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Jewish Unity? When the Rabbis were taken to the Kotel, the group divided into two separate groups. The six Orthodox Rabbis on the mission went to pray at the Wall. The Reform and Conservative Rabbis remained outside of the “walled area” of the Wall and staged a protest! Dr. Robert Rome

The Book or the Blade? And the question today is: to which of these are we raising our children? Are we perhaps not forgetting who we are and what we are meant to symbolize as a nation? Rabbi Yossy Goldman

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By: Robert J. Rome, Ph.D.

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he L.A. Times and the Jewish Journal had major articles about the recent Rabbinic “Unity” Mission to Israel. 18 Los AngelesArea Rabbis of different persuasions accompanied the L.A. Consul General of Israel on this mission. Those Rabbis interviewed both during and following the mission spoke of a spirit of unity among the Rabbis. Yet, the reported facts of the mission told a different story. When the Rabbis were taken to the Kotel, the group divided into two separate groups. The six Orthodox Rabbis on the mission went to pray at the Wall. The Reform and Conservative Rabbis remained outside of the “walled area” of the Wall and staged a protest! They stayed away from the Wall protesting the Orthodox supervision of the Wall. Most of the Jewish world is awed when in the presence of this ancient site which served as the outer boundary of the site of the ancient Temple. Many even cry as they turn the corner and see the Wall, even after 10 or more trips to Israel. They are cognizant of both the ancient history of the site and the fact that from 1948-1967 Jews were barred from approaching this site.

In my Orthodox Jewish circles, the Prime Minister’s remarks had been almost universally praised by Orthodox Rabbis and lay people alike. Sermons and articles spoke of the bravery of Netanyahu speaking like that before the U.N. They spoke of the Prime Minister’s unique approach to the historicity of the Holocaust where he shared documents that have been preserved by the Germans. To the Orthodox community, Netanyahu was and is a hero. To the professor from the Conservative American Jewish University, Netanyahu was “trivial.”

We hear from the media that the Temple Mount is the “third holiest” site of Moslems. But, most acknowledge that the Temple Mount is the holiest site of the Jewish people. But not apparently for these non-Orthodox Rabbis. For them, this is a proper place for protest. It seems that this is not a spiritual site to the 12 Reform and Conservative Rabbis on the mission. It is a political site.

I have had the privilege of hearing in person most of the Prime Ministers of Israel. Even when some of those present disagreed with policies of a Begin or a Rabin, the respect for the position of Prime Minister remained. When we stood in the presence of a Prime Minister, we all felt we were in the presence of the Leader of the Jewish People.

At an earlier stage of my life, I was selected as one of 30 Rabbis nationally to participate on the United Jewish Appeal Rabbinic Cabinet Mission to Israel in 1980. When the 30 participating Rabbis of that Mission, most of whom were Reform and Conservative, came to the Kotel, all approached the Wall to pray. I remember all Rabbis writing a note to insert into a crack in the Wall. That was unity. 30 Rabbis of differing backgrounds shared a special spiritual experience.

But again, politics somehow has changed the core facts and a professor (of Holocaust studies no less) feels that it is appropriate to insult the Prime Minister. The blinders of politics kept him from appreciating what most are seeing as one of the great speeches by any Jewish leader. This professor hears the same speech as I do. What I see as monumental, he calls “trivial.” We do not speak the same language!

Something has drastically changed in the intervening decades. What is spiritual for so many of us no longer is spiritual for others. Most of us experience awe while these Rabbis experienced anger at the Orthodox who protect the site. For centuries, Jews have dreamed of approaching the Wall. Now many want to protest, seeing the Wall as an appropriate setting for a rally. We no longer seem to even speak the same language.


Another glaring case of two sides speaking different languages was recently highlighted also in the Jewish Journal. The Journal had a cover article on the use of Nazi references and who should govern these references in the press and in our literature. The article, written by a Professor of Holocaust Studies at the Conservative American Jewish University, started out by referencing the President of Iran’s U.N. address and other speeches where he has denied the Holocaust. In the next very next sentence, he finds negative similarities between the Iranian President’s speech and Prime Minister Netanyahu’s address to the U.N. This professor calls Netanyahu’s remarks “trivial.”

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The symbols of Israel no longer seem to unite us. The Prime Minister’s remarks don’t unite us. The Kotel actually has come to divide many. We do not share the same concerns. We don’t experience a common spirituality. We do not speak the same language anymore. So when we speak of unity, we have to look more closely. I truly believe that all aspire to unity. However, the reality is that we are witnessing a break in Jewish history. ( Continues on page 10)

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Can we still speak of one Jewish people, or are we divided by irreconcilable differences? ) It is important that we explore issues relating to our unity as a people. Either we find common attitudes and a common basis for the future or we will split as a people. The recent emphasis in the press on Jewish unity has been important. But, we must struggle to find what still unites. Finding what can and does continue to unite is key. We must find a common language, a shared experience, a common vision for the future. There is no more important issue for the preservation of both our people and the State of Israel. Robert J. Rome, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in clinical practice in Encino, California. He can be reached at


