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The Chesed Fund Limited & Project Ezra of Greater Baltimore are proud to present

Back in Baltimore after many years, enjoy a special Havdalah and Musical Performance by Simply Tsfat’s talented musicians.

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SIMPLY TSFAT In Concert!

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Motzoei Shabbos, January 6th, 2018 8:30 pm Doors open at 8:15 pm

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CONTENTS

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COMMUNITY Around the Community . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Year in Review. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Community Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

JEWISH THOUGHT Rabbi Zvi Teichman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Rabbi Motty Rabinowitz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66

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

HUMOR & ENTERTAINMENT Notable Quotes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Centerfold. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Good Humor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

JEWISH LIFE Dating Dialogue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 What Tax Reform Means for You . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Health and Fitness. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 It’s All about the Flu – Again. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Biz Wiz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Mental Health Corner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Beyond Limits - A Serial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Forgotten Heroes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Life Coach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Gluten Free Recipe Column. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Cooking for the King. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95

NEWS Israel News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

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Dear Readers, This week’s note is dedicated to the biggest wonder of creation; a survivor, a remnant of an ancient nation, the Jew. As we mark the tenth of Teves, the encircling of Jerusalem by the Babylonian armies, let us focus on the positive. The Jewish survivor. The fighter, who in each generation, picked up what remained and focused on rebuilding. It is this survivor, a literal ud mutzal m’eish, a firebrand saved from fire, who is the hero of our people. The Jew has been through it all. His people, once fully independent, enjoyed their own land with a grand house of worship where they were visited and honored by all. Attacked and then uprooted from their Promised Land, wave after wave of Jewish communities were taken to foreign countries and cultures, into a bitter exile. There were golden times, and there were dark ages, with some host governments appreciating the blessings of having a Jewish population, and others opting to use their Jewish citizens as scapegoats to blame all ills. Within the Jewish nation as well, there were years of unity and shared vision of an eternal Torah given at Sinai, and there were years the mitzvot were looked upon with contempt. Yet after each period of suffering there arose a generation of determined survivors. Determined to establish the next generation of Jews. Untiring in their efforts to keep alive the teachings of the Torah. In our century we owe everything we have to those persecuted during the destruction and terror that was the Holocaust. They could have given up entirely, or focus on their victimhood and entitlement. Nobody could blame them. They had every excuse to become angry, vengeful and lifeless. Yet our grandparents did not give in. They rebuilt the Jewish world child by child, family by family, and community by community. One who hadn’t heard of the Holocaust would think that Jews were always a large, thriving and successful community here in America. Surely, the many miracles the Jewish people are currently experiencing is in their honor. We salute you. We honor you. And we hope that in the very near future you will be given the ultimate honor when we return to our land and G-d himself says to each one personally nitzchuni banai nitzchuni, you have bested me my children, you have bested me. May we have a joyous and purposeful Shabbos, Shalom.

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hat native Baltimorean doesn’t remember, as a child, going into Goldman’s Bakery and getting a free cookie, sans solicitation? That tradition started back in 1965, when German-born immigrants, Fred and Inge Cohn, a”h, opened the bakery; it continues until today. But, those were the days, my friends, since sibling owners Leah, Ruth and Max Cohn—who joined the family business full-time in 1977, and gradually over the years took it over from their parents, who worked there until their last days—recently announced that they are retiring. The bakery will be closing December 31, and will sell out its remaining inventory at bargain prices, with many items 50% off. Pastries Plus, in Seven Mile Market, will close Jan 5th preceded by a massive sale. Goldman’s Bakery dates back even farther than the Cohn family. As pointed out by daughter/granddaughter Shirley (Goldman) Blumenfeld, Isaac and Jean Goldman opened the original Goldman’s Bakery in 1950 on 3602 West Rogers Avenue, and sold it to the Cohns. They decided to retain the reputable name established by the Goldman family and moved the bakery to its present location. The Cohns have wanted to sell the business for quite a few years. Says Max, “The hours—midnight, until we’re done--are awful and it doesn’t

matter how much help you have, it’s never enough---and I have some of the greatest help that you can possibly have. When everyone’s enjoying a holiday, we’re working hard to make sure that happens…We want to be able to enjoy what we’ve worked for.” The bakery has been sold and will re-open as a totally different type of bakery; since Goldman’s name wasn’t sold, the new bakery will no longer bear that name. It remains to be seen if it will become kosher certified. “I hope to spend a little more time in Ocean City, travel more, and spend a lot of time with family,” says Max. “I don’t want to do what most people do—they wait until they are 70 or 80 and it’s too late to do that kind of stuff. I sacrificed a lot and my sisters did, and we’re changing the rules.” When I asked Max if closing shop is bittersweet, for him, he answered, “I must have gotten about a hundred business emails, this morning, which I’ll post on my Facebook page. Up until now, I thought, it’s just a building with a lot of equipment in it, and yes, it has a lot of memories--but it’s time for a change. But, when I got those letters, I admit, it choked me up a little bit.” The thought of retirement for Max’s sister, Leah, is just as bittersweet. “It’s been a while in coming because we’re not as young as we used to be and it’s not easy finding bakers anymore,” says Leah, who does everything for the family business, but bake. “It’s just time. If it’s not now, when is

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it going to be? We want to get our lives so we can sleep past 1 a.m. It’s a very difficult life, but it’s been good to us.” Leah jokes that she assumes with her leave from the bakery, she will be losing a little weight, although she is not heavy. ‘I tell myself, every morning, when the baked goods come out of the oven-- ‘I am not going to have a danish, today; I’m not going to have a donut, today--but, when I go set up the store, I think, ‘Boy that one looks good; that one is a little small; maybe I should eat that one.’ So, the only way I won’t be able to eat it is if I’m not working!” Leah plans on taking a break, for perhaps a year, and then find something that she wants to do, instead of doing something that she has to do, as she put it. “It’s very hard to enjoy holidays when everyone else is enjoying them—Chanukah, for example--I had to squeeze it in with my family,” recalls Leah. “We were able to bring donuts, that was a positive, and we didn’t have to wait in line for them, but we weren’t able to go and enjoy without yawning.”

Concludes Leah, “In the next week, we are just going to give back to our customers with whatever we can bake to hold them over, maybe, a little bit during the winter, during a storm, and they’ll think of us (because our baked goods freeze well), and then say goodbye.….We thank everybody for being there.” Of course, along with the Cohn family’s retirement comes the closing of Pastries Plus—Seven Mile Market’s outsourced Goldman’s bakery department that opened on November 16, 2010, when the store initially opened in its Reisterstown Road location. Says Moshe Boehm, Seven Mile Market Vice President of Operations, “We were caught totally by surprise; it was not expected, but Goldman’s is being wonderful and will help us with the transition.” Mr. Boehm says Seven Mile Market feels strongly about keeping their outsourced departments local, and announced that Pastries Plus will pass the baton on to Rosendorff’s Bakery. “We want to keep it Baltimore, Baltimore, Baltimore—we have Shindler’s Fish, we have Flowers & Gifts, we had Goldman’s, and we want to continue the tradition of strengthening local businesses to grow and serve the larger community,” says Mr. Boehm. “That, to us, is an important part of Baltimore—strengthening Baltimore, from within.” Seven Mile Market is sorry to see Pastries Plus leave. “We’ve enjoyed working with Max Cohn and his family since the beginning,” notes Mr. Boehm. “He’s an extremely honest, ehrliche, straight-shooter. For example, when we ran our two-day, fourfor-one donut special over Chanukah, it was so successful, he got up at 10 p.m. and stayed up through the next day until 4 p.m., just to keep pumping out the donuts--and he did it again the next night. Why? He told me, ‘I gave you my word; I told you I was going to do something, and I did it. I didn’t want you running out by 12 noon.’ Pastries Plus is really going out with a bang. In just those two days of Chanukah, Max made and sold more than 12,000 donuts!”


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Bnos Yisroel ‘s New High School Learning Center

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TRANSFORMATION FOR A GREATER EDUCATION By: Elaine Bodenheimer & Ahuvah Heyman

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ransformation is exhilarating! That is one’s immediate reaction upon seeing the new High School Learning Center of Bnos Yisroel of Baltimore. During the summer, Mr. Shalom Tennenbaum, father of Layla Tennenbaum, a Bnos Yisroel 3rd grader, donated his time, energy, and expertise to the creation of this exciting educational environment. It was indeed his top priority during the past few months, and the result is nothing short of astounding! From its inception, the Learning Center has been an important part of the Bnos Yisroel mission of meeting the needs of every child. Beginning in Preschool and continuing into the Elementary, Middle and High School divisions, the Learning Center provides numerous types of support to address

all types of learning needs from remediation to personalized enrichment, ensuring academic success for all types of learners. When Bnos Yisroel moved into its current facility six years ago, the loft was simply a depository for production props, special activity supplies, and G.O. materials. Constantly seeking ways to maximize all available spaces, the administration decided that the right person could transform this location into an open environment for the High School’s Learning Center. Mr. Tennenbaum, a contractor by trade, was just that person! Because of his amazing design and execution, the new Learning Center provides space for educational support and enrichment, in addition to areas for chaburas, General Studies classes, and other tutoring groups. Mrs. Adina Bulman, the Coordinator of the High School Learning Center, is especially excited about the new

facility. “The High School girls could not contain their enthusiasm when they saw the renovated Learning Center. They were most impressed by the degree to which Bnos Yisroel cared about them, and seeing the beautiful transformation made them even more anxious to succeed in their studies. The fact that the Center is on the second floor of the building also makes it very discrete, so girls are more comfortable receiving support there.” Mrs. Bulman further explains that several groups take advantage of the Center, including the High School ex-

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Chai Lifeline Hosts Chanukah Family Gathering Full of Incredible Fun And Laughter at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport By: Yonathan Melamed

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ome organizations might rent a social hall for their annual Channuka party. Other organizations may reserve a nearby hotel ballroom. The Chai Lifeline Mid-Atlantic region booked an international airport. You heard correctly. This past Sunday, 285 members of Chai Lifeline’s local Mid-Atlantic regional office gathered at the Observational Level of the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport to light the menorah with family and friends and enjoy and evening of bonding and joyful hope.  The Observational Level at BWI Airport features an extraordinary panoramic overlook of the parallel runways, providing a stunning view of airplanes taking off and landing with the setting sun as the backdrop.  It was a magical evening including an acrobatic show, digital photo-booths, build-a-bear workshops, cookie-decorating and presents. Children from a diverse religious spectrum and wide-ranging diagnoses gathered together for an one evening to draw strength from one another. To laugh and dance together. 

All throughout the airport terminals, you could hear the blasting heavy-bass music of the renowned DJ Balagan, filling the doldrums of security lines with festive cheer and excitement. International travelers may not have known who or what Chai Lifeline was before they entered the terminal, but they most certainly did by the time they were boarding their planes. Trance-inspired remixes of “hava nagila” is not something one quickly forgets. Neither is the scene of children, attached to intravenous poles, dancing the night away with not a worry on their faces. *“The annual family Chanukah party has become a staple on our calendar, but the reality is that it is a culmination of years-worth of programming that Chai Lifeline offers me and my family. My children, my husband, all of us feel comfortable and excited to come the the Chanukah event only because we came to the Laser Tag event three weeks ago. The “Mom’s Retreat” the week before that. Tonight I want to dance with the Chai Lifeline volunteers who came to visit my daughter last week when we were in the hospital for treatment. It’s not an organization holiday party. It’s a family gathering.” 

- Mrs. L* In the past two years since the formal founding of the Mid-Atlantic regional office based in Baltimore, Chai Lifeline has grown from a small

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Mechinas Ner Yisroel Celebrates Chanukah Mesiba with World Famous Singing Sensation, Ner Yisroel Alumnus Simcha Leiner By: BJLife Staff BaltimoreJewishLife.com/Jeff Cohn

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n Tuesday evening, the Mechina of Ner Yisroel celebrated its Chanukah Mesiba. The music and singing was enhanced with world famous singing sensation, Ner Yisroel alumnus and former dorm counselor Simcha Leiner accompanied by the Noach Lurman Orchestra. Photos by Mrs. Esky Cook.

