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WAKE UP CALLS Rabbi Yossy Goldman

Not everyone is lucky enough to get a wake-up call in life. Some people get theirs just in time. Others get it but don't hear it. Still others hear it loud and clear but refuse to take any notice. Pharaoh got his in this week's Parshah (Torah reading) when Joseph interpreted his dreams and advised him to appoint "a wise and discerning man" who would oversee a macro economic plan for the country. Joseph explained to the King of Egypt that because he experienced two dreams and woke up in between it was a sign from heaven to wake up and act immediately as the matter was of the utmost urgency. Pharaoh took the message to heart and the rest is history. On the health and well-being level, a little cholesterol, climbing blood pressure or recurring bronchitis might be the not-so-subtle signs that it's time for a change of lifestyle. These are the medical wake up calls we receive in life. Do we really have to wait for a heart attack, G-d forbid, to stop 12

smoking, or start eating less and exercising more? That's what wake-up calls are for, to help us get the message before it's too late. Then there are the spiritual signs. I will never forget a friend who shared with me the story of his own red lights flashing and how a changed spiritual lifestyle literally saved his life. He was a workaholic driving himself to the brink. Had he carried on indefinitely he simply would not have survived. Then he decided to give Shabbat a try. What he had never previously appreciated about Shabbat was that it is a spiritually invigorating day of rest and spiritual serenity. And in discovering Shabbat, he rediscovered his humanity. (He also discovered he could play golf on Sundays instead of Saturdays.) A short trigger film I once used at a Shabbaton weekend program depicted a series of professionals and artisans at work. As they became engrossed and immersed in their December 14 , 2012 • 323-965-1544 • info@communitylinks.info


s”xc respective roles they each became so identified with their work that they lost their own identities. Monday through Friday, the carpenter's face dissolved into a hammer, the doctor took on the face of a stethoscope and the accountant's head started looking exactly like a calculator. Then on Shabbat they closed their offices and came home to celebrate the day of rest with their families; slowly but surely, their faces were remolded from their professions to their personalities. Total immersion in their work had dehumanized them. They had become machines. Now, thanks to Shabbat, they were human again. That short video left a lasting impression. It's not easy to change ingrained habits. But Chanukah, which usually falls during this week's Parshah, carries with it a relevant message in this regard. Take one day at a time. One doesn't have to do it all at once. One light at a time is all it takes. On the first night we kindle a single Chanukah light, on the second night we kindle two lights, and on the third night three. We add a little light each day, and before long the menorah is complete and all eight Chanukah lights are burning bright. It's ok to take one day at a time. It's not ok to go back to sleep after you get a wake up call. Whether it's your medical well being or your spiritual health, the occasional wake up call is a valuable sign from Above that it may be time to adjust our attitudes, lifestyles or priorities. Please G-d, each of us in our own lives will hear the call and act on the alarm bells with alacrity. Rabbi Yossy Goldman was born in Brooklyn, New York. In 1976 he was sent by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of righteous memory, as a ChabadLubavitch emissary to serve the Jewish community of Johannesburg, South Africa. He is Senior Rabbi of the Sydenham Shul since 1986, president of the South African Rabbinical Association, and a frequent contributor to Chabad.org. His book ‘From Where I Stand’ - Life Messages from the Weekly Torah Reading was recently published by KTAV and is available at Jewish book shops or online www.ktav.vom

