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

September 19, 2014

         24 Elul  5774

Nitzavim Vayelech
  Candlelighting 7:14 p.m.
This Week on E-Dateline
Dvar Torah by Rabbi Avrohom Drandoff
Preview of the Week of Sept. 21-26
Preview of the Week of Sept. 28-Oct. 3
Dates to Remember
Scrip Update
Give & Get
News from the Lower School Judaic Studies Department
News from the Upper School Judaic Studies Department
Advanced Placement Literature and Composition Release Stress
7th Graders Mummify "Cleopoultry"
Condolences To
School Picture Retakes to be Rescheduled
1st Graders Learn About Insects
Coffee Time With Rabbi Levine
PTO Innisbrook Has Been Extended to October 2
Innisbrook Weekend Blitz!
Florida Citrus Sale Through November 7
From the Nurse
Flu Vaccination Clinic Letter
Community News
Advertise in Dateline
Parsha Nitzavim Vayelech Quiz
A Riddle From Israel
Join Our Mailing List
By Rabbi Avrohom Drandoff, Dean of Student Life

CTA is blessed to have erudite, Torah scholars on its staff who are eager to share their Torah thoughts with you.  In the weeks and months ahead, dateline will feature Divrei Torah by different members of our staff.  From time to time, I, too, will write for Dateline.


This week's Dvar Torah is by Rabbi Avrohom Drandoff.  Enjoy.


In this week's Torah portion Vayelech the Torah informs us of the Mitzvah of "Hakhel".  Hakhel mandates that once every seven years during the era of the Bait Hamikdash, every man, woman and child including those who are too young to understand must travel to Jerusalem to listen to specific portions of the Torah read by the king.  The Torah explains that the purpose of the communal reading is for the entire Jewish nation to hear "so they will learn and shall fear the Lord your God (31:13)."  The obvious question is, if the objective of the experience of Hakhel is for the participants to learn the words of the Torah and to engender a greater sense of fear of G-d, why is it necessary for children to travel to Jerusalem?  Equally perplexing is Rashi's description of Hakhel.  Rashi explains that the reason why children are included in Hakhel is in order to provide a reward for those who bring the children to Jerusalem.  This explanation essentially suggests that there is no intrinsic value in the presence of children, other than to be a vehicle in which one can receive reward.  If this is the case, why bother bringing children at all?  The Torah could have required us to bring a sack of potatoes instead of children and have achieved the same objective.


In response to this question, the Sefas Emes provides an important insight regarding what the "reward" is for bringing your child to Hakhel.  The reward which the Talmud is describing is the long term impact the experience of Hakhel will have on your child.   Although a child is lacking the intellectual capacity to grasp the lessons from the reading of the Torah during Hakhel, one cannot underestimate the impression that being in a holy atmosphere can make on an individual, even at an early age. The Sefas Emes explains that when parents make the effort to expose their children to positive experiences in life, even when their capacity to comprehend is limited, the impressions garnered will guide them later in life.


The ultimate reward for parents is when we see our children making good decisions.  The Torah is informing us that even at an early age when we put our children in a proper environment it will have a long term effect regarding how they choose to live their lives. If a parent will receive this reward for the infrequent experience of Hakhel, which only takes place once in every seven years, the reward for providing our children with an ongoing Jewish education through high school must be boundless.  Their neshamot are saturated with an enthusiasm for Judaism that is generated throughout their formative years.  They will become informed and sophisticated members of the Jewish people.  Our children will attain the necessary skills to continue their Torah learning and strengthen their love of Israel as they embark on their next stage in life. 

Sunday, September 21:  Kindergarten CESA Soccer Game, 2:30pm at Easton Fields
Monday, September 22:  Macaroni & Cheese 
Executive Board Meeting, 7:30pm
Tuesday, September 23:  Tacos-Volunteer: D. Hellman
Wednesday, September 24: Erev Rosh Hashanah-NO SCHOOL 
Thursday, September 25:  Rosh Hashanah-NO SCHOOL
Friday, September 26:  Rosh Hashanah-NO SCHOOL
Sunday, September 28: Kindergarten CESA Soccer Game, 2:30pm at Easton Fields
Monday, September 29: Pizza Bagels
Tuesday, September 30: Hamburgers-Volunteer: R. Fineberg
Wednesday, October 1: Lasagna-Volunteer: S. Blumenfeld
Thursday, October 2: Chicken Cutlets-Volunteer: M. Napper
Friday, October 3: Erev Yom Kippur - NO SCHOOL
Sunday, October 5: Get Ready for Succot at CTA, 1-3pm
October 8-10: Succot - NO SCHOOL
Wednesday, October 15: Hoshanah Rabbah - 2:00 p.m. Dismissal
Thursday, October 16: Shemini Atzeret - NO SCHOOL
Friday, October 17: Simchat Torah - NO SCHOOL
Monday, September 22
HOME Game vs.Polaris Christian
Middle School Volleyball, 5pm

