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THE LODZER SYNAGOGUE

Shabbat Bulletin - September 10, 2016




Make shul and Judaism an important part of your lifestyle

Bimah Matters:


David Birkin & Isi Davis

Thanks again to both David and Isi -- lending insight to parsha Re’eh.

You’ll find Isi’s talk in “The Last Word” at the very end of the bulletin.




“Where in the world is Rabbi Eli?”

Back in the Caucasus mountains.
     Georgia is a fascinating country; even now, on my umpteenth visit here, it just won't cease to boggle my mind. That, in a good way (usually).
     Whether part of Europe or Asia or both, showing extreme poverty and great riches, hearts worn-on-sleeves and ceremonial pomposity, moderation and excess,  with its wealth of history, tradition, music, art, unusual customs and some of the best food on the planet, it lies there, yours to discover (a little farther than Ontario though).

    I told you of the food before [see here if you missed it]. Let me tell you of the Jews that invented it.

The Jews of Georgia have been a source of inspiration for many refuseniks in my childhood.

Their eyes were on Israel as the ultimate prize even during those Soviet times when no one ever even dreamt it.  They started immigrating to Israel in the late 1960's, and served as the icebreaker leaving an example worthy of following in their wake.

Ironically, about 98% of the Jewish population have left by now the one region that never exhibited antisemitism.

Traditionally oriented as always, vast majority went to Israel, with small congregations forming in London, Antwerp, and New York.

By the end of the millennium, 98% of Georgian Jewry has left the country. Just over 3,000 Jews reside here today, most of those in the capital city, Tbilisi.

Whole communities uprooted, synagogues abandoned. The synagogue buildings, a propo, in many cases are maintained by the gentile neighbours who think it a sacrilege to let a House of God lie waste. I take my group of 40 from one village to another, seeing rows of mezuza marks on the empty houses, entering cold sanctuaries with the Torah blessings card still on the Bimah. On one hand, you would expect it to be demographically devastating. Can you even imagine going to the Schule where you grew up to pray for the last time, knowing well it's the last time anyone prays there?

On the other, when you think they were not forced to leave through oppression, persecuted by the state or hated by their neighbours. The fine balance between their desire for life in Israel and their love for their home country has drastically shifted. The dire economic situation of Georgia in the 90's, the newly acquired ease of immigration, and the avalanche of the last Aliya were all contributing factors that tipped the scale.

After an 11-day tour through pretty much all of Georgia, our travellers will return to Israel and spend two more days in a couple weeks learning about the life of the Georgian communities in Israel.

I am writing this message from high up the mountains (the village of Ushguli, at 2,200 m above sea level is the highest settled point in all of Europe), and the Internet signal is a bit iffy here.

It makes sending pictures difficult; I'll make it up to you next week when we are down in the valley.

Shabbat Shalom,
RE




Memories of the Second Generation - As told to Susan Yellin

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As time takes the original founders of the Lodzer Centre Congregation, we look to the very involved second generation to tell their parents' stories and keep the original spirit and hopes of those members alive in our current members.


Annette Sacks  ⇐ Read the full interview at the end of this bulletin

Phil Herman

Sarah Senior


Your turn! Is there anyone out there who wants to contribute something memorable about the early years of the Lodzer Synagogue? Please submit your article along with a relevant picture.




The Lodzer Music Festival.

The next in our series on Jewish Music, on Sunday, September 11 at 7 PM will be:


The Yiddish Theatre
Presented by: Faye Kellerstein

(Read her bio here)


Faye has performed numerous times at our synagogue. She is always a delight to hear - both for her information and her music.


We are now on YouTube

Check out the videos from our “Sundays at 7” series as they become available on our YouTube channel.




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Silent Auction for tickets

to see

Tom Jones at Casino Rama

Sunday September 18, at 7:00 PM

Jeff Shabes is donating two tickets to see Tom Jones at Casino Rama


The seats are located in Section M7 Row 5 seats & 6. Each ticket is worth $77.97 and will be given to the highest bidder. ALL PROCEEDS will be given to the shul
Please send your bid by email to lodzercentre@rogers.com or contact the office and please ensure that your name is on the bid.  The bidding will close on September 8, 2016 at 5PM.

Please bid generously!!