Ohr Chadash Academy Middle School Hosts Joint OCA/JCN Chanukah Party

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hen we think about Chanukah parties, we normally picture get-togethers with our family and with our friends, sharing the Chanukah merriment with those in our daily lives. Most people don’t host entire parties for people they don’t even know. Not so at Ohr Chadash Academy! On the 2nd night of Chanukah, OCA middle school students, along with their families, gathered at OCA to host a party for Jewish Caring Network (JCN) families. JCN is a Baltimore based organization dedicated to providing support services to families facing life-threatening, lifelong, or serious illnesses. OCA Middle School is engaged in a year-long partnership with

JCN to help bring joy to those families with sick family members and to ease their burden in any way that they are able. Mrs. Randi Orshan, OCA Assistant Principal of General Studies shares “From the planning to the executing, the students worked so hard to provide a meaningful, fun experience for all the participants.” And, what a fun experience it was! Festive Chanukah music filled the room courtesy of DJ Balagan, Aaron Shiller. Those guests who didn’t get caught up in the dancing from the getgo had their choice of different, fun, Chanukah stations and games. From pin the Gimmel on the dreidel to spin art, a science experiment, cookie decorating, and popsicle stick art, it was hard

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Members of an anarchist group in Greece vandalized the Israeli embassy in Athens using bottles of red paint this week. The group, Rubicon, filmed themselves committing the early-morning attack on Monday and posted the video online. The video shows the members of the group riding up to the embassy building on motorcycles and throwing the paint at it. “We identify with the Palestinians, a nation that for decades has been a victim of oppression,” Rubicon said in a statement released after the attack. “In reality, the Palestinians are pressured to leave their land. This is ethnic cleansing at a low intensity level for decades.” The statement also said: “The question that arises from the Palestinian struggle that must confront us all is the question of the nature of the Palestinian struggle for independence. It is a question of survival of a nation in the land on which it was born.”

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the Waldorf brand. The Reichmanns bought the building in 2005 for $20 million and spent a reported $150 million on a three-year renovation. The restoration project, run by architect Yehuda Feigin, included extensive work to restore the building’s combination of Roman, Moorish and Arab architecture. The building now has 226 rooms and the largest ballroom in Jerusalem. The personal tastes of Paul Reichmann, the Reichmann family patriarch, influenced much of the hotel’s lavish interior design. Paul died in 2013. His five heirs began negotiations to sell the building last year.

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nation to follow President Trump’s lead and agree to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week lavished praise on Guatemala’s president for doing so. “G-d bless you, my friend, President Jimmy Morales. G-d bless both our countries, Israel and Guatemala,” said Netanyahu at his weekly Knesset meeting. 

The Czech Republic has also officially recognized West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “I told you recently

there would be other countries that will recognize Jerusalem and move their embassies,” Netanyahu said, after reading out Morales’s official announcement. “I repeat: There will be more, this is just the beginning.” Guatemalan President Morales said online that he instructed his foreign ministry to move their embassy after talks with Netanyahu. “We spoke about the excellent relations that we have had as nations since Guatemala supported the creation of the state of Israel,” he wrote. “One of the most important topics [of the conversation] was the return of the embassy of Guatemala to Jerusalem. So I inform you that I have instructed the chancellor to initiate the respective coordination so that it may happen.” Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, and Deputy Minister for Diplomacy Michael Oren applauded Guatemala’s announcement. “Viva Guatemala! It takes courage for a superpower to

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stand up for justice and recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal capital. But it takes even more — immense guts — for a small nation to do that,” Oren wrote on Twitter. “People of Guatemala, the people of Israel will never forget your support and bravery.” About 1,000 Jews live in Guatemala, which has a population of 15 million. The small country is one of nine nations that voted with the United States last week when the UN General Assembly adopted a non-binding resolution which denounced President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The other countries were Honduras, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Togo. On Monday, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely told Israel’s Kan Bet public radio that Israel is talking with more than 10 countries about potentially moving their respective embassies to Jerusalem.

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I Now Pronounce You Underwater Thomas Mould and Sandra Hyde were meant for each other. The two met when Mould was sent for dive training a few years ago as part of his role as a sergeant in the British Army. Hyde, a U.S. citizen, was his instructor.

cation? The Florida Keys. And yes, it was really in the Florida Keys – underwater – next to Molasses Reef off the Key Largo coast. Photos from the sub-aquatic nuptials were posted to Facebook by The Florida Keys & Key West official tourism account. The couple, who exchanged vows with the help of a waterproof tablet, said they will remain in the Keys for their honeymoon before going home to England. I now pronounce you soaking wet.

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Israeli Gives Birth to 20 There’s been a lot of simchos in a Mea Shearim household in the past few years. Recently it was revealed that a 42-year-old woman who arrived at Hadassah Hospital was set to give birth to her 20th child.

The woman had been pregnant 18 times previous to this birth; she had one set of twins already.

to have given birth to 69 children. During 27 labors she gave birth to a remarkable 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets, and four sets of quadruplets.

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Does not have the same skills as the real deal. - California police on a would-be robber that got stuck in a chimney

You heard that, Ben Rhodes, a former Obama advisor, openly fantasized about the deaths of three prominent politicians. Ben – I mean this – try therapy. You do not seem well. Many on the left seem to have lost all sense of reality and decency. - S.E. Cupp, addressing Ben Rhodes’ tweet

My eyes just about popped out of my head. We had put up X-mas lights and I wondered if we had put them up wrong. - Mary Horomanski, of Pennsylvania, to a local news agency, recalling what happened when she received an electric bill for $284,460,000,000 in error with a minimum payment of $28,156 for the month of December

If there will be recommendations [to indict] — so what? Here’s a fact I doubt the public knows: the vast majority of police recommendations end with nothing. More than 60 percent of police recommendations are thrown out. - Prime Minister Netanyahu at a rally of Likud members about rumors that he is going to be indicted for corruption

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[Mueller] should have been more careful about who he hired. He should have disclosed he had taken that FBI agent off the case after his messages came out. I think he has a credibility problem on these emails without a warrant. I think he has a credibility problem if he used the dossier in order to get national security wiretaps. - Famed attorney Alan Dershowitz

- Ibid.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that the tax plan is “an all-out looting of America, a wholesale robbery of the middle class.” Which, incidentally, is also the slogan for Whole Foods. - Jimmy Fallon

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio visited Iowa yesterday. He actually meant to visit Queens but the F train got rerouted. - Seth Myers

- From an op-ed in China’s state-controlled newspaper

- U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley to the UN General Assembly ahead of its vote to condemn the U.S. for declaring that it will move its embassy to Jerusalem, which it considers the capital of Israel

They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars, and then they vote against us. Well, we’re watching those votes. Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot. We don’t care. - President Trump at a cabinet meeting ahead of the UN vote

This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to write and admit: Trump is winning. - Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Huffington Post, lamenting President Trump’s successes

I didn’t say African-Americans, I didn’t say Hispanics, I said talented young men and women. - White House chief of staff John Kelly to reporters about diversity considerations when hiring staff for the White House

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The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out in this assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation. We will remember it when, once again, we are called up to make the world’s largest contribution to the UN, and we will remember it when many countries come calling on us to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit….This vote will make a difference in how Americans look at the UN and how we look at countries that disrespect us at the UN. And this vote will be remembered.

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[Mueller] has been conducting a sloppy investigation, and that’s atypical of him. I’m surprised. When you are going after the president, you have to be Caesar’s wife – you have to be above reproach. You can’t give the other side any ammunition, and he has given the other side plenty of ammunition.


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Do you see this as punishment for the crime of running for president? - Fox News’ Tucker Carlson talking to Green Party 2016 presidential candidate Jill Stein about now being questioned about her connections to Russia because of a picture which surfaced of her at a dinner in 2015 with Vladimir Putin

Yes. - Stein, in response

You need the prayer more than I do, I think… Maybe a good solid prayer, and they’ll be honest men. Is that possible? - President Trump, allowing reporters to stay in the room for a prayer at the start of his final cabinet meeting of the year

Time to investigate high ranking Obama government officials who might have colluded to prevent the election of @realDonaldTrump! This could be WORSE than Watergate!

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President Trump today congratulated Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for passing the Republican tax plan tweeting, quote, “I could have not asked for a better or more talented partner.” McConnell was so touched, his neck pouch blushed. - Seth Myers

The fact that [Republicans] can be so brazen and act with such impunity tells me that we have to be more brazen with our activism and maybe a bit more aggressive.

The Palestinian issue is a fake issue, just like the notion of a Palestinian state is a fake state… No one in the Arab world ever accepted the notion of a Palestinian nation. They wouldn’t grant them a state. We’ve granted them a state in Gaza and they turned it into Afghanistan in the heart of Israel. We aren’t about to make that mistake again.

- Los Angeles psychologist and Trump derangement syndrome sufferer Robby Strong, who left a gift-wrapped box of horse manure outside the Los Angeles home of U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, explaining why he did it

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Morris goes on vacation and asks Harry to watch over his house. About a week later, Morris calls home and asks, “How’s my cat?” “Your cat died,” Harry responds. “Oy vey! You shouldn’t have broken the news to me like that! You should have done it slowly. The first time I called, you should have told me she was on the roof. The second time I called, you should have said there was no way to get her down. The third time I called, you should have told me that you tried to get her off the roof, but she fell down and died,” Morris says. Harry apologizes and hangs up. About a week later, Morris calls again and asks, “How’s my dog?” There is a long silence and then Harry replies, “Well, he’s on the roof.”

Whatever (33%) Fake news (23%) “No offense, but” (20%) Literally (11%) “You know what i mean?” (10%)

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2017 Sports Trivia the athlete with 2017 earnings:

Roger Federer

$80 million

Lionel Messi

$86.2 million

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a. Columbus Blue Jackets b. Ottawa Senators c. Pittsburgh Penguins d. Washington Capitals 7. Who had the highest batting average in the MLB in the 2017 season? a. Buster Posey b. Giancarlo Stanton c. Jose Altuve d. Charlie Blackmon 8. Which pitcher had an ERA of 2.25, which was the lowest in the MLB in 2017? a. Clayton Kershaw b. Max Scherzer c. Corey Kluber d. Stephen Strasburg

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 Scorecard 7-8 correct: Mike Francesa left a vacancy at WFAN! Perhaps you can get the gig. 3-5 correct: You are Kknd of in the middle, but not in the Lionel Messi type of way.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo: $93 million; LeBron James: $86.2 million ; Lionel Messi: $80 million; Roger Federer: $64 million 2. D- In the final race of his career, which was the 4x100 meter relay at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, Bolt injured his left leg and crumpled to the track and was unable to fin-

ish the race. 3. A 4. B 5. A- Nadal was victorious at the U.S. Open and French Open but lost to Roger Federer at the Australian Open final. 6. C 7. C 8. C

There are four people sitting at a square table. Their names are Mike, Al, Paul, and John. Use the clues below to figure out who sits where at the table.

Paul sits on the left of John and across from Mike.

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Riddle me this? • John is at the left of Mike. • Mike sits on the right side of the table. • Al is on the right of Mike. • Where does Paul sit?

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Where did Usain Bolt finish in the final race of his career? a. First b. Second c. Third d. He didn’t finish 3. Who was the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for 2017? a. Russell Westbrook b. Steph Curry c. LeBron James

d. James Harden 4. Which horse won the 2017 Kentucky Derby on May 6th, 2017? a. Lookin At Lee b. Always Dreaming c. Classic Empire d. Battle of Midway 5. Which tennis player made it to 3 singles grand slam finals this year? a. Rafael Nadal b. Serena Williams c. Venus Williams d. Roger Federer 6. Which NHL team won the 2017 Stanley Cup finals against the Nashville Predators?

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hen Jews meet other Jews for the first time they typically engage in a classic Jewish pastime known as Jewish geography. It is neither a professional nor an Olympic sport but it probably could be. It is neither a game show nor reality show but it probably should be. At its core, Jewish geography is an attempt by total strangers to figure out how they might know each other or how they might have acquaintances in common. Sometimes it unfolds through a tedious process of elimination and other times it plays out through extensive and overly intrusive personal probing. Many times the result is not a direct hit or even a significant connection and often the conclusion is a distant, tangential link that barely qualifies as interesting or relevant. But we all still play it. The beauty of Jewish geography is that the strength or legitimacy of the purported connection is of little importance. As long as some relationship is established, no matter how remote or inconsequential, it usually triggers a very Jewish reaction of familiarity, camaraderie, wonderment and excitement as though twins separated at birth have just been reunited. In fact, one could argue that Jewish geography is far less about the connection and far more about the reaction. If you are playing Jewish geography and the exchange does not elicit a bizarre and ear-splitting mix of hysteria and euphoria, then you simply are not playing the game correctly.

