Chanukah presents us with a difficult dilemma. The custom of eating foods that contain a lot of oil, to remind us of our victory over the Syrian-Greeks, has a special place in our Chanukah observance. While most of us really enjoy fried latkes and assorted doughnuts, those aren’t exactly the most healthful of foods. But I am happy to announce that I have found a way that you can have latkes/doughnuts and enjoy them, too, in a manner that doesn’t add any calories, and isn’t at all unhealthful. In fact, the more doughnuts/latkes you enjoy on my program, the better. What’s more, my program is free and doesn’t entail any obligation.
A few weeks ago, at the end of November, I had the pleasure of attending the therapist track at the Agudah Convention. On Thursday and Friday of the convention weekend, there were lectures and presentations specifically geared for therapists. It was also an opportunity to network and meet colleagues in the field.
In 1988, Nike released its now famous slogan, “Just Do It,” with the iconic whoosh beneath it. It was originally introduced in a television commercial featuring an 80-year-old man named Walt Stack, as he jogged across the Golden Gate Bridge in California.
This week, the highest volcano on Indonesia’s most densely populated island erupted, sending smoldering debris and thick mud in all directions. The sudden eruption spewed thick columns of ash more than 40,000 feet into the air, causing searing gas and lava to flow uninhibitedly down its slopes. Several villages were blanketed with falling ash, and people were advised to stay over three miles away from the crater’s mouth. At least 13 people died and 57 more were hospitalized, including 16 in critical condition with burn injuries.
Recently, Rav Shaul Alter, the Gerrer Rosh Yeshiva of Yerushalayim, visited the New York area. When it was announced that he was coming to Monsey and speaking at Rabbi Scheiner’s shul (Beis Medrash Ohr Chaim) at 4 p.m. one afternoon, I decided to attend. Aside from the fact that my family roots are in Ger, it was an opportunity to see a renowned talmid chacham.