SHABBAT SCHEDULE • December 15th and 16th, 2017: Shabbat Chanukah - Parshat Mikeitz - Shabbat Mevarchim Chodesh Tevet
Shabbat Eve - Friday night 4:25pm Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat/Evening services 4:22pm Shabbat Candle lighting
Shabbat Day - Saturday 9:00am: Shacharit 10:15: Insights to the Torah Reading 10:25: Torah Reading 11:15: Rabbi's Message 11:30: Mussaf 12:00: Special Shabbat Chanukah Kiddush sponsored by Mr. & Mrs. Robert Benchitrit
Special Soufganiyot donated by Mr. Dakar Zaza
12:30 Mincha - See note below**
4:00PM Mincha Please make an effort to join us for Mincha! 4:30PM 3rd Meal + Ask the Rabbi
5:32PM Ma'ariv + Havdalah Service (available in the Shul)
**Please Note: Mincha/3rd Meal/Maariv scheduling above is contingent upon Minyan confirmation. Please confirm your attendance @ Kiddush or email email@example.com before Shabbat to confirm.
Havdalah not before: 5:32pm Announcements
• The Country Shul is delighted to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to Jonathan Fucchansky on his engagement to Edmonton native Rena Silver.
The Engagement Celebration will take place on January 14th. More info to come closer to the date.
• Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Benchetrit for sponsoring the Shabbat Chanukah Kiddush!
• Thank you to Mr. Dakar Zaza for sponsoring special Sufganiyot for Shabbat and for the Chanukah Party of Tuesday Night!
• If you would like to get involved in helping out for the new building, please let us know by calling the Shul or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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[December 19, 2017] Chanukah across Canada CANDLEPOWER CONTEST! Present a Jewish connection to any number, 1-8, and win valuable prizes!
See flyer below for more details
[March 9th, 2018] Shabbat Across Canada Shabbaton
[March 22nd, 2018] Country Shul/SRC Community Mental Health Symposium
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Special Occasion? Kiddush sponsorship available Want to host an Oneg? Friday Night Oneg hosting available
JOIN The Country Shul for our "Chanukah Across Canada" Event, Tuesday December 19th at 8pm @ The Schwartz Reisman Centre (Lebovic Campus). Competition open to all ages. Delicious kosher food, Menorah Candle-lighting ceremony, Music, Simcha and MORE!! :
The Country Shul Chanukah Compendium
by Rabbi Yosef Sanders
In the time of the Second Temple, the Greek juggernaut sought to suppress the Jewish spirit that places Torah prominently in our lives.
Chanukah celebrates breaking away from these forces. The miracle of a small flask of oil lasting in the Temple's Menorah for eight days served as a symbol of the Jewish spirit that could not be vanquished.
Chanukah is perhaps the holiday that speaks most directly to the concept of Jewish continuity througout our long Exile. The flames of the Menorah today reignite our passion for all that is holy, and keep us from being overwhelmed by the values and mores of the culture that surrounds us.
May we be blessed to join together in the courtyards of the Temple Mount, celebrating the lighting of the Menorah (every day of the year) in Jerusalem Ir haKodesh, the Holy City, speedily and in our days, Amen!
The Mitzvah of Candlelighting
1. The actual Halachic obligation is to light one candle each night, one per household. This flame must burn for half an hour.
2. The common practice, where each of multiple members of the household lights their own Menorah, is described in the Talmud as Hidur Mitzvah, a glorification of the Mitzvah.
3. The prevailing custom is to light the number of candles corresponding to the days of Chanukah. We thus light one candle the first night, two the second night, three the third, and so on. The Talmud describes this as a further level of Hidur: Mehadrin min haMehadrin.
4. Therefore, if for whatever reason one finds oneself in a situation where a Menorah is not available, and/or multiple candles are not practical, one should nevertheless light at least one candle and recite the appropriate Brachos.
5. Pirsumei Nisa -The Talmud tells us that the Mitzvah to light the candles is for the purpose of publicizing the miracle of Chanukah. Therefore, the custom today is to light the Menorah in a window which faces the street, so passersby will see the lights of Chanukah.
1. We recite three Brachos the first night, and two each of the remaining seven nights.
2. The first Bracha is the Bracha on the Mitzvah itself, Asher Kidshanu b'Mitzvotav..., as we do for any Mitzvah.
3. The second Bracha acknowledges the great miracles Hashem performed for us at this time.
4. The third Bracha, said only on the first night, expresses our gratitude for the opportunity to celebrate this special festival.
5. After all the Brachos for that night are recited, we begin lighting the wicks. When the first flame is burning, we begin singing "haNeiros Halalu", and continue lighting while singing, followed by "Ma'oz Tzur".
The Time for Lighting
1. The preferred time to light is at sundown, this year, approximately 5:25 PM.
2. If one cannot light at that time, one can light at a later time. The Brachos can be recited as long as there is at least one person who will see the flames other than the one who is lighting.
