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Shabbat Bulletin - March 26, 2016



Shabbat Shalom,

Six days a week we work, eat, sleep, exercise . . . and we also pray. Then, on the seventh, we pause to reconnect with the Creator. Now prayer is not just another item on the task list; it’s part of the day’s definition. Without the pressures and distractions of the workweek, we become more contemplative and focused—just the state required for real prayer.

As evening descends, we greet the holy day with Kabbalat Shabbat (“Welcoming the Shabbat”). In most congregations, this service starts with six psalms (representing the six days of the week), followed by a deeply mystical song to joyously welcome the Shabbat Queen, Lechah Dodi. This is followed by another two psalms that relate to Shabbat. Next comes either a selection from the Zohar that discusses the mystical dynamics of Shabbat’s entry, or the recitation of a chapter of the Mishnah comprising some basic Shabbat laws—depending on custom.

Kabbalat Shabbat is followed by the standard evening service, adapted to the spirit of the day, including the Shabbat Amidah. After this, the congregation chants the biblical verses about G‑d creating the world in six days and resting on Shabbat. This is followed by a brief Shabbat prayer, one more psalm, and the service concludes with the Aleinu hymn. (chabad)

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The first 6 days after Shabbat are always the hardest. -- Judy Hazan




Rabbi Eli Courante led our services again this past Shabbat.

Rabbi Eli’s d’var torah was again very stimulating. Although the bulletin writers misremember most of what he said, hats off (except in shul) to him for his excellent presentation.

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Highlights:

Our tone deaf Rabbi Eli introduces “Harmony” -- Irina, Rachel and Arielle.

Rabbi Eli redefines the prayer for the sick… “Schmooze Time”  -- kudos!

Rabbi Eli and the “Kippahgate” Scandal  -- nicht gefährlich.




Miss a Shabbat, miss a lot -- Rabbi Eli

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Misremembering The Past:

The root cause of Holocaust Denial

Palestinian Support in the Middle East

The plight of the Palestinians

Outrage over American support for Israel

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We thank the Sages once again,

for interpreting and rewriting the laws of the Torah,

so that we can once again enjoy our Lamb Chops,

without having to offer them up as a sacrifice.

Those poor baby Sacrificial Lambs.

“They were screaming.”


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We will never forget! -- by living life to it’s fullest.




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Children born in the post-Holocaust era of the 1940s, 50s and 60s grew up knowing their parents had gone through hell on earth. The ghosts of murdered grandparents, aunts, uncles and siblings loomed large in their homes by their very absence. Sounds like an atmosphere ripe for a major crisis in faith. Yet, from many of the survivors who lacked either the strength to believe in a benevolent God or to observe His Torah came offspring who have picked up the discarded baton and enthusiastically embraced observant Judaism. There are other ways of honoring the memory of the Shoah, which do not involve monuments or plaques or photographs of emaciated figures behind barbed wire. One of them is by experiencing the tremendous amount of joy that comes from a deep intimacy with our Jewish tradition. Our parents and grandparents brought those riches with them, riches that future generations must not squander.
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Haymishe Humour -- by Frank White and associate

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 here 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!”

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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

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 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.

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

Henry Epstein

Roz Greene

Judy Hazen

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 Mitzvahs

High Holy Days 2016


Shabbat Bulletin

Members! We’d love to hear from you. Reply to:

lodzercongregation@gmail.com


Lodzer Office

For all business related e-mail:

lodzercentre@rogers.com




IF NOT NOW, when?

... on Purim, despite what (some) might think, people really are allowed to be a bit racist, a little coarse, to loosen up and stop holding everything in. To play with identities. To try on Hasidic dress or a mafioso's sharp suit, to squeeze into a Japanese kimono, or to branch out and see what wearing an Arab keffiyeh or what walking around with a pregnant settler's stomach is like. Purim gives us a chance – even for a fleeting 24 hours – a chance to shake off the shackles of political correctness. And while it's always better to laugh at your own expense, it's also okay to laugh at the expense of others. And in my opinion, as long as it's funny, it should be acceptable.  (edit: Vered Kellner)

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And if the dress is so distasteful, as to cause you to remember a truly horrific time in history, then that too is a good thing. The alternative being your indifference.


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Birthdays


March 26  Barbara Lew

March 30  Rick Kardonne


Anniversaries

March 28  Fred & Esther Bloch


Yahrzeits


April 1  Philip Goldberg, father of Judy Hazan




Reuven Grajner -- An Oneg Shabbat, you won't want to miss!

