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

 May 29, 2015

        11 Sivan  5775

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By Rabbi Samuel J. Levine

Our Torah portion relates the offerings brought by the tribal leaders on the day that the Mishkan was dedicated.  Rather than saying that all the leaders' offerings were exactly the same, the Torah describes each individual offering in exacting detail.  We know that the Torah does not contain an extra letter let alone paragraph after paragraph of repetitive verses and so we must ask what is the point of the repetition? In answering this question, The Lubavitcher Rebbe, of saintly memory, provides a powerful insight into the power and value of each individual.  The Rebbe answers that although the components of the offerings were the same, the energy and talents of the people making the offerings was different.  Hence, the offerings, imbued with the energy of different individuals, were not exactly the same and therefore worthy of individual mention. By way of example, a violin concerto by Brahms, performed and recorded by Jascha Heifetz is different from that very same concerto performed by Yehudi Menuhin or Itzhak Perlman, even though the composer's music is the same.  What makes each performance distinct is the musician's interpretation, the nuance, the heart and soul, and the unique talent that the musician brings to the performance. This is true of any mitzvah we observe. Each and every one of us, as individuals, brings our lived experience, our emotions and our soul to the performance of a mitzvah and that makes our mitzvah different from that of the person that may be standing next to us. To G-d, each mitzvah we perform is special because it contains an element of our very being. Hashem imbued us with distinct personalities and the sum total of what we do as individuals comprises the totality of Klal Yisrael's worship of the Almighty.


It is difficult for me to believe that my first year as Head of School of the Columbus Torah Academy is coming to a close.  The year has been personally rewarding as I learned so much about our wonderful school and was warmly welcomed into a caring and highly engaged school community. Although I have worked in Jewish communities significantly larger than Columbus, no group of school stakeholders has been more passionate about its school than is our community.  At CTA, Torah values, secular excellence, ardent support for Medinat Yisrael and an atmosphere that is welcoming to Jewish children from across the variegated landscape of the Jewish community, combine to provide our students with an education that is unique. 

As explained above, however, what makes our school truly unique is the partnership forged, currently and over the years, by a stellar group of individuals, joined together, focused on providing excellence in education for all of our students.  I am proud to be part of this august and essential endeavor.

Beloved former CTA teacher, Kristine Coyne, passed away peacefully on May 23, 2015 after a five year battle with breast cancer.  Mrs. Coyne began her teaching career in 1972 at CTA and taught in the lower school for 38 years.  She touched so many students, parents and teachers with her generous and sensitive approach to teaching and her kindness to everyone.


A complete obituary can be viewed at  here and messages for the family can be left at


CTA is accepting donations for the Kristine Coyne Book and Literacy Fund to support reading.  To make a donation, mail check to CTA, 181 Noe Bixby Road, Columbus, Ohio  43213 or online at:

Sunday, May 31:  12th Grade Graduation, 1:00 pm

Monday, June 1:  Pizza Bagels

Final Exams, Grades 9-11

Tuesday, June 2: Tacos

Final Exams, Grades 9-11

Wednesday, June 3:  Kindergarten Celebration, 10am

Final Exams, Grades 9-11

Last Day of School, 12:00pm Dismissal

8th Grade Commencement Dinner, 5:30pm

Upper School Awards, 7:30pm


Thursday, August 20:  1st Day of School for 2015-16

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

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 .  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. 

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

Dror-newIt's a piece of yummy Chumash cake.....

A slice of delicious cake is always a special treat, especially when it is combined with learning Chumash.  Throughout the year, during Chumash classes, the third and fourth graders use their Chumash cake poster to emphasize the skills that are helping them become independent learners.  Each layer in the "Chumash cake" was a step that leads to the next one from reading the posuk correctly with letters, vowels and troupes, all of the way until the question we ask very often, how are the words that were written many years ago still relevant to today and can we learn from them?  (Please come and see all the layers of the cake in our classroom.)  On Thursday, after a special activity where the students demonstrated their knowledge using that method, each of them enjoyed the real Chumash cake.  I hope and believe that the sweetness of studying Torah will stay with them forever.


