ust a fresh coat of paint is all it
needs." These few words can
strike terror into the hearts of
men everywhere. If not, they
are watching too much HGTV and
something should be done about that.
It is nice to have a bright, new-looking
place in which to live. But the upheaval
that decorating causes is something else
First, we have to decide on the colors.
This is somewhat problematical since
my wife is borderline color blind and I
really do like white walls.
It wouldn't be bad if a color choice
could be made and left at that. But
who knew, for example, there were.
so many to choose from? There are
eggyolk, goldenrod, daffodil, poupon
and rainslicker. There is mud brown,
tan, beige and the one that makes me
tremble, taupe, which is a catch-all
when you don't know the color. It
is a purple, brown, tan sort of
Then there are choices to be
made as to the finish or texture
effect. Whatever happened to
shiny and dull? Now there are rag
finish, sponge finish, stucco, linen
and the let's-just-leave-handprints look.
Once the colors are chosen (and doesn't
everyone live with swatches on the walls for several
weeks- while the decision-making is going on?), there is
the task of readying the room(s). There has to be a
direct correlation between the rooms needing paint and
the number of items in those rooms that have to be
moved out in order for the painting to take place.
I saw the initial unpacking of books for bookshelves as
necessary when we moved in. (Well, to tell the truth,
my wife did not favor my idea of just keeping labeled
cartons stacked on the floor.) Now we have to take them
all down, repack them in boxes, store them and later
look forward to reshelving them. Oh, joy.
We went to great lengths to get all the pic-
tures placed on walls in balance and level,
which was a great feat for us. With the
painter coming, all the wall decor has to
come down with the hope that the
nails or nail holes will remain identi-
We also made an investment in slid-
ers to put under the legs of the heavy
furniture, so the items can be moved with
relative ease over the carpeting.
Getting the sliders in place is
another story. It really takes three
people to place these under the
bulky furniture: two to lift and one
to slide them under.
Speaking of furniture, why is it
that I only remember the things I
need from my desk after the furniture
has been moved to the center of the
room and draped in tarps?
When it is all over, we will have some
lovely painted walls (our painter is talent-
ed), and we will enjoy the fruits of our
Then we'll have to get everything set to rights in two
days because we are having a dinner party that was
planned long ago when we neglected to check the paint-
The fun just never ends! 0
Chaya Masha Stock and
daughter Itta Henya
Stock, 6, of Oak Park.
Shabbat Candid tin
"Lighting each candle for each neshamah [soul] of our family,
including my own, I sense how clearly my role as a wife and
mother is connected to God's role of nurturer and creator.
With this awareness, I pray to God with a deep sense of grad-
aide for that which I am blessed with and for the continued
strength, health, chesed [lovingkindness], wis-
dom and creativity that I require to build
this Jewish home and family.
— Elaine Kahn, mother, Oak Park
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dlesticks and information on Shabbat candlelighting. call
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he use of animal parts in
the creation of Jewish ritu-
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some Jewish vegetarians
and animal rights activists. Can you
name any of these objects?
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"My dream would be that at some
point in the future, if somebody were
told that their child had Canavan dis-
ease, they would be told, 'Here are the
treatment options,' and not, 'There's
nothing you can do, don't get attached
to the baby.' One person is too many to
— Ilyce Randell of Buffalo Grove, Ill.,
whose 4q2-year-old son Max has the
debilitating neurological disorder, which
strikes 1 in 5,000 children in the
- Ashkenazi Jewish population, as quoted
by JUF News of Chicago.
"The cultural piece is very strong and
an inherent part of the Hebrew pro-
gram. Children leave with a very
strong Jewish identity"
— Laura Tighe, principal of the Brock-
Corydon School, a Winnipeg,
Manitoba, elementary school that offers
partial-immersion Hebrew instruction
in compliance with a provincial law
requiring heritage languages to be
taught in public schools, as quoted by
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"Though I know es pahst nit* to
I've got this kid, Kagan ...
A real klutz mit ai gen.**
I'd bench him, but he'd just fall off."
Martha Jo Fleischmann
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(literal) a clumsy person with eyes