Shabbat Bulletin‎ > ‎



Shabbat Bulletin - January 23, 2023

Shabbat Shalom,

As a Conservative, egalitarian synagogue, women participate in all aspects of the service receiving aliyot to the Torah and count in a minyan.

MEMBERS! We’d love to hear from you.

Submissions for the following would be appreciated:

  • Miss a Shabbat, miss a lot.”

  • “We will never forget!”


Miss a Shabbat, miss a lot.

Marilyn’s hint: (to last week’s puzzle)

Tom Brady -- Suspended 4 Games For 'Deflategate' Scandal

Just in case you missed it

Here's the link to our Lodzer Congregation 2015 Xmas Eve Party picture collection.


Created and Donated by Eda Kardonne.

Arthur Zins200px.jpg

The happy raffle winner of the beautiful plate at our annual Kosher Chinese Dinner and Movie was Arthur Zins - our morning Minyan leader.

We will never forget!




Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 7:30 p.m., Holy Blossom Temple, Toronto

Feature Presentation

Please RSVP to

Haymishe Humour by Frank White

David and John, two young boys, were in pre-op, waiting for their surgeries that morning.

"I'm having my tonsils out, and I'm quite worried about it", said David.  "No big deal", answered the second boy.  "I had mine done last year.  they put you to sleep and then you can eat all the ice-cream you want."

"So, what are you hear for?", asked David.  "Circumcision", was the reply.  "Whoa, man, That's major!  I had it done shortly after I was born, and I couldn't walk for almost a year!"

Quotes of the Day - Sayings for Prayings

If you wear blinders,

even shedding light on the subject won't help!

Daily Minyan

7 days a week at 9:00 am

Sunday – Friday: includes Breakfast following

Saturdays: Shabbat Service begins at 9:30 am and includes Kiddush Luncheon

Cemetery plots for sale to members in good standing (three years minimum).

If you are a member (3 years or more) and want to buy a plot, the cost per plot is $2500.

If you know anyone wanting a plot - the person can pay three years' membership dues and then be entitled to buy a plot.

This is an opportunity to purchase before prices increase.

Please call Sarah Senior, Lodzer Office Administrator,

for more information and to order:  416 636-6665

Lodzer committee members needed!

Help is always needed at the shul. Volunteer for a committee – you’ll be appreciated! Just call the office – 416-636-6665 and put your name in. The committee Chairperson will contact you. Membership Fundrasing Education Social Programming House Minyan Religious Holocaust Future Planning Music Cemetery

Lodzer Sisterhood Cookbooks

Great Gifts – just $20 each

Contact the Office at 416- 636- 6665

Tree of Life or Seat Plaques

Remember family and friends by purchasing a leaf on our tree of life or a sanctuary seat plaque. Call the office at 416 636-6665.


Jeff Shabes, Pres.

Harvey Storm, 1st Vice Pres.

Jonathan Usher, 2nd Vice Pres.

Morry Nosak, Treasurer

Marilyn Richmond, Secretary                                              

Board Members

Joe Ber

Roz Greene

Henry Epstein

Rafi Remez

Frank Steiman

Arnie Yudell

Honourary Member

Leon Pasternak

Cantor: Marcel Cohen

B’aal Koreh: Harvey Bitterman

Gabbai: Arnie Yudell

Bulletin Editor: Jonathan Usher

Office Manager

Sarah Senior

More Info:

Who we are -- Contact Info


Bar and Bat Mitzvah’s

High Holy Days 2016


Events -- one stop shopping


7:30-8:30 pm

Parsha of The Week (POW)

with Judy Hazan

Join this lively group every Wednesday night at 7:30 at The Lodzer where we study the week’s sedra together. Classes are informal and no prior knowledge or preparation is required. The purpose of the class is to learn the story of the parsha, determine its most important elements and tie its morals and lessons into our daily lives. This is open to the public and there is no cost.

For more information contact Judy Hazan 416-704-1693


after the kiddush

Pirke Avoth Discussion Group

with Jonathan Usher


Every shabbat, after the kiddush there is a vibrant discussion of

one Mishnah of Pirke Avoth.

Read Jonathan’s Pirke Avoth Discussion Points for the week  at the end of this Shabbat Bulletin

Chesed/Benevolent Committee


Please call the shul office if you need support or if you know of one of our members who may need support. It remains confidential.

Office Hours

Monday through Thursday

9 am - 1 pm and 2 pm - 4 pm


9 am to 1 pm


January 23, 2016

Kiddush Lunch

This week's kiddish is co-sponsored by Jeff Shabes for the yahrzeit of his father.

