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Shabbat Bulletin - June 11, 2016



Mazel Tov to Michael & Debbie Spigelman

on the engagement of their daughter Shelby to Shane Altman



Quotes of the Day

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“No matter how bad things get, you’ve got to go on living, even if it kills you.” - Sholem Aleichem


“Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.” - Franz Kafka


“The dignity is in the worker, not in the job.” - Howard Fast



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Birthdays


June 5  Talia Baldor

June 5  David Bottner

June 5  Matthew Grossman

June 5  Susan Hoffer

June 5  Sydney Markowitz

June 5  Alan Shievitz

June 6  Sarah Moshe

June 7  Mark Johnson

June 7  Warren Zweig

June 7  Roslyn Greene

June 12  Denise Shanker

June 14  Sally Berger

June 14  Sara Birenzstok

June 15  Milton Stahl



Anniversaries

June 7  Michael & Debbie Spigelman
June 11  Matthew & Daphna Grossman

June 11  Rick & Eda Kardonne

June 16  Neil & Carrie Manley

Yahrzeits


June 4  Rose Gould Lefko Cohen,

           mother-in-law of Helen Gould

June 7  Milton Gould, father of Arnold

June 8  Zenek Wajgensberg,

           father of Dorothy Tessis

June 13  Sima Anidjar, mother of Morris

June 13  Jack Coretsky, father of Barry Corey

June 14  Louis Nadler, father of Sam

June 15  Sally Myers, mother of Helen Gould

June 16  Stanley Tessis, husband of Dorothy

June 16  Joseph Tschaschnik,

             husband of Esther




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Humour - How to start a fight

One year, I decided to buy my mother-in-law a cemetery plot as a Chanukah gift...
The next year, I didn't buy her a gift.
When she asked me why, I replied,
"Well, you still haven't used the gift I bought you last year!"
And that's how the fight started...




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Wednesdays

7:30-8:30 pm

Parsha of The Week

(POW)

with Judy Hazan

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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


Shabbat

after the kiddush

Pirke Avoth

Discussion Group

with Jonathan Usher

Loose Tongues are worse than wicked hands.


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.



Sunday,

June 5

28 Iyar

Sorry we missed this one!


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(thanks Arthur-Z)

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Click the link for a very informative, uplifting/inspirational video on the six day war.

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Friday,

June 10

Oneg Shabbat

Lodzer


Services 6:30PM

Dinner Following

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Cantor Marcel Cohen,

Cantor David Edwards,

Reuben Granger,


Rabbi Eli has returned!



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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MUSHROOM CREPE
CALIFORNIA SALAD
CHICKEN IN MUSHROOM SAUCE
ROASTED POTATOES
GREEN BEAN MEDLEY
CHOCOLATE BROWNIE

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Join the Lodzer family

for a hamishe

Kosher Shabbat Dinner


Members $25

Children aged 5 - 12 $15


CALL THE OFFICE AT

416-636-6665

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KEEP THE SPIRITUAL MOMENTUM GOING!

ATTEND ALL FIVE EVENTS!



Saturday,

June 11

5 Sivan

Morning Service

9:30 AM



Havdalah

Service

7:30 PM

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This week’s kiddush is

sponsored by:

Roz Greene for her birthday.



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Torah Times



Torah Reading: Triennial Year 3

Numbers

Parashat Bamidbar

1: 3:14-20 (pg. 576)
2: 3:21-26
3: 3:27-39
4: 3:40-43
5: 3:44-51
6: 4:1-10
7: 4:11-20
maf: 4:17-20


Haftarah:

Hosea 2:1 - 2:22 (pg.582)


Candle Lighting: 8:41 p.m. – Friday

Havdalah: 9:49 p.m. – Saturday





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Sunday,

June 12

Shavuot

Service


9 AM

Complementary

Dairy Kiddush

following.

