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Should a 12 Month Old Have Therapy?

Some families are concerned about identifying weaknesses or problems in their young children. They worry that once identified with a problem, a child will be “branded” as having a diagnosis or disability. Dr. Robert Rome

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Inspiration

When the soul is brought into this world, it's placed in a body with a whole different set of feelings, attractions, desires, appetites and cravings. The body knows only of the physical world. It's not only a body that the soul has to deal with, but also with an impure spirit. Rabbi Reuven Wolf

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Should a 12 Month Old Have Therapy? By Robert J. Rome, Ph.D.

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hould a 12 month old have therapy? A one year old child probably would not have psychotherapy. However, many times a 12 month old may need occupational therapy or physical therapy to aid muscle and motor development. Such a child may also benefit from speech and language therapy to help establish a basis for language development or to aid in oral-motor development for swallowing and proper mouth and tongue movement. Many times, children much younger than age one require therapy, some as soon as immediately after birth. Providing treatment and preventive services to children ages 0 to 5 years is referred to as Early Intervention. Unlike decades ago when common thinking when a child was experiencing some difficulties in development and doctors commonly said, “Let’s wait and see,” the thinking more recently has been that a child should be referred at the first indication of concern for treatment. Early intervention through providing speech and language, occupational, physical, and behavioral therapies and treatment, as well as social skills and other training, are seen as very successful ways of preventing further problems or concerns. In fact, about 60% of those referred for assistance before age three years

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do not need any form of major assistance after three when they have been given therapy or supports. Furthermore, individual therapies and treatments before age three years are generally free of charge to families regardless of their financial status. In California, these federally funded interventions are provided through the system of regional centers throughout the state, seven of which are located in Los Angeles County. There are also services for the preschool age provided through the local school district after the child turns three. With additional resources for the young child provided through health insurance and other programs, there are numerous ways to gain assistance for young children who may be showing some delays or who may be at risk for problems. Some families are concerned about identifying weaknesses or problems in their young children. They worry that once identified with a problem, a child will be “branded” as having a diagnosis or disability. Some even worry that decades later the now young adult will be tarnished from early identification of a problem and even impacted when seeking a shidduch to get married. These concerns are most often misplaced. Parents need to get intervention at the child’s young age so that there will not be problems later, so delays do not become full-blown disabilities. The child with what is called “poor muscle tone” typically becomes a fully normal child in motor functioning when given treatment at a young age. With treatment, the muscles develop, the legs or arms strengthen and the child most often becomes fully functioning in the previous areas of concern. The young child who has difficulties swallowing can swallow and eat normally after appropriate treatment. The child whose speech and language cannot be understood learns

to produce the sounds correctly. The contrary child develops appropriate behaviors. So much can be done at the earliest ages! The most publicly financed one-toone assistance, therapies, and treatment for a child with delays is available before age three years. Many times the parents notice that their second or third child is not developing like their previous children or like the neighbor’s child. They go to the pediatrician and ask, for example, why their 18 month old is not saying any words at all. Pediatricians often respond, “Let’s wait until the next check-up to see what is happening.” However, six or seven months frequently go by without help, a significant time in the development of a young child. Other pediatricians make an immediate referral of the child to the aptly named “Early Start” program of the local regional center. While one child goes without treatment for six or seven months, the other properly referred child may have two sessions weekly of one-to-one speech and language therapy coupled with other treatments as necessary. Of the two children who were seen as not having any language at age 18 months, with treatment one now speaks in sentences six months later at age 24 months, while the other child lags behind, still without words at 24 months. Most children with delays who are given help early go on to attend regular kindergarten programs. They progress with their peers. Those who go un-referred most frequently will have such difficulties that often will require special services, special classes, and other supports at kindergarten age. Early intervention achieves success in the vast majority of cases. Waiting most often just prolongs a problem. Contrary to what some parents believe, the lack of seeking treatment may actually lead to the subsequent unnecessary diagnosis

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of a disability in a child who could have developed more appropriately if only provided therapy and services. Some developmental problems are easy to notice. When a child does not walk at 15 or 16 months, it is easy to recognize that child’s delay. Children should be saying words at 18 months and speaking in sentences by 24 months. When these milestones are not met, it is easy to recognize any delay. But there are other concerns which are part of the development of the young child. Do children use their eyes correctly? Do the eyes tend to cross over? Is hearing adequate? Does the child experience a high frequency or low frequency hearing loss impacting his or her production of sounds? Is the child in his or her own world rather than more fully interacting with others as normally expected? These and other issues are also important for the developing child. When identified and properly addressed, most early childhood concerns are fully treatable. Some areas of treatment may not lead to full functioning, but help the child to get noticeably better when treated. Parent training and education are often successful in alerting parents as to what to look for in a child. I am privileged to be part of a special conference on the needs

of children in the Early Childhood and Preschool periods on Sunday, March 14, at Touro College at the corner of Crescent Heights and Fountain in West Hollywood. The conference, “Does My Preschool Have Special Needs?”, begins with registration is at 8:30 a.m., with sessions from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The program is open to parents, teachers and other professionals, and students in the field. Featured speakers will focus on such issues as vision and hearing; speech and language development; school readiness; getting help for your child when necessary; being an advocate for your child’s needs; and other important areas. To register, a parent student, or professional can call in advance of March 14 to (310) 861-1456. Space permitting, one can register at the door on the morning of the event. There are other parent training programs that are periodically held in the community throughout the year. When parents know what to do and where to find assistance, their children can make great strides forward. Don’t wait until the next appointment. Seek out the right kinds of help for your child as soon as you see something which may be wrong. You child will benefit greatly.

