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Shabbat Bulletin - August 20, 2016

Make shul and Judaism an important part of your lifestyle


Dr. Rosalie Shadlyn

Cantor Marcel Cohen invited Dr. Shadlyn to speak about a new initiative being launched:

“Seniors Mentoring Program for Kadima Participants”

We are calling on a select group of seniors to volunteer in a unique music mentorship program, run by Cantor Aaron Bensoussan, for a series of 6 music jam and mentoring sessions with Kadima Centre participants. The program will be held from September until November 2016 on Sunday afternoons from 2PM to 3:30PM.

For almost 40 years, Dr. Rosalie Shadlyn, Chair Emeritus of the Kadima Committee, has ensured the continuity and vibrancy of The Kadima Centre at Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue. It is due to Dr. Shadlyn’s inspired leadership and decades of dedication that The Kadima Centre remains strong, successful and highly relevant today.

The Lodzer Minyanaires wish to thank George Fox for sponsoring the Monday Morning Kiddush in honour of his mother Rivka.

Shabbat Shalom from Helsinki

Rabbi Eli

“Where in the world is Rabbi Eli?”

Vacation Memories - Jeff’s D’var Torah.


"We will not give in to the terrorist threat. The times have changed, and France is going to have to live with terrorism."

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls


Promenade des Anglais

List of terrorist incidents in July 2016

Total Incidents: 194
Total Killed: 1528+
Total Injured: 2269+

Jeff Shabes told us about being one day away from being at the site of the terrorist attack in Nice - and his feelings about being so close to being part of the crowd.

July 2016, Nice massacre:

A truck drove through a crowd of people on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France who were celebrating the French National Bastille Day, killing 85 and injuring over 200.

As a result of this horrible act of terror the captain sent out a letter to each guest and made an  announcement, that stated “Due to safety concerns for all passengers and crew and out of respect to the residents that lost loved ones it has been decided that we will be spending the day at sea and will not be docking in Nice...

What feelings go through your mind when you narrowly miss a catastrophic event?


Euphoria, (realizing that you are still alive?)

Survivors’ guilt?

The innocent victims were just in the wrong place at the wrong time, sadly.

After thanking G-d, your mind cannot help but wander and ask, “Why did G-d not spare the lives of so many?”

Jeff also talked about the gambit of emotions while visiting the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam and meeting several young kids mostly girls who did not know about the holocaust let alone about Anne Frank and how devastated they were once they learned about the Holocaust and Anne’s diary. More must be done to educate the young kids and their parents.

Shabbat Shalom, Jeff


Jack and Susan Waserman are delighted to announce the birth of Hannah Tzvia,

a beautiful baby girl born to Daniel and Naomi Waserman on July 25th 2016.

Great grand-daughter for Esther Friedenrich.

Baby and parents and are all well!


The Yazidi are an ancient,

indigenous, monotheistic

people who live in

Iraq and Syria.

As a synagogue founded by Holocaust survivors, we would like to form a working group of interested members to work with Project Abraham to help bring Yazidis to Canada.

If you are able to help in any way, or want more information, contact

Dora Usher

The Lodzer Congregation - YIZKOR BOOK 2016 - 2017

This year’s Yizkor Book will be published for use during the High Holy Days 2016 and Yizkor Services throughout 2017.  Take this opportunity to remember your loved ones by having their names inscribed in our Annual Yizkor Book.  
Please call 416-636-6665, or drop by the Synagogue office.  
The deadline for receipt of dedications is September 12, 2016.

High Holy Days 2016

Dear Members:
High Holiday time is upon us once more.

You may reserve by coming directly to the shul office, by telephone or by mailing or emailing back the form you received to

We wish to stress the importance of your immediate response, if you want to reserve your High Holiday seats.  There’s no guarantee of the same seats as in prior years due to seating plan changes.

All unreserved seats will go on sale to the public August 22, 2016.


(Main service tickets sold separately.)

For pricing and additional information.



