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Shabbat Bulletin - February 4, 2017

Charlie - please put this in the front in BIG letters.

Hello Lodzer colleagues,

I received a message from the shul office that one of our members, wishes to say Kaddish for her father, who passed away last week, for the period of Sheloshim.

As such, please try to make the 9 am Lodzer weekday minyan for next couple of weeks.

Good breakfast following the davening every morning.

Kind regards, Arthur

Hebrew Lessons?

We are progressing nicely  in arranging to provide Hebrew lessons for our membership.
If you are interested in learning either Biblical or modern Hebrew - at any level - or in teaching it, Please call Cathy Zeldin as soon as possible as she is finalizing arrangements.

Sacré Dieu - ça me fait chier!


“To the people who were injured, to the people of Quebec City, and all Canadians, I say rest assured that we will get to the bottom of matters. An act of violence of this nature has no place in Canadian society.”  (Prime Minister Justin Trudeau)

If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.

Thank heavens for little girls…

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The Mozuud Freedom Foundation proudly welcomed our first Project Abraham Yazidi family to Canada on Wednesday January 25th. Come to the next meeting on February 12 to find out what happens next.  cbc

We Remember Campaign - International Holocaust Remembrance Day

We, the Survivors, remember. How can those of us who witnessed firsthand the most barbaric and horrific acts against our people ever forget? We also remember, with gratitude, the many families who were honoured as Righteous Among the Nations for their courage and heroism.

As the number of Survivors dwindles, it is more important than ever that the horrors of the Shoah remain present in the public consciousness so they are never repeated. As Survivors, we’ve drawn enormous strength from the outpouring of support demonstrated through commemoration activities in Canada and around the world.  cija

This past January 27th hundreds of thousands around the world participated in the We Remember campaign.

It’s easy. Just take a photo of you, your family and your friends holding a sign that says ‘We Remember’ and then share it on social media with the hashtag #WeRemember.

We must pass the torch of remembrance to the next generation. Please reach out to friends, schools, churches, synagogues, youth organizations, and community leaders and encourage them to participate.


International Holocaust Remembrance Day is a day for everyone, no matter their religion or ethnicity, to remember the victims of the Holocaust.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day also commemorates all forms of Nazi Persecution, as well as subsequent genocides that have taken place in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

Yazidis in Iraq?

It falls on 27 January each year to mark the day that the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp was liberated in 1945.

Yom Hashoah | 27th of Nisan | April 23-24, 2017


Happy Birthdays to:

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

Feb. 5  Sam Nadler
Feb. 5  Faye Rotstein
Feb. 5  Esther Weisman
Feb. 6  Brenda Ladowski
Feb. 7  Ricki Black


GORNISHT - Call Sarah!


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

Feb. 5  Yochevet Band, mother of Brenda Ladowski
Feb. 6  Rose Edelman,

            grandmother of Nina Rubin and Gloria Riesel


Take Your Soul to Work - By Erica Brown

Day #114 - On Suffering:

“When people tell us that the only way to lead is by developing a thick skin and an iron stomach, we know that leading from within precludes that.”
Note: Leaders like Hertzl and Ghandi led from within.

Who can you connect to professionally

when you feel you are suffering?

Day #115 - On Shouldering a Load:
“Don’t tell your problems to people: eighty percent don’t care; and the other twenty percent are glad you have them.”

What load are you shouldering right now,

And can everyone tell?

Day #116 - On Charity:

Sadly, research shows that those who have more give less percentage-wise than those who have less. They are often too far removed geographically and mentally from needs, so they don’t see them. The needs are too far away from the corner office.”

How can you become a more charitable leader?



February 1

7:30-8:30 pm

Shul Kiddush



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


February 4

8 Shevat



9:12 AM

Led mostly 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: Exodus -  Bo

1: 10:1-3 (pg. 248)
2: 10:4-6
3: 10:7-11
4: 10:12-15
5: 10:16-23
6: 10:24-29
7: 11:1-3
maftir: 11:1-3


Jeremiah 46:13 - 46:28 (pg. 263)

Candle Lighting: 5:14 p.m. – Friday

Havdalah: 6:23 p.m. – Saturday



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 11

15 Shevat



9:12 AM

Led mostly by

Frank Steiman

Please help us out by coming early…

We need a minyan to start!