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his father, but before doing so he presents each of them with a set of clothes. However, Yoseph gives his youngest brother Benjamin five sets of clothing and three hundred pieces of silver (Genesis 45:22). The Talmud (Megillah 16b) asks a very poignant question. How is it that Yoseph, a victim of jealousy, provoked his brothers by favoring Benyamin? Didn't jealousy spur the hatred that led to the original calamity? Why didn't he learn from past experience, not to show favoritism? The Talmud explains that Yoseph was very calculated in his actions. He was alluding to a similar event that would occur in the future. After being saved from the gallows, Mordechai, a descendent of Benyamin, miraculously rose to power and prestige. He was gifted with five changes of clothing as he left the palace of Achashveirosh. Benjamin's five changes of clothing were symbolic of a future sartorial gift that Benyamin's descendent would one day receive. Some commentaries ask a powerful question. Obviously, Yoseph did not explain the deep meaning of his actions to his brothers. What then was gained by favoring Benjamin in front of them? Would the symbolic By Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky reference negate any ill feeling? Would some mysterious token resolve a problem that may The plot thickens. At the end of last week's portion, Yoseph have been s accused the brothers of stealing his magic goblet. Yehuda, in immering? Why does Yoseph, in the midst of the turmoil of charge of the troupe, denies even the remotest possibility that his startling revelation, decide to make a ceremonial gift that any one of the brothers could be a thief. So confident was favors one brother over the rest, in order to foreshadow an Yehuda that he pre-ordained the would-be thief to a death event destined to occur in more than 1,000 years in the future? penalty and offered the remaining group of nine brothers as Could he have not saved symbolism for a more complacent slaves were if the egregious accusations proved correct. setting? Unfortunately, Yehuda was unaware of Yoseph's precontrived Rabbi Paysach Krohn tells this beautiful tale in his latest work, ruse of planting the goblet in Benjamin's sack. This week's Along the Magid's Journey: portion begins as Yoseph wants to keep Binyamin, and only Binyamin, as a slave, something that Yehuda will battle to the In 1939, the Nazi Gestapo shut down Rabbi Moshe Schneivery end to prevent. Yoseph and his brothers confront each der's yeshiva in Frankfurt, Germany. With tremendous effort other. In a mixed array of rage, fury, and emotional pleas, Yehuda bargains with Yoseph. Almost threatening war over the and support from the English community, he was able to matter, Yehuda explains that "Benjamin cannot be taken as a relocate the school to England. Survival during that horrific slave as he has left an old father who awaits his return. If he period was both a tremendous spiritual and physical challenge will not return to his father, the old man will die of grief and but two boys in the Yeshiva helped meet that challenge. They aggravation. After all, he already lost one son to a terrible ac- both were named Moshe. One Moshe would rise in the early hours of the morning and pick up leftover bread from a cident." generous bakery. Carrying the bags of bread and leftover rolls After seeing the concern that Yehuda has for his younger while walking through the bitter cold was not easy, but Moshe brother, Yoseph makes the startling revelation. "I am Joseph never missed his duties. In fact, he often took the place of Is my father still alive?" (Genesis 45:3) Yoseph then forgives other boys who were supposed to do the chore. the brothers and tells them that his episode was divinely The other Moshe also woke up early. He led a special learning preordained. It set the path as a lifeline from the ensuing session before dawn. He encouraged his friends to make the famine. He then sends his brothers back to Canaan to bring extra effort - which they religiously did.

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After years of uninterrupted efforts, one day the boys got public recognition. Rabbi Schneider blessed them in front of the entire school. "Moshe who shleps the bread is not only schlepping today's bread. One day, he will help distribute bread for thousands of people. And the Moshe who is concerned with spirituality of others will continue to do so in years to come," announced the Rosh Yeshiva. "Their actions today are only seeds of the future." His words proved true. Moshe, the bread-shlepper, became Moshe (Paul) Reichman, one of our generation's most benevolent philanthropists. Moshe, the young teacher, became Rabbi Moshe Shternbuch, Rav in Johannesburg, South Africa and Har Nof, Israel, an author of prestigious books on Jewish Law, and a teacher of thousands. Perhaps Yoseph is telling us the secret of our people. Moments earlier Benyamin stood in shackles. He was accused of stealing a magic goblet and was humiliatingly sentenced with life-long enslavement to Pharaoh. Moments later he was not only liberated, but identified with honor and integrity as the blood brother, from both mother and father, of the most powerful man in the world. Yoseph gives the former slave-to-be a special a five-fold gift as an announcement to the world. With

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1. There is a missing “S” from the Skecher sign. 2. A woman’s jacket has changed colors. 3. The quicksilver sign is missing. 4. A logo on a man’s jacket has moved. 5. A boy’s Yarlmukah has changed from black to green. 6. The basketball player sign has one player upside down. 7. There is an extra speak/light pole. 8. A girl’s stripe shirt is now purple. 9. The words on a man’s sweater are upside down. 10. There is an extra person in the crowd.

