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The Cost of Jewish Living

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The Cost of Jewish Living MIA ADLER OZAIR, MA, LPCC, NCC

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e are very spoiled here in Los Angeles. Within footsteps we have an abundance of kosher markets, countless kosher restaurants offering food for almost any palate. You can choose which mikveh to visit with a handful of choices in a matter of a few miles. Generally speaking, in the United States a community is lucky if it has even one Jewish day school. In Los Angeles we have tens of schools ranging for every age and level of observance. Not sure what synagogue to attend? You can literally spend months, Shabbat after Shabbat, trying out new places every week all within a matter of blocks. In the U.S.A., other than possibly New York, it doesn’t get better than to be a Jew in Los Angeles— and we even have better weather than New York! So perhaps we could even rank first among all as the top place in the United States to live as Jew. However, as most of us know, and as I see in my private practice over and over again, this luxury of living such a full and expansive Jewish life comes with one major complication: the price tag. Families who wish to live a Jewish life and raise children in a Jewish context— be it a Jewish school or Jewish camp— must reach deep within their pockets to make it happen. For many, this takes a massive toll on the stability of marriage and family and the ability of schools and camps to financially accommodate their communities. Among divorced couples, financial stresses and pressures rank among the top reasons

for fighting and eventual break-up, and our Jewish community is not immune to this. While discussing this with one of my clients currently going through divorce, he made an astute comment. He said, “A religious (defined by keeping kosher, sending kids to Jewish schools and camps) Jewish couple or family earning $100,000 a year is equal to a non-religious or non-Jewish family earning $50,000 a year. The money simply doesn’t go far due to the additional financial burden affiliated with expenses for Jewish living. It can be almost impossible to make ends meet.” This time of year is particularly stressing for Jewish families. At this time many people are going through the financial aid process for the following school year while also having to make arrangements to pay for summer activities. I see an increase in arguments between spouses which always leads to an increase in general dis-ease in the family’s home. But these things are not new, and chances are if you are reading this you may personally be impacted by similar challenges. The question becomes how do we as a community work to alleviate some of these financial burdens? I’ve seen some amazing work done by schools and camps in offering financial aid. I know the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles helps to support Jewish schools and camps through various programs making it easier on families. However, I recently had another idea, and it involves truly seeing if people— specifically our communities’ business establishments—are

“A religious Jewish couple or family earning $100,000 a year is equal to a non-religious or non-Jewish family earning $50,000 a year. “

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willing to step up to the plate. After all, there are hundreds of thousands of Jews supporting businesses up and down Pico, Fairfax, LaBrea and all of the other heavily Jewish neighborhoods. Perhaps one or more of them would consider helping out if they don’t already do so. Here is what I propose: I’d like to see every single kosher market, Judaica store, kosher restaurant, and other shops up and down our major Jewish streets where the Jewish community supports commerce to commit 3% of their gross earnings towards the Jewish day school or camp of their choosing as a donation to support the financial assistance programs at those respective places—without raising prices for goods and services. I’d like to see our consciousness here in L.A. be one of understanding that raising Jewish children is indeed a community affair and that in order for families to be able to do so with less financial stress our neighborhood establishments can step up and support us

“I’d like to see our consciousness here in L.A. be one of understanding that raising Jewish children is indeed a community affair.”

lies.” If you are the owner of such an eatery, shop, or market, I’d like to know you are doing it so that I can shout it from the mountain top and let everyone know. If we are going to be able to continue to raise Jewish families without being crushed by the financial demands of doing so then we must, as a community as a whole, support one another. I look forward to receiving emails from readers and business owners letting me know about signs going up in windows up and down Pico, Fairfax, and the rest about the 3% solution of helping one-another. Establishments who prove they are doing so will be recognized in future columns. We do have the power as a community to lessen the burden. My email is mia@bhcounselingcenter.com and your comments are always welcome. Wishing you a successful end to the school year and mazal tov on any graduates in your families! Mia Adler Ozair, MA, LPCC, NCC is a licensed clinical psychotherapist and educator with a private practice in Beverly Hills, California. Mia is licensed in both California and Illinois and she can be reached through her website at www. bhcounselingcenter.com or followed on Twitter @MiaAdlerOzair.

