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Shabbat Bulletin - August 12, 2017





Women should come with

instruction manuals.

What’s the point of that?

When was the last time,

you read instructions?


We are the Lodzer Morning Minyanaires


Always a good breakfast following!

Last-ditch Effort [again] Fails to Secure

Egalitarian Prayer Space at the Western Wall


Once Orthodox women became involved in Torah education, they no longer should’ve been denied their rightful space alongside the men.

Let us all dance with the Torah


Rabbi Menken@9:35: If it's a reformer or Conservative they probably haven't been to synagogue in the last month. A frum Jew will pray more times in the next few days than a conservative Jew does in a whole year.

Rabbi Menken@11:48: Based on the number of prayers that are being said by people that want to pray in mixed fashion at various times of the day across the year, your [referring to non-Frum Jews] plaza should be the size of a postage stamp.

Proportional representation


What’s the real issue?

Your Life Moments


Aug. 5   Irene Szweras
Aug. 7   Sonia Goldlust
Aug. 10  Rachel Weisman

Aug. 12  Honey Hellreich
Aug. 12  Sheila Stahl
Aug. 15  Esther Tschaschnik


Aug. 10  Robert & Sally Berger
Aug. 10  Sidney & Barbara Lew
Aug. 10  Harvey & Helen Storm

Aug. 13 Eli Batsre & Miriam Perez


Aug. 5  Taylor-Kate Bowser, great granddaughter of Betty Siegel-Snyder
Aug. 5  Libby Ricer, mother of Fay Rotstein
Aug. 6  Reuben Sidenberg, father of Allen
Aug. 7  Sam Friedenrich, son of Esther, brother of Ricki Black and Susan Waserman
Aug. 10  Yitzchak Abramowitz, husband of Ida, father of Miriam Epstein
Aug. 10  Florence Edlin, special aunt of Sam and Doreen Herzog

Aug. 12  Chaim Rochwerg. Father of Alisa Schwartz
Aug. 14  Boruch Ben Krupski, husband of Zelda
Aug. 15  David Haber, father of Ellen Dagan
Aug. 15  Reva Macklis, mother of Sylvia White
Aug. 18  Pearl Adelkind, father of Sheryl Adelkind

The sweetest anniversaries are a result of getting through life’s most bitter moments…

hand in hand, heart to heart.


Still I know that although Shabbat does not last all week,

I would like to make the world look more like Shabbat.

I would like to make the Jewish people a little closer to Shabbat.

“The study and practice of Torah, (the commandments and behaviours it prescribes,) constitute the basis of a society which enables people to live in harmony with each other.

Torah study is the foundation of a good life. Study is the greatest of all because it brings {one} to {proper} action.

Zingers from Pirke Avoth - Perek 2, Mishnah 2


Hi holiday

ticket sales

are now

open to the public


Sold Out!!!

2017 Pricing


High Holiday time is upon us once more. New this year,  Rabbi Eli Courante will be joined by our new Cantor, David Young and a full choir.






On Rosh Hashanah God judges individuals, but that judgment/fate is "sealed" on Yom Kippur and "sent out" on Hoshana Rabba (the seventh day of Sukkot).

Here’s hoping that your fate, that is sealed, is a good one.





August 9


7:30-8:30 pm

Shul Kiddush


All are



to the public

at no cost


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


August 12

20 Av


Rabbi Eli



David Young

B’aal Koreh:
Harvey Bitterman



9:12 AM

Led by

Frank Steiman


9:30 AM

Please help us out by coming early…

We need a minyan to start!

Torah Times

Triennial Year 1

Parashat: Ekev
Deuteronomy 7:12 - 11:25

1: 7:12-16  (pg. 780)
2: 7:17-21
3: 7:22-26
4: 8:1-3
5: 8:4-10
6: 8:11-18
7: 8:19-9:3
maftir: 9:1-3


Isaiah 49:14 - 51:3 pg. 794

Candle Lighting:

8:08 p.m. – Friday


9:14 p.m. – Saturday



Pirke Avoth Discussion Group

with Jonathan Usher

We’re taking a break until after the hi holidays...

