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Shabbat Bulletin - October 1, 2016

Make shul and Judaism an important part of your lifestyle

Thanks to all that came out to help with the Lodzer Chair and Prayer Book setup for the High Holy Days!

Michael Levitt


Our annual Yizkor (memorial) Service was held this past Sunday.
As usual it was very meaningful. Michael Levitt, our Federal Member of Parliament, spoke movingly about the importance of remembering; honouring those who came before us; and continuing their legacy.

“I wish you all a Shanah Tovah”

A big welcome back to Rabbi Eli


Talk about a parsha packed with powerful messages!

Many consider the most beautiful passage in the entire Torah to be found in this week’s parsha.
"Surely, this mitzvah that I enjoin upon you this day is not too baffling for you, nor is it beyond
reach. It is not in the heavens, that you should say, 'Who among us can go up to the heavens and get it for us and impart it to us, that we may observe it?' Neither is it beyond the sea... No, the thing is very close to you, in your mouth and in your heart, to observe it."

The beauty of this mitzvah is that it is not explained – meaning that we can find our own personal meaning in it. Commentators have offered many ideas about its meaning –
Nahmanides says that the phrase refers to the entire Torah, and Seforno explains it as teshuvah--repentance and return. By pairing Torah, which at its essence demands that we pursue justice, and teshuvah, our capacity to right wrongs, we can understand this passage as a mandate to believe that we have an innate capacity to fight the status quo when it is unjust and create change in the world around us.

By telling us that "this mitzvah" resides within us--in our mouths and in our hearts--this passage
acknowledges and strongly rejects the human tendency toward defeatism: to convince ourselves that change, hope, and progress are beyond our grasp.

The Lodzer Music Festival.

Hope to see you all after the high holidays.

The next in our series on Jewish Music, on Sunday, October 30 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.

Jacqueline’s granddaughter Eva, superstar!!



Eva Tolkin is one of two "backing singers " for the group Blood Orange. Last Wednesday night, (Sept. 21,) in concert at the Danforth Music Hall, she had a solo spot.


Often it felt like Hynes was attempting to recreate the perfectly even-keeled tone of the album. Although he can shred, he kept the guitar showmanship to a minimum, picking up his axe almost as an afterthought to play an outro.

He ceded the mic to singers Ava Raiin and Eva Tolkin for Freetown standouts Hadron Collider and Best To You, garnering a big response from the crowd that morphed into obnoxious chatter as Hynes sat solo at the keys to play Freetown closer Better Numb. He paused the song as fans shushed one another.

The moment suggested the audience wanted more than the vibe-y, romantic melancholy Hynes was willing to give, and at the end he finished with the jaunty Uncle ACE, which finally gave the band a chance to riff and go a little wild.  (nowtoronto)    (Translation please!)

  Eva Tolkin (2014)


Happy Birthdays to:

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

Oct. 1  Arlene Moshe
Oct. 3  Arie Epstein
Oct. 6  Etia Malinowski
Oct. 6  Frieda Walton
Oct. 7  Irv Spitzen


(call Sarah)


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

Oct. 1  Pesa Katz, mother of Reisa Grunberg
Oct. 1  Helen Yellin, mother of Susan Yellin
Oct. 3  Channa Baila Koplowitz, mother of Israel
Oct. 3  Mordechai Koplowitz, father of Israel
Oct. 3  Ruth Shulman, mother of Karyn Drewnowsky
Oct. 5  Solomon Kliger, father of Irene Szweras
Oct. 6  Maxwell Harris, father of Helen Gould
Oct. 6  Charles Richmond, father of Sheldon
Oct. 6  Helen Rutkowski, mother of Ida Sidenberg
Oct. 7  Rose Sidenberg, mother of Allen





September 28
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


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:

The Lodzer Congregation

To sponsor a Kiddush

please call the office


Torah Times

Torah Reading: Triennial Year 3

Parashat: Nitzavim (Deuteronomy)

29:9 - 30:20  (pg 878)

Haftarah: Isaiah

61:10 - 63:9 (pg. 883)

Candle Lighting: 6:40 p.m. – Friday

Havdalah: 7:46 p.m. – Saturday

Pirke Avoth Discussion Group

with Jonathan Usher

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


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.



