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Shabbat Bulletin - February 27, 2016

Shabbat Shalom,

Dear Friends,

I have a little experiment for you. Look out in front of you and notice what you see. It may be other people, a room, or maybe even some nature. Now try and notice what you don’t see. That’s a lot harder. It’s very hard to describe what you are not seeing.

When I do this, do you know what I don’t see? I don’t see my nose. You don’t either. I mean, yes, I see my nose when I look in a mirror, and you certainly see my nose when you look at me, otherwise I would look quite odd … but you and I both fail to see our own noses when looking through our own sets of eyes. It is a pretty cool trick that our brains play on us. Sure, if we stop for a moment and take notice, we can tell that each individual eye sees our nose within its field of vision, but in our day-to-day life, our brain edits our noses out of our perspective. Thanks, brain!

If it is so easy to block out something that is right there on our faces, imagine how easy it is to block out, and miss things that are in our surroundings!

(Parashat B’shalach  teaser -- templejeremiah)

Spoiler Alert:  If a miracle happened before your very eyes, would you recognise it?

We thank Rabbi Eli for leading our service last week.

Rabbi Eli took us on a rollercoaster ride -- thoughts and ideas raced through our minds -- as he shared his truth and message. If you’re looking for explanation and closure in today's “Miss a Shabbat, miss a lot” -- you won’t find it.

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”


Miss a Shabbat, miss a lot -- Burnt Offerings and What to Wear, oh my!

...wears Christianity on his sleeve.


Our exterior persona and the spirit deep within us should always reflect one another.

Clothing Makes the Kohen Gadol

Aaron must wear a special golden head plate bearing the words “Holy to God” -- a breastplate that bears 12 precious stones representing the tribes of Israel.

The Kohen’s garments set him apart and inspire onlookers with awe. He wears a special tunic and a unique robe that is hemmed with pomegranate-shaped tassels and small golden bells.


Powerful clothing of “glory and splendor” -- sacred clothing, a true reflection of the man inside.

The Changing Talmud - Ritual Sacrifice

talmudist -- those who are not able to adjust a belief or a theory to real facts of life.


Reverence for all life starts with animals.

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“...we’re practicing for the Jews…”


Upgrading our attire for Shabbat -- having fine clothes set aside for Shabbat -- not engaging in our usual ways -- can help us develop what is inside more fully and completely -- a respect for the sanctity of the synagogue — and  honour for and fear of God.

Is Your Indecision


“Do not judge by the flask, but rather by what it contains” (Pirkei Avot 4:20).

I am more than what you see!


We will never forget! -- Teaching The Holocaust  (part 3 of 6)


Haymishe Humour -- A rabbi and a priest...

A rabbi and a priest get into a car accident and it's a bad one. Both cars are totally demolished but amazingly neither of the clerics is hurt.

After they crawl out of their cars, the rabbi sees the priest's collar and says,

"So you're a priest. I'm a rabbi. Just look at our cars. There's nothing left, but we are unhurt. This must be a sign from God. God must have meant that we should meet and be friends and live together in peace the rest of our days."

The priest replies, "I agree with you completely." "This must be a sign from God."

The rabbi continues,

"And look at this. Here's another miracle. My car is completely demolished but this bottle of Mogen David wine didn't break. Surely God wants us to drink this wine and celebrate our good fortune."

Then he hands the bottle to the priest.

The priest agrees, takes a few big swigs, and hands the bottle back to the rabbi. The rabbi takes the bottle, immediately puts the cap on, and hands it back to the priest.

The priest asks, "Aren't you having any?"

The rabbi replies, "No...I think I'll wait for the police."

Quotes of the Day - Sayings for Prayings

“There are only two ways to live your life.

One is as though nothing is a miracle.

The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

—Albert Einstein

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


Please consider sponsoring a kiddush, or contributing to the building, programming, or any specific interest fund, by phoning the shul office at 416-636-6665

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.

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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Jonathan Usher, 2nd Vice Pres.

Morry Nosak, Treasurer

Marilyn Richmond, Secretary                                              

Board Members

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Roz Greene

Henry Epstein

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Frank Steiman

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Honourary Member

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B’aal Koreh: Harvey Bitterman

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Bar and Bat Mitzvah’s

High Holy Days 2016

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.

