summer heat of Israel was matched by the political rhetoric of a down and dirty
election campaign. The election this week will not turn on security (there is general
agreement by the leading parties) or economics (very little attention has been
paid to income inequality).
will be determined by personality (is Netanyahu
“in a league of his own”?), as well as...
B'Av in Israel is always memorable. History and contemporary life often
collide. Years ago, after the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, I was part of a
group that read Eikhah, the scroll of Lamentations, at his grave. During the
2005 summer of withdrawal from Gaza, the sense of internal Jewish conflict,
often a theme on 9 Av, was accentuated.
A number of years ago, when the Masorti...
The Amidah (literally “The Standing”) is the central prayer
of Jewish worship. It contains three main introductory sections. The first is known as Avot, or ancestors. It establishes our personal
relationship with God in history, traditionally through the lineage of the
patriarchs. The second section is known as Gevurot, or might. It
calls upon God as...
My words of welcome to begin the Yom Hazikaron ceremony of the
Consulate of the State of Israel tonight at Beth Tzedec.
הזכרון תשע״ט ~~ Yom Hazikaron 5779
behalf of our President, Sheldon Rotman, our Board of Directors, our spiritual
and educational team, all our staff and our members, welcome to Beth Tzedec. We
are honoured to again host this Yom Hazikaron...
The central ritual of Passover is the Hagaddah, the telling of our Master Story; how slaves became free
people and how a band of disparate tribes became a people. Myjewishlearning.com explains that there are three
essential elements of the seder’s
retelling of the Exodus: “the family, the individual, and the nation. As a home
event involving the full family as well as guests, the seder...
Panel Presentation for Neighbourhood Interfaith Group9 May 2018 ~ 24 Iyar 5778
delighted to speak on this panel with Rev. Dr. Karen Hamilton and Imam Yosef
Badat, and thank the Neighbourhood Interfaith Group for organizing this
important event this year, continuing a process initiated over third years ago.
on 9 Av, I fast and join other Jews at...
#TorontoStrong Vigil at Mel Lastman Square
van was 20 feet in lengthand
the violence extended 2.1 kilometres,with
ten dead and sixteen wounded.And
around these, in a larger circleof
pain and time, multiple hospitals and many graveyards. But the oneburied
in her home town,enlarges
those mourning her deathat
the shores of a country far across the seaincludes
On this evening of memory, on behalf of the leadership of Beth Tzedec,
we welcome bereaved families and the entire Toronto community with the hope
that the memories of those who have fallen to secure and sustain the State of
Israel will be recalled with dignity and honour, respect and love.
Many members of our city have seen children
and other family members serve in the Israel...
This past week, I joined Rabbi Yael Splansky and Rabbi Chaim Strauchler at Shaarei Shomayim for a rabbinic conversation on the new anti-Semitism. This was the second in a series of public discussions (our first conversation was on Israel). CJN Editor Yoni Goldstein again did a great job moderating our discussion. There was an excellent and diverse turnout.We shared classic rabbinic texts...
Rabbi Frydman-Kohl and Norman Kahn are members of the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards (CJLS) of the Rabbinical Assembly. Norman Kahn, as a lay leader, is a non-voting member, contributing ideas and comments about the various teshuvot (responsa) presented. The CJLS met November 14 and 15 at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. During the meeting, the Committee approved three...
Is it permissible for Jewish women who
have reached the age of mitzvot to serve as prayer leaders for Shaẖarit,
and Neilah at Beth Tzedec
During my tenure as Senior Rabbi, I have
permitted and encouraged women to participate in many public ritual
activities, performative mitzvot
that were previously limited...
After the Hurricane"El Elohey Ha'ruhot ~ God of wind and spirit" (Numbers 16) ~ we turn to you at this time of devastation.We think of words recited during the Days of Awe, "Who shall live and who shall die, Who at the measure of days and who before. Who by fire and who by water.""The floods have been raised up, the floods have raised their voice, the floods have raised the pounding waves."...
deeds: A rabbi watches the events in Charlottesville
Opinion: Baruch Frydman-Kohl on being shaken by modern antisemitism and
hatred—and how to stand up to it
August 18, 2017
Baruch Frydman-Kohl is Anne and Max Tanenbaum Senior Rabbi of Beth
Tzedec Congregation in Toronto and the vice-chair of the Canadian Rabbinic
Caucus. He holds American and Canadian...
On this solemn and yet ultimately hopeful occasion—Monday night, July 31—we gather under dim lighting and low seating like mourners. Ma’ariv and the chanting of Eikhah, the Book of Lamentations, create a mood of reflection and sadness.
During morning services on Tuesday, August 1, the Torah and Haftarah readings as well as kinot (poems emphasizing the destruction of the...
Rabbi2RabbiEpisode 30 - March 2017
Anglican priest was recently complaining to me that while his older
parishioners can be counted on for regular donations to the church's general
fund, younger Christians are more attracted to occasional targeted projects.
Anecdotally, I told him, we see the same in the Jewish community.
indicates that Millennials, while...