May 13- 19, 2017

Parshat Emor      

Sefer Torah Sponsor: Esther and Irving Kulik

Howard Finkelstein
Yair Subar
Howard Nadler

15 Chartwell Avenue
Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Website: www.cbto.org
Email: shul@cbto.org
Phone: 613-723-1800
Fax: 613-723-6567

Service Times  for May 12th
Shacharit 7:00 am
Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat 7:00 pm
Candle Lighting 8:05 pm

Shabbat May 13th
Young Professional’s Minyan 8:30 am
Shacharit 9:00 am
Pirkei Avot 7:30 pm
Mincha 7:55 pm
  Ma’ariv 9:05 pm
Shabbat Ends 9:14 pm

Upcoming Classes and Programs:
 Shabbat in the Park: This Shabbat due to the rain, we will be offering board games in the Shul starting at 3:00 pm.

The stories of Melachim (Jewish Kings): Sunday, May 14th following Shacharit.Lag Ba’Omer Picnic & Hike: Sunday, May 21st at 12:00 pm Mer Bleue Bog.

SHABBAT MORNING TOT SHABBAT PROGRAM: FOR CHILDREN 0-7 YEARS OF AGE FROM 10:30 – 11:30 AM. Please join us for prayers, singing, stories, games, and snacks. Parents are encouraged to accompany their children ages 2 and under.
To ensure this program runs smoothly and on time please make sure children are in the Youth lounge at 10:30.

The 2017-2018 Slate is now open. If you would like to be considered for the new slate, please notify Katherine Moss at willkath@gmail.comno later than May 24, 2017 at which time the slate will be closed for nominations. 

FROM THE RABBI’S DESK – EMOR:                         

Honesty and integrity are the hallmarks of an individual who exhibits behaviour that sanctifies the name o f G-d. One whose interactions with others are calm and collected also merits that appellation. In both scenarios, it is understood that the individual in question has had the merit of studying Torah and serving Talmudic scholars. On the other hand, one who has studied Torah and acts in a way that brings discredit is considered as one who has desecrated the Torah.

The Rashash (Rav Shmuel Strashin), in his commentary on the above as described in Talmud Yoma 86A, indicates that the Chilul Hashem is not a reflection on the individual committing terrible acts, but on the Torah itself which is blamed by society for having influenced the person involved to follow this pathway of life. It does not take much for people to blame the “˜system” as the instigator of nefarious activity.

This latter statement also reflects on the unusual narrative that appears at the end of this week’s Torah reading describing the confrontation between and Israelite and a son of an Israelite woman and Egyptian father, who, according to the rabbis, squabble over ancestral land holdings. The court rules in favour of the Israelite man, and the other litigant proceeds to curse the proceedings, the law and G-d Himself. The fact that the two individuals are fighting almost becomes irrelevant, for the primary thrust of the anger of the enraged adversary is aimed to the Founder and foundation of Jewish law.
Too many of our brethren and sisters have abandoned religious practice because of perceived prejudice on the part of the laws of the Torah.  In many instances, it is the attitude of the rabbi or judge involved who may express little sympathy for the plight of the wronged more so than the law itself. But the system gets blamed.

It is interesting that the Torah concludes the reading of the week with the admonition that there shall be one equitable system for all which is to be non-discriminatory.  The failure to ensure the impartiality of law and the lack of mentschlichkeit in applying the law lead to the condemnation of the law by those touched by it. Hence, chilul Hashem.


  1. GEMARA: Wednesday evenings after Ma’ariv. Please check calendar in case of shifting.
  2. SHABBAT CLASSES:  Parsha and Halacha class between Mincha and Ma’ariv
  3. “TEXTING” WITH THE RABBI for Bar/Bat Mitzvah Students: on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm.  Rabbi Finkelstein will share his knowledge of sacred texts with our girls (age 11) and boys (age 12) in preparation for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah.

We need your help to support our Shul.  
Gift cards orders over $500 will be delivered to your home.

SIDDURIM: Dedication cost of Koren $50
KOREN TALMUD BAVLI: Dedication cost is $100.
· A brick on the Wall of Honour $118
· A memorial plaque on the Yahrzeit Board $300
· A leaf on the Eitz Chaim $180
·An Acorn on the Eitz Chaim $300
· A boulder for the Eitz Chaim $360


15 Chartwell Avenue, Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Phone 613-723-1800 / Fax 613-723-6567 

Rabbi Howard Finkelstein rabbihoward.finkelstein@gmail.com
Howard Nadler, President howardnadler@rogers.com
Elisheva Brantz, Office Administrator shul@cbto.org 

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