3. On Friday, Chanukah Candles are lit early, before the Shabbos candles. The flame must last until half an hour past sundown, a total of approximately 100 minutes. (A typical Shabbos candle will be adequate for this purpose. The ubiquitous, slim Chanukah candles are not adequate for Friday night.)
4. After Shabbos, the general custom is for Havdala to be recited prior to lighting the Menorah.
Al haNisim Prayer on Chanukah
1. This prayer is added in the silent prayer daily during Chanukah, as well as in Birkat haMazon.
2. If one forgot to say it, one need not repeat the entire prayer.
3. In Birkat haMazon, one may add the prayer in in the lines where one usually adds a prayer for Shabbat and Festivals.
Fasting on Chanukah and Parties
1. As Chanukah is a time of Simcha, it is forbidden to fast, even for someone who normally fasts on a Yahrtzeit.
2. There is an opinion that holds that celebrating with food is appropriate on Chanukah, because the rededication of the Temple required a new, rededicated Altar. The custom is to be sure to include words of Torah and song, as well as dedicating a gathering to promote the story/miracle/Mitzvos of Chanukah, thus the Chanukah party actually becomes a Se'udas Mitzvah, a Mitzvah in its own right.
On behalf of our entire family, we would like to take this opportunity to wish the entire Shul community a beautiful and meaningful Chanukah, full of much Light and joy!
Yosef and Rochel Rivkah Sanders
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Build our new building and our community at the same time by sponsoring a Mitzvah in the new Torah! Many Mitzvot still available, for a limited time, at the low price of $1,000.00 each! Grab your favorite Mitzvah while you can!
Mitzvots taken: P149: Kosher Signs of Animals (other Kosher Mitzvos available: P146, Kosher Shechita, P150, 152, Kosher Signs of Birds and Fish). Going, going....P206 Love your Neighbour
P212 Be Fruitful and Multiple
Available: P1 Belief in God
P2: Oneness of God
P10: Sh'ma Yisrael
P18: Torah Scroll
P25: Menorah Lighting
P120-124: Tzedaka (Pe'ah, Leket, Shik'cha, Ol'los)
P125: First Fruits
P161: Counting the Omer
To sponsor, or for more info, email us at email@example.com or contact Rabbi Sanders at Rabbi@countryshul.org.
Dedication Opportunities still Available!
Community Torah Scroll:
- Torah Scroll Dedication in Your Family Name
- Individual Mitzvah dedications
- Weekly Reading Dedications
- Special Verse Dedications (First Verse, Last verse, Sh'ma, Jacob's and Moses' Blessings of the Tribes, Birkat Kohanim, Opening of the Ark, Shabbat, Pesach, Sukkot, Ten Commandments, Torah Scroll!)
It is two years later. Pharaoh has a dream. He is unsatisfied with all attempts to interpret it. Pharaoh's wine chamberlain remembers that Yosef accurately interpreted his dream while in prison. Yosef is released from prison and brought before Pharaoh. He interprets that soon will begin seven years of abundance followed by seven years of severe famine. He tells Pharaoh to appoint a wise person to store grain in preparation for the famine. Pharaoh appoints him as viceroy to oversee the project. Pharaoh gives Yosef an Egyptian name, Tsafnat Panayach, and selects Osnat, Yosef's ex-master's daughter, as Yosef's wife. Egypt becomes the granary of the world. Yosef has two sons, Menashe and Ephraim. Yaakov sends his sons to Egypt to buy food. The brothers come before Yosef and bow to him. Yosef recognizes them but they do not recognize him. Mindful of his dreams, Yosef plays the part of an Egyptian overlord and acts harshly, accusing them of being spies. Yosef sells them food, but keeps Shimon hostage until they bring their brother Binyamin to him as proof of their honesty. Yosef commands his servants to replace the purchase-money in their sacks. On the return journey, they discover the money and their hearts sink. They return to Yaakov and retell everything. Yaakov refuses to let Binyamin go to Egypt, but when the famine grows unbearable, he accedes. Yehuda guarantees Binyamin's safety, and the brothers go to Egypt. Yosef welcomes the brothers lavishly as honored guests. When he sees Binyamin he rushes from the room and weeps. Yosef instructs his servants to replace the money in the sacks, and to put his goblet inside Binyamin's sack. When the goblet is discovered, Yosef demands Binyamin become his slave as punishment. Yehuda interposes and offers himself instead, but Yosef refuses.
A Man of Steel
Then Pharaoh said to Yosef, ‘Since G-d has informed you of all this, there can be no one so discerning and wise as you.” (41:39)
A few weeks ago in the Torah portion of Lech Lecha I wrote about a story I heard from my good friend and colleague, Rabbi Yitzchak Dalah. Apparently, there was a wall in a certain town square which was constantly being defaced with graffiti. The local authority had large signs put up on the wall saying, “NO GRAFFITTI!” The result was that on following day the signs were defaced with graffiti. Nothing seemed to work. Threats of fines of hundreds of dollars just brought forth more and more ornate graffiti. Someone in City Hall had a bright idea: They hired an artist to paint a beautiful mural on the wall. The result? No more graffiti.
