January 21-27, 2017
Parashat Shemot             

Sefer Torah Sponsor: Jackie and Lucian Sitwell

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  January 20th
Shacharit 7:00 am
Candle Lighting 4:37 pm
Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat 4:40 pm
Shabbat January 21st
Shacharit 9:00 am
Mincha 4:25 pm
Followed by Parsha and Halacha
Ma’ariv 5:35 pm

Shabbat Ends 5:45 pm

  •  Family Minyan at 8:30 am – Shabbat, January 21st.
  • “TEXTING” WITH THE RABBI for Bar/Bat Mitzvah Students: on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm. First class starts Tuesday, January 17th. 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.
  •  Round 2 of the Cholent Cook-Off, Shabbat January 28th. Please contact the office to register.

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.



With the sense of heightened drama describing in beautiful detail the conversations between G-d and Moshe regarding the latter’s mission to take the people of Israel out of Egypt, one brief statement by Moshe sets the tone for the understanding of the relationship between G-d and man. Moshe states he is a stutterer, laden with a speech defect stemming from birth. How can he transmit the message of G-d to Pharaoh if he cannot enunciate clearly those words?

G-d’s response to Moshe that He controls and determines the capacity of man to hear and speak is followed by a statement that G-d will guide Moshe and teach him how to speak to the king. In other words, as the Ramban explains, when Moshe speaks to Pharaoh, he will not stammer. He will not fall over his words. He will be eloquent and oratorical. Interestingly, Moshe does not tell G-d to cure him from his malady in order to address the Egyptian monarch. He obviously does not feel worthy of carrying out such a mission to free the Hebrew slaves. But G-d tells him, He will direct Moshe in his quest to emancipate the Israelites.

A speech defect such as suffered by Moshe is a disability. The anxiety that accompanies this type of condition can be daunting and overwhelming. Perhaps one percent of the population suffers from it, But Moshe’s story is inspiring and uplifting. While biblical and rabbinic sources speak of the power of the tongue to do harm or good, this reference to Moshe’s disability is the only one that appears in the Tanach, to the best of my knowledge. Yes, Isaiah refers to himself as the possessor of impure lips, but the discussion of Moshe’s disability as found in this week’s Torah reading is unique.

That G-d intervenes to help Moshe state his case before the king of Egypt is noteworthy as it gives hope and inspiration to the reader. A person’s innate eloquence and facility in turning a phrase does not make that individual great. He may be a great orator, but not necessarily a great person.  As G-d says to Samuel who has been chosen to find a king to replace Saul, G-d looks at the heart and soul of the individual to determine that person’s greatness. Moshe may at one have been a prince of Egypt, but in the desert,,in the wilderness of Sinai, G-d declares Moshe to be the  leader of Israel because of who he is as a person and as a potential teacher and guide. Moshe’s speech defect does not, and should not deter him from doing G-d’s bidding. Many have overcome disabilities and have achieved greatness. Moshe is the paradigm.

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
CIJA Grassroots Consultation: From confronting BDS and strengthening ties with Israel, to enhancing Jewish community security and empowering social services agencies, everything we accomplish is because of you. Be part of CIJA’s work. Make your voice heard. Participate in a grassroots community consultation. – Sunday January 22 at 2:00 pm, at the Soloway JCC (Social Hall) .
You can register at
http://www.cija.ca/grassroots-ottawa/JFS: 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.

Help an art history professor put together her memoirs!  Someone on-the-ball, with great organizational and computer skills, who can spare a couple of hours at a time on a regular basis, helping this fascinating client put her story to paper.  Call 613.722.2225, x311 to find out more.

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
· Acorn on the Eitz Chaim $300
· A boulder for the Eitz Chaim $3

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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