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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By Rabbi Reuven Wolf

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arshas Vayikra begins with the Mitzvos of the Karbanos (the Sacrifices). The Jewish people have finished building the Mishkan, a house for Hashem, and now Hashem instructs Moshe about the sacrifices. The second verse in the parsha says: "...When a man will bring from among you, an offering to G-d, from the animal – from the cattle and from the sheep – you should offer your sacrifice.” The simple reading of this verse presents us with three difficulties: (1) Grammatically, we would expect the verse to say, “When a man from among you will bring an offering,” not “When a man will bring from among you, an offering.” (2) It begins in the third person “adam ki yakriv/when a man will bring” then switches to the second person “takrivu es karbanchem/you should offer your sacrifice”. (3) The beginning of the verse, which is in third person, is in the singular “adam ki yakriv/when a man" and the end, which is in second person, is in plural “takrivu es karbanchem/ you [plural] should offer your [plural] sacrifice”. This phrase holds an astounding and powerful lesson that will help us find a meaningful path for true spiritual growth.

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What happens to inspiration? From time to time, we all have moments when we suddenly experience a strong spiritual jolt; We feel fired up, as if something has ignited our soul with G-dly passion, and we experience a yearning and longing to cleave and connect with G-d. Sometimes the source of that inspiration is something we read, or a lecture that spoke to our soul, and sometimes we don't know the source of it, and it comes spontaneously. Often, these moments happen during auspicious times - on holidays and Shabbos. On Yom Kippur, we all feel something. Perhaps the sound of the Shofar on Rosh Hashanah calls out to us, or we feel a burst of joy on Simchas Torah when we are dancing... Something triggers our soul and we fire up. We feel inspired to get better and change, and we are ready to do anything to make it happen. The unfortunate thing is, that this inspiration dries up very quickly and is often gone just as fast as it came. We might have an intense yearning on Yom Kippur, a deep sobbing of the soul, and ten minutes later, we're looking at the clock, wondering when the fast is over, or what we're going to break our fast on. Sometimes, inspiration lasts for a couple of hours, or even days, if we are lucky, inspiration can remain with us for a couple of weeks, but that's it, and then it's gone. We are left feeling empty, and we fall back to the place we were before it began, and we continue on an empty tank, as if it never

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was there. For many people, this occurs again and again. Life can be like a roller coaster, and this can become so frustrating and painful, that many people as they go on through life create a block and don't allow themselves to get inspired. As soon as the inspiration comes, they divert their attention and don't allow any fire to enter their soul, because they are terrified; Terrified of the gaping hole, and the deep pain they are going to feel after the inspiration leaves them with nothing that's lasting. To make matters worse, those moments of closeness to Hashem, which tingle us so strongly, and feel so delightful and blissful to the neshama, many times when they evaporate, we need something to fill that vacuum. People fall into lusts and seek pleasure from all kinds of sources, sometimes even sinful, doing things they wouldn't do had they not had the inspiration. Worse than that, some people begin to doubt the validity of the experience, and begin to think that the feeling isn't even true, and that it's just a figment of their imagination. Some conclude for themselves, "I'm a soul that seeks heaven? Get real! I'm a beast with cravings for earthly pleasures and the proof is that it never lasts!" The next step is to say that spirituality as a whole isn't true, that everyone else is just faking it and no one else is experiencing anything real. Once people reach that place, they have knocked a nail into the coffin of their own soul. The rest of their lives become very materialistic and earthy. They might be living as a Jew, going through the motions, doing the mitzvot, but it's without energy and passion, there is no spirituality left. Our neshama, the G-dly soul, is a piece of Hashem from above, ablaze with godly fire. All of its passions, ambitions, longings and yearnings are to reconnect with the Ain Sof, with Hashem himself. When the soul is brought into this world, it's placed in a body with a whole different set of feelings, attractions, desires, appetites and cravings. The body knows only of the physical world. It's not only a body that the soul has to deal with, but also with an impure spirit. Sometimes we call it the Yetzer Hara, or as the Chassidic masters like to refer to it, the Nefesh HaBahamis, the animal soul. The Zohar refers to the animal soul as "Mishcha D'Chivya, the hide of the snake." It envelops the body, and coils itself around our soul, expressing its impurity. It's only desires are sensations and physical pleasures. It wants cheesy pizzas and sushi with extra wasabi, a brand new Mercedes, and anything else that will delight it's physical tastebuds. Our Jewish psyche is a combination of these two souls. Our G-dly, pristine soul is a princess from above that is yearning to go back to the palace; Our animal soul is an earthly and beastly creation, filled with physical cravings. These two sides

