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April 25, 2003 - Image 6

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-04-25

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This Week

For Openers

It's Torture!

IV

ater dripping on one's fore-
head, one tormenting drop
at a time. Being punctured
inside an Iron Maiden.
Having one's limbs stretched apart on
the Rack.
No, I'm not going to regale you with
tales left over from Halloween. All of the
above are forms of torture used from
SY
MANELLO early days of "civilization." Not all tor-
ture
Editorial
directly
Assistant
impacts
the body,
but it's torture nonethe-
less. For your considera-
tion:
• The squealing of chalk
on a blackboard. I must
admit to having used this
as a management device
in my teaching days.
Now, however, I under-
stand that white boards
and markers are in use.
• Reverberations of
"music" felt through the
roadway and closed car
windows from those shar-
ing the road. And is it
any wonder that our
young people do not hear
as well as they might?
• A co-worker's chair badly in need of a spray to rid
itself of the squeak.
• Traveling through an Orlando,. Fla., ride and never
being able to shake the sounds of "It's a small world
after all."
• Sitting in blistering heat while stuck in road con-
struction zones. This "trap" does not bode well in frigid
temperatures either.
• Being bombarded by inane TV ads every 10 min-

utes, especially when they destroy any mood that may
have been created by the movie.
• Having to be seated in a restaurant near a child
whose parent is completely oblivious to the repeated,
whiny, "Mom, Mom, Mom."
• Bearing witness to an abuse of the latest fad of body
piercing. Can't a statement be made without mutilation
of the person? And we thought the Iron Maiden was
cruel?
• The ringing of the phone at dinnertime. We know
full well that there
is a telemarketer's
pitch waiting to
be unleashed.
. • The cracking
of knuckles, espe-
cially from some-
one near you at a
theatrical produc-
tion.
• The sour notes
at a violin recital.
This torture, how-
ever, is to be
endured with a
smiling face; after
all, your kid is a
budding genius,
no?
• You are about
to sneeze; it is
building. Just
before the big
"Katchoo" some-
one says, "Bless you." The sneeze deflates.
• Trying to sleep in a room with an insomniac hamster
in a squeaky wheel.
The worst torture is to hear a really corny joke. For
instance:
Teacher: Who in our babysitters' class can tell me the
best way to drive a baby bu.ggy.
Student: Tickle its feet.

A

t the onset of every Jewish
holiday, traditional Jews
light candles and conclude
with the Shehechiyanu bless-
ing, thanking God for allowing us to
reach the occasion. There is one excep-
tion when candles are lit but that
prayer is not recited. When?

— Goldfein

jo /Cep

*LIDES3d
ITIUDADS atp jo QA3 aqLuiamstry

Quotables

"What matters is building a commu-
nity of communities, where participa-
tion is more important an affiliation,
where doing Jewish matters more than
being Jewish."

— Richard Joel, in his final address as
president and international director of
Hillel• The Foundation for Jewish
Campus Life, before moving on to head
Yeshiva University in New York City.

Yiddish Limericks

A papa bird once known as Herm
Asked, "How do you sit and not
squirm?
Your zitz flaish* is rare ...
Gedult** with a flair."
7Ain brairah,"*** she shrugged. "Pass
the worm."



Shabbat Candlelighting

"As I add an extra Shabbat candle for my newborn sweet girl, I think
about how much light she brings into my life — and how much light
her soul brings into the world."

— Klara Stern, West Bloomfield

QIN

4/25
2003

6

Sponsored by Lubavitch
Women's Organization.
To submit a candlelighting
message or to receive
complimentary candlesticks
and information on Shabbat
candlelighting, call Miriam
Amzalak of Oak Park at
(248) 967-5056 or e-mail•
manzzalak@juno.com

Martha Jo Fleischmann

* (literal) sitting meat
(idiomatic) patience
** patience
*** There's no choice. (What choice
do I have?)

Yiddish-isms

yichus

Family status or prestige.

Candlelighting

Candlelighting

Friday, April 25, 8:07 p.m.

Friday, May 2, 8:15 p.m.

Shabbat Ends

Shabbat Ends

Saturday, April 26, 9:14 p.m.

Saturday, May 3, 9:23 p.m.

Source: From The New Joys of Yiddish
by Leo Calvin Rosten, edited by
Lawrence Bush, copyright 2001, by
the Rosten Family LLC. Used by per-
mission of the Rosten Family LLC.

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