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CONGREGATION BEIT TIKVAH
ק’ק בית תקוה
December 10-16, 2016                                 ט’-ט’ו כסלו   תשע”ז   –

Parashat Vayetze           פרשת ויצא 

Sefer Torah Sponsor: Maxine and Arthur Rabinovitch

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 9th
Shacharit 7:00 am
Candle Lighting 4:01 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 5:09pm


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 RABB’ S DESK VAYETZE:                דברי הרב

While on the surface the book of Genesis appears as a series of narratives concerning the creation of the world, and the lives of our patriarchs and matriarchs, there are not so subtle references to the need for our people to engage in ethical behaviour especially in the realm of business dealings. From the discussion regarding the purchase by Abraham of the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron to the agreements made by him and the king of the Philistines in regard to water rights, we as readers are presented with a picture of the lives of our ancestors as reflective of moral and upstanding living.

Even the seemingly deceptive behaviour of Jacob in multiplying his flocks of sheep to the consternation of his father-in-law, Laban, as described in great detail in this week’s Torah reading is couched in ethical business actions. Jacob insists his operation to increase his flock should not be perceived as a plot to cheat Laban, and therefore distances his flock the equivalent of three days travel from that of his father-in-law. Jacob’s knowledge of genetics and his trust in G-d allow for his ability to increase manifold the number of sheep he has. All is above board.

Though Jacob is working in a hostile and toxic environment, and has legitimate complaints against Laban, Jacob does not abandon one of the most important principles in management-labour relations, his responsibility to work to the utmost of his ability. Jacob reports to his wives, Rachel and Leah, that he has given his all to Laban despite the latter’s machinations. His earlier condemnation of the shepherds of Laban who want to cut corners and hours reflect on his work ethic which is based on his grandfather’s admonition to the members of his household to adhere to principles of justice and righteousness.

We, as the descendants of Jacob, reflect in our daily activities the principles of ethical living as espoused and enacted by him. Temptations and circumstances threaten those pathways of life, but we must persevere in our pursuit of that which is ethical and moral in our lives and society in general.

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.

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.
 ARE YOU PLANNING TO ATTEND?
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



 

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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