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Waiting for Hanukah Miracles, Or, Making Them Happen There is so much that is needed to be done, so many miracles for which we pray. We should continue to pray. We should recite Tehillim. But we should also take action..

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One Year Later Conspicuously absent from the celebration were Moshe's late parents, Rivkah and Gavriel Holtzberg. Terrorists murdered them one year earlier in Mumbai, India where they were serving as outreach emissaries of the Chabad movement. www.Lubavitch.com

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The Maccabees just didn’t wait for G-d to bring the Jews back. They acted. miracles. However, the Rabbis teach in Pirke Avot about the creations that occurred in the waning hours of Friday afternoon during the week of Creation. The “talking donkey” was not a miracle. During Creation, the process that would lead to the talking donkey appearing at a certain time and place in history was set in motion. This donkey was not a real miracle, not a violation of the laws of nature, but a creation of G-d from the seven days of Creation. Hanukah is seen as a miraculous holiday. Yet, what the miracle of the holiday is remains somewhat unclear. Is it a miracle that the cruse of oil containing only one day’s supply lasted for eight days, or is it the miracle of the holiday that a small group of Jewish Maccabees was able to repel the much larger Greek-Syrian army to regain Jerusalem and the Temple? Both are described as Hanukah miracles. One of these miraculous actions results from the actions of people who believed in the righteousness of their cause and worked hard to achieve the “miracle.” There is within Jewish understandings of miracles a role for believers within the miracle that appears as a gift of G-d. The Red Sea split only after one of the Israelites actually dove into the water believing that G-d would lead the people across the Sea in safety.

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From a Jewish point of view, G-d will assist us miraculously, but we shouldn’t just wait for G-d. Our destiny is ultimately up to us. Our actions can lead to miracles. We can rise to a level far above the everyday to bring about the miracles that we often need to rescue and save us. In 1976 in Entebbe, the Israeli colonel Yonatan Netanyahu, brother of the current Prime Minister, led the miraculous rescue of the hostages that had been on the hijacked plane. How a force could land undetected in this African capital to bring out those captured in a hijacking was the stuff of miracles, but the execution of believing people. Miracles can happen in our own day. When Captain Sully this past year successfully landed a jetliner filled with people in the Hudson River, we witnessed another miracle. The seemingly impossible was accomplished by a pilot who believed that it could happen. A hundred people owe their life to a pilot who combined real skill with a belief that it could happen. There are a number of tragic circumstances in our world which call out for potential miracles to occur. The tragic situation in Darfur seems to demand a miracle. The continuous war in Israel calls for a miraculous resolution. Hunger and poverty in America demand miraculous solutions. We need to believe that no solution is beyond resolution. We need to welcome the partnership with G-d in perfecting as His partners His created world. But we can’t wait for things just to happen. We have to work towards accomplishing the seemingly impossible, armed with the belief that it will happen. We have to acquire the requisite skills, gain experience where needed, and commence the work. The human role in a miracle does not take away the miraculous nature of the act. The Maccabees just didn’t wait for G-d to bring the Jews back. They acted. There is so much that is needed to be done, so many miracles for which we pray. We should continue to pray. We should recite Tehillim. But we should also take action. There is no reason to believe that the war in Darfur cannot end with peace and a restoration of the rights of those oppressed. The City of Peace, Jerusalem, can again find peace. Hunger in America can be ended. The miracles we seek can occur. But from the Jewish point of view, we can help to bring the miracles to fruition. There is much we can accomplish. We can bring about new Hanukah miracles. In this spirit, Hanukah can be the springboard for the miracles we seek. Wouldn’t that be miraculous? Robert J. Rome, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in clinical practice in Encino, California. He can be reached at RJRome@aol.com.

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Moshe Zvi Holtzberg entered the party tent in Kfar Chabad, Israel, escorted by his two grandmothers and his nursemaid Sandra Samuel. Although the evening's emcee had warned the large audience that a threeyear old might easily be crowd-shy, he smiled as he climbed up on a Victorian couch to get his first haircut. Moshe's grandfathers Nachman Holtzberg and Shimon Rosenberg each cut a curl from Moshe's shoulder-length auburn hair, followed by a line-up of distinguished Israeli Rabbis and public figures. The three-year old boy stood quietly, accepting miniature chocolate bars from the bearded rabbis as they snipped his locks. At last, when Grandfather Holtzberg swept him into his arms, he laughed. Conspicuously absent from the celebration were Moshe's late parents, Rivkah and Gavriel Holtzberg. Terrorists murdered them one year earlier in Mumbai, India where they

