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Shabbat Bulletin - May 14, 2016

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

Shalom to you from the Rock.

British for over 300 years now, Gibraltar bears allegiance to Her Majesty every bit as loyally as any one of us.

There are close to 1,000 Jews here (about 3% of the population; mind you, in 1755 it used to be around 50%).
The community is thriving. There are 5 synagogues plus 3 daily minyanim (all of them Orthodox, about 70% Sephardic), an Institute of Advanced Talmudic Studies, 7 kosher restaurants and delis, and more!

One of the synagogues has its full Shabbat morning services entirely run by children. What can I tell you? That was soo co-ol.
Maybe we should do that, too. After all, why should the Cantor, the Gabbai, the Rabbi, and the President all work hard on Shabbos? Delegation is the key.

This is the entrance to the so-called Flemish Synagogue, established c. 1800 to cater to the Dutch Sephardic merchants in Gibraltar, whose traditions differed greatly from those of the Moroccan Jewry.
The architect was Italian, far more familiar with Catholic churches. The exterior design is very North European (actually Dutch perhaps) while the interior is predominantly Italian; sorry, did not manage to take a good picture of that. You'll have to come and see for yourself.

(or Google it)
Oh, almost forgot: Gibraltar also boasts a perfect close-up view of the Moroccan coast in nice weather, and the only wild monkey population in Europe. Barbary macaque, anyone?
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Rabbi Eli

Repertoire for Shabbat May 14th (to Commemorate Yom Haaztmaut)

Taking out Torah
1.       Vayehi Binsoa - congregational melody
2.       Ana Avda - Ben Soussan
3.       Bei Ana Rachetz - congregational melody
4.       Lecha Hashem - Congregational

Prayer for State of Israel

Avinu Shebashamayim -  Zim

Returning Torah to Ark
1.       Havu LaDonai - Congregational
2.       Kohanecha - Rosenberg

Mussaf Service
1.       Hatzi Kaddish - Stropkoff Melody
2.       Mechalkel Chayim - congregational
3.       Na'aritzecha - set to Yerushalayim - Avigdor Hameira based on a traditional folk tune
4. Kevodo -set to CHorshat Ha'ekaliptus (Naomi Shemer) adapted and arranged by Bitton
5. Mimkomo - set to Lach Yerushalayim music by Rubinstein and Etinger- arranged by Bitton
6.       Hu Eloheinu - congregational to Erev Shel Shoshanim
7.       LeDor Va Dor - Zim
8. Yismechu - composed by Ze'ira arranged by Braun "Lecha Dodi" adapatation by Kovari
9.       Kad'sheinu - to Sharma Shech  music by Gabai
10.     Retzei - Schlossberg (Chazzanut)
11.     Sim Shalom -Music by Naomi Shemer (Al Kol Eileh) adapted by Kovari

Cantor David Edwards

0900 - All Aboard


This Past Week

The Yom Hashoah trip was again worthwhile. Thirteen members of the Lodzer went to Ottawa  for the Yom Hashoah ceremonies.

The date of Israel’s Holocaust day, Yom Hashoah, was chosen to mark the anniversary of the 1944 Warsaw Ghetto uprising against the Nazis.

The bus left promptly at 9 AM. Those that were late -- missed the boat/bus.

About an hour into our trip, Mike, (our driver,) mentioned to Barbara, (our bus captain,) that a car has been following us for a while.

Quote of the Day

If you believe breaking is possible, believe fixing is also possible.
Rabbi Nahman of Breslev

1030 - “The Big Apple” - We picked up 4 very eager passengers.

  • After a 20 minute break, (Jewish time,) we were on our way by 11:20 AM.




May 14  Paul Winston
May 15  Sidney Lew
May 15  Jack Abrahams
May 16  Isaac Zimerman


May 20  Bernie Bedder, father of Carrie Manley

1400 ish - Ottawa, my kind of town!


Mike had made up some time on the road.

  • The decision was made to take us on a small driving tour before we headed to the War Museum.

  • We passed Byward Market and the parliament buildings and then drove up and back down Sussex drive.