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1st day of  Shavuot

Exodus
1: 19: 1-6 (pg.  290)
2: 19: 7-13
3: 19: 14-19
4: 19:20 - 20:14
5: 20:15 - 23
maf: Numbers ch 28 v. 26-31 (pg. 696)


Haftorah:  

Ezekiel ch. 1 and Ezekiel ch. 3  v. 12
  (pgs. 1027 - 1031)

Monday,

June 13

9 AM

Yiskor 10:30ish

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2nd day of  Shavuot

Deuteronomy  
1: 15: 19 - 23 (pg.  814)
2: 16: 1 - 3
3: 16: 4-8
4: 16: 9 - 12
5: 16:13 - 17
maf: Numbers ch 28 v. 26-31 (pg. 696)


Haftorah:

Habakkuk ch 2 v. 20 and ch 3 v. 19

(pgs. 1032 - 1035)

Saturday,

June 18

12 Sivan

9:30 AM

Kiddush Lunch







To sponsor a Kiddush

please call the office

416-636-6665



Torah Times



Torah Reading: Triennial Year 3

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Parashat Naso

1: 7:1-11 (pg. 596)
2: 7:12-23
3: 7:24-35
4: 7:36-47
5: 7:48-59
6: 7:60-71
7: 7:72-89
maftir: 7:87-89

Haftarah:

Judges 13:2 - 13:25 (pg. 602)


Candle Lighting: 8:44 p.m. – Friday

Havdalah: 9:52 p.m. – Saturday

Monday,

June 20

7:30 pm

Shul

Book Chat

with Cathy Zeldin


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Our current 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".   


"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?


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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 cathyrzeldin@gmail.com

Sunday,

June 26


Earl Bales Park

12 PM to 6 PM

Earl Bales Park

Arts and Music Festival

Everyone is invited for an afternoon of great free live music outdoors in the park along with food booths, art vendors, kid zones, games, prizes and more.

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יידיש ווינקל

אנאך א יומ טוב בלייבט מען מיט דריי זאכען,
א בייזן האלז,
א ליידיקע קעשענע,
און א פולן זאק מיט ברודיקע וועש.


Noch a Yom-Tov bleibt men mit drei zachen:
a beizen halz,
a leidikeh keshenneh,
Un a fullen zack mit brudikkeh vesh.

Three things remain after a holiday: a sore throat, an empty pocket, and a sack full
of dirty clothes.

Wisdom:
The Jewish soul feels lacking following the sanctity of a holy-day, and expresses this sense of loss by manifesting physical discomforts.
Midrash, Pinchas states: one must not talk of light things after the Sabbath and Holy Days, because one can suddenly fall from a high roof into a deep hole.

Jacqueline - a yiddisher kop




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There is no water except Torah! (Bava Kama 17A)
The Talmud is replete with statements that on the surface make little sense. On the most basic level we can appreciate that whenever the Torah speaks of “water” there is in some symbolic way a hint of the concept of Torah. Our patriarch Yakov removes a heavy rock from the well and provides water for the sheep of Rachel, aha, this is more than feeding time at the zoo. In a perhaps abstract manner of thinking Yakov is teaching Torah to the masses. That is one way to look at life with the eyes of an “impressionistic” painter and more.


One can also explore the ways in which Torah and water have similar properties. Water promotes growth. All living things are predominantly composed of water. So with regard to Torah we say before Shema every evening, it is our life, “Ki Heim Chayeinu”. It promotes spiritual living and catalyzes growth. We can go on and on with comparisons!


I was in Israel a few years ago and hurrying by cab to my Shabbos destination with only minutes to spare. I decided I was going to strike up a deep and meaningful conversation with my secular Israeli driver even if he seemed disinterested. I always take that as a challenge. Time was working against me though. I asked his name. “Uri” he uttered barely opening his mouth. “Where do you live, Uri?” I asked him. Again a one word response, as if he was annoyed already with the length of the conversation, “Yerushelaim!” I sensed a blunt pride in his tone and maybe this was my opportunity. I told him in my best classic Biblical and Mishnaic Hebrew which must sound like someone speaking Shakespeare or Chaucer to us, “Uri, ata kmo dag!- Uri, you are like a fish!” He almost let me off right there, shooting at me a wild glance. I certainly had his attention. As I made my meaning clear, he not only calmed down but his head started to shake in agreement and we even parted with a friendly and respectful exchange of Shabbat Shalom.


I simply explained as best I could that the most obvious thing about a fish is that he lives in water. The fish however does not realize that he is living in water. He is surrounded by it all the time and he cannot imagine what life would be without it. Water is his air. I told Uri, “You live here in Yerushelaim! I’m jealous of you! You are like that fish. You can’t know how fortunate you are. I traveled from a far distance and paid a handsome sum of money just to be here for a few days in the holy city of Yerushelaim, while you are here all the time!”


