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June 24-July 8, 2018

Israel has been producing wine since Biblical times.


The Galilee wine-growing region takes up the very north of the country and includes the Galilee and the Golan Heights. The high elevation, variable temperatures, rich soil and cool breezes all factor into producing high-quality grapes. Galilee is considered one of the best (and most picturesque) wine regions in the country.  inContext

Let yourself be blown away by the biggest annual Jewish music festival in the world in old Krakow, spend a Shabbat in the ancient Kabbalistic town of Tzfat, relax with a glass of wine in upper Galilee, admire the grottoes of Rosh ha-Nikra, float in the Dead Sea, feel alive in Jerusalem like never before - all that, in the company of our Rabbi and Cantor, enjoying their warm personalities; enhanced stories; inspiring presentations; entertaining programs; and much more.

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Multiculturalism - What’s it good for?

Shabbat Bulletin - November 18, 2017


If you missed it: It’s now on our YouTube channel.

For centuries, the Jerusalem Talmud on the Order of Kodshim was lost to the world. Since mid-19th c. various rabbis and scholars of Jewish doubted it ever existed to begin with.

Then, one day in 1905, a man appeared to the communities of northern Hungary. Introducing himself as Shlomo Yehudah Algazi, Sephardic rabbi from Turkey, he presented the scholars with the greatest treasure that serendipitously fell in his possession...

Watch Rabbi's Eli's exciting lecture on what happens next, click here

Checkout the event calendar for future lectures by Rabbi Eli

The answer my friend is blowin in the wind...


We are the Lodzer Morning Minyanaires


Always a good breakfast following!

Defining Multiculturalism - through the eyes of social media

Multiculturalism  is  the  belief  that  western  countries  have  no  culture  to  protect , or  that  the  culture  is  not  worthy  of  protection. Why  can't  we  ask  immigrants  who  want  to  be  a  beneficiary  of  our  culture  to  show  a  willingness  to  be  a  part  of  it, or  at  least  show  a  little  respect  for  it ? 


Multiculturalism means non-assimilation into the host country, thereby creating multiple unassimilable people groups that produce cultural dis-cohesion and loss of cultural identity which will eventually dismantle and destroy the host country.


Multi-culturalism, inherently promotes racial/cultural/etc herd mentality and just furthers stereotypes as a result, and also as a result harms genuine individuality.

Interculturalism is based on the idea of inter-active dialogue between different cultures and tolerance of other cultures, yes; but more importantly it gives us a way to get past the imposed herd mentality, stereotype promotion/being, and racial/cultural/etc self-segregationism. It is about INDIVIDUAL INDIVIDUALITY{or if you like "multi-individualism" or "individuation"} and the right to not be absorbed into a herd and it's herd ways; you can be white, black, native, oriental/eastern, middle eastern, western, american, canadian, irish, british, Japanese, North African or south african, Arabian, Israelite, Iranian, or of any subculture, (including Atheist, Gay,) and not fit the stereotypes of said culture believed by people of other cultures as a result of so many within any given 'cult-ure" intentionally being stereotypes and herd minded.


Multiculturalism as defined today and political correctness are conjoined twin cancers that destroy critical thinking. If you treat all people with respect multicultural relationships take care of themselves.  My circle of friends include different racial origins.  We are friends because we share common interests and values.  We are not friends because we are trying to fulfill some moronic racial quota.  Liberals never seem to understand that concept.

Multiculturalism - What’s it good for?

The answer, my friend, is either

so obvious it is right in your face,

or as intangible as the wind.

A community stronger together

^^^ UJA feelgood video ^^^

A Jewish community stronger together - definitely.

Your Life Moments


Nov. 11  Josef Ber
Nov. 12  Eytan Broder
Nov. 12  Jim Rubin
Nov. 14  Esther Kaufman
Nov. 16  Reisa Grunberg
Nov. 16  Lorraine landis
Nov. 17  Herman Auslander
Nov. 17  Esther Steiman

Nov. 18  Cathy Zeldin
Nov. 21  David Peters
Nov. 23  Nicole Anidjar
Nov. 24  Howard Iseman
Nov. 24  Miriam Perez


Nov. 13  Mark & Anita Johnson
Nov. 17  Victor & Malka Arluk


Nov. 12  Chaya Sara Gula, grandmother of Morry Nosak
Nov. 13  Chaim Senior, husband of Sarah
Nov. 14  Richard Ingber, husband of Fay and father of Joyce Ingber-Schlosser
Nov. 16  Avram Goldberg, father of Rita Eskenazi
Nov. 17  Emmanuel Gold, father of Carole Abrahams
Nov. 17  David Storm, father of Harvey

