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

April 26, 2013

          16 Iyar 5773

  Candlelighting 8:02 p.m.
This Week on E-Dateline
Headmaster's Message
Celebration of Achievement this Wednesday
Spring Fling Schedule of Events
Preview of the Week
Dates to Remember
Scrip Update - Places to Purchase Scrip
Give & Get Grapevine
News from the Lower School Judaic Studies Department
News from the Upper School Judaic Studies Department
Mazal Tov To
Refuah Shlaima To
Mensch of the Month
Mrs. Moreno Shines at the OCTELA Conference
An Unbelievable Kick
Book Fair is April 29-May 3
Celebration of Achievement and Spring Art Show
Kings Island Coupons
Community News
Parsha Emor Quiz
A Riddle from Israel
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This week's Torah portion of Emor deals with many of the laws for the Kohanim, the priestly descendants of Aharon.  One all encompassing rule is stated:  "They should be holy to their G-d and they should not desecrate the name of their G-d."  The juxtaposition of holiness and desecration is striking, and even jarring.  Can we not assume that the Kohanim who served in the Beit Hamikdash would never do anything intentionally to desecrate G-d's name?  Rav Shlomo Breuer, zt"l, explains that it is precisely because of the lofty spiritual stature of the Kohanim that they must be extremely careful not to say or do anything that causes a chillul Hashem.  The Torah demands the highest level of discipline from those who are the closest to Hashem because even their slight mistakes can cause others to develop negative feelings about Judaism and Torah observance. This concept was powerfully illustrated by the deaths of Aharon's two sons as related a few weeks ago in Parshat Shemini. As the saying goes, "with great privilege comes great responsibility."  


Shabbat Shalom!

Rabbi Zvi Kahn


CTA takes great pride in the efforts of its students and teachers and invites parents and community members to share in our successes. Students in ALL grades will showcase their work at the Celebration of Achievement this coming Wednesday, May 1 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.  The entire school will be transformed into a museum of displays and presentations which are expressive of the creative ways that our students are educated. The Engineering in Education unit will be a big focus in the Lower School, and in the Upper School, each academic discipline has designed a room that showcases the vertical skill and knowledge building that happens throughout grades 7-12.


Attendees can come early to dine on fresh and healthy bistro cuisine in the "Creativity Caf´┐Ż" from 5:30-7:30 pm, sponsored by the High School Yearbook committee.


Celebration of Achievement comes on the heels of what is expected to be the biggest and best ever Spring Fling Family Festival this Sunday.  (A DETAILED EVENT SCHEDULE IS INCLUDED IN DATELINE.)


Lastly, you can continue to support CTA's students by attending athletic events. Please check out the weekly Softball and Baseball games and get yourself ready for the Columbus Baseball Invitational on May 19-21.  The CBI Raffle is in full swing.  Tickets are available from any baseball player or in the school office. 


Spring Fling Schedule  

Sunday, April 28: Lag Ba'Omer Spring Fling, 1-7:30pm
Monday, April 29:  Pizza Bagels-Volunteer: A. Hazan
Scholastic Book Fair all week
Tuesday, April 30: Tacos-Volunteer: D. Koppes
Wednesday, May 1: Pizza-Volunteer: L. Polster
NO CTA Twirlers
Yearbook Fundraising Dinner, 5:30-7:30pm
Celebration of Achievement - Grades K-12, 6-8pm
Thursday, May 2: Sloppy Joes-Volunteer: L. Schottenstein
1st Grade Chag HaSiddur, 9:30am 
Friday, May 3: Tuna- Volunteer: P. Schiff
Tuesday, May 7: 5th Grade Underground Railroad Plays, 7:30pm
Executive Board Meeting, 7:30pm
Tuesday, May 14: Erev Shavuot - 2pm dismissal
May 15-16: Shavuot - NO SCHOOL
May 19-21: Columbus Baseball Invitational
It's Baseball 
and Softball Season!
Monday, April 29
AWAY Baseball Game vs. Liberty Christian East