Kiddush Lunch

This week’s kiddish is sponsored by:


To sponsor a Kiddush

please call the office


“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


א אידישער זומער: זיבן ציילט מען, דריי וויינט מען, פיר בלאזט מען,

און דער זומער איז אוועק.

A yiddisher summer: ziben tzeilt men, drei veint men, fier blozt men, un der zummer iz avek.

A Jewish Summer: we count seven, we cry three,we blow four, and the summer is gone.

Metaphorical Meaning:

The Jewish summer is special because it too is steeped in holiness; it is not a time for lightheartedness or slacking. It begins with the seven weeks of counting the Omer, a time of customary sorrow, followed by the Three Weeks of Mourning, and ends with the four weeks of the month of Elul, the Days of Awe preceding the days of judgment during which the Shofar is sounded.


א גאנז טאר ״פרשט-זכר״ נישט הערן; א אינדיק ״עבדימ היינו״ ; א הון א קול שופר.

A ganz  tor "Parshas-Zochar" nisht heren; a indik " Avadim Hayinu ";  

un a hun, a kol shofar.

Don't let a goose hear "Parshas-Hayinu", (which heralds it's slaughter); nor a turkey

" Avadim Hayinu" ; or a rooster the sounding of the Shofar.

Metaphorical Meaning:

If you wish to catch someone, don't alert them to the danger awaiting them.

In The Sources:

God's behavior differs from that of human beings. A person who wishes to harm others tries to hide it from them. God acts differently; he sends a warning so that the person will repent and be spared.

(Midrash Ha-Gadol, Noach ).


Pirke Avoth Perek 2 Mishnah 2

“Do not be dismayed, says Rabbi Tarpon. ‘The work is not for you to complete’. Your obligation is to study as much as you can and to learn as much as your can. In no sense do you have to finish the work. On the other hand, you are not at liberty to desist altogether. … It is not for you to achieve but to act. Achievement is the province of the Almighty.”

“When a man leaves on his vacation, he is ‘free’ from his business worries. A Jew, however, is never ‘free’ of the Almighty or of the Torah. He is never free to cast off the duty of Torah observance with which he has been entrusted. …Torah is our life: we must abide by its teaching.”

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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 - Erica Brown

Holiness in Hebrew implies separation.

To become holy is to engage in a subtle process of separation.

Ways of being, acts of morality, emotional reactions, are all choices we make to separate ourselves from others and from former ways of acting in the universe.

As we separate ourselves on a path to individuation, we discover challenges of excellence that separate the ordinary from the extraordinary.

Holiness is a state of being extraordinarily good, generous, loving, expansive.

Twisted Humour

Avram went into Church, took out his tallis, yarmulke, and proceeded to pray.

The clergyman entered to start services: "Will all non-Christians please leave."

Avram continued davening.

Again the clergyman said, "Will all non-Christians please leave."

And again, Avram prayed.

Finally, the distraught clergyman moved to Avram. "Will ALL JEWS please leave."

At this, Avram removed his yarmulke, packed up his tallis, then went to the altar, picked up a statue of Jesus and said,

"Come bubbela they don't want us here anymore."

Jewish Enemies of Israel - The futility of trying to make your case

Michael Neumann disguises his anti-Semitism as righteous indignation on behalf of “the wretched of the Earth.”

Neumann is a professor of philosophy at Trent University in Peterborough, Ont., who claims that Jews bear a special responsibility to speak out against Israel. In a 2003 blog post, he wrote:

(My aim is to) help the Palestinians (and) I am not interested in the truth, or justice, or understanding, or anything else, except so far as it serves that purpose.… If an effective strategy means that some truths about the Jews don’t come to light, I don’t care. If an effective strategy means encouraging reasonable anti-Semitism, or reasonable hostility to Jews, I also don’t care. If it means encouraging vicious racist anti-Semitism, or the destruction of the state of Israel, I still don’t care.”  (credit)

“...these single-minded activists have unprecedented access as authority figures to masses of vulnerable minds in an environment virtually cleansed of pro-Israel voices at the tenured level.”