  • Barbara at the microphone as our tour guide along with her sidekick Mike made for a very enjoyable and informative tour.



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 12

4 Iyar

Yom HaAtzmaut

Service: 9 AM




May 14

6 Iyar

9:30 AM



David Edwards


Kiddush Lunch


This week’s kiddush is

sponsored by:

The Lodzer Congregation

Torah Times

Shabbat Services: 9:30 am

Torah Reading: Triennial Year 3


Parashat Kedoshim  - pg. 503

1: 19:23 - 25

2: 19:26 - 28

3: 19:29 - 32

4: 19:33 - 37

5: 20:01 - 07

6: 20:08 - 22

7: 20:23 - 27

maftir: 20:25 - 27


Amos 9:7 - 9:15 pg.509

Candle Lighting: 8:16 p.m. – Friday

Havdalah: 9:26 p.m. – Saturday


May 15

11:30 AM

Beth Tzedec




(west side)



Beth Tzedec Memorial Park

Yahrzeit Date: 28 Tammuz



GOULD, David - On Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at Humber River Church Hospital.

David Gould, beloved husband of Helen for 63 years.

Loving father and father-in-law of Susan Gould and Larry Birnbaum, and Charles Michael and Cheryl.

Dear brother and brother-in-law of the late Marcia and Samuel Blazer.

Devoted grandfather of Sam, Shara, Jade, and Adam.


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 21

13 Iyar

Kiddush Lunch


To sponsor a Kiddush

please call the office


We are commanded by the Torah to count forty nine days starting from the second day of Passover. On the fiftieth day we celebrate the festival of Shavuot, commemorating the Giving of the Torah. This 50 day period is called "Counting the Omer." The Omer was a barley offering which was brought to the Temple on the day we start counting, the second day of Passover.

"Lag B'omer" is the thirty third day of counting the Omer. The word "Lag" means 33 because it is comprised of the letters "lamud" and "gimmel," corresponding to the numerical values of "30" and "3."

The Omer period is a time of heightened spiritual sensitivity and growth. The closer Shavuot draws, the greater our anticipation grows for the climactic celebration of the Giving of the Torah, the watershed event of Jewish history.  (


May 26

18 Iyar

Lag B’Omer

Service: 9 AM




May 29

9 am

rain or shine!

Coronation Park

8 km route



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.


June 1 to 3






The Anne Frank exhibit from the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam will be on display in our Library from Mon. May 16th to Fri. Jun. 3rd.

Glenforest Secondary school in Mississauga is going to perform the Anne Frank play on Wednesday June 1st (9:30 - 11:00), on Thursday June 2nd (11:45 - 1:15) and in the evening of Friday, June 3rd, with perhaps a Friday June 3rd afternoon show.

If you wish to attend or have a wooden menorah that you would lend the school for the duration of the play, please call Sarah for more information and a call-back.


June 5

10 AM



The annual general meeting will be held at 10:00 at the shule.

As the subjects to be discussed are extremely important to the direction of our shule, it is important that your voice is heard.

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

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Members $25 | Non-Members $35

Children aged 6 - 13 $15

CALL THE OFFICE AT 416-636-6665


June 11

Morning Service

9:30 AM



7:30 PM

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June 12



9 AM


Dairy Kiddush


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June 13

9 AM

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1500 - Arrival - ½ hour before the commemoration was to start.


  • We waited until 4 PM for the Parliamentary members to arrive.

  • The Holocaust museum was free, (after 4 PM,) to those that attended the commemoration. (tick-tock, tick-tock…)

Help us get the word out!

Please forward this e-bulletin to your children and grandchildren.

Your children and grandchildren would understand Judaism, your concerns and our synagogue better by receiving this e-bulletin directly.

We will gladly add them to our distribution list.

1600 - “O Canada” - Hebrew Foundation School Students



Judaism: Parshat Kedoshim: Love or be loved?

When our main mission is to love, not to be loved, we are free to choose what is right, even if it is not necessarily the popular choice.

The essential principal of the Torah, according to Rabbi Akiva (Sifra Kedoshim, Parsha 2) is “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus19:18). It seems, however, that most of us are constantly striving for the exact opposite: we want others to love us. Despite this, Rabbi Akiva’s path, as Hermann Hesse illustrates in a short story, is the path to happiness.

