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Readers, In a generation obsessed with acronymizing every word and every group of words, the longstanding expression “what you see is what you get” has been shortened to WYSIWYG. They’ve even given it a sufficiently geeky sounding pronunciation: WIZ-ee-wig. For the most part WYSISWYG is computer programming lingo, coined in 2010, and it refers to an idiot proof editing program. But WYSIWYG, the expression, if not the acronym, is so very often, so very wrong. What you see is what you get suggests that we ought to lower our expectations and take what’s in front of us at face value. And too often we do. As much as we are reminded not to judge a book by its cover, we are all predisposed to immediately discern people’s character based on their appearance, their affiliations, their professions and their mannerisms. It’s instinctive and that instinct is a gift, guiding us and advising us who to trust in this journey we’re on. But many a person has made the error of passing on a manuscript that had a wealth of information to relate or, on the opposite note, allowing themselves to get absorbed in a book that would have been better off remaining unopened. This is true of people and even minor objects. Not that many years ago, a computer system was the size of an entire room. In those days, people assumed that this computer was powerful beyond belief and respected the prowess of this electronic giant like little else. Nowadays, there are computers just slightly larger than a business card, not much thicker, and it can virtually take the user to corners of the earth not previously imagined. Still, too easily, the power this little gadget wields is underestimated. There’s danger hiding in the most innocuous places, even paper. And we’re not even talking about the printed word. In Rock Paper Scissors, Amy Nathans explains the frustrating pain behind a paper cut. It’s the pictures in Pareidolic Rollick that will remind you more than ever that what you see, is often what you choose to see and has little to do with what you actually get. Perhaps then, that is exactly what WYSIWYG is supposed to remind us. A paradoxical cautionary tale, if you will, contrarily meaning quite the opposite of what it proffers. 

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Parshas Toldos

A Purposeful Brocha by Rebbetzin Malka Friedman


n our parsha this week, we find a possuk that is very difficult to understand. ‫ויאהב יצחק את עשו כי ציד‬ ‫בפיו ורבקה אוהבת את יעקב‬ )‫ כ’ח‬- ‫(כ’ה‬ “Yitzchak loved Eisav for game was in his mouth and Rivka loves Yaakov.” How is it possible that the tzaddik, Yitzchak Avinu, could love a rasha like Eisav, regardless of what Eisav said or asked? The Shlah Hakadosh brings a beautiful insight to this passuk. “Our Sages teach us that in the future, Hashem will turn to the Avos and tell them ‘Your children have sinned.’ Avraham and Yaakov will say, ‘If they have sinned, let them be punished. ‫ימתו על קדושת שמך‬.’ Yitzchak, on the other hand, will make cheshbonos and bring merit in their stead (‫)שבת פ’’ט‬.” The question the Shlah Hakadosh asks is, “Why specifically would Yitzchak, who was the embodiment of fear and strength - ‫פחד וגבורה‬, be the Patriarch to plead for his descendants more than Avraham and Yaakov? Yitzchak said



to Hakadosh Boruch Hu, ‘Ribbono Shel Olam, I too had a son who sinned and did evil, but as I was a father of flesh and blood, I loved my errant son and forgave him his misdeeds. You, Creator of the Universe, are infinite. How can You not forgive your errant children?’ Yitzchak forced himself to love Eisav Harasha so that Yitzchak would have ‫ ציד בפיו‬- game in his mouth - a cunning plea with which to be mevakesh Rachamim on his children. That is why the passuk says Yitzchak “loved” Eisav in past tense. Yitzchak’s love for Eisav was for a specific purpose - to bring rachamim for Klal Yisroel and after the purpose was accomplished, the love dissipated. Rivka loves Yaakov always, forever, and completely. Mottel was a hard-working Jew. He spent his weekdays in neighboring villages doing all sorts of odd jobs: painting, repairs, deliveries, anything that could bring in a few coins. Every Thursday night, he would return home with the coins he earned all week at his various jobs. Mottel would enter his home, greet his family, then carefully lay all his coins on the weather-worn table and separate out half the earnings for tzeddaka. One Friday morning, Mottel went to the marketplace and looked at his week’s earnings. After distributing half to the poor, six coins remained in his hand. Okay, Mottel thought to himself. Two coins will buy wine, two coins for challahs, and two coins for candles. He started walking to the wine merchant when he met the tzaddik, R’ Moishe Leib Sassover. R’ Moishe Leib had heard about Mottel’s piety and his habit of distributing half of his earnings to the poor. R’ Moishe Leib wanted to bring down to this pious Jew tremendous brocha.

