February 18 – 24, 2017
Parashat Yitro

Sefer Torah Sponsor: Noga and Levi Reiss

Howard Finkelstein
Yair Subar
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 February 17th
Shacharit 7:00 am
Candle Lighting 5:16 pm
Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat 5:20 pm
Shabbat February 18th
Shacharit 9:00 am
Mincha 5:05 pm
Followed by Parsha and Halacha
Ma’ariv 6:15 pm

Shabbat Ends 6:25 pm

  • Rabbi Finkelstein will be away from Sunday, February 19th – Wednesday, February 22nd.
  • The office will be closed Monday, February 20th for Family Day.

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 – YITRO:                    

Differentiated instruction is an approach to education that finds its sources in the book of Proverbs where King Solomon says to educate a child according to his or her needs.  No one style of instruction fits all, and teachers have to accommodate their charges accordingly. In effect, the earliest reference to the educational concept of differentiation is found in this week’s parsha, as Hashem tells Moshe to teach the Torah and its laws in one fashion to the House of Jacob, and in a different way to the Children of Israel.

While most commentators identify the House of Jacob with women, and the Children of Israel with men, the Ibn Ezra takes a different approach which speaks more to the different levels of knowledge acquisition found in any population selection. According to the Ibn Ezra, the house of Jacob refers to the ordinary populace, while the Children of Israel is a phrase that applies to the elders of the community.

Those in the House of Jacob are to be informed in a soft way the rules of regulations of Halacha and the foundations of the outlook of our faith. On the other hand, the elders shall be given harsh instruction in enabling them to get a full understanding of the intricacies of Jewish law and concepts. Anyone who has had the opportunity to study a page of Talmud in depth and analysis can well appreciate the complexities underlying Jewish law. Simple memorization of what the law is does not constitute the true understanding of what the Talmud calls the physical and mental exhaustion one experiences in  the study of what Jewish law is.

For the majority of Jews, a soft sell has to be employed. As important as Halacha is, the Aggadah which is the theological part of our faith plays an equally important role in shaping the spiritual lives of Jews of all walks of life. Words that pull the heart is an expression that the rabbis of the Talmud use to describe the effects of the study and appreciation of Aggadic texts that enhance our understanding of biblical text.

The Tanach tells us that one should approach the study and appreciation of our faith and its tenets in whatever direction that is personally suitable. Not all can be Talmudic scholars, but none should be deprived of opportunities to learn and to absorb what Judaism has to offer.


  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
  3. “TEXTING” WITH THE RABBI for Bar/Bat Mitzvah Students: on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm.  Rabbi Finkelstein will share his knowledge of sacred texts with our girls (age 11) and boys (age 12) in preparation for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah.
JFS VOLUNTEER POSITION: The JFS Transportation program is desperately seeking replacement drivers for missing snowbirds!  Approximately 1-2 drives per month, usually during regular business hours, taking seniors to medical appointments or social recreational programs.  Call 613.722.2225, x249 to help fill this growing, critical need.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.

SIDDURIM: Dedication cost of Koren $50
KOREN TALMUD BAVLI: Dedication cost is $100.
· A brick on the Wall of Honour $118
· A memorial plaque on the Yahrzeit Board $300
· A leaf on the Eitz Chaim $180
·An 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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