The Sefer Chovos Levavos offers a short list of thirty points to ponder. Some of them are so obvious that one wonders after they are mentioned, “Like, where have I been all my life?!” They are as obvious as water to a fish and the eyes through which we read. A few hyper-abbreviated samples: 1) HASHEM made us. We were not owed this existence. And He made us humans. He could have made you and me a squirrel or an arachnid. 2) He made us whole and with functional limbs! What’s that worth!? 3) He gave us an intellect and a consciousness with which to explore and understand ourselves and the world around us. 4) He gave us a Torah to navigate happily through this world as we draw closer ultimately to Him in the world to come. 5) How much more valuable is the Torah than any commodity in the universe!? If a mere mortal king were to send us a letter, would we leave any part unread or lightly understood? If a time capsule would be unearthed in the Middle-East with a hieroglyphic message for our time from some wise man of the ancient world, would the world ignore it or celebrate its every word?


Why don’t we think this way without a reminder from the Chovos HaLevavos? Perhaps it’s because there are certain features in life that are so near to us so often they can easily become part of the furniture of our existence and fade in importance like background music that’s not heard after a time. In that way we too may resemble a fish, like Uri in Yerushelaim, we are living constantly with Torah -like water.
DvarTorah, Copyright © 2007 by Rabbi Label Lam and Torah.org.



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Pirke Avoth Perek 2 Mishnah 7

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 7. The Questions are my own.


Then, too, he once saw a skull floating on the waters surface; said he to it: Because you drowned others, you were drowned; and ultimately those who drowned you shall themselves be drowned.


Note to Frank: I believe the hereferred to here and in the last two Mishnahs is Hillel.


Ethics from Sinai


If  a man was killed by drowning , it was measure for measure: Because you drowned someone, you have met death by drowning.’”  “…Divine Providence will punish this evil-doer with a similar fate,


This is a fundamental tenet of Judaism. Good deeds are rewarded; bad ones are punished.” “‘ A man does not hurt his finger here below, say the Sages, unless it is [first] decreed from him above.”’


Question: Do you believe this, and is it part of Conservative Judaism?


If the drowned man deserved to die, then his killer also deserved to die because, although he was doing Gods work in killing the drowned man, he did not know he was doing Gods work and therefore was himself an evil killer.


This statement of Hillel has been related to the the unfortunate political situation of his time,i.e. the Romans who conquered Israel will themselves be conquered.


Question: Has this anything to do with God or is it true simply because

                 because national powers ebb and flow with time?

                 


Hillels teaching can be separated into two parts - because you drowned others you were drowned, or an innocent persons killer will be drowned.


A tailor makes different parts of a suit, the back, the front, the sleeves etc. Until we see the whole thing put together we cant understand the tailors work and how it fits together. Similarly we can't understand Gods work or justice. Although we can sometimes understand in hindsight, we do not have enough foresight to understand Godjustice. The Almighty has deliberately veiled and hidden His righteousness in this world from our view, that man may come to Him in faith alone.


Question: Is the necessity for faith a satisfactory answer?


Visions of the Fathers


In spiritual rewards, the reward is commensurate with the effort invested.


Belief in Divine justice is one of the essential principles of Judaism. Both individually and colletive, this principle has faced many challenges. “… the secret of Divine justice cannot be revealed to any living person.Even Moses, when denied entry to the promised land, didnt understand divine justice. Only one who knows infinite time and space can grasp the whole picture. Since we can only know a tiny fragment of a vast universe, we are unable to grasp the meaning of any isolated occurrence. Both reward and punishment are ultimately fair, but we are not privy to the ultimate’”


Question: Does this explanation help?




Digging up the dirt...

PREMIER PLEDGES TO HELP CRAFT ‘UNIFYING’ ANTI-BDS MOTION

(Wynne) made the pledge in response to the controversy surrounding “The Standing Up Against Anti-Semitism in Ontario Act,”.. .(Which) was defeated by a vote of 39-18.


The bill identified the BDS movement as “one of the main vehicles for spreading anti-Semitism and the delegitimization of Israel globally and is increasingly promoted on university campuses in Ontario… leading to intimidation and violence on campuses.”