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he Jewish people are called the "Children of Israel" and the name derives from the original Israel, third of our patriarchs, our father Jacob. In this week's parshah, we read how Jacob impersonated his brother Esau in order to be blessed by his father Isaac. He wore the goatskin garments of Esau, prompting the blind Isaac to exclaim in wonderment, The voice is the voice of Jacob but the hands are the hands of Esau! Our tradition has always understood these immortal words to have meaning far beyond the literal story of Jacob's charade. The voice of Jacob means the voice of Torah study, the sound of prayer and, generally, refers to the gentle, spiritual sound of the peace-loving People of the Book. The hands of Esau, on the other hand, represent the fist, the swordwielding arm -- physical might and brute force, violence and war. And the question today is: to which of these are we raising our children? Are we perhaps not forgetting who we are and what we are meant to symbolize as a nation? Let's face it. Our society is an Esau society. Our children are constantly bombarded by the box, by television, movies, video games and a media madness that glorifies the physical and, yes, even the violent. Never mind the news which is bad enough. How many thousands upon thousands of murders will the average child witness in all their gore before his Bar Mitzvah? Parents need to think twice and three times before allowing themselves the luxury of this electronic babysitter. Today we see the results. Just watch how kids play, even in nursery school. To tell you the truth, I myself am lucky to be alive. I remember going to pay a house visit on a family in my congregation and being attacked by their young son who had an AK-47 and, as I walked through the door, peppered me with bullets. Thank G-d, it was only a toy. How I cringed when his mom said, "Stop it, Ryan, you mustn't shoot the Rabbi!" Once upon a time kids played Cowboys and Indians. If you were a good shot, one Indian would get knocked off his horse. Today, one victim is nothing. Thanks to modern technology we can decimate entire armies. Battleships, space ships, whole planets are being smashed into smithereens by a seven-year-old on his play station.

sport of kings. Esau is described in the Bible as one who knows hunting, a man of the field, but Jacob is the sincere man and dweller of tents -- a reference to the tents of Torah. Jacob was the quiet scholar while Esau was the wild hunter. How about boxing? Whoever beats the other guy to a pulp gets the coveted prize and is crowned world champion. Listen to this logic. If someone pinches your parking space and you kill him in an act of road rage, you are a murderer. But if you kill him inside a ring with 25,000 witnesses cheering you on, you are a hero and the millions come pouring in... I won't even mention the bizarre and barbaric world of "entertainment" wrestling! This is the sad reality of our world. When it comes to making a buck there is no conscience and no morality. If your child wants to buy a gun, guaranteed there will be someone to manufacture it. There might be some form of quality control to make sure it won't hurt his hand but, unfortunately, it will still harm his soul. All the above social phenomena are deadening our sensitivities and threatening to wipe out our refined Jacob character, spawning a generation of crude and coarse Esaus. The Talmud says: "When there is a book there is no sword... when there is a sword there is no book". We cannot be a nation of noble scholars if we are playing with the sword. We have always been the People of the Book. Jews should want their children to pick up the book and drop the sword. Do you know who made the following statement? "A violently active, dominating, brutal youth -- that is what I am after." It was a fellow named Adolf Hitler (may his name be obliterated). That is what he wanted for his children. We want our children to be like Moses (or at least Einstein). When Moses saw two Jews quarreling he said, "Rasha, wicked one, why would you strike your fellow?" (Exodus 2:13). At that point, the man had only raised his hand. He hadn't yet physically struck the other guy but, as Moses saw it, he was behaving like a rasha, a wicked person.

A few years ago, I was on a plane aboard which the in-flight program offered the following enlightening choices of entertainment: "Terminator 3," "Planet of the Apes," "Return of the Mummies," and a martial arts film in a foreign language. So much for our cerebral society.

If young Jews are being threatened by anti-Semites or if Israel is in mortal danger from murderous neighbors, then obviously we need to be able to defend ourselves. Self-defense classes are a necessity in today's world and the Israel Defense Force protects us from another Holocaust, G-d forbid. But let us not turn brute force into a new value or ideal to aspire to. We must teach our children Torah and the pursuit of Jewish wisdom. When the voice is the voice of Jacob, then no hands of Esau will harm us.

The same people who decry shechitah, the traditional Jewish method of slaughtering animals for food, say nothing about hunting for sport. In England it might even be the

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All these go together to form a remarkably powerful set of mind-bending forces acting on each individual. As a consequence, some sociologists doubt whether most of us are capable of any truly independent view on anything. An example of someone who did express a highly independent stance, based on G-d's will rather than peer pressure, appears in this week's parshah. There we learn about Rebecca, the wife of Isaac, one of the four famous Matriarchs of the Jewish people. We first met her in last week's parshah, when she expressed her determination to leave her home and travel far away to become the wife of Isaac. This was not just a youthful urge to travel, a quest for a change of scene. Rebecca came from an environment of idolatry. Everyone around her, including her immediate family and the society in which she lived, believed in idols, such as various nature forces, and worshipped them, often in a horrible way. Her great-uncle Abraham was famous for his rejection of idolatry and his faith in one G-d. But Abraham was far off in the Land of Canaan. Nonetheless, Rebecca managed to stand above her situation. As the commentator Rashi points out, despite her surroundings, she managed to arrive at and maintain her own independent view of life: "Although she was the daughter of a wicked man, the sister of a wicked man, and her hometown was a place of wicked people, she did not learn from their misdeeds." Then, when the servant of Abraham came looking for a wife for Isaac, she seized the opportunity to join the famous family of monotheists. Despite her parents' reluctance, she insisted on going. In our parshah this week, we see another aspect of her independence. In a personal and revealing account, we learn how she coped first with years of childlessness and then with a very painful pregnancy. This culminated in the birth of the two totally opposite twins: Jacob and Esau! Although filled with immeasurable love and respect for her husband Isaac, she had had a Divine prophecy about the future of their two children. This, combined with her down-to-earth perception of reality, made her determined that Jacob, rather than Esau, should receive Isaac's blessings. The parshah tells us how she achieved success in this aim. Thus one of the points that this parshah teaches us in its account of Rebecca is the idea of strength of character. She had the ability to stand up for that which she knew was right, risking her own well-being in the process. Through this she ensured the establishment of the Jewish people, the children of Jacob.• By Tali Loewenthal Dr. Tali Loewenthal is Lecturer in Jewish Spirituality at University College London, director of the Chabad Research Unit, and author of Communicating the Infinite: The Emergence of the Habad School

