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Pimlico Race Course Clubhouse Parking Lot See Driving Directions Below

Monday, April 10, 2017 6:30 - 11:30 am

4. Make the next right at Maple Avenue, into the Pimlico Parking Lot.

This event is also sponsored in memory of Mrs. Ruth Miller v”g. Project Ezra


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Project Ezra of Greater Baltimore, Inc. is dedicated in memory of M. Leo Storch vwwg. The Chesed Fund Limited is dedicated in memory of Mordechai & Rebecca Kapiloff vwwg, Dr. Bernard Kapiloff vwwg and Rabbi Norman & Louise Gerstenfeld vwwg. Of Baltimore

BULK TRASH, such as furniture, appliances, etc., WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Food garbage can be placed in our dumpsters.

3. Make a left at the next light, onto Hayward Avenue.

PLEASE RECYCLE – Designated dumpsters will be available.

2. Proceed through the intersection at Northern Parkway, and continue through the intersection at West Rogers Avenue.

CLOSED CANS AND BOTTLES can explode when placed in the fire. You must put them in the provided dumpsters.

1. Head southeast down Park Heights Avenue, passing the Park Heights JCC on your right.

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FOOD TRASH ONLY! Please be considerate; burn chometz, not plastic. If you wish to burn wrapped chometz, wrap it in paper bags - not plastic, not styrofoam, not aluminum foil. When plastic burns, it releases toxins which harm those present and the environment.

FOOD DONATION DRIVE – Non-perishable items will be collected for distribution in the Southern Park Heights community. Approved by Rabbi Moshe Heinemann.

Easy Directions to Pimlico Race Course Clubhouse Parking Lot:


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JEWISH THOUGHT Rabbi Zvi Teichman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Rabbi Shmuel Silber. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Rabbi Motty Rabinowitz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Asleep at the Seder Table. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

PEOPLE Addressing the Issue of General Studies Teachers in Yeshivos. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 The Road to SinglePayer Health Care. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 BizWiz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

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

JEWISH LIFE 613 Seconds with Tzvi Moskowitz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 The Battle of Abu Ageila. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Dating Dialogue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 The Wheat Merchant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Health & Fitness. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Rich as Rockefeller. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Mental Health Corner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 I, Robot. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Gluten Free Recipe Column. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Cooking for the King. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71

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Dear Readers, With the arrival of Shabbos Hagadol, the majestic feeling of the seder is starting to settle in. Sure there’s all the cleaning, scrubbing and nerves, but just beyond the horizon is the feeling of freedom that each of us will feel as we sit by the seder surrounded by family and guests recounting our humble origins, subsequent suffering, and finally, redemption. We will recount in great detail how Hakadosh Baruch Hu took us out of Egypt, made us a nation, and gave us the Torah and mitzvoth. Many of us will probably discuss other parts of our mostly troubled history. The building of the Beit Hamikdash in Jerusalem, its destruction, rebuilding, and destruction again, scattering us across the corners of the globe. All this storytelling really causes our past to come alive. Indeed, beginning the first day of Nisan we remember the presents brought by the heads of the tribes in honor of the building of the Mishkan. Think about it: for thousands of years we have remembered what seems to be a onetime and obscure event, saying a special prayer and connecting with our ancestors back in the desert. One cannot speak about Pesach without mentioning our origins as one nation. Our source is as one people. Yes there were 12 different tribes, but differences were there to complement each other. Today’s attitude of “Is he one of us?” or “Did you hear what they did?” is a cover up of the Jew inside and the collective soul we all come from. When we see another Yid, we should

reach into ourselves and find the point where they become our brother and part of our family. And just as a parent’s deepest joy is when the children are getting along, sharing and happy for each other. So too our Father in Heaven’s greatest pleasure is when we accept each other, respect each other and -- shall I say -- even love each other. We can then turn around to our Creator and ask, beseech and even demand that (as we say in the blessing over the second cup): “King of the universe, who has redeemed us and redeemed our fathers from Egypt, and enabled us to attain this night to eat matzah and maror. So too, G-d, our G-d and G-d of our fathers, enable us to attain other holidays and festivals that will come to us in peace with happiness in the rebuilding of Your city, and with rejoicing in Your service [in the Bet Hamikdash]… and we shall thank You with a new song for our redemption and for the deliverance of our souls. Blessed are You, G-d, who redeemed Israel.” (Interestingly, there are many Halachik authorities who are of the opinion that we will recite a similar blessing on the anniversary of our future redemption.) May we merit the fulfilment of the statement in Rosh Hashanah 11a: “In [the month of] Nisan our forefathers were redeemed from Egypt and in [the month of] Nisan we will be redeemed in the future.” With blessings for a happy, healthy and joyous Pesach!


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s in years past, the talmidim of Yeshivas Kochav Yitzchok/ Torah Institute of Baltimore will participate in a Learn-A-Thon over the Pesach break, raising money for Ahavas Yisrael Charity Fund. Under the leadership of 5th grade Rebbi, Rabbi Moshe Juravel, past Learn-A-Thons have brought in thousands of dollars of tzedakah, and have inspired countless hours of Limud HaTorah. Success breeds success, and other local schools have

First, it strengthens Klal Yisrael’s Limud HaTorah at a time when all yeshivos are in recess. And second, the money that is raised helps the Baltimore community provide those in need with matzah, wine for the sedarim, and other Pesach necessities. Like only he can do, Rabbi Brull brought these ideas to life by sharing two inspiring stories, both of which he personally witnessed. In addition to giving structure to Bein HaZemanim, the Learn-AThon teaches its participants the in-

also adopted similar programs. To formally launch this year’s Learn-A-Thon, Rabbi Boruch Brull, Executive Director of Ahavas Yisrael, addressed the nearly 500 talmidim at the Cheder, impressing upon them the beauty of synthesizing Limud Torah and tzedakah. Rabbi Brull stressed that participating in the program provides two great benefits.

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e wasn’t asking for more than what is already offered to other Baltimore City residents, when Yitzy Schleifer approached city officials about eliminating most of the fees associated with the Harry A. & Lillan Frid (a”h) Annual Baltimore Chametz Burning, an event also sponsored in memory of Mrs. Ruth Miller (a”h). Thousands of local residents bring their chametz to the Pimlico Race Track for biur chametz on Erev Pesach, an event which was launched a few decades ago by Bert Miller at the Cross Country fire station. As the community grew, so did the amount of chametz being burned, and the event became larger, more organized, and with significant safety precautions added. But with that came a higher price tag; in recent years, it has cost the community around $15,000 for the annual event. Each family participating was encouraged to contribute $5 to off-set fees, such as the dumpsters and the police presence at the event, and private donors gave more significant amounts to cover the costs. After his recent election, Councilman Yitzy Schleifer was determined to get these costs waived, and he succeeded in getting close to $10,000 in chametz burning related fees eliminat-

ed this year. “It bothered me that the Jewish community was paying for these dumpsters when anyone in the city can call and get a free dumpster for a day – for their spring cleaning or other needs,” said Schleifer. He explained, “A while back, the city implemented the free dumpster program throughout the year as an effort to keep people from placing large amounts of garbage in alleys or local lots. But if everyone in our city could get a dumpster free for a day, why should the Jewish community be paying for that same city service?” Likewise with the police, he logically pointed out. Police presence is free for most, if not all, major community events held in Baltimore because of the safety and security needs of the public. Why was the Jewish community paying for that service at this annual event? The city police agreed, offering to comply with the councilman’s request for free police protection for the event. “I know that $5 donated towards chametz burning in the past doesn’t seem like a lot, but Pesach is very expensive and every dollar makes a difference,” said Jack Rothstein, a community resident who has been attending the chametz burning event

for years. “As a strong advocate who cares how our tax dollars are being spent, Yitzy understood that we shouldn’t be paying for city services that are provided to others for free.”The chametz burning became a larger event partially due to changes in the city’s  garbage collection process. When garbage pick-up was changed from twice to once a week, people couldn’t be sure their chametz would be picked up before Pesach. This increased the participation in the chametz burning program. Fortunately, Project Ezra/The Chesed Fund stepped up and began huge organizational, logistical, and promotional efforts, turning this into a massive wellrun annual event. Explained Frank Storch, “While Councilman Yitzy Schleifer was able

to the chinuch of the talmidim. Each boy was then called up individually, and received his own siddur, to the encouraging sound of applause. The talmidim were clearly thrilled by the spotlight that was shone upon their

milestone. After the formal part of the program, the talmidim and their families enjoyed refreshments. All in all, this was a

to arrange for most of this year’s costs on the community to be eliminated, there are still some charges issued by the city and other related costs. So we launched a campaign asking local business owners to sponsor this event to cover those fees. We are grateful to the businesses that stepped up, and hope others join us in getting rid of the costs of this event as eagerly as they are ridding their homes of chametz.” The community is encouraged to show appreciation to the volunteers, police, firemen, and any city officials who may be present at the chametz burning, to thank them for their cooperation and support. And please remember to make a Kiddush Hashem by following all the guidelines posted on site regarding parking, what items can be burned, and where it is safe to stand. Reminder: The chametz burning will be held on  Monday, April 10, 2017 from 6:30-11:30 a.m. A food donation drive for unopened food will be collected at the event by Park Heights Renaissance and Neighbors United (approved by Rabbi Moshe Heinemann), to help the less fortunate in our city.

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his past week the children in Yeshivas Kochav Yitzchok/Torah Institute’s four Pre1A classes celebrated the momentous occasion of receiving their first siddurim! In honor of the occasion, each class put on a siddur play that highlighted the significance of tefillah. Proud parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and siblings watched the delightful songs and performances. Each of the celebrations was addressed by Rabbi Shimon Hirsch or Rabbi Nosson Adlin, who shared divrei bracha with the boys and attendees, and praised the Moros for their dedication

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BOOST Scholarship Program Renewed For A Second Year; Nonpublic Schools To Receive Record Level Of Funding By: Rabbi Ariel Sadwin, Mid-Atlantic Region Director, Agudath Israel of America Cohn


ith the 2017 session of the Maryland General Assembly nearing completion, the Legislature spent considerable time this week finalizing the state’s FY18 budget. Nonpublic schools fared well despite a session of highs and lows as the cherished funding programs became the target for increased opposition and hostility. In the end, the BOOST (Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today) Scholarship program received additional funds, enabling more children to receive a nonpublic school education, while also providing renewal scholarships to every student who received one in the program’s first year. The initial proposal in Governor Larry Hogan’s budget was to increase BOOST funding for the 2017-2018 school year from $5 million to $7 million, as part of his three year proposal to eventually double the program. That funding was struck from the budget by the House of Delegates leaving only $2 million for the program and only allowing students who transferred from public school to utilize the scholarships, but the program and funding was upheld in its entirety by the Senate. In the budget reconciliation process that took place earlier this week, a compromise was reached to increase the funding to $5.5 million and to add a few tweaks to the program’s guidelines. This result provides welcomed assurances to the Jewish day school community that its parent body will once again see a benefit of over $1 million in tuition relief. In addition to the BOOST funding increase, the state’s nonpublic school textbook/technology program and the school construction grant program were funded at last year’s levels thus securing a record level of state funding to nonpublic schools for the second consecutive year. With the 2017 session of the Maryland General Assembly nearing completion, the Legislature spent considerable time this week final-

Rabbi Ariel Sadwin introducing Maryland Governor Larry Hogan at a recent rally in Annapolis

izing the state’s FY18 budget. Nonpublic schools fared well despite a session of highs and lows as the cherished funding programs became the target for increased opposition and hostility. In the end, the BOOST (Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today) Scholarship program received additional funds, enabling more children to receive a nonpublic school education, while also providing renewal scholarships to every student who received one in the program’s first year. The initial proposal in Governor Larry Hogan’s budget was to increase BOOST funding for the 2017-2018 school year from $5 million to $7 million, as part of his three year proposal to eventually double the program. That funding was struck from the budget by the House of Delegates leaving only $2 million for the program and only allowing students who transferred from public school to utilize the scholarships, but the program and funding was upheld in its entirety by the Senate. In the budget reconciliation process that took place earlier this week, a compromise was reached to increase the funding to $5.5 million and to add a few tweaks to the program’s guidelines. This result provides welcomed assurances to the Jewish day school community that its parent body will once again see a benefit of over $1 million in tuition relief. In addition to the BOOST funding increase, the state’s nonpublic school textbook/technology program and the school construction grant program were funded at last year’s levels thus securing a record level of state funding to nonpublic schools for the second consecutive year.


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ongregation Tiferes Yisroel (known as Rabbi Goldberger’s shul) celebrated their 31st Anniversary celebration with a concert featuring Eitan Katz on Sunday, March 19th. This year, TY honored longtime shul members Stuart and Esther Macklin, who will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in September, and have been prominent TY members for 30 years. The Jewish Leadership Award was presented to Mordecai Zev Margolese, Binny and Brocha Margolese, and Mo and Shaina Margolese for their many years of unparalleled commitment and dedicated service to the Baltimore Jewish community. Baruch Hashem, due to the success of TY’s “72K in 1DAY,” a CauseMatch campaign that raised over $100,000 for the shul, the concert was on the house; the Macklin and Margolese families were joined by hundreds of family

and friends, members of the TY kehilla, and of the Baltimore Jewish community. After a brief awards ceremony, Eitan Katz put on a spectacular performance. About midway through the show, he was joined by both Rabbi Menachem Goldberger and his son, Rabbi Yehuda Leib Goldberger, for a few niggunim. Nossi Gross and members of his Zemer Orchestra also accompanied the band. Eitan “rocked the house” with an assortment of uplifting and inspiring niggunim, bringing the Greengate Jewish Center crowd of over 800 to their feet. It was a truly inspiring evening, and a good time was had by all! Yasher koach to Stuart and Esther Macklin, Mordecai Zev Margolese, Binny and Brocha Margolese, and Mo and Shaina Margolese. A special thank you and yasher koach to Rebbetzin Bracha Goldberger, who worked tirelessly to organize the entire event, including both the CauseMatch campaign and the Anniversary Concert.



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We are excited to announce the second annual

Community Chametz Burning Monday, April 10th, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m at Kemp Mill Synagogue, 11910 Kemp Mill Road Firefighters from the Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service and the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad will be on hand to display their firefighting and EMS equipment including a fire truck and ambulance. Fire safety materials will also be distributed. Important Instructions: Please only bring pieces of Chametz wrapped in paper bags or napkins. Aluminum foil and plastic wrapping and rubber will not be allowed in the fire.

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Larger Chametz items should be disposed of in another manner. If you burn your Chametz at home, please follow these safety precautions. Chametz should only be burned in the presence of adults. Make sure children are not standing too close to the fire. While the fire is burning, never add flammable materials to cause the fire to flare up, such as gasoline or lighter fluid. When the Chametz has finished burning, do not pour the remnants of the fire into the trash. Be aware of weather and wind conditions, mulch and other flammable landscaping materials. Supervise children closely at all times! If possible, create a buddy system when an older child is placed with a younger child.




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What schools did you go to? I attended TA from nursery through 12th grade. I went on to learn in Carteret, NJ and then the Mir for a year. What shul do you belong to? I have been a member of Shomrei Emunah for 3 years now and I have joined Lev Shlomo as well. What do you like most about the Baltimore Jewish Community? Four months ago, I would have said very plainly that the community

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for him but he wanted to do it to help those children of Chai Lifeline have a at least some sort of happiness. I decided that if Moshe was able to do it at 13 years old I can do it at 24. Team Moshe was formed. Team Moshe consists of family and other riders who helped Moshe train for the ride last summer. How did you get into the insurance business? When I came back from Israel, I was in college and looking for an internship. I ended up landing a job in an insurance agency where I B”H became successful. Tell us about your business?  I am currently a partner, with Yaakov Schmell, in the Allstate – Harbour Insurance Group. I am in the business of helping to make sure that people are protected when life throws them curveballs. We strive to make sure that each customer understands the value and importance of insurance.

