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The Whole World is Angry In your car, you are likely to be honked at and yelled at by passing motorists, even when all you may be guilty of is going the speed limit in front of drivers in a hurry. Everyone seems so angry.

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The Mission Chana would just barely smile at me when I entered the room. I would hold her tightly in my arms and rock her with a bottle, my heart still reeling with sadness and foreboding thoughts. I knew she was leaving us, but no one else understood.

Dr. Robert Rome

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Who Wants To Be President? Knowing how much a president these days has to deal with, why would anyone want to be president?

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hen I saw a cartoon pointing out the difficulties the next president of the USA would have to face, I was left with a question. Knowing how much a president these days has to deal with, why would anyone want to be president? Aside from a messy global situation, the Iran situation, the Russian situation and the impossible politics in the Middle East, there are problems within the country such as education, health care, inflationary prices, bad economy, rising food costs, etc. No doubt the president should be a good person, but I think there are two glaring reasons why someone would want to be president. One is the power. We all like to feel powerful on some level - for some it's leading those in their own sphere of influence and for others it's being the leader of the greatest and most powerful country in the world. Another reason someone would want to become president is because they have a desire to make a difference. The desire to make a difference plays itself out many times all over the world, every day when people give charity to a worthy cause, when they volunteer to help others, or even in care-giving type jobs. A president can be the president 'of the people, by the people' or he can feel that he is above the people. How a president deals with the country's problems. A president's relationship with the citizenry will be entirely different depending on his view of himself. Just like when we look for a president of the USA we should be aware of who their friends and supporters are, when looking for a president we should try to see what the person's ultimate goal is and what they hope to accomplish. I would think that we have to see which future president's goal is to really make a difference and who is in it for the glory and the power. •

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Everywhere you go, people are angry. In your car, you are likely to be honked at and yelled at by passing motorists, even when all you may be guilty of is going the speed limit in front of drivers in a hurry. Everyone seems so angry. A teacher gives a C+ to a student, actually a generous grade for the student who only averaged a 74 in the class. The student is offended and threatens to sue the teacher if the C+ in any way keeps the student from getting into grad school. On Rosh Hashanah, a congregant enters the sanctuary only to discover that he is one seat over from last year's years seating assignments as the family next to him has a child back from college for the holidays and needed one more chair. A scene follows. On your son's basketball team at school, one of the freshmen who was lucky just to make the team gets only three minutes of playing time in a close game. The father in the stands starts ranting and raving, pledging to get the coach fired. The first school day following the game, the father actually calls the principal to demand the firing of the coach. Most everyone seems assigning fault to others. The SAT exam had confusing questions. You reason that it was the SAT people who are responsible for your son's low score. Your rabbi speaks too long. The supermarket did not open enough checkers. That store charges too much. The line is too long. The other guys at work is not doing their job, thus forcing you to work so hard. Everyone is at fault. You feel that are the only one who is right. You become angry at a world which comes to require so much of you. It is common for people walk through life getting mad at virtually everything these days. Seeing themselves as adversaries or in competition with those they encounter, they always are prepared to fight. They threaten lawsuits. They seek to talk to the supervisor of a store employee to get the employee fired. They swear. They yell. They complain.

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What has caused so many people to become so angry? As a psychologist I see this anger both among those who come to my practice and among those people I encounter in the community. I have talked to other psychologists and professionals. They also have witnessed a surge in the anger they observe. Why are things so different now? In the 50's and 60's, when individuals faced stressful situations, their reactions turned inward. They became nervous and embarrassed. When a teacher gave you a bad grade, your knees shook as you stood before him or her. You felt bad that you did not do better. For whatever reason, however, there came a point in the 80's or 90's where individuals no longer wished to endure the psychic pain of turning inward. They thrust outward their reactions in the form of anger, hostility toward others, yelling, and screaming. They decided that others did not matter. It was okay to show anger against the other person. It was even okay to go after the other person's job. There were to be no limits when you saw yourself as wronged. In all of this, the principle of Tzniut, modesty and humility, was lost. You could make a scene. You could embarrass your family for "the greater good," namely getting even. You were to be front and center and defending yourself at all times. We also lost the principle of showing Kavod, honor, to such people as our teachers and leaders. But now, if a leader espouses a position against our own, there is no Kavod, only attacks. Not only do we not honor teachers in accordance with the importance given to teachers within our Jewish traditions and heritage, we demand their being fired. We publicly demean them. As many do not put Halakhah, Jewish law and traditional values front and center, they seem to have lost their way. The foundations of our civilized society and our Jewish community and ignored at best and possibly face destruction at worst. We need a conscious attempt to rebuild the fabric of our society. In the coming days, as we approach Yom Ha-Din, our Day of Judgment, with the coming of the New Year, we need to return to our traditional values. We need to put aside our selfish personal concerns for the benefit of the community. We need a return to modesty. We need to

