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Shabbat Bulletin - November 5, 2016

To Serve and Protect

G-d gave us the task, to serve and protect, (the same job as the Toronto Police Force,) G-d’s creation.  Cain served, (he tilled the soil,) and Abel protected, (he was a shepherd.) Cain killed Abel. (Hevel in Hebrew means nothing.) Cain left behind descendants even though what he did was evil. Hevel (Abel) left nothing. The moral might be that even in evil, there can be creativity and that people are not angels but need to try different things to get better and improve.

(broken telephone - miss a Shabbat, miss a lot)

Full Story: Why was it not good that man be alone?

Adam was walking around the Garden of Eden, naming all the animals and feeling very lonely, so G-d asked Adam, "What is wrong with you?"

Adam said, "L-rd, I don't have anyone to talk to."

G-d said, "Then I will give you a companion, and she will be called 'woman'. This person will cook for you and wash your clothes, she will always agree with every decision you make. She will bear your children and never ask you to get up in the middle of the night to take care of them. She will not nag you, and will always be the first to admit she was wrong when you've had a disagreement. She will be loving and compassionate. She will never question your behaviour or the company you keep. She will support you and understand that you have important decisions to make throughout your life and don't have time for nonsense..."

Adam asked G-d, "What will this woman cost?"

G-d said, "An arm and a leg..."

Adam said, "What can I get for just a rib?"


The Lodzer Music Festival.

Hope to see you all this week on Sunday, November 6 at 7 PM.

The Golden Age of Cantorial Music, presented by Cantor David Nemtzov.


“It’s wrong to think that the young cannot appreciate traditional chazanut.”

“As cantors, we are able to do what the rabbis can’t necessarily do… We can touch people’s souls.”

(Cantor Steven Leas - Central (United) Synagogue,

Check out the videos from our “Sundays at 7” series on YouTube

  1. The History of Klezmer Music - Raisa Orshansky and Viktor Kotov

  1. Where Does that Tune Come From? - Charles Heller

  1. The Songs of the Yiddish Theatre - Faye Kellerstein

  1. Jewish Music of North Africa - Cantor Aaron Bensoussan

  1. Jewish Role in Jazz/Israeli Jazz Scene - Reuven Grajner

  • (When it becomes available.)

Do Jews Celebrate Halloween?  (Tzvi Freeman -


Do Jews celebrate Halloween? I know its origins aren't very "Jewish," but I'm worried that my kids will feel left out if they can't go trick-or-treating in the neighborhood.


Let me tell you about a wonderful Jewish holiday: once a year, our children dress up as sages, princesses, heroes and clowns. They drop by the homes of our community, visit the infirm and the aged, spreading joy and laughter. They bring gifts of food and drink and collect tzedakah (charity) for the needy.

You guessed it--it's called Purim, when it's customary to send mishloach manot--gifts of food--to one's friends and even more gifts to those in hard times.

Flip it over (October instead of March, demanding instead of giving, scaring instead of rejoicing, demons instead of sages, etc.) and you have Halloween.

There you have it: a choice of one of two messages you can give to your children. I call that a choice, because one of the beautiful things about kids is that, unlike adults, they don't do too well receiving two conflicting messages at once.

I know how hard it is to be different, but as Jews, we have been doing just that for most of our 3,800 years. Since Abraham and Sarah broke away from the Sumerian cult of gods and demons, we have lived amongst other peoples while being very different from them. And we dramatically changed the world by being that way.

That's a proud and nurturing role for any child: To be a leader and not a follower, to be a model of what should be rather than of what is.

Make your kids feel that they are the vanguard. They belong to a people who have been entrusted with the mission to be a light to the nations--not an ominous light inside a pumpkin, but a light that stands out and above and shows everyone where to go. Forget about Halloween and wait for Purim to turn the neighborhood upside down!

(Read on, for a 'liberal' Jewish viewpoint on Halloween)


Happy Birthdays to:

Oct. 31  Lily Perelshtein
Nov. 2  Susan Yellin
Nov. 3  Victor Arluk
Nov. 4  Cindy Ber

Nov. 9    Malka Arluk
Nov. 9    Cheryl Zaidman
Nov. 9    Barbara Zimmerman
Nov. 10  Miriam Epstein
Nov. 10  Neil Manley
Nov. 10  Joseph Shedletzky
Nov. 11  Josef Ber


(call Sarah)


Oct. 30  Tzvi Geisler, father of Ben
Oct. 31  Ede Manley, sister of Honey Hellreich
Nov. 1  Harry Liberbaum, father of Rebecca Greenberg
Nov. 2  Hilda Gold, mother of Carole Abrahams
Nov. 4  Luba Greene, mother of Charles

Nov. 8  Alfred Freedman, father of Hugh
Nov. 10  Sara Grunberg, mother of Richard
Nov. 10  Edward Kafeman, father of Helene Gooding
Nov. 11  Martin Kazman, son of Rose

Jonathan’s Rant - Duty of Care

Re: The Religious Hospital Problem, Richard C. Owens and Ellen Wiebe, Oct. 26.

