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December 02, 1994 - Image 62

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-12-02

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Arts. Carefully examine paint-
ings, sculptures and other works
for all the Jewish symbols. You'll
be surprised at what you can find.

ful trees in it, so that man may
delight in them," said upon see-
ing trees blooming for the first
time in the year.
For a complete listing of bra-
chot, in both Hebrew and Eng-
lish, see The First Jewish

#43) Research your roots. For
years, you've heard your grand-
father talk about growing up in
Warsaw. But what do you really
#47) Complete the sentence,
know about Warsaw? Did you
know Jews were living there as "I wish the Jewish community
early as the 15th century? Did would..." and then do something
you know that 83 Jewish journals about it. Do you wish the Jewish
were being published there in community was more educated?
1930? Did you know that the city Volunteer to teach a course at
is still home to a Yiddish theater? your synagogue or temple. Do
A good place to start your re- you wish the Jewish community
search is the Encyclopedia Ju- did even more to help the hun-
which contains gry? Organize a monthly food
information about virtually every drive in your neighborhood. Do
city, town and village where you wish Jews married other
Jews have lived. The end of each Jews more often? Consider host-
reference also lists further ing a Jewish singles party.

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#44) Consider preparing, ei-
ther in illustrated book or play
form, Jewish versions of your fa-
vorite fairy tales. Imagine, for ex-
ample, that the three bears were
sitting down for a meal of cholent
instead of porridge. Or maybe
the princess was sleeping on
hundreds of mattresses atop a
piece of matzah, instead of a pea.
Or perhaps Little Red Riding
Hood could be saved by a young
rabbinical student, with the two
making aliyah after saving Red's

#45) Learn about the life of a
Jewish Nobel Prize winner.
, Some names to start with: Nel-
ly Sachs, David Baltimore,
Daniel Nathans, Melvin Calvin,
Max Born, James Franck, Ken-
neth Arrow, Paul Samuelson,
Burton Richter, Richard Will-
statter, Felix Bloch, Lev Landau,
Gabriel Lippmann, Arno Pen-
zias, Rene Cassin, Menachem
Begin, Baruch Blumberg, Karl
Landsteiner, Otto Loewi, Sal-
vador Luria, Alfred Fried, S.Y.
Agnon, Marshall Nirenberg,
Donald Glaser, Hage Bohr, Hen-
ri Moissan, Julian Schwinger,
Leonid Kantorovich.

#46) Learn a new bracha.
Jews are obligated to say a bless-
ing before eating or drinking
anything (not just bread and
wine), which is one good way of
remembering that we should al-
ways be grateful for having
enough to eat.
There also are brachot to be
said before smelling fragrances,
upon witnessing natural won-
ders or remarkable phenomena,
upon hearing thunder, putting
on a new garment, or seeing a
In this environmentally con-
scious decade (remember Earth
Day, April 22), one nice blessing
to learn is "Blessed Art Thou, 0
Lord Our God, King of the Uni-
verse, who has withheld nothing
from this world and has created
beautiful creatures and beauti-

Lists of Nobel Prize
winners or learning
brachot can
be made into fun
games for adults
and children.

#48) Make a medicine cabinet
filled with old Jewish remedies
for whatever ails you.
Can't stop coughing? Maybe
you need eggplant juice (guar-
anteed by grandmothers from
Turkey). Stomach bothering you?
Maybe you need some mint or
fennel herb tea, prescribed by
grandmas throughout Russia.
Nothing wrong with you but,
who knows, a cold could be right
around the corner? Chase your
fears away with a handkerchief
filled with peeled cloves of gar-
For a complete listing of
"Grandma's Recipes," see The
Jewish Kids Catalog by Chaya
M. Burstein.

#49) Spend one evening or af-
ternoon doing something you
vowed you would never, ever do.
You've always said you hate Is-
raeli dancing, but give it a try
(the Jewish Community Center
in West Bloomfield has Israeli
dancing every Wednesday night).
You swore you would never learn
Hebrew after all those awful af-
ternoons you spent in Hebrew
school. But try calling your syn-
agogue or temple, or the Agency
for Jewish Education, and ask-
ing what Hebrew classes are of-
fered. You insist you loathe
eggplant, but make a dish of Is-
raeli eggplant salad. You may
still hate it, but at least you can
say you gave it a try.

#50) Fill in the blank: "My fa-
vorite Jewish thing to do is..."
Now do it. ❑

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