One need not sensationalize the flimsiness of some Jewish geography connections because in practice the weakness is obvious on its face. With that in mind, the following is a hypothetical example, although it may be very true: Jew #1: Hello there, my name is Hugh Dontnomey. I live in the Five Towns. Jew #2: The Five Towns? That is incredible! Jew #1: Why is that so incredible? Jew #2: Oh my goodness, Hugh, this is so funny. You’re not going to believe this. Buckle up and get ready!

ied at the same yeshiva as my brother’s nephew’s friend’s former roommate whose accountant married a girl from ... the Five Towns. And you, Hugh, are from the Five Towns too! Isn’t that unbelievable?! You’re both from the Five Towns! What are the chances? How crazy is that? Tell me, really, how crazy is that? Jew #1: It’s crazy... Jew #2: I know! Jew #1: No, it’s crazy that you don’t see how ridiculous this all sounds. Jew #2: Oh, so you think it’s a bit of a stretch?

Wrapping a tiny rubber band around a bloated Sumo wrestler would be way less of a stretch.

Jew #1: Get ready for what? Jew #2: Just listen! My mother plays mahjong with this lady who gets her hair colored by this woman who is married to an insurance salesman who just sold a policy to a young couple who lives next door to a family whose dentist plays golf with an obstetrician who delivered the fourth child of a nice family who vacations every summer with a family who sends their kids to a summer camp where the director once stud-

Jew #1: Wrapping a tiny rubber band around a bloated Sumo wrestler would be way less of a stretch. Indeed, Jewish geography sometimes involves a wacky, highly technical game of genealogy. Here’s an example: Jew #1: Hi, my name is Ann Cestorberg. Jew #2: Wow, this is so weird, Ann. I think we’re related. Jew #1: Really, how so? Jew #2: Your great-grandmother

had a brother who had two children, one of whom had triplets, and one of those triplets had a child who got married and had a two daughters, one of whom gave birth to me, which makes me your third cousin twice removed. Jew #1: How do you know all of that? Jew #2: How do you not? After all, Ann, we’re family! Of course, Jewish geography also can create awkward moments, especially when Jews are caught overreaching: Jew #1: Do you know Nancy Secretstein? Jew #2: Of course. We’re best friends, like BFF’s, like totally inseparable. We’re basically sisters. We literally tell each other everything. Jew #1: That’s so strange. Jew #2: Why is that strange? Jew #1: Because Nancy and I got married two weeks ago and I don’t remember you being at the wedding or even being invited. Jew #2: We’re so close that she didn’t even have to invite me. Jew #1: Huh? Jewish geography is a game that is played by Jews only. You know that famous Yiddish expression, “It’s a small world after all”? That’s what it’s all about. Wait, is that a Yiddish expression or did Walt make that up? Who cares? I’m getting farklempt just thinking about it. Jon Kranz is an attorney living in Englewood, New Jersey. Send any comments, questions or insults to jkranz285@gmail. com.


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Dear Navidaters,

Mindy and I got divorced two years ago after a very stormy marriage. We were both caused each other much pain. The divorce was also extremely painful, and we both said and did things that I know I regret and I’m pretty sure she also regrets. We have two young children.

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Miraculously, since we’re divorced, we’re able to communicate in a much more normal way. We are both trying to be considerate of each other and work as a team in order to create a peaceful environment for our children. We’ve heard about all these divorced couples who forever torment one another. Neither of us want to be that divorced couple. Now that our lives are settling down and we both feel ready to start dating again, Mindy suggested that we start dating one another! Neither of us have gone out yet and we both feel ready to get out there. At first, I was shocked at her suggestion. After all, during our marriage, we were really awful toward one another. On the other hand, when I think about how easy it would be to slip back into a marriage with her, I’m tempted. For the children, I know it would be the best thing. Financially, it makes a lot of sense. Plus, we’ve always had a certain chemistry together. There’s something about Mindy that has always appealed to me. I know that we’ve both been through a lot and have grown from the divorce. It has forced us both to look at ourselves more closely and work on ourselves. On the other hand, the old wounds are still inside of me. I can’t honestly say that some of the things Mindy said and did to me don’t still come up and cause me to feel very angry. Is there any way in which I should even consider such a thing? Do you know of couples who remarried and were successful? Are Mindy (and I) just looking for what seems like the easy way out but really kidding ourselves?


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The Panel The Rebbetzin Rebbetzin Faigie Horowitz, M.S. ast things first this time. There are people who remarry their exes. The Gemara has a positive thing to say about that. However, I have neither been in the homes of such couples nor in their hearts so I cannot comment on your question of whether they were successful. Begin by taking a piece of paper and dividing it into several columns. I would suggest that you sit down and figure out honest reactions to the following questions and categories. What actions of mine added tension to our marriage? What attitudes of mine added tension to our marriage? What communications skills do I need to work on to keep tension in check in my general life? What actions can I take to show a person I care about them? What values and attributes about my ex influenced me to marry her? Why am I reconsidering dating my ex, which might mean remarriage? After answering these questions, flip over your paper and pretend to be Mindy and respond to the same questions. Such honest self-examination plus help from a mental health professional will start a process of growth and examination of the potential of this relationship. A process happens over time. Give this process time and be open with your ex about taking the time and getting the support to work this through. Suggest that she do the same. At some point, you can go to a therapist together. You may want to see a marital counselor who saw the two of you when you were married or you may choose a new one. This should be part of your efforts to explore whether the relationship has potential. There is a lot of baggage from the past and a lot

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you have to work on in the present. Don’t skip working through this. Don’t jump into dating her. Consider that you may be lonely and in regular contact with her for the sake of the kids. Make sure that you have other social opportunities. Pursue hobbies and interests. And consider ways of increasing your income. Most divorced dads (and moms, of course) have to scale back their lifestyle after divorced. Financial considerations should not be a motivation to get back together. Repair yourself, repair your finances, and grow both with professional help. Then consider dating her.

The Mother Sarah Schwartz Schreiber, P.A. o Mindy and you share a certain chemistry. My husband, the analytical chemist, has taught me a few principles. There are a great many elements that when mixed and titrated can bring great things to life. Other substances – say bleach and ammonia – can trigger an explosive reaction when swirled in the same beaker. From the sound of your letter, I deduce that you and Mindy are two terrific people who function beautifully, amicably, maturely in your separate zones. When paired, once married…kaboom! Getting remarried at this stage does make sense – both financially and for the sake of the kids. Why didn’t this obvious revelation occur to you when you did “Awful-Horrible-Painful” things to each other two years ago? I venture to guess you were in therapy during the break-up and still chose to split in spite of the consequences to your checkbook and children. While Hollywood has produced many sensational examples of on-

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again-off-again couples – the ones who can neither live together or apart – I can’t claim to know any real-life examples of successful second-timearound marriages. If you and Mindy sincerely believe that you can put the toxic hurtful patterns of behavior behind you and re-build your relationship from scratch, get thee both to a competent marriage counselor. Do the work, give it a year – no less – and then decide if you have both grown up enough to live peacefully and respectfully under the same roof.

It’s easy to get along with someone when you don’t have to live together, make decisions together, and put one another first.

The Shadchan Michelle Mond t seems that both you and Mindy were able to grow and mature once you divorced. It’s possible that time has healed the old wounds and that you can reconcile the past and remarry. But there are some important questions you need to ask yourself. What steps did you both take to work on yourselves? Realize that, although Mindy and you have grown since the divorce, you remain the same people as before. You need to be completely honest and open with one another. Admit your faults and what you could have done differently. Honesty and transparency are helpful, as they provide a “litmus test” of your new relationship: did you both live up to your mistakes, grow and are willing to change, or do you have significant disagreements as to who is at fault? Are you both willing to talk through and learn from your mistakes? Were there personality disorders which weren’t addressed? Are you remarrying for the financial advantages and for your children? While those are noble objectives,

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these cannot be the principle reasons, as those factors were unable to keep your previous relationship intact. Can you (collectively) put aside and forgive all the nastiness and negativity of your previous relationship? If you remarry, you must be sure that the problem which led to the divorce is fixable and you can ensure it doesn’t recur. Will you be carrying that same baggage into your new relationship or will you find a new love for each other? As with first-time dating, spend plenty of time getting to know each other again. Don’t rush your new relationship. Throughout the process, be totally honest about what went wrong. In addition, while you are indeed lucky to enjoy a good relationship with Mindy, therein lies the ultimate question: What changed when you got married and what changed after you divorced? The answer is that once you married, you were part of each other’s lives in a way only married couples, not dating or divorced couples, are involved. When you were single and dating each other, but living your separate lives, everything was great. After you

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longer married to each other! It’s easy to get along with someone when you don’t have to live together, make decisions together, and put one another first. Right now your relationship probably involves conversations like, “What time will you be dropping off the kids?” which is not a stressful conversation. But it’s not any kind of indicator as to whether the two of you would get along any better than you did the first time around, when you once again start dealing with important issues. I understand how easy it must feel to consider sliding right back into your marriage. You would have one household to upkeep rather than two and your children would probably be thrilled. These are such tempting reasons, and it’s understandable why you would consider it. But unless both you and Mindy have radically changed

Clearly, there are unresolved, open wounds that will bleed if not cared for properly now. from the time you were married, I don’t think it’s a good idea in the least. If you’re lonely, ask people to start setting you up and start dating other people. You may find that you’re attracted to someone very different than Mindy altogether, and someone who brings out better qualities in you. The same goes for Mindy. I give this question two thumbs down!

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irst and foremost, I am responding as an advocate for the children. When there are minors involved my main consideration is their well-being. Adults get to make the choices and the children are along for the ride. So it is the children that I am speaking on behalf of. These children had no say in your divorce and they have no say in your decision to get back together. Whatever your next move with Mindy, it will deeply impact your two small kids. Once we have children, their needs come before ours. That is not to say couples should never split. On the contrary; there are times when it is indeed in the children’s best interest that their parents go their separate ways. Some would say that being raised in a home with chronic tension and fighting is far worse for children than a divorce. If you and Mindy could get back together and restore a peaceful and harmonious family unit, then of course this

would be in the best interest of the children. The issue is you don’t know if this is feasible. The only way to tell would be to give it a chance. If you decide to take this route, I offer you the following advice. If you haven’t already been in your own individual therapy, my recommendation is to speak with someone now. In your own individual therapy you will explore your role in the tumultuous marriage you described. Without knowing what the issues were or any of the unresolved business you brought into the marriage, I will say that in order to not repeat the same mistakes we must develop an awareness and insight into “what went wrong” and into our unsavory behaviors. Otherwise, history will repeat itself. You will also think about what you need from Mindy. Since you and Mindy were married, should you decide to date, you two must

be in couples counseling. There’s so much hurt, pain and anguish coming and going from both sides. Clearly, there are unresolved, open wounds that will bleed if not cared for properly now. In counseling, it will become clear if there is a path toward reconciliation for you and Mindy. My last piece of advice is potentially the most important. Do not tell the children you are dating until you are certain that you are getting remarried. It is my personal opinion that young children should not meet any man or woman their parent is dating until things are fairly official. These kids have already been through enough turmoil, change and transition. When we introduce a new boyfriend or girlfriend to our children, they become attached to this person (if we are lucky). What happens if you break up? This is yet another loss for the child and more chaos that they aren’t equipped to handle. All the more so with your children and their mother. In summary, if you can restore this

family unit and give those kids two healthy, loving, functioning parents, then you have the green light. Take it slowly, go for therapy, both individually and together, and do not tell the kids that you and Mommy are dating or back together. If you fall back into old patterns and begin an unhealthy “dance” then by all means, it is time to move on. Best of luck. Best of luck, Jennifer Esther Mann, LCSW and Jennifer Mann, LCSW are licensed psychotherapists and dating and relationship coaches working with individuals, couples and families in private practice in Hewlett, NY. To set up a consultation or to ask questions, please call 516.224.7779. Press 1 for Esther, 2 for Jennifer. Visit www.thenavidaters.com for more information. If you would like to submit a dating or relationship question to the panel anonymously, please email thenavidaters@ gmail.com. You can follow The Navidaters on FB and Instagram for dating and relationship advice.