9:30 AM



Should we build a wall?


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 12

7:30 PM

Darchei Noam

864 Sheppard W



Film - Mekonen:

A Journey of An African Jew

Mekonen was fortunate to attend the Hodayot High School, which educates children from troubled backgrounds and helps integrate them into Israeli society. Mekonen became a decorated officer in the IDF, while staying true to his Ethiopian roots and culture.

Mekonen is an uplifting and inspiring film that will move audiences and show viewers that anything is possible with the right attitude, tools and support.

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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 9



April 19

Book Early!


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April 9-19, 2017

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April 11

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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


August 7



August 16


Payment in full is due

April 6


the Baltic States

With Rabbi Eli

August 7-16, 2017

Full details at


Seize the opportunity!


Hebrew Lessons?

Hello! Shalom!


(F) What is your name? ma shmech?

מַה שְׁמֵךְ?

(M) What is your name? ma shimcha?

מַה שִׁמְךָ?

See you. Have a wonderful day!
lehitraot. yom nifla!

לְהִתְרָאוֹת. יוֹם נִפְלָא!

Thanks. toda.


Study Hebrew at the Lodzer

Hi Everyone,

We are hoping to offer conversational Hebrew at the Lodzer, if there is enough interest among our shul members, their family and friends.  We have a teacher who can offer two classes, one for those who read Hebrew and a 2nd class for those who don't.


If you, or someone you know is interested in meeting one evening a week to study Hebrew please respond to  Please state your best guess at your level and which evening works best for you.  The cost depends on the number of people so cannot be determined until we have students.

Thanks, Cathy

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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Tel Aviv, often called “the city that never stops,” was the first modern Jewish city built in Israel, and is the country’s economic and cultural center. It is a lively, active city with entertainment, culture and art, festivals, and a rich night life.
Situated on a 14-kilometer-long strip on the Mediterranean seacoast. Hundreds of thousands of workers, visitors, tourists, and partygoers move about the city each day until the early hours of the morning, seeking out the city’s nightclubs, restaurants, and centers of entertainment.

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Israel Adventure 2016 | Promotional Video

Israel is worth your time. Its sights, ranging from Biblical ruins to Crusader fortresses to WWII memorials to cosmopolitan cities, are breathtaking. Israel is also easy to tour — its excellent bus system puts any city within reach.  Why Visit Israel?


Pirke Avoth Perek 3 Mishnah 18

Note 1: The sections in regular type 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. All relate to Mishnah 18.  The Questions are my own.

He used to say: Beloved is man, for he was created in the image of God; but it is by a special love that he was informed that he was created in the image of God, as it is said: For in the image of God did He make man. Beloved are the people Israel, for they were called children of the Omnipresent [God]; but it is by a special love that they were informed that they were called children of the Omnipresent [God], as it is said: you are children to the Lord your God. Beloved are the people Israel, for to them was given a precious instrument of delight [the Torah]; but it is by a special love that they were informed that to them was given the precious instrument, with which the world was created, as it is said: For I give you good knowledge; do not forsake My Torah.

“In this Mishnah Rabbi Akiba reveals the very heart of Jewish thought about the uniqueness of man and Jewry … he differs with the secular, profane view that man is no more than an advanced animal, and Judaism is merely an exotic type of religio-national culture … Judaism sees the human being as ‘created in the image of God’. This gives him an irreducible, inviolable value, an esteem and a sanctuary; it is his inherent source of divinity and respect.  … this element of Divinity in man is the basis for all the love, consideration and respect which the Torah commands us to extend to our fellow, to every human being. It is the common Fatherhood of one God which established irrevocably the brotherhood of man.”

Question 1: Is the idea that others people are spiritual beings,  the origin of the idea  of helping your fellow man?

Question 2: How should this influence how we think about people?

