Parashat V’zot Habracha
October 22-28, 2016   19 Tishrei  – 25, 5777
Sefer Torah Sponsors: Ruth Aaron


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.

  • 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.

Hoshanah Rabba/Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah
  • Learning and movie in the sukkah for teens- Saturday, October 22, 8:00pm – midnight. Enjoy warm food, exciting discussions and shiurim, and a movie — all in the sukkah! Bundle up for cold weather! Please contact Alexander Moss for more information 613-820-8211.
  • Shemini Atzeret, Monday, October 24th: Yizkor 10:30 am. Come join us for Ma’ariv and Hakafot at 7:00 pm followed by a Simchat Torah Dinner.
  • Simchat Torah, Tuesday October 25th: Shacharit 8:30 am. Simchat Torah Lunch following services. $15/adult, $10/child (12 and under), $50 family maximum. Call or email the office 613-723-1800, shul@cbto.org.


There is an odd statement that we recite during the course of the Birkat Hamazon during the holiday of Succot. We ask G-d to reconstruct the succah of David which is in a constant state of collapse. There is no question that this sentence based on a verse in the book of Amos (9;12) can either refer to the resurrection of the house of David or to the Temple. Most commentators with the exception of the Mahari Kara indicate that this phrase refers to the desired hope that the kingdom of David shall once again rule.  Rav Kara (not to be confused with Rav Yosef Karo) states specifically that this is a prophetic statement that G-d will re-establish the Temple.

Regardless of whether the phrase refers to the kingdom of David or to the Temple, the expression of ‘Nofelet’, referring to the ongoing collapse is perplexing. From a purely grammatical point of view, the verb connoting collapse should be in the past rather than the present tense.

Two statements of the rabbis may shed some light on this issue which at first glance seems artificial and harbouring on semantics. The first statement refers to the idea that the Messiah, son of David, seems to be ready to reveal himself to the world, but is prevented from doing so because of some negative action committed by the Jewish people. The second statement indicates that a generation that does not merit the building of the Temple in its time is considered as one that witnessed the destruction of the Temple.

In other words, our actions influence divine responses. If Jews make concerted efforts to join together in mutual respect and cooperation, then both the Temple and the house of David will be re-established.
On reading the balance of that sentence from Amos, one reads that G-d will repair the breaches of the walls of the Temple or the fissures that broke apart the house of David, and will rebuild them to last permanently. Neither symbol will be conceived of as a collapsing succah, but as a
fortified structure able to withstand enemy attack or aspersion. At the end of days, as we read in the haftarah this Shabbat, the house of David and the Temple will be rebuilt. The adversaries, Gog and Magog, will have been defeated.

We may live in an insecure society, considering our enemies from within and without. But we as a people will enjoy true Simcha as reflected as the theme of this period of time of Succot, when our revered institutions are rebuilt.



  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: 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/CHES2ndGenThe 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.

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.

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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