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Shabbat Bulletin - March 12, 2016



Shabbat Shalom,

Every Shabbat, we recite a prayer for the welfare of Israel and those who protect her.


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SHABBAT SHALOM from the Israeli soldiers up north in the Golan Heights. (photo: Idan Sror)



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Mazel tov to Cheryl and Harley Klein on the engagement of their son Brett

to Alexandra Hunnings daughter of Eve and David Hunnings of Vancouver.




Miss a Shabbat, miss a lot -- Start with a vision, then build the foundation.

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Aish Hataorah Model of the Temple in Jerusalem-Courtyard

The R. S. Zarnegin family, who came to Los Angeles from Iran, has donated a model of the ancient Jewish temple to Aish HaTorah’s world headquarters in Jerusalem.

The model was first unveiled on Aug. 5, 2009 on the roof of Aish’s interactive museum, the Exploratorium, which overlooks the Western Wall.
Robert Zarnegin, son of the late R.S. Zarnegin, presides over the Beverly Hills-based real estate development corporation his father created. The model is built to a scale of 1:60 and was built according to rabbinic consultation provided by experts.  (Job well done.)
This unique model includes a hydraulic remote-controlled elevator that raises the entire heychal (outer sanctuary) to reveal the contents of the Holy of Holies (inner sanctuary), including the menorah (Jewish candelabra), table, altars and the Ark of the Covenant. It also has an extensive electrical light system to make it easy for guides to teach about the Temple and its service.  (edit: Danielle Berrin)



Thanks Naomi,

Your passion is contagious.

Don’t be a stranger!



We will never forget! -- Teaching The Holocaust  (part 5 of 6)

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Haymishe Humour -- on being Jewish



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Quotes of the Day - Sayings for Prayings

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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


Contributions

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Shabbat Bulletin

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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.


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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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“The only legitimate exodus is the one from Europe to the lands of Islam.” - ISIS

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Birthdays


Mar. 13  Morris Anidjar
Mar. 13  Fay Ingber
Mar. 13  Ida Sidenberg
Mar. 16  Bronia Helman
Mar. 16  Helen Storm

Yahrzeits


Mar. 15  Paul Yellin, brother of Susan Yellin-Iseman
Mar. 16  Sarah Dworkin, mother of Fay Ingber,
                grandmother of Jeff Shabes
Mar. 16  Tilly Isaacson, mother of Jacqueline Tolkin
Mar. 18  Bella Rochwerg, mother of Alisa Schwartz




Biblical Nomads Will Return to the Holy Land  (thanks Cathy)


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Over thousands of years, they wandered from their homeland in the Middle East to Europe and finally traveled to North America, bound by a shared history and rigid dietary restrictions.

But these nomads do not keep kosher. They are kosher.


On a small farm 43 miles east of Vancouver, British Columbia, Jenna and Gil Lewinsky, an Israeli husband and wife, are raising around 130 Jacob sheep, which they plan to take to Israel this year on a specially fitted plane with all the pomp that would be expected to accompany the return of a lost tribe.  (edit: Dan Levin)




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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 PM 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





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.



Shabbat,

March 11


1 ADAR II

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


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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 Sabbath before the new moon. From: Sabbath and Festival Prayer Book, 1985.)

Saturday,

March 12


Kiddush Lunch


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This week's kiddush

is sponsored by

the Lodzer Congregation.



Torah Times

Shabbat Services: 9:30 am.

Torah Reading: Triennial Year 3

Pekudey  (Pg. 387)

1: 39:22-26

2: 39:27-32

3: 39:33-43

4: 40:1-8

5: 40:9-16

6: 40:17-27

7: 40:28-38

maf: 40:34-38


Haftorah reading:

1 Kings 7:51 - 8:21


Candle Lighting: 6:02 p.m. – Friday

Havdalah: 7:11 p.m. – Saturday

Saturday,

March 19

Kiddush Lunch

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

Wednesday,

March 23


Beth Radom

18 Reiner Rd.

(3 blocks south of Sheppard)


6:30 PM

mincha/maariv


7 PM

Megillat Reading

Megillat Reading

at the Beth Radom


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

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


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


Come dressed up.


