From the desk of The Rabbi – Parashat Tzav/Shabbat HaGadol: One of the interesting requirements of the seder is to recline on one’s left side when drinking the four cups of wine. Reclining, of course, symbolizes the concept of freedom, in that our leaning position demonstrates we are free people. The Talmud,in Pesachim 108A, asks the question as to whether a student attending his rabbi’s seder is to recline or not. The student is considered to be beholden to his teacher, as the latter is indebted to the other for having learned his Torah from him.Abaye indicates that he had been to the house of Rabbah on Pesach night where he noticed that the students were leaning on each other’s knees. When he came to the house of Rav Yosef, the rabbi told him that a student does not have to recline because his relationship with his rabbi is such that he owes a great deal of respect and awe to his teacher, comparable to the awe one shows G-d. (On a parallel note, it is interesting to point out that the Talmud at the end of Horayot discusses whether Rabbah or Rav Yosef was superior in learning to the other. Rabbah had a great innovative mind, and Rav Yosef had a photographic memory. The Talmud chooses the latter.)
In any event, the fact that there were two approaches to the question as to whether a student sits in a reclining position in the presence of his rabbi prompted Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik to make the following observation as reported in Rabbi Herschel Schachterâ€™s halachic biography of the Rav, entitled Nefesh HaRav. There are students who absorb the teachings of their rabbis, and there are students who absorb the mannerisms of their rabbis. Obviously, the students who master their rabbi’s teachings are superior to those who simply mimic their rabbi’s behaviour, be it in terms of dress, mannerisms, etc. Anecdotally, I remember meeting a person in the Chabad House in Anchorage, Alaska, who dressed liked the Lubavitcher Rebbe, and could have been perceived of as a younger twin. However, this individual knew little about Judaism.
Simply dressing the part does not make one be the part. While we are told by the Talmud that we can benefit even from the mundane conversations of the rabbis, we are encouraged and pushed to absorb their teachings as well. The rabbis’ admonition in Pirkei Avot, Ethics of the Fathers, to “make for yourself a rabbi” is a directive that indicates that one should benefit from the latte’s teachings.
Whether one reclines or does not recline in one’s rebbe’s house is not a trivial question as it directs the student to look up to our rabbis for inspiration and learning. Our rabbis serve as role models in terms of behaviour and values, and especially in their capacity to promote and to promulgate the study of Torah. At the seder, we remember the teachings of our sages, past and present, and we take to heart the words of the Haggadah, Tze Ulmad, “go out and learn.” May we grow in our love of Torah, and may that love bring us the Final Redemption, next year in Jerusalem.
SHABBAT HAGADOL DERASHAH AT 5:55 PM-MARCH 24- TOPIC- WHATâ€™S FOR DESSERT- AN HALACHIC AND CHASSIDIC ANALYSIS OF THE AFIKOMAN
SOURCES FOR THE DERASHA
Talmud Bavli- Pesachim 119B-120 A plus Rashbam, Rosh on Pesachim, Siman 34
Pesachim 116 A plus Rashbam
Talmud Yerushalmi â€“Pesachim 71A
Rambam-Mishne Torah â€“ Hilchot Chametz Umatzah , perek 8, halachot 7,8,9
Shulchan Aruch-Orach Chaim, siman 477:1
Mipeninei HaRav- Rabbi Herschel Schachter, pp.95-99 (Hebrew)
Shabbat HaGadol: Shabbat afternoon, March 24th at 5:55 pm
Shabbat Hagadol Derasha topic: What’s for dessert:
Halachic and Chassidic analysis of the mitzvah of Afikoman.
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.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS, BEFORE AND DURING PESACH
Friday and Shabbat, March 23-24: Shabbat Hagadol-meals in shul by reservation
Shabbat, March 24 at 5:55 pm: Shabbat Hagadol Derasha topic: What’s for dessert:
Halachic and Chassidic analysis of the mitzvah of Afikoman.
Sunday, March 25 at 6:30 PM Community Kashering of utensils. Those interested will meet at Hillel Lodge at 6:30 PM. All utensils should be clean and unused for 24 hours.
Friday, March 30: Erev Pesach (statutory holiday) Shacharit will be at 8:00 AM followed by siyum bechorim (Fast of the first born).
Last time to eat chametz- 10:22 AM. Last time to sell and burn chametz before 11:44 AM.
Shul bonfire at 11:20 AM.
SERVICE TIMES – CHOL HAMOED PESACH
Monday 8:00 am
Tuesday 6:30 am & 8:00 am
Wednesday 6:30 am & 8:00 am
Thursday 6:30am & 8:00 amMincha & Ma’ariv:
Monday – Wednesday 7:15 pm
LAST DAYS OF PESACH
Friday, April 6, The Congregation is invited to Rabbi and Rivka Finklestein’s house for Kiddush following services.
Shabbat April 7, Pseudot Mashiah (seudat mashiach) reception at Rabbi and Rivka Finkelstein’s house for teens and young adults at 5:00 PM
PESACH IS COMING! HERE ARE SOME LINKS TO HELP YOU PREPARE:
PESACH SEDERS GIVE AND GET Do you have room at your seder? Would you like to be invited to a seder?
Do you know of someone who could use an invitation?
Please call the Rabbi, Rivka or Elisheva (at the Shul office)
Room at Rabbi and Rivka’s for 2nd seder ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sale of Chametz
A copy of the Sale of Chametz form can also be found in pdf form on our website.
* Please Note: If you will be out of town for Passover be sure to return forms to the office before you leave.
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.OTTAWA KOSHER FOOD BANK: On Monday, March 26th the Kosher Food Bank needs volunteers to help distribute Pesach packages from 2 -5 pm at KBI, volunteer hours can be given. Knowledge of Pesach helpful.