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COMMUNITY

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

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JEWISH THOUGHT Rabbi Zvi Teichman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Rabbi Dovid Jaffe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Rabbi Dr. Naphtali Hoff. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

PEOPLE 613 Seconds with Pearl Rosensaft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

HUMOR & ENTERTAINMENT Notable Quotes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Centerfold. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

JEWISH LIFE Dating Dialogue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 My Israel Home. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Flying High. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Political Crossfire. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 BizWiz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Mental Health Corner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Forgotten Heroes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Your Money. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Health and Fitness. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Gluten Free Recipe Column. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 In the Kitchen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71

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

Dear readers, The name Korach has become synonymous with division. Yearning to have more power and jealous of his relatives, Korach split the Jewish people to the point of no return. Interestingly, his claims were the exact opposite. “Everyone is holy” he declared. “Why do you raise yourselves above the Lord’s assembly?” There is nothing inclusive about tearing down boundaries, nor peaceful in ignoring differences. Indeed, adherents of Communism killed tens of millions of people in the name of equality. A challenge against the ruling class many times turns out to be nothing more than a justification for violence by a budding tyrant yearning of power. Korach claimed he was there for the common man. He was really there for was himself. (He would be perfectly fine if he were the one chosen!) This is an important lesson for us in our time. Today it’s popular to speak of unity, acceptance, and equality but we need to be careful that A is genuinely connecting with B, not that A is looking for B to turn into an A. Statements such as, “Can’t we all just get along?” can easily mask the real feeling of “Why are you insisting on being unique and different than me?” For a hand to fulfill its purpose, it needs to function as a hand. It would be detrimental to itself and the body if it tried to be a foot. This is true in society as well. There are different functions and jobs people do so that civilization can function. Declaring self-respect and respecting each other’s differences to be a hindrance to unity is like stating that colors of a rainbow diminish each other’s beauty. It’s the exact opposite. When we honor each other and our own unique mission, we become a healthy people expressing our singular source through our different expressions. Wishing you a wonderful Shabbos, Shalom

The Baltimore Jewish Home is an independent bi-weekly newspaper. All opinions expressed by the journalists, contributors and/or advertisers printed and/or quoted herein are solely their opinions and do not reflect the opinions of BALTIMORE JEWISH HOME, their parent company or affiliates, and may have been previously disseminated by them on television, radio, Internet or another medium. The Baltimore Jewish Home is not responsible for typographical errors, or for the kashrus of any product or business advertised within. The BJH contains words of Torah. Please treat accordingly.


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Bnos Yisroel High School Stem Enrichment Club

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nce again, Bnos Yisroel is offering an exciting new STEM class, this time to the entire High School student body. The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math club is taught by the talented and creative Mr. Zev Steen. When the flyer was posted for the voluntary class, held on 10 successive Sunday evenings, the assumption was that 10 to 15 girls might be interested. The response was overwhelming- 57 students signed up, more than onethird of the entire high school! To cover the cost of operating this fantastic program, Bnos Yisroel applied for and was the recipient of a much-coveted STEM grant through Title funding. Each week has proven to be an extremely exciting scientific challenge. The first session saw the young women creating paper airplanes powered by mini engines, an experiment which focused on learning about flight engineering and acceleration, and culminating in a competition. The second class entailed working with polymers, where the students observed a chemical “goo” which grew exponentially. The girls witnessed how compounds release gas and transform into hardened solids, which they then shattered at the end of the experiment. The next session focused on gravity. The students built marble roller coasters which took nearly the full two hours to design. They then observed the angularity of the construction to see in which cases the marble would be able to stay on the track and when it would fall off. This challenge required a tremendous amount of patience on the part of the experimenters, and the group found it fascinating to watch how the marble reacted and how gravity affected its’ trajectory. Hadassa Weinstein and Tzipora Marsh are two 11th -grade students

who attend this weekly STEM Enrichment Club. Hadassa likes the fact that the class is totally hands-on. “Every week we do something different to achieve unexpected results! We thought some of the girls might drop out after the beginning, but no-one has, and the two-hour class just flies by!” Tzipora says that this class is far superior to what she expected in that the learning technique is much more advanced than anything she has experienced. “The challenges are intellectually stimulating and I look forward to attending the club each week. We are required to draw our own conclusions from our observations and experimentation, and that is an exhilarating experience for us! Even though we have a large number of girls in attendance, we split into groups and everyone is involved. The composition of the groups changes from week to week, so we have the opportunity to work with students in other grades. The information we learn is extremely practical as well.” We look forward to the upcoming classes Mr. Steen has in store for us! The High School STEM club is just one of a myriad of enrichment opportunities offered to the students of Bnos Yisroel. It is exciting to witness how each of them enhances the academic and personal development of our young women.


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Ellicot City, MD Community Heartbroken After Second Flood In 2 Years By: AP BaltimoreJewishLife.com/Jeff Cohn

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fter flash floods sent cars floating down Main Street in historic Ellicott City, Maryland, local officials said they were heartbroken to see the community so severely damaged again less than two years after a devastating flood killed two people and caused millions in damages. As the flood waters receded late Sunday, officials were just beginning the grim task of assessing the destruction. During an evening news conference, Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said authorities aren’t aware of any fatalities or missing people. But first responders and rescue officials were still going through the muddied, damaged downtown, conducting safe-

ty checks and ensuring people evacuated. Kittleman said the damage was significant and appeared to him to be worse than the flooding two summers ago. Residents and business owners, Kittleman said, “are faced with the same daunting task again.” “We will be there for them as we were in 2016,” he said. Gov. Larry Hogan also toured the area and promised “every bit of assistance we possibly can.” “They say this is a once every 1,000-year flood and we’ve had two of them in two years,” Hogan said. The flooding Sunday swept away parked cars in Ellicott City, set along the west bank of Maryland’s Patapsco River and about 13 miles (20 kilometers) west of Baltimore. Jessica Ur, a server at Pure Wine Cafe on the city’s Main Street, told

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The Baltimore Sun that she watched as gushing waters swept three or four parked cars down the street. “It’s significantly higher than it was before,” she told the newspaper, comparing the floodwaters to those of 2016. Mike Muccilli, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sterling, Virginia, said it’s too early to make comparisons between the two floods. But he said both were devastating. In July 2016, Ellicott City received 6.6 inches (17 centimeters) of rain over a two- to three-hour period. On Sunday, the community received nearly 8 inches (20.32 centimeters) of rain over a six-hour period, but most of it fell during an intense, three-hour period, Muccilli said. “In a normal heavy rain event, you wouldn’t see this amount of flooding, where you see cars floating down the road,” Muccilli said. “This was a true flash flood.” Some people reported hearing

a blaring alarm during the flooding. Others said they gathered in the second story of a building to anxiously watch the seething waters. One sight during the flood: a handmade, white flag hung from an upper story of a Main Street building bearing the letters SOS. “If you are trapped, we are coming,” the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services tweeted at one point. Ellicott City has been rebuilding since the 2016 flooding damaged and destroyed businesses. Local officials recently said that 96 percent of the businesses were back in operation and more than 20 new businesses had again opened in the Main Street area. Just two weeks ago, Hogan announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency had awarded the state and county more than $1 million to pay for projects aimed at reducing the flood risk in areas around Main Street. Some are already asking questions about whether enough was done after the last flood to prevent a similar catastrophe. Hogan said temporary improvements were in place and more things were in the works to reduce the community’s vulnerabilities. But he said big changes take time, and no one expected such a huge flood so soon after 2016.

Baltimore’s Rabbi Chesky Tenenbaum Becomes Chaplain with US Secret Service By: BJL Staff BaltimoreJewishLife.com/Jeff Cohn

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altimore Chabad Rabbi Chesky Tenenbaum, Director of the Jewish Uniformed Service Association of Maryland (JUSA), was recently appointed Chaplain for the United States Secret Service. Rabbi Tenenbaum will provide emotional, spiritual and non spiritual support to the members of the USSS and their families.


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Bikur Cholim Dedicates GBMC Bikur Cholim Kosher Pantry L’Iluy Nishmas Rabbi Shlomo Gardner, Z’L By: BJL Staff

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n Erev Shabbos May 25th, in a small family setting, the GBMC Bikur Cholim Kosher Pantry was dedicated in beloved memory of Rabbi Shlomo Gardner, Z’L, whose first yahrtzeit is 27 Sivan (Sun., June 10). The event was attended by the Gardner family, Rav Heineman, Rav Hopfer, Rabbi Eisgrau (a chavrusah of R’ Shlomo, Z’L), as well as Rabbi Pinchos Rabinowitz, Executive Di-

rector of Bikur Cholim of Baltimore and Eric Reitberger, member of Bikur Cholim’s Executive Board. Rabbi Rabinowitz thanked the Gardner family for their generosity, mentioning that all brachos and tefilos said in this room, or every time a patient or family takes a breath of relief in this room, will be L’Iluy Nishmas R’ Shlomo ben R’ Chaim Gardner, Z’L. Rav Hopfer said “the family took care of R’ Shlomo in his lifetime and are now taking care of his neshamah in the Olam HaEmes.” The Mezuzah was affixed up by the Gardner family. Special thanks was

given to Chaplain Joe Hart, Chief of Pastoral Services at GBMC, who was extremely instrumental in making this

Bikur Cholim Kosher Pantry a reality. The pantry will be open to the public in the coming weeks.


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Baltimore Library System Ends Fines For Overdue Materials By: AP

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ne of the nation’s oldest public library systems has eliminated all fines on overdue books and other materials. Enoch Pratt Free Library President Heidi Daniel tells The Baltimore Sun that Monday’s move is a goodwill gesture to the community, erasing $186,000 in unpaid penalties for 26,000 people. It also reinstates membership for 13,000 borrowers whose cards have been blocked. The system is giving up around $100,000 in late fees collected annually, but will continue charging borrowers to replace books never returned. Daniel says they’ve found fines disproportionately affect lower-income users, and impose a barrier to access, particularly for children and teens. And he says other libraries have reported higher circulation since abolishing fines.

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knife of the Jewish Outdoor, Food, Farming & Environmental Education movement.” Organizations included in this year’s Guide were evaluated on their innovative approach, the impact they have in their work, the leadership they have in their sector, and their effectiveness at achieving results. Pearlstone is proud to be among the 50 organizations honored for meeting those standards. The organizations included in the Guide are driving the future of Jewish life and engagement by motivating new audiences to participate in their work and responding to the needs of individuals and communities – both within and beyond the Jewish community – as never before. “Pearlstone is proud to be selected in this year’s guide, and thrilled to be part of the amazing community of the

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frequently used resource for donors seeking to support organizations transforming the world in novel and interesting ways. About the Slingshot Guide The Slingshot Guide, now in its thirteenth year, was created by a team of young funders as a guidebook to help funders of all ages diversify their giving portfolios to include the most innovative and effective organizations, programs and projects in North America. The Guide contains information about each organization’s origin, mission, strategy, impact and budget, as well as details about its unique character. The Slingshot Guide has proven to be a catalyst for next generation funding and offers a telling snapshot of shifting trends in North America’s Jewish community – and how nonprofits are meeting new needs and reaching new audiences. The book, has been published annually since 2005. Each edition is available as a free download at www.slingshotfund. org, where you can learn more about Slingshot’s work and new strategy for continuing their impact into the future.   About Pearlstone Center The Pearlstone Center ignites Jewish passion. Our retreat center, farm and programs enable and inspire vibrant Jewish life. Engaging Jewish, faith-based and secular organizations, individuals and families, Pearlstone serves all ages and backgrounds throughout Baltimore, the Chesapeake region and beyond. Learn more at www.pearlstonecenter.org.