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Minority Truths YOSSY GOLDMAN

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n democracies as well as in Jewish Law, majority rules. A Beit Din (court of Torah law) must always consist of an odd number of judges, so that there should always be a majority opinion. But the fact is, sometimes the majority gets it wrong. The story in this week’s Torah reading, of the twelve spies sent by Moses to the Promised Land, is a case in point. Only two of the dozen, Joshua and Caleb, remained faithful to their leader, to the purpose of their mission and to G-d’s assurance that it was a good land. The other ten spies went awry. The spies were sent on a reconnaissance mission to determine how best to approach the coming conquest of the land of Canaan. Instead of doing what they were sent to do, to suggest the best way forward, ten of the twelve spies brought back a negative report that was designed to intimidate the people and discourage them from entering a ferocious “land that devours its inhabitants,” and which signed off with the categorical conclusion that “we cannot ascend.” The people responded accordingly. They cried out to Moses, lamenting their very departure from Egypt. So G-d decreed that this generation was not worthy of His precious Promised Land. Furthermore, this day of weeping, on which they cried for no good reason, would become a day of tears for generations. Indeed, our sages explain, this occurred on the Ninth Of Av, the day that would become a day of mourning for the destruction of our Holy Temples and many other national calamities throughout history. Now, the question I’d like to pose here is: why did the people not follow the two good spies, Joshua and Caleb, instead of the others? The obvious answer: they were outvoted and outnumbered. Ten vs. two—no contest. Majority rules. Tragically, though, they backed the losers. And the result was an extended vacation in the wilderness for them, and a tragedy for all of us to this day. So, although we may be staunch democrats and believers in the democratic process, clearly, there will be times when the minority is right. The saintly Rabbi Yisroel Meir HaKohen Kagan, better known as the “ Chafetz Chaim,” was once challenged by a fellow Jew who was a somewhat educated cynic. “Rabbi,” he argued, “ doesn’t the Torah itself say that we must follow the majority? Well, the overwhelming majority of Jews today are not religious. So you religious Jews

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must come over to our way of thinking!” The Chafetz Chaim replied with a story. “Recently, I had occasion to be traveling by coach back home from an important trip. En route, the coachman distributed generous helpings of vodka to his passengers to keep them warm and content. The coachman, too, helped himself to much more vodka than he should have. “When we came to a crossroads, there was confusion as to which way to turn. Most people argued that the left road was the correct path. I was one of the only sober passengers on board, and I knew without a shadow of a doubt that we needed to take the road to the right. So I ask you, my friend, should I too have followed the majority? They were hopelessly drunk and their was judgment impaired. Thank G-d, I prevailed.” All too often, the values and judgment calls of “the world” are simply wrong. No matter how outnumbered moral people may be, we will continue to follow the path of decency and sanity. We Jews have never played the numbers game. Always, we have been the smallest of nations. We are known not for our majority, but for our morals. Not so long ago, I think it was at the time of the fictitious Jenin “massacre”—Kofi Anan questioned, “Can it be that the whole world is wrong and Israel is right?” Guess what. He was spot-on. The whole world was wrong and Israel was right. There simply was no massacre. My wife has taught high school for many years. Once, a former student of hers asked if she could speak to her privately. She needed some guidance. She was now a young woman, and everyone was telling her she was crazy for insisting that she have no intimate relations before her wedding. She sought my wife’s affirmation that she hadn’t lost her sanity. All too often it is the world that is stark raving meshuga, veering drunkenly out of control. It takes substantial strength of character to resist the pull of the drunken majority. May G-d aid us to be men and women of stature, of spirit. May we be inspired with the courage to stand up and be counted, even if it means being that lone voice in the wilderness. Otherwise, we may never get to our destination.

