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JEWISH THOUGHT Rabbi Zvi Teichman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Rabbi Motty Rabinowitz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Kiruv Konnection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

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Dear Readers, When contemplating the significance of events on and around July 4, 1776, one can’t help but acknowledge that as religious Jews we have a unique appreciation of the freedoms and rights granted by this great country. For example: This year marks the 90th anniversary of the arrest, imprisonment, and ultimate freedom of the previous Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneerson, at the hands of the infamous GPU, the Soviet secret police. His “crimes” were his continuous support of yiddishkeit in the USSR by sending melamdim to teach children Torah in places where no teachers lived, building mikva’os, and other “counter-revolutionary” activities. (Unfortunately, the efforts against him were led by the Yevsektsiya, the Jewish arm of the Communist party.) In his subsequent visit to the United States two years later – during which he met President Herbert Hoover, who as a candidate had been involved with putting pressure on the Russian Government to release him – he made a point to visit Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Here are some excerpts of his personal diary describing the visit: At 2:30 p.m., we went to the Hall where a large crowd waited. A few hundred other cars followed us. All the streets were closed and we traveled with a police honor guard (not like in the past, the one that brought me to Spalerna [prison in the USSR]). The most significant area in the building consists of two rooms, one of which contains President Washington’s chair, in which he sat 150 years ago... The other room contains the historic bell upon which is engraved “Freedom for all Men.” This bell was rung in order to inform the country of the news of liberty. It is considered a great honor to be allowed to enter the room and to inscribe one’s name in a book, as well as to lay a wreath of flowers near the bell. People who have been victorious [in their battle for liberty] are so honored. This honor was awarded a few years ago to General Fas of France when he visited America. An additional honor given to kings and heads of state is to be allowed to sit on President Washington’s chair, in which he sat 150 years ago... The chair is placed high up and one must ascend a few steps to reach it. The entire area is cordoned off by ropes and nobody is allowed to go up to the chair. When we entered the room where the chair is, the mayor’s representative delivered an address in English, the gist of which described how happy they are for the

privilege of having such a guest who has fought and continues to fight for religion, which is one of the principles of the American Republic. In the name of the city of Philadelphia and in the name of all officials of the city, Mother of Liberty, he blessed the great guest and asked for a blessing for the American Republic. This took 15 minutes. I responded in Yiddish, “I think it is obvious to everyone what a fine impression such a warm and humanitarian reception would have on someone who was imprisoned for his religious and moral endeavors. It is difficult to find the appropriate words of appreciation. I will just say a few words of heartfelt thanks to G-d and bless the American Republic. “Blessed is G-d Above, Maker of heaven and earth, Who grants man wisdom. “For the good relationship the American Republic has with all nations, for the good care the American Republic bestows upon the Jewish people, the eternal nation, I bless the American Republic with great success, with all its esteemed leaders, mayors of all its cities, led by President Hoover, the great implementer of principles of religion, spirit, and humanitarianism everywhere.” Then they brought me to the place where the chair is and honored me by allowing me to sit in it. All the invited guests stood nearby and I said, “The great G-d who created man and endowed him with understanding to bring the true light to humanity; He, blessed is He, shall give blessing and success to all who fight for justice, truth, and faith.” From there we went to the room where the bell is. The mayor’s representative and Mr. Feigen picked up the wreath of flowers which I was supposed to place near the bell. When we arrived there, they handed me the wreath of flowers. I took the wreath and the crowd was most somber. Before placing it I said, “Liberty based on faith is the most proper and the strongest.” There were other revolutions both before and after the American Revolution. One of the big differences is that the inspiration and foundation of its cause was rooted in an all-knowing and just Creator who has bestowed equal rights to all men and from whom the social fabric of moral conduct is derived. May G-d continue to bless this great country, granting her success until the time when there will be no more wars and all nations shall live as one. Wishing you a wonderful Shabbos, Shalom

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Chasidisshe Bucherim from Yeshiva D’Monsey Perform Extremely Well on Baltimore Faher By: Isaac Draiman Cohn


ochurim of Yeshiva D’Monsey, visited Baltimore on July 5th for a Farher (bechina) by Rabbi Hershel Rosenfeld, Rov of Kahal Chassidim of Baltimore and Rosh Kollel of the Kollel LeHora’ah. The Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva D’Monsey, Rav Moshe Green, age 90, is one of the great Talmidei Chachomim of our generation, and one of the great Mechanchim of the Chassidishe community in Monsey. The Shiur of fifteen year old Bochurim came with their Ra’M, Rav

Shimon Gertner, who is also the father of Rabbi Shulem Yoel Gertner - one of the Yungeleit of the Kollel LeHora’ah. Rav Gertner, a great Talmid Chochom in his own right, learned Choshen Mishpat in Kollel Mechon L’Horaha in Monsey by Rav Yechiel Tauber

twenty five years ago, together with HaRav Rosenfeld. Rav Rosenfeld administered the Farher on ‫ שנים‬:‫ פרקים‬- ‫בבא מציעא‬ ‫ המפקיד‬,‫ אלו מציאות‬, ‫ אוחזין‬and , which the bochurim learned this year. He commented that he found them to

know the material extremely well, ‫ישר‬ ‫והפוך גמרא רש״י ותוספות בעיון‬‎. The Monsey-Baltimore connection is and has been strong and is constantly growing. We hope to see nachas from these bochurim and from our local institutions. Mazal Tov.

The Dinner of a Century - Honorees Announced!

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re you ready for the dinner of a century? It’s not every day that a Yeshiva turns 100 years old. Just a handful of yeshivos around the world can take pride in continuously providing Torah true chinuch to generations of students non-stop for 100 years. In 1917, Rav Avraham Nachman Schwartz founded TA with 6 students. At the time, no one could have imagined what TA would be 100 years later. That small fledgling day school in Baltimore not only survived, but thrived over the last century to a point where it is now being mechanech over 1,000 students a year, and is once again building with a major campus expansion. TA has been home to some of the greatest Torah and lay leaders of our time both as faculty and as students. So many in our community have been touched by TA’s unique brand of chinuch and warmth, and many have had the merit of benefiting from TA for two, three or even four generations. In celebration of all that has been accomplished by this monumental bastion of Torah, Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim Talmudical Academy of Baltimore is holding its centennial dinner celebra-

tion. The Centennial Tribute, in memory of Mr. Yerachmiel Baruch Friedman z”l will be accepted by his family, Mrs. Judy (Friedman) Pressman, Mr. and Mrs. Alan Friedman, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Tzvi Friedman, Mr. and Mrs. Levi Friedman, Rabbi and Mrs. Yisroel Fuchs, and Mr. and Mrs. Jules Friedman. The Yeshiva will recognize Mr. Emanuel J. Friedman & Family and Mr. and Mrs. Norton Foxman with the Master Builders Tribute. A special ceremony will pay tribute to the chairmen of our board who not only played a pivotal role in our Yeshiva’s history but our community’s as well. This Lifetime Leadership Award will celebrate the dedication of Dean & Mrs. Larry Katz, Rabbi and Mrs. Shmuel Rochkind, Mr and Mrs. Allan Gibber, Dr. and Mrs. Michael Elman, Mr. and Mrs. Chaim Wealcatch, Dr. and Mrs. Joel Pleeter and Mr. and Mrs. Ari Krupp. Several committees have been organized to assist in this monumental campaign. The Centennial Dinner Chairs are Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Wolasky and Mr. and Mrs. Yehuda Neuberger.

The Grandparent Dinner Chairs are the Honorable Senator and Mrs. Joseph Lieberman. Honorary Revered Alumni - Moreinu Talmidei Hayeshiva are Harav Aharon Feldman, shlit”a, class of 1947, Harav Shlomo Miller, shlit”a, class of 1956 and Harav Yisroel Neuman, shlit”a, class of 1963. Honorary Grandparent Chairs are Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Hoenlein and Mr. and Mrs. Barry Ray, and Mr. Joel Fleishman is the Honorary Alumni Chair. The Dinner Committee Chairs are Mr. and Mrs. Aryeh Gross, the Parent Committee Chairs, Mr. and Mrs. Yanky Katz, and Alumni Committee Chairs are Mr. and Mrs. Eli Schlossberg. The Legacy Committee Chairs

will be Mr. and Mrs. Gobbie Cohn. The dinner will be Sunday Evening, September 10th, at the beautiful Martin’s West starting at 5:30 PM. This will be an evening you do not want to miss, featuring an amazing, inspirational, and entertaining program. In conjunction with the dinner, a beautiful, commemorative, full-color coffee table book documenting 100 years of TA’s glorious history will be presented. Please add the date to your calendar and make sure to reserve your ad and dinner reservations early, as space will be limited. For dinner reservations and/or to place an ad in the journal, please call: (410) 484-6600 x304 , or email Reservations can also be made online at There are also a few sponsorship opportunities still available as a tribute to a loved one or as a great corporate advertising opportunity. For more information please contact Rabbi Yehuda Lefkovitz by calling (410) 4846600 x 304.

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he leaders of Alvin S. Mintzes Hatzalah of Baltimore extend their deep gratitude to Councilman Isaac Yitzy Schleifer for his leadership in working with Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh to secure a new, badly-needed ambulance for the community. “We want the community to know that Yitzy’s efforts are enabling us to expand our life-saving work on a daily basis,” said Elimelech Goldstein. “He did this behind the scenes, without publicity or trying to get the credit. In his usual unassuming way, he single-handedly led the effort to provide greater, urgent life-saving services to get patients to the hospital and provide medical care en route.” Schleifer recognized the opportunity to secure funds for Hatzalah, which saves countless lives and the city millions of dollars in emergency response and transporting costs. Rabbi Shmuel Silber of Suburban Orthodox Congregation noted that “Hatzalah is one of the most critical organizations in our community. We know that ‘one who saves one life, it is as if he has saved the entire world .’ Everyone who plays a role in helping Hatzalah has earned that special praise. Yitzy’s efforts will save many lives.” Hatzalah Executive Director Dovid Heyman explained that within minutes of a call, Hatzalah volunteers​ are on the scene providing emergency care.​T​hree​​volunteer​ units respond to every call, ​two​in their own cars e​ quipped​with medical equipment, and a ​third volunteer driving a​ Hatzalah ambulance​. ​​Hatzalah calls often overlap,​so multiple Hatzalah ambulances can be out on different calls at the same time. “Hatzalah volunteers and community

leaders typically need to invest an enormous amount of time raising funds and appealing to donors, but thanks to Councilman Yitzy Schleifer, we have received a fully funded ambulance without pulling funds from other vital Hatzalah needs.” The Alvin S. Mintzes Hatzalah of Baltimore serves the community around the clock, 365 days a year with eight paramedics and 22 EMTs and 18 dispatchers. ​Hatzalah is extremely grateful to its supporters and donors, and to the volunteers and their families who have Shabbos meals, jobs, and ​daily minyanim interrupted to help​those in need. ​H​atzalah ​ joins the greater Baltimore community in expressing tremendous hakaras hatov (gratitude) to Councilman Schleifer and Mayor Pugh for the new ambulance. Added Howard “Tzvi” Friedman, “It is imperative to have elected officials who are not only familiar with the community’s needs but who understand the government resources that can be tapped to save the lives of local residents. We are fortunate to have a great organization like Hatzalah, and we are fortunate to have Councilman Schleifer representing our community as he works for the greater good of Baltimore.”



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Kavod HaTorah From Baltimore’s 25th Community Siyum HaTorah By: Isaac Draiman


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he hall at Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion was full on Wednesday July 5 / 11 Tamuz as members throughout the community, including the Rosh Yeshiva, Harav Aharon Feldman, shlita, and many local rabonim, joined together to celebrate a Siyum on all of Tanach, Shisha Sidrei Mishna and Shas Bavli! Mr. Seth Gerstman, the organizer and MC welcomed the crowd and praised the Siyum’s previous organizers, Rabbi Joseph Shechter, Z’L, for his famous ability to “sell real estate” in olam haba’ah and sign people up for learning, and Mr. Chonon Shugarman, Z’L, for working behind the scenes on arranging the programming and the event itself. Reb Chaim Glazer, formally made the Siyum and recited the sweet words of Hadran. After the singing and ma-

zel tovs, Rav Yonason Seidemann, Rav Kehilas B’nai Torah, restarted the cycle of learning with Brachos. The Rosh Yeshiva, Harav Aharon Feldman, shlita, then addressed the gathering stating the importance of limud HaTorah and how the only real substance in this world is Torah and Mitzvos. The Rosh Yeshiva also reiterated the significance of maintaining and promoting shalom in a community and how it has a special shemira, safeguarding effect. Following the Rosh Yeshiva’s inspiring words, Harav Moshe Heinemann, Shlita, Rav of Agudath Israel of Baltimore, thanked and praised all those who participated in the learning, as well as their spous-

es, for encouraging and fostering a beautiful display of achdus in limud HaTorah. Rav Heinemann pointed out how that the Siyum’s beautiful décor is a very befitting Kavod HaTorah and that when it comes to Kavod HaTorah there is no limit. The guest speaker, Rav Pinchos Gross of Kehillas Derech Chaim, delivered an inspirational message. Rav Gross highlighted the chashivas of Baltimore because of its dedication to limud HaTorah and the heart-warming

achdus that permeates throughout this community. The beautiful niggunim and live music by Aryeh Berkowitz and the delicious seudah - served by Menachem Gerstman, Yosef Gerstman, Reuvain Kleiner, Mordechai Nelkin, Refoel Prizer, and Shmuly Samet - added to the ruach of this festive event. Before the evening concluded, many sign-up cards were already filled out; the next cycle of learning had already begun.

