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

JEWISH THOUGHT Rabbi Zvi Teichman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Rabbi Shmuel Kamenetzky. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

PEOPLE 613 Seconds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

HUMOR & ENTERTAINMENT Centerfold. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Notable Quotes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

LIFESTYLES World Builders. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 My Israel Home. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 The Wandering Jew. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Health and Fitness. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Parenting Pearls. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Forgotten Heroes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Dating Dialogue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Mind Your Business . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Mental Health Corner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Your Money. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Gluten Free Recipe Column. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 In The Kitchen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Life Coach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

Dear Readers, The Gemara recounts how a potential convert asked Hillel HaZaken to teach him the entire Torah on one foot. Hillel responded, “Don’t do to others that which you don’t want done to you.” It’s interesting that he didn’t say it in the positive, “Do to others,” but rather suggested what not to do. A similar point can be made of mitzvos in general. There are a lot more negative commandments than there are positive ones. Perhaps the message is that before we embark on a project, even a positive one, the first attitude is one of pause. For example, in a relationship. The foundation on which a healthy relationship is built is respect. Respect of boundaries, recognition of another, and ultimately respecting differences. This creates the space in which a fellow human being can enter our lives. Same is with a teacher/student relationship. Before teaching a student, a teacher must press pause on their own insight and thoughts and enter the mind of the student. It’s hard to listen if we are consumed with our own thoughts. It happens sometimes that we feel full of ahavas Yisrael and want to help other Yidden, but somewhere along the way we cause offense or hurt or aggravation. We’re left wondering what went wrong. We had the best intentions, but the results were very different than we expected. Many times, it was the pause that was missing. We set out in a state of passion and inspiration to accomplish something, but we were so consumed with our feelings and the way we pictured things getting done that we inadvertently pushed others out of the way. Before embracing another with love, we must first make sure we have in mind the other’s needs and preferences and are not just looking to extend ourselves. Once the proper respect is in place, we can then work on all the positive feelings which bring us together, ultimately as one nation with the coming of Mashiach now. Wishing you a wonderful Shabbos, Shalom

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NEWS Global. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Israel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 National. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 That’s Odd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

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M. Leo Storch, z’l, His Life, and Lasting Legacy

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ow timely, that this year, the annual memorial lecture in honor of M. Leo Storch, z’l, is scheduled for this upcoming Sunday evening, November 1st. His children, Mindy Spetner, Judy (Bregin) Gross, and Frank Storch, will have just finished sitting shivah for their beloved mother, Mrs. Hannah Storch, a”h. Mrs. Storch, his true ezer knegdo, was nifteres on Sunday, October 25th, 2020. She carried on the torch of her husband’s selfless devotion to helping others for more than 48 years after his passing. Born in Baltimore in 1907, M. Leo served his country during World War II. When he saw the tragedy and devastation of yiddishkeit in Europe he committed to doing all he could to rebuild Klal Yisroel. He later graduated law school and practiced general law for many years. He eventually became a real es-

tate developer and had a reputation for always going above and beyond legal requirements and code even at his own expense to ensure his customers safety and satisfaction. He was also known for his outstanding integrity and honesty. His firm handshake was enough since everyone trusted him. He was a walking kiddush Hashem in every business transaction and community affair. His incredible warmth and sincerity lit up a room and people were drawn to him. One of his greatest achievements was orchestrating the purchase of the 48-acre original Bais Yaakov of Baltimore property which eventually led to the current Park Heights and Smith Ave campuses. He was president of Bais Yaakov for ten years and given the nickname “Mr. Bais Yaakov” He made tremendous efforts to ensure Jewish children received a Jewish education. As one of the founders of the Star K, M. Leo helped guide the organization which ultimately led to setting new standards in kashrus. He was a true visionary who had a huge heart and was compas-

sionate to all around him. Mr. & Mrs. Storch would treat the many meshulachim that showed up at their door with the greatest respect. They also hosted gedolim and world leaders of Torah Jewry who visited Baltimore such as Reb Moshe Feinstein, the Ponevezher Rav, and the Skulener Rebbe, ZT’L. Mr. Storch left such an impression that Reb Moshe Feinstein, zt”l, came to Baltimore for his shloshim in 1972 when he was niftar. Even with so many people vying for his time he always treated his wife, family and greater family with his undivided attention. His yiras shamayim and righteousness made him a role model for many to follow. Even today, his exemplary behavior and actions continue to influence and inspire the Baltimore community, and beyond. Taken much too early from the world and his family, his loss was felt deeply by many. Shortly after Mr. Storch was niftar, Rabbi Reuven Savitz wrote an article titled, In Tribute to a Jewish No-

bleman. He stated, “(M.) Leo Storch’s life was a lesson in noble deeds. Leo Storch was a ‘gaon’ of righteousness, of compassion, and of passionate commitment to Judaism. He was a ‘gaon’ – a giant of Jewish spirit. To have known Leo Storch is to be a greater person…We are all diminished by his passing…. Leo’s untimely passing has evoked grief far and wide, because Jewry and mankind have lost a beloved brother, a mentor of nobility, a living example of the quality of Jewish life, a man who loved his people – each and every one of them – and who was loved in return by them.” Mr. M. Leo and Hannah Storch, a”h, were role models par excellence for the world and their family. May their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren continue to embody their legacy of true integrity, endless chesed, and tremendous love and respect for their fellow Jew.

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federal judge on Monday threw out a lawsuit in which a Muslim civil rights group sought to block the state of Maryland from enforcing its ban on contracting with businesses that boycott Israel. U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake didn’t reach a decision on whether the executive order that Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed in October 2017 is constitutional. The judge ruled that a software engineer who is named as the lawsuit’s plaintiff hasn’t shown he has suffered any “direct injury” giving him the legal standing to challenge the order. Hogan’s order requires contractors to certify in writing that they don’t boycott Israel. The order was called “Prohibiting Discriminatory Boycotts of Israel in State Procurement.” The Council on American-Islamic Relations sued Hogan and state Attorney General Brian Frosh on behalf of software engineer Syed Saqib Ali, a former state legislator. CAIR argued the order has an unconstitutional chilling effect on First Amendment-protected

political advocacy supporting the Palestinians. The executive order says a boycott based on religion, national origin or ethnicity is discriminatory. A business boycott of Israel and its territories “is not a commercial decision made for business or economic reasons,” it says. “Contracting with business entities that discriminate make the State a passive participant in private-sector commercial discrimination,” the order says. Ali’s lawsuit said Hogan’s order bars him from bidding for government software program contracts because he supports boycotts of businesses and organizations that “contribute to the oppression of Palestinians.” But Ali hasn’t submitted any bids, so Blake ruled Monday that he cannot proceed on the basis of a “direct injury.” Last October, the judge initially dismissed Mr. Ali’s complaint “without prejudice,” meaning he could refile the case. In that ruling, the judge said Ali would have to plausibly show that his First Amendment free speech rights had been violated. Ali filed an amended complaint later that month, claiming Hogan’s order

violates his constitutional rights to freedom of speech and assembly. He also claimed the order and the mandated “No Boycott of Israel” certification in Maryland bids and contracts are unconstitutionally vague. In Monday’s ruling, the judge said Ali hasn’t shown that his free speech has been “chilled” by the certification requirement or that he engaged in any self-censorship. “Mr. Ali has not presented any allegations that he has ceased any boycotting activities that would be covered by the Executive Order, or that but for the certification, he would have expanded his boycotting activities,” she wrote. Blake also said Ali doesn’t allege that he boycotts Israel in his business capacity, except possibly for one sentence in a court filing that says he “will continue to refuse to do business with, for instance, American citizens who operate in the West Bank.” “Other than this,” the judge wrote, “Mr. Ali does not allege that he intends to participate in any activities that would be covered under the Executive Order, and it is not clear from Mr. Ali’s amended complaint that any of his potential

work for the state — were he to bid on and obtain a contract — would require him to work with other businesses.” In January 2019, when it filed the initial version of the suit, CAIR said 25 other states had enacted measures similar to Maryland’s through legislation or executive orders. CAIR attorney Gadeir Abbas said he was disappointed that Blake didn’t resolve the “ultimate question” of whether Maryland’s executive order is illegal. “Whether through this case or another, this is certainly not the end of the road for court challenges against these laws, which are clearly illegal,” he said. Raquel Coombs, a spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office, declined to comment on the judge’s ruling. Ali, a resident of Gaithersburg, served as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 2007 to 2011 and represented Montgomery County as a Democrat. He accused Hogan, a Republican, of making an “end-around” the Legislature by signing the executive order after lawmakers repeatedly rejected several “anti-BDS” bills targeting the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.


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why. Thompson said election judges will be “making sure all the devices are wiped down after we use it. That’s another thing that might slow up the process more. You don’t want to send someone right into a place if someone just came out of unless it has been wiped down, so I have to say, I think that will probably make it a little slower than usual.” Voting equipment will be sanitized after each use and voters will stand farther apart in line. “The fact that you can’t pull everybody in, we’re trying to keep everything on a one-to-one type basis. You have to spread so much stuff out,” Thompson said. “I think people know pretty much what to expect. It started out with the marking in the stores, so it’s going to be pretty much the same,” Samuels said. Friday afternoon, the Maryland State Board of Elections put out a revised set of public health instructions for in-person voting. Under the new policy, unless a voter has a medical condition, they must wear a mask to vote inside a voting center. Voters who refuse to wear a mask will have to fill out a provisional ballot in a separate area. Also, voters cannot be asked a list of COVID-19 screening questions, but election judges will ask, “Are you feeling OK?” They will also encourage anyone who says “no” to fill out a provisional ballot in a separate area.


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STAR-K Kosher Certification Looks Ahead to Continued Growth in the UAE

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he historic “Abraham Accord” peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has not only fully normalized the diplomatic relations between the two countries, it has paved the way for cooperation in tourism, education, healthcare, security, and trade. Even prior to the accord signing, the Department of Culture and Tourism issued a bilingual declaration instructing the managers of all hotel establishments to adhere to and implement Kosher food standards in the capital, Abu Dhabi. Yet, for STAR-K Certification, conducting Kashrus business in the UAE is nothing new. For about six years - before the “Abraham Accord” was even a thought - the agency has been traveling to Dubai to attend the Gulfood trade show, the world’s largest annual food and beverage trade exhibition. It is the crossroads for STAR-K’s regional presence in the South Asia region. Where Mideast, Far East, and West Meet STAR-K Kashrus Administrator Rabbi Avrohom Mushell heads the agency’s Far East & South Asia Division and has participated in the show alongside his STARK-Asia team, Rabbi Amos Benjamin and “Rabbi Joel” Weinberger - who run the STAR-K Far East and India/Sri Lanka offices, respectively - in addition to STARK’s Cochin office associates. STAR-K’s work in Dubai, he mentions, led to a further development -- its strong base in India, which has helped STAR-K branch out by setting up contacts in Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

“Rabbi Joel” Weinberger (in bright blue) with STAR-K-Asia Team “The Gulfood trade show puts Dubai on the map of food industry production and distribution worldwide,” notes Rabbi Mushell. “We have used Dubai as a uniquely placed venue for working with countries in Asia and the Middle East. Many Indian vendors use Dubai as a launching point for

their products to enter the Middle East. As a result, business opportunities for production and distribution continue to grow there.” Cousins Unite STAR-K Kashrus Administrator Rabbi Tzvi Rosen describes the trade show as having a very Western feel, rather than a Middle Eastern one. His whirlwind trip had him leaving Baltimore on a Monday red-eye flight which landed in Dubai on Tuesday morning. He worked the show the entire day and the next, and enjoyed eating dinner with the STAR-K-Asia team and the Cochin office associates before taking a direct flight home on Thursday, 3 a.m. He was back in STAR-K’s Baltimore offices for mincha that afternoon. Mentions Rabbi Rosen, “I wasn’t really in Dubai long enough to interact – although I did manage to pose for a photo with my new friend, Abdul Abdelak. He invited me to his booth and when I asked him what the name of his business is, he told me, ‘AMAZOUN’. ‘Oh,’ I said, like “mazon” (food in Hebrew)?’ ‘NO!’, he said, ‘AMAZON’! He was a food distributor in Dubai. “When I visited his booth the next day, he was so happy to see me he introduced me to all his friends,” continues Rabbi Rosen. “I had a very nice time with him and got a very positive impression of Dubai residents.”

buildings, it suddenly stops and turns into desert - there’s nothing but sand.”

STAR-K Kashrus Administrator Rabbi Chananya Jacobson meets with a UAE company rep One of Rabbi Jacobson’s assignments while in the UAE was doing an initial inspection of a state-of-the-art chocolate company. “I’ve been to several food manufacturers in India and other countries, and they are usually little offices tucked away in an industrial plot. This office looks like it’s Facebook or Google. It is a very modern, open, all glass-walled office, complete with a game room and a cafeteria where the employees can snack on chocolates. They are doing things differently there than they are in India and China, which made an impression on me – there’s a lot more flash.”

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While in Dubai, Rabbi Jacobson davened in one of two Orthodox shuls in the STAR-K Kashrus Administrator city, and provides a glimpse of that expeRabbi Tzvi Rosen and Abdul Abdelak at rience. “I toured the shul with fantastic people, the Gulfood trade show in Dubai community residents Ross and Elli Kriel, with whom I had a nice chat,” shares Rabbi Checking Out Chocolate and More STAR-K Kashrus Administrator Rabbi Jacobson. “The shul is housed in a villa; Chananya Jacobson visited the agency’s the bedrooms host guests from around the certified companies in the UAE, pre- world. There is a community kiddush on COVID. He paints the scene of what his Shabbos, prepared in the shul’s kitchen. In the Aron Kodesh, I saw something which mashgiach experience was like in Dubai. “Dubai is a very interesting place; it must be unique for an Ashkenazi shul: a is full of startling juxtapositions. Walking sefer Torah with a mantel that is inscribed down the street, you are just as likely to see in Arabic! [The back of the cover displays men wearing kanduras and ghutras as you the English translation, also stitched in are suits and ties. The factories are all on gold letters: “This Torah is dedicated in the outskirts of town. Although it is a really honor of His Excellency Mohamed Ali a built-up metro city with impossibly tall Alabbar, whose vision and character have

inspired his friends, Country and generation.”] It’s a nice out-of-town shul and every person that davens there has a story – I guarantee it!” The Kriels have played an integral role in their community. Ross Kriel is the founder and president of the Jewish community of the Emirates; his wife, Elli, is the founder of Elli’s Kosher Kitchen, a STAR-K-certified company which she launched in 2019 during the inauguration of “The Year of Tolerance”. “We are proud to welcome Elli’s Kosher Kitchen - which offers recipes infused with locally sourced flavors popular in the Emirati culture, prepared under the strictest kosher supervision – to the STAR-K family,” remarks STAR-K President Avrom Pollak. “We are also excited about the numerous inquiries that we are getting from UAE companies that manufacture food chemicals and other specialty foods suitable for export.” Talking Turkey in Dubai STAR-K’s Director of Development Steve Sichel traveled to Dubai for the first time when he was invited to present a Kosher seminar at the Gulfood trade show to Turkish exporters; it was arranged through the Turkish government. “It was really a whirlwind tour. I had flown to Sri Lanka to do inspections, spent Shabbos in Cochin, and then flew to Dubai. It was interesting giving the presentation because many of the people in the audience did not know English; I had a translator.” Mr. Sichel got to daven in the Chabad shul in Dubai which allowed him not to miss saying Kaddish for his father-in-law -- as he had been, wherever he traveled for STAR-K around the world. Moving Forward… Remarks “Rabbi Joel”, “We certify a variety of products- from dates to baklawa (see them in Dubai Duty Free) and aluminum pans to gum acacia. Active in Dubai - since 2014 - we play the role of a partner and supporter of the community as it develops in both its physical and spiritual growth. We look forward to growing in the region and continue exemplifying what we do best - with a smile.” Rabbi Mushell concurs, “STAR-K is proud to have been a long-standing source of support to the fledging Dubai Jewish community and we look forward to continued growth throughout the region.”


