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  • OpinionThe JewishPost&Presenting a broad spectrum of Jewish News and Opinions since 1935.

    Volume 80, Number 2 November 20, 2013 17 Kislev 5774www.jewishpostopinion.com

    Cover art by Shirah Eliashiv (see About the Cover, p.2)

    National Edition

  • discussion came from hearing about thefamous people whom she has known suchas Betty Friedan, first woman vice-presi-dential candidate, Geraldine Ferrara, JoelSiegel of Good Morning America, andsinger Judy Collins.

    The take away message from her book is the importance of communication.Examples for the person visiting the sickare: Tell me whats helpful and whatsnot.Tell me when you want to be aloneand when you want company.Tell mewhat to bring and when to leave.And ifthe ill person is able to talk,May I tell youwhat is helpful and what is not?Is italright if I tell you when I want to be aloneand when I want company?and so forth.

    An annual festival here, Spirit & Place,brings together artists, storytellers,authors, and scholars into a communityconversation with a diverse population.Rabbi Arthur Green shared many inspiring and thought-provoking ideas, manynew to me. His latest book is Radical Judaism:Rethinking God andTradition. He is the founding dean of theHebrew College RabbinicalSchool in Newton, Mass., and now servesas its Rector. He has been named toNewsweek and The Daily Beasts list of Top 50 Influential Rabbis in Americanevery year since 2008.

    At Friday evening services, he mentionedthe smelling of spices in the Havdalah

    service at the end of the Sabbath. He saidthe reason for this ritual relates to thebelief that each person receives a secondsoul on the Sabbath and when it is overthe aroma aids with the departure of the extra soul. However, he believes the

    2 The Jewish Post & Opinion NAT November 20, 2013

    Recently, Indianapolis had the pleasureof hosting some well-known Jewish leaders who were in town for annualevents. Most of the different denominationswere represented.

    My father and founder of this publication,Gabriel Cohen, zl, used to write editorialsabout the importance of having Jews inprominent leadership roles visit differentcities to share new developments. Thiswas before the Internet, social media, andSkype, but there is something specialabout meeting and conversing with theseleaders in person.

    Heartland InternationalFilm Festival brought in filmmaker RobertaGrossman whose latestmovie Hava Nagila is areal hoot. Entertaining,humorous and poignant,one of the highlights is thefamous singers performing the song suchas Connie Francis, Glen Campbell, HarryBelafonte, and Elvis.

    The keynote speaker forthe annual Chanukahdinner of our local dayschool, Hasten HebrewAcademy, was Rabbi Dr.Meir Soloveichik. He is thegreat nephew of RabbiJoseph B. Soloveichik andwill be installed in Congregation ShearithIsrael in New York City on Nov. 24.Founded in 1654, this Spanish andPortuguese synagogue is Americas firstJewish congregation.

    Letty Cottin Pogrebin was here for thelocal book fair promotingher book How to be aFriend to a Friend WhosSick. She is well known as the cofounder of Ms. Magazine with GloriaSteinem, and for workingwith Marlo Thomas on Freeto Be You and Me, the bestselling collectionof nonsexist stories, songs, and skits.

    After she was diagnosed with breastcancer in 2009, some of the comments shereceived from friends and relatives werenot supportive. She searched the Internetfor books to help with this situation andfound none. Already an author of ninebooks she decided to create one. Whilewaiting for treatment, she talked to 80others those getting treated and theirloved ones who had escorted them andthat is how she got material for her book.

    Much discussion took place aboutPogrebins Jewish beliefs and practices,her family and career. Light-hearted

    Editorial Inside this Issue

    (see Cover, page 7)

    1427 W. 86th St. #228Indianapolis, IN 46260email: [email protected] and fax: (317) 405-8084website: www.jewishpostopinion.compublisher & editor: Jennie Cohengraphic designer: Charlie Bunes

    OpinionPost&The JewishJewish News and Opinion since 1935.

    Editorial.....................................................2About the Cover ......................................2Rabbi Benzion Cohen

    (Chassidic Rabbi).....................................3Rabbi Jon Adland

    (Shabbat Shalom).....................................3Rabbi Irwin Wiener, D.D.