Nov. 19  Moishe Katz, father of Reisa Grunberg
Nov. 20  Sam Brand, husband of Anna
Nov. 20  Leibish Juma Gula, grandfather of Morry Nosak
Nov. 20  Roz Spivak, sister of Frank Steiman
Nov. 24  Bracha Schwartz, mother of Meir

Rosh Chodesh service

with Cantor David and his Choir;

and Naomi Nemirov on Torah


Remember - Don’t Forget - Take Action

Kiddush Fund

Irwin & Phyllis Douglas

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

take action as not to forget.


Every meal at every table in every Jewish home where properly prepared food is served, where blessings are said and Torah is shared, is equivalent to the sacrifices eaten before G-d in the Temple. The manifest G-d was encountered in a family meal at the Temple. The immanent G-d is encountered at a family meal in the home.

Zingers from Sage Advice - Perek 3, Mishnah 3




November 15


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


November 16

7 - 8 PM

Kiddush Room


Hebrew Classes

Remaining classes  this session:

November  23,  30

December  7.

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


קח עוד כוס קפה



November 18

29 Heshvan


Rabbi Eli



David Young

B’aal Koreh:
Naomi Nemirov



9:12 AM

Led by

Frank Steiman


9:30 AM

Please help us out by coming early…

We need a minyan to start!


This week’s Kiddush Lunch

is sponsored by

Harvey Storm

for the yahrzeit of

his father David

Torah Times

Triennial Year 2

Parashat: Toledoth

Genesis 23:1 - 25:18

1: 24:10-14 (pg. 83)

2: 24:15-20

3: 24:21-26

4: 24:27-33

5: 24:34-41

6: 24:42-49

7: 24:50-52

maftir: 24:50-52

Haftarah: I Kings 1:1 - 1:31 (pg. 90)

Candle Lighting:

4:31 p.m. – Friday


5:38 p.m. – Saturday

Shabbat Toledot

Genesis 25:19-28:9

Rebecca and Isaac are parents to twins, Esau and Jacob. Esau is beloved to his father for he is a hunter. Jacob, a shepherd, is the apple of his mother’s eye for his gentleness. Esau and Jacob have a difficult relationship and do not speak for many years after Jacob “steals” Esau’s birthright and his father’s blessing through deceit.


November 19

Beth Radom

7:30 PM

General Admission $54



Beth Radom is hosting a Cantorial Concert, the full proceeds of which are being donated to the Jewish Hurricane Relief Effort, primarily in Houston. Synagogues were damaged as were the homes of so many people, including a large number of Jewish persons.


Beth Radom

Benefit Concert

For Hurricane Relief


Charles Osborne, Lindi Rivers, Jeremy Burko, Sidney Ezer, Tibor Kovari, Beny Maissner, Simon Spiro, David Edwards


November 20

Week 43

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

Karate Kata 4 - Heian Yondan

Focus, Respect, Self-Control

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

Seniors - Tough as glass


November 23

CIJR Event


613 Clark W.

8 PM

Free admission


Inside the covert war against terrorism’s money masters


Nitsana Darshan-Leitner

Samuel M. Katz

Book available for purchase and signing.


Harpoon is the story of legendary Mossad director Meir Dagan and the top-secret task force he created to wage a spectacular cloak-and-dagger campaign targeting the finances that funded attacks against Israel. Dragan’s unit was one of Israel's most guarded state secrets, and assembling the book required in-depth research and coordination with the country’s security services so that the manuscript could be cleared and approved for publication. The book is extremely supportive of Israel and its intelligence services, and underlines the dramatic challenges that men and women in the front lines, and in the shadows, face in the war of survival against the terrorists.



November 25

7 Kislev


Shabbat Vayetze

Genesis 28:10-32:2

Jacob goes out from Beersheva to Haran to the house of Rebecca’s brother, Laban. Early in his journey he dreams of a stairway reaching from earth to heaven and is told by God that his descendents will be blessed and that they will inherit the land promised to Abraham and Isaac. Over the years, Jacob marries Leah and Rachel and fathers Bilhah and Zilpah.

November 30



Refugee Day

Why should

anyone expect

any different


What goes around comes around.

Jewish Refugee Day

...a national day of commemoration for the million or so Jewish refugees forced to flee Arab lands and Iran.