Aug. 15  Esther Tschaschnik
Aug. 18  Leila Young
Aug. 19  Deborah Berlach

Aug. 21 Annette Sacks


Aug. 20  Warren Zweig and Denise Shanker
Aug. 24  Samuel and Sonia Holtzman
Aug. 26  Sydney and Lily Markowitz


Aug. 13  Hy Shulman, father of Karyn Drewnowsky
Aug. 15  Jacob Kabacznik, husband of Alla
Aug. 15  Reuben Yellin, father of Susan Yellin-Iseman
Aug. 16  Harry Epstein, father of Arie and Henry
Aug. 17  Libby Ricer, mother of Fay Rotstein
Aug. 18  Reuben Sidenberg, father of Allen
Aug. 19  Sam Friedenrich, son of Ester,

               brother of Ricki Black

Aug. 22  Yitzchak Abramowitz, husband of Ida, father of Miriam Epstein
Aug. 24  Chaim Rochwerg, father of Alisa Schwartz
Aug. 26  Boruch Krupski, husband of Zelda




after the kiddush

Pirke Avoth

Discussion Group

with Jonathan Usher

Every shabbat, after the kiddush there is a vibrant discussion of one Mishnah of Pirke Avoth.

“Welcome everyone with joy”


August 20

16 Av



9:12 AM

Led by

Frank Steiman


9:30 AM

Kiddush Lunch


This week’s Kiddush is

sponsored by:

The Lodzer Congregation

Torah Times

Torah Reading: Triennial Year 3


Va-ethchanan (Deuteronomy)

1: 5:1-18 (pg.765)
2: 5:19-24
3: 5:25-6:3
4: 6:4-9
5: 6:10-19
6: 6:20-25
7: 7:1-11
maftir: 7:9-11


Isaiah 40:1 - 40:26 (pg.776)

Candle Lighting: 7:55 p.m. – Friday

Havdalah: 9:02 p.m. – Saturday


August 21

7 PM




12 Heaton St.


All classes are on Sunday at 7 pm:

Free of charge.

Donations are welcome.

Refreshments will be served following

each presentation.

This project is funded

In part by the

Government of Canada


The History of Klezmer Music.

Presentation by:

Raisa and Viktor Orshansky



August 27

23 Av



9:12 AM

Led by

Frank Steiman


9:30 AM

Kiddush Lunch

To sponsor a Kiddush

please call the office



August 28

7 PM




12 Heaton St.


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"Where Does that Tune

Come From?"

The Musical Origin of Popular Jewish Melodies.

Presentation by:

Charles Heller


September 3

30 Av



For the


Kiddush Lunch


Let us welcome the new month by wearing our fancy hats.

(every Sabbath before the new moon)

To sponsor a Kiddush

please call the office




September 4

1 Elul

Rosh Chodesh



Come welcome the month of Elul, the month of turning, self evaluations, of teshuvah (returning) and renewal, as we gather in the comfort of community with our Lodzer family and, in a safe space, delve into our deepest selves, beginning the journey of chesbon hanefesh that will prepare us for the High Holy Days to come.


September 7
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


September 11

7 PM




12 Heaton St.


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The Yiddish Theatre.

Presentation by:

Faye Kellerstein


September 15

7:30 PM


Book Chat

with Cathy Zeldin


Some News About Book Chat

Book Chat is moving to Thursdays at 7:30 pm at the Lodzer and we'll meet every 6 weeks.

Since the High Holidays begin erev October 2, we can start to meet again in mid- September.

Our first book is "The Illegal" by Lawrence Hill on September 15.

Our next book will be "Pumpkin Flowers" by Matti Friedman on October 27.  There's time to get it from the library before then and it is well worth the read; recommended by the Jewish Book Council.

We can begin to choose future books as a group at our September 15 meeting.

I hope everyone is having a fantastic summer!

September 17,



Camp David Accords

When President Carter assumed office in 1977, the Middle East was in turmoil, and peace talks were going slowly. Israel and Egypt had been at war since the birth of the state of Israel, attack after attack. Western nations were worried that the Middle East was about to boil over into world war. President Carter vowed to bring the two nations into a peace agreement.


Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin join hands after the Camp David Accords Sept. 18, 1978, in the East Room of the White House. (David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images)


September 18

7 PM




12 Heaton St.




Jewish Music of North Africa.

Presentation by:

Cantor Aaron Bensoussan

Today’s ‘Spotlight’ features

Cantor Bensoussan’s story.


September 20

10 - 11:30 AM


Betel Centre

$4 members

$7 otherwise

Lifelong Learning Lectures

Mission Impossible:

The Jewish philosophical view

of who humans are,

how we are to live


the human special mission.

An interactive discussion contrasting the mainstream approach to philosophical anthropology asking, “What is Man (Humanity)” to the Jewish approach asking, “What is our Mission as Humans in this Universe?”.

Speaker: Sheldon Richmond, Ph.D, Independent Scholar, Philosophy Performer & Systems Analyst


September 22

7:30 PM

Beth David



Institute for




See flyer for registration


Jewish Enemies of Israel:

Panel Discussion in Toronto


Are there Canadian Jews who are enemies of Israel?

September 22, 2007


(full Story)


For risking his life to save orphans, and entertaining generations of fans without uttering a word, we honor Marcel Marceau.

When Marcel was 16, the Nazis marched into France , and the Jews of Strasbourg - near the German border - had to flee for their lives. Marcel changed his last name to Marceau to avoid being identified as Jewish, and joined the French resistance movement.

Masquerading as a boy scout, Marcel evacuated a Jewish orphanage in eastern France . He told the children he was taking them on a vacation in the Alps, and led them to safety in Switzerland . Marcel made the perilous journey three times, saving hundreds of Jewish orphans. He was able to avoid detection by entertaining the children with silent pantomime.


September 25



10:30 AM

Michael Levitt


Lodzer Annual Yizkor Service

Guest Speaker: Michael Levitt

The Soul Lives On

The essence of every human life is the soul. After death, the soul lives on. Yizkor is about life, death and eternity; about the core mission we all share to bring light, life, kindness and goodness into this often dark and cruel world; about the transcendent bond and timeless connection between you and someone you loved, and still do. Yizkor is far more than a ritual or prayer. Yizkor is a gift from your soul in this world, to the soul of your loved one, in the next world.

Rosh Hashanah

Sunday eve, Oct. 2 , 2016, and Monday and Tuesday all day Oct.3, 2016 and Oct. 4, 2016.

The Jewish New Year


October 6,



The Yom Kippur War

On Saturday October 6th, 1973, as all of Israel came to a standstill to observe the High Holiday of Yom Kippur, Egyptian and Syrian forces launched a surprise attack against Israel knowing she would be caught off-guard.


Yom Kippur

Tuesday eve, Oct 11,
2016, and Wed., all day Oct. 12, 2016.

Kol Nidre and Day of Atonement

(fast and break the fast)



Sunday eve, Oct 16, 2016, and Monday and Tuesday all day, Oct. 17,  and Oct. 18, 2016

Feast of Tabernacles


Hoshanah Rabah and
Shmini Atzeret

Sunday, Oct 23, 2016
Monday, Oct.24, 2016 and Yizkor

Eighth Day of Assembly


Simchat Torah

Monday eve, Oct. 24 and all day Tuesday, Oct 25, 2016

Day of Celebrating the Torah



October 27

7:30 PM


Book Chat

with Cathy Zeldin


"Pumpkin Flowers" by Matti Friedman.

It is well worth the read; recommended by the Jewish Book Council.

The hill, in Lebanon, was called the Pumpkin; "flowers" was the military code word for casualties.

Part memoir, part reportage, part history, Friedman’s powerful narrative captures the birth of today s chaotic Middle East and the rise of a twenty-first-century type of war in which there is never a clear victor and media images can be as important as the battle itself.


October 30

7 PM




12 Heaton St.




The Jewish Role in Jazz

and the

Israeli Jazz Scene.