“Another important ethical consequence of this doctrine is the principle of imitatio Dei: man must imitate, model himself after the Almighty. If we have within us an element of Divinity, we have perforce the obligation and the ability to emulate the ways of our Creator.”

“But unless we were told about it, we would not know of any resemblance or correspondences between man and his Maker. The existence of a Divine soul, a Godly element, cannot be proven by logic or shown to follow as a necessary conclusion from empirical data or facts. Therefore, says Rabbi Akiba, ‘it was out of special love that this was made known to him’ … And so, in revealing that there is a Divine image in man, the Torah indicates that Heaven bears man a special love. But this imposes an obligation and a responsibility on the human being, for it means: You are not an ape, nor yet a biological accident: you are a being made in the image of God. You must act accordingly. You must treat others accordingly.”

Question 1: Does the suggested relationship between lack of proof of a soul and a “special love” make logical sense?  Is the special love idea simply a clever idea to prove an assumption of man’s superiority to the animal world?  Alternatively is it a method of convincing Jews to act properly?

Question 2: Does “Special love” require reciprocity, obedience or gratitude?

“Now what element or aspect of man shall we identify as, in essence, the ‘image of God’? … man’s reason’ … ‘man’s self-transcendence’, “his ability to reflect on himself and his destiny”…’human creativity’ … ‘the gift of expression’”. “In creating man , He endowed him with a composite nature that holds within itself a totality of many forces and characteristics.” Man is unlike the animals who have only one dominant characteristic such as courage (the lion), audacity (the leopard), or industry (the ant)…. “the animal’s characteristics are predestined and fixed according to his species. His character is part of his inborn instinctual nature. … The human being however, can function with everyone these characteristics and also its opposite. This is the basis of man’s freedom, but it also forms a basis for the anxieties of ambivalence and doubt with which man must struggle.”

“Only man can set a limit to his actions and decide when he has had enough; he can even oppose and rebel against his very instincts, in the search for higher levels and goals of development… As long as man cultivates the ‘image of God’  within himself and lives up to it, the animal kingdom will respect and fear him.  

Comment: Rabbi Akiva doesn’t give credit to how complex animals are. Dogs, cats, monkeys and whales show a tremendous range of emotions and mental and physical activities.

“But when man ignores the ‘image of God’  within himself and flows farther and farther away from it, then the lower orders of Creation see only another animal before them, and the law of the jungle prevails.”

Comment: He might really be saying that when people stray from Torah or a moral path, they see everyone else, and everyone sees them, simply as animals, not as people with a divine spark. The result would be a discordant society.

“For the Jew, though, there is a further height to attain. Like all men, he must fully develop his humanity; but he must also fulfill his special obligations as a Jew; Torah is his responsibility and his sanctity.  “Be you holy, for I am holy.”

“For this reason Rambam emphasizes that when the human  being acts to satisfy any of  his physical needs, he does so with the appetite portion of his human soul. Although he apparently does the same thing that an animal does, it is still a human being, in the image of God who is acting for the sake of living and functioning as a human being.”

“Since man’s Divine image expresses itself in all his activities, then all his activities must be endowed and imbued with holiness; all his actions as a human being bear the imprint of his spiritual source.”

Beloved are the people Israel, for they were called children of the Omnipresent God.

“… to be called a firstborn son implies having special privileges and rights, while the verse in Deuteronomy , calling us simply his children, implies responsibility. As the children of God, we are not simply guaranteed redemption out of the depths of bondage and persecution, but more important,through the trials and tribulations of our history we bear a responsibility: As His own people, His ‘children’ we are inescapably subject to specific tasks, rigorous standards and instant punishment…. To be children of God implies a great comfort and security. It denotes a personal loving relationship. A person who leaves the world returns to his Father. We, the living, are indeed saddened and grieved that a loved one has departed: but death is certainly not an occasion for hysteria and frenzy.”

“The human being that has passed on, after a life of achievement, has returned home and been elevated to a higher realm of being. If anyone is to be bewailed, it is the living rather than the dead.”

