July/August 2010 | Volume 62 Issue 4
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
B’nai Brith House
15 Hove Street, Toronto
$5.00/person if reserved in advance / $10.00/person at the door
Light Refreshments Will Be Served
Spouses and guests are welcome
Special Guest Speaker
A diplomat with a distinguished
government service record
who has come
OUT OF THE COLD
International Terrorism and Aviation
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Leonard Mayzel Ontario Lodge #1800 B’nai Brith Canada, District 22
President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dr. Irving Pisarek Chairmen:
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Second Vice President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dennis Tolson Brotherhood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Eric Eisen 905-417-5797
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Financial Secretary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Larry Baine C .V .S . Chairmen . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dennis Tolson 905-731-5886
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Recording Secretary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ron Rotman Fundraising:
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Chaplain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ralph Gan Web Site . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dr. Irving Pisarek 416-633-3000
Women’s Programme . . . . . . . .Marilyn Abram 416-667-8217
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by Dr . Irving Pisarek
Several weeks ago, I began to think about what I would say in my honour to present you with your Past-Presidents’ Ring, Pin . A citation
installation speech as I take on, as far as I know, an unprecedented third from BBC of your service to this organization will be presented at a
term position as the President of a B’nai Brith Canada Lodge, Leonard future L .M .O .L . Meeting .
Mayzel . I would like to thank YOU for expressing your confidence and
support in recycling, I mean, re-electing me . The Master of Ceremonies this morning is, Brother Ben Libman to you
and affectionally Uncle Benny to me, along with our Installing Officer,
Prior to the completion of my term as L .M .O .L . President in 2007, Brother Ron Blatt . I also want to thank Brother Eric Eisen for his help
I recommended that our present Constitution (circa 1995) required as the Installation Chair . I would also like to give special thanks to
updating . Eric formed a Committee to assist him with this task . This Marlene White and special guest Susan Colomby, for assisting Hilda in
amended document has been approved by the Executive Board and beautifully setting up this room .
will be distributed with the June Observer mailing to the Membership
for its review . The updated Constitution will be again distributed for I would like to take this opportunity to thank my family for their advice,
ratification at a late-September General Meeting . support, understanding, love and lending me to LMOL again . Special
thanks to my dear, loving wife, Hilda, for all that she has done to
The major changes to the Constitution will align us with a calendar organize today’s event . Hilda, it often amazes me how you find the
year-end, the same as B’nai Brith Canada . Furthermore, there are also time to manage and do all that you do . . . And I thought I was busy .
some other changes being proposed with respect to Executive Board
positions and time-frames for holding our Nomination and Election Looking at a page of our Lodge’s letterhead, I am in awe of all the
meetings . Consequently, in order to accommodate these changes, names listed since our Lodge’s charter inception 62 years ago . In
Leonard Mayzel Lodge is currently in a ‘transition’ year, with my term September 1948, the same year that the State of Israel was founded
as President ending at the end of December 2010 . Of course, there will based on freedom, justice and peace, L .M .O .L under the leadership of
be a ‘Nomination General Meeting’ held in October 2010 in advance of President, Brother Manny Hershberg was established .
the ‘Election General Meeting’ scheduled for some time in November
2010 . An Installation Program will be scheduled into the New Year I reflected on my own beginnings in Leonard Mayzel back in 1974
2011 . under the leadership of President, Brother Gerald Marshall . I remember
vividly, attending a new member program
I would like to start off by hosted by one our past presidents, and
directing my comments to quickly was enthralled with the hospitality
Brother Ralph Gan . Ralph, and camaraderie extended to me and the
I have observed you as you other new members present .
fulfilled your Presidential role
these past two years . You As Albert Schweitzer once wrote: “You must
have demonstrated, in your give some time to your fellow men . Even if
gentle way . . . leadership, it’s a little thing, do something for others
compassion and common – something for which you get no pay, but
sense, striving to improve the privilege of doing it .”
the way this Lodge functions .
