Congregation Beit Tikvah of Ottawa
Parashat Vayishlach
November 28 – December 4, 2015        14 
Kislev– 22 , 5776

Sefer Torah Sponsors: Janet and Jonathan Isserlin


Mazal Tov to Adeena Wisenthal and Ron Huberman on Adeena completing her PhD.

Mazal Tov to Howard Nadler on his daughter, Ashlie, obtaining a certification which allows her to perform surgery in both Canada and USA.

We wish a Refuah Shlemah to: Lynne Cohen Ben-Ami, Jean Gurevitch, Sara Kerzner, Cheryl Leyton, Ian Sadinsky,  Elana Siegman, Paula Silver, and Rabbi Yehuda Simes.

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

Shabbat, December 5th: Beit Tikvah welcomes OJSC students to the Shul. Please join us as our students from OJSC participate in the Shabbat morning service.

Sunday, December 6th: Join us for our family Chanukah program on Sunday, December 6 from 2:30-5:30 pm. This event will feature an exciting Mad Science show, clay dreidel making, food, friends, and Menorah lighting, and we hope you can join us. Cost: $18/family or $10/person. Please RSVP by December 1 to shul@cbto.org.



It is kind of difficult for us to understand the message of a midrash cited by the Or Hachayim that in the future Esau will wrap himself in a tallit and sit among the righteous people. The midrash then continues to say that G-d will remove him from that illustrious company. The midrash is based on the sentence in this week’s Haftarah taken from the book of Ovadiah, one of the twelve minor prophets, in which the prophet speaks of the figurative ascent of Edom or Esau among the stars of the sky, hovering over the earth like an eagle only to be taken down by G-d.

One can derive from the relationship of the midrash to the sentence cited that there are two manifestations of the rule of Edom in the world. The obvious element of power pervades the earth. On the one hand, Esau demonstrates his power and control over the world. This power has been reflected in the Roman Empire’s domination over the known world of its time, only to meet its deserved end at the hands of the Visigoths and other bands. It can be represented by the former world power, the Soviet Union, which with the literal collapse of the Berlin Wall disintegrated figuratively with its dissolution. It remains to see what will happen with present day Russia controlled by Putin.

On the other hand, Esau may decide to put on the figurative Tallit with the intention of sitting among the righteous judging the actions of his brother, Jacob, and by extension, Jacob’s descendants, the Jews. He will feel justified in condemning the ‘criminal and apartheid’ actions of Israel who in Esau’s mindset is not the prince of G-d as the name suggests, but the one who fights with G-d and with mankind.

Esau feels self-righteous in lambasting Israel, as the former sits in the chambers of the General Assembly and Security Council of the UN in judgement of Israel and its alleged crimes against humanity. One wonders if Syria is still sitting on the Un Human Rights Tribunal. But the prophet promises that there will come a day when Esau shall be removed from its position of sitting with the righteous of the world, and face its comeuppance.

We are living in troubling times controlled by Edomite forces, be they ISIS or others. While the world mourns the loss of lives in Paris and elsewhere by the hands of ISIS, it cannot bring itself to condemn the actions of terror committed by individual Palestinians against Jews living in Israel. It sits among the righteous, self-perceived, but one day the prophet promises shall be exposed as to it really is, a criminal and cruel movement that does not need the world’s approbation but its excoriation.

YAHRZEITS TO BE OBSERVED NEXT WEEK: November 28 – December 4, 2015:
Mindy Gilsig z’l, sister of Sheila Senman observed on November 28th
Nathan Rotkin z’l, grandfather of Howard Krakower observed on November 28th
Devora Benedek z’l, mother of Peter Benedek observed on November 30th
William Goldrosen z’l, father of Alan Goldrosen observed on November 30th
Bernard Silver z’l, father of Mark Silver observed on November 30th
Daniel Jacob Elkin z’l, father of Eric Elkin observed on December 1st
Esther Glass z’l, grandmother of Aaron Sandler observed on December 1st
Irina Vesnik z’l, mother of Marina Linderman observed on December 1st
Larry Krochmalnek z’l, father of Andrea Krochmalnek observed on December 3rd

Door Monitors: 9:30 Mark Silver 10:00 TBD 10:30 Aklilu Afowerk 11:00 Lou Davis 11:30 David Harary 11:45 Barry Mandelker 12:00 Leslie Breiner 12:15 Leah Cohen-Gaynes

This week’s Kiddush is sponsored by Sara and Leslie Breiner to commemorate the yahrzeit of Sara’s father, Shmuel Feig z’l as well as Debra and Lou Davis in honour of all members of the clergy and the congregation in celebrating birthdays on the 20th of Kislev as well as Marina Michael, and Rachel Linderman to commemorate the yahrzeit of Marina’s mother, Irina Vesnik.


Dear CBTO Members,

Last Sunday the shul held our first Marketplace fundraiser. It was a great success despite the lower than anticipated traffic through the hall.

Special thanks goes to the three tireless Marketplace Committee members – Sara Breiner, Reisa Glenns and Valerie Terkel, who have put in numerous hours to ensure the event ran smoothly.