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struggle to fulfill their desires. So, at times we feel lofty, heavenly longings, and at times we feel physical, bound and enmeshed with earthiness. This struggle is not supposed to be lifelong. Hashem doesn't want us to stifle or repress the animal, to just set the G-dly soul free. That would just leave the neshama back where it started. Rather, our challenge is to sublimate and rehabilitate the animal side. In the Haftorah of Shavuous, we read from the book of Yechezkel, where he describes in great detail angels, called Chayos/Animals, which are in a constant state of "ratzon v'shuv," racing upward with an intense passion and craving to cleave and to connect, to burn up in G-d's light. They repeatedly rush forward, then retreat in fear, afraid to come too close to G-d. The Rambam tells us that angelic intelligence is far superior to ours. So why are they called animals? Because their love for Hashem, and their connection to Hashem is purely instinctive and the impulsive. Just as an animal on earth doesn't meditate or come to a recognition or understanding of how delicious something is before pursuing it, so too, these angels above. They are triggered naturally by their proximity to Hashem's light, which fills them with incredible and unimaginable sensations, ecstasy and bliss. They are pulled by this incredible force to get closer to the source of that pleasure and closer to that G-dly light. However, when these very same angels are sent through the progression of worlds, the environment changes. In our world, G-dly light is shrouded and concealed. When the animal opens its eyes on here on Earth, it's searching for something that's going to give it the same pleasure and delight that it had in the higher worlds. But what's available here? For the animal it's grass, and for our animal soul, it's chocolate cake and cheesecake and other things that tickle our sensations. At its core, the animal possesses a desire for Hashem that has been misinterpreted, perverted and misguided. Our job is to lift the animal up back to its true cravings and desires. In a physical way, this means bringing a cow or sheep to the holy temple, slaughtering it and lifting it to the altar, allowing it to burn up in the holy fire of G-d, fulfilling its truest, deepest desire, to connect with its Source. Spiritually, this means working to rehabilitate our own animal soul, bringing it back to where it belongs, teaching it to fulfill its heavenly cravings with what it's looking for, G-dly light. When addicts are brought to rehabilitation, the first step is to slowly deprive them of their muck, and then, slowly, introduce healthy ideas and habits. This process doesn't work instantly. It's a long process of detachment and regrowth. Rehabilitation isn't depriving or extinguishing the true person, it's bringing the person back to a natural state of desire and

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fulfillment. How can we rehabilitate our animal soul? By connecting it with its source through meditation and prayer, showing our animal side what it's really seeking. Proper prayer and meditation doesn't mean to simply read the words slowly and carefully. It means that we stop to think, and then feel what we are saying. At the beginning of the daily prayer, we say "Baruch sheamar vahaya haolam / Blessed is the one who spoke and the world was created." At this point, we can stop and think: "The sky and the clouds, the sun, moon and the stars, mountains and all trees, my spouse, my children, the kitchen table, my bed, my computer -- everything that I've experienced from the moment I was born, and even before, is nothing but the words of Hashem. These things do not have any existence but for the fact that Hashem is speaking them and he is the root of all." Thinking like that for a split second isn't going to do anything. After several minutes, at a point where we can almost stop seeing the sky, and instead we can see Hashem, and we can think and wonder, if the life we know it is so enjoyable, filled with pleasures and delights, and this is only what exists from a crumb of a crumb of Hashem's external light, how much greater and sensational is the pleasure of G-dly light? Slowly but surely the animal can begin to understand. This does not happen right away, it's is a lifelong endeavor. This is Chasidic prayer and meditation. All of this is when we work, down here, to inspire ourselves and our animal souls to connect with G-d. What happens, however, to a neshama, a holy soul, that comes down and is malnourished, or gets overwhelmed and goes into hibernation, G-d forbid? At that point, Hashem has enormous compassion for the soul. He wants us to fulfill our mission! He sends a spiritual jolt and zaps us with G-dly radiance to jumpstart the soul. Suddenly, our neshama shakes and wakes from its sleep, and we feel a pull towards G-dly things. This is called "isarusa d’l’eila" an arousal form above. It comes to awaken us and stimluate our response, an "isarusa d’l’tata," an arousal from below. What Hashem really wants is that our arousal from below should stimulate an arousal from above. Working everyday, as

much as we can with our animal soul, trying to raise our consciousness and increase our sensitivity, causes that Hashem should respond and reciprocate. As we reach up to him, he chooses to reach down to us and reveal himself into the world, and into our souls. If, however, we are not going to do it, reluctantly, G-d picks up our souls anyway. He sends something down into our neshama, to tickle it, but only temporarily, with something that doesn't last. The whole purpose of this tickle, this inspiration, is to serve as a source for us to develop our own inspiration, a craving and a desire for G-d coming from within ourselves. This means that when one experiences an inspiration from above, afterwards, we need to immediately commit ourselves and act to challenge the animal side. We can't have a deep inspiring prayer, or an amazing moment on Yom Tov, and then immediately take a long nap, or get involved in all kinds of other gashmius and mundanity. As soon as we have inspiration from above, we need to drag the animal to the altar, and bring the animal as a sacrifice. This is what the second Posuk in Vayikra is dealing with. It's explaining the root of the problem, why inspiration doesn't last. It then gives us an answer that will allow inspiration to remain with us and enable future growth as we climb the ladder of spiritual development and connection with Hashem. “When a man will bring from among you, an offering...” Which man is it discussing? The Supernal Man, Hashem. When he will draw forth from us an offering, he will inspire us and jolt us, then, we ourselves "... you" human beings, must work and "should offer your sacrifice." What kind of sacrifice? "From the animal" soul, of which there is more than one type: "from the cattle," strong, fiery passion "and from the sheep," intense, deep longing desire. As we begin reading Sefer Vayikra, and we approach the month of Nissan, and Pesach, a time when Hashem sparks all of our souls, it's important to keep this in mind. We don't want, G-d forbid, to end up back where we started. Now is the time to wake up, and take action, commit ourselves and serve G-d with passion and awareness. Very soon, we will bring our karbanos (sacrifices) in the third bais hamikdash (Temple) in Yesrushalayim, we will have completed our job in sublimating the world will see the days of Moshiach. •

