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What You See Is What You Get In a small village lived a poor groom. Unable to afford a proper tailor to make a wedding suit, he brought material to a second-rate one. The poor boy was shocked to see the results. Parshas Miketz/Chanukah

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Dad Silence Mark could not imagine who Efraim Fishel was. Mark had two older sisters, and he could not imagine that a child was born between his sisters and himself. When his father left the museum, Mark gently confronted him. "Dad, did I have a brother? Was his name Efraim Fishel? When? Where? Why did you never tell me?"

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Chanukah Guide Work should not be done in the proximity of the burning candles. Women have a custom to refrain from household work during the half hour that the lights are burning, to honor the brave Jewish women who played a significant role in the Chanukah story.

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to be forgotten for eternity?

ach and every holiday, Rav Yitzchok Hutner writes, has a specific message or theme at its core. It is a message that is unique to that holiday, and to truly appreciate the holiday, that unique attribute needs be explored. Chanukah, historically speaking, was the last holiday to be established. With the establishment of Chanukah as a holiday, the roots of all the holidays became firmly implanted in Jewish life, and the messages they were to impart were completed. Obviously, the placement of Chanukah as the final holiday teaches us something. This lesson we carried with us as a nation from the time the holiday was established and forward. What is it about Chanukah that is so significant? The Greeks, in the days of the Chanukah story, were not interested in the physical decimation of the nation of Israel. They were interested in the decimation of the Jewish religion, a spiritual decimation of the nation of Israel. Adherence to the precepts of the Torah was a punishable offence. The study of Torah could easily result in a death sentence. However, this grey cloud had a silver lining, one which had a deep and long-lasting effect. The study of Torah is central to the life of the nation of Israel. It is of such importance that the squandering of time, the simple loss of opportunity to study Torah, is a sin. However, Rav Hutner points out there are situations where the loss of Torah study actually results in greater perpetuation of Torah study. We find an example of this dichotomy by the breaking of the Luchos, the tablets upon which the Ten Commandments were inscribed. On one hand, we find that G-d "praised," so to speak, the breaking of the Luchos by Moshe (Shabbos 87a). On the other hand, we find that the Talmud states that if it was not for the breaking of the Luchos, Torah would have never been forgotten by the nation of Israel (Eruvin 54a). How is it that Moshe could been praised for an action that allowed Torah

The forgetting of Torah necessitates Torah study to recapture that which was lost. A simple reminder is often not enough to relearn that which was forgotten. Time must be spent and effort expended to retrieve that which cannot be found. Therefore, the loss of Torah information actually results in a net gain of Torah study. Although the Luchos were destroyed and Torah was allowed to be forgotten, Gd thanked Moshe for his action, as now much more time would be devoted to the retrieval of that which was lost, the study of Torah thereby increasing in magnitude. The Greeks attempted to eradicate Torah from the world. They forced many in the nation of Israel to suspend any involvement in Torah study. The oppression was severe, and physical and spiritual tolls were exacted. However, what the Greeks never anticipated was that their wide-scale suppression of Torah study would actually result in an even greater devotion of time and energy to Torah study. The darkness of the oppression led to an even brighter light illuminating the spirit of the nation of Israel, a light that we recall when we allow the light of the Menorah, placed prominently in our windows, for all to see, to illuminate our homes. Chanukah was the last holiday because it sent us a message that we need to recall during our time of exile. Specifically, Chanukah demonstrated that spiritual suppression can result in spiritual growth. The loss of Torah study can most definitely result in wide-spread growth and disseminating of Torah, on scales never previously imaginable. Generally, the story of Chanukah demonstrates that the gloom of exile and oppression can and will eventually result in splendorous bliss. As the Chanukah prayer of Al HaNissim states, G-d "gave the mighty to the hands of the weak, many into the hands of the few... the wicked into the hands of the righteous." This happened on Chanukah, and it will happen again, may it be speedily, in our days.•

