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Congregation Beit Tikvah of Ottawa
Parashat Re’eh
September 3 – 9, 2016   29 Av  -5 Elul
, 5776

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • Monday, September 5th at 4:00 pm  Annual Beit Tikvah BBQ Fun for all ages! Food, friends, and a bouncy castle for children 12 and under, Teen programming for kids aged 13-15. The food will be supplied by Creative Kosher Catering.
  • Shabbat, September 17th  Please join Beit Tikvah as we honour Rabbi Howard and Rivka Finkelstein on their 25th anniversary with our Shul with a Kiddush Luncheon. For those who are interested in sponsoring this Kiddush please contact the office.
 

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.

FROM THE RABBI’S DESK: RE’EH

Two mountains face one another in the area of Nablus, known in the Tanach as Shechem. These mountains, Mt. Gerizim and Mt. Eval figure prominently in this week’s Torah reading as the locations on which the people of Israel after crossing the Jordan River will receive a list of blessings and curses. While many of us are familiar with these series of statements that appear later in the Torah reading of Ki Tavo, there is a message that should resonate who consider Torah study to be their avocation.

According to the Or Hachayim, the blessing has both extrinsic and intrinsic qualities. The former is readily accessible through reading the text in Ki Tavo. However, the latter is reflected in one’s appreciation and spiritual lift one attains when engaged in Torah study. In other words, the study itself is perceived as a blessing. Through Torah study, one gains an appreciation cited by Rabbi Chaim Volozhin, in his magnum opus, the Nefesh Hachayim, that one knows G-d through study. One does not simply study the words of G-d. One establishes a relationship with the Almighty through study.

On the word, those who distance themselves from Torah study suffer from the pitfalls of that which the Torah labels as a ‘curse.’  There is a lack of a relationship between G-d and the Jew in question, and this distancing results eventually in a complete abandonment of Jewish values. This approach, taken by the Or Hachayim can indeed be harsh. We would like to look at another sentence in this week’s Torah reading that is interpreted in such a way as to send more of a positive message to all Jews no matter where they are on the observance scale.

The Torah tells us we are children of G-d. While one opinion in the Talmud seems to reserve this statement for those who are actively engaged in the service of G-d, the other point of view declares that those who have indeed rejected their heritage are still considered children of G-d.  We may be wayward children, but children of G-d nonetheless.

Estrangement of children and parents is a horrible state of existence. It is indeed a curse. In a familial situation, we hope for reconciliation. In our relationship with G-d, we pray for us to be one with G-d. In the words of an old song, G-d, the Torah, and the people of Israel are one. As we enter the month of Elul, we hope for the realization of blessings not only in terms of our Torah study, but in our daily lives. May Hashem bless us and our loved ones.

 
 

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.

ONGOING CLASSES OFFERED BY RABBI FINKELSTEIN: Everyone is welcome at no charge.
  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

OTTAWA JEWISH COMMUNITY EVENTS

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.PLAQUE DEDICATIONS:
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 
shul@cbto.org 

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