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sually a History book, by definition, presents the past. It is different with a history which determines the course of the future. That is the uniqueness of the Jews. It is an audacious claim, but in our case, comments author and attorney Darrell M. Zaslow, that is the fact of the matter. Jewish history has an historic past and future purpose. We know the beginning of history and have a sense of the ultimate future. Only the details remain to be unfolded. The Approaching Year 6000, Zaslow’s History of the Jews just published, makes the story enjoyably fast and simple, yet profoundly meaningful and insightful. “It is so obvious in history, the proverbial Hand of Hashem; that’s why I wrote the book” said Zaslow. Technical writer Staney Fishkind, writer of award winning technical and management proposals, commented on the new book. “The author ‘speaks to you’ and draws you in to turning the next page, then draws you to the next event. If you were to pick one Jewish history book, Y6K is the hands down winner! Even if you had a shelf full of Jewish history books, Y6K goes to the head of the line!” Y6K refers to the Year 6000, the Talmudic reference [Sanhedrin 97A] to the length of human history. We are now at the year 5777. Readers who obtained advanced copies of Zaslow’s book have offered enthusiastic comment, indicating the uniqueness of the publication. Rabbi Joseph (Mrs. Masha) Katz, reviewer of the first copy off the press, remarked “it’s just astounding, what you’ve done… a way of looking at history which is completely unique... this book reads like a good novel, true history at its best.” Zaslow said he appreciated the interest and depth of comments offered by readers. Especially gratifying, said Zaslow, are the haskamot to the book offered by prominent rabbis of the Baltimore community, needing no introduction to the readers. Rabbi Tzvi Teichman and Rabbi Moshe Hauer each offered their approbation. Their letters, said Zaslow, are themselves a slice of Jewish History, offered by leaders of our generation in this time and place. Rabbi Teichman graciously offered his comments: It was with great anticipation and joy that I received your long awaited project, A History of the Jews. Having been privileged to be inspired over the many years of our friendship by your creative, insightful, and eye opening presentations of Jewish history, I longed to see the integration of those delectable morsels into one book. You take the reader on a virtual roller coaster ride through history, experiencing the peaks and dips of that marvelous journey through your impassioned, brilliant, and erudite observations. Your skilled encapsulation of this wide swath of time and experience is what makes the travel ever Continued on page 20

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JEWISH THOUGHT Rabbi Zvi Teichman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Rabbi Berel Wein. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Between the Lines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 All Things Considered. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

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rohom does not lie, steal, or kill, it’s not One Shabbos, while visiting with the because we would feel immoral doing so. Jewish students at the University of Con- It’s because G-d gave us a moral code by necticut, a Kiruv Rabbi had an interesting which to run our lives. It’s simple to see the wisdom of this conversation with the adult sitting next to when looking at current world news. him. He suggested that the ultimate test of Many morally upright individuals have a the Akeida was not that Avrohom would do as Hashem asked, but that he would hard time standing up for the people of Israel because Israelis look like a Golisay, ‘No! It’s immoral.” The Kiruv Rabbi was not ready for ath and the terrorists appear like David. this reading of the story. At the time, all Instead of viewing the security forces in he could muster was an explanation that Israel as having a moral obligation to dethis idea doesn’t fit with how it’s written fend the innocent, the most we can get is in the Chumash, because Avrohom in- that Israel has the “right” to defend herdeed receives Hashem’s eternal blessings self. Navigating moral dilemmas based on for being ready to do as He asked. personal feelings can get very confusing. This discussion took place 12 years The same people who had an issue with ago. In the interim he came to realize that Orthodox Jews ‘standing out’ seem to be this is the exact test that the Akeida presented, it wasn’t just about the love of his mesmerized by Muslims proudly dressson versus the love of Hashem. It was a ing according to their religion. An unrooted moral code is very dantest to see what he viewed as the foungerous. It elects false leaders and enables dation for morality. Is morality drawn from intuition? Is it a philosophy? Or is it countries such as Russia, Iran, Syria and too many others, to carry out their own based on the will of the creator? When Avrohom Avinu said he was treacherous agendas. As the midrash ready to sacrifice his son, he established teaches, one who is compassionate to the G-d as the source for all moral principles.  cruel will ultimately be cruel to the comThe angel then stopped Avrohom and passionate. Let us continue praying and doing acts ordered him to take his son down from of kindness so that the chaos engulfing the the alter. Hashem tells Avrohom that he never said to shecht Yitzchak, rather to world transpires b’chessed ubirachamim, offer his son, because Hashem does not leading into the geulah shleimu ubimheira biyameinu. want human sacrifice.  Have a wonderful Shabbos, The Akeida and karbanos in general, are a litmus test from where we derive our Moshe Meir morality. Today, when the nation of Av-

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The Baltimore Shabbat Project Senior Style By BJLife Staff Cohn


o help Seniors participate in the Baltimore Shabbat Project, Peregrine’s Landing at Tudor Heights spearheaded a special initiative for their 3rd year. Over 60 women participated in the 3rd annual Senior Challah Bake hosted at Tudor Heights including neighboring Seniors picked up in Tudor Height’s’ wheelchair accessible van, residents, children & volunteers. “For Seniors with memory impairments, this is a wonderful, happy long term memory for our Seniors to experience

“, explains Sherri Zaslow, Executive Director. “Watching the Seniors & the community volunteers do this together is truly heartwarming! Despite all the planning & work it was unbelievable “, says Activities Assistant Lynne Meier. Goldie Milner, Director of Activities, has led this project all 3 years & looks forward to expanding it. “ The city Challah Bake is amazing but not easy for Seniors to get to or get around with walkers & wheelchairs ... also 4000 people can be overwhelming. So, we create a more user friendly experience they love being part of ! While we do bake Challah with our residents often, this communal experi-

ence heightens it all!” In addition to the Senior Challah Bake, Tudor Heights delivered delicious Shabbat dinners to Seniors at home & Nursing Homes created by Dining Director Chef Menashe Shabtai for the second year. He explains ,”We bring Shabbat to them. It’s my pleasure to know I’m cooking for these Seniors who appreciate it so much !” “I hope to expand this idea of the Senior Shabbat Project to other cities .... make that countries!” exhudes Sherri Zaslow. Everyone should expand this outstanding Mitzvah !” To volunteer next year or give names of Seniors for Shabbat dinner

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irchei’s annual banquet honors our young boys (grades 1-5) for using their Yom Tov time productively, by including Torah-learning into their daily vacation schedule. In order to receive an invitation to the banquet, each boy had to have met their daily requirement of learning according to their age-level. The exciting program was well attended as the Liberty Jewish Center’s social hall was filled to capacity with close to 700 people (mostly children). The audience was congratulated by Rabbi Moshe Heinemann, shlita, Rabbi of Agudath Israel of Park Heights, for using their time wisely and blessed each student to acquire a stellar reputation and become a great person worthy of emulation. (Pirchei’s youth group is one of the program’s initiated and funded by the Agudah.) The crowd was entertained and

enraptured with the stories, antics and humor of the famed “Rebbi Hill” (son of Steven Hill, of blessed memory). Adults and children alike laughed riotously through his first story about Matza preparation and sensitivity. The crowd sat entranced at his second story - a more serious one, about survival during the Second World War. Mr. Ben Tzion Weiss led the singing and dance-train with his uplifting music. Mr. Fishel Gross and staff from O’Fishel’s served a most appropriate youngster’s meal with more than adequate supply for the large crowd. Benching and a grand raffle, led by Rabbi Mordechai Glazer followed, to the excitement and delight of all. We hope that all of the boys have been encouraged to continue to excel in their studies and enjoyed the “night out” with their dads. Fathers and grandfathers were proud of and enjoyed their special time with their sons and grandsons. Much continued Nachas!

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Brief Synopsis of Rav Moshe Meiselman’s Recent Baltimore Shiur at Merkaz Torah u’Tefillah, Baltimore By BJLife Staff Cohn


n addition to the overall energy Rav Eichenstein, shlit”a, has brought to the Baltimore kehilah in recent years, his beis medrash, Mercaz Torah u’Tefillah, enhances the level of Torah and Avodah in the community by regularly hosting the Rov’s illustrious uncle, HoRav Moshe Meiselman, shlit”a, the Rosh HaYeshiva of Yeshivas Toras Moshe in Yerushalayim. On Sunday morning, 5 Cheshvan 5777 (Nov/6/16), following 8:30 shachris, Rav Meiselman delivered a detailed halachic shiur discussing the parameters of one’s responsibility toward another’s mitzvah observance, Yehudi and non-Yehudi alike. Work-

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In Commemoration of the Shloshim of Lonnie Borck, Z’L By Margie Pensak Cohn

Ronit Borck says she doesn’t know how her husband, Lonnie, a”h, found the time to do the plethora of things he did—several of them unbeknownst even to her---all while he ran his business, responded to Hatzalah calls, and helped her raise a family of five children, including 2-year-old twin boys. He was an amazing son, husband, father, provider, friend, and mentor; he loved his family, friends, and community. In commemoration of Lonnie’s short but very full life and his upcoming Shaloshim, (see announcement , below) the following are just a few “Lonnie stories”. A Loving Son Lonnie’s parents, who are close to ninety, were staying at the Borcks the Shabbos he was niftar. They had a condo in town that the Borcks were renovating for them before their move to Baltimore. Right before that Shabbos, a railing to the basement had just finished being built. While going down the stairs, Lonnie’s father mentioned that the railing was not good. When Ronit expressed to Lonnie her concern about having her in-laws, he replied that he wants to put an addition onto their house. That was one of the last conversations that Lonnie and Ronit had. A Loyal Friend Lonnie, a”h, was very shaken up by his close friend, Daniel Lansky’s, a”h, petira. In fact, at the very end of Daniel’s life, his wife, Elana, told Ronit that Lonnie was the go-to person if she needed anything. There were six months of regular daily texts between Daniel and Lonnie. One in particular, written by Daniel, said how much it meant to him that Lonnie asked him on a regular basis how he was and if there was anything that he needed. Mostly what

he needed, he said, was the knowledge that someone was remembering and was there for him. When things became difficult for him to help Daniel himself, Lonnie arranged for others to step in and be there for him as well. Even Ronit didn’t know what Lonnie was doing for him. “Lonnie was the person I called whenever I needed anything medically,” says Elana. “Daniel’s oncologist never heard of the personal medical attention and resources we were able to get through Lonnie and his association with Hatzalah. They were in awe of how we were able to get the help we needed for Daniel--all led by Lon-

nie. He made the impossible possible for us. I knew I could always count on him. “I remember Daniel needed something from Shoppers after one of his chemo treatments and Lonnie ran there, picked it up, and had it at our door within 20 minutes,” continues Elana. “He always ran with zerizus to do a mitzvah and lend a helping, caring, thoughtful hand to those in need. He never made you feel like it was difficult or a burden for him to do. He always made us feel like he was on his way, anyway.” Elana also recalled how Lonnie went to her shiva house with a pack of light bulbs because he knew the Lanskys needed them in their chandelier. Ironically, at Lonnie’s shiva house, Stacey Goldenberg, director of operations at the Jewish Caring Network, mentioned to Ronit that Lonnie recently said to her, ‘We really need to do something for these women who lose their husbands.’ Like a Brother Chuckie Epstein expressed, “He was my brother. We were in NCSY together. He went to MTA in New York for ninth grade but came to Baltimore for 10th grade and stayed in the dorms in TA. When the dorm closed down for the following school year Lonnie came to live with my mother and me. He didn’t board at our house, he lived with us and was part of the family. He was with us for all of 11th grade and 12th grade. We both went to Israel together albeit to different yeshivas. After spending several years in Israel, when I finally returned home after four years, Lonnie moved back in with us for a few more years. I was an only child and he was my brother. It’s a huge loss. It’s still hasn’t really set in.” A Baal Chesed Years ago, no school would take in a particular boy who was in the eleventh grade. Lonnie picked up the phone, called a yeshiva in Israel,

and said, ‘You are taking this boy; I am vouching for this boy.’ When this boy’s mother came to Lonnie’s shiva house to express her gratitude to his family for what he did for her son, she mentioned that Lonnie could not vouch for him since he didn’t even know him. In fact, she couldn’t even vouch for her own son. Today, this young man is married, has a large family, and lives in Israel; he never came back. He is a role model father and a successful person. He is not just learning in one of the most prominent yeshivos in the world, he is a Shoel Umashiv. In addition, he is a mentor, learns privately with bochurim, and is taking psychology courses. This mother never knew her son thanked Lonnie properly and was amazed to find out, in the shiva house, that Ronit still has the air mailed letter that her son wrote to Lonnie expressing his appreciation. “He is more than he ever would have been because of Lonnie,” the mother shared in the shiva house. “I have tremendous hakaras hatov to the people who gave my child a hug when I could not. Lonnie gave him that emotional hug by believing in him and giving him that shot that he took.” A Man of Principle In his business, Lonnie would purchase Jewish domains; he acquired mainly to make sure that they went into the right hands. Even an exorbitant sum of money, offered to him by a missionary organization, could not entice him to sell one of them. A Caring Neighbor The Borcks had lived in their present home for a year when Lonnie was niftar. It bothered Lonnie that they did not know their non-observant neighbors since their paths did not cross. Ronit admits she could have walked past them and would not even have known who they were. The day before Succos, Lonnie went over to their house and invited them for dinner on


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me how to do things that you believe in and to be a giver and to do what you think is right, no matter what, and never give up. Lonnie was a real person who just wanted to help people and do the right thing and teach people about Yiddishkeit. He was a very, very special person. He was like a Big Brother to me until I got married. He would just do anything for anybody. I am just one of many people who was helped out by Lonnie Borck and he will be missed dearly by so many.” Rabbi Moshe Margolese recalls, “Lonnie and Ronit brought me into their home and into their life when I was a teenager. I spent at least a year and a half with them, going frequently for Shabbos. During that time, I worked for Lonnie in the Brasserie and on the side, helping him with all his other projects. He kept me busy in his warehouse all summer long. It never felt like he was doing a chesed for me; I always felt like I was busy and productive working for Lonnie. He gave me a meaning and a purpose at that time. I was part of their family. It was a very great, comfortable, wonderful, warm, loving second home. “Lonnie really mentored me by helping me with work ethic, teaching me the importance of thanking the people who help you out, and helping me make smarter choices,” continues Rabbi Margolese. “He encouraged me to learn in Eretz Yisrael; which I did for three years. He had me call different people in the community to fundraise for myself so I could afford to go. He came up with a plan for me, regarding who I was going to call. I think he even set these people up in advance of my calling. He didn’t do it for me, but helped me accomplish my own goal, myself. Lonnie was a role model adult for me-- a go-getter, involved in business, Torah and his family. Somehow he had time for everything. He was so proud of me when I became involved with Lev Shlomo

