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Around the Community . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Community Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

JEWISH THOUGHT Rabbi Zvi Teichman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Rabbi Motty Rabinowitz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

PEOPLE The Case of the Cover-up in Search of a Crime. . . 32 BizWiz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

HUMOR & ENTERTAINMENT Notable Quotes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Centerfold. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

JEWISH LIFE 613 Seconds with Donny Ankri . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 How to Gain More Experience in Less Time. . . . . . 42 Dating Dialogue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 The Launch Of New Dirshu Kinyan Chochma Program. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 PEYD Travel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Your Money. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Mental Health Corner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Is Stress Causing Your Weight Gain?. . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Gluten Free Recipe Column. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Cooking for the King. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71

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Dear Readers,

What is it that some people have against winning? It’s almost as if it’s a problem when they do. You won? Great, now apologize for doing so. Sounds noble, but is it healthy? Surely we would celebrate Dovid winning the fight over Golias even if he were the bigger one. Being the underdog doesn’t make one right and being the superior one doesn’t make one wrong. Or how about the recent protests across the country? For years you couldn’t find a minyan protesting the killing of the Syrian people by dictator Bashar al-Assad and his Russian and Iranian backers. The nieces, uncles or grandparents of these very refugees might have been killed or lost limbs to Russian bombs or Iranian Revolutionary Guards but nope, nothing. The same is true with the widely held anti-Semitic views in Muslim countries and even by a vast amount of Muslims in Europe. Not a word of protest. It’s as if it doesn’t exist. It seems clear that not all victims were created equal. Christian populations being persecuted in Muslim countries – meh. Muslims being terrorized by other Muslims

– nu, nu. America is unsure how to safely keep trouble makers out and it’s a call to arms! This is a serious issue and there’s no perfect solution, but the outcry of all those who were silent the past five years shows one thing: it isn’t about the victim as much as it is contempt for those successful. America is seen as successful so she must be in the wrong. Progressive activism in a nutshell: using emotions to decide what’s right no matter the reality on the ground. How this will all play out is anyone’s guess. Will there G-d forbid be a Pearl Harbor-like event? Will the peaceful Muslim countries help reign in those killing in the name of their religion? Will peace come through a strong and united West? As yidden we have our age old tried and tested weapons of a kapitel tehillim, an additional mitzvah, or a bit more Torah. Its merit has kept us around till now, surely now, at the end of our long exile it will do so again. One last time. Wishing you a wonderful Shabbos,

Shalom

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month. Oaks had been a delegate since 1995. He previously served in the House from 1983 to 1989. Gladden’s resignation and former state Sen. Catherine E. Pugh’s election as mayor of Baltimore in November triggered a shake-up in Baltimore’s all-Democratic General Assembly delegation. Pugh was replaced in the Senate by Del. Barbara Robinson. Former City Councilman Nick J. Mosby was appointed to fill Robinson’s seat. Del. Pete Hammen resigned to become Pugh’s chief operating officer. He was replaced by new Del. Robbyn Lewis. Del. Bilal Ali, a community liaison in the Baltimore state’s attorney’s office, replaced Jill P. Carter, who joined the Pugh administration last month as director of the Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement.


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The Launch of the Baltimore Chesed League By Zevi Daniel

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t was a tense showdown that came down to the wire. In a tight battle between Team Amuze building a Foosball table for the new Chai Lifeline center and Team Sage Management playing Rummikub at Weinberg Park, the winner was, well, everyone. Your eyes don’t deceive; this past Sunday marked the kickoff of the Baltimore Chesed League. No, there was no true battle and the competition was anything but fierce but much was accomplished by thirty local middle schoolers, all in the name of kindness. The idea to create a chesed league came to a number of community individuals who saw ripe opportunity for boys to more get involved in the community. “Combining the fun, competitive nature of leagues the kids are already a part of, like SBL or JFL, with the needs of local organizations, it felt like a win-win.”, said one BCL organizer. After consulting with Rabbi Shmuel Silber, morah d’asra of Suburban Orthodox Toras Chaim, a group of organizers including Dovi Ziffer, Zevi Daniel, Shmuel Fischler, Yaakov Lichter, and Naftali Langer, among others, ventured to create a small but scalable beta-test - thirty boys split into six mentored teams - to be tasked with weekly chesed “missions”. Those missions would be scored based on feedback from the participating organizations and, after certain point

thresholds, the boys would receive weekly prizes such as free bowling, Target gift cards or Mama Leah’s pizza. There would be no “winners” or ‘losers”, only opportunity for growth, and indeed, fun rewards. Suburban Orthodox adopted the project and Northwest Refuse generously offered sponsorship for the league. Six team sponsors quickly signed on as well: Amuze, ARI Concrete, David Flamm - Nationwide Insurance, DC Dental, FP of MD and Sage Management LLC. This past Sunday marked BCL Opening Day. After a Knish Shop catered kickoff event where they heard words of inspiration from Rabbi Silber, the boys split off with their coaches and teams to their various chesed missions. Team Amuze - Led by Coach Ben Blackman, the team was tasked with assembling a new foosball table to be incorporated into the Chai Lifeline center. After a tour of the facility (and a taste of potential future chesed opportunities), the boys heard from Chai Lifeline volunteers about how the table they’d be building would be used to boost the spirits of sick children and their families; elevating the task from the mundane to something far greater. In the face of adversity, aka, barely-there instructions, the boys and Coach Blackman pulled it off, walking away with a sense of accomplishment and in the words of Amuze team member Eli Daniel, “(feeling) good knowing the table was going to those who needed it”.

Teams ARI Concrete and David Flamm Nationwide Insurance - Each team brought smiling faces and brightened the afternoon for the Tudor Heights residents. The visit began with each boy introducing himself and sharing a couple of facts about himself.  Then the residents introduced themselves and shared interesting information about their backgrounds.  With musical accompaniment from Dr. Yitzy Kaplowitz, the boys sang and danced during several songs.  Finally, the whole group played a question and answer game, during which the boys were supplied with trivia questions to ask the residents.  Even an unexpected fire alarm (don’t worry - it was a false alarm) did not dampen the spirits of any of the participants. Team Sage Management LLC Team Sage headed to Weinberg Park along with Coaches Nechemia Isbee and Ari Elman. In the words of Coach Isbee, “All I can say is, wow! Watching the boys interact so naturally for more than an hour with people 70-80 years older was so cool, cute, inspiring...overwhelming.” The Sages had two competitive Rummykub games running simultaneously involving all the boys and about 8 residents. Coach Isbee was particularly proud of how each one of the boys shined. Team FP of MD - With an assigned mission of supporting our local Hatzalah of Baltimore, the boys began their weekly mission with an exciting and informational tour of the ambulances and the facility, led by Elimel-

ech Goldstein. From there, the boys assisted Elimelech by packing up boxes of files and training books and transferring them to their new home at the station. The team got to ride the lift up to the second floor with the boxes and then helped Elimelech place them in the Hatzalah file closet. The boys efforts were extremely helpful to Hatzalah as it now allows the organization to keep all of their information in a central location. Team DC Dental Supplies - Our most senior BCL team (all 8th graders) took on the latest event of the afternoon, visiting Sterling Hospitality at about 4:30 PM. The boys visit was especially helpful as it enabled the Assisted Living Facility to host a mincha minyan. Following mincha, the DC Dental team leveraged their prior waitering experience and helped serve dinner to the Sterling Residents. The boys assisted the residents during the meal while also engaging them in conversation throughout the visit. The Sterling Hospitality staff was extremely appreciative and thanked the boys for volunteering their time and efforts. As discussed earlier, this initial iteration of the Baltimore Chesed League is being run as a beta-test. If you and/or your boys would be interested in participating in the BCL for future seasons, please feel free to email Dovi Ziffer at davidziffer@ gmail.com.


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or some of the over 400 participants at the recent Torah Umesorah (TU) Shabbos of Chizuk in Baltimore, the event was an interim opportunity to recharge their batteries, to tide them over until the annual Leadership Convention of TU in the spring. For the majority, who are unable to attend the larger retreat, this was much more than interim. It was a Shabbos intended to meaningfully inspire and uplift. Both of these objectives were handsomely achieved at the “Shabbos of Chizuk for Baltimore Mechanchim” that took place over Shabbos Shirah, Parashas Beshalach, at the Hunt Valley Wyndham Inn just outside of Baltimore. One Baltimore Menahel praised

the event on several counts, beginning with the fact that the schedule was created such that no educator would be required to miss class in order to take part. The conference commenced on Friday afternoon, with registration and hospitality – there was also an opening workshop on “Motivation in the Classroom and Beyond” given by TU’s Rabbi Shmuel Yaakov Klein. The retreat concluded with a rich Motzoei Shabbos program that featured a rousing address on what makes a teacher “special,” by world-renowned speaker, Harav Yissochor Frand, a Rosh Yeshiva at Baltimore’s Ner Yisrael Yeshiva. This means that those who needed to be in the classroom on Sunday morning were able to be. According to Rabbi Dovid Nojowitz, Menahel of TU, the purpose of the Shabbos was to recognize and pay tribute to the phenomenal sacrifices that are made by the heroes of our so-

ciety – the rebbeim and moros – who relentlessly give of themselves for Klal Yisrael and for ALL the young charges in their care. This was the central message of Rabbi Nojowitz’s address delivered during Friday night’s Seudas Shabbos. Among the gains from the experience was the opportunity for mechanchim to be in close proximity with Torah luminaries for a Shabbos. At their head was Harav Aharon Feldman, shlita, Rosh Hayeshiva of Ner Yisrael. Rav Feldman’s major address, which was delivered before Musaf on Shabbos morning, focused on the distinction between Jewish society – its values and aspirations – and those of the non-Jewish world where self-centricity and pleasure lie at the core. The Rosh Yeshiva emphasized the importance of inculcating this concept into the minds of our talmidim and talmidos.