As my FIRST act as the newly Times have changed . We have grown older
installed President of Leonard and hopefully wiser . Now we are empty
Mayzel Ontario Lodge, it is nesters, looking after our grown-up children,
now my distinct pleasure and often babysitting grandchildren, pets and
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plants . The culture of L .M .O .L . has also changed . We have been active heartfelt thanks to all of you” . I look forward to your continued support
in the community for almost 60 years . Accordingly, Lodge members during the next term .
adhere to the principles of B’nai Brith and its motto of “People Helping
People” which brings Jewish men and women together in fellowship, As we move forward, the next few years are exciting ones for our
to serve the Jewish community through combating and trying to help Lodge as we begin to plan new and innovative programming . We
resolve human right issues such as the rising global incidences of anti- are looking into ways of streamlining our administrative printing and
Semitism, bigotry and racism in Canada and abroad, and, through mailing costs . One such measure to accomplish this will happen by
carrying out and supporting activities which ensure the security and the end of this summer as we ‘roll’ out an innovative new website for
survival of the State of Israel and Jewish communities . inter-communication amongst our membership and the Community .
This website will ‘showcase’ L .M .O .L . to the world “at the click of a
To this end, I want to thank our mouse” .
special guests who champion
our organization both locally and Another idea that I would like to develop is to have joint social programs
globally . Firstly, we welcome the with other B’nai Brith Lodges . I believe in ‘strength in numbers’ and
National President of B’nai Brith in doing so, we will be able to pool resources and bring programs
Canada, Mr . Joe Bogoroch to our that we could not have undertaken ourselves, unless there was greater
installation . I also wish to thank attendance participation .
Dr . Frank Dimant, Executive Vice
President of B’nai Brith Canada, for Past-Presidents: Moishe Grossinger, Dennis Tolson, Alvin Abram
his eloquent remarks and Invocation . and myself have assumed the top four ‘rung’s’ of the ladder . But,
Ladies and gentlemen, there is no better spokesman for B’nai Brith for the sake of our health, this cannot continue forever . Let me add
and the Jewish community than Dr . Frank . I am also honoured to have that Leonard Mayzel Lodge is in good shape . We have a core of
Pearl Gladman here with us today . Pearl is the National Director of creative, dedicated and enthusiastic members who continually strive
B’nai Brith Canada and the Center for Community Action, and has to outperform themselves when it comes to working hard for the
assisted and supported L .M .O .L . for many years, on many fronts . On betterment of this Lodge and the community at large . Without the
June 6th, Pearl is being honoured for her 30 years plus, of dedicated tremendous efforts of many, many people, Leonard Mayzel Lodge
service to B’nai Brith and the community at large, at B’nai Brith’s could never have achieved the stature and reputation it enjoys in this
Annual General Meeting here in Toronto . Leonard Mayzel will be community and globally . I only hope that, as this Executive’s term
represented at this event . Mazel Tov to you Pearl! begins, the momentum presently in existence will continue to evolve
through your participation in all of our events so that we may strive for
We, as members of B’nai Brith, along with the Canadian organization greater achievement . I know all of us can do it .
founded in 1875, are also faced today with many other challenges .
Going forward, what we need to do is recruit and retain new ‘brothers
and sisters’ from both inside our organization and from outside utilizing
marketing initiatives developed and implemented by both L .M .O .L .
and B’nai Brith Canada .
Our lifeline for the future of L .M .O .L .’s existence depends on this . We
have to act now to insure that the membership and future leadership of
L .M .O .L . is solid in order for our Lodge to survive . Otherwise, L .M .O .L .
as we know it today may cease to exist! One possible good sign is that
more women, especially wives of our members, have decided to join
as Lodge members .
I would be remiss if I did not pay special tribute and appreciation to In conclusion, I want to thank each and every one of you for your
our talented and hard working Executive, Committee Chairs, the many patience, support and presence here, and your unwavering commitment
past presidents, fellow Lodge members and Sharon Haberman, our to the success of this great Lodge . This is what drives us to work harder
Executive Secretary, for their unwavering patience and guidance that on your behalf; to be the best that L .M .O .L . can be . I am proud to be
has helped me tremendously in serving Leonard Mayzel during my a member of this great Lodge and honoured to serve you as President
many various terms holding Chairmanships and Executive Office . Not for my next term of Office .
once did I have to throw the Gavel or the Roberts Rules of Order Book
at anyone . There are many names to mention, so I say collectively, “a THANK YOU .
