The Columbus Torah Academy
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February 27, 2015

        8 Adar  5775

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Dvar Torah by Rabbi Yosef Hauser
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News from the Lower School Judaic Studies Department
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Miss Chocolate Sale
Memorial Service For Mrs. Moreno
Rabbi Grossman, Shlit'a Address High School
Varsity Girls Basketball Travels to Miami
4th Grade Science Integration
Iditarod Race Underway
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By Rabbi Yosef Hauser

In this week's Parasha of Tetzaveh, the Torah describes the various special garments that the Kohain Gadol must wear while doing the service in the Temple. Among these garments, there were two "shoham" stones each sewn onto the shoulder straps of the ephod or apron the Kohain wore and there were twelve precious stones mounted on the breastplate attached to this ephod. On the "shoham" stones, the Jews engraved the names of the twelve tribes, six on each stone. On the breastplate stones, they engraved not only the tribes' names but also the names of Avraham, Yitzchok and Yaakov as well. What do these two sets of stones symbolize?


The Chasam Sofer compares these two sets of stones and explains their meaning in the following way: The two "shoham" stones recall the events that the Torah describes will happen at Har Eival and Har G'rizim. Hashem commanded that the Jewish People travel to these two mountains. Six tribes will stand on one mountain and the other six will stand on the other with the Levi'im standing in the middle. Then the Jewish People as a whole will re-accept the Torah just as they did at Har Sinai. The shoham stone on each shoulder symbolizes six tribes on each mountain. Thus, the Chasam Sofer states that these stones represent our loyalty to Hashem through our obedience to his Mitzvot. 


The breastplate, however, had the names of our Avot engraved on them as well. The Avot did not serve Hashem through an acceptance of the Torah since it hadn't been given yet. Their loyalty to Hashem came through their own love of Hashem and intuition for what Hashem wanted them to do. Hashem swore an oath to create a nation through them because of their loyalty to Him through this love. Thus, the stones on the breastplate represent our loyalty to Hashem through our love of Hashem rather than through our obedience. Both the shoulder straps and the breastplate were attached together to the ephod representing the fact that Hashem recognizes that we serve Hashem from both obedience and from a love for Hashem's commandments.


Our Rabbis teach us that there were really two times we accepted the Torah in our history: First, we accepted it at Har Sinai through obedience and second we accepted it after being saved from Haman out of love, joy and celebration. Both of these ways to serve Hashem are represented by the "Shoham" stones and the breastplate stones on the clothes of the Kohain Gadol.


Next week we celebrate the joyous holiday of Purim. While we celebrate we should recognize that we do all the Mitzvot of Hashem not only out of a sense of responsibility but also through joy and celebration for our special relationship with Hashem.  Have a Happy Purim!


Monday, March 2:  Macaroni & Cheese -Volunteer: Y. Levi

Executive Board Meeting, 7:30 pm

Tuesday, March 3: Hamburgers-Volunteer: L. Schottenstein

Wednesday, March 4:  Grilled Cheese-Volunteer: S. Blumenfeld

Thursday, March 5: Purim Seudah Chicken Cutlet sponsored by PTO-Volunteer: M. Napper

1:00 pm Dismissal

Friday, March 6: Tuna-Volunteer: K. Abelman

Lower School Dress Down Day


Sunday, March 8:  Daylight Savings Time, time clocks ahead 1 hour

Monday, March 16: Miss Chocolate Sale Ends

Friday, March 20:  End of 3rd Quarter

PSAS Financial Assistance Forms Due


CTA Baseball 2015 starts Monday and Tuesday, 4:00-6:00pm. Any 7th-12th grader interested needs to bring a glove and a cap (and any other necessary equipment) next Monday for practice after school. A weekly practice schedule and game schedule will be announced after the first two practices. 


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:  Max Perks card 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.  

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!


By Dror Karavani, Lower School Judaic Studies Coordinator


Chag HaChumash
Rabbi Hauser and Morah Savage's Second Grade Chag HaChumash celebration took place this past Sunday. 