AWAY Games vs. Patriot Prep
Varsity Volleyball, 5pm
Varsity Soccer, 5pm

Tuesday, September 23
HOME Game vs. Northside Christian
Middle School Volleyball, 5:30pm

AWAY Games vs. Mt. Vernon Academy
Varsity Volleyball, 5:30pm
Varsity Soccer, 5:30pm

Monday, September 29
AWAY Games vs. CSG/New Hope Christian
Middle School Volleyball, 5:00pm

Tuesday, September 30
HOME Games vs. OSD
Varsity Volleyball, 5:30pm
Varsity Soccer, 5:30pm

Thursday, October 2
AWAY Game vs.Cypress Christian
Middle School Volleyball, 5:00pm

vs.Northside Christian
Varsity Soccer, 5:00pm
CTA Scrip Office, 864-0299 ext. 212
Monday-Friday- 7:30am-4pm

There is still some Scrip inventory available for those who wish to purchase. Please call (864-0299) or stop by the front office.  Additional Scrip can be purchased by order or request.

Give & Get statements and updates will be provided in due course.


Shop at Polaris Fashion Place and enter CTA into a drawing for $7500!  Just bring your receipts dated from 8/4/14 through 9/27/14 to the Guest Reception at Polaris Fashion Place and have them marked for Columbus Torah Academy.  The school with the largest number of purchases will receive a grand prize of $7500.  Full rules can be seen at


Looking to help raise money for CTA?  Here are a few ways to do it that will cost you NOTHING:


Kroger Rewards Card:  Go to and register your rewards card.  Kroger will donated up to 1% of your Kroger or Turkey Hill stores.


Target RED Card: Go to to manage your red card and enroll your card in the Take Charge of Education program to choose CTA.  Target will donate up to 1% of your REDcard purchases at Target stores in the U.S and at


Amazon Smile:  Go to and register to benefit CTA.  When you make a purchase, CTA will receive 1% of that purchase as a donation to our school.  Always shop through to benefit CTA.


iGive:  Register with iGive at and your Amazon purchases and online purchases at close to 1500 retailers will give a kickback to CTA.  To date we have raised over $1000. 


If you have trouble with any of these, contact Shari or come visit her in her office and she will walk you through it!

By Dror Karavani, Lower School Judaic Studies Coordinator

Dror-new The month of Tishrei is the busiest month of the Jewish year. In addition to our Chumash, Navi, and Mishna classes, we have also been busy learning about the upcoming holidays.Next Tuesday, as a culminating activity for all of the learning that has taken place surrounding the holidays, the children in each grade will participate in a Rosh Hashanah "seder."  They  will play games, sing songs, listen to stories, and will learn new aspects about the familiar and not so familiar "simanim" (symbolic foods such as apples and honey, dates, carrots, pomegranates, garlic, spinach, banana squash, and more).  With great appreciation we would like to thank all of the Judaic teachers for helping us learn about the High Holidays. I want to wish you all Shabbat Shalom and a healthy and happy New Year, Shana Tova and Chatimah Tova. 


By Rabbi Zecharia Weitz, Upper School Judaic Studies Coordinator


Gearing-Up for the Yomim Noraim

How does the Upper School prepare for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur? Our two-pronged attack to Jewish Education, appreciation and know how, helps us get into the High Holy Day mindset:



  • Appreciation: During this spiritually rich time of year, we are graced to have Rabbis Ackerman (Ahavas Sholom), Goldstein (Beth Jacob) and Unterman (Torat Emet) address our High School about how to tap into the energy and opportunity before us. The Junior High will be addressed by community rabbis as well. This is in addition to the time devoted from Chumash classes to divrai Torah (Torah thoughts) relating to the philosophical aspects before each Yom Tov.
  • Knowhow: Each Yom Tov has specific halachot (laws) that are designed to enable us to connect with the unique themes of that holiday. Our Gemara classes arm students with thorough knowledge of the laws and customs of each Yom Tov.

