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

January 30, 2015

        10 Shevat  5775

  Candlelighting 5:30 p.m.
This Week on E-Dateline
Dvar Torah by Rabbi Yaakov Frankiel
Preview of the Week
Dates to Remember
Scrip Update
Give & Get
Mazal Tov To
Condolences To
Save the Date-Poetry Out Loud
Boston Tournament Recap
News from the Lower School Judaic Studies Department
News from the Upper School Judaic Studies Department
CTA PTO-Miss Chocolate Sale
Grandparents & Special Person's Day
Author Visit This Week - Books on Sale
4th Grade Night at the Games
4th Grade Night at the Games
5th Grade Night at the Games
Musical Evening with Arkadiy Gips
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Parshat Beshalach Quiz
A Riddle From Israel
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By Rabbi Yaakov Frankiel

In a recent New York Times article (To Love Anyone, Do This) a startling revelation was bared: scientists can make us fall in love with practically anyone. Through a series of ever- deepening questions and looking into each others eyes for a few minutes, two complete strangers develop a bond that very often carries them to the wedding canopy.


How does that work?


Love. As opposed to any other language, every word in the Hebrew language intrinsically represents the concept it is meant to convey. Let's look at the Hebrew for love, ahava: the root of ahava is hav, which means means to give. This is commonly expounded to mean that the more you give, the more you love. A case in point is parenting; no matter how much a child loves his parents, his parents will love the child more - due to how much they've given to him or her.


But a deeper aspect of the giving involved in love is as follows - when we give, we open ourselves to hurt, we make ourselves vulnerable to another. Our investment may be turned down or even betrayed. That act of trust is the binding agent which allows for love. The same happens when we lay bare our feelings, aspirations and fears; we display a level of trust - and that trust is what forges a bond. This trust is the root of every act of giving we do.


This is what G-d displays in His giving, as well: the miracles of the plagues and Exodus we read about last week; this week's Splitting of the Sea and delivery of manna; the protective embrace through the desert and the the giving of the Torah.  As with any giving, G-d is making Himself - or at least His reputation - vulnerable. He attaches his name to us and trusts us not to betray Him. The act of trust is the key ingredient for developing love.


What the laboratory has reminded us is that all love - for ourselves, our spouses and children, our community - is not a passive knee-jerk reaction but the result of an action. Give, trust, love. It almost sounds like Stephen Covey (and John Mayer) that, well, love is a verb.
Monday, February 2: Macaroni & Cheese-Volunteer: Y. Levi
4th Grade Night at the Games
Tuesday, February 3: Chicken Nuggets-Volunteer: L. Schottenstein
5th Grade Night at the Games
Wednesday, February 4: Lasagna-Volunteer: S. Blumenfeld
Thursday, February 5: Sloppy Joe-Volunteer: M. Napper
Kindergarten Siyum Chumash Bereshit, 1:30pm
Friday, February 6: Fish Sticks-Volunteer: K. Abelman
Grandparents & Special Person's Day, Grades K-6, 12:30-2pm

Monday, February 9: Executive Board Meeting, 7:30pm

Wednesday, February 11: PLAN Test, Grade 10

Friday, February 13: Professional Development for All Faculty-NO SCHOOL


It's Basketball Season!


Monday, February 2

HOME Games

Middle School Girls vs. CSG, 5:00 pm

Middle School Boys vs. Oakstone Academy, 6:30 pm

Varsity Boys, 7:30 pm


Tuesday, February 3

HOME Games vs. St. John's Lutheran

Middle School Girls, 5:30 pm

Middle School Boys, 7:00 p.m.


Wednesday, February 4

HOME Game vs. Vineyard Community

Varsity Boys, 6:00 pm


Thursday, February 5

HOME Game vs. Liberty Christian

Middle School Girls, 5:00pm

Middle School Boys, 6:15 pm

CTA Scrip Office, 864-0299 ext. 212
Monday-Thursday:  7:30am-4pm
Friday:  7:30am-2pm

There are limited quantities of gift cards in stock that can be purchased! Below is a list of what we have on-hand and in what denominations. Email your order request to:  We are still able to place special orders, just email or call in your specifics. We will give you an approximate expectation for the order to arrive.



