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Around the Community . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Community Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Remembering Harav Tzvi Dov Slanger Zt”l . . . . . . 52

JEWISH THOUGHT Rabbi Zvi Teichman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Rabbi Motty Rabinowitz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

PEOPLE 613 Seconds with Rabbi Menachem Goldberger . . 19 SOTU - Lip Smacking or Lip Biting, Depending on Which Side of the Aisle You’re On. . . . . . . . . . . . 44

HUMOR & ENTERTAINMENT Notable Quotes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Centerfold. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

JEWISH LIFE Dating Dialogue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Your Money. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Forgotten Heroes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Health & Fitness. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Biz Wiz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Mental Health Corner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Beyond Limits - A Serial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Life Coach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Two-Tired to Fight about It. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Gluten Free Recipe Column. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Cooking for the King. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71


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Israel News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 That’s Odd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Dear Readers, “To read the news or not to read the news”? Good question. Those against will say, “What’s the point on focusing on the negative? You can’t do much about it anyway. Your job is to focus on being a kind and upstanding human being.” Others might argue, “What do you mean ignore the news? This is my family we’re talking about! If my sister was going through a challenge, I would want to know! If Jews are in trouble somewhere in the world I want to know about it.” They both have a point. Sticking our head in the ground like an ostrich can lead to indifference. We are supposed to get worked up about the attacks in Israel, and it’s not the end of the world if our sleep gets a little disturbed when recalling the fear Jews face in many parts of Europe while simply walking down the street. Fine. But should we share the news with our kids or let them keep their innocence for as long as G-d allows? Boy, do I wish we could remain innocent till 120…but childhood is the time for education, allowing us to nurture the young till they blossom into mature adults with a sense of purpose. If we live in a fractured world, and there are children on the other side of it for whom a bowl of cereal would be a feast, then our children should be aware of this and feel responsible to do their part in adding light and life to what seems to be very dark world. It’s said that in the early 1940s, the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yoseph Yitzchak Schneersohn requested that children refrain from eating candy while the war is going on in Europe. This type of education instills in our children empathy and a sense of responsibility. To be aware, to feel, and to do what we can to help others facing challenges big or small. Surely this will bring joy to our Father in Heaven, and the current ruptures taking place on all levels of society will turn out merely to be furrows where we can sow seeds of light, joy and splendor which sprout and bloom with the coming of Moshiach. May we have a relaxing Shabbos filled with ahavas yisroel, Shalom

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Bais Yaakov of Baltimore Announces Appointment of New Lower Elementary General Studies Coordinator By: BY


ear Parents, ‫עמו"ש‬ It is our pleasure to announce the appointment of Mrs. Molly Horwitz as the Lower Elementary General Studies Coordinator for the start of the 2018-2019 school year. Over the next few months, she will begin transitioning into her new position, meeting with faculty, students and parents. Mrs. Horwitz has a Master of Arts in Teaching and brings over a decade of successful Bais Yaakov Middle School teaching experience to this position. Her role as a language arts teacher harnesses her abilities to strengthen the foundations of reading and writing presented in the Lower

Elementary grades. She has exhibited a unique talent connecting with children in the classroom, while inspiring them to build their skills and believe in themselves and their abilities. Mrs. Horwitz’s longstanding professional relationship with Mrs. Pnina Jacobovitz and association with both Mrs. Gitti Horowitz and Mrs. Elise Wolf will form a General Studies leadership team that will further facilitate effective communication and collaboration across the school. She provides a sense of warmth, professionalism and knowhow which will serve as a role model for our teachers and an ambassador to our parent body. In addition, she has earned a sterling reputation as a team leader and innovative educator which will enable her to guide and mentor our first and second

grade general studies faculty. Mrs. Horwitz is familiar with Bais Yaakov as a dedicated parent, Safety Kid educator and a PTA president. She is committed to the success of the school, invested in developing academic excellence and dedicated to the growth of each child. We are confident that she will be an integral support to upgrade the quality of Chinuch which Bais Yaakov Lower Elementary provides each student. Please join us in welcoming Mrs. Horwitz to our extended Bais Yaakov family. She is eager to connect with each one of you. We wish her much bracha and hatzlacha in her new appointment. Dr. Shmuel Markovitz, President Dr. Yoel Jakobovits, Vaad Hachinuch Chair

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Bringing Out the Best in Each Talmid – Yeshivas Kochav Yitzchok / Torah Institute of Baltimore’s 65th Anniversary Banquet


n February 18, 2018, Yeshivas Kochav Yitzchok/ Torah Institute of Baltimore will celebrate 65 years of Chinuch in the community at its Annual Banquet. The evening’s theme of “Bringing Out the Best in Each Talmid” highlights YKY/TI’s continuing commitment - as Menahel Rabbi Shimon Hirsch describes- to provide a comprehensive Chinuch that nurtures the whole child in a warm environment. This commitment is apparent just by walking through the school and seeing smiling talmidim chatting with each other. It can be felt in the classrooms where rebbeim, teachers and moros engage their students with meaningful, exciting and even funny dialogues and interactions, creating a safe and inviting environment which fosters an enjoyable and successful learning experience. YKY/TI’s Comprehensive Achievement Center (CAC) and guidance department are also testaments to ensuring each child is given the atten-

tion and intervention they need in order to be successful academically –both in limudei kodesh and chol - and on a social-emotional level. With a proactive approach, each respective department strives to help a child as soon as there is a need. This early intervention is the most effective way in helping a child achieve their full potential and maintain a healthy self-esteem. The innovation taking place in General Studies further displays YKY/ TI’s commitment to bringing out the best in each child. Instead of following basic textbook class instruction, Dr. Suzanne Cotter, General Studies Coordinator, has created an exciting, custom-designed curriculum which is specifically geared for the school’s students. The curriculum incorporates as much hands-on learning as possible such as science lab units, and utilizes student creativity to drive home the lessons with a proud enthusiasm. Reading is given special attention in the younger grades, ensuring students have the necessary literacy skills to become independent learners. Students,

parents and teachers alike are enjoying this vibrant culture of learning. Perhaps the underlying factor in bringing out the best in each child is YKY/TI’s dedication towards their talmidim and their families. Each rebbi, teacher and morah is moser nefesh and tirelessly devoted to working with each child and his parents to ensure that he succeeds in and out of the classroom. Staff members spend many hours of their personal and family time helping a talmid, talking to parents, doing extra preparation for a class and even davening for each student’s success. It’s far more than a job; it’s a mission. This year’s 65th Anniversary Banquet’s honorees are families who personify these traits. Rabbi & Mrs. Joseph Katz, Guests of Honor, have spent over 50 years educating and giving to students, house guests from all walks of life and, of course, their own family. Besides for having great-grandchildren in YKY/ TI, Mrs. Katz has served as the education office manager for 10 years and

infuses the office with her sense of dedication and mission to Chinuch. The Grandparents of the Year, Rabbi and Mrs. Yehuda Spatz are also well-known throughout the community. Models of chesed, the Spatzes have dedicated their lives to Klal Yisroel’s children. Mrs. Spatz is going on her 30th year of teaching at YKY/TI, and has former students who now send their own children to the Cheder. Dr. & Mrs. Yitzy Kaplowitz are being honored as Parents of the Year. Despite very busy schedules, the Kaplowitzes find the time to play an active role in the community and at YKY/TI. Their home is filled with Torah, chesed and a special varmkeit which harmoniously reflects the partnership the Cheder shares with its parents. For more information about the Banquet, visit, email or call 410.654.3500 ext. 1011

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BGE Phone Scam Is Back And It’s Convincing



By: Staff Reporter Cohn


GE is warning customers to be on the lookout for scam artists trying to steal your money in a new scam where people scared into paying a bill by phone. BGE said this is a scam that comes and goes. Accountant Frank Novotny got 14 calls in two days at his business from a person claiming to be from BGE. “Saying that our electric power

would be turned off if I didn’t make a payment,” Novotny said. They wanted the money fast and asked him to make arrangements. “They said, ‘You have 20 minutes. We take cash only and we don’t accept credit and debit cards. We accept cash. You have to go the CVS Pharmacy and buy a debit card,’” Novotny said. They told Novotny that if he didn’t get the $650, a crew would be on its way to shut off his service. “That’s something BGE is never going to, request you to do,” said BGE spokesman Justin Mulcahy. “If you’re

behind on your bill, we’re going to send you several notices and reach out to you. We’re never going to ask you to get a prepaid card, load it with money and ask for a pin -- anything like that.” BGE says customers should take the following precautions. Never provide Social Security numbers or personal information to anyone initiating contact with you claiming to be a utility representative or requesting you to send money to another person or entity, other than your local utility providers.

Never make payment for services to anyone coming to the door. “If someone comes to your door -- we have an ID, ask for an ID. You reserve the right to question anyone on the phone, to not answer your door and we urge our customers to do that and also follow your gut,” Mulcahy said. BGE urges customers who gets one of these calls or believes they have been scammed to call them and report it, in addition to contacting your local police department.

C5: From Impact to Recovery Judith Jo Pachino’s inspirational new memoir provides an intimate portrait of one couple’s struggle with a devastating spinal cord injury and miraculous recovery By: AP

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hen adversity hits, will you be ready? Will you stand up to the challenge and face it head on? In C5: From Impact to Recovery, A Wife’s Memoir, Judith Jo Pachino tackles these questions in a poignant, inspirational account of her husband’s traumatic bicycle accident and devastating spinal cord injury, subsequent rehabilitation and miraculous recovery. With her intimate and personal writing style, Pachino brings the reader into the hospital room where one feels her anguish as a medical novice who is suddenly thrust into the role of full-time advocate and expert in all aspects of her husband’s medical care. The author shares her private thoughts as her husband battles the impossible, from challenging physical therapy sessions to the pain of relearning the simplest of tasks most people take for

granted. “In one moment, our lives were changed forever,” Pachino writes. “The next months were the stuff of nightmares. I have learned that there is much in life that is out of our control. The only thing truly in our control is how we choose to handle what comes our way. My husband is an amazing role model for this.” The scenes are often raw but always filled with hope as her husband perseveres with determination and strong religious faith. Through it all, Pachino learned how to balance her husband’s health needs with her own sanity and accept the endless love of friends, family and community. “This book is a must-read for anyone going through an injury, illness or personal tragedy,” said Dr. Jack Gladstein, Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and a close family friend of over 25 years. “It provides a framework for how loved ones,

friends and community should act, and gives the reader a personal glimpse into how a loving couple helps heal in the face of overwhelming adversity. We see how a kind, tough, determined

man who dedicated his life to helping others succeeds in overcoming tragedy. Through it all we feel his pain and rejoice in his triumph, his tenacity, faith and acceptance as it shines through via Judy’s narrative. This a story that will resonate with you long after the turn of the last page.” C5: From Impact to Recovery, A Wife’s Memoir by Judith Jo Pachino, is the author’s second self-published work and is available on Amazon. Her debut novel, A Question of Heritage, is a fictionalized account of her own adoption story. She has written inspirational articles for and A dedicated wife, mother and grandmother, Pachino lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband, Mel. She is an information systems specialist for the State of Maryland and is a licensed yoga instructor. Follow Pachino on https://pachinoj,




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by Libby Lazewnik Shulamit Bitton-Blau’s life was quite a journey; and Shulamit was quite a personality. From Djerba, legendary island of Kohanim, to Gateshead’s famed seminary. From Marseilles, where her husband was appointed av beis din, to Yerushalayim, where, as a widow, she married one of the outstanding figures in the Eida Chareidis. This book brings her to vivid life.


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Bnos Yisroel High School Production


n Tuesday evening, January 23rd, Goucher College hosted the eleventh annual Bnos Yisroel High School Production, LINKED. Rabbi Yochanan Stengel, Bnos Yisroel High School Principal, welcomed the sold-out crowd of more than 900 women and girls to this year’s performance. Capitalizing on the varied strengths of the students, LINKED gave the young women an opportunity to show their talents in areas including band, choreography, dance, choir,

drama, costume design, lighting, business, scenery, and stage management. Bnos Yisroel prides itself on consistently developing and highlighting the skills of each individual student, and this year’s production gave everyone an opportunity to really shine! The theme of LINKED highlighted the three core traits inherent in every Jew: indeed we are Rachmanin, Bayshanim, and Gomlei Chasadim - Compassionate, Reserved, and those who Perform myriad Acts of Kindness. Each scene focused on

one of these qualities, and the performances were truly outstanding. Every creative aspect of the production was envisioned and developed by the students themselves, whether it was the songs, costumes, or scenery! At one point, the girls executed an incredible costume change mid-way through the act, a credit to the dancers, choreographers, and the sewing committee! Mid-dance, the costumes changed from silver to either blue, purple or green. For each of the middos, there was a

silent drama that highlighted moments in time where the Avos personified the trait being presented. These mini dramas were imaginative and creative, allowing audience members to internalize these pieces and to think more deeply into the message of production. It was truly a beautiful evening that everyone enjoyed. We eagerly look forward to next year’s production and the accomplishments of each and every student!