Putin Supports the Iran Deal



Birthdays, Anniversaries, Yahrzeits


Feb. 28  Hugh Freedman

Feb. 29  Morry Nosak

Mar. 1  Cantor Morris Goldlust

Mar. 2  Sheila Winston

Mar. 3  Dora Usher


Feb. 29  Molly Goldenhar, mother of Cindy Ber

Feb. 29  David Greenberg, husband of Rebecca

Feb. 29  Sarah Tobe, mother of Phyllis Levine

Mar. 2   Lily Rosenberg, mother of Joseph

Mar. 2   Fay Slutchuk, mother of Nancy Corey

Mar. 3   Brucha Kliger, mother of Irene Szweras

Mar. 4   Luba Drewnowsky, mother of Annette Sacks

Good For The Jews -- the Purim Story modernized  (thanks Marilyn)


Loosely based on the biblical book of Esther, with characters that match all the main characters in the Purim story—Ellen for Esther, Mose for Mordecai, Alex for Ahasuerus, Valerie for Vashti, and Hyman Clark for Haman

The title “Good for the Jews” uses a familiar expression for putting Jewish security at the center of every issue. It also sums up the different worldviews of two generations. Mose Sheinbaum, the 60-something hero of the book, judges all events by this litmus test.

His 25-year-old niece, Ellen, refuses to view the world through his uni-dimensional lens.

Ellen: “What year do you think it is?”

Mose: “It’s 1939. It’s always 1939,”

Set in Madison, Wisconsin, during the Bush administration. Part mystery and part stranger-comes-to-town story.

Like Esther, Debra Spark's characters deal with anti-Semitism and the way that powerful men—and the women who love them—negotiate bureaucracies.

At the core of the story of right and wrong are young, attractive Ellen Hirschorn and her older cousin Mose, a high school teacher who thinks he knows, in fact, what is "good for the Jews"—and for Ellen, too.

Their stories intertwine with those of the school superintendent, his ex-wife and son, and a new principal.

Workplace treachery, the bonds of family, coming of age, and romantic relationships all take center stage as the characters negotiate the fallout from a puzzling fire.

Quite clever.

I think the Mordechai character is an exceptional and creative teacher, but a really difficult act to follow.  Still good to know these teachers exist even in fiction.

Regards, Marilyn

Events -- one stop shopping


7:30-8:30 pm

Parsha of The Week


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.


February 27

Kiddush Lunch


This week's kiddush

is sponsored by

the Lodzer Congregation.

Torah Times

Shabbat Services: 9:30 am.

Torah Reading: Triennial Year 3

Ki Thissa (Exodus 33:12 - 34:35 (Pg. 362)

1: 33:12-16

2: 33:17-23

3: 34:1-9

4: 34:10-17

5: 34:18-21  bb

6: 34:22-26

7: 34:27-35

maf: 34:33-35

Haftorah reading:

1 Kings 18:10 - 18:39 (Pg.369)

Candle Lighting: 5:44 p.m. – Friday

Havdalah: 6:53 p.m. – Saturday


March 5

Kiddush Lunch

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


March 8


North York

Toronto Spring Aliyah Fair



Check-in & Registration Times:

Retirees: 5:30pm

General Programming: 6:30pm

Living in Israel

can be more than a dream

Hear from professionals about employment, communities, education, taxes, budgeting and retirement in Israel at the premier Aliyah event of the year.

The Aliyah Fair will feature Israeli vendors and Service providers to give you a head-start on your preparations.

This is your opportunity to meet and network with other people planning Aliyah and get the tools and information for Success.

If Israel is your dream, let's make it home.


March 11


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


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)


March 23

Beth Radom

7 PM


Megillat Reading

at the Beth Radom

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

Details to be confirmed

Come celebrate Purim @ Beth Radom's Annual Purim Party.

Megillah reading will begin at 7pm followed by dessert and a dance party.

Come dressed up.

$5 Suggested/per person @ door


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.

credit: chabad


March 24

9 AM


The Whole Megillah


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


March 25

(Good Friday)

6 PM



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 with 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.

Reserve by Monday, March 21st


April 4

7:30 pm


Book Chat

with Cathy Zeldin


Thanks to everyone who came out for the last meeting.  We had a large, lively and engaged group to discuss Mitch Albom's "Have a Little Faith".

Our next book is "The Coffee Trader" by David Liss.  


A historical novel set in 17th century Amsterdam. The story revolves around the activities of commodity trader Miguel Lienzo, a Jew who is a refugee from the Portuguese Inquisition.

On the world’s first commodities exchange, wealth is won and lost in an instant.

We'll meet on Monday, April 4, at 7:30 pm at the shul. Please join us.