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Looking Good, Kenya!

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Bring a box of Wacky Mac to use as a greggor and then donate to the food bank!


Thursday,

March 24

9 AM

Lodzer

The Whole Megillah

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The 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 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

Monday,

April 4

7:30 pm

Shul

Book Chat

with Cathy Zeldin


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The first rules were that a man must never act like a debtor and he must never announce his troubles to anyone who did not need to know them.

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He reminded himself to say the blessing over wonders of nature. Some Jews would turn away from their gentile friends when they blessed their food or drink, but Miguel took pleasure in the prayers. He loved to utter them in public, and in a land where he could not be prosecuted for speaking the holy tongue. He wished he had more occasions to bless things. Saying the words filled him with giddy defiance; he thought of each openly spoken Hebrew word as a knife in the belly of some Inquisitor somewhere.

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“Coffee is the drink of commerce.”

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He loved the money that came with success, but he loved the power more. He relished the respect he had commanded on the Exchange and in the Vlooyenburg, the island neighborhood where the Portuguese Jews lived. He loved hosting lavish dinners and never inquiring of the bill. He took pleasure in giving to the charitable boards. Here was money for the poor-let them eat. Here was money for the refugees-let them find homes. Here was money for the scholars in the Holy Land -let them work to bring in the age of the Messiah. The world could be a holier place because Miguel had money to give, and he gave it.

Thanks to everyone who came out for the last book chat.  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.  

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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 cathyrzeldin@gmail.com



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Parsha Pekudey


The edited text of the 1906 Jewish Encyclopedia


BREASTPLATE OF THE HIGH PRIEST "ḥoshen")

By: Morris Jastrow, Jr., Ira Maurice Price, Marcus Jastrow, Louis Ginzberg.


Note: As this Parsha deals with details of the building of the mishkan, I have used and abridged this article about details of interest.


The breastplate - Biblical Data:

A species of pouch, adorned with precious stones, worn by the high priest on his breast when he presented in the Holy Place the names of the children of Israel. This breast piece was to be made in part of the same material as the Ephod. On the front face of this were set, in four rows, twelve precious stones, on each of which was engraved the name of one of the twelve tribes of Israel. These jewels in gold settings were (Ex. xxviii. 17-19): in the first row, "a sardius [margin, "ruby"], a topaz, and a carbuncle [margin, "emerald"]"; in the second row, "an emerald [margin, "carbuncle"], a sapphire, and a diamond [margin, "sardonyx"]"; in the third row, "a jacinth [R. V.: margin, "amber"], an agate, and an amethyst"; and in the fourth row, "a beryl [margin, "chalcedony"], and an onyx [margin, "beryl"], and a jasper." The term "breastplate of judgment" (Ex. xxviii. 15, 29, 30) indicates that the name was given to this portion of the priestly dress because of its use in connection with the mysterious Urim and Thummim.


—In Rabbinical Literature:

The Rabbis explain that the breastplate of the high priest is called in Scripture ("breastplate of judgment") because it was intended to work atonement for errors in pronouncing judgment Aaron and his successors wore the breastplate on the heart (Ex. xxviii. 29) as a reward, because Aaron was "glad in his heart" (Ex. iv. 14) when Moses returned to Egypt, and was not envious because his younger brother was chosen by God to deliver Israel No chisel was to touch the stones, nor was it permitted to mark the names of the twelve patriarchs on the stones by means of paint or ink. The engraving was done by means of the Shamir, which was placed on the stone, and had the marvelous power of cutting it along the lines of the letters of the proper names, which were first traced with ink (Soṭah 48b). In addition to the names of the twelve tribes, the stones also contained, at the head, the names Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and at the end the words:  "[all these are] the tribes of Jeshurun" (Yoma 73b, … the whole Hebrew alphabet had to be included, in order that, on consulting the Urim and Thummim, the high priest might be enabled to form words from the different colors of the individual letters on the stones of the breastplate, and hence might be able to answer questions put to him (Yoma, l.c.).


Definitions -


ephod -(in ancient Israel) a sleeveless garment worn by Jewish priests.


