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Dear Readers, In this week’s Parsha we read how Yaakov Avinu prepared to meet our great uncle Esav. He prayed, tried to appease, and then prepared for war. If it was necessary, he would be ready to fight. The past few weeks here in Baltimore have been trying times. Crime that in the past had stayed on the other side of Northern Parkway has found its way deep into our community. The question is what to do. Even before this local spate of crime, the question of terror attacks and how to prepare for them has always been a controversial question. Should Jews in the United States arm themselves in case, G-d forbid, of a terror attack? Saying that people in America should arm themselves isn’t about fear mongering. We have perfect faith that the destruction of 80 years ago will not happen again. But together with faith, comes action, including the mundane act of self-defense. In Israel we hear time and again of attacks that were foiled or stopped by an armed ordinary citizen. This isn’t Israel or Europe. There hasn’t been a specific threat against our community, but is there anything to lose if every Shul arranges to have a few members trained and carrying a weapon at all times? Pepper Spray is legal in Maryland and costs as little as $5. Should the average adult carry a small bottle? These questions are for the leaders of our communities. I do hope they are addressing them. Back to the Parsha. In the end, there was no attack from Esav and Yaakov didn’t need to fight. With the help of Hashem, neither will we. Indeed, as Yaakov and his brother parted ways, Yaakov said, “Let my master go ahead before his servant, and I will move at my own pace… until I come and meet my master at our final destination of Se’ir.” The great sage Rashi explains that this meeting will take place in the end of days when “V’alu moshi’im b’har tzion lishpot es har esav, vihaysa l’hashem hamlucha.” Wishing you and your families a relaxing and reflective Shabbos, Shalom

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CHAI Brings The Good Neighbors Of Northwest Baltimore Together By: Rachel Moses Cohn


ver 100 residents of northwest Baltimore came together on Sunday, November 19 for CHAI’s Bi-Annual Good Neighbor Day. An agency of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, CHAI: Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc. partnered with The Associated’s program, Jewish Volunteer Connection (JVC) for outreach and registration. The community service day was split into two activities for volunteers to choose which actions fit their schedules and interests best. The morning teams met at Weinberg Manor South to receive supplies that helped them winterize the homes of CHAI’s Senior Home Repair participants, among others. In addition to winterizing windows, volunteers assisted with yard

care and much-appreciated social connecting with the homeowners. Many older adult residents of northwest Baltimore were served. Maryland State Delegate, Shelly Hettleman was on hand to volunteer and said, “CHAI Good Neighbor Day is such a win-win activity -- for the helper and the helpee. We got to provide a service to someone (helping to winterize her home) AND I felt good knowing that we were helping someone who really needed it.” The afternoon teams met at Cross Country Elementary Middle School and worked together to clean up Western Run stream. The teams consisted of members of the Glen Community Improvement Association, students and staff from Cross Country Elementary Middle School, students from Pikesville High School, and Boy Scout troop 1299, along with several of the CHAI staff’s families. Congressman, John Sarbanes

volunteered in the afternoon and remarked, “Good Neighbor Day was another terrific example of CHAI’s lasting commitment to strengthening Baltimore communities. I was pleased to participate and look forward to working with CHAI in the future on similar endeavors.” Whole Foods of Mt. Washington

donated the water for the day’s event. CHAI’s mission is to strengthen neighborhoods with a significant Jewish presence by developing and enhancing housing, affecting community development, and supporting aging-in-community. Jewish Volunteer Connection engages volunteers to meet vital community needs and live with purpose through meaningful service. The Associated strengthens and nurtures Jewish life by engaging and supporting community partners in Greater Baltimore, Israel and around the world.

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n Thursday morning, November 23, 5 Kislev 5778, when most businesses, institutions and government offices were closed for the Thanksgiving legal holiday, Kollel Nachlas HaTorah of Khal Machzikei Torah held a special program for all men interested in utilizing the day to increase their limud haTorah. The program began with a shiur by the Rosh Kollel of Nachlas HaTorah, HaRav Nechemiah Goldstein, the dynamic talmid chacham who founded and leads the Kollel. Rabbi Goldstein discussed the kashrusof turkey and other birds found less frequently on traditional Jewish tables than chicken or duck. In a wide-ranging discourse, he explained the main issues involved in determining when a species of bird is tahor or tamei. Unlike animals, where the Torah lays down clear simanim,  in the case of birds it just lays down a list of forbidden species, including many names that are unfamiliar to us today. The rabbis laid down a list of simanim that characterize tamei species (birds of prey, an extra toe, a peelable gizzard) but that does not settle the question. There is a major machlokes between the Mechaber and the Rema as

to whether in addition to the simanim it is necessary to have a mesorah that a particular bird is kosher. For the past few hundred years, people have argued over the status of turkey, with most accepting it but some following their family’s mesorah forbidding it. Following Rabbi Goldstein’s shiur,  the large and attentive crowd at the Kollel  was addressed by Rav  Eliyahu Reingold, Rosh Kollel of the Yeshiva of Greater Washington, Silver Spring, who discussed halachic questions concerning electricity. In particular, there is a major question regarding what melacha d’oraysa applies to the use of electricity on  shabbos. Is it boneh, makeh bepatish  or something else. Rabbi Reingold also raised the issue of how to deal with a host of rapidly evolving new technologies that raise important questions affecting the observance of shabbos and preservation of its spirit that require deephalachic  analysis, including self-driving vehicles and devices that are directly connected to the brain. After his presentation, members of the audience gathered around Rabbi Reingold and inundated him with questions. All men of the community are invited to discover how much they can gain from Kollel Nachlas HaTorah. They can expect to enjoy a warm, friendly and

enlightening experience. The Kollel’s well-structured program runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. every day from Monday though Friday, following Machzikei Torah’s 8:30 Shacharis, with generous refreshments available. The learning program schedule begins with a 30 to 45 minute shiur on Mishnah Berura given by Rabbi Goldstein on Hilchos Berachos, replaced by Halachos of the Yomim Tovim in the relevant seasons. On Friday morning, the Halocho shiur is replaced by a shiur  on  Parshas Hashavua. Following this  shiur, Rabbi Goldstein delivers a  shiur on Minchas Chinuch, and the Kollel seder concludes with the members learning Gemara with chavrusos or larger groups which move ahead at their own pace depending on the participants’ preferences regarding speed and depth. Currently, some members are learning Rosh Hashana, while others are now learning Moed Katan, having previously completed Sukkah,  Beitza, Be-

rachos and Megillah. The members of the Kollel come from a diverse range of backgrounds, and there is much wide-ranging and lively give-and-take between the participants. Rabbi Goldstein’s broad and deep knowledge enables him to expose everyone to a wide spectrum of halachic opinions and illustrative stories spanning periods from the Rishonim to current poskim. The  Kollel provides an opportunity to men of all ages who have time available in the morning which they would like to engage in the most valuable endeavor – advancing their Torah knowledge in a structured way. It is particularly suitable open for men who are retired, between jobs or have flexible schedules. It is not necessary to attend every day, or to spend the full two hours at the Kollel. All shiurim are delivered on a level commensurate with the background of all the participants. And the Kollel beis medrash is available to anyone who wants to sit and learn or listen to a shiur in a beis medrash environment, whether on a regular or occasional basis. For more information, please contact Rabbi Nechemiah Goldstein at 410-3581019 or Rabbi Yitzchok Neger at 443803-0580.


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veryone is in agreement that even before last night‘s Pickwick Apartment complex carjacking, we have had enough . There is no one clear cut solution to this issue but various efforts are underway to help. One idea that has been agreed upon by many “in the know” is to send an email to the following recipients to demand immediate action, including attention and collaboration of resources between the Police Departments of Baltimore City and Baltimore County. This effort will take just a few moments of your time and can potentially save lives. These criminals have resorted to assault and death threats. Let’s get their attention before it’s too late or this becomes the norm. Please email the following people in one email about the current state of crime in our communities and request more police presence.

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t is a typical Sunday evening in Baltimore, but at the office of TAG Baltimore, located in the Imperial Condominiums at 3601 Clarks Lane, there is a hub of activity. Open since February 2016, the office has had over 1500 visits. Perhaps it is a well-kept secret, but it should not be that way. As TAG Coordinator Rabbi Zvi Schwartz insisted, “Although we have our hands full, it would be great if more people in the community knew and used our services.” A division of TAG International, which is headquartered in Lakewood and under the direction of Rabbi Moshe Drew and Rabbi Nechemiah Gottlieb, TAG Baltimore helps community members install and maintain filters on all technological devices, something which Rabbanim have decreed to be crucial for anyone using devices with internet capabilities. TAG Baltimore was established with the full support of local Rabbanim, and continues to benefit from their encouragement and guidance. Baltimore users can also access the TAG International call center, which operates 20 hours a day, to answer questions

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TAG Baltimore – Business is Booming! before purchasing a device and to have remote support for filters installed by Tag. “The TAG international network is critical to our ability to effectively help people,” explain TAG member Rabbi Zev Steen. “I know that I can always reach out to our network if I have a question about a device or a filter and they can reach out to me. The network is an invaluable tool that lets us all share experiences and knowledge.” “We have a dedicated group of Tag Volunteers who are moser nefesh to help the community. People are very moved when they realize how much the Tag members give of themselves to help another Yid’s ruchniyus, it inspires them to take these matters seriously” says Rabbi Schwartz. “However, we are looking for more staff to keep up with the needs of the community.” Working in the TAG office is very inspiring for the volunteers as well, as they see how careful and concerned people are about using the internet, and having the proper filters installed on their devices. “It’s so inspiring and encouraging to see so many people come into the office who just want to do the right thing and

are willing to speak openly and comfortably about their needs,” says TAG member Rabbi Mordechai Dixler. “Installing a filter and protecting their devices is such a normal and accepted thing to do. These people just ‘get it’ and are not afraid to take the necessary measures. “ At the same time, working in the office can be distressing, as sadly it is all too common that volunteers are witness to tragic stories, when families come in a bit too late to get proper filters on their devices. Rabbi Schwartz cautions parents not to be naive about the spiritual implications of a child having a smart device. Amongst many issues not anticipated by parents, he relates that many teenagers will actually choose a yeshivah or seminary based on their phone policy, and that some have switched yeshivos because they could not function without the phone to which they had become addicted. In addition to installing filters, TAG also offers other community services, including educational presentations at local schools. Future plans include forming technology free chaburos for children,

giving them the chizuk they need to grow as bnei Torah and bnos Yisrael without the distractions and challenges of technological devices. TAG also hopes to increase their hours, but first, they must increase their resources, including volunteer and donor bases. The TAG office is currently open from 8:15 to 9:45 on Sunday and Wednesday evenings, in the Imperial Condominiums, located at 3601 Clarks Lane, Apartment 10-A. For more information, please contact 410-449-1824. Reprinted from Hamodia.










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fter Ohr Chadash’s daylong field trip to Patapsco State Park to celebrate Lag B’omer, a day full of running, games, climbing and hiking, the children and teachers return home from school tired and happy. What happens next is the exceptional part. A few hours later some of those same children are on a baseball field for one of their weekly youth baseball games. Their faces break into huge smiles when they see that their beloved kindergarten teacher has pulled up a lawn chair and has sat down to watch the game. When the parents of those children express surprise at the fact that the teacher has come to the game after such a long, physical day, the teacher responds by saying, “I told them I would be here.” And, she was. Stories like this are the rule, not the exception at Ohr Chadash Academy. The tremendous growth of OCA from 75 students to over 250 students in grades PK2-7 over the past 7 years comes as no surprise to parents who see firsthand what a unique and special program is offered at OCA. The dedication of the staff is apparent in the classrooms by watching how they not only interact with their students,

but how they care for them outside of the classroom walls. The 50/50 split of Judaic and general studies emphasizes that there is kedusha, holiness, in all learning. The STEM program, Art classes, differentiated learning in the classrooms, high level Judaic studies, Ivrit program and the emphasis on Middot Tovot - good character traits, have cemented Ohr Chadash as a fixture in the Baltimore community as enrollment leaps from year to year. Rabbi Binyamin Marwick, Rav of Congregation Shomrei Emunah, OCA Rabbinic advisor and ECC parent shares, “OCA provides a nurturing and exciting educational environment where students of all ages learn an incredible amount about Yiddishkeit, the world around them, kindness, character development, and personal responsibility. The administrators and teachers run a first class program. Our daughter, Shira, loves going to school every day in the ECC. Our community is very fortunate to have OCA!” Lanie Carter, who has been an OCA parent since its inception speaks to the ability of the school to see each student as an individual and to tailor the school experience to the child. “So often when we think about school what comes to mind is attempting to fit a round peg into a square hole. Because, let’s face it, that’s what many

of us have experienced throughout our lives in academia. OCA is not the kind of school where you have to be a sports kid or an arts kid or any ‘type’ of kid to succeed. If you love sports, you’ll feel at home. If math is more your thing, you’ll feel at home. If you want to excel in your knowledge of Mishna, you’re in the right place. My 3 children are vastly different in their personalities and their academic strengths. OCA has never tried to fit any of them into a box. The administration and teachers understand that each child is different and each child is capable of success- the path to success might wind differently from one child to the next, but every child is a valuable member of our community.” On Tuesday, December 5th, OCA will launch its OCA350K matching campaign. Excitement and anticipation has begun building on the OCA campus and will culminate in a 24 hour event where we aim to raise $350,000. The pillars on which OCA stands are

“Community, Individuality and Excellence.” Rabbi Moshe Margolese, Ohr Chadash Principal emphasizes that “We work hard to create an experience that focuses on our students as individuals and supports each child in reaching their potential while receiving a high quality education. Our 350k campaign will help support us in our mission as our school grows. We are proud to be part of the Baltimore community which has shown itself time and time again to be warm and supportive of its institutions.” We invite you to be a part of the excitement on December 5th. Visit to donate during our 24-hour campaign and have your donation quadrupled by our generous matching donors. For the first time ever on Charidy, donors will be able to make a recurring monthly gift instead of just a one-time gift. Matching will be applied to the entire annual gift amount. A gift of $20/month will give OCA $960 over the year!