In addition, I recently opened Voyage Realty, which is in its baby stages of a real estate investment company. Anything else you’d like to share with our 10,000+ readers? Being that I am in an open forum now, on behalf of my entire family, THANK YOU from the depths of our hearts. As I said earlier we couldn’t have gotten to this point without the help of the entire community.

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is great and moved on. After the accident that my mother and brother were in, I have a new outlook on this community. The people in this community did things that were just beyond comprehension. It makes the phrase, “Mi Ke’amcha Yisroel” gain new meaning. Whether it was making dinner every night for our family, driving to Washington D.C. to make sure we had everything in the hospital we needed, or just making sure that we are ok. This community is absolutely AMAZING! The way that the community united in t’filla and chesed shows what a special community we have and makes me so proud to be part of it.





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New Chai Lifeline Mid-Atlantic Hits The Ground Running For Avi Greenlinger, it was person“When someone in your own immediate circle is affected by a pediatric illness, it becomes so surreal,” Greenlinger recounts. “For me it was Coby, an 11-year-old child and youngest son of my business partner.” Coby has been battling an aggressive brain tumor for more than 2 years now. When Coby was diagnosed in late 2014, there was no Chai Lifeline regional office in the Baltimore area. With the passion of Coby’s mom, Greenlinger, and several others, they were finally able to open the Chai Lifeline Mid-Atlantic Region in January 2016. Chai Lifeline has been an established presence in the Jewish community for thirty years, working to enhance the lives of children with serious illnesses and their families. Although they are best known as a cancer support organization, they help children suffering from any life-threatening illness, as well as those who have serious chronic or genetic conditions.  “While many of our local families have benefited from these programs and services,” Greenlinger explains, “there was no grassroots or on-the-

cessfully opened other local branches across the country and internationally. Each of these branches have their own board of directors and are ultimately expected to raise the necessary funds to sustain their own local programming. Mr. Greenlinger was appointed chairman of the board for the new Mid-Atlantic region, and assembled a board with members encompassing a wide swath of the Jewish community, including business leaders, medical professionals, and Rabbinical guidance provided by Rabbi Moshe Hauer of Congregation Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion. “Our board has met quite frequently over the past year,” says Greenlinger. “Our focus is on raising the funds for regional programing and providing financial oversite of the region’s day to day operations.” Although the Mid-Atlantic office is just over 1 year old, it has already hit the ground running. This is largely due to the efforts of Tzvi Haber, the region’s director of programming and volunteer services and Rivvky Flamm, an experienced social worker who has been serving as the region’s devoted case manager.

ground presence in our area that catered directly to the daily unique needs and challenges of sick children and their families.” In past years, Chai Lifeline suc-

“We now have a network of over 170 volunteers who are always available to help on a moment’s notice,” Haber relays. “So far, our regional office is al-


ready providing services to over 150 local families, and unfortunately the need goes up almost daily,” says Flamm. Programming is centered out of the regional office at 600 Reisterstown Road. Walking in to the office on a seemingly random Wednesday evening, one can find a group of ten Chai Lifeline children and volunteers playing games, laughing, and sharing it all through a Facebook live feed with their friends. When asked to elaborate on their programing, Haber’s face lights up with excitement recalling the events of the past year. “For Chanukah we had the Illuminations party at The Loft in downtown Washington, DC. On Purim, some of the other regions threw parties in local shuls or schools, but we had to do better. Our region’s families spent the afternoon at the Purim Regional Ball at the Cloisters Castle.” Chai Lifeline volunteers and staff are a new and welcome presence on the wards of local hospitals, raising spirits by throwing “chemo parties” and events including a “silent rave” DJ party where all participants wear wireless headphones. Flamm and Haber were also instrumental in organizing what they hope to be the first of many education seminars for hospital staff, providing   education regarding the specific cultural needs of their Jewish patients. They recently hosted an event where over 50 Johns Hopkins social workers attended a workshop on the various intricacies and sensitivities of the Jewish community at large and in Baltimore specifically. In the past few months alone, Haber says many new programs have kicked off. “Our region just launched Simcha University, an ingenious program that aims to empower and educate children with long-term illnesses, both homebound and hospital-bound,” says Haber. “We have also deployed over 100 SuperSib matches, nearly one-

third of the national organization’s matchups. Our “Chai.Heart” initiative provides year-round strength and complimentary support for bereaved families dealing with the recent loss of a child.” “All of the region’s early success is outstanding, and we owe it all to Tzvi, Rivky, and our amazing volunteers,” says Greenlinger. “Being involved with Chai Lifeline has been the most humbling experience for me. I have witnessed the huge impact and hope that we are able to provide many families that are experiencing illness. The commitment that no family should have to deal with illness alone is the top priority. This organization is like no other that I have been involved with before.” “But,” Greenlinger continues, “while we are part of a national organization, our local programming and services are our region’s responsibility.” “Many people in our region are already generous donors, sponsoring friends and family members taking part in Bike4Chai or other national events.These large fundraisers are important for Chai Lifeline International which runs the national programing such as Camp Simcha and Camp Simcha Special, many of which benefit children and families in our region but not on a day-to-day basis. Money raised through direct donations and events in our region, such as the upcoming Trivia Panoply, provide direct services to children and families in our region. “Much of the programming is volunteer driven, but there are also large expenses involved. In order to keep our regional office open and servicing our friends and family in need, it is our obligation to raise the funds for Chai Lifeline Mid-Atlantic,” says Greenlinger. “Until a cure is found for Coby and all children with serious illness, Chai Lifeline Mid-Atlantic will be there to support these children and their families through whatever lies ahead.”



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Who are Israel’s 400 Richest? The Israeli Finance Ministry has published a study that profiles the typical Israeli “mega rich” citizen. In Israel, there is a club of about 400 people who pull in 2.9% of the country’s income each year. That’s a lot of shekels. The typical profile of the mega-rich is a 56-year-old man living in Tel Aviv with an income of NIS 36.8 million ($10.1 million) per year. The average salary of the mega-rich is 290 times higher than the average Israeli income of NIS 126,900 ($34,955). The mega-rich before-taxes income is NIS 60 million ($16.5 million) per year. Of those on the list (whose names were not published), 80% live in central Israel, with 53% living in Tel Aviv. Only 11% of them are women. Although in Israel the average woman’s annual income is 65% less than her male counterpart, among the super-rich, women made only 12% less. Among the rest of the Israeli population, 93.2% of annual earnings come from salary, business or pension; the top 400 earners in the country see only 8.2% of their income from those sources. The remaining 91.8% comes from financial investments and capital gains. In order to be a “member” of the elite club, a minimum annual income of NIS 10.5 million ($ 2.8 million) was needed. The data was provided by the Israeli Tax Authority, the Israeli version of the IRS.

New Bill to Cut Terrorist “Salaries” A new bill has been drafted in the Knesset to stop Israeli funds from en-

tering the pockets of terrorists. The bill is set to prevent the payment of terrorists’ families coming indirectly from Israeli money. A large amount of the Palestinian Authority’s budget comes from Israel. When families of terrorists are paid by the PA, it is as if Israel is paying them – albeit indirectly. In 2016, the PA paid approximately NIS 1.1 billion to fami-

lies of terrorists. The new bill proposes cutting that amount from Israel’s contribution to their budget. As funding terrorists is a violation of the Oslo Accords and the Israeli payments to the PA are based on the Paris Agreement – which is the economic annex to the Oslo Accords – the two are connected. “Payments made by the PA to terrorists are not only inciting but also an incentive for terrorist activities,” said MK Stern, who is leading the bill. “It’s a real temptation to murder Jews, and it is our duty to stop this madness immediately.” The current salary – paid for by the PA – for a terrorist that is imprisoned is up to five times higher than the average Palestinian salary. Here is a list of the compensation that is given to Palestinians who are imprisoned by Israeli authorities for terrorist activities: 0 – 3 year sentence: NIS 1,400 a month. 3 – 5 year sentence: NIS 2,000 a month. 5 – 10 year sentence: NIS 4,000 a month. 10 – 15 year sentence: NIS 6,000 a month. 15 – 20 year sentence: NIS 7,000 a month. 20 – 25 year sentence: NIS 8,000 a month. 25 – 30 year sentence: NIS 10,000 a month.

30 year sentence and higher: NIS 12,000 a month. Terrorists get the message loud and clear from the PA: terrorism literally pays.

Himmler/Grand Mufti Telegram

Buried deep in the archives of Israel’s National Library is a telegram from Heinrich Himmler addressing the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem which was recently rediscovered in the archives of the Library. The murderous deputy to Adolf Hitler was in touch with Haj Amin al-Husseini to assure him that the German Reich will support the Arabs of Palestine in their fight against the “Jewish intruders” who were plaguing them. Himmler outlines in his telegram that the German National Socialists considered their struggle with the Jews of the world a primary principle and have always had a “particular sympathy for the struggle of the freedom-loving Arabs” battling the Jews in Palestine. The half-page telegram ends with warm regards, a noting of the “unhappy” anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, and wishing the Grand Mufti luck in the continuation of his struggle. The Grand Mufti met with Adolf Hitler for 90 minutes in Berlin in 1941. When they met, both men still believed that Germany would win the war. They reportedly discussed how the Arabs would play a role in that victory.

Israel to Cut UN Funding Again Israel will be cutting its payments to the United Nations by $2 million in light of the UN’s recent “anti-Israel” votes. Emmanuel Nahshon, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, said the decision was made to reduce the annual payments after the Human Rights Council showed “obsessional discrimination against Israel on the part of the United Nations and its agencies.” All of the 193 UN member nations are required to pay a percentage of the United Nations’ regular budget based on their individual GDP. Israel is expected to pay $11 million, which is .43 percent of the budget. Under article 19 of the UN Charter, any country that does not pay their dues fully can lose its vote in the General Assembly.   The money that is withheld from the UN will be used for development projects in countries that support Israel in international organizations. Israel had already cut $6 million from its $11.7 UN budget in December after the Security Council passed a resolution condemning Israel’s settlement building in the occupied Palestinian territories. Last week, a United Nations “rights expert” condemned Israel’s policies. The UN special rapporteur on the Palestinian territories, Michael Lynk, charged Israel with the “subjugation of (Palestinians’) humanity.” Additionally, Israel is the only country that is targeted by the council with a dedicated agenda item. The Human Rights Council’s members include Saudi Arabia, Egypt, China and Cuba. Rex Tillerson, U.S. Secretary of State, has recently threatened to withdraw from the Human Rights Council over its “biased agenda item against Israel.”

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proved for establishment by the Security Cabinet to help the former residents of Amona.

for the entire People of Israel. Only creating a reach life of prosperity of action will serve as a cure for our pain and the pain of the public for a life that was taken.”

UNESCO and the Holy Land

Amona was a West Bank outpost that was deemed illegal and eventually evacuated in February. This new settlement is the first to be established in over 20 years. After the Security Cabinet made their decision, the other government ministers were all contacted for their approval as well. The new settlement will be in the Shiloh Valley. Before the new settlement was announced, the former residents of Amona released a statement demanding a new home. “We demand that the prime minister and the rest of the government unanimously support the establishment of a new settlement … at the site chosen by the residents,” the statement read. They also refused to be a part of an existing community or even to be a new neighborhood in an existing settlement.   “You destroyed our homes. Now build new ones. You signed an agreement stating that by March 31 work would begin on a new community. Fulfill that agreement,” the residents charged. After the announcement of the new settlement, the tone of the Amona residents’ statement changed. The new statement reads: “The memory of the Amona settlement will always remain in our hearts. We love you, Homeland, so we swear on this day to return to the land of Amona—us, and if not us, our sons who will rise after us—one never leaves a homeland. However, from the time when Amona was destroyed, we asked only one thing: a pioneering-Zionist mission to establish a new settlement in the Land of Israel, for us and

The Western Wall and the Temple Mount will not be mentioned and will not be included in any vote at next month’s meeting of the UNESCO executive board. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs can take credit for the significant diplomatic win that occurred to ensure the Jerusalem meeting would not involve these sites. Arab states have noticeably decided to take a step back from the Jerusalem issue. Their resolution that they prepared was shortened from six pages to two and the language has been softened heavily when in comparison to the last draft. Still, the UNESCO proposal is still filled with political elements that do not belong along with outright lies about the Jewish state.

Despite taking the Western Wall and Temple Mount off the agenda, the Arab proposal still contains several clauses that are of concern to Israel, including those that call the Cave of the Patriarchs and the Tomb of Rachel Palestinian sites. It also states that any legal and administrative decision in all of Jerusalem “by the occupying power” is illegal. Another clause asserts that any past decision is recognized, including the decision to erase Jewish connections from the Temple Mount. Israel is demanding to remove the clause entirely or to specify that decisions related to the Temple Mount are

not binding. Back in October, UNESCO criticized Israel and called it the “occupying Power” for its actions around holy sites. It referred to Temple Mount, Har Habayit, only by its Islamic name, ignoring the significance the holy site plays in three major religions. At the time, Prime Minister Netanyahu tweeted: “What’s next? A UNESCO decision denying the connection between peanut butter and jelly? Batman and Robin? Rock and roll?” Two weeks ago, a UNESCO delegation arrived in Israel for a tour of the country and Jerusalem to try to understand the complex history and rife that exists in the land. Carmel Shama Hacohen, Israeli envoy to UNESCO, said, “When you’re talking about anti-Israel resolutions initiated by Arab countries, achievements and conclusions are only counted on the stairs at the exit of the building after the vote. It is preferable to accept a draft resolution without a direct stab to the heart of the Jewish people, but we have no intention of keeping quiet when we are being stabbed in other places, even if they are less sensitive. The State of Israel has decided to put an end to the incitement and obsession against it in international organizations, even if it takes years.” Shama also added, “There is no doubt that the new administration in Washington, D.C., under the leadership of President Donald Trump and the wonderful U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, have made the goal that seemed fantasy achievable. We will work around the world this month around the clock to continue explaining our truth, both current and historical, and we will observe the sanity and fairness of our neighbors.”

IDF Prepares for Hezbollah Threat Israel is gearing up for a possible war with Hezbollah. Tensions rose

again this week after Israel shot down an anti-aircraft missile that was headed for an Israeli plane. The missile was fired as Israel was carrying out an airstrike on a suspected Hezbollah weapons convoy from Syria to Lebanon. It has been over 10 years since Israel fought a war with the Iranian-backed terror group. The IDF is preparing by training its soldiers in mock Lebanese villages that have been created specifically for this task. “We are trying to give the commanders and the soldiers the environment that looks like the real war so that they can have the feeling, when they will have to go to war, they will feel that they did it before. This is the purpose of the training – to prepare for the real thing,” said Col. Kobi Valer, commander of the Elyakim Military Base in northern Israel. “The forces need to know that this could be their last training before the war.” Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah has threatened to strike Israel’s nuclear facilities if Israel were to attack. The Jewish State has also come up with an evacuation plan in which a quarter of a million people would be moved from border communities should an attack or invasion by Hamas, Hezbollah, or other Islamic militant groups occur.

