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Around the Community . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Community Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

JEWISH THOUGHT Rabbi Zvi Teichman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Rabbi Motty Rabinowitz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

PEOPLE 613 Seconds with Leah Asher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

FEATURE Is the IDF Prepared for War? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

HUMOR & ENTERTAINMENT Notable Quotes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Centerfold. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

JEWISH LIFE Political Crossfire. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Dating Dialogue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Health and Fitness. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Mental Health Corner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Business Smarts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Your Money. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Gluten Free Recipe Column. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Life Coach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71

NEWS Israel News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 National News. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 That’s Odd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Dear Readers, There’s a saying attributed to the holy Reb Zusha: “After 120, when I’m tried in the court of truth, they won’t ask me how come I wasn’t like Avraham, Yitzchak, or Yaakov. They will ask, ‘Zusha, how come you weren’t like Zusha!’” Typically, the first reaction to the story is, “Whew! I’m off the hook. I’m not expected to be like the greats.” However, the opposite is true. It’s a demand for us to become our own greatest selves, the extraordinary people we can be, if only we exert ourselves enough. Coming into this world, you were given your family, your talents, and a set of circumstances created to nudge you towards greatness. Your goal is to be the best YOU possibly can be? Whether it’s a talent in writing, being cheerful, learning, or physical strength, we are expected to harness all our background for positivity. Take something like free choice. We all have it. We claim all the time, “I have the right to make my own decisions.” But that’s besides the point. We do have it, and it’s the most G-d-like power possible. Why do we waste it? Instead of using it to make bad decisions, we should be using it to accomplish the most amazing things because we are free to choose. Let’s harness the energy and inspiration from Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkos to achieve this goal of channeling our strengths to be great. Surely the One above will fulfill His promise of healing our people of all the pain and suffering we’ve been through if we do as He expects us. Wishing you a wonderful and joyous Shabbos,

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n Thursday, September 27th, Chol Hamoed Sukkos, Governor Larry Hogan paid a visit to Sinai Hospital. Accompanied by Dr. Jonathan Ringo, President and Chief Operating Officer of Sinai Hospital; Mr. Yehudah Neuberger, and officials and staff from the

Governor’s Office, Governor Hogan stopped off at Sinai’s Kosher Pantry, operated by Bikur Cholim of Baltimore. At the pantry, the group was greeted by Mr. Eric Reitberger, President of Bikur Cholim of Baltimore; Mr. Yaakov Feinstein, Board Chairman emeritus; Mr. Shimon Marciano,

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board member, as well as Rabbi Pinchos Rabinowitz, Executive Director. During a brief presentation, Mr. Reitberger described the services that Bikur Cholim offers within Sinai Hospital, including the new Patient Advocacy Program available at all local hospitals. The Governor was impressed by the hospitality room, and was interested to hear about the many social and  chessed  programs and organiza-

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tions within the Jewish community. The Governor thanked the Bikur Cholim representatives for their work and complimented Rabbi Rabinowitz on his active role in Sinai Hospital, as well as in all Baltimore hospitals.  In return, Bikur Cholim representatives sincerely thanked the Governor for graciously reaching out to the Jewish community, and for all of the help that he and his office have extended to our community.

Thank you to all of the managers and associates, the hub of so many last minute Sukkah needs to have stayed open until 11 PM after Shabbos on September 22, 2018.

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hanks to the efforts of Rabbi Chesky Tenenbaum, director of the Jewish Uniformed Service Association of Maryland (JUSA) a Sukkah was built at Aberdeen Proving Ground. The Sukkah was located in the courtyard of the main Chapel on base, and was used by the Jewish workers throughout the days of Chol Hamoed as well as for a Sukkah Party that was hosted on the third day of Chol Hamoed. JUSA would like to thank Aberdeen Proving Ground Garrison Chaplain (LTC) Michael King and his office for all their help and assistance.


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Nshei Welcome Newcomers Night A community wide event to welcome all newcomers to Baltimore

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(corner Fallstaff) INTERACTIVE DEMONSTRATIONS October 21, 2018 • 8:00buffet p.m. Bagels, salad and dessert Guest Speaker:

Rabbi Tzvi Mordechai Feldheim, Congregation Ohr HaMizrah

Rosh Mesivta of Mesivta Kesser Torah 6813 Park Heights Avenue (corner Fallstaff)

Dairy dessert buffet will be served. Cost: Please call Mrs. Tova Krasner Nshei members & newcomers free with names of newcomers to invite: Non-members: $10

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Come meet and greet those who have joined our community.

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n Sunday, September 2nd, 2018, JCFL by Elle Remodeling kicked off their seventh season of play. All 8 teams arrived promptly to the JBZ Management Fields, ready to compete in this annual tradition of rivalry and camaraderie. Prior to opening week, league players were divided between eight different teams via a draft system, each named for their individual team sponsors: Dougie’s BBQ and Grill, Harris Automotive, Mama Leah’s Pizza, MyGoods, Orshan Legal Group, Park Heights Roofing, Shimz Cars, and Warriors Basketball Camp. Players were provided with their jerseys, which were manufactured by Fired Up Promotions and designed by local rock-star graphic artist, Moshe Heideman. All eight teams compete for seven regular season games with the top four teams facing off in a round of playoffs. The playoffs winners then battle each other in the league championship, The Souper Duper Bowl by CWS Meats. For a recap of the excitement from Week 1 of the season, along with some truly breathtaking pictures of the action taken by professional local photographer, Uri Arnson of “Uri Arnson Wedding Photography” (https:// www.uriarnson.com/) keep reading:

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On the first drive of the season, under relentless pressure from Orshan

Legal Group’s defense linemen, Yoseph “Bubble Guppy” Orshan and Baruch “Beast” Dollman, Mama Leah’s QB threw a deep pass that Yaakov “Borscht” Spatz snatched out of the air. After OLG turned the ball over on downs inside ML’s 10-yard line on its opening drive, DE Orshan sacked ML’s QB Herschel “The Corn Husk” Bacharach inside the endzone, giving OLG an early 2-0 lead. On OLG’s ensuing drive, Spatz, caught a long TD down the seam in the middle of the field from Flamm, giving OLG an 8-0 lead. ML followed with a nice offensive series, scoring a TD to narrow the score to 8-6. Flamm responded with a high arcing pass to David “Crankshaft” Pensak, who ran it in for a TD, increasing OLG’s lead to 15-6 after the extra point. After stifling defense led by Mordi “Salami and Eggs” Spero, ML punted on its next series. ML snuck in a picked off a pass for a TD, capping the first half scoring. In the second half, Pensak intercepted and returned a Bacharach pass for a touchdown, increasing OLG’s lead to 21-12. ML scored on a deep pass to make it 21-18 but Yossi Berliant intercepted an ML pass for another pick-6, again making OLG’s lead a 2-score game. ML scored again to reduce the margin to 3. OLG played it conservatively and tried to run out of the clock, but ML took over the ball with a chance to win. OLG’s D-linemen, led by Ozzie Marizon, pressured ML’s QB into a number of incompletions and the game ended on downs.

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WSC was able to manage two late touchdowns before PHR set up in victory formation to end the game.

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PHR started the scoring with a TD pass from veteran QB Chaim Finkelstein to rookie Dovid Teles on the second drive of the game. After WSC’s three-and-out, PHR scored another touchdown on an acrobatic catchand-walk from Moshe Tuchman. In the second half, PHR scored on their first possession. WR Josh Zaslow’s double-move turned his defender around and Finkelstein found him wide open in the middle of the endzone to put PHR up by three scores. WSC scored their first touchdown of the season midway through the second half but PHR came right back with another TD catch by Tuchman. The PHR defensive line of Ari Zayon and Yoni Finkelstein pressured WSC QB, Shlomo Farkas all morning, which led to four sacks (two each) and four interceptions (two by Tuchman, two by C. Finkelstein).

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After stopping new QB Paul Auster on their first offensive drive, Harris Automotive QB Dan Gutman wasted no time acquainting himself with WR Shulie Hochman, hitting him for 2 long plays and a quick touchdown to take a 7-0 lead. Following a sack by HA lineman Levi Ackerman which forced a punt, Gutman hit WR Avner Shalieyasaboo with a bomb down the left side. After connecting with his brother Ben Gutman for the 2 point conversion, the game looked like it would become a blowout. However, on the next drive, Auster hit Uri Rabinowitz for an amazing diving catch in the end zone. Dan responded by connecting with Ben for a score, with just 5 minutes left in the half but Auster closed out the half with a long TD run. While the tide appeared to be shifting at the start of the half, as Dougie’s lineman Jeremy Bittan got his 5th sack of the day and a safety to bring the score to 21-14, HA responded with a Chaim Mandelbaum pick 6 that pushed the game out of reach, with a final score of 27-14.

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My Goods started off the season strong with a solid win of their formative opponent, ShimzCars. MyGoods QB Yoyo Strauss took his winning attitude into 2018 football, inspired his entire team.  WRs Joshua Resnick and Josh Erez were lights out on defense shutting down the big plays while DLs  Runi Willner and Yaki Strauss were just as menacing in their pursuit of the quarterback on d-line.  In the trenches, OLs Ari Elman and Howie Friedman protected their coveted quarterback, allowing for some stellar catches by WRs Aron Meister, Shimon Kanter, and Ari Feld.


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Machzikei Torah Simcha Bais Hoshaivah

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n Tuesday evening, Motzai Yom Tov, Machzikei Torah held its annual Simchas Bais Hashoaivah.  Beginning at 9:30pm, members of the community gathered in the refreshment laden  Sukkah to sing zemiros and hear Divrei Torah from Rabbi Nesanel Kostelitz Shlita, Rav of Machzikei Torah. Following his uplifting talk about the Yom Tov of Sukkos and the joy of Simchas Bais Hashoaivah, the crowd entered the Bais Medrash for lively

singing and dancing. Thanks to R’ Bentzi Bluming and Chaim Yehudah Schleifer for the beautiful music and

vocals. enjoyed by over 100 participants. Thanks also to shul president R’ Yitzchak Neger, gabbai R’ Bentzion

Cohen, and R’ Ari Soloff for organiz‫־‬ ing the event. 

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s part of the Yeshivas Bein HaZmanim program, the community was zocheh to

hear a shiur Wednesday morning, first day Chol HaMoaid, from HaGaon R’ Shmuel Kamentzky, Shlit’a. The many young boys who participated in the Chol HaMoed Kids program came out to greet the Rosh Yeshiva with singing, and the Shiur had around 300 people

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n the first day of Chol Hamoed the Yeshiva held its annual Simchas Bais Hashoeva in the Yeshiva Dinning Room and Succah. Lively dancing was followed by Divrei Torah in the Succah from the Philadelphia Rosh Hayeshiva, Moreinu Harav Shmuel Kamenetsky, shlita. Harav Shraga Neuberger then spoke on the 13th Yahrtzeit of his father, Harav Naftali Neuberger, zt”l.

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shei Agudath Israel is an organization that promotes Achdus in the Baltimore Community. On Sunday Oct. 21, 8pm at Ohr HaMizrach we will be having our Welcome Newcomers Night. This event is a chance for members of the Baltimore community to

show a warm welcome to those women that are new to Baltimore. At this event a café style menu of desserts, salads and hot coffee and tea will be served. There will Divrei Chizuk with Rabbi Tzvi Mordechai Feldheim, Rosh Mesivta of Mesivta Kesser Torah.

