Peggy (Jacobson) Pardo, born in Montreal Canada taught herself guitar at the age of 16 and has been singing all her life. She comes from a long line of musicians and entertainers on both sides of her family.
Peggy Pardo is a troubadour. Her extensive background and wide range of life-experiences bring depth to her stories which bring hope and great enjoyment to her audiences everywhere. She has a strong love for Israel and for the rich stories of the Torah which she teaches with gusto. She is not religious but believes that the Torah holds the principles for living a rich and happy life for everyone. Peggy has a large repertoire including songs in many languages so that no one feels left out. She has the capacity of remembering so many of the names of the people to whom she plays on a regular basis making each one feel special.
Having studied the Torah for 30 years, Peggy now teaches Torah for Life at a variety of the residences where she also sings. She brings this wealth of wisdom to her classes and to her concerts. Her stories are exciting for the young at heart from youth to the elderly.
Call her at 514-924-6432 or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) today to book her for your group or private party. Her wide variety of music allows her to choose a program to suit your needs and your budget.
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Who are we as Jews that people love to hate us? That’s a great question. It has never been easy to be a Jew. Many of us say “choose someone else for a change”. My father used to say that because he was beaten up for being a Jew… so was my brother and my rabbi, may he Rest in Peace.
I asked myself, what is expected of me as a Jew, and after searching all my life, 32 years ago I began to read the Torah, THE “Jewish book”. After all, if we want to know the truth about something, we go to the source. Right?
Guess what I found? The message is ridiculously simple, but sadly most of us seem to prefer complicated. The Torah deals extensively with this subject. Here it is in a nutshell: There’s the Creator of the universe, the Bore Olam who made everything. He chose certain people to talk to… one by one, beginning with Adam, later Noah, then Abram, and so on. To Adam, He gave one rule which he probably would have kept except that God also made Eve. Women are always getting us into trouble. That’s a joke, ladies! I’m one.
Later, Noah heard a voice telling him to build an ark, God was going to send a flood to destroy the world because people were so violent. At the time, Noah was living on a mountain, and it hadn’t rained on earth yet. Today they’d put him in a psychiatric ward. After building it and warning others, for almost 100 years, only he, his wife, his three sons and three daughters-in-law got on together with hordes of animals and birds. His confidence level must not have been too high with that success rate. I’m so glad he listened because here we are, the entire population of the world is descended from that one family. Basically, all humanity are cousins…this is a family feud par excellence. One group was chosen to fulfill a role and that caused jealousy…a recurring theme in the Torah.
Another person down the road heard the voice again. Most of us know the story of Moses who led a lot of people out of slavery to the base of Mount Sinai. These were the natural descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, together with a mixed multitude which means non-Israelites had joined us, because they had been a witness to what our God could do, and they wanted to be on the winning side. There they stood, at the base of Mt Sinai; suddenly there was thunder, the mount shook, its top was on fire and sounds of shofars blasted from who knows where. After the first few sentences, they told Moses to listen to the voice and to tell them what God had said because they were far too frightened. Millions of people were witness to that voice from heaven. To which other people did this ever happen?
At that unique moment, God handed Moses the Ten Commandments, the principles by which all humanity could love their neighbor as themselves. Our mandate was and still is to live by these simple ten and to teach them to the rest of the world. The rest is commentary and application. Adam had one rule; we have ten.
Yes, we were chosen but not because we were such a hot item but simply because God decided to do so. We are not better; we have a mandate. We are the messengers chosen by the Creator of the universe. Simple but not easy. If we keep His Words, He said He would keep us safe and we would prosper and be healthy; if we disobeyed them, we would suffer the consequences. Look around…do we see any? He also promised to deal with our enemies and do battle for us, His children.
How do we fight anti-Semitism today? We simply bring the Ten Commandments back into our schools, into our homes, into our government offices and into our courtrooms. Again, simple but not easy but when was anything worthwhile easy? No one on the outside can ever destroy Israel and the Jews. We alone can destroy ourselves from within. My motto is #BringBackTheTen Commandments.