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“Reb Mottel,” the Rebbe called out, “Shalom Aleichem. What Hashgocha Pratis it is to find you now. I am feeling weak and desperately need a hot drink, but I have no money on me. Can you buy me a hot drink?” Mottel quickly made the calculation. A hot drink will cost two coins. I will give up the wine and make kiddush on the challah.” He quickly ran and bought the tzaddik a hot drink. R’ Moishe Leib drank the hot drink and said, “You saved my life with this drink, Mottel, but I still don’t feel strong enough to walk home. Could you please buy me another hot drink?” Again, he made a calculation. Okay. So I’ll use the dry challah from last week. Nisht gefehrlach. He ran to buy the tzaddik another hot drink. R’ Moishe Leib finished the drink and asked for yet another drink. “Oy, Rebbe,” Mottel cried, “I can’t bring in Shabbos without candles.” The smile on R’ Moishe Leib’s face was radiant. “Mottel,” he blessed him, “The Eibishter should bench you with brocha, mazel, hatzlocha and a lot of money. This is what you must do. After Shabbos, sell your milk-cow for no less than 60 coins. Then go to the marketplace. They will be auctioning off the estate of the recently deceased poritz. Bid the highest bid and all will be well, b’ezras Hashem Yisborach. Mottel walked away from R’ Moishe Leib not understanding how this was going to work, but complete in his Emunas Chachomim and without a glimmer of a doubt that the Rebbe’s brocha would certainly materialize. On Sunday, Mottel entered the marketplace in mid-auction. The bidding for the poritz’s estate was already up to 10,000 rubles. Mottel, fuelled by his Emunas Chachomim,

called out, “12,000 rubles.” Everyone turned to see the latest bidder. There stood Mottel in his worn-out shoes, shabby shirt and overalls. The other bidders tried to convince him to leave, but he was impervious to their comments and jokes and continued to bid. The bidding halted at Mottel’s 55,000 ruble bid. He was asked by the auctioneer to leave a deposit of 55 rubles. Then, the auctioneer told him, “You must bring half of the payment by 9 o’clock tonight and the other half must be paid within 10 days. Failure to comply with these conditions will necessitate a second auction on the estate. Your 55 ruble deposit is non-refundable.” Mottel left the auction with his head spinning. “What am I supposed to do now?” he thought to himself. He went further into the marketplace, hoping to find R’ Moishe Leib and receive further instructions. Mottel stopped when he reached the kiosk where he bought the tzadik his hot drinks. “Maybe a hot drink is what I need to stop my head from reeling,” Mottel said to himself. He took out the five coins left over from selling his milkcow and bought himself a hot drink. Mottel made a brocha and took a long drink of the hot liquid. He lifted his eyes from the mug to find a priest standing in front of him. “Can I have a few private words with you?” the priest asked him. Mottel looked around. The two of them seemed to be the only customers in the kiosk at this hour of the day. The priest sat down and told Mottel, “I have had my eye on the poritz’s estate for years. I wanted to make a bid at the auction for the estate, but was told it is against the law for a man of the cloth to purchase property at

an auction. I am willing to pay you double your bid for the property. I have the full amount of 110,000 rubles with me.” Mottel took the 110,000 rubles and gave the priest the contract of ownership of the estate. Mottel immediately went to the auctioneer, paid the bid in full and was given the keys to the estate. When Mottel went back to the marketplace, the air was filled with thick, black smoke and people were running frantically back and forth with pails of water. “What’s going on?” Mottel asked someone. “A terrible fire broke out in the church next door,” the man answered. “I doubt there are any survivors.” In fact, the church, the priest, and the contract of ownership all went up in smoke. Mottel continued to watch the scene until he felt a tap on his shoulder. R’ Moishe Leib stood next to him and said with a smile, “Mottel, in the zechus of the tzeddaka that you did with me, you have been given wealth. Continue in your selfless giving to the poor and you will see brocha and hatzlocha all your days.” The will and the actions of the tzadikim are to bring brocha and light to Klal Yisroel. Every move of the Avos and Imahos has to benefit the generations until the coming of Moshiach. May we merit zechus Avos and may we in return bring them nachas as we continue in their path of serving Hashem, as the Haftorah ends: ‫תורת אמת היתה בפיהו ועולה לא‬ ‫ בשלום ובמישור הלך איתי‬,‫נמצא בשפתיו‬ .‫ורבים השיב מעון‬ “The teaching of truth was in his mouth and no injustice was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and fairness, and he turned many away from sin.” December 2, 2016