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Jewish American Heritage Luncheon to be held on Capitol Hill I

n 1775, one year prior to the American declaration of independence, a Portuguese Jew came to America, making landfall on the shores of New York. Haym Solomon found himself sympathizing with the colonists and decided to support the Revolutionary War efforts, becoming the biggest financer of the Continental army, pioneering the now over 300 year old tradition of Jews supporting the United States. May is Jewish American Heritage Month, as proclaimed by President Obama and the United States Congress. Despite years of oppression and persecution, Jews have always risen up to help bring improvement and progress to society. For more than 350 years, Jews have been making major contributions to American culture, including arts, science, medicine, sports, business, government and military service. Honoring the myriad contributions and achievements of Jewish Americans in the United States, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Shultz explained, “Jewish American Heritage Month [is] to increase tolerance and raise awareness about ...the depth and breadth of contributions of Jews through 350 years of Jewish life in America... through every walk of life is incredibly important.” This tradition has continued annually and this year, five individuals or groups, each of whom are pillars of the Jewish community, will be honored by Members of Congress at a celebration, coordinated by The Friedlander Group, in the Capitol Building held on May 22nd for their contributions 14

to American society. With their collective participation in human rights, health services, business, technology, government, justice system, and law enforcement the honorees are the embodiment of American ideals. The Tribute event will be chaired by Greg Rosenbaum, Co-Chair of the Jewish American Heritage Month Foundation, with Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, executive vice president of the New York Board of Rabbis, acting as Master of Ceremonies. Greg Rosenbaum acknowledged the importance of The Friedlander Group’s event as an integral part of the Washington, DC celebration: “Honoring distinguished Jewish Americans who have contributed so much to our nation in the Capitol Building fulfills the purpose of Jewish American Heritage Month this May and its promise for years to come.” The special guests recognized at this year’s annual celebration include: Harvey and Gloria Kaylie have been stalwart supporters of OHEL Children’s Home and Family Service for over a decade. Harvey Kaylie is the founder of Mini-Circuits, a global leader in the development and manufacture of multiple core technologies. Since 1969, OHEL has been helping people of all ages surmount everyday challenges, heal from trauma, and manage with strength and dignity during times of crises, in the realm of foster care, housing, outpatient counseling and day programs. OHEL serves thousands in need every day in communities in New

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S. Monica Remembers Rabbi Levitansky OBM Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Ezra Shochat recalled “the lifelong dedication to Ahavas Yisroel” of S. Monica Shliach Rabbi Avremel Levitansky OBM. The 6th yahrtzeit of beloved S. Monica Shliach Rabbi Avrohom HaLevi Levitansky obm was marked at an event on Sunday Yud Sivan with hundreds in attendance. As people entered the Shul, they Davened Mincha and were helped with Teffilin if needed. They then washed and sat down at the tables to enjoy a full dinner, and spend some time “Farbrenging” with their table mates, recounting their experiences with Rabbi Levitansky, or “Avremel” as he was fondly known. Rabbi Eli Moshe Levitansky, Director of Chabad on SMC Campus, emceed the event which began with the 12 Pesukim recited by the children. He then called on Shliach of the Rebbe to Beverly Hills, and Rav of Anash, Rabbi Yosef Shusterman, who welcomed the crowd, and spoke of his dear friend and colleague, whose Yahrtzeit was being commemorated. The guest speaker of the evening, Rabbi Ezra Shochat , Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Ohr Elchonon Chabad then addressed the theme of the evening, “The lifelong dedication to Ahavas Yisroel.” He called upon everyone to take these lessons to heart, and add in observance of practical Mitzvos, and to help others to do so as well. Following in the tradition of his father, Zev Mayer Levitansky made a Siyum on Maseches Sota. He then made a Hadran, connecting the Halachos of a Sota with a number of lesser-known stories of his father which illustrated his character trait of love and dedication to Jewish education. Rabbi Maimon, a close friend of Rabbi Levitansky and a direct descendant of the Rambam made a Siyum on the Rambam, after which Rabbi Isaac Levitansky, Shliach of Chabad of Simcha Monica, shared a Sicha of the Rebbe on 20

