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

JEWISH THOUGHT The Kindness of the Clouds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

HUMOR & ENTERTAINMENT Centerfold. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Notable Quotes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

EDUCATION Mouth and Body Connection. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Forgotten Heroes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

COVER STORY Unrest in the Holy Land. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

LIFESTYLES Kosherology. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 The Best of the Barbecue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 My Israel Home. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43


Dear Readers, A lot has gone on in the world since our last issue--unfortunately not in a positive sense. We learned of the horrible murder of the three Israeli teenagers, Gil-Ad Shaer, Eyal Yifrah, and Naftali Frankel. No words can adequately describe the magnitude of this tragedy. Hamas terrorists have fired hundreds of rockets at Israel’s civilians over the last few days. Operation Protective Edge is in full force. Thousands of reserves have been called. Quite frankly it’s scary what is going on in Israel. It’s hard to look at the news and not get the chills. We all have family and friends that either live in Israel or are studying in Yeshiva there. As much as it should always hit home, when it is your friends and family who are going into bomb shelters because of rockets being launched, it has a far greater impact. Because this is on all of our minds, we have devoted the cover story to the current unrest in Israel. It is equally important to read Rabbi Silber’s Dvar Torah this week; I believe the message is a very relevant one to internalize during these tumultuous times. All we can do is continue to daven to our Father in Heaven that our brothers and sisters 6000 miles away stay safe and that we should merit to see Mashiach speedily in our times.

Global News. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 National News. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 That’s Odd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29


Israel News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

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Over 600 Come to commemorate the 20th Yartzheit of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, zt’l Over 600 people gathered at Shriver Hall – Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, Maryland, for an uplifting evening on Sunday, commemorating the 20th yartzheit of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, zt’l. A joint effort of all the local shluchim in the Greater Baltimore area, the evening opened with an exclusive VIP reception, where the event sponsors had an opportunity to meet personally with the guest speaker and enjoy a variety of hors d’oeuvres, fine wine and desserts. The speakers included Rabbi Shmuel Kaplan, Regional Director of Chabad of Maryland, Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb Executive Vice President Emeritus of the Orthodox Union who related his personnel story of the Rebbe that changed his life and focused

on the Rebbe’s ‘gadlus’ and unique contribution to Torah knowledge. Mr. Dennis Prager, nationally syndicated radio talk show host, columnist, author, and speaker addressed the Rebbe’s impact in changing the face of traditional Judaism and making it relevant to the times we live in. The speakers were followed by a musical tribute performed by members of the Peabody Conservatory. The music of the nigunnim played was written special for the event by local ‘anash’ member and composer Jared Weissbrot. The evening concluded with the moving film “Marching Orders” produced by JEM. On their way out, everyone received a copy of the beautiful Rebbe magazine produced by the Shluchim Office.

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On Sunday, June 29th, Rosh Chodesh Tammuz, the Bais HaMedrash and Mesivta of Baltimore was pleased to welcome parents, grandparents, and

honored as valedictorian and he delivered an address on behalf of his classmates. Each bochur received his diploma as well as the sefer Meshech Chochmah with a note from the Rosh Yeshiva, Rav Zvi Dov Slanger, inside. The afternoon concluded with divrei bracha from Rabbi Yaakov Herskovitz, a well-known maggid shiur here in Baltimore and a grandparent of a graduate. It was the perfect finishing touch to the joyous day. Rabbi Herskovitz encouraged the bochurim to appreciate the general knowledge they acquired in high school and wished them well as they continue on to their bais medrash years. He

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extended family to the yeshiva’s annual Graduation and Siyum. The milestone event drew participation from parents as far away as Detroit, Chicago, and Atlanta. In all, more than 70 family members joined in the simcha. From the moment the program began there was a sense of accomplishment in the air. With more than 100 bochurim completing Mesechtos

Kesuvos and Sotah, the nachas evident on the faces of the parents and rebbeim and the joy that the bochurim felt spoke volumes of the proficient level of learning that the bochurim have achieved. One bochur from each class was selected to be mesai’yem for his shiur, and 12th grade graduate Yeshai Marks was chosen to recite the Hadran. Following the siyumim, Master of Ceremonies Rabbi Shalom Salfer introduced the guest speaker Rabbi Dovid Heber, Rav of Khal Ahavas Yisroel Tzemach Tzedek. Rabbi Heber applauded the accomplishments of the bochurim and graduates, as well as encouraged them to continue in their upright ways. He explained that the reason that most mesechtos start off seemingly in the middle of a topic or with a difficult sugya is to emphasize the need to learn from a rebbe. The great mesorah of learning that is handed down from the Rosh Yeshiva and rebbeim ensures the proper understanding of the Gemara. The dedicated General Studies Principal, Mr. Yaakov Grossman, then took the podium for the graduation ceremony. Aaron Komarow was


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left them with an impassioned plea to uphold their level of learning day in and day out and to never neglect even a single day of Limud HaTorah Hakedoshah.


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The Associated Annual Meeting Honors Howard Tzvi Friedman Jeff Cohn/

It was about caring for the vulnerable, deepening Jewish life and developing a global peoplehood. That’s what the approximately 330 people who came out to The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore’s Annual Meeting were reminded of as they celebrated the accomplishments of The Associated during the past year. During this year’s Annual Meeting, which also honored Howard Friedman for his successful two-year term as Chairman of the Board of The Associated, the attendees learned that the 2014 Annual Campaign — expected to reach $30 million, according to Campaign Co-Chair Michele Lax – continued to meet the needs of the Jewish community in Baltimore and around the world. Speaking about the past year, Linda A. Hurwitz, Chair of Community Planning and Allocations, recounted several of those accomplishments.

More than 1,300 job seekers of all ages and abilities, half of whom had significant barriers to entry, turned to Jewish Community Services for career services. Approximately 20,000 individuals in the community used the Baltimore Jewish Abilities Alliance (BJAA) website, which provides resources, programs, events and forms for families whose loved ones have disabilities. In addition, CHAI: Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc., celebrated its first anniversary of Northwest Neighbors Connecting, a village community to help seniors remain in their homes, and the Jewish Community Center, along with the Macks Center for Jewish Education, educated Baltimore’s Jewish learners. Beth Goldsmith, Co-chair of The Associated’s Israel and Overseas Committee, announced that The Associated distributed more than $1 million in grants to organizations that help strengthen the bond between

Baltimore and Ashkelon, Baltimore’s partner city. At the same time, The Associated worked locally to advocate

for the Jewish State. In fact, this year, the Baltimore Jewish Council was successful in ensuring that Maryland passed the country’s only language reaffirming

Maryland’s Declaration of Cooperation with Israel, opposing Maryland public institutions’ support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and condemning the American Studies Association (ASA) boycott against only Israeli institutions. When the crisis erupted in the Ukraine, The Associated made Annual Campaign funds available, as well as raised additional funds, to add heightened security measures for Jewish institutions and provide a life line to the vulnerable in Odessa. The evening culminated with the honoring of Friedman, who then passed the gavel on to Mark D. Neumann. Neumann, who spoke about the role of The Associated in taking care of the vulnerable, ensuring Jewish education and advocating for Israel, will serve as Chair of the Board for the next two years.



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Forget about the World Cup-Team Nissan: 21 ....Not Team Nissan: 14 While the world celebrated soccer of the FIFA World Cup this past week, Baltimore hosted its very own Football Game of Champions. Nissan Katz and an elite group of Chai Lifeline volunteers took on Tzvi Haber in a night-football game match up of epic pro-

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N’shei Agudath Israel of Baltimore is proud to invite the community to another milestone event N’shei Agudath Israel of Baltimore is proud to invite the community to another milestone event, the N’shei Café Evening of Stars 2014 honoring Baltimore’s Frum Nurses. We are also honoring the memory of Rebbetzin Chana Weinberg. The tireless efforts of many committees will culminate in this amazing evening. N’shei Agudath Israel of Baltimore is dedicated to providing women in our community with quality programs to strengthen themselves, their homes, and their families. N’shei funds several important initiatives when possible, including Bnos youth activities. Bnos groups provide children throughout Baltimore with quality, wholesome programming on Shabbos afternoons,

as well as at other special events. N’shei schedules halacha and hashkafa shiurim, including our annual Teshuva and Pesach shiurim given by Rabbi Heinemann. N’shei sponsors an annual medical symposium where medical and Rabbinic experts educate our community about important health issues. N’shei officially welcomes women new to the Baltimore community at the annual Newcomers Night. Many more exciting events are being planned for the coming year. Each year, N’shei honors Baltimore women who have contributed to the community in a significant way. This year, N’shei is showing our Hakaras Hatov by honoring Baltimore’s Frum nurses. They are totally dedicat-

ed to helping humanity. We have no words to thank them for all that they are accomplishing. This event and the accompanying journal are a mere token of our real appreciation to these amazing women. This event is also a memorial tribute to Rebbetzin Chana Weinberg. She was the wife and helpmate of the Rosh Yeshiva, Rav Yaakov Weinberg, and was the initiator of many important programs, including Bikur Cholim and CHANA. Nshei considered her an important advisor, speaker and consultant. We really miss her, and it is fitting to dedicate an evening such as this one to her memory. N’shei Agudath Israel is the organization that the women of Baltimore

turn to for Torah-true programming. All our activities are under the auspices of Rabbi Moshe Heinemann, Shlita . Women are assured that events sponsored by N’shei conform to Torah values. N’shei is a forum for women to share their talents for a worthy cause. Please let us know if you would like to join us and help out in any way. Please call me at: (410) 764-6264 or (410) 358-7640, or email: HYPERLINK “” nshei@ Sincerely, Chavi Barenbaum

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Soul Music Concert Benefits Etz Chaim Center By Ruth Hyman

On Sunday, June 29th, over 180 women from across the religious spectrum gathered at the Owings Mills JCC’s Gordon Center for the Performing Arts for a very special concert benefitting Baltimore’s Etz Chaim Center for Jewish Living and Learning. An elegant reception sponsored by Larry and Lara Franks of Accents Grill preceded the performance, featuring an enticing array of chocolate desserts and artfully arranged fruit, topped off with bubbly champagne. Cheers! Performing were the extraordinarily talented Shari Rosen, soprano; Rivki Silver, clarinetist; and Andrea Sokol-Albert, pianist. All three women are masters of their craft, professionals trained at the highest level. Religious observance can present Rivky Silver, Andrea Sokol-Albert and Shari Rosen

obstacles for women who perform publicly—most particularly so for singers. For years soprano Shari Rosen, a returnee to Jewish observance, had dreamed of creating an event for women, by women, where she would be able to let her vocal gifts fly. This was the night! Thanks to a very generous grant from the Gordon Foundation, the hall at the Gordon Center was a most fitting venue for this event, with its light-filled, spacious lobby and generous auditorium. A Steinway Concert Grand Piano graced the stage, waiting. The audience took their seats, and after a few words of welcome from Etz Chaim’s Rabbi Nitzan Bergman, patiently awaited the main event. At once, Andrea Sokol-Albert, Shari Rosen, and Rivki Silver walked from the wings out onto the stage in classic formal gowns, their stage presence a taste of great things to come. A collective intake of breath from the audience and a feeling of excitement rippled through the hall. Then it began. The first piece, Schubert’s “The Shepherd on the Rock” lieder, set the tone for the evening, with each artist’s passion and talent shining

through brilliantly. The three artists performed as one. The program was varied, with something to suit nearly every taste, representing composers across time. After the Schubert piece Ms. Sokol-Albert gave a magnificent rendition of several Gershwin favorites, followed by Ms. Silver’s soulful interpretation of Bach’s Suite No.1. Avinu Malkeinu and My Yiddishe Momme were next, deftly crafted by Ms. Rosen and accompanied by Ms. Sokol-Albert. The program’s grand conclusion, with all three artists, was Rabbi Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev’s beloved “Dudele,” in a wonderful arrangement by Ms. Silver. This rousing finale had the audience clapping along with the rhythm of the piece, heightening the already strong sense of unity. Splendid! It was truly an amazing and delightful evening. Those who attended were so glad they did. Those who were not able to attend missed a marvelous evening. Only one regret—it was over far too soon!

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Sunday, 8th of Tammuz, Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim -Talmudical Academy of Baltimore had its very successful Avos U’Bunim summer learning event. The Beis Medrash was full with the beautiful sounds of Kol torah as fathers and sons (we even had some pre 1A talmidim participate) learned

up a storm. Afterwards the fathers and sons enjoyed an hour and a half of swim time in Talmudical Academy’s own pool. The diving board and slide were in constant use as the boys (and their fathers) appreciated the 225,000 gallon pool!


