March 18 – 24, 2017
Parashat Ki Tisa/Shabbat Parah            

Sefer Torah Sponsor: Roz & Steve Fremeth,
Anna & Hy Rabinovitch and The Gacic Family

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 17th
Shacharit 7:00 am
Candle Lighting 6:54 pm
Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat 7:00 pm

Shabbat March 18th
Shacharit 9:00 am
Mincha 6:40 pm
Ma’ariv 7:50 pm
Shabbat Ends 8:03 pm

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Torah Insights from Rabbi Howard Finkelstein:
Watch our new series of videos from Rabbi Howard Finkelstein. Discover important lessons from the Parsha each week.
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The correlation between the parsha of Ki Tisa and the special reading of Parah is not simply an arbitrary determination of the Jewish calendar. Ki Tisa, which deals primarily with the Golden Calf incident and its aftermath, and Parah, which concentrates on the mysterious procedure involving the ashes of the Red Heifer, are interrelated.

The Talmud states that the mother, referring to the heifer, should clean up after the filth of the daughter, the Golden Calf. Apparently, as the Kli Yakar writes, with the fallout of the Golden Calf incident,  tumah, mistranslated as impurity of the highest kind, enters into the Jewish community necessitating the ashes of the Red Heifer to be used to purify those who coming in contact with a dead body.

Unlike ancient philosophers who deal with the issues of mind v. body, and theologies that denigrate the human form, Judaism recognizes the confluence of both mind and body as necessary mechanisms in observing G-d’s mitzvoth.  On the positive side of the leger, thought has to be coupled with physical action in order for a mitzvah to be considered as completely fulfilled. On the negative side, thought coupled with action have to be necessary ingredients for transgressions to be committed. While there are obviously mitzvoth such as the belief in G-d that do not require concomitant action, and conversely, sins such as belief in idolatry that do not demand physical worship, the majority of activities in Judaism is predicated on the combination of thought and process.

The mitzvah of Parah Adumah reflects on the interfacing of mind and body.  Tumah is a state of being, and a state of mind. The ashes of the heifer and the waters of the Mikvah contribute to the spiritual enhancement of the individual unlike the embers of the Golden Calf that completely defiles the population that worships it. The Golden Calf introduces an element of impurity of thought and a defilement of the body.

There is no doubt that the study of this difficult area of Jewish law called Taharot can only be mastered by the talented few. But the message of this sixth order of the Mishna enables us to gain an appreciation of the gifts of mind and body that G-d has given us.

CALENDAR                                                                         ×œ×•×— זמנים

  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.

We need your help to support our Shul.  
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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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