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Shabbat Bulletin - January 7, 2017

Thanks to David Birken and Sheldon Richmond for providing the D’var Torah this past Shabbat.

Not to worry, we’ll be back to “The Jolly Lodzer” by Purim.

(Let’s mix it up a bit - any suggestions?)

Judy’s Shabbat handout is now available, (Thursdays,) as a pdf download at the bottom of the homepage.

2016 - Hadfield’s Picks


With celebrity death and elections taking the media by the nose, it’s easy to forget that this year saw a great many positives.

Let’s look.

There are countless more examples, big and small. If you refocus on the things that are working, your year will be better than the last.

Happy New Year, everyone.  Astronaut Chris Hadfield


Sorek desalination plant_w600.jpg

Scientists and others look to desalination as a way to unite longtime adversaries in a common cause.

Refugees Encounter a Foreign Word: Welcome


How Canadian hockey moms, poker buddies and neighbors are adopting Syrians, a family at a time.

Antarctic ozone layer is gradually healing, researchers find

An Adelie penguin at the edge of the fast ice at Commonwealth Bay 10nm  from Mawson's Hut in Antarctica, Monday, Jan. 16, 2012.  (AAP Image/Dean Lewins) NO ARCHIVING

The ozone layer, a fragile shield of gas, protects animal and plant life on Earth from powerful UV rays. When the ozone layer is weakened, more UV rays can get through and affect humans, making them prone to skin cancer, cataracts and other diseases. There also may be consequences for plant life, including lower crop yields and disruptions in the ocean's food chain.

Costa Rica Used 100% Renewable Energy for 299 Days

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How are they doing that?


Happy Birthdays to:

Dec. 29  Faye Kellerstein 70th

Jan. 2  Barbara Barkin
Jan. 6  Brian Goldman

Jan. 7  Rafael Remez
Jan. 11  Eta Chrzan


Jan. 6  Allen & Ida Sidenberg


Jan. 1  Nathan Kushner, father of Betty Siegel-Synder
Jan. 3  Thelma Wolman, mother of Anita Johnson
Jan. 4  Yechiel Rutkowski, father of Ida Sidenberg

Jan. 8    Louis Gula, father of Esther Steiman
Jan. 8    Marian Reisman, sister of Honey Hellreich
Jan. 10  Judith Berlach,

            mother of Deborah Berlach-Csillag
Jan. 10  Regina Wildbaum,

            mother of Jenny Finkelshtain
Jan. 13  Leon Drewnowsky, father of Annette Sacks
Jan. 13  Beckie Sacks, mother of Michael Sacks

Procrastination is the bad habit

of putting off until the day after tomorrow

what should have been done the day before yesterday."

Napoleon Hill



January 4

7:30-8:30 pm

Shul Kiddush



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


January 7

9 Tevet



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

Faye Kellerstein

for her 70th birthday

Torah Times

Torah Reading: Triennial Year 1

Parashat: Vayigash
Triennial Year 1
7th January 2017

1: 44:18-20 (p. 169)
2: 44:21-24
3: 44:25-30
4: 44:31-34
5: 45:1-7
6: 45:8-18
7: 45:19-27
maftir: 45:25-27

Ezekiel 37:15 - 37:28 (p. 178)

Candle Lighting: 4:39 p.m. – Friday

Havdalah: 5:48 p.m. – Saturday



January 8

10 Tevet



On the 10th day of the Jewish month of Tevet, in the year 3336 from Creation (425 BCE), the armies of the Babylonian emperor Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to Jerusalem. Thirty months later—on 9 Tammuz 3338—the city walls were breached, and on 9 Av of that year the Holy Temple was destroyed. The Jewish people were exiled to Babylonia for 70 years.  chabad


January 8

10am - 12 noon





Upstairs Hall

Kurdish Officials

Shut Down Group

Aiding Yezidis

Closure Comes as Humanitarian Needs in Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan Soar - sending  a shudder through Iraq’s humanitarian community.


Project Abraham, the initiative of the Mozuud Freedom Foundation to help save Yazidis from genocide, is…

All are welcome to join us to hear about the latest updates in Yazidi news, Project Abraham developments, planned events, and how concerned people can help.


January 11

7:30 PM



Public welcome

Free Admission



CIJR Toronto is hosting an accomplished Israeli speaker

Shachar Liran-Hanan







Shachar is the CEO of My Truth, a grassroots, non-profit organization comprised of IDF reserve soldiers who seek to share the values and experiences of Israeli soldiers and show the high moral standards they strive to meet.


