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Shabbat Bulletin - May 28, 2016

20160520 - From the Gulf of Naples, Italy to the hilltop of Mount Barbaro, Sicily

A group of travelers from Europe or North America is firstly and primarily focused on the sites of Jewish interest. Treasures of world culture, architecture, art, and natural wonders are usually secondary. With Israelis, it's the other way around; while very interested in the life of the local Jews, they don't need to go abroad in search of Yiddischkeit; fortunately, it surrounds them abundantly right where they live.


This is a winery on the slopes of Vesuvius where we arranged grounds for a beautiful picnic en plein air. (For what is the point of having a state-of-the-art fully stacked kosher mobile kitchen if you can't serve gourmet dishes where you want when you want them?)

We always check our groups before taking them on, but this one is particularly cool; adhesive, friendly, easy going and very positive. Not a particularly large group either; 40 people, almost all couples in early retirement, most from settlements in Shomron (Samaria) region.
After a group of 200 Lubavitch students, this trip is a walk in the park. Literally.

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Amalfi coast. Nice in any season. Gorgeous in the spring.
Wish my girls could join me on this trip.
Wish you guys were here, too. I do miss you. Another week before going home.
Next time, should bring you along.

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This is Segesta, an ancient Greek temple in Western Sicily, older than Parthenon in Acropolis, and amazingly intact. Those Greeks sure knew how to take care of their Schule.

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Can you find me in this photo? (hint: I am the guy with the beard and head cover.)

Shabbat Shalom, Rabbi Eli.

Quotes of the Day

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly. - Richard Bach

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” - Albert Einstein

“I don’t think life is absurd. I think we are all here for a huge purpose. I think we shrink from the immensity of the purpose we are here for.” - Norman Mailer



May 30   Sylvia White
May 31   Harvey Storm
June 1     Isaak Dagan


May 29  Rafael & Tammy Remez
June 1  David & Barbara Peters


May 28  Elka Pillersdorf, mother of Rachel Weisman
May 28  Isaac Sosner, brother of Sarah Moshe
May 31  Rafuel Nosak, father of Morry
June 1   Simon Abrahams, father of Jack
June 2   Abraham Zeldin, father of Cathy

Humour - Born to Kvetch

Isidore would meet his friend Irving every other week while doing business. “How are you Irving?” Isidore would always ask. “How’s the wife and kids?”

Irv would always grunt back the perfunctory replies. “Fine.” “A little under the weather.” “My son Jack got a job.”

This one sided interrogation went on for years until one day Isidore exploded. “Irv,” he said abruptly. “I don’t understand. For six years I ask you about your wife, your kids, and your business. Not once mind you, not once did you ever ask me about my wife, my kids, or my business!

Irv shrugged. “Sorry, Izzie. I was really selfish. So tell me,” he continued, “how is your wife? How are your kids? How is your business?”

Izzie let out a sigh of anguish and began to kvetch. He put his hand gently on Irv’s shoulder, tightened his lips, and shook his head slowly. “Don’t ask!”



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 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

Later (all day)

Check out:

Earl Bales



More info




May 27

Beth Radom

6 PM


(call Sarah)


Where Every Jew

Is Family




May 28

20 Iyar

Kiddush Lunch


This week’s kiddush is

sponsored by:

The Badner Family in honour of Cody’s Bar Mitzvah

Torah Times

Shabbat Services: 9:30 am

Torah Reading: Triennial Year 3


Parashat Behar  pg. 535

1: 25:29-34
2: 25:35-38
3: 25:39-43
4: 25:44-46
5: 25:47-50
6: 25:51-54
7: 25:55-26:2
maftir: 25:55-26:2


Jeremiah 32:6 - 32:27  pg. 539

Candle Lighting: 8:31 p.m. – Friday

Havdalah: 9:39 p.m. – Saturday


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 4

27 Iyar

Kiddush Lunch

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.


June 5

9:45 AM



The annual general meeting will be held at 9:45 AM 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 5

1:30 PM

Bathurst Lawn

Lodzer Section

unveiling  for

David Rybowski

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David Rybowski is a survivor from Lodz, Poland. He experienced the full weight of the Holocaust, living in the ghetto before being deported to a series of camps and subjected to slave labour before surviving death marches at the war’s end.