BDS promotion creates “a hostile environment for Jewish students.”

Facts are irrelevant. It's a sad comment on the gullibility of today's educated youth.

What do university students feel about being manipulated by special interest groups?

Say no to special interest groups.

Their agenda shouldn’t be your agenda.


Nitzavim in a Nutshell
(From Chabad - internet)
Deuteronomy 29:9–30:20

The Parshah of Nitzavim includes some of the most fundamental principles of the Jewish faith:

The unity of Israel: “You stand today, all of you, before the L‑rd your G‑d: your heads, your tribes, your elders, your officers, and every Israelite man; your young ones, your wives, the stranger in your gate; from your wood-hewer to your water-drawer.”

The future redemption: Moses warns of the exile and desolation of the Land that will result if Israel abandons G‑d’s laws, but then he prophesies that in the end, “You will return to the L‑rd your G‑d . . . If your outcasts shall be at the ends of the heavens, from there will the L‑rd your G‑d gather you . . . and bring you into the Land which your fathers have possessed.”

The practicality of Torah: “For the mitzvah which I command you this day, it is not beyond you, nor is it remote from you. It is not in heaven . . . It is not across the sea . . . Rather, it is very close to you, in your mouth, in your heart, that you may do it.”

Freedom of choice: “I have set before you life and goodness, and death and evil: in that I command you this day to love G‑d, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments . . . Life and death I have set before you, blessing and curse. And you shall choose life.”

Is your Shofar Kosher?

" ... There is no requirement for ritual slaughter (shechita), and theoretically, the horn can come from a non-kosher animal because under most, but not all, interpretations of Jewish law the shofar is not required to be muttar be-fikha (literally: permissible in your mouth); the mitzvah is hearing the shofar, not eating the animal it came from. The shofar falls into the category of tashmishei mitzvah, objects used to perform a mitzvah that do not themselves have inherent holiness. Moreover, because horn is always inedible, it is considered afra be-alma (mere dust) and not an unkosher substance.

The Elef Hamagen delineates the order of preference: 1) curved ram; 2) curved other sheep; 3) curved other animal; 4) straight—ram or otherwise; 5) non-kosher animal; 6) cow. The first four categories are used with a bracha (blessing), the fifth without a bracha, and the last, not at all." (Wikipedea)

Now for the hard part:

Although I would understand that one should use a shofar of an animal, would a man made shofar be acceptable (fair resemblance in plastic) as no one in our daily minyan can blow a real shofar?

What if our minyan has several vegans, who would prefer a non animal product?



Most toy shofars have a reed in the mouthpiece that vibrates to make noise; they do not require the buzzing of lips.

We turn to Ask the Rabbi  { Ref. No. 3862932 }

Hi Arthur,

Our tradition--going all the way back to Moses--was to use an animal horn. The good news for your congregation is that with some practice, it is fairly easy to learn how to blow a shofar. It's not that much different than a trumpet, and possibly even easier.

And you can reassure your vegan friends that removing the horn from the animal is absolutely painless. In fact, horns that do cause the animal pain when removed are not permitted to be used for the mitzvah.

I hope this helps.

All the best,

Rabbi Eliezer Zalmanov


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Who said, “There are seven days of the week and ‘someday’ isn’t one of them?”

WATCH: Binyamin Netanyahu Kills It At The UN General Assembly

“Mr. President,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

What I’m about to say is going to shock you: Israel has a bright future at the UN.

Now I know that hearing that from me must surely come as a surprise, because year after year I’ve stood at this very podium and slammed the UN for its obsessive bias against Israel. And the UN deserved every scathing word – for the disgrace of the General Assembly that last year passed 20 resolutions against the democratic State of Israel and a grand total of three resolutions against all the other countries on the planet.