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Where I Sit
by Alvin Abram
ONE PERSON CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE brought to an assembly building to be shipped to a concentration
Several years ago I wrote a story about Martin Maxwell or Max Mayzel
as I know him, entitled “One Person Does Make A Difference” . It had Not getting any co-operation from the British government, Winton
to do with events that in some cases Max had no control and weaved arranged passports to be forged in the children’s names that allowed
its way to a conclusion that emphasized the title of the story . Events them to be released from the camps . He then engaged 8 trains over
that in some way changed the lives of some, especially he and his the next several months filled with children destined for England .
brother . It was a story of chance and circumstance . Martin Maxwell and his brother were placed before a German officer
and asked where their parents were . Martin replied, “They’re dead .”
On May 6th, I attended a Tribute Dinner at Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda The officer instead of ordering them sent to a camp, shouted that they
Synagogue . The Honouree was a 101 year old non-Jew . In 1938 he leave the building before he changed his mind . Not long after, the
set into motion a series of events that affected the lives of many two boys were able to join a train of children destined for England .
people in the years to come . He saved the lives of 669 children
just before the war began, who grew up, married, had children and When the war came to Czechoslovakia, sitting in a train station in
grandchildren and now number over 5,000 . Prague were about 250 children on their way to England .They never
arrived . The Germans arrested them, sent them to camps where they
Nicholas Winton was a stockbroker . Martin Maxwell was a young all died . But 669 children did arrive in England . Martin joined the
man . Winton saw the refugee camps that the Germans had interned air force in England . His brother was accepted as an immigrant to
Jews prior to their invading Czechoslovakia and realized their plight . the U .S . where he became a bombardier . On D-Day, Martin flew a
He returned to England to find people to sponsor Czech children if glider into Normandy . His brother flew over Germany and bombed
he could arrange for their arrival . Martin Maxwell and his brother strategic sites .
were rounded up with all the Jews in Vienna on Kristallnacht and
With England in the war, Winton joined the army . Martin was
wounded in Arnheim and captured by the Germans and eventually
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put in a POW camp . His brother was shot down over enemy territory
and with the help of the underground made his way back to safety .
Whatever Winton had done, his records and photos were locked in a
trunk and placed in his attic . Even his wife was not aware what her
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When the war ended, Martin became an interpreter for the Allies
in the war trials being held in the U .S . His brother became a U .S .
citizen and lived in Detroit . In 1988, Winton’s wife found the trunk
in the attic and saw the contents . She questioned him until he Bayview Village Shopping Mall
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asked, if he knew what had happened to the children he had saved .
He answered, he did not .The newscaster asked those in the audience
if any of them knew where any of Winton’s children might be . Almost
everyone in the room stood up .
Over time, the British government became aware of what Winton
had done . Winton was knighted and his story was revealed to the
world . When asked why he kept what he had done a secret, his
answer was, “I didn’t keep what I did a secret – I just didn’t talk
about it .”
I have learned from my writing experiences that among us walk
‘Quiet Giants’; men and women who ask for nothing but are willing to
give everything . There are no buildings in their names and no rooms
that honour them and yet, their presence has made a difference – a
huge difference . In a non-fiction book which I helped to write, the
principal remarks, “As I looked around the crowded room, I realized
that there are many forms of success . I was surrounded by a sea
of faces I had grown up with, lived with, worked with and shared
my life experiences with . My greatest success was in that room,
for what greater success could anyone ever hope to accomplish in
their lifetime than to be surrounded by family and friends and be
recognized as a good person?”