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A Yellow Belt in Five Styles

Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier


aving values that are constantly changing leads us nowhere very fast. Probably the greatest cost to a person living life without a clear purpose is that he won’t reach a fraction of his potential. He will become like the young man who was a yellow belt in five styles of karate. When this fellow was in grade school, he was fascinated with the martial arts so he convinced his parents to let him study karate. He enrolled in a school and learned the stances, the kicks and the punches. He was a diligent student, and after about a year of training, he was ready for his yellow belt test, the first rank. He took the test and passed. Shortly after that, his family moved to another city, but the only karate school he could find there practiced a different style of karate. So he began again from the basics, with new stances, new kicks and new punches. Again he progressed well, and again he took his yellow belt test — now in the new style — and passed. In summer camp, he naturally chose karate for his sports activity, but everyone else there was on a beginner’s level. He enjoyed the sport so much that he decided to participate in the class, even though the instructor taught a style he hadn’t learned. At the end of the summer, he was the only one to pass the test – again for his yellow belt. Soon the time came for him to go away to high school. In that city, he again searched for a karate school, and the only one he could find taught a fourth style of karate. So he had to start from the basics with the new stances,



new kicks and new punches. And in this style as well, he was awarded a yellow belt. Midpoint through high school, he switched schools, and began the same process again. At the end of five years of disciplined training, this young man had attained the rank of yellow belt in five styles — a beginner! Had he spent the same amount of time and effort in one style, he would have attained the rank of black belt — a master. The ironic part was that he applied himself and worked hard, but because his focus kept changing and he had to start from the beginning over and over again, his advancement was stymied. At the end, he remained a rank beginner.

Changing Currency This story has a message. Most people spend their lives with changing priorities. That which is important at one stage becomes insignificant at another. To a typical American boy, sports is his raison d’etre. That is what really counts in his world. But that doesn’t last; it is soon replaced by friends and being popular. As he matures, grades and what school he will be accepted to become the measure of success. Within a short while, his career and making money are all that really matter. Yet this also passes, and shortly, he will trade away huge amounts of his wealth to build his reputation. As he nears retirement, his health and his future nursing home become his primary concerns. Throughout life, whatever is precious and coveted at one stage becomes devalued and traded away when new priorities take over. The currency is constantly changing. The result of this is that while someone may do well at each stage in life, the totality of what

>> Emunah he accomplished may not amount to much. He became a yellow belt in five styles.

Where Are You Headed? One of the costs of not asking the fundamental questions of life is that people end up in some rather sad situations. Often, at the end of a person’s life - when it is too late to do anything about it - he has bitter regrets about the way he spent his time. The Mesillas Yesharim teaches us that the first principle of leading a successful life is knowing what you want out of it. Know where you are headed. Know your currency, know your value system and then set goals in accordance with it. But therein lies the problem. How does a young person know where life will bring him when he is older? Which human is wise enough to know where he will be in twenty years? How can anyone know what he

will consider important and valuable when he is in a different stage of life? When you ask a five-year-old, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” he might tell you he wants to be a fireman, a policeman, or a pilot. In reality, he isn’t telling you what he wants to be when he grows up. He is telling you what he wants to be now, if he were grown up. He is telling you, based on his fiveyear-old understanding of life, what he values and considers important. He can’t tell what he will value when he is older. He has no way of knowing what he will consider important and significant then. He is telling what he wants to be now, according to his current understanding of the world. In this sense, one of the most difficult things for any human to do is to set a life course that will make him happy thirty years in the future. How can anyone possibly know what will be important to him then? How can


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The Briefcase Once upon a time, the Old Sage of Chelm was invited to speak at the great shul in Minsk. So the Old Sage began preparing many notes concerning his lecture.

