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

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Beginning this Shabbos, May 26th, and continuing through the summer months, hosts throughout the area will be distributing cold bottles of water to pedestrians when temperatures reach 85º or higher. Check your shul’s bulletin board for posters indicating host locations.


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CONTENTS COMMUNITY

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Around the Community . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Community Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

JEWISH THOUGHT Rabbi Zvi Teichman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Rabbi Motty Rabinowitz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Rabbi Silber. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

PEOPLE 613 Seconds with Yitzy Tendler. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

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

JEWISH LIFE Why Cheesecake is Eaten on Shavuos. . . . . . . . . . . 16 My Israel Home. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Dating Dialogue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Political Crossfire. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 BizWiz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Forgotten Heroes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Stories Of Inspiration. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Mental Health Corner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Your Money. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Gluten Free Recipe Column. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Cooking for the King. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71

NEWS Global News. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

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Dear Readers, Once again, as we prepare to receive and recommit ourselves to learn our Torah and fulfill its mitzvoth, we can’t help but marvel at the journey we’ve taken since standing at the foot of Har Sinai! We started as a newborn nation, with pagan practices like all the other nations. After receiving the Torah we slowly, taking baby steps, grew into an admired people in the land promised to our forefathers. Then we ate from the fat of the land, causing us to forget our responsibilities, thinking that we were “entitled” to it all. As we ignored our prophets and leaders, who were practically begging us to return to a moral and G-dly life, we left our creator no choice but to take away the apple of our eye and disperse us among other nations. After returning to Yerushalayim without having internalized the message, we were fatefully cast far and wide in what turned out to be a most brutal exile. Our travels have been fraught with danger. Indeed, other than a few decades here and there, we’ve been for the most part a persecuted people, ridiculed by so many because of our unwavering faith in Hashem and his Torah. We, in the United States, have been extremely fortunate with the rights and even respect we’ve received during the past century. Indeed, Memorial Day for us Jews is a time to appreciate and honor the millions of soldiers who have given their lives for the values of this great country which has been our haven. It’s been so good that our challenge has, thank G-d, reversed. It is harder to remember our mission whilst living a plentiful life. We no longer need to show our commitment because of an inquisition or a frenzied Cossack mob. Rather, we need to muster our original dedication of, “Na’aseh v’nishma.” We will first do and then we will seek to understand. We must find the strength from within to express that

we are first and foremost a Jew and that although we, thank G-d, don’t have to risk our lives for it, we remain deeply cognizant of our first and essential identity. Living in the modern world can easily dull our sense of purpose. Still, we must relate to our history and eternal mission described at length in Tanach. Let us remember who we are and most importantly, let us remember that we were sent into exile for a limited amount of time and that we will one day return to our own land. Indeed, this is hard to imagine in the literal sense, yet believing in the face of strong opposition is something us Jews have been accustomed to for many centuries. It is also helpful to look up the sources in Tanach, Medrashim and Halacha and see for oneself a description of the final redemption. The dichotomy is that our world has become more evil and wonderfully kind at the same time. For us, these are expressions of the deepest darkness as well as the first rays of light of a new and fresh day. One which will rejuvenate us and the rest of the world, forever. As is written in this week’s Haftorah (Hosea 2:1): “The children of Yehuda and Yisrael will be gathered together, and they will appoint for themselves one head. They will go up (from the land of their exile to their own land), for great is the day when G-d’s scattered people will be gathered… On that day, I will make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, the birds of the sky and the creeping things of the earth. I will banish the bow, the sword, and war from the earth, and I will let them lie safely… I will betroth you to me with faith, and you will know G-d.” May we accept the Torah with joy and renewed commitment,

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n Sunday, May 21, Bikur Cholim of Baltimore hosted the 6th annual women’s brunch, “Gaining through Giving.” This annual brunch brings together hundreds of women who support and volunteer so graciously and devotedly the cholim of our community. The beautifully decorated Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion hall was, once again, packed to capacity with women of all ages, spending an enjoyable Sunday morning with good friends and delicious food. While enjoying the sumptuous brunch catered by Yakov Simanowitz of Elegent Events, Bonnie Pollak, Bikur Cholim’s Coordinator of Family Services, opened the program by thanking all our volunteers and encouraging others to join and “make a difference.” A lively Power point presentation highlighted photographs of our hundreds of volunteers and listed the myriad volunteer opportunities available through Bikur Cholim. As the program continued, Mrs. Rachell Tajerstein, who so eloquently served as the brunch emcee, spoke about Bikur Cholim’s free-loan medical equipment program which will be expanded and improved through a generous donation made by Judi and Jonathan Feldman in the honor and memory of their mother, Mrs. Roz Wallin, ‫ה״ע‬. The newly named Roz Wallin Bikur CholimMedical Equipment Gmach will continue to provide medical equipment to those in need. Bikur Cholim thanks the Feldman’s for this very meaningful addition to Bikur Cholim. The highlight of this year’s brunch was particularly meaningful and poignant, honoring the memory of two inspirational women who devoted their time and energy to Bikur Cholim: Mrs. Laure Gutman, ‫ ה״ע‬and Mrs. Elky Kleiner, ‫ה״ע‬. Mrs. Nusy Lefkovitz magnificently shared with the gathering a brief biography of Mrs. Kleiner’s life and incredible accomplishments, con-

cluding with a presentation to the family. Elky Kleiner was a Bikur Cholim volunteer for over thirty years. Her visits to patients in the hospital and at home were special; she came armed with food packages and her truly awe-inspiring simchas hachayim. She was always positive and upbeat, no matter how she was feeling or what personal difficulties she was facing. For over four years, she stocked the Sinai Hospital pantry weekly, refusing to give it over to someone else to do even when she was confronting her own illness. Elky’s home centered around her family. Elky Kleiner was a truly remarkable woman who accomplished remarkable things in her too short life. Bikur Cholim lost more than just a volunteer with Elky’s petirah; the organization and the entire community lost a role model of how to live chesed and have unending simchas hachayim. Mrs. Rachell Tajerstein introduced the Laure Gutman Video Tribute, produced by Aliza Elman of ae Creative Studios and Chana Siff with words of praise to Bikur Cholim’s own Laure Gutman. Laure served as Vice President on the board of Bikur Cholim for four years; however, her influence on the very essence of the organization, how it fulfilled its mission and those needing Bikur Cholim’s assistance far surpassed any mere board member. Though she herself was fighting a life-threatening illness, Laure and Bikur Cholim became synonymous, and there was no part of the organization that was not impacted upon by her special touch. When she became vice president of Bikur Cholim, she was a crucial figure in the organization’s restructuring and revitalization. From

the moment she joined the board, the energy changed. She brought new and fresh ideas to improve the quality of care for the cholim in our community and ways to alleviate the anguish of their family members. Laure was not just part of the planning and delegating; she rolled up her sleeves and got to work. When Laure was in a room, you felt her presence; she was a force that brought light wherever she went. Her smile welcomed you

in, her warmth enveloped you, her sincerity shone through. She was a leader; she had strength and wisdom, yet she was sweet and caring. Bikur Cholim, and truly the entire Baltimore community, was blessed to have Laure with us. Bikur Cholim of Baltimore is grateful to the families of these two extraordinary women for their years of commitment and takes pride in honoring their memory. They have made indelible impressions on us all and will continue to serve as role models to their successors. This beautiful brunch and tribute was so expertly and beautifully co-chaired by Mrs. Leah Klein and Mrs. Sarah Ottensoser together with their talented and dedicated event coordinators: Shira Miryam Bronfin, Cindy Goodman, Ilana Portnoy, and Aliza Wein. The tribute ad journal was beautifully created by Sharlene Pleeter and Sora Greenlinger. Bikur Cholim is extremely proud of the continued growth of its volunteer base which allows them to fill the ever-growing need in the community. Bikur Cholim thanks you for your participation in this event and your volunteerism. For those of you who are not yet involved, please join the incredible men and women of Bikur Cholim who provide so much to support the cholim and their families in our community. You may reach Bikur Cholim of Baltimore at 410-9993700 or at info@baltimorebikurcholim.org.


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Talmidim at Yeshivas Kochav Yitzchok/Torah Institute had a very special Lag BaOmer. In addition to school-wide activities, the Pre1A visited Yeshivas Ner Yisroel, including meeting the Rosh Yeshiva, shlita. The 5th through 8th grades enjoyed a father and son BBQ with a kumzitz and story around a bonfire

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Nursery and Pre1A talmidim joined the first grade on Sunday, Lag BaOmer at Yeshivas Toras Simcha for an uplifting experience! Everyone enjoyed singing and dancing to ‫ בר יוחאי‬and other nigunim with fathers and rebbeim.


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Overflow Crowd of Grandparents (and Great-Grandparents) Shep Yiddishe Nachas at TA’s 3rd Grandparent’s Day

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An Open Letter to the Baltimore Orthodox Community

By: Linda S. Elman

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t is my honor and privilege to serve as Women’s Campaign Chair for The Associated for 2017. I am asking you to join me in support of this vital organization that gives so much to our entire Jewish community. My husband Michael and I first became active in The Associated during Michael’s tenure as Chairman of the Board of the Talmudical Academy/Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim. At that time, TA was in financial crisis. The Associated leadership took a direct and critical role in helping TA. Through the ensuing quarter century, The Associated has generously supported day school education in our community. Critical resources in our community, such as Shemesh, Jewish Com-

munity Services, Chana, Chai and the Park Heights JCC are funded in part by The Associated. Our Orthodox community heavily uses the services of each of these agencies. In Israel, Associated dollars support many projects I think you would find worthwhile. The Associated is also our shaliach, our emissary, for chesed in the community. The Associated helps us reach people you and I would want to help but we don’t know who and where they are. They do. If someone were to ask you whether we in the Orthodox community are givers or takers, we would say givers. We all give tzedakah, we all give of our time to our schools, to our shuls, and the organizations near and dear to our hearts. But I believe we are also takers. One of the reasons our schools and our community are so strong is because of the continued support

from The Associated. We all understand the meaning of hakoras hatov, of gratitude. One way to express that gratitude is to give back to those who give to us. Your Associated gift does not have to be the biggest in your tzedakah portfolio, but given what we receive, The Associated should be on your list! Through your participation in the Associated campaign at any level you stand up on behalf of the Orthodox community and are counted in the organization that does so much to provide resources to our children, our unemployed, our sick, our disabled and

our elderly. Though your support, you play a significant role in ensuring that no Jew goes without food, shelter, and dignity. The Associated provides a rare and welcoming venue where Jews from all backgrounds can work together despite our differences for the collective benefit of Klal Yisrael. Please join me in support of this wonderful organization that does so much for us all! Linda S. Elman 2017 Women’s Campaign Chair The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore

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On Monday night, as fans were leaving a concert in Manchester Arena, a lone attacker detonated a bomb, killing at least 22 people, including children. This is the deadliest attack on British soil since the 2005 London

bombings, which killed more than 50 people. At least 60 people were injured in Monday’s carnage. Sadly, many of those who were in the arena were youngsters and teenagers. When the bomb went off, thousands fled for safety and chaos reigned. The sounds of sirens and screams pierced the atmosphere. On Tuesday, Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack that was carried out by the 23-year-old man. British Prime Minister Theresa May called the carnage a “callous, terrorist attack.” “This attack stands out for its appalling, sickening cowardice deliberately targeting innocent defenseless children and young people who should have been enjoying one of the most memorable nights of their lives,” she said, speaking outside of Downing Street, where flags are flying at half-staff. She called it among the worst terrorist incidents in Britain and “the worst ever to hit the north of England.” Mayhem resulted after the blast.

