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Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13

         Anger’s Way Out – Helping Children Deal With Their Feelings. Join author and counselorKarin Biron-Deckel, as she discusses her new book Anger’s Way Out. 7:30 p.m. Friedberg JCC, 15 Neil Court, Oceanside, L.I. 516-766-4341 ext. 114. www.friedbergjcc.org.

 

         Rich Cohen, author of Sweet and Low, will speak as part of Jewish Book Month at the JCC, 411 E. Clinton Ave., Tenafly, N.J. 8 p.m. 201-569-7900 x 233.

 

         “The Last Days” – film screening at Rosenthal Center for Holocaust Studies, CUNY, 265 Fifth Ave., N.Y.C. 6:15 p.m. 212-807-1949.


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14

         The Tanya: GPS For The Soul, by Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe, introduces concepts of Chassidic spirituality in: “The Tanya: GPS For the Soul – Navigating Your Way Through Life”. 7 p.m. Chabad Lubavitch of Midtown Manhattan, 509 Fifth Avenue. 212-972-0770.

 

         “Beyond Eruv” – Winner, Best Feature Documentary. Screened at Makor, 35 West 67th Street (between CPW and Columbus Ave.), Manahttan. 212-601-1000. www.makor.org

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15

         Russian Shabbat: Join RJeneration, a dynamic social network of young professionals with Jewish roots and Soviet heritage. Hear from journalist Boris Fishman, author of a recent article in The New Republic, “Glasnost Grows in Brooklyn.” 7 p.m. RSVP. Makor, 35 West 67th Street (between CPW and Columbus Ave.), Manhattan. 212-601-1000.  www.makor.org


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16

         Shabbat Luncheon, with singing by Nachum Deutsch. Yorkville Synagogue, 352 E. 68th St., N.Y.C. Shacharit at 9 a.m. Divrei Torah by Rabbi J.D. Bleich. 212-249-0766.

 

         Sephardic Music Festival. Makor, 35 West 67th Street (between CPW and Columbus Ave.), Manhattan. 8 p.m. 212-601-1000. www.makor.org


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17

         Chanukah Party. Friedberg JCC, 15 Neil Court, Oceanside, L.I.  11 a.m. 516-766-4241. www.friedbergjcc.org

 

         Dreidel House, featuring Small Wonder Puppet Theater. Chabad Lubavitch, 419 E. 77th St., N.Y.C. 11:45 a.m. 212-717-4613.

 

         Chanukah Art Fair, ages 3+. Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave., N.Y.C. Noon; Gallery Tour, ages 8-12 at 10:30 a.m.; Concert, Hot Pea’s and Butter Celebrate Chanukah, ages 3+ at 2 p.m. 212-423-3271.

 

         Sephardic Concert and Scholarship Series. 8 p.m. Makor, 35 West 67th Street (between CPW and Columbus Ave.), Manhattan. 212-601-1000. www.makor.org

 

         The Menorah: Symbol of Truth – talk by Rabbi Eliyahu Kirsh. Beth Chaim Learning Center. 8 p.m. 718-851-1237. Call for location.


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19

         The Bnai Zion Chanukah Party. 7:30 p.m. High Chai, 18 Avenue B, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. 212-725-1211 ext. 222.

 

         Rosh Chodesh program for women. JCC, 411 E. Clinton Ave., Tenafly, N.J. 7:30 p.m. 201-569-7900.


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20

         The Art of David Schwab – reception and talk at the Friedberg JCC, 15 Neil Court, Oceanside, L.I. 7:30 p.m. 516-766-4241 ext. 114. www.friedbergjcc.org.

 

         The Chai Center will “Light up the Night” with a giant outdoor menorah at the intersection of Deer Park Avenue and Vanderbilt Parkway.  501 Vanderbilt Pkwy., Dix Hills. 6 p.m. 631-351-8672. mail@thechaicenter.com

 

         Menorah Lighting at the Plainview Shopping Mall, Woodbury Rd. at S. Oyster Bay Rd. junction. 4 p.m. 516-682-0404. Town of Oyster Bay Chabad.