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Sheilos Uteshuvos panel for men following the Friday night seudah. The session, which spurred much excitement, dealt with a number of fundamental chinuch issues. Session moderator was Rabbi Shea Ryback, TU’s Director of the National Conference of Yeshiva Principals. Concurrently, women were addressed by Mrs. Yocheved Schiff, principal of Bais Yaakov of Borough Park. Another panel discussion was held for the men. The panel consisted of Rabbi Baruch Hilsenrath, Principal of Yeshiva Ketana of Passaic; Rabbi Hillel Mandel, the famed educational consultant and trainer of teachers; and Rabbi Yerachmiel Udman, Headmaster of Torah Day School of Dallas, Texas. That session was moderated by Rabbi Yehoshua Levy, a TU Executive Consultant. A third panel discussion – for

women – ran concurrently with that one. Panelists included: Rebbetzin Rivka Eichenstein, a senior teacher at the Manhattan High School for Girls; Mrs. Yocheved Schiff; and Mrs. Becky Udman, Director of Preschool at Dallas’s Torah Day School. This session was moderated by the Principal of General Studies at Baltimore’s Bais Yaakov High School, Mrs. Elise Wolf. As the program started to draw to a close, the attendees were fired up for a powerful Motzoei Shabbos program. The first component was a choice of concurrent workshops – three for men and three for women. The first, for Mesivta Rebbeim, was led by Rav Feldman; the second, led by Rabbi Mandel, addressed the proper approach for teahing Chumash to boys; the third, on best practices for effective teaching, was led by Rabbi Hilsenrath.

Ladies were able to select between: a session on relationships vis a vis feeling connected with talmidos, given by Mrs. Udman; the balance between yedios and skills, given by Mrs. Schiff; and tools for keeping talmidos from falling “through the cracks,” given by Rebbetzin Eichenstein. After the Melave Malka, prior to the address of Rabbi Frand, the gathering was addressed by Baltimore’s famed champion of chinuch, Rabbi Dovid Meister, a senior educator and Chairman of the Association of Jewish Day Schools of Baltimore. Rabbi Meister, who shared heartfelt words of zikaron and tribute to three mechanchim/os who passed away over the past year, has fueled the fire that cooks up all major educational events in Baltimore, including the Shabbos of Chizuk. The familiar voice that resounded throughout the Shabbos was that of

Reb Abish Brodt, whose attendance has become a familiar and most appreciated accoutrement of almost all TU Shabbos events. Reb Abish led most of the tefillos as well as zemiros during the Shabbos meals, the Oneg Shabbos and at the Melave Malka. Ultimately the success of the event is the fruit of the labor of two individuals who worked hand in hand for several weeks prior to the actual event itself. One, on behalf of TU, was Rabbi Ryback, while the other was Rabbi Yoseph Neuberger, Mashgiach of the Mechinah at Ner Yisrael. Together they chaired the actual conference, and, with the assistance of a group of local Baltimore operatives, they planned and attended to all details, large and small, ensuring the success of the event such that the participants must surely have begun counting down the days to next year’s Shabbos of Chizuk.

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ave goodbye to Winter and warmly welcome the arrival of Spring with fun weeknight kids sports! Pikesville Ultimate/JCC boys and girls ultimate frisbee leagues start in late March. The Pikesville Ultimate Disc Association (PUDA) single-gender youth leagues are jointly sponsored by the JCC and Greater Pikesville Rec. Council and do not conflict with Shabbos or Yom Tov. In 2016, over 60 young athletes participated in PUDA leagues and pickup games. This year PUDA will be adding middle school play divisions to accommodate the many players who have aged-up into that group and want to stick with the sport. Moshe Berry, whose daughter Rikki played in the Fall and Spring 2016 girls leagues, remarked that the training and scrimmages led by expert coaches was a “great place for girls to feel comfortable playing sports, helping girls be more physically active and develop a positive self-esteem. It also helps girls learn to work and play with one another and learn and build upon many skills around ultimate.  I loved the individualized attention that was

given to each girl as they worked on building their skill level.” Mike Myers, said that his daughter Ariel “would not have given Ultimate a shot if not for the girls-only clinic. Ultimate may or may not be her sport, but she was definitely interested in playing with other girls and having female coaches/instructors and it was a boost to her confidence. She won’t admit it to me, but she definitely had a lot of fun! And I think that was in large part due to the energy positive attitudes and style of the young women who came to work with the girls.” Debbie Vogelstein, mother of player Elan Vogelstein, remarked “at the end of every game Elan is soaked in sweat and has a big smile on his face. It’s very competitive, and the coaches are totally immersed.”

There is plenty of instruction and complete newcomers to the sport are welcome and enthusiastically accommodated. Highly competitive play is encouraged, but never at the expense of mutual respect among competitors, adherence to the agreed upon rules, or the basic joy of play. As the 2017 Pikesville ultimate league approaches, the focus will be on continuing to model effort, character and sportsmanship with a team of experienced, competent and talented coaches, who are local competitive players who have passed background checks and personal interviews. Ultimate is a fun team sport and a great way to get outdoor exercise. It improves hand-eye coordination and athleticism, and above all, the empha-

sis on Spirit of the Game encourages honesty, fair play, and resolving conflicts in a respectful and productive way. The Spring 2017 leagues (ages 8-13) will be held over 7 sessions on a single weeknight from the weeks Mar

27 – May 22, with no play during Passover. Boys on Wed nights 6:15-

7:45 PM, likely at Pikesville M.S. Girls on Tuesday nights 5:30-7:00 PM, likely at Wellwood E.S. More information about both leagues with registration links is at pikesvilleultimate.com. Questions about either league? Please contact ultimate@ pikesvillerec.org or 410-262-6136. A special thank you to sponsors M&T Bank, SportsBoosters of Md. and Five Ultimate.

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ollel Nachlas HaTorah of Congregation Machzikei Torah of Baltimore held a special program for all men interested in utilizing the day off for the Legal Holiday to increase their limud haTorah. The program began with a shiur by the Rosh Kollel of Nachlas HaTorah, HaRav Nechemiah Goldstein, who founded and leads the Kollel. Rav Goldstein discussed the halochos of Tefilas Haderech, covering a wide range of questions related to its status and the best way to perform it. Some of the issues included: Is it a bakasha or a beracha, a distinction which influences whether one must recite it himself or can allow someone else to motzi him; if it is a beracha, can it be recited by itself or does it have to follow another beracha; and if that is the case, after which other beracha is the most appropriate.

Following Rav Golsdtein’s shiur, the large and attentive crowd at the Kollel was addressed by HaRav Moshe Heinemann, shlit”a, Mara D’Asra of Agudath Israel of Baltimore. Rav Heinemann, a world-renowned posek, discussed halachic issues raised by modern technology. The wide range of subjects covered included new types of gas, electric and water meters, ways to use remote communication technologies to avoid yichud when one spouse is absent, and shabbos problems raised by appliances such as stoves and refrigerators

with sophisticated electronic controls. All men of the community are invited to discover how much they can gain from Kollel Nachlas HaTorah. They can expect to enjoy a warm, friendly and enlightening experience. The Kollel provides an opportunity to men of all ages who have time available in the morning which they would like to engage in the most valuable endeavor -- advancing their Torah knowledge in a structured way. It is particularly suitable open for men who are retired, between jobs or have flexible schedules. It is not necessary

to attend every day, or to spend the full two hours at the Kollel. All shiurim are delivered on a level commensurate with the background of all the participants. And the Kollel beis medrash is available to anyone who wants to sit and learn or listen to a shiur in a beis medrash environment, whether on a regular or occasional basis. For more information, please contact HaRav Nechemiah Goldstein at 410-358-1019 or Rabbi Yitzchok Neger at 443-803-0580.


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What school did you go to? TA for K-12 except for 9th grade which was at Ner Israel. Then a year at Towson Univ. and then 5 years at Univ. of MD. What was your most memorable moment at TA? Too many to single out. Taking handful of pretzels from Mrs. Gold’s

What do you do for a living? I’m an architect and principal of Donny Ankri Architects. How did you get into the industry? As a little boy, I was obsessed with Legos and drawing (which are the prerequisites for an architect). Growing up, I knew I wanted to be a builder or an architect. My uncle, who’s a build-

What has been your coolest project? That’s tough to answer. At a previous employer, I was the Project Architect for the Chesapeake House Travel Plaza on I-95 which was a fun project to work on. In addition, getting to work on residential projects within our community is very enjoyable for me. Particularly, because I get to know the families on a personal level and each family has their own vision for their home which makes each project unique and exciting. Your parents are in the catering business, how do you stay so skinny? Ha! You crack me up. I still have some pounds to lose to get back to my wedding weight but I do what I can. I play basketball Monday nights at Bais Yaakov and I chase my 3 boys up the Port Discovery jungle gym. The latter being more difficult.

