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Shabbat Bulletin - January 28, 2017



It’s Always Good News when we host an event at the Lodzer

On Sunday evening, Joe Warmer gave a fascinating lecture on Mahal, those Jews, including Joe, mostly veterans of WW2, who volunteered to fight for Israel in the 1948 war, and who made a substantial difference in the outcome. It was reasonably attended by the community, including MPP Monte Kwinter and Alan Herman of CIJR Toronto./ju

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This past Sunday the Lodzer hosted:  “Canadian Vets volunteer to secure the 1948 Israeli borders” - Joe Warner

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Thanks to all who came out and thanks to Arthur and Jonathan for organizing and sponsoring the event.

(Enjoy the video once it becomes available on our youtube channel)


Show your support, by attending future Lodzer hosted events.

90% of being Jewish is Just Showing Up


If you or your friends in the Lodzer community would like us to present a particular program, please let us know. At the moment we are presenting excellent programs for the general Jewish community, but from the attendance figures, not for our members./ju




The Mozuud Freedom Foundation is proud to welcome our first Project Abraham Yazidi family to Canada on Wednesday January 25th. For more information, please contact Debbie Rose.




Join Rabbi Eli for Pesach in Southern Italy

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Take your Soul to Work, by Erica Brown p. 101

“Thousands of years ago, a famous Jewish sage, Rabbi Yossi, was walking down the road, when he encountered a blind man carrying a torch. Rabbi Yossi thought his behaviour was foolish. What use can a torch have for a man who all his life walks in darkness? He asked the blind man why he carried the torch. “Rabbi, this torch is not so that I can see you. It is so that you can see me. When you can see me in the darkness, you will also be able to see the dangers in the road. That is why I carry this torch.
At that moment, the blind man became the sage while the sage was in the dark. Leading is about carrying the torch: adding, assisting, supporting and creating the conditions for others to achieve their dreams.”



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Happy Birthdays to:


Jan. 31  Esther Bloch
Feb. 3   Anna Brand
Feb. 3   Rafael Moshe



Anniversaries


Jan. 16  Shabbat eBulletin is one year old. Rabbi Eli, tells the story of the use of a Swedish Log Candle Stove to boil a kettle of water for tea.

“Transformative Change”


Yahrzeits


Jan. 23  Susan Pasternak, wife of Leon
Jan. 24  Brenda Grossman, mother of Matthew
Jan. 25  Hinda Daniels, mother of Dina Wolfe
Jan. 25  Rose Kliger,

             mother of Debbie Spigelman & Frieda Walton
Jan. 27  Louise Yellin, sister of Susan Yellin

Jan. 28  Pearl Steiman, mother of Frank
Jan. 29  Manya Garfinkel, mother of Barbara Peters
Jan. 29  Henry Rotberg, father of Cheryl Klein
Feb. 1   Louis Hercberg, father of Helen Storm
Feb. 3   Abraham Jackson, father of Simon
Feb. 3  Elik Lew, father of Sidney

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We no longer alternate with Beth Radom for
Sunday morning prayers.


Come savor the pageantry of taking the Torah out of the ark.

Join the Lodzer Minyanaires!




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Wednesday,

January 25


7:30-8:30 pm


Shul Kiddush

Rm

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This is an excellent program that has been going on for many years.
Please show your support of the class; the significance of Torah; and the importance of Torah study, by attending./ju

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

Wednesday,

January 25


7:30pm


Beth David

Boardroom

Raid on Entebbe (1976)

January is Movie Month

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Please support

Lodzer programming

when possible.

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Saturday,

January 28


1 Shevat


Shabbat

Rosh

Chodesh

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Let’s Dance!


Birkot

ha-Shachar

9:12 AM


Please help us out by coming early…

We need a minyan to start!


Yishtabach

9:30 AM

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Torah Times

Torah Reading: Triennial Year 1

Parashat: Exodus - Vaera

1: 6:2-5 ( pg. 232)
2: 6:6-9
3: 6:10-13
4: 6:14-19
5: 6:20-25
6: 6:26-28
7: 6:29-7:7
maftir: Numbers 28: 9 -15 (pg. 695)

Haftarah:
Isaiah 66:1 - 24 (pg. 944)


Candle Lighting: 5:04 p.m. – Friday

Havdalah: 6:14 p.m. – Saturday


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Saturday,

February 4


8 Shevat


Birkot

ha-Shachar

9:12 AM

Led mostly by

Frank Steiman


Please help us out by coming early…

We need a minyan to start!