On May 6th as Beth Emeth was honouring Sir Nicholas Winton,
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Martin Maxwell was in Holland as part of the celebration of the 65th
Anniversary of the liberation of Holland by Canadian troops . He was
selected to represent the Canadians who fought in Holland . He gave
testimonial as a survivor of the Holocaust, as a Canadian and as a
person, like Sir Nicholas Winton for making a difference .
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A diplomat with a distinguished Government service record .
• onsul of Israel to Canada 1976-1981, Trade Israeli Defence Forces; Military service completed with
Mission Delegation . distinction .
• onsul General (Hon) of Botswana to Canada from
Took active part in the Six Day War, the War of Attrition
and the Yom Kippur War .
• resident: The Peres Center for Peace-Canada.
Holds a degree in Education, studied Political Science
• resident, Canadian Friends of Meir Hospital and
and History .
Medical Centre – Israel
• ice President: AMOS – Air Marshall Operational
V In 1974 won the nomination of the Independent Liberal
System . Party of Israel to be a candidate for the Israeli Parliament
– Knesset .
• resident and CEO: The Westminster Group Inc.
Married to Daliah Raif . Has 3 children and 4 grandchildren .
A Canadian corporation assisting governments and private sector in
developing infrastructure projects in various parts of the world .
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To All Members And Friends
Kosher Food Banks
If you bring at least 3 cans of non- Within our community there are Jewish
perishable food items to the GENERAL people who have financial difficulties in
MEETING in September, Marilyn Abram these hard times. All food banks depend
will give to each family one of the signed limited lithos on cash and food donations from individuals and
shown below FREE. Value of each litho when released groups such as B’nai Brith. We, as Jews, have a moral
was $35.00 a piece. Help us help those in need. responsibility to help brethren who are going through
hard times. After all, if we don’t help our community
– who will?
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associated with opportunity to be close to the
community I love . As gabbai,
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by Eric Eisen
Speedy recovery wishes to: Greetings:
Get well wishes to Helene Herman, wife of Ted Herman Norman Burns transferred to our Lodge
Get well wishes to Sheila Stepak, wife of Bernie Stepak Gloria Dadoun on becoming a member
Speedy recovery to Marilyn Abram
Speedy recovery to Steve Midanik
Michael and Barbara Lerech and family on the birth of their
Get well to Ben Libman granddaughter, Anna Leah, (Chana Leah) Kogan, daughter of Yigal
Speedy recovery to Moishe Grossinger Kogan and Deborah Lerech
Speedy recovery to Dennis Tolson
Get well to Ralph Gan
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Speedy recovery to Harold Risman
the information we receive.
Speedy recovery to Faye Zweig, wife of Bobby Zweig
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I wish to thank those who have sent in the QUESTIONNAIRE .
The Observer committee welcomes the dates of anniversaries and birthdays to our newsletter
Mazel Tov to those listed below
July 10, 1973 – Schura and Karny Vorona July 1 – Harry Lieberman
July 1 – Ian Regenstreif
July 13 – Joseph Brown
August 3, 1969 – Eric and Helen Eisen
July 16 – Andy Reti
August 15, 1971 – Michael and Barbara Lerech
August 16, 1966 – Martin and Eleanor Maxwell August 6 – Dr . Irving Pisarek
August 16, 1964 – Dr . Sheldon and Ruth Rose August 19 – Arnold Partnoy
August 19, 1956 – Marvin and Lillian Goldman August 21 – Les Mitelman
August 23, 1978 – Sharon and Paul Haberman August 26 – Eric Eisen
August 28 – Morris Dadoun
August 28 – Joseph Lambert
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Can Love Heal?
Mary and her husband Jim If I die, Lucky will be abandoned, Mary thought . He won’t understand
had a dog named ‘Lucky .’ that I didn’t want to leave him! The thought made her sadder than
Lucky was a real character . thinking of her own death .The double mastectomy was harder on Mary
Whenever Mary and Jim than her doctors had anticipated and Mary was hospitalized for over
had company come for a two weeks . Jim took Lucky for his evening walk faithfully, but the little
weekend visit they would dog just drooped, whining and miserable .
warn their friends to not
leave their luggage open Finally the day came for Mary to leave the hospital . When she arrived
because Lucky would home, Mary was so exhausted she couldn’t even make it up the steps
help himself to whatever to her bedroom . Jim made his wife comfortable on the couch and left
struck his fancy . Inevitably, her to nap . Lucky stood watching Mary but he didn’t come to her when
someone would forget and she called . It made Mary sad but sleep soon overcame her and she
something would come up missing . dozed .