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Agudath Israel Celebrates National School Choice Week By: Agudath Israel of America Cohn


ome came for the free yellow scarves. Others came to highlight their school. In many states they came out to thank legislators for supporting existing school choice programs and in some states they gathered to ask lawmakers to enact new school choice legislation. By the end of the week, more than 32,000 events were scheduled to take place to celebrate National School Choice Week (NSCW). Agudath Israel and the school communities it represents participated in many of the NSCW events across the country. “National School Choice Week (January 26-Feb 1, 2018) is a positive and enthusiastic celebration of all educational options,” said Rabbi A. D. Motzen Agudath Israel’s national director of state relations, “including private, religious education. We have co-sponsored many NSCW events over the years and encouraged Jewish schools and community members to participate in events organized by our coalition partners.” In advance of NSCW, Agudath Israel’s mid-Atlantic director Rabbi Ariel Sadwin attended an event held in the US Capitol which featured guest appearances by US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and several members of Congress. A few days later, Rabbi Sadwin, as part of the Pennsylvania chapter of the Council for American Private Education, presented the Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Mike Turzai with the School Choice Champion of the Year award. Speaker Turzai, a longtime supporter

of nonpublic schools and leader on school choice legislation, was recognized for his contributions to the children of the Commonwealth throughout his career in the Legislature. In Jersey City at a School Choice Special Needs and Education Technology Conference on Wednesday morning, Mrs. Leah Steinberg, director of Agudath Israel of America’s Project LEARN, moderated a discussion on special education opportunities for nonpublic school students in New Jersey. The panelists included Brenda Considine and Barbara De Marco. The event, hosted by the New Jersey School Choice and Education Reform Alliance, was attended by private school leaders, parents, advocates, and educators. Mrs. Steinberg highlighted how, in New York, children with special needs have access to the full range of IEP services in nonsectarian and religious schools and the government pays for their placements in those schools. In New Jersey, however, nonsectarian schools often have a full menu of services, but religious schools don’t. As a first step towards the goal of school choice, Mrs. Steinberg recommended that New Jersey should address this grave injustice and help students with special needs access the necessary support services in all schools, including religious institutions. Rabbi Simcha Snaid of Louisville was one of several religious leaders to address the 1000 attendees on the steps of the statehouse in Kentucky. The enthusiastic crowd made it clear that they wanted legislators to pass a proposed scholarship tax credit program which Agudath Israel proudly supports. Like Kentucky and Colorado,

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Texas is one of a few states without a private scholarship program, but organizers of a gala dinner in Dallas honored several school choice legislative champions who tried to pass a scholarship bill last year. The awardees included Governor Greg Abbott, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, Senator Don Huffines and Rep. Larry Taylor. Several parents and staff of Torah Day School of Dallas attended the event. Nevada enacted a scholarship tax credit program in 2015 and it has since generated hundreds of thousands of dollars for students attending Yeshiva Day School of Las Vegas and other Jewish schools. Rabbi Mendy Levine of YDLV, who has served as the local point person in the Jewish community on this issue, took a group of middle school girls to the annual NSCW event in Las Vegas. The leading proponent of school choice in the Legislature, Senator Scott Hammond, later commented that the YDLV students “are lucky to have Rabbi Levine fighting for them!”

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Indiana already has the largest voucher programs in the country, but the Jewish community in South Bend doesn’t take it for granted. At least once a year, day school parents and staff visit the statehouse to say thank you to the legislators and coalition partners who turned that dream into a reality and this year was no exception. National School Choice Week may be ending shortly, but the celebration and promotion of school choice continues. Agudath Israel has been at the forefront of the school choice battle for decades and has fought in statehouses, courthouses, and the media. In the last decade alone, nearly 40 new school choice programs have been passed in legislatures across the country giving educational options to hundreds of thousands of students, including families choosing Jewish schools. To find out more about school choice programs proposed or already existing in your state, and what you can do to advance this issue contact Agudath Israel at staterelations@agudathisrael. com.

Searching for G-d in the Garbage An interview with Bracha Goetz about her memoir of a Harvard-educated woman fighting anorexia. By: Ruti Eastman From:


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less found herself fighting anorexia. Her search for meaning in her life took her from the depths of painful, self-destructive habits to a relationship with G-d, family, and community, a model for anyone struggling to find herself and her true purpose. Bringing Searching for G-d in

the Garbage into the light of day was a very courageous thing to do. You have a reputation as a children’s author and now you are sharing very personal, very grownup struggles that many people would have kept hidden. I wrote the book right when the

book finishes, when I was 32. I had been living in Israel for 10 years at that point, and I hand-delivered the manuscript to a very well-known non-observant agent in Israel. She read through the first part of it and called me up so excited to say that she had never read anything like it and she was very ex-



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Around the Community cited about publishing it. When I later called the publisher to ask if she had read the second half of the book, the half where I became observant, she wasn’t at all interested in the book anymore. When I then sent the manuscript to Orthodox publishers, none of them were interested in publishing it because of the first half of the book. I continued to look for an agent or a publisher for the book off and on through the years – for nearly 30 years. Recently I found an agent who was different than all the other agents. She is a religious Christian who deeply appreciated the manuscript. She was very determined to find a publisher for it, and she finally did. When I thanked her for helping it to finally emerge, she said it was G-d’s work, not her efforts. That’s the kind of person she is. I edited the manuscript every few years, so in a way, I can say that this book took 50 years to write, since I started it just before I turned 12. Did you have doubts about publishing? Have you had any backBaltimore Jewish Home lash? 4.4I xdid 5.4not have any doubts about publishing it, but I was still frightened

before it was released about whether people would react to me differently afterwards. Not that it mattered so much to me, to prevent me from wanting to have it be in the world, but it was still an uncomfortable feeling. Many years ago, one Orthodox publisher had read the manuscript and asked me why I would want to publish a book like this when I had such a beautiful family. She was upset, and protectively, she was asking me why I would want to leave myself open to ridicule by publishing it. Her words did disturb me, but I had asked a Rav about publishing the book, and I was told that I could go ahead, so I kept trying. I feel one of the reasons I am here on Earth is to make the realizations in this book clear. I want to reach the girl I used to be, and everyone else to whom this book could be illuminating. Thank G-d, my wonderful husband trusts me to do what I feel I need to do, and all my amazing grown children who now have their own amazing children, thank G-d, have been supportive. It’s still early days – but has the book fulfilled the purpose you in-

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tended for it? I hope that this book can reach and help many people with all types of addictions, as addictions are widespread. I have distilled a practical take-away from the book. It is designed, specifically, for people with any type of food addiction, but it could be adjusted to help people with any kind of addiction. When people are overeating, they can ask themselves this simple question: Am I continuing to eat now because my body is hungry, or am I trying to fill my soul? And once that question pops up into one’s consciousness, many wonderful ways to fill one’s soul can come to mind. Then the person can step outside and breathe in some nature, do an act of kindness for someone, like calling or texting someone who may be lonely, put on lovely music and get up and dance, learn some ancient wisdom, slowly count one’s blessings, etc. The choices are endless, but even just the awareness of these possibilities raises the consciousness of the individual, so that spiritual pleasures can be chosen, and the soul filled. So the memoir is a tour inside my being to see how this realization came to be. I am praying that the book can help to free many people from their addictions, so that they can enjoy much more deeply pleasurable lives. And that’s what all my children’s books have in common with this book for older people. As Rabbi Noach Weinberg, the Rosh Yeshiva of Aish HaTorah taught, the purpose of life is to have the greatest pleasure possible. That’s why G-d created us – to give us this pleasure. So by letting our souls shine, as children and as adults, that’s

how we can experience the greatest pleasure possible. That’s the goal for all my books, to hopefully help that happen. What advice would you give writers who may feel that their memoirs would be good teaching tools? I believe that I have fulfilled one of my purposes for being in this world with the publication of this book now, so I would encourage anyone that wants to – to experience this same awesome pleasure. It’s simply wonderful to let one’s soul shine and help people in the process. I heard that people are beginning to get the book for their clients, family members, and students with whom they work who have anorexia, and I hope that can extend to helping people with other food addictions, and a variety of addictions because the same basic consciousness raising can be beneficial to all hopefully. Once we recognize our divine, infinite, yet invisible souls, we can discover what joyously fills them. Bracha Goetz is the author of 36 picture books that help children grow spiritually, inspiring each uniquely beautiful soul to shine. Ms. Goetz helped coordinate and contributed to an essay to the anthology, Women Look at Biology Looking at Women, while at Harvard, which became a text for many women’s studies courses nationwide. In addition, she writes articles for many newspapers and magazines and has had essays published in Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies and Torn: True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood. Bracha Goetz’s new memoir can be found here: Searching for G-d in the Garbage

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What do you love most about the Baltimore Jewish Community? There is a strong emphasis on unity and getting along as a community. There are an incredible number of really exceptional people and families here. We hear you were a star basketball player. How did you end up becoming a Rabbi instead of going to

What Local organizations are you involved with? I am currently involved with Shoresh, Maalot Seminary and WIT. I’m on the Board of The Associated and I spent many years involved in Associated agencies like Jewish Big Brother & Big Sister League and CHANA. I also taught at Etz Chaim for 10 years. What makes your shul so unique?  We have many outstanding shuls in Baltimore, Baruch Hashem. Our shul has a very strong spirit of community, warmth, and spirituality. We strive to be a place which carries the values of Torah with an emphasis on Chassidus, both reflecting Ahavas Yisroel and an

accepting atmosphere. We also have a strong netiya toward niggunim and music. Tell us about your Shuls 72k in a day campaign, what does the money go to? It’s an online fundraising event in support of our shul. It enables us to reach out to the many people who have contact with our shul, both locally and out of town. Our honorees, myself and my wife are very active in this endeavor. It’s happening on Sunday, Feb. 18. This is followed up with a concert featuring Yehuda Green, on Sunday evening, March 4. If we reach our goal of $72,00, Be’H, the concert is on the house. The money goes to insure the continuity of our shul and our work in the Jewish Community. Anything else you’d like to share with our 10,000+ readers?  From my Rebbe, ztz”l, “When I am what I am, I am limited. When I become what I become, I am also limited. In between is the touch with infinity”. From my father z”l, “Attitudes are contagious – make sure yours are worth catching”. From me – Thank you Baltimore for your support over 32 years. Kein yirbu be’H.

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Tell us about yourself? I was born and raised in Denver My father, Rabbi Daniel Goldberger z”l, was a very beloved and respected rabbi in the community. I’m a sixth generation rabbi of Hungarian Rabbonim on my father’s side,. My Rebbe was HaRav Shloime Twerski ztz”l, who was a Chassidic Rebbe, Rov and posek in Denver. He had a profound influence on my life. My wife and I were married in 1981. Rabbi Twerski was niftar on Simchas Torah that

How did you end up in Baltimore? From 1984-1986, I was the assistant rabbi to HaRav Mordechai Twerski in Denver. In 1986 I received a call from HaRav Michel Twerski, that a group of 12 families in Baltimore was looking to start a shul with a warm family and Chassidic atmosphere. He was the shadchan between us and this new group! My wife, Rebbetzin Bracha, and I came for a Shabbaton interview in June of that year. We all agreed to move forward and started Tiferes Yisroel later that summer b’ezras Hashem.

the NBA? The salaries in the NBA were just not sufficient. I attended Ida Crown (The Academy), a Religious Zionist high school in Chicago. We had an excellent basketball team. During my senior year, I had three choices for post high school. I could go to Yeshiva in Eretz Yisroel, attend Cornell University, or take a basketball scholarship to Roosevelt University in Chicago. Not an easy choice for a 17 year old. I decided on Eretz Yisroel and the rest is history. Hashem guided my path.




