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Shabbat Bulletin - April 15, 2017




Making Shul and Judaism an important part of our Lifestyle

Belated birthday wishes to

Cantor Marcel Cohen

April 5, 1968


BTW, you’ve passed the audition. Go forth and have no fear.

Working on Passover

Work is prohibited on the first two days and last two days;

during the middle four days of Chol Hamoed, work is somewhat limited.


That’s why the bulletin is one day early!

William Ellery Channing, Leading Unitarian Theologian

1780 - 1842

Religion, if it be true, is central truth; and all knowledge which is not gathered round it, and quickened and illuminated by it, is hardly worthy the name.


The more discussion the better, if passion and personality be eschewed. - Discussion, even if stormy, often winnows truth from error - a good never to be expected in an uninquiring age.


The world is governed much more by opinion than by laws. It is not the judgment of courts, but the moral judgment of individuals and masses of men: which is the chief wall of defence around property and life. With the progress of society, this power of opinion is taking the place of arms.

Do not talk excessively with women


“In other words, nowadays,

self-control in each other’s presence rather than social segregation

is the key to upholding morality and modesty”


Zingers from Pirke Avoth
Perek 1, Mishnah 5
From the Irving Greenberg commentary


Note: This is important now when women do not exercise control in their drinking of alcohol and men don’t exercise control in their sexual behaviour - and the result  is a rape charge./JU

The Passover Massacre

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At Pesach, fifteen years ago, Netanya suffered what became known as the Passover Massacre when a Palestinian suicide bomber walked into the banqueting hall of the Park Hotel and blew himself up as citizens gathered for the Seder service which recalls the Jewish people's liberation from cruelty and oppression to a land of their own.
My sharpest recollections when I visited the hall the following day was the recessed floor. It was used as a dance floor for celebrations held at the hotel. It had become a red pool.
The burst sprinkler system had flooded the room. The water was mixed with red wine from smashed bottles and the blood of the victims.
When I looked up I saw a knife that, with the power of the blast, had shot off one of the dining tables and embedded itself into a concrete ceiling block.
A knife has certainly punctured our heart since then, and a knife has been aimed at our throats by the devious Palestinians ever since.
30 civilians were killed and over a hundred injured in this awful terror attack.
This was only one of too many acts of Palestinian terror that targeted our small resort town on the clifftops of the Mediterranean.
We created the Netanya Terror Victims Organisation to help in our small way those who had been affected by dastardly acts of Palestinian hatred and violence against us.
This hateful terrorism continues to be promoted and executed today. Fifteen years later, I will spare a thought for all those who are still damaged or mourning loved ones this Pesach.

Barry Shaw | Netanya, Israel | April 8




Where in the World is Rabbi Eli - Moscow

Moscow.


Well... kind of. That's where I am as I write this message though it's not where I'm going to be when you read it.


Visitors usually rave about this posh city, where palaces are going all-out to intimidate and impress, and any subway station exhibits museum quality art.


Personally, I never learned to like it. Not even a little bit, I think. Having spent here a significant portion of my dissident youth, I always found it somewhat scary . But nowadays Moscow, with its own aggressive culture of social Darwinism and indifference to others, is a source of blessing for me. In a bizarre way, of course.


I remember the days spent in the great choral synagogue on Arkhipova street where on any good day you'd find more KGB informers than minyan participants, and more hidden microphones than Siddurim.

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Since the fall of the Soviets, it came back to be Jewish property, and became totally grand. Somehow, even that didn't endear the city to me.

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In my mind, Moscow is so deeply innately associated with suppression and crushing human will, that all the beauty and even supposed nostalgic triggers do nothing for me. I might as well be standing on the Red Square on a grey rainy day.

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Throughout my childhood, we used to regard ourselves as slaves more than prisoners. Little wonder Passover held such a special place for us, children and adults, among other holy days.


The smells, the stories, the taste of the Seder were smells and tastes and stories of freedom. So close you could almost touch it, you really believed it entirely when you exclaimed: "This year in slavery, next year, free! This year, here, next year, in Jerusalem"!


And whenever I happen to be in Moscow, I count my blessings. I think of an alternative history, one where I could still be stuck in, living in some sort of alternative life that the real me, here and now, can only fathom as a macabre cauchemar. There are so many things I am grateful for in my life. This is one of the big ones.


Leaving Russia just before Pesach is every bit as relevant and appropriate as ever.


How do you count your blessings?

