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Our Beth Ruach congregation is built on the values of the Torah and the Talmud and we are united in our faith of Judaism and our support of Israel.

We support our congregation through Torah learning, Shabbat dinners, Jewish holidays celebrations and life-long learning our Jewish education to all ages.

Our congregation is made up of mostly interfaith families due to the rise in Jewish people marrying outside of their faith. As such, while grounded in Judaism, our congregation welcomes their spouses of all faiths and those with no faith, to join us in creating a diverse, vibrant spiritual community of individuals and families.

Through our teachings, work, and embrace, we aspire to keep the Jewish faith and traditions alive within these interfaith unions and be cherished by their extended families, so it may remain vibrant and alive into future generations.

We are affiliated with the Universal Oneness United Faith Canada. 

Universal Oneness United Faith Canada (“UOUFC”) is a spiritual centre that welcomes people from‎ all faiths and those of no faith. The UOUFC works to break down the barriers of religious intolerance. Congregation Beth Ruach is the Jewish inter-faith branch of the UOUFC and is the ‎community that Rabbi David Gellman serves.

Greetings friends

This is the last regular Torah reading before Passover – a holiday not called Passover, but instead The festival of unleavened bread.  That tells you the significance of matzah.  Passover is a name we gave it later.

 We initiate the festival by searching and removing from our homes “chametz” – the food we are not supposed to eat, the foot made with leavening agents.  That is why bread is not allowed.  Yeast is a leavening agent.  A quick look in any grocery store with a Jewish section will show you how many products are remade specifically for Passover.  Everything from coke to potato chips to everything in between.

As one of my favorite teachers reminded me – the root word from which chametz comes also means “miss”.  So during the week we are to miss the leavening agents from our food and the fact we miss tells us we have given something up – think lent – but it is more than that.  In our connection to G0d we strive to be connected and so when we “missed” we offered a sacrifice – we give of ourselves.

During these days of the modern plagues we are also reminded that the people never moved on from where they were, either as a nation or until the sick and infirm were brought back to the community and reintegrated.  We are in the process of reintegration now and as the festival of unleavened bread is upon us it is our chance to re-create the events and overcome our fears now.

I will be posting a primer on how to host a personal Passover Seder in a  simplified but meaningful way in the next few days as many of you may be hosting your first, but not your last Seder as you see how simple and meaningful it can be.

  Enjoy the show, and feel free to share it with any you think might enjoy it, and, of course, enjoy all of our past  audio and video episodes which are  available on our YouTube channel. 

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