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bulletin Vol. LXXXI No. 1 • September 2005 • Av/Elul 5765

Rabbi Michael Stroh inaugurates our Season of Renewal and Repentance with the Selichot Lecture:

The Kabbalah Craze See page 2 for details.


this issue

Daily/Shabbat Worship Worship … … 2, 2, In In Perspective Perspective … … 3, 3, High High Holy Holy Days Days 2005/5766 2005/5766 … … 4, 4, President’s President’s Message Message … … 6, 6, Daily/Shabbat Sukkot, Shemini Shemini Atzeret Atzeret and and Simchat Simchat Torah Torah … … 7, 7, Cantor’s Cantor’s Notes Notes … … 8, 8, The The Gerald Gerald Schwartz/Heather Schwartz/Heather Sukkot, Reisman Centre Centre for for Jewish Jewish Learning Learning … … 9, 9, Our Our Israel Israel … … 12, 12, Education Education … … 13, 13, Youth Youth Groups Groups … … 15, 15, Seniors’ Seniors’ Reisman Programming … … 16, 16, Gemilut Gemilut Chasadim Chasadim (Social (Social Action) Action) … … 17, 17, Events Events and and Announcements Announcements … … 18, 18, Our Our Programming Congregational Family Family … … 19, 19, This This Month Month @ @ Holy Holy Blossom Blossom … … 23, 23, The The Last Last Word Word … … 24 24 Congregational

Daily/Shabbat Worship

Daily/Shabbat Worship Daily Services Mon. to Fri. Sun.

7.30 a.m. 6 p.m. 9 a.m.

Shabbat Minyan

10.15 a.m.

Shacharit Mincha

Shabbat Shofetim Fri. Sept. 9 Fri. Sept. 9 Sat. Sept. 10 Sat. Sept. 10

6 p.m. 6 p.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m.

Kabbalat Shabbat Service Tot Shabbat and Dinner Shabbat Service Family Shabbat Service

6 p.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m.

Kabbalat Shabbat Service Shabbat Service Family Shabbat Service

6 p.m. 6 p.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m.

Kabbalat Shabbat Service Tot Shabbat Shabbat Service Family Shabbat Service

6 p.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m.

Kabbalat Shabbat Service Shabbat Service Family Shabbat Service

Shabbat Ki Tetze Fri. Sept. 16 Sat. Sept. 17 Sat. Sept. 17

Shabbat Ki Tavo Fri. Sept. 23 Fri. Sept. 23 Sat. Sept. 24 Sat. Sept. 24

Shabbat Nitzavim Fri. Sept. 30 Sat. Oct. 1 Sat. Oct. 1

Shabbat Shuvah/Vayelech Fri. Oct. 7 Sat. Oct. 8

6 p.m. 10.30 a.m.

Kabbalat Shabbat Service Congregational-wide Shabbat Service

Selichot — Sat. Sept. 24, 2005 9 p.m.

The Kabbalah Craze Rabbi Michael Stroh, Rabbi Emeritus Temple Har Zion and Executive Director Toronto Board of Rabbis There is excitement in the land about Kabbalah and not just among Jews. What in heaven’s name is going on? Join us for an exploration of a contemporary phenomenon by the always erudite, insightful and humorous Rabbi Stroh.

11 p.m.

Selichot Service

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Derech Eretz In Perspective by Rabbi John Moscowitz

Derech Eretz is one of the primary virtues of our tradition. Literally, ‘the way of the world,’ this is a category having to do with social grace, manners and civility. On a deeper level, Derech Eretz is about constraint and the recognition that our nature can, if unimpeded by other forces, get us into trouble. As one of the Rabbis of Old put it, “Without Derech Eretz, we are nothing but beasts of the wilderness.” The Rabbis never suggested that Derech Eretz derives directly from one specific mention in the Torah. They did tell us that its range is broad: from how we speak with one another, to how we dress; from the language we use, to how we see our relations with God and one another. The Rabbis accorded much power to Derech Eretz; its constraining capability, they believed, could achieve social order — so necessary to living well and living in God’s image.

The Rabbis, however, made it clear that Derech Eretz is a fundamental necessity for the acquisition of learning God’s ways. They understood that, as early on we must learn the alphabet to read, so too without acquiring the ability to be thoughtful and to behave well toward others, there is no possibility of acquiring Torah. I thought of Derech Eretz earlier this summer upon seeing a photograph in

… Derech Eretz is a fundamental necessity for the acquisition of learning God’s ways.

the daily papers from one of the Gaza Jewish communities. It pictured Jews at prayer one afternoon in Gaza. But these were not any Jews; these were both Israeli Jewish citizens of Gaza and Israeli Jewish soldiers who had come to eventually uproot the Gazans. Having broken their ranks and their roles, these two different groups of Jews joined together for the afternoon prayers. At

prayer, they were not the uprooted or uprooting, but rather simply Jews united in prayer to God. Presumably, once the prayers were over, the soldiers went back to being soldiers, and the Gazans went back to their lives. Derech Eretz goes deeper than manners, constraint and civil behaviour. It also understands that the way of the world means that while we are sometimes in conflict with one another and may have very different views of the world, at exactly the same time we are but creatures of God: we owe something to God and therefore to one another. When Jews of different roles and even different world views — soldier and settler alike — came together in prayer, they embodied Derech Eretz at its most fundamental: variegated and conflicted creatures who nonetheless share the deepest matters in common. Matters of fate, matters of a Common Creator, matters of a common past and destiny — matters that with some luck, with God’s help and most certainly with Derech Eretz, may help at sorting out conflicts, small and large.

W. Gunther Plaut Humanitarian Award Mon. Nov. 7, 2005, at 8 p.m. The 2005 W. Gunther Plaut Humanitarian Award will be presented to Lieutenant-General Roméo A. Dallaire. The Award is bestowed every two years on a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the community and to human rights. Previous recipients have been Rabbi W. Gunther Plaut, Dr. J. Fraser Mustard, Jean Vanier and Professor Irwin Cotler. Lieutenant-General Dallaire, over a 35-year career in the military, combined his exemplary humanitarian vision with the highest ethical military principles. He has been honoured on many occasions for outstanding professionalism, honour, altruism, resourcefulness and bravery. Roméo A. Dallaire Dallaire’s courage, self-sacrifice and dedication to world peace saved the lives of thousands of Rwandans in 1994, when he led the United Nations mission in Rwanda. He is currently pursuing a Fellowship at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, where he continues his studies on conflict resolution. Introduction: John Fraser, Master, Massey, College University of Toronto

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High Holy Days 2005/5766 at Holy Blossom Temple Selichot — Sat. Sept. 24

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Lecture Service

9 p.m. 11 p.m.

Youth Chapel Youth Chapel

Erev Rosh Hashanah — Mon. Oct. 3 First Service Family Service Second Service

6 p.m. 6 p.m. 8.30 p.m.

Sanctuary Youth Chapel Sanctuary

First Day Rosh Hashanah — Tue. Oct. 4 First Service 8.30 a.m. Early Family Service 8.30 a.m. Second Service 11.15 a.m. Late Family Service 11.15 a.m. Children’s Service 1.30 p.m.* (for children who do not yet read)

Sanctuary Philip Smith Congregational Hall Sanctuary/Philip Smith Congregational Hall Maurice N. Eisendrath Auditorium/Youth Chapel Philip Smith Congregational Hall

Second Day Rosh Hashanah — Wed. Oct. 5 Service

10 a.m.


Kol Nidre — Wed. Oct. 12 First Service Family Service Second Service Teen Service

6 p.m. 6 p.m. 9 p.m. 9 p.m.

Sanctuary/Philip Smith Congregational Hall Maurice N. Eisendrath Auditorium/Youth Chapel Sanctuary/Philip Smith Congregational Hall Max. E. Enkin Board Room

Yom Kippur — Thur. Oct. 13 Early Family Service Morning Service Late Family Service

8.30 a.m. 10 a.m. 11 a.m.