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the verse written? It goes on to state in the name of Rav Dimi that this verse is actually an expression of an appeal of the congregation of Israel to G-d: ‫ רמוז בעיניך דבסים מח־‬,‫רבונו של עולם‬ ‫מרא‬, Master of the Universe!, Hint to me with Your eyes ( that You are happy with me) which is sweeter to me than wine, ‫ואחוי לי שיניך דבסים מחלבא‬, and show me Your teeth (smile upon me) which is sweeter to me than milk. ‫(כתו־‬ ):‫בות קיא‬ Rashi elucidates that the word in the verse referring to G-d’s ‘red’ eyes, ‫חכלילי‬, is actually a contraction of the words ‫חוך‬, which means smile, and ‫לי‬ ‫לי‬, expressing to me to me, in essence asking of G-d to smile upon us favorably. This we are told is the ‘plain’ meaning of the verse! Rav Yochonon goes on to apply this idea to man himself in man’s quest to emulate G-d. On the second half of the verse which plainly describes the whitened teeth from milk, he interprets it as referring to the imperative to display our white teeth through the agency of a smile, conveying positivity and joy towards all whom we encounter. ‫לבן שנים‬, the whitening of our teeth (i.e. a smile), ‫מחלב‬, is more nourishing to a friend than (serving him) milk! The eye represents our perception. Do we view the world as an opportunity to contribute and give or as one where we can take selfishly? Do we possess a ‫עין טובה‬, a good and generous eye, or a ‫עין רעה‬, a stingy and evil eye? Our teeth which are utilized for consumption, crushing and pulverizing all that which we ingest, is symbolic of indulgence and power. Animals threateningly bare their teeth towards their

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As Yaakov is about to bless Yosef’s children he contemplates the irony of the moment by exclaiming, “I dared not accept the thought that I would see your face, and here God has shown me even your offspring!” )‫(בראשית מח יא‬ Why does Yaakov emphasize his good fortune in having been able to once again see the ‘face’ of Yosef? Was Yaakov so enamored with Yosef’s handsome shaina punim that he longed to view it again? It was certainly his thrill in seeing ‘Yosef’ himself and his illustrious character and great spiritual accomplishments, not simply his face that brought Yaakov such joy. Why then does Yaakov focus his sentiment on the ‘face’ of Yosef? The Targum Yonoson translates the word ‫פניך‬, your face, as ‫סבר אפך‬, which literally translates as the ‘brightness of your face’. There was clearly more to Yosef’s face than the perfect features of this extraordinarily handsome man, and that is what Yaakov sought, but what exactly is the nature of this ‘brightness’ that Yaakov was longing so for? The final detail in the blessing that Yaakov bestowed upon Yehuda, the mighty son from whom eternal Jewish royalty and leadership would descend, Yaakov describes how Yehuda will be, ‫חכלילי עינים מיין ולבן שנים מחלב (שם‬ )‫מט יב‬, Red eyed from wine, and white toothed from milk. The simple reading of this verse would seemingly be intimating the conferring of robust health that is evident in Yehuda’s sparkling eyes and healthy teeth that is attributed to the special quality of the wine and milk that was produced in his land. Yet the Talmud after elaborating on this very understanding of the verse asks innocently, ‫פשטיה דקרא במאי כתיב‬, regarding what is the plain meaning of

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that of fear and threat, we have then succeeded in emulating the Creator Himself! The great Tanna, Shammai taught ‫והוי מקבל את כל האדם בסבר פנים יפות‬ )‫(אבות א טו‬, that we must receive everyone with a cheerful face. Yaakov desired to see that cheerful countenance of Yosef. He knew all that Yosef endured and wondered whether the lingering resentment of all that travail would taint his beautiful and selfless smile. Yaakov basks in the joy of seeing '‫'סבר אפך‬, the genuine brightness that never waned in all its glorious radiance. Yehuda’s greatest strength would be evident in his ability to display the literal ‫צלם אלקים‬, the Divine Image of G-d Himself in a true and gallant smile that would uplift, inspire and bring joy to all those whom would be illuminated by his sincere and selfless devotion, the sign of genuine nobility. Indeed the signature smile of greatness. May we emulate this magnificent attribute of the Almighty in bringing authentic concern and happiness to others with our smiles, in that merit G-d will turn His ‫הארת פנים‬, the light of His countenance upon us!

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enemy in assertion of their ability to overpower and consume their adversary. A 19th century French neurologist, Guillaume Duchenne, identified two distinct types of smiles. A ‘Duchenne’ smile involves contraction of both the zygomatic major muscle (which raises the corners of the mouth) and the orbicularis oculi muscle (which raises the cheeks and forms crow’s feet around the eyes). A ‘non-Duchenne’ smile involves only the zygomatic major muscle. Duchenne discovered that only a smile that engages both muscles affecting not only the corners of our mouth but the eyes as well is evidence of true emotion and genuine joy. One simply can’t fake a Duchenne smile, it stems from authenticity. When our eyes narrow in a genuine smile allowing us to generously focus our emotions towards the focus of our vision, another individual, we express a ‫עין טובה‬, a ‘good eye’, that provides warmth and encouragement. When the tips of our mouths move upward as a result of the contraction of the muscles, symbolizing a willingness to minimize of ourselves and engage devotedly to others, and displaying the shiningly white teeth of friendship, not


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Return Of The Saint? By Rabbi Motty Rabinowitz

It has been yet another tumultuous week in Israel. Anyone following the news in Israel cannot ignore the now weekly mass-protests against the rampant corruption in government. In other news, Teva Pharmaceuticals is proceeding with plans to sharply downsize by laying off many thousands of workers, while the previous management that triggered the company’s demise by a hubris-driven acquisition, departs with a golden parachute. Unfortunately, business as usual. While this might be the pitiful image of modern-day governance, we find quite a different vision for our leadership within the latter Torah portions of Breishis. As Yaakov prepares for his death, he meets with Yosef and elevates his two sons to the status of full tribes, for the purpose of inheritance in Eretz Yisroel. Even though Yosef is one of the youngest of the tribes, he was promoted to the status of first-born leadership, in place of Reuven. In parallel, Yehuda is bequeathed the mantel of kingship by his father. The Zohar in the beginning of Vayigash highlights that these are two concurrent forms of leadership: “For behold the kings have met (Tehillim 45,5) – this refers to Yehuda and Yosef”. What is the common thread that weaves these two different leaders together? We are told that Yehuda received his kingship due to his raw honesty during the story of Tamar. He could have easily saved his hide and watched Tamar receive the death penalty for her ‘adultery’, yet he unabashedly owned up and accepted responsibility for the situation. For this absolute integrity, he was deemed worthy for leadership. It is not clear though, what qualified Yosef for his new position. On the face of it, Yosef was as a child already described as Yaakov’s

special prodigy – one could easily conclude that this was Yaakov’s motivation for bestowing on him special responsibilities. Alternatively, one could pragmatically suggest that Yosef, now second-in-command in Egypt, had ample management experience – he had a great résumé. However, the Midrash (Targum Yerushalmi 49:22) describes a totally different impetus. It details the many situations where Yosef, alone in a foreign and depraved culture, had all the reasons to succumb to sexual temptation – no-one would ever had known had he erred. Yet, he exhibited extreme self-control and did not defile his integrity. It is for this reason and no other, that Yosef, like Yehuda, was awarded the mantle of leadership. The core value and most important trait for any person in power must be impeccable honesty and squeaky-clean integrity. Rabbi Tzadok HaKohen from Lublin (Pri Tzadik, Vayigash) notes, that notwithstanding their common characteristics, the two leaders represented two different sides of the coin. Yosef, was righteous enough to resist any departure into sin – he never succumbed. It is for this reason that he is labelled Yosef Hatzadik. This is clearly the ideal level of integrity. However, our reality as human beings is not so utopian. We do err, we are not infallible – we cannot hold everyone to an impossible standard. Yehuda represents the reality of life, where people inevitably make mistakes. Yet they must be able post-sin to acknowledge those mistakes, make amends, and strive towards the ideals of Yosef. Both these Torah standards appear glaringly lacking in modern-day politics or business leadership. How many CEOs responsible for the 2007/8 Financial Crisis that decimated so many citizens savings, walked away without fantastic bonuses? How many Presidents or Prime Ministers acknowledge

their misconduct, misjudgment or conflicts of interest instead of whitewashing their mistakes? That is the dismal state of current affairs. Which brings me to the (hopefully) final act surrounding Sholom Rubashkin. We undoubtedly all rejoiced at the sudden decision of President Trump to commute Rubashkin’s prolonged sentence. His release from jail was a successful culmination of years of advocacy on his behalf, due to an unfair and unduly long sentence by the Judge Linda R. Reade. A whole chapter in Shulchan Aruch (Y”D 252) is dedicated to such advocacy on behalf of incarcerated individuals. It is therefore shocking to read of self-described ‘defenders of justice’ from within the Jewish community requesting further judgement and imprisonment. But for me, the opposite is even more shocking. Reading the various Jewish media outlets one receives the horrifying impression that a new tzadik has entered our midst – we now have ‘Baba Rubashkin’. The glorification of his persona in the frum world, sends shudders down my spine. We

were indeed correct to advocate on his behalf – that is our duty. As he returns to the real world, we are also responsible to assist him and his family in their rehabilitation in any way necessary. How however, have we conveniently forgotten that he indeed committed fraud? He wasn’t pardoned – his sentence was commuted. While he may have done Teshuva, this public adoration is extremely out of place. What message does that convey to our children, to our community, indeed to the entire world, about being law-abiding, financially scrupulous individuals? Are we not capable of a more nuanced and balanced approach? Can we not both rejoice at his release, yet accept that his actions were counter to the integrity expected of a Torah Jew? We have a superb blueprint of leadership that we must share with the world. Perhaps the utopian righteousness of Yosef is not absolutely attainable, but at the very least we need to take the approach of Yehuda, acknowledging the wrong-doing and aiming to improve our integrity.

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Domestic

CALIFORNIA- The 2017 California wildfire season has ravaged the Golden State from wine country in Northern California to Santa Barbara in Southern California. To date, 44 people have been killed because of the wildfires and there has been more than $3 billion in damage. The Thomas Fire, which has devastated swaths of Southern California since it began on December 4, engulfed 273,400 acres and is the largest fire in California history.

NEVADA- On October 1, 2017, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock fired more than 1,100 rounds from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel onto concertgoers below, killing 58 people and injuring 546. Paddock then turned the gun on himself. To-date, Paddock’s motives are unknown.

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TEXAS-

Hurricane Harvey hit Texas on August 25, 2017 as a Category 4 storm. Harvey made landfall three separate times in six days. At its peak, on September 1, 2017, one-third of Houston was underwater. Two feet of rain fell in the first 24 hours. At least 82 people were killed because of the storm and it caused more than $180 billion in damage. Residents are still, slowly, trying to pick up the pieces ravaged by the storm.

ILLINOIS- Chicago’s gun violence continues with more than 3,500 people being shot in 2017. Despite Chicago’s tough gun laws, the city has had over 600 homicides by gun this year, leading many to point to Chicago as “exhibit A” that even with harsh gun laws, the bad guys will always have guns. ALABAMA-The Democrats made inroads in the deepest of “red states” when Doug Jones beat Republican Roy Moore in the special election for the senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when he became Attorney General. Democrats claim that this December 12th victory is a harbinger of a coming Democrat tidal wave in 2018. Republicans argue that Roy Moore was a fatally flawed candidate whose defeat proves that voters put morals over party.

FLORIDA- Hurricane Irma, which formed on August 30, battered the Caribbean and the British Virgin Islands as a Category 5 storm before making landfall in Florida on September 10 as a Category 4 storm, with wind gusts reaching 130 MPH. In the days leading up to the storm, highways were packed as 6.4 million people received mandatory evacuation orders. The death toll in Florida from Hurricane Irma is 75. In Puerto Rico, 48 people died as a result of Hurricane Irma, which slammed the island and knocked out 80 percent of its power for over a month. Large parts of the island are still without power.