Please do it. Take a moment from all the pre-yontef running around, and cooking, and scrubbing, and take a deep full breath, and remind yourself of the big things you are grateful for, and the small ones too, and sit at the Seder with your loved ones as a free person, royalty. Do it for yourself. Do it for your family and friends.


Have a wonderful, restful, inspiring Chag.


See you over yontef from Italy (in Italy, perhaps?).


Gut yontef,

RE




“Freedom is within our grasp and

liberty is the inalienable right of every Minion”

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We are the Lodzer Morning Minyanaires

Always a good breakfast following!

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Jews have a sense of humour!


Question:

Are there any jokes in the Talmud?

“Yes, but they’re all old.”


One does not have to “take everything so seriously.”

Humour helps us prioritize the important things in life.




Your

Life  Moments

Birthdays


April 13  Carole Abrahams

April 19  Hedy Steinberg
April 20  Dina Wolfe


Anniversaries


April 8  Jonathan & Dora Usher






Mazel Tov! - Call Sarah.

Yahrzeits


April 8    Margaret Haber, mother of Ellen Dagan
April 8    Bessie Shatz, aunt of Bluma Nemirov
April 8    Margaret Zeldin, mother of Cathy Zeldin
April 10  Joyce Goldberg, mother of Judy Hazan
April 11  Maurice Landis, father of Lorraine Landis
April 12  Pinchas & Masha Osland,

               grandparents of Josef Ber
April 13  Goldie Chaner, stepmother of Barry Corey
April 13  Harvey Malet, father of Dennis
April 14  Joe Goldlust, husband of Mary

April 18  Abraham Goldberg, father of Alla Kabacznik
April 18  Ellias & Chana Hyman,

              grandparents of Annette Sacks
April 18  Louis Issacson, father of Jacqueline Tolkin
April 18  Chaya Fryda & Moisha Nosak,

              grandparents of Morry
April 21  Max Applebaum, father of Sheila Solomon




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Take Your Soul to Work - By Erica Brown

On Sacrifice


We don’t worship on altars anymore…. But the leaders make sacrifices all of the time, placing their time, ideas and passions on the altar of work - giving but not always receiving, struggling to gain acceptance and avoid rejection. We do this not out of guilt but out of nobility. We are pleased, indeed blessed, to have the capacity to give.

“Sacrifice is a part of life. It’s supposed to be. It’s not something to regret. It’s something to aspire to,” wrote Mitch Albom.


Name the single biggest sacrifice you

have made in your leadership.




Inside the Lodz Ghetto
A record of atrocity and resistance, buried in a wooden box

When Nazi Germany invaded Poland in 1939, they created walled-off ghettos in the larger cities to concentrate and imprison the Jewish residents.
Henryk Ross worked as a news and sports photographer in the city of Lodz. Once in the city’s ghetto, he was employed by the Department of Statistics to shoot identification photos and propaganda images of the factories which used Jewish slave labor to produce supplies for the German Army.
When not on the job, he documented the horrific realities of the ghetto, at tremendous personal risk. Peeking his lens through holes in walls, cracked doorways, and the folds of his overcoat, he captured scenes of starvation, disease, and executions.
As tens of thousands of Jews were deported from the ghetto to the death camps at Chelmno nad Nerem and Auschwitz, he kept shooting.
He also captured tiny sparks of joy — plays, concerts, celebrations, weddings — each one an act of resistance against a dehumanizing regime. Alex Q. Arbuckle

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A man walking in winter in the ruins of the synagogue on Wolborska street (destroyed by Germans in 1939).





Upcoming

Events

Tuesday,

April 11


15 Nisan


2nd Seder


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Eliyahu Hanavi

After the conclusion of the Seder’s Grace After Meals, there is a universally accepted custom to pour a cup of wine (the “Cup of Elijah”), open the front door of the home, and recite several verses (mostly from Psalms) wherein we beseech G‑d to pour His wrath upon our persecutors and oppressors.

According to tradition, at this moment our homes are graced by the presence of Elijah the prophet.


Our passover tradition was that the person who opened the door for Elijah would be the next to be married (provided it was a single woman) so if there was a woman of marriageable age, she would be the one to open the door for Elijah./ju


Wishful thinking, no doubt.