Generation t Service 11 a.m.* (for 20 and 30 somethings) Study Sessions 1.30 to 3 p.m.* Children’s Service 1.30 p.m.* (for children who do not yet read) Afternoon and Yizkor Services 3.30 p.m. Ne’ilah Service 6 p.m. (approx) * Please note new times. Holy Blossom Temple


Maurice N. Eisendrath Auditorium/Youth Chapel Sanctuary/Philip Smith Congregational Hall Maurice N. Eisendrath Auditorium/Youth Chapel/ Activity Room Max. E. Enkin Board Room (See box for details.) Philip Smith Congregational Hall Sanctuary/Philip Smith Congregational Hall Sanctuary/Philip Smith Congregational Hall

Yom Kippur Study Sessions

Rabbi Edward Goldfarb

Evan Solomon

Rabbi Michael Stroh,

Robin Roger

Max. E. Enkin Board Room

CBC TV Broadcaster, Journalist and Author Youth Chapel

Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Har Zion Maurice N. Eisendrath Auditorium

Writer, Editor and Psychotherapist Activity Room

Here’s what’s new and important this year Family Services

Services. The deadline for registration Due to the high demand for the Late is Wed. Sept. 28, 2005, and the cost is Family Services on both days and to $15 per child, per Service. For more be fair to our congregants with young details or to register, please call Olivia children, you may choose to come D’Souza (ext. 260), at the Temple. to either the Late Service on Rosh Hashanah and the Early Service on Take-a-Break rooms Yom Kippur, or the Early Service Take-a-Break rooms will be available on Rosh Hashanah and the Late during all High Holy Day Services Service on Yom Kippur. Tickets will to provide you with a place to take be allocated on a first-come, firstyour child to play or read if he or serve basis. she becomes restless during a Service. Parents must remain with their Children’s Services children in this room to provide Afternoon Children’s Services on Rosh supervision. Hashanah and Yom Kippur are for children who do not yet read. This Tickets and security year, children who read are invited to Tickets will be required for all join their families at our Family Services, including Second Day Rosh Services throughout the High Holy Hashanah. Those without tickets will Days. BYOS — bring your own not be admitted to the Temple. Again shofar, if you have one. Children of this year, we will be checking each any age are welcome to attend the ticket and looking into all bags, purses Ne’ilah Service in the Philip Smith or packages brought into the Temple. Congregational Hall at the close of Please help us by arriving early to Yom Kippur (approximately 6 p.m.). allow extra time for security procedures.

Child Care Professional child care will be available during all High Holy Day

Special needs If you require special seating or September 2005


reserved parking (for those with handicapped permits only), please call ext. 516, at the Temple to make arrangements. Large-print prayer books and hearing devices are available in the office before each Service begins.

State of Israel Bond cards This year, the State of Israel Bond cards will be included with your High Holy Days tickets. Please remember to bring the card to the Temple for Services on Kol Nidre for our State of Israel Bond drive.

Extended office hours For your convenience, the Temple office will be open on Thur. Sept. 22, 2005, from 6.30 to 8 p.m.

Changes in our building In anticipation of our 150 th anniversary next year, we have been hard at work renewing our building. Renovations have been funded by a grant from the Holy Blossom Temple Foundation and, in the case of the Youth Chapel, The Leo Baeck Day School. For more details, please see page 6.

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Thur. Oct. 13, 2005, 1.30 to 3 p.m.

A report on current matters President’s Message

fortunate maintain their membership in our synagogue.

by Alan Garfinkel

Strategic planning As the new year approaches, I would like to thank the members of our congregation for their ongoing support of our sacred synagogue community.

Dues changes The changes to our annual membership contribution (dues) system have been well received by the congregation, and have launched us on the road to greater financial stability.

Mitzvah of tzedakah I would again like to thank all our members who fulfilled the mitzvah of tzedakah by generously giving additional gifts to the synagogue to help others who are less

We have been working hard this summer on our Strategic Plan, which will be presented to the Board this fall. We are greatly indebted to Mark S. Anshan, Chair, Strategic Planning Steering Committee, and Michael Diamond, Vice Chair, and all members of the committee. We are also indebted to all of our members who took the time to respond to our survey, and who attended the Town Hall meetings, for their valuable contribution to the development of the plan. As we prepare to celebrate our 150th anniversary as a congregation, we have some exciting news about our Sanctuary and Youth Chapel (please see the box to the right). May I take this opportunity to wish you all a sweet and happy new year.

Proposed Board of Directors Holy Blossom Temple’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Sun. Nov. 27, 2005, at 10 a.m. The meeting provides a chance for every member of Holy Blossom to review information concerning the affairs of the congregation. The following slate of officers and directors for the 2005/2006 year will be presented for election at the meeting. Officers — President: Alan Garfinkel • Vice President: Barry Silver • Financial Secretary: Larry Babins • Treasurer: Lorraine Loeb Recording Secretary: Tom Ehrlich Board of Directors — Directors proposed to be nominated for a first two-year term: Janice Babins • Dr. David Greenberg Gillian Helfield • Erin O.Connor • Fred

Saunders • Cary Solomon • Allison Schwartz Directors who will be continuing their second year term: Pam Albert • Gail Bocknek • Randy Cass • Richard Charney • Tom Friedland • Judy Malkin Rob Steiner Members of the congregation may nominate additional candidates for any officer and director position by submitting names, in writing, to the Temple’s Executive Director, Benjamin Applebaum, by Tue. Sept. 27, 2005. Each nomination must be signed by at least 10 Temple members in good standing and by the nominee.

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A look at changes in our Sanctuary, School and Youth Chapel In anticipation of our 150 th anniversary next year, we have been hard at work renewing our building. Renovations have been funded by a grant from the Holy Blossom Temple Foundation and, in the case of the Youth Chapel, The Leo Baeck Day School. We have redesigned the front of our Sanctuary, including restoring the marble bimah to its original architectural glory and constructing a new free-standing bimah situated closer to the congregation, to better engage our members in worship. New carpeting and upgrades to our sound system are being installed in the Sanctuary. Our women’s washrooms are also being redone. The Youth Chapel has been renovated and will serve as both a House of Study (Beit Midrash) and a House of Prayer, for us and for The Leo Baeck Day School. This work has been undertaken to bring our premises to an acceptable condition as we prepare to celebrate our 150th anniversary in 2006, but are far from a complete solution to meet our needs as a congregation going forward. Further work and consultation with our architectural firm, Diamond and Schmitt, our congregation and The Leo Baeck Day School will take place to ensure we have the physical space to meet our needs, now and in the future. We look forward to this ongoing conversation. — Alan Garfinkel

Z’man Simchateinu ... Season of our Rejoicing Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah 2005/5766 Sukkot is the seven-day festival celebrating the fall harvest by waving lulav (palm/myrtle/willow) and etrog (citron) and by dwelling in sukkot (booths). Shemini Atzeret is the day after Sukkot, when prayers that the rainy season will return to the land of Israel are offered together with the Yizkor (Memorial) Service. Simchat Torah is the joyful holiday marking the completion of the annual cycle of reading Torah. Dancing shoes are required.

Sukkot Sukkah decorating Sun. Oct. 16, at 12.15 p.m. Fun for the whole family. Help build and decorate the Temple’s sukkah.

by Mon. Oct. 3, 2005. You can pick them up from the Temple office on Fri. Oct. 14 or Mon. Oct. 17, 2005, before 3 p.m.

Shemini Atzeret Erev Sukkot Service

Erev Shemini Atzeret Service

Mon. Oct. 17, at 6 p.m.

Mon. Oct. 24, at 6 p.m.

Congregation-wide Sukkot Morning Service

Congregation-wide Shemini Atzeret /Yizkor Service

Tue. Oct. 18, at 10 a.m. Bring your lulav and etrog. Singing, creative Torah study and child care will be integrated throughout the morning. After the Service, enjoy a festive lunch with the synagogue community. If you would like to order a quality lulav and etrog ($40), please call Shelly Berenbaum (ext. 233), at the Temple,

Tue. Oct. 25, at 10 a.m. Children’s programs and child care will be provided. A special luncheon will follow the Service.

Simchat T orah Torah Flag Making Tue. Oct. 25, at 6 p.m. A must for all young children!

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Consecration on Simchat Torah Tue. Oct. 25, at 6.20 p.m. Again this year, Holy Blossom Temple will hold Consecration on Simchat Torah. The joy of our celebration of Torah will be multiplied with the ruach of our youngest scholars, all dancing with their new scrolls. Join us for a special Service for Grade 1 students and their guests, followed by the congregational celebration.

Simchat Torah Service and Celebration Tue. Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend this jubilant evening of rejoicing with the Torah to conclude our Tishrei Holy Days. We will dance the night away with Judy and David Gershon’s band. A special invitation goes out to all Camp George campers and staff.

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Welcome to Cantor Carmi for High Holy Days Cantor’s Notes by Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner

It gives me great pleasure to introduce Cantor Rebecca Carmi, who will join us this year as our second cantor for the High Holy Days.

Wonderful asset Cantor Carmi is a highly recommended and wonderful chazzan, and a graduate of Hebrew Union College School of Sacred Music. Cantor Carmi has a Bachelor of Comparative Literature from Brown University and a Master of Music in Voice Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her love of traditional Hazzanut, which she has pursued since her graduation, will make her a wonderful asset to the Temple. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, she was invested as a cantor in 1993. A member of both the American Conference of Cantors and the Cantors Assembly,

Cantor Carmi has served as a full-time cantor in several pulpits in the United States. She has given recitals and performed in cantorial concerts throughout the United States, Canada, Israel and Europe, has performed in many operas and has been a featured soloist with the Cantors Assembly and the American Conference of Cantors. She participated in the Chautauqua voice festival for two summers and was a winner of the New Jersey Young Artist Competition.

Lindi Rivers

Cantor Rebecca Carmi

You may have seen and heard Lindi Rivers filling in occasionally for me over the summer. It gives me great pleasure to formally introduce her to Lindi Rivers you as our Cantorial Soloist. Lindi will fill in for me, taking over my cantorial duties while I am on sabbatical, later this fall. Please watch the Bulletin for more about Lindi.

