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

JEWISH THOUGHT It All Adds Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

HUMOR & ENTERTAINMENT Centerfold. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Notable Quotes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

EDUCATION Artistic Quality and Expression . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Forgotten Heroes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

COVER STORY A Close up Look at Kosher Cuisine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 The Sound Of Sirens

How Those Living in Israel Live Under Rocket Fire. . . . . 40

LIFESTYLES Perfect Portion Sizes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 In the Kitchen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

NEWS Global News. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 National News. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 That’s Odd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24


Israel News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Dear Readers, What do you think of this job description? “The perfect candidate for this position will be traveling the world, sampling foods from restaurants all over the country, meeting with restaurateurs, and writing about his or her travels.” Sounds like a dream job, right? Flying around the globe and tasting dishes from every restaurant imaginable…Where can I sign up? Elan Kornblum, the “Restaurant Guy,” sounds like he has the world’s most amazing—and delectable—job. He has made kosher cuisine into an art. Elan has to be on top of what’s going on in the kosher food world—what restaurant is opening, which is closing, what new dishes are being added, and what new kosher food craze is starting to peak. This week, we spoke with the restaurant maven to learn some of the tricks of the trade. According to Elan, we’ve come a long way since pastrami on rye, but there still is room for kosher eateries to offer more to kosher consumers. Even so, there is still a lot out there for diners to enjoy. Sushi, which used to be considered an exotic food, is now normal fare in almost every supermarket and along every main street in Jewish neighborhoods. Burgers are now being topped with exotic offerings such as mint mayo or black truffles. Pop-up food trucks are serving kosher fare as well. When dining out, there is a plethora of delicious items to try that will tickle and tantalize the kosher palate. I am looking forward to what the future of Jewish eateries has in store. Bon Appétit! On a more serious note, we must continue to pray for our soldiers in Gaza who are literally protecting our country with their own lives day in and day out. We must continue our acts of kindness; the “Say Hello” initiative of the Vaad Harabonim is a great program to accept upon ourselves. Every deed counts. As always, we love to hear from our readers. Please reach out to me at editor@ Wishing you a wonderful week,


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Etz Chaim Provides an Entertaining and Inspiring Evening at Their “Raise the Steaks” Event On Sunday evening, July 13th, at the elegant Stevenson estate of Bruce Sholk and Beth Kaplan, the rain held off just long enough for the over 160 guests to enjoy an inspirational and entertaining evening. Billed as the most-anticipated men’s tzedakah event of the year, Etz Chaim’s “Raise the Steaks” Young Donors event did not disappoint. For Josh Stone, Vice President of ColumbiaNational Real Estate Finance, this event was his first exposure to Etz Chaim. Josh Stone was an event and Israel scholarship sponsor along with ColumbiaNational colleague Brett (Alexander) Weil. Stone was impressed at the diversity and enthu-

There was plenty of oohing, aahing, and picture taking. The pre-event VIP program for sponsors began with a delicious and informative scotch and bourbon tasting. In the conservatory, with its 40foot ceilings and tasteful décor, Jeff Rosenthal from Reliable Churchill distributors, along with Mike Fishman from Quarry Wines and Spirits, presented a wide variety of bourbons, scotches, and rye, educating the participants about the differences between them and between the tastes from different regions of Scotland. After the VIP event, the rest of the attendees streamed in for a cocktail hour in the garden off the conserva-

cious host for the evening, began the program by welcoming everyone and thanking them for supporting Etz Chaim and so many other important programs and institutions in Baltimore and beyond. Tapping into his heavy involvement with Jewish programs across the US campus scene as well as Birthright and other programs for youth and students, Mr. Sholk highlighted and reiterated the need for the community to have an institution like Etz Chaim that works tirelessly to provide a place for people to engage, provide, and grow in their Jewish passion and education. Rabbi Yisroel Porter, Director of JFI, Etz Chaim’s Young Family Di-

mitzvah of V’ahavta L’rayacha K’mocha—to love every single Jew, and to be Nosei B’ol and to feel their pain and to channel that into action. Reaching out to Jewish friends and colleagues and making sure that they know that at this time, and at all times, we are all part of the same Jewish family, and we are all united in one loving family, is the way to be Nosei B’ol with our brothers and sisters in Israel. Jim Larson is an Etz Chaim student and an active participant in JFI, along with his wife Laura and children. He shared their riveting personal journey which began in McCook, Montana and, after joining the United States Coast Guard, continued through stops

siasm of the participants he met. “Etz Chaim has truly inspired students and participants to be proud of their Jewish identity and rich heritage,” he remarked. “The event was infused with fun, warmth, and good spirit with a focus on loving Judaism and connecting with a group of peers.” As guests walked into the large, circular driveway they were greeted by a display of seven generations of beautiful Corvettes, from an original 1962 C1 to a sparkling blue 2014 C7.

tory. The cocktail hour featured sushi and other delectable hors d’oeuvres, along with local microbrews from Baltimore’s own Unioncraft Brewing Co. After mincha, everyone moved upstairs to the stunning back lawn and enjoyed delicious steaks grilled to perfection in three different marinades that were expertly paired with delicious Israeli wine. As the sun dipped along the Western horizon, Bruce Sholk, longstanding supporter of Etz Chaim and gra-

vision, then took the mic and asked the question weighing on everyone’s mind: How can we sit here enjoying steak and wine while millions of our brothers and sisters in Eretz Yisrael are living in fear, under constant threat of missile barrages? Having returned just a few weeks ago from an Etz Chaim-JWRP Men’s mission to Israel, he recalled one highlight of his trip: The poignant message on the grave of the Arizal encourages everyone who visits to accept upon him or herself the

in Wyoming and Alaska, before purposely relocating to Baltimore to grow in their Judaism. Both he and his wife Laura have found so much passion and inspiration in the vibrant Baltimore community. They have expressed over and over again their positive experience here and the gratefulness they have to Etz Chaim for bringing them to where they stand today. Rabbi Nitzan Bergman, Executive Director of Etz Chaim, then gave a brief introduction to the next speaker.

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He explained that, “Our mission is to make Judaism relevant and accessible in a non-threatening way. Our purpose is to help Jewish people discover the meaning of what it means to be a Jew. Our vision is to build Etz Chaim into the point of access for all Jews in the greater Baltimore area.” The floor was then given over to Marcus Rothberg. Marcus, who flew in special for Raise the Steaks, credits Etz Chaim’s young professional program WOW! for being the catalyst for his remarkable appreciation and passion for Judaism Following Marcus’s rousing words, Rabbi Shlomo Porter, Dean of Etz Chaim, made a presentation of a magnificent print of the Kotel to the host, Bruce Sholk, for his generosity of spirit for Etz Chaim; the Baltimore Jewish community, through his extensive involvement with The Assocciated; and for all of the Jewish people. Rabbi Yisroel Porter then coordinated a fun drawing of luxury prizes including an hour-long flying tour over Bal-

timore in a private plane, prime tickets to an upcoming Orioles game, a delicious bottle of Covenant Wine, and many other fabulous prizes. One last highlight of the evening was Rabbi Shlomo Porter “auctioning off” scholarships to send students to Israel over the next year. Within a few minutes, all five scholarships had been “snapped up” by generous donors! Dessert was then served at a beautiful Viennese table. Each attendee was also given a tasty memento to bring home to his wife—a beautifully wrapped cookie gift package prepared and sponsored by Shira Perlman of Delightfully Sweet. A frosted Etz Chaim shot glass memento was also given out embossed with the words, “I helped Raise the Steaks for Etz Chaim!” Everyone went home with a good taste in their mouths; they had been wined and dined like never before, they learned about the unique contribution of Etz Chaim in the Baltimore

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First Half of Camp Shoresh a Smashing Success! Camp Shoresh, who is currently celebrating their 35th anniversary, just completed session one at camp, and session two is now underway. Shoresh is located in Adamstown, Maryland, and the 415 campers that have enrolled in Shoresh are having the time of their lives. Children have joined us from Frederick, Baltimore, Columbia, Gaithersburg, Silver Spring, Potomac, Rockville, Olney, Clarksburg, West Virginia, Leesburg, and Ashburn, Virginia. We also have a few kids from California, New Jersey, New York, and even Israel! As the director of Camp Shoresh

for the past 29 years (I was a counselor for 4 years too!), I think the most exciting thing about this summer is our new campers from Roanoke, Virginia. Yes, Roanoke! How did campers from Roanoke make their way to the beautiful 107-acre campus that hosts Shoresh? A former Frederick camper, who was part of the Shoresh family when it was first formed, has lived in Roanoke for many years, and called me about the possibility of bringing a carload of kids to help connect them to their Jewish roots. She relayed that there are dozens of Jewish families in their area but no program

like Shoresh exists for them, and she wanted to give her sons, as well as the other boys, a taste of the Shoresh experience—one that embodies a wonderful and fun exciting camp experience in a positive Jewish setting. Rabbi Menachem Goldberger, who works at Shoresh as the B. Stanley Resnick Memorial Scholar, said, “I don’t know of a more successful Jewish organization than Shoresh. Their goal of connecting Jewish kids to their roots and to their deep Jewish heritage is accomplished every day through a beautiful blend of positive Judaism. I am

proud to be on the Shoresh team.” Part of Rabbi Goldberger’s role is to come to camp and teach the camp important lessons. He gives special classes to the CIT’s and staff. He also helps train the staff to help them reach their goals and objectives in reaching out to our Jewish children during these challenging times. Additionally, he is a wonderful resource for the head staff to talk to about important issues that arise. The highlights of the first half of camp are too many to mention in one article–it could take up the whole Baltimore Jewish Home! However, I must



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We have had visits from Baltimore Ravens players, and two former University of Maryland basketball players are our basketball coaches. The Moshav Band came from California for one of the best concerts in Shoresh’s history. Have I even mentioned the trips yet? Shoresh has gone to Hershey Park,


a Frederick Key’s game, an Oriole’s game, ice-skating, horseback riding, and boating. The CIT’s went go-karting, and Junior Shoresh went to a bounce house. We also had two amazing overnights, with a big campfire and fireworks that lit up Adamstown. There was a Shabbaton at the camp and a CIT

Shabbaton in Baltimore. How do we do it all? Anyone who signs up to be on the Shoresh staff takes a pledge not to sleep in the summer! Truthfully, the staff is tremendously dedicated and hardworking, and they are wonderful role models for our kids. Stay tuned for second session news!

