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CONTENTS COMMUNITY Around the Community . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6

JEWISH THOUGHT Rabbi’s Musings and Amusings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 The Observant Jew . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 We Surely Can . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

HUMOR & ENTERTAINMENT Centerfold. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Notable Quotes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Uncle Moishy Fun Page. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

EDUCATION For Our Teachers, in Appreciation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

COVER STORY 70 Years Since the Normandy Landings. . . . . . . . . 44 The Perfect Gift for Every Type of Dad. . . . . . . . . . . 35

LIFESTYLES The Art of the Fond . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 In the Kitchen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

NEWS Global News. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 National News. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 That’s Odd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32


Israel News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

Dear Readers, Elections are not won by slogans. They are not won by ads or lawn signs. Elections are determined by one thing: the voters. It doesn’t matter how hard candidates campaign, they will only win if voters go out, pull the lever, and vote them into office. Whether we believe it or not, every vote really counts. In this upcoming election on June 24th every one of us should take a few minutes out of our time to show support for those who are running. Surprisingly, they haven’t come out with an app yet that will give us the luxury of voting from the comfort of our own homes, but hang in there, the day will come. I mean, we now haves phones that can take our pulses; voting can’t be that far behind. Either way, we have a few people in our community running, so let’s get out there and vote. You’ll never know, but you might be the one whose vote determines the outcome of this election. Our cover story is about D-Day, as last week marked the 70th year anniversary. I always find it more enjoyable to learn about history when it’s not part of a mandatory course. Check it out; you may just learn something interesting. Father’s Day is this Sunday. If you didn’t yet, you still have some time to buy a present for that special father or husband. It’s a nice time to show your dad appreciation on this day that celebrates fathers worldwide. Everyone’s dad is different and would appreciate different gifts. Thankfully, BJH has put together a nice gift guide for all types of fathers. I am sure there is something in there that your dad will love! As always, we love hearing from our readers. Please feel free to reach out to me at Have a wonderful week,


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Dirshu Siyum On Seder Moed in Silver Spring Inspired by HaRav Yissocher Frand By Chaim Gold

“All learning is good, bekiyus, iyun, Chumash, Gemarah, Mishnayos, but still nothing comes to ameilus b’Torah. What you people have done here - learned the entire Seder Moed, chazered it, taken bechinos on it and knowing it - that is the gold standard! You should be very proud of yourselves and your wives should be so proud of you!” Those were the words of HaRav Yissocher Frand, long time R”M at Yeshiva Ner Israel of Baltimore, at a unique Dirshu Siyum on Seder Moed this past Sunday 3 Sivan/June 1, in Silver Spring, Maryland. 12 Years, 17 Masechtos, 1 Kollel! The siyum by the Dirshu Baalei Batim Kollel was a deeply inspiring event in that it depicted how even people who spend their days earning parnassah to sustain their families do not have to give up on ameilus in Torah. The Dirshu Kollel for Baalei Battim in Silver Spring is one of the most remarkable and successful baalei batim programs. Today it features over 40 participants. The program, which has been in existence for 12 years, has completed 17 masechtos! Over those years, literally hundreds of people have participated in the Dirshu Kollel and it has remained virtually unchanged in form with both an early morning and evening program in two locales, the Yeshiva of Greater Washington in Kemp Mill and South East Hebrew Congregation in White Oak. The cornerstone of Kollel Dirshu Silver Spring is Rav Eliyahu Reingold, Rosh Kollel of the Yeshiva of Greater Washington. Rav Reingold is the driving force who gives the morning shiur at the Yeshiva of Greater Washington, writes the tests and gives the review shiurim. There are a number of other maggidei shiur as well. The deeply devoted administrative and spiritual driving force behind the Kollel, is Dr. Hirsh Komarow. Together, they have enabled the program to achieve such phenomenal success. Learning Shas, One “Slice” at a Time! One of the most moving moments was observing the pie-chart distributed

in the journal published in honor of the siyum. The graph showed how many pieces of the “Shas Pie” have already been completed by Kollel Dirshu of Silver Spring. More than a third of Shas has been learned, reviewed and tested! Just as they slowly and systematically learned, reviewed, and took tests until they completed Seder Moed, they will persevere to complete the entire Shas! As befitting such a momentous simcha, the siyum at the Shomrai Emunah Shul was a beautiful, catered event for

the misaymim and their families. Many additional community members packed the hall to be inspired by a drasha during the Sheloshes Yemei Hagbalah in preparation for Shavuos, by Rav Yissocher Frand, one of the pre-eminent speakers in the Jewish world. Of the Yetzer Hara, Beginning Masechtos and Completing Masechtos In his remarks, Rav Frand related an amazing story about HaGaon HaRav Zundel Korizer, zt”l, the great Yerushalmi Gaon who recently passed away. Rav Zundel was once scheduled to undergo a very important medical test. The results of that test could mean serious illness, r”l, or it could be something benign and just a scare. The night before the test, Rav Zundel told family members and close friends that he desired to remain awake the whole night and learn an entire masechta as a zechus. He chose Masechta Bava Basra, one of the most difficult Masechtos and the Masechta with the most pages in the entire Shas! At the siyum that he made the next morning, Rav Zundel related a profound, timely and deep vort. He said, “In the hadran that we say upon the completion of a masechta we say, “just as I merited completing this masechta, so too, may I merit to begin

and complete other masechtos.” Rav Zundel asked, “The language is not uniform. Why does it begin, “Just as I merited completing” without saying “beginning and completing”, whereas at the end it says both, “begin and complete”? Either it should say “begin and complete” in both instances, or just “complete” in both instances. Why the incongruence and inconsistency in language? Rav Zundel’s powerful, inspiring answer is relevant to this august accomplishment of the Dirshu Silver Spring Kollel. He said, “The yetzer hara has little difficulty letting a person begin a masechta. He knows that most people, for all of their good intentions, begin many masechtos but so often fail to complete them. When a person, however, has merited to complete a masechta he has shown the yetzer hara that he is one of the special, serious people who actually starts, perseveres through thick and thin, and merits completing the entire masechta! Only then does the yetzer hara realize that this man is a serious learner who completes masechtos and therefore he must do everything in his power to stop him from starting another masechta because he will complete that

one too! Thus, at a siyum such as this, it is incumbent to ask Hashem for the zechus and siyatta d’shmayah to start another masechta without the yetzer hara throwing obstacles in the way.” Dirshu, The Organization of Accountable Limud HaTorah Rav Frand emotionally exclaimed, “Dirshu is an organization, a movement where people don’t just start Masechtos and taper off. It is a movement all about achrayus, responsibility, in limud haTorah, accountability in limud haTorah and most of all about ameilus, working and toiling in Torah learning. This chaburah and all of Dirshu’s myriad programs are programs where

people don’t just start Masechtos, they finish them! They don’t just finish Masechtos perfunctorily, but they learn them, review, review again and then take tests on them! Learning and taking tests on the entire Seder Moed is a colossal accomplishment that all of you and your families should be deeply proud of.” Of Revolutions and Unity! Indeed, the Dirshu Baalei Batim Kollel in Silver Spring is just one component in Dirshu’s numerous programs of accountable limud haTorah where Masechtos and sefarim are both started and completed. Dirshu’s Kinyan Torah Daf Hayomi testing program that has produced untold numbers of bekiim in Shas and Dirshu’s Kinyan Halacha program that is preparing the poskim for the next generation are two of Dirshu’s most popular programs. Then of course, there is the new Daf HaYomi, Dirshu’s Daf HaYomi B’Halacha learned by many thousands the world over. Dirshu’s Daf HaYomi B’Halacha program, which began six years ago, is currently on the last chelek of Mishna Berurah and is marching towards the historic siyum of its first machzor scheduled for April of this coming year. The siyum in Silver Spring is a part of that ameilus b’Torah revolution that Dirshu has precipitated. Perhaps long time Dirshu participant, Neil Stiber, put it best, “As someone who has learned with Dirshu for twelve years (in Detroit and Silver Spring) I continue to be inspired by Dirshu’s ability to unify Jews through Torah. In Silver Spring we learn at separate tables and different battei midrash at different times of the day, but we are unified by our common curriculum, the current masechta. This gives us a shared language and experience. Beyond Silver Spring, Dirshu International joins Jews from varied backgrounds across the world. Those connections, even with people whom I will never meet, are inspiring and sublime and demonstrate how our common heritage in Torah can unify us.”





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Share-Your-Ride Gemach Baltimore has a fantastic ShareYour-Ride Gemach that helps match up people who need a ride to or from out of town with people who are driving and can take a person or a small item with them. The Gemach is always in need of ride offers from people who drive in and out of town. Married children, people coming and going for the purpose of a date or a wedding, etc. can always call to offer a ride when in the position to do so.

down in Delaware. How does one who does not drive get from Baltimore to Lakewood, or Monsey, or Brooklyn etc.? He has to take a taxi downtown, wait for the public bus, go to Manhattan, find the bus that goes BACK to Lakewood, or take numerous trains to Brooklyn. For a yeshiva student who is carrying a suitcase, a suit bag, and a hatbox, that would be a difficult trip. For older people needing to get to a family sim-

ing on the situation. This very useful project is in full swing today because Yerachmiel Friedman Z”L acted on a good thought that entered his mind when he perceived a need in the community. We have shared our information and flyers with people in other cities who were interested in running a ride gemach where they live, and we are happy to share with anyone else who is interested.

unteers heard of someone planning to drive from the East Side, New York to Baltimore, and when he heard the story, he detoured to Borough Park. “Mi K’amcha Yisrael!” One Erev Yom Tov, someone was looking for a ride for all of their clothes that they had forgotten in Lakewood, when they came to Baltimore. Another time someone came for Yom Tov wearing sneakers, and was trying to get a ride for his Shabbos

Many people in urgent situations have been helped through the Ride Gemach. Many forgotten items have been ferried between cities, such as cell phones, Tefillin, medicine, coats, laptops, wallets, and even an engagement ring to a kallah. Occasionally cars will break down on the highways between New York and Baltimore, and we have received calls asking if anyone is driving on the New Jersey or Delaware Turnpike who can pick up the stranded travelers. Many times the situation is urgent, such as someone getting stuck once on Erev Shabbos. Another time it was a Baltimorean in middle of sitting shiva lo aleinu on his way from Monsey to continue sitting in Baltimore. Recently, a desperate caller was coming here for his own mother’s funeral and his car broke

cha when there is no family to pick them up, it is very difficult and often not doable. Sometimes people need a ride to get to a funeral. This project was started in the 1980’s by R’ Yerachmiel Boruch Friedman Z”L and his wife Judy, tibodel l’chaim, here in Baltimore. How does it work? People call up with their ride offer or need and leave a message on the answering machine of the dedicated phone line: 410-358-RIDE [7433]. The message is then written into a notebook, and when a ride offer comes in that will help the “seeker”, the “seeker” is notified. People who get a ride are happy to contribute towards the cost. The ride is not door to door, just city to city, although often the driver does decide to take the person directly to his destination, depend-

Here are some stories to illustrate the helpfulness of the Ride Gemach. One Motzei Shabbos, a young man called from Johns Hopkins Hospital needing a ride for his wife to go back to Lakewood. They had driven down on Friday night with their sick child who unfortunately had a medical emergency. The father was staying with the child, and the wife needed to get back to their family. One year, the day before Pesach a person called in needing a ride for boxes of Pesach food for someone who was having major surgery on Erev Pesach. The vehicle that brought them was a small car instead of the van that had been scheduled to bring them, and therefore there was no room for their Pesach food. We did not have a ride, but one of the local Bikur Cholim vol-

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Candidate for Baltimore City District 41 Democratic State Committee By Ronald Keith Rosenbluth

There was a quiet moment in the hallway at a wedding. A seat was open next to Ner Israel’s beloved and now late Rabbi Herman Neuberger a”h, a person sought out by elected officials and political aspirants from all over Maryland. What would I, Ronald Keith Rosenbluth, the owner of Tov Pizza, ask this giant about something I wanted to understand better: politics? In my minutes with Rabbi Neuberger, he told me that the best way to find out about politics was to get involved. I am a husband and father, community neighborhood association president, vice president of a neighborhood security organization, a local business owner for almost 30 years, and an active member of Baltimore’s growing Orthodox community. My name is Ronald Keith Rosenbluth, and I am the only Orthodox person elected to office in the State of Maryland. On June 24th, I will be seeking my third term as a member of Legislative District 41’s Democratic State Central Committee. For almost 30 years, my Tov Pizza shop has been a place where community members come, eat our delicious food, see their friends and neighbors, and daven mincha in the afternoon. Tov Pizza has also been the place where both statewide and local elected officials make a stop to meet a constituency they value: the Orthodox community. It is an important meeting place. I believe it is important that Orthodox community members be active in helping to determine the direction of state and local policies. For years I worked as a volunteer board member and president of our local Hebrew Free Loan. While volunteering for this constituent agency of the Associated: Jewish Community Federation of America, it felt wonderful to serve those in need. As vice president of Shomrim, the community’s public safety organization, I work closely with elected officials and law enforcement professionals, bringing them close to the very

constituents they serve. It is my duty as a citizen, I feel, to make this connection happen so that the community members are safer and the elected officials and law enforcements understand who we are. Serving the community doesn’t end there, however. I have learned over the recent years as President of the Cheswolde Neighborhood Association, that an issue concerning a neighbor should be the concern of the

from those whom I daven with. My parents and siblings and I moved to Baltimore from Miami in the mid-1970s. We had no other family here. Now, over 40 years later, our local family numbers over 100. My married children live in Baltimore and Dallas, and my youngest single son is learning in Israel. I want to stress to voters that they have an opportunity to vote early at the police training facility at the

it’s my family. My wife Sandy (of 28 years) gives me constant encouragement, as do my children. Rafie Wassner, my campaign treasurer, is my son-in-law. I also want to return to the Central Committee, because I am the chairman of the City State Central Committee’s finance committee. I’ve learned how changes can be made within a party. I’ve learned just how big this city is and that you have

entire community. As the only Orthodox person elected to office, when I win, I will continue to work with the elected officials to help our community and make people outside our community understand who and what our community is all about. My love of community is part of the oxygen I breathe. I watched my father, Barry Rosenbluth a”h, and the community work he cared about and implemented. He taught me that we couldn’t be on the outside looking in; that if we want to share a better community life, then we must get involved and volunteer. Often when I leave the Congregation Shomrei Emunah hashkama minyan, or even after a weekday minyan, I am asked questions or hear concerns

corner of Park Heights Avenue and Northern Parkway. Also, I have made public a list of candidates I endorse. When it comes to the State Central Committee, you will be asked to select seven candidate. I’m recommending that you vote for me and for candidate Isaac (Yitzy) J. Schleifer, who is Orthodox as well. The only other Orthodox person on the ballot is Judge Michel Loewenthal, who is seeking election for the Orphan’s Court. Although you may vote for three out of six in that race, if you just vote for her, she can win. Some people feel that Yitzy is running against me. No, we are both counting on your votes and supporting one another. If I have a secret weapon, again,

to work with many different types of people. Now, eight years later, I’ve got a handle on just how great our city and our neighborhoods can be. I want you all to know that each member of the DSCC has a responsibility to be a liaison for his or her community to promote the Democratic Party and to steer the party in the direction the people would like. We are the ground troops of the party. My personal policies are in line with our community’s. I’m thanking you in advance for your vote, and I will continue to represent our entire community. It is a trust I never take lightly. On June 24th, vote for Rosenbluth and Schleifer for Democratic State Central Committee, 41st District.

