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Shabbat Bulletin - September 24, 2016

Make shul and Judaism an important part of your lifestyle

In preparations for the upcoming High Holy Days we need your help.

Volunteer hours will be given for community service helping the Lodzer Synagogue:

Monday evening Sept. 26,  from 6:30 p.m.

  • Lodzer Chair and Prayer Book setup for High Holy Days

Members and Non Members can help of all ages even if not receiving hours.

Please contact Sarah or Arnold to let them know you will help.
Hope to see as many people as possible.

Thanks to all that came out for the outdoor cleanup!

Sheldon Richmond’s lecture:
Sheldon gave a very interesting and wholly interactive lecture on rational thought and man’s purpose from a Jewish perspective.

“Where in the world is Rabbi Eli?”  ⇐ full story, plus pictures.

Will be posted on-line when it becomes available.

Shabbat Shalom from ???


Here's the latest on book chat


It was great to see everyone who came out last night for our first meeting since last spring.  "The Illegal" by Lawrence Hill provoked passionate, interesting, relevant discussions around immigration, refugees, corruption and related current situations in the world, including Canada.

Our next meeting is Thursday October 27 at 7:30 at the shul to discuss "Pumpkin Flowers, A Soldier's Story" by Israeli journalist Matti Friedman.  This is a very informative and controversial topic.

Then, on December 8 we'll discuss "Black Widow" the latest of many intriguing spy thrillers by the very popular, at least with us, Daniel Silva.


The Lodzer Music Festival.

Last Sunday’s presentation, “Jewish Music of North Africa,”

presented by: Cantor Aaron Bensoussan


“ Cantor Aaron Bensoussan was, as expected, a resounding success. Our synagogue was filled to the brim with Sephardic and Ashkenaz music, the Oud and happy people.”

The next in our series on Jewish Music, on Sunday, September 18 at 7 PM will be:


The Jewish Role in Jazz and the Israeli Jazz Scene
Presented by: Reuven Grajner

(Read his bio here)

We are now on YouTube

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

Uploaded the last 20 minutes of Cantor Aaron Bensoussan presentation.

My kingdom for faster upload speeds, so that I can upload the first 40 minutes.

I’ve watched paint dry faster!

Spreading the Good News

Simon and Marie Jackson are proud to announce that their granddaughter, Rachel, will be awarded the title of CBE, (Commanders of the Order of the British Empire,) this December.


Rachel Hopcroft CBE | Deputy Director - Cabinet Office on Whitehall London

The Cabinet Office supports the Prime Minister, and ensures the effective running of government.

Rachel Hopcroft, principal private secretary to the Cabinet Secretary, was appointed a CBE for public service.



Sept. 17  Elyssa Bederman
Sept. 22  Milla Dorchik

Sept. 27  Laura Catz-Biro
Sept. 28  Reuben Finkelshtain
Sept. 30  Judy Hazan


(call Sarah)


Sept. 17  David Rybowski, husband of Zenia
Sept. 18  Golda Nosak, mother of Morry
Sept. 21  Jacob Helman, husband of Bronia

                father of Honey Spitzen and Malka Arluk
Sept. 21  Jack Iseman

                father of Howard Iseman and Roslyn Greene

Sept 24  Oscar Pillersdorf, father of Rachel Weisman
Sept. 26  Jaqi Rubin, sister of Judy Hazan
Sept. 27  Elizabeth Shabes, wife of Jeff




September 21
7:30-8:30 pm


Parsha of The Week



with Judy Hazan

Join this lively group every Wednesday night at 7:30 PM at The Lodzer where we study the week’s sedra together.

Classes are informal and no prior knowledge or preparation is required.

The purpose of the class is to learn the story of the parsha, determine its most important elements and tie its morals and lessons into our daily lives.

This is open to the public and there is no cost.

For more information contact:

Judy Hazan 416-704-1693


September 22

7:30 PM

Beth David



Institute for




See flyer for registration


Jewish Enemies of Israel:

Panel Discussion in Toronto


They are not self-hating Jews.

They don’t hate themselves.

They hate us./db

Who amongst us are enemies of Israel?

September 22



(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 24

21 Elul



9:12 AM

Led by

Frank Steiman

Please help us out by coming early…

We need a minyan to start!