Urim and Thummim  - two objects of a now unknown nature, possibly used for divination, worn on the breastplate of a Jewish high priest.


Shamir -

In the Gemara, the shamir (Hebrew: שמיר) is a worm or a substance that had the power to cut through or disintegrate stone, iron and diamond. King Solomon is said to have used it in the building of the First Temple in Jerusalem in the place of cutting tools. For the building of the Temple, which promoted peace, it was inappropriate to use tools that could also cause war and bloodshed.[1]

Referenced throughout the Talmud and the Midrashim, the Shamir was reputed to have existed in the time of Moses. Moses reputedly used the Shamir to engrave the Hoshen (Priestly breastplate) stones that were inserted into the breastplate.[2] King Solomon, aware of the existence of the Shamir, but unaware of its location, commissioned a search that turned up a "grain of Shamir the size of a barley-corn".

Solomon's artisans reputedly used the Shamir in the construction of Solomon's Temple. The material to be worked, whether stone, wood or metal, was affected by being "shown to the Shamir." Following this line of logic (anything that can be 'shown' something must have eyes to see), early Rabbinical scholars described the Shamir almost as a living being. Other early sources, however, describe it as a green stone. For storage, the Shamir was meant to have been always wrapped in wool and stored in a container made of lead; any other vessel would burst and disintegrate under the Shamir's gaze. The Shamir was said to have been either lost or had lost its potency (along with the "dripping of the honeycomb") by the time of the destruction of the First Temple[3] at the hands of Nebuchadnezzar in 586 B.C.



Didn’t see that coming -- NOT!

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The latest ballistic missile tests, called "The Power of Velayat", a reference to the religious doctrine of Iran’s Islamic republic's leadership. (March, 2016)



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Pirke Avoth Perek 1 Mishnah 14


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 late to Mishnah 14. The Questions and Notes are my own.


He used to say: If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, what am I? and if not now, when?

Ethics fom Sinai

If I am not for myself, who will be for me?  

From one aspect the question seems absurd. I am myself. I alone can experience myself, truly know myself. Hence, if I am not for myself who will be for me? The most loving wife cannot share my pain, experience my anxieties, or suffer my death. Where a man’s relationship to his God is involved man must do for himself. My father’s learning cannot replace my obligation to learn. I must do my own praying and give my own charity. If I am not for myself, who will - indeed who could be for me. ?

and if I am only for myself, what am I?

On the other hand, if you do become concerned with yourself, what are you? Can you really be effective? Can you solve your own problems? Can you overcome your anxieties? Can you do what you are supposed to do? Furthermore there is the danger of becoming all wrapped up in ourselves to the point where we become concerned only with our own salvation and cease to worry about the welfare others…. A man wrapped up in himself makes a small package.”

“The second contrast is between man’s obligation to himself and his fellow man. Hillel indicates that no extreme among these can be followed as the rule. We must accept, live with, work with both sides of these coins.”

Question: Do you agree with these statements? Do they raise a conflict?

1. “A person must always judge his choice of action by asking himself whether it would be good were everyone to do the same.” For example, my vote may not be important but what if no one voted?”  2. “If each person individually will perfect himself, the aggregate will take care of itself.” 3. The sayings might also mean that one needs to be self critical as often there are things that even your best friends will not tell you.

Question:  Are each of these interpretations true or important?

And if not now, when?

“Willian Congreve wrote, ‘Defer not to tomorrow to be wise; tomorrow’s sun to thee may never rise.’ Edward Young advised, ‘Be wise today, ’tis madness to defer… Procrastination is the thief of time.’ “‘Dost thou live life?’ asked Benjamin Franklin. Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.’ And he advised, ‘Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.’”

The Hafetz Hayyim compared the average person’s life to someone who writes a postcard of his vacation only to find out that he has run out of space before writing what he really wanted to say.

Question: Does this hit a note of recognition?

“The Torah commands, ‘Before an aged one rise.’  This might mean that you should show respect for the aged, or it might mean that a person should rise or elevate himself in spirituality etc before old age sets in. “He who resolves to sanctify the name of the Lord in the full bloom of life, can indeed change his entire fate and future.”