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YKY/TI Pre-1a Visits Pearlstone Center for a Hands-On 39 Melachos Trip By Sara Gross, A YKY/TI Parent

On June, 17th, after learning the 39 melachos of Shabbos, Morah Tova Baer’s pre-1a class took a fabulous trip to the Pearlstone Center farm to watch and perform some of the melachos. The Torah Institute boys applied their knowledge of the melachos of haKotzer (harvesting), haDosh

(threshing), haBorer (selecting), haTochen (grinding), and many more. With fascination, the boys experienced the actual melachos in their natural state, and enjoyed an exciting visit with the farm animals at the same time. The boys loved being outdoors, and seeing 5 acres of growing vegetables, herbs, orchards, vineyards, and two greenhouses. They were thrilled by the dairy goat herd and free range chicken flock. As one wide-smiled pre-1a boy exclaimed, “This was a great trip! My favorite part was petting the goats!” Seeing the agriculture and actually performing the melachos they learned so much about, was a tremendously enlightening and exciting experience for the boys, imprinting these lessons forever in their minds. The program director of the Pearlstone Center, Morris Panitz, said, “We’re thrilled we had the opportunity to provide hands-on learning on the farm. I must say that I was particularly impressed with the students’ abilities to name the melachos, as we were threshing, winnowing, and grinding the wheat.” The boys made a true Kiddush H-shem with their strong under-

standing of the complicated melachos, which were taught so carefully by their capable teachers. The Pearlstone Center staff was eager to get involved in educating the young boys, and enthusiastically provided them with this valuable opportunity to see their lessons come to life. Yakir Manela, executive director of the Pearlstone Center, said, “We are proud to work with Baltimore Jewish day schools, shuls, and other organizations across the Jewish community in order to provide dynamic, innovative Jewish education. We hope that our

recent successful program with Torah Institute is just the beginning of a fruitful partnership.” Morah Baer’s students came back to school exhilarated, and couldn’t wait to tell their families about their exciting trip. They loved the farm, and each child took home an invaluable practical lesson in the 39 melachos, making their learning come alive, and significantly enriching their education. Delighted by the success of this trip, Torah Institute looks forward to returning for more hands-on educational experiences at the Pearlstone Center.


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Reflections on Attending Culinary School W

hen people learn that I am going to college for my bachelor’s in Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality they almost always ask, “How does that work?” referring to my being an Orthodox, kosher-observing Jew who attends a non-kosher culinary program. Thank G-d, the university I attend, Kennesaw State University, has been both very understanding and accommodating of my religious principles and kosher standards—and the best part is that everyone learns something in the process. I, for one, have found it necessary to brush up on my knowledge of the Torah prohibition of cooking meat and dairy products together and all of its intricacies. To my surprise, many of my instructors and classmates seem to appreciate learning more about the subject of kashruth as well. I am currently taking a class called “Spirits, Beers, & Brews” in which I am learning about the history and production of distilled alcoholic beverages (gin, whiskey, beer, etc.). A portion of this class is dedicated to tasting the beverages we are learning about and trying to recognize and appreciate their unique ingredients and subtle flavors. While I provided the instructor for this class a list of approved kosher liquors and beers, he took it upon himself to do more research and took the time to study the kosher liquor guides made by the Star-

K, CRC, and AKC kosher certifying agencies. Having been given a list of the drinks to be tasted in class prior to the class’s commencement, I am well aware that the instructor also made a special effort to purchase liquors that I could taste (like Slivovitz, Amaretto Disarano, Godiva, Glenmorangie…and the class isn’t over yet) and not feel left out of the tasting experience. My fellow classmates seem to be learning a little about the concept of kashruth as well. I found it very funny one day in class when the instructor mentioned that one of the whiskeys we would be tasting was aged in a sherry cask (which makes the beverage not kosher), and a classmate then pointed out, “So Alex can’t have that one.” In some of my other culinary-based classes, my instructors and I have figured out ways I can participate fully while still being able to strictly adhere to kashruth laws. In my “World Cuisines & Cultures” class, I was able to learn about various world cuisines in class and while my classmates were able to taste the fare of various cuisines in class, I would come home and prepare various international delicacies…or eat out at a restaurant of that respective cuisine (thank G-d for South American and Middle Eastern kosher restaurants in Atlanta). I remember thinking to myself when eating at the first restaurant for my homework, “How awesome

is it that I get to eat out at restaurants for my homework?!” I even got to go to a kosher restaurant on a field trip with my “Plant Based Cuisine” class, where we dined out with a vegan perspective (ordering only vegan friendly dishes) at Fuego Mundo, Atlanta’s coolest kosher restaurant. I was very happy that my instructor for that class made the effort to include me in the dining experience and ensure I was able to participate in the experience fully. I feel very privileged that I am able to see G-d’s involvement in my academic studies (in addition to all other aspects of my life, as well). To be able to study for a degree in something that I am really passionate about and to do so close to home and at a school that is so accommodating to my religious requirements, nonetheless, it truly the amazing work of the hand of G-d. I also found the program, after struggling to pick a major, by randomly searching “Kennesaw State” on Google and finding and joining the brand new, innovative program during its second semester (I’m one of the guinea pigs), so I feel that I am being guided in the right direction, educationally. What really underscores G-d’s involvement is how accommodating the school and my instructors have been, making sure that I feel welcome and comfortable participating in classes as the sole kosher student.


1-2-3 Slow Cooker Apricot Ginger Ribs

Ingredients 3 lbs beef ribs 1 cup apricot preserves ½ cup soy sauce 3 tablespoons brown sugar 2 garlic cloves 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon ground ginger ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon dried chili flakes

2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil ¼ teaspoon black pepper Preparation In a large bowl, combine apricot preserves, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, lemon juice, ginger, salt, chili flakes, sesame oil, and pepper. Place ribs in a crockpot and cook on low for about 4-5 hours, or until ribs are tender.

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

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Preparation In a large serving bowl, whisk together vinegar, lime juice, salt and pepper to taste. Slowly whisk in oil. Toss in mangoes, avocado and red onion to coat. Serve immediately and enjoy!

til combined, then add egg and vanilla and stir them in. Stir in flour, graham cracker crumbs and baking powder. Divide the dough in half. Press half the dough in the bottom and up the sides of the prepared pie pan. Evenly spread the marshmallow cream over the bottom crust. Separate chocolate squares and place on top of the marshmallow cream. Place 1 cup of marshmallows on top. Using the remaining crust, pat sections of dough on top of and around all the marshmallows (they will still show through and that is great!). Sprinkle with ¼ cup chocolate chips, then bake 20 minutes until lightly browned. Remove pan from oven and set it on a wire rack. Cool completely before cutting.

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Preparation Preheat oven to 350°F and spray a 9” pie pan with baking spray. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar together un-

Ingredients 2 Haas avocados, cubed 2 mangos, cubed ½ small red onion, diced 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar


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Your Health Mouth and Body Connection Relationship of Gum Disease with Diabetes and Heart Disease By Dr. Martin Leybovich, D.D.S., M.S.D., Board Certified Periodontist

Periodontal disease or periodontitis, commonly referred to as gum disease, is found in one in every two adults age 30 and older. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 64.7 million Americans are affected by periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can lead to receding gums, bone damage, and loss of teeth. Additionally, it has been linked to other systemic diseases and conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, pre-term birth and adverse pregnancy outcomes, obesity, and prostatitis. Periodontal disease typically does not cause pain until it reaches its advanced stages, at which point much of the damage has been done and tooth support destroyed. Despite its prevalence, periodontal disease is hardly ever discussed, resulting in a lack of urgency for people to properly care for their gums. Therefore, it is the goal of this article to enlighten readers with understanding what gum disease is and how it relates to two of the most common systemic conditions: diabetes and heart disease. Periodontal disease is an inflammatory condition caused by bacterial plaque that forms beneath the gum line. As bacterial plaque accumulates, it causes damage to the (1) gum tissue surrounding the tooth and its (2) underlying bone; these are the two constituents surrounding a tooth that hold the tooth in place. When examining a patient for periodontal disease, a probe is utilized to measure a naturally formed space between the gum and tooth called a probing depth or a pocket depth (Figure 1). In health, a probing depth of one, two, or three millimeters (mm) is normal. If the probing depth reaches a measurement of 4 mm, then it is the beginning of gum disease, but generally still in its reversible state of gingivitis. When the measurement between the gum and the tooth reaches 5 mm or beyond, then an actively occurring irreversible periodontal disease condition has begun. The deeper the probing depth, the more bone loss is found underneath the gum tissue. As the loss of attachment of both gum and bone progresses, the tooth may become loose and reach a point where nothing can be done to save the tooth. Ultimately, periodontal treatment is focused on eliminating deep probing depths so that the bone loss does not progress and the tooth can be maintained.

Over the years, as research in the periodontal field has advanced, a topic termed periodontal medicine has become prevalent. It refers to the association of systemic diseases and conditions that have been documented to have an asso-

Figure 1: Illustration of probing depth in periodontal health (left) and disease (right) ciation with periodontal disease. The conditions with the strongest association with periodontal disease are diabetes and heart disease. Diabetes is a metabolic disease that manifests itself as an elevation of sugar in the blood beyond normal limits. There are many physical systemic consequences in patients with increased blood sugar, one of which is the susceptibility to periodontal disease. In addition to the five cardinal complications in diabetic patients, researchers have termed periodontal disease as its 6th complication. It has also been shown that there is a bidirectional relationship between diabetes and periodontal disease, whereby patients with diabetes are more prone to periodontal destruction and patients with periodontal disease are more prone to diabetes. In addition, diabetic patients that control one’s blood sugar can improve their periodontal disease, and similarly by treating periodontal disease, patients can improve their diabetes. The underlying mechanism is the inflammatory nature of the two diseases. Furthermore, research has revealed that one of the long term markers for diabetes control, one’s

HbA1C can be improved by 0.4%, which often is equated with a second drug for diabetes control. The most common forms of heart disease associated with periodontal disease have been atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseases. These refer to heart diseases where there is a thickening of blood vessel walls due to the build-up of an atheromatous plaque. Atheromatous plaques are caused from by-products of an increased inflammatory response at the blood vessel wall which includes high cholesterol. As the blood vessel wall thickens, the blood vessel elasticity is lost and consequently its pressure increases. The atherosclerotic plaque may thicken over time and remain dormant for years. However, at a certain point, it may rupture and within 5 minutes, it may cause a blockage of a blood vessel. If the blockage occurs in blood vessels of the heart, then one may suffer a heart attack, if it occurs in blood vessels in the brain, one may suffer a stroke. The relationship between heart disease and periodontal disease, as in diabetes, is focused on the chronic inflammatory nature of the two diseases, where periodontal disease has been found to be independently linked to the development or progression of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Furthermore, research has focused on oral bacterial plaque components and their by-products, traveling through the bloodstream and becoming part of an atheromatous plaque that is formed in blood vessels. Recommendations for patients who have been diagnosed with diabetes or atherosclerotic heart disease or those that have risk factors for these diseases: There is a higher tendency of actually having periodontal disease. If you have been told by your dentist that you have gum disease or periodontal disease, you should follow up with the necessary treatment. This may require several appointments. Like diabetes and heart disease, periodontal disease is a chronic condition and requires lifelong maintenance. You must clean your teeth and gums very carefully at home. If left untreated, periodontal disease will lead to tooth loss and may also make your diabetes harder to control or aid in the progression of heart disease. You must understand that severe gum disease may be present and get worse

with no apparent symptoms. Therefore, even if your dentist has told you that you do not have gum disease now, you should still get regular dental checkups as part of managing your diabetes and heart disease. If you do not have diabetes or heart disease, but present with risk factors for diabetes or heart disease, including signs of gum disease, it is important to consult with your medical doctor and inform your dentist with any of the findings. You may have periodontal disease if you notice: Red, bleeding, or swollen gums Pus from your gums Foul taste Longer looking teeth Loose Teeth Increasing spaces between your teeth Tartar build-up The potential repercussions of periodontal disease upon an individual’s oral and physical well-being is a very serious, but often overlooked, health issue. With more Americans suffering from this disease than diabetes and heart disease, my practice in conjunction with the American Academy of Periodontology would like to educate our community on the importance of prevention and early diagnosis of periodontal disease. We recommend establishing good oral hygiene habits including brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily, and discussing gum health with a dental professional. My practice understands that each patient is unique, and a dental professional can make a referral to a periodontist such as myself — a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease — for a comprehensive periodontal evaluation and specialized periodontal treatment plan to help support a life-long commitment to healthy gums. To learn more about the signs and symptoms of periodontal disease please visit my website at www. or email me at mleybovich@mdperioimplantcenter. com. If you have any further questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please feel free to call my office at 410650-4350.


