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From the Rabbi’s Desk - I Am My Brother's Keeper!

2021-05-13 03:54:58 PM

May13

Dear friends,

The last tragic events in Israel are devastating. A missile has dropped in the city of Holon, a few blocks away from my in-laws’ home. It has not an easy week for us. We are worried and concerned for the well-being of our families across the country. 

I hear voices from people in the Jewish community and the media on how the nations need to support Israel while the U.N...Read more...

Vivre avec la Paracha

2021-05-13 08:40:49 AM

May13

Shavuot - Mon enfant, devine qui t'aime?!

La plupart conviendront, selon le goût et le tempérament, que la pièce maîtresse de la fête de Shevuot n'est pas le gâteau au fromage mais plutôt les dix commandements. Il convient de noter que les dix commandements sont répartis également sur deux côtés, cinq points et cinq. Puisqu'il y a beaucoup plus de mots et d'impressions totales dans les cinq premiers, si tout est de taille de police égale, il est plus logique de...Read more...

Community In Focus 

2021-05-10 01:36:41 PM

May10

A Journey To Jerusalem

Dear friends, 

This past Monday we celebrated Yom Yerushalayim. A historical and miraculous day for our nation. The day Jerusalem returns to its rightful owners, the people of Israel in the land of Israel.

Our community commemorated this particular day while inaugurating our new video system co-sponsored by the Iny family.

I would like to share an extract of a story of the journey with you,  retold by...Read more...

Not Mainstream

2021-05-06 03:57:33 PM

May6

Ben Zoma would say: Who is wise? One who learns from every man. As is stated (Psalms 119:99): "From all my teachers I have grown wise, for Your testimonials are my meditation."

Who is strong? One who overpowers his inclinations. As is stated (Proverbs 16:32), "Better one who is slow to anger than one with might, one who rules his spirit than the captor of a city."

Who is rich? One who is happy...Read more...

Alpinistes

2021-05-06 03:55:15 PM

May6

La lecture de la Torah de cette semaine semble souligner que l’octroi de la Torah à Moshe, et à travers lui à Israël en général, a eu lieu sur la montagne du Sinaï. Puisque la Torah ne traite pas des détails géographiques fortuits, cette emphase concerne l'étude et l'analyse des ours de montagne. L'escalade est un sport pour les plus robustes et en bonne forme physique. Cependant, la plupart d'entre nous sont...Read more...

In Focus

2021-05-04 11:27:17 AM

May4

The Tragedy of Tragedies

The tragedy at Har Meron still lingers in our hearts. As more and more details are revealed our heart breaks over and over again. 

This past Shabbat in my sermon I of course spoke about the tragedy. And I was struggling with myself and contemplating on what to say and what not to say. 

In my opinion, to try to explain and give any excuse to have happened is just plain cruel and...Read more...

So You Want to Be a Role Model

2021-04-29 02:16:23 PM

Apr29

Parasha & Pirkei Avot

Joshua ben Perahiah, a renowned sage from the Talmud, used to say: appoint a teacher for yourself. Rashi, the great medieval commentary, viewed this teaching as a teacher's function to ensure the student's intellectual honesty and convey the authentic tradition.  Others contend that one should choose for himself a learning partner even if he is equal or inferior to you intellectually because studying...Read more...

À la mémoire de Sarah Halimi z"l

2021-04-27 11:18:39 AM

Apr27

Chers Amis,

En 2017,  s'est déroulé en France un drame qui affecte les Juifs du monde entier. Sarah Halimi z"l, une retraitée juive qui vivait à Paris, a été brutalement assassinée. Un musulman l'a...Read more...

Pirkei Avot

2021-04-22 03:09:31 PM

Apr22

Appoint a teacher for yourself

In this short segment we are going to explore the advantages of this teaching; Having a mentor, the value of exchange and humility as a tool to acquire knowledge. 