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years on weapons convoys that were headed to the militant group. Israel has also introduced and made operational a new missile defense system called David’s Sling. Its function is to intercept medium-range Hezbollah rockets.

To Give or To Receive?

Generous drivers in Phoenix were rewarded when they offered money to a homeless man collecting in the street. When Tim Owens, wearing a cardboard sign around his neck asking for help, approached their vehicle, he came towards them with his hands full – of cash! You see, Owens had a job – right before this experience. He was in a director-level position for a major media company, with three children, a wife, a home, and a nest egg that they had been building. But when he looked at his final paycheck he realized that there were others who needed that money more than him. Owens says he felt compelled to give it away. “I knew I had to do something crazy,” Owens says. “Not because of the theatrics of it, or not because of this self-fulfilling idea. It had to be a big and bold step in a way I would never forget it.” He added, “What if we flipped this and showed people that things aren’t always what they seem?” Owens dressed in disheveled clothing and held a sign saying, “It’s better to give than receive.” He found himself talking people into taking the money he was offering. Many drivers rolled up their window, said no thanks, or waved him away. Owens kept repeating, “My needs are met, my needs are met,” when drivers would ask him if he was serious. He had to convince the drivers to take the $50 he was offering them. One man expressed his gratitude and told Owens that he was short this week when paying his bills. The $50 would go far. One driver told Owens to give the money to someone else; his needs were already met for the day. Another driver bought Owens a cold bottle of water. Owens recorded the experience for himself, never intending to share it with the public. It happened almost three years ago. After years of telling the story of kindness to family and



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friends, he decided to share his experience after all. The response has been huge. Now Owens is trying to create more moments like his around the country. “We don’t know what the needy look like, we don’t know who is in need,” he says. “Putting yourself second and other people first, even if it’s just a moment. We need to love each other and give where we can give and help where we can help and lift each other up.” Hey Tim, I’ll take your $50 – no problem.



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Searching for the lightest Pesach sponge cake recipe around? Perhaps you should take a tip from Dominique Ansel, the baker who brought us the delicious and delectable cronut. At Ansel’s new Tokyo bakery he sells slices of sponge cake floating inside magic balloons – a zero gravity cake! According to Ansel, once the balloon is popped the plastic turns into a plastic bag, perfect for storing your

cake. “That cake is so fun — we tested so many versions,” Ansel enthused. “Different-sized balloons to hold different amounts of helium, weighing every cake by the gram to see how big we could get it until it stopped floating. The testing was hilarious.” Sounds like fun for him but how do consumers get the cake out of the balloon without it falling on the ground? It’s a cake conundrum.

Congratulations – on Your Free Dessert Cati Domitrovich and Alex Nagle, Texas teens, were looking to score some free dessert. The two came up with a great plan: pretend to get engaged in a restaurant and then have the restaurant send over free dessert. On March 26 the two went out to a fancy restaurant for dinner. At the end of the meal, when Cati went to the restroom, Alex told the waiters that he was planning on proposing to her. He even asked the waitress to stick around

to take photos of the momentous event. Alex went down on one knee – and Cati said yes! The whole restaurant clapped and congratulated the young couple. And yes, the restaurant sent over a plate with a trio of desserts with the word “congratulations” written in chocolate on it.

“We faked a proposal just to get free dessert,” Cati boasted on Twitter. Alex said it was “really fun.” The two are now planning on doing the fake proposal at other restaurants to get more dessert. They must be really hungry – and pathetic.

Swallowed by a Snake Last week, an Indonesian man, Akbar, was found after being reported missing. He was last seen on Sunday, March 26, before he left to harvest palm oil in the village. When he didn’t return home by the end of the day, investigators were called in to find him. A day later, police found a 23foot python in Akbar’s garden. The snake had a telltale bulge in its belly; it had swallowed Akbar whole. His boots were clearly outlined under the snake’s skin. Sadly, the villagers had to cut open the giant python to retrieve Akbar’s body. “They didn’t find him [Akbar], but the villagers saw an unmoving python in the ditch. They grew suspicious that maybe the snake had Akbar. When they cut it open, Akbar was inside the snake,” a police spokesman said. It is rare for pythons to kill or eat human beings. They usually suffocate their small prey before swallowing them whole.

Robots at Work At a Swedish startup hub called Epicenter, employees have an alternative option to swipe cards: they can have a microchip injected under the skin in their hand. The chip will help them open doors at the firm, operate printers or buy smoothies in the company’s cafeteria. “The biggest benefit I think is convenience,” said Patrick Mesterton, co-founder and CEO of Epicenter. As a demonstration, he unlocks a door by merely waving near it. “It basically replaces a lot of things you have, other communication devices, whether it be credit cards or keys.” When an employee gets the chip, other workers celebrate with a party. “Of course, putting things into your body is quite a big step to do and it was even for me at first,” Mesterton acknowledges. “But then on the other hand, I mean, people have been implanting things into their body, like pacemakers and stuff to control your heart,” he said. “That’s a way, way more serious thing than having a small chip that can actually communicate with devices.” Epicenter, which is home to more than 100 companies and some 2,000 workers, began implanting workers in January 2015. Now, about 150 workers have them. A company based in Belgium also offers its employees such implants, and there are isolated cases around the world where tech enthusiasts have tried this out in recent years. The small implants use Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, the same as in contactless credit cards or mobile payments. When activated by a reader a few inches away, a small amount of data flows between the two devices via electromagnetic waves. The implants are “passive,” meaning they contain information that other devices can read, but cannot read information themselves. Critics say that the chips erode at privacy laws. They also point out that it’s possible for hackers to get ahold of data. After all, Big Brother is always watching.

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Addressing the Issue of General Studies Teachers in Yeshivos By Chaim Homnick


ast week’s BJH featured an Op Ed by Rabbi Moshe Brody in which he asserts that yeshivos face a shortage of qualified general education teachers. From his experience, he noted that the issue is particularly prevalent for boy’s yeshivos seeking capable male teachers for the afternoon. His proposed solution is to train yungerleit and rebbeim to teach secular studies. He declares this a win-win solution as schools will have teachers (and, as he stresses, these teachers are bnei Torah) and kollel members/rebbeim will have jobs and added income. He raised several extremely valid points and his offer to provide free training is admirable, but flooding schools with inexperienced, untrained, degree-less kollel members sounds like a recipe for exactly the mid-year crises he is purportedly attempting to avoid. His solution sounds like a great option for a select few kollel members and rebbeim who have strong secular studies skills, an interest in education, and a willingness to pursue advanced degrees as needed. However, it is not a panacea that can be applied across the board and reverse the trends he mentions. Not every well-meaning fellow in kollel is ready to face a classroom nor are they qualified to teach high-level subjects. Thus I would like to address the same topic in order to identify the issues that exist currently and to determine the potential solutions. Rabbi Brody attributes the shortage of good secular studies teachers to a confluence of factors including a decrease in Jewish public school teachers, a decrease in the availability of good non-Jewish teachers, and an inability for many yeshivos to pay well considering the

limited hours. In an article last month where I delineated various careers, I listed the following as the inherent reality of teaching that a student considering education must acknowledge: “Education is a field that has a bad reputation in some circles and it is true that the salaries often aren’t commensurate with the skill level of employees or the efforts they invest. A couple of scary facts for educators: firstly, educators are members of the field most likely to pursue a masters or doctorate and the least likely to see significant salary improvements as a result of their advanced degree(s). Secondly, studies have shown (with different numbers thrown around) that as other careers have become more common for women, fewer top female students have gone into education. Schools just aren’t generally competitive enough to attract top talent.” These problems are genuine and the declining quality of teachers is not a problem unique to yeshivos or even Jews. Salaries have stagnated and other careers have become more compelling. However, education can be an extremely rewarding field and the flexible schedule can enable teachers to have more family time and quality of life or to dabble in other ventures or opportunities. Rabbi Brody’s points are all valid. Nonetheless, he is really bundling several issues together and then trying to solve them with one broad stroke. Additionally, he doesn’t draw any distinctions for different types of schools or yeshivos. While some yeshivos may be happy to convert yungeleit into secular studies teachers to ensure it meets their budgetary and hashkafic needs, there are numerous other schools in this community who either don’t face the

same issues with hiring or who have different priorities entirely. Additionally, the conundrum of how kollel members can effectively support themselves and join the workforce or how rebbeim can augment their salaries are unrelated issues that are being shoehorned into the teacher shortage predicament in an attempt to kill two birds with one stone.

THE PROBLEMS Here are the various problems separated and analyzed: 1. Lack of Qualified Teachers Firstly, it is crucial that we acknowledge that this is a universal problem that is covered frequently. A basic google search finds articles from The New York Times, Forbes, US World and News and more all covering the pernicious effects of the teacher shortage and its corollary: the decline in the caliber of available teachers. Within the frum world, the shortage is definitely exacerbated by the next two issues (budgeting and the challenge of finding culturally compatible teachers who understand yeshiva students and the school’s needs). However, the reality everywhere is that teaching is a transient profession plagued by volatility and instability. Teachers frequently move from school to school or in and out of the profession as other opportunities arise. Contracts are year-to-year and schools reserve the same rights to move on from an underperforming teacher as the teacher has to move on to another opportunity. So keep in mind, if a school has strong secular studies overall, an occasional inability to find a good math teacher (or a chaotic race to fill a position midyear) does not mean that the school is inherently flawed or facing a crisis.

2. Budgeting / Scheduling The related issue is that many schools cannot afford to pay significant salaries for teachers due to lack of funds or simply the reality that the dual-curriculum schedule makes secular studies a half-day position by default. A non-Jewish school can hire a math teacher for the full day, keep their schedule full, and pay them accordingly. A yeshiva has to hire rebbeim and Judaic staff, fund almost the entire budget privately, and then hire a secular studies staff that will work only partial hours. This creates a tough dynamic that makes hiring top-quality teachers challenging. It also makes it nearly impossible to compete with public schools who offer full-time jobs, job security, and healthcare/pension benefits. 3. Cultural and Hashkafic Issues The other issue that Rabbi Brody alludes to is one that needs to be covered in its own article. Hashkafically, many schools do not do a good job of ensuring that the school’s ethos and pedagogic goals encapsulate both the morning studies and afternoon studies. There is an awkward dichotomy where the expectations are different in the morning and the afternoon. In schools like this, whether it’s malicious or inadvertent, the students pick up on the disparate messaging and rest assured, they know if they can get away with more in the afternoon or if they can push class discussions in questionable directions. This issue requires a lengthy discussion, but the solution isn’t putting kollel members in the classroom, especially if they are clearly underqualified as that will contribute to any pre-existing vibes that the afternoon classes are taken for granted. Continued on page 34



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SOME SOLUTIONS Some of these issues are easier to address and improve than others. And some schools have already implemented solutions and are hiring talented educators. One important factor is to understand the difference between different institutions. Some elite schools charge substantial tuition and spend big money on secular studies. Other schools are at the extreme opposite end of the spectrum Here are a few different ideas and proposals for addressing the aforementioned issues: 1. Full-time Secular Studies Staff One solution that schools have implemented (and many others should) is creating full-time positions for either several or all of their secular studies staff. This can be done by paying teachers to come in early and have preparation time or other roles they fill within the school. This serves the dual role of improving the quality of the classroom education as such teachers are far more prepared than their part-time counterparts in other schools who run from class to class with insufficient at-home preparation. If schools cannot afford to do this for all of their teachers, then they can at least identify a set number of positions and roles within the school where this is suitable and where it is worthwhile to invest in talented staff. Department heads, college advisors, curriculum directors, and extracurricular activities coordinators are good examples of positions that can be bundled with a full slate of classes to create a full-time position for a talented teacher. Having these higher-paying, steady positions improves the annual rate of returning teachers and brings a level of consistency and quality to the secular studies that can roll over to the part-timers as well. Additionally, these provide opportunities for good teachers to receive raises or better positions which incentivizes teachers to provide topnotch effort. For younger grades and especially out of town, many schools stagger classes so that some grades have Judaic studies in the morning and other grades have it in the afternoon. This enables rebbeim, morahs, and secular studies teachers to all be full-

time hires and cover both morning and afternoon. This certainly makes the positions that are available more appealing and helps provide a level of stability as teachers are incentivized to stay. 2. Maintaining a Balanced Staff A good school that emphasizes secular studies knows how to find the right mix of veteran teachers, talented rookies, public school pros, and yes, even rebbeim with a passion for history. A balanced staff may have several Jewish teachers, some retired public school veterans, and even a lawyer or doctor with a passion for education and a willingness to devote a few hours per day to the classroom. By having a diverse staff, schools can also seek potential teachers from a variety of candidate pools. Local community members, public school teachers, retired lawyers, talented kollel members and other intelligent, caring individuals can be pursued for openings. This ties into the previous solution as well. By having department heads or people tasked with curriculum creation and implementation, schools can ensure that those experienced full-timers can work as a team with the other teachers on staff. That is a stark contrast to yeshivos where secular studies classes feature a nondescript stream of teachers arriving minutes before their periods and leaving immediately after them, with no interaction or dissemination of ideas between colleagues. 3. Prioritizing Secular Studies and Secular Teachers While it sounds simple, some schools fail miserably in this regard. The secular studies teachers feel like they don’t have the support or resources that they need or they feel dispensable or underappreciated. Schools need to empower their afternoon teachers and show them that

loyalty goes both ways. Like number one, this may require increased secular studies spending. But schools that prioritize afternoon studies and finding and keeping good teachers are the ones who suddenly don’t struggle to retain their talent. And oftentimes, it isn’t even about the money but rather the attitude and approach of the rabbis or deans who run the school. Schools that minimize the natural shift that can occur between the morning and the afternoon are in a better position to ensure the school’s academic goals and hashkafic goals are consistent throughout the day. When the administration creates an environment of working alongside their staff rather than irrespective of them, then teachers generally are more than willing to align themselves with the school’s views even if they don’t personally share them. Schools spend so much time devising plans to improve student learning and engagement but some schools forget how critical it is to promote teacher learning and engagement as well. Rabbi Brody’s initiative is immensely valuable, although it is more so for the group of kollel members and rebbeim who would make viable teachers than as an overarching answer to a wide-spread problem. There are people learning in kollel who intend to go to law school and others who are doing pre-med. Others plan on pursuing careers as rebbeim or in other Judaic fields. In nearly all of these cases a good degree (and other forms of training) is a valuable tool that will enhance their career prospects and potential earnings. Certainly, a career in education could be a great option for many others, but only if they will approach it with talent, passion and a desire to give back rather than as a fallback

option that they are innately unsuited for. And that is why Rabbi Brody’s program is a superb service for those who are interested, but it is impossible to believe that that is going to drive enough people (talented people) into education when the above issues aren’t addressed. Making teaching positions more appealing to talented people of all walks of life has to be the goal; the goal cannot be simply finding people struggling to make ends meet who are desperate to supplement their incomes for a while and teaching them the rudiments of teaching. Ultimately, we are all on the same page when it comes to education. Parents, administrators and even the majority of students themselves want our yeshivos and our schools to have strong secular studies programs. Many of them already excel in numerous areas. By prioritizing the afternoon classes even more and implementing the aforementioned ideas, schools can eliminate many of their weaknesses and make their program more appealing for potential teachers. Education as a whole and our awareness of nuanced methodologies and pedagogic approaches specifically have improved exponentially in recent years. We left behind the era of teachers wielding sticks, so now it is time we extended teachers the carrot and provided sufficient incentive for smart, driven people to become teachers and stay teachers.