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Yadvashem - rememberingThePast

RYBOWSKI, David - On August 29, 2015, David beloved husband of Jenny. Loving father of Betty Zulauf, Cheryl (David Jenah). Cherished grandfather of Michelle, Mark, Shawn, Ryan and Leah. Adored great-grandfather of Jason, Rachel and Georgia. David will be missed by his sisters Irene Beder and Mary Nathan.


June 7

1 Sivan




June 10

Oneg Shabbat


Services 6:30PM

Dinner Following

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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.




Join the Lodzer family

for a hamishe

Kosher Shabbat Dinner

Members $25

Children aged 5 - 12 $15



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June 11

Morning Service

9:30 AM



7:30 PM

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Click on the picture,

Girls Just Want to Have Fun.


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


Political Correctness, out of control.



יידיש ווינקל

 אין וועלכע שול ם׳איז,  אזא קדושה טאנצט מען.

In velcheh shul  m'iz do, aza k'dushah tantz men.

Follow the local synagogue's custom when saying "kedushah".

אז מ׳קען נ׳שט העלפן מ׳ט געליט, דארפ מען כאטש העלפן מיט א קרעכץ.

Az  m'ken nisht helfen mit gelt, darf men chotsh helfen mit a kretchtz.
If you can't help with money, at least help with a sigh.

Jacqueline - a yiddisher kop


Parsha of the Week - Behar

Our Love For The Land Of Israel
The commandment to bring the redemption of the Land of Israel reminds us of the inextricable link between Judaism and Israel.
By Rabbi Bradley Artson

One of the central paradoxes of Jewish history is that the Jewish people were landless through most of our history. Yet, we were always profoundly aware of our link to the Land of Israel, perhaps because we did not live in a place we could call our own. The intense love between the Jews and their homeland permeated our prayers, our Torah and our hearts. Today’s Torah portion speaks directly to the centrality of the Land of Israel in Jewish thought and deed. God instructs the Jewish People, “You must provide for the ge’ulah (redemption) of the land.”

What does it mean, to bring redemption to a land? It might make sense to use tangible terms–“irrigate” the land, “fertilize” the land, even “cultivate” the land. Those are terms upon which a farmer would act and recognize. But how does one “redeem” a land?

According to most biblical commentators, this verse is understood as mandating a loving Jewish presence in the Land of Israel. Thus, Hizkuni (France, 13th century) interprets our verse to mean that “there can be no [permanent] selling, only [temporary] dwelling.”
Jews do not have the right to sever their connection to the Land of Israel. That claim–our inextricable link to the Land of Israel–is at the very core of biblical and rabbinic religion. The Land is referred to as an “ahuzzah,” a holding–given to the Jewish People as God’s part of our brit, our covenantal relationship. Our ancestors agreed to serve only God, and God agreed to maintain a unique relationship with the Jewish People.

That relationship was given form in the detailed legislation of the Torah and the Talmud as a way of shaping and cultivating the reciprocal obligations between God and the Jews. And the one place in the world where the Jewish People could act on every part of our ‘brit’ was within the Land of Israel. Only there could all the laws and practices of Judaism receive their full articulation, because, in the words of Rabbi Ovadiah Sforno (Italy, 16th century), “Outside of the Land [of Israel], there is no Sabbatical Year, nor a Jubilee Year.”

The many agricultural mitzvot (commandments)–of leaving gleanings for the poor, of offering first fruits and others–were operative only within the Land of Israel. There, in the Land, the Jew could most directly encounter God and sanctity.  What was true in the past is true today as well. There is a special quality to the Land of Israel that exists nowhere else in the world. In the words of the Talmud, “the air of the Land of Israel makes one wise.”
Our generation is uniquely blessed. While Jews have prayed facing Jerusalem for thousands of years, while our ancestors longed for the messianic future as a time when Jews could freely live as Jews in our homeland, we have seen the establishment of a Jewish state–a thriving democracy and a world center for Jews and Jewish expression–in our own time.