Tuesday, April 30
HOME Baseball Game vs. Licking Country Christian

AWAY Softball Game vs. Licking County Christian

Thursday, May 2
HOME Softball & Baseball Games vs. Gahanna Christian
CTA Scrip Office, 864-0299 ext. 112
Monday-Thursday- 7:30am-4pm; Friday- 7:30am-4pm

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 [email protected]. To see a complete selection of all of the Scrip choices, go to To benefit CTA with online purchases, register at  

Remember: Target Take Charge of Education Program; Box Tops for Education; Giant Eagle Apples for Students, Kroger card, and empty inkjet cartridges into the box at the front office. To view the vendors participating in the Scrip Program go to


Call & Deliver Program for Scrip: email [email protected] 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 [email protected]If you would like to volunteer, contact Volunteer Coordinator, Kim Abelman, at 855-5195 or [email protected]. Volunteer time is worth $25 per hour towards Give & Get.  


By Dror Karavani, Lower School Judaic Studies Coordinator


In Rabbi Elbaz's Fourth Grade, many exciting things are happening and here are a few highlights: In Navi, the students are busy working on two projects: a comic book illustrating the Book of Joshua and creating models of the city Yericho (Jericho) according to their resources and research. Chumshilon is a book in which the students identify Dror1 4-26 key vocabulary root words from the Chumash and record them in order to keep, refer to and use next year in Chumash class. You will be able to view these projects and more at the Achievement Fair on Wednesday, May 1. Also, look forward to the upcoming siyum of Parashat Vayeitzay, which our fourth graders are very excited about, as they will present skits, sing songs, and share their knowledge about the Parasha.

Dror2 4-26 First Grade Learns about the Siddur: To prepare for the first-grade's Chag HaSiddur nextThursday, Morah Irit's students continued with their study of the tefillot, and also studied the elements of the prayer book from various perspectives (art, music, archaeology, math). For instance, students learned how a siddur is printed today and long ago. The students had the opportunity to use type taken from a printing press in Israel. Each child used the metal letters to make their name impressions on clay. 

By Rabbi Zecharia Weitz, Upper School Judaic Studies Coordinator

The Best Ever

Will this Shavuot be your best ever? We at CTA are determined to make it our best. Shavuot is the holiday that marks our Kabbalat HaTorah (receiving the Torah) and as such, increasing our commitment and involvement in Torah is the best way to take advantage of the day. With this in mind, we are officially launching our first ever Learn-A-Thon sponsorship program. Your support will encourage students at CTA to unite in energizing and increasing the Torah learning in Columbus. By sponsoring our learning, you are not only adding incentive for us to achieve new heights but you will also be gifting other children a Torah education as all moneys collected will go towards the Scholarship Fund. Go to: 

to download the sponsorship chart. Thank you in advance for your helping to publicize, support and make this awesome program a success!


A must see - check out our IronMench II trailor by Avi Kahn at


Weitz 4-26 Food for Thought: What is Lag B'Omer? Usually we hear that this is the day that Rebbi Akiva's students stopped dying. However, most understand that the reason they stopped dying was because there were no more left! A closer look at the story will yield a more accurate and meaningful appreciation of what this holy day is all about.     


Judy (Vinar) Kahn (8th Grade Class of '78) on the birth of granddaughter,

   Yehudit Devorah


Robert and Sheyna Blum's daughter, Emily

Mary Ann Spatt, grandmother of Sami Margolies

Dr. Ivan Gilbert


The Junior High Mensch of the Month of Nissan nominees were: Harry Bernzweig, Basya Fedorovskaya, Rena Kahn, Josh Needleman and Shahar Razker. Congratulations to the Mensch of the Month...Basya Fedorovskaya. 