Enjoy the summer!


August 14

Week 30

Karate lessons

For Seniors

Join us

with open hands

and Kick back!

Mondays & Fridays


Kiddush Breakfast

(10 - 11 AM)ish

Dojo Lodzer

Upstairs Hall

Kiai - Sen!


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

Karate Kata 3 - Heian Sandan

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.


August 19

27 Av



August 24




Numerous Jewish synagogues were vandalised and desecrated.


Rampaging Arab mobs killed 67 Jewish residents and yeshiva students in the biblical holy city, where the patriarchs and matriarchs of the Jewish people are entombed and King David ruled. Three days later British soldiers evacuated the surviving remnant of the ancient Jewish community. Hebron was Judenrein. So it remained for 50 years, until 10 women and 35 children, led by Miriam Levinger and Sarah Nachshon, entered Beit Hadassah, the former medical clinic in the heart of the destroyed Jewish Quarter. Hebron, Mrs. Levinger proclaimed, “will no longer be Judenrein.

Judenfrei ("free of Jews") or Judenrein ("clean of Jews") was a Nazi term to designate an area "cleansed" of the Jewish presence. Today we just call those places slums.

(July 3rd to)


August 31

Dufferin Clark Library


A captivating exhibit from the Anne Frank House in the Netherlands.

Writing in a diary is a really strange experience for someone like me. Not only because I’ve never written anything before, but also because it seems to me that later on neither I nor anyone else will be interested in the musings of a thirteen-year old schoolgirl. Oh well, it doesn’t matter. I feel like writing.

Guided Tour Times:
Mondays 11:00 - 2:00pm
Tuesdays 6:00 - 9:00pm
Wednesdays 6:00 - 9:00pm
Thursdays 2:00 – 5:00pm
Saturdays 11:00 - 5:00pm
Sundays 2:00 - 5:00pm

I know what I want, I have a goal, an opinion, I have a religion and love. Let me be myself and then I am satisfied. I know that I’m a woman, a woman with inward strength and plenty of courage.


It’s difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality. It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.


September 7

7 - 8 PM

Kiddush Room


Hebrew Classes

Classes are starting up again after our summer break on September 7.

If you, or someone you know is interested please contact me...

If interested... contact



September 7

8:00 PM

Book Chat

with Cathy Zeldin

Shul Kiddush


The House of Wives-w200.jpg

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.

September 15



International Day of Democracy

In 2007 the United Nations General Assembly resolved to observe 15 September as the International Day of Democracy - with the purpose of promoting and upholding the principles of democracy - and invited all member states and organizations to commemorate the day in an appropriate manner that contributes to raising public awareness.


"The Israeli People Live!"


Sept. 17


9 AM

Pre-Holy Days




Remember the days of yore, learn the lessons of the generations that have come before you.

September 17




Camp David Accords

Will there ever be another Arab leader willing to make peace with Israel?

Anwar Sadat


“Peace is much more precious than a piece of land... let there be no more wars.”


The Camp David Accords, establishing peace between Israel and Egypt, were signed by Anwar El Sadat and Menachem Begin on this date in 1978 with U.S. President Jimmy Carter serving as witness and facilitator. The Accords resulted in Israel’s withdrawal from the Sinai, which was restored to Egypt; recognition of Israel by Egypt, which became the first Arab state involved in earlier wars with Israel to do so; agreement by Israel to permit the establishment of a “self-governing authority” in the Palestinian territories and to withdraw from the occupied territories; the firm entry of Egypt into the pro-American bloc of Middle Eastern states (which came to include, most significantly, Jordan and Saudi Arabia); and a Nobel Peace Prize shared by Begin and Sadat — who would be assassinated for his peace-making in 1981.

Rosh Hashanah

Begins sunset of


September 20

6:45 PM

CL 6:59 PM


8:30 AM

CL 8:05 PM



September 22

8:30 AM


Ends 8:03 PM


Family Services

Bryna Wechsler

1st day Rosh Hashanah

Thursday, Sept.21

10 AM

2nd day Rosh Hashanah

Friday, Sept.22

10 AM



The ten days starting with Rosh Hashanah and ending with Yom Kippur are commonly known as the Days of Awe (Yamim Noraim) or the Days of Repentance.