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honor, not destroy, those who serve as our leaders and teachers. We need to set an example for our children through our own behavior. If we honor our children's teachers and coaches, we will teach our children to honor them. If we constantly complain about our rabbis, we send the wrong message. If we lower the volume of our angry responses, we show our children that open communication is far better than attacking others. As we work together to enhance our environment with a return to our traditional values, we can build the better world that we pray for. Tizku L'Shanim Rabbim, may you be blessed with a good year and a long, prosperous life filled with happiness. 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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can still remember seeing her for the very first time, an almost angelic looking beautiful reddish blond, blue-eyed baby girl that my parents named Chana Bracha. Born just a few days before Rosh Hashana in 1963, the entire evening and on into the night, calls kept coming in with Mazal Tov wishes for our family. My younger brother, then 12 years old and I who was almost 14 at the time, were happy and quite delighted to have a new sibling to add to our small family. My mother had a fairly easy delivery and came home in time for Yom Tov. Since my father was the Chazzan of a large shul, many from the congregation made sure that we were well supplied with deliciously cooked Yom Tov foods so my mother could rest up and just take care of the new baby. As the months went by, as all babies, Chana Bracha began to grow and become more mature. We would rush home from school to see our little sister at the end of the day, and looked forward to seeing the radiance of her lovely smile and the sparkle of her deep blue eyes. It was a very happy time and I can look back at those moments with fond memories. I had an emergency appendectomy on the last day of Pesach and due to some complications needed to remain in the hospital for an entire week. When I returned, I noticed a slight change in Chana Bracha - she smiled but there was something (I couldn't put my finger on it at the time) missing. While she would always giggle when I came to pick her up, there seemed to be a distance in her eyes. Of course, my parents told me that babies have a hard time recognizing someone after being away for a few days let along an entire week, but I felt a cold wind enter my heart. Shortly after my appendectomy, I mentioned to my parents that I thought Chana should be sitting up or at least trying to get into a sitting position. Again, my parents thought that I was being much too rigid in my timetable and that she would, of course, soon be sitting and crawling. The regular pediatrician that had seen Chana Bracha from birth insisted that she was fine. A few more months went by and Chana would just barely smile at me when I entered the room. I would hold her tightly in my arms and rock her with a bottle, my heart still reeling with sadness and foreboding thoughts. I knew she was leaving us, but no one else understood. My parents finally began taking her to doctor after doctor - throughout the New Jersey area. Numerous testing brought answers that she was just having slow motor issues and that she would eventually catch up. But Chana Bracha did not catch up. In fact, she started on a downhill slide. Finally, in November of 1964, about the time she was 14 months old, my parents, who were desperate at this point, were referred to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York. It only took 5 minutes for the specialists there to give my parents the diagnosis that would emotionally tear our family apart. The physicians told my parents that Chana Bracha had Tay-Sachs (effecting mostly Jewish families, a fatal genetic disease totally unheard of back in those days). Given the rate of her downward progression, the prediction was that she would maybe live a year. I was waiting anxiously by the phone for the diagnosis, only to hear those dreaded words "fatal disease” coming from my father, who was so broken up with tears that it was almost impossible to understand clearly what he was saying. The doctors told him there was a ward in the hospital where other Tay-Sachs children were kept until their passing. They also told my parents that the ensuing months would be too difficult to watch and they should leave her in their care. Immediately, I told my father that they must bring Chana Bracha home to her own family. It didn't matter what the

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doctors said, I insisted. We can't allow strangers to take care of her. We would stick together and see this through. My mother was like a ghost on her return. So tired, so pale and so distraught over my sister's illness. We took turns feeding Chana Bracha, bathing her and keeping her room very, very meticulously spotless and quiet at all times - speaking only in whispers. Tay-Sachs is the complete deterioration of the nervous system and even the sound of a pin dropping on the floor could send her into convulsions. We lovingly took care of her, and I cried my own buckets of tears by myself in my room as she began slipping away - first her eyesight - she was in complete darkness, then her capacity to eat anything other than pureed baby food. As a family, we knew she was in Hashem's Hands. We lived on the Jersey seashore just one block from the Atlantic Ocean. There were man-made jetties that were out in the water to break the waves especially in the stormy weather. Even in the dead of winter, I would walk across the snow covered sand and walk out to the very end of the jetty. Here is where I would, at first, be angry with the Almighty, after all how could He be taking away my innocent baby sister. How was He allowing all of this pain to be in our family, and how would we ever come to learn to live happily again. I spent many hours over a period of time with the frigid waves of that majestic ocean slapping up against the rocks. After many months of my daily tirades out there on those rocks, I finally came to find an inner peace. I realized that it was indeed our family that had been chosen to care for this very special neshamale, who was on her mission for whatever time she was sent to us for. The anger dissipated and I davened over and over again for Chana Bracha to be at peace and not suffer. The summer went by and Chana Bracha seemed to be on a plateau. However, as the month of Elul approached we noticed that there was a daily downword-trend. Looking at a calendar and seeing that Rosh Hashana was almost upon us, my father sat us all down at the kitchen table and indicated that he felt our little sister was on her predestined schedule to leave us very soon. We stood together, although in deep pain, firmly understanding that her mission was almost complete. And indeed, just a few weeks later on the first night of Rosh Hashana, Chana Bracha lost her ability to swallow. Now my mother gained all of her inner strength and rushed her to the hospital. Since it was Yom Tov, we didn't hear a word. On the second day, I saw my mother walk in very quietly - she had walked a long way and just needed to sit down. What seemed like an eternity, but in reality was only a few short moments, my mother said in a whisper just a few words. Chana Bracha is no longer suffering. Her neshama has returned to Hashem. It took a very long time, but our family did eventually heal from the pain of Chana Bracha's loss. My brother and I grew to adulthood, and testing for Tay-Sachs became available. Thank G-d we were both cleared through testing as not being carriers of the Tay-Sachs gene, and were able to marry and have our own children. I do think of her often through the year but especially, every Rosh Hashana. It is at this time I am so clearly reminded that Chana Bracha was sent on her mission to us for the reason that only Hashem knows, for two short years. She is forever locked in our hearts and will never be forgotten. • I have written this article in the memory of my little sister, Chana Bracha bas Shmaryahu Fishel, who was niftar on the second day of Rosh Hashana in 1965 just a few days after her second birthday. SB

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ow we spend our money is usually a pretty good barometer of where our priorities lie. And it applies equally whether it is plentiful or scarce.

After the birth of Isaac, his half-brother Ishmael behaves threateningly towards him and Sarah finds it necessary to ask Abraham to banish Ishmael from the family home. Together with his mother, Hagar, they wander the desert. Soon they run out of water. And the water in the leather flask was finished and she cast off the boy beneath one of the bushes. (Genesis 21:15) So let me ask you what would be called a typical klotz kasha, or a seemingly obvious but, nonetheless, stupid question. If the flask is empty, why throw away the child? Throw away the empty flask! It would appear then that when our food supply is depleted and finance is in short supply, the first ones to suffer may be our children. The bank balance is low? How can we even think of a Jewish Day School education? The tuition fees are so expensive. Instead of denying ourselves creature comforts we deem non-negotiable, we sacrifice our children's Jewish upbringing in the name of economics. It's like the old story of the Jewish mother who came from Eastern Europe to join her son in America and was horrified to see he had shaved of his beard and cast off his yarmulke. "What happened to you, my Yankele?" she asked. "Mama," he says, "America is not the shtetl." And when she saw him going to work on Shabbat, again he told her America was different. And when she opened the fridge and discovered all kinds of creepy things she never saw in a Jewish kitchen, again he explained that America was not the same as "back home." Eventually, when it was all getting too much, she asked him, "Yankele, tell your old mother the truth. Are you still circumcised?"