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Baltimore Communal Gathering for Unity and Prayer Draws Overflowing Crowd by Marge Pensak


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I moved to Baltimore in 1979, and I can remember when everyone knew everyone in town. Can you? Whether you can or cannot, restoring that small town feeling of achdus--unity--and togetherness, was the theme of the Vaad HaRabbonim-Rabbinical Council of Greater Baltimore’s

able to understand why the boys’ fates were sealed as they were, but Hashem heard our tefilos. The Rav called our outpouring of tefilos a transformational “magic” moment, when we felt an achdus that we never felt before. “I don’t think I was ever touched like that before,”

someone is outside of shul, standing by himself or herself, say “hello”. I can’t tell you what you have just done for the world--for the Ribono Shel Olam and His people….By recognizing people and letting them know you mean something to me, that is what achdus is all about.”

cious; gestures are precious,” said Rav Hopfer. “When your spouse, children, friends and acquaintances hear soothing words of affection and love, these are the words the Ribono shel Olam loves. We are like a spouse of the Ribono shel Olam, and when He hears words of this type, then He

“Communal Gathering for Unity and Prayer”, held Tuesday night at Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion. An estimated 1,000+ crowd drank in every inspirational word Rav Yaakov Hopfer, shlita, and Rav Moshe Hauer, shlita, representing the Vaad HaRabbonim, had to say about the dire situation that Eretz Yisrael is now in. Their divrei chizuk were preceded and followed by the recitation of Tehilim (chapters: 13, 20, 79, 83 120, 121, 130, and 142). After the last chapter was said, the kehila broke out in song, with heartfelt, moving renditions of “Acheinu” and “Lamaan Achei”. Rav Hopfer began by asking the question: What happened to our tefilos that we davened for the protection of our three boys, whose fate, unbeknownst to us at the time, was sealed at the outset? The Rav continued with the question: More than 1,000 rockets were fired on our people, and look what happened, or rather didn’t happen? What should have happened b’derech teva [according to nature], did not, B”H. Can you not see so clearly the yad (hand) of the Ribono Shel Olam guiding things? We are a people that believe in hashgacha [Divine providence]. We may not be

the Rav said. “The parents’ message of emunah, and especially of the boys’ mothers, made such an impression, I think, on all of us. The achdus that was felt made us feel like we were one.” The Rav explained that we are one people, with different bodies. When we look at our bodies, then we are selfish and think of ourselves in fulfilling our own needs. But, when we look at our neshomos, we all come from one big neshama--we are one. If we want the Ribono Shel Olam to rest with us, there has to be achdus, a feeling of warmth, love, respect, care and concern for our fellow yid and fellow man, as a tzelem Elokim, as well as in marriage--the achdus between husband and wife. On behalf of the Rabbonim of our community, Rav Hopfer suggested a way to enhance that achdus. “What we are suggesting is a gesture, but a gesture that has meaning and a message to it,” explained the Rav. “Say “hello” when you meet someone in the street or a bench mate at shul. By doing so, you are acknowledging that person. It is giving the message: I am recognizing you. You have kavod. Who doesn’t want that? It’s not major, but messages mean a lot….Or, if

The Rav related a Medrash about a married couple who was contemplating a divorce, because they were childless for ten years, and came to Rav Shimon ben Yochai. He told them, just like you made a big feast on your wedding day, so, too, when you divorce, make a big feast. The couple went home, invited people to their feast, and the husband became shikkur. When he woke up, he told his wife that he loved her dearly and that she should take anything from the house that is dear to her. He fell asleep again, and his wife told their servants to take her husband on his bed to her father’s house. In the middle of the night, her husband woke up and questioned where he was and what he was doing there. His wife replied that he told her to take what was dearest and precious to her, so she did. She took him to her father’s house. The couple returned to Rav Shimon’s house and, subsequently, they were blessed with a child. Rav Hopfer said we can learn a lesson from this Medrash. Because the wife told her husband, “There is nothing more precious in this world than you”, that is why Rav Shimon’s tefilos were accepted. So, too, our words are powerful. “Words are pre-

remembers us.” The Second Temple was destroyed because of sinas chinum [baseless hatred]. Instead of showing concern for their fellow human beings, there was a lack of concern. Smooth, soothing, loving, kind, concerned words that bring achdus--like those expressed by a chasan and kallah--are the words that are needed and will be heard in the streets of Yerushalayim, once more, when the third and final Bais HaMikdash (Our Holy Temple) will be rebuilt, iy”H. Rav Hauer quoted Mrs. Shaar, Mrs. Yifrach, and Mrs. Frenkel, the mothers of “our boys”, rhetorically asking: How can we, across the ocean, dismiss our faith, our emunah, when the mothers of these boys, themselves, did not? He said that part of what made them strong and their emunah stand was Klal Yisroel, who davened for them, around the world. These mothers personify what the Chazon Ish taught us: Bitachon doesn’t necessarily mean that there will be a happy ending, but that we are never alone. Rav Hauer emphasized that we need to make Baltimore back into a small town, where everyone knew everybody, or acted as if they did. Just

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as you may greet another Jew that you do not know, for example, in an airport in Texas, so, too, should we greet one another, here. “We don’t value each other enough, and sometimes we don’t see one another”, said the Rav. “We need to make the culture of our community a small town, again, and not only say “hello”, but go beyond “hello” to reach out to one another.” The Rav continued to say that when our boys were missing, we had the rare experience of achdus that transcended the groupings of Klal Yisroel. “We got to say we love them, without any ifs, ands, or buts. Of course, there are significant and material differences between us, so it is always, ‘We love you, but’. But for 18 days, Klal Yisroel was saying ‘I love you’ without any buts. How often do we have the chance to say a plain ‘I love you’ to our brothers and sisters? “On Shabbos, when we greet people in the street, sometimes the greeting isn’t returned; maybe they are engaged in conversation, and maybe they are not,” continued the Rav. “I think lots of the times it is an imagined slight. But why do we imagine it? Because we do not say or hear ‘I love you’ enough….In a store, at a gas station, hang up the phone and say “hello” to someone. And, if you never saw the person before, ask if the

person is new in town. Extend beyond your natural group and circle. If it can be done anywhere, it is here, in Baltimore.” Rav Hauer concluded that we have to all get along, because the day will come very soon when we won’t choose to daven in this shul or that shul, we will all go to one big, beautiful shul and sit there with everyone--in the end, we all belong together. Why don’t we start now? On the way the way out, Chavi Barenbaum remarked, “This has been my goal as long as I can remember. I greet people, and--at minimum--I smile at them. I’ve even tried this in other communities. I think it is important. I’ve made new friends that way or, at least, I’ve brightened someone’s day. I genuinely care about other people. There are great people in our community. I might not know them all yet, but I enjoy making their acquaintance.” A noticeably emotional woman who wished to remain anonymous, shared, after the program, “I’m a total mess; it‘s a good thing that I‘m a mess. I just sat there crying. I feel it is such a riveting experience. It was beautiful to do this. It puts us in the right frame of mind for the taanis [fast day]. I don’t want to forget this feeling….I know it will continue. I think

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down to earth style, he spoke about the effort put in by the hanhalah of the yeshiva for every bochur, as well as the tangible growth of the graduates. Final words of bracha were given by Rabbi Schulman, followed by each graduate being presented with an inscribed sefer by Rabbi Ari Soloff, the Executive Director. Much thanks to Rabbi Emanuel Hakakian of the secular studies department for making all the arrangements, as well as to Mr. David Hakakian for the delicious food and great service. Thanks also to Rabbi Joseph Friedman of the Jewish Learning Experience for sponsoring the sefarim given out to the boys. Of course, kudos to our wonderful graduating class for working together to produce a beautiful yearbook, as well as for helping to organize the graduation seudah and delivering inspiring words at the graduation. May you all be zoche to much hatzlacha as you continue on your life’s journeys.

