Weekly Bulletin November 22, 2014 | 29 Cheshvan 5775 www.beby.org Amalgamated Hebrew Men of England (1975) 100 Elder Street, Toronto ON M3H 5G7 | 416.633.3838 Toledot Hertz Chumash Torah Reading pp. 93-101 Haftarah pp.146-161 Etz Hayim Chumash Torah Reading pp. 948-950 Haftarah pp. 1216-1218 ~ The Congregational Kiddush will be held in the Foyer following services ~ We extend a warm welcome to Moshe Gold our Shabbat Guest Speaker. He is the organizer for the shul’s Poland-Israel trip next November, being run under the auspices of Ramah-Israel. He will talk about Jewish life in Poland/Israel, past, present, and future. In addition, we join synagogues across the GTA in expressing our soidarity with Israel, as we mourn the deaths of four rabbis, and a Druze Police Officer. Several others were wounded including a Canadian, Howard Chaim Rothman, who is fighting for his life. The Sefer Haftarah Parasha is dedicated in honour of our granddaughters Alexndra Sara and Elyse Matilda Bergman’s Bat Mitzvah by Esther & David Bergman and Sam Borenstein Services for Week of November 23rd Sunday (Rosh Chodesh) ....... 7:15 & 8:30 am Monday - Friday ................... 7:15 & 8:15 am Sunday - Thursday ........................... 4:35 pm Friday evening.................................. 4:35 pm Shabbat Candle Lighting .................. 4:24 pm Hashkama Minyan............................ 7:30 am Shabbat Services ............................... 8:45 am Yehuda Rosenberg Tribute Dinner Friday, December 12th. Kabbalat Shabbat Service at 4:35 pm Followed by a fully catered Shabbat Dinner $36 per person / Children 12 & under $22 (special children’s meal will be served). Supervised children’s activities will be provided. Donations honouring Yehuda are welcome and may be directed to the David & Sandra Anisman Israel Fund. Event purchase in advance only by noon, Tuesday December 9th. We will be honouring Yehuda throughout the evening with personal tributes and stories. Please submit your name and tribute by Monday, December 8th to the synagogue office. Photos are also welcome. Please keep tributes to under 2 minutes. Event Sponsorship Opportunities Available Wine - $1,000 | Liquor - $1,000 | Dessert - $500 Decor - $360 | Event Sponsors - $180 BEBY reserves the right to make copy & editorial changes. DEADLINE THURSDAY NOON of each week. Beyond that time we cannot guarantee that your event will appear in the bulletin. We regret any errors and omissions that may occur. Please contact the office to make corrections. The Shabbat Study Group will resume December 13th Shabbat Mincha — 4:20 pm Shabbat Ends — 5:31 pm ALLERGY ALERT!! Many of our members suffer from asthma or other breathing difficulties. Please be considerate of those who are chemically sensitive to fragrances and other scented products - your discretion in applying scented products when attending Shul is appreciated. HALACHA (JEWISH LAW) prohibits the use of audible beepers, cell phones, electronic games and any type of photographic equipment on Shabbat and Yom Tov. We thank you in advance for your cooperation in preserving the sanctity of Shabbat. Yasher Koach and thank you to our Shabbat Ushers! WEEKLY PROGRAMMES RABBINICS STUDY GROUP – Daf Ha’Shavua - The Weekly Page of Talmud. For beginning or intermediate students, study the first Tractate of the Talmud known as Masechet Berachot. “The primary focus of the tractate is the myriad ways in which a Jewish person expresses his faith during his life.” 35 minutes prior to Mincha. Study group resumes December 13th. SUNDAY FREE HEBREW READING CLASSES - LEVEL II WITH MICHAEL KINRYS: Call to register. Level II begins Feb. 22/2015 for 6 weeks. THE LIBRARY ~10 am - 12 noon. Drop by and peruse our many fabulous new titles! A Thread of Kindness by Leah Perl Shadlar; From Central Park to Sini by Roy S. Neuberger. The KADIMA CENTRE: 2-3:30 pm. For info on student registration, contact Marcel Cohen at 416.633.3838 or [email protected] More info available from www.beby.org. We are looking for adults to volunteer who are compassionate, patient and positive. TANACH STUDY GROUP - 7:30 pm, November 23, at the home of Shirley & Avrom Gossack. 14 Overbrook Place. Studying Bereisheit, Chapter 20. MONDAY MAH JONGG AT 12:00 NOON. All welcome. Call the office 416-633-3838 to join. Donation of a Toonie. Refreshments served. No games today. RABBI’S STUDY CLASS: PROBING THE PARSHA: A detailed study of a particular theme emanating from the weekly Torah portion. Each theme is linked to an essay topic found in the new book, The Observant Life - The Wisdom of Conservative Judaism for Contemporary Jews. The book is encouraged but not required for participants. Boardroom. 