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Peggy Jacobson Pardo has been studying the Torah for the past 32 years. Her life has been filled with adventure in her search for truth. From her teenage years she “felt” a calling on her life that took her on a long voyage from medicine to alternative health, from hypnosis to the New Age, through a variety of religions including Christianity. In her 40’s, she turned back to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and the Torah. In its page were ultimate truths that she found nowhere else. She entertained the elderly for 20 years at the Jewish Clubs and Hospitals in Montréal such as Donald Berman’s Maimonides, The Jewish Eldercare and Hospital of Hope. Her music and storytelling have been lifting the spirits wherever she entertains as a musical animator. After her rabbi died on September 20, 2021, Peggy was foisted into the role of a Deborah in her congregation where she has served as a founding member in 1992. She had been his right-hand man from that time, and he called her his best talmida. She presently writes and records videos on a variety of topics relating to applying the principles of Torah for everyday life.
March 23, 2020
I was starting to panic again with all that is happening in the world, in my city, in my community that I finally had to stop myself last night at 2:00 AM and write down my thoughts. Thinking things through always helps me to calm down.
I watched the movie playing out in my mind that showed me my behaviour lately and to tell you the truth, I did not like what I saw. I was impatient, judgmental, losing patience with my family, and at times rude, all the while fearful of the future. It may sound strange, but I thought, is it possible that this behaviour stems from the lack of self-forgiveness for my actions past and present which force me to try to be someone I am not? It also allows me to be that way toward others since that’s how I am with myself. That’s very uncomfortable. Then my mind wandered to my closest friends and I saw the people who always are there for me no matter what. They don’t judge me; they just tell me as it is. Then I can start over and do better the next time. That’s pretty amazing. Then I looked upwards toward the heavens and saw that the Creator does the same thing with me. How grand is that!
Then I remembered that it’s just before Pesach when all the chametz within is being revealed in order for me to cleanse out like I will clean the yeast from my cupboards and fridge. Yeast in the Torah represents pride. I saw that my fears were taking over and I was forgetting to trust in the Creator. How would I live on my present income? I am a spender. So, if that the case either I spend less or find another source of income but I’m not so young anymore. I wondered if the Creator was closing the door to my singing for the elderly. Do I personally want to close that door and head in a new direction? Perhaps there’s something else I’d like to do. Perhaps it’s time to work on my book but every time I think of my book doubts flood my brain, “who would want to read it?”. “What would catch the eye of a publisher?” “What makes me think that the world wants my story when there are a million stories in the naked city”. How did my iPhone find the word naked before I did? Scary! Blah Blah Blah!
Back to my movie. I thought of how in our lives we take two steps forward and one step backwards, which is good if we’re on an upward spiral. These days it feels like the opposite. One forward and two back. But IF my Father in heaven is truly there for me and He never let me down in the past, why would He start now. He doesn’t change as I do. He is constant and only allows me to fall so far. He disciplines and teaches me, through people who are close to me and through circumstances.
I realized that I have lived through so many experiences because I truly live. I take chances. I am challenged and take them on at my pace. Then I remembered the expression my Rabbi uses: “Our God is the God of beginning Again”. Whenever I think it’s over and there’s nowhere to go but down, I can thank God for showing me the deep areas that are calling for change and for walking me through them. He is preparing me for Pesach when I come before Him like the imperfect person that I am, who can fail but who can get up and live a new day because The Creator of the Universe loves me and is there with me. Yes, I need to work on cleansing the chametz from my heart because I can’t stand those places that darken the light inside my soul. May I be more gracious, more kind to my fellow man, more trusting of the process and not give in to fear. When I acknowledge my areas of need, my willingness to grow, He meets me halfway and leads me on the right path.
These are the best of times and the worst of times. We may have heard that the world has gone through tragedy before but now we are the ones experiencing it. People have been warning us about a financial collapse that would come but we didn’t listen because we may not have known what to do. Now we must learn to NOT worship the golden calf as we did in the desert 4000 years ago just after we left Egypt but instead to watch the miracles that the Bore Olam can do. Let us not fall into despair but trust in the One who has everyone and everything in His Hands. He will never leave us nor forsake us!Read more
This September will be my 19th year of entertaining the elderly. I can remember when I began as if it were yesterday and I can tell you that I enjoy it more now than when I first began. To me, it is more of a calling than a job. It is wonderful to find our purpose, our place in this world and I can honestly say that I sense that I have found mine. What makes it more special is that I know Who opened this door for me.Read more