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Bonei Olam 2017 Baltimore Event an Evening Beyond Imagination


he warm and inviting home of Ben and Allison Strauss provided the setting for the annual Bonei Olam fundraiser held on Sunday, November 5th, 2017. Approximately 250 participants made their way into Ben and Allison’s home greeted by 74 lawn signs each with a photo of a beautiful smiling baby cor-

Rabbi Shmuel Silber, Rav of Suburban Orthodox Shul addressing the crowd

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responding to the 74 babies that have been born to Baltimore couples with assistance from Bonei Olam. Guests enjoyed a delicious light dinner spread including a variety of wine and food pairings, hors devours, salads and delectable desserts. After dinner and socializing, people were escorted into a heated tent where they watched a moving video about the advances Bonei Olam has made in the field of infertility as well as firsthand accounts of couples who struggled with infertility and Event hosts Ben and B”H eventually Allison Strauss

went on to have children with Bonei Olam’s assistance. The video was followed by Rabbi Shmuel Silber who delivered a moving message which stressed the impact of having children as a basic need of every couple. Dovid Charnowitz and Hillel Goldman spoke about the magnitude of funds needed to support the journey for a couple struggling to have a baby. They proudly announced that with the assistance of Bonei Olam 6 babies have been born in Baltimore over the past year. There are currently 12 couples in Baltimore struggling with infertility and in need of financial assistance. With the help of the wonderful and extremely generous Baltimore community and Bonei Olam these couples will get the assistance they need and IM”H achieve their dreams of parenthood.

A special thank you to Dovid and Tarmar Charnowitz and Meir and Rochel Gold for co-hosting the event, Ben and Allison Strauss for graciously opening up their home, the event committee members who each helped in their own way helping to make this year’s Baltimore Bonei Olam event truly “Beyond Imagination!”

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Week 6 of the JCFL – By Mama Leah’s Pizza season sets up multiple potential playoff scenarios


ith only one game left in the regular season of the JCFL, the results of the games in week 6 have set up a scenario where 6 of the 8 teams can still make the playoffs and vie for the CWS Meats Championship Title. For a recap of the excitement from Week 6 of the season, along with some phenomenal photographs of the action taken by renowned local photographer, Uri Arnson (, keep reading:

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Led by its defensive prowess, Y & L captured both the hearts of their fans AND a crucial victory, as the team showed the world that they are a force to be reckoned with in the upcoming JCFL playoffs and CWS Meats Bowl. Y & L opened the scoring with QB Dan Gutman methodically picking apart the Harris Automotive secondary and then capping the drive off by finding newly-minted chosson Moshe “Concrete” Gohlian in the end zone. After a 3 and out on the following drive, Gutman connected with Chemi “Always Dapper” Lefkowitz who hauled in a perfectly thrown 90 yard pass. Gutman then finished off the drive by hitting Menachem “Phily Roll” Khoshkerman for a TD, increasing the Y & L lead to 14-0. On the next drive, Harris Automotive found some momentum, sacking Gutman for a

safety on a perfectly timed blitz, making the score 14-2 going into the half. To start the second half, Gutman hit “Dapper Dan” Lefkowitz for another long pass, this time for a TD, and the rout was on. To close it out, Y & L leveraged some ferocious defensive pressure and key interceptions by ace insurance salesman Shua “Reinventing the” Wealcatch and star realtor David “Pineapple” Pensak to put the game away 27-2.

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Looking to stay undefeated, Elle Remodeling didn’t want to overlook Big Daddy Addi and the dynamic duo of QB Asher Sondhelm and WR Yoni Gugenhiem. The game started off close with ER taking the lead 13-6, resulting from 2 Yoyo Strauss TD passes for ER and a long TD connection between Sondhelm and Gugenheim for BDAP. But the real story of the game was when the Elle Remodeling’s annual team BBQ host, Joe Openden, scored on a 50 yard touchdown catch and run. And then, on the very next play, intercepted a pass and ran it back for a touchdown. Jope (as his friends call him) stepped up big with two of ER’s starters (Mordi “Lordy” Spero and Oren “Red, Orange, Yellow, Green” Bluman) out. Jope and lineman Yaakov Benzaquen both played big rolls in helping ER stay undefeated.

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With two of Shimz Cars All-Star WRs (Uri Rabinowitz and Mordy Goldberger) back on the field following extended leaves, Shimz was primed and ready to take on Dougie’s BBQ and Grill. However, Dougie’s was equally going to go down easily. With the cold winter weather impacting all players, Shimz struggled out of the gate and was unable to put together an offensive score in the first half, with multiple missed opportunities putting them down 7-6 at halftime. Despite being short-handed, Dougie’s was playing inspired football with Coach Ari Pliskin (garbed in a full three-piece suit and a Tom Landry Fedora) writing up plays on the fly and motivating his boys from the sidelines. But after Dougies scored early in the second half to take a 13-6 lead, Shimz came to life. Uri “Itzhak” Rabinowitz made a leaping TD grab to bring the “Balakhani Boys” within one and after the

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Shimz defense picked off fill-in QB, Yaakov “Sense of” Schmell, Shimz scored again on a long throw to Shragi “I want a boy who is going to work but is also a” Lerner to take a 18-13 lead. However, Dougie’s wasn’t done and despite pressure being brought by the Shimz defensive line of Dmitry “Trunk” Shif, Yossi “Canada” Klein, and Yossi “I’ll take the” Oberstein, Dougie’s scored on a short TD pass to take a 20-18 lead with 3 minutes to go. This lead was short-lived however, as on the next play, do it all WR/ CB/DL Avi “Tzaha”’ Frand, took a handoff 80 yards for a TD, eluding flag-pulls from almost every Dougie’s defender on the field to give Shimz the lead again. Dougie’s was able to move the ball into the red zone, but was

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It took a whole team effort (with one player leaving a bris celebration early to help support his team) but at the end of it all, Park Heights Roofing defeated My Goods to even their record at 3-3 and prepare for a final week match that could either send them into the playoffs for an attempt at the CWS Meats Cup, or home for the postseason for the first time in a full JCFL season. PHR QB Chaim “Einhorn is” Finkelstein was on his game connecting with his talented WR corps of Josh “Eitz” Erez, Josh Zaslow, Josh “Azar” Nafisi, and Josh “Marital” Spatz. My Goods and their QB David Flamm kept it close in the beginning, connecting on two impressive TD strikes to his imposing TE/WR Eliave “Mort” Sobol, but it was PHR who put together the complete game by picking off passes, pulling flags, catching passes, and arguing just enough calls to earn themselves the victory.




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NEW ALBUM “WELCOME” IS MORE THAN A WELCOME ADDITION, IT ALSO SETS THE STAGE FOR AN UPCOMING TOUR THAT PROMISES TO BE EVERY BIT AS FRESH & ENTERTAINING AS THE ALBUM IS THE ONE AND ONLY What Do You Get When you Combine Moshe Tanenbaum(AKA Uncle Moishy), Broadway Inspired Orchestrations , A Serious Dose Of Thought & Talent With The #1 Name In Authentically Engaging” Edutainment” For Jewish Children the World Over?? You Get “WELCOME” AKA The Uncle Moishy We Know & Love As You’ve Never Heard Him Before. UNCLE MOISHY WORLD: when it comes to children’s albums and acts with authentic “kid appeal” longevity is unfortunately the exception rather than the rule. Are there exceptions?” When it comes to Jewish children’s performers that have withstood the test of time, taste, and toddlers...only one name makes the grade...Moishe Tanenbaum’s Uncle Moishy-now celebrating his third generation of entertaining, engaging and educating Jewish children the world over— with a new album entitled WELCOME. More than generating sales, Uncle Moishy is commencing on a year long world tour that’s been getting the kind of interest--and bookings usually reserved for headliner “grown up” acts. So what’s causing a whole new level of interest in one of the most consistently entertaining acts in the business? Read on WELCOME--WHERE THE CLASSIC UNCLE MOISHY STYLE WE KNOW AND LOVE MEETS A SOUND REIMAGINED FOR TODAY’S CHILDREN Sound wise, WELCOME is most definitely a departure in terms of what generations of Uncle Moishy fans are used to. Think of it as a bit less basic and more than a bit “richly cinematic”--as in rich, full orchestrations that add a whole new dimension to the listening experience”. Will your kids be impressed by the 15-piece string section the 21-piece brass/woodwinds and the 8-piece keyboard/percussion/rhythm

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sections? Doubtful. Will they be enchanted by the kind of fuller richer, more “cinematic” sound usually associated with the Jewish music superstars their mommies & daddies listen to? Count on it. Will YOU find yourself enjoying the “umpteenth” playback of Welcome--especially the material composed by the likes of Yossi Green, Malky Giniger and Dina Storch--WAY more than you imagined? Bet on it. The reason? Rather than subject you to endless adjectives and superlatives, we’ll instead go for authenticity--as in telling you to give it a listen. All you’ll need is a few minutes to understand what your children will instantly grasp...this is more than just another Uncle Moishy album, this is a seriously “great” Uncle Moishy album by Moishe Tanenbaum. (Added note: for anyone who’s spent time in traffic with their children and most any other children’s album, the music and production quality of “WELCOME” won’t have you wishing that your car’s audio system would suddenly blow a fuse.) But as impressive as all the music and production value is, all it really does is make the reason for Uncle Moishy’s star-and staying power even more obvious, because the one thing you immediately notice about “WELCOME” is that Uncle Moishy—aka the irrepressible Moishe Tanenbaum, sounds better than ever. No small feat once you realize that Moishe has engaged, entertained and yes, educated, 3

generations of children (not to mention their aforementioned parents, grandparents and probably even teachers) since he introduced Uncle Moishy to the world back in the 70’s. More than clearly having done their homework in terms of both understanding and updating the sound without losing the brand’s timeless sense of “Uncle Moishyness”, the team behind WELCOME (aka Mendy & Chesky of Sonic Duo) also thought past the project in terms of well...everything. A NEW LIVE SHOW THAT WILL WORK “IN CONCERT” WITH MOST ANY GROUP OR VENUE Name the country or continent and odds are Moishe Tanenbaum has sold out a venue there--and not just once, but on an annual basis. Surprised? Don’t be, after all he IS a bona fide superstar that’s been part of the JM landscape almost as long as there’s been a JM landscape. Uncle Moishy shows are (for obvious reasons) unique, memorably fun events with a natural, dare we say it “childlike” energy all their own. Moishe attributes his precedent setting longevity to the fact he’s enjoying himself every bit as much as his audience. “Children--especially when they’re the age of our fans, are VERY perceptive. They instinctively sense genuine interest from a performance that’s on “autopilot”. When people who know me personally see me in concert, their reaction is always along the lines of “When you’re on stage, it’s not an act-it’s you...the same Moishe we know from shul, the bungalow, the neighborhood etc.” Moishy smiled and continued, “A few years ago, I was reading a series of interviews with well-known mechanchim-- one of the questions was along the lines of “if parnasa wasn't an issue could you ever see yourself doing anything else?” Across the board the answer was emphatically “no”. These world class mechanchim all shared the realization they were given an exceptional gift--the ability to teach and ensure the mesorah-the lifeblood of our people. While I don't for a second delude myself into thinking I’m in their league--or that what we do on stage compares to what they do in the classroom, I DID understand how and why they valued their very special gifts--because I’ve B’H seen the effect our “chinuch method” has had on children and vis a vis that, their families. I’ve seen parents who had no interest in Shabbos or kosher ultimately begin to observe Shabbos and Kashrus because they wanted to make their child who heard our songs about Keeping Shabbos and Kosher to be happy. That’s what I’ve tried








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Chesky, “though it’s main purpose is to welcome children to a whole new ‘world’ of Uncle Moishy. Besides, if the current calls, texts and emails are B’H any indication, people always seem to know just where and how to find us.” Chesky added with a grin. Not surprisingly the “buzz” generated by both the new album and the new site has been causing Uncle Moishy “Concert Hotline” to ring 24/6 with inquiries. Once word got out about our upcoming tour-- we’ve been getting calls from communities all over the globe-- all asking when Uncle Moishy’s going to be coming to their town” Mendy told us. Once we share our plans for recreating the album experience -- and to expect an Uncle Moishy concert like never before, the response is usually “please email me the contract” Mendy concluded with a smile.

