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Shabbat Bulletin - September 23, 2017

You Only Live Twice

Bimah Matters: D’Var of Sept. 16

Mir Zaynen Do! We are here!

From Hirsch Glick’s Zogt nit keyn mol, written in Warsaw Ghetto, 1943

This Shabbat, (25 Elul,) we started portion Nitzavim with: ‘You are all here today, your leaders and advisors, your men and women folk, elders and children, all people Israel’. This major all-hands-on-deck family gathering is an adequate opening to the reaffirmation of the covenant.

A former congregant of mine once said, somewhat cynically, that an extended family was a group of people getting together to eat, drink and reminisce whenever their numbers change.

If you’ve been to Jerusalem, especially recently, you probably know the Mamilla district, with its luxury hotels and a posh pedestrian mall right in front of the Jaffa gate. It hasn’t been always posh and exclusive. After the Arab mob ransacked and burnt much of the neighbourhood during the 1947 Jerusalem riots, murdering some of the residents in the process, the area went into a long period of stagnation. Between the War of Independence and the Six Day War, most of the residents here were poor immigrants from Kurdistan and Iraq. Mamilla was right on the border of Jordanian-held Old City. Every few weeks, a soldier would start shooting at the Jewish population from the city walls above. Afterwards, everyone went through the motions; Israel would file a protest with the UN, Jordan would respond that the soldier was mentally ill, deemed criminally insane and unfit to stand trial, and hospitalized. That went on till the Old City returned to the Israeli hands, and even gave birth to a sardonic term meshuga toran, “the psycho on duty”.

An old-timer of Mamilla told me how after the shooting would end and everyone who took cover came out again, you’d hear women shouting across the open space:

-          Have you seen my Moishe?

-          Is Tzilah at home?

-          Chayim! Chayim?! Are you there?

Our history, sadly, remembers hundreds, thousands of those cases, when we first duck and take cover to survive, then look for our loved ones to rebuild, to return to normal. And each of those tragedies, each of those calamities, is also inevitably the story of recovery, of reclaiming our lives.

We are a survivors’ congregation. It describes not so much the history of our congregation as its mindset. We are alive, here and now, and in whatever light we view our own purpose, our very raison d'être, it always comes through a prism of debt. The debt of gratitude to those who gave us life, and made sure it will be one worth living; and the debt of memory to those who are no longer with us, the ones who did not make it through; and the debt of responsibility to pass that understanding to our descendants. Your parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles who came through the inferno and lost their loved ones, lived on ever after with an acute realisation of carrying on for more than just themselves.

The institution of Yizkor itself was born out of necessity almost 1,000 years ago. After the terrible pogroms during the first crusade c. 1096, Jewish congregations would issue special books listing the victims of the massacres, sometimes along with a brief description of their deeds and lives.

All over, once again, it was children crying, and women screaming, and everybody asking whether Tzilah made it home and if anyone saw Chayimke.

Tomorrow’s Yizkor is a special one, established especially and particularly by the founders of The Lodzer for the last Sunday of the Jewish year. You will not find it as a custom (to my best knowledge) of any other Ashkenazi or Sephardic community. It is not merely a ritual but an opportunity.

An opportunity to move forward with our Teshuvah – the Return – just before the Days of Judgement by acknowledging and paying those debts, the debt of memory and the debt of gratitude.

An opportunity to find peace and consolation in the meaning of the good that we can continue doing (we cannot find meaning in the atrocities that ended so many lives of the previous generations, but we can give those lives that meaning).

Yes, we are family; but we do more than drink and reminisce about the frequent change of our numbers. We live “double lives”. Or rather, we double-live our lives.

Last week, I met someone who moved back in town after years in California. We started talking, and he said his mother was from Lodz. Naturally, I start telling him about the Lodzer Centre, and he exclaims: “I don’t believe it! You guys are still around? I remember you from years ago, back in the ‘70s! What with my parents’ Schule shutting down the other year, and my neighbour’s Schule reducing to a schtible of once-a week very small scale prayer, you are still holding services, and classes, and events? How do you manage it?”