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The Observant Jew

If at First You Don’t Succeed BY RABBI JONATHAN GEWIRTZ

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lmost anyone who’s ever gone out on a date has some sort of “date story” about the nightmares they encountered when meeting someone for the purpose of spending their lives together. You’ll find dates who got arrested, ones who fell asleep, and everything in between. Perhaps my favorite date story is one that didn’t happen to me. A friend who lived in Brooklyn had a cousin come in from “out of town,” which for the purposes of this article shall geographically refer to any locale with fewer than six pizza shops per capita and only four shuls to choose from on your block. She was to go out with a fellow from the Brooklyn area so she traveled into New York to make it easier for him. As they waited in her cousin’s second-floor apartment, the time arrived for her date to pick her up, but he didn’t show up. After a few minutes, they heard a car unceremoniously honk outside. Now, as it was Brooklyn, a car honking was not uncommon, but after a few more tootles, my friend went down to the car. The guy behind the wheel rolled down the window and called out to him, “Yeah, I’m here to pick up Suri. Is she ready?” Stunned, my friend walked upstairs and told her this was, indeed, her date for the evening. Suri was floored by the man’s pure callousness and lack of respect for her. “If he can’t even get out of the car to come get me,” she said, “I’m not going.” Her cousin dutifully brought the message back down to the waiting young man. “Suri says she isn’t coming down.”

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Perturbed, the young man smacked the steering wheel and said, “Oh, come on! They ALWAYS say that!” While we may chuckle at this poor fellow’s oblivion to what he was doing wrong, we should realize that we’re not all that different. Albert Einstein is quoted as saying: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.” I noticed that in real life, we do just that. When my girls were younger, I had an epiphany one day when one asked the other a question. Her sister answered with a generic reply, but the questioner, looking for precise information began to get annoyed. She raised her voice and asked THE EXACT SAME QUESTION! I asked her, “Sweetie, if you didn’t like the answer she gave you, why did you ask the same question again? If you would clarify your question, and say, “OK, but can you tell me…” perhaps you would get what you want. This way, she will just respond as she did before.” I thought about this during Sefira, when I counted the same way I have counted for years, making my way to forty-nine nights, but not really feeling a difference. Shouldn’t something have happened? Shouldn’t I have seen some result after another year of counting? But that’s just it – it was “another year of counting.” My Shemona Esrai isn’t much different. Do I think about what I’m saying or just expect that saying the words is enough? We often feel that if we go through the motions of something, a result will magi-

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tion is generally relevant only to children 6 and older who can understand this aspect of life. t Limit your children’s exposure to media coverage and viewing that is known to only exacerbate such horror and fear. This is particularly important with regard to the tornados for which live and frightening footage is readily available. t Do not be surprised if your child seems unfazed by this event but manifes e ts or expresses fears at a later date. There is not uncommonly a dormant period following exposure to such potentially destabilizing occurrences. t Elementary school aged children are often preoccupied with the facts or details of such tragedy. This is agetypical and refraining from a tempered and accurate response leaves them prone to more scary rumors and distortions. t It is not uncommon for children to fear inclement weather especially accompanied by thunder and lightning. Such children may be particularly horrified by the events in Oklahoma. If such fears recur, address them promptly before they become entrenched. t Children who are generally beset by

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Brothers Open Beach Eatery BY MENACHEM POSNER, CHABAD.ORG Brothers Abe and Levi Chayo have opened Redondo Beach, California’s first Kosher eatery, offering dairy and vegetarian dishes.