Israel – twenty; rest of the world – three.

And what about the joke called the UN Human Rights Council, which each year condemns Israel more than all the countries of the world combined. As women are being systematically raped, murdered, sold into slavery across the world, which is the only country that the UN’s Commission on Women chose to condemn this year? Yep, you guessed it – Israel. Israel. Israel where women fly fighter jets, lead major corporations, head universities, preside – twice – over the Supreme Court, and have served as Speaker of the Knesset and Prime Minister.

And this circus continues at UNESCO. UNESCO, the UN body charged with preserving world heritage. Now, this is hard to believe but UNESCO just denied the 4,000 year connection between the Jewish people and its holiest site, the Temple Mount. That’s just as absurd as denying the connection between the Great Wall of China and China.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The UN, begun as a moral force, has become a moral farce. So when it comes to Israel at the UN, you’d probably think nothing will ever change, right? Well think again. You see, everything will change and a lot sooner than you think. The change will happen in this hall, because back home, your governments are rapidly changing their attitudes towards Israel. And sooner or later, that’s going to change the way you vote on Israel at the UN.

More and more nations in Asia, in Africa, in Latin America, more and more nations see Israel as a potent partner – a partner in fighting the terrorism of today, a partner in developing the technology of tomorrow.

Today Israel has diplomatic relations with over 160 countries. That’s nearly double the number that we had when I served here as Israel’s ambassador some 30 years ago. And those ties are getting broader and deeper every day. World leaders increasingly appreciate that Israel is a powerful country with one of the best intelligence services on earth. Because of our unmatched experience and proven capabilities in fighting terrorism, many of your governments seek our help in keeping your countries safe.

Many also seek to benefit from Israel’s ingenuity in agriculture, in health, in water, in cyber and in the fusion of big data, connectivity and artificial intelligence – that fusion that is changing our world in every way.

You might consider this: Israel leads the world in recycling wastewater. We recycle about 90% of our wastewater. Now, how remarkable is that? Well, given that the next country on the list only recycles about 20% of its wastewater, Israel is a global water power. So if you have a thirsty world, and we do, there’s no better ally than Israel.

How about cybersecurity? That’s an issue that affects everyone. Israel accounts for one-tenth of one percent of the world’s population, yet last year we attracted some 20% of the global private investment in cybersecurity. I want you to digest that number. In cyber, Israel is punching a whopping 200 times above its weight. So Israel is also a global cyber power. If hackers are targeting your banks, your planes, your power grids and just about everything else, Israel can offer indispensable help.

Governments are changing their attitudes towards Israel because they know that Israel can help them protect their peoples, can help them feed them, can help them better their lives.

This summer I had an unbelievable opportunity to see this change so vividly during an unforgettable visit to four African countries. This is the first visit to Africa by an Israeli prime minister in decades. Later today, I’ll be meeting with leaders from 17 African countries. We’ll discuss how Israeli technology can help them in their efforts to transform their countries.

In Africa, things are changing. In China, India, Russia, Japan, attitudes towards Israel have changed as well. These powerful nations know that, despite Israel’s small size, it can make a big difference in many, many areas that are important to them.

But now I’m going to surprise you even more. You see, the biggest change in attitudes towards Israel is taking place elsewhere. It’s taking place in the Arab world. Our peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan continue to be anchors of stability in the volatile Middle East. But I have to tell you this: For the first time in my lifetime, many other states in the region recognize that Israel is not their enemy. They recognize that Israel is their ally. Our common enemies are Iran and ISIS. Our common goals are security, prosperity and peace. I believe that in the years ahead we will work together to achieve these goals, work together openly.

So Israel’s diplomatic relations are undergoing nothing less than a revolution. But in this revolution, we never forget that our most cherished alliance, our deepest friendship is with the United States of America, the most powerful and the most generous nation on earth. Our unbreakable bond with the United States of America transcends parties and politics. It reflects, above all else, the overwhelming support for Israel among the American people, support which is at record highs and for which we are deeply grateful.