And I tell him – we are a survivors’ Schule. Moreover, we are a Survivor Schule. Our portion says, “Not only with you am I making this covenant and this oath, but with those standing with us today before the Lord our God, and also those who are not here with us, this day”.

We live two lives: for ourselves and for those who are no longer with us. We are not one Schule, but two Schules in one; that one looking into its past and the one that leads to the future.

And we look around, and Tzilah is here, and Chayim made it, too.

You will come to the special Yizkor service, and you will stand tall and strong, and say: ‘Mir zaynen do. I am here, I carry on, and I remember’!

Shabbat Shalom, Rabbi Eli…

Israel’s Proclamation of Independence,

committed the State of Israel to

“guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture”


We are the Lodzer Morning Minyanaires


Always a good breakfast following!

“Every person is precious. Single parents, women, the unaffiliated, LGBT Jews – let no person feel they have no place in our shuls.”

As rabbis, we have a responsibility to build ever more engaging and inclusive communities, which would be inclusive of every person.

British Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

We are here
We are here for all of us
That's why we are here, why we are here…

Every One Counts

Lodzer - pre High Holiday Yizkor

As long as we are around to tell and pass on the story, Yizkor - may God remember, the fire will keep burning. To all those who came out this morning to hear and make sure to pass on to the next generation the story, the fire will keep burning. Yizkor will be there for you. Rabbi Eli (inspired)

Rabbi Eli introduced our guest speaker:


Dr. Rachael Turkienicz

For most, Yizkor is a personal memorial prayer of remembrance for the departed - our loved ones. Looking closer, it is not us who are supposed to be doing the remembering.

We are in fact telling God, “You should remember the soul, the Neshamah, of this person that you have taken from us”

The Neshamah connects all of us through love. Now lost. God remember, it was you who took that positive love connection, that is now lost to the world. It is a hardship not only for us, but for the world. A world that you have commanded us to repair and heal. A task, that you make all the more difficult with every Neshamah that you take from us.

God, are you testing us? Testing our devotion? God, you take and take from us until we are on our knees - and we keep coming back to you. God, we grow weak. With all the love you take from this world, the price we pay to maintain this relationship is too high. Do not turn Your servant away. There must be another way to to ensure our devotion.

When we say Yizkor, we are saying, “God, remember how easily you can break us... and find another way.”   Dr. Rachael Turkienicz (inspired)

No one better than Dr. Rachael Turkienicz

to keep our fires burning.


The six million Jewish souls that were lost during the Nazi reign.

The soldiers of Israel who died in defence of our homeland.

All the Jewish children who perished during the Holocaust.

All being well, next year for our 65th Anniversary, the Lodzer pre High Holiday Yizkor will be held outside at the Lodzer section of the Parde Shalom Cemetery. Jeff Shabes

Your Life Moments


Sept. 17  Elyssa Bederman
Sept. 27  Laura Catz-Biro
Sept 28   Reuben Finkelshtain




Sept. 19  Pesa Katz, mother of  Reisa Grunberg

Sept. 19  Helen Yellin, mother of Susan Yellin

Sept. 23  Solomon Kliger, father of Irene Swerzas
Sept. 24  Maxwell Harris, father of Helen Gould
Sept. 24  Charles Richmond, father of Sheldon
Sept. 24  Helen Rutowski, mother of Ida Sidenberg
Sept. 25  Rose Sidenberg, mother of Allen
Sept. 26  Al Grunberg, father of Rick
Sept. 27  Shirley Goldman, mother of Brian
Sept. 27  Dina Lew, mother of Sidney
Sept. 27  Izzy Simmons, husband of Fay
Sept. 27  Rachel Waserman, aunt of Reisa Grunberg

Refuah Sheleima
to those within the community & abroad,
in hospital or ill at home

You are in our thoughts and prayers and we wish you
a refuah and quick recovery to full health.

To those who are alone and lonely
"You are not forgotten and are also in our thoughts"

Remember - Don’t Forget - Take Action

If not now, when?

Remember with your mouth, don’t forget with your heart,

take action as not to forget.


Just as the month before the summer is the time when Americans go on crash diets, fearing how their bodies will look on the beach, so Elul, the month before Rosh Hashanah, became the time when Jews went on crash spiritual regimens, fearing how their souls would look when they stood naked before God.