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21

         Makor Dreidel Slam. Makor, 35 West 67th Street (between CPW and Columbus Ave.), Manhattan. 212-601-1000. www.makor.org

 

         All-night Chanukah bash featuring live klezmer by the Alex Kontorovich Trio, theater performances and ninja puppetry with Dov Weinstein. Latkes, jelly doughnuts and wine included. 7:30 p.m.

 

         Chanukah Party. Israel American Foundation. Workmen’s Circle, 45 E. 33rd St., N.Y.C. 2 p.m. 212-869-9477.


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24

         Zionism: Yesterday and Today – talk by Rabbi Eliyahu Kirsh. Beth Chaim Learning Center. 8 p.m. 718-851-1237. Call for location.

 

         Jewish walk and talk of the Lower East Side with Dr. Phil. Meet outside Katz’s Deli, 205 E. Houston St., N.Y.C. 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. 888-377-4455.


MONDAY, DECEMBER 25

         Family gallery talks, storytelling and art workshops. 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave., N.Y.C. 212-423-3271.

 

         Jewish walk and talk of the Lower East Side with Dr. Phil. Meet outside Katz’s Deli, 205 E. Houston St., N.Y.C. 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. 888-377-4455.


DECEMBER 25-JANUARY 1, 2007

         18th annual Yeshivas Yarchei Kallah of Flatbush. One Week Kollel at Congregation Bais HaKnesses, 1040 East 17 St. (near Ave. J). 9-5 daily. Call 718-998-5822 to enroll.

Penticon Technologies

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Every day more and more people are purchasing handheld organizers running the Palm Operating System (Palm OS), including a significant number of Jewish consumers. This interest on the part of the Jewish community created a demand for software that is geared to their unique needs. This is where Penticon comes in.

Penticon was and is one of the pioneer software companies to introduce the Hebrew platform. The story behind Penticon is quite interesting. In 1996, an American named Howie Hirsch who made aliyah almost two decades ago, was tinkering around with his Palm Pilot. In a moment of inspiration, he envisioned the great potential this device held and he subsequently developed the first version of Hebrew, which became an immediate hit in Israel. Upon seeing how great a response the Hebrew received, he created Penticon’s Luach.

Today Howie and wife, Renee, run and manage the company. Howie designs and programs the applications, while his wife handles all aspects of customer support.

Luach is geared to make life easier for the religion-oriented community. No longer does one need to be stressed by not knowing when the proper zeman is for Krias Shema or for candle lighting. This product adjusts the zeman according to your location, great news for travelers. By checking this option, you are informed of the date and time the holiday is being celebrated in the geographical area you are currently in or going to. This is particularly handy when traveling between Israel and America, when the weekly parsha is read on different Shabbosim, (as it occurred recently after Shavuos). The Yom Tovim as well can be adjusted according to Israel or the Diaspora (i.e. first day of Chol Hamoed in Israel equals the second day of Yom Tov in the Diaspora). Luach will figure it out for you automatically.

In addition, Luach is minhag (religious custom) friendly. For instance, someone who holds that Shabbos ends 72 minutes after sunset as opposed to 45 minutes, 50 minutes, 60 minutes, etc., can adjust it accordingly – which means you can simply program the Luach’s zemanim according to the time of your minhag. Also you can adjust the times based upon the degrees (longitude, latitude) of your location. No matter where in the world you are, the Luach will present the appropriate times.

For those planning ahead, or curious about the past, Luach is programmed until the Jewish year 5833, (2072) and goes back to the Hebrew year 5663, (1903).