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ISIS Leader Debuts Online

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is the leader of the ISIS, the Sunni extremist group that has declared an Islamic state in territory it controls in Iraq and Syria. He made an unusual “public” debut in a 21-minute video sermon posted online. The sermon was reportedly delivered on Friday at the Great Mosque in the northern city of Mosul in Iraq. The video bore the logo of its media arm, but it was not possible confirm if the person in the video was indeed al-Baghdadi. Until just a few weeks ago, there were almost no pictures of the elusive leader.

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There are very few known photographs of al-Baghdadi, a ruthless Iraqi militant believed to be in his early 40s with a $10 million U.S. bounty on his head. Since taking control of the group in 2010, he has transformed it from a local branch of al Qaeda into an independent transnational military force, positioning himself as perhaps the pre-eminent figure in the global jihadi community. The boldness of his alleged appearance, almost unheard of among the most prominent global jihad figures, suggests the Islamic State’s confidence in their rule of Mosul. “The fact that he has done this without any consequences in Mosul’s biggest mosque is a sign of [the Islamic State group’s] power within the city,” an analyst points out. In the video, the man said to be al-Baghdadi says that “the mujahe-

In News deen have been rewarded victory by G-d after years of jihad, and they were able to achieve their aim and hurried to announce the caliphate and choose the Imam.” “It is a burden to accept this responsibility to be in charge of you,” he adds. “I am not better than you or more virtuous than you. If you see me on the right path, help me. If you see me on the wrong path, advise me and halt me. And obey me as far as I obey G-d,” he urges. Al-Baghdadi is dressed in a black robe and turban on the video, a sign that he claims descent from the Prophet Muhammad. He spoke in classical Arabic with little emotion. Many viewers were most interested in the timepiece that al-Baghdadi chose to wear. Peeking out from his black sleeve was a sleek watch that may even be a Rolex or an Omega Seamaster, according to London’s Daily Telegraph, which costs thousands of dollars. “I do not promise you what the kings and rulers promise their subjects and followers — luxury and security and leisure,” al-Baghdadi says. “But I promise what G-d promises those who believe in him.” The leader is known for his expertise at fundraising, a hint as to how he may have been able to afford his luxury timepiece.

“Perfect Aryan” is Really Jewish

In an ironic, not-so-funny twist, an anti-Semitic Nazi campaign featured a Jewish child as the “The ideal Aryan child” in pre-war Germany. The baby was hand-picked by the head of the Nazi propaganda machine, Joseph Goebbels himself. Hessy Taft, now an 80-year-old professor of chemistry in New York, recently presented Yad Vashem with the cover of a 1935 Nazi magazine on

which she appeared. Taft’s opera singer parents, Pauline and Jacob, moved from Lavtia to Germany in 1928, but by 1935 the Nazis’ anti-Jewish laws meant that they could no longer perform. Her father managed to scrape together enough money for professional photographer Hans Ballin to snap a photo of their cherubic baby. A few months later, the family was shocked to discover that their daughter’s image was on the front cover of a Nazi propaganda magazine called “Sun in the House,” which was edited by Kurt Herrman, a friend of Hermann Goering and a staunch Nazi. Ballin deliberately entered the photograph in a contest for the most beautiful Aryan baby, and when Taft’s mother questioned his actions, he told her: “I know, but I wanted to make the Nazis ridiculous.” Goebbels personally chose the winning photograph.  The family fled Germany to Paris in 1938, and then moved to Cuba before arriving in the United States in 1949.The Nazis never discovered that their perfect baby, whose image they heavily disseminated, was, in fact, Jewish.        

Putin Places Ban on Swearing  

There will be a lot less foul language under Putin as a Russian ban on swearing in films, plays and books came into force this week. The policy was designed to appeal to conservatives, although Vladimir Putin’s critics condemned the policy as a further move against free speech in the nation. Under the legislation that was passed in May, films containing “foul language” will be banned from wide release and books with swear words will have to be sold in sealed packages with obscenity warnings. Theaters will not be allowed to stage produc-

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The high school cafeteria that is world politics got a little bit more heated this week. For the first time, a president of China visited South Korea before North Korea. The dictatorship in the north was angered, and others looking on definitely took notice. The U.S. and Japan both have a watchful eye on China’s increasing influence in

strating its anger at being jilted for its archrival. After their talks, South Korean President Park Geun-hye told reporters that she and Xi agreed on the need to rid North Korea of nuclear weapons and would resolutely oppose any more nuclear tests. North Korea is thought to have a handful of crude nuclear weapons and has conducted three atomic tests since 2006, the most recent last year.

Xi’s decision to meet with Park over North Korean leader Kim Jong Un upends the practice since Beijing and Seoul forged diplomatic ties in 1992 of Chinese presidents choosing to make North Korea their first official destination on the Korean Peninsula. Beijing, entangled in hostile territorial disputes across Asia, may see an opportunity to boost its influence with the rare neighbor that feels generally positive about China. Money has long been the focus

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Chinese President Visits Seoul, Angering North Korea

South Korea. Chinese President Xi Jinping spent two days in Seoul, where he was greeted by cheering schoolchildren and red carpets. North Korea, meanwhile, welcomed the leader of its only major ally and crucial source of fuel and food to the Korean Peninsula with a flurry of recent rocket and missile tests. The launches, as well as a vow by North Korea’s military to conduct more tests, are seen in part as the North demon-


tions containing obscenities according to the law, which imposes fines of up to 50,000 rubles ($1,500) for each infraction. Russian media have reported that software known as the “swear-bot” will be used to police cursing on the Internet. The law is meant to ensure “the protection and development of linguistic culture,” according to a statement on the Kremlin’s website. But critics say it is reminiscent of Soviet-era censorship and will suppress free expression. Putin has struck a conservative tone in his latest presidential term, praising what he calls traditional values and holding up the Russian Orthodox Church as a moral authority. Last month, communications watchdog Roskomnadzor planned to use a search program to root out rude words in online articles and comments attached to them. The 25 million-ruble ($729,500) system will search the 5,000 mass media sites that are already monitored manually. The swearing law follows stricter rules on bloggers and restrictions on non-state media that critics say were part of a campaign to bring independent media under Kremlin control, something the government denies.

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The Week of the relationship between China, the world’s second-largest economy, and South Korea, the fourth-biggest economy in Asia. China is South Korea’s largest trading partner, and Seoul says two-way trade topped $220 billion last year. That’s larger than the combined value of South Korea’s trade with the United States and Japan. Analysts don’t think Xi will abandon North Korea entirely as long as Seoul remains loyal to an alliance with Washington that has shielded the South from North Korean aggression and allowed it to build its impressive economy. China also craves stability and worries that too much pressure on North Korea could cause it to collapse, pushing swarms of refugees over the countries’ shared border. Still, the worries about North Korea have helped draw Seoul and Beijing together. Officials in Seoul now expect China to take strong action over future provocations, especially if North Korea conducts another nuclear test as it moves toward building an arsenal

of nuclear-tipped missiles that could reach the United States.

Amazon Tribe Discovered Just when you thought everyone had Facebook, an indigenous tribe with no prior contact to the outside world has emerged from the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. The group made contact with a group of settled Indians, after being spotted migrating to evade illegal loggers, advocates say. The news comes after sightings of the “uncontacted” Indians in Brazil near the border with Peru. Officials with Survival International had warned last month that the isolated tribes face threats of disease and violence as they move into new territory and possibly encounter other people. “Something serious must have happened,” said José Carlos Meirelles,

In News a former official with the Brazilian Indian Affairs Department FUNAI, in a statement. “It is not normal for such a large group of uncontacted Indians to approach in this way. This is a completely new and worrying situation, and we currently do not know what has caused it.”

Survival International officials said dozens of uncontacted Indians were recently spotted close to the home of the Ashaninka Indians in Brazil’s Acre state along the Envira River. A government investigation in the region uncovered more ephemeral traces of the tribe on the move: footprints, temporary camps and food leftovers.

In N. Korea, Kim Jon Un Spoof is No Laughing Matter

on state media last Wednesday that it will view the release of the movie as an “act of war” if it is actually released. The country vowed that if the movie gets released as planned, then the U.S. will face “stern” and “merciless” retaliation. The movie, “The Interview,” stars two famous actors/comedians and talk-show hosts. Randall Park, a Korean-American actor, is portraying Kim Jong Un in “The Interview.” Trailers have been released for the movie, which is set to hit theaters in the U.S. in October. The North Korean spokesman said that the “reckless U.S. provocative insanity” of mobilizing a “gangster filmmaker” to challenge the North’s leadership is triggering “a gust of hatred and rage” among North Korean people and soldiers. “Apparently, Kim Jong Un plans on watching ‘The Interview,’” one of the actors tweeted last Friday. “I hope he likes it!!” The funnyman later posted on Wednesday, “People don’t usually wanna kill me for one of my movies until after they’ve paid 12 bucks for it.”

Israel Our Nation Mourns Our Three Brothers

Nobody likes being the butt of a joke but someone’s gotta take one for the team… A hilarious, provocative movie is about to be released in America unless the U.S. government heeds North Korea’s warning and blocks the movie’s release. The comedy’s main character is Kim Jong Un and the plot tells a funny and detailed story of an assassination attempt of the dictator. An unidentified spokesman for North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said

The Jewish nation is in deep sorrow as we mourn the heartless killings of the three teenagers who went missing over three weeks ago. The manhunt concluded last Monday when the bodies of Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar, and Eyal Yifrach hy”d were discovered in an empty field just outside of Chevron in the West Bank, close to where they went missing. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement to the wounded nation, “Hamas is responsible, and Hamas will pay.” Israel’s Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon called on the international community “to end all aid to the

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ror victims for “paving the way for us to learn to be better people”. Remarking on Naftali’s late grandfather Ya’akov, with whom Naftali shares his middle name, Avraham recalled how he told his grandson at his own bar mitzvah to be a good person and a good Jew. He honored his son for having lived up to his grandfather’s words. “Mom and me and the rest of the family, we don’t forget not even for a moment, you’re our child, and you always will be, rest in peace my dear son,” concluded the bereaved father. Naftali’s mother, Racheli, then spoke up, condemning the terrorists who murdered her son as being out on a “hunting drive.” “From the first day, we told ourselves that even if it ends badly, G-d has rewarded us,” Naftali’s mother said, noting their strong and caring family, and wonderful community. “Rest in peace my child. We’ll learn to sing without you. Your voice will also be heard in our souls,” she concluded.