He turned to his student, Shepsil, and shouted, “Quick, run back to my house. Go as quickly as possible. I will try to hold the train. See if my briefcase is on the kitchen table!”

For days on end, he sat at his desk preparing his material. Finally, when he was finished, he placed his notes carefully in his little briefcase.

Shepsil sprinted at an incredible speed. He raced out of the station like a bullet.

“Listen,” his wife said, “while you are in Minsk, it would be nice if you stopped off at my sister’s house to honor her with your presence.” The Old Sage smiled. “It would be my honor.” So his wife began to pack a suitcase for him. Soon the big day arrived and the Old Sage, along with his friends, began to walk to the railway station. They were indeed proud. Little Shepsil, the Sage’s most brilliant disciple, walked at his side carrying the heavy suitcase. As the entourage reached the station, they could see smoke from the approaching train. Everyone gathered around to wish the Old Sage well. 

Suddenly the Old Sage looked around and asked, “Where is my briefcase? I don’t see my little briefcase.” Everyone looked, but there was no briefcase to be found. “Wait, wait,” exclaimed the Old Sage. “I remember seeing it on the kitchen table when we left the house.”



Meanwhile, the train pulled in. When the conductor saw the Old Sage waiting to get aboard, he was very pleased to see him. “We must wait until Shepsil comes back!” the stationmaster announced to the conductor, who was busy looking at his calendar. “You know I have a schedule to keep,” the conductor called back. “I am due in Minsk a quarter past Tuesday, and already we are late.” In the distance a cloud of dust began to rise. “It’s Shepsil!” they all shouted.

In a few seconds Shepsil was back at the station, out of breath and empty handed. A hush fell over the crowd. Everyone was disappointed to see he did not have the briefcase. “Wasn’t the briefcase on the kitchen table?” they all shouted as the train readied to pull out. “Yes! Yes!” Shepsil shouted. “Our Sage was right again. The man is infallible! He knows everything. Indeed, it was on the kitchen table.” This story is one of the over 150 sidesplitting tales featured in the new book The Silly World of Chelm, available at fine books stores and at


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Varda’s Coconut Dessert

by Varda Branfman

Here’s a recipe that will make you forget about all the whips with unhealthy ingredients. It proves that healthy can be tasty too. Combine this with your favorite fresh fruit salad and creamy mango ice cream and WOW – what a dessert! Ingredients: 1 14-ounce can coconut cream or full fat coconut milk  1/4 - 3/4 cup powdered sugar according to taste, but I’ve also used honey which works just as well optional: 1/2 tsp vanilla extract Directions: Chill coconut cream or coconut milk in the refrigerator overnight, being sure not to shake or tip the can to encourage separation of the cream and liquid. The next day, chill a large mixing bowl in freezer 10 minutes before whipping.



Remove coconut cream or milk from the fridge without tipping or shaking and remove the lid. Scrape out the top, thickened cream and leave the liquid behind (reserve for use in smoothies). Note: if your coconut milk didn’t harden, you probably just got a dud can without the right fat content. In that case, you can try to salvage it with a bit of tapioca flour - 1 to 4 Tbsp - during the whipping process. Place hardened cream in your chilled mixing bowl. Beat for 30 seconds with a mixer until creamy. Then add vanilla (optional) and powdered sugar and mix until creamy and smooth - about 1 minute. Taste and adjust sweetness as needed. Use immediately or refrigerate - it will harden and set in the fridge the longer it’s chilled. Will keep for up to 1 - 2 weeks! Mango Ices: Peel ripe mangos and cut into small pieces. Place in plastic bag or sealed container in freezer until hardened. Remove from freezer, thaw slightly, and pulse in food processor until a creamy consistency is reached. (If not sweet enough for your taste, add some apple juice concentrate or other sweetener.) The mango ices can be served immediately, scooped into parfait glasses and topped with coconut “whipped cream,” or stored in a sealed container in the freezer for later use. Variations: This healthful dessert can be layered in parfait glasses-- alternating fruit salad, mango ices and cream.  The ices and cream can also be be served with alternate layers of vanilla or strawberry ice cream.

