed Monday, December 25th-Wednesday, December 28th and will reopen Thursday, December 29th at 9 am.

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.

 

CHANUKAH-FROM THE RABBI’S DESK VAYESHEV:  

On examining carefully, the two versions of Al Hanisim recited on Chanukah and Purim respectively, one notices that the paragraph we say on Chanukah describes in detail the military victory over the Greeks, while the Purim version omits any details of the war the Jews fight to defeat the forces of Haman.

It is somewhat ironic that the military defeats of the Greeks by the Maccabees are emphasized in relation to a conflict of Judaism versus Hellenism, a war of the spirit. On the other hand, the Purim victory over Haman’s forces is ignored, although it relates to specifically the defeat of those who wish to annihilate us physically.

While the respective military victories related to Chanukah and Purim share many parallels, in truth, the triumphs related to the Festival of Lights are not only commemorations of the defeat of a major ancient empire, but the suppression of those Hellenistic Jews whose aim and desire is to defile not only the holy Temple in Jerusalem, but the souls and spirit of the Jewish people living in Israel.
There is no doubt that the Hellenistic Jews are the majority group fully enamored and influenced by the Greek way of life, and that the Maccabees represent a small segment of devoutly pious Jews who still adhere to the commandments of G-d. The Hellenists pose more of an existential threat to the Jewish community of the time. Therefore, their defeat in addition to that of the Greek forces, receives primary attention in the Al Hanisim prayer.

On the other hand, the enemies of the Jews are not from within the community, but without.  Their whole campaign against the Jews rests on the whims and actions of one man, Haman, who leads the charge in attempting to eradicate the Jewish people. Without Haman, his forces are unable to function uniformly. They are leaderless, and therefore, vulnerable to the attacks of the Jews against them. The Al Hanisim prayer hones in on the personality, Haman, who rallies his forces to attack the Jews. Without him, they are lost.

We thank G-d for all of the miracles that He has granted us, be they on Chanukah, Purim, or otherwise. The second blessing over the candles reflecting on modern and ancient miracles allows us the opportunity to recite the third blessing that G-d has kept us alive and prospering today.

Chag Urim 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
OTTAWA JEWISH COMMUNITY EVENTS

JFS: Beginning January 4th, JFS needs another Kosher Meals on Wheels driver for a west end route every Wednesday.  Pick up is between 9:45-10am at the Hillel Lodge shipping doors, and the entire route only takes about half an hour to complete.  Mileage is reimbursed quarterly and parking permits are provided.  Please call the KMOW office at 613.722.2225, x315 asap 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.

Ellis will be away from December 25th-January 3rd.
Please call or email the office for Loblaws gift cards.

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
· 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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