What is your favorite Yaffa dish? They’re all so good. To clarify, my dad (Yaffa) will be the first to admit that he doesn’t cook. All the cooking credit goes to my mom (Shula) who learnt the secrets from her mother while growing up in Ashdod, Israel. If I have to choose, I’ll go with the Moroccan-style Nile Perch fish dish. It reminds me of Israel. How do your parents feel about you not going into the family business? They’re very supportive, in fact, they both told me to stick with architecture. Catering is a very stressful business and my parents work 80-100 hours/week. With that said, I worked 10 years as a waiter for my parents and it was a great experience. I actually met my wife working as a waiter at her brother’s wedding. What do you love most about Baltimore’s Jewish Community? I love all of it and I feel very fortunate to live here. We have great neighborhoods, shuls, food options, activities and, above all, great people.

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The five-shek-for-everything policy that Cofix coffee shops have upheld for the past four years since they have opened is going away. The popular supermarket and bar chain released a statement last week that there will be a one shekel hike in price on every item they sell. That’s a lot of coins considering the chain has 132 stores across Israel. “Due to rising prices (including the rise in wages and certain basic products) over the last three and a half years,” the statement reads, “the price of the products sold at the cafés and coffee carts positioned at supermarkets of the company’s daughter company will be set to six shekels.” Cofix founder Avi Katz is not worried about public backlash to the price hikes. “I’m sure the public will respond with understanding,” said Katz. “Over one more shekel? I don’t think so. We sell 200,000 items a day. Every day. That means that even if I save 6 - 7 shekels, I’ve been putting between a million and a million and a half shekels in the public’s pockets every day for three years. Beyond the giant change that that people have been calling ‘the Cofix effect,’ which everyone can see in the streets, how long can you carry the revolution on your back, alone? Over the course of these years, rent and wages have gone up by 15%. Minimum wage has been updated twice during this time. In addition, the prices of basic materials have gone up. So this is understandable. We’ve done this huge revolution, and we haven’t raised by much,” he

From Ukrainian Christian to IDF Soldier

Eva Zifkina, a soldier in the IDF, has had quite a life story already – and she’s only 21-years-old. Zifkina was born to a Christian family in Ukraine and five years ago discovered that she is the granddaughter of Jewish Holocaust survivors. She has since set out on a journey of self-discovery that culminated in her enlisting in the Israeli Defense Forces last week. Eva has lone soldier status as her family did not make the journey with her; they prefer to remain living as Christians in Ukraine. She is in a conversion course that is sponsored by Netiv. “I definitely want to become familiar with Judaism because it’s a part of me, and it’s important to me,” Zifkina has said. Zifkina was born in the city of Kharkiv in Eastern Ukraine. Her grandfather, Fyodor Zidkin, had pretended to be a Muslim during WWII, when he was 12-years-old. He was the only survivor in his family and decided to live the rest of his life as a Christian after the war. When he was at an advanced age, he told his son and daughter-in-law of his Jewish heritage and died shortly thereafter. “I finished high school at 16, and I starting studying pharmacy at an academy,” Zifkina explained. “In my free time, I tried to find information


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The Week In News about my Jewish roots. I contacted my grandfather’s friends and people who worked with him, but I didn’t manage to get any information. After a year, I stopped my studies because I wanted to focus on my search and immigrate to Israel.” However, Zifkina could not prove that she was Jewish and was not eligible for immigration. Luckily, Zifkina later found her grandfather’s marriage certificate, which proved her grandparents were married in a shul. Zifkina knew that she is not halachically Jewish – because her mother isn’t – and has decided to take a conversion course. ”Even though I managed to immigrate to Israel, according to halacha, I’m not Jewish, and it’s very important to me to go through the conversion process after discovering that there’s a Nativ course that facilitates conversion during military service,” she said. Asked if she knows that passing the conversion course requires a religious lifestyle, Zifkina replied, “It really isn’t easy because I didn’t

grow up in those conditions. But I live in a Jewish state, and it’s important to me to connect to Judaism. It interests me, and it may be that during the course it will influence me, and I’ll decide to be religious.”

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They are also enhancing the more “traditional” maternity and paternity leave guidelines at the company. “We always want to raise the bar when it comes to offering our staff the best possible benefits,” Watt added. “We care about two things above all else. People and beer. We also just really like dogs.” What more can you ask for?

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It took 18 months and 26 days but Cassie De Pecol now has a record of accomplishment under her belt that not one woman in the world has: the 27-year-old from Connecticut is the first woman to have visited every sovereign nation in the world in just that amount of time. The previous record for visiting all 196 countries was three Cassie left for her adventure in July 2015 and returned from Yemen on February 2. She hopes to be officially recognized by Guinness World Records. Cassie was an ambassador for the International Institute of Peace Through Tourism during her whirlwind trip. She met with mayors and ministers of tourism, presenting them with the organization’s “Declaration of Peace.” She also boarded 255 flights – we don’t envy her there – planted trees in over 50 countries and filled five passport books. Depending on where she was, she spent two to five days in each country. For access to some countries, Cassie needed some help in securing visas. “There have been cases when I post on my Facebook, ‘Hi I need help getting into Libya’ or ‘I need help getting into Syria,’ and at that point it’s kind of trusting in the unknown, trusting in people,” she told CNN. Syria and Yemen were the hardest places for which to procure visas. Cassie first visited Palau, located in the Pacific Ocean. It was one of the most expensive places to visit, so she wanted to complete that part of the journey first. Yemen was the last country on her journey. How much does a trip to every country in the world cost? Start saving. Cassie used $10,000 of her own babysitting money to start. She raised $198,000 from sponsors and bartered some promotional coverage for stays at certain hotels around the world. At one point last year she actually had to come home because she ran out of money. During her trip, Cassie missed a lot of things, although she says that cooking is what she missed most. “I missed my parents and my cat but


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The Week In News cooking is what I missed the most and training for triathlons,” she told CtPost. Which countries did she love the most? “Most recently, Pakistan. I’m putting them in the spotlight because they get such a bad rep., and I experienced kindness and hospitality. You have the mountains and the beaches, and you get a mix of Asian culture and Middle Eastern culture. That’s what I love about it. “New Zealand is beautiful for the mountains. And Mongolia; I spent my 27th birthday being sponsored at a yurt camp in Mongolia with no WiFi or anything. I rode wild horses and went on hikes alone,” she said. Now that Cassie is back home, she’s not resting on her laurels. She’s going to race in an Olympic Triathlon in San Diego next month, teach a course in how to secure funding to travel the world and head to Antarctica. According to Cassie, we’re all different, yet we all have the same needs. “It’s like there’s one common denom-

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Spoiled Rotten They say that having too much money can be a problem. In Jane Park’s case, it seems that she’s the problem. In 2013, Jane won 1 million British pounds in the EuroMillions lottery. The first thing she bought was a Louis Vuitton handbag. Needing to put something the bag, she then bought a Chihuahua named Princess. And then some shoes, a purple Range Rover, plastic surgery and more handbags. “I just went shopping all the time,”

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lotto at 17 – she was the company’s youngest winner – and now says the lotto should be limited to those above 18-years-old. According to the Daily Record, Jane is debating whether to sue Camelot — the company that owns EuroMillions — for negligence and wants donate any potential winnings from that legal action to charity. When Jane won, the lotto connected her with a representative to help her manage her funds. She owns two properties and says her family has helped her spend her money more wisely. “I’ve read about other lottery winners who’ve just blown it all, and I can totally see how it can be done,” she said. “I was stuck in front of a financial adviser who was using words like ‘investment bonds.’ I had no clue what they meant.” Jane, you know what they say: you can’t live the dream if you don’t play the game.