9:30 AM

Kiddush Lunch

This week’s kiddish is sponsored by:

The Lodzer Congregation

To sponsor a Kiddush

please call the office


Torah Times

Torah Reading: Triennial Year 3

Parashat: Ki Thavo (Deuteronomy)

1: 27:11-28:3 (pg. 864)

2: 28:4-6

3: 28:7-11

4: 28:12-14

5: 28:15-69

6: 29:1-5

7: 29:6-8

maftir: 29:6-8


Isaiah 60:1 - 60:22 (pg. 874)

Candle Lighting: 6:53 p.m. – Friday

Havdalah: 7:59 p.m. – Saturday

Pirke Avoth Discussion Group

with Jonathan Usher

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


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.


September 25

1:30 PM

Beth David


RSVP to Rose


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.



October 1

28 Elul



9:12 AM

Led by

Frank Steiman

Please help us out by coming early…

We need a minyan to start!


9:30 AM

Kiddush Lunch

This week’s kiddish is sponsored by:


To sponsor a Kiddush

please call the office




Oct. 2

6:30 p.m.  Erev Rosh Hashannah



Oct. 3

1 Tishri

8:30 a.m.  Rosh Hashannah

first day

no evening  services



Oct. 4

8:30 a.m.  Rosh Hashannah

second day

Rosh HaShannah

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


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.



Oct. 8

9:30 a.m.



“I wish everyone observing Yom Kippur both in Canada and around the world an easy fast, and a G’mar Hatimah Tovah as they strive for personal peace that will help make the world a better place for all.”

Stephen Harper

Prime Minister of Canada

September 21, 2015


Oct. 11

6:10 p.m.

Kol Nidre



Oct. 12

10 Tishri

8:30 a.m.

Yom Kippur

11:15 a.m.


3:30-4:45 pm



Rabbi Eli

4:45 p.m.


Yom Kippur

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)



Oct. 16

Erev Sukkot

no services



Oct. 17

10 Tishri

9 a.m.


1st day



Oct. 18

9 a.m.


2nd day

Sukkot ends 7:11p.m.


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

Feast of Tabernacles



Oct. 22






Oct. 23

9 a.m.

Ha Shannah Raba


October 24

9 a.m.

Shemini Atzeret

10:30 a.m.


Hoshanah Rabah and
Shmini Atzeret

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Eighth Day of Assembly

Havatat Aravot:

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.”


Oct. 24

6 p.m.

Erev Simchat Torah



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



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 8

7:30 PM


Book Chat

with Cathy Zeldin

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A network of terror.
A web of deceit.
A deadly game of vengeance.

Legendary spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon is poised to become the chief of Israel’s secret intelligence service. But on the eve of his promotion, events conspire to lure him into the field for one final operation. ISIS has detonated a massive bomb in the Marais district of Paris, and a desperate French government wants Gabriel to eliminate the man responsible before he can strike again.


December 18

7 PM




12 Heaton St.




Israeli Music.

Presentation by:

Cantor David Edwards


נישט פון דער יוגעט לעבט מען,און נישט פון דער עלטער שטארבט מען.

Nisht fun der yugent lebt men, un nisht fun elter shtarbt men.

One does not live because of youth; nor does one die of old age.


The laws of nature do not determine who will live or die. Every creature's life span   

is determined by God.

In The Sources:

Many old camels are saddled with the hides of younger camels that died earlier.

( Sanhedrin 52a ).


אזוי ווי מ׳וויגט איינעמ איין, אזוי וויגט ער זין אוס.

Azoy vi m'vigt einem ein, azoy vigt er zich ois.

As a baby is rocked in the cradle,so it will move on through life.


A person's development is influenced by the care he received as a baby, and by the environment into which he was born.

In The Sources:

Rabbi Chanina said: "The warm baths and oil with which my mother anointed me in my youth, stood me in good stead in my old age ".

( Chullin 24b ).


Pirke Avoth Perek 3 Mishnah 1

Akavya ben Mahalal’el said; Reflect on three things, and you will not come within the hands, the power of sin: know from where you came, whither you are going, and before whom you are destined to give a future account and reckoning. From where you came - from a field drop; - whither you are going – to a place of dust, worms and maggots;  and before whom you are destined to give a future account and reckoning – before the supreme King of kings, the Holy One, blessed is He.

“Akavya bases his teaching on the power of reflection. Think, he says: consider the significance of your actions in the perspective of your existence as a whole, and you will not fall into the hands of sin.  Many people are in the grip of sin, slaves to their weaknesses, and do not realize it.” A man captured a Cossack and held him captive. Soon the Cossack was beating him up, but he didn’t know how to get rid of the Cossack. That is the story of becoming attached to sin. While you may start by committing a sin by choice, soon you may find that the sin is holding you as a captive.