7:15 - 8:15 pm. FRUMBA & NIA! WOMEN’S CARDIO DANCE FITNESS - Sponsored by Sisterhood. 7:30 pm. For more information on upcoming class schedules and pricing, contact Bette at [email protected] TUESDAY SISTERHOOD STUDY GROUP - 10 - 11:30 am | Rabbis Morrison and Lipson alternate weekly. Ask The Rabbi with Rabbi Morrison: Brief English responsa to modern halakhic questions from the perspective of Conservative Judaism. Topics will cover Bible, ethics, gender, interfaith, symbols, conversion, kashrut, lifecycle, holy day cycle, women’s issues, theology, and more. Rabbi Lipson’s Weekly Topic: Studying the Book of Shmuel (Samuel) and the Book of Kings — Politics & Power in Biblical Israel. WEDNESDAY TALMUD CLASS WITH DR. AARON NUSSBAUM | 9:15 am. Chapel. MAH JONGG AND RUMMIKUB HOSTED BY SISTERHOOD. Games begin at 12:30 to 3:30 pm. Donation of a Toonie. Refreshments served. Mah Jongg Games and Rummikub games needed. If you have one to donate, contact the office. SISTERHOOD PRESENTS ISRAELI FOLK DANCING WITH SHOSHANA FRANK. "EGINNERSPMs)NTERMEDIATE!DVANCEDPMPERCLASS)NFO Call Shoshana Frank at 905.889.9419. THURSDAY NASH & DRASH 2014 - Nov 27, Tuesday December 16 (Chazzan’s Chanukah Musical Special) January 22, February 19, March 26 (Pre-pesach Nash & Drash WITHTHE#ANTOR!PRILAND-AYPP THE MARTY KESHEN CHESED COMMITTEE NEEDS YOU! If you would like to volunteer with home and hospital visits, Shiva calls, etc. please call the office and leave a message for Rochelle Kerzner Committee Chair or email [email protected] SISTERHOOD KNIT/CROCHET AND CHAT GROUP. We invite you to join our knitting and crochet group. Learn to crochet a kippah, or knit a baby blanket. Knit a hat for the Soldiers! We provide the yarn, pattern and coffee! Join us weekly, Mondays at 10 am. Speak to Miriam if you would like to participate. We extend a BIG thank you to the Minyanairres - both morning minyans for their very generous donations to the Chesed Knitters. Please pick up a flyer or check our web site /facebook page for more information on our upcoming events. SHABBAT TISH & TORAH - Rabbi Lipson leads learning sessions for the Parashat Hashavuah at 10:00 am in the Boardroom. COMING NOVEMBER EVENTS Brunch/Lecture with Dr. Carol Greenwood Sunday November 23rd Reel & Spiel - Crossing Delancey Wednesday November 26th Girls Night Out Games Night: Scrabble, Cards etc. Show and Tell Pottery Workshop Registration deadline: Monday, November 24th Thursday November 27th Grey Cup Party Sunday November 30th SAVE THE DATES! Speakers Series: Women’s Lives - Part III Wednesday December 10th Yehuda Rosenberg Tribute Dinner Friday December 12th The Miracle of Chanukah - Energy Savings Monday December 15th Pre-Chanukah Nash & Drash Tuesday, December 16th Annual Chanukah Party Tuesday, December 16th Shabbat Shira Concert Thursday, January 29th CHAZZAN’S CORNER Davening Class - Chazzan Edwards offers an informal, hands on practical class - Monday evenings following Mincha services. Pre-Chanukah Nash & Drash with Chazzan Edwards & Tara Abrams, Cantorial Soloist. Tuesday, December 16th at 12 noon. Shabbat Shira Concert with Chazzans Edwards & Alex Stein of Adath Israel, Thursday January 29th at 7:30 pm FYI: Please be aware that in the event of a medical emergency, our Security Personnel are EVENTS YOUTH & YOUNG FAMILIES (Formerly Na’are Emet) Junior Congregation Shakin’ Up Shabbat! THE BETH EMETH GREENING COMMITTEE s s s s s Green Tips from the Zero-Waste Lifestyle by Amy Korst: Reuse empty prescription bottles to store small items such as jewelry, buttons, screws, nails, spare change and earplugs The wad of cotton inside is compostable If the bottle has a preservative powder, it can be used inside camera bags to keep the environment drier Don’t flush or throw out old medications or sharps Return them to participating pharmacies through the Ontario Medication Return Program or the Ontario Sharps Collection Program every Shabbat at 10 am with a fun activity led by Elie Morrison and Samara Gottesman or by our ShinShinim Omer Itzhak & Yotam Meizeles. New program with lots of fun activities and games! See you there! Sam Kotzer Shabbat & Festival Gan Program OPEN YEAR ROUND FOR NURSERY SERVICES. 