Issuu on Google+

December 5 - December 19

Vol. 5 Issue 120

y�xa, jkahu - tmhu ,arp


2

December 5

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


We accept children from birth up until age 6 years old.

Teachers Qualifications: All our teachers have a minimum of 12 Early Childhood Education units. We encourage our teachers and assistants to grow professionally and take pride in continuous education.

The enrollment is first come first serve. Be the first to sign up!

PROGRAM • Daily Prayers • Judaic Studies • Arts and Crafts • Dance • Field Trips • Exercise • Challah Baking

Hours: Monday-Thursday: 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM Friday: 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Dual Curriculum (Hebrew/English)

Our approach is based on theories such as Gardner, Piaget, and Reggio.

We provide GLATT KOSHER: breakfast, hot lunch, and snacks.

Call Dalia at

Phone: 310-659-5636 Cell: 310-600-6102 Fax: 310-659-5346

Licensed by The State of California License: 197415779

1427 S. Shenandoah St. Los Angeles, CA 90035 3

December 5

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


Features

community links • Volume 5 Issue 120

December 19, 2008

16

18 13

The Lightness of Being If you recorded every word you said for 24 hours, you'd probably find hundreds of references to light. Light, brightness, radiance -these are the metaphors we use when we wish to speak about hope, wisdom, and goodness.

18

Rabbi Yanky Tauber

16

No News is Jews News The question is simple: Why ask the people of Shechem to circumcise? If Yaakov's children wanted to attack them, why go through a process of converting them? Parshas Vayeshlach Rabbi Mordechai Kaminetzky

4

December 5

Brothers in Scorn Yaakov's first encounter with his future wife Rachel was significant, encompassing varied emotions, each of which merits lengthy discussion. Upon greeting her at a well, Yaakov feeds her sheep, kisses her, cries, and then identifies himself as the brother of her father. (Genesis 29:11-12) Such classification needs explanation. Yaakov was not a brother of Rachel's father Lavan: he was a nephew, the son of Lavan's sister, Rivka. Parshas Vayetzey Rabbi Mordechai Kaminetzky

24

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

Going Green 8 Easy, Everyday Ways to be Earth-Friendly! From Shoshanim, the Magazine for Jewish Teenage Girls

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


WWW.BRENCOJUDAICA.COM

5

December 5

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


LOAN MODIFICATIONS. IF YOU HAVE AN ADJUSTABLE LOAN, NEGATIVE AMORTIZATION LOAN, CAN NO LONGER AFFORD YOUR PAYMENTS, OR YOUR PRINCIPLE BALANCE IS HIGHER THEN YOUR PROPERTY VALUE... WE ARE NOW WORKING WITH ALL BANKS TO DO

WE CAN RENEGOTIATE THIS LOAN FOR YOU!

NO,

When Others Say

YES

We say NEED

A LOAN CLOSED IN

BAD CREDIT - WE YOU

SAY

Special of the Month

10 DAYS - WE SAY YES

3% DOWN ON PURCHASE

YES

NEED TO BUY A HOME OUT OF STATE

- WE

SAY

(loan amount cannot exceed $729,000)

YES

TO BE APPROVED WITH MOST EXCLUSIVE LENDERS

DON’T

WANT TO SHOW FINANCIALS BUT WANT THE MOST COMPETITIVE RATES

ARE

- WE

YES

WANT

SAY

OTHER LENDERS TELLING YOU THAT YOU ARE NOT QUALIFIED

- WE

For more information, please call

SAY

- WE

SAY

YES

YES

818-470-2022

Rates are still at an all time low

DON'T MISS OUT!!! 30 Year Fixed Loan at

5.875%

with 15 year INTEREST ONLY option available

3/1 Interest Only Loan at Tzvi Ratner-Stauber The Yes Lender

818-470-2022

5%

Visit my web site at

www.TheYesLender.com

tzvi@theyeslender.Com

6

December 5

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


7

December 5

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


8

December 5

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


9

December 5

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


10

December 5

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


I

was an officer in the United States Navy from 1974 to 1983. During these years, the Navy provided an interesting vantage point and perspective on American politics. As U.S. citizens, military service members could vote for the presidential candidates of their choice. But then, by an act so simple and symbolic, on the day of the inauguration of the newly elected President, the picture of the outgoing President would be removed from the wall of our offices and the picture of the new President would be placed in its stead. The replacing of the picture was a sign of the loyalty pledged to our new leader, our new Commander in Chief. The picture of the new President would greet me

Johnson or President Nixon in my grandmother’s home. A custom was lost. The changing of pictures had been a simple but profound custom. With this custom, the political battles of the election were put aside. The country united behind a single leader. Democracy had worked. Not only do we lack the custom today of the changing of the pictures to acknowledge the changing of the guard, we often see community activists who seem to entirely deny the election outcome. Millions of Americans still talk of how Gore beat Bush, never acknowledging fully the results that had been proclaimed

CHANGING PICTURES as I entered the Commanding General’s office. As I sat each Wednesday in the barber’s chair to get my Marine hair cut as I wore the Marine uniform, I stared straight ahead at the picture of the new President. During my years in the military, the picture of President Ford was replaced by the picture of President Carter, and then later by President Reagan. The complex political process of presidential elections led to the simple process of changing pictures on the wall. In the military, our duty was clear. We saluted the new President. We had pledged to uphold the Constitution of the United States, and that entailed our pledging loyalty to the process and the election results. It did not matter for whom we had voted. The President upon his taking of the oath became our Commander. The placing of the presidential picture used to be a custom not only for the military base. Growing up, there was a widely held custom of having the presidential picture in homes. My grandmother’s home had the picture of President Eisenhower in the den. Then, it was replaced with the picture of President Kennedy when he took office. But then, after the assassination, the Kennedy picture was not removed or replaced. In the years that followed, there was no picture of President

11

December 5

through the process which culminated in a Supreme Court decision. The lack of acceptance of President Bush and the hatred many have shown for our President defied our established customs and the spirit of our democracy. Many would never accept fully President Bush as their personal President and leader. A re-election in 2004 did not change their views. We have seen in many contexts “sore losers.” Now, weeks after the election, several radio and television commentators act as if the election is still going on with a continuous campaign to knock the capability of President-Elect Obama. We also have a fairly new phenomenon of “sore winners.” During Thanksgiving weekend, I read an editorial in the Los Angeles Times that went on at length about the “total lack of preparation” for higher office of Governor Sarah Palin. The same day, I read a letter to the editor in the Jewish Journal which condemned Senator John McCain for the way in which he conducted the election. These continued attacks on the opposing parties and candidates on both sides, as if the elections did not end, defy our democratic traditions. On a separate but related issue, I do not wish to discuss the pros and cons of California’s Proposition 8. I do,

