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

 May 1, 2015

        12 Iyar  5775

Acharei-Mot Kedoshim
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Writer's Workshop Share Night Very Memorable
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Yarok Together Gets Started Early in the Garden
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By Elana Katz

There are many laws regarding interpersonal relationships listed in Parshat Kedoshim. Some of these include fearing our parents, taking care of the poor, the prohibition against stealing, paying our workers on time, judging righteously and loving our neighbor as ourselves. While these are obvious standards of etiquette for a functioning society, the Torah also lists some laws which we would assume are unnecessary.


"Do not curse a deaf man, do not place a stumbling block before the blind, you should fear your G-d, I am Hashem." (Chapter 19: Verse 14)


It seems shocking that the Torah would need to command us not to hurt the handicap and exploit their disability. Ramban explains that the Torah specifically commanded not to curse the deaf man, for one can deduce from there not to curse anyone. He explains that if we are prohibited from cursing a deaf man, who can not hear and will not be offended by our words, then we can learn that we can not curse a hearing person, who would be offended.


The Torah recognizes the human psyche and our tendency to be tempted to hurt others if our actions can be done so anonymously. Without the fear of consequences, we push the limits and act in ways that we would be embarrassed of if they were to be noticed by the public. This verse concludes with the phrase "you should fear your G-d, I am Hashem." Rashi explains that Hashem is warning us that while humans are not aware of all our actions and intentions, Hashem is fully aware and is constantly watching. Hashem teaches us the importance of being honest with ourselves and doing a self- accounting. We should be mindful, not only of our behavior, but the intentions behind our actions. We are required to notice our thoughts and be aware of why we act in the manner which we do: what  inspires us to make sacrifices and how can we consistently be motivated to do so? On the other hand, we must also be aware of our negative thoughts- what causes us to be jealous and spiteful and how can we address those feelings?


The Torah is starkly aware of the complexity of the human personality and Parshat Kedoshim raises many behavioral challenges. A thorough study of Torah and a strong Torah education is the best way to fully understand ourselves and to achieve the goal stated at the beginning of the Parsha: "קדושים תהיו"- you should be holy.


Monday, May 4:  Macaroni & Cheese-Volunteer: Y. Levi

Annual Giving Spring Fundraiser, 7:30 pm, at the home of Joey and Lindsay Schottenstein

Tuesday, May 5: Chicken Nuggets-Volunteer: L. Schottenstein

Wednesday, May 6:  Pizza-Volunteer: S. Blumenfeld 

Thursday, May 7: Chicken Cutlets-Volunteer: M. Napper 

Spring Fling, 4-8pm, at CTA

Friday, May 8: Fish Sticks


May 12-13:  The Big Give - 24 hours of giving!!

Thursday, May 14: 1st Grade Chag HaSiddur Program, 9:30am

May 14-21: Spring Scholastic Book Fair

May 17-19: Columbus Baseball Invitational

Wednesday, May 20: Achievement Fair, Grades K-6; Book Fair will be open

May 21-22: Senior Exams

Monday, May 25: Memorial Day/Shavuot - NO SCHOOL

May 26-28: Senior Trip to Put-n-Bay

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:[email protected] .  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.

Remember, Mother's Day is May 10.  Use the special AmazonSmile Mother's Day Link to make purchases:

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. 

Magazine Sales: Help the 8th graders year round when you purchase magazines at using code #2522449. 


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


Yom HaAtzmaut:  Part of the celebration surrounding Yom HaAtzmaut  was that the Third and Fourth Graders created a topographic map of Israel with the Biblical cities placed appropriately. They will use these to teach the younger students.   This is another opportunity to integrate our Chumash learning to the Jewish holidays.


In honor of Yom HaAtzmaut we added an exhibit to our museum about the State of Israel.  The students were able to see original stamps and coins that were issued on the first day of the State  (the fifth of Iyar, 1948).  This exhibit was made possible from the collection of Rabbi Jordan Taxon, the father of our own Morah Naomi (from Kindergarten).  He was studying in Israel starting in 1947 and witnessed, and recorded, the days immediately prior to the establishment of the State of Israel. This  was an amazing opportunity to not only learn from textbooks but from real artifacts.  Thanks to Morah Naomi and her family for sharing these important documents with our students.