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There are four young Israeli children who will never see their father again. They will never get to hold his hand, or hear his voice, or have him tuck them into bed. Their mother, only 30-years-old, is now a widow. Rabbi Itamar Ben-Gal, 29, from the settlement of Har Bracha, was murdered in cold blood on Monday as he innocently stood at a bus stop outside the West Bank settlement of Ariel on his way to a brit milah. He was stabbed in the chest by an evil, heartless Palestinian terrorist and sadly succumbed to his wounds. Chilling surveillance videos from the scene showed the Palestinian attacker exiting a yellow mini-van on the other side of the heavily trafficked road with a knapsack slung over his shoulder. He crosses the street slowly and approaches Ben-Gal, striking him. After being struck once, Ben-Gal tries to flee but the terrorist chases him. An IDF officer passing in his car was able to identify the terrorist and pursued him, striking him with his vehicle, but somehow the killer managed to escape possibly with the assistance of a waiting vehicle. Within minutes, Magen David Adom emergency service and army medics treated Ben-Gal at the scene. They attempted to resuscitate him but their efforts were unsuccess-

ful. Ben-Gal was rushed to Beilinson Hospital in Petach Tikvah, where he died of his wounds. Upon fleeing the scene, the terrorist dropped the weapon and his backpack that had his identity card inside. The murderer has been identified as an Israeli-Arab, Abed al-Karim Adel Asi, 19. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed that the terrorist will be captured. “We will bring him to justice, as we always do. I put my trust in the security forces who do the hardest work against these reprehensible attacks,” he added. Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, rabbi of Har Bracha, tearfully eulogized Rabbi Ben-Gal and at the funeral and consoled the family. “The Land of Israel and the World to Come are acquired through sufferings,” Rabbi Melamed said. “You, Rabbi Itamar, merited to fulfill them with your body. You had not yet reached the age of 30 but you still managed to weave great dreams. In the few years that you served as a rabbi, you succeeded in inspiring your students. You were always ready to volunteer for holy matters, you loved your students at the yeshiva in Givat Shmuel. We were sure that, as a natural leader, you would be a yeshiva head, and now all the dreams are lost. And it is rare to see a man that so values and honors his parents,” Rabbi Melamed lamented. Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein said in his eulogy, “A pious man has been lost, we have lost Rabbi Itamar, who devoted his whole life to education and lit up the world with kindness. Together with you, Miriam, he established a wonderful family, and I am sure that you will continue in your love of Israel.” He added, “The lowly terrorist who sneaked behind Rabbi Itamar did not know him and did not know in whom he was embedding a knife, but anyone who knows Itamar knows what the terrorist must have seen. He saw the light. They say that an assailant acting alone is just a murderer, but it’s not a random act here. He wanted to take away the glow, the smile. That is the desire of our enemies, to wipe us from the

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Land. The murderers of Rabbi Shevach hoped to destroy settlement in Havat Gilad. The murderer of Itamar wanted to extinguish the light here, and in Itamar’s eyes, but they won’t succeed.” Miriam Ben-Gal, Itamar’s widow, said on Monday night, “This afternoon I lost my husband over the land of Israel; he was murdered because he is Jewish. I am here in my home, in the home to which he will no longer return. Tomorrow we will bury him here at Har Bracha, in the community he loved and wanted so much to develop.” This is the second terror victim in one month period in the West Bank. On January 9, Rabbi Raziel Shevach, 35, was fatally shot near Nablus in the northern West Bank. There have been reports that Shevach and Ben-Gal had mutual friends and knew each other. There was a picture circling showing the two of them at a party for their mutual friend just one year ago. Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan said that two murders in one month was unacceptable – tragic. “I cannot look anymore into the eyes of bereaved families,” Dagan said. “It is not enough to chase terrorists. The terror infrastructure must be dealt with.” He demanded that the IDF restore checkpoints that had been taken down as a humanitarian gesture to the Palestinians in the West Bank. Hamas Politburo member Husam Badran, who is the former head of Hamas in the northern West Bank, said the attack was part of the “new heroism” of the “free people of the West Bank,” who were “targeting settlers who have wreaked havoc in the land.” To the Israelis, he said: “Neither your forces nor your army will protect you, and security cooperation will not be of use to you. Oh, you usurping occupiers, you are paying with your blood the price of Netanyahu’s stupidity and Trump’s arrogance,” Badran said.



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According to The New York Times, all identifying markings were removed or covered from the Israeli airplanes and drones that carry out the airborne attacks. Some helicopters and planes have even been flying looping routes to give the impression that they are Egyptian forces. Egypt is trying to avoid the obvious public relations disaster of partnering up with Israel to fight a group of radical Muslims. Reportedly, even journalists have been banned from the Sinai so that the secret does not get out. On Sunday, Egyptian Army spokesperson Col. Tamer a-Rifai



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The diaries of Yasser Arafat have been made public for the first time since his death. L’Espresso

magazine in France has published the 19 volumes in which Arafat reveals that he had a secret deal with Italy to protect them from Palestinian terrorists. Arafat was the longtime head of the Palestinian Liberation Organization. He died in 2004, and his diaries were entrusted to a pair of trustees in Luxembourg but were then sold to a French foundation to be studied. The volumes confirm that Rome and the PLO had a non-aggression pact which led Italian authorities to allow the hijackers of the Italian airliner Achille Lauro to escape in 1985. After the hijacking, in which Leon Klinghoffer, a wheelchair-bound American Jewish passenger was killed, Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Andreotti allowed the mastermind behind the attack to get away. Muhammad Zaidan escaped U.S. extradition and fled from Rome to Yugoslavia.

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A decade before the hijacking, Italy and the Palestinians agreed to help each other in return for the Palestinian terrorists from the PLO, PFLP and other factions not carrying out any attacks in Italy. “Italy is a Palestinian shore of the Mediterranean,” Arafat wrote. A similar deal was reportedly made between Switzerland and the Palestinians in the ‘70s and ‘80s. There are many other fascinating exchanges recorded in the diaries. Arafat wrote in the books almost every day between 1985 and his death in 2004. When journalist T.D. Allman spotted Arafat keeping a record in a small notebook in 1989, Arafat told him that he keeps his diaries hidden in many places for safekeeping. “I fill up a number of them every year,” the terrorist said. “They tell about all my secret negotiations. Everything is recorded, so future generations will understand exactly what happened. It is my duty to do this, since I am a cadre of history.”

of the cell who had not yet been captured by Israeli security forces. Since the attack, the IDF and the Shin Bet had been conducting a manhunt for him and blocked the city of Shechem and other nearby villages. Investigations carried out by the Shin Bet indicate that the cell headed by Jarar was involved in additional attempts to carry out terrorist attacks and in planning other terrorist attacks. The other terrorists arrested by security forces are being interrogated.

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Rabbi Shevach’s Murderer Killed Ahmad Nasser Jarar, the terrorist who headed the cell that murdered Rabbi Raziel Shevach last month, was eliminated early Tuesday morning in a joint operation of the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), the IDF and the Israel Police. Jarar was a key member of the terror cell responsible for the shooting attack, and personally participated in the attack. During his arrest, the terrorist left a building in which he was hiding and was shot dead by the forces. An old M-16 was found on his body. There were no casualties among the Israeli forces. Rabbi Shevach was murdered in a shooting attack last month near Havat Gilad in Samaria. The terrorists fired at Rabbi Shevach’s vehicle at close range and then fled the scene. Jarar was the only member

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Aviv.. “I told him all I needed was a flat that would be near the bus station, the market and to kupat holim,” she told Ynet in an interview about three years ago. “It all happened fast from there on; a few months later the movers came to my [rented] apartment in Florentine [in southern Tel Aviv], packed everything up and moved me,” she said. “When I received the apartment

I cried,” Berliner told Ynet. “Putin is a very grateful and decent person.” According to Ynet, Berliner had not been in contact with Putin since receiving the apartment, but sent him birthday greetings every year through the Russian media. The Russian embassy covered the costs of her burial and sent a representative to the funeral.

No Match for Football

There is one thing that these Jeopardy contestants have not been doing: watching football. In an episode of Jeopardy that aired last week, the final category that was left during the round of Double Jeopardy was “football.” These brilliant players may have known answers to other esoteric questions that none of us would ever know but when it came to football, their minds were just as blank as ours are during a physics exam. “Your choice: do or don’t name this play in which the quarterback runs the ball and can choose to pitch it to another back” was the question in the $200 category. The buzzer rang as the players looked on with blank faces. If you guessed, “What is an option play?” you would have won big last week The three contestants ventured onto the other questions including “Tom Landry perfected the shotgun formation with this team.” The answer, which came from host Alex Trebek, was the Dallas Cowboys. After going 0 for 5 on all five questions, Trebek went to commercial break, saying he would have to have a “talk” with the contestants. I’m guessing they weren’t chatting about the Super Bowl.




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Falling Shot

What goes around comes around.

A hunter learned the hard way that birds aren’t lightweights when a Canada goose shot by a fellow hunter fell out of the sky and landed on his head. Robert Meilhammer, 51, ended up in the hospital after he was knocked unconscious. He had been out hunting geese with three friends near the Miles River in Easton, Maryland, when someone in the group shot and killed the bird. “These birds weigh anywhere from 10 to probably 14 pounds,”

Candy Thomson, spokeswoman for Maryland Natural Resources Police, said. Getting struck by one falling from the sky can mean “severe damage,” she said. The deceased goose also knocked out two of Meilhammer’s teeth. Didn’t he learn from Newton that, according to the laws of gravity, what goes up must come down?

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Need new shoes for the summer season? I would advise you not to buy these. Last fall, the fashion company Balenciaga debuted platform Crocs on its runway. The rubber clogs became available for preorder at Barney’s last week – and sold out within hours. Want to know why people were grabbing the high shoes off online shelves? I’d also like to know. They cost a whopping $850, have 4-inch platforms, and come with pin embellishments. Sounds like they’re expensive, not comfortable, and not too pretty. So what’s the draw? I’m still waiting for the other shoe to drop.

Thought Ring Homestead was daunting? This zip line is not for the faint of heart. The Jebel Jais Flight zip line in Dubai is finally open to the public. Unlike no other, the world’s longest zip line launches from the top of the UAE’s highest peak, Jebel Jais. Starting from 1,680m above sea level, the zip line itself measures 1.6 miles; that’s more than three times the length of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa and the equivalent of 28 football pitches. Speeds can reach up to 93 miles per hour. Daredevils are strapped in like Superman, looking down from hair-raising heights. Once they reach their destination, a suspended landing platform, they are then transferred to a second line that measures half a mile to complete their route to the ground. The cost for this heart-stopping stunt? A mere $175. The zip line has been certified by the Guinness World Records as the longest zip line, and due to its unique location, it’s one of the world’s highest too. It beat out Puerto Rico’s longest zip line by a full 600 meters. The zip line should be able to accommodate 250 people a day – 100,000 daredevils a year will be taking the plunge. I’ll be the one taking the pictures from the ground.



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The Strength of Vulnerability By Rabbi Zvi Teichman

In the realm of healthy human interaction one of the most vital traits for survival is compassion. We must be sensitive towards other people’s needs and feelings. Especially when someone else is in pain or facing a challenging ordeal we must sympathize with their plight. But what is even more critical in developing meaningful relationships is our ability to empathize, to actually ‘feel’ their suffering and anguish. Although there are myriad of laws that define the responsibility we have towards one another in helping each other, there is only one law that specifically calls for our ‘fitting into another’s shoes’ and actually ‘feeling’ the emotional pain of someone else. When someone is in need of a loan we are commanded to lend him the money he may need. In describing the attitude one should have when rendering this kindness to a borrower, the Torah states: ‫אם כסף תלוה את עמי את‬ )‫העני עמך (שמות כב כד‬, When you lend money to My people, to the poor person who is with you. The Midrash Tanchuma sees in this expression, ‘to the poor person who is with you’, not merely a description of the geographical location of the borrower who is part of your community, but rather as a directive to the lender to empathize with the dire straits of the borrower and for the lender to visualize as if the poor person ‘is with you’, i.e. is you! Of all the numerous injunctions we have to extend compassion to the indigent, whether it be widows and orphans, converts, or charity to the poor, only here are we instructed ,‫הסתכל‬ ‫בעצמך כאילו אתה עני‬, to imagine yourself as the one in need.

