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Be a Shamash!

Shabbat Bulletin - December 9, 2017





June 24-July 8, 2018

Listening to the grottoes of Rosh Hanikra

The waves of the Mediterranean flow mesmerizingly through natural caves of this northern Israel reserve with its fine vistas, cable-car ride and more.

A 656-foot walking track takes you through the grottoes, where fruit bats, rock pigeons, swallows and rock hyrax (youtube) make their home. The old railway to Beirut is an ideal Hyrax habitat. Checkout their tusks, grown from their incisors, (like the elephant,) instead of canines, (which they don’t have.)

The two-minute-long cable-car ride, 210-feet down the cliff, at a steep 60-degree angle, to the grottoes is the best. Rosh Hanikra is the only cliff in Israel that descends straight into the sea. You can see the Mediterranean beach with its pedestrian promenade stretching south though Nahariya to Haifa.  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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The Shamash is the candle that lights the others.

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

In December 1993, in Billings, Montana, an anti-semite threw a brick through five-year-old Isaac's bedroom window. It happened during the holiday of Hanukkah, and the boy had put up a stenciled Menorah on the glass as part of his family's celebration.

The anti-semitic attack -- a growing number of white racist, affiliated with the Aryan Nation, had come into the area -- was reported in the local newspaper, The Billings Gazette, and the boy's mother told the reporter that she was disturbed by the advice offered her by the investigating police officer, to remove from her windows any symbols of the holiday. She wondered how she would explain this to her son.

A local woman was deeply touched by this dilemma. She imagined what it would be like to have to explain to her children that they couldn't have a Christmas tree in the window because it would be dangerous. She called her minister and suggested that he have the children at the church's Sunday school make cut-out member Menorahs for their own windows. The Reverend agreed, and then passed on this suggestion to colleagues throughout the city. A few days later the Gazette published a full-page drawing of a Menorah, and invited residents to put it up. By the end of the week, more than 6,000 homes were decorated with menorahs -- the entire Jewish community of Billings consisted of a few dozen families.

Be a Shamash!

Be the candle that lights the others.

Your Life Moments


Dec. 2  Andrea Waserman

Dec. 7  Joseph Rosenberg

Dec. 7  Simon Weisman

Dec. 9    Sheilah Solomon

Dec. 10  Daphna Grossman

Dec. 13  Seymour Goldlust

Dec. 14  Selma Opler


Dec. 4  Roman & Lily Perelshtein

Dec. 5  Eugene & Selma Opler

Dec. 10  Jack & Carole Abrahams

Dec. 14  Josef & Cindy Ber


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

Dec. 9  Salima Dagan, mother of Isaak  

Dec. 9  Isaac Daniels, father of Dina Wolfe

Dec. 9  Sam Fischer, father of Nina Rubin & Gloria Riesel

Use Things, Not People -- Love People, Not Things

A commitment to interreligious dialogue

A Canadian Rabbi Erwin Schild and his wife Laura, received a scroll of "blessing" of Pope Francis on the occasion of their 70 th wedding anniversary: such a way to salute their commitment to interreligious dialogue.

The gift was handed over by Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, to the Adath Israel community , of which Mr. Schild was the spiritual leader between 1947 and 1989.

Schild described the papal blessing as "an incredible gift" that demands "an exceptional degree of appreciation," an Israeli online newspaper The Times of Israel reported on Wednesday (March 9th).

The Toronto rabbi and his wife received a scroll, which included a papal seal message and a photo of Pope Francis.

"They have reached out to become bridge builders and show the way forward," said Cardinal Collins at an interfaith event at the Adath Israel community . He added that Mr. Schild, who turned 96 on March 9, encouraged positive relations between Christians and Jews.

Rabbi Erwin Schild was born in Germany and survived the Dachau concentration camp. He helped build the "conservative" synagogue community in Toronto, which currently has 1,800 families.