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t was a short article in last week’s Los Angeles Jewish Journal, hidden in the middle of the paper. “Kadima Hebrew Academy Reduces Tuition...” This article attracted my immediate attention. As a parent tasked with paying over $65,000 in tuition yearly, counting both college and a day school, this article seemed to be welcome news. Was this the start of a new trend? Would my daughter’s high school follow this trend? Would there finally be some personal relief from the yearly rise in tuition and fees? As tuition is not tax deductible, paying $65,000 in tuition means earning about $100,000 just for this purpose. Tuition has become the largest budgetary item for many families sending their children to Jewish day schools or yeshivas. Tuition costs tend to far exceed mortgage or auto costs for families with two or more children. With these high tuition costs, it has become not only common for both fathers and mothers to work full-time jobs just so they can meet tuition expenses. Many times, one or more parents have multiple jobs just for this purpose. As I read the Jewish Journal article about Kadima Hebrew Academy, I found out the details. Rather than risk a substantial loss of students as parents facing bad economic times opt out of enrolling their children in a costly private school program for the coming year, Kadima decided to act first by dropping the tuition close to $3,000 per year for every elementary school student, with greater savings on middle school tuition and slightly less on preschool tuition. It seemed like a dream come true: Tuition being lowered, financial pressures decreasing. Then in the afternoon mail the very same day came reality for us. There it was, the dreaded white envelope from my daughter’s school requesting registration for next year. There was to be no reduction in fees at my daughter’s high school.

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Tuition at the high school would again exceed the tuition paid at my middle daughter’s private college. There would be another year of sweating through payments, of checking whether there was money in the bank to cover the post-dated checks. My wife and I have achieved a modicum of personal and professional success. We earn a nice income. But the tuition required for high school places a heavy burden on us. I often think about and worry about those who are not as fortunate. There are hundreds of Jewish families throughout L.A. who earn too much to qualify for a scholarship, but who cannot afford the full tuition for their three, four, or more children. There are also those who get partial scholarships, but still must pay tens of thousands of dollars in remaining tuition debt to give their children a Jewish education. In my psychology practice, I have seen numerous couples actually contemplate divorce because of the financial pressures brought about by Jewish day school tuition. This had been the situation already in a booming economy. I can only imagine the pain now experienced by families in this economic crisis. There must be a better way! There are some long range solutions. Some cities like Chicago have embarked on a campaign to get active members of the Jewish community to include in their wills a 5% bequest for Jewish education. In the future, the fund so created will provide schools with alternative revenues to tuition. Every synagogue and school in the Jewish community has a banner promoting this cause. This kind of long-term funding for Jewish education shows much promise for the future. Long-term solutions take much time. There are many possible short term solutions, but these too may not bring solutions fast enough for families and schools at or on the verge of crisis. To Kadima Hebrew Academy, a tip of my yarmulkah. Through your quick action, you have enabled hundreds of families to keep their children in a Jewish school. To

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the administrators and board members of other schools, it is not too late to work together with families to address the acute financial needs of thousands of families hurt in the current economic downturn. Building and expansion projects can be put off. I have served in the past on a day school board and reviewed budgets. There are areas to cut and trim or postpone. Pricing day schools and yeshivas beyond the ability of families to afford should not be an option. Helping families at this time will generate much good will that will last well past the current economic downturn. The day schools can gain many new friends. When incomes return or grow in the not so distant future, G-d willing, there will be an increased supply of friends and donors. It is also possible for the Federation and Jewish Community Foundation to realize that money normally spent for special projects should be allocated instead this year toward continuing our school programs. Keeping schools who serve so many thousands of children afloat is a cause which exceeds so many others. These are hard times, both for schools and for families, and even for the community at large. Working together, we can ride out the crisis. In the meanwhile, neither families nor schools can act as if nothing has changed. Kudos to Kadima Hebrew Academy for taking brave action. I hope other schools follow. Robert J. Rome, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in clinical practice in Encino, California. He can be reached at RJRome@aol.com.

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he struggle between Yoseph and his brothers, their internal and external conflicts, are not easily or summarily dismissible as classic sibling rivalry. There was much more going on than who gets privileges, who gets the window seat, and whom does Dad favor. Their arguments were fundamental differences in the view of leadership for their family at present and their descendants in the future. And so, when Joseph dreams of stalks and stars bowing down to him, the brothers were naturally upset. Here he is, the second to youngest in the family, fantasizing about leadership over his elder siblings. In addition, when he related the dreams to his brothers in front of his father, the Torah tells us that, "his father scolded him, and said to him, "What is this dream that you have dreamt? Are we to come -- I and your mother and your brothers -- to bow down to you to the ground?" (Genesis 37:10) But the Torah tells us that despite the open rebuke, Yaakov knew that there was some method to the marvel. The Torah ends the dialogue with the words, "his brothers were jealous of him, but his father watched the matter ". (ibid v. 11) Rashi, along with a variety of Midrashim, interpret the word shomar, watched. Rashi says that Yaakov awaited and looked forward to the time when this would come to pass, while others interpret that Yaakov went so far as to write down the time and the place that Yoseph would emerge. The word shomar that describes Yaakov's halting silence seems peculiar. If the Torah means to say he waited in anticipation for it to occur, it could have written, "and Jacob anticipated." The word watched connotes that Yaakov knew a secret truth that he was not to share. What is the point in telling us that? Is there a point in discussing, a awareness, or feeling that was not acted upon? Perhaps the Torah tells us something else in describing Yaakov's prescience, while withholding his belief, as well. About thirty years ago, young Mark Honigsfeld accompanied his parents on a trip to Israel. Mark, was excited about the wonders and beauty of the Holy Land, was invigorated and enthused about every site they visited, from Masada to the various museums. But one visit to Yeshivas Har Etzion in the Old City of Jerusalem left an eternal impact on his soul and a gaping hole in his heart. At Yeshivas Har Etzion there is a Holocaust museum with an exhibit memorializing the six million. Many of the tiniest shtetls have memorial plaques, the only Jewish