In addition to greeting newcomers, there will be a few interactive demonstrations that will be of interest to anyone attending. These include Shayndee cosmetics, Tanya Klein Precision Organizing and Shoshana Shamberg Abilities OT. Everyone can appreciate that being

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There was something really magical about growing up in Baltimore. Both of my parents were born and raised here, so my upbringing was heavily influenced by the old Baltimore vibe. My childhood revolved around dreaming about being old enough to volunteer at the Baltimore Aquarium, and smuggling Whole Food’s snacks into Camden Yards. My professional roots will always be here too: the first time my song aired on the radio was on WTMD. What age did you start playing music, how did you learn?

similar to those of a breakup — anger, loss, triumph — so I use relationships metaphorically to help people relate. But some of the songs should just be taken at face value, sometimes your best friend’s boyfriend really is just stupid!

Have you always been a writer? What is your process for writing a song?

Lyrical pop. I try to write music that you can just belt out and feel like you’re singing a pop song, with lyrics that are clever and relatable. I want my songs to be upbeat, funny and strong. My favorite compliment is when somebody comes over to me after a show, mentions some lyrics, and says, “I thought that was just me!”

I wrote my first song after my first break-up, but my subject matter has evolved since then. I’ve learned that in life we strive to say and do the correct thing, to take a measured and sensitive approach, whereas music provides a critical outlet for expressing emotions with raw honesty. Most of my current music sounds like it’s about relationships, but is actually about my battle with Lupus and Fibromyalgia. As for process, honestly, a lot of my songs were written on the bathroom floor when I was too sick to be anywhere else. I would take my guitar in with me, sit on the floor with candles, and write. I found that the feelings my medical journey were stirring up were very

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What do you love about performing? There’s nothing like it. It’s a couple of hours when a totally diverse group of people can come into a room, leave their problems at the door, and be totally authentic, connected and real. There are nights where my Lupus or Fibromyalgia is acting up so much I feel like I can’t even leave the house, but the moment I’m on that stage, the

energy reminds me why I had to. Where can we find your music? My album Sandheart is out on Spotify, Itunes, Apple Music, Youtube and Amazon! Just look up Sandheart by Leah Asher! It was produced by the remarkably talented (and patient) Jeremy Englander at Blue Door Studios. It means so much to me that people have been listening to the music, and I just want to say thank you to all of you, and I’ll see you at the show! Tell us about your upcoming concert at Ner Tamid on October 14th? I am so ridiculously excited for this show at Ner Tamid (organized by the wonderful Aaron Polun), it’s special to me for so many reasons. First of all, my grandparents, one of whom I’m named after, were active members of Ner Tamid. Second of all, I play a lot of shows where everybody in the audience is a stranger - and don’t get me wrong, I feel lucky and excited before every single one of those gigs - but this time, I’ll be playing for my community.

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2 Killed by Palestinian Coworker

The military is hunting Ashraf Na’alowa, 23, this week after he shot and killed his coworkers in Barkan Industrial Park. The Palestinian killed Kim Levengrond Yehezkel, 28, and Ziv Hajbi, 35, and wounded

Sara Vaturi, 54, on Sunday. He fled the scene after opening fire, and now Palestinian Authority security forces are helping the IDF find him. Na’alowa entered the offices of the Alon Group on Sunday morning armed with a locally produced Carlo-style submachine gun. He forced a janitor at gunpoint to handcuff Kim and then fatally shot her from close range. He then shot Sara in the stomach, moderately wounding her. The terrorist then shot and killed Ziv. Na’alowa worked at the Alon Group as an electrician. After the attack, the IDF arrested members of Na’alowa’s family and others – 19 people in all – in order to assist the investigation. Shin Bet security services interrogated them to determine if they assisted him in the terror attack or in his escape from the scene, the army said. According to Palestinian security officials, the PA is helping to find the murderer because it “does not support violent acts and wants to maintain security and stability” in the West Bank.

The PA has been heavily criticized by the Palestinian people in the past for helping Israel. Hamas political chief Ismail Haniyeh and several other Hamas and Islamic Jihad officials have lashed out at Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for cooperating with Israel in any way. “I call for the halt of security coordination and cooperation with Israel,” Haniyeh said at a funeral in Gaza in October 2017. “It is not acceptable for any Palestinian, wherever he is or whatever he is in, to coordinate or cooperate with the enemy.” Polls have shown that most Palestinians wish to see an end of any security cooperation between Israel and the PA. A September poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research showed that sixty-eight percent of Palestinians gave their support to the Palestinian Central Council’s decision to end security coordination with Israel. The Council, the Palestine Liberation Organization’s second highest decision-making body, recently renewed its 2015 decision to end security coordination with Israel. So far both the 2015 and 2018 decision has not been implemented by the Palestinians.

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UNRWA Employees Driven Out of Gaza

Palestinian protests forced nine foreign employees of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency to flee from Gaza into Israel last week. The violent mob surrounded and blocked a car with the UNRWA officials inside for an hour in a “threatening” and “dangerous” confrontation, according to the head of the agency. He added that a crowd of Gazans prevented 300 employees of the Palestinian refugee

agency from accessing their offices in the organizations Gaza headquarters for eight days in a row. Many of the senior staffers have had “serious threats” lodged against them as well. They fled to Israel to secure their safety. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency is the UN body that is meant to aid Palestinian refugees. Matthias Schmale, the head of the UN group, said that the “UNRWA employees’ union in Gaza has been protesting the dismissals [of employees] and other changes we made last month by blocking our access to our offices. We have only been able to enter them two out of the past ten days. I understand the frustration of the people who have lost jobs or been moved from full to part-time work, but we need to be able to function and do our jobs.” UNRWA announced in July that it was laying off 113 of their employees and is offering part-time employment to 584 of their full-time workers. The agency has been facing major funding problems largely because the Trump administration is giving the group far less money than the previous White House administration. Since the start of 2018, the U.S. government has only sent $60 million to the agency; in 2017, the U.S. gave $364 million. The U.S. government announced last month that it would stop funding the UN body completely because it is “irredeemably flawed.” The UNRWA employees’ union in Gaza has firmly opposed the UN agency’s decision to lay off some of its workers and move others to part-time jobs. It has also organized a number of rallies and called for strikes in UNRWA institutions in the Hamas-run coastal enclave. Thirteen-thousand Palestinians work for UNRWA.

Poll: Israelis Jews Love Trump President Donald Trump and his administration have a very good reputation in Israel, according to a recent Pew Research Center study. The polls of America’s standing in 25 countries shows that 82 percent of Jewish Israelis have confidence in how President Trump handles global affairs (69% among Israelis overall) while 94% of


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The Week In News Jewish Israelis have a favorable view of the U.S. in general (83% overall). Other countries do not share Israel’s enthusiasm. In Germany, Canada, and France, all allies of the U.S., the approval ratings are 30%, 39%, and 38%, respectively. The United Kingdom was split down the middle at 50%. The only countries that think Trump is doing a better job than President Obama are Israel, Russia, and Kenya. Some other countries also put up strong numbers for President Trump. The Philippines ties with Israel for the highest overall rating at 83%.

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Israel had the highest percentage of people saying that Washington takes its interests into account, with 86% saying the administration considers Israeli interests when making decisions. Once again the Philippines (74%) and Kenya (63%) were closest to the Israeli position, though the average for all countries was only 28%.

Traffic #1 Cause of Stress in Israel

This will not come as a big surprise to those of us that have taken a monit in Jerusalem, but a new survey found that 79% of Israeli drivers say traffic is their greatest cause of everyday stress. Waze, the GPS navigation company

that was founded in Israel, conducted nearly 700 online interviews when gathering their data.   Driving on Israeli roads and traffic congestion was listed higher than Israel’s security needs, the divide between Israel’s religious and secular communities, and the increasing price of food in the Holy Land when it comes to stress inducers for Israelis. According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, between 2000 and 2018, crowding on Israel’s roads has grown by 63% and the amount of vehicles being driven has increased by 84%. “Understanding the user is very important. We carried out this study so we can understand how users perceive the situation on the roads,” said Waze vice president Fej Shmuelevitz. “Problems that we have in our neighborhood, including politics and the security situation, are seen as second-category concerns compared to the daily concern of traffic and behavior on the roads.” Traffic patterns seem to have many negative effects on Israelis. A significant majority said that traffic affects their private lives and emotions and approximately 83% said that traffic jams negatively affect quality time with friends and family. 73% reported feeling tired or angry at home or at work at least once in the last month after sitting in a traffic jam. Waze was founded in 2006 as FreeMap Israel by entrepreneurs Ehud Shabtai, Amir Shinar, and Uri Levine. It was acquired by Google for approximately $1 billion in 2013. Nearly 100 million drivers around the world use Waze.

Sara Netanyahu’s Court Case Begins Sara Netanyahu, wife of Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was in Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court this week for the beginning of her trial on charges of fraud and breach of trust. Sara and Ezra Saidoff, a former deputy director general of the Prime Minister’s Residence, are facing charges of allegedly spending NIS 360,000 ($100,000) on privately catered meals at the prime minister’s official resi-

dence, although there is a full-time chef on staff. Yossi Cohen, Netanyahu’s attorney, requested a delay of the trial when he was presented with materials that he said were not given to him in the proper time. “There were materials that were missing from the files that were given to us. There were files that were meant to be appended to the main indictment. We didn’t receive them and we have not been able to prepare properly,” Cohen told Judge Avital Chen. The prosecuting attorney, Jenny Avni, said that all the necessary documents had been handed over prior to the trial and claimed that Cohen was trying to further stall a trial that was originally supposed to take place in July. The original trial date was postponed due to a clash with another trial that Cohen was working on. Judge Chen suggested that both parties meet outside the courtroom to try to find a solution and prevent further delays. The prosecution has requested of Chen that a three-judge panel is put together to oversee the case, a move that is often done in high-profile court cases. Cohen and veteran Israeli defense lawyer Yehoshua Resnik, who represents Saidoff, argued that the prosecution is only making such a request to sensationalize a “minor case.” “They are trying to make this minor case of couscous and ready meals into an elaborate courtroom drama when it simply isn’t,” Cohen said. Chen is expected to make a decision on the number of judges to oversee the case in the coming weeks.

Appearing beside Haley in the Oval Office, Trump praised her and said he hoped she could come back to the administration. “We’re all happy for you in one way, but we hate to lose (you). ... Hopefully, you’ll be coming back at some point. Maybe a different capacity. You can have your pick,” Trump said.

A former governor of South Carolina who is the daughter of Indian immigrants, Haley is seen as a rising star in the Republican Party and a possible candidate for the 2020 presidential elections. Even so, on Tuesday she insisted that she would not be running for 2020. Echoing previous statements from Trump, Haley said the United States under his presidency is now respected around the world. “Now the United States is respected. Countries may not like what we do, but they respect what we do. They know that if we say we’re going to do something, we follow it through,” she said. Earlier this year, Haley, 46, told Reuters that “every day I feel like I put body armor on” to protect U.S. interests at the United Nations.

Study: Americans Don’t Know America Nikki Haley to Resign This week, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, announced that she is resigning “to take a little time off,” President Donald Trump said on Tuesday. The president is expected to name her successor with a few weeks. Haley will leave the post at the end of the year.

