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Shabbat Bulletin - November 25, 2017





June 24-July 8, 2018

The City of David is located within the Old City of Jerusalem’s walls. Originally constructed more than 3,000 years ago by King David. The archaeological exploration began in the middle of the 19th century and continues today, revealing some of the most exciting over-ground and underground archaeological treasures of this aeons-old settlement, the first foundations of present-day Jerusalem.

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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What happened to tradition and change?


We are the Lodzer Morning Minyanaires


Always a good breakfast following!

Conservative Judaism gets rebranded

Conservative Judaism’s problem is that it’s too Conservative.

  • It’s continued ban on intermarriage for example

This is the age of culture wars, of two distinct moral narratives in this society, liberal and conservative, that are constantly in conflict. While the liberal narrative espouses values of egalitarianism and justice for the oppressed, the conservative one lifts up respect for authority and loyalty to traditional ways -- a digging in of the heels in the face of a rapidly changing world.

Hence the Conservative movement’s decline in recent decades.

Moving forward requires radical thinkers. Revolutionaries.

Our inherited tradition had to be dynamic and authentic in a then changing world, not reactive against the excesses of progressivism.

Nothing has changed. We must:

  • Be a proactive force for confident, authentic progress in observant Judaism.

  • “Conserve” the traditions of our ancestors

  • Translate our inherited tradition into different forms and idioms over time — sometimes even abandoning time-cherished practices as circumstances require.

Tradition was the God-given brushes, canvas and oils. Torah was the work of art itself. And at the end of the day, the point of Torah is to connect human beings to God, to each other and to the world.

Tradition can indeed be lived, even in our modern world, and it can embrace modern sensibilities.

In the culture wars of our times, Jewish people time and again ask themselves, “Whose side of history do we want to be on?”

Like it or not, non-Orthodox Jews believe that the winning side of history lives in the liberal narrative of moral progress and social justice. Luckily for Conservative Judaism, the ancient rabbis lived by that same progressive narrative, and the name of that narrative is the Torah itself.

The Conservative movement must overcome its own conservatism and inspire not just movement adherents, but also all Jewish people to the dynamic and authentic force that rabbinic Judaism has always been. Only then can it be the true inheritor to the vision and genius of our ancient rabbinic forebearers. inContext

Be authentic. Be genuine. Be real.

Be yourself.

Your Life Moments


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

Nov. 30  Marcel Mozes
Dec. 1    Mary Goldlust


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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

Nov. 27  Lily Feldman, mother of Sheila Winston
Nov. 27  Norman Spigelman, father of Michael
Nov. 30  Shirley Auslander, wife of Herman, mother of Libby Goldgrub
Nov. 30  Belle Klein, mother of Harley
Dec. 1    Eva Kushner, mother of Betty Siegel-Snyder

“What is REAL?” ... “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?”

“Real isn’t how you are made,” ... “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”

“Does it hurt?” ...

“Sometimes,” ... “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”

“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” ... “or bit by bit?”

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” ... “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in your joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

The Velveteen Rabbit

Time, experience, challenges, and hardships make you whole, but what makes you the most whole, is being loved. Once you evolve, you can’t undo what you’ve learned and become less again. When you know better, you do better, and you will never go back to the old, unknowing person that once was. … Love is what creates realness.


Thanks Nancy… & Barry.

Remember - Don’t Forget - Take Action

Synagogue General Fund

Roz Greene

Rachel Weisman

Herman Auslander

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

take action as not to forget.


Being part of a community is essential for a proper and healthy life. If one becomes so self-centred as to cut loose from community in order to live only for himself, quality of life will be lost.

Zingers from Sage Advice - Perek 2, Mishnah 5




November 22


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 23

7 - 8 PM

Kiddush Room


Hebrew Classes

Remaining classes  this session:

November  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 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


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!

This week’s Kiddush

is sponsored by

Barry and Alexandra Landsberg

on the occasion of

Sam’s 12th Birthday







Happy 12th


Torah Times

Triennial Year 2

Parashat: Vayetze
Genesis 28:10 - 32:3
1: 30:14-16 (pg. 111)
2: 30:17-21
3: 30:22-27
4: 30:28-36
5: 30:37-43
6: 31:1-9
7: 31:10-16
maf: 31:14-16


Hosea 12:13 - 14:10 (p. 118)

Candle Lighting:

4:26 p.m. – Friday


5:34 p.m. – Saturday

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 27

Week 44

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 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 2

14 Kislev


Shabbat Vayishlach

Genesis 32:3-36:43

Jacob and his large family have now left Haran and are preparing to meet with Esau, (the brother Jacob wronged.) On the eve of reunification, Jacob has a dream and wrestles with Esau/angel/God/himself and wrenches his hip. Thus Esau/angel/God/himself changes his name from Jacob to Israel. Rachel dies after giving birth to Benjamin and is buried. Isaac’s days come to an end and he is buried in Hebron.


