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Shabbat Bulletin - May 7, 2016

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

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With Yom HaShoah coming tomorrow, I am standing on the site of one of the worst single pogroms in the entire history of the European Jewry.

In 1506 - almost a decade after the expulsion of the Jews from Portugal - thousands of forced converts to Christianity, known here as Novo-Christos, still lived in Lisbon, many of them secretly practising the faith of their ancestors.
The plague was severe in Portugal at the time (and everybody knew whose fault that was, sure enough).

On April 19, during Easter prayer at the Dominican church (behind me in the picture) one of the parishioners thought he saw the divine face smiling at him from behind the cross. The crowd, eager to accept a miracle, were all in agreement that it signified approaching coming of the messiah. That is, until one Novo-Christo suggested what was thought to be a face was merely a reflection of the candle light on the crucifix.
The mob dragged him outside and tore him to pieces right in the square. For the following 3 days, instigated by two Dominican friars who promised absolution from sins to all those who killed heretics, they plundered, murdered, burnt houses of the converted Jews and the people in them.
King Manuel I put an end to the massacre which by that time may have claimed as many as 4,000 lives. Some 60 perpetrators were seized and hanged, the two seditionist friars defrocked and burnt at the stake.
In the new wave yet of antisemitism that followed, thousands of Jews were either banished or escaped from the country; yet even then, they remained passionately loyal to the king.

The monument before you was consecrated 500 years later to the day. Speaking to the memory of the victims of intolerance and fanaticism, its foundation bears an inscription both in Hebrew and Portuguese. The single verse from the book of Job reads:
"O earth, cover not thou my blood, and let my cry have no place".

May the lives of the holy victims and innocently murdered be bound up in the bond of life eternal.

Rabbi Eli


Quote of the Day

It’s hard to win an argument with a smart person, but it’s nearly impossible to win an argument with a single-minded and stubborn person.

(Sorry Jonathan, I may be the latter.)



May 7   Anita Johnson
May 8  Helen Rosenbloom
May 9   Barry Corey
May 11 Henry Harris
May 11 Paul Winston


May 7    Mary Richmond-Yelin, sister of Sheldon Richmond
May 8    Leon Arluk, father of Victor
May 11  Frances Bitterman, mother of Harvey
May 11  Lea Moshe, mother of Ben-Zion
May 12  Izak Kozlowski,

             father of Mary Bien, Phyllis Rich & Paula Litman
May 12  Rose Usher, mother of Jonathan


In The News: The Squeaky Wheel Gets The Grease ⇒ disproportionate attention

For the big anti- anti-semitic meeting this afternoon, (May 1st,) only about 40 - 50 people showed up. In a community of 300,000?, where anti-semitism is growing, that is a very, very poor showing. Needless to say most people applauded those who attended, but were  disappointed with the showing. There is a lot of work to be done.

People learn to treat you

based on what you

accept from them.


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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.


May 5

War Museum

1 Vimy Pl,

Ottawa, ON




9 AM





8:30 AM



parking lot

at the

Lipa Green




A good reason to never forget.

We meet between 8:30 and 8:45 and the bus leaves at 9 sharp from the bottom first lot on right side at the Lipa green building.

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

9:30 AM

Kiddush Lunch


This week’s kiddush is

co-sponsored by:

Sheldon & Marilyn Richmond

for the yahrzeit of

Mary Richmond-Yelin,

sister of Sheldon.

And by:

The Johnson family

In honour of

Anita’s birthday.


Torah Times

Shabbat Services: 9:30 am

Torah Reading: Triennial Year 3


Parashat Acharey Mos pg.485

1: 17:1-7
2: 17:8-12
3: 17:13-16
4: 18:1-5
5: 18:6-21
6: 18:22-25
7: 18:26-30
maftir: 18:26-30

Haftorah Shabbat Machar Chodesh

Samuel: 20:18-20:42 (pg. 948)

Candle Lighting: 8:09 p.m. – Friday

Havdalah: 9:18 p.m. – Saturday


May 9

1 Iyar







May 12

4 Iyar

Yom HaAtzmaut

Service: 9 AM




May 14

6 Iyar

9:30 AM

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…

To sponsor a Kiddush

please call the office


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 26

18 Iyar

Lag B’Omer

Service: 9 AM





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 5

10 AM



The annual general meeting will be held at 10:00 at the shule.
Your Board has been busy, not only tending to the ordinary workings of the Lodzer but also considering our future direction. Your approval and input are crucial to the future nature and existence of the Lodzer.


June 10

Oneg Shabbat


6 PM

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Cantor Marcel Cohen,

Cantor David Edwards,

Reuben Granger,

Rabbi Eli too shall return!

