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CHUKAT

07/12/2024 10:57:20 AM

Jul12

The Torah portion of Chukat contains several elements, including the laws of the red heifer (para aduma), the death of Miriam, the sin of Moses and Aaron at the waters of Meribah, and the defeat of various enemies. Each of these can be seen as relevant to contemporary life and the future of the Jewish people.

This ritual of purification from contact with death is a...Read more...

PARASHAT KORACH

07/05/2024 10:53:33 AM

Jul5

The story of Korach, found in the Book of Numbers, tells of a rebellion against Moses' leadership, led by Korach, a member of the tribe of Levi, along with Dathan, Abiram, and 250 other leaders. This story can be seen as connected to the oppression faced by Jewish people through generations in several ways:

The rebellion led by Korach highlights internal strife within the Jewish...Read more...

SHELACH LECHA

06/28/2024 12:41:47 PM

Jun28

The Torah portion "Shelach Lecha" describes the episode of the twelve spies sent by Moses to scout the land of Canaan. Ten of the spies return with a negative report, causing the Israelites to lose faith and leading to their wandering in the desert for forty years. This portion emphasizes themes of faith, trust, and the consequences of fear and lack of unity.

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BEHA'ALOTECHA

06/21/2024 12:37:26 PM

Jun21

This week's Torah portion, Beha'alotecha, can be seen as synonymous with contemporary experiences of the Jewish people in several ways. Beha'alotecha, encompasses themes such as leadership, communal challenges, spiritual growth, and the journey through the wilderness.

In Beha'alotecha, Aaron and the Levites are given their roles and...Read more...

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE 10 COMMANDMENTS IN JEWISH LIFE / L'IMPORTANCE DES DIX COMMANDEMENTS DANS LA VIE JUIVE

06/14/2024 01:19:25 PM

Jun14

The Ten Commandments, or "Aseret HaDibrot," are a cornerstone of Jewish religious and ethical life, encapsulating essential principles that guide the behavior and beliefs of Jewish individuals. Given to Moses on Mount Sinai, these commandments form the foundation of the covenant between God and the Jewish people, outlining a framework for a just and holy society.

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WHY WE STAY UP ALL NIGHT ON SHAVUOT: EMBRACING THE TRADITION OF TIKKUN LEIL SHAVUOT  /  POURQUOI NOUS RESTONS ÉVEILLÉS TOUTE LA NUIT DE SHAVOUOT: EMBRASSER LA TRADITION DE TIKKOUN LEIL SHAVOUOT

06/07/2024 11:29:12 AM

Jun7

Shavuot, also known as the Feast of Weeks, marks the anniversary of the day God gave the Torah to the nation of Israel at Mount Sinai. This pivotal moment in Jewish history is celebrated not just with joyous gatherings and delicious dairy meals, but with a unique and profound tradition: staying up all night to study Torah, known as Tikkun Leil Shavuot.

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A NIGHT OF UNITY & ILLUMINATION: REFLECTING ON OUR CONGREGATION'S MILESTONE EVENT /  UNE NUIT D'UNITÉ ET D'ILLUMINATION: RÉFLEXIONS SUR L'ÉVÉNEMENT MAJEUR DE NOTRE CONGRÉGATION

05/31/2024 12:00:58 PM

May31

This past Wednesday marked an extraordinary chapter in the history of our community, a night that will be remembered for years to come. Under the visionary guidance of many that came before us, our community came together in a remarkable display of camaraderie and unity for a common cause. It was an evening where the power of Torah study, the backbone of any Jewish community, was celebrated and...Read more...

THE IMPORTANCE OF SUPPORTING LEARNING INITIATIVES IN THE SYNAGOGUE  /  L'IMPORTANCE DE SOUTENIR LES INITIATIVES D'APPRENTISSAGE DANS LA SYNAGOGUE

05/24/2024 12:15:46 PM

May24

In the heart of every synagogue lies a vibrant community dedicated to prayer, learning, and spiritual growth. The lifeline of our synagogue is sustained by the unwavering commitment of all its members and those who gather every morning and evening for prayers, and who participate wholeheartedly in Shabbat and holiday services. However, the cornerstone of our institution is not only in these acts...Read more...

CELEBRATING OUR HOMELAND!

05/17/2024 12:28:30 PM

May17

This past Tuesday morning, on May 14, 2024, an extraordinary celebration unfolded as 10,000 individuals, both Jewish community members and their allies, gathered to mark the 76th anniversary of Israel's Independence Day. The scene was nothing short of breathtaking. The air buzzed with a palpable sense of excitement and unity as people from all walks of life came together to honor this significant milestone.