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his week the Torah tells us of the great dichotomy of character between Yaakov and his older brother Esav. Yaakov sat and studied while Esav hunted. Though it is difficult to understand the roots of this great divide, their parents' reaction to this diversity is even more confusing. The Torah tells us that "Yitzchak loved Esav for there was game in his mouth, and Rivka loved Yaakov." (Genesis 25:28) The variance in their opinions manifested itself in the fight over the blessings. Yitzchak intended that Esav receive his blessings for worldly goods, intending to save the spiritual ones for Yaakov. Rivka pushed her son Yaakov to attain the blessings for the worldly goods, too. What was the fundamental difference between Yitzchak's and Rivka's view of their children? Why was there such a diverse notion as to who should inherit the wealth of this world? How is it possible that Yitzchak, who epitomized the very essence of spirituality, favored Esav, a man steeped in worldly desires? Vice President Al Gore tells a story about outgoing Senator Bill Bradley. Senator Bradley once attended a dinner at which he was a guest speaker. The waiter set down a side dish of potatoes, and placed a pat of butter upon them. The Senator asked for an extra portion of butter. "I’m sorry sir," the very unyielding server replied tersely, "one pat per guest."

"I am the one in charge of the butter." Yitzchok understood the great contrariety between his children. However, he felt that Esav, the hunter-child, understood the mundane world much better. So it was only fitting that Esav be gifted with the blessings of a mundane world. Esav would then supplement Yaakov’s needs, and a true symbiosis would emerge. Rivka, on the other hand, was pragmatic. She felt that putting Esav in charge of the material world would lead to selfish hoarding that would hardly give Yaakov a portion. She understood that while Yaakov’s sustenance was basically from spirituality, he still needed a little butter to survive. And she could not rely on Esav controlling the butter: she knew the personality all too well. There would be no parity or sharing. Esav would take it all. Everybody has a job, whether it be spiritual or menial, and each job must be executed with a sense of responsibility and mission. The argument between Rivka and Yitzchak was complex, but it was simple too. Esav may be more astute in churning the butter; however, will he make sure to give Yaakov his fair share? Rivka knew that the world would be a better place if we all shared our respective portions. But she wouldn't count on it. •

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abbi Yaakov Levi had moved to Sunshine, Florida, a small town near Miami, to bolster the Jewish community in the area. Rabbi Levi, whose nickname was Yankee, was twenty-four and slim, with a full, dark beard. His soft brown eyes were magnified by a pair of thick glasses. He was accompanied by his young wife, Rebecca. She was warm-hearted, and generous, but not at all shy about speaking her mind. Together they started a synagogue, Congregation Bais Simcha. The small congregation loved their young rabbi and rebbetzin.

Finally, the lock turned, and fifty-four-year-old Yussie Yablonski appeared. Yussie looked terrible, even for Yussie. His gray hair streamed from his head in all directions, and his short, stocky body smelled of sweat. Wearing just a pair of plaid boxer shorts and a stained undershirt, he looked expectantly at the rabbi.

By the end of their third year in Sunshine, Rebecca had given birth to two children. Rabbi Levi, however, had problems with their other creations-very serious problems. The bank was going to take away their house, their car, and the synagogue, because there was not enough money to make the monthly mortgage payments.

The rabbi raised his dark eyebrows. "But I have to ask. It's my job."

The solution to these problems was Michael Fein the richest Jew in town and the president of Congregation Bais Simcha. Each year, he gave the synagogue $100,000in one check. His next contribution was due after Shabbat. Without that check… No! – Rabbi Levi didn't want to think about it. He didn't want to think about having to close the doors to the synagogue and congregation he loved.

The rabbi lifted his palm and looked up at the sky. A dark thundercloud was rolling in.

This year, Michael Fein had one important condition. "If you can't get ten men – a minyan – together so I can say kaddish for my mother on Shabbat," he told Rabbi Levi, "then I'm through supporting Congregation Bais Simcha!" It was now an hour before Shabbat, and only nine men were available, including the rabbi. Rabbi Levi sat at his desk and looked down once again at his congregation list. He called everyone he could think of. Why did it have to be Fourth of July weekend, when so many families are out of town? Then he thought about who wasn't on the list, and he smiled. He still had one last hope, Yussie Yablonski. Of course! Yussie would not be going out of town. Yussie had no car to go out of town with. Yes, Yussie would be the tenth man and complete the minyan! He dialed Yussie's number. "We're sorry, but the number you have dialed has been temporarily disconnected. Please check the number and dial again or ask the operator for assistance." Translation: Yussie had not paid his telephone bill. Again. Rabbi Levi looked at his watch. Forty minutes to sundown. There was only one thing to do. He jumped into his rusty Dodge and ten minutes later, he was knocking on the door to Yussie's apartment. He knocked again. And again. And again. November 20, 2009

"You shouldn't ask, Rabbi," Yussie replied, forlornly.

"Well, in that case, I'm not so good," Yussie admitted. The rabbi grimaced. "Is there anything I can do?" "No . . . maybe . . . well . . . I don't know, Rabbi."