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Researchers Use Brain Scans to Detect Skill

Potential employees or students may need to be prepared for a new approach to the interviewing process. Researchers have invented a way to use non-invasive brain scans to reveal who will be more skilled at a job. The scans analyze brain activity and map an individual’s skills. The study was able to pinpoint key differences in the brain activity of skilled surgeons compared to beginners. These results may soon be used as a method for measuring performance among surgeons and other highly skilled professionals. “Measuring motor skill proficiency is critical for the certification of highly skilled individuals in numerous fields,” the researchers explained. “However, conventional measures use subjective metrics that often cannot distinguish between expertise levels.” The new study, published in the journal Science Advances, used functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) to monitor brain waves. Their subjects were 30 surgeons and medical students. Each participant wore a cap embedded with tiny lasers that detected fluctuations in the levels of oxygenated blood flowing to the brain. The team also developed a machine-learning system to analyze the scans. According to the results, new surgeons experienced increased activity in different areas of the brain than seen in skilled surgeons. The medical students showed a spike in the prefrontal cortex, which functions to plan complex behavior. Activity in


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lot of runny noses and sore throats, but how they clean their hands could cut back on how often they miss day care, according to a study published on Monday in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers in Spain found that children who cleaned their hands with sanitizer instead of soap and water reduced their missed days of school, respiratory infections and antibiotic prescriptions. More than 900 children in day care centers were included in the study. The researchers split the children into three groups: one group

used hand sanitizer to clean hands, one used soap and water, both with strict protocols about hygiene, and a third, the control group, followed their usual hand-washing routines. All three groups attended hand hygiene workshops before the study began. But the hand sanitizer and soapand-water groups attended follow-up sessions about respiratory infections and fevers and received documentation about hand hygiene. They were given hygiene protocols including washing hands before and after lunch, as they arrived home and after coughing, sneezing or blowing their noses, the study said. During the eight-month study period, the 911 students had 5,211 respiratory infections that led to 5,186 missed days of day care. The hand sanitizer group missed 3.25% of days of day care, followed by the soap and water group, which missed 3.9% of days. The group following its usual hand-washing routine missed 4.2% of days. The authors also found that the soap-and-water group had a 21% higher risk of contracting a respiratory infection – runny noses, congestion, coughing and sore throat, for example – and a 31% higher risk of being prescribed antibiotics than those using hand sanitizer. There was a 23% reduction in respiratory infections among the students using hand sanitizer compared with those in the control group. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests scrubbing hands for at least 20 seconds when you wash – “Hum the ‘Happy Birthday’ song from beginning to end twice,” it says – after wetting hands with running water and applying soap. It suggests lathering the backs of hands, between fingers and under nails. A person should wash their hands before eating food and after blowing their nose, coughing or sneezing, it said. For hand sanitizer, the CDC suggests applying product to one hand and rubbing it all over surfaces of hands and fingers until they’re dry. The CDC notes that “hand sanitizers are not as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy.” Children should only use hand sanitizer when supervised, as they should not be placing the product in their mouths.


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A million-dollar piece of artwork by mysterious street artist Banksy was left in shreds before an aghast audience seconds after it was auctioned off for a record $1.4 million on Friday. The painting was auctioned off on Friday night at Sotheby’s in London. “Girl with Balloon” sold for about $1,367,104, typing a record for the priciest piece of art ever sold by Banksy. But then, as the crowd watched, the painting self-shredded while on the gallery’s walls. The British artist, whose identity is still unknown after decades of speculation, timed his painting to self-destruct via a shredder hidden in the artwork’s frame. Sotheby’s admitted it was pranked by the unknown artist, and took it all in stride. “It appears we just got Banksyed,” said Alex Branczik, senior director and head of Contemporary Art, Europe London. The artist himself posted a photo of the shredded work on his Instagram page with the caption, “Going, going, gone...” After the crowd’s initial shock, they whipped out their cameras to take pictures of the moment. Banksy took to Instagram the next morning with a video appearing to show the shredder being built into the frame. “A few years ago I secretly built a shredder into a painting ... in

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After a previous failed attempt Noach dispatches the ‫יונה‬, dove, once again to determine whether the waters have receded. The dove returns this time with the ‘universal’ symbol of peace, an olive leaf, in its mouth. In describing the leaf’s retrieval the Torah states ‫והנה עלה זית טרף בפיה‬ )‫(בראשית ח יא‬, and behold! An olive leaf (that was) torn (from the tree) in its mouth.

tal man! It seems odd that the ‫יונה‬, the dove, who most often is associated with ‘peace’, should be so callous as to make such a ‘declaration of independence’ from Noach who so loyally, with nary a complaint, dispatched his duty to provide food for all the creatures of the Ark with great kindness and diligence.

Why it significant to emphasize that the leaf was ‘in its mouth’? Would it have made any difference were it in its claws?

Rashi in quoting this passage from the Talmud has the dove addressing Noach, yet in the original source the dove is depicted as conversing with G-d directly. ):‫ עירובין יח‬:‫(סנהדרין קח‬

Rashi citing the Talmud tells us that the verse is intimating that there was a message being expressed by the dove, thus the reference to ‘mouth’.

The Talmud’s version would temper the insensitivity in the sentiments of the dove as it was perhaps never expressed to Noach directly.

The dove by bringing a bitter olive leaf, an unnatural food for a dove, was essentially telling Noach: ‫יהיו מזונותי‬ ‫מרורין ביד הקב"ה ולא מתוקין כדבש בידי‬ ‫בשר ודם‬, better that my provision is bitter but from G-d’s hand, than food sweet as honey from the hand of mor-

What compelled Rashi to make this subtle change that merely compounds our original query? The Talmud records another conversation that took place between Noach and a bird of a different feather.

The Talmud describes how the ‫ אורשינה‬or ‫חול‬, Avarshina/Chol (see Rashi), conjectured to be the mystical Phoenix, was sequestering itself in its cell during feeding time. Noach confronted it and inquired, “Don’t you want food”? The Avarshina/Chol responded, “I saw you were busy, I didn’t want to trouble you”. Observing this extraordinary sensitivity, Noach blessed him to live forever. ):‫(סנהדרין קח‬ The dove, whose admirable yearning to nurture from G-d alone is recorded for posterity in Pirkei Shira, as the ‘song of the dove’, is nevertheless left to endure the curse of death. The Avarshina/Chol however, through its simple concern and sensitivity toward Noach, merits living forever. We each have a desire for independence from others and a deep-seated pining to receive our sustenance directly from God. The question we must ask ourselves is whether that feeling stems from a selfish desire to be independent or from a selfless desire to be dependent on G-d alone. If our ‘devotion’ permits us to trample on the feeling of others then our pursuit of G-d is flawed. Noach reproaches the dove and points out that the particular leaf the dove brought was torn in a time and way that caused the tree to die! Noach exclaims, “If not for your

haste a great tree would have grown!” In his otherwise commendable zeal the dove ‘killed’ the tree. Perhaps the sentiment of the dove was initially intended for G-d. Rashi sought to reveal the subtle defect however, in the dove’s intention. His words impinged on the selfless devotion of Noach that was no less a vehicle of ‘the hand of G-d’, that deserved acknowledgment. The blemish became apparent in the ‘death’ of the tree. The Torah utilizes the verb ‫טרף‬, to ‘prey’, in describing the snatching of the olive leaf by the dove. The Midrash )‫ (ב"ר לג ו‬points out how the same word is used to describe when the brothers allege, ‫טרף טרף‬ ‫יוסף‬, Yosef being torn to bits, at the hands of a wild animal. The usage is instructive as in both cases righteous zealousness quashed appropriate sensitivity towards those deserving better. In this case the repercussions of their act upon their father Yaakov, and the dire consequences of their decision upon Yosef. In stark contrast the Avarshina/ Chol, despite its hunger, is attuned in true selfless awareness of what is transpiring around him. That sensitivity brought him to wait patiently out of concern for Noach’s welfare. Therein lays the seed to eternity. The more we exhibit sensitivity by reducing our own needs for the sake and benefit of others, will we deserving to merit sustaining ourselves from the hand of G-d forever.


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When we contemplate why G-d saved Noach and his family from the calamitous flood that destroyed the rest of society, we understandably assume that this was for one simple reason - Noach’s family were the sole remnant of morality left standing within human civilization. While the society surrounding them degenerated into a quagmire of thievery and sexual depravity, Noach’s clan remained untainted and maintained the purity. Or, so we grew up believing. The Midrash Tanchuma (Re’eh 2) paints a quite different picture. It describes how there were many other righteous individuals in that generation, who like Noach separated themselves from the ills of society. Yet, they too perished in the destruction together with their less-righteous neighbors. Given their similar level of moral behavior, we must understand why some of these persons were condemned to destruction, while others like Noach were saved. Rabbi Chaim Yosef David Azulai, the Chida”h, portrays two different patterns of how these righteous persons interacted with their wicked contemporaries. The first paradigm was exemplified by Noach who constructed the ark for some 120 years, during which time he constantly preached to

the people how they must correct their ways and save their civilization – that was his nature. But the other individuals, he contends, took the opposite approach. They decided to isolate themselves from their surroundings and were content to live out their lives in their own cocoons without trying to reach out or influence society. The Talmud (Shabbat 55a) depicts a conversation between G-d and the Heavenly angels at the time of the destruction of the First Temple, determining who should perish. G-d wanted to save the righteous individuals remaining in Jerusalem at the time. The angels responded that they also deserved to perish, for one critical reason: “They had the ability to reprimand [the others] but did not reprimand.” This argument by the angels was accepted by G-d, for we are not here on this earth to merely serve ourselves. If we are blessed with cognitive or spiritual capabilities, financial where-with-all, or even a simple, pleasant demeaner, we are tasked with sharing our blessings with others and bettering the world around us. We are entitled to kvetch about everything that is wrong - there is definitely what to kvetch about. But if when push comes to shove, we withdraw from

action, shut down and refuse to even attempt to make a difference, we are no better than the perpetrators of evil themselves. It is for this reason that the other lofty individuals in Noach’s generation perished – they did not bother to attempt improving the situation and educating the masses. To be honest, this lesson can be an uneasy pill to swallow. None of us appreciate others preaching their moral opinions in our faces. Bellowing out your two cents to every individual you meet, is not a recipe for friendship. But we should consider whether taking the other extreme is any better. If we take the mantra of Western Society, “live and let live”, to the nth degree, where does that take us? The world does need a moral voice. Humanity yearns for a stable ethical compass. Our communities need change and improvement. Not speaking up in order to simply preserve the community peace is not always the correct attitude. Sometimes, silence is not golden. Sometimes, we must bravely stand up and make our convictions heard. Perhaps, we can indeed make a difference. There is of course a healthy, although often amorphous, middle-ground between these two paradigms. Most normal situations de-

mand that we restrain our mouths, but there are yet others that require us to courageously take a stand to combat unethical behaviors and practices. I read the following story in the New York Times, told by a bakery employee: “I was asked not to serve the homeless man on the corner of the street even though he saved his pennies to come in and buy some coffee. The managers didn’t want him stinking up the bakery. So, during my shifts, I ushered him and served him cookies, macarons, ice cream — whatever he wanted. I was fired shortly after.” And here’s a more successful incident reported by an employee at a hospice: “We had a hospice nurse who was pickpocketing patient meds. Our supervisor said she couldn’t fire her because we didn’t have enough nurses. I threatened to turn them both in to the nursing board. Finally, she fired that nurse.” Occasionally our efforts and pleas will fall on deaf ears, but often, if we choose our words, intonation and attitude carefully, we can affect change and uplift our world to a higher level.


