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Around the Community . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Community Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

JEWISH THOUGHT Rabbi Zvi Teichman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Rabbi Motty Rabinowitz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Rabbi Dovid Jaffee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

PEOPLE 613 Seconds with Rabbi Zev Pomeranz . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Robert Kraft, A Story of Brady, Belichick and Israel. . . . 17

HUMOR & ENTERTAINMENT Centerfold. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Notable Quotes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

LIFESTYLES Health & Fitness. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Dating Dialogue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Mental Health Corner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Your Money. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Life Coach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 In the Kitchen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Gluten Free Recipe Column. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

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Dear Readers, In this week’s Parsha, we receive the mitzvos that are considered to be rational and easily comprehended by human intellect. Interestingly, these commandments present a unique challenge to the oved Hashem, a person who tries to serve the Creator. When the believer does a religious act such as keeping kosher, observing Shabbos, or sitting in a sukkah, there is an obvious spiritual dimension and divine connection. Following the laws of business, however, or making sure to be 100% honest – while the morally correct thing – may feel mundane and, at most, secondary to more obviously “spiritual” aspects of religious observance. This is not the case. In fact, it was for this reason itself Hashem didn’t command us to live moral lives and leave us to figure out “good” for ourselves – as the Gemara says, “If the Torah would not have been given, we would have learnt modesty from a cat.” If the Torah wasn’t given. Now that it was given, we don’t learn it from nature, but rather as a directive from Above. Once the Torah was given, we don’t lead ethical lives only because it feels right for society. It’s much more than that. These are G-d given laws through which one connects to Him just as one does on Yom Kippur. We don’t repay a loan simply because it feels right. We do so because the Creator willed it in the Torah and put it in the very DNA of creation. This doesn’t mean that we abandon all attempts to rationally understand or relate to these mitzvos. On the contrary, an important aspect of mishpatim is to understand and relate to these laws as much as we can. In a sense, you can say the purpose of creation was precisely these mitzvos. It is through these commandments that we involve our human intellect and moral compass, schlepping them along in our service of the divine. May we strengthen our resolve to become more scrupulous in the mitzvos bein adam l’chaveiro, ushering in the time when we will all feel spirituality in the mundane, for it will reveal that Hashem echad. Wishing you a wonderful Shabbos, Shalom

The Baltimore Jewish Home is an independent bi-weekly newspaper. All opinions expressed by the journalists, contributors and/or advertisers printed and/or quoted herein are solely their opinions and do not reflect the opinions of BALTIMORE JEWISH HOME, their parent company or affiliates, and may have been previously disseminated by them on television, radio, Internet or another medium. The Baltimore Jewish Home is not responsible for typographical errors, or for the kashrus of any product or business advertised within. The BJH contains words of Torah. Please treat accordingly.


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Pan-Asia Kosher Training Seminar Convened by STAR-K in Shanghai

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hey come from Yerushalayim; Perth, Australia; Mumbai, India; Manila, Philippines; Boston; Scottsdale; and, Los Angeles; but truly, the mashgichim who attended the first-ever PanAsia Kosher Training Seminar held in Shanghai, January 9-14, live out of their suitcases. Dedicated to the mission of ensuring and spreading Kashrus, even at a moment’s notice, implies where they are from is wherever their luggage happens to be. As the premier Kosher certifier in Asia, these STAR-K mashgichim are the “eyes and ears” out in the field who help certify thousands of products--as diverse as canned goods and nori sheets in China and South Korea, to spices and coconut products in India and Sri Lanka, to banana chips and coco sugar in the Philippines. Most of the certified products are exported from the region to the world as “bulk” ingredients that are processed around the word to make consumer products.

STAR-K operates regional support centers in Shanghai, China, and Cochin, India. In addition, representative offices are staffed in Manila, Philippines, Colombo, Sri Lanka, Karachi, Pakistan, and Jakarta, Indonesia. Joining Baltimore-based STAR-K Kashrus Administrators Rabbi Avrohom Mushell and Rabbi Dovid Heber, and Rabbis Amos Benjamin and Joel Weinberger, who run the STAR-K Far East and India/Sri Lanka offices, respectively, were STAR-K mashgichim: Rabbis Jonathan Goldschmidt, Yofiel Jacob, Yitzchok Kaufman, Nosson Levin, Aryeh Mendoza, Eli Putney, Ariel Stein, Yosef Wexler, and Shmuel Zvuloni. For some, it was the first time they were able to put a face to the voice, after many a telecommunication. Among the several highlights of the Seminar were: a Shabbaton and Malaveh Malka shiur; an enlightening and heartwarming personal interaction via SKYPE with STAR-K Rabbinical Administrator HaRav Moshe Heinemann; and, an erev Shabbos interac-

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tive walking tour of Jewish Shanghai, where the participants learned about the immense effect that the open port of Shanghai had on Jewish migration in the WWII era and the astonishing Jewish life that existed in Shanghai during the war. Among the many topics covered during the event were: Plant report development; Rabbinical prohibitions in kosher law; Insect removal from vegetables- process and methodology; and, the International Dateline and, also, time issues when davening while traveling. Mashgichim and STAR-K office personnel paired up to inspect factories. One of the participants, who sent the following letter to STAR-K President Avrom Pollak, after the seminar, perhaps, best sums up the sentiments of everyone who joined: “I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for the wonderful Shabbaton I just experienced in Shanghai.

As I go back into the field today it is with renewed energy after the inspiring few days that I spent in Shanghai with Rabbi Mushell, Rabbi Heber and all the incredible team of STAR-K Asia Pacific. All the shiurim and events were informative and inspiring. The question and answer session the mashgichim had with Rabbi Mushell was an important opportunity for us in the field to discuss face-to- face with our Kashrus Administrator various things that come up in the factories. Rabbi Heber’s shiur on zmanim and the International Dateline helped me to gain a clear picture and practical guidelines in this complicated area of halacha that the traveling mashgiach encounters a lot.However, without a doubt the highlight, in my opinion, was the question and answer session we had Sunday morning Shanghai time with the Rav HaMachshir Rabbi Heinemann, shlit”a. It was a tremendous zechus to be able to ask various shailas to such an adom gadol. Rabbi Heinemann, shlit”a, answered all our shailas at length with tremendous insight and depth and even a little humor sprinkled in.

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Baltimore’s Chaverim Text Alert System Facilitates Minyan for Meis Mitzvah Burial

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nyone who has needed to make a minyan knows that it is not always easy to find one—let alone on, perhaps, the coldest day of the year, when the temperature is just under 20 degrees, with a 33-mph wind chill factor that makes it feel more like 5 degrees. At 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, these were the frigid conditions under which Chaverim solicited and coordinated the help of community members to make a minyan at the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation cemetery, enabling Kaddish to be recited at the burial. Had they not been there, the opportunity to say it would have been lost. “It was bitter cold, but we made it work, thanks to our Chaverim WhatsApp group text alert system which we opened up to all males in the community over the age of bar mitzvah,” notes Chaverim President David Bagan. “Our numbers are growing, but we are always looking for more volunteers. This is something that you don’t need to be hands-on and know what you are doing, as you would if you were a member of Chaverim, for example, changing flat tires.”

A minyan is mandatory, according to Torah law, at a burial, and that includes a burial for a “meis mitzvah“--the unknown and unclaimed deceased--to ensure that they receive a kevuras Yisrael, a proper Jewish burial. In today’s case, there were simply not enough men to make a minyan. When this group text alert system was initiated in 2015, in memory of my husband, Stewie (Asher Zelig ben Tzvi) Pensak, z”l, 38 men signed up to be “on call” for such circumstances. Today, there are 145 men of all ages who are part of this WhatsApp group. The WhatsApp text alert read: Chaverim Dispatch 2: We are looking for 5 men tomorrow for a burial. We need men both for a minyan and for digging. Approximately 4 pm at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation cemetery, Berrymans Lane, Reisterstown, MD 21136 ”Depending upon the factors of time and weather, for any call we get, will always be a challenge,” notes Mr. Bagan, who mentioned that with the ground as frozen as it was, there was no guarantee that those present would be strong enough to shovel the dirt back into the kever. “With the gov-

ernment shut down and being Martin Luther King’s birthday, I thought it would be much easier to find a minyan, but it wasn’t really.” Chaverim sometimes gets calls to go further out of the community for burials in such locales as Essex, DC, and Silver Spring. Today’s burial was a bit closer to Baltimore, which helped, also. In the end, those who helped make the minyan were comprised of Chaverim members, as well as a few WhatsApp group participants who were off for the legal holiday. Bochurim from Rabbi Shmuel Friedman’s yeshiva, one of which is a Chaverim member, were among the others. A community member who had heard about the levaya and had the

sensitivity and foresight to help alleviate the challenging weather conditions of those in attendance, supplied hand warmers and hot beverages at the cemetery. By the way, this was not the only request that Chaverim had on Monday. Between 7:15 a.m. and 6 p.m., alone, the organization received and responded, non-stop, to approximately 17 calls regarding mechanical car problems. “We made it work thanks to community members who came together,” emphasizes Mr. Bagan. “Since there were no males sitting shiva, it was even more of a mitzvah. That is what this WhatsApp group is really about. It’s not about jump starts, flat tires, or keys locked in the car, since not everyone is technically inclined, but being part of a community like Baltimore. Anyone can fit into this group –they just need to do a chesed shel emes.” If you are interested in joining the Chaverim Shiva WhatApp group chat, the sign-up link is: https:/chat. whatsapp.com/E9co92WYDJxIJUJJt0duiW. If you would like to join Chaverim, please visit: chaverimbaltimore.org or call 443-928-5361.