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What is Matanot Shelanu? Matanot Shelanu is a girl's figure skating program.  In addition to focusing on athletic ability, we emphasize commitment, responsibility, and community involvement.  The skaters produce an ice capade production to raise money for Jewish Caring Network. The production is a full performance with synchronized skating, typically set to a story line, with costumes, props, scenery and, of course, amazing music!! Who is involved in Matanot Shelanu? Matanot Shelnau is managed by girls throughout Baltimore that wish to figure skate publicly in a modest environment. This year there are over 50 skaters, including sup-

What did Sarah and Bassie gain from Matanot Shelanu?  As Sarah and Bassie got older and became leaders in the program, they learned organizational and financial managment skills which has enabled them to take leading positions in their work environments today. They also learned crucial lessons in people management, conflict resolution and positive

How has the program evolved over the years? The biggest evolving factor is the clientele who joins us. Skaters skill level, eagerness and dedication morphe the program year to year.  What is the most challenging part of the program? First, finding private ice time at local ice rinks.  Second, finding community sponsors. What is the greatest reward? Watching the girls’ smiles before, during and after practice!! And seeing the exhiliration on their face at the final performance.  Once we were asked to take the show on the road to Chicago!  We didn't go because of the expense but if we had a sponsor, we certainly would. How does figure skating fit into the life of a student? Over the years, we have heard from many parents that their daughters excel in school during skating season.  Teachers have also stated that they find their students more focused, content and successful when they have something rewarding occupying their time.  We have even had principals call us to advocate for students who they felt would benefit from this type of outlet. Skating is one of those sports when you see real change and progress in just a short time.  We have girls that go from learning to balance on skates to doing two foot spins in a matter of weeks.  Such success does wonders in building a person’s self esteem and confidence.

Who participate in Matanot Shelanu? We are open to girls of all levels of Yiddishkeit from ages 7 - 77. So far our oldest skater was in their late 20’s. We do have a dress code to which skaters must conform. How much money have you raised and where does the money go? We have raised over $80,000. All proceeds go directly to Jewish Caring Network. What is this year’s program? This year our program is entitled “Out of this World” It is an exhibition of synchronized skating with intermittent solos, duets, and trios choreographed by young and aspiring skaters. The program is L’iluy Nishmas Mrs. Chaya Drabkin who founded the Jewish Caring Network. We chose the title to remind everyone that each of us is a bright and shining star who has the potential to produce extraordinary success if we hone our talents and work together to create a galaxy of stars. . Tell us something we don’t know about you? We would love to start a boy’s hockey team. Know anyone who wants to sponsor?!

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Assassination Attempt Thwarted

According to the Shin Bet, Israeli forces have arrested an East Jerusalem man suspected of planning to assassinate Prime Minister Benjamin

Netanyahu and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat earlier this year on orders from a Syria-based terrorist group. The main suspect, 30-year-old Arab Israeli Muhammad Jamal Rashdeh, was arrested on April 24. Two more suspects were arrested in the following weeks, the Shin Bet said. The security service refused to identify the two suspected accomplices. Later on Tuesday, the Israel Police released footage of Rashdeh’s arrest from the Shuafat refugee camp in East Jerusalem where he lived. “Working on orders from terrorist operatives abroad, Muhammad planned to carry out a number of significant terror attacks against a variety of targets,” the security service said. The targets included Netanyahu and Barkat, as well as buildings belonging to the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem (which has since been converted into an embassy) and a delegation of Canadian security officials who were in Jerusalem to train Palestinian Authority security forces in the West

Bank. Rashdeh received his orders from members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command (PFLP-GC), a Syria-based terrorist group that fights alongside Syrian dictator Bashar Assad. In order to carry out the attacks, Rashdeh and his accomplices planned to bring in an additional terrorist operative from Jordan. He had already begun collecting intelligence about his targets. The PFLP-GC — not to be confused with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which it split off from in 1968 — was responsible for a number of vicious terror attacks in Israel in the 1970s and 1980s, including one against a school bus in northern Israel, which killed nine children and three adults. It largely went underground in the late 1980s, working behind the scenes with the Lebanon-based Hezbollah terror group, but it reemerged in 2011 with the outbreak of the Syrian civil war.

Iran Steps up Uranium Enrichment Iran’s nuclear chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, told the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) this week that the Iran Atomic Energy Organization is opening a center for producing new centrifuges for uranium enrichment at the Natanz nuclear site.

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U.S. Vetoes UN Condemnation of Israel An Arab-backed UN draft resolution that called for protective measures for Palestinians was vetoed by the United States last Friday. The anti-Israel resolution had the backing of 10 countries at the Security Council. The draft was put forth by Kuwait, while China, Russia, and France all

voted in favor. Ethiopia, the UK, the Netherlands and Poland abstained. A draft resolution needs to have nine votes to be adopted and cannot be vetoed by any of the five permanent members – Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States.

Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the UN, told the council that the measure was “wildly inaccurate in its characterization of recent events in Gaza” and that Israel should not be condemned for the violence. The draft called for “measures to guarantee the safety and protection” of Palestinian civilians in Gaza and the occupied West Bank, and requested a UN report to propose an “international protection mechanism.” Meanwhile, the United States brought forth a proposal to condemn Hamas for its role in the violent escalation in Gaza over the past two months but no other countries voted for it. Bolivia, Kuwait, and Russia opposed the measure, and 11 other countries abstained. Danny Danon, Israeli envoy to the UN, lamented the failure to pass Washington’s motion. “Peace and stability will come to our region only when the international community is brave enough to call out the terrorists by name,” said Danon. Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since the Islamic terror group seized control of Gaza in 2007. Hamas seeks to destroy Israel and has said the border protests are intended to erase the border and ultimately “liberate Palestine.”

More Homes Being Built The United States did not condemn Israel for approving thousands of new homes to be built in the West Bank. Instead, the U.S. said that it “welcomed”


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Jerusalem’s commitment to taking the United States’ concerns into consideration regarding its settlement policy.

“The Israeli government has made clear that going forward, its intent is to adopt a policy regarding settlement activity that takes the president’s concerns into consideration. The United States welcomes this,” said a

spokesperson for the National Security Council. “The president has made his position on new settlement activity clear, and we encourage all parties to continue to work toward peace,” the U.S. official added. President Obama did not have the same attitude towards Israel as President Trump. Obama had a “not one brick” policy, which did not want Israel to build any structures beyond the 1967 borders. President Trump, on the other hand, has only called the settlements “unhelpful” and has asked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to “hold back on settlements.” In March 2017, Netanyahu announced a new policy for building in the settlements which respected Trump’s wishes to not have unfettered construction. Since then, 1,957 homes have been given the green light by the Civil Administration’s High Planning subcommittee and, of those, 696 have gained approval for construction. 1,262 homes are still listed as having cleared an earlier planning stage known as a “deposit.”

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Fire Kites Destroy Nature Preserve Palestinian protesters have lit many parts of Israel on fire recently and have devastated a nature reserve near the Gaza border. By attaching fires to kites and sending them into Israel, Palestinians have managed to set over 270 fires, destroying some 25,000 dunams (6,200 acres), or more than a third of all the land adjacent to the Strip. Dozens of firefighting teams and aircraft finally managed to bring the flames in the nature reserve under control, but 2,000 to 3,000 dunams (500 to 740 acres) near Kibbutz Carmia had already been destroyed. The Israel Nature and Parks Authority estimate that over one-third of the Carmia reserve was destroyed. The flames caused massive damage to both the flora and fauna in the area. The military is actively looking

into an efficient way of stopping the “fire kites” from being flown into Israel. Drones have been used to bring down more than 500 kites, but that is still not enough.

So far the fires have caused tens of millions of shekels of damage. MK Eitan Brosh told reporters that lawmakers from his party will tour the area and work to provide the residents with solutions to their ongoing distress.

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The Week In News Netanyahu to Withhold Funds from PA Amid Kite Attacks Palestinian arson attacks have destroyed over 6,000 acres of Israeli land over the last few weeks and

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is responding with force. Netanyahu will withhold funds from the Palestinian Authority to compensate for the destruction caused to many Israelis’ properties. Thousands of acres of crops were destroyed by the flaming kites launched by Palestinians. Netanyahu has ordered National Security Council head Meir

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anyahu’s strong response, others criticized it saying that the PA does not control the Gaza Strip and that this will only encourage Hamas and cause the opposite effect since Hamas does not want the PA to have the funds.

The areas adjacent to the Gaza border that were being hit with the fire kites were declared a disaster zone. Firefighters from all over the country worked with local residents to put out blazes in the fields of the kibbutzim of Nir Am, Or Haner and Be’eri.

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he was called Thomas “Tommy” Muscatello. Little Tommy loved England, and, according to The Wall Street Journal, “had an innate feeling for British pronunciation as a youth, picking up his accent in a variety of ways, primarily from visiting the U.K.” Eventually, Mace-Archer-Mills decided he related more to the British than to Americans. “I found where I’m supposed to be and who I am supposed to be,” he says. An elderly British man and woman have agreed to be called his grandparents. He is now in the process of applying for British citizenship. During the royal wedding, as he was being interviewed by Norway’s TV 2, Mace-Archer-Mills said, “The most important aspect is keeping integrity, keeping formality and making sure that the traditions and heritage that we have as British people remain at the forefront.” His allegiance to Brits has become more than just a passing fad. Mace-Archer-Mills has had a fascination with England and the crown since he was young. Growing up in Bolton Landing, N.Y., an hour north of Albany, he told the Wall Street Journal, “Even my toys had a royal nature.” He starred in a role as Mr. Sowerberry in a high school production of “Oliver” with the proper British accent. Oftentimes he would talk to his friends with an English accent and even address them with the phrase, “G-d save the queen.” After graduating from Coastal Carolina University in Myrtle Beach, S.C., where he earned degrees in politics and history, he fell into real estate. He eventually started a firm, Imperial Group International, where by 2009 he was calling himself “Thomas J. Muscatello-DeLacroix,” which he said helped with French Canadian clients. He moved to England in 2012. Mace-Archer-Mills considers

his British grandfather to be George Mills, 83, a former grenadier guard living in Canterbury. About two decades ago, Mills was explaining the guards’ uniforms outside Buckingham Palace to his wife when teenage Tommy, visiting from America, overheard and asked him questions.

Mills said he visited South Carolina to see his new friend, who later asked if he could call Mills “grandfather.” Mr. Mills agreed. “I could tell he wasn’t very happy in the States.” Eventually, Mace-Archer-Mills began building a public persona in London, starting a radio show on the royals, issuing news releases and eventually doing media interviews. In 2015, he began publishing Crown and Country magazine, dedicated to royal topics. Clearly, he is relishing his new role – and his new identity.

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Recent changes in the U.S. tax code may have many people questioning the benefits of homeownership, yet the State of Maryland wants its homeowners to realize the advantages of owning vs renting a home are many. The State also wants to protect homeowners with programs like the Maryland Homestead Tax Credit and Homeowners’ Property Tax Credit:

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• Maryland Homestead Tax Credit: To help homeowners deal with large assessment increases on their principal residence, the Homestead Credit limits the increase in taxable assessments each year to a fixed percentage (10% or less). The homeowner pays no property tax on the market value increase that is above the limit. (http://dat.maryland.gov/realproperty/Pages/Maryland-Homestead-Tax-Credit.aspx) • Homeowners’ Property Tax Credit: This program allows credits against the homeowner’s property tax bill if the property taxes exceed a fixed percentage of the person’s gross income. In other words, it sets a limit on the amount of property taxes a lower-income homeowner must pay based upon his or her income. Income requirements apply. (http://dat.maryland.gov/realproperty/Pages/Homeowners’Property-Tax-Credit-Program.aspx)

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Tow Bike Recently, a man in China was fined $200 for towing his car – on the back of his tricycle. To be fair, the bike was motorized. The car, though, was a regular sedan, and it was balanced on top of his tricycle. The man said he had just bought the vehicle and was on the way to the junkyard to sell it for scrap. Even so, he received the exorbitant fine and a whopping nine points on his license.