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uilding a sanctuary is difficult enough. Getting people to donate has been, historically, even more difficult. That, however, was not the case concerning the Mishkan. The Torah in this week's portion tells us that everyone contributed to the cause. Men and women brought gold and silver. They brought personal items and family items. Copper mirrors were donated as well as bracelets, bangles and baubles. Those who had wool and linen came and those who had dyes donated. Before the pledges began arriving, the Nesseim (the heads of the tribes) were so confident that the goals would not be met, that they pledged to fill the gap of any missing funds. They were shocked to learn that there was almost nothing for them to contribute! So much of every item was donated that an announcement was made, ordering the entire nation to halt their generosity. (It may have been the first and last of its kind!) But what interests me is one other group of people that the Torah mentions as contributors. "And all those who Hashem inspired with wisdom to do the work. They took in front of Moshe the donations that the Jews brought for the work of the Mishkan, and the brought an additional offering each morning" (Exodus 36:2-4). Why did the Torah single out that these people brought something to the Mishkan? Didn't everybody? The daughter of Rabbi Zusia of Anipol's was engaged. As poor as he was, Reb Zusia and his wife scraped together enough money for a seamstress to sew a beautiful gown for the brideto-be. After a month the gown was ready, and Reb Zusia's wife went with her bundle of rubles to the home of the seamstress to get the finished gown. She came home empty-handed. "Where is the gown?" asked both the

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Rebbe and his daughter, almost in unison. "Well," said his wife, "I did a mitzvah. When I came to pick up the gown, I saw tears in the eyes of the seamstress. I asked her why she was crying and she told me that her daughter, too, was getting married. Then she looked at the beautiful gown that she had sewn for me and sighed, "if only we could afford such beautiful material for a gown." Reb Zusia's wife continued. "At that moment I decided to let the seamstress have our gown as a gift!" Reb Zusia was delighted. The mitzvah of helping a poor bride was dear to him and he longed for the opportunity to fulfill it. But he added one question to his wife. "Did you pay her for the work she did for us?" "Pay her?" asked the wife, "I gave her the gown!"

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f you want to gage an American Jewish community, Ben Gurion is purported to have said, don’t bother checking out their synagogues and centers. See if they have a kosher restaurant. He could have been talking about Passover. Forget about what’s going on in synagogue or who is going to synagogue. Forget about the dining rooms. You want to see Passover? Look in the kitchen. Growing up, the mark for me between the haves and the have-nots of who has a real Passover and who does not was all wrapped up in aluminum foil. If the countertops, refrigerators, sinks and even the faucets -– especially the faucets -– having been exposed to non-Passover cooking the year long, now for Passover were plastered and enveloped in layers of protective aluminum foil, creating a virtual, new, above–level surface to create and celebrate a Passover, then this home had a full Passover.

seum-quality art and a single, well-place antique. The caption read, “You don’t have to look in the kitchen to know they own a Cuisinart.” Passover cannot be known from the prayers recited in synagogue (even though I love the tune for Passover morning prayers and feel cheated that it is squeezed between two seder nights). Passover cannot be known from four questions or sweet wine or even from Maxwell House Haggadah. Passover can’t even be known from Passover. Passover in a child’s mind, the place where memories are made, where memories are solidified, jelled, preserved, slow-roasted and developed into full-bodied palates – that Passover is made in the preparations.

It was once, I couldn’t have been more than ten, when a new family from Persia had moved to Nashville and discovered us just before You want to see Passover? A Passover complete Passover. They came to my Look in the kitchen. with sleepless nights (she parents’ home to get Shmurah was up ‘til four in the Matzah. Like everyone they inmorning!). Of cleaning underneath the mattresses, emp- stinctively came to the kitchen door (few people even tying every closet, oversized grocery lists (the check-out know where our front door was). They walked in to the girl took one look at my three carts and you know what kitchen, saw the foil and, ”Ahhhh! Just like in Iran!” I was she said?) family from out-of-town and visitors or friends surprised only because I couldn’t imagine Iran having anyall getting around a long, extended table, probably with a thing so advanced as our aluminum foil. But I knew that folding table or two added to the end with rented chairs this family knew, really knew what Passover is. I knew also and. . . all of this was visible in the folds of the aluminum that they felt at home. foil around the faucets and the edges of the countertops. Nothing grows outside of its environment. And when My sister from Brazil once showed me an advertisement that environment must be created, nurtured for a specific that caught her eye -– that caught her imagination. A pic- life to spring forth there from, then the preparations beture of a home library with leather-bound classics, mu- come that much more necessary. You can go out and order in soup and roasted chicken. You cannot go out and order in a family focus that brings all these forces together and from them creates a something out of relative nothing. Like prayer, you can’t put nothing in and expect to take something out. If you don’t sweat for it than how can it ever get into your blood? Close your eyes and see the rows of tables with men, women and children finding place around the dining room. Hear the singing that you love and inhale the distinctively Passover smells. You will be awed by the sanctity of the simple acts we do: washing, reciting, eating, drinking. What binds this all together is wrapped up in silver foil. • By Shimon Posner