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ABOUT SONIC DUO Sonic Duo is Mendy Hershkowitz & Chesky Breuer. Sonic Duo is unique because they aren’t just arrangers, producers or agents but also true talent management—talented—and well-regarded musicians/arrangers/performers, whose understanding of both the art and business of music lets them manage the careers of select performers using a unique “big picture, small detail” style to ensure a maximum return both artistically and financially.

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WILL THIS NEW SOUND CAUSE ANY OF THAT CLASSIC UNCLE MOISHY DNA TO CHANGE? “Only for the better” replied Mendy Hershkowitz --Sonic Duo’s Musical Director and the album’s arranger/conductor. We went for a sound that’s richer and more contemporary and we have successfully integrated fully orchestrated tracks for the concert experience, explained Mendy. When asked what was in the works for the upcoming “WELCOME” tour, Chesky Breuer, Mendy’s partner and the “Duo’s” Executive Producer and Talent Director refused to elaborate as details were still being worked out. We also realized that Moishy’s audience loved seeing the Uncle Moishy they’ve been hearing at home, in school and in the car “come to life” --and not just in the usual “singer and music” sense-but in the high energy, “I’m having as much fun as you are” sense--that becomes much easier to convey thanks to the dimensions these fully orchestrated tracks add.

associated with a major debut album, the level of interest being generated by the totally reimagined website has far exceeded even the most optimistic expectations. “To our market, most websites are at best passive forms of entertainment-rarely about anything that lets the child interact with the content in a positive and productive manner. That’s why we chose to call it Uncle Moishy World because we’re planning to populate it with content from all parts of the “world” that Uncle Moishy has created for over 3 generations of children” explained Chesky who added that most of the site’s content was inspired by Moishy himself. “He told us, the #1 question he gets from children after concerts is “When are you coming back?” --straight to the point-the way the age group that makes up his fan base tends to be. Moishe’s vision for the site was in effect a 24/6 “answer” to that very question--a place where children could experience “the next best thing to Uncle Moishy actually being there”. Moishy explained that because a child’s imagination is an amazing entity, rather than limit it we want this site to be both a source and resource -- a source of fun and kosher interactive entertainment for children and a resource that parents and adult family members can use to help their children appreciate the “basics” of our people and faith--Hashem, Shabbos, Kosher, our Jewish Holidays, Mitzvos, etc.” To ensure that the site will be “all that-and then some” the group engaged the services of an award winning, Hollywood animation artist/cartoonist to execute it. “Of course, it will also provide ‘product and performance’ related content” added

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to make our live shows about--to take the kesher that begins with the album and build on it when we’re in concert--as that’s an environment that lets you connect with children--and their families on a way more authentic and personal level. And the reason we’ve B’H been successful in doing it is because the children sense without a doubt that Uncle Moishy is enjoying the show every bit as much as they are...sometimes even more” he added with a grin.


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By Any Other Name… The Renaming of the Mesivta of Dallas, Texas Torah Institute Esther The secular world has often wondered, ‘What’s in a name?’, dismissing names as nothing more than superficial labels. In truth, names have tremendous koach. They reflect our essence, representing not only our spiritual mission, but our potential as well. But how does one pinpoint the essence of a Yeshiva? By the level of learning that takes place within it? By how beloved the talmidim are to the community? By the ruach and the simcha evident in everything the Bochurim do? Each is an integral part of the Mesivta of Dallas – but there is something deeper that embodies the essence a Yeshiva, a necessary prereq-

uisite for everything else: its Torah. In a world full of sheker, we look to the Torah in our search for Emes. And with this in mind, Texas Torah Institute was honored and privileged to be named Mesivta Emes L’Yaakov, the Katav-Akrish High School of Texas Torah Institute.

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The name holds incredible significance, not only for what it represents, but also for who. Yehuda and Maggie Katav, exemplary role models and steadfast supporters of Torah learning in Dallas, wanted to commemorate their parents – Menachem Katav, z’l, and Yaakov and Estrella Akrish, z’l, as well as Mr. Katav’s mother, Tamar, who beamed as she watched the Talmidim singing, dancing, and shouting “Mazel Tov!” as they gathered with the community to commemorate this milestone. It is a beautiful testament to the Chashivus HaTorah and Middah of Emes that so clearly define the Katav-Akrish family, compounded by the fact that the Roshei Tevos of their names spell out “Emes L’Yaakov,” they felt it was the perfect name for this extraordinary Yeshiva. The Katav’s daughter, Mrs.Tammy Diamond, expressed it beautifully when she said, “For my grandparents, to watch their children ensure that the next generation continues to learn Torah in a free world and pass on that legacy, would fill their heart… The grass is always greener where you water it.” To compare supporting a Yeshiva to watering it is truly the perfect analogy, because when people like the Katavs shower Talmidim with love and support, the boys truly blossom into community role models. And the kesher between the boys and the community is an important one, as Board

President Mr. Aaron Yurowitz noted in his speech, “It’s the only Yeshiva in the area, and it’s beautiful to see the intensity with which the Talmidim are enveloped and beloved by the Kehila. Dallas can offer a high level of learning without the distractions that may sometimes be found in larger communities”, which is both a tremendous zechus and a huge responsibility. 10th grader Naftali Cohen from Baltimore says the Yeshiva has “.out of town feel with big city Torah – the best of both worlds!” It’s the best of both worlds in more ways than one, as the high level of Limudei Kodesh doesn’t compromise the academic excellence, which in turn doesn’t come at the expense of service to community. Donors Mr. and Mrs. Basil Haymann expressed this sentiment in their address at the naming, commending the boys for giving back: “From learning with elementary school children to going to Houston to help with cleanup, these boys are upstanders and not just bystanders.” It was for these sterling characteristics that the Katav-Akrish family chose the Mesivta as their family’s namesake. Ultimately, names are our final legacy, and they are passionately grateful that the Yeshiva bears their family name as it continues to grow as a source of advanced Torah learning with boys who truly exemplify Kiddush Shem Shamayim. 






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Pence: Trump Considering Embassy Move On Tuesday Vice President Mike Pence announced before a gathering of UN diplomats that President Donald Trump is “actively considering” moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Pence made the remarks in a keynote address at an event in New York commemorating the 70th anniversary of the UN vote for partition of Palestine, which led to the creation of the

State of Israel. “President Donald Trump is actively considering when and how to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” Pence told the gathering of UN ambassadors, diplomats and Jewish leaders, hosted by Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon. The UN General Assembly on November 29, 1947 passed a resolution adopting a plan on partitioning British-mandated Palestine to establish a Jewish state. Of the 56 members of the UN at the time, 33 voted in favor, 13 against and 10 abstained, enabling the establishment of Israel the following year. In keeping with Jewish tradition, the celebration was held on the eve of the historic date. “Israel didn’t need a resolution to call for its existence, because its right to exist is self-evident, and timeless,” Pence said. “While Israel was built by

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Congress passed a law in 1995 making it U.S. policy to move the embassy to Jerusalem, symbolically endorsing Israel’s claim on the city as its capital. But the law contained a clause that has allowed each president since to issue and renew a six-month waiver on implementing the move. Trump signed the last waiver on June 1. In early December he will have to decide whether to postpone the move for another six months. Pence affirmed the strong ties between the U.S. and Israel. “As President Trump says, ‘If the world knows nothing else, let them know this: America stands with Israel,’” he said. “Under our administration, America will always stand with Israel.” He added, “Under President Trump, the U.S. will not allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons,” he vowed. “This is our solemn promise to you, to Israel and to the world.”

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Currently, the Israeli ambassador to Ethiopia deals with Rwanda-related affairs. Israel recently agreed to pay the Rwandan government $5,000 for every African migrant in Israel it is willing to accept, as the Jewish state steps up efforts to deport the largely Sudanese and Eritrean population residing in the country illegally. Netanyahu arrived in Kenya for a whirlwind visit to celebrate the inauguration of President Uhuru Kenyatta and for a marathon session of bilateral meetings with African leaders. Netanyahu was seated next to Kenyatta — who won a contested election critics say was rigged — and Kagame at a luncheon in Nairobi’s Presidential Palace. The event, at which Netanyahu delivered brief remarks, followed Kenyatta’s inauguration in the city’s Kasarani Stadium. At the sidelines of the luncheon in Nairobi, Netanyahu also met the presidents of Gabon, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, South Sudan, Botswana and Namibia, and the prime minister of Ethiopia. “Our intention is to deepen ties with Africa also by forging links with countries that we do not have diplomatic relations with,” he said earlier on Tuesday, before boarding the plane to Nairobi. In the last two years, four African countries have opened diplomatic missions in Israel, and he was invit-

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Terrorist Receives 2 ½ Life Sentences Murdering terrorist Mohammad Zkharna was sentenced to two life

sentences plus 40 additional years in prison for recruiting and operating the terrorist cell that killed Gregory Rabinowitz in May of 2009. The three members of the cell were also given life sentences for committing murder seven years ago. Rabinowitz, 56 at the time of his


murder, was found in a field in the Shfela region of Israel approximately 24 hours after he was determined to be missing. The three members of Zkharna’s terrorist cell – Mahmoud Ouda, Muhammad Khaledi, and Ahmed Abu Hanini – had come to Ashdod to try to hail a cab in order to rob and kill the driver. Although many drivers would not take the three terrorists who could not produce an ID, Rabinowitz agreed to take them. While on their way to Gan Yavne, they had him pull over and they robbed and killed him. The three murderers were arrested and admitted to having killed Mr. Rabinowitz. They had entered Israel illegally and said that they killed him because he was Jewish in retaliation for the death of one of their relatives, senior Islamic Jihad terrorist Mohammad Abu Jahin. Jahin had been killed by Israeli security forces in February 2007. Zkharna was also convicted of killing a Palestinian that he suspected of collaborating with Israeli authorities along with 37 other security offenses.

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have had to face an Israeli, Uri Kalashnikov, on the next round. Iran does not recognize Israel, and Iranian athletes are strongly discouraged from competing against Israelis at national competitions. Iran’s wrestling federation praised Karimi for his sacrifice in a statement on Monday. Despite the praise Karimi was annoyed that he had to throw the

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match. “I do accept that Israel is an oppressor and commits crimes,” he said. “But would it not be oppression if our authorities undermine my hard work again?” Earlier this year, two Iranian soccer players took the field for a Greek team against Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv and were strongly condemned by Iran’s soccer federation. The New York Times reported that one of the

players, who was the captain of the national team, was subsequently kicked off Iran›s team while the other was allowed to return after publicly apologizing. The issue of the treatment of Israeli athletes at international sporting events made headlines last month after Israeli medal winners at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam judo tournament were prohibited from display-

ing the Israeli flag, and the national anthem was not played for the Israeli who won a gold medal. A judoka from the United Arab Emirates also refused to shake hands with his Israeli rival after losing a match.

England Buys Missile Defense System

Great Britain has purchased a missile defense system from Israel in order to protect the Falkland Islands. The £78 million Sky Sabre system is part of a £280 million defense investment that was announced by then-defense secretary Michael Fallon in 2015. The defense shield used by Sabre utilizes the same technology that drives Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system that has shot down hundreds of rockets fired from Gaza. The technology basically uses radar to track short-range missiles and rockets, predicts its trajectory, and then shoots it out of the sky before it can reach its target. The Sky Sabre is made by an Israeli company called Mprest. The company is a subsidiary of the Israeli defense technology company Rafael and was founded by former Israeli military officers. The shield will be fully installed and operational by early 2020. The Iron Dome has reported a success rate of 90%. A report was leaked last month which showed that the U.S. Department of Defense is considering buying an Iron Dome defense system to protect U.S. forces stationed around the globe.



Baltimore Community Dedication of Yerushalmi Chagigah L’zecher Nishmas Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz ‫ז״ל‬

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The Finns are definitely not finicky eaters. Recently, one of Finland’s largest food companies announced that they are selling a most unusual food: insect bread. “Finns are known to be willing

to try new things,” Markus Hellstrom, head of the company, said. According to a new survey, Finnish customers want “good taste” and “freshness” from their bread. They are also known to have “positive attitudes toward insects,” says Juhani Sibakov, head of the bakery innovation department. And so, the company has launched a product that they say marries the concepts of good taste and insects: buggy bread. Each loaf contains around 70 dried house crickets, which are ground into powder and added to flour. The crickets represent three percent of the bread’s weight. “We made crunchy dough to enhance taste,” Sibakov shared. The result was “delicious and nutritious,” he said, adding that the Fazer Sirkkaleipa (Finnish for Fazer Cricket Bread) “is a good source of protein and insects also contain good fatty acids, calcium, iron and vitamin B12.” “Mankind needs new and sustain-

able sources of nutrition,” he added enthusiastically. The first batch of cricket breads were sold in major Finnish cities on Friday. For now, there’s not enough cricket flour available to sell the crunchy cricket loaves nationwide but the company aims to have it sold in 47 bakeries around Finland. Finland is not the only country to be selling insects as people food. In Switzerland, supermarket chain Coop began selling burgers and balls made from insects in September. Insects can also be found on supermarket shelves in Belgium, Britain, Denmark and the Netherlands. These foods are bugging me out.