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On Sunday, June 15, a very special event took place—the Mesivta Neimus HaTorah senior graduation. Hanhalah, family, and friends gathered at the Milk and Honey Bistro to honor graduates Zevy Hirsch, Ephraim Seif, Naftoli Stubin, and Menachem Weil. Rabbi Laib Schulman, the menahel, began the evening by welcoming all the guests, including many who had traveled long distances to attend. He then proceeded to call up the graduates one-byone to speak, briefly introducing each one. Each one of the boys then shared his personal reflections on his time spent in the yeshiva, thanking various members of the hanhalah, as well as looking ahead to the future. A special recording, in which Rabbi Mordechai Fine of Machzikei Hadas of Scranton delivered warm divrei chizuk in honor of native Ephraim Seiff and the rest of the graduates, was played over the sound system. Rabbi Sholom Weingot of Boneinu and a close friend of the yeshiva was the guest speaker. In his trademark warm and


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The Week Global Sudan Newspaper Editor Beaten for Pro-Israel Comment

On Saturday evening, the offices of a Sudanese newspaper were raided and the chief editor was severely beaten for calling for a normalization of ties with

Israel. Although reporters regularly complain of censorship by the National Intelligence and Security Service in Sudan, the violence against Osman Mirghani, chief editor of the Al-Tayar daily, was an unusual physical attack against a journalist in the country. Mirghani was admitted to Al-Zaytouna Hospital in downtown Khartoum after “they just started beating him in his head, in his leg, using the guns and the sticks,” Faisal Mohamed Salih, an award-winning Sudanese journalist and press freedom advocate, told AFP. Ibrahim Ghandour, top assistant to President Omar al-Bashir, visited Mirghani and told journalists that the editor was unconscious, Salih said. Salih said about seven gunmen drove up to the newspaper’s office just before the evening iftar meal when Muslims break their fast during the holy month of Ramadan. “They ordered the journalists to lay down. They collected all the mobile phones and the laptops. They cut all the computer connections” before turning on Mirghani

In News in his office, said Salih, who won the 2013 Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism. “The way they behaved, they were very organized.” The attack occurred just a few days after Mirghani called on local television for Islamist Sudan to normalize relations with Israel. His comments were made during an Israeli military assault on the Islamist Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip. Israeli officials have long accused Sudan of serving as a base of support for Hamas militants. In fact, earlier this month, Bashir met in the Gulf nation of Qatar with Khaled Mashaal, the exiled Hamas chief. Salih said the attack against Mirghani, though unusual, is “a real threat to media freedom and journalists in general. And also it is an indicator that maybe no one can guarantee the security of the journalists anymore.” That seems to be an understatement, considering that Sudan ranked near the bottom—170 out of 179—in the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) 2013 World Press Freedom Index.

Germany Honors Those Who Attempted to Kill Hitler

70 years ago, a group of men bravely tried to assassinate the evil Adolf Hitler ym”sh. Unfortunately, they were not successful, but on Sunday, Germany honored the group of Nazi-era officers who attempted to kill the mastermind behind the Holocaust. Despite their lack of success, the group’s bravery is remembered even today. Films have portrayed their courage—most recently, a movie released in 2008 called “Valkyrie” reenacted their story. Additionally, German soldiers today are encouraged to defy orders if they would result in a crime or violate human dignity.

In a somber ceremony, President Joachim Gauck called the July 20, 1944 bombing of Hitler’s Wolf’s Lair headquarters in Eastern Prussia a “significant day in German history” for showing the world that there were Germans who opposed the Nazi regime. “It was from this legacy that the newly founded Federal Republic, once it belatedly recognized the significance of the military resistance, was able to draw legitimacy,” Gauck said. Unfortunately, Hitler survived the bombing and was able to continue his military campaign to conquer Europe and eradicate the continent’s Jewish population for another year. Four officers including Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg were executed without trial within hours of the failed assassination. Some 200 supporters were killed later or driven to suicide. While the July 20 conspirators were among the most prominent examples of German resistance against the Nazis, historians have sought in recent years to highlight other, lesser-known men and women who opposed the regime. “Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg has become a symbol of the resistance. The broader public hardly knows the names of the many others,” said Linda von Keyserlingk, a historian at Germany’s Military History Museum in Dresden, which recently opened a new exhibition about the July 20 plot. Earlier this month, Germany’s Foreign Ministry honored Ilse Stoebe, who worked at the ministry during the war and tried to warn the Soviet Union of Hitler’s plans to attack it. She was executed in 1942.

67 Minutes for Mandela Last week, South Africans celebrated the birthday of legendary leader Nelson Mandela with random acts of compassion. The leader died last December at the age of 95. The United Nations has declared July 18 to be Nelson Mandela International Day. In celebration, people picked up litter, cooked at homes for the elderly, and donated food, blankets and other basic necessities to the poor. Organizers had urged people to perform acts of charity for 67 minutes,

The Week Just over five months ago on March 8, another jetliner from Malaysia Airlines went missing after about an hour in-flight. The struggling airline will face another round of grief, accusations, international scrutiny, and no doubt a decline in travelers. “Either one of these is events has an unbelievably low probability,” said John Cox, president and CEO of Safety Operating Systems and a former airline pilot and accident investigator. “To

In News have two in a just a few months of each other is certainly unprecedented.” Cox said that if the plane was shot down by a missile, the pilot probably did not even know it. “A missile like this typically closes in from behind, there is no reason for him to have seen it,” he said. The Boeing 777-200ER, was traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with 280 passengers and 15 crew members, there were no survi-

vors. Officials said the plane was shot down at an altitude of 10,000 meters (33,000 feet.)

How “Good” is Your Country? How “good” is America? Turns out


symbolizing the anti-apartheid leader’s 67 years of public service fighting for justice for his people. Graca Machel, Mandela’s widow, joined volunteers who packed food parcels at a convention center in Johannesburg.


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Mandela was jailed for 27 years under white minority rule and led a difficult transition to democracy, becoming president in the first all-race elections in 1994. He served one five-year term, evolving into a global statesman and pursuing charitable causes.

Malaysian Airline Flight 17 Shot Down

They say lightning doesn’t strike the same person twice, but some are skeptical after the latest Malaysian Airline disaster. In two incredibly rare aviation tragedies, passengers on another Malaysian Airline flight were tragically killed after the aircraft was shot down by a missile as it flew over Ukraine. As the plane passed over the war zone in the eastern part of Ukraine, it was brought down by a missile. The region has seen severe fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russia separatists in recent months. As the details continue to unfold it is clear that the aircraft was targeted inadvertently.


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The biggest surprise in the index? Kenya. It ranked in the top 30 despite being one of the poorest nations on the list. For Anholt, the results were “a real high point…[showing] this isn’t about money. It is not just a situation of the richest countries having sufficient money and time and leisure to be able to think about the rest of the planet because if that’s the way we think, we’re doomed.”

Israel Another Kerry Hot Mic Episode

Who comes out on top in terms of least selfish – or more “good’? Ireland. It’s followed by eight other European countries in the top 10 (Finland, Switzerland, Netherlands) plus New Zealand, the only non-European nation in that group. Which countries are really “not good”? Well, out of the 125 countries evaluated, Libya came in at rock bottom. Vietnam, Iraq, Azerbaijan and Angola rounded out the five least good countries in the world. Where, oh where, did the U.S. fall out? It seems that we’re good—but not great. The United States came in at a respectable ranking of 21. It “caused a certain amount of unhappiness amongst a certain number of Americans who naturally believe the United States is the greatest benefactor to humanity,” says Anholt.  But the results don’t imply that the U.S. isn’t a major factor for good in the world.  Since the rankings are corrected for GDP, it gives smaller countries equal footing with larger ones. “The United States does a great deal more than the 21st position suggests,” Annholt clarifies.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is a smart person so one wonders how many times he can be caught with his foot in his mouth. On Sunday, Kerry appeared to criticize Israel in candid remarks caught on an open microphone between television interviews. The statesman was heard talking about Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza to a State Department official identified as Jonathan Finer just before appearing on the “Fox News Sunday” political talk show. “I hope they don’t think that’s an invitation to go do more,” Kerry says. “That better be the warning to them.” A frustrated Kerry then says: “It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation, it’s a hell of a pinpoint operation,” in apparent frustration over the civilian toll in the Israeli operation. “We’ve got to get over there,” Kerry is heard saying on the Sunday recording. “I think, Jon, we ought to go tonight. I think it’s crazy to be sitting around. Let’s go.”

In News When confronted over the remarks by Fox host Chris Wallace, Kerry reiterated Israel’s right to self-defense. “I think it’s very, very difficult in these situations, obviously very difficult,” Kerry said. “You have people who’ve come out of tunnels. You have a right to go in and take out those tunnels. We completely support that. And we support Israel’s right to defend itself against rockets that are continuing to come in. Hamas has started this process of rocketing, after Israel was trying to find the people who killed three young – you know, one American kid, three young Israeli citizens. It’s disgraceful,” Kerry reiterated. “It’s tough to have this kind of operation. I reacted obviously in a way that ... anybody does with respect to young children and civilians. “But war is tough, and I’ve said that publicly and I’ve said it again. We defend Israel’s right to do what it is doing in order to get at those tunnels,” Kerry said. Kerry then urged Hamas to “step up and be reasonable and understand that you accept the cease-fire, you save lives.” Kerry traveled to Cairo early on Monday for crisis talks on Gaza, following President Barack Obama’s call for an “immediate ceasefire” between Israelis and Palestinians in the conflict.