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One of the best-known quotes about Shabbat is from the secular Jewish author and thinker, Achad Ha’am (the pen name of Asher Ginsberg). He famously said, “More than Jews have kept the Sabbath, the Sabbath has kept the Jews.” Whatever did he mean? One of the biggest challenges we face today is the challenge of providing families (and especially younger Jews) with a value proposition that places Jewish identity in a positive light. What is the difference between Judaism and universalism? What do we have to offer that is unique and worth passing on from generation to generation (Mi Dor L’Dor)? I think Achad Ha’am understood that the key to maintaining Jewish identity and Jewish values is Jewish family life. Notwithstanding the many various forms and dimensions of Jewish family configurations in 2018,

some things have not changed. Creating “sacred time,” providing families with rituals and reasons for being together has never been more important. Basic communal and family values are under attack every day and everywhere we turn. Shabbat provides us with one of the most enduring, deeply meaningful ways to promote family time and family engagement. Some modern Jews today describe Shabbat as a time for “unplugging.” Unplugging from social media, from technology, from the many things over which we obsess during the other six days of the week. Setting aside time on Shabbat and making it “holy” by dedicating oneself to separating from other things that preoccupy us during the week can transform one’s perspectives. We gain control, objectivity, a sense of deeper purpose. We become more attuned to our own and each other’s human/psychological/

Pink Challah Bake will be held. Women and girls will bake challah in conjunction with Shasharet and Myriad,raising awareness about breast cancer and local education/prevention strategies. BRCA screening will be available. Doors open at 6pm for registration, a PINK dessert reception, time to socialize and time to collect breast cancer awareness resources. The Challah Bake project will begin promptly at 7:30pm.

philosophical needs. The Baltimore Shabbat Project plugs into this sensitivity. We don’t tell anyone how to observe Shabbat, but we enthusiastically and emotionally urge people to create a sense of holy time on Shabbat. For some it is a family dinner. For others it is a weekly visit to a synagogue. For some it is participation in a local chavurah or potluck Connectors event. Many of us search the Internet for inspiring information on the weekly Torah portion, others listen to podcasts or online classes that enrich our understanding of Torah, Jewish philosophy, Jewish history, Jewish community needs, etc. One significant way that many families enhance their appreciation of Shabbat is through baking or purchasing special Challah loaves for the Shabbat meals. To encourage this, Baltimore has become one of the premier communities in the world to sponsor Challah Baking programs in conjunction with the world-wide observance of The Shabbat Project. This program, which began several years ago in South Africa, has spread to many communities in many countries. Nowhere has it achieved the success in spreading a sense of unity and common cause as it has in Baltimore. The highlight of our annual Shabbat Project programming is the Challah Bake project. Last year these programs were held at Pimlico Racetrack. This year, on October 24 and 25, the Challah Baking project will be held at the Owings Mills JCC. •

On Wednesday, 10/24, The Family Challah Bake & More will be held for adults and children. From 7pm-8pm, families will join together, learn how to make challah (with a very simple and user-friendly recipe) and take away hints and ideas to enrich their Shabbat observance. There is no requirement for any particular affiliation, background, history of Jewish commitment or knowledge level. On Thursday 10/25, The Great

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Shabbat (Vayeira) follows on Friday, 10/26 and Saturday, 10/27. Will you be joining in? Maybe this is a time to check out one of your local synagogues. Maybe you can plan a Shabbat meal with others on your block or in your neighborhood. How about planning to study with someone? Perhaps take time to reflect on what Shabbat can mean for you or your family…Let us know about your plans via the website! Registration for any of these events can be made online at Baltimoreshabbatproject.org

The international theme for this year’s Shabbat Project is “Stop Doing, Start Being.” I think this is what Achad Ha’am had in mind when he talked about Shabbat keeping the Jews. In our fast-paced, super-hyper-political-pressured-stressful world, we Jews need to spend some time “being” Jewish and the best way to be Jewish is together with other Jews, whether those other Jews are our family members, our neighbors, our friends, or even people we just happen to meet at a community event. Please join us! Unplug! Click the link above and register to participate! Let this be the year that you enhance your Friday night dinner or Saturday lunch and transform it into a Shabbat table with freshly baked challah, with special guests or extended family. As they said in the “old country,” ENJOY!


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I sleep with a loaded gun by my bed. I’m home alone a lot…so I’ve got deadbolts all around my house so that if someone’s in my house when I go to bed I’m deadbolted in three different levels. - Kelley Paul, the wife of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), in an interview with Breitbart News, describing her increasing safety concerns amidst increased calls for violence from the left

North and South Korea say they want to host the 2032 Summer Olympics together. The highlight will be when the athletes try pole-vaulting from North Korea into South Korea. – Jimmy Fallon

The FDA is said to be cracking down on teenage vaping. Vaping for those who don’t know is the reason your Uber smells like pineapple turpentine whenever you get in it.

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Dunkin’ Donuts announced next year they will shorten their name from Dunkin’ Donuts to just “Dunkin’.” And their customers will shorten the name of their disease from diabetes to just ‘betes from now on. – Conan O’Brien

– Jimmy Kimmel

Whatever happens, I’m just glad we ruined Brett Kavanaugh’s life. – Tweet by Ariel Dumas, a writer for CBS’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” after Justice Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court

With the exception of Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, all the women in the Republican conference caved… These women are gender traitors.

I’m not tired of winning….....Victory!

- Alexis Grenell, The New York Times, condemning any female that supported Justice Kavanaugh

- Tweet by Sen. Lindsey Graham, after Justice Kavanaugh was confirmed

These are the kind of women who…who agree with President Trump that “it’s a very scary time for young men in America,” but the people who scare me the most are the mothers, sisters and wives of those young men….we’re talking about white women. The same 53 percent who put their racial privilege ahead of their second-class gender status in 2016 by voting to uphold a system that values only their whiteness, just as they have for decades.

More New Yorkers are biking to work. Which is good news for the environment, but bad news for their co-workers who have to hear them brag about it.

– Ibid.

- Jimmy Fallon

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Another crazed woman later screamed, “I will not consent, I will not consent, I will not consent, I will not consent.” She was like a feminist automaton: “I will not consent, I will not consent.” Capitol Police were less forgiving and dragged her out the doors and down the hallway. I have visited hospitals for the seriously mentally ill, and the shrieks from this woman were as odd and unearthly as anything I ever heard inside a mental hospital. They echoed off the halls and ceilings outside the gallery in decreasing but astonishing amplitude. - Christian Adams, PJ Media, who was in the Senate gallery when Justice Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed, describing the madness of the leftist hecklers who tried to disrupt the proceedings, in what he says was reminiscent of an “exorcism in an insane asylum”

Dick Durbin said a few weeks ago in response to the committee that these were the sounds of democracy. No they weren’t. They were the sounds of a group of people tinkering with madness. They were the sounds of irrational, unhinged, and unmoored lunatics.

Scientists developed a robotic skin that can make stuffed animals appear to come to life. It’s being hailed as a “breakthrough” for people who like to scare small children. – Conan O’Brien

– Ibid.

This isn’t your father’s GOP. This is the party of Trump. The GOP has gone from a party of guys wearing green pants with a yellow shirt, going golfing at the country club with Muffie and Chip, to a party of brawlers, headbangers and New York street fighters. Now Mitch McConnell, Chuck Grassley, Lindsey Graham and even (gulp) Susan Collins are all bar-room brawlers. They’ve all clearly learned from Trump. Heck, even our judges are willing to get in the ring and go 12 rounds! Everything has changed because of the “Trump Rules.” I’m from the streets of New York. This is my kind of political party! Thank Goodness this is Trump’s Party.

I’ll put you in my plane and I’ll fly you down to Venezuela, and let’s see how good socialism is doing down there. - Ken Langone, co-founder of the Home Depot, on “Yahoo Finance,” when asked about the trend of millennials embracing socialism

A new study found that hand dryers in bathrooms spread more germs than paper towels. And the makers of hand dryers said, “But don’t forget, we also don’t dry your hands.” - Jimmy Fallon

– Wayne Allyne Roott, Townhall

I heard that Meghan Markle is coming out with a cookbook. Since she’s a royal, the cookbook just says: “Step 1: Sit and wait for food.” – Jimmy Fallon

Scientists have announced plans to build a genetic Noah’s Ark which will contain genetic information from 66,000 species, beating the previous record held by the comforters at Days Inn. – Seth Myers

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Although the Senate confirmation process tested me, as it has tested others, it did not change me. - Justice Brett Kavanaugh, at the White House swearingin ceremony

On behalf of the nation, I’d like to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the terrible pain and suffering you’ve been forced to endure.

We have already reviewed your client’s allegations. We focus on credible allegations. Please stop emailing me. - Response to lawyer Michael Avenatti by the Senate Judiciary Committee’s chief counsel after Avenatti kept trying to enter the Kavanaugh fray

- President Trump at the White House swearing-in ceremony

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Weight Watchers is shortening its name to WW. Which means in the next Weight Watchers commercial, you’re going to see the name bragging about how it dropped 12 letters.

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I’ve never been as angry as I am right now. Republicans’ shameful choice to confirm Brett Kavanaugh makes me sick. Mark my words: I will NOT let Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump claim this victory… We have to show Republicans that we will never forget and never forgive. – From an email by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to supporters

Just want to that the Shortseller Enrichment Commission is doing incredible work. And the name change is so on point! - Typo-ridden Tweet by Tesla’s Elon Musk mocking the SEC shortly after he paid a $20 million fine to the Securities Exchange Commission for a securities fraud charge

It’s been a great political gift for us. The tactics have energized our base. I want to thank the mob, because they’ve done the one thing we were having trouble doing, which was energizing our base. - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in a Washington Post interview, after Justice Kavanaugh was confirmed


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more ruthless than unfounded accusations of group assaults against women? Democrats did not lose the Kavanaugh fight because they were not ruthless enough. They lost because, as always, the left overreached. Their increasingly brazen and unsupported charges against Kavanaugh backfired, strengthening the GOP’s case that Kavanaugh was the victim of a political hit job, and actually helping to secure his confirmation. They also lost because of their disastrous decision last year to filibuster the nomination of Neil Gorsuch, a justice of impeccable qualification and temperament. If Democrats had kept their powder dry then, they would still have had the filibuster in place when Kavanaugh was nominated. As it stands, Republicans were barely able to confirm Kavanaugh; they likely would never have been able to muster the votes to invoke the nuclear option to get him onto the court. In the case of Gorsuch, at least there was no attempt at character assassination. That was because he was a conservative justice replacing a conservative justice, the late Antonin Scalia. His confirmation simply restored the status quo ante. Kavanaugh, by

contrast, was replacing Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, the court’s key swing vote. His confirmation could swing the court’s ideological balance for a generation, so he had to be destroyed. If they did this to Kennedy’s replacement, think of what Democrats will do if, at some point in his presidency, Trump ends up nominating someone to replace a liberal Supreme Court justice. It’s hard to imagine anything worse than charges of assault, but I doubt we have yet plumbed the depths of the ruthlessness of which Democrats are capable. Democrats have no one but themselves to blame for Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Their strategic miscalculations, and embrace of what they once decried as the “politics of personal destruction,” backfired. And the reverberations may not yet be over. Since Kavanaugh’s hearings, the number of Republicans who say the November elections are “very important” has grown by 12 points to 80 percent – closing the enthusiasm gap with Democrats. The attacks on Kavanaugh have awoken a sleeping giant. It may not be enough to save the House, where Republicans are defending 25 seats in districts Hillary Clinton won.

