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Saturday, July 4, 2015 • 17 Tammuz 5775
To the family of Bella Kamanz’’l, beloved mother and mother-in-law of
Norman & Brenda Kaman, Trudy Kaman, and Carol Silverberg. Shiva is at
4005 Bayview Avenue, PH 2 Toronto, ON M2M 3Z9. Shiva visits until
Wednesday morning, July 8th.
MANDELSHTAM at the Fringe Festival
Our congregant Rafi Aaron, who many of you know as our
Co-chair for Out of the Cold, has created MANDELSHTAM.
This play is based on his book of prose poetry, Surviving the
Censor—The Unspoken Words of Osip Mandelshtam, which
won the Stan and Helen Vine Canadian Jewish Book Award
for poetry in 2007, and was studied at the University of
Toronto. This two-act play, directed by theatre veteran
Jenifer Capraru, recounts Stalin’s persecution of Osip
Mandelshtam, one of the foremost Russian poets of the 20th
century. MANDELSHTAM will be staged at the historic Anshei
Minsk Synagogue in Kensington Market, as part of the
Toronto Fringe Festival. The show will be performed 11
times from July 1st to the 12th. Tickets are $10, and can be
purchased at www.fringetoronto.com, by calling 416-9661062, or at the Anshei Minsk Synagogue, 10 St. Andrew St.,
Kensington Market, 90 minutes prior to the show. For more
information about the play: www.rafiaaron.com/-the play
Torah Page: 669 | Haftarah Page: 682
Haftarah: Kyle Goldenberg
RABBI’S SHABBAT MESSAGE
This Shabbat we read the story of a king named Balak who has the
Israelite nation on his border as they prepare to enter in the Land of
Israel. The stories of their Exodus from Egypt, of leaving Egypt in ruin,
of their battles through the desert all precede them. Faced with this
threat Balak calls on a magician, a sorcerer named Bilaam to turn
G-d’s favour away from them, to bring a curse on them.
The most obvious question in all of this is this one: why didn’t he just
call the army?
Think of it this way. A fire breaks out in your home but you don’t call
the fire department. You call the shul.
It might be poetic, but it’s foolish.
We’re not alone in asking this question. A 15th century Italian rabbi
named Ovadiah Seforno asked the same thing. Seforno was the
person the Vatican called on to resolve problems with understanding
Hebrew text and he wondered about the fact that built into this very
colourful story is that it seems to miss the obvious point. If the king is
fearful of a tribe infringing on its territory you call on your troops to
protect your border.
So the Seforno tells us that the king was so fearful of the Israelites he
didn’t believe his soldiers could help, and in doing so he turned to
religion to do what he couldn’t do.
Rabbi Aaron Flanzraich
Sunday, July 5th is the Fast of 17th of Tammuz.
No breakfast will be served. The fast begins at 3:43 am
Mincha is at 8:45 pm. The fast ends at 9:45 pm.
Use of cellphones and other electronic devices are
prohibited on Shabbat and holidays.
Larry & Arna Banack on the birth of their grandson, Henry
Dane. Proud parents are Matthew Mann & Hailey Banack.
Proud grandparents are Dean & Shelley Mann. Proud greatgrandmothers are Zelda Crocker and Sylvia Banack.
Fondly remembered are William Crockerz’’l and
This week, our congregation and community is
enhanced by the addition of the following new
members who we warmly welcome:
Brian & Adi Rakowski
Joseph & Jill Mayer and Family
Ian Lipton & Rhonda Tannenbaum
Monday - Friday
April 14th at
8:45 am Saturday
8:30 am Shabbat Ends
7:30 am Sunday
Monday - Thursday
Friday, July 10th at 8:42 pm
A synagogue is a house of G-d, a place to feel G-d's presence, worship and join a community in
prayer. Behavior in a synagogue should be appropriately respectful.
The synagogue may be one of the last remaining sanctuaries to escape cell phones and
beepers. They should be turned off before entering.
Applause is not appropriate. Photography is not permitted.
When the Ark is open, do not leave or enter the sanctuary.
July 8th at
and May 5 from
The congregation is invited for Kiddush in the Banquet Hall
in the Bible: Discovering a Hidden
Join your fellow seniors for creative exercise, lunch
Rabbi Elster Cost
four part class to explore
how biblical women shaped the Jewish story. No
contact Rabbi Janice
Elster at [email protected] or visit our
includes transportation and theatre
tickets. Limited tickets available. Contact Rivy at
Dinner & Program
You are invited to join the minyanaires and Cantor
Moses for a delicious dinner at 5:45 pm, services
at 6:30 pm. Followed by the documentary,
"Re-emerging: The Jews of Nigeria" by Jeff. L.
Lieberman. Discussion with Cantor Moses to follow.
April 15th at
Join your fellow seniors every Wednesday.
Program, creative exercise and lunch, $5.
April 15th at
“Jewish Thought, Jewish Thinkers” Class
Rabbi Aaron Flanzraich and Rabbi John Moscowitz
will be teaching this year-long adult study class.
April 19th at
A Simple Twist of Faith
A Simple Twist of Faith, one of the hits of the
Fringe Festival is coming to Beth Sholom! The play,
based on a true story demonstrates how an act of
kindness can have significant ramifications later in
life. Tickets are $5.00 for students and $10.00 for
adults. Appropriate for children in grade 5 and
older. For reservations contact Karen Goodis at