Mrs. Sage Moreno, one of our resident superstar educators, was invited to make a presentation at the recent OCTELA (Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts) conference. The topic was teaching vocabulary and Sage's presentation was entitled, "Word Wizards: Fun with Vocabulary." Mrs. Moreno demonstrated several highly creative ways to teach vocabulary in a manner that engages the students and makes learning fun. One of the participants described Mrs. Moreno as a "charismatic vocabulary guru" and stated that her students are very lucky to have such an innovative and entertaining teacher. We couldn't have said it better!


David Benmoshe Way to go 6th grader, David Ben Moshe, who made an unbelievable shot when he kicked the ball during recess and the ball went through the basketball hoop.  Even more unbelievable is that his friends caught it all on tape.  Can't wait to see you in Jr. High Soccer!  Check it out.


Bookfair 4-26 Technology today is a fact of life - fast paced, exciting and, it often does the work for us.  Sometimes we need to slow things down, relax and think!  What better way than to read a good book!Children who read are thinkers. They make predictions, draw conclusions, and build vocabulary.  Reading stirs the imagination and foster creativity.


CTA's Scholastic Book Fair will be here April 29 - May 3, with special hours during Celebration of Achievement.  Summer, and with it more time to read, is just around the corner so stock up and treat your child to the fun of reading.  Look for a "Sample of the Fair" at the book fair table during Spring Fling, too.


Visit our book fair homepage: ttp:// for information about books, hours, online ordering and more.  For more information contact [email protected].  


Achievement flyer 4-19



Special offers and coupons from Kings Island are at the front desk. Stop by and get your discounts for the summer!


It has been a time-honored Jewish tradition to give tzedakah in recognition of important events. Todah Rabah to the following for their donation to the Scholarship Fund:


To Scholarship Fund by:    


Morris and Esther Wilhelm in honor of Mike and Annie Porter and in honor

   of Marc and Sharon Schramm

Robert and Sheyna Blum in honor of the Yortzeit of Yermiah Bat Aaron ha

   Kohare v'Bat Sarah and Yoneshi Ben Adom V'Ben Chavah 


The Kids Bowl Free Summer Bowling Program is available in our community. Each child receives 2 FREE Games of Bowling Every Day All Summer.


Here's How You Can Register Your Children/Family:

1.   Go to 

2.   Click on the State and then select the bowling center that you'd like to participate at. 

3.   Register your children to receive Free Bowling all summer long 

4.   Sign up the adults and/or older children for the optional Family Pass which allows up to 4 adult family members including parents, grandparents, older siblings or an adult babysitter to join in the bowling fun. 


1.    Which male descendants of Aharon are exempt from the prohibition against contacting a dead body?

      a.    Challalim - those disqualified from the priesthood because they are descended from a relationship forbidden to a kohen.


2.    Does a kohen have an option regarding becoming ritually defiled when his unmarried sister passes away?

      a.   No, he is required to do so.


3.   How does one honor a kohen?

      a.   He is first in all matters of holiness. For example, a kohen reads from the Torah first, and is usually the one to lead the blessings before and after meals.


4.   How does the Torah restrict the Kohen Gadol with regard to mourning?

      a.   He may not allow his hair to grow long, nor attend to his close relatives if they die, nor accompany a funeral procession.


5.   The Torah states in verse 22:3 that one who "approaches holy objects" while in a state of tumah (impurity) is penalized with excision. What does the Torah mean by "approaches"?

     a.  Eats.


6.   Who in the household of a kohen may eat terumah?

     a.   He, his wife, his sons, his unmarried daughters and his non-Jewish slaves.


7.   If the daughter of a kohen marries a "zar" she may no longer eat terumah. What is a zar?

     a.   A non-kohen.


8.  What is the difference between a neder and a nedavah?

     a.   A neder is an obligation upon a person; a nedavah is an obligation placed upon an object.


 (Parsha Emor 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 4-26

What is the connection between the picture and our Parsha? Look in Chapter 23, Verse 15. You will find the answer there.


Dovid Aronowitz  



The winner of last week's riddle is Dovid Aronowitz.



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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