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THE LODZER CENTRE CONGREGATION

12 Heaton Street, M3H 4Y6  (416) 636-6665

 

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Lashon hara kills three: the person speaking it, the person listening to it and and the person being talked about.

 

Shabbat Bulletin - June 17, 2017

 

 

A long-time supporter of our morning minyan

has passed away...

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Making Shul and Judaism an important part of our Lifestyle

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General Fund

Rafael and Arlene Moshe made a donation in honour of their daughter Naomi’s Bat Mitzvah held last week… Mazel Tov


Music Fund

Renee Topper

Etta Sugarman

Yahrzeits

Morry Nosak
Sara Birensztok

 

Siddur Dedications

Jonathan & Dora Usher (3 siddurs)
1. Mazel Tov on Rick & Eda Kardonne’s 50th Anniversary
2. In honour of Leon Pasternak
3. In memory of Rose & Abe Usher

The Broder Family (2 siddurs)

In memory of Gabe Broder

 

The Kiddush Fund (New!)

Judy & Charly Hazan

Wishing Taylor Remez a speedy recovery

 

 

 

 

Manna tasted like

whatever the person eating it desired

"Don't feed them!  It makes them dependent."

Is Manna a metaphor for our trials and tribulations?

Could our troubles taste as sweet?

 

Torah Spin

 

Could Manna be the Spiritual Secret to Eternal Weight Loss?

 

By having a gluttonous appetite, a lust for food,

Do we elevate our food above G-d?

 

In the Torah and in real life

Over-valuing real food has it’s consequences

 

 

 

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Lodzer chazzan to take bite of the Big Apple

TORONTO June 5, 2017 -- The Lodzer Centre Congregation is giving a heartfelt l’hitraot to chazzan Marcel Cohen as he and his family make a new life for themselves in New York City.


Marcel came to the Lodzer in January 2014 and instantly created a freilach atmosphere to the Lodzer services, sprinkled with his unique puns and a warm, friendly and inclusive attitude to everyone he met. His ability to quickly formulate and deliver a Dvar Torah for Shabbat always included personal touches that brought him closer to congregants.


One of his main triumphs at the shul was attaining a Government of Canada grant for the highly successful 10-part series of performances and discussions about Jewish music held at the synagogue last year. Hundreds of people turned out to hear presentations of their favourite musical genre, led by fellow chazzanim from near and far.


“His sense of humour and ability to work with everyone was a highlight for both members and the Board of Directors,” said Lodzer president Jeff Shabes. “He is a unique individual and one who we are sorry to see leave us.”


Marcel led all the Shabbat and holiday services for the congregation, using both a mix of traditional and contemporary tunes that had congregants instantly humming along.
He also supervised the High Holidays choir, including selecting musical pieces, arranging, conducting and working with cantorial soloists.


As well, Marcel acted as mentor to children interested in learning their Bar/Bat Mitzah, both at the Lodzer and with Kadima Centre, interacting with children with special needs.


His last Shabbat with the Lodzer will be June 24th.

 

Press release by Susan Yellen.

 

 

 

 

When life gives you lemons make grape juice.

Then sit back and watch as the world wonders

how you did it.

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We are the Lodzer Morning Minyanaires

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Always a good breakfast following!

 

“Just as brushing one’s teeth daily sustains the health of his teeth and daily exercise strengthens the heart, so does regular study add up to a knowledgeable person whose life is guided by Torah. Rabbi Israel Salanter once said: A Torah scholar is not one who studies everything, but one who studies every day. Torah study should be a way of life, not an occasional or erratic activity.”

 

Zingers from Pirke Avoth | Perek 1, Mishnah 14 | From the Irving Greenberg commentary

 

 

 

Your Life Moments

 

Birthdays

 

June 14  Sally Berger
June 14  Sara Birensztok
June 14  Milton Stahl

June 19  Honey Spitzen
June 21  Joyce Brown

 

Anniversaries

 

June 11  Matthew & Daphna Grossman
June 11  Rick & Eda Kardonne
June 16  David & Beverly Birkan
June 16  Neil & Carrie Manley

 

 

Yahrzeits

 

June 12  Gerald Tolkin, husband of Jacqueline
June 13  Bernard Steinberg, father of Hedy Steinberg
June 13  Abraham Usher, father of Jonathan
June 14  Anna White, mother of Frank

June 18  Henry White, father of Frank
June 18  Gabriel Broder, husband of Phyllis, father of Tamara and Eytan
June 19  Joseph Klein, father of Harley
June 23  Charles Goldlust, brother of Morris

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Take your Soul to Work, by Erica Brown

On Memory

 

In leadership, we are all guilty. We forget a name, a significant event, the exact number on an account, the name of a colleague’s wife. In each act of forgetting, we hurt someone. Forgetting is human. But it’s still a problem.