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Talmudical Academy Celebrates 97th Anniversary Jeff Cohn/ By Margie Pensack

More than 700 guests attended the 97th Anniversary Banquet at Beth Tfiloh. Banquet Co-Chairman Mr. Aryeh Grossintroduced HaRav Aharon Feldman, shlita, Rosh HaYeshiva Ner Yisroel, an alumnus of the yeshiva (class of 1947), who shared divrei bracha(see video, below) and noted, “I have a debt of gratitude that I’ll never be able to repay to Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim….May it go from strength to strength and produce great talmidei chachamimand tzadikim.” Mr. Gross spoke about the special energy and excitement in the air, at T.A., and how the happiness is palpable when you drive up to the school and are greeted by music playing and by the principal, himself, and other staff members. Mr. Gross introduced Mr. Ari Krupp, the Chairman of the Board. Mr. Krupp announced that next year’s total budget will be close to $9 million and that the school is financially stable. Banquet Co-Chairman Mr. Dov Ocken recognized menahalim and other notable guests. Mr. Ocken then introduced a choral performance by YCC/TA 5th graders, under the direction of their rebbi, Rabbi Yaakov Wealcatch. Rabbi Yitzchok Dinovitzer accompanied the choir. A highlight of the evening was this beautifully crafted video presentation about the honorees created by Rabbis Elchonon Ciment and Yaakov Lefkovitz. Honored at the banquet were Rabbi Sholom & Morah Tzipporah Weingot, Harbotzas Torah award; Rabbi Michael & Mrs. Rivka Fulda, Grandparents of the Year; Dr. Moshe & Morah Maggie Silver, Parents of the Year; and Mr. Reuven (& Mrs. Cindy) Goodman, Alumnus of the Year, class of 1992. Rabbi Yehuda Lefkovitz, President of T.A., opened the presentation of awards by discussing the four crowns - Kesser Torah, Kesser Kehuna, Kesser Malchus, and Kesser Sheim Tov – and how these strengths apply to our

honorees. Rabbi Lefkovitz made presentations to Rabbi & Mrs. Weingot and Rabbi & Mrs. Fulda. Their ahavah for their students have earned Rabbi & Mrs.Weingot, Harbotzas Torah awardees, respect and admiration for all who have come into contact with them. They exude a love for all whom they come in contact, including both current and previously students. Such powerful ahavah and concern for their students will make an impression for generations to come. Rabbi Michael & Mrs. Rivka Fulda, Grandparents of the Year are loved on a communal level. Everyone has heard of the wonderful chesed that they Fulda perform in the community, but even more important is the chesed that they have performed anonymously and that we have not heard about. Rabbi Fulda considers the nearly 1000 children that he has taught to be as his own grandchildren. The Fuldas graciously agreed to accept this award so that their grandchildren could learn the importance of helping others. Rabbi Yaakov Lefkovitz, Alumni Chaiman and Director of Development, presented the Parents of the Year award to Dr. Moshe & Morah Maggie Silver. Morah Maggie constantly goes beyond the call of duty, beyond her role as a teacher in the school. She will do anything for any division, not matter what it is. Together they will reach out rather than wait to be asked to help for their family, the Yeshiva, and the community. Rabbi Yehuda Zelinger, Dinner Coordinator and Director of Special Projects, presented the Alumnus of the Year award to Mr. Reuven (& Mrs. Cindy) Goodman. Mr. Goodman, a member of the class of 1992, is beloved by all. He is always willing to help another and is a true friend to many. He has maintained a very close relationship with his rebbeim from T.A. and constantly expresses gratitude for all they have done for him. Mr. Goodman epitomizes what we would hope for all of our alumni.

I had the pleasure of speaking with parents, grandparents, friends of the Yeshiva, teachers, and honorees and their families during the course of the evening. Leah Kossman ran from one mitzvah to the next, almost literally, yesterday, to attend the Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim-Talmudical Academy’s 97th Anniversary banquet. Mrs. Kossman, who received a medal for running in the Jewish Caring Network’s 5K race in record time, earlier in the day, says she has been coming forever to the annual T.A. banquet--actually, since her son, Shalom attended the yeshiva. Presently, the Kossmans have five grandsons in the school. I spoke to Rabbi Joseph Katz, during the cocktail hour, who has been tutoring in T.A., this past year. “I’m very impressed by the teachers and the way they approach each child,” said Rabbi Katz. “What I like most about T.A., is that they treat every child as an individual, according to their capabilities.” It was Josh and Jennifer Dill’s first T.A. banquet, having just recently moved to Baltimore from Passaic, New Jersey. “Our 9-year-old son is in T.A.’s Zilberman Program,” explains Mrs. Dill. “He loves it. He says that the singing enables him to remember the teich. He loves to sing, so it was a very good introduction to the school. He is very enthusiastic about the learning and singing. He almost feels like a bar mitzvah bochur. He’s able to lain. It’s unbelievable.” It was enjoyable, also, to get the chance to speak to some of my own sons’ former T.A. elementary teachers, Mrs. Evelyn Brager and Mrs. Dina Karlip. “We look forward to the banquet,” said Mrs. Brager. “It’s a pleasure to be here again. I think what is so special about it is being able to socialize and re-connect with the parents and the children, and now this new generation that is coming up the ranks. It’s a simcha, and it is always wonderful to recognize people who have done some

amazing things for the school and the community.” Mrs. Karlip added, “What I look forward to the most, is seeing my students of all ages and having them come up to me and recount their memories of my class. Although my rewards may not be monetary, they are far more profound. When I see the children, it gives me such nachas, I feel like they are my own children.” Mrs. Glicka Creeger always enjoys attending the T.A. banquet. Mrs. Creeger worked in the T.A. Ladies’ Auxiliary office when the new building opened in 1968, eventually presiding over the Auxiliary, before retiring 25 years later. “I loved working in T.A., and watching the little kids grow up to graduation,” recalls Mrs. Creeger. “The Ladies’ Auxiliary is very, very important. We supplied the computers for the school, when they came out, and we took care of some of the school’s payments, too.” I was fortunate to catch up with just some of the honorees and their family members. “The real honor is that we have the honor everyday of being at T.A., to be with the hanhala (administration), teachers, and the wonderful children,” feels Morah Weingot. “It’s a privilege and an honor to be there. It is my home away from home.” Rabbi Yehoshua Fulda, honoree Rabbi Michael Fulda’s younger brother, traveled to Baltimore from Washington Heights, as did his mother and sister, to attend the banquet. The Fuldas’ sons joined them from Woodmere and Far Rockaway, as well. “My brother is capable of anything; whatever he puts his mind to he does quick and well,” said Rabbi Yehoshua Fulda. “He’s very young at heart and a very devoted father and grandfather. He does chesed 24/7, of which most people don’t know about, and he doesn’t want them to know about.”

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On Monday, June 2, 2014 the sixth and seventh grades of the Middle School of Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim of Baltimore went on a walk-a-thon organized by Yossi Muller, Mordechai Reches and Chezky Schultz. Many sixth and seventh graders wanted to attend the Jewish Caring Network’s 5k run a few weeks ago, but could not because they had regular classes. Each boy participating was asked to bring $5.00 to benefit the Jewish Caring Network, an organization that helps families in times of medical needs. The boys collected a total of $350.00. We would like to thank all of T.A. sixth and seventh grade Talmidim who participated in the walk-a-thon.

Hundreds Attend Ohr Somayach International Baltimore Yom Iyun Ohr Somayach International, as part of its worldwide outreach and educational activities, recently held its annual North American Yom Iyun Evening of Learning entitled “Issues

and Answers - Jewish Perspectives on Our Rapidly Changing World” in Baltimore, Brooklyn, Chicago, Toronto and Los Angeles. The Baltimore program took place Memorial Day weekend on Sunday, May 25th at Bnei Jacob Shaarei Zion Congregation with close to 400 people in attendance. World renowned speakers Rabbis Akiva Tatz, Dovid Orlofsky and Dovid Gottlieb dazzled the audience with their brilliant presentations on contemporary topics. Rabbi Gottleib addressed the issue “Can Rabbis be Wrong? - Defining True Jewish Leadership;” Rabbi Orlofsky’s topic was “How is Judaism Still Relevant Today” and Rabbi Tatz spoke on “Is


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it Safe? Living in a Dangerous World.” Rabbi Aaron Fine, son-in-law of the Rosh HaYeshiva Rav Nota Schiller (and Rebbe in the yeshiva) arranged this and past events for the benefit of the Baltimore community. The MC was Dr. Paul Volosov, who explained to the crowd how much he enjoys being a mentor for on the bi-yearly Mentor’s Mission, where members of the North American Orthodox community join beginners at Ohr Somayach for several days of learning and touring in Israel. The main event was preceded by an Ohr Somayach Shabbaton with Rabbis Tatz and Gottlieb speaking at various Shuls in the Baltimore community and at Etz Chaim. Recordings of the Yom Iyun talks are available for listening and/or download at Rabbi Fine would like to thank the community for their enthusiastic support.


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Governor Gansler for Our Community Maryland and our community stand at a crossroads. The past eight years under Governor Martin O’Malley and Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown have seen this state move farther and farther to the left, ideologically and fiscally. As a result, many of our community members are feeling more isolated from a political process that is supposed to exist as a support for us; instead, it is becoming a haven to protect the interests of those with big pockets. Forty taxes and fees have been raised, such as the gas tax, the sales tax and a new rain tax. Maryland has lost 8,000 small businesses and there are only 4 Fortune 500 companies left in this State, and none left in Baltimore. We now face a situation where it will be too expensive to retire in this state, much less start a business. Social programs will be funded by casino gambling, tax hikes against the middle class, and the legalization of marijuana. As we all know too well, crime in our neighborhoods is up to levels that we have never seen before. Part of the reason for this is that Maryland has been run by members of the Democratic establishment for many years while stifling “outsiders” and independent candidates’ voices. That’s the bad news. The primary election on June 24th is our opportunity to change this course, and it may be our last before this state goes down a road from which it will have difficulty recovering. In this election, we have the prototypical Democratic establishment candidate in Martin O’Malley’s Lieutenant Governor, Anthony Brown. You may know him as the one who was in charge of the failed Obamacare launch in Maryland. Virtually all of the Maryland politicians and special interest groups have lined up to support him. Challenging Mr. Brown and the entrenched Democratic establishment is Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler. He has been the Attorney General of Maryland for the past eight years and is now running for the Democratic nomination for Governor. You most likely have seen lots of signs in our community for Doug, as he is affectionately called by his friends and supporters. In fact, you may have seen him around our community because he has made a point throughout his eight years

as Attorney General to meet the people of the Baltimore Orthodox Jewish community. Doug didn’t show up in our

community for the first time a month or two before Election Day to raise money for his campaign as other file:///E:/

Chrome%20Downloads/Gansler%20 TOV.jpg candidates have done; he has been in our community for eight years, listening to our problems and protecting the vulnerable—many times without anyone else’s knowledge except for those in need. One might say he is the quintessential “outsider” candidate. In his capacity as the state’s top lawyer, he has been involved in ensuring kashrus guidelines are adhered to by requiring businesses that sell unpackaged kosher foods to display their teudah prominently. As Doug explained, “Consumers can now readily determine if a business sells food products that meet their standards.” Doug also worked on ensuring that low-cost Jewish funerals would be available to the Jewish community when two big funeral home conglomerates merged and there was concern that the combined company would control virtually all Jewish funerals. Doug implored the FTC Chairwoman to “find a remedy” that “will ensure the continuance of low-cost Jewish funerals.” Doug is originally from the Montgomery County Jewish community and served as chief prosecutor there for eight years before being elected attorney general in 2006. He has been on the board of the JCC of Greater Washington for the past 15 years, as well as on the board of the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes. He spent several weeks working in Israel as a teenager and recently led the National Association of Attorneys General on a trip to Israel where they met with Israeli governmental officials. Doug also hosted all 50 U.S. attorneys general on a tour through the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C., which many of them had never been to. And, last year, he called for coordinated state-level sanctions against Iran in an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal. On Tuesday, June 24th, the democratic process has given you the ability to choose the candidate who will represent our interests and change the course this state and community is headed. Those of us in the frum community who have known Doug for a long time know him to be the type of person who will be there for our community and its needs. Hope to see you next Tuesday!