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>> Pareidolic Rollick


c i l o d i e r a P k c i l l Ro by Tziri Hershkovitz

My 3 year old is disappointed with her Fisher Price school bus. “It’s fake!” she insists. What clued her in was not the size, its plastic composition, or the lack of a motor. No, for her it was the smiling face. “Real school buses don’t smile,” she informed me. She’s right of course; real buses don’t smile, but many will insist that some cars on the road appear happier than others. After the first one was brought to my attention, I’ve seen smiling cars and angry cars. I’ve even seen an embarrassed car. If you’ve ever been on a long road trip with little else to do but look at the cars around you, you might have aimlessly shifted into that altered state of awareness. Suddenly some of the cars passing you by looked friendly or angry, some might have even appeared surprised. Noticing the many faces on the highway is nothing new. It even has a name: Facial Pareidolia. Most people have never heard of pareidolia, but everyone has experienced it. According to the World English Dictionary it’s “the imagined perception of a pattern (image or sound) where it does not actually exist.” It’s noticing faces in tree trunks, finding animals in the clouds or at dusk, seeing large, hulking bears in the pile of trash bags near the dumpster. Anyone who has ever seen a face in an abstract design has felt the pull of pareidolia. But it’s even more common than that.



Emotional Autos Automobiles are a perfect example of pareidolia, due to the fact that the two headlights form what appears as eyes, the grill a nose, and the bumper a mouth.

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The Rorschach inkblot test The Rorschach inkblot test, a very popular (though some would say questionable) method of psychological evaluation, is a great example of applied pareidolia. Named after its creator, Swiss psychologist Hermann Rorschach, the test works by showing individuals a series of inkblots and asking them to say the first thing that comes to mind. Because the inkblot stimulus is ambiguous, it is claimed that the patient must impose his or her own interpretive structure to the image. In doing so they reveal their thoughts and feelings, some of which are unconscious and have been projected into the inkblot image. Some psychologists use this test to examine a person’s personality characteristics and emotional functioning.



Frightening Formations Some formations in nature seem to form a human face. From large stone boulders with a very distinct profile, to the clouds overheard that seem to come alive, nature provides us with some of the most fascinating and mind-boggling pareidolia.

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Audio Pareidolia Audio Pareidolia is complicatedly know as Apophenia, or alternatively, more pronounceably known as Musical Ear Syndrome (MES). Musical Ear Syndrome is a relatively common phenomenon where you hear sounds that are not actually happening. A most common form of apophenia is when the phantom voices or music are triggered by an unrelated external background sound, whether the person is aware of this sound or not. Have you ever thought you heard a song playing and shut the water or turned off the fan, only to find that the music died too? That was apophenia or auditory pareidolia. You’ve likely experienced apophenia if, while in the shower, you thought you heard someone talking to you, or the phone or doorbell ringing. Another common scenario is hearing a musical tune playing when you are near a fan or other motor. The machine is not producing actual music, but there is likely some rhythm to its standard noise. Somehow you overlay your own expectations and your brain modifies this fan noise so that you perceive it as music. This happens because your brain is a pattern recognition machine. Much like with visual pareidolia, your brain tries to find meaning in all the sensory input it receives. It taps into its library of audio memories and allows our ears to hear the familiar.



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Buildings, with their orderly placement of doors and windows, can at times appear like a face. On some occasions, it isn’t even the building’s own architecture but the structures in front of it that give it an overlay of a face. At other times, it almost appears like two buildings are conversing with each other!