Chaim Homnick is the College Advisor at Mesivta Ateres Yaakov of Lawrence and also teaches 5 periods of Honors/AP English Literature. Chaim is the owner of Five Towns Tutoring ( as well as Machane Miami Day Camp of Florida ( He scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT and the LSAT and tutors both extensively. He has a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration as well as an MBA. For questions, comments, previous articles or tutoring, he can be reached directly at chomnick@

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Here I Am, My Son By Rabbi Zvi Teichman

The ‘Four Sons’ represent the challenge in successfully conveying the depth of our relationship with our Creator in each generation to our children. If we talk about raising four types of children there must be a parallel in the lives of our Patriarchs that serve as the paradigm guide for us to effectively navigate this difficult journey. It is remarkable to observe that there are only four sons who directly receive and are conferred the title ‘my son’, by the Patriarchs.

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As they head for the Akeidah, Yitzchok begins to suspect what his role might be, looking for support he calls out “my father”, and Avraham lovingly reassures him “Here I am, my son”. Yitzchok, although old and blind is still holding out hope that his cherished son Esav will yet reach his potential. He warmly beckons him “my son”, requesting of him to prepare delicacies so that Yitzchok would attain a blissful state of prophecy and bless him appropriately. Although Yaakov is not consciously called ‘my son’, by his father Yitzchok, nevertheless when Yitzchok senses the scent of the Garden of Eden emanating from the son in front of him, he declares “see the fragrance of my son is like the fragrance of a field”, affirming this son’s status as deserving of blessing, and promptly blesses him. Finally, the beloved son Yosef, innocently tries to readjust his father Yaakov’s hands while he is blessing his children Efrayim and Menashe, thinking that Yaakov has erred. He is confidently ‘put in his place’, when

Yaakov fondly corrects him, “I know, ‘my son’, I know”. • One is Wise: After Avraham asserts his bond as a dutiful father and proceeds to the Akeidah, his son Yitzchok confoundedly inquires, “Where is the burnt-offering?” Doesn’t this echo the Wise Son’s question: “What are the testimonies, decrees and ordinances that G-d, has commanded you?” They both quest for understanding in the face of baffling questions, at times frustrated when they are faced with expectations that don’t always add up. How can we expect them to simply follow blindly? Avraham offers no logic, no reason, but something much more compelling. “I am here, my son!” I am here for you! G-d has a plan, and we are committed and in this together and the challenge is as great for me as it is for you! There is a mission we have been chosen for, there is a Father in heaven we can rely on, and I know that I can only expect of you an allegiance that is equal to my own loyalty! This is our instruction to the father, ‘and you too, should tell him (all) the laws of Pesach (to its last detail)...’, emphasizing the importance of his equal devotion and involvement. • One is Wicked: Yitzchok refuses to give up hope in directing his troubled son Esav towards greatness. Esav is unwilling to exchange earthly pleasures for noble pursuits. A life of Torah seems so rigid, confining and lackluster as compared to the sen-

sual excitement of indulgence. When he finds himself hungry and exhausted, an enticing pot of porridge seems more worthy than the responsibilities that accompany the ‘privilege’ of being the the firstborn. Esav asks: “Look, I am going to die, so of what use to me is the birthright?” Is this not the precursor to the Wicked Son’s cynical question: “What is this service to you?” Yitzchok knew the only way to reel in this wayward child would require, not only an affirmation of his unconditional love towards Esav, and he said to him (affectionately) “my son”, but also a display of utter joy in the serving of G-d. He seeks to engage Esav by requesting of him to capture and prepare the ‘delicacies’ for him and enjoying them with him. The key to positively impact children, who are tempted by the allure of ‘pleasure’, is to make sure they observe how within the construct of Torah we enjoy our lives with an even greater joy! The Midrash describes how the Jews in Egypt were wary of performing circumcision upon themselves and thus disqualified from partaking of the Paschal Lamb. G-d infused it with a scent from the Garden of Eden into the meat thus enticing them to partake. Their teeth ‘ached’ to devour it, but they were shunned because they were uncircumcised. They immediately conceded by undergoing circumcision and dined with their brethren. With gusto we express to the Wicked Son: It is because of this that G-d did to me! It is the joy that we experience in living a life of commitment that must be persuasive. Only a fulfillment of service through joy becomes identified with ‘me’! One who wears his Judaism with a feeling of duty rather than happiness does not become integrally attached to what he does.

And also you shall ‘blunt’ his teeth. We create a irresistible excitement that causes the wicked son to weaken his stubborn resolve and compels him to join us in this thrilling devotion! Had he been there he would not have been redeemed. We are not G-d forbid asked to reject him, but rather to create such a state of ecstasy in our observance that he will feel that he is ‘missing the boat’! • One is Simple: Yaakov of all the Patriarchs is faced with constant challenges to his faith. The snatching of his beloved bride, the abuse of his daughter Dinah, the vengeful hatred of his brother Esav, the larceny of Lavan and of course all the heartbreak in the episode of Yosef. Yaakov was a simple man, abiding in tents. Yaakov had a simple request, to quietly devote himself to G-d in the tents of Torah. But life is about challenge, trials and tribulations. He was tested time and again to see how he would react. When Yaakov discovers he has been duped by his nefarious father in law, Lavan, he exclaims in utter astonishment and frustration, “What is this that you have done to me!” The simple one seeks an uncomplicated life. When events develop that detour him from his ‘noble’ pursuits, questions of faith arise. Self-doubting, his relationship with G-d is questioned, “What is this?!” Am I unworthy or being cast out? When Yaakov receives his ‘seal of approval’ from Yitzchok as a deserving “son”, the fragrance Yitzchok smells is the scent of Gan Eden. It is an aroma that accompanies those who carry with them a awareness that every occurrence in our lives and how we deal with it reflects on the ‘master plan’ that is uniquely devised for each individual, and on our living up to the expectations of us.

It was Yitzchok instructing the noble son in front of him, to never doubt that worthiness. Despite the tests that at times give one reason to “question” oneself, one must stay focused on the truth, that Hashem directs every nuance and detail in a ultimate test of endurance that serve to bring out and develop our greatest qualities.

We thus encourage this Simple Son by reassuring him, “With a strong, (steady and directed) hand, G-d took us out of Egypt!” • One is Unable to Ask: There are children who have a complacent and accepting nature. No matter what comes their way, they deal with it. Wherein lays their strength?

Was Yosef merely a wimp? Regarding Yosef the Torah attests time and again, His master perceived that Hashem was with him. G-d was with Yosef. When Yosef innocently tries to redirect his father’s hands during his blessing of Efrayim and Menashe, Yaakov assures his son, “I know, my son, I know”. The Lev Simcha quoting the Seder HaDoros informs that Efrayim and




‘You’ shall initiate to him. ‘You’ is used in the feminine gender, ‫אַ ְּת‬, perhaps to underline the role the mother plays in planting this vital constant awareness of Hashem in all our activities. Perhaps it seeks to intimate the role of his mother, Rachel, who possessed this quality to remain silent, accept and not ask, gladly providing her sister the ‘signs’ she needed to save her from embarrassment. Only one who lives with G-d can act so selflessly! We conclude with the sentiment, Because of this G-d did to ‘me’, stressing the very personal companionship of G-d in all that we do. • If we succeed in implanting within a child his special connection to G-d, his silent devotion will reflect greatness as it was so radiantly displayed in the personality of Yosef the Righteous One.


Do we live with a sense of mission? Do we enthuse all we do with joy? Do we realize how truly privileged we are? Do we live with G-d as our ever-present Guide and Mentor? Pesach is about the very core of who we are, how we live and what we yearn for! How we raise our children and how healthy they will turn out is contingent on the vitality of our own relationship with our Father in Heaven!


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Yosef never asks questions. He is told by Yaakov, his father, to seek out his brothers, he knows they hate and resent him, yet he dutifully proceeds to carry out his mission, no questions asked. He follows what he is told, with the consequences quite familiar to us all! He faces all sorts of ordeals in his role as a slave, acquiescing to all that he is requested to do, with great dispatch and nary a complaint.

But Yaakov expects Yosef to accept, with his greater level of faith, the hand of G-d even as he enters the unknown. Only one who lives with G-d as a constant presence, as Yosef proved time and again that he did, can accept with joy and alacrity the mysteries of the Divine Plan.


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To overcome questions of the ‘Divine Plan’ and to avoid self-doubt, it is imperative to be conscious of the ever present hand of Providence. It is equally significant for one to know that we each have a unique role to play that no one can duplicate or fill.

Menashe were twins and Yaakov was intimating to Yosef, I know better than anyone the rivalry and consequences of twins. At this moment Yaakov displays his profound understanding of the Divine Plan in hindsight, from the perspective of distance and his own personal history with a similar situation.


When we lose our ‘scents’ of direction, we lose that conduit which infuses our life with the uplifting and encouraging fragrance of Gan Eden!



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Reflections on the Haggadah By Rabbi Shmuel Silber

At first glance, the Haggadah appears to be a collection of random verses, stories and statements. However, upon further reflection we come to understand the intentional yet, nuanced structure of this ancient script. The Talmud (Pesachim 115) explains “Maschil B’Genus U’Misayeym B’Shevach, we begin with degradation and conclude with praise”.  We begin the Seder by discussing the “low points” or disparaging chapters of our national existence.  The sages disagree as to which “low point” we should begin with.  Shmuel explains

that we begin with, “Avadim Hayinu, we were slaves.” We acknowledge that we did not begin as a nation of free men and women.  We were slaves who served a human master.  Rav states, “Mitchila Ovdei Avoda Zara Hayu Avoseinu, in the beginning our forefathers were idolaters.”  We were not always monotheists, we did not always pledge our allegiance to God, and we served and paid homage to other gods.  According to Shmuel, over the course of the Pesach Seder, we work our way to celebrating our physical freedom.  According Rav, the

Seder is the opportunity to celebrate our newfound spiritual emancipation. Rav and Shmuel may disagree on the specific beginning and end points but do agree on the structure of the Seder night; “Maschil B’Genus U’Misayeym B’Shevach, we begin with degradation and conclude with praise”. What is the meaning of this rabbinic framework?  Why must we start with the negative or disparaging chapters of our national existence?  Why not begin and end with our freedom, emancipation and positive identity as the nation of God? The commentaries on the Haggadah share many approaches and answers.  The Malbim (Rabbi Meir Leibush, 1809-1879) explains that the best way to make a dramatic point is through contrast.  One appreciates light when one has been exposed to darkness.  In order to fully appreciate the freedom granted to us on this sacred night, we must first acquaint ourselves with servitude.  In order to feel physically free, we must spend time reminiscing, “Avadaim Hayinu L’Pharoah B’Mitzrayim, we were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt”.  Only after we engage in historical reflection and taste some of the bitter marror, can we truly thank God for redeeming us.  In order to fully celebrate our spiritual emancipation we must reflect what it was like to be a spiritual wanderer, not knowing what to believe or how to connect.  “Mitchila Ovdei Avoda Zara Hayu Avoseinu, in the beginning our forefathers were idolaters”.  Only when we remember our past can we truly appreciate our future.  The great Maggid of Kohznitz (Rav Yisroel Hopstein, 1737-1814) provides another beautiful insight.  The Maggid explains that the greatest danger we face in life is believing we are beyond salvation.   A person may think to himself, “I have done so many terrible things, I have tarnished my soul, I have sullied my reputation, I have failed to actualize my potential; what hope is there for me?”  Maschil B’Genus, even if the beginning is degrading, even if the beginning is stunted and handicapped,  Misayeym

B’Shevach, I choose how the story ends, I can change, I can live better, do better and create a beautiful future. We were slaves, we were more animal than man, we were viewed by others and we viewed ourselves as chattel and property.  And yet, look at us now; we are a strong and free people.  We were idolaters, spiritually bankrupt and estranged from God, and yet, we managed to find our way home.  We lifted ourselves from serving the creations of our hands to serving the King of Kings.  We cannot always rewrite the past but we can absolutely decide how to script our future. Perhaps, there is a third lesson as well.  Life requires patience.  Events occur and we search for answers. Situations unfold and we try desperately to understand their deeper meaning.  We want insight and clarity and we want it now.  Clarity will come but it often requires the passage of time. “Maschil B’Genus U’Misayeym B’Shevach, we begin with degradation and conclude with praise”, the difficult life situations will have a positive resolution (not necessarily the resolution we desire, but positive nevertheless). However, just as it takes time to reach the Shevach (praise) contained within the Haggadah; it takes time to see our personal praise and resolution as well.  It will come – but we must be patient. “Maschil B’Genus U’Misayeym B’Shevach, we begin with degradation and conclude with praise”; the Rabbis were not simply giving us a format for the Haggadah, they were providing us with a format for life.  To actualize our freedom and maximize our ability to shape our personal and national destiny, we must internalize the messages of the Haggadah.  We must remember that, while building our future, we must reflect on the events and messages of our past.  No matter how far we have wandered, no matter how estranged we have become from God, ourselves and one another – no person is beyond salvation.  We must bear in mind that resolution, understanding and happiness will come to those who are patient enough to wait.

The Big Picture


By Rabbi Motty Rabinowitz

Mishkan. The Meshech Chochma suggests a powerful reasoning behind the Torah’s prohibition. When grapes and olives are squeezed for the juices, the product is of greater value than the ingredients. Wine and Olive oil are valuable commodities. This is not the case however with dates and figs. Date honey is considered inferior to the fruit. Chometz too could be viewed as a negative process which occurs when the wheat ferments. This prohibition states that we are not allowed to go backwards and allow our ‘products’ to be inferior to us. We must always aim for a future where

we strive higher, encouraging and educating our children to be greater than ourselves. Pesach and the seder night focus these goals. We must consider what lessons we want to impart to our children. How can we use the seder to inspire them? How can we facilitate a brighter future for the Jewish people? Pesach should definitely not be just a Yom-Tov of the distant past. Like the natural world around us, it is a time of growth, and a time of yearning for a better future for our families and the Jewish People. Chag Kasher Vesameach!