Mary or Jim would go to Lucky’s toy box in the basement and there the When Mary woke for a second she couldn’t understand what was
treasure would be, amid all of Lucky’s other favorite toys . Lucky always wrong . She couldn’t move her head and her body felt heavy and hot .
stashed his finds in his toy box and he was very particular that his toys But panic soon gave way to laughter when Mary realized the problem .
stay in the box . She was covered, literally blanketed, with every treasure Lucky owned!
While she had slept, the sorrowing dog had made
It happened that Mary found out she had trip after trip to the basement bringing his beloved
breast cancer . Something told her she was mistress all his favorite things in life .
going to die of this disease – in fact; she
was just sure it was fatal . She scheduled the He had covered her with his love .
double mastectomy, fear riding her shoulders .
The night before she was to go to the hospital Mary forgot about dying . Instead she and Lucky
she cuddled with Lucky . A thought struck her began living again, walking further and further
– what would happen to Lucky? Although the together every day . It’s been 12 years now and Mary
three-year-old dog liked Jim, he was Mary’s is still cancer-free . Lucky, he still steals treasures
dog through and through . and stashes them in his toy box but Mary remains
his greatest treasure .
Live every day to the fullest. And never forget
– the people who make a difference in our lives
are not the ones with the most credentials, the
most money, or the most awards. They are the ones
that care for us.
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by Ralph Gan
It has been two years since I stood on the podium giving you my T
• aking Kadima to Rogers Centre for a baseball game sponsored
speech as your incoming President . Today I will be making my final by B’nai Brith Canada;
speech as your outgoing President . S
• unnybrook Sabbath Service for the Veterans.
I want to thank our Executive for working extremely well together Other projects were:
as a team . I also wish to thank the following individuals for a job L
• MOL’s donation of a new projector to B’nai Brith;
well done: Vice Presidents Moishe Grossinger, Dennis Tolson and D
• onation of Southern Israel Emergency Fund;
Alvin Abram; Larry Baine for handling the financial side of things T
• he Observer was always sent on a timely basis and as a result
and Stan Beder as Treasurer; Ron Rotman for handling the position received good responses from our members;
of Corresponding Secretary, Trustees Jeff Levy, Max Berg, Marilyn B
• ro. Eric Eisen, our Brotherhood Chairman, has worked diligently
Abram, Shoshana El Harar, Marty Richman; Warden Zvi Wainsteim drafting our new Constitution which has been a pain-staking
and Irv Pisarek as Chaplin . And last but not least I want to thank process;
Dora Goldberg for her assistance and help throughout my tenure as T
• o all the Trustees on the Executive that have assisted the Lodge
President . in a number of ways;
• o Bro. Stan Beder and Dr. Sheldon Rose for chairing the sale of
I take pride in that our meetings were well attended and of our Entertainment Books and the Dinner Draw;
handling of the Lodge’s finances and I am also pleased to report that 6
• 0th Anniversary Reunion of the Lodge;
our expenditures have not exceeded our budget for the year . D
• onated money to the B’nai Brith Haiti Relief Fund.
The following are some of the events that were held during my These are some of the highlights during my tenure as President . On
tenure as President . They are: behalf of the Lodge, I wish to thank all of these individuals for doing
• ran Saltzman speaking on her career with the RCMP and identity a remarkable job .
• en Schwartz speaking on the history of aviation in Canada and It is unfortunate that the Lodge has not been able to acquire new
tour of the Canadian Air & Space Museum; active members before my tenure is up and during my tenure . It is
• ara Gabriel speaking on Training of Israeli Guide Dogs; imperative that the Lodge continue to find ways of bringing new
• our of the Dead Sea Scrolls at the ROM; active members to ensure the Lodge’s survival in the years to come .
