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Shabbat Bulletin - February 13, 2016






Shabbat Shalom,

In the local news, more awful stuff has happened. Drive-by shootings, corrupt public officials, horrible news stories about what some people are willing to do to other people: it’s endless, mindless, ghastly.


But for Shabbat, Jews will stop. Just for a little while. We will stop and do our best to appreciate the wonders of creation.


We will stop to notice love. We will stop to rest our bodies. We will turn off that blasted cable news machine and concentrate on goodness. For those in the depths of grief, obviously, that doesn’t stop. But the community pauses, and we hold the mourners in our midst, and we stop to do what we can to rest, to recover, to simply be.


I wish you “Shabbat shalom,” a Sabbath of peace.  (credit: coffeeshoprabbi)




Mazel Tov to the Bell-Chodirker family

on Zev’s Bar-Mitzvah.



MEMBERS! We’d love to hear from you.

Submissions for the following would be appreciated:

  • “Shabbat Shalom”

  • Miss a Shabbat, miss a lot.”

  • “We will never forget!”

  • “Good news you wish to share”

email/replyTo: lodzercongregation@gmail.com



Miss a Shabbat, miss a lot -- The care and feeding of your Hebrew Slave

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A Jewish slave who wishes to continue in his servitude must have his ear pierced -- against the door or the doorpost?

According to the laws of the Torah, "If you buy a Hebrew servant, he shall serve six years; and in the seventh he shall go out free and pay nothing…

But if the servant wishes to remain a slave and plainly says, 'I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free', then his master shall bring him to the judges.

He shall also bring him to the door, or to the doorpost, and his master shall pierce his ear with an awl; and he shall serve him forever"

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There is much controversy over interpretation of this law


Hearing is reserved to those that listen to the word of G-d.

  • the ear that heard on Mount Sinai

  • they are my servants and shall not be servants to servants

  • let it be pierced. (the eardrum?)


Judy takes us through a very detailed and informative D’Var Torah Mishpatim



Rosh Chodesh -- a reminder  (Thanks, Rafi)

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O heavenly Father, the approach of another month reminds us of the flight of time and the change of seasons.

Month follows month; the years of man’s life are few and fleeting.

Teach us to number our days that we may use each precious moment wisely.

May no day pass without bringing us closer to some worthy achievement.

Grant that the new month bring life and hope, joy and peace to all Thy children. Amen.

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(The meditation after the Prayer for the new month, read on the past Sabbath before the new moon. From: Sabbath and Festival Prayer Book, 1985.)




We will never forget! -- Teaching The Holocaust  (part 1 of 6)

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Haymishe Humour -- More Donald!  (Thanks, Nancy)

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei calls Trump and tells him,

"Donald, stay out of office. Because last night I had a wonderful dream. I could see America, the whole beautiful country, and on each house I saw a banner."


"What did it say on the banners?" Trump asks.

Ali replies, "UNITED STATES OF IRAN."


Trump says, "You know, Ali, I am really happy you called, because believe it or not, last night I had a similar dream. I could see all of Tehran, and it was more beautiful than ever, and on each house flew an enormous banner."


"What did it say on the banners?" Ali asks.

Trump replies, "I don't know. I can't read Hebrew."


Quotes of the Day - Sayings for Prayings

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Erica Brown - From Cold Tangerines:


Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life: “ I have always, essentially, been waiting. Waiting to become something else, waiting to be that person I always thought I was on the verge of becoming, waiting for that life I thought I would have. In my head, I was always one step away.” One step away is not close enough… Life started long ago. Why wait?”




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 Fundraising 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

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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.


Chesed 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.

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Office Hours

Monday through Thursday

9 am - 1 pm and 2 pm - 4 pm

Friday

9 am to 1 pm

Executive

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

Memberships

Bar and Bat Mitzvah’s

High Holy Days 2016




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In a climate of increasing stabbing attacks on Jews in Israel and across Europe by Muslim terrorists, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon explained that it was an understandable reaction to "occupation" and that “Ït was the human thing to do.”