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sponsible chose to terrorize and kill. This was an evil act,” Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said. On Tuesday, officials were slowly releasing the names of those who perished in the attack. The first victim to be named was 18-year-old Georgina Callander, who was a big fan of the performer. She was in the second year of a health and social care course at Runshaw College. Saffie Rose Roussos was the second victim to be named in the attack. The eight-year-old girl went to the concert with her mother and sister, who were both injured in the attack. According to the head-teacher at her school, “Saffie was simply a beautiful little girl in every aspect of the word. She was loved by everyone and her warmth and kindness will be remembered fondly. Saffie was quiet and unassuming with a creative flair.” On Tuesday, family and friends were still searching for their loved ones, who they had not heard from since the concert.

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The Chinese government eliminated or imprisoned more than a dozen CIA operatives between 2010 and 2012. The sources were found and “taken out,” based on what American officials called the worst intelligence breach in recent history. Intelligence gathering in the region was crippled for many years after the dismantling of the CIA’s infrastructure in China. Despite it taking place years ago, the story has only now been made public. The source of the leak that exposed the agents is hotly contested

issue in intelligence circles. Many believe that there was mole inside the CIA that betrayed the United States. Others think that China was able to hack the covert system that the CIA uses to communicate with its sources in foreign countries. There is no official proof to support either theory. The details of the investigation into the data leak have come out slowly. Ten officials – both current and former – have described the ongoing investigation under the condition of anonymity to different sources. In early 2010, America had a well-developed spy network inside China. Information on the inner workings of the Chinese government was gathered from sources deep inside the Beijing intelligence community. Then, at the end of 2010 and in early 2011, information began to dry up and assets were going missing. The FBI and the CIA created a joint task force to investigate where the leak was that was giving China the information to finger and assassinate the CIA operatives in China. But

they were unable to gather enough evidence to convict any one person. By 2013, the edge China held over the American intelligence officers in China had dulled and operations were resumed. But the damage had been done. The spy network in China had been dismantled in two short years.

Rouhani Reelected

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, 68, celebrated his victory after being re-elected for a second term this week. In his acceptance speech

Rouhani pledged to expose Iran to the world and provide freedoms its people have longed for. During his campaign for reelection Rouhani vowed to bring change to the Persian regime, a country that still denies many rights to its citizens, women in particular. Rouhani, obtaining 57% of the vote, beat out his leading opponent judge Ebrahim Raisi, who received 38%. In his first televised speech after the result, Rouhani openly defied conservative judges by praising the spiritual leader of the reform camp, former President Mohammad Khatami. A court has banned quoting or naming Khatami on air. “Our nation’s message in the election was clear: Iran’s nation chose the path of interaction with the world, away from violence and extremism,” Rouhani said. In the Iranian government the powers of the elected president are limited by those of unelected Supreme Leader, who is currently Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who outranks the presi-

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Yad Vashem, the Shoah Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority commemorates all friends of the Jews during the Holocaust. The “Righteous among the Nations” is a list that includes any non-Jews who risked their lives in order to save Jews during the Nazi era. Now, seven decades after the Holocaust, an Irish priest, hailed as “Ireland’s Oskar Schindler,” is being vetted by Yad Vashem to be added to the exclusive honorable list. “Monsignor O’Flaherty left the safety of the Vatican to run his escape line,” said Jerry O’Grady, chairman of the Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty Memorial Society in the priest’s hometown in Killarney, Ireland. “The Gestapo had a price on his head and they tried to kidnap him many times.” O’Flaherty is credited with hiding hundreds of Jews from the Gestapo. He was the son of a golf steward in Ireland. His skill at the game helped garner him social connections in the Roman society. The priest mingled with social luminaries such as Mussolini’s son-in-law, Count Galeazzo Ciano, as well as the former Spanish King Alphonso. Eventually, his connections became instrumental in aiding Jewish refugees. In the last years of the war, as the Italian government collapsed, O’Flaherty organized a group of priests, anti-Fascist and diplomats to help shelter Jews, escaped POWs and refugees. He set up a network of safe havens in rented apartments and religious houses throughout Rome. Claudio-Ilan Jacobi benefited from O’Flaherty’s kindness. Now living in Israel, Jacobi escaped the ghetto when the Gestapo raided it. “I saw the Monsignor many times,” Jacobi wrote in his statement for Yad Vashem. “He helped my mother, my grandparents and me find refuge from the Nazis.” “He got false papers for us from the Vatican as well as food cards,” Jacobi testified. “I remember the great appreciation my mother had for all he did.” Jacobi relates an incident where O’Flaherty threatened the doorman of Jacobi’s apartment with excommunication for speaking too openly about the Jewish family hiding inside. The process to approve for Yad Vashem’s list is lengthy and strict. “Monsignor O’Flaherty has already been honored by the American, British and Italian governments,” said O’Grady. “He received the Command-


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President Trump Takes Israel

Donald Trump expressed his high hopes for a “new level of partnership” between the Arab states and Israel

during his recent trip to the Middle East. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded that he feels there is “real hope for change” for the first time in his lifetime. During a joint press conference earlier this week, Trump spoke of the opportunities in the Middle East. “We must seize them together. We must take advantage of the situation. And there are many things that can happen now that could never have happened before,” Trump said. When referencing his meetings with Saudi Arabia’s leaders, Trump said, “We are willing to work together. I believe that a new level of partnership is possible and will happen,” referring to ties between the U.S., Israel and the Arab world. Trump arrived in Israel after two days in Saudi Arabia. He met with Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin on Monday and then Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem on Tuesday. While speaking with Netanyahu, Trump said that a “renewed effort” would be made to restart peace talks between Israel and Palestine. “It won’t be easy,” he admitted. “I’ve heard it’s one of the toughest deals of all. But I have a feeling we will get there eventually, I hope.” Netanyahu was very warm in his remarks about President Trump. He said there was “something new, and potentially something very promising” in the air. “It won’t be simple. But for the first time in many years, and Mr. President, for the first time in my lifetime, I see a real hope for change,” Netanyahu said. Surprisingly, President Trump is the very first sitting U.S. president to visit the Kotel, Israel’s holiest and most popular site. On Wednesday, Trump made his way to Rome and the Vatican. He then stopped in Brussels, Taormina and Sigonella, a U.S. Navy installation in Sicily.

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The shots he fired from his legally registered handgun hit two people. One was killed and another was lightly injured. Military police came to his rescue and dispersed the crowd with tear gas. In an interview, the father of eight said that the Palestinians “almost lynched” him. “Thank G-d I managed to get out of there… I looked death in the eyes,” he said. The Palestinian protest was being held to show support for Palestinian prisoners that have been on a hunger strike since April 17. According to a military spokesperson, “Hundreds of Palestinians threw rocks at passing vehicles” during the violent demonstrations. “They are blocking the road that goes from the Gav Hahar settlements to the center of the country. They throw rocks at cars full of families and children,” the spokesperson said. Yossi Dagan, the head of the Samaria Regional Council, said he “totally supports the resident who defended his life and the lives of those around him against attackers.” A video of the shooting has been posted on social media. It shows the man’s car being blocked by an ambulance and rocks being thrown at the car prior to two gunshots and the arrival of military police. In a slightly related story, Israe-

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IDF Seizes Terror Compensation Money As part of a large-scale operation to cripple the Hamas infrastructure in Chevron, Israeli police have seized property of families of terrorists, including the families of those responsible for the kidnapping and murder of Eyal Yifrach, Gil-Ad Shaer and Naftali Frankel, Hy”d, in 2014. The police seized thousands of shekels, two vehicles, and two computers from the families of the terrorists responsible for their murders. Hamas gives out funds to the families of those that terrorize the Jewish people in order to encourage violence and recruit new operatives. In similar raids carried out in February, police seized more than 200,000 shekels that had been given to the families of seven terrorists in east Jerusalem. Police reported that all of the suspects had been given cash following deadly attacks that had been carried out as far back as 1994. The Palestinian Authority has laws which guarantee steady payments to members of dead terrorist families and imprisoned terrorists. Based on their current laws, all families of dead terrorists are paid a monthly minimum of NIS 1,500. Widows get NIS 400 and the killer’s children each get NIS 200. There is currently a bill making its way through the United States legislature called the Taylor Force Act which would require the U.S. State Department to cut funds to the PA if it does not end its martyr compensation system. The bill is named for a former U.S. Army officer who was murdered by a Palestinian in Israel last year.