New Year’s Greetings The Holy Blossom Temple Foundation will be pleased to send New Years’ greeting cards to your friends and family, on your behalf, for only $10 per card (minimum seven cards; six cards or less will be $18 each). You may also buy a package of 10 cards for $75 to personalize and send on your own. Tax receipts will be issued. Celebrate the spirit of the New Year, while helping to strengthen our Temple. To place your order, please call Deborah Tameanko (ext. 265) at the Temple, by Sept. 15, 2005.

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In addition, Cantor Carmi has served on the faculty of the Academy for Jewish Religion in New York City and on the Executive Council of the Cantors Assembly. She and her husband, Irad, sons Amnon and Aryeh, and daughter, Yardena, live in Beachwood, Ohio. Cantor Carmi has been a dear friend, colleague and student of mine for many years and I know you will welcome her with open hearts.

Perform a Double Mitzvah During the High Holy Days, you will be asked to make your annual purchase of State of Israel Bonds. By donating a bond to the Holy Blossom Temple Foundation, you help support our synagogue. Simply remove the sticker from the card and place it on the tab of the bond you wish to purchase and donate. So, why not make Israel, Holy Blossom and yourself happy? Buy bonds. It’s a win-win-win plan. (See page 24 for more details.)

The Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Fall 2005 Lecture Series at Holy Blossom Temple

Democratization: Is It For Real?

The View from Israel Yossi Klein Halevi Tue. Nov. 8

Cautionary Tales Samantha Power Mon. Nov. 21

The author of At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden, Yossi Klein Halevi is a Senior Fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem. He is currently writing a book about the Israeli paratroopers who reunited Jerusalem in 1967. Introduction: Allan Gotlieb

The founding Executive Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University, Samantha Power is the author of A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide and a winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize. Introduction: Margaret MacMillan

Different Views from Washington Christopher Hitchens Wed. Nov. 16

The Power of Democracy in (Secret) Action Azar Nafisi Tue. Dec. 6

One of the most controversial figures in Anglo-American journalism, Christopher Hitchens, the author of more than a dozen books, is one of the leading American social critics. Introduction and Commentary: David Frum, journalist, author and Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C.

The author of Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, Azar Nafisi is Visiting Professor at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. Introduction: Heather Reisman

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The Gerald Schwartz/Heather R eisman Centre for Jewish Learning Reisman

Democratization of previously undemocratic or tyrannical societies is an idea in the air and an emerging reality in places on the ground. For some, this phenomenon is revolutionary and important; for others, democratization is American hubris at its worst. This series, featuring some of the most compelling voices of our time, examines this explosive and significant issue. All lectures begin at 8 p.m. Please remember to bring your Advance Seating Card, which will be mailed to you with this year’s Calendar of Events, to ensure early admittance to these major lectures.

The Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Centre for Jewish Learning at Holy Blossom Temple Our Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Centre for Jewish Learning provides opportunities to come together for major public lectures, to study Torah and other literature, and to obtain the skills needed to lead a deeper Jewish life. The following pages list only some of the fall 2005 offerings of the Centre. For a complete list of all lectures and classes, please watch your mail for the 2005/2006 Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Centre for Jewish Learning Calendar or visit our Web site at All programs and lectures are open to the community unless otherwise stated. For your convenience, our daytime programs during the week are marked with this symbol:

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Ongoing Learning Shabbat Morning Torah Study: Genesis — When the World was Young Rabbi John Moscowitz Saturdays at 9 a.m. What is the world view of the extraordinary book of Genesis? Can we trust this book — both as a factual document and as the word of God? What is God’s plan for the Jewish People — and how do we fit in today? We will continue to explore such questions in a line-by-line exploration of Genesis.

the passionate writings of our prophets. New and returning students are welcome. The Yiddish Novel Rabbi Edward Goldfarb Wednesdays at 10.30 a.m. beginning Oct. 26 We will continue our study of the works of Yiddish author Haim Grade. A reading knowledge of Yiddish is desirable; however, all discussion will be in English. This course is open to the community, non-members will be charged a fee of $60. Influential Thinkers

Learning Liturgy through Singing Jewish Music Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner Sundays at 10 a.m. Our Holy Blossom Temple Singers learn the joy of liturgy during rehearsals with Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner, and contribute greatly to the musical life of the Temple. Temple Singers participate in Shabbat Morning and Festival Services, study sessions and special concerts. New participants are welcome. For more details, please call Mari Lynn Rusak (ext. 224), at the Temple.

How to be a Liberal Religious Jew in the 21st Century Rabbi Michael Stroh Thursdays at 10.30 a.m. Sept. 8, 15, 22 and 29 What can we believe and not believe? How can we make intelligent religious decisions? What is religious faith? When deliberating these issues we will consider the thoughts of: Martin Buber, Leo Baeck, Eugene Borowitz, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Mordecai Kaplan, Yeshayahu Leibowitz, Franz Rosenzweig and Joseph Soloveichik.

Sisterhood Torah Study: Second Book of Kings Rabbi Edward Goldfarb Wednesdays at 9.30 a.m. This class will continue to delve into

BOOK CLUB Ken Skolnik, Facilitator Mondays at 10 a.m. Our first two meetings are: Sept. 19 Nadine, by Matt Cohen

Library Programs

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The Marmur Lectures An Annual Lecture Series by Rabbi Dow Marmur

Reform Zionism: Is There Such a Thing? Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Sept. 7, 14 and 21 Reform Judaism and Zionism are the most prominent modernist movements in Judaism. Neither is dead, but their relationship has been complicated. Rabbi Dow Marmur will chart our path as Reform Jews from potential sectarianism to full membership in k’lal Yisrael. Sept. 7 No — The Arguments of Classical Reform Sept. 14 Maybe — Confusion of the Last 50 Years Sept. 21 Yes — A Vision for Today and Tomorrow

Oct. 24 Farewell, Babylon, by Naim Kattan For a complete list of books and dates, please call Anne Dublin (ext. 235), at the Temple. Everyone is welcome. Scandinavia Through Jewish Eyes Rochelle Carrady, Traveller and Lecturer Tue. Sept. 20, at 7.30 p.m. Rochelle Carrady will present a slide lecture on her travels to Scandinavia. For more details, please call Anne Dublin (ext. 235), at the Temple. Co-sponsored with Sisterhood.

Advanced Hebrew Rabbi Edward Goldfarb Tuesdays at 10.30 a.m., Sept. 13 to Dec. 7 (no classes during October 2005; also continues Tuesdays

from January to May 2006) This advanced Hebrew grammar class places a special emphasis on parsing Biblical and prayerbook text. Open to members only.

The Transformative Nature of Jewish Camping a weekend with

Ron Polster, Director of Camp George

Beginners Hebrew: Introduction to the Aleph Bet* Sara Kernerman, Teacher Wednesdays at 6.30 p.m. Oct. 26 to Dec. 14 (also continues Wednesdays from January to May 2006) Would you like to catch up with your child’s or grandchild’s Hebrew skills? Do you want to follow more of the prayers of the Torah reading during Services? This course introduces you to Hebrew reading, with a focus on reading practice. Intermediate Hebrew* Dalia Alalouf, Hebrew Supervisor Mondays at 7 p.m. Oct. 31 to Dec. 12 (also continues Mondays from January to May 2006) This class is perfect for adults who know the Hebrew alphabet but would like to improve their vocabulary and reading comprehension. The class will also look at prayers and Biblical Hebrew, as well as a limited modern Hebrew vocabulary. *Course limited to Temple members. Pre-registration is required. Cost: $200 per year. For details or to register, please call ext. 256 at the Temple.

Fri. Sept. 23 to Sun. Sept. 25 Since its inception in 1999, hundreds of Temple children have attended Camp George as campers and staff. What is so special about the camp that brings our children back there summer after summer? Come and hear about Camp George from Ron Polster. Fri. Sept. 23, at 6 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat Service, Dinner and Lecture Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Jewish Summer Camp Pre-registration for the dinner is required. Cost: $20 for adults and $10 for students. For more details please call Olivia D’Souza (ext. 260), at the Temple. Sat. Sept. 24, at 10.30 a.m. Shabbat Morning Family Service and Lecture What Is ‘Informal’ about Informal Jewish Education? Sun. Sept. 25, at 11 a.m. Camp George Open House A chance for all our parents to learn more about Camp George. Ron Polster combines his academic background with 20 years’ experience in Jewish camping in order to provide a powerful message about the importance of experiential Jewish education, namely, that campers can be scholars too!

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Strengthening Your Hebrew

Holy Blossom at the Maccabiah Games Our Israel

in an event where 52 other countries were represented. I also loved travelling around Israel seeing sites that included Masada, the Dead Sea, Yad Vashem, the Western Wall, the Golan Heights and many others. I hope to keep in touch with the many friends I made during the Games.”