V'Ahavta l'ra'acha kamocha in Kindergarten: The kindergarteners are busy learning the importance of kindness and helping each other as the values we emphasize during these days of sifirat (counting of the) ha'omer.  When you walk into the kindergarten room you can not miss the many mitzvah notes that are hanging in a long, long line around the class room...Wow, that is a lot of good  deeds.  Each student created their own "hug" belt that reminds them of the value of friendship. 


Ita Neymotin (8th Grade Class of '87) on receiving the Distinguished

   Alumni  of the year award from Capital University Law School.

Ronnie (8th Grade Class of '95) and Alizza Shulman on the birth of a

   daughter, Devorah Rochel, and to grandparents Steve and Anne


Lindsey (Schwartz) Glazer (Class of '00) on the Bar Mitzvah of her son

   Aharon Zelig and mazel tov to grandparents Cathy and David Schwartz

Rabbi and Mrs. Omri (Class of '98) Flicker on the birth of a baby girl and to  grandparents Yuval and Nerit Flicker


Rick and Sherri (8th Grade Class of '80) Cohen, Shayna (Cohen)

   Pinsker(Class of '06), Josh Cohen (Class of '10), Molly Cohen (8th

  Grade Class of '13) and Mia Cohen on the loss of mother and 

   grandmother and great  grandmother Saundra Cohen

Al and Shelly Dembe on the passing of his mother, Shirley Dembe


ALL (current and new) Columbus bus riders must fill out an Application for Pupil Transportation for the 2015-16 school year.  You can access this form at CTA's website Print the form, fill it out, and return it to Norma Whitmyre by the last day of school Wednesday, June 3, 2015. Transportation cannot be guaranteed without a form.



Contact Shari at [email protected] or 614-864-0299 to RSVP or make your 2015-2016 pledge.

Spring Fling Family Festival is scheduled for this Thursday, May 7, from 4-8 pm.  Lawn signs are available at school or by calling Shari. To volunteer for the day of the event, click to go to the form for volunteer options.  Teens and adults are encouraged to help out.

Spring Fling Schedule

4-8 pm Rides

5 pm Talent Show

6 pm Silly Safari Animal Show

7 pm Bonfire


Food Booths from Chani Capland, Hillel, JCC and 

Hot Dog Cart throughout the event.


Other activities include:  Archery, Fire Engine, Face Painting and more! 



Six CTA students participated in the recent March of the Living trip to Poland and Israel, just returning to school this week.  This trip attracts thousands of 11th and 12th grade students from around the world for a two week experience that overlaps with Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) and Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) and provides participants an emotional experience linking our past with the present, through our heritage. Travelling to Poland during the days leading up to and including Yom Hashoah and being in Israel for Yom Ha'atzmaut are meaningful, especially with peers.  We expect to hear more about their experience directly from CTA participants Avi Kahn, David Polster, Becky Portman, Ericka Schneiderman, Zach Sukienik and David Wolfson who went with a Columbus delegation of fifteen.  CTA students will be speaking to their classmates in a presentation on May 12 at 11:30 am.  Parents and community members are welcome to attend.

Parents were privileged to join together earlier this week for the culminating event of Writer's Workshop.  Students in 2nd and 5th grade enjoyed an intensive two weeks with Writer in Residence, Amy Greenberg, and the Sharing Night was an opportunity for the students to read aloud selections of their poems and short stories (2nd and 5th grade, respectively).  The students excitedly presented their individual works in a read aloud to their parents and peers.  The workshop offers exposure to the writing process and the development of their own writings and is a significant part of the language arts curriculum at CTA.  Sharing Night is an opportunity for the students to celebrate their accomplishments and for each student to share a piece of original work. Sharing and reading aloud is an essential part of the writing process which helps students to hear what they cannot see and to develop better expression, diction, spelling and flow to their writing. 



CTA is excited to participate in The Big Give - an extraordinary  24-hour online giving event beginning on TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2015 at 10:00 am EST through WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, at 10:00 am EST. For more info, visit



1)    Make a minimum credit card gift of $20 using a major credit card (VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express) designated to COLUMBUS TORAH ACADEMY. If you are a Columbus Foundation donor, you can make a grant to the nonprofit of your choice using your Donor Advised Fund or Supporting Foundation, with a minimum of $100.