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were serving as outreach emissaries of the Chabad movement. Samuel rescued Moshe, extricating him from the community center attacked by the terrorists. The ceremonial haircut is a Jewish custom called the upsherin. It marked Moshe's third birthday, a traditional time for children to begin Jewish education and to start wearing religious garments. At his haircutting, Moshe was already wearing the knotted white ritual fringes, hanging below the knees of his dark dress suit, and a yarmulke embroidered with his name. Over 2000 men and women gathered in separate sections of the tent at dinner tables set with flowers and candelabras. They came from Israel and abroad to take part in this bittersweet combination of celebration and memorial. The evening was also dedicated to saluting the lifework of Chabad emissaries like the Holtzbergs who create welcoming Jewish resource centers offering kosher food, Jewish ed-

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the right side of the Menorah, on the following night add a second light to the left of the first and kindle the new light first, proceeding from left to right, and so on each night. When to light your Menorah

Who lights the Menorah? Both men and women are obligated to light the Chanukah menorah, or to participate in the household menorah lighting. Children should be encouraged to light their own menorahs. Students and singles who live in dormitories or their own apartments should kindle menorahs in their own rooms. Where to place the Menorah? Many have the custom to place the menorah in a doorway opposite the mezuzah (such is the custom of Chabad-Lubavitch) so that the two mitzvot of mezuzah and Chanukah surround the person. Others place it on a window sill facing a public through-fare. (If placed on the windowsill, it should be no higher than 20 cubits - about 29 feet - above street level). Setting up your Menorah The Chanukah lights should consist of lamps or candles - i.e., a flammable fuel that feeds a visible flame via a wick. The most ideal way to fulfill the mitzvah is with cotton wicks in olive oil or beeswax candles; paraffin candles or other types of candles or lamps are also acceptable, but not gas lights or electric lights. If circumstances do not allow the use of an open flame, a proper rabbinical authority should be consulted). The lamps or candles must contain enough fuel, at the time of the lighting, to burn until half an hour after nightfall ("nightfall" is the point at which it grows dark enough for three average-sized stars to be visible - about 20-30 minutes after sunset, depending on the location). The lamps or candles should be arranged in a straight row and should be of equal height. The shamash - the "servant" candle that kindles the other lights - should be placed apart from the rest (higher, outside the row, etc.).

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1. Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the Chanukah light. 1. Ba-ruch A-tah Hashem E-lo-ke-nu Me-lech Ha-olam A-sher Ki-de-sha-nu Be-mitz-vo-tav Ve-tzi-va-nu Le-had-lik Ner Cha-nukah.

Grace After Meals. The complete Hallel prayer (see your prayerbook) is also said in the morning service. A portion of the Torah is read daily in the Synagogue during morning prayers.

2. Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who performed miracles for our forefathers in those days, at this time. 2. Ba-ruch A-tah Hashem E-lo-kei-nu Me-lech Ha-olam She-asa Ni-sim La-avo-te-nu Ba-ya-mim Ha-hem Bi-z'man Ha-zeh. 3. Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has granted us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this occasion. 3. Ba-ruch A-tah Hashem E-lo-ke-nu Me-lech Ha-olam Sheheche-ya-nu Ve-ki-yi-ma-nu Ve-higi-a-nu Liz-man Ha-zeh. After kindling the lights, the Hanerot Halalu prayer is recited. Sitting by the Lights One is not to benefit from the light of the candles, only from the shamash and other sources of light. For the first half an hour when the candles are burning, it is customary to sit by the candles, and tell stories relating to the holiday. Work should not be done in the proximity of the burning candles. Women have a custom to refrain from household work during the half hour that the lights are burning, to honor the brave Jewish women who played a significant role in the Chanukah story.

Extra Charity It is customary to increase one's daily giving to charity. On Fridays we give double the amount, to account for Shabbat. Channkah Gelt It is traditional to give all children Chanukah gelt (money). Of course, this beautiful custom adds to the children's happiness and festive spirit. In addition, it gives adults an opportunity to give the children positive reinforcement for exemplary behavior, such as diligence in their studies, and acts of charity. Chanukah gelt is given to children after lighting the menorah. The children should be encouraged to give charity from a portion of their money. Holiday foods Because of the great significance of oil in the story of the Chanukah miracle, it is traditional to serve foods cooked in oil. Among the most popular Chanukah dishes are potato latkes (pancakes) and sufganiot (doughnuts). It is also customary to eat cheesy foods on Chanukah, in commemoration of the bravery of Yehudit â&#x20AC;˘

