There is no Junior Congregation this Shabbat. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Please note the office will be closed Monday, February 19 (Family Day).
The office will also be closed Tuesday, February 20.
From the desk of The Rabbi – Parashat Terumah:
The opening Mishna of Massechet Terumot declares that there are five individuals who cannot give Terumah, non-tithed produce to the Kohen. The list includes the deaf mute, the incompetent, the minor child, as well as two other people whose actions are considered suspect. The first is someone who contributes somebody else’s produce, and the second refers to a non-Jew, who contributes Terumah on behalf of a Jew, even with the latter’s permission.
The key component underlying these restrictions centers on knowledge and consent. Clearly, the cases of the minor, incompetent and deaf mute denote a hesitation on the part of the rabbis to allow their contribution on the basis that they may lack the requisite knowledge to understand what they are doing. It should be noted that the age of the minor can be a determining factor as to whether his or her contribution is to be accepted. The latter two exceptions revolve around the issues of theft and a lack of responsibility on the part of the Jew who allows a non-Jew to perform the former’s mitzvah.
While the Mishna seems to be speaking about the Terumot as they relate to produce, the Talmud Yerushalmi derives these exceptions from the wording Hashem uses in commanding Moshe about the building of the Mishkan, the portable sanctuary in the desert. The Torah, as the Yerushalmi indicates, stipulates that only competent individuals can contribute their own precious metals and fabrics to the building of the Mishkan.
In other words, it is not so much as to what is being contributed. More importantly, under what conditions are these contributions being made? Who is making these contributions? These are important questions that affect all institutional donations, from those reaching synagogues to other eleemosynary enterprises.
From a synagogue standpoint, the contributor knows that support does not simply rest on the giving of a cheque. Involvement in the daily workings of the synagogue, be it service attendance, committee work, etc. all are true indices of commitment. One knows that one’s involvement in the preservation of the synagogue is engaged in Avodat Hakodesh, sacred work. The mishkan in the days of the Torah, as well as the Temples in Jerusalem, are not only the earthly address for prayer and sacrifice to Hashem. They are the national spiritual homes of the Jewish people. G-d indicates His presence is felt among the people on the completion of the building of the mishkan. We pray for His presence among us.
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Women’s Megillah Reading
Rabbi Yehuda Simes zt”l Sefer Torah
We have been so pleased with the response to Rabbi Yehuda Simes ztâ€l Torah Project and with the responses so far. We wanted to share with you the launch of a dedicated website for friends in the United States to help us reach our goal. https://www.jewcer.org/project/rabbisimestorahproject/We hope you will support this worthy initiative and help us spread the word to all those who knew Rabbi Simes.Please share this link with your family, friends and people who knew Rabbi Simes and who live in the US.The Rabbi Simes Torah Project is a celebration of the man who positively affected so many lives. His lasting influence on the Ottawa Jewish community and his Congregation is immeasurable. Rabbi Simes loved his family. He loved Judaism. He loved his community and he loved learning.
A Torah scroll dedicated in his memory will honour his love of teaching, learning and commitment to a life of Torah. This Sefer Torah will be housed at Beit Tikvah, the shul Rabbi Simes attended. In recognition of the fact that Rabbi Simes reached the entire community, the Sefer Torah will be made available and brought to other locations for Simchas and sadly, during times of sorrow.
Help us reach our goal. Donations can be made by Interac eTransfer, cheque, credit card, and PayPal or by calling the Shul office at 613-723-1800.
Donations: * General Donations: $18
* Siddurim: Koren/Artscroll $50
* Koren Talmud Bavli: $100
* Wall of Honour/brick: $118
JFS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: JFS is in need of Friendly Visitors for a few clients. All are isolated seniors in need of a little companionship, whether visits at home, over the phone, or going on outings. Some will be replacements for volunteers gone south for the winter. Students welcome. Commitment is for only 1 hour at a time, every week or twice a month. East and West end locations. 613.722.2225, ext.315 to help. ESL teacher needed beginning January 2018. Beginners’ conversational English for Russian-speaking seniors, on Mondays 1:00-2:30pm, at JFS on Carling Ave. Lesson prep, room set-up/clean up, and attendance taking. Occasional replacement for 10:30am-12 class, as well. Conversational Russian an asset, but not required. Call 613.722.2225, ext. 315 to volunteer. Russian-speaking volunteer needed to help plan and organize monthly day trips, cultural activities, picnics, and potlucks for Russian-speaking seniors. To help, please call Gohar at 613.722.2225, ext.425. Drivers urgently needed to transport clients to/from Adult Day Programs, medical appointments, and social programs. All areas of the city needed. 613.722.2225, ext.315.JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES: Parenting in the 21st C: Free 3-Part Parenting Series for Jewish Families NEW! Tuesdays, February 6 to February 20, 6:30 – 8 pm. Is parenting leaving you feeling frustrated? Confused? Worried? Do you wonder about how to set limits? How to manage your teen’s moods, your child’s outbursts? Do you feel disrespected as a parent? Come and meet with other parents as our in-house clinical experts share some knowledge and suggestions on how to feel more confident in parenting. Rabbi Tanger will be in attendance. Pareve refreshments will be served. Sessions are free, child minding available. Contact Quinn at email@example.com. 2255 Carling Ave., Suite 300.OTTAWA KOSHER FOOD BANK: Looking for empty resealable egg cartons to be used for the OKFB food distributions. Please contact Michelle for further information at 613-728-3501 x 235 or drop them off at the OKFB office.