Once upon a time, a pregnant woman went to a holy man to request a blessing for her unborn child. The holy man promised to bestow any blessing she would like, and she asked that he bless the child to be loved by all who meet him. The holy man hesitated and asked the woman if she is sure that this is what she wants. After she insisted, the holy man gave the blessing, and it came to be. The child was loved by all but, for this reason, all excused his misbehaviours. Growing up in a permissive environment led to his eventual corruption and decadence.

One day, he learned the source of his misery. He returned to the holy man and asked that he reverse the blessing; instead of being loved by all, he requested to love everyone.

This insight can have a profound impact on our actions. So often we act or hold back action, consciously or subconsciously, with great consideration as to how the decision will affect our popularity. However, when our main mission is to love, not to be loved, we are free to choose what is right, even if it is not necessarily the popular choice.

Who is beloved? He who loves all

To be loved, one must love. The story is told about Rav Chaim Volozhin that once he had to pass with his students through a dangerous forest. Suddenly, a band of robbers surrounded them and declared their intention to rob them of their money and then murder them. Rav Chaim requested that the robbers wait a few minutes, so that he and his students may prepare for their imminent death. His request granted, Rav Chaim spent this time with his gaze concentrated on the leader of the robbers’ face. After a few minutes passed, the leader yelled at the Rebbe and his students to flee, and Rav Chaim and his students escaped.

When the students asked Rav Chaim how the miracle happened, he explained as follows: when the robbers said that they were going to murder us, I became filled with hate and anger. I did not want to leave this world with feelings of hate and anger, so I wanted to overcome my negative emotions, by working on empathy for the band of robbers. Apparently no one had ever looked at the leader with such loving eyes, with so much empathy. Therefore, he could no longer harm us.

We can also learn this idea from Sefer Mishlei (Proverbs): “As water, face to face, so too the heart of man to man” (27:19). Rashi explains (Yevamot 117a): “Just as with water a person looks in and sees in it a face like his face, if his is smiling it is smiling and if his is distorted it is distorted, so too the heart of man is to his fellow man, if he loves this one, this one will also love him”.

Love to the near and far

Christianity charged against Judaism that the command to “Love your neighbour” limits love only to “your neighbour”, while love must truly be spread to all of mankind. This claim is refuted a few verses later when the Torah explicitly writes: “And when there lives amongst you a stranger in your land…you [must] love him like yourself” (Vayikra 19:33-34). These commandments are separate as love must start nurtured in a place of closeness; only from there it can spread out.

Starting initially with love for all is often accompanied by emotional detachment, as journalist Yair Sheleg once wondered: Why is it specifically that those societies that most preach humanism suffer the most from interpersonal estrangement?

The truth of the matter is that the Torah comes to remind that love must start from an even smaller circle. The love for “your neighbour” must be “as yourself”. From here we see that man must first love himself. Someone who is not at peace with himself, who hates himself and is not accepting of himself, will ultimately come to relate similarly towards others.

Published May 5, 2016.

Rabbi Dr. Yakov Nagen

The writer, a musmach of YU and Ph.d. from the Heb. Univ. of Jerusalem, is head of the Otniel hesder yeshiva kollel..His books (Hebrew) include “Nishmat HaMishna”, “Water, Creation and Divinity: Sukkot in the Philosophy of Halacha” and “Awaking to a New Day: Stories and Insights from Life”.

Translated from the Hebrew by Yakov Tzemac.

Edited by Jonathan  for this bulletin.

1610 - P.M. Justin Trudeau



Pirke Avoth Perek 2 Mishnah 4

Note: This commentary is taken from Ethics from Sinai by Irving M. Bunim and Visions of the Fathers by Abraham Twerski, and Sage Advice, by Yitz Greenberg. Some sentences of the commentaries have been taken verbatim (in quotes) and others have been summarized. All relate to Mishnah 4. The Questions are my own.

He used to say: Do His will as you would your own, that He may do your will as though it were His. Negate your will before His, that He may negate the will of  others before  your will.