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The Case of the Cover-up in Search of a Crime By Charles Krauthammer

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t’s a Watergate-era cliché that the cover-up is always worse than the crime. In the Mike Flynn affair, we have the first recorded instance of a cover-up in the absence of a crime. Being covered up were the Dec. 29 phone calls between Flynn and the Russian ambassador to Washington. The presumed violation was Flynn negotiating with a foreign adversary while the Obama administration was still in office and, even worse, discussing with Sergey Kislyak the sanctions then being imposed upon Russia (for meddling in the 2016 elections). What’s wrong with that? It is risible to invoke the Logan Act, passed during the John Adams administration, under which not a single American has been prosecuted in the intervening 218 years. It prohibits private citizens from negotiating with foreign powers. Flynn was hardly a private citizen. As Donald Trump’s publicly designated incoming national security adviser, it was perfectly reasonable for him to be talking to foreign actors in preparation for assuming office within the month. Worst case: He was telling Kislyak that the Trump administration might lift sanctions and therefore, comrade, no need for a spiral of retaliations. How different is this from Barack Obama telling Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, on an inadvertently open mic, during his 2012 re-election campaign, “This is my

last election. After my election, I have more flexibility.” Flynn would have been giving the Russians useful information that might well have contributed to Russia’s decision not to retaliate. I’m no Russophile. But again: What’s wrong with that? Turns out, the Trump administration has not lifted those sanctions. It’s all a tempest in an

Flynn had never discussed sanctions. You can’t leave your vice president undercut and exposed. Flynn had to go. Up to this point, the story makes sense. Except for one thing: Why the cover-up if there is no crime? Why lie about talking about sanctions? It’s inexplicable. Did Flynn want to head off lines of inquiry about other

You can’t leave your vice president undercut and exposed. Flynn had to go.

empty teapot. The accusations of misbehavior by Flynn carry a subliminal echo of a long-standing charge against Richard Nixon that he interfered in the Paris peace talks in October 1968 to prevent his Democratic opponent from claiming a major foreign policy success on the eve of the presidential election. But that kind of alleged diplomatic freelancing would have prolonged a war in which Americans were dying daily. The Flynn conversation was nothing remotely of the sort. Where’s the harm? The harm was not the calls but Flynn’s lying about them. And most especially lying to the vice president who then went out and told the world

contacts with Russians that might not have been so innocent? Massive new leaks suggest numerous contacts during the campaign between Trump associates and Russian officials, some of whom were intelligence agents. Up till now, however, reports The New York Times, there is “no evidence” of any Trump campaign collusion or cooperation with Russian hacking and other interference in the U.S. election. Thus far. Which is why there will be investigations. Speculation ranges from the wildly malevolent to the rather loopily innocent. At one end of the spectrum is the scenario wherein these campaign officials – including perhaps Flynn,

perhaps even Trump – are compromised because of tainted business or political activities known to the Russians, to whom they are now captive. A fevered conspiracy in my view, but there are non-certifiable people who consider it possible. At the benign end of the spectrum is that the easily flattered Trump imagines himself the great dealmaker who overnight becomes a great statesman by charming Vladimir Putin into a Nixon-to-China grand bargain – we jointly call off the new Cold War, join forces to destroy the Islamic State and reach a new accommodation for Europe that relieves us of some of the burden of parasitic allies. To me, the idea is nuts, a narcissistic fantasy grounded in neither strategy nor history. But that doesn’t mean Trump might not imagine it – after all, he maintains that if we had only stayed in Iraq to steal its oil, we wouldn’t have the Islamic State. And if this has indeed been his thinking about Russia, it would make sense to surround himself with advisers who had extensive dealings there. I believe neither of these scenarios but I’m hard put to come up with alternatives. The puzzle remains. Why did Flynn lie? Until we answer that, the case of the cover-up in search of a crime remains unsolved. (c) 2017, The Washington Post Writers Group


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For any aging person, whether they have dementia or not, they continue to have a desire for purpose and resolution. Existential needs do not end because memory becomes blurry. And neither of these objectives can be achieved in stultifying isolation that currently prevails for those with dementia. Purpose or meaning is of course a perplexing concept, but there is collective comfort in establishing ourselves in a context. Josiah Royce tells us in his 1908 book “The Philosophy of Loyalty”, that being merely fed and housed is often emotionally meaningless, and that we need a cause beyond ourselves. This can be a nation, tribe or most importantly, a family. Families, give us context, a legacy, an enduring purpose. I may know my days are numbered, but in the eyes of my children and grandchildren, the days of my family are not. But for the isolated Alzheimer’s victim living behind a Maginot Line, this lack of purposeful connection must be a horror. So as families and friends run from what they think are dementia besotted ghosts of those they once loved, they are in fact depriving their loved ones of meaning and resolution, basic end of life human needs. When we ask what a meaningful model of dementia care should look like for Baby Boomers, or how do we want to be cared for, it must contemplate, as if is for eons before, a family. And for those families that do remain engaged, please know, that you are quite literally doing, G-d’s work. Respectfully Yours, Stephen Sarsfield Bowman Stephen Bowman is the President of Peregrine Senior Living, based in Syracuse, NY.


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Let the Sun Shine In! By Rabbi Zvi Teichman What compels a thief to steal? Is it simply a uncontrollable hunger for something he lacks? Don’t we all pine for things we would like but can’t afford? So what is it that leads some people to encroach on the territory of others while others are able to contain their urges? Evidently the drive to rob someone and violate his rights can at times be so strong that it might compel a thief to take his target’s ultimate possession, his life as well, if that interferes with achieving his personal goals. The Torah teaches us about the law regarding a thief who tunnels his way into someone’s property and is discovered and how the owner may kill him without blood-guilt. The assumption is that a thief who stealthily enters the home is quite aware that if the owner finds him the owner will put up a fight to protect his possessions. The thief knowing this is prepared to fend him off even if it means taking his life. It is for that very reason the owner may take preemptive action and strike the thief first, based on his innate right for self-preservation. What flaw can set in motion so powerful a reaction that begins with ‘simple’ robbery and ends up with murder? The Torah tells us that there are circumstances when the owner may not take this preventive measure in killing the perpetrator. ‫אם זרחה השמש עליו דמים לו (שמות‬ )‫כב ב‬, If the sun shone on him, there is blood-guilt on his account. The simple reading of this sentiment makes no sense, as the Talmud indeed asks: Does the sun then shine only on him and no one else?! ‫(סנה־‬ ).‫דרין עב‬ Rather this is merely an allegorical statement implying that if it is as clear to the owner as the shining sun that sows peace on the world that this trespasser means no harm to the own-

er even were he to confront him, then the owner may not kill him and if he does he has blood on his hands. ‫(רש"י‬ )‫בשם המכילתא‬ An example given in the discussion of this principle is the one of a father who comes to steal from a son, certainly the son is confident that his father would never kill him, and therefore he has no need to take violent action and is thus prohibited from doing so. Now although the Talmud explains this verse as merely a parable, the choice of this awkward expression suggesting the sun shines for some and not for others, begs for elucidation. Although Moshe was not destined to enter the Holy Land he did however designate the three Cities of Refuge in Transjordan, which would one day serve as refuge for those who murdered unintentionally. In describing the location of these cities the Torah refers to them as being situated ‫בעבר‬ )‫הירדן מזרחה שמש (דברים ד מא‬, On the bank of the Jordan, toward the rising sun. Rebbi Samlai interprets this unusual way of describing the east direction, toward the rising sun, rather than using the more common word ‫מזרח‬, which is often used alone in pointing eastward, in a most interesting way. He explains that G-d was instructing Moshe: ‫הזרח שמש לרוצחים‬, Make the sun shine for the murderers! The remedy to curing their laxity in having accidentally murdered their fellow man is by figuratively ‘shining the sun upon them”. The very first murder reported in the Torah is that of Kayin slaying Hevel. When Kayin was punished by being cast into exile he expressed his fear that people might seek to kill him. G-d promised him that he would place a ‘sign upon him’ so that no one would kill him. Rebbi Yehuda states the sign

by which G-d displayed his protective presence was that ‫הזריח עליו גלגל חמה‬, G-d shone the rays of the sun upon him. )‫(ב"ר כב יב‬ Once again the sun’s rays provide a rehabilitating murderer its protective rays. What is it about the sun that stifles the instinct to kill? The great Gaon and Ethicist, Reb Yisroel Salanter once queried, why is it that one of the greatest pleasures afforded to mankind, that of the sun and its magnificent power to brighten and warm an entire planet daily is so underappreciated? He wryly responded, it is because it is a pleasure we share with billions of people! Why is it that our joy is diminished when the item to be enjoyed is not uniquely savored but shared by others as well? Isn’t the joy in its physical sense just the same? The greatest emotional pain one can experience is the lack of an identity and a sense of self. One who suffers from a lack of self-esteem and appreciation can barely enjoy the pleasures life offers because that pain is so great, nothing can ever eclipse it in any meaningful way. One who has a healthy perspective of who they are, what they are morally worth and who live with purpose and direction will never have the need to define themselves by objects or positions of stature. Those who are bankrupt of the vaults of strength that stem from knowing where one finds their role in the universe, will resort to defining themselves by becoming singular in their ownership of material objects or by the power they exert over others. The more others share these same ‘virtues’ the less satisfaction one finds because he is no longer special. A thief and a murderer share the same flaw, the need to artificially inflate the ego by grabbing at items that may give him standing, or by doing away with those who interfere by their presence with the murderer’s distorted

sense of self and must erase that ‘sore thumb’ that gives him discomfort. One who finds no need to perceive oneself by anything other than by the principles one lives by, and in the awareness of one’s own singular contribution to the greater cause of reflecting His Divine Presence through the individual life we each live, is free and unencumbered to enjoy the many magnificent pleasures G-d has provided to mankind for our physical and emotional happiness. In a sense a person who lives on this plane can be described as sensing the remarkable rays of the sun shining down upon him specifically even while it offers its warmth to billions of others. The unintentional murderer who was so wrapped up in himself that it allowed him to slack in his consciousness and concern for others and their worthiness, must rediscover himself in the solitude of the Cities of Refuge, restoring that sense of inherent selfworth that is symbolized in the rays of the sun that shine down ‘just for him’. Kayin misguidedly sought presence by removing the competition. If only he would have introspected on that greatness within him and placed it in the context of his connection to G-d, this spiral down the staircase of immorality would have been stopped in its tracks. While Kayin would wander from place to place the ‘sun would shine upon him’, teaching him that it is not where you live or what your profession is, but merely ‘who you are’ that will bring you satisfaction in life. If only we would reflect on the love and appreciation G-d has for each one of us individually we would be able to overcome these poisonous urges and begin to enjoy life and the warmth of His presence without it being diluted by the fact that He showers it on us all. May we ponder this message and begin to enjoy ourselves and life and all it has to offer. Let the sun shine in!