Photograph courtesy of UJA Federation

Michael Bregman — Michael won a gold medal participating on the Men’s Triathlon team. For the 51-year-old, who had previously undergone knee surgery, the experience was amazing. “Just being part of this event was wonderful,” says Michael, “especially when the Canadian David Albert (left) with his father, Michael Albert. contingent marched into Michael Bregman a packed Daniel Bayefsky — Sixteen-year-old Daniel was a member of the Junior Boys’ Ramat Gan stadium and walked past Track and Field athletes from around the world.” Team. He participated in Deborah Conway — Deborah, 16 years high jump and old, was a member of the Junior Girls’ Soccer Team, which was awarded the shot put, and his team placed bronze medal. For Deborah and her family, the experience was incredible. The fourth in each presence of other Maccabiah supporters, event. For athletes and families added to the richness Daniel, the of the trip. There was a sense of camaraderie Games were and pride as both Canadians and Jews that an experience Daniel Bayefsky everyone shared. The experience afforded he will never forget: “I had an incredible time meeting Deborah the opportunity to be with Jewish athletes from all over the world. It Jewish athletes from around the world. was a thrill for me to compete for Canada She met people with whom she had an Holy Blossom Temple


Deborah Conway (left) with two members of the Mexican junior women’s soccer team.

instant bond as Jewish athletes pursuing their common love of sport, all together in Israel. Nicole Markowitz — Nicole, 16 years old, represented Canada in two sports: Junior Girls’ Soccer team, and on the Junior Girls’ Track and Field team in the 4 by 100 metre relay. Both teams brought home bronze medals. During the closing ceremonies, the streets of Jerusalem were closed as Nicole joined the other athletes walking down the road carved into Mount Zion. The ruach that night will remain in Nicole’s heart forever: the singing, Nicole Markowitz dancing, costumes, fireworks and more. For Nicole and her family, this was a celebration of Jewish identity, the State of Israel and the essence of the Maccabiah Games.

Photograph by Jackie Markowitz

Photograph by Eban Bayefsky

Photograph by Pam Albert

David Albert — Eighteen-year-old David played on this year’s Golf team, and enjoyed meeting athletes from all over the world. David also had the opportunity to visit an army base to distribute toys to kids from the One Family Fund Camp, which helps victims of terror at the base. He cannot wait to return to Israel, hopefully on a Birthright trip.

Photograph by a member of the Mexican team.

On July 17, 2005, 7,000 athletes from 52 countries marched into Ramat Gan Stadium, in Tel Aviv, to open the 17th annual Maccabiah Games in Israel. At this year’s Games, Canada had its most successful performance ever, with participants winning 59 medals, making friends from around the world and showing their support for Israel. Holy Blossom is proud that several of our members participated in this year’s Games. To follow are just a few of our members who participated in the Games.

Building a sense of community and belonging Religious School Task Force by Zita Gardner, Chair, Department of Education

A task force on the Religious School was struck by the Temple Board in December 2004, and it has been my privilege to be its Chair. Meetings were held from January to May 2005, and a report was presented to the Board of Directors at the June 23, 2005 meeting. Fundamental to our task was developing a vision for our Religious School students. The vision of the Holy Blossom Temple Religious School is to create an atmosphere of warmth, excitement and love of Jewish learning, in which students in senior kindergarten through Grade 10 acquire: • commitment/love of Judaism and Israel; • Jewish values, skills and knowledge; and • values of life-long Jewish learning and service to the community. Through a combination of creative and didactic learning experiences, we aim to build a sense of community and belonging to Holy Blossom Temple, the Jewish communities of Toronto and Canada, the broader Reform Movement and Israel. The development of skills and knowledge are meant to enable Jewish young

The details of the recommendations are available from the Religious School office for anyone who wishes to see them. The Board has accepted the task force’s request to strike an Implementation Committee to decide on the adoption of some of the recommendations immediately, with the associated costs quantified. The findings of the committee will be shared with the congregation. A B’rit Kehillah (Code of Conduct) — developed by the Religious Education Committee, chaired by Phyllis Cincinatus — was accepted by the Board as an aspect of the Task Force Report, and will contribute to the vision for an “atmosphere of warmth, The vision of the Holy Blossom excitement and love of Jewish learning” Temple Religious School is to in our School. It was included in the create an atmosphere of August 2005 mailing to all Religious School families. warmth, excitement and love of It has been my pleasure to have worked Jewish learning.. with a dedicated and talented committee, and I know you join me in thanking them for contributing to our Temple acknowledging the many excellent programs community in such an important undertaking: Janice Babins, Larry Babins, in place, focused its recommendations on Grades 6 to 10, as these grades seem to offer Gail Bocknek, Phyllis Cincinatus, David the greatest challenge. The recommendations Ehrlich, Ruth Ehrlich, Randi Garfinkel, Robin Halpern, Bebe Jacobs, Rabbi fell under four headings: Jason Rosenberg, Nancy Ruth, Brenda • Curriculum and methodology; Saunders, Fred Saunders, Julie Schwartz, • Organization, structure and Brenda Spiegler, Elizabeth Wolfe, Mark S. programming; Anshan (Ex Officio) and Benjamin • Staffing and delivery of program; and Applebaum (Ex Officio). • Behaviour and commitment.

people to read Hebrew, participate comfortably and capably in worship Services, and master the basic skills required to study Torah, Haftarah and the holy days. To attain these goals, we rely on an integrated curriculum and experiential/ creative-teaching models. Success depends on dynamic, enthusiastic and Jewishly learned teachers, family support and commitment, and appropriate, responsible allocation of resources. The task force, while recognizing the span of the Religious School from kindergarten to Grade 10, including Hebrew, and

Sisterhood presents

Coffee and conversation Please join us again this year for coffee and conversation before you pick up your children from Religious School on Sundays. Sisterhood members will be serving coffee starting at 11 a.m. in the Ava Road Foyer, each Sunday during the school year.

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Farewell Bebe Jacobs: Welcome Debbie Spiegel An experienced and enthusiastic Jewish educator, Debbie has been the Assistant Director of Camp Ramah in

by Rabbi John Moscowitz

The Temple’s Director of Education, Bebe Jacobs, is heading home to England in December 2005. Bebe has accepted a position as the Director of Education, at the North Western Reform Synagogue (Alyth) in London; this is a wonderful opportunity and we applaud her. Fortunately, we have hired Deborah Spiegel as our Interim Director of Education. Debbie will work alongside Bebe until December and then assume the leadership of the schools for the rest of the 2005–2006 year.

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Canada for the past 13 years. In addition, she has taught at The Leo Baeck Day School and led Toronto’s March of the Living program to Poland and Israel. More than this, she knows Holy Blossom Temple very well — having served as the Supervisor of our Hebrew School and Senior School from 1987– 1991, in addition to being a teacher in our Adult Bat Mitzvah program. In the early fall, we will interview for the position of principal of the school and round out our education staff. In the meantime, we look forward to welcoming Debbie, though we are sorry to be saying goodbye to Bebe Jacobs. (Watch for details about our formal farewell and tribute to Bebe in late November.)

Renewing our learning spaces Education Matters by Bebe Jacobs, Director of Education

The new school year is just starting and we have been working hard to prepare so that the year ahead runs smoothly and is exciting and challenging for all our students. Environment is a key factor and we are all affected by the conditions in which we work and learn. I am pleased to share with you many ways that we have updated our facilities, resources and school programming.

Our new look The Religious School offices have a fresh look thanks to a new coat of paint, a new floor and a new staff/meeting

room. And welcoming everyone to the office is our new secretary Lissette Ilgner. Some of the classrooms upstairs have been refurbished and, most importantly, we have relocated our library to the Youth Chapel. This will give us the chance to send the message that study, the enjoyment of books and Torah go hand in hand. In our classrooms, we are now offering many choices to our students. In Grade 1, we offer either a regular class or B’yachad, which includes our once-a-month family class that meets on either Sunday mornings or on Shabbat. In Grades 4 and 5, we have art-based classes, and Grade 5 also has a parentparticipatory class. Grade 6 students can choose either the regular class or a parent-participatory class, and in Grade 7, in addition to the regular classes, there is a more intense learning class with the rabbis.

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We are also offering more electives this year. In addition to the Grade 7 electives (four in each of the fall and spring), all the classes from Grades 1 to 6 will have electives for the last four weeks of class (details will follow later in the term).

Ready for school School starts on Sun. Sept. 11, 2005, for senior kindergarten to Grade 6 students, and on Mon. Sept. 19, 2005 for Senior School students. We are ready, excited and looking forward to the year ahead.

