CELEBRATING 152 YEARS OF PYTHIANISM
Knights of Pythias
Domain of Quebec
Located in the city of Laval, just a short drive from Montreal, is our
Pythian Cemetery. The Association invites Jewish members of the Knights
Of Pythias of Quebec that are in good standing to join our cemetery
association, and to reserve a single or double plot. The fees are
extremely reasonable. The Cemetery is run according to strict Orthodox
Jewish laws and is recognized as such by the Orthodox Jewish Rabbinate
Pythian (Quebec) Cemetery Association
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What a difference in weather from last year's service to this year's service!!!!! Like night and day!!!
Pythian Memorial Day
September 24, 2017
Every year, around the Yom Toviem,
we have the honour of welcoming members to our Memorial
Service. Family and friends have the time to visit the graves of
their loved one. This year we had summerlike weather for our
family and friends. Our Cemetery Secretary had the opportunity to
speak to those assembled. Below is a copy of his welcoming speech.
Dear family and friends.
It is said that during these 10 days of awe, G-d will open his
accounting books that will determine the faith of the Jewish
people. On Yom Kippur He will close these ledgers and seal the
faith of each individual. There are three ways that one can
change this verdict, through performance of these three important
duties for Jews to perform, Tefilia, (prayer) Tsuvah (Repentance) and
The customs of remembering the souls of the departed and contributing
to charity in their memory is part of the Jewish belief in the eternity
of the soul. When physical life ends, only the body dies, but the
soul lifts up to the heavens where it gains higher levels of purity and
When this life is over, the soul can no longer perform good deeds; only mortal man and women can do such a deed.
But there is a way that the departed soul can continue to do good
deeds. If we, the living, give charity or do good deeds in memory
of a loved one, God in His mercy credits the deeds we do, the charity
we collect to the soul of our beloved departed.
In many ways these deeds truly reflect the work and deeds of our
Knights of Pythias Order. Through our Pythian Motto of
Friendship, Charity and Benevolence, we fulfill the many Mitzvahs of
the High Holidays. Through the year we collected money for many
worthy charitable causes. We do good deeds by bringing a bit of
entertainment and help to patients of several Montreal hospitals.
These good deeds are not done only at this time of the year, but
throughout the entire year. Our Pythian leaders, people like
Donald Lieberman, Michael Berman, Sir James Indig, Calvin Finkelstein,
Marvin Goodman, just to mention a few names, devote hundreds of hours
to help spread good cheer in our Montreal, Jewish Community.
The Yom Kippur customs of pledging to charity on behalf of the departed
and of praying for their Souls are recorded in the Code of Jewish
Law. It is explained that the proper name of the day Yom
Hakippurim is in the plural, because there are indeed two mitzvahs -
one for the living and one for the dead. Consequently, it is
important upon the living to seek ways to bring spiritual benefits upon
their loved ones.
There are other reasons, too, for remembering our loved one at this
holiest of holy season. We remember our departed loved ones as a
method for our repentance, because the reminder that life is fleeting
helps to make us humble. An opposite point of view is that we
invoke the memory of our loved ones so that their memory will act on
our behalf before the Heavenly Court.
But please don’t cry of feel bad about our departed loved one, as it was written in this poem….
Don't cry for me now I have died, for I'm still here I'm by your side,
My body's gone but my soul's is here, please don't shed another tear,
I am still here I'm all around, only my body lies in the ground.
On behalf of our Grand Lodge executive and the executive of the
Cemetery Association, I would like to wish everyone here a very happy
and healthy New Year, and that we may all be inscribed in the book of
life, and be here next year.