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the first night of Succos. They unhesitatingly accepted the invitation. They shared a beautiful meal together, and now Ronit and her children have the gift of knowing their next door neighbors. A Masmid Aryeh Meister told, “Lonnie was such a special guy; such a special neshama. We started learning together a couple of years ago. He very much wanted to learn; it was very important to him. Lonnie was involved with so many things, in addition to his work. He had a passion for learning. For a while, we learned in the middle of the day in his office--mussar and machshava kinds of seforim. No matter what he was in the middle of doing, no matter how many things he was always busy with, he would try as hard as he could to drop everything to learn. For a while, we would learn in his home every night. No matter what was going on in his home, he sat down at the table and we would learn. It was so important for him to have that learning during the day—even if it was for 20 minutes. One of the last text messages I received from Lonnie asked when we were continuing our learning, since we had discontinued over the summer. ‘I meant to call you. I want to learn next week. Sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner.’ The last text I received from him said, ‘Do say Tehilim for Doniel.’ A Mentor “When I was 15 years old, I went to my first NCSY Shabbaton in Silver Spring,” reminisced Nechemia Weinreb. “Lonnie, who was about five years older than me, was an advisor and I became very close to him. He never made you feel like he was doing you a favor or he was trying to help you out; he just made you feel like he was your friend. He was always trying to help people and be good to them. Lonnie was a role model for me and showed

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and really beamed when I joined Ohr Chadash. I told him he had a chalek in whatever it was that I was doing; it gave him nachas. “Lonnie and Ronit loved to be involved,” concludes Rabbi Margolese. “They would host people for Shabbos all the time. He was a natural in connecting with all people; he was a hocker. He was extremely loving, supportive, encouraging. I feel a tremendous amount of hakaras hatov to Lonnie. It is the little things that make a big difference. He really cared about me--he helped me, nurtured me, supported me, and believed in me. Lonnie and Ronit, for sure, played a very sig-

nificant part of my life. He gave me a job, gave me an open home for Shabbos, and gave me the belief that I can accomplish whatever it is that I want to accomplish. He invested his time in me for a year or two, and that created a beautiful friendship for many years.” Reaching Out to the Less Fortunate “Moshe was always in the Borcks house,” relates Chaya Liebes about her special needs son. “I would always tell Moshe to stop going to the Borcks and stop bothering them, but Ronit would always tell me that she wanted her children to know him and it was good for them to be around

him. They didn’t mind him coming over. My friends with special needs children would tell me, over the years, that Shabbos was the hardest time for their children, when they are home the whole day, without visitors. My son is the busiest, because he is hopping from one house to the next, but it was really Lonnie who did all this to get him involved and make him feel like a person. My son is still not involved with any special needs activities. I know that Lonnie made him feel like a mainstream person. He is involved now only in a mainstream environment; I think it is all from Lonnie.” Lonnie was always getting all sorts of stuff for Moshe--like the Donald Trump socks he ordered for him, before Succos, which he never had a chance to personally give him. Lonnie got Moshe involved with Hatzalah and even gave him a Hatzalah uniform. But like any mutual friendship, it was a give and take one. When Moshe graduated from high school, he was allowed to take two guests in addition to his parents; he chose Lonnie for one of them. Lonnie attended, even though it took place on Friday. He helped the Borcks pack up and move, and helped build their succah. “Lonnie was very giving and caring and always took in different types of people and made them part of his family,” says Mrs. Liebes. “In fact, the Borck twins call him “Uncle Moshe”. Last year, when my son was honored by our shul, Darchei Tzedek, at its banquet, Lonnie spoke about him. Besides taking an interest in Moshe, Lonnie showed his characteristic care and concern for Moshe’s family, as well. Moshe’s grandfather, who resides in Levindale, would not have been able to attend two of Moshe’s siblings’ weddings had Lonnie not arranged for Hatzalah to have him transported by ambulance. “Moshe works in Seven Mile Market and for O’Fishel, and rides in the NWCP patrol car—he’s all around town. He has a life all because of

Lonnie. He’s a people person. Because Lonnie was very involved with Moshe, other people became involved with him and started inviting him for Shabbos and Yomim Tovim. He eats at home for two nights of Rosh Hashanah and the Sederim; the rest of time, he eats out. Lonnie gets the credit for all this!” Lonnie knew Ronit’s adopted brother with special needs—who lives in a group home near upstate New York-- since he was a kid, and always made an effort to maintain a close relationship with him. “It wasn’t always easy for my sisters and me; our brother can be difficult to handle and often cuts off communication with us, but through it all Lonnie always tried to be in touch with him,” says Ronit. “Every summer we would make the trip to visit him, pick him up, drive to Woodbourne, New York, and take him out to dinner. Not only would we take him out, Lonnie would totally wine and dine him, picking up food at every restaurant for him and sending him home with takeout for the rest of the week! After we had the twins, it was hard for me to make the trip, so Lonnie would go by himself, or with one or two of the kids. He knew that Josh looked forward to it all year, and it meant so much to both of them.” Erev Shabbos Phone Calls “I don’t know how he did it, but Lonnie called so many people every Friday--his cousins who had lost their father and brother a few years ago (after their brother died, Lonnie told them that he’s their brother, and called them every Friday), his good friend David Chapman, his non-religious friend Scott Ross in Miami--who had very different political views than him and they would argue but he still loved him and called him anyway-- of course his parents, Jules Friedman, and the list goes on. So many people came to shiva and said that they had just spoken to Lonnie that Friday! He just cared about everyone!”




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The Approaching Year 6000 continued more thrilling. Our Torah exhorts us, binu shnos dor v’dor, understand the years of generation after generation. Our history is not merely a tale to be retold but an exploration and discovery of the hand of G-d that is evident for all those who seek it. You have succeeded remarkably in exciting the reader to that reality, arousing one to sense the palpable presence of the Divine and the mission of His people, throughout history. May you continue to prod our consciousness to new levels of awareness of G-d’s hand in our lives, for there is no greater goal than increasing the Honor of Heaven in the world. With much admiration and appreciation for a very dear friend and scholar, [Rabbi] Zvi Teichman. Rabbi Moshe Hauer presented the book’s first Haskama, which Zaslow said was a moving moment for him personally, having worked on the project for over 20 years: Congratulations on completing your excellent manuscript on Jewish History. This work has been your passion for years, as you have been con-

stantly researching, writing, discovering more, and then rewriting. Your passion for learning and knowledge are truly inspiring. While I have as yet been unable to read the book completely and thoroughly, what I find outstanding about it is its exciting density. Every paragraph adds something to the picture and is built on thorough research in Torah as well as in history. I am looking forward to the second edition, including annotation of the thousands of sources for the information and ideas presented throughout. Special attention should be paid to your fascinating and creative discoveries in the symmetries present within the timeline of Jewish history. I wish you success in seeing this labor of love through to publication, and to see you apply your considerable energies to future projects in Torah study for decades to come. Fondly, [Rabbi] Moshe Hauer “The remarkable symmetries in the timeline”, said Zaslow, “are indicative of an incredible series of ‘coincidences’. It should not be a surprise to see God’s Hand in History, but it is

only in our era that we can see some of it.” Particularly surprising to Zaslow was the exactness of date coincidences surrounding the modern State of Israel. (Zaslow said he prefers “Jewish sovereignty over the Holy Land”, as that is what is extraordinary about 5708 [1948]. It is doubtful, from Zaslow’s perspective, that the creation of ‘Israel’ as the sovereign nation of the Jewish People would occur today.) From a calendrical perspective, said Zaslow, there is tantalizing importance to Israel’s creation in 1948 as “the first flowering of our redemption”. The birth of the anointed one David King of Israel, in 2854, is the exact historical midpoint between creation of the world and the founding of the state of Israel in 5708. [5708 – 2854 = 2854]. In a second instance of “calendrical coincidences”, (among many highlighted by Zaslow in The Approaching Year 6,000), the destruction of the Second Temple in 3828 is the exact midpoint between the birth of Abraham, in 1948, and Jewish sovereignty over the Holy Land in 5708 (‘coincidentally’ 1948 on the secular calendar). From an evidentiary point

of view, said Zaslow, the secular year 1948 (5708) is the exact balance of the years between Creation and King David. It is simultaneously the exact balance of the Birth of Abraham and the Destruction of the Second Temple. Two separate events, two fulcrums of history, all swirling around the creation in our own day of Israel. Zaslow also noted the 3,760 years between the Birth of Abraham and the State of Israel; the year 3760 “by coincidence” being the year on the Jewish calendar when the Common Era began, and 3760 bce marking Creation. As Rabbi Katz described it, the book is “a spiritual and mathematical analysis of ‘coincidences’ which cannot be a coincidence!” Zaslow indicates that he was captivated to see it all unfold, though not necessarily competent to say what it means; he invites readers to read the book from the first page to the last. Zaslow looks forward to exciting reader comment and discussion on the website The book is available through that site, and at fine bookstores.

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IDF Field Hospital is Best in the World

It was a wonderful recognition of the thousands of volunteers and their unbelievable dedication and expertise around the world. Last week, the United Nation’s World Health Organization recognized the Israeli army’s field hospital, which is regularly sent abroad to provide aid at natural disaster sites, as “the number one in the world” in a ceremony last week, classifying it as its first and only “Type 3” field hospital, according to its commander, Lt. Col. (res.) Dr. Ofer Merin. In 2013, the United Nation’s WHO created a set of criteria to classify foreign medical teams in sudden onset disasters, on a scale from one to three. Israel is now the only country to re-

ceive the top mark. “Only a handful in the world could even think of” doing so in the future, Dr. Ian Norton, the lead author of the classification system and head of the WHO delegation, said in a conversation with The Times of Israel last month. In the ceremony last Wednesday, the IDF’s field hospital team received the “Type 3” designation, along with some additional “specialized care” recognitions, which technically made it a “Type 3 plus,” though the army kept the information quiet until Sunday. “We’re going to recommend the director-general verifies [Israel’s team] as a Type 1, Type 2, and also Type 3 and multiple different types of specialty cells,” Norton announced. “We haven’t had that ever before,” Norton said, praising the months of work put in by the Israeli team to receive the designation. A Type 1 medical team can offer first aid and other immediate emergency care on an outpatient basis, meaning the victims do not remain in the hospital for extended periods of time; a Type 2 has at least 20 beds for inpatients and can perform 7-15 surgeries per day; and a Type 3 has twice as many inpatient beds, an intensive care unit and can perform 15-30 surgeries per day, as well as provide a host of other services, including rehabilitation. Israel’s field hospital blows past

some of these requirements: A Type 3 field hospital needs 40 inpatient beds, Israel’s has 86. A Type 3 needs two operating rooms, Israel’s has four. For Type 2 and Type 3 teams there are additional “specialized care team” designation, including burn units, dialysis, obstetrics and gynecology, and reconstructive plastic surgery. Israel, in addition to its Type 3 designation, was also recognized for its abilities in the latter two categories, plastic surgery and OB/GYN care, making it a “Type 3 plus.” Israel will receive official WHO patches noting the new designation, and members of the IDF’s Medical Corps, including Merin, will meet with the head of the international organization at a formal ceremony in Hong Kong at the end of the month, the army said. In a phone conversation with reporters on Sunday, Merin, who has personally invested “hundreds of hours” in the recognition process, described the experience of having the work he and his team have done be classified as the best in the world as “emotional.” “I wish I could sit here and say it’s a ‘Mazal tov’ for me, but it’s a ‘Mazal tov’ for the army, for Israel,” Merin exulted. The recognition process took nearly a year, beginning in January 2016, most of that meticulously reviewing manuals and ensuring that Israel met the criteria. According to Merin, the military’s field hospital is “not just some medics and doctors spread out in the field”; rather it is a “national treasure” that has the capabilities of an advanced, permanent hospital but can be set up almost anywhere in under 12 hours. Israeli disaster relief delegations — some of them led by Merin — have been some of the first and largest to arrive at the scenes of natural disasters. Teams from the IDF Medical Corps and Home Front Command provided rescue and medical services after an earthquake in Turkey in 1999, an earthquake in Haiti in 2010, a typhoon in the Philippines in 2013 and, most recently, an earthquake in Nepal in 2015. This Type 3 classification ensures that Israeli teams will continue to be the first allowed on the scene of future disasters and further cements Israel’s

position as a world leader in emergency medicine, proving to friends and foes alike that the Jewish state knows how to handle catastrophes. “This recognition isn’t just international. It’s also recognition for ourselves, showing us what we can do,” the army spokesperson said on Sunday. While Israel’s emergency medical teams may be best known for their work abroad, Merin stressed that this takes a backseat to its primary directive. “Our role is, first of all, to deploy and assist in either — G-d forbid — a natural disaster, which can happen because Israel’s on an active [fault line] or in cases of war,” he said. Israel’s regular humanitarian relief efforts have drawn both international praise and accusations of “rubble-washing” — or using its disaster relief effort to boost its international standing. Helping other countries in need is “the most effective kind of diplomacy,” then-foreign minister Avigdor Liberman said in 2015, after Israel sent a team to Nepal. “In crafting a country’s image, nothing is more effective than providing aid.” Diplomats insist the drive is mostly altruistic. “If we’re sending aid to Haiti, the Philippines and Nepal, we’re obviously not looking to reap great diplomatic benefits from these countries, which I might be allowed to describe as not superpowers,” said a former senior diplomat in 2015 In addition to being the only Type 3 team in the world, Israel’s is also the only one with a “military component” that has been recognized by the WHO. “It’s a proud moment for all the Jews around the world and for people from Israel and for people from the IDF Medical Corps. It’s great moment for all of us, really. It’s a great moment,” Merin said.

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The Week In News nologies Ltd. has invented a machine that can instantly grade the clarity of polished diamonds.

The diamond rating industry has always been a painstaking process that left the grading up to the subjectivity of the diamond appraisal. The new system is being tested in India and is planned to be brought to market in mid-2017. The company hopes that its invention will enhance consumer trust in each diamond’s valuation. “Instead of a human looking at the diamond from various angles – maybe the light isn’t good, maybe he drank too much coffee – so he is making a

mistake,” said executive director Uzi Levami. The machine can “make the final decision for the grade of the diamond,” he said. Diamond dealers will still be needed to provide other services, such as determining if a stone is authentic. Although Israel does not produce any diamonds, the country is a leading polishing and trading center. Israel was one of the founding members of the Kimberley Process, which is the global body responsible for shutting

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UN Rep: Don’t Shoot Terrorists

Michael Lynk is the United Nation’s special rapporteur to Judea, Samaria, and Gaza. His job is to report on the proceedings of all meetings taking place concerning the region. Last week, Lynk said he was “very concerned” by the use of live ammunition when dealing with terrorists that are stabbing people. “Lethal force is supposed to be used as a last resort and only when there is a legitimate threat to a security officer’s life,” said Lynk. Since October 2015, dozens of Israelis have been murdered in such attacks. Over 200 Arab terrorists have been killed while committing these deadly knife assaults. In many cases, the terrorists have been captured, however, they often charge at the people trying to capture them, forcing the security officer to open fire. For many years, it has been obvious that the special rapporteur position is inherently biased, as the job is only mandated to investigate Israeli abuses. Like all of his predecessors, Lynk has been denied an Israeli visa. Israeli officials have refused his offer to meet with them in North America. He is a law professor at Western University in Ontario. When asked if he was willing to extend his mandate to investigate rights abuses by all sides (and not just Israel), Lynk said that was “something I am open to and am considering.” Considering the UN’s abysmal history with the Jewish State, we won’t hold our breath.