Last notice!

The bidding is about to close!

Pretend like you’re buying a house in the city of Toronto.



If anyone has tickets for any event that they would like to donate to the shul please let the office know. It is a simple way to raise money for our synagogue so please donate spare tickets and bid generously.

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Birthdays


Sept. 6  Peter Biro
Sept. 9  Ida Abramowitz
Sept. 9  Lily Gerber

Sept. 12  Avi Pasco
Sept. 12  Alla Kabacznik

Sept. 12 Helen Gould


Anniversaries

Sept. 2  Howard Iseman and
              Susan Yellin
Sept. 3  Joseph & Nisa Shedletzky
Sept. 6  Rafael & Arlene Moshe

Sept. 15  Leo & Cheryl Zaidman

Yahrzeits


Sept. 4  Raizel Kurant Davidson,

              grandmother of Reisa Grunberg
Sept. 4  Mary Ginsburg, mother of Barbara Lew
Sept. 4  Tova Goldberg, wife of Esse

              and mother of Barbara Barkin
Sept. 5  Tobie Steinberg, mother of Hedy
Sept. 6  Michael Berlach, father of Deborah
Sept. 6  Emil Remez, father of Rafael
Sept. 7  Leia Lichter, daughter of Myrna
Sept. 8  Joseph Factor, husband of Esther
Sept. 8  Samuel Finkelshtain, son of Reuben & Jenny
Sept. 9  Nathan Super, brother of Dora Usher

Sept. 10  Lea Epstein, mother of  Arnie and Henry
Sept. 10  Morris Kazman, husband of Rose



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August 24

1929


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Numerous Jewish synagogues were vandalised and desecrated.

1929 HEBRON MASSACRE


Rampaging Arab mobs killed 67 Jewish residents and yeshiva students in the biblical holy city, where the patriarchs and matriarchs of the Jewish people are entombed and King David ruled. Three days later British soldiers evacuated the surviving remnant of the ancient Jewish community. Hebron was Judenrein. So it remained for 50 years, until 10 women and 35 children, led by Miriam Levinger and Sarah Nachshon, entered Beit Hadassah, the former medical clinic in the heart of the destroyed Jewish Quarter. Hebron, Mrs. Levinger proclaimed, “will no longer be Judenrein.


Judenfrei ("free of Jews") or Judenrein ("clean of Jews") was a Nazi term to designate an area "cleansed" of the Jewish presence.

Wednesday,

September 7
7:30-8:30 pm


Shul

Parsha of The Week

(POW)

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

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Hello Fellow Torah Scholars! Tomorrow night is our first class after the summer break! I hope you are in the mood for some new learning and idea exchange . . . we will meet at 7:30 in the lower Kiddush Room (side door entrance) of The Lodzer Centre Congregation (12 Heaton St.)

We will be studying Parsha Shoftim.

Remember - no Hebrew is necessary - no prior Torah knowledge required - just an inquiring mind!

Hope to see you there.

Judy Hazan

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

(Thomas A. Edison)

Saturday,

September 10

7 Elul


Birkot

ha-Shachar

9:12 AM

Led by

Frank Steiman


Please help us out by coming early…

We need a minyan to start!


Yishtabach

9:30 AM

Kiddush Lunch



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This week’s kiddish is co-sponsored by:


Nancy & Barry Corey in memory of their daughter Leslie’s birthday

and
Howard Iseman and

Susan Yellin in honour of their wedding anniversary and in memory of parents.


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Torah Times

Torah Reading: Triennial Year 3

Parashat: Shofetim (Deuteronomy)


1: 19:14 - 19:21(pg. 829)
2: 20:1 - 20:4
3: 20:5 - 20:9
4: 20:10 - 20:14
5: 20:15 - 20:20
6: 21:1 - 21:6
7: 21:7 - 21:9
maftir: 21:7 - 21:9

Haftarah: 51:12 - 52:12 (pg. 835)


Candle Lighting: 7:19 p.m. – Friday

Havdalah: 8:25 p.m. – Saturday



Pirke Avoth Discussion Group

with Jonathan Usher


Every shabbat, after the kiddush there is a vibrant discussion on ethics



Sunday,

September 11

7 PM

Lodzer

Centre

Congregation


12 Heaton St.

416-636-6665



Starts promptly at 7 pm.

