Congregation Beit Tikvah of Ottawa
Parashat Ki Tavo
September 24- 30, 2016   20 Elul  – 26
, 5776
Sefer Torah Sponsors: Janet and Jonathan Isserlin



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.


Nehemiah, the great leader of the returned to Zion, at the end of the book named after him, asks G-d to remember all the good works he has done to improve the spiritual climate of Judean society. While there is no doubt Nehemiah accomplishes a great deal working in tandem with Ezra the Scribe to rid the community of any vestiges of idolatry and its encumbrances, the rabbis take him to task for “pointing” these deeds out to G-d.  Leadership implies a sense of humility, sorely lacking in modern day candidates for political office.

In a similar vein, the Torah parsha this week downplays the statement of the individual who claims that he has fulfilled all of his obligations in distributing his Maaserot (tithes) to the appropriate people.  While the Torah does stipulate that the owner of the tithes must recite a specific formula indicating he has fulfilled his obligations in tithing, the Baal Keriah reads that section in a low voice. Two possibilities exist for this change of protocol in reading this section in a low voice. The first is to reduce hubris, in the sense that the individual should not be bragging about his performance of this mitzvah, or any mitzvah for that matter. The second s not to embarrass those who have not fulfilled the mitzvah of tithing properly or at all.

Both approaches imply that there is a need to be humble in terms of our relationship to G-d, especially when we begin to say Selichot on Saturday night.  Prayer by definition implies a sense of humility and an awareness that there are areas of life that require introspection on our parts resulting hopefully in a commitment to improve our actions to the betterment of ourselves and others.  The recent statement by a political candidate that he has never had to ask forgiveness of G-d is laughable and at the same time quite frightening.

Nehemiah is not a braggart. He is sincere in asking G-d to remember what he has done in his capacity as governor of Judea to effectuate religious change on the part of his constituents.  But he is still reprimanded for not demonstrating humility in this regard.  It goes without saying that few reach the spiritual level of a Nehemiah. However, we learn from his salutary accomplishments and from his seeming shortcomings. We walk in the pathway of Hashem, humbled by the fact that we are His Chosen People.

NOTE: Rivka and I thank the Beit Tikvah community for the beautiful Shabbat program and Kiddush lunch marking our 25th anniversary in our wonderful shul.  May we share many semachot together in the coming years, and may all of our families and loved ones be blessed with a shana tova umetukah.



KASHRUT ALERT: Salad… PC Organic various plastic packages big K small BOC. new supervision from Florida (instead of Vancouver – like it used to be) not reliable supervision each leaf needs to be checked for bugs.

FILM: Motzei Shabbat, September 24th: We will be showing a documentary film Above and Beyond before Selichot. The movie will be shown at 8:45 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

SAVE THE DATE!!! November 11th and 12th: Shabbat Project, Parashat Lech Lecha. If you would like to help organize, or have any comments or thoughts. Please, contact the office. volunteers are requested.

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.

The Edible Garden

  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


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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