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The Lodzer is delighted to announce that we are having a special guest musician performing at our Friday night Shabbat prayer service on Friday, March 25th. His name is Reuven Grajner and for those who do not yet know him, he is a very talented local pianist and vocalist.

As a jazz pianist Reuven has accompanied many local jazz vocalists and as a liturgical accompanist he has performed with many local cantors such as Cantor David Edwards and Cantor Aaron Bensoussan. He is a graduate of Earl Haig Secondary School and a student at University of Toronto's prestigious Faculty of Music.

As a vocalist, his Barber Shop Quartet has brought home medals for Canada in international singing competitions.

In addition, Reuven sings as a soloist in the choir at Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue (BEBY) and, as a superb bass guitarist, he has performed several years in the the Beth Emeth Players band for the annual BEBY Purim play.


Reuven will be accompanying Cantor Marcel Cohen on Friday, March 25th during Kabbalat Shabbat - before sundown. Afterwards, for the evening service (Maariv), the musical instruments will be put away and the service will continue acapella. Reuven will also be joining our congregation for the festive Shabbat Meal as part of the Lodzer Centre Congregation's participation in the annual Shabbat Project.

Please do not miss this exceptional musical experience. Come meet this rising local music star. See you there!

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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.



Wednesday,

March 23


Beth Radom

18 Reiner Rd.

(3 blocks south of Sheppard)


6:30 PM

mincha/maariv


7 PM

Megillat Reading


There is no

charge.

It should be a

blast!!!

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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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.


Reservations are now closed. Thanks to all -- it should be a lot of fun.


Featuring: Reuven Grajner

Saturday,

March 26

Kiddush Lunch


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This week’s kiddish is

sponsored by Judy Hazan for

the yahrzeit of her father


Torah Times

Shabbat Services: 9:30 am.

Torah Reading: Triennial Year 3

Tzav  (pg. 435)

1: 8:1-5

2: 8:6-9

3: 8:10-13

4: 8:14-17

5: 8:18-21

6: 8:22-29

7: 8:30-36

maf: 8:33-36 (pg. 438)


Haftorah reading:

Jeremiah 7:21 - 8:3; 9:22 - 9:23


Candle Lighting: 7:19 p.m. – Friday

Havdalah: 8:28 p.m. – Saturday


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Kiddish Co-sponsored in honour of:

Amanda Smoskowitz’s birthday

by her Saba Israel Koplowitz

and Her Parents


Saturday,

April 2

Kiddush Lunch

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

April 3 - 13



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PASSOVER FOOD DRIVE


The Passover Food Drive, a project of National Council of Jewish Women of Canada, Toronto will be packing and delivering over 2500 boxes of food, to those in need within the Toronto Jewish community.


Monetary donations are vital to this cause, as we purchase 90% of the Kosher for Passover Food.


Family Day, Sunday April 10, 2-5pm.  Please call to register.


Delivery Day: Sunday April 17,  8.3am-11.30am.


Volunteers needed

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To Donate  416.633.5100 or donate online:

www.passoverfooddrive.org/donate/


Please fill a volunteer form

www.passoverfooddrive.org/volunteer/

Monday,

April 4

7:30 pm

Shul

Book Chat

with Cathy Zeldin


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Daniel had loaned Miguel fifteen hundred guilders when his affairs soured, and while Daniel never referred to the loan directly, he knew a hundred ways to refer to it obliquely.
Miguel attempted the same half smile but said nothing more.
“And what is this I hear,” Daniel pressed on, “about the coffee trade?”
Miguel kept his smirk, but at once it seemed to turn waxy and false, as though he had tasted bitter meat and needed someplace discreet to spit it out.
“What makes you think I have an interest in the coffee trade?” he asked.
“Because when you came home last night, you woke me by clattering drunkenly around the house and muttering about coffee.”
“I have no recollection of doing so,” Miguel answered, “but I suppose that is the nature of drunken mutterings-one never recollects them.”
“What is your interest in coffee?”
“No interest. I was feeling overly wet in my humors, so I took a prescription of coffee to dry myself out. I was most likely merely marveling at its curative powers.”
“I cannot recommend that you enter into the coffee trade,” Daniel said.
“I have no plans to do so.”
“I think you will find it a less hospitable commodity than you might imagine. After all, it is only a medicine used by a few apothecaries, prescribed by a few physicians. What advantage could you find in trading in so unwanted a thing?”
“I’m sure you’re right.”
“Trading in something no one wants can only lead to more ruin.”
Miguel set down his glass of wine too hard, and a few drops rose up to splash him in the face. “Are you deaf?” He wiped away the wine from his eye. “Are your ears in your teeth? Have you not heard that I have no interest in the coffee trade?”
“I only wish to make myself clear,” Daniel said sulkily, as he pushed his food around his plate, waiting for it to reach the same temperature as the interior of his mouth so he could eat it without difficulty.
“However,” Miguel added after a moment, “your resolve makes me curious. Why should a man, whoever he might be, fear to involve himself in the coffee trade?”
But now it was Daniel who wanted to speak no more of 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 current 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