Red Goji (Umami Bistro) Closes its Doors By: Staff Reporter Cohn


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fter being a fixture in the Kosher Pikesville scene for 8 years, Red Goji (for-

merly Umami Bistro) closed their doors this past Monday night, July 17th - forever this time. According to John, the owner, the business volume just wasn’t what was needed to keep the store afloat.



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Shalom Tikvah Jennifer Grossman and Nicole Glick, PsyD have teamed up to create an innovative approach to helping struggling families in the Jewish Community. Jen, who has a strong education and nonprofit background, and Nicole, who is a licensed psychologist with expertise in children and families, were both seeking a career change. Their only goal as they planned their next chapter was to do something to help the most underserved in such a way that created real, lasting, and impactful change. The two traveled to Israel together where, along with their families, they spent time with foster families supported through Orr Shalom, a non-profit organization established to rescue Israel’s children who have been removed from their homes following severe abuse, neglect and tragedy. It was here that the idea for Shalom Tikvah was born. The pair was inspired by Orr Shalom’s commitment to healing traumatized children through multidisciplinary services while simultaneously working with both foster and biological families to nourish healthy relationships. The way Orr Shalom brings aspirations into the lives of

children was something that Jen and Nicole knew they needed to bring back to Baltimore. They returned with a mission to create beautiful aspirations for children and families who have lost hope. Through an intensive diligence process that included meeting with many rabbis, school administrators and guidance counselors, physicians, therapists, other nonprofits, and community members, the plans for Shalom Tikvah began to really take shape this past winter. Today, after months of hard work, Shalom Tikvah is an established 501(c) (3) non-profit organization with a mission to provide culturally sensitive, innovative, and multidisciplinary services to children of families facing challenging life circumstances, who are at risk for out-of-home placement or have already been placed in foster care. Once its doors are open, Shalom Tikvah will run three divisions to comprehensively meet the needs of these children and families. The Family Strengthening Division will provide in home therapy to struggling families through the provision of consistent wrap-around services, which

will be managed and closely monitored by Shalom Tikvah staff. Individual, family, and marital therapy can be offered directly through Shalom Tikvah’s service provider, while solutions to other needs the family has are met through intentional partnerships with community resources and a robust team of volunteers. In The START (Shalom Tikvah’s Aspirations Rising Together) after school program, children who are suffering will come to a safe, warm, kosher home to receive individual and group therapy, music and art therapy, educational support, life skills development, and recreation. Our Bridge Families will provide safe homes for children when living at home becomes a barrier to healing for the child and the family. Shalom Tikvah staff will coordinate efforts to promote healing within the biological family while supporting the bridge family and providing services to the children. As the news of Shalom Tikvah spreads through the community, Nicole and Jen are working tirelessly to get Shalom Tikvah open and running. Plans

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ally in New York at Columbia University as a visiting scholar but returned to his homeland earlier than scheduled in order to join the movement. The Communist Party regarded the resistance as a grave challenge to its authority. Liu was one of hundreds of Chinese imprisoned for crimes linked to the demonstrations – he was sent to prison on four different occasions. His final stint in prison was for co-authoring “Charter 08,” a document circulated in 2008 that demanded more freedom of expression, human rights and an independent judiciary. He was sentenced to 11 years on charges of inciting subversion by advocating sweeping political reforms and greater human rights in his country. A year later, he was awarded the Nobel Prize. The Norwegian committee lauded Liu’s “long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.” U.S. Senator John McCain praised Liu as “a champion for human rights” whose death was “an egregious violation of fundamental human rights.” U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson,

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This week, millions of Venezuelans voted to reject President Nicolas Maduro’s controversial plans to rewrite the country’s constitution. Nearly 7.2 million Venezuelans took part in the non-binding referendum organized by the country’s main opposition parties, with the overwhelming majority of voters coming out against Maduro’s plan. The fact that so many came out to vote in an election that was mostly symbolic shows the emotions involved. It also shows that the opposition is more organized than previously thought. Venezuela is in the grip of social unrest, which has paralyzed the coun-

try amid violent protests seeking government reform. The government has condemned the referendum as illegal, and has instead called for a July 30 vote to elect a special assembly to rewrite the 1999 constitution. The referendum asked voters three yes-or-no questions. More than 98% of voters chose to reject the proposed constitutional assembly; request the military defend the existing constitution; and support fresh elections before Maduro’s term ends in 2019. Cecilia Garcia Arocha, rector of Central University of Venezuela, announced the results at the referendum headquarters in Caracas, pointing out that the number of polling stations, at 2,030, was much lower than in regular elections. Sunday’s turnout represents about 37% of Venezuela’s total electorate, according to CNN calculations based on 2015 National Electoral Committee figures. In 2013, Maduro was elected with just over 7.5 million votes, and Henrique Capriles came in second with 7.3 million votes.


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Paris Remembers 13,152 Jewish Victims

The 75th anniversary of the Vel’ d’Hiv roundup of French Jews was

commemorated in Paris this week. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu participated in the ceremony, along with French President Emmanuel Macron, leaders of the French Jewish community, Holocaust survivors, French Righteous Among the Nations, and French WWII vets. The crown of 800 gathered together at the Quai de Grennelle, which used to be home to the Pris bicycle arena. It was at the Quai de Grennelle that 13,152 Jews were arrested, confined for four days without food and water, and eventually sent to Auschwitz. Less than 100 of them survived. When speaking at the event, Netanyahu first spoke in French, honoring the language spoken by those persecuted at that site. He noted, “The Nazis and their collaborators... shattered the lives of thousands of Jews at Vel’ d’Hiv. It seems that the values of the French Revolution – liberty, equality, fraternity – these values were crushed brutally under the boots

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of antis-Semitism. “13,152 people of the Jewish faith were dragged from their homes between the 16th and 17th of July 1942 to their death,” recounted the prime minister. “Among them, 4,115 children between ages of two and six, whom we are especially honoring today.” The president of the Association des Anciens Combattant – a group of French veterans who fought against the Nazis – also spoke at the ceremony. Salah Bellouti said that she was “very moved being here today, 75 years after the Vel’ d’Hiv roundup – a terrible act committed by the French police which we tried to prevent. I am here today to tell all French Jews and Jews around the world, ‘Never Again.’ We fought against the Vichy government and its terrible actions. The Jewish community must know that we, the veterans, did not abandon them. And what happened there at Vel’ d’Hiv should serve as a lesson to our young generation in France.”

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ed eyes. It is not fair because many of our people have already paid for this with cancer because of the waste.”

N. Korean Prisoners Working for Putin Kim Jong Un is quite resourceful.

The ruthless North Korean dictator is capitalizing on his citizens. According to Fox News, Kim ships tens of thousands of impoverished citizens as slaves to Russia for the hard currency his cash-strapped regime desperately needs. According to human rights groups, North Korean workers in Russia are treated like slaves. They suffer from cruel and violent acts and face merciless exploitation at the hands of corrupt officials, while being forced to

hand over large amounts of their pay to the North Korean government. A report issued by the Seoul-based Data Base Center for North Korean Human Rights estimates that about 50,000 North Korean laborers are working low-paying jobs in Russia. They send at least $120 million every year to the regime in Pyongyang. “The North Korean government maintains strict controls over their workers’ profits, in some cases probably taking 90 percent of their wages,”

Scott Synder, director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy at the Council of Foreign Relations, said. “This is an issue that has been going on under the radar for a long time.” Workers in Russia have constructed a new soccer stadium in St. Petersburg and a luxury apartment complex in Moscow. Many workers get injured on the job, and there have been some fatalities. Last month, the U.S. State Department issued a report on human trafficking that concluded that North Korean workers in Russia had been subjected to “exploitative labor conditions characteristic of trafficking cases such as withholding of identity documents, non-payment for services rendered, physical abuse, lack of safety measures, or extremely poor living conditions.” “Secretary Tillerson has called on all countries to fully implement all U.N. Security Council resolutions, sever or downgrade diplomatic relations, and isolate [North Korea] financially, including through new sanctions, severing trade relationships, expelling guest workers, and banning imports from North Korean,” a State Department official said. “They don’t take holidays. They eat, work and sleep and nothing else. And they don’t sleep much,” an anonymous Russian boss confirmed. “They are basically in the situation of slaves.”

U.S. Citizen Jailed in Iran An American is being sent to an Iranian prison on espionage charges. Iranian news outlets reported that Xiyue Wang, 37, a Princeton University researcher, was arrested last August while trying to leave Iran. He was subsequently sentenced to ten years in prison, though he has the right to appeal. Charges against the Chinese-born Wang stem from his Princeton webpage on which he says he has “digitally archived” 4,500 Iranian documents for foreign research institutions, including Princeton and the British Institute of Persian Studies. He also “boasts” on his page that he has been in con-



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A Good Future for Macron and Trump? President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron are en route to having a very positive relationship. Trump’s short Bastille Day visit to France was considered a gamble, considering his very low ratings in the country. The invitation was also a daring move on Macron’s part as he is a newly elected president and the White House is said to have a reputation for isolationism. But President Trump’s recent trip to Paris in honor of Bastille Day was a big success. At a joint press conference, Trump had this to say: “France is America’s first and oldest ally. A lot of people don’t know that,” he said. “It was a long time ago, but we are together. And I think together, perhaps, more so than ever. The relationship is very good.” When Trump left for the airport, the two leaders shared a warm and firm handshake. In a series of post-Bastille

Day tweets, the president wished Macron “congratulations” on Bastille Day and his deep condolences for the Nice terror attack victims last year. “Great conversations with President Emmanuel Macron and his representatives on trade, military, and security,” Trump tweeted.

UAE Accused of Hacking Qatar Neighboring United Arab Emirates and Qatar are fighting and it’s getting ugly. According to U.S. intelligence officials, UAE coordinated the hacking of Qatari government news and social media sites in order to post false quotes attributed to Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani. The false reports said that the emir, among other things, had called Iran an “Islamic power” and praised Hamas. The incident occurred in late May and sparked ongoing upheaval between the two neighboring oil-rich countries.

Supposedly, on May 23, senior members of the UAE government discussed the plan and its implementation. It is not yet known whether the UAE carried out the hacks itself or contracted a third party to orchestrate them. The hacks and social media posts happened just one day later, on May 24, just after President Trump had a lengthy counterterrorism meeting with Persian Gulf leaders in neighboring Saudi Arabia and declared them unified. After the hack, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt immediately banned all Qatari media. They then broke relations with Qatar and declared a trade and diplomatic boycott. The UAE has denied involvement in the hacking. Yousef al-Otaiba, UAE’s ambassador to Washington, has said the accusation is “false.” “The UAE had no role whatsoever in the alleged hacking described in the article,” a statement said. “What is true is Qatar’s behavior. Funding, supporting, and enabling extremists from the Taliban to Hamas and Qadafi. Inciting violence, encouraging radicalization, and undermining the stability of its neighbors.”


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Soulmates By Rabbi Zvi Teichman

As we reach the conclusion of the Sefer Bamidbar and its many fascinating travels and stormy travails, the Torah closes with what appears to be almost a postscript to an earlier episode. The daughters of Tzelafchad, previously intervened with a successful appeal to Moshe to receive the inheritance their father was entitled to, since he had no sons. G-d affirms: ‫כן בנות צלפחד דברת‬ )‫(במדבר כז ז‬, the daughters of Tzelafchad speak properly. The Torah testifies that these five sisters ‘saw’ what Moshe did not see and was already written in Heaven .)‫(רש"י שם‬They merited having the portion of the laws of inheritance, as regards ‘only daughters’, written through their initiative. At the last minute, the fathers of the family of the children of Gilad, son of Machir son of Menashe, the great uncles of the daughters of Tzelafchad, confront Moshe and express a dire concern. With their newfound, rightful inheritance, these daughters could possibly ‘marry out of the tribe’. Upon their demise their children or husbands would inherit their ancestral land and place it permanently into another tribe’s control. This would threaten the divinely inspired apportionment of the land that was intended to maintain boundaries between the tribes. Moshe conveys that here too, G-d attests to the veracity of their argument. In almost identical language to the wording used in response to the prior pleas of the daughters of Tzelafchad, Moshe exclaims: ‫כן מטה בני יוסף‬ )‫דוברים (שם לו ה‬, Correctly does the tribe of the children of Yosef speak! He then goes on to address their concern with the following directive )‫(שם שם ו‬: ‫זה הדבר אשר צוה ד' לבנות צלפחד‬

‫לאמר לטוב בעיניהם תהיינה לנשים אך למ־‬ ‫שפחת מטה אביהם תהיינה לנשים‬, This is the word G-d has commanded regarding the daughters of Tzelafchad, saying: Let them be wives to whomever is good in their eyes, but only to the family of their father’s tribe shall they become wives. The Talmud ).‫ (בבא בתרא קכ‬quotes Rav Yehuda in the name of Shmuel, who breaks down this response into two components. First G-d permits them to marry “whomever is good in their eyes”, allowing them to choose freely among all eligible suitors, even from other tribes. Then G-d offers an ‫עצה טובה‬, some ‘good advice’: “to the family of their father’s tribe shall they become wives”. Not an imperative but merely a worthy suggestion. Could you imagine receiving investment advice from Bill Gates or Warren Buffett? Would you treat it as ‘advice’ or would you feel obligated to follow it? What can it mean for G-d to recommend we do something? That is virtually a command. Would we have the audacity to doubt its value? They could marry out of the tribe but should marry within the family. Isn’t this merely semantics when we are dealing with the ‘Counselor’ of all counselors? Was this whole give and take simply a family spat, with one portion of the family worried about its needs at the expense of others? One must remember the Talmud ):‫ (שם קיט‬tells us that the daughters of Tzelafchad were all spinsters, the youngest of them already forty years old. With their financial security now in hand coupled with the great wisdom and righteousness they were already renowned for, they would stand an even greater chance of finally finding their true “bashert”.

