Kehillat Ohr Tzion

Rabbi Ori Bergman

Parashat Toldot

President Cheryl Stein

5 Kislev 5784

Davening Schedule

Friday, November 17

Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat: 4:25 pm

Earliest Candle Lighting: 3:50 pm

Candle Lighting: 4:32 pm

Sunset: 4:50 pm

Saturday, November 18

Shacharit: 9:00 am (sharp)

Kiddush is sponsored by KOT.

Minchah: 12:25 pm 

Havdalah: 5:35 pm

Ma'ariv: 5:45 pm

Sunday, November 19

Shacharit: 8:30 am

Thursday, November 23

Thanksgiving Day

Shacharit: 8:30 am


In memory of our beloved father and Opa, Peter Enis, on the occasion of his Yahrzeit

By Joseph, Ozzy, and Talula Enis

Please remember to drop off your Dash's receipts in the bag in the shul foyer.


President: Cheryl Stein 

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Rabbi: Ori Bergman

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Newsletter: Joseph Enis

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Chesed: Mireille Schapiro

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Fun/Fund: Beth Weiss

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Publicity: Phyllis Steinberg

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Social Action: Phyllis Steinberg

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Web Site: Karen Marks

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Kiddush Sponsorships: Cheryl Stein 

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KOT depends on Voluntary ATID pledges to ensure that we can provide for all of our expenses. If you have made a pledge, the Board of KOT thanks you for your generosity. If you have not made a pledge or have questions regarding the Voluntary ATID program, please contact Steven Weiss at [email protected].
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From the President:

On Tuesday, I had the privilege to participate in the March for Israel. It was an amazing event, and one that truly showed the spirit of the Jewish people. When I reflect on the event , I truly feel in my heart: Am Yisrael Chai. It was also wonderful to see how many people from KOT and the Buffalo area support Israel. Holding the "Buffalo Stands with Israel" Federation sign made me both proud to be a Buffalonian and proud to be Jewish.


To further support Israel, we will be holding a challah bake on Tuesday, December 5. Please plan on joining us. All funds raised will be donated to provide assistance in Israel.


Don’t forget Paint Night on Saturday, December 2, and the Shabbat Chanukah dinner on Friday night, December 8.

Shabbat Shalom,


From the Rabbi:

In Parshat Toldot, Yaakov followed his mother Rivka's advice and dressed up like his brother Esav. The purpose of this was for Yaakov to receive the first and best blessing.


In reality, the true blessing was not the first blessing which was given when Yitzchak was being deceived. The true blessing was in fact the third blessing which Yitzchak gave to Yaakov knowing full well whom he was blessing. The third blessing is: "May God bless you, make you fruitful and multiply you. May you become an assembly of peoples. May He give you the blessing of Avraham, to you and your descendants with you that you may inherit the land of your dwelling that God gave to Avraham" (Bereshit 28: 3-4).


According to Rashi, the blessing of Avraham refers to the brachot of "I will make you a great nation" and "Through your children all of the nations of the world will be blessed."


Radak points out that Yitzchak was making it clear to Yaakov that he (not Esav) is the special offspring who will be the inheritor. Yitzchak himself was Avraham's special offspring and inheritor (even though Avraham had other children as well).


Sforno adds that when the offspring are righteous, they will be worthy of inheriting the land of Israel. They will be a "Kiddush HaShem," sanctification of God's name as opposed to a "Chilul HaShem," desecration of God's name.


It is our mission to fulfill this blessing, especially today, by accepting the land of Israel as our inheritance. One way to hold on to the land of Israel, is for the Jewish people in Israel and abroad to serve as an "Or Lagoyim," a light unto the nations, a true sanctification of God's name. While this is a very challenging time for the Jewish people, it is also an opportune time to act as this light and force for good (for a bit of light banishes much darkness). May we have a Shabbat of blessings and peace.


Shabbat Shalom!

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