Shirat HaHodesh (June 2023) ~ Mi Lo Yavoh
By: Beth Tzedec
Jun 6th 2023
The song Mi Lo Yavoh by the talented Israeli artists Avraham Tal and Benaia Barabi, was written and inspired by the beginning of their friendship. The two met for the first time on the reality TV show "The Voice Israel", when Avraham was Benaya's mentor. They became friends, got to travel Asia together and write and perform songs together.In the song, they talk about...
The Week's End, Pride Edition ~ 2 June 2023
By: Aviva Chernick
Jun 2nd 2023
This week we usher in Pride Month. Throughout June in Canada, the LGBTQ+ community is celebrated and brought into focus throughout public spaces and various cultural, educational and religious organizations. The celebration happens from within the community, as well as being led and supported by allies, family members, friends, colleagues, neighbours...everyone and anyone.  There are parties...
Mishna Peah 1:1 ~ The Week's End, Shavuot Edition ~ 25 May 2023
By: Yacov Fruchter
May 25th 2023
These are the deeds for which there is no prescribed measure: leaving crops at the corner of the field for the poor, offering first fruits (bikurim) as a git to the Temple, bringing special offerings to the Temple on the three Festivals, doing deeds of lovingkindness and studying Torah.One of the biblical names for the holiday of Shavuot is Yom Habikurim, the day of offering our first fruits. The...
Bamidbar: In the Desert ~ The Week's End: May 19, 2023
By: Daniel Silverman
May 19th 2023
This Shabbat we start a new book of the Torah, Sefer Bamidbar, the Book of Numbers. Hebrew speakers might pick up that the English name of the book, Numbers, is not at all a translation of the word  Bamidbar, which means In The Desert. We see the same issue with the name of the book we just finished–VaYikra means And He Called, not Leviticus (or anything to do with Levites).The...
Shield of Abraham, Guardian of Sarah: The Week's End, Friday, May 12 2023
By: Rev. Lorne Hanick
May 12th 2023
This year the Torah portions Behar and Behukotai are combined. The Haftarah for Behar (Jeremiah 32) is not publicly recited. This haftarah includes Jeremiah’s prayer of exaltation to God, even while sitting in prison for uttering the oracle of the fall of Jerusalem, which was fulfilled in the calamity of 586 BCE. The prayer is a “covenantal history,” similar in language and style to...
An Observation About Observance: The Week's End, Friday May 5, 2023
By: Cantor Sidney Ezer
May 5th 2023
We are all familiar with the term observant Jew in our vernacular. This week’s Torah portion Emor contains an expressive exhortation with regards to religious observance: וּשְׁמַרְתֶּם מִצְוֹתַי וַֽעֲשִׂיתֶם אֹתָם “You shall observe My commandments and do them” (Leviticus 22:31). What does it mean to observe a commandment? If one does a mitzvah,...
A New Appreciation and Hope for the Jewish Future: The Week's End, Friday April 28, 2023
By: Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin
Apr 28th 2023
Dear Friends, I am writing to you on a bus, driving by the shores of the Kinneret, our final location for the Toronto March of the Living student delegation. Over the past two weeks, we have slept in Krakow, Warsaw, and Jerusalem and now we are happily settling in for a few nights in the north of Israel. The Poland component of this trip was not easy. I will share more about it when...
The Modern High Holy Days: The Week's End, Friday April 21, 2023
By: Rabbi Steve Wernick
Apr 21st 2023
The 27th of Nisan to the 5th of Iyar are what Donniel Hartman calls the modern High Holy Days.  It is in this time period we commemorate Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day (27 Nisan), Yom Hazikaron, Israeli Memorial Day (4 Iyar) and Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day (5 Iyar). This is a time in which we remember those who were murdered for simply being born of a Jewish...
Beth Tzedec Welcomes Cantor Audrey Klein
By: Beth Tzedec
Apr 20th 2023
Beth Tzedec is making a major move toward meeting the needs of our growing Congregation. We are delighted to announce that Cantor Audrey Klein has accepted the position of Beth Tzedec’s Director of Family and Young Adult Engagement, beginning in July.Cantor Klein will be the spiritual and administrative lead for family programming at Beth Tzedec. In her new role, she will develop personal...
Reb Steve will Participate in the Annual Reading of Israel's Declaration of Independed
By: Beth Tzedec
Apr 18th 2023
On Sunday, April 23, our own Rabbi Steven Wernick will participate in a celebratory reading of Israel’s Declaration of Indpendence—Megillat Ha’atzmaut—at the Egalitarian Kotel. Every year between Yom HaShoah and Yom Ha'atzmaut, the World Zionist Organization holds a festive event of reading Megillat Ha'atzmaut at the Egalitarian Kotel. It is broadcast live in different...
Challenging Ourselves to Appreciate the Journey: The Week's End, Friday March 31, 2023
By: Daniel Silverman
Mar 31st 2023
Every year we are challenged at Passover by the phrase בכל דור ודור חייב אדם לראות את עצמו כאילו הוא יצא ממצרים, to look at ourselves as if we ourselves came out of Egypt. In some Sephardic and Mizrachi traditions, seder guests actually get dressed up and replicate the Exodus, arriving at the seder as guests who have just fled Egypt and are in need...
Shirat HaHodesh: Lev Hofshi (April 2023)
By: Beth Tzedec
Mar 31st 2023
For the month of April, I got inspired by the upcoming holiday Pesaẖ, or in it׳s other name—H̱ag haHeirut—and decided, that the song I’ll choose for this month will be about freedom. The song “Lev Hofshi” by the Israeli artist Mooki is a beautiful song that talks about freedom, new beginnings and letting go of your past, of being happy with the things that surrounds...
Memory and Reenactment - (The Week's End, Friday, March 24 2023)
By: Rev. Lorne Hanick
Mar 23rd 2023
The unappeased memory of a future still to be fulfilled. -- Harold Fisch. Most of the Book of Leviticus is about the sacrificial service in ancient Israel, as practiced initially in the desert sanctuary and later in two temples. Re-reading these prescriptions and descriptions each year in the Torah reading cycle seem to have no practical use in a post-Temple Jerusalem and post-Temple...
Shirat HaHodesh: Misheu Iti Kan (March 2023)
By: Beth Tzedec
Mar 13th 2023
The happiest month of the year, Adar, is here! "MiShenichnas Adar Marbim B'simẖah" is a saying that I'm sure you have heard before. This saying is what led me to choose the song "Misheu Iti Kan" by Benaia Barabi to be the song of the month!This song gives us a different perspective of being happy. The kind of happiness that you can find in the small things in life. It speaks about...
A Closer Undertaking ~ The Week's End (March 17, 2023)
By: Cantor Sidney Ezer
Mar 13th 2023
The double portion of Vayakhel-Pekudei, the final two parashiyot in the book of Exodus conclude the narrative of the construction of the tabernacle.Vayakhel recapitulates the instructions for fashioning the tabernacle and its furnishings, and Pekudei gives a detailed accounting of the expenditures involved. We read that all the people—men and women alike—responded with great generosity...