“True you have lost your parent, but there is higher, greater Father who is no less concerned no less interested, no less loving for all His transcendence and the vast number of His children. …This relationship and bond of love holds in prosperity and in adversity, in life and in death, in obedience or rebellion.” “ Examine our history, read of our past and our present, and you will see that every weapon forged against us has not succeeded - for the Father has stood by his children.

Question 1: Is this true and does it give us comfort?

Question 2: Does God support us as a nation, but not individually?

Beloved are the people Israel, for to them was given a precious instrument

… as it is said, For I give you good knowledge (lekah): Forsake not my Torah.

The Torah is an instrument in a double sense. On the one hand it is the means through with the human being, in his totality, is to be educated and developed , refined and ennobled so that he may be imbued with the Hold Spirit in his lifetime and go on to immortality in the Hereafter. On the other hand, Torah is the instrument, the blueprint with which the world, the entire cosmos was created. The Midrash compare the Almighty in His work of Creation to an architect… as the Gaon of Vilna interprets, ‘I have given you good knowledge’ - the Written Torah; ‘do  not abandon My Torah,’ the Oral tradition, which preserves and transmits the  true meaning and import of the Written Torah.”

Question: How does this belief influence your reading of and respect for the Torah?

“So too did he Supreme Ruler of the universe distribute to each nation and group in the world , one of His values, on of His enterprises: to the Greeks He bequeathed the Arts; to the Romans, military skill; the Frence He endowed with a sense of beauty and the British with a flair for colonization. Each nation has an inheritance. To the people Israel, however the Almighty has given the enterprise with which  He is primarily identified, the enterprise which is the key to all the others. We received the ‘precious instrument’ of Torah, with its priceless ethics and morals, justice and righteousness.”

Question: Is Jewish morality, justice and righteousness a cultural trait like those named for the above other nations and if so are we individually or nationally morally “better” than the other nations?

“The decision to choose the people Israel had began to form when Abraham first turned to the true God, to discover and to worship him. At their magnificent response before Mount Sinai, the Almighty granted them not only His love by giving them His Torah, but His ‘special love’ by revealing to them that this is His ‘precious instrument.”

“Having accepted it as the mainstay of our lives, we must especially heed the warning ‘ do not abandon my Torah.” Although our enemies have tried to take it away through kindness, emancipation, equal rights, acceptance to universities, and sometime force and violence,  the charge not to abandon the Torah remains. “While many (nations or individuals) might desire and yearn for the Torah, not everyone is ready to endure its demands and live up to it.”

“ … the Torah and its precepts were given not to angels nor to impractical dreamers, but to human beings, so that we can ‘live by them’ as the Torah itself says. And it is the Oral Torah which shows us how the Written Torah may be interpreted, observed and lived.”

Question: Does “live by them” have different meanings for Orthodox and Conservative Jews?

… the mussar movement … emphasizes “motives,  heightens our sense of guilt and lays bare our underlying weakness -  in order to lead us the better on the path of godliness”… The Hassidic movement emphasizes “optimism , joy  and enthusiasm before the Creator … all are true children of the Almighty; and we have and love the ‘precise instrument’ of Torah, surely it is cause for happiness.  “Both paths lead to faith and worship.”  “What is important is that we have a derech, a clear consistent pathway to God, and follow it. Let the wicked man forsake his way. His way is not a derech, a pathway at all.  For it leads nowhere.

Question: Do we each have a conscious pathway that  includes both what we want to do and who we want to be ; and does this pathway change with each different stage of our lives?

The Wisdom of Judaism (Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins)

Kindness to Animals

“One must not put any food in one’s mouth, until the  animals have been fed - Gittin 62a

“There is the (Yiddish) expression that only a horse walks in the middle of the road.”


“Always let your left hand push away , and your right hand pull toward you.”  Sotah 47a
“A seasoned , thoughtful, and carefully considered approach is usually what is called for.”


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.


Haimishe Humour - circa 1890

A beggar who trespassed once too often on the kind-hearted rabbi’s generosity, threatened that unless he received further assistance he would go to the Society for the Conversion of Jews and become a Christian.

Dr. Adler became obdurate and dismissed him, saying that he hoped he would make a better Christian than Jew.

The beggar left the office but was summoned back by the chief rabbi's beadle.