But the Kavanaugh fiasco may cost Democrats their chance to retake the Senate – and with it the power to block future Trump judicial nominations. If so, it means their search-and-destroy mission against Kavanaugh may end up handing Trump the ability to get even more Supreme Court justices confirmed. Democrats have also given Republicans reason to look past their frustrations with Trump’s erratic behavior in office. Millions of Republicans put aside their misgivings and voted for Trump in 2016 for one reason: the Supreme Court. Now he has delivered. It has not escaped notice that he never once backed down in his support for Kavanaugh. Even at the lowest moments, there were no signs of wavering, no leaks from the White House that the president was quietly looking at potential replacements just in case Kavanaugh’s nomination failed. At his ceremonial swearing-in Monday, Kavanaugh thanked Trump for his “steadfast, unwavering support.” He’s right. The president stood firm until the end, and won. Now it’s time for Democrats to be honest with themselves about why they lost. (c) 2018, Washington Post Writers Group

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resident Trump apologized to Justice Brett Kavanaugh and his family for the “terrible pain and suffering” they endured during his confirmation process, declaring that “what happened to the Kavanaugh family violates every notion of fairness, decency and due process.” Democrats seem to be taking the opposite lesson from the Kavanaugh fight. As Politico recently tweeted, “After failing to stop Kavanaugh’s confirmation, Democrats wonder if it’s time to be more ruthless.” More ruthless? There are a lot of reasons the effort to stop Kavanaugh failed, but a lack of ruthlessness is not one of them. Kavanaugh’s opponents just tried to destroy a man without a shred of corroborating evidence. No tactic, no unfounded accusation, was too extreme. Democrats demanded that the FBI investigate not just Christine Blasey Ford’s uncorroborated accusations, but also the charge in the New Yorker’s hit piece that Kavanaugh had exposed himself to a college classmate, Deborah Ramirez, as well as the scurrilous accusation by Michael Avenatti client Julie Swetnick that Kavanaugh participated in assaults at high school parties. How can you get any


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Supreme Facts When the nine judges meet to discuss cases, the most recent appointee to the court is in charge of taking notes, answering phones, opening the door, and pouring coffee for his or her colleagues. Toward the end of Justice Stephen Breyer’s ten-year run as coffee server, he asked Scalia, “I’ve gotten pretty good at this, haven’t I?” Scalia replied, “No, you haven’t.” Justice Kagan Kagan described her door-opening duties in an address to Princeton in 2014: “Literally, if there is a knock on the door and I don’t hear it, there will not be a single other person who will move. They’ll just all stare at me until I figure out ‘Oh, I guess somebody knocked on the door.’” For the first 146 years of its existence, the Supreme Court did not have its own building. Justices reportedly met in different rooms of the Capitol building and also frequented private homes and bars to discuss their cases. The top floor of the Supreme Court building houses a gym, including a basketball court dubbed “the highest court in the land.” Each day the court is in session, white quill pens are placed on the counsel desks. This tradition dates back to the early days of the court. Recipients often take the quills home as souvenirs, since the pens aren’t actually used in court.

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In 1893 the Supreme Court ruled, in Nix vs. Hedden, that tomatoes are vegetables not fruit. Four U.S. presidents never had the opportunity to appoint a Supreme Court Justice. They are: William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, Andrew Johnson, and Jimmy Carter. Justices are seated in order of seniority. The chief justice takes the center chair. The senior associate justice sits to his right, the second in seniority to his left, and the rest alternate right and left by seniority. If two justices join the court on the same day, their seniority and thus seating order is determined by age. Every time the justices go on the bench or meet together to conference cases, each justice shakes hands with each of the other justices.

On argument days, a buzzer sounds about five minutes before the oral argument starts. The justices go to the robing room where each justice has a locker and attendants help the justices fasten their robes. Justice Clarence Thomas and his wife’s favorite activity is touring the U.S. in their RV and camping out in Walmart parking lots. According to Justice Thomas’ wife, “Clarence gets recognized every once in a while, and that sort of puts a damper on things because when we’re out, we kind of like to be incognito, if you know what I mean.” Justice Scalia, who passed away in 2016, was vocal, quick-witted and among the most vocal interrogators of the lawyers who appeared before the court. During Scalia’s first argument session as a court member, in 1986, Justice Powell leaned over and asked a colleague, “Do you think he knows that the rest of us are here?”

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5. A new Supreme Court justice must be approved, or confirmed, by who? a. The House b. The Senate c. The president d. The Justice Department 6. Which U.S. president later served as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court?

b. Thomas Jefferson

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c. Oliver Wendell Holmes

4. The annual Supreme Court term starts on the first Monday of which month? a. September

c. Ronald Reagan d. Barack Obama

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d. William Howard Taft 7. Which of the following is not a famous Supreme Court decision? a. Confederate States of America v. Lincoln

1. D

d. Barack Obama

b. Franklin Roosevelt

2. C

c. Bill Clinton

a. George Washington

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b. Ronald Reagan

10. Which president appointed the most Supreme Court justices?

4. D

a. John F. Kennedy

9. What is the annual salary of the associate

d. $500,000

b. Marbury v. Madison c. Roe v. Wade d. Bush v. Gore 8. Since 1930, only three Supreme Court nominees were rejected. Which party rejected

 Wisdom Key 8-10 correct: Mr. Future Supreme Court Justice, I wish you good luck with the confirmation process! 4-7 correct: You are hardly the swing vote. 0-3 correct: Don’t you just love the green and yellow robes the Supreme Court justices wear?

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d. All 3 were rejected by the Democrats

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2. How many justices are there on the Supreme Court (assuming there are no vacancies)?

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1. Justice Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court last weekend by a vote of 50-48. What was the vote count in 1993, when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was nominated by then-President Clinton?

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What Would You Do If… Moderated by Jennifer Mann, LCSW of The Navidaters

Dear Navidaters,

My daughter Gitty got engaged quite recently to Tzvi. Everything was going along beautifully. It was agreed by all that Tzvi would learn for a year or two and then start law school. Both sets of parents were prepared to support the couple through this process. We were all on the same page and very grateful.

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Last week, Tzvi was approached by a very successful uncle of his and asked if he wanted to join him in his business. It sounds like an amazing opportunity. This uncle has no sons of his own, and I guess decided that Tzvi would be a valuable asset. Why he waited until Tzvi got engaged, I don’t know. Tzvi is very flattered and excited about the offer. His parents are likewise thrilled, and so are we. Though we agreed to support the young couple for years, it would definitely have hampered our lifestyle and been a bit of a hardship. Also, I feel certain that Tzvi will keep up with his learning, even if it isn’t full time. The problem is Gitty. She feels betrayed. She feels that when you make a commitment, you stick with that commitment, no matter what, and that if Tzvi can change his mind about these important issues, what else can he change his mind about? My husband and I believe that Gitty is being immature. Life happens, things change, opportunities sometimes come along that are too good to be ignored. Gitty tends to plug into ideas and not let go. She’s talking about breaking the engagement and is having a hard time listening to Tzvi or any of us. She’s dug in her heels and feels personally betrayed. The rest of us are not seeing it that way. What are your thoughts on this unusual situation and any ideas about how to get Gitty to see things differently?

Disclaimer: This column is not intended to diagnose or otherwise conclude resolutions to any questions.

Our intention is not to offer any definitive

conclusions to any particular question, rather offer areas of exploration for the author and reader. Due to the nature of the column receiving only a short snapshot of an issue, without the benefit of an actual discussion, the panel’s role is to offer a range of possibilities. We hope to open up meaningful dialogue and individual exploration.


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The Panel The Rebbetzin Rebbetzin Faigie Horowitz, M.S. lthough I understand everyone’s feelings about this great opportunity for Tzvi, the engaged couple has to sort it out between themselves. And ganging up on Gitty to change her mind is not healthy. She probably feels besieged by everyone around her on top of her misplaced feelings of betrayal. Yes, she is personalizing a matter that offers the young couple a great opportunity for their future. It sounds like she is turning an earlier discussion into a promise when it was only a plan. Life happens. Circumstances change and things need to be sorted out in response to changes, large and small. It takes maturity to go

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through a process of reviewing new realities and weighing pros, cons, options and approaches. This is part of a maturation process and your daughter is struggling with this. It’s their struggle. Let them own it. Encourage the couple to go for counseling together and stay out of the process so that they have the space to sort things out without everyone else weighing in. Gitty and Tzvi need to work through this together; it will be a test of their maturity, relationship and ability to grow into a team. They will also need to communicate their needs, wants, disappointments, and doubts to themselves and to each other through this process. They might come up with a creative solution or they might not. They may grow in respect for one another or they might not.

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The engagement may not survive. If they cannot work this out as a team with skilled help, then such a union will be built on a shaky foundation. You will then have to reframe your view and count your blessings that this offer came up before the marriage. This is a G-d-sent opportunity for the two to understand their needs and each other, and work through a challenge together. See it that way and frame it that way to his parents, too. The young ones have to figure this out. It’s not your role to prevail on Gitty.

It takes maturity to go through a process of reviewing new realities and weighing pros, cons, options and approaches.

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Sarah Schwartz Schreiber, P.A. en points to you, Mom. You know your Gitty. She gets stuck on an idea and can’t let go. She’s throwing a tantrum because her marriage may not start out according to her idealized plan. She’s ranting about “commitment” and her chosson’s apparent lack thereof. Pardon me, Gitty, isn’t an engagement a commitment? When you accepted Tzvi’s proposal, did you commit to him or his two-year learning plan? In the words of your mother, “life happens.” Marriage is a portal to life’s journey; you have chosen Tzvi as your partner on that journey. G-d willing, there will be other unscheduled opportunities (hopefully, joyous) along the way. Are you up to the task? Do you have the wisdom, the maturity and flexibility to cope with future challenges? Back to you, Mom. If Tzvi’s change in plans is so destabilizing to Gitty (to the point of dissolving the engagement!) escort her to a qualified therapist. You’ve dealt (unsuccessfully) with Gitty’s stubbornness her entire life. Now that she’s getting married, leave it up to professionals to help her develop the emotional skills necessary to deal with change in a more balanced, realistic and mature manner.

Michelle Mond s a preface, my answer is built solely on the information given. Hopefully there are more details that weren’t mentioned, but based on the presented information, I am somewhat troubled. The first issue is the “bait-and-switch” aspect. You daughter is passionate about living a kollel lifestyle. She has worked this far to enter a marriage where her husband would sit and learn for the first few years. She went through years of Bais Yaakov, seminary and job training with the fervent and holy focus that one day she’ll merit to help support her husband in kollel during the first chapter of establishing their home. Although no business transactions were involved, this change of plans is close to being a halachic “mekach ta’us,” a wrongful acquisition as time and money were invested into this process of engagement under the premise that her husband would learn in Kollel for the first year or two. As a side note, whether or not you (or any of the readers) approve or believe in the kollel lifestyle is irrelevant. This is what she strives for and what she believes in. Is it acceptable to change the plans? Sometimes, yes. But that needs to be discussed and agreed

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upon by both parties, which brings me to the next point. From the question, it sounds as though Gitty was not a part of the conversation and that the young man made the decision on his own, with his parents’ blessing. I am strongly hoping I am wrong and that this decision was indeed made after serious, two-sided communication with your daughter. If that is not the case, then making such a heavy-weighted decision without discussing it at length with his kallah is a far, far more egregious insult. I am very cautious in my advice, however, if he indeed hasn’t included her in the conversation, then that alone is a very serious matter which may warrant breaking an engagement. Of course, this is something which should be discussed with a rav. If he were truly looking to learn in kollel l’shma, then the idea of

entering business with his uncle wouldn’t faze him. The fact that Tzvi is dropping his kollel plans at the drop of the hat reveals that, just perhaps, his heart wasn’t really into the learning for the first 1-2 years and that there was secondary gain involved. On the other hand, you seem to have a smart, determined young lady as a daughter who is invested and intent on her idea of a Jewish home. Support her and take her side.