"Yussie, you think maybe I could come inside, before it pours, so we can figure this out together?" "Come in already," Yussie said, standing aside. The apartment was in chaos. Crusty dishes piled high in the sink, the garbage overflowed onto the floor, and wrinkled clothes were scattered everywhere. The rabbi moved a pair of stained workpants from one of the kitchen chairs, and sat down. "So what's wrong, Yussie?" "What's wrong? Everything is wrong. My life is one big wrong. . . . Would you like some wine, Rabbi?" "No, thank you, Yussie. I don't drink before Shabbat." "Shabbat? Is it Shabbat already? You know, sometimes I lose track of time, Rabbi." Yussie poured himself a large glass of red wine and sat down at the table with his rabbi. "Rabbi, I don't believe in G-d anymore" The rabbi squinted at his watch in the dimming light. "Shabbat starts in about twenty minutes, Yussie, and I promised Michael Fein we would have a minyan. Yussie, you'll have the honor of being the tenth man." Yussie took a gulp of wine. He belched, looked embarrassed, and then said, "No thanks, Rabbi." A threatening peel of thunder followed Yussie's words. "No thanks?" the rabbi repeated with disbelief. "Rabbi, I cannot go to synagogue anymore."

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"Because, Rabbi, I don't believe in G-d anymore." The rabbi felt a thunderous rumble in his gut. "Yussie, come, get dressed, and we'll talk on the way." Under the rabbi's penetrating gaze, Yussie stood up and walked over to the kitchen window. The sky was darkening by the minute. He turned around and faced the rabbi. "Rabbi, when you look at me . . . what do you see?" Rabbi Levi sighed and nodded his head. "I see a good man, Yussie." "Children make fun of me, Rabbi, when I pass them on the street. They say, 'Here comes the raggedy man! Raggedy man! Raggedy man! Hey, raggedy man!'" "You're a good person, Yussie." "Good for what, Rabbi? Good for nothing, that's what." "Now, Yussie . . ." "I have some relatives, but they don't want to come near me""Rabbi, in case it didn't occur to you, when I was born I didn't win any prizes in the looks department. And as far as smarts go, my brain doesn't work right sometimes. I never had a wife, never even a girlfriend. I don't have friends anymore. I have some relatives, but they don't want to come near me because they're afraid I'll borrow more money from them." "Yussie," the rabbi tried to interrupt, but Yussie continued. "Rabbi, look around you. All I have is this crummy little apartment, which is all I can afford with the crummy job I have. I pick up litter by the side of the highway using a pointy stick. That's my living. That's what I do. I pick up wrappers and cigarette butts and sticky plastic bottles. In this world, I am nothing. People look past me like I don't exist." "Each year, my life gets worse, Rabbi. Each year, I sink lower. Today, it dawned on me that as I get older, I will keep becoming less and less, until the nothing I am now will seem like something compared to what I will become." The rabbi shook his head. "Yussie, you're being too hard on yourself." "Too hard? Rabbi, even G-d has no use for me. He has given me no blessings of any kind. And then He tells me not to covet my neighbor! Hah! No one wants to be Yussie Yablonski, and I would rather be anyone else but me. How can I not covet?" Yussie banged his fist on the counter. "No! I refuse to believe in G-d because He refuses to believe in me." "What can I do, Yussie? Tell me how I can help you."


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Rabbi Levi stole a glanc at his watch. Fifteen minutes until Shabbat. Yussie saw the rabbi glance at his watch, and shook his head. "Leave me alone, Rabbi. Just leave me alone." Once again, Yussie turned his back and stared out the window. Rabbi Levi stood up, walked over to Yussie, and put his hand on his shoulder. "Yussie, do you think maybe I could leave you alone after Shabbat? I need a tenth man now." He smiled hopefully. Yussie pushed the rabbi's hand off his shoulder. "I am serious, Rabbi. Find someone else, and leave me be." Holding the door open, he said, "Please go, Rabbi.""Yussie, please come with me to the synagogue. Please. Together we will pray for blessings for you. Together we will explain to G-d how He has forgotten you. Maybe G-d will listen this time." "Oh, G-d listens, Rabbi. And then He laughs. He always laughs at my prayers." "Yussie, please. How many ways can I beg you? I need a tenth man. I have no one else to turn to. My job depends on it. My family depends on it. My life depends on it! Is it so much to ask?" Yussie turned and faced the rabbi. "Yes. It is too much. Maybe if you were a better rabbi, G-d would listen to you, and He would find some blessings for me . . . instead of His empty hand." Yussie walked from the kitchen to the front door. The rabbi followed. Holding the door open, he said, "Please go, Rabbi. Go to your Michael Fein and your congregation. Go find someone else who still believes in G-d to make your minyan." Rabbi Levi sighed deeply. "Is there nothing I can do for you . . . Yussie . . . something . . . anything . . . if you will just do this for me?" Yussie shook his head. Rabbi Levi walked toward the door. Before he left, he looked beseechingly into Yussie's eyes. Yussie looked away. The rabbi shrugged, paused for just a moment, then left. Driving back to Congreagation Bais Simcha, he found himself lost in Yussie's sadness. He wondered, What is the Holy One's purpose in making one such as Yussie? How can I understand him? How can I help him? I have a wonderful wife and two beautiful children. I have a challenging career and a