He returned, jubilantly expecting to make his own terms with the "Rab"

The latter, however, calmly said: "I am afraid that if you walk to the society's office you will have time to change your mind. I'll send you there in a cab"

The beggar made himself scarce.

obdurate: stubbornly refusing to change one's opinion or course of action
beadle: a minor parish officer dealing with petty offenders

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.


Perhaps one of the most gorgeous photos ever taken at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum in Jerusalem. This image shows a young religious Jew looking up into the Hall of Names, an exhibit in the museum.


American soldiers who liberated Europe are having the High Holiday services in the former home of nazi Joseph Goebbels (yemach shmo v'zicharon) after his death. What an unbelievable photo this is.

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

y'mach sh'mam v'zicharon: may their names and memories be obliterated


Parshas Bo - A Generous Dose of Encouragement
By Rabbi Label Lam

And they went and they did, the Children of Israel, just as HASHEM had commanded Moshe and Aaron so they did! (Shemos 12:28)
They went and they did: The verse credits them even for their going, giving reward for their going as well as for the doing. (Rashi)

We learn here from the extra words, “and they went”, that they were creditted for going to get the sheep for the sacrificial lamb- the Korbon Pesach. Otherwise why would the Torah have to furnish us with that extra information that they had gone to do. Of course they went! The sheep are not presumed to come to them. Very nice! Now we have a great lesson to contemplate upon and realize in our lives. There is reward in the going, not just in the doing. Every step of the process is also part of the total accomplishment. However, the question lingers, “Why here and now?” Why at this first baby step when the Jewish Nation is waking up to the responsibility and risks involved with doing Mitzvos, do we learn this particular point?

Years back when I was making a Bris for my oldest son I found myself wondering, as the date was approaching, about the idea of celebrating a Bris. It’s not just the cost of catering that concerned me, but the joy involved. People were coming from far away, leaving at early hours to be there on time. We do a surgery on the little fellow and everyone shouts “Mazel Tov!” If you were coming out of the hospital from surgery for an ingrown toenail, you would not expect to be greeted at the hospital with white fish. The covenant part I think I get but where is the kindliness in this act that requires some brute force, pardon me? Avraham Avinu was the paradigm of kindliness and yet he launched this generational program all according to the Commandment of HASHEM, the ultimate source kindliness. Even if we want to say that Avraham was being tested in an area not his speciality, and that going against his nature was the biggest part of the accomplishment, then why celebrate?

Where is the kindliness embedded in this seeming unkind cut? At the Bris I attempted to give expression to the question in the following way:
The Talmud (Shabbos) tells us that when King David went to the bathhouse he became anxious in one moment. He was painfully aware that no Mitzvos accompanied him there. No Mezuzah, no Tefillin, and no Tallis are on display in such a place. One is not permitted to learn Torah or even think Divrei Torah in the Mikva. Then when he was comforted when he realized that he was affixed since his earliest days, with a permanent Mitzvah, a Bris Milah. That calmed his nerves. What was the source of his terrible fear? There is an inertia factor in Mitzvos. Violations invite violations. Mitzvos inspire more Mitzvos. There’s no such thing as just standing still. One is either climbing or sinking like the angels on Yaavov’s ladder. Traffic is going either up or down. No one is parked in his place!

A seminary teacher of my wife told the girls before they came back to America, that they should learn for at least five minutes each day because, “a bird that stops flapping its wings does not stay in the same place!” David had to assume he was falling! How does one reverse course? How does one get started? When there’s a blackout, you need a light to find a-light. When broke, one needs money to make money, and so too, to do a Mitzvah one needs the merit of a Mitzvah. That’s what consoled David. He had that first Mitzvah, he realized to launch him onto a career of Mitzvos. That could be the Chessed, the ultimate kindliness of the Bris. A Jewish child with a Bris has the first Mitzvah to get the inertia moving in that direction of moving closer to HASHEM through Mitzvos.