Question: Is committing a sin like a bad habit (like overeating or eating unhealthy foods) or an addiction - i.e. once begun it is difficult to stop and is generally ignored?

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Israeli jazz finds its groove

There are characteristics and traits that give Israeli musicians an edge in jazz and could help explain their prominence in the field worldwide.

“Jazz is individualism within dynamics,” Hadany said. “In Israel, the individualism is very strong, and in many places you need to adapt yourself to fit in the framework.”

Another central aspect of jazz is improvisation, which is “very present in the Israeli mentality” and life, where a volatile security situation and challenging economy “necessitate very quick decisions and adaptations.”

Degibri, ..., attributes the rise of Israeli jazz to a combination of good musical education and loads of ambition.

“Any Israeli, in any field, has a kind of drive,” he said. “Israelis always want to prove themselves. That’s our nature.”

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

on Sunday, October 30, 7 PM

“The Jewish Role in Jazz and the Israeli Jazz Scene
Presented by: Reuven Grajner

Quote of the Day - Abraham Maslow

In order to capture holiness, we believed for too long that we had to leave where we were and become external seekers.…the sacred is in the ordinary, it is to be found in one’s daily life, in one’s neighbours, friends and family, in one’s backyard….To be looking elsewhere for miracles is … a sure sign of ignorance that everything is miraculous.

Haimishe Humour with Frank White

A distinguished orthodox rabbi arrived in heaven and was greeted by an angel.

“Rabbi, we’ve prepared a special feast in your honor, with the best meats, fish and cakes.”

“Who may I ask, prepared the meat?” asked the Rabbi.

“Our finest chef, Elijah Manoshevksy.”

”And who is the Mashgiach?”

“Why, God himself,” replied the angel.

“Thanks very much,” said the Rabbi, “but I’ll just stick with the fish.”

Simon returns from Prague  (Welcome back!)

The Nazis hoped to return to Prague after the war. It’s lucky for history, that they didn’t.


The Old-New Synagogue is the oldest site of Prague’s Jewish Town and the oldest extant synagogue in Europe. It has been the main synagogue of the Prague Jewish community for more than 700 years.

Originally called the New or Great Shul, it was not until the establishment of other synagogues in the late 16th century that it came to be known as the Old-New (Altneuschul).

The Jewish Town Hall in Josefov, Prague, was constructed adjacent to the Old New Synagogue.

The town hall was built by Jewish ghetto mayor Mordechai Maisel in 1586. It's worth noting for its clock tower, which has one Hebrew face where the hands run 'backwards', as Hebrew script does.


Acknowledgement of the association of the veterans of the Haganah to Czechoslovakia, in Prague.

Israel Honors Czechoslovaks Who Trained Haganah to Fight

“We want to thank Czechoslovak friends who helped the State of Israel to be born and to survive,” Israeli Ambassador Yoel Sher told a group of retired generals, colonels and other officers who trained the pilots, parachutists and other soldiers of what would ultimately become the Israeli army. The training was done on Czechoslovak soil.

Story of the Haganah by Smoky Simon

The Haganah was the largest underground military organization of the Yishuv in Eretz Yisrael from 1920-1948.  The Arab riots in 1920 and 1921 strengthened the view that it was impossible to depend upon the British Authorities for the defense of the Yishuv, and that an independent defense force completely free of foreign authority had to be created, and in June 1920 the Haganah was founded.


British Sir Nicholas Winton receives the Order of the White Lion

Winton arranged trains to carry children from Nazi-occupied Prague to Britain, battling bureaucracy at both ends and saving them from almost certain death — and then kept quiet about his exploits for a half-century.

For almost 50 years, Winton said nothing about what he had done before the war. It only emerged in 1988 when his wife Grete found documents in the attic of their home.
“There are all kinds of things you don’t talk about, even with your family,” Winton said in 1999. “Everything that happened before the war actually didn’t feel important in the light of the war itself.”


Winton was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003 and also honored in the Czech Republic. A statue of Winton stands at Prague’s central station, while a statue commemorating the children of the Kindertransport is a popular sight at London’s Liverpool Street Station. He continued to attend Kindertransport events in Britain and the Czech Republic well beyond his 100th birthday.


