Rabbi Howard Finkelstein    Chazan Yair Subar    ●   President Howard Nadler

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Parashat Bemidbar
May 18 & 19
Mincha and Ma’ariv: 7:00 p.m.
Candle Lighting: 8:12 p.m.

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From the Desk of the Rabbi
דברי הרב  Parashat Bemidbar:
If one were to pay attention to the biblical accounts describing the exodus from Egypt and that from Mount Sinai, one would notice that the former appears to be disorderly at first, and the latter to be disciplined. Our commentaries indicate that the Hebrew slaves miraculously come from different places in Egypt to gather together to leave that country to wind up as one nation with one heart at the base of Mount Sinai. On leaving Mount Sinai for the Promised Land, the Hebrew tribes march in formation according to a strict formula, banners et al.
From a disparate group of people accompanied by the riff-raff of the non-Hebrew runaway slaves, the people of Israel develop into a formidable, organized mass of people waiting for the proper signal to march to Canaan, marked by flags and tribal groupings. Though the combinations of tribal formations pique the interest of commentators such as the Ramban and the Kli Yekar, the general message inherent in these formations must be addressed.

Law and discipline are the hallmarks of a stable society. The system of Halacha, (the pathway of Jewish law) is reflected in the description the Torah gives in regard to the processions of the tribes in the opening chapters of the Book of Numbers. When the cloud lifts off of the Tent of Meeting, the people of Israel can travel. At times, the cloud remains above the Tent of Meeting for long periods. Sometimes, the wait is short between Israel’s peregrinations in the wilderness.

One cannot imagine these stops in the desert to be arbitrarily decided by G-d to be long or short. However, one can perceive that a sense of order marks these stops and starts. So too, the same applies to Jewish life in general. From the cycle of life to the commemoration and celebrations of Jewish holidays, the Jew lives by a sense of order.

At the time of the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, the nation that stands united to hear the work of G-d must continue to follow that pathway of life and law in an organized fashion. The Mishkan in the desert, the Temples in Jerusalem, direct the individual and community to set their sights on these holy places as the  foci of worship and service.  The Talmud tells us that without these sites, Hashem has only the four cubits of Halacha which serves as our pathway of observance. We are not to be cavalier in its observance, but we organize our days and our lives around these laws, perhaps without flags and banners, but with the feeling and conviction we are indeed a treasured people before Hashem.

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

Shul News

Shabbat in the Park: Due to forecasted rain, we will be meeting at the park on Shavuot, Sunday, May 20th and Monday, May 21st.
Sunday, May 20th at Charing Park from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, walking club will meet at 4:00 pm.
Monday, May 21st at Craig Henry Park from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, walking club will meet at 4:00 pm.

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Community News

CAMP B’NAI BRITH: The Ottawa Jewish historical Society, in partnership with the Soloway JCC, invite you to a retrospective evening of all things CAMP on Thursday May 17 at the Soloway JCC, in the Social Hall at 7:30 pm. Admission is $10. Memories and Mamaloshin, fantastic photos that will make you laugh, and wonderful food (including standard camp fare and Joe Louis) prepared by David Smith, Creative Kosher, will be served in the “Mess Hall”!  To make this evening extra special, Mark Max and Russell Kronick have agreed to lead all of us in a super singsong. This will surely be a night to remember. Don’t miss this magical memory-filled party.  CBB was a place we couldn’t wait to go back to.  On May 17 we can go back for one more brief visit with our old friends. We hope to see all of you there. For more information, and to RSVP please contact the Ottawa Jewish Historical Society Office at  613-798-9818 ext. 264 or by e-mail at ojhsoc@gmail.com.
JEWISH WAR VETERANS SCHOLARSHIP: The Jewish War Veterans of Canada, Ottawa Post, is offering two (2) $ 1000.00 scholarships to deserving Jewish students who are graduating in 2018 from secondary school and are entering university in 2018.
Applicants must be between the ages of 16 and 19 years on or before the 31st of May 2018 and be residents of the National Capital Region.
In the letter of application, candidates will provide evidence of superior qualities of leadership, good citizenship, complete school mark records including the final year,  and sportsmanship at school, within the Jewish Community and community-at-large. All applicants should provide a letter stating why they think they are eligible. Enclose any supporting material that you may think relevant.  All documentation must be received no later than July 13, 2018. Send Submissions to : Ruth Aaron  877 Maplecrest Avenue Ottawa, Ontario K2A 2Z7.
JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES: Client with some mobility issues is looking for a friendly visitor to spend time together working in her garden every week or two.  JFS neighbourhood.  Female preferred.
Newcomer to Ottawa (Alta Vista area) is looking for a female companion to join her at AJA 50+ events and other events/outings.  Companion to provide transportation.  Client uses a walker.
Elderly client who is visually and hearing impaired needs a visitor for about 45 min-1 hr every 2-3 weeks, at his home on Merivale Rd.  Communication will need to be in writing, or by typing on your laptop in large print.   To take on any of these mitzvot, please contact the JFS Volunteer Desk at 613.722.2225, x315.

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