 

 

 

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

Memory Unearthed features the photographs of Polish Jewish photographer Henryk Ross (1910-1991), one of the official Lodz ghetto photographers. From 1940 to 1944, Ross took work-permit identification card photos for the ghetto's ever increasing Jewish population consolidated into Lodz ghetto by the Nazi regime. He also took “official” images, promoting the ghetto's work efficiency, and at the same time he documented the grim daily life in the ghetto: suffering and despair, starvation and diseases, the exploitation of the workers, the deportation of thousands to death camps at Chelmno and Auschwitz.

Even with Ross's official status as an employee of the Jewish Council (Judenrat) in the Department of Statistics, the subject matter of his photographic work was restricted and scrutinized, and he took many risks while capturing images of what he called the "total destruction of Polish Jewry."

Hoping to preserve the historical record contained in his negatives, Ross buried them at the time of the ghetto's liquidation in the fall of 1944. Upon liberation by the Red Army in January 1945, he excavated his box of negatives to discover that only half of the 6,000 negatives survived. He would spend the remainder of his life working with the images to tell his story of the Lodz ghetto. Some 200 of these indelible scenes are included in Memory Unearthed, comprising a visual and emotional meditation on a harrowing moment in history.
Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario

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Woman with her child (Ghetto policemen's family).

 

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Young girl.

 

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Children being transported to Chelmno nad Nerem

(renamed Kulmhof) death camp.

 

 

 

 

Upcoming

Events

June 5,

1967

 

 

Zeitgeist

 

Six-Day

(June) War

The War in June (2017)
Al-Jazeera Documentary

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Israeli military commanders

geniuses without precedent

The unification of Jerusalem

Israeli control over the Old City

 

The June 1967 Arab-Israeli war lasted only six days but its consequences are still felt across the Middle East today. On June 5th, 1967, just three weeks after it marked the 19th anniversary of its founding, the state of Israel went to war with the armies of neighbouring Egypt, Syria and Jordan. What would come to be known to Israelis as the Six-Day War and to Arabs as the June War, saw the defeat of three of the mightiest armies in the region, in a total victory for Israel.

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Wednesday,

June 14

 

P.O.W.


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

Thursday,

June 15

 

7 - 8 PM

 

 

Kiddush Room

 

Conversational

Hebrew Classes

 

Conversational Hebrew is being offered at the Lodzer on Thursdays at 7:00 -  8:00 pm.

 

If you're interested please contact Cathy at cathyrzeldin@gmail.com

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Thursday,

June 15

8:00 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.

Friday,

June 16

 

8:30pm-10:30pm

$10 cover charge

Three Times

Cafe

320 CollegeSt.TO

 

A Folk Music

Benefit Concert

For The Yazidi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Geoffrey and Mark Clarfield

Saturday,

June 17

 

23 Sivan

 

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

Kiddush Lunch

 

 

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This week’s Kiddush

is sponsored by

the Broder Family

for the yahrzeit of

Gabe Broder

Torah Times

 

Torah Reading:

Triennial Year 1

 

Parashat: Shelach Lecha
Numbers 13:1 - 15:41

1: 13:1-3 (pg. 623)
2: 13:4-16
3: 13:17-20
4: 13:21-24
5: 13:25-30
6: 13:31-33
7: 14:1-7
maftir: 14:5-7


Haftarah:

Joshua 2:1 - 2:24 (PG. 635)

Candle Lighting:

8:43 p.m. – Friday

 

Havdalah:

9:52 p.m. – Saturday

Monday,

June 19

 

Week 16

 

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

Karate Kata 2 - Heian Nidan

 

Focus, Respect, Self-Control

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

 

One thru ten: Ichi, Ni, San, Shi, Go,

Roku, Shichi, Hachi, Kyuu, Juu.

Friday,

June 23

 

6 PM

 

$20 BBQ

 

Park adjacent to

Beth Radom

Kabbalat Shabbat

in the park

 

Beth Radom is hosting a Kabbalat Shabbat in the Park adjacent to the shul  and the Lodzer Centre is invited to join them on Friday, June 23.
The service begins at 6pm and is open to everyone.