Hamas: We are Leading our People to Death

Last week, a senior Hamas official boasted of using Gaza’s civilian population as a human shield, and confirmed that his movement is “leading our people to death.” “The resistance [Hamas] is truly glorifying our people and our nation,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told Al Aqsa TV last Monday.

He went on to belittle those Palestinians who complain of the death toll in Gaza: “We are paying a price, but we remember our brothers in Algeria… In 1945, in a single day in Algeria, 45,000 Algerians died. In a single day. It wasn’t described in Algeria’s history as forsaking the blood of the Algerians, as some defeatists are describing today the number of martyrs [in Gaza] as ‘trading with Palestinian blood and forsaking Palestinian blood.’” In conclusion, Abu Zuhri made what some described as a Freudian slip, stating that “we are not leading our people to execution as we stand by and look on. No. We are leading them to death – I mean, to confrontation.” In another interview, Abu Zuhri boasted over how effective the use of human shields had been in Gaza.

FAA Suspends Flights to Israel

After a home near Ben Gurion Airport was hit by shrapnel from a rocket, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration suspended all flights to Israel on Tuesday for 24 hours due to security concerns. The announcement came after Delta announced that it would be suspending flights indefinitely due to the dangerous situation. US Airways made a similar announcement about suspending its flights—but only until Thursday. In response to Delta’s and US Airways’ announcements, Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz urged them to reconsider their decision to suspend flights. “Ben Gurion Airport is safe — takeoffs and landings — and there is absolutely no need to be concerned about the security of planes and pas-

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Hamas Millionaires Abound


international community pump into Gaza every month, which is why numerous reports suggest Hamas blocks those funds from ever reaching local residents. Hamas leaders have also proved wildly successful fundraisers in their travels abroad. So, where does all this money go? In recent media interviews, Professor Ahmed Karima of Al-Azhar University in Egypt pointed that in recent years Hamas has blossomed into a movement of millionaires. According to Karima, Hamas can boast no fewer than 1,200 millionaires among its leadership and mid-level officials. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas backed up those numbers. In 2012, Abbas estimated the number of Gaza millionaires to be 800. In particular, Hamas leader Khaled Mashal has amassed a fortune of $2.6 billion, Jordanian media reported.

PA Official: Israel is in the Right

As Arab leaders around the world condemn Israel and directly or indirectly support Palestinians, one Palestinian acknowledged the crimes of the Palestinians and Hamas. “The missiles that are now being launched against Israel, each and every missile constitutes a crime against humanity, whether it hits or misses, because it is directed at civilian targets,” Ibrahim Khraishi, the Palestinian am-


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Ever wonder where all that Hamas funding ends up? Turns out they are

turning out more and more millionaires every year. In 2006, Hamas gained a lot of traction among the Palestinian people as reformers who will not be obsessed with money like the Palestinian Authority is rumored to be. Now, after years of war profiteering, it seems Hamas itself has become the premier Palestinian millionaires’ club. Very soon after seizing control of the Gaza Strip in 2007, Hamas and its allies began escalating rocket fire against the Jewish state. Given the severity of the Israeli response, that wouldn’t seem very good for business. But, in fact, it is. Over the past seven years, Hamas’ leadership has pulled in outrageous sums of money thanks to the Israeli blockade of Gaza. Most of the profits were the result of exorbitant taxes on the goods smuggled from Egypt in tunnels running under the Gaza border or grossly overcharging for subsidized Egyptian fuel. Hamas profits are threatened by the enormous quantities of humanitarian aid and other goods that Israel and the

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sengers,” he says. “There’s absolutely no reason why American airlines in particular should stop their flights and thus hand a prize to terrorism.” His statement came before the FAA made their decision later in the day.



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The Week bassador to the UN Human Rights Council, told Palestinian Authority TV last week. He went so far as to add that Israel had very clearly adhered to international rules of engagement, so even if the Palestinian death toll is higher, legally Israel is still in the right. “Many of our people in Gaza appeared on TV and said that the Israelis warned them to evacuate their homes before the bombardment. In such a case, if someone is killed, the law considers it a mistake rather than an intentional killing because [the Israelis] followed the legal procedures,” he explained. Khraishi is hardly a friend of Israell he also labeled the “[Jewish] settlements, the Judaization [of Jerusalem], the checkpoints,” as war crimes, however he acknowledges that the current rocket attacks are illegitimate.

In News lion. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), adults 65 and older spend almost twice as much on healthcare each year as 45to 64-year-olds. Unfortunately, nearly 80% of seniors have been diagnosed with at least one chronic condition, while about 50% suffer from at least two diseases, incurring tremendous medical expenses. More than one quarter of seniors are obese which often causes diabetes and heart disease. On a more positive note, today’s seniors are becoming more active. The United Health Foundation reported that physical inactivity among older Americans declined from 30.3% to 28.7% over the last year. But despite this information, where you decide to hang your hat after you reach that golden 65 can help determine how healthy you really are. Minnesota—for the second year in a row— is the healthiest state in the nation for retirees. Why? Well, the state ranked

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Retirement may be a far-off dream as medical expenses continue to expand. Experts say that the cost of a 30-year-retirement is about $2.5 mil-


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The Week Massachusetts. But for those of you living in Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, beware. Living in those states may be bad for your heart. Better buy a treadmill and stay off those Mississippi Mud Pies.

Boston Bombing Friend Convicted

Azamat Tazhayakov, a college friend of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was convicted on Monday of impeding the investigation into the bombing. He was charged with obstruction of justice and conspiracy, with prosecutors saying he agreed with a friend’s plan to remove Tsarnaev’s backpack containing altered fireworks from his dorm room a few days after the 2013 bombing. Tazhayakov’s trial was the first of those stemming from the bombing which killed three and injured more than 260 near the marathon’s finish line. He faces a maximum 20-year prison sentence for obstruction and a five-year maximum for conspiracy but likely will get a lot less under sentencing guidelines. Sentencing was scheduled for October 16. Tazhayakov’s lawyers argued that it was the other friend, Dias Kadyrbayev, who removed the items from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth dorm room and then threw them away. But prosecutors told the jury that both men shared the decision to remove the items and get rid of them to protect Tsarnaev. Kadyrbayev faces a separate trial in September. A third friend, Robel Phillipos, is charged with lying to investigators. During Tazhayakov’s trial, FBI agents testified that Tazhayakov told them he and Kadyrbayev decided to take the backpack, fireworks and Tsarnaev’s laptop computer hours after Kadyrbayev received a text message

from Tsarnaev that said he could go to his dorm room and “take what’s there.” The items were removed hours after the FBI released photos and video of Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, and identified them as suspects in the bombing. The backpack and fireworks were later recovered in a New Bedford landfill. Prosecutors said the fireworks had been emptied of their explosive powder, an ingredient that can be used to make bombs. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty in the bombing and is scheduled to stand trial in November. He faces the possibility of the death penalty if convicted.

Billionaire Attempts to Break Up California

Think we can squeeze in another five stars onto the American flag? Billionaire venture capitalist Timothy Draper, founder of a Silicon Valley firm, proposed a plan to break up the the Golden State into six separate lucrative states. It seems that California is just way too large. Draper claims to have gathered enough signatures to place the proposal to break California into six on the ballot in two years. “It’s important because it will help us create a more responsive, more innovative and more local government, and that ultimately will end up being better for all of Californians,” said Roger Salazar, a spokesman for the campaign. “The idea ... is to create six states with responsive local governments – states that are more representative and accountable to their constituents.” Salazar said last week that the campaign had gathered more than the

In News roughly 808,000 signatures needed to place the measure on the November 2016 ballot. Draper and other supporters plan to file the signatures with California Secretary of State Debra Bowen on Tuesday. Understandably, not everyone is gung-ho about Draper’s bold plan. “This is a colossal and divisive waste of time, energy, and money that will hurt the California brand,” said Steven Maviglio, a Democratic political strategist who has formed the group OneCalifornia with GOP strategist Joe Rodota to fight Draper’s plan. “It has zero chance of passage. But what it does is it scares investment a time when the governor is leading us to an economic comeback.” It will be a while before you see California A-F popping up on your maps; if it gains voter approval (which is unlikely) it still needs to be passed by Congress (even more unlikely). Even so, Draper’s plan is detailed and gave names for the six states and even proposed borders. One state, to be called Silicon Valley, would include the tech hub along with the San Francisco Bay Area. The state capital of Sacramento would be in North California, while South California would be made up of San Diego and the eastern suburbs of Los Angeles. L.A. itself would be part of a state called West California. The idea behind the proposal is to help create a more business-friendly environment, solve the state’s water issues, and ease traffic congestion.

