February 25 – March 3, 2017

Parashat Mispatim                

Sefer Torah Sponsor: Lily Feig

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 24th
Shacharit 7:00 am
Candle Lighting 5:25 pm
Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat 5:30 pm

Shabbat February 25th
Shacharit 9:00 am
Mincha 5:15 pm
Followed by Parsha and Halacha
Ma’ariv 6:25 pm
Shabbat Ends 6:35 pm

  • Family Minyan, Shabbat, February 25th at 8:30 am
  • Cholent cook-off round 4. March 4th. Please contact the office to register.

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.


Having just returned from Los Angeles joining some of our congregants in attending the wedding of Noah and Elana Zeligman, I was struck by three contradicting elements that mark the life style that is so typically California. The first was the strong, vibrant orthodox community of LA with its numerous institutions, and the second was the vapid, empty life that depicts the existence of tinsel town in that city with the media and others hovering over the rich and famous that populate Beverly Hills and other wealthy vistas.  The third was the vast poverty and homelessness that pervades the LA landscape.

While taking the required tour of the city and the homes of the overly wealthy of LA, I could not help feeling as others were taking pictures of these large estates how the inhabitants had to live behind closed gates in a gilded ghetto type of existence. While others were gawking at the size and scope of these properties, I was wondering if these people could live a type of life that would enable to truly enjoy what G-d has given them instead of engaging in debauchery, intoxication and addiction.

The Torah this week projects a life of meaning and value as opposed to one filled with vices in the form of two words that signify what it means to be a Jew especially in a society which demands acculturation and assimilation. The words of Naaseh venishma, “we will do and we will listen” come forth from the people of Israel as they prepared to receive the word of G-d at Sinai. No hesitation, no recalculation, but a firm acceptance of  G-d’s law to uphold and to fulfill on a daily basis both ritually and in the practical application of the interrelationship between G-d and the Jew.

Our commentaries write that these two words of affirmation refer to not only the written text, but to the Oral Tradition as well. The Torah Shebealpeh, the Oral Tradition, is the mechanism by which the Jews can fully apply the tenets and principles of Halachah to their lives in all of their facets. The Oral Torah encompassing the Talmud is a necessary ingredient for the perpetuation and continuity of our people. The study and application of the laws explained in the Talmud as well as the Aggadah discussed there enhance our ability to make our lives religiously meaningful and spiritually uplifting.

It is therefore wonderful to read about the recent Talmud program available in digital form in English with commentaries through www.sefaria.org  which enhances the Steinsaltz, Soncino and Artscroll editions of the Talmud to make Talmud accessible to all. Jewish life whether it be in Los Angeles or Ottawa takes on special meaning with the availability of such resources to the entire Jewish community and not just to the erudite few.

CALENDAR                                                                          

  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 5:00 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: JFS has a mildly cognitively-impaired client who lives near the Trainyards and would like to continue volunteering at Hillel Lodge on Fridays, but needs transportation to get there for 12:00 noon.  One-way only.  Consistency is very important, so we need someone who can commit to doing it most week, and we’ll work around vacations.  If you are a west-ender who goes to Rideau Bakery on Friday mornings or an east-ender who needs the kosher Loblaws before Shabbos, this is a great opportunity to add an extra mitzvah to your week!  613.722.2225, x315 or lbogdonov@jfsottawa.com.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.

Don’t forget to pick up Loblaws Gift Cards.
Purim is closer than you think.

If you order over $500 we will have them
delivered to you.

*** There will be no handmade Shmurah Matzo sold at Loblaws this year. Machine Shmurah will be available.  Lobalws should have Pesach products available March 6th. ***

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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