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rowing up, Chanukah was always my favorite holiday. I mean, isn't Chanukah every kid's favorite holiday? There were presents and Chanukah parties nightly, latkes and chocolate coins, sitting around and singing endless songs with my family. While I didn't necessarily find so much beauty or enjoyment in other aspects of Judaism as I grew up, Chanukah always remained the one holiday I felt a strong connection to. Until I went to college. I don't remember where or if or how I celebrated Chanukah my freshman year, but what happened my sophomore year is something I will never forget. About a week before Chanukah I discovered that my parents had sent me a gift through a local Jewish organization on campus. I hadn't known this Jewish group existed at my

which way you light it, if it's from right to left or left to right…" Before I could figure out why I chose to share this concern of mine, my very own roommate, Jen, the Japanese-American, looked at me and said, loud and clear, "Bad Jew… off to the showers with you!" Even as I write this now, more than fifteen years after it happened, I get the chills. I honestly can't even tell you what happened immediately after that, as I just don't remember. What I do remember is that everything stopped, froze actually, and then my mind started racing as I tried to come up with another explanation, another possibility for what she could have meant. Though no matter how hard I tried, there was simply no explanation... There was a collective gasp after Jen's remark, followed by absolute silence. No one said anything. I would like to hope that it was only because they were too shocked to

BAD JEW school, let alone gone to visit their center. With me that day when I went to pick up the package was my roommate Jen, a Japanese-American woman, as well as my best friend Viviana, who was Mexican-American; there was also Harley, who was French, Trichette, from the Caribbean, Melanie who was Indian and a girl from Ireland. Our little group represented just about every color, creed and religion possible.

speak, for the possibility that they weren't bothered by it is too much to bear. I don't remember walking back to our apartment, the very apartment I shared with this person. The next thing I recall is sitting on my bed, and my best friend, Viviana, was sitting next to me and crying. She couldn't even talk, she just cried and hugged me and told me she was so sorry.

I was feeling way too cool and hip to actually hang out with my fellow Jewish students, who were too outwardly proud of their own religion for my comfort level. So I quickly took my package and left with my friends, eager to open it. Inside there was a little tin menorah, a box of blue and white candles and of course, the little chocolate gelt that I so loved. Yet looking at the menorah, I realized that I was going to need some instructions to even remember when or how to light.

Needless to say, that incident essentially ended my friendship with Jen. She did apologize, over and over again about how it came across wrong and it was just a joke and she didn't really mean it. I did believe she was sorry, truly sorry. But I felt she was sorry that she verbalized it, not that she was sorry that she thought it and most likely felt it. I could forgive her carelessness in opening her mouth when she shouldn't have, but how do you forgive someone when they share their true feelings, and those feelings are hatred towards you and your people?

Thinking out loud, I looked at my friends and said, "Wow, I feel like such a bad Jew, I can't even remember

That Chanukah I did not light the menorah. I did absolutely nothing to celebrate Chanukah. At the time, I felt

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I couldn't. Everything related to Chanukah suddenly was defined by that statement. Every time I looked at the menorah, all I could think of was "Bad Jewâ&#x20AC;Ś" I hated Jen so much for what she had said, but even more, I hated her for taking away Chanukah from me.

my love of Chanukah away from me for good.

At the time, I had no way of knowing that this incident would be a major turning point in my life. It turns out that the most significant and lifechanging choices I have probably ever made were based on my reaction to her statement. Prior to that day, I had planned on spending my junior year in France. I wanted something exciting and new and foreign. But after that Chanukah, I changed my mind and immediately applied for a space at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. I realized that the only way I could combat what had happened would be to take the time to connect to the very people and place that clearly so many still hated.

Felicia was a girl in the program who knew about my situation and how hard I was working that year. Her parents had come to visit and had given her $100 to buy something for herself. She decided to give me that money.

My stay in Israel was very difficult at first, and quite a few times I wondered why I had even bothered coming. I was in a situation where due to a falling-out with my parents, I was financially independent that year. With no savings, my only option was to work full-time while studying at the university. The result was a pretty miserable existence. While my friends were out having fun, traveling and enjoying their experience in Israel, I was either in class or working as a waitress, and I rarely saw much outside the classroom or restaurant walls. During Chanukah break, most of the other kids were visited by their parents and were brought great gifts. This only increased my negativity and left me feeling even more alone and deserted. At that point in time, it seemed that Jen's statement had taken

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Then, the day before Chanukah, I came back to my dorm room and there was a card lying on my bed. It read simply, "With wishes for a happy Chanukah. Buy yourself something special!"