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congregation of good people who depend upon me. My biggest problem is getting a minyan for Michael Fein. Who is Michael Fein? Is he G-d? If Michael Fein chooses to stop giving, will I survive? Of course I will. I have blessings beyond belief and yet . . . I am poor with wisdom to help my friend, Yussie. He sensed something was wrong. Very wrong.And then, Rabbi Levi surprised himself. He forgot about Michael Fein, forgot about the minyan, forgot about Congregation Bais Simcha and his bills. He screeched to a stop and then turned his old Dodge around. He sped back to Yussie's apartment, arriving just minutes to sundown. The heavy summer rain began its descent just as he arrived. Rabbi Levi pounded on Yussie's door. No answer. He pounded until his hands hurt, but still, no answer. He rammed his body into the door until his shoulder ached. Finally, he managed to break the door open. "Yussie?" the rabbi called out. "Yussie, are you here?!" No answer. The apartment was dark. The rabbi hadn't noticed it before, but the power must have been turned off another unpaid bill, no doubt. When the rabbi's eyes adjusted to the darkness, he searched around. Yussie was not in the kitchen . . . or the living room . . . or the bedroom, but he sensed the man's presence. He also sensed something was wrong. Very wrong. There remained only one place Yussie could be. The rabbi opened the bathroom door. There was a lit candle beside the sink, and Yussie was standing in front of the mirror, staring at his reflection. In his hand was a bottle of pills. "Yussie, why didn't you answer me?" "Rabbi, you don't belong here . . . go to your synagogue." He continued staring into the mirror. "No, Yussie, this is where I belong." "Leave me in peace, Rabbi!" "No, Yussie." "Rabbi, please. I am begging you. Leave me be!" "No, Yussie . . . I will stay here with you until we figure this out together." When Yussie turned to face the rabbi, there were tears in his weary eyes. "Rabbi, I cannot take the pain of living. Do you understand? It hurts me to be alive and be so miserable. Could you live my life, Rabbi? Look around you!


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Could you live this way?" "I would not live like this . . . and you do not have to either, Yussie." "Rabbi, I have become so used to no one caring, that I, too, no longer care about myself. What value is there in being neat and clean when you are poor and alone, with no one to love, no one to even talk to? How long can anyone care about himself when he is ridiculed and laughed at? How long could you live my life and still care, Rabbi?" Rabbi Levi thought for a long time. "I don't know," he answered, finally breaking the silence. "Then go! Let me be!" Yussie threw the bottle of pills into the bathroom sink and buried his face in his hands. His painful sobs pierced the heart of the good rabbi. Putting his arm around Yussie's shoulder, the rabbi managed to steer him out of the bathroom and into the kitchen. He settled the troubled man into a chair and sat down next to him. "Yussie, I was taught that whenever I encounter unfair situations in life, for which I could find no reason, I was to say, 'Only G-d knows why.' " Yussie continued sobbing, his face hidden in his hands. "Then I was told to have faith and go on, that 'Only G-d knows why.' I wish I had a better explanation for you, Yussie. You're right. If I were a better rabbi, I would have the right words." Yussie's shoulders stopped shaking. "You have had faith longer than anyone could hope for, certainly longer than me, and I am a rabbi." "Perhaps, Yussie, G-d gives blessings to those whose faith is weak, not strong." Yussie took his hands away from his red face and stared with tear-rimmed eyes at the rabbi. Yussie's cries became softer now" Perhaps to the strongest, G-d gives little, and He is happy that His best creations need so little from Him. So, no, Yussie. I could not take living like you. Faith is the greatest blessing, and my faith is less than yours." "Do you mean that, Rabbi?" "Yes, I do, Yussie. And would you like to know a secret?" Yussie nodded his head and wiped his eyes on the corner of his undershirt. "Sometimes, when I pray, Yussie, I ask G-d not to test me

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like He does you, because I know I would come up short." "You think I am stronger than you, Rabbi?" "Yes," the rabbi said, and he meant it. "Stronger than even Michael Fein?" "You are many times stronger than Michael Fein." He meant that, too. Yussie wiped his eyes once more and smoothed out his shirt. Then, the rabbi watched raptly as Yussie seemed to go through an amazing transformation. The man stood up, straightened his back, and puffed out his chest. He set his jaw, and when he spoke, there was a new confidence and purpose in his words. "Then come, Rabbi. We'll go pray for Michael Fein. If we do not keep bothering G-d for blessings, that rich weakling will perish." Rabbi Levi stood up and hugged Yussie. He hugged him for a long time, and when he let him go, he said, "Thank you, Yussie, my good friend." Rabbi Levi waited in the kitchen while Yussie changed into his best clothes—an old, tattered suit that had seen better days a decade ago. Together, they walked the two miles to Congregation Bais Simcha in the pouring rain. "It was nice of - d to provide me with a shower, wasn't it, Rabbi? I was starting to smell so bad even I could not stand to be around myself." The rabbi looked over at Yussie, and he was smiling. Yussie had a childlike smile, and it made Rabbi Levi smile along with him. Forty minutes later, the two men—drenched to the skin but in great spirits—opened the heavy doors to Congregation Bais Simcha. Eight men stared back at them. Seven of them had been waiting patiently. The eighth, Michael Fein, was scowling. Rabbi Levi and Yussie looked at each other when they saw the expression on the wealthy man's face. "Weakling," Yussie whispered to Rabbi Levi.

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"We should pray for him," Rabbi Levi whispered back. Rabbi Levi walked up to the dais, cleared his throat, and began the Friday night service. He insisted that Yussie stand at his side. For the first time in a long time, the young rabbi truly felt that G d was happy with his work.•

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f I could be given any gift to help me in my job as a teacher, I know exactly what I would ask for. I haven't ever seen one, but I know that I need it. I want a special kind of mirror that I can hold up for my students to gaze into, and instead of seeing themselves as they always do, they would see themselves as I see them. I first began to wish for this magical mirror while sitting with a student who had spent the last twenty or so hours in bed after taking a handful of Tylenol and downing it with a six pack of beer. She told me that she was hideously fat, too ugly to be seen in public, and while she didn't want to kill herself, she wanted to get messed up enough to not feel anything for a while. In front of me sat a lovely young woman; a warm, caring, intelligent and attractive girl who was adored by her fellow students and the other teachers. She saw someone else. I don't quite understand who it was she was seeing, or why, but as I sat and cried with her I told her about my magic mirror, holding up my hand and staring into it, as if together we might be able to wish it into existence. I don't quite understand who she was seeing Yesterday I had a class with a different young woman. She listened and read, shared ideas and a song. She seemed to me to have had the kind of childhood I would have picked, had I been given a choice, and she seemed to be headed for a promising future, yet somewhere along the line something must have gone wrong. After class I heard from another staff member that this same girl's mind is so filled with suicidal