Torah Times

Shabbat Services: 9:30 am.

Based on a Triennial Year

Torah Reading:

Beshallach: (Exodus 14:26 - 17:16 (Pg. 269)

Haftorah reading:

Haftorah: Judges: 5:1 - 5:31  (Pg.281 )

Candle Lighting: 4:57 p.m. – Friday

Havdalah: 5:57 p.m. – Saturday


23 January

from 2 to 6 pm

at Beth David

Annual Shabbat Unplugged!


Lodzer Centre is invited to Beth David's Annual Shabbat Unplugged!

It's a wonderful way  to spend an afternoon to relax, enjoy time with family, friends and community, "unplugged" from the routines of our regular week.

There will be activities for all ages:

a Board game room with classics and new games for all ages - Spot It; Othello; Settlers of Catan; Monopoly; Scrabble; Ticket to Ride AND Mah Jong.

Learning opportunities for adults - led by Beth David members

Learning sessions with our Rabbinic Intern Bryan Wexler

Activities in the gym for kids and teens

Activities led by our wonderful Shinshinim Noa and Itay

Shmoozing and Noshing

Delicious Seudah Shlishit (light dinner)

Musical Havdallah - followed by a sing-a-long

The afternoon is free but please register at so that they know how many people to plan for.


January 27

7:30 p.m.

Holy Blossom Temple

Three Minutes in Poland:

Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Family Film


When Glenn Kurtz stumbles upon an old family film in his parents' closet in Florida, he has no inkling of its historical significance or of the impact it will have on his life.

Please RSVP to


January 30, 2016

Kiddush Lunch

To sponsor a Kiddush please call the office 416-636-6665


February 22

7:30 pm


Book Chat


Our next book is " Have a Little Faith" by the ever popular author, Mitch Albom.  This book, recommended by one of our regular Book Chat members, is a lighter read than our last book, "As a Driven Leaf", which provided much for discussion.  We'll meet on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 7:30 pm at the shul.  Please join us.


For more information contact

Birthdays, Anniversaries, Yahrzeits




Jan. 28  Joseph Shabes, father of Jeff

Jan. 29  Arie Schwartz, father of Meir

Parsha of the Week

THE TORAH PORTION - from - Reflections by Rabbi Yehoshua Berman



Israel’s exodus from Egypt was not only a pivotal point in biblical history; it is an epic story that continues to capture our imaginations. Later this week, Moses and Pharaoh will return to the big screen in Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings. No doubt Scott has made use of Hollywood’s special effects wizards to reenact the Exodus drama, including the famous ten plagues—but what can Scripture and science tell us about how God Himself brought the real plagues upon Pharaoh when he refused to free the Israelite slaves?

Traditional Bible interpretations have held that God used supernatural power to bring about the plagues. However, with the dramatic advances of medical research and other sciences in the twentieth century, experts began to see similarities between natural phenomena and scriptural descriptions of the plagues. Furthermore, as we’ve noted before, it can be demonstrated that other Exodus miracles, namely turning the Nile River blood red (the first plague) and the parting of the Red Sea, were natural phenomenon controlled by God.

Active and Passive Hypernatural Miracles

It is possible that the plagues may have been hypernatural miracles, God’s use of natural law and phenomena in an extraordinary way (via timing, location, magnitude, and selectivity) to bring about His will (Psalm 104:4; 148:8). Hyper-naturalism explains many of God’s miracles as a combination of divine attributes (such as power and knowledge) and natural law.

Hypernatural miracles include God’s power to manipulate the forces of nature via direct action. For example, a “strong east wind” (Exodus 14:21, NASB) parted the Red Sea to allow Israel to escape Pharaoh’s army; and the fire Elijah called down from heaven, during his face-off with the prophets of Baal, may have been a type of lightning strike known as a “bolt from the blue” (1 Kings 18:38–39). We refer to these instances as active hypernatural miracles.

Yet another way God can demonstrate hypernatural control of nature is based on His foreknowledge. Since God knows when a natural event will occur, He can forewarn His followers. And when God’s followers predict a natural event accurately, it appears as a miracle. These events are passive hypernatural miracles.

Our thesis is that the ten plagues of Egypt may have been a series of hypernatural miracles. To support this, we studied peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals that suggest naturalistic explanations for the plagues and then compared these with the biblical text. Our conclusion is that all of the plagues were potentially hypernatural miracles; some were active, some were passive, occurring as a natural consequence of the active miracles. In this latter case, we suggest God told Moses when the plagues would occur based on His foreknowledge of these consequences and Moses then challenged Pharaoh with this information.