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Boy or the Bottle?

It's not only an old shtetl story. It's happening right now. In my own community of South Africa we know of too many who left these shores to make a better life for their children. But emigrating is expensive and with limited resources one must make choices and prioritize. Many chose to do without Jewish schooling. The rest is history. Bad history. Without a Jewish education young people wander about wondering why they should not be doing what their contemporaries are doing. And the money we saved in school fees is now going to doctors, psychologists, or G-d forbid, drug rehab centers. Even in Israel, we have to be discriminating when choosing a community. If the other kids on the block are riding their bikes on Yom Kippur, why shouldn't your child? And if you insist and they feel denied, they may opt out altogether. Kids need stability and an environment with a healthy value system. No matter how tempting or secure other seemingly greener pastures may be, before making a move we ought to consider the spiritual security system our children will need to survive and thrive--as Jews. Just because the bottle may be empty, don't throw away the child. • Rabbi Yossy Goldman is Senior Rabbi of the Sydenham Highlands North Shul since 1986, and Chairman of the South African Rabbinical Association.

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s his final days draw near, Moshe in his capacity as compassionate leader qua reproving prophet warns his nation to adhere to the mitzvos even after they leave his watch. He warns of those who may be smug in their complacency, and overtly defy G-d's will. "Perhaps there is among you a man or woman, or a family or tribe, whose heart turns away today from being with Hashem, our G-d, to go and serve the gods of those nations; perhaps there is among you a root flourishing with gall and wormwood. And it will be that when he hears the words of this forewarning, he will bless himself in his heart, saying, "Peace will be with me, though I walk as my heart sees fit" -- thereby adding the watered upon the thirsty" (Deuteronomy 29:17-18). Moshe warns the Jews of the wrath of Hashem at such overt rebellion and apathy. "Sulfur and salt, a conflagration of the entire Land, it cannot be sown and it cannot sprout, and no grass shall rise up on it; like the upheaval of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim, which Hashem overturned in His anger and wrath." (ibid v. 20). Moshe continues his predictions of obliteration and doom, presciently foretelling of tragedies strikingly similar to those that befell Jewish communities beginning with the Babylonian Exile to the apocalyptic destruction of European Jewry to perhaps the daily acts of devastations that seem to permeate our sense of normalcy on a daily basis. But in a verse that seems paradoxically both cryptic and revealing, Moshe comforts his flock with the words, "The hidden is for Hashem, our G-d, but the revealed are for us and our children forever, to carry out all the words of this Torah" (ibid v. 28). What does that mean? Do we not know that only G-d can see hidden actions. Is that a message of hope or a warning to vision-limited mortals? Rabbi Berel Wein relates the story of Chief Rabbi Isaac Herzog's visit to Chicago, Illinois following World War II. The entire Torah-revering community gathered at the airport. All the day schools and Yeshivos sent their students to greet the Rabbi, and many prominent lay leaders left their businesses to join as well. Rabbi Herzog, his distinguished frame, unbent from the enduring pain of the plight of his brothers and sisters, in Europe and Palestine, walked upstanding and tall down the silver airplane steps, his silver tipped cane in one

hand, his head majestically adorned with his signature top hat. He was led to a podium from which he delivered a lecture on a complicated portion of the Talmud. When he finished, his face immediately lost its radiance, and became somber and staid. "I come not from Jerusalem," he told the assembled, "I come from Rome. I have just met with Pope Pious. During the terrible war, many children were sheltered in monasteries across Europe. The kind Christians saved them from the Nazis. I asked him to release those children, back to their heritage. Let them be raised as Jews." Suddenly, to the shock of the children and the awe of the adults, the Rabbi began to cry. "The Pope did not acquiesce. He said that once a child is baptized, he can never be returned." Rabbi Herzog trembled as he continued to sob uncontrollably. He looked at the assembled children "My dear children," he wailed, "We lost them! Then his demeanor changed, as a ray of hope sparkled from his eyes. "We lost them," he repeated, "but, " he continued, as he locked his eyes at the young faces, who stared directly at his teary eyes, "WE HAVE YOU! WE HAVE YOU!" Moshe warns his kinsman that Jews will one day go astray; they will be exiled, with calamitous results. Perhaps his next prescient words imply rhetorical answers to the questions of faith we will have about the innocent victims of those calamitous conquests, crusades, and crematoriums, and contrived calamities. Moshe tells us that there are no all-encompassing answers for mortal minds. The answers are hidden. Similar to the souls in question, the answers are with G-d. And so, after warning of doom and disaster, Moshe explains, "The hidden is for Hashem, our G-d." We, those remaining, however, must deal with what we do know. We must comfort and place our hopes with the remnants of the charred edifices and face the future. We must build from the ashes of our despair, whether it be the ashes of Auschwitz or the embers of eateries in Jerusalem, or the scarred skeletons of a skyline. For those we lose are now "hidden, with Hashem," but as Moshe taught us, "the revealed are for us and our children forever, to carry out all the words of this Torah." •

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THE ROSH HASHANAH 2008 CALENDAR AN OVERVIEW OF ROSH HASHANAH 2008 Rosh Hashanah's primary service is Kabbalat Ol (acceptance of the yoke of Heaven). Therefore, on these days, even great and prestigious individuals serve G-d in a manner which appears to be "simple": Constant recitation of Psalms, minimal sleep on both nights (to the extent possible), and particular care not to speak idle chatter... -- Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn of Lubavitch. MONDAY

SEPTEMBER 29 - 29 ELUL • Special Selichot services before the morning prayers. • Hatarat Nedarim ("Annulment of Vows") after the morning services. Women and girls light holiday candles tonight to usher in the holiday. After the evening services we wish one another, "Leshana tova tekatev v'etachetem - May you be inscribed for a good year!" After reciting the holiday kiddush, we eat challah dipped in honey. It is then customary to eat a sweet apple dipped in honey; the head of a fish, ram, or other kosher animal; and a pomegranate.