“A judge should be neutral and broadminded, open to all sides of a case and the various arguments rather than allow his judgment to narrow and see the facts from the perspective of a lawyer, who is trained to be the champion of one side. It should be noted that the rabbinic courts followed a practice close to the European tradition of judges conducting the investigation in the court case, as opposed to the Anglo-Saxon tradition which uses lawyers and at the adversarial method to establish the facts.”

Zingers from Pirke Avoth - Perek 1, Mishnah 8


Rachael Turkienicz

Rosh Hashanah: It's Not Just The Jewish New Year

The Holiday of Rosh Hashanah is not just a New Year for the Jews, it's a New Year for everyone because the Torah says that all of humanity was created on this day. Dr. Rachael Turkienicz explains in this holiday insight.

How to Light Candles on Rosh Hashanah

Rachael Turkienicz takes you through the meaning behind lighting candles on the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah and introduces the blessings we say when lighting them.

How to Prepare Your Rosh Hashanah Table

Do you know what you should have to set up your dinner table for the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah? Dr. Rachael Turkienicz walks through the list of items you'll need to have a traditional and warm Rosh Hashanah dinner.  




Rosh Hashanah

Begins sunset of


September 20

6:45 PM

CL 6:59 PM


Rosh Chodesh

1 Tishrei

8:30 AM

CL 8:05 PM



September 22

8:30 AM


Ends 8:03 PM


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


Sept. 23

3 Tishrei


Rabbi Eli



David Young

and his,

(at last count,)

28 member choir.

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: Deuteronomy, Haazinu

1: 32:1 - 32:6 (pg. 896)
2: 32:7 - 32:12
3: 32:13 - 32:18
4: 32:19 - 32:28
5:  32:29 - 32:39
6: 32:40 - 32:43
7: 32:44 - 32:52

maftir: 32:48 - 32:52


Hosea 14:2 - 10;

Micah 7:18 - 28

Joel 2: 15-27 (pg. 891)

Candle Lighting:

6:55 p.m. – Friday


8:01 p.m. – Saturday


Jewish Ethics in Torah

and Customs

Discussion Group

with Jonathan Usher

Starts up October 14th

After Kiddush Lunch

Haben ein Gut Yontiff


September 24

Drop-off and set-up begins at 11 AM.

Volunteers needed to help with setup and sorting…

and clean up.

Yazidi come from 1 - 3 pm

Shul Kiddush


Clothing Bazaar

A special focus will be on fall jackets and winter outerwear (coats, boots, gloves, hats etc)  There is also always a need for household wares.   
If you have things to give, bring your donations to Lodzer at 11:00 am on the 24th.  Please make sure your donations are gently used ie., in good condition.  
Yazidis will come to take whatever they need from 1 to 3 pm.

We need many helpers:

Drivers contact Guido:

Set up/clean up contact Karen:


September 25

Week 36

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, is leading the class

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

Wear sneakers and non-restrictive clothing.

Karate for Seniors

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

Safe, friendly,
keep fit exercise classes
Build strength and vitality
Learn Self-defense

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”

Seniors - Tough as glass


September 26

7:30 PM

David Birkan

Lecture Series

Shul Kiddush


All Welcome

No Charge


4th-5th Century, Istanbul

Was Jonah really

swallowed by a whale?



Why did Jonah run away?

One answer is a breathtaking scenario that links the Jews and the Assyrians -- and their descendants -- in a struggle that spans the ages. This struggle begins long before Jonah and continues to this day.  And there's no end in sight!

Presented by David Birkan

Yom Kippur is the day in which each one of us can relive Jonah's journey. Let us finally move towards whatever the next step is for us in fulfilling the mission for which we were created. Let us use this time to return to God with joy and love. inContext


September 27


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


September 28

7 - 8 PM

Kiddush Room


Hebrew Classes

We re-convened after the summer break on September 7.  This was actually a make-up class from the 1st session, class #10.

The first 5 classes of the next 10 class session are:  September 28. ,October 19 & 26.  November 2. This is the 1st 5 classes of this session.  Next 5 TBA.


