CTA Weekly Communicator | April 27, 2018 12 Iyar 5778 |
8:05 pm Candle lighting for Parashat Shemini
CTA Weekly Communicator
Weekly Newsletter with Important News & Updates from Columbus Torah Academy
Shabbat Shalom D'var Torah
By Rabbi Yaakov Greenfeld, Upper School Judaic Studies Teacher
As I stroke my beard, which is 3 weeks and counting longer then usual, I am reminded of the reason why I am not trimming. 

The Talmud tells us that during this period on the Jewish calendar (the days between Pesach and Shavuot), 24,000 of the great disciples of Rabbi Akiva perished in a terrible plague many years ago. As an act of collective mourning for this incredible loss, the custom developed to refrain from haircuts, similar to the way of a person who is in mourning for a relative. A lack of sufficient honor accorded to one another is the underlying spiritual malady the Talmud provides in explanation of their tragic demise. That the Talmud stresses that their deaths occurred during this time period suggests that there is some sort of correlation between the two. 

Numerous commentaries explain that it was specifically during this period, the preparatory days leading up to Shavuot, that the people were held to a higher standard in their interpersonal relationships. It is axiomatic in Jewish thought that holidays are not mere commemorations of past events, rather a reenactment of sorts, in the sense that the same spiritual energies which existed at the time of these events are once more emitted and available to be tapped into. 

Shavuot commemorates the auspicious moment of the Jewish nation receiving the Torah at Sinai, and as such requires the same conditions that existed then. A sense of togetherness and camaraderie was felt as we stood at Sinai, as indicated by the Passuk in Parshat Yitro which states that " the nation stood together." This peacefulness was not by chance, rather a necessary prerequisite for the giving of the Torah, since it must be received by a nation, not a group of individuals. In addition, proper Middot are essential to completely grasp the Torah.  This then explains why it was specifically during this segment of the year that they were held accountable to even higher levels of togetherness, the lack of which was a terrible indictment for people of their stature. In one of this week's Parshiot, Parshat Kedoshim, we have the famous commandment of Veahavta Lerayacha Kamocha, or love your friend like yourself. 

Ramban famously comments that taking revenge on another Jew's actions can be compared to someone who was using a hammer and mistakenly hit his finger. Just as it would be silly to pick up the hammer and bang the hand which caused pain to his other hand, so too, when one is able to view the Jewish nation as an entity, to be able to see others as connected to oneself, our actions vis a vis others would be so much more elevated. May we all internalize the concept of Veahavta Lerayacha Kamocha and merit a special Shavuot this year.

Shabbat Shalom
Preview of the Week: April 30-May 4, 2018
Lunch: French Toast


Activities: Twirlers, 4-5 pm
Lunch: Hamburgers - Volunteer: L. Markush


Lunch: Pizza - Volunteer: I. Khozin


Activities: Lower School Tennis, 4:15 pm
Robotics Club, 4-5:15 pm
Garden Club, 4-5 pm
Lunch: Chicken Cutlets - Volunteer: S. Stanich/S. Epstein


Lunch: Tuna


April 29-May 1: Columbus Baseball Invitational (CBI)
May 6: Hebrew Story Time, 2 pm, Bexley Public Library
May 8-9: Spring Fundraiser
May 14: Lower School Parent Cafe with Nicole Miller, 7:30 pm, Markush Home
May 21: Shavuot - NO SCHOOL
May 23-June 1: Scholastic Book Fair
May 28: Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL
May 30: Lower School Achievement Fair, 6-7:30 pm
June 2: Field Day for K-8
June 3: 12th Grade Graduation, 1 pm
June 4: Third Grade Plays, 9:30 am

Volunteer for Columbus Baseball Invitational: CBI will be held on April 29-May 1 and parent volunteers are always needed to help make the event a success. More details at www.columbusinvitational.com

Sunday, 3-6:30 pm and Monday from 12:30- 5 pm
Save Around App: Use this link to check out this new App that you can buy for your phone, help CTA 8th graders raise money and save some money yourself! Click Here. More Details here.
Join the What's App Group to help with Spring Fundraiser. Sign Up for a time to make solicitation calls. All donations are helpful!!!

Contact Shari with any questions.
Click on link or icon below to see more.
Columbus Torah Academy is on INSTAGRAM! Follow us at:

(We are also on Facebook and Twitter! - And Mrs. Miller is on Twitter)
New link for Magazine sale. Help our 7th graders raise money for their trip to Washington DC in the Fall. Use this Link: Tiny.cc/TorahDC

Detailed flyer here.
Hebrew Language Books: Check out this special offer for Hebrew books from the Keshet and the Israel American Council. To sign up, go to www.iackeshet.org
Buy tons of items for camp (and every day, too) and support CTA. Columbus Torah Academy receives 10% of every purchase. Be sure to use this link: www.packforcamp.com/cta For more information click here.
Start saving those Box Tops. Lots of promotions! Click here for more information: Box Tops Back to School Promotions - Earn Prizes
Be sure to join PTO. Click here for more information and here are some ways you can volunteer!
Gratitude Grams: PTO is now selling Gratitude Grams for teachers and staff. A sheet of gratitude grams are $1 for 4. You can show your appreciation for your favorite teacher or staff person. They can be purchased online at http://www.torahacademy.org/pto-gratitude-grams/ by emailing to pto@torahacademy.org or using the same email to send payment to Paypal. Orders will be delivered to your child to take home. All completed Gratitude Grams will be returned to the front desk for distribution by the Lower School Student Council. If you have any questions, contact Beth Binsky at beth@2828design.com.
Click icon above for detailed information and ways to fulfill your Give & Get .
HELP CTA EARN KROGER REWARDS: https://www.kroger.com/account/enrollCommunityRewardsNow to make sure that your rewards card is linked to Columbus Torah Academy. We earn 3% of every sale in donations to support our students. Now is the time to confirm you are enrolled. More information here.
Proposed calendar for 2018-2019 is now available by clicking here. This calendar includes start and end dates for next school year as well as vacation dates. It is called a proposed calendar in case there are minor tweaks.
Buckeye Kosher BBQ Festival is on August 12, 2018 from 3-7 pm on the front lawn at Capital University. Volunteers are needed. Click here for more information.
Consider sponsoring a Day of Learning in memory or honor of a loved one or to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, b'nai mitzvah or other life cycle event. A Day of Learning is a $180 donation and dedications are listed in both the CTA Weekly Communicator and the monthly CTA Dateline.

 To choose your Day of Learning, contact Shari at sherszage@torahacademy.org. 
Give to CTA
CTA accepts donations to our Annual Fund or Scholarship Fund throughout the year. We also accept Tribute Donations in memory of or in honor of loved ones. Donations can be made through the school office at 614-864-0299 or online by clicking  here.

Donations are listed in our monthly CTA Dateline. Check here to see our most recent issue.
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