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SEPTEMBER 30 - 1 TISHREI 1st Day of Rosh Hashanah Torah reading: Genesis 21:1-34; Numbers 29:1-6. Haftarah: I Samuel 1:1-2:10. All men, women and children should go to the synagogue to hear the sounding of the shofar. The Priests bless the congregation with the Priestly Blessing during the Musaf prayer. Festive lunch meal; the challah is dipped in honey. In the afternoon, the Tashlich prayer service, in which we ask G-d to "cast away our sins in the depths of the sea," is recited at a body of water (sea, river, lake, pond, etc.) containing fish. Women and girls light holiday candles tonight after dark to usher in the holiday.. A "new fruit" should be present on the table when the candles are lit. When reciting the Shehecheyanu blessing, the kindler should have in mind the new fruit which will be eaten after Kiddush. The same applies when the Shehecheyanu is recited during kiddush. After the holiday kiddush, before washing for bread, the new fruit is eaten. The challah is again dipped in honey.

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OCTOBER 2 - 3 TISHREI Fast of Gedaliah • All men and women over the age of bar/bat mitzvah fast from dawn until nightfall. in commemoration of the assassination of Gedaliah, governor of Judea. • Pregnant and nursing women do not have to fast on this day. Someone who is ill should consult a rabbi. • During the morning prayers we recite Selichot (elegies). • The Torah is read during the morning and afternoon prayers (Exodus 32:11-14; 34:1-10). After the Minchah (afternoon) Torah reading, a special fast-day Haftorah is read (Isaiah 55:656:8). • During the Amidah of the Mincha prayer, all those who are fasting add a small section, the Aneinu, to the Shema Koleinu blessing.

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arshas Vayelech has Moshe handing the reign of power to his beloved disciple Yehoshua, who now will grasp hold of the destiny of the Children of Israel. Moshe does not leave him without first guiding him through the difficult mission of leadership. At the end of Parshas Vayelech, (Deuteronomy 31:7), "Moshe summoned Yehoshua and said to him before the eyes of all Israel, 'Be strong and courageous and do not be broken before them, for Hashem your G-d -- it is He who goes before you.'" The Torah does not specify what "strong and courageous" actually means. I conjured my own visions of how to be strong and courageous when dealing with a "stiff-necked" nation. It entailed exacting demands and rigid regulations. The Medrash, however, offers a totally diametric explanation. The Yalkut Shimoni, a compendium of Midrashim compiled in the Middle Ages, discusses a verse in Hoshea. "Israel is but a beloved lad and in Egypt I had called them my child." It quotes the verse in Deuteronomy 31:7, and explains the words "strong and courageous." Moshe explained to Joshua, "this nation that I am giving you is still young kids. They are still young lads. Do not be harsh with them. Even their Creator has called them children, as it is written, (Hoshea 11:1) "Israel is but a beloved lad." Can the Midrash find no better words to translate the phrase telling Joshua to "be strong and courageous" other than be patience and understanding? In which way does forbearance show strength? How does courage translate as tolerance? In the years of World War I, a young student who was fleeing the war-ravaged city of Slabodka sought refuge in Tiktin, a village near Lomza, Poland. A prodigious Torah scholar, he compensated for room and board by becoming a simple cheder teacher. He gave his lecture in a small schoolhouse, but the townsfolk were quite suspicious. There were no shouts from inside the one-room schoolhouse as it was with other teachers; the boys seemed to be listening. Rumor had it that the young man even let the children play outside for ten minutes each day in the middle of the learning session. They decided to investigate. They interrupted his class one morning and were shocked. The kanchik (whip) used by every cheder-Rebbe was lying on the floor near the trash bin. Upon interrogating the children the parents learned that this radical educator never used it. Outraged, the townsfolk decided to call a meeting with their Rabbi to discuss the gravity of the situation. Who knows what ideas a teacher who would not use the kanchik was imbuing in our children? They worried. The local Rabbi pointed to a picture of Rabbi Isaac Elchonon Spector, the leader of Lithuanian Jewry. "Do you see that picture of the Kovno Tzadik? One day thousands of homes across the world will have this young man's picture hanging on their walls." The elderly Rabbi was right. The young man became the leader of a generation, teacher of thousands and dean of Yeshiva Torah Vodaath. It was the beginning of Rabbi Yaakov Kamenetzky's career in education. Moshe, the guide and architect of Jewish leadership, was empowering his disciple with a message of guidance. The words "be strong and courageous" embodied leadership of love and understanding. One can not talk of forbearance and patience without talking of strength and courage. But more important: one can not show true strength and courage if he is not patient and understanding. •

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YOM KIPPUR:

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In Vayikra 16:1-34, the Torah describes the service that the Cohen Gadol (High Priest) was to perform on Yom Kippur in the Holy Temple. As Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year, and the day is one set aside for atonement, the service of the Cohen Gadol differed on this day from every other day during the year. One of the distinguishing parts of the service was the taking of the two goats. The verses tell us (16:7-10) "And he (Aharon, the Cohen Gadol) shall take the two goats...and shall cast upon the two goats lots: one for Hashem, and the other lot for Azazel. And Aharon shall present the goat upon which the lot for Hashem fell, and make it into a sin offering. But the goat on which the lot fell for Azazel shall be set alive before Hashem, to make atonement over him, to send him away for Azazel into the wilderness." On this latter goat, the verses tell us later, "Aharon shall lay both of his hands upon the head of the goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions, and all their sins, and he shall put them upon the head of the goat, and shall send (the goat) away...into the wilderness." Many commentators have explained how exactly this service was done and the significance of this service. Rabbi Shimshon Rafael Hirsch wrote that from this service, we can learn a lesson. (Before we get to Rav Hirsch's lesson, however, it is important to understand two aspects of the service. One is that these two goats had to be almost identical. They had to be worth the same amount of money, they had to be the same height, and they had to have identical appearances. The goats had to be equal. The second is what was done with the second goat - the goat for Azazel. The verse merely says that the goat was sent into the wilder-