Would their own family now deny their potential for marriage by limiting their ‘shidduch pool’? The Holy Radomsker Rebbe in his classic Tiferes Shlomo, teaches that the desire to keep the ‫נחלה‬, the lands of inheritance within the tribe, is much more than just about property protection and rights. Each tribe, each individual, is spiritually connected and rooted in the land. Every neshamah, soul, draws its energy from that bond. The term used here for inheritance, ‫נחלה‬, is utilized only when it pertains only to our nation, as opposed to the general term ‫ירושה‬, which is used universally ).‫(יבמות סב‬, is rooted in the word for a stream, a ‫נחל‬. A stream that ‘flows downward in its appointed bed’ (RSRH), represents the idea of ‫נחלה‬, a right of inheritance that is not merely a vehicle for transferring possession but rather an identification and connection with a past, that continues to flow and express that greatness towards future generations. The Holy Arizal reveals that there is a Holy Name of G-d called ‫ נח"ל‬, that is an acronym for the sentiment, )‫נפשנו חכתה לד' (תהילם לג כ‬, Our soul longed for G-d. The quest for ‫ נחלה‬is the search for identity, a pursuit for self-discovery in our relationship with G-d. The righteous, wise and articulate daughters of Tzelafchad were searching for an appropriate mate. They frustratedly sought greatness elsewhere, seeking to attach themselves to an outstanding and accomplished individual. They didn’t realize that the very first criteria in seeking a suitable partner in a successful marriage would warrant first appreciating one’s own strengths and then finding someone who would equally value them. From that vantage point one can go on to join in building up others. The loving uncles of the daughters of Tzelafchad knew that their nieces would find their ‫שורש נשמה‬, the root of their souls, their definition, in the connection to their tribe and their ancestral land. Only they, being ‫בני יוסף‬, the children of Yosef as well, had the quality to appreciate them appropriately. They feared that no matter how noble another tribe member may be, he wouldn’t have the ‫נחלה‬, the ‘inner

flow’ and special character unique to their tribe’s legacy. Hashem tells them ‫לטוב בעיניהם‬ ‫ ;תהיינה לנשים‬Let them be wives to whoever is good in their eyes. The literal meaning here seems to imply to whoever is good in ‘their’ eyes, ‘their’, referring to the daughters of Tzelafchad. Yet, the form ‫בעיניהם‬, is in the masculine. Were it talking about the daughters it should have implemented ‫בעיניהן‬, in their own (f) eyes? Perhaps G-d was directing them to find a spouse that they, the daughters of Tzelafchad, will be ‘good’ in ‘their’, their spouse’s eyes, i.e., husbands, who would treasure them, their talents, personality and character. G-d allows them to select from whomever they please without restriction, but He gives them fatherly advice: your family specifically has the ability to value who you are. The daughters weren’t expected to blindly follow G-d’s advice. Their eyes were however now opened by this directive and suggestion, realizing that all along their starting point was misplaced. They couldn’t find a satisfactory relationship because they were missing a vital ingredient; knowing who they were and having another half to appreciate it. They would reframe their perspective and sense on their own the truth to G-d’s advice! They were subsequently married )‫לבני דדהן (שם שם יא‬, their uncle’s sons. An uncle is called a ‫דוד‬, which the Targum Yonasan translates: ‫חבי־‬ ‫ביהון‬, cherished and loved. The Tzror HaMor says they were ‫דודים בני דודים‬, cherishers the sons of cherishers, descendants of Yosef who carried his legacy of ‫מחבבים את הארץ‬, lovers of the land. They had the talent to appreciate earnestly! When each one in a relationship is equipped with the ability to truly value and appreciate the qualities and character of the other that is the moment they are destined to make a great team. In these days where we seek to overcome the effects of baseless hatred that was the catalyst for the churban, the destruction, we would greatly benefit by beginning to regard one another with greater esteem and true appreciation. In that lays the seeds to redemption.

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A Double Glimmer of Hope By Rabbi Motty Rabinowitz

As a Ba’al Korei, I have a conflicted view of this week’s double bill, Matos-Masei. On the one hand, these parshiyos are special in that they contain trop not found elsewhere in the Torah. On the other, it is a formidable challenge to both lain (and listen to!) such a lengthy treatise. All of this begs the question, why are these two parshiyos merged together? To be fair, we have an additional pair of parshiyos in Bamidbar that are read together; Chukas and Balak. However, these two sets are quite different. While Chukas and Balak are only joined in special circumstances, Matos and Masei are with few exceptions generally combined (Biur Halacha

O”C 428). One would suspect that there is some deeper reason behind this practice. It seems clear that these two sets of parshiyos are selectively toggled with the goal of ensuring that we read Pinchas, Matos-Masei and Devorim before Tisha Be’av, as referenced in the Tur. The Talmud tells us that we read the curses of Vayikra before Shevuos and the curses from Devorim before Rosh Hashanna. This is a symbolic gesture, declaring that we wish to put the negative occurrences from the previous year behind us, and start afresh with a sweet new year. We can understand how these practices correlate to those specific To-

rah portions. There doesn’t seem to be a connection, however, between Pinchas, Matos-Masei, Devorim, and Tish’a Be’av. The Chassidic master, the Bnei Yisoschor (Tammuz-Av, Maamar Beis) proposes that the general theme of all these Torah portions is the conquest and inheritance of Eretz-Yisroel. In parshas Pinchas, Moshe is commanded to create a lottery to split up the land between the various tribes and their families. In Matos-Masie we are told of the conquest of the east bank of the Jordan river, and the request by the tribes of Reuven and Gad to claim their inheritance in those areas. Finally in Devorim, Moshe, in the last month of his life, relays the story of the trials and tribulations that occurred through the desert and the battles of conquest. Precisely in these three weeks when we lament the destruction of the Temples and the scattering of our diaspora across the planet, we emphasize that the Jewish People is not down for the count. Our rabbis wanted us to remember and internalize that even through two thousand years of arduous hardship and persecution, there is still hope. We are still on the path home to Eretz-Yisroel and reclaiming our inheritance. After first reading this explanation of the Bnei Yisoschor, I must admit that I found his idea somewhat surprising. We would definitely expect the period

after Tisha Be’av to be one filled with comforting from all the calamities that befell the Jewish People throughout history. However, the three weeks before Tisha Be’av are a time when we express active mourning. We don’t listen to music, have haircuts, buy new clothes, or celebrate weddings. We do not seem to shift our focus to a more optimistic picture until later in the calendar. Perhaps there is a subtle message in his explanation. The purpose of our entering a period of mourning, and looking somewhat disheveled, is not simply a unique Jewish way to make us miserable - Judaism is not a sadistic religion. We do not mourn without reason. We grieve to remember and reflect to evoke yearning. What is it that we are actually missing? Do we desire something greater? Are we bemoaning not being able to eat a juicy burger for a week, or focused on an elusive, brighter future that could be round the corner? Even in the midst of these three weeks, we need to visualize the ideal and hopeful future of our nation. If we allow ourselves to dream and realize where we should be, we can also assess what we are missing. It is the recognition of the lofty destiny that has been divinely prescribed for us, and contemplation of what we must communally correct, that will propel us to the promised land. ‫!לשנה בהבאה בירושלים הבנויה‬

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I find Shabbos dinner to be the perfect setting for those deep philosophical conversations that happen so rarely these days. We’re all so busy with work, family, technology and never-ending errands that finding the time or space to have meaningful conversations is becoming more and more difficult. For all of our modern distractions, Shabbos has the answer with its spirit of calm and quiet.  The candle-lit, technology-free Shabbos dinner provides the perfect setting for people to come together and discuss issues of the day as well as matters of the spirit. It was one such Friday night and the conversation at our Shabbos table turned toward the benefits of halacha, Jewish law. “The Shabbos, with its many rejuvenating benefits to self, family and community might possibly be my favorite mitzva of the Torah,” I shared with my guests.   “That being said, and this might come as a surprise to you, but If not for the fact that halacha obligates me to keep the Shabbos, I don’t know that I would chose to keep it each and every week.” “There are times when I’m exhausted by the end of the week and, if given the

choice, might take the weekend off instead of prepping and readying for Shabbos.” “There are Shabbosim when my favorite sports team is playing in a pivotal playoff game and all I want to do is follow the action.” “Essentially, it is the binding nature of halacha that compels me to always put the observance of Shabbos above everything else, and ultimately reap its rewards.” My guests looked stunned. Most were stunned by my admission that my personal will might not always echo halachic jurisprudence*.   But one particular guest looked less stunned than genuinely confused.   “How can you say that you are not “choosing” to keep Shabbat?” my bewildered guest inquired with more than a hint of disbelief in his voice.  “No one is compelling you to keep it!  You are choosing to keep it even as we sit here at this very moment!” His question was so simple on the one hand and yet so complex on the other that I found myself at a sudden loss for words (something we rabbis aren’t used to!).  You see, inasmuch as he’s technically right that I choose to observe the Shabbos, this choice didn’t and doesn’t feel like

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other life choices. Shnitzel or hamburger from the lunch menu certainly feels like a personal choice, as does electing to go with Cupcake Blue as the paint color for the living room. Embracing Shabbos observance, on the other hand, seems more like opting into a value system than anything else, and therefore functions as a choice of a wholly different sort.   To the halachically observant Jew, Shabbos observance is understood as part of G-d’s moral code.  Do I choose, then, to observe the Shabbos, or do I more affirm its moral character and therefore feel myself compelled to its observance?   It seems to me to be the latter, and the word “choose,” then, just seems out of place. I found myself contemplating my guest’s question throughout the following week and troubled with why I had found it so difficult to piece together a cogent response at the Shabbos table.   Enter professor and social psychologist Jonathan Haidt and his revelatory The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion.   Haidt had discovered in his time in university that the modern Western student perceived morality almost entirely through the limited prisms of two principles, one relating to harming others and another relating to fairness.   The outgrowth of this kind of thinking: if something is fair and does no harm it is morally permissible. Haidt points out that there are at least three other dimensions of the moral life as understood in non-Western cultures.  One is loyalty and its opposite, betrayal.  Another is respect for authority and its opposite, subversion.  The third is the need to establish protective walls around certain non-negotiable values.   These are things we call sacred. This, I came to understand, is why I had such difficulty explaining my thoughts to my guest.  We truly come from two very

different moral universes and speak two very different moral languages. Through my friend’s Western eyes, Shabbos observance was a choice because it had nothing to do with fairness or harm.  No one would be harmed if I took the Shabbos off, nor would it negatively tilt the scales of fairness.  It therefore had nothing to do with morality per se.  It was, rather, a choice, perhaps a good one at that, to practice Jewish ritual. But in my moral universe, the Torah as my guide, the observance of the Shabbos was most certainly a moral commitment, rooted in my sense of loyalty and submission to G-d, and in the belief that I ought not profane that which is hallowed. If I wanted to ever explain my point of view to my Shabbos guest, I would have to do much more than speak words.  I would have to introduce my friend to a whole new way of thinking about morality. I write all the above not to denigrate those who don’t observe the Shabbos fastidiously, nor to raise those who keep the Shabbos on high.   We are all, hopefully, on our own paths up the holy mountain.   Rather, I feel it’s time that we reexamine our moral palates and make sure we’re sensitive to all of Judaism’s moral notes.   We need those notes of fairness and harm, so esteemed in our times, and we need to take a second look at loyalty, respect for authority and the world of the sacred so revered in our time-honored tradition.   * It’s worth noting that the convergence of human and divine wills is considered a high spiritual plane that we should all aspire to.  See Pirkei Avos 2:4: “Make His will your will.” Rabbi Yogi Robkin is the Director of Outreach at DATA of Plano, a synagogue and center for Jewish Education in Plano, Texas.  Rabbi Yogi received his rabbinic ordination from Ner Israel Rabbinical Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland and joined DATA in 2006 with the goal of sharing Jewish wisdom to individuals with little to no Judaic background. Rabbi Yogi lives in Plano with his wife Shifra (nee Nudell, from Baltimore) and their five children.




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Recently I took a friend with only a high school degree to lunch. Insensitively, I led her into a gourmet sandwich shop. Suddenly I saw her face freeze up as she was confronted with sandwiches named “Padrino” and “Pomodoro” and ingredients like soppressata, capicollo and a striata baguette. I quickly asked her if she wanted to go somewhere else and she anxiously nodded yes and we ate Mexican.


