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Shabbat Bulletin - April 30, 2016

Shabbat Shalom -- Where in the world is Rabbi Eli?

There was a fabulous story by Sholom Aleichem about an entrepreneurial Yid who sold in (the author's favourite fictional village of) Kasrilovka old Hebrew calendars which he could not get rid of 20 years earlier. As a result, the Kasrilovkites keep a month ahead of the actual events and holidays that year, until one of them goes to the city and visits a famous kosher restaurant, albeit a little surprised to find it open in the middle of what he believes to be Pesach.

It takes the master's quill to describe the disbelief, the indignation, the shock that the poor fellow experiences when the waiter brings him a huge freshly baked... humentasch.

Then, of course, the fraud is exposed, Kasrilovka returns back to the proper year cycle, and eventually peace as it's known there is restored to the schtetl.

Now, why am I telling you this? Here's why:

The Shabbat bulletin comes out on Friday, which is the way of the Earth since the moon was young...

However (I'm letting you in on a secret here, you get a glimpse under the hood), all the materials for it have to be sent in by Tuesday morning. Which means the website will get updated by Tuesday night-ish. Which means whatever pictures I want to send you by way of a sign of life are likely to be taken over the weekend, or even earlier. So if you only follow the bulletin, the late-Passover picture of the rabbi in a beer hall may come, not without cause, as a bit of a dissonance.

If you follow the Rabbi's Corner on the website, you are likely to not only see more communications, but also see them earlier, closer to their actual time of issue.

For this week's version (taken and written just before the Yontef), please click here:

20160415 - Some of us were fortunate to be born in a free country and a free society

Rabbi Eli

Quote of the Day

Do not consider it proof just because it is written in books, for a liar who will deceive with his tongue will not hesitate to do the same with his pen. - Maimonides



May 3  Fred Bloch


April 30  Abraham Goldberg father of Alla Kabacznik
April 30  Ellias & Chana Hyman, grandparents of Annette Sacks
April 30  Louis Isaacson, father of Jacqueline Tolkin
April 30  Chaya & Moisha Nosak, grandparents of Morry
May 3    Max Applebaum, father of Sheilah Solomon
May 4     Pola Arluk, mother of Victor
May 6     Morris Weitzman, husband of Helen Rosenbloom

German-Polish ID card for Jews from Radom

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7:30-8:30 pm

Parsha of The Week


with Judy Hazan


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


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.


April 29

21 Nisan

9 AM


STOP! - It’s day 7

Torah Reading:

7th day of Passover

Parsha Beshallach  p. 265

Exodus ch 13 v. 17-22
             ch. 14 v. 1-8
             ch. 14 v. 9-14
             ch. 14 v. 15-25
             ch. 14 v. 26 -31; ch 15 v. 1-27

p. 695  Numbers ch, 28 v. 19-25

p. 1017 2 Samuel ch. 22 v. 1-51


April 30

22 Nisan

9 AM

Kiddush Lunch


This week’s kiddush is sponsored by the

Lodzer Congregation.

Torah Times

Shabbat Services: 9:00 am

Yizkor: 10 ish.

Torah Reading: Triennial Year 3

8th day of Passover

Parsha Re’eh  p.808


  1. ch.14 v. 22-29

  2. ch.15 v. 1-18

  3. ch 15  v. 19-23

  4. ch.16  v. 1-3

  5. ch. 16  v. 4-8

  6. ch. 16  v. 9-12

  7. ch  16  v. 13-17


p. 695 Numbers ch, 28 v. 19-25

p. 1023 Isaiah ch 10  v.32  -  ch 12 v. 6

Candle Lighting: 8:00 p.m. – Friday

Havdalah: 9:10 p.m. – Saturday


May 1


Pardes Shalom


11 AM


Ignac (Ike) Davis
Itzik Ben Yisroel Ve Faige

(Isi’s dad)

Yahrzeit: 19 Sivan 5775

Pardes Shalom Cemetery

Maramoresher Society


May 3

Beth Radom

7:30 PM

No charge

Forum for Dialogue

Bringing Jewish Memory

Back to Poland

Forum for Dialogue is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating thousands of Polish students about the thriving Jewish communities that existed in their own towns.

This year, Forum for Dialogue contributed to the first Passover Seder in Radom in decades.

The founders of Forum for Dialogue will be in Toronto for one night only to show you what happened.

You will be amazed by what is occurring in Poland today - don't miss this free event!


May 5

War Museum

1 Vimy Pl,

Ottawa, ON



There may be some seats available on the bus.

Call the office for details.