Saturday,

April 15


19 Nisan



Birkot

ha-Shachar

9:12 AM

Led by

Frank Steiman



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: Cholhamoed Pesach

Leviticus 9:1 -11:47
1:33: 12 - 16 (pg. 362)
2: 33: 17 - 19
3: 33: 20 - 23
4: 34: 1 - 3
5: 34: 4 - 10
6: 34: 11 - 17
7: 34: 18 - 26
maf: Numbers: ch. 28: 19 - 25   (pg.695)


Haftarah:
Ezekiel 37: 1 - 14 (pg. 1015)


Candle Lighting: 7:42 p.m. – Friday

Havdalah: 8:52 p.m. – Saturday


Monday,

April 17


Week 7


Karate lessons

For Seniors


Join us

with open hands

and Kick back!


Mondays & Fridays

After

Kiddush Breakfast

(10 - 11 AM)ish


Dojo Lodzer

Upstairs Hall

Kiai - Sen!

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

Karate for Seniors


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


Wear sneakers and non-restrictive clothing.


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… we kick butt.


Karate Kata 1 - Heian Shodan


Focus, Respect, Self-Control

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

Tuesday,

April 18


22 Nisan


Pesach 9th day

7 Omer

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The heartless Pharaoh still refused to free the Israelite slaves. So God, brought about one last plague, which was so terrible that it was certain to persuade Pharaoh to let his slaves go. That night, God sent the angel of death to kill the firstborn sons of the Egyptians.

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Wednesday,

April 19


7:30-8:30 pm


Shul Kiddush

Rm


All are

Welcome


Open

to the public

at no cost

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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.


Judy Hazan 416-704-1693

April 19,

1943


Zeitgeist

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.

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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.


Saturday,

April 22


26 Nisan



Birkot

ha-Shachar

9:12 AM

Led by

Frank Steiman



Please help us out by coming early…

We need a minyan to start!


Yishtabach

9:30 AM

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Sunday,

April 23


27 Nisan


YOM

HASHOAH

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YOM HASHOAH

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

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Sunday,

April 23


2 PM


Adath Israel
37 Southbourne


Simultaneous and related program:

Miles Nadal JCC
750 Spadina


$Free of charge$

416.635.2883 x5301

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YOM HASHOAH V’HAGVURAH
Community Holocaust Commemoration


SURVIVOR TESTIMONY:

THE FATE OF THE INDIVIDUAL

DURING THE HOLOCAUST


PRESENTED BY:
Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre,
UJA Federation of Greater Toronto


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FAST - Fighting Antisemitism Together

Thursday,

April 27


1 Iyar


Rosh Chodesh

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We Remember… Israeli Fallen Soldiers  and Victims of Terrorism

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BY VIRTUE OF OUR NATURAL AND HISTORIC RIGHT AND ON THE STRENGTH OF THE RESOLUTION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY, HEREBY DECLARE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A JEWISH STATE IN ERETZ-ISRAEL, TO BE KNOWN AS THE STATE OF ISRAEL. David BenGurion

Thursday,

April 27


8 - 9 PM


1st Session


Kiddush Room


The cost is $150.00 for 10 classes.  We request a minimum commitment of $75.00 for 5 classes.

Conversational

Hebrew Classes


Will run for 10 weeks.  All who expressed interest are invited to attend the first class.  At that time we students will decide with our teacher, Ella Kaplan, if and when a class at a different level will run.  

We're planning that there will be subsequent sessions.  We'd like this project to be on-going and hopefully growing.

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Looking forward to learning Hebrew together,

RSVP -  Before April 10 / Pesach

cathyrzeldin@gmail.com

Thursday,

May 4

7:30 PM

Shul Kiddush

Rm


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Dr. Sima Goel

Chiropractor

Book Chat

with Cathy Zeldin


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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.



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Sunday,

May 7

1 - 3 PM

Project

Abraham

Meeting


Lodzer

Lower Sanctuary

&

Kiddush Rm.


Come meet with Yazidis

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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.

Debbie
Coordinator/Project Abraham


(rpt:Jun11)

OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP


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

Wednesday,

May 31

6 Sivan

Shavuot


TORAH FOR ALL

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...the lesson of Shavuot: the Torah cannot be a limiting document. Rather, it must be for all Jews. If we fail to heed this lesson, we will alienate more and more Jews from observance and respect for their Jewish identities. This, in turn, will lead to a situation where, increasingly, many will choose to marry outside of their religion entirely or outside of Halachah. These developments could end up denying us a sizable Jewish future in the State of Israel. The result will be that the Jewish state as we know it will no longer exist.

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Friday,

June 2


Oneg Shabbat


Reserve Now!


Children Under 13yrs $20


Non Members $50


Members $40


Call Sarah!