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try get to shul early every Shabbos morning before the davening begins - pick up my Siddur, Chumash and Tehillim from the bookcase and find my favorite seat. As I am usually one of the first women to arrive, I have the opportunity to sit and reflect for a few moments on the Almighty, the beauty and the sanctity of the Sabbath Day, and my thanksgiving to G-d for all of the strength He has given me and blessings in my life. On a recent Sabbath morning in Los Angeles, I noticed a woman and her very pretty teenage daughter enter the shul choosing their seats right in front of me. Seeing they were uncomfortable in these surroundings and surmising that these were indeed individuals not of the Jewish faith, I politely said hello and asked the mother if I could help her. She indicated that they were at the synagogue as invited guests for the young man’s Bar Mitzvah. I tried to explain that the services were totally in Hebrew and quite lengthy. The mother responded that they were used to long church services and would be fine, so I sat down in my seat and proceeded to begin saying Tehillim. Services began and I tried to concentrate on my prayers, but as the Bar Mitzvah boy, who was from a non observant family, went up to the Bima and held the Torah out of the ark for the Shema, the daughter, Kathleen, stood up along with all of the other congregants and looked admiringly, no that’s not even a strong enough word; she looked lovingly at her “friend” the Bar Mitzvah boy. Through the rest of his participation in the services, being called up to the Torah, his Haftorah, and his speech – I began to see through Kathleen’s eyes that she had deep feelings for this young man. She hung on to his every word and even as a young teenager, I could read her thoughts about their possible future relationship. I saw something that not only frightened me, but brought back a flood of memories I had locked away from my childhood. I lived in many different cities, some of which had few Jews and of the few most were non observant – some even in those days that even denied being Jewish. Coming from a traditionally observant home, I had to quickly learn to adapt to public school systems where Jews were in the total minority or in some schools Jews were none existent at all and I would be the sole “Jew” in the building. While for many this would have probably meant complete assimilation and the end to one’s Judaism, I found strength in Hashem and had many private talks with the Almighty to keep me strong and help

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me find my way out of the void. When I was about 8 years old, I had an experience that would remain with me forever. At the time my family lived in Stow, Ohio. Stow is outside of Akron, Ohio and used to be very rural -one needed to walk miles to a bus stop. I was eight years old at the time and the neighbor family which consisted of 7 children were extremely devout \ Catholics. Their eldest daughter who was my age, KathBy Sarah Chava leen, was being groomed to become a nun while their older son was thinking about the priesthood. Since there were no other children to play with close by, inevitably Kathleen and I spent time riding our bikes together, or taking walks, or doing whatever 8 year old children do. One day when my father was out of town, Kathleen’s mother, Joan, invited me to go spend the day with Kathy and her to go to the shopping center and grocery store. My mother was not really happy about my going but she was busy with my baby brother who was ill at the time and so she acquiesced – never knowing the very far reaching consequences I would experience that afternoon. Within just a few minutes of departure from my home, Joan told me she had to make a stop at her church to deliver a package to the priest. I declined to go in to the church but Joan refused to leave me alone in the car. I tried to stand as close to the front door as possible but to no avail. Joan grabbed my hand and pulled me into the very dark church. I remember those moments as if it were yesterday. I heard organ church music playing in the background and a very large statue hanging on a cross that was lit by colored flood lights. As they proceeded to pull me closer to the statue, Joan and Kathleen made the sign of the cross across their chests. That would have been all right had they just been observing their own faith. But it didn’t stop there. That was just the beginning. Joan tried to push me down to kneel in front of the cross. I refused to do so reminding her that I was not Catholic but a Jew. Frightened I tried to turn around and head back for the front door. Kathleen grabbed my hand and pushed me into a little “closet” and inside there was a small window that opened and closed. I tried to open the door but found I was locked inside. Joan and Kathleen now appeared at the little window and told me I was the “dirty Jew” who needed salvation and the only way my soul would be saved would be to accept their lord, JC. I would be kept in this closet until I would do so. For hours this little window would

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open and I would only be able to see Kathleen and Joan’s eyes and more diatribes against the Jews would be leveled at me. This barrage kept on for hours with continued threats and sometimes with bribes of candy. Hashem was with me in the closet. Remembering my father’s words, “if you are ever in danger at any time or any place, turn to Hashem and repeat the Shema.” I sat cringed on the floor of this closet, that I found out later was designated for parisheners for confessions, cried out to Hashem and said the Shema over and over again. But I was defiant and no matter what, even at the age of eight years old, refused to submit to their wishes and acknowledge and or accept JC. Not even just to mouth the words to get out of the closet. Finally, after many hours Joan became frustrated with my defiance and her inability to crack my armor, and led me back to the car. She spent the rest of the day taking me to the shopping center and the grocery store, even purchasing a small doll for me thinking that I would forget the long morning’s event. We got home late in the evening and the first thing I did was throw the doll in the trash. Later that night my father came in from his business trip. Hashem blessed me with a very mature mind even at such a young age. Knowing my father would be enraged if I related these events, I stored this horrific experience into the dark recesses of my mind – not even disclosing it to my mother. (It wasn’t until my 50th birthday when I disclosed this event that my mother became aware of what happened). Years later, on the New Jersey seashore where our family had moved I now had a new neighbor, a new Kathleen – only this time we were in our late teens. Kathleen was from an Italian family, but her mother, Rose, who was extremely anti-semitic and had great disdain for the Jews, promulgated that Kathleen should seek out and marry a Jewish man because they made great husbands. I heard her say it many times. She advocated marriage to a Jew, but then to have him sign over the children to the church and work on converting him to their faith as well. Indeed, Kathleen spent many years searching for a Jewish husband, much as I tried to talk her out of it. Thank G-d she ended up marrying within her own faith but how many more Kathleen’s have ultimately succeeded, much to the anguish of Jewish parents and grandparents. As my mind floated in and out of these and many other “memories” I was quickly brought back to the present. Here I was sitting, trying to mind my own business and daven on Shabbos, but then again, Hashem was sending me a message because “Kathleen” was sitting right in front of me. Perhaps this story needed to be written so parents would heed the wake up call and be vigilant over their children. As Jewish parents we are obligated not only to give our

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children a Jewish education, but to be aware of the “friendships” that our children and young adults make. Even for kids that attend public schools, Jewish parents from all backgrounds need to be aware who their kids are interacting with and who you invite to your homes and Bar and Bat Mitzvah parties. What you perceive as an innocuous middle school or high school relationship opens itself up to possible dating and G-d forbid intermarriage.