The word made headlines after Ivanka Trump was interviewed by CBS’s “This Morning” and said that she “doesn’t know” what complicit means but that if complicit means “wanting to be a force for good and to make a positive impact,” then she’s complicit. Even before she was interviewed, a TV show produced a satire Know what that means? Well, commercial for a perfume by Ivanka now that they’ve looked it up, thouWishing You called And Complicit. Your Family Both the show and sands of Americans now know that the interview helped to drive lookA Happy Healthy New Year complicit means “choosing to beAnd in- ups for the word by 10,000 percent.


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She’s not even born yet, but I bet I know her favorite restaurant. Recently, a couple with a great sense of humor and not-such-great taste in food said they will be naming their daughter-to-be Olivia Garton. Yes, the name sounds like an Italian restaurant – and that’s because she’s named after the restaurant Olive Garden. Justin and Jordan Garton of Arkansas said they have decided to name the baby, due in December, after the restaurant where they once ate every day for seven weeks after buying a “never ending pasta pass” in 2015. “We committed to eating there every day for six or seven weeks to get our money’s worth,” Justin Garton, 28, said. “It saved us several hundred dollars when we really needed it.” Wanting to name their child after the diner but not wanting to make it too obvious, they rejected the name Olive. Olivia, they decided, sounded better. “We were able to make the joke, but a little more subtle, and it’s still a pretty name,” said Jordan Garton, 26. “It was definitely an easy

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The Week In News sy is Jordan now has an official title. “Lawrence of Abdoun” is a fluffy black and white tomcat who is now the chief mouser who reports directly to the Foreign Office’s Palmerston, a cat that delights his 57,000 followers with regular updates from the ministry in Whitehall via @DiploMog. Lawrence, named after T.E. Lawrence, a British military officer who fought alongside Arabs against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War, has already gained 2,500 followers since being adopted from an animal shelter last month.

The embassy is located in the Abdoun neighborhood of Amaan. “Through Lawrence’s Twitter account we’re trying to show a different side to Jordan, what it is really like, a peaceful, prosperous country that British tourists should come and visit,” said Deputy Ambassador Laura Dauban. Lawrence has already seen the effects of social media. Since posting some photos, he is now concerned about his image and will be “doing some exercises” to make sure he looks his best. Talk about diplomatic im-meow-nity.

Kippah for $167K A yarmulke that retailers are calling the world’s most expensive kippah has gone on sale for $167,000. The head covering is capped

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High-end skullcaps are being designed for wealthy clientele who may want to sport a luxury piece of headwear at a Jewish religious ceremony, such as a wedding or a bar mitzvah. “Whilst I was a youngster in Nigeria, Jews had a rather exotic image. The more I have since been exposed to Jews and Judaism, the more I have become enamored with its rituals, principles and aesthetics,” design-

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Boxed In By Rabbi Zvi Teichman Yaakov has just spent a total of thirty four years away from ‘home’. For fourteen years he dwells in the academies of Shem and Ever fortifying himself with the spiritual strength he will need to face some very challenging adversaries. During the next twenty years that he spends in the company of his diabolical father-inlaw Lavan, he proudly fathers a family successfully, warding off the negative influences from that poisonous and dysfunctional environment, finally breaking away when he flees from Lavan. On his journey back home his menacing brother Esav finally catches up with him in a tense but ultimately peaceful confrontation.

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Yaakov has clearly achieved great stature both spiritually and emotionally. He stands up admirably to his two greatest antagonists and asserts with great confidence his moral supremacy and strength. Yet, shortly after this, tragedy strikes. His daughter Dinah is abducted and violated by Shechem. Where is the justice? After literally risking his life in his two showdowns, defying these criminals and their murderous intent, his cherished daughter should be plundered? There are several suggestions in the Midrash as to why Yaakov was punished with this event. One suggests that after G-d conferred upon Yaakov the title ‘El’, G-d, Yaakov asserted that G-d was the Lord above and he was now the ‘Lord’ below. He was taken to task for ‘usurping authority’ and penalized with his daughter being despoiled.

Another opines that when after defining the terms of his wages with Lavan, Yaakov ‘presumptively’ states, “In the future when you go over my wages, let my honesty toward you testify for me”, he was taught through the unfortunate episode with Dinah that no one can ever make any assumptions in life. Despite the difficulty in understanding exactly the nature of Yaakov’s ‘arrogance’ that he was being held accountable for, the question begs as to why the poor girl Dinah, is made to suffer and be shamed for the sins of her father. We are all familiar with the additional claim that Yaakov was reprimanded for preventing Dinah from marrying his brother Esav. Before his encounter with him, Yaakov had brought his family across the Yabok River. The Torah reports how he transported his ‘eleven’ children. The Midrash asks that there were twelve children, so where was Dinah? It answers, that he had locked her in a chest so that Esav should not see her and take her. G-d then told him, “You withheld Dinah from your brother, and, due to her good attributes, she could have reformed him. Since you did not want to give her to Esav, who was circumcised, you are punished through her being taken by one who was uncircumcised, Shechem son of Chamor; you did not give her in legitimate matrimony, therefore you are punished by her being taken by Shechem out of wedlock.” How ironic. This daughter of Leah, Dinah, whose mother cried incessantly, appealing to G-d to prevent her from falling into the clutches of Esav, and because of that sincere fear was

rewarded to be buried next to Yaakov rather than Rochel, is faulted for not giving herself up to Esav in order to reform him and in punishment for that lapse becomes the victim of the vile and lecherous Shechem?! Nitai of Arbel says: Distance yourself from a bad neighbor; do not associate with a wicked person; and do not despair of retribution. )‫(אבות א ז‬ If one is to follow Nitai’s advice how then do we understand the expectation of Dinah to have reached out to Esav, the ‘wicked one’? The 16th century Spanish scholar and communal leader, Rav Moshe Almushnino insightfully analyzes the exact wording used in the Mishna, ‫אל‬ ‫תתחבר לרשע‬, literally, do not ‘connect’ to the wicked one, in instructing us how we can healthily interact with, and positively influence, the wicked. The issue at hand here is: Who in the pairing up is the ‫עיקר‬, primary, and who is the ‫טפל‬, secondary. As long as we aren’t ‘joining’ unto them, with us remaining secondary and they primary, and they exhibit a willingness to become secondary to our ‘primary’ stature, then we are assured success, and are permitted and even encouraged to engage with them.‫(מדרש‬ )‫שמואל‬ In Yaakov’s dealings with Lavan and Esav he developed a healthy confidence in his role as representative of G-d’s values and ethics, and was thus capable of remaining in the ‘primary’ role. Although Yaakov exhibited an aura of ‘confidence’ in his mission and connection with G-d, secure in a relationship that G-d would assist him in accomplishing his goals, evidently though he didn’t transmit that same confidence to Dinah. His dread of Esav’s intention and the need to safeguard Dinah by ‘locking her up’, prevented her from standing confidently on her own in the knowledge that the same G-d that would protect Yaakov would strengthen Dinah in her resolve as well. By not instilling

this confidence in her, she remained a self-doubting young woman who would be susceptible to the influence of a world that engaged her curiosity, who didn’t possess the requisite inner-strength and faith in herself that could ward off those outside influences. His self-assurance was flawed and viewed as if he attributed his success to his own initiative rather than ascribed to G-d, and was thus faulted. Were he to have been perfect in that faith it would have been inculcated into Dinah without any further need to ‘protect’ her. In all her exposures to the outside world she would perceive herself as ‘secondary’ and thus susceptible to being tainted, and certainly unable to affect Esav in any way. Dinah’s abduction by Shechem wasn’t a punishment per se for Yaakov’s lapses, but rather the natural consequence of having been weakened in her own self-image and resolve by not having been infused by her father with the trust that is so vital. That meekness enabled her to be ‘taken’. The Midrash teaches that her having been locked up in a box resolves why the Torah refers to Yaakov’s eleven, rather than his twelve, children. Is a child placed temporarily in a box no longer a child and undeserving of being counted? Perhaps the message therein is that child who feels ‘boxed in’ and doesn’t sense the confidence and trust of a parent in them, is truly diminished and virtually ‘nonexistent’. The Ramban reports that Dinah is buried in the town of Arbel, together with its ‘native’ Nitai. Nitai taught that one must distinguish oneself by one’s personal values and convictions and stand proudly apart from the bad ‘neighbors’ one is surrounded by. Doesn’t this echo Yaakov’s proc-



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Perhaps he was also subtly alluding to this failure of Dinah, not due to any fault of her own, to incorporate this lesson, and therefore had to endure a further refinement in the continual process called life where we are constantly called upon to perfect the flaws we inherited.

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His flight from Lavan was a further reiteration of this principle to ‘distance’ oneself from a bad neighbor.


lamation to Esav, how he ‘lived with Lavan and had not learned from his bad ways’?

Nitai’s directive not to associate with the ‘wicked one’ affirms Yaakov’s intent to encounter Esav without ever kowtowing or ‘connecting’ to him.

This is Nitai’s last charge. Many interpret the sentiment, ‫אל תתיאש מן‬ ‫הפורעניות‬, as: don’t allow yourself to despair from ‘punishment’ you receive, because ultimately it is brought upon you so that you may rectify the defect you have inherited.

It is revealed that the child that Shechem impregnated Dinah with was Osnat, who would go on to become the wife of Yosef, who became the paradigm of righteousness, surviving in the face of the most poisonous influences and decadent of societies. Osnat would mother two sons who would become full-fledged tribes, Efraim and Menashe, who developed into greatness amidst the darkness of Egypt without the benefit of their illustrious Zayda and uncles. The force that will defeat the powers of Edom, Yishmael and Amalek is that of Moshiach ben Yosef. It is the power that will conquer and overcome the physical and spiritual forces that seek to inundate us. The Torah says ‫ותצא דינה‬, and Dinah went out. The masters of the secrets of Torah reveal that this alludes to Dinah’s ultimate recovery and the vital role her descendants will play in the image of ‫משיח בן יוסף‬, which is numerically equivalent to !‫ותצא דינה‬ 566() The illustrious Rav Meir Shapiro

averred that the name ‫נִ ּתַ אי‬, is an acronym for the expression we recite each day: ‫נטית ימינך תבלאימו ארץ‬, You stretched out Your hand - the earth swallowed them. This emphasizes G-d’s constant attention to every aspect of creation and our personal lives, asserting the awareness that if G-d were to remove His guiding ‘hand’ we would cease to exist.)‫(מכילתא‬ Dinah absorbed well this important lesson of Nitai, and despite her personal trauma continued to restore that inner resolve until it found its full expression through her daughter and progeny, that will one day soon pave the way for the coming of Moshiach ben Dovid. The Jerusalem Talmud relates how Rebbi Chiya the great and Rebbi Shimon ben Chalafta were walking in the Arbel valley at daybreak. And they saw the first rays of dawn as the daylight broke forth into the sky. Rebbi Chiya the great said to Rebbi Shimon ben Chalafta, “Like the break of day so is the redemption

of Israel. It begins little by little and, as it proceeds, it grows greater and greater. This notion, the Gemara continues, is based on the verse, When I sit in darkness the Lord will be a light to me. )‫(ברכות א א‬ Each one of us , little by little, every time we seek to repair our flaws, attempting to improve and overcome the circumstances that challenge us whatever they may be, we reveal another ray of light that will collectively accumulate growing stronger and stronger until it will illuminate an entire world. Dina rests precisely in the valley of Arbel inspiring us to never get discouraged and to appreciate each increment of light that we generate from our sincere commitment and efforts to improve. From that same region, Nitai encourages us, through his eternal words to stand distinguished and proud before a world in desperate need for inspiration, reminding us to never get discouraged, continuing the process of perfection until such time as the brilliant light of redemption will brighten the entire world.