Field Trip to the Desert: Last week, we started reading from the book of Bamidbar (in the desert) and the second and third graders went on a special field trip to the desert... that was located in Rabbi Hauser's classroom.  There, together with Rabbi Hauser, they went over all of the parshiot of Chumash Bamidbar.  They studied the main events and values through a PowerPoint presentation. The students were really "thirsty" for the knowledge and actively participated by asking and answering questions.  Yasher Koach.


"Chidon Yahadut": On Monday, we are going to have our third "Chidon Yahadut" for students in grades 3-6 in order to "show off" their knowledge in the various Judaic topics that have been taught throughout the year. Stay tuned...

By Rabbi Zecharia Weitz, Upper School Judaic Studies Coordinator


Ending Strong!

There is tangible energy and intensity in the Upper School as students work to consolidate yet another year's worth of lessons, skills, knowledge and experience. It's not just the high school preparing for their finals. Junior high, as in years past, is taking advantage of the last weeks to crystallize the Torah they have learned as well.


But that's not what I wanted to highlight. In addition to all of the aforementioned academic feats of valor, our 8th grade girls have put together yet another fantastic initiative. This Thursday will mark the 1st Lower School Torah Game Show to be hosted by the junior high; "Jew-Party" (play on Jeopardy). The 8th grade girls designed, organized and collaborated with teachers and administrators to make this program a reality. Please congratulate them on their ambitious initiative!


6th Grade Mishna:  For the 1st half of the year, I had the pleasure of learning Mishna a couple of times a week with our 6th graders. Much of the time was spent learning an overview of the 39 Melachot of Shabbat (Mishnayot Shabbat, 7:2). Below is a link to 2 videos that are the product of our PBL initiative. A special thank you to 6th grader Talia Delman, our Video Editor & Director of Technology.




Mitchell Hirsch (8th Grade Class of '80) on his son Adam being named 

   top male Scholar-Athlete in the Dispatch Scholar -Athlete Awards

Sharona Kay (Class of '12) on graduating from Stern College with a

   major in  Chemistry and a minor in math, summa cum laude.  She was

   awarded the Excellence in Chemistry Award by the American Institute of

   Chemistry, Student Award Program. The AIC honors outstanding

   seniors, post-baccalaureate and post doctoral students majoring in

   chemistry, chemical engineering or biochemistry. The awards are given

   in recognition of a demonstrated ability, leadership and professional

   promise.  In the fall she will be studying for a Masters degree in

   chemical engineering at Columbia University. Mazel Tov to parents Dr.

   Bruce and Nancy Kay.


Mira Axelrud (former faculty member), Arkady (Marina Platitsyn) Gips, 

   and Max Platitsyn (Class of '08) on the loss of husband, brother-in-law

   and uncle, Gregory Axelrud


On Monday, June 1st, at 5:30pm, there will be a memorial service held at the New Beth Jacob Cemetery, 2565 Performance Parkway, for Sara & Yishai Levy z"l. Karen and the community will come together to share memories and prayer on the occasion of Sara & Yishai's first yahrzeit. Following the service, there will be a gathering at the JCC for family and friends. May Sara & Yishai's  memories be for a blessing.


Friday was an amazing day of spirit and celebration with Field Day for grades K-8.  With emphasis on sportsmanship, teamwork, and overall cooperation, the students are divided into colors and compete in a day full of fun activities including spirit competitions with cheers and banners, a marathon relay, the Kindergarten and 1st grade Lemonhead Hunt, baton relays, dodgeball, tug of war and more.  The electronic version of Dateline will include LOTS of pictures!  Thanks to Mr. Bailey and the teachers for putting together such a fun day and to the parent volunteers.  Congratulations to the Blue, Yellow, Green and Red teams on a great day!