International Holocaust Remembrance


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


May 7

29 Nisan


To sponsor a Kiddush

please call the office


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


May 9

1 Iyar










May 14

6 Iyar

In a cantor - exchange with Beth Emeth, Cantor David Edwards will be our cantor for the morning services, while Cantor Marcel Cohen is on special assignment at the Beth Emeth.  hmm...

The Dynamic Duo is




May 16

7:30 pm


Book Chat

with Cathy Zeldin


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.



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

"The  Dovekeepers".


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


Our next book 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.

For more information contact


May 29

9 am

rain or shine!

Coronation Park

8 km route



As always the walk is most enjoyable, especially with the “Team Lodzer” to schmooze with; it’s for a very good cause; and it shows the strength of our community.
The walk begins at Coronation Park, 711 Lakeshore Blvd. W., registration begins at 9:00 am and the walk at 10:00 am.  

Register, or just come walk with us. Let Dora or Cathy know if you'll be joining them.



Dora and Cathy invite you to join them

on the “Walk With Israel” this year.

It’s best to register online for the walk. Select “Fundraise as a Team” under “Fundraising Options” and join us as “Team Lodzer
Contact: Dora and/or Cathy for further information.


June 10

Oneg Shabbat



Mark it on your calendar!

Cantor Marcel Cohen,

Cantor David Edwards,

Reuben Granger,

Rabbi Eli too shall return!

(Details to follow)

We are preparing for a great Lodzer Oneg Shabbat. A one hour musical-services program with Rueben on the piano along with your favourite cantors preceding dinner.

Reserve your spot now!



20160420 - George Scott


On our post-minyan Wednesday walk we met George Scott and his son Martin. George and Jonathan have been good friends for many years, including having weekly lunches together as part of the Romeo group, (Retired Old Men Eating Out,) and also belonging to the same meditation group. Arthur also is friends with George through the Romeo group.

George is from a prominent Hungarian-Jewish family (the Jungreises.). He was born into a loving family but circumstances led him to growing up in an orphanage and then, at 14, landing in Auschwitz. After liberation he came to Canada, worked successfully to earn a living, married and has three children and seven grandchildren. Never forgetting his past, George has spoken to schools about the Holocaust, believes in the goodness of people, and never fails to help whenever he can.
He is a very occasional member of our morning minyan.

LodzerPenguins Photos



The Name's the Same

By Yitschak Meir Kagan

How is it possible that, after 210 years of enslavement in an alien environment, the Jews left Egypt as Reuben, Simeon, and Levi, and not as "Rameses" or "Potiphar"? The secret lies in the way they first entered Egypt: "These are the names of the Children of Israel who came to Egypt... Reuben, Simeon, Levi, etc…."1

When Jews enter Egypt, a land whose way of life and general outlook is the very opposite of their own, the first vital step is to ensure that the children do not forget who they are and who their parents were. They must always know and ever remember that they are the Children of Israel, Jewish children, descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, of Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah.2 They must cling to their Jewish names with pride; their daily conduct must immediately identify them as Jewish children, as a Reuben, a Simeon, a Levi, and a Judah.
Such pride can only be instilled by a deep-rooted Jewish education, which imbues children with the strength of character to remain a separate, unique, distinct people, despite the severest hardships of the Egyptian exile. Such education builds an inner strength and provides the assurance that we will leave Egypt with all our children intact, with our sons and daughters proud, intense, and wholesome Jews.

Eternal Torah proclaims an ever-relevant message for all ages and for all lands -- a message of particular pertinence and importance in our day and in this land: The survival of the Jewish people, the unity of the Jewish home, and the guarantee that our children will remain proud and aware Jews, is completely dependent upon a thorough, Torah-true education without compromise and without dilution.3

Editor’s note: Are Jews, especially American jews, losing their interest in Judaism and Israel; and if so, what does that mean for the continuity of the uniqueness of Jews, the Jewish religion, Jewish values, and Jewish culture?


Pirke Avoth  Perek 2  Mishnah 2

Note: This commentary is taken from Ethics from Sinai by Irving M. Bunim and Visions of the Fathers by Abraham Twerski. Some sentences of the commentaries have been taken verbatim (in quotes) and others have been summarized. All relate to Perek 2 Mishnah 2. The Note and Questions are my own.


Rabban Gamaliel, the son of Rabbi Judah haNasi, said: It is seemly to combine the study of Torah with an occupation, for the wearying  labour of both keeps sin forgotten. All Torah study that does not have work accompanying it must in the end come to nothing and bring sin in its wake. Let all who work for the community, the people, work with them for the sake of Heaven, for the merit of their fathers sustains them, and their righteousness will endure forever. As for you, I [the Almighty] will account you worthy of great reward, as if you had done [everything].

