CTA Weekly Communicator | Sept. 22, 2017 | 2 Tishrei 5778 | Parshat Ha'azinu
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CTA Weekly Communicator
Weekly Newsletter with Important News & Updates from Columbus Torah Academy
Shabbat Shalom D'var Torah
By Shira Neuman, 3rd Grade Judaic Studies Teacher
It is a common custom on Rosh Hashana to eat symbolic foods, asking Hashem to provide us with blessings for the new year related to each food. For example, many have the custom to eat a pomegranate, so that God will give us as many opportunities for mitzvot as there are seeds in a pomegranate. One similar minhag (custom) quoted by the Rama (Rabbi Moshe Isserles, 583:2) is to avoid eating egozim (nuts), because the Gematriya (numerical value) of the Hebrew word "egoz" is equal to that of "cheit" (sin). We want to avoid sins on the Day of Judgement, so the custom developed to avoid eating things that even hint to sinning!

While this is a lovely idea, Rabbi Avigdor Nevenzahl of Jerusalem explains that there is another word with the same Gematriya as "cheit" - "cheit"! Yes, it is nice to avoid eating nuts on Rosh Hashana because of the symbolic meaning, but it is even more important to avoid actually doing a sin on Rosh Hashana! These signs and symbols are a fun way to enhance our experience of the holiday, but let's not forget the essence of the day - reflection on our year and positive steps for change in our future. 

While we are all surely going to enjoy three whole days of delicious food, community gatherings, and time with family, let's be extra careful to make sure we enjoy all of the holiday elements in the ideal Jewish fashion. We can be grateful to Hashem for the food with brachot (blessings), we can try to reach out to a neighbor we don't know very well and make a new friend, and we can be careful to avoid Lashon Hara (gossip) at our holiday meals, just to name a few ideas. Through showing Hashem we are trying to be our best self on the Day of Judgement, we can merit a year filled with blessings and mitzvot - whether or not we eat nuts!

L'Shana Tova Tikatevu V'Techatemu, May we all be inscribed in the Book of Life.

Preview of the Week: Sept. 25-28
Lunch: Macaroni and Cheese

Sports:  AWAY at New Hope Christian - Middle School Soccer, 5 pm
AWAY at New Hope Christian - Middle School Volleyball, 5 pm

Activities: Lower School Choir Practice, 4-4:45 pm
Lunch:  Tacos Volunteer: L. Hoffman

Sports:

Activities: YU Admissions Visit, 11:30 am
CTA Kindergarten Readiness, 7:30 pm, Zofan Home
Lunch:  Pizza

Sports: AWAY vs Tree of Life B - Middle School Soccer, 5 pm
HOME vs Village Academy - Varsity Soccer, 5 pm
HOME vs Village Academy - Varsity Volleyball, 5 pm

Activities: Garden Club, 4-5:15 pm (Delivery Day)
Lunch: Cold Cut Sandwiches Volunteer: S. Stanich

Sports: AWAY at Liberty Christian - Middle School Soccer, 5 pm
AWAY at Liberty Christian - Middle School Volleyball, 5 pm


Activities:
Erev Yom Kippur - NO SCHOOL

Sports:

Activities:
Fri., Sept. 29: No School, Erev Yom Kippur
Oct. 4-6: No School, Succot
Oct. 9: High School Chol Hamoed Sukkot Trip
Wed., Oct. 11: 2:00 pm dismissal, Hoshanah Rabbah
Thurs., Oct. 12: No School, Shemini Atzeret
Fri., Oct. 13: No School, Simchat Torah
Uniform Outerwear: As the weather gets colder, please remember to send your children in outwear that adheres to the Uniform Policy and sets color and logo expectations for sweatshirts or sweaters that are worn during the school day. This does not refer to jackets worn outdoors. Go to www.torahacademy.org and read the section about outerwear.
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Be sure to join PTO. Click here for more information and here are some ways you can volunteer!
Click icon above for detailed information and ways to fulfill your Give & Get .
The Great CTA Challah Bake: Thursdsay, October 26 from 4-5 pm. To register, click here.
Order fresh oranges, grapefruit and tangelos to benefit the 8th grade trip to Washington DC. Deadline for ordering is November 9. https://www.floridaindianrivergroves.com/ecommerce/498484
Link your Giant Eagle Advantage card to Apples for Education to benefit CTA and help earn money for our school. Go to www.GiantEagle.com/AFTS and use School Id#4389. Last year we earned $260!
Start saving those Box Tops. Lots of promotions! Click here for more information: Box Tops Back to School Promotions - Earn Prizes
Weekly Class for Women continues on September 25 at Pammy Samuelson's House.
JCC Art with Anna: Class starts October 2.
Israeli Sukkah Party: Sunday, October 8 at 106 S. Cassady Avenue
JCC Engineering After School Class: Starts October 3.
Milt's BBQ Food Truck on October 9 at Ahavas Sholom
Kollel Chinese Auction: Tuesday, October 24 from 7-9 pm at Copious. More info at www.thekollel.org
Special Membership Offer to CTA families from the JCC ends on October 31, 2017!
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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