It's hard to believe, but the time is NOW to pre-order school supplies for the 2015-2016 school year.  Pre-ordered kits can be ordered through next Friday, June 5 for students entering grades 1-6.  The web address to order kits is: If you have any questions, contact Shari.


ALL (current and new) Columbus bus riders MUST fill out an Application for Pupil Transportation for the 2015-2016 school year. You can access this form at CTA's website at Print the form, fill it out, and return it to Norma Whitmyre by the last day of school, Wednesday, June 3. Transportation cannot be guaranteed without a form.


Please make plans to personally pick up your child's medication by the last day of school, Wednesday, June 3. For safety reasons, medications will not be sent home with your child.  Any expired medication/inhaler not picked up by the end of the last day of school will be thrown away.


You are invited to share the pride and attend the upcoming graduations and celebrations.  The milestone for each of these young men and women (and their parents) is monumental, but it is also a testament to our school community.  We have partnered with parents to imbue our graduates with skills for learning, to be productive citizens in our world and in our Jewish communities. Congratulations to the 12th grade students who will graduate from CTA this Sunday, May 31 at 1 pm at CTA.


Mazel Tov to:

Orri Benatar

Avi Kahn

David Polster

Becky Portman

Yehuda Rosenberg

Roston Shore

Zachary Sukienik

Susie Wilhelm

David Wolfson


Thank you to their parents for sharing your children with us.


Other end of year celebrations to be held at CTA include:


Wednesday, June 3

Kindergarten Celebration

10:00 am


8th Grade Commencement

Family Dinner at 5:30 pm

Community Speeches 6:30 pm


Upper School Awards Assembly

7:30 pm



Miss Tanenbaum's 1st graders have been working on their engineering unit and had special visitors last week when parents, Barry and Debbie Hellman, came in for a special presentation.  Mr. Hellman is an engineer with the Air Force. After a classroom presentation, the first graders were able to build their very own rockets, which were launched outside.


Columbus Dance Theater presents: Anne: Diary in Dance: Sunday, May 31, at 3:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre. Tickets must be purchased through CAPA and Ticketmaster:  


May 31st at 3:00 


The dance company is raising money for the Holocaust Survivors Initiative through the Jewish Federation of Columbus.  You can make donations in the lobby for this important initiative that assists the 230 survivors of the Holocaust residing here in Columbus with their health care costs, etc.  Every dollar donated to this fund up to 1.5 million dollars will be matched by Les and Abigail Wexner.  


Unity Day: Wednesday, June 3, 9:30 a.m., at the Jewish Federation Building, 1175 College Avenue.  A tree will be planted in commemoration of Unity Day, and to honor the memories of Eyal Ifrach, Gil-ad Shaer, and Naftali Fraenkel, z"l.


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:

Patricia Janezich in memory of Florence "Faye" Mellman

Cantor Baruch and Minna Shifman in memory of Lindsay Schottenstein's father and in memory of Rabbi Ciner's brother, Sam Ciner

Bob, Patti, Josh, and Rachel Wolf wishing a Mazel Tov to Rabbi Samuel

   and Breindel Levine on the marriage of their daughter Yitty to Bradley

   Garden and in honor of Rabbi Frankiel

A.J. and Heidi Solomon in honor of Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein and in   honor of Joey and Lindsay Schottenstein

Gary Liebesman and Stacy Leeman in honor of Aryeh Moshe Vernikoff's  upsherin

Jeffrey and Meagan Buren in honor of Gary Blumberg

Stuart Appelbaum and Susan Stan in honor of Aryeh Moshe Vernikoff

Dan and Leslie Chase in memory of Al Dembe's mother

W.W. Grainger in memory of Florence Cooper Mellman

William and Phyllis Hartstein in honor of Chana Orli Hartstein's graduation

Jeff and Debbie Meyer in honor of Joey and Lindsay Schottenstein

Charles Libicki and Penny Wenger in memory of Mrs. Mellman, Mrs. Kay,   and Paul Tanenbaum's sister