Notable Quotes


- New York Times op-ed by columnist David Brooks who wrote how elites like himself are causing the “less educated” to be at a disadvantage

- Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, at a press conference with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Hungary this week

We will yield nothing to anti-Zionism, because it is the reinvented form of anti-Semitism.

I knew I could run because I’m always in the yard working, and when the phone rings, I go running inside to answer it. I thought it’d be fun to run 100 meters since I’m more than 100 years old. -101-year-old Julia “Hurricane” Hawkins, of Baton Rouge, who became the oldest female athlete to ever compete in the USA Track and Field Outdoors Masters Championships and ran the 100 meters in 40.12 seconds

[I] missed my nap for this. - Ibid.

- French President Emanuel Macron while visiting, along with Prime Minister Netanyahu, a site where thousands of French Jews were killed in the Holocaust

I think only a real Indian can defeat a fake Indian. -Republican Shiva Ayyadurai, who emigrated from India as a child and is taking on Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) – who has lied about being of Native American descent – in an interview with Fox News about how he plans on winning the 2018 Senate race for Massachusetts

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus has dismissed the latest TrumpRussia story as””a nothingburger.” When questioned about his really strange choice of words, he explained, “My name is Reince Priebus.” - Conan O’Brien


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During World War II, Hungary did not comply with this moral and political requirement. This is a sin because at the time we decided that instead of protecting the Jewish community, we chose collaboration with the Nazis. I made it clear to the prime minister that this can never happen again. In the future, the Hungarian government will protect all its citizens.

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A candidate has the right to get information from whatever source the information comes. If the material was obtained unlawfully, you prosecute, if you can, the people who obtain the material. But there is a First Amendment right of a candidate to use information. You can’t include information under the campaign finance law. That would be unconstitutional .- Alan Dershowitz, on Fox News, arguing that the Donald Trump Jr. meeting, which took place after being promised damaging information on Hillary from a Russian source, was perfectly legal

Ladies and gentlemen. - The long-time greeting used in London’s Tube (train system) which is now banned

Polar bears hurt by climate change are more likely to turn to a new food source — humans.

Hello, everyone

– Washington Post headline for an article last week about climate change

We’re the voices, the Senate leader and I, are the voices for winning those races in the House and the Senate, and we’re ready.

Want to fight climate change? Have fewer children

-The politically correct term that engineers are now required to use

- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D- CA) in a recent radio interview, talking about herself and her cohort, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY)

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-The Guardian’s headline for an article last week about climate change

Two Iranian men have been indicted for allegedly hacking a Vermont defense technology firm, but one of their cohorts who admitted guilt won’t be punished because of a pardon President Barack Obama granted last year as part of the Iran-U.S. nuclear deal.

The amount of time you spend in desperation on a topic that has plummeted you to 13th place in viewership ranking across America — more people watch Nick at Night cartoons than CNN today. - White House deputy assistant Sebastian Gorka in a debate with CNN’s Alisyn Camerota

The Trump administration is deporting Latinos to make the streets safer… You wanna make the streets safer? Deport the police. – So-called “comedian” George Lopez

– Excerpt from a Politico article published on 7/17/17

Kid Rock has officially announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate. Kid Rock says he wants to restore America back to a better time when it would have been unimaginable for Kid Rock to run for the U.S. Senate.

Instead of giving everyone a seat at the table, this White House is a locked down good ol’ boys network. For years – for years – Washington has talked about an axis of evil overseas. Well, there is an axis of evil here at home – oppression, suppression, and repression. - Sen. Elizabeth Warren talking about the Trump administration

- Conan O’ Brien



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I read recently that young people check their phones at least 150 times per day. I’m sure we could all be more effective and efficient if we took a moment to process our thoughts rather than rushing from one thing to the next. - Prince Harry speaking at an event entitled, “Encouraging Happy Young Minds”

In Iraq, ISIS is on the verge of total defeat. You can tell ISIS is pretty much on the way out, because they’ve already been booked to appear on next season’s “Dancing With the Stars.”

- From a sixth grade social studies textbook used in Canada

– Conan O’Brien The Jewish Home | OCTOBER 29, 2015

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Since the year 2000, child soldiers have been used in armed conflicts in more than 20 countries, including Afghanistan, Colombia, Iraq, Israel, Libya, Mali and Yemen.



The most important question I could ask is I know a lot of young people who are feeling somewhat hopeless about this and they read articles and magazines or see interviews on TV and they hear it is too late. You know, don’t even have kids because you will only help destroy the planet and there will be no future for them. Is there hope, Al Gore?

I think it’s really important to know what you don’t know and listen to people who do know what you don’t know. - Former President George W. Bush, appearing at an event with former President Bill Clinton, stressing the importance of humility in the Oval Office

The purpose of this email is to remind faculty that student protesters have diverted time and energy from their academic work to promote institutional change and social justice… Many have been involved in this work for the entire academic year and in previous years. – From an email by Evergreen State College’s provost asking professors to consider “the physical and emotional commitment” of student protesters when deciding their final grades

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- Stephen Colbert on the “Late Night Show” interviewing Al Gore (who made hundreds of millions of dollars off of pedaling his climate change theories) about climate change

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TJH You gotta be kidding John is flying to New York for summer vacation. When he gets to the airline counter, he presents his ticket for JFK Airport and says to the agent handling his luggage, “I’d like you to send my green suitcase to Hawaii and my red suitcase to London.” The confused agent says, “I’m sorry, we can’t do that.” “Really?” John responds. “That’s a relief. After all, that’s exactly what you guys did to my luggage last year!”

Centerfold Riddle me this?

An old righteous man, Luciano Pavarotti, George Bush, and Bill Gates are sitting in first class on the same plane. There are only three parachutes left for the four of them. Bush says: “As a former president, I think I should have the right to have a parachute, because I ruled millions of people in the greatest nation of all.” Pavarotti says: “As one of the greatest singers of all-time, I think I should deserve to be safe. I bring tears and laughter to millions of people, and I’m an important contributor to the opera.” Bill Gates says: “As one of the richest successful company owners, I think I should live because I’m on top of the economic cycle, creating jobs and incomes for millions of people. I am a wealthy and intelligent man.” Finally, the old man says: “I’m an old man. I lived a life that’s full; I’m ready to let go of a parachute and to face my fate.” Bush says, “I can’t let a righteous old man like you die. If you jump out then I will not use my parachute but will join you.” Then Gates says, “You know what? I am inspired. If Bush jumps out with the old man then I won’t use my parachute either and will leave it for one of the people in the back of the plane.” Which of them died? See answer below

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Can you figure out what this means?

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Answer to riddle: None of them – the plane landed safely. Whoever said the plane was having any trouble?

Answer to Can You Figure This Out: Stand-up comedy

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Customer: Hi. How much is your paint? Clerk: Well, sir, that all depends on quite a lot of things. Customer: Can you give me a guess? Is there an average price? Clerk: Our lowest price is $12 a gallon, and we have 60 different prices up to $200 a gallon. Customer: What’s the difference in the paint? Clerk: Oh, there isn’t any difference; it’s all the same paint.

Customer: I want to paint tomorrow. It’s my day off. Clerk: Sir, the paint for tomorrow is the $200 paint. Customer: When would I have to paint to get the $12 paint? Clerk: You would have to start very late at night in about 3 weeks. But you will have to agree to start painting before Friday of that week and continue painting until at least Sunday. Customer: You’ve got to be kidding! Clerk: I’ll check and see if we have any paint available. Customer: You have shelves FULL of paint! I can see it! Clerk: But it doesn’t mean that we have paint available. We sell only a certain number of gallons on any given weekend. Oh, and by the way, the price per gallon just went to $16. We don’t have any more $12 paint.

Customer: Well, maybe five gallons. Make that six, so I’ll have enough. Oh no, sir, you can’t do that. Clerk: If you buy paint and don’t use it, there are penalties and possible confiscation of the paint you already have.

Customer: This is crazy!! I suppose something terrible happens if I don’t keep painting until after Saturday night! Clerk: Oh yes! Every gallon you bought automatically becomes the $200 paint. Customer: But what are all these, “Paint on sale from $10 a liter” signs? Clerk: Well that’s for our budget paint. It only comes in half-gallons. One $5 half-gallon will do half a room. The second half-gallon to complete the room is $20. None of the cans have labels, some are empty and there are no refunds, even on the empty cans. Customer: This is crazy! I’ll buy what I need somewhere else! Clerk: I don’t think so, sir. You may be able to buy paint for your bathroom and bedrooms, and your kitchen and dining room from someone else, but you won’t be able to paint your connecting hall and stairway from anyone but us. And I should point out, sir, that if you paint in only one direction, it will be $300 a gallon. Customer: I thought your most expensive paint was $200! Clerk: That’s if you paint around the room to the point at which you started. A hallway is different. Customer: And if I buy $200 paint for the hall, but only paint in one direction, you’ll confiscate the remaining paint. Clerk: No, we’ll charge you an extra use fee plus the difference on your next gallon of paint. But I believe you’re getting it now, sir. Customer: You’re insane! Clerk: Thanks for painting with United!

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Customer: The price went up as we were talking? Clerk: Yes, sir. We change the prices and rules hundreds of times a day, and since you haven’t actually walked out of the store with your paint yet, we just decided to change. I suggest you purchase your paint as soon as possible. How many gallons do you want?

Customer: What does it matter whether I use all the paint? I already paid you for it! Clerk: We make plans based upon the idea that all our paint is used, every drop. If you don’t, it causes us all sorts of problems.

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Customer: Well, then I’d like some of that $12 paint. Clerk: When do you intend to use the paint?

Customer: WHAT?! Clerk: We can sell enough paint to do your kitchen, bathroom, hall and north bedroom, but if you stop painting before you do the bedroom, you will lose your remaining gallons of paint.








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Dating Dialogue

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Moderated by Jennifer Mann, LCSW of The Navidaters


What Would You Do If…


Dear Navidaters,

Disclaimer: This column is not intended to diagnose or otherwise conclude resolutions to any questions. Our intention is not to offer any definitive conclusions to any particular question, rather offer areas of exploration for the author and reader. Due to the nature of the column receiving only a short snapshot of an issue, without the benefit of an actual discussion, the panel’s role is to offer a range of possibilities. We hope to open up meaningful dialogue and individual exploration.

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Our daughter, Rena, is 22-years-old. She has not expressed to us the least bit of interest in dating. In fact, she has explicitly told us that she does not want to start dating yet. We are Modern Orthodox and though maybe we don’t feel as nervous about her being married already as others might feel, we do think that it would be a good idea for her to get her feet wet and start exploring the whole dating scene. She seems to be perfectly happy right now. She has a couple of other single friends who also don’t appear to be anxious to date, and they have a grand old time together. They take trips together. Often they go out to dinner together, catch a movie. They are all pursuing higher degrees, live at home, and feel no pressure to change their lives at all. On one hand, we are happy that she is not feeling pressure or desperate to get married, and that, unlike so many other girls her age, she’s not worried or depressed about her future. She is enjoying the moment without a care in the world. On the other hand, my husband and I worry that if and when she wakes up and decides it’s time to start dating, there may be few, if any, eligible men left for her to go out with and marry. It really is a shame because I do love her spirit and sense of independence. But I can’t help myself from getting caught up in the “shidduch crisis” frenzy once in a while. So, though in many ways I agree with her values, I know that I have to encourage Rena to make some changes. How would you all suggest I go about this conversation with her? I don’t want her to think I disapprove and I don’t want to make her neurotic about finding Mr. Right, but I don’t want us all to wake up in five years and discover we have a real problem on our hands!

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respect the way you are respectful yet honest about your daughter. You want to encourage Rena to consider dating soon and you want to do it carefully. You understand why she is not interested in settling down now and is enjoying her adulthood without responsibilities as she prepares for her chosen profession. At the same time, you are getting nervous. My feeling is that you can casually talk about when she will be ready to date every once in a while. That way she will know that you are interested as Jewish parents who expect their progeny to do the Jewish thing and settle down soon. In other words, you will be communicating normative Jewish expectations. Most of her friends will be dating very shortly and she will probably follow the trend whether she is ready or not. Do not push if she is not ready. It is not healthy for your relationship with her and it is not a good idea for someone to date if they feel too immature or unprepared to start pursuing marriage prospects. I think the bigger issue that you are pointing to is the extended self-indulgence of Rena and her friends. You are bothered by their focus on fun and having a good time while living at home with no responsibilities. This is a problem that many are focusing on in the media; it’s a typical problem of millennials today. Unlike most social commentators, Senator Ben Sasse, a former college president, outlines solutions to the problem of the contemporary emerging adult in his new bestseller, The Vanishing American Adults. Let’s be clear. You don’t have to fix America’s twenty-somethings. Your job is to nurture Rena on the road to responsible Jewish adulthood which is not something you expected to do when she is 22. Take action responsibly. Start with a discussion of expectation of responsi-

bilities to the household, whether it is cleaning, running errands, cooking for Shabbos, or paying for her own expenses. Even if you don’t need her contributions of time, effort and money, enlist them. Encourage her to give back to the community in a cause of her choice and volunteer help for family and neighbors who need it. She needs to have chessed in her life and give to someone else. Model it; don’t just talk about it. Encourage her to grow spiritually and develop a relationship with a mentor. She should not live a life of selfishness but you need to be gentle. You may want to do some of these volunteer activities together as a family – biking for a cause, packing packages for a hunger group, or a less cool but equally important effort. Obviously, you and your husband need to be on the same page. Talk through your expectations, practice communicating, and begin to formulate a new contract with your daughter. When you are ready, sit down, and have a serious talk with her about responsibility, not about marriage. And get help if you don’t feel capable of doing this as a team.

concerned about the financial burden that a wedding may place on the family (think: have you and your husband been voicing your financial concerns in front of the kids?). Maybe she sees herself as a kid and can’t imagine herself leaving the comfort of her childhood home and serving as someone’s wife or mother. These are questions to explore when you sit down with Rena and have The Talk, entitled, “We think it’s Time.” Focus on her feelings – what does marriage mean to her? Does she see marriage as responsibility painted ten feet tall? If so, reassure her that you believe in her ability to make mature, sensible choices during the dating process. Emphasize that you trust her to be a loving, responsibility person who will, in time, make a great wife. Whatever revelations develop during the sit-down(s), remind Rena that you and Daddy will always adore and support her – whether she’s around the corner or across the world. Finally, if you sense her anxiety is more deeply rooted, a few sessions with a qualified professional may be the best investment in preparing Rena for this new parsha.