2)    A record $1.3 million will be added to all donations on a pro rata basis.  Every gift will be amplified.

3)    Everyone making a donation will receive an e-mail confirming receipt of their donation.

4)    The bonus pool percentage ratio and preliminary results will be posted on on Thursday, May 14.

Last year, CTA raised close to $60,000 including the Bonus Pool.  To talk specifically about your gift and how to make it, contact Shari.


CTA students in grades 2-6 participated in the community Youth Choir that performed at Israel Fest to celebrate Yom Ha'atzmaut.  Accompanied by Cheri Friedman, CTA music director, the students represented CTA well with their melodious voices filling the room and joining with peers from across the community.  


Pictured are the more than 25 students and parents that worked in the garden last Wednesday, a celebration of Earth Day. Preparing for the kickoff of "Yarok Together", the CTA and CJDS Garden program, the gardeners cleared leaves and began to pull weeds to ready the ground for planting.  Planting will begin with fall vegetables in August.  Diana Wolf, garden coordinator, helped the group get a sense of the CTA garden space and tranquil natural environment just outside the classrooms.  The group decided to meet again this week and keep working in the garden.


Back in March, Mrs. Lerner's Spectacular Science classes in the third, fourth, and fifth grade explored the science of Pesach.  They focused on leavening and bread.  How and why does bread rise?  What is yeast, baking soda, and baking powder?  Why do egg whites and whipping cream work as leavening agents?  Each grade investigated a different question.  The third and fifth graders investigated the properties of yeast, baking powder, and baking soda.  The third graders translated this knowledge by baking 2 different types of biscuits (one using baking powder and one using baking soda), and comparing the taste and texture of the biscuits.  The fifth graders translated their knowledge of leavening agents by baking 2 muffin recipes - one kosher for Pesach batch and one "chometz-regular" batch.  The fourth graders studied the properties of egg whites and whipping cream and discovered that some proteins attract water, and some repel water.  When mixed with air (like when beaten) these proteins trap air and build around the air bubbles, creating fluffy beaten egg whites or delicious whipping cream.
And that means summer is just around the corner!
from Mrs. Miller


The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to CTA from May 14 - 21.  This year's theme Under the Sea promises to provide an ocean of wonderful books for our boys and girls.


I've enjoyed seeing how excited the children are as they choose new books during library.  It's wonderful how their interests and skills have grown.  The summer is an important time for them to build on what they know, follow their interest and learn new things.  The Spring Book Fair is a great opportunity to stock up on engaging and affordable books that will have children wanting to read over the summer!


The Book Fair is open during school with special hours during Achievement Fair so plan to come by to browse, buy and treat your child to the fun of reading. 


You can also shop online from May 6-22. Visit our book fair homepage: for information about books, hours, online ordering and more.


Proceeds from the book fair help CTA's library grow and stay current giving the boys and girls many more opportunities to enjoy great books!  Thank you for your support and see you at the fair! For more information and to volunteer at the fair contact [email protected] .



For boys and girls in grades 2-6, there will be a Baseball Clinic on Sunday, May 17, at 2:30-4 pm at the JCC led by staff from the Ron Golden Baseball School.  This event is open to students enrolled in Jewish day school at CTA and CJDS.

Registration forms were sent home with your children and also via email or click here to download a flyer.


Looking to earn Give & Get?  Mark your calendar for CBI on May 17-19 and check out these specific opportunities to volunteer.


Runners: Sunday, 2 pm-7:30 (on site), Monday, 10 am  

Sunday Check In at Capital Dorms, 10-2 pm

Concession Stand Help: Sunday, 3:30-9:30 pm, Monday, 12 noon - 9 pm, Tuesday, 11:30am - 1pm,

Game Scorekeepers:  Monday 12:30pm, 3:00pm, 5:30pm, 8pm and Tuesday 9 am, 11:30 am

Medical Tent:  Tuesday, 9-2 am

Tuesday Check Out at Capital Dorms: 12-4 pm


To sign up for any of these time slots or portions of the time slots, contact Lisa Kaufman at [email protected].