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What is pareidolia and how does it happen? Pareidolia (parr-i-DOH-lee-ya) comes from the Greek words para - wrong and eidolon – image. But while a misinterpretation of the image, pareidolia can be a lot of things before we choose the word “wrong.” It is at times comical, entertaining, scary, worrying, confusing, but always captivating. What pareidolia is also not, is an obscure phenomenon that affects a minority of people with hyperactive imaginations; it affects everyone - every day. The fact of the matter is that our survival is dependent on our ability to visually process our surroundings and recognize relevant patterns. Professor Kang Lee of the University of Toronto studies facial pareidolia and explained that “most people think you have to be mentally abnormal to see these types of images, so individuals reporting this phenomenon are often ridiculed. But our findings suggest it’s common for people to see non-existent features because human brains are uniquely wired to recognize faces, so that even when there’s only a slight suggestion of facial features the brain automatically interprets it as a face.” In other words, the search for the familiar. As it turns out, face perception is a very important human attribute. Our brains are hard-wired to help us recognize the presence of a face from birth; newborn babies, for instance, will automatically focus attention towards any face-like pattern. This deep-rooted face detection system remains operational throughout our lives. Chances are that we are usually consciously aware of the times we see a facial expression in an inanimate object, but at other times, we aren’t even noticing that our brains are processing original concoctions deciphering images as we go about our day. Our minds attempt to create not just a consistent image of the world around us, but a logical story of what is happening. Therefore, what we think we see may also be altered automatically by our brains so that it fits with our expectations of reality. As a very random example, after a panda was reported missing from a local zoo, there were dozens of panda sightings throughout the city, despite the fact that the panda was killed by a train a hundred feet from the zoo. The strange truth regarding our vision, and at times our illusions, is that as we approach objects, as light levels change, even as we tilt our heads, our retinal images change our perception of the world around us. This is yet another indication that vision is a personal interpretation, and there is no definitive relationship between what hits our optic nerves and what our minds ultimately perceive. Just a reminder that we need to be as skeptical about what we see, as we are about what we hear and read.




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For some it’s a happy accident, allowing them to see a smiling face in the latte’s foam; for others it’s a spooky hike when a tree trunk seems to be following their every move; for others it’s an annoying commute, when the car behind them seems to be sneering at them. Still, as explained above, not everyone will see the hidden image as easily. To some, it practically stares them in the face, while others will struggle to see obscure pareidolia, even once it’s pointed out to them. But pareidolia, especially facial pareidolia, is fun and so easily shareable.

At TACHLIS we enjoy the enjoyable, and love to share the shareable. And so, we welcome our readers to submit their favorite and funniest pareidolia shots. Why not invite fellow readers into your pareidolic world?



>> Fabulous Fare

Adobo Chicken

by Draizy Israel

Chicken is a staple in many homes, but it can become boring fast. The good news is that chicken is a standard dish in many cuisines, which means that there is much variety available. Adobo Chicken is a dish from the Philippines, rich in flavor and surprisingly delectable. INGREDIENTS: 6 chicken bottoms 1/2 cup soy sauce 2/3 cup red wine vinegar 1/2 cup water 4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed 2 Tbsp fresh ginger, thinly sliced 2 bay leaves 1/2 Tbsp whole black pepper Variations: This recipe can be made with approximately 2 pounds of any type of chicken, bone-in or boneless. You can also try different types of vinegar.



Directions: Combine soy sauce, vinegar, crushed garlic, thinly sliced ginger, bay leaves and pepper. Place chicken bottoms in a dish, and cover with sauce. Marinate for an hour (minimum) or overnight. This will allow the flavor to fully absorb, and not be too “vinegar-y.” Place all ingredients in a Dutch oven. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Once it boils, reduce heat to a simmer. Cover the pot and simmer for 30 minutes, basting the chicken occasionally. After 30 minutes, remove the lid and cook until liquid is reduced to half. Remove chicken from the pot and broil for 5 minutes. This isn’t required, but it will give it a nice crisp finish. Meanwhile, allow the liquid to keep cooking, reducing it further. Strain the sauce from the pot to remove all the food particles, and set aside. (Some of the sauce can be mixed into the rice to give it the Adobo Chicken flavor). Serve chicken with rice and drizzle with more of the sauce.

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Keeping a few new sponges in your refrigerator crisper drawer and squeezing out excess water will help keep your vegetables fresh and crisp longer.

Sponges can make great soap dishes in for your sink, bathtub or shower stall.

Tape or rubber band a sponge to the end of a chopstick (or another long stick) to clean and dry narrow vases and containers.

If you’re planning on sending a big batch of letters at once (like “Thank You” notes, invitations, etc.), use a damp sponge to moisten the envelope seals.

When your car gets a few scratches, place a dab of toothpaste on the damp sponge, and gently rub the scratch in a circular motion. Dry it with a soft cloth.

