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Leaving Home For Good

It is much easier to be scholarly and pious in a sequestered ghetto than it is outside in a world that is often oblivious, or even hostile, to Torah and its values. Rabbi Yossy Goldman

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THE SURVIVOR Rabbi Yossy Goldman

Everybody makes jokes about Noah and his Ark. Bill Cosby has a whole routine on the subject (which I must confess is uncannily faithful to our commentaries' understanding). Then there's the one about Noah being the first stock market manipulator in history -- he floated a company while the whole world was in liquidation! My Rebbe saw Noah in a far more serious light. Noah was a survivor. Noah was saved from the deluge of destruction that engulfed his world and his greatest contribution is that he set out to rebuild that world. We don't read about him sitting down and crying or wringing his hands in despair, although I'm sure he had his moments. The critical thing the Bible records is that after Noah emerged from his floating bunker he began the task of rebuilding a shattered world from scratch. He got busy and picked up the pieces and, slowly but surely, society was regenerated. Only one generation ago a great flood swept over our world. The Nazi plan was for a Final Solution. Every Jew on 10

earth was earmarked for destruction and the Nazis were already planning their Museum of the Extinct Jewish Race. Not one Jew was meant to survive. So even those of us born after the war are also survivors. Even a Jewish child born this morning is a survivor -- because according to Hitler's plan, which tragically nearly succeeded, he or she was not meant to live. This means that each of us, like Noah, has a moral duty to rebuild the Jewish world. When I was growing up in Brooklyn, I prayed in a small shul in Crown Heights where every other man at the morning minyan (prayer quorum) bore a holy number on his arm. They were concentration camp inmates and the Germans tattooed those numbers onto their arms. Sadly, today, the ranks of those individuals have been greatly diminished. Every time one of them would roll up his shirt sleeve to put on tefillin, the number was revealed. They seemed to hardly notice it, as if it was nothing special, but to me they were heroes. Not only for surviving the hells of Auschwitz or Dachau but for keeping their faith intact, for still coming to shul, praying to October 19, 2012 • 323-965-1544 •

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Today as I am older and more sensitive to the feelings of fathers and children, of family and friends, those men have gone up much more in my estimation. They have become superheroes. After all they went through, to be able to live normal lives again, to marry or remarry, to bring children into this world, to carry on life, businesses, relationships, are mind boggling achievements.

Who will bring Jewish children into the world if not you? Who will studyTorah if not you? Who will keep Shabbat? Who will keep the Jewish school afloat? Who will rebuild the Jewish world if not you and I and each and every one of us?

My own father was not in the camps but he is the only survivor of his entire family from Poland. Some years ago, he recorded his story and recently it was published in book form -- From Shedlitz to Safety: a Young Jew's Journey of Survival. We, his children, never knew half of what he went through. When I imagine him sitting as a teenage refugee in Shanghai, China and discovering that his entire family was wiped out and that he was left all alone in the world, I go numb. How did he continue? How did he stay sane? How did he keep his faith? Thank G-d he did and he started a family all over again, otherwise I wouldn't be here to write these lines. My own father has become a superhero to me. Says my Rebbe, we all have that same responsibility -- because we are

In the smaller country communities of South Africa, where I make my home, there are still small bands of dedicated Jews who come together in someone's home to make a minyan, or who serve as an ad hoc chevra kadisha to bury the Jewish dead according to our tradition. These are not rabbis, cantors or cheder teachers. They are ordinary people. In the big city they would probably not be nearly as involved, but in their small town they know that if they don't do it nobody will. We need that same conviction wherever we are. Thank G-d for His mercies in that our world is, to a large degree, being rebuilt. Miraculously, the great centers of Jewish learning are flourishing today once more. But far too many of our brothers and sisters are still outside the circle. Every one of us needs to participate. We are all Noahs. Let us rebuild our world.


