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Shabbat Bulletin - March 18, 2017

Making Shul and Judaism an important part of our Lifestyle

Shabbat Shalom and best wishes to all my Lodzer friends,


I am delighted to join the Lodzer Congregation to celebrate Shabbat Parshat Vayakel on March 18th. We have enjoyed a very warm, friendly relationship that dates back to 2000 as this began my 9 year tenure as chazzan of the shul. It is interesting how the journey of life can bring one back home and the special connection we have cultivated over the years with concerts and programs is greatly appreciated.

I am pleased to bring a choral group with me to augment and enhance today’s service. Directed by Jonah Lazar, the group consists of Phil Drash, Reuven Grajner (known to many at the Lodzer), Israel David and David Kirshenblatt. Our 6th chorister Mel Perlmutter is away in Israel and is unfortunately unavailable.

In considering that we are now approaching the Pesach season, celebrating the holiday of freedom, we decided to have a theme of melodies and pieces that have an Israeli style flavor. That, together with congregational tunes that are known to most people will hopefully ensure a very lovely musical morning that will be spiritually uplifting and enjoyable for all of us.

Chazzan David Edwards

Cantor Gary Zener was our guest cantor last week.

How was he?

His singing was excellent and he is very personable - It was a very good and enjoyable service.

We are currently hosting guest Cantors as potential candidates for our shul. We invite you to attend and enjoy the experience. Your feedback, as always, is important and valuable!

Purim week-end

Once again very exciting and fun. The groggers were out in full force every day, the services as usual were light in tone and well done, and the tone-deaf choir, the talent show, and the singing of Tom (Jeff) Jones were quite "unique". The food was excellent and everyone had a very good time, singing, laughing, and appreciating the efforts of their family and friends.

Tributes in song and in lyrics were made to both the Lodzer Synagogue and Jeff for their upcoming milestone anniversaries… to the tune of “You are 60, going on 70”

Marcel joined in on a musical tribute to himself… And, why not? Your bulletin team needed all the help they could get. Thanks too, to the congregation for joining in. Special credit to Jonathan for the witty lyrics.

Best Costumes:

Jeff as Buzz Lightyear along with his sidekick Woody… “Howdy partner,” Marcel.

Talia’s niece as little red riding hood

Roz in her minion onesie

Rabbi Eli looking dapper in his all black Iconic Executive Chef Coat and Pill Box Skull Cap

Regarding Rabbi Eli’s Tone Deaf Choir:

“Sometimes an interesting picture is better than a technically correct one,” Yasher Koach!

Our very own Jeff went to the doctor with a strange complaint:

"Well it's like this Doc, when I drive to work in the morning through the country lanes I start to sing 'The green green grass of home'.

If I see a cat then it's 'What's new, pussycat?'.

It's so embarrassing, even when I'm asleep and dreaming, I still keep singing. Last night, it was 'Delilah', and Jacqueline was not amused!"

"Yes, it would appear that you have the early symptoms of Tom Jones syndrome."

"Well I've never heard of that, is it common?" asked Jeff.

"It's not unusual," replied the doctor.

“It's A Hard World Outside” - Don’t quit your day job.

Help needed for Yazidi arrivals

Six new families have arrived under the government sponsorship program representing 20 people.  Within the next month or so, another 26 people will be arriving.
They need help.  The biggest challenge they face at the moment is finding housing.  Although the government gives them money and letters stating the amount ( plenty for the large families with children, not enough for families of two),  landlords are reluctant to rent to newcomers and large families.  Anyone with any contacts that might be able to help out with this, let us know.  Richmond Hill is preferable so that the community can be close to each other...very important at this stage of things.

Once they are settled in new homes, they will need furniture, clothing, household stuff etc.  Later on down the road, they will need to be introduced to their new country and culture.

We are seeking people to join Resettlement Groups to help out.  We need to form up to eight groups with five to eight people in each group.  We also need a leader for each group, so if you are willing to play a leadership role (basically just making sure everyone is organized and getting the important things done...something that can be done by home computer) please let me know.