• itch Smolkin concert; We need to seek and find new members willing to undertake the
• aigie Libman for her talk and video presentation on her trip to chairmanships and executive positions .
• oyson James, Reporter with the Toronto Star speaking on city We do not wish LMOL to sink into oblivion because of this . Our
politics; existence rests on it . LMOL will continue to exist if new blood is
injected into it .
Our C .V .S . Committee under the Chairmenship of Dennis Tolson and
Moshe Grossinger has worked effectively as well as the Yom Hashoah I wish our new executive the best of luck in their future
Program recently held . Some of our C .V .S . programs were: endeavours .
• isit to Chudleigh’s Apple Farm with Kadima;
• he R.I.D.E. program; Wishing you all a very Healthy and enjoyable summer!
• anukkah Candle Lighting;
• unnybrook Bingo;
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The Harvey Adelman Award The Dave Title Award
Man of the Year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Eric Eisen Humanitarian Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Max Berg
The Dr. Irving Pisarek Award The Schura Vorona Award
Lifetime Achievement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Alvin Abram Fundraising . . . . . . . . . Sheldon Rose, Jacques Altaras
The Hy Wasserman Award The Lou Shumak Award
Dedication to the Lodge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stan Beder For C .V .S . Activities . .Moishe Grossinger, Dennis Tolson
We can’t solve problems by using the same kind I don’t want to become immortal through my work.
of thinking we used when we created them. I want to become immortal through not dying.
Albert Einstein Woody Allen
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Dateline: August 31, 1939 “I know but it can’t be avoided . When I first walked into his office,
he hugged me . We hadn’t seen each other for more then a month . We
Janusz cursed Hitler . It was all too apparent that Germany was prepared celebrated with a glass of brandy, which my father kept for special
to invade Poland . Janusz knew the Polish government expected England occasions . He couldn’t stop smiling as he gazed at me in my uniform,
and France to produce a last-minute miracle, but too much depended and I saw the pride in his eyes . If my feelings for you were not so strong,
on hope and not enough on self-initiative . I think I would have backed down and left without saying a word . . .
Since promising to meet Rachel, he had received new orders to be but I finally told him . I cannot describe the change that went over him
at the local headquarters before one in the morning . If that wasn’t a as I told him of my love for you . He insisted I talk to Father Leszkiewicz,
sign of imminent disaster, nothing was . He glanced furtively at the front our parish priest, before I made any final decisions . I’ve known Father
door . Rachel had sounded desperate when he’d talked to her on the Leszkiewicz all my life, watched his kindness as he administered more
telephone this afternoon . He sensed she would be the bearer of more than faith to his parishioners . I’ve gone to him when I couldn’t find
bad news . answers to problems that disturbed me . Always he was someone I
He heard a soft tap on the door . He shot a quick glance towards the could talk to . Whatever advice he gave me, whether I accepted it or
bedroom door to make sure it was closed before opening the front door, not, I knew he was sincere . I came to his office because my father had
his expression composed to hide his anxiety . asked me to, but I did not intend to relent .
She hesitantly entered . Janusz had anticipated a kiss, but Rachel When I lived in Germany, I saw things there that I never realized
breezed passed him . Janusz locked the door . He crossed to the couch before . I never knew that I, too, lived in a ghetto, a ghetto of Catholics .
and sat on the arm as he watched her, waiting to hear words he didn’t A ghetto of people who thought alike, prayed alike, even walked alike .
want to hear . “It’s not good at home, is it?” he finally asked . We were copies of one another . In Germany, there was a mixture of
Rachel stopped and looked at him, then shook her head . She nationalities, of religious preferences and, in some cases, of colour .
lowered herself into a tub chair, smoothed her ankle-length full skirt, University students from around the globe came to study, and brought
then placed her hands on her lap, her fingers fidgeting as she avoided the world closer together . I saw how different this was from my world
looking at Janusz . and wondered why I never saw it before .