Note: This Mishnah relates to how ones life should consist of a mindful unity between Torah study, the application of Torah, and secular work. It calls for continuous kavanah, or focus on Torah as well as on secular work.

For Rabban Gamaliel A life without Torah was unthinkable. He merely found it necessary to warn that a grown person should not study Torah exclusively; a needed,  contributing, productive occupation should be combined with it. Let the ethics and decency of Torah not stop at the doors of the beth midrash, the House of Study. Conduct your business in the spirit of the Torah. Remain honest, honourable, fair.

Why are there  people who sin? Why do so many others have recourse to psychiatrists? In far too many instances, it is simply because their minds are empty of any sense of purpose and responsibility. Without any stabilizing centre of purpose, duty,  obligation, around which to organize their lives, thees unfortunates become  distraught.

Question 1: Does everyone need a sense of purpose to lead a full life?

Question 2: I s this a problem for bother Aboriginal peoples and our old age homes?

If you are engaged in a meaningful and purposeful existence, you will forget not only your own temptations but the shortcomings of others. When you have a  sense of security and self-realization in valued activity and Divine purpose, you will not go around barkingat everyone and finding fault with everything.

Question 1: Can you distinguish people with a purpose?

Question 2: Is this why old people and empty nesters are cranky

To live in Judaism , it is not enough to observe the statutes, the laws, the mitzvoth by performing a series of mechanical, meaningless actions. You must exert strenuous efforts to study and understand the Torah.  For the Mishnah, studying Torah and earning a living should be one task, one common toil, not two separate departments in your life; it assumes that you will do your work and conduct your business in accordance with the Torah.

This is the two-fold program of Judaism: doing and learning, studying the precepts of Torah and then weaving them into our everyday lives, in our worldly pursuits. Judaism rejects learning without doing.

Question: Does it?

Torah was meant to see the light of day, to enter the world of reality as a living force,influencing, shaping and transforming. If a person makesnothing out of this Torah sofah - its end - is futility , nothing. Torah which is transferred from the book to a persons brain and stops there, is not fulfilling its purpose. Furthermore, the person who simply sits and studies will have a problem earning a living. He may be reduced to receiving support as a public charge. This will certainly bring him no dignity and reflect no glory on the Torah; and ultimately sin will result.

“… if you can recite your prayers and think of business, why cant you do business and think a little of Torah?

Use fair judgement – “Give him [the customer] 35 inches instead of the full yard , and you have robbed him. Charge him less than the fair price and you are cheating yourself.

Judaism cannot live and grow in the mental hothouse of an ivory tower. The Torah insists on thought for action, study for  observing the mitzvoth. Learning must always be accompanied by bodying doing,  by interpretation , by carrying out the precepts in practice.

In Pirke Avoth, work for the sake of Heavenmeans work on behalf of the community.

It is interesting to note that in the entire Pirke  Avoth the only activity which we are exhorted to do for the sake of heaven, is work on behalf of the community. The only possible attitude for a communal worker is to be dedicated and idealistic. Any other approach must lead to corruption and abuse of power. But to achieve an attitude of dedication and integrity in working with great numbers of people is no easy matter; and to maintain such an attitude with constancy is yet more difficult. For people are not always pleasant. It is easy to love humanity, but sometimes extremely difficult to love people. Look beyond their individual peculiarities and irritating idiosyncrasies. Every Jew has ancestors of great importance. Let the merit of their forefathers sustain them.   A Community worker … “must understand the community with which he works, and he must be a suitable representative of it.” “People are not all saints, nor are they all villains. It takes all kinds to form a community. Bear this well in mind, and make allowances for the human material with which you are working.

20160425 - Arthur's Weight Loss Journey -- (Looking Good!)


"How I lost 36 pounds in 5 months
or how I ate at 3 Pesach Seders
and still lost 5.8 pounds in 4 days"


My one visit to a diet doctor assessed me at an average metabolism, with 2200 allowable calories per day for no weight loss or gain, but a target of 1700 daily calories in order to have effective weekly weight reduction. The doctor also suggested to stay away from counting carbs, fats, sodium, etc. in order to keep things simple, and just count approximate calories.

During my 5 month diet regimen, I gained knowledge of approximate calories for approximate portion sizes, by reading the sides of food packaging and googling easy questions such as 'how many calories in one large matzah ball'; that way, with grade 4 arithmetic, I could approximate and regulate my food intake as each hour of the day progressed, to try to keep around 1700 calories per day (and yes, still binging on 2-3 'festive meals' per week, even after 6 pm).

Arthur Zins, AKA “Minyan Slim”

(full story here - clickMe)


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