Israel Arrests Suspects in Killing of Arab Teen The tragedy of the three murdered teenagers affected every Jew deeply. While many of us chose to cry in private, scream from the rooftops, or pray for peace, unfortunately, some reacted with anger and violence. Israel has arrested six Israelis in the abduction and killing of Mohammed Abu Khudair, a 16 year old Palestinian in East Jerusalem. The six suspects are in custody while the incident remains under investigation. Their names have not been released. This incident marked the beginning of riots and violent protests in Jerusalem and in Israeli Arab towns. At Khudair’s funeral on Friday, Palestinians called for a new uprising against Israel, chanting, “Intifada, Intifada.” Investigators believe Abu Khudair was killed out of “nationalist motives,” a source said. The Palestinians suspect that his death was a vengeance killing. On Wednesday, just two days

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ised land. Earlier, the families conducted separate services and eulogies in their respective hometowns. Eyal’s tearful father, Uri, spoke in Elad, noting that his son “had a special love for all people.” “Your mother said you’d whisper in G-d’s ear, ask Him to give us strength. It will be hard without you, we need strength, ask Him to give us strength. You are holy, you were holy in your life; you gave strength to so many people, now give us strength here at home,” he begged. Gilad’s father, Ofir, spoke in Talmon, movingly relating how “I sit in your room, I look at your bar mitzvah photo album, and refuse to digest it.” “How can your life be concentrated into a few words?” he asked, adding “great strength was required from me and your mother, which we drew on from the nation of Israel.” In Sha’alvim, the hometown of the Frenkel family located near Modi’in, Naftali’s father, Avraham, spoke, praising his son and the other two ter-


Palestinian Authority and its Hamasbacked government.” Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas “cannot continue to claim to want peace with Israel, while at the same time partnering with Hamas as they kidnap and brutally murder teenagers,” he said. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri warned Israel against retaliation. “Netanyahu should know that threats don’t scare Hamas, and if he wages a war on Gaza, the gates of hell will open on him,” he said. The three teens were mourned in a joint funeral on Tuesday with tens of thousands of friends, relatives, and complete strangers in attendance. They were buried side by side in a cemetery in Modi’in. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres both eulogized the teens. “Today has spontaneously become a national day of mourning,” Netanyahu said. The bodies were wrapped in Israeli flags to show that despite terror and heartache, the Jewish people will remain strong and support their prom-

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The Week after the bodies of the three Israeli teenagers were discovered, the Arab teenager’s burnt body was found in a Jerusalem forest. “We will not allow extremists—it doesn’t matter from which side—to inflame the region and cause bloodshed,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a nationally televised statement. “Murder is murder, incitement is incitement, and we will respond aggressively to both.”

accomplishment—albeit an awkward one. Members of Congress joined hands this week to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and present a Congressional Gold Medal in honor of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. A video of the ceremony has been circulating the Internet and is being called the most awkward moment in bipartisanship history.

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Town for Sale…Going Once…Going Twice

National Holding Hands for Civil Rights MLK Jr. never imagined having this broad an impact. Bringing together Republicans and Democrats half a century after his death is quite an

In the video, Republicans John Boehner and Mitch McConnell joined hands and swayed with Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. They put aside their differences for the day, but the looks on their faces certainly

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get a three-bedroom home, a tire shop, three trailer houses and a bar called the Swett Tavern, “the only watering hole within a 10-mile radius,” says the local paper. Lest you are not yet impressed, the town also comes with its own 1990 Volvo semi, which you can use to haul trailers anytime your heart desires. Lance Benson, who wants to focus on its travelling concession business, currently owns the town. ”I hate to get rid of it,” he told the local newspaper. “If I don’t sell it this first year, I would probably keep it.” Benson has owned the town since 1998. Its official population right now is two people – not counting a dog named Daisy. This isn’t the first time a whole town has been put up for sale. Two years ago, Buford, Wyoming, sold for $900,000 at auction. Bids started at $100,000. The Grove, Texas, sold for about $200,000 in 2010. Several towns have also been auctioned off on eBay – including Albert, Texas, and Bridgeville, California.


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Living on the Cheap

These days, everyone’s looking for more bang for their buck. The average U.S. home price is near $300,000, and people pay close to $200 monthly for electricity. Some places, however, boast low costs of living and allow residents there to squeeze out every copper cent from their dollar.

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try’s peach producer is ranked 10th in the country in terms of cost of living. Need a little milk after cruising through a victory lap at the Indy 500? Well, in Indiana, the 7th cheapest state in the nation, milk is 17 cents less than the national average of $2.31 a gallon (did these guys ever see cholov Yisroel?). In Oklahoma, the third cheapest state in the U.S., not only is milk cheaper, but gas is less than $3.25 a gallon. At that price, you’ll even want to add some to your coffee! The state with the lowest cost of living of all is Kentucky, where milk is $2.19 a gallon, homes are less than $250,000 and, of course, fried chicken is the cheapest in the nation. Colonel Sanders would be proud.

shoes, and please leave your guns at home.

The megastore is asking its devoted customers to kindly not bring firearms into its stores, even in places where it is technically allowed by law. In a statement on the retailer’s corporate blog, interim CEO John Mulligan said that Target wants a “safe and inviting” atmosphere for its shoppers and employees. “Bringing firearms to Target creates an environment that is at odds with the family-friendly shopping and work experience we strive to

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create,” he said. In recent weeks, people had been questioning the superstore’s policy on the “open carry” of firearms in its stores and this announcement has come as a response. Apparently, Target provided the correct answer to its customers; the Minneapolis company’s stock added 53 cents to $58.90 in Wednesday morning trading. There go the two things a redneck likes most in this world: Target and firearms.

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says Salt Lake Mayor Ralph Becker. “People prize other parts of their lives, besides just their work.” And that’s all without drinking!

Kenneth D. Smith of the USPS crime investigation unit said, “As with any ongoing OIG investigation, I can’t comment on specifics.”

Mailman Caught Red-Handed Mail carriers have a reputation of being friendly and trustworthy; after all, they often transport important documents and packages. However, a recent video may damage mail carriers’ sterling reputation. A video of an unidentified United States Postal Service employee from Birmingham, Alabama, shows the employee taking packages from a USPS delivery van and tossing them into a deep ravine. When reached for comment by the Alabama Media Group, Special Agent

The USPS worker resigned shortly after the footage went viral on social media. The average mail carrier earns an average of $24.17 an hour as of May 2011. Their reported annual salaries range from $40,470 to $56,720 plus benefits for government employees. Whatever happened to delivering the letter the sooner the better?

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The tenth most “chillingest” city in the U.S. is Sacramento, CA. Only 14% of its health-conscious population smoke and the city boasts the

shortest average workweek in the U.S. The plentiful bike paths offered in the city allow commuters to get to work in no time. The steel city of Pittsburgh is quite malleable when it comes to stressing its residents. Aside from steel, the city offers jobs in financial services and energy. A low crime rate and high employment rate along with a variety of sports teams make the town a great place to settle in. A little closer to home, Buffalo, NY, is the sixth most relaxed area in America. With short work hours and quick commutes, workers there are able to enjoy the many festivals the city holds, not to mention spicy wings. The least stressful city in the country according to the study is Salt Lake City, UT. With low poverty rates and cost of living, the city allows its residents to take advantage of the nearby ski slopes and mountain air. “There is a very healthy balance between work and family life and recreational life,”


came out with a list of the 15 biggest stress indicators in an urban area. The list is based on factors involving the economy, work, family, lifestyle and crime. CNN then crunched some numbers based on the aforementioned criteria and came up with its list of least stressed metropolises.

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The Week America’s Oldest Person Celebrates 116 Years It seems that every few months the crown of “World’s Oldest Person” gets passed along. Well, Gertrude Weaver of Arkansas now wears the crown of “America’s Oldest Person.” The centurion celebrated her 116th birthday on Friday, July 4th. Ms. Weaver spent her special day at home at the Silver Oaks Health and Rehabilitation in Camden. According to Gerontology Research Group, Weaver is officially the oldest living American and the second-oldest person in the world. Robert Young, the research’s group database administrator and senior consultant for Guinness, said that a 1900 Census listed Weaver as 2-years-old at the


time, making her birth year 1898. The world’s oldest person is Misao Okawa of Japan who is also 116. The second oldest living American is Jeralean Talley who was born in 1899 and is 115. “Normally, 116 would be old enough to be the world’s oldest person,” Young said. “There’s kind of heavy competition at the moment.” Weaver has outlived her husband and three out of four of her children. Her only remaining child alive is her 93-year-old son. Vicki Vaughan, the marketing and admissions director at Silver Oaks, said that Weaver enjoyed her party and was “waving and just eating it all up.” “Most people want to know, ‘Well, can she talk?’” Vaughan said. “Her health is starting to decline a little bit this year — I can tell a difference from last year, but she still is up and gets out of the room and comes to all of her meals, comes to activities. She’ll

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That’s Odd A Flag of Conscience

Now, ya’ll are wondering what the big secret is, right? Weaver cited three factors for her longevity: “Trusting in the L-rd, hard work, and loving everybody.” Oops! A thief who stole an American flag off of a Long Island porch did not realize he was taking something of real sentimental value. Melissa Brengel, whose brother, Jonathan Iepi,


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The Snoozer Loser On April 13, a tired Andrew Rector fell asleep during a game between the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. The game was televised across the nation on ESPN and his snooze was caught on tape and commented on by commentators John Kruk and Dan Shulman. Videos of the sleeping spectator hit social media, included in shots labeled “Tired fan naps in the stands.” Around the country, people made fun of the lumbering fan sleeping in the stands.

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But now, the 26-year-old New York Yankees fan wants people to know that it’s not OK to make fun of his slumber. He has filed a defamation lawsuit against the Yankees, MLB, ESPN, Kruk and Shulman. Rector is seeking $10 million in damages after the “unending verbal crusade.” According to the lawsuit, “Announcers like Dan Shulman and John Kruck [sic] unleashed avalanche of disparaging words against the person of and concerning the plaintiff. These words, include but not limited to ‘stupor, fatty, unintelligent, stupid’ knowing and intending the same to be heard and listened to by millions of people all over the world.” Interestingly, although Kruk and Shulman did poke fun of Rector, pointing out that a ballpark is probably not the right place for a nap and saying he was “oblivious,” they hardly hurled an “avalanche of disparaging words”

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Cruising Detroit with his Beloved Corvette— 33 Years Later

1979 model, was stolen off of a Detroit street in 1981. He thought that was the end of their relationship, but last month AAA notified him that his beloved vehicle was up and running and waiting to be picked up at a Hattiesburg, Mississippi, police station. But how was Talley to get it all the way back to his hometown of Detroit after 33 years? Enter GM. The car manufacturer arranged for the estranged vehicle to be sent back to its Detroit headquarters and presented Talley with his long-lost prized possession. GM executive VP Mark Reuss said, “That car belonged home in Detroit, with its rightful owner.”


was only 29 when he was killed in the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11 as part of FDNY Squad 288, was given a flag that flew over the World Trade Center by the September 11th Families Association. Brengel only puts the flag out sporadically to remember her brother. When the pilferer found out about the nature of his loot, he was quick to repent. The flag showed back up on Brengel’s porch with a note: “I am so sorry. I had no idea.” At least some crooks have a conscience.

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at him. Looks like this is just a vicious cycle. Rector is upset because people were laughing at him online, and now...they continue to laugh at him and his frivolous lawsuit online. Seems like this snoozer may just end up being a loser.

Lego Locks

Some people try to get attention by dressing up like celebrities. In Taiwan, however, it seems that those looking to impress the opposite gender attempt to look like Lego characters. Yes, you heard that right. Wu Lei, a 54 year old Taiwanese man, spends two hours a day and two pots of gel getting his hair into a perfectly right-angled flat top. He hopes his “do” will woo a 23 year old who has (for obvious reasons) rebuffed his courtship so far. “My friends call him blockhead,” the woman, who has not been named, said. “I can imagine he may have found someone as he had a good job as a medical laboratory scientist at the National Taiwan University Hospital. But he should act his age,” she added. Mr. Lei, however, cannot understand why his choppy looks are not turning any heads. “I adopted this hairstyle because I wanted to look like a guy in his 20s or 30s to attract the girl who rejected me. Or, in fact, any girl,” he’s reported as saying. Unfortunately, most people aren’t

interested in marrying Lego characters.

Hot Dog! She Said Yes!

It’s Fine not to Pay the Fine…If It’s 61 Years Later

In this year’s most unromantic marriage proposal, champion eater Joey Chestnut sucked down 61 hot dogs and buns just minutes after proposing to Neslie Ricasa. Chestnut, also called “Jaws,” asked Ricasa for her hand in marriage right before this year’s Nathan’s Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Contest.

“I felt like I could eat anything. The proposal went great. She said ‘yes,’ and I’m a happy guy all around,” said the champion eater. Said Ricasa, “I never imagined that I would be proposed to onstage before the Fourth of July hot dog eating contest.” Second place in the contest went to Matt Stonie, who wolfed down 56 dogs and third went to Tim Janus who could only polish off 44 footlongs in the ten minutes. Chestnut failed to best his 2013 world record of 69 hot dogs, but he showed no disappointment. “The dogs cooled down and turned really hard to eat today,” he explained. “It was hard today. They sat out in the cold. They were hard to eat and hard to swallow.” With a wedding coming up, perhaps it’s time to diet.