“In Israel, the history of the Jews who originally came from the Middle East or North Africa, who make up around half of the population, was ignored for too long.”

Shimon Ohayon

Arab countries must recognize they once had Jewish populations and that those populations were persecuted. Rabbi Elie Abadie called on Arab countries to preserve tangible signs of Jewish heritage, including old cemeteries and synagogues.

Flourishing Jewish communities from across the Middle East dwindled and in many cases disappeared completely in the wake of the expulsions and emigration. Known collectively as Mizrahi Jews, the community has gained political power in recent years alongside increased recognition of its members’ refugee status and celebration of their cultures. Today, these Jews make up more than half of Israel’s population. inContext

“We live in a world that if you want to be popular you need to look really weak and powerless. In many ways Israel is a victim of its own success…The multi-cultural aspect of Israel is the ability to make millions of refugees become a source of pride for Israel.”

David Suissa


December 7

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

The Extra


by Yehoshua

December 7, The Extra by Yehoshua.

an Israeli woman – an orchestra harpist – returns from self-imposed exile in the Netherlands to house-sit her mother's flat in Jerusalem, while the recently-widowed woman tries out "assisted living" in a Tel Aviv apartment. Everything that happens to this woman, Noga, really does happen, but still it feels like a dream, or like sleepwalking through life.

The Extra...the fear of drifting through life in the background of other people's stories, and the unreality of life itself.

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.


December 10

Shul Kiddush


6:30 pm

All Welcome

No Charge

Please inform Sarah that you’ll be coming.



As the Bard taught us,

the Schule must go on.

The Winter's Tale;

Sunday Nights with Rabbi Eli

The mindset of a Jew of the late Second Temple era, and a venture into the origins of Rabbis.

If you missed the last one…

Here it is on our Youtube channel:

The Winter's Tale - Friedlander

Friedlander; the man who forged the Jerusalem Talmud. A scandalous tale of intrigue and ingenuity, great talent and colossal waste.

Also checkout: Rabbi Eli’s Blog


December 11

6 - 10pm

Shul Kiddush Room


Call Sarah to purchase tickets



Lager Congregation


Join beer aficionados Rabbi Eli Courante and Lodzer Centre President Jeff Shabes as the synagogue presents its first-ever beer-tasting on Monday, December 11th from 6pm-10pm.

Cost will be $40.

At a Jewish wedding reception someone yelled:

“Would all the married men please stand next to the one person who has made your life worth living.”

The bartender was almost crushed to death.



Be prepared for some delicious food pairings cooked by the rabbi and Chef Rafi Remez.  The rabbi will walk everyone through the tastings from some of our best microbreweries.

Know your limit and stick to it.



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.


January 14

Shul Kiddush


6:30 pm

All Welcome

No Charge

Please inform Sarah that you’ll be coming.



As the Bard taught us,

the Schule must go on.

The Winter's Tale;

Sunday Nights with Rabbi Eli

Has the Biblical text remained unchanged through the ages?


May 27, 2018






We need volunteers

to work on the

Lodzer’s 65th anniversary

Help us Sell Ad Space in the

Lodzer Synagogue

Sixty-fifth Anniversary

Tribute Book

To Volunteer, contact:




Last week, (Nov. 8, 2017,) the Never Again Group of Hamilton held a meeting about defending our Rights and Freedoms - with speakers and authors Christine Douglass-Williams and Howard Rotberg. They  raised the following questions:

1. How do you distinguish between a moderate Muslim, a quasi-moderate Muslim, and an Islamist?

2. Is multi-culturalism turning into a bad idea for the continuance of our current Canadian culture?

3. Does tolerance of intolerance lead to an intolerant society?

4. Is our tolerance of radical Islam leading us to eventual subservience to radical Islam?

Canada is losing out because it drank the Kool Aid of multiculturalism, which has profoundly weakened Canada’s ability to get new immigrants to adopt Canadian values. Canada’s politicians are being abject and craven when dealing with the Muslim world. Multiculturalism empowers immigrants from non-western societies to demand their host country to adapt to the cultural requirements of immigrants instead of the other way around.

Salim Mansur

<< YouTube link to watch event >>


Jewish Ethics in Torah and Customs

the after Shabbat discussion group led by Jonathan Usher

Based on A Code of Jewish Ethics Vol.1 by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin.