I Scream Summer is here and with it comes delicious, refreshing tubs of ice cream. Chocolate and vanilla

are the most common flavors. But if you’re looking for something outof-the-ordinary, consider heading to the U.K. At Makcari’s in Herne Bay in Kent, the ice cream parlor is selling ketchup ice cream. Yes, the red condiment is now flavoring our favorite summer concoction. Not so excited about ketchup in your ice cream? No worries. Perhaps they can interest you in mushy peas ice cream or Marmite ice cream. Both of those flavors are not for the faint of heart. The ketchup ice cream comes with a packet of the condiment on the side. Mushy peas ice cream has a green swirl running through it. Marmite cones – definitely not for Americans! – are served with a slice of toast. “They’re an acquired taste,” the ice cream maker, Nejmi Hassan, said. “We hope to introduce a new

flavor every month. We had them for sale over the weekend just gone, but we gave most of it away.

“I’m not saying because they tasted nice, but people were intrigued by ketchup and mushy pea-flavored ice cream.” Sounds like they were screaming for the ice cream.

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‫ותשא כל העדה ויתנו את קולם ויב־‬ )‫כו העם בלילה ההוא (במדבר יד א‬, The entire assembly raised up and issued their voice; the people wept that night. This fateful reaction to the negative report of the spies took place on the eve of the ninth of Av. Rabbi Yochanan reveals that when G-d observed this expression of emotion he exclaimed, “You have wept without cause, therefore I will set [this day] aside for a weeping throughout the generations to come.” ).‫(תענית כט‬

As a result of this unjustified ‫'בכיה‬ '‫של חנם‬, baseless crying, the Temple was destroyed, we were exiled from our land and we are destined to endure and cry over the countless difficulties we must face in our long and difficult galus. Although we accept this as an absolute truth, yet nowhere is this ‘decree’ evident in any of the verses in the Torah that recount this episode. Where did Rabbi Yochanan derive this notion from?

This being held accountable for the fatal sin of ‘crying without cause’, that we are still suffering from, seems secondary to the greater sin of their having lacked faith after all the miracles G-d had wrought for them and their more grievous accusation that G-d hated and had abandoned them. The crying is merely a symptom of a much deeper flaw. Why the focus on the ‘crying’? Why do people cry? When faced with frustration, hopelessness, or when feeling helpless we cry. We often cry after facing a fearful situation that ended happily. It seems to be an expression of release from built up tension. In these situations our cries give a ‘voice’ to our personal grief or our individual happiness. But there is another element to crying. It is our releasing a flood of emotion to connect with another that we so pine for. That unabashed expression of love is the greatest testament to the exquisite joy the one we yearn and cry for brings to our life. The beloved Rav Nachman of Breslov teaches that the verse where King David extols how G-d’s beloved nation rejoices in His Name even in the most difficult of circumstances, )‫בשמך יגילון כל היום (תהלים פט יז‬, In Your Name they rejoice all day long, is embedded with the word ‫בְ כִ יָה‬, crying. When one cries out to G-d for His closeness it is not a cry of despair but of longing; of eternal hope, and ultimate joy. Perhaps our original verse alludes to this contrast in cries. The verse first stated: The entire assembly rose up and issued their voice. Perhaps this is precisely the ‘baseless’ crying Rabbi Yochanan referred to, for it wasn’t a crying of purpose but merely of self-expression, ‘issuing their voice’. The second part of the verse: the people wept that night, is not reflecting on that night’s crying but rather of the warm tears of future generations. The tikkun, the cure for their weeping

without cause; crying in frustration, would be remedied during their long sojourn in exile and its many challenges, where they would have ample opportunity to ‘connect’ to, and ‘rejoice’ in, their Father in Heaven who they knew would hear their cries of longing and pining, as they faithfully await His response. • Boruch Radikovich, a member of one of the Jewish ghettos who had suffered much abuse along with so many others at the hands of their Nazi oppressors, was instructed together with all the able bodied men to report to one of the the notorious ‘arbeitslager’, work camps. Naively, he packed some ‘necessities’; clothing and some personal items, as well as his most cherished possession, a small volume from the Talmud that he slipped into the folds of his shirt. After arriving at his destination he lined up behind those who preceded him awaiting the directions from the cruel Nazi soldier in charge. With his heart pounding, his turn arrived and the soldier angrily asked him “Jude, what is in the bag?” Grabbing the bag, the Nazi spilled out all its contents onto the floor quickly discovering the ‘hidden’ book of Talmud. With venom in his eyes he bent down, picked it up and began to violently rip its pages into shreds, tossing it to the ground. Noticing Boruch’s pallor in face of this derision he diabolically instructed Boruch to trample with his own feet upon the holy pages. Boruch dragged his feet to fulfill the devil’s wishes as tears streamed down his cheeks as he faced with what was in his eye’s a fate worse than death. Boruch was directed to work in a cement factory that produced large sewage pipes where he toiled under the worst of conditions barely able to endure the back breaking load, subsisting on the measly rations of food and water. His mind was more preoccupied however with how he would survive without his treasured tome of Talmud in this nightmarish place. During the most difficult moments he would find solace by reviewing the sections of Talmud he had committed


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to memory, clinging to his absolute faith in his beloved Father in Heaven who he so longed for. Boruch scanned the camp that was filled with his fellow Jews for some remnant of Torah, if even just a few letters of its holy letters. One day Boruch observed how one of the local Polish peasants, a young boy who was enlisted to join the work detail together with the Jewish inmates, would arrive each day bringing along a wrapped sandwich which he would carefully remove, discarding its wrapping on the floor, and begin eating while to the Jews would be tossed their meager daily rations, scrounging for every morsel. On one occasion Boruch noticed that the paper it was wrapped in had what from the distance appeared to be Hebrew lettering on it. After the lad finished his lunch and left, Boruch stealthily made his way over to that spot to pick it up, hopefully unnoticed. To his utter astonishment and joy he realized that the ‘sandwich wrapper’ was none other than a full daf, page, carefully ripped from a volume of Talmud, in its entirety with all the commentaries on the page intact! He hugged the page and hung onto it with his life, begging one of his friends to cover for him while he wedged himself into one of the large pipes, hidden from the Satan’s eyes, and immersed himself in G-d’s loving embrace, poring over the words of the Talmud. To his surprise the next day Boruch noticed that once again his fellow worker’s sandwich was enveloped in what was more delicious than food, a page of Talmud. Evidently this boy’s mother must have come upon a large discarded volume of Talmud, figuring she would make use of this unique wrapping paper. Once again Boruch would quietly secure his ‘daily ration’ of Torah. Little did this ‘sheigitz’ realize he was G-d’s agent sent to hand deliver a daily hug and kiss to His beloved Boruch. This went on for many days as Boruch was able to receive the vital ‘nourishment’ he would need to be able to survive the war. Each day tears of joy would stream from his face as he reaped the rewards

from his earlier cries of yearning! • Not long ago I was privileged to attend a Siyum HaShas that my beloved son-in-law Rabbi Yaakov Frand and his lovely wife, my daughter Shuli, celebrated. As he began the Hadran he expressed those marvelous words: ‫הדרן עלך תלמוד בבלי והדרך עלן‬, We will return to you all of Talmud Bavli and you will return to us ‫דעתן עלך תלמוד בבלי ודעתך עלן‬, Our mind is on you all of Talmud Bavli and your mind is on us As he uttered the words his voice cracked as tears streamed down his and his wife’s faces. They recalled the longing, the yearning, the stolen moments dedicated to finishing the daily quotas, the years of toil, and they realized how true the words of King David, ‘In Your Name they rejoice all day long’, resonated in their lives. And they cried tears of joy. Surrounded by their children, they came to that touching sentiment and prayer: ‫שלא תמוש התורה מפי ומפי זרעי וזרע‬ ‫זרעי עד עולם‬, May the Torah never depart from my mouth, my offspring’s mouth nor from my offspring’s offspring Once again the tears of longing and hope for that beautiful closeness to G-d to be felt throughout all of one’s descendants brought tears to their eyes and to all in attendance. • Whether in the darkness of Nazi Germany or in the challenges we face daily amidst the freedom we are privileged to live with, what guarantees our spiritual success and happiness in life is the level by which we express our longing for His closeness with cries of yearning. We much each ask ourselves: What are the things we cry over? Are we merely crying out of frustrated despair or are we tearfully pining for closeness. The difference between the two is whether we are simply complaining out loud, giving ‘voice’ to our hopelessness, or are we avowing our love, basking in the warmth of our relationship to G-d, expressing our faith and hope that He will respond to our deepest wishes.


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Loshon Hora in Regard to Shidduchim

By Rabbi Dovid Jaffe Any Relevant Question 1. When asking for information about a potential shidduch, one may ask anything which he feels may be relevant. One who is researching a potential shidduch does not want to merely find out isolated pieces of information. Rather, he wants to obtain a full picture of the person. In order to obtain this picture, many questions need to be asked. Moreover, there are many times that important information is not conveyed, for a variety of reasons. The more questions that one asks, the greater the possibility that he will get a sense if there is something which is reason for concern. Similarly, it is permitted to ask the same questions to numerous individuals. Each responder is likely to add more details and different perspectives, which will enhance the understanding of the questioner. As with all negative information said for To’eles, it is only permitted to listen and to be ‫( ששוח‬concerned) for what was said. However, it is forbidden to believe it. In a future article, we will elaborate upon the guidelines of the prohibition to believe Loshon Hora.

Explaining Why He is Asking 2. The one asking must state the reason for his questions. Namely, he should specify that he wishes to know about someone because he is looking into a shidduch. (It is also acceptable to simply say that he is asking for a To’eles, without specifying the specific purpose of Shidduchim.) Were he not to clarify that he is asking for a constructive purpose, the one answering the question may transgress the prohibition of Loshon Hora if he relates negative information. Thus, the questioner is transgressing Lifnei Iver by soliciting the information. However, there may be times that one feels he will only receive accurate information if he does not reveal the purpose to his questions. Indeed, even those who are generally lax regarding the prohibition of Loshon Hora can become overly concerned about the consequences of their words when they pertain to a shidduch. Many people can choose not to reveal anything at all when facing questions about shidduchim. Thus, one may feel that he must conceal the true reason for his questions in order to obtain information. Still, even in such a case, one is generally required to reveal that he is

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asking for the purpose of a shidduch. If one feels that it will be absolutely impossible to obtain crucial information without concealing his purpose, a halachic authority should be consulted. Asking One Who Gives Accurate Information 3. When inquiring about an individual, one should be certain only to ask someone who will give an accurate answer. Thus, one may not ask someone who is known to dislike the subject of the prospective shidduch. This is because we are concerned that the person’s emotions will not allow him to speak objectively about the subject. Example: Mrs. Rosenberg is researching a potential shidduch for her daughter. She hears wonderful things about the boy under discussion, but discovers that he has had a broken engagement. Mrs. Rosenberg may not use the fiancé as a source of information, as it is assumed that she will be unable to respond impartially. Asking Another to do Research 4. There are times that one would like to ask another to research a potential shidduch for him. If one could have done the research himself, is it permitted to do this? After all, by sending another to do the research, the information will become known to an additional party. Does the dispensation of To’eles allow another party to become aware of the information? The halacha is that one may only appoint another to do research if the third party can research in a more proficient manner. The same is true if the third party is likely to receive broader or more accurate information due to his relationship with the source of the information. However, it is questionable if one may ask another to do research for him out of convenience. A halachic authority should be consulted. It should be noted that it is completely permissible for parents to make inquiries on behalf of their children. The parents are considered one of the

parties themselves. They are the ones guiding their children through the shidduch process, and they have a major impact on their children’s choice of marriage partner. Indeed, it is the accepted practice that parents research a potential shidduch for their children. However, in the case of an older single or any child whose parents are less involved in the shidduch process (for whatever reason), a halachic authority should be consulted to determine if parents may make inquiries. When Undecided if Ready for Shidduchim 5. There are times when one has not yet decided if he is ready to start shidduchim. However, he was told about a woman who is a potential shidduch for him. May he research her in case he will decide that he is ready for shidduchim, and will want to go out with her? In this case, the halacha is that he may research her provided that there is a significant possibility that he will start shidduchim if the information about her is to his liking good. Indeed, this is usually the case, as one who discovers a unique shidduch opportunity is generally motivated to start shidduchim. Summary One may ask any question that he feels is relevant. He may ask the same question to multiple individuals to receive a fuller picture of the subject. He may only be ‫( ששוח‬concerned) for any negative information that he hears. He may not believe it. When making an inquiry, he must explain that he is asking for a To’eles. He should not ask someone who will likely give inaccurate information. A third party should not research a shidduch unless they will do a more proficient job. *Interested readers can e-mail dovidjaffee@gmail.com to receive the sources for the rulings.