If you are not already part of a RG (or even if you are and would like to be involved immediately) please let me know and spread the word.

Thanks, Debbie

Coordinator/Project Abraham | The Mozuud Freedom Foundation |

Hardworking, reliable and experienced Yazidi gentleman needs work in construction.
If you can help him find a job, please contact Debbie Rose at or call Debbie at 416-756-9760.

Hear Geoffrey Clarfield at the Lodzer on April 1st

Yahrzeit  Morning

Minyans  Needed


After the seven Shiva days and until the thirtieth day after the burial, the Shloshim (literally meaning “thirty”) is observed.

Restrictions during the Shloshim period are fewer than those observed during the Shiva, but they permit mourners to acknowledge the cloud of grief still surrounding them.

Attn: 9 AM, Minyanaires

Sponsored breakfasts following

Morning minyans on these dates:

Thursday, March 23
Tuesday, March 28
Friday, March 31


Two from our congregation are currently observing shloshim.

May God comfort you

among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.


Life  Moments


Mar. 13  Morris Anidjar
Mar. 13  Fay Ingber
Mar. 13  Ida Sidenberg
Mar. 16  Bronia Helman
Mar. 16  Helen Storm

March 19  Charles Greene

March 19  Sonny Martin
March 24  Chaim Bell
March 24  Nancy Corey
March 24  Frank White


19690319 John Lennon

   and Yoko Ono

19630320 Barbra Streisand

   and Elliott Gould

19840321 Sarah Brightman

   and Andrew Lloyd Webber

19850322 Billy Joel

   and Christie Brinkley

19520323 Ian Fleming

   and Anne Geraldine Charteris

19940325 Ricki Lake

   and Rob Sussman

Oy Vey! - Call Sarah.


Mar. 11  Israel Moshe, father of Ben-Zion Moshe
Mar. 13  Marshall Drewnowsky, husband of Karyn,

              brother of Annette Sacks
Mar. 13  Bernard Ginsburg, father of Barbara Lew
Mar. 13  Isaac Peters, husband of Minnie, father of David

March 18  Molly Goldenhar, mother of Cindy Ber
March 18  David Greenberg, hushand of Rebecca
March 20  Philip Goldberg, father of Judy Hazan
March 20  Lily Rosenberg, mother of Joseph
March 20  Fay Slutchuk, mother of Nancy Corey
March 21  Brucha Kliger, mother of Irene Szweras
March 21  Paula Malamude, mother of Rick Kardonne
March 21  Yadja Wajgensberg, mother of Dorothy Tessis
March 22  Luba Drewnowsky, mother of Annette Sacks
March 22  Avron Siegel, husband of Betty Siegel-Synder and father of Debbie Rose
March 23  Wendy Yudell, wife of Arnold


Take Your Soul to Work - By Erica Brown

On Feedback

“The biblical book of Proverbs helps us understand that feedback is about both the receiver and the giver. “Do not criticize a scoffer, for he will hate you. Rebuke a wise person and he will love you. Instruct a wise person and he will grow wiser (Proverbs 9:8-9)”

Editor’s note:

It is said that the most honest criticism

will often be from an enemy - so it is worth considering.




March 15

7:30-8:30 pm

Shul Kiddush


All are



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


March 18

20 Adar




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: Ki Thissa

1: 30:11-13 (pg. 352)
2: 30:14-16
3: 30:17-21
4: 30:22-33
5: 30:34-38
6: 31:1-11
7: 31:12-17
maf  :Numbers 19:1-22 (pg. 652)

Haftorah - Shabbat Parah

Ezekiel 36:16 - 36:38 (pg. 999)

Candle Lighting: 7:09 p.m. – Friday

Havdalah: 8:18 p.m. – Saturday



March 19


9:00 AM


10AM - 6 PM

St Andrews

Conference Centre

SunLife Tower

150 King Street W.

$20 – $65




Ignite your Jewish Curiosity.


An innovative, inclusive festival of Jewish learning that brings people of all backgrounds together to celebrate the rich diversity of Jewish culture and heritage.
It can be a full-day activity or a chance to check out a couple sessions. Whatever you decide, you'll get up close to the most significant issues in our community and the Jewish world.

