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Shabbat Bulletin - July 2, 2016

The verdict isn’t in - but there seems to be a quiet optimism out there.


Dry Bones poses the question: “Is this the beginning of the collapse of the EU?”

Population Exchange:

  • The Brits are probably returning home for a number of reasons. One possible reason is: who is leaving England for possibly more fertile land in Europe.

  • Meanwhile moderates continue to enjoy life in England… and are welcomed with open arms.



June 26   Lily Silver Markowitz
June 27  Henry Epstein
June 29   Meir Schwartz
July 1      Barbara Peters

July 3  Sharon Chodirker
July 7  Esther Friedenrich
July 8  Simon Jackson


June 28  Rick & Reisa Grunberg
June 30  Joseph Rosenberg &

              Hedy Steinberg

July 3  Chaim Bell & Sharon Chodirker
July 7  Barry & Nancy Corey
July 7  Ben-Zion & Sarah Moshe


June 25  Bernard Steinberg father of

              Hedy Steinberg
June 25  Abraham Usher, father of Jonathan
June 26  Anna White, mother of Frank
June 30  Henry White, father of Frank
July 1      Joseph Klein, father of Harley

July 5  Charles Goldlust, brother of Morris
July 7  Nechemiah Golub,

           brother of Eda Kardonne
July 7  Gil Kardonne,

           son of Rick & Eda Kardonne
July 8  Moshe Birensztok, husband of Sara


Quote of the Day


"Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it's less good than the one you had before. You can fight it, you can do nothing but scream about what you've lost, or you can accept that and try to put together something that's good." - Elizabeth Edwards


In the year since the publication of her second memoir, Resilience, Elizabeth Edwards has once again found herself living in the glare of the media spotlight.  Now, in an eloquent, intimate, and emotionally powerful new afterword to her #1 national bestselling book, she offers readers a window into her world at a time when she is required to adjust once more to a new reality and to forge a new life for herself and her children.  
  In writing candidly about the gulf between her private self and her public image, the dissolution of her thirty-year marriage, and the blessings she continues to find in family, friends, and strangers, Elizabeth comes to grips with the narrative of her life story and reflects on who she is and what she wants for her future.  Anyone who has followed Elizabeth’s story will want to read this thoughtful and affecting new chapter from one of America’s most beloved female role models.  (goodreads)



7:30-8:30 pm

Parsha of The Week


with Judy Hazan

POW returns Sept. 7

Enjoy the Summer!


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

This week we will discuss
three short mishnaot, numbers 9, 10, and 11.

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.



7:30 pm


Book Chat

with Cathy Zeldin


(Suggest possible books to read and we’ll profile them in the ebulletin)

Book Chat will take a break for the summer and return in the fall.  At our first meeting we will discuss "The Immigrant" by Lawrence Hill.  Date TBA.

Wishing you all a great summer!

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

For more information or to suggest books to read, please contact


July 2

26 Sivan



9:12 AM


9:30 AM

Kiddush Lunch


This week’s kiddush is

sponsored by:

The Lodzer Congregation

Torah Times

Torah Reading: Triennial Year 3

Parashat Shelach Lecha

1: 15:8-10  (pg. 631)
2: 15:11-16
3: 15:17-21
4: 15:22-26
5: 15:27-31
6: 15:32-36
7: 15:37-41

mafir: 15:37-41


Joshua 2:1 - 2:24 (pg. 636)

Candle Lighting: 8:44 p.m. – Friday

Havdalah: 9:52 p.m. – Saturday


July 6

7:30 PM



Pursuing Peace in Turbulent Times

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Rabbi Yaakov Menken

Director of Project Genesis, home of

Tweets on Torah, anti-Semitism, and Coffee. #JewishLivesMatter


#BDS isn't about Israel the country, but the People of Israel. Follow the @ShofarProject .

Guest speaker, Rabbi Yaakov Menken of will be discussing the topic: “Pursuing Peace in Turbulent Times” A discussion of Jewish Ethics, Jewish Studies, and Anti-Semitism. As part of the discussion, Rabbi Menken will also be discussing his new “The Shofar Project - a new approach to fighting anti-Semitism.”



July 7

1 Tamuz

Rosh Chodesh

(4th Month)

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July 9

3 Tamuz



9:12 AM


9:30 AM

To sponsor a Kiddush

please call the office




Our Mission:
The best way to fight

anti-Semitism is with Jewish

values and education.

By informing Jewish students of the true roots and underlying reason for this pernicious hatred, we can give them moral clarity, pride in their Jewish identity and firmness in their defense of Israel – and also inspire them to learn more.

We are Proud to be Hated

by the Haters of Israel.