Des objectifs élevés

2021-04-22 10:21:19 AM

Apr22

La tâche d'être un peuple spécial, en particulier un peuple saint, est une tâche ardue. Aussi difficile qu'il soit de répondre à des normes élevées sur une base individuelle, il est certainement extrêmement problématique d'exiger qu'une nation entière réponde à des normes de comportement et de moralité constamment élevées. Ainsi, l'accusation de la paracha selon laquelle Israël est un peuple saint, un peuple...Read more...

Lag Ba’omer - Un caroubier et un ruisseau 

2021-04-22 10:13:47 AM

Apr22

Lag Ba'omer est le 33ème jour du décompte de l'Omer. Ce fut une journée de fête depuis des siècles. Il marque le décès du rabbin Shimon Bar Yohai. Le rabbin Shimon a demandé à ses étudiants que le jour passé soit célébré comme un Hilloula, comme un mariage où la mariée et le marié s'unissent. A cette occasion de Lag Baomer, que nous célébrons cette année le 30 avril 2021, je voudrais partager avec vous une...Read more...

I Feel Good, Therefore I Am

2021-04-22 10:10:00 AM

Apr22

By Rabbi Maimon Pinto

Have you ever felt totally eclipsed by someone else? It's when you're good at something, but someone in your life - a sister, a friend, a classmate, a co-worker - is even better. In addition, this person is also good at many other things that you are bad at. Around this person, your self-esteem crumbles.

When the person surpassing you is a distant celebrity, you can just admire them from afar. But if the star is someone...Read more...

In Focus

2021-04-20 08:32:12 AM

Apr20

When Humility Is A Goal

This week I was learning with some of our members and we “bumped” into this fascinating Talmudic teaching: “Come see how humble people are considered by Hashem to be great:

When the Beis Hamikdash existed, a person who brought a Olah offering had

the reward of an Olah. If he brought a Korban Minchah, he had the reward of a Minchah. Whereas someone who is humble, the Torah considers it as if...Read more...

Pirkei Avot Chapter 2

2021-04-14 09:24:35 AM

Apr14

"וכל העוסקים עם הציבור יהיו עוסקים עמהם לשם שמים"

“All who occupy themselves with the affairs of the community shall be engaged with them for the sake of Heaven.” (2:2)

QUESTION: Later it says, “Let all your deeds be for the sake of Heaven”, so why does Rabban Gamliel single out here those who occupy themselves with communal affairs? Also, why is this...Read more...

Dvar Torah

2021-04-14 09:00:04 AM

Apr14

You Can Run But You Can’t Hide

In this week’s Torah portion we learn about a disease called tzara’at. Once determined, ritually impure, the person would have to forgo isolation. Does this sound familiar to anyone? Covid? Not exactly. A Metzora was a spiritual disease that causes discoloration of the skin or of hairs upon the skin, in unpredictable patches is caused by sins of speech ­ gossip, slander and the like. The moment the person notices the...Read more...

In Focus

2021-04-12 03:18:25 PM

Apr12

Israel, Then. Israel Now

At the beginning of the Haggadah, by the Ah Lah’manya, we reminisce of our ancestor's suffering in ancient Egypt. But also sing out loud; “This year we are here, next year in the Land of Israel”. 

At my seder table this year, while uttering this statement, the words pierced straight through my heart. “I need to breathe the fresh air of Israel”, I told my wife. It's been two years since our last visit...Read more...

Rabbi and Gali at Decarie Square Vaccination Center

2021-04-12 03:00:39 PM

Apr12

Round one, done! So happy and grateful. Thank you to each and one of you who contributed to making this possible for us. Do it for you and your loved ones. Keep staying safe, 2021 we got this!

Read more...

Parasha Shemini 5781

2021-04-08 10:58:06 AM

Apr8

Le kidouch et havdalah de la vie

Les lois de la cacherout concernant les animaux, les poissons et les volailles sont décrites pour nous dans la paracha de la semaine. La Torah met fortement l’accent sur le mot «l’havdil» - distinguer, séparer - dans sa discussion de ces lois.