Greenberg - Sage Advice

In Rabban Gamliel 111s view, overriding personal desires and preferences for the sake of God will be reciprocated by God, who will move the divine will (and that of other people) to identify with yours. Note that making Gods will ones own is a call to piety but not to fatalism, in which one accepts whatever happens and whatever state he is born into as definitive. Fate is to be acquiesced to, not resisted. But here the individual tries to moveGod to reciprocally accept his desires, dreams and ambitions.

If you have a profitable business deal you will rush out to complete it. You should have the same devotion and enthusiasm to carrying out Gods will as you do your own.

The wicked seem to carry out their will with great determination and enthusiasm. We can learn from them.

When Jacob returned to Canaan he sent word to his brother  Esau: I lived with Laban. Rashi imagines what Jacob might have said, I did not learn from his evil deeds,  but I observed his complete and thorough dedication to evil.  Neither cold nor snow nor danger deters him from his self-appointed task. Yet alas, I who observed all this, continued to perform my commandments with much less devotion and much less enthusiasm. To my sorrow I did not learn this sense of self-sacrifice from Laban; I did not learn to emulate his devotion. Would that I could apply his zeal, his whole heartedness to my good deeds.

In what sense can a mans will become like that of the Almighty? Judaism stresses that His will is the ultimate unity. He is perfectly one, with no discordant or contradictory elements. If a Jew can unite all his desires and ambitions around one central goal of service to his creator; if a Jew can harmonize the discordant demands of his impetuous, passionate nature through the tenets and requirements of Judaism, he will ultimately have a single, Divine direction to his spiritual journey through life; he will become akin to the Almighty by achieving a profound inner unity and inner harmony.  The key, the formula to remember is: Do His will as you would your own.

Question 1:  Do we have that dedication to G-d in our daily lives? Is that what we should strive for? Would it make us better people or simply obsessive -compulsive?

Question  2: Can we compare the dedication of Laban to the dedication of the current-day Islamists and the lack of zeal of Jacob to the lack of zeal of our community?

“… often we do not know what we truly need. We desire things which are not good for us. Hence after our desires are fulfilled, we begin to realize our mistake and we cry to the Almighty to remove the favourthat He has granted us.  This however, would not happen if we simply shaped our will in accordance with His, if we would desire what the Almighty wishes us to desire, if we would treat the will of the Almighty as though it were our own.

Question 1: How do we know what G-d desires of us?

Question 2: In secular terms is this the equivalent of finding  oneself?

We have two component ways of observing a festival: by prayer and Torah study, and by taking our ease and pleasure. Do your mitzvoth that are entirely for the Lordwith the same fervor and joy that you bring to mitzvoth connected with personal pleasure.

Question: How do we make praying as stimulating and joyous as eating?

God has stocked the universe with all sorts of goods, wealth and resources. Yet we do not attain the happiness that the Almighty wills for us.With our impossible aspirations and unquenchable drives, we continually complicate our lives. Animals do not attempt to pervert their basic nature. Our schemes, entanglements  and predicaments only lead us  to sin and transgression. These create an iron curtain between ourselves and our father in Heaven which removes us further from his presence. often we do not know what we truly need. We desire things which are  not good for us. Hence after our desires are fulfilled we begin toe realize our mistake and we cry to the Almighty to remove the favourthat He has granted us. This, however, would not happen if we simply shaped our will in accordance with His, if we should desire that at the Almighty wishes us to desire, if we would  that the will of the Almighty as though it were our own.   

Question: Is this realistic or possible? Again is this simply finding oneself?

Ultimately the test of true faith is its ability to go beyond the rational, the reasonable, the understood, and to move a man to deeds though they may run counter to his will.  If you serve the Almighty with this kind of faith and trusting obedience, the principle of measure for measurewill apply. The Almighty will reward you by nullifying the will of others which may be to your harm and detriment.

Man should not say that he could not eat pork or wear a garment of wool and linen. Rather he should say, I could very well do such things; but what shall I do when my Father in Heaven has forbidden me?  

Question 1: What is the best justification or reason for obeying our kashruth laws - fear, Torah, custom?