The underlying root of anti-Jewish hostility is and has always been hatred for the Jewish mission and impact upon civilization: Divine Ideals of morality and conscience.

(I had to look up those 2 words as they relate to divine ideals.)


Actions are morally right in virtue of their motives, which must derive more from duty than from inclination. (www)


Conscience is the capacity to discern how G-d’s law applies in concrete situations. (www)


געלט פארלוירן נישט פארלוירן,
קרעדיט פארלוירן  האלב פארלוירן ,
מוט פארלוירן אלץ פארלוירן .

Gelt farloiren nisht farloiren ,
Kredit farloiren halb farloiren ,
Mut farloiren altz farloiren.

Money lost, nothing lost; credit lost, half lost; courage lost, everything lost.

Our Sages say: " The soul supports the aching body, but when the soul is aching and full of pain, the body cannot support the soul".


די זארגט אז די פערל זענען איר צו שיטער,
און די זארגט אז די פערלגריץ איז איר צו שיטער.

Die zorgt az die perl zenen ir tzu shitter,
un die zorgt az die perlgritz iz ir tzu shitter.

This one worries that the pearls in her necklace are too small, the other one worries that the pearl barley in her soup is too meager .

Our Sages say:
" Poorest is he whose heart aches from his poverty ".


Shlach (Numbers 13-15)

Act As If

While in the desert, the Jewish people wanted to send spies into the Land of Israel to make sure that the land was safe to enter. The spies came back with a very negative report on the land's condition and the spies boldly said:

"...we were like grasshoppers in our eyes, and so we were like in their eyes!" (Numbers 13:33)


The spies strongly felt that the current inhabitants in the Land of Israel viewed them as people who were very small in size and who could easily be conquered.

But this isn't how it was. The spies first felt that they were like grasshoppers in their own eyes. Only after they themselves felt that they were like grasshoppers did they believe that others perceived them as grasshoppers in their eyes.

This extra piece of information can have a life-changing impact on all of us. People will always perceive you exactly how you perceive yourself.

Most people go through life trying to have others think of them in a certain way. Their daily goal literally consists of making sure everyone has a certain impression of them. But the real you is one who stares back at you in the mirror. That's you - and there's no amount of acting that will ever change that.

Ironically, the way you see yourself is the exact way in which you'll think how others feel about you. And the only way to ever change how you think others view you is to actually change the way in which you see yourself. Doing this can make all the difference in the world.

Remember, as long as you really think of yourself as a grasshopper, you will walk around thinking others view you the same way. Whether you think of yourself as insecure, unattractive, unambitious, or any other negative belief - you will live with the reality that others view you in the exact same way.

The only way ever to change how you think others perceive you is to first change the way you see yourself. The secret isn't to get them to change their view of you. Rather, it's to change the way you see yourself and then the world will see you in this whole new light.

The quick and simple way to immediately change how you see yourself is done with action - not by thought or desire. Start acting in a manner consistent with who you want to become, you'll then see yourself more and more like this person, and you'll "notice" how all those around you seems to just naturally follow your lead.

Published: June 10, 2006 -

Israeli Turkeys -- Turkey, Israel reach deal to normalize ties


In May 2010, Israeli naval forces prepare to implement Israel's decision to prevent the Mavi Marmara flotilla from breaching the maritime blockade on Gaza. Nine Turkish militants who attacked Israeli commandos on the vessel died in subsequent clashes, leading to the deterioration of Turkey-Israel relations. On June 27, 2016, Turkey and Israel reached a deal to restore ties after their six-year rift. Credit: SSgt. Michael Shvadron, IDF Spokesperson's Unit.


Pirke Avoth Perek 2 Mishnah 10-11

Note: This commentary is taken from Ethics from Sinai by Irving M. Bunim. Some sentences of the commentaries have been taken verbatim (in quotes) and others have been summarized. All relate to Mishnot 10 and 11. The Questions are my own.

(10) Five [main]disciples had Rabban Yahanan ben Zakkai, and they were these: Rabbi Eliezer ben Hyrcanus, Rabbi Joshua ben Hananya, Rabbi Yose the cohen (priest), Rabbi Simeon ben Nethanel, and Rabbi Elazar ben Arach.
(11) He used to recount their merits: Eliezer ben Hyrcanus is a cemented cistern which loses not a drop; Joshua ben Hananyah – blessed, fortunate is [the mother] who bore him; Yose the cohen is pious; ; Simeon ben Nathanel is one who fears sin; Elazar ben Arach is like a spring that ever flows with renewed vigor.

“As the Talmud states, ‘I learned mcu from my teacher, more from my associates, but from my students most of all.’”