December 3


Beth Tikvah

3080 Bayview Ave.

Guests: $15

RSVP Lillian:



Friends of Yiddish cordially invites community members to a lively and heartwarming Hanukkah Celebration that features The Odessa Klezmer Band, tasty hot latkes, door prizes, silent auction and great friends.

A Chanukah Hulyanke

Friends of Yiddish

The Odessa Klezmer Band comprises some of the finest musicians on the Klezmer seen today. Famous for their attention to fresh musicality and depth of authentic Klezmer voice, The Odessa Klezmer Band brings you lively Klezmer from our good old days’ tradition.

If Klezmer be the food of life,

play on!  Zol Zayn Gelebt.


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 7

CIJR Event


Beth David



Providing knowledge and skills enabling community members to oppose current efforts, on and off campuses, to delegitimize the democratic Jewish state.

How is the Balfour Declaration relevant today?

presented by

Geoffrey Clarfield,

Journalist and Anthropologist

We hold the deed.

We are landowners.


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 25

On the

14th Night of


5 PM


Shul Kiddush



“We’re Cool with Yule!”

Rafi’s Annual


Chinese Food and a Movie

I eat Chinese food on Christmas
Go to the movie theater, too
'Cause there just ain’t much else to do on Christmas...
When you’re a Jew'

Movie, to be determined.

Deadline for reservations is

Friday December 15

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 1




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:




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.

The Discussion  Group is cancelled this week. It will continue next week on Saturday December 2nd,  in the upstairs foyer at 1:00 p.m., as usual.

This past week we discussed whether the major role of a rabbi was as a

social worker, actualizer of the ideals of justice and righteousness, ritual leader, or all three equally?

The role of a rabbi in general is sort of like the role of a quarterback who throws the ball a little bit ahead of the receiver -- that is, you want to make people run just a bit to catch up to the message that you offer.

We also discussed whether people have freedom of choice, and if not, whether it is fair to punish them. If there is freedom of choice, how much of it is actually predetermined by culture and upbringing?

The Discussion Group is cancelled this week.

It will continue next week on Saturday December 2nd,

in the upstairs foyer at 1:00 p.m., as usual.

On December 2nd we will be reviewing examples of using free will in life and death situations; and examining the conflict between the yetzer hatov (the good inclination) and the yetzer hara (the evil inclination) in all of us.

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”

What Is Judaism?

Judaism is the sum total of Jewish experience, of Jewish living, hoping, planning, suffering. It includes the past and the present, the old traditions and the present system of ethics. It is a religion and a guide, a culture and a philosophy, a moral system and a means of salvation. But most important of all, it is a way of life. It is the Jewish way of finding God, and of seeking perfection in man. It is, indeed, the textbook and the spiritual constitution for the Jew.


Communion With God

Judaism seeks to extend the concept of right and wrong to every aspect of behavior. Jewish rules of conduct apply not merely to worship, ceremonial, and justice between man and man, but also to such matters as philanthropy, personal friendships and kindnesses, intellectual pursuits, artistic creation, courtesy, the preservation of health, and the care of the diet*


The Good Way

Here is the opportunity to make a Jewish life that is not just one of organizations, but the good way of every Jew. Now is the time to make Jewish religion paramount in Jewish life that is, Jewish religion as a way of life, as a road up the mountain side, a path of living by which every Jew may reach the high elevation that is our ethical teaching.

Editorial, the B'nai B'rith National Jewish Monthly

The luck of the draw.

Just imagine if you were born into any other…

You wouldn’t know any better!