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Politics is going to the dogs, so it’s no wonder that a town has – quite literally – elected a dog. On November 8, the town of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky, declared a pit bull mayor in a landslide victory, garnering a whopping 3,367 out of a crowded group of furry and feathery candidates including a cat, chicken and jackass. The new mayor, Brynneth Pawltro

(read that slowly and out loud) is the perfect canine-date for the position. According to Bobbi Kayser, who is on the board of directors for the Rabbi Hash Historical Society, “She’s a lover, she’s such a sweet dog. She is a pit bull rescue and she’s going to be quite the ambassador for that breed.” The election was held as a fundraiser for the Rabbit Hash General Store, which was devastated by a fire in February and in desperate need of repair. Each vote cost $1 to cast. Since this wasn’t a normal election, even by Kentucky standards, voters were able to cast as many votes as their cash flow allowed. Speaking of flow, voters were able to imbibe some bourbon and whiskey while casting their lots. “We encourage drinking at the polls,” Kayser said, “because people tend to donate more if they’ve had a few.” In all, $8,965 was raised. That sounds like more than just a few beers. Brynneth, also known as Brynn, is owned by college student Jordie Bamforth, who works for an animal hospital. This is the town’s fourth canine mayor, with the first, a mutt named Goofy, taking office in 1998. A black Lab named Junior followed a few years later. In 2008, the same year Obama was elected, a border collie named Lucy Lou, belonging to Kayser, earned the title. Lucy Lou retired on Nov. 8 and is notable because she’s the only former canine mayor not to die in office. According to Kayser, she set term limits for her fellow canines. Yes, 2016 has seen politics go to the dogs.

Light Up the Nights With the days getting shorter, darkness comes all too soon. But there’s no need to worry if you have glow-in-

the-dark hair. Recently, a hair colorist invented a hair dye called Phoenix Neon Glowing Hair which transforms hair into a glow-in-the-dark ball of light in the dark. During the day, the locks are neon pink, yellow, orange and green. So either way, you’re glowing – maybe even radioactive? Unfortunately, this is not something you can do at home. The supplies that the colorist used are only available to salons. Truthfully, though, I think this is something you probably should not even do in a salon. I’d rather use a flashlight than have a glow-in-the-dark brain.

Bug Off!

Last week, Sam Wang, founder of the Princeton Election Consortium, ate his words. And they were crunchy. On October 18, Wang tweeted that he would “eat a bug” if Donald Trump garnered more than 240 electoral votes in this year’s election. Well, on November 9, Wang was pretty surprised – as was the rest of America – when he heard in the wee hours of the morning how the nation voted. Asked about his promise on Saturday in an interview with CNN, Wang took out “a can of gourmet-style crickets – from the point of view of a pet.” “I think that the eating bug thing is in itself sensationalist and keeps us off of important policy issues, such as Supreme Court appointments,” Wang warned before eating his words. “There are things that can happen to bring the country together. I think the bug thing is not one of them. I wanted to point that out.” Still, after that assurance, Wang delicately stabbed a cricket with his

fork and ate the insect. “I regard myself as being in the wilderness a little. After all, I was wrong,” Wang said. How did the critter taste? “Kind of mostly honey-ish, a little nutty,” he told CNN. On Twitter he was more direct: “blech.” Our thoughts exactly when it came to the election.

Big Time Spender Ever hear those commercials for Patek Philippe? Then you know that you don’t really own a Patek Philippe watch; you merely hold onto it for future generations. Well, it seems like a Patek Philippe may be a good watch to share with your kids – if you can afford it. This week, a rare stainless steel Patek Philippe Reference 1518 watch sold for over $11 million, making it the most expensive wristwatch to ever be sold at auction. It was more than triple the initial pre-sale estimate. The buyer has remained anonymous.

The Patek Philippe Reference 1518 perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch was made in 1943 and features a moonphase indicator, Arabica hour markers and a tachymeter scale. This is not the only Patek Phillipe to go for outrageous sums. Prior to this sale, the most expensive watch to ever be sold at auction was also a Patek Phillipe, which sold last year for more than $7.3 million. “I think Patek Phillippe is considered a blue chip brand and one of the most important watch makers in the world. They have had uninterrupted production since 1839, they make very few watches every year, and it’s just considered the very best, like a


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The bank instituted the soothing symphony when it was revealed that 29 percent of people suffer from anxiety when checking their bank balance, feeling nervous and physically sick. The string section of the world famous orchestra played Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No.5 on either side of a walkway leading to the ATM in London’s Brick Lane. Violins, cellos, violas and even a harp helped ease tensions in the uniquely relaxing space where the ATM had been installed – a room draped with white curtains. Interestingly, while many get sick from their money woes, 85 percent of people don’t know what their current bank balance is. 6 percent lie to the partners about their money situation. The music, feather fans, soft lighting and soothing atmosphere were welcomed by the bank’s customers. Amelia Hazelrigg, 27, from London, said: “I hate checking my bank balance, I worry about how much money is in there. Going to an ATM in a white gallery with a harpist playing isn’t something you do every day, but at least it took my mind off my lack of funds.” Atom Bank is the UK’s only purely digital bank. Customers use mobile phone apps with biometric security such as face and voice recognition.



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Torah Thought

Perfect Joy By Rabbi Zvi Teichman

Simcha, joy, is a goal we all yearn for. Whether finding a spouse, awaiting and celebrating a birth of a child, rejoicing over the various milestones of our children’s lives and all the other occasions of happiness we experience in the journey called life, these are all moments of Simcha we relish and treasure, that buoy us as we sail through the stormy seas of challenge. The Torah records but one instance that expresses the emotions of joyous celebration over a ‘life event’. With the heralding of the birth of Yitzchok, both of his parents break out in a spontaneous display of delight.

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)‫ויצחק (בראשית יז יז‬, and he (Avraham) laughed (with joy, see Rashi). )‫ותצחק (שם יח יב‬, and she (Sarah) laughed. Yet, after a lifetime of lingering hope, when Sarah erupts with elation she is suddenly taken to task for it. God confronts Avraham, ‫למה זה‬ )‫צחקה שרה (שם שם יג‬, Why is it that Sarah laughed?. God seems to be intimating that her laughter was somehow deficient, lacking in purity, with a taint of doubt. Sarah denies her emotion is anything but unadulterated joy, but is accused of emoting an imperfect happiness. Rashi explains that there was a slight measure of disbelief in her words that made it appear as if she were exhibiting a mocking rather than joyous laughter. )‫(שם יז יז‬ What purpose was there in re-

cording for posterity this conflict that seems to dampen this moment of ecstatic joy and all its hope for the future of Avraham and Sarah’s legacy? Can’t we be entitled to happiness without guilt? When one is fortunate to be blessed with moments of happiness, our natural reaction is to absorb and lose ourselves totally in that joy. Do we ever stop for a moment and think how little we deserve that kindness? Do we sit in awe of the overwhelming ‫חסד‬, benevolence of God, who endows us with an abundance of good disproportionate to our merit? Do we put into context all that we’ve been through that brought us to that moment, appreciating His guiding hand throughout, that enabled us to come to that moment? Are we humbled by that fact and inspired unto an even deeper sense of gratitude and joy that we have a Father in Heaven that is so awesomely benevolent in his constant concern for our welfare? The reproach of Sarah wasn’t meant to castigate her, but rather to educate her. With this enlightened perspective, her sense of elation would become a more wholesome and profound joy. (Based on a thought expressed by the great Hungarian sage, Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Ehrenreich Rav of Simlieu, who perished in the Holocaust, in his sefer ‫)אבן שלמה‬

The Rambam )‫(הל' מגילה וחנוכה ג ו‬ writes that on Rosh HaShanah we do not recite Hallel as it is not a day of ‫שמחה יתירה‬, “extra” joy, as our fates are hanging in balance. Yet, it is a day of absolute joy, just not added joy. What differentiates a pure joy from an additional one? The Talmud says that sometimes ‫יתר‬, something added is deemed equivalent to ‫חסר‬, being deficient. An animal with an additional limb is as treif, non-kosher, as an animal who is lacking one. There are times where the Torah allows us the freedom to go beyond a controlled and perfect joy and engage in ‫שמחה יתירה‬, extra joy. On Rosh HaShanah however, a day we seek to restore the level of our initial relationship with G-d as we experienced it on the day of man’s creation, before his having sinned in partaking from the Tree of Knowledge, we must aspire to a ‘perfect’ joy. )‫והד' פקד את שרה (שם כא כא‬, And God remembered Sarah. According to tradition, Sarah conceived on Rosh HaShanah. The Chizkuni posits that when the angel informed Avraham on Pesach, ‫שוב אשוב אליך כעת חיה והנה בן לשרה‬ )‫(שם יח י‬, I will surely return to you at this time next year, and behold Sarah your wife will have a son, he was intimating that he would visit yet twice, ‫אשוב‬-‫שוב‬, again. The first time in the following Tishrei, to notify Sarah directly that she will become pregnant, and a second time upon Yitzchak’s birth the next Pesach. The entire episode of Sarah’s questionable laughter took place at that time as well, in the season of joy, possibly on Rosh HaShana (see Chizkuni ,‫ ד"ה ותצחק‬...‫ )ועוד‬or perhaps a bit later on Sukkos in the month of Tishrei (see .‫)ר"ה יא‬. No wonder it was imperative for them to rectify the joy and bring it to its purest form precisely at this time.

Avraham and Sarah represented the beginning of a mission to restore man to his original nobility, the glory embodied within Adam at his creation. Their child would embody the perfect Simcha, joy, as expressed in his name ‫יצחק‬, memorializing the struggle and success of his parent’s quest to define authentic and perfect joy. He would epitomize in his life the seamless enmeshing of fear and joy, the ideal expressed by King David as, )‫וגילו ברעדה (תהלים ב יא‬, and rejoice with trembling. In the Sheva Brachos we ask of God: ‫שמח תשמח רעים אהובים כשמחך‬ ‫יצירך בגן עדן מקדם‬, Gladden the beloved companions as you gladdened your creature in the Garden of Eden from aforetime. At what moment in time did Adam sense that joy that is described here, that we hope to see emulated in the newlywed couple? Rashi ).‫ (כתובות ח‬refers us to the verse that describes how G-d planted a garden in Eden, to the east, ‫וישם שם‬ )‫ (בראשית ב ח‬...‫את האדם‬, and He set there the man.... Where is there any joy evident here? When man senses the careful and steady hand of God that lovingly ‘sets’ him in the ‘garden’, remaining conscious that all encounters throughout life are meant to ultimately lead us back to that fond embrace of G-d in Eden, there is no greater joy. When two individuals don’t merely rejoice over their newfound commitment to one another, but also contemplate the journeys orchestrated by Divine Providence that have brought them to their particular strengths that endeared them to one another, cognizant of the graciousness of God that showers them with unconditional love, then they are equipped to experience pure joy. May our lives always be filled with pure and unadulterated joy!


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Water By Rafi Sackville

across and over the room. Visitors then enter a larger room in which a huge physical map of Israel is built into the floor. It lights up showing the different sources of water. Most people know that much of Israel’s water is derived from the Sea of Galilee, the Kinneret. Other sources are underground aquifers. However, over the last few decades a greater emphasis has been placed on building desalination plants that draw water from the Mediterranean Sea. A process of

observation deck where questions were being shot at us at such a rapid rate I couldn’t keep up. Despite my embarrassment at not knowing some of the answers it was clear what the overall message was: water is important and the more we know about its source and scarcity the better we’ll appreciate it each time we open a faucet. In his book, LET THERE BE WATER: Israel’s Solution for a Water-Starved World, author Seth Siegel

We are living in the middle of a revolution in the manner and direction in which Israel is using water. argues that Israel quickly understood that the traditional methods of water usage were wasteful. Siegel explains how Israel has created ways to help itself and the world deal with diminishing supplies of water. Siegel notes how drip irrigation, a common agricultural tool used around the world, transformed Israel’s ability to grow delicious fruits and vegetables without exhausting our water resources. He also describes how many crops are watered using a different source of water: retreated waste. That’s why you see so many signs alongside fields which warn against drinking the water. In short, Israel has two main water carriers – that which is potable and that which isn’t. In fact, more than half of Israel’s potable water now comes from the sea. It uses a greater percentage of desalinated water than other countries. We are living in the middle of a

Rafi Sackville, formerly of Cedarhurst, teaches in Ort Maalot in Western Galil.

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osmosis transfers the saltwater into water for every day household use. Our guide was a fount of endless information. At one point she told us she trusted that what she was saying we were putting to memory. She guided us out onto the observation platform. Around the platform are five computer stands. We were divided into groups and were fed questions on all the information we’d heard over the previous 45 minutes. I admit that while paying attention to most of what was being said, I had the tendency to wander around the room by myself to check out different stages of the filtering process. For example, I was amazed to learn that certain type of carp are used during one of the filtering stages. They are placed into pre-sedimentation ponds to control excessive phytoplankton in raw water. Who would have known? That information didn’t help me out on the

revolution in the manner and direction in which Israel is using water. It used to be that we used water from the south to the north of the country. Israel has turned to the W\west as well. Mekorot is eventually planning to receive desalinated water from five facilities along the Mediterranean for transfer throughout the country. This shouldn’t suggest that Israel no longer suffers from water problems. Mention of the depleting Kinneret Lake water levels are forever raising eyebrows throughout the country. This is evident to the naked eye. One of the features of Ma’alot, where we live in the Galil, is its manmade lake. Its circumference is a kilometer (.62 mile). The path that runs around it is popular for walkers and joggers. Over the course of summer the water level drops significantly enough to expose the original sheets of black plastic that line the bottom. Israel encourages water conservation. The irony of living here is that by logic people shouldn’t be living in the desert, and yet cities like Be’er Sheva are thriving. Israeli advancements in water technology allows the country to continually grow. New roads and communities are being built all over the country. This in turn allows for an influx of new immigrants. At the end of the summer great fanfare was made of a Nefesh b’ Nefesh arrival of hundreds of immigrants from the U.S. and Canada. Despite the tiny size of Israel there is plenty of room for new immigrants. Moreover, despite an almost 40% reduction in annual rainfall since 1948, there is plenty of water for them to drink.