That’s Odd A Double Miracle

A Dutch cyclist escaped death twice—by switching his tickets last minute after he was scheduled to fly on both Malaysian Airlines’ doomed flights, MH370 on March 8 and MH17 last Thursday. He tweeted about his fortunate change of plans and since then has been inundated with media requests to speak about his double miracle. Maarten de Jonge, a 29-year-old rider for the Terengganu team in Malaysia, said, “I’m frankly overwhelmed by the number of requests,” de Jonge said. “What has happened is terrible, so many victims, that’s a horrible thing. From reverence for the victims and their families, I do not think it [is] appropriate to tell my story.” Officials say 298 people — 189 of them Dutch citizens — were killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was struck by a surface-to-air missile along the Russia-Ukraine border. While de Jonge said he is “happy” he decided not to take the flight at “the last moment,” his story “is ultimately nothing compared to the misery so many people are [experiencing]. Attention should be paid to the victims and survivors. Wishing everyone affected by this disaster a lot of strength.” The cyclist was planning to travel back to Kuala Lumpur on Flight MH17 on July 17 after competing in last month’s National Championship Road Race in the Netherlands, but he decided to save money by flying through Frankfurt instead. He was also scheduled to take the March 8 MH370 flight from Kuala Lumpur but switched his ticket to avoid a stopover. The flight disappeared from radar and has yet to be found. “I could have taken that one just as easily,” de Jonge pointed out. “It’s inconceivable. I am very sorry for the passengers and their families, yet I am very pleased I’m unharmed.” According to his website, de Jonge, who finished 35th at the Dutch cycling event, was still planning to fly to Malaysia via Frankfurt on Sunday. Ever the optimist, the biker said, “I have been lucky twice. You should try not to worry too much because then you won’t get anywhere.”






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Getting across a continent by yourself is never easy. Doing it in bad weather is even worse. Doing it in severe snowstorms in the continent of Antarctica is really almost impossible. But British explorer Felicity Aston was determined to do all by herself—and boy, did she pull it off! Aston got off a plane with only a

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Hey, it’s my birthday; I’m gonna party, it’s my birthday…And I’m going to be giving out presents. You heard that right. A patron in a diner left a present for his waiter

because it was his birthday. The present? A whopping $1,000 tip—on a bill that was just $113! On the receipt, the birthday boy wrote: “Pay it forward. My birthday present to me!” after leaving with his wife in a limousine. The waiter, Michael Shafts, had inquired about a special bottle of wine the birthday couple ordered. “He told me it was a 47-year-old bottle of Amarone and that he was celebrating his 47th birthday,” she said. “I wished him a happy birthday, then it was back to business as usual and I went to chat with a regular outside,” the lucky server recalled. Later, manager Julie Byron noticed the couple leaving in a limousine and bid them farewell. Upon returning inside, she was greeted by a wide-eyed Shafts, who presented his open billfold to her with the $1,000 tip written out.

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This new trend of posting countless selfies at all hours of the day is getting to be a little irritating and for some, incriminating as well. Police had been investigating the theft of clothing and jewelry from

Mortie’s Boutique, a southern Illinois boutique. But they hadn’t found the culprit until she showed herself wearing the evidence. Danielle Saxton, 27, was arrested after she posted photos of herself wearing an unusual dress that matched the description of the stolen items. She was arrested on misdemeanor theft charges. Authorities confirmed that the distinctive leopard-print dress was among the items stolen July 11 from the shop. The store’s co-owner, Kert Williams, posted news of the stolen items on Facebook in the hope to track the items. Saxton captioned her incriminating photo “Love my dress,” but she should have captioned it “Love my stolen dress” because followers who saw Williams’ posting and those of Saxton quickly made the connection and tipped off police. The dress ended up being a give-

away for the getaway thief.

Police Pizza Prank

When’s the worst time to play a prank on police officers? When they already have you locked behind bars. But a Kentucky man forgot that police may have heard of caller ID and is now paying the price for his practical joke. Already in police custody for shoplifting and public intoxication, Michael Harp, 29, thought it would be a good idea to place a prank phone call on his arresting officer.

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“I did a double-take,” she said. “Everybody was very excited. It’s thrilling and it’s especially unusual for something like that to happen in the capitol district” of Albany. Because of the “pay it forward” message inscribed on the receipt, Byron and Shafts spoke at length about how he would use the money afterward. But his colleagues didn’t have to wait too long to find out. “When he returned to work on Saturday night, he had envelopes of money for all of the staff, both frontof-house and back-of-house that had been working with him on Wednesday night,” Byron said. “When all was said and done, he divvied up more than half.” Byron also noted that returning the good deed wasn’t out of character for her employee. “He’s a very hardworking young man,” she said of Shafts, who works



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The Week After being collared, Harp asked for permission to use his cellphone, a request that was granted. Shortly after Harp made a call, a Domino’s delivery worker arrived at the precinct with five pepperoni pizzas that had been supposedly ordered by Captain Coy Wilson, the cop who had earlier arrested Harp. Since Wilson was on the phone when the order arrived, patrolman Jeff Hill (who was unaware of the prank) went ahead and paid $40 for the pizzas, according to a criminal citation. But soon the pizza prank was uncovered and officers were not amused. They quickly linked the pizza order to Harp’s phone. A Domino’s worker told cops that after receiving the order, they placed a confirmation call to the number and Harp “answered as Captain Wilson” when he spoke to the Domino’s employee. The Kentuckian, who had originally faced only misdemeanor counts, was hit with additional charges, including felony identity theft and impersonating a police officer.

The Legos Have Landed

Unbelievably, for the past 17 years, hundreds of Lego pieces have been washing up on the shores of Cornwall, England, to the delight of mystified beachgoers. Interestingly, this is not a new global warming phenomenon. There is a rhyme and reason behind the playthings’ landing on the beach. On Feb. 13, 1997, a shipping container filled with nearly 5 million Lego pieces was thrown into the sea when the ship carrying them, the New Yorkbound Tokio Express, was struck by a huge wave. In all, 62 containers were lost overboard some 20 miles offshore, the BBC reports. According to Tracey Williams, a British writer who launched a Facebook page, Lego Lost at Sea, to document the Lego discoveries, most of the 4.8 million pieces were nautical-themed: scuba gear, seagrass and spear guns among the plastic dragons and daisies. Talk about ironic. “These days the holy grail is an octopus or a dragon,” Williams told the BBC. “I only know of three octopuses being found — and one was by me — in a cave in Challaborough, Devon. It’s quite competitive. If you heard that your neighbor had found a green dragon, you’d want to go out and find one yourself.” Williams, who founded a local beach-cleaning group, says shipwrecked Lego bits wash up daily. And her Facebook page is littered with Lego findings. On Monday in Perranporth, a Lego scuba tank washed ashore. According to the cargo manifest, there were 97,500 of them in the container that fell off the Tokio Express. Of the 4.8 million Lego pieces lost overboard,

In News an estimated 3.2 million of them were light enough to have floated to the surface. While confirmed findings from the Lego container have been limited to the U.K. to date, Facebook users around the world have been reporting possible discoveries. Last week, a woman from Australia sent Williams a photo of a Lego flipper found washed ashore in Melbourne “sometime in the last five years.” Dr. Curtis Ebbesmeyer, an oceanographer who’s studied the Tokio Express case, wrote, “It’s possible that after 17 years, a Lego flipper could have made it to Australia.” And while the daily Lego discoveries may be a dream for some beachcombers, they’re a nightmare for environmentalists. “If you look at the washed-up Lego, it looks perfect, like it’s just come out of the box,” Claire Wallerstein, head of a Cornwall beach care group, told the BBC. “Plastic in the sea is not going to just decompose and go away.” Wonder if some Lego pieces will be coming to a shore near you.

World’s Worst Exterminator Set House on Fire

tle man with a can of spray paint and a lighter. The spray paint and the lighter were used as a makeshift blowtorch to kill the eight-legged intruder in his laundry room. The results: a blaze that caused $60,000 worth of damage, Seattle fire officials said. Thankfully, the man and his mother got out of the house, and no injuries were reported, although there’s no word on the fate of the spider. “I don’t want to encourage people to do this, but that’s what he did,” Kyle Moore, a spokesman for the Seattle Fire Department, said. “The spider tried to get into the wall. He sprayed flames on the wall, lit the wall on fire, and that extended up to the ceiling.” “There are safer, more effective ways to kill spider than using fire,” Moore said. “Fire is not the method to use to kill a spider.” As for the spider, Moore said, “I’m pretty sure the spider did not survive this fire. The whole wall went.” Wonder if Little Miss Muffet is going to try this.

105-Year-Old Pitcher

There are a few smart ways to get rid of a spider: a shoe. A rolled up newspaper. A flyswatter. A blowtorch. Wait a minute—that last one doesn’t sound quite right. But it did to a Seat-

You’re never too old to play ball. With a single toss at Petco Park on Sunday, Agnes McKee had fans standing in their seats. McKee, who turned 105 years young on Wednesday, became the oldest person to ever throw out a ceremonial first pitch. And she did so in style, donning a San Diego Padres uniform and a furious underhand windup that would make softball ace Jennie Finch proud. Months of practice for Agnes seemed to pay off, as her throw

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describes himself as an “avid beardsman” and seems to subscribe to the art of freestyle bearding. In an Instagram shot of the hairy logo, Brooks wrote that he’s attending Wednesday’s game and that this was a practice attempt at a beard to wear to the game. “(It’s sloppy because I did it very quick),” he added. Looks OK to me. This is not the first time Brooks turned his facial hair into art. He sported a beard in tribute to Alex Ovechkin at a Capitals-Avalanche game in Denver last season. “Hairs” to you!