10 am - 12 noon | BEBY Babies Room (lower level) Structured weekly Shabbat programming for children ages 1 through JK, including Tefillot, songs, games, and healthy snacks. Hilda Swirsky, RN, BScN, MEd, Chair, [email protected] or Fay Rakoff, [email protected] Café Shinshinim: Contact [email protected] or call 416 633.3838 for MORE INFO or to RSVP to any program. Tuesday December 9th at 7 pm Join Omer and Yotam for their lively bi-weekly programs covering a range of current topics. All about Chanukah! YOUTH EVENTS PROGRAM INFO: Nutrition, Vitality & Your Brain with Dr. Carol Greenwood Professor, Author and Senior Scientist with the Baycrest Foundation Join us for a delicious brunch and a talk on the merits of good nutrition and brain health. Dr. Greenwood’s work focuses on the relationship between diet and brain function. $10 per person. Generously sponsored by Laura & Harvey Schwartz. Reel & Spiel presents Crossing Delancey (1988) Wednesday November 26th at 7:30 pm A Manhattan single meets a man through her Jewish grandmother’s matchmaker. Director: Joan Micklin Silver. Starring Amy Irving, Peter Riegert, Reizl Bozyk and Jeroen Krabbe. Introductory remarks by Bruria Cooperman. Join us for popcorn, refreshments & dessert. Tessler Lounge.$5 per person. Grey Cup Party! Sunday November 30th at 5:30 pm presented by Men’s Club. Tessler Lounge. Watch the game on our 80” screen complete with our new sound system! Tons of delicious game food! All welcome. Members & family guests $30. NM $50. Join the Men’s Club! Only $18. Includes membership in the FJMC and SAVE on all of our events. RSVP by November 17th. Men & Women welcome! Chanukah Nash & Drash Tuesday, December 16th at 12 noon presented by Temple Har Zion and Beth Emeth with Chazzan David Edwards & Cantorial Soloist Tara Abrams, & accompanist Eleanor Ackerman Rice. $15 per person. Join us for a delicious lunch and a musical tribute to Chanukah! Event payment in advance ONLY by Friday, December 12th to the BEBY office. This program is generously sponsored by Kensington Place Retirement Residence. To book a Youth Kiddush please send an email to [email protected] Sunday November 23rd at 11:30 am PJ PLUS is a parent (or grandparent!) and tot program for 1.5 -3 years old. This 9 week program runs Sunday mornings right here at Beth Emeth! Your first class is FREE! 9:30 - 10:45 am in the BEBY Babies Room. GRADES 1-5: GLAZE CRAZE! Sunday, November 23rd, 1-3 pm. Inwentash Centre. Join Beth Emeth Youth as we have a fun afternoon painting ceramics! $5 members / $8 non-members. BEBY’S ANNUAL CHANUKAH PARTY Tuesday, December 16th at 6 pm Entertainment! Great DJ and dancing with prizes! ****** Featuring****** * BOUNCE ENTERTAINMENT * Delicious catered dinner! * Chanukah treats * Activities and more! SPECIAL EVENT PRICING - IN ADVANCE BY DEC. 12TH: Members: Kids 12 & under -$8 | Adults - $10 Non-Members: Kids 12 & under - $10 | Adults - $12 (Prices go up at the door - don’t delay - buy today)! Shabbat Guest Speaker! On December 6th, Rabbi Jennifer Gorman, Executive Director of Mercaz-Canada will address the congregation about the importance of Conservative/Masorti Judaism in Israel and the significance of Mercaz, the Conservative/Masorti Zionist organization. CPR trained. If you need assistance, please do not hesitate to seek out their services. TOLEDOT Taken from the Jewish Theological Seminary JTS - www.jtsa.edu LARGE PRINT SIDDURIM available. Ask an usher. In Parashat Toledot, the saga of our somewhat dysfunctional ancestral family conpain of being the “chosen son.” He is “respontinues, and included within is one of the family’s saddest and most poignant sible” for his big brother being sent off to episodes. Yitzhak, scion of the family and heir to his father’s covenant with ROSEN JUDAICA the wilderness, perhaps to die, and he Marty Keshen God, has just married at the age of 40. He and his wife, Rivkah, rewas the one bound on the altar on Chesed Committee GIFT SHOP main childless for 20 years, when, in response to his entreaties to top of the mountain. It may have presents the 10th Annual God, she conceives. Unlike her late mother-in-law’s easy pregnancy been a relief to him that his beCall Sonia Hendler at an advanced age, Rivkah’s pregnancy is complicated. We are loved Esav was not to inherit at 416 633.3838 x 224 told right away that “the children, the ‘sons’ in fact, were strugdedicated in memory of the covenantal mantle. Barbara Frances Grimson l”z & gling within her womb” (Vayitrotzetzu habanim bekirbah; Gen What Norton Lorne Grimson l”z 25:22). However, she does not know the reason for her discomabout Rivkah? Is she the Certificates and fort and distress. conniving