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ena sounds like a dream daughter. She’s happy, she’s sociable, she’s accomplished. She and her friends are loving their current lives. Somehow, she missed the memo titled, “Talking Tachlis about Entering the Parsha,” aka “On Your Mark. Get Set. Go.” This may be because along with her wonderful personality traits, Rena is downright scared. Perhaps she’s shidduch averse after hearing one too many shidduch horror stories. Maybe there’s a close friend or relative who had a messy divorce after marrying young. Maybe she’s

truly understand the concern you have and your instinct to protect your daughter from any possible future harm. It’s not a secret that the shidduch world is a difficult maze in which the singles must navigate. You are correct: there are women who wake up a bit too late and don’t even put themselves out there until many of the most suitable men in their age range are already taken. In those circumstances, I often deal with women who have a lot of frustration and regrets when faced with their current options, regrets that they did not begin dating ear-

There are people who feel a certain amount of anxiety, worried sick that they will never get married – and parents are not impervious to these worries.

lier. I would like to assure you, though, that your daughter is still so young! I predict that as soon as her first friend decides to start dating she will probably follow suit. She sounds like a very independent and driven young woman who is attached to her friends and, if she feels pressure from home, this will likely backfire. Since extremely independent people generally do not react well to pressure, I would recommend you try the opposite. Try, for a year, to make no mention of dating or marriage at all. Work on your relationship with her and show her how proud you are of all of her accomplishments. This includes no subtle hints that will just make her eyes roll and make her go and complain to her friends. Hopefully, when she is faced with the decision coming from her and her alone, with no outside pressure, along with the inevitable – that her friends start getting engaged – she will likely come to this on her own (which will no doubt be the best for your relationship!) Remember, Hashem is the ultimate Shadchan and the right one at the wrong time is the wrong one. If she is not interested in dating yet, give her some time and space – and don’t forget to daven.


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Pulling It All Together The Navidaters Dating and Relationship Coaches and Therapists


Let’s tease out fact from fiction. FICTION: Everyone who marries at a young age made the right decision. FACT: Many people feel they married too young and did not know themselves. Some wanted to marry young, and others felt pressured by friends, family and society at large. They wish they had a few carefree years in their twenties to explore their interests and focus on themselves. FICTION: If Rena doesn’t get married in the near future, she may miss out on Mr. Right. FACT: If Rena is not ready to get married, she will not have an appreciation for Mr. Right. She may meet him, but she wouldn’t even know it. FICTION: There won’t be any guys left when Rena starts to date. FACT: The guys Rena wasn’t ready to date or marry will probably be “off the market.” The guys who were equally busy pursuing degrees or careers and focusing on their personal growth without dating will be on the market.

reasons that you may not be aware of that may be playing into this scenario. Probably not, but it’s good to rule out possible reasons such as anxiety, insecurity, fear or any emotion that should be dealt with in a professional setting. If that’s the case, you’ll want to encourage her to talk to a professional as soon as possible. Not so much because you’re pressuring her to start dating ASAP, but because you want her to feel confident about dating when she feels the time is right.

FICTION: In order for me to feel better about Rena’s situation, I have to tell her it’s time to start dating. FACT: In order for me to feel better about Rena’s situation, I will manage my own concerns privately (either with support from friends, family or a therapist), and I will be a supportive, loving and engaged mother to Rena. When I express my anxiety to my daughter, it will do one of two things: spike Rena’s anxiety and she will date for the wrong reasons, or create a wedge between us. As the panelists suggested, I, too, advocate ongoing communication with Rena. Start talking about school or friends, the latest movie she saw or her travels. Ask her about her plans for the future, in a curious and excited way. “Where do you see yourself in five years?” If she doesn’t bring up marriage, I think it is safe to ask, “Do you see yourself getting married?” If she does bring up marriage, you can ask her what some of her ideas are about marriage. We have no way of knowing what she will say or what she is thinking, so you will have to play it by ear. If you hear any anxiety, concerns, fears or some erroneous beliefs about marriage and commitment, you can talk about them with her and

even suggest that she see a therapist so that she can allay some of her own insecurities or fears. This way, when the time is right for Rena, she will feel more confident about dating. Rena is a wonderful young girl, enjoying her life and doing nothing wrong. If she was a bit older, I would more readily validate your concerns. But at 22, assuming nothing more serious is looming (which it probably is not), I applaud her decision. I am more concerned about you and your worries than I am about Rena’s dating pool. If you find that you are having a hard time managing your worries, then you may want to consider speaking to a professional. For now, shelf your concerns for at least one or two years and enjoy your fantastic daughter! Be proud of the young woman you raised. Sincerely, Jennifer Esther Mann, LCSW and Jennifer Mann, LCSW work with individuals, couples and families in Hewlett, NY. As The Navidaters, they specialize in dating and relationship coaching. To set up an appointment, please call 516.224.7779. Sessions are held in the office or via Skype.

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would like to submit a dating or relationship question to the panel anonymously, please email Visit their website, for

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eems to me that you have an intelligent, driven, level-headed, social, fun- loving daughter. Rena is pursuing her degree and living a wonderful, fulfilling life. As you watch her live her life and actively choose to remain single, a part of you admires Rena’s choices, but another part of you is afraid that Rena will not get married if she doesn’t start dating now or in the near future. Your fear isn’t unfounded. There is a secondary crisis to the shidduch crisis…an emotional crisis. There are people who feel a certain amount of anxiety, worried sick that they will never get married – and parents are not impervious to these worries. I have to wonder if you live with a certain amount of anxiety in general. Whether you have pre-existing anxiety or this is brand new, your work is to separate your fears and worries from your daughter’s life. The shidduch crisis can make a calm person nervous and exacerbate an already anxious person’s anxiety. These fears and concerns should not become your daughter’s.

wants to be more mature and solid within herself before marriage, there are plenty of young men who feel that same way and are also not interested in marrying before they first know who they truly are. So even though your question doesn’t set off any obvious alarm bells, I would nevertheless get into an honest discussion with Rena about her choices, applauding her independence and self-awareness, but also making sure that there aren’t any disturbing

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give Rena credit for knowing herself and not giving into the enormous outside pressure that often forces both young men and women to start dating when, in fact, they are far from ready. Twenty-two is really not very old at all. The fact that we hear about plenty of nineteen-year-olds getting married doesn’t make it right. Those few ex-

tra years of self-discovery, securing a profession, exploring and enjoying life before taking on the enormous responsibilities of marriage and motherhood are usually well-spent years that people look back on with gratitude and satisfaction. Regarding your concern that there won’t be any eligible men left for her to go out with once she is ready, assuming that we’re talking about a reasonable amount of time, I don’t think that’s something to concern yourself with. Just like she


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Political Crossfire

Bungled Collusion is Still Collusion By Charles Krauthammer


he Russia scandal has entered a new phase and there’s no going back. For six months, the White House claimed that this scandal was nothing more than innuendo about Trump campaign collusion with Russia in meddling in the 2016 election. Innuendo for which no concrete evidence had been produced. Yes, there were several meetings with Russian officials, some only belatedly disclosed. But that is circumstantial evidence at best. Meetings tell you nothing unless you know what happened in them. We didn’t. Some of these were casual encounters in large groups like the famous July 2016 Kislyak-Sessions exchange of pleasantries at the Republican National Convention. Big deal. I was puzzled. Lots of cover-up, but where was the crime? Not even a third-rate burglary. For six months, smoke without fire. Yes, President Trump himself was acting very defensively, as if he were hiding something. But no one ever produced the something. My view was: Collusion? I just don’t see it. But I’m open to empirical evidence. Show me. The evidence is now shown. This is not hearsay, not fake news, not unsourced leaks. This is an email chain released by Donald Trump Jr. himself. A British go-between writes that there’s a Russian government effort to help Trump Sr.

win the election, and as part of that effort he proposes a meeting with a “Russian government attorney” possessing damaging information on Hillary Clinton. Moreover, the Kremlin is willing to share troves of incriminating documents from the Crown Prosecutor. (Error: Britain has a Crown Prosecutor. Russia has a State Prosecutor.) Donald Jr. emails back. “I love it.” Fatal words.

ateur collusion, comically failed collusion. That does not erase the fact that three top Trump campaign officials were ready to play. It may turn out that they did later collaborate more fruitfully. We don’t know. But even if nothing else is found, the evidence is damning. It’s rather pathetic to hear Trump apologists protesting that it’s no big deal because we Americans are always intervening in other people’s

Lots of cover-up, but where was the crime? Not even a third-rate burglary. Once you’ve said “I’m in,” it makes no difference that the meeting was a bust, that the intermediary brought no such goods. What matters is what Donald Jr. thought going into the meeting, as well as Jared Kushner and then-campaign manager Paul Manafort, who were copied on the correspondence, invited to the meeting, and attended. “It was literally just a wasted 20 minutes, which was a shame,” Donald Jr. told Sean Hannity. A shame? On the contrary, a stroke of luck. Had the lawyer real stuff to deliver, Donald Jr. and the others would be in far deeper legal trouble. It turned out to be incompetent collusion, am-

elections, and they in ours. You don’t have to go back to the ‘40s and ‘50s when the CIA intervened in France and Italy to keep the communists from coming to power. What about the Obama administration’s blatant interference to try to defeat Benjamin Netanyahu in the latest Israeli election? One might even add the work of groups supported by the U.S. during Russian parliamentary elections – the very origin of Vladimir Putin’s deep animus toward Hillary Clinton, then secretary of state, whom he accuses of having orchestrated the opposition. This defense is pathetic for two reasons. First, have the Trumpites

not been telling us for six months that no collusion ever happened? And now they say: Sure it happened. So what? Everyone does it. What’s left of your credibility when you make such a casual aboutface? Second, no, not everyone does it. It’s one thing to be open to opposition research dug up in Indiana. But not dirt from Russia, a hostile foreign power that has repeatedly invaded its neighbors (Georgia, Crimea, Eastern Ukraine), that buzzes our planes and ships in international waters, that opposes our every move and objective around the globe. Just last week the Kremlin killed additional U.N. sanctions we were looking to impose on North Korea for its ICBM test. There is no statute against helping a foreign hostile power meddle in an American election. What Donald Jr. – and Kushner and Manafort – did may not be criminal. But it is not merely stupid. It is also deeply wrong, a fundamental violation of any code of civic honor. I leave it to the lawyers to adjudicate the legalities of unconsummated collusion. But you don’t need a lawyer to see that the Trump defense – collusion as a desperate Democratic fiction designed to explain away a lost election – is now officially dead. (c) 2017, The Washington Post Writers Group




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So, I finally got my first suggested topic from a reader! (Got a few suggestions to stop writing, but THIS I was waiting for!). The suggestion: “Write about the unique challenges of being Frum in the business world”. At first, I thought to myself: “Slam dunk, this is an easy topic”. Then, I quickly realized that this topic was more than likely too broad to cover properly. Finally, (by the way, this whole thought process was between two bites of Chulent at a Kiddush) I decided to try anyway …. When you think about balancing your faith and being in business, a lot of things come to mind and naturally the initial focus is on the challenges. What you do or don’t wear on your head, handshakes, lunches, gifts, schedules, holidays, and more. As a business owner, these questions expand to a similar set of issues but on a corporate level. There is an added layer that decisions made on a company-wide scale need to consider the company’s obligations to observe certain guidelines because it is owned by a Frum individual. For example, is a business owner

responsible for a non-religious employees’ actions on Shabbos or Yom Tov if they decide to work on a project? Can a business owner buy a client a gift card to his favorite steak house if it’s not kosher? Am I responsible to make sure my marketing or communication activities don’t potentially trigger Chilul Shabbos by others? Tznius, Yichud, Ribbis, the list goes on and on. So, yeah… being Frum in business can be complicated. Here’s the thing, though. While I am almost certain that my friend and loyal reader used the word “challenges”, being Frum in the business world creates just as many opportunities as it does challenges. It actually has nothing to do with being in business. Confused? As a Frum person interacting with others in business, you are often faced with a choice. Do I confidently live my life the way I do, do I feel like I need to apologize for it, or divert attention away from “it”? Naturally we are inclined to shy away from highlighting things that make us “different”, but in my experience that instinct could not be more