It called on the province – as well as colleges and universities – to abstain from doing business with companies that support the BDS movement against Israel.


Colle was the lone Liberal who voted for the bill, which was supported by the Conservatives and rejected by the NDP.

... Conservative MPP Gila Martow said, “We all know that if an institution organized a movement to marginalize, demonize and physically attack LBGT communities, this government would be outraged. Yet, when a government-funded institution does this to the Jewish community, it’s justified as free speech.

Wynne responded with a suggestion: “Let’s figure out if we can craft a motion that is not divisive, that is actually unifying in nature, Mr. Speaker, that actually is not flawed,” she said.

(Who is divisive now?)  


CIJA fumbles on Ontario BDS legislation

CIJA is an organization funded by donated money from the Jewish community whose mandate is to lobby various levels of government in Canada on behalf of the Jewish community. An important and noble task. Their budget is reportedly about $8 million annually.


(Re: Recent) Bill C-16 in the House of Commons, to strengthen civil rights protection for the transgender community.


The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), issued the following statement: “We applaud the government for taking action to protect the transgender community, members of which are particularly vulnerable to discrimination and violence. CIJA is proud to have served on the steering committee of Trans Equality Canada, a diverse coalition calling for this ground-breaking legislation. We encourage and will work with all parties to support Bill C-16 and ensure its rapid passage through Parliament."


(Re: Recent Bill: "Standing up against Anti-Semitism in Ontario" Act)


The Bill, is aimed at fighting the BDS movement and would make any company supporting a boycott of Israel ineligible to work with or for the government of Ontario. It's subject seems much more in the purview of CIJA's mandate with its multi-million dollar budget.

Prior to the day of the vote Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne was on a trade mission in Israel. She made the following statement in Israel: “I entirely oppose the BDS movement but freedom of speech is something we must vigorously defend.” Everybody's ears should have perked up at the latter part of her remark. Especially CIJA's.

Instead, on the day of the vote, Thursday May 19th, CIJA released the following statement.“We applaud Premier Wynne’s unequivocal opposition to the BDS movement and her resolute commitment to combat antisemitism."


...The Bill was roundly defeated later in the day,


Speaking for the government, Culture Minister Michael Coteau argued the legislation would not improve security in the troubled region. New Democrat MPP Peggy Sattler called it “an attack on freedom of speech and association.”


Hudak's comments hit the nail squarely on the head. “If somebody said they weren’t going to buy from a business because the owners were gay, you would go crazy. But somehow because they’re Jewish or from Israel, oh, it’s free speech all of a sudden? Come on.” I take this boycott issue very personally. I wish CIJA had.


(How is it) considered fully appropriate in this country today to legislate against gender prejudice, against Islamophobia, restrict constitutionally guaranteed minority language rights, yet when it comes to legislating against anti-Jewish prejudice then - and uniquely only then - does it suddenly become a "threat to freedom of expression."


If CIJA is to exist – it must focus on fulfilling its priority mandates first.


Candidly Speaking: J Street is not a ‘pro-Israel’ organization


(J Street came up in our apparently non-political Pirke Avoth discussion group this past Sabbath. J Date, J Street -- I figured out what the J stood for -- now to find out what J Street isn’t)

First the BS - (No, I didn’t forget the D)

"J Street believes that Israel's future, security, and character depend on reaching a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We are redefining what it means to be pro-Israel, while changing the dynamics around Israel in American politics and rooting our work in Jewish and democratic values."  (jstreet.org)

J Street, What’s it good for? Absolutely (you tell me)


J Street’s approach is arrogant and paternalistic. Its leaders have the chutzpah to claim that they know better than Israelis what is good for Israel.


(Yitzhak "Tzachi" Hanegbi is a prominent Israeli politician and security expert. A member of Likud, Hanegbi is currently Minister without Portfolio.)


(Hanegbi) endorsed a two-state solution and opposed the Arab right of return, but astonished participants by stating that he favored handing over Jerusalem’s Arab neighborhoods to the Palestinian Authority, stating, “we will not be sovereign in the places where our people were born, in the places where Jewish kings and prophets used to live centuries ago.” He also referred to the duplicitous Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as a “genuine peace partner” and was quoted by the JTA as describing Iran’s diplomatic overtures as “the fulfillment of our dreams.”