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than Gitty. You do not share the same values and are clearly on different pages of this story. The fact that Gitty has different values does not make her immature. She is entitled to believe in her own values and hold onto them. Perhaps someday she’ll regret her decision but very possibly she won’t. What is immature is her rash talk about breaking the engagement. This business opportunity seems to have come out of left field. It was not something that Tzvi was looking for. It takes time for all parties to sit with the offer and process it and also discuss whether there is any wiggle room. Sometimes, people are caught so off-guard, and they forget that compromise is often a possibility. My suggestion is that you strongly encourage Gitty and Tzvi to speak with a therapist of sorts and discuss what this offers means and whether there is some middle ground. For instance, maybe the uncle would agree to wait one year for Tzvi to start work-

Making such a heavy-weighted decision without discussing it at length with his kallah is a far, far more egregious insult.

ing for him thereby enabling Tzvi to learn for a full year. Or is it the law degree that is upsetting Gitty? Regarding the issue of feeling betrayed, that too is something to work through with a professional. Hopefully, you’ll have the power to encourage them to take it slow, think things through, and see if there is a way to make everyone feel as though they are getting what they need.

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or starters, let’s try to encourage Gitty and Tzvi to speak with a couples’ therapist in premarital therapy. This is a curveball that no one saw coming. In therapy, they will see whether or not they can catch this curveball together, as a couple. I think they need a professional to help them sort out their feelings about the job offer and process what this change means to each of them. I hear you when you say that Gitty has always dug her heels in, and I understand your concern. Is this Gitty’s inflexibility rearing its ugly head? (I do wonder how Gitty is handling herself currently. Is she shutting down Tzvi’s attempts at communication? Is she avoiding him? If she is doing any of what I mentioned, then

she may not b e m at u r e enough for marriage just yet). I have to say that a sudden career change would leave many flexible people feeling unsettled as well. Gitty may have all sorts of concerns about Tzvi due to this big change of plans. Does he follow through with things? If he changed his mind about law, what else will he change his mind about? Does this say something deeper about his personality? What is this sudden job offer? Can I trust Tzvi and his family right now? As you approach Gitty about premarital therapy, try to align yourself with her and encourage her to express her

valid concerns with Tzvi in therapy. Give Gitty much validation as you learn about what is actually concerning her. Don’t make Gitty the bad guy. If Gitty absolutely refuses and is gung-ho about breaking up with Tzvi because of the change, then in all sincerity, better he got the offer now than after the wedding. Please keep in mind as you navigate this situation that this is an engaged couple who hopefully have a meaningful connection at this point. There are probably conversations and dynamics that you know absolutely nothing about because couples have private talks and share secrets. It is possible that Tzvi shared something with Gitty in confidence about this offer or about his decision not to pursue law school. It is quite possible that Gitty knows something that you don’t know. It’s also possible that Gitty will lose out on a great guy because she can’t roll

with the punches. And it’s also possible that Gitty is being true to herself and knows she won’t be happy long term with Tzvi. They also may wind up living happily after ever. One thing is for sure: Gitty and Tzvi are the only two people who will be figuring this one out. 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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The influenza virus affects the lung, nose and throat. It can spread from exposure to a contaminated surface, airborne respiratory droplets (when an infected person coughs or sneezes), through saliva, or even skin to skin contact. Early symptoms of the flu include:

be a symptom of something more serious that requires immediate medical attention. In relation to the flu, the flu accompanies other symptoms. If you begin to sneeze, cough and become congested, you might wonder whether you have the common cold or the flu. Both carry contagious viral infections so it’s easy to confuse the two. It’s also easy to think that if you

The flu vaccine prompts your body to prepare to fight an infection from the flu virus.

and mitigated if you have gotten the vaccination. There is a lower risk of influenza-related complications of hospitalizations in at-risk groups such as older adults, pregnant women and their infants, children and people with chronic conditions such as diabetes, chronic lung disease and cardiovascular disease. Read through the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The facts are there. Further, when you protect yourself from the flu through vaccination, you are also protecting those who cannot get vaccinated from catching the flu. This includes those who are too young to get vaccinated, meaning babies under six months of age.

How does the flu vaccine work? about body aches in combination with other symptoms or persisting body aches. Cough: A cough is a common reflex action that clears the throat of mucus or foreign irritants. Again, the cough is combined with other symptoms. Sore throat: This is a painful, dry or scratchy feeling in the throat. A sore throat is so common that it accounts for more than 13 million visits to doctors annually. Although sore throats are uncomfortable, most go away on their own. Again, regarding the flu, the sore throat accompanies other symptoms. Fever: A fever is an elevated temperature and can affect both children and adults. A short-term increase in body temperature can help the body to fight off illness. A severe fever can

have gotten the flu vaccine, you are protected against the common cold and other viruses. Untrue. Sorry.

Why should people get vaccinated? As stated above, the flu is a potentially serious disease that can lead to hospitalizations and sometimes, G-d forbid, death. Each flu season has its own nuances but these facts remain consistent. Studies demonstrate that the annual flu vaccine is the best way to help protect a person against the flu. The flu vaccine reduces the risk of flu illnesses and even the risk of flu-related death in children. This holds true for the general population by 40-60%. Another reason to be vaccinated is that if you do get sick with the flu, your symptoms may be milder

The flu vaccine prompts your body to prepare to fight an infection from the flu virus. It helps your body to create antibodies to fight against the virus when you are exposed to it. Think of the antibodies as sledgehammers that fight against the flu virus from developing into something lethal. The seasonal flu vaccine is developed based on research indicating the strains that will be most common for that influenza season. Researchers “tweak” the vaccine each season, choosing the strains based on the ones they think are most likely to show up that year. We are light years ahead of what happened during the Spanish Flu of 1918. See sidebar. There’s a misconception that the flu vaccine causes the flu. Rubbish.

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Sudden or excessive fatigue: An overall feeling of tiredness or lack of energy. It differs from feeling drowsy or sleepy because when fatigued, you lack motivation and energy. Fatigue in relation to the flu will go with other symptoms. Read further. Body aches and chills: Body aches are a common symptom of many conditions. They can also be caused by every day life. We are talking here

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dreaded time of the year has arrived. Total Family Care diagnosed its first documented case of influenza for the 2018-2019 season on Sunday, October 7, 2018. It’s early in the season (generally, the flu is more likely to be diagnosed between the end of December through the middle of March) but it’s not surprising because the last several flu seasons have been filled with surprises. Yet it’s no surprise (but still a wonder) that despite the education disseminated through social media and other means (including The Jewish Home) and the fact that over 80,000 people died from the flu last year (the flu is highly contagious and causes hundreds of thousands hospitalizations annually), there’s still resistance to getting the flu vaccine. Two facts that should make you stampede to your pediatrician’s office to make sure your children get the shot: last year, 180 children in this country died from influenza infections or complications from the infection. And about 80% of those children who died didn’t get a flu shot. So here it goes – giving it my “best shot” to make sure that as many people as possible receive the flu vaccine.


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chronic health conditions. Among the people at-risk of developing flu complications are children younger than 5 years of age and especially children younger than two years old. Please contact your pediatrician’s office to schedule flu vaccines. If your child has the symptoms in any combination listed above, it’s imperative that you reach out to your pediatrician who will guide you through the next steps.

What do you do if you get sick with the flu?

As “imperfect” as the flu vaccine may be, it still is our best line of defense. Wash your hands. When your children come home from school, no matter what their ages, they should wash their hands. Get the portable hand sanitizers and attach them to their knapsacks, encouraging them to use it during the school day when necessary. Don’t share drinks or food. And after all the hishtadlus is

Most people who will get sick with the flu will have mild illness and will not need medical care or antiviral drugs. They will recover in less than two weeks. Unfortunately, some people will have flu complications that can result in hospitalization. Examples of flu-related complications include pneumonia, bronchitis, sinusitis, and ear infections. Flu can also worsen

Flu prevention tips

The Spanish Flu Soon after the end of World War I during which 20 million soldiers and civilians lost their lives, the “Spanish Flu” pandemic struck. Nearly 100 million people lost their lives to this flu which, despite its name, did not originate in Spain. The H3N2 virus that sat at the heart of this flu was vicious and excelled at mutating. Coupled with the post-World War I timing when people were weak and malnourished, it devastated populations. The hugest mortality rates were among, not surprisingly, soldiers. Medical services were already challenged. Conditions were unsanitary. Of course, then, the influenza infection went rampant. Epidemiologists are expecting another pandemic in the near future. The good news: medical knowledge and technology is light years ahead now than it was a century ago.

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attention by the media and is barely read by the military’s higher ups. That’s what makes the current controversy so remarkable. Over the past year, the current IDF Ombudsman, Major-General (res.) Yitzhak Brick has been issuing a series of increasingly dire reports warning that the army is drastically unprepared for war. According to Brick, the state of the ground forces will render the military unable to battle highly dangerous foes such as the Iranian-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. At first glance, Brick’s allegations seem absurd. The IDF is renowned for an expertise and technological ability unparalleled by any other military. Its

Merkava 4 tank is considered among the best in the world, and the new standard-issue Tavor X95 rifle has earned rave reviews; the U.S. military recently purchased Israeli technology that shoots down anti-tank missiles; and in recently years, the Israeli air force, backed by a pinpoint-level accuracy of intelligence, has successfully prevented Iran from smuggling advanced and highly accurate missiles to Hezbollah. According to Brick, however, the Gideon Plan, the massive multi-year restructuring plan that the army implemented starting in 2015, has consumed large amounts of spare ammunition. Even worse, it caused a dearth of career officers and left the

remaining soldiers exhausted from the resulting overload of work. The five year Gideon Plan was the IDF’s attempt to drastically revamp its ground forces in order to successfully fight asymmetrical warfare. Whereas the Israeli army has traditionally focused its training on fighting against large, organized nation-states like Syria and Egypt, the focus is now on battling paramilitary guerrilla terrorist groups that fight from within residential environments.

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beneath the Gaza Strip. With Hamas, the main threat is combatting its estimated 150,000 rockets that can hit anywhere in Israel and fighting in South Lebanon’s forested landscape. In order to adequately protect the country, the military needs to undergo a paradigm shift: unlike past wars, which took place against formal, organized enemies, today’s battles no longer consist of tank divisions stopping the Syrians and the Egyptians as was the case in the Six Day War. Neither can the air force be deployed to eliminate the enemy when Hamas terrorists are surrounded by civilians. While the air force has made tremendous strides over the past decade in revamping itself to meet today’s challenges, the ground forces have lagged behind. The ground forces are composed of the infantry, tanks, artillery, and combat engineering troops, and are the branches of the IDF that do the brunt of the fighting. However, the work of the ground forces in recent years has been less than satisfactory, the most notable example being the military’s disappointing performance in Operation Protective Edge in 2014 and the Second Lebanon War in 2006. The Gideon Plan is the military’s way to assure the political echelon that it can still deliver a decisive win on the battlefield. However, the army’s shift to fighting on an ever-changing landscape has been difficult. “The Ground Forces are a huge mass of troops and adapting them to the conditions of modern warfare is expensive and difficult,” admitted former ground forces commander Major General Guy Tzur in an article he

IDF Ombudsman, Major-General (res.) Yitzhak Brick

wrote detailing the new initiative. The main thrust of the Gideon Plan is eliminating redundant troops and units in order to save money that can be invested in ammunition and new technology. As part of the effort, 2,500 professional soldiers were shown the door, 100,000 reserve soldiers were cut, and mid-level officers are automatically dismissed if they do not reach the rank of Lieutenant Colonel by the age of 32. In addition, reservists who are not dismissed receive better gear and a vastly expanded training schedule. Until now, lack of funds forced many reserve units to train on a biannual basis, but with the Gideon Plan these reserve infantry and tank brigades are being called up twice a year for a week of maneuvers.

