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December 12, 2002

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Good and Bad Luck

Have you ever thought: "Oh, I'm having such bad luck. Nothing's going my way." In this week's parsha, Vayigash, Joseph reveals himself to his brothers. He says: "Don't feel bad about selling me into slavery. It happened for a reason. Now I'm a leader, and I can give you a place to live and food to eat so you won't starve in Canaan."

What sometimes looks like a blessing can be a curse -- like eating an enormous ice cream sundae and ending up with a big stomachache. But often, what looks like a curse, or bad luck, can turn out to be a blessing. Can you think of a time when that has happened to you? So before you say, "Nothing's going my way," think: "What can I learn from this?" and "How can I turn this into a blessing?"

Poetry Corner

I can see the Shabbat candles

Gleaming proudly in their place

I see their brightness, not a flicker

With their warmth and glowing grace

Submitted by Jessica Moxley Age 10 Thousand Oaks

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