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rom its main gate, Mekorot’s central filtration plant – just north of the Movil intersection next to Kibbutz Hanaton – looks like a cross between a well coiffured park and a maze of pipes of every shape and size that wouldn’t look out of place in an industrial zone. An unlikely place to visit you might think, until you consider the importance of water to this country. Israel mostly lies on the edge of the desert, which is why water is too vital to our existence to be taken for granted. The center is one of the biggest of its kind in the world. Here water is pumped from the Sea of Galilee, where its quality is enhanced by combining advanced technological and engineering processes. After it has been treated it is pumped into our households via the national water carrier. In the middle of the park sits a modern building from whose second floor a viewing platform juts out like an open drawer. The building houses an interactive museum, and the museum plays an important role educating its thousand-of-year visitors. Interactive museums allow visitors to not only touch exhibits, but are designed to leave a long lasting impression. The visitors’ center at the Mekorot water plant is partly what you’d expect from a traditional museum, but it was designed with young people in mind. In fact it would be fair to say that the key to understanding the museum is that its main mission is to educate people in the hope they will change the way they view and use water. Visitors are brought into a darkened room where they sit around a rectangular table. They are welcomed with a short speech and a water show. The walls magically turn into fountains and jets of arcing water shoot

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Torah Thought

Parshas Vayera By Rabbi Berel Wein


ars, family dysfunction, and the danger of future extinction are the challenges that confront our father Avraham and our mother Sarah in the narrative that dominates this week’s Torah reading. In this era, correcting the past and editing personal biographies to make people’s lives appear perfect, serene and smooth is especially true. This methodology attempts to make the subject character the model and prototype for others to admire and perhaps even imitate. Who wants to have a life of trou-

bles, frustrations, domestic strife and risk of destruction – all for the sake of a noble but very unpopular cause? So, why would the Torah not wish to at least “pretty up” the story of Avraham and his family at least by omission if not by commission? Of course the Torah is the book of absolute truth and therefore brooks none of the human weaknesses that affect all of us when dealing – even in our most objective attempt – with narratives and biographies. The message here is that truth is the most important value and out-

weighs all other considerations. The Torah is determined to teach us that life, even for the greatest of people, is oftentimes difficult, disappointing and sometimes even cruel – and that faith and commitment, goodness and morality are the supports that justify our very existence, no matter the challenges that constantly engulf human life. We are not bidden to emulate Avraham’s life experiences. Rather, we are bidden to emulate his traits of belief and resilience, commitment and unwavering goodness. We are taught that G-d’s seal, so to speak, is truth. Truth is the gift that we ask G-d to grant to Yaakov and his descendants. Maimonides explains to us that we are not to serve idols, believe in superstitions, and worship the dead because all of these are false, little more than a pack of lies. And all of that is also applicable to belief in ideologies that have long lost any sense of truth, as to their goals and certainly as to their meth-

ods and policies. Avraham sees that Sodom is to be destroyed because of its falseness. He recognizes that Avimelech cannot be trusted because he is a hypocritically false person. And Avraham reserves the right to serve the cause of G-d’s truth even at the cost, originally, of his own life, and later that of his own beloved son. The Talmud describes our world as being “a world of falseness.” Yet knowing that we inhabit a world of falseness is the first step towards advancing into a world of honesty and truth. That is what is meant by the biblical admonition to attempt to go in G-d’s ways, so to speak. To be aware of the difference between falsehood and truth is the necessary ingredient for intelligent life and eternal faith. Avraham’s difficulties in life point us towards the way of realism and truth. It knows no compromises or avoidances. It is therefore eternal. Shabbat shalom.

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O Canada!


By Allan Rolnick, CPA

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iven how long the 2016 presidential election season was, you’re probably in one of two camps right now: ready to move to Canada or relieved you don’t have to. Either way, it’s likely more Americans have actually thought about Canada in the last year than in the entire last century. So let’s take a look at how Canada’s tax system works, eh? Here’s what you’re in for (or what you’re missing) from a country that calls its money the “loonie.” At first glance, Canada’s tax system looks a lot like ours. The Canada Revenue Agency is the Great White Northern equivalent of our IRS, and it collects income and payroll taxes. “Revenue Canada” also collects the Goods and Services Tax (a 5% value-added tax) and Harmonized Sales Tax, a combined federal/provincial sales tax that replaces the GST in five eastern provinces. Tempted to cheat? Just remember they’ve got the

Mounties on their side! Canada’s federal income tax looks a lot like ours, too, only nicer. Rates start at 15% and top out at 33% on incomes over $200,000. (Right now, one dollar equals about 1.34 loonies.) Capital gains are taxable;

tax rates rarely climb above 8%. California has the top rate at 13.3% and it doesn’t apply until $1 million. Canada’s provincial rates generally start around 8% and climb quickly from there. Quebec has the top rate at 25.75%, and it kicks in at just

eyeglasses, and dental care. It’s hardly perfect, of course — critics point to long wait times for specialists and Canadians traveling to the U.S. for elective surgeries. But in the end, Canadians drop just 9% of their GNP on healthcare, versus 17% here.

Canada has the usual collection of oddball tax rules you’d expect in any democracy. however, you’ll only include 50% of them in your income. You can defer up to 18% of your previous year’s income, up to about $25,000, into a Registered Retirement Savings Account that resembles our 401(k)s. You can also put up to $5,500 per year into a Tax-Free Savings Account that resembles our Roth IRAs. The big difference comes in the provinces and territories. Here in the U.S., state

$103,151. (But it sounds so much better because it’s in French!) Of course, Canadians get something for their provincial tax dollars that we don’t get from our states: Canada’s legendary healthcare system. Canucks love their healthcare almost as much as they love maple syrup. Doctors handle billing directly with the government for everything but prescription drugs, long-term care,

And Canada has the usual collection of oddball tax rules you’d expect in any democracy. Blank CDs carry a special “private copying levy” because the government assumes you’re using them to violate somebody’s copyright. Geese, ducks, and turkeys are tax-free if you’re going to breed them, but taxable if they’re on the menu. And just this year, Alberta boosted taxes on small breweries from 10 cents to $1.25

per liter, which drinkers are finding hard to swallow. Canadians will roll out the welcome mat if you decide to pack up your skates and take off. If you’re single, visit, a dating site to match fleeing Americans with lovelorn Canadians. (Check the boxes for “bacon” and “hockey” to up your odds.) And don’t forget that Canada’s most recent election lasted just 78 days. The new administration is sure to bring change to Washington and that probably includes changing tax laws. We’ll stay on top of it all to help you pay less. Maybe you’ll use some of the savings for a city weekend in Montreal, or a ski trip to Whistler? Bring us back some souvenirs, hoser! Allan J Rolnick is a CPA who has been in practice for over 30 yea rs in Queens, NY. He welcomes your comments and can be reached at 718-896-8715 or at Keep your family SAFE with the most ADVANCED SECURITY 01 410-764-20

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Putting an End to the Midnight Munching By Aliza Beer MS, RD


e have all been there at some point or another. After a long day of healthy eating and sticking to our diet goals, a late night snack craving kicks in. Cue the binge eating and regretful guilt that follows afterwards. It is an unfortunate trend that is all too common but when we stop to really understand why we snack at night we can prevent it from happening again. You might ask yourself: what is so terrible about snacking at night? What if you choose a healthier snack and stop at just one snack? Of course picking a healthier late-night snack is better than raiding a bag of cookies, but snacking at night in general is not a wise decision. Our activity levels drop significantly at night, meaning that our bodies are less able to burn off the food we are eating as energy, thus causing excess weight gain. However, snacking late at night can actually lead to other health problems too. At night our bodies begin to wind down and our cells become less resistant to the crucial hormone insulin. Insulin is the hormone that pulls sugar out of our blood to be used as energy. If we are consuming snacks late at night and our cells are less responsive to in-

sulin, then we are likely going to sleep with our blood sugar spiked. High blood sugar is a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes. Once our blood sugar is spiked, our body stores the extra sugar as fat. These extra fat stores are yet

colorful fruits and vegetables during the day (foods that are filled with vitamins and minerals), you may find that you no longer feel the urge to dig into snacks at night. While some cravings may reflect a nutritional de-

your mind off the craving. Another important tip to prevent snacking at night is to make sure your daytime meals are well-balanced. Being too restrictive during the day generally results in breaking down at night and

By distracting yourself and focusing on something other than the craving, you can get your mind off the craving.

another risk factor for type 2 diabetes as well as heart disease! Additionally, late-night snacking can lead to altered sleep patterns and can increase our risk for acid reflux. So how do we kick midnight munching to the curb? Sometimes when you feel a craving it means that your body is lacking in a certain nutrient. The problem is that your body may crave one thing (such as sweets and carbs) when it really is lacking in something different. For example, vitamin C has been linked to feelings of fullness, so if you are not getting enough during the day, your body might begin to crave snacks late at night. By filling up on a variety of

ficiency, another cause of late night snacking is purely psychological. Often when you crave something specific, like ice cream, chips, or a bag of chocolate, it is really a physical desire, not a nutritional need. While it may be easier for you to stick to a healthy diet during the day, our willpower often is weaker at night. Furthermore, boredom tends to kick in during the later hours of the night whereas during the day we are busy with a million different tasks. By distracting yourself and focusing on something other than the craving, whether that be catching up on work, reading a book, cleaning the house, or going on a walk, you can get

eating whatever is in sight. Sticking to a healthy balance of complex carbohydrates, protein, fats, vegetables and fruits is key. Also, staying well hydrated throughout the day is crucial because we often mistake thirst for hunger and it very well may kick in at night. If you feel hungry, first drink something – water or tea – and wait to see how you feel. Another good tip is to brush and floss your teeth after dinner; it will inhibit snacking after, as you may be too lazy to do it again. Lastly, try not to have junk food in the house. These snacks are generally what we crave at night and by not having them around you will be way less likely to binge at

all. Also, most of these highfat, high-sugar, empty calorie snacks just leave you in the mood to snack more. Try to buy your groceries when you are not hungry and you will be more likely to stick to healthful choices and avoid bringing these danger foods into your house. While we do our best to stick to a healthy diet and lifestyle, at times this can be more challenging. Nighttime snacking is an area where even the strongest can feel weak and giving into those cravings that may be extremely tempting. However, when we stop and realize that snacking late at night can cause serious health problems, in addition to adding undesired extra pounds, we might think twice. By taking the right steps to avoid nighttime snacking and understanding what may be the underlying cause of these cravings we can better prepare ourselves to avoid the midnight munchies.

Aliza Beer is a registered dietician 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.

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Success Story By Rabbi Mordechai Kruger


’ve been describing the job search of an imaginary client, Beryl Klein. Although Beryl’s story has all of the ingredients of a real search, there may be a limit to how much inspiration actual job hunters can take from him. After all, he’s not real, and it may be hard to believe that the steps he takes really work. So I’d like to describe an actual job search that just recently reached a successful conclusion. Since I already have an imaginary client named Beryl, I’ll give this real client the imaginary name Arthur. Arthur began his job search three years ago when he reached a point which I call the Kollel Conundrum. That is, he was in his late 20s, had two kids, and no visible job skills, and no idea how to proceed. His first foray actually turned out pretty well, when he followed the advice of the well-known radio ad and went to B&H. There he quickly learned how to use several popular cameras and became a resource for the salespeople. When a customer was considering a specific camera, the salesman would bring him over to Arthur to learn about the ease of use and special features. Arthur was often able to make today’s high-tech cameras less threatening to the customer, and sales often resulted. But Arthur’s family and expenses were growing faster than his salary, so he decided to try something else. A short stint at a frum-owned financial services company proved conclusively that Arthur was not a future Rothschild, so he again found himself on the job search trail. That’s

when he heard about Job Search for Champions. In our first session I had Arthur talking about his workplace skills and how he felt he might use them in the future. After describing several that were a little too generic to make much of an impression on an employer, Arthur began to describe a skill that he could use very well, that he enjoyed using, and that lent itself to a job description that he could investigate. That was being the “translator,” the person in-between a technological tool and its potential user. As more and more things can be done with software, apps, websites and gadgets, more and more non-technical people want to use those amazing tools. But those tools are created by engineers who often, shall we say, lack the outlook of the common man. Arthur has the ability to understand the concerns of an eager but unsophisticated customer, anticipating problems that would arise in using the technology, and suggesting ways to prevent the problem before the customer ever confronts it. He had already demonstrated that skill when he made complicated cameras less scary, and he felt confident that he could apply that skill in other settings. The next step in a job hunt is to identify work settings where that skill is critical and then do research to learn as much as possible about every aspect of each potential job. If the skills, talents, and goals are a good match, it’s a job worth pursuing. But in Arthur’s case, there was something else to investigate. There

is an emerging field known as “UX,” User Experience. It involves all types of tech companies – software developers, for example – who know that their customers are often frustrated by technological marvels that are supposed to make their lives easier but don’t. So they turn to UX experts to make their offerings user-friendly. Besides being a concrete way to use Arthur’s strongest skills, UX seemed to be uniquely suited for him because training in the UX field is available in short, highly focused courses, lasting from one day to several weeks. These courses are given, among others, by a highly regarded educational organization based in Manhattan called General Assembly, or GA. They offer introductory sessions every few weeks, and Arthur signed up. The results were electric. Arthur found that the concepts made sense to him, and he was soon talking to executives in the field about ideas, approaches, and solutions. They were impressed with Arthur’s confidence and articulate manner, and they found his unusual background (Lakewood and Mir) refreshing. Arthur was beginning to see a future where his talents and skills could be used in a new and different way. The key to job hunting is to become part of the conversation with people who do the work you want to do. Arthur spoke to software designers, UX people, and anyone he could find who was bringing technology into their business. One of the latter kind introduced him to a software company executive whose business seemed to be growing.

The first meeting was a disaster. There were interruptions, followed by delays, and finally the meeting broke off with only a vague promise to speak again soon. Arthur called me, obviously upset. But I sensed an opportunity. I advised Arthur to prepare for his next meeting, whenever it would be, by creating a proposal for his own job. That’s right. Instead of waiting for an employer to figure things out, a great job hunter, especially when considering a fairly new, growing company, comes in with a description of what he’s ready to do and why he’s the best person to do it. Arthur took that idea and the next day sent me a 25 slide PowerPoint presentation explaining how he would fix the company website, plus a list of six others things he was ready to do to improve the customer’s first experience with this company. A day later, Arthur had a second meeting, and a day after that, a job offer. Even though we live in a tough economy, there are still many jobs that need to be filled and they will be filled by proactive, articulate, well-prepared job searchers. And there are many more jobs that will be created and offered to a job searcher who takes the initiative to show the vision which is uniquely his.

Rabbi Mordechai Kruger’s Job Search for Champions has helped clients of all kinds find the jobs they really want. He can be reached at jobsearchfor


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By Chaim Homnick


What Trump’s Win Means for Education

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EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY In keeping with Trump’s overall message about Washington’s corruption, Trump has stated the following

about education: “I’m a tremendous believer in education, but education has to be at a local level. We cannot have the bureaucrats in Washington telling you how to manage your child’s education.” As part of this mandate, Trump wants to minimize federal government interference with education and intends to promote school choice, something likely to pay huge dividends for yeshivos and the push for school vouchers. Additionally, part of his “Educate Locally” platform likely spells doom for the Common Core, a favorite of Democrats and the Clintons and a target of the wrath of parents and teachers across the country.

STUDENT LOANS Trump has also stated that he intends to cap student loans to 12.5% of a graduate’s earnings to ensure students don’t accrue debt that later becomes impossible to pay off. He asserts that, in general, “We will make it easier for families to afford college so students aren’t buried in debt.” He has also ridiculed the government, critiquing that “the only thing our government profits on is college kids and that shouldn’t happen.” If Trump

follows through, an overhaul to the student loan system seems likely as he attempts to veer away from the current level of federal involvement and funding in the loan process.