En fait, dans son résumé à la fin de la paracha, la Torah nous explique que le but principal des lois de la...Read more...

Pirkei Avot - For the love of G-D

2021-04-08 10:52:55 AM

Apr8

Hillel and Shammai received [the oral tradition] from them [Shamai and Avtalion]. Hillel used to say: be of the disciples of Aaron, loving peace and pursuing peace, loving mankind and drawing them close to the Torah.

Hillel and Shammai, the fifth “pair” are probably familiar to many of you, for they were the founders of that two great schools, Beth Shammai (the House of Shammai) and Beth Hillel (the House of...Read more...

Our Synagogue. Our Health and Safety 

2021-04-06 10:31:08 AM

Apr6

Dear friends Shavoua Tov,

I hope everyone had an inspiring and joyful second Hag of Pessa'h. 

Services were busy as usual. Well almost. A small crowd than usual but we still had lots of fun.

The Hazan blasting away as we were chanting the Hallel accompanied by a small choir. 

This year, especially, a felt a great yearning for the land of Israel. One can visibly hear it in almost all of my...Read more...

Shevi Shel Pessah"h

2021-04-01 10:24:29 AM

Apr1

The Long Short Way

Dear friends, 

You have all experienced those long hours and days of the Jewish Haggim. Namely this year three consecutive days of Passover. They can be long. "How lucky we are that the second days of the hag fall on Shabat", I heard someone exclaim this week. 

Quite honestly, I actually enjoy the second day of haggim. But I wouldn’t be saying the truth if I told you that everyone...Read more...

Rabbi's Message

2021-03-30 12:15:06 PM

Mar30

Dear Friends,

I hope you had a happy and inspiring seder of Pessa'h. 

My family and I really enjoyed the "quiet" and "slower" meals. Don't get me wrong, we love having family and guests over. But it gave us the opportunity to catch up with our kids and to give them the full attention they deserve, after the long and anxious year they went through.

In any case, it was are pleasure to see more and more...Read more...

Personal Redemption 

2021-03-25 09:21:40 PM

Mar25

Dear friends, 

After an entire year of struggling with the covid pandemic, we might be seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. As I am writing you this message the government is announcing changes that would allow 250 people to attend houses of worship. This in itself has been a struggle and a test to our beliefs and devotion to Judaism. Everyone agrees that the past year has isolated us physically, mentally, and spiritually. But many of us, each in our own way, refused to be paralyzed by this reality. Taking action and connecting via zoom, to services, classes, conferences, and get-togethers. This is the underlying message of Passover.       

The miraculous exodus from Egypt took place 3,333 years ago.

Since then, the Jewish people have not been enslaved in Egypt. Nevertheless, year after year, Jews sit down at their Seder table and discuss the great miracles Hashem wrought for their forefathers. They repeat the amazement and wonder each year as if it were the first time

they ever heard the story. The celebration is as joyous as it must have been on the first Pesach all those years ago.

The modern-day Jew has just as much to commemorate as those long-ago ancestors, especially in light of the fact that the Hakhamim demand them to consider themselves leaving Mitzrayim every day. As the Haggadah is read in the modern era, the reader should envision

how to best leave their personal Mitzrayim.

Mitzrayim comes from the root meitzar, or limitations. Modern slavery is not a whip-cracking overhead, it's the self-imposed restrictions a person sets upon himself. People tend to paint themselves into a corner, insisting that they "aren't the type," or "never do things like that." They convince themselves that they are incapable of various things, like sitting and studying Torah for ten minutes more or giving extra money to tzedakah. They lose out on so many opportunities

because of those self-imposed restraints.

To experience a personal geulah from their Mitzrayim, they need to challenge themselves to go beyond their norm. They need to see themselves as businessmen, who would never be satisfied with one day's earnings and close shop. Just as one financial success creates even more ambition, after attaining a personal spiritual goal they should extend themselves to spread it even further.