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commemoration of their mortal existence and the declaration that these towns, still with muddy roads and ramshackle huts, were once beacons of spirituality and Torah life. Mark's father, Paul Honigsfeld found a plaque memorializing his native city Belgitz, a small community in Poland, and asked the curator if he, like many of the survivors who visited the museum, could add the names of family members who had once lived in that city and who were killed by the Nazis With Mark watching in the background, his father sat with the curator and gave names. "Please list my mother Sarah D'vorah. I want you to memorialize my father Ephraim Fishel, and my sisters and brothers." Suddenly he beckoned Mark to leave the room. A bit perturbed, Mark sauntered from the dark memorial room, his mind wondering why in the world he was asked to leave. Suddenly, he heard his father begin to cry. Sitting outside the room, he cried too, and then he heard his father say a name a very close relative he had never known existed. "Add my son, Ephraim Fishel ben Chaim Peretz. Please make a plaque for him too." Mark could not imagine who Efraim Fishel was. Mark had two older sisters, and he could not imagine that a child was born between his sisters and himself. When his father left the museum, Mark gently confronted him. "Dad, did I have a brother? Was his name Efraim Fishel? When? Where? Why did you never tell me?" Reluctantly, his father told him that he was married before the war and had a wife and son who were killed by the Nazis. Then he added, "You know Mark, not everything that happens does a child have to know immediately. Sometimes a father has to watch what he tells his children before he determines the impact it will have on them. Forgive me for never telling you that you had a brother, but there are just some things a father must guard until the right time" Perhaps, in relating those few words, defining Yaakov's reaction, or perhaps inaction, the Torah is telling us a lesson in parenting. Yaakov felt that one day in the future it would surely happen. Yoseph's brothers would bow to him. Yet he never revealed his premonitions. Instead, he watched them. He may have thought that there was true substance to Yoseph's illusions. But he held back, because outspoken notions can raise sore emotions, while words we withhold can, like silence, be gold.

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very year in Kislev special energies return for eight nights, we light the lights and celebrate as they burn Listen to the candles hear them weave their spell Listen to the candles each flame has a story to tell The flame of trust in our holy connection giving us courage to fight The flame of hope in our Heavenly Father showing the way through the night The flame of trust-------trust giving us courage to fight The flame of hope-----hope showing the way through the night Listen to the candles hear them weave their spell Listen to the candles each flame has a story to tell The flame of love binds us together united throughout history The flame of awe keeping us humble and teaching how great we can be The flame of love-------Love united throughout history The flame of awe-----awe silently teaching how little we are and how great we can be Flames are drawn to each other adding to the glow one flame lights another spreading joy wherever they go

The flame of freedom illuminating sparks in the darkest place The flame of peace inside and outside transcending time and space The flame of freedom----freedom burns in the darkest place The flame of peace-----the oneness of G-d transcending time and space Listen to the candles hear them weave their spell Listen to the candles each flame has a story to tell The flame of faith whatever might happen believing eternally The flame of Soul the menorah keeps burning for you and for me The flame of faith----Faith believing eternally The flame of soul------soul the menorah keeps burning the menorah keeps burning for you and me Miracles and wonders light and salvation heavens help and victory Listen to the candles hear them weave their spell Listen to the candles each flame has a story to tell Listen to the candles flaming in design listen to the Chanukah candles the story is yours and mine

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lmost every year on the week of Chanukah, Parshas Miketz is read. It contains the story of Yoseph, the viceroy of Egypt, who greet his brothers and accuses them of spying,. This story is read annually on Chanukah. There must be a connection between the story of Miketz and the What is it?