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Seventy years after D-Day, Jim Martin did a tandem parachute jump from a plane over Utah Beach in France. But he wasn’t just commemorating D-Day; Martin, 93, was commemorating the first time he had made the jump, 70 years ago.

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Recently, Forbes announced the world’s most influential women. Seems like the females who rule the world come in all types—politicians, financial leaders, entrepreneurs, technologists, activists, billionaires, and celebrities. The traditional definition of power is political and economic might. Although we’ve come a long way since the feminist movement, there is still a noticeable shortage of women in global positions of authority. Less than 5% of the top U.S. companies have women CEOs. Just a bit more than 10% of the 1,645 Forbes billionaires are female. Worldwide, there are 14 female heads of state. America has yet to have a female lead our country. The list features nine heads of state, 28 corporate CEOs, 18 outstanding women who started their own companies or foundations. This year’s list welcomes 18 new members, including new Federal Reserve chair and the first woman to hold the position, Janet Yellen. Since its initial print in 2004, there are eight women who remain on the list since its inception. Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, and Queen Elizabeth II have all graced the list for the last decade. So who are the women who rule the world? The top ten most powerful women around the globe are: 1. Angela Merkel 2. Janet Yellen 3. Melinda Gates 4. Dilma Rousseff 5. Christine Lagarde 6. Hillary Clinton 7. Mary Barra 8. Michelle Obama 9. Sheryl Sandberg 10. Virginia Romett

D-Day Déjà vu

time, was among a few dozen members of the U.S. 101st Airborne Division that parachuted over Utah Beach into enemy-controlled territory the night before the invasion of Normandy. As part of the ceremonies to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, several veterans parachuted over Utah Beach, but Martin was the only one from his generation to jump. Martin says he fought for 43 days as



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The Week part of the Normandy campaign before being part of an invasion of Holland and the Battle of the Bulge. The former soldier admitted to being motivated by ego and wanting to prove he could still parachute at age 93. “And also I just want to show all the people that you don’t have to sit and die just because you get old,” Martin told reporters. “Keep doing things.”

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Assad Levels Oldest Syrian Shul Syrian Arab Army forces flattened the Eliyahu Hanavi Shul in the Jobar neighborhood of Damascus last weekend. The attack not only wrecked a site that’s at least 400 years old, it may have destroyed thousands of irreplaceable Jewish artifacts contained inside

The area where the shul once stood has been under bombardment by the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for months. The Syrian regime is laying siege to the town, one of the few rebel strongholds in the area. It’s all part of what the opposition calls Assad’s “scorched earth” policy, which includes random and violent attacks on civilian populations.

In News “I am deeply saddened to learn of the destruction of Jobar Synagogue, which was a treasure of Jewish and Syrian cultural heritage,” said Shlomo Bolts, an official at the Syrian American Council, an American charity connected to the Syrian opposition. Bolts, a Jew of Syrian ancestry, said that the Syrian Jewish community is only the latest victim of Assad’s strategy to target religious and cultural institutions. “This is hardly the only place of worship to be destroyed by the Assad regime. The Umm al-Zinar Church [a house of worship in Homs that locals say dates back to the first centuries of Christianity], the [1,400 year-old] Khalid Ibn Walid Mosque, and countless other irreplaceable cultural sites are now lost to history due to a dictator’s manic desire to keep power at all costs,” he said. Before the conflict, the shul held thousands of religious and cultural treasures, including hundreds-yearsold Torah scrolls, historical texts, precious diningware, and ancient Judaica. Some of the items were reportedly looted in the early days of the war. Some were reportedly placed in safekeeping. Many remained in the building until its destruction.

Qatar Enforces Strict Dress Code

Tourists visiting Qatar are asked to kindly adhere to the local dress code and dress modestly. The country provides specific guidelines asking that visitors cover from their “shoulders to knees.” Additionally, Qatar offers more direct advice, asking that women not wear tight fitting clothing and men always wear a shirt in public. According to their rules, leggings do not qualify as pants in public. These pieces of advice and tips

for tourists on how to dress modestly come in preparation for the Football World Cup it will be hosting in 2022. Visitors will be asked to help preserve Qatar’s culture and values. “If you are in Qatar, you are one of us. Please dress modestly in public places,” the ads announce.

China Plans to Eliminate 6M Cars from its Streets

In an effort to improve conditions in the smog-filled cities of China, the government plans to remove 6 million older vehicles from the streets this year. The Cabinet statement released last Monday includes plans to obligate gas stations in Beijing, Shanghai, and other major cities to switch to selling only the cleanest grades of gasoline and diesel. China failed to meet official pollution-reduction goals for 2011-2013; this proactive approach is hoping to achieve those goals. The recent announcement called the country’s environmental situation “extremely grim.” There have been reports of rising health and economic costs due to pollution. Vehicles registered before 2005 that fail to meet cleaner emissions standards will be “phased out,” although the statement did not specify how they will be removed or confiscated. Old vehicles in Beijing, the nearby port of Tianjin, and the deltas of the Yangtze River, around Shanghai, and the Pearl River, around the southern business center of Guangzhou, will be retired from the roads. Additionally, the government is

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Spain has approved a Sephardic Jew Citizenship in an attempt to fix a “historic mistake.” The “mistake” refers to the time when the Jews were sent into exile in 1492 and were forced to convert to Catholicism or risk being burned at the stake. The reform will allow descendants of Jews forced into exile hundreds of years ago to obtain dual citizenship. Applicants will be required to take a Spanish culture test. Any Sephardic Jews who want to apply will have to have their heritage researched by the Spanish Federation of Jewish Communities or by their local rabbi. Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said that the details of the culture test will be composed by the Cervantes Institute, which promotes Spanish language and culture abroad. Currently, Spain only allows Latin Americans to keep their citizenship and become a Spanish citizen as well. This new reform will allow Jews to apply for dual citizenship regardless of their country of origin. “With this gesture, Spain is doing justice and fixing the mistake that led to the expulsion of the Jews,” the fed-

El Sissi Inaugurated in Egypt The recent military junta in Egypt is coming to a climax, as the newly elected president, former army chief Abdel Fatah el Sissi, was sworn in this week. A national holiday was declared to mark the day of his inauguration. El Sissi overthrew previous president and Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Morsi just a year ago and began a reign of terror, killing hundreds and arresting thousands of the opposition. He is the eighth Egyptian president since the monarchy was overthrown in 1953 after a military coup. Most of those eight presidents have hailed from the military, Morsi being one notable exception.

Morsi’s supporters have long accused el Sissi of ruining the infant democracy that was taking hold in Egypt. They claim that he has brought the country back to the Mubarak-era of a police state. Muslim Brotherhood supporters boycotted this past vote, in which el Sissi was favored. El Sissi is now tasked with stabilizing a turbulent country that lacks security and stability. “It is time for us to build a future that is more stable and pen a new reality for the future of this nation,” he said. Hard work, something that he has repeatedly called for in recent weeks, will allow Egyptians to “pay attention to rights and freedoms [to] deepen and develop them. Let us differ for the sake of our nation and not over it; let us do that as part of a unifying national march in which every party listens to the other objectively and without ulterior motives,” he said.

Reward MH370 Campaign

A new campaign is being made by families of the passengers of missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 to help resolve the mystery of the disappearing jumbo jet. “Reward MH370” was launched on crowdfunding site Indiegogo and hopes to raise $5 million “to encourage a whistleblower to come forward with information.” The airliner went missing on March 8 on a flight from Kuala Lampur to Beijing with 239 passengers aboard. It is believed to have crashed

in the Indian Ocean, but so far no evidence of the jet has turned up. “We are convinced that somewhere, someone knows something, and we hope this reward will entice him or her to come forward,” said Ethan Hunt, a technology company chief who is heading the “Reward MH370” project. Sarah Bajc, whose friend Philip Wood was on the doomed plane, said, “Governments and agencies have given it their best shot but have failed to turn up a single shred of evidence, either because of a faulty approach or due to intentional misdirection by one or more individuals.” They hope that by working together, perhaps they will be able to find an answer to how their loved ones were lost.

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eration said in a statement. I can’t really call this justice; it’s just another way to assuage their guilt.

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continuing to promote the development of the electric car manufacturing industry. According to the Ministry of Public Security, China hosts about 240 million vehicles. The Communist state is the world’s biggest auto market by number of vehicles sold. Sales rose 15.7 percent last year to 17.9 million vehicles. Sales growth is slowing but analysts still expect an increase of 8 to 10 percent this year.



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Kiran Jyoti Kaur, a Golden Temple management spokeswoman, said that supporters of the Shiromani Akali Dal, led by Simranjeet Singh Mann, turned violent and then were chased away by temple guards. They were shouting slogans for an independent Sikh homeland. Many stores closed due to the rapidly rising tension and nearly 50 people were detained.

Israel Rivlin Elected 10th President of Israel On Tuesday, Likud candidate Reuven Rivlin emerged victorious from Israel’s presidential elections at the Knesset, winning the post by a 63 to 53 margin after two rounds of voting. The president-elect beat out Hatnua candidate Meir Sheetrit, a veteran MK from the center of the political spectrum. He will take over the office of the president after President Shimon Peres steps down after seven years on July 26.

Rivlin was considered the favorite coming into the race after he secured the public support of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu several weeks ago. But there was considerable speculation that outsider Sheetrit would clip him on the second round run-off. Rivlin had failed to win the presidency seven years ago when Peres beat him, and many analysts believed he was about to fail again.

At a toast following the announcement, Rivlin pledged to abandon party politics and become “a man of the nation.” The President’s Residence, which he will shortly occupy, is “the house of all Israelis,” he said. The president-elect briefly put on a skullcap and recited the peace blessing. He also turned to Sheetrit during his address and said, “What a fight you put up.” “Citizens of Israel,” Rivlin said in closing. “I thank you for your trust. Long live Israeli democracy, long live the state of Israel.”

Israeli Tourists in USA Declining

In News Travel and Tourism Industries at the American Department of Commerce shows that Israel has fallen from the 19th place on the list of the top inbound overseas markets – to the 23rd place. These numbers are despite the low exchange rate of the U.S. dollar against the Israeli shekel, and a wider variety of direct flights and connecting flights. The number of arrivals from Israel to the U.S. in 2013 was only 331,359 – a 9% increase compared to 2012, but lower than the record number of 332,257 in 2005. In the following years, the number of visits from Israel dropped to an average of 305,000 entries a year. The report also shows that only 14% of Israeli visitors arrive in the U.S. for business purposes. Most arrive for a vacation, a visit or a trip. The surveys conducted by the American Department of Commerce further reveal that more than 80% of the tourists arriving from Israel say shopping is the most attractive component of their vacation. The report reveals an impressive recovery in the overall number of visitors to the U.S. in recent years. Since 2005, there has been an increase of nearly 42% in the number of arrivals, reaching almost 70 million visitors in 2013. Israelis are not the only ones to visit B&H. Figures presented by New York City officials show that more than 10 million tourists who visited the city in the past year saw it as the most popular destination for shopping. According to estimates, 25 cents of each dollar spent by a tourist in New York is on shopping. In numbers, tourists have spent more than $8 billion purchasing products in New York City alone, adding some $750 million in sales tax to the municipal coffers. Turns out that the word “sale” is the same is every language.

PA TV Show Questioned

Less Israelis are visiting the United States. The annual report of the Office of

Israeli police raided the Palestinian Authority TV studio in Jerusalem last week and detained three staff members for questioning about inciting violence. “Police carried out searches at the headquarters of the television channel as part of an investigation into

the content of its programs,” spokesperson Luba Samri said. “Three employees were arrested, questioned and released,” Samri added, saying, “No programs were interrupted and the investigation is ongoing.” The Arab news agency Wafa  claimed that the “Good Morning Jerusalem” program was targeted in the police investigation, because the show’s producer, Nadar Bibars, cameraman, and guest, Ala’a Al-Hadad, are members of the Prisoners’ Council in Jerusalem, which works on behalf of the jailed terrorists. According to the Arab news source, the show was interrupted and taken off air. “Good Morning Jerusalem” was caught last January hosting a guest,  President of the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics Ola Awad, who insinuated “there is an Israeli policy” to get local Arabs addicted to drugs. Awad said, “This policy is clear Judaization of Jerusalemites in a direct manner.” In a separate incident, IDF soldiers raided the office of a Hamas-affiliated newspaper in Ramallah last week, ordering it to stop printing publications for the terrorist organization.

Largest Shabbat Meal in Tel Aviv?

On June 13, the city of Tel Aviv will be attempting to set the Guinness World Record for “Largest Shabbat Meal,” and in a global movement of unity and support, Jews all over the world are pledging “Shabbat Shalom 613 – one day, one hour and one dollar” to bring peace in the Middle East. White City Shabbat, the non-profit organization running the event, has hosted over 10,000 guests during Shabbat and holiday meals in Tel Aviv over the last seven years and is made

The Week eat a traditional meal. “Those of us who can’t physically attend the Largest Shabbat Meal want to be counted in spirit,” said Shira Nussdorf. “World peace begins when everyone in the world can commit to at least one day of peace with their brothers.” With initiatives like the International Shabbos Project and Shabbat Across America on the horizon many are looking towards this Guinness event as a census marker to see how many Jews can keep just one Shabbos.

Living Not So Large in the Lone Star State Things may be bigger in Texas, but when it comes to the cost of living, one need not be living large to survive in the Lone Star State. A recent study conducted by Kiplinger’s, which takes

into account housing prices, groceries, utilities, transportation, health care, and goods and services, ranks three Texas cities in the top ten cheapest places to live in America.

