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Shabbat Bulletin - May 21, 2016

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

Pope Leo XII was a dear, charming man. Unlike many of his predecessors, he did not discriminate. Rather, he equally feared and despised Jews, blacks, women, homosexuals, and anyone who was not a pious male Roman Catholic after his own heart. An equal opportunity hater if there ever was one.

Leo's post-Napoleonic rule (from 1823) would have been befitting for the darkest middle ages.

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This little church behind my back is located right in front of the main synagogue of Rome, by the entrance to the ghetto. It is called San Gregorio della Divina Pieta, and its claim to fame was holding its main service on Saturday rather than Sunday.

Every week following Shabbat morning service, the Jews were forced by papal decree to come here and listen to a 2-hour long sermon, the goal of which was to convince, bribe, or badger them into baptism. The burly guards at the entrance would scrutinize the passing crowd to make sure no one was using earplugs, and then continue walking back and forth through the church as they carried long heavy sticks to prod and poke anyone falling asleep.

As you can imagine, such measures hardly endeared old Leo and his church to our people, but he didn't seem to mind.

Wish you were here to follow me to the green streets of Trastevere where the Jewish population used to dwell.

Ancient Romans would come here on Shabbat to see the Jewish day of rest. The concept escaped their understanding; either you were a free person. not accustomed to work at all, or you were a slave who worked every day nonstop. The idea of everyone taking the same day off every week was very foreign and confusing to them.

Wish you were here to see those cobbled streets, the very untouristy walls and tiny picturesque houses of the real people who live in this vibrant, very real world.

Cheers from Rome, tomorrow morning I'm meeting my new group, fresh off the flight Tel-Aviv-Naples.

Rabbi Eli

Short Notice -- Invitation (free)


Religion for Maimonides does not provide comfort but demands extraordinary effort in understanding both the world around you and the why of God’s dictates.
Blind faith attracts no praise from Maimonides, except as a childish starting point for a life of sustained thought and struggle as the only authentic mode of existence.

(Prof. James A. Diamond)

Hear him give Lecture 6:

Moses Maimonides: Soft Messianism, Hard Zionism

At Beth David (free)

Thursday, May 19 at 7:30 PM

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May 24  Freda Kon

May 25  Frank Steiman

May 26  Allen Sidenberg


May 21  Leslie Ann Levy, daughter of Barry and Nancy Corey

May 21  Max Szweras, husband of Irene

May 24  Fay Harris, mother of Henry

May 24  Robert Sacks, father of Michael

May 25  Shae Golden, father of Bluma Nemirov

May 26  Edward Zimmerman, father of Barbara

This Past Week - Cantor David Lo and Cantor David Hi

This past week Cantor David Edwards, (accompanied by his wife, Sandra,) led our services in a rocking music fest for Yom Haatzmaut.

It is always a pleasure to see and hear David.

The Reunion:

Cantor David Young told the story of how, on this particular Shabbat, in hopes of seeing, (after 8 long years,) his friend - Cantor Edwards, went to the Beth Emeth only to learn that Cantor Edwards was at the Lodzer for the day. Perseverance paid off.

If you don’t get the bit about Hi and Lo - you didn’t hear them sing. It was a treat.

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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

Life has been aptly described as a symphony that must be played by ear; there is no printed score to go by.

Let your words be soft and sweet, because some day you may have to eat them.

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 15

7 Iyar 5776

With great sadness we offer our sincere condolences to Marcel Cohen and his family on the death of his beloved father.
Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.


COHEN, Herbert - Retired Pharmacist

Herb was a pharmacist and a dedicated health care professional. He knew and cared for his customers. Along with medication, he dispensed advice and empathy and friendship. He was always ready to tell, or hear, a good joke. His love of music, Torah and learning were central to who he was. At his last Pesach Seder, he followed along with the tunes, even though his voice was nearly gone.


May 21

13 Iyar

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 Emor

1: 23:23-25 (pg. 522)

2: 23:26-32

3: 23:33-44

4: 24:1-4

5: 24:5-9

6: 24:10-12

7: 24:13-23

maftir: 24:21-23


Ezekiel 44:15 - 44:31 (pg. 528)

Candle Lighting: 8:24 p.m. – Friday

Havdalah: 9:33 p.m. – Saturday


May 25

Beth Radom

7:30 PM


Theresa Tova in Concert

"From Belz to Broadway"

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Beth Radom welcomes Yiddish Diva and Jazz Artist, Theresa Tova for an evening of music and stories.
For one night only, New York City's historic 2nd Avenue Yiddish theatre lives again... on Broadway!

