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THE LODZER SYNAGOGUE

Shabbat Bulletin - April 9, 2016



Dear members and guests,


To Recognize and encourage early bird minyannairs, this Shabbat, we will begin our P'sukei De-Zimrah (opening morning prayers) at 9:20 AM in the Kiddush Room with a schnapps and fresh schmaltz herring.


Come early and enjoy the food and the schmooze.

Rabbi Eli


This Shabbat, Rabbi Eli promised to tell us how to “Chametz Proof” our homes in 60 minutes or less.
It is also an opportunity to wish him a good trip, as he is leaving for Europe for over a month.

Follow Rabbi Eli's exploits here in the Shabbat Bulletin and on our website:
"Where in the world is Rabbi Eli" under "Rabbis' Corner"




Memories of the Second Generation

Part 1—Sarah Senior (nee Sniatowski) - As told to Susan Yellin

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It doesn’t take long at all for Sarah Senior to reminisce fondly about the first days of the Lodzer.


Originally started as the Lodzer Centre Mutual Benefit Society in the 1950s on Spadina Avenue, what is now the Lodzer Synagogue on Heaton Street began -- as many ideas did back then -- around a card table with the men schmoozing, a cup of tea in one hand and a bagel in the other. “The closeness of them altogether was amazing,” recalls Sarah. “It was more like a family.”


In the late 1970s the growing number of members of the mutual society decided they wanted to build a synagogue. The shul would not just stand as a religious haven for Holocaust survivors and their families, but also to keep alive the memories of the people killed during the Second World War and to prove to the world that the Jewish people continued to thrive.


When the actual shul was being built, many families didn’t see their fathers very often. “A lot of the men were always hanging around watching the site go up.”


Sarah’s father, Leon, was like many other members who donated their time or materials to make the actual building.  Leon was in the scrap metal business and used to buy rolls of wire that he then donated to the shul to make the electrical wiring for the building.  While some of the boys worked the back hoe, Sarah volunteered to help test whether the lines were live. “If the monitor said ‘yes,’ then the line was live, but if it said ‘no,’ then you would cut down the pieces of the wires until you got two positives.”


Fundraising was another plank in getting the shul built, mainly through New Year’s parties, dances and other events. At the same time the society raised money for Israel, including the donation of 11 ambulances to Magan David Adom and $48,000 during the Six-Day War.  A sisterhood was created and they too did their share of fundraising, often through a bake sale.


When the shul opened in 1980, the High Holidays were filled with members and their families.  “They were packed to the rim with more than 600 people attending,” Sarah remembers.


The horrors of the Holocaust were still strong in the hearts and minds of the survivors. But being able to see their children and their grandchildren in shul sparked a sense of pride in the continuity of the generations.  “There was a lot of bragging when the first grandchildren were born. The men were so happy to carry in their grandchildren during the High Holidays and show them off,” says Sarah.


“My children were 18 months apart and I had a double stroller. My father was the happiest man to get behind that double stroller at the end of services and walk home from shul. For the survivors it was a very big deal. They wanted to show everyone that ‘we will multiply again, we will be strong’.”


But like all things, there came a time when the original founders were ready to hand over their responsibilities as board members to the second generation.


Sarah recalls vividly how she became “elected” to the Lodzer board.


“In 1990, my father invited me to a board meeting. Then he stood up and said: ‘I’m giving up my seat and giving it to my daughter and she is going to look after all the festivals – the parties, getting the baby sitter here for the High Holidays and making sure the kids were involved.’  He never asked me, but that’s when my full involvement started at the Lodzer. And slowly, slowly, the second generation came on the board.”


It was a time when volunteers helped out with all the events. She remembers a Purim party with a circus theme, where the men set up the room with streamers and hula hoops hanging from the ceiling of the sanctuary and little animals swinging on the hula hoops. “We had a good time.”


Sarah went on to become president of the Lodzer board from 2001 to 2003. Later, she resigned from the position and took over the office.  


While many people moved from North York and environs to Richmond Hill, some of the second generation of the original founders still call the Lodzer “home.”


“This shul was an integral part of my upbringing.  I have great memories here.”

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Iron Dome: A Dress Rehearsal for War?