Our children "know their stuff"; ask them to share a thought over your Yom Tov meal and empower them with halachic responsibilities with confidence. On behalf of your CTA family, we wish you much nachat from your children. K'Tiva V'Chatima Tova, a Sweet New Year!


Table Talk: The entire book of Devarim is Moshe Rabbanu's final speech to the Jewish people; a three week "seminar" from start to finish. It is no mistake that the culmination the Torah coincides with the culmination of the year. Can you find a deeper connection between these 2 beyond the fact that they both are finales?


Advanced Placement courses, offered through the College Board, are standardized throughout the country to offer high school students college level curricula and course work.  At CTA we offer these challenging courses for 11th and 12th grade students who are interested and ready for them.  The courses are recognized for their challenging and fast paced curriculum.  In Mrs. Moreno's AP Lit & Comp class, each Wednesday the students write a practice essay for the AP Exam.  To lighten the stress of the AP exam preparation, the class decided to make each Wednesday "Hat Day".  Serious students with a great sense of humor!  That's well-rounded! 


What a clever name for the "chicken mummy" that Mrs. Moreno's 7th grade Social Studies used to culminate their unit on Ancient Egypt by simulating how Mummy's were made in that ancient civilization.  The class spent the last few weeks researching Egypt's daily life, religion, pharaohs, and the Nile River.  They used "mummified" raw whole chickens by removing the organs, rubbing on oil and spices, wrapping in linen, and placing the carcus in a sarcophagus (coffin) before enacting a mock burial ceremony for the mummy.  The students came up with very creative ideas for the ceremony and the items needed, like canopic jars and burial goods. The students enjoyed bringing to life a part of the ancient history they've been studying.  

Rabbi Chaim and Chani Capland, Penina (Capland) Raskin (8th Grade

   Class of '84), Nechama Dina Capland (8th Grade Class of '87), Aviva

   Capland (8th Grade Class of '88), Yosef Capland (Class of '98) and

   Elisheva (Capland) Balouka (8th Grade Class of '00) upon the loss of

   father and grandfather, Rabbi Moshe Chaim Sapochinsky 

Barbara Flox and Martin Flox (8th Grade Class of '72) on the passing of

   son and brother, Brian (8th Grade Class of '74)

School Picture Retake Day will NOT take place on Monday, September 22. Retake Day will be rescheduled for another day.

Miss Tanenbaum's first grade class learned about insects this week and they had the opportunity to build their own insect model.  The first graders used what they have learned about insects to build their models.  Did you know that insects have 3 body parts: a head, a thorax, and an abdomen, as well as 6 legs and antennas?  Well our first graders know all about it!  Check out their adorable Insect Song here:


Parents are invited to come to CTA on Tuesday morning, October 28 from 8:30-9:15 am.  Enjoy a cup of coffee, a "nosh" and a bit of conversation with our new Head of School, Rabbi Samuel J. Levine.  If you have not formally met him, come introduce yourself.  He looks forward to meeting you. 


PTO's annual Innisbrook Sale has been extended until Thursday, October 2. This is the MAIN fundraiser for CTA PTO.  All funds are used to enhance curriculum for your children, so SELL, SELL, SELL.




Help support the CTA eighth grade's trip to Washington, D.C. by participating in our annual fruit sale! We leave for Washington on November 16 and are busy raising funds. We have partnered with Florida Indian River Groves to provide you with the freshest fruit available. Your fruit will be harvested the very same day it`s shipped to us, ensuring that you receive fruit that is hours off of the tree. Now that`s fresh!  Delivery will be by the second week of December. Now`s the time to pick up a box of Navel Oranges or Tangelos that are sure to be bursting with flavor or a box of sugar-sweet, Indian River Red Grapefruit. These delectable fruits are perfect for holiday gifts, for saying thank you to someone, for your Shabbat table or just for a healthy snack for your family. Everyone loves Fresh Fruit from Florida!  


We are grateful for your continued support, - Marc, David, Ariel, Orli, Addison, Sigal, Neil, Aviga'yil, Gali, Shmuel, Sarah, Avigayil and Hanna




Questions? Email Agi Hartstein at:  

Flu shots coming soon: Columbus Public Health will again be hosting a flu clinic at our school this year. The flu vaccine will be available at school on Tuesday, October 21 starting at 9am. The specifics are in the letter from the Health Department. Information about the flu vaccines, live and inactive are also attached. Please complete the registration form and return it to the school nurse if you want your child to receive the vaccine at school this year. Contact the nurse if you have any questions.  