According to Kiplinger’s, although Augusta, GA, has a pricey reputation that comes from its being host to the Masters golf tournament, for less than the $1.6 million prize given to the best golfer one can get himself a full 50 acres, complete with two sprawling houses and 19 stocked ponds. Houses in the Southern city are a full 26.5% less than the national average; groceries are 14% cheaper. The Texas cities of Temple, Wichi-

ta Falls and Harlingen have houses for less than $100,000. Temple is just an hour north of the state capital, Austin, and Wichita Falls has solid employment opportunities from a nearby army base. Harlingen boasts the fourth cheapest grocery prices nationwide. And if you’re feeling a little bluesy, head to Memphis, TN, where a decent dose of soulful music and cheap housing will have you heading straight to Graceland. Memphis is also home to three Fortune 500 companies and some great colleges. Just watch out for that annual tornado!

Bergdahl Swap Angers Americans The recent swap conducted between the U.S. and Taliban of five high profile terrorists being held at Guantanamo Bay for U.S. Sergeant Bowe Berghdal has left many in Washington both steaming mad and scratching

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up of entirely volunteers. Deborah Danan, one of the event organizers, said the goal is to draw attention to Tel Aviv as “the best place for young Jews to be in today and, more than that, to restore the beauty of Shabbat in what is primarily known as Israel’s secular city.” The event will be hosted by Tel Aviv’s Mayor Ron Huldai, as well as Israel’s former Chief Rabbi Meir Lau, and will be attended by thousands of participants in Hangar 11. White City Shabbat raised over $25,000 in crowd-funding on to ensure that seats will be available to any guest who wishes to attend free of charge. With anti-Semitism on the rise resulting in incidents like the brutal attack in Brussels on the Jewish museum, many world leaders have begun calling for increased measures of peace. In the spirit of unity, many Jews have taken it upon themselves to pledge 25 hours of peace by keeping the Shabbos on 6-13. Synagogues worldwide have asked congregants to light candles at a designated time and



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The Week their heads. One major question that should be answered in the next week or so is did Sgt. Bergdahl in fact leave his post on June 30, 2009, the night he was captured by Taliban forces in Afghanistan, and even if he did desert his post then, was his desertion a spiteful proclamation against U.S. policy or just an innocent meander? Pentagon officials have said that Bergdahl’s actions on the night of his disappearance are “unclear.” According to firsthand accounts from soldiers in his platoon, Bergdahl, while on guard duty, shed his weapons and walked off the observation post with nothing more than a compass, a knife, water, a digital camera and a diary. At least six soldiers were killed in subsequent searches for him, according to soldiers involved in the operations to find him. Critics of the swap have claimed that the Bergdahl was dissatisfied with his deployment in Afghanistan and had slipped away from his post numerous times before his final desertion. E-mails reported by the late Michael Hastings in Rolling Stone in 2012 reveal what Bergdahl’s fellow infantrymen learned within days of his disappearance: He told people that he no longer supported the U.S. effort in Afghanistan. “The future is too good to waste on lies,” he supposedly wrote to his parents. “And life is way too short to care for the damnation of others, as well as to spend it helping fools with their ideas that are wrong. I have seen their ideas and I am ashamed to even be American. The horror of the self-righteous arrogance that they thrive in. It is all revolting…I am sorry for everything. The horror that is America is disgusting.” Supporters of Bergdahl have described him as an athletic and studious individual who enjoyed taking long hikes back in the U.S. without notifying anyone. They say his disappearance was not a desertion of the army. Another issue concerning the prisoner swap is Bergdahl’s behavior while in captivity. Last week, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told the Associated Press that Bergdahl was treated very well while under Taliban control and was even allowed to play soccer with his captors. “You can ask him in America about his life [in captivity]. He will not complain,” Mu-

jahid said.

Mujahid claims that the captive was fed fresh fruit daily and was allowed to read English books about Islam. It has been reported, though, that Bergdahl was kept in a dark cage or box during his captivity. This all comes after the Obama administration’s defense that its abrupt deal with the Taliban was due to Bergdahl’s clearly declining health and the specter of his being killed if the negotiations were made public. Congress is by law required to be given thirty days’ notice of a prisoner’s release from Guantanamo Bay; they were not notified at all prior to this deal. “We had both specific and general indications that Sgt Bergdahl’s recovery – and potentially his life – could be jeopardized if the detainee exchange proceedings were disclosed or derailed,” a senior U.S. administration official said. Other reports, however, seem to indicate that Bergdahl’s sojourn with the Taliban had its ups and downs. Some reports indicate that the soldier had at one point converted to Islam and had declared himself a “mujahid” or a holy warrior. Other reports claim that he at one point escaped from his captors and was locked up in an animal cage for five days after being found. But eventually, Bergdahl was accepted into his captors’ group and was even allowed to carry a gun. Now, President Obama is vocal about defending his decision to release the terrorists for Bergdahl regardless of the circumstances. “Whatever those circumstances may turn out to be, we still get an American soldier back if he’s held in captivity. Period. Full stop,” he announced. Bergdahl has yet to be allowed to even phone his parents, as the process of “reintegration,” when former prisoners of war are slowly acclimated back into their former lives, begins for him. After being held captive for

In News over five years and also being a potential defendant of army desertion, Bergdahl’s reintegration may take up to three weeks. He must be prepared to face seemingly innocuous things in real life that may trigger flashbacks to his captivity. That assistance is provided by psychologists familiar with what the military calls Survive, Evade, Resist, Escape (SERE) techniques. He must also be ready to face an onslaught of media attention and criticism, as well as debriefing U.S. intelligence officials of his experiences in captivity. His behavior while being under Taliban control will also be heavily scrutinized. As for the five terrorists released in exchange for Bergdhal, Senator Lindsey Graham has referred to them as the “terrorist dream team” and knocked the notion that one soldier who voluntarily left his post is worth the security of thousands. The White House says that the five terrorists will be in Qatar and that the U.S. will be keeping close watch on them in the future. “You’ve just released five extremely dangerous people, who in my opinion ... will rejoin the battlefield,” Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said. Noorullah Noori, one of the freed prisoners, has pledged to return and fight Americans in Afghanistan already.

Billionaire Cities

We all pass by certain palatial estates and wistfully imagine we owned them. But what do billionaires like Bill Gates dream of? Buying a whole city? Real estate website Redfin crunched some numbers to figure out which wealthy American could actually buy certain metropolises. That means every square foot in every single house in a city. Not included in the calculation, however, is any building—from a Boston skyscraper to a co op in Seattle. “In this fictional real estate investment, the 30 billionaires

on our list, with a combined fortune of $582 billion, could afford to own a staggering 6 percent of the total U.S. home equity,” the chief economist for Redfin, Nela Richardson, said. So which city can Mr. Gates actually afford to buy on his own? Not his hometown Seattle; he should leave that to the Walton family of Walmart. Seattle is valued at $111.5 billion; Gates is worth less than 80. He should probably go for a cheaper town like, say, Boston whose 114,717 residences add up to a $76.6 billion price tag. The Waltons, on the other hand, have the world’s greatest combined net worth and could afford places like Las Vegas ($86.5 billion) or Dallas ($109.4 billion). As for the internet tycoons, Googler Larry Page would feel comfortable purchasing all 99,964 homes in Boca Raton for a mere $29.5 billion; Amazon’s Jeff Bezos could get himself a load of vine if he were to pick up Napa, CA, for $30.5 billion; and poor Mark Zuckerberg would have to settle for St. Paul, MN—his $27 billon dollars would get him that city’s 139,124 homes. Although Donald Trump loves Atlantic City, he’d have to settle for Commerce City, CO. And Oprah Winfrey, a real Chicagoan, would have to move to Mokena, IL, which, at $2.9 billion is more in her price range. Where would the country’s most beloved billionaire, Warren Buffett, settle? Charlotte, NC, seems like a nice place move in. After all, his current home’s $650,000 price tag is no way near the $56 billion cost of the city. Man, if I could be their real estate broker, I could buy my own city.

White House Hosts Science Fair On Tuesday, May 27, the Obamas hosted 100 students from 30 states to display their science projects in the White House. Student showed off inventions and experiments in science, technology and engineering. “As a society, we have to celebrate outstanding work by young people in science at least as much as we do Super Bowl winners,” President Obama


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So where do they tear their hair out most in the nation? Turns out that we New Yorkers aren’t the most stressed out citizens in the U.S. of A. If you really want to buy loads of Pepcid AC, head to the Sunshine State. Yup, you heard that right. Florida is the most stressed out state in the lower 48, according to a new study. Obviously,

Have degree, will travel. While a college degree used to be the equivalent of a first class ticket into the middle class in America, these days it seems more like a Monopoly “Go to your parents’ basement and do some

barista work on the side” card for many of the 1.6 million grads who finished college this year. According to the Economic Policy Institute, recent college grads suffer an 8.5% unemployment rate; the pre-recession rate was 5.5%. Many graduates are finding it easier to pack their bags and find work in cities where their degrees carry some decent bang for their buck. A recent study has come up with a top ten list for cities well worth a college grad’s attention, for reasons ranging from the good jobs and salaries to cheap rents and a good social scene. Surprisingly absent from the list is any so-called “hot” Silicon Valley-esque tech hub. But in cities like San Jose and San Francisco, rents are a small fortune and a burden for any young worker. Not surprisingly, America’s “greenest” cities are number 8 and 9 on the top cities list. Aside from lovin’ the high life, young grads are attracted to the decent paying jobs in Seattle and Denver as well as the low rents; the median staring salary in Seattle is $39,000 and rents are as low as $970 per month in Denver. And even if you plan on leaving your partying days behind, Denver “also houses the most bars per capita, as well as an energetic and affordable social scene for recent college grads to enjoy.” You can’t mess with Texas. Dallas and Houston are the second and third best place for a college grad in the U.S. With starting salaries north of $40,000 and rents as low as $800 monthly, Houston is a pretty hot pick for any young person looking to strike out. And while salaries are slightly lower in Dallas and rents higher, the city still has a great environment outside of the workplace. According to the study, “Home to five professional sports teams, one for every major American team sport, Dallas offers an abundance of athletic events, entertainment, and professional options to residents.” Go Mavericks! Number one on the list? Atlanta. With the median starting pay at $43,000, 21% higher than the national average, and monthly rents as low as $800, the home of Coca Cola, Home Depot, Delta Airlines and UPS is a college grad’s dream dwelling place. Can you say, “Do you want fries with that?”

Majority of American Children are Unfit

Every parent prays for their children to be healthy and fit but the latest research on American kids revealed that the majority of our youth is not getting enough exercise and the fault is partially being blamed on parents. According to a recent report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of adolescents aged 12 to 15 are considered physically unfit. More than 600 young teenagers were tested on treadmills to measure cardiorespiratory fitness, a measure of how well the heart and lungs can move blood to supply muscles during exercise. But sadly, Dr. Jaime Gahche, the lead author of the report, discovered that only half of all boys and only a third of all girls in the study met the bare minimum threshold of being called “fit.” These numbers are truly discouraging. In 2000, 52% of adolescents were considered fit; now that number decreased to 42%. As one would assume, children who were overweight or obese were overall less fit than the subjects with a healthy weight. Only 30% of overweight children and 20% of those who are considered obese passed the minimum standards to be called fit. “Children should spend at least 60 minutes daily,” Gahche pointed out, “mostly doing aerobic exercise, like walking, running, participating in team sports or martial arts.” Competing for kids’ time with these activities, of course, is a growing proportion of the day devoted to computers, tablets and other forms of screen time. “Kids come home after school nowadays and don’t even leave the house,” said Dr. Dyan Hes, clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medical College. “Especially

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This year’s White House science fair put specific emphasis on “amazing girls and young women” to encourage more females to pursue careers in science. “I have a confession to make. When I was growing up, my science fair projects were not as successful as those here,” Obama teased. He admitted to killing many plants in one project and recalled the time his mice escaped in his grandmother’s apartment. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, NASA administrator Charlie Bolton, and Bill Nye the Science Guy also attended the event. “I love this event. This is one of my favorite things all year long,” Obama told the crowd.

hours spent on the beach weren’t included when doing the research. Instead, commuting times, housing prices and lack of health insurance were factors that were examined during the study. Florida, it turns out, has high unemployment—11.3%— and 25.8% of its population have to pay out of pocket when visiting the doctor. Georgia came in as the second most stressed state in the nation. New Jersey followed close behind (duh), California, and Nevada rounded out the top five. New York is not all about sandy beaches and flip flops. The Empire State came in number seven on the list. (Think delays on the LIRR and skyrocketing housing prices in our neighborhood.) Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina and Arizona rounded out the top ten. (Maryland has the longest average commuting time in the nation. Must be all that time spent fighting the bureaucrats in DC.) If you’re looking for a place to kick off your shoes and relax, you may need to head to the heartland of the nation. North Dakota (a state we recently reported was the happiest in the nation) is the least stressed out place to be in America. Iowa, South Dakota, Minnesota and Nebraska were also good places to achieve true feelings of Zen without having to travel to the Far East.


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The Week teenage girls – they chat, they text, they go online. It’s really a sad state.” Doctors are urging parents to encourage physical activity and minimize time spent in front of the computer and TV. Being a role model is one way to encourage activity since children and teens tend to adopt the habits of people around them. It’s a gorgeous day—get out your running shoes!