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Generally speaking, the systems' success in minimizing losses and damages changed the mind of numerous critics concerning the rationale of utilizing expensive, sophisticated interceptors to shoot down cheap and simple rockets. In the words of the veteran defense correspondent Alon Ben David, "Even when ignoring the costs in bodily and mental injuries, a single Iron Dome interceptor is still far cheaper than the house it helps to save in Ashdod or Beersheba" . Other commentators pointed out that the savings in averting the need for a costly ground operation as well as the ethical imperative of preserving human life far outweighs the cost of defense. Most Israeli reactions called upon Israel's government to allocate a high priority to investments in active defense.  (Uzi Rubin - full story)




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Birthdays


April 10  Tamara Broder
April 13  Carole Abrahams
April 14  Samuel Holtzman


Anniversaries

April 11  Gabriel & Phyllis Broder


Yahrzeits


April 9   Avraham Gerber, husband of Lily
April 9   Muriel Iseman,

mother of Howard Iseman and Roslyn Greene
April 9   Zalman Leib Sosner, father of Sarah Moshe
April 12  Leon Sniatowski, father of Sarah Senior
April 13  Harry Goldenhar, father of Cindy Ber
April 13  Mark Hellreich, husband of Honey
April 13  Regina Kozlowski,

mother of Mary Bien, Paula Litman and Phyllis Rich
April 13  Bella Sniatowski, mother of Sarah Senior
April 14  Joseph Ladowski, husband of Brenda
April 15  Aba Gelman, husband of Mary
April 15  Jessie Leah Levine Loshin,

mother of Marilyn Richmond




The magic Bank Account  (thanks Helen, a great reminder for the coming Rosh Chodesh)

Imagine that you had won the following prize in a contest: Each morning your bank would deposit 86,400 in your private account for your use. However, this prize has rules:

  1. Everything that you didn’t spend during each day would be taken away from you.

  2. You may not simply transfer money into some other account

  3. You may only spend it.

  4. Each morning upon awakening the bank opens your account with another 86,400 for that day.

  5. The bank can end the game without warning; at any time it can say, “game over!“. It can close the account and you will not receive a new one.


What would you do? You would buy anything and everything you wanted, right? Not only for yourself, but for all the people you love and care for. Even for people you don’t know, because you couldn’t possibly spend it all on yourself, right?
You would try to spend every penny, and use it all, because you knew it would be replenished in the morning.

Actually, this game is real.
Each of us is already a winner of this prize. We just can’t see it. The prize is time.
Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of life. And when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is Not credited to us. What we haven’t used up that day is forever lost. Yesterday is forever gone. Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time  - Without warning.

So what will you do with your 86,400 seconds? Those seconds are worth so much more than the same amount in dollars. Remember to enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much quicker than you can imagine.

Take care of yourself, be happy, love deeply and enjoy life.
Have a wonderful and beautiful day. Start “spending”



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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.



Saturday,

April 9


1 Nisan


Rosh Chodesh

Kiddush Lunch

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This week’s kiddish is

sponsored by Fred and Esther Bloch in honour of the birth of their new granddaughter Kiara Tai,

born to their son Brad and

Thi Bloch.


Torah Times

Shabbat Services: 9:30 am.

Torah Reading: Triennial Year 3

Rosh Chodesh Nisan

Shabbat Hachodesh


Thazria (pg. 463)

1: 13:29 - 13:34

2: 13:35 - 13:39

3: 13:40 - 13:42

4: 13:43 - 13:46

5: 13:37 - 13:51

6: 13:51 - 13:54

7: 13:55 - 13:59

maf: Numbers

Ch. 28:9-15 (p.695)


Haftorah reading:

Ezekiel 45:16 - 46:18  (pg. 1001)


Candle Lighting: 7:35 p.m. – Friday

Havdalah: 8:45 p.m. – Saturday


Sunday,

April 10


2 PM


Beth Tikvah


3080 Bayview Ave.


Guests: $5

FRIENDS OF YIDDISH

INVITES YOU TO


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WIT AND WISDOM OF

YIDDISH SHORT STORIES

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ENJOY THE LIVELY, EXPRESSIVE, AND DRAMATIC READINGS OF A FINE SELECTION OF BRIEF YIDDISH LITERARY TREASURES IN YIDDISH WITH ENGLISH EXPLANATION AND COMMENTARY.


GET HOT DRINKS, REFRESHMENTS, DOOR PRIZES, GOOD FRIENDS, AND A YIDDISH CUP, ALONG WITH THIS ENTERTAINING PRESENTATION


.RSVP (by Apr.5)

Lillian  416-783-3603

yiddish18@yahoo.ca

Now - April 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/


Saturday,

April 16

Kiddush Lunch



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To sponsor a Kiddush

please call the office

416-636-6665


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Thursday,

May 5


War Museum

1 Vimy Pl,

Ottawa, ON

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There are still some seats available on the bus.