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The portion of the crowd enjoying Chanukah @ City Walk Can you spot the differences in these two pictures?

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CLASSIFIEDS GIFTS

Great gifts for all occasions! Invited out for a Shabbos meal? Baby gifts, Bas Mitzvah gifts, Wedding gifts, & House warming gifts. Don't put it off! Come in today and go out relieved. Call for a special appointment. Rochel Duchman 323-938-8222 or 323-620-3618

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MUSIC BANDS

Music by Ariel Louk "Because a Simcha should be happy"

One man band to a full orchestra. Please call now for availability & rates! #1737

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MUSIC BY MENDEL SIMONS Traditional Ritual Circumcision Rabbi Nachman B. Kreiman Certified Mohel - vjnun kvun

~ Home: 323.934.9329 Cell: 323.896.5098

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Recession-Proof Careers Are you unemployed and collecting unemployment benefits? 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, Computer Aided Design. LA ORT is NonProfit organization. Financial Aid, Scholarship and Transportation assistance are available. Call 323-966-5444 and ask for Flora. www.LAORT.edu

800.998.2678 FOR RENT

Seeking Outside Salesman for Kosher food Distribution company. Knowledge of Major Kosher brands helpful, sales experience a must.Self Starter, motivated, driven. Immediate opening for right candidate. Send resume and requirements to rafi@shalomandsons.com Working knowledge of wines is a bonus.

Orthodox woman available to watch your children full time or part-time hours, at your location. Excel. references. 323-651-9389 -1750-

Position Available Carpet Cleaner Looking for carpet cleaner to fill as an assistant to lead technician and eventually become lead technician, you must meet the following qualifications. Qualifications: Prefer experienced person of 1 year or more in carpet cleaning field & IICRC certification a plus but, not required. Willing to train if you are motivated & meet all other qualifications. Clean professional demeanor and appearance. Good communication skills. Ability to follow direction, to work unsupervised & multi-task. Must have vehicle or reliable form of transportation. Be able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs. Loading & unloading of equipment required. Clean DMV record. Background check may be required. We are a very customer service oriented company and are looking for highly responsible professionals who take pride in their work. Please Reply by email to Nate@CwCarpetCleaners.com & include: Full Name Telephone Number City you reside in. A brief description of experience.

TUTOR Tutor available for secular studies, all subjects, all grades. I have over 10 years experience, with an M.A. in Special Education. I will come to your house. Please contact Debbie at 818-825-8428.

DRUM LESSONS ! Drum Lessons ! 20 years of experience with a B.A in Music All ages and all levels Lessons At Your Place Eric Gold (323)397-2535

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Newly renovated backhouse available for rent. One bedroom, kitchenette, & bathroom. / shower. Utilities included. Available Dec. 2. Please call 310-430-3637 or email us at farzinh26@sbcglobal.net

Abi Notaries Public CHANA’S BRIDAL Wedding dresses for sale and for rent. Custom designs, & alterations. ~ Sewing classes also available. ~ Please Call:

Your place/ Our place 24/6!! No appointment need it!! (Eng. Spanish-French-ItalianYiddish-Portuguese-Hebrew).

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DANCE

CAREER TRAINING

A Time for Dance fall classes! Join the fun this year as we kick off season 9. Amazing classes include ballet, gymnastics, jazz, tap, hip hop, zumba and drama workshop for girls and teens. New Boys Gymnastics and Kickboxing ages 4-15 and Women's Ballet, Modern and more! Check out our schedule at www.atime4dance.com or call 323 404-0827 for more info.

Career Training Please see our ad on page 10 Los Angeles ORT Technical Institute.

800-998- 2678 ISRAEL MORTGAGE Is Israel in your Future? Free mortgage consultation. Get help with the unique and challenging purchase process in Israel. Email Avraham at: amahler@mortgageisrael.com

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Hebrew Play Dates. Reading, writing, learning with songs and guitar, game and lots of fun! Professional teacher with lots of experience $25 for lesson (min 4 Children)

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