Presentation by:

Reuven Grajner

November 2,



The Balfour Declaration, written as a letter on November 2, 1917, from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to British Jewish leader Baron Lionel Walter Rothschild, pledged British support for a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine. The declaration is one of the iconic documents in, and represents one of the great moments of, Zionist history.

“His Majesty's Government view with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.”

Arthur Balfour


November 6

7 PM




12 Heaton St.




The Golden Age of Cantorial Music.

Presentation by:

Cantor David Nemtzov


November 20

7 PM




12 Heaton St.




Jewish Music of The Middle East:

Part One.

Presentation by:

Cantor Aaron Bensoussan


November 27

7 PM




12 Heaton St.


All classes are on Sunday at 7 pm:

Free of charge.

Donations are welcome.

Refreshments will be served following

each presentation.

This project is funded

In part by the

Government of Canada


Jewish Music of Eastern Europe.

Presentation by:

Raisa and Viktor Orshansky



December 4

7 PM




12 Heaton St.




Jewish Music of The Middle East:

Part Two.

Presentation by:

Cantor Aaron Bensoussan


December 18

7 PM




12 Heaton St.




Israeli Music.

Presentation by:

Cantor David Edwards


אז א נאר ווארפט אריין א שטיין אין וואסער, קעוען אים צען קלוגע נישט ארויסנעמען .

Az a nar varft arein a shtein in vassar, kennen im tzen klugge nisht aroisnemmen.

When a fool throws a stone into the water, ten wise men will not be able to fish it out.

Metaphorical Meaning:
A fool's destructive powers are greater than a wise person's restorative ones.

Words From Our Sages:
Ten wise men were needed to save Sodom from being destroyed,but it takes only one fool to destroy the whole world. ( R' Menachem Mendel of Kotzk. )


א פיקח ווייסט ווי ארויסצוגיין פון א בלאטע; א חכמ גייט באלד נישט אריין.

A pikei'ach veist vi aroistzugein fun a blotte; a chochem geit bald nisht arein.

A clever person knows how to get out of the mud; a wise one never gets into it.

Metaphorical Meaning:
A clever person knows how to solve problems; a wise one knows how to avoid them.

From The Sources:
Wise is he who knows what will happen at the end of what is just beginning.
( Yerushalmi Sotah 5. )

Black Lives Matter to Israel, Not So Much to Its Racist Critics

“God created men, and Sam Colt made them equal”

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(Spoiler Alert: We’re jumping to the last paragraph)

... if you really believe that black lives matter—or, for that matter, the lives of women or gays or religious minorities matter—then stand up for what you believe in, and embrace the nation that promotes multicultural values better than any other Western country, through the sacred and shared burden of self-defense. Cheer for the state that gives its black citizens—and gay and Arab and female and transgender citizens and everyone else—a gun and excellent training in how to use it. Zionism may be the national liberation movement of the Jewish people, but an M16, like justice, is for all.


Pirke Avoth Perek 2 Mishnah 18

Do not pray as if you are using a prayer wheel. “… invest each word with meaning and thought; our prayer would be filled with fervour and devotion.” Do not rattle off the words rapidly and mechanically. “Make sure the brain is engaged before putting the mouth in gear.”

“When you pray, contemplate, fill your mind with the infinite grandeur and majesty of his Supreme Ruler who, in the worlds of our scholars, ‘encircles all the worlds and fills all the worlds.’ And as you begin to direct your words toward Him do not “fix” your prayers; do  not encumber them with petty, trivial considerations… … Remember: you are part of a vast cosmic scheme….

“My words fly up, my thoughts remain below” words without thoughts never to Heaven go.”

“Music replays past memories,

awakens forgotten worlds and makes our minds travel.”

Michael Bassey Johnson

Meet the President of Peru - or Zayde, if you prefer


Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who was sworn in as head of state in Lima last week, is not your typical Peruvian president.

For a start, he is Jewish.

But that's not all. Because PPK - as he is known to everyone in Peru - was raised in the jungle.


Peru's Jewish community is less than 3000, the vast majority of whom are Ashkenazim. The population has been shrinking since the 1940s, when many emigrated to Israel.