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hen Rabbi Yossi and Shterna Mintz opened their fledgling Chabad center in Redondo Beach, Calif., people told them it was a lost cause, saying that no Jews lived there. Seventeen years later, with a new kosher restaurant under construction and Hebrew day school on the horizon, the community has grown and developed beyond their wildest imagination. The restaurant, slated to open in July, is the brainchild of two brothers, Abe and Levi Chayo. “My brother lives in Redondo Beach and works in Torrance,” a nearby business district, says Levi Chayo. “I was living in New York at the time, and he told me that there are many Jewish people in his area who keep kosher, and they could really use a kosher restaurant. I decided to go for it.” But the 21-year-old had no experience in the business and knew he would need to beef up his hospitality knowhow before opening up his own place. After working in a number of Brooklyn restaurants for several months, he felt ready to take the plunge. So Chayo flew to Torrance and started planning. “Even though there are a fair number of kosher business people and families in the area, we are working on making food so memorable that we will be able to compete with the nonkosher restaurants as well. We plan on baking all of our 30

own bread and pizza dough in-house, and will be importing exclusive chalav Yisrael cheeses from the East Coast,” he said, referring to dairy products produced under the constant eye of a religious supervisor to ensure that kosher standards have been maintained throughout the production process. The restaurant, to be named Chayo Eatery, will offer dairy and vegetarian dishes. Shmuli Pinson, CTO at a nearby high-tech firm, says “it will be nice to have a kosher place to go for lunch meetings or even just to grab a quick bite during the work day.” Mintz, who co-directs Chabad of the Beach Cities (Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach),explains that although the restaurant is a private venture, it dovetails with Chabad’s mandate to encourage more Torah awareness and observance. KEEPING KOSHER IS A CRUCIAL STEP At a public gathering in the summer of 1975, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, urged those present to encourage and facilitate observance of the kosher dietary laws, as part of his 10-point mitzvah campaign. The Rebbe explained that keeping kosher a crucial step toward living a Torah lifestyle; whatever a person eats has an effect on his or her thoughts, emotions and outlook, he said. At that time, the May 31, 2013• 323-965-1544 • info@communitylinks.info


Rebbe offered to pay half of the expenses incurred during the koshering process, whereby a kitchen is purged from any unkosher traces and dedicated for exclusive kosher use. Mintz says having a restaurant to recommend will make it much easier for him to guide people to kosher observance: “I can now tell people that if you can have a kosher lunch delivered, why would you eat unkosher?” Chip Herwegh echoes that point. “Until now, there really were no options other than preparing and eating everything at home,” he says. “We have been talking about this for years. Having a kosher restaurant right here is going to make it much simpler for me to go kosher. This is a very important step in community-building.” A native of Manhattan Beach, Calif., Herwegh first became acquainted with the Chabad center when he married a Jewish woman. As the family became more involved in Judaism and their three children enrolled in the Chabad Hebrew school, Herwegh underwent conversion. He chose the Hebrew name Gavriel Noach, after Rabbi Gabi Holtzberg, director of the Chabad house in Mumbai, India, who was murdered in the November 2008 terror attacks there,

along with his wife, Rivkah, and four guests. “Gabi was out there spreading light, and I hope to be able to do a little bit of that as well,” says Herwegh, one of the principal organizers and funders of the restaurant. Mintz sees the new establishment as a real milestone. “Over the years, our community center in Redondo Beach has expanded to include three rabbis and 56 other employees,” he explains. “Our center offers a mikveh ritual bath, a synagogue where hundreds pray regularly, a preschool with an enrollment of over 140. Our satellite center in Manhattan Beach has a Judaica store and a full array of Chabad activities from Torah classes to clubs for seniors and toddlers. “Yet having a kosher restaurant in Torrance is something that we could have never imagined.” Levi Gelb, an entrepreneur-writer who grew up in the area, says: “When I was young, we had a little congregation in a storefront, and we would drive to L.A. to have anything Jewish. The fact that our community can support a kosher eatery tells me that the area has really come a long way. There are a lot of young families, and people are moving in. It is becoming a real community.”

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