The United Nations denounces Israel; the United States supports Israel. And a central pillar of that defense has been America’s consistent support for Israel at the UN. I appreciate President Obama’s commitment to that longstanding US policy. In fact, the only time that the United States cast a UN Security Council veto during the Obama presidency was against an anti-Israel resolution in 2011. As President Obama rightly declared at this podium, peace will not come from statements and resolutions at the United Nations.

I believe the day is not far off when Israel will be able to rely on many, many countries to stand with us at the UN. Slowly but surely, the days when UN ambassadors reflexively condemn Israel, those days are coming to an end.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Today’s automatic majority against Israel at the UN reminds me of the story, the incredible story of Hiroo Onada. Hiroo was a Japanese soldier who was sent to the Philippines in 1944. He lived in the jungle. He scavenged for food. He evaded capture. Eventually he surrendered, but that didn’t happen until 1974, some 30 years after World War II ended. For decades, Hiroo refused to believe the war was over. As Hiroo was hiding in the jungle, Japanese tourists were swimming in pools in American luxury hotels in nearby Manila. Finally, mercifully, Hiroo’s former commanding officer was sent to persuade him to come out of hiding. Only then did Hiroo lay down his arms.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Distinguished delegates from so many lands,

I have one message for you today: Lay down your arms. The war against Israel at the UN is over. Perhaps some of you don’t know it yet, but I am confident that one day in the not too distant future you will also get the message from your president or from your prime minister informing you that the war against Israel at the United Nations has ended. Yes, I know, there might be a storm before the calm. I know there is talk about ganging up on Israel at the UN later this year. Given its history of hostility towards Israel, does anyone really believe that Israel will let the UN determine our security and our vital national interests?

We will not accept any attempt by the UN to dictate terms to Israel. The road to peace runs through Jerusalem and Ramallah, not through New York.

But regardless of what happens in the months ahead, I have total confidence that in the years ahead the revolution in Israel’s standing among the nations will finally penetrate this hall of nations. I have so much confidence, in fact, that I predict that a decade from now an Israeli prime minister will stand right here where I am standing and actually applaud the UN. But I want to ask you: Why do we have to wait a decade? Why keep vilifying Israel? Perhaps because some of you don’t appreciate that the obsessive bias against Israel is not just a problem for my country, it’s a problem for your countries too. Because if the UN spends so much time condemning the only liberal democracy in the Middle East, it has far less time to address war, disease, poverty, climate change and all the other serious problems that plague the planet.

Are the half million slaughtered Syrians helped by your condemnation of Israel? The same Israel that has treated thousands of injured Syrians in our hospitals, including a field hospital that I built right along the Golan Heights border with Syria. Are the gays hanging from cranes in Iran helped by your denigration of Israel? That same Israel where gays march proudly in our streets and serve in our parliament, including I’m proud to say in my own Likud party. Are the starving children in North Korea’s brutal tyranny, are they helped by your demonization of Israel? Israel, whose agricultural knowhow is feeding the hungry throughout the developing world?

The sooner the UN’s obsession with Israel ends, the better. The better for Israel, the better for your countries, the better for the UN itself.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

If UN habits die hard, Palestinian habits die even harder. President Abbas just attacked from this podium the Balfour Declaration. He’s preparing a lawsuit against Britain for that declaration from 1917. That’s almost 100 years ago – talk about being stuck in the past. The Palestinians may just as well sue Iran for the Cyrus Declaration, which enabled the Jews to rebuild our Temple in Jerusalem 2,500 years ago. Come to think of it, why not a Palestinian class action suit against Abraham for buying that plot of land in Hebron where the fathers and mothers of the Jewish people were buried 4,000 years ago? You’re not laughing. It’s as absurd as that. To sue the British government for the Balfour Declaration? Is he kidding? And this is taken seriously here?

