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Shabbat Bulletin - December 2, 2017





June 24-July 8, 2018

Forget your swimming instincts,

it’s time to float on your back!

The Dead Sea has attracted visitors for thousands of years. Biblically, it was a place of refuge for King David.

Renowned for their therapeutic effects since antiquity, the area has become a major center for health research and treatment. The waters of the sea contain up to eight times more minerals than most seawater!

Bring shoes with you – While some people enjoy the feeling of salt crystals under their feet, for most it’s not such a nice time and might even hurt. The salt crystallizes into jagged formations that can cut the bottom of your feet. If you’re sensitive, wear water shoes even in the water.

Watch out for cuts! – If you have any cuts on your body, even a tiny one, getting salt into it will bring clarity to the saying ’rubbing salt into one’s wounds’.

Don’t splash! It’s extremely painful and stings to have the water get in your eyes!

Don’t taste the water – the water is way too salty, it tastes horrible and becomes poisonous if too much is ingested.

You should plan your visit for the very near future. The Dead Sea has been rapidly shrinking in recent decades due to the diversion of incoming water from the Jordan River. Large sinkholes have recently started appearing, and while Israel and Jordan are trying to save the Dead Sea, there’s no certainty that it will last for much longer. The sooner you come the more you’ll enjoy.  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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Could only mean…

Hanuka is around the corner!


We are the Lodzer Morning Minyanaires


Always a good breakfast following!

Chanukah in Chelm

It is the first night of Chanukah and the candles for the first night are to be lit in the Great Synagogue of Chelm, (sometimes referred to as the Great Old New Synagogue of Chelm - established "some time ago"). The spiritual leader of the shul was Rav Shmerel, a wise elder rabbi of Chelm with a long white beard and a high forehead hidden in a furry shtreimels with his mind engaged in much thinking about Talmudic subtleties.

Rav Shmerel busied himself preparing the traditional menorah for lighting. He took out the menorah and set it on a table by the window overlooking the market. It was a beautiful large silver filigree affair with eight branches plus the shamash. The Rav made some oil wicks from new linen and put one in the shamash and one in the right-most cup. He looked around for olive oil to fill the cups. There was none. He called to Mendel, the gabbai, to bring him some olive oil.

Mendel replied, “Sadly Rav Shmerel, there is no oil at all in the synagogue. I don’t know where we could find some.” The Rav, tut-tutted for a moment, and looked around to the congregants. Their faces were full of disbelief. The first night of Chanukah without candle lighting. It could not be possible. What should be done? Rav Shmerel addresses all the congregants and ask that they go out and try to find some olive oil to light the menorah.

Berel and Menachem decided to look for lamp oil in North Chelm. Berel was a nebbish sort of fellow who was in charge of the community goat. Menachem, on the other hand, was a bit of a schlemiel. While walking through the town they noticed that the Chelm cinema was having a special Christmas eve double bill “The Rocky Harah Picture Show” and “The Wizard Of Oys”. As they walked along Menachem told Berel the story of the miracle in the days of the Holy Temple, Beit HaMikdash, when the High Priest was checking his email on his smartphone and realized that his one day smartphone charge had lasted for eight days and nights and that’s why they lit the candles. And how Hanukkah itself goes right back before the Tower of Babel, when Hashem confused all the languages and that is why nobody knows how to spell it properly. Berel was so inspired by it all he suddenly broke into song "Oy to the World".

Mrs. Alte Minsky-Feldman is a feminist and quite frankly, a bit of a yenta to boot. She was always complaining that her daughter-in-law doesn’t feed her grandchildren properly “They look so thin in their pictures, poor babies.” She was also looking for a husband for their eldest daughter. "Maybe you know somebody Jewish?" She would say, "She's a nice girl." She went to East Chelm where she knew some people who might have some oil. On her way she passed the post office which was still open so she went into to buy some stamps. She told the postal clerk “I need some stamps for my Chanukah cards.” The clerk replied “What denomination?” Alte responded “Oy gevalt, has it come to this? Well, six orthodox, four conservative, three reform and two reconstructionists.”

Then there was Rabbi Kibbitz. Rabbi Kibbitz was a great talmid hakham and scholar. Instead of going off looking for olive oil with the rest, instead he was in the beit midrash, in honour of the festival, studying (with his) the Book of the Redemption (c. 1263), by the celebrated medieval Jewish philosopher Nahmanides (the Ramban (1194 – 1270 - Girona, Catalonia, Spain -- Israel)) wherein he tells the history of Latkeland, a distant land where everything -- the houses, the roads, even the synagogue—is made from potato latkes. And running through this savory land are two broad rivers, one flowing with applesauce and the other with sour cream. And on Hanukkah the Jews of Latkeland gather at the confluence of the two rivers, so they can top their latkes with a dollop of each. Recent scholarship has shown that the Ramban was likely shickered, and possibly far shickered.