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A special Oneg Shabbat

in honour of Marcel Cohen.


Please join us for prayers, dinner, and fun for this sad but happy event. He has been our beloved cantor for 3 years.

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Our Chazzan and Punmeister, Marcel Cohen is heading for the "Big Apple".

D-G’s best friend

Sunday,

June 4


Lodzer AGM


9:45 AM

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This is an excellent opportunity for you to bring your ideas, suggestions and opinions to an open forum to guide the Lodzer Centre Congregation in its future direction.

Volunteers and Executives Needed


We need volunteers for next year’s Board. The qualifications are common sense, a willingness to work at an interesting project, a few interesting ideas, and a love of the Lodzer.

Benefits: You will be working with interesting, nice, stimulating people who have the same qualifications, and you will earn mitzvah points for you and your family.

Thursday,

June 15

7:30 PM

Book Chat

with Cathy Zeldin


Shul Kiddush

Rm




Elif Shafak

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“Turkey has begun to find its literary voice”

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The Bastard of Istanbul is a cross-continental family saga. It examines, in loving detail and with much humour, two families: one living in contemporary Istanbul and Turkish, the other in San Francisco and Armenian.

It appears initially the two have nothing in common. But don't be fooled. Turkey is the classic metaphoric haunted house, sitting astride the continental divide; consequently, from inside its many rooms the past and present are still largely at war…


The two families do not know it, but long fingers are reaching from the blighted past to inextricably bind them. The conduits that will bridge the gap, that privilege, belongs to the young. And they are a spunky crew.
...
19-year-old Asya, (the bastard,) is a modern Turk, rebellious, outspoken, and belligerently without a past, in more ways than one. She is also the youngest of a household of several generations of women, the men having died mysteriously at a young age.

Armanoush is sensitive and searching for her Armenian roots in, of all places, the American desert. Her curiosity about the "genocide" of the Armenians compels her to finally meet the enemy on their own turf. Thus she deceives her family and flies to Istanbul to learn more about her beloved grandmother's past. She cannot know what a Pandora's box she is opening, and what a hidden blessing she will find.

It's an intriguing premise that allows the horrors of what took place in 1915 to slowly surface.

November 2

1917



Zeitgeist


100 YEARS

AGO TODAY


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


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1953-2018


Lodzer@65


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We need volunteers

to work on the

Lodzer’s 65th anniversary


call Sarah

The Lodzer Congregation had first formed in 1953 as a mutual benefit society for survivors from Lodz Poland who made it to Canada, in 1981 it formed itself into a Conservative synagogue. When Rabbi Kaufman joined the Lodzer in 2002, women had been permitted aliyot but were not counted in a minyan. A three-month trial was put in place permitting women to be counted: this period came and went without any undue comment. The by-laws of the synagogue were amended to reflect the new reality.




Pirkei Avos

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

Pirke Avoth Perek 4 Mishnah 2


Note: This commentary is taken from Ethics from Sinai by Irving M. Bunim and Visions of the fathers by Twerski.  Some sentences of the commentaries have been taken verbatim (in quotes) and others have been summarized. All relate to Mishnah 2.  The Questions are my own.


Ben Azzai said: Run to a minor mitzvah [to perform it] as you would to a major, important one, and flee from an averah, transgression; for one good deed draws another in its wake, and one transgression brings on another sin; for the reward of a mitzvah is a mitzvah and the reward of sin is sin.



Ethics from Sinai


“True strength, said Ben Zoma in the first mishnah, lies in prevailing over one’s evil inclinations… This yetzer (ha-ra) is not merely an inclination. It is a canny tempter and persuader. For when you want to perform a mitzvah, who else stands in your way but this evil inclination, arguing, ‘Do not go, it is raining outside; you are tired after a long day’s work. Do not visit the sick; they would rather be alone.’ and so on. When a mitzvah beckons, the yetzer ha-ra looms before you as a block, a hindrance, a deterrent.”


“When there is an opportunity to sin however - a chance to transgress  - then the evil tempter takes up a position behind you, pushing you, as it were, adding persuasive impetus to propel you to action. This is why we entreat in our evening prayer, ‘Remove Satan from before us and from behind us.’”


Question: In dieting, or avoiding food that you should not eat, is

                it easier to refuse the food the second time it is offered than the first  

                time? If you avoid going to synagogue once, is it easier not to

                go the second time? Does this support the idea that sin leads to sin?

