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October 3, 2014

         9 Tishrei  5775

Yom Kippur
  Candlelighting 6:52 p.m.
This Week on E-Dateline
Dvar Torah by Rabbi Zecharia Weitz
Preview of the Week of Oct. 5-10
Preview of the Week of Oct. 12-17
Preview of the Week of Oct. 19-24
Scrip Update
Give & Get
News from the Lower School Judaic Studies Department
Mazal Tov To
Refuah Shlaima To
Condolences To
Thank You To
Get Ready for Sukkot Happening This Sunday
Get Ready for Sukkot 2014!
Flu Vaccine
Cheer the Lady Lions - Remotely
JUMP Team Selected
Who Loves Apple Picking?
Florida Citrus Sale Through November 7
AP Physics Fun With Dixie Cups
Save the Date - Parents Night Out
Community News
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Yom Kippur Quiz
A Riddle From Israel
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By Rabbi Zecharia Weitz, Upper School Judaic Studies Coordinator

Weitz Before trying out for my high school's floor hockey team (a sport that somehow became popular in the NY/NJ day school scene), I spent much of my free time exercising, practicing and then finally trying out for my school teams.  Only then was I invited to play 3rd line defense (perhaps I should have practiced a little more) and join a harmonious unit of devoted athletes that made up our team.  Only upon mastering his/her personal game will a player be able to contribute effectively to the team.


This path of development is an underlying theme of the Tishrai Yomim Tovim:  The Lubavicher Rebbe explains that we begin Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur in introspection, standing alone before Hashem as every aspect of our lives is evaluated.  Five days later we transition into Succot, where we stress achdut (unity), embracing the four species which represent the gamut of Jews, now united.  The pinnacle, however, is only reached on Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah; we are no longer labeled as four different species, each maintaining its own distinct character, but rather we have evolved into a nation who can dance out together in a circle, a single unit, encircling the Torah.


This trajectory, from dependence to independence to interdependence, is the essential path of all development.  Our children land on Earth completely dependent on us for every need.  It is so rewarding to see them develop into independent young adults.  It does not stop there, however, as the ultimate goal for our children is interdependence.  They leave our homes to form families of their own.  Their special and unique talents and character traits blend together to create a new family unit.  Similarly, on Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah, the Etrog, Lulav, Hadassim and Aravot transcend their own unique qualities and blend together to form a circle symbolizing K'lal Yisrael.  Thus fortified, we are prepared to face the coming year as an organic unit, as one being.


Shabbat Shalom! 

Rabbi Zecharia Weitz
Sunday, October 5:  Get Ready for Succot, 1-3pm, at CTA 
Monday, October 6:  Mac & Cheese-Volunteer: Y. Levi
Tuesday, October 7: Chicken Nuggets-Volunteer: L. Schottenstein
Wednesday, October 8:  Erev Succot-NO SCHOOL
Thursday, October 9:  Succot - NO SCHOOL
Friday, October 10:  Succot-NO SCHOOL
Monday, October 13: Pizza Bagels
Tuesday, October 14: Tacos-Volunteer: R. Fineberg
Wednesday, October 14: Grilled Cheese-Volunteer: L. Blumberg
Hoshanah Rabbah - 2:00 p.m. Dismissal
Thursday, October 15: Shemini Atzeret - NO SCHOOL
Friday, October 16: Simchat Torah - NO SCHOOL
Monday, October 20: Mac & Cheese-Volunteer: W. Almasanu
Tuesday, October 21: Hamburgers-Volunteer: L. Hoffman
Wednesday, October 22: Lasagna-Volunteer: L. Polster
Thursday, October 23: Sloppy Joe-Volunteer: R. Fineberg
Friday, October 24: Fish Sticks-Volunteer: K. Abelman
Monday, October 6
HOME Game vs.Gahanna Christian
Middle School Volleyball, 5pm

Tuesday, October 7
HOME Games vs. Village Academy
Varsity Volleyball, 6:00pm
Varsity Soccer, 6:00pm

October 13-16
Middle School Volleyball COAL Tournament
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.