Place a damp sponge at the bottom of the flower pot — not only will it keep the soil moist for longer, it’ll also absorb any excess water.

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>> F.Y.I.M.*

Rock, Paper, Scissors

Amy Nathans


’ve always liked paper. Ideally the written word was already there, giving me informative and, hopefully, entertaining reading material. As a child, even a blank paper was an opportunity to write. Nowadays, laptops take the place of pen and paper more often than not, and I can’t say that I’m not grateful. Laptops, for all their shortcomings, have never given me a paper cut. I find that I approach the mail with trepidation. As I turn the page in a book, I’m careful not to go to close to the edge. In the office, I treat paper with exaggerated deference. I sometimes feel like I’m more careful around paper than I am around my kitchen knives!

Why do papercuts hurt so? There isn’t a whole lot of scientific research directed at understanding the pain of paper cuts, probably because nobody would sign up for a random, controlled study that involved a

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researcher intentionally inflicting this kind of torture on study participants. Still, a closer look at what’s happening can give us a clearer understanding. The primary reason why these teeny little cuts are so painful lies in the fact that we usually get them on our fingers, particularly our fingertips. Fingertips and hands have significantly more nociceptors (nerve fibers) embedded per square inch than most areas of our bodies. This ends up making cuts on our fingertips feel significantly more painful than cuts elsewhere. You can actually prove this yourself by employing a test that psychologists and neurologists use. Take a paperclip and unfold it so that both ends are pointing in the same direction. If you use it to poke yourself on your hands or face, you can probably perceive each of the clip’s two pointy ends individually. This is what’s referred to as “two point discrimination,” and because you have so many nerve endings in the skin in those parts of your body, the two points have to get really close to each other before you’re unable to tell them apart.

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Now try the same thing on your back or your legs. Chances are the two points would have to be really far apart before you’re able to tell them apart. That’s because the distribution of nerve endings there is far less dense. But that doesn’t fully answer the question. Fine, so that’s a decent enough reason why paper cuts hurt so much more than other cuts on the rest of the body, but how does that explain why paper cuts seem to hurt more than other types of cuts on the hand?

Since when does paper trump scissors? To the naked eye, it might seem as if a paper’s edge is fairly straight and smooth. But if you were to zoom in, you’d find that paper is more akin to a saw’s edge than a razor blade. So when a paper cuts open your skin, it leaves behind a chaotic path of destruction rather than a smooth laceration. It rips, tears, and shreds your skin rather than making a clean slice as a razor or other smooth blade would. The

example would be of a dull knife that you are trying to use to cut into a steak. As you cut, you’re working harder than you would with a sharp knife. In the end, the cut you made is a lot more mutilated than a cut with a very sharp knife. Incidentally, that is why a shochet has to make sure that his knife is very sharp. Sharp knives cut cleanly, quickly and less painfully. Apparently, with paper cuts, even though you can’t see this with the naked eye, the same type of thing is happening. It’s microscopic, but it is still not smooth. The answer that goes deeper is that, ironically, the paper doesn’t. It is precisely the shallowness of the dull cut that further increases the pain. The rip in the skin is typically very near the surface, right where some of the most sensitive nerves in our skin are located. These nerves have a very low threshold for pain which results in a much sharper and distinct pain than if the cut had been deeper and caused the same type of damage to the nerves deep in our flesh. Then we would experience more of a throbbing sensation. Not pleasant either, but still not so breath-takingly sharp. Even more, the paper cut, being a very shallow wound, also tends to hurt longer because it won’t bleed much, sometimes not at all.  Without the cushion of blood, pain receptors are left exposed to the elements, and unless you quickly bandage your paper cut, those neurons will keep

on sending the alarm bell, warning your brain of impending disaster. After all, that is their job.

Enough of about the WHY. Let’s give Your Inquiring Mind the HOW. How do we minimize the pain? Surprisingly simple. Because of the lack of blood, some skip the bandaid. That’s understandable, but as pointed out above, it is precisely the lack of blood covering the raw nerves, that is contributing to the pain. So we need something else to keep the air from hitting the nerve endings. A bandaid is not the optimal solution since it will keep the little cut moist and slow down healing. Use nature’s bandaid, instead. A raw egg membrane will provide surprising and immediate relief. The “plastic-y” texture from the inside of the raw eggshell can be torn off neatly, and the “strip” can be wrapped around the hurting finger. It will heal fast and painlessly, the way Hashem intended.