GOVERNMENT AID/ YESHIVA FUNDING Trump’s school choice plan includes $20 billion in immediate investment in expanding charter school and private school options for low-income families. Trump has declared, “Every child in America deserves a great education and an opportunity to achieve their dreams. We will enhance education options for students through school choice and charters.” For Jewish parents who have spent years paying school taxes for schools they don’t utilize while also paying hefty yeshiva tuitions, such a school choice program can be a game changer. Last week’s article discussed why yeshiva tuitions are so high and what could be done about it. If yeshivos start receiving significantly more government funding, it is incumbent upon each yeshiva to use those funds to lessen the tuition burden on parents before using them to enhance their buildings.

CONCLUSION Trump’s presidency commences at his noon inauguration on January 20th. His first days in office will be telling. Backed by Congress and the Senate, Trump and his team can begin to implement their policies. It is critical that the proper thought and development be devoted to each of these plans to prevent a disastrous rollout with unintended consequences like that of Obamacare. Whether Trump can make America great again remains to be seen but he can begin improving education and building up goodwill by helping Americans afford to get educated again. Chaim Homnick is the College Advisor at Mesivta Ateres Yaakov of Lawrence and also teaches 5 periods of Honors/AP English Literature. Chaim is the owner of Five Towns Tutoring ( as well as Machane Miami Day Camp of Florida ( He scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT and the LSAT and tutors both extensively. He has a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration as well as an MBA. For questions, comments, previous articles or tutoring, he can be reached directly at

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e now know that the pollsters were no better than a bunch of 8th grade students trying to tackle Common Core probability equations for the first time. Trump was given little chance of winning the election as various polls tracked by the New York Times pegged Trump’s odds at 15 percent, 8 percent, 2 percent, and less than one percent. Now it turns out the answer was “E: None of the Above.” Thus, for educators like myself, the question is what does this mean for education in America? What does it mean for yeshivos? Generally, in Washington, campaign promises are made to be broken while fingers are pointed disapprovingly at an oppositional Congress and Senate. However, in this case, the Republicans control most of our government which means that a lot of the policy promises made can become a reality. Here are some of the things to watch out for:

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“Say What?!”

According to scientists, the moon is the closest it’s been to the Earth since 1948. Apparently, the moon is worried and wants to know what [in the world] is going on down here.


Notable Quotes


- Conan O’Brien

– Thomas Friedman, The New York Times, discussing the election of Trump

Donald Trump is gonna be president. Republicans hope he’ll keep his promise to build the wall, and Democrats hope he’ll keep his promise not to accept the election results.

On Nov. 8, the most powerful country in world history, which will set its stamp on what comes next, had an election. The outcome placed total control of the government—executive, Congress, the Supreme Court—in the hands of the Republican Party, which has become the most dangerous organization in world history.

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This is a moral 9/11.

– Radical leftist Noam Chomsky

– Jimmy Fallon

Who is your neighbor voting for?

– Conan O’Brien

Trump also received congratulations from Russian President Vladimir Putin. They spent two minutes on the phone discussing politics, then an hour saying, “No, YOU hang up!” “No, YOU hang up first.”

My wife…said I can’t talk about politics anymore. – Tom Brady when asked to confirm that he voted for Trump

– Jimmy Fallon

The press took him literally, but not seriously; his supporters took him seriously, but not literally. – Salena Zito, The Atlantic, explaining the Trump phenomenon

Internalized misogyny is a real thing. - Former Clinton campaign communications director Jess McIntosh on MSNBC explaining why more women voted for Obama than Hillary


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- Robert Cahaly, the only pollster who got this election right, disclosing the second question he asked to people (the first question was “Who are you voting for?”) in order to find the “shy Trump voter”

Two things happened last night: Donald Trump got elected president, and my job just got easier for the next four years.

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44 You have to accept that millions of people who voted for Barack Obama, some of them once, some of them twice, changed their minds this time. They’re not racist. They twice voted for a man whose middle name is Hussein. That’s the America you live in. – Michael Moore on MSNBC

Everyone must stop saying they are “stunned” and “shocked.” What you mean to say is that you were in a bubble and weren’t paying attention to your fellow Americans and their despair. – Ibid. on Facebook

I read that polls may have been off because the shift to cellphones made it harder to collect data from people. Then Hillary said, “They seemed to have a pretty easy time collecting data from my phone!” – Jimmy Fallon

I understand everybody has their opinions; that’s fine. If you support him, great. If you don’t, I understand. However, we’re up here to go to Puerto Vallarta, supposed to be having a good time, and what I do ask is that as people we have the common decency to respect each other’s decisions and to get along.

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– Announcement by an American Airlines pilot, after a political argument broke out among passengers

I’ve figured out why the Young Democrats are so distraught. They believed, and apparently continue to believe, that postelection, we were planning to do to them what they were planning to do to us. The reality is, all us deplorables have ever asked for is to be left alone. – Howie Carr

Whitey Bulger has more of a chance of coming back than the Clinton Foundation.

In other news, Donald Trump continued with his White House transition over the weekend, appointing RNC chair Reince Priebus as his White House chief of staff. A lot of people are questioning this new appointment, and the biggest question people have is: Is it pronounced Rinse? Is it Rance? Reyoncé? - James Corden

We believe we reported on both candidates fairly during the presidential campaign. – From an open letter by New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr., in which – ironically –Sulzberger promises to become honest again now that the campaign is over and they are no longer bound by their spring 2016 promise to be biased against Trump

While our leaders try to make the best of this, millions of Americans were very unhappy about how this election played out. Thousands of protesters took to the streets last night in Chicago, New York, here in L.A., a number of cities. It’s somewhat refreshing to see people angry in real life instead of just on Facebook, isn’t it? – Jimmy Kimmel

I think it’s important that we be open to talking about trade deals. If the Americans want to talk about NAFTA, I’m more than happy to talk about it. - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau showing a willingness to go along with Trump and renegotiate the NAFTA trade deal, two days after Trump’s election victory

– Ibid.

Trump said that he would not accept the standard $400,000 salary that presidents get. That story again: Trump made his first deal as president-elect and lost almost $400,000.

Deport Fashiosm!

- Jimmy Fallon

- Sign at a New York anti-Trump protest, which obviously did not go through spellcheck first



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Before we start calling the reaction a protest let’s get something straight. A protest is a peaceful objection to a grievance. A bunch of sore losers occupying a space is called a tantrum ... Correct me if I am wrong but I don’t think we experienced mass protests after Obama won in 2008 or 2012. No riots or tantrums mass-televised for the world to see. Why? Two reasons. I guess Republicans lose with grace, and, second, most aren’t afforded time in the middle of a workweek to congregate and throw a fit because they have to work. - Tomi Lahren, The Blaze

- Conan O’Brien

After the results came in, Donald Trump gave a big victory speech. He said he couldn’t have done it without the love of his life, his rock, his better half . . . FBI Director James Comey.

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It’s been 48 hours since the election — I’m happy to report the healing has begun. I just unblocked three family members on Facebook.

– Jimmy Fallon

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President Obama called Donald Trump last night to congratulate him, and even invited him to the White House for a meeting tomorrow. Of course, it was hard to understand Obama, ’cuz at the time he was chewing 80 pieces of Nicorette. – Jimmy Fallon

– Tweet by Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta, reminding Hollywood that they promised to leave the country if Trump wins

I think [Obama] ends up a historic parenthesis. He has left the Democrats in ruins at every level. The governorships, the state houses, the House, and the Senate, and now the White House. He’s been a wrecking ball for Democrats and I think he deserves a lot of the credit for Trump’s victory. - Charles Krauthammer, Fox News

As a matter of convenience I generally haven’t paid a lot of attention to the polls, but since your question is directly related to the notion of a rejection of my worldview, last I checked, um, a pretty healthy majority of Americans agreed with my worldview on a whole bunch of things. – President Obama when asked if Trump’s election is a rejection of him

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Centerfold Riddle me this?


An old man wanted to leave all of his

A young man asked an old rich man how he

money to one of his three sons, but he

made his money. The old guy fingered his expensive wool

didn’t know which one he should

vest and said, “Well, son, it was 1932. The

give it to. He gave each of them a

depth of the Great Depression. I was down

few coins and told them to buy

to my last nickel.

something that would be able to fill their living room. The first

“I invested that nickel in an apple. I spent the

man bought straw, but there was

entire day polishing the apple and, at the end of the

not enough to fill the room. The second

day, I sold the apple for ten cents. “The next morning, I invested those ten cents in two

bought some sticks, but they still did not

apples. I spent the entire day polishing them and sold them

fill the room. The third man bought one

at 5:00 pm for 20 cents. I continued this system for a month,

thing that filled the room, so he obtained

by the end of which I’d accumulated a fortune of $9.80.

his father’s fortune. What did he buy? See answer on next page

“Then my wife’s father died and left us five million dollars.”

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Signs that You are Really

Getting Old

• The gleam in your eyes is from the sun hitting your bifocals.

• You dream in black and white.

• Your contact lists contains only names that end in M.D.

• You send money to PBS.

• Your favorite part of the newspaper is “40 Years Ago Today.”

• The end of your tie doesn’t come anywhere near the top of your pants.

• You sit in a rocking chair and can’t get it going.

• You wear black socks with sandals.

• Your knees buckle, and your belt won’t.

• You know what the word “equity” means.

• You’re 17 around the neck, 42 around the waist, and 95 around the golf course. • Your back goes out more than you do. • You have too much room in the house and not enough in the medicine cabinet.

• Your ears are hairier than your head. • You know the name of all of the anchors on the weather channel. • You get winded playing cards.

• You sing along with the elevator music.

• You need glasses to find your glasses.

• You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge.


• People call at 9 p.m. and ask, “Did I wake you?”

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Everything November Down 1

2. Chicago Tribune’s election eve snafu



3. Writes “Old Ironsides”


5. Composer of “G-d Bless America” 6

9. 11th president of U.S.


10. The world’s first inhabited space capsule launched by Russia

9 10

11 12

11. Famous UN plan voted on November 29, 2007 13. Pass the turkey, please


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6. 49ers QB completes NFL record 22 consecutive passes



Across 1. JFK’s killer 4. Resigns as VP due to charges of income tax evasion on kickbacks received while governor of Maryland 7. The nation focused on these hanging things in Florida after the 2000 elections



16. Celebration of those who serve 17. “Four score and seven years ago…”

Answer to Riddle: A light

15. President Reagan reveals secret arm deal

Across: 1. Lee Harvey Oswald; 4. Spiro Agnew; 7. Chads; 8. OJ Simpson; 12. Beatles; 4. Sadat; 15. Iran Contra; 16. Veterans Day; 17. Gettysburg Address

14. Egyptian president who makes historic visit to Israel

Down: 2. Dewey Defeats Truman; 3. Oliver Wendell Holmes; 5. Irving Berlin; 6. Joe Montana; 9. James Polk; 10. Sputnik; 11. Partition Plan ; 13. Thanksgiving

12. In 1962, these guys from Liverpool have their 1st recording session under the name of their newly formed band.

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8. Wins Heisman Trophy Award in 1968 but is most infamous for the crimes leading to a white Ford Explorer chase through L.A.


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Hut, Hut, Hike! (Your Tax Bill)


By Allan Rolnick, CPA

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he 2016 NFL season is in full swing, and fans are spending billions of dollars to show their loyalty to their teams. The average ticket costs $92.98. The average beer runs $7.38. Even parking can cost as much as $75 to see the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. And fans spend billions more on licensed hats, jerseys, jackets, and other apparel. But teams don’t always return that loyalty. In recent years, the Cleveland Browns became the Baltimore Ravens, the Houston Oilers became the Tennessee Titans, and the St. Louis Rams, who had previously been the Los Angeles Rams, scampered back to LA. In most cases, teams make lateral moves to new hometowns to find better stadium deals. These days, a 10-year-old stadium is about as exciting as a quarterback with a torn hamstring. Now the Oakland Raiders — who started out in Oakland before moving to Los Angeles before moving back

to Oakland — are hoping to move again, this time to Las Vegas. Once again, a new stadium is the big incentive. So let’s take a look at the role taxes will play in the move. A top-notch quarterback can cost north of $20 million per year. But a top-notch stadium costs closer to two billion. That’s a lot for an

renovating stadiums for the league’s 32 teams. Here’s what’s happening in Vegas. Raiders owner Mark Davis says he’s willing to throw $500 million towards a proposed $1.9 billion, 65,000-seat domed stadium. Casino owner Sheldon Adelson is willing to hand off $650 million more. Nevada

tors for the tax money. (Hotel taxes are especially popular sources for stadium revenue.) But sometimes public financing leads to a complete fumble. St. Louis dropped $259 million on the Edward Jones Dome to lure the Rams from LA, financing it with 30-year bonds. The team stayed for 21 years before

A top-notch quarterback can cost north of $20 million per year. But a top-notch stadium costs closer to two billion.

NFL owner to swallow, even with the average team worth $2.43 billion. So it’s customary for owners to approach their civic hosts with tin cups outstretched, looking for help to foot the bill. And taxpayers are usually happy to help — over the last 20 years, state and local governments have ponied up nearly half the cost of building or

Governor Brian Sandoval has signed a bill hiking hotel taxes by 0.88% to cover the remaining $750 million. The plan also involves accelerating $899 million in transportation improvements already on the drawing board. Will all that spending turn out to be a smart bet? At least the Las Vegas plan involves tackling visi-

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I’m 21-years-old and have been dating for several years now. Recently, I was set up with a young man who seems to have the most important qualities that I have on my wish list. So that’s really great and I’m excited. The problem is that I’ve recently noticed a characteristic in Larry that I didn’t even consider putting on my list and it’s starting to bother me a lot. I’m wondering whether you all feel that I’m being silly, too picky and or are just looking for a problem, or whether you think that it’s an issue that can create serious problems within a marriage. I grew up in a very “busy” family. My mother always worked and we were always encouraged to have many hobbies and outlets. My parents hated to see us ever just sitting around doing nothing. There was always something to do. Also, if I’m being honest with myself, I think we’re all a bit ADD. We can’t sit still. From the moment we wake up in the morning, we’re off and running. My best day is a day that I feel was filled with tremendous accomplishments. The more I can squeeze into a day, the better I feel. We all like to live life to the fullest and we’re never bored. As I’m getting to know Larry better, I’m noticing that he approaches life very differently. If we go out on a Sunday evening and I ask him what he did that day, I’m usually very shocked at how little he did during the day. He’ll mention a few things and then say something like, “and I relaxed during the afternoon.” Relaxed??? I don’t even know what that means. If I probe a little more and ask for more specifics, he’ll just say that he and his brother were sitting around schmoozing or something like that. When I tell him what my Sunday included, he looks practically dizzy. The mere talking about all my running around tires him out! At this point, we laugh about our different energy levels or maybe it’s just our different approaches to life. Larry will tell me that I do more in a day than he does in a week. And we have a good chuckle. But I’m concerned. Is this a red flag that I should be taking very seriously? Aside from our different schedules, Larry is a wonderful person. We share very similar views about all the important things. It’s just this one thing that is making me nervous. Any thoughts about my concerns?