The pope's blessing is granted to mark important events such as baptisms, wedding anniversaries or marriages of Catholics. It is very rarely given to non-Christians. inContext

SCHILD, Laura - Peacefully on Monday, November 27, 2017 at home, surrounded by her family and caregivers. Laura Schild, beloved Rebbetzin of Rabbi Erwin Schild. Loving mother and mother- in-law of Daniel Schild and Darlene Horlick, Dr. Judith Weinroth and Rabbi Moshe Meirovich, Naomi and Avraham Weitz. Dear sister of the late Eli Saxe. Devoted grandmother of 12 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-granddaughter, Kein Yirbu. Heartfelt gratitude to Arlene Petras, Susan Quiming, and Dr. Sidney Nusinowitz. Services were held on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at Adath Israel Synagogue. Benjamins

Although we may be strolling down different paths, we are all on spiritual journeys seeking to find meaning in our lives and grow closer to our Creator. Interfaith dialogue reminds us of how much richer our lives can be when we strive towards that goal hand in hand. inContext


“If you are unlearned, you will know only the externals of the commandments or the legalities of ethical obligations, and thus will likely apply the principles formally but miss their essence. To be truly pious, you must be … able to apply guidelines to real-life situations intelligently.”

Perek 2 Mishnah 5




December 6


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


December 7

7 - 8 PM

Kiddush Room


Hebrew Classes

Conversational Hebrew classes are on-going at the shul on Thursdays at

7:00 - 8:00 pm.

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


קח עוד כוס קפה


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


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: Vayyeshev

Genesis 37:1 - 40:23

1: 38:1-5 (pg. 145)

2: 38:6-11

3: 38:12-14

4: 38:15-19

5: 38:20-23

6: 38:24-26

7: 38:27-30

maf: 38:27-30


Amos 2:6 - 3:8 (pg. 152)

Candle Lighting:

4:22 p.m. – Friday


5:30 p.m. – Saturday

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

Shul Kiddush


1 - 3 pm

Meeting in support of

the Yezidis

All Welcome

No Charge


This will be an extremely important meeting as we are expecting up to another 100 Yezidis to arrive in the GTA this month.  Gary and I will also report on our testimony before the Citizenship and Immigration Standing Committee this week.

Our need for new volunteers to form resettlement groups for these new arrivals is urgent.  We will probably need 50 + new volunteers.  If anyone knows social groups that are geared towards recent retirees, please let us know as this may be our best opportunity to find people who are both able and willing.




While we sleep peacefully in our beds,

the Yazidi people of Iraq and Syria are being driven from their homes, the men and boys crucified and killed, while the women and children are raped and enslaved.

Those who manage to escape have become refugees within Iraq, Syria, Jordan and abroad.

Ignore the plight of others

at your own peril.


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


All welcome.

Pay at the door.



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.

Let’s not get Shamash’d,



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 16

28 Kislev


Rosh Chodesh


Chanukah Kiddush


Shabbat Miketz

Genesis 41:1-44:17

Joseph’s station in life is dramatically improved when he interprets the dreams of the Pharaoh.

Predictions of seven years of plentitude followed by seven years of famine provide Joseph with the opportunity to manage the food supply. The famine hits the land of Canaan where Jacob’s family lives. Hearing of the abundance in Egypt, Jacob sends his sons, except Benjamin, to Egypt in search of asylum. Joseph recognizes his brothers immediately but does not reveal his true identity until next week’s Torah portion.


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 8

Week 46

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


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.

After much discussion, we agreed on Faye’s interesting definition of sin as not “doing unto others as they would do unto you.” This seems to work for at least the normals of our society.

Next week we will discuss the Yetzer Hatov and the Yezer Hara  and whether they are nature or nurture.

An Independence Day march in Warsaw for an ethnically and religiously homogeneous Poland, led by far-right extremists, drew nearly 60,000 people and featured racist slogans and banners.  inContext

Poles condemn anti-Semitism

Thousands of Polish citizens, families and seniors spontaneously took part in over 300 celebrations all across the country, as Poles gathered joyfully to celebrate the 99th anniversary of regaining of Poland’s independence.

National Independence Day is a national day in Poland celebrated on 11 November to commemorate the anniversary of the restoration of Poland's sovereignty as the Second Polish Republic in 1918 from the German, Austrian and Russian Empires.