Question 2: Does God really care if we eat pork or mix wool  and linen?  

Ultimately the test of true faith is its ability to go beyond the rational, the reasonable, the understood, and to move a man to deeds though they run counter to his will.

Question: Is this justification for the actions of a  group like Isis?

Stop and consider how much you give, how much you do when your own strong, determined will is involve. Bring he same fervour and dedication to Torah and its mitzvoth.” “If you serve the Almighty with this kind of faith and trusting obedience, the principle of measure for measurewill apply. The Almighty will reward you by nullifying the will of others which may be to your harm and detriment.

Question: This is a nice idea but is it reliable?

Visions of the Fathers

Twerski suggests that the prohibitions in the Torah have been internalized so that we find pork abhorrent, even though there is no intellectual reason for feeling that way. In internalizing have we made Gods will  into our will?

Question: Is internalizing something we read or hear without question, a positive or negative thing for us and society?        

Sometimes when we dont like a Torah ruling we can go to another rabbi for another one - i.e. driving to shul is ok for some Conservatives or Reform but not for the Orthodox i.e. we defer to the authority that has the answer we want.

He also suggests that awe be like recovering alcoholics who rely on God to give them the strength to refuse to drink and eventually relieves them of the desire to drink.

Question: Is it God that takes away the desire to drink or is it simply our bodies that naturally crave it less after drinking less?


Canadian War Museum

NCR (National Capital Region, Canada)

A Point of View, By Sheldon Richmond

1618 - Joe Gottdenker


1626 - Cantor Moshe Kraus


I'll come to the punch line and then give some background.  By far, the man who stole the show, (and, it was a show, in spite of the seriousness of the occasion), was Cantor Moshe Kraus.  He stole the show, not through his singing, which he did not do, with what I am told, is a resonant voice, by those who have heard him, over the many years of the Yom Hoshoah event in Ottawa.  Rather, he gave an impromptu speech about a question he asked himself many times as a Holocaust survivor.  He asked, why me?  Why did I survive and not the person to my left, and not  the person behind me, and not the Kapo who served the Germans.  Why me?  His speech was heartfelt and captivating.  But he is old and wise, and his story is long.  He told his story, not with tears, but with composure and even humour.  He was everyone's Zadie, regardless of their age. Then, before he could reach the point of his story, his loving and elegant wife walked to the stage and beckoned the MC, the lovely and warm, Fran Sonshine, to ask him to cut his story short.  We were nearing the end of the ceremony, we already had heard the, shall I say bluntly, hackneyed speeches of the P.M, Justin is ready, the acting Opposition Leader, Rona, is ready too, the Head of the Green Party, Elizabeth, not yet Queen May, and the not quite yet Head of the NDP, Dr. Helene.  

After the formal presentations, and the sweet singing of the high school choir, and the as promised brief d'var Torah by the eminent Rabbi Bulka, the growing tedium the audience started to feel was sharply broken by Cantor Kraus.  The Cantor  used his speech, not to utter platitudes and win votes, but used his speech to take us partially along the rambling and winding road of his life, saved through Hashem's gift of voice to him, and saved by the twists and turns of chance.  He left us with the unanswerable question: why me?

I know why him:  to wake us up to what we all face--using our gifts to take us as far as we can go along the road of life that is always subject to the dangers of the unforeseen.

Why did the Cantor feel the need to speak? A new award was created in his honour: the Cantor Kraus Catalyst for Change Award, and he did not feel it was sufficient for him merely to hand out the award to three deserving recipients, two teachers and a student, (Twinnings Program ambassador, Erin Sade of Havergal College in Toronto).   Nor did the Cantor feel it was sufficient for him to lead us in his slowly and clearly enunciated utterance of the Mourner's Kaddish.  He wanted to thank us all through telling us the lessons of his winding and long life that was saved by his voice, a voice used to lead in prayer as well as in songs of joy, despite whatever darkness may enclose one now and whatever darkness suffocated those in the Shoah.

Should you visit the War Museum--that concrete bunker-like fortress filled with the broken armaments of war?  Next year again, only if the Yom Hashoah ceremony will be blessed with the presence of Cantor Moshe Kraus.  Sheldon.