Judy’s POW group welcome!


January 22

7:00 PM



Public welcome

Free Admission

Donations welcome



Sponsored by

Arthur Zins

Joe Warner




Come and hear how Jewish Canadian War Vet and antitank gunner, Joe Warner, volunteered to fight against the Arabs with 700 other Canadian Vets to secure the 1948 borders of Israel.

“The first time you see a dead body, you are shaken up terribly and it scares the hell out of you… but then it gets to the point when it is an everyday occurrence.  When we were taking Hill 113, we had a supply truck come up to us and some of the guys were leaning up against dead bodies for support – you become hardened… but you are always scared.  Anyone who is not scared needs to be in an insane asylum.  And when someone near you gets hit, you wonder, why him and not me?”


February 9

7:30 PM

Adath Israel

37 Southbourne Ave

Free Admission

Dessert Reception



The Sabbath of Song

The Song at the Sea that Moses and the Children of Israel sang after the miracle of the Splitting of the Sea.


At the blast of Your nostrils, the waters piled up,
The floods stood straight like a wall,
The depths froze in the heart of the sea.



February 12

1 - 3 PM




Shul Kiddush


Come meet with Yazidis



Project Abraham, the initiative of the Mozuud Freedom Foundation to help save Yazidis from genocide, is…

(Details when they become available)

All are welcome to join us to hear about the latest updates in Yazidi news, Project Abraham developments, planned events, and how concerned people can help.


February 23

7:30 PM

Shul Kiddush


Book Chat

with Cathy Zeldin


a saga inspired by true events of a Holocaust survivor's quest to return to Poland and fulfill a promise

I apologize for all the changes recently, but Book Chat tries to be flexible to accommodate regular attenders as much as possible.

We will next meet on Thursday February 23, 2017 to discuss Karolina's Twins by Ronald Balson.  This is a slightly fictionalized  true story of two childhood friends one of whom, as young women during the Holocaust, makes a promise to the other.  We meet her as an elderly woman determined to fulfill this promise.  An excellent book, in my humble opinion.

At the following meeting on March 23 we'll discuss Yiddish for Pirates.  We are all on library waiting lists and unlikely to receive this book any earlier.  It has become wildly popular since being shortlisted for the Giller Prize.

Let's keep these dates so that we can meet before Pesach which begins April 10.  There's lots of time to read both books before then.

Happy New Year to everyone,


March 23

7:30 PM


Shul Kiddush


Book Chat

with Cathy Zeldin


Set in the years around 1492, Yiddish for Pirates tells the story of Moishe, a young man who, enchanted by maps and seeking adventure, leaves the shtetl to join a ship’s crew. There he meets Aaron, our ribald yet philosophical parrot narrator who becomes his near-constant companion. With a beakful of Yiddish jokes, this wisecracking bird guides us through a swashbuckling world of pirate ships and exploits on the high seas.

Telling the tale of a gay,

Yiddish-speaking parrot.

But the Inquisition is a dangerous time to be Jewish, and once he makes landfall Moishe falls in with a band of hidden Jews trying to preserve forbidden books. When all Jews are expelled from Spain, he travels to the Caribbean with the ambitious Christopher Columbus, a self-made man who loves his creator. Driven by circumstance but also by a thirst for gold, Moishe becomes a pirate and seeks revenge on the Spanish while searching


April 6


Payment in full is due.


the Baltic States

With Rabbi Eli

August 7-16, 2017

Full details at


Seize the opportunity!



April 11

Time TBA



Passover Seder
2nd Seder

Full Kosher Dinner
Full Seder Service
$75 per person

Limited Seats Available.

Reserve NOW. 416-636-6665

The Miracle Of The Middle East - Talk about before and after

All the before pictures show the great progress the Arabs made with the land.

The after pictures show how the Jews destroyed the same land in the last 60 years.

Just imagine how well off the surrounding countries would have become if they didn't spend their time concentrating on destroying Israel. (source:forwarded e-mail - Thanks!)

Hertzlia 1940.jpg

Herzliya is named after the visionary of the Jewish state and founder of the World Zionist Federation - Theodore Herzl. Herzliya has three main features. Its beachfront is one of the most popular among both Israelis and foreign tourists, thanks to the many hotels, abundance of restaurants, beaches with swimming areas and organized marinas.
The city’s industrial zone has a concentration of high-tech companies that provide work for a large percentage of the city’s residents. The city also has many fine stores and restaurants and becomes a vibrant entertainment center at night. The attractive malls and shopping centers serve the local population as well as residents of surrounding urban and rural communities, making Herzliya a city alive with energy and excitement.