Eliezer ben Hyrcanus
If a water tank doesn’t have an outlet, its water becomes stale after a while. A cistern however is a pit in the ground that preserves the natural sweetness of the water. Eliezer’s amazing memory, like a cistern, preserved the connotations from his learning and it always remained fresh.

Question: Have synagogues in the Jewish Conservative movement been losing members because their teachings and activities have become stale?  

Joshua ben Hananyah
Before he was born, Joshua’s mother would pray that her infant would grow to be wise and learned. Even when he was young,  Joshua’s mother would bring  him to the beth midrash so that he would hear the sounds of  Torah study. “When a mother so prepares her child to love Torah, and so strives to bring him into the fold of his people’s immortal heritage, then indeed when the child develops into a Sage of renown, can it be said: ‘Happy , fortunate, blessed is the person who gave birth to him.’”

“A woman once asked a doctor at what age she should begin to prepare for her child’s development.  The doctor asked, ‘How old is your child?’ The woman replied that she was about to give birth. Remarked the doctor, ‘ You are nine months late.’”

Question:  Do are children lose their Judaism because of a lack of early   childhood training?

Yose the cohen
“If Rabban Yohanan ben Zakkai  designated him as ‘pious’ in an age of piety, it can only indicate that Rabbi Yose attained the profoundest reaches of inner religiosity, the greatest loving-kindness toward Heaven and man.”

Question: Does “pious” mean following ritual, or does it mean respecting and showing loving kindness to other people and their views? Would a Chabadnic, who would not attend our synagogue, be “pious” according to this definition?

Simeon ben Nathanel
“Rabbi Simeon would studiously avoid any thoughts and deeds which might conceivably lead to sin. Rabbi Simeon kept far from the approaches to sin by observing the principle, ‘Make a fence around the Torah.’”

Question: Does a big fence lead to excessive ritual, causing a person to move away from loving-kindness and therefore towards sin?

Elazar ben Arach
“A river is an accumulation of waters which empty into it from outside sources. A spring, on the other hand, seems to flow from its own secret inner source. Within the highly intuitive and intelligent Rabbi Elazar himself there was a source of welling wisdom and upsurging insights. And unlike springs which sometimes dry up or decrease in strength, the wisdom of this Sage ‘ever flowed with renewed vigor’. The older he became, the more beautifully and prolifically his wisdom flowered.”

Question:  Are you a “spring”, and if not, do you want to be one?

Donald Trump would let Israel decide on Palestinian state, says adviser


Donald Trump would retreat from the longstanding American commitment to establish a Palestinian state if elected president, …

... the presumptive Republican nominee would support the expansion of Israeli settlements.

...Trump would be enthusiastic about signing a new military aid deal with Israel, should an agreement not be concluded by the end of President Barack Obama’s term.

(It’s a shame, when ‘the Donald’ comes out with a position, that actually makes sense.)

i.e. If ‘the Donald’ says it, it must be bad policy.


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Revoking the Charitable Status of the Jewish National Fund Canada (JNF)


...the Green Party of Canada calls on the Canada Revenue Agency to revoke the charitable status of the Jewish National Fund for contravening public policy against discrimination and for its failure to comply with international human rights law.



Resolution Type: Policy

Sponsors: Constantine Kritsonis, Anne Percival, Dr. Adrian Fine, Dr. Leslie King , Miriam Meir, Alex Hill, Ghaith Hannibal El-Mohtar, Elizabeth May, Dimitri Lascaris, Richard Hosein, Tessa Owens, Carolyn L. Herbert, Joe Foster, Saul Bottcher, Diane Wilson, Paul Manly, Tom McLenaghan, Colin Griffiths, Danny Polifroni, Ilan Goldenblatt, John Mullane, Edwin Daniel, Laila Zarrabi Yan, Stefan Kiletsch, Eva Manly, Jim Manly, Temara Brown, Lora Picchi

Note: The graphic is NOT from the Green Party.


  • Israel through its bylaws ... prohibit the lease or sale of its lands to non-Jews

  • JNF is complicit in the continued dispossession of Palestinians from their lands by creating forests and parks on this land in the name of ‘environmentalism’

  • JNF’s ‘Ayalon Canada Park’ sits in occupied Palestinian territory, covering up the lands of the depopulated and demolished Palestinian villages of Yalu, Imwas and Beit Nuba

  • Israel’s Attorney General and the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights have charged the JNF with practicing institutional discrimination against non-Jewish citizens of Israel

  • “the CRA is aware that the JNF’s activities contravene Canadian public policy;”

  • many civil society groups across Canada, including Jewish groups, have called for an end to JNF charitable status


(It’s a little disconcerting that there’s a proposed resolution at all. Do you still debate global warming?)

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