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The Columbus Torah Academy
181 Noe Bixby Rd, Columbus OH 43213

March 8, 2013

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This week we read a double-Parsha, Vayakhel-Pekudei. These two portions recap and wrap up the Torah's discussion of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) and include a full description of the generous gifts that the Jewish people donated for its construction. Parshat Pekudei begins with the words, "These are the reckonings of the Mishkan - the Mishkan of testimony" (Exodus 38:21).  The Rabbis of the Talmud were curious about the repetition of the word Mishkan in this verse. Why did Moshe say Mishkan-Mishkan? They explain that the word "Mishkan" is related to the Hebrew word "mashkon" which means collateral. Thus, Moshe was alluding to the two Batei Mikdash (Temples) that would, in the future, be destroyed as collateral for the sins of the Jewish people. Rabbi Mordechai Kamentsky asks why Moshe chose to make this allusion to future catastrophes during the joyous days of the dedication of the Mishkan. Rabbi Kamentsky answers that Moshe wished to inject a note of seriousness into the celebrations. His intended message was that even the greatest gifts and treasures in this world are not permanent. The timeless lesson for us is that we should strive to appreciate all of our blessings while we have them. After all, nothing lasts forever.  


Shabbat Shalom!

Rabbi Zvi Kahn


Last Friday the halls of Lower School were teeming with special visitors that joined our students in kindergarten through sixth grade for an afternoon of fun.  After welcoming everyone to Grandparents and Special Persons day with a rousing group rendition (more than 130 students on the stage!) of the "Welcome Song" from the animated film Brother Bear, Rabbi Kahn led the students in an abbreviated Parsha Talk - a favorite Friday afternoon happening in CTA's lower school.  Then everyone dispersed to the classrooms for grade level activities in General, Hebrew and Judaic Studies.


The school community enjoyed welcoming so many grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, neighbors, friends and even parents and siblings to see our classrooms in action.  From generation to generation our Jewish heritage has grown and continues to thrive thanks to the perpetuation of, among other things, Jewish day school education.

Pictures will be available next week from this special day.  If you or your child's grandparents couldn't attend, please make sure we have updated email and snail mail contact information so everyone can stay in the loop about the successes of our students and school community.  Please send your contact info to 


Thank you to the efforts of all Lower School teachers and especially to Cheri Friedman, Mary Lynn Buster and Shari Herszage. 

Sunday, March 10: Daylight Savings Time - turn clocks ahead 1 hour
Monday, March 11: Ravioli-Volunteer: J. Topolosky
OGT Exam, Grade 10 - all week
Tuesday, March 12: Hamburger-Volunteer: S. Lubow
Wednesday, March 13: Lasagna-Volunteer: Y. Weisband
Executive Board Meeting, 7:30pm
Thursday, March 14: Sloppy Joe-Volunteer: J. Margolies
2nd Grade Chag HaChumash, 9:00 a.m. 
Friday, March 15: Fish Sticks-Volunteer: B. Martin
Spirit Day 
March 25-April 3: Passover Vacation - No School
Thursday, April 4: School Resumes
Friday, April 5: NOTE DATE CHANGE: End of 3rd Quarter
Tuesday, April 9: 7th Grade QSP Magazine Sale Kick-Off
Friday, April 12: Spirit Day and Lower School Dress Down Day
Monday, April 15: Executive Board Meeting, 7:30pm
Friday, April 19: 4:00 p.m. Friday Dismissal Schedule Resumes
CTA Scrip Office, 864-0299 ext. 112
Monday-Thursday- 7:30am-4pm; Friday- 7:30am-1:30pm

The Scrip Office keeps a variety of available scrip on hand. Special order scrip from hundreds of stores is available by sending your request to To see a complete selection of all of the Scrip choices, go to To benefit CTA with online purchases, register at  

Todah Rabah to the following families for purchasing scrip gift cards:  Yuriy Shevkin, Joni Schottenstein, Naomi Myers and Tricia Rosenstein.


