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Parashat Chayei Sarah
November 26- December 2, 2016  24 Cheshvan  -1 Kislev, 5777
Sefer Torah Sponsors: Liz and Skip Kronick

CONGREGATIONAL FAMILY

NO SCENTS MAKES GOOD SENSE: Please avoid the use of perfumes and colognes in the shul.

FROM THE RABBI’S DESK: CHAYEI SARAH

Abraham’s desire to buy burial property from Ephron the Hittite despite G-d’s promise to the former that his descendants shall inherit the land, speaks to the character of our patriarch who recognizes that any claim to the land without official documentation will indeed be contested. He insists that proper protocols of buying and selling be utilized to effectuate a legally binding contract that cannot be challenged in court.

But despite the contractual agreement between Abraham and Ephron concerning the field in which the Mearat Hamachpela (the burial cave) is located, nations from time immemorial have challenged that sale, even till this very day. The Palestinian Authority and UNESCO, partners in crime, declare that Israel has no historical or religious claim to the Temple Mount or anywhere else for that matter in the Holy Land. A new means of denying Jewish sovereignty in Israel is once again rearing its ugly head.

While some of the fires that have plagued Israel in the past few days are due to dry conditions, there are those deliberately set by arsonist terrorists. To burn forests and to set homes afire are not necessarily new goals on the part of those who wish us harm. But the fact they are occurring at this stage simultaneously is cause for major concern and awareness. An Israeli student in my grade 8 class told me that her friend’s house in suburban Haifa was set ablaze by arsonists. The impact of such personal stories hits home.

The flames of hatred are difficult to control, Israel, on a daily basis, has to contend with new methods and attempts to obliterate its existence. One fire can be put out, but another grows in its place. Here, in Ottawa, we saw a minor manifestation of anti-Semitism this past week. But Israel remains strong, and so must we.

WE NEED YOUR HELP
  1. We are currently in the process of updating our bulletin, the shul’s information   booklet and all information that is sent to both congregants and perspective members.The website was launched in June of last year and at this time the site requires updating. If you have time and would  like to volunteer to manage this site, please contact Elisheva at 613-723-1800.
  2. We are looking for volunteers to help cook for the upcoming Shabbat Dinner meal December 23rd. If you are in town and available to help out please contact Elisheva in the shul office.  In order for this to be possible  a minimum of 30     people will have to register for the dinner.

 

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.

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

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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