Aside from the zemanim, you can keep track of special Hebrew and English dates, utilizing the convenient user event option which allows you to save those most precious dates such as birthdays, anniversaries, yahrzeits, etc. (that will automatically adjust from Hebrew to civil and vice versa). When entering the dates, you are given the option to check off if the event took place after sunset, but before midnight. By doing this, the Palm will automatically adjust the event to place it on the correct Hebrew date. The program will then integrate it into your Date Book and you can even have these dates displayed in your computer in the Palm Desktop or Microsoft Outlook program.

All this innovation was not enough for Penticon. Hebrew Graffiti was the next endeavor. In 1999, the mission was accomplished and the next version of Hebrew was released with graffiti and the capability of editing Hebrew text. This opened up many doors for those who use Hebrew on a daily basis.

More and more Hebrew documents, including Shacharis, Mincha, Maariv, parshas hashevua, Mishnayos, Gemara, etc., related to Jewish study and life are being released for the Palm by companies that are based upon Penticon’s technology. Although there are fees charged for some of these products from their respective companies, it is usually well worth it and these programs in general will not disappoint you. As is often the case, the product that companies require some payment for will have better user functionality.

In terms of simplification, Penticon?s Hebrew Address Book is hard to beat. It gives you the option of inserting the names in Hebrew or English. What is truly remarkable is that you can write Hebrew in the correct direction. Normally when you type in English letters it goes from left to right. However, with Hebrew it is just the opposite. Hebrew goes from right to left. With Penticon’s applications you are able to write Hebrew the correct way (right to left). Another convenient feature is that when you access the English Date Book, everything is on the left side. However, when you access the Hebrew Date Book everything is on the right side.

Potential buyers need not have concerns regarding compatibility. This isn’t a problem because Penticon’s applications run on all Palm OS (Operating System) devices, which include Palm organizers, Handspring Visors, and Sony Clie models. Also for those who have cellular phones that have the Palm OS ( Kyocera, Samsung, Handspring Treo models etc.) Penticon’s applications work on all of these devices. To get a full listing of specific models please visit Penticon’s website.

For those of you who are new to all of this and would really like to see what you are buying before making a purchase, you can visit http://www.penticon.com and download a free 30-day trial period of the software. You have the option to try Hebrew Lite or Hebrew Support+. Hebrew Lite gives you the option to read Hebrew on your palm, while Hebrew Support+ allows you to write and read in Hebrew. After the trial period, it will no longer be functional, but once you use this program, you will find it hard to give it up.

Gone Amiss – Thoughts For Pesach Cleaning

Wednesday, April 14th, 2004

The deeper message behind our vigilant search and removal of chometz for Pesach is the need to remove any vestige of spiritual chometz from our beings and personalities.

The differing ingredients between bread and matza are not very significant – each is made from flour and water. The only central ingredient missing from the matza is the yeast, and the air which causes it to rise.

Chassidic masters explain that spiritually, this air represents an unhealthy self-awareness and a bloated sense of self, which throughout our Pesach preparations, we are vigilantly removing from ourselves and our surroundings.

Each day of Sefirat Haomer between Pesach and Shavuot, on the other hand, reflects a different midah (character trait) that we are working to refine in our personalities. Finally, on Shavuot, we bring an offering of “Shtei Halechem”? real Chometz bread.

Only after an initial scourging of ourselves from our unhealthy sense of self prior to Pesach, and our intense work on personality refinement during Sefirat Haomer, are we able to use our talents and capabilities and our healthy, rectified sense of self for a G-dly offering.

Below are some thoughts on this process, as well as some thoughts to reflect on during your pre-Pesach cleaning.

Last year, on the first day of Pesach as I reached into the top right corner of my jewelry box to fetch my special pair of earrings, my hand returned empty. I rummaged around the back of the jewelry box in case my earrings had dropped into a concealed crevice. I ran my fingers over every small compartment in the box. I scrutinized the top surface of my dresser as well as every small container near my jewelry box, and I groped inside all the drawers throughout my bedroom – all to no avail. My earrings had vanished.