Regrettably, the peaceful manifestation in Warsaw was spoiled by the disgraceful behaviour of several hundred aggressive people with racist and xenophobic banners and flags.Their appalling behaviour was not representative of all Poles who participated in the independence parade.

The Polish authorities condemned all manifestations of anti-Semitism or nationalist attitudes during the celebration of Poland’s independence.

Under Polish law, spreading racist ideology is an offence, and the prosecutor’s office has started an investigation.



Mobileye an Intel Company is an Israeli technology company that develops vision-based advanced driver-assistance systems providing warnings for collision prevention and mitigation.

  • The Mobileye system identifies relevant objects and road information in a self-driving vehicle.

  • Real-Time Collision Avoidance: Alerts drivers of an imminent rear-end collision with a car, truck, or motorcycle.

  • Helps drivers maintain a safe following distance from the vehicle ahead of them, providing visual and audible alerts if the distance becomes unsafe.

  • Monitors lane markings and alerts drivers with visual and audible warnings when a lane deviation occurs without proper signal notification.

  • Notifies the driver of a pedestrian or cyclist in the danger zone, and alerts drivers of an imminent collision with a pedestrian or cyclist.

Although Intel is acquiring Mobileye, the companies have decided to headquarter their future autonomous driving operations at Mobileye’s Jerusalem base, led by Amnon Shashua, the company’s co-founder, chairman and CTO.

“If you combine the two assets together, you get a very, very powerful proposition,”

“Intel provides critical foundational technologies for autonomous driving, including plotting the car’s path and making realtime driving decisions. Mobileye brings the industry’s best automotive-grade computer vision and strong momentum with automakers and suppliers. Together, we can accelerate the future of autonomous driving with improved performance in a cloud-to-car solution at a lower cost for automakers.”

“If you put all of that together, you really get an end-to-end solution for autonomous driving,” inContext

Israel continues to be a trailblazing nation

that other countries of the world

can only look at with respect and amazement

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”

I Your Friend

When Sergeant Albert L. Howard returned from Korea after being held as a prisoner of war, he told about a strange and heart-warming experience. He had been hit in the right arm by a piece of shrapnel. Suddenly, he noticed an enemy soldier coming toward him. Quickly he switched his gun to his other hand, but the enemy knocked the gun to the ground. Looking into the muzzle of a burp gun, he waited, expecting the bullet that would end his life.

What happened next was the strange part of the story. The enemy soldier helped his American prisoner-of-war off the ground, put a blanket around him, and in broken English said: "I your friend." As a soldier, every American was his enemy. As a human being, he could look upon another human being with mercy and say:

I your friend.

What does Judaism teach us about the treatment of enemies?

Do you think this soldier has a share in God's love?

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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Menorah 2017 on Trafalgar Square

Come and see the giant menorah lit up for Chanukah, the Jewish festival of lights, in Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London.

“The whole spirit of the holiday is to spread the miracle” of Hanukkah, said Rabbi Moshe Hecht, Shimon Hecht’s son. “Putting menorahs out in the public garners attention.”

In the mid-1970s, former Chabad leader Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson began encouraging his emissaries to build public menorahs to increase awareness of the holiday and to inspire Jews to light their own menorahs. More than two decades after his death, Chabad rabbis put up large menorahs every year in cities around the world — one of the most visible signs of the global Hasidic Jewish outreach movement. SizeMatters

… without incident. Amen.

The extent of the Islamization of Europe is shocking: terrorist attacks, no-go zones, riots and gang rapes – with those in authority both in denial and cowed, seemingly blind to the catastrophe their “multicultural” doctrine has unleashed.


Just saw the movie "Killing Europe" by Michael Hansen. It is clear that Europe is in trouble by not controlling young single immigrants with Islamist views who want to show their power by brutalizing the local population and setting up no go zones. It appears the police are turning a blind eye to most of the illegal activities as they do not have the support of the politicians. Sin and illegalities must be stopped, whether it is done by local citizens or immigrants. The other quite clear message of the movie is that given a choice between being considered to be Islamophobic and having freedom of speech, we must choose the latter. We must allow criticism of all religions and customs, but not of the people practicing those customs, unless the customs are illegal or profoundly contrary to western values - ie considered to be evil although not illegal./ju



November 25, ACT! For Canada was to have hosted the world premiere of the film “Killing Europe” at the main branch of the Ottawa Public Library. Without even seeing the film, the left decided that it must not be shown and set out to intimidate and bully the Library, apparently with the help of the Mayor, several Ottawa City Council members, and one particular lawyer.