Nevertheless, there have been three Jewish ministers before President Kuczynski: Efraín Goldberg, finance minister and foreign minister in the 1990s; Yehude Simon, who served briefly as prime minister two years ago, and David Waisman, who was vice-president in Alejandro Toledo's government between 2001 and 2006.

Quotes of the Day

“He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any How.”


“Life is like being at the dentist.

You always think that the worst is still to come, and yet it is over already.”  

Viktor Frankl

“Man’s search for meaning is the primary motivation in his life and not a ‘secondary’ rationalization’ of instinctual drives. This meaning is unique and specific in that it must and can be fulfilled by him alone; only then does it achieve a significance which will satisfy his own will to meaning”.

(Man’s search for meaning -Viktor Frankl )

20 Life-Altering Quotes From "Man's Search for Meaning,"

A Book That Has Inspired Me In Ways I Never Imagined

Biography - Jews who changed how we look at everything   (Thanks Zalman)


Vera Rubin - 1928  (with Orly)

A highly recognized American astronomer who pioneered work on galaxy rotation rates. She became the first women allowed to use the instruments a the Palomar observatory. Rubin is accredited for proving the existence of Dark Matter which is more than 5 times the mass of ordinary matter. Rubin is an observant Jew and is considered to be worthy of a Nobel Prize.

“Science is competitive, aggressive, demanding. It is also imaginative, inspiring, uplifting.”


“Does Sex Matter? Of course it does.

But does it matter enough to Matter?

That’s a different question.


Science progresses best when observations

force us to alter our perceptions.

(Vera Rubin)


Vera Rubin measuring galaxy spectra. The microscope-like machine allows Rubin to detect small differences in the spectra. These differences of shifts tell her how fast different parts of galaxies are rotating.

Haimishe Humour - (By Frank White and his lovely associate)

After reading the latest best-seller "Master of the House’, Adelman confronts his wife of many years.

"Rose, things are going to change around here.  Every night I come home from work, the house will be spotless.  A gourmet hot dinner will be ready for me.  You will then draw my bath and rub my back.  So by now you know who will then dress me and comb my hair.”

Rose quickly replies, "I'm guessing that would be the Chevra Kadisha".

A Chevra Kadisha is a dedicated group of Jewish men and women whose responsibility is to see that the bodies of Jews are prepared for burial according to Jewish law and are protected until burial.


Commentary on Parshat Va’et’hanan: Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11

Should We Fear God or Love God — or Both?

Moses' message to relate to God through love, not only through fear, is especially relevant in the modern age.

By Rabbi Bradley Artson - American Jewish University

What is the proper emotional attitude to take toward God? In our day, as in the past, religious human beings divide into two general camps. Some argue that we must fear and venerate God, while others stress the need to love God.

The two modes of relationship, fear and love, have a long history within Judaism. Both yirat shamayim (fear of heaven) and ahavat ha-Shem (love of God) find ample attestation in traditional and modern writings. While most Jews retain elements of both, individuals and communities tend to stress one tendency over the other.

The natural consequence of a stress on fearing God is to expect human-divine relating to work in one direction. God commands and people obey. Halakhah (Jewish law) is treated as immutable because people, including community leaders, are overwhelmed by a sense of their own inadequacy and insignificance. The highest form of human response becomes complete, unquestioning acquiescence.

While fear of God may be important as a secondary value, preventing the diminution of God into a rubber-stamp of our latest preferences or our most egregious shortcomings, there is a long precedent that gives priority to relating to God in love.

This week’s Torah portion highlights the value of ahavat ha-Shem as a primary mode of Jewish piety. Standing before the assembled tribes of Israel, Moses recalls the stirring moment at Mount Sinai when God gave the Ten Commandments. He then continues with the Shema, reminding us of God’s unity and pledging our loyalty to God’s exclusive service. Immediately following, Moses continues his instructions to the people by telling them, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your might.” For Moses, the most important component of serving God is to love God.