When you show others how beautiful the world is, you elevate them, you help them to be on a higher level. You empower them.
“Since G-d has informed you of all this, there can be no one so discerning and wise as you.”
Yosef’s wisdom and discernment geared up Egypt for a devastating famine, the likes of which had never been known. To achieve the mobilization of an entire country requires a specific kind of wisdom. It is the skill of how to get people to give of their best, and the way you do that is by elevating them.
Jonathan Rosenblum wrote recently of Paul O'Neill, “who became CEO of the aluminum giant Alcoa in 1987. For nearly a century, ever since its founder invented the process for smelting aluminum, the company held a dominant position in the industry. But by the time Alcoa turned to O'Neill, it had become something of a dinosaur, as newer, leaner, more innovative companies cut sharply into its market share and profits.
“At the press conference introducing O'Neill to Wall Street investors and stock analysts, O'Neill set forth his goal for the company: To make it the safest company in America. He said not a word about business strategy or profits. When one perplexed investor asked about capital ratios and inventories in the company's aerospace division, O'Neill replied that the questioner had not been listening. Alcoa, he reiterated, would be judged by whether it significantly lowered its number of workers injured on the job.
“One portfolio manager rushed from the meeting to advise his twenty largest clients to sell Alcoa shares, as it was clear the new CEO had no clue what he was doing. That proved to be bad advice. Over the course of O'Neill's tenure from 1987 to 2000, the company's share value multiplied five times, and its market capitalization increased by $27 billion.
“And, yes, its worker safety record improved dramatically. Alcoa's rate of worker injuries dropped to one-twentieth of the national average, despite the fact that Alcoa's industrial processes involves working with molten metal at 1,500 degrees and many huge machines that can cause injury.
“O'Neill made clear from the beginning that he was dead serious about the goal of reducing workplace accidents. He gave out his private phone number to every Alcoa worker, and invited them to call any time with complaints or suggestions. At an early meeting with senior executives he expressed his fervent belief that no one should ever have to 'fear that feeding your family will kill you.' And when accidents plummeted, he sent out a company-wide message: 'We should celebrate because we are saving lives.'
“He put into place a requirement that whenever a workplace accident occurred, the plant manager had to report it within 24 hours, along with recommendations as to how to prevent a recurrence. When one of Alcoa's senior and most successful executives failed to report that several workers had been overcome by fumes at the Mexican plant he managed (they eventually recovered), he was summarily dismissed, though he had already taken remedial action.
“And after a relatively new worker was killed while trying to repair a machine, O'Neill summoned all that plant's top executives and Alcoa's top officers to a meeting in the company's Pittsburgh headquarters to review videotapes of everything leading up to the tragedy and to analyze where they had failed. Among the conclusions: the company's training program had not sufficiently stressed that workers would not be held responsible for stoppages due to machine breakdowns. 'I caused his death,' O'Neill proclaimed.
“Though O'Neill had never promised that improved safety would lead to improved profits, the safety campaign helped Alcoa's earnings directly. Duhigg [Charles Duhigg, a renowned Pulitzer Prize winning journalist – ed.] summarizes the results of the emphasis on safety first: costs went down, quality improved, and productivity skyrocketed.
“The process of pouring molten metal from huge vats was redesigned to remove the danger of spillages — but that also resulted in savings in raw materials. O'Neill instituted a rule that any machine that was breaking down regularly had to be replaced to reduce the likelihood of a broken gear snagging the arm of a worker. But that, too, paid dividends, as more efficient machines resulted in higher quality products. In short, it turned out that the same factors that made a production process unsafe also made it inefficient.
“There were indirect benefits as well. The safety campaign required that plants be able to share information rapidly to discuss what worked and what did not, and to warn of possible dangers in the production process. In order to facilitate that rapid exchange of information, Alcoa became one of the first companies to introduce a company-wide e-mail system.
“The unions, which had always resisted any productivity initiatives, stopped doing so when they saw the linkage between efficiency and safety, and when they realized that the latter was no less important to Alcoa than the former. When workers saw that their safety suggestions were taken seriously and acted upon, they began to offer suggestions in other areas as well. One worker recommended placing all the machines for painting aluminum siding in the same area of each plant to facilitate switching between colors, as customer preferences changed. The profits of the aluminum siding division doubled as a consequence. It turned out that the worker had been discussing the idea with his fellow workers for years, but had not done so with management because he did not believe anyone would pay attention to him. The response to the safety suggestions convinced him otherwise.”
“G-d was with Yosef and he became a successful man…” (39:2)
The Hebrew word for ‘successful’ in this verse is matzliach. Grammatically, the translation of “successful” is mutzlach.Matzliach is the causative voice, meaning “to cause to be successful”. Yosef’s greatest success was that he empowered others to be successful.
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