Saturday,

April 9


1 Nisan


Rosh Chodesh

Kiddush Lunch

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To sponsor a Kiddush

please call the office

416-636-6665


Thursday,

May 5


War Museum

1 Vimy Pl,

Ottawa, ON

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International Holocaust Remembrance

Day


Canadian National Yom Hashoah Commemoration Event, led on behalf of the Canadian Government, at the War Museum in Ottawa. This event occurs annually on Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, as defined in the Israeli calendar. The Canadian Society for Yad Vashem organizes and runs this event in conjunction with other Jewish Holocaust commemoration Organizations as part of the “Zachor Coalition”.
Attended annually by more than 500 dignitaries, Holocaust survivors, students and members of the communities from across Canada



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Another view of the nature of gratitude.

Excepts from Arutz Sheva weekly d’var Torah and a BBC message from Rabbi Sacks
Published: Friday, March 26, 2010 10:08 AM

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Though we have been without sacrifices for almost two thousand years, a trace of the thanksgiving offering survives to this day, in the form of the blessing known as Hagomel: "Who bestows good things on the unworthy", said in the synagogue, at the time of reading of the Torah, by one who has survived a hazardous situation.
In his book A Rumour of Angels, the American sociologist Peter Berger describes what he calls "signals of transcendence" - phenomena within the human situation that point to something beyond. Among them he includes humour and hope. There is nothing in nature that explains our ability to reframe painful situations in such a way that we can laugh at them; nor is there anything that can explain the human capacity to find meaning even in the depths of suffering.
These are not, in the classic sense, proofs of the existence of G-d, but they are experiential evidence. They tell us that we are not random concatenations of selfish genes, blindly reproducing themselves. Our bodies may be products of nature ("dust you are, and to dust you will return"), but our minds, our thoughts, our emotions - all that is meant by the word "soul" - are not. There is something within us that reaches out to something beyond us: the soul of the universe, the Divine "You" to which we speak in prayer, and to which our ancestors, when the Temple stood, made their offerings.
Though Berger does not include it, one of the "signals of transcendence" is surely the instinctive human wish to give thanks. Often this is merely human. Someone has done us a favour, given us a gift, comforted us in the midst of grief, or rescued us from danger. We feel we owe them something. That "something" is todah, the Hebrew word that means both "acknowledgement" and "thanks".
But often we sense something more. It is not just the pilot we want to thank when we land safely after a hazardous flight; not just the surgeon when we survive an operation; not just the judge or politician when we are released from prison or captivity. It is as if some larger force was operative, as if the hand that moves the pieces on the human chessboard were thinking of us; as if heaven itself had reached down and come to our aid.
Insurance companies tend to describe natural catastrophes as "acts of G-d". Human emotion does the opposite. G-d is in the good news, the miraculous survival, the escape from catastrophe. That instinct - to offer thanks to a force, a presence, over and above natural circumstances and human intervention - is itself a signal of transcendence. That is what was once expressed in the thanksgiving offering, and still is, in the Hagomel prayer. But it is not just by saying Hagomel that we express our thanks.

Anyone who has survived great danger knows what it is to feel, not just to be abstractly aware, that life is a gift of G-d, renewed daily.
To be a Jew is to offer thanks. That is the meaning of our name and the constitutive gesture of our faith.


What we remember we can avoid. What we forget, we can repeat.


BBC Radio 4 - Thought for the Day –
We're coming close to Pesach, Passover, the Jewish festival of memory and freedom.  Next week Jews will be sitting round the table, as families, telling the story of how, 33 centuries ago, our ancestors were slaves.  Then God, the supreme power, intervened to free the powerless.  It's an ancient ritual, one of the oldest in the world.