Introducing our new Youth Director Youth Groups by Rabbi Jason Rosenberg

This summer, Holy Blossom Temple welcomed a new member to its professional team. Alana Vertlieb has joined us as our new Youth Director. Although Alana is new to our synagogue, she is no stranger to the world of youth. She grew up in a home that stressed Judaism, and the importance of being involved with the community. She was an active member of United Synagogue Youth (USY, the Conservative Movement’s version of NFTY, our North America Federation of Temple Youth), and a counsellor at Camp Ramah. She was also a participant in the March of the Living in 1996, an experience that she points to as a formative moment in her Jewish identity. Those experiences implanted within her a desire to serve the Jewish community, and specifically to work with youth. She graduated from Canisius College with a Bachelor of Education, in

addition to a Bachelor of Arts in Jewish Studies, which she received from York University, and she is currently finishing up her Master’s in Education. All of that learning, plus previous experience as a

Alana Vertlieb

Youth Director, means that she is poised to make an immediate impact on our congregation’s youth. The role of Youth Director is one which has not existed at Holy Blossom Temple for quite a while. More recently,

we have had an advisor to HABSTY (Holy Awesome Blossom Senior Temple Youth) instead. Although advising HABSTY will still be Alana’s primary job, her role will be expanded far beyond that. Alana will be helping us to oversee all youth programming at the Temple — activities for those involved with our three youth groups (including YEAH for those in Grades 4 to 6 and JYG for those in Grades 7 and 8), and for those who are not yet members. Together with me and a newly re-formed Youth Committee, chaired by Sandi Smith, we will be looking at the big picture of youth activity at the Temple. HABSTY has grown by leaps and bounds over the past few years, and there are more activities than ever for all of our young members, but there is still plenty of room for growth. Together, we will be making our youth an even more central part of our Temple’s life — something from which we will all benefit. Please join me in welcoming Alana to our Temple (and in congratulating her on her recent marriage to Steven Kastner). We are looking forward to seeing everything she will accomplish here.

A summer of memories at Camp George Holy Blossom Temple children and teens with Rabbi Yael Splansky, (fourth row from front, far right) at the 2005 season’s first session of the Reform Movement’s Camp George, in Parry Sound, Ont.

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Seniors’ Programming at Holy Blossom Mondays @ the Temple

Sept. 19 A Current Perspective This is followed by a fun and on Israel and the Mondays @ the Temple will gentle exercise class — led by Pam Middle East, with resume its weekly program on Albert and Melanie Nesbitt, Mark S. Anshan Mon. Sept. 12, 2005. accredited dance-movement For the last two years, many therapists — and is designed to congregants have enjoyed and improve participants’ mobility. Each Sept. 26 Survival: the Jewish Fight Against Evil, participated in this weekly week, we offer a lunch of soup, with Cantor Benjamin program, designed for senior cookies, juice, tea and coffee, and you Z. Maissner members of the congregation. can bring your own dairy sandwich The group has fostered a special as well. Afterwards many stay to play Oct. 17 God of Our Ancestors: atmosphere of friendship that cards or board games. The cost for What Can We Believe? you immediately sense when you the day is $2. Please join us on these with Rabbi Michael become a part of it. upcoming fall 2005 dates: Stroh Each day begins at 10 a.m., with coffee and socializing. The Sept. 12 A Talk on Some of What program segment takes place from He Has Learned During 10.30 to 11.30 a.m., and is always His Recent Sabbatical, varied and interesting . with Rabbi John Moscowitz We will not meet on Oct. 3, 2005 (Erev Rosh Hashanah) or Oct. 10, 2005 (Thanksgiving). For more details on Mondays @ the Temple, please call the Seniors’ hotline (ext. 517), at the Temple. Lunch and Learn in Retirement Please join us for exciting daytime programming and socializing. The group meets on alternate Wednesday afternoons at 12 p.m . Please bring your own dairy lunch and we will provide coffee, tea and cookies. Mark the following 2005 dates on your calendars, so you will not miss any of our wonderful afternoons:

Sept. 21 Happenings in the Middle East, with Rabbi Dow Marmur Oct. 19

How to Cope with Aches and Pains, with June Henderson

Nov. 2

Does your Vote Count? with Larry Gordon

Nov. 16 What’s in the News, with Doug Haddow

Daytime programs

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Back to Broadway, with Janet Thorpe and John Simeon. The Senior Chaverim of Beth Tzedec Congregation will be joining us for the program and a light luncheon, co-sponsored by Kennsington Place. Cost: $2. Please RSVP to Shelly Berenbaum (ext. 233), at the Temple, by Fri. Dec. 2, 2005.

A new Chair for our Gemilut Chasadim Committee Gemilut Chasidim by Alan Garfinkel, Temple President

From the time Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heshel locked arms with the Reverend Martin Luther King in solidarity on the streets of Birmingham, Ala, social justice has been at the front and centre of Reform Judaism, no less so at Holy Blossom Temple. Holy Blossom led the way in this city in its response to the HIV/AIDS crises, providing help and support to those in need through the work of an active HIV/AIDS Committee. The synagogue was also in the forefront of the response to homelessness in our midst through its support of subsidized housing, incorporating Micah Homes to build Plaut Manor on Eglinton Ave. W. We also offer up our premises each year for Out of the Cold, a program sheltering and feeding the homeless during the winter months. In recognition of the importance of social action as a core value of this synagogue, Karen Abells, Chair of the

Department for Jewish Living, and I have asked Sandy Wise to chair our Gemilut Chasidim (Social Action) Committee. We invite our congregation to engage in this most important Jewish value: our obligation to strive to make our world a better place for our children. To follow are Sandy’s thoughts as she takes on this new and challenging position.

Sandy Wise writes: When Rabbi John Moscowitz called me to invite me to chair the Gemilut Chasidim Committee of Holy Blossom

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Temple, I was both surprised and honoured. Surprised that after 15 years I would still be seen as someone who would be an effective Chair, and honoured because Holy Blossom has always been a leader in social action. As Rabbi Moscowitz was talking about the need for Holy Blossom to continue leading on critical social issues, I felt a familiar excitement and realized that I missed being an active member of my shul and I was ready to return, and I said yes. The President, Rabbis and the Department of Jewish Living want to revitalize social action at Holy Blossom to ensure the Temple will continue to be a leader in responding to critical and current social issues. I invite you to join me as we begin a new chapter in this extraordinary opportunity to make a difference. Our first meeting is on Mon. Sept. 26, 2005, at 7.30 p.m., and is open to everyone. Bring your passion, your ideas, your interests and an open mind. I am confident this first meeting will start us on a great journey and we will make a difference. I look forward to meeting you. For more details or to RSVP, please call ext. 520, at the Temple. — Sandy Wise

Hands-on Mitzvah Project

Habitat for Humanity Sun. Oct. 23, 2005, at 8.30 a.m. 150 Pinery Trail, Scarborough (north of Hwy 401, west of Neilson Rd.)

Holy Blossom Temple is pleased to participate in Habitat for Humanity’s Adopt-a-Day Challenge. Bring your steel-toed boots and your muscles to take part in this exciting initiative, which will enable a worthy family to have a place to call home. This is a great opportunity for students to earn community service hours (must be 16 years of age or older). If you would like to be a part of the day by helping with registration or serving lunch, we need you too. For more details or to register, visit, or call Cynthia Silverman (ext. 276), at the Temple, registration is required.

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Events and Announcements Arts and Literature Fine Arts Committee CALLING ALL TEMPLE ARTISTS Help us celebrate our 150th anniversary. Exciting plans are under way for the talented members of the Holy Blossom Temple family to present their art in a spring exhibit. The Fine Arts Committee is drafting criteria for this show and will set them out in the next issue of the Bulletin, so artists will have time to prepare their work over the coming months.

BROTHERHOOD ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE AND TRIVIA CHALLENGE DINNER Wed. Oct. 26, 2005, at 6.30 p.m. All members and potential members of Brotherhood are invited to this getacquainted evening. Test your Jewish and general trivia knowledge. Prizes for all. To RSVP for the dinner, please call the Brotherhood hotline (ext. 530) at the Temple or e-mail us at For more details, please visit

BREAKFAST CLUB 2005 Sundays at 9 a.m., Oct. 30, Nov. 20 and Dec. 11, 2005 Men and women are welcome to join the Brotherhood Sunday Breakfast Club, which includes Shacharit Services at 9 a.m., our popular breakfast at 9.30 a.m. and a special speaker or presentation Holy Blossom Temple Stagecraft of interest to the Jewish community Company at 10 a.m. Brotherhood also sponsors WOMEN’S MINYAN, BY NAOMI RAGEN some Tuesday night lectures. For more Thur. Dec. 15 and Sat. Dec. 17 at 7.30 p.m. details and our 2006 dates, please and Sun. Dec. 18, 2005, at 2.30 p.m. visit the Brotherhood Web site at This powerful drama is set in Jerusalem and tells the story of a mother who is seeking custody of her children, after Gemilut Chasadim being denied access by a religious court.

TREE OF LIFE BY MYRIAM NAFTE WINE AND CHEESE RECEPTION Sun. Sept. 18, 2005, at 2.30 p.m. Exhibit runs until Mon. Oct. 31, 2005 Please join us to see the work of Myriam Nafte’s most recent series of paintings.