wife and moth“Drive For Dreidels”. Gift & Bridal Registry According to midrash, she asks around and discover? Or is she the original Please drop off all ers that no one has ever had a pregnancy experience like this. Available too. NEW, UNWRAPPED TOY DONATIONS Tiger Mom? Does she reIn desperation, she cries out, “Why me?” (Lamah zeh anokhi?; to the Synagogue ally love only Ya’akov? If so, (bin located by the Ibid.). She consults an oracle and is told, rather elliptically, that when she hears that Esav Wednesday mornings Wilmington Street entrance) two nations are in her womb, and even more enigmatically, “And plans to kill him once Yit10 am - 12:30 pm Gift Deadline is the greater the younger will serve.” (verav ya’avod tza’ir; Gen. zhak dies, why does she ask, Friday, December 12th. or by appointment. 22:23). The Hebrew is unclear: who is the subject and who is the “Why should I lose you both Think of the joy you can bring object in the sentence? She gives birth to twin boys who could not in a single day?” Isn’t it as likely to a less fortunate child at be more different from each other. The elder, a hairy redhead, is an that when she made the decision Chanukah! outdoorsman, a hunter. The younger, smooth-skinned, is a homebody. to follow Eliezer back to Canaan (and it was her decision—one of the Their father, Yitzhak, we are told, loves the elder, while Rivkah, their mothfew times a woman in the Bible is given decisional capacity), she demoner, loves the younger, and we realize that we are being set up for an internecine strated that she was part of the family and that she had unreservedly bought conflict that will recapitulate that between the two half-brothers, Yitzhak and Ishmael. into the family enterprise, and this was Although we do not know it yet, we might her “test.” She knows that the mantle guess that Rivkah will play a significant role in of the covenant can fall to only one of this conflict, just as Sarah did in the earlier one. her twins and she knows which one is After the sojourn in Gerar, we are told Yitzhak more capable of advancing the cause. is old and blind. The midrash speculates that The difficulty during her pregnancy his blindness was the result of the incense ofwas a harbinger of the difficult decision fering of Esav’s pagan Hittite wives. As the story she would face later and which would unfolds, Yitzhak sends Esav out to hunt some ultimately explain the esoteric response game and bring him a meal so that Yitzhak from the oracle. might give him his blessing. Rivkah, overhearThere is no happy ending ing the request, orders Ya’akov to impersonate to this story. Rivkah loses her beloved Esav, covering him with goatskins and giving Ya’akov, Yitzhak disinherits his beloved him food to bring to his father so that he might Esav, Ya’akov heads off alone to face a trick Yitzhak into giving him the blessing infuture of wrestling with his demons, stead of his brother. and Esav remains in anguish, the paIf Yitzhak is dissembling and knew thos in his plea, “Have you no blessall along whom he was blessing, it raises the ing left for me?” heartrending. What question of why he did it, since we learned earis most disturbing, however, is not the ly on that he loved Esav. The midrashim try to sadness of the story, it is rather that explain it away by saying that he only loved Esav most of the commentaries on it are little when he brought him game but he loved Ya’akov all the time, transactional as opposed to more than apologetics for the actions of Ya’akov and Rivkah, and vilification of Esav. unconditional love. I believe the answer is simpler. Yitzhak knows better than anyone the They go on at length about Esav’s evil nature from the moment of conception, his idolatry, his violence—he is not only a hunter but a brigand, a rapist, and a serial adulterer who got what he deserved—all in order to justify an act of deceit and fraud. Therein lies the meaning we can draw from this story and the apologists. Denigrating the victim is Hashkama Minyan Sponsorships not a strategy for reconciliation and harmony. By the time the brothers meet again some In honor of the anniversary of 21 years later, nothing is forgotten and perhaps nothing forgiven; but there is a reconciliation and it comes from a place of self-awareness and mutual respect. Mulky’s Bat Mitzvah haftarah parsha – Toldot. Chanukah Toy Drive Continuing to celebrate this special time in her life. Freddy, Mindy, Meyer, Devorah and Avi Jacobs. 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