Enterovirus D68 update: As you have may have heard, there have been high levels of respiratory illness reported in Franklin County. Samples are being tested by the CDC to see whether it may be caused by human enterovirus 68. As of last week the Health Department had not had any positive results for the virus in Ohio. There are more than 100 types of enterovirus. Adults have been exposed to the virus and built up immunity over the years. Children who do not have immunity to the virus are showing more symptoms. Symptoms can range from mild to severe respiratory illness. Most of those who are infected will have no symptoms or symptoms of a mild cold. In more severe cases you may see shortness of breath, new onset of wheezing, or an asthma exacerbation if they have asthma. Columbus Public Health suggests the following precautions:


* wash hands often with soap and water or a waterless alcohol gel (especially after changing a diaper)

* wash hands before touching the face

* avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing eating utensils with those who might be ill

* disinfect frequently touched surfaces


Student Influenza Registration Form and information on the Active and Inactive Vaccine can be found on the Torah Academy website (



For the month of October, the JCC extends a complimentary JCC membership, including the Deluxe Health Center*, to all families of COLUMBUS TORAH ACADEMY. Starting October 1, stop by the JCC Member Services Office at 1125 College Ave. for your temporary pass. Enjoy 16,000 square feet of new and renovated space-including two gyms, group exercise classes, batting cages, brand new cardio equipment with individual TV monitors, expanded and enhanced babysitting, and the J-Zone, a fun and fitness space for kids 6-12 years old-for the month of October. We know you will enjoy all the JCC has to offer, so in honor of the New Year,  we will take $100 off the cost of any NEW full-year membership purchased by October 31, 2014.**  For questions, contact Linda Starr at or (614) 559-6229. *Must be 18 years or older for the Deluxe Health Center. ** This offer is good for new members only.


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:


To the Scholarship Fund:


Bob, Patti, Josh, and Rachel Wolf in memory of Pearson Press             

Gary Liebesman and Stacy Leeman in memory of Shelly Dembe's father

Arie and Shana Hazan in memory of Chani Capland's father, Rabbi Moshe

     Chaim Sapochkinsky


By demand, the E-Dateline will now be offering advertising space in its weekly newsletter.  Space is limited and rates are weekly as follows:


Weekly Dateline Sponsorship $150 (includes tribute line at top of newsletter)


Full Weekly E-Dateline Sponsorship:  $150 - Name at top

Full Size Submission:  $75 - size is 780 x 432 pixels/10 x 6"

Half Size Submission:  $50 - size is 390x 216 pixels/5.4 x 3"

1/3 Size Submission:  $30 - size is 260 x 144 pixels/3.6 x 2"


Rates are weekly and all submissions must be received by Wednesday at noon.  At this time advertising is only available in the e-Dateline, not paper version.  Advertising submissions are subject to content review. Contact for more information.





1)    What is the connection between the verse "atem nitzavim" and the curses in the previous parsha?

a)    The Jewish People asked, "Who can survive such curses?" Moshe responded, "You've done a lot to anger Hashem, and yet "atem nitzavim" you're still standing before Him."


2)    Who were the wood-choppers and water carriers?

a)    Canaanites who joined the Jewish People under false pretenses.


3)    Why can Hashem never "swap" the Jewish People for another nation?

a)    Because Hashem swore to their ancestors that He would never do so.


4)    One who ignores the Torah's warnings "adds drunkenness to thirst." What does this mean?

a)    He causes Hashem to reckon his unintentional sins alongside his intentional ones, punishing him for all.



1)    Moshe said, "I am 120 years old today. I am no longer able to go out and come in..." How do we know this does not refer to physical inability?

a)    Because verse 34:7 says "His (Moshe's) eye never dimmed, and his (youthful) moisture never departed."


2)    Which of Moshe's statements to Yehoshua was later contradicted by Hashem's command?

a)   Moshe told Yehoshua to share his leadership with the Elders. Hashem later commanded Yehoshua to rule alone.


3)    Why does the Torah refer to Succot of the eighth year as though it occurred during the shemita year?

a)   Because the laws of the seventh year still apply to the harvest.


4)    Why does the Torah command that babies be brought to the Torah reading?

a)   To give reward to those who bring them.


 (Parsha Nitzavim Vayelech Quiz 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.


What is the connection between the picture and the parasha?
Look in Chapter 31, Verse 2.  You will find the answer there. 


The winner of last week's riddle: Tema Drandoff


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.

I hope you enjoy the electronic version of our Dateline. Please check out our website at