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State Fair Craziness

Ahh, summertime! Barbecues, boardwalks, and cold lemonade. Did we forget to mention pig wrestling and deep fried tootsie rolls? State fairs have been around for over 170 years and are still one of America’s favorite summer weekend pastimes. Last year alone, 12.5 million people visited a state fair, and plenty of more people laughed at their craziness. At the end of September, the country’s largest fair in Dallas, TX, kicks off with pig and ostrich races and the revered American Spam Championship. Guests last year feasted on some deep fried Nutella. Don’t forget to loosen that Bible Belt! Test your TV presence at the Wheel of Fortune Auditions this July at the California State Fair, where you can also get a free sampling of up to 10 beers of the Golden State. If all that brew leaves you feeling a little hairier than before, head on east to Columbus, OH, to compete in the Ohio State Fair’s Old Familiar Beard and Mustache Competition. Or just go straight to the life-sized butter sculptures, an Ohio staple since 1903. In the mood of doggin’ it? Then hit up the Wisconsin State Fair and take in some dog dock diving and dancing dogs. Be sure to have the original cream puff while there; it is celebrating its 90th birthday. Lastly, the famed Iowa State Fair even has its own Broadway musical named after it and features a full, 600 pound butter-sculpted cow and numerous, novel

You know what the only thing I’d rather be doing than sitting on a hammock in my backyard on a cool spring day is? You’ve probably guessed it: sitting on the Van Wyck for hours on end on a stifling August day. Don’t we all just love traffic?! It doesn’t stress anyone out and waste any valuable time, right? Well, TomTom, the GPS company whose job is to rescue drivers from congestion has come up with this year’s Congestion Index, which tracks cities’ traffic levels and there are relatively few surprises on it. The Empire State is the 8th most congested city and costs drivers an extra 26% of their normal commute time. But the most congested city in the U.S. is—unsurprisingly—Los Angeles which has claimed the top spot for consecutive years. The average 30 minute LA commute can turn into a 90 minute smogfest. Worldwide, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, and Sao Paulo have the worst traffic; Brazilian drivers spend an hour extra in traffic if they travel during rush hours. The least congested cities in the U.S. are Kansas City and Indianapolis. Only 9% of a commuter’s trip is taken up by traffic in Kansas City and in Indy, only 10%. I guess tractors really don’t take up too much roadway.

Brands that Rule the Nation It’s Marketing 101: build a better product, attain icon status, charge a

In News premium for your product and enjoy tremendously high profit margins and net profits. It’s what has allowed brands from Coca Cola to Marlboro to deliver amazing shareholder returns for decades and decades without changing their strategy very much. All in all, it’s the brand that delivers. So which brands have been delivering year after year in the U.S. of A.? Harley Davidson, the iconic American Dream Machine, offers its customers the exclusivity of being part of its special club which has special events, rallies, and specialty bike trips. The brand, founded over 100 years ago, enjoys 20% profit margins. Over half of all new motorcycle registrations in the U.S. last year were Harleys, making it the brand that rules the road.

For those who have young children, this brand will be familiar to you. Enfamil is the number one pediatrician recommended formula brand in the world and has been profitable for the last ten years running. While the U.S. birth rate may be declining, rising populations in Asia have helped boost Enfamil’s bottom line. Always Coca Cola. For the past 128 years, Coke has been synonymous with “refreshing” and is the leader in worldwide beverage sales, controlling 42% of the market. It sold over 28 billion cases of soda just last year. Despite being one of the most lethal products available, Marlboro still beckons many consumers to come to where the flavor is. It controls over 40% of the U.S. market and sold 111 billon packs of smokes last year. While smoking is in decline, the company has effortlessly shifted into becoming a leader in the smokeless tobacco industry, shipping 787 million units of smokeless tobacco in 2013. Lastly, it’s sleek and simple and

the prize of every subway hoodlum. The iPhone is the world’s most valuable brand, accounting for 45% of the ever-growing smartphone market. Apple enjoys 41% profit margins from the product , which it sold 150 million of in 2013. Then of course there’s TJH…a unparalleled brand in the Five Towns.

Less Bang for Your Buck

Sometimes a dollar is not really a dollar. It may all depends on where you live. Recently, NPR decided to crunch some numbers to figure out in which areas is the median income similar to the “real” median income, which is based on the local cost of living. Turns out, if you want some real bang for your buck, time to hitch up the wagons and head out to the heartland. In places like Rochester, MN, the median salary of $35,844 jumped to $36,279 on NPR’s index, and Danville, IL, saw its median leap from $30,000 to $36,000 based on their numbers. And if you think the name Texarkana, AR, sounds goofy, the rise in its real median salary isn’t. DC dwellers have it hard; their income dropped $10,000 when the cost of living by the Beltway was factored in. New Yorkers saw a steep decline of $9,000. Even though its lights will inspire you, your wallet really is thinner here.

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Running long distances at a young age is a controversial subject, and Dennis Harrison agrees that it isn’t for everyone. “Ten or 15 years ago, I think the answer you would have gotten from most of us is no,” Dr. Alex Diamond says. “The trend has definitely shifted to, in a select few, it’s probably OK to do that.” “This is a highly motivated, unique kid,” the doctor praised. Whatever the case, it sure beats video games.

ments later. The escapees, Yves Denis, 35, Denis Lefebvre, 53, and Serge Pomerleau, 49, are convicted drug traffickers; Denis and Lefebvre are also convicted murderers. This is the second time in two years that prison inmates escaped a Quebec jail via chopper. In March 2013, a helicopter was commandeered by gunpoint into a prison there in order to help two prisoners escape. Those two inmates, along with the helicopter hijackers, were later caught and arrested. This time, local police are scouring all areas in search of the escaped convicts. “We have co-operation with all the police forces across the country and abroad also,” said Sgt. Gregory Gomez. “We have many, many officers who are scattering all the areas possible. Investigators are, of course, checking every lead.” Police have also turned to social media to ask for everyone’s assistance in spotting the escapees. They warn, however, that the felons are dangerous and should not be approached by the public if they are sighted. They say it’s the escaping that’s easy; staying “escaped” is the tough part.

World’s Oldest Man Dies at 111

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10 Year Old Sets Half Marathon Record Run Reinhardt! Run! Ten year old Reinhardt Harrison was practically born hitting the ground running and recently set the world record for fastest half marathon for a person his age. Reinhardt, a natural runner, begged his parents to allow him to enter the Alexandria Running Festival half marathon and finally forced his dad, a running coach, to acquiesce. Amazingly, Harrison ended up setting the record of 1:35:02, a full

nice insurance payout without having their premiums raised. Lest you think that Galati was a deer-lover, investigators also found geese, dogs, cartons of fruit and chunks of metal and concrete in his shop—all used to create “Hollywood” accidents. The scam netted $5 million. Galati’s wife, son, and daughter, a city official, a police officer and several tow truck drivers and insurance adjusters were among the 41 people arrested. According to grand jury witnesses, Galati would say, “I live my life to cheat insurance companies…My high every day is to cheat insurance companies.” At one point, Galati would copy key to his customers’ cars, have an associate steal them and then crash them into other cars owned by his customers to create more work for himself. He really knew how to work the system.

In a jailbreak made for Hollywood, three gangsters broke out of the Orsainville Detention Centre in Quebec by means of a mysterious green helicopter. The getaway chopper landed in the middle of the prison courtyard and took off with the three inmates mo-

“Deer” me! A group of people in Philadelphia were arrested for using deer carcasses in staged car accidents in order to collect insurance money. Ronald Galati stored deer carcasses, blood and fur in the back of his auto body shop. He coached customers on how to stage run-ins with deer in order to have them considered “no fault” by insurance companies and receive a

The top spot for the world’s oldest man in the Guinness Book of World Records has just opened up after the death of Alexander Imich, a retired chemist and parapsychologist in New York City. Imich was 111. The secret to his longevity was, in his opinion, his good genes, proper nutrition and exercise and the fact that he did not have any children. His wife died in 1986. He was born in Poland in 1903 and fled from the Nazis in 1939 with his wife. He moved to the U.S. in 1951. A friend of his, Michael Mannion, said Imich’s “enormous curiosity and ability to turn even great adversity into something positive were important factors in his long life. These qualities were evident even in his last weeks and days of life.”

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The drink sets a new record for Starbucks frivolousness; last year a man ordered a $47 Frappuccino. Andrew’s tab, though, was no way near the said $55. As a gold member, he is entitled to one free drink after every twelve purchased, and this time around he made sure to get his money’s worth. He says, “It took a few minutes to figure out all the math, but in the end, it took about 55 shots to get us over the $50 line, and we just rounded it up to 60 to make it easy, and I gotta say, it was delicious.” In an unrelated story, a man reported to the ER with heart palpitations and sweat the color of a mocha latte.

two minutes faster than the previous record. He claims that he could have gone faster but his father insisted he treat the race like a practice run. “He’s actually beating me now,” his father Dennis Harrison, 54, said. “I keep telling him I still got a few more years. I might be able to get faster. Age is not on my side.”

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man has posted on Twitter his recent order of a Sexagintuple Vanilla Bean Mocha Frappuccino, which is a whopping 128 ounces and costs a mere $55. The drink contains a wee bit too much caffeine for most people’s taste (60 espresso shots) with a mocha and caramel drizzle. The customer, who is only known by the name Andrew, had to bring in his own glass to the store, knowing that Starbucks would not have one in that size in stock.



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The Week Imich’s shining moments appear to have been in the last part of his life. At 93, he enrolled at the IM School of Healing Arts for a degree in self-awareness and healing. “He wanted to learn more about love,” said Mannion. His book, Incredible Tales of the Paranormal, was published in 1995 when he was 92. Guinness is now researching the claims of a Japanese man, Sakari Momoi, who says he is 111 also. Japanese woman Misao Okawa is 116 and the world’s oldest person.

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relief.” Once, while Rachel was in the pool, Taxi jumped in and started splashing wildly to alert people of a pending grand mal seizure. He can sense seizures 10 to 15 minutes before they happen. Rachel’s elementary school principal at Northside Independent School in San Antonio has frequently complained of the distraction Taxi is at school, so the yearbook photos are a nice sendoff for Rachel, who finishes there this year. “It’s been so much fun watching her,” Teresa says of her daughter, who’s been tickled to see their story picked up as far away as Japan. “She’s eating it up. It’s so cute.” I wonder if Taxi got his hair and makeup done for the photo.

113 Year Old Bride

Rachel Benke, 14, does not go anywhere without her epilepsy service dog, Taxi. So it is only fitting that Taxi was placed prominently next to Rachel in her seventh grade yearbook this year. The idea started as a joke from her mom after she noticed Taxi’s omission from the yearbook last year. “Last year when their yearbooks came out, I said, ‘Hey, where’s Taxi’s picture?’ But I was kind of joking,” Rachel’s mom, Teresa Benke, said. So after Rachel’s turn at picture day this year, Teresa told the photographer to shoot a photo of Taxi. He complied. Rachel, who had to have part of her brain removed at age 6 in order to stop the hundreds of daily seizures she was experiencing, is on the developmental level of a 7 year old. Taxi, who flunked Seeing Eye dog school because of a “cat distraction” problem, helps predict the onset of major seizures about to happen. “I can’t tell you how many times she’s just dropped on the pavement,” Teresa Benke says through tears. “She’s been bruised up her whole life. But you’ve also got to let her live. So when we got Taxi, it was just such a

Ahh! To be young and happy! Or maybe just happy. A 113-year-old Chinese woman finally agreed to settle down and marry a man who has been (literally) dying for her hand in matrimony. Azatihan Sawuti first rejected Aimti Ahemti’s proposal after they met in December for a good reason: he was too young. At only 70-years-old (or young), Ahmeti is over 40 years Sawuti’s junior and that fact caused her to reject his original overtures. (Didn’t she ever hear of the NASI project?) Eventually, as it always does, love won out, and the two married in a simple ceremony at their Chinese nursing home. Sawuti’s feelings for his new bride? Pure love: “She takes good care of me and gives me her portion of meat during meals,” he said. Love really knows no age.

Truvia No Friend to Flies No baking soda and vinegar vol-

In News canoes for one sixth grader’s science project. Simon Kashchock-Marenda, the son of Drexel professor Dr. Daniel Marenda, decided to research something novel about insects, a species that fascinates him, for his science fair. He started testing the effect of different sugars and sweeteners on fly health. And his results have caused a buzz. So much, that his father ended up coauthoring a study at his university with his son based on his findings. Marenda was shocked to find that while most flies, on average, were able to survive on various sugars and sweeteners for almost fifty days, the flies that were given Truvia, a sweetener which uses the stevia plant, all “dropped” dead after only six days. “After six days of testing these flies in our house, he came back to me and said, ‘Dad, all the flies in the Truvia vials are dead,’” the elder Marenda said. “To which I responded, ‘OK… we must have messed up somehow. Let’s repeat the experiment!’” It was no mess up, and now a team of researchers at Drexel are working on how to turn Truvia into a safe insecticide for plants.

Researchers have concluded that it is not the stevia component in Truvia that is toxic to flies; PureVia, a sweetener that also contains stevia, is not deadly to insects. “Indeed what we found is that the main component of Truvia, the sugar erythritol, appears to have pretty potent insecticidal activity in our flies,” Marenda said. Dr. Sean O’Donnell of Drexel says that “the chances for widespread crop application are slim” for erythritol products, “but on a small scale, in places where insects will come to a bait, consume it and die, this could be huge.” Whether or not Truvia does take off in the insecticide market remains to be seen, but let’s hope Simon takes home first place at school. Sure beats flyswatters.

Paying it Forward for our Firefighters

A group of firefighters were doing some Memorial Day shopping at a Costco store in Vacaville, CA, when they were forced to abandon cart and head off to an emergency. When they returned, they were greeted with a nice surprise: the $123 tab was paid for. By who? No one knows. The anonymous patriot just left this note: “Firefighters –Thanks for being there for us! Have a good weekend.” She had signed it: “Air Force wife.” So how do you repay someone who won’t even let you know her identity? By paying it forward. “Later that day [Sunday] the crew was at Lucky’s,” Battalion Chief Jeff Ryder said. “There was an older couple behind them buying flowers [that] appeared to be for Memorial Day ... and the crew took some of that money and bought the flowers for them.” On Facebook, commenters were moved. “That’s what I like about Vacaville, it still has that small town heart and shows there’s still good people out there,” Mary Coursey wrote. Carolyn Tipton Wold wrote, “What a wonderful woman. It is an awesome reminder that the world is filled with all kinds of people; some who strive only to hurt others and some, like this woman, who strive to spread kindness. G-d bless her and her family.” “This was special because it’s Memorial Day weekend, and it happened to be an Air Force wife that did this for us,” Chief Ryder said. Just a small token of appreciation for our local heroes.