It makes sense that this idea of a reward “going” is learned where the Jewish People are getting started, when they were “naked”-void of Mitzvos. It is usually in these beginning stages that the need for a reward for any initial movement is so critical like a generous dose of encouragement.
DvarTorah, Copyright © 2007 by Rabbi Label Lam and

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.


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

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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.


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.


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

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Micromanaging Judaism

Judaism is more than a religion, it is a way of life. Standards of practice have been created which have been codified in the Shulchan aruch (Code of Jewish Law). These laws spell out what the conduct of the Jew should be from the moment he/she opens their eyes in the morning until his/her head touches the pillow at night.  Some Jews still follow prescribed laws while others are unaware that these laws exist.  It therefore becomes imperative that questions be asked even by the most ardent Jews about these laws.

I would like to thank both Rabbi Eli and Judy for taking our questions “To tell the truth” style.  Today, we are able to get our answers from so many sources, it’s hard to know who is telling the truth. Couple that with confirmation bias and real truth is irrelevant.

I would like to enhance on the question that I asked this last Shabbos.

Question: When getting up in the morning, is there an order, in the way to dress oneself?

Donning and removing clothing

When putting on clothes, one should clothe the right side (i.e., arm or leg) before the left. When tying one’s shoes, however, one should tie the left shoe first. A left-handed person should reverse this order.

One should be careful not to wear clothes inside out, as this can cause people to look at the wearer with disdain.  Also, one should not put on two articles of clothing at once.

When removing one’s clothes, one should remove the clothes from the left side (arm or leg) before the right. In addition, in order to maintain modesty even in private, one should cover oneself (e.g., with a sheet or blanket) while changing.

We are instructed to use our right hand (or right side) for many religious rituals

We find in several places in the Torah that the right hand (as well as the right side in general) is considered the more prestigious.

  1. The mezuzah is affixed on the right side of the doorway.

  2. A scribe must write Torah Scrolls and other holy writings with his right hand.

  3. We cover our eyes with our right hand when saying the Shema (in order to enhance concentration).

  4. When washing hands upon arising or before eating bread, we start with the right hand.

  5. We hold the kiddush cup in the right hand.

  6. When blowing the shofar, we hold the horn to the right side of the mouth.

  7. Some have a custom to clasp their hands while praying the Amidah(as a sign of supplication)—the right hand over the left.

  8. When holding a Torah Scroll, we hold it on our right side.

  9. When the chazzan goes from the front area of the synagogue to the bimah or vice versa, he takes the path to his right.

  10. While saying a blessing on a food or mitzvah, we hold the item in the right hand.

In Non-Ritual Matters

The right side is also given precedence in mundane activities. Several examples:

  1. The right side represents the side of good. We clothe our right arm as previously indicated, leg and foot before the left arm, leg and foot, respectively. When removing our clothes, we do the opposite. We remove the left arm, leg, etc., from their respective garments and only then de-clothe the right. It is considered respectful that the right side remain clothed longer

  2. We wash the right arm, etc. before the left.

  3. If on the road and one has a choice which way to go and is unsure what to do, one should turn to the right.

Does #3 apply in England,

where you drive on the wrong side of the road?

The Reason

We show deference to the right side because the Torah specifies to use the right side on various occasions. The Me'iri explains that the right side represents the side of good, and by giving it precedence we remind ourselves to follow the right path. Kabbalistically, the right side represents the side of chesed (kindness), which is supposed to prevail over the left side, which represents gevurah (discipline).


There are various exceptions to this rule. Some of them:

  1. We put tefillin on our left arm.

  2. Since in regards to tying the tefillin, the Torah gives importance to the left side, our sages said that when tying our shoes (or any other set of garments that need to be tied), we tie the left first.

  3. When cutting the nails, we start with the left hand.

  4. Men hold their tzitzit in their left hands when reciting the Shema in the morning, in order that the fringes should be against the heart.

  5. When taking three steps back after completing the Amidah, we begin with the left foot (to indicate that it is difficult for us to depart from the presence of G‑d). Then, after taking the steps back, we first bow to the left (the right side of the Divine Presence whom we are facing), and then to the right.