crooked teeth and spotty mascara. I went back to the thumbnail, a picture of pure happiness. After having seen the close up I noticed the wrinkles in the smaller picture, too, but they were in the supporting role and not center stage. It was still a beautiful picture. They see the thumbnail, not the big picture I do the same thing to myself. There are people who see great things in me, but for the most part they are looking at the thumbnail, not the close-up. They don't see me first thing in the morning with a smushy face lined with sleep – but not enough of it – getting aggravated over every little obstacle between me and the bus that will come to collect my children, even if the "obstacle" is the children themselves! They don't see the inner struggles, the ugly thoughts, the stupid and hurtful mistakes made in the privacy of my own mind and home. I tend to zoom in on the negative, hoping that by doing so I might be able to fix something, though in truth more progress has been made in my life when I've focused on the vision of my heart, and not the details of my sharp eye. Vision. A friend of mine once asked a great woman, a woman who raised many children, each of whom became a rabbi, teacher, kabbalist, or community leader—a success in every true measure of success: "Can you give me some advice on raising children? How did you do what you did?" She answered briefly, after a few moments of thought, "Tzarich chazon – You need vision." Although chazon

Is My Mirror Telling the Truth? and other destructive thoughts that she is afraid to be alone with herself. Again I wished for my magical mirror.

also means prophecy, a mother or teacher does not need to be a prophet in order to see the greatness of a child's soul – but it does take prophetic vision.

With these thoughts fresh in my mind I opened my email. A picture appeared. In the thumbnail were a mother and daughter with huge smiles, arm in arm, rejoicing together at a wedding. When I clicked on the picture it came up huge on the screen. Now I saw wrinkles, age marks,

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ment of their childhood, she saw them not only as children but as leaders-in-training, and dealt with them accordingly, teaching and demonstrating the tools and traits that they would need for their trades. I see my student as diamonds In Hebrew the word for education is chinuch. It contains within it the word chein, grace. Maybe the essence of education is seeing the true grace hidden within our students. When we see the shine of their souls and reflect it back to them, it inspires them to aspire to reach their true potential. There is a beautiful story of a woman who waited one Sunday to receive a dollar from the Lubavitcher Rebbe. It was the custom that on Sundays hundreds of people would come to receive a dollar, intended for charity, and a blessing as they passed by. This woman waited for a number of hours in line. When it was finally her turn, she asked the Rebbe how he had the stamina to stand for so long when she, much younger in years, was exhausted. He responded: "When you count diamonds, you don't get tired." No matter what the issue, concern, or baggage a person approached the Rebbe with, he saw past all the muck. He saw the beauty within. He saw the diamond. So, too, I view my students as diamonds and I have a vision for them. I see their beauty and strength from a perspective that they do not yet have. I see some of the close-up with it's fault lines that seem to go on forever, but I've been around long enough not to believe them. I see the bigger picture of who they are today, and hold in my heart a vision of who they may yet be. I have yet to be asked for my magical wish list, but if I continue to teach and treat my students in accordance with the vision of my heart, I believe that they will come to see that image in the mirror on the wall. by Shalvi Weissman Shalvi Weissman is a mother, teacher, singer and writer living in Jerusalem with her husband and three children.

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Stuffing Engagements Batya Pykovski & Ari Richler Chana Malka Zyskind & Benny Gottdiener Dina Shaliyehsaboo & Reuven Gidanian

Weddings Jocey Josef & David Miller Leeba Mainstain & Aryeh Bernstein Chaya Rochel Elharrar & Yosef Bitton


Births - Boys Mindle & Chaim Zaetz Miriam & Yitzchok Wiener Shevy & Dovid Lieder

* 6 cups chicken stock * 1 cup chopped celery * 3/4 cup chopped carrots * 3/4 cup diced onions * 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning * 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano * 1 teaspoon parsley flakes * 1 small bay leaf * 1/2 teaspoon salt * 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin * Salt and freshly ground black pepper * 6 cups cubed French bread

Births - Girls Sari & Ari Weinberger


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In a medium stock pot combine all the ingredients except the French bread and boil the mixture for 15 minutes. Spread the French bread cubes evenly over the bottom of a roasting pan. Pour the stock slowly over the French bread and let it sit for 3 minutes. Using a spoon, mix the stock and bread together. Place in the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

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A Perfect Setting Great gifts for all occasions- invited out for a Shabbos meal? Baby gifts...Bas Mitzvah g i f t s . . . We d d i n g gifts...House warming gifts...Don't put it off. Come in today and go out relieved. Call for a special appointment

323-938-8222 or 323-6203618 ask for Rochel



Yosef Y. Shagalov:

Traveling Notary Public & Home Signing Agent.

Cell:(323)934-7095 email:

Second Chance furniture gemach still has many items in good condition that must find new homes. Please contact Rivky 323-997-5968 or



for all your simchas and special events. For more info Please call Eli Stiefel

310-462-5368 or email



Room for rent, private entrance, woman only, Shomer Shabbos, Pico Robertson area. Call Sarah 818-284-7965

SHAITELS Headlines / European Wigs


• Wash & Set • Jewelry • Hair Accessories • Ear Piercing


You name it we design it! Business Cards, Postcards, Posters, Flyers, Stickers, CD/DVD Covers, Websites, Wedding & Bar/Bat Mitzvah Invitations, Scrapbook Albums, Digital Books, Tshirts, & More...