                Are things that  you don’t want to do easier to refuse

                the second time, but things that you want to do are harder to refuse the second time - for example, tasty or not tasty food?


“And so Ben Azzai advised that when you have an opportunity to do a mitzvah take heed: if you are proceeding at a slow, lethargic saunter, you will never get past the yetzer ha-ra in front of you. Run to do the mitzvah! Gather speed and enthusiasm, and hurtle through the block; jump the hindrance that the evil one may create. On the other hand, when a chance to sin appears invitingly, flee; if you remain motionless or hesitant, the yetzer ha-ra will propel thou into the arms of wickedness… Act decisively; run toward the mitzvah and flee the averah.”  “Above all do not procrastinate” … in doing mitzvoth.


It is the little mitzvoth and yetzer ha-ra that begin the process. “One

mitzvah leads to another, one foul act brings another in its wake. Choose your ‘little deeds’ carefully: out of them are woven the strands of your life.” “Every pattern of life must have a start - and that start must be a deed, the first of a string of deeds. …  ‘At first the evil inclination is like the thread of a spider’s web (or a weaver’s loom); and in the end it is like the ropes of a wagon.’’’


“The true spiritual hero is not afraid to run away from sin, giving battle only when and where it is necessary.”


Question: Does it apply to the sins of others? Do we have an obligation to run away from others’ sins before they affect us? Do we have an obligation, when we see others sinning, to not only run away, but to tell them that we disapprove of their sins, or to stop them from sinning? Does the latter apply if they harm only

themselves and not others? Since we are all interconnected, is this latter possible?


“There must be a goal toward which to flee, some place of refuge and safety from the averah. … Torah is the effective antidote to the prompting of the yetzer ha-ra: It neutralizes wicked temptation and renders it harmless. Flee then, to the house of Torah, to the synagogue, to your hallowed environment. When temptation encounters Torah, it will depart.”


Question: Do you find this to be true? Is the synagogue a place to flee

                 to and to conquer sins? Is it a place simply to get away from

                 everyday problems and just relax?


There are roads of life where there are mitzvoth waiting to be done and other roads where sins or transgressions await. … “run only in the direction that leads to mitzvoth, toward the regions of life and activity where mitzvoth abound.”


Question: Does this mean that we should all become social workers rather than  construction workers?


“Through association and usage, mitzvah has come to connote a good deed, a meritorious and praiseworthy act. But in the strict sense… mitzvah means a commandment, something the Creator Himself bids us do. ….For man-made conventions, like customs and ceremonies, there is no point in rushing. But when a mitzvah beckons, what can be of greater value and benefit than to run, to fulfill the Divine wish with every  fibre of our being.”


“In our human lives mitzvoth and transgressions are not always neatly separated  in sealed isolate compartments. The two are something intertwined in unholy alliance…. ‘The road to hell is paved with good intentions.’. It can also be paved, and even carpeted, with the evil we may welcome and do supposedly for the sake of good purposes.”


Question: This raises the problem of whether we can do good with evil

                 purposes and do evil through good purposes, i.e. if we accept     refugees who later become terrorists and kill Canadians?


What is the lasting benefit of doing a mitzvah? “There is a decided gratification, a basic satisfaction in knowing that you have performed your obligation and that you have obeyed your maker and acted well.” The opposite is true for committing a sin. “Guilt and remorse are the inevitable aftermath; the knowledge  of transgression done, is its own punishment.”


There are two levels of benefits for the person who does a mitzvah. The benefit in this world and the reward in the world-to-come… “ everything we do leaves a residue, a certain lasting effect on our soul and psyche; deep within us our actions either increase or destroy somewhat our capacity for immortality, our ability to share in the world-to-come. We carry in us our potential reward and punishment, as natural potential results of our own actions, the good and the bad. The true reward of a mitzvah lies in the mitzvah itself.”


Question: Does every action that we do change both the world and ourselves?


“But the plainest meaning of our text is probably as the Rambam suggests: Do one mitzvah and from Heaven you will be aided, in ways that you will not even realize, to do more: commit a transgression, and you set forces in motion that will ‘grease the path’ for you to commit worse deeds.”


Question 1: Do you believe in the theory that whatever we do has

                 reverberations throughout the world and eventually comes back

                 to affect us?


Question 2: Is performing mitzvahs a road to self-improvement or a better life?