Rabbi's Musings [& Amusings] Short and Sweet sefiras ha’omer has concluded and the Three Weeks of mourning for the Bais Hamikdash are still a few weeks away. Weddings are followed by sheva brachos which include good food, an amicably joyous atmosphere, and speeches. June is also often chockfull of fundraising dinners for yeshivos, charitable organizations, and shuls. Formal dinners are replete with smorgasbords, good food (hopefully), and speeches. The end of

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repeat itself in all forums of speeches. Speakers will often begin by saying “I know it’s late…” or “I was asked to speak briefly…” Yet I have yet to hear any speaker who has begun with such a statement who actually speaks briefly. In fact, I have realized that when a speaker begins his speech by speaking about the length of his speech it is usually his way of warning the audience to get comfortable because he will probably not speak briefly. What he really is saying is: “I know it’s late but it’s about to get later” or “I was asked to give a short speech but I probably won’t. Still, as a bit of a compensation, here’s a cute opening joke about how boring speeches are, (perhaps such as the one you are about to be subjected to).” When the conclusion of a speech is followed by a raucous applause, I often wonder if the applause is for the speaker and/or his speech, or if it’s for the fact that he has finally concluded. If you really want to keep your speech short don’t speak about your speech, just say your message and conclude. The audience will love you for it and will forgive you for not relating the story about the lion who didn’t devour his victim because after the meal comes the speeches, or about the fellow who got up to get a haircut during a speech because he didn’t need one before the speech started. May we all be blessed with wonderful occasions. May we enjoy weddings and sheva berachos, wonderful receptions that raise much money for their worthy organizations, and graduations of our family members and friends. And may every speech at these events be inspiring and enjoyable, and short enough to bear. As the old saying goes: A good speech has a good beginning, a great end, and not much in between. Amen! Rabbi Dani Staum, LMSW, is the Rabbi of Kehillat New Hempstead, and Guidance Counselor/Rebbe at Yeshiva Bais Hachinuch & Ashar in Monsey, NY. He is the author of Stam Torah and can be reached at His website is

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he month of June is a wonderful time of year. By now the flowers and leaves are in full bloom, and summer is already in the air. The world has come back to life in its annually miraculous way. June also usually includes many weddings, as the mourning period of

June also means graduation season. As our ultimate expression of devotion to our loved ones, we sit through their graduations which include speeches, speeches, and then a few more speeches. (Someone once quipped that the point of commencement speeches is that we should never send graduates into the world to face the challenges of life until we can be sure they are well rested.) There is one theme that seems to

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“Say What?” I think the second term is getting to President Obama. He is saying that he wishes he could be anonymous. And I say: “Hey, according to the new approval ratings, you’re pretty close.” - David Letterman Newly leaked documents show the NSA has been collecting millions of pictures of people online for its sophisticated facial recognition program. Americans said it’s a huge violation of their privacy – then they went back to posting selfies every 30 seconds. - Jimmy Fallon

One, I’m taking the stand to confirm my guilt—innocence rather. - Jonathan Truluck’s statement to the jury in Brooklyn Supreme Court when he took the stand during his trial for beating two cops with a padlock

This morning, President Obama announced a new 600-page proposal to lower carbon emissions and help stop global warming. Step one: Stop printing 600page proposals. - Seth Meyers

Last night, the Los Angeles Kings won game one of the Stanley Cup finals in overtime. Fans in L.A. went crazy after they heard about it this morning at work. – Conan O’Brien

There are basically no Russian troops abroad while U.S. troops are everywhere. There are U.S. military bases everywhere around the world and they are always involved in the fates of other countries even though they are thousands of kilometers away from U.S. borders. So it is ironic that our U.S. partners accuse us of breaching some of these rules. - Vladimir Putin in an interview with France’s Radio Europe One It’s better not to argue with women. When people push boundaries too far, it’s not because they are strong, but because they are weak. But maybe weakness is not the worst quality for a woman. - Ibid., when asked about Hillary Clinton’s recent criticism of Russia When asked about criticism from Hillary Clinton, Russia’s President Putin said he doesn’t like to argue with women. Putin is either being a misogynist, or else, ladies, he’s the perfect catch. - Conan O’Brien

A liberal arts education must not be an education in the art of liberalism…Today, on many campuses, it is liberals trying to repress conservative ideas, even as conservative faculty members are at risk of becoming an endangered species…A university cannot be great if its faculty is politically homogenous…There is an idea floating around college campuses – including here at Harvard – that scholars should be funded only if their work conforms to a particular view of justice. There’s a word for that idea: censorship. And it is just a modern-day form of McCarthyism.  - Michael Bloomberg during his commencement speech at Harvard

This Bergdahl guy was in a Taliban prison for five years, and he’s now recovering in a hospital in Germany. The reason he is in Germany is because he couldn’t get into a VA hospital until 2020. - David Letterman

Last week a 13-yearold girl became the youngest female to climb Mount Everest. She didn’t mean to. She was just texting her friend and the next thing she knew she was on top of Mount Everest. - Conan O’Brien Tim Tebow said that he’s staying in shape in case he gets another opportunity to play in the NFL. Then his boss said, “That’s great, but these Waffle Tacos ain’t going to make themselves, so . . .” - Jimmy Fallon

Vladimir Putin’s personal envoy said that allowing Finland to join NATO could lead to World War III. Yes, if there’s one country that’s definitely going to start World War III, it’s Finland. – Seth Meyers We came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt. We had no money when we got there and we struggled to, you know, piece together the resources for mortgages, for houses, for Chelsea’s education. You know, it was not easy. - Hillary Clinton in an interview with Diane Sawyer (Ms. Clinton was given an $8 million dollar advance for her book before leaving the White House and she and her husband have made in excess of $200 million, to date)

He is at best a deserter, and at worst a traitor. - U.S. Army Sgt. Josh Korder who served with Bergdahl before he walked away from the post, on CNN I don’t understand why we’re trading prisoners at Gitmo for somebody who deserted during a time of war, which is an act of treason. - Sgt. Matt Vierkant, who served in Bergdahl’s platoon

We regard the Taliban as an enemy combatant in a conflict that has been going on, and in which the United States has been involved for more than a decade. - White House Spokesman Jay Carney, when asked whether the U.S. negotiated with terrorists for the release of Bergdahl The Taliban is part of the fabric of Afghanistan. They were part of the leadership of that country before we engaged there. So to say that they are terrorists, at this point, is not necessarily accurate. - Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA)on MSNBC

A lot of people this weekend were talking about the hammock bear, a bear that wandered into someone’s backyard and got into their hammock. It’s very sweet. He’s like, “What do I do now?” The bear is having a midlife crisis…“What does it all mean?” - Conan O’Brien The beer is loose. - President Obama’s selfproclamation while taking an impromptu walk from the White House to a Starbucks

Last week Apple bought Beats headphones for $3 billion. Guess what? They already lost it. They think they left it on the plane. - Jimmy Kimmel

Hillary Clinton said she wants to travel this year and won’t make any announcements about her plans to run for president until 2015. When asked where she’ll travel, she said, “New Hampshire, Iowa, and maybe spend a few months in Florida.” - Jimmy Fallon South Carolina made history this year by passing education reform. We will no longer educate children. - Tweet by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC), who didn’t realize that there was a 140 character limit on tweets originating as captions on Instagram photos

JUDGE JOHN MURPHY: You know, if I had a rock I would throw it at you right now. Stop [upsetting] me... Just sit down. ANDREW WEINSTOCK: You know I’m the public defender. I have a right to be here and I have a right to stand and represent my client. JUDGE MURPHY: If you want to fight, let’s go out back and I’ll just beat [you up].

I will catch my breath eventually. Man, I’m an old man. - Judge Murphy, upon returning to the bench after the fight The Clippers are gonna be bought by the former CEO of Microsoft. Apparently he’s looking for something to occupy himself while Windows is installing “critical updates.” - Seth Meyers

Scientists have developed a robot that can converse exactly like a teenager. When the scientists unveiled the robot, it screamed, “I hate you” and slammed the door to its room. - Conan O’Brien Tells West Point Cadets that Critics Misread His Cautious Reponse to World Crisis. - A typo appearing in the subtitle of an above-the-fold front page article of The New York Times on May 29, 2014

There was a video that was just leaked that shows President Obama lifting weights, doing lunges and using elliptical machines at his hotel gym this week. When Chris Christie saw it, he said, “This would never happen if I were president! This is the type of stuff that would never happen!” - Jimmy Fallon

In an interview with Diane Sawyer, Hillary Clinton said she would make her decision on running for president “by the end of the year.” Specifically, the year 1998. - Seth Meyers I thought, “What type of man do I want my grandkids to think I am? I want them to think I’m a just man that does the right thing and I did the right thing. - Joe Cornell, who found $125,000 which fell off of a Brinks truck in Fresno, CA, and promptly returned it, despite the fact that he is so poor that he only had $1 on him for lunch that day

This week it was announced that golfer Phil Mickelson is under investigation by the FBI for insider trading of Clorox stock. By the way, insider trading of Clorox stock by a professional golfer is the whitest collar crime possible. – Seth Meyers

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It’s better to kidnap one person like Bergdahl than kidnapping hundreds of useless people. It has encouraged our people. Now everybody will work hard to capture such an important bird. – A senior Taliban commander to TIME magazine

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He served the United States with honor and distinction. - National Security Adviser Susan Rice on ABC’s “This Week,” talking about Bowe Bergdahl

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Alex Idov

The Art of the Fond A J E W I S H LO O K AT CL A SSI C FR E N CH CO O K I N G


y first semester of my Culinary Sustainability program has come to an end—and with it my classes in nutrition, vegan cuisine, and organic agriculture. This summer I am signed up for some exciting courses. I already began classes in Study of World Cuisines and Sustainable Facility Design (it’s as interesting as it sounds, depending on how you take it), and will soon (please G-d) be taking classes in Culinary Skills, and a class in Sprits, Beers, and Brews (I have to learn to appreciate alcohol sometime). I have already begun to learn some interesting things in my world cuisines class...some new, some refreshers. I really enjoyed learning about the world of French cuisine, partly because one of my great-grandmothers was from Paris (and it’s nice to feel like I have that connection) and because I was able to connect what I learned about their culinary fundamentals to Jewish

cuisine, in particular chicken soup. In French cuisine, the fond, meaning base, is the foundation of French cooking. The basic fond is what we call “stock,” a flavorful liquid made by extracting protein and flavor from a fortifying ingredient (e.g. chicken or beef) and to use this lightly flavored liquid in place of water in various recipes. The difference between stock and a broth is that stock is an ingredient and broth is a dish, meaning that one’s stock should be lightly seasoned and neutral in flavor and used as a base for soups/ sauces/glazes, while broth is seasoned and ready to eat “as is.” Our chicken soup, traditionally served on Shabbos and holiday meals, is a broth…Making a great chicken broth, however, starts with a great stock—fond de poulet. You may be thinking, “What’s so difficult about making a great chicken broth? There’s nothing to it!” WRONG! I have had some unappetizing chicken soups at various places—all because

whoever prepared the broth did not handle/prepare it correctly, starting with the stock. To break down chicken soup- there are four elements to a stock. These are: 1) the fortifying element (i.e. chicken, meat, bones), 2) liquid (water), 3) mirepoix (vegetable mix: traditionally onion, carrots, and celery), and 4) aromatic (garlic, bouquet garn (parsley, thyme, bay leaf, peppercorn)). The key to the ingredients is that whatever the meat/bone weight of the fortifying ingredient is the mirepoix should be 10%-15% the weight of that ingredient. So if you have 10 pounds of chicken bones, for instance, you should have 1 ½ pounds of mirepoix. The traditional mirepoix should consist of 50% onion, 25% celery, and 25% carrots. There are seven steps in properly preparing a stock: 1) Put fortifying ingredient (chicken or bones) in cold water to cover. 2) Bring liquid to a simmer.

TRADITIONAL CHICKEN SOUP Ingredients 4-5 pieces of chicken or chicken bones and trimmings 3 quarts water 1 carrot, sliced 2 stalks celery 1 onion, sliced 2 cloves garlic, minced

3) Skim away foam. 4) Simmer for 4 hours. 5) Add mirepoix and cook for an additional 30 minutes. 6) Add bouquet garn and strain and cool. 7) Remove the fat. The last step is very crucial for allowing the full flavor of the soup to come through, and is much healthier (and something I have noticed many people forget to do). It is best to remove the fat after the broth/soup has been cooled in the fridge until gelatinous (which is the mark of a good stock.) On a personal note, I like to add my mirepoix, seasoning and the bouquet garn during step #1 to give my soup a stronger flavor (against definition, yes....but sooooo good...There go my chances at being a professional, classic French chef! Enjoy my “no fail” recipe for chicken broth.

2 sprigs parsley 1 bay leaf 1 TBS kosher salt ¼ tsp pepper Preparation In a 4-6 quart pot, bring all ingredients to a simmer. Simmer for 4 hours, or until the chicken is tender, skimming the fat/foam throughout cooking. Remove from heat and strain soup two times and refrigerate until fat has congealed on top of the surface of the soup. Skim off fat. Reheat, serve, and enjoy.

Alex Idov is a kosher food blogger who runs the award-winning site, “Kosherology,” and a regular contributing food columnist to The Five Towns Jewish Home magazine, LA Jewish Home magazine, and the Atlanta Jewish Times. He is currently studying for his bachelor’s degree in Culinary Sustainability & Hospitality. Visit “Kosherology” at and like “Kosherology” on Facebook.


