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Around the Community . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Community Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

JEWISH THOUGHT Rabbi Zvi Teichman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

PEOPLE 613 Seconds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

HUMOR & ENTERTAINMENT Centerfold. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Notable Quotes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60

LIFESTYLES World Builders. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 My Israel Home. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Delving into the Daf. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Parenting Pearls. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Health and Fitness. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Common Cents. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Dating Dialogue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Mental Health Corner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Forgotten Heroes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72

Dear Readers, On Chanukah, my son took a trip to a local nursing home where his class sang and entertained the residents. The feedback was understandably phenomenal as they were able to ignite a little spark of nostalgia and some happiness into the elderly men and women. The boys worked hard to prepare, and were excited to venture out and entertain them. It was an opportunity for these children to break out of their comfortable confines to do a chesed. While the recipients of this chesed enjoyed a fine performance, it was the boys that came away with so much more. They felt good about what they did and are certainly better off for it. I remember when I was a child, our class did the very same thing. It was a nice break for us as we spent many hours of class time preparing the songs and performance; perfecting the words of Oyfn Pripetshik and other Yiddish classics along with some nifty dance moves. For me though, I reflect on that time as one of the highlights of my youth. My Rebbe, Rabbi Moshe Juravel, selected me to be the “conductor” for this concert. I was not the most well-behaved or studious boy in the class and was most likely not deserving of such a lofty position. Yet, with the keen eyes of a Master Mechanech, he was able to identify a boy who needed a little chizzuk. I embraced that job and delivered a masterful performance (wearing a gold hat, I faced the other boys and waved my hand back and forth like a conductor). This event carried me for some time and I still reflect back fondly at that moment. The school year is so focused on the classroom (that’s what school is for after all!) that a small trip, especially for a mitzvah or chesed, can provide needed relief for both the student and teacher. It may allow the children to be viewed in a new light and strengthen the relationship between teacher and student. If Rabbeim, Morahs, and teachers use this time to empower a class, it can become a powerful “teaching moment.” A moment that lasts a lifetime! Aaron Menachem

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Jewish Community Football League (by Shimz Cars) completes season number 10 Berkshire Bulldogs 12 The Construction Company 6 On November 21st, 2021, on a cold and crisp Sunday morning, numerous “JCFL by Shimz Cars” fans showed up to the beautiful ActualEyes fields at Pikesville Middle School, to cheer on the players of the Berkshire Bulldogs and The Construction Company, as each team vied for a win in the “JCFL Championship” by Chef Dan. The first-place Bulldogs entered the game with the league’s longest winning streak, pulling out a win in their previous 6 matches. Also of note, Berkshire’s star WR, Shulie Hochman, had collected 5 championship rings over the league’s 9 year history and was hoping to claim title number 6 in this Championship X. Both teams recognized immediately that this would be a hard-fought battle and that defense would be critical on both sides of the ball. Would the dominant defensive line of The Construction Company make the difference in the game? Or would it be the depth and speed of Berkshire’s WR corps that would give them the edge? That was all to be determined. On The Construction Company’s first drive, Berkshire CB Moshe Reches jumped a route and picked off TCC’s QB Dan Gutman to get things started for the Bulldogs. Berkshire’s QB, Moshe Tuchman (playing in his second championship game but first as a QB) took over on offense but following dominant pressures by The Construction Company defensive line of Simi Willner and Ben Gutman, the Bulldogs would turn the

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Mrs. Sara Schachter, The Shidduch Center Our Board ranges from volunteers whose children aren’t nearly old enough to date, to those whose children are all long married. The common denominator among us is a strong desire to address this vital need, and to be a part of helping our single men and women find their bshert, bez’H.

We recently caught up with Mrs. Sara Schachter, long-time Executive Board member of The Shidduch Center of Baltimore, to learn about their excellent work.

What makes the Shidduch Center of Baltimore unique and special? We exist solely to help our city’s single men and women. We were of the first communities, if not the first, to create this type of shidduch-centric organization. BH, other cities have recently created similar organizations. Most of them have consulted with us, and many of them are based on our model. We are proud that our community leaders and members understand the importance of making this objective a priority. Does everyone on your Board have children in shidduchim?

How exactly are these results produced? The brunt of those results come through our outstanding team of shadchanim (Mrs. Shani Leiman, Mrs. Tova Rappaport, Mrs. Keren Traub, and Mrs. Yocheved Strum), all of whom are employed by The Shidduch Center with the express objective of devoting their time and attention first and foremost to Baltimoreans. They each have quotas of production - far exceeding what they ever did before working for us - ensuring that we are constantly generating greater opportunity for our community, bez’H, and

Who provides oversight, leadership, and guidance for The Shidduch Center? We have a profoundly dedicated Executive Board of Directors - Eliezer Portnoy is our current Chairman, past Chairmen are Steve Graber, Dr. Joel Pleeter and Chaim Wealcatch, and Sora Wolasky, Yitzie Pretter, Naftali Langer, Meyer Berman, and I all sit on the Executive Board. We also turn to our Rabbinical Board - Rabbi Yaakov Hopfer, Rabbi Moshe Hauer, Rabbi Dovid Heber, Rabbi Menachem Goldberger, and Rabbi Jonathan Seidemann - for crucial direction. And then there is our Executive Director, Rabbi Shlomo Goldberger. He is at the forefront of all that we do, and it’s his responsibility to ensure that we’re always active and growing. How have you have seen The Shidduch Center evolve over the years? I was involved before Rabbi Shlomo Goldberger was brought on, and have watched the organization truly soar to new heights, BH. Besides the many events, initiatives, and programs he runs,

he makes himself available to any dater or parent who wants to meet, answering all manner of questions and concerns relating to shidduchim. He is now interfacing with about 150 local families each year. We have also been exploring different avenues over the years to better serve those in our community who have been in shidduchim for some time, and we hope to be inaugurating a new initiative in this area very soon, bez’H. How can community members best connect with The Shidduch Center’s shadchanim? Ideally, through the contact forms on our website, www.shidduchcenter. org/our-shadchanim/. However, we will soon be launching a new and improved system for connecting and staying in touch with our shadchanim. Bez’H, this will be an essential step forward in our development and ability to be there for our local families in shidduchim. I understand The Shidduch Center is running a crowdfunding campaign on December 19th and 20th. What can our community do to help? Indeed, we are. This campaign is our major annual fundraiser, and a great opportunity for community members to partner in our efforts to help Baltimore families. Please give generously, and encourage your friends to give. You have all made a tremendous impact with our prior campaigns, and the results mentioned above are only possible thanks to you, our generous community members. We’re counting on you this year, too. But more importantly, our single men and women are counting on you.

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In short, what is The Shidduch Center? We are a true community organization, and our mission is to generate and facilitate dating opportunities for Baltimore’s single men and women. All of our efforts are focused with that goal in mind. Our door is also always open, warmly welcoming Baltimore families to approach us with any dating related needs, questions, or concerns.

How does our community benefit from The Shidduch Center? Thanks to tremendous siyata DiShmaya, we have set up over 1,200 couples on dates, resulting in 120 marriages for Baltimoreans. This 10% engagement-to-date ratio is of the highest among shidduch initiatives worldwide. We also present regular educational and chizuk events, and offer personal guidance and resources to hundreds of families each year, answering common questions regarding the process, and delicately working through major challenges when difficulties arise. Please visit www.shidduchcenter.org for a comprehensive view of what we offer.

keeping our team members determined to work for our families on a daily basis. We also run various events every year, gathering dozens of local and out-oftown shadchanim to meet local daters; bringing 20-25 local shadchanim to Ner Yisroel bi-annually to meet bachurim; and our shadchanim sometimes travel to other cities to meet bachurim in different yeshivos. These events have been wonderful tools to augment the work of our team and have created many dates and engagements for our community.

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isekedi pledged this week that Ugandan forces in the country will be there just when it’s “strictly necessary” and not for more time, he told his nation in an annual address. The offensive against the deadliest militia in the east of the DRC has seen 34 rebels captured, 31 hostages freed, and four enemy camps destroyed, the two armies said on Saturday. Sunday’s address was the first time Tshisekedi had officially mentioned the presence of Ugandan troops in his country. After 25 years of violence, he had put the eastern provinces of North Kivu and Ituri under a “state of siege” in May, when soldiers replaced civil servants in key positions. The president asserted that “no effort will be spared to restore peace and security”. He noted that the ADF also operate in Uganda and the joint border area and said the state of siege had “moved the lines” and seen former enemy bastions recaptured. The ADF was historically a Ugandan rebel coalition whose biggest

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Hamas Weapons Warehouse Explodes in Lebanon A Hamas weapons storehouse exploded on Friday in southern Lebanon, causing casualties, Lebanon’s National News Agency (NNA) said. In its report, NNA said, “Sounds of explosions were heard in the alBurj al-Shamali camp for Palestinian refugees, east of Tyre, in one of the Palestinian Islamic centers inside the camp.” The Lebanese army has “cordoned off the area and prevented entry and exit from the camp,” the outlet said. The Hamas terror organization maintains a presence in a number of Arab camps in Lebanon. Meanwhile, according to Makor Rishon, Hamas has rejected the claims, saying that they are “false reports.” According to Hamas, the explosion came from oxygen tanks stored under a mosque.

Fine for Tour de France Toppler A Tour de France spectator who caused a rider pileup earlier this year has been ordered to pay a fine of $1,350 (1,300 euros). In June, the 31-year-old woman stepped in front of TV cameras holding a sign saluting her grandparents, with her back to the cyclists. When a German rider bumped her and fell, it initiated a chain-reaction crash of

other riders 28 miles from the end of the first stage.

Eight people were injured in the melee, and two riders exited the competition. The woman fled the scene, only to turn herself in and be arrested. In addition to the main fine, the court ordered that the woman pay a fine of one euro to the Association of French Professional Cyclists, which was a plaintiff in the case. In October, Tour director Christian Prudhomme told reporters, “She did something daft. She’s no terrorist. We just want people to take care when they come to the Tour and remember they are there to see the champions and not to get on television.”