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The Yiddish Theatre.


Presentation by:

Faye Kellerstein


Past Accolades:


“Bravo on your lecture-performance yesterday!
You certainly put in the hours of research!” Simon Spiro Senior Cantor, Beth Tzedec Congregation
Exquisite performance, Faye!

Dear Faye,
That afternoon at Beth Tzedec was delightful. Everyone around me towards the rear just loved it so you know that you projected the music AND the information---Looking forward to more!
Pearl Hermant

Thursday,

September 15

7:30 PM

Beth David

Free?

Jonah and the Whale


Jonah is read on Yom Kippur, teaching us about our spiritual voyage.

A study of Jonah: texts of Repentance and Forgiveness.


Lecturer:  Dr. Aaron Nussbaum


Call Beth David at 416-633-5500 to register.

Thursday,

September 15

7:30 PM

Shul

Book Chat

with Cathy Zeldin


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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

1978


Zeitgeist


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.

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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)

Saturday,

September 17

14 Elul


Birkot

ha-Shachar

9:12 AM

Led by

Frank Steiman


Please help us out by coming early…

We need a minyan to start!


Yishtabach

9:30 AM

Kiddush Lunch




This week’s kiddish is sponsored by:


Helen Winer

in honour of

Helen Gould’s Birthday




To sponsor a Kiddush

please call the office

416-636-6665




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Sunday,

September 18

7 PM

Lodzer

Centre

Congregation


12 Heaton St.

416-636-6665

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Jewish Music of North Africa.


Presentation by:

Cantor Aaron Bensoussan



Tuesday,

September 20

10 - 11:30 AM


Bernard

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

Thursday,

September 22

7:30 PM

Beth David

Free



Canadian

Institute for

Jewish

Research

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See flyer for registration

information.

Jewish Enemies of Israel:

Panel Discussion in Toronto


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They are not self-hating Jews.

They don’t hate themselves.

They hate us./db


Who amongst us are enemies of Israel?

September 22

2007


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(full Story)

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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.

Sunday,

September 25


Yizkor

Service


10:30 AM


Michael Levitt

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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.

Sunday,

September 25

1:30 PM

Beth David

$10


RSVP to Rose

905-764-8141

By Sept. 19

Cantor Deborah Staiman has a show, (MOLLY PICON: The Life and Music of the Darling of American Yiddish Musical Theatre,) that might be interesting to the Lodzer congregation or she can also do a program on MUSICAL MEMORIES OF THE VILNA GHETTO.


If someone can go to her show and report back to Marcel or Sarah, that would be helpful.


If we get funding in the future we might want to consider it.

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Sunday,

Oct. 2

6:30 p.m.  Erev Rosh Ha Shannah

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Monday,  

Oct. 3

8:30 a.m.  Rosh Ha Shannah

first day


no evening  services

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Tuesday,

Oct. 4

8:30 a.m.  Rosh Ha Shannah

second day


Rosh Ha Shannah

ends 7:35pm

no evening services


Rosh Hashanah



Rosh Hashanah is a sort of Sabbath for the soul: “On the first day of the seventh month,” says the Almighty, “you are to have a day of rest, a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts.”

  • One long.

  • Nine staccato.

  • Three broken.

It is considered a great mitzvah to hear the shofar on Rosh Hashanah.


The Jewish New Year

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October 6

1973


Zeitgeist


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.

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Monday,  

Oct. 11

6:10 p.m.

Kol Nidre


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Tuesday,

Oct. 12

8:30 a.m.

Yom Kippur


11:15 a.m.

Yizkor

4:45 p.m.

Mincha



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ends 7:21 p.m.

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)

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Sunday,  

Oct. 16

Erev Succot

no services


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Monday,

Oct. 17

9 a.m.

Succot


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Tuesday,

Oct. 18

9 a.m.

Succot



Succot ends 7:11p.m.

Sukkot





Sukkot is a time to commemorate dwelling in temporary structures as guests of the Lord.


Feast of Tabernacles

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Saturday,

Oct. 22

9:30am

Shabbat

services

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Sunday,

Oct. 23

9 a.m.

Ha Shannah Raba

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Monday,

October 24

9 a.m.