Unlike our great-grandparents, we can travel to Israel’s holy sites any time we choose. Unlike the Jews of the past, we can learn our holy language, Hebrew, from people who speak it on a daily basis. We can contribute to the liberation of Jewish people who have left lands of oppression and suffering–places like Ethiopia, Syria and the former Soviet Union–to be reunited with their people and its history. We can redeem the Land.

Rambam (Spain, 13th century) translated God’s instruction to mean, “that I wish to redeem My land from the hand of those who hold it, as I have not given it to them as part of their possession.” We make the Land of Israel ours by translating our possession into deeds. For example, by planting trees through the Jewish National Fund, we are able to literally make the deserts bloom, while also assuring a Jewish presence throughout the Land.

By contributing generously to federations and the Jewish Federations of North America, we make it possible for hundreds of thousands of Soviet Jews to rejoin our people and to strengthen our land in freedom. By visiting Israel ourselves, often, we demonstrate our love of the land and our solidarity with the first free Jewish state in over 2000 years. “You must provide for the redemption of the land.” What have you done for Israel lately?

Note: In his lecture at Beth David this past Thursday evening, Professor Diamond suggested that Maimonides felt that the Messianic age could only come when people were already living in the way they would live in the messianic age, and that could only happen when Jews were living in  Israel, where they would live a life free from the bad influences of the rest of the communities of the world.

Middle East deal making??!
What's going on???
Who knows?



Meanwhile, help us fight the campus BDS movement


Pirke Avoth Perek 2 Mishnah 5 Part 2

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.

Sage Advice      

Being part of a community is essential for a proper and healthy life.If one becomes so self-centred as to cut loose from community in order to live only for himself, quality of life will be lost. Our very humanness shrinks when we lose our connections to a group beyond ourselves.

Question 1: Is this why volunteering is helpful?

Question 2: Does donating to charities fulfil this role?

Question 3: Does our shule, province or nation fulfil this role?   

The challenge isnt just to have good ideas or values, but to make them work in the life of an actual community.

Question: Can this be applied to family, friends, volunteering, and commercial activities on a regular basis?      

“…the individual is seething with impulses and feelings, both conscious and unconscious. Therefore not until a person dies can we be certain that we have defined him correctly. Sometimes people turn to the good; sometimes they reverse direction toward evil in the most unexpected waysIt is best to view oneself and others tentatively. See everyone as open and still evolving; help them grow in the right direction.”   

However, After empathy, after justifying, after being sensitive, one must make judgments. One must be able to call evil as evil, and to uphold good as good. We are not to be paralyzed by empathy or lose our ability to discern the difference between good and evil.

Question 1: Are we doing this when we relieve native Canadians of the responsibilities

for their situation or actions because many went through the residential school system?

Question 2: Are we relieving third world nations of responsibilities by blaming their problems on colonialism?

Question 3: Is following a religious practice or culture a good excuse for performing harmful or evil actions?

Rabbi Israel Salanter was once asked: If I have only one hour in the day to study, should I study Talmud or should I study musar(ethical self-reflective, aspirational literature)? He answered: Study musar, because it will inspire you to find a second hour to study Talmud.

If you are unlearned, you will know only the externals of the commandments or the legalities of ethical obligations, and thus will likely apply the principles formally but miss their essence.

Question: Does this apply to most of us in our practice of Judaism and is this why we are studying Pirke Avoth?

  Ethics from Sinai

The community, the group living together holds a most important place in Judaism. To the group was given the Torah, and it is of the group, with its interrelations and collective activity, that the Almighty has willed to make a kingdom of cohanim (priests) and a holy people.

Question: Is this saying that G-d is concerned about the group but not the individual? Does this explain the Holocaust?

For Hillel, the authentic, historic community in Jewry is even more. It is an implicit, immutable authority on normative Jewish lawwhat people simply did or didnt do, could be relied on as a faithful, accurate reflection of  the tradition.

Do not separate yourself from the community.