This is a time for serious introspection, a time to consider the sins of the previous year and repent before Yom Kippur.

September 22



Until his death at age 84, Marcel performed 300 times a year and taught 4 hours a day at his pantomime school in Paris . He died on Yom Kippur, 2007.


It’s good to

Shut up Sometimes

Born to a Jewish family in Strasbourg , France in 1923, young Marcel Mangel discovered Charlie Chaplin at age five and became an avid fan. He entertained his friends with Chaplin imitations, and dreamed of starring in silent movies.

Marcel (Mangel) Marceau

When Marcel was 16, the Nazis marched into France, and the Jews of Strasbourg - near the German border - had to flee for their lives. Marcel changed his last name to Marceau to avoid being identified as Jewish, and joined the French resistance movement.

Masquerading as a boy scout, Marcel evacuated a Jewish orphanage in eastern France . He told the children he was taking them on a vacation in the Alps, and led them to safety in Switzerland . Marcel made the perilous journey three times, saving hundreds of Jewish orphans. He was able to avoid detection by entertaining the children with silent pantomime.


September 23

9:30 AM

Ends 8:01 PM


Shabbat was and is a glorious gift from the almighty, or at least from the Jewish people if you prefer.  Just consider the concept, especially in the ancient world.  Shabbat is about expressing joy!!  Joy at being able to carry out mitzvot, joy at being able to enjoy life and the greatest joy of all, that of being Jewish!  Shavua Tov.

September 28




Shimon Peres was the last of Israel's founding fathers.
Ariel Sharon, David Ben-Gurion, Levi Eshkol, Moshe Dayan, Moshe Sharett, Golda Meir, Yigal Allon, Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Shamir, and Yitzhak Rabin are all gone.
And now so is Shimon Peres.



September 28

8 Tishri, 2935

826 BCE


Temple Dedicated

The 14-day dedication festivities, celebrating the completion of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem built by King Solomon, commenced on the 8th of Tishrei of the year 2935 from creation (826 BCE). The First Temple served as the epicenter of Jewish national and spiritual life for 410 years, until its destruction by the Babylonians in 423 BCE.

(We’ve been around awhile!)


The Holy Temple is the Divine "home" and "place," as the "gate of Heaven" for man's service of G-d, and as the ultimate embodiment of G-d's desire to create life and mankind's endeavor to sanctify it.

Yom Kippur

Begins sunset of


September 29

Kol Nidre

6:30 PM

CL 6:42 PM


September 30

9 AM


11:15 AM

In Conversation

with Rabbi Eli

4 PM - 5:15 PM

Mincha & Neila

5:15 PM

Ends 7:49 PM


May the memories of those who have preceded us make us new and better people.
May we use the time and opportunity given us to live lives that are replete with acts of goodness and kindness.
And when we have fulfilled the measure of our days, when we have become but a memory, may we have lived the kind of lives that make us worthy not just of being remembered, but also of being inscribed in the book of those who live on after us, the book of the living.

Family Services

Bryna Wechsler

Kol Nidre

Friday, Sept.29

6:30 PM

Yom Kippur

Saturday, Sept.30

10 AM


Fasting for Yom Kippur

is pretty much the only time

I wish I was eating

Matzah on Passover

Have you treated your friends royally this past year?

If you haven’t given them a call this past year, why?  Calls to renew acquaintances or just to say hello do not take long.

Question: Should we be editing our ‘friends list’ in the same way we edit our homes of clutter?

Next up: What have you done, (or not done,) to improve your own situation or that of the greater community around you?  How much more could you do?


Begins sunset of


October 4

CL 6:33 PM



October 5

9 AM

CL 7:40 PM



October 6

9 AM

Ends 7:11 PM

CL 6:06 PM



Sukkot is a time to commemorate dwelling in temporary structures as guests of the Lord.