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misguided. Why? Because people respect genuine people. Recently I discovered a video that had been produced for an Agudah convention a few years ago. The topic was leadership, and in the video, a successful attorney told his own story of a life lesson learned. He proudly wore his yarmulke though his entire Ivy League education, something that nobody else in his class did. Then one of his professors convinced him not to wear it for the interview he had scheduled with a top law firm that was recruiting on campus. As the man entered the room for his opportunity to secure an incredible first legal position, he was shocked to find a man with a Yarmulka on his head sitting across the table from him. “Where is your Yarmulka?” the other man asked immediately. The interviewee did his best to explain, but the response was harsh and life changing. The Frum attorney conducting the interview told this man that they had heard about him, and he was sent to hire him, specifically because the firm’s management agreed that anyone who could demon-

strate such a steady committed to his beliefs was someone they wanted on their team. He walked out without the job, but felt blessed with the powerful lesson. So to answer my friend’s question: Yes, it can be cumbersome, but I can’t help you with that part. That’s what your Rabbi is there for - to address the do’s and don’ts. What I can tell you is that I know from personal experience that when you hold your head up high and don’t hesitate to be yourself and stick to what you believe in, people sense it, trust it, and respect it. A bigot or discriminatory person may choose to dislike you for who you are, but that is their problem. Most people enjoy working and interacting with people they trust and respect. The trick is to do it sensitively and un-intrusively. If you can pull that off, what may at times feel like a challenge will become an opportunity. This will not only benefit you. It can also create a strong, lasting, and positive impression on those outside of our community who may find us mysterious and perhaps a bit aloof at times. Azi Rosenblum is a business consultant and the founder and CEO of RemSource, an outsourced provider of administrative and bookkeeping services for small businesses. To suggest a topic or ask a question for a future #BizWiz column, email


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out.” Author and educator Dr. Mordecai Paldiel dedicated over two decades of his life seeking out and honoring the Righteous among the Nations, the valiant gentile men and women who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. It was a mission that he undertook with the deepest of devotion and appreciation. Throughout this journey Paldiel came across numerous stories of other heroes: the courageous Jewish heroes that put themselves in a danger even graver to save their fellow Jews from death.

Having written eight books on the subject of the Righteous Gentiles, Paldiel has now compiled some of the most inspiring and noteworthy stories of these unsung heroes into his latest book, Saving One’s Own – Jewish Rescuers during the Holocaust. Paldiel believes that it is due time to pay honor to these little known and virtually forgotten brave souls. Himself saved by a Catholic priest as a young child, Paldiel worked for Yad Vashem for 24 years. Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem, Israel, is known as the ultimate source for Holocaust education, documentation and research, and was the first of its kind. As director of the Department of Righteous

among the Nations, Paldiel’s job was to identify and honor non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. During his time there Paldiel added 18,000 names to the registry, leaving Yad Vashem in 2007 with a total of 22,000 names of documented Righteous Gentiles. Today, there are over 26,000 names on record. Through these many years of intense research and verification, Paldiel would often learn of Jews involved in various rescue efforts. While in some instances the non-Jewish rescuers worked in tandem with the Jewish rescuers, in many others the Jewish rescuers were actually the prominent ones in the operation. “I kept wondering to myself, here

I am at Yad Vashem,” recalls Paldiel, “and how come nobody talks about the Jewish rescuers?” When he initially went to speak with the scholars and historians at Yad Vashem, Dr. Paldiel was told that there were very many instances of Jews helping Jews, and that one Jew helping another Jew is not a big deal – and in fact they were obligated to do that. Since a gentile that helped a Jew was not obligated to do it at all, the belief is if a gentile did indeed help then he must certainly be saluted. Paldiel explains that although under the Yad Vashem program of Righteous among the Nations a gentile saving one Jew is actually sufficient criteria for recognition, that wasn’t quite what he had in mind for

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Family photo of the Paldiel family, taken in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1947 or 1948. Mordecai is standing at the top on the extreme right. He is pictured with his parents, Shlomo Yehezkiel and Hinde; his sisters, Annie (top, center), Leah (top, left), Frieda (bottom, extreme left), sisters Rebecca (on mother’s lap), Mania-Malk (bottom, right); brother Simon (leaning on his father); and his maternal grandmother, Yocheved Labin-Kanner (extreme right) the Jewish rescuers. Paldiel was intent on bringing to light the extraordinary stories of the bravest ones who went way above and farther beyond – the outstanding men and women who created elaborate plans and clandestine networks in efforts to save the lives of their fellow Jews. There were, in fact, cases of those who stayed behind to continue their efforts when they had opportunity to flee to safety. “I didn’t understand who decided that a Jew had to add risk on top of the risk because he was a Jew?” ponders Paldiel. “He was ‘obligated’?!” During his tenure at Yad Vashem, Paldiel met a man named Haim Roet. Roet was born in Holland and was saved as a teenager by a Dutch man who was honored as a Righteous Gentile. Roet launched a program across Israel called Unto Every Person There is a Name, where names of people who died in the Holocaust are read aloud on Yom Hashoah. Along the way, he too began to wonder about the Jewish rescuers – and he too was met with opposition when he approached Yad Vashem. Roet went on to form the Action Committee for the Recognition of Jewish Rescuers of Jews, a non-partisan civilian association, in hopes of convincing representatives of Yad Vashem to recognize the value

of the mission. The more Roet engaged with the educators and administrators of Yad Vashem about including and honoring the Jewish rescuers, the more resistance he encountered. His objective of adding this new concept to the existing programs of Yad Vashem was partially complicated by the fact that it wasn’t in the originally mandated law of Yad Vashem. The law which created Yad Vashem, legislated by the Knesset in 1953, only stated that the organization would

Mordecai Paldiel as a child in 1943 (Swiss police mug shot)

As a young child in Switzerland, 1944

cation process. Through his immersion and dedication to his department at Yad Vashem Paldiel came to be known as “Mr. Righteous Gentile” and was well qualified to advise on the challenge at hand. “We need a program so we can be proud of these people – they should serve as role models for our own purposes,” Paldiel asserts. “This in no way, in my opinion, would detract from what we’re doing with the Righteous Gentiles. I wrote eight books on the Righteous Gentiles –

him to finally tell the stories of the Jewish rescue efforts and the heroes that saved hundreds of their fellow Jews – and certainly time for these souls to be saluted and honored in some way.

“Why isn’t there a street in Israel named after her?” Paldiel wonders. “Name a street in Israel after her and people will ask, ‘Why Marianne Cohn?’ and then they will learn.” be obligated to honor the gentiles; honoring Jewish rescuers was simply not in the statutes. This drove Roet’s group to appeal to members of Knesset, requesting to amend the law to mandate Yad Vashem to expand the programming. An additional concern of the representatives at Yad Vashem was how they would go about determining whom to honor. Paldiel reassured them that just as with all nominations, there would be intense research, evaluations, and a verifi-

but we also need this. These are your people’s heroes,” he explains. In 2007, with the discussion and debate still ongoing in Israel, Paldiel retired from his long-standing post at Yad Vashem and returned to the United States to join his children and grandchildren. He began teaching courses on the Holocaust and the history of Zionism at Yeshiva University and at Touro College. It was about four years ago when he decided the time had come to write his ninth book. He felt it was time for

A Zionist Mentality To Paldiel’s credit, after several years of much discussion and deliberation, Yad Vashem has this year agreed to accept and incorporate Jewish rescuers and heroes into their programming. “This will go to the credit of Yad Vashem now that they have taken on a program like this.” As other Holocaust centers look to Yad Vashem as the standard, Paldiel hopes they will follow suit. “I think this is something which should flow by itself without opposition. There’s nothing there that needs to be hidden. Everything here is positive and good. Not even Yad Vashem has questioned the data.” Paldiel tries to make sense of their initial opposition, reasoning that, in general, it is difficult to amend organizational goals. He recognizes two issues, one general, and one more specific but complex. One simple reason is that Yad Vashem is a very large and well-respected organization. Organizations in general don’t operate by the suggestions of


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be killed in such great numbers. He explains that it was not the example they wanted to show. The mentality of what the Holocaust represented was diaspora Jewry at its worst – defenseless, hopeless, submissive. He explains that even at the time that the Knesset debated when to finally establish Yom Hashoah they decided that the commemoration would be between Passover and Israel Independence Day. “Why? The message: Passover, liberation; Holocaust, downfall; State of Israel, redemption. And that the State of Israel took us out of the Holocaust. So it is tucked in between these two dates. “When you talk about Jewish rescuers you show the Jewish people in the diaspora – not necessarily Zionists – who did get the right message, who did decide that they were going to try to take on the Nazis by saving Jews and trying to figure out how to create clandestine organizations. They were going to help Jews either alone or with the help of gentiles,” says Paldiel. “These are assertive people – not submissive, not standing by. This shows that also in the diaspora Jews can also take care of themselves, in spite of the great odds of the Nazi regime.” The mentality in Israel has slowly been changing, says Paldiel. “We are vulnerable even with our military prowess; we have to have an open mind for Jews outside of Israel who did something.”

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With the Raoul Wallenberg tree at Yad Vashem

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those outside the organization, or look to change gears from the mission and good work they are already engaged in. “The main reason, though, is the mentality in Israel, the Zionist ethos under which Israel was established,” asserts Paldiel. “When Zionism was created, the basic message of Zionism was that Jews living in the diaspora are defenseless and they are submissive and they don’t know how to handle themselves when they come upon danger – except to flee from one country to another country.” The widely accepted history was that during the Holocaust Jews went like proverbial sheep to the slaughter; they did nothing, and that’s why the State of Israel was needed. “We needed to create a new type of Jew, a Jew that was not a submissive. So we fought. We fought the Arabs, we won; we fought another war, and we won. This is the new Jew, the muscular Jew – Samson, David and Goliath. But in the diaspora we don’t have that mentality,” Paldiel elaborates. “That was the main message of Zionism. Zionism derided diaspora Judaism.” Paldiel further examines the atmosphere surrounding the creation of Yad Vashem and how it wasn’t created until mandated by law. The attitude at the time was to shield the Israeli youth from knowing about this so-called shameful and humiliating chapter in Jewish history where Jews “allowed” themselves to

Placing a wreath on the tomb of Oskar Schindler in Jerusalem, surrounded by persons he saved, in 1994

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Rabbi Weissmandl, who tried to "buy" Jews from the Germans

tion picture Defiance, countless other stories of Jewish rescuers are still ripe to be told. Dr. Paldiel’s book, Saving One’s Own, organized by country, includes remarkable stories of remarkable people. The foremost example that Dr. Paldiel cites is that of the Bielski brothers, the Polish Jewish brothers, Tuvia, Asael, Zus and Aharon, who established a large partisan camp in the forests of Belarus. While there are many stories told of Jews who fled to the forest and joined partisan organizations, those who joined were young, able-bodied and in some cases were required to come with a gun. All who could not fit the qualifications of fighting age were not admitted to the partisan groups – with the sole exception of the Bielski brothers’ group. The Bielski brothers, led by Tuvia, said that any Jew that flees into the forest could join; they accepted any Jewish person no matter how old or weak. The Bielskis had decided to both save and fight, at whatever the risk to the group, and for every one fighter there were about three people in the forest who were not fighting. The Bielskis succeeded in saving over 1,200 Jews from the Nazis, largely women and children and elderly, and their group considered one of the largest rescue operations of Jews by Jews. After the war, the partisans disbanded. Tuvia went with Zus to Israel and then to America, settling in Brooklyn. To make a living Tuvia procured a truck and dealt in mov-

Marianne Cohn, a young hero

Members of the Bielski partisan group - Photo from Yad Vashem

ing furniture but struggled to make ends meet. Tuvia Bielski died in 1987, with his heroic efforts mostly unknown, while other Jewish partisans were hailed and celebrated. Paldiel expresses his dismay. “He was completely forgotten by the Jewish community. When he died here, no one paid attention, no one knew – nothing. The Jewish community overlooked it. Here’s a Jewish person who created a network in the forest, saved over 1,000 Jews, not even a handshake…” laments Dr. Paldiel. “So he’s dead and buried now; he has children and grandchildren but it’s a shameful thing. We honor someone – a non-Jewish person who saved one Jew – we give him a medal, we give him a certificate, we plant a tree for him at Yad Vashem. “A story like the Bielski brothers – you should teach it to Jewish children and show them and say, here’s a fellow who fought the Germans but he saved more than he fought. His message was, ‘I am here to save my people.’”