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ndependent Bob Wallace outspends Democrat Brandon Scott in Baltimore mayor’s race, reports show In the race for Baltimore mayor, new campaign finance reports show Independent candidate Bob Wallace has outspent Democrat Brandon Scott in the months leading up the Nov. 3 election. It is an unusual development in a city where the winner of the Democratic primary rarely has much of any competition in the general election. The mayor’s race is usually a sleeper on the November ballot as Democrats in Baltimore have that much of an edge in registered voters. But this year, the city is seeing something a little different. New reports filed in the Baltimore mayor’s race show, at least in fundraising, Wallace has been taken seriously.

The reports show what Scott and Wallace have raised and spent since mid-August. Wallace has raised $307,377 while Scott has raised $211,526. Wallace has spent $411,504, which is more than double the $150,587 spent by Scott. Wallace has also self-financed his campaign with $343,000 in personal loans. Scott had to raise money earlier in the year to run in a crowded Democratic primary. Wallace avoided a primary race by running as an Independent, allowing him to focus solely on the general election. “This is the first time in memory you have an Independent candidate who is really well funded and is really well qualified, and that is perhaps why Bob Wallace has received such a larger share of media attention than a non-Democratic challenger in this election normally would,” said Mileah Kromer, director of the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Goucher College.

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Europe’s Jewish Numbers Fall 90%

A new study has found that Europe’s Jewish population is vanishing, with the total number of Jews on the continent falling to a low not seen for almost 1,000 years. The findings are the result of a study commissioned by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR), which hired demographers Prof. Sergio Della Pergola and Dr. Daniel Staetsky to look at how many Jews remain in Europe. To reach their conclusions, the two academics studied population records and membership data in Jewish communities in Europe, the United Kingdom, Turkey, and Russia. According to the study, only 1.3 million Jews currently reside in Europe, a 60% drop over the past 50 years and the lowest number in 1,000 years. While 88% of world Jewry lived in Europe by the end of the 19th century, today the number has dwindled to 9% in what the demographers say is an “unprecedented” decrease.  The decline is particularly dramatic in France, which long was home to Europe’s largest Jewish population. Rising anti-Semitism and terrorism in the country have led 51,000 Jews to immigrate to Israel since 2000, leading France to be overtaken by Canada as home to the world’s second-largest Diaspora population.  “Jews in Europe had grown to constitute 83 percent of world Jewry in 1900. They now account for merely 9 percent of the total number of Jews worldwide,” wrote the authors. “The proportion of Jews residing in Europe

[in 2020] is about the same as it was at the time of the first Jewish global population account conducted by Benjamin of Tudela, a Jewish medieval traveler, in 1170.” The researchers listed a number of factors to explain the drop-off, including the six million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust. Another reason cited is the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, which resulted in 1.5 million Jews immigrating to Israel and the United States. Adding to the continent’s demographic downfall is the soaring intermarriage rate in western European countries such as Britain and the UK. With assimilation in the aforementioned states now above 50%, hundreds of thousands of Jews have been lost in what Jewish leaders call a “silent” or “second Holocaust.”

Mass Protests in Thailand

Tens of thousands of demonstrators flooded Bangkok on Sunday after Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha refused to step down. The protests took place in Bangkok’s central shopping district and were the first demonstrations since Prayuth removed the emergency measures banning demonstrations on October 15. During the rally, speakers called on Prayuth to step down and for Thailand to adopt a more democratic constitution.  “If he doesn’t resign, then we must come out to ask him to quit in a peaceful way,” said rally leader Jatupat “Pai” Boonpattararaksa. The protests calling on Prime Minister Prayuth to step down first exploded over the summer, leading the unpopular leader to pass emergency regulations banning demonstrations. Protesters allege that Prayuth, a former army chief of staff who led a coup in 2014, was illegitimately elected last year because laws had been changed to favor a pro-mil-

itary party. The premier has refused to resign despite the mounting protests and has committed to only discussing the matter in parliament. “The only way to a lasting solution for all sides that is fair for those on the streets as well as for the many millions who choose not to go on the streets is to discuss and resolve these differences through the parliamentary process,” said Prayuth. Other demands on behalf of the protesters include reforming the Thai monarchy to limit its power and immunity from the law. The demand is virtually unprecedented and breaks a longtime taboo against criticizing the royal family.   Public anger against the monarchy’s power has increased due to the provocative behavior of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who is currently widely unpopular due to the explosion of his personal wealth since taking over for his father. The king has also come under withering criticism for intervening in Thai political affairs, breaking tradition that kept the royal family out of governmental matters.  “Such open criticism of Thailand’s monarch by non-elites at a public place within Thailand with the police simply standing by is the first of its kind in Thai history,” noted Paul Rogers, a southeast Asia expert who teaches at Thailand’s Naresuan University.

UN Anti-Nuke Treaty Ratified An international treaty banning the use of nuclear weapons will now come into force after getting the necessary 50 countries to ratify the agreement. The milestone was reached on Saturday when Honduras became the 50th UN member state to approve the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). As per the UN’s bylaws, international treaties need at least 50 countries to ratify it for it to become law.  The TPNW will now take effect within the next 90 days. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres hailed the news, calling “the culmination of a worldwide movement to draw atten-

tion to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons.” Guterres added that the treaty “represents a meaningful commitment towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons, which remains the highest disarmament priority of the United Nations.” The treaty, which bans the manufacture and usage of nuclear weapons, had been passed in 2017 with the approval of 122 countries. However, it has been strongly opposed by virtually all of the world nuclear powers, including the U.S., UK, Russia, China, and India. The United States had fired off missives to all of the Treaty’s signatories imploring them to reverse the “strategic error” and reminding them that the U.S., Russia, China, Britain and France “stand unified in our opposition to the potential repercussions.” Japan, which remains the only country to ever be the recipient of a nuclear attack, voted against the treaty out of consideration of its deep security ties with the U.S. The decision not to ratify the treaty was controversial in Japan, which still bears the scars of the two atomic bombs the United States dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.  Despite the opposition of the world’s major powers, proponents of the treaty hailed its ratification as an important step in preventing the future use of the terrifying weapons. “This moment has been 75 years coming since the horrific attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the founding of the UN, which made nuclear disarmament a cornerstone,” said Beatrice Fihn, who directs the Nobel Prize-winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. “The 50 countries that ratify this Treaty are showing true leadership in setting a new international norm that nuclear weapons are not just immoral but illegal.”

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Looting continued unabated throughout Nigeria on Sunday, with shops and malls being torched in Lagos, the country’s largest city. Homes and businesses belonging to prominent lawmakers were attacked while the city’s largest prison was set ablaze. The looting spread to the central city of Jos, followed by the states of Adama and Taraba. In the city of Bukurum, a large market was destroyed, with looters making off with food and electronics.  The looting comes after two weeks of demonstrations across the country deteriorated into violence and anarchy, At least 70 people have been killed since tens of thousands of

Nigerians took to the streets on October 7 to protest what they say is the consistent violence meted out by the police’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad, or SARS. The unit is accused of engaging in a slew of illegal activities, including extrajudicial killings, kidnapping, and extortion. The protests have continued despite President Buhari ordering the police unit shuttered, with demonstrators demanding additional reforms in Nigeria’s government and the legal system. Last Tuesday, the African country was rocked when police and the military killed 12 unarmed citizens in the city of Lagos. The protests turned violent after the shootings, with the looting spreading from Lagos to cities throughout the African country. The disturbances continued despite a 24hour curfew the government imposed in an effort to curb the rioting.

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Malaysia’s King Sultan Abdullah refused a request by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to implement a state of emergency in order to battle

the coronavirus pandemic. The King explained his refusal by saying that he did not see the need for embarking on such a disruptive measure. “Al-Sultan Abdullah is of the opinion that there is no need at the moment for His Majesty to declare an emergency in the country or in any part of the country of Malaysia,” said the palace. “His Majesty is confident in the ability of the government under the leadership of the prime minister to continue to implement policies and enforcement efforts to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.” The King’s opposition is another blow for Muhyiddin’s bid to remain in power, as the government is slated to vote on the 2021 budget next month. With only a razor-thin minority in parliament and a coalition marked by rampant division and infighting, the budget’s passage is not guaranteed.  Should it fail to pass, the government would automatically dissolve and new elections would be triggered. The State of Emergency would have delayed the vote, granting Muhyiddin more time to marshal support. With the King’s refusal to approve the move, Muhyiddin faces the prospect of being ousted by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim,

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Chris Miller, the commander of the U.S. National Counter-Terrorism Center, confirmed that the notorious terror leader was killed. According to Miller, his “removal…from the battlefield is a major setback to a terrorist organization that is consistently experiencing strategic losses facilitated by the United States and its partners.” Miller added that the death of such a high-ranking figure “highlights the diminishing effectiveness of the terrorist organization.” Afghanistan’s Interior Minister Masoud Andarabi said on Sunday that Al-Masri had been responsible for nurturing the relationship between al-Qaeda and the Taliban. Al-Masri had been on the FBI’s Most Wanted List ever since a U.S. court charged him in 2018 with providing support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization. His death came on the 19th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of the war-torn country following the 9/11 terror attacks.  At the time, al-Qaeda was viewed as the world’s most fearsome and dangerous terror organization. The group has since splintered following battles with ISIS and almost two decades of U.S. counterterror efforts in Afghanistan. Last month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo estimated that only 200 al-Qaeda members remain in Afghanistan. 

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Abu Muhsin al-Masri, a high ranking al-Qaeda terrorist on the FBI’s Most Wanted List, was killed in a raid by Afghani special forces last week. Al-Masri, an Egyptian who was al-Qaeda’s second-in-command in India, was located in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province. He was killed in the resulting shoot-out with security forces while his personal assistant was taken into custody.  

Following months of negotiations with the United States, Sudan announced after it will embark on a process that will end with full normalization between the African Arab country and Israel. Sudan has long been an enemy of Israel, having fought the Jewish State in 1948 and later holding Khartoum’s famous “3 No’s” summit in 1967,


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delegations will meet in the coming weeks to negotiate agreements of cooperation in those areas as well as in agriculture, technology, aviation, migration issues, and other areas for the benefit of the two peoples. The leaders also resolved to work together to build a better future and advance the cause of peace in the region,” added the statement. The decision is not final, however, until Sudan’s parliament will ratify future agreement with the Jewish State. “This is an agreement to normalize; it is not yet normalization,” acting Foreign Minister Omar Gamereldin clarified. “We must wait for Sudan’s democratic institutions to be functional, including the legislative council, so we can complete the rati-

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz publicly bickered after Israel said that it wouldn’t stop the United States from selling the F-35 fighter jet

to the United Arab Emirates. Widely seen as the best air-toground fighter jet in the world, the F-35 joint strike fighter boasts advanced avionics and unprecedented stealth capabilities. Israel had agreed to pay its exorbitant price tag in 2010 after the U.S. promised not to sell it to any of its neighbors.  But after the UAE and Israel signed a peace deal in September, Abu Dhabi submitted a formal request to purchase the cutting-edge military hardware. Israel was thought to oppose the sale due to fear that its advanced capabilities would threaten its military edge.  Upon meeting with U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper in Washington a few days prior, Gantz was informed that the Trump administration would allow such a sale to go forward. In return, the U.S. promised to compensate Israel with “advanced weapons systems that will significantly upgrade its military capabilities, fortify Israel’s security and regional military superiority, and preserve its qualitative military edge in the coming decades.” But after news broke that Israel would not lobby the U.S. against selling the F-35 to the UAE, Gantz released a statement saying that the defense establishment had not had any say in the matter. He also accused Netanyahu of okaying the deal in backchannel talks with the U.S. that he conducted without informing the government.  According to Gantz, the negotiations were “known to Israeli officials who were part of the (normalization) negotiations, but were hidden from the defense establishment, who were not involved.” “As defense minister, I state that the defense establishment did not know about and was not told by the prime minister about the negotiations for the supply of high-quality weapons systems to the United Arab Emirates,” tweeted Gantz.  “If the defense establishment had been given this information, that would have enabled the correct and responsible management of the process,” he added. Gantz went on to say that he was “proud of our quick and fundamental work that led to the agreement I signed on Thursday with the U.S. defense secretary, which will ensure the


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qualitative edge of Israel’s defense system and of the IDF for decades to come.â€? Netanyahu responded by calling the statements “baseless,â€? saying in a Saturday evening press conference that Israel had never agreed to withdrawing its objections to the F-35 sale in exchange for peace with the UAE. Following Netanyahu’s initial public opposition to the F-35 deal back in August, senior UAE officials scuttled a meeting with their Israeli counterparts to express their displeasure. Reportedly, the UAE had believed Netanyahu wouldn’t ask Congress to vote against selling it F-35s, a belief that has now been proven to be correct.Â

Israel to Regulate FB and Twitter?

A new bill would severely limit the power that Facebook and Twitter have to censor content on political grounds. The bill, which was submitted by Likud MK Amit Halevi on Sunday, would prohibit social media companies from interfering with content that does not violate the law. If passed, it would be the first time that the Jewish State regulated tech giants. The legislation would divide social media companies into two categories. Tech giants that do not interfere with user content would be defined as “Exempt Social Media Companies� and would continue to enjoy immunity from lawsuits. The only material these companies would be allowed to remove are posts related to pedophilia, drug use, murder, and racism. However, companies that censor material on arbitrary grounds would be classified as “Limited Social Media Companies.� Under the law, social media companies that fall into the latter category would be obligated to publish a detailed document concerning their policies for taking down political content.

In addition, they would be forced to respond to user requests within 48 hours and would need to publish a report every four months summarizing their activities. Should Facebook or Twitter decide to delete content that does not violate the law, it would need to send the user a report explaining the reasoning behind it. Any decision to delete material or accounts that does not conform to its policies would result in an automatic NIS 25,000 fine.  The bill, which has a high likelihood of passing, comes following years of frustration over Twitter’s and Facebook’s frequent censorship of right-wing Israelis. Under the tech giants’ amorphous “community standards,� thousands of leading political pundits and even lawmakers have had their posts banned or deleted, and their accounts shut down. While the issue had been controversial for some time, it received increased attention earlier this month after Facebook shut down the account belonging to Shiboleth, Israel’s leading conservative publishing house. The decision to shutter Shiboleth’s account, which came at the height of a fundraising campaign, resulted in an uproar and led Halevi and other Likud lawmakers to threaten Facebook with legal action.  “The bill I submitted will not allow the technology giants to continue to grab the rope at both ends. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and others will have to decide whether the responsibility for published material is solely on the users and they do not operate censorship and blocking mechanisms,� said Halevi on Sunday.  Pointing to a recent executive order by President Donald Trump that exposed Facebook and Twitter to legal action after the latter censored his tweets, Halevi said that it was inconceivable that tech giants could decide to censor political opinions held by millions of Israelis.  “President Trump recently signed a presidential decree in exactly this spirit, and he is waiting for the Senate for it to be approved,� Halevi said. “I hope that this ‘Trump plan’ will be approved in the Knesset, with wall-to-wall consent, even before the Senate.�


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Are Oman and Saudi Arabia next on the list of Arab countries that will normalize relations with the Jewish State? According to Mossad chief Yossi Cohen, Oman is expected to imminently announce that it will establish full diplomatic ties with Israel. In a briefing he granted Israel’s Channel 12, the spymaster estimated that the picturesque Gulf State is in advanced stages to follow the UAE, Bahrain, and now Sudan in normalizing its ties with Israel. Oman, which issued a statement a month ago in support of Israel’s normalization with the United Arab Emirates, has long been eyed as a potential ally by Israeli officials. While Oman has never recognized Israel’s right to exist, former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have both paid public visits to Muskat in the past, with the most recent being in 2018.  However, Israel’s hopes of establishing diplomatic relations with Oman were dashed when Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said passed away suddenly in late 2019. With Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said replacing Qaboos on the throne in January, it was seen as unlikely that he would risk public anger by inking a peace deal with Israel, potentially jeopardizing his regime so soon after taking power.  Cohen also said that Saudi Arabia is eyeing establishing ties with Israel as well but would wait until after the U.S. presidential election in November. Should President Trump prevail, Riyadh would likely recognize Israel’s right to exist, while the chances of this happening would drop significantly should Joe Biden emerge victorious. “They seem to be waiting for the U.S. election, to give a ‘gift’ to the president-elect,” said Cohen.  