President Abbas attacked the Balfour Declaration because it recognized the right of the Jewish people to a national home in the land of Israel. When the United Nations supported the establishment of a Jewish state in 1947, it recognized our historical and our moral rights in our homeland and to our homeland. Yet today, nearly 70 years later, the Palestinians still refuse to recognize those rights – not our right to a homeland, not our right to a state, not our right to anything. And this remains the true core of the conflict, the persistent Palestinian refusal to recognize the Jewish state in any boundary. You see, this conflict is not about the settlements. It never was.

The conflict raged for decades before there was a single settlement, when Judea Samaria and Gaza were all in Arab hands. The West Bank and Gaza were in Arab hands and they attacked us again and again and again. And when we uprooted all 21 settlements in Gaza and withdrew from every last inch of Gaza, we didn’t get peace from Gaza – we got thousands of rockets fired at us from Gaza.

This conflict rages because for the Palestinians, the real settlements they’re after are Haifa, Jaffa and Tel Aviv.

Now mind you, the issue of settlements is a real one and it can and must be resolved in final status negotiations. But this conflict has never been about the settlements or about establishing a Palestinian state. It’s always been about the existence of a Jewish state, a Jewish state in any boundary.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Israel is ready, I am ready to negotiate all final status issues but one thing I will never negotiate: Our right to the one and only Jewish state.

Wow, sustained applause for the Prime Minister of Israel in the General Assembly? The change may be coming sooner than I thought.

Had the Palestinians said yes to a Jewish state in 1947, there would have been no war, no refugees and no conflict. And when the Palestinians finally say yes to a Jewish state, we will be able to end this conflict once and for all.

Now here’s the tragedy, because, see, the Palestinians are not only trapped in the past, their leaders are poisoning the future.

I want you to imagine a day in the life of a 13-year-old Palestinian boy, I’ll call him Ali. Ali wakes up before school, he goes to practice with a soccer team named after Dalal Mughrabi, a Palestinian terrorist responsible for the murder of a busload of 37 Israelis. At school, Ali attends an event sponsored by the Palestinian Ministry of Education honoring Baha Alyan, who last year murdered three Israeli civilians. On his walk home, Ali looks up at a towering statue erected just a few weeks ago by the Palestinian Authority to honor Abu Sukar, who detonated a bomb in the center of Jerusalem, killing 15 Israelis.

When Ali gets home, he turns on the TV and sees an interview with a senior Palestinian official, Jibril Rajoub, who says that if he had a nuclear bomb, he’d detonate it over Israel that very day. Ali then turns on the radio and he hears President Abbas’s adviser, Sultan Abu al-Einein, urging Palestinians, here’s a quote, “to slit the throats of Israelis wherever you find them.” Ali checks his Facebook and he sees a recent post by President Abbas’s Fatah Party calling the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics a “heroic act”. On YouTube, Ali watches a clip of President Abbas himself saying, “We welcome every drop of blood spilled in Jerusalem.” Direct quote.

Over dinner, Ali asks his mother what would happen if he killed a Jew and went to an Israeli prison? Here’s what she tells him. She tells him he’d be paid thousands of dollars each month by the Palestinian Authority. In fact, she tells him, the more Jews he would kill, the more money he’d get. Oh, and when he gets out of prison, Ali would be guaranteed a job with the Palestinian Authority.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

All this is real. It happens every day, all the time. Sadly, Ali represents hundreds of thousands of Palestinian children who are indoctrinated with hate every moment, every hour.

This is child abuse.

Imagine your child undergoing this brainwashing. Imagine what it takes for a young boy or girl to break free out of this culture of hate. Some do but far too many don’t. How can any of us expect young Palestinians to support peace when their leaders poison their minds against peace?

We in Israel don’t do this. We educate our children for peace. In fact, we recently launched a pilot program, my government did, to make the study of Arabic mandatory for Jewish children so that we can better understand each other, so that we can live together side-by-side in peace.

Of course, like all societies Israel has fringe elements. But it’s our response to those fringe elements, it’s our response to those fringe elements that makes all the difference.