As a mythical village Chelm is usually located somewhere in Eastern Europe. Still, others think that Chelm could be anywhere -- very possibly where you work, or go to school. Chelm itself has a long distinguished history in Jewish lore. The Talmud (Babylonian 49b) tells us that "Ten measures of sorcery descended to the world; Egypt took nine and the rest of the world took one. Ten measures of foolishness were given to the world, and Chelm took seven, the rest of the world four, and Bathurst Street in Toronto took another one and half."

Getting back to our story, then there was Mrs. Bayla Pinsky-Friedman who was a vegan and tried to get all the Chelmites to give up eating meat and kreplach and stop drinking schnapps. She went to see her friend Rifka Gittelman who lived not far from the synagogue to see if she had any extra olive oil she could give.

"Chag urim sameach ("Happy festival of lights"), Rifka", "Bayla, what a pleasure.", "How is Faigela doing?" "She is teaching in Israel, boruch Hashem.", "She should stay safe. And Sheuri?" "He is studying for his smicha in Warsaw." "Mazel tov. And Gershom?" "Oy vey, he is dating shiksas." And so on for Avrum, Chaim, Yaakov, Reuven, Fruma, and Bluma.

All of Rifka's children were getting ready for the arrival of Hanukkah Hershel. Hanukkah Herschel is an eternal wandering Jew figure, who may have been the kosher caterer for the last supper. Hanukkah Hershel usually brings really boring gifts the first few nights, socks, underwear, trousers, as well as chocolate coins and a dreidel while by the fourth or fifth nights he brings nothing at all. While these gifts are usually in no way dependent on children's good behavior, occasionally really good kids might get the collected works of the Rambam in Hebrew. Meanwhile all their goyish friends were getting software engineer Barbie dolls, Apple tablets, Xboxes, and pellet guns. Hanukkah Hershel drives around in a wagon pulled by eight donkeys whom he would call out to. "Now Izzy, now Morris, now Yitzhak, now Sammy, now Irving and Maxie, and Moishe and Mannie." There are many interesting haggadot and midrash associated with Hanukkah Hershel. For example did you know when donkey Sammy sadly died, Hanukkah Hershel replaced him with another donkey named Otee (Donkey Otee = Don Quixote)? Another tradition says that the names of the donkeys in the team are Schlepper, Kvetcher, Nebish & Tuches, Schvitzer & Schmutzy, Pischer & Blintzes while the Vizhnitz hasidim say that last group is actually Hanukkah Harry's legal team.

Anyway, getting back to Rifka, she didn’t have any oil on hand – she had used it all to fry the latkes and they were all eaten. Oil is very important for Chanukah as everybody eats nothing but fried foods to celebrate the holiday. Maybe some lox as well. However she did have some oily potato latke crumbs left over. Rifka wrapped them in aluminum foil and gave those to Bayla to take back to the synagogue to see if they would be useful.

Bayla returned to the synagogue and gave the oily crumbs to Rav Shmerel. Now Rav Shmerel himself generally would follow the stricter rulings of Shamai although he held to Hillel’s decision, regarding lighting only one candle on the first night. He thought Gemara Shabbat and how R. Zera said in Rab's name—:" Regarding the wicks and oils which the Sages said, One must not light therewith on the Sabbath, one may light therewith on Hanukkah, either on weekdays or on the Sabbath." Perhaps now is a good time to be lenient. So Rav Shmerel took the leftover oily latke crumbs and formed them into small candles and lit them to celebrate the first night of Chanukah.

And that was the great Chanukah miracle in Chelm, how those oily latkes crumbs burnt with a clear bright flame for all eight days and eight nights of the festival.

And everybody sang Maoz Tzur and Sevivon, sov sov sov Chanukah hu chag tov and Al Hanissim and ate latkes and played dreidel and shared Chanukah gelt and said “Nes Gadol Hayah Sham” (a great miracle happened there) and that it was the best Chanukah ever.

May we all be zocheh (merit/acquit/religiously motivated) to light the neiros Chanukah.