Franz Kafka's Life (1883-1924)

Franz Kafka was born into a middle-class, German-speaking Jewish family in Prague, the capital of Bohemia, a kingdom that was then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

(read the full Bio at the link above)

His body was ultimately brought back to Prague where he was interred on June 11, 1924, in the New Jewish Cemetery in Prague-Žižkov.

How literature teaches us to be human

One day in 1904 the young Franz Kafka wrote a letter to a friend defining the books that are worth reading. “I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound us,” he wrote. “If the book we’re reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow to the head, what are we reading for? So that it will make us happy, as you write?

“We need books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us. That is my belief.”

Kafka was expressing, in the most extreme form, a favourite idea of literary people: books form us. They make us who we are. We look back on key titles and wonder whether or not we would have turned out as we did if someone – a parent, a librarian, a teacher – hadn’t put a certain book in our hands at a certain moment?

Thank You Simon for those “very relevant” pics.


Parsha of the Week  - Ki Thavo

Shiur provided courtesy of
Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein

As Bnei Yisroel is about to enter Eretz Yisroel, Hashem lists both the blessings and the curses that await them, depending on their choices in serving Hashem. One of the key phrases and conditions for Hashem to bestow all these blessings upon us is that “Hashem will confirm you for Himself as a holy people … if you observe the commandments of Hashem your God and go in His ways.”

The question then comes up, what is unique about going in His ways that practicing this mitzvah will facilitate the outpouring of blessings from above, and secondly, how does one “go in His ways?” On the first question, Rabbi Reiss points out in Meirosh Tzurim that going in Hashem’s ways encompasses all the commandments, those between man and God as well as those between man and his fellow man, and is the path that will bring us closer to Hakodosh Boruch Hu. But we are still left with the question of what this means.

Rabbi Yerucham Levovitz gives us a unique twist on this question. Based on the verse that the stated goal of the generation of dispersement for building the Tower of Babel was to reach the heavens, the Daas Torah posits that the spirituality of the people aroused in them the desire to be closer to God. (This is much different than the usual interpretation that the people rebelled against God.) They erred in that they thought physical closeness to heaven would achieve their goal, much as Adam thought that if he would eat of the Tree of Knowledge and resemble God, as the serpent had suggested, he would achieve a closer relationship with his Maker. Obviously, the key to a proper relationship does not lie in physical proximity alone. But physical closeness does give one the opportunity to study the ways of another and learn from them, much as students and disciples learn the ways of their teachers and Rebbeim and can then copy and internalize those lessons. If we are not trying to emulate Hashem, it must mean, unfortunately, that we are too far from Him to observe His ways and copy them.

The purpose of our lives, writes Rabbi Yitzchak Berkowitz in Six Constant Mitzvoth, is to connect with Hashem through striving for perfection in our lives and in our role in perfecting the world. Recognizing this purpose is the basis for the faith that lets one see the hand of God in every aspect of one’s life. That means, writes Rabbi Levovitz, that we are a work in progress, that we must work on our growth in emulating Hakodosh Boruch Hu so that we have transformed our essence into His middos. Until then, we are not yet complete, much like a stalk of wheat is not yet complete until it is ripe and can be transformed into bread and food, for the purpose of man is to be godlike, to allow His presence to permeate our lives.

Nevertheless, we are still left with the question of how are we to follow in His path. As the Gemarrah teaches us, we are to emulate His ways, to clothe the poor, visit the sick and do other acts of chessed. Meirosh Tzurim points to another verse that tells us to do what is good and straight in the eyes of Hashem. Rabbi Reiss, quoting the sefer HaChinuch infers from this that we must always try to live within the spirit of the law, that we should act beyond what may be technically permissible and live with that which would find favor in God’s eyes. Further, citing Rambam, Rav Reiss continues that the straight path refers to the middle path, never going to either extreme (except in very unusual cases). So one should be generous and give tzedakah, but not give so much that he impoverishes himself. Further, one must have the wisdom to understand which behavior is appropriate in every circumstance. Just as Hashem is sometimes referred to as the Man of war and at other times as merciful and compassionate, we too must develop the sensitivity to know what kind of action is required in any circumstance. The proper path is the balance between extremes and the wisdom to use the appropriate characteristic in each circumstance.