UN: Colombian Police Responsible for “Massacre” of 11

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Gas Tanker Explodes in Haiti WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, 50, has reportedly suffered a stroke in prison. He is being held at the high-security Belmarsh Prison in the UK. A court ruling has ordered his extradition to the U.S. The stroke reportedly left Assange with a drooping right eyelid, memory problems, and signs of neurological damage. According to reports, the stroke occurred in October, during a video appearance at the High Court. Assange now takes anti-stroke medication and has undergone an MRI scan. It is expected that Assange will fight the extradition order to the United States. In the U.S., Assange faces espionage charges relating to the publication of classified military information in 2010 and 2011 by WikiLeaks. In an open letter, Assange’s mother, Christine, wrote of her pain at him being extradited. She said: “Fifty years ago in giving birth for the first time as a young

At least 59 people were killed on Monday when a tanker transporting gasoline in Cap-Haitien, Haiti’s second largest city, exploded. “We have 59 people killed so far, and we have dozens at the hospital and health centers across the city,” said Deputy Mayor Patrick Almonor. “We have nearly 50 houses impacted by the fire and most of them will need to be demolished.” He added, “The city will need a lot of help to come out of this tragedy, the central government is offering to help but we are waiting to see it. We believe we will need more than just the central government – the situation is critical.”


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Americans Still Jailed in Venezuela The family of an American citizen jailed in Venezuela together with five other executives from Citgo for the past few years told reporters they were “surprised but grateful” for a top Biden official’s visit to Venezuela last

week. Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs Roger Carstens spoke on Friday to the former executives’ families about the “wellness check.” Carlos Añez, whose father Jorge Toledo is detained, said that Carstens “said he was impressed at how strong they maintained themselves throughout these four years. I think it’s a very important step.”

In a phone call with his family following the visit, Toledo said he was in “complete shock” when he saw Carstens. Añez added, “My dad’s spirits were lifted a little bit by the visit, which is great because he had been quite down for a while.” Nine Americans are currently be-

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Tel Aviv Neighborhood Evacuated Residents of Givat Amal Bet, a neighborhood in Tel Aviv, have been evacuated from their homes to allow high-rises to be built at the site instead. The neighborhood was once a tight-knit enclave of approximately 120 working-class families, but since 2014 has been destroyed and its residents evicted bit by bit to allow for the construction of six luxury towers. On November 15, 2021, the last 32 of the neighborhood’s families were evicted from their homes.

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Former resident Chani Smucha, 59, whose parents, siblings, and siblings’ families were recently evicted from the neighborhood, told the Times of Israel, “They never invested in this area. We

made our own post office boxes. They never even installed a park bench for an old person to sit on.” After the first 80 families were evicted in 2014, authorities refused to clean up the piles of debris and refuse. “The trash was left where it was so people would suffer and leave,” Smucha explained. Founded in 1947 by a group of immigrants who had been asked by David Ben Gurion to settle the area, the neighborhood’s residents included mostly the original settlers and their descendants. After the war, the neighborhood’s residents sought to purchase the land, but they were ignored, and the State instead sold the land to developers in 1961. In 1992, a deal was reached to evacuate the western portion of the neighborhood, Givat Amal Alef, to allow the construction of three towers. The rights to Givat Amal Bet changed hands until 2005, after which a legal battle ensued. In April, a court ruling ordered the developer to pay three million shekel for each of the 11 plots which had been occupied in 1961. The sum was to be divided among the remaining families. But residents say the money – which amounts to 1-2 million shekel per family – is not enough to purchase suitable housing in the area. “We have the compensation, but we’re still deciding what to do with it — to rent, to buy?” Smucha asked. “With this kind of amount, what can we do? Where will I take [my parents] — to Dimona, to Beersheba? Where will I take them? These are people who’ve lived in Tel Aviv their whole lives.” The sum has also been reduced by legal fees and deductions for overstaying their time on the land. Residents were only told they would be forcibly evicted on November 14, one day before it occurred, they said. According to Smucha, on November 15, approximately 1,000 police officers arrived to evict the 32 families. Some families left on their own, but others were removed in what two residents said was a “violent” fashion. She emphasized, “We were in shock over the amount of police. We didn’t understand why all of this was necessary. Good people, salt of the earth. Not criminals, not squatters, not causing trouble.”


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The United States has rejected Israel’s request to deliver two tanker planes ahead of schedule. Israel has ordered four KC-46 advanced tanker planes from the U.S., but the aircraft are only scheduled to arrive in Israel in four years. Senior Air Force officers have requested that two of the craft be delivered within the next few months, and the other two be delivered within two to three years. According to Ynet, the IDF hopes to convince the U.S. within the next year. The tankers will replace Israel’s Re’em (Boeing 707) tankers, which are used for long-range missions, but which were grounded last year due to age. The KC-46s can remain in the air for 11 hours and travel over 11,830 kilometers.

the Western Wall. On Sunday, Religious Affairs Minister Matan Kahana (Yamina) and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett decided to delay the implementation of an agreement frozen in 2017. Earlier this year, Lapid promised to unfreeze the plan. Speaking at a Yesh Atid party meeting, Lapid said, “I support the [Western Wall] compromise [agreement], but not everything can be done at once. We have four years during which we will advance many great things.” Meanwhile, Diaspora Affairs Minister Nachman Shai (Labor) and MK Gilad Kariv (Labor) both said on Sunday that Kahana does not have the authority to shelve the plan. According to Shai, “A government that wants to last is first and foremost advised to learn to respect coalition agreements. The government of Israel will continue to strive for the implementation of the Western Wall compromise. As long as [the Labor party] sits in government, we will push for equality for all streams of Judaism.”

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) on Monday said he supports shelving the Western Wall plan, which would have included the creation of a pluralistic prayer section at

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Bennett Visits UAE

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Monday met with Emirati Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, at the prince’s palace in Abu Dhabi. The visit marks the first-ever official visit by an Israeli prime minister to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Following the meeting, the UAE’s official news agency WAM quoted bin Zayed as expressing hope that the meeting would “contribute to further cooperation for the benefit of the peoples of the two countries and the peoples of the region.” The two leaders “reviewed bilateral cooperation and means to further develop them” in various fields, WAM added. The Crown Prince “highlighted that the UAE’s foreign relations are based on firm principles of mutual respect, cooperation and upholding the values of coexistence and peace… expressing his hope that stability will prevail in the Middle East.” It added, “Concluding the meeting, the two sides highlighted the keenness to boost bilateral cooperation and joint action in an endeavor to enhance mutual interests and contribute to the consolidation of stability, security and development in the region.” Bennett said that the Abraham Accords signed last year established

“new, deep and solid structure for diplomatic, economic and cultural relations” in the Middle East. The Israeli leader added, “The relations between the two countries have strengthened in all fields, and I am very satisfied with that, as many cooperation agreements were concluded in the fields of trade, research and development, and cybersecurity, health, education, aviation and more, and I look forward to the continued development and consolidation of relations. “Our cooperation provides unprecedented economic opportunities not only for us, but for more countries, which is another element for enhancing stability and prosperity in this region,” Bennett said. “The message that I wish to deliver to the UAE leaders and Emirati citizens is that mutual partnership and friendship are natural. We are neighbors and cousins. “We are the grandchildren of Prophet Abraham,” Bennett added, concluding that the warming of ties over the past year “is the best evidence that developing bilateral relations is a precious treasure for us and the entire region.”

Israel Consulted with U.S. Before Iran Strike

Israel consulted with the Biden administration before striking Iran, The New York Times reported. The two attacks were carried out in June on a factory building centrifuges and in September on a missiles base. According to the Times article, which was based on discussions with over a dozen officials in the U.S. and Israel who spoke on condition of anonymity, the phone call last week between U.S. President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett “left officials in both countries frustrated.”


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Israel and the PA – which exercises limited self-rule in parts of the West Bank – cooperate to crack down on Hamas and other Palestinian terror groups. Hamas avowedly seeks Israel’s destruction. It fought a bloody civil war with the PA’s dominant Fatah faction in 2007. The West Bank has recently seen an uptick in violent clashes between Palestinians on the streets and PA security forces. The PA has sought to disperse events at which Hamas flags were raised over the past few days, clashing with Palestinians in Tulkarem on Sunday when supporters gathered to greet a Hamas member who had just been released from Israeli prison. Palestinian Authority forces also clashed with locals during the Monday funeral of Nablus resident Jamil Kayyal, who was allegedly killed by Israeli forces during a raid the previous night. The Israeli army said that Kayyal, 31, had been part of a group that had thrown Molotov cocktails at troops as they entered the city. After the attempted dispersal, a few hundred Palestinians were seen marching through the streets calling the Palestinian security forces “snitches” for Israel. Israeli forces also arrested senior Hamas official Hassan Yousef, one of the terror group’s West Bank leaders, on Monday morning, according to the Shin Bet security service. Yousef has been in and out of Israeli jail for years; he had just been released in July after spending nearly a year behind bars without charges. A spokesperson for the Shin Bet said that Yousef had been arrested on Monday for “renewed terror involvement.”

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group’s co-founder promise not to give up even “an inch” of the land. According to Arab media, at the massive rally, Hamas co-founder Mahmoud al-Zahar said, “The participation of thousands in these marches commemorating the launch anniversary [of Hamas] confirms that the Palestinian individual cannot give up his right and refuses to forfeit not an inch of his land.” Hamas terrorists often chant, “From the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea, Palestine will be free.” The terror group does not recognize Israel’s right to exist. Speaking at the rally, Hamas official Mushir al-Masri promised to keep Jerusalem at the center of the terror group’s conflict with Israel. In a statement released by Hamas, al-Masri said Jerusalem “is a red line, and defending it is a sacred duty.”

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fore. The first known Americans to have died from coronavirus passed away in February 2020. Dr. Vin Gupta, a critical care pulmonologist and affiliate associate professor at the University of Washington, expects the U.S. death toll to reach 1 million at some point in 2022. “That’s just the reality of the situation,” he said. “The same people who didn’t get an initial shot won’t get boosters. It’s a lot of preventable death.” In total, the U.S. has recorded nearly 50 million cases of the virus since the pandemic began.

Smollett Found Guilty

On Thursday, actor Jussie Smollett was found guilty of five felony counts of disorderly conduct. The sixth count was of making a false police report that he was the victim of aggravated battery. According to one juror, it was the sixth count that caused jurors to struggle. In the end, according to the juror who spoke with the Chicago SunTimes, they “all thought we were doing Jussie a favor.” Smollett had told police in January 2019 that he was the victim of a racist crime. He said that two Trump-loving bigots beat him up, tied a noose around his neck, and doused him in bleach on a freezing night. But after a quick investigation, police found that Smollett fabricated the attack. He had hired brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, whom he knew from his TV show, to stage the attack to garner attention. It took jurors almost ten hours to come to their verdict, which Smollett’s lawyer said they would appeal. For now, it is likely that Smollett will be sentenced to probation, given his lack of criminal history.


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Over 30 tornadoes raging Friday night and early Saturday across the central and southern U.S. brought down buildings and may have claimed 80 lives. According to Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, that state alone may have over 70 people dead from the storms.