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the nations of the world will be forced to drink in the future as retribution for the evils that they have afflicted the Jewish People through-out history. The point where the seder flips to ‘future-mode’ is immediately after Hallel. We sing, ‘‫’אדיר הוא יבנה ביתו בקרוב‬ – the mighty one should rebuild His House soon. We subsequently chant the grand finale of ‫חד גדיא‬, telling of the final chapter of history, when evil in the world will be eradicated and the Jewish nation will be redeemed. No, Pesach is not meant to be merely a recollection of tales from our distant past, pulling out, as it were, the dusty photo-albums. It must be a spring board into our future. While we cannot have a future without an understanding of our historical past, and no true freedom without an appreciation of slavery, the focus must be forward, towards what lies ahead for the Jewish nation. Who are we, what do we represent and where are we going? Nowhere is this more apparent than with the primary all-encompassing mitzvah of the night: ‫ ” “והגדת לבנך‬- And you should tell your child. The whole evening is geared towards tickling the curiosity of our children, and creating that special memory of the family seder for the future. Our childhood memories of the seder, the excitement, the fun, stuffing the matza down in record-breaking time, the afikoman adventures, the prizes, “what time did you finish?”, and all the associated craziness, are the ones that we carry with us into our adult lives to later pass on to the next generation. It is the baton-relay of our accumulative past to the future of the Jewish people. This focus on the future, can perhaps explain why we may not have Chometz on Pesach. In last week’s Parsha we are told that no chometz and date-honey may be offered in the

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With Pesach only days away, spring is definitely in the air, literally. Here in Israel, the skies are filled with millions of handsome storks, majestic eagles and buzzards making their annual pilgrimage northwards. As King Solomon wrote, “The time of the song has come, and the call of the turtle-dove is heard in our land”. Nature in all its grandeur marches forward. In the midst of this reawakening, we encounter Pesach. It seems that Pesach defies the inertia and heads backwards. During the seder, we are instructed to remember and focus on the past: “‫ ”עבדים היינו לפרעה במצרים‬- we were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt. We discuss the 10 plagues in great detail, eat (or choke on) maror to remember those bitter times, and we try to reenact the exodus as if we were the actual individuals trekking out of Egypt. It is no simple task to relive the past, and to be honest, it can make the seder feel very artificial. Is that the point of Pesach, to merely ponder and remember our distant history? I of-course have not painted the whole picture. Pesach is a complex Yom-Tov, and one that seems to draw on many conflicting themes. The Abarbanel in his commentary on‫מה‬ ‫ נשתנה‬points out, for example, that the seder contains opposite motifs of both slavery and freedom. Here too, while we delve into the past miracles of the exodus and our miraculous redemption some 3,500 years ago, we actually also highlight our yearnings for the future redemption. The first night of Pesach is also called ‘‫ ;’ליל שימורים‬the guarded night. The Talmud (Rosh Hashanna 11b) tells us that this night is guarded and prepared for the future redemption that will occur on Pesach. One of the interpretations on the significance of the four cups of wine, is that they represent the four cups of ‘poison’ that


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“Say What?!”

- Seth Myers

Sometimes, it’s OK to throw rocks at girls

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President Trump will meet with the president of China next week to discuss Trump’s claims about China’s unfair trade practices. Which means we’re about two weeks away from having to call these [fortune cookies] “freedom cookies.”


Notable Quotes


– New billboard slogan of North Carolina’s Spicer Greene Jewelers advertising their diamonds

Amazon Prime has made it possible to have beer and wine delivered to your home by Alexa. All you have to do is say the phrase, “Alexa, Daddy’s sad.” – Conan O’Brien

Every time some bomb goes off, before it goes off, somebody yells “Allahu Akbar!’” I never hear anybody go, "Merry X-mas! This one’s for the flying nun!" – Tweet by Chelsea Clinton, accompanied by this image of the cover of the 2017 Lincoln Day Dinner program for the Republican Party of Palm Beach County

Nope, sorry. Everybody knows they didn’t have photoshop back then. - One of the hundreds of response tweets

No, this is the exact hat Lincoln was wearing when he signed the Emancipation Proclamation ppl forget that - Ibid.

No, Lincoln actually wore that hat in 1865; it was found at Ford’s Theater. –Ben Shapiro’s tweet in response

– HBO’s Bill Maher

A 12-year-old girl in North Carolina correctly chose the final four in her bracket; it was amazing. Yeah, yeah, but great — just one more thing that I’m worse at than a 12-year-old girl. – James Corden

We should boycott North Korea. We should sanction Iran. We should divest from Syria, not Israel. – U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley at an anti-BDS conference


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They’re allowed to get away with just whatever, and they’re always thinking about themselves. Me, me, me, me, me. “I didn’t score, so why should I be happy?” “I’m not getting enough minutes; why should I be happy?” That’s the world we live in today, unfortunately. Kids check the scoreboard sometimes because they’re going to get yelled at by their parents if they don’t score enough points. Don’t get me started. - Geno Auriemma, coach of the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team, which hasn’t lost a game in more than two years and is in play for a fifth consecutive national title

An Ohio couple was arrested for faking their own murder. People grew suspicious when the couple changed their Facebook status to “We’ve been murdered. Sad!” – Conan O’Brien

Former White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest recently said that former President Obama is genuinely concerned about how things are going in the country. In fact, today there was just a hint of sadness in his eye, as he swam up to the bar to order another Mai Tai.

- Explanation for an assignment asking students to write an essay in support of the Holocaust in a Oswego County, NY, public school

- Seth Myers

– Assemblyman Dov Hikind

#BlackLivesMatter - What Ziad Ahmed wrote 100 times in response to the Stanford admissions essay question of “What matters to you, and why?” The pathetic non-answer waste of paper gained him acceptance into the uber-liberal university

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This is an exercise on expanding your point of view by going outside your comfort zone…

A new study reports that older women are doing more and more binge drinking. I asked my mom if that was true and she said, “I love you, man.” - Conan O’Brien

Had the assignment been to argue in favor of slavery or other human atrocities, would anyone dare to defend it? I honestly couldn’t believe this story when I heard it. I thought it was a sick joke.

Age is just a number!

– Actress Doris Day, who found her birth certificate last weekend on her birthday. She thought she was turning 93 but found out that she is actually 95

A 16-year-old boy in Bosnia broke a world record this week by smashing 111 concrete blocks with his head in 34 seconds… When asked how it felt to break the world record, the boy said, “Lampshade tricycle is my favorite flavor of pizza truck.” - James Corden

I’m sorry, I’m sorry. I was texting. - A Texas driver, at the scene of the accident, who crashed into a church bus killing 13 senior citizens last weekend while texting

Britain began the process of leaving the EU today, and the leader of the European Council responded to the move by saying, “I will not pretend I am happy.” Which makes sense, as that’s more of a British thing. - Seth Myers

If being complicit is wanting to … be a force for good and to make a positive impact then I’m complicit. - Ivanka Trump in a CBS News interview responding to those who say that she is “complicit” in her father’s presidency.

President Trump told senators yesterday that they would make a deal on healthcare because “that’s such an easy one.” OK, well, just make sure your healthcare plan covers amnesia. - Seth Myers



You are being run by an idiot. - From a statement addressing Americans by ISIS spokesman Abu al-Hassan al-Muhajer, who seemingly caught Trump Derangement Syndrome from the alt-left media


China is the only one that can control Kim Jung Un, this crazy fat kid that’s running North Korea. - Senator John McCain on MSNBC

- Official response by North Korea to Sen. McCain’s comments

What, did they want me to call him a crazy skinny kid?

Hillary, stay in the woods. Okay. You had your shot. You [messed] it up. You’re Bill Buckner. We had the World Series, and you let the grounder go through your legs.

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John McCain…made a provocation tantamount to declaration of war against the [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea], the DPRK will take steps to counter it. They will have to bitterly experience the disastrous consequences to be entailed by their reckless tongue-lashing and then any regret for it will come too late.

– HBO’s Bill Maher responding to Hillary Clinton’s assertion that she is “ready to come out of the woods” and get involved in politics again

- Sen. McCain’s tweet in response to the threat

MORE QUOTES Here we go, America! Trump won’t throw out the first pitch. What else? He won’t go to the Correspondents’ Dinner. He won’t release his tax returns. He won’t put his business in a blind trust. He doesn’t want to live in D.C. What presidential tradition will Trump abandon next? This Thanksgiving, those turkeys better run. - Stephen Colbert

- Conan O’Brien

There’s drama brewing in Washington because the Senate is about to vote on [Supreme Court] nominee Neil Gorsuch. But Democrats aren’t going to let Gorsuch get confirmed without a fight. Sure, it’s a fight they’re going to lose — but those are the kinds of fights Democrats love.

The White House says President Trump will not throw out the first pitch at the Washington Nationals game. Apparently Trump was afraid of hurting his tweeting arm.

- Stephen Colbert

- Jimmy Fallon

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President Trump turned down a chance to throw out the opening day pitch for the Washington Nationals. Turned it down! For some reason, Trump doesn’t want to be surrounded by a bunch of large Hispanic men holding baseball bats.



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A matzah walks into a bar. The bartender says, “Hey, I haven’t seen you in a while, where have you been?” The matzah replies, “I’ve had some bad breaks.” 600,000 Jewish men go out to eat. The waiter says, “You thought splitting the sea was hard; try splitting this check!”

Riddle me


You are a blindfolded waiter setting up a seder. There is a table with four glasses in the four corners of a square rotating table. Each glass is either facing up or facing down. You need to turn them all in the same direction, either all up or all down. You may do so by grasping any two glasses and turning either or both over. But the table is spun after each time you touch the glasses. How do you get all of the glasses to face the same way? See answer on next page

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Ten Makkos Did-You-Knows Firstborns are 16% more likely to go to college than their younger siblings. (That’s probably because when they are done with college they convince their younger siblings not to go!) Frogs don’t need to drink water as they absorb it through their skin. (Hey! That’s how I absorb my chocolate)

Itching from a lice infestation is an allergic reaction not to the bite itself, but from the saliva secreted onto the scalp. (Go ahead…itch your head)

Blood makes up around 7% of the weight of a human body. (And tasteless Pesach cake makes up the other 93% of your body right now) Male lions defend the pride’s territory while females do most of the hunting. Despite this, the males eat first. (Hey, that’s so not PC!!)

Vicuña fur is the most expensive fur in the world. It is produced from animals related to the llama family that live in Peru. The average price is $5,000 per meter. (A little Weight Watchers is recommended before ordering a Vicuna fur)

According to the American Dermatological Association, stress results in drier, more brittle skin that can become infected by staphylococcal, the bacteria that causes most boils. (So if you want to have clear skin, sit at home all day doing nothing…you’ll be a very clear-skinned couch potato)

A hailstone the size of a baseball weighs about 150g and can fall at speeds of 100mph. This can cause a lot of damage, with entire crops being wiped out in just a few minutes during a large hailstorm. (It’s really cool to see the hail fall. Next time a hailstorm comes, go outside and look up towards the sky…ouch!)

A desert locust swarm can be 460 square miles in size and pack between 40 and 80 million locusts into less than half a square mile. Each locust can eat its weight in plants each day, so a swarm of such size would eat 423 million pounds of plants every day. (Sounds almost as crowded as Central Avenue)

The City of Flagstaff, Arizona, is the darkest city in the world and became the World’s First “International Dark Sky City,” a designation awarded by the International Dark Sky Association for its low light pollution and commitment to enforcing stargazing-friendly lighting restrictions make it the ideal destination to explore the night skies. (Dad: Son, what do you want to be when you grow up? Son: I want to be the executive director of the Dark Sky Association. Dad: OK, let's go on a little field trip to the therapist)

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They say that matzah makes you smarter. Try these on your family members to see if it’s true.

Questions 1. Take 1,000 and add 40 to it. Now add another 1,000. Now add 30. And another 1,000. Now add 20. Now add another 1,000. Now add 10. What is the total?

3. A contractor hires an electrician and a plumber to do work on a construction site. One of them was the father of the other’s son. How could this be possible?

10. You are participating in a race. You overtake the second person. What position are you in? 11. Two U.S. coins are worth a total of 30 cents, and one of them is not a nickel. What are the coins? 12. Who is not, not, not a person that has not, not set foot on the moon: Neil Armstrong or your mother?

6. A farmer has 17 sheep and all but 9 die. How many are left?

8. How many times can you subtract the number 5 from 25? 9. A doctor gave you 3 tablets and tells you to take one every half hour. How long will it take for

7. Ten. There are seven girls and one boy in the family, plus the parents. 8. Only once, and then you are subtracting it from 20. 9. An hour 10. If you overtake the second person and you take his place, you are second!

12. Your mother. Every pair of “nots” cancel each other out. So the question really is, “Who is not a person that has set foot on the moon?” Answers 1. The total is 4,100. So, if you thought it was 5,000 you need to brush up on your math. 2. There are the same amount of up-hills and down-hills because every hill is either up or down, depending on how you look at it. 3. They were husband and wife. 4. He sleeps at night. 5. It doesn’t make sense because

Wisdom Key 9-12 correct: You are a genius. (Just do me a favor, your comb over really is not fooling anyone…give it up) 5-8 correct: You are of average intelligence. (Sorry, I know your mother always said, “My boy, he’s so smaaat.” She was exaggerating a bit, like you are when you tell her how good her Pesach cake is!) 0-4 correct: Don’t worry, I will give you a secret tip to get brains: Take a small piece of matzah and take all of the leftover marror and eat it together very quickly. Trust me, try it. After you do that, try this quiz again and you will see that you will get more answers correct.

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7. The Goldberg family has a mother, father and 7 daughters. Each daughter has 1 brother. How many people are in the family?

6. Nine.

11. A quarter and a nickel (one is not a nickel, but one is).

4. How can a man go eight days without sleep? 5. Someone tells you that a rooster laid an egg on top of the barn roof and it floated towards the sky. Why doesn’t that make sense?

roosters don’t lay eggs.

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2. Are there more up-hills in the world or down-hills?

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Seriously, How Smart Are You?

Answer to riddle: 1) Turn two adjacent glasses up. 2) Turn two diagonal glasses up. 3) Pull out two diagonal glasses. If one is down, turn it up and you’re done. If not, turn one down and replace the other. 4) Take two adjacent glasses and turn them both over. 5) Take two diagonal glasses and turn them both over.


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The Battle of Abu Ageila By Avi Heiligman

Ariel Sharon, center, as commander in the Sinai during the Six Day War


ne of the weapons that made the Ancient Egyptians a world power was the chariot. At the time of Krias Yam Suf (crossing the Red Sea) hundreds of chariots were employed to attack the Jews. They all were rendered useless and destroyed by the miracles of yad Hashem. Fifty years ago the Egyptians tried using a modern day version of the chariot to annihilate the Jewish nation and failed spectacularly. Known as the Battle of Abu Ageila, or Umm-Katef, it was the main engagement of a larger conflict that is considered one of the largest tank battles in history. The Six Day War lasted from June 5, 1967 to June 10, 1967. In the Sinai, approximately 2,500 tanks of all shapes, sizes, firepower and origin took part in total from both sides. Three divisions, including one under future Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, were part of the general offensive against Egypt. Major General Sharon had about 14,000 soldiers with about 150 tanks. Most of these were British-built Centurions or American-manufactured Super Shermans with French 105mm guns attached. In this particular battle they were up against only 66 Russian WWII T-34 tanks, which were totally outclassed by the Super Shermans. But the Egyptians had the advantage when it came to terrain. Umm-Katef was a plateau that was bordered by sand dunes that were flanked by mountains. Defenses were con-

IDF soldiers heading out to the Sinai

structed with trenches, minefields and concrete bunkers, making for a strong defensive position. Infantry and artillery battalions dug in waiting for the Israeli armor and were backed by the T-34 tanks. Egyptian reconnaissance units were in place to give the warning if and when the Israelis were coming. Abu Ageila was an important junction in the Sinai and was needed by the Israelis to allow other divisions to attack. If it was taken, the road to the entire Sinai would be open to the IDF. Sharon was banking on the fact that the Egyptians were

tle. When the first seven Centurions were lost and a second strike failed, the Israelis knew where the defenses were placed. Instead of another frontal assault they decided to go around but the Umm Katef would need to be taken as a strategic strongpoint. Infantry was called in, and the plateau was attacked by a reserve battalion supported by artillery during the night of June 5-6. Paratroopers were sent in by helicopters to take out any remaining Egyptian artillery. Hand-to-hand combat ensued in the trenches at 11pm. Soon enough of the Egyptian trenches were taken that

Defeating the Egyptians early in the war was key to its success.

expecting a similar attack to the one the IDF used in 1956 in the same area. He decided to use a roundabout attack as a feint and to surprise the Egyptian commander with a frontal assault. In the end the Israelis did just the opposite when a frontal attack stalled. Attacks during the Six Day War by the Israelis were done in a coordinated effort. Intelligence had placed the Egyptian defenses at a lower estimate two days before the bat-

engineers could be employed to clear minefields wide enough to allow the tanks to pass. By the morning of June 6, Israeli tanks were attacking the remaining Egyptian positions at Abu Ageila from two sides. At 3:30am the Israelis had the Egyptian tanks surrounded. Three hours later these positions were destroyed and Sharon was soon on his way to the Suez Canal. In all, 40 Israeli soldiers paid the ultimate price and 19 tanks were lost

during the battle. Over 4,000 Egyptians were killed in the head-to-head tank battle that saw the loss of over 40 tanks in this particular part of the battle. Knowledge of the terrain and predicting the Egyptian response were all key factors in the sweeping Israeli victory. With the southern front a non-factor the IDF was able to concentrate on the northern and central fronts. The fighting against the Syrians and Jordanians gave Israel a lot of land, and just a few days after the Battle of Abu Ageila the paratroopers finally reached the Kotel. Defeating the Egyptians early in the war was key to its success. Israeli intelligence knew that it couldn’t sustain a long, drawn-out war and air attacks had been carefully planned in advance. They were successful in annihilating the entire Egyptian Air Force on the first day but the tanks were needed to finish the job (it should be noted that by 8am on June 5 the Egyptian Air Force was no longer a threat to Sharon’s attack later in the day). With the Battle at Abu Ageila the IDF armor had successfully pieced the well, laid-out Egyptian defenses in a battle that is still studied by war historians and tankers today as a perfect example of how to fight a tank battle. 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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Dating Dialogue

Dear Navidaters,

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Moderated by Jennifer Mann, LCSW of The Navidaters


What Would You Do If… My friend Yaakov is dating my wife’s quasi-friend. I say “quasifriend,” because they go back a long way and know one another since high school days. They never really hung out together, but were in the same grade and had and still have a couple of friends in common.