The learning of the parshiot as they appear in sequence in the Torah begins in second grade. During the first half of the year, the students start to develop basic skills, using a Chumash workbook and a Chumashone from the Tal Am program. This combines an understanding of the pesukim in Hebrew in a simple and friendly way. The last part of the year, the students will start to use their actual Chumash and study from the text in order to accomplish these goals. 


In their festive costumes and crowns, singing and dancing was part of their special production called, "The Dispute of the Mountains", which was about the reasons that Hashem chose the humble Har Sinai for the giving of the Torah. The children even memorized all of the 54 names of the parashiot! Kol HaKavod! Special gifts in honor of this occasion were sent to each of the students from their friends at the Shiloh school in Israel.


The students also decorated the covers of their Chumashim with their parents and concluded their celebration with delicious treats. May the sweetness from these festivities remain with the students throughout their further learning experiences in their lives.


Special thanks go to Rabbi Hauser, Morah Savage and all the second grade teachers, for their dedication to and love of teaching our students on a daily basis. Mazel tov!!


Shabbat Unit in Kindergarten

In Kindergarten, the students were busy learning their "Shabbat" unit. In addition to songs, pictures, stories, art, and more, they once again got to use their Smart Board through a program called "Shabbat Interactive."  Beginning with parashat Bereishit, the children were excited to "create" the world. They created light for the first day and with the click of a button, the waters separated on the second. They got to drag trees and flowers to land and to use computer skills and their imaginations to continue creating the other days. They were able to learn some of the Shabbat prayers and the Friday night service.  The children excitedly took home a bag full of goodies such as fresh challah that they baked, candlesticks, a challah cover, cupcakes, and an individual Shabbat book which incorporates all of the routines included in this unit. In addition to all of this, each student prepared a special gift for their parents.  It was so nice to see the students work hard and take pride in their accomplishments. Yasher Koach and Shabbat Shalom.

By Rabbi Zecharia Weitz, Upper School Judaic Studies Coordinator

Weitz Purim Time!

The simcha of Purim is permeating the air at CTA!  It's been a few years since we had Purim actually fall out on a school day and the Upper School students are gearing up for the event:


 Our 7th graders are rolling up their sleeves to prepare this year's carnival for the Lower School. With fun and creative booths and super prizes, this year's carnival will be one to remember. See pictures below.

 Mrs. Savage, our programming maestro, is coordinating efforts of the U.S. Judaic Studies Team for a day of meaningful learning and serious fun.

 Rumors abound regarding underground Purim Shpiels and videos.

 As always, students in the Upper School learn a robust combination of devrei Torah and Halacha for each Chag.




Food For Thought:  In addition to reading Parshat Titzaveh, this week we will read the only section of the Torah that we have a specific mitzva from the Torah read once a year; Parshat Zachor. The topic is our mitzva to eradicate the memory of the nation of Amalek. We have no real way of knowing which nation is Amalek today, yet we must remind ourselves to destroy this unknown nation every year. Is there some fashion that this mitzva can be fulfilled even today?  Purim Samayach!


Esther Weil (8th Grade Class of '07) on her marriage to Moshe Leib Keller and to the parents and former teacher at CTA Rabbi Baruch and Shoshana Weil 


Larry & Robin Garvin, Joel & Stacy Greff, Josh & Erin Kopp, Naomi Myers and Dan & Cindy Wolt for sponsoring this month's delicious Rosh Chodesh Staff Appreciation Lunch.




On Tuesday afternoon, CTA held a memorial for Mrs. Moreno, of loving memory. As our school and the general community attempts to grieve the tragic loss of this special person, so many came together to share in the memorial dedicated to Sage and the Thompson/Moreno family.  Students, alumni, faculty, parents, filled the shul, and reflected on the incredible teacher and inspiring human being she was. Rabbi Levine lead us in honoring her.  Colleague, Mr. Steve Guinan spoke of Sage's inspiring light, and a mutual friend of Sage and Mr. Guinan, Bob Eckhart, remarked how far reaching even the smallest of our positive actions can be.  Ele and Gary Thompson, Sage's mother and father, presented CTA with a plaque in her honor inscribed with a verse from Deuteronomy. Ninth grade student, Rachel Wolf, performed on the piano one of Sage's favorite songs, "Hallelujah," by Leonard Cohen. And, then, so many students, alumni, parents, and community members stood bravely and delivered their memory of their teacher, as was Mrs. Moreno's desire. Truly, Mrs. Moreno's impact on the world will continue to be felt in the inspiration and positive spirit she gave us.