Baltimore Community Members travel to California in support of Los Angeles Hatzolah

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n Wednesday January 29, 2019 community members, fire department officials and other interested parties gathered for a Los Angeles Ambulance Licensing Board Hearing regarding the LA Hatzolah’s application. The contentious hearing drew many grateful members of the LA Jewish community and some supporters from around the country. Among those who came to present in favor of Hatzolah’ s application was Baltimore Hatzolah ’s Executive Director, Dovid Heyman and Baltimore City Councilman Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer. During the Councilman’s passionate plea he explained why he made the cross country trip at his own expense, “Your decision today can determine if someone like my father, who suffered a stroke

gets to live or die. You get to determine if someone like my beautiful 2 year old daughter who was choking on a hard piece of mango, lives or dies. Fortunately for my family we live in a community that has an active Hatzolah that arrives on scene in under 2 minutes and has full EMS authority to treat and transport patients. When seconds matter, Hatzolah in my City makes that difference. That’s why I am here. “ The Councilman, who brought

with him strong letters of support from both Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh and Baltimore City Fire Chief Niles Ford explained why Hatzolah makes sense on a city governance level demonstrating best practices and expands regionalism, he further stated, “as a member of the Baltimore City Council’s Budget & Public Safety committees, I can testify that there is no another organization that is more critical to the jurisdictions they serve and at the same time makes

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Rabbi Zev Pomeranz lived for nine years. During that time, I studied and taught at Rav Chaim Ilson’s Yeshiva and was a founding member of a leadership Kollel in Aish Hatorah in the Old City, which was led by Rav Ephraim Kirschenbaum. I was recruited to work for Aish HaTorah in Denver, Colorado, and served as their associate Rabbi for five years. Then Rabbi Porter called and asked me to lead Etz Chaim.

I understand you moved to Baltimore a few years ago to join Etz Chaim. Where were you living before you moved to town? I grew up in a typical modern orthodox home in Suffern, New York (near Monsey) and attended the local modern Orthodox day school and Yeshiva University’s high school for boys in Manhattan (MTA). After high school, I spent three and a half years learning in Israel. After returning to Manhattan to finish college, I received Semicha, and hit the jackpot by marrying my amazing wife Elana. We returned to Israel as a family, where we

Tell us about your favorite Etz Chaim program. That’s a really tough question. We have such an amazing staff of highly intelligent and with-it Jewish educators running many different types of programs that cater to participants from diverse backgrounds and demographics, so it’s hard to chose. What I probably enjoy best, is when partic-

What do you love most about your job and what do you like least? I love teaching the most, especially when the student is open to honestly discussing and debating a challenging subject. Whether it’s explaining to a young professional how Israel has a right to defend itself against Palestinian terror, teaching dads how the Torah is an instruction book for life, or teaching more advanced students how to analyze the questions and answers of the Gemara - seeing the inspiration the student gets from comprehending something profound inspires me.

Recruiting for programs is tough. We spend a tremendous amount of effort doing outreach to attract more and more Jews. Those participants who have been to our programs enjoy them and keep coming back, but getting newcomers in the door is challenging. Many people have negative misconceptions about Judaism and the Torah or simply find it boring and unattractive. Once people meet our great educators and experience our programs they almost always want more. The good news is that our reputation is spreading and recruitment has been much easier than in the past. What keeps you going? First and foremost getting to work with our all-star staff certainly keeps me going. Rabbi Porter is an amazing mentor and friend who is always willing to share his decades of experience with me, along with a more than a few jokes. The rest of the Etz Chaim team Mrs. Chana Grove, Rabbi Efy Flamm, Rabbi Gavriel Horan, my wife Elana, and the newest additions, Rabbi Josh and Tamar Livingstone - are constant sources of inspiration for me through their dedication and passion. On top of that, getting to know our many sensitive, and inquisitive participants and getting to watch them grow closer to each other, themselves, and Judaism is a constant reminder of why I chose to do this work!

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What inspired you to want to get involved with Jewish outreach? As a teenager, I found that Judaism really didn’t resonate with me. I went on a sort of spiritual journeys’ looking into all sorts of paths, until reading some books that presented Torah true Judaism from a secular philosophical perspective. I went on to meet some amazing rabbis and had a number of sincerely spiritual experiences that really changed my outlook on Judaism. I eventually decided that when I grew up I would do my best to share the beauty and depth of Judaism with others.

ipants and staff all come together for a single program. Frank Storch hosted a Shabbaton, in partnership with Etz Chaim, last year in honor of his annual memorial weekend for his father, M. Leo Storch. At the Shabbaton we had college students from Rabbi Horan’s program in UMBC together with young professionals, young families and seniors, along with our staff and members of the Baltimore Jewish community. The experience was electrifying! Another highlight was when our board member Nechemia Feldman and his wife Meryl joined my wife and I, Etz Chaim educator Chana Grove and her family, several community members, with over 20 Etz Chaim participants from across the age spectrum, at the J-Inspire Body and Soul Retreat in New Jersey during the Shabbat Project last fall. Everyone came back inspired!

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Worshippers in Jerusalem’s Kiryat Yovel neighborhood were horrified to find their synagogue defiled on Tuesday morning. Overnight, anonymous vandals broke into the house of prayer, ripped up prayer books, ransacked the Judaica library, and dumped vinegar all over the Torah scrolls, damaging them

haredi community. Last year, anti-religious residents repeatedly cut Kiryat Hayovel’s eiruv minutes before Shabbat, forcing thousands of religious neighborhood residents to refrain from carrying on the Jewish day of rest. Radical secular activists have also harassed haredi families playing at Kiryat Hayovel parks and playgrounds.

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Outrage Over Mosque in the Jewish Quarter

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Locals say that they are also concerned that the refurbishment of the old mosque may be the start of a new trend in which many other old and non-functional mosques in the Jewish Quarter will be bought and restored, leading to an Arab takeover of the area. “I’ve lived here in the neighborhood for 31 years. We don’t have any problem with the mosque itself; it’s

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Israel Summons Irish Ambassador Israel’s Foreign Ministry summoned Ireland’s ambassador last week after the Irish parliament advanced a

bill criminalizing purchasing goods from Judea and Samaria. The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it had summoned Ambassador Alison Kelly to stress its unwavering opposition to the legislation. “It is disturbing and disappointing that the initiators of the law are focusing on a hypocritical attack on Israel, rather than on dictatorships that slaughter their citizens,” said the Foreign Ministry. “This is a clear expression of obsessive discrimination that should be rejected with disgust.”

The summons came after Ireland’s lower house of parliament approved the bill by a 78-45 margin. The bill bans any and all commerce with entities located over Israel’s pre-1967 border, including the Golan Heights and Jerusalem. Sponsored by the Fianna Fáil-The Republican Party, the bill’s wording criminalizes “the import and sales of goods, services and natural resources originating in illegal settlements in occupied territories.” It also bans any attempt to “assist another person to import or attempt to import settlement goods.” Should the bill pass, it would be the first time that a European nation outlawed attempts to purchase goods from territory Israel captured in 1967’s Six Day War. The European Union has labeled the aforementioned goods but has not taken steps to ban them altogether. The legislation needs to pass with another three steps before it can take effect. Israeli officials reacted harshly following the vote in Ireland’s parliament and said that it would harm Israeli-Irish relations irreparably should it become law. “Israel is outraged over the legislation against it in the Dail which is indicative of hypocrisy and anti-Semitism,” said a statement by the Prime Minister’s Office on Thursday after the bill passed its first hurdle. The Foreign Ministry added in a statement calling the legislation “a


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Israel Allows Payouts to Hamas to Resume Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave the go-ahead last

Thursday to transfer $15 million of Qatari money to the Hamas terror group in Gaza. Netanyahu’s decision to allow the transfer came after the defense establishment told him that the funds are needed to prevent war from breaking out. As part of a long-term cease fire agreement with Hamas, Israel allows Qatar to transfer monthly payouts of $15 million to Gaza in order to pay the salaries of civil servants in the Strip. According to the heads of the

Mossad and Shin Bet security services and IDF intelligence, failure to transfer the money would worsen the humanitarian conditions in the Hamas-led territory and would likely lead the population to call for another round of fighting with Israel. Netanyahu had frozen the scheduled cash infusion earlier in the week after an IDF officer narrowly avoided death on the Gaza border when his helmet deflected a sniper’s bullet. Netanyahu said that the shooting

violated the understandings reached with Israel and had halted the money transfer until further notice.

Despite Netanyahu allowing the funds to go through, on Friday Hamas officials in Gaza refused to accept the money. “We will not turn Gaza into an area for managing elections in Israel,” a senior Hamas official blustered. Later reports said that the terror group is angry that Israel is preventing them from using the cash infusion to pay members of its armed military wing. Following marathon negotiations between Israel and Qatar, Hamas later allowed Gazans to accept the money directly from Qatar for humanitarian reasons. Qatar said, however, that it would stop the monthly payouts and give the money to UN officials in Gaza instead to distribute as they see fit. “We will not pay the salaries of the Hamas employees,” Qatar’s ambassador to the Gaza Strip, Mohammed al-Emadi, stated. “Both sides are relieved now, totally relieved, and it is much better this way.”

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The competition was sponsored by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in conjunction with Globalia Corporación Empresarial SA, a Madrid-based tourism company. Launched in 2017 by Ziv Tirosh and Waze co-founder Uri Levine, Refundit’s software allows tourists hailing from countries outside of the European Union to quickly apply for a Value Added Tax (VAT) refund through their smartphones without waiting at the long lines common at airports. “We are excited by the recognition we received from the World Tourism Organization to the contribution of Refundit to global tourism economy and tourists,” Tirosh said after winning the top prize. “Refundit’s solution is aimed to fix an inefficient market in which 90% of refund – some 23 billion euro – entitled to non-EU tourists is not returned to its owners every year.” Refundit says that its app helps the tourist, the retailer, and the local economy by cutting down on unnecessary red tape involved. “Refundit’s digitized solution also allows tax authorities to provide refund approvals online and enables them to integrate innovative elements such as Big Data, advanced analytics, AI capabilities and fraud prevention into the VAT refund,” said the company in a statement. Other than Refundit, three other Israeli startups made the competition’s top 10. The contest saw 2,771 companies from 132 nations contending for the top prize.