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have two key thoughts about your concerns. First, you concern is legitimate; people with different energy levels are probably not compatible. Sometimes, they are, however – one centers the other and there is balance. This bring me to my second point. I am just hearing superficial differences about pacing and style from your query, not where this need to do is coming from. Some people are driven and very goal oriented. That’s why they don’t chill out that much. Others are very centered. Still others are masking their inner emptiness with frenetic activity. Do you know yourself? I am very concerned about your “list” and your attitude towards it. Also, the fact that you are “dating for several years.” You are very young, getting to know yourself, and just at the beginning of the process of clarifying what will be a fit for you. What is the source for your need for activity? Are you separating from your family? Have you talked to Larry about his needs for relaxing and where they come from? Get past superficialities. Keep your focus on discovery (not the list!) with some help and see where it goes with Larry.

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out, we sometimes need that downtime. The time to talk… to laugh… to read… to just look at the color of the trees and flowers. I think that quality in Larry can be positive if you allow it to be positive, if you allow yourself to sit back once in a while and live in the moment. That’s what the past generations did hours before they davened. They sat quietly and reflected. At the same time, you can initiate some “doing time” and you can do it together. The thing is, you have to decide how you are going to look at this attribute. You can look at it as a flaw or as something positive, the same way one can look at your busy schedule as a positive or negative attribute. One can look at it as a flaw or something great. When you’re at home with your kids, will you be able to just sit and read to them or will you have to create busy time with them 24/7? On a rainy day, will you be able to bake cookies with them or will you feel a need to run with them? And with that attribute, you may create children who cannot seem to figure out how to keep themselves occupied without saying “I’m bored” after two minutes. So these are the choices. But whatever you do, don’t go into this with the intention of trying to change Larry. That would be a mistake that will ultimately lead to failure. Good luck.

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very person is different. No two people are alike – that’s an important point to remember. We complement one another. Like two pieces of a puzzle, two people have to fit together. This difference can actually enhance your relationship. You may need someone to help you sit and think and listen to your inner voice talking to you instead of constantly running and running. In order to grow and figure ourselves

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ust because it’s not on your “list” doesn’t mean it won’t impact your dynamic. You enjoy each other’s company; you say you have the same values. Perhaps you’re right about that – except you weren’t even aware that you don’t share one important value. You believe – whether consciously or not – that it’s important to be involved, active and not spend your

days “hanging out.” Or, as Larry puts it, “relaxing.” Is this an important value for you? I’m not sure. A deeply felt one? Absolutely. It’s the way you organize and spend your days. First things first: Put down the red flag. Not all things that strain a relationship are signifiers of impending doom, disaster and divorce. This is not a red flag alert situation. But this could be a cause of real strain between the two of you with many moments of regret and head shaking. So here’s what you need to do. Keep dating Larry. Really get to know each other. You organize one Sunday together – a typical one for you – and he organizes the next one, following the typical Sunday for him. Do this for a few weeks. Now take a moment. Did you like “relaxing”? Did he enjoy all the fun

Remember that old cliché: Opposites attract and then drive each other crazy.

and would he want to keep up that pace? And then take it a step deeper: Would you be comfortable with him sitting on the couch or on the phone while you do three errands, meet a friend for coffee, tie-dye your socks and whip up some brownies? Remember that old cliché: opposites attract and then drive each other crazy. Your point is to see just how crazy. So take your time and call us if there a mazel tov!


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Irit Moshe


am similar to you in the regard to packing everything into one day. My days are filled with me running non-stop. Most people can’t keep that pace going for long stints because the majority of people burn

out and/or get sick quicker because that type of lifestyle tends to run you down mentally, emotionally and physically. Shabbos and chaggim are my breath of fresh air and remind me that we are not meant to be running at such a high tempo every day, certainly not for long periods of time.

Are you running toward your joy or running away from being with your own thoughts?

and still feel accomplished without feeling dizzy at the end of the experience.

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about Larry, I would like you to figure out where your need to do is stemming from. I’d like you to set aside two hours on a coming Sunday to sit down and tolerate “not doing.” What would that look like? You could look at nature, read a book, even call a friend. I want you to engage in activities that won’t yield a tangible outcome. No multitasking. You grew up always on the go,and say you and the family might be a “touch ADD.” You were overly scheduled and weren’t allowed to “be.” You were taught to be a “human doer,” and somewhere along the way the importance of being a “human being” got lost. And so when Larry “relaxes” for a few hours on a Sunday afternoon between doing, you just don’t get it. Now, I don’t know the first thing about you or Larry, so this is all just my best guess and can even feel like a shot in the dark. Based on what you’ve described it sounds like Larry is a “human being” and you are a “human doer.” There is nothing wrong with “human beings” or

ty solid relationship building blocks. If you answered “no,” then you have some thinking to do. One last thing: have you found yourself in a similar situation before? Either with a guy with a lower energy level like Larry, or in a different kind of relationship where everything is great except one thing… even if that one thing is something else? If so, that would be something for you to think about. When we start to notice patterns of behaviors or repeat emotions that we bring from one relationship to the next, it is then that it is time to speak with a professional. Wishing you all the best, Jennifer

Esther Mann, LCSW and Jennifer Mann, LCSW are licensed, clinical psychotherapists and dating and relationship coaches working with individuals, couples and families in private practice in Hewlett, NY. To set up an appointment, please call 516.224.7779. Press 1 for Esther, 2 for Jennifer. To learn more about their services, please visit If you would like to submit a dating or relationship question to the panel anonymously, please email You can follow The Navidaters on FB and Instagram for dating and relationship advice.

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’d like you to ask yourself, “What exactly is concerning me?” Yes, you have different energy levels. But what is it about those different energy levels that leaves you asking yourself and us if you should be concerned or wave your red flag? Off the top of my head, I am wondering if a possible concern is that you will grow bored of Larry or that he will not be able to keep up with you. Maybe you wonder if ten years down the line neither you nor Larry will be laughing off your differences. Or you may be worried that Larry will grow exasperated by your energy. Some people run around, squeezing every last opportunity out of life. It is the running and the doing that provides them with tremendous and worthwhile satisfaction and quite literally energizes them. And yet, there are other “runners” who find themselves in perpetual motion in order to avoid sitting with their feelings or to avoid coping with a situation. Are you running toward your joy or running away from being with your own thoughts? Before you figure out if you should be concerned

“human doers.” The question is, will you be able to tolerate him just “being” and not “doing” on all cylinders 24/7? You don’t need to be able to predict the future or have the answer to this right now. Here is the only thing you need to and can do to answer this question… For the moment, practice being open-minded. You say Larry is a great guy and you have feelings for him. He may or may not be the one, but for now, your relationship is moving in the right direction. Find a way to soothe your nerves for the time being and keep the communication open. As one of the panelists suggested, you will never change Larry and if you pursue this relationship you have to be OK with that. Same goes for Larry. He can’t change your energy level. The question is, can you each join in the other’s activities and enjoy time spent apart? Will you feel good about encouraging him to restore his energies with some R & R and will he feel good encouraging you to restore your energy with a jam-packed Sunday of shopping, errands and friends? Do you enjoy the time you spend together? These are important questions to ask yourself. If you answered “yes,” you have some pret-

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Larry sounds normal to me and could also teach you to slow down and enjoy life in a “stop and smell the roses” type of way. I recommend you spend a nice amount of time together – say 6 or more hours with one another – and see if you can blend and/ or compromise in regard to your lifestyles. Remember, that’s what marriage is about! See if you both can even each other out


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Advice about Advice



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By Eytan Kobre

The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself. -Oscar Wilde

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hen a newly-graduated educator was asked to address the topic of parenting, she spoke of “Ten Commandments of Parenting.” After having a child, she was invited again to speak about child-rearing, and her speech was entitled, “Ten Suggestions for Parents.” After having another child, she spoke again, this time about “Ten Helpful Hints for Parents.” After her third child was born, she stopped giving parenting advice. Commanded by G-d to circumcise himself and his household, Avraham sought the advice of his three giant friends: Aner, Eshkol, and Mamrei (Tanchuma, Vayera 3; Bereishis Rabba 42:8). Aner and Eshkol warned of the various dangers of circumcision; only Mamrei reminded Avraham of all that G-d had done for him in the past and encouraged him to perform the circumcision.

For this, Mamrei merited G-d’s appearance in his estate (Rashi, Bereishis 18:1). The whole episode underscores the dual nature of advice. That Avraham – of all people, the first human to recognize G-d – sought advice regarding G-d’s direct and unequivocal command speaks volumes about the need to consult others. Regardless of what advice Avraham actually sought (see e.g. Sifsei Chachamim, Kli Yakar, Chizkuni on Bereishis 18:1), this surely appears to be a case where advice was unnecessary. And, yet, Avraham did not hesitate to seek it from others. Asking for guidance isn’t easy. William R. Alger was spot-on in acknowledging that “we give advice by the bucket, but take it by the grain.” Consciously or otherwise, we feel that seeking counsel makes us seem inferior or is demeaning. But it is a critical element of informed decision-making (Pele Yo’etz, Eitza). Even “G-d does not do anything unless He seeks advice from the Heavenly Court” (Sanhedrin 38b), and He sought such advice before creating the world and mankind (Tan-

chuma 1; Bereishis Rabba 8:8; Rashi, Bereishis 1:26). “More advice [is] more understanding” (Avos 2:7) because it allows us to consider varied perspectives – even if we end up choosing our own (R’ Ovadya of Bartenura and Ruach Chaim, Avos 2:7; Responsa of Rashba 1:48). But if Avraham’s actions showed us the importance of seeking counsel from others, Mamrei’s emphasized the duty to dispense it to others, which is why he merited to host G-d in his estate (Da’as Torah, Bereishis 18:1). Giving good advice – even (especially?) to those we don’t like – fulfills a positive commandment (Sha’arei Teshuva 3:53-54; Pele Yo’etz, Eitza), whereas giving bad advice violates two prohibitions: “Do not wrong one another” (Rashi, Vayikra 25:17) and “Do not put a stumbling block before a blind person” (Sefer HaChinuch 232; Rashi, Vayikra 19:14 and Toras Kohanim ad loc.). Indeed, our standard text of confession seeks forgiveness for “advising badly,” which bespeaks the prevalence and magnitude of this sin. We are notorious for giving advice – even when it is unsolicited. Every Jew

claims to have “the” answer to all the world’s ills. Ask two Jews, get three opinions, right? But not all advice is, well, advisable. Sound advice requires not merely knowledge but also perspective. That is the reason that “fifty is the age for advice” (Avos 5:21), that we are to “listen to the elders and not to the youngsters” (Nedarim 40a), that “advice is not found in youth” (Shabbos 89b), and that “those who heed the advice of elders will not stumble” (Shemos Rabba 3:8). Because sensible advice is not purely a matter of intellect; it depends upon the perspective that comes only with experience. Advice also should be offered only by those free of personal interest in the outcome and unburdened by their own biases and subjectivities (Mesilas Yesharim, Chapter 11; Meiri, Mishlei 20:18). As Hannah Whitall Smith observed, “The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not, and never persist in trying to set people right.” So we are to “be careful of one who advises you ac-

cording to his way” (Sanhedrin 76b). Because the core prohibition against giving bad advice – i.e., “placing a stumbling block before another” – is less about objectively poor advice and more about “manipulation for your own advantage” by failing to disclose personal agendas or ulterior motives (Rashi, Vayikra 19:14 and Toras Kohanim ad loc.). Such biased advice, observed the Sochachover Rebbe, is more misguided than directions given by a blind person: a blind person sees nothing, whereas advice given with a stake in the outcome sees things backwards. There once was a shochet – an occupation traditionally held by the G-d fearing – who espoused anti-Torah ideologies. When R’ Yehoshua Leib Diskin learned of the shochet’s untoward beliefs, he very much wanted to persuade the shochet to find another line of work, so he directed his students to encourage the shochet to come seek his advice. But when the shochet actually consulted R’ Yehoshua Leib, the students were surprised to learn that their rebbi advised him to continue his work as a shochet. R’ Ye-

53 third Lubavitcher Rebbe, Zalman Aharon and Sholom Ber, spent many hours playing “Rebbe and Chassid.” Zalman Aharon would sit on a chair and put a hat on his head, acting the part

little “Rebbe” decreed, “you must henceforth pray directly from a siddur, not by heart.” When young Sholom Ber’s mother noticed how her little “Chassid” contin-

then does he offer guidance.” When others seek our guidance, we must never regard the matter as trifling or easily-solved – even if it is. It is only when we treat their issues as our own – when we

Every Jew claims to have “the” answer to all the world’s ills. Ask two Jews, get three opinions, right?

ued to pray from memory rather than from a siddur, she asked why he was not heeding the “Rebbe’s” advice. “Oh, his advice is meaningless,” Sholom Ber explained. “You see, when a real Rebbe counsels his followers, he first pauses and emits a great big sigh. Only

empathize so viscerally that we feel compelled to sigh – that our advice has value. * * * With so much confusion in an increasingly-chaotic world, advice has never been in greater demand. And while there is no shortage of people clamoring to offer it – doctors, rabbis, law-

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of Rebbe, while Sholom Ber would enter the room seeking a private audience with the “Rebbe.” Once, the little “Chassid” confessed his “grievous” sin to the little “Rebbe.” “Rebbe, I’ve done something forbidden. I’ve made a habit of cracking nuts on Shabbos.” “To atone for this,” the

yers, therapists, volunteers, friends, neighbors, co-workers – we need the gumption to seek counsel from the proper channels and to dispense it under conditions likely to yield beneficial guidance. And let’s not forget the role G-d plays in the efficacy of advice (Kovetz Ma’amarim, The Call of Our Generation). “Many are the thoughts in the heart of man, but the advice of G-d – that is what endures” (Mishlei 19:21). Only G-d can truly grant us the “spirit of advice” – both to seek it out and to dispense it.


hoshua Leib later explained. “I indeed intended to convince this man to find another occupation. But when he appeared before me seeking guidance, I was obligated to provide him with the best counsel for his needs – not mine. And for him, it is best to continue working as a shochet.” Reliable advice also requires empathy with the advice-seeker (Pele Yoetz, Eitza; Vilna Gaon, Mishlei 27:9). As the second Alexander Rebbe, R’ Yerachmiel Yisroel Dantziger, was wont to remark, “To give good advice, you do not need special talents. All that is necessary is that you sincerely love that person. If his suffering deeply affects you, you will be able to help him with sound advice.” The grandchildren of the

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this friend. Who would? Like what are you going to say? “No problem, I was looking for a place to sleep anyway?” When he got out, he went to look for a job in an investment banking firm and he got accepted. And then, the day before he was supposed to

saved his life! My point? We just don’t know. And even when we think we know, things can be different. For instance, statistics say the divorce rate is over 50%. So that means people who thought they knew, then realized maybe they just didn’t know.