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.  

OFFICE MAX:  Do you shop at Office Max?  Help CTA earn money off of your purchases by using our Max Perks card number during your purchase.  The number is:  207285005 

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.  

Apples for Students at Giant Eagle:  If you are a Giant Eagle shopper, go to to register for their donation program.  You will need your Giant Eagle Advantage Card number and the CTA School Code which is #4389. 


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


Kelly and David Adar on the birth of a granddaughter in Israel


To Helene and Jeff Slutsky and family upon the loss of her mother Sonia

   (Kellmer) Eichenwald

Brachie Tuchman (8th Grade Class of '07) and Moshe Tuchman (8th Grade

   Class of '08) on the loss of their great-grandmother, Mary Cohn  

Dora and Chuck Kopp, Josh (8th Grade Class of '92) and Erin Kopp and Ari

   Kopp on the loss of father, grandfather and great grandfather, Martin Kopp

Miriam (Stessel) and Oded Shenkar, Keshet Shenkar Starr (Class of '03), Josh

   Shenkar (8th Grade Class of '07) and Riki Shenkar on the passing of father

   and grandfather, Meir Stessel



Come for an enjoyable afternoon and support CTA students on February 12 at 1 pm at CTA for our first Poetry Out Loud competition.  Poetry Out Loud is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and encourages youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation.  The program is developed to help students master public speaking skills, build self confidence and learn about literary heritage.  The English department has held class level competitions and there are 11 students who will be competing in the February 12 competition.  The recitations promise to be inspiring and entertaining.  Competing students include:  Avior Hazan, Shayna Herszage, Avi Kahn, Rosie Kalef, Josh Needleman, David Polster, Rebecca Portman, Ericka Schneiderman, Rachel Wolf, Ioni Wolfson and Zach Sukienik.  For more information, contact



CTA Varsity Boys' Basketball Team fared well in the Maimondes School tournament last weekend in Boston.  We were very fortunate that the tournament ended when it did as Boston experienced a storm of epic proportions soon after we left. Our athletes represented Columbus Torah Academy, the athletic department and our Columbus Jewish community very well. Mr. Bailey, Athletic Director, commented, "I heard only great praise about our boys and how appreciative they were to their host families, tournament organizers, and volunteers at the Maimonides School." If you missed it, the results are listed below. 


Maimonides 84, Torah Academy 65

Kohelet Kings 61, Torah Academy 50

Torah Academy 47, Beren Academy 36

Tier 2 Championship - Torah Academy 60, Beren Academy 50 OT


Again, thank you supporting Columbus Torah Academy athletics! Go Lions!

By Dror Karavani, Lower School Judaic Studies Coordinator


Appreciation of the Birds: This Shabbat has a special name called Shabbat Shira (Shabbat of the Song, Shirat Hayam). It is already a tradition in CTA to be aware of the nature surrounding us. In keeping with this, the students made bird feeders to place on trees outside. The feeders show appreciation to the birds; acknowledging a famous midrash about a flock of birds that helped the Jewish people keep Shabbat. 


The Art of the Chumash in Fourth Grade: For one period the third graders became art critics.  As a concluding activity for the study of Akeidat Yischak, the binding of Isaac, the students divided into groups and examined a variety of pictures and art work depicting that story, They compared them to the biblical text, noted the differences and learned why sometimes artists add metaphors and other aspects to their pieces.  I am sure that this new skill will help them look at biblical art in a new way.  Shabbat Shalom!

By Rabbi Zecharia Weitz, Upper School Judaic Studies Coordinator

Connecting with Our Past

This past Tuesday marked the 70th anniversary of Auschwitz's liberation.  1,500 survivors attended the commemoration a decade ago, compared to 300 on Tuesday. This is one poignant expression of how crucial it is for today's generation to connect with their past. Rabbi Savage's 10th grade Jewish History class studied the experience of displaced Jews after the war. In order to connect with their own past and understand who they are in the context of where they came from, the class embarked on a Family Tree project.  Students learned from each other the importance of family, our Mesorah (Tradition) and heritage.


