March 11 – 17, 2017
Parashat Tetzaveh/Shabbat Zachor             

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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 March 3rd
Shacharit 7:00 am
Candle Lighting 5:45 pm
Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat 5:50 pm


Shabbat March 4th
Shacharit 9:00 am
Mincha 2:00 pm
Shabbat Ends 6:54 pm
Ma’ariv followed by Megillah Reading 7:25 pm


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The proliferation of bomb threats against JCCs and other Jewish institutions across North America serves as a reminder that the descendants of Amalek are alive and well.  As we enter the period of Purim celebration, we take note of the followers of Haman who have been unleashed in the last couple of months continuing their hateful actions against our people, ironically at a time when a recent American poll identified the Jewish people as the most admired community in the United States.

One key word we read from Parshat Zachor that really reflects accurately the actions of modern day anti-Semites is the term used to describe the method used by Amalek in attacking the Jews. The word, Vayezanev, indicating that the Amalekites ambush the Israelites, is derived from the Hebrew root, zanav, referring to the tail of an animal. The Amalekites attack from behind rather than frontally. The bomb threat emailer or caller attacks the Jewish community from behind through the commission of these hoaxes with the intent of terrorizing the Jews.

At a time that the Jewish people are enjoying the pleasures and gifts of North American society, the anti-Semite arises to remind them that all is not as it seems. Rashi comments on this attack by the Amalekites that until the attack of Amalek, nations were reluctant to confront the Hebrews. The anti-Semites’ actions demonstrate the vulnerability of the Jewish people. We must therefore remain vigilant.

The book of Esther declares that the Jews of the Persian Empire at first lived in the la-la land of Persia where wine was plentiful and good times were had by all. The Jews were comfortable in Shushan and elsewhere. However, it takes a Haman to expose the weakness of the comfortable Jewish community.

As we know, Haman meets his downfall at the hands of Esther and Mordechai. The Jews celebrate but must remain vigilant in meeting and defeating Haman’s cohorts across the Persian Empire who wish to carry out his plan to exterminate the Jews. It is interesting to note that many commentaries indicate that the Jews fast prior going to battle against their enemies, as an indication that the upcoming battle is not only of the body, but of the spirit as well. The Jews have to return to their spiritual roots, engage in a process of teshuvah, or repentance. They must finally accept their mission of being a holy people.

Indeed, the rabbis of the Talmud commenting on the phrase that the Jews accepted and fulfilled what was expected of them, actually refers to a recommitment to obey the word of G-d. The anti-Semites of the time revealed that the Jews were a unique people with its own laws and ways. They are reminding us again today. We fervently hope, that as Haman was defeated, so too will those who wish us harm today.

Chag Purim Sameach.


  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 6:30 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: 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 weeks”, 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.SAINT PAUL UNIVERSITY: We’re looking for children ages 6-12 to participate in an online video-based survey looking at the relationship between religious attendance and well-being. Little is known about how religious attendance builds child well-being.  Dr. Laura Armstrong, C.Psych., Elizabeth St John  (M.A candidate) and Emmalyne Watt  (PhD Candidate) from Saint Paul University in Ottawa are examining this issue. We will share our findings with the local religious community. All data collected will be anonymous. If you volunteer to participate, please have your child complete this survey by March 25. Thank you so much for your participation. In a time period where many religious congregations are shrinking, results from this survey will help local places of worship build local capacity to support positive child development and potentially grow their population of young people. Ultimately, this research will illuminate what works in religious communities to enhance meaning, skills for resilience, and child well-being. Please click on the following to complete the survey:   http://uottawa.fluidsurveys.com/surveys/larmstrong/isa/

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.

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

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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