Like what are you going to say? “No problem, I was looking for a place to sleep anyway?”

start working, they rejected him. He was quite upset, as you could imagine. They had just found out about his felony. A few days later he called his old friend to thank him for putting that felony on his record! Because the job he lost was located in the World Trade Center, and it blew up the day he was supposed to start. His felony

Now the message here could be that marriage is challenging but that’s not where we are going with this. Our message is: You just can’t really know for certain till you are in it. So it’s time to calm down and wait for the marriage to start. In the meantime, we are clearly lucky the debates are finally behind us! How could we possibly tell

our kids to behave like adults when that was going on? Short of throwing a sibling out the window, it kind of demonstrated any behavior goes! The bickering and name calling, lies and distortions, face making and sarcasm, all of it, was certainly not befitting a grown up. Wait – it wasn’t even befitting a child! So let’s not emulate the hostile behavior. Let’s try uniting to work toward a good marriage, one of communication, openness, respect of the parties involved, and faith in your partner’s ability to come through for you. Maybe the meat isn’t really poison – you just haven’t met the right cook yet. And maybe we can be optimistic that a new cook will hit on the right recipe!

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id you ever really understand the saying, “One man’s meat is another man’s poison”? Well, this week I think it really came to light in stereo. Actually maybe even in surround sound. It seemed one man’s “celebrated winning candidate” was another man’s “nightmare on steroids.” The rejoicing and revolts were of mutual intensity. How should we behave at a time like this, when nothing is actually certain about change and transition? Perhaps it would be wise to embrace optimism: Be: Open Patient Trusting Involved Magnanimous Interested Steady Mensch-like The rabbi told a story this week about a guy who wound up in jail serving time. And it was for something that his friend in fact had done. For many years he wouldn’t talk to


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Oh, Deer By Chasida Teichman CLC AAPC

They’re back again. It’s rare that I actually see them, but there is evidence on my front lawn that they’ve been here. My newly planted evergreens did not stand a chance in the face of voracious hunger, and have been already partially consumed. I saw them again last night, five of them lined up in a row in front of my neighbor’s house; all of them standing still and unmoving, oblivious to the stare I was giving them as I very slowly drove past them, and parked in my driveway. These deer are intrusive, and most definitely should not be trespassing on property that is not theirs! I remember witnessing something

similar not long before. I was sitting in the living room, visiting a family with a number of small children. Chezky, who had been sitting on the recliner, looking at a family album, went to the closet to exchange it for another one. Mendy, who had been playing quietly in the corner, seeing an empty recliner, immediately took up occupancy. Chezky’s reaction was not long in coming: “That’s my seat! I was here first!” “No, you weren’t”, was the quick retort. “The recliner was empty when I got it! I didn’t take it away from you! It’s mine now!” Tears and a tantrum followed in

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quick succession, and I left it to the mom to negotiate a peace treaty. As I left the scene, I attempted to resolve this universal dilemma in my mind. If the sister woukd now claim she had it a half hour ago, and wants it back, does that make it hers? This, to me, wasn’t about a recliner. It was about everything. To whom does an item belong? To the one who had it first? Or to the one who had it last? This question also applies to the deer apparently encroaching on my property. Is it man, who robbed them of their habitat, by uprooting majestic forests and replacing them with a manmade quarry; destroying their home and replacing it with condominiums and upscale boutiques, leaving them in want of food and shelter? Perhaps when they stand still, a frozen image stunned by the shining headlights of my car, they are defiantly stating- how dare you! This dilemma is as ancient as it is current. We debate it in political circles, regarding a People’s right to their land, and reference it in settings that are more mundane, such as in a conversation I recently had with a colleague. She mentioned that she should have received the promotion offered to one of her co-workers, as she was obviously more qualified. In her mind, it’s her undisputed right to ownership. The pendulum of supposed entitlement swings to the other extreme as well. I met with a friend for lunch the other day. She was wearing a stunning wig, exactly my color. The streaks and highlights were particularly striking and well done. I complimented her on it, and her response was. “Here! You want it?” I have no doubt that, if not for Halachic restraints, it would have been off her head and on mine in no time! Her utter selflessness makes her a person one needs to exercise caution complimenting. I once told her, in jest that I hesitated complimenting her new kitchen, because she would insist that I have it! She is blessed with much; she is even more blessed with the gift of detachment. A poignant story which highlights

this is told about Mrs. Sarah Meisels, daughter of the previous Bobover Rebbe (and a friend and classmate of mine), who came crying to her father when she was a very young child. She said that her older sister grabbed her doll away from her and it was really hers! After comforting her, the Rebbe, holding her close, said, “Sarah, can you smile through the tears?” Many years later, Sarah married off a child merely two weeks after the tragic death of her young son. She recounts that what empowered her greatly to get through that very difficult time in her life, was the echo of her father’s words to her. “Sarah, can you smile through the tears?” Perhaps the lesson is that really, really, nothing belongs to us. Who is the rightful owner – the one who had it first, or the one or the one who had it last? The answer is the one who had it first. And that is the Ribono Shel Olam, creator of the universe. He, in an extraordinary act of benevolence, grants us a gift. He had it first; we have it while it lasts. It is always just a loan. Perhaps the message that there is beauty and splendor in surrendering assumed ownership is painted in glorious breathtaking color on the leaves of the trees in autumn. Never has a tree looked more spectacular than on the day it sheds its bounty, and relinquishes its prize back to the ground below, from where all things grow, and where all things originate. All that we own is a material expression of G-ds wondrous benevolence, and we must learn to let go with joy. I will study this lesson well and attempt to internalize it, so that, in a few short days, G-d willing, as I stand beneath the Chuppah near my very very beloved and precious son, who is ending one chapter and beginning another, I, too, will be smiling through the tears. With overwhelming feelings of endearment. Chasida Teichman is a Certified Life Coach who resides in Baltimore, Md. To contact her, please email



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The Electoral College Disaster or Genius? BY SUSAN SCHWAMM

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he Electoral College is a disaster for a democracy,” tweeted Donald Trump in 2012. Now he will be the 45th president of the United States because of it. And the highbrowed elites who looked with scorn at this “champion of the uneducated working class” who couldn’t grasp the wisdom of the Electoral College are now decrying the Electoral College as a disaster for democracy, as it gave them him. As of now, Hillary appears likely to win the popular vote by a razor-thin margin of less than one percent. Even so, President-elect Trump will likely end up with a total of 306 Electoral College votes to Clinton’s 232. By all measures this is a landslide victory for Mr. Trump. But, as a consolation prize, Ms. Clinton’s sup-

porters will always be able to say that she received more popular votes than Trump. A Trump supporter — who is lacking empathy — may respond that Trump’s ability to win with an electoral landslide despite getting less votes is proof positive that he was the superior candidate. Furthermore, a Trump supporter may argue that many large population states – such as California, New York, Washington, and Illinois – are deeply blue, and as such there was no incentive for Trump supporters to vote. The only large population deeply-red state is Texas, and in Texas Trump won by less than 10 percentage points; Republicans didn’t feel the need to vote in a state which automatically leans toward their candidate. So Trump supporters would say that Trump’s slight deficit in the popular vote

should be disregarded. But, as we know by now, each side will dig into their arguments and disregard the other side’s view. Still, the question will remain: should the system of electing our president be changed? Let’s take a look at the Electoral College, why it was implemented, and why it is important for the United States to have it.

Wisdom of our Founding Fathers It all started over 200 years ago when the country’s founders were ironing out details for the nascent nation. At the Constitution Convention in 1787, the Virginia Plan proposed that Congress would elect the president. Most delegates at the Convention agreed, although some pointed out that it would put the power of the

presidency into the hands of a select few. Additionally, it would force the president to cater to the whims of Congress. On the other hand, small states were concerned that in a popular vote they would be overlooked if politicians were campaigning for individual votes. When it came to working out the details of the plan it was ultimately decided that the president would be elected by a group of people proportioned among the states in the same numbers as their representatives. As such, each state would have the same number of electoral votes as they would have representatives in the Senate and the House of Representatives. (The 23rd Amendment outlined that the District of Columbia, which is not a state, would get at most the numbers of electors it would have if



The 2016 electoral map after the election

date with the majority would win the presidency. The candidate with the second-to-highest number of electoral votes became vice president. If there was a tie, the House of Representatives chose the president from the two who had the most votes. On September 6, 1787, the plan for the Electoral College was approved. The College is not a place, it is a process – a process by which the electors are selected; they cast their votes for president and vice president; and Congress counts their votes. So far, in the 2016 election, we have only completed part I of the process. Part II, in which the electors vote for president and vice president, takes place on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December after the presidential election, which comes out on December 19 this year. Congress counts their votes on January 6. The president is then inaugurated with great pomp and circumstance on January 20.

12th Amendment Eventually, after a tumultuous election in 1800, in which 36 rounds of voting was needed in Congress

to break a tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr – who both received 77 electoral votes – it was clear that amendments needed to be made to the process. Thus, the 12th Amendment of the United States was proposed. The main change in the amendment that was ratified in 1804 was that each elector received two votes – one for president and one for vice president – instead of two votes to vote for any two candidates. Thus the candidates began to run as a “team” on one ticket – one for president and one for vice president. If no majority is able to be reached for one candidate (in 2016 that meant that no candidate garnered the magic number of 270 electoral votes), the House of Representatives – with each state delegation casting one vote, instead of each representative voting – chooses the president, and the Senate selects the vice president. The election of 1824 was unique in that the four candidates who ran on the Democratic-Republican Party line had strong support in different parts of the country: Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, William H.

Crawford, and Henry Clay. As such, the electoral votes were split between them and no one candidate received the required majority to become president. At the time, there were 261 total electoral votes. Andrew Jackson received the most electoral votes after the initial count, 99. The decision was then moved to the House, where John Quincy Adams received the votes of 13 states (there were 24 at the time), making him the elected president of the United States. Since the 1880s, each state gives all their electoral votes to the candidate that the majority vote for in their state. Maine and Nebraska, though, are the exceptions. They use the “congressional district method,” in which the electors are selected within each congressional district by popular vote; the remaining two electors are selected by a statewide popular vote.

Faithless Electors Electors are generally chosen for their high integrity. But sterling character or not, there have been “faithless electors” in our nation’s history. Faithless electors fail to vote for the candidate for whom they have

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it were a state but not more than the number of electors than the least populous state, which, in 2016, is three.) In all, there are 538 electoral voters – equal to 435 representatives in the House, 100 senators and three from D.C. The voters pledge before Election Day to vote for the candidate who their party has chosen. Initially it was decided that electors would be appointed by each state’s legislature. Each state would be able to decide if the electors would be appointed by popular vote or if the state legislature would appoint them. The electors cannot hold public office or a federal position. After the Civil War it was added that they could not have been part of the “insurrection or rebellion” against the United States during the war. The group of electors only meet one time in their state and are different every election. In this way, the founders hoped to ensure that they would be above influence. Alexander Hamilton, in The Federalist Papers, points out that the electors in the Electoral College would be appointed by the people for one time only. The process would ensure that the body would not be able to be influenced by foreign interests. The small states favored the Electoral College process out of concern that they would be ignored by candidates when it came to presidential elections. Their fears were warranted and we see now how in recent elections many large states – Texas, California, New York – despite their hefty populations have largely been ignored by candidates. Smaller states that are considered swing states have become the focus of candidates on the campaign trail. The Electoral College process ensures that politicians aren’t just crowding the street corners of Times Square and Hollywood; the voters in the smaller towns of Ohio and Philadelphia are just as important. In the first few presidential elections, each elector was given two votes. One vote had to be for a candidate who was not from the elector’s “home state.” Again, the founders wanted to ensure that the process wouldn’t be favoring one candidate over the other. After adding up all the electoral votes, the one candi-


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Congress during a certification of electoral votes in 2008

pledged to vote. They either vote for the other candidate or don’t vote at all. Doing so, though, will tarnish their reputation in the eyes of their party; most electors won’t want to run that risk, although there have been 179 instances in U.S. history. In some states, there are fines for those who do not follow their pledge. In the 1836 election, Virginia’s 23-man electoral delegation defected and voted against the Democratic Party vice presidential candidate Richard Mentor Johnson because of his relationship with his black slave. Johnson fell one electoral vote short of the majority and the vice presidential election was forced – for the only time ever in U.S. history so far – to be decided by the Senate. The presidential candidate, Martin Van Buren, was voted for by the delegation as pledged and his victory was not in dispute. Johnson was eventually voted in as vice president by the Senate. Interestingly, the 1836 election is also notable because it was the first and only time a party endeavored to split the electoral votes so that the House would be forced to determine the president. The newly formed Whig Party put four candidates on the ballot to run against Van Buren; each of the candidates was strong in different parts of the country. Despite their efforts, Van Buren won the majority of the electoral votes and handily won the presidency.

There have been instances in which people endeavored to persuade electors to change their pledges, although none have dramatically altered any elections. In 1960, Southern Democrats were looking for an alternative to John F. Kennedy but refused to put Richard Nixon into office. The group wished to deny an Electoral College majority to either candidate, hoping to throw the election to Virginia Senator Harry Byrd. Eventually, only one elector betrayed his pledge and went along with the plan: Henry Irwin, a Republican from Oklahoma, who cast his vote for Byrd. JFK won the presidency with 303 votes; Byrd received 15. In 1976, Jimmy Carter won Gerald Ford by a razor-thin margin – if Ford would have had a bit more than 5,000 people in Ohio and 3,000 more Hawaiians voting for him, he would have garnered the needed 270 electoral votes. Efforts went out to influence electors to vote for Ford instead of their pledged candidate, Carter. Indeed, Bob Dole, who was Ford’s running mate at the time, admitted to actively seeking to influence Democratic electors to switch their votes. “We were shopping – not shopping, excuse me – looking around the electors,” he disclosed to a Senate committee. “It just seems to me that the temptation is there for that elector in a very tight race to really negotiate quite a bunch.” The last time the United States

Bill DeBlasio (left), Thomas DiNapoli (center), and Lt. Governor Bob Duffy (right), all members of the New York State Electoral College in 2012, cast their ballot on December 17, 2012

saw a faithless elector was in 2004 when an anonymous elector from Minnesota voted for John Edwards when he was pledged for John Kerry. Some say, though, that the move was an honest mistake. No elector has come forward to admit the wrongdoing.

