Rabbinic Reflections

Ilana Krygier Lapides

The Pillars of Justice, or Why a Whale? – a Yom Kippur Drash

By ILANA KRYGIER LAPIDES One of my favorite Yiddish stories is I.L. Peretz’s Ob Nisht Noch Hecher (“If Not Higher.”) It’s worth seeking out Peretz’s charming, evocative rendition, even in translation, but briefly: The Rebbe of Nemirov seems to disappear every morning at Sliches time and no one knows to where. The rumour is that … Continue reading “The Pillars of Justice, or Why a Whale? – a Yom Kippur Drash”

Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl

CJR Rosh Hashanah Message: Believing is Seeing

Sept. 17, 2020 – By RABBI BARUCH FRYDMAN-KOHL There is a Hebrew expression that goes far beyond the hope for a shanah tovah. It is, “May the old year with troubles end. Let the new year, with blessings, begin.” I hope that this will be the case for us, as individuals and families, for our … Continue reading “CJR Rosh Hashanah Message: Believing is Seeing”

Ilana Krygier Lapides

Selichot: The Fine Art of Apology

Sept. 11, 2020 – By ILANA KRYGIER LAPIDES “No man ever became great or good except through many and great mistakes.” – William Gladstone In the delightful children’s book The Hardest Word – A Yom Kippur Story by Jacqueline Jules, illustrated by Katherine Janus Kahn, a gigantic mythical bird called the Ziz makes a mistake … Continue reading “Selichot: The Fine Art of Apology”

Ilana Krygier Lapides

Schooled by Isaiah: The Lessons of Tisha B’Av

By ILANA KRYGIER LAPIDES Tisha b’Av, the saddest day of the Jewish year, begins at sunset July 29. While most Jewish holidays are ultimately celebratory (“They tried to kill us. We won. Let’s eat…”), Tisha b’Av is a rare exception. The ninth (tisha) day of the month of Av marks the destruction of the First … Continue reading “Schooled by Isaiah: The Lessons of Tisha B’Av”

Ilana Krygier Lapides

Parshat Pinchas: History Has its Eyes on You

July 10, 2020 – By ILANA KRYGIER LAPIDES In Parshat Pinchas, toward the end of the Book of Numbers, a census has taken place, presumably to assign land rights for when the Hebrews enter the Holy Land. The logistics unfold predictably until the five daughters of Zelofechad arrive at the Tent of Meeting requesting an … Continue reading “Parshat Pinchas: History Has its Eyes on You”

Ilana Krygier Lapides

What’s My Motivation? Parshat Korach

By ILANA KRYGIER LAPIDES A friend posted that her adorable toddler has discovered the magic and wonder of the word, “no.” Apparently, regardless of the question, the answer is always, “no,” spoken loudly, with hands on hips and a defiant twinkle in the eyes. Such is the power of finally having language with which to … Continue reading “What’s My Motivation? Parshat Korach”

Ilana Krygier Lapides

Kvetching and 20/20 Hindsight: Parshat Beha’alotecha

By ILANA KRYGIER LAPIDES In the opening scene of Annie Hall, Woody Allen’s highly-strung character Alvy Singer jokes about two elderly Jews having dinner at a resort. One turns to the other and says, “Boy, the food here is really terrible.” The other answers, “And the portions are so small!” We Jews have a reputation … Continue reading “Kvetching and 20/20 Hindsight: Parshat Beha’alotecha”

Ilana Krygier Lapides

D’var Shavuot 2020, ‘Wither Thou Goest’

by ILANA KRYGIER LAPIDES Wither Thou goest – I will go.Wither Thou lodgest – I will lodge.Thy people shall be my people.Wither Thou goest – I will go. The pilgrimage festival of Shavuot is upon us. Shavuot commemorates the anniversary of our receiving the Torah. We celebrate by listening to the liturgical poem, the Akdamut, eating … Continue reading “D’var Shavuot 2020, ‘Wither Thou Goest’”

Rabbi Reuven Bulka

BULKA: Rabbinic Reflections for the Record

By RABBI REUVEN P. BULKA For the Record, mazal tov on the launch of The Canadian Jewish Record! You begin The CJR as we start a new book of the Torah, B’Midbar, often referred to as the Book of Numbers, even though the word B’Midbar means “in the desert.” The desert is where Israel received … Continue reading “BULKA: Rabbinic Reflections for the Record”