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he long-awaited confrontation between the brothers Eisav and Yaakov occurs. At the onset Yaakov is quite concerned over the meeting. He fears that his brother, who is arriving with a band of 400 men, will undoubtedly intend to do him harm. And he knows that his brother is capable of slaughtering innocent women and children. There must have been a great feeling of relief that overcame Yaakov when Eisav takes the gifts that were meant to mollify him. Yaakov is aware that this is only a temporary reprieve and that deep down in his heart Eisav has not yet accepted the fact that Yaakov is entitled to the blessings given to him by his father Yitzchak. Nevertheless, a temporary reprieve is also an accomplishment and the heart of Yaakov certainly must have felt lighter when Eisav departed richer than when he arrived. This struggle with Eisav is representative of the struggle of the Jewish people with the nations of

the world over our long and painful history. There are ups and downs in the story, great tragedies and unbelievable suffering mixed in with lighter moments of tolerance, freedom and achievement. But, deep down in the hearts of all concerned, there is the fear that the last chap-

society. And it may seem that Eisav cannot be easily bought off this time. Yet, after all of the encounters that we have endured with the different forms of Eisav in our history, the rejuvenation of the Jewish people in our generations, especial-

It is better to be alone with truth and faith than to be part of the crowd of mockers and sycophants.

ter in this struggle has not yet been written. The unreasoning hatred, of some in this world, of the Jewish people is one of the great mysteries of the human story. It is the oldest social disease and unfortunately it is still virulently present in today’s

ly in the world of Torah and in the achievements of the state of Israel, is apparent. To a great extent we are witnessing a decline in the influence and power of the Church and of Western society generally. Eisav is losing whatever moral perspective is still retained from the house

of his parents and from their connection to the Jewish people over all of the ages. As such we are witness to the fulfillment of the verse that Yaakov remained alone. There are no longer many who think as we do, that view the world and its history through our lens and perspective. Yaakov is accustomed to remaining alone. He has seen too many fads, ideas, and theories – social and economic – shine temporarily and then fade into the darkness of the past. It is better to be alone with truth and faith than to be part of the crowd of mockers and sycophants. The final chapter will show that the brothers would unite but under the banner of the faith of Yaakov. This is a process that requires patience and wisdom, items that are always in short human supply. But the promise made between the brothers long ago regarding the judgment of Mount Zion gives us hope and vitality to pursue their dream and make it come to reality. Shabbat shalom.


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- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) responding to President Trump referring to her as “Pocahontas” at an event in honor of Native American soldiers, since she lied about being a Native American in order to get a job at Harvard Law School

We do not want the NYPD on campus in any respect even if it’s just to take breaks and use bathroom. I know students from every background and across every major. They don’t feel comfortable around cops. They just don’t. It makes safe spaces feel not so safe.

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At 83-years-old, I am one of the few remaining Holocaust survivors – thanks to the American troops who rescued me in what seems like a lifetime ago. Since World War II, I’ve felt a deep connection to American troops for saving my life – a feeling that resurfaces every year on Veterans Day and throughout the holiday giving season. - Bernard Darty, of Paris, in an essay explaining why he recently donated $1 million to help wounded U.S. soldiers

I am overjoyed. This shows it is never too late. People can always find what they are looking for if they try hard enough. I succeeded. - Holocaust survivor Eliahu Pietruszka, age 102, who mved to Israel after the war and believed that every relative he had was killed in the war, upon meeting a nephew he never knew he had (His brother, who he thought died, survived and lived in a remote Soviet Union city until he died in 2011)




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48 Don’t show up. For some parents, your absence will speak louder than any sodden arguments over the density of pumpkin pie. If you can’t even look them in the eye, they’ll know you mean business. Besides, Friendsgiving rules. Show up and be kind of [mean] No hugs; only stiff, formal handshakes. During the football game, talk about police brutality nonstop. Take any opportunity to emphasize just how much Bruce Springsteen and the entire E Street band loathes Trump… Scorched Earth. Not even a handshake; just stare, disgustedly, at their outstretched arms… - Several suggestions given in a GQ article about how to destroy Thanksgiving if you –G-d forbid—have relatives who are Trump supporters

Israel didn’t need a resolution to call for its existence, because its right to exist is self-evident and timeless. While Israel was built by human hands, it's impossible not to see the hand of heaven here too ... America stands with Israel because her cause is our cause, her values are our values and her fight is our fight.

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- Vice President Mike Pence, November 28, 2017, United Nations General Assembly

President Donald Trump is actively considering when and how to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. - ibid.

The other issue is not understanding the complexity of the region. People that never send their children to fight for their country — most of the Jews don’t have children serving as soldiers, going to the Marines, going to Afghanistan, or to Iraq. Most of them are having quite convenient lives. They don’t feel how it feels to be attacked by rockets, and I think part of it is to actually experience what Israel is dealing with on a daily basis. - Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely explaining in an interview with i24 News last week that U.S. Jews don’t understand the threats that govern life in Israel

To all those Americans who are lone soldiers, or those who have grandparents who fought in World War II, I salute you all. That was not my intent. When I was 18, I spent a year in Atlanta as part of my national service in the Jewish community. For the past 20 years the topic of the Jewish community in the U.S. has concerned me and I truly feel that we are part of a family. - Ibid., apologizing for her comments, after some people were offended

I’m trying to bring some happiness to people, to the community that brought happiness to me and my family. I love this community and I am trying to provide back to it. - A man identified only as “Charlie K” explaining to CBS News why he paid for over 8,000 items on layaway at a Toys ‘R’ Us in Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Entry forbidden to Jews, Commies, and all thieves and traitors of Poland. - Large sign hanging outside a Polish hostel just outside the major western Polish city of Wroclaw

We are strengthened by due process. Was it one accusation or two? John Conyers is an icon in our country. - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), on Meet the Press, defending Rep John Conyers (D-MI), who is accused of the same things that she says disqualifies certain Republicans from holding office



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This is not a political party. This is a domestic terror group. - Democratic pundit Fernand Amandi on MSNBC


I think he’s missing a little bit of his old life. You know he was in Trump Tower, and he would go to Mar-aLago, he would go to play golf on Westchester, and things like that. From 8 o’clock in the morning to midnight, he’s working, working, working and everybody shoves at him the problem of the country.

He is an urgent threat to the American people, so to sit here and wait doing absolutely nothing is the wrong thing to do. - Tom Steyer, billionaire hedge fund manager and liberal mega-donor, explaining on CNN why he is spending millions of dollars on an ad campaign calling for the impeachment of President Trump

There can be 12 white, blue-eyed, blond men in a room and they’re going to be diverse too because they’re going to bring a different life experience and life perspective to the conversation. - Comments made by Apple’s diversity chief Denise Young Smith last month during a One Young World Summit in Bogotá, Colombia, which caused backlash by snowflakes, resulting in her termination from Apple


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- Ivana Trump, President Trump’s former wife, on The Ray D’Arcy Show last week


The country was so divided that what it needed was some event that could pull a divided country together, so here comes 9/11 and they said Muslims did it. - Louis Farrakhanin in a speech last week, accusing the U.S. of carrying out the September 11th attacks

– Kevin Mackey disclosing that he lied about Manute Bol’s age when he brought the 7’ 7” Sudanese basketball player to play in the NBA in 1985

- Tesla CEO Elon Musk in a recent tweet about the new Tesla Roadster

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Every athletic door is open at 19, every athletic door is closed when you’re 35. He was probably 40, 50 years old when he was playing in the NBA.

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Centerfold ?

? You gotta be kidding

An Arkansas State trooper pulls over a pickup truck on I-40. He says to the driver, “Got any ID?”



The driver says, “’Bout what?”

States and Their Slogans

Match the state with its slogan. Think you can get them all?

1. Connecticut

A. Beyond Your Dreams, Within Your Reach

2. South Dakota

B. Full of Surprises

3. North Carolina

C. Unbridled Spirit

4. Pennsylvania

D. Feels Like Coming Home

5. New Hampshire

E. Where the Rivers Run

6. West Virginia

F. Big Sky Country

7. North Dakota

G. Live Free or Die

8. Kentucky

H. Land of Enchantment

9. Tennessee

I. A Better Place to Be

10. Utah

J. Legendary, Discover the Spirit

11. Wisconsin

K. We Love Dreamers

12. Montana

L. Pursue Your Happiness;

13. South Carolina

M. While I Breathe, I Hope.

14. New Mexico

N. Great Faces. Great Places.

15. Oregon

O. The Volunteer State

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16. Alaska

P. Life Elevated

17. Missouri

Q. Wild and Wonderful

1. B, 2. N, 3. I, 4. L, 5. G, 6. Q, 7. J, 8. C, 9. O, 10. P, 11. R, 12. F, 13. M, 14. H, 15. K, 16. A, 17. E, 18. D

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18. Mississippi

R. Stay Just a Little Bit Longer

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braska, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming? a. Idaho b. Missouri c. Texas d. Colorado 5. Which state is the wealthiest state in the country, as measured by median household income? a. New York b. Connecticut c. Maryland d. California 6. Death Valley is located in what U.S. state? a. Utah b. Arizona

c. California d. Nevada 7. Which state produces enough cotton every year to make two t-shirts for every American? a. Arizona b. Mississippi c. Texas d. Florida 8. Which state is the flattest?

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1. Which state has only two sets of escalators in it? a. Alaska b. Wyoming c. Vermont d. Maine 2. What is the official drink of Alabama? a. Coffee b. Hot Cider c. Pumpkin juice d. Conecuh Ridge Alabama Fine Whiskey 3. What is the smallest U.S. state? a. Rhode Island b. Maine c. Delaware d. New Jersey 4. What state is bordered by Ne-


States Trivia

a. Kansas b. Florida c. Texas d. Georgia 9. Which is the only state that ends with the letter K?

 Genius Key 5. C 4. D

9. Keep thinking, you will get it eventually.

3. A 2. D- Alabama is the only state with an official drink which is alcoholic. “Sweet Home Alabama…” 1. B- Both sets of escalators are in banks in the city of Casper

8. B- Kansas is commonly said to be “flatter than a pancake,” but Florida is actually flatter than Kansas 7. A 6. C

What state in the United States is high in the middle and round at the ends? See answer to the right

4-6 correct: Not bad you are right in the middle, which puts you right in the middle of Kansas…enjoy your chewing tobacco and John Deere. 0-3 correct: What? Did you go up the down escalator in Wyoming and fall on your head?


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Riddle me this?

7-9 correct: You really know your stuff, unless you got question 9 wrong, in which case you are no genius yourself.


 Answers


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Dating Dialogue

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

Dear Navidaters,

I was set up with Mendy by a friend recently. He happens to be her cousin and she told me many wonderful things about him. All of which, so far, I have to say, seem accurate. He seems to be a very fine person. What my friend failed to mention to me is that Mendy does not drive. When he picked me up for the date, I automatically started looking around for a car to enter, and he casually told me that he isn’t a driver and that he hopes I don’t mind if we take the train into Manhattan. I happen to live near the railroad station and it was a nice afternoon and so it wasn’t too much of a hardship – though I have to say, it felt really weird. It was a first for me. Maybe I’m spoiled, but I’m used to going out in a car.

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Since then, we’ve gone out two more times, both of which we took Ubers to local places. Again, it felt strange to me, but I had such a nice time with Mendy that I overlooked the inconvenience. My parents, especially my mother, are totally freaked out by the fact that Mendy does not drive. She thinks it reflects something “not normal” about him. Those are her exact words. She thinks that if he can’t drive, what else can’t he manage to do? She says he’s not a complete man and is urging me very strongly to stop going out with him. I happen to like Mendy a lot and don’t want to stop seeing him. I asked him why he doesn’t drive and he responded in a very casual way, as if it was no big deal. He told me that his father never drove and he was happy to not have to deal with the responsibility of driving and owning a car. When I told my parents what he said, they were even further upset. I’m 24-years-old, and at this stage, I don’t feel that I have to stop seeing someone just because my parents think it’s a bad idea. However, I wonder whether any of you feel the way that my parents do – that his lack of driving makes him odd and not someone to consider getting serious with.




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The Panel The Rebbetzin

The Mother

Rebbetzin Faigie Horowitz, M.S. here are two issues here. One is Mendy’s driving or lack thereof. The other is your relationship with your parents. As with many aspects of dating, the issue of driving is a matter of context. In and of itself, it’s not such a big deal and should not be a deal breaker. However, maybe there is more to the picture of his choosing not to have a driver’s license. However, you don’t know Mendy well enough to know the rest of the picture. You like him. Get to know him better and see where this goes. After a number of dates, you will understand the context of his non-driving better. Driving may be something he chooses not to do. Or it may be that there are medical/health reasons for his not driving; he may have terrible depth perception or other visual challenges. Maybe he is on strong medication for something. Then there is the personality aspect. Maybe he is not the spontaneous type. Maybe he just follows his father. It could be that he doesn’t need the independence that having a car entails; he may like routine. So, keep dating and see what you see. You will then be able to put the lack of a license into perspective. Do use your time to work on communication with your parents and respectfully make your points.

Sarah Schwartz Schreiber, P.A. endy, with his glaringly absent driver’s license, is in great company. In fact, more and more millennials are eschewing the suburban rite-of-passage (namely, permit, lessons, license, car) for modes of public transportation and the ever-popular bike. A recent article, published in a business journal, decried the advent of the disappearing “Auto School,” forced into near obsolescence by the popularity of smartcabs, like Uber and Lyft. Further, it was noted that millennials are postponing car ownership until the driverless car becomes a safe, affordable alternative to standard vehicles. At the rate technology is moving, it may be sooner than you think. Take some time to consider whether Mendy’s inability to drive is a deal-breaker for you or your parents. If you see it as something more ominous than a genetic quirk (it worked for his father) sit Mendy down for a serious conversation. Explore with him whether his lack of a driver’s license is a symptom of low motivation or drive (sorry, just had to sneak that in) or his just “never getting around to it.” If he seems amenable to rectifying his status in the future – buying a car or taking driving lessons – take his word for it and drop the subject. A guy’s ability or inability to drive may be linked to his ego; you don’t want to antagonize your possibly future husband over a matter, that in the large scheme of things, is trivial and easily resolved. If your parents are the ones who



are driving you mad, then perhaps it is time to have a chat with them. After all, you are the one who will be married to Mendy and you should really be in the driver’s seat when it comes to this issue.