They are also having a BBQ immediately following.  There is a charge and guests must register by June 20th.
Non-Members $20.00 per adult, $15 per child

Please call Miriam to register. 416-636-3451 x24

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Saturday,

June 24

 

30 Sivan

 

Shabbat

Rosh Chodesh

Tamuz

 

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

Bon

Voyage

Kiddush

For

Cantor Marcel Cohen

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Look out for worms!

The adoration of the

golden calf

 

 

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Not a good idea.

 

 

 

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Wear sunscreen!

July 4,

1976

 

 

Zeitgeist

 

Raid on

Entebbe

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On June 27, 1976, four terrorists belonging to a splinter group of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine boarded and hijacked an Air France Airbus A300 at Athens. With President Idi Amin's blessing, the terrorists divert the airliner and its hostages to Entebbe Airport in Uganda. After identifying Israeli passengers, the non-Jewish passengers are freed while a series of demands are made, including the release of 40 Palestinian militants held in Israel, in exchange for the hostages.

The Cabinet of Israel, led by Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, unwilling to give into terrorist demands, is faced with difficult decisions as their deliberations lead to a top-secret military raid. The difficult and daring commando operation, "Operation Thunderbolt", will be carried out over 2,500 miles (4 000 km) from home and will take place on the Jewish Sabbath.

While still negotiating with the terrorists, who now numbered seven individuals including Palestinians and two Germans, the Israeli military prepared two Lockheed C-130 Hercules transports for the raid. The transports refuelled in Kenya before landing at Entebbe Airport under the cover of darkness. The commandos had to contend with a large armed Ugandan military detachment and used a ruse to overcome the defenses. A black Mercedes limousine had been carried on board and was used to fool sentries that it was the official car that President Amin used on an impromptu visit to the airport.

Nearly complete surprise was achieved but a firefight resulted, ending with all seven terrorists and 45 Ugandan soldiers killed. The hostages were gathered together and most were quickly put on the idling C-130 aircraft. During the raid, one commando (the breach unit commander Yonatan Netanyahu, brother of future Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu), and three of the hostages, died. A fourth hostage, Dora Bloch, who had been taken to Mulago Hospital in Kampala, was murdered by the Ugandans on Idi Amin's orders.

With 102 hostages aboard and on their way to freedom, a group of Israeli commandos remained behind to destroy the Ugandan Air Force fighters to prevent a retaliation. All the survivors of the attack force then joined in flying back to Israel. <<40 years later>>

Tuesday,

July 11

 

17 Tamuz

Rosh Chodesh Tamuz

 

Fast of Shiva

 

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Thursday,

July 27

 

8:00 PM

Book Chat

with Cathy Zeldin

 

Shul Kiddush

Rm

 

If we decide to take a break over the summer, I'll advise of the new date.

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Two women compete for the affections of their opium merchant husband in a tale of friendship, fortune and rivalry in colonial Hong Kong.

In 1862, a young Jew from Calcutta named Emanuel Belilios leaves his dutiful wife Semah and sets sail for Hong Kong to make his fortune in the opium trade.

 

There, he grows into a prosperous and respectable merchant, eventually falling in love with his Chinese business partner's daughter Pearl, a delicate beauty twenty years his junior.

 

As a wedding present, he builds for her the most magnificent mansion in Hong Kong.

 

Then Semah arrives unannounced from Calcutta to take her place as mistress of the house...and life will change irrevocably for all of them.

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

 

CanadiansforBalfour100

1953-2018

 

Lodzer@65

 

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We need volunteers

to work on the

Lodzer’s 65th anniversary

 

Coming Spring 2018

 

To Volunteer, contact:

Jeff Shabes

jshabes@rogers.com

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.

 

All for one and one for all

 

 

 

A Sikh wedding

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Marriage is a partnership of equals.

No consideration is to be given to caste, social status, race or lineage.

This past week-end Dora and I attended a Sikh marriage ceremony. This one was elaborate. Women mostly wore bright Indian Saris while men wore suits with ties or shirts or socks that were bright. The groom came to the Temple in a white Rolls-Royce (otherwise it would have had to be a  white horse) and the procession to the beginnings of the wedding festivities ended with the important members of the two families welcoming each other with hugs.

 

Although the wedding was entirely in accordance with Sikh traditions, as the groom’s family is Jewish, at the dinner, the Sheva Brachos were recited both in English and Hebrew. They were appreciated and well received, as representing another religious tradition wishing the best for the newly married couple and as a blessing from G-d.