For that reason, my wife knows a great deal about this girl. She remembers how she behaved in school and how she treated others. She had a reputation for being a “user,” someone who knows how to put on the charm but couldn’t be trusted. Many people were hurt by her, and in general, she was known as a spoiled kid. My wife tells me that even quite recently, she’s heard some unsavory things about her.

My wife thinks I should talk to Yaakov and warn him about her reputation so that he doesn’t ultimately get very hurt. I don’t feel it’s my place to get involved. Yaakov is a grown man, has gone out a lot, and isn’t an idiot. On the other hand, when my wife tells me that if they do marry and wind up getting divorced, I’ll have myself to blame. This puts me in a very difficult position. I’m wondering whether you think it is my place to say something. And if so, how would I go about it? I know that if he doesn’t believe me, he’ll probably start viewing me as the enemy and I wouldn’t want to lose this friendship. But if he ultimately gets hurt and I could have saved him from that, he will also be angry at me. I feel like I’m caught between a rock and a hard place. Any advice for what my role should be?

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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Yaakov seems to be head over heels crazy over her and has been talking to me about the future he sees for the two of them. I’ve met her and can understand how he has been pulled in by her charm. She definitely has a way about her and is very attractive.


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The Rebbetzin Rebbetzin Faigie Horowitz, M.S.


imple answer to this one. Discuss it with your rav. Asking a shaila will give you a halachic decision that brings into account responsibility and lashon hara laws. You need not carry this responsibility that your wife says is yours. The Jewish way in such a situation is to consult your local Orthodox rabbi for guidance.

The Mother Sarah Schwartz Schreiber, P.A.


efore you go and sully your friendship with Yaakov, take a moment to reflect on the negative hype you’ve heard about the “quasi-friend.” You admit that her rep-

utation goes back to high school, during her teenage years – essentially, eons ago. Teens grow up. They mature and amend their “spoiled” or “user” ways. Even the more recent “unsavory things” you’ve heard about her would not hold up on a witness stand. All this information is hearsay at best – lashon hara, at worst. Your role here is to remain a friend. Trust Yaakov – he’s done his research and has spent considerable time with the young woman in question. Even if you mention something (based on flimsy evidence) he is unlikely to break off his relationship with a girl he’s head over heels about; worse, he’ll attribute your warnings to jealousy and mean-spiritedness. If you are truly Yaakov’s friend, be supportive and available to him. In the event he gets engaged, be sincerely happy for him and fargin him all the mazal in the world.

The Shadchan Michelle Mond

We all bring out different things in others.


o doubt, this is a tremendously uncomfortable position to be in. I’m sure many people know people who they may be inclined to warn people against going out with! Now: could she have changed with a turnaround to become a different person than she was? Could be. But we can’t count on that, so I won’t try to brush you off with some presumptuous lecture. We will trust your instincts and err on the side of caution, judging that no drastic 180-degree change has taken place. To utilize the language of an upcoming parsha: Behold, the tzara’as hasn’t changed it appearance. So, back to your predicament. On one hand, you have crucial information about the manipulative nature of this girl. On the other hand, you

don’t know if your friend will accept your report, if it will cost you your friendship, and most importantly, are you even allowed to mention anything from a halachic standpoint. This is a true sheilah of dinei nefashos, and the only person qualified to answer this question is a rav – your own, your friend’s or the young woman’s. Just be sure that the rav/ rabbi has experience in dealing with these matters. Once you consult and received guidance from da’as Torah, you can feel confident that you are making the proper decision. Should the rav advise against speaking up, you can still help. If your impression is that your friend

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intentions are in the right place and you are coming from a good place. My response is not purporting to be of any sort of halachic nature. My reactions is as follows. I am totally with you on your conflicted feelings. I would probably feel the same. If your wife’s reservations (and outright warning) were solely about this woman’s behavior in high


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out, it won’t be your fault. And you shouldn’t let your wife tell you otherwise. You simply don’t have that much power over other people’s lives. If it’s meant to be – it will be and hopefully have a happy ending!

you would be mad at me if you found out down the line that I knew about it and didn’t tell you. What do you want me to do?” Now, you will have put the ball in his court! And you will respect whatever he tells you. If you have any halachic/spiritual concerns, please consult your rav. I have heard of cases where a rav advises to keep quiet, and I have heard of other cases where a rav advises sharing what you know. Either way it will be beneficial to hear the opinion of a trusted rav who may give you insight you have not yet considered. Good luck with your decision! Sincerely, Jennifer

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hat a thoughtful friend you are! This type of situation is unfortunately all too common and it always boils down to the following: What is more important? Risking my friendship, or my friend risking his future with the wrong woman? If you are so inclined, I think speaking with a rav may allay some of your concerns and take some of the burden off you. If you aren’t so inclined, it is going to boil down to going with your gut. I think your

school, I would tell you not to get involved. There are some very respectable adults with less than respectable high school years. You mentioned that she is currently displaying some “unsavory” behaviors. I don’t know what you are alluding to. This is important. Is she doing drugs, drinking alcohol, treating people unkindly, disrespectful to her family, stealing, behaving inappropriately with other guys? It is her behavior today that grabbed my attention. I think you need to get more concrete information from your wife. The issue is that your wife is hearing about her through the grapevine. It seems like it’s all rumors and hearsay. If her unsavory behavior was verified and was putting Yaakov’s reputation and dignity at risk, I would consider saying something. However, being that this is such a grey area and nothing has been substantiated firsthand, the lines are blurred. Even in this case, I think you could say something along the lines of: “I am so conflicted. I heard something about Chana, it’s just a rumor and I feel ridiculous and embarrassed to bring it your attention. On the other hand, I didn’t know if

Teens grow up. They mature and amend their “spoiled” or “user” ways.

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here are a lot of parts to your question that I find very disturbing. But what they all have in common is the power of lashon hara, both past and present. Perhaps this young woman was talked about negatively in high school and even more recently because of reasons no one even considers. Maybe she inspired jealousy in others. Perhaps she was just very shy and had poor social skills that caused others to judge her badly. Or she could have been just going through some personal challenges that affected her behavior. Whatever the case, it doesn’t sound

as though your wife has any really concrete reasons why you should be scaring Yaakov away from this relationship. And even if she was “difficult” and caused others to dislike her, that doesn’t mean that Yaakov isn’t that guy who brings out the very best in her, and because of who he is and how he treats her it allows the special and wonderful parts of her to shine through within their relationship. We all bring out different things in others. I think you need to give Yaakov and this young woman the benefit of the doubt and assume they both know what they are doing. They are adults. If G-d forbid, they do get married and it doesn’t work


is so enthralled to the point of blindness to the issues, you may casually suggest the he slow things down. Advise him, as an unassuming married friend, that a solid relationship takes time to develop and that he should focus in on getting to know her fully. Perhaps he might take her out for a Shabbos meal to observe her interactions with peers and strangers and focus on how she speaks of people afterwards. Give him other similar suggestions you think might help him pick up on the subtleties of her personality. If she indeed hasn’t changed, you can only hope he will pick up on red flags and make the right decision on his own.

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Political Crossfire

The Road to SinglePayer Health Care By Charles Krauthammer


epeal-and-replace (for Obamacare) is not quite dead. It has been declared so, but what that means is that, for now, the president has (apparently) washed his hands of it and the House Republicans appear unable to reconcile their differences. Neither condition needs to be permanent. There are ideological differences between the various GOP factions, but what’s overlooked is the role that procedure played in producing the deadlock. And procedure can easily be changed. The House leadership crafted a bill that would meet the delicate requirements of “reconciliation” in order to create a (more achievable) threshold of 51 rather than 60 votes in the Senate. But this meant that some of the more attractive, market-oriented reforms had to be left out, relegated to a future measure (a so-called phase-three bill) that might never actually arrive. Yet the more stripped-down proposal died anyway. So why not go for the gold next time? Pass a bill that incorporates phase-three reforms and send it on to the Senate. September might be the time for resurrecting repeal-and-replace. That’s when insurers recalibrate premiums for the coming year, precipitating our annual bout of Obamacare sticker shock. By then, even more insurers will be dropping out of the exchanges, further reducing choice and service. These should help dissipate the pre-emptive nostalgia for Obamacare that emerged during the current debate. At which point, the House

leadership should present a repealand-replace that includes such phase-three provisions as tort reform and permitting the buying of insurance across state lines, both of which would significantly lower costs. Even more significant would be stripping out the heavy-handed Obamacare coverage mandate that dictates what specific medical benefits must be included in every insurance policy in the country, regardless of the purchaser’s desires or needs. Best to mandate nothing. Let the customer decide. A -60year-

the world have decided everyone must have. It is true that even if this revised repeal-and-replace passes the House, it might die by filibuster in the Senate. In which case, let the Senate Democrats explain themselves and suffer the consequences. Perhaps, however, such a bill might engender debate and revision – and come back to the House for an old-fashioned House-Senate conference and a possible compromise. This in and of itself would constitute major progress. That’s procedure. It’s fixable. But there is an ideological consideration that could ultimately determine the

A broad national consensus is developing that health care is indeed a right. This is historically new.

old couple doesn’t need maternity coverage. Why should they be forced to pay for it? And I don’t know about you, but I don’t need lactation services. This would satisfy the House Freedom Caucus’ correct insistence on dismantling Obamacare’s stifling regulatory straitjacket – without scaring off moderates who should understand that no one is being denied “essential health benefits.” Rather, no one is being required to buy what the Jonathan Grubers of

fate of any Obamacare replacement. Obamacare may turn out to be unworkable, indeed doomed, but it is having a profound effect on the zeitgeist: It is universalizing the idea of universal coverage. Acceptance of its major premise – that no one be denied health care – is more widespread than ever. Even House Speaker Paul Ryan avers that “our goal is to give every American access to quality, affordable health care,” making universality an essential premise of his own reform. And

look at how sensitive and defensive Republicans have been about the possibility of people losing coverage in any Obamacare repeal. A broad national consensus is developing that health care is indeed a right. This is historically new. And it carries immense implications for the future. It suggests that we may be heading inexorably to a governmentrun, single-payer system. It’s what Barack Obama once admitted he would have preferred but didn’t think the country was ready for. It may be ready now. As Obamacare continues to unravel, it won’t take much for Democrats to abandon that Rube Goldberg wreckage and go for the simplicity and the universality of Medicare-for-all. Republicans will have one last chance to try to convince the country to remain with a market-based system, preferably one encompassing all the provisions that, for procedural reasons, had been left out of their latest proposal. Don’t be surprised, however, if, in the end, single-payer wins out. Indeed, I wouldn’t be terribly surprised if Donald Trump, reading the zeitgeist, pulls the greatest 180 since Disraeli dished the Whigs in 1867 (by radically expanding the franchise) and joins the single-payer side. Talk about disruption? About kicking over the furniture? That would be an American Krakatoa.

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Biz Wiz


By Azi Rosenblum

‫ – אחד רשע‬The Evil One: Highstrung, demanding, and powered by fear, this boss operates in bulldozer mode at all times. In this mindset, it’s simply “Us” vs “Them” at all times and the path to any goal is a straight line, no matter who or what is in the way, because the only goal is success. Unlike the wise boss, this one is only focused on the WHAT, and neither the WHY or HOW make any difference. This boss is likely to offend, betray or mislead clients, employees and colleagues alike to achieve success. The only way to impress this boss is to adopt a similar attitude of force, which will only last as long

‫ – אחד תם‬The Low-Key One: Presenting as totally checked out, this boss seems to ride on the wings of angels and is relatively calm about nearly anything. Putting leisure and the nicer things in life above most things, this boss loves a feel-good company culture, and places a lot of emphasis on how things FEEL. These bosses can often lack a healthy sense of focus and purposeful leadership, but given the right employees and support team, they can really give self-motivated talent the room they need to succeed (and form a hostile takeover of the company). The measure of success for this boss is simply that - success. If everything is working out, let’s play golf to celebrate. If it’s not, let’s play golf to get motivated. Whatever… go team! Want to impress this boss? Wear the company t-shirt on a vacation. ‫ – אחד שאינו יודע לשאול‬The Clueless One: This is the boss that you end up bossing around and makes you wonder who is in charge. Lacking in leadership skills and sometimes even technical skills, this boss has a somewhat detached approach that can come across as “I just work here, what do you think we should do.” Like the low-key boss, these bosses can do really well if they get a loyal and self-motivated team. This boss type is the most likely to fail if they don’t figure out why they are in the corner office, how they got there and where they need to go, because even a self-motivated employee can only babysit the boss for so long before becoming resentful. You may have noticed a parallel between these four bosses and the four sons discussed at the Seder. Doesn’t that make you wonder which one is “the best”? Ever sat at the Seder and wondered which “type” you are? Unmistakably, the ‫ רשע‬among both the sons and bosses is the worst

of the bunch, perhaps hidden in the Hagada’s response to the ‫ הקהה‬,‫רשע‬ ‫את שיניו‬, “knock out Shin’av – his teeth” (don’t do that to your boss) is a hidden meaning; “knock out his Shin” - ‫ רשע‬without the letter Shin is ‫רע‬, which is simply bad. Still, given the remaining three options to choose from, it does seem like each has its virtues. Perhaps this is why the Hagada uses the term ‫כנגד ארבעה‬, against four. Maybe the lesson is that none of them are independently an identity worthy of modeling; instead we need to recognize the strengths and weaknesses of each and implement their attributes positively in the moments that are most suited for wisdom, dom-

inance, simplicity, or submission. As a boss, an employee or a private person, branding yourself as one thing and one thing only limits your ability to be who you need to be in that moment to handle it best. It seems to me that learning how to smoothly switch gears as needed is the best way to resolve the dilemma of which of the ‫ ארבעה בוסים‬you are. 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

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‫ אחד חכם‬- The Wise One: Intellectual, experienced and driven by knowledge, this boss loves details. Always looking to understand the WHY in every decision, this boss loves rules and loves following them even more. When trying to impress this boss, your one shot is to improve processes or results through detailed analysis and purposeful changes. This boss is least likely to be charmed or talked into anything, and most probably not interested in hearing about what you did this past weekend. If a well-oiled machine is your comfort zone, this is your place; however, this boss’s failure to innovate and take risks can often frustrate teams and make a business obsolete (yet incredibly well-run).

as everyone is making money and you don’t get in each other’s way.

