Here's a cool tip that's going to put air conditioner
companies out of business.
Heard from our Ohr Somayach Shabbos guest who lives on a hot,
fourth floor, under-the-roof apartment.
He has a cold air humidifier which he fills with blocks of
ice made in plastic containers in his freezer. One two quart
block is enough to keep the humidifier going all night, and
cooling the bedroom incredibly well!
Re: Response to a previous letter discouraging trips outside
of Eretz Yisroel.
When people make aliya, they can usually bring products and
appliances to help ease them into their new milieu. Their
biggest sacrifice, however, is leaving behind family and
friends. Parents, married children, grandchildren, aunts and
uncles, cousins are all part of our life blood and culture. I
think that in order to keep the connection alive, photos,
letters, even phone calls and email are not enough. Trips
abroad in both directions help us maintain loving and vital
Certainly, we may need Daas Torah in difficult cases. And
financing is another consideration, but we all have our
priorities, and visits give a tremendous booster shot of
affection and appreciation to all concerned, ages 0-120.
I think it is crucial for children to have an open line of
communication with family, to be aware of where they come
from and not to alienate themselves and burn their bridges
with themselves and their past. Even those who have become
more religious need the connection, backup and the
contribution made by family contact. Besides, they can be
goodwill emissaries through darchei noam for the Torah
way of life!
It may take extra effort and planning, but children gain a
lot of understanding, self knowledge and self confidence from
Thank you for the interesting reading matter in the FAMILY
A reader in Israel