Writings from the Rabbis

Rabbi2Rabbi - an email dialogue between Rabbi Adam Cutler and Rabbi Adam Sheier (May 2015)
By: Rabbi Adam Cutler
Jun 1st 2015
Rabbi2Rabbi  Episode ELEVEN – May 2015 On Wednesday, May 14, 2015 11:32 AM Rabbi Adam Cutler wrote: Dear R’ Adam, Since the launch of the Rabbi2Rabbi, I have received repeated accolades from congregants noting how much they enjoy the feature. One of the results, if not the purpose, of the format is to demonstrate the remarkable similarities in thought and practice...
Renewal of Jewish Life in Germany: From Guilt to Responsibility
By: Rabbi Harvey Meirovich, D.H.L.
May 24th 2015
Hope and resilience are two qualities that spell out the will to survive of the Jewish people. Hope and resilience are integral components of the DNA that define the Jewish spirit. We owe a debt of unimaginable gratitude to our ancestors who, over a span of 3,000 years, fashioned rituals, customs and traditions in ways that made sure that hope and resilience always hibernated near...
Hope and Resilience: The Structure of Ruth
By: Rabbi Harvey Meirovich, D.H.L.
May 23rd 2015
For the greater part of my life I have been wrestling with a question that has irritated the Jewish people for as long as we have been on the stage of world history: What is the cause of anti-Semitism? Why have nations been fixated on throwing the Jewish people onto the rubbish heap of history? In particular, since Israel's establishment there has been a steady refusal by most of the...
Rabbi2Rabbi - an email dialogue between Rabbi Adam Cutler and Rabbi Adam Sheier (April 2015)
By: Rabbi Adam Cutler
Apr 27th 2015
Rabbi2Rabbi  Episode TEN – April 2015 On April 21, 2015 10:23 AM Rabbi Adam Scheier wrote: Dear Rav Adam, Last week, my wife and I hosted our pre-marriage group at our home. The couples who attended—whose weddings are scheduled for this Spring and Summer—showed tremendous sacrifice by attending this program. The sacrifice was that the event coincided with the first...
Rabbi2Rabbi - an email dialogue between Rabbi Adam Cutler and Rabbi Adam Scheier (March 2015)
By: Rabbi Adam Cutler
Mar 26th 2015
Rabbi2Rabbi  Episode NINE – March 2015 On Monday, March 23, 2015 6:04 PM Rabbi Adam Cutler wrote: Dear Rav Adam, As an undergraduate at the University of Toronto, one week prior to Pesaẖ I would bring the largest backpack I owned to Robarts Library where I would check-out dozens of haggadot to be used at my family's seders. Later, as a student at the Jewish Theological...
Rabbi2Rabbi - an email dialogue between Rabbi Adam Cutler and Rabbi Adam Scheier (January 2015)
By: Rabbi Adam Cutler
Jan 16th 2015
Episode EIGHT –January 2015On January  1, 2015 at 11:20:05 AM EST Rabbi Adam Scheier wrote: Dear Rav Adam, There is a great saying attributed to Rebbe Uri of Strelisk (also known as HaSaraf, 1757-1826): “None of us serves our generation alone. For example, David continues to inspire the downcast with his fiery passion, generation after generation. And Sampson’s heroics...
Dialogue on Changes to USY Standards of Conduct
By: Rabbi Adam Cutler
Jan 16th 2015
Rabbis Adam Cutler and Baruch Frydman-Kohl At the recently concluded annual United Synagogue Youth (USY) International Convention attended by 750 high school students in Atlanta, amendments were made to the standards of behaviour expected of a select group of international and regional officers. Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl and Rabbi Adam Cutler discussed the changes and the media debate...
Dialogue on Changes to USY Standards of Conduct
By: Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl
Jan 16th 2015
Rabbis Adam Cutler and Baruch Frydman-KohlAt the recently concluded annual United Synagogue Youth (USY) International Convention attended by 750 high school students in Atlanta, amendments were made to the standards of behaviour expected of a select group of international and regional officers. Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl and Rabbi Adam Cutler discussed the changes and the media debate about the...
Beth Tzedec Congregation Responds to Terrorism in France ~ January 9, 2015
By: Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl
Jan 12th 2015
I was outraged by the news today about the hostage-taking and shoot-out in the kosher supermarket in Paris’ 12th arrondissement. I was already reeling from the attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine earlier in the week. As someone who has shopped in Hypercacher Alimentation Générale near Porte-de-Vincennes in Paris and lived not far from the offices of the magazine, I was particularly...
Rabbi 2 Rabbi: An email dialogue between Rabbi Adam Cutler and Rabbi Adam Scheier (October 2014)
By: Rabbi Adam Cutler
Dec 18th 2014
On Sept 30, 2014, Rabbi Adam Scheier wrote: Dear Rav Adam, I love decorating my Sukkah. My children make the requisite paper-link chains and wall decorations, and we adorn the walls of the Sukkah with posters that depict great Chassidic Rebbes, scenes of Jerusalem, and other iconic Jewish images. One of my favorite posters ­that the kids love, too ­brings a mishna to life: Yehuda ben...
Rabbi 2 Rabbi: An email dialogue between Rabbi Adam Cutler and Rabbi Adam Scheier (November 2014)
By: Rabbi Adam Cutler
Dec 18th 2014
On Nov 25, 2014, Rabbi Adam Scheier wrote: Dear R' Adam, In my mind, Chanukah and Purim and the "High Holy Days for Children." They are the days in the synagogue calendar that many of our kids most eagerly anticipate. However, the synagogue-attendance habits of many of our Jewish families present a unique challenge: How does one present this joyous side of Judaism when families spend...
Shabbat of Solidarity ~ November 22, 2014
By: Beth Tzedec
Nov 20th 2014
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; may those who love you prosper.May there be peace within your walls, security within your towers.The bloody and brutal attack this week on Jerusalem synagogue worshippers has left in its wake death and despair, anger and anxiety. Our hearts and prayers of condolence go out from our congregation to the families of the five people killed in this terror...
Welcoming Words: A Tribute for Elizabeth Comper at the Holocaust Education Week Closing Ceremony ~ November 9, 2014
By: Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl
Nov 19th 2014
Welcome to Beth Tzedec. We are honoured to again host the closing event of Holocaust Education Week. It is a sombre night, as we recall the recent killings on Canadian soil of two soldiers, note the 100th anniversary of the “war to end all wars”, anticipate Remembrance Day and mark the anniversary of Kristallnacht 1938. The gathering and program this evening is sponsored by ScotiaBank;...
Remarks by Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl at Sukkahville at Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, Wednesday, October 15/14
By: Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl
Oct 21st 2014
Sukkahville 2014 ~ 5775 Good afternoon. Welcome to Sukkahville. Our thanks to Kehillah Residential Program, which gave this sukkah design competition a home and a mission—to make people more aware about the need for affordable housing and sustainable development. We thank Nancy Singer, the Board and staff of Kehillah, our volunteers and sponsors who enabled Sukkahville to go forward. We...
Kiddush Hahayyim - The Sanctification of Life: In Memory of "Our Boys"
By: Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl
Aug 21st 2014
Memorial Service Congregation Shaarei Shomayim 7 July 2014 ~ 9 Tammuz 5774 With the reshut—authorization of Rabbi Strauchler and this community: Take a moment to remember where you were when you first heard of the kidnapping of the three boys.  Now try to recall what you were doing when you heard of their deaths. Bila hamavet lanetzah: “May God destroy death forever, and...