If you, or someone you know is interested in joining this fun, interactive learning group please contact

September 28


Shimon Peres

1923 - 2016

The last of






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.

“My father struggled all of his life with his tremendous love for the State of Israel… His biggest dream – peace – my father did not get to see realized.
I ask, in the spirit of my father, that you don’t stop dreaming and daring, because it’s the best thing that could happen to our beloved country”

Chemi Peres

He grasped completely the extraordinary potential there would be if Israel and the region were working together, not simply on security, but on economic advancement, technological breakthroughs and cultural reconciliation. The country Peres wanted to create was to be a gift to the world.

Tony Blair


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.

Fasting on 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?


October 3

7 PM

Book Launch

Shul Kiddush


Books can be

purchased for


Sorry we cannot accept credit cards. Cheque or cash only.


Book Launch

Proceeds will go to Magen David Adom, toward
the purchase of a medi-cycle emergency scooter.


The scooter, which is driven by a paramedic, can get through traffic faster than the Standard Ambulance or MICU and provide pre-hospital care. It contains life-saving equipment, including a defibrillator, an oxygen tank, and other essential medical equipment.

CAD $32,000

From Yellow Star to Yellow Rose

By Franka (Freda) Kon

Co Written by Bev Birkan


Freda tells of how she, her mother and sister managed to survive after German troops invaded Lodz in 1940 when it was closed off as a ghetto for Jews.


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.


When God created the first human beings, God led them around the garden of Eden and said: Look at my works! See how beautiful they are - how excellent! For your sake I created them all. See to it you do not spoil and destroy My world; for if you do, there will be no one else to repair it.


October 6



Yom Kippur War


The Yom Kippur War

On Saturday October 6th, 1973, as all of Israel came to a standstill to observe the High Holiday of Yom Kippur, Egyptian and Syrian forces launched a surprise attack against Israel knowing she would be caught off-guard.




October 7

9:30 AM

Ends 7:36 PM

Shabbat Manifesto

Avoid technology

Connect with loved ones

Nurture your health

Get outside

Avoid commerce

Light candles

Drink wine

Eat Challah

Find silence

Give back

“… 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.


Power, Mystery and Hope.




October 11

9 AM


4-Havatat Aravot.jpg

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

Simchat Torah_w200.jpg

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.



October 19

8:00 PM

Book Chat

with Cathy Zeldin

Shul Kiddush


If you haven't attended before, please feel free to join us.  Having read the book is not a prerequisite to come out and enjoy this group, share thoughts and pick up ideas on books you'd like to read.

Book Chat got off to a great start on September 7 with 10 people discussing "House of Wives" which most of us agreed is a good book and a fascinating story with much to discuss and learn.

The Inconvenient Indian

“While the hardware of civilization - iron pots, blankets, guns - was welcomed by Native people, the software of Protestantism and Catholicism - original sin, universal damnation, atonement, and subligation - was not, and Europeans were perplexed, offended, and incensed that Native peoples had the temerity to take their goods and return their gods.”

“Or, if you want the positive but somewhat callous view, you might wish to describe Christianity as the gateway drug to supply-side capitalism”

“We will never have true civilization until we have learned to recognize the rights of others.”

by Thomas King

Several Book Chat regulars worked over the summer researching books for us.  From this diverse and thorough list we chose books for meetings until June 2018.

October 19, The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King.


December 7, The Extra by Yehoshua.

Jan. 18, City of Women by Gillham

March 8, Stranger in the Woods by Finkel.

April 26, The Painter from Shanghai by Epstein.

June 7, The Break by Vermette.


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

They expected the worst

Not the unthinkable


Anger, sadness and confusion

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



November 10




Join us

in formally welcoming

our Cantor David Young.

Details to follow.



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.


May 27, 2018






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

Long Lost Family -- on ITV


Derek Berg (left) was reunited with his half brother Julian De Lange

(formerly Barry, right) after 70 years apart.

Derek grew up in a Jewish family in East London, the only son of Freda and Kenneth Bergbaum.