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


however, wish to point out the trouble with the acts of Proposition 8 opponents since the election results became known. The support for gay marriage increased to the point where the margin for this proposition was a relatively slim 52 per cent to 48 per cent. In the past, when a losing side for a proposition showed greatly increased support since a similar proposition was previously on the ballot, the losing side would declare that they would be starting a petition effort to put the issue on the next ballot. Rightfully or wrongfully, a growing number of Californians are supporting the idea of gay marriage. This would seem to be a good time to channel the emotions of the campaign by gathering signatures to guarantee the issue being put before the electorate again. This has not been the response, however, of Prop 8 opponents. Prop 8 opponents have crashed church services of church groups who were active in support of Prop 8. These opponents have taken to the streets. They have initiated a blacklisting of those in Hollywood and elsewhere who supported the Proposition. Activists accuse those who supported Prop 8 of hatred. They deny the democratic process. They don’t accept the election results. Now, they are turning to the courts in an attempt to overthrow the current will of the people rather than seeking to convince a scant additional two per cent to support their position in a future ballot campaign. I studied the ballot proposition history in California as part of my Master’s degree in political science at UCLA. Two issues appeared repeatedly on the ballot: Putting fluoride in our water and implementing daylight savings time. These issues appeared a dozen or more times in separate initiative campaigns. The movie industry opposed the trend toward daylight savings as studio moguls did not believe that people would go to the movies if it were still light outside. In regard to the other issue, there have been numerous groups who simply could not believe that dentists would favor fluoridation of water unless there was some hidden problem with fluoridation which would require patients to see dentists more often. It took repeated elections, but we do have daylight savings time and fluoridation of water. People believed in the democratic process. If at first they did not succeed, they tried again. It seems that many Americans prefer to wallow in their candidate’s or issue’s defeat at the polls. They don’t accept the election results. They seem to seethe with hatred for their opponents. Even in victory, many continue their hatred of the opposition. Democracy requires a peaceful acceptance of the results. There is a requirement for a “wait until next year approach” for the opposition. Neither tyranny of the majority or of an outraged minority furthers the cause of democracy. These actions by partisans rip us apart rather than uniting us as a country. As a child, I saw the changing of the pictures from Eisenhower to Kennedy. I knew who my President was. I witnessed democracy in action symbolically through a simple change of pictures on the wall. This was an important way of teaching our children that the elections were over and that our country was going to continue its democratic ways. When large numbers of partisans refuse to accept the election results, the whole process is placed in jeopardy. Our traditions as a people are jeopardized. Preparing for the next campaign is a tradition in our democratic process. Continuing to fight the battles of the already concluded election is not. By Robert J. Rome, Ph.D.

12

December 5

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


The Lightness of Being By Yanki Tauber

"The light at the end of the tunnel." "You light up my life." "He's an enlightened person." If you recorded every word you said for 24 hours, you'd probably find hundreds of references to light. Light, brightness, radiance--these are the metaphors we use when we wish to speak about hope, wisdom, and goodness. The candle flame, the ray of light, the glowing coal-these are the images in which we recognize our yearning for a better world, for a wiser, more virtuous and more G-dly self. We are encouraged by the fact that a luminous body like the sun, simply being what it is, can have such a profound effect on entities and beings millions of miles away, enriching them with light, warmth, energy and life.

13

December 5

We are encouraged by the fact that a tiny flame can banish a roomful of darkness. If so, all is not lost. If our own souls are "candles of G-d" (as King Solomon proclaims in the Book of Proverbs), then little me is not so little after all. The big bad world out there can yet be transformed. All we need to do is be what we truly are, to act out our innate goodness, and the darkness will melt away. Once a year, we celebrate this truth. For eight days and nights, we celebrate the power of light: in ascending number -- one little flame on the first evening, two flames on the second, three on the third -- we kindle the Chanukah menorah, recalling that miraculous victory, 22 centuries ago, of quality over quantity, spirit over materialism, right over might. And pray for the day when such victories are no longer "miracles", but the way things are in G-d's world.

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


14

December 5

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


KOSHERICA

The Leader in Glatt Kosher Cruises and Tours

STARTING ST TA ARTING G AT AT $999 $ CARIBBEAN CRUISES C 12/21/2008 - Chanukah Chhanukah Cruise 1/18/2009 - Guat Guatemala, temala, Mexico, Belize 1/18/2009 - St. Thomas, T Puerto Rico 1/25/2009 / / - Jamaica, Jam maica,, Cayman y Is. 2/1/2009 - TTortola, oortoola, Puerto Rico PANAMA CANAL P A ANAMA CA ANAL CRUISE 1/18/2009

Inntroducing troducing g the the h

6 Star Oceania a Cruise Cruise Line. 2009 KOSHER 2009 KOSHER CRUISES CRUISES ISRAEL, Alaska, Australia, Austtralia, Caribbean, Croatia, Cr oatia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Deenmark, Egypt, England, Finland, France, Fran nce, Greece, Hong Kong, Kong g, Italy, Monaco, Italy y, Mexico, Monaco o, New Zealand, Panama Panam ma Canal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Tunisia, Tu unisia, Turkey, Turkey u y, Vietnam V ietnam Plus Many More! M

SCHOLARS-IN-RESIDENCE SCHOLARS-IN-RE ESIDENCE Rabbi Steven W Weil, eil, Susie Fishbein Kosher by Design Design, n, Dr. Marvin Rabbi Dr r. Shlomo Riskin, Rabbi Mar vin Hier

MGK 15

December 5

877 SAIL KOSHER K R or 30 305-695-2700 05-695-2700 0 www.Kosherica.com ww ww w.Kosherica . a.com • TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


By Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky

No News is Jews News PARSHAS VAYISHLACH 16

December 5

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


Y

aakov's family faced a tremendous crisis. While passing through the city of Shechem, Dena, their sister was attacked and was violated by Shechem, the son of King Chamor, who bore the same name as the city. Shechem later claimed that he desperately wanted to marry her! No one in the entire city brought the prince to justice and Yaakov's sons were not going to ignore that behavior. They were not ready for open warfare either, and so they developed a ruse. They claimed that they were ready to form a harmonious relationship with the entire population of the city of Shechem. "We will give our daughters to you, and take your daughters to ourselves; we will dwell with you, and become a single people" (Braishis 34:16). However, there was one condition. Every male of Shechem had to be circumcised. Yaakov's children insisted that it would be a disgrace for the daughters of Abraham to marry uncircumcised men. Upon direction from King Chamor and Prince Shechem the entire town agreed, and three days later, when the people of Shechem were in painful recuperation from their surgery, Yaakov's children avenged Dina's honor. Despite Yaakov's consternation, they attacked the male population and wiped them out. The question is simple: Why ask the people of Shechem to circumcise themselves? If Yaakov's children wanted to attack them, why go through a process of converting them? They should have asked them to fast for three days. That would have made them even weaker. They could have asked them to hand over all their weapons. Why ask them to do an act that is so blatantly Jewish? On September 30, 2000, the word intafada was almost unknown to the average American. And then the riots began. On one of the first days of what has now been over three years of unceasing violence, against innocent Israelis, the New York Times, Associated Press and other major media outlets published a photo of a young man who looked terrified, bloodied and battered. There was an Israeli soldier in the background brandishing a billy-club. The caption in everyone of the papers that carried the photo identified the teen as an innocent Palestinian victim of the riots -- with the clear implication that the Israeli soldier was the one who beat him. The world was in shock and outrage at the sight of the poor teen, blood oozing from his temple crouching beneath the club-wielding Israeli policeman. Letters of protest and sympathy poured in form the genteel readers of the gentile world. The victim's true identity was soon revealed. Dr. Aaron Grossman wrote the NY Times that the picture of the Israeli soldier and the Palestinian on the Temple Mount was indeed not a Palestinian. The battered boy was actually his son, Tuvia Grossman, a Yeshiva student from Chicago. He, and two of his friends, were pulled from their taxicab by a mob of Palestinian Arabs, and were severely beaten and stabbed. The Israeli soldier wielding the club was actually attempting to protect Tuvia from the vicious mob. All of a sudden the outrage ceased, the brutal attack was almost ignored and a correction buried somewhere deep amongst "all the news that is fit to print" re-identified Tuvia Grossman as "an American student in Israel." It hardly mentioned that he was an innocent Jew who was nearly lynched by Arabs. This blatant hypocrisy in news coverage incidentally help launch a media watchdog named Honest Reporting.com. Rav Yonasan Eibeschitz, zt"l, explains that Yaakov's children knew something that was as relevant in Biblical times as it is in today's "New York" times. Yaakov's sons knew the secret of society. Have them circumcised. Make them Jews. Then you can do whatever you want with them and no one will say a word. You can wipe out an entire city -as long as it is not a gentile city. If Shechem had remained a gentile city had the people not circumcised according the laws of Avraham then Yaakov's children would have been condemned by the entire world. But Yaakov's children knew better. They made sure that the Shechemites, went through a Jewish circumcision. Shechem now was a Jewish city; and when a Jewish city is destroyed, the story becomes as irrelevant as an American student attacked by a Palestinian mob in Yerushalayim! Unfortunately it is that simple and that old. •