Call the office for details.

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


Israel is “the only possible memorial standing” for the victims of the Holocaust.

Israeli President Shimon Peres


Monday,

May 16

7:30 pm

Shul

Book Chat

with Cathy Zeldin


Our next book is "Marriage of Opposites" by Alice Hoffman, the author of the beautiful book

"The  Dovekeepers".

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Alice Hoffman digs up a little piece of history and imagines an amazing love story about the parents of Jacobo Camille Pissarro, one of the greatest painters of all time.


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Hi Everyone,
We had another lively discussion last night about "The Coffee Trader".  Even though some of us didn't enjoy the book, I can't deny that it's full of fascinating history and culture regarding Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jews living in Amsterdam in the time when coffee trading hit the commodities market.

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4 out of 5 thumbs up

for those that persevered to the end


We'll meet next on Monday, May 16, at 7:30 pm at the shul. Please join us.

 

The next book, date to be decided at our May 16 meeting, is this year's winner of Canada Reads, "The Illegal" by Lawrence Hill.  It is a timely, relevant story given the refugee situation in the world today.

Thanks to everyone who supports our Book Chat group.  It's lots of fun.

Cathy


For more information contact cathyrzeldin@gmail.com



Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman_w250.jpg“Do you ever just put your arms out and just spin and spin and spin? Well, that's what love is like; everything inside of you tells you to stop before you fall, but for some reason you just keep going.”




Haymishe Humour -- by Frank White and associate

Rather than going to a retirement home, the three elderly ladies lived together in a two-story house so they could look out for each other.  One morning, half-way down the stairs, Rose exclaimed: "Oh dear, I don't remember if I was going up or down."  At this point, Sarah calls from the bathroom:  "I forgot if I came in to take a shower or if I had one already and am going out."  Lily, at the kitchen table replies to both:  "You two are getting senile.  Knock on wood (she taps the table leg), I've still got my mind and am coming up to help you as soon as I answer the door."

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Parsha - Thazria

When Was Your Last Spiritual?

By Yossy Goldman

In this week’s Torah reading we read all about the kohen examining people to determine whether they were afflicted by tzaraat, the leprous curse. It was a physical inspection which had spiritual implications. The person might be pronounced tahor (pure) or, G‑d forbid, tamei (impure), all depending on the results of the kohen‘s examination.


I couldn’t help thinking about going to the doctor for the requisite annual medical examination, or “physical.” We go through the routine checkup—height, weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, and stress tests on the treadmill and up and down the little staircase.
It was a physical examination with spiritual implications


But have you ever thought of going for a “spiritual”?
What’s our “height”? Do we walk tall? Are we proud and upright Jews, or are we apologetically stooped and bent over by the burden of an inferiority complex?
What about our “weight”? Are we on a well-balanced diet of Torah, the sustenance of our souls, or do we suffer from spiritual malnutrition?
And how is our heart doing? A Jewish heart doesn’t only pump blood; it pumps warmth and love. A healthy Jewish heart is the emotional center of the person. It emotes and feels the pain of another. And healthy hearts are inspired by events that point unmistakably to the hand of G‑d in the world. If we aren’t feeling what we should be, then we might be suffering from blocked arteries.


When the doctor took my blood pressure, I immediately made the obvious connection—tefillin. I remembered the story of the simple farmer who went for his first medical checkup. When the doctor checked his pressure, he asked what that was all about. The doctor explained patiently that he was checking the heart rate. “But why are you holding my arm if you want to see how my heart is?” “When I check your hand,” replied the physician, “I know how your heart is.” The hand that gives charity, for example, indicates that it’s connected to a healthy Jewish heart. A Jewish heart doesn’t only pump blood; it pumps warmth and love.


Then came the stress test—up the stairs and down the stairs, up again and down again, and again and again. How do we handle the ups and downs of life? Are we smug and arrogant when we’re up, and dejected and depressed when we’re down? How do we deal with stress? Do we trust in G‑d that everything has a purpose, and a positive one at that? Or do we become angry and bitter at life’s unkind twists of fate?


Finally, there was the treadmill. I really dislike treadmills. After two minutes, I said to the nurse I’d had enough. “The doctor said you must do four minutes,” she informed me sternly. “Four minutes?” I cried. “This feels like four hours!”