What is unique to this situation that specifically calls for empathy? In this phrase ‫אם כסף תלוה את‬ ‫עמי‬, there is a ‫פסיק‬, literally a ‘stop’ between the word ‫ כסף‬and ‫ אם‬,‫תלוה‬ ‫ תלוה‬/ ‫כסף‬. It is as if the Torah were stating: ‘If you have money... Lend My people...’. It would almost seem to de-emphasize the money as being merely tangential to the cause, with the stress on the word ‘lend’. But isn’t it the ‘money’ that is being lent the objective here? Truth be told, the word we use for ‘lending’, ‫תלוה‬, doesn’t really mean ‘loan’, but rather to ‘connect’. When Leah bears a third child to Yaakov, she expresses her hope that in lieu of her worthy contribution to Yaakov’s legacy, ‫הפעם ילוה אישי אלי‬ )‫(בראשית כט לד‬, This time my husband will become attached to me... What exactly is the Torah trying to teach us here? A person who is seeking a loan is someone who clearly intends to make restitution. He evidently has a skill or profession that brings him an income but nevertheless finds himself in need of cash. While until now he felt secure and confident in his ability to provide for himself and his family he suddenly discovers he is vulnerable. It is extremely difficult for an individual to share one’s vulnerability; it is often accompanied with a sense of shame and personal failure. At this critical juncture it is not enough for a likely lender to simply sympathize with the plight of the borrower. Sympathy has the potential to cast an aura of distance and blame. How often do we react when we hear about another’s predicament with a

body language that bespeaks, ‘Oh you poor thing’, intimating perhaps the victim’s poor choices or circumstances that brought him to that point? We at times instinctively offer instant advice on how to solve the situation or try to point out how despite their predicament it could have been worse. Although our responses may stem from pity and compassion, nevertheless this sympathy alone will not provide the support for the petitioner in his time of need. Only if we are brave enough to identify with the other’s pain by drawing from our own personal experiences, when we too were vulnerable and frightened and at a total loss as to what to do or where to turn, can we ‘connect’ with our friend in strife. Sympathy allows one to project a sense of superiority. In our need to feel secure we dupe ourselves into thinking we are different, protected and invulnerable. That attitude merely ignites distance and at times even disdain. Only when we are ready to concede our vulnerability can we expect to connect and effectively support those we truly care about in conveying a sense that ‘I am in this with you’. So it is not the money that is really important in this command to lend, as much as it is the sincere empathic connection we make with others in fortifying them in trying times. Might it be that in Leah’s naming of her first three children in the context of her precarious relationship with Yaakov that was due to his disappointment in the switch that took place on that fatal night of his ‘assumed’ wedding to his ‘beloved’ Rachel, she was attempting to teach us

how she succeeded in restoring her vital ‘connection’ to Yaakov? Upon the birth of her first son Reuven she calls him such to commemorate G-d having ‘seen my humiliation, for now my husband will love me’. She sets the stage for reconciliation by first drawing attention to her pain. Despite her tough exterior she courageously displays her vulnerability to Yaakov so he may begin to sympathize with her plight. The next child is named Shimon to memorialize that G-d ‘has heard that I am unloved. He has given me this one also’. It is not enough to merely ‘see’ the pain, she intimates, but one must ‘hear’ it, subtly suggesting to Yaakov to identify more deeply with that sense of ‘distance’ she felt. Perhaps her use of the specific term ‫שנאה‬, literally hatred, in her describing how, ‫כי שנואה אנכי‬, ‘for I was hated’, was a powerful hint to Yaakov to contemplate his own experience with his ‘hateful’ brother, Esav, hoping he would utilize that familiarity in ‘empathizing’ with Leah’s sense of painful isolation. Finally when she begets Levi, whose name represents how ‘now my husband will become attached to me’, she achieves her goal in restoring the instinctive bond she had with Yaakov. In the naming of the former children the Torah informs that Leah herself bestowed those names, whereas by Levi it states clearly ‘He called his name Levi’, referring to Yaakov loudly attesting to his now exquisite connection to Leah. Dr. Brene Brown, a renowned scholar and therapist who has done extensive research on the topic of empathy writes:

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“No one reaches out to you for compassion or empathy so you can teach them how to behave better. They reach out to us because they believe in our capacity to know our darkness well enough to sit in the dark with them.” “Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.” When the Torah calls on the lender to be responsive to the need of the borrower before him by ‘visualizing as if he is the impoverished’ perhaps it is not simply about imagining as if the lender were the borrower, but a summons to realize our own ‘vulnerabilities’ and utilize that reality to lower our guard and enable ourselves to identify with those who desperately seek connection. The word empathy doesn’t seem to have a counterpart in the Hebrew language. The word we use for compassion is ‫רחמים‬, usually implying mercy. There are many who suggest that the word ‫ רחמים‬finds its root from ‫רחם‬, the womb of a woman wherein a child is formed and bestowed with unparalleled motherly compassion and concern. But perhaps in a more profound sense it reflects on that absolute ‘connection’ that exists between a mother and her fetus, where one is subsumed totally by the other. Isn’t that the essence of empathy? May we always be attuned to those who are willing to expose their vulnerabilities in allowing others to connect with them. May we permit ourselves the brutal honesty we need to admit our own weaknesses that empower us to connect and identify effectively with others in restoring the unity that bonds us as the children of the Almighty. If we succeed in bonding with each other we will merit that G-d, who too is called ‫אישי‬, my Husband, will ‘attach’ Himself to us in fulfillment of the verse, ‫הפעם ילוה 'אישי' אלי‬, This time my husband will become attached to me...!


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stronger relationship, as they entered college. Needless to say, many of the anecdotes and pictures they posted were horrifying. The teenagers saw the ridiculousness of studying these laws, as they were detached from any larger context. Unfortunately, the school administration was unable to see the fallacy of their curriculum. They were teaching the details, without any view of the big picture. They had lost the forest for the trees. In this light, the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people, after a long, bitter slavery in Egypt, speaks volumes as to how we must impart our value system to our own children. The first and foremost step to imparting the vitality and beauty of the Torah, cannot be by drowning our children with detail. They must first have an exciting and enticing presentation, like the light and sound show at Mt. Sinai, of what it means to be a Jew. If they are to grow in Torah and maintain its moral framework, we must be able to show them not only the what, but also the why. At Mt. Sinai, G-d created a relationship with us, and enthused us to lead divinely inspired lives and to create the moral fabric for the entire humanity. The details that follow in Mishpatim, mean very little without that big-picture, without an understanding of what we are trying to accomplish, of why we should be proud of our Yiddeshkeit. Our children must experience an inspiring and meaningful Matan Torah. For our mission of being a ”‫“ממלכת כהנים‬, a nation of priests, we must imbue our children with such higher values such as, “What does it mean to be an Ehrliche Yid?”, “What does it mean to be a Mentsch?”, “What does it mean to be a responsible human being?”. Only then will our children view Torah in the context of their lives, and appreciate the beautiful tapestry that is entrusted to them.



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Wow, btwn train full of Goopers hitting truck and this, G-d is working hard today to clean up the stink. Thank her. #TreyGowdy #goptrainwreck. - Tweet by Jonathan Tasini, who was a surrogate for Bernie Sanders during his 2016 presidential run, after a train carrying GOP members of Congress crashed, resulting in the death of at least one person and the serious injury of another

I literally just read the manual that told you what moves kinda helped. - New England Patriots guard Joe Thuney, during the pre-Super Bowl “media day,” after solving a Rubik’s cube in one minute, explaining how he learned how to do it


RT, which is Russian television, absolutely interfered with a speech of mine on the floor of Congress and blocked me out for 10 minutes. They don’t play. They mean business. - Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), during a recent speech at a California event declaring that Trump didn’t only collude with Russia but that Russia is also out to get her personally

My bad, the President is right about Mika. - Tweet by Fire & Fury author Michael Wolf after he was thrown off the air by Mika Brzezinski after he made such an outlandish and disgusting claim against the president that even Trump-hating Mika thought was over the top, resulting in her throwing him off the air mid-segment

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- Californian Pico Rivera and El Rancho High School history teacher Gregory Salcido, disparaging the U.S. military, in a profanity-laced rant which was caught on video


We’ve got a bunch of dumb [people] over there. Think about the people who you know who are over there – your freaking stupid uncle Louis or whatever, they’re dumb [people]. They’re not, like, high-level thinkers, they’re not academic people, they’re not intellectual people, they’re the freaking lowest of our low. Not morally, I’m not saying they make bad moral decisions – they’re not talented people.


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By Tzvi Dear


he State of the Union went exactly as the media and liberals planned it – Not-My-President Trump’s “toupee” fell off as he walked down the center aisle of Congress towards the podium. Oh, and if you noticed that he was walking sideways, that’s because he couldn’t really fit his wide girth through if he walked straight. As soon as he opened his mouth his dentures fell out. It was very clear that his progressive dementia (two words that should be placed together more often) was untamed. After all, he said things like, “There has never been a better time to start living the American dream. So to every citizen watching at home tonight – no matter where you have been, or where

you come from, this is your time. If you work hard, if you believe in yourself, if you believe in America, then you can dream anything, you can be anything.” How dare he give people hope in themselves? Even

Trump Derangement Syndrome, stop reading – or read it again a few times – and then go back to hugging your tree. Now that we got rid of the lunatics, here’s the truth: President

“Americans are dreamers too.”

worse, when talking about immigration, he stated, “Americans are dreamers too.” You see, he really is a racist! If after reading the above you feel a sense of calm, if it soothes your

Trump gave a better speech on Tuesday night than Obama could ever dream of giving. Yes, Obama was a great speaker but that’s all he was – a great speaker. He was essentially an actor, he was playing the part and

he played it well. Trump, on the other hand, is real and says real things that makes sense to real Americans (not the elite media and liberals). In a flawless delivery, President Trump conveyed a sense of economic optimism to the American people. How nice it was to see the liberals squirm in their chairs. Nancy Pelosi had a look that she must have practiced hard to perfect – I’m upset and I want to look upset but I don’t want you to know that I purposely look upset so I will make believe that I am trying not to look upset even though I look upset. And what was with the lips? Every Democrat was biting their lips in consternation. Don’t they realize they can destroy their lips? Look at Mitch McConnell;

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wound up in Kayla and Nisa’s high school.” Both girls were murdered by MS-13 gangs. Addressing Kayla’s and Nisa’s visibly moved and emotional parents, who were in the audience, President Trump said, “Tonight, everyone in this chamber is praying for you. Everyone in America is grieving for you. And 320 million hearts are breaking for you. We cannot imagine the depth of your sorrow, but we can make sure that other families never have to endure this pain.” He then unveiled his immigration plan which offers a path to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal im-

If after reading the above you feel a sense of calm, it soothes your Trump Derangement Syndrome, stop reading or read it again a few times - and then go back to hugging your tree.

migrants who were brought here by their parents at a young age; secures the border, including building a wall; ends the visa lottery – “a program that randomly hands out green cards without any regard for skill, merit, or the safety of our people”; and ends chain migration, which allows a single immigrant to bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives. President Trump concluded his speech by saying, “As long as we are proud of who we are, and what we are fighting for, there is nothing we cannot achieve. As long as we have confidence in our values, faith in our


ithin moments of Trump delivering the State of the Union address there were five Democrat rebuttal addresses. The saliva-slinging socialist Senator of Vermont Bernie Sanders ran into some technical difficulties while delivering his rebuttal speech. For almost a full three minutes, Sanders’ response was down, and the screen read, “We will be back momentarily!” If that is not a godly metaphor for his socialism experiment, I don’t know what is. The main Democrat rebuttal was given by Massachusetts Democrat Rep. Joe Kennedy III (yes, of that gene pool). The 37-year-old, who appeared to be drooling from an overdose of Vaseline, made a passionate plea for Americans to remember how bad things are. In a tone which one commentator noted indicated that Kennedy has been to too many Tony Robbins seminars, he passionately decried, “Many have spent the past year anxious, angry, afraid…Russia knee-deep in our democracy. An allout war on environmental protection. A Justice Department rolling back civil rights by the day. Hatred and supremacy proudly marching in our streets.” Dark thoughts for Americans who have generally been calmly going about their days. Shoring up his liberal credentials, Kennedy then launched into Spanish mid-speech. “¿Qué harían estos políticos complacientes sin el traductor de Google?” No, that’s not what he said. That’s just Spanish for “What would these pandering politicians do without Google Translate.” If you want to hear what he said, go watch the speech yourself. Just watch out for the Vaseline reflection - it can hurt your eyes.

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gration plan, Trump decried the dangers of open borders. “For decades, open borders have allowed drugs and gangs to pour into our most vulnerable communities. They have allowed millions of low-wage workers to compete for jobs and wages against the poorest Americans. Most tragically, they have caused the loss of many innocent lives.” He spoke about two teenage girls who were savagely murdered by MS-13 gang members in Long Island. “Many of these gang members took advantage of glaring loopholes in our laws to enter the country as unaccompanied alien minors – and

citizens, and trust in our G-d, we will not fail.”