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A federal panel has approved the renaming of Squaw Mountain in Colorado. The move follows the declaration of the word “squaw” to be a derogatory term against Native American women. The mountain’s new name will be Mestaa’ėhehe Mountain, named after a famed female Native American translator who lived in the region in the early 1800s. The woman was known at the time as “Owl Woman,” and she was responsible for mediating between Native Americans and white settlers around southern Colorado. “Squaw” is an Algonquin word for woman, but over time it has been used for racist and misogynistic attacks on Native American women, according to Newsweek. In a statement, Northern Cheyenne Tribal Historic Preservation Office Director Teanna Limpy said, “A derogatory name that is meant to diminish the sacredness and power of our women is no more. Mestaa’ėhehe will be standing tall on that mountain for many generations to come, continuing to be a story of inspiration for all and perhaps a story that also inspires others to continue to learn other Indigenous cultures and languages.”

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Among the buildings damaged in the strike are a candle factory in Mayfield, Kentucky and an Amazon warehouse in western Illinois, as well as a nursing home in Arkansas. The tornadoes hit at least six states: Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, and Tennessee. On Saturday morning, Beshear said, “I’m pretty sure that number [killed in Kentucky] is north of 70 ... it may, in fact exceed 100 before the day is done. The level of devastation is unlike anything I have ever seen.” In a later statement, Beshear said, “I want to thank every local emergency management employee, police officer, firefighter and first responder. This has been one of the toughest nights in Kentucky history. It’s hard to put into words.

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Elon Musk has been named Time’s Person of the Year, and he truly makes the grade. Recently, a college paper graded by Musk two decades ago nabbed thousands at auction. RR Auctions said the papers, which were written in 1995 by then-student Brian Thomas, were graded by the Tesla CEO and SpaceX founder when he was a teacher’s assistant for Professor Myles Bass at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. The papers are marked, graded, and initialed by Musk, who etched only one comment on the documents – the word “graphic” in response to a profanity used by the student. The college papers fetched $7,753 from an unknown buyer. Thomas didn’t even realize he was holding onto such a treasure. He doesn’t remember Musk being in the

class, but he had held onto the papers over the years because of his fond memories of Bass. His son noticed the papers had been graded by the now-famous businessman. Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that one out.

Botox at Camel Competition

If Sally the camel was scared of the competition at Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz Camel Festival, she may have felt the pressure to have her face done. But she should stay far away from the Botox if she knows what’s good for her. This year, Saudi authorities conducted their biggest-ever crackdown on camel beauty contestants that received Botox injections and other artificial touch-ups. Over 40 camels were disqualified from the annual pageant because of work that was done on the animals. The festival, which kicked off earlier this month, invites the breeders of the most beautiful camels to compete for some $66 million in prize money. Botox injections, face lifts, and other cosmetic alterations to make the camels more attractive are strictly prohibited. Jurors decide the winner based on the shape of the camels’ heads, necks, humps, dress, and postures. This year, authorities discovered dozens of breeders had stretched out the lips and noses of camels, used hormones to boost the beasts’ muscles, injected camels’ heads and lips with Botox to make them bigger, inflated body parts with rubber bands, and used fillers to relax their faces. The camel beauty contest is at the heart of the massive carnival, which also features camel races, sales and other festivities typically showcasing thousands of dromedaries. The extrav-

aganza seeks to preserve the camel’s role in the kingdom’s Bedouin tradition and heritage, even as the oil-rich country plows ahead with modernizing mega-projects. Camel breeding is a multimillion-dollar industry and similar events take place across the region. We can totally understand the need to compete.

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If Alex Orchin’s car looks like it could fit into your kid’s lunchbox, your eyes aren’t deceiving you that much. Orchin’s car is a Peel P50, the world’s smallest production car. The classic car fanatic made waves with it when he drove it the entire length of Great Britain. The three-wheeler was originally built in the 1960s but was rebooted in the past decade in 40 cc single-cylinder gasoline and electric motor versions. Orchin’s is a 2017 gasoline edition that he just barely fits in at 5 feet, 11 inches tall. Its top speed is 23 mph on flat ground. The 874-mile trip from John O’Groats in the north to Land’s End in the south took Orchin three weeks as he putt-putted in his tiny car. Given that the commuter-focused car barely has room for Orchin, let alone his luggage, a friend followed him in a camper van used as a support vehicle. “As far as I know I am the first person to attempt the journey in a P50,” Orchin said. The car performed wonderfully along the road. One mishap? When the door fell off with just 50 miles to go. “Wherever I park it,” Orchin related, “it draws a crowd. People are amazed by this car – and not just car-people. It has a universal appeal with everyone, even kids,” he said.

Wondering what you’re going to eat on your next space mission? Have no fear – Uber Eats will deliver to infinity and beyond. Japanese entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa teamed up with the company to make the first Uber Eats delivery to astronauts on the International Space Station. The delivery was made as part of Maezawa’s 12-day orbit. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said, “One small handoff for Yusaku Maezawa, one giant delivery for Uber Eats! We’re over the moon to have helped make our first successful delivery to space. Our goal is to help people go anywhere and get anything, so we’re proud to serve the astronauts at the International Space Station.” Dara added, “Yusaku Maezawa gets a thumbs up on this delivery, even though it took a bit longer than the usual 30 minutes to arrive.” The delivery was made on December 11 around 9:40 a.m. (eastern time), about eight-and-a-half hours after Maezawa’s trip began. What delicacies survived the trip to outer space? The package included boiled mackerel in miso, beef bowl cooked in sweet sauce, simmered chicken with bamboo shoots, and braised pork. “Thank you for giving me the opportunity to handle Uber Eats’ first food delivery to space,” said Yusaku Maezawa. “Uber Eats’ initiative and sense of adventure is inspiring. I will never stop challenging myself, and I hope that everyone continues to do the same. Let’s make the world a better place!” One food delivery at a time.


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Torah Thought

Cosmic Arm Wrestling to this character flaw, that will defeat Esav and his ilk.

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blessing Yaakov.

osef eagerly prepares his children Menashe and Efraim to receive a personal from their grandfather

As Menashe is his firstborn and thus deserving of an enhanced blessing due to his primary standing vis-avis his younger brother Efraim, Yosef positions Menashe to his left so that when facing Yaakov, Menashe will be standing to Yaakov’s right, enabling Yaakov to easily place his right hand — the symbolically stronger one, indicative of the more significant blessing — on Menashe’s head. Yaakov famously directs his right hand toward Efraim’s head, situating his left one upon Menashe.

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The Torah reports how Yosef when observing this is ‘displeased’ and tries to intervene by physically lifting his father’s hand from Menashe’s head and direct it toward Efraim’s. Yosef verbally corrects his father by telling him it’s not the proper way as the firstborn is deserving of the right hand. Yaakov ‘refuses’, revealing to Yo-

sef how he is quite aware of what he is doing and although the older one will attain greatness, the younger one is destined to become even greater. What was Yaakov thinking? Didn’t he realize Yosef would be bewildered when seeing this odd behavior? Couldn’t all this drama have been avoided if Yaakov would have simply explained in advance his intentions and the logic behind them? The Midrash depicts how when Yosef endeavored to lift his father’s hand, Yaakov exclaimed, “The hand that was able to conquer a third of the world, you are attempting to push away?!” This refers to Yaakov’s having defeated the Saro shel Esav, the heavenly protector of Esav, who is described as occupying a third of the world. What is the meaning of this cosmic ‘arm wrestle’ that transpired between Yosef and Yaakov? Yosef is the antagonist of Esav. Esav epitomizes kinah, jealousy, the seed of enmity and hatred. The selfless Yosef, who was a victim of the jealousy of his brothers, is the antidote BS”D

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Yaakov sought to instruct his cherished son Yosef, at the end of his life, regarding the pitfalls of this evil trait and how vulnerable we all are to its lure. Perhaps he sought to provoke precisely those weaknesses within the human character that so often leave us exposed to dangerous attitudes. Yaakov intentionally withheld his plan, to provoke Yosef into an awareness of his own vulnerability. Despite Yosef’s determination to stifle jealousy among his own children, he fell victim to the assumptions that create distance between men. Yosef’s very first reaction was that he was ‘displeased’ or more literally, it was ‘bad in his eyes’. Yosef erroneously believed that Yaakov took him for a fool. Yosef’s initial thought was that Yaakov assumed that he had inconsiderately placed Menashe to his own right, thereby necessitating Yaakov to cross his hand towards him, when in fact he had been sensitive to place Menashe correctly to Yaakov’s right. One of the Tosafists, Rav Yitzchok HaLevi, indeed explains that was precisely Yosef’s thinking. We too, often project our own presumptions without giving the benefit of the doubt to the other party. Yosef is so sure of himself that he instinctively tries to physically redirect Yaakov’s hand. Yaakov’s referencing his exhibition of strength in defeating the angel wasn’t a boastful challenge to Yosef to go try and budge him. He was teaching Yosef that in order to defeat Esav one must be free of the tainted attitudes that are associated with Esav. One who is so confident of his own ‘righteous’ conclusions will end up encroaching on the boundaries of others inappropriately and doubt the ac-

tions of those greater than him. In truth, it extends beyond the realm between man and man to one’s very relationship with G-d and providence. Might that be the deeper message behind Yaakov’s reminder to Yosef that he defeated the forces of Esav who foolishly believe in self-determination, never contemplating possibilities beyond one’s own ken. Yosef ‘gets it’ immediately, and his children quietly and humbly, absorb this profound secret for success in life. If we can master this, our relationships with each other and most certainly with G-d will be inspired by a pursuit of a genuine truth. Yaakov alludes to Efraim’s greater stature due to his descendant Yehoshua, whose humility was legendary and the attribute that contributed to his becoming the paradigm of a selfless and devoted student, never fazed by the unexpected. But Menashe is great as well, since Gideon will stem from him. Gideon was renowned as well, for his always finding the positive in others and for selflessly devoting himself to his father. (‫)רד‬ Despite the switch, these worthy sons of Yosef quietly and happily accepted their lots and were equipped to defeat the forces of Esav that seed frustration and conflict. Might that be the objective of this pithy blessing, that our children should never get frustrated, accepting the roles carved out for them in life by providence, not always by choice? Is there a greater lesson for life than this? May our children be blessed with these qualities and merit a world free of dissent and contention. You may reach the author at: Ravzt@ohelmoshebaltimore.com


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Chanukah in a Place Called Prison