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YOM HA'ATZMAUT

05/10/2024 10:47:08 AM

May10

Dear congregants and friends,

As we eagerly anticipate the annual celebration in honor of Israel's independence and in unwavering solidarity with our beloved nation during these trying times of conflict, it is incumbent upon us, now more than ever, to witness the steadfast dedication and unity of the young Jewish generation.

In 2002, a resounding...Read more...

Why Do We Read From This Week's Parasha Acharei Mot During the Holiest Day of the Year, Yom Kippur, and What Does It Teach Us?

05/03/2024 01:14:30 PM

May3

Parashat Acharei Mot outlines the rituals performed by the High Priest on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. Yom Kippur is a day of introspection, repentance, and atonement, where individuals seek forgiveness for their sins and strive for spiritual renewal.

The parasha describes how the High Priest would enter the Holy of Holies, the innermost sanctuary of the...Read more...

MIMOUNA IN ALL ITS GLORY

04/26/2024 01:09:53 PM

Apr26

When Passover ends, Moroccan Jews don't quietly unpack their chametz.  Instead, they celebrate the Mimouna.   This joyous festival is believed to have originated in Fez, Morocco, although it is unclear exactly when. The festivities begin at nightfall with the conclusion of Passover. The Mimouna here at the Spanish last night was no exception. The Spanish in collaboration with the CSUQ have proven that...Read more...

SHABBAT HAGADOL

04/19/2024 12:53:25 PM

Apr19

This week we celebrate Shabbat HaGadol, the "Great Shabbat," it is the Shabbat immediately preceding Passover. It's significant because it commemorates the Israelites' preparation for the Exodus from Egypt. According to tradition, on this Shabbat, the Israelites took the Paschal lamb, a central element of the Passover sacrifice, in defiance of their Egyptian taskmasters, who revered the lamb as a deity. This act of...Read more...

Passover Seder Video

04/17/2024 04:01:58 PM

Apr17

Reverend Hazan Daniel Benlolo

Shalom Uvracha!

As we gather to celebrate Passover, my family and I extend warm wishes to each and every one of you, praying for the safety and serenity
of all Jewish people in these tumultuous times.
Just as our ancestors experienced deliverance from bondage in Egypt, may we find strength and hope in the journey from conflict to inevitable peace.
Join us in reflecting on the timeless...Read more...

THE CONNECTION BETWEEN PASSOVER & THE TORAH PORTION OF TAZRIA

04/12/2024 02:42:15 PM

Apr12

Passover commemorates the Israelites' journey from slavery to freedom, marking a significant transformation in their status and identity. Similarly, the rituals outlined in Tazria involve processes of purification and renewal, particularly after childbirth or when dealing with skin diseases. These rituals signify a transition from a state of impurity to one of purity, symbolizing renewal and transformation.

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OFFICIATING WEDDINGS AROUND THE GLOBE: SPREADING JOY AND MAKING A DIFFERENCE

04/05/2024 01:30:26 PM

Apr5

Officiating weddings is not just about conducting ceremonies; it's about weaving unforgettable moments into the fabric of people's lives, transcending borders and cultures to celebrate love and unity.

Whether it's a traditional ceremony in a quaint countryside synagogue or a lavish affair on a tropical beach, the experience of officiating...Read more...

MULTIFACETED PASSOVER

03/29/2024 11:08:08 AM

Mar29

While there are commonalities in how Passover is celebrated across different Jewish communities, there are also variations in traditions and customs. Here are some differences between Moroccan, Iraqi, Lebanese, and Ashkenazi Jews during Passover:

Moroccan Jews have unique customs and rituals that add a distinctive flavor to their Passover observance. For example, they often...Read more...

Finding Joy in the Midst of Adversity: The Significance of Celebrating Purim During Times of War in Israel.      Trouver la joie au milieu de l'adversité: La significantion   de la célébration de Pourim pendant les périodes de

03/22/2024 11:12:23 AM

Mar22

In the rich tapestry of Jewish tradition, the holiday of Purim stands out as a time of joy, celebration, and communal unity. Yet, what happens when the jubilant festivities coincide with times of hardship, such as being amidst a war in Israel? Is it appropriate to embrace happiness and exude joy during such challenging moments?

Purim commemorates the miraculous deliverance of the...Read more...

NAVIGATING PURIM AMIDST HEIGHTENED ANTISEMITISM: THE QUESTION OF FASTING.NAVIGUER À TRAVERS POURIM AU MILIEU DE L'ANTISÉMITISME CROISSANT: LA QUESTION DU JEÛNE.

03/15/2024 11:09:57 AM

Mar15

As Jewish communities around the world prepare to celebrate the holiday of Purim, the joyous occasion is often overshadowed by the looming specter of antisemitism. In recent times, there has been a concerning rise in antisemitic incidents, ranging from hate speech and vandalism to violent attacks targeting Jews. Against this backdrop, the age-old question resurfaces: should one fast on Purim...Read more...