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VIRGINIA- Hether Heyer, 32, died on August 12, when James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Ohio, plowed his car into counter-protesters demonstrating against a white nationalist rally being held in the Virginia town. The senseless death touched off a political debate about white nationalists, Antifa, and, of course, President Trump.

shot, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), while Republican lawmakers were practicing for a congressional baseball game at a Virginia field on June 14. The shooter, James T. Hodgkinson, 66, who volunteered for the presidential campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders, purposely targeted the Republican lawmakers. He was killed at the scene. Scalise, 51, who is the third highest ranking Republican in the House of Representative, was nearly killed in the shooting. Upon his return to Congress he summed up in four words his survival and recovery: “It starts with G-d.” He explained that even as he was bleeding on the ground right after being shot, he immediately began praying. Scalise told his fellow members of Congress that he made some very specific requests in those moments. “And I will tell you, pretty much every one of those prayers was answered. He really did deliver for me and my family and it just gives you that renewed faith in understanding that the power of prayer is something you just cannot underestimate.”

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NEW JERSEY- After a budget impasse caused a government shutdown and the closure of all public parks and beaches, a NJ.com photographer flying over what was supposed to be an empty beach on July 3rd, photographed Governor Chris Christie and family members relaxing on the closed-to-the-public beach. When asked later that day if he “had gotten out at all” the governor responded, “I didn’t…I didn’t get any sun today.” When the photographs of the lounging governor emerged, Christie’s spokesman explained that “yes, the governor was on the beach briefly today talking to his wife and family before heading into the office. He did not get any sun. He had a baseball hat on.” But New Jersians didn’t fall for that, and the outgoing governor, whose legacy already included Bridgegate, will now also have the laughable Beachgate on his resume.

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On November 1, eight people were killed and a dozen were injured when terrorist Sayfullo Saipov, 29, drove a pickup truck he rented from Home Depot onto a crowded lower Manhattan bike path, in the deadliest attack in New York City since 9/11. “G-d is great!” the Uzbekistan native shouted in Arabic before a hero cop pumped a bullet into his abdomen. Saipov entered the U.S. in 2010 under the Diversity Immigration Visa Program, which is exactly as pathetic as its name. The radical Muslim terrorist then brought 23 relatives into the U.S. through the chain migration program which allows relatives of those in the U.S. to enter legally. Less than two months later, on December 11, Akayed Ullah, 27, detonated a pipe bomb in a walkway below the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Thankfully nobody was killed. Ullah, who pledged allegiance to ISIS, entered the U.S. in 2011 from Bangladesh through the chain migration program.


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International

M E X I C I A N E ARTHQUAKE SAt least 216 people were killed when a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck Mexico City on September 20. The Mexico City earthquake came a little more than one week after a magnitude-8.1 earthquake struck off the southern coast of the country, killing at least 90.

VENEZUELA IN CHAOS- This once wealthy country has been split into Chavistas – the name given to the followers of the socialist policies of the late President Hugo Chavez – and those who cannot wait to see an end to the 18 years in power of his United Socialist Party. Daily protests have led to riotous clashes with thousands arrested and dozens dead. Opposition activists are protesting against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, blaming him for a crippling economic crisis that has caused widespread food shortages for years. Maduro has responded to the chronic food shortage by declaring that citizens should breed and eat rabbits.

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JERUSALEM IS THE CAPITAL OF ISRAELOn December 6, President Trump announced that the United States officially recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and that the U.S. embassy will be moved there. Despite this biblical truth and the fact that many past U.S. presidents promised to move the U.S. embassy, Mr. Trump came under swift attack by his political opponents who argued that his move would cause a third intifada. Thankfully, to-date the region has been fairly quiet with a smattering of protests. Although Mahmoud Abbas declared that he no longer sees the U.S. as a peace broker, according to Israel’s Channel 10, Abbas was summoned to Saudi Arabia last week for an unplanned visit and was told to either accept the U.S.’s peace initiative (which has not been made public as of yet) or resign. In response to President Trump’s bold moves, 128 countries condemned the U.S. in a UN vote. Trump and his UN Ambassador Niki Haley promised that they will not forget the nations that voted to condemn the U.S. on this matter and may withhold future monetary aid to those countries.

CATALONIA INDEPENDENCE-

Located in the northeast region of Spain, Catalonia is largely independent and is one of the richest and most industrialized areas of Spain. On October 1 a referendum was held and about 90 percent of the 2.3 million people who voted chose independence from Spain. About 900 people were treated for injuries after voting turned violent when Catalan civilians and Spanish police clashed. On October 27, Catalonia’s Parliament voted in favor of declaring independence from Spain. In response to the vote, which was deemed illegal by Spain’s highest court, Madrid responded by suspending the region’s autonomy, sacking the government, and imposing direct rule. When an arrest warrant was issued for Catalan President Carles Puigdemont, he fled to Belgium. New elections were held on December 21 by the order of Spain’s prime minister who believed that since a majority of Catalonia’s citizens did not vote in the referendum, pro-Spain parties would win a majority of seats. However, exactly the opposite happened: pro-separatist parties won a majority of seats. “The Spanish government was defeated,” declared Carles Puigdemont from Belgium. What happens now remains to be seen.


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Just one year ago, ISIS was on the march. It controlled large swaths of land, including the Syrian city of Raqqa, which was considered the “caliphate’s capital,” and Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city. Now the caliphate is up in smoke. In separate July battles, ISIS lost control of Raqqa and Mosul. According to Brett McGurk, U.S. special envoy for the coalition against the Islamic State group, President Donald Trump’s decision to delegate tactical decision-making authority to commanders in the field was key in the victory over ISIS.

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2017, the hermit kingdom’s leader, Kim Jung Un, quickened the pace of missile and nuclear tests. On September 3, North Korea said it tested a hydrogen bomb, which reportedly triggered an artificial earthquake. On November 29, North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile which landed in the Sea of Japan. Un’s provocative actions have resulted in heavy UN sanctions, which North Korea calls “an act of war.”

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its increasing radical Muslim population, 2017 ushered in a wave of terror attacks which have become the “new normal” in Great Britain. On March 22, a radical Islamic terrorist killed 6 and injured 50 when he rammed his car into pedestrians on the Westminster Bridge just feet from the British House of Parliament. On May 22, a suicide bombing at a concert in Manchester, England, killed 22 people and injured dozens, many of them children. On June 3, radical Islamists rammed their van into pedestrians on the London Bridge before getting out and stabbing passersby, leaving 7 dead and 48 injured.

LONDON HIGH-RISE FIRE- On June 14, the 24-story Grenfell Tower in West London went up in flames, killing 79 people. Tests showed that the insulation and tiles recovered from the tower failed fire safety tests. The facility also did not have a sprinkler system and only had one stairwell.

PARIS ACCORD- On June 1, President Trump pulled out of the Paris Agreement on climate change based on its unfairness to the U.S. “The agreement is a massive redistribution of United States wealth to other countries,” declared the president at the time.

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TERROR IN ENGLAND- As England struggles with

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on June 21st removed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, a 57-yearold nephew of the king, and replaced him with his son, Mohammed bin Salman, 31, who was previously the deputy crown prince. The new Crown Prince, who is now next-in-line to his father’s throne, has vowed to move the oil-rich country towards “moderate Islam.” In November, the prince, who is known as MBS, led a crackdown on corruption, resulting in the arrest and imprisonment of dozens of princes and elites at the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton, which was turned from a five star hotel into a makeshift prison.


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34,000,000 was paid for a 163-carat flawless D-colored diamond, sold at a Christie’s auction in Geneva in November. The jewel was cut from a rough 404-carat stone discovered last year in Angola, the biggest diamond ever found in that country. The necklace is made of 18 diamonds on one side and two rows of pearshaped emeralds on the other. It took a team of 10 specialists more than 1,700 hours to create the piece of jewelry. D is the highest color grade attributed to a diamond, indicating that the stone is completely colorless, and thus extremely rare. Shhh…don’t tell my wife yet; saving it for our next anniversary.

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The price paid for a French chateau west of Paris, Chateau Louis XIV, described as the world’s most expensive home. The 57-acre plot includes a moat with a transparent underwater chamber so that visitors can enjoy the sight of koi carp swimming past and iPhone controlled waterfalls. The mansion was sold in 2015. So why are we talking about it in 2017? Well, the mysterious purchaser was only uncovered several weeks ago. Who is it? Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Yes, the same crown prince that recently had dozens of members of the Saudi elite including princes, ministers and tycoons locked up in Riyadh’s 5-star Ritz Carlton hotel as part of an anti-corruption campaign. Seems like he can’t afford to share the wealth.

2,700,000,000 Amount Google was fined in June by the European Union for manipulating search results in favor of its own shopping service. Google denies the allegations which led to the fine which is equal to 2.5% of its total 2016 revenue. Google search: “Is it permissible to pay EU fines in pennies?”

450,312,500

Winning bid at a Christie’s of New York auction in November for Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, shattering the record for the most expensive artwork ever sold. The authenticity of the 26-inch tall painting is questioned by some, however, a majority of scholars believe beyond doubt that it is genuine. In 1958 the painting was sold by Christie’s for just $60. Yes, you read that correctly. At the time, it was believed to be painted by a follower of da Vinci. But in 2005, after careful analysis, documentation, and restoration by a number of scholars, it was determined that the work was unequivocally a da Vinci created 500 or so years ago. The bidding went on for a whole 19 minutes before an anonymous buyer on the phone won the bidding war. And I’m hesitant to order my Chinese food over the phone?!

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Winning bid in October at New York auction house Phillips for a Rolex Daytona that used to belong to actor Paul Newman, setting a new world record for a wristwatch sold at auction. The anonymous bidder will now get to tell time on the timepiece that Newman wore every day from 1969 to 1984. Um, why does my chosson watch smell like old sweat?

15,620,000 Paid at a Bonham’s auction house in August for a 1995 McLaren F1. This preowned vehicle is one of seven F1s out of a total 106 which were made that are street-legal in the United States. The sports car, which boasts a 3.2-second sprint to 60, had less than 10,000 miles on it when sold to an anonymous buyer. I just figured that my kid doesn’t need anything more than a pre-owned 1995 car to get back and forth from school.


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BITCOIN: Although the world’s largest cr y ptocurrency has been around since 2008, it was in 2017 that its value skyrocketed. In January, Bitcoin was trading at approximately $968 per coin. By mid-December it was $19,393 per coin. Is it a bubble? Stay tuned. After reaching its high, the cryptocurrency shed a third of its value, but it still soared more than 1,000% since the start of the year. This is good news for Tyler and Cameron Winklevos. The 36-year-old identical twins, who were paid a $45 million settlement by Facebook after they claimed that Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea, began investing in Bitcoin in 2012, when each coin was worth $10. Today, they are “Bitcoin billionaires.”

NEIL GORSUCH: On April 8, Justice Neil Gorsuch filled the seat of conservative stalwart Antonin Scalia who died suddenly in 2016, tipping the balance of the Supreme Court back towards conservatism. According to the Martin-Quinn scores, which measures the Supreme Court justices on an ideological continuum, Justice Gorsuch falls between Justice Roberts (conservative but closer to the center) and Justice Alito (conservative but closer to the right).

NFL PROTESTS: In response to President Trump – at a rally in September – calling out a smattering of NFL protestors who made it a practice of kneeling during the national anthem, dozens of NFL players became “social justice warriors” and began kneeling during the pre-game national anthem. This display of disdain for the country that made those very “protestors” into millionaires resulted in a precipitous decline in NFL ratings.

EMMANUEL MACRON: On May 14, Emmanuel Macron took office as France’s youngest-ever president. The gap-

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toothed 39-year-old is known as a centrist. According to political observers, the young leader has his eye on being one of the leaders of the free world. When President Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement, a sanctimonious Macron tweeted, “Make Our Planet Great Again.” The very busy president became even busier in August when his cellphone number was leaked, and he was bombarded by calls from the public.

CONFEDERATE STATUES: After a rally in Virginia to protest against the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee resulted in the death of a counter-protestor in August, many other cities across the United States began removing Confederate statues and monuments. Century-old statues of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, Thomas, J. “Stonewall” and even the unknown “Old Joe” Confederate soldier were torn down. Statue-removal mania, predictably, has gone way beyond figures of the Confederacy and any statue that anyone deems offensive is at risk. After New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito called for the removal of the Columbus Circle 76-foot structure honoring Christopher Columbus, Mayor Bill de Blasio assembled a task force to determine which statues around New York City are “offensive.”