World’s Furriest Fan

Sorry baseball fans. You are not truly a fan unless your beard says you are. Eric Brooks, a Washington Nationals fan, made his allegiance as plain as the hair on his face when he shaped his lengthy beard into the Nats logo. He

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Taking Manners for a Ride

Emerald City may be the place to set things right. Some Seattle-area taxi drivers are trying charm school as a way to improve their customer service and fight off competition from other ride services. About 130 drivers from Yellow Cab sat in a classroom this week to listen to hospitality management instructors from South Seattle College. The fourhour program focused on connecting with customers, leaving a good impression, and dealing with complaints productively. One of the region’s major cab companies, Yellow Cab, asked the college to design the class in response to competition from smartphone app ride services like Uber and Lyft. Cabbie Paul Cheema says he and his fellow drivers want to show customers they’re trying to make a change in the industry. The class costs $60. Plus tip…


managed to reach catcher Rene Rivera. She held onto her walker as she made the pitch and delighted in her successful throw. Believe it or not, this centenarian is better at ball than most people half her age. Not everyone who’s bestowed the honor of throwing out a first pitch can throw a decent ball. Play ball! (Even when you’re 100!)

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The Week Goodwill is a national thrift store chain that deals mostly with donated secondhand clothes and shoes. Employees at the Goodwill store in Annandale, Virginia, were shocked to discover what one anonymous donor left among the piles of old clothes. The workers discovered a 3-carat diamond ring that was auctioned off this week for more than $11,000. The

ring was carefully placed in a Ziploc bag along with some other jewelry. It was a round cut stone on a gold band. The donation was auctioned on Goodwill’s website. Bidding started at $1,499 and by midday was sold for $11,601. That’s what I call a gem of a find.

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The youngest person to have flown solo around the world is a cool title to have. And it may just belong to a U.S. teen after he touched down in California this week. Matt Guthmiller, 19, completed the more than 29,000-mile journey in a single-engine airplane. Guthmiller made about two dozen stops in 14 countries during the journey, according to his mother, Shirley, who greeted her son after his 16-hour final leg flight from Hawaii. “Of course he looked tired,” Shirley Guthmiller said. “I’m very relieved he is home, but I wasn’t worried.” The Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineering student was sleeping late the next day, she said. Matt Guthmiller took an early interest in aviation and was 16 when got his pilot’s license. “As a little kid, he was afraid to go down to the basement,” said his father, Allen Guthmiller. “It’s amazing how kids change. Now he’s not afraid of anything.” Guthmiller’s parents said he’s sending documentation to Guinness World Records, which must confirm that he broke the record. Jamie Antoniou, the senior public relations manager at Guinness, said Guthmiller was approved to try and break the record before he left. The previous record holder is Jack Wiegand, who was 21 years old when he circumnavigated the globe in about two months in 2013. “I’m proud of him and I really wasn’t worried,” his father said. “He had a good plane and a good plan.” And for all you worried parents out there, fear not; Matt kept in daily contact with his parents by satellite telephone. He also routinely posted updates on social media.

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puts his foot down, that’s it. No one can get him in there.” Interestingly, Jose only received his birth certificate last month after a team of experts researched his past. The old people’s home now hopes to provide conclusive evidence that he is

the world’s oldest man through “Carbon-14” dating. Jose Roberto Pires, the president of the retirement home, said, “We believe the world’s oldest ever person is living here with us, and this is the only way we can really prove it.”

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After receiving a birth certificate showing that he turned 126 last week, Jose Aguinelo dos Santos may just be the oldest man alive. The Brazilian man was born on July 7 1888, just two months after slavery was abolished in Brazil – the last country in the Western Hemisphere to outlaw the trade. Jose—known simply as Ze—has never married or had children, still walks without a cane, eats four meals a day and has no health problems – despite smoking a packet of cigarettes a day for the last 50 years. If the birth certificate is genuine, Ze was apparently 26 when the First World War broke out, and was already a pensioner at 65 when Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the British throne. He would have been 52 when Brazil football legend Pele was born – and 62 when Brazil first hosted the World Cup, in 1950. One of five children, Jose was born in a slave compound in the town of Pedra Branca in the state of Ceara, northeast Brazil. He was among hundreds of slave families who continued to live there, even after being granted their freedom. He later travelled south to the state of Sao Paulo, where he spent most of his life working on a coffee plantation in the town of Bauru. Now a resident of an old people’s home in the same town, Jose likes to tell jokes and sing, hates having a bath, and never misses his daily plate of rice and beans. Interestingly, despite his many years, Jose has no secret for a long life. “The truth is that you just keep getting older. You take each stage at a time. If I got to this age it’s because I’ve lived a lot, that’s all.” Mariana Silva, a psychologist at the Vila Vicentina home, said Jose has no health problems and is so lucid he still amuses other residents by cracking one-liners. “When he’s

on his own he likes to sing. None of us know the songs he sings. They’re from a time no-one else remembers.” She also said that Jose has a stubborn streak. “He doesn’t like to take a bath every day and it’s sometimes impossible to get him to the shower. When he


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The following task involves several steps, but they are out of order. Arrange them so that a person who follows the steps exactly can perform the task. A procedure is needed to change all the red traffic lights in a small town to green, and vice versa. (Luckily there are no yellow lights in this town and also no lights that don’t work). Assume that you have a street map that shows the locations of all the lights. a) If all lights on your map are marked “done,” skip the next six statements. b) If the light is red, skip the next two statements. c) Turn the light red. d) Turn the light green. e) On your map, mark the light you just changed as “done” and go back to the first statement. f ) Find a light that is not marked “done” on your map, and check whether it is red or green. g) Skip the next statement. h) End. Answer on next page

Two tourists were driving through Wisconsin. As they were approaching the town of Oconomowoc, they started arguing about the pronunciation of the town’s name. They argued back and forth until they stopped for lunch. As they stood at the counter, one tourist asked Jimbo, who was proudly standing behind the counter. “Before we order, could you please settle an argument for us? Would you please pronounce where we are...very slowly? Jimbo leaned over the counter and answered, “Burrrrrrgerrrrrr Kiiiing.” 

What They Really Do Accountant - Someone who knows the cost of everything and the value of nothing. Auditor - Someone who arrives after the battle and bayonets all the wounded. Banker - A fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain. Economist - An expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn’t happen today.

Statistician - Someone who is good with numbers but lacks the personality to be an accountant. (What personality?) Programmer - Someone who solves a problem you didn’t know you had in a way you don’t understand. Lawyer - A person who writes a 10,000 word document and calls it a “brief.” Professor - One who talks in someone else’s sleep. Consultant - Someone who takes the watch off your wrist and tells you the time. Used Car Salesman - Someone who tells you why you should get the LX model but drives to work in his ‘97 Camry...and thinks that he could wear the same green tie from 1987 every day. It’s a classic!

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Across 2. Julius Caesar 6. James Garfield 8. IRS 10 Fidel Castro 11 Ruby 13. Entebbe 15. Puerto Rico 16. Canada Answer to riddle:

c) Turn the light red.

a) If all lights on your map are marked “done,” skip the next six statements.

g) Skip the next statement.

f ) Find a light that is not marked “done” on your map, and check whether it is red or green.

e) On your map, mark the light you just changed as “done” and go back to the first statement.

b) If the light is red, skip the next two statements.

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Across 2. Roman emperor who July is named for 6. Second president to be assassinated 8. Most hated government agency; established by President Lincoln. 10. Headed the “26th of July” Movement 11. July’s birthstone 13. The airport from which Israel miraculously rescued its hijacked citizens in July 1976 15. Unincorporated territory of the U.S. 16. Country that celebrates its creation on July 1st


Down 1. Big lights 3. “One small step for man…” 4. First popularly elected president in Russia’s thousand-year history 5. Painted “The Night Watch” 7. Explorer Edmund Hillary was first to climb this mountain 9. Name of the experimental atom bomb set off in 1945 in the New Mexico desert 12. Confection celebrated all month long 14. “What’s up, Doc?”


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t was a typical spring night in Paris. The crowded bistros crowded onto the city sidewalks; the weather was crisp and calm. Outside, locals meandered through the streets, smoking Gauloises cigarettes; inside, couples sat next to open windows, watching the late news. In the 7th arrondissement, a motorcycle stealthily navigated through back alleys and passageways like Pac-man on a flight from an animated monster. The driver, a chef and a native Parisian, executed a se-

ries of hairpin turns as effortlessly and confidently as someone driving his Volvo to pick up the dry cleaners that evening. His passenger, an American, Elan Kornblum, held tight to his chauffer’s black driving jacket as the only thought that he could muster between nauseous gasps was: “How in Heaven’s name did I end up here?” Truth be told, one has got to earn his stripes to end up with the unique designation: “The Restaurant Guy.”

