Congregation Beit Tikvah of Ottawa
Parashat Bemidbar
June18-24, 2016 12 Sivan – 18, 5776
Sefer Torah Sponsor: Jackie and Lucian Sitwell


LOST ITEM: A key was found last Shabbat, if anyone is missing it please contact the office.

TALMUD CLASS: Our class has completed the study of Massechet Gittin which began in February of 2010. There will be a siyum this Shabbat, June 18 at Seudah Shlishit between Mincha and Maariv.

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.

NO SCENTS MAKES GOOD SENSE: Please avoid the use of perfumes and colognes in the shul.
The two themes of Sotah and Nazir figure prominently in this week’s Torah reading, the latter referring to the trial by ordeal of the wife suspected of adultery and the former, the individual who takes a vow of abstinence from intoxicating beverages. Both issues arouse controversy, and both are interrelated.

Rashi quoting the Talmud indicates that one who sees the sotah in her disgraced state should vow not to partake of wine. The Nazir who takes this vow appears to be a weak figure who needs some type of religious encumbrance to force him to abandon the consumption of that which can lead to his own downfall as a moral and upright individual.

Overdrinking and the abuse of other substances can and indeed does lead to all kinds of unsavory situations. Family units have gone asunder and marital relationships have broken apart as a result of this type and other manifestations of abuse. There is a direct link between alcoholic abuse and promiscuous behavior which is referenced by the Torah’s linking together the topics of the Sotah and the Nazir.

In essence, the Torah implicitly indicates that people are expected to lead lives that reflect moderate behavior in terms of action, speech, styles of life. Extreme behavior leads to extreme results.

OTTAWA JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY BOOK LAUNCH: “Life Lines & Other Lines – Life in Ottawa’s Lowertown, the Byward Market, and the growth of the Jewish Community after WWI”I by Sylvia Brodovsky Kershman, Sunday, June 26,2016 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive

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 caregivers.
SIDDURIM: Dedication cost of Koren or ArtScroll $50

STONE EDITION CHUMASH: Dedication cost is $90

KOREN TALMUD BAVLI: Rav Steinsaltz. Dedication cost is $100.

KADDISH FUND: Ensure that the tradition of saying Kaddish is recited on your behalf in commemoration of your family member for the 11 months. We suggest a contribution of $360.

A brick on the Wall of Honour $118
A leaf on the Eitz Chaim $180
A memorial plaque on the Yahrzeit Board $300 each
A boulder for the Eitz Chaim $360

NEW! TALLIT FUND: Our community has been fortunate to share countless simchas over the past years, many of which bring visitors and guests to our shul. As we look forward to future simchas, we are in the process of replacing the tallitot available near the entrance, and hope to purchase 12 new ones. There are two options for donating to the new Tallit Fund: sponsoring an entire tallit for $118, or contributing towards a tallit in the amount of your choosing. Sponsors of $118 or more will be honored with a plaque. May our CBTO family go from simcha to simcha!

15 Chartwell Avenue, Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Phone 613-723-1800 / Fax 613-723-6567 / Web Site www.cbto.org
Rabbi Howard Finkelstein rabbihoward.finkelstein@gmail.com
Howard Nadler, President howardnadler@rogers.com
Elisheva Brantz, Office Administrator shul@cbto.org

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