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“Reb Levi Yitzchak Barditchever, the defender of Yidden, explains that the name Menasheh was to signify the tzarah his father Yosef Hatzadik was in, while Efraim refers to the salvation Hashem would ultimately grant Yosef. Explicitly and emphatically placing Efraim before Menasheh shows that salvation predetermines the tzarah. The only reason we go through the tzarah is to set the stage for the salvation that follows. I took strength from this Dvar Torah.» The first year in Otisville, having been there a few months, Rubashkin did not know what to expect. As Chanukah approached, he made his rounds speaking to as many Yidden as possible, inviting and encouraging them to

attend the menorah lighting. Fifteen inmates showed up. It was the largest gathering of Jewish inmates he had seen thus far. Undoubtedly each was contemplating the Al Hanisim prayer for open miracles. Rubashkin relays in his writings, “I sat down and watched the single candle burning in my menorah. Memories of Chanukah at home flooded my mind. I focused on the one flame I had lit at the command of the One G-d, by whose will I found myself in my current situation and with whose will I would shortly reunite with my family. That single candle was the embodiment of the well-known teaching that even the smallest amount of light could dispel much darkness.” In a place called prison, there are no Chanukah parties to run to, no public gatherings, and no streets full of the sights, sounds, and smells of Chanukah. On most days of Chanukah, time spent with the candles, watching their holy light, singing songs, and

telling stories, was the only holiday celebration. However, the final day of Chanukah is not just one more day of the holiday. The particular name this day is given- Zos Chanukah - literally, “This is Chanukah.” At this point, we have reached the penultimate, fully illuminating every potential candle to brighten the dark world all around us. In Otisville, Rubashkin always marked this special day with a seudah-meal, usually with some matzah and a packet of tuna fish. During one of these seudot, Rubashkin was ushered out of his cell and informed of his miraculous release. On that particular day, several guards and officers were leaving their shifts. One man of high rank stopped long enough to say, “Now that you’re on the other side, I want to wish you Mazel Tov and Happy Chanukah!” The Aleph Learning Institute (ALI) of Baltimore brings to the community high academic Torah learning.

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Over eight years, in “a place called prison,” Rubashkin spent many holidays, determined to celebrate each holiday according to its laws - khilchasa. Finally, by Divine providence, it was on the holiday of Chanukah that Rubashkin was set free.

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to restart his heart and get his pulse back. After a few minutes, they were joined by other first responders including Avraham Bahar and a mobile intensive care ambulance crew. The combined team administered

help give this man another chance at life today,” he concluded. But Avraham’s day wasn’t finished. The experienced EMT is also one of the organization’s trainers who offer basic CPR and family safety courses. On Tuesday evening, he

“That is how I found myself in a non-religious family’s living room in Ramat Gan, reciting a blessing over a new baby, celebrating a new life with an entire family, after having just saved another life earlier that morning.”

adrenaline and medications, and after 15 minutes of integrated CPR, they were successful in bringing back the man’s pulse. “It was exhilarating to see the man’s pulse restored and his blood pressure return to regular levels,” said Avraham. “I am proud to have been a part of a successful CPR and

taught one such course to a family that had recently had a baby. “I arrived at the home of the family full of energy following the successful CPR that morning and taught the 4-hour course to the gathered family members,” Avraham explained. “The new parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents of the new

baby had decided to take the course, with extra emphasis on how to treat a baby, to enable them to know what to do in case of an emergency in the home. I asked how the baby was and it turns out that the following day was the brit milah.” The family inquired from Avraham, a religious Jew, what customs were appropriate during the brit milah ceremony as they weren’t religious and were at a loss of what procedures should be done. Avraham told them about the custom to say Kriat Shema next to the baby the night before the brit, and the family promptly asked him to do so, as they were unfamiliar with the text. “I gladly accepted the honor to say the prayer over the new child. That is how I found myself in a non-religious family’s living room in Ramat Gan, reciting a blessing over a new baby, celebrating a new life with an entire family, after having just saved another life earlier that morning. “It was a day that I will never forget. Sometimes we merit the ability to see just why Hashem put us in a specific place at a specific time. This past Tuesday, that happened to me twice.”


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srael enjoys a strong relationship with the Czech Republic and Slovakia, two countries that comprise the former Czechoslovakia. To understand the root of this special relationship, let’s go back over 130 years and focus on Thomas Masaryk. The name Masaryk may ring a bell, as streets in over half a dozen cities across Israel – including a block in Jerusalem’s German Colony, a kibbutz near Haifa, numerous town squares and even a major forest – have been named in his memory. Thomas Masaryk was a renaissance man: a sociologist, philosopher, politician and statesman. He worked tirelessly to help Czechoslovakia gain its independence after World War I and served as the country’s first president. Masaryk was a strong friend of the Jews. Growing up exposed to many anti-Semitic influences, he freed himself of bigotry through positive encounters with Jews and through his studies of religion, philosophy and sociology. A classic example of Thomas Masaryk’s compassion and courage was his defense in 1899 of Leopold Hilsner, a Jew accused of ritual murder and condemned to death. Standing practically alone in the face of overwhelming public hostility, Masaryk defended Hilsner and railed against the shameful anti-Semitic behavior of the masses. After the 1917 Balfour Declaration gave a major boost to the Zionist movement, and soon after his election as president, Masaryk declared that Czechoslovakia would support a Jewish homeland. Masaryk put his words into action and, in April 1927, was the first head of a democratic state to visit Palestine and meet with members of the Yishuv. Thomas’s son Jan Masaryk had a different worldview than his father, but concerning the Jews and Israel,

he and his father were in full agreement. Starting before World War II, Jan lived primarily in London, first as his country’s envoy and then as the government-in-exile’s minister

torial claim in Europe, and Europe naively celebrated that they averted a major war. The following night, Jan Masaryk visited Chaim Weizmann, who was president of the World Zi-

Standing practically alone in the face of overwhelming public hostility, Masaryk defended Hilsner and railed against the shameful anti-Semitic behavior of the masses.

of foreign affairs. He was exposed to many Jews and those relationships influenced him greatly. For example, in September 1938, the United Kingdom, France, and Italy signed the catastrophic Munich Agreement, permitting German annexation of the Sudetenland in western Czechoslovakia. Adolf Hitler announced it was his last terri-

onist Organization and would later become Israel’s first president. “I shall never forget,” Masaryk recalled, “how tactfully Weizmann and his Jewish friends expressed their condolences. If I did not lose my faith in mankind at that time of my life, I owe it to this evening at the Weizmanns. That night I realized what Jewish wisdom is based on.

Jews don´t think in days or months – they think in centuries, in millennia.” Immediately after the war, Czechoslovakia, under Masaryk’s guidance, allowed thousands of Jewish refugees from Eastern Europe to cross its territory on their way to Palestine. In 1947, Czechoslovakia voted in favor of the UN partition resolution recommending the establishment of a Jewish state. In addition, defying a UN embargo, Czechoslovakia provided crucial military support and also trained Israeli pilots, which was critical for Israel’s victory in its War of Independence. Prime Minister David Ben Gurion didn’t mince words in recognizing the significance of Czechoslovakia’s assistance: “They saved our country. I don’t doubt it. The Czech weapons were the most important help that we got. They saved us, and I doubt very much that we would have survived the first month without them.” Jan Masaryk eagerly anticipated the establishment of the State of Israel. Unfortunately, he died two weeks after the Communist Party came into power, a mere two months before Israel declared its independence. The Communist government reported that he had committed suicide, but forensic experts later determined that the cause of death was murder – which, unfortunately, made perfect sense, as Jan Masaryk would not kowtow to the Communist Party, whose interests were anathema to his values and beliefs.

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he Mishna at the end of Taanis (26b) quotes Rabban Shimon Ben Gamliel who declares that the most joyous holidays on the Jewish calendar are Yom Kippur and Tu B’Av. The Gemara states that Yom Kippur was joyous because the nation was forgiven for its sins. However, the Gemara wonders what was so special about Tu B’Av. A variety of reasons are offered by various Amoraim. The Rashbam (Bava Basra 121a) says that the Amoraim are not arguing with each other. Rather, each one is simply declaring the reason that he heard from his Rebbe. Rabba and Rav Yosef (Taanis 31a) explain that on Tu B’Av they stopped cutting wood for the altar. From Tu B’Av and onward, the summer heat is less intense. Hence, any wood gathered from then on would be more moist and not optimal for burning. Furthermore, moist wood may become wormy. Wormy wood may not be placed on the mizbeach. It is similar to offering a blemished sacrifice. Some suggest burning

wormy wood on the altar is akin to offering a non-kosher creature as a sacrifice. It is not immediately clear what Rabba and Rav Yosef’s intent was. Why is the fact that they could no longer cut wood a reason for celebration? Just the opposite! There is a mitzvah that they are no longer able to perform. They should be sad! Rabbeinu Gershom explains that those that were previously occupied in the mitzvah of gathering wood are now able to learn Torah. Embarking on an intense period of Torah study is cause for celebration. In fact, the Gemara continues that the nights start becoming longer from Tu B’Av and on. In an agricultural society, most work was limited to the daytime. Once the nights start becoming longer, everyone is expected to learn more Torah at night. The Shulchan Aruch rules that a rebbe should learn with his talmidim during the day but also learn some at night. The Vilna Gaon says that his source is from this very Gemara. Children should not be trained

that the mitzvah of learning Torah is a daytime pursuit. Just the opposite – when they enter the workforce, perhaps their only free time to learn may be at night. Incidentally, my Rosh HaYeshiva, Rav Henoch Leibowitz, zt”l, remarked that as a youngster in Europe he used go the local shul to learn Torah at night. However, there were generally no seats available. Everyone from the town came to learn Torah at night. He was forced to sit on the leg supports of his father’s shtender! Rabbeinu Gershom’s position is that the cause for a celebration was the beginning a new mitzvah. The Rashbam disagrees. He says the celebration was because they just completed a mitzvah. For many months, they were gathering wood for the altar, from Nissan until Tu B’Av. To finally bring this great mitzvah to its conclusion is cause for celebration. Our Sages teach us that the credit for a mitzvah goes to the one who completes it. Although all the participants in a mitzvah get reward, there is something unique about

being the one who completes the mitzvah. Similarly here, although gathering wood was a mitzvah that lasted for months, bringing it to its completion is cause for celebration. In fact, this idea is codified by the Misha Berura in midst of a discussion about Simchas Torah (669:6). He writes that indeed completing a mitzvah is cause for celebration, although he does not specifically state what mitzvos he is referring to. The most famous application of this Gemara was stated by the Nimukei Yosef. He writes that this passage is the source that one should make a seudah when he completes learning a masechta, The Rema states in Yoeh Deah (246:26) that it is a mitzvah to rejoice and make a seudah upon completion of a masechta. In fact, the poskim write that one can likewise make a siyum on the completion of Tanach. Rav Vozner, zt”l, writes that if one studied a sefer of Navi and completed it on Erev Pesach, he can make a siyum and that will exempt the firstborns from the need to fast. Rav