When Derek was 21 he married his childhood sweetheart Jackie but in 1965, when the couple were expecting their first child, Freda revealed to Jackie a closely guarded family secret.

Freda explained that just 18 months after Derek was born, she'd had a second son, Barry, who she'd given up for adoption.

Derek said: 'Being an only child you can be lonely at times. I had nobody, I would have loved to have a brother or a sister.'

Freda, then 21, had fallen pregnant with Barry in 1944, towards the end of the Second World War.

She had been swept up in an affair with an Allied soldier, one of millions of American and Canadian servicemen who passed through Britain on their way to the front line.

But after he left, she discovered she was pregnant and then Derek's father returned home. Like many illegitimate war babies, he was put up for adoption and Kenneth ordered Freda never to speak of him again.

Juilan had been the product of a wartime affair their mother had with a Canadian soldier - she had banned Derek from looking for Julian until his father had died.

Derek promised his mother he would not search for his brother while his father was alive - less than a week after his father passed away, in 2014 , Derek threw himself into searching for his brother.

Derek revealed he was in a race against time searching for his brother, who he knew only as Barry, and was desperate to get to know him before it was too late.
'I know there's someone there, I don't know who he is. I'm 73, Barry would be 72 now, I don't want to go to my death not ever meeting my brother.'

Derek's stumbling block was that he didn't know Barry's new name - so the Long Lost Family team worked with a specialist intermediary legally allowed to access adoption records and found Barry was now called Julian De Lange.

However, there was no trace of Julian living anywhere in the UK, but Long Lost Family eventually found that Julian had moved to Toronto, Canada.

With the help of the Long Lost Family team they were able to find Julian in Philadelphia living with his daughter

Sadly, Julian was involved in a car accident many years ago which seriously injured his back. As his health has suffered, he lived half the year with his daughter and her family, on the outskirts of Philadelphia.

Despite his poor health Julian made the three and a half thousand-mile journey from America to see his brother and the pair met at a pub in east London, close to where their mother lived during the war.

The pair were thrilled to see each other, as Julian said: 'I feel really fulfilled and I'm going to enjoy my final years, I'm a happy man.'

Derek added: 'I've found the brother I always wanted. He's already part of the family. Now that I've found him I'm not going to lose him.'  inContext


Despite poor health, Julian had flown thousands of miles from Philadelphia to meet with Derek (right) in an East London pub.

The show's host, Nicky Campbell, took to Twitter in the hour before the show's broadcast on ITV to announce the news:

The final episode of Long Lost Family will be bittersweet tonight -- Julian Delange passed away last night.

Julian Delange

December 24, 1944 -  September 5, 2017

“He was a friend,” says Simon Jackson

They met in their younger Insurance days, both having offices in the same building.

Julian was very proud of his English ancestry - and always spoke in a very English way.

Simon reminisces: The two went on a conference in San Francisco and made their way to Las Vegas. They walked the strip from one end to the other and lost most of their money. At the airport before boarding their flight home, they played the slots with their last few dollars and managed to win quite a bit - a fond memory.

Simon saw Julian’s daughter at the funeral - Mount Pleasant Cemetery - The chapel was full. She still calls him Uncle Simon.

Great life, great story - thanks for sharing.

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Chapter 5 - Wisdom of the Heart

Honour your father and your mother, that you may lengthen your days on the land which the Lord your God has given you.

Wisdom is not, as Aristotle taught, knowing the causal relationship between events, it is not, as Plato taught, the knowledge of the ideal forms of things. It is not scientific knowledge or philosophy, metaphysics or meditation or technical excellence. ... true wisdom is human wisdom, knowing the inner workings of the heart, and being abel to tell right from wrong in a human world.

Our parents, ... carved their teachings indelibly on our hearts. {others teach us doctrines and rules.}

Our parents give us wisdom through their example. When we are young we imitate our parents behaviour without even knowing it.

But in biblical eyes, the exodus is not just a story about redemption: it is our story, a personal memory of what happened to our ancestors - and by extension, to us.   

We may study the past with the dispassionate eye of the anthropologist , examining critically and scientifically the way traditions influence other peoples to different points int time. But as soon as we take this kind of distance from our own history, we immediately risk cutting ourselves off from the source of our identity, and from the moral wisdom that has reached us through our parents.