Trump has been pressuring Saudi Arabia to establish relations with Israel, predicting that Riyadh would be one of five Arab countries that would recognize Israel before the year is over. “We have at least five that want to come in,” Trump said. “We expect Saudi Arabia will be one of those countries.” While Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman has been promoting normalization, his father, King Salman, has ruled it out until the establishment of a Palestinian State. As the de-facto leader of the coalition of pragmatic Sunni states, Saudi Arabia would dramatically reshape the Middle East should it indeed follow the UAE, Bahrain, and Sudan in exchanging ambassadors with Israel.

The Fight for the F-22

Israel hopes that the U.S. will sell it the F-22 Raptor as compensation for allowing the United Arab Emirates to purchase the F-35 fighter jet. Widely seen as the most advanced fighter jet in the world, the F-22 Raptor surpasses the F-35 in stealth, range, and weaponry. Its technology that renders it invisible to radar is so secret that federal law explicitly prohibits the U.S. from exporting the F-22 to foreign governments.  Israel, along with many other countries, has long hoped that a friendly U.S. administration would agree to amend the aforementioned law and provide it with the fifth-generation fighter. With Washington readying to sell the F-35 to Arab states such as the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and perhaps Qatar, Israel is asking the Pentagon for the Raptor in order to maintain its military edge.  The effort to obtain the F-22 would likely be fraught with challenges. Not only would it involve

convincing Congress to scrap the law banning exports of the jet, manufacturer Lockheed Martin would need to restart its production line. The American aerospace giant had shuttered its F-22 factories in 2012 to make room for the F-35 after the Pentagon said that it would stop producing the stealth aircraft. However, Jerusalem expects that the Trump administration would pull out all the stops to ensure that the IDF is not surpassed technologically by its neighbors. By law, the U.S. is obligated to maintain the Qualitative Military Edge Israel has over Arab states and must consult with it before embarking on weapons deals in the Middle East.  Israeli defense officials have grown increasingly worried that the recent normalization agreements with the UAE, Bahrain, and Sudan are a prelude to a regional arms race. The UAE has already filed a request to purchase the F-35, which is likely to be approved, along with Qatar and potentially Saudi Arabia.  While Israel told the U.S. this past Saturday that it would not oppose the F-35 deal to the UAE, it is pressuring Washington to provide the Jewish State with cutting-edge weaponry as compensation. As part of the talks, Defense Minister Benny Gantz met with Defense Secretary Mark Esper last week at the Pentagon where he informed his U.S. counterpart of the list of weapons Israel is requesting.   Apart from the F-22, Israel is hoping to be given the V-22 Osprey, a platform that takes off like a helicopter but flies like an airplane and is used for inserting commandos behind enemy lines. Another weapon on Israel’s wish list is the Sikorsky-Lockheed Martin’s CH-53K helicopter, along with increasing the amount of military aid it gets annually.  “Our qualitative advantage is narrowing with respect to planes, drones, armament, and air defense systems,” a senior defense official told Haaretz. “The pace of change in the Middle East is high. It’s a different Middle East from what it was in the last decade, and many countries that are not in direct conflict with Israel are investing huge sums to build some of the most advanced air forces and air defense systems in the world.”

IDF 5-Day Drill

The IDF kicked off a mammoth five-day drill this past Sunday that mimicked all-out war in Lebanon. Titled “Lethal Arrow,” the exercise simulated Israel fighting a multifront war in the north, with Iranian-backed proxy militias showering the country with missiles from Lebanon and Syria. The drill was the largest of the year and featured thousands of soldiers from branches all across the military, including cyber, intelligence, the air force, the navy, and ground forces. “Headquarters, conscripted troops and reservist forces are taking part in the exercise, alongside the air force, navy and ground forces, as well as the intelligence, technology and logistics, teleprocessing and cyber defense directorates,” the IDF said. Preparations for the exercise saw every IDF commander from the rank of major in both the standing army and the reserves summoned to a two-day seminar dedicated to hammering home the fundamentals of ground combat. In a talk with the assorted officers, IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi said that the next round of hostilities with Hezbollah would see the ground forces push deep into Lebanon and Syria instead of the IDF relying only on the air force.  “It is impossible to bring about an achievement against the enemy without maneuvering, without a massive influx of forces and without your own forces,” said Kochavi.  The IDF had been planning for the exercise for over a year but was forced to implement widespread changes due to the unforeseen coronavirus. Safety measures at the drill this week included mandating that reservists be divided into “capsules” that prevented them from accessing any part of the base other than their barracks, holding briefings outdoors, and tapping military police to enforce mask-wearing.  Kochavi had butted heads with Health Ministry staff in the weeks


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leading up to Lethal Arrow. While the aforementioned ministry demanded that the drill be drastically scaled back or even scrapped altogether, Kochavi argued that the lack of training would leave the IDF unprepared in the event of war. The IDF had canceled the majority of training exercises this past year due to the coronavirus and a budgetary shortfall, making Lethal Arrow particularly important. 

Peace with Lebanon?

Could a peace deal between Israel and Lebanon be in the cards? This week, Defense Minister Benny Gantz signaled optimism about the prospect of an eventual peace deal between Israel and its neighbor to the north, as the two countries hold rare indirect talks on demarcating their maritime border. Gantz made the comments while visiting a large-scale military exercise in Israel’s north meant to simulate a war with Lebanese terror group Hezbollah, an Iran proxy sworn to Israel’s destruction that plays a major role in Lebanese politics. “I also hear positive voices in Lebanon that are even talking about peace with Israel, who are implementing processes with us like shaping the maritime border,” Gantz was quoted as saying in a statement from his office. His comments come after the daughter of Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun said she was open to peace with Israel, albeit under certain conditions. Gantz’s words came a day before representatives from Israel and Lebanon, which are still technically at war, were set to meet in southern Lebanon for rare talks aimed at resolving a maritime border dispute to allow for oil and gas exploration in the area.

Lebanon has stressed that the talks are strictly technical and are not aimed at normalization with Israel, which has likewise downplayed the significance of the negotiations, though Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said earlier this month they could eventually yield a peace agreement. On Tuesday, the UN’s peacekeeping force held a three-way meeting with Israeli and Lebanese officers about border issues. UNIFIL head Maj. Gen. Stefano Del Col said the sides had made progress in de-escalating tensions. Lebanon and Israel had a shortlived peace agreement in 1983, though it was with a government in Beirut that had been propped up by Israeli forces who invaded Lebanon a year earlier. Hezbollah, which is a power player in the unstable world of Lebanese politics, has denounced the recent Gulf states’ treaties with Israel, though Lebanon’s prime minister-designate Saad Hariri is backed by Saudi Arabia, which has quietly supported the Gulf’s opening toward Israel.

Rabbis Support Trump

President Donald Trump tweeted his thanks to a group of leading Orthodox rabbis who seemingly endorsed his reelection effort. Mishpacha, a popular Orthodox weekly, had published last week what appeared to be a public letter by 13 senior rabbis and community leaders calling on their followers to vote for Trump in next week’s election. In the missive, the rabbis wrote of their


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overwhelming support within the Orthodox community. Apart from his insistence that synagogues be declared essential, the president’s strong support for Israel and his pardon of Rabbi Shalom Mordechai Rubashkin have earned him widespread popularity. In July, Rav Shmuel Kamenetzy, shlita, endorsed Trump during an interview he gave to Mishpacha. 

Postal Worker Discards Mail

A United States Postal Service employee has been charged for destroying mail, including absentee ballots, which he allegedly threw in a dumpster, U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman announced

on Monday. DeShawn Bojgere of Louisville, Kentucky, has been charged with the delay or destruction of mail, which is a federal crime. Sometime between October 5 and October 15, Bojgere allegedly threw a “large quantity” of mail in a construction dumpster, including about 111 general election absentee ballots from the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office that were being mailed for voters to fill out, according to the press release.  There were also about 69 mixed class pieces of flat rate mail, 320 second class pieces of mail, and two national election campaign flyers from a political party in Florida. The mail in the dumpster was from a single route for one scheduled delivery day. Bojgere, who no longer works for the Postal Service, admitted to special agents that he was responsible for discarding the mail. All of the mail has since been put back in the system for delivery. Bojgere, 30, faces no more than five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and one year of supervised release after serving the sentence, if convicted. 

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This week, Washington state agriculture officials announced that the first “murder hornet” nest discovered in the United States had been successfully destroyed. The battle to prevent the invasive Asian giant hornet, which can devastate honeybee colonies, from gaining a foothold is just beginning. Officials are asking residents to be on the lookout for these dangerous insects. Entomologists were able to attach radio trackers to three hornets that had been caught in a trap last week, and one of those led them to the nest, which was discovered on Thursday and destroyed over the weekend. While most Asian giant hornet nests are in the ground, this one was

in a tree. Officials had to work quickly to destroy the hive; this is the time of year when new queens could emerge from a nest and form new colonies. Workers wore special suits to protect against the insects. These hornets can sting repeatedly and spit venom. They used foam to seal crevices, wrapped the tree in cellophane, and then used a vacuum hose to suck out the hornets. Carbon dioxide gas was pumped in to kill what remained. The nest in Blaine, which is in Whatcom County on the U.S.-Canada border, marked the first time a nest of these hornets has been found in the U.S. The Asian giant hornet was first detected in Washington state in December, and the first insect was trapped in July. The hornets are native to Asia and have been documented in parts of China and India, and in Thailand, Malaysia and other countries, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A group of the world’s largest hornets can kill an entire colony of honeybees in hours.Honeybee populations have been in a worrying decline. The number of honeybee hives in the U.S. has dropped from 6 million in the 1940s to around 2.5 million, the USDA said last year. The insects typically don’t attack people or pets, but will do so when threatened.

Show Me the Monet

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Want a side of a claw with that fried chicken sandwich? Yes, we said “claw,” not “slaw.” Chef Chris Bleidorn is now offering a fried chicken sandwich complete with a chicken claw coming out of the dinner fare at Birdbox, his restaurant in San Francisco. Bleidorn says he’s offering the chicken talons because he “loves poultry” and wants people to think more about what they’re eating. “Our habit is we go to a store and buy a bag full of 24 chicken wings or 24 chicken drums. They could be in the frozen section or pre-packed in the deli, and we see people mindlessly toss them into their carts, not thinking that 24 wings come from 12 chickens,” Bleidorn said. By including the chicken foot in the sandwich, the dish is “waste-free” and the whole bird can be used for cooking. Showcasing the dish on Instagram, Bleidorn writes, “We aren’t shy about showing off a little leg. And by a little leg, we mean the WHOLE leg – deboned thigh, drumstick, Claude the Claw.” Some consumers have understandably called the sandwich “creepy,” “horrifying,” or “stomach-churning.” One chef, though, is accusing Bleidorn of stealing his idea. Nate Middleton had offered the Handshake Sandwich in Toronto in 2016. “There have been ZERO fried chicken sandwiches with the foot attached until mine. Super proud of that. Your copy is the second I have seen Buddy,” Middleton tweeted. As of now, Bleidorn insists it’s a coincidence. We’ll call it a claw coincidence.

If you long for those days when you would snuggle under the covers with a flashlight to hide your nighttime reading from your parents, you should head to Taiwan. A new bookshop in the country is offering the same experience. Visitors there are blanketed in extreme darkness, except for dim spotlights over the books that line the walls. The unique bookshop was created and founded by the award-winning architecture and space designer Chu Chih-kang. The mix of the pitch-dark environment and dimly-lit books creates the illusion that the books are “floating” while the rest of the space disappears. There are 400 bookshelves in the shop, each with just one “floating” book. “This is designed so that people can focus on every book. In an environment where you can’t see, your other senses will be heightened,” Su Yu-shan, the shop manager, explains. Lest you need a bit more light to feel your way around the shelves, keep in mind that flashlights and flashes are banned inside the sore. Other rules are posted at the front of the door: “Don’t shout when someone steps on your toes. Step on his/hers,” “If someone wants the same book (as you), buy the book or get his/her number,” and “If you think it’s too dark inside, pick up a tree branch and shout: ‘Lumos’.” According to the store’s staff, the store is not just about books and reading; it’s an entrance into your soul. “In this environment, you’re free to be yourself, to communicate with your soul -- your truest self,” Su said. As such, the entrance of Wuguan is decorated as a traditional Chinese mourning hall. It’s a metaphor for visitors to let go of the images and judgments that have held them back. In other words, don’t judge a book by its cover.

Dunkin’ is not just a great place to get your morning coffee. You can find your bashert there, too. Earlier this month, a couple in Oklahoma got married at a Dunkin’ drive-thru – the same Dunkin’ where they first met. John Thompson had met Dunkin’s manager Sugar Good in 2015, when she worked the drive-thru each morning and he cruised through for his coffee and breakfast sandwiches. “He ordered a large hot coffee with cream and sugar and a sausage egg and cheese croissant. It was like clockwork every day,” Sugar said. Eventually, Sugar shared her information with John, and they started going out. When John proposed, he sentimentally bent down on one knee in the eatery’s parking lot and asked for Sugar’s hand in marriage. Once the food chain heard about the couple’s love for each other and for their doughnuts, they offered to hold the marriage ceremony at the drive-thru. “We were honored and graciously accepted,” Sugar wrote on Facebook. On October 13, the day of their wedding, a sign near the drive-thru microphone at the store invited any and all well-wishers to come celebrate Sugar and John’s “Dunkin’ Love Story” by stopping by for a free doughnut. What can be sweeter? The couple was even provided with a doughnut “bouquet” and doughnut “cake” after Sugar and John exchanged vows — she from the drive-thru window, and he from his truck. For those who don’t appreciate doughnuts as much as the new couple, they also had another ceremony in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, where they celebrated with family and friends. And now we can say that “America weds on Dunkin’.”


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Take It On The Chin By Rabbi Zvi Teichman

The saga of Avraham begins in earnest as he and his family set out on their fateful trek to the Promised Land. After finally settling in the land, a famine strikes. Avraham is compelled to descend with his entire entourage to Egypt. Sarah portrays herself as the sister of Avraham, fearing that were the Egyptians to know she was married they might slay her husband in order to claim her, and is promptly taken by Pharaoh who intends to take her as a wife. He and his household are stricken with a plague and he subsequently discovers she is

actually Avraham’s wife. He bestows them with great gifts and wealth sending them on their way back to the holy land. The Midrash cites eleven parallels in the episode of Avraham that portend for his descendants, Yaakov and his children and subsequent generations, and their need to go down in the future to Egypt as well. They too initially escaped a famine, were eventually threatened with their lives, and left with great riches. The last verse succinctly describes Avraham’s return journey to the land.

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He proceeded on his journeys... to the place where, ‫ אהלה‬, his tent, had been at first... )‫(בראשית יג ג‬, The Midrash correspond these journeys to those traveled by the Children of Israel during the challenging forty year sojourn in the desert after the exodus from Egypt. We know very little about the nature of Avraham’s trip back to his former residence, as the Torah leaves out any details of his encounters on the way back home. On the other hand we are well informed regarding the many trials and tribulations, successes and failures, our nation endured during the fate filled forty years in the desert. There must be something we may extract from that portentous and successful return of Avraham that might have inspired those later generations to understand where they may have gone astray? We are equally taught that the pitfalls of that forty year period forebode all future ‘journeys’ our people would undergo in the long exile. What lesson may we derive from this pithy recording of Avraham’s travels to fortify ourselves in our journeys? Rashi quoting the Talmud reveals a rather intriguing concept alluded to in this verse. The Talmud sees in the emphasis of Avraham having ‘proceeded on his journeys’ as a reference to his ‘former journeys’, intimating that Avraham made it his business on this return trip to retrace his steps and lodged at the very same inns he stayed in during his descent to Egypt. The Talmud instructs every person to never deviate from patronizing the places that formerly hosted them. ):‫(ערכין טז‬ The Talmud queries as to what extent must one remain loyal to one’s host in never seeking alternate accommodations and responds that unless the host reaches a point of frustration and hits the guest or hands them their luggage, one must still not change lodgings. The Talmud goes on to present a dispute between Rav and Shmuel, with Shmuel maintaining that even if the host smacked the wife of his guest it wouldn’t yet warrant his leaving.