Of course I was upset. After all, this was my favorite pair of earrings, worn solely on special occasions. Moreover, these earrings had personal sentimental value. They were presented to me by my husband commemorating our anniversary. I noticed the tender care in how he chose this pair – delicate white gold shapes, with tiny clasps of yellow gold, surrounded by linear, perfectly aligned square diamonds. Understated and refined elegance.

Almost equally disturbing was the unrest it caused within. My belongings are usually well organized, especially now, after an intense Pre-Pesach clean-up. This threw my calm order out of balance. I couldn’t help but question what else was out of order? Why hadn’t I noticed my misplaced earrings in the immense clean up? Had I neglected some other area of my home?

My initial response to my predicament was, of course, to blame myself. I had been careless and not vigilant enough. Mentally, I went over the times that I had worn these earrings and I hunted inside the pockets of possible outfits where I might have accidentally misplaced them. I checked my desktop if perhaps I had haphazardly taken them off while on the phone.

My next reaction was to blame those around me. Maybe one of my children had thought it would be fun to play with Mommy’s precious present. Or maybe I had instructed one of my youngsters to put the earrings away and the child had gotten sidetracked in the process. I searched through my children’s rooms. I looked through their dressers, their boxes and their toy containers - with no success.

Disconcerting, too, was that over the last several days, I had many workers coming through my home. One polished the wooden floors, another installed a new countertop, and then there was the carpet cleaner. I admit to secretly suspecting that my earrings may have been pocketed by some lucky worker, even though, rationally, I knew that none had even come close to my bedroom.

Finally, after retracing all possible places and a conducting a thorough search of any possible location, lots of mental blaming, an acceptance finally set in. It really wasn’t a tragedy, and it was simply meant to be.

This insignificant incident was small enough for me to apply to the many bigger situations in life, when we have a dream or goal that is “lost”, or goes “missing”. It upsets our plan of organization, of how we feel our life and world “ought” to be. It upsets our careful clean up, our careful plotting and arranging of what goes where and how neatly organized our life should be. Suddenly, this uncalled for change of direction makes us realize that we are not in charge.

Our reaction to these sudden losses of dreams, goals or plans is manifold. First, we usually search our ways, to determine if all is in order. This is healthy self-evaluation and productive reorganization.

But then, we sometimes progress to the next unconstructive step, becoming obsessed with the loss, blaming ourselves irrationally, and incriminating others accusatorially.


There comes a time when we have to reach an acceptance, that for reasons beyond our control, the situation was simply meant to be.

And sometimes, unexpectedly, with that acceptance, may come the solution to our missing goal or dream.

For example, a few days later, when I opened up my jewelry box, I found my special earrings in their proper spot. “Hey, I am so happy! Who found my lost earrings?” I jubilantly exclaimed to my children.

Apparently, my oldest daughter spotted my missing earrings in my youngest child’s room, where they were nestling on his bookshelf and, knowing how distraught I was, she was pleased to return them to their rightful location.

The exact path that my earrings journeyed en route to my son’s room still remains a mystery – one which I don’t care to unravel. Mystifying, as well, is the fact that I checked my son’s room, as well as this bookshelf several times. How this obvious spot missed my vigilant search still eludes me.

But the case of my missing earrings did teach me that, despite careful plotting of goals, aspirations and dreams, there are times when we need to let go, and let things be. Furthermore, once we reach the acceptance that it is just meant to be – often the solution is at hand.

Chana Weisberg is the author of The Crown of Creation and The Feminine Soul. She is the dean of the Institute of Jewish Studies in Toronto and is a scholar in residence for www.askmoses.com. She is also a columnist for www.chabad.org’s Weekly Magazine. Mrs. Weisberg lectures regularly on issues relating to women, relationships and mysticism and welcomes your comments or inquiries at: weisberg@sympatico.ca. 

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/jewess-press/gone-amiss-thoughts-for-pesach-cleaning/2004/04/14/

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