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Mesorah High School for Girls in Dallas, TX By Jordie Gelsky and Tehilla Rosenberg

It’s 6:30 p.m., and the family room of Barak and Brooke Krengel is filled with laughter and smiles. One can see two or three high school girls around a two year, almost three year old brownhaired, gray-blue-eyed child; she giggles as they read Peppa Pig. If you continue to witness this scene, Tyler the tiger might come to visit, causing a round of laughter from everyone. The best part of this picture is the moment when the princess, relaxing in your lap, gazes up with her sparkling eyes and simple smile. Whoever said smiles can change a world has evidently had a playdate with Shayna Krengel. Shayna Krengel has accomplished something most people never master. She has one of the most bubbly, contagious, and joyful personalities, even though she faces a never-ending challenge in the form of Rett Syndrome. Rett Syndrome, a rare genetic neurological disorder that affects brain development. It is most common among girls and is usually diagnosed during infancy. Children with this genetic disorder appear to develop normally from the first six to eighteen months of their lives, but then show loss in language and motor skills. Repetitive hand motions, fits of screaming, and teeth grinding are some other symptoms. The disorder causes problems with their neurological systems, affecting their mental, sensory, emotional, speech, and autonomic functions, as well as their fine motor skills. However, the children can still experience an entire range of emotions and show their unique personalities in their own ways. These “Rett Girls” are able to comprehend everything in their surroundings, but they are

trapped in their own bodies. Symptomatic medication and therapy are currently available, and a cure is in the works, that will gradually reverse Rett Syndrome. Presently, patience, love, and support are the biggest medicine of all. Lucky for Shayna, she has parents who do anything for her. When her parents received the life altering call, they didn’t waste a second, creating a game plan. With a combination of various therapies, doctors, genetic counselors, and specialists, the Krengels take no shortcuts when it comes to their daughter’s success. When asked how they were able to adjust to their new life so gracefully, they responded, “ If all we did was ask, ‘why us, why Shayna,’ we would be doing an injustice to Shayna. We are her parents; we have to be her cheerleaders that keep her advancing.” Through every rough patch, someone is needed to smooth the edges, and for the Krengel’s, Shayna is the light. A day in the life of Shayna is not easy, including many different therapies and training exercises. However, none of this stops from giving her all and maintaining hope. Not only is Shayna her parents role model and constant inspiration, but also the Mesorah girls. From the first second they were introduced to her, thanks to “Project Shay”, they admired her optimism. Project Shay was started at Mesorah High School for Girls, located in Dallas, Texas. The goal is to raise awareness of Rett Syndrome, provide support for the Krengel family, and become friends with Shayna along the way. The girls split into three divisions, but they all became intertwined as they realized they were all striving

for the same purpose. First, they had talented people who could change worlds with the sound of their voices in harmony. They spent countless hours rehearsing and eventually recording a beautiful CD, Libeinu. Sales, a different group, thought of ways to get other people and schools involved in advertising the CD. An ambassador team was launched, recruiting girls from different high schools nationwide. Others created flyers, social media accounts, a website, and newspaper articles(aka us:). Lastly, the group that bridged the Mesorah girls’ world and Shayna’s and brought everyone together was the Chesed group. A student was quoted saying, “They labeled playing with Shayna chesed, but after going there for an hour, I’m starting to think they have it all wrong; she’s the one doing me a favor, hanging out and entertaining me while I just sit there in awe of such a precious child, never wanting my hour to end.” Schedules were set up every month of rotating girls who visited Shayna four or five times a week. This whole project turned out to be not just about supporting Shayna and her family; instead the girls gained more than conceivable. Unity for a common cause established clos-

er bonds among all of them and the community, and compassion permeated throughout the hall of our school like never before. This is not just our project; we are providing you with the opportunity to make Project Shay a part of your life, too. Here’s how you can join the Project Shay family. Visit our website at projectshay.com, and you can learn about Rett Syndrome, Shayna, and our journey together. There, you can also purchase or download the CD, Libeinu. To get involved or donate, contact projectshay@gmail.com for more information. This is not just an article for a magazine or newspaper; it is your chance to make the world a better place for yourself and others around you. Welcome to Project Shay! As Mr. Barak Krengel puts it, “Look, when it comes down to it, life can be very challenging at times. We often ask ourselves, ‘Why me?’ It was told to me on several occasions that HaShem only tests great people this way. HaShem only brings us challenges that we have the capacity to overcome and grow from. This challenge has given my family, our community, and myself, the chance to do more mitzvot, daven with extra kavana, and try to inspire others to do the same.”


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They owned Sher Auto Sales on Reisterstown Road and are observant. Under Maryland’s Blue Laws, their business had to be closed on Sundays. They could not even send a title application to the Motor Vehicle Administration’s website. This fiveday work week seriously hampered their business.

After our bill was signed into law, I spoke with the lobbyist for the used car dealers, George Manning. “Thank you,” George said. “You agreed not to let your bill be amended in a way that would harm my clients. You kept your word.”

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The legislation that we drafted, House Bill 624, allows a used car dealer in Baltimore City to inform the Motor Vehicle Administration that the business will be closed on Saturday, instead of Sunday. It was overwhelmingly approved by the General Assembly in 2011. I joined the Shers at their business on the first Sunday that they were open.

To pass our bill, I had told the Shers, we need to work with your fellow used car dealers. Most used car dealerships, like the Shers, are mom and pop operations. They did not want HB 624 to be amended to allow used car dealerships to be open seven days a week. If that happened, they would be working a seven-day week.

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“Say What?!”

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- The word that Karthik Nemmani, age 14, spelled correctly to win the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee

Bewusstseinslage - The word that Naysa Modi, age 12, spelled incorrectly causing her to come in second place at the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee

A Jewish Sabbath-day dish of slowbaked meat and vegetables. - How the judge at the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee explained the definition of the word “cholent,” which Shiva Yeshlur then spelled correctly

A bet’s a bet. - Patrick Hanks, 28, who wore an Eagles jersey to his wedding last weekend, explaining to the New York Post that he bet his fiancée that if the Eagles won the Super Bowl she’d allow him to exchange his tuxedo for an Eagles Jersey

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- How Google listed the ideology of the Republican Party of California, until it was called out on it

In the United Kingdom, a baby’s first word was “Alexa.” The baby’s next words were “Get me new parents.” - Conan O’Brien

In multiple conversations, he encouraged me to have Obama visit a village of Ethiopian Jews. I demurred, a little put off by this persistent suggestion that Obama would want to see black Jews more than others. -Former Obama aide Ben Rhodes, in his new memoir, The World As It Is, referring to coordinating a trip to Israel for Obama with Israel’s former Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren

A native of Northern Virginia for the last 30 years of his life, he hated how all of you were incapable of driving competently. - From the obituary of Colonel Robert Gibson, who was buried in Arlington Cemetery last week

You know, I don’t know. They liked him, and they liked having the first African-American president. - Bill Clinton on CBS’s “Sunday Morning,” saying why the press went easy on former President Barack Obama

Well, I just disagree with her. I mean, you have to really ignore what the context was. But you know, she’s living in a different context. And she did it for different reasons. So, I just disagree with her. - Ibid., responding to New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s assertion that Mr. Clinton should have resigned the presidency

Kim Jong Un said he wants to open a McDonald’s in North Korea. Which may explain why the summit with President Trump is suddenly back on. - Conan O’Brien

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A new restaurant has opened in Boston where all the food is cooked by robots. The restaurant was started by a group of engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A robot that can cook a meal – it’s a little different than having a human cooking staff. Instead of finding a hair in your food, you’ll find a USB cable. – James Corden

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The President’s reckless policies are …. wiping out the few meager gains that some families should have received from the GOP tax scam, as wages remain stagnant. - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in a statement after May’s good-news jobs numbers and growing wages were posted last Friday

I hate to admit that Mr. Ahmadinejad has a point. What’s full employment without full respect?

- From a blog-post in 2005 by MSNBC’s Joy Reid, agreeing with then-Iranian president Mahmud Ahmadinejad’s assertion that just because Jews were killed in the Holocaust does not give them the right to come to Israel and “steal” Muslims’ land

- CNN anchor Don Lemon, responding to record-low unemployment for African-Americans

The Jewish jihadists quit the U.S. to suit up in Tel Aviv. - Ibid.

We’ve come a long way since Paul Krugman, writing in the New York Times after the election, said the Trump presidency would bring a “global recession, with no end in sight.” - Tweet by White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, responding to a New York Times article titled, “We Ran Out of Words to Describe How Good the Jobs Numbers Are”

- Statement by MSNBC about why they are not firing Joy Reid who in the past spewed venomous hatred on her blog about Jews and other groups who are supposedly endeared by liberals

The crowd erupted in applause and before they could even finish clapping I said I was kidding and the applause quickly died. - Bell County High School (Kentucky) valedictorian Ben Bowling telling the Courier Journal what happened when he tricked the audience by attributing a quote to President Trump then quickly informing them that the quote was actually said by Barack Obama

- Simon Cowell, in an interview with the UK Mail

When I am on vacation I see no need to hide behind the bushes, and there is nothing wrong with that. - Russian President Vladimir Putin when asked by a reporter why the Kremlin releases bare-chested photos of him

I graduated from high school; can’t stand all this notoriety, though. - Roland Martineau, age 94, who left Leominster High School’s Class of 1942 early to fight in World War II, in an interview with CBS Boston after getting his high school diploma along with the Leominster High School’s Class of 2018

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I literally have not been on my phone for 10 months. The difference it made was that I became more aware of the people around me and way more focused. It has been so good for my mental health. It’s a very strange experience but it really is good for you and it has absolutely made me happier.

Some of the things written by Joy on her old blog are obviously hateful and hurtful. They are not reflective of the colleague and friend we have known at MSNBC for the past seven years. Joy has apologized publicly and privately and said she has grown and evolved in the many years since, and we know this to be true.


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The latest rumor in Washington is that President Trump could decide to pardon himself. This would be completely constitutional, according to Trump’s new Supreme Court Justice, Donald Trump. - Conan O’Brien

We will proudly be playing the National Anthem and other wonderful music celebrating our Country today at 3 P.M., The White House, with the United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus. Honoring America! NFL, no escaping to Locker Rooms! - Tweet by President Trump, after he cancelled a White House ceremony with the Super Bowl champions because most players said they did not plan on attending

After 9/11, the greatest threat to our democracy lived in a cave. Today, he lives in the White House. No one, even the president, is above the law.