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ness. The wilderness that is being referred to is rocky and hilly terrain. When the goat reached a certain point, it was "pushed" off a cliff, and it tumbled down the rocky and sharp surface to its death. Now that we know this about the service, we can return to Rav Hirsch's lesson.) Let’s imagine the scene on Yom Kippur in the Temple. Two identical goats are brought into the Temple grounds. The Cohen Gadol draws lots that will determine the fate of the goats. On one lot, the word "To Hashem" is written; the other lot says "To Azazel." Once these lots are drawn, the similarities between the goats end, as their fates are drastically different. The goat which ends up being the one "for Hashem" is taken, and slaughtered with the utmost holiness and purity. It is the blood of this goat that ends up being sprinkled in the Kodesh HaKodashim - the Holy of Holies - the holiest location in the entire world. The second goat, however, is not brought as a sacrifice. It remains alive. Let us imagine further what this goat might be thinking when it sees it has not been killed. It is very possible that this goat would be overjoyed by the fact that it remained alive while his identical friend now is but a pile of ashes. The more this goat thinks about how his fate differed from his friend, the more possible it is that he might become haughty. "Look," the goat would say, "See how different I am from my friend! Granted, he was used in service of Hashem, for a holy purpose. However, he had to die! And me, they decided to keep alive! They valued my life!" When the goat would then be led out of the Temple grounds, towards the majestic hills outside of the city of Jerusalem, the goat's happiness and excitement might build: "I was worthy of being allowed to leave the Temple, to roam as a free "man" in a free world!" The goat would then be taken to the cliffs. All this time, his haughtiness would be growing. He would be thinking how lucky he was compared to his friend who ended up as a sacrifice. The goat would stretch out its neck, raise his head in pride and say "See how great I am, standing here, overlooking the majesties of the world, free as a bird." He would view his friend who was killed for sacrificial purposes with disdain. We, as observers of the whole scene, know

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exactly what the fate is of this goat who thinks he is the luckiest goat in the world. If this goat had any idea of why he was being taken to this rocky cliff, he would not be thinking anything close to these thoughts. If he knew that he would end up tumbling down a mountainside being ripped apart by the sharp stones, these thoughts would never enter his mind. In a few short moments, after a gentle shove, it will be clear to everyone which goat was the lucky one. Every person has two possible options as to how they should live their lives. One path that can be taken is the path of Torah - following the Torah and listening to Hashem. This path draws its followers closer to Hashem. The second path is the path of a "free" life, full of earthly indulgences and a love of this world - a life very far from one consisting of Torah learning and observance. The first path, although seemingly devoid of all the pleasure that the second path has to offer, is the one that will take us to where we all really want to end up - to dwell in the holiness of Hashem. Furthermore, the first path actually is not devoid of pleasure and reward in this world. Although the lifestyle that the first path demands is one that may seem difficult, dry, and unrewarding, Hashem ultimately rewards all who follow it. On the other hand, those who desire the free life - free of the "restrictions" imposed by Hashem and the Torah - end up with not nearly what they expected - and end like the goat for Azazel. The service involving these two goats on Yom Kippur should remind all of us about the eternal struggle that occurs within each and every one of us. Our evil inclination leads us to believe that the second path is the way to go - the path of the goat for Azazel. Our good inclination works diligently to try and pull us onto the first path - the one taken by the goat for Hashem. On this day of Yom Kippur, we have a clear and vivid demonstration of what will happen to us on each possible path that we could take. Hopefully, this demonstration will cause us to realize how we have been mistaken for following the goat for Azazel, and that from now on the goat for Hashem will be our guide. •

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ON OCTOBER 8, 2008 KAPAROT The Kaparot (atonement) service is performed early morning with a live chicken (or alternatively with money) which is then donated to charity. TAKE HONEY CAKE There is an age-old Jewish custom to "bet'n lekach" or "ask for honey cake" on the day before Yom Kippur. FESTIVE MEAL It is a mitzvah to eat and drink on the eve of Yom Kippur. Two meals are eaten, one in the morning, and one just prior to the onset of Yom Kippur. One should eat only light foods such as plain cooked chicken and chicken soup. MIKVAH It is proper to immerse in the mikvah on this day. CHARITY It is customary to give charity generously and liberally during all the days of repentance, but on the day before Yom Kippur this is even more the case, for tzedakah is a great source of merit and serves as protection against harsh decrees. AFTERNOON PRAYERS During the afternoon prayers, the Al Chet confession prayer is recited before the conclusion of the Amidah prayer. This central Yom Kippur prayer will be recited eight times in the course of the holy day. EAT THE FINAL MEAL Prior to the sunset, one should eat the final meal. One should eat only light foods such as plain cooked chicken and chicken soup. One should not drink intoxicating beverages, for were he to become drunk, his prayers would be an abomination. It is also customary not to eat fish at this meal. If you wish to eat after this meal, when reciting the Grace after Meals have in mind that you will still eat or drink until the onset of the fast. One should stop eating at candle lighting time. BLESS THE CHILDREN It is customary to bless one's children after the meal, although there is no required formula for this blessing, it is customary to say: May G-d make you like Efrayim and Menashe [for a son]; or, May G-d make you like Sarah, Rivkah, Rachel, and Leah [for a daughter]. CHANGE YOUR SHOES On Yom Kippur we do not wear leather shoes. Before candle lighting change your shoes to plastic or canvas shoes or slippers. LIGHT CANDLES: Girls and all women that are in the house (or if there isn't a woman in the house, the head of the household), should light candles 18 minutes before sunset.

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ON YOM KIPPUR The following applies for duration of Yom Kippur, this year from sundown, October 8 until nightfall, October 9, 2008. FASTING On Yom Kippur, women over 12 years old and men over 13 must fast. In addition, the biblical commandment to "afflict" ourselves during Yom Kippur includes abstention from the following: eating, drinking, bathing, wearing of leather shoes, marital relations and personal "anointing" (use of body lotions etc.). If unable to fast for health reasons, consult your Rabbi. CLOTHING AND JEWELRY Many communities have a custom of wearing white clothes on Yom Kippur, as on this day we are compared to angels. It is also customary not to wear gold jewelry, as gold is reminiscent of the sin of the Golden Calf, and on the Day of Judgment we do not want to "remind" the Prosecutor of our past sins. SERVICES We usher Yom Kippur in with the Kol Nidrei evening service on Yom Kippur night (October 8, 2008), followed by Evening services. Morning services on Yom Kippur day (October 9, 2008), include the Torah readings, the Yizkor memorial service, the Musaf service and the Priestly blessing. Afternoon services include the Torah reading and the Haftorah reading of Jonah. Yom Kippur concludes with the Neilah prayers followed by the Shofar blast and Evening services. END OF FAST After evening services, we perform the Havdalah ceremony, and then we may break our fast.