We need YOU

to help make it happen!  

Limmud is an excellent organization. It is definitely liberal and appeals to the younger generation.

Vital Voices:  Partners in Peace from the 3 Abrahamic Faiths  Hearts of Hate:  Confessions of a Teenage Neo-Nazi  10 Commandments of Jewish Social Media  36 Ways to Change the World Big Time with Little Effort and Money  Young Jewish Voices on Zionism  The Legacy of Elie Wiesel, the journalist  Are You My Mother?  Nature vs Nurture in Moses' life  Jewish Reflections in Canadian Visual Art  Leonard Cohen the Man  When a Friar met a Rabbi: What Really   Happened in Barcelona in 1263  Human Sexuality in the Biblical Narrative  Do the Palestinians Want to Live in Peace?  Jewish Indigenous Conversation  (Re)Inventing Rituals for the Contemporary Jewish Life Span  Don't Call me Orthodox:  Perspectives from a Gay Baal Teshuva  The Camel on my Back:  Carrying My Sephardic Legacy into the 21st Century


March 20

Week 4

Karate lessons

For Seniors

Join us

with open hands

and Kick back!


Upstairs Hall


Kiddush Breakfast

Mondays & Fridays

Kiai - Sen!


Our very own Black belt, David Birken, will be leading the class

Karate for Seniors

Right here at Dojo Lodzer!

Mondays and Fridays, (10 - 11 AM)ish

After morning minyan & kiddush breakfast

$5.00 fee, (donation to the shul,) per class waived for those that attend the morning minyan.

Bring sneakers, and optionally a yoga mat for floor exercises.

Learn a Dynamic new skill for Fun and Focus - at YOUR own pace!

Morning Minyanaires - developing body, mind and spirit - we daven, fress, sometimes walk, and now… kick butt.

Focus, Respect, Self-Control

“If you can’t do it slow, you can’t do it fast”


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


March 25

27 Adar



9:12 AM

Led mostly by

Frank Steiman

Please help us out by coming early…

We need a minyan to start!


9:30 AM




March 28

1 Nisan

Rosh Chodesh




April 1

5 Nisan


The defining moment for me was when ISIS (released) pictures of children crammed up in a cage dressed up in orange jumpsuits while outside a soldier held a flame to them.

Hear Geoffrey Clarfield at the Lodzer on April 1st

In lieu of a D’var Torah during Shabbat Services, Geoffrey Clarfield, Executive Director of Mozuud, and Mirza Ismail, founder and Chairman of the Yezidi Human Rights Organization International, will speak.

They will provide an update on the current situation of the Yazidids in Iraq and Syria and in the refugee camps in Turkey and Greece. They will also discuss the recent policy announcement of the Canadian government and the immediate and urgent needs of the Yazidi community.

A special D’var Torah for our times.



April 2

1 - 3 PM





Lower Sanctuary


Kiddush Rm.

Come meet with Yazidis


Project Abraham:

The initiative of the Mozuud Freedom Foundation to help save Yazidis from genocide.

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.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Coordinator/Project Abraham



The Yazidis are beginning to arrive and, while there is much to celebrate,  there is also so much to do.  There is something for everyone.  Please get back to me if you are interested in getting involved in any of the following:

1. Become part of a resettlement group (RG) to help the new arrivals to settle and integrate into their new life.

2. Help with the application process.

3. We are beginning an ESL conversation class for our Yazidi community.  We need English-speaking helpers…

4. We are ready to approach corporations to ask for sponsorship of Project Abraham.  If you have a connection to…

5. Bring more people to Project Abraham to help out.

Have a great week!  Debbie

April 2
7:30 PM

Movie Night

At the Lodzer


followed by refreshments

Please join us and bring your friends!


Kulanu Canada supports isolated and emerging Jewish communities around the world who wish to learn more and want to reconnect with the wider Jewish community.
Kulanu also strives to raise awareness of these isolated communities to the Jews in Canada.


San Nicandro Garganico is a town and comune in the province of Foggia in the Apulia region of southeast Italy.

