Congregation Beit Tikvah of Ottawa
Parashat Ki Tetze
September 17 – 23, 2016   13 Elul  – 19
, 5776
Sefer Torah Sponsors: Jackie and Lucian Sitwell 


LULAV AND ETROG SETS: Cost is $65/set. This is a
Torah Day School Fundraiser. To order, please call or email the shul office. Deadline for orders is September 30th with payment. Cheques must be payable to  Torah Day School. 

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.
NO SCENTS MAKES GOOD SENSE: Please avoid the use of perfumes and colognes in the shul.


The recent discussions concerning Medicare in British Columbia and the negotiations involving physician salaries in Ontario do not in any way diminish the holy work performed by doctors in saving lives and restoring health. While Obamacare is under attack in the United States, and the question of a single user system is debated south of the border, it is important not to forget a statement made by Maimonides regarding the sacred calling of the medical profession.

The Rambam considers medical intervention as a positive commandment related to the concept of returning a lost object as enunciated in our Torah reading this week.  In the words of the Rambam, himself a physician by profession, a lost object, namely one’s health, must be returned or restored to its rightful owner, the individual himself or herself.

The Rambam’s remarks are found in his commentary on the fourth chapter of the Talmudic tractate of Nedarim in relation to the following case scenario. An individual has taken a pledge not to benefit from another person because of some conflict.  The second individual happens to be a doctor. Even though normally we hold the first person to his vow, his medical needs override his ill thought of statement.  His health comes first despite his protests to the contrary.

Apropos of this, the rabbis comment that patients may benefit from the interventions of certain physicians as opposed to others. Indeed, the target of this patient’s vow may be the only doctor who can help him.  Parenthetically, the Torah in this week’s reading warns against the excesses of needless vows. Some vows may be unnecessary. Others may be dangerous as in the case described above.

The laws in this parsha in addition to those describing the return of lost objects and needless vows form a conglomerate of rules and regulations dealing with various manifestations of human behavior, that have to be monitored.  While politicians and NGOs can argue over the role of government in healthcare, the Torah mandates that first and foremost it is the community and its members that must take care of those who are suffering.




YIZKOR BOOK: Remember your loved ones and those who brought life to you through memorializing their passing.  Beit Tikvah will publish a memorial Yizkor Book with the names of those that you wish to be remembered for all to see and recall.  The book will also note selected prayers and commentaries appropriate to the solemnity.  Listings will be included for the usual donation per name included.  Names and donations should be submitted to the office ASAP, please.

  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


CHW: Dr. Nadav Berkovitz (of CBTO) will be speaking at the Canadian Hadassah Wizo Ottawa Centre Opening Meeting on Tuesday, September 20th at 7:15 PM. There is no couvert for this event.  Dr. Berkovitz will speak about how new technologies being sponsored by CHW are helping prevent lifelong disabilities in stroke victims, young and old. To RSVP or more information, please contact sophiefrenkel@rogers.com

JFS: is looking for a shopping companion urgently needed for an elderly holocaust survivor who lives in Orleans.  Bi-weekly, starting asap.  Please call Jewish Family Services at 613.722.2225, ext. 315 to help.

 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 caregivers.

SIDDURIM: Dedication cost of Koren or ArtScroll $50

STONE EDITION CHUMASH: Dedication cost is $90
KOREN TALMUD BAVLI:  Rav Steinsaltz. Dedication cost is $100.

KADDISH FUND: Ensure that the tradition of saying Kaddish is recited on your behalf in commemoration of your family member for the 11 months. We suggest a contribution of $360.

A brick on the Wall of Honour $118
A leaf on the Eitz Chaim $180
A memorial plaque on the Yahrzeit Board $300 each
A boulder for the Eitz Chaim $360

15 Chartwell Avenue, Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Phone 613-723-1800 / Fax 613-723-6567 / Web Site www.cbto.org
Rabbi Howard Finkelstein rabbihoward.finkelstein@gmail.com
Howard Nadler, President howardnadler@rogers.com

Elisheva Brantz, Office Administrator 

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