We are preparing for a great Lodzer Oneg Shabbat.

A one hour musical-service with Rueben on the piano along with your favourite cantors preceding dinner.

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Make your reservations for the

Kabbalat Shabbat Dinner Now!
Members $25 | Non-Members $35

Children aged 6 - 13 $15

CALL THE OFFICE AT 416-636-6665


June 12



9 AM


Dairy Kiddush


Yom Tov with Shavuot




Editor’s note: This week’s Parsha complements this week’s Pirke Avoth.

Holy Desires

This week's portion presents an interesting combination of themes: the service in the Temple on the holiest day of the year, Yom Kippur, and the laws of sexual immorality. The simple lesson here is that the foundation of being a holy person is the control of one's desires. Unlike some other religions, Judaism is not afraid of "desires." They are not evil. They are a healthy part of human life and the sexual drive in particular is actually a prerequisite for human existence.
But if a person does not consciously control his desires, they will run away with him. And as pleasurable and as meaningful an experience as the sexual act can be, sexual immorality can be sick, destructive and take over a person's life.
The same is true of all desires. Control your eating and you will be healthy, strong and slim. Let your desires loose and they will make you overweight, undermine your health and self-esteem, and maybe even kill you. Sleep a necessary amount and you will feel strong and energized. Allow your desire for sleep to take control and you will waste massive amounts of time and be lethargic even when you are awake. Allow limited but meaningful expression of your desire for money and it will drive your success. Let it rule the roost and it will make you uncaring, selfish and compromise all of your values.
Desires need controlling - only eat certain foods, says the Torah. Leave some food over on your plate as a discipline, say the Sages. Don't have sex outside of a relationship of full commitment and even then, only have sex at certain times of the month. Get to bed early and get up early. Learn to be satisfied with a simple existence so that money is put into perspective.
Torah is full of laws that are designed, at least in part, to set boundaries for our desires. The purpose of it all? The person who directs his desires can lift into holiness. The person who does not, will ultimately be led to a life of immorality.
The choice presented in this Torah portion is stark: the inherent self-control and holiness of Yom Kippur, or the immorality of the illicit sexual relationships. There is no in-between. At any moment, you are either moving toward one ... or toward the other.

This Past Week

This week we had what was a fiery discussion on the application of the ideas in the  Pirke Avoth portion, in particular the role of having “purpose” in our daily lives, the lives of native peoples and in our educational system.

In addition, as usual, the Dvar Torah, of Judy Hazan left us with thoughts to contemplate and act on for the rest of the week .

Sit with us, listen to our ideas, eat with us, and discuss points of interest with us. You’ll enjoy it.

On a personal note, this past week I (Jonathan) went to hear Ryan Bellerose speak on countering BDS. Ryan is a Métis from Northern Alberta. His father, Mervin Bellerose, co-authored the Métis Settlements Act of 1989, which was passed by the Alberta legislature in 1990 and cemented his land rights. Ryan founded Canadians For Accountability, a Native rights advocacy group, and was an Idle No More (INM)* movement organizer. He is also a founding member in the Calgary United with Israel (CUWI) organization. Ryan is a self-proclaimed Zionist. His theory is that to rid a country of a group, such as Jews or native peoples, first you isolate them, then you demonize them, then when nobody cares or is aware you kill or expel them. His solution for Jews is to always be noticed as proud Jews.


Pirke Avoth  Perek 2  Mishnah 3

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 Mishnah 3. The Questions are my own.

Be cautious with the people who govern, for they draw a man near in friendship only for their own needs, purposes: they show themselves as friends when it is to their benefit, but they do not stand by a man in his hour of hardship, difficulty.Ethics from Sinai

“Rabbi Gamaliel is probably speaking from a knowledge of the  wide experience that his father, Rabbi Judah haNasi, had with Rome, the power that ruled Israel then. His father was quite friendly with the governors appointed by Rome, as well as with the Roman emperor himself. They often asked this Sage’s advice and learned much from Rabbi Judah haNasi. Yet when he needed them to help his land, the help was not given.”

“Rabbi Gamaliel accepts the fact that sometimes we may have to deal with governors, senators, heads of state. But when you do, says he, be careful in your dealings and know what you are about. Before an election, politicians are accessible, candidates are affable, and their platform promises sound beautiful and inspiring. After all, they need your vote. But once they have won the election, what then? In normal circumstances they probably would honour their pledges and keep their promises. But ‘in their hour of hardship’, in the midst of crisis, when they face pressure and stress, they forget all about you and the commitment they have made.”

“When a statesmen says yes, he means maybe. When he says maybe, he means no. And if he says no, he is no statesman.”