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Moshe Feinstein, zt”l, famously told a student to make a siyum on a daf Gemara! A student used to study Gemara with his father every time he went home for Shabbos. After some time, they finished a daf of Gemara. Rav Moshe instructed the talmid to make a siyum and informed him that he would personally attend! The Maharshal was so convinced that a party upon completion of sefer is a seudas mitzvah that he ruled that during benching at a siyum one should recite, “Blessed is our G-d shehasmicha b’mono.” This phrase “[Hashem] Whose abode is this celebration” is recited at betnching at a sheva brachos or a wedding. The Maharshal reasoned that certainly the phrase should be recited at a siyum which certainly brings “joy” to Hashem. However, at the first siyum when the Maharshal was ready to put his new ruling into practice something terrible happened. The Maharshal does not go into detail about what exactly oc-

curred but needless to say it was not pleasant. The Maharshal attributed the occurrence to a punishment for inventing a new halacha which had no source in the writings of the earlier poskim. Already in Masechta Shabbos (118), Abaye states that he

sheva brachos or a wedding. Rabbi Yosef (“Joey”) Newcomb of Yeshiva Ateres Shimon suggested that perhaps even Rabbeinu Gershom agrees that theoretically one should make a seudah upon completion of a mitzvah. However,

Rav Moshe Feinstein, zt”l, famously told a student to make a siyum on a daf Gemara!

made a siyum whenever a talmid completes a masechta. Certainly, the idea of making a siyum dates back to then, yet no Rishon mentioned this halacha of reciting “shehasmicha b’mono.” Therefore, the Maharshal retracted his ruling and states that the phrase should only be recited at

in this situation, where the mitzvah is no longer available because wood can no longer be cut for the altar, it may seem like one is celebrating freedom from the burden of doing a mitzvah. Therefore, it is better not to celebrate the completion of this mitzvah. Hence, he offers an

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Rabbi Avrohom Sebrow is a rebbe at Yeshiva Ateres Shimon in Far Rockaway. In addition, Rabbi Sebrow leads a daf yomi chaburah at Eitz Chayim of Dogwood Park in West Hempstead, NY. He can be contacted at ASebrow@ gmail.com.


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here are so many articles to be written on the topic of privacy. Respecting the privacy of others is a strong Torah value. It’s also in serious decline in today’s society. For example, social media has made publicizing our private lives into an art. While the Torah praises “ohelecha Yaakov” and our innate right to familial privacy, social media made peeking into other family’s homes the new standard. I think I was in fifth grade when I received a surprisingly mature response from my classmate. He (I was in a coed school) must have asked me about something but then immediately said something similar to “but you don’t need to tell me if you don’t want to.” I recall being absolutely shocked but truly appreciative that I didn’t need to divulge my problems. While he was mature for his age, knowing his parents, I wouldn’t be surprised if they were responsible for his respect of the privacy of others. This hands-on lesson has stuck with me, and I’ve been grateful for it ever since. Every coin has a second side. Before Pesach, our family had COVID. While we tried to avoid the virus, it still got in and I ended up being hospitalized. As our local Hatzalah members loaded me into the ambulance that Friday evening, I noticed a group of frum teenage boys walking in the street close to the ambulance. I will admit I was a bit uncomfortable being seen in that state but even more uncomfortable that it didn’t seem to bother them. Not only did they not seem upset that someone was sick enough to be transported in an ambulance on Shabbos, but they didn’t even feel the sensitivity to look away or walk at a slight distance. This is similar to the common phenomenon that when Hatzalah or other emergency workers show up, people come to stare and watch. Curiosity is normal, but it needs to be balanced. From a practical angle, bystanders can get in the way of

emergency workers as they do their job. From the perspective of being sensitive to others, not everyone wants their personal business, especially when things are at their worst, to be in full view of everyone. Thank you to all our Hatzoloh and Shomrim members and their families for their avodas hakodesh and, specifically, those who came to help us when we needed help. There are two aspects of privacy I’d like to focus on now: respecting the private lives of others and maintaining privacy in our own family’s lives.

Teaching Respect for Privacy Respecting the privacy of others is a part of good middos and no less a part of chinuch than Gemara and speaking truthfully. It, too, should be actively taught. Children need to learn to respect the privacy of their parents and grandparents, siblings, neighbors, and friends. They also benefit when they learn to respect their own privacy. Private matters include medical information, finances, relationships, personal matters of any kind, and nearly anything behind closed doors. If someone doesn’t want to share, then their feelings should be respect-

ed and we don’t pry. If someone puts something in their bag or any closed space, it’s unlikely they want others to see. It’s best to give children concrete examples and demonstrate actual cases, when possible. Role playing is another great strategy. It isn’t enough to say “respect other people’s privacy,” as that’s often too vague for youngsters to understand. It’s important to point out that children are naturally curious and want to know what’s going on – this is completely normal. Children learn from their curiosity, and this is part of growing up. As they mature, they can begin to recognize that just because they’re interested in knowing something doesn’t mean they are privileged to that information.

Social Media I will confess that I don’t have most social media, so I am limited in my experience. There is so much to say about the role of social media in our lives, but privacy alone is a big enough topic. We’ll have to leave the other issues for another time. Social media is a previously unknown way to show the world our private lives. Everything from status updates to photos tell everyone where we’ve been, what we’ve bought, and even what we’re eating. The flip

side is that we’re seeing everyone else’s private lives – even what they enjoyed for breakfast. We get a very skewed version of reality from social media that is unhealthy for any of us, certainly for still-developing minds. (Please note that in this section I am not in any way encouraging routine social media use for children; I’m simply acknowledging the reality that many of our youth are already exposed.) It’s important to remember that what we see is what others choose to show us; this always applied, even before social media. When people share parts of their lives with you, they share what they choose, and this easily leads people to get a distorted view of others and their personal lives. For example, you may see what your neighbor buys, wears, and drives but you don’t see their actual bank accounts. You may deduce they have a certain wealth based on their late model sports car but that can be very misleading. It’s easy to see how another couple acts in public and make assumptions about the strength of their relationship. This, too, can be deceiving as couples may adjust their behavior to give a certain positive impression. It’s human nature to get jealous of what we see but it’s crucial to remember that what you see isn’t always what truly exists. This problem is only exacerbated by social media where people very carefully choose what they display. Teaching children to understand this reality is part of their chinuch, as well. Explain to your children how to interpret what they see in person and on social media, if they use it. Allow them to understand that not all that glitters is gold. Simultaneously, encourage your children to think carefully before they put anything on social media or show off something in school. Not only is there a bracha in keeping things hidden but there are serious safety concerns when children give out too much information.


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Rabbeinu Gershom Rabbeinu Gershom, in his wisdom, banned the reading of other people’s letters. It seems prudent to discourage our children from reading other people’s digital correspondences, as well. I’ve seen it in action and know it’s a tremendous yetzer hara for kids to read a text when they hear someone’s phone make that sound. To be honest, adults have a similar problem when they hear that ring. Kids need to learn that other people’s business is theirs alone, and we don’t read text messages, emails, or any other form of correspondence that isn’t addressed to us.

that their tefillos matter. There are times when a friend or neighbor needs help, and children can be taught to distinguish between when they can be helpful and when they’re just being curious. While a

Don’t Ignore Pain Privacy has its limitations. For too long, people pretended unhealthy situations didn’t exist and they wouldn’t get involved. They felt it wasn’t their business or gave other

We get a very skewed version of reality from social media that is unhealthy for any of us, certainly for still-developing minds.

During Emergencies When we see Hatzalah on the job, I try to specify to my children two things: daven for those needing help and we only go out if we can practically assist. Everyone benefits from davening, and saying a brief tefilla is a way we can meaningfully help. It also allows children to appreciate

child will rarely be the one to provide this assistance, it’s helpful as a part of their chinuch for them to become aware of this distinction. For example, perhaps the family has a young child that needs to be watched while a parent accompanies their sibling to the hospital.

reasons; abuse and other unhealthy or dangerous circumstances were ignored. While it’s important to respect the privacy of another person, this is not to imply you shouldn’t get involved when someone else needs help. If you see someone is being hurt, particularly children, there

are organizations in our community to guide you. There is a time to respect privacy and a time to intervene. Reach out for guidance and see what you can do to be there for others in need. Proper middos is an ongoing lesson. Teaching children to appreciate the gift of privacy is one of the many middos to add to the list. Rather than building unpleasant walls between us, privacy is a barrier that generates respect for ourselves and for those around us. As a nation that thrives on kedusha and separateness, we can readily pass this teaching onto the next generation. May our homes merit to fulfill the tremendous bracha of being “mah tovu” as “ohalecha Yaakov.”

Sara Rayvych, MSEd, has her master’s in general and special education. She has been homeschooling for over 10 years in Far Rockaway. She can be contacted at RayvychHomeschool@gmail.com.

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diuretic pulls water out of the body and is used as treatment for certain medical conditions such as renal insufficiency, congestive heart failure, edema, and hypertension. When the body has an imbalance of fluids, too much water can be detrimental, and thus it must be pulled out of the body. Extra fluid in the body makes it hard for the heart to work properly and can make breathing difficult. A diuretic will help release the excess fluid from the body through urination, hopefully balancing the fluid shift. A physician will prescribe a diuretic most often in a capsule form, or commonly referred to as a water pill. Yet, in extreme cases, the diuretic will be intravenous. Common names for diuretics are Lasix, Bumetanide, Bumex, Hydralazine, Hydrochlorothiazide, Aldactone, and Spironolactone. However, for those not suffering from an above-mentioned condition and who simply feel bloated, a diuretic can help you, too. I wouldn’t suggest a prescribed diuretic, although a natural diuretic can be helpful. Many are aware of the phenomenon that salt retains water. Thus, when eating a high sodium meal, other than feeling thirsty, you may feel extremely bloated and full of water. To reduce the bloating, a natural diuretic can do the trick. Below is a list of nat-

ural diuretics. • Fruits and vegetables: Aside from offering loads of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, most fruits and vegetables are water-based, which provide hydration as well. Believe it or not, they can also be a natural diuretic. Lemons, celery, garlic, onions, bell peppers, watermelon, cucumbers,

rate herbs into your meal, rather than taking herbs in a pill or liquid concentrated form. Herbal tea is another great option. • Caffeine: As you may know, caffeine is a natural diuretic as well. Caffeine is found in highest concentrations in coffee and tea. Black and green teas are the best diuretic drinks.