With J Street, the issue is not merely its views but its preposterous actions. Hanegbi must be conscious of how ridiculous it is to describe as “pro-Israel” an organization, (J Street,) which actively lobbies the US government to undermine the policies of the democratically elected government of Israel.

The audience response to other speakers at the conference was quite revealing. Labor leader Shelly Yacimovich received enthusiastic applause when she expressed support for gay rights but encountered a chilly silence when she stated that “we believe in a free and democratic Israel with a strong army and secure borders to defend not only our people but their views... the true Zionist dream.” Minister Livni received a similarly cool response when she condemned “the process of delegitimization against Israel” and demonization of the IDF.

Consistent with J Street’s recent promotion of a Congressional petition urging Obama to accept Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’ s proposal regarding Iran’s nuclear ambitions, applause was muted when Vice President Biden spoke of sanctions against Iran.


J Street leaders castigated Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu after his United Nations General Assembly address for concentrating on Iran rather than the Israeli-Palestinian issue.


J Street’s claims that it is “pro-peace” and “pro-Israel” are disingenuous, if not outright absurd. Virtually the entire Israeli political spectrum passionately yearns for peace.





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Thermodynamics trumps political ideology.  -- A hard rain’s gonna fall: deep water for the election campaign.


Every 1℃ increase in global average temperature means the atmosphere can hold 7% more water vapour. This means that when moist air condenses into rainfall, it is capable of coming down for much longer and in much greater volume than it did in pre-industrial times.

Climate change is not about some kind of linear increase in temperature. It is about an increase in energy in the climate system that produces extremes – in drought, storms, wind, heatwaves and floods. Floods are just one of the expressions of the violence of the excess energy.


There is a growing indication that voters are taking extreme weather into their deliberations around climate policy. Even though mainstream media is notoriously bad at linking extreme weather to climate change, which is taboo for many Coalition MP’s, voters make this link themselves simply by experiencing it on an ever-more regular basis...  (As) extreme weather visits upon us, climate change becomes depoliticised.


As the Mona Lisa makes its way to higher ground, and Australians are asked to stay indoors across four states, the reality of climate change continues to assert itself. While they may be in denial, politicians cannot dismiss climate change as an issue that comes and goes. It is here to stay for today’s voters and for every election to come.

(Are we having fun yet?)


RECORD 20,000 PEOPLE WALK WITH ISRAEL IN TORONTO

It was a particularly humid day, but that didn’t stop a record-setting 20,000 people from participating in UJA Federation of Greater Toronto’s 46th annual Walk with Israel event May 29 in downtown Toronto, eclipsing last year’s record of 17,000.


Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, who spoke of her recent week-long trip to Israel, which generated more than $87 million in business deals for Ontario in areas such as high-tech, education and medicine.
“The possibilities of our two jurisdictions – Ontario and Israel – working together for our mutual benefit are huge. I was so gratified at the way we were welcomed in Israel and the opportunities we saw,” she said.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also addressed the audience via a prepared statement read by Bennett.
“I would like to commend the organizers of today’s event, as well as the community sponsors, volunteers and of course the many walkers,” Trudeau said. “Canada has been a friend of Israel for almost seven decades, through triumph and tragedy. We will continue to stand with Israel, one of our closest friends and partners, thanks to our shared values and the presence of a dynamic and thriving Jewish Canadian community.”


“Standing on the Walk with Israel stage, and looking out at a sea of people some 20-thousand strong, most of whom are waving Israeli and Canadian flags, is a remarkable experience, and one that, regardless of how many times I’ve seen it, continues to amaze and inspire me,” said federation spokesperson Dan Horowitz.
“Year after year, Toronto’s remarkable Jewish community, galvanized by UJA, comes out to walk or run with Israel and together, with one voice, declare its love and support for the people of Israel. I am so incredibly proud of Jewish Toronto,” he said.




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Loshon Hora

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“People will question all the good things they hear about you, but believe all the bad without a second thought.”


“Gossip dies when it hits a wise person’s ears.”


“Rumours are carried by haters, spread by fools and accepted by idiots.”


“If your happiness comes at the expense of making others miserable, you need to find a different way to be happy.”