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Pesach, the “season of our freedom”, seems like a great time of year to reflect upon our modern-day slave drivers, our taskmasters, our captors, those notable individuals who stand between us and our freedom as we wander the desert of work for 40 hours each week… our bosses (‫)בוסים‬. When thinking about bosses, it seems to me that there are four “types” of bosses which makes it important to know how to recognize one from the other, what makes them tick (or tick off) and how to approach them.


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The Wheat Merchant


By Dr. Annette Labovitz

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ncluded in our daily prayers is a special petition for rain which wakens the slumbering seeds of the soil to provide food for mankind. “You cause the wind to blow and the rain to fall.” This petition for rain is recited worldwide, but we are particularly conscious of the necessity for rain especially in the Holy Land during the winter months of the growing season. In the winter of 1915, there was a terrible drought in the Eretz Ysrael.  It seemed as if the windows of Heaven were shut tight.  The earth was parched. Instead of the plush golden color of the winter wheat crop, the fallow land lay barren.  Fruit on trees shriveled.  Branches hung limp.  The wind, blowing across the arid land, created a dustbin. Little of the previous year’s wheat crop remained, and it was so costly that the ordinary person could hardly afford to purchase it.  Famine, hunger, and fear reflected on the distraught faces of the inhabitants of Yerushalayim. Days turned into weeks, weeks into months.  The winter sky dazzled

from the glow of the sun, the horizon remained unclouded. Pesach was rapidly approaching.  The settlers recalled the joyous ceremony in previous years of harvesting the wheat, grinding, milling and finally baking matzos for the holiday.  Sadly, this year would be different. The leader of the Yerushalayim Jewish community was Rabbi Yisrael. He had guided his people through many difficulties and assisted them in their personal troubles. He suggested solutions to critical community problems, but never had he faced a dilemma of this proportion.  He hoped that some financial help would reach him from the Diaspora, from Jews who felt obligated to support the settlers who were building the land.  As the holiday grew closer, he doubted that any money would reach him in time.  He also worried where he could possibly purchase wheat, even if he did have money.  Rabbi Yisrael’s face reflected his pain, his heartache, and his helplessness. Toward evening of one particularly dazzling winter

(corresponding to the month of Adar / March) day, Rabbi Yisrael heard the sound of bells, signaling a wagon approaching his house. Curiously, he stepped to a window and saw a Bedouin leading camels that were pulling a wagon laden with sacks of wheat.  In a split second, the Bedouin stood on his doorstep and queried: “Are you the leader of the Jewish community of Yerushalyim?  I have a wagonload of wheat to sell, and I know that you and your people need wheat for Pesach.  I thought you would purchase my wagonload of wheat at the fair market price.” Rabbi Yisrael answered: “Yes, we need wheat for Pesach, but we have very little money to pay for it.” The merchant hesitated for a moment, then spoke gently: “I will wait for the money. I trust you to pay me.” Rabbi Yisrael said: “I will buy the wheat from you on the condition that you set a date when payment is due.” The merchant answered: “I will return after the holiday to collect my money.”  He turned to the workers who had been riding on top of the

wagon-loads of wheat and ordered them to unload the wagons into the storehouse nearby indicated by Rabbi Yisrael. Soon, Jews ran from all over the neighborhood to help unload the sacks of wheat. As the workers unloaded the wheat, dusk descended over the city.  Rabbi Yisrael ran home to fetch some lanterns.  When he returned to the storehouse, the sacks of wheat were piled neatly inside, and the Bedouin merchant and his workers had disappeared.                 abbi Yisrael rejoiced that the bakers would have wheat with which to bake matzos for Pesach. He also realized that the load of wheat that was delivered would even allow for leftovers after the holiday, for many of the coming months, in order to help sustain the community.  He recognized that he might not have enough money to pay the merchant for such generosity, so he started a letter writing campaign to everyone he knew in the Diaspora explaining the emergency situation and appealing for financial help, generous do-



very special to discuss with you. You might recall that so many years ago, the worldwide Jewish community helped us raise money to purchase

day to collect the money. I still have the money, for he never returned.  I want you to hold that money for another ten years.  If he does not come

Author’s Note: This story was reprinted from our book titled: “Time For My Soul: A Treasure of Jewish Stories For Our Holy Days,” Northvale, NJ. 1987. The book is out of print, but the message of this story is eternal.

The merchant hesitated for a moment, then spoke gently: “I will wait for the money. I trust you to pay me.”

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in the designated time to collect his money, then promise me that you will distribute it equally to the needy Jews of Yerushalayim.” The wheat merchant never returned.

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Dr. Annette Labovitz realized that “holy stories” are an incredible method to teach and inspire and she developed this method as the basis for her dissertation. Her books / teaching materials include: A Sacred Trust: Stories of Our Heritage and History; Time for My Soul: Stories of Shabbat and Our Holy Days; A Touch of Heaven: Eternal Stories for Jewish Living; and The Legendary Maggidim: Stories of Soul and Spirit.


nations of money with which to pay for the wheat. Within two weeks, the envelopes of each mail delivery contained marks, dollars, francs, rubles, zlotys, pounds. Before candle lighting time on the night of the first seder, Rabbi Yisrael had accumulated the entire sum of money that he owed the BedouIn merchant.   After the Pesach holiday, Rabbi Yisrael waited for the merchant to appear.  Days passed…one month… two months…three months.  The merchant did not come.  Over the years, Rabbi Yisrael guarded the money that rightfully belonged to the merchant, but he never appeared to collect the money that was his due. Rabbi Yisrael aged.  He realized that he had not much more time to live. He asked his son-in-law to stop by his house.  “I have something

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Health & F tness



Eating Healthy on Pesach; Fighting the Battle

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By Cindy Weinberger MS, RD, CDN


tatoes come in. Potatoes are a great side dish for Pesach since they are non-chometz, cheap, easy to prepare and versatile. Potatoes can be served as mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes, potato

es chronic inflammation. Potatoes also contain folate which plays a role in DNA synthesis and thus can help prevent the forming of cancerous tumors. Potatoes definitely have a lot of nutrients to offer, however, let’s

Eat balanced meals and avoid snacking and overeating.

kugel, French fries, potato salad, or even latkes! Potatoes are rich in iron, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, and zinc, which all contribute to the building and maintaining of bone structure. Additionally, potatoes’ fiber, potassium, vitamin C and vitamin B-6 content, together with their lack of cholesterol, all support heart health. Another beneficial nutrient found in potatoes is choline. Choline helps with sleep, muscle movement, learning and memory. Choline also helps maintain the structure of cellular membranes, assists in the transmission of nerve impulses, aids in the absorption of fat, and reduc-

not forget that they are considered a starchy vegetable and should be consumed in moderation. Over Pesach, try to limit the potatoes to only once a day. An even better healthier option would be to substitute regular potatoes with sweet potatoes. A baked sweet potato makes a filling side dish. Stuff it with cheese and/or vegetables, or eat some cottage cheese on the side, and you got yourself a great meal. Another suggestion is to slice up a sweet potato or cut into cubes and roast it. You can season it sweet, salty or even spicy for the Cajun effect. You can cut up a sweet potato into thin strips

for French fries or mash up cooked sweet potatoes for mashed potatoes. The options are endless and the benefits are great. Over Pesach be mindful of what goes into your mouth. Eat balanced meals and avoid snacking and overeating. Pay attention to portion sizes. Eat fruits and vegetables as much as possible instead of starchy kugels, cakes, macaroons, lady fingers, chocolate, and anything else that may tempt you. Skip desserts. Drink plenty of water and get as much exercise as you can. Now that your house is clean from chometz, use this opportunity to rid your body of “chometz” too.

Cindy Weinberger MS, RD, CDN, is a Master’s level Registered Dietitian and Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist. She graduated CUNY Brooklyn College receiving a Bachelor’s in Science and Master’s degree in Nutrition and Food Sciences. She is currently a dietitian at Boro Park Center and a private nutrition consultant. She can be reached at

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esach is a challenging time for dieting. With back-to-back meals and the overabundance of matzah and potatoes, the pounds seem to be attracted to us. Hopefully going into Pesach with the right mindset will help you make healthful food choices and give you the strength and self-control to combat the diet challenges. As we previously discussed, matzah should not be “dietarily” restricted on the seder night; however, throughout the rest of Pesach, try to substitute matzah for healthier options whenever possible. On Chol Hamoed, try to avoid the matzah sandwiches and go for a healthier meal: • Salad with tuna fish • Salad with egg salad • Salad with cottage cheese • Omelet with fresh vegetables • Spanish omelet • Salmon with vegetables • Grilled chicken cutlets with vegetables • Broiled chicken with vegetables There are many choices in terms of lean proteins with vegetables side dishes. The problem on Pesach tends to be the starch. That’s where the po-




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By Allan Rolnick

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ast week marked the end of an era as David Rockefeller, the last grandchild of Standard Oil baron John D. Rockefeller, died at age 101. Rockefeller, whose name was once synonymous with “wealth,” symbolized the eastern establishment in all its glory. His death marks a last living link to an age of robber barons-turned-philanthropists whose fortunes still shape our nation. Patriarch John D. Rockefeller launched the family fortune before Uncle Sam launched the income tax, which gave “Senior” a big head start. He started out in 1855 as a 16-yearold assistant bookkeeper in Cleveland, Ohio, with a 10-week accounting course under his belt. By 1911, he controlled 90% of America’s oil refining. The Supreme Court eventually broke his company into 34 separate pieces. But much to Rockefeller’s delight, those pieces became worth more than the original whole. By the time he died in 1937, he was worth the equivalent of $340 billion in today’s dollars. Rockefeller had always been generous. He gave away six percent of his earnings even at age 16. But his fortune helped him really ratchet up his giving. He endowed the Univer-

sity of Chicago with a nondeductible gift equal to $2 billion in today’s dollars. (That’s because there wasn’t any tax to worry about then.) He founded Rockefeller University and made major gifts to Central Philippine University and Spelman College. Rockefeller’s son, John D. Jr, wasn’t quite so lucky. In 1923, when the IRS published everyone’s tax

By then, Junior was taking advantage of charitable deductions for his own philanthropy. He gave $537 million to charity over his life, more than the $240 million he gave to his own family. He donated the land for New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the United Nations headquarters, and gave generously to renovate Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia.

When the Wealth Tax Act of 1935 applied a special rate on income above $5 million, there was only American who paid it — Rockefeller. bills, he ranked #1 in the country, paying $7,435,169. In 1924, he ranked #1 again. And when the Wealth Tax Act of 1935 applied a special rate on income above $5 million, there was only American who paid it — Rockefeller. Junior diversified the family’s holdings, financing the 16-building Rockefeller Center complex in midtown Manhattan and helping make Chase Manhattan Bank the world’s largest.

David Rockefeller might have become like those spoiled rich brats you see on Instagram and reality television. He grew up in an eight-story house, the biggest ever built in New York. (Seven stories are for peasants, right?) He and his brothers roller-skated down Fifth Avenue, trailed by a limousine in case they got tired, and vacationed at the family’s 107room cottage in Maine. But as an adult he expanded the family port-

folio internationally, cutting banking deals with the Soviets, Chinese, and various oil-rich dictators. He was active in the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission. (If the Illuminati are real, you probably could have found David Rockefeller lurking somewhere near the center of it all.) Time, taxes, and 150+ descendants have whittled down the Rockefeller fortune. Forbes magazine estimates the family is worth “just” $11 billion today. Ironically, two of the family’s charitable funds have announced that they will be selling all their fossil fuel investments as part of their commitment to fight climate change. We realize you don’t have Rockefeller riches to protect. But we know you value what you have, and we know that smart tax planning is one of the best ways to preserve it. Make sure that this year you pay less!!

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By Rabbi Yerachmiel Michael Tilles


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beginning of the month of Adar in which Purim occurs) till after Purim he remained in Koznitz. During that time he was constantly going in and out of the Rebbe’s house, running errands and making himself as useful as he could, until he became almost a member of the household. As Passover approached, he went into stage two of his plan. He asked various members of the Rebbe’s household with whom he had become friendly to get him invited

crowds of chassidim had arrived to participate in the Maggid’s matzah baking and to hear him sing Hallel throughout the work. At precisely midday the Maggid entered the room, checked the tables and all the rolling pins, and distributed the various tasks among the chassidim present. The work began. The Maggid himself ran back and forth between the different stations to observe and instruct, and to exhort and enthuse

The enchanted guests felt themselves among those privileged to leave Egypt amongst wonders and miracles. for the Seder. The Maggid didn’t say yes or no. R’ Yaakov felt certain that he would eventually relent, but he decided to avoid the Rebbe’s house and shul for the last few days until erev Pesach. Then, when he would suddenly appear, the Maggid would surely instruct him to stay, because there would no longer be time for him to travel home. By late morning on erev Pesach,

everyone with the call of “l’shem matzvos mitzvah [for the sake of the matzah of the commandment].” When intermittently he would sing Hallel, everyone would join in. The room hummed with activity and reverberated with song. At that moment R’ Yaakov came in and busied himself among the workers. He was in a great mood. Surely his plan had worked. The

Rebbe would have no choice but to invite him – he would merit to see the Rebbe’s holy face as he conducted the seder! The baking completed, all who took part lined up to receive three matzos from the Maggid’s holy hand and his blessing for the holiday. When Reb Chaim, a wealthy, much respected chassid from a neighboring village, approached the Maggid for a blessing, the Maggid added another blessing that they should merit to bake matzah together the following year, and then added, “I also want to honor you with a special guest for Pesach,” and pointed to R’ Yaakov, who the whole time had been standing nearby, closely observing the Rebbe’s manner of distribution. The Rebbe’s words toppled R’ Yaakov’s plans and dreams with a sudden crash. He tried to muffle his disappointment in the face of Reb Chaim’s excitement. The latter was thrilled speechless at the present the tzaddik had bestowed upon him. A genuine Torah scholar to grace his table with deep words of Torah and chassidus! How impressed everyone in his village would be that the Rebbe felt he, Reb Chaim, merited this blessing. His face beaming, he beckoned R’ Yaakov to climb up into the fancy carriage that awaited them. Reluctantly, R’ Yaakov got in. He

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ver since the days of the Baal Shem Tov, chassidim have greatly desired to participate in the Passover Seder of their Rebbe. How else can one experience the true meaning of freedom in this “Festival of our Freedom?” However, while the chassidim are unanimous in this matter, the Rebbes themselves are far from being so. Some encourage their chassidim to join them, while others are adamant that the appropriate place to be for Seder is with one’s family. Rabbi Yaakov-Aryeh Guterman, who would himself become the “Sabba Kadisha” (“holy grandfather”) of Radzmin, tried as a young man to be close to the leading tzaddikim of the generation in Poland and Galicia. He especially loved to join them for Passover Seder night. One year, R’ Yaakov very much wanted to be with the Maggid of Koznitz for Seder, but he knew that this Rebbe was among those who preferred not to host chassidim that night. Still, he was determined to try; maybe he would be one of the few that merited to sit at the Rebbe’s table. Actually, R’ Yaakov had already formed a plan. For the three weeks from before Parshas Shekalim (the “Torah portion of the [half-] shekels,” read on the Shabbat before the