Everyone’s opinion doesn’t matter when it comes to your own life.

The Shadchan Michelle Mond re you an out-of-towner, living in New York? I am surprised that this is your first encounter dating a guy in New York who doesn’t drive. From my experience setting up many singles from NYC, the parking situation is difficult and most people get around by train, so people are not in a rush to get a license or a car. For most of these singles, it has nothing to do with a personal flaw, rather a personal convenience. If you are worried about respect or responsibility, open a discussion with him regarding these topics. What is his work ethic like? Has he held good jobs for a good amount of time? Is he a hard worker? Would he get a license if the need would arise (if he moved out of the city, for instance)? Get a better impression of whether you respect him in general. After assessing the situation, if you feel that you cannot respect him, then it should be a reason to consider breaking it off. Respect is extremely important in a future marriage partner. However, if you do respect him and the only factor holding you back is your mother’s negative voice belittling him in the back of your head,


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

you will need to work with a therapist to separate your mother’s negativity from your personal life. Judging by the situation, I would assume this is probably not the first time this type of thing has happened. You are an adult who must learn to be able to trust her own instincts and make her own informed decisions. Hatzlacha!

The Single Tova Wein


et’s talk about your parents, particularly your mother, first. Her

Our intention is not to offer any definitive

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



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attitude toward Mendy is based on the way things were probably when she was dating. Back in the day, driving was almost essential. There were no Ubers, no talk about self-driving cars – it was a different world. Today, there are plenty of good reasons why someone might opt to forgo driving. I’m concerned with her choice of words, her severe judgment, and her inability to have a healthy discussion with you about Mendy’s non-driver status. Her words sound controlling and demeaning. Of course, at age 24, you are old enough and mature enough to decide for yourself whether a suitor is appropriate or not. Yes, you’d like to have your parents’ sup-

port, and in that vein, I think it’s a good idea for you to talk to your parents about what at 24-year-old young woman wants to hear from her parents and what their role should look like. I’m hoping they’ll be able to hear you. Now about Mendy. You’ve only gone out with him a few times, so I would imagine it’s hard for you to gauge whether his lack of driving signifies some other issues he may have or whether it’s simply an educated choice on his part. I think as you get to know him better, you will notice whether or not he has extreme anxiety or overwhelming fears that crop up in other areas of his life. It seems too soon to know

or to ask about. But don’t rush. Take your time. If there’s anything troubling going on with him, you’ll pick up on it eventually. Assuming he’s a typical guy and no red flags emerge, you do need to ask yourself whether you would eventually be resentful being married to someone who doesn’t drive. Think long term. Children, carpools, emergency trips to the doctors, road trips, typical Sunday errands…. If everything car-related will ultimately land on your shoulders, will you be O.K. with that? And if not, maybe you need to ask Mendy what his future plans are in this regard. He may say that, of course, he eventually plans

Respect is extremely important in a future marriage partner.

on driving. Or he may say, “never happening.” If that’s the case, think very carefully about how that can affect your life down the road. That’s the voice you need to be listening to.

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here are two separate and distinct issues which are entangled at the moment. The first one is your feelings for Mendy. The second is your mother’s strong opinion about Mendy and how freely she burdens you with it. In order for you to decide if you will continue dating Mendy, you’re going to have to work on separating your mother’s thoughts from your own. Where do Mom’s thoughts end and yours begin? I’m wondering what your relationship with your mother is like in general. Does she have very strong and even judgmental opinions about other areas of your life? Moms will always have their opinions, and very often they truly do know their children best. However, it is the manner in which your mother delivers her opinions about your life to you that I find disheartening. And I’m wondering if this is specific to dating or even specific to Mendy’s not driving or if this is an ongoing dynamic in your relationship.

Mom has a strong opinion and you question yourself and your decisions. If this is “old stuff,” and simply another iteration of a pattern set in motion many moons ago, then you will need to decide if you want to break this pattern. Do I want to be treated this way? If not, what can I do about it? On to Mendy’s lack of a driver’s license. I cannot tell you what you should be feeling or whether or not this is something to break up over. If he lives in Manhattan or a busy city, it is pretty normal not to have a license. If he had every opportunity to drive but never did because of a phobia or lack of motivation, this may point to other more serious issues. But these are all maybes right now. You don’t know him well enough. I would bet my bottom dollar that there are readers thinking, “How could she break up with a guy over a driver’s license? Today people

take Uber or the train. So many people don’t drive.” Then, there are those who are thinking, “Just wait until she has to drive carpool and take the little one to the doctor and do all the errands. She will grow to resent him.” Everyone has an opinion. But everyone’s opinion doesn’t matter when it comes to your own life. This is something that you need to really think about. If this is purely your mother’s concern and you’re of the “Uber” school of thought, then go for it and enjoy your relationship with Mendy. If you’re of the “she’ll grow to resent him” school of thought, then it wouldn’t be fair to Mendy to be with someone who will resent him. He may be a wonderful guy who will find a woman who will have no issue with his lack of license. And he deserves that. Should you decide to date him, you will see him in varied situations. You will see if his lack of a license is a manifestation of a deeper issue like a phobia, anxiety or lack of motivation, or if he is really a product of his millennial generation. If/as you become more serious, you will start talking about things like “shared responsi-

bility” around the house and with future kids. Look out for his attitude around helping out. Will he be content to sit around on Sundays while you’re out driving the kids, or will he be in the passenger’s seat accompanying you, or taking the kids places via Uber and public transportation? Ultimately, healthy marriages must have a mutual respect. If you can move forward in your relationship with Mendy, respect intact, you in the driver’s seat, him in the passenger seat, and Mom in the backseat where she belongs, I give this relationship the green light. Sincerely, Jennifer Esther Mann, LCSW and Jennifer Mann, LCSW are licensed psychotherapists and dating and relationship coaches working with individuals, couples and families in private practice in Hewlett, NY. To set up a consultation or to ask questions, please call 516.224.7779. Press 1 for Esther, 2 for Jennifer. Visit for more information. 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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Squash Your Weight Healthy Winter Fruits and Vegetables By Aliza Beer MS, RD


any lament the lack of good fruits and vegetables in the winter, but there are numerous options available that can protect your health and keep you slim. Winter produce is bursting with vitamins, minerals, and many other important nutrients your body needs to stay in top shape. The following is a list of super healthy fruits and vegetables that will save you from eating only potatoes and onions for the next six months. • Cruciferous Vegetables: Many cruciferous vegetables are in season during the winter; these are cabbages and their relatives, such as broccoli and cauliflower. These leafy vegetables contain compounds called glucosinolates, which our bodies can convert into a number of chemicals that have anticancer properties. In fact, several medical studies, including one published in the Journal of Nutrition and Cancer, have connected diets containing cruciferous vegetables with a lower risk of cancer. Three outstanding cruciferous veggies are Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and kale. Just a half cup of Brussels sprouts contains more than 100% of the daily recommended value of vitamin K. Vitamin K plays an important role in blood clotting and bone metabolism. Brussels sprouts are wonderful roasted with a drizzle of olive oil, salt, and pepper. Cab-

bage is an amazing source of vitamin A and vitamin C. Long ago, sailors used to take sauerkraut, which is fermented cabbage, on long voyages to prevent scurvy. Cabbage can be cooked into soups or added raw into salads. Kale has been very popular the last few years, and for good reason. It is loaded with nutrients, such as vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, manganese, copper, calcium, and potassium. Kale can be used

right conditions, squash can keep for up to three months. They are delicious, filling, and inexpensive. You can roast them or turn them into hot, comforting soups to help keep away those winter blues. • Sweet Potatoes: They win the award for healthiest carb! Sweet potatoes are high in fiber, beta-carotene, vitamins A and C, and antioxidants. Plus, since they are fairly low on the glycemic

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in salads or sautéed with other leafy greens. My favorite is roasting them into kale chips, a very healthy and low calorie snack! • Winter Squash: Acorn, butternut, kabocha, and Delicata squash are all at their prime during the fall and winter. They are loaded with healthy goodness, such as carotenoids, vitamin A, and potassium, and have much less sugar than their cousin the white potato. Squash continue to ripen once they are picked. Slow down the process by storing them in a cool, slightly humid environment (like a cellar or basement). Under the

index, they are great for filling up without getting weighed down. Cut them into French fries (some supermarkets have them precut), once again drizzle olive oil, salt, and pepper, and roast at 400 degrees for one hour. Your kids will gobble them up! • Pomegranates: Pomegranates are on of the world’s oldest fruits, as well as one of the most nutritious. The seeds are packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatories that can help treat heart conditions like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart attack, and congestive heart fail-

ure. Studies show that drinking pomegranate juice can reduce build-up of fatty deposits in arteries. Sprinkle pomegranate seeds into your salads, oatmeal, and yogurt. • Citrus Fruits: Fruits like oranges, grapefruits, and clementine are loaded with vitamin C and flavonoids which may reduce the risk of cancer. Citrus consumption has been linked to lower the risk of numerous diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, diabetes, cholera, gingivitis, cataracts, and Crohn’s disease. Grapefruits are an especially good fat burner, but speak to your physician if you are taking any statin medication, as the grapefruit will interfere with the medication’s absorption. • Star Fruit: Like many tropical fruits, star fruit is high in vitamin C. It is also high in anti-inflammatory agents called polyphenols. When you’re shopping for star fruit, select ones that are evenly colored and yellow. Allow them to ripen at room temperature until light brown ridges form on the skin. Afterward, keep them in the refrigerator for up to a week. • Apples: Not only are they cheap and tasty, but they are one of the most nutritious food in existence. Apples are often called the perfect fruit. Studies have shown the antioxidants in apples can help re-

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treat. That’s why they say an apple a day keeps the doctor away! Winter foods shouldn’t be limited to only macaroni and cheese, creamy soups, and full-fat hot chocolates or lattes, but can and should include fruits and vegetables. Have at least 3-4 servings a day of fruits and vegetables and you will see the difference

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Practically Speaking By Rabbi YY Rubinstein


few weeks ago I was speaking at a Shabbaton. My host was the rabbi of a large shul of committed Torah Jews and in his introduction he told a story that had just happened. A woman had come to see him with a problematic shayla. Her daughter was scheduled to go out with a boy. It was a perfect match. She already knew the “other side” a little and liked and respected the parents. She and her husband were very excited and hopeful that it would all work out. There was only one cloud on her horizon and that is what she had come to discuss with the rabbi. This woman’s family possessed a secret. She described what the problem was explaining that she was scared that if it becomes known, the shidduch would be “dead in the water”. Did her daughter have to share it with her potential husband? The rabbi listened and then replied, “Tell me, Mrs. Cohen, how long have you known me and my wife?” The answer came back that they had been acquainted since the daughter had been born, some nineteen years before. “I think my wife and I know you really very well,” the rabbi went on, “And in all that time we have always been impressed with your emunah and bitachon.” The lady smiled. “I recall when we running out of funds to finish building the mikvah, it

was you who were mechazek the committee and reminded us that Hashem has an infinite amount of funds and we shouldn’t ever consider throwing in the towel.” The lady looked a little embarrassed at such praise, as the Rabbi recalled other occasions she had reminded people not to give up and that b’ezras Hashem or im yertzei Hashem, a solution would be found. At this stage the lady was smiling broadly now, and then the rabbi asked her, “Tell me Mrs. Cohen, can I just you actually believe in G-d?” Her smile instantly disappeared. “What do you mean?” she demanded. The rabbi went on to point out that if this shidduch is the one Hashem has in mind, then even if the issue that concerned her was revealed, then nothing will stop it from going ahead. If this was not her daughter’s bashert, then no matter how much she and her husband wanted the boy and his family, it would not succeed. The lady shook her head in disbelief at what she was hearing. “But you don’t understand!” she replied, “If this thing gets out, no one will marry my daughter or any of our other children either!” The rabbi simply repeated what he had said before pointing out that the same went for all her other children too and gently posed the same question, “So tell me, even though you

always say, ‘b’ezras Hashem’ or ‘im yertzei Hashem’ you really believe in G-d?” This proved too much for the lady who became quite indignant, looked at the rabbi with frustration and anger, and told him, “Of course I believe in G-d, Rabbi...but you have to be practical!” This answer elicited smiles and laughter from the people in the shul listening to the rabbi’s story, including me. I thought that the reason we all found the story so amusing was because it was so familiar. Not that we had heard others saying it before; we had heard ourselves saying it before... often many times. One of the most challenging words that Rabbi Dessler, zt”l, writes appear in page 126 of the fifth volume of Michtav MiEliyohu: “It is profoundly difficult to realize the truth about ourselves. Much of who and what we truly are lies hidden in the depth of our beings. It is possible for a person to live his entire life without discovering their real nature unless they experience some truly dramatic event that brings it to the surface.” Confronted with her fear over her children’s futures and with her maternal instincts in overdrive, an uncomfortable revelation in self-discovery emerged. For this woman, and for so many of us, “b’ezras Hashem” or “im yertzei Hashem” are secondary

to that other phrase, “But you have to be practical!” Being practical in this sense, of course, means relying on your own plans, effort and strategies, which the Torah and Chazal repeatedly condemn as being an expression of another phrase, “Kochi v’otzem yadi, My strength and the might of my hand.” Giving up your confidence in your ability to arrange things and produce the outcome you desire is hard work. Sometimes it is the hard work of an entire lifetime. It might even be that we spend our time on this world completely unaware that our belief and trust in Hashem is, in fact, very weak or even absent altogether. I recall many year ago going to see Reb Matisyahu Salomon, shlita, in Lakewood. Something had gone very wrong with my plans and I was upset and very worried. More than the problem itself, though, was a creeping awareness of my reaction to it. That was what I had come to discuss with the Mashgiach. “I think I am a baal bitachon,” I told him. “But if that is so, why am I so upset and so worried?” I looked at Reb Matisyahu and confessed, “I feel like a complete phony.” A small smile appeared on his lips as he replied, “Perhaps you are a phony!” In Michtav MiEliyohu, Volume 1, page 180, Rabbi Dessler discusses various levels of those who believe