Yishtabach

9:30 AM

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Sign, sign everywhere a sign...

On a Septic Tank Truck:
Yesterday's Meals on Wheels

At an Optometrist's Office:
"If you don't see what you're looking for,
You've come to the right place.”

On a Plumber's truck:
"We repair what your husband fixed.”

At a Tire Shop in Milwaukee:
"Invite us to your next blowout.”

On an Electrician's truck:
"Let us remove your shorts.”

Outside a Muffler Shop:
"No appointment necessary. We hear you coming.”

In a Chicago Radiator Shop:
"Best place in town to take a leak.”

Sign on the back of another Septic Tank Truck:
"Caution - This Truck is full of Political Promises"



Thursday,

February 9

7:30 PM

Adath Israel

37 Southbourne Ave


Free Admission

Dessert Reception

included


416-635-5340

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.


Shirah

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.

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Saturday,

February 11


15 Shevat


Birkot

ha-Shachar

9:12 AM

Led mostly by

Frank Steiman


Please help us out by coming early…

We need a minyan to start!


Yishtabach

9:30 AM

x

x

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Sunday,

February 12

1 - 3 PM

Project

Abraham

Meeting


Shul Kiddush

Rm


Come meet with Yazidis

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(rpt:Mar5,Apr2,May7,Jun11)

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.

Thursday,

February 23

7:30 PM


Shul Kiddush

Rm

Book Chat

with Cathy Zeldin

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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,
Cathy

Thursday,

March 23


7:30 PM

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Shul Kiddush

Rm


Book Chat

with Cathy Zeldin

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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

Sunday,

April 9

to

Wednesday,

April 19



Book Early!

GamlaTours


Join Rabbi Eli for…

Passover in Campania


April 9-19, 2017


Pesach in Italy Village resort by the Tyrrhenian Sea in Campania, Southern Italy located between Naples and Rome. 200 private entrance townhouse-style apartments, soccer, volleyball, tennis courts, mini-golf, 2 swimming pools. Affordable vacation in Jewish environment with glatt kosher Italian cuisine, and abundant choice of day trips.

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Tuesday,

April 11

Time TBA


Shul

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Passover Seder
2nd Seder


Full Kosher Dinner
Full Seder Service
$75 per person


Limited Seats Available.

Reserve NOW. 416-636-6665

Monday,

August 7

to

Wednesday,

August 16


Travelodzer


Payment in full is due

April 6

Travel

the Baltic States

With Rabbi Eli


August 7-16, 2017


Full details at lodzer.ca


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Seize the opportunity!

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Hebrew Lessons?
A few people have indicated to me a desire to take Hebrew lessons - not necessarily to become proficient but to learn more of the language.
If you are interested in learning either Biblical or modern Hebrew - at any level - or in teaching it, Please contact Jonathan Usher./ju

Interesting life Events?
To become a closer, more knowledgeable community we would like to hear some of your stories - an interesting vacation or experience, your work or personal successes or failures, or an incident that changed your life or was significant in your life. Every life is interesting and unique, and we can all learn from, and enjoy, others’ experiences.  We encourage you to share yourself with the Lodzer community./ju




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!)


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Petah Tikva lies a few kilometers east of Tel Aviv. It does not have many entertainment venues or tourist attractions, but does have a number of points of interest for those into early Zionist history.

Founded in 1878, was one of Israel's first agricultural settlements. It has grown into one of Israel's largest cities and now has some of the best medical facilities in the Middle East (including Schneider, the best and biggest children's hospital in the region). Medical tourism to Petah Tikva is popular, especially from the former Soviet Union.

The road to Tel Aviv is often jammed. A subway along this route is being built, which is planned to open in 2021.