October 7

9:30 AM

Ends 7:36 PM


“… but Rabbi, even if I can read some of the prayers I still don’t understand what I’m saying… To tell you the truth I’d rather take a quiet reflective walk in the park this year than spend all that time in synagogue saying a bunch of words that don‘t really mean so much to me anyway…”

Prayer is meant to be a powerful, relevant and meaningful experience.

Here are a few ideas to keep in mind this year that should help to make the services as personally uplifting as possible.


October 11

9 AM




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Havatat Aravot:

On the last day of Sukkot, Hoshana Rabba, we beat a bundle of willow branches (actually one is enough) on the floor. To prepare the ground for the rain to penetrate.


Tashlich (תשליך) is a ritual that many Jews observe between Rosh HaShanah and HaShanah Rabah. "Tashlich" means "casting off" in Hebrew and involves symbolically casting off the sins of the previous year by tossing pieces of bread or another food into a body of flowing water.

Don’t feed the birds

in Toronto Parks!
Here are suggestions for breads which may be most appropriate for specific sins or misbehaviours.

For ordinary sins: White Bread
For complex sins: Multigrain
For twisted sins: Pretzels
For sins of indecision: Waffles
For sins committed in haste: Matzoh

(The list goes on, and on…)

Shemini Atzeret

Begins sunset of


October 11

CL 6:21 PM



October 12

9 AM

Eighth Day of Assembly


10:10 AM


Falling just after Sukkot, (the 8th day,) Shemini Atzeret is the holiday on which Jews start praying for rain.

“On the eighth day you should hold a solemn gathering; you shall not work at your occupation.”

Living the Holidays - The Jewish Way

When the seven days of Sukkot end, the Bible decrees yet another holiday, the Eighth Day of Assembly.  The Rabbis interpreted this as an encore.  After the High Holy Days, after the intense seven days of Sukkot and pilgrimage, the Jewish people [or, we should say, more accurately, "God's people"] are about to leave, to scatter and return to their homes.  God grows nostalgic, as it were, and pensive.  The people of Israel will not come together again in such numbers until Passover six months hence. God will soon miss the sounds of music and pleasure and the unity of the people.  The Torah decreed, therefore, an eighth day of assembly, a final feast/holy day.  On this day Jews leave the sukkah to resume enjoying the comfort of solid, well built, well insulated homes.  The lulav and etrog are put aside; this day, Shemini Atzeret, is a reprise of the celebration of Sukkot but without any of the rituals.  The message is that all the rituals and symbolic language are important but ultimately they remain just symbols"

Rabbi Irving Greenberg

Simchat Torah

Begins sunset of


October 12

6:30 PM

CL 7:28 PM


October 13

9 AM

Ends 7:24 PM

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Simchat Torah is the holiday that celebrates the conclusion of the yearly cycle of reading the Torah, after which we begin anew reading the Five Books of Moses, starting from the first chapter of Genesis.



November 2-9




I believe in the sun even when it is not shining.

I believe in love even when I cannot feel it.

I believe in God even when he is silent.

Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky.

Elie Wiesel


We Remember... all year long.

We Will Never Forget

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



Begins sunset of


December 12

Ends nightfall of


December 20



Chanukah commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after a group of Jewish warriors defeated the occupying mighty Greek armies.


The proper response, as Hanukkah teaches, is not to curse the darkness but to light a candle.

R. Irving Greenberg



December 27



Julian Tuwim

We Polish Jews:

The Troubled Holocaust Legacy

of Julian Tuwim, 1894–1953

Poet Julian Tuwim was among the first and most powerful literary voices of the Holocaust experience.

Born in Lodz, Tuwim was a leading Polish-Jewish poet during the 1920–30s. In 1944, Tuwim wrote an anguished lament and manifesto of murdered Jewry, ‘We Polish Jews,’ as a refugee in New York.

Tough luck!

“For antisemites, I am a Jew and my poetry is Jewish.
For Jewish nationalists, I am a traitor and renegade.”  /JT


Julian Tuwim in conversation with

Sheldon Richmond on why they

returned to Lodz after the Shoah.