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he defense establishment has looked at these cuts as a source of pride, contending that the Gideon Plan will result in a leaner, more mobile army better equipped to take on Hezbollah and Hamas in packed urban areas. “The idea is to create a younger military,” an IDF officer told the Times of Israel when the plan was rolled out in 2015. “One that is slimmer, stronger, more focused, better trained.” But Ombudsman Brick contends in a series of increasingly scathing reports that the cuts have decimated the IDF and leaves Israel dangerously vulnerable to an enemy attack. “Due to manpower cuts and the dissolution of career officer positions, one officer carries out the job that in the past would have been handled by two or three people,” he wrote in his first report in May, adding that the cuts

“compromises the ability of the IDF to meet tasks.” “It is impossible to hold the rope on both ends,” Brick wrote. “On the one hand, the tasks are increasing – and on the other there is extensive cross-cutting of manpower.” Brick stressed that while the military was indeed getting younger, career NCOs (non-commissioned officers) were being drummed out of the military and having their positions filled by inexperienced conscripts. “Compulsory service soldiers in the position of company sergeant, as good as they can be, are not a replacement for seniority and experience,” Brick said. Brick’s alarming report was met with overwhelming resistance by the IDF, with generals anonymously sniping at Brick in the media over what they said was his lack of authority to probe the army’s readiness for war. “No wonder Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah said a few weeks ago that he had read the Israeli media and understood that the IDF was not ready for war and Israel was deterred by Hezbollah,” one high ranking officer told the Al Monitor magazine. “Unfortunately, some people would rather spread unfounded fear and glorify Israel’s enemies instead of checking the numbers, the facts and the situation as it is.” In September, Brick released a second position paper that contained more dire warnings about the army’s critically depleted state. The result of months of meetings and surprise inspections he carried out at military bases all over the country, the paper echoes Brick’s previous concerns and leaves off with even

worse estimates than before. Brick, whose decade-long tenure will soon come to an end, concluded by calling on cabinet ministers, the powerful subcommittee of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, and the IDF leadership to appoint a committee to investigate the readiness of the ground forces for war.

Ever since then, the IDF is always afraid that somewhere, somehow, they are missing the next giant armed conflagration that threatens to destroy the Jewish State.


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This report launched a new round of squabbling with the IDF. His findings were pointedly rejected by Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot, who not only rejected his conclusions regarding the military’s state of readiness but claimed that the IDF is currently at full combat readiness. In a highly irregular move, Eisenkot sent a letter to the members of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, the parliamentary body overseeing the military, where he insisted that the army is “at a high level of fitness and readiness for war with regard to any threat scenario. As the person responsible for the readiness of the army for war I state that the IDF is prepared for any mission required of it, an army with intelligence and air superiority, ground capability and rich operational experience that is tested daily in every arena of war.” Eisenkot acknowledged that “combat readiness will always be lacking. There are gaps and they exist alongside risk management and priorities. We, the commanders, are responsible for adjusting the process

of building the force to preserving the IDF’s quality and superiority in the present and for exploiting the window of opportunity to adapt the IDF to the challenges of the future.”

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rick’s onslaught was effective in bringing the issue of the IDF’s combat readiness to the fore: amid mounting public pressure, at the end of September Eisenkot commissioned IDF Comptroller Brigadier General (res.) Ilan Harari to conduct an examination of issues Brick raised. The examination will fall within reviews conducted by the IDF Comptroller in cooperation with Major-General (res.) Avi Mizrahi and other senior reservists, with transparency and cooperation of all IDF units. Within 45 days, a final report will be presented to the Knesset, the security cabinet, and the IDF General Staff detailing the findings of the committee. However, the establishment of an internal commission didn’t satisfy Brick, who fired off a letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense

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Minister Avigdor Liberman contending that the panel was insufficiently independent to adequately probe the military. In the document, Brick alleged that “the IDF’s condition is worse than it was at the time of the Yom Kippur War” and contended that the Chief of Staff had done everything possible to thwart the investigative panel’s establishment. “In my opinion, an internal panel led by IDF Comptroller Brig. Gen. (res.) Ilan Harari, which was appointed despite the chief of staff, does not have the ability to contain the severity and complexity of the deep flaws,” said Brick. Besides sending the letter to Netanyahu and Liberman, Brick leaked it to the press, guaranteeing that his accusations would gain maximum visibility. Brick’s decision to invoke the Yom Kippur War is telling. The 1973 surprise attack by Egypt and Syria caught a self-confident and arrogant military completely off-guard, leading to a terrible war that at times threatened the existence of the State of Israel. The shockingly unprepared IDF, and the total failure of top political echelons to properly oversee the army that had been too euphoric from its historic victory in the Six Day War, caused a deep trauma in the armed forces that still haunts it today. The war left almost three-thousand Israeli soldiers dead with many more injured, and the IDF was forced to answer to the public how it had let itself be taken so badly by surprise. Ever since then, the IDF is always afraid that somewhere, somehow, they are missing the next giant armed conflagration that threatens to destroy the Jewish State. The Yom Kippur War also had a major influence on Brick. When the war broke out in 1973, then-Captain Yitzchak Brick was a young company commander. During the opening hours, his outmanned and outgunned forces were cut to pieces, suffering massive amounts of casualties. Brick himself was seriously injured after being hit by an anti-tank missile, but he returned to the battlefield just in time to lead a successful attack that destroyed a team of Egyptian commandos. After the battle he cobbled together a team of tanks and managed to stop the Egyptian advance. For his actions under fire, Brick was decorated with Israel’s second high-

est commendation. By the end of the war, Brick was one of the only members of his unit that remained alive. His friends say that the experience of being helpless on the battlefield as a result of shoddy intelligence estimates explains his gloomy reports about the IDF’s lack of readiness today.

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he question of the IDF’s combat readiness can probably not be answered by one without extensive military experience and deep knowledge of Israel’s security establishment. What is clear is that the next upcoming war is rapidly approaching. The Syrian civil war is finally winding down after eight bloody years, leaving the Hezbollah militia highly trained and well-armed. At the onset of 2006’s Second Lebanon War, Hezbollah possessed 12,000 rockets. Twelve years later, the number has ballooned to between 130,000 and 150,000 short-, medium- and long-range missiles, more than most NATO nations. With a total area smaller than the State of New Jersey and with 70% of Israel’s population crowded into its center region, Hezbollah’s massive arsenal has the ability to lay waste to Israel’s home front and kill thousands of civilians. Down south, Gaza is near collapse. Thirteen years after Israel pulled out its 9,000 residents, the Hamas terror group is unable to effectively run the strip. With electricity only a few hours a day and more than half of the population without a job, analysts say that the region is headed for a humanitarian disaster that will deteriorate into an armed conflict with Israel. With all of the aforementioned developments, Israel cannot allow its military to deteriorate. In a recent interview with Ynet, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman asserted that the army is operating at its highest possible level. “We’re at the highest level of preparedness since the Six Day War,” Lieberman insisted. “The IDF is a massive machine with hundreds of thousands of soldiers and tens of thousands of different military instruments – from planes to APCs and sniper rifles. “When I compare it throughout the years – since 1967, we haven’t been as prepared as we are today.” Let’s hope that he’s right.


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Mental Health Corner

The Butterfly Effect By Rabbi Azriel Hauptman

The “butterfly effect” is a concept that small changes in one small part of a complex system can have large effects elsewhere in the system. The metaphor of the butterfly is because the weather is an example of a very complex system and theoretically the flapping of a butterfly’s wings in one location can cause a tornado several weeks later in a distant location. Any complex system that is heavily based on initial conditions can hypothetically be subject to the same effect. The development of a human being’s psyche is no different. Countless factors contribute to one’s development and therefore any one of these factors can potentially have a huge effect on one’s development. This is possibly the case when

there are two people who seem to have been subject to the same exact environment and yet they develop in very different ways. Perhaps there were minor differences in their life that at the time seemed insignificant that had large effects down the road. Parents who have a child who struggles with mental health issues such as addiction and depression will often say that they have no idea why this child was faced with tremendous challenges whereas their other children did not. Sometimes, we can identify a possible cause but very often we cannot. There are several practical applications of this concept: • Don’t blame yourself if a child struggles. There is no way for you to know the factors that led to this

outcome. It might have been something that was beyond your control. It is much more practical to focus on what can be done now. • Human beings are constantly developing. You never know what might be the “wing-flapping” that will influence your child. Sometimes, seemingly insignificant events can alter the trajectory of someone’s life. Never give up hope. • In your own interactions with other people be aware of the butterfly effect. A random act of kindness that you do to a stranger when he is experiencing a vulnerable moment can change the course of that person’s life. • In your own personal life, bear in mind the mystery of the butterfly effect. Every choice that you make

might change your life in ways that you will never understand. This is true for both positive and negative choices. We like to think that our world is a simple and predictable place. But in truth, the only one who can grasp all the moving parts that constitute our universe is Hashem Himself. All we can do is try our hardest and hope that we can hit the butterfly effect jackpot. 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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Fun Facts about America’s Top Companies By Chaim Homnick

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e are all familiar with America’s top companies and tech giants. Their logos are instantly recognizable, their products are pervasive across the world, and often their beginnings or anecdotes of their founders have entered into the realm of American folklore. But behind each of these business behemoths are often some surprising facts. Below are a selection of fun facts for some of America’s largest and most beloved companies from a variety of sectors and industries (listed alphabetically).

AMAZON

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Amazon was originally slated to be called “cadabra,” as in abra cadabra. But Jeff Bezos switched gears quickly when his own lawyer misheard it as “cadaver.” He instead went with Amazon, naming it after the river to suggest massive scope and because website listings back then were often alphabetical (that idea also slated his company top billing in this article!).

fact, he designed the first logo. However, Wayne sold his stock (10% of the company) for just $800 after 12 days. Amazingly, Wayne says he has no regrets of backing out as the company was too intense for him and said he fears he would’ve been “the richest man in the cemetery.” But he does regret a different sale: the contract he wrote up with Jobs and Wozniak sat in a drawer from 1976 until the early

brands like Geico. What many people don’t know is that Warren Buffett considers his investment in Berkshire Hathaway to be his worst investment ever. Berkshire Hathaway was a struggling textile business and Buffett planned to sell his shares back to the company at an agreed-upon price. When they reneged on that deal he angrily bought enough shares to as-

Founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page enjoy (for $1.3 million per year) access to a private NASA runway in San Francisco so they can land their planes just a few minutes from their offices.

FACEBOOK Facebook isn’t just the social media giant; it owns most of its competition! Facebook owns Instagram and WhatsApp after bold acquisitions designed to ensure Facebook remains the social media leader. Interestingly, while Facebook started as the ultimate guys’ site (the “Like” button was originally an “Awesome” button), it actually skews female, with 76% of all female internet-users on the platform (66% for men) and women average twice as many posts as men.

FORD Ford is the second largest family-owned company in the world (behind Walmart). Henry Ford’s great grandson, William Clay Ford, Jr., is currently the company’s executive chairman.

GOOGLE

APPLE Apple isn’t just the smartphone provider of over 90 million Americans; it also has more cash on hand (approximately $250 billion) than the U.S. Treasury ($171 billion). What many people don’t know is that aside from the two Steves (Jobs and Wozniak), Apple originally had a third founder: Ronald Wayne. In

$200 billion in profits for himself and his shareholders.

‘90s when he sold it for $500. In 2011, that same contract sold at auction for $1.59 million.

BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY The company is famous for Warren Buffett’s keen investing strategy, its $245,000 Class A price for each share, and its numerous subsidiary

sume control and fired the manager who had refused to honor his deal. Buffett calculates that had he simply started a new umbrella brand and accumulated insurance companies through that instead of under the Berkshire Hathaway name (that he controlled but did not fully own), he would’ve netted around another

Since 2010, Google has been acquiring an average of one company every week! Android, Youtube, and Waze are just a few companies that make up the Alphabet Inc. soup at Google. In terms of personal perks, founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page enjoy (for $1.3 million per year) access to a private NASA runway in San Francisco so they can land their planes just a few minutes from their offices.