Sometimes coming clean is the best policy. Ron Webster, 91, of Derbyshire, England, discovered a library book that had been in his possession since 1953. The book, Structure and Function in Primitive Society, was too good for Webster to return to the University of Liverpool library when he left the school 61 years ago. Now, decades later, Mr. Webster discovered that he still had the book—and a £4,510 or $7,651 fine to go with it. Librarian Phil Sykes said, “They called me and said, ‘You’ve got to come down, there’s a gentleman trying to return a book he took out in 1953. He’s 91-years-old!’” Out of the goodness of his heart, Sykes waived the fee. ”Of course, I cannot condone the late return of books but I remitted the fine of £4,510 on the condition that Mr. Webster agreed, henceforth, to live an exemplary life and return all his books on time.” Hmm….Now all I have to do is wait another sixty years to return all those Harry Potter books I still have from the library.

10 Year Old Graduates High School Talk about a brainiac! A ten year old in Sacramento, CA, just graduated high school with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Tanishq Abraham, who was home

schooled, graduated in a private ceremony that was attended by family and friends. The genius also received a congratulatory letter from the White House.

The youth claimed that his scholastic feat was not too difficult. “The way my brain works is that when you give me something, information about that topic comes into my mind,” he said. “I don’t know what it is, but that’s how it is for me.” His mom, Taj, discovered his gifted abilities when he was an infant and enrolled him in Mensa at the age of four. Up next for the prodigy is some college level courses. Tanishq wants to be a scientist one day and hopes to also enter UC Davis Medical School and cure cancer. He would like to be president one day, too. Unfortunately for him, being U.S. president is generally reserved for people of limited intelligence.

A Case of Mistaken Destination Edward Gamson is a cultured American dentist who always dreamed of visiting the castles of Granada, Spain. So while on vacation in England, Gamson booked a first class ticket to the European city. To his surprise, the flight, which should have taken two hours, lasted nine hours and took him 4,500 miles to the tropical paradise of Grenada in the Caribbean. Gamson claims that the British

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Finding Peace in America’s 50 States Kelly Will, 34, had it with her job as a gossip columnist in New York City. She was sick and tired of writing about and following all the sleaze and trash that people are interested in. So she picked herself up, sold all her worldly possessions, and headed off to travel to all 50 U.S. states. Along the trip, which spanned from May 2013 till May 2014, Will made new friends and solidified old relationships.

The Language of the Skies Roger that, 10-4. Air travel is full of some great slang but there are certain terms only used by insiders. Here’s a bit of a primer for the next time you’re sitting next to the flight attendants and just can’t make out what they’re saying. If a crew member notifies the pilot that the plane is out of “Blue Juice,” hold off on the lavatory, it may be out of water. If your flight attendant is a “commuter,” be wary; that means she’s had to fly in from her hometown to get to this job, and she is exhausted. That may still beat being service by a “dinosaur,” or a really senior crew

member. Those pumps crew members wear on their feet as they march through the terminal—those are called “concourse shoes” and used ones are even available on eBay, if they strike your fancy.

Remember, keep those tray tables up and seatbacks in their upright positions! We have reached our destination.

his current employer. “They were like, ‘What’s this?’ But when they actually saw it, they thought it was great and really liked the idea.” Gleason describes the beer and himself on the package as “visually pleasing, smooth, elegant, with a bit of a wild side.” Let’s just say that in his office, happy hour starts a little early.

Verruckt: Highest Water Slide in the World

A Cold One Lands Him a Career

It’s been a tough few months for Brennan Gleason. The 22 year old just graduated from University of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia and had been looking high and low for a starting job in graphic design. So he decided to get some real attention from recruiters by creating Resum-Ale, a four pack of home-brewed brewski with his resume printed on the side. The blonde brew has a 6.9% alcohol content and has been a major hit with employers. Brennan ended up with three job offers and ultimately settled with Techtone, a digital marketing company. “They were definitely kind of thrown off at first,” Gleason said of

Ready to go insane? Verruckt, the highest water slide in the world, is 168 feet tall and launches four riders at a time to speeds of 70 mph. The ride, which means “insane” in German, sends riders back up 50 feet after their first cannonball. The extreme ride is located at Kansas City’s Schlitterbahn Park.  That’s one place that’s not on my summer bucket list. The park’s owner has vowed that his next project will be twice as tall. Guinness Book of World Records has declared the Verruckt beast to be the highest in the world. It is higher than Niagara Falls. Those Guinness guys must’ve had one long measuring tape.

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Dr. Gamson is suing the airline for $34,000 after he was stuck drinking Mai Tais in tropical paradise for three days. At least Grenada the country is not as bad as Camp Grenada.

To get through the trip, Will sold everything from her designer shoes to her artwork. She kept her trusty Honda CR-V and kept to a $175 weekly budget. Every day was a challenge and she had to learn to cope with the feeling of not knowing where her next warm bed would be. “Every morning I woke up to meditate and try to sweep the fear away. The mind game was and still is rough on me. It will always be my greatest challenge. Living in the moment is hard,” she says. After 36,000 miles, 600 new friends and 164 different beds, when her trip was finally over in Hawaii, Will was overcome by a feeling of depression; she had come to find security in living on the road. “It took a few days to calm myself down and soak up the Aloha State,” she recounts.   According to Will, “Travel is the greatest education I have ever given myself. It has taught me that everyone has a great story to tell.  I understand how important people are in my life. I used to be much more of a loner. I am inspired by the human experience: listening, interacting and watching people live their daily lives.” Sometimes, the path to winning is to by quitting.

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Airways booking agent that set him up in Florida is to blame. “I made it absolutely clear that I wanted to go to Granada in Spain. Why on earth would I want to go to Grenada in the Caribbean if I was flying back to America from Lisbon?” Unfortunately, it seems that his agent was not as bright as a dental school graduate and he ended up in a third world country.




In the Kitchen

The Best of the Barbecue Now that July is here and you’re pulling out the grill, here are some easy and yummy recipes to try this summer. After all, the best part about a barbecue is that the cooking is done out of the kitchen!

Three Great Marinades! Perfect for chicken!

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i k a y i Ter inade Mar Ingredients 1 cup soy sauce 1 cup water ¾ cup sugar ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce 3 tablespoons white vinegar 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 3 teaspoons onion powder 2 teaspoons garlic powder 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

Preparation Combine all ingredients and mix until sugar is completely dissolved.

Preparation Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and heat until right before boiling. Let cool before marinating chicken.

Three Sides to Savor!

Note: If using with meat, make sure the Worcestershire sauce is not labeled O-U-Fish.

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c Basi ade in Mar Ingredients 2 cups oil 1 ½ cups soy sauce 1 cup lemon juice ½ cup Worcestershire sauce ½ cup mustard 2 tsp coarsely ground pepper 4 cloves garlic, chopped

Ingredients 1 cup pineapple juice 1/3 cup packed brown sugar 1/3 cup light soy sauce 1-2 minced garlic cloves

Preparation Mix everything together and marinate meat, chicken or pork at least 2 hours prior to grilling. (Overnight is best.) Remove from marinade, discarding the juices, and then grill as per desired doneness.

Ingredients 2 tablespoons of sugar ½ teaspoon black pepper 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar ½ cup of oil 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted ½ cup of almonds, sliced and toasted 4 scallions, white part only, sliced thinly 1 bag of coleslaw mix (16 ounces) 1 package of Ramen noodles, chicken flavored

Preparation In a jar, mix together the sugar, pepper, vinegar, oil and chicken flavor packet from the Ramen noodles. Set aside. In a dry frying pan (no oil), toast the almonds and then the sesame seeds. In a large bowl, combine the coleslaw mix, scallions, toasted almonds and sesame seeds. Crumble the dry (uncooked) Ramen noodles on top of the cabbage. Gently mix everything together. Just before serving toss the salad with the dressing. Serve immediately.

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For the dressing: 3 TBS olive oil 3 TBS apple cider vinegar 1 TBS fresh lemon juice Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste

Preparation In a small bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside. In a large bowl, soak corn for 30 minutes; drain well. Preheat grill to mediumhigh heat. Cook corn until grill marks appear—3-4 minutes per side. Let cool and then cut kernels off of the cobs. In a large bowl, combine corn, tomatoes, avocado, basil, red onion and then salt and pepper to taste. Gently add dressing and toss to coat. Serve immediately.

Recipe by Kelly Senyei of Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose flour, divided 2 teaspoons paprika 1 teaspoon garlic powder 2 teaspoons salt ½ teaspoon pepper 1 ½ cups (12 ounces) pale ale beer 2 large yellow or Vidalia onions Vegetable oil, for frying Spicy ketchup for dipping (optional)

Two Refreshing Drinks!

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Ingredients 4 bags black tea 4 nectarines, sliced 1/3 cup sugar 5-10 basil leaves

Preparation In a large bowl, whisk together 1 ½ cups of flour with the paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Whisk in the beer until the mixture is well combined. Let the batter rest at room temperature for 10 minutes. While the batter rests, cut the tip off of the stem side of the onions, then remove the peel. Slice the onions horizontally into ½-inch-thick rings and toss them with the remaining ½ cup of flour. Add the vegetable oil to a large, heavy-bottomed pot (Dutch oven) to a depth of 2 inches and heat it over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer reaches 375°F. Working in batches, dip the onion rings into the prepared batter, shaking off any excess, then immediately drop them into the hot oil. Be careful not to overcrowd the pot. Allow the onions to cook in the oil, flipping them once to guarantee even browning, for a total of about 3 minutes. Remove the onions with a slotted spoon and transfer them to a paper towel-lined plate. Immediately season them with salt. Repeat the coating and frying process, returning the oil to 375°F between batches, with the remaining onions.

Coooln Lem berry w Stra unch P Preparation Steep the tea in 8 cups boiled water for 5 minutes; then discard the tea bags. While the tea is steeping, bring the nectarine slices (reserve ¼ of the nectarine slices) and sugar to boil with 1 cup of water. Simmer for 10 minutes, then turn off the heat and add the basil leaves to the pot for 5 minutes to flavor the syrup. Discard the leaves and pour the nectarine mixture into the tea. Chill, then serve with ice and remaining nectarine slices.

Ingredients 3 cans (6 oz. each) frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed 10 oz. frozen strawberries in light syrup, thawed and undrained 1 liter ginger ale

Preparation In 4-quart container, stir lemonade concentrate and 9 cans water until well mixed. Pour lemonade into large punch bowl. Stir in strawberries. Just before serving, add ginger ale and ice; gently stir. For a special touch, freeze cleaned, fresh strawberries in an ice cube tray with water. Add the strawberry ice cubes to the punch right before serving.

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Ingredients 5 ears corn, shucked and rinsed 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved 1 avocado, diced ½ cup fresh basil leaves, minced ¼ cup diced red onion Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste


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A Parsha Thought Rabbi Shmuel Silber

ing care that we exhibited towards one another. This is the meaning of the Gemara. In the merit of Aharon’s life work of creating shalom, love, respect and harmony - we, the Jewish people engaged in the type of speech and behavior that created the clouds. We have the ability to create clouds even when we don’t travel together as one camp. We have the ability to create Ananei HaKavod, clouds of glory through our actions. By going out of our way for one another, performing acts of chessed for the other and refining our interpersonal behavior we create magnificent, majestic clouds that can shield our people. The Talmud explains that the clouds served three purposes, to protect us from the elements, to protect us from our enemies and to level mountains and other obstacles which stood in our way. When we blanket ourselves in national shalom, we are shielded from our enemies. When we blanket ourselves in the performance of chessed we need not worry about the elements. When we are united as a people, no mountain stands in our way. Since the death of our three boys there have been repeated calls to continue the achdus (unity) that was forged during the 18 days they were missing. Pledging allegiance to Jewish unity is not enough. As the abovequote Mishna stated, it is not enough to be a “lover of peace” one must also

be a “pursuer of peace.” Simple words are a wonderful start only if they are accompanied by sustained action. Our responsibility during these turbulent times is to bolster the clouds. Each and every day we must do something to contribute to building and sustaining the shalom in Klall Yisroel. We must work harder on our relationships. We must strive to do something meaningful for another at least once a week. We must learn how to interact with dignity and respect to our fellow Jews who may not share our personal beliefs or practices. We must be careful and appropriate regarding how we speak about our gentile neighbors of all races and colors. We must make sure that our Shuls are not only holy places of learning and prayer but also bastions of chessed and kindness. We hope and pray each and every day for lasting peace. We pine for the day when children will no longer be targets for aggression and hatred. We know that day will come; Moshiach will come, redemption will come and we pledge to patiently wait. But we must always we remember - we need each other - because it is only together that we can create the clouds. Let us hope that our words and actions over the coming days and weeks will forge, cement and bolster our magnificent and eternal Ananei HaKavod.