Of course it has to be led by a man because it is a very challenging position. - Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker, at the International Air Transport Association’s annual conference in Sydney, Australia, in a discussion about gender inequality (of all things!) in the aviation industry

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- Democratic congressional candidate Dan Helmer, in an ad released in Virginia

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Democrats have therefore had to fall back on their font of ideas: a 76-yearold socialist loonbag from Vermont, the ideological leader of their party. Bernie Sanders has spent the last few months gallivanting around stirring up the populist revolution for $15 minimum wage. His most recent target: Disney, a corporation that leans to the left and employs some 200,000 Americans. Sanders’s preferred policy prescriptions have already been embraced by Seattle, which is busily alienating its major businesses ranging from Amazon to Microsoft, and California, which continues to look more like Mad Max than Vermont. - Ben Shapiro, National Review

A plane in Holland was forced to make an emergency landing after a passenger’s body odor was so bad that it caused others to vomit and faint. You know it’s bad when people are going into the airplane bathroom for some fresh air. – James Corden

There are more stars in the sky than grains of sand on the earth. - The text message that President Obama, channeling his inner Confucius, sent to his advisor, Ben Rhodes, the day after Trump won the elections, according to Rhodes’ just-released memoir


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You gotta be kidding Just before the class took their final math exams, their teacher asked them the following problem to test how well they would do in the real exam. “A rich man dies and leaves $2,000,000 in his will. One-third is to go to his wife; one fifth goes to his son, one-sixth to his chauffeur, one eighth to his secretary; and the rest to charity. Now, what does each get?” After a long period of silence in the classroom, Sam raised his hand. “Yes, Sam,” said the teacher. “A good lawyer!” he replied.

Things to Know About Singapore (Just in case you plan on attending the big summit!)

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Using another person’s Wi-Fi network is considered hacking and punishable by a $10,000 fine, up to three years in jail, or both. (Even in Starbucks?) Playing an instrument in a public place in “a manner as to cause or be likely to cause annoyance to any person lawfully using a public road or in any public place shall be guilty of an offense” includes a fine of up to $1,000. (If you sing poor in Singapore you will be poor…try that for a chorus) If you fail a drug test you can be arrested, even if you took the drugs before entering Singapore. (Make sure not to eat a poppy-seed bagel on the plane ride to Singapore) If you are caught vandalizing, you will receive a mandatory caning. (Let’s try that in the Five Towns… no more rummaging through my car every night!) Litterers receive “community work orders,” where they are forced to pick up trash in public. The punishment is intended to publicly embarrass convicted litterers. (As if being a “convicted litterer” is not embarrassing enough on your resume)

Singapore’s national anthem is in micro-text on the back of their $1,000 note. (Maybe we should try that…. See how quickly NFL players will stand for the anthem when cash is dangled in front of them) Singapore’s Bukit Timah Nature Reserve holds more species of trees than the entire North American continent. (That’s tree-mendous.) There is a $150 fine for failing to flush public toilets. Police oftentimes check to make sure that the public flushes the toilets. (Talking about bottom of the barrel police work!) According to a research study by the British Council, Singaporeans have the fastest walking speed. (So, all of you Central Avenue walkers ought to pick up your game!) There is a Singapore in Michigan as well. (In that Singapore you must spit, litter and never flush the public toilet. Hey, it’s America!) Spitting in a public place is punishable by a $1,000 fine. (Pro-ball players beware!)


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a. The terms of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender b. Jewish right of return to Israel

d. Soviet participation in the United Nations e. Planned prosecution

c. Despite the frigid temperatures, he did not wear a coat, even though Gorbachev was decked out in a coat, scarf and a hat

Who made this statement to whom?

5. On February 21, 1972, Richard Nixon made history when out of the blue he arrived in Beijing with advisor Henry Kissinger for a visit that paved the way for the establishment of friendly relations between the United States and China. What did the People’s Republic of China’s founder, Mao Zedong (aka” Chairman Mao”), say to Nixon when they met?

a. Richard Nixon to Soviet Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev b. Israeli Prime Minister Yitzchok Shamir to Soviet Premier Boris Yeltsin

d. He bowed to Gorbachev 4. “I’m not trying to tell you how to run your country, but I realize you are probably concerned that if you allow too many of the Jews who want to emigrate from the Sovi-

c. Secretary-General of the U.N Pérez de Cuéllar to Russia’s U.N. ambassador d. President Reagan to Gorbachev, when

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a. DVD? DVD? DVD? b. One day all of your manufacturing will be done in China…even those presidential red ties that Trump makes c. Tell me about that Chosen Island place in the Five Towns d. The People’s Republic of China is second only to the U.S.A. in what we have accomplished e. I voted for you

 Wisdom Key 4-5 correct: You should join President Trump in Singapore. Just make sure not to take your gum (G-U-M) with you— you don’t want to end up in jail. 2-3 correct: You know a little about summits but Chairman Mao is not exactly voting for you. 0-1 correct: You could get a job as a CNN pundit to talk about all of the mistakes President Trump will make at the Singapore summit.

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c. The splitting of Berlin into four occupied zones

b. He stared at Gorbachev’s forehead, as if looking for the U.S. on a map

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2. Held in three Crimean palaces, the Yalta Conference between Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Josef Stalin hammered out each of the following except which one?

a. He kissed Gorbachev on each cheek

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d. East Germany’s Chancellor, Konrad Adenauer

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b. Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin

3. In November of 1985, Cold War foes President Ronald Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev met for the first time in Geneva, Switzerland. What symbolic gesture did Reagan do upon his initial encounter with Gorbachev on the front steps of the building where the summit was to take place?

et Union to leave there’ll be a ‘brain drain,’ a loss of skilled people from your economy. But did it ever occur to you, on this whole question of human rights, that maybe if the Jews were permitted to worship as they want to and teach their children the Hebrew language, that maybe they wouldn’t want to leave the Soviet Union? Perhaps if they were allowed to reopen their synagogues and worship as they want to, they might decide that they wouldn’t have to leave and there wouldn’t be that problem of a brain drain.”

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a. Soviet Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev

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1. President John F. Kennedy described the results of the 1961 Vienna Summit as “the worst thing in my life. He savaged me.” Who did Kennedy meet with in that summit?

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

Dear Navidaters,

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Ever since our daughter Shaindy went to Israel, it seems to us that she’s taken her colorful personality and locked it in a box in order to conform to expectations that she imposed on herself. Most of her life, she was the life of the party! Fun, funny, a quirky personality, dressed with color and flair, and always full of surprises. Everyone loved to be around Shaindy.

After Israel, besides moving very much to the right, which I know is not unusual and certainly something we were very comfortable with and respectful of, and besides packing away her interesting clothing, she also packed away her individuality, sense of humor and spontaneous joy for life! She is very serious now, doesn’t believe there is room in her life for silliness, and I wonder where the former Shaindy went. We miss her and don’t understand the complete transformation. Our biggest concern right now is the fact that she is dating men who, besides wanting to learn indefinitely, are equally serious and lacking in any sort of zest for adventure and fun. This seems to be what she wants right now, but we’re concerned that the old Shaindy is still inside of her somewhere and it’s just a matter of time until it bursts free and she finds herself married to someone kind of boring, way too serious, with eight children and little joy. As her loving parents, is there anything we could or should be doing right now to protect her from this possible, scary scenario?

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

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The Panel The Rebbetzin Rebbetzin Faigie Horowitz, M.S. on’t confuse deepening religious commitment to a more stringent Torah lifestyle with a personality change similar to a cult. It’s important to sort out how much is Shaindy’s current lifestyle and how much is a change of personality and behavior. Kids do mature and achieve greater independence while in Israel. It’s a time of transition from teenage-hood to young adulthood. Many things come along with that. But a radical change of personality is something else. Maybe her choices of entertainment and clothing styles are different now. Maybe her interests have changed some-

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what and she is interested in focusing on the big things in life, especially since she is probably starting to date and wants to identify her priorities for the future. You seem to be saying that she may be depressed as well as “frummed out.” What is her affect? How does she seem? This is important to sort out as the common onset of mental illness is in the late teenage years and early twenties. You need to get some other people on board to get an accurate read on Shaindy, as your take may be colored by your fears. These can be old and new mentors, your rabbi, her friends, members of her youth group, neighbors, etc. And then get yourself to a mental health professional in your community to discuss it and your reaction to what you find out about yourself and her. Deal

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with this after you get an accurate picture of Shaindy and address your concerns directly with help.

The Mother Sarah Schwartz Schreiber, P.A. f you’re hoping that Shaindy will come to her senses and proclaim, “Ha, ha! Just kidding! I’m not really serious about this learning boy thing,” don’t hold your breath. You sent your daughter to Israel with the expectations that she would grow from the experience. Well, we regret to inform you that fun-loving, carefree Shaindy has matured and has taken on a more serious persona. And while you disparage her transformation from happy-golucky to contemplative, others would admire Shaindy’s disdain for silliness – especially regarding such life-altering decisions as choosing a life’s partner. Is she going through a phase? Only time will tell. One thing’s for certain, your bias regarding longterm learners (Boring? Scary scenario? Eight children?) will not convince her to see things your way. Instead, listen – really listen – to your daughter; respect the new, adult version of Shaindy. Stay loving, supportive and accessible, so that your daughter will feel “safe” and not criticized when she turns to you for advice and guidance in planning her future.

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Michelle Mond t is distressing to realize that your spunky, upbeat, joyful daughter has lost her personality while away for the year in seminary. “Flipping out” is common, but should never lead to a personality transforma-

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How long can this last before her former self, the fun loving, light hearted Shaindy, reappears?

tion, particularly not to the degree you describe. This begs the question: did anything drastic or even traumatic happen in seminary to cause this personality loss? She may not have opened up to you yet, but further probing might reveal the cause. If it truly is only based on a wrongful perception of hashkafa, buy her books about Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach and Rebbetzin Henny Machlis, a”h, who both astounded the frum world with their radiance, zest for life and positivity. Learning about them will help her understand that there is a massive place for her exquisite personality within Yiddishkeit. Most importantly, you raise an excellent concern about marriage. I agree that before even thinking about shidduchim, you should encourage her to speak to someone about her glaring change of personality. It is important that she marries someone who connects with who she truly is. Even if nothing substantial happened to cause this, it is not healthy to do a complete 180 on one’s personality in the course of a year – and certainly not to jump into dating immediately afterwards. Only after working through this, with the green light from her therapist, should she seek out a potential husband after she has balanced herself out.


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first step is to speak with Shaindy and tell her your concerns. I f you have an open and respectful relationship, she will hopefully be able to understand where you are coming from. At this point, I would not mention her dating. That would likely backfire. The second step is to ask Shaindy that she visit her medical doctor to rule out any physiological/biological explanations for her personality change. The third step is to find a mental health professional such as a clinical social worker or psychologist for Shaindy to speak with, where she can rule out any clinical issues responsible for the change. If she does stumble upon something clinical such as anxiety, depression, a reaction she may be having to something she experienced or witnessed, she will hopefully find herself having a suc-

cessful therapeutic experience in which she works through it and learns to manage it. Let us not forget the possibility that you may come to realize through your initial talk with Shaindy, or after she works with a therapist, that Shaindy is a very healthy, very stable, very quiet and serious young woman who is perfectly content and happy and filled with purpose. There are, after all, quiet and serious types who are looking for their quiet and serious bashert. If this is the case, as hard as it may be to accept, I think it’s your best bet. And if it turns out that this was all a phase, and she meets someone during this time, and years later the old Shaindy emerges…well, there are some things that not even the most loving of mothers can stop, no matter how hard they may have tried. If you do your part now, which is talk with her and encourage her to talk to a professional, and maybe even bring up the idea of holding off on dating for a little while, all while being non-judgmental and loving, then you’re golden. Approach her with love and kindness, with an air of curiosity and genuine concern. No quips or remarks about “eight kids and no joy.” As best

Approach her with love and kindness, with an air of curiosity and genuine concern.

phase, you have some work to do to make sure that she is protected from making some life-altering mistakes.

you can, try to stay in the moment and not make sweeping statements about her future and don’t allow your fear to permeate the conversation. In terms of every-day practical things you can do while she lives in your home, I suggest spending as much quality time with Shaindy as she and/or your schedules allow. Go out to eat, get your nails done (if she does that), join her at a shiur, encourage her to invite old or current girlfriends over for Shabbos lunch, bake, get her spending time with the extended family, and create “Shaindy appropriate” opportunities for a good time. Stay connected to Shaindy no matter what. Sincerely, Jennifer