Rav contends that certainly staying beyond that point would create too much of a quarrel to expect his guest to stay. Is it possible to even suggest that a guest would be expected to remain even after his wife was beaten? That Talmud goes on to ask, what is the objective of this stubborn refusal to allow one to leave one’s host even in such a tense filled environment before the point of actually striking the guest or disposing of his luggage? It explains that it is based on the premise of ‫ — פוגם ונפגם‬degrade and be degraded, the reputation of the host will be ruined as people will besmirch him that he is a difficult individual, and the reputation of the guest will be sullied as people will allege that he must have done something improper to be deserving of being booted out. Does the concern for someone else’s social status take precedence over one’s own happiness and comfort? Is the preserving of one’s own stature and perception in the eye of the public not a personal choice, to be dictated by the Torah? Is this portrayal of Avraham, as one who evidently strove for excellence in this specific area of interpersonal relationships, related to his identity as the paradigm of chesed, kindness? Truthfully, this may be the very first depiction in Torah of Avraham engaged in a specific act of kindness. We would then rightfully expect this to embody the essence of all chesed. What is it about this behavior that exemplifies kindness? Perhaps what is being conveyed in this example is the notion that the greatest kindness is when we exhibit tolerance of one another. It is easier to engage in physical acts of kindness then it is to tolerate another person’s annoying behavior. Certainly there are times when caustic conduct has to be rejected outright and not tolerated, but too often our reactions are ignited by personal frustration and a desire to assure our own personal levels of comfort. Likely the subject of this lesson in tolerance, the innkeeper, is not one who is a wanton criminal who swipes


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at all those who get in his way. The pressures and expectations placed upon him, even if he is being remunerated, would test the temperaments of even the most gracious host or hostess. We are dealing with someone who weakens in the moment of frustration, but whose behavior is not necessarily indicative of a fatal or dangerous flaw. If he lashes out physically or takes hold of the baggage of the guest to throw him out, he has exhibited something chronically wrong in his character. That might begin to explain the rationale behind Shmuel’s thinking that although the host may have lashed out at the guest’s wife, it is not yet fully indicative of his having reached the point of no return as it would be were he to act out against the guest himself. This character trait is not as much about not causing undo harm to a host nor to one’s own reputation as it is a lesson in tolerating and understanding others, as well as tolerating ourselves, in not reflexively protecting our ‘turf’ without any concern for the flaw of character one displays by one’s impatience. The verse describes how Avraham returned to the original place of, ‫אָהֳ ֹלה‬, his tent. Although this word ends in the feminine ‫אהלה‬, her tent, we read it in the masculine as if it were written ‫אהלֹו‬, his tent. Earlier, when Avraham arrives from Charan he first builds an altar then proceeds to pitch his tent. There too, the Torah writes, ‫ויט אהלה‬, although we pronounce it ‫אהלו‬. Rashi enlightens by teaching that it is written in the feminine form, her tent, rather than in the masculine, his tent, to teach us that he first pitched Sarah’s tent, then he attended to his own. But then why did it repeat it again upon his return? Didn’t we know this was Avraham’s custom already? If indeed Avraham exemplified the ability to tolerate others as we derived earlier, then certainly his beloved partner was equal to the task. How would a wife be able to accept her husband’s gracious generosity towards others at her own expense, especially according to Shmuel who would call for Avraham to remain loyal to his host even if his wife was treated coarsely? Although the word ‫אהָ ֹלה‬, ָ ‘his/her tent’, implies both his and her tent,

there is no clear evidence that either one is primary? Perhaps what the Torah is accentuating is the fact that in the eyes of Sarah she sensed that even his tent was hers, there was never a sense of division, let alone contention. This in fact is the true first selfless act reported in the Torah as displayed by Avraham. In everything he did he conveyed it was for others, and primarily for his wife. With that confidence she trusted Avraham in his gauging the attitude of their hosts even whilst she ‘took it on the chin’! Throughout the sojourn in the desert the Jewish nation at times intolerantly ‘kvetched’ to the ultimate ‘Host’, the Lord of Host’s, forgetting to inculcate this critical quality of tolerance, that can empower even the most challenged to rise to greatness. Each step in the journey of life challenges us to see how tolerant we are in dealing with what appears to threaten our comfort zones, and beckons us to emulate the qualities of Avraham and Sarah, in maintaining our dignity and sense of mission in infusing the world with understanding, tolerance and selfless kindness. The great and fiery Hungarian rabbinic leader Rabbi Eliezer Zussman-Sofer sees in this dictum to never forsake one’s ‫אכסניא‬, host, a deep lesson that encompasses all of life on this earth. Every station along the trek of life is called a ‫מסע‬, journey, as indeed Avraham’s lodgings are referred to as ‫מסעיו‬, travels. Each stop along that road challenges us to never forget it is merely a ‘hosting’, not a permanent residence. We are placed in every situation in life so we may react with dignity, sensitivity and purpose. We must never lose that perspective and always maintain our composure in responding with positivity, thoughtfulness and kindly tolerance. If we live by this credo we will be able to ‘take it on the chin’, no matter what may come our way, living up to the legacy of our illustrious patriarchs and matriarchs, meriting our eternal reward when we finally reach that final destination and permanent residence, the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, may it be speedily in our days.


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arshas Lech Lecha tells the story of the four kings who defeated the five kings. Among the captives they took was Lot, Avraham’s nephew. He left the presence of Avraham to seek out greener pastures in the fertile, yet spiritually barren, city of Sedom. The pasuk tells us of a man who came to tell Avraham the news that his nephew had been captured, “Va’yavo ha’palit, And the fugitive came and told Avraham...” (14:13) .The Midrash tells us that this “fugitive” was Og, the giant who later attempted to kill the Jews by throwing a mountain down on their camp. “Why is he called ‘Og’?” asks the Midrash, “Because he came to inform Avraham Avinu while he was baking matzos, which are called “ugos.” (As mentioned at the end of the Pesach Seder, this story of Lot occurred on the night of Pesach.) This seems puzzling. Surely there are more appropriate nicknames for Og. Why does the Torah name him after this seemingly insignificant occurrence at the time of his encounter

with Avraham? ◊◊◊ My grandfather Rav Binyamin Kamenetzky, zt”l, would tell the story of Rav Shimon Galei, a renown tzaddik in Eretz Yisroel, who was once involved in an automobile accident. As he lay injured on the side

really want to help me, please start observing Shabbos!” The next day, a couple came to the hospital to visit Rav Galei. With tears in her eyes, the woman started speaking. “We witnessed your accident yesterday and ran over to help. We

Every interaction with a tzaddik is a moment to capture.

of the road, a few people ran to help him, among them a secular police officer. “How can I help you, rabbi?” the officer asked, as he tried to assess the rav’s injuries. Rav Galei, noticing the absence of a kippah on the officer’s head, did not hesitate for a moment. Putting his own painful leg injury aside, he pleaded with the officer, “If you

watched as the officer tried to help you, but you refused his help and only begged him to start observing Shabbos. We were not religious until yesterday. But when we saw how devoted you are to G-d, and how important Shabbos is to you, we decided that we too will start to observe Shabbos!” ◊◊◊ My grandfather explained that

every interaction with a tzaddik is a moment to capture. One can gain inspiration for a lifetime, or one can continue on with his life unaffected and lose it. Og met Avraham and observed him doing a mitzvah. He took this moment and was inspired to save a life! Hashem rewarded Og for this good deed, and his name is etched into eternity as testimony to testify that an encounter with a tzaddik and a moment of inspiration can change the world for the good.

Rabbi Shmuel Kamenetzky is the Director of Advancement at Yeshiva of South Shore – Yeshiva Toras Chaim Beis Binyamin. He is currently compiling the Torah thoughts from his grandfather, Rav Binyamin Kamenetzky, zt”l, into print, in Hebrew and English. If you have any stories or divrei Torah to share from his grandfather, or to subscribe to receive a weekly dvar Torah from Rav Binyamin Kamenetzky’s teachings, you can email him at skamenetzky@yoss.org.


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was working at my job in the Municipality when I received an emergency alert from United Hatzalah’s Dispatch and Command Center regarding a young child locked in a hot car on Ahronovitz Street right nearby. I drove down Sokolov Street on my ambucycle and was at the scene in less than a

minute. When I arrived, the father of the young girl was very agitated and told me that his daughter got locked in the car after he accidentally left the keys inside. I pulled out the special equipment that I have that allows me to open locked cars, and within 15 seconds I had the door of the car open and picked up the infant girl. I gave her to her father who embraced her warmly and performed a quick medical check. Thankfully all of the girl’s vital signs checked out. She was in good condition. The father couldn’t thank me

enough. And I smiled as I told him that I was happy to help and that it was all part of the job. This is one of the many emergency calls that I have gone to that make all of the training and volunteering worthwhile. I’ve been volunteering with United Hatzalah for the past 11 years, and this isn’t the first child that I have rescued from a hot car. One month over the summer, I had three instances like this. Each one is special and each is incredibly important as being locked in a hot car can be fatal to a child in a matter of minutes.

I myself am a family man. I have been married for more than 20 years and have a bunch of teenagers at home. While I’ve already passed the time where I myself have small children, I know what it means to be a parent having an emergency. Throughout the years, we’ve had many of our own. Thankful, my wife has always supported me the entire way as a volunteer as have my children. Volunteering as an EMT is one of the joys of my life. Situations like these – where I can save a young child from irreparable damage or even death – make it so.

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love the streets of Jerusalem whose inspiring names bring thousands of years of Jewish history to life. And yet, one of my favorite streets in central Jerusalem is named after Abraham Lincoln. Many years ago, while taking a taxi to a meeting on that block, I could not contain my smile when the cabdriver pronounced the street name “Linc-o-lin” (his pronunciation was actually quite understandable because, in Hebrew, the second to last letter is a “lamed”). Humorous Hebrew pronunciation aside, what did Lincoln do for the Jewish people to merit having a street named after him? Arguably America’s greatest and most morally virtuous president, Abraham Lincoln is most famous for abolishing slavery and granting legal equality to black Americans. Lesser known is the fact that Lincoln championed and defended the rights of Jewish Americans during a time period when it was difficult and unfashionable to do so. To Lincoln, eradicating persecution against blacks and Jews was synonymous, as one of his core principles, as articulated in many of his speeches but immortalized in his monumental “Gettysburg Address,” was that “all men are created equal.” Abraham Lincoln grew up in a religious household, and his parents were members of the Calvinist Baptist Church, which – unlike most other churches during that time period – strongly opposed missionizing Jews. The anti-proselytizing environment of his youth left an indelible mark on Lincoln, helping foster his deep love of humanity and empowering him to include Jews in his diverse social network. Indeed, Lincoln’s

valued friend, philosophical brother and trusted confidant was a proud Jew named Abraham Jonas, which probably helped sensitize him to the repugnance of ethnic and religious prejudice.

sands of Jews fighting for the Union. However, his most famous public action was reversing a wartime order by the Union’s most successful general, Ulysses S. Grant, expelling Jews from areas under his control. The day after

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knew “of no distinction between Jews and Gentile.” Rebuking Grant, whose mistrust of the Jews unfortunately reflected the general feelings of society towards the immigrant population which had ballooned from 3,000 in the early 1800s to more than 150,000 by 1865, Lincoln didn’t mince words in stating that “to condemn a class is, to say the least, to wrong the good with the bad. I do not like to hear a class or nationality condemned on account of a few sinners.” Abraham Lincoln mentioned to his wife on the afternoon before he was tragically assassinated that, after completion of his second term in office, they should travel to Europe and Palestine, and ironically expressed a desire to see Jerusalem before he died. Perhaps naming a street in Jerusalem fulfills Abraham Lincoln’s unrealized wish. Or perhaps it merely reflects American Jewry’s tremendous gratitude to Lincoln who, as Jonathan Sarna in Lincoln and the Jews eloquently wrote, “promoted the inclusion of Jews into the fabric of American life and helped to transform Jews from outsiders in America to insiders.”

Lincoln’s valued friend, philosophical brother and trusted confidant was a proud Jew named Abraham Jonas

[Jonathan D. Sarna and Benjamin Shapell’s groundbreaking historical book, Lincoln and the Jews, was the primary resource for this article.]

the order was revoked, a delegation of Jewish leaders traveled to Washington, D.C., to thank the President. According to Isaac Mayer Wise, editor of The American Israelite newspaper, Lincoln assured his visitors that he

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hen I prepare to write about some of the places that we visited, many times I wonder: is there is enough material to write about and will it be interesting enough for the readers? Obviously, certain trips were filled with exciting adventures; other times we were exposed to fascinating places and people, while some of our journeys offered us opportunities for personal accomplishments. Then there were some that lacked any special features, nevertheless Pesi and I felt gratified to have made those trips as well. Many of our trips were in conjunction with our two annual trips to Poland. During the summer, we went to the retreats sponsored by the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation, where we would teach and give lectures about Yiddishkeit. A few weeks later, we would go to Warsaw where I was officiating as the chazzan in the Nozyk Synagogue for the Yomim Noraim. After our summer trips and in between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, we would travel around different European countries. Many times, these trips offered additional

A view of Wroclaw

kiruv opportunities, and on other occasions it was mostly sightseeing. In either case, we gained so much from these experiences and my articles are based on those highlights. In 2008, after spending Rosh Hashana in Warsaw, we went for Shabbos Shuva to Wroclaw. This Polish city was actually the German city of Breslau, which was given to Poland after World War II in an arrangement made by the Allied victors. Bor-

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ders were shifted so that eastern Poland was given to the Soviet Union, while eastern Germany was annexed by Poland. Before the war, there were Orthodox Jews there, but they were overshadowed by the larger Reform movement as Breslau was a leading center of the Haskalah. Immediately after the war and for a number of years afterwards, Jewish communal activities continued there but after the 1968 mass emigration only one

Orthodox synagogue and one secular club serviced the remaining Jews of Wroclaw. In the early nineties, I got to know Jerzy Kichler, who was the head of the kehilla. He tried to rebuild the community and had some minor successes but remained with major challenges. When Pesi and I arrived for that Shabbos we stayed by Rabbi Yitzchok Rapaport, his wife, and their three small children. Yitzchok arranged that I would give a lecture at his home to a group of seven Jewish university students. The theme was, of course, the coming Yom Kippur holiday. Friday was the only day that we had time to see Wroclaw. The Old Town Square and the many houses that surround it as well as the adjoining streets were created in the 13th century with many additions added over the centuries. The shapes and colors of the slim, tall buildings and their decorative features have a fairytale look. We visited some famous houses and marveled at the early 1800’s University library – truly a stunning interior which overwhelms the visitor. As usual we

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nia. Why Estonia? Because we were never there before. Yom Kippur was starting on Wednesday evening and we would have two days to explore this country located by the Baltic Sea across from Finland before returning to Warsaw. Estonian history during different eras was very much tied into its neighboring countries, Sweden, Finland, Russia and to the Ger-

The shapes and colors of the slim, tall buildings and their decorative features have a fairytale look

man-dominated Hanseatic League. The Jewish population was always small, never more than five thousand people. Most Jews escaped the invading Nazis by fleeing to the Soviet Union, but about one thousand Jews were killed during the Holocaust. Jewish life resurfaced after the fall of the U.S.S.R. and the emergence of an independent Estonia. I did some research about the local community, and we were enthusiastic about meeting and connecting with our Estonian brothers and sisters. We arrived at our hotel late in mid-afternoon and immediately went out to explore the city. We headed to Tallinn’s Old Town, which a UNESCO World Heritage Site and for a good reason. The Old Town is one the best-preserved medieval trading city in the world. The city walls and fortifications, the merchant’s houses,