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Pirke Avoth Perek 3 Mishnah 15 (Part 1)

Note: This Mishnah is long and interesting, so it is divided between two sections – the first part this week and the latter half next week.


The commentary sections are taken from Ethics from Sinai by Irving M. Bunim or from Visions of the Fathers by Rabbi Abraham Twerski. Some sentences of the text have been taken verbatim (in quotes) and others have been summarized. All relate to Mishnah 15.  The questions are my own.

Rabbi Elazar of Modin said: He who profanes things sacred, treats the Festivals with scorn, puts his fellow man to shame in public, negates the covenant of our father Abraham, or expounds a meaning in the Torah not in accord with normative law – even though he has knowledge of the Torah and good deeds to his credit, he has no share in the world-to-come.

Ethics from Sinai

Issue Number 1:

“The term kodashim (holy things) usually refers to the sacrifices and Temple offerings which were regulated by special laws of sanctity… Man profanes the sacred when he ignores its special character and even considers it something ordinary. In Judaism k’dusha, sanctity, is a palpable quality that infuses and transmutes an object, making it meaningful and important in man’s relationship with the Divine. But it is man who, by intention and deed, must establish and maintain that sanctity. The empirical world of physical phenomena lies before man, uniformly meaningless in its pure existence. It is man with his consciousness and vision who imputes values, significance and meaning to things, endowing them with a higher reality... ”

Question 1:

What other relationships or acts do people make “holy”?

kosher meat, circumcision, mezuzah,

Question 2:

Describe how a Torah becomes or is meaningful to you.   


Issue Number 2:

“The Sabbath day is just another day of the week like all other days. It is you who must ‘remember’ and ‘observe’ it to make it holy and transform it into the Sabbath. Ignore the observances, repudiate its special laws, and you have profaned the spirit and secularized the day.

Question 1:

If holiness depends on mankind, does the holiness of the Sabbath and the Torah depend on the viewer, not on the nature of the Sabbath and the Torah themselves? Is holiness then subjective?

Question 2:

On the basis of the following: “ And God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it.” (Genesis 2:3),  “The Lord blessed the seventh day and hallowed it.” (Exodus 20:11) and  “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8) Did G-d, and not man, make the Sabbath holy?

Question 3:

Is it circular to say that we have respect for the Torah when for the Torah to be holy has to have our respect?

Issue Number 3:  

“What gives man his dignity and his innate worth is that he has been created in the image of God. The Almighty took of His own holiness and infused it into man’s living spirit; that spirit illuminates man’s physical existence. The Maker has left His stamp, His impress on His product. For this reason we must love and respect our fellow man and treat him with consideration and dignity. If you insult and deride your fellow human being, if you put him to shame in public, you have stripped him of his precious status as a reflection of the Divine; you are denying his essentially Divine character, his especial sanctity.”

“When someone ‘puts his fellow man to shame in public’, he commits an act of pure spiritual and psychic murder. He destroys in some measure the image, the psychological entity of his fellow human being… And the Talmud goes on to declare that a person who commits such an offense is among those who will not ascend from purgatory (gehinnom) in the Hereafter… Any act of murder or psychological destruction committed upon him is a desecration of Divine sanctity. It is thus an action , louder than words, of essential rebellion against the Almighty.”  

“Judaism insists that this is one of the most serious of all transgression. Talmudic tradition sees it as the immediate cause of the destruction of the Second Temple…Again and again our Torah emphasizes the dignity and respect that a man must accord his fellow. The Torah is considerate of human feelings even where you would least expect it.”

“Finally the Torah itself can be taken as an ordinary book of history or ethics, or it can be approached as the word of God, the revelation of the Divine to humankind. It is for us to endow it with its true holiness. If you “expound meanings in the Torah which are not in accordance with halachah, traditional Jewish law,’ you denude it of its holiness. You profane it.”

“By so profaning and destroying the holiness of Torah, according to the mishnah, you forfeit your capacity to live in the world-to-come. This is truly ‘measure for measure.’ For the world-to-come, immortal life for the spirit ,is something which we can attain only through k’dushah, by living with an awareness that we are in the ‘image of God’ - an awareness that lifts us out of  the realm of purely physical existence. If you refuse to recognize the dimension of ‘sanctity’ during your lifetime; if to you everything sacred is secular, and you accept everything at its cynical market value, your ultimate destiny in the Hereafter will also become bound to this physical world of blatant reality, but not to the spiritual world-to-come. If you limit yourself and tie yourself solely to the material ‘here and now’ , you have lost any chance of learning to know and live in the transcendental.”


