CTA Weekly Communicator | Nov. 24, 2017 | 6 Kislev 5778 |
4:51 pm Candle lighting for Shabbat
CTA Weekly Communicator
Weekly Newsletter with Important News & Updates from Columbus Torah Academy
Shabbat Shalom D'var Torah
By Tzivi Zuckerman, Upper School Judaic Studies Teacher
In Parshat VaYeitzei, when Yaakov was fleeing from his murderous brother Esav and heading to the home of his uncle Lavan, the Midrash tells us that he stopped for an extended time to study Torah at the Yeshiva of Shem and Ever. Rabbi Yaakov Kaminetzky points out that this seems strange. Yaakov grew up, after all, in the home of his father Yitzchak, with his grandfather Avraham nearby. Presumably, the Princeton-equivalent Torah education he received from these illustrious forefathers of the Jewish people should have been sufficient for Yaakov. Why outsource his education to Shem and Ever?

Rabbi Kaminetzky explains that the Yeshiva of Shem and Ever offered a unique graduate-level specialization. Shem and Ever had lived through the experiences of the Flood and the Tower of Bavel, respectively, which were times of enormous physical and social upheaval, when moral depravity had sunk to its lowest levels. Yet, they had remained models of tenacious fidelity to G-d and morality despite the challenging times in which they lived. When Yaakov was on his way to the house of Lavan, an amoral swindler and con-artist, he needed an extra, multi-year tutorial; a “How-to” guide for upholding values and character in a morally hostile environment. 

Yaakov needed a Torah education that would give him the widest range of tools for dealing with Uncle Lavan. He needed the Torah that came from living in the inspired, spiritual environment of Torah giants like Avraham and Yitzchak. But he also needed the Torah of Shem and Ever that would equip him to withstand the temptations of a dishonest work environment and the low moral standards of his new destination. 

Torah, which embodies the wisdom of a G-d Who is beyond time, contains the antidote for the particular challenges of every age.
Shabbat Shalom
Preview of the Week: November 27-December 1
Lunch: Pizza Bagels


Activities: Choir Practice, 4-5 pm
Lunch:  Tacos

Sports: AWAY vs Oakstone Academy - Varsity Boys Basketball, 6:30 pm

Lunch: Grilled Cheese


Activities: 11th Grade College Night, 7:30 pm
Choir Practice, 4-5 pmm
Lunch: Cold Cuts


Activities: Lower School Student Council, 4-5 pm
Lunch: Fish Sticks


Dec. 10: CTA Scholarship Dinner, 5:30 pm
Dec. 18-21: High School Mid Term Exams
Dec. 21: End of 2nd Quarter; Start of Winter Break, 2:00 pm Dismissal
Dec. 22-Jan. 2: Winter Break
Jan. 3: School Resumes
RSVP for the Scholarship Dinner and purchase ads in the Tribute Journal. All proceeds benefit the Scholarship Fund and support a CTA education. Deadline for ads has been extended to November 26.

Holiday Gift Fund

Participate in PTO Holiday Gift Fund to show your appreciation for our staff with a gift. Each staff member receives the same amount based on full or part time status. The cost is $4 per person.

Deadline to turn in forms is December 11. Click here for all of the information and to print out a form.
Did you miss November's Parent Cafe with Mrs. Miller about shifts in education including Common Core?

Here is the power point and some links:

Be on the lookout for the date of the next Cafe!
Click on link or icon below to see more.
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.
Start saving those Box Tops. Lots of promotions! Click here for more information: Box Tops Back to School Promotions - Earn Prizes
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!  
Black Friday Fitness Open House at the JCC on November 24. Flyer here. AND SPECIAL PRICING WITH 50% off membership packages ONLY on November 24. Flyer Here.
Blood Drive at the JCC College Ave. – Wednesday, December 13thh.
The need for blood donors is never completely satisfied. New donors must be found when long time donors can no longer give. Please come Wednesday, December 13th, to the JCC between 12:30 pm and 6:30 pm to give the “Gift of Life”. You can arrange an appointment by calling the Red Cross at 1-800-Red Cross or go to the Red Cross website at www.redcrossblood.org sponsor code: tolifecolumbus  
Pick up Fried Chicken on December 15. Flyer Here.
J-Talks Lunch and Learn on November 27. Click here for full flyer.
JCC Adult Education Speaker Series on Monday, December 4 with Rabbi Alan Ciner of Touro College. Flyer here.
JCC Annual Kosher Chinese on December 19. Flyer Here.
Gallery Players presents Oliver! Dates are December 2-17. 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.
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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