Jacob, Sarah Rebecca, Rachel and Leah.

We are the people of the “Book.” We were slaves in Egypt. We were redeemed by the Almighty and we stood at Mount Sinai to receive the holy Torah just seven weeks after our miraculous departure from Egypt. We went through the destruction of the First and Second Temples. We have been through the Hamans of the world, the Crusades and every despot bent on the obliteration of the Jews. We have still living among us, remants of the Nazi genocide and holocaust where members of our own families lived through the most unspeakable horrors of modern man. We live today among the new Hamans - people who deny the Holocaust and terrorists worldwide who continue to seek ways to annihilate the Jews and Israel. The Jews keep on going because of our G-d who watches over us.

The best way to avoid these pitfalls is to be sure that your children have a proper Jewish education – one that creates a strong Jewish identity filled with Torah values. For those who cannot afford to send their children to day schools – fill your children with Torah education with the many Jewish after school programs. Monitor your children and teenager’s friends – you are the parents – it’s up to you. Let the Kathleens marry the Christophers, but let the Davids marry the Sarahs. It is only through your continuing vigilance that the continuity of the Jewish people will remain throughout the generations.

But we must continue the link to our generations past and to our forefathers and foremothers, Abraham, Isaac and

Because today, there are many Kathleens and many Christophers who are out there whether in the guise of friendship with our children, or to the State of Israel with their dollars to fund projects for the Jews. Just remember that CONVERSION and INTERMARRIAGE of the Jews is the main TARGET and would G-d forbid lead to the destruction of the Jewish people.

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CityHappenings Moshe Feiglin, candidate for Prime Minister of Israel (and head of the Jewish Leadership faction of Likud) was the featured speaker at a Los Angeles dinner/event, March 2nd, at the luxurious Luxe Hotel in Bel Air California. The evening was organized by LA County Commissioner Howard Winkler and generously hosted by Efrem Harkham (Luxe Hotel) and Nir Weinblut, owner of La Gondolier Restaurant. The event was a smashing success-standing room only. More than 140 guests enjoyed the scrumptious gourmet cuisine while listening to the vital message that Manhigut Yehudit – Jewish Leadership – must be connected to Jewish values and this will bring a solution to the many issues facing Israel. Moshe Feiglin explained the difference between himself and both the current leadership and other likely candidates in a future election. “Those people are leading the country toward their own personal dreams,” Mr. Feiglin said. “I will lead all Israel to the dream that is 3,000 years old – the dream of a strong Jewish state uniting Dinner Chair Howard Winkler, Co-host Luxe Hotel owner every Israeli from the far left to the far right. Efrem Harkham, Moshe Feiglin, Co-host La Gondola Moshe Feiglin explained that anyone who is looking at the immediate picture in Restaurant owner Nir Weinblut, Community Links Magazine Publisher Dov Blauner, Manhigut Yehudit Israel, that which is presently visible, ie. the calm before the storm) and is not able International Director Shmuel Sackett, Persian/Jewish to see the final destination should pay attention to an old joke: Community Leader Nick Niksefat. A man jumped off a tall building. As he passed the 22nd floor, someone poked his head out the window and asked, “How are things going?” Answered the man, “So far, so good.” Media inquiries should be directed to US Media Spokesperson Tova Abady cell # 917-301-0997 or contact tova@jewishisrael.org to learn more about Manhigut Yehudit log on to www.jewishisrael.org

LA City Council inaugurates new young lubavitch leaders¬ of Kol Yakov Yehudah and Welcomes the Rebbe’s Diamond Daveners to its Chambers for a special ceremony. During a special ceremony held at the LA City Council, the newly elected officials and Gaboim of “The Shul for the Kids by the Kids” - The Rebbe’s Diamond Daveners were welcomed, honored and saluted for their new leading role. The honorable Jan Perry, councilwoman Ninth district and Speaker of the Council began the Council meeting by welcoming the City Council members to its session. Then she began the council agenda by saying “In our chambers today we have a special group of youngsters – the leaders and future of tomorrow, who should be commended and honored – on behalf of all the residents of los Angeles we welcome them and congratulate them for being voted in to lead this youth group- These youngsters are part of the worldwide Chabad movement and continue to be a living example for our society today.” After the introduction, the young elected leaders were asked to come up to the podium together with the Shliach of Downtown Los Angeles, Rabbi Moshe Greenwald.

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The Jr. Congregations new president Mendel Plotkin then presented the speaker with a freshly baked Challah and thanked her for her kind words and encouragement in their new role in leading the congregation. The Junior Congregants were then escorted to the City Council’s VIP Media Room where they were greeted individually by top city officials and council members. After a photo session the Mispallelim received a special treat that not too many residents of Los Angeles get to have - a surprise tour of the 26th floor “sky observation platform.” Rabbi Greenwald explained to the children the meaning of U’faratza by literally going to the all four corners of the observation floor and pointing to the North, South, East and West sky view of los Angeles pointing to where their are the Chabad houses. In closing, Rabbi Greenwald said “I only wish I had such a Minyan when I was growing up. How lucky you are kindelach – you are the future Shluchim of the Rebbe. I want to thank you for making such a tremendous Kiddush Lubavitch in the way you behaved here today at City Hall.” The event was concluded with the inauguration ceremony on the front steps of City Hall, where Rabbi Mendel Duchman founder and director of KYY installed the new elected officers, followed by a catered lunch.