Rebbetzin Feldbrand provides some additional insight into how we can walk in Hashem’s ways. She teaches that we must devote our lives to imitating our Creator’s Thirteen Attributes of Mercy, and work on improving our negative character traits which are impediments to these improvements. All the negative character traits, notes the Chazon Ish can essentially be boiled down to one premise: To relinquish control to one’s instincts and desires. In contrast, the essential good attribute is to maintain one’s control over one’s instincts and desires. Working on this is a constant process that cannot be successful overnight. Our middos, our positive characteristics, may not be found in the Torah itself, for they form the foundation upon which Torah can be built, writes Rabbi Moshe Scheinerman in Ohel Moshe. They are a given, much as an architect may assume the contractor already knows he must pour the concrete foundation before he constructs the building. Our job is to work on strengthening this foundation and in learning to control our negative tendencies so that we do not become vehicles for jealousy and anger. This is walking in His ways, and explains why the verse is placed here in the middle of the blessings, for he who works on himself to become more godlike will merit becoming a conduit for receiving these blessings.

It is not enough to act on chessed opportunities as they present themselves, note both Rabbi Reiss and Rabbi Wolbe. One must be proactive and seek opportunities for chessed. Just as Hashem’s essence is giving and being compassionate constantly, so should we nurture within ourselves the desire to search for opportunities to do chessed, to recognize a need without being asked, to see the pain in someone’s eyes and offer comfort, to pick up the slack when a neighbor is overwhelmed. And if you can’t find a way to actively help, you can at least daven for them. In short, become a chessed person. To walk in His ways is to be active in the process, not passive. Hashem is compassionate 24/7; we need to practice chessed not just during convenient “office hours”. As Rabbi Feinstein points out, our patriarch Avraham was in physical pain, yet his emotional pain at being unable to perform chessed to wayfarers propelled him to wait at his door hoping to greet a lone traveler and offer him food and drink.

While we have been discussing ways we can emulate Hashem, there is one area in which it would seem impossible for us to do so. Hashem is unique, singular, there is nothing beside Him. How are we to emulate this quality of singularity within ourselves and within our own lives? In what way are we too singular? If we are to emulate Him, we can at least strive to be independent, not asking others to do for us what we can do for ourselves, teaches Rabbi Shimshon Pincus, theTeferes Shimshon. The beauty of each person can only be discerned through his individuality and solitary self, and it is only through this inner, independent essence that he can form a relationship with the Ribbono shel olam.

In fact, writes Rabbi Wolbe in his essay Chodesh Horachamim, Man was created as a single individual, only later divided into separate male and female entities. While we play multiple roles in our lives – daughter, student, parent, spouse, professional – none of these roles defines our inner essence. That essence can only be discovered and nurtured in solitude. The work of self discovery is difficult. It explains why we crave busyness and constant connection to others (especially now with all the technical social media). But each of us is responsible for our own growth and our own actions, and each of us will be judged on the basis of our own uniqueness, passing before God’s judgment one by one. During the month of Elul we should carve out some alone time to work on knowing ourselves and working on those character traits that need our attention in order to make ourselves more perfect in Hashem’s image.

Rabbi Itamar Schwartz explains how one should attempt to create a balance between his social self and his unique solitary self. We are all social beings, but we also need to carve out time to be alone and be comfortable with who we are. Alone time begins by learning to focus and learning to live in the moment. Is it really necessary to answer the phone the moment it rings, even if you are disturbed while doing something else? Allow yourself to turn off all outside distractions and sit in quiet solitude. Learn that there is a difference between solitude and loneliness, and appreciate your inner self so that you can turn inward and hear that still, small voice that connects you to your Godly essence.

Go in His ways. Emulate Him. Be straight and a person of chessed. Most of all, recognize that you are unique and have the potential to be very godly and thereby establish a beautiful and strong bond with Hakodosh Boruch Hu.

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


Please consider sponsoring a kiddush, or contributing to the building, programming, or any specific interest fund, by phoning the shul office at


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.

Lodzer Sisterhood Cookbooks

Great Gifts – just $20 each

Contact the Office at



Tree of Life or Seat Plaques

Remember family and friends by purchasing a leaf on our tree of life or a sanctuary seat plaque. Call the office at


Chesed Committee

Please call the shul office if you need support or if you know of one of our members who may need support. It remains confidential.


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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 are on sale now to the public!


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20160910 - Isi Davis with his iPad mini




Rider with a safety helmet
After getting off the train in Glasgow I noticed the statue in front of the art museum
I'm now told that the cone was placed on the statue eight years ago the city removed it and there was a big uproar so it was put back up and has been there since



Only kosher store in Glasgow
Very small and few items. All the meat comes in from Manchester. I will write about the Jews in Scotland -- very few are left as antisemitism is on the rise.