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This week, a senior commander in Iran’s most elite military force threatened to “wipe Israel off the map” if it continues striking his country’s forc-

es in Syria. Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami, who is the deputy of the Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, said at a press conference that the Islamic Republic would continue battling Israel until the Jewish State ceased to exist. “Our strategy is to erase Israel from the global political map. And it seems that, considering the evil that Israel is doing, it is bringing itself closer to that,” Salami threatened. Salami added that Israel’s attacks in Syria would eventually lead to an armed conflict that would result in its destruction. “We announce that if Israel does anything to start a new war, it will obviously be the war that will end with its elimination, and the occupied territories will be returned,” he warned. “The Israelis will not have even a cemetery in Palestine to bury their own corpses.” The general’s comments came amid an escalating war of words between Iran and Israel in recent weeks as tensions have heated up on the Jewish State’s northern front. Israel has reiterated multiple times to prevent Iran from establishing itself militarily on its border with Syria and has launched a campaign of airstrikes to foil Tehran’s intentions. Last week, Israeli warplanes bombed Iranian targets near Damascus’ airport during an unusual daylight raid. After Iran responded by launching a missile that Israel intercepted above its Mount Hermon, Israel’s air force went on an extensive bombing campaign in Syria that officials said flattened Iranian arms depots, training centers, and a Syrian anti-aircraft battery. Iran responded to Israel’s airstrikes with warnings that it will soon jettison its policy of refraining from retaliation. Speaking with Press TV, Iran’s military Chief of Staff General Mohammed Bagheri said earlier this week that “among the country’s broad strategies, there is a defensive strategy. We defend the independence and territorial integrity and national interests of the country.” The commander of Iran’s ground forces warned a few hours later that he had ordered his men to move to a “forward-moving and offense” formation. “To protect Iran, the armed forces no longer need asymmetric approaches, and we are at a stage where


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them from the voter rolls. “Integrity and efficiency of elections in Texas require accuracy of our state’s voter rolls, and my office is committed to using all available tools under the law to maintain an accurate list of registered voters,” Whitley said. The revelations are likely to renew the debate over voter fraud in the United States. President Trump has long alleged that illegal immigrants vote in elections and appointed a commission in 2017 to probe illegal voting in the 2016 presidential elections. The panel eventually disbanded due to lawsuits and bureaucratic infighting.

Hitler’s Plans for N. America Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said on Friday that his state has uncovered at least 95,000 people on its voter rolls who are not U.S. citizens, raising fresh concerns of voter fraud. Paxton also said that 58,000 of the 95,000 non-citizens had already voted in at least one election, despite the state’s stringent voter ID laws that many say are the toughest in the nation. The findings came following an inquiry the Texas Department of Public Safety launched in an effort to determine if the state is plagued by voter fraud. Texas Governor Greg Abbot said following Paxton’s announcement that law enforcement would begin cracking down on residents who voted illegally in the state’s elections. “Thanks to Attorney General Paxton and the Secretary of State for uncovering and investigating this illegal vote registration,” tweeted Abbot. “I support prosecution where appropriate. The State will work on legislation to safeguard against these illegal practices.” Texas Secretary of State David Whitley responded to the report by calling on counties throughout the state to force people suspected of illegally voting to provide proof of citizenship within 30 days. Should they fail to do so, Whitley said, then the county is allowed to legally strip

Canada’s national archives announced last week that it had purchased a book that once belonged to Nazi Fuhrer Adolf Hitler, ym”sh, that detailed the genocide he planned for North America. Library and Archives Canada said that it bought the book in 2017 for $4,500 and is storing it in the national library in Ottawa. It added that it decided to unveil the acquisition to the public ahead of International Holocaust Memorial Day. Titled “Statistics, Media and Organizations of Jewry in the United States and Canada,” the 137-page report was written by Heinz Kloss, a linguist and Nazi sympathizer. Kloss was tasked with compiling a report about the United States ahead of Germany’s expected invasion of North America and researched major Jewish population centers at the time, along with a description of Jewish organizations and publications. The book was stamped with the words “ex libris Adolf Hitler,” suggesting that it came from the Nazi leader’s personal library. Experts


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“Among those who experienced the largest and most direct negative effects are federal workers who faced delayed compensation and pri-

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When many think of a cruise, their first connotation is likely breathing the salty ocean air on the ship’s deck as it sails on the blue water. But that’s not the only thing passengers may be breathing. A new report found that cruise ships cause such high levels of air pollution that passengers may be breathing air “comparable to concentrations measured in polluted cities, including Beijing and Santiago.” The report was compiled by Ryan Kennedy, a professor at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Kennedy measured air pollution on four ships belonging to the cruise company Carnival over a two-year period and was shocked to discover that the ships emanate high levels of metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. It was the aforementioned hydrocarbons that makes the air pollution so

lethal. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons have been shown to cause cancer and a whole host of other lethal diseases. “It’s dangerous – it’s not a healthy thing for us to be exposed to,” said Kennedy. Kennedy said that he consistently found the highest measurements of air pollution by the smokestacks in the back of the ship and stressed that the ships were unsafe both on the high seas and when docking in port. Environmentalists called on cruise ships to switch to alternative fuel sources in the wake of the report, noting that the most heavily polluted areas on the ship are where passengers commonly spend the majority of their waking hours. “What Dr. Kennedy found onboard was shocking,” said Kendra Ulrich, who works as a senior shipping campaigner at the environmental advocacy group Stand.earth. She said her organization is working towards safer cruises by “campaigning to get Carnival Corp. to stop using heavy fuel oil.” “What this industry giant does can have a huge effect in setting standards for the rest of the industry,” said Ulrich. Carnival, meanwhile, said that it works in conjunction with “national and international regulatory bodies like the [U.S. Environmental Protection Agency] to ensure the utmost safety of our guests and crew” and that its air conditions on its vessels “meet every requirement.”

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Want to avoid getting salmonella? Stay far away from your pet hedgehog. Recently, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Pollution warned the public not to get too close to hedgehogs. The warning comes on the heels of another word of caution from the center: make sure to wash your hands

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And men of a holy calling shall you be unto Me, flesh torn off in the field shall you not eat, to the dog shall you cast it. (Shmos 22,30) The Zohar tells us that of all the appellations that G-d bestowed upon the Jewish people, a nation of priests; a holy people; a holy nation, the title “men of a holy calling” is the most exalted.

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you ever observed the stance of most athletes; crouched, muscles taut, ready to spring, leap and pounce upon their “prey” and its similarities to wildlife in motion? The obsession with sports competitions and the need to show allegiance to a team is a pale reflection of the soul’s deepest desire to win in the real “Battle of the Titans”, the struggle of the good inclination over the bad. When we leave however the arena of Torah we are exposed to the field of nature and its instinctive drive for pleasure and superficial satisfaction. Our noble mission transforms into an expression of the trivial pursuit of an ephemeral prize mimicking the natural world of the animal kingdom and its behaviors. Let us realize that some things are simply “out of bounds” for those who seek true meaning in life. It is time that perhaps we should finally “let the dogs out” from the barriers of our souls. Ironically, when man emulates animal behavior by acting coarsely and gruffly, we label it “human nature”. The greatness of a Jew, the great Kotzker Rebbe taught us, lies in his being; “mentshlich heilig,” humanly divine. Controlling and directing our urges and instincts within the confines of a life of Torah and Mitzvos is ultimately the greatest expression of our humanity! May we each achieve a greater and more significant victory this Sunday, rejoicing in being part of the only true winning team!


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Modern-day Slavery

There are few issues as contentious in the modern era as slavery. For understandable historic reasons, we naturally abhor the notion of slavery, and even mentioning it requires a trigger-warning in contemporary college-campuses. Yet, this week the Torah introduces us to Jewish civil law following the revelation at Mt. Sinai, via no other than this controversial subject. In fact, as opposed to the distorted view presented by antitheists and their merry horsemen on this matter, an Eved Ivri is most definitely not a classic slave. The Torah explicitly defends and bolsters the rights of this Eved, who is placed in long-term servitude for rehabilitation when not able to function adeptly in society. He was to be treated with upmost dignity, participate only in non-laborious work, and would be immediately released to freedom if abused by his master. It is vital to consider the documented frightful environment in modern-day penitentiaries, as they strongly contrast with the dignified conditions afforded by the Torah to such unfortunate individuals.

Nevertheless, it bears scrutiny as to why the Torah would fire it’s opening salvo following Sinai, discussing such disturbing circumstances. The Ramban proposes that the introduction of this topic naturally follows from the Ten Commandments. There we are told that G-d extracted us from slavery in Egypt and also instructed us to keep Shabbos on the 7th day. This therefore necessitates us to afford rights to servants and to finally release them on their 7th year. While his explanation fits contextually into the placement of this subject, there must surely be a deeper thematic connection. The concepts and laws of such servitude have been irrelevant for over two thousand years, as they are dependent on the now defunct 50-year Jubilee cycle (Talmud Eruchin 29a). Interestingly though, in modern-day business Halacha, these concepts are alive and kicking. For example, the Talmud (Baba Metzia 10a) determines that an employee is allowed to submit his resignation at any time, as long as there is no substantial loss to the employer. This is derived from the verse

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grapples with the appropriate length of office for a public servant. Interestingly, a critical exception is allowed by Rabbi Yair Bacharach (Chavos Yair 140 – discussed in the Ketzos Hachoshen). In that responsa, Rav Bachrach permits a professional Chazan to entertain a longer contract, for one simple reason. The limitation is that we must retain our servitude to G-d and a higher purpose, not to others. Although a Chazan is technically an employee, his sole mission is to spiritually inspire the community and lead them in prayer. He is therefore still considered to be a servant to G-d, regardless of his contract term. It would appear that what we do and how we approach our work fundamentally determines the essence of our aspirations and who we are in fact serving. I believe that the juxtaposition of the Eved Ivri to Mt Sinai is therefore very significant. As we enter the ‘real world’ and contend with the stress of making a living and supporting our families, we must honestly scrutinize our aspirations and obligations. Who are we in fact serving? Are we on a trajectory of modern-day slavery? We don’t need to work for Amazon or Walmart to fall into this trap. Are extra hours commuting for a relatively small pay increase worth the lack of face time with our children, and the lost possible investment in our spiritual wellbeing? Are we unwittingly perpetuating a form of servitude to our jobs, only to awaken at retirement and wonder where all that time evaporated? We are offered every Shabbos a day detached from our financial obligations to clarify our life’s direction. With crystal-clear focus, we can indeed smash the yolk of modern-day slavery. The author can be reached at mottyrab@gmail.com


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Hilchos Loshon Hora – Part 7 By Rabbi Dovid Jaffee

This article is adapted from my upcoming sefer,“Shmiras Haloshon in Today’s World”. All halachos mentioned herein are complex and part of a larger framework. The purpose of the article is to raise awareness of these essential halachos. Hence, one should not draw any practical conclusions without first consulting a rav.