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he laws of the korbanos are difficult and complex. While the underlying theology and philosophy befuddle modern minds, the enormous symbolism, discipline, and commitment that they encompass leave lessons for the inhabitants of a techno-world to cherish. One of those lessons is garnered from the sacrifice of the poor man. The first chapter teaches us about the olah offering, one that is totally burned on the altar. The normal offering was a bull or male sheep; however, a pauper could bring a bird.

As was his custom, he tasted a small portion and stopped. He licked his lips and smiled.

"He shall split it -- with its feathers -- he need not sever it; the Kohen shall cause it to go up in smoke on the Altar, on the wood that is on the fire -- it is an elevation-offering, a fire-offering, a satisfying aroma to Hashem” (Leviticus 1:16-17).

Dismayed, the shammas returned to the kitchen with the empty pot, only to hear in disappointment that there was no more cholent. Coursing the inside of the pot with his index finger, the shammas tried to partake in some of the remnants of the cholent that the Rebbe had just devoured.

The commentaries explain that as most of a bird’s pickings are from someone else's property, and thus stolen, the Torah does not allow the innards to be served on the altar. Therefore, in order to embellish an otherwise very paltry bird-offering (no pun intended), the wings remain, even though burning feathers emit a terribly foul smell. What bothers me is the following question: Throughout the entire discussion of offerings, the theme of "a satisfying aroma to Hashem" is reiterated. And through our mortal nostrils we understand the concept of the succulent aroma of roast beef. But nothing smells worse than burning birdfeathers. So why do we end the chapter by seemingly feigning Heavenly pleasure by adding the words, "a satisfying aroma to Hashem"? Rabbi Abraham Twerski tells the story of his grandfather, the Hornsteipler Rebbe. The custom of the Chassidim was that when gathering for a meal, a large pot would be placed in front of the Rebbe, who would taste a mere morsel of its abundant bounty. He would then pass the rest shirayim to the Chasidim, who would wait anxiously to partake in the leftovers of the Holy Rebbe. One Shabbos the Rebbe, accompanied by his Chasidim, stayed at the inn of a poor widow. The hostess brought out a sizeable bowl of cholent which was placed in front of the Rebbe.

"This is truly delicious, I must have some more!" The Chasidim were stunned. The Rebbe never ate more than a half-teaspoon before beginning the distribution. The Rebbe took a larger portion and again commented on its delightful taste. Then he ate more. He continued to eat, and within ten minutes the pot was empty. The Chasidim were shocked at the seemingly uncharacteristic gluttony of such a holy man.

When he licked his finger and recoiled. As he rushed to find water, he realized why the Rebbe consumed the pot while singing the praises of its contents. He now understood why the Rebbe did not distribute it to the Chasidim. He did not want to embarrass the poor woman with a possible snide remark made by of one of his flock. For the woman had accidentally added kerosene to the cooking oil. For the Chasidim it may have stank, but to the Rebbe the taste was truly delicious. When the Torah tells us to leave the feathers on the bird so as not to embarrass the pauper, it tells us as well what the burnt feathers will smell like to the Almighty. They will smell as sweet as the most succulent beef. Sparing embarrassment produces the sweetest smells to the Almighty. In the Philadelphia Yeshiva, a homeless beggar would often visit and stand in the corner of the Bais Medrash. The boys were not able to physically stand near the man because of the terrible odor. But Dr. Shimon Askowitz, would not only cheer the man he would bring him home to give him food and a bath in a most friendly and charming manner. To Dr. Askowitz, it seemed as if the man was bathed in cologne. Like the pauper's bird's burnt feather, the Doctor smelled a "a satisfying aroma to Hashem." Because to the nose that knows, the smell endured to save the embarrassment of a fellow Jew, is as fragrant as the finest epicurean delight. •

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1. What is Chametz? Chametz is "leaven" -any food that's made of grain and water that have been allowed to ferment and "rise." Bread, cereal, cake, cookies, pizza, pasta, and beer are blatant examples of chametz; but any food that contains grain or grain derivatives can be, and often is, chametz. Practically speaking, any processed food that is not certified "Kosher for Passover" may potentially include chametz ingredients. Chametz is the antithesis of matzah, the unleavened bread we eat on Passover to recall the haste in which we left Egypt, and the humble faith by which we merited redemption. Matzah is the symbol of the Exodus, a central component of the Seder rituals, and the heart of the "Festival of Matzot" (as Passover is called in the Torah). And the flip-side of eating matzah is getting rid of chametz -- and the egotism and spiritual coarseness it represents.

2. What to do-and Not Do-With Chametz From the morning of Passover eve until the conclusion of the festival -- for approximately eight days and eight hours -- we avoid eating chametz or anything containing the slightest vestige thereof. It is also forbidden to own chametz, to derive benefit from chametz in any way, or to have chametz physically present in our domain, during this time. Because chametz forms such a perva-

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sive part of our lives during the rest of the year (try imagining a human habitat without a single cookie crumb!), getting rid of it for Passover is no easy task. Preparations to make the home "kosher for Passover" begin days, even weeks, before the festival. But for those who make the investment, the reward is an especially meaningful Festival of Freedom. Attaining a chametz-free Passover includes six basic steps: cleaning the home, setting up the Passover kitchen, and selling, searching for, burning, and nullifying chametz.