Dora and I meditated for some ten years with a woman who, when she became ill, returned to her late parents house (where she grew up) in Petah Tikvah. We visited her on her small farm which included a small parcel of land and the original chicken hutch. It was a large enough farm to eke out a living - but just. We didn’t see much of the city, as we took Israeli buses both from Jerusalem to get there and to return - which were also interesting experiences./ju

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Pirke Avoth Perek 3 Mishnah 17

Note 1: The “issue” sections are taken from Ethics from Sinai by Irving M. Bunim.  Some sentences of the text have been taken verbatim (in quotes) and others have been summarized. The “Questions” and the “Note” are my  own. All relate to Mishnah 17.  

Note 2: I have problems with most of the ideas in this Mishnah.

Rabbi Akiba said: Jesting and frivolous lightheadedness lead a man on to lewdness. The Massorah (tradition) is a fence to the Torah; the tithes are a fence to riches; vows are a fence to abstinence; a fence to wisdom is silence.

Issue 1: “Rabbah began every lecture of his with something, funny, to relax his disciples. But if joking and fun become an end in itself, a pattern of life, a mode of existence to constantly destroy seriousness and earnestness, it must lead to cynicism and brazenness, and eventually to immorality.”

“ … Laughter and levity accustom a person to certain thought; certain channels and patters of thinking become habitual … the implied sadism and brutality of slapstick comedy… cruel derision as a joke… double entendres and smutty nuances… the unsubtle allusions to filth and obscenity. All these implant suggestions and evoke ideas in our minds which supplant Torah. When a man absorbs and revels in lascivious and impure thoughts, immoral actions are sure to follow.”  

Question 1: Do we need to be more careful about our jokes?

Question 2: Is humour a harmless release of frustrations?

Question 3: In our shul are puns a distraction?


Issue 2:  Messorah  (tradition) is a fence to the Torah

A fence serves as a double purpose. On the one hand, it protects what is within from outside elements; on the other hand, it prevents whatever is within from overrunning its boundaries. “ The ‘fence’ that serves this double purpose for our Torah, is our sacred tradition. This is the oral interpretation of our written text that was faithfully handed down by Moses to Joshua, and then down through the generations until Rabbi Judah haNasi (the Prince) began to record it in writing in the form of the Mishnah. … It is this tradition that has protected our Torah against onslaughts from within and without. Outside forces have always  exerted pressure against us to abandon the Torah. At times brute force was used … Then there was the pressure of economic restrictions and discriminations, and later the lure of social acceptance and political emancipation.  The fence of Torah and tradition protects Jews from succumbing to outside forces such as pogroms and the inquisition, economic restrictions, discrimination, and “the lure of social acceptance and political emancipation. … Our ‘fence’ served its first purpose well.”

Question 1: Did the fence around the Torah hinder us from developing a better, more modern, Judaism?

Question 2: Did the fence, or our “differences” indirectly  promote   violence?

“But then, in almost every generation there arose from within the Jewish people ‘ thinkers’ who offered new interpretations of the Torah and attempted to effectuate a revolution in Jewish norms and values.” There were “the Sadducees and the Essenes, the Karaites, and the Maskilim… Every one of these movements fell by the wayside, and their devotees are no longer considered major living elements of the Jewish people….” “Reform and Conservative Judaism continue this history of schism today.”“Reform judaism suffers from the logical consequences of its own doctrines. By consciously imitating the Christian, by emphasizing universalistic values and underscoring brotherhood as the primary quality to seek and establish in religion, grandchildren of Reformed Jews are automatically pointed in he direction intermarriage, and they usually follow their noses.”

Definition of the Masorah by the internet dictionary:


Masorah -the collection of information and comment on the text of the traditional Hebrew Bible by the Masoretes.


Masoretes - any of the Jewish scholars from the 6th to the 10th century AD who contributed to the establishment of a recognized text of the Hebrew Bible and to the compilation of the Masorah.


Question 1: Is this Orthodox view of the Reform and Conservative helpful or true?

Question 2: Is learning good things from other religions a bad thing?

Question 3: If this is the Orthodox view of the Reform and Conservative,     do we have a problem or do they have a problem?

“Now, what exactly does the tradition do for us? It allows us to read and to properly understand the Hebrew text and the narratives and personalities in the text.”