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Background We explained in an earlier article that the basic definition of Loshon Hora is information which can cause physical or emotional harm. In the previous article, we added that the Torah does not allow for engaging in derogatory speech, even when no harm will come from the information. Thus, it emerges that it is not considered Loshon Hora when the speaker has no malicious intentions and the words themselves will not have negative repercussions. At times, whether or not the information will cause harm depends on the audience. Some listeners will view the information as negative, whereas others will not. Moreover, there are times when there will be no harm if an individual discovers the information, but there could be damage if it becomes known to the public. Since the speaker cannot control or monitor the spread of the information, it is generally forbidden to relate it, as it may reach the ears of the wrong person. In this article, we will discuss a dispensation which is limited to a situation in which the information will definitely not spread in a way that it causes damage.

The Dispensation According to the Chofetz Chaim, it is permitted to say Loshon Hora when all of the following conditions apply: • The speaker has no intention to degrade the subject. • The speaker knows that the listener will not lose any respect for the subject of the information when he hears it. • The listener is a Torah scholar who is in control of his words and never discloses confidential information. When these three conditions are met, no embarrassment or harm can come from relating the information. Therefore, relating it is permitted. Even if the subject of the information would prefer that it not be shared, it is not considered Loshon Hora, as no harm can come from it. Application: Ba’alei Teshuva Revealing that Someone is a Ba’al teshuva One contemporary application of this dispensation involves relating that a now-religious individual was formerly not religious, (known today as a ba’al teshuva). It is commonly assumed that it is permissible to relate that one is a ba’al teshuva. However, doing so may be prohibited, as it can cause embarrassment or other damage to the subject of the information. Based on what we have learned, it is only permitted if all three of the aforementioned conditions are met. Note that in some situations, the third condition is not necessary. When the information is said in a way that it is not embarrassing to the ba’al te-

shuva, and it is clear that nobody in the community where the word can get out would lose respect for him, no damage is being caused. In this case, it is irrelevant if the information will get out to others, because no one who discovers the information will view it as negative. Naturally, the dispensation mentioned here to omit the third condition assumes that the ba’al teshuva is not embarrassed by the spread of the information. However, if his past is embarrassing to him, it is forbidden to relate the information to someone who might reveal it to others. Here, it is possible that the ba’al teshuva will discover that people know about his past, and he will suffer emotional pain. (Note that as long as the subject is not embarrassed by it, it may be related even if he prefers that the information is not spread, as mentioned above.) If the Ba’al teshuva Does Not Mind If the ba’al teshuva has made it clear that he truly does not mind if people are aware of his ba’al teshuva status, the prohibition does not apply, regardless of what the listener will think. This is a general rule regarding Loshon Hora, as we will explain in another article. Nonetheless, the information may not be related in a degrading manner even in this case, as that is something that would definitely offend the ba’al teshuva. Known to the Public Another mitigating factor may help explain why it is common practice to relate that an individual is a ba’al teshuva. In a future article we will explain that under certain conditions there is no prohibition to relate

something already known to the public at large). In many situations, it can already be well known that an individual is a ba’al teshuva. It may be that the person himself had revealed this information to many friends, that he davens at a shul which is mostly made up of ba’alei teshuva, or that it is clear to those who he comes into contact with that he did not have a yeshiva education. In such a situation, the prohibition is greatly limited. However, consider the scenario of a ba’al teshuva who went to yeshiva at a young age and is fully acclimated to the Torah community. Such a person generally would not want his friends to find out that he is a ba’al teshuva. The information is not well known, and it may embarrass him. In this instance, it is certainly forbidden to reveal that he is a ba’al teshuva, unless all three aforementioned conditions are met. For a Constructive Purpose Even when none of the dispensations apply, it is still permitted to relate that one is a ba’al teshuva when it is for a constructive purpose (known as To’eles). There are numerous reasons why it may be necessary for one to tell another that an individual is a ba’al teshuva. For instance, the listener may need to know that the ba’al teshuva is sensitive to certain topics of discussion, or will need extra guidance in the performance of specific mitzvos. However, applying the dispensation of To’eles is complex, and a halachic authority should always be consulted.


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s I write, our teenagers are engaged in midterms and the younger ones are chomping for a break. All are hanging onto the sliver of the proverbial sunrise on the horizon called winter break or Yeshiva Vacation Week. Jerusalem. Miami. Vail. Acapulco. St. Moritz. No matter the continent, whether it’s warm or cold or you’re staying home, you need to prepare to assure a win-win. Here is some “doctor stuff” to share. Warm or cold, think “sunblock” or “sunscreen.” This is needed, whether you are in a pool, playing tennis, skiing down a slope, snowboarding or ice skating. You will be coming face-to-face with the sun in almost any setting possible. Smear your face and all exposed skin with sunscreen. Of course, avoid the eye area. It’s easier to think about reaching for the bottle or tube to smear yourself and your loved ones with protection from those ultraviolet rays when you are in a warm climate. Yet the same holds true for the cold climates. The sun’s rays may feel weaker during the winter but, in reality, they are present and stronger than you realize. Smear with sunscreen in whatever setting. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Enjoy being in the sun once you have properly “sunblocked” your

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are learning the hard way as they become older. The need for increased calcium acquisition and storage begins very early in life, especially in the pre-adolescent years. Make sure your children have their well visits, please. Again – an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Next: hydrate, hydrate and hydrate. This means drink water, drink water, drink water. Sports drinks are okay too. Carbonated beverages like sodas should be limited to Shabbos and yom tov. The kids will push back. Nothing new here – and why should you be different? People seem to know to drink in warm climates but I am going to share with you an open secret: you can become dehydrated in the cold weather too. Remember Henry Worsley? He was the British explorer who died crossing Antarctica in 2016 and lost his life. Why? Because he dehydrated. It isn’t always easy to hydrate, especially when you are outdoors in either warm weather or layered in winter clothes. Honestly, you are probably concerned about the need to use a bathroom wearing all those layers. Nevertheless, if you are out in the cold for more than two hours, the cold combined with heavy clothing and high-intensity exercising like skiing or snowboarding can

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Angels Stadium in nearby Anaheim –so he could catch a homerun ball. He came up emptyhanded.

2. The L.A. coroner’s office has a gift shop.

8. The Hollywood sign originally said “Hollywoodland.” It was an advertisement for Tinseltown’s latest real estate development.

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When it rains in L.A., it pours. On April 5, 1926, a gorge in the San Gabriel Mountains collected an inch of rain in just one minute.

4. The film industry ended up in L.A. in order to get away from Thomas Edison. Edison – who lived in New Jersey – held most of the country’s film patents. Filmmakers fled westward to avoid Edison’s intellectual property claims. 5.

Santa Monica Pier was originally designed to protect a sewage pipe that dumped treated sewage into the ocean.

Tons of stars are buried in Hollywood’s Forever Cemetery. One of them is Looney Tunes voice actor Mel Blanc, whose gravestone reads, “That’s all folks.”

10. L.A. is home to the largest boulder ever transported – a 340-ton chunk of granite that hit the road in 2012. It took 11 days to move it just 85 miles to its home at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. 11. Los Angeles and San Francisco are getting 2.5 inches closer every year due to their placement on opposite sides of the San Andreas Fault Line.

6. With its 17 million residents, L.A has the second-tomost residents out of any city in the U.S. 7.

In 1996, a Hollywood actor bought 2,615 outfield seats at

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d. Atlanta Falcons

per Bowls, the most of any quarterback. John Ellway appeared in the second-to-most Super Bowls of all quarterbacks. How many Super Bowls did Ellway appear in?

3. How many Super Bowl victories do the Rams have (either in LA or St. Louis) to date? a. 1 b. 2

c. 5

4. This year’s Super Bowl is being played at the $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. How many square feet is the main video screen in the stadium?

d. 3 6. What is the connection between the Patriots cornerback, who wears No. 30, and the Patriots safety, who wears No. 32? a. They are second cousins b. They were roommates when they both played

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Answer to Riddle Me This: He was playing a game of English football (soccer).

3. A – The Rams defeated the Tennessee Titans in Super Bowl 34, after the 1999 season. That game was played in Atlanta, but not at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the one-year-old facility that Super 2. A 1. D – Rams Head Coach Sean McVay just turned 33 years old. In fact, if you combine Coach McVay’s and Ram’s quarterback Jared Goff’s ages (54), they’re still younger than 13 of current head coaches in the league.

6. C – Safety Devin McCourty, who has been with the Patriots for four Super Bowls (not including Superbowl 53), will try to help his identical-twin brother cornerback Jason McCourty win his first Super Bowl with the Patriots 5. C 4. D – Mercedes-Benz Stadium’s main video screen is 63,800 square-feet and measures 58 feet tall and 1,100 feet around Bowl 53 is being played at.


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– Michael Bloomberg when asked during a press conference what he would do with his philanthropic foundation if elected president

If you want to look at a system that’s non-capitalistic, just take a look at what was perhaps the wealthiest country in the world, and today, people are starving to death - it’s called Venezuela. – Ibid. when asked about Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s proposed 70% tax on the wealthy

We have had an overwhelming response. –Spokesman for the Kutztown, Pa., police department after the department asked for volunteers to get drunk in order to help train police officers in sobriety tests

It took a lot off my mind. I couldn’t really sleep either, so I had to take my mind off of stuff and that did the trick.