Toronto has a cancer hospital, a children’s hospital, a bone hospital etc. These hospitals are public but limit their practices to particular subjects or specialties. We also have private
hospitals like the shouldice clinic that limits its practice to one specialty.

To the best of my knowledge, Catholic hospitals also do not perform voluntary abortions.
I see no reason for a hospital not to exclude procedures that they are either not competent to perform or that they do not want to perform.  It should be satisfactory that they treat the patients they accept with due care until they are transferred to a hospital which will perform the required treatment.

Published Oct.27 in the National Post



November 2

Rosh Chodesh

1 Heshvan

7:30-8:30 pm


Guest Speaker


Tonight  we  have the privilege of having our Rabbi Eli introduce Parsha Noach.

This is an opportunity to hear his unique and interesting perspective on the second parsha in our Chumash.

Hope to see you all there!


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


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 5

4 Heshvan



9:12 AM

Led by

Frank Steiman

Please help us out by coming early…

We need a minyan to start!


9:30 AM


Torah Times

Torah Reading: Triennial Year 1

Parashat: Noach
Triennial Year 1
05 Nov 2016
1: 6:9-16
2: 6:17-19
3: 6:20-22
4: 7:1-9
5: 7:10-16
6: 7:17-24
7: 8:1-14
maftir: 8:12-14

Haftarah: Isaiah 54:1 - 55:5

Candle Lighting: 5:45 p.m. – Friday

Havdalah: 6:52 p.m. – Saturday



November 6


Monthly Meeting

1 - 3 PM

All welcome!




12 Heaton St.


Project Abraham is an initiative of The Mozuud Freedom Foundation dedicated to assist the Yazidi community of Canada to rescue Yazidis facing genocide in the Middle East.  In partnership with other organizations with a similar focus, we are well-positioned to respond to our Canadian government's recent and welcome announcement that they will be bringing Yazidis to Canada within 120 days.

 After fundraising, helping with the lengthy application process, lobbying, and helping to form resettlement groups, Project Abraham is now ready to launch a whole new phase of its work.

We have monthly meetings with our growing group of volunteers to bring them up-to-date on the latest news and activities.  Thanks to the kindness of the Lodzer board of directors,  Project Abraham meetings are now being held at the Lodzer Synagogue.   

A warm invitation is being given to all members of Lodzer who would like to learn more about this initiative.  Please feel free to join us.


November 6

2 PM




12 Heaton St.




We Polish Jews:

The Troubled Holocaust Legacy

of Julian Tuwim, 1894–1953

Poet Julian Tuwim was among the first and most powerful literary voices of the Holocaust experience.

Born in Lodz, Tuwim was a leading Polish-Jewish poet during the 1920–30s. In 1944, Tuwim wrote an anguished lament and manifesto of murdered Jewry, ‘We Polish Jews,’ as a refugee in New York.

In Tuwim’s writing, identity, belonging, betrayal and memory coalesce in unexpected ways. This presentation will be given by Dr. Myer Siemiatycki, a professor in the Department of Politics & Public Administration at Ryerson University. Books will be available for purchase and author signing following the program.


Julian Tuwim in conversation with

Sheldon Richmond on why they

returned to Lodz after the Shoah.

Presented by Lodzer Centre Congregation

As part of:

Holocaust Education Week
November 2-9, 2016


November 6

7 PM




12 Heaton St.




The Golden Age of Cantorial Music.

Presentation by:

Cantor David Nemtzov


November 8

Fright Night (LIVE):

The Amazing Race

“There’s no place

like home...

and I’m not going to leave

here ever, ever again.”



November 12

11 Heshvan



9:12 AM

Led by

Frank Steiman

Please help us out by coming early…

We need a minyan to start!


9:30 AM


Prayer is meant to be a powerful, relevant and meaningful experience.

You’re not that proficient in Hebrew? Don’t worry, G-d understands whatever language you speak. And, like a loving parent, He can discern what’s in your heart even if you can’t quite express it the way you would like.


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 Orshansky & Viktor Kotov



December 4

7 PM




12 Heaton St.




Jewish Music of The Middle East:

Part Two.