This week the Torah relates how a famine plagued the entire Middle East. Yaakov's children elected to go to the only country that was spared from hunger, Egypt. Through the brilliant vision, organization, and planning of a young Hebrew slave known to Egyptians as Tzafnat Paneach, that country fed both itself and the world. The brothers were ushered into the prodigal viceroy's chambers. He acted towards them like a total meshuganah. He accused them of a heinous plot to spy on Egypt. He incarcerated Shimon, and forced them to bring their youngest brother, the orphaned child of an aged father, to him. Yoseph surely wanted to teach a lesson to the brothers who sold him. But if Yoseph wanted to castigate or punish his brothers for selling him, why didn't he do so openly and directly? Why the senseless charade? Chanukah is symbolized by the Menorah. It represents a miracle. A small amount of oil, enough for one day, lasted for eight. But there were greater miracles. A small army of Kohanim, priests who were previously involved in only spirituality and had very little experience in battle, defeated the Greek army. Why don't we make a parade or a feast to celebrate a major victory? Why is the main commemoration over a little oil? In a small village lived a poor groom. Unable to afford a proper tailor to make a wedding suit, he brought material to a second-rate one. The poor boy was shocked to see the results. "But this sleeve is six inches too short," he cried. "So pull in your arm," smiled the tailor. "But the other sleeve is a half a foot too long!" "So extend it," beamed the so-called craftsmen. "And the pants," screamed the groom, "the left leg is twisted!" "Oh that's nothing. Just hop down the aisle with your knee slightly bent!" At the wedding, the assembled reeled in horror as the poor groom hobbled down to the canopy in the poor excuse for a suit. "What a grotesquely disfigured young man," gasped one guest. "Oy! Ah rachmunis (pity) on his poor bride," sighed another. The spectators looked once again at the pathetic sight and noticed how well the suit appeared to fit. In unison they all exclaimed. "But his tailor -- what an extraordinary genius!" My grandfather, Reb Yaakov Kamenetzky of blessed memory, explained to me that Yoseph had a very important message to send his brothers. "More than a decade ago you sat in judgment. You thought you made a brilliant decision and were smarter than anyone else, including your father. You decided to sell me as a slave. Now you meet the most brilliant saviour of the generation, the man who saved the world from starvation, and he is acting like a paranoid maniac. He is accusing you of something that is so hallucinatory that you think he is a madman. Is it not possible to think that perhaps you also made a gross error in judgment? Is it not possible that you saw a situation in a twisted light? Is it the boy or is it the suit that is actually grotesque?" Yoseph showed his brothers that even the best and brightest can misinterpret any situation. Chanukah delivers a very similar message. The sages were not interested in commemorating a battlefield victory. They had a more powerful message for us. Nothing in this world can be judged at face value. A bit of oil that decidedly can only last one day -- may last much longer. They want us to remember that outward appearances, as the opinions of pundits, have no bearing on reality. When that message is understood, it is easy to understand that a small army of Kohanim (priests) can topple a mighty force. We can understand that what we view as weak may be strong and what we thought was insufficient is actually plenty. And that a little bit of oil, like a pesky younger brother, both of whom you thought would not amount to anything, can really light the way. Good Shabbos and a Freilichin Chanukah! • Rabbi Mordechai Kaminetzky

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The Chanukah Lights are lit in the evenings preceding each of the eight days of Chanukah beginning with Sunday, December 21, 2008 WHO LIGHTS THE MENORAH Both men and women are obligated to light the Chanukah menorah, or to participate in the household menorah lighting. Children should be encouraged to light their own menorahs. Students and singles who live in dormitories or their own apartments should kindle menorahs in their own rooms. ••• WHERE TO PLACE THE MENORAH Many have the custom to place the menorah in a doorway opposite the mezuzah so that the two mitzvot of mezuzah and Chanukah surround the person. Others place it on a window sill facing a public through-fare. (If placed on the windowsill, it should be no higher than 20 cubits - about 29 feet - above street level). ••• SETTING UP YOUR MENORAH The Chanukah lights should consist of lamps or candles - i.e., a flammable fuel that feeds a visible flame via a wick. The most ideal way to fulfill the mitzvah is with cotton wicks in olive oil or beeswax candles; paraffin candles or other types of candles or lamps are also acceptable, but not gas lights or electric lights. If circumstances do not allow the use of an open flame, a proper rabbinical authority should be consulted). The lamps or candles must contain enough fuel, at the time of the lighting, to burn until half an hour after nightfall ("nightfall" is the point at which it grows dark enough for three average-sized stars to be visible - about 2030 minutes after sunset, depending on the location). The lamps or candles should be arranged in a straight row and should be of equal height. The shamash - the "servant" candle that kindles the other lights - should be placed apart from the rest (higher, outside the row, etc.). On the first night of Chanukah one light is kindled on the right side of the Menorah, on the following night add a second light to the left of the first and kindle the new light first, proceeding from left to right, and so on each night. ••• WHEN TO LIGHT YOUR MENORAH