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-Alec Paul, a student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, explaining why he spent an entire night making 84 snowmen

Guess what? Everything that you own belongs to your mother and your father. Having a phone is not a right.

Personally, I find Farrakhan’s worldview vile. Yet, I think it is possible to be repulsed by his hateful rhetoric about white people, especially Jews, and still appreciate some of the empowerment work that he has done in the black community, including leading the 1995 Million Man March to promote African American family unity. If that is hypocrisy, there is plenty to go around. - Robin Abcarian, in an LA Times article titled, “Can you admire Louis Farrakhan and still advance the cause of women? Maybe so. Life is full of contradictions”

- An Ohio police officer to a 16-year-old girl who called 911 because her father took away her iPhone last week

You are pioneers. The people of Samaria are standing on the frontline of the State of Israel. - Actress and comedian Roseanne Barr during a visit to the West Bank last week

Casey is healthy, smiling, and talking. He said he hung out with a bear for two days. G-d sent him a friend to keep him safe. - From a Facebook post by a relative of a 3-year-old boy who was found after he went missing in a North Carolina forest for three days

I hold Donald Trump responsible for any violence and blood spilled in Venezuela. You are responsible even if you do not show your face and send Pompeo, Pence. Your hands will be full of blood if you take Venezuela to violence. Do not mess with us. Hands off Venezuela! - Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro in a TV address

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I hear she’s become very hostile. Maybe I didn’t return her phone call or something. - President Trump, when asked by the Wall Street Journal about Coulter’s comments

The street was sealed off. CNN was the only media outlet on the side. If I was considered dangerous, which is the only way that you can justify this, why would the FBI allow a CNN camera crew to film the whole thing? If I were dangerous, they would have cleared all media, all civilians from the street. The street was sealed with…yellow police tape. So the way I put it was: I was arrested yesterday by CNN and they brought a few FBI agents with them.

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If [Trump] had his way, we’d wind up in a very bad state in this country. I mean, the way I understand it, they laughed at Hitler. They all look funny. Hitler looked funny, Mussolini looked funny and other dictators and despots look funny. - Actor Robert De Niro in a recent interview with The Guardian

In the beautiful Midwest, windchill temperatures are reaching minus 60 degrees, the coldest ever recorded. In coming days, expected to get even colder. People can’t last outside even for minutes. What [in the world] is going on with Global Waming [sic]? Please come back fast, we need you! – Tweet by President Trump this week

His ubiquitous Starbucks venues would give us something concrete to boycott should Schultz decide to launch a narcissistic spoiler campaign for president. – Lawrence Tribe, liberal law professor, noting a way to protest against former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz if he decides to run for president as an Independent

Yep! Go to http://ProtestHoward.com and find which day he will be in your city for his “book tour” and come out to protest. Pass along to friends, too. – Tweet by a former Hillary Clinton aide, calling for protests against Howard Schultz

More ways to #BoycottStarbucks: 1. Delete the Starbucks app. 2. Tell friends and family not to buy you Starbucks gift cards, urge them to boycott. 3. Don’t spend newer gift cards, but do find cards older than 5 years and spend them. It screws up their liability accounting. – Tweet by a Democrat activist

Flights in and out of Newark Airport were delayed yesterday when a small drone was spotted flying near the airport. Then United Airlines said, “Actually that’s our new Basic Economy class.” - Jimmy Fallon

We believe we will offer in a year’s time a complete cure for cancer. - Dan Aridor, CEO of Israeli biotech company Accelerated Evolution Biotechnologies Ltd (AEBi)

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I got a call that the winning ticket was sold at the store where I buy my tickets. I went to the store and gave the ticket to the clerk to check. He scanned it and said, “Congratulations.” I needed to see it for myself, so I scanned and saw it read, “BIG WINNER.”

I encourage you to commit to using English 100% of the time.

- David Johnson, 65, a truck driver from Brooklyn, describing what happened when he won last month’s $29.3 million Powerball jackpot

-Duke professor Megan Neely, in an email to international students, warning Chinese students against communicating in their native language, resulting in outrage which caused her to be fired

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I just went out with Suri for the second time. Her entire family was sitting around the living room when I showed up to pick her up. I was encouraged to take a seat, and we all sat around for a while schmoozing. It was very nice and comfortable, and her siblings are all very outgoing and all participated in the conversation.

Suri has an older sister – by 15 months – who is single and was part of the discussion. I found myself very drawn to her sister. Something about her personality, style, looks and overall impression struck me in a very powerful way. When we finally left to go out on our date, I found myself thinking a lot about her sister and about the fact that I found her so much more engaging than Suri. I know this is a crazy letter – I hear it even as I’m writing it. But Suri pales in comparison to her sister. I liked Suri enough on our first date and agreed to go out a second time to see where it could go, but I wasn’t smitten by her the way I’m feeling about her sister. Do I have the right to react this way? And if it’s not totally crazy, what can I possibly do about this? I know now that Suri is not for me, so whether or not I act on my feelings will not make a difference in terms of me going out with Suri again. Maybe the lesson I was supposed to take from this is that there are women out there who bring out more in me, but I nevertheless am curious to know if I need to just walk away or if I can find a way to go out with Suri’s sister.

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The Panel The Rebbetzin Rebbetzin Faigie Horowitz, M.S. am going to respond the way I did previously to a similar query. You can tell the shadchan or person that fixed you up with Suri that you would be interested in dating her sister in the future. You need to give this some time before this is acted upon, however. It may not feel comfortable for either of them but the person in between can feel out the situation for a future date. It’s common for girls to recommend a guy for their sister(s) after dating and for it to work out. But in this case, if the girl doesn’t do it, the shadchan may be able to do so after a while. Be respectful and sensitive but you can try to arrange for a date in the fu-

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ture. One final thing: your language is rather striking. “You were smitten…” Being drawn to someone and being engaged by her is OK. Being smitten from a brief conversation in the living room sounds dramatic. Ask yourself why. What is it about her? What qualities did you see beyond looks? What does this say about you? What are your criteria for a relationship beyond externals?

The Mother Sarah Schwartz Schreiber, P.A. ell me something. When you walked into Suri’s house was someone frying flounder? ‘Cuz I’m smelling

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something fishy in that living room. Why would this oh-so-happy-family expose you to the gantze mishpacha on Suri’s Date Number Two? Were they deliberately looking to confuse you by introducing you to the “older,” more vivacious sister? It’s called the old “bait and switch,” a ploy made famous by our great-great-great-grandfather, Lavan. Hopefully, you may not be asked to wait seven years, still, if you are sincerely interested in Suri’s sister (hereon referred to as Vivacious Sister), I suggest you wait a while (a few weeks to a couple of months) before you proceed to ask the same shadchan to set you up. By then, Suri may have recovered from your rejection; although, frankly, she may have felt as lukewarm about you – considering you were obsessing over her prettier, more personable sibling. She may have sensed your distraction

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may have been the family’s objective in the first place. Hmmm, now I’m confused…

The Shadchan Michelle Mond ou sound like a mature, self-aware young man who has involuntarily entered a sticky situation. Whether placing you in the situation – sitting around and speaking with the whole family – was the right thing is a matter of discussion, but it wasn’t a decision you made. However, you have to deal with the aftermath! The good news is, as you were aware, this might be a blessing in disguise. Now that you’ve answered the question of whether you and Suri are

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right for each other (whether your attraction toward Big Sister played a role is irrelevant), it is perfectly reasonable to give it a few weeks, approach the shadchan who originally set you up with Suri, and fully explain the situation. There is no reason to feel guilty; remember, you are on a quest to find your zivug. If you think you and Big Sis were meant for each other, then there’s only one way to find out. Being involved in shidduchim has shown me time and time again that the hashgacha pratis involved has no bounds! This could just be one of those “crazy” stories that actually works out. Realize that the shidduch process is a journey. By the time you meet your zivug, every date you will have gone on will have taught you indelible lessons that will have brought you closer to your bashert. The above events helped

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clarify the type of personality you feel drawn to in a potential wife. Hatzlacha!

The Single Tova Wein n the surface, your story sounds a bit off, in some inexplicable way. My immediate reaction is to feel sorry for Suri, to resent her parents for allowing you to cozy up to her sister, and to think of you in unflattering terms. But upon closer observation and a more logical thought process, I understand that we can’t stop our feelings and, in fact, we should listen to our hearts. With or without meeting Suri’s older sister, it sounds as though it was just a matter of time until you realized that you and Suri had no chemistry and no reason to continue dating after one or two more dates. So clearly there is no future for the two of you. Regarding her sister, there is no reason not to pursue the

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possibility of being set up with her in a respectful amount of time, and it will depend greatly on how both Suri’s parents and her sister react to your request. They may find it odd or perhaps be open-minded to a not-so-typical situation. But it’s certainly worth pursuing. Maybe her sister seems so appealing because in the moment she was the forbidden fruit or maybe there was something special in how the two of you connected. But you’ll never get a shot at possibly knowing if you don’t at least try.

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’m putting my dating coach hat on for this one. Therapist hat is tossed. No, you’re not a bad guy. You’re human. Unless you told me that this happens all the time and you enjoy dating the sisters of the women you have dated, I have no reason to suspect you are a “bad guy.” If anything, writing in and asking the question shows me that you are torn. You have feelings. You have a conscience. You’re a good guy! This situation must be approached with extreme sensitivity. Suri and the woman you are interested in are sisters. They may be close, or they may be competitive, or they may be both. Even if Suri will be happy for her sister, there will be a feeling of disappointment that it isn’t her. That’s just human nature.