Instead of ordering just two steaks at the Prime Grill, go for some sliders, sweetbreads, spring rolls and the charcuterie board.


ow Elan Kornblum, aka The Restaurant Guy and publisher of the attractive portfolio magazine, Great Kosher Restaurants, came to be the representative of fine kosher fare to the masses was as unintentional as the invention of the sandwich. A marketing major and budding entrepreneur even back when he was a student in Brooklyn College, Elan found himself stuck in a pretty bad business with a pretty good partner. They were trying to sell space to colleges in a glossy, college promotional magazine just after the events of September 11, 2001, when colleges were suffering from significant cuts to their discretionary expense budgets. Acknowledging defeat, Elan proposed turning their attention to something similar to what his partner had already done with the non-kosher restaurant market, and the Great Kosher Restaurants franchise was born. The evolution of kosher restaurant fare from the Chinese takeout and Sunday morning bagel with shmear of years past to today’s

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n the subject of fads, one may often wonder if the recent kosher sushi craze is here to stay. It can seem like a new sushi “hut” (after all, they are pretty small) opens in certain neighborhoods on a weekly basis, and they all seem to be doing pretty good business. Elan believes that we won’t be seeing the demise of kosher sushi any time soon. “At first Orthodox With other judges at YU's Cholent Cookoff people were nervous to eat suwhich serve up combinations like spicy lamb shi—the raw fish, the seaweed. But, eventopped with arugula and herbed mint mayo tually it caught on, and it’s pretty easy and (Prime Burger on the West Side) and tur- inexpensive to make,” Elan points out. The

guys from Sushi Tokyo joke in the magazine that sushi was invented by two Jews looking to open a restaurant without a kitchen. With such high profit margins and obvious appeal, sushi appears to be here to stay in Orthodox circles. Even after all the culinary leaps kosher has taken in the past decade or so, there is still so much unchartered territory that restaurant owners have yet to explore. Elan would love to see kosher kitchens that are dedicated to specific ethnic cuisines. After the recent closing of Manhattan’s only genuine Indian eatery, Dakshin, anyone interested in some hot tandoori bread or lamb tikka will have to head north to Teaneck’s Shalom Bombay. The heavy curry and tamarind flavors that make up Thai cooking have yet to be demonstrated to the kosher market. Hibachi, the Japanese art of fusing ninja skills with tableside cooking, did once have a home with a hechsher, but it closed its doors pretty soon after opening. Elan grants that fares like hibachi are a tough sell to a small market. “You go once or twice to see the tableside spectacle, but after that, most people are just interested in going back to a place for the food,” he says. But he is hopeful that with proper management most enterprising restaurants can succeed. In fact, Elan is of the opinion that the deciding factor that settles which eateries remain open for decades and which ones barely finish up their first lease is not the food nor the ambience; it’s all about the management. We all know of venues whose offerings are mediocre at best but whose tables need to be reserved a day early and of other ambitious spots whose million dollar renovations and all-star chefs didn’t stop them from closing within six months. Elan credits the success of one of Manhattan’s longest open restaurants to the fact that its owner is on premises nearly every night so that everything goes on without a hitch. “A customer can handle the fact that his food was not up to par once or twice.



ccording to Elan, kosher restaurateurs are, as a rule of thumb, five years behind whatever their nonkosher counterparts are delivering. Jewish restaurant owners are cautious when it comes to pushing the envelope to an Orthodox market that is considerably less adventurous than other markets. Basil, perhaps the first restaurant which served foodie fare for frummies, is less than five years old, and kosher chefs have only recently begun experimenting with molecular gastronomy. The Whole-Foodsification of kosher grocery shopping began in 2008 with the opening of Pomegranate in Brooklyn; Whole Foods’ major expansion took place during the early 2000s. As if to pay homage to the grease of times gone by, the heaviest trends in kosher food today are burgers and BBQ, according to Elan. In the magazine alone, there are at least five brand new, kosher “high-end” burger joints

key with cranberry barbecue sauce (Gotham Burger). Even so-called “traditional” spaces have recently begun offering their version of the sandwich: at Pardes you can order one topped with herbs de provence and accompanied by “bacon” confit; Citron+Rose’s peeks out from underneath a mass of black truffles on top of a fried egg. Aside from barbeque making its way into the world of kosher a la carte, roving pop up food trucks that serve Southern fare are becoming increasingly popular in Orthodox circles. Recently, Long Island held its third annual Kosher BBQ Championships with awards for “Best Brisket,” “Best Beans,” and the like, and it attracted record crowds. Pop-up BBQers such as Ari White from the Wandering Que draw bands of hungry tribe members searching for kosher hickory lamb belly “bacon” and tied veal pancetta through Facebook and Twitter feeds. White, who hails from El Paso, TX, claims to smoke close to 1,500 pounds of brisket some weeks. His massive smoked turkey drumsticks were recently featured in a New York magazine showcase of the new breed of BBQ that is overtaking New York. Then, of course, there’s the highly anticipated opening of Meat in Crown Heights, Basil restaurant’s take on Southern soul.

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offerings of Pad Thai and charcuterie boards has not gone unnoticed. A short while ago, Michael Kaminer of The Daily News wrote, “Instead of traditional cholent and knishes, you can now sample banh mi and craft beer, duck rillettes, or even ‘ham’ and eggs… from Broad Street to Boerum Hill.” Time Out New York asserts, “Observant Jews no longer have to settle for falafel,” even commenting on one particular West Side Café that patrons will be shocked to discover is actually kosher. So in the very exciting and fast-changing environment of the kosher restaurant world today, Elan serves the very important role of liaison and spokesperson of the restaurant community to the masses as it moves farther away from blintzes and deli to brûlées and wine reductions. His business is no longer limited to just the glossy; he now has a website that ranks highly on all Google kosher restaurant searches (usually right above or below Yelp), a deal site where customers can purchase discount restaurant vouchers, and is even starting to work on a Great Kosher Weddings franchise which he hopes will be the Orthodox alternative to Brides magazine.

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36 60 86 order something else which you’ll be happy with. If the service was bad, for all you know, the venue was having a busy night; the manager may allow you to come back on a different night or send you home with dessert. But if you just go home and complain about it online, what did you achieve?” Grievances voiced on the Great Kosher Restaurants website are first sent to the said At a press conference with former restaurant’s managers so Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz for Dine In Brooklyn Week they can have a chance to rectify the issues before He’ll figure that he ordered the wrong thing. it affects their business. Another suggestion Elan has for freBut if he had to wait for a table for an hour or if the order got all messed up, he’ll just go quent diners is to be experimental. A steaksomewhere else next time. Poor management house like The Reserve Cut or a restaurant like Mike’s Bistro may be well-known for its is inexcusable.” According to Elan, if you are displeased Delmonico steak or short ribs, but if one has with your restaurant experience, instead of already explored the classic offerings on the blasting a dose of vitriol into cyberspace, you menu it may be a good idea to order the veal should tell the manager your complaints. One chop or duck breast. Even for the less-travbad internet review can help destroy a restau- elled, Elan recommends ordering a few aprant’s business, while the critic gains nothing. petizers instead of two entrees. So instead of “If you tell management about your experi- ordering just two steaks at The Prime Grill, ence, then they can fix it. If you were unhap- go for some sliders, sweetbreads, spring rolls py with your order, they may allow you to and the charcuterie board, perhaps. That way

one can experience more of what the chef is offering.


hose who know of Elan may enviously submit that a job like his—eat, schmooze, and eat some more— should be on the next US News list of top professions. Elan is quick to clear up any such misperceptions. For the six months leading up to the publication of Great Kosher Restaurants, he barely gets a full night’s sleep; he writes every descriptive blurb in the glossy and personally takes every picture. Flying around the world to meet nearly every kosher restaurant owner can become exhausting. Waiting around till 1am for a restaurant to clear out so he can snap a good photo is not as appetizing as a dollop of peanut butter mousse. Then there are the random strangers who find it normal to call him for advice on where to get some decent kosher grub when they are stranded on West 47th street at 11pm. Those are some of the lesser-known perks of Elan’s vocation. Rude callers and late nights aside, Elan wouldn’t trade in his bib and steak knife for any other job in the world. “When people come over to me and say, ‘Thanks for recommending such and such a place; we really had a special time,’ that makes it really worth it. Having a job with which I can help people is TJH truly fulfilling.” And, might I add, filling. 