In the Temple, where the wedding ceremony was performed, men and women sat on the floor, with men on the right side of the temple and women on the left, and no visible barrier in-between. There were benches for people like Dora and myself, who could not comfortably sit on the floor for the hour-long marriage service.

Everyone was very friendly and welcoming and happy to help us with the Temple ritual of no shoes, and scarves for the women and bandanas for the men.

In most ways the wedding was like a Jewish wedding. Similarities of wordings were interesting. Here are some essentials of their ideas that I took from the wedding pamphlet.

“The Sikh marriage ceremony is known as Anand Karaj, which means ‘blissful union”. A Sikh marriage is an attempt at uniting the souls of the bride and groom, as well as uniting the individual soul to the Universal soul.

The four Lavan (vows) are stated while the couple circle the priest or Granthi four times. “Lavan is a Sanskrit word meaning “break away” - that is, we are inspired to ‘break away’ from those paradigms, models, thinking patterns that keep us away from the truth and the essence of God’s teachings. Essentially, we are all the brides of the most perfect groom,that being God. The Sikh marriage rite is viewed not as a contract but as a sacrament, a holy union dissolved only by death, in which two souls, appearing in two individual bodies, unite as one… - one spirit in two forms.

The four Lavan (or vows) reflect the four stages of love between husband and wife and between a devotee and God:

In the First Lavan, the Guru instructs the couple to fulfil the duties of worldly lfe and attain the Divine in the midst of domestic life. It emphasizes the performance of duty towards the family and community.

In the Second Lavan, the Guru assures mankind of the nearness of the Satguru, the Fearless,Pure,Imminent Lord, in the midst of family life.

In the Third Lavan, the Guru’s celebrates the achievement of detachment in the midst of family life.

In the Fourth Lavan, the Guru refers to the final stage of harmony and union, during which human love sublimates into the love for God. Upon completion of the fourth verse, the bride and groom are considered to be husband and wife.

Mazel Tov

 

 

 

Pirkei Avos

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

Pirke Avoth Perek 4 Mishnah 11

 

Note 1: This commentary is taken from Ethics from Sinai by Irving M. Bunim. Some sentences of the commentaries have been taken verbatim (in quotes) and others have been summarized. All relate to Mishnah 11. The Questions and Notes are my own.

 

R. Jonathan said: Whoever fulfills the Torah amid poverty, in the end he will yet fulfill it amid wealth; but whoever makes naught of the Torah amid wealth, in the end he shall make naught of it amid poverty.

 

Note 1 - This Mishnah deals with the problems of both the poor and the wealthy in maintaining Torah.

 

“In its plain, straightforward meaning, this Mishnah is a direct affirmation of the laws of Providence, the rule of reward and punishment. If a man remains loyal to his Heritage and observes the Torah in spite of the limitations, the shackles and harassments of poverty, he will ultimately be rewarded with material wealth, so that he can continue to observe the Torah in comfort. On the other hand, should a man desecrate and violate the Torah in crass disregard while he is blessed by Providence with riches that give him ample means and opportunity to be faithful to his religion, that man will find his punishment by losing his wealth…. R. Jonathan assures us: Never fear; in time the principle works out. Eventually circumstances set matters to right.”

 

Providence is defined as: “the foreseeing care and guardianship of G-d over his creatures.” (Random House Dictionary)

 

“Through either extreme, let a man remain loyal to the Torah, and he will ultimately enjoy in tranquility the fruits of his devotion and loyalty.”

 

Question 1: Do you believe that the laws of reward and punishment or of Providence apply to studying the Torah?

Question 2: Does wealth mean both material and spiritual wealth?

Question 3: Do questions 1 and 2 apply to the Holocaust years or to

                    Canada today?

 

“Some commentaries interpret our text in another vein: for them the true poverty and wealth of which R. Jonathan speaks, refers not to ephemeral money and goods, but to the lasting treasures of the mind: wisdom and understanding. This sage means, then, that all who observe the Torah in intellectual poverty - before they have the education or maturity to know and understand its principles, its why and wherefore - they will eventually merit to observe their faith amidst a wealth of knowledge and comprehension. “

 

“When we first start to observe or learn the Torah, our understanding is necessarily weak, our knowledge perforce incomplete. But our actions and observances must always run ahead of our understanding. We must accept the Divine command and leap into action while we are yet poor in understanding, trusting faith to the wisdom of our Creator. For this there is a rich reward: with maturing insight and intuition come realizations, dawning levels of awareness, blossoming fulfillment in understanding.”