Birthdays, Anniversaries, Yahrzeits

Birthdays

Feb. 15  Robert Berger

Feb. 17  Felix Brand

Feb. 18  Bluma Nemirov

Feb. 19  Ronald Feldman

Feb. 19  Harley Klein


Anniversaries


Yahrzeits

Feb. 13  Abraham Bernick,

father of Selma Opler

Feb. 13  Saul Lichtblau, husband of Fela

Feb. 14  Josef and Golda Ber,

grandparents of Josef

Feb. 15  Tilly Isaacson,

mother of Jacqueline Tolkin

Feb. 17  Bella Rochwerg,

mother of Alisa Schwartz

Feb. 18  Sam Bederman, husband of Elyssa

Feb. 19  Gut'l Golub, father of Eda Kardonne


Rabbi Eli wants us to think about transformative change.  Why?

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Events -- one stop shopping

Wednesdays

7:30-8:30 pm

Parsha of The Week

(POW)

with Judy Hazan

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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



There will be no “Parsha of the Week”

on Feb. 17

(Family Day is Monday, Feb. 15)



Shabbat

after the kiddush

Pirke Avoth

Discussion Group

with Jonathan Usher

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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.



Wednesday,

February 10


1 ADAR I

Rosh Chodesh Adar I

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Saturday,

February 13

Kiddush Lunch

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This week's kiddush is sponsored by the Chaim Bell and Sharon Chodirker and family in honour of their son Zev's Bar Mitzvah


Torah Times

Shabbat Services: 9:30 am.

Based on a Triennial Year

Torah Reading:

Terumah: Exodus:  26:31  27:19

(Pg. 333)


Haftorah reading:

1 Kings 5:26 - 6:13 (Pg. 336)


Candle Lighting: 5:25 p.m. – Friday

Havdalah: 6:35 p.m. – Saturday

Saturday,

February 20


Kiddush Lunch

The Lodzer welcomes back

Rabbi Eli Courante



Rabbi Eli will again be conducting our services.


Come and enjoy his unique and stimulating leadership.



Reading and following the teachings of the Torah has radically transformed the Jewish People.

If not for the events that unfolded in the Torah, where would we be today?


A hot meal...

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Starts with a good idea.

Sunday,

February 21

2 PM


$10


Beth Tikvah Synagogue

FRIENDS OF YIDDISH

TORONTO


Promoting Mameloshn and Yiddish Culture




Sholem Aleichem Tribute Concert


RSVP

yiddish18@yahoo.ca

or

Lillian at 416-783-3603

“A Tribute to Sholem Aleichem”


featuring McGill University’s delightful lecturer and tuneful Yiddishist, Janie Respitz .

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She describes Sholem Aleichem’s wonderfully nostalgic stories set in our grandparents’ old Yiddish shtetls.


She interprets and sings many folkloric tales that evoke the lives of Tevye and the colourful characters of the author’s Anatevka as dramatized in “Fiddler on the Roof.”


Monday,

February 22

7:30 pm

Shul

Book Chat

with Cathy Zeldin


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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.

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For more information contact cathyrzeldin@gmail.com

Saturday,

February 27

Kiddush Lunch

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

Shabbat,

March 11


1 ADAR II

Shabbat Rosh Chodesh dawns on this first day of the month of Adar II


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Adar is the happiest, most joyous month of the Hebrew calendar. In fact, its motto is “When Adar comes, joy is increased.”


The abundance of joy in Adar is primarily due to the presence within the month of Purim. That holiday commemorates the salvation of the Jewish People from a genocidal plot by the wicked Haman…


Our last picture of Haman and his ten sons are of them dangling from the very gallows which he had prepared for Mordechai, a leader of the Jews.


Pirkei Avot: “When your enemy falls, do not be happy, and when he stumbles, let your heart not rejoice,” an exception is made in the case of Haman. He represents the spirit of absolute evil…  (Orthodox Union)

Wednesday,

March 23


Beth Radom

Megillat Reading

at the Beth Radom


We are invited to the Megillat Reading Wednesday, at the Beth Radom.


Details to follow

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Megillat Esther, “The Scroll of Esther,” is a firsthand account of the events of Purim, written by the heroes themselves—Esther and Mordechai. The megillah is read twice in the course of the festival: on the eve of Purim, and during Purim day.