Needless to say, this was one of the most generous and moving gifts I had ever received. Her love and support completely lifted me out of the depression in which I was quickly sinking. The night before Chanukah I took the money and went shopping. I wanted to buy something that would last and be meaningful. I decided that the one thing I really wanted was a beautiful menorah. I wanted a menorah that I could look at and love and not one that would remind me of Jen. I spent hours searching for the perfect menorah and finally decided on one where all the branches could move except for the shamash. I felt it perfectly symbolized how I was feeling in life, with everything moving around me and changing, yet at the center of it all, at the core, was stability. That Chanukah I lit the menorah every night, and as I watched the flames leap upwards and increase with the nights, I allowed myself to shed the anger and resentment I had been carrying around with me. That Chanukah I realized, in a very personal way, that fighting darkness with darkness accomplishes absolutely nothing.

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<Continued from page 19 But even more so, that there was no point in fighting at all. All I needed to do was bring in light, illuminate myself and my surroundings, and the darkness would immediately dissipate and disappear. As I recited the blessings - first the one thanking G-d for the commandment to light the candles, then the blessing about remembering the miracles that were done for our forefathers "in this time" - I realized that this is exactly what it meant. We are all fighting our wars, some with the Greeks outside of ourselves, some with the Greeks within. And they are trying to destroy us, to bring us down, if not physically, then emotionally and spiritually. But we can fight them, and win, even when it seems that all around us it is dark. Chanukah falls during the two months of the longest nights. There is more darkness during this time than any other time. And if we allow it, the darkness can consume us. But we not only can, but are obligated to banish that darkness. We are commanded to bring light, and increase that light, night after night. I still get a bit sick when I think about this incident. But I also now recognize that it was truly a blessing in disguise. It was specifically the depth of that darkness, the hurt and hatred which I experienced, which was the catalyst for me to make a change. Change can be hard, and in my case, was very hard. Yet all it took was the love and help of another, the act of one who cared, to turn everything around again. In the end, my year in Israel was a turning point in my life. Though my program itself was secular, I had the opportunity that year to reconnect and learn about Judaism in an authentic and focused way. And while my decision to live a Torah-observant life was quite a process in itself, it really began that Chanukah - or more precisely, the Chanukah before that Chanukah! I still have that menorah sitting on my bookshelf. It has traveled with me around the world, and not a Chanukah passes that it isn't lit. Now, as I light with my husband, a rabbi, and our four beautiful children, I look at that menorah and the range of emotions and lessons that it holds. I look at its moveable arms and think about how quickly things can change, but that no matter what situation we find ourselves in, the flame will always bring us light and warmth as it strives to help us reach higher. Happy Chanukah!

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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 circumcise. 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.

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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. •

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f we look closely at the details of Chanukah the Menorah, the history, the number of flames - they can reveal the nature of our soul.

As the sun sets and the shadows of night descend, we kindle the Menorah creating light in the darkness. Listen carefully to the flames and they will tell you a story, a story that will empower you to live a more profound meaningful life, enabling you to rise up toward challenge and overcome difficulty. Sit near the flames and study them quietly. "The flame of God is the soul of a human being," says the Torah. As flames warm and illuminate their environment, so too you can use your soul to infuse life with warmth and light. Unlike all other physical entities that are drawn earthward, the dancing flames flicker upward defying gravity. Likewise your soul, not satisfied with mere physical comforts, aspires up toward something beyond. Chanukah is not just about lighting up our own lives. By placing the Menorah in the window of your home or at your doorpost, you allow the light to radiate into the dark street, illuminating your surroundings. Chanukah reminds us of our ability and responsibility to effect the world around us and prompts us to shine light into the lives of others with daily acts of goodness and kindness. Just as a flame lights another without diminishing itself, so too by sharing yourself you become enhanced rather than diminished. Every day we must increase illumination of ourselves and our environment - each day adding another good deed, lighting an additional flame. by Rabbi Simon Jacobson www.meaningfullife.com

Chanukah tells yet a deeper story, a story that penetrates the darker shadows of our lives. The Menorah shines a tunnel back through time to the aftermath of a great victory in which a small band of Jews defeated the might of the Greek Empire. In amongst the debris of the desecrated Temple the Maccabees searched ceaselessly until they found a single sealed cruse of oil that miraculously burnt for eight days. When you are defiled, when your inner Temple has been desecrated and there is no oil to be found, you have the power to reach deeper inside and discover light. The soul always remains intact like a "pilot light." When you light your Menorah under such difficult circumstances, creating light in the darkest moment, that light can never be extinguished. The light that has dealt with challenge, that has transformed pain into growth, is a light that transcends nature and transforms darkness into light. This power to transform darkness must come from a place beyond the conventional. We therefore light eight candles, the mystical number of transcendence and infinity, one beyond the number seven that represents the natural cycle. In order to pierce darkness with light, you can't just rely on the natural, you need to reach a deeper resource which is the eighth dimension. These elements of Chanukah - the eight flickering flames, the miracle of the oil, the light shining into the dark street - beckon us to connect to the power of our soul. Our soul rises like a flame toward that which transcends itself, not only repelling darkness as is the nature of all light, but transforming the darkness into light. â&#x20AC;˘