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The Chanukah lights are kindled in the evening preceding each of the eight days of Chanukah. The custom of many communities is to light the menorah shortly after sunset; other communities light it at nightfall. In either case, the menorah must contain enough fuel at the time of the lighting to burn until 30 minutes after nightfall. Note: The standard Chanukah candles only last approximately 30 minutes. If using those candles, then light after nightfall every night (aside for Friday) If one did not kindle the Chanukah lights early in the evening, they can be kindled later, as long as there are people in the streets (or others awake in the house). ••• SHABBOS REQUIREMENTS IMPORTANT: It is forbidden to light a fire on Shabbat, which extends from sunset on Friday evening until nightfall on Saturday night. Therefore, on Friday evening, December 26, 2008, the Chanukah Lights should be kindled early, before the Shabbat Lights, which are lit 18 minutes before sundown. Additional oil or larger candles should be used for the Chanukah Lights to make sure they will last a full half hour after nightfall -- the standard 30-minute Chanukah candles cannot be used on Friday. From the time the Shabbat candles are lit (Friday evening) until Shabbat ends (after nightfall Saturday night) and until the Havdalah prayer is recited, the Chanukah menorah should not be re-lit, moved or prepared. Chanukah lights for Saturday night are kindled only AFTER Shabbat ends after nightfall. ••• BLESSINGS TO RECITE BEFORE LIGHTING THE MENORAH On the first night of Chanukah, Sunday, December 21, 2008, recite all three blessings. On all subsequent nights, recite blessings number 1 and 2. 1. Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech Ha-olam A-sher Ki-de-sha-nu Be-mitz-vo-tav Ve-tzi-va-nu Le-had-lik Ner Chanu-kah. 2. Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ha-olam She-asa Ni-sim La-avo-te-nu Ba-ya-mim Ha-hem Bi-z'man Ha-zeh. 3. Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech Ha-olam Sheheche-ya-nu Ve-ki-yi-ma-nu Ve-higi-a-nu Liz-man Ha-zeh. After kindling the lights, the Hanerot Halalu prayer is recited. ••• SITTING BY THE LIGHTS One is not to benefit from the light of the candles, only

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from the shamash and other sources of light. For the first half an hour when the candles are burning, it is customary to sit by the candles, and tell stories relating to the holiday. Work should not be done in the proximity of the burning candles. Women have a custom to refrain from household work during the half hour that the lights are burning, to honor the brave Jewish women who played a significant role in the Chanukah story. ••• MORE CHANUKAH PRAYERS During the eight days of Chanukah, we add the Al HaNissim liturgy to the Amidah (daily silent prayer) and the Grace After Meals. The complete Hallel prayer is also said in the morning service. A portion of the Torah is read daily in the Synagogue during morning prayers. ••• EXTRA CHARITY It is customary to increase one's daily giving to charity. On Fridays we give double the amount, to account for Shabbat. ••• CHANUKAH GELT It is traditional to give all children Chanukah gelt (money). Of course, this beautiful custom adds to the children's happiness and festive spirit. In addition, it gives adults an opportunity to give the children positive reinforcement for exemplary behavior, such as diligence in their studies, and acts of charity. Chanukah gelt is given to children after lighting the menorah. The children should be encouraged to give charity from a portion of their money. ••• HOLIDAY FOODS Because of the great significance of oil in the story of the Chanukah miracle, it is traditional to serve foods cooked in oil. Among the most popular Chanukah dishes are potato latkes (pancakes) and sufganiot (doughnuts). It is also customary to eat cheesy foods on Chanukah, in commemoration of the bravery of Yehudit.