“Indeed, the massorah is a fence around the Torah: it preserves and safeguards the sacred Word in its entirety, giving it its correct nuances, its correct flavours, its current meanings. With this safeguard Torah is proof against corruption, perversion and distortion.”

Question: Is it a garden fence or a prison wall?

Tithes are a fence to riches

A tithe (from Old English: "tenth") is a one-tenth part of something,

paid as a contribution to a religious organization or compulsory tax to government.

“The ruler of the universe rewards you for the tithe you give by blessing you with even more wealth , so that in turn you can give more.”

The idea is that if that you give 10%  more to charity G-d will reward you with a 10% better crop and if you give 10% less to charity, God take away 10% of your next year’s crop. Therefore tithing is a means to maintain your wealth.

“In the Book of Psalms we are told, ‘The lord is your shadow on your right hand.’ We well know how a person’s shadow behaves. When your hand is closed, your hand’s shadow is closed. When you open your hand, your hand’s shadow opens. This is the reciprocity with which the Almighty acts. If you open your right hand in generosity to the poor, the Almighty will open his treasures of blessing and plenty. But if you withhold your charity will stop giving too.”

This is confirmed in practice by massive spending helps national get out of a depression.

“In an ultimate sense, the ‘riches’ that you have, you do not really own, because you cannot take these things with you into your life in the Hereafter. The true ‘fence’ or protection for our riches is giving tithes, charity. By performing good deeds with our money we convert our ‘riches’ into a form of wealth that is permanent and enduring, and in a sense, ‘portable’: for, converting money into good deeds, we have a wealth of merit and virtue that will accompany us beyond the grave.”

Question: Do you agree with this in a direct or indirect sense?

Vows are a fence to abstinence.

Vows are usually not approved of as it is like saying that the restrictions in the Torah are not enough or that the Torah needs improvement.  By denying themselves, a person is “denying himself some of the pleasures which are G-d’s gift and blessing to humanity.” “The vow of abstinence could strengthen and reinforce a person’s resolve and effects to control his passions and tumultuous impulses. In this sense Rabbi Akiba says, ‘Vows are a fence to self–restraint.’”

“But if a person becomes a nazir out of sheer braggadocio, to show that he is more pious than the next man, or if he acts impulsively, in a fit of irrational masochism, or self–mortification, he acts sinfully.”

A fence to wisdom is silence

A wise man should remain silent in ordinary discussions since he may misspeak. “If he keeps quiet, his reticence will be interpreted as profound contemplation, or a sign that a conversation was not worthy of his learned participation. On the other hand, if he becomes drawn into a discussion, he may render a hasty judgment or utter an improper or unwise remark. If you have wisdom, protect it with a fence of silence.” “It has been well said, ‘The wise man knows what he speaks, but the fool speaks what he knows.’ People who do not pause to consider have a natural tendency to blurt out everything they know. More often than not, this is unwise and indiscreet. Often, in the give and take of social intercourse and ordinary conversation, it is better not to reveal yourself completely…. But ultimately , as the wise Solomon says, ‘there is a season for everything… a time to keep silent and a time to speak.’…

However, “In studying Torah it is necessary to give expression and articulation to thoughts that they should become clear, and fixed in the memory. Here we should indeed speak up, to fill our tongue and mind and heart with the word of God.”




The Wisdom of Judaism (Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins)

Sensitivity to Others

“If you did a little harm to your neighbour, let it be in your eyes as if it were much,
And if you did a great good to your neighbour, let it be in your eyes as if it were only a little.
And if your neighbour did a small good thing for you, let it be in your eyes as if it were a great thing.

And if your neighbour did a very bad thing to you, let it be in your eyes as if it were of little import.”
Avot d’Rabbi Natan 41:11


The statement is about two ways in which humans relate to others. The first involves perception, and the second involves ego. If we do a great deed, we will expect much in return. If we do only a little harm, we will consider it as unimportant.

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ABOUT DOV
Writer, lecturer - speaks all over the world on Judaism, psychology, environmental stories, etc. Co-author, CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE JEWISH SOUL (was on NYT Best-seller list), JEWISH STORIES FROM HEAVEN AND EARTH, JEWISH GUIDED IMAGERY, THE WISDOM OF JUDAISM - and many others. Winner, Jewish Book Council Award.