17

December 5

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


Brothers in Scorn

PARSHAS VAYEITZEI 18

December 5

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


Y

aakov's first encounter with his future wife Rachel was significant, encompassing varied emotions, each of which merits lengthy discussion. Upon greeting her at a well, Yaakov feeds her sheep, kisses her, cries, and then identifies himself as the brother of her father. (Genesis 29:11-12)

Such classification needs explanation. Yaakov was not a brother of Rachel's father Lavan: he was a nephew, the son of Lavan's sister, Rivka. Why, then, did Yaakov refer to himself as a brother of Lavan? The Talmud in Megilah explains that Lavan's notorious reputation preceded him. He was nicknamed Lavan HaArami, or Lavan the charlatan. He was known not only to be avaricious, but to be unscrupulous as well. Yaakov wanted to lay the ground rules with his future bride. "If your father will act conniving then I am his brother [meaning, I will act conniving as well]. However, if he will act honorably I will respond in kind." What needs clarification, however, is why begin a marital relationship on such a note. What precedent is Yaakov setting with such a powerful declaration? Rabbi Meir Shapiro (1887-1933) was a leader of Polish Jewry in the years before World War II. In addition to being the chief Rabbi of Lublin, building and maintaining one of the world's largest and most beautiful yeshivos, Yeshivas Chachmei Lublin, he was also one of the first Orthodox members of the Polish parliament, the Sejm. He was a courageous leader whose vision and unwavering commitment to Torah values gained him the respect of Jews and gentiles alike. During his first weeks as the leader of the Orthodox Jewish delegation, Rabbi Shapiro was approached by a Polish parliamentary deputy, Professor Lutoslawski, a known anti-Semite whose devious legislation constantly deprived minorities of their civil and economic rights. Standing in front of a group parliamentarians in the halls of the Sejm, the depraved deputy began. "Rabbi," he shouted, a sly smile spreading across his evil face. "I have a wonderful new way for Jews to make a living -- they can skin dead dogs." Without missing a beat Rabbi Shapiro shot back. "Impossible, their representatives would never allow it." The Professor looked puzzled. "Whose representatives? The Jews'?" "No," smiled Rav Meir, "the dogs' deputies." Flustered, the vicious bigot tried one more. "Well, my dear Rabbi," he continued sarcastically. "Do you know that on the entrance gate of the city of Schlesien there is an inscription, 'to Jews and dogs entrance forbidden?'" Rabbi Meir just shrugged his shoulders. "If so, I guess we will never be able to visit that city together." Needless to say, nary an anti-Semitic word was ever pointed in Rabbi Meir's direction again. Yaakov knew that to initiate his destiny in the confines of a hostile environment he should proclaim the rules loud and clear. He would not allow himself to be swayed, duped, or connived by even the master of deception and ridicule, Lavan the charlatan. In forging the household that would be the basis for Jewish pride and eternity, Yaakov had to make it clear to his future bride that he too could play hardball. He sent a message of pride and awareness to his descendants. Though this Jew who sat in the tent would enter his new environment with brotherly love, if he needed to, he could just as well be a brother in scorn. • Rabbi Mordechai Kaminetzky

19

December 5

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


D ONUTS , B AGELS , P IZZA , O MLETTES , S ANDWICHES , S ALADS , W RAPS , P ANINIS , B AKED Z ITI , I CE C REAM , C OFFEE , E SPRESSO , I CED D RINKS

We offer counseling for:

A SK A BOUT O UT D AILY L UNCH S PECIALS !

Parenting Classes

Let us cater your next Simcha, Bris, Birthdays & Office Meetings!

Individual/Family/Marriage Counseling Teen Counseling Eating Disorders Women Support Groups Monitored Visitation /Child Exchange

SPECIALS 10% OFF!* DOZEN DONUTS ------------ OR -----------

BUY 1 ENTREE Receive SECOND ONE 1/2 OFF* *(between 3-6pm, must present coupon)

Domestic Violence/Anger Management Groups Drug/Alcohol Education, Assessments & Testing Sexual Addictions DNA/Paternity Testing Non Profit Organization

7115 BEVERLY BLVD. LOS ANGELES, CA 90036

Dennis Brown

MA, NCACII, SAP Executive Director

SUN-THUR: 6:30 AM-6:30 PM FRI. 6:30 AM-3:00 PM 20

December 5

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


SPECIAL 10% DISCOUNT!*

Wedding Cakes Fancy Cakes Birthday Cakes Pastries Custom Cakes Cookies Vienesse Tables

DAILY FROM 3-6PM *min. charge of $20, must present coupon

8616 W Pico Blvd, LA

433 N Fairfax Ave, LA

7113 Beverly Blvd, LA

(310) 854-0592

(323) 653-1683

(323) 931-3563

Sushi, Paninis, Wraps, Pizza, Salad Bar, Smoothies, Gourmet Coffees, Iced Blended Drinks 21

Coming soon Gluten Free Products!

December 5

Recession Bris Special For $15 per person includes: Coffee, Tea, Orange Juice, Lox, Cream Cheese, Tuna, Egg Salad, Bagels, Donuts, Cutlery, Serving Pieces, Tablecloths Call Mark @ 310-854-0592

BUY 1 ENTREE receive

SECOND ONE

1/2 OFF*

*(between 3-6pm must present coupon)

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


#876392

Let

Under The Chuppah

TM

handle the most important event of your life. Specializing in sophisticated, stress free, kosher wedding packages, custom planning and day-of coordination. Call now for

a free consultation receive a complimentary list of music for your wedding processional!

Get %10 Off When You Mention This Ad!

Free Estimate for New Installation & Replacement

The Traveling Olive Oil Press -- a hands-on exhibit that combines education and entertainment for all ages is a great idea for your Chanukah Parties and celebrations!