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contract subjects the buyer to a hefty 10% penalty. In our case, the buyer applied for a small mortgage and the bank appraiser requested to see the land registry drawings and the building permit. We located the registered drawings but were unable to unearth the original building permit. Consequently, the bank refused to give a mortgage to the buyer. In the past, lenders did not require building permits. If an apartment was registered in TABU with accurate building drawings, the banks were satisfied. Three years ago, however, financiers became more cautious and tightened their lending requirements. Consequently, buyers today must ascertain during the pre-contract due diligence period what they can borrow – and they should keep in mind that without a building permit, there is a good chance that they will

not receive a mortgage. Understand that you’re not home free just because a building permit exists. You must also demonstrate that the existing apartment conforms with the building permit. If you purchase an apartment that was originally built in accordance with the building permit but was subsequently illegally extended, banks will give a mortgage based only upon the value of the legal space. In addition, they will subtract the cost to remove the illegal extension. One attorney recently told me that her client wanted to buy a 100 sqm apartment, but only 60 sqm was legal. Regrettably, the amount of the mortgage was based on the value of the 60 sqm of legal space, less the cost of resetting the apartment back to its original size. The reality is that the borrower is not going to eliminate the illegal space – nor, for that matter, is it a bank requirement to do

so – though this caveat shows how cautious lenders have become when dealing with illegal construction. Returning to the story of the miniscule Rechavia studio, the bank denied the mortgage application but fortunately our client found the cash to close the deal. Had the buyer been forced to cancel the contract, he would have been subject to the 10% penalty. Moral of the story: Surround yourself with seasoned, honest real estate professionals who will ensure that you thoroughly complete all necessary due diligence prior to signing the contract. Gedaliah Borvick is the founder of My Israel Home (www.myisraelhome.com), a real estate agency focused on helping people from abroad buy and sell homes in Israel. To sign up for his monthly market updates, contact him at gborvick@ gmail.com.


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Vital Attraction By Rabbi Zvi Teichman

I recently had the privilege of hosting at my Shul two classes of adorable first graders, from the local Bais Yaakov School. The school arranges a visit to one of the local Shuls in preparation for their receiving their very first Chumash, as they are about to begin learning Bereishis. A Torah is removed from the Aron, placed on the Bima and opened. Each girl is then called up to come and discover the first letter of their name as it appears in the Sefer Torah.

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The sense of enthusiasm was palpable, a mix of joy and awe, as each child enthusiastically strode forward, their delicate steps tempered with cautious reverence. Where does this excitement stem from? • We are taught that when G-d appeared at Mount Sinai He was accompanied by twenty two myriads of angels ‘with flags’. We were so taken by the sight of these ‘flag carrying’ angels that we pined for flags too. G-d promised that we too would be privileged to have flags. This found its fulfillment when the tribes were later divided into four distinct groups of three tribes each; every group was also given a unique flag that distinguished them. )‫איש על דגלו באתת לבית אבתם (ב ב‬, Each man by his banner according to the insignias of their fathers’ household. Each three-tribe formation had a

flag for its group and each tribe had its own personal banner as well. On the group flag, the colors of the three tribes’ stones that represented them on the Breastplate of the Kohen Gadol appeared, as well as an equal distribution of the letters in the names of each of the Patriarchs. The first group had the first letters of the three Patriarchs, ‫י‬-‫י‬-‫א‬, the second, ‫ע‬-‫צ‬-‫ב‬, the third, ‫ק‬-‫ח‬-‫ ר‬and fourth group, ‫ב‬-‫ק‬-‫מ‬, and the extra ‫ ה‬of Avraham hovering above the encampment as a cloud. )‫(רבינו בחיי‬ What was so enticing about the angels and their flags that made us so jealous? • The appearance of these angels at Mount Sinai is described in Song of Songs. ‫הביאני אל בית היין ודגלו עלי אהבה‬ )‫(שה"ש ב ד‬, He has brought me to the house of wine, and his banner over me is love. The Midrash reveals that the ‘house of wine’ refers to the giving of the Torah, which is compared to wine, at Sinai, and the ‘banner over them’ alludes to the flags that G-d promised them after their request having observed the angels and their flags. Although the word ‫ דגל‬is translated as flag or banner, Rashi teaches that it means something else. Drawing from old French, Rashi directs us to the word atreit, which means an attraction. Putting it into the

context of the verse Rashi writes; and his gathering, that he gathered me to him that was love to me. I still remember his love. ‫ דגלו‬is atreit in French. The almost magnetic attraction we felt due to G-d conveying His interest and love for us is the essence of this verb.

‘insignias’ on each flag means something much deeper. The word ‫ אֹות‬used for ‘sign’ is more closely related here to the word )‫אוַת (דברים יב כ‬, ַ meaning desire, emphasizing their aching desire for closeness in the image of the angels.

The rallying around a ‘flag’ is an expression of this ‘attraction’. When we are drawn and feel pulled towards an ideal that is symbolized by an insignia on a banner, we sense this atreit, an invisible affinity and identification with the object of our attraction.

The Vilna Gaon informs that the ‫דגלים‬, the ‘flags’ of the angels at Sinai were the ‫קולות וברקים ולפידים וההר‬ ‫עשן‬, thunder and lightning, flames and smoking mountain. These supernatural phenomena expressed the appearance of G-d and His presence, the very ‘attraction’ we sensed in the angels. • It is incumbent on us to remember daily the revelation at Sinai.

Although the angels didn’t possess physical flags, they did exhibit exhilaration over the bond they had with the Almighty. This exquisite joy and thrill these angels displayed over their relationship with G-d is what we so desperately desired. The Holy Cohen of Safed, Rav Mordechai HaCohen in his Sifsei Cohen, reveals that in addition to the other insignias on their respective banners, each of the four groupings had a letter from the Tetragrammaton, ‫ה‬-‫ו‬-‫ה‬-‫י‬. ‫וכל דגל ודגל הוא מושפע וממשיך לו‬ ...‫שפע מאותו אות‬, Each banner was under its influence and drew affluence from its letter... These ‘flags’ attracted them to G-d and in turn they received His bountiful love. Rabbeinu Bechaye explains that the verse that refers to the ‫אותות‬, the

The regular schedule of reading from the Torah is patterned after this momentous event. The custom to have at least three people present at the Bima when reading from the Torah publicly is so that we have a representation of G-d the giver of Torah, Moshe the intermediary who transmitted it and the people who received it. But where is there evidence of the excitement that took place at that time? The Holy Cohen of Safed continues that the ‘mystical secret’ of the custom to raise the Torah and displaying its letters for all to see is reminiscent of that original pull and attraction we felt at Mount Sinai. There are 600,000 letters in the Torah each corresponding to every Jewish soul, as is evident in the name Israel, ‫ישראל‬, Cont. on page 34


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an acronym for ‫יש ששים רבוא אותיות‬ ‫לתורה‬, there are six hundred thousand letters in the Torah.

be accessed if we are ready to show our eagerness and true desire to attain that connection.

‫וכל נשמה ונשמה מושפעת מאות אחת‬ ...‫מושכת לה שפע על ידי אותה ראיה‬, Each soul is influenced from one letter that draws connection from that sighting... • Ideally during hagba’ah one should bow slightly towards the exposed letters when the Torah is raised and view it close enough so that one may find the first letter of one’s name. In fact this is true for men and women as well. '‫ או"ח סי‬,‫ הבן איש חי‬,‫(רמב"ן‬ )‫קלד ע"ש‬

The Torah is our flag, our banner and it beckons us with its love and affection.

In the blessing on the Torah we refer to G-d as the ‫נותן התורה‬, the ‘Giver’ of the Torah in the present, because the process is static and ever present. G-d’s attraction and love can

We point to the letters that summon us now just as it did at Mount Sinai. The very same loving Father who revealed Himself then is ready and waiting for us to run unto His embrace. All we need to do is yearn for

We recite the verse ‫וזאת התורה‬ ...‫אשר שם משה לפני בני ישראל‬, This is the Torah that Moshe placed before the Children of Israel. One is only to recite this upon seeing the side of the parchment that has writing on it not the exterior side of the parchment.

that relationship, pine for His closeness and He will respond. The Holy Maggid of Mezritch says the Torah is called ‫זאת‬, comprised of the letter ‫ ז‬and the two letters ‫ א‬and ‫ ז‬.‫ת‬, the seventh letter, symbolizes the seven day weekly cycle of earthly existence. ‫ א‬the first letter in the alef beis and ‫ ת‬the last represent the 22 letters that comprise our Torah, that radiate its influence and transforms the mundane cycle of seven into a world of eternity and exquisite joy. Wasn’t it 22 myriads of angels with their ‘flags’ that appeared at the revelation at Sinai? That same thrill the angels experience awaits us if we are ready to grasp on to the holy 22 letters of our Torah! • Those pure young and innocent children sensed instinctively the pres-

ence of G-d. They sensed the joy and the awe as we all experienced it at Mount Sinai. We have allowed the dust of this physical world to impair our vision and prevent us from seeing what is readily available. Next time don’t be inhibited. When the Torah is raised allow your soul to follow its nature in clinging to its unique letter. Don’t resist His longing for you. Fall into His embrace and rise to the greatness and all its blessings that awaits you. This Shavuos let us return to our innocence, to our inherent purity. If we do we will gaze lovingly and directly once again into the eyes of the Divine Presence, allowing this vital attraction to carry us towards the greatness we are each destined for.