Call to order: 416-636-3451  (order online)


May 26

18 Iyar

Lag B’Omer

Service: 9 AM




May 27

Beth Radom

6 PM


(call Sarah)


Where Every Jew

Is Family




May 28

20 Iyar

Kiddush Lunch

To sponsor a Kiddush

please call the office




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

9:45 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

Kabbalat Shabbat Dinner Now!
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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בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הַגָּֽפֶן.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, בּוֹרֵא מִינֵי בְשָׂמִים.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, בּוֹרֵא מְאוֹרֵי הָאֵשׁ.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, הַמַּבְדִיל בֵּין קֹֽדֶשׁ לְחוֹל, בֵּין אוֹר לְחֹֽשֶׁךְ, בֵּין יִשְׂרָאֵל לָעַמִּים, בֵּין יוֹם הַשְּׁבִיעִי לְשֵֽׁשֶׁת יְמֵי הַמַּעֲשֶׂה. בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, הַמַּבְדִיל בֵּין קֹֽדֶשׁ לְחוֹל.

Click on the picture,

for another great rendition.


June 12



9 AM


Dairy Kiddush


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June 13

9 AM

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June 20

7:30 pm


Book Chat

with Cathy Zeldin



"The Illegal" is a timely, relevant story given the refugee situation in the world today.

BTW, did you know Lawrence is the brother of musician Dan Hill?

On May 16 we had eleven people discussing "The Marriage of Opposites" and we almost came to a consensus, rating it as 9 or 10 out of 10.  A truly beautiful book, it addresses multiple themes; history, Judaism, interracial relationships, racism, slavery, tragedy, women's solidarity, art and folklore.  Of course we had comments on all of these.  For example, did you know several of the Impressionist painters were anti-Semitic?

Moving on, our next book is "The Illegal", winner of this year's Canada Reads, by Lawrence Hill, who also won the same prize several years ago for his "The Book of Negroes".   


You look at the Pew Hispanic Center study on the number of illegal aliens in America and the number of jobs they have, that's 7.4 million, illegal aliens in America. A quick way to create jobs in America is to remove those illegal aliens from our community. That frees up 7.4 million jobs that Americans can seek. (Mo Brooks)

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We'll meet on Monday June 20 at 7:30 PM at the shul.

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

For more information contact

Bulletin worthy? Think Zionism and spread the word! (thanks Cathy)


Britain: Labor’s longstanding Jew-hatred -- Justifying Discrimination

As far as the British polite classes are concerned, an anti-Semite remains someone who hates Jews more than is absolutely necessary. (Caroline Glick)

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יידיש ווינקל

וואו ס׳אז תורה דארט איז חכמה.

Vu s'iz Torah Dort iz Chochmah.

בעסר א פאטש פון א חכמ, איידער א גוש פון א נאר.

Besser a patch fun a chochem,eider a kush fun a nar.

Jacqueline - a yiddisher kop -- (translation at end)


Parsha of the Week

Catching Up With Ourselves

When the Jewish people left Egypt they experienced a great leap forward. In a short space of time they progressed from abject slavery to freedom. The Sages tell us they were then faced with a new and important task: to catch up with themselves.

This is one of the explanations of the "counting of the omer" which is observed in the period between Pesach and Shavuot. From the second night of Passover we begin counting, day by day. After seven weeks, forty-nine days, we arrive at Shavuot on the fiftieth day, when the Torah was given at Mount Sinai.

This process of counting the days, one by one, is explained as signifying the attempt to improve oneself in a steady, step-by-step mode. Leaving Egypt was a leap of progress, a breakthrough from the lowest depths. But then there is the need to catch up with oneself, to achieve genuine and permanent qualities as individuals and as a nation.

Otherwise the freedom gained by leaving Egypt might easily be lost: instead of being a slave to the Egyptians, one would become a slave to something else.

Chabad teachings, based on the writings of the Kabbalists, explain that the seven weeks represent seven different aspects of character, the emotional forces which constitute the basic structure of the individual (Love, Severity, Mercy, the desire for Victory, Submission, Dedication, and Fulfillment). The seven weeks provide the opportunity to improve this structure and make it more stable. Only after this period of self-improvement were the Jewish people ready to meet with Gd at Sinai and to receive His Torah.

This quest applies also to the individual through the ages. After the uplifting experience of Passover, the counting of the omer expresses an attempt to internalize this experience: to change oneself in a genuine and permanent way so as to live up to one's new level of spiritual freedom.

We can also apply this idea to society as a whole in our modern age. Over the past century we have experienced a great leap forward of technological progress which has provided us with many kinds of comfort and freedom. But this freedom and power bear with them a dangerous instability. We see this in the vast horrors of fifty years ago, and also in the social problems of today.

Our modern world, too, needs to "count the omer," to try and move step by step, improving our inner lives, our personal morality, the interplay of our emotions. Do people have freedom, or are they becoming ever more deeply enslaved to their appetites?

Torah teachings give guidance not only on how to run a Jewish home, but also on how to build a healthy and just society. The seven Noahide laws describe how all human beings should seek to live. (The seven Noahide laws commanded by Gd to all of mankind are: to believe in Gd [and not to serve idols]; not to blaspheme against Gd; not to murder [including euthanasia and abortion, unless it is to save the mother's life]; not to steal; not to commit adultery, incest and other forms of personal immorality; not to eat a limb from a living animal; and to set up a judicial [and educational] system to apply these laws in society.] Through applying the boundaries, restraints and positive duties imposed by these laws in the context of modern life we can seek to catch up with our own progress. By attending to our internal structure as human beings, we can prepare ourselves, globally, to meet with Gd and to discover the truly perfect world promised by the Prophets.