The Library’s auditorium had been booked a month ago. Everything seemed set to go and then on November 25, they canceled.


Some people are skeptical about Motion M-103 but here you see it already in action in Canada…

If you have not written to the government to tell them to do away with M-103 or at the very least, remove the word, Islamophobia, please do so as soon as possible. inContext

Very Loose Ends…

I was sent three quotes.

Should You Leave It All to the Children?

Warren Buffett is not cutting his children out of his fortune because they are wastrels or wantons or refuse to go into the family business -- the traditional reasons rich parents withhold money. Says he: ''My kids are going , to carve out their own place in this world, and they know I'm for them whatever they want to do.'' But he believes that setting up his heirs with ''a lifetime supply of food stamps just because they came out of the right womb'' can be ''harmful'' for them and is ''an antisocial act.'' To him the perfect amount to leave children is ''enough money so that they would feel they could do anything, but not so much that they could do nothing.'' For a college graduate, Buffett reckons ''a few hundred thousand dollars'' sounds about right. 1986  inContext

The Voiceless, Oliver Wendell Holmes  1858

WE count the broken lyres that rest  Where the sweet wailing singers slumber,

But o'er their silent sister's breast  The wild-flowers who will stoop to number?

A few can touch the magic string,  And noisy Fame is proud to win them:--

Alas for those that never sing,  But die with all their music in them!

Nay, grieve not for the dead alone  Whose song has told their hearts' sad story,--

Weep for the voiceless, who have known  The cross without the crown of glory!

Not where Leucadian breezes sweep  O'er Sappho's memory-haunted billow,

But where the glistening night-dews weep  On nameless sorrow's churchyard pillow.

O hearts that break and give no sign   Save whitening lip and fading tresses,

Till Death pours out his longed-for wine  Slow-dropped from Misery's crushing presses,--

If singing breath or echoing chord  To every hidden pang were given,

What endless melodies were poured,  As sad as earth, as sweet as heaven!

The Denial of Death, Ernest Becker  1973

This is mankind's age old dilemma in the face of death: what man really fears is not so much extinction, but extinction with insignificance. ... Success without significance is hollow, meaningless.

Becker quotes Freud's seasoned thoughts on human nature,

and his idea of where he stood on the pyramid of struggling mankind:

... I have found little that is "good" about human beings on the whole. In my experience most of them are trash, no matter whether they publicly subscribe to this or that ethical doctrine or none at all. . . . If we are to talk of ethics, I subscribe to a high ideal from which most of the human beings I have come across depart most lamentably .-

Psychology and Religion:

If there is any science man really needs it is the one I teach, of how to occupy properly that place in creation that is assigned to man, and how to learn from it what one must be in order to be a man.

— Immanuel Kant

When we are young we are often puzzled by the fact that each person we admire seems to have a different version of what life ought to be, what a good man is, how to live, and so on. If we are especially sensitive it seems more than puzzling, it is disheartening. What most people usually do is to follow one person's ideas and then another's, depending on who looms largest on one's horizon at the time. The one with the deepest voice, the strongest appearance, the most authority and success, is usually the one who gets our momentary allegiance; and we try to pattern our ideals after him. But as life goes on we get a perspective on this, and all these different versions of truth become a little pathetic. Each person thinks that he has the formula for triumphing over life's limitations and knows with authority what it means to be a man, and he usually tries to win a following for his particular patent. Today we know that people try so hard to win converts for their point of view because it is more than merely an outlook on life: it is an immortality formula. Not everyone, of course, has the authority of Kant speaking the words we have used in our epigraph to this chapter, but in matters of immortality everyone has the same self-righteous conviction. The thing seems perverse because each diametrically opposed view is put forth with the same maddening certainty; and authorities who are equally unimpeachable hold opposite views!

Carry on, regardless.