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decided to take a personal interest in it. Dalik is promoting the farm on his show and plans to use it as a setting for future episodes. The farm is located on the way to Ligad Center and is currently the only one of its kind in Israel. Many Modiin schools and institutions visit there to learn about the environment, ecology and recycling. Private individuals have the option to rent 30-meter lots on which to grow organic fruits and vegetables. About

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10-15 residents have already done so. Ex-soldiers The first convention for discharged soldiers from Modiin will take place in July. There are numerous benefits available to discharged soldiers form the army and other organizations. Yet, many do not have the information necessary to take advantage of these benefits. As a result, the Ministry of Defense asked me if they could host an informational evening in Modiin, where there are currently 800 ex-soldiers. Budget This year's budget is the first sign of proof that the unification of Modiin and Maccabim-Reut is a fiscal success. The budget of the now unified city is less than what each was individually. This is due in part to the fact that 15% of the manpower had been cut when the cities merged. The unification of Modiin with Maccabim-Reut is a pilot as the first big city to be merged. If successful, 150 out of the country's 255 cities will be unified in 2-3 years time. Archeology The digs that took place at Chir Bat-Sher this past month were a big success. Large amounts of pottery and ancient coins were found. This is further proof that our area had been a largely populated city. Another dig will be open to the public next month. It will take place in the south Buchman area in conjunction with the Antiquities Authority. In addition, another dig is scheduled to take place around September in Crusader Castle on Titura hill. There is an entire level of the castle that remains underground. It is a giant complex, which, once excavated, will be open to tourists. If there's a question that you would like answered, please feel free to e-mail me at: alexw@modiin.muni.il (seeAskAlex p.10). Till next time, Alex Weinreb, Deputy Mayor of Modiin

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The Healing Powers of Time

By: Rashi Kuhr Has a word or name ever slipped your mind and hours later popped back into your head? Have you ever gotten stuck working out a problem, and when you looked at it later you quickly figured out the solution? Have you ever been in a vehement argument in which both sides wouldn't budge, and later when the issue was revisited both sides were much more open to compromise? Why does this happen? In all of these scenarios nothing proactive has been done and yet the problem is solved. The common denominator: the passing of time. Time has many healing properties and although they may be somewhat self evident, their applications can be useful in our daily lives. When our mind runs into a problem that it can't solve at present but believes it can reach a solution, it often continues to work - on a subconscious level - well after our conscious minds have left the topic. In effect, while we move on, our minds are still working. Eventually, the mind cracks the problem and the solution pops into our heads. The phenomenon of using time to solve problems is useful in families. A family I worked with had two young boys who couldn't agree on how to share one computer. After many unsuccessful attempts at a solution, one was presented that fit. The oven timer was to be set for 15 minutes. When the timer beeped, the boy who was at the computer got up to reset the timer and wait for his next turn. It took time to find a solution that fit their needs, but once they did the problem was solved. Another positive effect that time can have is the opposite of the first scenario. When we try to solve a problem and get stuck, taking a break can help us approach the problem in a fresh way. In this scenario, time enables you to restart and see things that were initially evaded. Later, you can think in

alternative directions, engendering flexibility and creativity. A common example of this effect can be seen in writing. After finishing drafting an essay, it is often read over by the author and seems well written. However, the next day the same author may find many overlooked mistakes and ways to further improve what looked perfect only one day earlier. The third effect of the passage of time is the most important one. During a crisis it often seems as though one difficult issue encompasses everything. Time allows us to gain perspective. It enables us to best assess the true importance of the issue and gauge the extent to which it will impact us in the overall scheme of things. Perspective gained over time helps us approach issues in a levelheaded, rational way. Often, it is this lack of perspective in our immediate responses to our loved ones that causes unintentional harm. In our daily interactions with our spouses and children, taking a break from dealing with a problem that is currently causing conflict and returning to it later can be surprisingly helpful. During a conflict, emotions usually run high and the attack-and-defense dynamic can take over. In this mode, it is generally ineffective to try to think of long term solutions for the underlying problem. However, after the crisis passes and things are calm, issues can be addressed in a reasoned, constructive way. The passage of time with its powers of allowing for new ideas, flexibility, creativity, and perspective can be just what is needed. Rashi Kuhr, an Educational Psychologist, has worked extensively with the Efrat, Chashmonaim, and Beit Shemesh communities. He runs a private practise out of his home in Modiin. Tel: 08-9731156

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In and Around the City

By: Michael Harlap To all the paper's readers and those who may not have heard the AHDUT Party participated in the last Municipal elections and won two seats in the Modiin City Council. Michael Harlap and Dr. Shlomo Shimoni are the two city councilors representing the Ahdut Party. Michael Harlap is a Deputy Mayor and holds the Welfare, Aliya, Absorption and Transportation Portfolios, and is responsible for religious education matters in Modiin. Dr. Shlomo Shimoni, a new immigrant from France, is well aware of the problems facing new immigrants and is Chairman of theAbsorption and Transportation Committees. Aliya and Absorption Modiin has been declared, in discussions with the Ministry of Absorption and the Jewish Agency (the Sochnut), a city suitable for absorbing new immigrants from North America and France. In the project, “Group Aliya�, the Sochnut plans to settle 100 families in Modiin: 50 from North America and 50 from France. Last week, the Sochnut's Treasurer, Mr. Shai Harmish visited Modiin, together with a large number of his staff members, and it was agreed to improve the cooperation between the city of Modiin and the JewishAgency. Education Registration for the upcoming school year has recently been completed, and the city's Education Department is busy working on the lists and finalizing the enrollments between the various schools. Due to increased numbers, the city plans to open a new state religious school in the Shimshoni area, catering to residents from the Shimshoni, Kaizer and Zippor areas. One problem I am addressing is the lack of funding received from the Education Ministry to build extra classrooms, including in the Yeshiva high school in Modiin. I am personally doing my utmost to pressure the various government offices

to grant the funds necessary to build the classrooms needed. Transportation The Ministry of Transportation published a new tender for public transport in Modiin. The new bus operator will start on January 1, 2005. Meetings of the Transportion Committee have now commenced and the public is welcome to approach me with various problems to be discussed in the committee. Reception Hours: I have open office hours between 4-7 p.m. on Mondays. It is advisable to make an appointment in advance, please call 08-972-6006. In addition, any problem or questions regarding Religious Education, Welfare, Aliya, Transportation, or any other problem, please feel free to contact me at the number above or by e-mail: michael@modiin.muni.il. Wishing you all a Chag Sameach, Michael Harlap, Deputy Mayor, City of Modiin

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Question: S.C.: What can be done about trucks and buses that park on city streets overnight? Alex: A bylaw that will prevent buses and trucks from parking in town is being pushed through. Special lots will be available outside the city for such purposes. The bylaw is in the preliminary stages and will take about two years to go into effect. Question: A.B. When will the slide in the Fish Park be fixed? Alex: Until now no one has been in charge of park maintenance. As a result of the new structuring of City Hall, an individual will be appointed. That person will oversee park safety and maintenance such as painting, repairs and improvements.

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