CTA Weekly Communicator | Nov. 10, 2017 | 21 Cheshvan 5778 |
5:01 pm Candle lighting for Shabbat
CTA Weekly Communicator
Weekly Newsletter with Important News & Updates from Columbus Torah Academy
Shabbat Shalom D'var Torah
By Jamie Bindell, Kindergarten Judaic Studies Teacher
In this week’s parsha we meet Rivka who becomes Yitzchak wife and Avraham Avinu’s daughter in law. I want to focus on a reason Rivka was chosen to be the wife of one of the forefathers of our Jewish nation.

When Eliezer was sent to find a wife for Yitzchak he was looking for good character traits. He did not care how wealthy her family was or how beautiful she looked. He did not care if she was the daughter of a king or the leader of the community. He wanted someone who showed good middot, and wanted to observe how she acted in public. The Chizkuni (Sages) explains that Eliezer chose to go to the well, since the girls who went there would be at their most relaxed state and therefore, being more relaxed would showcase their true character. At home they might hold themselves together due to family obligations and expectations. Eliezer wanted to see the true nature of the wife he would choose for Yitzchak.

When Rivka arrived at the well, a midrash explains that the water jumped up into her bucket. For most of us this miracle would have been enough to say “she must be the one,” but not for Eliezer. He was looking for a specific quality that is important for our Immahot (foremothers) to have; chessed. Only when Rivka offered to give him water and also gave all his camels water, did he make the decision that she was the one for Yitzchak. Rivka did not even think twice about performing this hard job of getting all the animals water. She did not complain about doing it. The pasuk says she “kept running to the well,” showing she performed chessed with zrizut, running to do the mitzvah, just like Avraham Avinu ran to welcome the guests into his home. The conviction and determination in her to do chessed was so strong. When Eliezer saw this quickness to do chessed he knew she was the one. 

Immediately, when Rivka married Yitzchak the three miracles that had departed the tent with the loss of Sarah returned. Rivka returned what was missing. This quality of “kindness” was so important that the miracles could not remain without it. 

I want to encourage others to try to show chessed in any way we can. We might not run to water camels, but we can hurry to help a sick or poor person. We can invite people for a Shabbat meal, or visit someone who is lonely. By showing kindness to our parents, kindness to our kids and kindness to our neighbors, Hashem will show kindness to us. Like our Avot and Immahot, who always did mitzvot with zrizut (cheerful willingness), Hashem will hopefully bring mashiach quickly, with zrizut, as well.  

Shabbat Shalom
Preview of the Week: November 13-17
Lunch: Pizza Bagels - Volunteer: R. Schwartz


Activities: Choir Practice, 4-5 pm
Lunch:  Chicken Nuggets - Volunteer: L. Blumberg


Lunch: Lasagna - Volunteer: I. Khozin


Activities: Choir Practice 4-5 pm
Garden Club 4-5:15 pm
Prospective Kindergarten Parent Open House, 7 pm
Lunch: Sloppy Joes - Volunteer: S. Stanich


Activities: LS Student Council Meeting, 4-5 pm
Prospective Kindergarten Parent Open House, 9:30 am
Lunch: Tuna


Activities: Parent Cafe with Nicole Miller, 8:30 am
Nov. 12-16: 8th Grade Washington Trip
Nov. 19: Scholarship Dinner Tribute Journal Phone-A-Thon, 10 am - 1 pm, CTA
Nov. 22: Thanksgiving Show, Grades K-4, 9:30 am; 2:00 pm Dismissal
Nov. 23-24: Thanksgiving Vacation - NO SCHOOL
New Lion Logo Revealed Today!

New Lion! Louder Road! Today was the REVEAL of the new Spirit Wear logo. The build up over the last week was exciting and the whole school joined together this morning to see the new logo, hang out with the Lion Mascot and show their CTA SPIRIT!

All students received a draw string logo bag with information about the Spirit Wear store.

You can check out the CTA Spirit Wear store  here . The first deadline to order will be on November 20 which will bring a delivery in time for Chanukah! Shipping will be waived and all Items will be delivered to CTA. There is a minimum order of six items per design.

The CTA Uniform and Dress Code Policy has been updated to account for Spirit Wear. The new lion logo does not replace the uniform logo. The policy can be found  here.

A logo usage guide can be found  here for student groups interested in using the new logo.

Thank you to Leslie Hoffman, CTA Board Chair of Marketing for her leadership and to CTA parent, Wendy Almasanu for her talents.

Reminder with cooler weather upon us, when you dress your child for school, don't forget proper coats.

Please remember the Uniform policy for outerwear worn inside the building like sweaters, sweatshirts, and pullover shirts. The policy can be found here.

*Note Junior, Avior Hazan, is wearing a cardigan which does not require a logo.
Click on link or icon below to see more.
Parent Cafe with Nicole Miller on Fri., Nov. 17, at 8:30 am: Have you ever wondered what the Common Core State Standards mean to your child? How can I understand them and support my child?  On November 17, at 8:30 a.m., Mrs. Miller will discuss the fundamental instructional shifts that took place in English Language Arts and Math's Ohio Learning Standards also called Common Core State Standards. She will also share a few strategies that you can use at home to support these shifts.
Order magazines for your office or home. 40% profit goes to benefit the 8th grade trip to Washington DC. Click on this flyer or this link and use the school code: 2522449. Any questions, ask an 8th grader or Norma.
Shop the CTA Spirit Wear Store. Deadline for ordering in time for delivery by Chanukah is November 20!
Kindergarten Prospective Parent Open House is November 15, at 7 pm or November 16, at 9:30 am. Please encourage friends to come to this event to explore what a CTA Jewish day school education has to offer.
Click icon above for detailed information and ways to fulfill your Give & Get .
Be sure to join PTO. Click here for more information and here are some ways you can volunteer!
PTO Directory: The CTA PTO Directory has been sent home with the youngest child of ALL PAID PTO members. Don’t miss out on this important booklet. Become a member of PTO for just $25 ! Please send your check, made out to CTA PTO, to the school office or pay directly through Paypal at pto@torahacademy.org.  We’ll send the Directory right away!  
Start saving those Box Tops. Lots of promotions! Click here for more information: Box Tops Back to School Promotions - Earn Prizes
AIPAC Columbus Annual Event - November 13 at Sheraton on Capitol Square. More Information here.
Buy Your Thanksgiving Dinner from the JCC. Deadline to order is November 16. Flyer here.
The Columbus Jewish Film Festival kicks off this Sunday, November 5. To see a complete line up of films and times, go to https://columbusjcc.org/cultural-arts/film-festival/schedule/
Black Friday Fitness Open House at the JCC on November 24. Flyer here.
JCC Adult Education Speaker Series on Monday, December 4 with Rabbi Alan Ciner of Toura College.... Flyer here.
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.

CTA's Day of Learning for Monday, November 6, the 17th of Cheshvan, was sponsored in memory of Aaron Nemetsky , Aharon Ben Avraham Yitzchak אהרון בן אברהם יצחק, by Dr. Adina Bitton and Rabbi Michael Emerson and family . Aaron is Dr. Bitton's grandfather and Maayan in kindergarten's great grandfather. May his memory be for a blessing.

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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