This past week we discussed the following four questions that the Heavenly court asks a person who has died, and their order of importance

Did you conduct your business affairs honestly?
Did you set aside a time to study Torah?
Did you have a family?
Did you do Tikkun olam?

We discussed whether the primary characteristic of a Jew is compassion.
We discussed whether intellectual pursuits are morally neutral

Next week we will continue to discuss the role of ethics in Judaism  and look at the Jewish view of building  good character.

The Discussion  Group will be held in the upstairs foyer at 1:00 p.m.


“Remember Khaybar, oh you Jews,

the Army of Muhammad will return!”

Khaybar ==> an ancient battle in which a Muslim army defeated and

slaughtered Jews in the Arabian Peninsula.

Al-Aqsa Mosque ==> is the third holiest site in Islam

and is located in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Nov. 4, 2017 - Round 2

On Nov. 4, the same protestors, led by Palestine House Public Relations Chief Amin El-Maoued, returned to Celebration Square to call for the destruction of Israel. With young children in attendance, protesters chanted, “Oh youth, join him, join him – the martyr has sacrificed his blood!” In the context of the Israeli-Arab conflict, “martyr” is often used as a euphemism for terrorist or suicide bomber.  inContext

Beware the useful idiots for Multiculturalism

They’re not wrong - just not right.

They don't live in reality and do not accept truth.

The Still Small Voice - The Story of Jewish Ethics

William B. Silverman

(1913–2001), of Nashville’s The Temple Congregation Ohabai Sholom

“outspoken support for civil rights

will NOT bring harm to the Jewish community”

THE VOICE OF THE TORAH - Ethics of Jewish Law

Mr. District Attorney

"Did any of you see the mystery on the Mr. District Attorney television program last night?" asked Daniel "The court trial certainly was exciting."

Marilyn looked up from her workbook paper and said: "I don't know why you waste your time with those programs. The detective stories are all the same: killings, crime and violence. I hardly ever watch television any more because . . ."

"Maybe you don't watch television," Daniel cut in, "but your little sister told me how you sit glued to the radio, listening dreamy-eyed to those crooners singing all that stuff about love and romance ~oh boy! " Daniel let out a long mocking sigh. He looked so ridiculous that even Marilyn joined in the laughter.

Stuart, (one of the boys in class,) sat down next to Danny. "Mr. District Attorney made me think that being a lawyer is exciting you know, criminal cases and sensational trials. I had decided to study law. Then I talked to my uncle, and I changed my mind in a hurry."

"Why, Stu? Did your uncle tell you you weren't smart enough to be a lawyer?"

Stuart gave Daniel a friendly dig in the ribs, "Quit your clowning, Danny. I'm not as dumb as all that. It's just that I thought law would be more interesting. My uncle is an attorney, and when he told me about mortgages and leases, damages, and court decisions, it all sounded as dry as dust."

"Just the sound of law makes me bored and sleepy," said Marilyn. "Why would anyone want to spend a lifetime with a bunch of wormy musty old law books?"

Rabbi Mayer had entered the classroom and was sorting papers on his desk. He heard the students talking and asked; "What's this lively discussion? Are you still talking about magic? "

"Oh, no, Rabbi," Marilyn quickly volunteered. "We were discussing Mr. District Attorney and the idea of becoming a lawyer. I'll bet you're glad you decided to become a Rabbi instead of a lawyer, aren't you?"

The Rabbi answered with a chuckle. "I am glad that I chose to enter the rabbinate, Marilyn. But actually, a rabbi is very much concerned with law, Jewish law, the codes and regulations that help our people to live according to God's commandments. These laws, you know, are anything but dull They are vital, practical guides for everyday living. The Jewish people were among the first to establish humane, kind, responsible rules for human behavior.

Try to imagine the way people lived at that time, over three thousand years ago. There were no social agencies such as the Jewish Social Service Bureau; no homes for the aged; no hospitals; no clinics; no homes for orphan children. Widows could not support themselves by working as stenographers or salesladies. There were no pensions or social security. There were no laws to protect workingmen. There were no courts of justice or policemen to protect the people from criminals. Actually, there were few recognized laws of any kind just certain traditions and rules of conduct that people had established for themselves.

"The Jews were among the first to establish laws of conduct and behavior. These laws were God's laws, and had to be obeyed. Those who disobeyed them would not only be punished by their rulers; they would also be punished by God.