We must recognize our top donors, Ruth and Irving Aaron, David Smith of Creative Kosher Catering, Rabbi Ely and Sheli Braun; our supporting donors Maxine and Arthur Rabinovitch, Valerie and Gabi Terkel, Candice and Stan Wilder, Janet and Jonathan Isserlin, and Marcia and Barry Cantor, which without their contributions this event would have not achieved this level of success.

Finally, thank you to the kitchen crew for preparing the food for the day – Sophie Frenkel, Rivka Finkelstein, Marion Silver, Sheila Senman, Valerie Terkel and Candice Wilder; Howard Nadler and Steve Senman for managing the finances; the numerous people who donated to the CBTO table; and the many volunteers who came to help on Sunday.

Thank you,

Neil Frenkel
Marketplace Committee

1.GEMARA: after Ma’ariv 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.YESHIVAT TIKVAH: For high school students every Thursday at 4:15 pm

JET CLASSES AT BEIT TIKVAH ON MONDAYS AT 7:30 PM WITH RABBI TUVIA HOFFMAN: “Derech Hashem†(The Way of G-d), one of the great books of Kabbalah. Come learn the secrets of the universe. Please contact rabbihoffman@jetottawa.com for more information. 

To help with any of these opportunities, please contact the JFS Volunteer Recruitment desk at 613.722.2225, ext. 315 or lbogdonov@jfsottawa.com 

  1. Highly isolated 74 yr old woman with chronic pain issues would really benefit from a friendly visitor every week or two, either in her home or for outings.  Merivale South/Hunt Club area.
  2.  Another client in the Wilbrod/Charlotte area would also benefit greatly from a friendly visitor to break her isolation.  Very pleasant, chatty Shoah survivor may sometimes be up for outings, as well.
  3. A very pleasant new volunteer living in Kanata is interested in opportunities to practice his English.  He has a car and can drive, but doesn’t know the city very well yet.
  4. KMOW is desperate for drivers on both the Wednesday morning Alta Vista/east end route and the Friday morning west end route (winter months only).  In all cases, meals are picked up at the Hillel Lodge shipping doors at 10:00am and take less than an hour to complete.  Reimbursement is $5.50/route, dispersed quarterly.

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. 

SJCC Adult Education Programs: For full descriptions of these and other SJCC Fall courses please see www.jccottawa.com and follow the link to Adult Programs. Contact: Roslyn Wollock (613) 798-9818 ext. 254
Sunday, November 29th, 1:30pm Social Hall A SJCC Admission: $10
Author talk with award-winning author and long-time Montreal Gazette literary columnist Elaine Kalman Naves. Elaine will discuss and read from her debut novel, The Book of Faith.

Musica Ebraica presents Chanuka Oh Chanukah!:  Musica Ebraica, Ottawa’s preeminent mixed-voice Jewish choir led by Gloria Jean Nagy, looks forward to presenting an evening of song, festivity, and fun on Dec. 6th at 7 p.m. at 395 Wellington in downtown Ottawa together with The Council of the Jacob M. Lowy Collection, with the support of the Friends of Library and Archives Canada, and the Canada-Israel Cultural foundation. The weather outside might be frightful but inside will be shir delight, as the choir entertains with the Chanukah chestnuts we all know and love, in new and tantalizing variations. Treasures from Library and Archives Canada’s Jacob M. Lowy Collection will be on display! So come, gather round, we’ll give you a treat: dreidls to play with and latkes to eat! Come light the menorah! Let’s have a party!   For information contact Patsy Royer at 613-233-3099. No tickets. Freewill offering appreciated!

SIDDURIM: Dedication cost of Koren or ArtScroll $50

STONE EDITION CHUMASH: Dedication cost is $90

KOREN TALMUD BAVLI by 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

Building Enhancement
Cheryl Leyton wishing her a refuah shlemah
By Helen and Sol Rauch
Howard Nadler in honour of his daughter, Ashlie
By Sheila and Steve Senman
Ruth Nadler wishing her a refuah shlemah
By Sheila and Steve Senman

Ian Sadinsky wishing him a refuah shlemah
By Marion Silver, Alan Brass, Lawrence, Rafi and Shira
By Minda and Peter Wershof
Adeena Wisenthal in honour of completing her PhD
By Erin, Ben, and Raviv Gailor & Ashira and Bucky Prizant
Aaron Kaiserman in honour of completing his PhD
By Ros Wollock
Rabbi Sender and Sarah Gordon in honour of the birth of their daughter, Chaya Mushka
By Erin, Ben, and Raviv Gailor & Ashira and Bucky Prizant

To our dear friends at Beit Tikvah,

I know that many of you remember my parents’ frequent visits and their involvement in our shul community. I am humbled by the outpouring of kind words and sincere condolences that I received from you in memory of my dear father.
With appreciation,
Debbie Fischman and family

Aaron Kaiserman in honour of completing his PhD
By Elaine and Marten Brodsky
By Adele and Barry Walfish
Ian Sadinsky wishing him a refuah shlemah
By Elaine and Marten Brodsky

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Phone 613-723-1800 / Fax 613-723-6567 / Web Site www.cbto.org
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Howard Nadler, President howardnadler@rogers.com

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