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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Free Will

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Isaac Bashevis Singer said it best, “We have to have freedom, we have no choice.” and of course he was right, because Judaism is predicated on freedom. The truth is that in the ancient world, the polytheistic world, all G-ds were part of nature and therefore they were subject to the laws of nature. Along comes Judaism and for the first time discovers a Transcendent God who stands outside the universe, who is free to create or not to create, and when he makes humanity in our image he bestows on us that gift of Freedom. It cost G-d a great deal to give us freedom, because if we didn't have it, we could never rebel against him, we could never sin, we could never threaten the future of the world he created. But so precious is freedom that God gave it to us. How do we know that we have freedom? The answer lies in a single concept called teshuvah in Judaism, repentance, and here it is: You find yourself in a certain situation and for some reason, temptation, weakness, fear, who knows what, you do something wrong. Comes Yom Kippur, you feel bad about it, you do teshuvah, you say forgive me God, I recognize I made a mistake. Then some later time in your life you find yourself in exactly the same situation and this time you don't make that mistake, that proves that you have changed, that proves that it was not a combination of environments and genetics that determined your action. Your action was determined by your choice. The first time you choose one way, the second time you chose another way. That means we are free. Many people have tried to deny freedom because it's a scary thing. Some people held that our fate was in the stars. Marx said our faith is in the economic system. Freud said our fate is in the hands of primal repressed unconscious drives. Darwin said it's all in genetics. None of that explains the fact that actually we can change our way of life, whatever our economic status, whatever unconscious drives, whatever our genetically coded instincts. The truth is, we are free. Bashevis Singer was right,  “We have no choice but to be free.” YouTube

Free Will is bound by Learned Behaviour

Loose Ends...

A bag by any other name:

"Not all fundamentalist Muslim women wear niqabs, but all who wear niqabs signal support for fundamentalism"  Barbara Kay  inContext

Spouting Hate from behind the Veil.

“Shariah -- The solution for the east and west -- Democracy can go to hell”

That is not Women's Liberation!

In the UK, sharia courts flourish, (85-100 at last count,) putting niqab-clad women in their submissive place -- not a peep out of the "feminists." These courts are supposed to resolve family, marriage and financial disputes for Muslims; they are predictably misogynistic, and consequently damaging to women, and by proxy to children. Sharia-compliant women are routinely subjugated and intimidated.

The Ideological Path to Submission:

...and what we can do about it, by Howard Rotberg

Just finished Howard Rotberg's book - The ideological Path to Submission. Rotberg says that tolerance needs a dominant actor that accepts a different idea of someone with less power. Beyond tolerance is acceptance of different ideas by equals. But the ideas must be equal. The author worries that if we are tolerant of intolerant ideas, and we have lost our faith in our own religions and values, we will submit to an Islamic or Islamist type of government./ju

The enemy is not just terrorism.

It is the threat posed specifically by Islamist terrorism,

who draw on a long tradition of extreme intolerance

within a minority strain of Islam

that does not distinguish politics from religion, and distorts both.

“Chosen People” Idolatry

One should not take part in the development of an institution that gives preference to the laws of G-d over the laws of the democratic state.

Whenever morality is based on theology, whenever the right is made dependent on Divine Authority, the most immoral, unjust, infamous things can be justified and established. ... Morality is then surrendered to the groundless arbitrariness of religion.

Judaism’s Ebbs and Flows

The Jewish rapport with weed is long and varied, implicit yet ingrained.

“You know, it’s a funny thing, every one of the bastards that are out for legalizing marijuana is Jewish… What the Christ is the matter with the Jews... what is the matter with them? I suppose it’s because most of them are psychiatrists.”

President Richard Nixon, father of the Drug War

“You can use cannabis to achieve a spiritual level,” says LA-based Orthodox Rabbi Simcha Green. He explains that in Hebrew the word for praying, l’hitpalel literally means to self-judge.

Rabbi Green’s son Elie, founder of Doc Green’s cannabis topicals, compares the cannabis state of mind to the Shabbos state of mind: both help you be here now, both incorporate oneg [joyful pleasure]. “Cannabis elevates the soul, Shabbos comforts the soul,” he says. “In Judaism, we elevate physical things to a spiritual level.” Foods and spices are sacralized all the time in Jewish ritual, like blessing wine on Shabbat or spices for Havdallah — why couldn’t cannabis, for instance, fill in as the Havdallah spice? Afterall, the purpose of the spice is to cheer us up as our “extra souls” depart after Shabbos.

As Jews, we strive for something higher — literally?

A World Stoned…

What’s wrong with that picture?


Like NASCAR drivers, all politicians should wear uniforms, so we can identify their corporate sponsors.

There are three things that cannot be easily hidden, the sun, the moon, the truth.

We should accept diversity in culture and tradition and coexist peacefully.

“When you know better, you do better.”  (Maya Angelou)


Lodzer Shabbat-Bulletin,
22 Nov 2017, 14:04