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industries, it is also time to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure,” he said. He implored Congress to cut the red tape permits needed, which add years to the amount of time it takes to complete projects. “America is a nation of builders. We built the Empire State Building in just 1 year – is it not a disgrace that it can now take 10 years just to get a permit approved for a simple road?” And then he turned to the elephant in the room (if you think I am referring to Russia – weren’t you supposed to stop reading and go hug a tree?): Immigration. Before talking about his immi-


he doesn’t even have lips anymore. Perhaps more Democrats should do what Joe Kennedy did before delivering his rebuttal address for the Democrats – he put so much Vaseline on his lips that the reflection of the flashes of the cameras were blinding. Once we are talking about lips, is it just me or do Paul Ryan’s lips tend to form this grin/smirk like he was naughty and stole an extra page of math homework every time he’s on camera? Despite the antics of the Democrats – who refused to applaud even when the president pleaded with them to work together for the greater good of the country – President Trump’s State of the Union address called for unity. “Tonight, I call upon all of us to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground, and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people we were elected to serve.” But, of course, Trump is Trump and there is one score that he needed to settle. And he did it in a creative way. He spoke about Preston Sharp, a 12-year-old boy from Redding, California, who noticed that veterans’ graves were not marked with flags on Veterans Day and started a movement which, to-date, has placed 40,000 flags at veterans’ graves. After a standing ovation for Preston, who was in the gallery, President Trump stated, “Preston’s reverence for those who have served our nation reminds us why we salute our flag, why we put our hands on our hearts for the pledge of allegiance, and why we proudly stand for the national anthem.” The lip biters were biting hard. The president gave a preview of his ambitious 2018 agenda. He asked Congress to pass an infrastructure bill that generates at least $1.5 trillion for the new infrastructure investments. “As we rebuild our


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Centerfold Riddle me

You gotta be kidding


Moishele walks into his boss’s office. “Sir, I’ll be straight with you, I know the company is struggling, but I have over three companies after me and I would like to respectfully ask for a raise,” he says. After a few minutes of haggling the boss finally agrees to a 5% raise, and Moishele happily gets up to leave. “By the way,” asks the boss, “which three companies are after you?” “The electric company, water company, and phone company,” Moishele replies at he heads out the door.

In medieval England, a man was imprisoned and locked in a room at the top of a really high tower. The room had only one tiny window. The prisoner found a piece of rope but it wasn’t long enough to reach the ground. So he cut it in half and was then able to escape. How? See answer below

Answer: He divided the rope vertically, not horizontally, and then had double the length of rope.

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10 Things to Do on Sunday, Now that Football Season is Over ™ Take down the sukkah…because it would be nice to have access to the driveway again. ™ Try out the old suits that you keep because one day you will fit into them…check in on your non-progress. ™ Take a nap and when you wake up take another nap because naps are tiring. ™ Spend very quality time with your son by playing X-Box against him for six hours straight. ™ Read a book (start with Dr. Seuss, you don’t want to shock those neurons) ™ Go to the gym for the second time in a year…cutting in half your cost per visit from $400 to $200 per visit (hey, you might as well go once in a while; you membership automatically renewed last week!)

™ Learn to play guitar…but please sing in your own voice, the world has enough Carlebach impersonators. ™ Tell your wife that this Sunday she should relax and you will clean up from Shabbos, get the kids haircuts, go food shopping, fold the laundry, and make dinner. If nothing else, you will give her a good laugh. ™ Get into meditation. A good starting mantra is “Hmmmmmmmm….there is more to life than football.” ™ Spend six hours putting together the desk you bought from Ikea for $20 less than you would have paid for an already assembled one. Then do the math and calculate how little value you place on your own time.

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Dating Dialogue

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

Dear Navidaters,

I am a 25-year-old single man. I have been dating for a couple of years and work as an accountant. I have been connected to two shadchanim who basically have been responsible for all of the women that I’ve gone out with so far. Though I know they try hard and have come through with very nice young ladies, no one has turned out to be my bashert.

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A couple of weeks ago, something very strange happened. I work for a small- to medium-sized firm, and when people walk in as customers, usually because someone recommended them but sometimes even just off the street, my boss will often have me or one of the several other accountants who work there, meet with them. So, a woman by the name of Mindy was escorted to my desk and I began to see what I could do to help her out. I quickly learned that she was single, 26 years old, dressed and behaved modestly, and it wasn’t long before I realized that I was very attracted to her independence and, in general, just about everything else! When she left, I couldn’t stop thinking about her and wishing that some of the women I was being set up with were more like her. Though I obviously didn’t get to know her in any kind of deep way, there was still something about her that really interested me. So now what do I do? I actually took the initiative to mention her name to the two shadchanim I work with but they never heard of her. I wonder if it would be crazy for me to just call her out of the blue, since I have her phone number, or would that be looked upon as a terrible thing? What are your suggestions?

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

Our intention is not to offer any definitive

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



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The Panel The Rebbetzin Rebbetzin Faigie Horowitz, M.S. t’s great that you have broken out of your habits and want to respond in a spontaneous fashion. That a very positive thing for someone who seems to be following a pattern that has been established. Go ahead and reach out. Email is less invasive, of course, and will feel safer for the young woman so I would suggest that you communicate that way. It will be more comfortable for you too. You can introduce yourself, where you come from, your interests, etc. and suggest a coffee date when she is in the neighborhood. Demonstrate thoughtfulness by offering her some personal information so that you can be checked out.


You can be humorous so that she doesn’t think she is being stalked. Don’t scare her off by coming on too strong. Another option is to solicit help from someone you are close with at the office. S/he can help you identify where she comes from so that you can find some mutual friends/ acquaintances who can officially set you up. This option of bringing in a third party shadchan-type gives you an advantage of building on the chemistry that developed without the risk of feeling uncomfortable and being more traditional. You don’t seem very sure of yourself, however. Consider working with someone to build flexibility, social skills, and general confidence. Identifying what makes this young woman so attractive to you (not just general independence) will

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The Mother Sarah Schwartz Schreiber, P.A. our first meeting with Mindy has the makings of romantic fiction, a story I’ll call “The Chance Encounter.” Scene 1, Mindy, the refined, yet independent young woman is introduced to you under pretext of a business meeting. Scene 11, you sit at your desk and stare bemusedly at the phone number on her business card. You’ve been swept off your feet and are contemplating your next move. The conflict is profound: to call or not to call. Stay tuned! Dear Mr. CPA, if you are smart enough to handle other people’s finances, you certainly can figure out how to reach out to Mindy. And reach out you must. While texting or e-mail lacks the warmth of your voice, it is less off-putting than an unexpected phone call. In the e-mail, write a brief introduction about yourself (your age, your background and that you are currently in the parsha) and that you would be interested in meeting her again, (phew, you said it!); include your shidduch resume as an attachment. Ask if you can call her or whether she prefers a shadchan arrange the date. If she is as independent as you believe, she will undoubtedly respond via text or phone. One proviso: do not beat yourself up if she declines your advances. She may not be interested for a host of reasons; maybe she’s dating someone else, maybe she’s seeking a fulltime learner, maybe… However she responds to you, you did the mature and manly thing by exercising due diligence (aka hishtadlut) in the pursuit of your bashert. On another note: what’s with your two exclusive shadchanim? The fact that they didn’t pursue this lead (Mindy) for you really both-


Mark my words - there are young women reading your letter and wishing something like this would happen to them.

ers me. There are dozens of shadchanim out there who would be more than happy to meet you and set you up. If you wish to speed up the dating process, it may be time to expand your network of friends, social venues, and shadchanim.

The Shadchan Michelle Mond his sounds like an amazing opportunity! In my opinion, meeting somebody in a natural setting is the best way to meet. I would steer clear of calling her yourself because that may come across too forward and awkward if she is not interested. It also might come across as unprofessional in your line of work to do so with a client. I am assuming you have already searched to see if you have any mutual friends on social media. This is usually the best way to find a mutual person to suggest an idea. If no mutual contacts can be found, I would suggest that you have somebody you are close with, who you are sure has proper etiquette and tact, suggest the shidduch. Have this person give her a call, present the idea and see if she is in-



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“Just take a deep breath, pick up the phone and call.” But today, we’ve all become more comfortable with texts and emails. Plus is gives people the opportunity to think before they respond. So I would shoot off a text to Mindy, explaining that you enjoyed spending time with her professionally and wondered whether she might be open to spending time together socially – maybe a quick cup of coffee, to break the ice. Who knows? She may be available and interested, or for whatever reason, unavailable and disinterested. Either way, you’ve proven to yourself that there is more than one way to skin a cat. In other words, there is more than one way to meet someone and maybe this is a great lesson for you and anyone else reading this column. Should this not work out, pay attention to what ex-

Dear Mr. CPA, if you are smart enough to handle other people’s finances, you certainly can figure out how to reach out to Mindy.

actly it was about Mindy that spoke to you. Try to put your feelings into words and share these ideas with your shadchanim so that in the future they can get closer to the mark!

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love your letter! It shows that people can still react to their own inner voice and not be totally reliant on shadchanim to move forward in this stage of your life. Probably more people need to act in a more natural way, responding in the moment, rather

than depending on a third party to truly “get you.” Of course, how you proceed is not so simple because our culture has become so scripted that acting in a natural way has become questionable. My first concern is whether your boss would have a problem with you blending work and personal agendas. So I suppose it would be a prudent idea to first check in with your boss and explain your situation. I’m guessing he/she will be fine with your interest in pursuing this woman, but you’ll want to check this off your list. Assuming it’s not a problem, where do you go from here? In the good old days, I would have said,


terested as well. Hopefully, she will be interested, and if this works out, you will have a great story to tell. Keep us posted!

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en enjoy being approached by age -appropr iate men. It’s just human nature. How flattering it is to be noticed and sought after. It makes a gal feel attractive and special. To think, he chose me. He sees something that he likes about me. The pursuit itself is attractive to most women. A few things to consider: The first is whether or not you are allowed to date clients. I think you need to speak with your boss and ask about the office’s policy about such things. If your boss tells you there is a conflict of interest, then you will have to rethink the situation. However, if your boss gives you the green light, then run, don’t walk. Because frum women simply

give lots of people food for thought. If somehow it became acceptable for men to pursue women (and vice versa) of interest and not be completely reliant on shadchanim, I think we would be seeing a lot less anxiety and depression and single people – and a lot more contentedness, peace of mind and marriages. All the best! Sincerely, Jennifer

Esther Mann, LCSW and Jennifer Mann, LCSW are licensed psychotherapists and dating and relationship coaches working with individuals, couples and families in private practice in Hewlett, NY. To set up a consultation or to ask questions, please call 516.224.7779. Press 1 for Esther, 2 for Jennifer. Visit for more information. If you would like to submit a dating or relationship question to the panel anonymously, please email thenavidaters@ You can follow The Navidaters on FB and Instagram for dating and relationship advice.

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our letter gives me faith that maybe, just maybe, the “parsha” can become a little more human again. What in the world is more natural than a man seeing a woman, taking an interest in her, and pursuing her? Sadly, my next question is: how many times has a man seen a woman who piqued his interest at a restaurant, on vacation, or at a wedding, only to do nothing because it isn’t socially acceptable? I hope your question gives people pause and inspires them to rethink the way Orthodox people date. Countless singles feel as though they are at the mercy of their parents and shadchanim, with no ability to meet on their own. They feel helpless and hopeless. So to you I say, go for it! Here’s something you should know about women. Generally speaking, frum or not, single wom-

aren’t accustomed to being pursued by a man in this way, I recommend emailing as your first course of communication. Write a well thoughtout email, acknowledging that you have never done something like this before but that she piqued your interest. Let her know that you are interested in getting to know her. If this doesn’t feel right for you or you don’t want to do it, then you can try to find a mutual friend through social media to set you up. Or, you can reach out to someone whom you trust to suggest the shidduch to Mindy. Hopefully Mindy is available but be prepared that she may be seeing someone or may not be open to meeting a man in this way. Either way, I hope you feel like a million bucks for taking the risk and being bold. Mark my words – there are young women reading your letter and wishing something like this would happen to them. And there are countless guys thinking, I wish I had the guts. May your letter will


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Schonfeld a�h A Community’s Sheloshim Tribute by Alan Jay Gerber

obbie Schonfeld, of blessed memory. Just the sad thought that it is now the sheloshim observance of his passing just a short month ago brings a tear to each and every one of us who knew him and appreciated the life of chessed that he lived. Now, that life is no more. Yet his memory and legacy lives on and will live on forever as a model of how a person should conduct himself on behalf of those in need. This is our tribute to his everlasting memory. The tributes that follow were ZULWWHQ E\ ÂżYH OHDGLQJ FRPPXQLW\ leaders. Each, in their own way, was involved in their respective communal activities that were linked with the chessed of our beloved Robbie, of blessed and sacred memory. Robbie came to our community of the Five Towns from Brooklyn, and so did Judith Greenberger. They were close friends active in many good deeds on behalf of those in need. Here is her tribute: “What I would really stress is that Robbie’s legacy that he inherited from his legendary father, Ossie, aâ€?h, WUXO\GHÂżQHGWKHUHDODQGWUXHPHDQing of chessed. It was practiced in the real classical mode of observance, that being, tzedakah. It was not the way we see such causes played out today with fancy big parties, spend-


ing so much in order to get back something. Not the kind of chessed and tzedakah that was dependent upon public relations tactics. Both Ossie and Robbie were known for their kind, gentle, and warm nature that generated a universal friendship that they had for each other and for all who in their need came to them for the assistance that was given with dignity and charitable charm. “Just one example in the limited space I have will demonstrate this unique father-son relationship. 7KHLUEXVLQHVVZDVWKHVHOOLQJRIÂżVK

only this special father-son team knew. An $80 bill would be charged $20. The costumer was never to NQRZ WKH PRQHWDU\ GLÉŁHUHQFH +LV or her dignity was always preserved and forever respected. “That was the Schonfeld method of chessed that I will always cherish. They both were simply awesome.â€? Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky, Rosh Yeshiva, Yeshiva of South Shore, noted to me of “how passionately Robbie felt about the continuity of the Yeshiva of South Shore’s derech of inculcating middot tovot