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The Big Picture Parshas Mishpatim (Shekalim) Two Halves Of One Whole By Rabbi Motty Rabinowitz This week we officially kick off the exciting, tumultuous and dare I say expensive, Yom-Tov season. As we gather in our shuls to hear the reading of Shekalim, the ancient call to arms to fund the Temple coffers, we are reminded that this time of year is not only one for us to begin planning our jolly Purim meals and initiate our Pesach scrubbing with trepidation, but to highlight the needs of the community, and the nation at large. We read how we were instructed to donate half a shekel to the temple funds by the beginning of the month of Nissan to enable the Temple’s new fiscal year. A facet of this commandment that has demanded elucidation is the significance of half a shekel as opposed to a full shekel. Surely,

if the Temple required annual funds, any Director of Development would suggest asking for more rather than less. What is the significance of the individual donation of only half a shekel? The Alsheich quotes noted Kabbalist Rav Shlomo Alkabetz, author of Lecha Dodi, who proposes that the half a shekel symbolizes the status of every individual within the Jewish People. Each of us leads our life with a unique mission and purpose. At the same time, we need to appreciate that we are each only a half of the entire picture - we are not complete as individuals. Every Jew requires other Jews to fulfill his mission. We balance a dichotomy of individuality and self-actualization, with the realization that it only

has significance as part of the whole. Only through a unification with the many other halves around us can we achieve that completion. How many community projects would succeed without the nuts-to-bolts involvement of a multitude of individuals? We each bring our strengths and expertise to the table, and with a mutual sense of purpose, accomplish our goals. The annual donation to the Temple’s fund is the perfect area to emphasize that lesson. As the Mishna and Talmud in tractate Shekalim elaborate, the temple funds were of course used to fund the communal sacrifices, but they were also used for other purposes such as strengthening the walls of Jerusalem or supporting the court system. The donated funds powered the communal religious life, and to a degree the physical existence, of the Jewish People. As every individual stepped forward to sign his check for the community, it was necessary to emphasize that while he was unique and special, he was also just a half, no better than any other. The community’s survival depended on all individuals, regardless of means, joining hands in unison. The Zohar famously states that there are 600,000 letters in the Torah, one representing each male adult enumerated leaving Egypt. However, in reality there are

only around 305,000 letters in the Torah. Much ink has been spilled explaining the intentions of the Zohar’s letter count. One cannot help but notice, however, that the actual letter count is approximately half of the Zohar’s number. Perhaps one could homiletically suggest that the Zohar was referring to the approximately 600,000 halves of the letters. A Torah scroll represents the communal commitment to the propagation of Torah. Each individual must indeed be represented in the Torah, but it is the ‘half a person’ that gets represented. When it comes to Torah and our spiritual future, we cannot assume that we can go it alone. Here too we must recognize that we are required to collaborate and toil together to complete the Torah and pass it on to our children. It can be all too easy to get lost in the details of the next few months and forget that it is not just about us, it is a time of redemption for the Jewish People as a whole. If we look around us, there are countless individuals; neighbors, relatives, work acquaintances and even total strangers, who regardless of background, are still part of our wider community and might appreciate a helping hand, an invitation, or even just friendly wishes for Yom-Tov. We all left Egypt together. We all endured Haman together. Let us all rejoice and celebrate together.our common goals.


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Ladies and gentlemen, we were attacked on Dec. 7, 1941, we were attacked on Sept. 11, 2001, and we were attacked on Nov. 8, 2016.

But I’ve known the president and I’ve known his family and his team for a long time, and there is no greater supporter of the Jewish people and the Jewish state than President Donald Trump. I think we should put that to rest.

- From a New York Times article by Thomas Friedman, who suffers from Trump Derangement Syndrome

- Prime Minister Netanyahu responding to a reporter’s question about Trump and anti-Semitism, at a joint press conference in the White House last week

Envy and jealousy are incurable diseases. The haters still hate. And I understand it, and we’ll do our best to keep them in that position.

Thank you very much. Very nice. I appreciate that very much.

– Patriots owner Robert Kraft on HBO’s Real Sports

– President Trump, in response to Netanyahu’s comments

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The three main problems we must handle are Iran, Iran and Iran.

I’ve known President Trump for many years, and to allude to him, or to his people – his team – some of whom I’ve known for many years, too. Can I reveal, Jared, how long we’ve known you? Well, he was never small. He was always big. He was always tall.


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The makers of the board game Monopoly have announced that they are dropping the thimble token in favor of new pieces in the shape of emojis and hashtags. Although, if you’re trying to modernize Monopoly, maybe start with Oriental Avenue. We call it Asian-American Avenue now. - Seth Myers

This is what it’s like to be with Trump. He says, “There’s the menu, you guys order whatever you want.” And then he says, “Chris, you and I are going to have the meatloaf; I’m telling you, the meatloaf is fabulous.” - Chris Christie recounting a recent lunch meeting with President Trump at the White House

At a recent dinner while President Trump invited other attendees to order whatever they wanted, Trump demanded Chris Christie have the White House meatloaf. Coincidentally, “White House Meatloaf” is also the position Trump is considering him for. – Seth Myers

If you want to preserve – I’m very serious now – if you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and many times adversarial press. And without it, I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time. That’s how dictators get started. – Sen. John McCain on “Meet the Press” criticizing Trump’s criticism of the press

Everything that he says about the president is colored by his own personal dispute he’s got running with President Trump, and it should be taken with a grain of salt, because John McCain’s the guy who’s advocated for war everywhere. He would bankrupt the nation. We’re very lucky John McCain’s not in charge, because I think we’d be in perpetual war.

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– Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), responding to Sen. McCain’s comments on ABC’s “This Week”

Trump also discussed the recent bombshell about his staff communicating with Russia, and he said that he hasn’t made a phone call to Russia in years. You could tell Trump was lying because his tie grew another three inches. – Jimmy Fallon

This was in response to his secretary of labor withdrawing his nomination and Trump having to pick a replacement. Trump’s original pick, Andrew Puzder, is the CEO of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. But Puzder withdrew his nomination after it became clear he would not get confirmed. When asked what he was going to do next, Puzder said, “Please drive around to the second window and we can talk there.” - Conan O’Brien

Right now, the human worker who does, say, $50,000 worth of work in a factory, that income is taxed and you get income tax, Social Security tax, all those things. If a robot comes in to do the same thing, you’d think that we’d tax the robot at a similar level. - Bill Gates, in an interview with Quartz

The anti-Semitism threat targeting our Jewish community and community centers are horrible and painful and a very sad reminder of the work that must be done to root out hate, prejudice and evil. – President Trump after touring the National Museum of African American History in Washington, D.C.

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There isn’t enough money in the ACA as structured, even with the fees and taxes, to support the population that needs to be served… It is in a death spiral. - Aetna Insurance’s CEO Mark Bertolini in an interview with the Wall Street Journal about Obamacare

- Jane Park, 21, who won $1.25 million playing Euromillions at age 17 , in an interview with the UK Mirror about how unhealthy it was for her to win the lotto

Christian terrorism does not exist, Jewish terrorism does not exist, and Muslim terrorism does not exist. They do not exist.

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At times it feels like winning the lottery has ruined my life. I thought it would make it 10 times better but it’s made it 10 times worse. I wish I had no money most days. I say to myself, “My life would be so much easier if I hadn’t won.” People look at me and think, “I wish I had her lifestyle, I wish I had her money.” But they don’t realize the extent of my stress. I have material things but apart from that, my life is empty.

– Pope Francis

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There were demonstrations across the country today to protest the president’s immigration policy. Immigrants were encouraged to skip work today for what they called “a day without immigrants,” or as Steve Bannon calls it, “a good start.” – Jimmy Kimmel

The media did not make Donald Trump and they can’t destroy him… They have a formula, they have a blueprint, for destroying Republican political officials they don’t like. It’s not going to work on Trump. He doesn’t fit that mold. They’re trying to every day. It’s kind of comical to watch. - Rush Limbaugh on Fox News Sunday

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In this press conference, Trump claimed to have had the biggest electoral win since Reagan, and when a reporter pointed out that was false, Trump responded with — and I quote — “I’ve seen that information around.” Around? He saw this information “around”? What, like it was tacked to a bulletin board next to guitar lessons and a picture of a lost cat?


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Dating Dialogue

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What Would You Do If… In light of some of the questions I read each week in your column, this might sound silly and even frivolous but I’m going to ask it anyway because it is driving me and my husband crazy and maybe we need to just relax and hope for the best.