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

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share your concern about Shaindy’s sudden and drastic personality change. While I have seen many young people return from Israel more serious about their Yiddishkeit and perhaps having taken on different values than their families, the return of an unrecognizable stranger would give any parent reason for pause. I gathered quickly from your letter that you are genuinely accepting of Shaindy’s strengthened frumkeit and her desire to marry a more frum man. I also gathered quickly how scared you are for her that she is lost. If I gathered incorrectly, and you have some negative, uncomfortable or unresolved feelings about Shaindy’s frumkeit, then at this point it’s time to ask yourself if any of your “stuff” is potentially responsible for some of Shaindy’s disappearance. First and foremost, we cannot know what is going on unless and until you speak with your daughter and, if warranted, she speaks with a mental health professional. The

how she settles in, now that she’s back home. It’s possible that after a few months home, surrounded by her old life, she may lighten up a bit and resemble her old self in some basic ways. I also wonder whether you might be able to convince Shaindy to speak with a therapist to talk about her personality change – just to make sure that there isn’t anything clinical going on. Maybe Shaindy is the real deal, and her personality has morphed for good in conjunction with her more serious religious beliefs. And, if that’s the case, you’ll have to get to know the new Shaindy and hope for the best. But in case it’s just a

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Tova Wein omething about your description of the before and after Shaindy sounds a bit alarming. Of course, many young men and women come back from their year in Israel appearing much more serious, hopefully more mature, and very often leaning far more to the right. All of this is to be expected. But for a young woman (or young

man for that matter) to suddenly become almost dull in comparison to their former self seems over the top and unnatural. Perhaps she was influenced in a way that led her to believe that this is the way to go. But I agree – how long can this last before her former self, the fun loving, light hearted Shaindy, reappears? It is worrisome. I’m wondering if there is a way to encourage Shaindy to hold off with dating for a little while, to see

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The city of Holon in 1945. Note the sand dunes

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ver the past quarter century, the city of Holon has successfully transformed its image from a sleepy, gritty bedroom community to a cultural center with an emphasis on children and family. Holon was established back in 1935 on sand dunes – ergo the name Holon, from the Hebrew word sand. The community of Holon was also mentioned in Sefer Yehoshua (21:15). Located in the central Gush Dan region, Holon was home to many of the country’s first industrial enterprises and is still one of the largest industrial zones in Israel. Starting in the 1970s, the city’s image became tarnished primarily due to the departure of many factories and the dearth of quality modern housing. Consequently, many young families left Holon for more fashionable communities which boasted newer housing supply and high-tech employment opportunities. When Mayor Motti Sasson was elected back in 1993, he and his dedicated team embarked upon a city-wide renaissance. They decided to leverage the city’s strong family atmosphere and good educational system to help transform Holon into a leading regional metropolis. The first step in this revolution

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The Israel Children’s Museum in Holon

took place in City Hall, where professionals replaced party cronies in key decision-making positions. After think-tanking for a year, initial change came fast and furious in many areas, starting with improving services for its residents and fostering construction of quality modern housing. A key focus was making Holon a leader in the

In subsequent years, the municipality put its efforts into upgrading and constructing new elementary and secondary schools and developing cutting edge curricula. In addition, the municipality initiated innovative coaching programs for all school principals, which significantly contributed to the city’s educational revolution.

A key focus was making Holon a leader in the quality of life of its children through modernizing the parks and upgrading public areas.

quality of life of its children through modernizing the parks and upgrading public areas. Lastly, the city aggressively upgraded its cleaning crews to help polish up the streets. In the program’s second year, the focus turned to education. The kindergartens were upgraded both physically and educationally, with facility renovations, curriculum advancements and teaching skill upgrades.

Along with these initiatives, the municipality initiated creative extracurricular programming and facilities, which strengthened Holon’s image as the Children’s City. Holon introduced annual cultural events and festivals that draw many visitors from across the country. On a grander scale, the most ambitious project was the establishment of the Children’s Museum, which houses many exhibits and exceptional

programs such as Dialogue in the Dark and Invitation to Silence. Other substantial projects include a cultural center called the MediaTech – which integrates a library, a creative theater center a design and resource center for designers, a comics museum and a cinema – and The Holon Design Museum, a museum of design and contemporary culture, which is housed in an extraordinary, iconic building. The next stage in the city’s development has been the expansion of its economic base through private sector investment to attract commerce, constructing modern housing to keep up with its population of almost 200,000 residents, and continually creating trailblazing children’s programming and facilities. Despite its relatively advanced age, the City of Holon has proven that with vision and commitment, renewal and innovation is possible (a great inspirational message for us all!).

Gedaliah Borvick is the founder of My Israel Home (www.myisraelhome.com), a real estate agency focused on helping people from abroad buy and sell homes in Israel. To sign up for his monthly market updates, contact him at gborvick@gmail.com.


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Pilot Robert Keleti Talks about the IDF, Keeping Shabbos, and Landing on a Beach in Long Island By Sholom Nachtman

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igh above the beaches and towns of Long Island, master pilot and flight instructor Robert Keleti can be found in the cockpit of a Cessna 152, teaching students how to handle aircraft. Robert was the recipient of the prestigious Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s 2017 best regional flight instructor award and has decades of flight experience in both the IDF and the commercial realm. He also has a long history of using his unique skills to help others whenever he can. Robert Keleti was born in Hungary to parents who were survivors of Auschwitz. They came to Israel when he was two years old and moved to the Ramat Yochanan kibbutz, where Robert grew up. He got his first experience with flying in the IDF. During the Yom Kippur War, Robert was still in cadet training and not yet flying, but he can recall how everyone in the country sprang into action to support the war effort. As his training continued, Robert displayed an aptitude for aviation and was trained as a pilot. He worked predominately with c130 cargo planes, flying missions (many of which are still classified) for several years, including some during the 1982 conflict with Lebanon.

After seven years in the military, Robert returned to civilian life and promptly entered a radically different field: working in education for children who had suffered abuse and trauma. Moved by the tragic stories he heard of children who had endured terrible circumstances in life, Robert set out to help ameliorate their tragic situations. After training in Israel and Europe, he began developing programs and schools geared towards these children. Under Robert’s auspices, a special school with a dormitory was opened in T’zfas. The school was vital for the children’s wellbeing. “I remember when it would come time for the students to return home for the weekend,” Robert recalls, “the children would hide in the dorm wanting to stay in the safe environment we gave them.” In his work with children, Robert would draw on his experience as a pilot, starting an aviation club for the kids where they were trained in how to be a radio controller. He says that the work was very rewarding and that the children saw him as both a father and a friend. With the assistance of Agudath Israel of America, Robert later continued this program with Jewish children in Co-

penhagen. During this time, he collaborated and developed a friendship with Rabbi Moshe Sherer, with whom he spent countless hours working on behalf of abused children.

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After many years of supporting and helping abused or traumatized children, Robert returned to aviation. In America he started working as a pilot for private charters and as a flight instructor. He now lives in Woodmere, NY, and has trained everyone from amateurs seeking a pilot’s license to navy cadets from The Citadel, a military college in Charleston. His background in education came in handy when it came to teaching flight because, as Robert says, a flight instructor must have the same patience and creativity as any other teacher. “Sometimes you have a student who is very intuitive in the plane and you don’t have to work too hard to teach them,” he shares. “With other students, it would be easier to teach a monkey how to fly! It takes a lot of patience and care to explain flying to each student in an individualized way that they can understand.” Regardless of the skill level, Robert treats every student like


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cockpit ready for anything. Autopilot has helped a lot to relive the pressure on pilots, allowing them to talk and enjoy the view, but always monitoring with one eye and ear.” Robert also makes another interesting point on the topic of those who have a fear of flying. He points out, “We always research our doctors before going in for a procedure, but we don’t investigate who our pilots are when we fly. The

“The change of pace that Shabbos brings is life-saving.”

Smooth Landing

When Robert speaks about how flights can go right and wrong, he does so with firsthand experience. Throughout his career, he has had to make several emergency landings, but none as dramatic as the one he made on a Long Island beach in March of 2016. The accident occurred during a lesson, when Robert was taking a student up for his introductory flight (the student continued training and eventually got his pilot license despite his accident; when asked by reporters if he was scared, he said, “No, I trust my flight instructor”). They first started having trouble at 3,000 feet. The engine gave out, caused by a faulty component that had gone unnoticed during inspection by the

Shabbos: Key to Survival

So, what is the secret to staying calm and relaxed with a job as high pressure as flying? Robert says the answer is simple: keeping Shabbos.

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passenger knows that the pilot is in the same situation as him, unlike a doctor who can walk away from any mistake unharmed. The pilot will suffer the same consequences of any mistake as his passengers will, which affects his performance.”

engine company. This proved to be the crucial moment for Robert and his passenger. “When a plane’s engine stops working the propellers are still turning, which can be confusing because the pilot thinks he still has power,” Robert notes. “A pilot’s first strong instinct from training and experience is to try to fly back to the airport but you have to fight this impulse, because if you follow it, you will crash over houses, kill yourself and possibly others… Sully Sullenberger also took a few seconds to decide that he would land on the Hudson. This is what pilots call the human factor, the instinct to follow training and return to the airport. It takes a lot of experience to know when to ignore your instincts.” Within a few seconds, Robert had made the crucial decision to land on the beach at Sunken Meadow State Park. He declared an emergency on the radio and commenced the beach landing. He had picked a spot to land, figuring that the firm sand near the water’s edge would be the best for landing the aircraft. Gliding without engine power towards the beach, Robert noticed a lone human figure strolling along the beach. Making a last-minute adjustment to his course to avoid the man, Robert flew over him and then made a 180 turn to land successfully on the beach, without a single scratch on the plane. When a TV reporter interviewed the pedestrian he said he thought the gliding plane was part of a stunt being filmed for a movie. In Newsday’s reporting on the story, they commented on the extraordinarily high level of skill Robert displayed in his emergency landing. Robert is modest about his feat, though, and says he didn’t want to talk to reporters because “every story the media does about aviation is always negative, about accidents and dangers, and increasing fear of flying for people.”

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a son, and through the many years of flight instruction Robert has grown a community of former students and aviation professionals. They have a Chanukah party every year and stay in touch with each other long after their training has ended. According to Robert, one of the most rewarding parts of flight instruction is watching people grow and helping them achieve their dreams. One of the major components of what Robert does is helping people overcome their fear or intimidation of flying by demystifying the process. “Understanding what is happening with a plane, and all the technology meant to keep passengers safe, is the first step towards being comfortable in the air,” he notes. He says that he has a 90% success rate in helping people overcome their fear of flying, adding that the best way to put people at ease is to simply allow them to watch the process of piloting. He has brought students up in his plane who seem very scared at first but soon become comfortable and enjoy themselves because they witness how he handles the aircraft. This is the true measure of piloting skills, says Robert, and not the ability to do midair shtick. “Sometime a young person will take his wife or girlfriend on an airplane and want to show off. So, he flies the plane recklessly and stupidly. I guarantee this will be the last time they ever fly with that guy,” Robert quips. “The best way is to fly soft and gentle. Being professional will impress people with your skill as a pilot and will put them at ease.” Another point Robert makes is that flying has an unearned reputation as a risky proposition. With all the technology available for planes, air travel is safer than ever. This makes a pilot’s job easier, although they still have to be alert. “Today everything is computerized,” Robert notes, “and a lot of the flying is hands-free. However, it’s essential to always be monitoring the instruments and readings…. Sometimes flights can be affected by weather and other factors in which case the pilots will have to make changes. That’s why one pilot must always stay in the


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Flying high over Long Island with the Israeli flag on Israel’s Independence Day - a yearly tradition

“If I would not stop flying for one day a week, and disconnect myself from everything, I would not be able to survive,” he says. “There is so much pressure that your brain is finished, and the change of pace that Shabbos brings is life-saving. Even the pilots I know who are non-Sabbath observant agree.” Robert’s path towards becoming shomer Shabbos came about through a potent combination of hashgacha and wartime tedium. His older brother was stationed at the Syria border towards the end of his military service. Missions were run at night, and the daytime hours were full of the trepidation-infused boredom so familiar to soldiers. To pass the time, Robert’s brother started reading a book he found on the floor of the barracks: Chovot Halevavot. The book changed him, and he decided to drop out of the Technion and study in yeshiva. At first everyone thought Robert’s brother was crazy to abandon his academic career to study Judaism, doubly so when later that year they saw him throw all his college certificates into a biur chometz fire before Pesach. Slowly, however, the family began becoming more religious, and Robert has been Shabbos observant ever since. Despite leaving education for aviation, Robert has still maintained a focus on doing chessed and uses his special skills to help those in need. He tells me one

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touching story about a family who lost their father in a terrible car accident. When one of the boys was becoming bar mitzvah, Robert took the boy and his brother up for a special flight over Manhattan. When he came to the bar mitzvah a few days later, the boy rushed up and hugged him, tears streaming down his face. “They were so grateful for the experience I had given them,” Robert remembers. “During the flight I let the kids take the wheel and they were so amazed and happy. It made a change in their life.” Robert also works with organizations that bring groups of IDF soldiers that have suffered severe wartime injuries to New York City for vacation. One of the highlights of these trips is the special flights that Robert does for the veterans around Manhattan or to Washington, D.C. Robert tells me how much these trips mean to him. “If you see these guys, you have to cry,” he says. “Young guys, 21, 22, missing legs, missing hands, blind from bombs. They gave so much for their country and nation, at such an early age. Being able to give a good time to someone who suffered so much, there’s no better feeling like that.”