Beatrice Mindlin in memory of Faye Mellman

Ami Kann in honor of David Polster's graduation

Yiska Weisband and Family in honor of grandmother and great

   grandmother, Helge Loewenberg-Domp on the occasion of her 100th


Yaacov and Bruria Martin in memory of Rav and mentor, Rav Aharon


Katie and Brett Kaufman and Family in memory of Lindsay Schottenstein's father, Joseph Michael Borish


To the Library Fund by:

Cheryl Miller in memory of Lindsay Schottenstein's father


To the March of the Living fund by:

Paul and Karan Tanenbaum in memory of Rabbi Ciner's brother, Ilanit

   Razker's father, and Lindsay Schottenstein's father

Ericka Schneiderman and Family wishing a mazel tov to the 2015



To the Athletic Fund by:

Janyce Katz and Mark Glazman in memory of her late father, Louis Katz, and her late cousin, Barry Jaffe


To the Mrs. Kristine Coyne Book and Literacy Fund by:

Janet Schwarz, Jeremy Schwarz, and Jordan Bardige

Dina Goldstein

David and Esther Bernzweig

Yael and Gavriel Shifman

Cantor Baruch and Minna Shifman

Tod and Cheri Friedman

Benjamin Goldberg

Alon Frank

Walt and Norma Whitmyre

Cheryl Miller


To the Sage Moreno Language Arts Award:

Seth and Lisa Stavsky & Family                                            

Dr. and Mrs. Ron Horwitz, Chad and Addison

Tamalynn Lerner                                                                    

David and Dianne Schwendenman

Bob, Betsey, and Dani Lane                                                   

Drs. David and Miriam Portman & Family

Herb and Francine Greff & Family                                         

Dr. Bob and Patti Wolf & Family

Dr. Ben and Wendy Gross Almasanu & Family                     

Wendy Horwitz, Chad and Addison

Dotan and Shari Herszage & Family                                      

David and DeeDee Stein & Family

Dr. Norman and Suzanne Schneiderman & Family              

Gary and Ele Thompson & Family

David Caplan and Ana Echevarria-Morales                           

Mousa and Shelly Aframian & Family

Cheryl Miller


To find out more or participate in the Sage Moreno Language Arts Award, click here.


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1.  What is the significance of the number 8,580 in this week's Parsha?

a.  It is the number of leviim between ages thirty and fifty.


2.   Besides transporting the Mishkan, what other service performed by the leviim is referred to in this Parsha?

a.   Singing and playing cymbals and harps to accompany the sacrifices. 


3.   On which day did Moshe teach the command to send those who are temeim (ritually impure) out of the camp?

a.   The day the Mishkan was erected.


4.   Name the three camps in the desert.

a.   The camp of the Shechina was in the center, surrounded by the camp of Levi which was surrounded by the camp of Yisrael.


5.   Who was sent out of each of the camps?

a.   A metzora was sent out of all three camps. A zav was permitted in the camp of Yisrael but excluded from the two inner camps. A person who was tamei from contact with the dead had to leave only the camp of the Shechina.


6.   A person stole from another and swore that he was innocent. If he later confesses his guilt, what are his obligations?

a.   He pays the principle plus a fifth to the victim, and brings a korban asham.


7.   Who determines which kohen receives the gifts that must be given to the kohanim (gifts to the kohanim)?

a.   The giver.


8.   What does the Torah promise a person who gives matnot kehuna?

a.   Great wealth.


9.   Why are the verses about matnot kehuna followed by the verses about the sotah?

a.   To teach that someone who withholds the gifts due thekohanim is deserving of eventually bringing his wife to the kohanim to be tried as a sotah.


10.  Why is the sotah given water from the holy basin?

a.   The holy basin was made from the mirrors of the righteous women who left Egypt; the sotah strayed from the example set by these women.


11.  What does the kohen do to the hair of a sotah?

a.   He uncovers it.


12.  What are chartzanim? What are zagim?

a.   Chartzanim are seeds. Zagim are peels.


(Parsha Naso Quiz originally appeared on the 

Ohr Somayach  website,


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