The Olive Oil Press

This fun, interactive event brings the holiday’s hopeful message to life by illustrating the process used to produce pure olive oil for the Temple Menorah in the Chanukah story. During the 45 minute presentation, the audience will get an opportunity to squeeze fresh olives, just like in the days of the Maccabees, and purify their oil. Once the oil is purified, participants make wicks out of cotton, after which the oil and wicks are kindled in a spe cial Menorah lighting ceremony.

The 2008 Olive Oil Workshop is available from December 14 through December 26. For information and reservations, please call (310) 208-7511, ext. 270. 22

December 5

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


NOW IN STORES! The children's video that parents love too

"A wonderful, kosher alternative to secular entertainment. I watched Agent Emes with my grandchildren and we all loved it." - Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski

th 6 e h T al n o i t a Sens ode Epis REUVEN RUSSELL YISSACHAR SHOLLAR SAM NICOTERO GREG CARIDI YANKY DAVIDSON LEAH DAVIDSON TERRI NADITCH YISROEL LEEDS MOSHE PEKKAR DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY ADAM MARZE ORIGINAL MUSIC JONATHAN KLEIN WRITTEN, DIRECTED AND EDITED BY LEIBEL COHEN

to view the trailer and order your copy visit

www.agent-emes.com 23

December 5

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


By Nomi Dayan

Going Green

24

December 5

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


8 Easy, Everyday Ways to be Earth-Friendly How Long Does It Take Stuff to Decompose?

out of leftover sugarcane? They break down in 30 days!

Loose-leaf paper

2-4 weeks

Banana Peel

2-5 weeks

Average domestic and municipal water use (per person, per day) in the U.S. is 151 gallons versus 31 gallons in the UK and 3 gallons in Ethiopia.

Tin Can

100 years

Six-Pack Plastic Soda Ring

450 years

Plastic/Glass Bottle

Unknown

Styrofoam

Never

“When the Holy One, Blessed be He, created the first human, He said, ‘See how good and praiseworthy My works are? All that I have created I have made for you. Be mindful then that you do not spoil and destroy My world – for if you spoil it, there is no one after you to repair it.’” Koheles Rabbah 7:13 Imagine you get a gift. It’s a nice gift. It has all sorts of special features. It’s one of a kind. No one else has this gift anywhere in the universe. But the gift card says, L’ovdah u’l’shomrah; there’s a condition to it: you are responsible for the upkeep of your gift as you use it. This gift is the world you are now sitting in—the land you’re on, the air you breathe, the paper you hold in your hand. The earth was given to humankind as a gift, but we also have to conserve and protect it. You’re probably heard people talking about the environmental challenges facing the world. Guess what? There are simple steps you can take to help the environment which will also save you and your family money. Read on for tips on how to tread on the world a little more lightly. 1) Go Real Setting the table? You’re best off skipping plastic, paper, and Styrofoam. I recommend using real dishes— real plates, spoons, cups and forks instead of disposable ones. When you throw a plastic fork out, you can forget about it. The environment can’t. It takes years and years to break down. Paper plates aren’t much better. They break down faster than plastic but they use so much energy and water, not to mention trees, to produce. Did You Know?

2) H20 to Go Instead of reaching for a plastic bottle, which clogs landfills, reach for what is plentiful and free—tap water or filtered water from home in a reusable bottle. Using a stainless steel bottle is best for you and the environment. Here’s why: Steel bottles are reusable, durable, and safe because they do not leach chemical compounds and toxins as some plastics do (especially when the plastic is heated or cleaned). Just make sure your bottle is stainless steel on the inside and outside. 3) Travel Lightly Going somewhere? Hop on a bus, subway, or carpool. Or walk. You’ll be in better shape when you get back to school. 4) Buy Local Next time you get handed the shopping list, see if there are any regional markets around you. These are often called “green markets” or “farmers’ markets.” It’s a lot easier than you think to find one. Think of how much energy was used to deliver a peach from Costa Rica to your doorstep compared to one from a local farm (Hint: a lot). Besides, the local food will be a whole lot fresher! 5) Do You REALLY Need That Plastic Shopping Bag? Question: How long will it take for a plastic bag to decompose? Answer: 10-20 years, if exposed to air. If it’s not, which is most likely, then the answer is ‘unknown.’ It could take a really long time. Buying an energy bar? Say, “No, thank you” to getting a bag. The best option: Bring your own bag. And if the clerk double-bags your groceries, just tell her a polite “No, thank you” as well. What about the waste of sandwich baggies? Try using Wrap-N-Mats, an attractive reusable sandwich wrap which can double as a placemat for your lunch. In a box please:

Did you know that scientists have made plates made

25

December 5

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


The sad thing is even banana peels don’t really decompose once they reach a landfill because of lack of air, water, and sun which are needed to help the decomposition process. The same thing with paper. One could easily read a newspaper from the 1960’s if found in a landfill. 6) Let There Be Light Encourage your family to make the change to compact florescent bulbs. The change is as easy as screwing in a lightbulb! They cost quite a bit more, but they last much longer and use around 80% less energy than a standard bulb. Most supermarkets sell them. Remind adults at home it will save money on the energy bill. 7) Pull the Plug Believe it or not, when something is plugged in—even if it is “turned off ”—it is sucking huge amounts of needless energy from your home. (Try touching a plugged-in adaptor—if it’s warm, it’s using energy.) According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 75% of the electricity used in the average home to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off! If you’re not using an appliance, pull the plug. This includes stereos, kitchen appliances, and VCRs. AC adaptors and cell-phone chargers draw power continuously. Once you’re done with your computer, shut if off (or put it in sleep mode) instead of leaving it on. (Screen savers don’t really save energy.) You can also use a power strip so you can turn several electronics off at once. 8) Be Water-Wise The national average indoor residential water use for each person per day is 60-70 gallons. 50%-75% of residential water use occurs in … the bathroom! You can use less water with just a few small changes in your daily routine. When brushing your teeth, turn the faucet off while brushing. (That’s a no-brainer!) Washing the dishes by hand? Don’t let it run while you scrub! If you’re going for a rinse, opt for some shower power: a full bathtub uses about 50 gallons of water. Most standard showerheads, on the other hand, use 4-8 gallons per minute. You can make a difference even by trimming your shower time by one minute (which might leave you with a grateful sibling right before Shabbos!) Of course if you tend to take long showers, the bathtub would be a more water-wise option. Remember, when we live in a wasteful way, we may not be using Hashem’s “gift” in the right way. So while you’re relaxing, don’t forget that you can make a difference for your planet with these simple, earth-friendly tips. From Shoshanim, the Magazine for Jewish Teenage Girls

26

November 21

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


Chabad: Holtzberg couple killed in Mumbai HASHEM YINKOM DOMOM: Chabad and Jewry worldwide are mourning the untimely passing of the Rebbe's shluchim to Mumbai, Rabbi Gavriel and Mrs. Rivka Holtzberg HYD, who were murdered by terrorists in cold blood. Rabbi Gavriel Noach and Rivka Holtsberg O”BM

The Holtzbergs were shluchim who exhibited mesiras nefesh every day in their tireless work for others. "Their selfless love will live on with all the people they touched. We will continue the work they started," said Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, vice chairman of Merkos L'Inyonei Chinuch, in a statement.

Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg, the beloved directors of Chabad-Lubavitch of Mumbai, were killed during one of the worst terrorist attacks to strike India in recent memory. Jewish communities around the world reacted with shock to the loss of the couple, who were killed Thursday at their Chabad House during an apparent standoff between Indian military forces and terrorists. Their toddler son, Moshe, managed to escape with his nanny some hours before Indian commandos stormed their building, known as the Nariman House, in the popular touristy neighborhood of Colaba. The Associated Press reported that the boy was unharmed, but was wearing blood-soaked pants.

Mumbai Chabad house before attack Photo: COL.ORG.IL

Gabi and Rivky Holtzberg made the ultimate sacrifice," said Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, vice chairman of Merkos L'Inyonei Chinuch, the educational arm of Chabad-Lubavitch. "As emissaries to Mumbai, Gabi and Rivky gave up the comforts of the West in order to spread Jewish pride in a corner of the world that was a frequent stop for throngs of Israeli tourists. Their Rohr Chabad House was popular among the local community, as well as with visiting businesspeople. "For five years, they ran a synagogue and Torah classes, and helped people dealing with drug addiction and poverty," continued the statement. "Their selfless love will live on with all the people they touched. We will continue the work they started." Chabad.org

27

November 21

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


RCC

Free pick up & Delivery

Catering by Judy’s & Presentation by Chai’le For weddings catered in L.A.’s major hotels;

10% Off with minimum

seven piece dry cleaning exp. 12/31/08 pre paid-cash only Valid with coupon

$7.50 Special Alterations Pants Hem exp. 12/31/08 pre paid-cash only Valid with coupon

Hyatt Century Plaza, Beverly Hilton, Universal Hilton, Sheraton Universal, Omni Hotel, etc. Or any hotel location of your choice!

Buffet reception with carving station & Sushi & 4 course dinner! Glatt Kosher

28

November 21

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


Your Y our o Life Life Settlement Settlement Exper EExperts. ts.

“Where integrity and expertise meet””

310.985.4246 10.98 85.4246 www.polterfinancial.com w ww.polterfinancial.com 29

December 5

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


30

December 5

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


B”H

Nora Schwartz is now working with C•L•S At Community Leasing and Sales We are here to give you the best deal On any Make or Model

BUY OR LEASE your next vehicle from us

Lowest Prices!!

Phone:310.766.4266

Fax:323.935.1809

email: n.shwartz@trycls.com

31

December 5

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


Q

Reuven, who is the CEO and majority shareholder of a corporation, has purchased merchandise on credit from his supplier, Shimon, and agreed to pay by a certain date. On the day that Shimon was supposed to be paid, Shimon realized that Reuven's business was no longer solvent, and that he could not count on getting his money back from the business. According to Halacha, is Reuven obligated to pay his corporation's debt to Shimon from his own personal money? What is the Halacha?

Hilchos Choshen Mishpat CORPORATE DEBT IN HALACHA A. Reuven is obligated to pay his business's debts from business funds, as allowed by the business cash flow. If there is no way that the business can repay the supplier, Shimon may collect from property that is owned by the business. However, according to Halacha, Reuven is not obligated to pay the debt from personal funds. (1) Sources: (1) There is a disagreement among the Rishonim in Kiddushin (8b) whether a lien (Shibud) can be placed on property even if the borrower or purchaser has no personal responsibility for the debt, or if a lien can only exist on a property if the borrower or purchaser has personal liability to pay the debt. The latter opinion is that of Tosafos (ibid. D"H Manah), and the Rosh there (10). The concept of a corporation is that liability for any debts are limited to the company accounts, and the officers and CEO of the corporation have no personal liability for its debts. Consequently, any lien on corporate property is a lien on property without any personal liability, which is discussed in the Rishonim, as mentioned above. It would seem, therefore, that whether or not a corporation's property may be collected in lieu of its debts would be dependent on this disagreement. However, practically speaking, the custom in Batei Din is to allow debtors to collect their debts from corporate property. It appears to me that there are two reasons why, according to Halacha, debtors should be permitted to collect from corporate property but not from the personal funds of its owners and officers: 1. In Halacha, there is recognition for obligations that may not be technically Halachically binding, yet are considered binding in prevailing society. This is called a Kinyan Situmta. The Shulchan Oruch (Choshen Mishpat 201) states that this type of obligation is binding even in situations where a transaction does not work according to Torah law, such as purchasing futures (Davar Shelo Ba LaOlam), as is stated in the Teshuvos HaRosh. According to this, a Kinyan Situmta would also allow debtors to collect their debts from corporate property, despite the fact that there is no personal liability on its officers. 2. There really is, practically speaking, some degree of personal liability on the part of the CEO and officers. If it were clearly proven that they had been deliberately negligent with the corporation, or turned a blind eye to embezzling, etc., they would have to reimburse the company from personal funds. Therefore, we can argue that Halacha looks at a corporation not as if there is no personal liability at all, rather that it is as if an agreement has been reached that all business related debts can only be collected from specific funds, that of the company, and not personal funds. We certainly find precedent for this in Halacha, in the concept of "Apotiki" - where a borrower or debtor designates only certain funds or property that will be liable for his debt, and the liability is restricted to the designated property.

A

32

December 5

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


• Implants • Veneers

Cosmetic Dentistry

• ZOOM! • Bleaching

Leslie H. Rosenthal D.D.S. GENERAL DENTISTRY

16055 Ventura Blvd. #1001 Encino, CA 91356

818-981-0394

33

December 5

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


These Statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease.

34

No longer a child, not yet an adult? The teen years are a time of rapid growth and development, with increased energy requirements. However, many adolescents develop unhealthy eating habits, losing out on essential nutrients. That’s why we’ve created Maxi Teen Supreme™, specifically formulated for teens. In addition to the vital basic nutrients, these multivitamin formulas contain unique ingredients such as: selenium for detoxification; pantothenic acid for healthy metabolism; and copper for healthy bones, collagen and nerves. We’ve also added more iron for girls, and more zinc for boys. Try Maxi Teen Supreme™, the perfect fit for that hard-to-fit stage.

1.800.895.9555 www.maxihealth.com December 5

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

Leaders in Nutritional Science 323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


35

December 5

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


36

December 5

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


www.bubbysgifts.com

www.savtastoys.com Toy s Bub by’s

y’s

an d

Bu bb

Gif ts

Sa vta ’s

Bubby’s Gifts & Savta’s Toys Can't be with your family in ISRAEL for CHANUKAH? Why not send your love and caring with gifts from

Bubby's Gifts & Savta's Toys Bubby's can deliver food gifts from a candy basket, fruit bowl, or cake to a whole Shabbos* all under Badatz Eida Hachareidis. Baby gifts, Dorm room baskets, and so much more.

Savta's is a full Toy Store with American quality toys, activities and games for children birth - 10 at unbeatable prices. All ready to be delivered to your family and friends in ISRAEL for Chanukah.

Visit us at: www.bubbysgifts.com or www.savtastoys.com *Food deliveries made throughout Jerusalem and surrounding areas including: Beit Shemesh, Beitar & Gush Etzion. Gifts and Toys can be delivered anywhere in Israel.