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Know Thy Place By Rabbi Motty Rabinowitz Fifty years have passed since the miraculous Six-Day War and the liberation of Jerusalem. This quick war triggered not only a Jewish spiritual revival, but also heated discussions about peace. The multitude of opposing opinions and political hypotheses of how to achieve Middle-East peace are somewhat perplexing, and at times amusing. In the more important domain of achieving internal Jewish harmony, the different viewpoints are no less intriguing. In our Parsha, the Torah details the demographic breakdown of the Jewish people as they were counted “on the 1st of the second month in the second year” in the Sinai desert. Following this, Moshe was commanded to

separate the 12 tribes, each with their own flag, placing them in a specific location for camping and travelling. The timing of this enumeration and setup is perplexing. Why did it only occur in the 2nd year of their living in the desert? Would it not have been logical to take stock of the population and organize the vast Jewish camp as soon as they exited Egypt and arrived in the desert? Rabbi Yaakov Kamenetsky in Emes L’Yaakov proposes that this organization could only occur in the 2nd year, after the Torah had been given and the Mishkan had been constructed. The act of separating the tribes and given them their own identities could promote splintering. Each tribe might

now view itself as a separate entity with its own philosophy and approach to life. The central focus of the whole camp was the Mishkan which itself centered around the ark containing the ten commandments. Only when the whole camp was focused on the shared goal of keeping the Torah, could this splintering be prevented. There are many paths to serve Hashem, and they are all legitimate and complimentary to each other, as long as we focus on our common, unifying goal, to keep the Torah. According to Rabbi Kamentesky, receiving the Torah is a precondition to diversity, as it ensures that we are still unified and at peace. This seemingly contrasts with the understanding of the 18th century Italian kabbalist, the Zera Shimshon. The Yalkut Shimoni (684) quotes a Midrash describing how the nations of the world responded to the Jewish people receiving the Torah. Their immediate reaction was to question, “Why do the Jewish people deserve to receive the Torah more than us?”. To this Hashem responded, “Show me your genealogy”, and then it will be clear who is deserving of the Torah. This midrash must be explained. In what way, would presenting our ‫ייחוס‬, our genealogy, build a case for receiving the Torah? The Zera Shimshon explains that it is the inherent Jewish traits presented by our pedigree that are our strongest case for being the Torah’s rightful owners. The Talmud (Kiddushin 71b) tells us that, “‫”יחסותא דבבל שתיקותא‬, if you want to know who has a strong Jewish pedigree in Babylon, see how they react to disagreements. If they know how to keep quiet and uphold the peace, instead of flying off the handle, you can be sure they have strong Jewish pedigree. Our ‫ ייחוס‬is defined by our love of ‫ שלום‬and striving to maintain community peace. It is this yearning for peace that is essential for keeping the Torah, and it is this trait

that proves our rightful ownership. One of the hardest challenges many of us face through our lives, is finding our ‘place’. Society presents us with stereotypes and ‘boxes’ from which we must seemingly choose, some more legitimate than others. We often struggle to define our identity within this sometimes-rigid framework, as we are after all, individuals. We go through identity and mid-life crises. It is only at the point that we realize that we are entitled to be ourselves and find our unique path in Torah and life, that we can feel comfortable in our skin. Only then can we achieve peace internally, and with others around us who have also found their own unique paths. The separation of the tribes by flag, was, per the Zera Shimshon, an act to precipitate peace. It stated that each tribe had its own legitimate, separate place around the Torah and could therefore cease to feel insecure or constricted by the paths of others. We all have a legitimate place. It is this acceptance of diversity and the allowance to have separate paths, that enables peace, which is a pre-requisite to the Torah. This is the reason why only now, after the Torah was given and the nations of the world appealed our legitimacy, that the tribes were enumerated separately and given their own flag and identity in the camp.

In truth, these two contrasting viewpoints on achieving peace are two sides of the same coin. ‫שלום‬ cannot be achieved without acknowledging own place and role in life and being respectful of others’ differing paths. But without a unified sense of purpose and without the Torah as our central focus, such peace cannot be maintained. As we approach Shevuos, may we all, as a unified community, be able find our own paths in Torah, and achieve everlasting peace.


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age twenty in order to ascertain the size of the national fighting force. However, Levi is counted separately from the other tribes and is reckoned from the age of one month. This leads Rashi to explain that it was not to gauge the size of the potential army, rather, “Mitoch Chibasan L’fanav Moneh Osam B’Chol Shaah, Because of His (God’s) love for them (Jewish people); He counts them

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chapters of numbers, only those are mentioned of the dead who formed the separate branches of the tribes and families, but of the living only those are named who had some official public position as Nesiim (tribal princes) and Kohanim (priests). But our Moses allowed his sons to be quite absorbed in the masses without any special distinction, he did not even have a small position, a tiny title, a small badge for his own children (Bamidbar 3:1).” There were two different groups of individuals listed in the counting - those who founded the major families and had since died and those who became contributors and assumed active positions of leadership within the Jewish people. Moshe’s sons are not counted by name (they are included in the total tally) because they did not contribute to the Jewish people in a substantive manner, they were absorbed in the masses. Aharon’s sons were given the mantle of the priesthood. They served, they contributed, and they gave. Our precious Torah is conveying to us a truly profound lesson. Life is about rolling up your sleeves and seeing what you can do to advance your family, your community, your people and your world. Too often, we sit back and we expect others to do for us, to

give to us and to provide for us. Too often, we expect that others will do the heavy lifting while we sit on the side and benefit from the fruits of their labor. This unfortunate mindset it prevalent in many areas of life. Spouses assume that the other will do the necessary work to improve the marriage – I’m ready and willing to have a blissful marriage, but you, my significant other should do all of the work. Parents want their children to be committed and passionate Jews but sometimes fail to be true spiritual role-models. We are quick to point out the flaws in our schools, shuls, communities, leaders and nation – but are we committed enough to actually work to improve them? The counting conducted in the beginning of Bamidbar is no ordinary count – it is the “who’s who” of the Jewish people. It is a distinguished list of names of the living and dead. It is the Judaic honor role that pays homage to those who dedicated themselves to advancing the nationhood and destiny of the Jewish people. For whatever the reason, Moshe’s children did not follow in the footsteps of their illustrious father. They did not lead lives of committed contribution; they did not dedicate their abilities and talents to the Jewish nation. Our goal is to forge a meaningful identity that will continue to inspire even when we are no longer here. We have to roll up our sleeves. We have to work, we have to contribute. We cannot be spectators in our personal, communal and national lives. We must rise to the occasion and make a difference whenever and wherever we can. This Shabbos we will read the names of men who lived thousands of years ago but through whose efforts we live today. Let us become the kind of people whose efforts will shape the world in which we live and whose memory will inspire for generations to come.

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The waiters know well Trump’s personal preferences. As he settles down, they bring him a Diet Coke, while the rest of us are served water, with the Vice President sitting at one end of the table. With the salad course, Trump is served what appears to be Thousand Island dressing instead of the creamy vinaigrette for his guests. When the chicken arrives, he is the only one given an extra dish of sauce. At the dessert course, he gets two scoops of vanilla ice cream with his chocolate cream pie, instead of the single scoop for everyone else. The tastes of Pence are also tended to. Instead of the pie, he gets a fruit plate.

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– From a Time Magazine exclusive inside the Trump White House

Marriage is like a marathon, it’s not a sprint. There’s a lot of years ahead of you in a marriage and sometimes you’re both really into it and can push each other and sometimes the other partner has to help pull you through whatever challenge lies ahead. You both have to keep each other motivated in a race and in a marriage. - Alexander Salazar, explaining why he and his bride, Krissa Cetner, stopped six miles into the Brooklyn half marathon last Saturday to get married

– Conan O’Brien

The president and first lady visited Israel today. Trump arrived in Tel Aviv this morning with his wife Melania. He went to hold her hand and she kind of gave him a little, kind of, get-that-away-from-me. I’m no body language expert but I think that’s a sign for “I’m supposed to be shopping on Fifth Avenue right now.” – Jimmy Kimmel

- New York Times headline after a Samaria resident was nearly lynched by an angry Arab mob last week and was forced to open fire to defend himself, killing one of his attackers and wounding another

[I am] fed up with chasing after you. - Likud party coalition chairman David Bitan chastising Culture Minister Miri Regev for missing party votes, at a cabinet meeting

If you were chasing me, you would be on a diet. - Regev’s retort to the overweight Bitan

Ceasefire! - Prime Minister Netanyahu as he banged a gavel on the conference table to stop the squabble

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After Air Force One landed in Israel, Donald Trump reached for Melania’s hand and she slapped it away. Yeah, there’s video of it. She slaps it away. So, we’ve been wrong all this time. They apparently do have a normal marriage.

Israeli fires on Palestinian protesters in the West Bank, killing one.


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I think we can forgive Samuel, don’t you think, Oregonians? – Tweet by Governor Kate Brown with the hashtag, #cutestmailever

Samuel, in exchange for your apology, debt repayment, and return of the pen you lifted, I formally pardon you from any further penalty. I hope the pen coming your way will be an adequate memento of your visit at the Capitol. Come back soon! – Facebook post by Governor Brown

Yesterday, a brawl broke out at a Florida airport after Spirit Airlines canceled several flights. To restore control, airport police were forced to fire Cinnabons into the crowd. – Conan O’Brien

Over the weekend, the world’s biggest-ever cyberattack spread around the globe infecting 150 countries. It’s pretty horrifying. Computers have been totally destroyed. In some cases, in extreme cases, people were forced to have actual face-to-face conversations. It was a nightmare. – James Corden

The virus involved in the attack is called ransomware and it locks up your computer and tells you that you can unlock it by paying the hackers $300. Which is kind of insulting when you think about it, when the hackers are like, “If you want your life back, you give us … $300.” That’s it? That’s all I’m worth? My life, $300? – Ibid.

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Walls work, just ask Israel. - President Trump during a White House press conference last week with the president of Colombia, when asked about his plans to build the wall between the U.S. and Mexico

You know, in Israel all the people like us. The media hate us but the people love us, like you. - Sarah Netanyahu to the Trumps, shortly after greeting them during a ceremony in Ben Gurion Airport this week

This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history! - Tweet by President Trump after Robert Mueller was appointed to investigate any collusion between his campaign and Russia

As the Representative of Salem, MA, I can confirm that this is false.

We have a lot in common. .- President Trump in response

The fundamental problem we have here is the definition of peace. How do you define peace? If peace means Israel can no longer retain their Jewish state or give up control of Jerusalem, if that’s peace, that’s not gonna happen. - Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on CNN, commenting on Trump’s efforts to revive peace talks in Israel

- Tweet by Congressman Seth Moulton who represents Salem, MA, where in 1692 sixteen women were hanged for being witches

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He had a concussion last year. I mean he has concussions pretty much every [year] ... I mean, we don’t talk about. But he does have concussions. - Tom Brady’s wife on CBS’s “This Morning” (NFL rules require players to disclose when they have concussions. Tom Brady never disclosed any concussions last year)

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Spirit’s having a dispute with its pilots. The pilots say Spirit is paying them peanuts. Not figuratively — they pay them with the little bags of peanuts we used to get before everyone was allergic. Love your shoes. Boy, those shoes…man. - President Trump to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sissi when the two spoke in Saudi Arabia The Jewish Home | OCTOBER 29, 2015

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MORE QUOTES Hillary Clinton is forming a group called Onward Together, a political organization that is anti-Trump. Experts are calling it bold, ambitious, and six months too late. - James Corden

- Jim Leary of Dom’s NY Style Pizzeria in Newport, Del., after he navigated through a backyard and a steep embankment to deliver pizza to passengers on a stalled Amtrak train

I never thought she was the correct candidate. I thought I was the correct candidate. - Joe Biden speaking at a conference in Las Vegas last weekend, referring to Hillary Clinton

There’s so much negativity in the world. The thing about pizza is it brings people together. People don’t give pizza that much credit. When I go into a house [with a delivery] everyone’s faces light up. - Ibid., extolling the virtues of pizza

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You gotta be kidding A trio of old veterans were bragging and joking about the heroic exploits of their ancestors one afternoon down at the VFW hall. “My great-grandfather, at age 13,” one declared proudly, “was a drummer boy at Shiloh.” “Mine,” boasted another, “went down with Custer at the Battle of Little Big Horn.” “I’m the only soldier in my family,” confessed vet number three, “but if my great grandfather was living today he’d be the most famous man in the world.” “Really? What’d he do?” his friends wanted to know. “Nothing much. But he would be 165-years-old.”