Fast of Tevet 10

Asara B'Tevet

Begins sunrise of


December 28

10 Tevet

Ends nightfall of


December 28


The Tenth of Tevet marks Nebuchadnezzar's siege of Jerusalem 2,500 years ago.


The siege of Yerushalayim began on the 10th of Tevet, so began the whole chain of calamities which finally ended with the destruction of the Beit HaMikdash.

In the State of Israel, Kaddish is recited on this day for people whose date or place of death is unknown. Consequently, many rabbis have designated it as a day of remembrance for the Holocaust.





We need volunteers

to work on the

Lodzer’s 65th anniversary

Coming Spring 2018

To Volunteer, contact:

Jeff Shabes

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 bylaws of the synagogue were amended to reflect the new reality.

All for one and one for all


The rabbinic tradition, for all its austerity and discipline, took the biblical affirmation of physical life even further. Because the commandments are meant to enhance life rather than deny it, the rabbis ruled that the entire system of Jewish law, (with a tiny number of exceptions,) is to be suspended when life or limb is in danger.

Pirkei Avos

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

PIrke Avoth Perek 4 Mishnah 19

Note: This commentary is taken from Ethics from Sinai by Irving M. Bunim. and Visions of the Fathers by Rabbi A. Twerski.  Some sentences of the commentaries have been taken verbatim (in quotes)  and others have been summarized. All relate to Mishnah 18. The Questions are my own.

R. Yannai said: It is not within our ability {to understand or explain} the tranquil well-being of the wicked or the afflictions of the righteous.

“The philosophers called it theodicy - one of the most difficult and perplexing problems with which thing, reflexive minds have grappled and continue to struggle.: If there is a kind and just Diety, omnipotent and infinitely good, how can evil and justice flourish while nobel cases of virtue and charity struggle desperately to survive? Why are there wicked people \who prosper and virtuous humans who suffer?”

“According to R. Yannai, the ultimate answer is beyond us.”

“ If fortune seems to smile or frown at people in an absolutely random, haphazard way, we can see nothing glorious about a Supreme Ruler who apparently permits or sanctions this.”

Question: Is this the way you beliee that the word works/

“…You cannot and will not know what reasons lie behind a person’s fortune, good or bad; for being human, you can know only the past and not the future. Your vision at best is limited. There is so much about anyone that is hidden from others and cannot become known until some future time, when years of life shall have wound their course. How question, then, or judge if Heaven treats someone justly?”

Question: Do we have the right to question?

“Were we to stand with a human spirit in the light of eternity, free from the blinders and limitations of earthly life to enter the presence of truth, we would realize how just was his lot in earth; we would see the reason for even the most paradoxical of events in his life.”

Question: Would we?

“The best we can do is to keep faith with Heaven and accept that whatever happens must surely be just and fair: He is a judge of absolute truth. In the Hereafter, past , present and future are all knowable. All intricate relationships and hidden factors can be seen. Then it will be realized how all is for the best in the Almighty’s realm.  For everything we will acknowledge that He is ha-tov v’ ha -metiv. {the good and the one who makes it good}

Question: Does it come down to simply believing?

We ask why some good people suffer and some bad ones prosper. Then we are assuming that we know who is really wicked and who is righteous.  … It would mean further that we know what is “prosperity” and what is “affliction,” and that the one is always good, while the other must be bad.” … All these assumptions … can be questioned.” “Then again can  we truly judge when people are happy or unhappy? … It is not within our ability to judge the happiness of the wicked - to know if wheyier truly wicked or truly happy! And the same applies to the righteous who suffer misfortune.”  

“Closely allied to this is the conception of the Midrash: ‘{The Almighty} is exacting with the righteous, and He collects payment from them in this world for the few bad things they have done, so that He can provide an abundance of {unalloyed} tranquility and grant them a good reward in the Hereafter. To the wicked He grands abundant tranquility and reward in this world for the little good deeds that they have done, so that He may exact retribution from them in the Hereafter.”

Question: Do these arguments convince you?