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f all the things we Jews observe in order to remember events in our historic past, surely one of the strangest must be what we read in this week's parshah. Jacob wrestles with an angel (Esau's spiritual guardian) and in the course of the struggle, his hip is dislocated. Therefore, says the Torah, to this day, the Children of Israel are not to eat the sciatic nerve (of an animal) by the hip joint--because he struck Jacob's hip-socket at the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve (gid hanasheh) and its associated sinews and nerves are located in the animal's hindquarters, and because they are very difficult to properly remove, only cuts from the forequarters are usually available as kosher meat. So if it has always bothered you that you can't get a kosher rump steak, you can blame it on father Jacob and his wrestling match with the angel of Esau. So, tell me, just because 4,000 years ago one of my ancestors

Esau. At any moment now there would be yet another nocturnal escape. Apparently, G-d wanted Jacob to learn that a philosophy of escapism is not the Jewish way. So the angel dislocated his hip, preventing him from running away. Now Jacob had no choice but to fight. In the end, he defeated the angel and was blessed with the name "Israel," signifying a superior stature, victory and nobility. No longer shall it be said that your name is Jacob, but Israel, for you have fought with the divine and with man and you have overcome. Every son and daughter of Jacob must learn this lesson. Every one of us must become a child of Israel. The quality of fearlessness and courage, of strength and sacrifice, these are the hallmarks of Israel. When we stop running away from our problems and face up to them with guts and fortitude, we enter that higher state of consciousness. We move up from the Jacob Jew, who is

Flight or Fight? had a hip dislocated I must curb my culinary cravings? Is this fair, is it logical? Why remember that--what's the point? The 12th century French sage, Rabbi Shmuel ben Meir ("Rashbam"), a grandson of Rashi and a Biblical and Talmudic commentator of note, offers the following insight. The story of Jacob and the angel occurred just prior to Jacob's impending encounter with his estranged twin brother. Esau was coming with four hundred armed men, and Jacob was actually planning to flee from Esau. That was when the angel attacked him. According to Rashbam, the reason for the angel wrestling with Jacob was so that he would be forced to stand his ground and not escape via a back route. Destiny itself was compelling Jacob to confront the enemy and overcome him. Only then would he witness the fulfillment of G-d's promise to protect him from harm. It seems that Jacob was coming dangerously close to developing a pattern of escapism. He fled Beer-Sheba when Esau threatened to kill him. He fled from Laban in Haran in middle of the night when he worried that Laban wouldn't allow him to return to his homeland. And now he was preparing to flee from

still struggling, to Israel mode, where we finally emerge triumphant. When we are prepared to take up the challenge and go for the fight rather than flight, we move from being wrestlers to becoming winners, from humble Jacob to dominant Israel. Escapism is not the Jewish way Of course it's never easy. Escape is usually the path of least resistance. Nor am I suggesting that we go looking for a fight. But the fact is that there will be times when we know that we really need to have that confrontation. We need to square up to a particular problem or individual in order to deal with our situation effectively. We shouldn't be confrontational people. But often we know in our heart of hearts that if we don't engage a problem honestly it will continue to plague us. If we can move from meekness to courage, then the story of Jacob's wrestling match will live on and continue to inspire us to become the stronger personalities we really can be. The dislocated hip joint thus becomes worthy of eternal remembrance because it makes us better people. And the small sacrifices we make in avoiding those unkosher cuts of meat around the animal's hip socket are well worth the effort. •

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Yaakov asked his children to tend his sheep. The verse tells us that, "Now, his brothers went to pasture their father's flock in Shechem." In the Hebrew language, a prefix "es" is often used in conjunction with a noun. Here it is used in conjunction with the word sheep. Es is a word usually placed to allude to something additional. (e.g. the famous command, "In the command, "Honor your father and your mother" the Torah adds an es before the words father and mother, "Honor es your father and es your mother." The extra word es is there to include elder siblings, stepparents and the like, all who must be afforded honor.) In this case the word es in conjunction with the sheep is not only extra, it also has dots above it. Those dots intone, says Rashi, in the name of the Midrash, that the brothers did not set out to tend only the sheep, thus solely for the purpose of honoring their father, rather they were intent on tending to themselves. They were interested in a self-serving outing, one that involved eating and drinking, without the service of their father in mind.

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