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The Family Sukkot Festival and Concert also featured local talent Yanky Lunger and an array of circus acts and street performers from Hollywood. The MC of the event, Rabbi Mayer Greene offered special thanks to event co-producers Rabbi Nachman Abend and Jonathan Herzog. He also paid tribute to Chabad of North Hollywood's Spiritual Leader Rabbi Aaron Abend, who shared divrei Torah with the diverse crowd. Chabad of the Valley's Executive Director, Rabbi Yehoshua Gordon addressed everyone with words of inspiration and in honor of the event his colleague, Rabbi Mordechai Einbinder arranged for U.S. Congressman Brad Sherman to present the community with a Flag from the Congress in Washington. Jugglers, acrobats, balloon artists, stilt walkers and a variety of food vendors, kept the streets of Hollywood buzzing with excitement throughout the evening. Organizers expressed appreciation and acknowledged official corporate sponsors Milano Collection Wigs, Southern California Community Links, Cambridge Farms/Glatt Mart and L.A’s newly acclaimed restaurant MexiKosher.

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Leaving Home - For Good By Rabbi Yossy Goldman

The story is told of an encounter between two famous rabbis of yesteryear -- Rabbi Elijah, the famed "Gaon" (prodigious scholar) of Vilna, and RabbiYaakov Krantz, known as the "Maggid" (preacher) of Dubne. Apparently the Maggid of Dubne once visited Vilna and went to pay a courtesy call on the great Gaon. The Gaon asked the Maggid to preach to him, as was his specialty. "Give me mussar (words of rebuke). Chastise me," said the Gaon. "G-d forbid


that I should have the chutzpah to chastise the great Gaon of Vilna," replied the Magid, quite horrified at the suggestion. "No matter, that is your forte and I want to hear mussar from you," insisted the Gaon. So the Dubner Maggid thought a while and then most reluctantly acceded to the wishes of his illustrious host. Said the Maggid, "Is it a great achievement to be a Gaon sitting in Vilna in your little secluded kloiz (small study hall)? Go

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out into the world, mix with the people, and then let us see what kind of Gaon you will be." Indeed, it is much easier to be scholarly and pious in a sequestered ghetto than it is outside in a world that is often oblivious, or even hostile, to Torah and its values. This, in fact, was more or less the test of Abraham in this week's Parshah. "Go from your land, from your birthplace, from your father's house, to the land I will show you." And it was there -- far from his natural environment and comfort zones -- that Abraham accomplished his divine mission. He spread the truth of the One G-d to a pagan world and, in the process, his own name and reputation was established for eternity. It was only after leaving home that Abraham became the founding father of the Jewish people. A hundred years ago, an entire generation of Yiddishspeaking, Torah-observant Jews migrated from Europe. They came to America, the golden land of opportunity, to escape pogroms and persecution. With blood, sweat and tears they raised themselves from rags to riches and soon came to personify the American dream -- an amazing and inspiring success story. But the fact is that, for the most part, as their businesses succeeded their religious lives failed. Unquestionably, Judaism took a severe body blow. Most were unable to sustain their old world values in new world America. The transition from shtetl to suburbia proved too formidable and children and grandchildren grew up ignorant of and alienated from their own sacred traditions.

Today, we see this phenomenon playing out on a lesser scale when families emigrate or move from city to city. Displaced from their spiritual support systems, they flounder. The bulk of their efforts are directed at just resettling and reorganizing their lives. Putting religious infrastructures in place often comes last -- at great cost in the long run. And on a more subtle level, a similar test of conscience faces us when we take our annual vacations. Away from home and our habitual norms of behavior, we are challenged to maintain the code of conduct we are committed to all year long. It's like the story of the shadchan (matchmaker) who suggested a young lady to a fellow and absolutely raved about her. After their first date, the fellow calls up the shadchan and gives him a piece of his mind. "How dare you introduce me to such a girl, didn't you know she limps!" Quite unflustered, the shadchan retorts, "But, what's the problem, it's only when she walks." It is when we walk away from our comfortable spiritual cocoons of home and community into the wider society that we may find ourselves limping somewhat, losing our Jewish equilibrium. It is then that our faith, our values, our morals and beliefs are truly challenged. May G-d help that the children of Abraham will emulate their forefather, who left his land and remained strong in faith, going on to achieve remarkable success, both spiritually and materially.

