Rabbi Howard Finkelstein   ●   Chazan Yair Subar    ●   President Bobby Wollock

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  • Shul News
  • Calendar
  • Community News

Parashat Devarim
July 20 & 21
Mincha and Ma’ariv: 7:00 p.m.
Candle Lighting: 8:25p.m.

From the Desk of the Rabbi
דברי הרב    Parashat Devarim:

As the fast of the ninth of Av is postponed until this Sunday, the tenth of Av, the Halacha is very clear that there is no special meal to prepare prior to the onset of the fast as in other years when Tisha B’Av comes out during the week. Indeed one can enjoy a feast similar to that prepared in the palace of King Solomon, and partake of all kinds of kosher delicacies.  Why does the Halacha cite King Solomon as our frame of reference?

Obviously, King Solomon rates as one of the most powerful monarchs in Jewish history, noting his many accomplishments including the construction of the First Temple and accumulation of wealth. However, there is a more profound reason cited by Rabbi Meir Shapiro, the initiator of the study of Daf HaYomi. The feast of Solomon to which the Halacha refers is not the type of extravaganza prepared by the monarch in his prime. To the contrary, we know that Solomon toward the end of his life and reign suffers a great deal at the hands of those who wish him harm. Despite his desperate situation, he still orders his staff to prepare royal feasts.

Despite his travails, King Solomon orders that his feasts be prepared as if all is well, having full confidence that matters will improve. Similarly, we do not eat a regular Seudah Hamafseket when Tisha B’Av or erev Tisha B’Av comes out on Shabbat. We partake of a feast with full confidence and hope that this fast day will turn in to a day of rejoicing as predicted by Zachariah the prophet.

( A similar note of confidence is expressed by Rav Ovadiah Yosef in his declaration that parents should not force below bar or bat mitzvah age children to fast at all on Tisha B’av. By forcing them to practice fasting to prepare for the time they shall reach Halachic maturity, parents demonstrate a lack of faith and belief that the Mashiach will come and herald the building of the Third Temple.)

Please note the following in regards to this coming Tisha B’Av. The fast starts before the end of Shabbat. Regarding Sunday night, it is permissible to cut one’s hair and wash clothing at the end of the fast, although one should refrain from eating meat or drinking wine until after 1:10 PM Monday afternoon.

Tisha B’Av Programs/Classes

Shul News

Shabbat in the Park: Shabbat, July 21st at Craig Henry Park from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, walking club will meet at 4:00 pm (weather permitting).

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Community News

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.
JEWISH MEMORIAL GARDENS: Grave Visitation Assistance (Bank Street Cemetery) For the many people who may be visiting their beloved ones and find the walk challenging, JMG will have a golf cart to take those who need assistance to the path closest to the grave they wish to visit. The service will be available on  every SECOND Tuesday, July 17th, July 31st etc. Please contact Tammy Torontow at 613-688-3530, Extension #1 to book a spot.

TORAH DAY SCHOOL is seeking interested members of the community to help build and sustain a strong and successful school by joining the Board as a Director.  If you wish to put your name forward, or would like further information, please send an email to nominations@torahday.ca by July 25, briefly explaining your interest and qualifications

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