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It has been a trying time for our nation. We carry the pain and profound sadness over the abduction and murder of Naftali Frankel, Eyal Yifrach, and Gilad Sha’ar HY’D, three young men who became the sons of all Klall Yisroel. Three boys, who united a people, inspired us to transcend our differences and learn to unite. We pray for their families and friends as they face the difficult days and years ahead. We watch as the rockets rain down on Sderot, Ashkelon, Tel-Aviv and Yerushalayim and pray for the safety of our brothers and sisters. We see our precious soldiers stand poised and ready to enter Gaza and hope that God grants them special protection and providence in all they do. We are pained over the death of Mohammed Abu Khdeir the innocent, sixteen year old boy murdered by our own. We feel the shame that the very evil we fight against has somehow found its way into our ranks and has resulted in a shameful, despicable act of violence. We are supposed to be an Ohr LaGoyim, a light unto the nations and this act has demonstrated that we have the ability to steep to the same level as those who oppress us. We see these events swirling around us and we wonder what should we do? We find ourselves searching for meaning, looking for answers and seeking an approach during these tumultuous times. Dramatic times like these require a response. What is our individual and communal response? The Talmud (Taanis 9a) relates

the following idea: “Rabbi Yossi the son of Rabbi Yehuda said: The Jewish people had three good leaders; Moshe, Aharon and Miriam. And in the merit of these three leaders, three gifts were given to the Jewish people; the well, the cloud and the manna. The well was in the merit of Miriam, the cloud in the merit of Aharon and the manna in merit of Moshe.” Each gift was uniquely related to the individual personality. Miriam was a matriarchal figure for the Jewish people. She showered them with love, concern and care. Water represents chessed (kindness) and therefore the miraculous well was given to us in her merit. Moshe gave the people spiritual life by bringing down and then teaching the Torah. Just as he gave them spiritual nourishment - in his merit they were physically nourished with heavenly bread. But what is the connection between Aharon and the clouds? Why was it Aharon’s merit that brought about this Divine protection? The great Chassidic master Rav Yisroel of Ruzhin (1796-1850) provides a beautiful insight. In Pirkei Avos (Ethics of our Fathers) the great sage Hillel tells us, “Be of the disciples of Aharon, love peace, pursue peace, love people and bring them closer to Torah.” Aharon’s entire life mission was to create bonds of brotherhood and friendship between man and his fellow. He took it upon himself to settle disputes, help with relationship dynamics and attempt to restore equilibrium to the familial structure. “Aharon was a pursuer of shalom (peace) and made every attempt to amplify the feelings of shalom. It was through his influence that people truly loved one another. From the breath (of the kind and loving words they said to one another) that emanated from their mouths, the clouds of Glory were created.” The clouds weren’t simply given to us - they were a result of the kind words, compassionate actions and lov-


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Riddle! You are a counselor in a camp and the head counselor comes into the bunk and hands you a basket with 11 apples. She tells you to divide them among the 11 campers and to keep one in the basket. How do you divide them in the quickest amount of time? Answer on next page

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A man approaches an ice cream van and says, “I’d like two scoops of chocolate ice cream, please.” The girl behind the counter replies, “I’m very sorry, sir, but our delivery didn’t come this morning. We’re out of chocolate.” “In that case,” the man continues, “I’ll have two scoops of chocolate ice cream.” “You don’t understand, sir,” the girl says. “We have no chocolate.” “Then just give me some chocolate,” he insists. Getting angrier by the second, the girl says, “Sir, will you spell ‘van,’ as in ‘vanilla’?” The man spells, “V-A-N.” “Now spell ‘straw,’ as in ‘strawberry.’” “OK. S-T-R-A-W.” “Now,” the girl asked, “spell ‘stink,’ as in chocolate.” The man hesitates in confusion, then replies, “There is no stink in chocolate.” “That’s exactly what I’ve been trying to tell you!” she screams.

By the Numbers: NATHAN’S HOT DOG EATING CHAMP JOEY CHESTNUT Think Joey is just a hot dog eating champion? Guess again! This monster chomper can eat anything…well, almost anything… and he’ll do it in almost no time! Here’s what Joey has chowed down in the past few years in various speed eating contests.  103 burgers in eight minutes  141 hardboiled eggs in eight minutes  182 chicken wings in 30 minutes  390 shrimp wontons in eight minutes  24 pounds of Poutine (fries, gravy and cheese curds) in 10 minutes  78 matzah balls in eight minutes  69 hot dogs in 10 minutes (a total of 27,600 calories)  12.8 pounds asparagus in 10 minutes (Okay, excuse me while I barf)

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It takes 12 lbs. of milk to make just one gallon of ice cream. (About the same amount of milk in your “freebie” iced coffee.) It takes an average of 50 licks to polish off a single-scoop ice cream cone. (Wow, my tongue is cold right now!)

The ice cream cone’s invention is linked to the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. An ice cream vendor reportedly didn’t have enough dishes to keep up with the demand, so he teamed up with a waffle vendor who rolled his waffles into cones! (May his soul be blessed.) Immigrants at Ellis Island were served vanilla ice cream as part of their Welcome to America meal. (No, they don’t give free ice cream at the Ellis Island museum…which is why I have never been there. Yes, they do serve chocolate at the Hershey Factory museum…which is why I have been there multiple times.) Vanilla is the most popular flavor of ice cream(30%), followed by chocolate (9%). (“The ultimate dichotomy: people are amazing because they eat tons of ice cream. Yet, they are so vanilla.”)

"So How Corny Are You?" Trivia 11 questions to see how corny your brain really is 1. What do you get from a pampered cow? 2. What does a mixed-up hen lay? 3. Why did the banana go to the doctor? 4. What did the nut say when it sneezed? 5. Why couldn’t the teddy bear eat his lunch?

Answers: 1. Spoiled milk; 2. Scrambled eggs; 3. Because it wasn’t peeling well; 4. Cashew; 5. Because he was stuffed; 6. They gave him the cold shoulder; 7. Nacho cheese; 8. Lemon aid; 9. It had a byte; 10. Fry-day; 11. Leeks

6. What happened to the cannibal who was late to dinner? 7. What do you call cheese that’s not yours? 8. What do you give to a sick lemon? 9. What did the computer do at lunchtime? 10. What day do potatoes hate the most? 11. What’s the worst vegetable to serve on a boat

Cornometer 10-12 correct: Wow! You are pop-corn! 5-9 correct: You have a healthy dosage of corn— you’d be the perfect corn muffin! 0-4 correct: You are way too buttoned up—the only thing corny about you is the amount of starch on your stiff shirt!


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The U.S. enjoys an average of 48 pints of ice cream per person, per year— more than any other country. (Now there’s a fact that I can personally verify!)

The biggest ice cream sundae in history was made in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, in 1988, and weighed in at over 24 tons (54,917 pounds, to be precise). (Supposedly the biggest ice cream sundae in Canada this year is Mayor Rob Ford.)


In 1984, President Ronald Reagan declared July National Ice Cream Month, citing the food’s “nutritious and wholesome” qualities. He decreed that patriotic Americans should mark the month with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.” (Take that Michelle…What are you going to do? Make August “Asparagus Month” or something?)


Ice Cream Screams


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warned Israel, “Sons of Zion, this is an oath to the Lord of the Heavens: Prepare all the bags you can for your body parts” and “Sons of Fatah will turn your settlements into balls of fire and increase your horror.”

After a wave of rocket attacks from Gaza, Israel launched Operation Protective Edge


HOLY LAND Operation Protective Edge is Launched to Help Restore Peace By Brendy J. Siev


n the wake of the June 12 kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers, a cycle of violence has erupted in Israel. With the horrifying abduction of Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach hy”d, Hamas, whose operatives committed the murders, began firing rockets from Gaza into Israel. After the boys’ funerals, in a shocking and un-Jewish act of revenge, three Israelis burned a Palestinian teenager to death. This Hamas has used to justify further and more widespread assaults, firing hundreds of rockets into Israel and sparking riots all over the country. In retaliation, the IDF has begun Operation Protective Edge, a long-term offensive against Hamas. The military hopes to destroy the infrastructure of Hamas and is preparing for a possible ground war. The offensive includes targeted bombing of Gaza; more than 1,500 reservists have been called up to active duty.

By early in the week, Hamas launched more than 300 rockets into Israel. The Israelis retaliated with air strikes, targeting terrorist areas and rocket launchers. A tunnel in Rafah, an area in southern Gaza, that Hamas claims was used for “resistance,” a euphemism, of course, for “arms and terrorist smuggling,” blew up, killing seven Hamas, the biggest loss for the terrorist group in months. Two more militants, from what the New York Times calls “a radical Salafi group,” were killed in Israeli overnight airstrikes, as well. With these deaths, Hamas posted on its website that “the Zionist enemy will pay a heavy price.” They further posted a short video, accusing Israel of bringing death and destruction to Gaza and warning residents of Beersheba to run “before it is too late.” By Monday, Hamas vowed to avenge the deaths of their fighters. An official Fatah Facebook status

The President Responds In light of this violence, the U.S. State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki denounced the volley of fire from Gaza, maintaining that Israel has a right to defend its citizens. On Tuesday morning, Haaretz published an OpEd penned by President Barack Obama before June 30 for a Haaretz-sponsored conference. Obama, who has been upsettingly reticent on the murder of the three boys, decried the violence and pressured both parties to reach peace. He opened by stating that “as a father myself, I cannot imagine the pain endured by the parents of Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach, who were tragically kidnapped and murdered in June. I am also heartbroken by the senseless abduction and murder of Mohammed Hussein Abu Khdeir, whose life was stolen from him and his family. At this dangerous moment, all parties must protect the innocent and act with reasonableness and restraint, not vengeance and retribution.” Obama, in line with the State Department’s statements, continued, “From Harry Truman through today, the United States has always been Israel’s greatest friend. As I’ve said time and again, neither I nor the United States will ever waver in our commitment to the security of Israel and the Israeli people, and our support for peace will always remain a bedrock foundation of that commitment.” He further emphasized the United States’ fiscal aid commitment to Israel and support for the country and peace. The Mood in Israel With the kidnapping of Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach hy”d a month ago, tensions, already strong in the region, increased. Israel at the time rightly blamed Hamas, the terrorist group that dominates in the Gaza Strip. The terrorist organization condoned the kidnappings, but denied any involvement. This was a departure from Hamas’ usual egotistical behavior: Hamas usually flaunts their murders and kidnappings. They like to take responsibility for attacks. On the other hand, the kidnapping takes the fighting between militants and armies to the lowest level: attacks on children, a move abhorred, at least initially, even by the Palestinian Authority. While the military conducted an 18-day search for the kidnapped boys and Jews around the world gathered together in tefilah, Israel began to clamp down on the Hamas infrastructure in the West Bank. Israel raided institutions and arrested close to 400 Palestinians affiliated with Hamas. Six were killed in confrontations in the West Bank. Hamas began attacking by sending rockets from Gaza into Israel. While the search was ongoing, Israeli intelligence identified the perpetrators (one, a known Hamas militant, has since been arrested). Sadly,

Aim B’Yisrael: Rachelle Fraenkel Offers Condolences to Abu Khdeir Family Moreover, Rachelle Fraenkel, mother of Naftali Fraenkel, hy”d, denounced the killing and offered condolences to the grieving family. In a public statement, she said, “No mother or father should ever have to go through what we are going through, and we share the pain of Muhammed’s parents. “Even in the abyss of mourning for Gil-ad, Eyal and Naftali, it is difficult for me to describe how distressed we are by the outrage committed in Jerusalem—the shedding of innocent blood in defiance of all morality, of the Torah, of the foundation of the lives of our boys and of all of us in this country. “Only the murderers of our sons, along with those who sent them and those who helped them and incited them to murder—and not innocent people— will be brought to justice: by the army, the police, and the judiciary; not by vigilantes.” Mrs. Fraenkel added that despite “the pain of this terrible act, we take pride in our country’s zeal

Not the Jewish Way Because the murderers are Jewish, the Jewish world and the Israeli press are horrified. Headlines reflect disappointment, shame and shock. President Shimon Peres says that Israel feels that it is in a deep crisis of morality, because we “mustn’t be such a people.” A Clear Difference While the Palestinian Authority was upset about the kidnappings of the three Israeli boys