3. Cleaning the House Simply stated (though not so easily done) -- give your home a thorough, top-to-bottom, cleaning. Vacuum the carpets and floors, wipe clean the cupboards and bookshelves. Make sure you get into all those hard-to-reach places: under the sofa cushions, the spaces between the floorboards. Move aside furniture and kitchen appliances to get behind and underneath. Bottom line: if that proverbial cookie crumb could be hiding there, go after it! As each area of the home gets cleaned, make sure that everyone knows that it's "kosher for Passover" and absolutely off-limits for any food to be brought in there. Practical advice: start with the bedrooms, then proceed with the living room and other common rooms, leaving the dining room and kitchen for last, so that you can use these spaces for eating chametz as close as possible to the "deadline." Other places that need to be cleaned: • 323-965-1544 •

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4. Preparing the Kitchen Your kitchen is where you prepare chametz food all year round. So it's obviously the most difficult part of the house to make "kosher for Passover." It's also the most important part, since that's where you'll be preparing your kosher for Passover food. Give the kitchen an extra careful cleaning. Line the cabinets and food storage units with cardboard, silver foil, or paper. Cover all countertops and tables. It is preferable to have separate sets of pots, dishes, cutlery, etc., designated for Passover use only. Many also have special range tops, toaster ovens, microwaves, etc., designated for Passover use. If this is not possible, cooking utensils, cutlery and certain types of dishes can be "koshered" by immersing in boiling water. Ovens and cooking ranges can be koshered by heating. See the Readings and Resources below for the appropriate procedure for each item.

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liquor store. Or that you just bought a three-month supply of breakfast cereal on special. Or you live in a 40-room mansion and don't want to clean the whole thing this year. Is there some way of avoiding the ownership of chametz on Passover without getting rid of your chametz forever? There is. Since the commandment to rid one's domain of chametz is binding only on a Jew, you can sell your chametz to a non-Jew, and then buy it back from him after Passover. The area where the chametz is held is leased to the non-Jew for the duration of the festival. It is important to realize that the sale is not symbolic, but a 100% legally binding transaction. Designate the areas where you'll be placing the chametz you're selling. These can be cupboards, closets, rooms, or an entire house. Remember that you will not be able to use or enter these areas for the duration of the festival. Your local rabbi can transact the sale for you, after obtaining power-ofattorney from you to sell your chametz. You can also sell your chametz online via our website (see Readings and Resources below).

6. The Search On the night before Passover, we conduct a solemn candle-lit search for any remaining or forgotten chametz. You'll need: a candle (to illuminate the hard-to-reach nooks and crannies), a feather (to sweep up the small crumbs), a wooden spoon (to hold the chametz and facilitate its burning), and a paper bag (to hold all of the above). By this time, the house should be completely cleaned for Passover; hopefully there's no chametz to be found. It is therefore customary to prepare ten carefully wrapped pieces of bread to be hidden throughout the house for the searcher to find (the kids love this part!), in order that we can fulfill the mitzvah of searching out and destroy-

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ing our chametz before Passover. Gather the family, light the candle, and recite the blessing: Blessed are You, L-rd our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us by His commandments, and has commanded us concerning the removal of chametz. Carefully search the entire house for any chametz that may have been missed in the cleaning, and collect the ten hidden pieces. Put the chametz, the feather, the wooden spoon, and the remains of the candle in the paper bag, tie securely, and store in a safe place for burning tomorrow morning. Now recite the "nullification statement," renouncing all ownership of any chametz you may have missed: All leaven and anything leavened that is in my possession, which I have neither seen nor removed, and about which I am unaware, shall be considered nullified and ownerless as the dust of the earth.

7. Chametz-Eating Deadline

The absolute deadline for eating chametz is the morning before Passover, two "seasonal hours" before midday (a "seasonal hour" is 1/12 of the time between daybreak and nightfall). Click here to obtain the precise time for your location. Past this time, is it forbidden to eat chametz until the close of the festival in eight days. You still have one more hour in which you can use chametz for noneating purposes, and handle the chametz in order to sell it or destroy it.

8. Burning the Chametz Take the bag with chametz from last night's search, plus any other leftover chametz that you're not going to sell, make a fire, and burn it. As you watch the chametz go up in smoke, think also about our personal chametz -- the self-inflating pride and egotism that impede our relation• 323-965-1544 •

ships with our Creator, our loved ones, and our fellows -- and about how you're eradicating it, too, from your heart. The deadline for chametz removal is one "seasonal hour" before midday -click here to obtain the precise time for your location. By this time, the chametz should be burned; the final "Nullification of the Chametz" (see step 9) should have been said; the areas holding the sold chametz should be sealed; and there should be no chametz remaining in your possession.

9. Nullifying Your Chametz After the chametz is burnt, recite the following "nullification statement," renouncing all ownership of any chametz that may still remain in your possession: All leaven and anything leavened that is in my possession, whether I have seen it or not, whether I have observed it or not, whether I have removed it or not, shall be considered nullified and ownerless as the dust of the earth. (The nullification statement recited last night was only for chametz that was missed in the search, but did not include chametz set aside to be sold or eaten in the morning. Today's statement covers any and all chametz that may still be in your possession, and serves as a final "safety measure" for a chametz-less Passover.) Remember that both the burning and the nullifying of the chametz must be concluded before the deadline for getting rid of chametz, which is one "seasonal hour" before midday. You are now chametz-free, physically and spiritually -- and free to fully enjoy the liberating experience of the Seder rit-

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