Is this a very scary threat? Scare tactics?

Issue Number 4:

However the following is more serious - “But when the father denies the infant his sacred traditional circumcision, he shuts a door in the child’s face. He will not allow that child, in its heavenly innocence, to ‘enter into the Covenant of Abraham’ with the Almighty… He rebels against the Almighty and against a historic people.

Issue Number 5:

“But the person who ‘gives the Torah meanings which are not in accordance with halachah, the normative law’ – he is worst of all. He is not content to rebel alone against the Almighty; he teaches others to follow his perverted way. He publicizes his errors, seeking to foment a movement… Unfortunately, this type of rebelliousness is very prevalent today….”  It “is neither scholarship nor salesmanship, but sheer rationalization of a life uncommitted to the Jewish tradition of the Divine, and its obligations.”Question: Are these sins serious enough to prohibit a person from entering the world-to-come?

Issue Number 6:

“Jewish thought has always distinguished between two types of sinners: the one who weakly succumbs to some overwhelming physical passion, and … [the one who] yields to temptation, [and] may still realize that what he is doing is wrong. He simply cannot control himself. In this situation there are aspects of hope: although today he has lost his willpower, man is free, and tomorrow he may regain it. …eventually the war may be won. Furthermore, sinners of this type are regarded more favourably in Jewish law when they seek forgiveness. The stern measures of the Bible are not intended as vengeance or reprisals; they are laws for expiation and atonement, for ‘settling your account’.”

“Thus the person who succumbs to his passions has three hopeful elements in his situation: (1) He can admit in honesty that what he did was wrong. (2) There is hope that he can return to consistent, dependable goodness and decency. (3) By accepting punishment, he is forgiven.”

“For the rebellions sinner, however none of these is very valid. Since he has a ‘philosophy’, a rationale for what he does …Because he has despised the word of the Lord and has broken His commandments, that person shall be utterly cut off … removal from this world and from the world-to-come.


With modern psychology, we often excuse sin on the basis of a person’s upbringing, genes, or culture. Is the idea of a “sinner” still a valid or worthwhile  concept?

Visions of the Fathers

Why does this section say that he who humiliates his fellow in public, or who perverts the meaning of Torah etc , though he has studied all his life, not have a share in the World-to come? Because this shows arrogance and although he might have studied Torah and obeyed every small commandment, he has learned nothing. He doesn’t lose his portion of the world-to-come but never had it, as he has learned nothing from all his studying and obeying the letter of the law. “Anyone whose attitude is such that committing any of these transgressions does not bother him enough to make amends does not earn a share in the World-to-Come.”  

Question 1:

Does attitude and feelings take priority over knowledge in Jewish Morality?

Question 2:

Is the purpose of Torah study to learn compassion and understanding rather   than to unite with God, or is it the same thing?

The Wisdom of Judaism (Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins)

Charity is Better than Sacrifice

“Giving tzedakah is greater than all the sacrifices in the world. Sukkah 49b

Tzedakah must come with caring

“Tzedakah is only complete when it comes with kindness.”

“… in Christianity a person gives {charity} because of a sense of compassion, while in Judaism a person gives because it is a duty, a commandment.”

“So much ink has been laid to parchment on the subject of tzedakah in the Jewish tradition, because it sums up all the values that our ancestors lived by and aspired to - a society in which all are cared for, and all have food to eat, clothing to wear, and lodging to shelter them. This glorious ideal can rise above our worst fear - that life ends and we are no more. But tzedakah keeps us alive, because the human spirit is indestructible and eternal.”

Haimishe Humour - paraprosdokians

How do Jewish wives get their children ready for supper? They put them in the car.

Did you hear about the thieves that broke into the synagogue offices? They got away with over 2 thousand dollars in pledges.

Seen in the University of Texas student newspaper: Sweet, little old Jewish lady wishes to correspond with UT undergraduate.  Prefers six-foot male with brown eyes answering to initials: J.D.B.
Signed, His Mother.

Jewish Telegram: Begin worrying. Details to follow.

The President of the congregation went to visit the Rabbi in the hospital, who had just suffered a mild heart-attack.
He says, 'Rabbi, the board just voted 12 to 8 to wish you a speedy recovery.'

Why do Jewish Mothers make great parole officers? They never let anyone finish a sentence.