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While there were many seaborne invasions during World War II, none were as big and as important as the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944. It was a very complex and bloody invasion that was to finally destroy the Nazi hold on Europe for good. The landings themselves were just the first step in reaching Berlin but after that one fateful day, the Allies had a toehold in liberating Europe. Last week marked 70 years since D-Day, one of the greatest invasions in history.


n army with soldiers, sailors and airmen from twelve countries made up the invasion force, with the United States and Great Britain leading the way. While Free French troops fought with the British, thousands of French resistance fighters fought the Germans behind the lines, destroying rail lines, communications and disrupting German activity. The overall Allied commander was General Dwight David Eisenhower who postponed D-Day by one day due to weather reports. The ground commander was British General Bernard Law Montgomery who defeated German General Erwin Rommel, nicknamed the Desert Fox, in North Africa. “Monty,” who the American troops disliked, was to face off against his fierce rival again in France. Although they knew an invasion was likely, the Germans were confused as to where and when the invasion would take place. Most German generals thought it would be in an area called the Pas-de-Calais and no one thought that the Allies would strike on the 6th due to the tough weather conditions. Rommel had even gone back to Germany to celebrate his wife’s birthday, and with their radar stations out of commission due to the pre-invasion bombings, the Germans had no clue that anything was about to happen until it was too late.

16th infantry regiment landing on Omaha Beach

The terms D-Day and H-Hour are generic for seaborne landings but since this is the most famous D-Day in history, the term “D-Day” without a date references to June 6. The invasion was the execution of a very elaborate plan that took

two years to devise. To discuss the entire operation, codenamed Overlord, it would take books and much longer than the space allotted here but the American invasion from the sea can be summed up in this article. Even though over 2,000 American infantrymen paid the ultimate sacrifice that day, it opened up a corridor for millions of other men to defeat the Germans for good.


ive American divisions took part in Overlord and were given specific targets on that day. (As a side point, after those objectives were achieved, very few plans were put in place for the fighting in the months to come. The Norman hedgerows proved to be a major obstacle that no one was prepared for and took seven weeks to overcome.) The 82nd and 101st airborne divisions, nicknamed All American and the Screaming Eagles respectively, were dropped in the predawn hours and were to block German reinforcements from reach-

Reinforcements landing on Omaha

ing the beaches. The two divisions were badly scattered and a few brave men took the objectives even though they were badly outnumbered. Five beaches were designated as landing zones with the British storming Gold and Sword. The Canadians, instilling payback for an earlier failed invasion, landed on Juno Beach, and the Americans invaded Omaha and Utah. The 4th Infantry Division was tasked to land from their Higgins boats at Utah and the veteran 1st and 29th divisions were at Omaha. Along with another three infantry divisions that were to land in the days following D-Day, these eight divisions were comprised of the First Army and were commanded by General Omar Bradley. In addition to all of these men, 200 Rangers under the command of Lt. Col. James Rudder were to scale the cliffs of Pointe Du Hoc. They were to destroy the coastal guns that had the potential to wreak havoc on the beaches and the ships protecting the landings. At 12:15 AM on June 6, the first of 13,000 paratroopers began to land behind the lines in France. Coming in on C-47 Skytrains and motor-less gliders, the troop were badly scattered across the countryside. Several groups of small men—

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most groups had soldiers from many units—gathered and went to secure their objectives. There was even one group with two generals, a colonel and a few enlisted men. One of the generals, Maxwell Taylor, said, “Never were so few led by so many.” This particular group gathered about 100 men and fought to open a causeway that opened up to Utah Beach. The Germans kept on sending back messages that there were many more paratroopers than actually had landed. Thus, the scattered drops had an unexpected effect. The Germans still thought that the main landings were elsewhere and that this was a diversionary attack even though the German Seventh Army reported heavy troop concentrations before sunrise. At 11:10 AM, the 4th Division and the 101st linked up and the infantry headed inland. The 82nd Division was to parachute in at 2:30 Famous photo by Jewish photographer Robert Capa of troops struggling to get to shore AM and capture two key bridges over the Merderet River. However, their landings were more widespread than the 101st and many men drowned in swamps that the only advantage Omaha Beach had was Rudder’s 200 the Germans created from opening dykes. One of the bridges elite members of the 2nd Ranger Battalion. They brought was captured but the Germans took it back as the troopers had rock climbing and grappling equipment along with ladders few reinforcements and even less ammunition. On D-Day + donated from the London Fire Department to scale the 100 1 (June 7) only one-third of the paratroopers from both divi- foot cliffs at Pointe Du Hoc. Casualties had to be evacusions had been accounted for, and it would take a week or ated by these same ropes and the process was very slow. Six 155mm cannon in reinforced concrete awaited them on more for everyone to reach American lines. The 4th Division, like the airborne, profited from mistakes top, ready to fire on the beach, but for some reason they in landing zones. Utah Beach was the westernmost landing had been abandoned. These were quickly destroyed but the zone of the entire invasion and needed to be captured on soldiers ran into a lot of resistance from fortified bunkers. D-Day to pro- The battalion became isolated and only on D-Day+2 were tect the Allied they reinforced. By then, Rudder had only 90 men and had flank. 32,000 run out of ammunition so they were using captured German A m e r i c a n s guns. They were the first Americans to complete their miswere scheduled sions on D-Day and they never gave up the positions in the to land so the subsequent counterattacks. The movie Saving Private Ryan timetable was shows the Rangers landing but not scaling the cliffs that tight. The first gave the planners and the commandos so much trouble. In wave landed total, nine companies of Rangers landed on Omaha Beach a few minutes on D-Day. behind schedule Omaha Beach was divided into several landing zones but because they when the actual invasion came, soldiers that were to land at had to wade in these designated zones became hopelessly entangled with Utah Beach Landing the last 100 or other units in the mad dash to the beach. Specialized tanks, so yards to the called DD tanks, were outfitted with “skirts” so they could beach. They encountered only sporadic enemy fire but real- swim to the beach. However, they were offloaded from the ized that they had landed over a mile off the intended tar- landing craft too far in the English Channel and most of get beach due to the drifting of the landing craft. There were the tanks with their crews drowned. This meant that the intwo choices to make: one was to reload the landing craft and fantry would be without close-in heavy gun support until redo the landings at the correct beach but that was bound to the artillery could be landed. That couldn’t happen until the cause a lot of confusion. Instead, the highest ranking officer beach was cleared but for hours after the landings, murderon the beach, Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt Jr., held ous machine gun fire was raining down on the hapless sola council of war in a bomb crater to discuss their options. diers. Some tanks did The 56-year-old cane-wielding son of the famous president make it to the beach supposedly said, “We’ll start the war from here!” He made and even though they the right choice, and the landings continued without further couldn’t move off of confusion. The troops encountered less resistance than at the it, they provided vital originally planned landing areas. support for the infanBy the end of the day, the entire division had landed and try. was headed inland. Compared to their brothers in arms on The entire 1st Dith Omaha Beach, the 4 Division suffered only light casualties vision, veterans of but had 200 fatalities. For his actions on that day, Roosevelt the North Africa and was awarded the Medal of Honor and a month later was pro- Sicily campaigns and moted to major general and the command of his own division. most of the untested Unfortunately, he died of a heart attack before he could take 29th Division, with many Maryland Guard command. members in its ranks he most heavily defended beach in Normandy was including several frum Omaha and the only way to take it was by having infan- soldiers, thought that try dig out the enemy. 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here was a shingle that the men hid behind and above that was a bluff that the Germans were pouring fire from every type of weapon available. The first wave was devastated. A Company of the 116th Regiment, 29th Division started that morning with 200 men but by dark had just eight men who could still fight. On one of their landing craft, every man was killed before they hit the water and another one just vaporized. No one knew whether it was from artillery or hitting a mine. The first wave was a mess and when the engineers came on the beach it wasn’t clear but they still went about their job and cleared a few gaps for the incoming wave of infantry. The second wave met with the same stiff resistance as the first but again was unable to clear the beach. The beach masters decided that until they could clear the enemy guns off the bluff no more infantry would be landed. Small leaderless groups were huddled on the beach and were comprised of a mix of soldiers from different units who had landed nowhere near their intended zones. At about 7:30, Rangers, along with men from the 116th Regiment, began to assault the Vierville draw and soon other units began assaulting the bluff. By 9:00 Men in Higgins boats. AM, several hunPart of the second wave off of Omaha Beach

The USS McCook, the ship that blasted so many Germans into oblivion

coming. The Allies still had hundreds of thousands of men to land in the subsequent weeks. D-Day was just the first day of eleven months of war in Western Europe that led to the collapse of the Nazi regime on May 7, 1945. Rommel, who was not a member of the Nazi party, took the blame for the failure of the Wehrmacht in Normandy and was forced to commit suicide by Hitler ym”sh. (Hitler also wanted him killed because he was a suspected member of the group that attempted to kill Hitler on July 20, 1944.) The Normandy landing was the largest seaborne invasion in history and the 175,000 men who stepped foot on German-held Europe that day brought freedom with them as well as punishment for the Nazis. Operation Overlord achieved its objectives with the elements of surprise, firepower and the sheer fighting will of the enlisted soldier. In total, 4,500 Allied soldiers gave their lives for freedom, and the entire Allied army was well on its way to total victory. Generals don’t fight the battles—the enlisted and junior officers do—and these were the true heroes of D-Day. Avi Heiligman is a weekly contributor to The Jewish Home. He welcomes your comments and suggestions.for future columns and can be reached at

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rate soldiers. Instead, the tough 352nd Infantry of the Wehrmacht (the German Army) was entrenched on the high ground. Even before reaching the beach, many men became seasick in the Higgins landing boats. The boats were driven by members of the U.S. and British navies and some didn’t want to come close to the murderous fire coming from the beach. Tough U.S. Army officers forced them by gunpoint to go in closer so the men wouldn’t drown under their heavy packs. Still, some cowardly coxswains let them out in water over their heads, and unfortunately, these men didn’t survive. When the remnants of the first wave hit the beach, they realized that the heavy bombardment from the ships and aircraft did nothing to soften up the enemy machine gun and artillery positions that zeroed in on the landing zone.

he reports coming into General Bradley were looking so bad that he considered calling off the invasion and save the rest of the men. However, they continued the landings and by nightfall, the beachhead was secure. The price was a heavy one to pay for freedom. 2,000 Americans were killed and thousands more were wounded. The Germans lost 1,200 men but this hurt even more when they realized that reinforcements weren’t


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dred soldiers made it to the top and began clearing the defenses. At noon, the German artillery began running low on ammunition and were destroyed by the advancing infantry which allowed vehicles to come off the beach. Several navy ships were stationed off the coast to provide artillery support for the infantry. 5,000 ships participated in the operation including several large warships. In many cases, this was all the help that the infantry got on D-Day as the land artillery, tanks and jeeps with mounted weapons got stuck in the water and beaches. The destroyer USS McCook in particular provided vital gun support as she took out pillboxes, 75mm artillery guns and 13 machine gun nests within an hour of H-Hour. Her gunners were so good that they took on targets of opportunity and scored hits on several machine guns and snipers that were giving the troops a lot of trouble.

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A hockey team has 9 players. Half of them are boys. How is that possible?

Yankel and Moshe are strolling along one day when Yankel sees a thick looking envelope on the ground. He quickly picks it up and to his amazement, it contains a receipt and $350 in cash. “Would you believe my luck!” he says to Moshe. “I’ve just found $350 in a wage packet. It’s my lucky day.” “Let me see the receipt inside the envelope,” says Moshe. Yankel gives the receipt to Moshe. Moshe glances at the figures on the receipt then says to Yankel, “I wouldn’t call it lucky. Just look at the amount of tax you paid!”

Answer on next page

Errors on the Cup As the oldest and most revered trophy in professional sports, there is no greater honor than having your name engraved in the Stanley Cup. But the engravers don’t always get it right. In fact, it seems like they should get a big fat “F” based on the errors they have made. Here is a list of the errors to date (maybe it will list the Rangers as the 2014 winners too!! Ha ha!) 1937-38: [Chicago Blackhawks] – Pete Palangio‘s name appears twice; it’s spelled correctly once and incorrectly as “Palagio.”

1971-72: [Boston Bruins] – The team name is misspelled as BQSTQN BRUINS.

1941-42: [Toronto Maple Leafs] – Goaltender Turk Broda is represented twice, once as TURK BRODA and again as WALTER BRODA (his real name).

1974-75: [Montreal Canadiens] – Forward Bob Gainey’s name is misspelled as GAINY.

1946-47: [Toronto Maple Leafs] – Forward Gaye Stewart is misspelled as GAVE STEWART. 1951-52: [Detroit Red Wings] – Coach Tommy Ivan’s name is misspelled as TOMMY NIVAN; center Alex Delvecchio‘s name is misspelled as ALEX BELVECCHIO. 1956 thru 1960: [Montreal Canadiens] – Hall of Fame goaltender Jacques Plante won the Stanley Cup five consecutive years, his name is spelled differently each time. 1962-63: [Toronto Maple Leafs] – The team name is misspelled as TORONTO MAPLE LEAES.

1980-81: [New York Islanders] – The team’s name is misspelled as NEW YORK ILANDERS. 1983-84: [Edmonton Oilers] – Owner Peter Pocklington included the name of his father, Basil Pocklington, who was unaffiliated with the team. After the NHL learned of the move, it ordered the name removed. The name is now covered by a string of 16 X’s. 1995-96: [Colorado Avalanche] – Forward Adam Deadmarsh‘s name was misspelled as ADAM DEADMARCH. It was later corrected, a Stanley Cup first. 2001-02: [Detroit Red Wings] – Goaltender Manny Legace‘s name was misspelled as MANNY LAGASE; it was later corrected.


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4. Which NHL player has the most Stanley Cups? a. Yvan Cournoyer b. Claude Provost c. Henri Richard d. Red Kelly Answers 1. B- The Montreal Canadians have 23 Stanley Cup championships (plus one before the league was known as the NHL). 2. A- Of Messier’s six Stanley Cup champions, he was the captain of the Oilers in 1990 and the Rangers in 1994. 3. J- Poor Phil Housley played for 21 years, and all of those broken teeth later, he never got to drink out of the Cup. 4. C- From 1956 to 1974, Richard won 11 Cups with the Montreal Canadians. 5. D- The Islanders won all of their Cups from the 1980 season through the 1983 season. 6. C- “Matteau! Matteau! Matteau!” Perhaps the most memorable play-by-play call in sports history took place when Stephane Matteau scored in double-overtime of game 7, earning the Rangers a trip to the Stanley Cup. The call was made by Howie Rose.

