CTA Weekly Communicator | Dec. 15, 2017 | 27 Kislev 5778 |
4:50 pm Candle lighting for Shabbat
CTA Weekly Communicator
Weekly Newsletter with Important News & Updates from Columbus Torah Academy
Shabbat Shalom D'var Torah
By Shira Neuman, Third Grade Judaic Studies Teacher
The 8-day long holiday of Chanukah will always include a Shabbat, and the parsha read on that Shabbat is either Vayeshev or Mikeitz. This is no coincidence of calendars, but a deep-rooted connection between the drama, the dream-interpreter, Yosef, and the miracles of Chanukah. There are many connections between the two stories - see how many you can come up with!

One connection that Rabbi Avigdor Nevenzahl (Chief Rabbi of the Old City of Jerusalem) notes is that both Yosef and our Sages believed that publicizing the miracles they each witnessed was a religious imperative. How can we see this in each story? 

In this week's Parsha, Mikeitz, Pharaoh summons Yosef from prison to help interpret some puzzling dreams. Yosef protests, declaring "it is Hashem who will give Pharaoh an answer." Yosef refuses to take any personal credit for his incredible abilities to understand this dreams, but insists on publicly claiming that Hashem is the one who gives him the answers. Indeed, Yosef - the only monotheist in a deeply idolatrous country - mentions Hashem no less than 4 times in his dialogue with Pharaoh! Yosef clearly understands that Hashem has miraculously enabled him to interpret dreams and feels compelled to teach the Eqyptian king this fact. 

Our Sages also recognized how important it is for Jews to teach the world around them of Hashem and His miracles. The mitzvah of lighting the Chanukiyah in a window (i.e., visible to the public) is for this express purpose of Pirsumei Nisa, publicizing the miracles of Chanukah. Just like Yosef, our Sages believed it was critically important to teach the world that no act is beyond Hashem's miraculous reach, and formalized this belief by making Pirsumei Nisa a halachic (legal) requirement to fulfill the mitzvah of lighting Chanukah candles.

Our hope is that this Shabbat Chanukah/Parshat Mikeitz reminds us to look for the miracles Hashem does for us every day, and boldly share Hashem's greatness with the world.

Shabbat Shalom and Chanukah Sameach!
Preview of the Week: December 18-22
Lunch: - Macaroni & Cheese

Sports:   MSG AWAY @ Genoa Christian, 5 pm
MSB AWAY @ Genoa Christian, 6:15 pm

Activities: HS Mid Term Exams
Lunch: Tacos - Volunteer: L. Hoffman

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Activities: HS Mid Term Exams
Lunch: Grilled Cheese

Sports:

Activities: HS Mid Term Exams
Lunch: Sloppy Joes - Volunteer: S. Stanich

Sports:

Activities: End of 2nd Quarter
Start of Winter Break, 2:00 pm Dismissal
Winter Break - NO SCHOOL

Sports:

Activities:
Jan. 3: School Resumes
Jan. 5: LS Dress Down Day
Jan. 8-19: 7th Grade Shakespeare Festival
Jan. 15: MLK Day - NO SCHOOL
Jan. 18: 7th Grade Shakespeare Performance, JCC, 7:30 pm
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Gallery Players presents Oliver! Remaining dates are December 16 & 17. Flyer Here. Come support CTA students: Ayala Hazan, Gillian Herszage, Yaakov Newman and CTA Staff: Norma Whitmyre
JCC Annual Kosher Chinese on December 19. Flyer Here.
Motzei Shabbat Chanukah Celebration at the Kollel on December 16. Community is invited. Flyer here.
Join the Winter/Spring League of Mamanet. For more information, click here or download PDF of flyer. Registration begins January 17.
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