Shul I was married in



Went to the cemetery today -- maybe someone may know this individual, maybe Zalmon may know him.


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Island of oben

Day tour, iPad not that great for pictures. I also took pictures with my camera which I have to process.

It's cold here, up north. Unfortunately while in the bus there were huge mountains on each side but driver did not stop. The road was a single lane and both sheep and Scottish long horn cows on road. So had to maneuver around them, they will not move.  Cars another issue.  

Crossed over to Staffa, were the Vikings had a long stay. Church on Staffa over 1000 years old. Scottish clans later fought for power. The Mac Donald's and Mcleans. Small population on island. In case of emergency helicopters are flown in .

In order to get to Oben took trains from Glasgow to Oben three hour train ride. Women beside me came in from one of the islands just to buy a computer, for her it's a two day event, but she says she would not have it any other way. She also speaks Gailic which is the other national language of Scotland.

I must say I have been to Scotland numerous time and it is one of the most beautiful places you can visit. While in Glasgow, we stayed with a relative who is 81 years old, he has virtually climbed every mountain along with my brother in law in the world. He was one base camp short of Everest. He has been in scouting for most of his life and has received the OMB from the Queen for his service. He runs a charitable organization where he brings in under privileged teens from the Ukraine, about 40 teens twice a year to England and Scotland's they meet with members of parliament . They spend two weeks camping in the highland mountains before they go home. He also travels to London to help with caregiving of disabled scouts every month at his expense. He truly is a wonderful person.

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Rock formation on island

Tomorrow off to Skye.

Next week we will be in Leeds England to stay with cousins. One of them also has a OMB from the queen for her service in education. Her uncle was minister of labor during the war, as a Jew he was chastised and had fights with other ministers. His name was Lord M. Shinwell, my great Aunts brother in law.

20160919-20 - Isle of Skye


Kilted Rock. Skye . Water flows from mountain to Atlantic Ocean


This is the mountain water comes from


The country side looks like a post card


Congregants, notice they are on the other side of the fence, just like the Scotts when it comes to separation.  I suspect they have something else in mind.


People in the north speak Gailic, as their first language ,they have a very strong Scottish accent. The Scotts are some of the most friendly and hardy people you will meet.


We have been lucky with the weather. Within a day you can get summer to late fall. Since we did a lot of hiking, we had layers of clothes. The grass in the foreground is about one foot tall, not easy to walk through.


Notice the Heather, when in bloom (a few weeks back) have a deep purple colour.


Fairy Pools, long hike to mountain where we had a dip in ice cold water.


Getting closer to pool


It appears everyone wants to use the Mikva




This is not the Fairy pool it is one of the lochs. When you eat fish here, either fish and chips or salmon it is fresh as the day caught and delicious.




People hike these mountains, where ever you go you see people dressed with hiking gear, helmet, pack and walking sticks.  It could take hours to days to reach some of these tops. I will send you more pictures even better once I sort them.

Isle of Skye - 'cloud island'

One tour operator describes Skye's Fairy Dust Trail as taking you to all the secret fairy townships on the mystical Isle of Skye. You’ll walk with the supernaturals through fairy-sized landscapes and forests, rock castles, and their most famous baths, the Fairy Pools.

You must take the fairy oath and please wear waterproof clothing and footwear, as we travel to fairy land by going underneath waterfalls.

We then travel to the far west of the island to the dramatic Neist Point. This is the best place on the island to spot whales, dolphins and sharks. Here we transport you to the edge of the world, with its beautiful scenery, awesome skies and endless ocean.

Dunvegan Castle is our next stop. Visit the ancient MacLeod clan castle, set in beautiful gardens, and see for yourself the flag from fairyland which is dated between the 4th and 7th centuries A.D.

We continue to the Fairy Bridge, sitting between the peninsulas of Waternish and Dunvegan.

The bridge is said to mark the place where a fairy wife of a MacLeod chief said her final farewell to her husband and child before she left them to live amongst her own people. She wrapped the child in a magical fairy shawl, which brings protection to the MacLeod clan. This shawl was preserved; it is the famed Faerie Flag of the MacLeod clan, which can be seen today at Dunvegan Castle.  (credit)

(Then again, appreciate the Isle of Skye for the nature walk that it is.)


Thanks Isi!  Mikva?


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