The exodus from Egypt is celebrated each year anew because each individual is enslaved to their meitzarim - the limitations they perceive about themselves. The story of Pesach inspires us to free ourselves from any obstacles, both internal and external, pushing ourselves to be better and do more, to constantly grow in serving Hashem.

Rédemption personnelle

2021-03-25 08:26:07 PM

Mar25

Chers amis,

Après une année entière de lutte contre la pandémie de covid, nous pourrions voir un peu de lumière au bout du tunnel. Au moment où je vous écris ce message, le gouvernement annonce des changements qui permettraient à 250 personnes de fréquenter les lieux de culte. Cela en soi a été une lutte et un test pour nos croyances et notre dévotion à notre judaïsme. Tout le monde convient que...Read more...

Pirkei Avot v. Avot D'Rabbi Natan 

2021-03-22 02:40:32 PM

Mar22

Pirkei Avot est un traité bien connu de la Michna. Mais avez-vous déjà entendu parler de Pirkei D'rabbi Natan? Eh bien, si vous ne l'avez pas, vous êtes sur le point de le découvrir. Dans cette session, nous avons présenté une introduction générale de ce Tractate (Pirkei D'Rabbi Natan) et une partie de la nouveauté que nous trouvons dans ses enseignements. Dans les classes suivantes, nous approfondirons ses détails et sa profondeur.

Halakha (Français)

2021-03-18 12:00:53 PM

Mar18

Quand Erev Pesaĥ tombe le Chabbat

Lorsque le quatorzième jour de Nisan coïncide avec Chabbat, bedikat ĥametz est exécuté avec une berakha dans la nuit du 13, jeudi soir, car il est impossible de rechercher et d'éliminer ĥametz le Chabbat. Après la perquisition, le ĥametz est annulé comme toute autre année et le lendemain, vendredi, il est brûlé. Il est préférable de le brûler à la sixième heure saisonnière de la journée, comme toute autre année....Read more...

Halakha (English)

2021-03-18 11:59:50 AM

Mar18

Peninei Halakha - When Erev Pesaĥ Falls on Shabbat

When the fourteenth of Nisan coincides with Shabbat, bedikat ĥametz is performed with a berakha on the night of the thirteenth, Thursday night, because it is impossible to seek and eliminate ĥametz on Shabbat. After the search, the ĥametz is nullified like in any other year, and on the following day, Friday, it is burned. It is best to burn it by the sixth seasonal hour of the day, like in any other year. Ĥametz that will be...Read more...

Dvar Torah

2021-03-18 11:14:30 AM

Mar18

Me, Myself and My Antagonist

This Thursday was my birthday. In Jewish tradition a birthday is a time of retrospect and reflection. Making an account of the past year, enumerating our shortcomings and some of our accomplishments. We may find it as a humbling experience. But one must remember not to be too hard on yourself. One of my teachers once told me that when you speak to yourself, that little voice inside of you, make sure you have the same tone as you...Read more...

Dvar Torah

2021-03-18 11:10:38 AM

Mar18

Imagination pure

Dans mon article «In focus» cette semaine, j'ai écrit sur le programme de pré-pessah pour les jeunes que nous avons eu dimanche. Plus de 64 enfants de tous âges nous ont rejoints.  Je suis toujours étonné de la magie de l'innocence des enfants et de leur volonté pure d'en savoir davantage sur leur héritage juif. Comme vous le savez tous, le premier mot de la lecture de la Torah de cette semaine est écrit d’une...Read more...

Parasha Vayikra

2021-03-15 01:49:44 PM

Mar15

Qui suis-je?

Le livre de Vayikra est connu pour être le plus complexe des cinq livres de Moïse. Son objectif principal est les différentes offrandes et les services des Kohanim - prêtres dans le temple. Nous trouvons néanmoins une description de la nature d'un Juif lorsque nous regardons de plus près les mots utilisés dans le deuxième verset de la parasha - «Adam Ki Yakriv Mikem».

Sun, May 16 2021 5 Sivan 5781