Life can be a tedious treadmill. We find ourselves running and running and getting nowhere fast. A grueling rat race, where even if you win you’re still a rat—all of it leaves us wondering what it’s all about and why we are working so hard with no meaningful, consequential reward.


So this year, in addition to going for a physical, why not go for a spiritual? Find a kohen, a Jewish spiritual teacher/healer, who can search your soul for its healthy characteristics as well as your necessary growth points, and prescribe a spiritual fitness program tailored for you and your neshamah. May we all be healthy, physically and spiritually.




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Avoth Perek 1 Mishnah 18
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 18. The Questions are my own.


Rabban Simeon ben Gamaliel said: By three things does the world endure: by truth, justice, and peace – as it is said, Truth and judgment of peace, administer in your gates.


Ethics from Sinai
“The world was created in order that Torah, avodah (Divine Worship) and acts of lovingkindness may become realities in human life. This same world can endure, can be maintained and preserved, only if conditions of truth, law and peace prevail. … We might also say that this teaching suggests the specific qualities with which to observe the ways of Torah, avodah and acts of lovingkindness. Our study of Torah must be true; its conclusions must be in accordance with the law, and it must be in the interest of peace. Our worship must be sincere; our prayers must be halachically correct, and should achieve harmony between man and his Maker. Likewise, our acts of kindness must be performed in truth and sincerity; they must be consistent with our legal obligations, and they should be intended to sow the seeds of peace between man and his fellow man.”


“These three concepts of justice, truth and peace are also basic to the judicial process…. The judge must be able to see beyond the surface and determinate facts of the case. Secondly, the court must apply the law objectively and impartially….Both Truth and the Law however , must serve the interest of Peace; peace in our social realm and harmony between Jewry and its Father in Heaven.”
                                         
“The word “gates” here [above] is meant as a symbol for all human culture and civilization.” …If you wish to have your civilization endure, you must have truth, law and peace. These are the necessary and sufficient conditions for man to maintain intelligent and meaningful relations with his fellow man. These are the foundations of society. Without them, good, viable relations between men become impossible.”

Question: Are there other factors involved? Is the key to the application of these ideas, to be constantly aware or mindful of justice, truth, and peace?


Food for thought from an earlier study group

  1. Do we “misremember truths (from the Rabbi’s d’var Torah)? Is absolute truth (no white lies or half truths) something we aspire to?  Does the Torah contain only the truth?

  2. Are truth, justice and peace essential for a stable world? Are love, respect, understanding and compassion etc. also essentials of a stable world?

  3. Do truth, justice and peace have different meanings in different countries (i,e. Saudi Arabia and Canada)?

  4. Jews maintain a separateness in eating and prayer from our neighbours. How do we maintain truth, justice, and good relations (peace) with them while maintaining our separateness? How do we ensure that our “chosenness” or “separateness” does not make us “the other” and our opinions are not viewed as a put-down of their society and customs?


Visions of the Fathers
“The former [mishnah] is referring to the virtues and merits which sustain the world. This mishnah is referring to the requisites for society to exist and function.


“”… law cannot exist if it does not go hand in hand with truth. The prerequisite for law should be truth… When law is not based on unalterable principles, it cannot ensure the peace that is necessary to sustain a society. … Truth must be the basis of law, and law must be based on unchangeable values.”


Question: What are unchangeable values? Are they subject to  reinterpretation?


“Peace  is without question the most important ingredient for a society’s existence… a shalom that is without  truth and law is not constructive.”
There is a sort of peace in an abusive home or a political dictatorship, but it is not a true peace. “The shalom that is conducive to the healthy function of society and of the family unit is the shalom that is based on truth and law. There are no secrets, no cover-ups, no misinformation. There is a profound respect for the dignity and status of everyone - man, woman, and child. Only this kind of shalom is a receptacle for the Divine blessings.”


Question: If we live this way, don’t we already have God’s blessing?


Book 1 epilogue - “Ethics of the Fathers gives us the guidance for refining and purifying ourselves. At the completion of each chapter we therefore express our gratitude to God for having given us precise instructions to fulfill our mission in life.”



Good News

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On Sunday Dora and Jonathan Usher dedicated their new home by affixing mezuzas. Everyone enjoyed the ceremony, the company and, of course, the food.  

(Did you remember to remove the warranties?)



Please let Sarah know your good news and we will happily put it in the bulletin and/or celebrate with you.




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