BARACK OBAMA: Perhaps more important than Donald J. Trump being sworn into office on January 20 - President Barack Obama left office on that day. President Obama is responsible for the Iran deal which all but guarantees that within a few years Iran will have nuclear weapons. According to a recent bombshell report in Politico, Mr. Obama allowed the terrorist organization Hezbollah to make billions of dollars off flooding the United States with cocaine because he didn’t want to jeopardize his relationship with Iran, which backed Hezbollah. During his years in office, Obama openly showed his disdain for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and in one of his final substantial acts in office enabled the passage of a UN resolution condemning Israel. Domestically, he passed Obamacare which is in the process of destroying private health insurance in the U.S.; he nearly doubled the national debt; and, during his years in office, the economy never had a year of 3% growth, which is the historical rate of growth for the U.S. economy.


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JAMES COMEY: On May 9, President Trump canned FBI Director James Comey. The six-foot-eight FBI director had been in the news for the better part of a year before his firing and stuck his head into the presidential elections in a peculiar fashion. Many suspect that Comey saw himself as the new Herbert Hoover and had designs on controlling Washington from his perch at the FBI. But it turns out that he was as flakey as he seemed. After being fired by Mr. Trump, Comey, who was appointed Director of the FBI by President Obama in 2013, testified that when the president asked him not to investigate former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn because “he is a nice guy,” Comey was intimidated and felt like President Trump was obstructing justice. Comey admitted leaking information to the media which ultimately led to the appointment of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller. Yes, you can be the six-foot-eight director of the FBI and still be a crybaby!

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Earth” — the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus — closed for good in New York on May 21, ending a 146-year run. When, due to mounting criticism from animal rights groups, Ringling Bros. phased out the elephant act, its ticket sales dropped precipitously, leading to the business decision to close down the show. “As of May the saddest show on earth for wild animals will end,” crowed People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. “Thirty-six years of PETA protests, of documenting animals left to die, beaten animals, and much more, has reduced attendance to the point of no return.” Score one for the militant left.

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ANTHONY SCARAMUCCI: Scaramucci made a big splash when he was hired as the White House Communications Director on July 21. Over the next nine days Scaramucci, who refers to himself as “The Mooch,” shook up the White House and took on other officials like a bull in a china shop. He called a reporter for the New Yorker to unload on then-White House Chief of Staff Reince Preibus and then-Senior Advisor to the President Steve Bannon. In his profanity-laced call he also railed about White House leakers. During those nine days Scaramucci was so dedicated to the president’s success that while his wife was giving birth to their first child, he sent out a tweet of himself flying along with the president on Air Force One. And then, on the tenth day of his job at the White House, Scaramucci was fired, ensuring that he will forever be a question on Jeopardy: “This person had the shortest ever tenure as White House Communications Director.”

After weeks of countdowns and hype, “The Great American Eclipse” took place on August 21. What exactly took place? Well, if you didn’t have eclipse glasses the only thing that happened was that you spent several hours petrified that if you looked up at the sky you would go blind. And if you did have the eclipse glasses, well, you were treated to a celestial spectacular sight. The next total solar eclipse in the U.S. will be on April 8, 2024. Keep those glasses!

SEAN SPICER: In his maiden briefing as press secretary for the new president one day after the inauguration, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer took to the Brady Briefing Room to berate the media for claiming that there were less people at President Trump’s inauguration than at President Obama’s. “That was the largest audience to witness an inauguration, period. Both in person and around the globe,” declared Mr. Spicer. With that America was introduced to the not-so-silver-tongued press secretary who became known as “Spicey” after a satirical depiction of him on Saturday Night Live. On July 21, Spicer resigned when Anthony Scaramucci — “The Mooch” — effectively became his boss as the White House Communications Director. Hmm...if only he had held out for ten more days.

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FIDGET SPINNERS: These germ-riddled finger-toys became the craze in the spring of 2017. Although fidget spinners have been around for years, mostly used by kids with autism or attention disorders to help them concentrate, they exploded in popularity and could be purchased at every gas station and 7-Eleven for a few dollars…or in the Five Towns for twenty dollars! And then, just like that, they were “out.” Now, abandoned fidget spinners – with their weights gauged out – sit like shipwrecks at the bottom of toy chests across the United States.


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$758,700,000 “I will not be coming back,” said Mavis Wanczyk, 53, of Massachusetts, to her boss on August 24 after she won the largest single lottery jackpot ever in the United States: the $758.7 million Powerball. Wanczyk opted for the lump sum payment of $480 million, or $336 million after taxes. How do I get on her holiday gift list?

(ATL) 28--(NE) 3 Score of the 51st Super Bowl in the waning moments of the 3rd quarter before Tom Brady led the New England Patriots to the largest comeback in Super Bowl history. Brady & Co. completed the stunning victory with a 34-28 overtime win, leading to an awkward moment when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had to present the MVP trophy to Tom Brady, who had been suspended for the first four games of the season because of Deflategate.

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A million-and-a-half The amount of people President Trump observed at his inauguration. “We caught [the media] in a beauty, and I think they’re going to pay a big price,” quipped President Trump the day after his inauguration, during a speech at the CIA

1Vote Margin of victory by Democrat Shelly Simonds over Republican David Yancey in the November race for the 94th Virginia House of Delegates seat. After a painstaking recount of the 23,215 votes cast, the final tally was 11,608 for Simonds to 11,607 for Yancey. You see? Every vote really counts.


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$100,000,000,000 That’s one hundred billion – with a B. Before his fortune dipped to a meager $98.6 billion, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ worth in November skyrocketed to $100 billion when stock prices of the company he founded soared. Bezos, who surpassed Bill Gates this year as the world’s richest man, made an estimated $35 billion in 2017. Keep ordering those Amazon packages!

Total rainfall from Hurricane Harvey which dumped torrents of rain across the United States. This number incorporates the rainfall not only in Texas and Louisiana but also in Tennessee and Kentucky, which also experienced flooding.

$6 Billion The amount Saudi authorities are demanding from Saudi Prince alWaleed bin Talal to free him from detention on charges of corruption. Prince al-Waleed – who is estimated to be worth $18.7 billion, making him the wealthiest person in the Middle East – is trying to negotiate his terms of release to include him staying at the helm of his company.

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axes. According to Benjamin Franklin it’s one of two things that are certain in life. Many taxpayers shudder when the date of April 15 looms closer. The tax code seems convoluted, there are many deductions that we wish we knew, and it feels as if Uncle Sam keeps reaching deeper and deeper into our pockets. When Donald Trump crossed the country on the campaign trail he vowed to simplify America’s tax code. He also promised to provide tax relief for middle class families, grow the American economy, and not dig the United States deeper into debt. This week, the president can put a check next to those promises. Many of us have been closely following the ongoing tax reform agenda, also known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This week the bill was passed by the House and Senate and by the time

you read this article it has been signed into law. There haven’t been this many changes to the tax code since President Reagan signed the Tax Reform Act of 1986. The effective date of the changes will be January 1, 2018, although many of the changes are temporary and are set to expire after 2025. On December 15, the Conference Committee finalized the package by blending the House and Senate versions of the bill. The general goal of the tax reform is to lower the tax liability for taxpayers on all levels, not just the wealthy. However, as with any bill, not everyone will come out a winner. This article will highlight several points of the bill that may be relevant to our community and will show the potential impact of the changes.

Change in Tax Rates Under the bill, the tax rates will be

lower for all the income brackets, with the top rate being lowered from 39.6% to 37% for married taxpayers with income levels over $600,000. The lowest bracket remains at 10% for married taxpayers. For purposes of illustration, let’s assume we have a family of six that lives in the Five Towns, with the husband earning $150,000 as an attorney at a law firm. His wife, who is self-employed as an interior designer, is earning a net profit of $75,000, making their combined income $225,000. Under current law, their highest bracket would be 28%. However, if their income remains the same for 2018, their highest bracket would go down to 24% under the new law.

Change in Personal Exemptions/Child Tax Credit In order to raise revenue, the bill

eliminates the personal exemptions. Currently, the personal exemption is $4,050 for each member of a family that is included in the joint tax return. An exemption is similar to a deduction, both being a reduction in taxable income. To contrast this, the bill greatly expands the child tax credit; unlike an exemption, a credit is a reduction in taxes owed. The child tax credit currently is $1,000 per child for couples earning less than $110,000. The new credit will be $2,000 per child, and it is available to married taxpayers earning less than $400,000. Additionally, $1,400 of the $2,000 credit is refundable, meaning a taxpayer can receive it as a refund if he doesn’t owe additional tax. Let us refer back to our family of six living in the Five Towns to see how they are affected by the changes to the personal exemptions and child tax credits. Under the current law, in 2017


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SALT and Property Taxes The bill makes significant changes to some of the popular credits and deductions. State and Local (SALT) income taxes and property taxes are currently both itemized deductions at the full amount. Under the new law, the combined SALT and property tax deductions is limited to $10,000. Given the high property taxes the Five Towns, this change may have a substantial impact and may even drive down the val-

Under current law, the mortgage interest deduction on a first and second home is limited to $1,000,000 of mortgage debt. The new law would limit the deduction to $750,000 of debt. To illustrate, let’s say someone has $1,000,000 in total mortgage debt, and the interest expense for 2018 will be $30,000. Under the old bill the entire $30K would be deductible, but under the new bill only $22,500 will be deductible. This new rule will be effective for new purchases after December 15, 2017 – not for existing mortgages. For an acquisition incurred prior to December 15, 2017 the limitation is still $1,000,000 of mortgage debt. It is important to add that interest on a home equity loan will no longer deductible. However, taxpayers will still be able to deduct the mortgage interest on a second home, such as a vacation home in Israel or Florida, assuming it is within the $750,000 limitation. Let us refer back to our family of six living in the Five Towns and now assume that they own their home. In 2017, they paid $9,000 to charity, and $9,000 for New York State income tax-

Pass-Through Businesses Pass-through entities include partnerships, LLCs, S-corporations and sole proprietorships (who file a Schedule C). The owners of these entities pay tax at their individual rates, with the highest rate being 39.6%. The current bill reduces the tax rate on passthrough income by allowing a 20% deduction. Let’s refer back to our couple living in the Five Towns. Unlike the husband who receives a W-2, his wife operates a sole proprietorship as an interior designer and therefore qualifies for the new pass-through rates. As mentioned, her net income is $75,000, and in 2017 she would be taxed on the full amount. In 2018, the 20% deduction will result in her only being taxed on $60,000 of her income. In the earlier versions of the bill, there was a possible limitation on service providers, such as accountants, lawyers and doctors, benefiting from this rule. Under the latest version, the limitation for such service providers begins at $315,000

for married taxpayers.

529 Plans Another point of the bill that we have been watching closely is the modification to the rules of a 529 plan. A 529 plan can be set up for a child’s college education, and any funds contributed can only be used for college expenses. The tax advantage is that a taxpayer can contribute up to $10,000 to the plan and any income earned in the plan is tax-free. For federal tax purposes, the contributions to the plan are not deductible, but for New York State taxes, a married taxpayer can contribute up to $10,000 per year taxfree. The current bill expands qualified education to include elementary and secondary school, i.e. Yeshiva tuition. Presumably, the rules for New York State income tax would follow the federal rule, and a married couple would be allowed to contribute up to $10,000 per year for yeshiva tuition tax-free.

Repeal of the ACA The bill repeals the shared responsibility requirement of the Affordable Care Act, a move that President Trump had been vowing since his campaign to reverse the ruling signed by President Obama. Under the new bill, there will be no penalty for not having health insurance coverage.

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his article highlights only a few of the primary changes for individual taxpayers. There are many other changes for individuals, business, international taxpayers, and non-profit entities in the new tax plan. Furthermore, each individual’s tax situation is affected differently by their income level, the number of dependents, and how many credits and deductions they have. We recommend that you consult your tax advisors, and stay tuned for the final signature on the bill in the near future to see how deep Uncle Sam will be digging into your pocket. Chanan Greenwald, CPA MST is the owner of SGS Advisors, a tax practice located in Cedarhurst. He advises small businesses and individuals in all areas of taxation. He can be reached at shaun@sgsadvisors.com or at 516-415-1801.

