CELEBRATING 152 YEARS OF PYTHIANISM

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Knights of Pythias
Domain of Quebec

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THE LAST PYTHIAN MEMORIAL DAY WAS HELD ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2017 AT 11:00 A.M.


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PYTHIAN CEMETERY



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 of Montreal.

Pythian (Quebec) Cemetery Association
Executive, 2016-2018



Michael Berman
President

Marvin Goodman
Vice-President


Calvin Finkelstein
Member of the
Board of
Directors

John Derrick
Secretary/Treasurer

James Indig
Past
President

and all around great guy!

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 Tzadah (Charity). 

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 holiness.

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.

Shanna Tova.


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