Pictured above: Rosie Kalef's great grandmother, great grandfather's tefillin along with other family memorabilia; Molly Cohen's family tree, complete with pictures; Sivan Import's family tree complete with pictures and a timeline, and Shahar Razker's thorough, "tree- style", family tree. 


Food for Thought: In an outpouring of appreciation and inspiration, the Jewish People sang Az Yashir, "The Song of the Sea". Tucked in this expression of spiritual ecstasy is the source for beautifying mitzvot; "zeh Kaili v'anveihu" - "this is my L-rd and I will glorify Him". What about the Az Yashir makes it the most appropriate place to teach the concept of beautifying mitzvot?  

IT'S HERE! Miss Chocolate Order Forms are going home with students in grades K-6 today! We look forward to making this the best year yet to raise money for our amazing school...CTA!!






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 Annual Giving Fund: 

Bernie Moreno in honor of Joey and Lindsay Schottenstein

Gary Liebesman and Stacy Leeman in honor of Yair Karavani, grandson of Dror

   and Irit Karavani

Robert H. Book in honor of the Buckeyes

Evsey and Rita Neymotin in honor of their son, Benjy (Class of 2003),

   successfully defending his PhD dissertation "Determinants of variation in

   mRNA degradation rates," at the Center for Genomics and Systems Biology

   of New York University.

Mitchell Gilbert in honor of Julia Cieplinski's Bat Mitzvah



Don't Forget: Grandparents and Special Persons Day next Friday, February 6 from 12:30-2 pm.  The program will feature a short presentation in the shul and then invitees will go to the classrooms to engage in learning activities with the students.  Please share or forward the invitation to your child's special someone.  Please do not plan to bring younger children.  If you do not have a grandparent in town, help your child choose an adult (ie:  babysitter, neighbor, rabbi, teacher) who will enjoy spending time with them at school.  The children are excited to have a special someone and sad if they do not. 

12:30-12:45 pm  Presentation in Shul

12:55-2:00 pm   Classroom Activities by grade level


To RSVP, contact or call the front office.


Christopher and Jeanette Canyon, noted illustrators, will be at CTA next week and the students in grades K-6 couldn't be any more excited to meet the people who illustrated the books they have been reading in library.  Pre-orders of books can be made with forms that are available at the front desk or by clicking here for the forms.


Purchased books will be autographed and personalized by the Canyons and delivered back to the school after their visit.


For more information, contact










Columbus Conference for Jewish Women:  Sunday, February 8 from 9:15 am - 1:45 pm at Franklin Park Conservatory (FPC).  A day of engagement, education and introspection for women of across the community.  With the theme, "What Can I Say, What Can I Do?" addressing the high and low moments that we face as individuals and as a community.   

To register, go to or 237-7133.


PJ Library Community Day:  Sunday, February 8 from 10 am- 12 pm at Franklin Park Conservatory (FPC).  This event is perfect for families with children ages 1- 8 years old and includes Tu B'Shevat activities.  Cost is FREE for children and $13 for adults.  FPC members are free.  For more info, contact


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1.   What percentage of the Jewish People died during the plague of darkness?

     a)  Eighty percent (four-fifths).


2.   Why did the oath that Yosef administered to his brothers apply to Moshe's generation?

      a)  Yosef made his brothers swear that they would make their children swear.


3.   Why did the Egyptians want to pursue the Jewish People?

      a)  To regain their wealth.


4.   Where did the Egyptians get animals to pull their chariots?

      a)  From those Egyptians who feared the word of G-d and kept their animals inside during the plagues. 


5.   What does it mean that the Jewish People "took hold of their fathers' craft" (tafsu umnut avotam)?

      a.  They cried out to G-d.


6.   How did G-d cause the wheels of the Egyptian chariots to fall off?

      a.  He melted them with fire.


7.   Why were the dead Egyptians cast out of the sea?

      a.  So that the Jewish People would see the destruction of the Egyptians and be assured of no further pursuit.


8.   To what future time is the verse hinting when it uses the future tense of "Then Moshe and Bnei Yisrael will sing?"

      a.  Resurrection of the dead during the time of mashiach.


(Parsha Beshalach 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.

What is the connection between the picture and the parasha?
 Look in Chapter 15.  You will find the answer there.




This week's riddle winner: Lila Gisser


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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