WEDDING SHTICK “Shticky Business" Shtick rental for all Simchas. Reasonable rates, beautiful one of a kind items. Arches, Umbrellas, Balloons, Mazel Tov signs, Pom Poms & more. Call Rivky at 323-997-5968 SILVER



Robin Schultz Ackerman will help you eliminate unwanted hair! Doctor referred over 10 years in the community. Reasonable rates, Flexible hours open Sundays by appt.

please call for appointment Chaim & Tova Friedman -295-



Ariel Louk Orchestra / One Man Band. Weddings, Bar/Bat Mitvahs, Special Occasions. Quality music, Competitive prices. References available. For more information, please call Ariel Louk: Cell: 323-997-2647 Tel: 310-659-9346 WORKSHOPS/CLASSES


Channa Tellis Dress Maker & Expert Alterations with 40 yrs of experience, also available for Sewing Classes.

Please Call 323-9335960 or 323-3488786 -298-

November 20, 2009

What do I do when my child (fill in your least acceptable behavior)? Take the best parenting class in town to learn how to deal with misbehavior, discouragement and poor school performance. In addition, acquire all the skills necessary to raise confident, independent, and responsible children. Appropriate for ages 0-5, 6-11, and teens. Individual or group sessions. Affordable. Call Irine Schweitzer, LCSW for more information, @ 818 754-4501. -1548-

310-595-5490 MENDELS@GMAIL.COM

Call anytime for an appt.


Parenting With Wisdom


"Because A Simcha Should Be Happy."


Personal service & best prices in town!

Phone orders & delivery, gift wrapping, gifts for all occasions. Sterling silver •Crystal with Silver • Wood with Silver



Call Chaya Suri

@ 323-930-1389


A Time for Dance Ballet and Pointe Program PREBALLET through POINTE. Unlike any other, follows the "Royal Academy of Dance"guidelines but also encourages creative process and artistry! Girls, Teens & Women ages 2- up. 3 Convenient Locations Call for your free trial class:

(323) 404-0827


CAREER TRAINING PROGRAMS Are you Unemployed and collecting Unemployment Benefits? FULL Financial Aid is available to unemployed individuals. Receive career training at NO COST to YOU. These funds are available through President Obama’s Economic Stimulus Package. Act now while funds are available. Los Angeles ORT Technical Institute has several Nationally Accredited Career Training Programs. Please call 323-966-5444. Ask for Flora or Jesse.

800.998.2678 MUSIC LESSONS



Recession-Proof Careers

In just 8 months we will train you in a recession-proof career, and help you find an exciting job in: • Pharmacy Technician • Medical Assistant • Medical Office Management • Accounting • Administrative Assistant • Business Management • Computer Graphics & Desktop Publishing • Computer Aided Design & Drafting (Auto Cad) Call Los Angeles ORT Technical Institute 1-800998-2678 LA ORT is Non-Profit organization. Financial Aid, Scholarship and Transportation assistance are available. Mid-Wilshire: 6435 Wilshire BL, Los Angeles CA 90048 Valley: 14519 Sylvan ST, Van Nuys CA 91411 BABYSITTER AVAILABLE

Orthodox woman available to watch your children full time or part-time hours, at your location. Excellent references. 323-6519389 SALES PERSON WANTED

Excellent Opportunity for highly motivated sales person to work for growing business. Create your own hours. Work from home. For further information please email us at info@community Ref #1980

REAL ESTATE LOOKING TO RENT Looking for a garage OR guest/back house for rent. and add the contact info etc. Rivky 323-997-5968

Drum Lessons Over 20 years experience, lessons at your location, all levels and all ages.


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Near Pico/Beverly Drive, double entry door, granite kitchen, stainless steel appliances, washer/dryer, 2 full & 1 guest bathroom, master bedroom/master bathroom/walk in closet. Exotic bamboo floors, central AC, elevator, fitness room, subterranean parking, intercom. Built in 2008. 2 weeks free with one year lease. Call Daniel @

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NEW KEHILLA Tehachapi Torah Center New shul location for better housing selection, in beautiful neighborhood, priced $128,000 to 450,000. For example 5 bed 2.75 bath 2772SF high end construction on nice .62 acre lot, 3 blocks from new shul site, ask 295k. Use link below for more details and other nearby listings. The Tehachapi Torah Centered Community is suited for families, individuals, and existing Torah organizations. Healthy, Serene, Affordable, Child Friendly. Tehachapi Ca. 93561, 90 miles/minutes from route 14 at 5. Twice the Home for Half the Money. Homes from $128k, Lots 20k. Lease From: Rooms $300, Apartments $550, Houses $850. Learn More! Contact Roger M. or call 310-948-5137

FOR RENT 3 bedroom/3 bath apartment, 2600 sq ft.,partially furnished, washer & dryer included. Quiet frum area. Close to shuls and shopping. Short or long term rental. (323) 377-3811

JOB OPPORTUNITY Administrative Assistant for Unique Job Opportunity. Looking for someone dedicated, reliable, long-term, and motivated to perform all administrative duties. Will work one-on-one with owner. Job description: - Computer skills a must: MS Word/Excel, QuickBooks, basic Photoshop skills. Must be able to solve minor computer issues. - Digital Photography - Answering phones, setting up appointments, greeting clients - Shipping - Managing website- 40 hours aweek. The right person must be very organized, detail oriented, a good problem solver, with excellent written and verbal communication skills. This is a full-time job in downtown Los Angeles.Please send a resume and a brief email telling us about yourself to Salary: $13/hr and parking. Additional opportunity to earn more based on a job well-done.

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Over 25 years of experience, Warm loving environment, Safe personalized attention, Reasonable rates Flexible hours, Infants-toddlers are welcome,we still have a few spaces left.