Therein lies the true spirit of the season -- to become bigger and better and more generous selves, tolerant and respectful of the traditions and practices of other faiths, ever thankful for the greatest gift of all, the gift of life. Happy Hanukkah. And may you be blessed, you and yours with spinning tops, chocolate golden coins, and hearts full, overflowing with love and goodwill for all.  inContext

Your Life Moments


Nov. 30  Marcel Mozes
Dec. 1    Mary Goldlust

Dec. 2  Andrea Waserman

Dec. 7  Joseph Rosenberg

Dec. 7  Simon Weisman


Dec. 4  Roman & Lily Perelshtein

Dec. 5  Eugene & Selma Opler


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

Dec. 3  Peter Friedenrich, husband of Esther, father of Ricki Black and Susan Waserman

Dec. 6  David Kaufman, husband of Esther

Dec. 7  Max Lew, father of Sidney

The proper response, as Chanukah teaches us,

is not to curse the darkness but to light a candle.

Much like our lives, we weave our way through darkness and light, oppression and freedom, despair and miracles.

Remember - Don’t Forget - Take Action

Synagogue General Fund

Dr. Brian Goldman & Tamara Broder

Prayer Book Fund

Mr. & Mrs. M. Schwartz

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

take action as not to forget.


“After empathy, after justifying, after being sensitive, one must make judgments. One must be able to call out evil as evil, and to uphold good as good. We are not to be paralyzed by empathy or lose our ability to discern the difference between good and evil.”

Zingers from Sage Advice - Perek 2, Mishnah 5

Katie Hopkins is Hilarious

Her message is not.

Do not let this great country become the United Kingdom.  Do not allow America to fall as Europe has fallen.  Look at us, let us be a warning; be better than us.  I've watched my country fall apart and I want to warn others before they let their country do the same, and believe me, I love my country.


The UK today is a place few of us recognize. … I have not come here to be part of the fear.  I have not come here to talk my country down or to fail to see the good in Britain, but there are some blunt truths I believe it is my duty to tell.  You are more likely to be raped in London than in New York.  You are more likely to be attacked with acid from a guy on a moped in East London than in Islamabad, and when it comes to terror, the head of the UK MI5 said the risk is now impossible to contain or to control.


There is hope.  We do not have to watch our country fall and there is action we can all take. …

  1. We can reject the narrative… just by speaking to people we know, doctors, nurses, teachers, people in the street, people that have got problems, we can find our own truths.

  2. we can arm ourselves with information, information that we find closest to the source – not information fed through the liberal filters of Google or the California fruit loops at Facebook.  We must look for our own truths.

  3. … we have to have the moral courage to fight. We have to somehow find the strength to withstand the constant attacks that we face, and Trump is the Jedi master at this game. I love him.  I know what it's like to be ostracized by friends who don't like our opinions. People can be unkind. The media can be merciless, but we all need to find the moral courage to stand strong.

Enough of the candle lights.  Enough of your hashtags.  Enough of your heart-shaped gestures at the sky.  Enough of turning the Eiffel Tower lights on and off. I'm epileptic; flashing lights don't do me any favor whatsoever.


... resistance is key, and when we come under attack, we need to make like an arrowhead and feel the criticism falling from our sides. You know I get a lot of emails from 16, 17-year-olds who feel like they have no voice in school anymore. They can't say if they're a Brexit supporter or if they're one of the members of Gays for Trump.  They can't speak out, and I say to them, make like you're diving into a swimming pool. Feel the water coming off your sides.  Imagine that's the criticism falling off you, and keep moving forward. We can keep moving forward. The liberals who reject Brexit or try to discredit Trump, they gave birth to our determination to succeed. They are Frankenstein and we are their monster, and we are big and we are bad and we are coming for them.  They are right to be afraid.

We can do this. Yes, we can. If only I was black, that would work so much better. We can commit to refuse the narrative. We can commit to arm ourselves with our truths, with no liberal filter, and we can commit to have the moral courage under attack to keep moving forward. This is our time. Do not become like Britain. Get furious and fight back. Thank you very much

Here’s the link to the video and transcript: inContext  vimeo

In Canada, Muslims are not Islamic Extremist.

We pray.

call out evil as evil - uphold good as good




November 29


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 30

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 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


Rabbi Eli



David Young

B’aal Koreh:
Harvey Bitterman



9:12 AM

Led by

Frank Steiman


9:30 AM

Please help us out by coming early…

We need a minyan to start!

Torah Times

Triennial Year 2

Parashat: Vayishlach
1: 34:1-4
2: 34:5 - 12
3: 34:13-17
4: 34:18-23
5: 34:24-31
6: 35:1-11
7: 35:12-15
matirf: 35:12-15

Haftarah: Obadiah 1:1 - 1:21

Candle Lighting:

4:23 p.m. – Friday


5:31 p.m. – Saturday

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 4

Week 45

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


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 9

21 Kislev


Why do women light

the Shabbos candles?