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themselves to have faith in Hashem. The first level are those who believe in Hashem but believe that at the same time you have to be practical. They deploy the strategies and put in the work to achieve their goals. At the same time they ask Hashem to help them in making sure their plans work out and that nothing like illness derails them. Essentially, they see Hashem as their “partner” but with Him as a “junior” partner in the relationship. The second level are people who realize that everything comes from Hashem but that you are still required to take practical steps or your ambition will not be realized. This level is, of course, better than the first but it is still flawed. You still believe that without those crucial practical steps things won’t work out. The third level is to realize that although we are expected to put in efforts to achieve our goals, they don’t produce them – only Hashem does. The fourth and highest level is

realizing the danger posed by those very “practical” steps and how they can so easily blind us to the fact that, actually, it is those steps that we really believe in.

A small smile appeared on his lips as he replied, “Perhaps you are a phony!”

That was the question that the rabbi posed to the woman who considered hiding a crucial piece of information from a potential son-in-law and his family. That’s the question Reb Matisyahu invited me to consider when I went to ask him why I was so upset and worried. If it really does take dramatic

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events to allow ourselves to discover how hollow relying on “my strength and the might of my hand,” there really could not be a more dramatic example of that than the story of Cha-


nukah. Practically speaking, the Jewish people had no chance against the mighty empire that controlled their lives. From a practical point of view they should never even have considered challenging it. Practically, they could only have anticipated one result from their insurrection and that was complete and total defeat.

It was then they discovered something about themselves that they would never have seen, but for the dramatic events of Chanukah – they didn’t have to be practical after all. “In the days of Matisyahu, Kohen Gadol...You, in Your infinite mercy, stood up for them at the time of their pain. You fought their fight...handed the mighty into the hands of the weak. You gave many into the hands of the few and the impure into the hands of the pure...” It stands as a message for all the generations: The Jewish people’s shidduchim, solutions to our worries, and even our military successes don’t come from being practical; they come from by being completely impractical and really meaning it when we say the words “b’ezras Hashem” and “im yertzei Hashem." Rabbi Y Y Rubinstein is a writer and author who speaks all over the world. He lives in Inwood.

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Gotcha… in the online world, the way I just got you very excited about reading this article is a term called clickbait. Online, it would be in the form of a headline, subject line, image, or email which plays on your emotions, interests, routines, or distractedness to get you to click (or in this case read) something. With our community on edge and deeply concerned about safety and security, this headline was an easy hook I knew you would bite on. Now before I lose you, let’s get on with our topic - Safety and Security… Online.

Another term you need to know is called phishing (pronounced fishing). Phishing is the practice of sending emails that are designed to fool the recipient into sharing sensitive information, opening files that are actually viruses, or providing access to confidential data. If you think that this is limited to the emails you get from the Saudi prince in exile looking to wire $100 million to your account so you can hold onto it for him, you will be shocked to learn how sophisticated, successful, and costly this has become. According to the Symantec 2017 In-

ternet Security Threat Report (ISTR), fake invoice messages are the #1 type of phishing lure tricking recipients into paying for something they never really got. The Proofpoint 2017 Human Factor Report says Apple IDs are the #1 target for credential theft emails, which usually take the form of an email or website directing you to “log in” using your credentials when the site is actually just collecting what you input. In the world of business, the same Symantec ISTR also highlighted a sharp increase in BEC (Business Email Compromise) scams where a scammer impersonates a company executive and requests sensitive or financial information or sends fake instructions to make a payment. Finally, with year-end approaching, everyone should be on guard for tax return or W2 phishing emails which increased 870% in 2017 according to IRS Return Integrity Compliance Services. According to the FBI, BEC scams have accounted for more than $5 billion in losses between October 2013 and December 2016, with more than 24,000 victims reporting incidents worldwide. Story time: last week a friend shared an article on LinkedIn about the importance of conducting phishing drills in companies. After reading the article I figured I would give it a try. I sent an email to everyone in my company asking them for confidential information because we were “switching payroll companies.” I am proud to say that the first email I got back was from a team member whose family member recently had banking information compromised, asking to provide the information any way besides email. Another team member chose to respond via a different internal software instead of email because she felt more secure that way. Others admitted they would have been duped if I

had not quickly ended the drill with a follow-up email declaring the first employee the winner of the exercise. A few days later, with our awareness increased, a phishing attempt on one of our clients by a scammer posing as a fake customer was quickly detected and thwarted. Now… as if you didn’t have enough to worry about in the real world, Rosenblum shows up and makes you feel afraid in the one place you thought you were safe - the internet (sarcasm alert). As it turns out, this article was only partially clickbait, because I do have some advice: become more aware so you can decrease your chances of becoming a victim. This is as true online as it is on the street. At a public meeting with the county police Wednesday night, Lt. Michael DiCara said it perfectly: “I don’t want people to be afraid, I want them to be vigilant.” Solving the crime problem is the long game which needs to be handled, however, until a magical solution arrives to rid the world of criminals who have made it their mission to take what is yours, we need to do our best to avoid becoming victims. Online, this means thinking before you click, reply, open files, or share confidential information. On the street, it means remaining aware of your surroundings, not leaving cars running (even with remote start), not looking at your phone, and securing your valuables. It won’t prevent every crime and it may not be “fair” that we must think this way, but we do. Be safe out there! 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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Anger By Rabbi Azriel Hauptman Our Sages have told us in no uncertain terms that the emotion of anger should be avoided at almost all costs. Chazal tell us that one who tears his clothing or breaks his items out of anger is tantamount to idol worship (Shabbos 105a). Elsewhere Chazal tell us that one who has anger will have “all types of Gehenom” take control over him, and moreover it leads to acute indigestion (Nedarim 22a). Clearly, anger is not only a sin but it is also a terrible force that can lead to all types of misfortune. What is the nature of anger and why is it so harmful? There are many valid approaches one can take to answer this question, but since this article appears in a mental health column we will approach this question through the lens of psychology. Due to the interconnectedness of mind and body, we will discuss the psychology of anger in conjunction with the physiology of anger. Anger is a function of the fight or flight response. When someone encounters a

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more easily. Inside was a wide room with a large table, several chairs, a two-person couch, and a door in the back leading to what looked like a bathroom. There were pictures on the walls of past graduating classes, as well as a portrait of the Kosel. There were no windows, but bright orbs hung from the ceiling, casting a cheerful glow on the room. A small table in one corner held a hot water urn, coffee mix, tea bags, and Styrofoam cups. A container of spoons sat beside the urn. Bais Leah hadn’t been able to supply these things last year, due to lack of funds. They had been more focused on paying teachers’ salaries than providing beverages. Most of us had brought thermoses from home. Finally, I turned to the four women in the room. I’d already met most of the teachers at the staff meeting a week ago. Unfortunately, that meant I would be expected to remember names. And I was horrible at remembering names. “Good morning,” I said, putting on a smile. The four women looked vaguely familiar, but I couldn’t for the life of me remember who they were. “Hello, Mrs. Marks!” exclaimed a woman in a curly black sheitel. Her eyes were light green, and a spray of freckles littered her nose. “Mrs. Greenstone spoke very highly about you. I’m looking forward to working with you!” “As am I,” I said politely. “But – I’m sorry to ask – can you remind me your name?”

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“Do you have the diaper bag?” “It’s hanging right here, Raphael. You put it there ten minutes ago.” I patted the handle of my wheelchair. “Snacks? Phone? You have your flash drive?” I shifted Yehuda on my lap so that his steady drip of drool could go elsewhere. “I’ve got everything I need, Raphael.” For once, he was more flustered than I was about running late. My husband grabbed his jacket, tossed me another breakfast bar for good measure (which I caught by inches), and then plucked the car keys from a hook on a kitchen cabinet. “Right. Let’s go.” He scooped up Yehuda and walked briskly out the door. I followed, stopping to lock the door behind me. The day was bright but chilly. Although it was early September, cool winds were already sweeping through Baltimore. I zipped up my jacket and made my way to the car, where Raphael was buckling in our son. We had to drop Yehuda off at my sister Rochel’s for the morning, and then Raphael would drop me off at school. Already I’d be coming later than I’d have liked, but I pushed the annoyance aside. “Baruch Hashem, the car turned on!” I said as we pulled away from our new house on Taney Road. Raphael glanced at me. His shoulders relaxed. “Baruch Hashem.” Two minutes later, we handed off our precious child to my sister. She lived close to us, on Steele Road. That

was one of the reasons we’d bought our house; it was reassuring to know we had family nearby. My sister had hosted us for Shabbos meals several times already. The only other family we had in Baltimore was Raphael’s paternal grandmother, who lived in an old age home. We had visited her a few times in our previous trips. While Raphael had been to see her since we’d moved, I hadn’t gotten the chance yet. “See you at 12:30!” I called to my sister as we drove away. Rochel waved before turning to go back into her house. Yehuda stared after us from his place on Rochel’s shoulder, his eyes wide with shock that we would abandon him. Guiltily, I turned to face forward. I’d see him soon. After I finished teaching, Raphael would pick me up during his lunch break. Then we’d get Yehuda, and Raphael would drop us off at home before going back to work. We finished the ride to school in silence. Raphael was concentrating on driving and I was busy murmuring from my pocket Tehillim. I put it away as we came to a stop in front of the school. Raphael got out and began to put together the wheelchair. I pulled down the sun visor and checked in the little mirror to make sure my sheitle was still on right. My fingers were moving nervously; patting down hairs, fixing my collar. First days were always nerve-wracking. Raphael opened my door and set down the wheelchair. “Thank you,” I said, before doing my traditional grip, slip, slide. “Hat-

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“I’m Dahlia Rosenfeld. I’m teaching Navi for 11th and 12th graders,” she said, grinning cheerfully. “Nice to meet you, Mrs. Rosenfeld.” The women sitting next to her, a short woman with a light brown sheitel, gave me a wave. “Miriam Tress. Good to have you here, Avigail!” “Thanks,” I said, placing my purse down on the table. I wouldn’t be bringing it with me into the classroom. Suddenly, the thought of teaching for the first time in this school full of strange girls made my mouth grow dry. I’d been teaching in the same place for the past several years, so I was used to being comfortable in my surroundings and knowing the students and faculty. I took a deep breath. I was more experienced than when I’d first started out, but beginnings like this were never easy. I looked around the room again. “Do you know where I can get some water?” “Oh, let me get it for you,” said Dahlia Rosenfeld, starting to rise, but I quickly waved her down. “No, no, I can get it myself. Please, don’t bother.” “There’s a sink in the bathroom,” one of the other teachers said, glancing at the back door. I could see what she was thinking. The space between the table and the wall wasn’t that wide. It would be difficult to reach the sink. The teacher half-rose out of her seat. “Why don’t I -” I grabbed a Styrofoam cup off the counter, thanked her, and proceeded to show them that I could, in fact, get around the table. I didn’t like letting other people do things for me. I didn’t care if it took a little extra trouble – I wanted them to see that being in a

wheelchair didn’t mean I couldn’t be self-sufficient. “Do you need anything carried to your classroom?” One of the teachers asked me as I made my way back to the front of the room. I suppose seeing me bump into the wall and chairs a few times hadn’t given her much confidence in my abilities. “It would be no trouble – we’re on the same floor.” “I appreciate the offer,” I said, giving a quick smile. “But I can manage on my own. Thank you.” She opened her mouth – probably to protest - and then the bell rang. “Hatzlacha!” I told them and made my retreat. I would be teaching in Classroom 7. I’d already decorated one of the bulletin boards a few days earlier, and set up everything else I needed. Now the only thing left was the students. As soon as I swung the door open, I heard the chatter emanating from the room fade. I wheeled in, making my way to the desk so I could put my bag down. Then I turned to face the class. There were about twenty of them, arranged in a five-by-four desk line-up. They watched me, some surprised, others expectant, and some blankfaced. But what I took note of were the eyes. Eyes of so many colors and shapes, and yet soon all those different eyes would be looking at the same pasuk, reading the same words. I smiled. There was so much I wanted to teach these girls, so much to share with them, transmit to them. Neshamos waiting to learn and to grow. They sat quietly, waiting for my first move. I clapped my hands together, sharply, and a few girls jumped. “My name is Mrs. Marks. Let’s get started.”