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 This month is a very busy month with all of the holidays. We have just finished learning about and celebrating Rosh Hashana and now we are absorbed in our learning about Aseret Yemai Teshuvah (The Ten Days of Repentance) and Yom Kippur. The students had the opportunity to go outside to the stream near the school and participate in a tashlich program. I would like to wish everyone Shabbat Shalom and Gmar Chatimah Tovah.




Jonathon Cassell on his engagement to Doreen Weitz

Rabbi Zecharia Weitz on the engagement of his mother Doreen to

   Jonathon Cassell

Corrine (Supowit) Aghlion (Class of '04) on the birth of a son

Julius Besser (Class of '02), Yitzchak Besser (Class of '04), Gittel Besser

   Danzig (Class of '06) and Shmuel Besser (8th Grade Class of '04) on

   the engagement of their brother Binyamin to Lila Halpern


Diana D'Angelo Wolff


Naomi, Saul, Dov, Isaac and Mimi Myers on the passing of husband and father, David Myers


Ayala Kohn, Robin Garvin, Shulamit Ginsburg, Jaki Keri, Meri King, Hillary Klynn, Lori Polster, Elaine Shindel, Sharon Schramm, Karan Tanenbaum, and Norma Whitmyre for helping with the Rosh Hashanah holiday treats.


Come on out to CTA this Sunday to join in the fun as we all Get Ready for Sukkot with arts, crafts, stories and more.  Cost is $5 for ages 3-12.  Moreh Dror and Morah Jamie will lead a Sukkot storytime and craft and attendees will leave with lots of awesome crafts for their own sukkah.  Parent and student volunteers are needed to help with this event.  High School students can earn Community Service and parents can earn Give & Get.  Help is needed to sit at the front door and to help with the registration and activities.  To offer help or for more information, contact




Flu vaccine will be available at Columbus Torah Academy on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 9:00 a.m.


In order to participate:

1)    Read the Vaccine Information Statement found on the CTA website.  Please contact your health care provider or clinic with any questions.

2)    The Student Registration Form must be completed and signed by a parent or guardian then returned to the school nurse by Wednesday, October 15, 2014.  The form can be found on the CTA website.


 Do you love to follow CTA sports, but can't always make it to a game?  Are you an Alumnus or even an Alumnus Athlete or parent of an Alumnus Athlete?  CTA Home Volleyball games are available to stream through a service called High School Cube.  You can easily access it at on the athletics tab or at Subscribe to the service and you will get updates when games are being filmed.  If you aren't available to fill the stands, please cheer us on from the virtual stands!



Congratulations to the following students: Riki Shenkar, David Polster, Yehuda Rosenberg, Dasha Kuperberg, Shayna Herszage, Sivan Import, and Gabby Schottenstein  (pictured) who were selected for the CTA JUMP Team and will represent our school at the Jewish Unity Mentoring Program (JUMP) National Leadership Seminar conference in New York to learn about competing in the annual JUMP Challenge.  JUMP is a project of NCSY, the National Council of Synagogue Youth and CTA's 2013-2014 Senior class participated last year and made it to the Final Four of the Challenge. Rabbi Drandoff and Mrs. Savage are the group advisors.



Seniors and Kindergarten buddies went apple picking right before Rosh Hashanah at Lynd's Fruit Farm in Pataskala.  The educational value of seeing the apple orchard and how the farm works was enlightening, but the fun that the students had together was memory making.  See adorable pictures here.  





Help support the CTA eighth grade's trip to Washington, D.C. by participating in our annual Fruit Sale! 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. 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! ORDER ONLINE at:  Questions? Email Agi Hartstein at: 


Dr. Kennedy's AP Physics C class recently studied the motion of projectiles in one and two dimensions. They were able to accurately predict the height of their projectiles when given initial velocities and launch angles.  As a final lab practicum, the students had to determine all the parameters necessary to land a projectile in a small Dixie cup 5 meters away (5 meters is almost 16.5 feet). Were their calculations correct? Did the projectile land in the cup when test fired?  Success! They were able to launch and land their projectile into their cups!  