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efore our conversation comes to a close, I ask Robert for his opinion on two of the biggest questions surrounding aviation in recent years. First of all, what does he think of the ongoing mystery of Malaysian Flight 370, miss-

ing since March of 2104? Robert doesn’t buy any conspiracy theories about the flight and says that it more than likely crashed in the ocean. Still, he still finds it mysterious “How you can disappear a plane so completely with all the modern technology of tracking and radar? It’s very strange,” he says. The second question I ask is about how drones will change the future of aviation, including air combat and commercial air travel. I mention Elon Musk’s suggestion that in the near future unmanned planes will make short-haul commuter flights. While aviation technology has made giant leaps, Robert says, he still believes there will be necessity for human control. “They have radio-controlled airplanes which helps a lot for intelligence gathering and surveillance, but you still need a human brain to engage in air combat,” he points out. “It requires experience and human being’s ability to adjust, improvise, and react. It’s possible that technology will one day supplant human beings, but for now, even with all the new tech, you need a human brain at the center to manipulate it all effectively.” With Robert, it’s his brain and his heart that makes him fly the skies so smoothly.


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Communicate Clearly and Openly By Rabbi Dr. Naphtali Hoff

In a previous article about understaffing, we spoke of the importance of leaders becoming more influential to maximize their impact and get the most from their teams. In this final part of the series, we focus on the “C” of E.P.I.C.: how to communicate more clearly and openly.

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ll leaders need to communicate clearly and openly. But strong communication is particularly important for those who lead understaffed teams. And great communication starts with great listening. In your conversations, focus mainly on listening rather than speaking. This will open up the communication lines and deepen trust. You may think that you are communicating well. I did, too. But the only way to know for sure is to ask. Start with this simple question: Overall, how would you rate my/our internal communication? People that I work with ask this to their people and get many responses. I help them to figure out how to process and prioritize the information that they get and develop a communication plan. A communication plan details what needs to be shared with whom and how that communication will be delivered. Lilly began as a part-time bookkeeper for a medium-sized nonprofit. After demonstrating great capacity,

she was soon promoted to the post of executive director. But when she got started in her new role, she quickly realized that there were few systems in place in her office and she needed help pulling things together. Communication in particular was weak, and the organization desperately needed a system overhaul, in terms of hardware/software and policy changes (who to reach out for various issues, reasonable timetables for responses, etc.)

scheduling (brief) weekly team meetings. Make sure everyone is on board with the team’s priorities and where their own efforts should be focused. These meetings are also a good time to recognize the progress your team has made. Use two-way feedback to help promote continued improvement, upward progress, and, ultimately, better performance. Additionally, an honest conversation where you seek and accept feedback without defensiveness or excuses builds trust and your rela-

Use two-way feedback to help promote continued improvement, upward progress, and, ultimately, better performance.

The communication plan that we developed helped information flow more smoothly through the office and to constituents both in and out of the building. Great communication also involves cross communication among team members. Get team members talking by

tionship with your team. As part of your plan, seek to cut down on time drains. Time is a most valuable resource. It needs to be treasured and used most effectively. Leaders who manage email, meetings, and other time consumers well find ways to get important information across while freeing up their people for their

most important tasks. Other ways to maximize time around the workplace: Schedule no-interruption work periods – Problem-solving and deep work demands thinking time to concentrate on tasks. Your people don’t get it when their days are packed with meetings or other disruptions. Set aside a few hours each day (or each week) as a no-meeting time. You also might suggest—and try yourself—ignoring your email and letting your phone pick up messages during that time. Plan on downtime – Workers immersed in solving some problem may not think to surface for air. But everyone needs breaks when working long hours over several weeks or months. If you make time to get out for lunch or take at least a half day on weekends, your employees will feel comfortable following your lead. You’ll all come back refreshed and better prepared to tackle the next job. Rabbi Naphtali Hoff, PsyD, is an executive coach and President of Impactful Coaching & Consulting. For a free, no obligation consultation, please call 212.470.6139 or email nhoff@impactfulcoaching.com. Check out his new leadership book, “Becoming the New Boss”, on Amazon and on the book site, BecomingtheNewBoss.com. Download his free eBook for understaffed leaders at ImpactfulCoaching.com/EPIC.


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By Azi Rosenblum

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Change (If) We Can Believe In (Ourselves)

I’ve had the same wallet for 20 years. It was a gift from a friend, a souvenir from Israel stamped with “Israel Police - ‫ ”משטרת ישראל‬which if you know me at all is like… my ultimate dream job along with army man, fireman, helicopter pilot and coffee barista (see the common theme). Anyway, after 20 years of service, this wallet was a wreck. I tried a few leather repair places but there was no hope; it was time for a new one. After far too much time on Amazon, my new wallet arrived. Ever observe a Bar Mitzvah boy putting on tefillin those first few weeks? Stiff leather, lack of confidence, awkward posture…. That was me and my wallet, but l was keeping an open mind. Until the first time I arrived at my office door. PROBLEM:

My awesome new wallet had a futuristic 2018 feature called RFID blocking which protects credit cards from being scanned and cloned by scammers. HOWEVER, it was also blocking my office door keycard, which I keep in my wallet. All of a sudden this was just too much change and I was instantly ready to return it. This week my team and I worked with a client who was really struggling with change. The client’s circumstances, his vision for his company, and the practical realities of how he wanted and needed to operate made a platform change necessary, so his business could run on a cloudbased software that would empower his business to grow. Still, despite all this, after a few weeks of transition,

he reverted to his old system because he was encountering too much change and it was overwhelming him. He knew it’s what must happen, he acknowledges it’s the right move, but in his busy state and current mindset…. too much change. As I continue to observe business owners in the work that I do, and experience my own business growth, contraction, opportunities and challenges, I become more and more convinced that the #1 thing that we control which has the #1 biggest impact on results is mindset. (NOTE: I said WE control, of course Hashem is the ultimate source of Parnasa, I’m talking about our part in earning our “A for effort,” even though effort starts with an E… hmm.) If you believe you can, if you can see the end result and can dedicate yourself to traveling the unknown path to your clear destination, then you have a shot. If you operate out of fear or stress and can only visualize your immediate needs and circumstances, you will have a very difficult time adapting, innovating and ultimately… growing. Yes, I was about to return my wallet. Like a recently freed Israelite slave, my instinct was to long for the comfort of my consistent and familiar life. In my case, it wasn’t Egyptian slave food I wanted to run to, it was my torn, worn and inefficient wallet that was not even able to hold my

ID properly anymore. I was ready to abandon a working solution that not only did its job properly, but also protected me from theft and fraud in a new high-tech pickpocketing world. But then I got ahold of myself and started thinking about solutions, and within minutes (thanks to Melissa in my office) the keycard was re-positioned to a new spot in the wallet. Now if I turn the wallet sideways, I can still get the keycard to scan and the office door to open! My team and I tried and will try again to help this client transition at a time when he feels readier and can see the goal in a way that outshines the path to reaching it. Yes, change is overwhelming sometimes, but the choice to see huge opportunities instead of huge challenges is in our hands. The daily struggle to make those choices is nothing new; it’s been around since the age of giants and enormous fruits. Sometimes we get it right, sometimes we don’t, but we can only win if we keep trying! Azi Rosenblum is a business consultant and the founder and CEO of RemSource, an outsourced provider of administrative and bookkeeping services for small businesses. To suggest a topic or ask a question for a future #BizWiz column, email BizWiz@ baltimorejewishhome.com.


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Asher was just fired from his job. Immediately and without his awareness, his mind starts racing. He remembers all of the times that he has failed in the past and how his parents used to tell him that he will never be successful. He also starts being seized with fear about the future. How will he support his family is he does not have a job? The depression and anxiety become acute and Asher feels like his life is unraveling. Mindfulness can help Asher. Asher can pay purposeful attention to the thoughts that are racing through his mind and with a non-judgmental outlook he can see his thoughts for what they are. His depressive thoughts are outdated recordings from his youth that are being replayed through his mind and his anxious thoughts are the result of the shock of being fired and that the situation is not nearly as bad as his anxious thoughts are telling him. Basically, rather than getting entangled in his thoughts, he is able to accept his thoughts for what they are. The emotional freedom that can result is extremely therapeutic. The problem is that like everything in life, practice makes perfect. There is no way that Asher will be able to employ mindfulness if he hasn’t done it before. This is where the practice of mindfulness meditation becomes necessary. When one practices the skill of mindfulness, it will be there when it is needed. As you can see, there is no Buddhism in mindfulness. It is handy tool to have on order to avoid becoming muddled in our depressive and anxious thoughts. This is a service of Relief Resources. Relief is an organization that provides mental health referrals, education, and support to the frum community. Rabbi Yisrael Slansky is director of the Baltimore branch of Relief. He can be contacted at 410-448-8356 or at yslansky@reliefhelp.org


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By Avi Heiligman

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many Jews from outside Europe wanted a chance to fight the Nazis. In particular, many of the tens of thousands of Jews who fought the Nazis came from the U.S., Russia, and what was then known as Palestine. Thousands of volunteers from the Yishuv joined the British Army in various capacities. The Jewish Agency had wanted to send parachutists into Europe to set up resistance networks that had seen success in France and Yugoslavia. British high command, wary of the Jews in Palestine, at first was unwilling to undertake such an operation but eventually conceded to training a few men and women. Two-hundred-fifty brave Jews volunteered for the hazardous mission, and 110 went through the training that took place in Cairo. Palmach members, Zionists activists and Jews already in the British Army made up the bulk of this group that was under the SOE (Special Operations Executive). Men and women who spoke multiple languages and knew the cultures of the region they were to land in were highly sought after for this group.