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INGREDIENTS 3 1/2 CUPS SIFTED ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR 1/4 TEASPOON SALT 1 1/2 TEASPOONS BAKING POWDER 1 TEASPOON BAKING SODA 2 TEASPOONS GROUND CINNAMON 1 1/2 TEASPOONS GROUND ALLSPICE 4 EGGS 3/4 CUP WHITE SUGAR 4 TABLESPOONS VEGETABLE OIL 2 CUPS HONEY 1/2 CUP STRONG BREWED COFFEE 1/2 CUP ALMONDS 1/2 CUP RAISINS 1 1/2 CUPS HONEY 2 TABLESPOONS LEMON JUICE 1/2 CUP WATER 1/2 TEASPOON LEMON ZEST 2 OUNCES SLIVERED ALMONDS FOR TOPPING

DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). 2. Sift together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and allspice. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, gradually adding the sugar. Beat until thick and light in color, about 5 minutes. Beat in the oil, honey and coffee. Stir flour mixture into egg mixture. Chop the almonds coarsely and mix with raisins. Stir into batter. 3. Oil the two pans and line the bottom with waxed paper. Oil again. Fill each pan with batter to within 1 - 1 1/4 inches from the top. Bake for 65 to 75 minutes until cake tests done. Do not overbake. Let cool 10 minutes and remove from pan. 4. To Make Glaze: Boil together 1 1/2 cups honey, lemon juice, lemon zest and water. When glaze reaches a thick consistency, remove from heat and drizzle over cake. Sprinkle with almond slivers.

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Picture This! Mr. Feldman, a prominent New York attorney, was named the new Chief Executive Officer for Agriprocessors. Mr. Feldman, a resident Long Island, specializes in corporate law, debtor/creditors rights and workouts. As a specialist in the reorganization of many companies, Mr. Feldman’s first task will be to restore production at the plant to the level of preMay 12th, the date of an immigration raid at the plant, said Aaron Rubashkin.

Club Shabbat held its first Annual Banquet on Thursday, September 18, 2008. Club Shabbat, an organization for young adults reconnecting with their Jewish roots, was founded in memory of Yisroel Woonteiler a”h, who was killed in a tragic hit and run car accident one year ago.

With heartfelt appeals and joyful performances from a diverse group of celebrity guests, the 2008 Chabad "To Life" Telethon generated more than $8 million for the charity. The live, six-hour broadcast prompted viewers around the globe to come forward with donations large and small to support Chabad's nonsectarian educational and social service efforts.

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Kosher Updates/Alerts •Gourmet Fresh Basil Pesto from All Natural Food Corporation is NOT certified and bears an unauthorized OK symbol. Bushmills Irish Whiskey is certified kosher by the OK. After over 7 years of providing fresh bagels to Wholefoods Market in La Jolla, the new Store Manager has decided to discontinue using Langs Kosher bagels. That location will be using a less expensive non-kosher product. KOAOA (Kosher Overseers/Half Moon K) is joining the O/U as one kashrus agency. New products will either continue to bear the Half Moon K symbol or the the O/U Until October 2008 Ruffles Thick Cut Creamy Dill Potato Chips will be manufactured at 2 facilities, one kosher and the other not kosher certified. Product coming from the non-kosher plant will not bear the COR symbol. Packages produced at the kosher plant will bear the COR symbol with “dairy” designation. Please check the label carefully when purchasing this item. KOSHER INFORMATION BUREAU. 12753 CHANDLER BOULEVARD, NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA 91607.

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Friday, September 26, 2008 Light Candles at: 6:26 PM • Eve of First Day Rosh Hashana Monday, September 29, 2008 Light Candles at: 6:22 pm Eve of Second Day Rosh Hashana Tuesday, September 30, 2008 Light Candles after: 7: 16 pm • Friday, October 3, 2008 Light Candles at: 6:16 pm

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BABY SITTER AVAILABLE Orthodox woman available to watch your children full time or part time hours, at your location. Excellent references. call: 323-651-9389.

BEIS DIN Badatz West Coast Rabinical Council. Rabbi Gavriel Cohen: 323-939-0298

CAR FOR SALE For sale Mercedes Benz 300E – Year 1990, White exterior and grey leather interior, excellent condition, 122,000 mileage. New brakes, tuned-up, ready to go. $3,500. Call Barry Polonsky 310.475.3669. Have pictures expertautorepair@ca.rr.com ••• TOYOTA CAMRY LE for sale 1999. Only 64,000 miles, auto transmission, power locks & windows, AM/FM/tape. Recent tires, brakes. Great mpg. $6,450 OBO. Please write to Gila, geulam2000@yahoo.com

Close proximity of all the Shuls, restaurants, transportation services and Freeway. If you are interested, Please Call Vicky at (310) 277-5167. ••• Looking for a place to stay for the Yomim Tovim? Beautiful Guest house available for rent short term or long term in the Pico/Robertson area with a private yard and entrance. Newly remodeled. Call Shawn 213-804-7177

MOHEL / BRIS Traditional Ritual Circumcision, Certified Mohel R abbi Nachman B. Kr eiman. H:(323) 934-9329 C:(323) 896-5098. 180 South Highland, Los Angeles, CA 90036

MUSIC FOR ALL OCCASIONS Ariel Louk & Orchestra. From One-Man to Full Orchestra. 310-659-9346 or 323-997-2647. loukmusic@sbcglobal.net. Bringing joy to communities for over 18 years

NEW KEHILLA

CAR WANTED We need a car/minivan donated in working condition tax deduction provided if need it JLA (Judios Latino Americanos) Please call 323-930-0444.