Library VOLUNTEERS NEEDED The Library is looking for computerliterate volunteers to work in the Sisterhood Library on either Thursday or Sunday mornings. Training will be provided. For more details, please call Anne Dublin (ext. 235), at the Temple. Brotherhood ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND INSTALLATION OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS Sun. Sept. 18, 2005 Please join us for the Shacharit Service at 9 a.m., followed by a catered breakfast at 9.30 a.m., and the Annual General Meeting and Installation at 10 a.m.

Out of the Cold VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP NIGHT Thur. Oct. 20, 2005 6.30 p.m. for Temple members; and 7.30 p.m. for all others We are looking for new and former volunteers to perform variety of duties. All volunteers must sign up ahead of time. For more details, watch the next Bulletin.

SISTERHOOD JUDAICA SHOP The Judaica Shop offers wonderful items for all your special occasions: Rosh Hashanah cards and hostess gifts, Chanukah gifts, Passover items, Judaica, books, calendars and more. Our hours are: Monday to Friday 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Sunday 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. HOTLINE Please call our voicemail (ext. 514), at the Temple, if you have any questions or comments for Sisterhood. Your call will be returned within 24 hours, during normal business hours. Greater Community NORTH AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEMPLE YOUTH (NFTY) BIENNIAL Thur. Nov. 17, 2005 Every two years, 250 Reform Jewish NFTY leaders meet during the Union of Reform Judaism Biennial convention, to present their vision and agenda. This year, the NFTY track — which combines special youth programs with the wider Biennial experience — will be held in Houston, Tex. For more details or to register, visit the Web site at, or contact NFTY at (212) 650-4070.


Sisterhood PROJECT 2005 Please watch your mail for raffle tickets for Sisterhood’s annual Project Draw. The main prize is a romantic weekend for two at The Briars, Lake Simcoe, including all

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meals. Sisterhood uses the proceeds for its many worthwhile endeavours and is counting on your support.


In Marilyn Farber’s article on Confirmation 1930–1939, in the July/August 2005 Bulletin, the dates of the reunion should have read Sun. Oct. 21 and Mon. Oct. 22, 2004.

Our Congregational Family B’nei Mitzvah

Mazal Tov Michael Bregman, on winning a gold medal in the Triathlon at the 17th annual Maccabiah Games in Israel. Richard Cummings, on being appointed Executive Director of Jewish Family and Child Services, as of January 2006. Gail Goodman, on being installed as President of Holy Blossom Temple’s Sisterhood. Ed Mirvish, on his 91st birthday. Donna Robins, on winning a Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. Grace & Joseph Soren, on their 65th wedding anniversary. Stephen A. Wise, on his recent ordination from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. Steven will become the new associate Rabbi of Temple Beth El, Boca Raton, Fla.

13 Elul 5765/Sept. 17,2005 Ruth Fish, daughter of Valerie & Joel Fish

13 Elul 5765/Sept. 17, 2005 Avi Kuper, son of Jocelyn & Shaul Kuper

20 Elul 5765/Sept. 24, 2005 Adrienne Collins, daughter of Krisanne Langille & Peter Collins

20 Elul 5765/Sept. 24, 2005 Rachel Harris, daughter of Ruth Morayniss & Leland Harris

Births Ilana & Sam Goodman on the birth of their son Ryan Adam Goodman. Proud grandparents are Myrna & Lenny Berger, Gail & Gary Goodman and Heather & Jerry Saltzman. Proud greatgrandmother is Rose Shapero. Naomi & Alan Kriss, on the birth of their son Aaron Elliott Kriss, a brother to Noah. Proud grandparents are Merle Kriss and Michael & Randi Marrus.

20 Elul 5765/Sept. 24, 2005 Zachary Wortzman, son of Jaimie Robins & James Wortzman

27 Elul 5765/Oct. 1, 2005 Joshua Rosenkrantz, son of Patricia Nadeau & David Rosenkrantz

Joey & Matthew Harris on the birth of their daughter Sophie Michelle Harris. Proud grandparents are Ellen & Simon Reichbaum. Proud great-grandparents are Leonard & the late Mulya Levy. Rebecca & Sheldon Hiebert on the birth of their son Malacai Skyler Hiebert. Proud grandparents are Arlene Roth Hershfield and Ronnie Hershfield, and Luella & Tony Hiebert. Proud greatgrandparents are Janet Hershfield and Sylvia & Sidney Roth. Debra Lovinsky & Howard Rusak on the birth of their daughter Hannah Leah Rusak. Proud grandparents are Marlene & Kolman Lovinsky and Mari Lynn Rusak. Tanya & Dr. Jonathan Soboloff on the birth of their daughter Alexandra Judith Soboloff, sister to Benjamin. Proud grandparents are Miriam & Marvin Dryer, Michael Soboloff and Zandra & Carl Taylor. Proud great-grandparents are Iris & Norman Drache, Lee Pape and Ada Scott. Jen Green & Cantor Michael Smolash on the birth of their daughter Ayla Miriam Smolash. Proud grandparents are Kathy & Maurice Green and Hilda & Peter Smolash. September 2005

19 Tishrei 5765/Oct. 22, 2005 Bradley Shafran, son of Grace & Edward Shafran

Engagements/Marriages Dina Belaia and Jerry Gaertner, who will be married this month. Laura Beth Cipin, daughter of Lynne & Harold Cipin, and Jordan Brian Billet, son of Ronny-Lynn & Irving Billet, who will be married in September 2006. Proud grandparents are Jack & Esther Billet, Toby Dunkelman, and Myra & Ray Sadowski. Rebecca Holzman, daughter of Therese & Marvin Holzman, and Nigel Sharfe, son of Rosemary & Mervyn Sharfe, who will be married in November 2005. Laura Tobicoe, daughter of Moreen & Bill Tobicoe, and Ken Beasley, son of Adela & Zwi Zur, who will be married in October 2005. 19

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In Memoriam

Name Murray Shafran

The congregation sympathizes with the recently bereaved families of: Max Blum, husband of Paula Blum, father of Jacob Blum and Linda Neufeld, brother of Tobias Blum Adeline Borins, mother of Edward Borins and Justice Stephen Borins, brother of Dr. Harold Fine Sidney Coopman, father of Joy Gales Gunnar Funke, father of Kathy Green Maria Katan – van Daelen, mother of Evelien Ehrlich-Katan, Jocheved Katan, Nico Katan and Hedie Unger Aaron Kestenberg, husband of Eva Kestenberg, father of Debbie Kestenberg, Gerald Kestenberg and Michael Kestenberg Herschel Lebo, husband of Fran Lebo, father of Bram Lebo, Jay Lebo and Matthew Lebo Rachel Lewis Diana Morgulis, wife of Isaac Morgulis, mother of Lewis Morgulis, Michael Morgulis and Peter Morgulis, sister of Heather Osler Albert Oberndorffer Catherine Rimler Henry Rogosin, husband of Leslee Rogosin, father of Amy Freedman and Marci Rose Rose Duviner Shulman, mother of Betty-Ann Duviner, Gil Duviner and Sue Zaltz, sister of Lee Cutler, Lillian Jacobson, Carl Solomon and Miriam Zohn Percy Smith, husband of Evelyn Smith, father of Shelley Gans and Wendy Goodman, brother of Bessie Shuken and Harry Smith Susan Smith, mother of Nancy Bokser and Larry Solway, sister of Dorothy Kohen and Lillian Messinger Cantor Len Sober, father of Bebe Jacobs Henry Sokolowski, husband of Eve Sokolowski, father of Howard Sokolowski and Marcia Sokolowski Larry (Abraham) Zeldin, husband of Katherine Zeldin, father of Beverley Palmer and Dr. Edmund Zeldin, brother of Belle Wilensky, John Zeldin and Ralph Zeldin Gertrude Zigelstein, sister of Sydney Fisher and Edith Kirzner

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Rivka Leah Goldstein Sept. 21

Belle Krangle


Samuel Norris


Frederick Oberndorffer


Rae Alexander


Jack Wecksler


Marion Fainstein


Fred Biback


Milton Raymers


Pauline Hutner


Arthur Axler


Betty Hyman


Pauline Gould


Ethel Posen


Harry Samuels


Max Robins


Maurice Weinstein


Doris Beverly Wiseman


Simon Wintrob


Vera Bernstein


Samuel Michael Miles


Samuel Borden


Harold H. Siegal


William Mitchell


Jacob Starkman


Eva Osler


Jacob Philip Tarshis


Samuel Louis Pezim


Rose Lieberman


Esther Ruth Rower


Oscar Plotnick


Shirley Shaul


Lily Silver


Sidney Smith


Basil Belick


Meyer Abel


Annie Stern


Celia Collins


Rachael Sussman


Max Blackstone


Carl Charendoff

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Anita Bliss


Sophie Fisher Cooper


Ira Kaplan


Myer Bald


Rose Shendroff


Jack Bender


Eva Doidge


Reuben Rosefield


Fred Field


Alfred Schwartz


Maxwell Pearlstein


Alfred Stock


Zena Pearlstein


Vernon Singer


Helen Casselman


Joseph Stock


Solomon Whyne


Samuel Yolles


Adelle Young


We thank our generous donors Aid for Survivors of Terrorism Sandy and Gordon Atlin, 50th Anniversary: Marilyn Farber; Judith & Steven