Exercise is one of the easier natural diuretics for your body since increasing your heart rate will help circulate the excess fluid in the body.

ginger, grapes, asparagus, and pineapple are all considered to be natural diuretics. • Herbs: Certain herbs such as parsley and dandelion are considered to be natural diuretics as well. Some herbs can interact badly with medication though, so check with your physician before taking any herbs as a natural diuretic. However, sprinkling parsley in a salad, rice, sauce, soup, or adding it to a juice or smoothie is a great way to be safe and get the diuretic effects. The best way is to incorpo-

Chocolate, soda, and acai contain caffeine as well. • Exercise: Now what isn’t exercise good for?! Exercise is one of the easier natural diuretics for your body since increasing your heart rate will help circulate the excess fluid in the body. Moving the fluid around will help the body get rid of all that excess fluid. • Weight loss: Another magical answer to everything! Since your body is made up of 60% water, weight loss is a great way to release the excess fluid.

• Reducing salt intake: As mentioned above, salt retains fluid, thus by consuming less salt, you will be retaining less fluid. Stay away from high-sodium foods such as pickles, lox, cold cuts, processed foods, and sodas. Believe it or not, all processed foods and sodas have lots of sodium; the sweet taste masks the salt. Of the above-mentioned natural diuretics, all are safe and healthy ways to release excess water from the body. No diuretic pills or other forms should be taken without a prescription from a healthcare provider. Diuretics should not be used to achieve weight loss!! If you notice fluid buildup on a consistent basis from bloating or edema, contact a medical professional. If it is circumstantial bloating, like after a big meal, a menstrual cycle, or swollen feet from pregnancy, a natural diuretic as listed above should do the trick and release the excess water from your body, leaving you more comfortable and happier. Cindy Weinberger MS, RD, CDN, is a Master’s level Registered Dietitian and Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist. She graduated CUNY Brooklyn College receiving a Bachelor’s in Science and Master’s degree in Nutrition and Food Sciences. She is currently a private nutritionist. She can be reached at CindyWeinberger1@gmail.com or at 917-623-6237.


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n Saturday November 6th, 2021, Tesla CEO Elon Musk released a Twitter poll asking if he should sell 10% of his Tesla holdings. Out of 3.5 million responses, 58% of them supported selling the shares. Since then, Musk has sold over $10 billion worth of stock, but still has more than 50% to go in order to reach 10%. More information has come to light since the now-famous tweet regarding Musk’s expiring stock option compensation package. The world of executive equity compensation is complex. Let’s explore the importance of appreciating context when navigating stock market investing, which will be clarified below.

An important skill for any investor is the ability to realize that while we all might be in the same stock market, we are not all playing the same game. The game of a long-term investor dollar cost averaging their way into a ROTH IRA is probably different from a RobinHood day trader. Talking heads on TV driven by ad revenue and commission based financial “advisors” will not necessarily be offering advice that is appropriate for a retiree or pension fund manager. It’s not that one is right or wrong, it’s just important to realize that we aren’t all playing the same game, even if we are all in the same playground. The cool thing about your time horizon, your risk tolerance, and your goals? They are yours! Let’s dive a bit deeper into the stock option package of Elon Musk and perhaps shed some light on how his “game” might not be our “game” and why it’s important to be aware of that. By any measurement, the dollar figures in the Elon Musk stock option story are significant, but what exactly is a stock option? Why is it part of the CEO’s compensation, and how can a tax liability on exercised stock options create such volatility in a company’s share

price? As a way to incentivize executives to stick around and increase the value of the company they work for, many organizations will create compensation structures that include both a cash salary and equity compensation, sometimes in the form of non-qualified stock options (NSO). NSOs are issued to employees that allow them to purchase shares of their company at a certain price (strike price) at a certain point in time. The strike price is the company’s share price at the time of issuance, and there will be some sort of vesting schedule or hurdle requirement that must be met before the employee can exercise their options. In order to exercise a stock option, the employee simply pays the strike price to the company and receives shares in return. Stock options have expiration dates, meaning that if the employee does not exercise them by a certain date, the option expires and the employee misses out on being able to purchase shares. When the share price increases from the strike price, the options are “in the money” and would be a good deal to exercise. If the share price is lower than the strike price, then the options


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cle going, so remember we aren’t all playing the same game. Stated simply, Elon Musk has a lot of taxes to pay due to the value of his NSOs. Those NSOs are valuable because they mean that the company has grown profits. I’ll stay invested in good businesses that generate profits that’s my game. The decision to start saving and investing is yours, but the “how” can be hard. We suggest speaking with a “fee only” financial planner operating as a fiduciary - having a CPA or tax background is a huge plus. Email commoncents@northbrookfinancial. com to schedule a free financial planning consultation with our team. Elliot Pepper, CPA, CFP®, MST is Co-Founder of Northbrook Financial, a Financial Planning, Tax, and Investment Management Firm. He has developed and

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This form of compensation creates an incentive for a company’s senior executives to both stick around (due to the vesting schedule) and work hard to increase the value of the company (so options will be “in the money”, prompting employees to exercise). Here is where it gets tricky…in the eyes of the IRS, when an employee exercises “in the money” options, there is taxable income generated on the difference between the strike price and the actual value of the shares exercised. The employee then has a basis in the shares equal to the current value and will only pay capital gains taxes on future sales to the extent of further price appreciation. Therefore, people

exercising options need to pay taxes on that spread when they exercise. In the case of Elon Musk, that tax bill is estimated to be around $15 billion! Musk actually does not take a cash salary from Tesla, but the taxes he will owe are certainly a current liability. What makes the tax bill so high? It is due to the astronomical increase in the price of Tesla shares coupled with the fact that Musk delayed exercises of already vested and “in the money” options until now. In order to cover this very real tax liability, it is common to see employees sell back shares of their own company to cover the taxes. Many companies offer “cashless exercises” which is a way to exercise stock options without incurring a liquidity crunch on the exercise and associated taxes. In either case, shares get sold back at the time of exercise. Musk would face a smaller tax bill if the price of Tesla fell at the time of exercise, since the spread between strike price and value would have been lower. Additionally, there would have been more value that will be taxed at lower long term capital gains rates upon subsequent price increases. Much speculation exists about why Musk posted his tweet and the timing for when he posted it. Investors and speculators alike have shared narratives on what this means for Tesla’s stock. Is Elon cashing out because he senses a correction is coming? Is the option exercise yet another proof of Musk’s commitment to growing Tesla? Is he simply trying to lower his tax

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are “out of the money” and there is no reason for the employee to exercise. “In the money” options allow an employee to pay a below market price and receive shares of the company at the current market value.


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A big economic relief for millions of Americans who have been dealing with soaring energy prices. Costs at the pump, finally easing up. The national average for a gallon of regular falling to $3.35. The lowest since October. Just look at that. Ahhhhh! – Don Lemon, CNN, celebrating a 4 cent decrease in a gallon of gas, which was $2.24 just one year ago

I had kind of a freak-out and I was like, “Honey, do you want me to People should, if they invite people over to their home, to pull over? What do I do here?” And she’s like, “No, keep going, we essentially ask and maybe require that people show evidence that need to get to the hospital.” The baby started coming out, so I just they are vaccinated. … caught the baby. - Dr. Fauci, during a live-streaming session hosted by the Washington Post, talking about - Ryan parties Emge of Cincinnati, Ohio, talking to a local TV station about the delivery of his new holiday baby girl

[Dr. Fauci] is not obeying science. He’s sort of granting his impulse to authoritarianism. His default position is always, “How can I control people? How can I regulate people?” But I can tell you he’s not going to be too happy with the Paul family… We have 57 people [over], no vaccine passport. The only requirement is that you have read and understand the Constitution.

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62 I didn’t hesitate to [issue a statewide mask mandate] in the emergency. The emergency is over. You know, [state] public health [officials] don’t get to tell people what to wear; that’s just not their job. Public health [officials] would say to always wear a mask because it decreases flu and decreases [other airborne illnesses]. But that’s not something that you require; you don’t tell people what to wear. - Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D), breaking from the Democratic Party and announcing that he won’t implement a statewide mask mandate

You don’t tell people to wear a jacket when they go out in winter and force them to [wear it]. If they get frostbite, it’s their own darn fault. If you haven’t been vaccinated, that’s your choice. I respect that. But it’s your fault when you’re in the hospital with COVID. - Ibid.

Nobody did more for Bibi, and I liked Bibi. I still like Bibi. But I also like loyalty. The first person to congratulate Biden was Bibi. And not only did he congratulate him, he did it on tape.

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- Former President Donald Trump, in a recent interview

It was important for me to congratulate the incoming president. I highly appreciate President Trump’s big contribution to Israel and its security. I also appreciate the importance of the strong alliance between Israel and the U.S.

After 28 years of peacock logos on much of what I own, it is my choice now to jump without a net into the great unknown. As I do for the first time in my 62 years, my biggest worry is for my country The truth is I’m not a liberal or a conservative. I’m an institutionalist. I believe in this place and in my love of country; I yield to no one. Grown men and women who swore an oath to our Constitution, elected by their constituents, possessing the kinds of college degrees I could only dream of, have decided to join the mob and become something they are not while hoping we somehow forget who they were. They’ve decided to burn it all down with us inside. - Brian Williams, announcing that he is leaving NBC, the network that he has been with for 28 years, other than for six months when he was suspended for lying and embellishing stories

I don’t know the last time President Biden rolled out to a Walmart or to a Target to do his [holiday] shopping. If he did, he would find out that a lot of things that people are looking for [the holidays] are unavailable.

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A video chat [with Putin] is a tough way for both these guys to do diplomacy. I mean, especially because even when he’s in person, Biden talks like he’s got a bad connection. — Trevor Noah

Dr. Oz is fundamentally promising to help re-light the divine spark inside every American. I’d settle for cheaper gas, but sure, Doc, check the pilot light on my divine spark, just like they taught you at med school. – Host of “The Late Show” Steve Colbert attacking Dr. Oz who announced that he is running for Senate as a Republican

The new deadly virus variant is only “worrisome” … Yep, it’s encouraging, which is positive enough to continue with your holiday plans, but vague enough to make you spend the entire time freaking out. - Jimmy Fallon

I love dogs more than people. - Alex Johns, a volunteer at the Cincinnati Animal CARE Humane Society, explaining why he walked 50 dogs to celebrate his 50th birthday

Let’s change the rigged tax code so The Person of the Year will actually pay taxes and stop freeloading off everyone else.

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If you are a Jew, there are two things that you talk about when it comes to your attitude towards G-d: yiras Shomayim [fear of G-d]…then there’s ahavas Shomayim [love of G-d]… As a religious person you are supposed to have both… Well, paganistic secularists, when it comes to Covid, they have fear of Covid and love of Covid. – Ben Shapiro, explaining how liberals fear Covid – which is why they insist on crazy mask mandates – while at the same time, they love the power that Covid gives them

You may have noticed this sign on your commute recently and...you all passed the test! We were making sure commuters were *aware* of our signage. Now stop texting and taking photos while driving, and pay attention to the road! -Facebook post by the Delaware Department of Transportation after drivers pointed out that the word “Delaware” was misspelled on a highway sign

You remind me of when I was a kid and my friend’s angry Mom would just randomly yell at everyone for no reason. - Elon Musk, in response

Please don’t call the manager on me, Senator Karen. - Ibid.