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areas/stations that will appeal to different ages & interests, indoor & outdoors. There are toddler areas, as well as 40 foot climbing towers. Kidspace is planning to have "snow" the last week of December. Check their website: Kidspacemuseum.org for more information, or call -- 626-449-9144. In the same vicinity, is the Rose Bowl. Following the Tournament of Roses Parade on January 1st, there is a Showcase of Floats that takes place in the afternoon, & continues through January 3rd for public viewing. If anyone loves flowers or is fascinated by sheer ingenuity, imagination & creativity, this is the place to be. This event draws huge crowds! For more details, please check Tournamentofroses.com. The Jewish Federation Valley Alliance has a project called The PJ Library to help foster Jewish identity & reading, as well. They will send your family a FREE Jewish book or CD, monthly. To receive this offer, please go to JewishLA.org. "LIGHTS" is an animated story of Chanukah on DVD that has become a classic. Having an annual family "viewing" is a meaningful tradition. "LIGHTS" is available in most Judaica stores. Ross Dress for Less Stores offers a discount to those customers that are 55 years of age & older. At this time of year, many stores have incredibly beautiful table linens for entertaining. Patterns shown now may not be available afterwards. Table runners may also be used on top of a mantel or on top of a credenza. Fabric placemats could also be used on top of a living room end table or bedside table. Little touches of color, texture, pattern create warmth & can help tie a room together, plus serving as furniture protectors. Ornate framed mirrors are also great possibilities as trays for Shabbos Candlesticks or Menorahs -- 8x10, 11x14, or larger, depending on the surface it will be placed on. May you all enjoy a very Happy Chanukah! Chana Baila Burston

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for 10 minutes. This silences its kicking and screaming long enough for me to put down my book and put on an apron. I have also learned that there are few things more enjoyable than sorting a week's worth of laundry while listening to an inspiring Torah class on my MP3 player. But I have discovered one tool that works better than any other, that sprinkles sugar over even the least appetizing of domestic tasks. That tool is available 24/7 to every Akeres Habayis, and can be accessed by even the most low-tech among us. That tool is old-fashioned hakaras hatov, homegrown gratitude. This past Shabbos, I had an opportunity to use the lone power tool in my housewifely toolbox. I had stayed up very late on Friday night with guests, and when I came bleary-eyed into my living room on Shabbos morning, I discovered my children rolling with laughter as they played a game I couldn't identify, but which involved a laundry basket full of stuffed animals and an entire bag of salt. By the time I found them, the laundry basket was still full, but the bag of salt was nearly empty. I didn't know where all the salt had gone until I looked down at the formerly burgundy living room carpet and saw that it was as white as snow. My blood pressure started to rise. My husband was probably already on his way home from shul, and the table was still not set. The carpet would just have to wait.

I have a few friends who are natural-born balabustas. I have one friend in particular named Chana, whose eyes gleam when she is sorting through bags of winter clothing, or preparing homemade rolls late at night for her children's lunches, or creating a new recipe for chicken involving an array of dried fruits and lots of garlic. I admire Chana and her carefree enthusiasm for all things domestic. I wish that we had more in common than our first names.

I finished clearing the table from the night before, set out a new tablecloth, laid out the place settings, put a pitcher of apple juice on the table, and arranged the salads. As if from far away, I heard my two-year-old saying the words, "Apple Juice! Apple Juice!" But I had no time. My husband would be walking in the door any moment. My two-year-old would just have to wait.

My relationship with cooking and cleaning and the other "house" aspects of my housewifely life has been an evolving one. My attitude to housework started out, as my Israeli friends would say, "On its face." For my first few years of marriage, cleaning the kitchen on motzaei Shabbos, for example, was a job that I detested with such passion that it could bring me to tears.

I turned around to get the challah board from the cabinet when I felt something on my foot. I looked down and saw that my foot was soaking wet. Then I looked at the table and saw that it was soaking wet as well. And then I looked at my two-year-old standing on her chair, and saw an empty pitcher in her hand. I had kept her waiting for too long, so she had decided to pour the long-awaited cup of apple juice all by herself.

