Dei'ah veDibur - Information & Insight

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4 Teves 5762 - December 19, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Throwing Children Out of School
by R' Zvi Zobin

Rochel is five years old; an intelligent, spirited child. She was not one of the best in the class but she was not the worst. She was the only girl in the class from a certain background.

Empathy in Children
by A. Ross, M.A.

During the past few weeks, we have been made aware of Maran HaRav Shach's great love of humanity, his selflessness and his loving approach to people of all ages and all walks of life. Hundreds of people think that they and their own particular family were closer to Rav Shach zt'l than many others.

Shalom Bayis
by Chavie Dumas

Right before dinner last night the light bulb in the bathroom blew out. There was no chance to change it with hungry, tired children in need of my full attention. I just turned on the hallway light and ran back to the kitchen to pour cornflakes and heat up Shabbos leftovers. The babies were crying, the milk was spilling, the table top was gooey, the phone was ringing and suddenly, I see my seven-year-old standing before me, holding the fragile burnt out bulb.

Everything from Almost Nothing
by Rosally Saltsman

People who don't let anything go to waste, not even bathwater. People who save money by NOT going out to work...

"I have everything," this lady repeats for the tenth time in the conversation, "but it's not fancy, not new and not gorgeous."/font>

Moving -- or -- All For the Best
by S. G.

It was quite a shock. One morning, our landlord called us and said they were planning to sell the apartment we rented, the one we had been living in for the last twelve years. It took me quite a while to digest the information. Israelis who live in rented apartments don't usually consider them home. Home is a place you pay for (dearly) and can then fix up any way you want. And best of all, no one in the world can evict you from there.

How to Deal With Chutzpa

by Menucha Fuchs
Parenting counselor, author of dozens of books, fiction and non-fiction, for children and adults

We all agree that chutzpa is rampant today. Teachers as well as parents express concern over this phenomenon. I'm not sure how true this is or whether it's more publicized today than ever before, but what is clear is that parents often give up on children who are full of chutzpa. They claim that "We gave him everything; we tried everything. What can we do with this little `brat'?"

"Dear Mom"
by K.S.R.

Jews are a driven people, in so many senses of the word. They are the top percentile of achievers wherever they are. The question we must ask ourselves again and again: What are we driving for? Where are we headed? For what purpose shall we use our talents?

Trying to Return Lost Money in Bnei Brak

To The Editor,

A year ago we visited Eretz Yisroel, and were shopping one evening on Rechov Rabbi Akiva in Bnei Brak. I found something I required in one shop. As I fished for some change in my cash bag, the shopkeeper asked if there was any significance in the cash bag. I explained that all banks in England give change in such little plastic bags.

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