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27 Kislev 5766 - December 28, 2005 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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A letter, Re: The article on the lost boy:

(The moving article looked great with the photos, I hope it helps some people!)

You had a very sad story about a little lost boy named Efraim. I can't stop thinking about it. I, and I am sure many mothers, have experienced such a `where is my toddler?' panic more than once.

Perhaps it would be an idea to increase our surveillance, to put older children in charge of such toddlers, and to make it more socially acceptable to use baby leashes. Thanks for wonderful thought provoking & inspiring articles. tovoh


I had a wonderful morning — the heating unit went out on my dryer!

My repairman opened the dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It was clean. We always clean the lint from the filter after every load of clothes. He told us that he wanted to show us something.

He took the filter over to the sink, and ran hot water over it. The lint filter is made of a mesh material — I'm sure you know what your dryer's lint filter looks like.

WELL, the hot water just sat on top of the mesh! It didn't go through it at all! He told us that DRYER SHEETS cause a film over that mesh that can burn out the heating unit. You can't SEE the film, but it's there. This is also what causes dryer units to catch fire and potentially burn your house down with it!

He said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very long time (and to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out & wash it with hot soapy water & an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six months. He said that makes the dryer last at least twice as long! I certainly didn't know dryer sheets would do that. So, I thought I'd share!

Note: I went to my dryer & tested my screen by running water on it. The water ran through a little bit but mostly collected all the water in the mesh screen. I washed it with warm soapy water & a nylon brush & I had it done in 30 seconds. Then when I rinsed it, the water ran right through. the screen!

Please pass this on. It could save someone's home and even someone's life!



Our serialized autobiography by Sara Glaser, "With all of Me," has aroused much empathy and sympathy. This courageous woman is battling with a whole gamut of illnesses, including cancer. But her spirit is vital, vibrant, positive. I have even sent a fan directly to her, by phone, to tell her personally how much she is admired. The feedback I got was "Amazing!" Readers may wish to glean some of her courage, too. Her number is 02-587-9549.

The point of this column is to publicize something than can help many, hopefully, Sara, among them. It is a letter from Rachel Atkins, London:

Dear Sara Glaser,

I have been reading your extracts in YATED with great interest. You mention that chemotherapy makes you tired.

There is a product which people with cancer have found very helpful. My mother took it while undergoing treatment and found it made a huge difference. The product is PURE POMEGRANATE JUICE. It may even provide protection against the disease!

It is available from a gemach in Jerusalem: 02-587-1023.

Wishing you a refuah shleimoh.

Ed. Fresh pomegranates have been available for the past few years in some Jerusalem greengrocers and supermarkets, from Rosh Hashonoh until Tu BeShevat.


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