John Marr and Curtis Malloy published the most recent and definitive article in 1996.1 It approaches the plagues from an epidemiological perspective. Obviously, this article doesn’t have all the answers, but it does present a plausible scenario that we can place in the context of hypernaturalism. Since we cannot know the mind of God, plausibility is all we are seeking to achieve.

Editor’s Note: If the above theory is correct, than we might be subject to

                        continual happenings that we do not recognize as miracles.

                        Perhaps we would call them “fortuitous events” or   


Jonathan’s Pirke Avoth for the week

Pirke Avoth  Perek 1 Mishnah 7

Note: This commentary is taken from Ethics from Sinai by Irving M. Bunim. Some sentences of the commentaries have been taken verbatim (in quotes) and others have been summarized. All relate to Mishnah 7. The Questions are my own.

Nittai of Arbela said: Keep far distant from a bad neighbour; do not associate with a wicked man; and do not abandon belief in retribution [or: do not abandon hope because of retribution, punishment].

Ethics from Sinai

“In life we will encounter people who are bad, unquestionably bad, bad beyond the shadow of a doubt. When you discover that your neighbour is wicked, keep far away from him. The effect of evil association is often fatal. What the Mishnah is rejecting is the naive idealism which refuses to believe that there are really bad people, and the naive optimism that even if some are momentarily wicked, we can soon improve them, When the proximity of evil affects you directly in your personal, emotional life, then discretion is the better policy: put a distance between yourself and your evil neighbour.”

“Man is a highly imitative creature. He absorbs from the environment the values and behaviour patterns of those about him, and in his ways he tends to conform to them.”

Question 1: Does this apply to the Syrian refugees? Are some of them “bad, bad,

                    beyond  a shadow  of a doubt”?

Question 2: When residing in Canada will they adopt our  culture and change their

                     cultural values?  That is, can we improve the evil ones? Will they imitate

                     and conform or stay within the people of their own culture?


                      “Better no friends at all than to associate with the wicked.”

Question: Can we tell this to our kids so that they don’t join the wrong crowd or


While we have an enduring obligation to attempt to improve and guide those about us, we must, in making our effort, assess the situation most realistically. …If he wants to learn, let him become your companion. Let him seek you out….But if there is no spark of receptivity on his part, and you have to go to him in the hope that you will change him, it will not turn out well.  More likely you will learn his way rather than he yours.”

Question: Does this apply to religious proselytizing, suggesting ways to improve,   

                 or  simply helping a neighbour, etc?

“If you associate with the wicked, the chances of their defiling you are far greater than the possibility of your reforming them.”

Question: Do you agree?

“There is a certain ironic but tragic fate which usually overtakes the honest person who deliberately joins forces with a wicked fellow, hoping to share in the other’s success while retaining his own respectability. When the day of reckoning finally comes, the unscrupulous one is clever enough to slip away while you, the ‘amateur’ are left to face the consequences. Yes, it is always the honourable one who pays the piper”

Editor’s note: For a great book on this topic, read “Cry the Beloved Country” by

                        Allan Paton.

Question: Do you agree? Do you pay cash to tradesmen etc.?

“‘ don’t take hardship to heart and don’t let success go to your head.’”  “This too shall pass.”

Question: Do you apply this philosophical idea?

Visions of the Fathers

“A bad neighbour … may mean a corrupt environment.” Anything that you do not want your children to do, you should not do. “Children tend to emulate their parents.” “It is a well established fact ‘Do as I say, not as I do’ has the very effect that parents wish to avoid.”

Medical practice gives us the model for dealing with evil people. Doctors treat diseases, but take precautions not to get the disease themselves. We should treat dealing with evil people or people who do not follow the Torah in the same way.

The text suggests that bad people who do well, socially or financially, in this world will be punished in the next, so don’t imitate them or be jealous of them.

Question: Except in the case of obviously bad people, do you consciously avoid

                people who have bad morals or actions or who might cheat on their tax.

“Why God allows this [pain and suffering] to happen  is beyond our comprehension, but knowing that God’s love for us surpasses any love that we can possibly imagine should help us realize that there is a reason why we must undergo these painful ordeals.” God will explain the nature of reward and punishment at the time of the Redemption.

Question: Do you agree with this last paragraph?