Together with Kulanu, the Lodzer will be showing the film

The Mystery of San Nicandro

The facts, in brief, concern a cobbler named Donato Manduzio, who returned from World War I to his small hometown in Puglia with disabling wounds and a spiritual thirst. Gradually, he attracted a following in San Nicandro as a preacher and faith healer; and then, upon receiving the gift of a Bible in Italian translation, he became an avid student of the Hebrew scriptures, which previously had been closed to him.

By the late 1920s, he had identified himself as a Jew—apparently without knowing that Jews still existed elsewhere in the world—and had begun to lead his disciples into a revival of Mosaic religion. When news came to them of an organized Jewish community in Rome, Manduzio’s group enthusiastically requested formal recognition, which was denied. Even had the San Nicandro congregation not been so idiosyncratic, Italy’s rabbinate would have been hard-pressed to welcome it in the 1930s at the height of Fascism.

The San Nicandro group received no fellowship until the soldiers of Britain’s Jewish Brigade rolled into town and were astonished to see their Star of David insignia matched by the locals. The great majority of the San Nicandro Jews subsequently emigrated to the newly established State of Israel, where they again had trouble achieving acceptance from the rabbinate. Today most of the surviving members of the community and their offspring live in Israel, while another group, descended from the handful who stayed behind, continues to reside in San Nicandro. (Roger Pyke)


April 9



April 19

Book Early!


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.



April 10

14 Nisan

1st Seder


April 11

15 Nisan

2nd Seder




April 18ish

Date & Time




Hebrew Classes

Planning for the Lodzer Hebrew classes is on-going.  The starting date has been revised to after Pesach.  We are trying to provide classes to meet the needs of the people who are interested who present at many different levels.  We will keep you posted. Thanks for your patience.


Please contact or speak to Yona Nadler if you have questions.

April 19,



The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising refers to the armed resistance of the Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto in the early months of 1943. It should not be confused with the Warsaw Uprising of 1944, in which the non-Jewish Poles rose up against Nazi oppression (although some survivors of the Ghetto Uprising did join this fight). The latter was a bid for freedom, with a realistic chance of success; the former was the decision to die fighting, rather than accept death at the German execution camps.

Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

In 1939 the Germans had invaded Warsaw and taken control of the city; by November of 1940 they had ordered all the Jews in the capital into a three mile square area, dubbed the Warsaw Ghetto.


Approximately 13,000 Jews were killed during the Uprising, with another 50,000 rounded up and deported to death camps. A few escapees continued to fight in the forests, whilst some who were arrested were later freed by the Polish underground forces and joined the Warsaw Uprising. An estimated 300 German troops died in the struggle.


April 23

27 Nisan






Yom Hashoah was inaugurated in 1953 as a day for the citizens of Israel to remember those murdered during the Holocaust.



April 27

1 Iyar




May 4

7:30 PM

Shul Kiddush



Dr. Sima Goel


Book Chat

with Cathy Zeldin

Fleeing the Hijab_w200.jpg

Fleeing the Hijab

Sima Goel's true account of her escape from 1980's Iran as a Jewish teenager.

I desired a different life where I could speak my mind and read whatever I pleased.

Sima believed that if you have nothing to die for, you have nothing to live for.



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!


November 2





The Balfour Declaration, written as a letter on November 2, 1917, from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to British Jewish leader Baron Lionel Walter Rothschild, pledged British support for a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine. The declaration is one of the iconic documents in, and represents one of the great moments of, Zionist history.

“His Majesty's Government view with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.”

Arthur Balfour


Pirkei Avos

The world endures on three things - justice, truth and peace...

Pirke Avoth Perek 3 Mishnah 21-B

Note 1: The sections in regular type are taken from Visions of the Fathers  by Rabbi Abraham Twerski.   Sentences of the text in quotes have been taken verbatim. All relate to Mishnah 22.  The Comments or Questions are my own

“Various commentaries translate derech eretz as ‘proper ethical conduct’ in which case the mishnah is saying that Torah and proper conduct are interrelated. The way the mishnah words it, however is a bit problematic, since on the one hand it states that derech eretz is a prerequisite for Torah, and on the other hand, that Torah is a prerequisite for derech eretz…. It is clear that the mishnah is referring to two levels of derech eretz, one which is a prerequisite for Torah … and another which can be reached only through Torah.”