“Now it is surely better for a person to ‘work off’ his sins in this transient fleeting life, to then enjoy uninterrupted happiness in the timeless world oh spirit. But is the fate of the wicked person really fair? Is it just to pay him off in the illusory benefits and pleasures of this world for mitzvoth which could have brought  him some far greater reward, of true worth, in the endless realm of the Spirit? The answer is that the choice depends on the individual person: each human being is treated according to his nature and his true inner preference. When the Almighty approaches the righteous person about clearing up his debts” by paying for his misdeeds, the soul, the inner self responds that he would strongly wish to pay with what is of least value to him: the goods of this world. It is much better, the righteous man realized, to have less in this world and more in the world to come.”

Question: Is this simply a weird rationale?

“It would seem that our tradition knows of one other factor that can influence a man’s destiny. Happy, fortunate is the man, says the Talmud whose fathers have provided him with merit for as it says elsewhere. ‘fortunate are the righteous: not only do they emerge meritorious themselves, but they also endow their children with merit.’ You may be enjoying prosperity because you were born to a line of worthy forebears.”

Question: Again is this not just a weird rationale?

“To take a somewhat different tack, we could interpret our text this way: It is not within our ability to handle either the tranquil well-being of the wicked or the afflictions of the righteous. We probably wouldn't withstand the temptations of good fortune and extreme luxury, which indeed turn many wicked. Nor is it likely that we could bear with equanimity the extreme suffering that befell some of our great Sages an scholars, like the afflictions of Job. We are ordinary people of small spiritual stature. We can do best in a medium ‘climate of life’ with a moderate amount of joy and happiness and a normal amount of trouble. … Our prayer to the Almighty should be to give us everything in moderation, in proportions that He knows to be best for us.“

Question: Is this true but irrelevant to theodicy?

“Our mission perhaps bemoans and criticizes the fact that the Jewish community seems to have lost much its classic sensitivity to evils and abuses which in ages past caused it such great concern. Time was when our prophets thundered and stormed at the injustice, the evil and depravity that they saw about them, caring little for their own welfare and safety. In R. Yannai’s time, apparently, things were no longer the same. Virtuous men suffered, villains did fine for themselves, and the community felt uninterested or helpless.”

Question: Is our Jewish society now relatively uninterested?

Visions of the Fathers

“A popular book that addresses this question wrongly concluded that the innocent may suffer because God does not control everything in the world, hence the suffering of the innocent is not a violation of Divine justice. … Torah ideology teachers that God is in total control of everything in the universe, from supergalaxies to microscopic cells. Furthermore, God is absolute goodness and perfect justice. Then why do bad things happen to good people? We do not know and cannot know. “This is one area where we must have perfect trust in God.”  “… it is beyond the grasp of human intellect. … Any attempt to solve insoluble mysteries can lead us into error and distortion.”

“Torah is both profound and infinite. Like a perfect diamond that scintillates with many colours and may present various configurations from different angles, all of which are true to the diamond, so can the Torah have kaleidoscopic interpretations, all of which are true. Furthermore, it has been pointed out that just as the true treasures of the earth lie beneath the surface … - so do the rich meanings of the Torah lie beneath the superficial text. Indeed there are four categories in which the Torah may be interpreted: the manifest meaning, the  symbolic meaning, the homiletic,{a religious discourse that is intended primarily for spiritual edification rather than doctrinal instruction, a sermon}, and the concealed secret; and in each category there may be countless versions.”

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The legal cannabis industry is exploding and Israel today is at the center of that growth. Because of its well-developed ecosystem of cannabis researchers, farmers, entrepreneurs, pharma and government policies, Israel is up to 10 years ahead of other nations in developing innovations for this significant new health industry.

Legal cannabis sales across the world totaled $150 billion last year, 2016,

and sales in the United States alone are expected to reach $21.8 billion by 2020.

You can’t put cannabis into a category. It’s not just pharma and it’s not just agro-tech. It’s not just lifestyle or recreational.

[The changes in legislation] will significantly increase entrepreneurship and investment into cannabis in Israel as the old stigma of criminal cannabis disappear.  inContext

When Greed exceeds Common Sense

Now you can find the Perfect Marijuana Strain to:

Feel happy; relieve pain; fight depression; energize yourself; increase creativity; boost appetite; sleep better and relieve stress.