Visions of the Fathers


“Just as it is a law of nature that a magnet will attract iron, so it is a law of nature that one sin attracts another and that one mitzvah attracts another. … We may sometimes dismiss something as being insignificant, but we must realize that there is no such thing as an insignificant act…. Every action we do, even if it is something permissible, may lead us to performance of mitzvos or sin, depending on our intention for the act.”


Question: In mercy killing, is it the intention or the act which is important?


“We usually understand this mitzvah to mean that the reward for a mitzvah is that it will result in an opportunity to do another mitzvah. There is also another meaning. … He {G-d} does not give unearned reward, because this would be contrary to His laws of Justice.  Hence, G-d wants us to do mitzvahs so that He can give us the good He wishes. Therefore when we do a mitzvah, not only have we done His will, but we have made it possible for Him to reward us.”




Humour with a Hechsher

A leading medical journal published data that indicates that seder participants should NOT partake of both chopped liver and charoses. It is indicated that this combination can lead to Charoses of the Liver.

At our seder, we had whole wheat and bran matzoth, fortified with Metamucil. The brand name, of course, is "Let My People Go".


Have you checked the hechsher on what just came out of your mouth?

Q: What do you call steaks ordered by 10 Jews?
A: Filet minyan

Q: If a doctor carries a black bag and a plumber carries a tool box, what does a mohel carry?
A: A Bris-kit!


Please help me understand how boils and locusts are plagues but bread that tastes like cardboard isn’t.


Next year the rumour is that "Chumetz" flavored matzos will take over the market (and with a very good hechsher it could make a mint!).




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Israel Is Changing The World

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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

Bar and Bat Mitzvahs

High Holy Days 2016

Rabbi’s Corner


Shabbat Bulletin

For submissions/feedback:

lodzercongregation@gmail.com


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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




The world is a magical place full of people

waiting to be offended by anything.

Proceed with Caution...




“Funny-Man” Conrad Black:

I put this as simply as possible:

Many atheists are excellent,

but atheism itself is hurting the West

We have no idea how the universe, or any version of the life and context we know, originated. We have no idea of the infinite, of what was before the beginning or is beyond any spatial limits we can imagine, even with the great exploratory progress of science. Miracles sometime occur and people do sometimes have completely inexplicable insights that are generally described as spiritual. No sane and somewhat experienced person disputes any of this. But there is a cyber-vigilante squad of atheist banshees that swarm like bats over such comments and are hyperactive philistines better responded to with pest control measures than logical argument.


My contention is that it is more logical and reasonable to attribute these phenomena to the existence of a supernatural force or intelligence than either to deny that they exist, or to take refuge in the faith that they are merely aspects of our environment that we will eventually understand as we explore our planet and the contiguous universe.


Atheists are becoming steadily more aggressive,

more generally dismissive of the supernatural tradition.


As atheists renounce the roots of our civilization, they are troublesome passengers, and are apt to be less integral defenders of the West in time of challenge. They often dissent so uniformly and strenuously from any theistic notions that they have effectively established a third force that enjoys the society Judeo-Christianity has created while despising Judeo-Christianity and also purporting, generally, to despise the succession of dangerous adversaries that have threatened Judeo-Christianity, including Nazism, international Communism, and radical Islam.


… the Islamic militants despise the West not because of the faith at its origins, but because it perceives the West now as a society without any spiritual views or values at all; as a wretched mass of materialist atheists … inContext


The alternative to embracing Secular Islam is a religious civil war.

Support Judeo-Christian and Islamic Atheism/Secularism.

All individuals must be able to freely chose their belief system.


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How many take the

Quran literally?

Without open dialogue,

who will be the righteous amongst us?


“It is facile for us to believe that there are not others on this planet who disagree with our way of life. There are those who hold views so extreme that they kill in the name of their God. They rape in the name of their God. They subjugate and bring terror in the name of their God. No religion and no nation is immune to this. These people live within our borders and without. They are Muslim and they are Christian. They are Sikh and they are Hindu.
   Yet there are those who seek to bring light and beauty to the world. They seek to bring peace, prosperity, and tolerance. Every religion and every nation has these people. They are Muslim and they are Christian. They are Sikh and they are Hindu.
   Good, courage, innovation, creativity, tolerance, love, light, and hope know no boundaries; nor do evil, hate, subjugation, intolerance, decadence, and violence.
   What are we to do, we who value equality of opportunity; we who have created art and beauty, Ebola vaccines, and nanotechnology; we who value hope and the greater good; we who value knowledge; we who value love; we as Canadians?”  inContext

Hon. Michelle Rempel, Jan 31, 2017

Tick-Tock




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