(Many were impressed by the way Elizabeth May spoke. Kudos!)

1637 - (L) Patrick Mascoe, Larry Mikulcik, Erin Sade. (R) Rafael Barak, A-Team



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1650 - Rona Ambrose



Attempts to universalize the specific suffering of Jews in the Shoah go hand in hand with efforts to de-legitimize the Jewish state.  Full story: (By James Kirchick, May 3, 2016)

Quote Mining:

  • just one of many “genocides” committed during World War II

  • grossly exaggerated event that pales in comparison to Israeli crimes

  • an amorphous, context-free misdeed—no worse

  • holding no more meaning, than any other episode of mass murder—inflicted upon some generalized notion of “humanity.”

  • Omitting any mention of Jews or anti-Semitism ⇒ purblind, mushy progressivism

  • denying the Shoah while hijacking it to bully Jews as “the new Nazis” ⇒ progressive virtue

  • Scolding Jews for invoking the Holocaust to contextualize contemporary anti-Semitic incitement.

  • clouding the causes of the Holocaust so that anti-Semitism is relegated to a background role, if it is mentioned at all.

  • For if the Holocaust isn’t about Jews, then Jews have no claim on their history, or reason to fear anti-Semitism, or the need for a state.

“Yet the Holocaust’s universal meanings are not inconsistent with an appreciation of its singularity, both in terms of process (the first and only time a modern state carried out an industrial-scale, mechanized mass-mass murder with the aim of exterminating an entire people) and victims (primarily, but not exclusively, Jews). Indeed, these unique aspects of the Holocaust complement one another in distinguishing the event from any other crime against humanity. Without independently acknowledging both the universality and the historicity of the Holocaust, we will fail to understand what happened, and to whom—and how to prevent such a tragedy from ever happening again, to anyone.” (full story)

1657 - Hélène Laverdière


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1708 - Elizabeth May


Listen to your enemy - for God is talking - Jewish proverb


Just A Passing Phase? - The Cycle Repeats.  (Wash, rinse. Repeat!)


I ask not for a lighter burden but for stronger shoulders. - Jewish proverb

1735 - Mad Dash For The Food - Busses leave at 6 PM (Good luck!)


  • Rabbi Reuven Bulka, (D’var Torah and Shofar)

  • Sadly, there was zero time to visit the Holocaust Section of the Canadian War Museum.

  • With Thanks to the Government of Canada. Overall, it was an experience to remember.  (i.e. Know what to expect next year. It turns out there is no Holocaust Section of the War Museum. No National Holocaust Memorial in the near future as well. Say a prayer that we will still have Cantor Kraus.)

1752 - The Last Word - Sheldon - “I Remember”


This is the Pancer/Bainerman/Bagelman family in Ostrowiec, Poland.  The young lady 3rd from the left on the top row, holding the baby, was my mother Elka, and the baby was my brother Sam.  They came to Canada in 1929.  My father, not in the photo, left earlier to find work and a place to live.  So, the photo was probably taken  just before my mother and brother as a baby left Poland for Toronto.  The Matriarch of the family, Dreisel Bainerman-Pancer, is the elder lady in the middle row.  I am named after the bearded gentleman--Yeshayahu Pancer.  Apart from a few who died a natural death and two survivors, all the others were killed in the Shoah.   One of the survivors is the young fellow with a rifle, Aaron Baigelman (my mother's nephew) who came to Canada after the war with a young bride who he met in Bergen-Belsen.  His wife, Cecilia (Zosha) is still living.  The other survivor is Chava/Eva Pancer, who married and migrated to Israel.  She is the young lady in the sailor suit to the right of the other young lady in the sailor suit.  My father's family left for Canada in the late 1920s, some before and some after my father.  When I visit Ostrowiec this summer, I plan to wear the shirt in the town and walk on the street where both my families lived, to my knowledge--Siennienska.  If my research is completed before I leave for Poland, near the end of June, I will be able to stand near the places where the residences of the families of my parents were located on that street.

(Thanks Sheldon - take plenty of pictures)