I agree w ith Sarah Schwar tz Schreiber in that I, too, feel as though something fishy may have been going on when they had their other daughter present for the meeting. There are other alternatives that include optimism or naivete. I feel pretty conflicted about sharing the following analogy, but here I go. Have you ever gone into an ice cream shop wanting a scoop of delicious cookies ‘n cream but then you get there and you see the brownie a la mode? And now you’re not so sure. Why put out the delicious Brownies a la Mode when it’s time for the delightful Cookies ‘n Cream to shine? I’m

not comparing women to ice cream. If you were a woman writing in about two brothers, the same analogy would apply. Regardless of why she was there, she was. And you like her. You can’t stop thinking about her. Your first step is to speak with the shadchan and tell him/her the situation. Make it very clear that Suri is a lovely young woman but you don’t feel the connection. I recommend taking our shadchan’s advice about how to proceed in your quest to date Suri’s sister. Approach the eventual conversation humbly and modestly. You may even want to tell her about your discomfort pursuing this. This will highlight your awareness and will signal to the family that you are not a “bad guy,” but a good guy with a conscience. Ask if the family would be open to you dating their other daugh-

ter. Tell her that everyone’s comfort level is of paramount importance to you. Understand though, that sometimes family dynamics are complicated, so they may not give you the green light. I hope the family allows the date to happen! All the best, Jennifer Esther Mann, LCSW and Jennifer Mann, LCSW are licensed psychotherapists and dating and relationship coaches working with individuals, couples and families in private practice in Hewlett, NY. To set up a consultation or to ask questions, please call 516.224.7779. Press 1 for Esther, 2 for Jennifer. Visit www.thenavidaters.com for more information. If you would like to submit a dating or relationship question to the panel anonymously, please email thenavidaters@gmail.com. You can follow The Navidaters on FB and Instagram for dating and relationship advice.


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Robert Kraft A Story of Brady, Belichick and Israel By Susan Schwamm

s America gears up for another Super Bowl, viewers will once again either smile or look chagrined at the sight of the ageless 41-year-old quarterback Tom Brady and his hoodie-wearing genius head coach on the sidelines, Bill Belichik. It seems like this duo has some secret recipe that nobody else can seem to figure out. “This year, they are too injured,” “now they are too old, “they no longer have a deep threat” are common refrains amongst sports aficionados early in the season, and yet Brady and Belichick prove them wrong time and time again. Even when they are defeated in the Super Bowl, it often requires last minute heroics by the opposing team, such as catching the ball with a helmet, to win over Brady and his team. A common sight in the last minute of the Super Bowl featuring the Patriots is when the camera pans up to a booth way above the stadium. In the booth sits an older gentleman with a pristine white shirt, a solid colored tie, a deep suntan and a large smile – on the brink of another ring. That man, Robert Kraft, may be the secret to this dynasty’s success. You see, Kraft is the chef who came up with this victorious recipe. Kraft, who is Jewish and went to Hebrew school, purchased the Patriots two decades ago for a then-record price of $172 million. Before Kraft purchased the Patriots, the team was in disarray and bounced around to different owners. In the five seasons before

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Kraft purchased the team, the Patriots were 19-61. Since Kraft took over, the Patriots have won 18 division titles, nine conference crowns and five Super Bowl championships. Today, the Patriots are the sixth most valuable sports franchise in the world and are worth an estimated $3.8 billion, according to Forbes. The two now-obvious picks which turned around the Patriots are Brady and Belichick. But when Kraft made the decision to choose these two, they were far from obvious. Brady, who is now considered by many to be the best quarterback in the history of the NFL, was chosen by the Patriots in the 6th round of the 2000 NFL draft. Today, Brady is the only player from that draft who is still playing for the team that drafted him. And today he is no longer the scrawny kid who was passed over 198 times before finally being picked, but a future first-ballot Hall of Famer who holds the record with 207 regular season wins. Kraft often reminisces about his first encounter with Tom Brady after picking him. “I still have the image of Tom Brady coming down the old Foxboro Stadium steps with that pizza box under his arm, a skinny beanpole,” Kraft often quips verbatim. “When he introduced himself and said, ‘Hi, Mr. Kraft,’ and he was about to say who he was, and I [said], ‘I know who you are, Tom Brady, you’re our sixth-round draft choice.’ And he looked me in the eye and said, ‘And I’m the best decision this organization has ever made.’” After repeating that story, Kraft inevitably adds that Brady is, in fact, the greatest of

all time. When asked about the story in a recent interview, Brady laughed and said, “I’m not sure I said it like that — we dispute that all the time. I think I said, ‘I don’t think you’ll ever regret picking me’ but he remembers it differently.” Despite their divergent recollections of their initial encounters, Brady considers Kraft “like a second father.” In 2018 he told a sports interviewer about Kraft that “he’s been part of so many important events in my life… I love him like a dad.” Whereas not much thought was given at the time to the sixth-round draft pick, Kraft’s choice of Bill Belichik as head coach in 2000 was more questionable. Although he had been in various coaching positions in the NFL since 1979, Belichik’s only real stint as a head coach was not very impressive – from 1991 to 1995 he led the Cleveland Browns to a subpar record of 36-44, with only one winning season. Even more, Belichik had accepted the job as the head coach of the Jets and quit that job one day into it, resulting in the New York press referring to him as “Belichicken” and “Belichick Arnold.” The NFL even ruled that Belichick had breached his contract with the Jets by quitting and prohibited him from coaching in 2000 without the Jets’ consent or compensation. Kraft reached an agreement with the Jets to allow Belichik to take the New England head coaching job in return for New England’s first-round pick the following year and several later round picks over the following years. Within two years of these picks made by Kraft,


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“Myra was completely in love with the country. Every stone, every rock, every tree. And she knew all their names.”

taken upon themselves. But it’s not just teenagers whom they bring to visit the Holy Land. The Krafts have helped to bring myriad people to Israel, including NFL players who have only read or heard about the Holy Land in the Bible. Barry Shrage, who was the president of Boston’s Combined Jewish Philanthropies, recalled Myra and Robert’s love for the Holy Land to the Times of Israel. “Robert loves taking people to Israel,” Shrage told the outlet. “Myra was completely in love with the country. Every stone, every rock, every tree. And she knew all their names. “It was a way for her to express her intense feeling of love for the country. It was very important to her… She really was a beautiful person.” Myra would take groups of participants to tour the land, even bringing hundreds during the Second Intifada, when many tourists would have stayed away. She would implore local storeowners to keep their stores open late so she could bring groups to their shops to help support the struggling businesses. Myra was also influential in the plight of Ethiopian Jews, helping to bring them to the Jewish State and chastising politicians who she felt were not working hard enough on their behalf. The Krafts are credited with supporting American-style football in Israel. Aside for building the $6 million Kraft Family Sports Campus in Jerusalem, which has two soccer fields and a football field (and is located off of “Kvish Achad [Road 1], much as Gillette Stadium, where the Patriots play, is located off of Route 1), Robert Kraft has donated tens of millions of dollars towards Israeli and Jewish causes. He also sees it as his mission to change the way the world views Israel. To that end, he has arranged several missions to Israel with NFL Hall of Famers. “I was on a trip to Canton, Ohio, and I visited the Hall of Fame. I thought to myself that these people are like modern gladiators; people in America worship them. They have the same value as a year’s worth

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t the 2017 ribbon cutting ceremony at the Kraft Family Sports Campus in Jerusalem, Kraft noted, “My late, darling wife, Myra, always used to tell me that until I start building football in Israel, I would not win anything with Patriots.” He added, “That happened in late 1999, and we won our first Super Bowl in 2001. Now we have five championships, and I can’t ignore the connection between our continuing to support development in Israel and our great accomplishments.” Myra, who passed away in 2011 from cancer, was resolute about supporting charities. Her heart was connected to causes that promoted Jewish causes and helped raise the esteem of Israel in the world’s eyes. According to the Boston Globe, “So involved was Mrs. Kraft in philanthropy that perhaps her biggest worry when her husband bought the Patriots in 1994 was that the large sums of money spent and borrowed would curtail their giving. He assured her they wouldn’t.” Robert, it seems, continues to keep his promise. Myra’s love for Israel started at a young age. Her father, Jacob Hiatt, escaped the Holocaust by emigrating from Lithuania to the United States in the mid-1930s. He lost his parents, brother, and sisters in the concentration camps. When Myra was 5 years old, in 1948, her father visited the DP camps in Europe and then traveled to Israel, which was on the cusp of becoming a state.

Young Myra wanted to help him in supporting the Jewish state-to-be at home in Worcester. “One morning I got up, took a bag, and decided to go out to the neighborhood to raise money for the poor children in Europe and Palestine,” she told the Jerusalem Post in 2008. “I went door to door. My mother was getting frantic because I was late and she had no idea where I was. I came in dragging this sack of money.” By the time Robert purchased the Patriots, Myra was supporting philanthropic causes in the millions

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the New England Patriots won their first-ever Super Bowl. Over the next 15 years, they appeared in seven other Super Bowls and won four of them. Next Sunday, they will once again play for the Lombardi Trophy. But, according to Kraft, there is more to victory than just Brady and Belichik. There is also Israel.