In US call: 718-618-5890 fax: 815-572-9574 In Israel call: 02-654-2375 fax: 02-569-5251

The Premier Guide for Savings and Directory for the Jewish Home

37

December 5

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


Chanukah: An American Holiday 38

December 5

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


Editor's note: This article was written for Chanukah 2000

A

s we stand on the verge of the inauguration of a new President, following a strange and unprecedented election, it occurred to me that the very founding of this country and the perpetuity of this nation in the face of such challenges is based on a theme celebrated by Jews every year at this time. What does Chanukah have to do with the founding of America? The festival of Chanukah commemorates the victory that occurred over 2000 years ago when a small band of Jews, in the name of freedom from oppression and freedom of religion, battled the largest army in the world and were victorious. In 1789, just 212 years ago a group of revolutionaries, in opposition to the great world powers of that time, wrote the Bill of Rights in order to safeguard the basic individual freedoms of Americans – freedom of religion, speech and press. Religious persecution was the impetus for many to leave the shores of Europe for the New World so it is not surprising that the first amendment stressed the importance of freedom of religion. The Founding Fathers understood this to be central to all other liberties as it embodies the freedom to pursue your own belief system, your personal way of finding transcendence. The message of Chanukah is as relevant today as it was two millenniums and two centuries ago. Every year we celebrate the power of freedom over oppression with the kindling of the Menorah, symbolizing the victory of light over darkness. Chanukah teaches us four lessons about freedom. As the sun sets on December 21st, the first night of Chanukah, people around the world will light a candle. And for the next seven nights, they will add a flame, until a total of eight flames illuminate the night. Lit at sundown, the Menorah reminds us that the way to eliminate darkness – to rid the world of selfishness, negativity, hatred and greed – is to kindle the lights of knowledge, generosity, faith and love. The Menorah is placed in the window of one’s home or in a public place so that the light shines out into the street. This public display represents our responsibility to bring the light of freedom, morality and spirituality not only into our own homes, but also into the lives of others and into the world. On a more personal level, a flame represents the soul of a person, the Godliness that is inherent in each of us. Every person has an individual contribution to make, a unique way of illuminating the world. Chanukah celebrates the power of the soul reminding us that although there are 6 billion people in the world and many forces that depersonalize our lives, each flame, each soul, brings a special and distinctive light into the world The eight flames of the Menorah tell a unique story. 2200 years ago in Jerusalem, when the Jewish soldiers entered the Temple that had been desecrated by their enemies, they found only a small cruse of olive oil to light the Temple Menorah. The oil that was sufficient to last for only one day miraculously lasted for eight. The number eight mystically represents transcendence and infinity, one beyond the number seven which represents the natural cycle. There is a natural limit to all human endeavors, to all human knowledge, but Chanukah introduces the eighth dimension, the power of transcendence that enables us to go beyond our natural limitations and transform darkness into light. The festival of Chanukah calls us all to revolution, a revolution of light fought over centuries by all people seeking true freedom. The Festival entreats us to reclaim our most basic freedom, the freedom to rise above our subjective, limited perspective and reach for the above and beyond. As Americans and as citizens of the world, it is our duty and privilege to add to the forces of light both at home and abroad in a steadily growing measure. by Simon Jacobson Courtesy of www.meaningfullife.org

39

December 5

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


Kiss or Curse By Yossy Goldman

Which is the greater test of faith, affluence or poverty? Is it harder to be a good Jew when you're rich or when you're poor, when you're successful or when you're struggling? No doubt, we would all much rather accept upon ourselves the test of affluence, wouldn't we? But let's not be subjective about it. Let us rather take an objective historical approach. Back in the early 19th century, Napoleon was conquering Europe and promising liberty and equality for all. When he squared up against Russia, many rabbis sided with him, hoping he would finally bring an end to Czarist persecution and enable Russian Jewry to enjoy full civil rights. Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, founder of Chabad, thought differently. He actively opposed Napoleon and even had his Chassidim assist in intelligence gathering for the Russian army. When his colleagues challenged him and questioned his apparent lack of concern for the well-being of his own people, he argued that while Napoleon might be good for the Jews materially, his victory would result in spiritual disaster. History proved him correct. Minus the Little Emperor, Russian Jews remained staunchly Jewish, while French Jewry virtually vanished. How many Jewish Rothschilds are left in the world? G-d knows we could have used them. Most of French Jewry today hails from North Africa. The originals are few and far between. There is a fascinating Midrashic interpretation in this week's parshah about the dramatic encounter between Jacob and Esau. The Torah says, "And Esau ran towards him (Jacob) and embraced him… and he kissed him." The Hebrew word for "and he kissed him" is vayishakayhu. In the Torah, this word is written with a line of dots above it. Says the Midrash Yalkut Shimoni: these dots are there to indicate that the word should be read it differently; not vayishakayhu, he kissed him, but rather vayishachayhu, he bit him! How can we understand a Midrash which seems to change the entire meaning of the word? A kiss is an expression of love and a bite is the opposite! Says the Sfat Emet (Rabbi Yehudah Leib Alter,

40

December 5

1847-1905, the second Rebbe in the Chassidic dynasty of Ger), "When Esau kisses, Jacob is bitten!" The kiss of the anti-Semite is never a kiss of love. It can be the most dangerous show of affection imaginable. When anti-Semitism bites, intuitively, Jews know how to respond. But when anti-Semites are in a kissing mood, when we are dazzled by love, friendship and an apparent affinity, we don't quite know how to handle it. We are often overwhelmed and take the bait. We fall all over ourselves trying to reciprocate. The result? Rampant assimilation. The American experience confirms beyond a shadow of a doubt that freedom, democracy and equal rights, while a wonderful blessing for Jews which we should be eternally grateful for, also present a profound challenge to our Jewish identity and way of life. In the melting pot of the United States, Jews have integrated so successfully that they are virtually disappearing! Success and affluence are wonderful gifts of opportunity, but we don't seem to be passing the test of faith with flying colors. The French philosopher, Jean Paul Sartre, argued that antiSemitism has been good for the Jews. It has kept Jews Jewish! While no one wants to be oppressed, and we reject antiSemititsm categorically, the man does have a point. I remember as a young rabbi working with university students in Johannesburg in the late 1970's. At that time, they were completely apathetic to Judaism. My colleagues and I were struggling to elicit any meaningful response to Jewish programs on campus. During one particular meeting, we seriously contemplated getting up in the dead of night to spraypaint some swastikas on the Student Union building. Surely, that would get some reaction! Of course, we never did it. But the fact that the thought actually crossed our minds demonstrates how external threats have a way of making Jews bristle with pride and righteous indignation. May we never again face the test of poverty or persecution. Please G-d, we will be proud and knowledgeable Jews successfully meeting the spiritual challenges of the good life.

