Message from Rabbi Knopf - July 14, 2020
Last week, our community enjoyed the special privilege of being taken on a tour of the Old City of Jerusalem with our friends at the Shai Agnon Synagogue. It was wonderful to see how many people joined us for this program. Truth be told, the audio and visual did not work as well as we had hoped but I felt it was very special to see some of the sites in this holy place and to feel connected to a synagogue based in our homeland. We are continuing to discuss with members of the Shai Agnon synagogue, ways in which members of our communities can keep in touch and we will keep you posted as we develop these ideas.
Tomorrow evening, we continue with our Myth Busters program in which I take on five misconceptions about Judaism. Please join me at 8:00 PM.
Although some of us have returned to public prayer services, I know that very many of you are not yet ready to come back. We are taking social distancing very seriously and will soon update you on our plans for further reopening. In the meantime, Heshy and I invite you to join us on zoom (836 7745 3062)this Friday at 7:00 PM as we welcome in Shabbat with a short Torah message and uplifting tunes.
I'm grateful to CIJA for notifying us of recent incidents of anti-Semitism in Canada. Last week, a local food store in Toronto posted "Zionists not welcome" on its social media page. The weekend before last, an anti-Israel protest was held in Mississauga, Ontario, at which protesters chanted "the Jews are our dogs" in Arabic.
Each of us has a responsibility to speak out and fight against the evil of anti-Semitism. In February, the Ontario Legislature lended overwhelming support to Bill 168: An Act to Combat Antisemitism. The bill includes adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of Anti-Semtisim which will provide clear, globally accepted guidelines that will empower government and civil society to tackle this evil.
Please join me in urging Premier Ford and all Ontario MPPs to pass Bill 168 into law.
Wishing you all well and hope to see you soon,
Rabbi Anthony Knopf