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60 of public diplomacy [for Israel],” he told Israel Hayom. Ahead of his 2015 trip with nineteen Hall of Famers, Kraft said, “[Myra] and I started doing this a long time ago, taking different people to Israel. We wanted them to see what it really was, not how the media sometimes portrays it.” Former Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson told ESPN.com that Myra invited him and his wife to tour the land when she was sick. “I remember sitting in the training room with her one day; we were both getting treatment, and she invited [my wife] Kirsten and I to Israel with her and Mr. Kraft,” Watson recalled. “I thought she was kidding, but that’s the kind of person she was: so gracious, generous and hospitable. “I specifically remember how comfortable she made us feel. We did not know most of the people on the trip but she went out of her way to introduce us to everyone, like we were her kids, as well as educating us on the many places we visited,” Watson remembered. “I also didn’t realize what a sense of humor she had. She and our tour guide had us rolling.” In 2006, Tom Brady joined Robert on Tom’s first visit to Israel. During the Friday night dinner, which was led by a Chabad rabbi, some members of the group got up to dance. Brady joined in. “He was enormously moved,” said one participant. During that visit, Brady visited an IDF base, where he met soldiers and saw a demonstration of weapons being fired. When asked by soldiers if he would play football with them, Brady responded wryly, “I don’t mix business with pleasure.” Brady, who is not Jewish, keeps a menorah in his Brookline home. His trip with Kraft seems to have been inspirational. During his 2015 trip to Israel, Robert told the crowd the impetus behind his urge to share the Holy Land with others. “I grew up in a traditional family,” he said. “I put on tefillin when I was young. My first trip to Israel was in 1963, for my honeymoon, and I remember how angry I was when I looked out the balcony at the King David Hotel and saw armed Jorda-

nian soldiers keeping me from visiting the holy sites.” After the 2015 trip, former Viking Paul Krause, who retired in 1979 and still owns the NFL record for career interceptions, recalled an experience he had on the expedition. “We were signing autographs one night and this older guy came up to me and says, ‘So, you’re the one who has 81 interceptions?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I’m very proud of that.’ He says, ‘Well, I want to tell you something. I have 1,700 interceptions.’” Krause explained, “He was the guy who invented the Iron Dome, which protects Israel from missiles. He’s got 1,700 hits on missiles coming into Jerusalem. I told him, ‘Your 1,700 interceptions are a heck of a lot more useful than my 81.’” In 2017, Kraft took another group of Hall of Famers, including Jim Brown, Marshall Faulk, Gerome Bettis, Joe Montana, John Stallworth and Roger Staubach, to the Holy Land. After the trip, Bettis, AKA “The Bus,” reflected on his trip and said, “One thing that was resounding was the resolve of the Jewish people.” The Pittsburgh Steelers iconic halfback added, “The message that you get – outside of the things that happened in each person’s individual life – was their love with the state of Israel, their country. But also the understanding that they were a people who were bashed and beaten, and they were able to rise and overcome it. You get that message with every single person you meet.” The 2017 trip was filmed by NFL Films and aired on the NFL Network, titled, “NFL Films Presents: Touchdown in Israel.” Keith Crossrow, an NFL Films producer, expressed that “this is one of the most rewarding films we’ve ever done.” In the film, Kraft can be seen choking up, “Everywhere I go, I see my wife [Myra] here.” The emotional connection to the land wasn’t just felt by Kraft on the trip. Crossrow noted, “All 18 NFL legends had such personal, emotional reflections of their experience on that last night. They also talked about their lives. I hope the six minutes [of that dinner] we showed gives viewers an idea of how remarkable the dinner

A light exchange between Prime Minister Netanyahu and Robert Kraft in 2012

Inaugurating Israel’s first full-size American football field with NFL “Gold Jackets” in 2017

was. What Mr. Kraft did was give something back to players that have meant so much to the NFL. He gave them a life-changing experience. “It was truly a mitzvah.” ast week, Kraft was awarded Israel’s 2019 Genesis Prize, known as the “Jewish Nobel Prize,” in recognition of his philanthropy and commitment to combatting anti-Semitism. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to present Kraft with the award in Jerusalem in June. “This award amplifies my ability to raise both awareness and additional funds to fight anti-Semitism, attempts to de-legitimize Israel and other forms of prejudices,” Kraft said, upon the announcement that he won the honor. At the age of 77, Robert Kraft’s mission to help Israel is ever-present. At the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Kraft Family Sports Campus in Jerusalem, which was attended by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Kraft began his speech by saying: “Shalom chaverim. It is an honor to be here in Jerusalem, the holy city, the center of spirituality for all of the nation of Israel. When I reached the age of bar mitzvah, I got a pair of tefillin from my father, of blessed memory. Every morning I would put them on and say the Amida while facing the direction of Jerusalem and dreamed of the day when I could visit Jerusalem and pray at the Kotel. “Today, I have the privilege and honor of standing here before you, and I continue to thank G-d that I have the ability, with my family, to help in the building of Jerusalem and with G-d’s help to continue to do so in the future.” Win or lose this Sunday, Robert Kraft is a winner on and off the field. The uniqueness of the recipe of his team’s success rivals any spice one may find at the Machane Yehuda shuk. For Patriots fans, hopefully that recipe will cook up something good next Sunday…and beyond.

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Addiction is in the Brain By Rabbi Azriel Hauptman Addiction is a malady that affects many segments of society and our community. People who do not suffer from an addiction often wonder why the addict can’t just stop. Can’t he see that he is destroying his life and the lives of his family? Addiction cannot be understood unless we understand the brain mechanism behind it. We will try to explain it in simple English. The brain has a “reward system” that is pivotal to our survival. This system identifies “rewards” and then triggers a cycle of desire and pleasure in order to achieve it. For example, food offers a reward which is survival as we cannot live without food. In order to achieve that reward, our brain makes us feel strong feelings of desire for the food and a sense of pleasure after ingesting it. There are two different types of

rewards. There are primary rewards which are necessary for our survival or that of our family. There are also secondary rewards which are rewards that offer us pleasure but are not essential for our existence. This would include anything from taking a nature walk to having a nice time with your friends. The primary rewards elicit very powerful feelings of desire and pleasure since it is crucial that these rewards are achieved. Secondary rewards do not carry the same level of desire and pleasure since understandably it is not the end of the world if these rewards are not attained. What happens when your brain becomes confused and misidentifies a secondary reward as a primary reward? You have an addiction. Let us first use food to illustrate this point since it is somewhat easier to understand. When one has a shortage of

food, then food represents survival. It is understandable that the brain will generate strong feelings of desire and pleasure to compel the person to get food. When one consistently overeats, the brain does not know that the ingested food was “extra”. If the person is eating this much food it must be for survival since food generally is for survival. With the reward system of the brain compromised, the person can feel an urge to eat that is as strong as someone who is truly suffering from food shortage. Now let us move into substances. Addictive substances offer a person very powerful sensations of pleasure, euphoria, and bliss. When one is in that state, all of his problems feel as if they have disappeared. In reality, nothing has changed but that is the feeling one can experience when under the influence of these substances.

The reward system of the brain is not working with intelligence and here too the brain can be tricked into thinking that this substance truly solves all of your problems. What can be more critical and essential than that?! Your reward system has found the solution to all of your trials and tribulations! With your reward system now believing that this substance is as important to your survival as water in the Sahara desert, we now have a bona fide addiction. This is what we mean when we say that addictions are a disorder of the brain. This is a service of Relief Resources. Relief is an organization that provides mental health referrals, education, and support to the frum community. Rabbi Yisrael Slansky is director of the Baltimore branch of Relief. He can be contacted at 410-448-8356 or at yslansky@reliefhelp.org

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Dirshu Siyumim at Homes of Senior Gedolei Yisrael of Eretz Yisrael in Dirshu’s Daf HaYomi B’Halacha Program By Chaim Gold

True achdus is forged only through Torah. This wonderful ideal was apparent earlier this month when Gedolei Yisrael from across the spectrum Sephardic, Chassidish and Litvish - all held special siyumim in their respective homes. In each home, there was a siyum on Chelek Gimmel of Mishnah Berurah that covers hilchos Shabbos, as well as a haschala, a beginning of Chelek Daled on Masechta Eruvin. Siyumim were held at the homes of Sar HaTorah, HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky, shlita, Rosh Yeshiva of Ponovezh, HaGaon HaRav Gershon Edelstein, shlita, Rosh Yeshivat Porat Yosef, HaGaon HaRav Shalom Cohen, shlita, the Sanzer Rebbe, shlita, the Rachmastrivka Rebbe, shlita and at the home of HaGaon HaRav Aviezer Piltz, shlita, Rosh Yeshivas Tifrach. “A Person Will be Taken Out of Gehinnom from the Minute He Begins Learning Hilchos Shabbos!” The first siyum was held at the home of the Sar HaTorah, HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky, shlita. Despite the fact that every second is so precious to Rav Chaim, he agreed to sacrifice a significant amount of time to give chizuk to the tens of thousands of lomdei Dirshu who have recently begun learning hilchos Eruvin Rav Mann related that Rav Chaim told him to relay the following message: “Shabbos Kodesh is the foundation of our nation, the foundation of Torah. Throughout the ages, Yidden have given up their lives to keep Shabbos and to preserve the honor of Shabbos. The Chofetz Chaim writes that it is impossible to keep Shabbos without learning the halachos of Shabbos. Aside from the mitzvah of learning Torah, when one learns hilchos Shabbos, the learning itself is shemiras Shabbos.” “The second thing,” Rav Chaim added, “is that learning about a mitzvah gives taam to the mitzvah. When