“R’Moshe of Kosov said that the Torah was indeed given to refine and elevate the  mentsch. .. ‘But first,’ he said, ‘one must be a mentsch’”

“There must be a foundation, upon which Torah can rest, a fertile soil in which it can take root, and this is the basic derech eretz.”

Question: Do you agree with Twerski, R’Moshe and Bunim that there is a minimum standard before Torah can be effective?

“Man is held responsible to use his intellect to understand that he was not given his enormous mental capacity and intelligence merely to satisfy his physical desires. If the latter were the purpose of his being, he would have been far better off without his intelligence. Certainly cows in the pasture have greater contentment than people and Solomon states this emphatically when he says, ‘For with much wisdom comes much grief, and he who increases knowledge increase pain.’… similarly , man’s vast intelligence should make it evident to him that the purpose of his creation was not merely to get pleasure out of life. He hardly needed his enormous mental capacities to achieve that.”

“Obviously, elementary rules of morality and decency do not suffice, any more than learning simple addition and subtraction in grade school is an adequate knowledge of mathematics. Building upon basic mathematics, a person can receive the teaching that will promote him to the more advanced levels of higher mathematics. Similarly, once the basic principles of morality and decency are in place, which elevate man to a status above brute beasts, man can then be given the Torah which can elevate him to the highest levels of spirituality.”

“We thus have two two levels of derech eretz, says R’Levenstein. The first is based upon a person’s intelligence, which should make him aware that he must rise above his physical desires, and that he has a goal in life. This must precede Torah. The second level can come only from Torah, which enables a person to discover the nature of that goal and how he is to achieve it.”

Question 1: We now compare measures of happiness of different countries. Are these comparisons relevant?

Question 2: What are other comparisons would be more relevant? Some of these might be the opportunities to express oneself, to do meaningful work, social programs, creativity, social stability, values

“Yes, there is a kind of wisdom among people who do not fear God. It is the kind of wisdom of which Meiri remarks that  such ‘Wisdom is like a tent without stakes.’  Of what use is a tent if it is not tethered to the ground? it obviously cannot provide any shelter.”

Question: Do you agree that “atheism” is not tethered to the ground?

“The apparent contradiction is due to the dual meanings of chochmah, which can mean ‘wisdom’ or can mean ‘intelligence’. We are sadly aware that human intelligence is not synonymous with wisdom…. but true wisdom can be only with those whose fear of God will channel their intelligence constructively, to enable man to reach his full potential, to be the spiritual being he was designed to be. If Torah wisdom which is not preceded by fear of God can be destructive (mishnah 11), how much more so secular knowledge.”

“As with derech eretz, which must be understood in this mishnah as existing at two levels, so it is with yirah, fear of God…. When we are spiritually immature, we are deterred from doing wrong by fear of punishment, but as we grow spiritually we understand that God has instructed us on how we must behave, not for His benefit but that we should not injure ourselves, both physically and spiritually.The initial yirah (fear of God) enables us to channel chochmah properly, and as we do so, we arrive at a mature concept of yirah. In mishnah 18 we noted the lofty status which God has given us. It should be beneath our dignity to do anything that is not fitting for this status.

If a person can illegally transfer money to himself, but “restrains his greed and does not transfer the money, not because it is wrong, but because the possible consequences are prohibitive …  { he} is not different than the jackal, who denies his cravings for fear of the painful consequences. If he restrains himself because he believes this behaviour to be morally wrong, he is then exercising his unique human trait of ethical behaviour.”

“True chochmah can exist only within the framework of yirah (fear of God) which then elevates man to the status of being truly free.”

“Only a person who is not under the compulsion of physical drives and who can make moral and ethical choices can be considered truly free. When man is like this, he is indeed akin to God, and this is what is meant in mishnah 18 that man is fortunate in having been created ‘in the Divine image.’”