“Robbie was an ish emet who had a heart of gold‌he lived for others.â€?

starting on 13th Avenue in Borough Park, Brooklyn. They both just knew who were the people who needed food. They knew from living in the neighborhood and loving all people ZKRWKH\ZHUHDQGWKH\ÂżJXUHGRXW how to make sure that those people who needed help received the help due to them. Their business math was special. ‘On account’ was a term that they probably invented. It was DYHU\VSHFLDOÂżQDQFLDOPHWKRGWKDW

while imbuing the students with a geshmak appreciation in learning, a PHWKRGWKDWZRXOGÂżQGLWVZD\LQWR the Mesivta. “He was greatly involved in the growth of Mesivta Ateres Yaakov, a school named and dedicated to the legacy of my grandfather, Rav Yaakov Kamenetzky, ztâ€?l.â€? Rabbi Chanina Herzberg, Menahel of Yeshiva of South Shore, UHPLQLVFHG DERXW KLV ÂżUVW PHHWLQJ

with Robbie. “I met Robbie when he moved to this area and enrolled his boys into our yeshiva. His whole life was devoted to ahavat chessed and limud Torah. He inculcated into his family this love for Jewish education and mizvot in a very special way – by example. I will surely miss his friendship.â€? Rabbi Zalman Wolowik, the spiritual leader of the Chabad of the Five Towns, tells us of his heartfelt sentiments of Robbie’s legacy: “It is very painful to write about Robbie, aâ€?h, but for the sake of those learning about him and who aspire to emulate his chessed I choose to share these words in tribute to Robbie’s memory: “Robbie was an ish emet who had a heart of gold‌he lived for others. His family was very dear to him. When I paid him a visit to the hospital and helped him put on his tallis and WHÂżOOLQ he emphasized to me how much he cherished his wife, Judy, and didn’t have enough words to praise her. Additionally, Robbie had a deep strong respect for our sages‌ We would go together to the Ohel of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, ztâ€?l, and he was extremely moved and spiritually uplifted by the experience. “His respect for others knew no limits. He was a giant in the way he conducted his day-to-day life, re-



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n 2016, SyFy debuted a new show called Incorporated about a dystopian future where corporations, not governments, rule the world. If that nightmare ever comes true, we all know which realworld corporation will rule them all. It’s Apple, of course, which just took the shrink-wrap off their $5 billion ring-shaped headquarters in Cupertino, CA, and is on the verge of becoming the world’s first trillion-dollar company. Odds are good that you’ve got an iDevice of some sort in your home, office, or pocket. Apple’s product design geniuses use crack-like design and technology that keeps users hooked like heroin addicts to make Apple the most valuable corporation in the world. But what you may not know is how Apple’s financial geniuses use proactive tax planning to make their company even more valuable. And now, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has inspired them to act again. Apple has scattered their manufacturing operations throughout the world to take advantage of lower costs overseas. (You think your 10-year-old’s science fair project is

special? Big deal — 10-year-olds in China are making iPhones!) This has prompted various entertaining debates over the ethics and politics of offshoring, which we won’t presume to touch here. Apple hasn’t just offshored manufacturing operations to cut manufacturing costs. They’ve also offshored their profits, to take advantage of

file tax returns for those years. Hoarding cash before the IRS gets to grab 35% of it doesn’t mean stuffing it under some sort of supersized Irish mattress. The parent company borrows their own subsidiary’s cash, deducts 35% of the interest they pay for it here in the U.S., and pays tax on that interest at just 12.5% in Ireland, shifting even more money out of IRS

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tax rates that are lower than our own traditional 35%. This involves strategies with names like the “Double Irish with a Dutch Sandwich” strategy, which sounds like something you’d see figure skaters attempting at the upcoming Winter Olympics. Apple’s Irish subsidiary, Apple Operations International, earned $30 billion from 2009-2012 and didn’t even

reach. Now the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has cut the rate on Apple’s iProfits to just 21%. It even includes a bonus “get out of jail free” card for companies with cash overseas, letting them pay a one-time 15.5% rate to load those bales of cash on a plane and bring them home. So Apple is repatriating $252 billion, and writing the

IRS a $38 billion check — enough to finance the entire government of Wisconsin for a year, with enough left over to pay for Jacksonville or St. Louis, too. But that’s still $43 billion less than paying the 35% on the full amount. And what will Apple do with their iSavings? Throw a party, of course! They’ve announced plans to hire 20,000 new employees, build another major domestic campus, and boost R&D to diversify away from the iPhone. They’ll also use billions more for dividends (which put cash in shareholders’ hands) and share buybacks (which also rewards them by pushing prices up). We realize you don’t have $252 billion to plan for. But that doesn’t mean you can’t profit from planning, too. Make sure you can take full advantage of the new tax law and see how much iCash you can put in your pocket! Allan J Rolnick is a CPA who has been in practice for over 30 years in Queens, NY. He welcomes your comments and can be reached at 718-896-8715 or at



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ertain battles become famous for a variety of reasons. Some are known for their bitter combat, others are remembered for the length of the battle, while a few have the distinction of being the battle “that turned the tide of the war.” On the Eastern European front of World War II there were many battles that had one or two of these elements. However, the Battle of Stalingrad stands out as the time that the Germans went from being on the offensive to the defensive. 75 years ago this week the German 6th Army under Field Marshal Von Paulus surrendered at Stalingrad. Operation Barbarossa was the code name for the German invasion of Russia in the summer of 1941. German troops had gotten close to Moscow but the Russian winter and hardened Red Army troops had stopped them short of their target.

German soldiers clearing the streets in Stalingrad

Still, many areas had been captured and by the summer of 1942 the Germans were looking to capture an important industrial city on the Volga River. As a major producer of tanks and sitting on the flank to roads leading to the oil fields in the Caucasus, the Russians prepared for a major battle. Bearing his own name, Rus-

To go along with the German troops the Axis powers had men from Hungary, Croatia, Romania, and Italy and about 40,000 volunteers from other nations called Hiwis. At the height of their strength they had over a million men, 1,500 tanks and 1,600 aircraft. The numbers for the Russians are a bit difficult to determine

Almost every building in the city was turned into a fortress.

sian leader Joseph Stalin ordered the Red Army to hold Stalingrad at all costs. Thus began the costliest battle of the war in which both sides had much at stake.

but they had well over 1.5 million soldiers, 5,000 tanks and 5,000 aircraft during the seven-month battle. The German summer 1942 offensive was aimed at southern Rus-

sia. Operation Blau (Blue), as it was named, was to include troops that had easily captured the Ukraine in 1941. Army Group South (B), which contained the 6th Army under Paulus and the 4th Panzer Army under General Hermann Hoth, made significant advances on Stalingrad. However, all important tank support of the 4th Panzer Army was transferred over to the Army Group South (A) which was advancing on the oil fields. Hitler, ym”sh, intervened during all the stages of the battle and here he made the error – fortunately for the Russians – of dividing his troops. Only later, when the fight was raging for Stalingrad, did the Panzer Army return to Army Group South (B). Still, the Russian forces were getting hammered. Recently released documents show that the popular theory of Russian troops retreating in good order so that they could

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Army still would not retreat from the city. In middle of October the Russians’ backs were on the Volga River and held less than 9 miles on the western side of the river. On November 19, 1942, the Russians launched Operation Uranus. Three Soviet armies in the north smashed through the Romanian 3rd Army, which had the German northern flank. On the southern flank the Romanian 4th Army was attacked by two strong Russian armies. Most of the Axis strength went into the fighting at Stalingrad and the flanks had been thinly held. On the third day of the offensive the Soviet armies had linked up, trapping close to 300,000 Axis soldiers. There was a still a possibility that they could break out but Hitler became enraged at the suggestion. The retreat was not ordered and instead they were told to “stand and fight,” After the battle, Paulus, who did not like Hitler, was criticized for not defying Hitler’s directive and order a breakout. The fighting would continue for the next two months. Army Group Don was commanded by General Erich Von Manstein but was beaten off by the Russians. Supplying the trapped 6th Army fell to the Luftwaffe and it was taking its toll. On January 10, 1943 a Russian offensive split the German forces in two. Within two weeks the three airfields used by the Luftwaffe to resupply the army were captured. Paulus knew the end of the 6th Army was near but Hitler then promoted him to field marshal. This was done since no field marshal had ever surrendered. Even so, two days after his promotion, Paulus sur-

A Soviet soldier waving a flag over the central plaza of Stalingrad, 1943

rounded the 6th Army on February 2. The Soviet victory in this epic battle was the turning point on the Eastern front. Not only had the Germans lost a powerful army but their blitzkrieg tactics didn’t work. With more victories in 1943 the entire Eastern front changed in the direction of favoring the Russians. Germany was not able to replace the loss of men and material. Soon they were fighting on three fronts: the Rus-

sians in Eastern Europe, the Western Allies (U.S. Britain, Free France and others) in North Africa, and sixteen months later in France as well. This was the beginning of the end for the Nazis. Avi Heiligman is a weekly contributor to The Jewish Home. He welcomes your comments and suggestions for future columns and can be reached at

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strengthen the lines behind them was all Soviet propaganda. Stalin ordered that no soldiers should retreat and that no ground should be given to the enemy. By July 1942 the Germans had forced their way over the Don River. Stalin made a change of command and had Colonel General Andrey Yeryomenko prepare for the defense of the city. Yeryomenko moved all the vital supplies to the other side of the Volga River and in September placed the 62nd Army under Lieutenant General Vasiliy Chuikov. Other recently released documents show that the little-known four Kotluban Offensives north of Stalingrad helped seal the fate of the 6th Army. The Russians lost hundreds of thousands of men, and the Germans were able to stop those offensives. However, the German assault on Stalingrad was delayed, and the Germans lost men and supplies that were difficult to replace. The Germans were fighting a thousand miles from Germany while the Russians were defending their homeland. Red Army soldiers were being sent to the frontlines at a rapid rate to keep the Germans from completely overtaking the area, although the Russian army was saving men to battle in the final counteroffensive. By September the fighting in Stalingrad was being fought in the streets and house to house. Almost every building in the city was turned into a fortress – the grain silo in the south of the city was the site of a three day battle. German Luftwaffe bombing missions had a devastating effect on the Russians but the Red

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The Flu Update By Hylton I. Lightman, MD, DCH (SA), FAAP


ere’s a scary fact. The Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) reports that 53 children have died from the flu this flu season alone. More than half who died from the flu were otherwise healthy children. Please G-d, there should be no more deaths. Note the following quote from Dr. Dan Jernigan, director of the CDC’s influenza branch: “Flu is everywhere in the U.S. right now. This is the first year we’ve had the entire continental U.S. at the same level (of flu activity) at the same time. It has been an early flu season that seems to be peaking now, with a 5.8% increase in laboratory-confirmed cases this week over last.” In New York State alone, as of the week ending January 20, hospitals admitted 1,759 patients with confirmed cases of the flu. This was a 5% increase over the previous week. In the same time period, 7,779 people tested positive for the flu. Again, this is just in New York State. This scenario is being repeated across the United States as this year’s flu strain – H3N2 – is rampant. Newspaper headlines like hospital emergency rooms face a “war zone” (http://www.latimes. com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-flu-demand-20180116-htmlstory.html) because stories of the flu only make us more fearful. Flu season has arrived early this year. This means the above listed numbers are a moving target and are only growing. There are no surprises here. Australia and the Southern Hemisphere are good predictors as their

flu season precedes ours. During the H1N1 pandemic in 2009, Australia had 59,022 cases in its sparsely populated country. This last season, they had 215,280 H3N2 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.”

cines. Here are some steps one can take during this horrific flu season.

Get Vaccinated Make sure that you and your loved ones are vaccinated. In other words, get the flu shot even if you haven’t already done so for you and your family and especially for “vulnerable” people, i.e., babies and children under 5 years of age, those over 65, pregnant women, people with chronic conditions like asth-

Make it a routine for each family member to wash their hands properly when they walk in the house from school, work, or errands.

well. None of the precious children who’ve died from the flu had received this season’s flu vaccine. Yes, it’s possible to contract the flu even if you’ve been immunized. The good news is that the flu shot tends to mitigate the symptoms so the flu is less severe. Let’s clear up a misconception: The flu vaccine does not give you the flu. You might have been exposed to the flu before getting vaccinated or doing the period it takes the body to gain protection after getting vaccinated; it’s about a period of two weeks to gain the protection. And there are other reasons you feel like you have the flu despite getting the shot as there are viruses that can mimic the common cold. You may read up on this at https:// w w flu-season-2017-2018.htm#effectiveness.

