Dei'ah veDibur - Information & Insight

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10 Cheshvan 5761 - November 8, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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The Power of Attention
by Masha Wolf, M.A., Child Therapist

Children of all ages live and thrive on parental love and attention. When children feel they are not getting the attention they crave, they will often go to any extent to get it. Children craving attention will seek negative attention if they find it easier to get than positive attention. Negative attention can be even more intense and exciting for a child in need than positive attention.

Big Time
by Bruchie Laufer

"How long does it take you to make a pair of tefillin?" asked Uncle Mark.

Uncle Mark had come to Israel for a few days and wanted to take home the tefillin for his first grandchild's bar mitzva. He was irritated by the fact that they weren't ready yet. They had been ordered months ago and according to his calculations, should have been sent to America already. The bar mitzva would be held in a very upper class hotel in four months time.

Chiropractic Fact and Fallacy
by Dr. Zalman Medwed

"Shalom. Is this Dr. Medwed? Avraham Noach speaking. My doctor told me that I need surgery on my lower back for a herniated disc. I've been in constant agony for three months. I can't sleep and I can't function. I was warned that chiropractic treatment could damage me."

Where Was My Umbrella?

by Yisca Shimoni

"Yisca, go to Tante Leah and ask her whether she can spare a pot of drinking water. It's Friday and I haven't finished my cooking." Mother entered the room holding a large empty pot in her hand.

Popular American Cold Medicines and Appetite Suppressants Pulled From Market
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Certain cold remedies and appetite suppressants, including some that have been popular in America for more than 50 years, were withdrawn from sale after U.S. regulators announced that they planned to ban all use of the active ingredient in the products called phenylpropanolamine, or PPA.

Request for Name

To The Editor:

Does anyone know the davening name for the kidnapped businessman, Elhanan Tannenbaum?

A Stone's Throw
by Rosally Saltsman

When I was living in Canada, I was always trying to lose ten pounds. Then I moved to the States, and I was still trying to lose those ten pounds. When I came to Israel, I only had to shed five kilos. Later on, I spent some time in England, and only had less than a stone to lose.

Paper Chains and Other Succa Decorations

by Devora Piha

What is a succa without decorations, and what is a succa without paper chains made by our children? Paper chains are a standard favorite when it comes to decorating the succa. Ever since the invention of construction paper, paper chains have been on the top of the list of easy-to-make children's succa decorations. The chains were often their first exposure to connecting links, a concept in the continuity of life. We can stretch our imagination and say these paper chains can represent the metal chains worn by the captive Jews during the Babylonian exile.

Off the Wall
by Rosally Saltsman

A very good friend of mine gave me a very personal gift for my birthday. She made a poster board out of newspaper clippings with my picture on it announcing an exclusive interview which she followed up with an imagined exclusive interview. I was very touched and overwhelmed and decided to frame the `front page' as is and hang it in my room.

by Z. G.

This piece was written in the summer break, vacation or holiday, however you like to call it. Chol Hamoed is the Torah mandated `break' from routine, that breath of fresh air, when many of us go to the lap of nature to marvel at the beauty of Hashem's world, to drink it into our souls for the grey, long winter ahead. To plug out of the manmade concrete world and into the natural one.

As they say, memories are forever.

Your Medical Questions Answered!
by Joseph B. Leibman, MD

One of my readers, Dr. Joel Gorman, offered to help me by answering a question that a reader once wrote concerning hernias. Dr. Gorman is a specialist in hernia surgery and takes a lot pains to make sure he knows the most updated information. Furthermore, he is a ben Torah and a wonderful individual. I thank Dr. Gorman for his help in writing this column, and wish him much success in his avodas hakodesh in helping people.

Cigarette Smoking -- The Single Most Destructive Habit to Your Health
by Dr. Manzer

Cigarette smoking is by far the most toxic habit now being used by people throughout the world and it is more addictive than heroine or cocaine! If you are a smoker you absolutely must stop -- now!

Poet's Corner

by Moshe Zvi Laufer, Jerusalem

The highest, the longest,
The fastest, the strongest,
But where is the medal for the Best?
The Best traits
The Best deeds,
The Best prayers
Who measures them, indeed?


The highest, the longest,
The fastest, the strongest,
But where is the medal for the Most?
The Most verses,
The Most pages,
The Most time input -
Who measures these wages?


The world doesn't know
That all their medals below
Will be forgotten
And won't last
They will fade away
Quick and fast.


The highest, the longest,
The fastest, the strongest,
> But in Heaven, other things make the grade
And all other pseudo-values fade: On the moon, their eagle's nest
And soon they fly to Mars
But each one's Most and his Best
Shine much more than all their stars...


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