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Thursday,

March 24

9 AM

Lodzer

The Whole Megillah

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Lodzer will be having services for Purim on Thursday,  March 24, 2016, at 9 a.m..including Megillah reading.

Shabbat,

March 25

(Good Friday)

6 PM

Lodzer

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Adult Menu:

Butternut Squash Soup

Caesar Salad

Honey Garlic Chicken

Herb Roasted Potatoes

Baby Carrots & Snow Peas

Apple Strudel w/ Vanilla Sauce

Purim Oneg Shabbat Program

 

Services at  6.00 PM and a special dinner to follow.


Our Oneg Shabbats always feature prayer, friendship and good food.   

This is in conjunction with our Purim activities. Bring your family, children friends, grandchildren and let's make this the largest Oneg Shabbat we have ever had.  


$35 for members, $20 for children,

$40 for non-members.



Parsha of the Week - Terumah

The Torah Portion - Terumah


A Moment in Time

The Israelites who traversed the desert generations ago stood at Mount Sinai for three days, with thunder and lightning, trembling mountains and Divine voices calling from the Heavens. They experienced a moment that changed them and the world forever, and then the moment was over. It flew by, and soon after, they built the portable Temple known as the Mishkan–or Tabernacle–which is described in great detail in Parashat Terumah. Like a photograph, the Mishkan was a signifier–a permanent representation of a fleeting revelation.

To some, the Mishkan was, like the photographs we take back from vacation, an incredible representation of what once was. There was deep intimacy between God and the people of Israel at Sinai, but the moment couldn’t hold: it was over as soon as it had begun. The biblical scholar Umberto Cassuto says it is exactly this problem of impermanence which the Mishkan is meant to solve. "So long as they were encamped in the place [of Mt. Sinai], they were conscious of God’s nearness; but once they set out on their journey, it seemed to them as though the link had been broken, unless there was in their midst a tangible symbol of God’s presence among them. It was the function of the Tabernacle to serve as such a symbol."



Souvenirs & Potential

Many of us have green Darfur bracelets on our wrists, justice banners in our synagogues, or divrei Torah such as this one in our in-boxes. These powerful and important representations are not justice any more than a picture is a vacation, or the Mishkan is the Divine. They are instruments of Jewish social justice culture, and they prompt our hearts to dream of justice and pursue it. They remind us of a Judaism that has justice concerns at its core, and provide a light so that we may see what might yet be, but isn’t yet. They are souvenirs of potential.

The danger of representations, particularly those of a beautiful future or a glorious past, is that they will come to supplant the very thing which they represent. The Israelites ran the danger of replacing the glory of the Divine with the portable Mishkan, a danger they realized with the sin of the Golden Calf. They confused representation with the thing itself, and in the process, lost everything. We who long for justice in the world also run that risk, of replacing Divine Justice with social justice culture. Green bracelets will not save Darfur, and this document will not feed the hungry.

Yet our souvenirs of potential–whether they are posters for a cause or pictures of us volunteering–can remind us of work for justice that we have done or hope to do. Let these signifiers not lull us into self-satisfied complacency, but rather inspire us to actually volunteer, advocate, or give tzedakah, because it is in doing, not representing, that justice can be found.



Mind Mover:

Together, a bottle and a cork cost one dollar and five cents.  If the bottle costs a dollar more than the cork does, what is the cost of each by itself?


Answer:  Bottle cost minus cork cost = $l.00.  Bottle cost is one dollar and two and a half cents, cork cost is two and a half cents.





Jonathan’s Pirke Avoth for the week

Pirke Avoth, Perek 1 Mishnah 10


Note: This commentary is taken from Ethics from Sinai by Irving M. Bunim and Visions of the Fathers by Abraham Twerski. Some sentences of the commentaries have been taken verbatim (in quotes) and others have been summarized. All relate to Mishnah 9. The Questions are my own.


Shmayah and Avtalyon received the tradition from them [the above two Sages]. Shmayah said: Love work, and hate [holding any] domineering position; and do not become intimate with the ruling power.