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 Annual Giving Fund by:

Gary Liebesman and Stacy Leeman in memory of Michelle Szatmary

Alon Frank in memory of Moshe Frank


To the March of the Living Fund by:

Paul and Karan Tanenbaum in memory of Michelle Szatmary, Eugene

   Cohen, and Lisa Stavsky's mother



GALLERY PLAYERS AT THE JCC PRESENTS "THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION": May 2-17It's 1929. Two ambitious visionaries race against each other to invent a device called "television." Separated by two thousand miles, each knows that if he stops working, even for a moment, the other will gain the edge. Who will unlock the key to the greatest innovation of the 20th century: the ruthless media mogul, or the self-taught Idaho farm boy?  The answer comes to compelling life in The Farnsworth Invention, the play from Aaron Sorkin, creator of The West Wing. If you would like to come for a discounted rate of $10 on Sunday, May 17, at 2:30 p.m. with a talk-back after the show with Steve McVoy, President of the Early Television Museum and Foundation, please contact Norma Whitmyre at [email protected]. Tickets for other performances can be purchase by calling the JCC at 614.231.2731 or by visiting


LEGO ROBOT CAMP: Design, build and program working robots. Learn problem solving, engineering and computer skills in a fun, hands-on environment. Upcoming Camps in Gahanna, Westerville and Dublin. Register at:  For more information, call 769-7626 or email [email protected].


SUMMER READING SKILLS PROGRAMS are being offered by Miami University in Columbus at Ohio Domincan University and in Westerville at Otterbein Univeristy in phonics, comprehension, vocabulary, study skills, and speed reading for incoming kindergarteners through 11th graders. Flyers can be picked up at the front desk or for more information or to register, call 1-800-570-8936.


INTERFAITH DISCUSSION AND SCREENING OF JERUSALEM, COSI, 333 West Broad St.: Tuesday May 5, 2015, 7:00-8:30pm. Filmed for the first time in 3D and for the giant screen, JERUSALEM immerses audiences into one of the world's most beloved cities. Discover why this tiny piece of land is sacred to three major religions through the stories of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim families who call Jerusalem home. This special screening features a panel discussion lead by WOSU's (89.7) Ann Fisher.  Panelists include: Reverend Ward "Skip" Cornett III from Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Imran Malik, American Islamic Waqf Board of Directors of the Noor Islamic Cultural Center, and Rabbi Michael Ungar of Congregation Tifereth Israel.  The 3D version of the Film will screen at 7pm and the panel discussion will begin at 7:45.  The film's Columbus showings were cosponsored by the Columbus Jewish Foundation. This panel discussion has been facilitated by the Federation's Jewish Community Relations Committee with help from Rabbi Harold Berman and Rabbi Mitch Levine. You may purchase tickets for the event at More information and a film trailer are available at



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1)   Why does the Torah emphasize the Parshat Acharei Mot was taught after the death of Aaron's sons?

a)   To strengthen the warning not to enter the Kodesh Kodashim except on Yom Kippur.


2)    What is the punishment for a Kohen Gadol who inappropriately enters the Kodesh Kodashim?

a.    Death.


3)    How long did the first Beit Hamikdash exist?

a.    410 years. 


4.   What did the Kohen Gadol wear when he entered the Kodesh Kodashim?

a.  Only the four linen garments worn by an ordinary Kohen.



1.   Why was Parshat Kedoshim said in front of all the Jewish People?

a.   Because the fundamental teachings of the Torah are contained in this Parsha.


2.   Why does the Torah mention the duty to honor one's father before it mentions the duty to honor one's mother?

a.   Since it is more natural to honor one's mother, the Torah stresses the obligation to honor one's father.


3.   Why is the command to fear one's parents followed by the command to keep Shabbat?

a.   To teach that one must not violate Torah law even at the command of one's parents.


4.  Why does Shabbat observances supersede honoring parents?

a.   Because the parents are also commanded by Hashem to observe Shabbat. Parents deserve great honor, but not at the "expense" of Hashem's honor.


(Parsha Acharei-Mot Kedoshim 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 name of the parasha? 





The winner of last week's riddle is: Yael Friedman


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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