    (Wieners Wisdom)..................................4Rabbi Brett Krichiver .............................4Rabbi Eli Mallon

    (Jewish Spirituality) ................................5Ted Roberts

    (Spoonful of Humor) ...............................6Amy Hirshberg Lederman

    (Jewish Educator) ....................................6Melinda Ribner

    (Kabbalah of the Month) .........................7Jim Shipley

    (Shipley Speaks) ......................................8Howard W. Karsh

    (Jewish America) .....................................8Dr. Miriam Zimmerman

    (Holocaust Educator) ..............................9Sybil Kaplan

    (Seen on the Israel Scene)......................11Rabbi Moshe ben Asher

    (Gather the People)................................12Michael Blain

    (Veterans Day) .....................................14Morton Gold

    (As I Heard It).......................................15Rabbi Elliot B. Gertel

    (Media Watch).......................................16Julie Bloom

    (Book Review)........................................17Rabbi Israel Zoberman

    (Book Review)........................................17Sybil Kaplan

    (My Kosher Kitchen) .............................18Henya Chaiet

    (Yiddish for Everyday) ..........................20Jennie Cohen

    (Book Review)........................................20

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    Festival of Lights

    Shirah Eliashiv, artist ofthis cover art, is an Indyartist glad to be living inIndianapolis, but with achunk of her heart inIsrael, where she lived formost of her adult life andraised a large family.

    Shirah enjoys doing small poster art onJewish subjects because it connects her toboth her Jewish faith and to Israel. Thecolorful posters are on a variety of themesfrom ahava (love) to the Books of Ruth andEsther. They are also affordable and easyto mat and frame.

    Eliashiv received her BFA from TheHerron School of Art and Design and iscurrently completing an MA in paintingfrom The University of Indianapolis,where she is preparing an exhibition of oilon canvas works related to water and theoceans. Two of her paintings recently

    About the Cover

    (see Editorial, page 11)

    Shirah Eliashiv

    M. Soloveichik

    R. Grossman

    Letty Pogrebin

    Rabbi Green

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    asked for help. Charlie sent a letter to aLubavitcher friend, who invited Ben Zion

    Most of the column below was written bymy dear wife, Malka the ChassidicRebbetzin.

    On a recent Wednesday morning, BenZion and I boarded an El Al flight to NewYork. We were accompanied by our 13-year-old grandson, Zeev Shimon. We weregoing to celebrate the Bar Mitzvah ofanother grandson, Shneur Zalman, whorecently moved to Buffalo with his family.

    Zeev had decided to use his Bar Mitzvahgift money to fly to New York. He wantedto spend some time by the LubavitcherRebbe in 770 Eastern Parkway, and alsosurprise his dear cousin and celebrate hisBar Mitzvah together.

    Every hour that passed increased our joy and anticipation of the big event,and the surprise meeting between the two cousins.

    The next morning Ben Zion and Zeevwent to daven in 770. Ben Zion wasdelighted to meet our son AvrahamSender, and his son Shneur, the BarMitzvah boy. The Bar Mitzvah boy wastotally surprised to meet his cousin Zeev.For the next week they were inseparable.

    A beautiful part of Chassidic life is thegreat love between friends, between parentsand children, between cousins, evenbetween mother-in-law and daughter-in-law. The Torah teaches us that if our mainconcern is our body and its pleasures, wewill never experience real, unconditionallove for each other. We will only lovesomeone if we are getting benefit fromthem. Our bodies are all separate onefrom the other. However, if our main concern is our soul, then we can have realand unconditional love. All of our soulsare one. We all have one Father.

    Friday, my daughter-in-law Tehilla, hermother and sister and I formed a cookingteam to prepare the Friday night meal. Wehad many honored guests at the meal, butthe guest of honor was Charlie Roth. In1940 the previous Lubavitcher Rebbeopened a new Yeshiva in 770 EasternParkway. Then there were only 14 students, and Charlie was one of them.Eventually he went to work for my dearfather-in-law, Gabe Cohen, zl, andbecame the manager of the New Yorkoffice of The Jewish Post & Opinion from19531978.

    In 1968 my future husband, Ben Zion,was doing yoga and thinking of going to India. My father-in-law wanted his son to stay Jewish. He called Charlie and

    BY RABBI BENZION COHEN

    Chassidic Rabbi

    A Beautiful Bar Mitzvah

    (see Benzion, page 4)

    ShabbatShalomBY RABBI JON ADLAND

    Pirke Avot 5:20 Any controversywaged in the service of God shall in the endbe of lasting worth, but any that is not shallin the end lead to no permanent result.Which controversy was an example of beingwaged in the service of G-d? Such was the controversy of Hillel and Shammai. And which was not for G-d? Such was thecontroversy of Korach and all his company.

    Nov. 15, 2013, VayishlachGenesis 32:436:43, 13 Kislev 5774

    I dont usually comment on the perekfrom Pirke Avot that I put with a ShabbatShalom, but, at times, the perek is perfectlysuited to our upcoming weekend of Sch