Over the years, I have thankfully discovered some helpful tools that provide the spoonful of sugar to make the housework go down. I have learned, for example, to trick my yetzer hara by ensuring it that I will only clean

If I had looked into my Birkas Habayis mirror at that moment, it would have shattered into a thousand pieces. A primal scream of pure, unadulterated frustration formed in my throat and sat there

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unscreamed, like spiritual acid. The Weisberg homeland security commission was on red alert. My two-year-old took one look at my face and began to cry. If I didn't do something fast, the whole Weisberg family would soon be in tears. I knew that gratitude was the only tool in my motherly toolbox powerful enough to rescue my family from this state of emergency. But what did I have to be grateful for on this entirely awful Shabbos morning? What did I possibly have to be thankful for? I began clearing all of the place settings off the table, and after some good, hard thought, I came up with one lone thing for which I was grateful. I remembered the story my husband had told us the night before about an impoverished family in the Shtetl that did not even have anything to eat for Shabbos. I whispered, "Thank You, Hashem, that I have food to put on the table this morning." But what else? What else could I possibly thank Hashem for on this impossible morning? As I cleared the salads and empty juice pitcher from the table, I glanced at my children playing on the salt-filled carpet. I remembered the friend I have been davening for who has been childless for eleven years. "Thank You, Hashem, for my children. What a tremendous blessing You have given me. How can I possibly thank You enough for them?" I felt the unscreamed scream in my throat downgrade from a scream to a loud shout.

friends along with their four young children because they could not pay their rent. I thought of the unmarked envelope I left with their hosts before Shabbos, and whispered, "Thank You, Hashem, for my home. A home in Jerusalem, no less. That is a huge blessing. A luxury, even." The unscreamed scream of frustration shrunk to a quiet whimper of protest. I placed the salads back on the table, and rearranged the table settings. I looked around the room, at my children in their Shabbos best, at the wall lined with sefarim, at the indescribable glow of holiness that fills our home every week from Friday sunset to Saturday night. I remembered 20 years of Saturdays consisting of morning cartoons, and corned beef sandwiches, and family trips to the mall. I said, "Thank You, Hashem, for giving me Shabbos kodesh. How can I possibly thank You enough for this incomparable gift of celebration and holiness week after week?" At that moment, my husband walked in the door. "Good Shabbos!" he greeted me. "Good Shabbos!" I answered. And I meant it. When I rushed into the kitchen one last time to retrieve the forgotten kiddush cup, I caught my reflection in our special mirror. When I saw my shining face among its blessings, I knew that its shattered pieces had been restored once again to wholeness. I knew that the blessing's final words had been fulfilled: "May happiness and joy be joined with blessing and peace in the light of Your Holy Presence."

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Adapted from "Good Shabbos Everyone" ore than 100 years ago, a rabbi from Jerusalem, Reb Lipa Kalashefsky (not his real name). traveled abroad to collect money for a mitzvah cause. Reb Lipa arrived in Milan, Italy on erev Shabbat, just a few hours before candle-lighting. Knowing nobody in Milan, Reb Lipa walked around the city hoping he would find a Jewish neighborhood and a place to stay for Shabbat.

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Suddenly, a horse drawn carriage drew up alongside of Reb Lipa. The carriage stopped and the passenger called out to Reb Lipa "Shalom Aleichem! What is a Jew like you doing in Milan?" Reb Lipa looked up with surprise and said "I am here from Jerusalem and I am looking for the Jewish neighborhood." "You are in luck" said the wealthy carriage rider. He immediately invited Reb Lipa to be his guest for Shabbat. Several hours later, Reb Lipa was sitting with the Hilvicht family enjoying a sumptuous Shabbat meal. The Hilvicht home was full of beautiful crystal bowls, flasks and silverware. However, among all the expensive items in the china cabinet, Reb Lipa noticed a broken glass flask. The broken flask looked out-of-place among the china and silverware. When Reb Lipa asked Mr. Hilvicht about the broken flask, Mr. Hilvicht told Reb Lipa the following story: Mr. Hilvicht was born and raised in a Torah observant home in Amsterdam. When he was 18 years old, he traveled to Italy to help his ailing grandfather run the business. But soon after he arrived in Italy, his grandfather passed away. Although his parents wanted him to sell the store and return home, Mr. Hilvicht decided to remain in Italy and take over his grandfather's business. It wasn't long before business was booming and Mr. Hilvicht was able to open a second store. One day, Mr. Hilvicht was so busy with his work that he forgot to pray mincha. That was the beginning of his slide away from Yiddishkeit. Soon, he missed shacharit too. One by one, Mr. Hilvicht dropped all of his mitzvah observance. Eventually Mr. Hilvicht married and had children. Although he became very wealthy, his practice of mitzvot was almost non-existent. One winter afternoon, as Mr. Hilvicht was taking his daily stroll, he noticed a group of Jewish children playing happily. All, that is, except for one boy who was crying bitterly and repeating, "What will I tell my father? What will I tell my father?" Mr. Hilvicht asked the boy why he was crying. The boy explained that his father had given him money to buy a flask of oil for lighting the Chanukah lights. On the way home he had joined his friends in their game and dropped the oil. Mr. Hilvicht felt bad for the youngster and bought him another flask of oil him. But the boy's broken flask of oil had ignited the tiny flame of Yiddishkeit that still burned in Mr. Hilvicht's heart. The little boy's words rang in his ears. "What will I tell my father? What will I tell my father?" Mr. Hilvicht thought, "What will I tell my Father in Heaven?" What excuse would he have before his Father in Heaven on Judgment day? Mr. Hilvicht returned to where the children were playing and gathered up the pieces of glass from the broken oil flask. That night, to the surprise of his wife and children, he lit a Chanukah candle. The next night he lit two and with each passing night he increased the number of candles. As he stared at the flickering flames he recalled his home in Amsterdam and realized how low he had fallen. That Chanukah was the beginning of Mr. Hilvicht's return Home. The Shechina does not rest within 10 handbreadths of the ground. It is, however, a mitzvah to place the Chanukah Menorah within 10 handbreadths of the ground. Why? Because the Chanukah lights have the power to bring holiness where holiness is not found. By: Breslev Israel staff • Courtesy of breslovworld.com