Never be conspicuous by doing things which are out of joint, inappropriate, at variance with the activities and feelings of the community. It is wrong to regard yourself as a meon one side of the fence, and the community as themranged on the other side. You are a part of them” … if a Jew anywhere in the world is suffering and we do not feel it and scream in pain, it implies that a paralytic insensitivity, a creeping death has started to set in. But if a limb is dead for you and  you do not feel its pain, then you cannot feel its pleasurable sensations either. If you would be fully a member of Jewry, you must be fully involved in its historic memory and its historic destiny. As the Talmud concludes, Whoever suffers in sympathy with the community will merit to see the consolation, the good cheer of the community. Moreover, culture and civilization as we know it would be impossible if we lived as hermits And always, whether he knows it or not, he benefits indispensably from the activities and contributions of countless others.

Hillels answer to the question of Am I my brothers keeper?is therefore a yes.

If your advice is rejected by the community, remain with the community. Dont withdraw. If your advice is correct it will be accepted in time.

Question 1: What constitutes participation? Must you go to shule or do volunteering in the Jewish community?

Question 2: Do you need to feel like part of the community or to be active in it to be truly Jewish?

" Do not say, When I will have time I will study. Perhaps you will never have the time. Do not reject the opportunity to do good in the immediate present in favour of some grandiose well-intentioned scheme that you hope to realize in the future. The present opportunity is real; the plans for the future are shrouded in doubt. There is no certainty that you will be able to fulfil them. You might as well serve your fellow human beings now.Say you are sorry for what you say or do. It may be too late to apologize later.

Furthermore, the larger communities of mankind build and maintain an invaluable reservoir, a repository of knowledge, wisdom an spiritual values, only because society preserves and transmits the precious traditions of past generations. This is especially turn of historic Jewry with its age-old Oral Torah.

Question: If the present Lodzer is the inheritor from its founders, what is the  tradition that they wanted to continue, and what, if any, obligation do we have to continue that tradition.

Join your community of fellow human beings , and learn to understand and accept differing temperaments and personalities. If your attitude is reasonable and your opinion is intelligent, do not lose patience, give up or withdraw into splendid isolation. Keep urging your view and express it with clarity and force. In the end the truth will prevail . Remain with the community. Your opinion will be heard.

Do not feel so strong in your religiosity and morals as to forgo the aid and support that stems from the community. Life has been aptly described as a symphony that must be played by ear; there is no printed score to go be. ..To feel absolutely sure about your self, your religiosity, your morality, or your future security, is foolish.

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


Source: Israel seizes 4,000 Palestinian stone-thrower dolls  (20151215)


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The Labour Party candidate Sadiq Khan has been elected Mayor of London. The election came in the midst of a storm about Antisemitism in the Labour Party, and awkward questions were raised about the Islamist associations of the candidate himself.


Labour has announced that it is to set up an inquiry into Antisemitism in the party but we can make a fairly safe bet that it won’t find as much that is outwardly anti-Jewish, as is outwardly anti-Israel: it is anti-Israel sentiment that is the cloak, and it is anti-Israel sentiment that we must confront.
It is time for a new and powerful pro-Israel argument that lays out some uncomfortable and vital truths. It is time to tell the British people what the media won’t, that the aim of Hamas to annihilate Jews and it is for this reason that there has not been any two-state solution. Hamas doesn’t want its own state, it wants to crush the Jewish state, and it wants to do so for religious reasons.
The founding charter of Hamas states clearly that their “struggle against the Jews is extremely wide-ranging and grave”. The charter is a religious document, not a political one.  Its preamble states that ″Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam invalidates it, just as it invalidated others before it″.  High profile figures from the organisation, and other figures from across the Middle East, regularly profess public contempt for Jews, but when this conflict is discussed at international level, such pertinent facts appear to be forgotten. The media in the West consistently keeps this truth far away from public awareness, so if the real story about the war on Israel is to be known, we must find alternative ways of telling it.
Hamas is a group of Islamic extremists, jihadis, and like jihadis the world over, it is waging a religious war.
we in the West must support Israel and acknowledge the threat that country is facing. It is a threat that affects the entire civilized world.



This is important. We are in an era of global Islamist terror and the truth about the religious nature of the threat facing Israel must be talked about openly and honestly. We cannot, and should not, avoid this any longer. Israel is on the front-line of global jihad, and we must support her in this fight. With help and support, I fully intend to do so.

Anne Marie Waters | activist  (May 2016)