>> Hakol Beseder


lthough I’ll readily confess that winter isn’t my favorite season, there is something so cozy about the way the weather chases everyone indoors. Our living quarters shrink just a bit and, at the end of the day, we are reminded that it’s all about family. This Kislev, as we huddle and cuddle with our nearest and dearest, here’s the reminder to live each day joyfully, smartly and easily. It’s been one month since the clock’s maneuvers have shortened our already short winter days. It’s inescapable, the way each season alters our routines, however minutely. And while we focus on maintaining healthy habits, it would be wiser to embrace the changes of the seasons, rather than feel overwhelmed by their arrival. Choosing to do so, will give us the opportunity to create a smoother, smarter, and by Tziri Hershkovitz more successful transition. Since the new season’s schedule means that many of our children are coming home from school after dark, we have all the more reason to make sure that the effect of the early nightfall is offset with cheerful lighting, a warm dinner waiting and a pleasant home environment. To complete the ambience, happy music is also a good idea. This can turn the gloomy feel of a cold, dark, winter day into a cozy warm one. There is another reason to create a positive home atmosphere: Your family will be spending more time together, indoors, than they have in months! Family time is the wonderful gift that winter affords us. Perhaps it is the constant togetherness, our internal clock upset, or the long nights and loss of sunshine, but that wonderful gift of togetherness is sometimes accompanied by winter blues. Cause and effect? Hard to say, but let’s combat that.

A Homey Home

Create a Cozy Haven: In rooms where the family spends most of their time, consider changing the light bulbs to energy savers with a higher wattage output. Keep your home toasty and warm by sealing windows and placing draft stoppers along doors. Consider making stews. But whatever your dinner plans, if dinner is cooking when the kids come home from school, the aroma wafting in the air will be a soothing and welcoming greeting upon entering the home. Bunches of cheerful flowers, even if they aren’t real, add a happy feel to any home. Chrysanthemums and sunflowers are good choices - inexpensive, long-lasting, and genuinely cheery. The olfactory element! Welcoming, clean scents always add to the warmth of a home. Candles can be nice, but they’re also dangerous, (and plugins are noxious, and therefore really dangerous). That is why I recommend essential oils. They can be prettily displayed with reeds, or alternatively, electronic diffusers can be employed. Essential oils’ scents are stronger and longer lasting than alternative room fresheners plus they’ve been proven to lift spirits. Experiment with different fragrances to discover your preference. The aforementioned favored music works too, but let’s not forget the most

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Welcoming, clean scents always add to the warmth of a home. important part: It’s the smiling faces that most affect the children’s feeling of wellbeing. The real key to a home filled with good cheer is a positive attitude - and that comes right from the top. So, let’s keep that smile in place whenever we interact with our own family members. They are the ones who deserve it most. Incidentally, they are the ones who will appreciate it most too.

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Bringing it Home Winter is the time when earth reboots. Let’s take a hint from nature and early nightfall. Make it an early night! On each of these early evenings, let’s tackle our routines in a timely manner and not forget the most important part: the rewards. Once the house settles, steep that herbal tea, snuggle up on the sofa with a good book and two cubes of chocolate. You so deserve it. Tziri Hershkovitz is the co-founder and author of Hakol Beseder. Check out the fun free Hakol Beseder Hotline 347.772.1188. She can be emailed at tziri@ To order the book or sign up for the workshop, call 718.812.1899.


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art Did you know that the word "peacock" only refers to the male peafowl? Female peafowl are called peahens, their young are called peachicks, and a group of peafowl are known as a “party” or a “pride.” There are three types of peafowl in the world: Indian peafowl, green peafowl (Southeast Asia), and Congo peafowl (central Africa). Of these, the Indian peacock is by far the prettiest.

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This bright colored bird is the Indian peacock. The Indian peahen, however, is a plain, drab brown. This coloring is an amazing example of nifloas haBorei because it allows the peahen to sit on her eggs and not worry about being noticed by predators.

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