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MEAT Afshan Restaurant RCC 106 W. 9th St. LA, (213) 622-1010

Jeffs Gourmet Kehila 8930 W. Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 858-8590

Temptation Grill Kehila 17547 Ventura B. Encino, 91316 (818) 995-4700

Milk N Honey RCC 8837 West Pico Blvd LA, 90035 (310) 858-8850

Bocca Steakhouse RCC 16610 Ventura. Encino, 91436 (818) 905-5855

Kiki’s Grill RCC 12422 Burbank. N.H, 91607 (818) 508-5557

The Meating Place KCA 30313 Canwood St. AH, 91301 (818) 706-1255

Milky Way Kehila 9108 W. Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 859-0004

Café Del Mar Dairy/Meat Kehila 12526 Burbank Blvd. N.H. 91607 (818) 487-8171

La Gondola Kehila 9025 Wilshire Blvd. BH, 90211 (310) 247-1239

Nagilla Pizza Kehila 9411 West Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 788-0111

Chic N Chow Kehila 9301 West Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 274-5595

La Glatt RCC 446 Fairfax Ave. LA, 90036 (323) 658-7730

Tierra Sur at Herzog Winery 3201 Camino DelSol Oxnard (805) 983-1560 Beverly Elite Cafe RCC 7115 Beverly Blvd. LA, 90036 (323) 936-2861

Chinese and Kabob Kehila 9180 Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 274-4007

Mashu Mashu RCC 12510 Burbank Blvd. 91607 (818)752-ASIA (2742)

Circa RCC 433 N. Fairfax Avenue, LA, 90036 323-653-1941

Metro Glatt RCC 8975 W. Pico Blvd. 90035 (310) 275-4420

Cohen’s Restaurant RCC 316 E Pico Blvd # F LA, CA 90015 (213) 742-8888

Nagilla Meating Place Kehila 9407 West Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 788-0119

Delice Bistro Kehila 8581 W. Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 289-1702

Orange Delight Kehila 13628 Ventura Blvd. SO, 91423 (818) 788-9896

Elat Burger Ben Zaken 9340 W. Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 278-4692

Pats Kehila 9233 W. Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 205-8705

Elite Cuisine RCC 7119 Beverly Blvd. LA, 90036 (323) 930-1303

Pico Kosher Deli RCC 8826 West Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 273-9381

Falafel Express Buxbaum 5577 Reseda Blvd. Tarzana, 9135 (818) 345-5660

Pita Way RCC 8532 Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 652-5236

Falafel Grill Chabad 5611 Kanan R. Agoura Hills, 91301 (818) 991-8799

Sassis Kehila 15622 Ventura, Encino, 91436 (818) 986-5345

Glatt Hut RCC 9303 W. Pico Blvd. 90035 (310) 246-1900

Shanghai Kehila 9401 W. Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 553-0998

Fish Grill Kehila 7226 Beverly Blvd. LA, 90036 (323) 937-7162 12013 Wilshire Blvd. LA, 90025 (310) 479-1800 9618 W. Pico Blvd. 90035 (310) 860-1182 22935 Pacific Coast Highway (310) 456-8585

Golan RCC 13075 Victory Blvd. N. H, 91606 (818) 763-5344

Shilohs Kehila 8939 W. Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 858-1652

Hill Street Pizza RCC 456 S Hill St. Los Angeles, 90013 (213) 627-9990

Got Kosher? RCC 8914 W. Pico Blvd. 90035 (310) 858-1920

Smokin’ RCC 12514 Burbank Blvd. N.H, 91607 (818) 752-6866

Jerusalem Pizza Kehila

Subway Kehila 8948 W Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 274-1222

La Brea Bagel OK 7308 Beverly Blvd. LA, 90036 (323) 965-1287

Sunrise RCC 9216 W. Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 786-8282

La Pizza Rabbi Furst 12515 Burbank Blvd. N.H, 91607 (818) 760-8198

Habayit Buxbaum 11921 W. Pico Blvd. LA, 90064 (310) 479-5444 Haifa Ben Zaken 8717 W. Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 888-7700


November 20, 2009


Nana Cafe RCC 1509 S Robertson Blvd. (310) 407-0404


Pico Cafe Kehila 8944 W Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 310-385-9592

Beverly Cafe Elite RCC 7113 Beverly Blvd. LA, 90035 (323) 931-3563

Pizza Maven Kehila 140 North La Brea Blvd. 90036 (323) 857-0353

Bibis Warmstone Kehila 8928 W. Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 246-1788 Bramis Pizza


17736 ShermanWay, Reseda 91326

Pizza Nosh Rabbi Ami Markel 30313 Canwood St. A.H. 91301 (818) 991-3000

(818) 342-0611 Circa RCC 8622 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles (310) 854-0592 Cow Jumped Over The Moon


421 N Rodeo Drive, B.H. 90210 (310) 274-4269 Delice Kehila 8583 W. Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 289-6556

17942 Ventura Blvd. Encino, CA 91316

(818) 758-9595

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Pizza Station Kehila 8965 W. Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 276-8708 Pizza World Kehila 365 Fairfax Ave. LA, 90036 (323) 653-2896 Sassis Sushi Kehila 16550 Ventura, Encino, 91436 (818) 783-2727 Shalom Pizza RCC 8715 West Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 271-2255 Unique Cafe Rabbi Aron Simkin 18381 Ventura Blvd. Tarzana (818) 757-3100

PAREVE Fish In The Village RCC 12450 Burbank Blvd. N.H, 91607 (818) 769-0085 Le Sushi 12524 Burbank Blvd N.H. 91607 (818) 763-6600 SushiKo RCC 9340 West Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 274-3474

SATURDAY NIGHT, DEC. 12 2ND night of Chanukah

7:30 - 11:00 pm


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Community Links issue 143  

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