CTA students had the rare opportunity to hear from one of the greatest rabbis of our time. Rabbi Yitzchak Dovid Grossman shared personal stories and words of encouragement with our students and made us all laugh and smile, both inside and out. To top it all off, Rav Grossman got us all singing and dancing at the close of his speech. Witnessing and hearing from a person with true happiness, love and faith in Hashem is something that will leave an indelible impression on our neshamot. Thank you to Joey and Lindsay Schottenstein for bringing this special speaker to our community.  Rabbi Grossman was in town to commemorate the 23rd Yarzheit of Jerome Schottenstein, z"l.

 Rabbi Grossman is the founder and dean of Migdal Ohr educational institutions, and a member of the Chief Rabbinate Council of Israel. He is known most for his inspiring work with children from disadvantaged and troubled homes, being dubbed "The Disco Rabbi" because he sought out youth from distressed homes in pubs and discos in the impoverished and crimeplagued areas of Migdal HaEmek. He also created a program to help prison inmates rehabilitate through religious study, which is now active in

every Israeli prison, and has earned him the honorary title of Avi Ha'asirim (father of the imprisoned) from the Israeli government, a title only bestowed once before to the great tzadik, Rabbi Aryeh Levine. For his great service to the Jewish people and to Israeli society, Rabbi Grossman has received the Caring Institute International Humanitarian of the Year Award, the Love of Israel Award, the Tolerance Prize, the Presidential Medal of Distinction, and the Israel Prize.


 The Lady Lions travelled to Miami, Florida, last week to participate in the annual Rabbi Alexander S. Gross Hebrew Academy Tournament.  The event attracted girls basketball teams from 12 Jewish day schools from around the country.  While a very young team, the girls had the opportunity to be competitive with other Jewish peers and to experience a Shabbat getting to know other young women from around the country with a similar interest in athletics.  Thank you to coaches, Eddie Karmia and Joey Nutis and to Athletic Director, Matt Bailey and Shabbat Chaperone, Leah Savage for the efforts to care and attend to the girls and make this experience special for them.


Working with Mrs. Lerner and Moreh Dror, the 4th graders recently studied plant and animal life cycles in Science. They integrated the study of plant lifecycles with Judaic Studies. For instance, they learned that the Hebrew word for seed and offspring share the same root word. They also learned the 7 species of plants eaten for Tu B'shevat, and that  agricultural technologies developed in Israel that have made it possible for maximum food growth on minimal and poor soil.  Pictured are the findings of the 4th graders recent investigation: which seeds will germinate first: pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, or Lima bean seeds.


The first grader's culmination of their study of Alaska and the famed Iditarod race was celebrated on February 27 with the annual CTA Iditarod race.  A full recap of the 4 teams:  Lightening Huskies, Fast Huskie Riders, Pirate Winners and The Awesome Mushers.  To see the promo video of them getting ready, go to

Reminder, PSAS Financial Assistance forms are due Friday, March 20.

If you would like to apply for ANY level of financial assistance, you must complete the appropriate PSAS (Private School Aid Service).  All deadlines must be adhered to. Forms are available online at or you can apply and submit all information online at


Please note, PSAS will assess a $30 late fee for all applications received after March 20.  CTA will assess a $500 late fee for all non-kindergarten applications received after March 20.


The financial assistance form and documentation should be mailed, faxed or uploaded directly to PSAS along with a copy of your 2014 W-2's and 2014 1099's and, if available, 2014 tax return for their analysis. The results will be evaluated by the CTA Scholarship Committee.


If you have any questions about Financial Assistance or Payment Plans, contact Norman Leist at or 864-0299, ext. 200.