For more information contact


The Torah Portion -  Ki Thissa

The Golden Calf: Yesterday and Today

by Rabbi Shraga Simmons

(As condensed by the editor)

The question is obvious: If the Jews had just witnessed God's awesome power in the Ten Plagues, the splitting of the Red Sea, and the revelation at Mount Sinai, how could these same people turn around and worship a Golden Calf?!

The answer is that the Jews never built the calf with the intention it should be worshipped.

So when Day 39 rolled around, the Jews began to wonder, "Where's Moses?" They relied on Moses as captain of the team around whom they rallied to get the job done.

Their fundamental mistake? They lost patience, the serenity of knowing that life is a process and everything happens in its time. This lack of trust in made them lose touch with reality and - fueled by fear and anxiety - their imaginations began to run wild.

Then the Jews reasoned: If Moses isn't coming back, we must craft ourselves a replacement. And so the Golden Calf was born. Not as an idol; not as a rebellion against God. But as a figurehead. A mere shrine to replace the missing Moses.

And the next thing you know, it's full-blown idolatry.

Lack of Focus

What happened?

Maimonides explains that idolatry is not a single step, but rather a process. In the old days, someone would carve a piece of stone and call it the "sun god." He'd want to pay tribute to God as creator of the sun. Before long, they were worshipping the sun itself. They believed that something other than God was the ultimate source of strength and salvation.

Today, it's not uncommon to believe that money, fame, stock options, a fast computer, or good looks is the source of fulfillment and happiness. Treating something of relative importance as though it were of ultimate significance: that's idolatry!

People start off focused and clear on the priorities of life. But then we get sidetracked and may even forget what we're truly living for. We imagine that putting our trust in [fill in the blank – money, power, beauty, prestige, etc.] will bring me happiness.

The results can be tragic. During the incident of the Golden Calf, one man named Chur arose to protest. So how did the crowd respond? Their connection to this "idol" had grown so strong that they lynched Chur to death.

Stand Up and Be Counted

When Moses came down from the mountain and smashed the Tablets, he issued a pronouncement to all Jews:

"You can now turn back and avoid tragedy. Stop worshipping the Golden Calf and affirm your loyalty to God."

Only the Tribe of Levi, comprising about 3% of the Jewish population, accepted Moses' words. The other 97% remained stuck in their failed venture.

How often do we see someone continuing a destructive relationship simply because they're deeply invested and stuck. The physical or emotional gratification may have us hooked. And once we're in, it's hard to stop.

Many times in life, we hear a little voice in our head saying, 'Stop the idolatry.' Something will challenge us to stand up and be counted. In which camp are we? Do we have the clarity and conviction to stay on the right track? Because how we respond will have implications not only for us, but for generations beyond.

The lesson of the Golden Calf is to think about what we're doing. What starts innocently may turn out tragic. Have we lost sight of our true priorities? Are we being swept away by the mob?

We need to take a deep breathe and read the signs being sent to us every moment. With the right clarity, when we hear the voice, we will stand up and be counted.

20160222_BookChat “have a little faith” -- Mitch Albom



Death: Fear of the unknown; Fear of being forgotten



Pirke Avoth Perek 1 Mishnah 12

Note: The commentary is taken from Ethics from Sinai by Irving M.Bunim and Visions of he Fathers by Abraham Twerski. Some sentences of the commentaries have been taken verbatim ( in quotes) and others have been summarized. All relate to Mishnah 12. The Questions and Notes are my own.

Hillel and Shammai received the tradition from them [Shmayah and Avtalyon]. Hillel said: Be of the disciples of Aaron, loving peace and pursuing peace, loving people and drawing them near to the Torah.

Ethics from Sinai

Note: This Mishnah seems to be more about the psychology of living as explained by the text, rather than about relationships with God.

Be of the disciples of Aaron …”.  Aaron would seek peace between people by telling each of disputing persons that the other wanted to make peace and so make each of them feel comfortable enough to speak to the other.

Question: Is telling white lies to obtain a good result, as Aaron did, honest or advisable?

Honesty is a value built into the structure of existence itself.

Question: In the expression Honesty is the best policy, is honesty a policy or is it more than that - something we build into our existence?

To bring people to Torah, Aaron would make friends with them. Eventually  they would become embarrassed to be friends with Aaron and would change their non-observant ways. This was the way of Aaron - the way of love. He did not preach. He did not condemn. Aaron merely enveloped people with love and friendship. In responding to the warmth of his personality, human beings came close to Torah.