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Shabbos morning over twenty-five people showed up. I led the davening but was saddened by the bickering and infighting that seems to persist in many small kehillahs. My Shabbos Shuva drasha was centered on this theme and the need for peace and harmony through compromise. We ate the Shabbos seudos by the Rapaports and were joined only by two other people. Motzei Shabbos we spent in serious discussions concerning the future of this community. The conflicting emotions of despair and hope permeated the atmosphere during this auspicious time of the year. At a time of the year that our concerns are about our very lives and existence, our communities are also being judged about their future survival. On Sunday morning, we left Wroclaw and flew to Tallinn, Esto-

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could not satiate our eyes with these spectacular sights and did not stop snapping pictures. At one point, Yitzchok who had escorted us, rushed us back to his apartment as Shabbos was rapidly approaching. The Shabbos tefillos took place at a youth club since the shul was in middle of a restoration project. Friday night we had no minyan but

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A quaint street in Tallinn’s Old Town

the squares, and the public buildings combined with the narrow winding cobble-stoned streets were enchanting. We walked for a few hours and still could get enough of its charm. We promised ourselves a return visit the next day. Before returning to our hotel, we stopped by at the Winter Garden where we listened to a jazz concert. I appreciate jazz, Pesi does not, but this concert was actually irritating

to both of us. We could not leave in middle, so we escaped during the intermission. We returned to our room, davened, and warmed up our Schick’s canned dinner, took nice hot showers, and went to sleep early. When we planned our trip to Tallinn, I did not realize that there was an operating Chabad synagogue in town. Monday morning after davening and eating breakfast we went out to reserve a guided tour of the

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city. This included a one-hour bus tour and an informative one-hour walking tour in the Old Town. It was our guide who made me aware that there is a beautiful new synagogue and that its rabbi was Chabad. The guide gave me the rabbi’s number, and I called Rabbi Shmuel Kot. Rabbi Kot welcomed me and asked if we could come towards the evening. He said that although there was no weekday minyan, he had scheduled a lecture to a group of Jewish students that evening and would be honored if I gave it. I accepted the offer, especially when he mentioned that there was a kosher restaurant within the shul building where we could eat dinner. The rest of that day we wandered around the Old Town which had a magnetic attraction to both of us. We visited both the City Museum and the Estonian Heritage Museum. And, of course, we took almost one hundred photos! Towards the evening, we took a taxi to the shul. What met our eyes was a mirage! We faced this huge ultra-modern architecturally designed edifice which overshadowed the surrounding smaller buildings. Rabbi Kot greeted us and gave us a tour of the interior of the beis haknesses. Everything was so tasteful and radi-

ated a feeling of kedusha. We davened Mincha alone and then we went to eat at this spectacular restaurant called Moses. The food was delicious, and our meal was complemented with a fine bottle of Israeli wine. By no means was the restaurant crowded, as we were the only diners. Rabbi Kot told me that not many people come to eat there but the availability of good kosher dining is part of his kiruv programing. Soon after dinner, we entered a study hall and were introduced to ten members of his kehilla, mostly young men and women. I gave a half an hour lecture about teshuva and Yom Kippur which was well received. Everyone understood English, and they were able to ask questions and make comments. The evening came to end when Rabbi Shmuel Kot drove us back to our hotel and we wished each other a gmar chasima tova. We sometimes contemplate about our trips which come out during the Aseres Yemei Teshuva. After all, sightseeing during these “Days of Awe” may not be in tandem with the seriousness of the moment. And yet, the Ribbono Shel Olam somehow always provided us with missions and opportunities that justified our journeys.

Hershel Lieber has been involved in kiruv activities for over 30 years. As a founding member of the Vaad L’Hatzolas Nidchei Yisroel he has traveled with his wife, Pesi, to the Soviet Union during the harsh years of the Communist regimes to advance Yiddishkeit. He has spearheaded a yeshiva in the city of Kishinev that had 12 successful years with many students making Torah their way of life. In Poland, he lectured in the summers at the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation camp for nearly 30 years. He still travels to Warsaw every year – since 1979 – to be the chazzan for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur for the Jews there. Together with Pesi, he organized and led trips to Europe on behalf of Gateways and Aish Hatorah for college students finding their paths to Jewish identity. His passion for travel has taken them to many interesting places and afforded them unique experiences. Their open home gave them opportunities to meet and develop relationships with a variety of people. Hershel’s column will appear in The Jewish Home on a bi-weekly basis.


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Your Weight and Covid-19 By Aliza Beer MS, RD, CDN

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he Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently issued a warning: being somewhat overweight (not only being considered obese) will increase the risk of a severe form of Covid-19. At the start of this pandemic, it was clear that obesity played a significant role in the mortality rates of this disease, but new research has shown that even a moderate amount of excess weight will increase the likelihood of a severe disease. Currently, about 40% of the U.S. adult population is obese, and another 32% are considered overweight. This means that almost three-quarters of the American population is at an increased risk of severe Covid-19 if they were to get infected. Extra weight has been proven to increase risk of other diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and many cancers but now we have an additional and very pressing concern. The CDC issued its warning after reviewing multiple studies carried out in the United Kingdom and in Downstate Health Sciences University in Brooklyn, New York. After the researchers adjusted for age, diabetes and other factors, they found that Covid-19 patients who were overweight or obese were at an increased risk of requiring mechanical assistance with breathing and had higher mortality rates. In these studies, the overweight patients surprisingly fared even worse than the obese patients. Overweight patients were 40 percent more likely to die than healthy weight patients, but obese patients were 30 percent more likely when compared to healthy weight patients. These percentages are sig-

nificant and alarming. So what is a healthy weight? A healthy weight is calculated using a person’s Body Mass Index, which is an estimate of how much body fat a person has and is based on height and weight. BMI can easily be googled and a calculator located online can help you determine your BMI number. People with a BMI of less than 18.5 are underweight; a range of 18.5 and 24.9 is considered to be of healthy weight. A BMI of 25-29.9 is considered to be in the overweight range, and a BMI of 30 or more is obese. The downside to using BMI as a tool to determine healthy weight is that it is a universal calculation and does not differentiate between gender and age. The issue with that is women usually have more fat than men, and

a woman that is 5’5” should have a range of 112.5-137.5 pounds. Similarly, a man at 5 feet should be 106 pounds and for every inch above that add 6 pounds, plus and minus 10 percent for his range. So a man whose height is 5’ 10” should weigh between 150-182. These calculations are not taking into account a person who is very muscular and exercises often. Muscle weighs more than fat and will inflate the number on the scale. Additionally, there are some people that have a larger and heavier frame than others. So don’t panic if your BMI indicates that you are overweight, but rather take it as a sign that it’s time to

Although BMI is not an exact science, it can give us an overall idea if a person is within a healthy range.

older people generally have more fat than younger people. Athletes tend to have less fat than non-athletes. Although BMI is not an exact science, it can give us an overall idea if a person is within a healthy range. Another trick I learned when I was a student was that a woman of 5 feet should be 100 pounds, and every inch above that add 5 pounds, take that number and add and subtract 10 percent and that will be the person’s healthy weight range. For example,

see your physician to get an accurate assessment as to how much you as an individual should weigh. It’s not just the weight that is important but how the body stores the weight. I once had a patient who had a healthy BMI but stored all of his fat in his abdomen. He had heart disease and his cardiologist referred him to me to help him achieve weight loss. Abdominal obesity can increase the risk of heart attacks and may also cause compression of the diaphragm,

lungs, and chest cavity. This may lead to compromised breathing, which is an issue for someone with Covid-19, pneumonia, or other respiratory illness. Additionally, excess adipose tissue, which is the fat accumulated by the body, can cause chronic low-grade inflammation in the body. This will compromise our immunity, which needs strengthening not weakening in our current health climate. If you gained those extra pounds due to quarantine, or had them even before the pandemic, now is the time to reassess and prioritize what’s really important. It behooves all of us to eat healthier and smarter than we ever have before. Don’t focus on the ideal weight if the number feels too far out of reach. Make small goals for yourself, then the larger goal will be easier to attain and maintain. Even a 7-10% weight loss can make a huge impact on your metabolism. Once you reach that goal, go for the next 10% and so on. Don’t give up on yourself! As we have all learned, there are many things in life that are out of our control. What you eat, however, is completely within your control – you just have to decide to seize control. Aliza Beer is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in nutrition. She has a private practice in Cedarhurst, NY. Patients’ success has been featured on the Dr. Oz show. Aliza can be reached at alizabeer@gmail.com, and you can follow her on Instagram at @alizabeer.


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high cholesterol, fatigue, depression, anxiety, and hypoglycemia. All of this also contributes to the obesity epidemic. So what can be used as a substitute for white flour? Try replacing enriched flour with whole wheat, spelt flour, oat flour, rye flour, almond meal, or brown rice flour. Whole grain flour is higher in fiber because the wheat germ and bran are fully intact. The fiber in the whole grain allows the foods to get digested more slowly, leaving you feeling fuller for longer. Additionally, fiber helps lower cholesterol levels and aids in digestion. The recommended amount of fiber is 25g/day and 35g/day, for women and men respectively. If the body requires fiber, and adequate amounts are found in whole grains, it should be a no brainer to do away with white flour. White flour is empty calories and whole grain is beneficial. Whole grain flour is a great substitute for white flour. Spelt flour has fewer calories than wheat flour. Spelt is a great source of protein, fiber, B vitamins, and minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, and niacin. Spelt flour contains very little gluten and is therefore a great choice for those on gluten-free diets, such as individuals suffering from celiac disease.

Oat flour has a unique taste and is created from oats, with the germ, bran, and endosperm still intact. Nothing is added to nor removed from oat flour. When baking with oat flour, more liquids are required. Rye flour also has a distinct taste and is 100% whole wheat. Rye flour is most commonly used to make crackers and breads like pumpernickel and is known to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and heart failure. Rye flour is also very high in fiber which provides the sensation of fullness, thus contributing to weight loss. Rye flour also triggers a quick response in insulin release making it a great choice for diabetics. Almond flour is made from real almonds and is an excellent source of the antioxidant vitamin E which helps ward off cancer. Almond flour also contains heart healthy monounsaturated fats which can help reduce cholesterol levels and blood pressure and lower the risk of blood clots. Almond flour is also rich in calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc which all help in bone health maintenance. Brown rice flour is very high in protein and fiber and has little gluten, making it another great choice for those on gluten-free diets. All of the above listed flours are great substitutes for white flour. They

are all high in protein, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Each of the flour alternatives promotes cardiovascular, bone, and overall health. Cutting out white flour alone contributes to weight loss and adding any of these flour choices to your diet helps with the weight loss process as well. Limiting white flour will improve your overall health, provide extra energy, and lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, thus reducing chances of cardiovascular disease. So what are you waiting for? Get rid of all the white flour in your home and choose your favorite alternative.

Cindy Weinberger MS, RD, CDN, is a Master’s level Registered Dietitian and Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist. She graduated CUNY Brooklyn College receiving a Bachelor’s in Science and Master’s degree in Nutrition and Food Sciences. Her Dietetic Internship was completed under Brooklyn College primarily in Ditmas Park Care Center and Boro Park Center where she developed clinical and education skills to treat patients with comprehensive nutrition care. She is currently a dietitian at Boro Park Center and a private nutrition consultant. She can be reached at CindyWeinberger1@ gmail.com.

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hite flour is a staple of most people’s lives – from cereal to bagels to cookies and pretzels. Most people live on these goodies, however, white flour can be very harmful to our bodies. Why is white flour so detrimental to our bodies? Refined white flour has been stripped of all its vitamins and nutrients. It’s basically left with very few good qualities. But that’s not all. After it’s stripped of all of its good qualities, it gets enriched. Enriched means to make something richer by adding good things. However, in this case, the things that are added are not necessarily good. In fact, these additions – such as preservatives and high fructose corn syrup – are actually toxic to the body. Even worse, enriched flour does not get absorbed as a grain which usually provides effective energy to the body. Have you ever felt tired and sleepy after eating a load of carbs? You can thank white flour for that! White flour gets absorbed as a starch as opposed to a grain, and the body reacts to it the same way it reacts to pure sugar! Therefore, white flour is really nothing more than refined carbohydrates with the same harmful results such as an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity, certain cancers, inflammatory diseases, diabetes and


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Keeping Them Active By Sara Rayvych, MSEd

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ach season brings with it some changes and adjustments. Now that it’s fall and we’re getting into the colder months, our family has had discussions and has started to make plans for increased physical fitness. I thought it was worth sharing some of the reasons why.

Why now? During the summer, the kids are naturally more active. With warmer weather and more daylight hours, the kids are out and about running and playing. Whether they’re in camp or at home, they’re active and moving. Once fall sets in, the weather starts to become too cold to go out for long and the early nightfall leaves little time for outdoor play. This year, the issue is even more pronounced. Usually, kids have plenty of time to move during recess and physical education classes in school. With COVID restrictions in place, the kids are less able to get in that extra movement their bodies need.

Why is exercise important? I don’t even know if this question needs to be asked. I think it’s pretty well established by medical and mental health professionals that exercise plays a vital role in both physical and mental health. Countless articles are written on this topic by various professionals. I won’t go into the details you’ve already seen elsewhere. You already know that it’s great for your health and helps to maintain a healthy weight and positive mood. You may also realize that your children gain the same benefits. Littler bodies are meant to move – a lot. I don’t think people realize to what extent they benefit emotionally from exercise. We always need good emotional health but even more so when

we’re in a time of increased stress, such as what we’re currently experiencing. Your kids need that extra burst of endorphins just like you do. I certainly don’t think enough is said about the educational benefits to kids who move and exercise. Kids who are active learn better. There, I’ve said it. Some kids even need to move during or in between educational activities. There are many teachers who incorporate movement into the classroom for this very reason. One of my children was given a protocol of physical activity to do by an OT to help that child learn better. I am not a doctor, physical therapist, nor a social worker. What I am is a mom (and educator) who can give you some ways our family has kept active.

How? There are many ways to get your children moving. Older kids will naturally enjoy different ways to be active than the younger set. I can give some ideas but you know your children best and what interests them. Movement should be fun and not torturous. Making time for physical movement can be such fun that your child will look forward to it each day. Find an activity they like or look online for suggestions. There are ways to move and exercise that you’ve never even heard of before! There are both formal classes and informal ways to get your children moving. There are pros and cons to both approaches, and parents need to decide what works best for each child. Some children will do better with structured activities, while many children won’t require or benefit from that at all. Young children are naturally on the move and happy to roll and play.

We have less furniture and more open space in some areas to allow more room for tumbling and activity. The younger kids usually don’t need much to get them active, and they don’t require special equipment. Pillows or mats are a great place to roll, and kids can jump and move. We have small riding toys for indoor use, and our little guys are happy to zoom around the main floor with them. It was rather remarkable seeing how our toddler improved his coordination through riding around. You can also hand them a very soft ball to play with in a room that doesn’t have much to break. If your youngster needs extra encouragement, you or a sibling can join them and they will love the special time together. Any time they can get outdoors they’re happy to take advantage of it and they’re often the easiest ones to accommodate. For families that prefer more structure at home, there are exercise-themed CDs from Morah Music that encourage children to move and dance along to the music. Elementary-aged kids are also naturally very active in their play. If they’re given the opportunity, they will play in parks, run with their friends, or play active games. They enjoy tag and similar games so they often need only minimal encouragement. You can suggest activities/ games or give them basic equipment such as mats, jump ropes, balls or music to move to. There are videos online and formal classes for this age, and some children will not only benefit from them physically but will also gain a new skill or learn a new sport.