As a result, such people have nothing but their own self invented values to guide them, no matter how bad they may really be - the license of the artist painting a picture of morality according to his taste. But because such people no longer are constrained by inbred habits of goodness, no longer rely on their memory to show them what true kindness and sensitivity look like, they inevitably end up deteriorating to the level of beasts,....

Life is the most irrational aspect of who we are, the one gift we can never even contemplate, much less repay. With the gift of life, we leave the realm of understanding and pass into the deepest mystical folds of our existence. Memory we can grasp. Life is unthinkable. For this reason life gets its own commandment.

The Best of Pirke Avoth


“There us a certain ironic but tragic fate which usually overtakes the honest person who deliberately joins forced with a wicked fellow, hoping to share in the other’s success while retaining his own respectability. When the day of reckoning finally comes, the unscrupulous one is clever enough to slip away while you, the ‘amateur’, are left to face the consequences. Yes, it is always the honourable one who pays the piper.”

Perek 1 Mishnah 7 (Bunim)


Jewish Ethics in Torah and Customs

the after Shabbat discussion group led by Jonathan Usher

After a much needed short summer break, and discussing a phenomenal 81 sections of Pirke Avoth over a period of about 1 1/2 years, the after-Shabbat discussion group will continue the week after Sukkot beginning on October 14th. We will be studying Jewish ethics based on A Code of Jewish Ethics by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin.


Take your Soul to Work, by Erica Brown

On Delight

“Delight is a hard thing to contain. It’s the kind of glee we feel when something we’ve worked on for a long time comes to a satisfying end. It’s the laugh that escapes us when we create a team that works well together and whose members really enjoy each other’s company. It’s the smile of pride when we’ve supervised someone who has grown because of our advice…. W. Somerset Maugham … ‘Nothing in the world is permanent, and we’re foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we’re still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it.’”


“Gate of Infinity”

Holocaust memorial to those deported from Prague Bubny Station.

A large sculpture by Ales Vesely, shaped as a rail heading for heaven, which is also a symbol of Jacob´s ladder has been installed in Prague´s defunct Bubny railway station, from which Jewish transports departed in WWII and which is to become a Silence Memorial in remembrance of the Holocaust victims.The sculpture was symbolically unveiled in Prague, Czech Republic, March 9, 2015 to mark the night to March 9, 1944, when almost 4000 prisoners, brought in from the Terezin (Theresiendstadt) "family camp," north Bohemia, were killed in the Nazi extermination camp in Oswiecim (Auschwitz).

Approximately 50,000 Czech Jews were deported for extermination from the Prague-Bubny railway station. Thousands upon thousands walked through a city that was silent...

Human history has shown repeatedly that a substantial majority of us is capable of unimaginable acts, and that evil cannot exist in society without the silence of a passive majority.

Prague needs a place where we can talk about these things, where we can talk about ourselves and the stigmas within us.

The goal of Memorial Shoah Prague o.p.s., a non-profit organization, is to transform Bubny Railway Station into an exhibition and educational centre. The Memorial of Silence referring to the silence of a passive majority.

The architectural design of the reconstruction and transformation of Bubny Railway Station was completed in 2014.

The installation of Ales Vesely’s monumental sculpture "The Gate of Infinity" directly on the road taken by transports is a symbolic commencement of the transformation of Bubny Railway Station.

Picture Credits: Simon Jackson

Simon regularly visits Prague and on his latest visit noticed a similarity between "The Gate of Infinity" and the picture regularly featured in this bulletin of The Holy Temple being 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.

Very interesting and very telling. Thanks Simon.


The Holocaust was born and executed in our modern rational society, (...)

and for this reason it is a problem of that society, civilization and culture.

Zygmunt Bauman

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Islamophobia’s Revenge - Bill 103

Statement: Quebec Crown Prosecutor will not proceed with charges against Imam who incited hatred.

In March, CIJA filed a criminal complaint against two Imams who, while preaching at a Montreal mosque, uttered antisemitic supplications from the minbar (pulpit). inContext

O Allah, destroy the accused Jews. O Allah, show us the black day you inflict on them…

O Allah, make their children orphans and their women widows.