And if a man should claim that his education and knowledge of the Law make it unseemly for him to engage in menial labour, let him please take note that our tradition extols physical work and considers any gainful honest activity to be preferable to becoming dependent upon the community.Neither a mans knowledge nor his religiosity alone obliges a community to owe him a living


Question 1: Why does the Jewish community feel that manual labour is not

                    as worthwhile as other labour. Is the order - 1. intellectual

                    labour, 2. skilled trades, 3. manual labour?

Question 2: Is it based on the assumption that the work is a reflection of

                   intellect?  Is this a correct assumption?

Aside from its utility or economic value, there is a profound satisfaction in loving labour for the sake of a job well done. To freely create or fashion something is for man to express his distinctive humanity and indeed to imitate divinity. As He created so shall you create. Indeed, it is doubtful if a person can do anything well or for any length of time unless he approaches it with love and satisfaction borne out of a sense of creative achievement. Furthermore, it would appear that for any kind of sanity and mental balance it is essential that a person do something satisfying at least in some area of his life.



The only possible attitude with which to enter the rabbinate is to love its labour and remain indifferent to its honours.” “Honour flees from him who pursues it; he who flees honour, however is pursued by it.


Question: In your opinion does this describe most of the rabbis you know?


As a general rule, this teaching would urge a rabbi to stay out of the more sordid aspects of politics and not to involve the power and prestige of his

position in political contests merely for the sake of politics as such.However, when our Jewish leaders refused to become puppets of tyrannical leaders, others, stepped in, usually with disastrous results.  


Question 1: Should our Jewish leaders involve themselves in politics that

                    are general or that affect Jews?

Question 2: Do you agree with our leaderscurrent involvement and their method

                   of  involvement (very quiet diplomacy) and the positions they  

                   hold?


Because of our messianic yearning and beliefs, Jews have always seen an idealin every uprising against tyranny and dictatorship.Usually however

after victory is achieved, the Jew is considered to be a counter-revolutionary or the enemy. The lesson is clear. Do not ally yourself with revolutions. Love the work that alone can bring closer the Messianic era; labour in the vineyard of Torah.


Question 1:  Do you agree?

Question 2:  Is revolutionary work part of  Tikkun Olum?



Visions of the Fathers


One of the defence mechanisms which people with feelings of low self-esteem employ is to try and control others. Exercising authority over others seems to soothe their feelings of inadequacy and inferiority. There is certainly a need for authority, but when it is used as a method to gratify ones needs for mastery, it if fraught with danger for both the one controlling and those who are being controlled.


Question: Are these two propositions true?


The work itself should be enjoyed, but the gratification should not come from exercising ones superiority.”  “The Talmud states that when Rabban Gamliel wished to appoint two scholars to governmental posts, he said, Do not think I am giving you positions of mastery. Rather, it is servitude that I am giving you.’” People who are ego driven may think they will find salvation in a position of power. The Talmuds wise words should be taken to heart: Woe unto (a position of authority) because it buries its holders.’”


There are countless references in the Talmud that elevate the status of the worker.The Talmud is particularly harsh on a person who shuns work because he considers it beneath his dignity.It is not uncommon for people to think that there is dignity in holding public office, but not in being a labourer. The mishnah rejects such values, We should be much happier earning a livelihood by the work of our hands than by assuming what people may consider to be a position of prominence. All this notwithstanding, we do have a need for authoritative and responsible leaders.


Question: Does our culture agree with this?



The Last Word -- Prose on Attitude

Today was the absolute worst day ever

And don’t try to convince me that

There’s something good in every day

Because, when you take a closer look,

The world is a pretty evil place.

Even if

Some goodness does shine through once in a while

Satisfaction and happiness don’t last.

And it’s not true that

It’s all in the mind and heart

Because

True happiness can be attained

Only if one’s surroundings are good

It’s not true that good exists

I’m sure that you can agree that

The reality

Creates

My attitude

It’s all beyond my control

And you’ll never in a million years hear me say

Today was a very good day.


Now read it from bottom to top, the other way,
And see what I really feel about my day.




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