TENSIONS RISE...   /   LES TENSIONS MONTENT... 

03/08/2024 10:54:27 AM

Mar8

Tensions Rise in Montreal Amid Israel-Palestine Confrontation

In a recent escalation of tensions, Montreal found itself at the center of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue serving as an unexpected backdrop to the turmoil. The normally peaceful streets outside the synagogue became a battleground of words...Read more...

PLANTONS POUR LE FUTUR

03/01/2024 11:55:30 AM

Mar1

À première vue, les histoires talmudiques semblent souvent n'être que cela - des tranches de vie d'il y a longtemps. Mais si le Talmud est considéré comme un livre étroitement édité dans lequel les mots et les images sont soigneusement choisis, le mot supplémentaire utilisé dans une telle histoire choisie pour la représentation peut être déchiffré pour exposer des messages qui vont au-delà du sens...Read more...

JDAIM 2023

02/23/2024 11:21:01 AM

Feb23

Montreal's Shira Choir, Talmud Torah Elementary School and Solomon Schechter Academy Students Unite for Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month.

In a heartwarming display of unity and advocacy, the Montreal Shira Choir recently joined forces with Talmud Torah Elementary School students preparing to celebrate their bnot mitzvah, marking Jewish Disability Awareness and...Read more...

An Appointment with G-d / Un Rendez-Vous Avec D.ieu

02/16/2024 10:53:23 AM

Feb16

Do we really need a sanctuary?  Does G-d need a home in this physical world?  Isn’t G-d everywhere?  Isn’t G-d Omnipresent?

The basic understanding of Judaism is that G d is everywhere.  In this week’s Torah reading, G-d asks the people of Israel: “Ve’asu Li Mikdash VeShachanti Betocham” (to build a Sanctuary where G-d can inhabit).  The...Read more...

A NEW ARRIVAL

02/09/2024 10:33:06 AM

Feb9

Dear congregants and friends,

We are overjoyed to share the wonderful news of the newest addition to our family: our beloved granddaughter Aurélie, whose hebrew name will be announced on Rosh Chodesh Adar 1, the month of joy. The arrival of this precious bundle of joy fills our hearts with an indescribable sense of awe and gratitude. 

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SOMETHING NEW

02/02/2024 11:21:08 AM

Feb2

This week I would like to try something new and innovative. Rather than share my thoughts on this week's Parasha, I would like to open the door for discussion. Going forward, three questions in our Shabbat newsletter will be posed and this will allow us to discover in depth the hidden meanings of the weekly Parasha.

First a brief summary of Parashat Yitro. Hearing about the...Read more...

FLORIDA S&P EVENT WITH RH DANIEL BENLOLO

01/26/2024 12:10:33 PM

Jan26

 

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Ce dimanche et lundi derniers furent quelque chose d'extraordinaire. Le révérend Daniel Benlolo a lancé une merveilleuse nouvelle initiative et a...Read more...

PARASHAT BO

01/19/2024 12:05:03 PM

Jan19

La Parasha Bo offre une perspective profonde sur la libération du peuple juif de l'esclavage égyptien, un récit qui peut résonner particulièrement fort en temps de guerre. Dans cette Parasha, les Israélites sont sur le point de quitter l'Égypte après l'impact dévastateur de plusieurs plaies.

L'idée centrale est celle de la libération, non seulement physique mais aussi...Read more...

A NEW YEAR IN THE MIDDLE OF WINTER

01/12/2024 12:42:04 PM

Jan12

If you think about it, there are lots of starting points throughout the year. The first of Elul, is the beginning of the tax year for animals. For Maaser (tax) purposes, all animals born after the first of Ellul are taxed the following year.

Rosh Hashana, on the first of Tishrei, begins a period of judgement for mankind.

The first of Nisan is...Read more...

STORIES OF INSPIRATION

01/05/2024 12:20:53 PM

Jan5

#1

In a small village nestled amidst rolling hills, there lived a revered rabbi known for his wisdom and compassion. One day, a troubled man approached the rabbi seeking guidance.  "I am burdened by worries and difficulties, Rabbi," the man confessed. "Life seems unbearably challenging, and I feel lost."  The rabbi, with a gentle smile, handed the man a cup and said,...Read more...

MAINTAINING CONNECTIONS

12/29/2023 12:28:38 PM

Dec29

Dear friends and congregants,

Maintaining connections with congregants who travel to warmer climates in winter is vital for several reasons. First, it ensures they remain spiritually engaged despite physical distance, preventing a sense of detachment. Second, ongoing communicSave ation helps meet any spiritual or emotional needs they may have while away. Third, it fosters a sense...Read more...

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