Parashat Ha’azinu
October 15-21, 2016   12 Tishrei  – 18, 5777
Sefer Torah Sponsors: Irit and Harry Beck, Sheila Beck, Eva and Viktor Eichler, Sheila and Steve Senman 


Sukkah Hop – Monday, October 17th– We will be meeting at Beit Tikvah at 3:30 pm to begin the Sukkah Hop

A Loud Shul on a Quiet Shabbat –  This Shabbat afternoon between 2:30-5:00 come and entertain yourself with board games in the basement. Bring your friends, bring your kids, bring your board games.

  • Simchat Beit Hashoava – October 19th at 7:00 pm. Join us for a fun filled evening of dancing and eating in the Sukkah.
  • Family Minyan: Shabbat, October 29th. Anyone who wishes to participate should contact Hudi Kaiserman at 613-600-4143.
  • November 11th and 12th: Shabbat Project, Parashat Lech Lecha. If you would like to help organize, or have any comments or thoughts. Please, contact the office. Volunteers are requested.

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


With the advent of pop-up succot hitting the market, one is reminded of the debate found in the Talmud tractate of Succah that deals with the minimum dimensions of the entitled subject. While the Halacha states that it should be at least 7 hand breadths by 7 hand breadths by ten hand breadths (28”x28”x38”), Beit Shammai and Beit Hillel approach this topic a bit differently.

Beit Shammai declares that the minimum size succah must be able to be big enough to accommodate a person’s head, most of his body and a table. Beit Hillel, on the other hand, stipulates the same requirements minus the table. Parallel to this discussion is another debate between Beit Shammai and Beit Hillel is in regards to a larger succah that does not have a table in it, as to whether one fulfills his obligation to eat in such a succah. Beit Shammai says ‘no’ while Beit Hillel says ‘yes’.

Intriguingly, the Rambam, the Rif (Rabbi Yitizhak Alfasi) and others support Beit Shammai, buttressed by a statement of Rav Amram that indeed Beit Shammai’s point of view is the accepted Halachic opinion in contrast to that of Beit Hillel. The rationale of Beit Shammai is that the nature of the individual is to search for food, and therefore, the table on which food is placed, becomes the focus of his attention. (It sounds like Kiddush in the Catskills.)

In reality, Beit Shammai is reflecting on the material nature of man and his need to have his desires satisfied.  Food, as sex, is a powerful force, which can be channeled both positively and negatively. Beit Shammai demonstrates that the individual must not forget as he is celebrating Zman Simchatenu that Hashem who protected his ancestors in the desert from all of the elements is indeed providing him with his sustenance, albeit in a specially designed atmosphere, namely the Succah.  Similarly, while all of us are mindful that G-d sustains us, we are still reminded to recite berachot, or blessings, before and after we partake of food and drink. Therefore, in regard to the succah itself, the food table must be inside that structure as a concrete symbol of G-d’s presence in our lives. 

Kudos to Leah Cohen and to Barry Walfish on the front page coverage in the Canadian Jewish News on the work that is being done to reveal the censored portions of the Akeidat Yitzhak, a commentary by Rav Yitzhak Arama in the sixteenth century. Leah, as curator of the Lowy Collection in the National Archives, invited Barry who is the Judaic specialist at the University of Toronto Libraries and me to see this special first edition of this important sefer.  It was a fascinating experience.

Rivka, Judith, Tani and I wish you and your families a Chag Sameach and a Gmar Tov.

  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


 HOLOCAUST EDUCATION: October 19, 2016, Guest Lecture: Dr. Thomas Hecht. The Holocaust and My Experiences.
11:35 a.m. to 12:55 p.m., Carleton University, Southam Hall room 515. The public is welcome
Sponsored by Carleton University in cooperation with Zelikovitz Centre for Jewish Studies and Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship.
In observance of Holocaust Education Month, the Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship (CHES) will host a Second Generation Symposium targeted for children and/or grandchildren of Holocaust survivors. The symposium will take place on Thursday, November 3rd in the Pellan Room at Library and Archives Canada, between 4:30 pm and 8:30 pm, a light dinner will be served admission is free but preregistration by October 24th is a must. For further information, please contact Marion Silver (613) 224-3354 or marion_silver123@yahoo.ca or Mina Cohn (613)839-5516 or to register please visit: http:/bit.ly/CHES2ndGen

The community is invited to attend the launch event for Holocaust Education Month, commemorating the 78th anniversary of Kristallnacht. This will take place on November 9th at the Kehillat Beth Israel at 7:00 pm. The keynote speaker is Professor Emeritus of Holocaust Studies, Michael Marrus. His topic is “Lessons of the Holocaust, A Historian’s Reflections”. This is a program of the Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship (CHES) and admission is free. For more information, please email us at chesatcarleton@gmail.com or call at 613-520-2600 x 1320

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.

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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