Questions 1: Does our Toronto Jewish leadership rely too heavily on our  politicians; and are our politicians trustworthy to look after Jewish Interests?

Question 2: Does our Lodzer leadership work “for the benefit of the    community as a whole”? Should they? What constitutes our community? Do we show our leaders our appreciation?

“Rabban  Gamaliel advises those who work for the community: Be very careful to secure permission, proper authority for everything you do. Make sure that the lines of responsibility are clear.” Otherwise, … if you succeed, the chances are that someone else will take the credit. If you fail, however, … few people will stand by you.”

Question: Is this true?

“How wisely the Psalmist says, ‘Do not put your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is not help.’ Pray rather to the Almighty, and rely on the true Ruler of the world, the Power behind all powers.”

Question: Does this really mean to rely on your own intuition,
               purpose and understanding of the situation?

Visions of the Fathers

The words of the text could also be translated as ‘be watchful about the things that are permissible.’” “Yielding to cravings for permissible things may erode the resistance to forbidden things. On the other hand, restraining oneself from giving in to permissible pleasures makes it much easier to resist prohibited ones.” “The best defence is offence.” “‘That which is forbidden is prohibited, and much of which is permissible is not necessary.’”  “Our ethical works state that permissible things should used in a way that promotes a person’s mission on earth.One cannot fulfill the mitzvot, the Torah obligations, unless one has the physical and emotional capabilities to do so, and optimal health will enable optimal function. Thus, eating, sleeping, judicious relaxation and recreation, and earning a livelihood are all essential for optimal function… Once the actual needs are met and one indulges in excesses for sheer pleasure, one is bringing oneself dangerously close to overstepping the boundary into the territory of the forbidden.” “We can thus understand the mishnah. ‘Be cautious about permissible things.’ They are brought within one’s reach in order to meet ones’s actual needs. They appear to be friendly, but they will not help a person when he is distressed.”

Question 1: What do we consider excess of permissible things?  
                  Excess drinking, debauchery, huge mansions, $200 dinners?

Question 2: Do you believe the things in Question 1 lead to sinning - and if so,        how?



1920 February 24 In a speech before about 2,000 people at the Festival Hall of the Hofbrauhaus, Hitler delivers the first public reading of the "Twenty-five Points" of the National Socialist German Workers' Party (NSDAP).


Here is how Hitler described this event, from Mein Kampf:

The great hall—for at that time it seemed very big to me—was filled to overflowing. Nearly 2,000 people were present. And, above all, those people had come, whom we had always wished to reach. More than half the audience consisted of persons who seemed to be communists or independents. Our first great demonstration was destined, in their view, to come to an abrupt end.

But things happened otherwise. When the first speaker had finished I got up to speak. After a few minutes I was met with a hailstorm of interruptions, and violent encounters broke out in the body of the hall. A handful of my loyal war comrades, and some other followers, grappled with the disturbers and restored order in a little while. I was able to continue my speech. After half an hour the applause began to drown the interruptions and the hootings. Then interruptions gradually ceased, and applause took their place. When I finally came to explain the twenty-five points and laid them, point after point, before the masses gathered there, and asked them to pass their own judgment on each point, one point after another was accepted with increasing enthusiasm. When the last point was reached I had before me a hall full of people united by a new conviction, a new faith and a new will.

Nearly four hours had passed when the hall began to clear. As the masses streamed towards the exits, crammed shoulder to shoulder, shoving and pushing, I knew that a movement was now set afoot among the German people which would never pass into oblivion. A fire was enkindled from whose glowing heat the sword would be fashioned which would restore freedom to the German Siegfried and bring back life to the German nation. Beside the revival which I then foresaw, I also felt that the Goddess of Vengeance was now getting ready to redress the treason of the 9th of November, 1918. The hall was emptied. The movement was on the march.

Excerpt from:  Biographical Time-Line of the Infamous Adolf Hitler - Walther Johann von Löpp

Point #24. We demand freedom for all religious faiths in the state, insofar as they do not endanger its existence or offend the moral and ethical sense of the Germanic race.

The party as such represents the point of view of a positive Christianity without binding itself to any one particular confession. It fights against the Jewish materialist spirit within and without, and is convinced that a lasting recovery of our folk can only come about from within on the principle:


On Thursday, a group of us will be heading off to Ottawa for the “Canadian National Yom Hashoah Commemoration Event”  -- Why do we bother?

History tends to get conveniently rewritten by those that misremember.

  • Are we sure we can relegate the Holocaust to “just history”?


Wait a minute… Are we still talking about the Holocaust?

  • It was as true in the 1920’s, as it is today.

We must remember!

(And, sometimes act.)


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