Question: How would you define “being truly free”?

Daas is usually translated as ‘knowledge.’ In chassidic literature … dass is given another meaning. The three intellectual human middos (traits) are chockmah, binah, and daas. The first two refer to man’s acquisition of knowledge and his understanding and formulating this knowledge into concepts. At this point knowledge is still an intellectual entity, unrelated to behaviour. Man has also a variety of other {middos} traits, which are referred to as the emotional middos, and it is the energy of these emotions which is the driving force behind behaviour. … unless there is bonding of the intellectual capacities to the emotions, the former may remain abstractions which do not govern behaviour. It is not all the unusual to find people of great intellect whose behaviour as refined human beings leaves much to be desired. Daas is the bridge that binds man’s intellect to his emotions so that his behaviour is governed by the intellect.”

“…implementing emotions without the input of bimah is disastrous. Energy that is not properly channeled can be grossly destruction, as became evident when containing the nuclear energy in Chernobyl failed. The energy of the emotional middos {traits} must be guided by the intellect.”

Question 1: Do you agree with the text about the binding of intellect with the emotions?

Question 2: How can you use these ideas in practice?

The Wisdom of Judaism (Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins)

Admitting Ignorance

“Teach your tongue to say: “I don’t know” Lest you get caught lying.” Berakhot 4a

“The expert might not want to admit his ignorance or be embarrassed to do so, but the person with strength can admit his ignorance of certain facts.”

Humour - E.R. Frank, Life is Funny

“Time is tricky. You have whole months, even years, when nothing changes a speck, when you don’t go anywhere or do anything or think one new thought. And then you can get hit with a day, or an hour, or a half a second when so much happens it’s almost like you got born all over again into some brand-new person you for damn sure never expected to meet.”

Parsha Tetzeveh

Judy’s TORAH Q&A

Why Isn’t Moshe Mentioned In Today’s Parasha?

Moshe was the youngest in his family. It must have been difficult for Miriam and Aharon to have a younger brother who is described as the greatest prophet in Jewish history. It seems that Moshe is always in the spotlight. Until this week’s parasha.

Finally, Aharon is given an opportunity to take center stage. Moshe is not even mentioned in the entire parasha. This parasha, with its focus on the clothes and inauguration of the Kohanim is an appropriate choice for Aharon’s leadership.

The Zohar teaches, “...Moshe was removed from one section of the Torah, the commandments regarding the Mishkan. Which section is this? Vatah tzaveh, which should have contained Moshes' name in each and every item, and in each and every commandment. But his name was taken out of the entire section, which has no mention of him.” [Midrash Ne'elam Shiur haShirim Maamar 4]

This passage in the Zohar says that not only was Moshe overlooked for the sake of Aharon, but that there is something about this section that make Moshe’s presence inappropriate. This raises the question of why Moshe was not appointed as the High Priest in the first place? Since Moshe was the greatest prophet who ever lived, why did God choose to have his big brother function as the High Priest among the people? Furthermore, given what we know about Aharaon’s involvement with the sin of the Golden Calf, how can he play the role of High Priest and seek atonement for the people?

The Priest, in the time of the Torah, was a teacher as well as a person who worked in the Temple. The Priests in the Land of Israel had to fashion relationships with Jewish People so that they would receive Terumah. They had to teach Torah, they had to be there for the people during a simcha and when things were not so happy. The Priests of the past are the pulpit rabbis of today. The High Priest had to model impeccable human relations along with thorough observance of the Temple worship.

No one was more suited for this role than Aharon – who Loved all people and drew them closer to the Torah. [Mishna, Avot 1:12] Moshe was a person who spent his time, literally, in the clouds. His focus was in clarifying the precise nature of the divine revelation of the Torah, not in the messy human relationships of the Jewish People. Back in Parsha Yitro, we learned that his father in law saw that he was being overwhelmed by just that reality, so he placed him at the head of the supreme court. Moshe was a necessary component of the Exodus and revelation, but he could not play the role that Aharon was needed to play.