Time magazine today unveiled their annual Person of the Year, and that person is Elon Musk… It is believed to be the highest honor ever awarded to a person who cuts his own hair. - Jimmy Kimmel

In response to this, Jeff Bezos just bought Time magazine. - James Corden

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Dating Dialogue

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

Dear Navidaters,

First of all, thanks for the great column. My family reads it every week and discusses it at our Shabbos table. Secondly, I had a question I was hoping you could help me

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Disclaimer: This column is not intended to diagnose or otherwise conclude resolutions to any questions. Our intention is not to offer any definitive conclusions to any particular question, rather offer areas of exploration for the author and reader. Due to the nature of the column receiving only a short snapshot of an issue, without the benefit of an actual discussion, the panel’s role is to offer a range of possibilities. We hope to open up meaningful dialogue and individual exploration.


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The Panel The Rebbetzin Rebbetzin Faigie Horowitz, M.S. o not lie. Being untruthful is never helpful, especially in a serious relationship you hope to build. Compatibility is the first thing people look for when they date. As a relationship deepens, other shared values come into play. Trust is the basis on which a relationship grows. Serious issues develop in a marriage when one of the partners finds out that the other has withheld important information such as medical and psychiatric conditions. These trust issues are very difficult to undue and often require specialized therapy by an expert. Vaccination status comes under the category of medical information. Vague, generalized statements by shadchanim are not to be given serious merit. Responsible young men abound. Why should you open yourself up to date people who are not responsible about what science has taught us in this Covid era? Hashem runs the world, but we must do our hishtadlus. Vaccination is the hishtadlus people must take to safeguard themselves and the people around them during these precarious times. Hashem gave us contemporary science which may be imperfect, but it’s the best tool we have to combat disease.

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tarting a potential relationship off with a lie is a bad idea; add a sensitive topic like this to the mix and it’s even worse. I’m sorry to say this, but you cannot lie. You made a decision off of information you knew at the time, and now you regret it; I know how difficult

that feeling can be. You must know, however, that nobody is in control but G-d Himself. The same Hashem who created a bat and scientists in Wuhan crafting a one-of-a-kind virus has created your other half. Your bashert is out there, in this world, breathing the same air as you, somewhere. Once you recognize this fact, and continue looking for him despite outside “noise,” you’ll find him. Shadchanim are telling you that boys prefer non-Covid-vaccinated girls? So dodge them and take other routes to find your bashert. Go to singles events, volunteer at organizations that have a mixed crowd, or merely tell shadchanim that your personal health information is HIPAA protected. When we ditch the narrative that people are in control and adopt Hashem as our Shadchan, the most miraculous things happen. Do your hishtadlus, trust in Hashem, and don’t divulge more information than you have to. IyH you will see yeshuos in your life.

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s a fellow single 28 y/o, I can completely relate to the challenges of being single contradicting the typical Jewish community standards. I’m going to share a life-changing belief that will affect you in every aspect of your day. I always hated the concept of the word “crisis.” Crisis indicates that something is out of control, resting in chaos. There is no shidduch crisis because G-d is in control. Every single aspect of our lives is being taken care of by G-d. However, suddenly when it comes to dating, people tend to assume that shadchanim have control, and therefore, we need to accommodate their beliefs about our self-image and lifestyle. That is a complete

illusion connected to the concept of galus – that everything is hidden, and there is a lack of clarity. If you recognize that the same G-d you rely on to get you out of traffic, increase your parnassa, and help you succeed with a goal, is the same G-d you rely on for dating, then you relinquish the illusion that your life is determined by shadchanim. Hashem has, and always will be in control of when, who, and how you meet your bashert. Shadchanim never were in control. It’s simply a matter of whether Hashem gives them the zechus to set you up or not. Relinquishing the expectation that shadchanim are in control liberates you from stress and strengthens your emunah with Hashem.

There is no shidduch crisis because G-d is in control.

Oh, and one more thing, getting the vaccine actually helps bring you closer to your bashert because it will attract a man that supports your decision and lifestyle. You don’t want “more dates” but rather “just one more” with your bashert. In my opinion, the more authentically you live your life, the closer you get towards meeting your bashert.

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hen I first read your letter, my immediate thought was, “Why in the world would you want to date someone who believes in the bizarre science fiction of vaccination infertility? Do you really want a husband who will wake up one morning and worry

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“A lot of very intelligent people seem to feel that way,” or, “You’ve certainly given me a lot to think about.” However, lying about a fact – did you or did you not get vaccinated? – is a whole different level of deception. That’s a terrible way to begin a lifelong relationship. And, what’s going to happen when the truth comes out? How could lying be the foundation of any solid relationship? Further, as a result of lying and claiming that you weren’t vaccinated, the more normal young men, with more mainstream opinions about vaccination, won’t want to go out with you. Second, the goal is not to “get more dates.” The goal is to find the ONE with whom you can spend the rest of your life: the one who trusts you and whom you can trust. If he’s not going to date you because you had the Covid-19 vaccine, then it’s time to take a “booster” in emunah and believe that he’s not the right one for you.

The more authentically you live your life, the closer you get towards meeting your bashert.

Third, it’s sad that this question comes, out of desperation, from a young lady who sounds like a wonderful person, who would make a wonderful wife and mother. This is a strong indictment against our current shidduch system. May I suggest that, instead of relying exclusively on shadchanim, you should consider attending singles’ weekends and other events sponsored by reputable organizations like YUConnects. Good luck!

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that the alien hiding in the backyard tree is spying on him?!” But, on second thought, you are right. This column is not the proper forum for debating the pros and cons of vaccination, or whether Donald Trump was the best president or the worst president in American history. You are asking a serious question and deserve a serious response, so here goes: First, lying about a fact is a lot more serious than concealing, or not revealing, your own opinions or beliefs. Let me explain. When we wish to avoid having an argument with someone who has extreme views about vaccination or politics, there’s nothing wrong with simply responding, “You did a very good job explaining that opinion,” or,

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hank you for your positive feedback, and I am so glad that you and your family are avid readers (and discussers) of our column. Onto the matter at hand... Before I begin my response, I must state that I am not touching the science, politics, or even the impact of the vaccine on shidduchim with a ten-foot pole. Suffice it to say I have seen this issue now a handful of times in my practice, with young men and women and their families turning down shidduchim based on whether

a potential candidate has or has not received the vaccine. I am sorry that you are dating during a time when a vaccine can be a dealbreaker for a shidduch. Whatever side of the fence you may be on, can we agree that this general situation stinks? As if shidduch dating wasn’t hard enough, we needed this pandemic like we needed a hole in the head. What this really boils down to, however, are two factors: your very

ing) as this is, keep your head held high, knowing that you did what you felt was best for yourself, and that there is someone out there who is either vaccinated or accepting of your vaccination, G-d willing. We are all doing the best we can during these crazy times, with so much opposing information floating around. I hope we can all grow more sensitive to and respectful of each other’s decisions. I’m sorry you have to deal with this. Honesty is still the best policy. Sincerely, Jennifer

Jennifer Mann, LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist and certified trauma healing life coach, as well as a dating and relationship coach working with individuals, couples, and families in private practice at 123 Maple Avenue in Cedarhurst, NY. She also teaches a psychology course at Touro College. To set up a consultation or to ask questions, please call 718-908-0512. Visit www.thenavidaters.com for more information. If you would like to submit a dating or relationship question to the panel anonymously, please email JenniferMannLCSW@gmail.com. You can follow The Navidaters on FB and Instagram for dating and relationship advice.

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valid frustration and whether or not a relationship can be built on a lie. I personally don’t think it’s a good idea to keep your vaccination to yourself. I get it. You followed science, you put yourself at risk to do the right thing and protect yourself and society from a potentially deadly virus, and now you can’t get a date? It does feel very unfair. Allow me to validate you for a moment. If you don’t tell the truth, I believe this will only come back to bite you when your future spouse and his family finds out the truth. As frustrating (perhaps infuriat-


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Three Types of Empathy By Rabbi Azriel Hauptman Empathy refers to our ability to understand someone else’s plight as if we were in their shoes. It is very different from sympathy, which is merely feeling sorrow for someone else’s misfortune. Empathy can be an incredible catalyst for acts of kindness, but it can sometimes backfire. This duality of empathy can be best understood via the lens of the different types of empathy. Researchers commonly divide empathy into three categories: cognitive empathy, emotional empathy, and compassionate empathy. Cognitive empathy is simply understanding what someone else is experiencing without any emotional reaction. Here the focus is on perspective. When you can view an experience through the perspective of another person, you are having cognitive empathy. For example, if you were marketing a product, this kind of empathy would be very helpful. If you can anticipate the needs and wants of

potential consumers, you can design a very successful product. Emotional empathy is when you are experiencing someone else’s emotions as if they were your own. Emotions are contagious and anyone can “catch” emotions that they are exposed to. This is first experienced by infants, who will smile when we smile at them and will cry when we are sad. Emotional empathy stays with us for our entire lives and is partially what makes us human. This form of empathy is certainly experienced by those in caring professions. The ability to understand and feel what someone else in undergoing, adds an entirely new dimension to the work. Those who are being helped feel understood, and the helper is motivated to step up to the plate and do whatever they can to help. However, this type of empathy, when unchecked, can be traumatic for the caregiver. The emotions can become too much to bear and can lead to

symptoms of PTSD such as constant tiredness, insomnia, hopelessness, irritability, and intrusive thoughts. Compassionate empathy is a third category of empathy that represents a balanced and healthier approach. In this type of empathy, your feelings and emotions are channeled into helping others. To the degree that you cannot help, you do not allow yourself to become enmeshed in emotions that can affect your personal life. This balanced approach is the best of both worlds. The people you are helping will feel understood as they can sense your empathy. Those very same emotions motivate you to action since you understand and feel what they are going through. For those who are working in the caring professions, this form of empathy is the only one that can survive the test of time. If they become overburdened with the emotions of all of the trauma that they see day in and day out, they will not be able to bear the emotional toll. Then,

their goal of helping people will be undermined. We all experience a spectrum of emotions every day of our lives. Some of these emotions are necessary and should be embraced. Other emotions have the potential to wear us down and be counterproductive. We do not want to shut down our emotions and lose that sense of our humanity. On the other hand, we do not want to risk our mental health in the process. As with almost everything else in life, the goal is to reach the proper balance. Then we can be empathic, helpful, and healthy. This is a service of Relief Resources. Relief is an organization that provides mental health referrals, education, and support to the frum community. Rabbi Yisrael Slansky is director of the Baltimore branch of Relief. He can be contacted at 410-448-8356 or at yslansky@ reliefhelp.org