A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence, phrase, or larger discourse is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part.

Want more?

I find it ironic that the colours red, white, and blue stand for freedom, until they're flashing behind you.

Today a man knocked on my door and asked for a small donation towards the local swimming pool, so I gave him a glass of water.

Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.

I'm great at multitasking--I can waste time, be unproductive, and procrastinate all at once.
If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to blame.


Parshas Vayigash
Posted on June 7, 2002 (5762) By Rabbi Dovid Green
“And Yehudah approached him…” The Torah narrates the dramatic climax of the episode with Yosef and his brothers. Yosef deliberately frames his youngest brother Binyomin, “catching him” with his “stolen” silver goblet. “The one who was found with the cup will be my slave, and the rest of you will go up to your father in peace.”

We know from the previous parsha that Yehudah took full responsibility to bring Binyomin back from Egypt alive and well. It was up to Yehudah to appeal for his release from Yosef, who was disguised. “Please, my master, we only came down here to begin with to buy food…and my master asked us if we had a father or a brother…and you said to your servants ‘bring him (your brother) down to me so that I may see him. And we said to my master ‘the young man is not able to leave his father…’ And you told us ‘if you don’t bring your brother you may not see me again.’ And now how can I go back up to my father without the young man (Binyomin) with us? Their souls are very closely bound to one another.” Yehudah then suggested that he remain as a slave in Binyomin’s place, “lest I see the evil that will befall my father.” At that point Yosef was no longer able to contain his emotions, so he sent everyone out besides his brothers, and he began to cry, and he said “I am Yosef ” and he revealed himself to his brothers.

The S’fas Emes, Rabbi Yehudah Aryeh Leib Alter, explains that this episode between Yehudah and Yosef is an analogy to a deeper thought, and its message is applicable to us at all times as well.

The S’fas Emes explains that the name Yehudah comes from the Hebrew root word which means to thank or acknowledge. When Yehudah was born, the fourth child to Leah, she acknowledged G-d’s kindness to her in giving her this child, and she memorialized her feelings in his name. The name of a person is his essence. Yehudah’s essence is acknowledgement to G-d for everything – great or small, and the recognition of G-d’s involvement in all things. Yosef – because his identity was hidden from his brothers – represents the hidden quality – the G-dliness within everything.

The deeper meaning of the analogy: “And Yehudah approached him.” That means to say “Yehudah” employing his trait of acknowledgement and recognition that G-d was behind this event which was unfolding – “approached him.” When one views life with the uncompromising perspective that G-d is involved in everything (Yehudah), the end result is that the hidden hand of G-d will ultimately reveal itself (Yosef revealing himself).

We see that there is a way to break down barriers and to see a deeper truth contained within everything. Yehudah accomplished this with his attitude and approach to Yosef. I dare say that in our daily interaction with people the same is true.

A teacher I know once had a student whose family circumstances were somewhat complicated. She did not live with her biological parents. She was an intelligent girl, but she was not confident about her own abilities. Socially, things were not going very smoothly for her either. Her teacher was able to turn her around and make her a happier, more confident student in the following way. She would genuinely praise her saying that she was a source of pleasure for her. “You give me so much nachas (pleasure).” From the moment she began doing that, the child began putting in effort to maintain the perception which the teacher had created, and the relationship between student and teacher was very warm. The girl’s feeling that her teacher valued her so much even positively affected the way she carried herself and conducted her everyday affairs. I believe that this teacher succeeded in breaking down the barriers in this child, and tapped the potential greatness latent in her. She contributed to the good of this child in a very profound way, and I know that it lasted for many subsequent years.

When we unconditionally convey to a person that they are someone very special, we can break down the barriers and what will be revealed to us will exceed our expectations. This attitude never fails on some level — but only on the condition that it be genuine.

From the wise words of the Sfas Emes, we understand that there is always more to life than meets the eye. What we see at first glance is like a shell, and we can never benefit from what is contained under the shell if we think it is empty. Just as Yehudah was able to uncover the depth of his situation, so too should we endeavor to see beyond that which meets the eye.

Good Shabbos!
Rabbi Chaim Dovid Green
Text Copyright 2001 Rabbi Dovid Green and Project Genesis, Inc.

Historic Photos of the Jews (to be presented over the next number of weeks)

A few minutes of history so we never forget the hardships and ENJOY every moment of life.