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Haimishe Humour - Israeli Airport Security Device

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Historic Photos of the Jews (one week to go)

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


A Beautiful Couple, circa 1970’s?

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Here’s a beautiful description of their journey in his own words: “They actually found a Rabbi to marry them in the camp when they learned they were getting separated. The next day they were split up to different camps and didn’t know if the other was alive for the remainder of the war. They found each other in 1945 and the rest is history.”

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This image, showing a Holocaust survivor looking into the eyes of her granddaughter, went a bit viral on Facebook.

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




Daily Minyan

Sunday – Friday: 9:00 am

Run by Arthur Zins - includes Breakfast following.


Come Daven, Fress & Schmooze,

then join in on a walk.


Saturdays: Shabbat Service

Birkot ha-Shachar 9:12 AM

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

includes Kiddush Luncheon


Cemetery plots for sale to members in good standing (three years minimum).

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

If you know anyone wanting a plot - the person can pay three years' membership dues and then be entitled to buy a plot.

This is an opportunity to purchase before prices increase.

Please call Sarah.


Contributions

Please consider sponsoring a kiddush, or contributing to the building, programming, or any specific interest fund.


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


Tree of Life or

Seat Plaques
Remember family and friends by purchasing a leaf on our tree of life or a sanctuary seat plaque.


Siddur Dedications

As you know, we now use the new-new siddur. For the low-low price of $18 per book these may be dedicated to your loved ones, yourself, family members and as gifts, or simply to support the shul.

Please call Sarah to purchase a book dedication.

Lodzer Sisterhood Cookbooks

Great Gifts – just $20 each

Contact the Office at

416-636-6665

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Chesed Committee

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

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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.


Executive

Jeff Shabes, President

Harvey Storm

Jonathan Usher

Morry Nosak

Marilyn Richmond                                

Board Members

Joe Ber

Henry Epstein

Roz Greene

Judy Hazen

Rafi Remez

Frank Steiman

Arnie Yudell


Honourary Member

Leon Pasternak


Rabbi Eli Courante

Cantor Marcel Cohen

B’aal Koreh:

Harvey Bitterman

Gabbais:

Arnie Yudell

Rafi Remez

Shabbat Handout:

Judy Hazen

e-Bulletin:

Charles Greene

Office Manager:

Sarah Senior


Website: lodzer.ca

Who we are - Contact Info

Memberships

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High Holy Days 2016

Rabbi’s Corner


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For submissions/feedback:

lodzercongregation@gmail.com


Help us get the word out:

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Lodzer Office

Sarah: 416-636-6665


For all business related e-mail:

lodzercentre@rogers.com


Office Hours

Monday through Thursday

9am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm

Friday

9am to 1pm




(Not only for…) Member Links


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RE, inspired - Moses at the burning bush

Up until now Moses on his own authority made himself ruler and judge over his fellow Israelites.

“Who am I?” he asks G-d.
- Moses already knew the answer. He could no longer be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He is an Israelite. He would deliver his people.

“Who are You?” Moses questions his commission.
- I will be as I will be.
Everything I've done to this point has made me the one to step up. It has been an investment for sure, but now I belong in the here and now.
- Together as individuals we are Israelites. When we stand up and do something, we invest in our future and we achieve.
- Moses would be the one to return to Egypt, confront the Pharaoh, and lead the Israelites out of Egypt.

Question:
Do you see coming to shul as an investment?


Shavua Tov.




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Parshas Vaera - Let My Person Grow!

Let’s envision the battle of Moshe and Pharaoh as an internal struggle within the psycho-system of one person. The struggle to let the Jewish people escape mirrors the conflict of every man and his huge reservoir of greatness being oppressed by the Lilliputians of daily minutiae. The Egyptian culture is our material make-up and the physical world around us. As Reb Yisrael Salanter said, “A person is a drop of intellect in a sea of instinct.” Moshe’s job, should he decide to accept it is to salvage that drop intellect; the last piece of personal sanity.


...the Lilliputians prefer to choose fools for office over wise men, because they want to avoid corruption. Their logic is that it's less evil for guys to make mistakes in office out of gross stupidity than for guys to make mistakes in office because of bribery and favoritism.