Save the date for a special evening for CTA parents to enjoy each other's company and get to know each other better at a mixer on Wednesday, October 22, at 7:30 pm at Wine on High, a local venue in the Short North.  Attendees will enjoy select Kosher wines, either by the glass ($7-$10 each) or purchase a Flight of Four (4 tastes). Flights are $20 at the door or can be purchased in advance for $15 by contacting  The Cheese Guy - a purveyor of kosher cheese will have featured cheese for tasting.


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 for your temporary pass. 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.


JCC OFFERING TEEN CLASSES:  Monday 4:45-5:30pm - Teen Yoga:  The Om-free zone to build strength, balance and flexibility.  Expect core strengthening poses and an opportunity to explore your body's capabilities. Perfect for athletes or any teen who wants to work flexibility and strength. This 45 minute class is free for all teens.  Wednesday 4:45-5:30pm - Teen Spin/Core: 30 minutes of spinning followed by 15 minutes of abs and back strengthening. Guaranteed to make you sweat & feel the burn!  Thursday 5-5:45pm - Kidz Cardio Kickboxing:  45 minutes of fun & strength-building while learning safe cardio kickboxing moves.  Kids will have a blast!  For kids ages 6-12. All classes are FREE to JCC members.

CJDS COLUMBUS KNITZVAH PROJECT: As a mitzvah project, CJDS students will be collecting warm hats, mittens and gloves to distribute to the less fortunate as winter approaches.  The focus is to show respect to each recipient by wrapping each item in ribbon and attaching a card. If you are moved to participate, but don't knit or crochet, you are welcome to purchase an item and donate it. Collection begins November 1.


B'TAYAVON:  B'tayavon!, the Kosher Food Cart, will be back for a few more weeks at the JCC this fall, beginning next Tuesday, October 7.   The cart will be serving lunch in front of the JCC from 11 am - 1:30 pm.  The featured menu for October 7 is:  Hot Pastrami Sandwich on Marble rye with mustard and beer infused Sauerkraut, a side of German Potato Salad, Pickle and a Drink for $12.


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:

Paul and Karan Tanenbaum in memory of: Chani Capland's father, Rabbi

  Sapochkinsky; Stewart Shapiro's mother, Florence Shapiro; Brian Flox;

  Pam Young's father, Milton Marguelan, and Mandy Tantarelli's


Gary Leibesman and Stacy Leeman in memory of Chani Capland's father

Ariella Hartstein in memory of David Myers 


To The Annual Giving Fund by:

The Hartstein Family in honor of the 60th Anniversary of Dr. Maynrd and

  Miriam Goldmeier


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By Rabbi Zecharia Weitz

1.   What two days are the happiest days on the Jewish calendar?

a.   Yom Kippur and the 15th of Av.


2.   Why is Yom Kippur such a happy day?

a.   We are granted forgiveness for our sins.


3.   What are some of the acts that are prohibited on Yom Kippur?

a.   Eating, drinking, wearing leather shoes, washing, and applying oils and the like.


4.   There is a special mitzvah to do what on Erev Yom Kippur (the day prior to Yom Kippur)?

a.   Eat


5.   What is the name of the special meal we eat before Yom Kippur?

a.   The seudat hamafseket (meal of separation).


6.   What are the essential steps to repentance?

a.   Regretting the sin, accepting to no longer engage in that sin, and to verbally confess to Hashem that one has done the particular sin. We must also seek forgiveness from anyone we have harmed in any way.


7.   What day on the Jewish calendar is Yom Kippur?

a.   The 10th of Tishrai.


8.   What historically occurred to "create" the holiday of Yom Kippur?

a.   We were given the second Luchot (Tablets) to replace those that were shattered due to the sin of the Golden Calf.


9.   What is the name of the final Tefilla that we say on Yom Kippur?

a.   Neillah.


10.   After eating, there is a custom to "jump into" a mitzvot immediately after Yom Kippur.  What particular mitzvot do we engage in?

a.    Building the sukkah and choosing a luluv & etrog.


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 Yom Kippur? 




The winner of last week's riddle is: Eliezer Kohn 


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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