Wash Your Hands! 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. I’m leaving it to the scientists and epidemiologists to deal with developing the “perfect” flu vac-

ma and diabetes, and people on immunosuppressive medications. Yes, the shot is not perfect. Yet don’t be discouraged by the reports of low vaccine effectiveness for the flu shot. It has proven that, in most cases, if someone contracts the flu, its symptoms and severity are mitigated because of the shot. Babies under six months of age can’t receive the flu shot. But pregnant women can and should; they are at higher risk for flu complications. Also, getting the vaccine gives them an immunity they can pass on to their newborns. Babies age 6 months and older and all other people should get the flu shot as

There are hygiene habits you can do to help prevent the flu. First, keep your hands clean. Children and adults should wash their hands before eating meals. They should keep their hands away from their eyes, nose and mouth. Make it a routine for each family member to wash their hands properly when they walk in the house from school, work, or errands. What’s proper hand washing? At least 20 seconds with soap and water. Next, cough the right way to avoid spreading germs. Teach your children how to cough into their sleeves and use tissues to cover the sneezes.



which include hospitalization.

When is a trip to the emergency warranted for children of any age? Fever with rash, difficulty breathing, dehydration, seeming unresponsive, severe vomiting, pain or pressure in the abdomen or chest, and confusion should send you to the emergency room. Also, if an illness has been sub-

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siding and then suddenly worsens again through a newly high fever or cough, you must contact your doctor or make a trip to the ER. These symptoms could be signs of a secondary infection such as pneumonia. If you or your child test positive for the flu, then stay home and keep your children home, especially if they have symptoms and are coughing on and around others.

The CDC’s chart above is an excellent starting point for monitoring and tracking symptoms. In summary, practice what’s written above. Keep in touch with your doctor. Get a flu shot. Wash your hands. Take care of yourself. And, as always, daven. Dr. Hylton I. Lightman is a pediatrician and Medical Director of Total Family Care of the 5 Towns and Rockaway PC. He can be reached at, on Instagram at Dr.Lightman_ or visit him on Facebook.


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Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, head or body aches, and fatigue. Children are more likely than adults to experience vomiting or diarrhea with the flu. Most children recover from the flu within a week or ten days. It requires rest, fluids and medications to reduce fever. Some kids, children under 5 years of age and/or those with underlying medical conditions, may benefit from treatment with prescription antiviral drugs. But these medications needs to be started within 48 hours of the start of flu symptoms for maximum effectiveness. So if you suspect the flu, call your doctor right away. What’s the protocol for babies under 60 days old? Any rectal fever higher than 100.5 degrees is deemed an emergency. You must call your pediatrician immediately who will guide you to the next steps,

Some schools throughout the country have closed and are “de-fumigating” which will hopefully halt the spread of the flu.


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Mind the GAAP By Azi Rosenblum

There is lots of buzz about paid sick leave and minimum wage these days, with new laws in discussion for minimum wage by 2023 and the timeline for when the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act goes into effect in limbo. With the General Assembly and Governor’s office throwing punches and the usual politicking on all sides of the issues… ladies and gentlemen, stand by for this business owner’s take on it all. Time out for a quick accounting lesson on debits and credits. General Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) dictate that every dollar recorded has impact in 2 places. Also known as double-entry bookkeeping, the simple concept is that no number can exist in a one-sided vacuum. As money moves through a company or household, it always increases one account and decreases another to create balance. For example: if you pay your electric bill, you impact your cash in the bank and decrease your  accounts payables (AP - money you owe). Similarly, if you deposit a payment from your client or a paycheck, you increase the bank account balance and decrease your accounts receivables (AR - money you are owed). So, think of it this way; numbers move from point A

to point B, they don’t just appear or disappear without a record on both sides of the transaction and they always have a balancing impact in two spots. Now, back to current events. Effective sometime in the next 4 to 64 business days, all Maryland businesses with 15 employees or more will be required to provide up to 5 days of paid sick leave per year (1 hour for every 30 worked). Also in discussions, and at the center of a lot of press conferences lately, is a push to get minimum wage in Maryland up to $15 per hour by 2023. The proposed increase to minimum wage, a change that would impact almost 600,000 employees in the state, would more than double the increase rate compared to the average pace in previous 10-year periods. Now that’s a lot of happy voters employees out there that stand to benefit from these changes, what could be wrong with that, right? Hmmm, let’s think back to our accounting lesson. If companies are going to be mandated to increase their labor costs through things like required paid leave or accelerated increases to minimum wage, where will that money come from? Here’s the problem with this little game - it’s out of balance. There are

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those that would like you to believe that every employer, especially those with 15 or more employees, is a big, bad corporate monster that is rolling in profits. In that mindset, requiring all employers to be the financial source for the wage increases in order to correct a wrong on behalf of the workforce is a perfectly balanced transaction. Consider, however, that this may not be true, and that not every landscaping company, small contractor, restaurant owner, business office, or daycare operator is a millionaire. In that more likely scenario, guess where the money is going to come from? Business owners, faced with the realities of these new numbers will have a few basic options for balancing this equation. One option will be you, the consumer, who will be asked to pay more for your products and services to create the extra income that will be needed to cover the expense, taking that money right out of someone else’s, or maybe even that same Maryland employee’s pocket. Another option is to cut costs. This will mean more innovation, automation, and layoffs because they will have no choice but to find ways to get the same work done with less employees. Oh, and the other basic option is to just throw in the towel, release all their employees and walk away. In general, I’m not into titles so I wouldn’t say I’m a full-blown capitalist or a hard line socialist, I guess I consider myself a realist. Government protecting its citizens from the abuse and discrimination of previous economic systems like feudalism or slavery is a great thing and has tremendous social and economic impact by creating equal access for all persons. However, it’s this business owner’s opinion that actions like disproportionate minimum wage rate increases and sick leave laws are more about winning votes than anything else. As if there are no other ways to make

life less expensive for Maryland families like perhaps… actually affordable healthcare, school vouchers, free bussing, or reduced taxes as a result of reductions in wasteful spending? The moment you require businesses to provide X you have just redrawn the starting line for mediocre performance and someone is going to pay the price. Businesses should offer compensation and benefits as a way of attracting and keeping employees. Employees should work hard, get educated, sharpen their skills and feel obligated to deliver reliable consistent results in order to increase their value and have access to better pay and better perks. That’s what drives innovation, excellence, and results. Not one-sided declarations and entitlements. Do I think employees should be taken advantage of - of course not! Do I believe that companies can succeed and attract talent by undercompensating employees - definitely not! So maybe we should let those two parties work this out on their own because these one-sided transactions will resurface somewhere as they naturally flow through the economy and find their balance someplace, and that someplace may just be your pocket. 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@ Azi Rosenblum is a business consultant and the founder and CEO of RemSource, an outsourced provider of administrative and bookkeeping services for small businesses. To suggest a topic or ask a question for a future #BizWiz column, email BizWiz@

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The Gemara in Berachos (5a) discusses different strategies one can employ in the battle of his Yetzer Tov and Yetzer Hara. Initially, one should learn Torah. If that does not work, he should recite the Shema. If even that does not work, he should remind himself of the fact that one day he will die. The implication of this Gemara is that remembering one’s eventual demise is the most powerful weapon we possess in this age-old “battle of inclinations”, but it also seems that this method should only be employed as a last resort. If one can overcome his Yetzer Hara with the study of Torah or the recital of the Shema, then he should not focus on his own death. Why is this so? There are many answers to this question, but we will just focus on one of them. Chazal are telling us that although remembering one’s death is extremely powerful, it is also very hard to actually do since on a certain level we do not believe that we are going to die. The reason for this is that our brains have certain limitations when it comes to comprehension. One of the most glaring ones is that we can’t fully relate to something that we have not personally experienced. We might believe it on an intellectual level, but we can’t fully connect with it without first-hand knowledge. Since by definition, every live person has no recollection of ever not being alive, therefore the notion that one day he will no longer be alive in a physical sense is very hard to internalize.

This can also be true of the eventual death of a parent. A child’s first memories are that of his parents. The existence of his parents seems to be a permanent feature of the world. To imagine that one day he will be in this world and his parents will not is a notion that can’t be fully absorbed. This idea is also expressed by the Steipler in his commentary on Parshas Noach. Rashi (7, 7) cites a Medrash that Noach did not fully believe that the Mabul would actually happen, and he therefore did not enter the Teivah until the rising waters left him no choice. This astounding Medrash begs for an explanation. The Steipler explains that it was impossible for Noach to fully believe that the Mabul would come since he never experienced a Mabul before. Although Hashem told him explicitly that it would happen, that only gave him intellectual knowledge, but emotionally he could not fully comprehend the whole concept of a Mabul since it was outside of his personal experience. It might be frustrating when someone is in denial of the consequences of a terminal illness. This article will hopefully help you understand that this is a normal reaction to such a challenging situation. This is a service of Relief Resources. Relief is an organization that provides mental health referrals, education, and support to the frum community. Rabbi Yisrael Slansky is director of the Baltimore branch of Relief. He can be contacted at 410-448-8356 or at



Mrs. Isenheart had said firmly. “Thank Hashem that Yehuda wasn’t badly hurt, and remember to buckle him in from now on. That’s all. These things happen, Avigail.” I stuffed my face in a pillow and let out a muffled yell. Then I got to work on grading quizzes.

The next night, Raizy called to say she couldn’t come for our study session. Her voice sounded shaky over the phone, breaking at one point. “Raizy, are you sure you’re okay?” This was the first time Raizy was canceling in the three months we’d been studying together.


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“Avigail, it’s okay. He’s fine.” “It’s all my fault.” “Hey, he only needed a few little stitches. Nothing too major.” That only made me cry harder. Raphael and I were sitting on the couch in the living room. We had just come back from the emergency room. Yehuda had gotten a nasty cut from his fall on the concrete, resulting in four stitches. Otherwise he was fine. At the moment he was enjoying a drugged sleep in his crib. But I couldn’t ignore the fact that if I had buckled him on my lap like I should have, he wouldn’t have gotten hurt. If I’d been holding him properly, he wouldn’t have a giant bandage covering his forehead. Raphael passed me a tissue box. I mumbled my thanks and blew my nose. “Well, look at it this way,” Raphael said, still trying to cheer me up. “You were so worried Yehuda would end up getting hurt because you couldn’t use your legs. But imagine how much harder he would have fallen if you were standing!” I glared at him. “No, really. You forgot to buckle him in and he fell. Okay, that’s due to stupidity, not the fact that you’re in a wheelchair.” I sniffed. “It was more than stupidity.” “Idiocy?” “Worse.” “Insanity?”