 

Question : How can we entice Conservative or Russian Jews who have no understanding to take the next step into the desirability of knowledge and understanding?

 

“You will find that without the heart, the faith, the compassion of Torah, knowledge alone is not wisdom. You will realize in bitterness that with your neglect of Torah you have achieved an emptiness of soul and a poverty of mind. Without the illumination of Divinity that informs Torah study, pure knowledge leaves the mind a feast of ashes.”

 

Question: We sometimes speak of professors being in an “ivory tower”. Have they simply lost contact with ordinary people and with Torah?

 

“But the opposite can also occur. A person may have received a sound education in the Written and oral Torah. He is, let us say, quite observant with a fair knowledge of his Heritage, and should he wish to, he can continue his Torah study with reasonable proficiency.” However, “For true intellectual riches, he decides, he must renounce Judaism and the Torah and devote himself to secular studies, general worldly knowledge. To him R. Jonathan gives this assurance: if amid intellectual wealth and a richness of its knowledge, you decide that the Torah is nothing, and you make naught of it, one destiny awaits you. In time you will become disillusioned with the arid intellectualism of the academic world. You will find that without the heart, the faith, the compassion of Torah, knowledge one is not wisdom. You will realize in bitterness that with your neglect of Torah you have achieved an emptiness of soul and a poverty of mind. Without the illumination of Divinity that informs Torah study, pure knowledge leave the mind a feast of ashes.”

Question: We see college students pushing values that are prejudiced or immoral. Should Torah or morals be a compulsory course?

 

“ Now consider a man in poor circumstances. He must work hard., struggle for his livelihood, and forego pleasures and luxuries. If he manages, in such a life, to study the Torah and observe it in reverence, he grows in spirit; he forms and affirms new dimensions of character, proving himself worthy of trust.  He matures in reliability and trustworthiness. In time Heaven can be certain of his reliability in his religion and ethics. Should he acquire money, the result becomes predictable; The man will find it easier to be observant; he will perhaps spend more for certain mitzvoth; he may be able to devote more time to Torah study; and he will undoubtedly give freely to worthy causes. When the laws of Providence control and ordain the distribution of wealth, this man simply moves up to his proper level.” “In the Midrash we read how two of our greatest leaders unwittingly prepared themselves for their immortal careers by tending sheep. Moses and David were both shepherds at first. When the  Almighty saw their concern, tenderness and integrity, he appointed them shepherd of His flock. They were not rewarded fabulously or magically. They simply matured into higher destinies.”

 

Question: Is Providence simply the maturing of people into their   higher destinies?

 

“On the other hand, when others are endowed with wealth, they may simply adopt delusions of grandeur.”  “Riches come and religion and faith fly out the window.” If riches mean that a person will drop Torah, then Providence will drop them from riches as they have proven detrimental. Poverty and a change of ways is therefore, at that point, beneficial to him. ”Poverty offers man a golden opportunity for growth; riches may bring corruption and decay - not of the bank account, but of something far more lasting and important: the character, the soul, and the spiritual self.”

However, the rich man may have become so far from Torah  that he may remain poor and ignorant. “A man must be strong enough to retain a proper sense of values in the face of affluence and overwhelming wealth.”  

 

Question: Is the same true for those that seek a university education?

 

The text also says that one who works to guarantee the future of the Torah i.e. one who gives to Torah institutions, and generally is concerned for the future of the Judaism will gain merit and find their material position secure.

 

Question 1: Does something about studying the Torah give the poor person some   knowledge, insight or changed attitude so that he will become a wealthy man?

Question 2: Does simple guilt over not studying Torah cause the laws of Providence to kick in and therefore the rich become poor?

Question 3: Is the answer to be one of the middle class so that there is time off from work to study, and a richer life will not lead you away from Torah?

 

A person’s wealth or lack of funds makes no difference if that person is living in the spiritual realm. ‘Wealth’ and ‘poverty’ may be interpreted not in material terms but in terms of emotional states, the riches of the social and spiritual realm. A family that follows Torah  “will live their real life far above the mundane level of the bank balance.”