Of the 37 Jewish SOE agents that went into Europe from the Yishuv three were women. Hannah Senesh (Szenes) is one of the more well-known of the parachutists. Along with Yoel Palgi and Peretz Goldstein, she parachuted into Yugoslavia. Originally from Budapest, Hungary, Szenes emigrated to Eretz Yisrael before the war started. Her mission in Yugoslavia was to organize a resistance network to help besieged Jewish communities under Nazi control. She parachuted into Yugoslavia in March 1944 and spent three months with local partisans. The group then tried reaching the Hungarian border but called off the mission due to the Nazis taking control of the country. Szenes decided to continue on her own but was quickly captured by Hungarian police loyal to the Nazis who found her British code machine. Over the next several months she was beaten and tortured as they tried to get her to divulge information about the other Jewish parachutists and the organization. After getting no information from her, Szenes was put on trial and executed in November

1944. Six years later her remains were brought to Eretz Yisrael and she was buried on Har Herzl. Goldstein was captured and died in the concentration camps. Palgi made it back to Eretz Yisrael safely. Romanian-born Sara Braverman was a member of a youth movement before being recruited as a parachutist. Parachuting for her was a nightmare but she overcame her fear as she jumped into Slovakia. There she joined a band of partisians and then returned to Eretz Yisrael after stopping in Italy. Upon her return she joined the Palmach and went on to help found the IDF’s Women’s Corp. She was the last surviving member of the 37 Jewish SOE agents. She passed away in 2013 at the age of 94. Another woman in this group was Haviva Reik, who was born in Slovakia and had joined the Palmach. In 1942 Reik entered the British military and became a sergeant in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF). She, along with Rafi Reiss, Chaim Hermesh and Zvi Ben-Yaakov, were to have parachut-

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umping out of an aircraft flying high above Earth is a concept that dates back to the 18th century. In 1797, a man jumped out of a hydrogen balloon at 3,200 feet in a very rudimentary contraption. The first successful freefall jump from an airplane was made in 1919, and by the start of World War II most of the belligerents had parachute units. It was a quick way to get large groups of soldiers to attack the enemy from the rear. Special agents and spies were dropped clandestinely at night to perform secret missions. A large group of volunteers from Eretz Yisrael volunteered in 1943 to carry out secret missions in Nazi-held territory. Known as the Jewish Parachutists of Mandate Palestine, thirty-two of them made it through training and parachuted into Europe. Five others found ways into enemy territory that didn’t include parachuting in from airplanes. All of them knew that if they were captured they would be tortured and face execution. While Churban Europe was raging,

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Hannah Szenes was just 23 when she was executed in Hungary

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ed into Slovakia in 1944 to help Jewish resistance units inside labor camps. The British authorities refused to let her jump behind enemy lines and only Rafi, Chaim and Zvi made the jump. Reik somehow made her way behind enemy lines and was waiting for the other three upon their arrival. A fifth member of the team, Abba Berdiczew, soon joined them with a radio. In Slovakia they began organizing the resis-

gade in the British Army and fought in the North African Campaign and in Crete. He returned to the Middle East to undergo parachute training and in 1944 was sent to Yugoslavia. There he teamed up with partisans and kept radio contact with the Allies, giving over valuable intelligence. Dafni then went to Croatia for six months and after the war returned to Eretz Yisrael. He later went to the U.S. to collect funds

parachuted in to try help their beleaguered brethren. In post-Holocaust Europe several of the parachutists were on-hand to facilitate many of the refugees’ passage to Eretz Yisrael.

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tance groups, helped feed refugees, saved children from the Nazis, and rescued downed allied airmen. Nazi troops were determined to capture the group and in October 1044 overran their camp in the mountains. Reik and Reiss were killed in the fight, and Ben-Yaakov and Berdiczew perished in Mauthausen. Hermesh escaped and made his way back o Eretz Yisrael. Reik’s and Reiss’s remains were eventually sent to Israel. They are buried next to Szenes on Har Herzl. Reuven Dafni was born in Croatia and made aliyah in 1936. Four years later he joined the Jewish Bri-

for Israel and managed to get a donation from mobster Bugsy Siegel. Dafni served as the Israeli consul in Los Angeles and was the Israeli ambassador to Kenya and Thailand. It was a dangerous undertaking for all of the parachutists and some paid the ultimate price. Twelve were captured and seven were executed by the Nazis. SOE missions during World War II in general were fraught with danger but these 37 brave Jewish men and women infiltrated Nazi territory under even more extraordinary circumstances. While every other Jew was trying the escape, these men and women

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means that if at the end of the year, you’re in the black, you’ll owe tax on your winnings — but if you’re in the red, there’s no deduction for your loss. That gives Uncle Sam the perfect “heads I win, tails I don’t lose” prop-

That gives Uncle Sam the perfect “heads I win, tails I don’t lose” proposition.

just want their share. Winnings are taxable as ordinary income — you don’t pay any more if your favorite quarterback connects with a Hail Mary than you do for hitting blackjack at the casino. The biggest winners can even find their good luck pushing them into higher tax brackets. Gambling losses are deductible, but only if you itemize (which eliminates about 90% of taxpayers), and only up to whatever amount of actual winnings you report. That

osition. (Odds are good that whoever said the only way to win at gambling is to be the house never saw how the IRS rigged the game!) Of course, the IRS won’t be the only tax collector profiting from this cash explosion. State treasuries, which generally start with federal adjusted gross income or taxable income for their own collections, will also share the bounty. State and local governments may impose their taxes directly on gambling activities as well. And they’ll collect even more in

sales and liquor taxes from bettors flocking to sports books and other venues. There’s one more quasi-tax worth considering here. Sports leagues like the NFL and NBA are pushing to collect an “integrity fee” equal to 1% of the total amount bet. (Sports books generally collect a 10% commission on winning bets, so 1% of the amount bet equals about 20% of their gross revenue.) The leagues say this compensates them for their intellectual property rights in statistics used in betting. But critics say the integrity fee is more like just a simple shakedown: “Nice place you got here ... it would be a shame if anything happened to it!” Here’s a proposition we bet you’ll like. Bring us your taxes and challenge us to help you pay less. You literally can’t lose. Call us today and see how much you’re losing — you can’t win if you don’t play! Allan J Rolnick is a CPA who has been in practice for over 30 years in Queens, NY. He welcomes your comments and can be reached at 718-896-8715 or at allanjrcpa@aol.com.

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n May 14, the Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Betting Act that had made Las Vegas the only state where bettors could gamble on college and professional sports. (Sorry, wrestling fans, no betting for you. Spoiler alert — the matches are fixed.) Imagine how much louder your neighborhood sports pub will get when the obnoxious drunk at the end of the bar who won’t stop jabbering about his fantasy team is actually putting his money where his mouth is! Dozens of states are expected to legalize betting within the next few years. Naturally, there will be winners and losers. The American Gaming Association estimated that legal sports betting will generate up to $26.6 billion of economic activity and 152,000 jobs. Walmart and Target will make millions from fans converting their winnings into giant TVs. Even a few old-school backroom bookies will manage to hang on — they can offer credit, so they don’t have to start kneecapping until some poor loser fails to pay. But there’s one group we can count on to win big no matter who else los-


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s we age, our body goes through changes, most notably, weight gain. We may find ourselves eating the same foods and exercising the same amount, yet the pounds start to add up. Why do we all of a sudden start gaining weight as we age and why is so it so hard to get rid of those extra pounds? First of all, check your surroundings. It may not necessarily be your age that’s the culprit. Did something big happen? A new job or change in a relationship can definitely impact your eating habits. These changes can affect the times you eat, what you eat, or who you eat with. It could be that your new job doesn’t give you a lunch break until much later in the day than you are used to, and by the time you get to eat, you are starving and eat more junk food. Or, it could be the person you are used to eating with had better eating habits and influenced you to eat more vegetables, and now you’re missing out on that and filling up on the wrong foods. If nothing really changed in your life, you can probably blame your age for the weight gain. As we age, we tend to sleep less. We suddenly complain of more body aches and pains that tamper with our sleeping schedule. Many also suddenly wake up at 5 a.m. and “claim” they are no

longer tired. We tend to eat more when tired and make poorer health choices. Changes in sleep patterns are associated with weight gain. Studies have shown that lack of sleep is directly linked to weight gain. Furthermore, as we age, we have a higher chance of developing other health conditions. These health conditions may require you take medications which can cause side effects. Some side effects affect your

you can still control your health and avoid inevitable weight gain. • Plan your meals • Incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet • Get the daily recommended amount of fiber • Cut out saturated fat and trans-fat • Limit alcohol consumption • Drink plenty of water • Eat smaller portions • Eat slowly

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appetite and some may cause weight gain. Additionally, some medications or health conditions may affect your mood, thus indirectly affecting your appetite and weight. Some health conditions may also hinder your ability to exercise or require changes in your diet. As challenging as aging may be,

• Be physically active. Try to get in at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise at least three times a week. Try to be as active as you can throughout the day. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk instead of driving, park further away from your destination... We also naturally lose muscle as we age. If you

don’t replace that muscle, the body will just have more fat. More fat in your body doesn’t just mean a fuller waistline. More fat slows down your metabolism, making it harder to lose the weight. Exercising is beneficial in all stages of life but is especially important as you age and can help with the following: • Decreased risk of Type 2 diabetes • Decreased risk of hypertension (or high blood pressure) • Decreased high cholesterol • Improved mental health • Better quality sleep • Stress relief • Increased bone density • Decreased risk of early death Aging can be stressful, but with the right mindset, perspective, and appropriate lifestyle, you can anticipate to age more gracefully.

Cindy Weinberger MS, RD, CDN, is a Master’s level Registered Dietitian and Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist. She graduated CUNY Brooklyn College receiving a Bachelor’s in Science and Master’s degree in Nutrition and Food Sciences. She is currently a dietitian at Boro Park Center and a private nutrition consultant. She can be reached at CindyWeinberger1@gmail.com.


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Preparation: 1. In a large bowl, beat together the pudding mix, creamer, and coffee until very thick- about 2 minutes. 2. In another mixing bowl with whisk attachment, beat cream with sugar and vanilla. Reserve ½ cup for garnish. Stir one -third of the whipped cream into the pudding to lighten it. Fold the remaining cream gently into the pudding. Spoon into dessert glasses and refrigerate until ready to serve. 3. Mousse can be made ahead and stored in one container. 4. Before serving, top each with a small dollop of the reserved whipped cream and decorate as you like. Enjoy!


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Wasabi Crusted Striped Bass By Naomi Nachman

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This week marks the 12th year since I started doing demos for Ossie’s Fish at their counter in Gourmet Glatt of Cedarhurst. Ossie’s Fish asked me to do cooking demos to give potential customers delicious and exciting recipe ideas using fresh fish. This was before social media, magazines and food columns became rampant. I did my live presentations and then would give out my handouts of the recipes. People shopping at the store would watch me and learn techniques; they would also have a tasting of what I just made. This was the first recipe I did as a demo and it has since been passed around the world. This is the first time I am sharing it on any media platform.

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Ingredients Base 4 fillet striped bass or 6- 6oz. slices salmon 2 TBS wasabi powder 1 tsp rice vinegar 1 tsp mirin 1 tsp honey

Crumb Top 1 cup plain panko crumbs 2 TBS black and white sesame seeds 2 TBS dark sesame oil (roasted or toasted) 1 TBS mirin 1 TBS soy sauce

Preparation

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, www.theaussiegourmet.com or at (516) 295-9669.

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Combine wasabi, rice vinegar, and mirin with honey and make a spreadable paste. Set aside. Combine panko, sesame seeds (black and white), sesame oil, mirin and soy sauce mix together. The mixture should be moist, like wet sand. Place fish on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread wasabi mixture over fish and then top with panko mixture. Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes.


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9:45 pM oNeG - Q & a sessioN Dr. and Mrs. Michael Elman 3201 1/2 Fallstaff Road

Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion rabbi moshe hauer 6602 Park Heights Avenue men and women

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9:00 aM shiur congregation shomrei emunah Minyan 8:15 AM Rabbi Binyamin Marwick 6221 Greenspring Avenue

6:00 pM MiNcha 6:25 pM shiur: chiNuch habbaNiM kol torah Rabbi Yosef Berger 2929 Fallstaff Road men and women

9:45 aM D’var torah Mercaz Torah Utefillah Rabbi Yissocher Dov Eichenstein 6500 Baythorne Road (Corner of Willow Glen)

8:45pM sichos Mussar / Maariv Khal Ahavas Yisroel Tzemach Tzedek Rabbi Dovid Heber 6811 Park Heights Avenue

10:15 aM D’var torah Rabbi Pinchas Gross In Ner Tamid (side entrance) 6214 Pimlico Road

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