All information and forms for the 2015-2016 school year regarding the EdChoice Scholarships can be found on the CTA Website at under Downloadable Documents or the EdChoice website at http://edchoice.ohio.govForms are due to Norma by March 20.


Classes are offered in Columbus and Westerville for children grades K-11 by Miami University, Corporate and Community Institute and are taught by professional instructors from the Institute of Reading Development.  Classes begin in June. For more information or to register call 1-800-570-8936.


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 by:

Bruce and Alisa Weinrib in memory of Abe Weinrib

The Bornstein Family in memory of Paul Pepper

Laura and Ken Clubok in honor of Hannah Garvin becoming a Bat Mitzvah

Minna Shifman in memory of Jerome Schottenstein

David Sheeley in memory of his mother, Teresa A. Sheeley-Pugh,

   grandmother of Cheyenne and Tyler


In Memory of Sage Moreno by:

The Blumenfeld Family

Wendy and Mira Cassell

Bob and Marcia Hershfield

David and Ayala Kohn

The Kuperberg Family

Craig and Tamalynn Lerner

Bob, Betsey, and Dani Lane

Walt and Norma Whitmyre

Bob, Patti, Josh, and Rachel Wolf


To the March of the Living Fund by:

Paul and Karan Tanenbaum in memory of Abe Weinrib, in memory of

   Rabbi Dovid Winiarz, and in memory of Sage Moreno







Love & Hugs for Zusman Hospice at Wexner Heritage Village: Sunday, March 8, 6-8pm, Build-A-Bear Workshop at Easton. Help replenish the much needed supply of bears for Zusman Hospice Patients and families. Bring your family and friends to the event where many bears will be made! To RSVP, please email To make a donation, go to and click on "Donate." For more information about Love & Hugs for Zusman Hospice, go to


Gallery Players at the JCC presents Les Miserables with CTA students Rosie Kalef and Yaakov Newman, CTA parent Rick Cohen, and CTA alum Aaron Shatz.  Performance dates are: Saturday, March 14, 21 & 28, Sundays, March 15, 22 and 29 and Thursday, March 18 and 25. If you would like to come for a discounted rate of $15.00 on Sunday, March 22, at 2:30 p.m., please contact Norma Whitmyre at Tickets for other performances can be purchased by calling the JCC at 614.231.2731 or by visiting

Bunk Connect: Think of a website like Expedia or, but instead of using it to find vacation deals you use it to connect kids to Jewish camps.The Foundation for Jewish Camp in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Columbus is offering a new program offering first-time campers from middle- and lower-income families camp sessions at prices that are 40-80 percent below the camps' standard rates.The BunkConnect program has made available discounted slots at many known camps around Ohio and its discounts are available to kids who attend day school. BunkConnect is only available to children who have not previously attended a Jewish overnight camp are eligible.   Those interested in searching for discounts can do so at:


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1)   What two precautions were taken to assure the purity of oil for the menorah?

a)  The olives were pressed and not ground; and only the first drop was used.


2)   How was Aharon commanded to kindle the menorah?

a)  He was commanded to kindle it until the flame ascended by itself.


3)    What does tamid mean in reference to the menorah?

a)    It means that it should be kindled every night.


4)    What does kehuna mean?

a)    Service.


5)    Name the eight garments worn by the Kohen Gadol?

a)    Chosen, ephod, me'il, ketonet, mitznefet, avnet, tzitz and michnasayim.


6)    To what does Rashi compare the ephod?

a)    A woman's riding garment.


7)    In which order were the names of the Tribes inscribed on the ephod?

a)     In order of birth.


8)    The stones of the ephod bore the inscription of the names of the sons of Yaakov. Why?

a)    So that G-d would see their names and recall their righteousness.


9.   For what sins did the choshen mishpat atone?

a)   For judicial errors.


10.)  What are the three meanings of the word mishpat?

a)    The claims of the litigants, the court's ruling and the court's punishment.


(Parsha Tetzaveh 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 25, Verse 20. You will find the answer there.


oreh 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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