 

“Again the wisdom of R. Jonathan lends itself to a different interpretation. The reward of riches and the punishment of poverty may be internal, subjective, rather than external and objective. Nor is this a matter of sophistry or semantic trickery. R. Jonathan may well be seeking to teach us the true ultimate meaning of ‘wealth and poverty”’

 

“We can easily forget that money is only a medium of exchange, a means, and not an end in itself. Material wealth is something we seek in the strong belief that we can exchange it for happiness. But to make that exchange, to acquire happiness for money, is not easy…. {the rich person} dare not or cannot spend the money, for then he loses his ‘key’ to security and happiness. The money thus becomes inaccessible to him as though it were someone else’s. How rich is he then, in his day-to -day living? Spiritually he shrivels up into a spore.”

 

Question: Does loss of money = loss of control, and the rich do not want to give up their control to G-d so they ignore Torah? (Twerski)

 

“By contrast, another may be poor, … but he may know how to fill his own and his family’s life with the riches that count. He studies the Torah, and the whole family is infused with its light and warmth. With him his family shares in the sacred tradition and Divine wisdom that has nurtured our people since Sinai. Mitzvoth are performed with affection and meaning, and there is a sense of sharing in the riches of a spiritual realm that is eternal.

 

“The loyal, authentic Jew can transcend his circumstances; neither poverty nor riches can keep him from a life of service, worship and study before his Maker. How does he do it? He knows that in reality it it not we who support and carry the Torah, but the Torah that carries and sustains us;. More than we could possibly do on its behalf, it achieves and accomplishes for us. As such , the Torah can never become an unbearable burden.”

 

Question 1: Is the purpose of this Mishnah to encourage people to  live their lives according to the rules of Torah?

Question 2: Was it successful?

 

 

 

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Israel Is Changing The World

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Pulse technology could make Botox passé. This novel Botox alternative uses microsecond-pulsed, high-voltage, non-thermal electrical fields to produce rejuvenated skin without scars or toxic side effects. Israeli scientists say Pulse technology may revolutionize the treatment of aging skin and degenerative skin diseases.

 

"Pulsed electrical field technology has many advantages, which have already proved effective -- for example, in food preservation, tumor removal, and wound disinfection," said Dr. Alexander Golberg of Harvard Medical School.

 

"Our new application may jumpstart the secretion of new collagen and capillaries in problematic skin areas. Considering that, in the modern era of aging populations and climate change, degenerative skin diseases affect one in three adults over the age of 60, this has the potential to be an healthcare gamechanger."

 

The technology stimulates cell rejuvenation by inducing nanoscale defects on the cell membranes, that lead to electric fields causing the death of a small number of cells in affected areas, leading to a release of growth factors that increase the metabolism of the remaining cells, in turn regenerating new cells. The results lead to increased skin function and could also serve as a novel non-invasive skin therapy for a wide range of degenerative skin diseases.

 

Gd’s blessing to Abraham and we his descendants, the Jews: “And through you will all the nations of the world be blessed,” is being fulfilled in our lifetime. Perhaps it is because for the 1st time in 2,000 years, Jews are a free people in their own land, free to improve their lives and the lives of everyone in the world—even its sworn enemies. Israel has achieved great things. It has taken a barren land and made it bloom again. It has taken an ancient Hebrew language and made it speak again. It has taken a nation decimated by a Holocaust and made it live again.  inContext

Israel has changed the world of technology - Let’s move on...

 

 

 

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.

 

Contributions

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

 

Tickets

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.

 

Lodzer Sisterhood Cookbooks
Great Gifts – just $20 each

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.

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

 

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, 1st VP

Judy Hazen, 2nd VP

Morry Nosak, Treasurer

Marilyn Richmond, Secretary

Board Members

Frank Steiman

Henry Epstein

Joe Ber

Leon Pasternak (Honourary)

Rafi Remez

Roz Greene

Sid Markovitz

 

Rabbi Eli Courante

Cantor Marcel Cohen

Cantor David Young

B’aal Koreh:

Harvey Bitterman

Gabbais:

Arnie Yudell

Rafi Remez

Shabbat Handout:

Judy Hazen

e-Bulletin:

Charles Greene

Office Manager:

Sarah Senior

 

Website: lodzer.ca

Who we are - Contact Info

Memberships

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High Holy Days 2016

Rabbi’s Corner

 

Shabbat Bulletin

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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

 

 

 

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Latrine at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Photo Credit: Laura Davis

 

Cleaning out these toilets was considered the best job for a prisoner to have for two reasons. First, the latrine was the center of all underground activity for the prisoners (because the guards would not enter the building). This is where news was exchanged, trades were made and guerrilla activity was planned. The second reason this job was to be coveted was because the latrine-worker constantly reeked in such a way that the guards would not come near them, preventing beatings and floggings. Dennis Jarvis

 

 

 

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