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Parashat Lech Lecha 
November 12-18, 2016   10  -16 Cheshvan, 5777
Sefer Torah Sponsors: Anonymous 

CONGREGATIONAL FAMILY

Mincha, Shabbat November 12th:

Four Israeli soldiers will be joining us on Shabbat at Mincha- Seudah Shlishit. They are here with a larger contingent of IDF personnel who have come to Canada on an Israel-Canada government military exchange. These soldiers are training Canadian military personnel.

We thank Rabbi Mendelsohn of Chabad who has arranged this opportunity for us, as part of the Global Shabbat project.


REMINDER
  • Community-wide Havdalah, November 12, Soloway JCC at 7:30 pm
  • Children’s Challah bake OJCS Gym Tuesday, November 15. 4:30 pm
  • Family Minyan Shabbat, November 19th at 8:30 am

    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.
     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.

FROM THE RABBI’S DESK: LECH LECHA
Remembrance Day on Friday takes on special significance as it connects with the first Jewish War Veteran, Abraham, who rescues his nephew, Lot, from captivity, as recorded in this week’s Torah reading. Abraham is not interested in the political aspects of the conflict involving nine tribal powers, but takes the initiative to free his nephew caught up in this conflict, in the truest sense of Havrachat Shevuyim, the rescue of hostages.

Free and democratic nations such as Canada and Israel have had to deal with this vexing issue of rescuing hostages, Canada , in regard to two of its citizens held in captivity in the Philippines, and Israel, in regard to Gilad Shalit and years ago concerning Entebbe. Moral questions as to the propriety of rescuing hostages are discussed in the Mishna in Gittin 45A, and decisions have to be taken that can unintentionally condemn one to death by failure to carry out such a mission to the reverse. At the same time, the unsuccessful attempt to rescue Nachshon Wachsman by Israeli soldiers comes to mind.

The conducting of war itself is a highly contentious one, as the sending of young soldiers to battle raises all kinds of questions and concerns. Consider, for example, the great discussions found in the Talmud regarding the fighting of obligatory wars versus wars of conquest.

Even the propriety of war as a means of preserving the integrity of the state comes up in discussion by our commentaries. Rabbi Sampson Raphael Hirsch, in a biting and incisive statement on the Hegelian concept of the state, writes that multitudes of soldiers have died for the sake of this artificial construct which is given quasi-religious status by those in control of it.

Rabbi Hirsch’s statement which is found in his commentary on parshat Noah, should not be applicable to wars that are fought to defend Israel against attack and terrorism, nor should it be used to condemn the conducting of wars such as World War II that was fought to defend democracy and eliminate the tyranny of fascism and Nazism.

We honour the soldiers of the Canadian Forces who fought in various wars and campaigns to preserve democracy and justice, hallmarks of Canadian values. We remember those who lost their lives on the battlefield, and we demonstrate our gratitude to those who serve today to defend our country.

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

OTTAWA JEWISH COMMUNITY EVENTS

JFS: is looking for a shopping companion urgently needed for an elderly holocaust survivor who lives in Orleans.  Bi-weekly, starting asap.  Please call Jewish Family Services at 613.722.2225, ext. 315 to help.

LIMMUD OTTAWA 2016: Sunday, November 20 8:30 am – 5 pm. Limmud Ottawa is an independent, all volunteer, inclusive organization celebrating Jewish learning, art and culture. Visit www.limmudottawa.ca or visit us on Facebook for more information. Wherever you are on your Jewish Journey, Limmud will take you one step further! Soloway Jewish Community Centre, 21 Nadolny Sachs Pvt. Contact Jenny Roberge at 613-608-6872 at jenny.roberge@gmail.com 

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 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.

PLAQUE DEDICATIONS:
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

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shul@cbto.org 

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