Women are considered to be the light of the world, but when Chava caused Adam to sin, she brought death to the world. Women light the Shabbos candles to bring the light back.

Should we turn off the

room lights?

Yes. Turn them off momentarily, then turn them back on. Then light the Shabbos candles with a bracha (Lehadlik ner shabbos) for both the electric light and the Shabbos candles.

Shabbat Vayeshev

Genesis 37:1-40:23

This parsha is the premise for the play, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Joseph, Jacob’s favoured child is presented with a coat unlike any other, which causes jealousy to burn in his eleven brothers. The brothers, after hearing of Joseph’s dreams of supremacy over them, sell Joseph to a caravan of Ishmaelites on their way to Egypt. In Egypt, Joseph is sold as a slave to the house of Potiphar and after an unfortunate instance with Mrs. Potiphar, he is thrown into jail where he interprets the dreams of the Pharaoh’s chief cupbearer and baker.


December 10

Lodzer Shul Kiddush Rm

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


December 16

Chanukah Kiddush

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 24

On the

13th Night of


Dinner 6 PM

Film following


Prepay at office

or call Sarah

to reserve



Shul Kiddush



“We’re Cool with Yule!”


“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.” /BWM

Rafi’s Annual

Kosher Chrismukkah

Chinese Food and a Movie

The Women's Balcony

On the day of Osher's bar mitzvah, the men look up adoringly at the women's balcony where their wives, daughters, sisters, cousins, and grandmothers are gathered. Then disaster strikes: the floor under the balcony gives way, leaving several people injured and one comatose. When Rabbi David arrives, the congregation gathers around him now that their elderly rabbi is distraught and confused in the wake of the accident. Taking advantage of his new-found authority, he insists that the men have not done enough to ensure their women's modesty, and that the balcony tragedy is a divine warning to that effect. This leads to a clash with Osher's grandmother Ettie, a pious woman who cannot accept the notion that God demands blind subjugation. Ettie and her friends raise money to restore the women's balcony, but Rabbi David decides to distribute those funds elsewhere. A feud breaks out, driving a wedge between husbands and wives — one that they can only repair by coming together in faith and harmony.


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.

Even if you have only a limited amount of time to study,

begin now and don’t delay.

A man said to Rabbi Israel Salanter. I have but fifteen minutes a day available for study. Should I devote the time to the study of Torah and Talmud, or to the study of Mussar (the ethical writing that strives to inspire us to work on our character)?

Study Mussar, Rabbi Salanter answered.


Because then you’d see that something is wrong with your life if you have only fifteen minutes a day for study.

If a man sets out to study all the laws,

he’ll have no time left to break them.

For This week’s Discussion Group

In order to better grasp our own concepts of sin and evil, we will begin by discussing the following questions about sin and evil.

“While acknowledging that the lure of sin is powerful, the Torah insists that free will endows people with the strength to resist it.”

Question 1:

Is “sin” something done in an incorrect or immoral way?

eg. sex within marriage is fine but rape or sex outside of marriage is sinful.

Question 2:

Is a sin anything prohibited by Torah?

Question 3:

Does describing sin as “being on the wrong path” help understand or excuse it?

Question 4:

Are sins the performance of evil?

Question 5:

Would you describe the rapes, killings, and ideology of Isis as sins or evil?

Question 6:

Are the actions of Harry Weinstein evil?

Question 7:

Is forcing a woman to wear a burqa evil?

Does Evil Exist?

The Logical Problem of Evil

The existence of evil and suffering in our world seems to pose a serious challenge to belief in the existence of a perfect God. If God were all-knowing, it seems that God would know about all of the horrible things that happen in our world. If God were all-powerful, God would be able to do something about all of the evil and suffering. Furthermore, if God were morally perfect, then surely God would want to do something about it. And yet we find that our world is filled with countless instances of evil and suffering.  These facts about evil and suffering seem to conflict with the orthodox theist claim that there exists a perfectly good God. The challenge posed by this apparent conflict has come to be known as the problem of evil. inContext

It was God’s Will?

What do you do for a living?

An Orthodox man was on a plane when his seatmate asked what he did for a living.

"I'm a rabbi."

“Well,” said the man condescendingly, “I was born Jewish. I don't know much about it, but I presume you could sum it up in one sentence: ‘Do unto others as you would have others do unto you’"

The rabbi smiled, then asked, "And what do you do for a living?"

"I’m an astrophysicist,” he replied smugly.