Daniel began to daydream. He was still in the classroom, but his thoughts soared through time and space. He looked at his clothes and saw that he was wearing the tattered garments of a slave. His back was sore. Touching his burning shoulders, he felt welts formed by the taskmaster's whip, A child was crying, pleading for a morsel of food. An old man reached out a withered hand and tried to clutch Daniel's legs. The sick lay on the ground, writhing in pain and pleading for water. Daniel reached down to help, but there were so many that he didn't know what to do first. He started to run, shouting, "Help, someone, help! Where is water? These people need food, care, medicine. Get them to a hospital before they die!"

As he ran about in frantic desperation, an ugly, scarred man -- he seemed to be seven feet tall -- stepped in front of him. He had a sharp javelin in his hand, and he raised it menacingly, ready to strike. Daniel could almost feel the point tearing at his body. He screamed, "Police! Police!" but he remembered that there were no police! There was no law! This man was stronger and bigger than he, and Daniel knew that he was about to die. He heard voices taunting him: "So, Daniel, you think that law is dull and uninteresting?" He wanted to shout: "I'm sorry for what I said. We need law. We need rules and regulations. We need protection for those who are in need." But the words choked in his throat. His thoughts brought him back to the classroom and he heard the Rabbi's voice. "I repeat: so, Daniel, you think that law is dull and uninteresting?

Radio ⇒ iPod/iTunes

crooners⇒ singers, typically male ones, who sing sentimental songs in a soft, low voice.

Justice, justice shall you pursue.

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.

Want to contact the Rabbi?
Rabbi Eli is eager and very happy to speak to our congregants on a one-on-one basis about personal or shul issues. Please e-mail him at with your phone number and he will call you 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

Syd Markovitz

Rabbi Eli Courante

Cantor David Young

B’aal Koreh:

Harvey Bitterman


Arnie Yudell

Rafi Remez

Shabbat Handout:

Judy Hazan


Charles Greene

Office Manager:

Sarah Senior


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Do not ill-treat a stranger or oppress him,

for you were strangers in Egypt.

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

It is terrifying in retrospect to grasp how seriously the Torah took the phenomenon of xenophobia, hatred of the stranger. It is as if the Torah were saying with the utmost clarity: reason is insufficient. Sympathy is inadequate. Only the force of history and memory is strong enough to form a counterweight to hate.

Why should you not hate the stranger? – asks the Torah. Because you once stood where he stands now. You know the heart of the stranger because you were once a stranger in the land of Egypt. If you are human, so is he. If he is less than human, so are you. You must fight the hatred in your heart as I once fought the greatest ruler and the strongest empire in the ancient world on your behalf. I made you into the world’s archetypal strangers so that you would fight for the rights of strangers – for your own and those of others, wherever they are, whoever they are, whatever the colour of their skin or the nature of their culture, because though they are not in your image – says G-d – they are nonetheless in Mine. There is only one reply strong enough to answer the question: Why should I not hate the stranger? Because the stranger is me.  inContext

It’s amazing how fast someone can become a stranger.

Loose Ends...

Here’s a quote:

To paraphrase Samuel Goldwyn, we would be living in a pretty sad world if verbal agreements are not worth the paper on which they are not written./ju

TED Talk:

Nature had 3 billion years to perfect some of the most amazing materials that we wish we had in our possession. …Example: Nanocellulose from Sequoia Trees. ... So here at the Hebrew University, together with our partners in Sweden, decided to focus on the development of an industrial-scale process to produce this nanocellulose. YouTube Video

Two Gun Cohen - Head of the Chinese Secret Service:

A fascinating true story of how two Jewish guys ended up running the Chinese Secret Service under Dr, Sun Yat Sen, in Chinese, Yiddish and English. One of them, “Two Gun Cohen” was instrumental in ensuring that the partition of Palestine was approved at the United Nations by persuading the Chinese delegation to abstain from voting. This allowed for the creation of Israel.

General Morris (Moisha) Abraham Cohen died 7th September 1970 at 83.

Middle East Insight with Dr. Mordechai Kedar:

Now that ISIS Has Been Decimated What will the Future Look Like?

Based on all the signs, the Free Syrian Army forces, mostly made up of Kurdish and Syrian militias, are on the verge of liberating the city of Raqqa, the capital of the “Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.” The question that emerges is how the aftermath of ISIS will look.
The answer is threefold and involves the organization, its members and its ideology.

Discussing US President Donald Trump’s Major Blow to the Iran Nuclear Deal

Discussing the ISIS Dream of a Unified Global Caliphate Being Alive and Well