Memorial Plaques Lights will be kindled in the Sanctuary, for seven days, starting the Saturday evening before the anniversary date, to mark the yahrzeit of the following:

Name Date Selma Goodfellow Sept. 11 Samuel David Pollack 11 Arna Potashin 11 Carl Ritchie 11 Allan Webber 11 Morris Ginsburg 12 Diane Kardish 12 Holy Blossom Temple

Goldfarb; Nina and Arkady Mandel; Ann Ellen Rosenberg; Nancy & Sam Ruth; Janie & Frank Tizel; Linda & Gordon Wolfe; Harriet Wolman Ben Fox, In Memory: Harriet & Frank Wolman Kathy & Maurice Green, Birth of Granddaughter: Sheila & Bob Smolkin Sheila Freeman, Special Birthday: Harriet & Frank Wolman Robin Sassen, Yahrzeit: Etienne & Aubrey Kaplan Barry & Susan Borden Fund Barry Borden, In Honour: Eleanor & Hartley Steinberg


Cantor’s Music Fund Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner, In Appreciation: Susan Baskin; Barry Borden; Peter Cohen; Sylvia Stransman

Annie LeSarge, In Appreciation: Holy Blossom Temple Sisterhood Len Sober, In Memory: Holy Blossom Temple Sisterhood Library Book Fund Miriam & Marvin Dryer, In Appreciation: Tanny & Charles Kadin Jack Fine, In Memory: Leslie & Elliot Salmons

For Survivors of Terrorism Gordon Atlin, Birthday: Harriet & Frank Wolman Max Blum, In Memory: Etienne & Aubrey Kaplan Ben Fox, In Memory: Harriet & Frank Wolman Sheila Freeman, Special Birthday: Harriet & Frank Wolman Norman Green, Special Birthday: Harriet & Frank Wolman Robin Sassen, Yarzheit: Ettienne & Aubrey Kaplan Len Sober, In Memory: Myrna & Stan Ross

Dow & Fredzia Marmur Program for Educational Excellence Sybil & David Gordon, Anniversary: Marilyn Farber Kathy & Maurice Green, Birth Granddaughter: Sybil & Jack Geller Zachary Weinstein, Bar Mitzvah: Sybil & Jack Geller Musical Legacy Fund Max Blum, In Memory: Holy Blossom Temple Singers

Earl Danson & Marilyn Farber Camp Scholarship Fund Earl Farber, Yarzheit: Marilyn Farber and Family

Olsberg Rutsatz Fund Mr. & Mrs. John Morrisey, In Honour: Elka & Mel Olsberg

Jean Fine Seniors Fund Edward English, In Appreciation: Penny Fine Jean Fine, In Memory: Penny Fine & Hugh Furneaux Floral Fund Adrienne Collins, Bat Mitzvah: Krisanne Langille & Peter Collins Shane Rumack, Bar Mitzvah: Susan Yack & Eric Rumack Bradley Shafran, Bar Mitzvah: Grace & Edward Shafran Joshua Spring, Bar Mitzvah: Bev Jackson & Aubrey Spring Zachary Wortzman, Bar Mitzvah: Jaimie Robins & James Wortzman Hortense Geldzaeler Fund Emily & Eugene Grant, In Appreciation: Bonnie, Robbie, Carol, Rick and Jordanna Holy Blossom Temple Foundation Marjorie Baskin, In Memory: Susan & Barry Borden and Mary & Henry Seldon Susan & Barry Borden, Marriage of Daughter: Randi & Alan Garfinkel Selma Eisen, In Memory: Nancy & Sam Ruth; Mary & Henry Seldon Dorothy Garfin-Gilbart, Special Birthday: Lori Dennis and Family; Susan Barron and Family; Randi & Alan Garfinkel Jack Geller, Happy Birthday: Randi & Alan Garfinkel; Sheila & Bob Smolkin Sally & Ben Jacobson, Diamond Anniversary: Lesley & Allan Offman Ron Miller, Special Birthday: Debbie & Sid Troister Michael Shulman, Special Birthday: Lesley & Allan Offman Sheila Smolkin, Special Birthday: Randi & Alan Garfinkel Nancy & Peter Theimer, Anniversary: Sybil & David Gordon Lori Wesfield, In Memory: Roseanne Mason, Andrew, Adam & Zoe Bundas Linda Wolfe, In Honour: Andrea Appelby Joyce & Fred Zemans: Wedding Anniversary: Donna & Marvin Weisler and Family Isenberg Endowment Fund Karen & Amnon Baruch, Marriage of Son: Carol & Steve Pilon Joe Mann, In Memory: Rose Fogel; Annette Fogel Israel Study Fund Aaron Egier, In Honour: Janet & Stephen Wasserman Sandy & Gordon Atlin, Wedding Anniversary: Linda, Jeff, Rachel, Bram, Melissa, Michael and Zack Atlin Sara Pachter, Special Birthday: Bea & Saul Sidlofsky Joan Kerbel Leadership Development Fund Max Blum, In Memory: Bambi Katz & Al Freireich; Gail & Gary Goodman, Daisy & Syd Jacobs; Pnina Margolese; Holy Blossom Temple Sisterhood Sara Charney, In Appreciation: Shoshana Cole Sybil & David Gordon, Special Anniversary: Holy Blossom Temple Sisterhood Bambi Katz, In Appreciation: Holy Blossom Temple Sisterhood Carolyn Kunin, In Honour: Holy Blossom Temple Sisterhood

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Out of the Cold Sandy & Gordon Atlin, Anniversary: Nina & Arkady Mandel; Linda Atlin, Jeff, Rachel, Bram, Melissa, Michael & Zack; Joyce & Fred Zemans Marjorie Baskin, In Memory: Janice & Larry Babins Max Borinsky, 85th Birthday: Gitte & Les Crangle Aaron Egier, In Honour of Graduation: Bernice & Yitz Penciner Selma Eisen, In Memory: Ann & Gary Posen Kyle Florence, Confirmation: Renee Bald and Children Sybil & Dave Gordon, Special Anniversary: Netty & Jules Gordon Kathy & Maurice Green, Birth of Granddaughter: Rae Roebuck & David MacCoy Terri Hammond, In Appreciation: Taylor Weiss Ben Mintz, In Memory: Janice & Larry Babins Max Nathan, 75th Birthday: Tina Urman & Carey Diamond and Family Kayla Rumack, Confirmation: Susan Yack & Eric Rumack Tobie Seligman, In Appreciation: Taylor Weiss William Sniderman, In Memory: Carole & Nate Greenberg Rabbi Michael Stroh, In Honour: Susan Berman Teachers of Kita Hei, In Appreciation: Shelly Greene & Joel Kirsh, and Ezra Debbie Troister, Happy Birthday: Kathy & Maurice Green; Rae Roebuck & David MacCoy Linda Wolfe, In Honour: Eva Woolf Joyce & Fred Zemans, Wedding Anniversary: Mimi & Myer Brody; Else Landauer Sara & Harry Pachter Educational Fund Sara Pachter, 90th: Marilyn Brown; Sybil & Jack Geller; Virginia & Carl Solomon Harry & Cecile Pearl Youth Award Fund Joyce Zemans, Special Birthday: Sandra & David Sandler Joyce & Fred Zemans, Anniversary: Sandy & Gordon Atlin; Rochelle Green; Sandra Hausman; Sandra & David Sandler; Barbara Schwartz & Jeremy Sandler; Norma & George Steiner; Linda & Gordon Wolfe Plaut Manor Fund Sheila Smolkin, Happy Birthday: Annalee & Brian Schnurr Blanch Spiegel Posen Youth Award Fund Harriet Koven, Yarzheit: Joy & Charles Cohen Morris Speigel, Yarzheit: Joy & Charles Cohen Prayer Book Fund Selma Eisen, In Memory: Karen & Yoel Abells; Sybil & Jack Geller; Sheila & Bob Smolkin Project Tikvah Aaron Goldfarb, In Memory: Sharon Smith Miller and Family


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Rabbis’ Discretionary Fund Rabbi John Moscowitz, In Appreciation: Hal Koblin; Robert & Michelle Schipper; Judith Toker Rabbi Yael Splansky, In Appreciation: Barry Borden; Marie Knaul and Family; Sharon Miller; Len Shiffman Rabbi Jason Rosenberg, In Appreciation: George Berger; Fran Biderman; Catholic Biblical Association Of Canada; Elizabeth Cyna; Richard Vrooman Rabbi Dow Marmur, In Appreciation: Robert Salsberg Rabbi Edward Goldfarb, In Appreciation: Anna Mae Belmont; Robert Salsberg; Gary Soren; Sylvia Stransman; Rose Wolfe

Al & Dora Track Scholarship Fund Sybil & David Gordon, Special Anniversary: Dora Track and Family Leonard Wolfe Educational Fund Frank Wilson, In Memory: Honey Wolfe Youth Awards Confirmation Class 2005, In Honour: Henrietta Chesnie, Randi & Alan Garfinkel; Judy & Andrew Kent; Mary & Henry Seldon Marjorie Baskin, In Memory: Karen & Yoel Abells Aaron Egier, Graduation: Debby & Avery Teplinsky Ethan Goldberg, Graduation: Nancy & Lloyd Pollack Bambi Katz, In Appreciation: Jill Kamin & Murray Hart, and Aaron, Michael and Jessica; Julie & Lawrence Schwartz, and Joel and Jonathan

Ralph Roger Camp Scholarship Fund Marjorie Baskin, In Memory: Robin Roger & Laurence Klotz Lillian Pomer, In Memory: Robin Roger & Laurence Klotz Lorraine Sandler Tribute Fund Pam Hamovitch, In Honour: Lorraine & Alan Sandler; Hilary & Jason Rosenberg; Diane Spivak & Laurence Goldberg Bambi Katz, In Appreciation: Sybil & Jack Geller; Lorraine & Alan Sandler

Jeremy Solomon, Confirmation: Harvey Borden

Contacts for Donations To make a donation to any of our existing funds, please call the Foundation Office, at (416) 789-3291, ext. 228.

