Congregation Beit Tikvah of Ottawa
Parashat Shoftim
September 10 – 16, 2016   6 Elul  – 12
, 5776


**Please note that Shacharit on Sunday, September 11th will be at 7:45 am not 8:30 am.
Rabbi Finkelstein’s Gemara class will be held on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 6:15 pm


  • Shabbat, September 17th   Please join Beit Tikvah as we honour Rabbi Howard and Rivka Finkelstein on their 25th anniversary with our Shul with a Freilach 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.

It is interesting to note that the Torah does not engage in utopian vistas and visualizations in describing the laws incumbent on the people of Israel to observe.  The laws of the Torah are designed to refine the individual Jew and the community at large, and to offset and combat the wiles and whims of sin that can indeed destroy a society.

The sedra of Shoftim dealing at first with the pursuit of justice is a poignant commentary on the vagaries of society and a call to its leadership to take heed to appoint judges and police to execute and uphold the law.  As Rashi indicates, the presence of the police in a community is not simply a mechanism by which crime is fought. It is a system put into place that recognizes the tendency of people to attempt to disregard the law even in the absence of the commission of a crime.

The axiom of ‘justice, justice, you shall pursue’, speaks not only to the meting out of justice.  It speaks to the necessity to have a court system made of judges whose probity and integrity are not questioned. The Torah warns individuals not to shop for favourable verdicts, but to adhere to a judicial system that is beyond reproach and beyond suspicion   We are to adjudicate our conflicts in a proper court setting under the aegis of Jewish law normally.

Society takes its moral example from the judges and politicians that lead it. In establishing a ban against bribery and corruption, the Torah warns those in charge of judging and executing the law that their actions can indeed condemn a society to eventual oblivion, or elevate it to a high standard which reflects true Torah values.

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


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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