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Captain Frank and some of the boys were exchanging old war stories. Art Bragg offered one about how his grandfather led a battalion against a German division during World War I. Through brilliant maneuvers, he defeated them and captured valuable territory. After the battle he was presented with a sword bearing the inscription: “To Captain Bragg for Bravery, Daring and Leadership. World War I. From the Men of Battalion.” Captain Frank looked at Art and said, “You really don’t expect anyone to believe that yarn, do you?” What’s wrong with the story? See answer below

Military Slang

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Answer to riddle: World War I wasn’t called “World War I” until World War II took place.

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Although a building of the Pentagon’s size normally would take approximately 4 years to build, the Pentagon took just 16 months to build.

satellite imagery to observe many military officers entering and exiting a structure in the center of the Pentagon’s courtyard and they concluded that it was the entrance to an underground bunker. It was actually a hot dog stand. Since it was presumed that the Russians had their missiles zeroed in on this structure, the hot dog stand • earned the nickname “Cafe Ground Zero, the deadliest hot dog stand in the world.”

The 9/11 attacks, one of which took place when a plane crashed into the Pentagon and killed 184 people, took place on the 60th anniversary of the groundbreaking of the Pentagon.

There are 17.5 miles of corridors in the Pentagon.

Despite its vastness, the Pentagon was designed so that you can move between any two points in the Pentagon in about 10 minutes.

The Pentagon has 284 bathrooms, which is twice as many as is needed, because it was built during segregation.

Major Leslie Groves who oversaw the day-today construction of the Pentagon also oversaw the Manhattan Project, which successfully developed the world’s first atomic bomb.

During the Cold War the Russians used

Approximately 25,000 people work in the Pentagon and approximately 100,000 emails are sent daily from the Pentagon.

• There is no marble in the Pentagon, as it was built during World War II, and Italy, the source of marble, was an enemy country.

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What Would You Do If… Dear Navidaters,

Our son Josh recently got engaged. During his dating phase, we only met his kallah twice and really didn’t get a great sense of the whole situation. But since they’ve become engaged, he has had her over for various meals and we’ve had a great opportunity to observe the two of them together and get to know Chanie. Frankly, Chanie is amazing and since this question is anonymous, I can honestly say that my husband and I were actually surprised that Josh was able to “catch” someone so special. We love our son dearly but we’ve always been very honest about our children. Josh has not been easy to raise. He tends to be a little slippery, will say whatever he needs to say to get what he wants. And he can be annoying. I can go on, but let’s just say, he’s still a work in progress. And my husband and I have always been honest with each other about him and all our children. Yes, Josh has some wonderful qualities. He’s charming and is very generous in many ways. He has other great qualities as well. But from what we see of Chanie, we’re just surprised that she would choose someone like Josh.

We’re concerned that once they are married, Josh will drop the pretenses and Chanie will be exposed to a man she never really knew before and will be horrified and run for the hills! There is so much divorce among young couples and our concern is that Chanie doesn’t really know what she is getting herself into and once she does their marriage will be added to the statistics, G-d forbid. What should we do as loving, concerned parents? We’ve tried gently saying something to Josh about how surprisingly different he behaves around Chanie and he basically reacts as though we were delusional. Do we warn Chanie or her parents? I know most parents put their children first, even when they don’t deserve to be put first. My husband and I see things for what they are and try to be real. So what are your thoughts regarding our concerns?

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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OK, so here’s the question or situation. When we watch Josh interacting with Chanie, it’s like we’re watching an actor playing the role of the perfect chosson. Frankly, we don’t recognize him at all! His voice even sounds different. It’s like he has created this persona to attract Chanie and this persona is very different from the Josh that we’ve known all of his life. Of course we understand that everyone puts on their best face when they are dating and even when they are engaged, but their best face should probably resemble their real face to some extent. The Josh we see interacting with Chanie seems like a fraud to us. And, of course, once Chanie leaves, the old Josh is back.


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The Panel the rebbetzin Rebbetzin Faigie Horowitz, M.S. hile I recognize your and your husband’s honesty and concern about this shidduch, I wonder if you have asked yourselves the following questions: Is Chanie on her best behavior around the future in-laws? Isn’t that normal human behavior around people who matter long term? What is it about Chanie that makes her amazing? The question you raise – do we warn Chanie and her parents? – is very telling. Your role is not to protect Chanie and her family from your son. Your role is to be good parents to your son. But your feelings are intruding very significantly and you seem very biased. I don’t know what the background is here but from what you say, I wonder about your relationship with your son. Get some help. Soon. The problem is with you, not with the kids.

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here is a story attributed to the saintly R’ Avigdor Miller, zt”l. Seems one of his talmidim approached him with the following quandary: “Now that I am in shidduchim, I find that I am on my best behavior while out on dates. My clothing are pressed and stainfree. My table manners are perfect. I am attentive and polite to the girl I am dating. In short, I feel like an actor, perhaps, an imposter.” Rabbi Miller replied, “Sure, you may be acting; I urge you to keep up the act for the next 120 years!” From your description, your son made a wonderful choice in Chanie. Not only does she have “aleh mailos” (all the wonderful attributes), but she brings out the best in Josh.

She may emanate a certain maturity and refinement that causes him to respond in an equally refined and dignified manner. Maybe, in the context of home, Josh reverts to his “arrested development” role. But with Chanie, something magical happens: she may afford him the respect and confidence that make him want to be a more attentive, giving partner. I would not sabotage the shidduch by enlightening Chanie. Your son is not a fraud; he may be, as you say, a “work in progress.” Sometimes it takes a loving, caring, believing wife – like Chanie – to complete the task.

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rom your question, it seems as though Josh and Chanie appear very happy together. Not only happy, but regarding Josh’s behavior, it sounds as though he is in a great place when he is with Chanie. That certainly is great news. Additional great news is the fact that Josh had the wisdom and wherewithal to select someone that you and your husband both agree is fabulous! So far, so good. Regarding your question, you should definitely not do or say anything to sabotage this shidduch. That would be an awful thing to do. I suppose it’s refreshing to hear from parents who don’t believe their children walk on water, but you and your husband seem to take your criticism of Josh to the opposite extreme, which makes me wonder whether you, your husband and Josh would benefit from some family therapy. Seems like there is tension between the three of you and wouldn’t it be a great idea to figure out where it’s coming from? Before Josh moves out and it’s too late – this might be your last opportunity

to resolve old wounds. The greater your relationship is with Josh, the better his relationship will ultimately be with his wife. I suggest you use this time to “kvell” a bit. Be proud of what Josh has achieved and believe in him. Apparently, he’s got a lot more going for him than you ever realized!”

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and get back behaviors that don’t sit well with either of you. You clearly have issues with him and I’m guessing he may have issues with you. That doesn’t mean that the Josh you observe with Chanie isn’t, in fact, more of his authentic self than the one you’ve come to expect. I think you and your husband

would benefit from an attitude readjustment. Count your blessing that Josh brought home someone you are all so impressed with. Maybe it’s time to give Josh a lot more credit than you’ve given him thus far, and rather than be so suspicious and negative, get on board the happiness train and count your blessings!

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self. A great marriage is all about each spouse bringing out the very best in one another. (Of course, on the flip side, in a bad marriage, each person brings out the very worst in each other.) Though Josh is your son, not unlike a bad marriage, you and your husband seem to push his buttons

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offend you, but we do have to explore all the potential dynamics at play. • Growing up, and more recently, what is the feedback you receive(d) about Josh from school, friends, neighborhood adults, etc.? Is his “slippery” behavior and whatever would potentially make Chanie “run for the hills” limited to the home or is he displaying these unsavory behaviors around town? If Josh’s behavior is limited to the home, then as other panelists pointed out, this may be a “family issue” and not an exclusive “Josh issue.” Sometimes certain relationship interactions bring out the worst qualities in a person. • Even if this is a “Josh issue,” what role can you play as his parents watching him grow up and make his own life decisions such as an engagement? Without having a better understanding of your situation (family dynamics, interactions, Josh’s past

to Chanie that you do not support the marriage. If she ignores this, or her parents ignore this, then she and they may have some issues too.) My hope is that Chanie does bring out the best in Josh and that Josh will only continue to develop and mature once he is out of your home. This does happen and that may be the lesson you walk away with from therapy! However, we can’t ignore the reality (as you see it), that there is a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde situation going on. Seek professional help right away to help give you some context, a reality check (if need be), and a game plan. Good luck! Sincerely, Jennifer Esther Mann, LCSW and Jennifer Mann, LCSW are licensed psychotherapists and dating and relationship coaches working with individuals, couples and families in private practice in Hewlett, NY. To set up a consultation or to ask questions, please call 516.224.7779. Press 1 for Esther, 2 for Jennifer. Visit www.thenavidaters.com for more information. If you would like to submit a dating or relationship question to the panel anonymously, please email thenavidaters@ gmail.com. You can follow The Navidaters on FB and Instagram for dating and relationship advice.