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he average rank and file soldier, sailor, airman or marine rarely gets any recognition unless he or she does something extraordinary in battle. The entire career of Marine Corps legend Chesty Puller was extraordinary and anything but average. He is famous for partaking in three wars and was involved in some of the most intense battles in Marine Corps history. He didn’t just fight the enemy – he led his units with a vigor that usually resulted in victory. Puller started as an enlisted marine and ended his career as a lieutenant general, earning many awards and recognitions along the way. He is also remembered for some memorable quotes that inspired the marines around him to victory. Lewis Burwell Puller was born in West Point, Virginia, and grew up with tales from the Civil War and colorful Confederate General Stonewall Jackson. After spending time at the Virginia Military Academy for about a year, Puller left because he wanted “to go where the guns are.” The year was 1918 – the final year of World War I – although Puller never saw action during that war. He attended non-commissioned officer school in 1919 and then officer school, graduating as a second lieutenant. However, since the marines reduced their numbers, Puller’s rank was reduced to corporal although he was soon promoted. Chest saw action in many battles while fighting a wide range of enemies that included guerillas (irregular warfare combatants), Japanese, and communists. During the Banana Wars (a series of conflicts involving the United States in Central America that lasted from 1898 to 1934), Puller saw action in Haiti and Nicaragua. Puller was the commander of the 1st, Battalion, 7 th Marine Regi-

ment during World War II and fought against the Japanese on Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, and Peleliu. As the commander of the 1st Marine Regiment during the Korean War, he led his men in the landing at Inchon, the Second Battle of Seoul, and at the Chosin Reservoir. The first action that Puller saw was in Haiti, and it was to deliver supplies to two small towns. His small force of American-trained local fighters was able to defeat an ambush of enemy fighters that was four times the size of his unit. The going was sluggish due to the pack animals that they were responsible for, but Puller

and when the commanding officer was taken out, Puller took command. He effectively scattered the enemy and overpowered two other larger forces while on the return trip. In the years following his Central American deployment, Puller was sent to China to command the marine detachment in Beijing. He then served on a cruiser, and then was back in the U.S. as an instructor, and returned to China in 1940 as the executive officer of the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment. In the months leading up to Pearl Harbor and the start of the American involvement in World War II, Puller

Less than 7,000 have been awarded the Navy Cross for heroism in battle, with Puller being awarded the decoration five times.

was able to complete the supply run despite the attack. Less than 7,000 have been awarded the Navy Cross for heroism in battle, with Puller being awarded the decoration five times. The first time was in Nicaragua in 1930 when he led units from the Nicaraguan National Guard in battle against larger groups of bandits. Puller disregarded his own safety and skillfully led his units in a rout of the enemy. As was usual with Puller, he always led by example and was on the front lines with his men. Two years later, he was still in the country and earned his second Navy Cross while on patrol in the mountains. Again, they were outnumbered,

was given command of the 1st Battalion, 7 th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. Japanese forces were invading and capturing Allied bases with ease during the first six months of the Pacific war. The marines were called in to turn the tide during the American invasion of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. Now a lieutenant colonel, Puller was on the front lines with his battalion along the Matanikau River when they were cut off by a larger Japanese force. He called in naval fire support while a group of landing craft rescued the trapped marines. Puller received the Bronze Star for his actions during the battle. He also

earned his third Navy Cross of his career at the Battle of Henderson Field. The marines under his command successfully defended the airfield from a regiment-sized Japanese attack. Throughout the night, the Japanese sent waves of soldiers in coordinated attacks (not Banzai charges) that were met with stiff American resistance led by Puller. Later in the Pacific theater, Puller was awarded his fourth Navy Cross for action during the Battle of Gloucester. The commanders of other marine battalions had been wounded, and the unit was under heavy attack. Puller took control of the situation and reorganized the battalions for a successful attack against the Japanese. He exposed himself to heavy enemy fire from fortified Japanese positions and commanded the attack from the front. On Peleliu, Puller led the 1st Marine Regiment in a drawnout, bloody battle on the coral island. The most decorated marine in American history was also present during the Korean War. Puller earned the Silver Star for commanding the 1st Marine Regiment during the invasion of Inchon in September 1950. A couple of months later, he was awarded his fifth Navy Cross for actions at Koto-ri, Korea. The origins of the nickname Chesty are unclear but some say it came from when stuck his chest out while shouting commands. One marine said that they didn’t need sophisticated communications when it came to Puller, “Chesty yells commands up and down the line. You can hear him for miles.”


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Chesty, second from left, with the senior staff of the 7th Marines in 1944

Chesty was known for his quotes both on and off the battlefield. At the Chosin Reservoir he was quoted, “We’ve been looking for the enemy for some time now. We’ve finally found him. We’re surrounded. That simplifies things.” In a similar quote, he said, “They are in front of us, behind us, and we are flanked on both sides by an enemy that outnumbers us 29 to

General McArthur with Chesty Puller, left

1. They can’t get away from us now!” He was also famous for giving this piece of dating advice: “Son, when the Marine Corps wants you to have a wife, you will be issued one.” Here is one more quote that sums up his battlefield style: “You don’t hurt ‘em, if you don’t hit ‘em.” After the Korean War, Chesty was given command of the 2nd Marine Di-

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vision and retired in 1955. His acts of valor on the battlefield stood out with the men serving under him as they were used to commanders serving from the rear. Always giving encouragement under the harshest of conditions, Chesty never backed down from completing the mission. He died in 1971 and is still well remembered in the Marine Corps

for his leadership and bravery. His name is symbolic for the esprit de corps.

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

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and had minimal ingredients in my house. I had asked my daughter to pick up a chuck roast (the kind that

has the netting) while I was away, and I figured that upon my return I would whip up a something with it.

On Friday morning, I looked in my pantry and I found a bottle of beer, some spices, and some potatoes and onions. Within minutes, I had my house smelling divine from the roast that I was braising. The roast was a huge hit on Shabbos, and on Sunday night, we

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Ingredients ◦ 3 pound California roast (chuck roast) or second cut brisket ◦ Your favorite spice rub ◦ Kosher salt ◦ 2 onions, sliced into half-moon rings ◦ 8 potatoes, chunked ◦ 1 bottle of beer

Preparation

1. Rub the roast generously with your favorite spice

mix. (I used Simply Gourmet Smoky Coffee Rub and then seasoned with kosher salt.)

2. Heat a Dutch oven or heavy bottom pan with canola oil on medium high heat, and sauté the onions until translucent. 3. Push the onions to the side and sear the meat on all

sides. Don’t skip the searing. It adds tons of flavor to the dish. Watch the onions for burning.

4. Once the meat is browned, move the onions around

the meat and pour in the beer. 5. When the beer has come to a boil, cover the meat and lower the flame. Cook on low for 4 hours.

6. Add in the potatoes and cook for another two hours, until potatoes are soft.

I kept the meat on the stove until candle lighting. Shut the flame and cover it with a towel to keep it warm. Alternately, you could put it on a blech. Cook’s note: If you don’t want to cook it on the stovetop, you can place it covered in the oven at 325°F for 3-4 hours.

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


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he men and women who write our nation’s tax laws aren’t known for their sartorial style. Ohio Representative James Traficant, who served 17 years in the people’s House before serving seven years in the “big” house, raised eyebrows with an occasional denim suit. (We’re pretty sure a Canadian tuxedo would get him fined today.) And Texas Representative Charlie Wilson rocked a unique collection of custom shirts featuring epaulets to hold his suspenders and button flap pockets. But most of the men, at least, are content to settle for a gray suit, blue shirt, and red tie straight off the nearest Brooks Brothers rack. That all changed for a hot minute this fall. New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a leader of her party’s progressive wing, has called for raising top tax rates to 70%. On September 13, she showed up at the Met Gala wearing a white off-the-shoulder gown by Aurora James emblazoned with the words “Tax the Rich” in bold red satin on the backside. AOC, as she’s universally known, is used to flattering appearances in Mother Jones and Rolling Stone. Now you’ll find her in Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, too. Many of AOC’s critics have called

her a hypocrite for showing up at a $35,000-per-plate dinner calling for higher taxes. They seem to think her fellow attendees would be offended at her call to pay more. That attack seems misplaced – if you wanted to start a 12-step program for limousine liberals, you probably couldn’t find a

stop her from claiming $41,666 in federal Paycheck Protection Program aid. PPP money was supposed to go primarily towards retaining workers and maintaining payroll, which makes you wonder if she sent Uncle Sam the withholdings on any of those wages, either.

If you wanted to start a 12-step program for limousine liberals, you probably couldn’t find a better place than the Met Gala.

better place than the Met Gala. But there’s another tax story here, too: it turns out that designer James, who also dresses famous singers and royals like Megan Markle, doesn’t like paying her own taxes. Maybe she just doesn’t consider herself rich? In 2011, James formed an LLC to manage her business. From April 2018 to April 2019, the IRS has placed $103,220 in liens on the company for failing to pay withholding taxes on her employees’ paychecks. That didn’t

The State of New York has piled on, too. The Department of Taxation and Finance has hit the company with 15 warrants for failing to pay state withholding taxes. They’re still waiting for $14,798. And the state Workers’ Compensation Board has fined James $17,000 for not carrying coverage between March 2017 and February 2018. She owes another $62,722 on the account itself. The good news is, everything’s cool on the tax front with the $1.6

million house that James bought last year in California. Oh wait, it’s not. It turns out she’s already $2,504 behind in property tax on the Tudor-style house in the Hollywood Hills. James doesn’t seem to like paying her rent, either. In 2018, her former landlord sued her for over $5,000 in unpaid rent at her shop on West 38th Street in Manhattan’s Garment District. Her next landlord filed to collect $25,000 in holdover rent and evict her from a location in trendy Brooklyn. Here’s one thing that’s true no matter what you think about AOC’s politics. Those couture gowns the guests wear to the Met Gala can cost tens of thousands of dollars, and you can’t afford them if you’re wasting money on taxes you don’t have to pay! The good news is, all you have to do is accept our invitation to plan better, and you’ll have a better shot at wowing the paparazzi lining the red carpet.

Allan J Rolnick is a CPA who has been in practice for over 30 years in Queens, NY. He welcomes your comments and can be reached at 718-896-8715 or at allanjrcpa@aol.com.


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