Many kids won’t need the videos or classes but it is an option for those who need them or will enjoy. Make sure that you approve any videos before showing them to your children. Middle and high school kids are often past the informal movement of the younger crew. They really enjoy group sports but that’s often not an option during the winter or a pandemic. They can be encouraged to do sports individually, with a parent or with their siblings. They are old enough that they can pick a sport or activity and really get into it. Ask them what they like, offer some suggestions, and work with their interests. Your teen might really enjoy learning a new skill or sport and finding a new athletic passion. We have invested in a chin-up bar, resistance bands, and other basic equipment to encourage activity. We don’t have a large house, a fact I appreciate every Pesach, but I still try to maximize the open space in my house to give even our big boys some room for activity and gentle sport playing. It’s amazing how much they can do with some open space and creativity.

Movement as bonding Many people may not appreciate how much exercise can become a way to bond with your child. Doing an enjoyable activity together can become a way to bond and enjoy each other’s company. I used to walk and workout while wearing my baby in a baby carrier. I recently did a push up challenge with one of my teens. We had a great time together while getting stronger.


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a physical therapist, I trusted that he would avoid doing anything that could cause injury or pain. I also saw how he worked with my child and knew he would maintain the proper social environment in the class. I was happy to see that my boys came

Words of caution Any activity kids engage in should be done safely. Speak to their pediatrician first regarding any health concerns. Make sure the child knows how to do the activity correctly. While much play can be done without training, some exercises or sports can cause injury if they’re not done correctly, especially if they require special equipment. Proper warming up prior and stretching afterwards is important to prevent injury or soreness. Formal classes can offer a lot to children, and we have many options locally. It is just my opinion (and perhaps based on some experience, too)

There are so many ways you can turn physical activity into an enjoyable experience with your child

want a class where the children are shown how to do each activity properly and not injure or stress their still-developing bodies. As an example, a few years ago, our boys took a class with Jason Bernstein, who was also our child’s physical therapist. Because he was

home from class each time excited and sharing their experiences and not upset if they had lost a race. It’s important that when kids compete, it’s done in a way that each child is built and not destroyed. The importance of the instructor was further strengthened for me two

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My friend is doing a dance class with her daughter. There are so many ways you can turn physical activity into an enjoyable experience with your child. Your child will be more motivated and you may be shocked by how much fun you have together.


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Who Said It? Match the quote with the person who said it.

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This election is about who’s going to be the next President of the United States!

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People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war, or before an election.

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The people who cast the votes don’t decide an election; the people who count the votes do.

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As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.

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If elected, I shall be thankful; if not, it will be all the same.

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I regard voting as the most sacred right of free men and women.

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If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.

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We would all like to vote for the best man but he is never a candidate.

Vote: the instrument and symbol of a freeman’s power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country.

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The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.

a) Gore Vidal b) Abraham Lincoln c) Emma Goldman d) Ambrose Bierce e) Otto von Bismarck  f) Winston Churchill g) Dan Quayle h) Frank McKinney Hubbard i) Ronald Reagan j) Joseph Stalin Answers Below

Answer Key: 1- G; 2-E; 3-J; 4-A; 5-B; 6-I; 7-C; 8-H; 9-D; 10-F

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The Difference Between Republicans and Democrats Donald Trump and Joe Biden were walking down the street when they came to a homeless person. Trump gave the homeless person his business card and told him to call him after the elections for a job. He then took twenty dollars out of his pocket and gave it to the homeless person. Biden was very impressed, and so when they came to another homeless person, he decided to help. He walked over to the homeless person and gave him a card with directions to the nearest welfare office. He then reached into Trump’s pocket and gave the homeless person fifty dollars.


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So You Want to Run a Campaign? In the fast-moving world of elections, if you want to be a campaign manager, you sure better be able to answer the following questions. Test your “campaign manager”-ability.

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The Bible Belt The Rust Belt The South Republican Heartland

4. “As goes ________so goes the nation.” Fill in the blank for this common refrain. a. Ohio b. The Midwest c. Young voters

5. OK, you are running a national campaign, so I assume you know that whoever gets 256 electoral votes first wins, right? Wrong. It takes 270, genius. Anyway, what happens if each party garners 269 electoral votes? a. There is a coin toss which takes place in the Capitol Rotunda. b. The Senate votes on which ticket wins. c. The House of Representatives votes on who will be President and the Senate votes on who the Vice President will be. d. There is a second round election which takes place the following month. (This has never happened yet.) e. The Speaker of the House, the Senate Majority Leader, and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court vote on which ticket wins. 6. How many electoral votes did President Trump get in the 2016 elections? a. 272 b. 290 c. 304 d. 333 7. Who was the last president to win 49 states in a general election? a. Ronald Reagan b. Richard Nixon c. John F. Kennedy d. Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Electoral College Answer Key 7 correct: Congrats, your candidate just won! And within a few months, when he is embroiled in scandal and needs someone to take the blame off of him, you are going to enjoy the warm fuzzy feeling of being “thrown under the bus.” 4-6 correct: You have a right to be in the game, you just aren’t that great. You are like Joe Trippi. Mr. Trippi was the campaign manager for four presidential campaigns over the past two decades. But he never won. The closest he came was in 2004 when he ran John Kerry’s campaign. In fact, that race was so close that in the late afternoon on Election Day – when he thought Kerry was going to win – he walked into Kerry’s hotel suite and said to him, “May I be the first to call you Mr. President?” Poor guy jumped the gun and his man lost. 0-3 correct: You are oblivious to the current elections. You know what that makes you? A lot smarter than the rest of us.

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3. Your candidate calls you into a meeting and asks you which states have proportional allocation of their electoral votes. Which states did you tell him? a. Utah/Oregon b. Maine/Nebraska c. N. Dakota/S. Dakota d. New Hampshire/Arkansas

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We may have grown up in the same place, but we are very different people. But this I can relate to. I got my wife and son sick just like he did. But with me, it crushed me. It left me ashamed and super-sensitive to keeping people safe. - Chris Cuomo, admonishing Trump in a CNN monologue

You have been observed entering and exiting the building and riding the elevator without the required face coverings. Even though staff members have asked you to comply with this requirement, you have refused to do so. This is a violation of the Executive Order, building policy, and places other residents and our staff at risk. There are no exceptions to this rule, and you are required to comply. In eight days, we’re going to take our democracy back. – Tweet by Joe Biden

And then sell it to China?

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– Reply by Nigel Farage

It was wonderful, a real thrill. I was scared for one minute, it felt like I was tumbling, and then I thought, somebody is holding onto me. - Vivian “Millie” Bailey, 102, a World War II veteran from Maryland, after going skydiving for the first time in her life last week, to fulfill a bucket list wish

I don’t know if there’s any of us that have done well that will have a problem with paying more taxes, but it’s a ruse to think that hitting us and us alone is going to get the job done. It won’t and the middle class will be in peril, and when you take money out of the hands of the middle class, you do a dramatic impact negatively on the economy. Tragically, it will punish them. It isn’t going to punish us. - Home Depot co-founder Ken Langone blasting Joe Biden’s tax plan, on Fox News

- A letter, obtained by Fox News, to Chris Cuomo – who is one of the biggest “mask virtue signalers” – from the management of his Manhattan apartment building

I’ve had the chance to get a lot of wins in my life, but I really wanted to win this one because I wanted to be around to vote for President Trump. - Legendary Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden, age 91, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, after recovering from coronavirus

Donald Trump would kill reporters if he could get away with it. - MSNBC host Joe Scarborough

#WhoBuiltTheCagesJoe? - The Wi-Fi password for the press at a Trump rally in Wisconsin


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On Friday morning, I have on one ear a conference call and one hand mixing cholent, and with my foot I’m rocking the baby carriage. That’s what my life looks like. - Ola Sergatchov, who is charedi and the vice president of corporate strategy at Israeli data center and cloud security company Guardicore, in an interview with ISRAEL21c, after being selected as one of the top 25 women leaders in cybersecurity of 2020 by The Software Report

– Tweet by Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) after Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee decided they would boycott the committee vote on Thursday, sending the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Senate floor for confirmation

We don’t want to waste our time on stories that are not really stories, and we don’t want to waste the listeners’ and readers’ time on stories that are just pure distractions.

The Republican majority is lighting its credibility on fire.... The next time the American people give Democrats a majority in this chamber, you will have forfeited the right to tell us how to run that majority…. My colleagues may regret this for a lot longer than they think.

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“We can’t vote for her, because our radical base will get mad. We can’t vote against her because she’s immensely qualified and Americans actually like her. So we will just be dramatic juveniles and not show up.” That’s Senate Dems for ya.

- Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), after Justice Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the Supreme Court

- National Public Radio explaining why they are not covering the story that Joe Biden’s son took millions of dollars from foreign entities even though he had no experience and that his laptop confirms that he was paid to peddle influence with his father and that his father was in on the deals

– President Trump at a rally, talking about watching one of the Biden car rallies

I voted for a guy named Trump. - President Trump when asked who he voted for after casting his vote in Florida last weekend

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Once I figured out I had bought two tickets with identical numbers, I was a little bummed but didn’t think much about it. - Samir Mazahem, of Michigan, whose winning number would have won him $1 million, but who accidentally purchased two tickets with the same number, resulting in him winning $2 million

We have put together I think the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics. – Joe Biden in a chat with campaign volunteers

This is the most [consequential], not because I’m running, but because who I’m running against…Four more years of George, uh, George, uh, he, uh… - Ibid.

While the council’s talking points have not changed for decades, the Middle East has. In the two months since I arrived in New York, I have witnessed a jarring dissonance between what this council chooses to focus on and what is actually happening in the Middle East.

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- Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan during his first appearance at a monthly Security Council meeting

A president is only as successful as his collaboration is with Congress, and we will have a cohort of progressives that are very clear about their objectives for wanting the implementation of, you know, Medicare For All and a Green New Deal and raising the minimum wage and not allowing for fracking. -Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) in an interview with Axios, talking about how a Biden administration would be filled with progressive Democrats

One of the issues people talk about mandating not being a good idea because then they’ll say they have to enforce it and there’s going to be a difficulty in enforcing it. But if everyone agrees that this is something that’s important and they mandate it and everybody pulls together and say we’re going to mandate it, but let’s just do it, I think that would be a great idea to have everybody do it uniformly. One of the issues – I get the argument – they say if you mandate a mask, then you’re going to have to enforce it and that will create more of a problem. Well, if people are not wearing masks, then maybe we should be mandating it. - Dr. Anthony Fauci on CNN


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Capturing Nazis Brig. Gen. Henry Plitt

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Henry Plitt after capturing Nazi criminal Julius Streicher, left

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ay 1945 saw the final collapse of Nazi Europe as the Allied armies charged in from the west and the Russian Army came from the east. Nazi war criminals tried blending in with civilians but many were rounded up in the weeks and months proceeding and following the German surrender. Pictures and descriptions of high profile Nazi war criminals were distributed throughout the Allied ranks. Through an incredible encounter, a Jewish American officer captured one of the most notorious Nazi criminals: Julius Streicher. Henry Plitt was a Jewish soldier from New York City and was born in 1918. After graduating high school in a military academy in Virginia, he went to Syracuse University joined the ROTC in college. After graduating from law school at St. Lawrence University, he wanted to join the actual military to fight the Nazis. A few months after obtaining his degree, he joined the Army Air Corps. However, he was given a desk job and requested to join the paratroop-

ers to get “into the action.” After a long training period, Plitt was sent to Europe and prepared for the largest amphibious assault in history. He was with 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101 st Airborne Division (the Screaming Eagles) at the time. Not all Allied troops fighting on Normandy on June 6, 1944 (otherwise known as D-Day) came ashore by boats. Thousands of paratroopers from three divisions were dropped by transport aircraft and gliders in the hours preceding the invasion from the English Channel. Leading the way were troopers known as Pathfinders whose mission was to come in a half hour before the other planes and set up a series of lights to guide in the arriving planes. The day before the jump, there was a command change as the colonel in charge was unhappy with the officer who was going to lead the three Pathfinder planes. Plitt was told to lead the contingent of 54 men who would be the first Allied troops to land in France for an invasion since the failed invasion of Dieppe

in 1942. Plitt was one of the first men to drop into France but there was a problem. They dropped miles away from the drop zone, so they were not able to guide the incoming planes. Therefore, in the predawn hours, he gathered up over hundred men as other paratroopers had dropped into France at this point. Soldiers from the main drop were scattered all over Normandy, and Plitt’s ad hoc group knocked out a key gun position. American paratroopers made another airborne drop in the fall – this time it was into Arnhem, Holland. The mission was a failure as the objectives in the British-led attack were not captured. Plitt was also with the 101st Division for this attack and was wounded five times during the operation. Late in 1944, he returned to the States and toured as a war hero for the sale of war bonds. Plitt subsequently returned to the 101st Airborne Division and was stationed in Germany. He was with the division when they liberated Dachau. After V-E Day, May 8, 1945, there

were Nazi officers all over Germany and Austria as well as in other areas. Plitt received a tip that the Nazi Minister of Labor Robert Ley was living in a building in Bavaria. Major Plitt and his men caught him in bed. Ley started reaching for a pill (most likely a cyanide pill) during the incident. Plitt didn’t know that it was Ley but when Plitt saw that another captured officer gave Ley a salute, Plitt knew that this was his wanted man. Ley was sent to headquarters and put on trial at Nuremberg. Three days after his indictment, Ley committed suicide in his prison cell. The leading Nazi propagandist and one of the most anti-Semitic Nazis in Germany, Julius Streicher, tried to blend in the local population after the war. Plitt received a tip that an officer – again he wasn’t told who the officer was – was posing as an artist living in Austria. Along with two other American soldiers, they went up to the house and began interrogating the artist. Plitt at first thought he had the wrong guy as the artist had a believable cover story.


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during the Nuremberg Trials. There was an American eyewitness to the executions. Kingsbury Smith of the International News Service gave his account on how the seventh of the ten Nazis executed

two steps to the mortal spot beneath the hangman’s rope. The rope was being held back against a wooden rail by the hangman. Streicher was swung suddenly to face the witnesses and glared at them. Suddenly he

Along with two other American soldiers, they went up to the house and began interrogating the artist.

screamed, ‘Purim Fest 1946.’… At that instant, the trap opened with a loud bang. He went down kicking. When the rope snapped taut with the body swinging wildly, groans could be heard from within the concealed interior of the scaffold.” The Nazi suf-

Avi Heiligman is a weekly contributor to The Jewish Home. He welcomes your comments and suggestions for future columns and can be reached at aviheiligman@gmail.com.

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at Nuremburg was killed. “Julius Streicher made his melodramatic appearance at 2:12 a.m.… As the guards stopped him at the bottom of the steps for identification formality, he uttered his piercing scream: ‘Heil Hitler!’… He was pushed the last

fered in death, just as he made millions of other people suffer. Other Nazi officers were captured by Plitt in the months following the end of the war. For his actions in Europe, he was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, four Purple Hearts, and decorations from the French and Dutch. Plitt returned to the States and became a successful businessman. He was a big supporter of Israel and was awarded an honorary degree from Bar Ilan University. Henry Plitt passed away in 1993 at the age of 74. His exploits are not well known today, but his heroics are to be remembered.