The genius of the human personality to remain irrationally addicted to the status quo in the face of clear evidence is manifest profoundly in the conflict. Each time Moshe calls another successful shot, Pharaoh and his wise men find some other loophole, no matter how minuscule, to escape. He holds his nation on a path of self-destruction but not to admit or submit. The music turned louder, the walls built higher, the pace of life quickens only not to hear the small voice of Moshe, the conscience whispering.


Religious intolerance


The story is not as old as we think. Consider the words of biologist Michael Denton; “It is the sheer universality of perfection, the fact that everywhere we look, to whatever depth we look, we find an elegance and ingenuity of an absolutely transcending quality which excels in every sense anything produced by the intelligence of man. Alongside the level of ingenuity and complexity exhibited by the molecular machinery of life, even our most advanced artifacts appear clumsy.”


The Jewish Struggle VS man's attempt to destroy G-d.

God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs. Dinosaurs eat man./JP


Even the words of Charles Darwin betray more than a particle of uncertainty in these words written only twenty years after publication of his “Origin of the Species” ; “There is still considerable difference as to the means, such as how far natural selection has acted or whether there exists some mysterious innate tendency to perfectibility.”


Anatomically, we’re far from perfect.

Darwin’s theory, (which it is not,) excels because of it’s simplicity.

Darwin’s writings after “Origin” were intended to appease the religious community.


There is the institutional inertia of social thinking and teaching to contend with as Hoyle described; “Once the whole of humanity becomes committed to a particular set of concepts, educational continuity makes it exceedingly hard to change the pattern.”


Welcome to Donald Trump’s brave new world.


Nobel Prize winning chemist Dr. Harold C. Urey admitted: “All of us who study the origin of life find that the more we look into it, the more we feel that it is too complex to have evolved anywhere. But we believe as an article of faith that life evolved from dead matter on this planet. It is just that its complexity is so great, that it is hard for us to imagine that it did.
George Wald who won the Nobel Prize for medicine wrote in Scientific American the following: The reasonable view was to believe in spontaneous generation; the only alternative was to believe in a single, primary act of supernatural creation. There is no third position. For this reason many scientists, a century ago, chose to regard belief in spontaneous generation as a ‘philosophical necessity’. I think a scientist has no choice but to approach the origin of life through a hypothesis of spontaneous generation. (He concludes) One has to contemplate the magnitude of this task to concede that spontaneous generation of a living organism is impossible. Yet, here we are, as a result I believe of spontaneous generation.” (Were their awards for accomplishments in science or philosophy?)


4.5 Billion years = spontaneous generation ?


Aldous Huxley, of “A Brave New World” fame in an essay titled “Confessions of an Atheist” bravely expressed the heart of Pharaoh’s hardened heart, “I had motives for not wanting the world to have meaning; consequently assumed that it had none, and was able without any difficulty to find satisfying reasons for this assumption. For myself, as no doubt, for most of my contemporaries, the philosophy of meaninglessness was essentially an instrument for liberation from a certain political and economic system and a liberation from a certain system of morality. We objected to morality because it interfered with our sexual freedom.”


Consider the words of the leader of a great modern state as Pharaoh in his time; “It is true that we are barbarians. That is an honored title to us. I free humanity from the shackles of the soul, from the degrading suffering caused by the false vision called conscience and ethics. The Jews have afflicted two wounds on mankind-circumcision on its body and conscience on its soul. They are Jewish inventions. The war for dominion is waged only between the two of us, between these two camps alone-the Germans and the Jews. Everything else is but deception.”


They persecute us for what we do right.


The story of them back then is the story of every man and now. The Pharaoh within is no fool nor peculiarly insane. He’s suffers from a common form of cognitive dissonance, rationalization, denial. The Moshe deep within us quietly proves his point and cries persistently even still, trying to bend Pharaoh’s ear and arm, pleading, “Please let my person grow!”


Lions and tigers, and Religious (in)Tolerance, oh my!


Text Copyright 1998 Rabbi Dovid Green and Project Genesis, Inc.


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“Charles Darwin” is a trigger best to be avoided.




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