The Torah seeks to strike the right balance between a leader of the stature of Moshe and an Aharon who connected to the Jewish People when they were in need. We live in a time after prophecy, so we depend on the Aharons of the world to bring us understanding and peace.

Editor’s Question:

Is this an indication that each person has a different role to play in society and that we must each find our true role?

Parsha of The Week
with Judy Hazan

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

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

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The world is a magical place full of people

waiting to be offended by anything.

Proceed with Caution...


I’m getting bored with Doom and Gloom

...but I did find some really bad writing that woke me up.


Here’s the last two paragraphs:

It’s us versus them, ain’t no two ways about it. Hopefully the more liberal-minded souls will finally realize that, if you want to fight a pig, you’ve gotta get down in the mud. No more attempts at discussion or ideological parity. Stop pretending there are rules, start doing what it takes to win.
It’s time to throw our idealism in the garbage, where it belongs. Face the cold hard truth that you’ve gotta employ violence to get what you want. That’s it’s okay to trample another person in your quest for a brighter tomorrow. That truth has no place in reality, and that the ends always justify the means.

Don’t read it! It’s bad enough that I wasted my time reading it.

Someone sent me an interesting quote

Here it is, out of context.

Netanyahu was recently observed reading John David Lewis' book "Nothing Less than Victory," which argues that the goal of war is to defeat the enemy's will to fight. He achieved that in Gaza in 2014. In the two and a half years since then, there has been a level of quiet and stability from Hamas unprecedented since Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip in 2005.  inContext: Mistaken criticism

Everyone should stay out of Israeli politics.

Does Feminism Have Room for Zionists?

During the 20th century two social movements dominated America. The first was the final fight for civil rights for America's citizens of African American descent. The second was the emancipation of women as full equals in America's democracy. Sadly it appears that feminism has been transformed by the left into  a lethal anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist brew  that demonizes the Jewish state  of Israel as the source of all female suffering around the world. Demonization of Jews and the Jewish state is as old as anti-Semitism itself.

Surprisingly, even the New York Times is beginning to recognize this.

Read the story linked above and weep!
Sincerely, Irving Weisdorf | President, The Mozuud Freedom Foundation

… the feminist movement that, in aiming to be inclusive, has come to insist that feminism is connected to a wide variety of political causes.

a portion of the International Women’s Strike platform ... calls for a “decolonization of Palestine” as part of “the beating heart of this new feminist movement.” The platform also states: “We want to dismantle all walls, from prison walls to border walls, from Mexico to Palestine.”

Implying that mass incarceration is analogous to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is analogous to Donald Trump’s desire to build a wall along the Mexican border is simplistic at best.

… I find it troubling that embracing such a view is considered an essential part of an event that is supposed to unite feminists.

The organizers of the International Women’s Strike are not the first feminist group to position opposition to Israel as part of the feminist movement.

More and more frequently, my identity as a Zionist places me in conflict with the feminist movement of 2017. I will remain a proud feminist, but I see no reason I should have to sacrifice my Zionism for the sake of my feminism.

I have a problem with most special interest groups.

“Black lives matter” included - hijacking the Toronto Pride Parade.

On the face of it, here’s something good:

Israel’s president invites Royal Family to Israel for Balfour Declaration centenary


Last year, Prince Charles travelled to Jerusalem for the funeral of Rivlin’s predecessor Shimon Peres, where he met Israel’s current president after the service.

Were the Queen and Prince Philip to visit, it is likely that they would attend the grave of Philip’s mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg, who was recognised as ‘Righteous Among the Nations’ by Yad Vashem for sheltering Jewish refugees in Athens. She is buried at the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.

Simon Johnson, chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council, said: “We would sincerely hope that the invitation from the President of Israel is welcomed and accepted by those who advise the Royal Family on foreign visits.”

Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush said: “It is not only high time but well beyond time for a Royal visit to Israel. I have been extremely proactive in advocating that a visit should happen.”

So, what could go wrong?


A whole lot.

To sum up:



Lodzer Shabbat-Bulletin,
19 Mar 2017, 09:02