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Suddenly, Plitt asked in middle of a discussion about the Nazi, “What about Julius Streicher?” The man was startled as he wasn’t expecting the question and answered in the affirmative, “That’s who I am.” Plitt arrested Streicher and brought him to division headquarters after getting more identifying information from his prisoner on the car ride. Reporters swarmed the area, and when they realized that Plitt was Jewish it became a sensation: A Jewish officer had captured an arch anti-Semite. Streicher formed the German Socialist Party which was taken over by Hitler’s Nazi Party in 1922. Streicher remained a member of the Nazi Party until its collapse in 1945 and founded the anti-Semitic newspaper Der Sturmer. He had a part in the destruction of a shul in Nuremberg during Kristallnacht. For his part during the Holocaust, he was found guilty of crimes against humanity


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

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I have been super close with my cousin, Devora*, all my life. We are the same age, were always in the same grade, and now are both in shidduchim. We were close friends our entire life but now that we are in shidduchim there is an invisible, unspoken wall between us. I can’t explain it but it’s as if the privacy of shidduchim has taken our friendship and put it on automatic hold. Shidduchim is literally our entire lives, aside from work and school. Our parents are close and since we are both looking for a very similar type of boy, we were told not to discuss our dating lives. I can’t even describe the feeling

inside of me when I see my cousin around town and her hair is ironed (one of the tell-tale signs that she is dating someone). I get a major inner panic attack wondering if our relationship and friendship will ever be the same if she marries this boy and I am left back in the dust of shidduchim. If we were to discuss dating, I feel like things would be so much more normal and natural, not awkward like they are now with the invisible wall up. It might even ease up the anxiety and create more of an excitement for the next stage. Do you agree with our parents that we should keep our dating lives private? Or should I bring up the topic so it’s something we can share and bond over? Thanks, Chana*

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. ear Chana, I understand that the closeness you shared with your cousin is impacted by your privacy about dating. You are no longer communicating about everything. It feels strange and hurtful, even. As you transition further into adulthood, you will find that privacy has a value. Especially in married life, respecting one’s own privacy and that of your married friends is a healthy practice. In work life as well, paying attention to social and professional boundaries is important. In today’s culture of sharing everything on social media, this may sound jarring. However, it seems that you have other feelings connected with the healthy practice of maintaining privacy. You may feel like you are competing with your cousin. Your whole life is focused on dating right now. These perspectives are neither beneficial to you short-term or long-term. Take a look inside and outside yourself. Look at your own development and uniqueness. Think about who you are, what you have to offer, and what your aspirations are on both spiritual and practical levels, both short-term and long-term. Discuss religious concepts such as bitachon, hashgacha pratis, and bashert with your mentors. Get some guidance about your feelings. Do think about your own goals in a mature way beyond just snagging a husband. Develop yourself. Part of maturing is understanding that feeling uncomfortable is not necessarily a bad thing. In general, going beyond your comfort zone is a growth process. I do think that you may want to talk to your parents at some point about sharing thoughts on dating with your cousin. If you choose to open the conversation, you will want to demonstrate maturity during the discussion. Awareness of the need for privacy

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such as never naming the men you/ she go out with will show them that you are beyond petty competition. They will want to see that you are your own woman as well. Discussing transitions in relationships and life with them will be helpful, too. Wishing you self-awareness, insight, and maturity on your journey in life.

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can understand why you feel this distance with your cousin. Up until now, you and Devora have been an open book, sharing the ups and downs of life together. It is stilted and unnatural to hold in this whole new chapter. Welcome to adulthood, enjoy your stay. This will be the first of many topics of conversation as an adult that are truly better left private. Find your “people” – mentors, teachers, a rav – to discuss all things dating, but it should not be shared with friends. There comes a time in one’s life when friendships mature, just as we do. We can keep a deep connection and closeness with friends without disclosing every little thing that is going on in our lives. When one is a child, life is an open book, but as a child crosses the threshold to adulthood you choose what chapters to share. As our sages tell us, “Syag l’chochma shtika, The fence to wisdom is silence.” There are many reasons silence surrounding dating is wise. I hear constantly from the young women I work with, “My friend went out with him and said he’s not shayach for me.” This is what happens when you start to share your dating life with friends. All the men she has dated become off limits to you, and all the men you have dated become off limits to her. Not because anyone is enforcing it, but when you hear the ins and outs of one’s relationship, it is all painted by

the brush of the speaker. Inevitably, if it does not work out, either she will be pained by the breakup or be relieved that he is no longer in her life. Why do you need that hanging over your head every single time a guy is redt to you? Answer: You don’t. There are lots of ways you can nurture your relationship with your cousin that do not involve discussing dating. To touch on the topic of jealousy of which you allude to in your letter, I would like to state the following suggestion. Take a blank piece of paper and write these words on it: Hashem is my shadchan. I shall not fear. It does not matter how many times you see Devora with her ironed hair. It does not matter how many guys she has to get dressed up and go on dates with. She will find her bashert at the right time, as will you. Your bashert’s heart is beating somewhere out there, and he is looking for you, too.

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hat Charles Dickens wrote about the French Revolution (“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”) is also true about shidduch dating. While it is a new and exciting time for you, it is also fraught with stress and anxiety. Your goal is to not only become happily married, but also keep your lifelong friendships intact. I strongly agree with your parents about not discussing shidduchim with your friends. If you tell even your very, very best, most sincere, most well-meaning friend that you are dating a certain boy, no good can come out of it. Her responses could be: *A whispered “Oh, you’re dating HIM?!” along with a dramatic eye roll. *A catty “I know about him. He’s not for you.” *A jealous “Oh. I was hoping to go out with him myself.” Even though you should avoid dis-

As hot as Devorah’s flat iron may be, it simply does not have the power to take your bashert away from you. cussing your dates with your cousin, you don’t have to completely avoid each other and completely avoid the subject. You can establish certain ground rules. You can agree, that without discussing specific boys, there’s nothing wrong with discussing how boys from a certain yeshiva are always well-dressed, or boys from another yeshiva seem to have wonderful middos, and there’s nothing wrong with discussing how comfortable you were having a coffee in the lobby of a certain hotel, or how much you enjoyed walking through the exhibits in a certain museum. You and your cousin can also agree, that if one of you dates a nice boy and it doesn’t work out, then perhaps she can ask the shadchan to set up her cousin with the same boy. One of my own daughters met her bashert exactly that way. One of my daughter’s friends dated a boy, it didn’t work out, she recommended that he date my daughter instead, and the rest is a very happy history. Throughout this whole process, please remember that although some competitiveness and jealousy is, unfortunately, inevitable: *You only need one. So, if your cousin dates 25 boys before she finds her right one, and you only date five boys before you find your right one, who was really the luckier one? Having more dates doesn’t necessarily make you find your bashert quicker. *Have faith. Your cousin will not


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your parents are telling you what Dating and Relationship Coaches and Therapists you may and may not discuss. They have placed unnatural boundaries on your relationship. The secrecy and wonear Chana, dering can often feel Excitement: Firstly, it must be said that worse than knowing the facts. So, if -I have a date tonight as hot as Devorah’s flat iron may be, you feel uncomfortable, sad, anxious, with a great guy/girl! it simply does not have the power to curious, jealous or frustrated, please -I met someone amazing! take your bashert away from you. That know that your emotions are complete-I can’t wait to meet my bashert! flat iron cannot leave you in the dust ly normal. This is a big change for you. -I’m looking forward to meeting of shidduchim. Devorah can have 500 I also understand why both sets of him/her! guys wanting to date her (and her flat parents have placed this new ruling on -I can’t wait to see him/her again! iron), and it still would have no impact you. Trying to put ourselves in their -I think I really like this person! on you. shoes, we can imagine that their inten-I think this is the one! As far as I can tell, there tions are to protect you and Devorah I have witnessed firsthand many are two major emotions typically from inadvertently hurting each other. times over how the intense world of involved in shidduchim. They are How many times has a perfectly good shidduchim can make perfectly sane fear and excitement. shidduch been stopped in its tracks beand rational people a little (or comFear: cause one friend says to another, “Sepletely) meshuga. -Will I ever get married? riously? You’re dating him? He dated You are being told by your parents -Will I be the last of my friends to my friend Shiffy and she said he can’t not to share certain private informaget married? carry a conversation. I would never tion with your close cousin and friend, -What will happen to me if my best date him.” Unfortunately, things like Devorah. I can understand how bad friend/cousin gets married before me? this happen all the time. And maybe this must feel. Whereas perhaps you -Will anyone like me? “he” was bored to tears with Shiffy once told each other everything, now -Will I like anyone? Etc.

and didn’t have much to say and would have been lit up on another date with a different person. You asked what I think you should do. Bring up the topic with Devorah or keep your dating lives private. Perhaps your best bet is to respectfully explain to your parents what this division between you and Devorah is doing to you. Tell them how you feel about it. Ask them how they would feel about you breaking down this imposed barrier. And truly listen to them when they explain to you their intentions. It is important to be prepared for whatever you may find out. It may be possible that Devorah is the one who does not want to speak about dating. You can also speak directly to Devorah; if you don’t want to disobey your parents, you can simply acknowledge how this barrier is affecting you. You can tell her you miss the old relationship you had when you could be more open, and that you often think about her dating and want to know how she is, and that you would love to confide in her. Even if you decide not to speak with each other about dating,

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hana, I am sorry you’re going through this. Shidduchim is hard enough, but having to go through it while watching one of your closest friends, Devora, from afar is even harder. I give you a lot of credit for respecting the wishes of both sets of parents) and the mature way in which you are handling this. The invisible, unspoken wall between you and your cousin and the internal feeling you describe are both

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group to have an open and real conversation. Express how the secrecy brings you anxiety and how you would rather know what’s going on with Devora and her dating life. Explain how being open and honest will allow you to genuinely be b’simcha for each other during this difficult parsha. Ask the parents what their collective thought process is and if there is a way you can work within the confines of their concerns. In theory, the parents had good intentions, but in practice it might just not work. A s a lways, a ll feedback, thoughts, and ideas are welcome: renafriedman2@gmail.com.

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end of the day it’s all from Hashem. It might bring you both comfort to know you’re supporting each other in another way and also helping yourselves in the process. There could be a method to the parents’ madness. A guy I dated told me that the rav of his yeshiva had a policy where guys could not speak to each other about their dating experiences. The reason behind it was that if it didn’t work out between a couple and the girl was suggested to the guy’s friend, his friend could go in with a clear head. When things didn’t work out between me and this guy and his roommate was suggested to me, I understood and appreciated exactly what the rav did. You and Devora could be dating the same guys and in the interests of protecting the shidduch, the parents may not want you to speak about dating. It sounds like you, Devora, and the parents are all very close. Sit down with your pa rent s a nd then the greater

unfortunately common within shidduchim. When that pressure builds up in your chest, it feels like there is no reprieve. The strong conflicting emotions of the “mazal tov” and “what about me?” scales take time to adjust to. Some of this can be alleviated by being included and part of someone else’s process. It makes it easier to be happy for them and be OK with them moving on onto this stage in life. It’s hard to not worry, wonder, and panic because you have no idea what will happen. The unknown and uncertainty is petrifying. But for all you know, Hashem will marry you off first and she will be left to grapple with being single. There’s a concept in Gemara that one who davens on the behalf of his/ her friend and is in a similar situation will be answered first. Agree to daven for each other and admit that at the

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letting each other know how you feel can help you feel closer to Devorah. You two may decide on your own that not talking about your dating is truly what is in both of your best interests. Your parents may explain their intentions to you or not. Who knows? Sometimes (if not all the time), we get a little jealous. As a matter of fact, show me one person in the history of shidduchim who has not been a little jealous of a friend and her dating, engagement or wedding. We don’t have to be ashamed of the emotion of jealousy; Hashem created us with it. Perhaps I read too deeply into your email, Chana, but I did pick up on a little jealousy (maybe.) If I am right about that (and I have been wrong many, many times in my life, so forgive me if I misread, please), the first step to overcoming the jealousy is

to accept that it is normal. It does not make you a bad friend or cousin. People in shidduchim often get into this jealousy/shame/pulling away/ down in the dumps cycle. I believe the cycle can be stopped most often by attacking the shame. How do we attack shame? We talk about our feelings. Shame cannot survive acceptance. We talk to a non-judgmental friend/ parent/rebbetzin/mentor/therapist who can help us with our jealousy in a supportive, non-judgmental atmosphere. Shidduchim can feel like a day at the horse track; Long Mane Leah is catching up to Sweet as Sugar Shira for the title of First to the Chuppah. Come on! It’s ridiculous. Life is not a race, nor is shidduchim. As a community, we must somehow collectively remove this pressure and teach young people to value themselves and their

young adulthood and not make young people feel as though getting married is a race to the chuppah. We are all so much greater than a status of married or single. We know this as Jews from how much we know Hashem loves us – each of us, as individuals independent of any status. Let’s take the pressure off. And if we truly believe that there is one person out there for each of us, then what is there to worry about? (Easier said than done, I know...) This concept of “being left in the dust” is something you may want to begin to challenge in your own mind. As for whether your parents are right or wrong to keep you and Devorah far away from each other’s dating lives, I really cannot comment. I don’t know what their intentions are and I don’t know the backstory. I do, however, believe that, generally speak-

ing, it is important to have the emotional and cognitive tools to cope when a close friend is dating seriously or getting married. And keeping things under wraps does tend to create a different kind of tension or anxiety for many people. Start talking with your parents about how you feel about the separation and newly imposed rules. Talk with Chana about it as well. You may find that you can feel very close to Chana as the two of you find a new equilibrium in your friendship. The two of you have been through it all together, and with the right communication, I believe you can get through this as well. May you both find your basherts very soon! Sincerely, Jennifer

Jennifer Mann, LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist and dating and relationship coach working with individuals, couples, and families in private practice at 123 Maple Avenue in Cedarhurst, NY. She also teaches a psychology course at Touro College. To set up a consultation or to ask questions, please call 516-224-7779, ext. 2. 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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exists to measure value. It is a science in the sense that it involves math, statistics and economics, and involves logical and analytical reasoning. It’s also an art because it requires skills, knowledge, and experience to apply subjective judgment on the facts. Ultimately, it’s the market that determines the value of a business or an asset. And my role is to reasonably and logically estimate that value.

We’re really starting to see that kind of activity. Financings come up, maturities come up, things need to be done. We’ve been trying to work with people during this time to move forward and do new business. I think activity is starting to pick up, and we are starting to see some real movement for people to get projects going and get new things going. MB: I am seeing quite a bit of activity right now. I can’t say that it’s a particular trend or a pattern or an exact answer, but no doubt there’s activity. There’s a tightening of finances and gloom and doom because people are seeing certain industries that are no doubt having difficulties. But there is also a pattern of creativity, there’s demand, and there’s interest. And that, quite frankly, is surprising. I’ve always told people that in this world of transactions, particularly small and midsized businesses, if you’re not familiar with it, expect the unexpected. This is an area where we’re in uncharted

territory. And Covid has changed the marketplace from my perspective.

YS: What kind of activity are you seeing in the market today? JO: It’s been a wild ride and it’s been a very interesting time for us. We spent a large part of our year working with our existing customers to get them through this interesting time of shutdowns and Covid and all those things. It’s obviously still going on. We’ve spent a big chunk of our time working with our customers to really help them as best we could position for the future. But at the same time, we try to do some new business, too.