Presentation by:

Cantor Aaron Bensoussan


December 7

Early bird




the Baltic States

With Rabbi Eli

August 7-16, 2017

Full details at


Seize the opportunity!

Early bird discount

ends today.



December 8

7:30 PM


Book Chat

with Cathy Zeldin

Black Widow-Daniel Silva_w200.jpg

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

Under Construction: Shul Side Entrance




The railings are expected to be installed this week



Q: Why don’t you have steps or a ramp leading to the parking lot?

A: When the door swings open, it would block people from entering the building.

Q: Intended use:

  • A ramp is not only for the use of wheelchairs.

  • For elderly or disabled people, ramps are easier to use than stairs.
    The ramp will be cleared of ice when necessary.

  • We will have signs that there are stairs inside the shul so people in wheelchairs must
    use the elevator at the rear of the building.

  • The railings will be installed for added safety and ease of entering the shul.


(Thanks to Jonathan for spearheading this initiative.)

Why My Jewish Family Celebrates Halloween  (Jonathan A. Theodore, 10/28/2016)


When my mother was a child, she and her sister spent three years – from 1940 through 1943 – hiding from the Nazis in a convent. When they were reunited with their parents in Brussels, the sisters, forced to wear yellow “Jude” stars, could no longer conceal their Jewishness, which was an open invitation to attack – especially on Halloween.

As she told me often when I was young, on Halloween in Nazi-controlled Europe, the Hitler youth dressed in their Nazi uniforms, added small black moustaches to more closely resemble Der Führer, and went around town tormenting Jewish kids.

As a result, I never celebrated Halloween.

Celtic in origin, Halloween was the evening before All Saints’ Day, which marked the end of the summer harvest. The Hallowed Evening or “Hallowe’en,” which was pagan in nature, was a celebration meant to scare off evil spirits so they would not steal or otherwise taint the harvest. People carved pumpkins and put candles in them to serve as scarecrows for the evil spirits, dressed as ghosts and goblins, and decorated their homes with leaves, vegetables, corn stalks, and other fall paraphernalia. They also visited each other’s homes, enjoying treats, singing, and spending time together.

The Church did not appreciate the pagan origins of Halloween and feared many Christians celebrated it. Instead of banning it, however, the Church embraced Halloween’s popularity and added it to the Christian calendar, making it a religious holiday.  

Religious holiday or not, I couldn’t help but see the similarities between Halloween and Sukkot. After all, both holidays celebrate the harvest with decorations of the season and include time spent with family and friends. Although I never viewed jack-o-lanterns as objects of idol worship, as a child, I was prohibited from celebrating Halloween, particularly in light of my mother’s experience as a young girl in Europe.

Fast forward to my suburban neighborhood, where Halloween festivities – pumpkins, costumes, decorations, and trick-or-treating – abound for all, including my daughter, who loves the holiday. As a Reform Jew, I am responsible for teaching my daughter of Halloween's origins and of her grandmother’s horrific Halloween experiences as a European Jew, even as our family enjoys celebrating a holiday that, although originally religious in nature, has evolved into a secular American tradition.

Celebrating Halloween is not the least bit contradictory for my family or me. In fact, the opposite is true. By understanding the holiday’s origins, connecting it to Sukkot, and appreciating it in the spirit (no pun intended!) of its present day context, we are fulfilling an obligation not to separate ourselves from the community and to connect with people of all faiths and beliefs.


Arthur’s Perspective... Halloween - where do we draw the line?

Hello colleagues,

This one 'Jewish' view of Halloween above, was sent to me by a liberal (reform) congregation.  

In essence, the child (author) of a holocaust survivor suggests that we Jews should embrace Halloween !?!

On Sunday night we attended a musical program, (The Jewish Role in Jazz,) where among other information, we were informed that Irving Berlin wrote 'White Christmas'.

Did you know that much of the garb adopted by Hasidic Jews, (shtreimel, hand warming muff, breeches, knee high white socks,) stem from non-Jewish medieval European aristocracy ?

For example,
" ... Breeches are still worn by many Hasidic men, particularly those of Galician or Hungarian origin, such as Satmar and Sanz ...  The shtreimel is comparable in construction to fur hats worn by Eastern European and Russian nobility and royalty. ... " (Wikipedia)

At a lecture at a nearby North York synagogue on Jewish prayer tunes, a prominent cantor informed us that tunes of some popular prayers originated as German Beerhall tunes.

So here are some questions :

1) Is the Jewish author of the article above, going too far in celebrating Halloween?

(Bah Humbug… Halloween deserves no explanation nor significance)

(Just enjoy Halloween for what it isn’t)

2) Is it okay for us Jews just to hand out candies to kids on Halloween, but no pumpkins, etc?