Reminder: We have a new Call & Deliver Program for Scrip.  Email or call 864-0299 to order scrip and have it delivered to your home!  


The $2,000 per family Give & Get commitment for 2012-2013 is fulfilled through donations, Scrip purchases, solicitations and volunteering.  Send a record of all G&G volunteer hours to


If you would like to Volunteer, contact Volunteer Coordinator, Kim Abelman, at 855-5195 or Volunteer time is worth $25 per hour towards Give & Get.  


By Dror Karavani, Lower School Judaic Studies Coordinator


Kings and Queens of Good Middot in Fifth Grade In addition to learning the skills and content in the Judaic area of our curriculum, we focus on good character and values and we do this in many different ways.  As Morah Robin wrote: "In the fifth grade Judaic class, the students don't just learn about the beautiful virtues (middot) of our forefathers, they also try to practice them. Each month a different virtue is showcased and a "queen" and "king" of that special virtue is chosen. The kings and queens who are chosen are those students who made an extra effort to work on that middah (virtue) and showed a real improvement in that important quality. Some of the past virtues and their role models were: for the virtue of "savlanut" (patience): Daniel Margolin and Shylee Delman, for tidiness and organization: Batya Deitsch and Nissin Andrusier, for the middah of "zerizut" (rushing to do a mitzvah, being prepared quickly): Isabella Abelman and Shummy Katz, and the middah of "erech apayim" (not losing one's temper): Avigayil Fedorovsky and Abe Schulman. This month, in the spirit of Chodesh Adar, we are working on the important middah of "sameach b'chelko" (being happy with what you have, happy demeanor, etc.). Wonder who our next king and queen will be? Stay tuned. 

Dror1 3-8 A Special Delivery from the Dead Sea: 
During the third grade Chumash class, it is definitely a time full of curiosity, surprises and many challenges. In addition to the textual learning, we integrate different areas into our curriculum. When the students studied about Avraham and his family with Liat Shaked, our young shlicha, they were able to take a little trip back in time to see life in the desert, which helped them to understand the actions of our Forefathers and how they lived in that period. They also were able to critique art pieces from different periods and decide which artist followed the actual Biblical story and who used their own interpretations. A special delivery of salt rocks came to us directly from the Dead Sea to help the students "touch" and comprehend the story. An activity to follow will be learning about and seeing hunting tools from the time of the Torah.


By Galit Golan, Hebrew Language Coordinator
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The weeks between Purim and Pesach are very intensive learning weeks in all Hebrew classes. Here are some examples: In Morah Sharon and Morah Naomi's  Kindergarten the students covered most of the Alef- Beth letters and vowels, and are about to receive a few readers to take home.


In Morah Minna's 4th grade class, the students are learning to know themselves better, by recognizing their characteristics as a part of the Tal Am book התכונות שלנו   

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In Morah Kelly's 4th grade group, the students are gaining new vocabulary through games. In the picture, you can see how easy it is to learn new words, when you are having fun.    


In 5th grade the students are starting to read the story הביצה שהתחפשה. This story deals with the concepts of self-search and self-acceptedness. The readers join the main character in its journey, and learn a few things about themselves as well.


Yishaar Koach to all the students and Hebrew teachers for their hard work! Shabbat Shalom. 


Christine's Garden, located at 2733 E. Main Street, will donate 10% of every order (up to $5.00) to the CTA PTO. The offer expires 12/31/2013. For on-line purchases, log onto and enter the code FHGM05CTA. For in-store or phone purchases (235-4510), give the code to the salesperson.


Wendy Horwitz and Ron Horwitz on Addison becoming a Bat Mitzvah


Plans are underway for 2013-14. The Class of 2014 is the first in the State of Ohio to be required to have four years of math during high school. For the first time, CTA is planning to offer AP Statistics as the non-Calculus option for 12th graders. The course has been picking up steam around the country, since Statistics is a required college course by so many majors. The course is built around the concepts and tools for data collection and drawing conclusions from that data. The instructor will utilize our new Chromebooks for student projects and data analysis.