Or Just go for a Walk


Take your Soul to Work, by Erica Brown

On Philanthropy

The rich aren’t the most generous. Low-income earners give a far bigger share of their discretionary income to charities. People who make $50,000 to $75,000 give an average of 7.6% of their discretionary income to charity compared with an average of 4.2% for people who make $100,000 or more.





Under the ruins of Poland
a golden head lies
both the head and the destruction
are very true.

The snow continues falling
over the ruins of Poland
the golden head of my beloved
in front of my aching eyes.

Pain is sitting at the desk
and writes the longest letter.
The deep tears in her eyes
are very true.

A large bird of mourning
flies above the ruins
carries in her wings
the song of grief
over the ruins of Poland

Ruins of Warsaw after WW2

Poland was devastated by World War II, both the population and physical plant. The Germans almost totally obliterated Warsaw. And Poland's Communist Government was able to rebuild only slowly.


Old Town, the monument of Jan Kiliński in the background, Warsaw in the 50’s


Old and New Town in the 50's


Main Station in Warsaw, 1945


Old Town after Warsaw Uprising

Credits: poem pics

Poland gradually rebuilt its industrial base after WW II. Heavy industry (iron, steel, shipping, and mining industries) were significantly expanded. The industrial plants and factories while brand new, but operating under Communist economics were inefficient and uncompetitive with European industry. This meant that Polish industry could not support wages offering workers a decent standard of living. Consumer goods were generally shoddy and available in only limited supply. Production was not geared to consumer demand. Economic planners had no real incentive to respond to consumer demand. And Communist price fixing meant that farmers had no incentive to increase production. As a result food shortages were common. This same dynamic occurred throughout Eastern Europe and in the Soviet Union, although it was less visible there. inContext

Jan Kiliński


A huge monument honouring Jan Kiliński (1760 in Trzemeszno - 28 January 1819 in Warsaw,) a Warsaw cobbler/shoemaker who became the unlikely hero/commander of the 1794 Kościuszko/Warsaw Uprising, an uprising against the Russian garrison in Warsaw.. Despite being wounded twice, Kiliński and his troop of peasants captured the Russian Ambassador's Warsaw residence; an action that ultimately led to his imprisonment in St. Petersburg. He also became a member of Polish provisional government. Said to embody the Polish virtues of bravery and patriotism, his statue was erected in 1936 and originally located on pl. Krasińskich. In reprisal for an attack on the Copernicus Monument, Nazi troops hid Kiliński inside the vaults of the National Museum. Within days, boy scouts had daubed the museum with the graffiti ‘People of Warsaw! I am here, Jan Kiliński.’ After the war the cobbler was returned to his rightful place, before being finally relocated to ul. Podwale in 1959.

Remembering Poland

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 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.

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.


Making a difference

to our shul
As everyone knows, with our shul’s new rabbi and new direction, we are making changes to our services and
programming, and becoming more of a community. The Board discusses procedures and suggested innovations on a monthly basis.
If you have any suggestions please give them, in writing to Sarah, and,if you wish to speak at our monthly Monday night
Board meeting about your ideas, concerns, or interests, again, please let Sarah know.
It is your shul.

We want and need your input.

Making a Difference

for Yourself
Rabbi Eli is eager and very happy to speak to our congregants on a one-on-one basis about personal or shul issues. As he has no official office hours, please call Sarah to make an appointment.
Rabbi Eli will return your call as soon as possible.


Jeff Shabes, President

Harvey Storm, 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 David Young

B’aal Koreh:

Harvey Bitterman


Arnie Yudell

Rafi Remez

Shabbat Handout:

Judy Hazen


Charles Greene

Office Manager:

Sarah Senior


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Office Hours

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We Remember...

Auschwitz II - Birkenau


Last Train Ride for Many
One type of railcar used for deportations to the camp.





Photo and story Credits: Dennis Jarvis

They expected the worst - Not the unthinkable