throughout the world. We a person learns hilchos feel a tremendous zechus Shabbos, Shabbos itself to be able to connect with has a different taam. You the Chofetz Chaim, with taste the Shabbos. What his halachos and the lesdo you taste on Shabbos sons that he taught and - cholent?! Certainly, the continues to teach!” taste of cholent is also a Bringing Ideas from good thing and a mitzvah, Concept to Action but the main thing is that The Rachmastrivka when you learn hilchos Rebbe was preceded by Shabbos you taste the taste Rav Yisroel Berzovsky, a of Shabbos!” son of the Slonimer RebThe siyum on hilchos HaRav Chaim Kanievsky reviewing the Dirshu Bechinos Luach be, shlita, who serves as Shabbos was made by Rav a Rav in Beitar and is also Shmuel Eliezer Stern, shia Daf HaYomi B’Halata, Rav of Western Bnei cha maggid shiur. Rav Brak, and one of the prime Berzovsky asked, “What talmidim of the Shevet Hadid Dirshu do that is so levi, Rav Shmuel Wosner, significant? Many people zt”l. have good ideas to proRav Sariel Rosenberg, mote limud haTorah. What son-in-law of Rav Nissim Dirshu has done is bring Karelitz, a dayan on Rav ideas from concept into Nissim’s bais din and a action! They established Daf HaYomi B’Halacha hundreds of shiurim all maggid shiur, was honored over the world, they pubwith beginning Chelek lished a Mishnah Berurah Daled. Rav Dovid Hofstedter speaking at the siyum in the home of the Rachmastrivka Rebbe that is not only easy and The Ongoing Impact ‘Mitzrayim was in heavy mourning.’ geshmak to learn from, but of the Chofetz Chaim Rav Dovid Hofstedter, Nasi of Dir- The reason is that Yaakov’s presence that has piskei din of countless later shu, closed the event at Rav Chaim’s brought with it a tremendous econom- poskim that draws the learner into the home by thanking the Gedolim and ic boon for the Egyptians. The famine material. It makes you want to learn, it the lomdim for giving so much chizuk stopped with his arrival, and the peo- makes you want to be part of it. That ple experienced tremendous prosperi- is what Dirshu has done. It makes you to him and the wider Dirshu family. He then quoted Rav Avigdor Mill- ty as a result. Thus they cried for the want to join the crowd and be part of er, zt”l, who recalled being in Slabod- material loss that they sustained with Dirshu, take the tests and know it.” Perhaps Rav Chaim Kanievsky’s ka at the time when the Chofetz Chaim his passing. The bnei Yisrael, howevpassed away. Rav Miller said, ‘There er, still felt Yaakov’s hashpaah even bracha best encapsulated the uniquewere hespedim in the yeshiva. Peo- after his passing. Thus, if a person has ness of the event. Rav Mann related ple cried. Nevertheless, the hespedim never died, then the hesped is not full that Rav Chaim said, “Torah gives were not in accordance with the lev- of mourning because he is still with chaim and bracha. Shabbos Kodesh el of greatness of the Chofetz Chaim. us. In a certain sense, this is the feel- gives life and bracha. Shabbos is the Why?’ Perhaps,” Rav Hofstedter said, ing we have about the Chofetz Chaim. source of all bracha. With regard to “We can explain that when a person He is still with us! His hashpaah be- Shabbos, we say in davening, ‘those is not considered dead, we don’t real- comes greater and greater every day. who taste it, merit life.’ Dirshu has ize how much he is missing from us, We see how the Chofetz Chaim’s im- merited to spread the learning of because he is in essence still with us. pact is above and beyond the realm of hilchos Shabbos in such a remarkable Chazal tell us, ‘Yaakov Avinu did not nature. His seforim are learned more way, they will certainly merit all of the die.’ On the other hand, the passuk tells and more and his lessons are inter- brachos of chaim, life and hatzlacha!” us that when Yaakov Avinu was niftar nalized more and more by people


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self-employment tax on every dime of it. On the bright side, that’s $21,836 that gets credited to your Social Security account. Of course, that won’t mean much if you don’t believe Social Security will still be there for you when you retire. (Rule of thumb: if you’re young enough to have tattoos, don’t count on it.) Now, if you elect to be taxed as

much of a puzzle, right? But consider this: if you want to hire your minor kids to shift income to their lower bracket, now they’ll owe FICA they wouldn’t have owed if you were still a sole proprietor. Oh, and now you can’t use that corporation to cover yourself under a medical expense reimbursement plan. But wait, there’s a workaround to that problem.

“The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that still carries any reward.”

an S corporation, and the reasonable compensation for the work you do is $100,000, you could save yourself a sweet $6535 in tax. It’s even sweeter than contributing to a retirement plan or buying new equipment for your business because you aren’t spending anything to get a deduction. You’re just paying employment tax on less income. That doesn’t sound like

You can just buy a high-deductible health plan and establish a health savings account. Or maybe you could establish another proprietorship, or C corporation, and pay MERP benefits from that business. Having fun yet? Of course, now your “covered comp” for determining retirement plan contributions will be based on the salary only, not your

whole income. If you’re used to maximizing a SEP contribution, you’ll find yourself saving a whole lot less with the S corp. Aren’t puzzles great? Now, at that point, you could switch from the SEP to a solo or safe harbor 401k, perhaps with a cross-tested profit-sharing contribution. You could even look at a defined benefit pension plan. (Yes, it’s the Studebaker of retirement plans, but sometimes it’s the right answer). But that raises the question whether you belong in a traditional qualified plan at all — or whether you’re better off with a Roth or insurance-based plan. All of a sudden, that National Puzzle Day that sounded so much fun about seven paragraphs ago is starting to look about as fun as a root canal, right? Don’t worry. When it comes to organizing your business, or any other tax challenge, we’re here to find the best solution. We really like these puzzles, and nobody does it better! Allan J Rolnick is a CPA who has been in practice for over 30 years in Queens, NY. He welcomes your comments and can be reached at 718-896-8715 or at allanjrcpa@aol.com.

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ere we go again! Or is it that we don’t go again? Or where to go again? School vacation is in the air. And parents and kids are struggling once more with how to fill that free time. What are the choices? Get away?! Do day trips?! Stay home and kvetch that there’s nothing to do? Every kid needs a break. But how to spend that time is a real challenge. If you’re a ski family, you’ve sort of got it made. No family member really ages out of this sport. And then you just throw on seven hundred layers of clothes. Plus a helmet, goggles, klutzy shoes, massive gloves, robbery-ready facemask, and assorted body warmers and you’re good to go clunking along. Shlep, shvitz, shoe plant, and you’re ready to add the skis to the base of the getup. Then it’s off to the top of the world with the winds blowing at your back or assaulting your face. And then, swoosh, you’re off the lift, ready for the euphoric trip down the mountain racing and traversing all the way or alternatively winging it with intervals of flopping into the icy snow. Either way, you’re doing your thing and enjoying the great outdoors.

And then comes the end of the ski day, and once again it is shlep, shvitz, shoe plant, but this time it’s soothed with hot chocolate in hand and you’re feeling quite accomplished and spent. Any activity you do after that, even just making it to the nearest couch, makes you feel like a major hero. You’ve given it 100% all day, so even if you don’t move a muscle

pears on you, what’s your alternative plan? Miami is always a first thought. It’s not that far and it’s a far cry from the cold! Aside from swimming and sunbathing, there’s not a ton to do, though. But if enough friends are there you can walk back and forth and back and forth from hotel to hotel and already you’ve got half your day planned.

If you’re willing to be out in the middle of nowhere, with not a sliver of land in sight, you’ve earned every fun activity they provide. Bless you.

again till tomorrow you feel you’ve truly earned your vacation. Then there’s the other vacation option: off to sunny weather somewhere. This creates a more complicated scenario. Where is the sunshine guaranteed, and if it disap-

There is, of course, some jet skiing, motor boating, parrot jungling, monkey jungling, and a few more enthralling spots. But the biggest draw seems to be Lincoln Road. Probably because everyone finds something to keep them busy there. Shop, eat, or

snack… I guess there must be something to that ‘cause you meet everyone there! So that kind of covers Miami… Of course, some people opt for a cruise. And that has tons of variety and tons to do. And I say you totally deserve that! If you’re willing to be out in the middle of nowhere, with not a sliver of land in sight, you’ve earned every fun activity they provide. Bless you. Home is always an option. But it’s a risky choice. Every day, you may hear a harmony of I’m bored blended with what are we doing today. But I have heard that in Florida too, and that’s after spending plenty on the trip. So, home can have its benefits too. I guess that’s why we opted for skiing for so many years. The kids’ lips got so frozen together they couldn’t move them to complain! So, wherever you go and whatever you do on your school break, just remember: these are the good times! Enjoy them and embrace them! Rivki Rosenwald is a certified relationship counselor, and career and life coach. She can be contacted at 917-7052004 or rivki@rosenwalds.com.


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In The K

By Naomi Nachman

It’s Super Bowl time – when America holds its breath for three hours while this iconic game is played.

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Much of the Super Bowl hype has become focused on the food served while watching the game. Besides the oversized sandwiches that have become an integral part of Super Bowl fare, as a host you might also want to add a soup bar. People can choose their own soups and add assorted toppings, such as croutons, soups nuts, terra chips, roasted chickpeas, and crunchy onions. I’m sharing two hearty soups for you to try this Sunday, plus a much lighter soup.

Meat and Cabbage Soup Meat • Yields 10 servings • Freezer friendly Ingredients

Preparation In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, sear flanken on each side for 2-3 minutes, until meat releases from the pot. Crush tomatoes lightly in your hand; then add the tomatoes and their liquid to pot. Add the apple, sugar, lemon juice, water, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce to a simmer. Cook for about two hours, until meat is tender. Remove meat from soup. Discard bones; shred meat into bite-size pieces. Return the meat to the soup and re-boil to warm the meat again. Add salt and pepper to taste, as needed.

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2 pounds flanken 2 (28-oz) cans whole tomatoes with their liquid 1 (14-oz) bag shredded cabbage, or 1 head cabbage, shredded 1 granny smith apple, diced ¼ cup brown sugar ½ cup lemon juice 4 cups water 1 teaspoon kosher salt ¼ teaspoon black pepper


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Strawberry Shortcake What You Will Need: 7 eggs- separated 1 cup sugar- divided juice of 1 lemon ½ cup potato starch

¼ cup cake meal 16 oz. Rich Whip- defrosted 1 quart strawberries, cleaned 3 Tbl. sugar Preperation:

1. Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees.

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2. To make cake: Beat egg whites until foamy. continue to beat until stiff. Set aside.

Add ¼ cup sugar, and

3. In another bowl, beat yolks for 2 minutes. Add ¾ cup of sugar, and continue to beat until light and golden. Add lemon juice, potato starch, and cake meal. When incorporated, slowly add stiffly beaten egg whites. Pour into ungreased 10 inch tube pan. Bake in pre-heated oven for 30 minutes. Increase heat to 325 degrees and bake for 15 minutes more. When medium brown, remove from oven and invert onto table until completely cooled. 4. To make filling, cut cake in half through diameter. Beat Rich Whip and add 3 Tbl sugar, and beat until stiff and glossy. Put ½ of the whipped cream into another bowl. Cut up ½ of the strawberries and add to the whipped cream in the bowl. Smear the strawberry-cream mixture onto the bottom layer of the cake. Place top layer over cream mixture, and spread rest of whipped cream on top. Decorate with the remaining strawberries, as shown. Enjoy!


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