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19 Iyar 5759 - May 5, 1999 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly


















To Take Or Not To Take
By S. Horowitz-Golan

After surviving the Holocaust, we arrived in Israel in 1948. Most of Hungarian Jewry had been sent to the death camps towards the end of the war. Somehow we managed to survive Auschwitz and after the war we went back to our home in Leboniher...

Time to Stand on Their Own Feet
by R. Gil

Many children continue to be financially dependent upon their parents long after the wedding. Some receive an ongoing supply of benefits or allowances. Some couples take their main meal by their parents for the entire first year after marriage, while others are constant Shabbos guests.

Untangling the Israeli Legal System
by Susan Scharman

The building trade is bullish in Israel. (They always are.) Nearly everywhere you look, there is some construction going on. With the constant expansion of the population in this young country, there is a lag between supply and demand for housing.

Yosef's Helpful Home Advice
by Yosef Krinsky

One area that is often neglected outside of our homes is the wooden fence, wooden succah frame, wooden trim on the house, and/or outdoor wooden table and chairs. With minimal effort, this wood can last a lifetime instead of lasting only a few years.

The First Obligation
by LMW

In the USA, dollar bills serve as a constant and unusual reminder of the necessity to proclaim, "In G-d We Trust." As Jews, we are enjoined to place our total faith in the Only One, throughout the length of our days, in all situations.

The Green Book
Submitted for anonymous publication by a Bnei Brak reader.
Names are made-up.

At a Rosh Chodesh party in Bnei Brak for English-speaking women, the following comment was heard, "There should be a list. Someone must make a list of all the women who attend this gathering and photocopy it for everyone." Thanks to Chani, who took up the initiative, the Green Book was conceived.

From 'Tzena' to 'Shefa' - Austerity to Prosperity
by Rivka Tal

Today, baruch Hashem, when our supermarkets, hypermarkets, open air markets and local groceries are filled to overflowing with an abundance of every kind of food imaginable, few people remember what the food situation was like back in the '50's, in the early years of the State of Israel.


You may find this poem light and giddy, but the theme of gratitude to Hashem filling one's entire being at the miracle of birth comes across strong.
So here is the first appearance of MENUCHA LEVIN, in


I don't know if the rumor's true,
About my friend who's overdue.
But should I call, then all I'd get
Is - "No, it hasn't happened yet!"
More than ready to unload,
Is she now on Momsville Road?
My dearest friend and dearest neighbor,
I pray she had an easy labor.
Eager with anticipation,
For the newest member of our nation.
I wonder, as I think of this,
If there is going to be a bris.
Or, efsher, as they say in Yiddish,
Maybe there will be a Kiddish.
What baby gift, then, should I choose?
How long until I get the news?
One frustration I can't condone,
Is the stubbornly silent phone.
I stare at the clock, but just my luck -
Its hands seem permanently stuck.
This waiting around is really hard,
Would she like a funny or shmaltzy card?
Repentant phone finally in my ear,
Brings the news I've longed to hear.
She's so excited, in a whirl,
It's a lovely baby girl,
Gorgeous, perfect, sweet and small
(So there'll be a Kiddish after all).
Baruch Hashem, all has gone well,
Childbirth story she now must tell,
Filled with relief, she `pulled it off',
I share her joy in `MAZEL TOV!'

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