(We served over 200 this past Halloween - better than getting our door egged)

3) Is it okay for Jews to adopt some customs from our non-Jewish neighbours, or should we separate ourselves as much as we can?

(Dilution is the solution to pollution?)

Disclaimer :

Our apologies in advance to those who might feel offended by the Halloween article above, but the editor and myself thought it could be thought provoking, and we're just sharing, not promoting.

Kindest regards, Arthur Zins✡

(Not to worry, political correctness will kill Halloween)

Morning minyanaires ask, “What is a hod?”

“I, the L-rd, removed the burden from your shoulder;

Your hands were freed from the heavy hod.”

(Psalm 81 for Thursday)

hod (1).jpg

The hod is a portable trough for carrying mortar, bricks, etc., fixed crosswise on top of a pole and carried on the shoulder.

(thanks Marcel)


Pirke Avoth Perek 3 Mishnah 7

Rabbi Halafta ben Dosa of K’far Hananya said: When ten people sit together and occupy themselves with Torah study, the sh’chinah, the Divine Presence abides among them, as it is stated: God stands in the congregation of the godly, And whence do we learn that the same applies even to five? For it is said: He has founded his hand upon the earth. And whence do we learn that the same applies even to there? For it is said: In the midst of the justices He judges. And how do we learn that the same applies even to two? For it is said: Then those who revered the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord harkened and heard. And how do we learn that the same applies even to one? For it is said: in everyplace where I have My name mentioned I will come to you and will bless you.

Ethics from Sinai

“Here we have another teaching which stresses the overwhelming importance and power of Torah study. This too may be a reaction to the repressive measures which a tyrannical Roman government took to extirpate knowledge of the Torah from the Jewish people… And if by studying the Torah we run the risk of death by the Romans, to ignore the study of Torah and abandon it will most certainly warrant and guarantee the annihilation of the Jewish people.

Parable by Rabbi Akiva - “A fox was standing on the banks of a river, hungrily watching the fish swimming swiftly to and fro. With a yelp the fox called to the fish to ask them why they were moving so rapidly. The fish replied that they were afraid of the nets that people brought into the water to catch them. At that the sly fox suggested, ‘Why stay in the water, then? Come out on the dry land and live with me’… The fish only laughed. ‘ Are you the one that is reputed to be the wisest of the animals? they replied. ‘You are not wise, but stupid: If we are not safe in the water, which is our natural habitat, how much greater would be our peril if we left it and went out into a fatal environment?’ The same holds true for us, concludes Rabbi Akiba: if we are beset by enemies when we live as Jews in our natural Torah environment, of which the Almighty said, ‘This is your life and the length of your days,’ how much greater would be our mortal danger were we to attempt to assimilate.”

Question 1: Does this apply to Canada where Jews have great freedom and much of surface Protestantism is similar to  surface Judaism?

Question 2: If we became Christians or Muslims would we be in more danger?

Question 3: Would 3 times a year Jews lose anything if they became Christian - or would the part of their culture that is Jewish be quickly replace by Christian culture - ie replacing Chanukah traditions with Christmas traditions as is already done by many Jews?

“But our mishnah asserts that when ten men study together, the Divine Presence dwells among them: the sh’chinah comes to rest in the relationship, the milieu of these scholars who have pooled their intellectual resources to probe the depths of Torah. The verse in Scripture might imply, strictly speaking, that when the ten disperse to go their separate ways, the Divine Presence simply leaves them. But the Mishnah give a hint of a further assurance: If it is Torah they study, then even after the ten take leave of one another, the Divine Presence will still  be immanent whenever any of them reunite to resume their Torah study. It dwells there.”

Question: By the sh’chinah being with them, do they really mean that whenever people study morals or behavioural systems, the ideas that are discussed stay with the people?

There are periods in our spiritual history when the forces of Divinity, so to speak, must take flight and seek refuge in exile. Tyrannical or hedonistic powers have assumed the reins of authority. A climax of opinion prevails which opposes and momentarily ‘vanquishes’ the Creator and His Torah. At such a time even ‘water and straw’ are gifts of great worth and significance. In such an age, if but two people who revere the Lord simply ‘talk with one another’ and encourage each other, it is already an occasion for the Almighty to ‘listen and hearken.’ They keep a Divine light glowing in a world of darkness and stumbling.”

Question:It is nice to say that God is with them, but why did God let     this happen in the first place? Or is it man that is bad and God is only good.