FOR RENT Looking for female to share a 2 bedroom 2 bath apt. on Beverly Drive. You will have your own private bedroom, bath, parking & washer & dryer. Rent is $975.00. Call Pessie at 310-486-1817 or 310-788-3807 ••• Newly remodeled room for rent in Pico/Robertson for a young, clean, independent orthodox woman. Private bathroom and entrance. Starting in September. Walking distance to shuls and restaurants. 310-204-6161 ••• Beautiful new one and two-bedroom apartments available in Pico-Robertson area for lease. Granite ounter tops, Dishwasher, stove, washer and dryer, microwave, private security system. For info. call Jacob Shadrooz (broker) 310-777-0436 ••• Small frum family has a furnished room with private bathroom & entrance in our spacious home in Pico/Robertson. We prefer a frum, young female student who is clean, neat and independent. Plentiful parking; close to bus, shops, shuls. $800 incl. utilities. For more info, please call Gila: (310) 204-6161 ••• A four-unit income property in a great location in PicoRoberton area, Beverly Hills adjacent, available for sale. Great opportunity for the first time buyer. For info pls call Jacob Shadrooz(broker) at 310-777-0436. ••• Looking for a Nice Quiet Place to Live? Back house available, centrally located near Pico Blvd.

Kern Kehilla-Tehachapi Torah Center. New Torah Centered Community. Southern Sierra Outside Los Angeles. Healthy, Serene, Affordable, Child Friendly, Relax, Recharge, Vacation or Year Round, Davening times: Daily Shacharis: 15 minutes before sunrise. Daily Mincha/Maariv: 15 min. before shkia Erev Shabbat/Yom Tov: Mincha: 5 min after candle lighting. Shacharit: 8:30 am. Mincha: 30 Min. before sunset. Weekday Learning Times: Daf Yomi after Shacharis and Times: Daf Yomi after Shacharis and open Beis Medrash till Mincha. Halacha between Mincha & Maariv. Night Seder after Maariv till 10PM. Glatt Kosher Food Service available. Sundays 10:00AM Tour De' Tehachapi: Daven, Open House, Hike, Torah Discussion, Park, Picnic, and or House Hunt. Twice the home for half the money. Suited for families, individuals of all ages, and existing Torah organizations. Erev Rosh Hashana Sept 18 BE'H start of regular minyan. 'Learn More'.Roger M. 310-948-5137 /kernkehilla@att.nethttp://pearlmancta.com/ kerncountykehilla.htm

NOTARY ABI NOTARY. Our location or yours. 524 N. La Brea Av LA, CA 90036. No appointments needed. Call: 323-930-0444. ••• TRAVELING NOTARY Yosef Y. Shagalov: Traveling Notary Public & Home Signing Agent. Cell:(323)934-7095

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Female available for paralegal work very experienced, excellent references! Call Tzipora @ 347-489-6506 ••• Orthodox woman available to watch your children full time or part time hours, at your location. Excellent references. Please call: 323-651-9389.

All boys school looking for part-time kindergarten teacher with the following qualifications: (a) Credential in Early Childhood Development (b) Teaching Experience (c) Familiarity with Open Court curriculum (d) Professional, engaging and fun. School is also looking for a 7th/8th grade math assistant. Interested candidates may either FAX resumés to (323) 769-8204 attention: Mr. Aftandelian or e-mail resumés to aftandelian@hotmail.com. Besure to express in your cover letter which position you are applying for. ••• Looking for a male kosher chef to cook for a men's facility, lunch and dinners. Please contact Kovi at 323 9651365 or Fax your resume to 323 965-044 if you are interested. ••• Educational Aide needed for our daughter who is entering 11th grade in the fall. Part time for Limudei Kodesh. Job involves some modification/adaptation of work. Must be reliable and patient. Please call 323 934-2448. ••• Part-time office assistant at an advertising/sign store in Pico/Robertson area. Needs computer/internet knowledge. Must be organized, detail-oriented, efficient, and dependable. Please call 310-360-0610, or e-mail vitalsales@sbcglobal.net ••• Part time assistant and driver needed for Automotive Shop. Must have valid license and insurance, with knowledge and experience working with cars. Please call Diane Polonsky at 310.402.3221. Salary based on experience ••• Fun, Frum and Fabulous. Looking for efficient sales girl with great people skills, and take charge attitude for retail sales position. Please call 323-864-2641. ••• SHOMER SHABBOS WOMEN OR COUPLES. Etta Israel Center is seeking shomer shabbos women or couples to provide Friday afternoon through Saturday night supervision at our Women's Group Home in North Hollywood. Group home is under kosher supervision and is walking distance to shuls. Training provided by Etta Israel. Applicants must enjoy people, have valid California driver's license and be eligible to work in the U.S. Prior experience with adults with developmental disabilities is a plus. For more information or to apply, please contact Diana Warshawsky. 818-985-3882 ext 231 or diana.warshawsky@etta.org

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MAZEL TOVS! Engagements • Miriam Osina (LA, CA) to Yanki Hollander (NY) • Mariyashi Dayan (LB, CA) to Benyomin Grosberg (Australia) • Devorah Leah Traxler (NY) to Levi Illulian (BH, CA) • Yaakova Crafton (LA, CA) to Dovid Babinet (LA, CA) • Yitty Loriner (NY) and Meir Altshuler (LA, CA) • Cheryl Taub (NY) and Jeremy Chernofsky (LA, CA) • Lisa Greenbaum (CA) and Daniel Bernstein (Israel) • Devorah Maza (NY) and Daniel Rubinstein (LA ,CA) • Elisheva Freeman (LA, CA) to Ruevain Rosen (IL) Weddings • Mushka Cunin (Westwood) to Mendel Grossbaum (MN) • Orlie Schuller (LA) to Alon Zak (Toronto, Ontario) • Yoni Frankel ( NJ ) and Michal Kalinsky ( LA ,CA ) • Tzippy Kay (MO) and Gershie Meisel ( LA ,CA ) Births - Boys • Tova (nee Hayes) & Chaim Cunin • Gitty (nee Eschwege) and Michael Meir Levi • Daniel Meir and Chany Heyman Mazel Tov the Proud Bubbies and Zeidies Dr. and Mrs Berhard Bentzion Heyman DC and Dr. and Mrs. Michael Fuchs of Brooklyn NY • Twin Boys - Aaron & Rachel Victor (Valley Village, CA) Births - Girls • Twin Girls - Tziporah (nee Lerner) and Berel Cohen Mazel tov to the Bubby & Zaidy Harvey & Nettie Lerner