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Obama Calls on Illinois Governor to Resign President-elect Barack Obama on Wednesday called for Democratic Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to resign, a day after Blagojevich’s arrest on corruption charges. “The president-elect agrees with [Illinois] Lt. Gov. [Pat] Quinn and many others that under the current circumstances it is difficult for the governor to effectively do his job and serve the people of Illinois,” Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said. FBI agents on Tuesday arrested Blagojevich and his chief of staff, John Harris, on federal corruption charges related in part to the selection of Obama’s successor to the Senate.

Israel’s Late ‘Peace Partner’ Pocketed the Cash In what may be a surprise to some, French news sources are now revealing that the former leader of the PA (Palestinian Authority), arch terrorist Yasser Arafat, stole at least $1 billion of PA funds, most from donor nations, who to this very day, continue waiting on line to pour cash into the PA, the new great hope for the Mideast.

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Directions

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2. PLACE

FLOUR IN A LARGE BOWL,

MAKING A WELL IN THE CENTER.

ADD EGGS, YEAST MIXTURE, 1/4 CUP SUGAR, BUTTER, AND NUTMEG OR CINNAMON. 3. USING A WOODEN SPOON, STIR TO FORM A STICKY BALL OF DOUGH.

4. ON A WELL-FLOURED WORK SURFACE, KNEAD THE DOUGH FOR APPROXIMATELY 8 MINUTES , UNTIL IT IS SMOOTH AND SOFT, AND BOUNCES BACK WHEN POKED WITH A FINGER. ADD MORE FLOUR AS NECESSARY. 5. PLACE

THE DOUGH IN A LIGHTLY

OILED BOWL AND COVER WITH PLASTIC

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WRAP.

SET IN A JUST WARMED OVEN TO

RISE UNTIL DOUBLED, APPROXIMATELY

1 TO 1 1/2 HOURS. 6. TURN

THE DOUGH OUT ONTO A

LIGHTLY FLOURED WORK SURFACE AND ROLL IT TO

7. USING

1/4-INCH THICKNESS. A

2 1/2-INCH-ROUND

FRY UNTIL GOLD40 SECONDS. TURN SUFGANIYOT OVER; FRY UNTIL GOLDEN ON OTHER SIDE, ANOTHER 40 SECONDS. EN, ABOUT

10. REMOVE

THE SUFGANIYOT ONTO

A PAPER-TOWEL-LINED BAKING SHEET. CUT-

TER OR DRINKING GLASS , CUT ROUNDS.

ROUNDS INTO OIL.

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DIP THE EDGE OF THE GLASS

11. ONCE

THEY ARE COOL ENOUGH

TO HANDLE, FILL THE DONUTS WITH JELLY OR CARAMEL.

FILL A SYRINGE 5-10 CC OF JELLY. PLACE THE TIP

OR CUTTER INTO FLOUR AS NECESSARY

WITH

TO EASE IN THE CUTTING.

OF THEY SYRINGE RIGHT INSIDE THE

8. COVER THE ROUNDS WITH PLASTIC WRAP AND LET RISE FOR ANOTHER 15 MINUTES. 9. IN A LARGE FRYING PAN, HEAT OIL UNTIL A DEEP-FRYING THERMOMETER REGISTERS 370 DEGREES . USING A SLOTTED SPOON, CAREFULLY SLIP 4

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