Our daughter has always been a very earthy, natural type of young lady. She’s always hated any kind of makeup, fussing with her hair, and she’s total not interested in clothing. As a probably too-honest mother, I have to say that she’s not a natural beauty. I would say that she’s “average” looking. I think we all need some help here and there and there’s nothing wrong with putting on a little lipstick or blush. I speak to some of the mothers of my daughters’ friends, who are also starting to date, and they talk about going shopping with their daughters to buy them special clothing so that they look their best on a date. I know they fuss over their hair and makeup too.

She’s only gone out with two men so far. Both did not go further than one date. It could be because it just wasn’t a good match, but my bigger fear is that it’s because they don’t find her attractive enough or even feminine enough. I know that with a little help, like most of us, she could look so much better and be really attractive. How can I get her to understand that the competition is fierce and that she will have an easier time meeting Mr. Right if she could only get with the program?

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

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My daughter refuses to go shopping with me for appropriate clothing or makeup. She wears her hair pulled back. Her attitude is that this is who she is and whoever falls in love with her will accept her that way. I agree that we want to be loved for who we are on the inside, but I also think first impressions count and that when you put so little effort into getting ready for a date, it’s possible for any young man to feel that you don’t really care that much about how you look or how he will react.


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our question is neither frivolous nor silly. Your daughter does not seem to be in touch with her feminine side, and now that it’s time to date it’s worrisome to the two of you. As you must have noticed, I am a big believer in young adult children having mentors besides their parents. Young adult children, although they may be communicating with their parents and contemplating marriage, are still forming their identities and developing their sense of self. They are often not open to direct guidance from parents with whom they may have had conflict just recently during their teenage years. Someone who has gained their respect – a teacher, a rebbe, or a person just a few years older whom they admire – will have influence on them in ways that their parents cannot have. That’s because they see them as they are, without their baggage of growth and development that the parents see. It is a good idea to encourage such relationships. Having solid, mature, wise adults in your child’s life is a positive thing and will foster growth on many levels. From time to time, a parent can communicate with the child’s mentor in a discreet fashion to share his or her perspective and concerns. You want the mentor to hear from you and if s/he wants to share his/her perspective, that’s fine. Do what you can to build your child’s trust in someone whom you see deserves it. It’s a healthy thing. You can share your concern about her lack of effort to improve her appearance with your child’s mentor but don’t be disappointed if your daughter does not respond. Perhaps there are deeper reasons why she does not want to be feminine. Maybe she does not feel good about herself for serious reasons. Give it time and see what happens. At some point in

the future, you can bring up the matter of self-image with the mentor and inquire whether s/he thinks your daughter needs professional help. Meanwhile, don’t worry. The influence of friends may clue your daughter in. If she doesn’t have friends and doesn’t invest in herself, then I would say take her for help directly. Something is wrong.

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old your lipstick, Too-Honest-Mother. No matter how much you harass her, your daughter will not start primping and painting if that’s not her style. Stop biting your manicured nails and advocate for your wonderful child – your young lady with a million friends and great personality. The girl who is smart, funny, caring and confident. The child you think is adorable – even when she’s wearing her scruffiest pajamas and smells of toothpaste, shampoo and Dove soap. Bear in mind that dating, though a harrowing rite of passage, is not a beauty contest of “fierce competition.” Many guys prefer the more natural, down-to-earth type. The man your daughter marries will be attracted to her charm, intelligence and other wonderful attributes. Besides, if Beauty was the ticket to the chuppah, how is it that so many Plain Janes get married and so many “Tens” remain single? To illustrate my point: my cousin, Shaindel, despite her mother’s cajoling, refused to wear makeup, jewelry or heels while she was in shidduchim. Still, she was a radiant kallah in glasses, sneakers and scrubbed face (she wiped off all her makeup!) at the ripe “old” age of 23. And now, fifteen years later, her husband still thinks she’s beautiful!

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udging from your daughter’s nonchalant attitude regarding looking presentable for a shidduch, it’s possible that she just might not be interested yet in dating altogether. For a girl to go out with absolutely no makeup, mismatched or non-put together attire, and her hair pulled back gives off a statement of itself. In life, diversion from standard regular protocol is often to purposefully make an overt statement. In this case, the statement might be: “I’m not interested in this right now so I’m not going to try.” If she might be too young and is really uninter-

Besides, if Beauty was the ticket to the chuppah, how is it that so many Plain Janes get married and so many “Tens” remain single?

ested in dating, I would recommend that you relax and not work on any suggestions for her until she takes a step herself and tells you, “Mom, I’m ready to start shidduchim.” At that point you can tell her that you’ll work on finding shidduch prospects for her as soon as she exerts the effort in


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married and nevertheless harbors that attitude, you might have to come to grips with the fact that she is an independent individual whom you cannot force to dress or present differently any certain way. Just daven that her bashert won’t notice these things and grin and bear it. With the lack of success in shidduchim will come the frustration leading to a likely self-driven change in outlook and action. Much hatzlacha!

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wish I could provide you with the magical answer to your question. I am not of the belief that we can force another person to share our values. We can offer our values, we can lead by example, we can even take our daughters to the Chanel makeup counter … at the end of the day it is your daughter’s hand that will be applying the makeup to your daughter’s face. If she doesn’t go for that look, then that is her preference and there is not much you can do about it. I have two daughters. One loves everything feminine. Makeup, bows, clothes, shoes, jewelry. If I allowed it, she would wear a sash that read Ms. Five Towns. My other daughter is different. She is incredibly natural and finds makeup and primping of any kind to be silly and frivolous. I

have decided to let it go. I don’t imagine her enjoying makeup and clothing when she is a bit older and starts to date, and I don’t plan on arguing with her over something that is near and dear to her heart. My husband often has to help me bite my tongue. I will say to him, “Do you see what she is wearing?” And he says, “Jen, let it go. She feels good about herself like this.” The most important thing is that your daughter feels good about herself. If you force her to wear makeup and she hates it, how will she feel about herself on her dates? And furthermore, if she shows up on her dates with makeup and fabulous outfits only to reveal her true self once she is married (no makeup and casu-

believe in keeping things natural and real. They actually dislike how makeup looks and are attracted to a simple look. I admit that these individuals are few and far between, which means it will probably take a lot longer for your daughter to meet someone who is on her page in this regard, but trust me, there are men out there who like a woman who is low-key. If this is the explanation, make sure that the people who are working on a shidduch for your daughter look for men who are appropriately matched to her style. Try not to waste anyone’s time setting her up with men who go for the “put-together” types. As they say, “There’s a cover for every pot!”

into this world to help us parents work on certain parts of ourselves. One common lesson children teach us is We don’t have as much control as we think we do. Some come to teach us acceptance, others teach us patience, while others teach us how to stand up for ourselves. Should your daughter reject the path most commonly traveled, what lesson would she be offering you? Whatever the lesson, that is where your energy will be welcome. Wishing you all the best, 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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al), what will her husband think? Would that be fair to him? I have met handfuls of men who find makeup fake and unattractive. As Tova Wein suggested, there are the men who will appreciate your daughter. Find the beauty in your daughter’s appearance and I think you will soon realize that there are men who will find her beautiful, just as she is. I understand the importance of first impressions. And I understand how competitive shidduchim are today. If your daughter is even slightly open to wearing makeup for the good reasons you mentioned, you can hire a makeup artist who specializes in the “natural look” to come to your home. A little mascara and a natural-hued stain or gloss would give your daughter a polished, feminine look without compromising her essence. However, if this is very personal and does compromise who she is, then my advice is to leave this alone. I believe all of our children come

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tions for your frustrating situation. First of all, I wonder whether you are overly invested in fussing with yourself and your daughter is rebelling against your style. That is often the case when girls feel they can’t compete with their mothers and so they go in the direct opposite direction. In that way they can’t possibly lose the competition and they are making their own mark and statement about how a woman should present. A second possibility is that your daughter is just not ready to date. Maybe she really doesn’t care much about getting into this whole chapter of her life right now and so by sabotaging the success of dating she can push it off in her own way for a while. Of course, sometimes the obvious explanation is the correct one. Some women (and men) are not into any form of dress-up. They

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Dirshu

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HaRav Chizkiyahu Yosef Mishkovsky visiting HaRav Gershon Edelstein

HaRav Gershon Edlestein and HaRav Chaim Kanievsky, Shlita Dirshu embarked on the program with the enthusiastic support of the senior Gedolei Yisrael from both Eretz Yisrael and America. Last week, HaGaon HaRav Chizkiyahu Yosef Mishkovsky, shlita, Menahel Ruchani of Yeshiva Orchos Torah, visited the home of HaGaon HaRav Gershon Edelstein, shlita, Rosh Yeshiva of the Ponovezh Yeshiva, as well as the home of HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky, shlita, who praised the ideal of mussar learning as an important component in the Torah learning of every individual. Rav Mishkovsky added that the imperative to learn took on added urgency as a vehicle to arouse rachmei shomayim on behalf of the Gadol Hador, HaRav Aharon Yehuda Leib Ben Gittel Feiga Shteinman shlita. At the most recent Dirshu test, numerous Gedolim and Rabbonim addressed the lomdei Dirshu in the various testing sites throughout Eretz Yisrael, Europe, North America and South America, encouraging all to undertake that few minutes a day of limud hamussar that, they explained, can have a transformative spiritual impact on one’s entire day. The Haskamos of the Mashgichim, HaRav Matisyahu Solomon, and HaRav Moshe Wolfson, Shlita In America, two of the great Mashgichim of our generation, HaGaon HaRav Mattisyahu Salomon, shlita,