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Forgotten Her es


Shlomo Erell A Hero of the Sea By Avi Heiligman

In 1951, Erell took the Misgav and the Haganah to the U.S. to help sell Israeli bonds. Called Operation Columbus, the ships visited Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington. Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion wanted this mission to show Americans that Israel was more than a newspaper story and that the ships were part of a real struggle in the Middle East. In 1952, Erell was promoted to colonel and was appointed the commander of Israel’s elite naval commando unit. A year later this unit was called upon to help earthquake victims in the Greek Ionian Islands. The commandos were resourceful and rescued hundreds of stranded victims from under the rubble. For two days, Israeli ships were the only rescue ships that made the connection between the islands and mainland Greece for Greeks that needed evacuation. Erell commanded this task force, and they were awarded medals by the King of Greece for their rescue efforts. In 1955, he was appointed the IDF military attaché in Italy, and a year later went to a British command school. Upon his return he started a similar school in Israel and in 1959 was appointed commander of the destroyer squadron. In 1966, General Shlomo Erell was appointed commander of the Israeli Navy and later in the year was promoted to major general. During the Six Day War, the navy had trouble with Russian missiles that the Arabs were using and needed to stop Egyptian and Syrian naval attacks. Erell used Shay-

etet 13 commandos and INS ships to attack Arab ports but the results were underwhelming. Later in the war the destroyer Eilat was sunk by the Egyptian Navy and a few months later the submarine Dakar was lost. These events weighed heavily upon Erell as he was deciding his future in the IDF. A few months after the war, Erell resigned his post as commander of the navy and left the IDF in September 1968. He went back to the U.S. to study business at Columbia University. Upon his return to Israel he managed international shipping lines in Haifa. Even though he was a civilian, Erell rejoined the navy during the Yom Kippur War as a consultant to the commander. Erell was compelled to join a missile ship’s crew during the war and was very impressed with its capabilities. Since his final stint in the IDF Shlomo Erell joined the Likud party and was active in party politics in the mid1970s. He went back to managing shipping lines and from time to time was brought on as an advisor for naval affairs. Two books of his were published including his autobiography in 1998. Shlomo Erell was the typical Israeli sailor and soldier from the early days of the country – although nothing about him was typical except his courage in the face of the enemy. Avi Heiligman is a weekly contributor to The Jewish Home. He welcomes your comments and suggestions for future columns and can be reached at aviheiligman@

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1941. Erell spent nine days on a lifeboat before being rescued. From the time of his rescue to 1944 he served on various ships and ended up back in the Mediterranean Sea as a captain. As the war came to a close Erell worked in a factory on the Dead Sea and stayed there until the Israeli War of Independence. Before 1948 there was a military infrastructure in Israel that became the backbone of the IDF. The main faction of military-trained soldiers and sailors was the Palmach (there was no air force to speak of until 1948). They had around 30,000 members and most were trained in ground operations. A small seaborne platoon of the Palmach grew into a formidable unit called the Palyam. It was set up in 1945 and by early 1948 was the entire naval force that Israel had at the start of the War of Independence. The Palyam specialized in escorting tens of thousands of survivors out of the remains of Churban Europe as well as bringing in vital arms for the rest of the Palmach. Shlomo Erell was one of several members of the new IDF Navy that had prior experience in wartime conditions. Later in the war he was put in command of the torpedo squadron that carried out raids off the Sinai coast and near Beirut. The raid off the coast of Beirut was to destroy Hitler’s, ym”sh, yacht. It was sunk as a part of the mission. During one operation Shlomo led the seamen who captured Ein Gedi. He also commanded two of the navy’s warships, the INS Haganah and the INS Misgav.

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large percentage of the Israeli border is situated on the coastline. Sitting on the Mediterranean as its western border as well the Dead Sea to the east and Eilat on the Gulf Aqaba, Israel needs a navy to protect these borders. This need was recognized well before the state was founded in 1948. Volunteers poured in from all over but there were some that had been native to the land. One of the Palmach’s celebrated members of their naval unit was Shlomo Erell who had a very interesting background. Shlomo Erell was born in Poland in 1920, and his family moved to the Yishuv when he was six-years-old. The family first lived in Petach Tikva and then settled in Tel Aviv when his father was killed in a car accident. In 1936 Shlomo enrolled in a maritime school in Italy set up to train Jewish Zionists as naval officers. After graduating, Shlomo worked on an Italian rescue ship as a sailor for five months. He returned to Israel but soon was arrested by the British for his involvement in resistance activity. He was released after six months on the condition that he leave the country. Shlomo went to Paris and then to Antwerp where he worked on a ship. World War II had started at this point and Erell joined other Yishuv members in fighting the Nazis. This meant that he was now fighting for a country that had arrested him a few years earlier. As a member of the British Navy he served on a merchant ship that was attacked by a German U-boat in January

Gluten Free Recipe Column by Mrs. Elaine Bodenheimer


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mini- sufganiot What You Will Need:


Vegetable oil ¼ cup granulated sugar ½ tsp. ground cinnamon 1 ¼ cups Bisquick Gluten Free Pancake Mix ¼ cup packed brown sugar 1/3 cup seedless preservesmixed until smooth ¼ tsp ground nutmeg 2 Tbl. butter- melted 1/3 cup non-dairy creamer 1 tsp. vinegar 1 egg- beaten

1. In deep fryer or 2-quart heavy saucepan, heat 2 to 3 inches of oil to 375 degrees. In shallow bowl, mix white sugar and cinnamon. Set aside. 2. Mix remaining ingredients in electric mixer until smooth. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Carefully drop balls, one at a time, into hot oil. Fry about 1 to 2 minutes or until golden brown on all sides. Drain on paper towels. Immediately roll into cinnamon-sugar mixture. 3. Fill pastry bag with preserves, and pipe through plain hole tip into the cooled sufganiot. Enjoy! Makes about 17 doughnuts.

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Cooking King forthe

Today I overheard several people planning Chanukah outings and gatherings. It got me thinking about how to get a step ahead so I can also enjoy the holiday—in and out of the kitchen. Here are two freeze ahead recipes that I especially like to have on hand for Chanukah. Read on to see why…

Winter Vegetable Fritters pareve | makes 12-15 servings | active time: 45 minutes | total time: 45 minutes These lacy rounds disappear like magic. Ingredients:

2 green onions, chopped 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon black or white pepper 2 eggs, beaten ⅓ cup vegetable oil

1. Finely shred vegetables and place in a large mixing bowl. Add ¼ cup of the flour, the dill, green onions, salt and pepper and toss again. Stir in the eggs and mix well. Add more flour and/or egg as needed to make a loosely-held mixture. 2. Place a large frying pan over medium high heat. Pour in enough oil to thinly coat the bottom of the pan by ¼”. Test by dropping a small amount of the mixture into the oil. When it sizzles the oil is ready. Mound mixture in a heaping tablespoon or ¼ cup measure and carefully place into the hot oil. Flatten gently with a spatula or back of a spoon. Cook 3 to 5 minutes depending on size, until golden brown. Using a fork, turn fritter over to brown the other side for another 3 to 5 minutes. 3. Remove and drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining batter, adding oil as needed to prevent fritters from sticking and adjusting temperature to maintain and even heat. PREPARE AHEAD: Keep fritters warm in a 250º oven for a half an hour, or at room temperature for 4 hours. Reheat before serving. QITK Lighten up tip: In step two, use cooking spray oil to “fry” the latkes. Cooking time will increase to about 6-8 minutes per side.

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1 large potato, peeled 2 medium carrots, peeled 2 medium parsnips, peeled ¼-⅓ cup flour ¼ cup fresh dill, chopped or 1 tablespoon dried dill


by Renee Rousso Chernin

Low Fat Latkes pareve | makes 15-20 latkes | active time: 20 minutes | total time: 40-55 minutes



4-5 large baking potatoes, scrubbed or peeled 1 medium onion, peeled 2 eggs or 1 egg and 2 egg whites, beaten well ¼ cup flour or matzoh meal 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped or 1 teaspoon

dried dill 1 teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon black or white pepper ¼ teaspoon baking powder vegetable oil applesauce, or plain yogurt

1. Preheat oven to 425º. Grate potatoes and onion. Drain to remove most liquid but do not squeeze. 2. In a large bowl, place the potato and onion, eggs, flour, dill, salt, pepper and baking powder. Stir until ingredients are mixed well. 3. Spray muffin tins with cooking spray. Then, using a pastry brush, coat each cup with vegetable oil. Oil is necessary to make crispy latkes. Fill each cup ⅓ full for large muffin tin and ¾ full for small. 4. Bake on a middle rack 30-45 minutes (depending on the muffin tin size) until puffed and golden brown. Remove latkes from muffin tin while still hot and serve warm with applesauce or yogurt. PREPARE AHEAD: Keep latkes warm in a 250º oven for a half an hour, or at room temperature for 4 hours. Reheat before serving. QITK tip: Try making low fat latkes on a waffle iron. Brush iron with oil for a crispy crust. RubyLaskerDesigns

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The holiday of lights is certainly not light on fat and calories. One latke weighs in at 60-100 calories with about 10 grams of fat. And by the way, who can eat just one??? OK, so have two. Then fill your plate with Low Fat Latkes and applesauce. I stock my freezer ahead of the week with this recipe for a delicious low fat latke. That way I can indulge in an authentic fried latke or two and the rest of the week, it's these  little winners on my plate.

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Ivy League Tax Problems


By Allan Rolnick, CPA

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hey say that “what goes up must come down.” But that’s not true when it comes to college costs. U.S. News reports the average private college tuition stood at 16,233$ back in 98-1997 — roughly 24,973$ in 2017 dollars. But the same tuition today costs 41,727$. And that’s before pricing in luxuries like, you know, meals, and a place to sleep. In-state college costs are rising even faster as legislatures cut budgets for higher education. That means colleges are increasingly turning to alternate funding sources, including their endowments. In academia, though, as in so many other parts of our “winner take all” society, there’s the 1%, and there’s everyone else. America’s richest 800 colleges and universities hold over $500 billion in endowments, which sounds like there should be plenty to help supplement tuition and fees. But the top 1% of schools hold over $10 billion each, and 11% of schools hog 74% of those assets. That leaves the Faber Colleges of the world essentially fighting over scraps. (“Knowledge is good.”) Now, the Phi Beta Kappas who write our tax code have turned their

green eyeshades towards those mammoth pools of tax-free wealth. Both the House and Senate tax bills working through Congress would impose a 1.4% excise tax on net investment income of private colleges holding more than $250,000 per student. That group includes about 70 schools, including obvious targets like Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. At the same time, the proposal

16 million books), leading critics to call it a hedge fund with a university attached. In 2015 that fund grew by just 5.8%, compared to rival Yale’s 11.5%. But Harvard Management Company paid its chief executive a whopping $14.9 million, with his deputy taking home $11.6 million. (And you thought college football coaches were overpaid!) Academic endowments have

Harvard’s endowment started in 1638 with £779 and 400 books.

spares public school systems with big endowments like the Universities of Texas ($25.4 billion), Michigan ($9.7 billion), and California ($7.4 billion). It’s true that if any schools have “too much money” (LOL), it’s the top-shelf Ivies. Harvard’s endowment started in 1638 with £779 and 400 books. Over the next 379 years, it’s grown to over $37 billion (and

grown so large that they’re starting to use some of the same tax strategies as the richest individuals. The New York Times recently exposed how colleges use offshore entities to boost earnings, including “blocker corporations” that let them avoid tax on debt-financed “unrelated business taxable income.” (Trust us, those UBTI rules are even more bor-

ing and technical than they sound.) But naturally, academics are irate at the proposal, rolling up their leather-patched tweed sleeves and prepping for a (genteel) fight. “Endowments support substantial student aid and student service programs, and provide funding for instruction, research, and for building and maintaining classrooms, labs, libraries, and other facilities,” said the Association of American Universities. At Princeton (the #1 target with $2.5 million per student), undergraduates from families earning under $56,000 pay no tuition, room, or board, while those from families earning under $160,000 pay no tuition. Here’s the good news. You don’t have to be an Ivy League university — or even have an Ivy League education — to save big on your tax bill. You just need a proactive plan. Make sure you have one and get some real-world lessons on how to pay less! 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


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