CTA Weekly Communicator | May 4, 2018 19 Iyar 5778 |
8:12 pm Candle lighting for Parashat Emor
CTA Weekly Communicator
Weekly Newsletter with Important News & Updates from Columbus Torah Academy
Shabbat Shalom D'var Torah
By Shira Claman, Upper School Judaic Studies Teacher
“…Say to the Kohanim, the sons of Aharon, and tell them...” (21:1)

The parsha begins with Hashem commanding Moshe to instruct the Kohanim. There appears to be a redundancy in these instructions, for Moshe is told twice “say to the Kohanim” – “emor” and “ve’amarta”.

Rashi cites the Talmud, which derives from this redundancy that the adult Kohanim are being instructed to teach the laws to their children. “Lehazir gedolim al haketanim” – “to caution adults regarding their children”. If this is the case, let us ask one more question: Why does the Torah convey the message of education with the word “emor”, as opposed to the more commonly used “daber”?
The difference between “amira” and “dibur” is as follows: “Amira” is the relaying of information without any imposition by the person conveying it, it is a softer language of love. “Dibur” on the other hand is stronger and imposes the will of the speaker upon the listener. A parent pressuring his child to behave in a manner different than his peers will invariably fail, unless the parent is able to convey the message that such behavior is in the child’s best interest. The only way that this can be successfully accomplished is if the parent himself willingly performs that which he is requesting of his child.
As parents and educators, the language of love and patience is the best way to communicate. We are role models for out children and the best way of effectively teach is to demonstrate and give over our enthusiasm and commitment in a loving, calm, non imposing fashion.
“Lehazir gedolim al haketanim” does not mean that adults should caution their children, rather that the adults themselves are being cautioned to perform the commandments without any sense of imposition. By so doing, the children will perceive that following their parents’ example is in their best interest.
Shabbat Shalom
Preview of the Week: May 7-11, 2018
Lunch: Pizza Bagels


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


Activities: Spring Fundraiser 24 Hour Giving Day Begins at 2 pm
Lunch: Grilled Cheese - Volunteer: D. Weprin


Activities: Spring Fundraiser continues until 2 pm
Lower School Tennis, 4:15 pm
Robotics Club, 4-5:15 pm
Garden Club, 4-5 pm
Lunch: Breaded Chicken - Volunteer: D. Kopp


Lunch: Fish Sticks


Activities: LS Dress Down Day
May 6: Hebrew Story Time, 2 pm, Bexley Public Library
May 13 : Mother's Day
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 1: Field Day for K-8
June 3: 12th Grade Graduation, 1 pm
June 4: 3rd Grade Plays, 3 pm
June 5: Class of 2022 Freshman Speech, 7 pm
June 6: Last Day of School, 12;00 pm dismissal
Kindergarten Celebration, 9:30 am
Awards Assembly, 7 pm
CTA Ambassador Group

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.
We need you to help us on May 8-9!


Contact Shari with questions or to offer your help!
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.
NEW FOR 2018-2019: ALL Columbus Torah Academy students who ride Columbus City School buses will need to request transportation to CTA by completing an online Transportation Request. Requests are made using Infinite Campus Online Registration.

  • The slides will walk you through the online registration process.
  • Each slide will prompt you for the information needed in order to proceed
to the next step.
  • Make sure you review each screen’s instructions before continuing.
  • Select Charter, Non-Public Transportation Request as the registration type.
  • Don’t forget to click “Submit” when you are finished.
  • CTA staff cannot register for you.

Click HERE to Register online

A Detailed PDF of what how to register HERE.

Columbus buses WILL pick up at 12:00 pm on the last day of school, Wednesday, June 6, 2018.
Click on link or icon below to see more.
Columbus Torah Academy is on INSTAGRAM! Follow us at:

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
Columbus Torah Academy

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.

CTA's Day of Learning for May 2, the 17th of Iyar is sponsored by Henry and Candis Schwarz in memory of Henry's mother, Ruth Schwarz on her 8th yahrzeit. May her memory be for a blessing.

CTA's Day of Learning for May 4, the 19th of Iyar is sponsored by Rabbi Yehoshua and Elisheva Greenspan and family in appreciation to the faculty and staff at Columbus Torah Academy and their son Eliezer Dovid's kindergarten teaching team. 

 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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