Well," said the rabbi, "I don't know much about it, but I presume I too, could sum it up in one sentence: ‘Twinkle, twinkle, little star -- how I wonder what you are.’”

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”

Courage in the Ghetto

A remarkable document was discovered in Warsaw, Poland, by the Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. It tells of a scientific study of starvation, undertaken in the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II by a group of Jewish physicians and their families who were slowly and systematically starved to death by their Nazi jailers.

"The work began in February 1942. These 22 Jewish doctors knew that they were going to starve to death. Instead of merely crying against their fate, they added to human knowledge by making a precise technical study of the effects of starvation on the human mind and body. They had no instruments; they made their own. Remember: they were investigating the effects of starvation on themselves! The last remaining doctor smuggled out the reports and documents and had them buried, hoping that someday they would be found and would contribute to the growth of scientific knowledge.

"Couldn't these men have said: What's the use? Why contribute to a civilization that allows us to starve to death?' But even in the misery of the Warsaw Ghetto, even as their bodies weakened, they worked for science and humanity. They heard the Still, Small Voice."

Whenever Israel has been subjected to pressure, and evil rulers have attempted to crush it, instead of giving up and surrendering to their will, the Jews made great contributions not only to religious thinking, but to the arts and sciences as well.

the spirit of Judaism

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Making a difference

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

We want and need your input.

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Jeff Shabes, President

Harvey Storm, 1st VP

Judy Hazen, 2nd VP

Morry Nosak, Treasurer

Marilyn Richmond, Secretary

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Frank Steiman

Henry Epstein

Joe Ber

Leon Pasternak (Honourary)

Rafi Remez

Roz Greene

Syd Markovitz

Rabbi Eli Courante

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From Optimism to Hope

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

“You can see religion as a battle, a holy war, in which you win a victory for your faith by force or fear. Or you can see it as a candle you light to drive away some of the darkness of the world. The difference is that the first sees other religions as the enemy. The second sees them as other candles, not threatening mine, but adding to the light we share. What Jews remembered from that victory over the Greeks twenty-two centuries ago was not a God of war but the God of light. And it’s only the God of light who can defeat the darkness in the human soul.”

“Hanukkah is about the freedom to be true to what we believe without denying the freedom of those who believe otherwise. It’s about lighting our candle, while not being threatened by or threatening anyone else’s candle.”

Very Loose Ends...

Holocaust Survivor, 102, Meets Nephew He Never Knew He Had

Eliahu Pietruszka thought his brother, Volf, who was the visitor’s father, had died in a labor camp after losing contact with him following the murder of their brother and parents in the Holocaust.

“It makes me so happy that at least one remnant remains from my brother, and that is his son,” said Pietruszka, tears welling in his eyes. “After so many years I have been granted the privilege to meet him.” story+video

A sad state of affairs:

The Chaotic Arab World Has Nothing to Offer Israel Today in Any Deal

The Arab world, from Iraq in the East to Morocco in the West, Syria in the north and Yemen in the south, has been noting the growing Shiite advance with undisguised apprehension. Sunni Muslim nations such as Turkey and Pakistan – and in fact, all the Sunni Muslims– are just as anxious, but are reacting to the situation by collapsing and falling apart instead of unifying and working together.

The Essential Principles for Israel in Negotiating with Saudi Arabia and the Arab World

The most basic rule in dealing with the Saudis and their friends is that Israel must not feel that it has to pay anything for peace, anything at all. Nothing. Zilch. Zero. Nada. If the Saudis want to live in peace with us, we will stretch out our hands to offer them peace in return. But that is all they will get. There is no other kind of peace agreement and if they do not want peace on those terms, then shalom ulehitraot (so long, it’s been good to know you, Israeli-style).

Mordechai Kedar discusses the latest developments in Saudi Arabia and Lebanon

Mahmoud Abbas - between a rock and a hard place.

A Soldier’s Return to Germany to Avenge His Family’s Deaths

In 1938 14-year-old Henry Birnbrey traveled by himself on a ship from Hamburg to New York as part of a Kindertransport, a special program to rescue Jewish children from Nazi Germany. An only child, he will never forget the trauma of leaving his parents behind. He would not see his family again. However, he would return to Germany years later to avenge their deaths.

The Post Office

A woman goes to the post office to buy stamps for her Hanukkah cards.

She says to the clerk "May I have 50 Hanukkah stamps Please."

"What denomination?" says the clerk.

The woman says, "Oy vey, my God, has it come to this? Okay, give me six Orthodox, 12 Conservative and 32 Reform!"

Carry on, regardless.