Moving Forward Buchenwald Survivors Entering Israel, 1945

From Italy To The US, 1944


This image, taken by the photographer and writer, Ruth Gruber, depicts a group of Holocaust survivors attempting to enter the United States on a ship called the Henry Gibbins that was being hunted by the Nazis. These were the only refugees to be sheltered by the United States throughout the war.
Some notable passengers went on to do great things, such as: “Dr. Alex Margulies, who became a distinguished radiologist and contributed to Cat scan and MRI technology; Rolf Manfred, instrumental in developing the Minuteman missile and Polaris submarine; Leon Levitch who became a composer; and Dr. David Hendell who became a dentist and pioneered the bonding of teeth.”


Brothers On Their Way To Britain, circa 1946

(Author unknown - currently making the e-mail rounds as a ppt.)

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

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

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Tree of Life or

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Making a difference

to our shul
As everyone knows, with our shul’s new rabbi and new direction, we are making changes to our services and
programming, and becoming more of a community. The Board discusses procedures and suggested innovations on a monthly basis.
If you have any suggestions please give them, in writing to Sarah, and,if you wish to speak at our monthly Monday night
Board meeting about your ideas, concerns, or interests, again, please let Sarah know.
It is your shul.

We want and need your input.

Making a Difference

for Yourself
Rabbi Eli is eager and very happy to speak to our congregants on a one-on-one basis about personal or shul issues. As he has no official office hours, please call Sarah to make an appointment.
Rabbi Eli will return your call as soon as possible.


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New Year Speech to the Muslim World by Nonie Darwish


Today the Middle East is on fire, overrun and ravaged by terrorists and extremists who have no respect for their own governments or law and order. Groups such as ISIS and others brought back ancient barbarity that humanity had mistakenly thought it had transcended. We keep hearing that this has nothing to do with Islam and that Islamic terrorists are just a small number of misguided Muslims who misinterpret true peaceful Islam.
Middle Eastern governments-run schools still teach hate propaganda against the West, Jews and Christians. They still teach their children lies such as that Yasser Arafat died from poisoning by Jews. They still teach in their public schools that jihad is a holy war against non-Muslims; that killing apostates and honor killing of girls is a duty under Islamic law and those who do it will not be prosecuted, but will be rewarded with virgins by Allah. Muslim Imams spread their hatred and incitement right under the noses of the so-called moderate Muslim leaders, on your government-run television screens. Your religious leaders, whose salaries are paid by Islamic governments, stand before your media cameras and call on Muslims to stab, slam trucks, kill, rape and humiliate the kafir [non-Muslim], Jews, Christians and Pagans.



The world is upside down,

and Obama's final days as President

are both loony and dangerous. - Dry Bones

The Middle East Problem


It’s not hard to explain the middle east dispute…

One side wants the other dead.

Thanks ArthurZ for the late submission.

We need to be clear in calling out evil for what it is.


Heroine yzydyh walked between the mountains. 17 HOURS to escape isis rape.

Salute her. Look at her sole. Every step has meaning.

We don’t live in a bubble!

Sometimes we write to cope with things without realizing we're doing exactly that. Sometimes we write to examine feelings we aren't entirely sure how to express. Sometimes we write to catch the overflow of life pouring endlessly into us even after—especially after—we've hit a limit.

We don't live in a bubble and I can't say I'm surprised to see national discourse echoing in publishing, in bookish Twitter, in thousands of little ways in people's lives every day. With an election as important, and dangerous, and scary as this one, for those who live in the US (and honestly, for many who don't) the echoes are nearly impossible to avoid.

Jonathan’s Rant - take care of our own first

My letter to the editor was in the Jan. 3rd edition of the Toronto Star.

It was in response to an article about indigenous pregnant women in Northern Ontario who, because they live in small isolated communities, have no doctors and must travel to major Northern cities to have their babies. The Ontario government has refused to fund anyone to go with them so the women are living in a strange city with no friends or support until they give birth.
My Letter

Where are our priorities and our hearts? We spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on refugees from places like Syria. We don’t know their backgrounds or whether they will be good Canadian citizens and yet we pride ourselves on our compassion. Where is our compassion for indigenous people? They are Canadians, like us, needing some extra care because they live in our northern areas. We spend millions on hospital care for those who live in the larger Canadian cities. Indigenous people in the north are just as deserving. Let’s find the best way to make birthing easier in our Canadian north, set up effective procedures,and spend the required funds. Compassion should be shown equally to all Canadians and prior to compassion for refugee claimants.

Imagine universal equality

for all humans everywhere.


Lodzer Shabbat-Bulletin,
6 Jan 2017, 10:08