“Do you want to talk about it?” Janusz got to his feet . “I sat in Father Leszkiewicz’s office . It was an ugly room in the church
“No, stay there, please!” Rachel said, motioning with her hands for rectory with dark wood panelling on the walls, pictures of the Catholic
him to sit . hierarchy hanging in the room, and behind the Father’s huge oak desk
Confused, Janusz lowered himself back onto the arm . “You want to a large cross with the saviour, Jesus Christ, staring down at the chair
tell me you can’t see me any more because of your father?” he said . in which he had sat . The room was not designed for comfort, but for
Tears appeared in Rachel’s eyes . “Janusz, there are so many intimidation . When I told Father Leszkiewicz why I was there, I saw the
obstacles .” hurt in his eyes and heard the pain in his voice as he tried to persuade
“I understand . I believe we can overcome the obstacles .” He was me from my course . I had challenged him .”
having difficulty keeping his voice steady . “Does the Church not understand love?” I asked .
“We come from different faiths, Janusz . You don’t realize how big the Father Leszkiewicz spoke with reserved calm . “Yes, but not romantic
obstacles are,” she whispered . love . It can’t be trusted, and there is no way you can be assured
“But I do . They are the same for me as they are for you . When I it will last . Once you enter into this unholy alliance, you break the
returned to Warsaw, I decided to tell my father about you .” for the commitment you made at baptism, which you consciously re-affirmed
first time their eyes met . Janusz exhaled a long breath . “My father is a in the sacrament of confirmation . ‘You have been sealed and therefore
generous and fair person . We’ve always had a good relationship . And you belong to Christ and you have a commitment to spread the Faith
yet, when I left his office last week, I knew the bond we’d had was and build up the Church .’ Are you building up the Church when you
broken . . .” His voice trailed off . There was a tortured look on his face marry someone who is not a Catholic? Is commitment something that
as he grasped for words . “You see he expected his only son to marry a is on today, off tomorrow and on again later because your feelings
Catholic as your father expected you to marry someone Jewish . He has change? You made the commitment . It is you who wants to break that
unshakeable faith in the church and what it represents .Your father from trust . It is not me that you must ask for understanding, it is Him .”
what you’ve told me is just as committed to his faith . The last thing I “You’re asking me to deny my feelings?”
wanted to do was hurt him or my family, but Rachel . . . Rachel, if I was “No, I’m asking you to realize what you are asking . Life does not
to have any kind of a future with you, they had to know of you .” The end because of a tragedy . Your life will not be over because you are
words rushed from his lips, his voice raising in tone . confronted with an unhappy choice . Another will enter your life,
“Janusz, we are causing so much pain .” someone of our faith, and remove that pain you are feeling now .”
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“The Church is too rigid .” sighed . “So you see, I know how you’re feeling . I was afraid too . I think
“No . The Church sees us beyond the grave and it must be taken into with time and given the chance, my parents will come to love you .”
account in the major decisions of our lives . Faith is a healer . You want “Oh, Janusz, can you ignore your church?”
to ignore your Faith and its teachings . That is not possible .” “For you? Yes .”
“The father of the girl I love thinks as you do, he exclaimed . Both “We will be outcasts . Belonging nowhere .”
of you seem so sure of yourselves . Are you saying that both of you are “We will have each other .”
right? But why am I wrong?” Rachel stood . “Janusz . What we’re doing will only cause pain to us
“The Jewish faith is fine as far as it goes, but it is incomplete .Yes, they and to our families .”
believe in the one true God, the God of Abraham, as do we but their “Our pain will never go away . Theirs, time could lessen . Without you,
faith is incomplete without Jesus Christ . They do not know this and that I have no life .”
is why they are so adamant about what they do believe . We believe all Their gaze remained locked . When Rachel spoke again, her voice
that they believe and more .You must go forward with Jesus Christ .That was very soft . “Janusz, when I came here I had already decided what I
is why you cannot do what you desire . You think your heart will break . wanted to do . Now especially, after what you’ve said .” She dropped her
Not true . It will be your soul that will be damned .” gaze and stared at her hands . “I need you to do something for me .”