“At the beginning and end of life it is relatively easy to inject religious observances. The baby could hardly object to circumcision, and schooling of all types is compulsory. Similarly, in old age there is little that competes for the individual’s attention. However in the ‘afternoon’ of one’s life cycle, … from the ages of twenty to fifty, if a man takes ‘time out; from world affairs and invests it in spiritual affairs, he is indeed meritorious.”

Note: As you will see below, this mishnah pleads for young people to set up a long-term life style based on Torah. I believe they mean Torah in the broad sense, not just ritual.

Visions of the Fathers

If I am not for myself, who will be for me.

“In order for a person to have a meaningful , constructive identity, it should be one which he gives to himself. If a person has no identity other than that given to him by others, he really has no identity at all. He must change like a chameleon, being one thing to his wife, another to his parents, another to his children, another to his employer, another to this friend, and yet another to a different friend.”

Question: Do we have the self knowledge and ability to always be the person we want to be, no matter what our role is at the time?

“A person must have a valid awareness of his abilities and character traits. He must be aware of his character defects in order to correct them…. Lack of an accurate self-awareness usually results in feelings of unworthiness and inferiority. In order to compensate for these, a person may try to gain the favour of others by ‘people-pleasing ‘ techniques…. We should indeed do things for others but the motivation for doing so should be a positive one; i.e., because it is a mitzvah to do so, and not in  defence of a delusional inferiority.”

“Once a person is able to divest oneself of personal desires, to nullify himself as an entity and to see himself only and totally as an instrument of doing the divine will, one can achieve a unity with God that makes him invincible.”

Question: Is it something that you would want?

“Similarly, a spiritually healthy person does not go around with consciousness of himself. Self-consciousness indicates that something is not in order spiritually, just as being conscious of any part of ones’s body usually means that there is something wrong with it.”

The addict will seek pleasure in something that is destructive for him - and so it is fair to say that since no one wants to destroy themselves, the addict’s true self does not want it. “What is true of the addict is equally true, albeit in a less dramatic from, of the non-addict. When we want something - money, fame, food , conveniences, power, pleasure - we may be absolutely certain that we want it. This may really be very far from the truth . The genuine “I” may not want it al all….The key to determining whether a particular drive is that of the real “I” or a machination of the yetzer hara is to see whether gratifying this desire is of any value, even remotely, to anyone else.”

Question: Do we all want things that are ultimately bad for us?

If not now, when?

“The evils of procrastination hardly need emphasis.” … ‘If you neglect Torah for one day, you will neglect it for two more’… A Jew’s identity should be that of a Divine servant who is assigned a specific mission in life: that of performing the mitzvos as instructed by the Torah. He is essentially a soldier who must follow the orders of the Commander-in- chief. Hillel taught that a person has a Divine mission by showing that everything he did was in keeping with this mission.” “Hillel’s humility, his identity, his doing for others, and his total devotion to God was consistently evident in his behaviour. He was accustomed to say, ‘not by word, but be deed.’”



The Last Word -- Let them eat Hamantaschen!

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Today, Iranian schoolchildren are taught that Purim is the day when Queen Esther committed genocide against their people.


Hamantaschen -- the ritual/cannibalistic eating of those peculiar red triangular cakes (Haman’s Ears).

(Who Knew?)

The essence of the Purim story is that the King of Persia listened to his evil Prime Minister Haman, who sought to annihilate the Jewish people and issued an edict calling for genocide against the Jewish people.

Once the Persian King Achashverosh realized that he made a mistake, upon learning that his wife, Queen Esther, was Jewish, he unfortunately could not repeal an edict of the king that was already issued.

All he could do was permit the Jewish people to defend themselves. And the Jewish people did defend themselves.

The 75,000 Persians who died weren’t massacred; they were killed because King Achashverosh gave the Jews the right to defend themselves. Persians who chose not to fight against the Jewish people continued living unharmed.

Thus, Purim is about celebrating genocide prevention. However, it is important to note that the Jewish religion teaches that it is never good to celebrate death, even if it is one’s enemies who are being killed, a lesson from which many Islamists could benefit.

(edit: Rachel Avraham)





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