3300 years is a long time, and I sometimes used to wonder: do we really need to remember events that happened long ago?  Then, quite recently, I read J.K. Galbraith's classic work on the great crash of 1929.  Could it happen again? he asked.  Yes it could, he said, but the memory of that disaster would probably protect us, because those who lived through it had vowed, Never again.

That book was first published in 1954, just 25 years after the events it describes.  And with a tremor, I realized that the great crash through which we are living took place almost 80 years later, at more or less exactly the point at which the events of 1929 passed out of living memory for all but a few. What we remember, we can avoid.  What we forget, we can repeat. And so it happened.  It is uncanny how similar events are now to those of 80 years ago.

We've become a society with very little memory.  History, especially British history, is being taught less and less.  And as for memory in general, who needs it any more? Our computers do our remembering for us. Forget something, and all you have to do is key in the right words and the search engine will tell you the answer within microseconds. So we've learned to live in a kind of continuous present, with very little sense of the past.

But that is a dangerous thing, because the events of 1929 didn't end in 1929. Financial collapse led to recession which led to unemployment which led to national, then international unrest, and ten years later the world was at war.

And what we need from the G20 leaders who are today making their way home is not just intelligence but wisdom, not just a sense of the immediate but also historical imagination. We tend to forget that Churchill, one of the greatest statesmen of the twentieth century, was also a Nobel Prize winning historian.

What we forget we can repeat, but what we remember we can avoid. As er we can write a different and more hopeful future.  

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The BDS movement was born in Hitler's Germany in 1933. On the day Hitler came to power in 1933 he ordered a nationwide campaign of boycotting Jewish businesses, shops, and enterprises while the world stood by. It was the first step towards the "Final Solution"; the Nazi plan to exterminate the Jewish people, .



Jewish Ties -- (made in China)

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Pirke Avoth Perek 1 Mishnah 16

Note:The 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 16. The Questions are my own.

Rabban Gamaliel said: Provide yourself with a teacher, and free yourself from doubt; and do not make it a practice to give tithes by guessing.

If a teacher is to guide you [in Jewish studies] toward certainly so as to resolve your doubts, he must first be quite sure of himself and illuminate a path of life that is clear and consistent. Such a feeling of self-confidence and certainty can only be grounded in a deep knowledge and grasp of the Jewish law. [Similarly] A man can never be certain of all the qualities and characteristics of his intended spouse. But each person makes sure of those qualities which he values mostOur Mishnah instructs us, then, that in choosing a teacher and spiritual guide, make certain of his basic qualifications, so that he can resolve your doubts and allay your uncertainties.

Question: Is this too difficult to do, and does it imply mental subservience to the teachers ideas?

The halachah often calls for exactitude in time, in place and in measure. Do not be approximate in your Judaism. Do not make rough guestimates. Dont be practicallykosher. Measure, weigh, consult your teacher, and be exact.

Question: Does this mean that we shouldnt be kosher at home but not   when eating out? How far, if at all, should we take this idea?

Visions of the Fathers

Rabbi Gamliels three -part statement can apply directly to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders (OCD). One of the prominent symptoms of OCD is the inability to accept anything with certainty.

He is not advising us to have a teacher. Rather, he is advising us to have an authority whom we will trust and to whom we will listen.” “Listen to your halachic authority, and do as you are told, and you will be spared the torment of doubt.

Question: Doesnt this make us into non-thinking, obedient robots?



The Last Word -- Just Wrong!  On so many levels.

Could climate-change warnings on gasoline pumps actually work?

By Heather Smith on 16 Mar 2016


Later this year, someone stopping to fuel up in North Vancouver will be the first customer to see the controversial warning labels. They’ll be wrapped around the gas pump handles. The exact wording isn’t settled yet, but here’s the gist of it: Every time you pump gas, you’re contributing to air pollution and climate change.

What will they look like? We don’t know that, either…


Read the full article at:

http://grist.org/climate-energy/could-climate-change-warnings-on-gasoline-pumps-actually-work/


There is a precedent in the U.S. for using art to discourage people from using quite so much gas. During World War II, the government rationed gasoline, set the country’s speed limit at 35 mph, and banned automobile racing. Special courts were set up to deal with people who drove “for pleasure.” If they were found guilty, their gasoline rations taken away. The Office of Price Administration, which was in charge of gas rationing, embarked on an advertising campaign to make conservation seem patriotic.


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Out of all the conservation propaganda released during this period, “When you ride alone, you ride with Hitler” has had the most staying power. It’s been reworked so often that it’s acquired meme status.



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