It’s not the Jewish way to make a decision out of fear.

You can’t live your life afraid of somebody.

There are almost SIXTY Islamic nations in the world.

Yet Muslims have a problem with there being ONE Jewish state,

and ONE Hindu state.

Then they come to the West, preach radical hatred,

and try to change our laws and culture.


We do have justifiable concerns...

Say No to Bill 103


Are Some Cultures Better than Others?

Do you think the United States and Western Europe are made up of imperialist, colonialist, resource-exploiting, greedy, grasping, brown-skin-hating people whose values are not worth defending?

If you think this question is absurd and that no one thinks this way, you would be very much mistaken. Many people do. And what’s even more disturbing, many of these people were born and live in the West. In other words, they have come to despise their own culture.

This thinking is the product of a doctrine widely taught in our schools. It’s known as multiculturalism, the belief that all cultures are equal. Or to put it another way, no culture’s values, art, music, political system, or literature are better or worse than any other.

But is this really true?

Some years ago, Nobel-prize winning novelist Saul Bellow created a major controversy when he said, “Find me the Tolstoy of the Zulus, or the Proust of the Papuans, and I would be happy to read him.” For this, Bellow was accused of racism.

The charge was nonsense. Bellow wasn’t saying that the Zulus and Papuans are incapable of producing great novelists. He was saying that, as far as he knew, they hadn’t. But just by raising the possibility that some cultures have contributed more than others, he violated the chief tenet of multiculturalism.

More recently, President Donald Trump expressed a similar sentiment in Warsaw, Poland.

“We write symphonies. We pursue innovation…We treasure the rule of law and protect the right to free speech and free expression…We empower women as pillars of our society and of our success…That is who we are…Those are the priceless ties that bind us together…as a civilization.”

For this, Trump was roundly condemned by the multiculturalists. How could he say these things, one writer wrote, “as if these were unique qualities to white-dominated nations, instead of universal truths of the human race across all cultures.”

Here’s the problem: Are values such as innovation, rule of law, free expression and women’s empowerment equally held across all cultures?

If all cultures are equal, how does one account for the fact that, for the last 500 years, it has been one culture—the culture of the West, and now of America—that has shaped the world?

Multiculturalists explain it in terms of oppression. Western civilization, they say, became so powerful because it is so evil. The study of Western civilization, they insist, should focus on colonialism and slavery––the unique mechanisms of Western oppression.

But colonialism and slavery are not uniquely Western at all. They are universal.

The British conquered India and ruled it for 300 years. But before the British, the Persians, the Mongols, the Muslims, and Alexander the Great had done exactly same thing - conquered large parts of India.

Indeed, the British were the sixth or seventh colonial invader to occupy India.

As for slavery, it has existed in every culture. It was prevalent in ancient China, in ancient India, in Greece and Rome, and in Africa. American Indians practiced slavery long before Columbus set foot here.

What is uniquely Western, in fact, is not slavery, but the abolition of slavery. And what distinguishes the West from all other cultures are the institutions of democracy, capitalism, and science. These institutions developed because of a peculiar dynamism of Athens and Jerusalem––a synthesis of classical reason and Judeo-Christian morality.

And it is these institutions, I believe, that comprise the source of Western strength and explain the West’s long-standing dominance in the world.

The West’s greatest strength is not merely its military power, but also the unparalleled power of its ideas and institutions.

But what about America? If America is a nation of immigrants––mostly non-white immigrants––doesn’t that, by definition, make it a multicultural society?

No. America is a multi-ethnic society. We don’t want it to be a multicultural society. I’m an immigrant from India. My wife is an immigrant from Venezuela. Despite our differences of ethnic background, we have both assimilated to the unique values of America––the values embodied in our Constitution and our laws. The pursuit of happiness. The American Dream.

So, no––the United States and Western Europe are not made up of imperialist, colonialist, resource-exploiting, greedy, grasping, brown-skin-hating people. Our values are worth defending––not just because they are ours, but because they are good.

I’m Dinesh D’Souza for Prager University.

One World - torn apart