Out of a Lump of Clay: The Week's End - January 5, 2024
By: Cantor Sidney Ezer
Jan 5th 2024
While we just rang in 2024, and although Rosh Hashanah is nine months away and not typically on our radar at this present moment, there is a High Holyday liturgical connection in this week’s Torah portion Shemot that I would like to share. In Exodus 1:16, Pharaoh issues a barbarous order to the Hebrew midwives to kill all newborn Hebrew boys while letting the newborn Hebrew girls...
B’nai Yisrael ~ The Week's End (December 28, 2023)
By: Rabbi Steve Wernick
Dec 28th 2023
In this week’s Torah reading, Jacob calls his children together to tell them the future: Heasfu, v’agidah et lakhen yet asher yikrah etkhem b’akharit hayamim – Gather together and I will tell you what will be at the end of time. But in the verses that follow there are no predictions or prophecies. Nistam mimenu hakeytz, say the commentaries, “the end of hidden from him.” Jacob who at...
My Thoughts from the Rabbinical Assembly Solidarity Mission to Israel - The Week's End: December 22
By: Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin
Dec 22nd 2023
Dear Friends,  I spent two and a half days in Israel this week, on a solidarity mission with other North American Conservative rabbis. We came to Israel to bear witness and to offer support to our Masorti rabbis in Israel.  Masorti rabbis have spent every day since October 7 going to funerals and shivas, organizing prayer spaces and offering multiple forms of support. We came to...
Joy and Supplication through Hallel - The Week's End: December 15, 2023
By: Aviva Chernick
Dec 15th 2023
Today is the final day of Hanukkah and this morning was the final Hallel for the holiday.Each morning of the eight days of Hanukkah, we recite Hallel – the Service of Praise - as we do on other joyous occasions including Rosh Hodesh (the beginning of the new month), and on each of the three Pilgrimage Festivals. Hallel is a collection of psalms that recall the celebration of the Festivals...
Beth Tzedec Bulletin - Revised Winter Edition
By: Beth Tzedec
Dec 13th 2023
Beth Tzedec Bulletin - Winter 2023 EditionWe have identified an error which occurred during the latest Bulletin editorial process in which the wrong author was attributed to the article entitled “Microaggressions” on page 35. The article was mistakenly credited to Debbie Rothstein, Immediate Past President. It was actually penned by Corinne Promislow, a Board Director and member of...
Beth Tzedec Bulletin ~ December 2023
By: Beth Tzedec
Dec 5th 2023
Beth Tzedec Bulletin - Winter 2023 EditionThe latest edition of the Beth Tzedec Bulletin is available for download. Let's celebrate, learn, pray and connect as a community with the many opportunities offered throughout our quarterly catalogue of programs, events and articles.Don't miss any of the news and excitement, including:Patti Rotman's "From the President" article (page...
Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl Endowment Fund Donors
By: Beth Tzedec
Dec 5th 2023
We gratefully acknowledge the donors who have contributed to the Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl Endowment Fund, supporting the Beth Tzedec Centre for Spiritual Well-Being. The list includes donors from June 2020 through November 2023.To view the list, click here>>
Jacob's Life of Celebration and Sorrow - The Week's End: December 1, 2023
By: Daniel Silverman
Dec 1st 2023
Of the three Biblical patriarchs, we spend the most time with Jacob. We meet Jacob before he is even born and follow his life from beginning to end. In his youth we learn of his sibling rivalry with his older brother Esau. We read of his 20 years with his uncle Lavan, arriving empty-handed as a single young man and departing with two wives, two concubines, 12 children and lots of wealth. We...
Pay It Forward: Generations Members Initiative
By: Beth Tzedec
Nov 30th 2023
In November, we were pleased to launch our Giving Tuesday Campaign, a special opportunity for our Generations Members to make a difference to Beth Tzedec. Whether our members are passionate about volunteering their time or contributing financially, every effort matters. Thanks to the generosity of a caring member, funds will be matched 3-1 up to $10,000, until December 31st. That...
Canada's Rally for the Jewish People
By: Beth Tzedec
Nov 24th 2023
Join members of the Jewish community from across the country on Monday, December 4 at Parliament Hill in Ottawa as we unite and rally in our nation's capital.For the hostages. For the people of Israel. For the safety of Jewish Canadians.UJA has arranged for bus transportation from multiple locations in the GTA. The cost of the bus is $36; reservations are required. To reserve a seat, click...
Our Brothers and Our Sisters - The Week's End: November 24, 2023
By: Rev. Lorne Hanick
Nov 23rd 2023
For the past seven weeks, synagogues around the world have added prayers for the safe return of the hostages. Some are prayers that already appear in our printed siddurim. In times of great stress, some congregations re-introduce the responsive recitation of Psalm 130 every morning as is done between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. (“Out of the depths I call to you, Adonai, hear my cry, head me...
What’s in a Name? The Week's End: November 17, 2023
By: Cantor Sidney Ezer
Nov 16th 2023
Jacob and Esau could not be more different in terms of their demeanors and physical make-up. Esau was hairy, Jacob smooth; Jacob was a tent dweller and Esau a hunter. Jacob was quiet and cunning while Esau was loud and boorish. There was, however, one similarity between them. Both brothers had name changes. In two weeks, we will read parshat Vayishlaḥ which recounts Jacob’s fierce battle with...
Never Again: The Road Ahead - The Week's End, November 10, 2023
By: Rabbi Steve Wernick
Nov 10th 2023
Yesterday was the 85th anniversary of Kristallnacht, The Night of the Broken Glass. Kristallnacht was a Pogrom, orchestrated by Hitler’s Nazi government, in which Jews across Germany were beaten and arrested, many sent to concentration camps, Jewish-owned stores and synagogues were defaced or burned. Of course, violence usually doesn’t come from out of nowhere; it is often the outcome of...
The Shalshalet of Ambivalence, The Week's End: November 3
By: Rabbi Steve Wernick
Nov 2nd 2023
When planning our oldest daughter Ziva’s Bat Mitzvah, she made it clear that she wanted Parashat Vayera as her parashah. Why? Because it contained a Shalshelet, a rare Torah cantillation trop and she very much wanted to read it.In the parashah, two of the Angels who had visited Abraham now come to Lot to inform him of the pending doom of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. But Lot delays,...
Finding Ground, The Week's End October 27
By: Aviva Chernick
Oct 26th 2023
וַיֹּ֤אמֶר יְהֹוָה֙ אֶל־אַבְרָ֔ם לֶךְ־לְךָ֛ מֵאַרְצְךָ֥ וּמִמּֽוֹלַדְתְּךָ֖ וּמִבֵּ֣ית אָבִ֑יךָ אֶל־הָאָ֖רֶץ אֲשֶׁ֥ר אַרְאֶֽךָּ׃ יהוה said to Abram, “Go forth from your native land and from your father’s house to the land that I will show you.”This week’s parasha...