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learn Torah, to pasken and deliver shiurim?!’” “That,” exclaimed Rav Cohen, “is mussar! Rav Moshe was telling us that without mussar, how can we be successful in Torah?! That is why it is appropriate that the mossad hakodesh, Dirshu, has added its new Kinyan Chochma mussar program to its existing programs where so many are tested on what they learn. Ashrei Dirshu, fortunate is Dirshu that they have established such an important program!” A Journey Through the Mussar Sefarim This past Sunday tens of thousands of participants in Dirshu’s learning programs embarked on a new journey as they embraced Dirshu’s newest program, entitled ‘Kinyan Chochma’. Kinyan Chochma is a mussar program wherein a short piece of one of the mussar classics will be learned daily. The program has been instituted to encourage daily learning of mussar among all members of Klal Yisrael. The Gedolei Yisrael from both Eretz Yisrael and chutz la’aretz have enthusiastically called on Yidden the world over to join the program and incorporate the daily learning of mussar into their lives together with their other learning sedarim. Lomdei Dirshu participating in the Kinyan Torah program and Daf HaYomi B’Halacha programs will be able to take a monthly test on the mussar learned and receive a stipend for excellent results. The Guidance of HaGaonim

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Mashgiach Ruchani of Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood and HaGaon HaRav Moshe Wolfson, shlita, Mashgiach of Yeshiva Torah Vodaas and Rav of Kehal Emunas Yisrael of Boro Park, wrote enthusiastic approbations to the program which were published at the front of the new ‘Kuntres Kinyan Chochma’. HaGaon HaRav Elya Ber Wachtfogel, shlita, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Zichron Moshe of South Fallsburg, added his signature to Rav Matisyahu’s haskama encouraging all to undertake the daily learning of mussar. “Mussar Is The Pillar that Supports our Learning of Halacha and Shas in Dirshu’s Programs” At the testing site in Modiin Illit, Eretz Yisrael, HaGaon HaRav Yisroel Zicherman, Rav of the Brachfeld neighborhood of Modin Illit, feelingly echoed what was on the minds of so many; the condition of the Gadol Hador, the senior Rosh Yeshiva, HaGaon HaRav Aharon Leib Shteinman, shlita. Rav Zicherman said, “In these difficult days when each and every one of us is deeply concerned and worried about the welfare of Rav Shteinman; in these days when we are all davening and literally storming the Heavens begging Hashem to send a refuah to Rav Aharon Yehuda Leib ben Gittel Feiga, it is incumbent on us to follow the guidance of the senior Gedolim [Rav Gershon Edelstein and Rav Chaim Kanievsky] and add mussar learning to our schedules. Mussar is the pillar that supports our learning of halacha and Shas that we do in Dirshu’s programs. It is our tefillah, our deepest supplication to Hashem that this Kinyan Chochma mussar learning that we are adding, should be the support that will invoke a refuah sheleimah for the venerated Rosh Yeshiva and that he will continue to lead and guide us until the coming of Moshiach!”

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It was shalosh seudos time at Mesivta Tiferes Yerushalayim. The year was 1979. The Gadol Hador, the Posek Hador, HaGaon HaRav Moshe Feinstein, zt”l, came to the yeshiva for shalosh seudos. That week, Rav Moshe was not feeling well and did not feel capable of speaking. He turned to a young Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen, a bochur at the time and asked if perhaps he would like to say the dvar Torah. At the Dirshu test in Lakewood this past Sunday night, Rav Cohen recalled, “I told the Rosh Yeshiva that I did not have a dvar Torah on that week’s parsha, only on the previous week’s parsha. There was a very small crowd in attendance, about 15-18 people and one person, a baal habayis who was not even from the Lower East Side, turned to Rav Moshe and said, ‘I can say a dvar Torah but I can’t say it in Yiddish, only in English.’ Rav Moshe replied, ‘So say it in English.’ That Yid proceeded to say a dvar Torah. You had to watch Rav Moshe while the man was speaking. He sat on the edge of his chair, fully focused, not taking his eyes off of the speaker, smiling and nodding his head the entire time. The thing is, I knew that Rav Moshe barely understood a word of English!” Thus, after Shabbos, when I joined Rav Moshe in the car to return to his home, I asked him, ‘Did the Rosh Yeshiva understand the dvar Torah?’ He responded, ‘Only two words.’ When I asked why he had gazed so intently at the person, appearing completely focused on what the man was saying, Rav Moshe answered, ‘Chazal tell us that ‘derech eretz kodmah l’Torah derech eretz comes before Torah.’ If a person is speaking publically and I don’t look at him and show him that I am listening, how will I be able to pasken and say shiurim?! If I don’t have derech eretz how will I merit to

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In the aftermath of a vicious election, the media is in the hot seat. Bias, lies, and factual errors are on the minds of many Americans and news watchers around the (free) world. “Fake news” is the go-to buzz word that is haunting the industry, which makes you wonder about the nature of news - how we get it, what it is and if we should trust it. To understand this, let’s start with a real-world example. This article is not news. It’s an editorial article in which I am sharing some facts, some thoughts, and some opinions. As such, individuals are likely to agree or disagree, contest my premise, or disagree with my conclusions. The word news is defined as “a report of recent events.” Unlike what you would expect from an editorial, news is supposed to be the facts, and the conclusions are left to the individual receiving the news. For example, this week has been unseasonably warm. This is a fact. For those who suffer from allergies, this information is bad news because it came with an early round of sneezing but for those who work outdoors, this is great news. Having defined news vs. opinion, now let’s get real about another factor. The news industry is a business. Businesses are owned and directed by individuals. Those individuals also have opinions of their own, and are also influenced by what keeps any business afloat - money. According to an article I found in Business Insider, 90% of the media industry (including news and entertainment) is owned by 6 major companies under which many smaller companies are consolidated. Compare that with the year 1983 when the same 90% was owned by 50 companies. Sounds like “there’s no business like news business”! The last ingredient before we put it all together is communication technology. We live in the age of communication where information is distributed faster than ever. Seconds after an event occurs it is being reported and shared using various media such as social media and mobile messaging. Fake news is not a new thing; its former name is propaganda (which does not hashtag as well as #FakeNews). The art of deliberate manipulation of the masses

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n January 23, the IRS began accepting 2016 tax returns, and that means refund season is officially here. For 2017, the IRS expects 70% of Americans will get refunds, and those refunds will average around $2,840. Yes, if you’re among that 70%, it means you paid in too much over the course of the year and gave the IRS an interest-free loan. (And no, they won’t return the favor.) But millions of Americans still very consciously use their tax withholding as a savings account and look forward all winter to receiving that sweet check. That leaves just one nice problem to have — deciding where to spend it all. Feel like blowing it on a vacation? Your friendly travel agent will tell you that airfares to Europe are low and exchange rates are great. Want to update your home? The Wall Street Journal reports that this is an excellent time to buy a big-screen TV. Got kids in college? The bursar will be happy to cash your check, and you won’t even have to feel guilty about it. Feeling responsible? It never hurts to drop more into retirement savings. Or you could turn to the Daily Horoscope and look to your “sign” for a fun, whimsical way to find ideas about spending it! Here are some of the site’s suggestions for that windfall: • Aries: “You have no impulse control,” so don’t even think about saving it. Harsh. But given that you can always adjust your withhold-

ing throughout the year, and spend those extra dollars the minute you earn them, it’s hard to imagine too many Aries collecting refunds in the first place. • Gemini: “Sort through that big pile of mail, and once you’ve found it, take it straight to the bank.” (Or use direct deposit to defeat temptation!) Of course, with banks averaging a miserly 1% or so on savings accounts, you might as well take it to your favorite casino and put it all on Red. • Leo: “Your tax refund may not be big enough for what you think you deserve.” But $2,840 still isn’t anything to sneeze at — so find your nearest Tiffany store and pick out something that makes you look as good as you feel about yourself or give someone else a gift they’ll never forget. • Virgo: “The first thing you’ll do is open your spreadsheet or financial management program and enter your refund.” Of course, just having a spreadsheet to track your spending choices doesn’t guarantee they’ll be smart choices, does it? • Scorpio: “Since your sign rules reusing and recycling, consider going green with your greenbacks: put your money into funds that support socially and ecologically responsible companies.” Now there’s a choice you can be proud of. • Aquarius: “Whatever someone suggests you do with your refund, you won’t do it anyway.” Ouch. Still, that doesn’t mean you can’t make smart choices on your

own. A little research, a little investigation, and pretty soon you’ll be ready to plunge into something that surprises everyone! Whatever your birth month is, make sure you pay less. Remember, the biggest refunds don’t come from the stars, they come from plan-