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WALMART Walmarts are so ubiquitous that 90% of Americans live within 15 miles of a Walmart, and Walmarts are so massive that all of the Walmarts in America combined would take up more space than Manhattan. Interestingly, Walmart’s top selling item is bananas. They sell over 1.5 billion

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der, there are also many common denominators that emerge. What’s notable is how many of these companies also own (via expansion or acquisition) subsidiaries and branches in numerous fields beyond their core business. It’s a critical reminder to seek success, perfect your business, and then diversify to protect your portfolio! Remember, Amazon was once just an online bookstore! Oh, and we also learned above to never sell a 10% share of Apple for $800.

Microsoft is one of the top patent owners in the U.S. (IBM has secured the most patents annually for 25 straight years.) Microsoft holds over 10,000 U.S. patents and files applications for nearly 3,000 per year. Microsoft also rewards their employees for holding a patent. The reward includes a bonus, a wooden plaque and a decorative cube that features their names along with the title and date of the patent.


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Dirshu

HaGaon HaRav Simcha Wasserman, Zt”l and Hagaon HaRav Moshe Chodosh, Zt”l Remembered at Hachnosas Sefer Torah By Yosef Sosnow

It was a powerful maamad of kavod haTorah attended by numerous prominent Roshei Yeshiva and Rabbonim including HaGaon HaRav Boruch Mordechai Ezrachi, shlita, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Ateres Yisrael of Yerushalayim, HaGaon HaRav Dovid Cohen, shlita, Rosh Yeshiva of the Chevron Yeshiva and HaGaon HaRav Yitzchok Yechiel Eherenfeld, shlita, Rav of Kiryat Mattesdorf. The event was a Hachnosas Sefer Torah to Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon. At the event, the founding Roshei Yeshiva of Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon, HaGaon HaRav Simcha Wasserman, zt”l, a son of Rav Elchonon Wasserman, Rosh Yeshiva of Baranovitch, and HaGaon HaRav Moshe Mordechai Chodosh, zt”l, who served as Rosh Yeshiva for decades, were remembered. Their pivotal role in creating one of Eretz Yisroel’s most distinguished network of yeshivos at a time when many naysayers thought that the yeshiva would never succeed, was highlighted. The Hachnosas Sefer Torah took place on Chol Hamoed Sukkos. The sefer Torah was given by the Goldfinger family of Los Angeles. The procession began at the home of Rav Dovid Hofstedter, Nasi of Dirshu, located in the Ganei Geulah neighborhood of Yerushalayim, not far from the campus of Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon. Rav Hofstedter enjoyed an extremely close relationship with the yeshiva’s founder, Rav Simcha Wasserman, and he hosted Rav Simcha on Rav Simcha’s frequent trips to Toronto. Through Rav Simcha, Rav Hofstedter became very close to Rav Moshe Chodosh and they maintained a close relationship until Rav Moshe’s untimely passing just over two years ago.

HaRav Boruch Mordechai Ezrachi addressing the Hachnosas Sefer Torah event

HaRav Dovid Cohen conversing with Rav Dovid Hofstedter at the event

The kavod haTorah at the event was manifest by the participation of so many prominent Gedolim and Rabbonim who gathered at Rav Hofstedter’s home to give honor to the yeshiva. In addition to Rav Ezrachi and Rav Dovid Cohen, the current Roshei Yeshiva of Ohr Elchonon, Rav Aryeh Chodosh, a son of Rav Moshe Chodosh, and Rav Tzvi Weinfeld, a son-in-law of Rav Moshe, were in attendance along with many prominent talmidim of Rav Moshe Chodosh who are today Roshei Yeshiva in their own right. Before the procession, with its enthusiastic singing and dancing from Rav Hofstedter’s apartment to the yeshiva, a beautiful gathering with drashos in honor of the occasion, was held. The Gedolim and Rabbonim, seated at the head table in front of the sefer Torah, spoke in honor of the Torah. Rav Aryeh Chodosh, Rosh Yeshiva of Ohr Elchonon and chairman of the event, was visibly moved as his father’s critical role in building Yeshivas Ohr Elchonon and the network of yeshivos that have grown in its wake, was highlighted. Rav Elchonon’s Matzeiva Rav Dovid Hofstedter was then asked to address the assemblage. In his remarks, Rav Hofstedter remi-

nisced about the early years of the yeshiva. “I remember decades ago when the yeshiva was established. At the time Rav Simcha Wasserman was an elderly man, in his 80’s and Rav Moshe Chodosh was a relatively young man. They came to Toronto with a dream of opening a yeshiva which, in Rav Simcha’s words would be a matzeiva for his illustrious father, Rav Elchonon Wasserman who had been murdered by the Nazis in Kovno and had no matzeiva. There were plenty of skeptics and naysayers who questioned, ‘How will Rav Simcha, an elderly man, pull this off? How can a young man like Rav Moshe Chodosh take on such an ambitious project?’” Rav Hofstedter explained with a question on the haftarah that was read on the first day of Sukkos. “The passuk there states that at the end of days the remaining nations of the world will come and celebrate Sukkos. The passuk goes on, ‘and if they do not come to celebrate, lo alayhem yihyeh hagashem - they will not have rain.’ “What connection do the nations of the world have with Sukkos?” Rav Dovid asked. “Some meforshim explain that celebrating Sukkos doesn’t mean sitting in the Sukkah but rather that the nations will bring the korbanos.” Still, why will they specifically

bring korbanos on Sukkos? The connection of the nations with Sukkos is that Sukkos is the holiday of the harvest. It is the time of the year when Hashem bestows His shefa of bracha on us. At the time of Moshiach, even the nations will understand that the shefa comes only from Hashem. They will realize that although they have no connection to the mitzvah of Sukkah and they cannot sit in the shadow of Hashem, they will still understand that all material bounty comes from Hashem. If they do not recognize this, then Hashem will take away that shefa and ‘lo alayhem yihyeh hagashem - they will not have rain’. From here we learn that when a person sees the hand of Hashem, it is incumbent on him to recognize it and publically declare that all of his success and siyatta d’Shmaya comes directly from Hashem. Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon has grown into one of Klal Yisroel’s most distinguished yeshivos despite the naysayers’ predictions at its inception. Perhaps the secret to its success was the fact that Rav Simcha Wasserman and Rav Moshe Chodosh always saw the yad Hashem in everything they did and recognized that the entire shefa, spiritual and material, was siyatta d’Shmaya. At this maamad of kavod haTorah we see the fruits of their labor and their emunah! As the massive crowd enthusiastically danced the sefer Torah to its new home, the pervasive simcha was the profound simcha of the knowledge that Hashem was continuing to bless the yeshiva along with the successors of Rav Simcha and Rav Moshe, with great siyatta d’Shmaya!


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ly, none of them exactly raised a toast to the new tax. Out there on the edge of civilization, it sounded a lot like “taxation without representation,” and we all know what happened the last time that was a rallying cry. Resistance began immediately, with area gangs tarring

dent led forces in the field until President Thomas Whitmore (played by Bill Pullman) led a force of plucky jet fighters in a desperate sortie against alien invaders in the 1996 popcorn epic, Independence Day. (Don’t bother with the 2016 sequel.) Washington and his 12,950 troops

Apparently his desk job running the country wasn’t exciting enough.

and feathering local tax collectors. By 1794, organized militias were battling federal marshals delivering subpoenas and warrants to distillers not paying the tax. On September 25, 1794, President Washington federalized 12,950 troops (including future explorer Meriwether Lewis) to put down the rebellion. Then he rode out from the capital to lead the troops himself. Apparently his desk job running the country wasn’t exciting enough! Fun fact: it was the only time a sitting U.S. presi-

proved to be maybe 12,900 more than the rebels could handle, and they fled before firing a single shot. Two of their leaders were convicted of treason and sentenced to hang, but Washington pardoned them. (No word on whether they made “dark-money” contributions to the President’s PAC.) Opponents kept fighting the tax at the ballot box, helping Thomas Jefferson defeat John Adams in 1800 and repealing the tax. Still, historians agree that Washington’s success in quelling the rebellion helped establish the le-

gitimacy of the new federal government. Today, of course, leading troops is an entirely different matter. If the president wants to target, say, terrorists in Yemen, he gives the word to the Joint Chiefs, who pass word down the ranks to an Air Force officer manning a joystick connected to a drone halfway around the world. The whole thing is about as antiseptic as visiting the dentist, at least on our side of the drone. Can you even imagine Barack Obama or Donald Trump saddling up a mighty steed, raising a sword, and leading a colonnade of troops into battle? We’ll wait while you finish laughing. (Now that we mention it, maybe Dubya would have enjoyed that?) Today, of course, there’s an easier way to pay less tax. You don’t have to assemble a militia or challenge government forces. You just need a plan. Make sure you have one when you’re ready to save, and let’s raise a toast to progress!

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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all is officially here, and that means whiskey season is back. Most drinkers probably don’t think much about taxes when they visit their favorite bar or spirits shop. Liquor levies are generally based on volume, not price, so you pay the same amount of tax on a $4 fifth of Olde Ocelot as the swells pay for their $269 Pappy Van Winkle. But did you know that whiskey played a central role in our country’s first tax protest, which took place around this same season 224 years ago? Turn the dial on the Wayback Machine to 1791. The fledgling U.S. government was struggling to pay off $79 million in Revolutionary War debt. (Today that wouldn’t cover a single F-35, let alone win independence from the greatest empire on earth.) Congress had already hiked tariffs as high as Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton felt they could go, so they were forced to tax domestic products. Americans loved liquor, in part because alcoholic drinks didn’t spread disease (and also because it dulled the pain). So, naturally, Congress slapped a tax on it. In western Pennsylvania, many farmers distilled their surplus grain into whiskey. Some even used it in lieu of currency. So natural-


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do you need to change your sneakers four times? Finally, you figure out somehow what works best for your needs, and you find the comfort, color, and style you like. But you simply need a little

for exercise, that’s a whole different thing! The dilemmas that come up, like where, when, how, with who, and most of all keeping the “why” in sight, are grueling. And what about what to eat in or-

What’s right for me is Cape Cod potato chips. However, what’s right for my body is a whole different discussion.

more toe room, you know, a size up. You guessed it, not available. Boom, you’re right back to square one. This can be a few hours ordeal, right there. So, who has energy to exercise that day after that? Well, let’s move to once the “new sneaker” thing has been worked out. Let’s talk about the actual workout – making time for your exercise of choice. Amazing how it’s never hard to find time and ways to eat but time

der to eat right? Therein already lies a controversy. What’s right for me is Cape Cod potato chips. However, what’s right for my body is a whole different discussion. And really, every few months a different study comes out about what will cure you and what will destroy you. All carbs, no carbs! All proteins, no proteins. Balanced meals, detox plans. The need for all these decisions

tempts me to sit down with a nice, hot, whip cream-covered, cappuccino and a large, chocolate chip muffin top. Just to help me figure it all out. But what scares me away from that is that if I don’t make some consistent decisions and quickly we may be looking at 60 in 60! Therefore, with my new sneakers in one hand, and my resolve in the other, I am trying to move forward. Because I know that any exercise is better than none. And any healthier eating approach is better than no disciplined one. And if I can start with 1 successful hour in 1 day and follow it with another, I can hopefully build to 7 in 7. That is – 7 successful hours a day in 7 days. Then who knows where I can go from there? Perhaps take over the whole numerical world? And just figuring all that out may keep me distracted enough to keep me exercising on the treadmill and hopefully, hopefully, hopefully out of the kitchen!

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