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a z e l tov on Josh’s engagement. I am having a different gut reaction to your e-mail that the panelists. I guess my frame of reference has taught me (unfortunately) that sometimes old habits die hard. And when I work with people who have walked down the aisle to life on the other side of the chuppah, they look back and wonder, “Why did I ignore the signs?” I don’t think your concerns are outlandish in the least bit. You feel as though your son is faking or trying to pull the wool over Chanie and that is disconcerting. Will Chanie wake up a month into her marriage, after Josh has revealed his true colors, wondering who this man is and why no one warned her? If so, what role should you have played when you had the chance? I see a few core areas in your situation that ought to be examined. • Is it possible that your perception of Josh is inaccurate? Is it possible that unintentionally you and/or your husband bring out these behaviors in Josh? I don’t mean to

and current behaviors), I am uncomfortable giving you any opinion. I like that you tried having a conversation with him. You can try again. If it doesn’t go anywhere or turns south, then you and your husband can invite Josh to a session with a therapist in which you will discuss your concerns. You will give over a fuller, more complete picture to the therapist who will be better equipped to guide you. It may go smoothly, and it may not. Josh may walk out of the session, or he may not agree to this. If that is the case, you and your husband will continue working with the therapist on a plan of action. Your therapist will help you process the following: If we warn Chanie or her parents (if this is actually warranted…and you will figure that out in therapy) we risk losing our son. I have seen parents with concerns like yours say, “We support our child, and will be there for him if the marriage fails.” I have also seen parents say, “We are not paying for a wedding. If he wants this to happen, he will figure out how to pay for it on his own. We will be emotionally supportive but not financially supportive.” (That will be a loud message


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Regional Office of Chai Lifeline. It was the evening of May 9th, and the main auditorium of Congregation Beth Tfiloh was brimming with tangible excitement. It was palpable. Two hundred and seventy-five members from all parts of the Baltimore Jewish community, ages ranging from 25 to 75, were gearing up for a competitive and fun-filled evening. Hosted by Dr.

Ari and Inbal Elman, the game was about to begin. Before May 9th, few people in Baltimore knew how to pronounce “panoply,” let alone what it entailed. The game was a fast-paced, multi-media and multi-sensory game in which teams of ten players were tested on a wide variety of topics. But the game wasn’t just slideshows and soundbites. There was a Jelly Bean taste test, a plate with 7 different forms of pasta to name, and a “Name the Medication” pillbox. There were song clips, movie and TV snippets, baseball trivia, literature quotes, history and science questions among many other exciting categories. The action was fast paced and teams had to think quickly, jotting down their responses and working together to answer the questions. Between the game’s rounds, the attendees were inspired by Lilah Henderson who spoke of her diagnosis and treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and how Chai Lifeline Mid-Atlantic’s volunteers and staff brought joy into her life through that difficult time. They also heard from Richard and Helena Friner who spoke glowingly of their son Harry’s experience with the Chai Lifeline family. People tend to have an adverse reaction to the idea of a typical fundraiser. A fundraiser generally evokes the image of stale parlor meetings with solicitations and checkbooks. Fortunately, Chai Lifeline Mid-Atlantic does not do anything “typical.” Trivia Panoply, in true Chai Lifeline fashion, was anything but a typical fundraiser. Trivia Panoply put the “fun” in fund-

raiser. There was yelling. There was cheering. There was competitive (friendly) trash-talking and banter, each team trying to submit the most correct answers in the fastest time. Team members spanning multiple generations contributed their knowledge of diverse topics to their teams answer sheets. Teammates bounced around their tables, conferring with each-other and debating potential answers. It was incredibly fast-paced and a ton of fun. The winning team was actually that of the night’s most inspirational speaker, Lilah Henderson. Her team, “Chai Me a River,” led by Barbie Porcelain took home the top prize. Second place went to Yossi Openden’s team “Rover Took Over,” with third place going to Tamar Charnowitz and team “Tequila Mocking Bird.” Just over a year ago, Chai Lifeline committed itself and it’s resources to maintaining and developing their support and families and children in our local community with life-threatening and life-long illnesses. Trivia Panoply was a beautiful evening where the leaders and future leaders of our Baltimore community made a stand and committed to seeing the continued success of Chai Lifeline in our region. A commitment to their mission, and to our children. A commitment that we - the Baltimore community - will continue to do what we need to do so that they - Chai Lifeline - can do what they do so well.


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he pleasant surprise of the First 100 Days is over. The action was hectic, heated, often confused, but well within the bounds of normalcy. Policy (e.g., health care) was being hashed out, a Supreme Court nominee confirmed, foreign policy challenges (e.g. North Korea) addressed. Donald Trump’s character – volatile, impulsive, often self-destructive – had not changed since the campaign. But it seemed as if the guardrails of our democracy – Congress, the courts, the states, the media, the Cabinet – were keeping things within bounds. Then came the last 10 days. The country is now caught in the internal maelstrom that is the mind of Donald Trump. We are in the realm of the id. Chaos reigns. No guardrails can hold. Normal activity disappears. North Korea’s launch of an alarming new missile and a problematic visit from the president of Turkey (locus of our most complicated and tortured allied relationship) barely evoke notice. Nothing can escape the black hole of a three-part presidential meltdown. — First, the firing of James Comey. Trump, consumed by the perceived threat of the Russia probe to his legitimacy, executes a mindlessly impulsive dismissal of the FBI director. He then surrounds it with a bodyguard of lies – attributing the dismissal to a Justice Department recommendation – which his staff goes out and parrots. Only to be undermined and humiliated when the boss contradicts

them within 48 hours. Result? Layers of falsehoods giving the impression of an elaborate cover-up – in the absence of a crime. At least Nixon was trying to quash a third-rate burglary and associated felonies. Here we don’t even have a body, let alone a smoking gun. Trump insists there’s no there there, but acts as if the there is everywhere. —Second, Trump’s divulging classified information to the Russians. A stupid, needless mistake. But despite the media hysteria, hardly an irrepa-

had three top officials come out and declare the disclosure story false. The next morning, Trump tweeted he was entirely within his rights to reveal what he revealed, thereby verifying the truth of the story. His national security adviser H.R. McMaster floundered his way through a news conference, trying to reconcile his initial denial with Trump’s subsequent contradiction. It was a sorry sight. —Is it any wonder, therefore, that when the third crisis hit on Tuesday night – the Comey memo claiming

The country is now caught in the internal maelstrom that is the mind of Donald Trump.

rable national security calamity. The Israelis, whose asset might have been jeopardized, are no doubt upset, but the notion that this will cause a great rupture to their (and others’) intelligence relationship with the U.S. is nonsense. These kinds of things happen all the time. When the Obama administration spilled secrets of the anti-Iranian Stuxnet virus or blew the cover of a double agent in Yemen, there was none of the garment-rending that followed Trump’s disclosure. Once again, however, the cover-up far exceeded the crime. Trump

that Trump tried to get him to call off the FBI investigation of Michael Flynn – Republicans hid under their beds rather than come out to defend the president? The White House hurriedly issued a statement denying the story. The statement was unsigned. You want your name on a statement that your boss could peremptorily contradict in a twitter-second? Republicans are beginning to panic. One sign is the notion now circulating that, perhaps to fend off ultimate impeachment, Trump be dumped by way of 25th Amendment. That’s the post-Kennedy assassi-

nation measure that provides for removing an incapacitated president on the decision of the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet. This is the worst idea since Leno at 10 p.m. It perverts the very intent of the amendment. It was meant for a stroke, not stupidity; for Alzheimer’s, not narcissism. Otherwise, what it authorizes is a coup – willful overthrow by the leader’s own closest associates. I thought we had progressed beyond the Tudors and the Stuarts. Moreover, this would be seen by millions as an establishment usurpation to get rid of a disruptive outsider. It would be the most destabilizing event in American political history – the gratuitous overthrow of an essential constant in American politics, namely the fixedness of the presidential term (save for high crimes and misdemeanors). Trump’s behavior is deeply disturbing but hardly surprising. His mercurial nature is not the product of a post-inaugural adder sting at Mara-Lago. It’s been there all along. And the American electorate chose him nonetheless. What to do? Strengthen the guardrails. Redouble oversight of this errant president. Follow the facts, especially the Comey memos. And let the chips fall where they may. But no tricks, constitutional or otherwise. (c) 2017, The Washington Post Writers Group


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A recent blog post in the tips & stories section of the popular organizational platform, EVERNOTE, really captured something I guess I always knew instinctively but never recognized clearly enough to communicate. No, I’m not about to share some awkward moment of self-awareness… my wife has strictly forbidden me from doing any such thing in any form of printed or digital media; rather, I’m referring to the power of tracking not only what you need to do, but what you have done! The simple but powerful premise is that keeping “DONE” lists as well as “TO DO” lists is an important part of managing workload, creating momentum, and increasing a positive sense of accomplishment which motivates you to keep DONE’ing more. Not surprisingly, this practice of reviewing accomplishments has been institutionalized at some of the most successful tech companies for quite a while. Google Snippets is an internal system at Google that compiles and sends a weekly email with re-caps and highlights of the previous week’s accomplishments and upcoming week’s goals for team members and departments. Facebook has a similar program called Colbert as does Foursquare, and the list goes on and on in Silicon Valley, each with their own twist on the same idea. Teresa Amabile at Harvard Business Review says the driving force behind this concept is called the Progress Principle. Having surveyed and studied the work habits of 238 people and compiled data from 12,000 diary entries, her team discovered that “progress” had been reported on 76% of the days that participants described

as “good days” at work. According to her findings: “Of all the things that can boost emotions, motivation, and perceptions during a workday, the single most important is making progress in meaningful work. And the more frequently people experience that sense of progress, the more likely they are to be creatively productive in the long run. Whether they are trying to solve a major scientific mystery or simply produce a high-quality product or service, everyday progress—even a small win—can make all the difference in how they feel and perform.” So, getting back our DONE list, in order to fuel our productivity with this Progress Principle, it becomes important to have a record of not just what is left to do, but what has been done. One great suggestion I saw was to spend a few minutes every Friday jotting down your wins for the week and your goals for next week (handwritten, by the way, since research suggests that handwriting activates different, critical areas of the brain than typing.) If you use notepads for your TO DO lists, keep those scratched out pages so you can look back on them, and if you use a digital list or software, find one that keeps or lets you view the DONE stuff. This is as true at school or home as much as at work. Now for the punchline - guess what? Long before Silicon Valley figured this out, we already had this principle right in front of us in the Torah. This week we conclude Sfirah. Unlike the more “natural” way to count down toward a goal or target focusing with every step on where we are heading, we count the Omer UP, toward the fiftieth day, not down from fifty to zero.