Take the tragic case of Ahmed Dawabsha. I’ll never forget visiting Ahmed in the hospital just hours after he was attacked. A little boy, really a baby, he was badly burned. Ahmed was the victim of a horrible terrorist act perpetrated by Jews. He lay bandaged and unconscious as Israeli doctors worked around the clock to save him.

No words can bring comfort to this boy or to his family. Still, as I stood by his bedside I told his uncle, “This is not our people. This is not our way.” I then ordered extraordinary measures to bring Ahmed’s assailants to justice and today the Jewish citizens of Israel accused of attacking the Dawabsha family are in jail awaiting trial.

Now, for some, this story shows that both sides have their extremists and both sides are equally responsible for this seemingly endless conflict.

But what Ahmed’s story actually proves is the very opposite. It illustrates the profound difference between our two societies, because while Israeli leaders condemn terrorists, all terrorists, Arabs and Jews alike, Palestinian leaders celebrate terrorists. While Israel jails the handful of Jewish terrorists among us, the Palestinians pay thousands of terrorists among them.

So I call on President Abbas: you have a choice to make. You can continue to stoke hatred as you did today or you can finally confront hatred and work with me to establish peace between our two peoples.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I hear the buzz. I know that many of you have given up on peace. But I want you to know – I have not given up on peace. I remain committed to a vision of peace based on two states for two peoples. I believe as never before that changes taking place in the Arab world today offer a unique opportunity to advance that peace.

I commend President el-Sisi of Egypt for his efforts to advance peace and stability in our region. Israel welcomes the spirit of the Arab peace initiative and welcomes a dialogue with Arab states to advance a broader peace. I believe that for that broader peace to be fully achieved the Palestinians have to be part of it. I’m ready to begin negotiations to achieve this today – not tomorrow, not next week, today.

President Abbas spoke here an hour ago. Wouldn’t it be better if instead of speaking past each other we were speaking to one another? President Abbas, instead of railing against Israel at the United Nations in New York, I invite you to speak to the Israeli people at the Knesset in Jerusalem. And I would gladly come to speak to the Palestinian parliament in Ramallah.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

While Israel seeks peace with all our neighbors, we also know that peace has no greater enemy than the forces of militant Islam. The bloody trail of this fanaticism runs through all the continents represented here. It runs through Paris and Nice, Brussels and Baghdad, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Minnesota and New York, from Sydney to San Bernardino. So many have suffered its savagery: Christian and Jews, women and gays, Yazidis and Kurds and many, many others.

Yet the heaviest price, the heaviest price of all has been paid by innocent Muslims. Hundreds of thousands unmercifully slaughtered. Millions turned into desperate refugees, tens of millions brutally subjugated. The defeat of militant Islam will thus be a victory for all humanity, but it would especially be a victory for those many Muslims who seek a life without fear, a life of peace, a life of hope.

But to defeat the forces of militant Islam, we must fight them relentlessly. We must fight them in the real world. We must fight them in the virtual world. We must dismantle their networks, disrupt their funding, discredit their ideology. We can defeat them and we will defeat them. Medievalism is no match for modernity. Hope is stronger than hate, freedom mightier than fear.

We can do this.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Israel fights this fateful battle against the forces of militant Islam every day. We keep our borders safe from ISIS, we prevent the smuggling of game-changing weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon, we thwart Palestinian terror attacks in Judea and Samaria, the West Bank, and we deter missile attacks from Hamas-controlled Gaza.

That’s the same Hamas terror organization that cruelly, unbelievably cruelly refuses to return three of our citizens and the bodies of our fallen soldiers, Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin. Hadar Goldin’s parents, Leah and Simcha Goldin, are here with us today. They have one request – to bury their beloved son in Israel. All they ask for is one simple thing – to be able to visit the grave of their fallen son Hadar in Israel. Hamas refuses. They couldn’t care less.