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Learning From The Shadows Someone introduced my son to lollipops. My toddler has now entered sweet-tooth territory, never to return to the land of grapes-are-a-treat. What does this mean for me? More tantrums, for starters. Only now they’ve upgraded from code orange to code red. At 6 in the morning I enter his room, sweeping him up into my arms, expecting my usual good morning kiss. Instead he leans against me endearingly, and whispers ever so quietly, “Want lolly.” “Naftoli, good morning. Time for breakfast. Mommy has no lollies.” “Mommy want looooooooooolly! Lolly! Lolllllly!” His pitch


There must be some tools out there to deal with the inevitable disappointments and challenges in life. And it must be that we’re not born using them—hence the lollipop scene. Learning a skill is a process. I remember when I went to my first art class as a kid, and I stood in awe of my teacher’s intricate and rich oil paintings. She glanced at me knowingly

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and said, “You gotta have miles and miles of canvas under your belt in order to paint like this.” I’m still working on my first mile. As an adult, the profound correlation between the skill of life and the skill of painting took on new meaning, when I stumbled upon a letter written by the Lubavitcher Rebbe to artist Chanoch Lieberman: As you are surely aware, the primary talent of an artist is his ability to step away from the externalities . . . and to expose the essence of the thing he portrays, causing the one who looks at the painting to perceive it in another, truer light ... And this is one of the foundations of man’s service of his Creator . . . Our mission in life—based on the simple faith that “there is none else beside Him”—is that we should approach everything in life from this perspective. That we should each strive to reveal, as much as possible, the divine essence in everything . . . A person might experience difficulties, trials and challenges . . . But these are but the means by which to achieve the purpose of life—that his soul should elevate itself through its positive deeds in this world . . . I was amazed to find another letter which expounded on the interplay between darks and lights in every piece of fine art, shedding light on the very shadows of life: At first glance, a shadow appears to be something that conceals light. However, according to the teachings of Torah, everything G-d created was for His glory. This must apply to the shadow equally as to the light. Indeed, properly executed and skillfully placed, a shadow can actually enhance and highlight the effects of the light . . . From this, we can derive an important lesson whenever we encounter dark times . . . we should use the negative in a positive way, so that every spiritual “shadow” should come to be recognized as a “setting” that connects us to our Creator. To me, the key word was “perceive.” The degree in which my cognitive filtering system learns how to perceive events in a positive manner will be the defining factor of my mental wellbeing. That, after all, is the difference between the maturity of an adult and that of a toddler. But there need to be miles and miles of experience under the belt to think like that. I’m still working on my first mile. After all, toddlerhood is just the beginning!

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Community Research And Information Center

Recommends the following Candidates and Ballot Measures for the November 6, 2012 General Election

We are a California State PAC. We CAN NOT endorse candidates for President/Vice President, U.S. Senate, or U.S. Representative.

Community Research & Information Center's Directors along with Los Angeles County Supervisors Mike Antonovich & Don Knabe endorsed Alan Jackson for District Attorney. Photo L-R: Stanley Treitel, L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, MorryWaksberg, M.D., Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson, L.A. County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich & L.A. County Commissioner Howard Winkler..

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Governor Brown’s New Taxes

Would repeal the death penalty

State personal income tax rates would increase for 12 years



Set budget for two years not one

Increases penalties & fines for human trafficking convictions

PROPOSITION 32 - YES Prohibit forced payroll deductions for political purposes

PROPOSITION 33 – NO May increases auto insurance rates for some drivers

PROPOSITION 36 - YES Revises law to impose life sentence only when new felony conviction is serious or violent

PROPOSITION 37 – NO This bill to label genetically engineered foods is poorly written with too many flaws and loopholes


PROPOSITION 39 – NO Would create a billion dollar tax increase on out of state businesses doing business in California - A real job killer for California

PROPOSITION 40 - YES Protects the State Senate maps drawn by the voter-approved Independent Citizen’s Redistricting Commission



MEASURE J - NO Would retain ½ cent L.A. sales tax for 30 years

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Community Links Issue 217 - Oct 19, 2012  
Community Links Issue 217 - Oct 19, 2012  

Los Angeles Jewish Commuinity Magazine. October 19, 2012