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Reacting with Dignity and Humanity: The Israeli Government Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sworn that he will bring justice for the Abu Khdeir murder. He called the youth’s father, Hussein Abu Khdeir, on Monday, saying, “I would like to express my outrage and that of the citizens of Israel over the reprehensible murder of your son.” His administration is firm that the suspects will be treated as terrorists. Unlike Hamas, “We acted immediately to apprehend the murderers. We will bring them to trial, and they will be dealt with to the fullest extent of the law. We denounce all brutal behavior; the murder of your son is abhorrent and cannot be countenanced by any human being.” Netanyahu called for calm, saying, “Experience proves that at such times we must act responsibly and with equanimity, not hastily. We will do whatever is necessary to restore quiet and security Peres: “We mustn’t be such people” who kill for revenge to the south.” President Shimon Peres Unjustified Revenge phoned Hussein Abu Khdeir to offer his condolence, By Sunday, six extremists connected with the as well, emphasizing that “there will be no compaskilling of Abu Khdeir were arrested. The killers con- sion for the murderers.” fessed and reenacted the murder for police. Their “I know what you and your family is going identity has been kept secret by the Shin Bet. Heart- through. I am full of shame and share in your grief. breakingly, however, we know one thing for certain: He was murdered by criminals. I am ashamed on they are Jewish. behalf of my nation and grieve with you. The only Media reports have leaked some information, thing left for all of us to do is to ensure that no more though. For one, when kidnapping and killing the children are murdered, and no more tears are shed boy, the extremists dressed as Chareidim. At least are by mothers,” the president said. two are brothers; some have criminal records. One is the son of a rabbi. They come from Beit Shemesh and nearby Adam, prompting an emergency meeting of the local government. They attempted to kidnap another boy the night before. One mother of a suspect told Ynet, “We are broken and are having a very difficult time…. It’s crazy. He’s only 16.” The perpetrators have been sent for psychiatric evaluations. They face charges of belonging to a terrorist organization, murder of a minor, kidnapping with the intent of murder or extortion, conspiracy, purchasing of weapons or ammunition parts, and racially-motivated crimes.

Rodfei Shalom: The Torah Reaction In stark contrast to Palestinian religious leadership, Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi David Lau condemned the murder of 16-year-old Abu Khdeir, saying “This is not the way of the Torah.” The killing was further condemned by the Israeli religious organizations, including the Eida Hachareidis. “With pain and horror,” they wrote in statement, they heard of the “foolish, and very severe act.” “It is clear and simple” that “it is forbidden according to the Torah, for a Jew to spill blood.” The Eida claimed that the murder was even worse because the killers dressed “in Haredi garb.” “There is no room for the continued bloodshed from either side, and we must act to calm the public,” he said. Earlier, Rabbi Shalom Cohen, the Shas spiritual leader, fiercely denounced the murder. He said that the punishment for those with “innocent blood on their hands” was “indescribable.”


and condemned them, Hamas delighted in supporting the kidnapping and murders. In contrast, with Abu Khdeir’s murder, the Jewish community has gone further than condemnation and collaboration: we feel horrified that Jews would murder a child in cold blood. And we are ashamed by what was done.

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after an exhausting 18-day search, the boys’ bodies were found dead. At least one has been arrested. The boys’ funerals were heartbreaking; their parents responded with dignity; the Jewish world mourned together. But then, on the day of the funerals, hundreds of young right-wing Israelis marched through Jerusalem screaming for revenge and yelling, “Death to Arabs.” Only hours later, 16-year-old Muhammed Abu Khdeir, waiting to leave for prayers, was abducted and burned alive. His body was found in the forest outside Jerusalem. Ninety percent of it was covered in burns; his lungs show that he was alive when they set him on fire.

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to investigate, to arrest the criminals and to stop the horror, and we hope that calm will return to the streets of our country.” She, a mother still in the early stages of mourning, emphasized that the legacy of the three slain

out their sacred [act of] vengeance by torturing him were put into a ward that doubles as a bomb shelter and burning him to death, in a crime reminiscent of in anticipation of further rocket attacks. Final exams their holy matzos that became part of their history at the Beersheba campus of Ben Gurion University of betrayal and murder – for the culture of violence were cancelled. Day camps were cancelled. Magen and blood grew among the Jews to such an extent David Adom went into high alert. that it seeped into their sacred rites and prayers…” Hamas has about 10,000 rockets in its arsenal, he wrote. and while they may continue to attack, they do not “The unjust world – from the U.S. and the EU to have, according to Israeli spokesmen, any kind of the president of the Palestinian Authority – greatly “game-changing Doomsday weapon.” Even so, lamented the death of the three settlers, but it does Hamas vowed to start attacking central Israel and not lament the death of the Palestinian boy Abu Kh- Tel Aviv. deir, since he belongs to the group whose blood is The IDF has announced that they would focus not [considered] sacred, according to the interna- their operation on specific figures and targeted hits. tional community’s classification of human, ethnic They will be escalating attacks on Gaza targets, speand political groups, which places Israel high on the cifically against the tunnels on the Gaza-Israel borladder and the Palestinians low,” he charged. der. The country has entered “war footing,” broadteenagers “is one of love, of humanity, of national “The international comunity, and of integrity.” munity’s double standard regarding Israeli and PalA Call for Peace, Even in Pain estinian blood revives the The grandfather of Gil-ad Shaar spoke with the heritage of the Nazi theory. father of the dead East Jerusalem teen on television. The Jews, with their crimiThe grandfather told Abu Khdeir that “if he comes nal behavior, adopt the vito Shuafat to offer his condolences to the Abu Kh- sion of Hitler, which was deir family, will Hussein come back with him to the based on classifying people Shaar family.” Abu Khdeir said, “Why not?” at first. into superior races, like the He then said that Cohen should not come now due Aryan race, versus inferior to the chaos in the area. Cohen told him that if Abu races, like the blacks, Arabs Khdeir comes to Talmon, “not a hair on his head and Jews, [and held that] would be harmed.” the superiority of the white race over all other peoples Hamas Escalates Violence, entitles it to many absolute Riots broke out in the aftermath of the death of the Palestinian boy Uses Abu Khdeir as an Excuse rights, such as the right to Abu Khdeir’s funeral, held on the first day of Ra- rule over other peoples,” madan—always a time of regional tension—drove said Afifa. many to riot. In Qalansawe, protesters pulled over a “Similarly, we see that Israel believes that the casting red alert sirens, interviewing generals, and car driven by a Jew. They pulled him out of the car superiority of the Jewish race endows it with the ab- interrupting regular broadcasting on television and and torched it. solute right to occupy, build settlements, take ven- radio. Others took an electric saw to destroy the light geance and spill blood. That is how they baked their PA President Mahmoud Abbas asked Israel to rail that joins East and West Jerusalem. sacred bread in the past, and that is how they hold stop the Gaza airstrikes. their sacred rites of vengeance in the present, whose victim [this Hamas’ Double Standard time] was the boy Abu Khder,” Alan Dershowitz, civil rights lawyer and HarAfifa wrote. vard professor, writes that “revenge killings, vigilante killings are completely inconsistent with the Overtures Shunned values of the Israeli government. They are not inDespite the overtures of peace consistent, however, with the values of Hamas.” from the Israelis and families of Everyone is shocked by Israeli revenge killings the three kidnapped boys, the Abu because “the world expects much more of Israel Khdeir family has rejected the than they do of Hamas,” an outlook Dershowitz condolences of the Israeli govern- claims “is a form of racism.” ment. And Hamas has escalated He pointed out the lopsided actions. “It’s Israel their rocket fire from Gaza. taking military actions, which are legitimate, and By late Monday, the Israeli se- then Palestinian leaders and Hamas using human curity cabinet gave the go-ahead shields and attacking civilians and killing civilians,” to the military to “toughen the re- he said. “That’s not a cycle of violence. That’s a sponse to Hamas.” They ordered one-way approach to violence.” a call-up of 1,500 reservists and Netanyahu: “We will do whatever is necessary to restore quiet and security to the south.” began Operation Protective Edge, Yachad an initiative that will hopefully As justice minister Tzipi Livni said in a meetAbu Khdeir’s cousin, Tariq, attacked police and disable Hamas. They are preparing for a possible ing with Arab Israeli leaders, “I want to send a meswas therefore beaten. Tariq, an American citizen ground initiative as well. sage for reducing the flames. Stop the incitement who goes to school in Florida, was found with a 220 people were arrested in riots in East Jeru- and the violence – and it does not matter in which slingshot on him. Fellow protesters had knives. salem; 36 police officers were lightly injured in the language.” Inflammatory commentary abounded in Arab riots. Hundreds of rockets have been fired at Israel; Indeed, photos from June 30 showed Israelis media. The editor of Hamas’s paper Al-Risalah, at least 7 were intercepted by the Iron Dome over gathered in mourning, lighting candles and prayWisam Afifa, associated the death of Mohammed Ashdod and five others over Netivot. ing. For 18 days, the Jewish nation prayed as one, Abu-Khder with the blood libel. “The settlers used By late Monday, Hamas’ rocket fire penetrated brought together by tragedy and hope. May the futhe body of 17-year-old Mohammed Hussein Abu deep into Israel, hitting Ashkelon and Ashdod. Pre- ture see us standing together as one, as peace comes TJH Khder, from Shuafat in northern Jerusalem, to carry mature babies in Beersheba Soroka Medical Center for our brothers in the Holy Land. 

“There is no room for the continued bloodshed from either side.”

The largest settlement in Yesha’s (Yehuda and Shomron) Gush Etzion region with over 1,800 families and 9,500 residents, Efrat is divided into seven neighborhoods, each named for one of the seven species of the Land of Israel: Gefen (grape), Te’ena (fig), Rimon (pomegranate), Dekel (date palm), Dagan (grain), Tamar (date) and Zayit (olives). The city is in growth mode: new housing projects being constructed on the northern end of Efrat are attracting many young religious families, and the city is expected to double its size within the next decade. Efrat rises to a height of 3,150 feet above sea level, and shares the same beautiful mountain climate as Jerusalem, offering relatively mild summers and cool

winters. The city’s population is primarily Dati Leumi (religious Zionist) and also has a Chardal (Charedi Leumi – or Yeshivish Zionist) crowd. There are more than twenty Orthodox shuls – mostly Ashkenazic, but Sephardic and Yemenite synagogues also exist – in addition to several post-high school Yeshivas and Kollels,

plus there is an active women’s learning program. Efrat’s English-speaking residents comprise 35% of the population, and are very active in all aspects of the community: they provide leadership within the local schools and are involved in many important chessed projects and in local shul programming – delivering shiurim and running educational, spiritual and social activities. Most residents work in the greater Jerusalem area or have home-based businesses, while some travel to Tel Aviv or farther away via car or the train in Bet Shemesh. Thanks to a highway linking Jerusalem with Gush Etzion, Efrat is a mere fifteen minute drive from Jerusalem. In fact, a number of my clients who desired to live in Jerusalem but either had budgetary constraints or preferred to live in a more suburban environment have found Efrat to be a wonderful option as it provides a warm, urbane community close to the capital. Efrat is accessible via public and private

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estled in the Judean Hills just eight miles south of Jerusalem, Efrat is a picturesque community and a popular destination for English-speaking olim. Efrat boasts excellent schools, an efficient service-oriented local government, a beautiful library with an extensive English book section, many Torah classes for men and women, a mix of retail stores and restaurants, lovely parks, and an active community center offering dozens of programs for adults and children.