Shemini Atzeret


10:30 a.m.

Yizkor


Hoshanah Rabah and
Shmini Atzeret



Eighth Day of Assembly



On the last day of Sukkot, Hoshana Rabba, we beat a bundle of willow branches (actually one is enough) on the floor. To prepare the ground for the rain to penetrate.


Falling just after Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret is the holiday on which Jews start praying for rain.


“On the eighth day you should hold a solemn gathering; you shall not work at your occupation.”




Monday,

Oct. 24

6 p.m.

Erev Simchat Torah


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Tuesday,

Oct. 25

9 a.m.

Simchat Torah


Simchat Torah

ends 7:01 p.m. no evening services

Simchat Torah




Simchat Torah is the holiday that celebrates the conclusion of the yearly cycle of reading the Torah, after which we begin anew reading the Five Books of Moses, starting from the first chapter of Genesis.


Day of Celebrating the Torah


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Thursday,

October 27

7:30 PM

Shul

Book Chat

with Cathy Zeldin

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"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.

Sunday,

October 30

7 PM

Lodzer

Centre

Congregation


12 Heaton St.

416-636-6665

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The Jewish Role in Jazz

and the

Israeli Jazz Scene.


Presentation by:

Reuven Grajner


November 2

1917



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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

Sunday,

November 6

7 PM

Lodzer

Centre

Congregation


12 Heaton St.

416-636-6665

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The Golden Age of Cantorial Music.


Presentation by:

Cantor David Nemtzov

Sunday,

November 20

7 PM

Lodzer

Centre

Congregation


12 Heaton St.

416-636-6665

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Jewish Music of The Middle East:

Part One.


Presentation by:

Cantor Aaron Bensoussan



Sunday,

November 27

7 PM

Lodzer

Centre

Congregation


12 Heaton St.

416-636-6665

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

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Jewish Music of Eastern Europe.


Presentation by:

Raisa and Viktor Orshansky

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Sunday,

December 4

7 PM

Lodzer

Centre

Congregation


12 Heaton St.

416-636-6665

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Jewish Music of The Middle East:

Part Two.


Presentation by:

Cantor Aaron Bensoussan

Sunday,

December 18

7 PM

Lodzer

Centre

Congregation


12 Heaton St.

416-636-6665

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Israeli Music.


Presentation by:

Cantor David Edwards



May 13,

1916


Zeitgeist

Sholem Aleichem


Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.


No matter how bad things get you got to go on living, even if it kills you.


The rich swell up with pride, the poor from hunger.


Born: Solomon Naumovich Rabinovich


He was the wisdom and inspiration why so many of us are here today. For that alone, he will be remembered.

“I should be laid to rest not among the aristocrats, or among the powerful, but among plain Jewish laborers, so that my grave should grace theirs and theirs mine, even as the plain, good people during my lifetime graced their folksschreiber.”  (people’s writer)

When he passed away, everyone would have thought his legacy rested on his stories about Jewish children. But after the Holocaust, Sholem Aleichem became this avatar of a murdered world.

The salty and hilarious folk of whom it tells, the Jews of Europe, are dead. All the Tevyes… whose bizarre and tender antics Sholem Aleichem immortalized in the richest Yiddish prose ever written — were massacred, their villages no longer on the map.

In Sholem Aleichem’s will, he said, “I beg of [my children] to guard their Jewish descent. Those of my children who want to cut themselves off [and] join another faith have by that very desire already cut themselves off from … their family, and have thus erased themselves from my will.”


(Tough Love)


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אלע מעלות איז דער גרעסטער חסרון.

Alleh mailles iz der grester chissoren.


To have all the merits is the greatest drawback.


Meaning:

An expression of sorrow concerning the bad luck that follows virtuous people.


In The Sources:

"Why did the kingdom of Shaul not endure? Because he had no blemish".

( Yoma 22b. )

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א חסרון , די כלה איז צו שיין.

A chissoren, di kalleh iz tzu shein!


It's a liability that the bride is too beautiful !


Meaning:

A protest against inappropriate criticism.


In The Sources:

Beis Hillel said that when dancing at a wedding, one should say

"What a beautiful and graceful bride" .