“If I accept your argument, my heart will be damned for the rest “Anything .”
of my living life and if I reject my heart, my soul will be damned for Rachel smiled and took a deep breath . “Janusz . . . I want you to
eternity . You offer no alternatives .” make love to me tonight? I want that you should know that I love you .”
“Yes, there is an alternative . She can become a Catholic .You can start She closed her eyes as the words left her lips .
a Catholic family . You, your wife, your children will all be Catholic .” Janusz was stunned . Rachel’s eyes remained closed, as if she were
“I can’t ask that of her .” afraid to see his reaction to her words .
“If she is unwilling to convert, we need an assurance that your “Are you sure you understand what you’re asking?”
children will be baptized and brought up as Catholic . If your children “Of course!” Rachel’s eyes opened wide . “We’re not children, Janusz .”
are baptized, their eternal salvation is assured, at least until such time Rachel’s voice broke and tears formed in her eyes . “I love you more
that they attain the use of reason . If they are not baptized and they die than I thought was possible, and you love me . You’re going to war .
before attaining the use of reason, they go to Limbo for all eternity . She People die in wars . Can you guarantee you will return? And what will I
has to agree to this and she must sign a statement to that effect . Then have of you if you don’t? Words, a touch, an unfulfilled promise?” She
we can ask the Bishop’s permission . He will grant you a dispensation . shook her head . “I need more . You are my only love . What I’m asking
It is not a happy solution, but it is an alternative . However, you will be is to be loved by the man I love, the man who loves me .” She moved
married in the sacristy, not in the Church .” close and put her arms around him . “Hold me, Janusz . Make love to me .
“Why not in the Church?” Make me a part of you .”
“Because you are putting your faith in danger, as well as that of “Listen, my darling .” Janusz gently pushed her back and held her at
your innocent children . Your eternal salvation is at stake . God does arm’s length . “I must leave at midnight . Let’s wait until I return .You will
not condemn those outside the Church who know nothing about faith see – I will come back .You don’t have to prove you love me . I know you
and baptism, but He will not be so understanding of those who once do, as I love you .”
received baptism either leaves the Church or does not live up to their “You don’t understand, Janusz . I ask this not to prove, but to satisfy
obligations . You must realize the risk you are assuming .” my love . I don’t know if I have the courage to tell my father how I feel,
“It is a risk I’ll have to take . I cannot impose what you require on but I have the strength to want your love .”
someone who has asked nothing of me but my love .” “We’ll find a way when I return .”
Janusz closed his eyes briefly . “I was taught that God was merciful . I “And . . . and if you don’t return –”
begged Father Leszkiewicz for understanding . But he condemned my “No, Rachel . Don’t think like that . I will return . You –”
motives as selfish . I left knowing that if we married, I would be damned She put a finger to his lips to silence him . “If you don’t return, I want
in the eyes of the church and would create a rift in my family that may to have at least the memory of our lovemaking . . . I want to remember
never heal . He looked up and met Rachel’s gaze . “My parents were you if that be the case with lasting memories and I know if we make
silent when I told them I hadn’t changed my mind . I saw the look love, you will give me those memories .This is not for desire, Janusz, this
of surprise on my sister’s face . My mother asked if I was prepared to is for me to cherish forever .”
give up everything for you . I told her I was . Then she did something Janusz pulled Rachel to him and kissed her hard . He felt her arms
surprising . She came over and gave me a kiss . ‘I hope you don’t regret around his neck as his lips gently caressed her cheeks, her temples and
what you are doing,’ she said . ‘I expect you’ll live in Lodz .’ I said yes .” her neck . Her body trembled, but he made no attempt to go beyond the
Rachel stared at him . “And your father?” kiss .
“My father . . . well, he wouldn’t even look at me . Your father is like ------
my father – a hard person to change . But maybe with time . . .” He From An Eye For An Eye written by Alvin Abram, winner of the International BookAdz
Award in 2005 for the best independent novel written in Canada and the U .S . by a
self-published author .
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