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CONGREGATION BEIT TIKVAH

January 28 – February 3, 2017
Parashat Va’era             
   

Sefer Torah Sponsor: Tammy and Aaron Sandler

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  January 27th
Shacharit 7:00 am
Candle Lighting 4:45 pm
Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat 4:55 pm
Shabbat January 28th
Shacharit 9:00 am
Mincha 4:35 pm
Followed by Parsha and Halacha
Ma’ariv 5:45 pm

Shabbat Ends 5:55 pm

SHUL EVENTS:
  •  Family Minyan at 8:30 am – Shabbat, January 28th.

Lost Tallit Bag:  It seems that a blue Tallit  bag  was taken home by mistake some months ago. Can you please make sure you have the correct bag, if you do notice you have the wrong bag please contact the office.

Thank you



FROM THE RABBI’S DESK – VA’ERA – SHABBAT ROSH CHODESH:  

A persistent theme that appears in this week’s Torah reading regarding the first seven of the ten plagues that afflict Egypt is differentiation. Only the Egyptians suffer, and the Israelites do not. From a simplistic approach to the texts describing this separation between the two protagonists, one concludes that G-d is sparing His people from the onslaught of the plagues, while the oppressors, namely the Egyptians, suffer the full brunt of the impact of these supernatural events.

On further inspection, the underlying concept of separation is not just a Divine determination, but it finds its roots already in the early encounters between Joseph’s brothers and the Egyptians who cannot break bread together.  The former is considered to be abominable in the eyes of the latter. In other words, the term with which we are familiar, Havdalah, literally translated as separation, manifests itself early on in the lives of our people, and continues until this very day.

Abraham is the first Hebrew, the translation of Hebrew referring to the fact that the world is figuratively on one side of the river, and he is on the other. He describes himself to the Hittite population as a resident alien as he attempts to buy the field of Machpelah to serve as a burial place for his wife, Sarah, and future generations.

Isaac is an outcast even in his own country, as his conflict with the Philistines over water sources isolates him from others, albeit with G-d’s blessings. Jacob lives alone with his family far from the madding crowd, especially following his sons’ massacre of the inhabitants of Shechem, known today as Nablus.

Sometimes, Havdalah is foisted on us by anti-Semitic forces. At other times, we have to draw our imaginary mechitzot, or barriers, to ensure we retain our identity as the children of Israel. Sometimes, we have to be the light unto the nations to distinguish ourselves from the darkness that pervades the outside world with its warped sense of values. We have to separate ourselves by ensuring that assimilation does not overcome us with its various enticements.

The people of Israel have to rely on G-d’s wonders to save them from the same fate facing the Egyptians.  Vehfilati, vesamti fedut, I will separate the Israelites from the Egyptians, as if to say they have no choice. Today, we have a choice. We can assimilate or we can remain strongly committed to our faith. The Torah tells us, Uvacharta Bachayim, choose life, choose the way of life given to us at Sinai.


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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
  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.
OTTAWA JEWISH COMMUNITY EVENTS
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.

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
·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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