Not Perfect but Excellent The 2016 election – and its outcome – is unprecedented in history on many counts. Supporters of Hillary and those who oppose Trump don’t want to admit defeat. They are still holding onto the hope that electors will be willing to cross party lines and throw off their obligations. As of this week, over 3.6 million people have signed a petition on Change. org for electors to select Hillary when officially voting on December 19. According to the petition, “Trump is unfit to serve.” But whether he’s fit or not, The Donald garnered at least 290 electoral votes; Hillary received just 228. (That is not counting Michigan’s numbers.) That would be a lot of electors crossing party lines. And which Republican elector with a wish to continue on in the party would want to move their “yay” from red to blue? This year’s election joins many others in which the popular vote and the electoral vote split. It is said that despite winning electorally, Trump will probably come in short between 500 thousand to one million votes

when all is counted and tallied. This is the sixth time the popular vote winner did not win the Electoral College vote. For the millions of Americans who have signed the petition for electors to reject their pledge, it seems that they may have a point. After all, didn’t more Americans vote for Ms. Clinton? But America is not a true democracy; we are a representative democracy. Some of our laws are decided by the majority, directly by the people. But that is only a small fraction of how our country is run. Generally, the people elect representatives who are elected by them and vote for them in the legislative branch. The Founding Fathers, in their wisdom, created the Constitution and our system of government with a balance of power in mind. As Alexander Hamilton said of the Electoral College system, “I venture somewhat further, and hesitate not to affirm that if the manner of it be not perfect, it is at least excellent.” On Tuesday of this week, President-elect Donald Trump seemed to agree, contrary to his 2012 sentiment. “The Electoral College is actually genius in that it brings all states, including the smaller ones, into play. Campaigning is much different!” he tweeted. Genius or disaster, the Electoral College system has worked for over 200 years. And the United States is a more perfect place because of it.






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Why Yeshiva Tuition is So Expensive (And How it Can be Solved) By Chaim Homnick

Disclaimer: This article speaks hypothetically and is not referencing any specific yeshiva or school. Any figures used are purely speculative and used as an example to present an overall issue we all face as parents and which many institutions face on an organizational level.

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eshiva tuitions have been steadily creeping higher for years at nearly every Jewish education institution in America. For large Jewish families, tuition is often the biggest household expense right at a time when secular Americans are working on savings and investments. This can have crippling ramifications for many families’ finances. Exacerbating the issue is that the price for many schools aren’t exactly advertised (making choosing schools or even comparing costs difficult) and there are huge gaps in what people pay as some parents pay full tuition or more and others receive significant breaks. Additionally, there are many ancillary school bills tacked on throughout the year causing some parents to become cynical about the process as they buy school “dollars,” fork up for a mandatory dinner or building fee,

and pay their seventh extracurricular, non-tuition bill in the first month of school alone. Recently a Google Docs spreadsheet created by a concerned parent went viral in which people from across American Jewry could fill in information about their schools’ tuitions and view prices of other schools across America. In theory, the document is intended help bridge the informational gap and provide a useful comparison for parents to utilize (hopefully, people used the spreadsheet for productive purposes rather than simply to gossip and criticize). However, there is another informational gap that many schools have not bothered narrowing and that is the reality of what the average school’s budget is really comprised of and what percentage of that is covered by tuition.

THE TRUE COST OF SCHOOL The little known reality to most parents is just how expensive a good Jewish education is. Using the aforementioned spreadsheet for example to complain why Five Towns tuitions are so much higher than tuitions in other seemingly more-affordable places misses the key fact

that schools in the Five Towns provide top-notch schooling that include nice campuses, numerous student services and extracurricular options, and good staff-to-student ratios. In other words, when it comes to schools you get what you (or a few rich donors) pay for. For many schools, tuition only covers 30-50% of the school’s budget, leaving the schools scrambling to fill in the gap. That’s the bottom line explanation for everything from why you get charged for nit checks and book fees to why you may have a mandatory dinner bill of $500 or more. Additionally, every school has its own hashkafos and views when it comes to tuition breaks. Consider the following tale of two schools: School A has the mentality that all children are entitled to a Jewish education and if that means giving sizeable tuition breaks, so be it. As a result, School A struggles to pay the bills, oftentimes paying teachers late. School B meanwhile is unyielding when it comes to tuition and gives minimal breaks. However, they have the latest smartboards and always pay their teachers on time. Which school is right? Both? Neither?

THE REASON FOR THE HIGH COSTS Large schools share many commonalities with large businesses. There are numerous logistical and operational facets to a school, all of which come with significant expenses. The building, utilities, staff, supplies, and marketing can cost in the millions annually for many schools. However, a key issue is that oftentimes yeshivos are run more like government agencies than like businesses. A business tries to perfect its operations while ensuring maximum margins by creating a logical budget that contains costs while allowing room for ample profits. Yeshivos, like many government agencies and other secular nonprofits, seem to feel that a budget should rise to match or even exceed the school’s intake. There has likely never been a school that promoted that they have a surplus of funds so they will skip the usual school auction. Because tuition is oftentimes the only guaranteed “income” (dinners, auctions and other fundraising events can fluctuate yearly) the yeshiva can rely on, those budgets can miss badly and that’s when a lack of positive

cash flow results in teachers getting paid late, services or staff being cut, and schools getting desperate.

THE LACK OF TRANSPARENCY The fact that most parents (unless they happen to sit on the school board) are unaware of the trues cost of each student and the extent of the school’s expenses is a primary reason for the many parents who are unhappy with what they pay for tuition annually. However, another uncomfortable truth is that perhaps if schools were more transparent some unnecessary or unwise spending would be identified as well and maybe tuitions could begin to be lowered. Accountability is always a good thing. Large corporations have to publish quarterly reports and keep their investors happy. Schools should have a similar responsibility towards their parents as the parents are investing their greatest asset – their children – in the school.

A SOLUTION As a business, a yeshiva would be a terrible investment. Schools provide a product that is so costly that the price they charge can’t even cover half of the asso-

63 options: find a way to trim the budget to $10 million and put away $1 million into an endowment fund annually or find a way to start bringing in $12 million but not increase

instead of the red, yeshivos can begin to build a nest egg. Will any yeshiva ever reach an endowment fund of $35 billion like Harvard? Likely not in our lifetime; but that is

ing, perhaps other wealthy donors will be just as happy giving to a true endowment fund that cannot be touched for a number of years so that they know their donation is

Schools should have a similar responsibility towards their parents as the parents are investing their greatest asset – their children – in the school.

no reason for yeshivos not to attempt to build up enough of a war chest to create a more manageable, cost-effective future for Jewish education across America. While there are obviously some wealthy donors who will still only give if they can see their name up on a build-

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referred to as “Franksgiving” with parts of the country celebrating on the final Thursday and others on the fourth Thursday of November. In 1941, Congress finally made it officially the 4th Thursday of November, to ensure an extra week of shopping. More recently, Black Friday has gone international, online, has extended to Cyber Monday, and now the whole week in some places. With the new trend, some are predicting that Black Friday is likely to fade away and lose its stance in the coming years as a record-breaking single day of sales. So while allure of special deals begins to spread itself out to a far less dramatic, injury-prone, and viral video worthy uptick in sales, one thing seems certain; retailers have no intention of giving up the year-end sales blitz, so you can expect it to keep going in one form or another! Azi Rosenblum is a business consultant and the founder and CEO of RemSource, an outsourced provider of administrative and bookkeeping services for small businesses. To suggest a topic or ask a question for a future #BizWiz column email BizWiz@ .

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the spending so that the school can pocket the same million dollars each year. Instead of adding another 5 classrooms or re-facing the building, perhaps some schools can start building towards a more affordable, sustainable future. By running in the black

build a better, brighter future for our children that doesn’t bankrupt us in the process. If we can’t make America great again, we can at least try to make yeshivos affordable again.


ciated costs of each student. Part of the issue is that there is no business owner to push for profits, just administrators looking to spend up to whatever amount of money that year’s funding provides. The only solution schools have offered is to get more government funding. But that will likely lead to schools spending more, not charging less. Long-term, there is only one way for yeshivos to remain financially viable and to improve the tuition crisis many parents face: schools need to start operating like businesses and need to create a sustainable model where spending is better contained in order to create an annual surplus. If a large yeshiva has been running on an $11 million annual budget they have two


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The definition of panic disorder is impossible without a thorough understanding of the central feature of the disorder which is the panic attack. A panic attack is a sudden and often unexpected onset of intense fear that is basically a false alarm of the “fight-or-flight” reaction. Panic attacks will be accompanied by at least four symptoms, although it is not uncommon to have many more symptoms. The symptoms can be physical or cognitive. The physical symptoms include: • Heart palpitations • Shortness of breath • Dizziness • Nausea or stomach ache • Sweating • Trembling • Tingling in the extremities • Chest pain or tightness • Hot or cold flashes • Choking sensation The cognitive symptoms include: • Fear of dying • Fear of going crazy • A feeling of being detached from one’s body (depersonalization) • A feeling of being detached from your surroundings (derealization). The symptoms of a panic attack

usually peak within ten minutes. When the sufferer of the attack does not know that it is a panic attack, it is not uncommon for them to go to the emergency room with the belief that they are suffering from a heart attack. A panic attack leads to panic disorder when the attacks are recurrent and the person develops anticipatory anxiety of upcoming attacks. This anticipation often leads to avoidance of places or activities that the sufferer fears might trigger a panic attack. Panic disorder is treated with psychotherapy and/or medication. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (known as CBT) customized for panic disorder is typically the therapy of choice. Panic disorder can cause tremendous impairments in one’s life. The good news is that it is very treatable when one sees a mental health clinician who is experienced in the treatment of this disorder. This is a service of Relief Resources. Relief is an organization that provides mental health referrals to the frum community. Rabbi Azriel Hauptman is the director of the Baltimore branch of Relief. He can be contacted at 410-448-8356 or at .


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A British Mark I tank

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y and large the need for tanks is slowly becoming obsolete. More modern weapons and smarter battlefield tactics have made the need for a huge vehicle on the frontlines less necessary than in the past. Countries are still building tanks but they are being streamlined for the type of battles seen today and not the large open field, hundreds-against-hundreds of tanks seen in the past. However, not too long ago tanks were the most feared weapon an army could put on the battlefield. Tanks, along with submarines, airplanes, chemical weapons and grenades, came of age during WWI. The idea of placing a gun on a vehicle dates back to 1898 when a British inventor put a machine gun on a pedal-powered four-wheeled cycle. This led to the first armored cars as armies wanted to protect the gunner and the driver. Metal plating first appeared just in front of the gun and then circling the entire vehicle. Rotating turrets was the next major development as the larger guns were replacing machine guns. Tracks were installed and the tank was a new instrument of war. As a side note, armored cars still play a major part in today’s mili-

taries as the need for a fast vehicle with offensive power became apparent during urban warfare. Tanks were first brought onto the front lines during WWI to break the stalemate of the trenches. British engineers designed the first prototype tank called Little Willie in 1915. Some of the ideas that were used in the first tank were so foreign that it was sometimes referred

U.S. infantrymen on a Sherman tank during the breakout from Normandy, August 1944

whelming as the tanks overheated and were constantly mired in the mud. During the Third Battle of Ypres in July 1917, the conditions weren’t good for operating tanks and despite being deployed in large formations they didn’t have much to do with outcome of the battle. Further improvements were made and by November 1917 400 Mark IV tanks took part in the Battle of

Some of the ideas that were used in the first tank were so foreign that it was sometimes referred to as a land boat.

to as a land boat. Large guns were typically found on ships and the idea of tracks had never been tried before. At first the tank was slow (about 2 MPH), was prone to mechanical failures, and got stuck in the mud so the engineers went back to the drawing board. In 1916, the Mark I tank made its first appearance on the battlefield during the First Battle of the Somme. The results were under-

Cambrai. This time around they proved effective and despite heavy losses – about 175 tanks – the British took over 8,000 German prisoners and captured 100 guns. During the final year of the war tanks were the weapon that devastated the German army, pushed them out of France, and forced them to pursue an armistice to end the war. Proving to be valuable combat weapons, tanks were improved

on by all major military powers. France, Germany, Russia and the U.S. all made developments on tanks during the war but it was the British who really made them formidable. American versions included tracked tractors that hauled around artillery pieces around the frontlines. After WWI, all of these countries worked on improving the tank, and by WWII the Germans in particular had changed the way war was waged to include tank warfare. Blitzkrieg was a term used by the Germans that means lightning war. Using tanks and tactics best described as short, fast and powerful attacks the Germans quickly overwhelmed any opposition the Allies could bring to the table in Europe during 1940. Poland had very few tanks and was confident that a dozen brigades of horsemen could stop the German onslaught. This proved to be flawed thinking, as well as France’s stationary defense lines that the Blitzkrieg just avoided entirely. Allied commanders understood the need to combat German Panzers with counter-attacks with fast movements. General Bernard Montgomery defeated the Afrika Korps with the British Eighth Army during the Battle of Alamein.

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independence. In the next article we will discuss IDF strategy with their tanks during the Israeli-Arab Wars. These articles are meant to be informative but not all inclusive. All of the facts have been double-checked although a minor inaccuracy may appear. If you have any questions about the intent of the articles, have any additional

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the production lines and, coordinating with planes, they were able to defeat the German army that had better but less weapons. When one tank was hit another just took its place and these proved to be the decisive factor after the invasion of Normandy in June 1944. The only thing stopping General George Patton and his tanks from driving into Germany during the fall of 1944 was the lack of gasoline reaching the frontlines. Also during the Allied advance into France, British tanks were used for multiple purposes and were nicknamed “funnies” due to their appearance. Some carried bridges, while others had steel chains that flailed in front of them to detonate mines. This concept has proven useful against IED attacks in the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In the Pacific war Japanese light tanks were seen every once in a while but the terrain stopped them from being used on a large scale. In some of the larger battles the Americans did bring up several Sherman tanks and fitted some of them with flamethrowers. During the Battle of Guadalcanal in late 1942 both sides used tanks, making it one of the few tank battles in the Pacific Theater of Operations. Cold War-era tanks were built from the lessons learned from WWII battles. Improvements saw the introduction of the main battle tank and the decline of heavy tanks. America and Russia are the production superpowers that continue to produce top of the line tanks. In particular Israeli tanks saw a lot of action in the decades following her

An early Tiger tank in a Russian village

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When Russia was invaded during the summer of 1940 they moved their manufacturing plants to the east of the Ural Mountains. This helped them maintain production of the T-34 tank which fought head on with the Panzers in spectacular battles. When the T-34 made it to the field the only thing that could stop it was German 88mm artillery. With a top speed of 34 MPH and sloping armor to ward off anti-tank rounds, it was also designed specifically to cope with the mud and snow in Russia. Over 80,000 variants of the T-34 were produced making it the most populous tank in history. German Tiger tanks were considered among the best in the field during WWII. Fearsome with its 88mm main gun, the Tiger could outduel any tank the Allies put in the field. Despite the fear factor there were several drawbacks of the tank. It was slow – 12 MPH – had a range of only 60 miles, frequently broke down and only a relatively small number of them were produced. The Panther Tank was designed to take over the T-34 but it was slower. The Battle of Kursk was the largest tank battle in history with a total of 3,600 tanks seeing action from both sides. It permanently stopped the German advance into Russia just 250 miles from Moscow. M-4 Sherman medium tanks were the mainstay in the American Army during WWII. While American manufacturers built other heavy tanks that proved to be better on the battlefield, the Sherman was cheap to produce in large numbers. Close to 50,000 rolled off

Mark I tank during the Battle of the Somme


The Battle of Kursk was the largest tank battle in history

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