I implore you to stand with them, with us, with all that’s decent in our world against the inhumanity of Hamas – all that is indecent and barbaric. Hamas breaks every humanitarian rule in the book, throw the book at them.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The greatest threat to my country, to our region, and ultimately to our world remains the militant Islamic regime of Iran. Iran openly seeks Israel’s annihilation. It threatens countries across the Middle East, it sponsors terror worldwide.

This year, Iran has fired ballistic missiles in direct defiance of Security Council Resolutions. It has expended its aggression in Iraq, in Syria, in Yemen. Iran, the world’s foremost sponsor of terrorism continued to build its global terror network. That terror network now spans five continents.

So my point to you is this: The threat Iran poses to all of us is not behind us, it’s before us. In the coming years, there must be a sustained and united effort to push back against Iran’s aggression and Iran’s terror. With the nuclear constraints on Iran one year closer to being removed, let me be clear: Israel will not allow the terrorist regime in Iran to develop nuclear weapons – not now, not in a decade, not ever.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I stand before you today at a time when Israel’s former president, Shimon Peres, is fighting for his life. Shimon is one of Israel’s founding fathers, one of its boldest statesmen, one of its most respected leaders. I know you will all join me and join all the people of Israel in wishing him refuah shlemah Shimon, a speedy recovery.

I’ve always admired Shimon’s boundless optimism, and like him, I too am filled with hope. I am filled with hope because Israel is capable of defending itself by itself against any threat. I am filled with hope because the valor of our fighting men and women is second to none. I am filled with hope because I know the forces of civilization will ultimately triumph over the forces of terror. I am filled with hope because in the age of innovation, Israel – the innovation nation – is thriving as never before. I am filled with hope because Israel works tirelessly to advance equality and opportunity for all its citizens: Jews, Muslims, Christians, Druze, everyone. And I am filled with hope because despite all the naysayers, I believe that in the years ahead, Israel will forge a lasting peace with all our neighbors.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am hopeful about what Israel can accomplish because I’ve seen what Israel has accomplished. In 1948, the year of Israel’s independence, our population was 800,000. Our main export was oranges. People said then we were too small, too weak, too isolated, too demographically outnumbered to survive, let alone thrive. The skeptics were wrong about Israel then; the skeptics are wrong about Israel now.

Israel’s population has grown tenfold, our economy fortyfold. Today our biggest export is technology – Israeli technology, which powers the world’s computers, cellphones, cars and so much more.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The future belongs to those who innovate and this is why the future belongs to countries like Israel. Israel wants to be your partner in seizing that future, so I call on all of you: Cooperate with Israel, embrace Israel, dream with Israel. Dream of the future that we can build together, a future of breathtaking progress, a future of security, prosperity and peace, a future of hope for all humanity, a future where even at the UN, even in this hall, Israel will finally, inevitably, take its rightful place among the nations.

Thank you.”


Isi sent me a rather lengthy Wikipedea article. I include the conclusion here and link to the full article in our members area.

(Thanks Isi… I like the part about the “lachs.”)


Jews and Scots have both gained from their encounters of the past two centuries. There remains a tolerance and respect based on shared traditions, and the years have brought each a better understanding of the sensitivities of the other. The key issue today for Jews in Scotland is the maintenance of Jewish identity in an open society where, until recently, antisemitism has hardly featured. With few younger Jewish activists around, the problems of providing a Jewish environment for the Scottish Jews who remain will become acute. Still, the Jewish line has been remarkably persistent, and Jews in Scotland have good cause to be proud of the twin strands of their identity – once described as “the mosaic in the tartan.”

In conclusion both England and Scotland are wonderful places to visit, they have a vibrant Jewish community, especially in England. The younger Jews of Scotland have migrated either south or to other parts of the world, including Israel. Anti-Semitism does exist as noted especially the boycott of Israeli goods. It should also be noted that food products are not labeled as in Canada with either K COR or P. Since being here I have learned that both the Rabbis at ETZ Chiam and Beth Shlaom in Toronto are related to my wife.

Ref: Wikipedea


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