boarded trains without knowing where it was heading, many knew and tried to alert people of the danger their people were facing. Jews from all walks of Jewish affiliation reached out to help their fellow Jews. Rabbi Zalman Schneerson, the scion of the Lubavitcher Hasidic sect, suffered severe persecution under the Communist regime in the Soviet Union for spreading religious teachings, yet years later he bravely established two homes for adults and children in need in France during the war. The charismatic Rabbi Schneerson also ran a yeshiva and a vocational school and was able to maintain good relations with the police for some time. He was even able to have his radio technology school registered as a “labor group,” saving many students from being taken to labor camps. Later on Rabbi Schneerson would have to go into hiding, moving the children from chateau to chateau to stay ahead of the Germans. Ultimately, when many of the children in his care were taken and deported to Auschwitz, the rabbi remained with the several dozen surviving children until France’s liberation. During his research Paldiel discovered that he was one of the fortunate children who had been hidden in Rabbi Schneerson’s children home in Marseilles for a few months. Rabbi Michael Dov-Ber Weissmandl from Slovakia tried tirelessly to move others to action in saving the Jews. He crafted the Europa Plan –

Heroic Leaders Contrary to the idea that the Jews had no idea or guidance, Saving One’s Own opens with the quotes of Jewish leaders throughout Europe warning their fellow Jews to leave and be aware of what was happening; imploring them to hide, flee and do anything to not be taken and not to board the trains. While many indeed

a bold and elaborate ploy to “negotiate” with the Nazis. Not a diplomat but a Talmudic scholar, Rabbi Weissmandl took advantage of the Nazi propaganda that proclaimed that the Jews were powerful and controlled the world and that the war was actually launched by Jews to destroy Germany. Weissmandl fabricated documents claiming that he was a delegate of the secret Jewish government and was sent to negotiate a deal. These documents eventually made it to S.S. Commander Heinrich Himmler, and to Rabbi Weissmandl’s shock, Himmler was willing to negotiate. It was 1942 and Himmler, realizing that Germany alone could not win the war, thought he could be a hero by preventing Germany from going down in defeat. Himmler told Rabbi Weissmandl that for the sum of $2 million they could halt the Holocaust in France and Belgium – with $200,000 up front. Rabbi Weissmandl immediately scrambled to raise these funds, reaching out to Jewish organizations and joint distribution funds but was met with skepticism and resistance. He was fully willing to take the monetary risk in efforts to stop a few trains or to save even a few Jews. After repeated failed attempts and stalling Himmler for a while, Rabbi Weissmandl had to eventually abort the mission. His efforts weren’t completely for naught. He was able to bribe the Slovaks for a period of time, saving thousands of Jews from death.


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Some boys at the Yeshiva of Eragny, led by Rabbi Schneerson

Marianne Cohn and Her Children

was managed by the Jewish federation in Switzerland, and his parents were interred in a camp for adults. After the war the family went back to Belgium and in 1950 came to America, where Paldiel went to a Lubavitch yeshiva high school and then Washington Irving in New York City. Paldiel was trained by his fa-

His Journey Although he initially found his position at Yad Vashem posted on a job board in Israel, Dr. Paldiel couldn’t be more suited to this mission. “I was saved by a Catholic priest in France who arranged for us to cross into Switzerland,” he explains. Born Marcus Wajsfeld in Belgium in 1937, Paldiel and his family fled to France when the Germans invaded. In France the family went from one place to another place until fatefully crossing into Switzerland. The second of six children, Paldiel was taken to a children’s home that

ther as a diamond polisher, working a few years in the Diamond District to help his father support the family, until he was eventually drafted into the U.S. Army. His parents and siblings, who all kept the original family name of Wajsfeld, landed in Brooklyn and in Israel. In 1962, upon completion of his

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Dr. Paldiel tells another story of a Jewish woman named Marianne Cohn. Born in Germany, Cohn fled first to Spain and then to France. When the Germans came into France, Cohn joined the Jewish underground where she was assigned to smuggle Jewish children across the border into Switzerland. This was done in secret collaboration with Jewish people on the Swiss side who would meet the children. Cohn went on several trips, taking groups of 20-50 children across the border at night until May of 1944, when a German patrol arrested Cohn and took the children. Cohn remained in prison there until the eve of the German retreat, when she was taken out to the forest and brutally shot and killed at the age of 22, tortured before her death for her refusal to give information. There were two Frenchmen along on that last trip who were hired to take the children on their trucks to a certain point at the border. They too were arrested but released. These Frenchmen were later honored by Yad Vashem as Righteous Gentiles, yet Marianne Cohn – the leading spirit who was successful in saving over 200 children – received nothing. There are schools in both France and Germany named after her and a stone is placed on her house in Berlin marking her noble efforts and her tragic murder. “Why isn’t there a street in Israel named after her?” Paldiel wonders.

“Name a street in Israel after her and people will ask, ‘Why Marianne Cohn?’ and then they will learn.” Paldiel’s frustration is strong – he wants to shout it out. He wants to educate the Jewish children about Marianne Cohn and explain what she did. “That is the purpose of this book – which I hope will also be translated into Hebrew.” Saving One’s Own is filled with story after story illustrating the great pains these Jewish heroes went through to save their fellow Jews at tremendous risk to their own lives. Paldiel’s 400 page tome couldn’t possibly cover all that needed to be told and he even had to edit the book down by twenty percent. Needless to say, he is gratified that the many included stories will be made public and his efforts will finally come to fruition.

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Rabbi Zalman Schneerson with Rabbi Kotujanski in Paris after the war

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Mordecai Paldiel with his rescuer, Simon Gallay, in 1990

military service, Paldiel decided to make aliyah and then served in the Israeli Army and studied at Hebrew University. He met his wife, Rachel, an Israeli of Iraqi descent, and together they had three children. Their oldest daughter, Sigalit, was born a few days before the Six Day War. When the war broke out, Rachel and the newborn hid in the building’s bomb shelter as Mordecai went back to fight the war. Afterwards, he worked a few jobs before returning back to the States to further his education, receiving his M.A. and Ph.D. in Holocaust Studies from Temple University in Philadelphia. Paldiel returned to Israel in 1982. It was at that time that his trajectory was set. A friend had helped him secure a job as a Yiddish on-air announcer, yet something drew him to visit an employment office on King George Street. It was there on the office bulletin board that Paldiel saw the notice that Yad Vashem was looking to hire. Despite his intensive education in Holocaust studies, he hadn’t yet heard of the program for Righteous Gentiles. Nevertheless, he interviewed at Yad Vashem, got the job, and remained there until 2007. His work at Yad Vashem understandably led him to thinking about his own experiences and wondering if the cleric who saved him was still alive. Paldiel’s parents were living in Boro Park at the time. He wrote to his parents and urged them to send him all the information about the cleric and the circumstances of how they met him as best as they could

A recent photo of Dr. Paldiel

recall. One of the most meaningful encounters for Paldiel occurred the day a French monk came to see him at Yad Vashem. In Israel on assignment, the robed monk stopped into the office to check on somebody’s tree before heading back to France. Paldiel took advantage of this rare opportunity to ask if perhaps the

Dr. Paldiel with his family at Holocaust Memorial Park in Brooklyn

Today, the traditionally observant Paldiel and his wife Rachel do their best to pass on Jewish pride to their children and five grandchildren, sharing holidays together at their home in New Jersey. Oldest daughter Sigalit “Siggy” works on television and has used the medium to highlight her Israeli and Jewish heritage, even filming her father

“‘I’m the man that arranged for your family to cross over into Switzerland,’ it said, and I almost fell off my chair,” Paldiel recalls.

monk would help find the cleric that had saved his family. The monk agreed to take the information and left. Paldiel thought it was a long shot until a few weeks later he received a postcard from the priest himself. “‘I’m the man that arranged for your family to cross over into Switzerland,’ it said, and I almost fell off my chair,” Paldiel recalls. Paldiel started corresponding with him. On September 19, 1989, Yad Vashem recognized Abbe’ Simon Gallay, the French Catholic cleric who saved six-year-old Mordecai and his family 46 years earlier. In 1990, Paldiel visited Gallay, who was then in a retirement home in France, to award him the prestigious Righteous Among the Nations medal and to give him a certificate of honor. The two were joined at the ceremony by a bishop, a rabbi, local yeshiva boys, and the Israeli ambassador.

saying kiddush for a Shabbat dinner scene (the filming in actuality took place on a Wednesday). Paldiel lectures widely and has even spoken at the United Nations, giving the keynote address at the United Nations Holocaust Memorial Ceremony to the General Assembly in 2013. Paldiel continues to teach courses in Y.U. and at Touro. He would love to spend more time talking about the rescuers but typically doesn’t get that far in the curriculum. He explains that although the students are eager to learn, he needs to make sure they first have a solid grasp of the dates and other details of the Holocaust. He makes sure to tell them a few of the stories of Jewish heroes, such as those of Bielski and Cohn, but insists that they focus more on understanding the history and the timeline of the horrors. Paldiel also teaches the back-

ground of Zionism and all its ups and downs, and that the State of Israel came into being through many efforts – and also miraculously. “No one could foresee it was going to happen. That’s my message – nothing should be taken for granted as a Jewish person. We have to be on guard and we have to be vigilant. There are always people trying to end our history by conversion or assimilation throughout history,” he notes. Paldiel strongly believes that the stories of these heroes need to keep being told and that each Holocaust Remembrance Day should include stories of the Jewish heroes alongside the tragic stories. “There is so much evil and bad things in the world and people sometimes forget that civilization is based on acts of goodness – if there’s no goodness then the whole thing would collapse. Because of good people and people who devote themselves to help others – even at risk to themselves – that gives encouragement, that’s the medicine that helps people to get over things,” says Paldiel. “Maybe one day goodness will be the more prominent feature in human behavior…but at least we have these examples.” “This is not something that somebody imagined and wrote about. It happened,” Paldiel says, “The people who did these things – these heroes – were people that we can identify with, that did it for the simple reason that it had to be done – and not because they expected a medal or a tree.”


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The Nocebo Effect 7/31 Daniel joined a clinical trial for a new medication. The participants of the study were told that they might experience some side effects including nausea, loss of appetite and low blood pressure. After a few days on the medication, Daniel started experiencing the side effects very acutely and he needed to prematurely drop

people search the internet for medical information, “Dr. Google” can give them so much frightening information that they might develop symptoms as a result of the nocebo effect. The nocebo effect relates to two disorders that are associated with health anxiety. They are somatic

out of the trial. Later, Daniel discovered that he received a sugar pill and that the side effects that he experienced were from his apprehension about the side effects. Daniel had experienced the nocebo effect. The nocebo effect is the “dark side” of the much better-known placebo effect. The placebo effect is when an inert drug or treatment produces a beneficial effect that is a result of the patient’s expectations of the treatment. In a placebo effect, the expectation of a positive result not only makes one feel better but can actually produce measurable physiological and neurological changes. For this reason, the FDA will not approve a medication unless it has been shown to be better than a placebo. The nocebo effect is the exact same phenomenon as the placebo effect, just on the negative side. When a doctor informs a patient about possible side effects the likelihood of the patient experiencing those side effect increases significantly. When

symptom disorder and illness anxiety disorder. Somatic symptom disorder is when someone focuses significantly on physical symptoms, such as pain or fatigue, to the point that it causes major distress and limits normal functioning. Illness anxiety disorder is when one worries excessively about becoming seriously ill even in the absence of physical symptoms or due to catastrophic thinking related to normal body sensations or minor symptoms. These disorders used to be combined under the label of hypochondriasis. These disorders are treatable but can be tricky so a clinician with experience with these conditions would be preferable. This is a service of Relief Resources. Relief is an organization that provides mental health referrals to the frum community. Rabbi Azriel Hauptman is the director of the Baltimore branch of Relief. He can be contacted at 410-448-8356 or at .