“The friends and neighbours with whom a person chooses to share his life will have a profound effect on the course of his life. And nowhere is this more true than in the most intimate, the most constant relationship of all: the partnership of man and wife. With terse imagery the Talmud puts it this way: ‘ When a man and woman are worthy, the sh’chinah is with them; if not, fire consumes them… By incorporating the wisdom and ways of Divine grace in their characters, man and woman can dwell in the Divine Presence . Should they be unworthy , however, and live with the emotions of discord, then the name of the Lord is removed from them, and what remains is fire. The Hebrew Aish (man) is like eesh (fire). Undisciplined personalities explode in a struggle of clashing wills that only consumes all those involved.

Question: Is this a new and simple way to counsel marriages?

Quotes of the Week

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” —Albert Einstein

“The only thing that is going to save mankind is if enough people live their lives for something or someone other than themselves.” —Leon Uris, QB VII

Before you can get anyone’s love, you’ve got to have their respect. And nobody gives you respect. You have to win/earn respect. First of all by having self-respect. - Rabbi Kahane

Haimishe Humour - Things that are Jewish or Goyish

WWF is Goyish, the NBA is Jewish

Tattoos and piercing are Goyish; Diamonds and pearls are Jewish

Ham sandwiches are Goyish; Corned beef on rye is Jewish

White sox are Goyish; No sox are Jewish

Saving Money is Goyish; Investing money is Jewish

Snowmobiling is Goyish; Skiing is Jewish

Doing Landscaping is Goyish; Hiring a Landscaper is Jewish

Beer is Goyish; Wine is Jewish

I am Jewish; My first wife was Goyish

Frizzy hair is Jewish; Slick straight flat hair is Goyish

A party that revolves around the buffet table is Jewish: A party that revolves around the bar is Goyish!


Parshas Noach - Great Is Peace
Rabbi Frand on Parshas Noach

I saw the following insight on Parshas Noach written in the name of the Rosh Yeshiva of Ner Israel, Rav Yaakov Weinberg, of Blessed Memory.

We are all familiar with the story recorded at the end of the Parsha involving an attempt to build “a tower with its top in the heavens”. Society spoke a single language and had a common purpose. With single- minded dedication, this society attempted to build a brick and limestone structure that would allow them to “make a name” for themselves. Hashem descended, as it were, and “confused their language” such that they stopped building the tower and the project was abandoned.

The Torah records: “That is why it was called Bavel, because it was there that Hashem confused the language of the whole earth, and from there Hashem scattered them over the face of the whole earth.” [Bereshis 11:9]

Rashi asks: Which sin was greater – that of the Generation of the Flood or the Generation of the Dispersion? Off hand, we would say that the latter were worse. The people of the Generation of the Dispersion were heretics. They engaged in theological battle, waging war against the Almighty (by building a tower that would reach the heavens to go up and fight with Him). The Generation of the Flood engaged in theft, violence, and sexual immoralities — crimes of passion. However, they did not engage in heresy. They did not have the audacity to “wage war against the Almighty!”

And yet, the Generation of the Flood was totally destroyed while the people of the Generation of Dispersion were merely dispersed. Rashi explains that the unity that existed within the society of the Generation of Dispersion is what saved them. The Generation of the Flood was a totally dysfunctional society. They hated each other and stole from one another. The people of the Generation of Dispersion on the other hand, despite the fact that they were heretics, were unified. They loved one another. They spoke with one language and had common purpose! Rashi concludes: From here we see that disputes are hated and great is peace (Gadol haShalom).

Rav Weinberg asked a basic question on Rashi’s premise. How can Rashi say that love of fellow man and unity prevailed in the society of the Generation of the Dispersion? Rashi himself two pasukim [verses] earlier cites a Medrash that the people of this generation were more concerned about the loss of a brick than they were about the loss of human life! (One asks for a brick and the other brings lime, and the former stands over him and shatters his brain). Where is the love and friendship that Rashi in pasuk 9 claimed was pervasive in this society?

Apparently, any cooperation they manifested in the project of building the tower was a very superficial demonstration of “peace”. The Shalom was based on ulterior motives!

In a classic insight, Rav Weinberg stated that this teaches us that even if people have their differences or even hate eac h other, the mere fact that people work together is “shalom”. The mere fact that people can join together to work on a project and set aside their differences — superficial shalom — is also very meritorious. Even though the shalom may be short-lived, still, people working together is better than people working against one another. Even if Shalom is only skin-deep, if the people, for whatever reasons, come together: Gadol HaShalom – Great is Peace.

This write-up was adapted from the hashkafa portion of Rabbi Yissocher Frand’s Commuter Chavrusah Torah Tape series on the weekly Torah portion. Copyright © 2007 by Rabbi Yissocher Frand and

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.

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Birkot ha-Shachar 9:12 AM

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

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