“Mom always told me if you can’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything at all, and some people wonder why I’m so quiet around them.”

The quote that influenced me most during my early years.

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After that I got married and became a Yenta.



You are not alone in this

How many of us really want to become better people?


Some people have to hit rock bottom, before they can find the courage to change.


“Pray that you will never have to bear all that you are able to endure.” (Jewish proverb)




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“If it’s still on your mind then it’s worth the risk to let it out, otherwise it’s going to eat away at you.”


“Too many people seek relationships and happiness from other people when they haven’t come to terms with themselves and found inner peace.”



Introspection - What kind of fool am I

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” (Aristotle)


“Don't become too preoccupied with what is happening around you. Pay more attention to what is going on within you.” (Mary-Frances Winters)

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“It is important to be self-aware to know why you do the things that you do. Self awareness is the process of having a clear perception of your personality, including strengths and weakness, thoughts, beliefs, motivation and emotions.”


"The feeling of being 'offended' is a warning indicator that is showing you where to LOOK WITHIN YOURSELF for unresolved issues." (Bryant Gill)

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“There is no feeling so simple that it is not immediately complicated and distorted by introspection.” (Andre Gide)


“One could argue that most of the trouble in the world is caused by introspection.” (Nick Hornby)

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“Self-reflection is a humbling process. It's essential to find out why you think, say, and do certain things... then better yourself.”

“You should sit in meditation 20 minutes a day. Unless you’re too busy, then you should sit for an hour.”

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“When a person finds life hard, he needs motivation and inspiration; but if he finds life's journey easy, then he needs meditation and introspection to know the true quality of his life.” (Anuj Somany)

“Success can only be achieved through repeated failure and introspection.” (Soichiro Honda)

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“She was a genius of sadness, immersing herself in it, separating its numerous strands, appreciating its subtle nuances. She was a prism through which sadness could be divided into its infinite spectrum.” (Jonathan Foer)

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“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” (Albert Einstein)


I was recently asked, “Do you meditate?”

I answered, “No, but I daydream a lot.”




Confessional - There’s an app for that

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'Confession Booth' For Creatives, To Seek Forgiveness For Their Sins

Every profession or industry has its own set of rules or ‘commandments’, but what happens when creatives break them?

‘The Creative Confessional’ is the place where ‘sinners’ visit in order to atone for their creative wrongdoings.

Similar to a confession booth, creatives are invited to ‘anonymously confess’ to their sins.

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After confessing, fellow creatives can choose to ‘absolve’ or ‘condemn’ the sinner—depending on how severe the sin is.

Before you are quick to pass judgement, always remember: “Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone”.


The ‘buz’ and the site died shortly after it’s introduction in 2013. -- (G-d was a creative)

CONFESSIONS - Candy Chang

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Confessions is a public art project that invites people to anonymously share their confessions and see the confessions of the people around them in the heart of the Las Vegas strip.


“Open confession is good for the soul.”


“It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution.” (Oscar Wild)


“Prayer is a confession of one’s own unworthiness and weakness.” (Mahatma Gandhi)

(Does this also apply to prayer in Judaism?)


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The Religious Confessional

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I was recently told that, “Confession is not a get out of jail free card.”


Looking at the topic only very superficially, I only come away with one thought:

“I’m really glad that I was raised Jewish.”



Yom Kippur

Confession (Vidui) - A first step toward repairing a wrong.


The more the sinner confesses at length the better. (Maimonides)

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The observance of Yom Kippur will absolve one of our sins and earn us an inscription into the book of life for the following year.


“Every Yom Kippur, Jewish tradition requires a strict spiritual inventory. You aren't supposed to just sit around feeling guilty, but to take action in the real world to set things right.” (Naomi Wolf)


Aside: Yehuda Berg - 'a rabbi to the stars'

‘Critics in mainstream Judaism accuse the Kabbalah movement of corrupting the ancient, esoteric mystic traditions of the faith by taking them out of context and repackaging them with a popular new-age bent.’

(Where does conservative judaism stand as far as Kabbalah is concerned?)


“To those I may have wronged, I ask for your forgiveness. For those I may have helped, I wish I could have done more. For the many I neglected to help, I am truly sorry. To those that helped me, I am deeply grateful.”


Let’s do it again next year!


(Commentary in green, by CharlySays)








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