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large as the giants the spies reported inhabited the Land of Israel back in the days of Moses. To the credit of these old-time comedians, no inappropriate word was ever uttered. If they were saying anything “off color” it was in Yiddish. So, who understood it anyway?! In fact, who knows if they even spoke Yiddish? It didn’t have to be a real word because any word that sounds Yiddish harks of an ex-

sound like you called someone an old battle axe! Just look at the word for ground meat, for instance: gahakta fleish! Need I say more?! Today, the code of ethics has changed. Mothers-in-law seem to be completely off limits! I guess women’s lib took care of that. And crude language has become not just acceptable but the order of the day! Practically every word needs to be censored. These new guys could

Our lives are just meant to be taken with a grain of salt and a good guffaw.

plicit message. For example, “She was a real ga-hufenblacha, seeing her once a month was more than enough!” Or, “She could give you such a machan-shlufel you would run out of there holding your head just so it wouldn’t roll off.” And then again, even an authentic Yiddish word, utilized in a completely innocent manner, could still

never perform for an Orthodox audience. There would be no content! Perhaps that’s how mimes got started?! So, what do comedians who perform in the Catskills these days talk about? Us! Because we are good material. We are funny! We eat a lot, talk a lot, and celebrate holidays a lot,

which only means we eat and talk...a lot more! And our greatness is that we can laugh at ourselves. We don’t need a mother-in-law to be put down or crude language to be uttered to get us laughing! Our simple images make us laugh! Just say the word gefilte fish, or petcha, or shidduch resume, and we get hysterical. Well, maybe shidduch resumes actually make us hysterically cry. But our “stuff” is just plain funny! In other words, our lives are just meant to be taken with a grain of salt and a good guffaw. We were born to be material for a Catskills comedian. So, even when you don’t hear one in person, just close your eyes, sit back, and laugh. Cuz maybe that is what G-d meant by commanding us, “Ivdu et Hashem b’simcha, worship G-d with joy.” We are not just the people of the book; we are the people of the joke book! Rivki Rosenwald is a certified relationship counselor, and career and life coach. She can be contacted at 917705-2004 or<

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hen the baby boom generation was growing up, Catskills comedians were a big phenomenon. Entertainment in the mountains meant that there was a comedian. And everyone was in the mountains! No one took an airplane anywhere and no one had air conditioning. Therefore, the “cool” mountains – and I mean cool air, not cool crowd – was the “physical” getaway. And humor was the “mental” getaway. Humor was about poking fun at things. And mothers-in-law were the easiest target. Every comedian ripped at them. Of course, I had no idea why. To me that was my sweet grandmother! Not someone’s mother-in-law. There were no women comedian either, so no one was a protective force defending mothers-in-law. Now, these comics had no boundaries. Mothers-in-law were completely defenseless. These poor overworked, 3-foot-7, little European ladies, potentially traumatized from their past, were portrayed as the devil incarnate. They were trounced by these comics. They portrayed them as ogres that loomed as



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Daf HaYomi B’Halacha Siyum in Antwerp, Climax of Worldwide Siyumim on Second Volume of Mishnah Berurah Tens of Thousands Embark on Systematically Learning Hilchos Shabbos by Chaim Gold

Last week, tens of thousands of Jews the world over embarked on a journey that is destined to enrich and transform their observance of Shabbos. They embarked on the Dirshu Daf HaYomi B’Halacha learning of the laws of Shabbos, the third volume of the Mishnah Berurah. Daf HaYomi B’Halacha is Dirshu’s halacha learning program where one page of Mishnah Berurah is learned daily. Over the course of about a year and a half, the entire section covering the laws of Shabbos is learned. In advance of the launch of hilchos Shabbos, celebratory siyumim on the second volume of Mishnah Berurah were held in locales throughout the world. The Antwerp Siyum: A Microcosm of the World Perhaps the most prominent siyum was the European wide siyum held in Antwerp, Belgium. What happened at the siyum and in advance of the siyum in Antwerp was an inspiring microcosm of what has been transpiring all over the world. In advance of learning hilchos Shabbos an effort was made in Antwerp to increase the number of shiurim in Daf HaYomi B’Halacha at the various shuls in town. According to Rabbi Avrohom Dovid Knopfler, Dirshu’s representative in Antwerp, over the past six weeks, numerous shuls have announced the institution of Daf HaYomi B’Halacha shiurim and, by the time hilchos Shabbos was getting underway there were some twenty new daily shiurim in Antwerp alone! The Illustrious Rabbinic Leaders of Antwerp Weigh In On Sunday, 8 Tammuz/July 2, Rav Dovid Hofstedter together with senior members of Dirshu’s hanhala arrived in Antwerp for the siyum. The first stop on the way from the airport was the home of the Pshevorsker Rebbe, shlita, of Antwerp. The Rebbe enthusiastically supported the renaissance

in the learning of halacha in town and related that the zechus of spreading Torah in such a way is immeasurable. The delegation then went to HaGaon HaRav Aharon Schiff, shlita, Rav of the Machzikei Hadas Kehillah. Rav Schiff asked that all of the town’s dayanim also attend the meeting. During the visit Rav Schiff related that a person came to ask him whether as a maggid shiur who usually delivers his Daf HaYomi B’Halacha shiur at the time of the siyum, should he cancel the shiur in order to attend the siyum? Rav Schiff replied that not only should he cancel his shiur, but any shiur in town should be cancelled and all members of the community should attend the siyum to show their honor for Torah. Rav Hofstedter and the Dirshu leaders, also visited, HaGaon HaRav Dovid Moshe Lieberman, shlita, Rav of the Shomrei Hadas Community and the elder Rav of the city. Learning Halacha: The Quintessential Unifier Indeed, Antwerp had seldom, if ever witnessed such a turnout! The unity of the community was absolutely remarkable as all of the numerous kehillos comprising the rich mosaic of Antwerp Jewry came out en masse to celebrate not only the completion of Chelek Beis but also to display their love of Torah and their desire to dedicate themselves to joining the ranks of worldwide lomdei halacha in the future as the program begins the laws of Shabbos. Another remarkable development was the fact that virtually every single Rav in the entire kehillah, despite their busy schedules attended the event. Antwerp Jews were deeply moved when, towards the beginning of the main event, all of the Rabbonim entered together to the enthusiastic singing of ‘yamim al yemei melech tosif’. One participant passionately exclaimed, “The sight of all the rabbonim sitting with an extraordinary

unity of purpose at the mizrach wall of the Beis Rochel Hall at the siyum is a sight I will never forget!” Another participant said, “This is the first time I have attended an event of this size and magnitude where not only have I not been asked to donate money, but on the contrary, I have been offered money for learning Torah, and being tested on what I learn!” Rav Aharon Schiff: Dirshu Has Also Brought Mussar to the Masses The festivities began with a seudas mitzvah for the “Dirshu Family” - all the people in town who regularly take Dirshu’s tests. It was followed by a citywide siyum attended by some 1500 people. Rav Yaakov Dov Orshansky, Chairman of the evening and himself a Dirshu test taker, set the tone for the evening by pointing out the transformative impact that Dirshu has had on the lives of its lomdim. In his seminal address, Rav Aharon Schiff highlighted the importance of Torah that permeates everything that Dirshu does. Harbotzas haTorah and support of Torah on such a scale can only be rooted in infinite love of Torah. Rav Schiff also pointed out the importance of the mussar component of the Daf HaYomi B’Halacha. There was a misconception that mussar learning is only for exceptional ovdei Hashem. Dirshu has successfully encouraged everyone to engage in the introspection of avodas hammusar. There was a hush in the hall as the nonagenarian, Rav Dovid Moshe Lieberman, got up to speak. Rav Lieberman asked, “Why does the Torah first use the word ‘zachor - remember the Shabbos’ and later use the word ‘shamor - keep the Shabbos’? He answered that only if someone remembers Shabbos throughout the week by learning hilchos Shabbos will he merit being able to keep Shabbos in its entirety in accordance with halacha!” Rav Hofstedter: Those Who

Learn Halacha are Endowed With Special Siyatta DiShmaya Rav Dovid Hofstedter, Nasi of Dirshu, quoted in the name of HaGaon HaRav Shmuel Wosner, zt”l, that the most difficult way of learning, is learning all the way up to the practical halacha. Still, Rav Wosner said that those who learn this way are endowed with a special siyatta diShmaya. Rav Dovid also hailed the special people who despite being so busy trying to earn a living, still manage to ‘steal’ time to add yet another seder to their learning schedule. “One cannot even begin to depict the mesiras nefesh of a Jew who is rushing to his office or store but stops to chap arein another five minutes or another fifteen minutes of learning of halacha in addition to his daily Gemara shiur. We have no inkling of the magnitude of their Divine reward! A powerful speech about the importance of learning practical halacha was also given by the maggid, Rav Aharon Toisig and a special treat was the live, video hook-up of divrei chizuk given by the well-known mashpia, HaGaon HaRav Elimelech Biderman, shlita. It is Not Too Late to Join At all of the siyumim, the speakers pointed out that although learning hilchos Shabbos by oneself can be daunting, joining an existing shiur that goes according to a defined schedule or even learning with a chavrusah with the Daf HaYomi B”Halacha calendar is imminently doable. With as little investment as a half hour a day, plus extra time for review, you can learn the entire hilchos Shabbos! To join Daf HaYomi B’Halacha or to access a shiur near you in North America, please call 888-5-Dirshu or e-mail mm@

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ic trainers, equipment managers, communications personnel, travel logistics managers, public relations/ media personnel, and other employees.” The team actually requires everyone to attend breakfast, where players meet with coaches to talk strategy, review film, discuss media

minimis fringe benefits. Here’s the problem. For employee meals to qualify as a de minimis fringe benefit, they have to be served at a facility “owned or leased by the employer.” But the team served half of those meals on the road. So the IRS iced half of those

For employee meals to qualify as a de minimis fringe benefit, they have to be served at a facility “owned or leased by the employer.”

inquiries, and make roster changes. The Bruins spent $255,274 on team meals in 2009 and $284,446 in 2010. Now, we all know those are deductible: you can write off 50% of the cost of meals you eat while traveling for business. But Jacobs wasn’t satisfied deducting just 50%. He (or at least his accountants) wanted to deduct 100% of those expenses as de

expenses, and the parties wound up facing off in court. Judge Ruwe sounds like a hockey fan. His opinion runs a full 34 pages, which is the Tax Court equivalent of overtime for a case that size. The main issue was whether the hotel meeting rooms where the team served meals qualified as their “business premises” under code

section 132(e)(2). And the referee judge, exercising some much-appreciated common sense, ruled for the team. In short, he said, league rules require the team to play half of its games away from home, and even arrive at least six hours before game time. Wherever the team hosts those meetings is its “place of business,” at least for that contest, so the meals the team serves are 100% deductible de minimis fringe benefits. The decision saved Jacobs 45,205$ for 2009 and 39,823$ in 2010. NHL Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky once said: “A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.” We agree with Gretzky, and we don’t settle for playing where the puck is. Make sure you’re ready to suit up against the tax code, and let’s put some Ws on the board! Allan J Rolnick is a CPA who has been in practice for over 30 yea rs in Queens, NY. He welcomes your comments and can be reached at 718-896-8715 or at

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ummer is here, so naturally, everyone’s thinking about hockey. The Pittsburgh Penguins have just taken their second Stanley Cup in a row, and the rest of the NHL is working to make sure there’s no three-peat. But one of those teams just won a different sort of contest, in Tax Court of all places. So let’s go to the tape... Jeremy Jacobs is the owner and chairman of Delaware North, a concession company operating at places like stadiums, racetracks, and national parks. (Sounds like he’s as much to blame as anyone for the $14 beers you bought at your last ballgame.) He also owns the Boston Bruins, which finished 2017 with a 44-31-7 record in the league’s Eastern Conference. Forbes magazine pegs his net worth at just 4.4$ billion, which means he’s barely a billionaire and still has to watch his pennies. The Bruins play half their games on the road. Those road trips can get expensive, especially when it comes to feeding everyone “between 20 and 24 players, the head coach, assistant coaches, medical personnel, athlet-


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by Mrs. Elaine Bodenheimer

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Lemon Delish What You 4 cups of vanilla gluten free cookie crumbs 1/3 cup margarine, melted 1 8 oz. package Tofutti cream cheese, softened 1 cup confectionersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sugar 1 Tbl. grated lemon peel

Will Need: 16 oz. Rich Whip, defrosted and whipped 2 boxes lemon instant pudding and pie filling â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4 servings each 2 cups non-dairy creamer or rice milk (or combination thereof)

Preparation: 1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees 2. Stir melted margarine into 3 cups of cookie crumbs. Press cookie mixture firmly into bottom of glass 9 x 13 inch ungreased pan. Bake for 15 minutes. Set aside and let cool. 3. In medium bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, and lemon peel with mixer on medium speed, until smooth. Scrape down sides often. Beat in 1 1/2 cups of whipped topping. Spread over cookie crust. 4. In another medium bowl, beat dry pudding mix and creamer with whisk about 2 minutes or until thick. Spread over cream cheese mixture. Spread remaining whipped topping over pudding layer. Top with remaining cookie crumbs. Cover and refrigerate 4 hours. Enjoy!

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by Renee Rousso Chernin

Beans are an inexpensive protein loaded with health benefits. A diet with beans can regulate blood sugar, lower cholesterol, curb carb cravings and contribute to overall health. Plus they are filling, versatile and delicious. Here are two simple ways to add beans to your menu this week.

JULY 20, 2017

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or vegetable broth 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cumin 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon cornstarch


1. In a large pot over medium high heat, add the oil, onion, garlic, celery and bell pepper. Cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until softened, about 10 minutes. 2. Add 1 cup of the broth, one can of the beans, salt and cumin and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes. 3. Using an immersion blender, puree soup. 4. Stir in the rest of the beans, simmer uncovered for 15 minutes. 5. Combine the lemon juice and cornstarch and stir to the soup; cook 5 minutes or until thickened. If too thick, stir in the remaining ½ cup of water. Serve with sour cream, shredded cheese, chopped green or white onions and/or jalapeño pepper as desired.


2 cloves Garlic, minced 10 ounce bag thawed frozen artichoke hearts 1/3 cup olive oil 1 (15 ounce) can white beans,

rinsed and drained 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon smoked paprika salt


1. Preheat oven to 400° and roast artichoke tossed with the oil & garlic for 30 minutes. 2. In the bowl of a food processor, place the roasted artichoke and garlic with the oil. Add beans, vinegar, lemon juice and smoked paprika and puree until completely incorporated. Salt to taste and pulse until completely combined. 3. To serve, transfer to a bowl and sprinkle with a little extra smoked paprika, a drizzle with olive oil and if you like, a sprinkle with zaatar or herbs. Preparation time: 10 minutes Makes: 3 cups


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2 tablespoons olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 celery ribs, finely chopped 1/4 large red bell pepper, finely chopped 1 to 1 1/2 cups chicken, beef

Smokey Artichoke & White Bean Dip

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