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still hadn’t fully accepted the Rebbe’s sudden decree. His mind was busy, conceiving and weighing plans how to try to change the Rebbe’s mind. His new host whipped up the horses and they sped off in the direction of his village. R’ Yaakov sat dejected, facing backwards, towards Koznitz. His inner turmoil didn’t last long. At the first crossroads he jumped off the wagon and started walking determinedly back to Koznitz. By the time he reached town, it was already dark – the holiday had begun.


topping at the first shul, he quickly prayed the holiday evening prayer and recited Hallel, and then hurried on to the Study Hall of the Maggid. By the time he arrived, not a soul was there; the prayers were long over. The holiness of the room was overwhelming. It was said that whoever entered it full of sins did not leave until he was fully repentant. R’ Yaakov paced back and forth the length of the building for a long time, alone, reflecting deeply. He was troubled that he had entered like a sneak thief in the night. Finally he emerged, and headed for the Rebbe’s house. He was prepared for the Rebbe’s displeasure for disobeying a specific instruction. It was already long past nightfall. The Maggid still sat isolated in his room, exalted, his face aflame, preparing himself for the seder. On the way to her husband’s room to see if perhaps he was ready to come to the table, the Rebbetzin glanced out the window. She thought she felt a presence that disturbed the absolute quiet that reigned in the courtyard. Peering closer, she saw R’ Yaakov standing immobile in the shadows, immersed in thought. Instantly, she empathized with the young man who had endangered himself by his rebelliousness, solely because of his need to be at her husband’s seder. She decided to intercede for him; to ask her husband to allow him to stay. The Rebbetzin tiptoed up to her husband’s door. When he looked up, she entered and said, “I must tell you that Yankele from Rychivol is standing about in the courtyard.” The Rebbe didn’t react especially. He simply said, “If so, tell him to go in and find himself a place at the table.” The Rebbetzin went quickly to inform the Rebbe’s attendant, and then

to tell R’ Yaakov the good news that he was invited. R’ Yaakov face lit up in joy. He ran into the Beis Midrash where the long table had been set up. The gabbai showed him his place and whispered in his ear that matzot and wine had been sent for him from the Rebbe’s house. Sparkling candelabra and gleaming oil bowls filled the room with bright light. The long heavy table on which the chassidim studied Torah year round was now covered with a bright embroidered white cloth, graced with vessels and utensils of silver, crystal and gold. The Maggid’s place was set with a couch piled with pillows and cushions to a distinctive height. The few guests rose to their feet with bated breath as they heard the measured steps of the Maggid approach.


he door opened. The Maggid entered. Dressed in white from head to toe, his face shone with heavenly splendor. Generally short of stature and frail, he now seemed to be tall and majestic, like an angel of G-d. The guests froze in their places, paralyzed with awe at the startling apparition. With surprising agility the Maggid sprang onto his cushions and a powerful voice that reverberated through the room called out, “Kadesh!” to inaugurate the seder. As he arranged his kiddush cup next to his silver seder platter with the familiar symbolic foods, the guests started to relax. Fear transmuted into inspiration as an aroma of holiness, of Gan Eden, seemed to emanate from the Maggid’s place and permeate the entire room. Everyone concentrated mightily so as to not miss a word or a nuance of the Maggid’s recital of the emergence from Egypt. No one present was so affected by the awesome atmosphere as R’ Yaakov. He already felt himself to be an intruder who had forced his way in. He couldn’t stop trembling. Beads of sweat dotted his frightened visage. He felt so weak he thought he might faint. The Maggid rose to begin kiddush. Everyone immediately rose after him, but R. Yaakov didn’t know if he could. With his last remaining strength he forced himself to stand straight and focus on the Rebbe at the head of the table. After saying kiddush, the Maggid

all the way back to Koznitz, toiling at matzah baking, and not having eaten anything the whole day. By tomorrow night he would have eaten

the angels crowding in who wanted to hear the Maggid’s seder. R’ Yaakov was excited and optimistic. This time he didn’t feel sleepy

Yet, as his singing increasingly louder and stronger, he was matched and even surpassed by the soldier, whose enthusiastic efforts nearly drowned out the Maggid’s holy voice.

Source: Translated and retold by Yerachmiel Tilles, mainly from Si’ach Tzadikim, pp. 42-48 (and first published in Kfar Chabad).


t least the explanation for that mystery was unveiled that same evening. After the meal, as the second part of the seder progressed, the boundless joy of the Maggid seemed to accelerate even further. After the fourth cup of wine, he began to sing the concluding hymn “Chasal siddur Pesach” in happy excitement and ecstatic devotion. Yet, as his singing increasingly louder and stronger, he was matched and even surpassed by the soldier, whose enthusiastic efforts nearly drowned out the Maggid’s holy voice! When they reached the last line,

Reprinted with permission from Festivals of the Full Moon by Rabbi Yerachmiel Michael Tilles, Menorah Books, an imprint of Koren Publishers Jerusalem. Copyright date: 2016.

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at all. He looked forward with all his being to watching and listening to the Maggid. The tzaddik’s face shone and dazzled like the sun. Kadash...Urchatz... Karpas...Yachatz all passed with R’ Yaakov in a maximum state of alertness. The Rebbe called out “Maggid.” At last! R’ Yaakov concentrated mightily. “Haw lachma anya...” –“this is the bread of affliction” – read the Maggid, and R’ Yaakov was sound asleep. Several hours passed of extraordinary revelations and spiritual unifications. “...Ga’al Yisroel” blessed the Maggid, and R’ Yaakov woke up. Finally he was forced to acknowledge that the stubbornness of a chassid is no match for the will of a tzaddik. Still, he could not understand why he was not allowed to witness the Magid’s holy seder while, for example, the guest seated opposite him in the coarse uniform of a Russian Cantonist (a Jew kidnapped in his youth and forced to serve in the army) got to see and hear everything. What was he even doing there anyway?


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well, caught up on his sleep, prayed and recited Hallel properly, and prepared himself to be transported out of Egypt by the inspired words of the Maggid. The awesome vision of the first night repeated itself again for all those who merited to be present at the second seder. With the Maggid’s entrance, the room was filled with light and the guests dumbstruck with fear. The holiness was palpable. His closest chassidim used to explain that this was because of all

ending with the words “peduyim l’tzion b’rina (“...redeemed for Zion with joyous song”), the soldier leaped out of his seat and began dancing mightily while emphasizing the final two syllables of the word “peduyim” – “redeemed,” but pronouncing it like the Russian word “duyon” which means “let’s go.” Over and over again innumerable times the soldier and the rebbe repeated the phrase “peduyim l’tsion b’rina” with Russian accents, until finally the frail Maggid jumped up and yelled, “Come let us go to Zion with joyous song” in a mighty voice, crossed the room, and joined the soldier for a few steps of ecstatic dance until they reached the door. The soldier exited and immediately disappeared from sight. No one ever saw him again. “‘Fortunate is he who sees him while awake,’” mused R’ Yaakov to himself. Years later, R’ Yaakov became a famous Rebbe in his own right, known as the “Sabba Kadisha” (holy grandfather) of Radzmin. The chassidim who participated in his Passover sedarim also reported many wondrous happenings. Nonetheless, R’ Yaakov Aryeh was fond of saying, “Nowhere else in this world can one hope to find the kind of Pesach seders that I enjoyed in Koznitz. Perhaps in the World to Come it will be possible to repeat such experiences.” May the merit of the holy tzaddikim protect us until “like the days of our going out of Egypt, we see extraordinary wonders” and the full Messianic redemption.


reclined and drank. So did everyone else. The tzaddik called out “Maggid!”–“Let us tell” –and R’ Yaakov fell into a deep sleep. The Maggid explained each paragraph of the Hagaddah with holy inspiration, accompanied with wondrous stories and parables. The enchanted guests felt themselves among those privileged to leave Egypt amongst wonders and miracles. Not one was aware of the soundly sleeping R’ Yaakov. After many hours the Maggid finally reached the concluding blessing. As he intoned the words “Ga’al Yisroel,” R’ Yaakov awoke. His disappointment was unbearable. All those months of careful planning and hard effort! He knew he had been totally exhausted, but he also understood quite well that the real reason he had missed out was his outright rebellion against the Rebbe’s explicit wish for him to be the guest of the villager. A true chassid, R’ Yaakov refused to be depressed. Instead he looked forward to the seder of the second night. After all, his falling asleep this night could possibly be attributed to his exhaustion from walking





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or decades now, governments across the world have struggled with where to impose taxes to raise the revenue they need to offer modern services. Should they simply raise rates? Should they broaden the base by eliminating loopholes and deductions? Should they sock it to smokers, drinkers, or other disfavored groups? How about entirely new levies designed to influence behaviors, like a carbon tax or soda tax? The smartest minds in politics and economics have grappled with these questions. Not only have they failed to make everyone happy, they’ve failed to make anyone happy. At the same time, writers and filmmakers have worked to populate our imagination with a variety of more-or-less human robots. These have included the Laurel and Hardy-esque R2D2 and C3PO of Star Wars fame, the human replicants of Blade Runner, and the self-aware killers of Westworld. Sooooo ... how long did you think it would take for some mad genius to make a mashup of taxes and robots? Well, today is that day, and Microsoft founder Bill Gates is that genius. His proposal is exactly the sort of thing

you’d expect from a guy who dropped out of college to lead the personal computer revolution. Forget trying to squeeze more taxes out of people — let’s just tax the robots! “Right now, the human worker who does, say, $50,000 worth of work in a factory, that income is taxed and you get income tax, social

nights wrestling with W2s, quarterly estimates, or tax forms. And, at least as far as we know, no robot has ever opened a secret bank account or shell corporation in some sunny Caribbean tax haven. Of course, robots can’t really  pay taxes. In practice, taxing Team Robot would mean taxing the

At least as far as we know, no robot has ever opened a secret bank account or shell corporation in some sunny Caribbean tax haven. security tax, all those things. If a robot comes in to do the same thing, you’d think that we’d tax the robot at a similar level.” At first blush, taxing robots might sound like science fiction. But robots don’t mind paying taxes. They don’t feel pain at the thought that their hard-earned money is going to pay for government spending they might not support. They don’t sweat late

businesses that own the robots and use them to replace human labor. It’s really just a shift from taxing labor to taxing capital. Taxes could likely be calculated on a per-head basis, or an amount based on the revenue the robot helps produce, and be paid to wherever the robot lives. Taxing robots can also help make up for the money government loses by not being able to tax the work-

ers the robots replace. Right now, there are 3.5 million truck drivers hurtling down America’s highways, along with 220,000 taxi drivers and 160,000 Uber drivers. The driverless car revolution is sure to replace some of those jobs. That will torpedo taxes and be a real windfall for businesses that no longer have to hire human workers. Taxing the robots can help restore the current balance. If taxing robots works, there’s no limit to where we can turn next. Taxing smartphones? Taxing video games? Taxing the Muppets? It’s all fun and games until somebody tries to tax you. Good thing you’ve got us! We’re here to give you the plan you need to pay less ... so you can focus on important things like defending yourself from the robot takeover!

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Fluffy Pesach Muffins This is a very simple blueberry muffin recipe, which has been adapted from one on It can be made either with blueberries or mini-chocolate chips. Enjoy this Pesach treat!

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2 eggs, separated ¾ cup sugar 2 tsp baking powder 1 ¼ cups potato starch 1/3 cup oil ½ - 1/3 cup blueberries (or mini chocolate chips) 2 Tbl of sugar and 2 tsp. of cinnamon mixed together

Preperation: 1. Pre-heat oven to 360 degrees. Line cupcake pans with liners. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat egg whites on high until stiff peaks form. Slowly add sugar, baking powder, potato starch, egg yolks, and oil. 2. Spoon scant ¼ cup of batter into cupcake holders. Sprinkle tops of cupcakes with sugar and cinnamon. Bake for 25 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool and enjoy for anytime! Makes 14 cupcakes.

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I’m a big fan of simple recipes on Passover. These basic salmon cakes get a bright lift and lightness from cooked vegetables a filler. We keep them on hand for lunches and snacks. Maple Syrup Baked Apples are a rich but light dessert that is perfect after a big yom tov meal. Wishing you all a chag kasher v’samayach.

Ingredients: 1 large potato, peeled and cubed 1 medium zucchini, cubed 2 carrots, peeled and sliced 1 (7.5 ounce) can salmon, drained 4 eggs juice of 1/2 lemon 1/4 cup mayonnaise

1 stalk celery, diced 1 small onion, diced 3/4 cups matzoh meal 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper vegetable or light olive oil


Makes 8-12 servings Can make ahead can freeze Preparation Time: 1 hour

Maple Syrup Baked Apples Ingredients: 8 medium to small apples 1 cup maple syrup 3/4 cup walnut pieces 1/3 cup golden raisins 1 teaspoon cinnamon 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (optional) Ice cream (optional)

Preperation: 1. Heat oven to 400° F. 2. Use a paring knife or apple corer to remove the apple cores. Slice the bottom of each apple, so they sit flat. Place the apples in a baking dish. Drizzle syrup over the apples. 3. In a small bowl, toss the walnuts and raisins with the cinnamon. Fill the apple cores with this mixture, and scatter any extra in the baking dish. Dot the apples with the butter if desired. Place in preheated oven and bake until tender, 40 to 50 minutes. 4. Pour the liquid from the dish into a skillet. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook until slightly thickened, 2 to 3 minutes. Spoon the sauce over the warm apples. Serve with the ice cream, if desired. Serves 8 Can make ahead. Refrigerate cooked apples in sauce, covered for up to 3 days. Warm in oven or on warming tray and spoon warm sauce over apples again before serving.


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1. Place potato, zucchini and carrot in a large sauce pan, cover with water and boil over medium high heat until vegetables are very tender. Drain and mash well. 2. In a medium sized mixing bowl combine cooked, mashed vegetables, salmon, eggs, lemon juice, mayonnaise, celery, onion, matzoh meal, salt and pepper. Mix well. 3. In a large skillet over medium high heat, pour in oil. Make a few patties of desired size, heaping tablespoons for small salmon patties or 1/4 measuring cup for larger ones. When oil is hot, gently add salmon patties and fry 3 to 5 minutes per side or until golden. Add more oil to pan as needed. 

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UNLIMITED: Obstacle Course • Bumper Cars Giant Slide • Jump and Shoot Playland• 3-in-1 Combo

Package 1 $12 Package 2 $17 Package 3 $18 Package 4 $23

519 Old Westminster Pike • Westminster, MD 21157 • 410-857-8383

Directions From Baltimore & Owings Mills:

From Route 795, take Route 140 West toward Westminster (Exit 9B). Proceed approx. 10 miles and turn left at Route 97 South. Go to 2nd stop light and turn left onto Old Westminster Pike. Proceed approx. 150 yards and turn right at Players sign. Players will be at the end of the driveway.

For more information call 410-484-6600 ext. 314 Experience makes a difference.

MAKE SURE YOUR REALTOR HAS IT!! Barry Nabozny 410.977.7600


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1517 Reisterstown Rd., Corner of Old Court Baltimore, Maryland 21208

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