  6. When putting down one's head for tachanun (the supplicatory prayers after the Amidah) of the afternoon service, we rest our head on the left arm. This in order to honor the Divine Presence which is on our right side. In the morning, when praying with tefillin, we rest our head on the arm that is not garbed with tefillin.

  7. We lean to the left at the Seder table, in order to free the right hand with which we eat. In addition it is considered dangerous (for health reasons) to lean to the right side.

  8. When kindling the Chanukah menorah we begin with the leftmost candle and proceeds to the right.

We use the right hand to tie the tefillin on the left We don tefillin on the left arm because of the extra letter "hei" at the end of the word "yadchah" ("your arm") in Exodus, when discussing the mitzvah of tying tefillin on the arm. The Talmud therefore reads this word as "yad keiheh"—"the weaker arm." Other opinions in the Talmud learn this law from the juxtaposition of the command to write the mezuzah near the mitzvah of tefillin teaching us that the hand used for writing is the hand that should be used to tie the tefillin. This means that we use the right hand to tie the tefillin on the left.

Several reasons are suggested as to why the left arm is chosen for tefillin:

  1. Because the right arm is generally used for mundane tasks, the left arm is chosen for this mitzvah.

  2. The right (more dexterous) arm is suitable to bind the tefillin on the left arm.

  3. One of the reasons for tefillin is to recall the Exodus, and we bind the tefillin on the arm to recall "G‑d's strong arm" that He used to punish the Egyptians. The "strong (punishing) arm" is G‑d's left one.

  4. The tefillin help us subjugate our hearts (and minds) to G‑d. As such, it's appropriate that they be placed on the left side—opposite the heart.

  5. The right side represents physical strength. The left side represents intellectual achievement (as signified by the fact that the heart is on the left side). We place the tefillin on the left side to indicate that we are trying to overcome our physical desires through our intellectual understanding (of G‑d).

  6. We put the tefillin on the weaker side to teach us that we have no power to accomplish anything on our own; whatever we achieve is only with the strength given to us by G‑d.

Tefillin for a Left-Handed or Ambidextrous Person

The Talmud says that a left-handed person puts the tefillin on his weaker arm, i.e., his right arm.

An ambidextrous person puts tefillin on his left arm. If he uses his right arm for writing and he does everything else with his left arm, or vice versa, there's disagreement between various halachic authorities regarding the correct arm for putting on tefillin. In practice, in the first case one wears the tefillin on the left arm; whereas in the second case, one puts them on the right arm.

Left-Handed People with Regards to Other Mitzvot

Mitzvot that are done with the right hand, a left-handed person does with his left hand

In most cases, those mitzvot that are done with the right hand (or side), a left-handed person does with his left hand. Since his left hand is stronger, it represents the same thing that the right hand represents for a right-handed person.

The following things should be done by a left-handed person on/with his left side:

  1. Clothe and wash the left side of the body first.

  2. Wash the left hand first when washing for bread or upon arising in the morning.

  3. Hold the kiddush cup in the left hand.

  4. Hold the lulav in the left hand and the etrog in the right hand.

  5. Step back after the Amidah with the right foot first (if he is left-footed).

  6. Hold food or mitzvah items in the left hand while reciting the blessing.

The following things, however, should be done by a left-handed person in the same way that a right-handed person does them:

  1. Mezuzah on the right side of the doorway.

  2. Cover the eyes with his right hand when saying Shema, so that he can hold his tzitzit with his left hand—opposite the heart.

  3. After the Amidah, bow to the left side first (corresponding to the right side of the Divine Presence).

  4. Put his head down for tachanun on his left arm (for the same reason).

  5. Lean to the left at the Seder, for health reasons as mentioned above.

  6. Hold the shofar to the right side of the mouth.

  7. A left-handed kohen turns around to bless the congregants the same way a right-handed kohen does.

  8. Hold a Torah scroll on his right side.

  9. Walk to the right as he walks to the bimah or the Ark, if he is a chazzan carrying the Torah.

Thanks Isi,

What side of the bed do you get up from?

When you don’t dress like everyone else,

you don’t have to think like everyone else.

(Iris Apfel)


Charles Greene,
31 Jan 2017, 21:39