In his commentary to the Torah, Rashi (11th-century France) affirms that judgment. He explains that Moses meant, “Perform God’s commandments out of love. One cannot compare a person who acts out of love to one who acts from fear, who serves a master out of fear. When the latter feels overburdened, he leaves and goes away.” Rashi, keen student of the human heart, knows that fear can motivate behavior only so long as the power of compulsion remains. As soon as the source of fear loses its strength, service stops.
So, too, those who serve God primarily through fear do so only as long as it “works” for them. Once they no longer see their service as exempting them from the hazards and disappointments of life, their inducement for serving God also stops.

Perhaps it was for this reason that Maimonides (12th-century Spain and Egypt) insisted that serving God out of fear is not “the standard set by the prophets and sages.” At best, he claims, it is a useful educational measure “until their knowledge shall have increased when they will serve out of love.”

What was true then is even more true now. Modernity, with its insistence on the worth of the individual, on the ability of humanity to progress, has moved us beyond the utility of fear as a functional training device. If Jews who wish to be modern also desire to draw close to God, they will do so out of love. What is crucial, then, is to become open to perceiving that love. Through the beauty of nature around us, we can experience God’s love as Creator.

Through profundity of our sacred Jewish heritage, we can integrate God’s love as the honen da’at, the One who bestows wisdom. Through the performance of mitzvot (commandments), we can takken olam be-malkhut Shaddai, repair the world under the sovereignty of God. And through the acts of compassion and caring from those we love and our community, we can experience God as the Gomel Hesed, the one who bestows lovingkindness.

BDS Makes Its Way to Thornhill  (Willem Hart for timesofisrael)

BDS, the “Boycott, Divest and Sanctions” movement designed to politically and economically assail Israel, and by extension Jews world-wide, has finally infiltrated my community of Thornhhill, a bustling suburb immediately North of Toronto.


It’s a local tentacle of the larger global movement to target Israel, a method of which would be going into Jewish areas and employing these petty tactics of intimidation against Jews in their own neighbourhoods.

That is, until the assailants become more emboldened, and the acts become less and less petty, as Canadian Jewry is watching happen in suburban Europe.

When a store is being targeted by BDS, make the effort to buy from them.

We can send a clear message that anti-Semitism of any kind will not be tolerated.

(One trouble-maker with one sticker. We’re not buying what you’re selling.)

Daily Minyan

Sunday – Friday: 9:00 am

We alternate with Beth Radom

on Sunday - check the schedule

posted on the side door.

Run by Arthur Zins

includes Breakfast following.

Come Daven, Fress & Schmooze,

then join in on a walk.

Saturdays: Shabbat Service

Birkot ha-Shachar 9:12 AM

 - (Led by Frank Steiman)
Yishtabach 9:30 AM

includes Kiddush Luncheon

Cemetery plots for sale to members in good standing (three years minimum).

If you are a member (3 years or more) and want to buy a plot, the cost per plot is $2500.

If you know anyone wanting a plot - the person can pay three years' membership dues and then be entitled to buy a plot.

This is an opportunity to purchase before prices increase.

Please call Sarah Senior, Lodzer Office Administrator,

for more information and to order:  416-636-6665


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The Yiddish secret (sort of) that’s helping Michael Phelps win Olympic medals


Like a lot of second generation Ashkenazi parents, mine used Yiddish as a secret language when they didn’t want the “kinder” to know what they were talking about.

That’s why I managed to learn exactly one Yiddish phrase from my father:

Es vet helfn vi a toytn bankes

עס וועט העלפן ווי א טויטן באנקעס

– that is, “It will help like cupping a corpse.”

Obscure? Sure. But all you need to know is that “bankes” (rhymes with “swan kiss”) is a folk remedy involving little glass cups that are heated and then applied to the skin, forming a vacuum that healers believed would suck out bad spirits, malevolent “tumours” and whatever else was making you sick in the pre-antibiotics era.

Essentially, the Yiddish phrase is an expression of futility: “Whatever you think you are doing to help will work like giving medicine to a dead body.”

Please, Michael Phelps, Stop Cupping

The bruises on the swimmer’s body come from a “therapy" intended to improve blood flow. It actually causes blood to clot.



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