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


41

December 5

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


i^Wh[ j^[ b_]^j KNC

42

December 5

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


43

December 5

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


Calfornia Kosher Kitchen SWEET POTATO AND PARSNIP LATKES WITH CHUNKY 5-SPICE APPLESAUCE

INGREDIENTS FOR THE CHUNKY 5-SPICE APPLESAUCE: • 6 MacIntosh or Granny Smith apples , peeled, cored and cut into 1-inch chunks • 1 tablespoon lemon juice • 1 tablespoon apple cider • 1 teaspoon lemon zest • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese 5-spice powder (mixture of ground black pepper, ground cloves, ground cinnamon, salt, ground white pepper) • 1 tablespoon sugar

FOR THE LATKES: • 1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled • 1/2 pound parsnips, peeled • Salt • 1/4 cup flour • 2 large eggs • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

TO FINISH: • Sour cream • 1/4 cup green onions, sliced thinly on the bias

DIRECTIONS For the applesauce: In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the apples, lemon juice, apple cider, lemon zest, 5-spice powder and sugar and stir to mix well. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes until apples begin to break down, but are still chunky. Remove from heat and cool. For the latkes: On a box grater, grate the sweet potatoes and the parsnips. Combine potatoes and parsnip in a large bowl. Season with salt and toss to combine. Add flour and stir to distribute evenly. Add eggs and stir well. In a large saute pan over medium heat, heat 2 tablespoons of the vegetable oil. Form the potato mixture into 3-inch latkes that are about 1/2-inch thick. Add to vegetable oil and fry until golden brown on both sides and cooked through, about 4 minutes per side. Remove to a paper-towel lined plate and season with salt. Repeat this procedure with all of the potato/parsnip mixture, adding more oil as necessary. Serve with applesauce, sour cream and green onions.

44

December 5

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


CE

COMMUNITY LINKS

10% OFF

All Advertising* 323-965-1544 ly) (*New customers on

SCHWARTZ BAKERY

10% Discount*

10% OFF

10% off

E CITY WIDin g

Daily from 3pm-6pm Must present coupon *min $20 purchase

Sterling Silver Menorahs

Carpet Clean

888-682-7078

@ BRENCO

8 $ otlong

fo

Linens N’ Things

subs @ SUBWAYS

CIRCA NY

Is going out of business!

Buy 1 Entree Receive 2nd Half off

Daily from 3pm-6pm Must present coupon

BEVERLY ELITE CAFE

is now offering

CATERING

Chanukah Check Out

@

Albertsons SPECIALS page 35

45

December 5

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

CityWalk Sunday, Dec. 21

calinks@sbcglobal.net


46

November 21

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


Kosher Updates/Alerts Jelly Belly “Classic Candies” assortment - (15.1 oz) UPC #071567984782 - contains dairy ingredients as listed on the ingredient panel but the dairy designation has been inadvertently omitted. Future packaging is being revised.

Kellogg’s Rice Krispies - Some boxes of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies have been erroneously labeled as Dairy. The product remains Pareve. Kellogg’s has apologized for the error and will correct it in their next print run.

Libby’s Pumpkin Bread Kit with Icing - is certifed as OU-D but the dairy designation has been inadvertently omitted. Future packaging will be revised.

The Libby’s Pumpkin Bread Kit without icing is certified as OU Pareve.

KOSHER INFORMATION BUREAU. 12753 CHANDLER BOULEVARD, NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA 91607.

Rabbi Eliezer Eidlitz, Rabbinic Administrator • Website: www.kosherquest.org

Friday, December 5, 2008 Light Candles at: 4:26 pm • Friday, December 12, 2008 Light Candles at: 4:27 pm • Friday, December 19, 2008 Light Candles at: 4:29 pm

47

November 21

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


BABY SITTER AVAILABLE Orthodox woman available to watch your children full time or part time hours, at your location. Excellent references. call: 323-651-9389.

BEIS DIN Badatz West Coast Rabinical Council. Rabbi Gavriel Cohen: 323-939-0298

CAR FOR SALE For sale Mercedes Benz 300E – Year 1990, White exterior and grey leather interior, excellent condition, 122,000 mileage. New brakes, tuned-up, ready to go. $3,500. Call Barry Polonsky 310.475.3669. Have pictures expertautorepair@ca.rr.com ••• TOYOTA CAMRY LE for sale 1999. Only 64,000 miles, auto transmission, power locks & windows, AM/FM/tape. Recent tires, brakes. Great mpg. $6,450 OBO. Please write to Gila, geulam2000@yahoo.com

FOR RENT Exquisite Studio Apartment / Office - with Kitchenette. Brand New A/C & Appliances. Fully tiled full Bathroom. Private Entrance. Totally Detached. Utilities Incl. Centrally Located in the Heart of the La Brea/Beverly Area- Walking distance from Shuls & Kosher Stores, Ideal For a Single Frum Quiet Man. Please call: 323.708.5122 ••• Looking for female to share a 2 bedroom 2 bath apt. on Beverly Drive. You will have your own private bedroom, bath, parking & washer & dryer. Rent is $975.00. Call Pessie at 310-486-1817 or 310-788-3807 ••• Large furnished room for rent in Kosher home in Valley Village. Walking distance to Shuls, Kosher markets and bus lines. $600a month + ¼ of utilities. Please call 818505-8313 or 818-565-8313. ••• Newly remodeled room for rent in Pico/Robertson for a young, clean, independent orthodox woman. Private bathroom and entrance. Starting in September. Walking distance to shuls and restaurants. 310-204-6161 ••• Beautiful new one and two-bedroom apartments available in Pico-Robertson area for lease. Granite counter tops, dishwasher, stove, washer and dryer, microwave, private security system. For info. call Jacob Shadrooz (broker) 310-777-0436 ••• Small frum family has a furnished room with private bathroom & entrance in our spacious home in Pico/Robertson. We prefer a frum, young female student who is clean, neat and independent. Plentiful parking; close to bus, shops, shuls. $800 incl. utilities. For more info, please call Gila: (310) 204-6161

••• Looking for a Nice Quiet Place to Live? Back house available, centrally located near Pico Blvd. Close proximity of all the Shuls, restaurants, transportation services and Freeway. If you are interested, Please Call Vicky at (310) 277-5167. ••• Looking for female to share an apt in the Pico/Robertson area. I am looking for someone quiet and who keeps kosher. The rent is $970.00 a month. If interested please call me at (310) 788-3807. ••• Beautiful two bedroom apartment near Shuls and school. Near La Brea and Third St. Hardwood floors new kitchen and bathroom counters, Newly remodeled, Second floor Available immediately $1750 first month special $1395 Please call 323-939-5342 or rklein@kmandco.net ••• For rent: 1 bdr. w/private bath for Shomer Shabbos gentleman. Kosher kitchen, washer & dryer, utilities included. Contract month to month. References needed. $725/mo. rent. Please call David Feldberg (h)323/934-4826 or (c)323/687-4154. ••• Young Male Professional, seeks same for housemate Beautiful large furnished home in a gorgeous area - right off Olympic and La Cienega Blvd (South Carthay). Separate bedroom/bathroom plus living room, dining room, full kosher kitchen, dinette, sun room and den. Street parking plentiful. High speed internet, washer dryer. $1000 a month plus utilities. If you have any interest or questions please call me on my cell 347-410-0041. This is an absolutely fantastic deal and will only be available for a few more days.

HEADLINERS / EUROPEAN WIGS • Wash & Set • Hair Accessories • Jewelry • Ear Piercing Call Chaya Suri @ 323-930-1389

HOMES FOR SALE A four-unit income property in a great location in PicoRoberton area, Beverly Hills adjacent, available for sale. Great opportunity for the first time buyer. For info pls call Jacob Shadrooz (broker) at 310-777-0436.

