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14 Adar I 5765 - February 23, 2005 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Wandering Through Strange Lands
by Yisca Shimony

The author took this true story from a sefer by Don Yosef ibn Yichye, in which he describes the brave escape of his daughter-in-law, Dina.

The Newborn PKU Test
by Rina Feld

The day after her baby's bris, Devora received a phone call that cast a deep shadow on her happiness.

"Hello, is this Devora Levin?" the unfamiliar voice asked.

Petach Habayit
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

When I ask her how Petach Habayit first started, Rebbetzin Esther Levi smiles:

"For twenty-five years, I answered telephone calls asking for help. People, especially women, needed help and advice for sholom bayit, voiced their deep uncertainties on the broad issue of chinuch (raising children) and needed assistance and support in correcting the mistakes they had already made in both of these realms."


by A. Ross M.Ed.

Hydrotherapy, also called balneotherapy, involves the use of water, in any form and at any temperature, whether ice cold or very warm, for the purpose of healing. Water has been used for thousands of years, by many cultures, for healing purposes, till the development of the spas.

And Rachel Became Envious . . .

Dear Rabbi Engel, We are having some problems with one of our daughters. She is 12 years old and in the seventh grade. She is an average student in school, although I know she could do much better. A month ago, we bought an expensive compact disk player for her and her 14-year-old sister to share. Last week, as I was talking to a neighbor at the front door, there was a sudden, loud crash.

by Rosally Saltsman

I've had an insight about myself. Most of my mistakes are not errors of behavior but errors of misplaced behavior. In other words, it's not so much how I act but when and where that causes problems. The Rambam points out that it isn't our character traits per se that are problematic but the extent that we manifest them and under what circumstances.

Filling the Vacuum
by Bayla Gimmel

I like to window shop. It is an old habit, so my husband is used to it by now. We can be walking along a commercial street and come upon a row of stores. There I go, glancing into each of the store windows.

Your Medical Questions Answered!
by Joseph B. Leibman, MD

Women's health is always a hot topic. While I will write on women's health, it is not on diseases that afflict only women. I found a very important article in the Lancet (11 Oct. 03) that deals with the biggest killer of women worldwide.


Where Have They Gone?
by Rifca Goldberg

To the tune of "Where Have All The Flowers Gone"

Where has cousin Allen gone? Gone to India.
Where has cousin Shelley gone? Gone off to Greece.
Where have Joe and Michael gone? Gone to New Mexico way down south.
When will they all come home? When will they all come home?


What has David's hair become? Green, blue, and yellow.
What has Ruth begun to wear? Fourteen ear studs.
What has Sam done to his arm? Tattoed it up and down.
When will they all come home? When will they all come home?


Where has Shlomo Peretz gone? Gone to do Kiruv.
Where has Malkie Cohen gone? Gone to teach frie girls.
Where has Reuven Goldstein gone? Gone to gather Jews the world 'round.
We pray they'll bring them home. We pray they'll bring them home.


Why did Allen change his name? Now he's Avraham.
Why has Shelley changed her clothes? Now with covered arms.
Why had Dovid shorn his head Wearing a large kipa instead.
Thank G-d they're coming home. Thank G-d they're coming home.

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