( Kesubos 17a. )




Torah Nuggets - The Law and Beyond  (by Shlomo Katz | Torah.org)

Rabbeinu Nissim z”l (14th century; Barcelona, Spain) writes that, unlike other nations, the Jews have a dual judicial system. Every nation has laws, whose purpose is to make civilized life possible, and each nation has a king or other official who appoints judges to enforce those laws. In our parashah we read that Bnei Yisrael, too, are commanded to appoint a king.


Parashah Shoftim begins, however, with the command to maintain a bet din (later called a Sanhedrin) and a system of courts (apparently independent of the king, since they are mentioned before the mitzvah to appoint a king is taught). This is a reflection of the dual legal system which the Torah contemplates. The Gemara teaches that even if a defendant is not found guilty by the Sanhedrin — which, we are taught, went to any lengths to avoid executing a criminal — the king could apply a stricter form of justice and have the defendant killed anyway, if “law and order” so required.


The laws which the Sanhedrin is enjoined to enforce have a different purpose — to foster the spiritual growth of the Jewish people. It is abundantly clear that such is the purpose of the chukim — laws which we do not immediately understand — such as Parah Adumah and kashruth. Certainly “civilization” is not furthered by these mitzvot. It is important to realize, however, that even the “logical” mitzvot (e.g. honoring parents and not stealing) are intended to fulfill our spiritual, and not only our societal, needs. If such were not the case, their enforcement would be the sole province of the king, not the bet din.



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Pirke Avoth Perek 2 Mishnah 21


Are we the chosen people? Certainly! We are chosen for one reason and one purpose only. We have been elected and dedicated, not to have power, not to be wealthy, not necessarily to produce the greatest scientists, physicians or philosophers, but to learn the Torah , fulfill its precepts, and teach it to the world.


Question: Can we do both sets of activities?




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See you at our next in the series on Jewish Music,

on Sunday, September 11, 7 PM


"The Yiddish Theatre"


Presented by: Faye Kellerstein




Quotes of the Day

“In Jewish history there are no coincidences.” – Elie Wiesel


If you would have asked me my favorite Yiddish word, I would have said bashert. It translates into the idea that Wiesel so beautifully captured as aphorism in my favorite quote. The older I get the more I am astonished by its truth, both in a national as well as personal sense. The seemingly haphazard, random, and arbitrary events that comprise the story of our lives begin to form a coherent and purposeful narrative when we view them from a divine perspective. With the wisdom of retrospective insight I have countless times learned to acknowledge that coincidence is but God’s way of choosing to remain anonymous.  (Rabbi Benjamin Blech)




Haimishe Humour with Frank White

The adored woman Rabbi began her Dvar Torah: on a personal note...

"Last night, in a vision, an angel told me that because of my devotion to Torah and my congregation, I could choose one of three gifts:  wisdom, wealth or beauty. Naturally, I chose wisdom and now I see the world in a new light."


A congregant stood up and asked for the first new words of wisdom their Rabbi could share with the congregation.


Gazing wistfully around the sanctuary, the wise Rabbi replied:  

"I should have chosen the money."




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Rabbi Dr. Nathan Lopes Cardozo


Cardozo's views are so far from mainstream orthodoxy that he is no longer permitted to speak in the synagogue where he prays.

(Lodzer seal of approval)

This Week’s Parsha is by Rabbi Cardozo

Rabbi Cardozo not only was and perhaps still is Rabbi Eli’s teacher, but he is also his wise friend and a source of inspiration for many years now.


R' Nathan Lopes Cardozo (born 1946) is a Dutch-Israeli rabbi, philosopher, and scholar of Judaism. A sought-after lecturer on the international stage for both Jewish and non-Jewish audiences, he is known for his original and often fearlessly controversial insights into Judaism. His ideas are widely debated on an international level on social media, blogs, books and other forums.

Regarded by many as a type of ambassador of Jewish conscience, he has attracted a large number of students with his unconventional style. His fresh approach to many topics of social concern and his unswerving honesty continue to engage Jews and non-Jews alike.