The CTA Varsity Boys' Basketball Team left for NYC on Wednesday to participate in the Yeshiva University Red Sarachek Tournament. We received the #18 seed and our first game was at the Yeshiva University Main Gymnasium at 4pm yesterday against #15 seed Melvin J Berman Hebrew Academy from Rockville, Maryland. Games will continue throughout the weekend. Listen and view the games, interviews and contests at  or

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The Lower School Student Council is holding a Food Drive from March 8-22. The class that brings in the most usable items (non-perishable only) will earn an awesome prize. All items will be donated to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF opened to sell out crowds last weekend. Not many tickets are left for the remaining performances which are: Saturday, March 9 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, March 16 at 8:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 10 & 17 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets cost: $20/JCC Member, $25/Non-Member and $10/Students. If you would like to come for a discounted rate of only $15.00 on the final Sunday, March 17, please contact Norma Whitmyre at: by Monday, March 11.
MACCABI GAMES INFORMATION MEETING: On Sunday, March 10, the JCC will host an informational meeting on the upcoming 2013 Maccabi Games to be held in Austin, TX, July 28-August 2, 2013.  The meeting is an opportunity for parents and teens, ages 13-16, to learn more about the Maccabi games, and interested teens can sign up for the games at the close of the meeting.  Teens can choose from a variety of sports to participate in, including team sports: baseball, basketball, flag football, soccer, softball, and volleyball; or individual competition in bowling, dance, golf, swimming, tennis, and table tennis.  The meeting will take place Sunday, March 10, at 11 a.m., in the Schottenstein Room 219 of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus, 1125 College Avenue, Columbus, OH  43209


1.   On which day did Moshe assemble the Jewish People?

      a. The day after Yom Kippur.


2.   Why is the prohibition against doing work on Shabbat written prior to the instruction for building the Mishkan? 

      a.  To emphasize that the building of the Mishkan doesn't supersede the laws of Shabbat.


3.    What function did the "yitdot hamishkan" serve?

      a. The edges of the curtains were fastened to them. These were inserted in the ground so the curtains would not move in the wind.


4.   What function did the "bigdei hasrad" serve?

      a.  They covered the aron, the shulchan, the menorah, and the mitzbachot when they were packed for transport.


5.   What was unusual about the way the women spun the goat's hair?

      a.  It was spun directly from off the backs of the goats.



1.   Why is the word Mishkan stated twice in verse 38:21?

      a. To allude to the Beit Hamikdash that would twice be taken as a "mashkon" (pledge) for the sins of the Jewish People until the nation repents.


2.  Why is the Mishkan called the "Mishkan of Testimony"?

      a.  It was testimony for the Jewish People that G-d forgave them for the golden calf and allowed His Shechina to dwell among them.


3.   Who was appointed to carry the vessels of the Mishkan in the midbar?

      a. The levi'im.


4.   Who was the officer in charge of the levi'im?

      a.  Itamar ben Aharon.


5.   What is the meaning of the name Bezalel?

        a.  "In the shadow of G-d."


(Parsha Vayakhel-Pekudei Quiz originally appeared on the

Ohr Somayach website,


As part of our partnership with the Shiloh school in Israel, we will be receiving riddles each week relating to the Parasha.  You will notice this each week on this back page.  The goal is to have the parents and children discuss the parasha, while trying to figure out the connection between the picture and the parasha.  All answered riddles should be given to the Judaic teacher on Monday. The names of the winners will be announced and sent to our friends in Israel.   

Riddle 3-8    

What is the connection between the picture and the parasha? 

(Hint:You need to read the words that are in the picture.)


 The winner of last week's riddle is Avigayil Levi.  

Avigayil Levi

Moreh Dror Karavani will collect all of the submitted answers, put them into a box, and save them for the big raffle! You will hear more about this very soon. Keep your answers coming.
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