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The bill will increase the standard deduction for all types of taxpayers. The standard deduction is available for taxpayers who do not itemize. For married individuals, the standard deduction will increase from $12,600 to $24,000. This increase is in line with the GOP’s goal of simplifying the tax code, since this will reduce the amount of taxpayers who itemize their deductions. It also creates a broader zero tax bracket for many low income taxpayers that earn less than the standard deduction amount. For example, if a married couple’s annual income is $23,000 they would pay zero tax. For taxpayers that haven’t itemized in the past, the increase in the standard deduction would be beneficial. Let’s go back to our married couple living in the Five Towns, and let’s assume that they don’t own their house. In 2017, they gave $9,000 to charity, and their New York State tax bill is $9,000. In 2017, they would choose to deduct $18,000 over the standard deduction of $12,600. With the new bill effective in 2018, they would be better off taking the standard deduction of $24,000.

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es. They also paid $22,000 in interest on a $650,000 mortgage and $12,000 in property taxes. In 2017, they will be able to deduct the full amount of these expenses – $52,000 – as itemized deductions. However, in 2018, they will be capped at $41,000 because they are only allowed $10,000 in combined property and SALT deductions. If we assume their mortgage is $800,000, the amount of mortgage interest they can deduct would be limited.

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ue of real estate. Residents of New York City, including Far Rockaway, who deduct their New York City taxes, will also be subject to the $10,000 cap. The bill also limits any 2017 year-end tax planning by adding a provision that one is not allowed to prepay his 2018 SALT or property taxes in 2017 to benefit from the full deduction.

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they are entitled to a total of $24,300 in personal exemptions. However, they may not be entitled to any of the child tax credit since their income is too high. Under the new law beginning in 2018, they will lose the $24,300 in exemptions, but they will be eligible for a total of $8,000 in child tax credits. In this case, the availability of the credit is more beneficial than the exemptions, since the $8,000 credit is worth more than the $24,300 deduction. Remember a credit is a reduction in taxes owed.


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are more extreme than others. I do not recommend an extreme detox, since they are usually lacking essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients. A detox can be a basic diet where you are really strict for the first few days. A calorically restricted diet will help flush out fat and processed foods from the body, leaving you refreshed and energized.


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nutrition. A detox is OK for a few days only, followed by a well-balanced diet. Find a moderate detox diet that fits your needs and watch the pounds melt off.

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parks on a surface which you touch and then touch your mouth, eyes, or nose, then unwittingly, you may infect yourself with the flu virus. Thankfully, there is a way to predict how awful a flu season may be. Australia and the Southern Hemisphere have their flu season several months before ours, and historically, it’s a good indicator of what’s to be in this part of the world. Remember 2009 and H1N1 pandemic? Australia had 59,022 cases in its sparsely populated country. This year, they have had 215,280 cases. Australia has the same vaccine as the United States and it was only about effective against the dominant strain in about one-quarter of the population. This is why Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is predicting a “relatively severe influenza season.” In Australia, the problem did not appear to be a mismatch between the flu strains that were circulating and those that the available vaccine protected against. Instead, Dr. Fauci explains, it seemed to be the mutant proteins introduced as the vaccines were being produced in eggs. “The very process of how we make the vaccine creates an unanticipated, almost accidental mismatch, which is what happened in Australia this year,” Dr. Fauci said in a recent interview. The production of universal vaccines entails no such risk. The viral pieces used in these vaccines are not living organisms but genetically engineered proteins that can be grown and propagated in bacteria, making the use of eggs unnecessary. The most advanced universal flu vaccine candidate is only in the earliest stages of human clinical trials, and others are still being tested in animals. This means they could be several flu seasons off. Not wonderful news. Despite this, I am an optimist. I believe in the flu vaccines. It


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New Year’s Resolution By Azi Rosenblum

English is a funny language… I tried to figure out how the word resolution can mean a decision while also referring to the display setting on my computer screen, but ultimately it makes for a great play on words for this article heading, so thanks Rebbetzin Webster! (By the way, I’m pretty sure the name is spelled Miriam… kind of awkward correcting your spelling.) I recently had the opportunity to present a Lunch-N-Learn program to a group of 6th graders at Ohr Chadash

Academy right here in Baltimore. The topic: leadership. In preparation for my presentation I did three things: procrastinate, Google, and reflect on some of my own experiences and observations. As the presentation got closer and closer, I found myself stuck on an observation I had never really considered fully, and frankly was a bit terrified that one of the kids would bring it up... Adolf Hitler, Saddam Hussein, and Paroh (the new one) were also leaders. So instead of rambling on about the talents and

skills needed to be a leader, it became very clear that I needed to define and convey the qualities that drive a good leader while competing with lunch. To give myself a head start, I brought a snack for the kids. Unfortunately, I brought a dairy snack and it was chicken nugget day…. rough start. Leadership, I discovered, is a word that needs to be accompanied by at least one other word at all times for it to have any real definition or meaning. Business leadership can be defined and measured by success in business, which is defined by profits, happy customers, and more recently also includes happy employees. Science & technology leaders inspire and accomplish new innovations and breakthroughs in their fields, resulting in new or improved ways to help (or harm) others with science and technology. Political leadership is {insert joke here...}. Jewish leadership, which was the one I was there to speak about, is driven and defined by something else - Jewish values, as defined by G-d in the Torah. However, there is an aspect of the leadership equation that is often overlooked. A leader (the good kind and the bad kind) needs followers, and for someone to follow a leader, they need to have or be open to that leader’s values and vision, for better or for worse. So here is what I hope I conveyed to the kids, and a concept I hope to apply to myself as well for the future. Leadership and the leaders you choose to follow are an expression of your own values, experiences, and vision. The tools, skills, and talents used in the pursuit of these goals are all fueled by what is important to, what drives, and what guides that leader or follower. To be a good leader or a good follower, you must work hard on being a good individual first. Once

you have that going for you, the rest will fall into place. Screen resolution is measured by the number of vertical and horizontal dots that make up the screen’s image. With every new development, we get more dots and the image becomes sharper, clearer and more defined. Our efforts, investments, successes, and failures in every aspect of life are the tiny pixels that paint the picture of who we are. Yosef HaTzadik had to experience and overcome all that he did to get where he needed to be, and to act the way he did to save his family. Reb Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman Z’L never knocked on doors asking for votes, yet he rose to lead a generation. The Azan family quietly built a reputation for honesty, Chesed, and Simcha which inspired thousands, when their life of quiet vision and clarity was thrust into the headlines as the result of tragic fire claimed the lives of their mother and three children, leaving other family members fighting for their lives. So, I set myself a goal for 2018: I resolve to gain greater resolution. In my spiritual life, this means being a more dedicated and inspired person, so I can hear and follow the message of leaders that lead with genuine Torah true inspiration and vision. In my business life, it means striving for professional accomplishments that reflect and never compromise my core values and way of life. In my personal life… it means always listen to my wife ;) Azi Rosenblum is a business consultant and the founder and CEO of RemSource, an outsourced provider of administrative and bookkeeping services for small businesses. To suggest a topic or ask a question for a future #BizWiz column, email BizWiz@ baltimorejewishhome.com.


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Yosef, age 15, has recently become obsessed with the appearance of his neck. It seems to him that the veins in his neck are overly visible and he obsesses over this for hours on end. In an attempt hide this flaw, he wears shirts with tall collars, tilts his head in such a way that his veins are less visible, and he applies substances to his neck that camouflage his veins. When he confides in others, they always fail to see any difference between his veins and those of other people, but Binyamin is convinced that they are saying this just to make him feel better. Binyamin has Body Dysmorphic disorder or BDD. BDD is a mental health disorder where a person has persistent and intrusive preoccupations with an imagined or grossly exaggerated flaw in his or her appearance. BDD has nothing to do with vanity! These are people who have an irrational belief that their appearance is grotesque and they want nothing more than to look like everyone else. The disorder is that they really do look like everyone else but are convinced that their appearance is abnormal! Obviously, it is not uncommon for people to be unsatisfied with some aspect of their appearance, but for most people it does not significantly affect their ability to function whereas individuals with BDD have their lives overtaken by their obsessions. Here are some behaviors that you might see in someone with BDD: • Frequent mirror checking • Avoiding looking in the mirror • Changing clothing to mask the imagined flaw • Skin picking to “fix” the flaw • Excessive grooming • Constantly seeking reassur-

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had her spinal injury a year after giving birth to her eldest son, and she still had three more children after becoming paralyzed. There was silence for a moment as Mrs. Isenheart thought. I quickly finished up the salad, saran-wrapped it, and stuck it in the fridge. Finally, Mrs. Isenheart said, “I changed my way of thinking. Look at it this way, Avigail. Every human being is limited, right? Not just those confined to a wheelchair. We wouldn’t be able to do a single thing – not even blink or breathe – without Hashem’s help. It’s not only you who should be worried about their children, Avigail. It’s every able-bodied mother on this planet. The fact that you’re in a wheelchair only highlights the fact that Hashem is the Source of all our abilities. Anything bad that may happen to Yehuda, chas v’shalom, will not be because you can’t use your legs, but because you’re human. “So really,” Mrs. Isenheart continued, “Your worry over Yehuda because of your condition – though perfectly understandable – doesn’t apply in this realm of thinking.” I sat there, feeling taken-aback. “I hear what you’re saying, Mrs. Isenheart,” I managed. “But … well, it seems like you’re just telling me to trust in Hashem and be done with it.” Mrs. Isenheart gave a throaty

laugh. “It all starts with a change of mind, my dear. But yes, bitachon always. Hashem has it all under control.” We chatted for a few more minutes, and then I hung up so I could start cleaning before Yehuda woke up. I dumped dirty laundry into the washing machine, which had a pullopen door on its side for easy access. Then I used my grabber, as I called it, to pull clean clothes out of the dryer, which sat on top of the washing machine. The metal pole allowed me to reach high or low and grab something I wouldn’t normally be able to reach. It was a life-saver. Put away clothes, clear the floors, check on the chicken, and then vacuum. We had made sure to buy a light vacuum that I could push easily, and it had its controls on the top so I didn’t have to bend down to power it on or off. I finished setting the table just as Yehuda called out. To my relief, he was happily sitting up in his crib when I wheeled in. As I pulled him out, I thought back to Mrs. Isenheart’s words. The idea of my fear coming from my limitations as a human, not as a paraplegic, made me feel both relieved and unsettled. In the end, everyone was in the same boat as me. But that meant that nobody had any real control over their lives, and control was the one thing I hated let-

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“Hi, Mrs. Isenheart, it’s Avigail calling.” I finished chopping the cucumber and dumped it into a glass bowl for the Israeli salad. It was Friday afternoon, and Shabbos was only three hours away. “Avigail! It’s so nice to hear from you! How are you? How’s little Yehuda?” I placed another cucumber on the cutting board. “Baruch Hashem, we’re fine. Yehuda’s sitting up and everything. He’s getting so big. And school is going great.” “Baruch Hashem! Nu, when are you coming to visit?” I laughed. “Sukkos, maybe? We’ll be in Lakewood for second days - Raphael’s parents asked us to come to them.” “And first days?” asked Mrs. Isenheart. “We’re open,” I said, taking up a tomato. “We haven’t really thought about it much – we could stay here, we could go to my parents. It’s all good.” “How about coming to us?” Mrs. Isenheart offered. “We’d love to have you, and that way you can also stop in on your parents!” “I would love that, Mrs. Isenheart,” I said, smiling. “Thanks so much. I’ll

ask Raphael about it, though it’s still a bit early to decide. There’s still Rosh Hashana to go through!” “Well, the offer’s always open.” “Thanks, I appreciate it.” I scraped the tomato into the bowl, then reached for the peppers. “So, what’s going on, Avigail?” said Mrs. Isenheart. “How’s the new house treating you?” “It’s good, Baruch Hashem. We had to renovate some things and tear down a wall, but it’s easy to get around and we’re very comfortable.” “Oh, good.” “Yeah.” I hesitated. “Mrs. Isenheart, I do have something I wanted to talk to you about.” “Go on, hon. There’s no rush – we’re not having any guests this Shabbos so everything’s pretty much done.” I shook my head in awe of her. My house was still a mess, and I felt the pressure to get as much done as I could before Yehuda woke up. I explained to Mrs. Isenheart about Yehuda getting stuck in his crib, then expressed my fears to her, though in more detail than I’d given to Raphael. “That must have been difficult,” said Mrs. Isenheart after I’d finished. “You know, it’s a very common problem that paraplegic parents have.” “What did you do about it?” I asked. I knew that Mrs. Isenheart had

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“Yeah, for sure,” said Raphael, also checking the time. “Need help?” “Just with watching Yehuda. Gosh, I can’t believe I forgot the cholent!” I started for the kitchen as Raphael sat down on the floor to play with Yehuda. I hurriedly put together the cholent, turning the crockpot on high. Then I showered and dressed and took over baby watch so Raphael could get ready. It was one of those best moments of the week. The house was filled with delicious aromas, everything was neat and orderly, and I felt calm and peaceful as Shabbos approached. I took a deep breath and let it out, wondering what life would be like if it was always this perfect. “I’m off to shul! Don’t forget the crockpot!” Raphael plunked his hat on his head and headed for the door. “Thanks!” I hollered after him. I placed Yehuda in his exersaucer, then hurried to turn the cholent on low. I made sure all the stove tops were off, just in case my scattered brain had overlooked this previously. Then I glanced around, making sure everything was under control. Control. “Hashem has it all under control.” I raised my arms to increase dramatic effect. “Hashem, it’s in Your hands!” Then I went to light candles. For Shabbos lunch, we were forced to eat only challah, deli roll, and salad. The crock pot had somehow ceased to work the night before. Raphael would have eaten the cholent anyway if I hadn’t been concerned about it being spoiled. But I got the message.


