Beit Tikvah welcomes everyone who will be attending our shul for the
Shabbat Project with guest speaker Robert Walker from Hasbara Fellowships
NOTICE: Last week someone’s tallit was accidentally taken,
if you find that you have the wrong bag please return it to the shul office.
From the Rabbi’s Desk -Parashat Lech-Lecha:
Two expressions in Talmudic literature point to the pervasiveness of the influence of culture on the individual. The first, ‘woe to the evil person, woe to his neighbour’ and the second. ‘fortunate for the righteous individual, fortunate for his neighbour’ speak volumes about environmental factors that can motivate an individual to figuratively ‘go with the flow’ or to ‘swim against the current.’
Lot, the nephew of Abraham, chooses to throw in his lot with the Sodomites, after his shepherds fight with those of Abraham, in regard to the former’s flocks grazing in private property. Abraham tries to reconcile the conflict by indicating to Lot that they should part ways. In choosing to move to Sodom, Lot indicates that the culture of abomination which pervades that city and its environs is of no concern to him. On the other hand, Abraham has no intention of settling in an area of land populated by people that engage in illicit behavior.
As Lot moves to Sodom, the Torah indicates that the population of that area are ‘very evil’, prompting the Ramban to comment that these people are far more abominable than their fellow Canaanites. Nevertheless, Lot chooses to move there.
The Ramban then quotes a verse from Kohelet that ‘the scepter of evil will not affect the fate of righteous people.’ In other words, the righteous individual does not simply rely on his loyalty and dedication to G-d’s ideals, he ensures that he and his family do not live in an environment that can threaten their spiritual well-being. One cannot be blasé in dismissing environmental factors that can negatively affect one’s religious welfare. Lot fails miserably as a paragon of religious virtue when he in next week’s Torah reading offers his daughters as sexual fodder for the depraved of Sodom. On the other hand, Abraham retains his religious integrity and attempts to intervene on behalf of Sodom and its suburbs, asking Hashem to spare them if there are a certain number of righteous people living there.
The environmental challenges facing Abraham and Lot in regard to relocation and settlement are familiar ones to families today who have to weigh priorities in trying to determine where to live. Proximity to synagogues, day schools, mikvaot and kosher facilities are uppermost in the minds of many young orthodox families in determining where they live. Obviously, affordability of housing and schooling are extremely important, too. They do not look to Lot for guidance.
November 11th – 70 year olds’ Kiddush
On November 11th Beit Tikvah will be honouring members who are turning or who have turned 70 in 2017.
Please contact the office if you would like to participate in this milestone
Donations: * General Donations: $18
* Siddurim: Koren/Artscroll $50
* Koren Talmud Bavli: $100
* Wall of Honour/brick: $118
Winter Mincha Minyan – Torah day school November 6th:
In less than two weeks, the clocks will change, which makes it very challenging for local Shuls to hold a minyan for Mincha. Last year we were fortunate enough to have enough students to create a minyan here in school, of which a number of parents and community members took advantage. TDSO would once again be happy to be the rallying point for Mincha during the winter months, but we would need a solid commitment from at least 10 people to be here at 4:05 pm Monday through Thursday. If you can commit to making a Mincha minyan or have interest in such a minyan, please contact Rabbi Durden directly, atRabbi Durden email.
2017 JNF Ottawa Negev Dinner:honouring Lawrence Greenspon for his outstanding community record of philanthropy, volunteerism & active support of Israel. In support of ALEH organization: helping children with special needs. Nov 6, 2017 at the Infinity Centre! Tickets available online (JNFOttawa.ca), by phone (613-798-2411) or email (email@example.com).
Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship (CHES): In memory of the 79th Anniversary of Kristallnacht, Keynote Address: â€˜From Destruction to Rebirth: The Return of Life in the Jewish DP Campsâ€™ Dr. Avinoam Patt, Philip D Feltman Professor of Modern Jewish History, Associate Director at the Maurice Greenberg Centre for Judaic Studies, University of Hartford, Connecticut and Director of the Museum of Jewish Civilization. November 9th, 2017 7:00 p.m. Kehillat Beth Israel Congregation 1400 Coldrey Ave Ottawa. Free event, everyone is welcome. Presented by the Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship (CHES) in cooperation with the Kehillat Beth Israel Synagogue, the Zelikovitz Centre for Jewish Studies at Carleton University, the Embassy of the United States of America, Saint Paul University, and the University of Ottawa.
JFS VOLUNTEER Drivers needed:We have 3 clients requiring transportation in order to attend an Adult Day Program for dementia-sufferers at JFS on Carling Ave., Wednesdays from 11:00am â€“ 3:00pm. Ideally, we will find 1 driver to bring 2 passengers from the Glebe and Byward Market areas TO the program, another to bring 1 passenger in Hunt Club, and either the same or another 2 drivers to RETURN them home afterwards. Consistency is important, as are reminder calls. 613.722.2225, ext.315 to help with this important mitzvah.
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.