Question: Is this the best way to bring people back to going to shul?

drawing them close to the Torahcould mean doing good deeds,  performing ritual and the commandments,  or living a moral life.  It could also be any combination of these. It does not seem to be a well defined phrase although it is often used.  The commentator says that peace, pursuing peace, and loving humanity are all to bring us closer to the Torah.  

Question: When the word Torah is used, does it mean doing good deeds etc rather

                 than relate to the Torah document  or studying the Torah. How have

                 you interpreted it in the past?

We cannot all become Aarons. But at least, urges Hillel, let us become disciples of Aaron. Let us attempt to learn his ways and emulate his approach. Obviously Aaron was able to make peace among others because he was at peace with himself. There was within him none of the seething envy, petty ambition or inflated conceit which drives others to eternal discontent and inner strife.” “First let us achieve love of peacein our own make-up; then can we become pursers of peacefor the world.” “You must be a lover of peace. You must love with your whole heart, with your entire being: only thence you become a pursuer of peace.’”

Question: Is it necessary to become lovers of peace in our make-up before we can

                 help the world?

Now, a strong emotion is an overwhelming experience and grasps the whole person. It is beyond logic and beyond material interests. True religion, great ethical imperatives, will not be achieved through cold, niggardly logic and reason.

Question: We live in an age of rationalization. Is periodic learning the Torah text

                 sufficient to achieve an experience of G-d or the value of religion?

You must love your fellow man whether he agrees with you or not, whether he is observant or not, simply because he is a man. Disagree, perhaps; but hate, never!

Question 1: Is it realistic to love a person that you disagree with or that is evil?

Question 2: Should we forgive their sins, or is that something that only G-d can do?

Question 3: Is the best we can do for people who have hurt of offended us is to

                    put it behind us?

“‘Do not reprove a scorner lest he hate you; reprove the wise man and he will love you”’

The wise man will consider whether your disapproval is warranted. The scorner will simply be offended. The sentence could also mean that: If you label him a scornerand reproach him as such, he will undoubtedly live up to the designation.

Question: Here has  Torah study veered into common sense and simply become

                a factor of personal relations that we should periodically remember?

Oftentimes those who love peace may, for the sake of the Torah, have to be the ones who temporarily disrupt the peace. When one of the leaders of Israel defied Moses and publicly desecrated the name of God by committing gross immorality, Pihnhas, a grandson of Aaron, was zealous for the Lord and destroyed the evildoers. He certainly did not uphold peace in the conventional sense. He committed violence and bloodshed. He refused to be tolerant of evil.  

Without any hesitation Pinhas destroyed an unreal superficial peace to achieve a genuine peace, a harmonious relationship between G-d and Israel. This was a war to end war.We find such occasions in life and in history. We must pray to the Almighty to give us the wisdom to recognize and judge these occasions correctly.

Question:  Is this the situation that Israel in relation to the Palestinians, or the

                  world in relation to Isis, finds itself in today?

Visions of the Fathers

As remote as it may seem, every person should feel a sense of responsibility for

 everything that happens in the community, and not think that his behaviour

 affects no one but himself.

Question: How much of your total time, and  money is given to each of your

                 family, friends, work, neighbours, synagogue, other  groups, religion,

                 province, country, and  Israel?

                 Time and money should add up to 100%.

                 How much personal responsibility or involvement do you have in


                This is difficult to quantify.

        Family - responsibility ________%          time______% -  money_____ %

        Work -   responsibility_________%          time______%     money _____%

        Friends - responsibility ________%         time ______% -   money_____ %

        Synagogue - responsibility______%         time ______%  - money_____ %

        Canada - responsibility_______ _%         time ______% -  money_____ %

        Israel - responsibility __________%        time_______% -  money_____ %

The Talmud is replete with differences in opinion between the schools of Hillel and Shammai, but notes that  the masters themselves disagreed very few times during their entire careers. Many of the differences of opinion between their students were due to their failure to attend and serve their masters adequately. Note that the problem was not attributed to a deficiency of scholarship, but rather that they did not attendthe masters adequately. They had a wealth of theoretical knowledge, but relative paucity in understanding how their teachers had applied theory to practice. In health no less than in medicine, internship is crucial’…. One must serve an internship under the tutelar a halachic authority to observe how Torah principles are applied to real-life situations.

Question: When we read or listen to the opinions of professors, journalists or

                 friends, about political situations, do we consider what their practical

                 experience has been?

Be among the disciples of Aaron means that it is not sufficient to emulate Aarons behaviour as a student might emulate a teacher, but rather to so interject that behaviour into ones character that one is transformed and becomes like Aaron.

Question: Do we need a model for our behaviour?

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