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former friends. However, the etymology goes way back in military history and is closely related to another idiom, “the point of no return.” Several commanders in history were known to have their men burn bridges or other military equipment to prevent the enemy from having use of them. To burn a bridge meant that the enemy couldn’t follow you without repairing it first. It also meant that you couldn’t cross back over the river to launch another attack. The famous Chinese general and philosopher Sun Tzu wrote in the Art of War, “When

The Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge destroyed by a hurricane on September 29, 1896

your army has crossed the border, you should burn your boats and bridges, in order to make it clear to everybody that you have no hankering after home.” Much of the American Civil War took place in the South. The most notable campaign north of Virginia was in the summer of 1863. Confederate General Robert E. Lee had his army travel into Pennsylvania to fight the war on open Union ground so that he would have a clear path to Northern cities such as Harrisburg and Philadelphia. As it turned out the Union troops met him at Gettysburg in what has been determined to be the turning point of the war. During the journey north the Confederates would have had to travel over the Susquehanna River. There was a bridge at Wrightsville, PA, that had been built in 1834 (there had been an earlier bridge at the same area but it had been destroyed by severe weather conditions). On one side of the bridge militia (civilian soldiers) from Colombia near Lancaster were determined not to let the Confederates get use of the bridge. They were joined by some retreating Union soldiers as well as a company of African-American soldiers. The 1,500 ad hoc regiment-sized group set charges to the bridge and doused it with crude oil. On June 28, 1863, 1,800 Confederates opened fire with artillery on the Union troops who knew that

they had to retreat. As they left the battlefield the charges on the bridge were detonated but failed to destroy the bridge. When the Federal commander saw that the bridge was still standing the order was given to set it ablaze. In a scene out of a movie, Confederate troops ran through the flaming bridge. They managed to put out the flames but the bridge was damaged beyond repair from six hours of burning. Lancaster was saved, and the Confederates retreated. (Another bridge was constructed in 1868 by the Pennsylvania Railroad. This was destroyed in an 1896 hurricane. A fourth bridge was built and was used until 1963 when it was dismantled.) Capturing a bridge intact in wartime was so difficult that when it was done it is worth mentioning. German commanders during World War II regularly gave the order to blow up bridges when the Allies came from the west. Since the landings at Normandy, the Allied high command was constantly trying to find undamaged bridges to cross. Engineers could build pontoon bridges; however, this took a lot of time and would slow down the assault on German-held territory. German engineers always thwarted the attempts to capture a bridge intact. In March 1945, just two months from the end of the war, the Nazis be-

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n idiom is a group of words established by usage as having a meaning different from those of the individual words. For example, the phrase “at the drop of a hat” means doing something without hesitation; it does not necessarily mean that someone just dropped their beret on the floor. Some idioms have been derived from the military. To “cross swords” refers to when two people or groups have a dispute, and to “dodge a bullet” means to have successfully avoided a serious problem. The phrase to “burn one’s bridges” now refers to alienate


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92 came fanatic about burning all bridges that crossed the Rhine River. Fifty bridges went across the Rhine into Germany and the Germans had destroyed 49 of them, leaving just one railroad bridge to be blown up. What if the Americans could capture this bridge before the explosion? This “what if” became a reality when on March 7 reconnaissance patrols noticed that the bridge near Remagen, called the Ludendorff Bridge, was still intact. The race was on as the U.S. First Army tried to get there in time. American troops under German-born Lt. Karl Timmerman raced towards the bridge as German engineers frantically tried to set off the explosives. On the approach, the eastern end of the bridge was rocked by an explosion and the structure was lifted a bit into the air. When the dust settled the Americans were surprised to see the bridge still standing. A fierce firefight broke out as the Americans ran across the bridge under heavy machine gun fire. Sergeant Alex Drabik was the first to reach the

other side with not a single member of his squad becoming a casualty. The word went up to all commanders, and even though the bridge wasn’t where most of the Allied troops were, General Omar Bradley said, “Shove anything you can across!” An NBC correspondent spotted a lieutenant kicking demolitions into the river and cutting wires while still under German fire. Six divisions and thousands of vehicles and tanks managed to cross before the bridge finally collapsed on March 17. During the collapse twenty-eight American combat engineers and soldiers were killed. A pontoon bridge had been built nearby, and the troops and supplies still had a way over the Rhine. In different times in history the phrase to burn one’s bridges has had several meanings. In the times of the Romans it was used by commanders so their own troops wouldn’t retreat once they crossed a bridge. Other armies began adapting the term to prevent the enemy from cutting off their retreat

American troops and tanks crossing the Ludendorff Bridge

route. Sometimes, including with the Russians, bridges and other land was burnt so that the enemy couldn’t benefit from the land at all. When explosives became manageable, bridges were laden with dynamite, TNT, C4 or other combustible material to produce a explosion instead of burning the bridge with fire. Today, the phrase has entered our lexicon and has on taken a meaning of its own.

There are many stories about soldiers lighere is always light at the end of the tunnel, even in the bitterest of battles.

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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they a good influence on my child? Now if you hear them saying, “I’m taking a road test” all you want to know is how do they drive. The other day some young person said they were taking a road test next week. I said, “Oh, good luck.” She responded, “Thanks, I’m going to need it. I don’t know how to parallel park or do k-turns. And I’m a little iffy with intersections.” I felt a little concerned for her. But more importantly, I was thinking, “I hope this person

were turning black and blue by the second. Finally, he said, “Do me a favor. Take me back home while I can still walk.” My mom was definitely braver. She let me drive daily to my school, a couple of miles away, near the beach. She would let me drive to school every morning. However, if I went faster than 15 miles an hour she would be ready to turn me into the police or to issue a speeding ticket herself. I honestly think that at that speed I

Finally, he said, “Do me a favor. Take me back home while I can still walk.”

is no friend of my kids.” What exactly is she familiar with about driving?! I remember my dad flying off the seat every time I hit the brake when he first took me to drive. His knees

was closer to home after driving for ten minutes, considering the wind velocity from the beach. I had a friend who was upset that she kept failing her road test.

She complained that they said she couldn’t distinguish between the gas pedal and the brake. Which she admitted was true, however, she claimed that it was only when she was in reverse and, after all, how often are you in reverse? Scary thinking, huh?! I’m sure my mom was not that happy that she was my friend. It’s always a little tough ushering our children onto a new stage, especially one that makes us wish for the old stagecoach instead of a car. So, the bottom line is this: as parents, we often can’t wait to stop driving carpools. But the price we pay to get there, teaching a novice to navigate, definitely “drives” home the message that parenting can really take a “toll” on us. Yet, honestly, ultimately, it’s all worth it, because how else will they be able to keep coming back to visit us once they’re grow up and have moved away?! Rivki Rosenwald is a certified relationship counselor, and career and life coach. She can be contacted at 917-705-2004 or rivki@rosenwalds. com

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’m wondering if this resonates with you at all: “Wait, stop, slow down, are you aware of the signals?” Yes, I’m in that parsha again. No, it’s not someone dating. You know, it’s the one where you have your right foot pressed firmly, with all your might, on that invisible brake on the floor in front of you and where your heart slowly slips up and lodges itself resolutely in your throat. Your teen is learning to drive and you’re the designated study partner. What an honor! They suddenly want to spend a lot of time with you. Which is odd because here you are telling all your friends how they are asserting their independence and you miss them. You share that they don’t really want to spend as much time doing things with you. And then, suddenly, you are their favorite person again, except you’re not so sure that they are yours. Just kidding – of course you love being with them but do you have to see your life pass before you to do so?! And then there are their friends! You used to worry, are they nice people? Do they have good values? Are


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Preparation:

6 eggs 1 ½ cups sugar 1 ½ cups oil ¾ cup cocoa ¾ cup potato starch ½ tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. gluten free vanilla ½ tsp. salt ½ cup confectioner’s sugar 2 tsp. water

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. 2. In a large mixing bowl, mix all ingredients until well- blended. Pour into a greased bundt pan. 3. Bake 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. When cool, remove cake from pan. 4. Mix confectioner’s sugar and water in a small bowl, and drizzle icing over cake in a pretty design. Enjoy!


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Blessed rain has come to Israel, (we need more!) and snow is in the US forecast. That makes me think: soup This week I am making soups that not only warm the bones but will fill the house with inviting aromas of healing spices, and tempting flavors.

Ginger Curry Coconut Milk Soup Thai inspired, a packed with flavor soup that benefits from the healing, restorative properties found in ginger, turmeric and ingredients in curry power. 1 tablespoon oil 1 onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, smashed 1 inch ginger root, peeled and grated 1 tablespoon curry powder 1 tablespoons turmeric 1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons sugar 4 large potatoes, (white, sweet or combo) peeled and cut into 3” chunks 2 (14.5-ounce) cans unsweetened coconut milk 3 cups vegetable broth

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1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and ginger, and cook for a few minutes until fragrant. Add the garlic, curry powder, turmeric, salt, and sugar. Cook for three minutes. Add the potatoes, coconut milk, and broth. Simmer 20-30 minutes until the potatoes are very soft. 2. Allow to cool slightly then use an immersion blender to puree until smooth and silky. The soup should coat the back of a spoon. Add more water or broth to thin out the soup as needed. 3. Topping ideas: sriracha, chopped cilantro, chopped red onion, crisp fried onions. Active time: 20 minutes | Cooking time: 30 minutes

Southwestern Veggie Soup

Ingredients: Preparation: 1. In a large pot combine all ingredients. 2. Bring to a boil, then simmer, uncovered over low heat for 1 hour. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 3. Using an immersion blender, puree until just thickened, leaving most of the vegetables intact 4. Top with sour cream, shredded cheese and jalapeño peppers if desired. Best if made one day ahead. Active time: 20 minutes | Cooking time: one hour

1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes 1 (14.5 ounce) can kidney beans 1 (14.5 ounce) can corn 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chilies 4 taco shells, crushed 1 medium Spanish onion, peeled and diced into 1/2” pieces 1 potato, peeled and diced into 1/2” pieces 1 carrot, peeled and diced into 1/2” pieces

1 stalk celery, peeled and diced into 1/2” pieces 1 garlic clove, minced 1 tablespoon chili powder 2 teaspoons garlic powder or granulated 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon dried basil 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano dash cayenne pepper, optional 6 cups water or broth

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A great combination of ingredients that goes together in almost no time. Simmer on the back burner for just an hour, and enjoy this soup for days. The recipe works great in the crock pot. To make this a satisfying meal in a bowl, stir chunks of grilled chicken or shredded beef into warming soup before serving.


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