Let Us Violate Shabbat So As To Sanctify It – The Holy Day and the Tel Aviv Railway

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Nathan Lopes Cardozo

“He who wants to enter the holiness of the [Sabbath] day must first lay down the profanity of clattering commerce, of being yoked to toil. He must go away from the screech of dissonant days, from the nervousness and fury of acquisitiveness and the betrayal in embezzling his own life. He must say farewell to manual work and learn to understand that the world has already been created and will survive without the help of man. Six days a week we wrestle with the world, wringing profit from the earth; on the Sabbath we especially care for the seed of eternity planted in the soul. The world has our hands, but our soul belongs to Someone Else…

“The seventh day is the exodus from tension, the liberation of man from his own muddiness, the installation of man as a sovereign in the world of time…

The Sabbaths are our great cathedrals; and our Holy of Holies is a shrine that neither the Romans nor the Germans were able to burn…” (1)

Shabbat is serious business, not only because of its halachic requirements but also because of its magnificent and majestic message. To violate it is not just a transgression but a tragedy. Its desecration undermines what it means to be human and to be a real Jew. It deprives mankind of its own sublimity.

It is not the renouncement of technical progress that Shabbat requires but rather the attainment of some degree of independence from an ever-increasing race and cruel struggle for our physical existence, in which we are all involved and which denies us embracing the presence of an eternal moment.

There is only one sanctity that is even greater than Shabbat and that is the holiness of the human being. When we have to choose between these two sanctities, Jewish law is clear: The human being takes precedence. (2)

If it is true that the Tel Aviv Light Rail and the speed train connecting Tel Aviv and Yerushalayim will indeed save countless human lives by having people switch from car to rail, Halacha will without any doubt demand of us to work on Shabbat to complete construction as soon as possible. Any postponement would be a terrible violation of Halacha itself.

But as Jews, let us make it into a celebration. We can observe Shabbat while working on this holy day. Instead of asking non-Jews to take our place, let us gather as many religious Jews as possible to join in this undertaking and do this work in the spirit of Shabbat and Halacha. Here are some suggestions:

We can organize shacks at the work sites where some people will make Kiddush and where a special Shabbat atmosphere will be created and tasteful Shabbat meals, kept warm according to the laws of Shabbat, will be served. There will be alternate minyanim where the workers can hear the reading of the parsha and say their Shabbat prayers in shifts. Participants can sing Shabbat songs and someone can say a nice d’var Torah informing everyone of the great mitzvah they are performing by working on the holy Shabbat so as to save lives.

Let us give all the workers colored Shabbat helmets and ask all others who stand by to give instructions to wear nice kippot.

There can be flags and ribbons flying and large posters displayed at the work sites proclaiming: “The people of Israel shall keep the Shabbat, observing the Shabbat throughout the ages as a covenant for eternity.”(3) “And one shall live by them [My laws]” (4)….“and not die because of them.” (5)

Let us make a Jewish celebration out of this. We can show our fellow Israelis and the world that we love Shabbat but that it will not stand in the way of the sanctity of human life. It will actually advance our spirit and commitment to Judaism. We can reveal that Halacha can deal with the requirements of a modern democratic Jewish state in an unprecedented way.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Let us not fail to live up to the challenge of making us all proud to be committed Jews.

After all, is it not Shabbat that made us Jews and that now gives meaning to the State of Israel? Why, in fact, be Jewish if not for this great institution called Shabbat?

Sure, some of my readers will say that these suggestions are insane. But remember what philosopher and writer George Santayana once said: Sanity is madness put to good use.

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1. Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man [NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1951] pp. 13, 29, 8

2. Yoma 85b; Rambam, Mishneh Torah, Hilchot Shabbat 2:3

3. Shemot 31:16

4. Vayikra 18:5

5. Sanhedrin 74a




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.


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Saturdays: Shabbat Service

Birkot ha-Shachar 9:12 AM

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

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Reminder #2 - Don’t just say “Never again”, Make it happen!

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The Yazidi are an ancient,

indigenous, monotheistic

people who live in

Iraq and Syria.

Canada has declared that what is happening now to the Yazidis is a genocide.


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
doradusher@gmail.com




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 lodzercentre@rogers.com


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 are on sale now to the public!


FAMILY SERVICES – DOWNSTAIRS SANCTUARY (LIMITED SEATING)
LEADER:  ARLENE MOSHE

(Main service tickets sold separately.)