YS: Mark, what are you seeing in terms of trends in the M&A market, particularly the small to middle markets? MB: First, we need to understand where you are in the life cycle. So, if you had a deal pending before Covid hit, there’s a different trend. And interestingly, in that type of trend, people are now showing their hands. For example, we were in the middle of a deal when Covid hit, and we thought that this could fall apart. It turned out they wanted to do the deal even more and sweetened the pot. They were worried, and we had no idea. People are showing their hand, which is interesting. If you’re contemplating a sale or a purchase, that’s a different story. Now we’re looking at trends where people are spending more attention to terms that they otherwise would not have focused on too much. They are look-

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It’s going to affect the bottom-line figure that a seller will receive post-tax, for example. So that will have an impact. If the administration stays the same, I still think you’re going to see some tweaks because, with all the stimulus legislation, at some point it needs to be paid for. How that’s going to be done is going to be the subject of debate. But it’s definitely going to impact the M&A transaction environment. YS: Angela, what opportunities have you been advising your clients in light of Covid-19? AS: Lower values create a unique planning opportunity. It allows businessowners to transfer a greater portion of their business assets and reduce

dealing with closely held businesses or fractional interests in the business. YS: Mark, are there any tips or resources that you would recommend in terms of businesses that accepted PPP funds and are looking to maximize their loan forgiveness? MB: The tips I have is to make sure you document your reasons for the loan and how you use the loans. I can’t stress that enough – document, document, document. You don’t have to submit all your documentation when you apply for forgiveness. But if you’re audited or something changes, have a record because as time goes on, you’ll forget it. Be patient, too. A lot of people are understandably eager to get

“History proves to us that we’re pretty resilient and things will bounce back pretty well.”

their taxable estate. There’s a lot of opportunities in the gift and estate planning arena. The recent decline in market valuations is an opportunity to get those lower values, potentially allowing businessowners to gift assets using a lifetime exemption that would have otherwise resulted in a taxable event before the pandemic. Also, there’s this additional uncertainty surrounding the U.S. presidential election and what might happen to estate and gift tax exemption levels, so now may be the best time to do some gifting. With proper planning, the post transfer growth in the assets can potentially escape estate gift and generation skipping transfer taxes. Another economic development also makes transfer tax planning especially beneficial. In the current scenario, interest rates are currently very low, in part because of the government’s efforts to support the economy. I’ve seen a lot of intrafamily transfers, loans to family members. That’s become very popular in the past three months. I approach each assumption with care. And, you know, one of the keys to many of these strategies is to obtain a supportable valuation, especially when

this out of the way and forgiven. (There might be a second round of PPP loans, with Congress discussing things and then expect more). I always tell people, expect the unexpected, expect more. This has been described to me like building an airplane by flying. So, we have a situation here where there’s resources the SBA has on their side, but there’s also resources with your professional advisors and others and even the banks. Everybody has really been helpful and sharing as much as they can. YS: Are there any specific takeaways you want to share with us? AS: You know, Covid-19 grabs all the headlines, but it’s not the only major development that will have potential impacts on valuation. The Fed, for instance, is buying up corporate bonds. There’s the upcoming election and low interest rates. And it’s always fascinating to look for opportunities behind the bad news. MB: Just remember, everything is interrelated. There’s very little we do in transactions that doesn’t involve An-

gela in our firm. So to the extent that you’re using a creative transaction, maybe a merger of some sort that’s tax-free, a divestiture or something like that, everything depends on valuation. We can’t test a tax-free deal unless we have the right valuation. The interrelationship between everything that we discussed today is going to become more pronounced; it’s there now. It’s going to affect decisions going forward. And I think it remains to be seen how things will turn out in the future. We look forward to working with our clients. JO: I find myself cautiously optimistic. I know there’s a lot of things in flux, elections and valuations and cash flows and Covid and all these things. I think history proves to us that we’re pretty resilient and things will bounce back pretty well. So, I always approach the day pretty optimistically, and I’m optimistic going forward. I think it’s one of those moments that investors and bankers are great at, which is building relationships and seeing those relationships through the thick and thin that the economy brings to us. MM: From my perspective, covering small businesses, we remain available to provide advice and counsel. It’s not about a transaction or a product or service. I speak to dozens of customers a week that have questions and are looking for advice and looking for some guidance. You really need to have a good trusted financial adviser, an accountant, or a lawyer who you should be consulting with on a regular basis. You should be evaluating the risks that we are facing or the valuation of your company right now. In talking to your banker and talking to the team that I lead here, our selling point is really just to provide, reliable counsel, reliable advice, and recognizing that we’ve just come through a very traumatizing five months. Businesses have reinvented themselves over the last five or six months. And we are there to help them.


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Childhood Obesity By Rabbi Azriel Hauptman

Obesity is a prevalent condition that affects approximately forty percent of American adults and twenty percent of children. Children with obesity have a higher risk of becoming adults with obesity. Adult obesity carries several significant health risks including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even cancer. Additionally, children with obesity may suffer from low

self-esteem and be subjected to bullying. There are also health risks during childhood including sleep apnea, high blood pressure and cholesterol, joint problems, and type 2 diabetes. Rising levels of obesity have led to a rise of type 2 diabetes in children. According to the American Diabetes Association, over 5,000 people under the age of twenty are diagnosed with type 2 di-

abetes every year. As a result, concerned parents will usually try very hard to help their child overcome their obesity problem. Unfortunately, many well-meaning parents employ counterproductive measures. These include statements such as, “Why can’t you just eat less?”, “Are you sure you want to eat that?”, and “No one will want to marry you unless you lose weight.” Children and teens with obesity issues are well aware of their difficulty and as a result often feel shame and embarrassment. They do not need reminders! When we do remind them of their obesity, we are only making them feel their shame even more acutely. As their shame increases, their resilience decreases, which makes them even more likely to binge eat, stop exercising and increase their overall food intake. Furthermore, criticism that children and teens hear from their parents can become internalized to the degree that throughout their life they are plagued by an “inner critic” that repeats again and again the negative messages that they received in childhood. This can lead to eating disorders, anxiety and depression. Moreover, when children and teens start dieting in an effort to be thin, they can become obsessed with the diet and are at risk of developing anorexia. Here are some pointers that can be helpful for your child: • Modeling: Parents cannot expect from their child what they are not doing themselves. If parents want children to engage in a healthy lifestyle, they need to be genuine role models.

• Health, Not Weight: The parents have to sincerely believe that body image does not define the person. The goal of healthy habits is to be healthy, not to achieve a certain body image. If a child notices that their parent is concerned about their own body image, it can lead them to feel shame about their own. • Positivity: Parents cannot let their child’s weight issue affect their attitude towards their child. They must be genuinely proud of their child’s positive qualities. If a child feels negativity from a parent, it can affect them for the rest of their life. • Dialogue: If your child come to you to discuss their weight, allow him or her to express their feelings without judgement and engage them in a dialogue with open-ended questions. • Choice of Physical Activity: Parents need to know their child and understand what kind of physical activities they would enjoy. If you know that your child happens to love rowing, then offer your child to take him boating whenever possible. When children feel loved and understood by their parents, their chances of dealing with their issues in a healthy and positive manner is greatly increased. 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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f you are truly serious about preparing your child for the future, don’t teach him to subtract — teach him to deduct.” - Fran Lebowitz

“Make sure you pay your taxes, otherwise you can get in a lot of trouble.” - Richard M. Nixon Most kids don’t think much about taxes except as something

resentative Patricia Schroeder Probably the most important thing to teach them is that taxes aren’t something that “just happens” to them every April 15. Children grow up to become voters, and the choices they make on Election Day can have

The average American pays six figures in taxes over the course of their lifetime.

American pays six figures in taxes over the course of their lifetime. But you aren’t raising your kids to be “average,” are you? No, your kids are going to pay way more than that. What should you teach them about it? What do you wish your parents had taught you? “From a tax point of view, you’re better off raising horses or cattle than children.” - Former U.S. Rep-

a lot to do with how much they pay. Children also should learn that taxes can be something they plan — they shouldn’t just wait until April 15 for their accountant to tell them how much they owe when they have the chance to work with us to learn how to pay less. They ought to learn that cheating is foolish, especially when there are so many legal ways to pay less.

“Just because you have a briefcase full of cash doesn’t mean you’re out to cheat the government.” - Pete Rose Raising smart, successful children is rarely easy. You can outsource reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic to your local schools. But there’s no AP class in practical finance — no semester-long program that covers how health insurance works, or how to navigate the world of office politics, or how to get over a broken heart. (Compared to those things, taxes are easy!) But like it or not, your kids will be paying them forever, so you might as well set them up to do it with the right attitude! “If you get up early, work late, and pay your taxes, you will get ahead — if you strike oil.” - J. Paul Getty 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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Here in the United States, we spend about $1.3 trillion on education, including early childhood programs, K-12th grade, the whole college-industrial complex, and adult learning and continuing education. This is obviously crucial for training the next generation of Americans to lead and make responsible choices. But how much of that $1.3 trillion do we spend on the sort of truly practical wisdom that makes the day-to-day challenges of life easier to navigate? For example, how much do we teach our children about the taxes they’re going to spend the rest of their life paying?

their parents grumble about, until they get their first paycheck and wonder “who the heck is FICA?” But signing up for that first parttime job is like swiping right on the IRS, expecting a date but getting a lifelong relationship. The average


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Gluten Free Recipe Column by Mrs. Elaine Bodenheimer

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For questions or comments about Gluten Free Baking please email GlutenFree@BaltimoreJewishHome.com

Non-dairy Pumpkin Cheesecake Looking for a really delicious Yom Tov dessert, that does not taste gluten-free? Try this delicious parve pumpkin cheesecake. All the filling ingredients go right into thefood processor, so it couldn't be any easier!

Preparation:

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What You Will Need: Crust 8 gluten-free vanilla cookies (or similar cookies) 2 Tbl. sugar Filling 1 8oz. pkg. tofutti cream cheese 1 cup sugar 1 15 oz. can solid-pack pumpkin puree 3 large eggs 1 Tbl. potato starch combined with 1 Tbl. gluten-free bread crumbs 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon with a little ginger and nutmeg)

½ tsp. salt

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line bottom and sides of an 8 inch square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on all sides. Set aside. 2. Crush cookies and mix with 2 Tbl. sugar. Transfer crumb mixture to pan, and press gently into bottom. Spray with cooking spray. Bake until slightly firm, about 12 to 15 minutes. Set aside to cool. 3.

Place all filling ingredients into food processor, and process until smooth.

4. Pour pumpkin mixture into prepared pan, and bake until cake is set, about 40-50 minutes. 5. Cool in pan. Cover and chill, at least 2 hours. Using overhang, transfer cake to work surface and cut into 16 squares. Serve with whipped cream. Enjoy!


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Lime and Thyme Spatchcocked Chicken By Naomi Nachman

for Shabbat dinner.

To this day, I can still

remember the juices as they ran off the chicken

as she carved it. Each week, I looked forward to

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the aroma of that chicken. Fast forward to my kitchen in my own home � I have learned how to cook a whole chicken, but I prefer to use the

spatchcocked method. That means cutting out

the backbone of the chicken with cooking shears, knife or scissors, then flattening the chicken,

and tucking in the wings. This produces a moist and flavorful chicken.

Yields 4 servings

Preparation

b1 (4-pound) Empire Kosher whole chicken, spatchcocked b¼ cup extra virgin olive oil b6 sprigs thyme b2 limes, sliced b6 cloves garlic bKosher salt bFreshly ground black pepper

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Preheat oven to 425°F.

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Place the chicken, breast side up, on top of limes; generously season with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil.

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Bake for about 45-60 minutes, until cooked through. The internal temperature of the chicken should reach 165°F

2. Place lime slices, thyme and garlic cloves in a large roasting pan or a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

5. To serve, cut up the chicken into quarters or eighths, spoon pan juices over chicken, and garnish with fresh lime and thyme sprigs.

Naomi Nachman, the owner of The Aussie Gourmet, caters weekly and Shabbat/ Yom Tov meals for families and individuals within The Five Towns and neighboring communities, with a specialty in Pesach catering. Naomi is a contributing editor to this paper and also produces and hosts her own weekly radio show on the Nachum Segal Network stream called “A Table for Two with Naomi Nachman.” Naomi gives cooking presentations for organizations and private groups throughout the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan area. In addition, Naomi has been a guest host on the QVC TV network and has been featured in cookbooks, magazines as well as other media covering topics related to cuisine preparation and personal chefs. To obtain additional recipes, join The Aussie Gourmet on Facebook or visit Naomi’s blog. Naomi can be reached through her website, www.theaussiegourmet.com or at (516) 295-9669.

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It’s Your Choice! By Rivki D. Rosenwald Esq., MFT, CLC

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o, there we are waiting and waiting – what will it be? The husband’s pacing. The wife is too anxious to move around. What will it be like going home with it? How will it change our lives? Will she be up around and cooking meals? Or will he be busy running the house? Will she stay busy in her room nursing the new addition to our lives or will she be up and about? Yes, waiting for the results of

Mom’s corona test can really add crazy tension to our lives. If Mom tests negative, then the household returns to normal. But if she tests positive, suddenly the whole house is topsy-turvy. Dad could suddenly be forced to learn where the kitchen is! Or, do I mean where “anything” is in the kitchen? Sure, he’s been to that room a lot before, but does he really know where we keep most of the stuff in it?! Does he actually recognize that most of those cabinets open and are not

merely facades? Does Dad know how to get everyone on Zoom? Does he even know who everyone is in the family? Like, I think I heard him mumbling, “Wait, is that kid one of ours?” last time the kid from next door was here doing homework. Maybe I’m being a little hard on Dad here. But, it’s really just part of making a point: that the same way

Moms are carrying a lot of the weight of running the household. -How about a familiarity with where things are kept around the house, so everyone can be a little more helpful? Sure, moms are awesome. And great at multitasking. But how about all of us trying to make their job a little easier, wherever and whenever we can?!

I think I heard him mumbling, “Wait, is that kid one of ours?” last time the kid from next door was here doing homework.

bringing home a new addition can keep Mom occupied in her room and also throw things off a lot, so too a corona-positive diagnosis can do the same. And you don’t even get a new sibling with the latter! But is there something we can get out of it? Well let’s think: -Maybe, a greater appreciation for Mom, even before Mother’s Day arrives! -Perhaps we gain a realization that

After all, let me let you in on a little secret, an often-ignored reality… moms are really only human! Just thought it would be good to let this information go viral – before Mom does!

Rivki Rosenwald is a certified relationship counselor, and career and life coach. She can be contacted at 917-705-2004 or rivki@rosenwalds.com.


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nominations. As brilliant as McAfee may be in business, though, when it comes to the rest of his life, he is, for want of a more decorous term, bonkers. He lived for several years with a group on an island compound off the coast of Belize, which he was forced to flee after his neighbor was found shot, execution-style. (Nothing good ever happens in a “compound.”) He’s

have no intention of doing so – come and find me.’” Well, as your mom told you, be careful what you ask for. In June, the IRS indicted him for hiding millions in income from promoting cybercurrency, consulting, speaking, and selling his life story for a documentary. And just last week, they arrested him in Spain, where he’s now behind bars awaiting extradition.

“The prison yard is full of murderers but mostly nice people”

racked up an enviable collection of arrests for immigration, drug, and gun charges in Belize, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, and Tennessee. Clearly, he’s a man who chafes at being told what to do. Something else McAfee doesn’t like to do is paying his taxes. Last year, he bragged on Twitter: “I have not paid taxes for eight years. I have not filed returns. Every year I tell the IRS, ‘I am not filing a return. I

Spanish prison seems surprisingly chill for a guy who once could have wallpapered his house with money. As he told his followers: “I am having a fascinating time. Spanish prison is not that bad. We can wear whatever clothes we want. We can smoke and socialize. It’s like the Hilton without turn-down service. My cellmate is an ambassador’s drug dealer. I wish I would have known him before. The prison

yard is full of murderers but mostly nice people. I spend most of my time with my back to the wall.” Now McAfee says money is a curse. He’s facing 30 years in a place with no ocean breezes and no friends. What’s more, the SEC is suing him for failing to disclose that he was paid millions to hawk cybercurrencies on Twitter. He’s had a good run — but at age 75, it looks like he’ll spend the rest of his life fighting the law. We know you don’t like paying taxes either. But you don’t have to risk life on the lam to avoid them. So we’ve programmed our computers with a sophisticated algorithm of cour t-tested, IRS-approved strategies for paying less legally. We’re sure you’ll appreciate enjoying them from the comfort of your own home. So call us now while there’s still time to save for 2020!

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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riting a weekly tax column probably looks like effortless fun. But it’s not always easy mining comedy gold from the Internal Revenue Code. Believe it or not, sometimes, taxes just aren’t funny. When you see us trying to jam a tax angle into something like, say, National Feta Cheese Day, you’ll know it was a slow week in Taxland and we had to scrounge through our “Weird Holidays” calendar to find something to cover. Sometimes, though, the tax gods offer up a story that practically writes itself — like this week’s tale from the always-popular “Rich People Behaving Badly” genre. At first glance, John McAfee looks like your basic Silicon Valley entrepreneur. His McAfee anti-virus software, the first commercial anti-virus program, earned him a $100 million fortune. But he got bored and left the company in 1994, and the Great Recession wiped out nearly all of his riches. He’s spent the last 20 years carpet-bombing the market with a series of cryptocurrencyand cybersecurity-themed ventures. Like many of his fellow tech bros, he identifies politically as a libertarian, and he ran for the Libertarian party’s 2016 and 2020 presidential


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