Thanks Jackie - I turned your heels into a fluff piece



Pirke Avoth Perek 2 Mishnah 5 Part 1

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 5. The Questions are my own.

Note: This parsha is long and worth considering, so I have divided it into two sections.

Hillel said: Do not separate yourself from the community; do not be sure of yourself until the day of your death; do not judge your fellow man until you find yourself in his place, his situation; do not say anything that cannot be understood because [you believe] it will ultimately be understood. And do not say, : When I will have leisure I will study: perhaps you will never have leisure.

Visions of the Fathers

“… if a person is derelict in observance of Torah and does not merit Paradise on his own, he nevertheless may enter Paradise by virtue of his participation with the community.Separating oneself [from the community] does not necessarily mean that one rejects the community by relocation geographically, or even that one fails to participate in community projects. It is much more subtle than that…” It can mean simply rejecting the opinion of the majority. Scholars who closed their minds and took a dogmatic view were considered to be separatists.

Question: The word Paradiseis added to the previously used words heavenand ha olam haba.Here exclusion from Paradise is used as a threat. Is this part of the Judaism you know?   

In talmudic times, those who held minority opinions were permitted to follow them, even though the accepted halachah was otherwise. However, we must always keep an open mind and be willing to listen to a different point of view.Not to do so is an attitude of arrogance and vanity, something which is despicable from an ethical standpoint.”  

Truth will stand up under scrutiny. It is only falsehood that must be protected against any challenge that wifi disprove it.”     

Question: Is this why Judaism and Christianity is subject to criticism but no criticism of Islam is allowed?

The alcoholic must continue to reinforce his defences as long as he lives, and that applies equally to anyone who wishes to avoid sin. We must forever be on the alert and on guard against the sly maneuvers of the yetzer hara, and we must utilize methods that our great ethics have provided to protect ourselves.”    

Is there really a need for prescribing rigorous self-deprivations when one is already suffering from the pangs of ones conscience? Is this not what the mishnah means, that we should not judge a person until we have placed ourself in his situation? one does not necessarily have to put oneself in the same position in order to empathize. We can identity with another person by seeking to fully understand the other persons circumstances, We must suspend judgment until we have had the opportunity to thoroughly know all the factors that went into a persons behaviour. Then and only then can we appreciate anothers position, and only then can we render judgment.

Do not deceive your fellow manis the actual law, but it  is expanded to “…one should not deceive oneself.

Question: Does this amount to telling ourselves little white lies that we believe?

There is a natural law that governs human behaviour, which is as inviolable as the physical law of gravity, and may be thought as the law of human gravitation. This law states that a human being will always gravitate toward whatever is most comfortable and least distressful. There can be great variation in what is considered most comfortable and least distressful, but the principle is universal.”   Even choosing martyrdom may be the least distressing choice. Making teshuvah may appear adequate, but unless we understand how it [a bad action] came about, only then will we be in a position to avoid a recurrence.

When a person is in denial and disowns an action, there is no possibility of teshuvah. One cannot have remorse for something one is not aware of having done. My concern in presenting this is that one might think that to understand how and why something happened is to justify it. This is by no means so. There is no justification for doing wrong. The extension of the mishnah that we shouldn't judge ourselves until we have placed ourself in the position of when we did wrong is therefore not a justification of the act, but to the contrary, a method to allow us to be aware of what we did. A harsh self-judgment without an understanding of how a mistake came about is likely to result in denial, in which case we are helpless to avoid its repetition.” “Denial is not the same as lying. Lying is a willful distortion of fact, whereas someone who is in denial is unable to recognize some facts about  himself or others. Do not tell the patient anything which he is incapable of hearing. Eventually he will come to hear it himself..

Question: Is following our cultural traditions and believing we are doing the right thing, often a form of self-deceit?


Hillel was keenly aware of the psychology of procrastination. Essentially the procrastinator does not want to do something, not today, not tomorrow, not ever. However, he is reluctant to admit, even to himself, that he wishes to avoid the task completely, so he deludes himself by saying, Yes I do wish to do it, but for various reasons, today is not the proper time, so I will do it tomorrow when it will be more appropriate.” … “ the Torah forbids deceiving someone else ; it is even worse,he said, when a person deceives himself.While deceiving someone else is an immoral act, deceiving oneself is simply stupid.” “Hillel therefore tells the procrastinator,Dont fool yourself. If you put off doing it until tomorrow, you may never get around to doing it, because you will again delay tomorrow just as you did today.

Question: If you do not know you are deceiving yourself, how do you correct what you are doing?



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Yiddish Translations - (thanks Jackie)

Where Torah is, There is Wisdom.

Better a slap from a wise man, than a kiss from a fool.