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Memories of the Second Generation - Part 3 - Annette Sacks - As told to Susan Yellin

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Memories of the Second Generation Part 3   Annette Sacks

When people speak of the founding members of the Lodzer Centre Congregation they often talk about the group of invigorated men who fled Lodz after the Second World War, their giant step forward in forming the Lodzer Benefit Society and their successful contributions to the building of the shul itself.


Ask Annette Sacks about what she remembers most about the shul when she was growing up and she quickly refers to the most influential role model in her life – her mother, Luba Drewnosky -- and the countless contributions she made as head of the women’s auxiliary for 40 years. Luba z”l garnered so much respect for her work and her ideas that she was seen by many as an honourary co-president of the shul.


Together, the women of the Lodzer made teas, luncheons, dinners and dances, raising funds for different non-profit organizations, including the shul and the Soldier’s Fund.  


The ladies would stand side by side in the small but busy kitchen making tiny, open-face sandwiches: chopped egg on the bottom topped with a shtikl herring or other fish, says Annette.


One day, Wendy Yudell z”l, who took over for Luba as president of the women’s auxiliary, decided to honour Annette’s mother with a luncheon. Annette volunteered to hold it at her home.


“I just remember all the ladies in my kitchen. They took it over. I had suggested we order party sandwiches and we bring in some other food but that was never going to happen – they had to make it from scratch the way they always did,” says Annette.


“I remember standing at the side and both laughing and crying because they were such a group – everything was done together even though they had their arguments going back and forth.  They made the weirdest concoctions – they had done it for 40 years that way and they weren’t about to change.  They wouldn’t let me do much either. These women were a force to be reckoned with.”


Like other founding members, Annette’s father, Leon Drewnosky z”l, took as much of an active role in the construction of the shul as he could. Leon was in the scrap metal business, often working from 6 am until about 4 pm every day. By 4:30 pm, he had come home, showered and walked over to the construction site on Heaton Street “to make sure” the builders hadn’t made a mistake and laid the bricks incorrectly.


“That was his passion,” says Annette. “It was important that he went every day.  That was such a big thing in all their lives – to be building a synagogue and it was going to be called the Lodzer.”


For the first 20 years of the shul’s existence, the Drewnosky family took up the first two rows of the sanctuary. Other members kindly asked after any of the family who didn’t attend that day’s service and welcomed newly married spouses with open arms.


“All the members there were like extended family,” she says. “Being there was just like home.”


To those who still attend the Lodzer, that family feeling prevails.


“It’s a community that starts to feel very comfortable around each other. We all have the same values because we all belong to the same community. That’s how it works.”




THE LAST WORD - Isi Davis (From last Shabbat Bema Matters - Parsha Re'eh)

Every Parsha describes a new direction for the Israelite's,    G-d tests them and he rewards them.

Just like children,    G-d protects them, feeds them and considers them, as the children of Israel.
Descendant of Jacob/Israel.
G-d is also preparing them for the eventual settlement in Israel.

This week’s parsha,  is NEW  -                                                             
G-d is setting the direction FOR THE ISRAELITE'S.   

G-d says to the Israelite's    
See, I have set before you today a blessing and a curse.

Although the Israelite's could make choices about their relationship with G-d, they were NOW given freedom of choice.
The desire to turn towards a good path     - to be righteous or to turn toward an evil path.
Once you cross Jordan, to the land which you will occupy-           
You must carefully keep all the rules and laws I am prescribing to you
Do away with all the places where the nations are worshiping other g-d's.
You must tear down their, alters and pillars.

G-d further goes on to instruct the Israelite's:
Be careful not to offer your burnt offerings, in any place that you may see fit. It must only be in the place that G-d chooses.

When G-d expands your borders, then you will be able to eat non sacrificial meat.
Be careful not to eat blood as it is spiritual.

G-d instructs the Israelite's to eat certain animals, foul and fish.
A description can be found in the Torah.

At the end of each three year period, you must bring out all the ties and place them in your settlements for the poor.

The Parsha further talks about lending money.

All these commandments hold true today, as the Torah is a living entity to live by.
And finally the parsha concludes with the laws requiring the giving of a gift to a freed servant and the three pilgrimage festivals      Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot.

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Isi and his nephew Burling in Vancouver prior to him leaving for rio. Olympic sailor.




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