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Parashat Shelach Lecha
June 8 &  9
Mincha and Ma’ariv: 7:00 p.m.
Candle Lighting: 8:31p.m.

From the Desk of the Rabbi
דברי הרב  Parashat Shelach Lecha:

Having only worked for the Federal government in a limited capacity as a prison chaplain for the penitentiaries in Eastern Ontario when I was rabbi in Kingston, I have to take on faith the following observation made by a congregant, who was in the public service. He told me that one way to kill a project in the Federal government is to appoint a blue ribbon committee to examine it, and to propose a feasibility study which will invariably find the proposal untenable. I hope he was joking.

Apparently, this trend of thought finds its antecedents in the story of the spies in this week’s Torah reading. The Or Hachayim comments that the people of Israel who approach Moshe to send out spies to check out the land of Canaan (as described in the opening chapters of Devarim) have already decided that the land in question is not the optimal place in which to relocate the Israelites. Therefore, the spies who are chosen to represent the tribes, with the exceptions of Caleb and Joshua, constitute that blue ribbon committee made up of tribal dignitaries that intend ab initio to disparage the land of Canaan as a territory that “devours its inhabitants.”

The Or Hachaim also notes that the sinful spies suffer immediate punishment despite Moshe’s-plea, that Hashem should deal mercifully with the people of Israel.  He cites five reasons for the quick consequences that befall the spies:

1)    The spies are not ordinary individuals, but leaders of their respective communities. Their word carries weight, and their message is highly influential. Leaders are judged more harshly by G-d than regular civilians.
2)    The very fact that Moshe approves them to go on this mission indicates that their false report about the land reflects negatively on Moshe himself.
3)    The spies do not appreciate that they are the beneficiaries of a miracle in the land itself, as they are not harmed by the giants and powerful armies living there.
4)    They are sinners, and, worse, they cause others to sin.
5)    They speak negatively about the land which G-d has promised to give the people of Israel.

Preplanned negative reports about the land of Israel abound from the time of the spies to the present day State of Israel. The recent call for blue ribbon commissions to investigate the Gaza  border events of recent weeks undoubtedly if carried out will have reached its conclusion even before any details concerning what has happened there has been examined.Hashem condemns the people of Israel to remain in the desert for forty years because of their unnecessary shedding of tears, believing the false report about the land. We have to condemn those who shed crocodile tears for the “victims of the alleged abuses” committed by members of the Israel  Defence Forces, whose sole purpose is to defend the State of Israel against terrorist incursions.

Shul News

Shabbat in the Park: Shabbat, June 9th at Craig Henry Park from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, walking club will meet at 4:00 pm (weather permitting).

Annual General Meeting will be Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 7:00 pm.

Volunteer of the Year award 
At our AGM we will be announcing the winner of our first annual volunteer of the year award.  This award will be given to the person that has committed their time and energy to volunteering to help make our shul better.  Please submit your nomination for an individual who you believe has gone above and beyond this year in volunteering their time.  Nominations should include a brief description of why you think this person deserves to be recognized submit your nominations to Bobby Wollock at robertwollock@rogers.com.

Community News

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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