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transportation, although living there without a car can be challenging. Efrat in some ways mirrors the Jewish communities located abroad, as families are often drawn together through their connection to their shuls, and their social lives to some extent revolve around their synagogues. What only thirty five years was a mere dream of Rabbi Shlomo Riskin – then a young rabbi at the Upper West Side’s Lincoln Square Synagogue – Efrat has grown and flourished while retaining the intimacy of a small town. Gedaliah Borvick is the founder of My Israel Home, 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 Please visit his blog at

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“Say What?” An 81-year-old woman in the U.K. went skydiving to help raise money for a local hospital. They didn’t raise a lot of money, but they did get a new patient. – Seth Myers

Yesterday Michelle Obama said she wants Americans to elect a woman president “as soon as possible.” So even she has had enough of President Obama. – Conan O’Brien Every time I get an opponent — I mean, every time I get a chance, I’m home. - Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), who is in a hotly contested race for reelection, during a radio interview responding to an allegation that he lives in Washington, D.C. and not Kansas

But all work stopped this afternoon when the game went into overtime. Productivity did suffer. I’m sure that happened in a lot of offices across the country. There are no sporting events that increase productivity. It’s not like you hear, “Wow, this U.S. Open makes me want to crank out these expense reports.” – Jimmy Kimmel

Yo, we might not be going to the movies. I got a knife sticking out of my back. - What Andrew Hardy was overheard saying on the phone, as he walked into McDonalds with a knife sticking out of his back

Yesterday Starbucks introduced their new decaf soda called Fizzio. It’s an Italian word that means “tastes OK, costs too much.” – Conan O’Brien

A guy outside of a McDonald’s tried to break up a fight and he got stabbed in the back….The guy goes back into the McDonald’s with the knife sticking out of his back and he says, “Is there a McDoctor in the house?” – David Letterman

The print is ready for hanging or framing and would make a great addition to your home or office.

A man walked into McDonald’s with a knife in his back. Yeah, with a knife in his back. His heart wasn’t in danger until he ordered the food, said doctors. – Conan O’Brien

I say “Have a blessed day” all of the time. I don’t think there’s any better kind of day you can have than a blessed day. - Polly Neace of Kentucky in a TV interview after she was fired from U.S. Bank for telling customers to have a blessed day

– Description of a picture of the Dachau Concentration camp which was available on Walmart’s website (Walmart has since taken it down and blamed the blunder on a third party vendor) Some of Bob Dylan’s handwritten lyrics from 1965 went up for auction and got $2 million. Paying $2 million for Bob Dylan lyrics is a good way to know that Bob Dylan would have hated you in 1965. – Jimmy Kimmel The reason the Dylan lyrics are so valuable is because if you buy them, you’ll be the only one in the world who knows what Dylan is singing. – Ibid.

So sue me. - President Obama’s response to Speaker of the House Boehner’s threat to sue him for disobeying the Constitution If you really think about the things you need to make yourself happy – housing, security, opportunity for your kids ... it’s not that hard for us to provide those things. The idea that everyone needs to work frantically to meet people’s needs is not true. - Google co-founder Larry Page in a rare interview talking about how the wave of the future will be part-time employment, supplemented by automation

We had two Roosevelts. We had two Adams. - Hillary Clinton to German magazine Der Spiegel, when asked whether America will turn into a monarchy if another Clinton is elected

Trusting in the L-rd, hard work and loving everybody. - Gertrude Weaver cited three factors for her longevity, on July 4th, her 116th birthday

#Warning: Possible nuclear leak in region after 2 rockets hit Dimona nuclear facility. - Tweet on the IDF Twitter handle posted by Arab hackers

- Jimmy Fallon Last week the U.S. was eliminated by Belgium at the World Cup. And next week Belgium will be eliminated by drones. - Seth Myers

At the World Cup, Uruguay’s Luis Suarez bit a player from Italy’s team. It’s the third time he’s done it. The last time he bit a Chinese player and then claimed he was hungry an hour later. – Conan O’Brien

- Charles Krauthammer on Fox News arguing for a border fence Congrats to Joey Chestnut. On Friday, he won the Fourth of July Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest by eating 61 hot dogs in 10 minutes. Another guy said, “But I ate a hundred!” Then the judges said, “You have to wait until we say, ‘Go!’ Governor Christie.” - Jimmy Fallon It’s not crazy, it’s not socialism. It’s not the imperial presidency -- no laws are broken. We’re just building roads and bridges like we’ve been doing for the last, I don’t know, 50, 100 years. But so far, House Republicans have refused to act on this idea. I haven’t heard a good reason why they haven’t acted – it’s not like they’ve been busy with other stuff. No, seriously. I mean, they’re not doing anything. Why don’t they do this? - President Obama discussing a plan to build highways

I don’t know what he does— whether he puts crack in them. - President Obama talking about how good the White House pastry chef’s pies are

More evidence soccer is for girls. Player from Uruguay caught BITING an opponent yesterday. Not punching. Not a cross-body block. BITING! - Ibid. in a tweet Today was the annual Running of the Bulls in Spain. So if you’re sick of all the fake injuries at the World Cup, get ready for some real ones. - Seth Myers

Well you have to be a little bit crazy to run for president, let me just put it like that, because you have to be so totally immersed and so convinced that you can bring something to that office that your vision about what you can do to help Americans…I also know that it’s a very hard job, and it’s a job that, you know, you have to be totally consumed by, and that’s kind of the definition of being a little bit crazy, I think. – Hillary Clinton on PBS

The only solution is a democratic, Jewish state living side-by-side in peace and security with a viable, independent Palestinian state. - President Obama in an Op-Ed in Israel’s Haaretz newspaper

I want to send a question to Obama: Did you prepare enough diapers for your soldiers or not? – A terrorist in a propaganda film for ISIS

Hillary Clinton’s new book, Hard Choices, has dipped in sales nearly 50% after its first week. Many believe it’s because the title doesn’t exactly jump off of the page. So we thought of some new titles…There’s What to Expect When You're Expecting To Be President. – Jimmy Fallon

According to a new poll, one third of voters think Barack Obama is the worst president since World War II. While two-thirds of Republicans think he started World War II. – Seth Myers I am so sorry, I had no idea. – The note attached to an American flag which was returned after the owners made a public plea to the thief to return the flag draped the coffin of their firefighter relative who was killed on 9/11

You’re basically going to have to trust me. - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford when asked by a radio host to guarantee that he will stay sober if reelected

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House Speaker John Boehner is threatening to sue President Obama for using executive actions to create laws, instead of going through Congress first. Then Obama shrugged and made a new law that you can’t sue the president.

If fences don’t work, why is there one around the White House?

If more “Americans” are watching soccer today, it’s only because of the demographic switch affected by Teddy Kennedy’s 1965 immigration law. I promise you: No American whose great-grandfather was born here is watching soccer. One can only hope that, in addition to learning English, these new Americans will drop their soccer fetish with time. - Ann Coulter


Once the World Cup is over, soccer in the U.S. will return to its sick bed and dream of glory. - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, in TIME magazine, arguing that Americans will never truly be soccer fans

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Three Jewish Generals Who Served with Distinction in WWII


igh ranking officers in the Ameri- this author’s great uncle, Dr. Emmitt can military during World War II Heiligman, who served in the Pacific were constantly being promoted on a warship), and 26,000 were awardto the coveted rank of general or ad- ed medals including three Congressional Medal of Honor miral (know as flag ranks). Over a half a recipients. However, million Jewish seronly a small handful vice members joined reached flag rank but the approximately 16 these served with dismillion man Amertinction. ican military during Unlike the Civil the war. Out of the War, where many of the generals were pol400,000 Americans dead, 11,000 were iticians or bought their Jewish and another way into command, WWII generals had 27,000 were wounded been in the military or injured. The numfor a long time. Many bers are staggering. Jews only served when For example, 60 perthere was a draft and cent of all Jewish docleft the service after tors in the U.S. were Major General Julius Ochs Adler the war ended. Still, in uniform (including & Be w s r itt W ork t qu Low Cost Quality Insurance en e m a qu will an lity Our Specialty s o MHIC 82438 te bea hip s t      Free Consultation         Free Policy Evaluation by   10 % w

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if an officer served with partment became acutely distinction during WWI, aware that they may need he could be placed in the commanders for the onreserves and be called up going war in which the when WWII broke out. U.S. would probably That’s what happened participate and reservists to Major General Julius were recalled for active Ochs Adler of Chattaduty. Adler was called nooga, Tennessee. up and in July 1941 beA graduate of Princecame a brigadier general ton and employed by the (one star). Serving as the New York Times, Adler assistant commander of was commissioned as the 6th Infantry Division, they were part of Genera cavalry officer in the al Douglas MacArthur’s army in 1917. He quickly Major General Maurice Rose, WWII’s Greatest push to capture New rose in the ranks and by Forgotten Commander Guinea. However, Adler the time the U.S. entered fell ill in November 1944 the war in France, he was a captain. In command of a company and was relieved of duty. General Eisenof the 77th Infantry Division, he served hower brought him and several newspawith distinction and was awarded the per administrators to the concentration Distinguished Service Cross. His cita- camps. Adler wrote about his experition reads as follows: “Accompanied by ences in the New York Times. After the another officer, Major Adler was supervising the work of clearing the enemy from St. Juvin where they suddenly came upon a party of the enemy numbering 150. Firing on the enemy with his pistol, Major Adler ran toward the party, calling on them to surrender. His bravery and good marksmanship resulted in the capture of 50 Germans, and the remainder fled.” By the war’s end in late 1918, he was a captain. During the interwar years, Adler was with the New York General Adler visited the concentration camps Times and was their vice presiand wrote about his experiences in the New York Times dent, treasurer and in 1935 became the general manager. He was still war, he was promoted to Major General in the reserves and continued to receive (two stars) and was given command of promotions. It late 1940s, the War De- the 77th Division which was placed in reserve. General Adler is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Not every general was given command of frontline soldiers. General Harry Feldman started as a private in 1907 and during WWI was commissioned as a second lieutenant. After being deployed to Germany and the Philippines, he returned to the States to join the quartermasters. Their job is supply and the take care of the General Rose was the highest ranking general logistics behind all the important killed by the enemy during WWII. tasks. He served in several capacHe was buried in the Netherlands

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towards the heart of Germany. The divi- hit him in the head, killing the general. sion had the distinction of being the first The German never knew that he killed a general and his body was recovered over the Siegfried Line. After the breakout into Germany in later. General Rose was buried in the Netherlands. He was the spring of 1945, only highest ranking generfanatical Germans and al killed by the enemy the SS still fought the during the war. (Lieuinvading Allies while tenant General Lesley the rest threw down their McNair was killed by arms. However, these faAmerican bombs that natics were more dangerous than ever and lead fell short of their target.) elements never knew There were severwhat type of enemy they al other Jewish generwould encounter. On als who were generals March 30, General Rose during WWII (many solwas in a lead column near diers who served in the Paderborn when they enranks became generals countered enemy fire. after the war) and these The lead tank was hit and are three fine examples soon they realized that of men who served with the Germans were surdistinction. In the case General Rose (center) rounding their positions. of General Rose, he was galvanized his troops The Americans mounted beloved by the men who their jeeps and remaining vehicles and served under him but very few at home tried to escape the entrapment. The first knew about his heroics or demise. He jeep made it to safety and now it was was later called “WWII’s Greatest ForGeneral Rose and his jeep’s turn to es- gotten Commander.” cape. A German Tiger tank cut off their route and pinned the jeep to a tree. The Avi Heiligman is a weekly contributor to hatch opened and a German soldier with The Jewish Home. He welcomes your coma machine pistol stepped down. Gener- ments and suggestions.for future columns al Rose reached for his sidearm and the and can be reached at aviheiligman@ German opened fire. At least one bullet

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ities within the department in Europe and North Africa and was on the staff of Admiral Chester Nimitz, commander-in-chief in the Pacific. Feldman was awarded two Legion of Merit medals for his service during the war. In 1949, President Truman appointed him as Quartermaster General before retiring in 1951. He is also buried in Arlington National Cemetery. There were several others who served as generals during WWII but perhaps the most well-known but tragic story is that of Major General Maurice Rose. The Rose family moved to Colorado when Maurice was young, and in 1915, at the age of 15, he tried to join the state’s National Guard hoping to be a part of the expedition into Mexico. His parents (his father was a rav) found out and brought him home. In 1917, Rose was of age to join the military and was commissioned as an officer.

He was sent to France as part of the 89th Division and was wounded. Serving with distinction, he earned the praise of his commanders. After WWI, Rose briefly left the army to become a travelling salesman but rejoined the military a year later. The problem was that he was stuck at the rank of captain and when asked about it later, he said it was because he was Jewish. He was finally promoted and during WWII served on the staffs of three armored divisions. General Rose became the highest ranking Jewish officer of the war and was beloved by his men for his attitude. As the commander of the 3rd Armored Division, he was known as the spearhead because he was always at the front. Most generals stayed way behind the lines as it was tough to command 30,000 men (that’s the average number of soldiers in an American division during WWII) from the front. However, General Rose always was there and the morale in his division was higher than in other divisions because he was sharing the hardships with his men. The division was nicknamed Spearhead because of his tenacity. They even broke the record of advancing 100 miles in a single day as they made the final push

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