Shacharit Fund Carl Bald, Yahrzeit: Renee Bald and Children Doris Charach, Yahrzeit: Alice & Ron Charach Lorne Dunkelman, In Memory: Thelma Dunkelman Harry Firestone, Yahrzeit: Shirley Firestone Benjamin Geneen, In Memory: Lucy Waverman & David Geneen Ruth Goodman, In Memory: Gail & Gary Goodman and Family Albert Green, In Memory: Rochelle Green Harry Klein, In Memory: Eric Klein Morris B. Rotman, In Memory: Richard Rotman Irving Rubin, Yahrzeit: Jean Kamarner Elizabeth & Harry Rubin, Yahrzeit: Jean Kamarner Ida Ruderman, In Memory: Robert Ruderman Louis Sidlofsky, In Memory: Bea & Saul Sidlofsky Susan Smith, In Memory: Lillian Messinger Shirley Steinberg, In Memory: Ellen & Allan Levine, and Amanda, Adam and Lauren Naomi Steiner, In Memory: Cynthia Silverman Claire Sweet, In Memory: Sam Sweet Reah Wolfe, In Memory: Else Landauer

To learn more about how you can support the Holy Blossom Temple Foundation, or to establish a new fund, please call Deborah Tameanko, at (416) 789-3291, ext. 228. To make a donation to MAZON Canada, please call (416) 783-7554. To make a donation to the Toronto Community Forest Fund, please call Sybil Gordon at (416) 489-5709.

We appreciate your support Holy Blossom Temple appreciates all donations to our funds, however due to rising costs, cards will only be sent for donations of $18 or more. We will continue to recognize donations of $18 or more in the Bulletin.

We apologize but due to space constraints, not all donations will appear in the Bulletin issue closest to the date on which the contribution was made. Donations in this issue were received by July 28, 2005.

Sisterhood and the Joys of Leadership

Bereavement Support Group Helen Gia Levin, Grief Therapist Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Nov. 2 to Dec. 7, 2005

Lynn Lazar, First Vice President Elect, Women of Reform Judaism

If you have lost a loved one, come to the Temple to find strength and comfort. Among other mourners, you will find that you are not alone. While cost is generously subsidized by the congregation, we invite each participant to contribute $50. To register, please call Cynthia Silverman (ext. 276), at the Temple. We will offer this series again in the spring.

Holy Blossom Temple

Sun. Oct. 16, 2005, at 11.30 a.m. Lynn Lazar will enlighten us on all we need to know about Sisterhood and the joys of leadership. RSVP to Yanna Baizer (ext. 0), at the Temple.



This month

Holy Blossom

Sat. Sept. 3 9 a.m.

29 Av Torah Study

Wed. Sept. 7 9.30 a.m. 8 p.m.

3 Elul Sisterhood Torah Study The Argument of Classical Reform, with Rabbi Dow Marmur

Thur. Sept. 8 10.30 a.m.

4 Elul How to Be a Liberal Religious Jew in the 21st Century, with Rabbi Michael Stroh

Fri. Sept. 9 6 p.m.

5 Elul Tot Shabbat Service and Dinner

Sat. Sept. 10 9 a.m.

6 Elul Torah Study

Sun. Sept. 11 10 a.m.

7 Elul Liturgy through Music (Temple Singers)

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Tue. Sept. 20 10.30 a.m. 7.30 p.m.

16 Elul Advanced Hebrew Scandinavia Through Jewish Eyes, with Rochelle Carrady

Wed. Sept. 21 9.30 a.m. 12 p.m. 8 p.m.

17 Elul Sisterhood Torah Study Lunch and Learn in Retirement Yes! A Vision for Today and Tomorrow, with Rabbi Dow Marmur

Thur. Sept. 22 10.30 a.m.

18 Elul How to be a Liberal Religious Jew in the 21st Century, with Rabbi Michael Stroh

Fri. Sept. 23 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m.

19 Elul Scholar in Residence Weekend — Camp George Kabbalat Shabbat and Dinner Tot Shabbat Service

Sat. Sept. 24 9 a.m. 9 p.m.

20 Elul Torah Study Selichot Lecture, with Rabbi Michael Stroh

Mon. Sept. 12 10 a.m.

8 Elul Mondays @ the Temple, with Rabbi John Moscowitz

Tue. Sept. 13 10.30 a.m.

9 Elul Advanced Hebrew

Sun. Sept. 25 10 a.m. 11 a.m.

21 Elul Liturgy through Music (Temple Singers) Camp George Open House

Wed. Sept. 14 9.30 a.m. 8 p.m.

10 Elul Sisterhood Torah Study Confusion in the Last 50 Years, with Rabbi Dow Marmur

Mon. Sept. 26 10 a.m. 7.30 p.m.

22 Elul Mondays @ the Temple, with Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner Gemilut Chasidim Meeting

Thur. Sept. 15 10.30 a.m.

11 Elul How to Be a Liberal Religious Jew in the 21st Century, with Rabbi Michael Stroh

Tue. Sept. 27 10.30 a.m.

23 Elul Advanced Hebrew

Sat. Sept. 17 9 a.m.

13 Elul Torah Study

Wed. Sept. 28 9.30 a.m.

24 Elul Sisterhood Torah Study

Sun. Sept. 18 10 a.m. 10 a.m. 2.30 p.m.

14 Elul Liturgy through Music (Temple Singers) Brotherhood Annual General Meeting and Installation Fine Arts Reception

Thur. Sept. 29 10.30 a.m.

25 Elul How to be a Liberal Religious Jew in the 21st Century, with Rabbi Michael Stroh

Sat. Oct. 1 9 a.m.

27 Elul Shabbat Torah Study

Mon. Sept. 19 10 a.m. 10 a.m.

15 Elul Mondays @ the Temple, with Mark S. Anshan Library Book Club, with Ken Skolnik

Sun. Oct. 2 28 Elul 10 a.m. Liturgy through Music (Temple Singers) As dates and times may change without notice, please confirm all information by calling the Temple – at any time – to access This Week @ Holy Blossom recording.

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Staying committed to religion Last Word

violence isn’t recent — we can point to any number of atrocities throughout history by Rabbi Jason Rosenberg based on religion. Given how many times religion has been used to hurt people, it’s These days, it’s actually a fair question — why do we often hard to defend remain stubbornly committed to this way religion. The news is of life, which has caused so much pain? filled with stories of I could try to list all of the good that people who have used religion has done as well, but this isn’t their religion as an about math — tallying up the pros and excuse to hurt others. Most prominently, cons, and seeing which list is longer. If fanatical Muslims wage jihad, as hundreds religion does more harm than good, then die in terrorist attacks. Catholic priests the secularists are right. If not, then we’re in North America are still reeling from right. That’s a waste of time, though, horrific sexual abuse scandals. Hardliners because even if religion has been used to in Israel are, as I write this, threatening cause 100 times more evil than good, the resistance, and possibly even violence only relevant question is: “how are you against the army, should it try to remove going to use it?” What the fanatics are the settlers from Gaza. doing with religion doesn’t have the slightest effect on how you and I practice How we use religion religion. Saying that I should give up on Of course, the link between religion and Judaism because some people use it

to hurt others is like saying that a musician should quit playing because someone else is making bad music. All that would do is deprive the world of some beauty, and cede the music to the talentless. I don’t want us to cede religion to the fanatics.

The power to do good or evil The reality is that religion is neither good nor evil. It’s powerful. It can be used to accomplish powerful good in the world, and it can be used to accomplish unspeakable evil. God tells us, in Deuteronomy, that we have before us Life and Death, Blessing and Curse. Our Torah, like all parts of all religions, can be used for life or for death. God then commands us to “choose life.” The choice is ours. We have to choose blessing, and choose life. Anything less, and we’ve handed over religion to those who favour death.

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