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By Aliza Beer MS, RD

W

e all experience stress at some point or another in our lives. While we can agree that feeling stressed is never pleasant, we might not realize that it may actually poorly affect our health as well. Headaches, tension, anxiety, and depression are just some of the hallmark consequences of stress but research has confirmed that weight gain is yet another powerful result of stress. Though some may find that stress may reduce their appetite initially, long term or chronic stress actually boosts your hunger, causes overeating, and predisposes you to excess weight gain. Why does this happen? We have physiology to thank for this reaction to stress, specifically our “fight or flight” response. When we are in a stressful situation or are feeling chronic stress, a hormone known as cortisol – also called the “stress hormone” – is released and hangs around in our body. This hormone interprets your feelings of stress to mean that your body is going through a hardship and prepares for starvation mode. Therefore, your body slowly begins to store fat more efficiently in order to protect your body. In addition to storing excess fat (particularly belly fat), cortisol boosts your appetite and drives cravings for less healthy “junk food.” This is also linked to another famous hormone, known as insulin. High cortisol levels in the blood lead to higher than normal insulin levels, the hormone that regulates blood sugar levels. When insulin levels are higher than normal,

our blood sugar drops. This generally causes us to crave sugary, fatty foods and is why during stressful times the cravings we have for “junk food” often rises. This explains why it is way more common to find yourself reaching for a box of cookies when you are in a stressful situation as opposed to a healthier alternative! Lastly, stress tends to slow down your metabolism. This makes it more difficult to burn calories and therefore you are more likely to gain weight. The combination of all of these effects of stress on our bodies makes it very likely, if not unavoidable, to gain weight during stressful times. So how do we combat this? Of course, dealing with stress in a healthy way and alleviating the anxiety is key. Unfortunately, that is not always so simple. However, there are other ways to control weight gain during stressful times. Here are three key tips to help keep your weight under control during stressful times: 1) Make sure to exercise. Maintaining a healthy exercise regimen during stressful times may be hard for some, but the benefits are well worth it. Exercise is always a great way to burn additional calories and prevent excess weight gain, thus making it even more ideal during a stressful time when your body is encouraged to put on extra pounds. Additionally, exercise releases hormones that make you feel good. These hormones can help combat the stress hormones, thus reducing anxiety. Furthermore, exercise boosts your

metabolism, which combats the sluggish effect that cortisol has on your metabolism. 2) Get enough sleep. Often when we feel stressed we tend to notice the effects in our sleeping habits. It is all too common for people to face restless nights during stressful times. However, this just raises our stress levels, as the body interprets a lack of sleep to mean that the body is in a more stressful situation! While our cortisol levels continue to skyrocket, another hormone known as ghrelin is also increased in our blood from lack of sleep. Ghrelin is the hormone responsible for making you feel hungry. This combination is likely to lead to overeating. Making sure to get enough sleep is key to keeping these hormones balanced. This may be easier said than done during a stressful time where a good night’s sleep seems to be impossible, but reducing caffeine, such as in chocolate, tea, ice cream, and coffee, are some ways to help relax your body and hopefully ease you into restful nights. Reading a book and avoiding electronics such as your smartphone or laptop in the bedroom are other ways to promote peaceful nights. Taking a hot bath or shower before bed is yet another good tool that will bring on relaxation and sleep. 3) Keep your plate colorful. A varied plate, filled with fruits, vegetables, proteins, and whole grains, is another way to help avoid weight gain when under stress. Whole grains, plenty of protein, and a large plate of

vegetables keep you full longer, which will likely keep the binge-eating on less healthy options at bay. Not only do these options keep you full longer, they are also full of nutrients, such as essential vitamins and minerals. Studies have found that adequate amounts of certain vitamins and minerals, specifically the B-vitamins, vitamin C, calcium, and magnesium, are linked to lowering cortisol levels in the blood. Eggs, fish, meat, whole grains and dairy are great ways to take in enough B-vitamins. Citrus fruit, such as strawberries and grapefruit, are full of vitamin C. Green leafy vegetables and nuts and beans are great sources of magnesium, while salmon and dairy foods are filled with calcium. Stress is an inevitable part of our lives. However, we do not want stress to interfere with our lives and our health more than it needs to. Few people associate stress with weight gain but, in fact, weight gain is physiologically linked to stress! Understanding that stress and anxiety can lead to weight gain and the different ways in which it causes the number on the scale to rise are essential to developing the right tools to combat this problem.

Aliza Beer is a registered dietician with a master’s degree in nutrition. She has a private practice in Cedarhurst, NY. Patients’ success has been featured on the Dr. Oz show. Aliza can be reached at alizabeer@gmail.com.


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Gluten Free Hamentaschen What You Will Need: 2/3 cup margarine –room temp.* 2 tsp. baking powder 1 cup sweet rice flour 1 tsp. vanilla 1 tsp. xanthan gum ¼ tsp. salt (scant) 1 tsp. unflavored gelatin ½ cup tapioca flour 1 egg ½ cup potato starch ¾ cup sugar 10 ounce jar of filling of choice 1 Tbl. rice milk ½ cup confectioner’s sugar (for cutting board)

Preperation: 1. In a large mixing bowl, beat margarine until creamy. Add rice flour, xanthan gum, gelatin, egg, sugar, rice milk, baking powder, vanilla, and salt. Beat well. Add tapioca flour and potato starch. Beat until well combined. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. 2. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

3. Divide the dough in half and chill the unused portion until needed. Sprinkle cutting board with confectioner’s sugar. Roll out half of the dough at a time to 1/8th inch thickness. If dough is very sticky, roll between 2 pieces of parchment paper which have been coated with confectioner’s sugar.

4. Cut with round 2 ½ inch cookie cutter or glass with 2 ½ inch diameter. Fill with ½ tsp. desired dry filling, such as poppy seed or apricot Fold circle once from bottom, once from 1 side, and then meet with the other side- to form a triangle. (If dough becomes sticky, return to fridge to chill again.) Place hamentaschen on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. 5. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 to 17 minutes or until brown. Cool on wire rack. Makes about 30 hamentaschen. *Fleischman’s is best for gluten-free baking.


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Pastrami London Broil

Homemade Sauerkraut Makes 4-6 cups Active Time: 15 minutes

Here’s a way to get that delicious pastrami flavor with a homemade rub and a few minutes on your grill. Once again finding a new use for smoked paprika, my latest favorite spice. If you don’t have it, put it on your next shopping list—you’ll thank me!

Ingredients: 1 (2 pound) trimmed London Broil 1 tablespoon ground coriander 1 tablespoon kosher salt 2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper 2 teaspoons smoked paprika 1 teaspoon sweet paprika

1 teaspoon ground ginger or alllspice 1 teaspoon granulated garlic 1 teaspoon brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard 2 teaspoons vegetable oil 1 teaspoon molasses or silan

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1 medium head (3 pounds) green cabbage, shredded 2 tablespoons pink Himalayan salt or kosher salt

Ingredients:

1 tablespoons garlic, dill, caraway seeds, hot peppers or juniper berries-optional, for flavor

Preperation:

1. In a large bowl, toss shredded cabbage with salt and allow to stand for 1 hour. Into a 2-quart wide-mouth canning jar, or two-quart mason jars, tightly pack the cabbage, pressing and tamping as needed. 2. Use a small glass dish or plastic bag filled with salted water as a weight over the cabbage. The weight keeps the cabbage submerged and away from air. Cover jar loosely with a cotton cloth secured with a rubber band. 3. Place jar in cool place (70°F). As the cabbage releases its liquid, it will become more limp and compact and the liquid will rise over the top of the cabbage. In a day, the cabbage should have given up enough liquid to be completely submerged. 4. Check cabbage every other day, press down to keep submerged and adjust weight if any cabbage is floating above the liquid. Start tasting it after 3 days — when the sauerkraut tastes good to you, remove the weight, screw on the cap, and refrigerate. Small batch sauerkraut can continue fermenting for 10 days. While it's fermenting, you may see bubbles or foam. These are signs of a healthy, happy fermentation. Rarely there may be bluish or greenish mold on the surface. Skim this off; the rest of the sauerkraut is fine to eat.

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1. In a small bowl mix together the coriander, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, sweet paprika, ginger or allspice, granulated garlic, brown sugar and dry mustard. 2. Brush meat with oil and molasses or silan on all sides. Coat the meat thoroughly with all of the spice mixture. Place in a sealable container and place in refrigerator for 2 to 24 hours. 3. Remove from refrigerator 20-30 minutes before grilling. Heat grill to medium low heat and coat grates with oil or cooking spray. Grill meat 6-10 minutes per side, or until medium rare, when the internal temperature reaches 135°F. 4. Remove from grill and allow meat to rest for at least 15 minutes. Cut with a sharp knife against the grain into thin slices. Serve warm or at room temperature. Serving idea: Toasted rye bread with thousand island dressing, sauerkraut and pickles

When life gives you cabbage, you make sauerkraut—and homemade sauerkraut is a world apart from the stuff that comes from the grocery store. It's crunchy and delightfully sour, perfect for layering into a pastrami sandwich. Today I'm showing you how to make small batch sauerkraut in a mason jar. This process, called lactic acid fermentation, transforms salt and cabbage into natural sauerkraut that increases digestive enzymes, B vitamins & bacteria that strengthens our immune system.

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