Episode ELEVEN – May 2015
May 14, 2015 11:32 AM Rabbi Adam Cutler wrote:
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...
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...
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
In particular, since Israel's establishment there has been a
steady refusal by most of the...
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...
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...
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...
Rabbis Adam Cutler and Baruch
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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;...
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
We thank Nancy Singer,
the Board and staff of Kehillah, our volunteers and sponsors who enabled
Sukkahville to go forward. We...
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...