MOHEL / BRIS Traditional Ritual Circumcision, Certified Mohel R abbi Nachman B. Kr eiman. H:(323) 934-9329 C:(323) 896-5098. 180 South Highland, Los Angeles, CA 90036

ADVERTISE WITH THE COMMUNITY LINKS PHONE: 323-965-1544 FAX: 323-927-1596 48

December 5

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


MUSIC FOR ALL OCCASIONS

POSITIONS AVAILABLE

Ariel Louk & Orchestra. From One-Man to Full Orchestra. 310-659-9346 or 323-997-2647. loukmusic@sbcglobal.net. Bringing joy to communities for over 18 years

Male Educational Aide/shadow/caregiver needed for male part time college student with physical and vision challenges. Assist with school work and basic needs at home including: feeding, mobility, transfers, exercises, and bathroom. Training provided, but experience helpful. Need to be patient, strong (some lifting is involved)and computer literate. 8:30 to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. References required. Must be legally able to work in the U.S. Please call 818-424-4612 ASAP. ••• Warm, and experienced with children babysitter available to babysit, or tutor young children in the LA BREA area (possibly Pico area too) evenings and weekends. References available . Call Dini- 323 519 0236. ••• Looking for an education aide who is warm, responsible, to work in a Jewish day school in North Hollywood for an 8 year old boy. Special education experience preferred and or teaching experience. 11am -3 pm aprox. Please call 818-251-0046 or 818-776-9552 ••• Fun, Frum and Fabulous. Looking for efficient sales girl with great people skills, and take charge attitude for retail sales position. Please call 323-864-2641.

NEW KEHILLA New Torah Community, Camp, School Tehachapi Torah Center(ed Community): Suited for families, individuals and existing Torah organizations. Healthy, Serene, Affordable. Vacation or Year Round. Sundays: 11:00 Explore, House Hunt. Monthly Speaker, Brunch. Thursdays: 1:30 PM Weekly Parsha Preview Twice the home for half the money. Lease from: Apartments $450, Houses $900. Purchase: Houses $95K, Lots 30k, and up for nicer properties. Register interest soon for coming year: Day School/Home School Co-op. Yeshiva high school for regional and out of town boys. Beis Medrash with online university degree options. Summer Camp: Torah-Scouts-Sports, Ages 9-14. 'Learn More' contact Roger M. at: kernkehilla@att.net 310-948-5137 http://pearlmancta.com/JewishTehachapiKernCountyC aliforniaNewJewishCommunity.htm

NOTARY ABI NOTARY. Our location or yours. 524 N. La Brea Av LA, CA 90036. No appointments needed. Call: 323-930-0444. ••• TRAVELING NOTARY Yosef Y. Shagalov: Traveling Notary Public & Home Signing Agent. Cell:(323)934-7095

OFFICE SPACE Office Space Available inside our store La Brea & Beverly Inquiries please call 323-930-0444

PHOTOGRAPHY Ben Lautman Productions; Professional Videography. •Weddings •Family Documentaries •Bar/Bat Mitzvah •Parties •Theatrical performances •Tributes •Banquets. Relive your precious moments. High Definition DVD. 818-760-3618. Toll Free 866-MVP-VIDEO Email ModernVideo@sbcglobal.net

PRINTING ABI GRAPHICS. Printing, Copies, Invitations. 524 N La Brea Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90036. 323-930-0444. abigraphics@sbcglobal.net

SEEKING JOBS Looking to work as a Nanny experienced with newborn, toddlers, twins, etc. Please call Rivkah 818-419-9434 ••• Orthodox woman available to watch your children full time or part time hours, at your location. Excellent references. Please call: 323-651-9389.

TRANSLATION SERVICE Professional and Quality Translation (Written) and Interpreting (Verbal) Services• Business • Legal • Zion Avdi 310-402-3778 or Email: zion@hebrewtranslation.com. Website: www.hebrewtranslation.com

MAZEL TOVS! Engagements

Weddings

Shifra Miller (LA, CA) and Yossi Greenspan (NY)

Rachely Braverman (LA, CA) and Stevie Fruchter (NY) Elisheva Freeman (LA, CA) and Reuven Rosen ( IL)

Tzirel Naiman (LA ,CA) and Moishe Regal (UK) Esther Feigen (LA ,CA) and Abi Beilis (NY) Melissa Stieglitz (LA ,CA) and Zev Eleff (MD) Elana Mazlin (LA, CA) and Aaron Moas (NY) Dina Bryski (North Hollywood, CA) and Shmuly Goldberg (NY)

Births - Boys Rabbi Yaakov and Chumie Vann (Calabasas, CA) Eli and Shoshana Rivka Bloom (LA ,CA) Mordechai & Chaya Rochel Zaetz (Brentwood, CA) Births - Girls Shai & Meira Stern (Los Angeles, CA)

Email us your Mazel Tovs!!

calinks@sbcglobal.net 49

December 5

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


Marketplace Lic# 813778

K OSHER B RIS

A K OSHER , C OMFORTABLE , & P ROFESSIONAL B RIS .

R ABBI N ATANEL B ERKOWITZ C ERTIFIED M OHE L

Vq[F

CENTURY

CUSTOM HARDWOOD FLOOR, INC. QUALITY WORKMANSHIP AT AFFORDABLE PRICES!

• Refinishing / Sanding

,hrcg rcus 323-376-4238

C ALL 24 HRS . KOSHERBRIS @ YAHOO . COM

• Installation • Repairing • Water Damage

FREE ESTIMATES

• Bleaching • Custom Coloring For A Beautiful Floor Call:

1-8800-6608-66007 818-7764-00300 • 310-2276-66407 www.centurycustomhardwoodfloorinc.com

Dr. Navideh Levy-Failer, Psy.D.

IS YOUR COMPUTER RUNNING SLOW?

Licensed Clinical Psychologist PSY 20781

WE CAN MAKE IT RUN

8170 Beverly Blvd., Suite 108 Los Angeles, CA 90048

Phone: 323-653-5781 Voice Mail: 310-210-2920

Individual & Couples Therapy

50% FASTER

OUR PRICES WILL

SHOCK YOU!

LOWEST PRICES! ALL CARRIERS

Professional Massage Therapy (WOMEN ONLY)

Swedish Massage Deep Tissue Massage Pregnancy Message • Relieve Stress, Fatigue and Sore Muscles •Increase Circulation

FOR ONLY

$49.99*

•Release Toxins •Improve Reflex Response

323-924-2693

“Gift Certificates Available”

*LIMITED TO FIRST TIME CUSTOMERS

Rachel (818)517-5528

AUCTION ZONE NEW OR PRE-OWNED CELL PHONES

Healing Through Touch

• The Southern California •

ſ For ages: 18 months - 3 ſ Licensed, insured facility ſ Activities: Art, Music, Holidays… ſ Kosher meals provided ſ 20 years of experience ſ Vendor of Regional Center

The premier Guide for Savings and Directory for the Jewish Home

Get Noticed! 323-965-1544

For more information please call Morah Jackie at: (323) 932-6220

562-427-0501 50

December 5

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


To have the magazine mailed to your home directly; please fill in the following information:

Name:_____________________________ Address: ___________________________ Email: _____________________________ o I am sending a check for $26 for a 1 YEAR Subscription o Please charge my credit card: MasterCard/Visa/American Express/Discovery

Card Number __________________ Expiration Date __________ Please send us this form along with your information and payment to The Community Links P.O. Box 481153, Los Angeles, CA 90048. Or fax to: 323-927-1596

51

November 21

• TO ADVERTISE PLEASE CALL

323-965-1544 •

calinks@sbcglobal.net


800-933-6460


Community Links ssue 120