As I often point out, I ain’t no Rabbi, but through the haze of my daydreaming and nodding off in classes and speeches, I am certain I have heard at least a few of them point out the meaningful process of counting UP toward Kabalas HaTorah with each day to be viewed as an accomplishment, not just an obstacle to overcome on our way to the goal. Ok… you know what TO DO next.

Now go get it DONE. Azi Rosenblum is a business consultant and the founder and CEO of RemSource, an outsourced provider of administrative and bookkeeping services for small businesses. To suggest a topic or ask a question for a future #BizWiz column, email BizWiz@ baltimorejewishhome.com.

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actually join them and so he was given a rank, pay book and serial number. One day while his handler was sent as an artillery observer, Wojtek started moving crates with ammunition to the cannons. The 22nd soon changed their official badge to a bear holding a cannon shell. After the war Wojtek was placed in the Edinburg Zoo where he lived until 1963. Camouflage took on a new life during the war. Many times the ability to disguise a piece of equipment fooled the enemy. As the Japanese

Dutch East Indies. She was too slow to sail with other ships to Australia, and the 45 sailors on board came up with the crazy idea to blend in with the other islands. Using trees, foliage and paint to make her look like an island she managed to evade Japanese detection for over a week. During the day she remained motionless, and finally, on March 20, 1942, was last ship from Java to arrive safely in Australia. She became known as the ship that turned into an island. Aerial dogfights were known to

“Some people around here think I’m nuts but I just believe that if we’re going to fight a war we have to get on with it sixty minutes an hour and twenty-four hours a day.”

swiftly made their way across the Pacific a few stragglers managed to find their way to Australia. One lucky hip was the slow-moving Dutch minesweeper HNLMS Abraham Crijnssen. The ship was armed with just one 3-inch gun and two 20mm cannon when the Japanese took over the

be high speed chases with two fighters firing guns at speeds like 1,400 rounds per minute. The last known aerial dogfight over Europe was nothing of that sort. Reminiscent of WWI dogfights, two small spotter planes chased each other and shot pistols at each other. The American Piper

Cub, nicknamed Miss Me, was piloted by Duane Francies with William Marin as his backseater. On April 11, 1945, they noticed a German Fieseler Storch about 100 miles away from Berlin. They flew really close as both planes were unarmed. The only weapons they had were Colt .45s that they emptied into the German’s windshield, fuel tank and wing. The German landed his plane and was soon followed by the Americans to make sure he didn’t get away. The German observer had been hit in the foot and a quick warning shot made the enemy pilot give up his hiding place. It took 22 years for Francies to be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions that day. Francies had been a model pilot earlier in the war as he routinely put his plane in danger to spot for artillery, deliver needed supplies like blood plasma, carry messages and save the life of a gravely wounded American junior officer. Another Piper Cub pilot was annoyed that he wasn’t given a fighter plane so he jerry-rigged his plane with bazookas. Major Charles Carpenter ordered a technician to place three bazooka tubes under each wing and started to look for opportunities to shoot at the Germans. Bazooka Charlie destroyed many armored vehicles, including six tanks. Two of the Nazi tanks were the feared Tiger tank. He was awarded the Silver Star and said of his actions: “Some people around

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ot all military conflicts are long and drawn out. In fact, the shortest war in history was the Anglo-Zanzibar War in 1896 which lasted just 38 minutes. Most wars do have some anomalies, like the North Korean fighter jet downed by the IAF during the Yom Kippur War. When it comes to the most interesting and unusual facts during wars, WWII seems to have the most out of all wars in history. Here are just a few of those stories that have been relegated to fascinating side notes in the global conflict. All types of animals have been used in war. During WWII the Americans used pack mules to carry weapons in Burma; the Brits had the National Pigeon Service; and the Poles had Corporal Wojtek. Wojtek was born in Iran and joined the Polish 22nd Artillery Company in 1942. However, he wasn’t a human. Wojtek was Syrian Brown Bear that was purchased as a mascot when he was a small cub but due to regulations the only way for the soldiers to keep him was to have him join the army. One time, while in British Palestine, a thief broke into the Polish Army compound and was surprised to find a brown bear staring him down. The thief was arrested, and Wojtek – the bear – was rewarded with a beer. In 1943 the Poles joined the Allies in the bitter fight in Italy. The only way for Wojtek to stay with the army was to

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HNLMS Abraham Crijnssen -- a ship or an island?

here think I’m nuts but I just believe that if we’re going to fight a war we have to get on with it sixty minutes an hour and twenty-four hours a day.” Some pilots had to really work to catch their Nazi foes. Francies had to use a pistol, and Bill Overstreet Jr. chased a Bf 109 through the arches of the Eiffel Tower. At the time the Nazis controlled Paris and the chase and subsequent kill of the German Messerschmitt boosted morale through the ranks of the French underground. British pilots were tasked with the nearly impossible job of steering German V-1 Flying Bombs sent from Occupied Europe off course. They came up with the ingenious idea of flying close to the bomb and tipping it with the wing of their own aircraft. This caused many of the bombs to go off course and crash away from populated areas. One of the most incredible tales of survival came from a British tail gunner. Nicholas Alkemade was on an Avro Lancaster heavy bomber when he was hit by a Junkers JU 88 fighter. His plane was on fire and spinning out of control, and, to make matters worse, his parachute was unserviceable. He decided to jump anyway from 18,000 feet. Unbelievably, his landing was cushioned by trees and soft snow, and he survived. Alkemade was captured and brought in front of the Gestapo who eventually believed his story when they found his unused

parachute in the wreckage. He survived Nazi POW camps and returned to England after the war. Many of the American weapons were inferior to the Germans and Japanese equivalents. What made the Axis powers afraid was the power of American production which pushed the balance of power in the Allies’ favor. The grenades that Americans had were better than the German versions. The shape of the grenades used by the U.S. were the size of a baseball so that the troops should be able throw them with ease and accuracy. The German grenade, known as the potato masher, packed much less of a punch and was less successful in combat. American engineers were always tinkering with the weapons and discovered a new type of grenade that years later became known as the Flash-Bang or stun grenade. It did just that – a large flash and a loud bang to confuse the enemy. It was harmless other than to stun the senses for a few precious seconds while soldiers who knew it was coming could move into a better position to attack the enemy. In a kind of humorous situation, the American generals sitting in a room during WWII were horrified during a demonstration (reports had them clinging to a wall only to realize it couldn’t do damage) of the weapon, and it was shelved for a couple of decades. Many other strange, wild and cra-

A Spitire tipping a V-1 bomb in flight at over 400 MPH

zy stories took place during WWII and we’ll continue the topic in a future article.

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“What shall we do? We are so poor. We barely eke out a living. We can’t afford to hire a more knowledgeable tutor from a bigger shtetl, nor can we afford to send our son to a yeshiva.” He bent his head over, staring aimlessly at the dirt floor. Suddenly, he blurted out: “I have a plan. It might be a solution to our problem. My brother, the one who moved to Berlin, has become very wealthy. He has no children of his own. Perhaps he will help us pay for our son’s yeshiva education. I will write him a letter this minute.” When Yissachar Dov’s brother responded to the letter, he gladly offered to help educate Chaim David. However, he insisted that they send him to live with him in Berlin. Although reluctant to part with their son, yet pleased with the opportunity to continue his religious education, they scraped together enough money to purchase a third class train ticket and sent him to his uncle. Upon his arrival, Chaim David’s uncle enrolled him in the finest secular, private school under the name of David, omitting his first name entirely. He showered upon

him every conceivable luxury. At first David wondered why the food that was served tasted different than his mother’s cooking. He attributed it to his uncle being able to afford meat, something he never ate at home, but when milk and butter were served on the same table, he was clearly puzzled. Day followed day, but there was no Shabbat. When the summer weather turned cooler, David expected his uncle to attend holy day services, but on the day that he calculated to be Yom Kippur, he was awakened like every morning and sent off to school. David missed his parents and their way of life. He wrote to them regularly, but never mentioned the differences between the way they raised him and the way his uncle was raising him. Then the letters became more and more infrequent. Chaya and Yissachar Dov attributed this to the pre-occupation of their son with his studies. There was no way for them to know the truth. In reality, it did not take very long for him to forget the way he had been raised the first ten years of his life. His friends reinforced his new lifestyle. Years passed. One night, David’s uncle spoke

seriously to him. “What career would you like to follow?” he inquired. “I was thinking,” responded David, “that I would like to become a doctor and have the opportunity to save lives.” “That’s a good choice. Because of my political influence, I will have no trouble arranging for your admittance to the medical school at the university,” he answered. David excelled in medical school. He graduated with honors, and with his uncle’s help, he established a fine medical practice in a very short time. His reputation spread; he was consulted by kings, princes, and politicians. He never turned away a poor patient and often traveled long distances to attend to the seriously ill. He married a lady named Margaret who had been born a Jew but had also been raised in an assimilated family. One day, David received an urgent message that one of the highranking officers of the army, who happened to be a close personal friend of his uncle, was seriously ill. Packing some medical supplies, he set out immediately for the army camp, a two day’s ride eastward by horse. He arrived too late. The officer

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Location: Pale of Settlement (Poland / Russia) and Germany Throughout the ages, cultures alien to Judaism influenced Jews away from the path of Torah. The struggle reached its peak during the Age of Enlightenment, occurring in western European countries during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Jews had been released from the confinement in the ghettos. They had been granted citizenship. Many opted to join the secular society and abandoned Judaism. A child was born to an observant Jewish family living in the Pale of Settlement*. The parents, Chaya and Yissachar Dov Bernard, named their son Chaim David. The boy proved to be exceedingly bright, and by the time he was ten-yearsold, the melamed, the tutor who was supported by the townspeople to instruct their sons, informed Chaim David’s parents that there was nothing more he could teach him. “How shall we find a teacher for our son?” lamented Chaya that evening to her husband. “We both know that it will be a miracle for him to remain a committed Jew if he does not know what the Almighty expects of him!”