5. The NY Islanders won a total of 4 Stanley Cups. Over how many years did they win those Cups? a. 23 b. 8 c. 6 d. 4 6. Who scored the double-overtime goal in Game 7 of the 1994 Eastern Conference finals to send the Rangers to the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1940? a. Adam Graves b. Stephane Matteau c. Mark Messier d. Brian Leetch

Scorecard 5-6 correct: If it was up to me, your name would be engraved in the Cup! 3-4 correct: Not bad, I guess you got a Hat Trick. 0-2 correct: You really don’t know anything about \hockey…”Hey Francesca, I didn’t know you were a Centerfold fan!” (You have to listen to sports radio to get that, sorry.)

Can you guess which one of these people is the only one who never played in the NHL? Cal Clutterbuck

Rob Klinkhammer

Par Djoos

Jordan Schmaltz

Fred Sasakamoose

Steve Passmore

Radek Bonk

Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond

Kevin Shattenkirk

Zarley Zalapski

Adam Smith

Dustin Byfuglien

Bill Quackenbush

Miroslav Satan

Jordin Tootoo Yutaka Fukufuji

Answer: Adam Smith

Jonathan Cheechoo

Answer to riddle: The team is all boys. Therefore, one half of the team consists of boys, and so does the other half.

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2. Who is the only player who was the captain of two different NHL teams and led them both to championships? a. Mark Messier b. Wayne Gretzky c. Jacques Lemaire d. Jaromír Jágr

3. Phil Housley played in the NHL from 1982 to 2003. How many Stanley Cup championships did he win? a. 14 b. 11 c. 7 d. 6 e. 5 f. 4 g. 3 h. 2 i. 1 j. 0


1. Which NHL team has the most Stanley Cup championships? a. Detroit Red Wings b. Montreal Canadians c. Toronto Maple Leafs d. New York Rangers

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spiritual aspect or reason for the food, there is a great reason to celebrate Chag HaCheesecake. We find in the Torah that food is a strong producer of positive feeling. We are told that Yitzchak loved Eisav because of the fresh meat he provided his father. While there are other, less literal, explanations of this possuk, the simple one does not go away. It’s likely the source of the expression, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” Because we associate good feelings with food, the source of that food also gains a fondness in our eyes. That said, when we celebrate Shavuos by eating cheesecake, the cake itself is making us happy about the holiday, and in turn, about the Torah. The mitzvah of being happy on yom tov is what guides us to eat meat and drink wine for Chazal say, “There is no joy without meat and wine.” Is this true? Would one absolutely be unable to be happy on a holiday without these items? Perhaps not, but certainly one who enjoys a meal complete with meat and wine will be in a good mood and this positive mindset will spill over into the yom tov. Much as a child riding a bike downhill gets enough momentum to help him keep going when he reaches the bottom of the hill, the external forces that give us joy can be converted into energy to push us forward in our performance of mitzvos with a smile. It is said that Rabbeinu Tam, one of the authors of the Tosfos commentary on the Gemara, had an interesting practice when faced with a difficult piece of Torah that he needed all his strength to get through. He would take out a stack of gold coins and start counting them. The joy that he got from this, not just seeing on a spiritual level how much Hashem had blessed him, but from the simple satisfaction of having some money in his pocket, enabled him to focus better on the task at hand. When approaching Judaism, the Torah, and the mitzvos, the most powerful tool for finding joy in them is rec-

ognizing the opportunities they provide us for basic pleasure. Eating delicious foods on Shabbos, enjoying conversation around the table (no lashon hara of course), spending time with people we love and who love us, and even getting dressed up for the holidays, are all ways for us to find tangible joy in our Yiddishkeit and use it to enhance our relationship with Hashem. After all, He’s the reason for our celebration. If you want someone to see the beauty of Shabbos, don’t talk about it. Just give him a steaming bowl of cholent and a big smile. You’ll get a lot farther that way. And if someone wants

to know what’s so great about being a Jew? Tell him you’ll answer him after the cheesecake.

Jonathan Gewirtz is an inspirational writer whose work has appeared in publications around the world. He also operates, where you can order a custom-made speech for your next special occasion. Look for “The Observant Jew,” a compilation of some of the best of these articles, distributed by Feldheim, in your favorite Jewish bookstore! For more information, or to sign up for or sponsor the Migdal Ohr, his weekly PDF Dvar Torah in English, e-mail and put Subscribe or Sponsor in the subject. © 2014 by Jonathan Gewirtz. All rights reserved.


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omeone I spoke to before Shavuos ended an e-mail with, “I’ll talk to you after the cheesecake.” He didn’t have to explain further, as I automatically knew he meant after the yom tov of Shavuos. The food is so integrally associated with the holiday that the term cheesecake was almost interchangeable. In fact, not only did it get the message across, but it did so in a light-hearted way that made me smile. This isn’t the only holiday that is associated foods. Purim has hamantaschen, Chanukah has latkes, Rosh Hashana has an apple and honey, and Shabbos has its chicken soup. Let’s face it, as the joke says, most Jewish holidays can be described as, “They tried to kill us; we won; let’s eat!” Traditionally, there have been “Jewish” foods over the years though they differ in different regions. Gefilte fish was created specifically to provide a fish with no bones to avoid transgressing the sin of borer/separating mixtures on Shabbos, and, just as the world learned at the 2013 Scripps Spelling Bee that a “knaidel” is a German-Yiddish word for a round, leavened dumpling, those of us in the know could have told you that matzah balls are a uniquely Jewish food. I wonder. What’s so important about food that it becomes inextricably linked to our Jewish observances? Why should the focus of the holidays be on the food? Isn’t that cheapening the experience of holiness that we should feel? Isn’t it time I started answering questions instead of asking them? The first point to make is that as Jews, nothing is purely physical. Our job in this world is to take the physical and uplift it. We eat food which is a physical act, but we make a blessing over it, which raises it into the realm of the spiritual. We don’t just break bread. At certain times the bread is flat and unleavened because of a miracle that took place (Pesach) and sometimes we have two loaves (Shabbos) to commemorate the maan Hashem gave us in the desert. By associating a food with a spiritual aspect, such as eating cheesecake on Shavuos because the Jews at Sinai ate dairy since their previously-used pots were not kosher, we are doing much more than just consuming the actual food. However, even if you remove the


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sance mission to the Land of Israel and delivered a disastrous report.

The drama unfolded quickly. The spies returned from their reconnais-

They told him (Moshe) and said, “We came to the land to which you sent us, and it is flowing with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. However, the people who inhabit the land are mighty, and the cities are extremely huge and fortified, and there we saw even the offspring of the giant. The Amalekites dwell in the south land, while the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountainous region. The Canaanites dwell on the coast and alongside the Jordan …. We are unable to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we (Bamidbar 13:27-31).”

With just a few words, a few short sentences the Mergalim (spies) created a storm of panic, anxiety and fear amongst the nation. With this negative report the dream that had guided our people since the times of Avraham was in peril of collapsing. One man, Kalev tried to control the damage and steady the people. “Caleb silenced … and he said, “We can surely go up and take possession of it, for we can indeed overcome it, Ki Yachol Nuchal Lah (Bamidbar 13:30).” We can do this, we can overcome this struggle, we can take our land and assume our destiny. How are we to understand Kalev’s response to the claims of the spies? The spies advanced valid points. There are mighty nations who outnumber and can outfight us. Yes, the land is wonderful, it flows with milk and honey but how will we be able to overcome these challenges? And Kalev’s response is simply – we can do it. He does not respond materially to the claims of his fellow tribal leaders. How did he hope to shift the tide and convince the people that indeed they could and should enter the Land of Israel? Rav Kalonymous Kalmish Shapira (1889–1943), was the Grand Rabbi of Piacezna, Poland. The Rebbe spent three years (1939-1942) in the Warsaw Ghetto. On Shabbos he would deliver rousing Divrei Torah and lift the spirits of his broken brethren. These Divrei Torah were written on scraps of paper and buried in a canister inside the Ghetto. On Shabbos, June 22, 1940, Parshas Shlach the Rebbe addressed this very question. “If the spies spoke with reason, saying, “the people are aggressive and the cities are large and well-fortified,” why did Kalev not enter into a debate with them, trying to demolish their argument and reasoning? Why did he limit himself to the simple statement “We must go forth?” The Rebbe explains that Kalev was teaching us an important lesson. Sometimes you have to believe you can succeed even if you can’t immediately see the path to success. God could have made this entire process much easier. God could have easily struck fear into the hearts of the inhabitants of the land, cause them to run away and let the Jewish people

enter an uninhabited and peaceful Land of Israel. God could have easily driven out the Amalekites and the Hittites; He could have caused the giants to kneel before the Jewish people. But He didn’t – because God wanted us to see the challenges and believe in ourselves. God wanted to us to the see the challenges and believe that we would overcome them. This was to be an exercise in national development. Kalev does not argue with the spies – because he agrees with their concerns, comments and observations. There are mighty nations, significant odds and factors working against us. But always remember, Ki Yachol Nuchal Lah, we can do it. How? I don’t know yet. What is our strategy? We have to discuss. But we must approach this situation with one clear and indisputable reality - if we put our minds to it, if we believe in ourselves, our God and one another – we will be successful. The sin of the Spies is that they were unable to conjure up a vision of national salvation; they were unable to see beyond their current realities, they were only able to see what was right in front of their eyes. They were unable to create and retain a hopeful and optimistic outlook. They were unable to see with their heart and soul. Too often we give up on meaningful, personal goals and aspirations because their actualization is fraught with challenge and adversity. There are giants that stand between us and the realization of our dreams. We can’t see a way around the difficulties and feel that we may be better served going back to our personal Egypt, the land of mediocrity and under-performance. Kalev’s words are a rallying for every Jew. Ki Yachol Nuchal Lah, we must find the strength and the courage to create a vision of success and accomplishment. When we embark on a life initiative we must begin by visualizing what success looks like. We must believe in ourselves. We must believe we can rise to the occasion and accomplish what we know we must do. Our ancestors chose to ignore Kalev and admitted defeat in the face of the giants and challenges that stood in their way. Let us rectify the sins of the past, Ki Yachol Nuchal Lah.


In the Kitchen Naomi Nachman


for sale, as well as eating competitions open to the public. There are also

Island BBQ competition is full of family fun. Last year, I was con-

live musical entertainment and rides for the children. The best news of all

tacted by their association to be a judge and it was a wonderful ex-

is that part of the proceeds from this event goes to five charities on Long Is-

perience. I was so thrilled to be asked back again this year. Teams come

land working to alleviate hunger. The event is in Westbury, Long Island, on

from all over the country to compete in different cooking categories such as

June 22th from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm. For more info, visit www.likosherbbq.

barbeque chicken, beans, ribs and brisket. There are also categories in the

org. Hope to see you all there!

Best Booth Decoration, Most Original Team Name and, of course, Grand

Here is my version of a Texas BBQ Pulled Chicken sandwich made from

Champion. My favorite booth names were Hakadosh BBQ by pitmaster Ari

my Shabbat leftovers. I don’t have to stand and cook a brisket overnight on

White of Gemstone Caterers, and the Grillin’ Tefillin from Atlanta, Georgia.

the grill. This is my “cheat” version of the classic sandwich served with a

The kashrut supervision is under the CHOF-K, and there is food available

side of slaw.

Pulled Chicken Sandwich Served with Pickles and Coleslaw Ingredients 3 cups cooked chicken from chicken soup 1 tsp olive oil 1 onion, diced Salt and pepper 1 cup favorite barbeque sauce Preparation Separate the cooked chicken off the bone and shred it into stringy pieces Heat pan and add olive oil. When oil is hot, add onion and sauté until soft. Season with salt and pepper Lower pan to a medium temperature. Add shredded chicken and stir for a minute, then add in the barbeque sauce and cook in pan for 10 minutes uncovered until the sauce reduces a little. Make sure the bottom doesn’t burn by continually stirring. Serve on a Kaiser roll along with a side of coleslaw and pickles.

Marinated Coleslaw Recipe adapted from

Ingredients 1 cabbage, finely chopped 2 carrots, shredded 4 scallions, finely chopped Dressing ¾ cup vinegar 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 TBS brown sugar (to taste) 1 tsp celery seeds 1 TBS Dijon mustard ¾ tsp garlic powder 2/3 cup vegetable oil ½ cup white sugar Black pepper (optional) Preparation In a large bowl, mix the vegetables together and set aside. Mix first 6 dressing ingredients together in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Remove from heat then immediately add in the oil and white sugar; mix to combine until the sugar is completely dissolved, then pour the hot mixture over the veggies. Allow to sit out at room temperature for 1 hour, stirring occasionally with a spoon. Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours stirring occasionally. Season with freshly ground black pepper (if desired) before serving.

Naomi Nachman, the owner of The Aussie Gourmet, caters weekly and Shabbat/ Yom Tov meals for families and individuals within The Five Towns and neighboring communities, with a specialty in Pesach catering. Naomi is a contributing editor to this paper and also produces and hosts her own weekly radio show on the Nachum Segal Network stream called “A Table for Two with Naomi Nachman.” Naomi gives cooking presentations for organizations and private groups throughout the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan area. In addition, Naomi has been a guest host on the QVC TV network and has been featured in cookbooks, magazines as well as other media covering topics related to cuisine preparation and personal chefs. To obtain additional recipes, join The Aussie Gourmet on Facebook or visit Naomi’s blog. Naomi can be reached through her website, or at (516) 295-9669.

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