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• Community Links Dining Guide • A Pizza World 365 S. Fairfax Ave. Tel: 323-653-2896 KosherPizzaWorld.com Best Nachos and Pizza in L.A.! Our roomy pizzeria seats up to 85. Delivery, eat in, or take out. ATTN: Tour groups, we can deliver to all the major attractions with ample notice. Open till 8:30 Bocca Steak House Kehilla & Bait Yosef Highest Quality Steaks. variety of Appetizers. Daily Lunch specials. Catering for all events. Wed/Bris/Bar-Bat Mitzvah etc. Light Entertainment. Full Bar: Wine Beer & Cocktails Shabbat Take-Out & Sunday Brunch 11-3 16610 Ventura Blvd, Encino Ca. 91436

818-905-5855 Brami’s Kosher Pizza 177361/2 Sherman Way, Reseda Tel:818-342-0611 Pizza, Pasta, Salads & more! “Best Pizza in Town” Sun-Mon10am-9pm Tues-Thur 10am-10pm Fri 10am-3pm after Shabbos-12:30 Cafe Elite 7115 Beverly Blvd. Tel: 323-936-2861 Breakfast, Lunch, Ice Cappuccino, Donuts, Bagels, Falafel, Salads and much more! For Catering Info 323-708-8161 Sun. - Thur. 6:30am - 6:30pm Fri. 6:30am - 3:00pm Chick 'n Chow 9301 W. Pico Blvd. Tel: 310-274-5595 See our menu at 774food.com - kosher L.A.'s Original Chinese & Fried Chicken Delivery, eat in, or take out. Shabbos Take-out available. ATTN: Tour groups, we can deliver to all the major attractions with ample notice. Open till 9:00 Elat Burger Rabbi Ben Zakan 9340 W. Pico Blvd. Tel: 310-278-4692 Lunch & Dinner,Burgers Kabobs & More! Always fresh never frozen Sun - Thur 10:30am - 10:30 pm Fri 10:30am - 3:00 pm

Fish in the Village 12450 Burbank Blvd. .Tel:818-769-0085 Fish Market & Restaurant Dine in or take out. Fresh,grilled,fried and Morrocan fish. Best in town! Lunch Special $5.99 Sun - Thur 10 am - 9 pm Fri 8 am - 2 hours Before Shabbos Golan Restaurant 13075 Victory Blvd. N. Hollywood Tel: 818-763-5344 Top 20 Restaurant, Wide Variety, Now Serving Sushi Sun-Thur 9am - 10pm Fri 9am - 3pm Gordon’s Fish Emporium 9116 W. Pico Blvd Tel: 310 276 6603 Hot lunches served daily Dine-in or take-out All world's cuisines have come together at Gordon's to create an unforgettable dining experience. Mon-Wed 8am-7pm; Thur 8am-9pm; Sun 10am-2pm Haifa Beit Yosef 8717 W. Pico Blvd Tel: 310-888-7700 Falafel, Schnitzel, Morrocan Fish & more We Specialize in Caterning Sun. - Thurs. 11:30am - 9:30pm Fri. Take out 9:30 am - Hr B4 Shabbos Hill Street Pizza 456 S. HIll Street (DOWNTOWNLA, corner of 5th & Hill) Tel: 213-627-9990 or 213-627-5495 R.C.C. & Cholov Yisroel Specialty Pizzas, Pastas, Salads, Wraps, & more. WE DELIVER AND CATER. Call for details. Mon-Thur: 9am - 6pm Fri 9am - 3pm Saturday: closed. Sunday: Closed during our introductory period. La Glatt 446 North Fairfax Ave. Tel: 323-658-7730 Restaurant, Deli, Shabbos take out, & Catering Shabbos Special for Four just $32.99. Metro Glatt 8975 W. Pico Blvd Tel: 310-275-4420 Hamburger or Chicken Burger or Falafel with Fries & Drink only $6.95 Sun. - Thurs 10am - 10pm, Fri. 10am - 1 hr. before Shabbos

On Fire Mediterranean Grill 707 Stanley Ave Tel: 323-655-7777 Our specialty is grilling you order to perfection Falafel, Shwarma, Rib Steak, Schnitzel, Fish, & much more. Mon. - Thurs. 10am - 11pm Fri. 10am-2 Hrs. before Shabbat. Sun 10am-Midnight Pizza Mayven 140 North La Brea Ave. Tel: 323-857-0353 Pizza, Mexican food, Salads & more. We Deliver!! Sun-Thurs 11am - 8:30pm Fri 11am- 2:30pm After Shabbos -12:00am Sassi Restaurant 15622 Ventura Blvd, Encino Tel: 818-986-5345 Mediterranean Restaurant, Catering, Private Parties Sun - Thurs. 11am-10pm Fri. 11am - 3pm Temptation Prime Bar & Grill 17547 Ventura Blvd, #109 Encino Tel: 818-995-4700 Tempt yourself to have Kosher steak at it’s best! Restaurant & full catering service. Dinner & Weekends only with prior reservations please. Unique Pastry & Cafe Rabbi A. Simkin 18381 Ventura Blvd. Tarzana Tel: 818-757-3100 Vegetarian style Cuisine. Cholov Yisroel Sun. - Thurs. 7:30am - 6pm Fri. 7:30am - 2 hours. before Shabbos Wholesome Pita 711-A Melrose Ave. Tel: 323-931-1116 Fine Mediterranean cuisine, Shwarma, Falafel, Fish on the grill, vegetarian combos. Pita bread baked fresh daily on premises. Sun - Thurs 11am - Midnight Fri. 11 am - 3:30pm If you would like to see your restaurant listed in The Community Links Dining Guide Please call us at 323-965-1544 or email us at calinks1@yahoo.com

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W ith tremendous thanks to HaKadosh Baruch Hu (the Holy One, Blessed Be He), and with obvious siata d'shamaya (help from

above), we are pleased to announce the rediscovery of the holy resting place of Devorah HaNavia, zt"l, the biblical prophetess Devorah, mother of Israel.

D evorah HaNevia's holy and ancient resting place is in Tel Kadesh in the Upper Galilee in Israel. To our regret, it lies in ruin. A small group of dedicated individuals has invested significant effort in raising seed money and working through all the required government processes to obtain permission to rebuild this holy site. Now, with official permission in hand, they are turning to you.

P lease consider a chesed shel emes, a kindness of truth. Donations are needed to build a worthy resting place for Prophetess Devorah HaNevia, mother of Israel.

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12:00 pm Refreshments & Desserts will be served

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