“That’s a little too far.” I blew my nose again. “Avigail, you’re being too hard on yourself.” “And you’re being too easy on me. I’m trying to make up for it.” Raphael sighed. “I’m going to make some tea. Would you like some?” “Sure. Thanks.” Raphael got up and went into the kitchen. I stared down at the pile of tissues in my lap. I was angry with myself and felt horrible for not taking care of my child properly. Guilt swamping my mind, I didn’t notice Raphael’s return until a steaming mug was thrust beneath my nose. “Here. I put in extra sugar.” “Thanks, Raphael.” We sat in silence for a while, me sniffing and sipping, Raphael draining his lukewarm cup in a few gulps. Finally, Raphael said that he still needed to catch a minyan for ma’ariv. “Will you be okay?” he asked, slipping on his jacket. “I should be back in half an hour.” “Yup,” I said, dumping tissues into the nearby trashcan. “Don’t worry about me. I’m going to get some school work done.” But after Raphael left I remained sitting on the couch, replaying in my mind the scene of Yehuda falling and all the events that had followed. Then I called Mrs. Isenheart, seeking words of comfort. I got them, but after we said good-night and hung up, I still felt sick with guilt. “Don’t blame yourself so much,”

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I heard Raizy take a deep breathe. “Well, no not really.” “What’s wrong?” Alarmed, I closed my other ear to block out Yehuda’s babbling. He was sitting in his high chair, eating his favorite bed-time snack: cheerios. “Is there anything I can do to help?” Raizy gave a small laugh. “No, Mrs. Marks. I’m just not really feeling up to studying tonight.” There was a pause. “You see, my sister’s getting engaged.” “Mazal Tov!” I said, delighted. “That’s so exciting!” Then I realized what that meant. “Oh, Raizy. That must be really hard for you.” Raizy’s sister was the surrogate mother of the family, since their mother had passed away over a year before. Her getting engaged and moving out couldn’t be easy for Raizy. “I’m happy for her,” Raizy said. “It’ll just be really different ….” Her voice trailed off. “Raizy, it’s okay to feel sad about it,” I told her. “This will be hard on all of you, and it will take some getting used to.” “Yeah. I just feel bad that I’m not fully sharing in her simcha, you know?” Raizy gave a little laugh. “Baruch Hashem, she’s engaged, and here I am feeling sorry for myself.” I shrugged. “Raizy, I’d be worried about you if you didn’t feel that way. It’s perfectly normal to be happy and sad right now. It’ll feel like that for a while.” Raizy sighed. “It’s gonna be such a weird wedding.” I hesitated, then said, “Raizy, did you know that the neshamos of those who’ve passed away come to the chupah?” Raizy was silent for a moment. Then she said, “It’s not the same.” “No,” I agreed. “It’s not. But it’s something.” Yehuda started kvetching. I winced, grabbing a spoon and handing it to him. He started banging away on the high chair. It only slightly masked the sound of Raizy blowing her nose

over the phone. “Raizy, would you like me to bake something for the vort? A cake or cookies?” Raizy gave a laugh. “Mrs. Marks, you’re incredible. But don’t worry about it – we’ll be fine.” I made a skeptical noise. “If you’re sure.” “I’ll let you know if we need help,” Raizy promised. “Thanks, Mrs. Marks. I feel better now.” “I’m glad.” I handed Yehuda his sippy cup. “I have to go put my son to sleep, but call me if you need anything alright? I’ll see you tomorrow.” “Thanks so much, Mrs. Marks. Have a great night.” “You too.” I hung up and took Yehuda out of the highchair. I buckled him in carefully and began wheeling to his room. “What are we going to do when you start walking?” I asked him. All the potential challenges of that stage loomed over me. Having to chase after him, not being able to reach him if he fell, not knowing where he went. Sure, his crawling hadn’t gotten him into too much trouble, but walking was a whole different level. But I knew what Mrs. Isenheart would tell me. Change my frame of mind. Every mother had these things to worry about. I just had to put my trust in Hashem more. And look at all the positives: Baruch Hashem, Yehuda was developing normally. Baruch Hashem, I had these challenges. Baruch Hashem, I had a son. My gaze dropped to Yehuda’s bandaged forehead. So little, and already he’d had to get stitches. The guilt throbbed at me again, but I squeezed it out into a hug. Yehuda gave me a toothy smile in return. I had decided what my attitude would be years ago. I wasn’t going to change it in the face of new challenges. I knew how I would move forward: I would focus on the good enveloping me, instead of dwelling for long on the difficulties. My legs shouldn’t affect my ability to smile.



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Truths about Kids


By Rivki D. Rosenwald Esq., MFT, CLC

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here are certain repetitive truths we cannot get away from. Driving with kids. What did that just do to you? Did you break out in a sweat, did your temples start pounding? Did you have a gut-level reaction? How about a thought or a memory of the kvetching, fighting, and boredom? Did you think of that age-old question, recited as you are pulling out of the driveway, “Are we there yet?” Like, seriously, do they not recognize your own garage?! What about visits to the doctor with our kids? What does that thought do to you? There are two truly rotten experiences that come up for most: 1) Being the new parent and feeling the guilt of them trusting you while simultaneously holding them down for a shot; or 2) When you move onto being the parent of an older kid who doesn’t trust you because they are getting a shot and you are actually letting them! How about parent-teachers night?! There are a few commons experiences here, as well: 1) for the

parents who know they’ve got a born achiever, well, they have the joy of having it reiterated meeting after meeting. Bless you, if you’re one of those; or 2) the parent of a child with strengths and weaknesses. They go through a night of “the thrill of victo-

school! Should we talk about asking a kid to clean their room?! Talk about threatening an already potentially shaky relationship. This is simply not a skill that comes on the packaging when kids are born. Making

Cleaning a mess? Well, that’s like batteries not included!

ry and agony of defeat”; and 3) then there is the unique and dreaded experience of the parent of the kid who, shall we say, has places they shine so much more so than in school. These parents enter the hallowed halls of the institution with trepidation and the same emotion as their kids; that is to say, there are places they’d rather be so much more so than in the

a mess? Check! Cleaning a mess? Well, that’s like batteries – not included! Of course, preschools have the right idea: sing a song as you pick up the mess and the kids are prancing the room, cleaning, and washing, and shelving with glee. But as they say with knife or fire demos, don’t try this at home! Oh, sure it works for a little while when they’re around two-

or three-years-old, but soon after that they seem to become somewhat tone-deaf. Are some of these truths resonating with you?! If not, I’m just going to assume you are single or have a child under the age of 6 months or are possibly living in denial! OK, granted, it could be that you gave birth to an angel or have uniquely honed parenting skills, though, I wouldn’t go shouting that from a rooftop. Too many struggling people would want to throttle you! The bottom line is that most people have some challenges raising their kids. But the reality is that the experience can actually raise you! After all, we sometimes struggle through these truths. But how we are as we navigate them is the most important truth to find!

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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could exclude a whopping $20 per month of income for expenses related to riding your bike to work, so long as you weren’t getting other pretax transit benefits. That’s not a whole lot of benefit for bike commuters. Granted, most bikes aren’t that expensive — but cyclists face far bigger dangers than taxes, in the form of road-hogging trucks and

of impact. Of course, the bill keeps the tax subsidies for car commuters that cost the Treasury 8.6$ billion per year — and contribute to the six tons of carbon the average vehicle pumps into the atmosphere every year as well! Here’s another minuscule transportation-related change that wasn’t

That’s a rounding error, at best, for a bill with trillions of dollars of impact.

SUVs who can run them over without even seeing them. Section 11047 of the Act lets the air out of the “qualified bicycle commuting reimbursement” for tax years beginning after December 31, 2017 and before January 1, 2026. And how much will derailing this break save the Treasury? A million dollars. A whole million dollars a year in new revenue. That’s a rounding error, at best, for a bill with trillions of dollars

buried quite so deep in the act’s fine print and so attracted a bit more attention. Under the old law, Code Section 4261 imposed a 7.5% ticket tax on payments to aircraft service management companies that help private plane owners with chores like scheduling, flight planning, and weather forecasting. The purpose of the tax was to replace revenue the Treasury loses by not charging private aviation passengers a ticket tax.

Section 13822 of the Act eliminates those taxes under the rationale that aircraft management services shouldn’t pay the ticket tax because they don’t sell tickets. Plenty of observers cried foul at the fat cat jet owners getting another tax break. But the provision’s primary sponsor was Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, who is nobody’s idea of a pawn of the rich. And the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation estimates that grounding the tax will cost the Treasury less than $500,000 per year. Paying the least amount of tax obviously means starting with bigger questions like choosing the right entity for your business. But this week’s story shows that, whether your ride to work is a Schwinn or a Cessna, there’s always an opportunity for planning. So call us when you’re ready to save. We don’t care how you get to our office ... we just want to see you do it! Allan J Rolnick is a CPA who has been in practice for over 30 years in Queens, NY. He welcomes your comments and can be reached at 718-896-8715 or at

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hen you think of “federal crime,” you probably think of big-ticket offenses like mail fraud, identity theft, and tax evasion. But our criminal code is also full of, shall we say, lesser offenses. For example, according to the Crime a Day twitter feed, “18 USC §1854 makes it a federal crime to cut, chip, or chop a government-owned tree to get turpentine out of it.” 7 USC §8313 “makes it a federal crime to bring an imported camel’s blanket into the United States without the permission of the port inspector.” And 8 USC §1865 “makes it a federal crime to roller skate in Alaska’s Sitka National Historical Park.” Our Internal Revenue Code similarly focuses most of its attention on core questions like brackets, rates, standard deductions, and personal credits. But the tax code’s 70,000 pages include their fair share of lesser provisions, too. And the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that just passed includes a couple that might sound like the tax equivalent of sneaking a smelly camel’s blanket in under a port inspector’s nose. Here’s one that just seems petty and mean. Under the old law, you

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Parve Blueberry Cheesecakes (Mini) What You Will Need:


¾ cup gluten -free graham cracker crumbs 2 Tbl. margarine, melted 1 cup Tofutti plain cream cheese (or regular cream cheese, for dairy version) 2 Tbl.fresh lemon juice 2 large egg whites 1 ½ tsp. vanilla ½ cup sugar ¾ cup gf blueberry pie filling (or whatever fruit you like)

Place 12 cupcake liners into a cupcake pan. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. 1. In a small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and margarine. Mix well. Spoon 1 Tbl. of crumb mixture into bottom of each liner and press down gently. Refrigerate until ready to use. 2. In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add lemon juice, egg whites, vanilla, and sugar. Beat until smooth. 3. Spoon cream cheese mixture evenly into cupcake liners; bake until set, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. 4. Top each cheesecake with 1 Tbl. blueberry pie filling. Enjoy!

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Garlic Ginger Slow Cooker Pot Roast Something magical happens when this dish cooks for a long time—the meat becomes fragrant and the garlic becomes caramelized and sweet. In a nod to our Aunt Beatrice, a”h we add gingersnaps* to help thicken the gravy and add a savory twang.



2 large onions, chopped 6 garlic cloves, chopped 1 cup dark beer 2 cups beef stock, chicken broth or part dry red wine 1 cup crumbled gingersnaps optional: carrots, fennel, parsnip, sweet or white potatoes cut into chunks

Green Beans with Lemon and Toasted Walnuts Ingredients:

2 pounds fresh or frozen green beans, ends trimmed 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon prepared Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon salt 1 lemon, zested and juiced 1 cup chicken or vegetable stock ½ cup walnuts, broken


1. In a heavy large skillet over medium high heat, toss the walnuts, stirring constantly until fragrant, 5-8 minutes. Watch carefully to prevent them from burning. Remove from pan and set aside to cool. Wipe out the pan. 2. Prepare a large bowl of water with ice. 3. Cook beans either in the microwave with a bit of water, or on the stovetop (steam or boil) until barely tender but still crisp, about 3 minutes. Immediately plunge beans into the ice water bath to stop cooking and preserve their bright color. 4. In the skillet over medium high heat, add the oil, mustard, salt, lemon zest, lemon juice, and stock and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove the beans by handfuls from water bath, shake off excess water and add to the skillet. Heat until beans are cooked through, about 3-4 minutes. 5. Just before serving top beans with the walnuts and serve warm or at room temperature. Makes 8-10 servings | Make ahead: May be made several hours ahead and kept at room temperature until serving. Beans will keep for 3 days covered RubyLaskerDesigns in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature or warm gently. Reserve walnuts to add just before serving.

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1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Place 22 cloves of the garlic and 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in an ovenproof pot with tight fitting lid. Place pot in oven to cook for 40 minutes. Remove and set aside until step 5. 2. In a refrigerator container or sealable bag large enough to hold the roast, place the chopped garlic, sugar, 2 more tablespoons of the olive oil, vinegar and 2 tablespoons of the tomato paste. Stir well and add the roast, turning it to coat on all sides. Seal bowl or bag and marinate for at least 3 hours or overnight in the refrigerator. 3. Place a large frying pan over medium heat. Lightly coat the bottom of the pan with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Remove the roast from the marinade and pat dry. Discard the marinade. Lightly season the roast with salt and pepper. Brown the meat on all sides, about 7 minutes per side. 4. Place the roast and collected juices to the slow cooker. Do not clean the pan. Turn slow cooker to high. 5. To the drippings in the frying pan add the rest of the olive oil and the onions and cook until onions brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the chopped garlic and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until fragrant; do not let the garlic brown. Add the beer, scraping up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon or spatula. Transfer the mixture to the slow cooker. 6. Stir in the roasted garlic, the stock, gingersnaps, remaining tomato paste and vegetables if using. Cover and cook on high until the roast is pierced easily with a fork, about 7 to 8 hours. 7. Remove the roast from the slow cooker and keep warm. Cut into large chunks, return to the gravy to serve, or serve warm the gravy on the side. Make Ahead: The roast can be stored, covered, in the refrigerator for 3 days, or frozen for 1 month. Thaw before reheating. To reheat, place the meat and gravy in a large pot. Cover and cook on low heat until heated through. *store-bought gingersnaps are fine but often dairy. Perfect are pareve Gingerdoodles, recipe on

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1/2 cup olive oil, divided 26 cloves garlic, peeled, 22 whole and 4 finely chopped 1/4 cup brown sugar, honey or date syrup 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar 6 tablespoons tomato paste, divided 1 (3- to 5-pound) chuck roast, fat trimmed 2 teaspoons coarse sea or kosher salt 1 teaspoon black pepper


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