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had passed away that afternoon. Despondently, he rode around the army camp in the dark for a long time. “I will take a different, longer route on my return tomorrow. I need to have time to think.” He rode aimlessly, not realizing that he was traveling toward the Polish border. He found himself in the middle of a shtetl. He noticed throngs of people milling around a wooden building. Unknown to him, it was the shul of Rebbe Dovid Lelever. Curious, he tied his horse to a tree, dismounted, walked around the edges of the crowds, then decided to enter the building. He sat down in the back row. He was surprised at the many people who were praying fervently, following the somber voice of the baal tefillah, the person who chanted the prayers. Memories of the time he had attended with his father flooded his entire being. He recognized that he had wandered into a shul. He reasoned that this day was Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar year. Although Dr. David Bernard did not understand the meaning of the prayers, he somehow felt at peace with himself. Suddenly, as if by the signal of an invisible orchestra conductor, David Bernard heard the worshippers shout: “Chay v’kayam nora u-marom v’kadosh, Our G-d is living, awe inspiring, and most Holy.” The shouting was interrupted by the raised, waving hands of a frantic-looking man who stood at the front of the shul. “Please,” he begged the worshipers, “does anyone know if there is a doctor in this shul? Our rebbe’s daughter is in the throes of childbirth. She is having a very difficult time delivering her baby. Is there someone here who knows how to help?” Dr. David Bernard stood up. Rushing to the front of the shul, he said: “Please take me immediately to the laboring mother. I will do everything in my power to help her.” Towards the middle of the afternoon, Dr. David Bernard delivered

the laboring mother of her firstborn son, the rebbe’s first grandchild. Gratefully, the rebbe turned to the doctor and whispered: “You have saved my daughter’s life. You have saved my grandson’s life. Because of this, I will restore to you what you have lost. Please, remain with me the rest of this holy day.” David Bernard sat next to Rebbe Dovid Lelever the rest of that Yom Kippur day. He asked the rebbe why he should be a Jew; why he should study Torah; why he should observe the mitzvot. The rebbe responded as only a rebbe can. The sun began its descent in the heavens. The holy day was rapidly coming to an end. After the awesome blast of the shofar, Rebbe Dovid Lelever turned to Dr. David

his house two days later, “I have to return to my roots, to my people.” From the distance, he noticed that Margaret was sitting on the front porch of their spacious house. “That’s strange,” he thought. “Margaret never sits outside during the day. I wonder how she will accept my decision to return to the Jewish community.” He was the first one to speak. “I have something very important to tell you,” he began. “I had the most unbelievable experience yesterday. I think that it reshaped my life.” He proceeded to describe to her everything that had happened from the moment his horse had wandered aimlessly into Lelev until he parted from the rebbe.

“You have saved my daughter’s life. You have saved my grandson’s life. Because of this, I will restore to you what you have lost.

Bernard and said: “We have spent a few very holy hours together. Now, it is time for me to break my fast. Please, come home with me and join me.” The doctor was intrigued by the rebbe’s manner; he could not say no to his request. The two men continued talking all night. The talking turned into learning; the learning aroused the doctor’s curiosity. He wanted to devour all of the Judaism that he had missed. They did not part until noon the next day. As his horse trotted along the road, Dr. David Bernard thought about his encounter with Rebbe Dovid Lelever. His heart ached at the thought of his having been cut off from his roots. He wondered if he could incorporate what he had learned into his present lifestyle. “No matter how Margaret reacts,” he decided, as he neared

When he finished, she spoke. “Let me tell you what happened to me. I have been sitting here since, mulling over it, trying to understand it, searching for an explanation. You see, three days ago, about eleven in the morning, as I was very busy with the household chores, I suddenly heard a piercing sound which seemed to come from nowhere. At first, I didn’t pay too much attention to it. But I kept hearing the sounds over and over, clearer and clearer. I rubbed my ears, I thought I was hearing things, but they wouldn’t stop. Finally, mesmerized, I decided to memorize the sounds so that I could repeat them to you. This is what I heard.” She lowered her voice, and said haltingly: “Chay v’kayam nora u-marom v’kadosh. I don’t know what the sounds mean, but somehow, I think they are very important.”

“Those are the same words I heard in the shul in the shtetl,” he said brokenly. “I know what they mean. Our G-d is living, awe-inspiring, and most Holy. I have decided, Margaret, that I must return to my roots, to my people. I was born a Jew. You were born a Jew. We don’t really know what being Jewish means. It is obvious by the way we live. I have to study. I have to become part of the Jewish people. Will you explore our roots together with me? “Now I understand why I heard that piercing call too,” she interrupted. “It is, as if, I also was being invited to return home. Yes, I will join you. Together, we shall find out what being Jewish means.” Margaret and Dr. David Bernard moved to Lublin. They became disciples of Rebbe Yaacov Yitzchak who was known as HaChozeh, the Seer of Lublin, and studied with him every day. Dr. Bernard reclaimed the name he was given by his parents at birth, Chaim David ben Yissachar Ber. They lovingly performed the mitzvot that they learned. They consecrated a major part of their efforts to the mitzvah of hachnasat orchim, hospitality to strangers. They were respected for their love and kindness to everyone. Margaret and Chaim David immersed themselves in learning. After the Seer of Lublin passed away, some of his disciples asked Chaim David Bernard if he would serve as his successor, but he refused because he did not want to give up the practice of medicine. Margaret was such an inspiration to Jewish women that many named their newborn daughters Margaret to honor her. * The Pale of Settlement was the part of Poland that had been swallowed up by Russia during three consecutive partitions. Jews living in the Pale of Settlement were generally not affected by societal advances in Western Europe. Reproduced from A Sacred Trust: Stories of Jewish Heritage and History, Volume II, by Rabbi Eugene Labovitz z”l and Dr. Annette Labovitz.


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Uber has done to taxi cabs! So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that innovators have disrupted the neighborhood drug dealer, too. It all centered on a site called the Silk Road, where buyers and sellers connected to buy drugs like methamphetamines and marijuana. Buyers used “the onion router,” or TOR, to mask their IP addresses. They paid in bit-

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word on whether paparazzi quizzed him about his outfit, but we suspect not.) And when he opened the envelope for the cyber threat category, it was the IRS Criminal Investigation unit that took home the trophy, for its work leading the multi-agency task force that took down the Silk Road online marketplace. Technology has disrupted all sorts of industries. Just look at what

coin to hide their sources and even gave dealers “star ratings” like they would praise a local deli on Yelp. Unfortunately, the high-tech pharmaceutical retailers lining that silk road had to rely on the decidedly old-school Postal Service, founded back in 1775 by Benjamin Franklin, to deliver the goods. Postal inspectors discovered that as many as 435 suspicious packages had come from

the same place. The IRS-led task force then secured the necessary warrants, intercepted shipments, and made their case. Ironically, the targets pled guilty to drug crimes and money laundering, not tax crimes. That’s not unusual, though — IRS special agents regularly lend their expertise to non-tax investigations. It’s also worth mentioning that this was the first case in this particular district where money laundering charges were based on bitcoin transactions, which shows how law enforcement keeps up with developments in crime technology. The odds that you’ll find yourself on the receiving end of a FinCEN Law Enforcement Award are probably as long as your odds of someday accepting an Oscar. But if you haven’t done your planning, the odds are good that you’re paying more tax than you have to. So call us when you’re ready to pay less. You’ll be glad you did, even if there’s no red carpet waiting for you! Allan J Rolnick is a CPA who has been in practice for over 30 yea rs in Queens, NY. He welcomes your comments and can be reached at 718-896-8715 or at allanjrcpa@aol.com.


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Preparation 1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. 2. Spray bottom and side of 9 inch spring-form pan. Cut parchment paper to fit into bottom. In a small bowl, mix crumbs, margarine, and sugar together and pat mixture into pan, going up the sides about 1 inch. Bake 12 minutes. Cool. 3. Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry. Set aside. Put all the other ingredients into blender and blend until smooth. If the ingredients are too much for one batch, do it in 2 batches, and transfer to large mixing bowl. By hand, add beaten whites to cheese mixture and mix until incorporated. 4. Place the entire mixture into cooled pie crust. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour. When baked, carefully run sharp knife around perimeter of cake. Cool in oven for 25 minutes with the door slightly ajar. (This prevents the cake from cracking.) When cold, top with gluten-free cherry pie filling. For a non-dairy version, substitute Tofutti cream cheese and rice milk for regular cream cheese and milk. Enjoy!


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Preparation:

1. Preheat oven to 350º . Butter a 9×13-inch baking dish and line with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on both sides. 2. Place graham cracker crumbs in a large bowl and mix in melted butter and cinnamon until crumbs are just moistened. 3. Press cookie mixture evenly into the bottom of greased baking pan and refrigerate. 4. In a large bowl beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth. Add eggs one at a time, then add sugar and lemon juice, beating on medium until fully combined and incorporated. 5. Spread batter over chilled crust and use a spatula to smooth the top. 6. Cover with topping choice, see below. 7. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the center is just set, but moves a bit when jiggled. Turn off oven. After 15 minutes, remove cake from oven and let cool completely before refrigerating at least 4 hours, or overnight. 8. To serve, remove from pan using parchment paper overhang to help keep the cheesecake in form. Cut into squares and serve chilled. #1 Blueberry Topping: Sprinkle 1 cup fresh blueberries evenly over the cheesecake, then spread 1 (10 ounce) jar blueberry preserves on top. Continue with step 7.

#2 Apple Streusel Topping: Streusel: 3 apples, finely chopped 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 2 Tablespoons sugar Mix in a bowl and spread over unbaked cake. Top with streusel:

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1 cup flour 1/2 cup quick cooking oats 1 stick butter, softened Pulse together in food processor and sprinkle over apple topping. Continue with step 7. Serve drizzled with Caramel Topping, if desired.

#3 Chocolate Topping: After the oven is turned off, in Step 7, while cake is still in the oven, sprinkle top with chocolate chips and close the oven door. After 10-15 minutes remove cake and spread the melted chips over the top of the cake. RubyLaskerDesigns

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Crust: 2 cups graham cracker crumbs 4 tablespoons butter, melted 1 pinch cinnamon

Cake: 2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, room temperature 2/3 cup sugar 2 eggs 2 Tablespoons lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


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