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“Say What?” This week Donald Sterling told a Los Angeles judge that to keep control of the Clippers, he will sue the NBA until the day he dies. And by the looks of him, that day was four years ago. - Seth Myers Congrats to LeBron James who just announced that he and his wife are expecting their third child. When asked if he wants a boy or a girl, LeBron said he was currently reviewing his options and would let the media know when he made a decision. - Jimmy Fallon

The truth is that you just keep getting older. You take each stage at a time. If I got to this age it’s because I’ve lived a lot, that’s all. - Jose Aguinelo dos Santos of Brazil who experts believe is 126-years-old based on his recently discovered birth certificate 

Today, Lay’s announced that cappuccino is one of the finalists for their new chip flavor contest. And if you think that sounds bad, wait until you try Starbucks’ new Sour Cream and Onion Latte. - Seth Myers

Officially, no. Unofficially? No comment. - The head of the Ukrainian rebels when asked by NBC News whether he was in contact with Russian authorities According to a new study, one in four Americans admits to not exercising at all. As a result, one in four Americans is actually TWO in four Americans. - Seth Myers To avoid being spied on by the NSA, Germany is considering using typewriters now to communicate so we can’t spy on them. Germany says they may even go further back and start using AOL accounts. – Conan O’Brien

Hamas attacks Israel: Not surprising. The New York Times attacks Israel: Also not surprising. Stop skewing facts. Stop the key omissions. Stop the anti-Israeli bias. - Text of a billboard put up opposite the New York Times building

Over the weekend, firefighters in Minnesota rescued a woman who had been stuck in quicksand for over 14 hours. So, not the quickest sand. - Seth Myers

Speaking of Obama, yesterday Congressman Raul Labrador said that impeaching President Obama isn’t a good idea, because, quote, “No one wants President Joe Biden.” And that’s when Biden realized why Obama picked him as a running mate. - Jimmy Fallon

Guns are welcome on premises. Please keep all weapons holstered unless need arises. In such cases, judicious marksmanship is appreciated. – A new sign posted on a Tennessee restaurant which owners say has caused business to spike She hasn’t asked me yet. - Bill Clinton when asked by CNN if Hillary is going to run for president

The fact is that in every fundamental issue of conflict today, the United States is in the center, leading, and trying to find an effort to make peace where peace is very difficult. – Secretary of State John Kerry on Meet the Press

It looks like it may be a terrible tragedy. - President Obama speaking at a fundraiser in Delaware a few hours after Malaysia Airline Flight MH17 was shot out of the sky New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is in Iowa campaigning at a big cookout because this is what you do if you want to be president. He’s out there all day telling people the hot dog line is closed for a traffic study. - David Letterman If you are attending this campaign cookout in Iowa, please, this is sort of like the running of the bulls in Pamplona. Do not get between the governor and the potato salad. - Ibid

I had an interpreter, and when he was showing me his office, I said, “It’s amazing what capitalism will do, won’t it? A magnificent office!” And he laughed…I said, “Mr. Prime Minister, I’m looking into your eyes, and I don’t think you have a soul.”…And he looked back at me, and he smiled, and he said, “We understand one another.” This is who this guy is. – Joe Biden in an interview with the New Yorker discussing a visit with Russian President Vladimir Putin

I think Joe would be a superb president. – President Obama discussing Joe Biden in an interview with the New Yorker President Obama was giving an interview recently, and— get this—he said he thought that Joe Biden would be a good president. When asked why, he was like, “Because he’d make me look amazing.” - Jimmy Fallon

Today is the 30th anniversary of the National Minimum Drinking Age Act, which raised the drinking age to 21. Also turning 30 today: a 16-year-old boy, according to his fake ID. - Seth Myers

A federal judge ruled yesterday that California’s version of the death penalty is unconstitutional. Apparently the difference is California’s version has avocado on it. - Seth Myers

I heard that Rob Ford’s nephew is planning to run for a seat on the Toronto City Council. He has an interesting campaign slogan: “I’m adopted!” - Jimmy Fallon

The missiles that are now being launched against Israel, each and every missile constitutes a crime against humanity, whether it hits or misses, because it is directed at civilian targets. - Ibrahim Khraishi, the Palestinian ambassador to the UN Human Rights Council, explaining in a Palestinian Authority TV interview last week why dragging Israel before the International Criminal Court on accusations of war crimes would not work

President Obama said that his strategy for foreign policy is to be patient and determined. Which is also his strategy when it comes to Biden’s bedtime. - Jimmy Fallon

Great piece by former colleague Alyssa Mastromonaco who defines smart, savvy and fashionable via @ washingtonpost. - Tweet by State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki about a fashion article, sent out hours after Flight MH17 was shot down

The Chicago Cubs have filed a lawsuit against a man who got into a bar fight while unofficially dressed as the team’s mascot. They could tell he wasn’t affiliated with the Cubs because he won. - Seth Myers

Pay it forward. My birthday present to me! – What a man wrote on his receipt after leaving a $1,000 tip for his waiter when celebrating his birthday with his wife in a restaurant in Albany

Abrupt changes to his schedule can have the unintended consequence of unduly alarming the American people or creating a false sense of crisis. - White House Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri explaining why President Obama went forward with a series of fundraisers this week while there are numerous foreign policy crises he should be dealing with

This week Dick Cheney called President Obama “the worst president of my lifetime.” Oh, come on, Obama may not be perfect, but there’s no way he’s worse than John Quincy Adams. - Seth Myers

It’s a [heck] of a pinpoint operation, it’s a [heck] of a pinpoint operation. We’ve got to get over there. Thank you John. I think, John, we ought to go tonight. I think it’s crazy to be sitting around. - Secretary of State John Kerry “accidentally” caught on an open mic in Fox’s studio while waiting to go on the air, criticizing Israel in a “private” phone conversation with a deputy

This week, our pal Rob Ford faced off against his four challengers in a debate for Toronto mayor. His opponents were, of course, pretty critical of his performance, but Ford said, “Hey, my record slurs for itself.” - Jimmy Fallon

When this story broke I ran back into the newsroom and saw how we were covering it already and I just knew I had to go… It was the total disregard to the facts. I didn’t want to watch a story like that where people have lost loved ones and we’re handling it like that. I couldn’t do it anymore; we’re lying every single day. Every single day we’re lying and finding [more creative] ways to do it. - A Russian TV anchor explaining why she quit in the aftermath of the Malaysia Airline crash of Flight MH17 I just saw that minor league baseball players have filed a class-action lawsuit to demand better pay — as opposed to the OTHER way they could get better pay: being better at baseball. - Jimmy Fallon

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There are reports that Amazon is coming out with a new service for the Kindle that will be like a Netflix for books. You can look at a bunch of different books but you don’t have to buy them. Or, as Barnes & Noble calls that, “our business model.” - Jimmy Fallon

President Kennedy said let’s put a man on the moon, and by G-d, 10 years later, we put a man on the moon. Yesterday was the 45th anniversary. Nowadays, a big deal for us is that we combined the croissant and the doughnut to get a cronut. – David Letterman


Yesterday, Iran asked the U.S. for an extension on disabling their nuclear program. When asked how much time they needed, they said, “10, 9, 8...” - Seth Myers

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THE SOUND OF SIRENS How Those Living in Israel Live Under Rocket Fire

W “Everywhere you look, everywhere you go, everyone is concerned: do the soldiers have enough?”

ith Hamas rocket fire in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and even Haifa, those living in Israel are living life under fire. This latest ground war can be measured in rockets fired, soldiers deployed, lives lost, and civilians injured. After all, troop movements can be mapped and drone activity can be tracked. But war is also about those who fight and those whose lives are being fought for. We spoke with those living under fire to hear about their reactions to the terror. The bottom line: while Hamas keeps attempting to make “something big” happen, the feeling in Israel is “a bit surreal,” a mix between deep sadness and tension and positivity. Of course, each person is firm about one thing: the yad Hashem is manifest. More than 1,000 rockets have been fired, and Hamas is sending in commandos and drones. But Am Yisrael lives b’chasdei Hashem. “We used to feel nervous for others living under fire, but we thought ‘that’s over there—not here,’” says Rena Siev, a seminary mechaneches and writer from Ramat Beit Shemesh. “We had a

mirage that no one will do anything to us. Now, that image is shattered.” These days, when she hears the sirens, Rena takes her children out of bed and seals the door of the mamad, the sealed room of her home. She has 60 seconds between hearing the sirens and moving her children to safety. Each day, before her elementary school children go off to school, she reviews with them: what do you do in case a siren goes off on your way home from school? “It’s heartbreaking to have to teach three- and four-year-olds about rockets and people trying to hurt us, because they don’t want us to live here,” says Shira Schechter, a former Navi teacher at Frisch in New Jersey, now living in Israel. David Olivestone, former communications director of the Orthodox Union (OU), writes about his experience, “In Jerusalem, since it is not so close to Gaza, we have 90 seconds from when the siren sounds to when we are supposed to be in the mamad or shelter. They tell you to remain there for ten minutes before coming out. We have had only three alarms here, and luckily we were home for all of them. Our son Elisha and his family, who now live in Even Shmuel near Kiryat Gat, have had it harder. Since they are in a rental apartment while they are hoping to build a house, they do not have a mamad room, and have to take their three kids down to their landlord’s apartment downstairs. They are within 40 kilometers of Gaza and are supposed to find shelter within only 30 seconds—fairly impossible under the circumstances. They also hear a lot of booms of Iron Dome interceptions in the distance, which is very unsettling for the boys.”


n school, the children learn a lot about the rocket fire. They have missile drills, so they are prepared about

what they need to do and how to do it. Because of this, most children in central Israel are relatively calm when they hear the sirens and feel empowered by the information. This, in turn, shapes the family culture and approach to the sirens. “My children say, it’s not scary, because we know what to do,” says Rena Siev. “They then stay calm, because we stay calm.” Of course, not all children are calm in the face of the rockets. Some worry about sleeping through the sirens. But Israelis recognize that Hamas wants to disrupt people’s daily routines and their sense of security. Because of this, most people approach the sirens and rocket fire with strength. They go to the parks (although they make sure to be close to bomb shelters). They stand up to Hamas by continuing to live. This overall attitude that we must go on, that we cannot allow the tension to impact daily living, helps parents guide their children through.

The Show Must Go On

Raphael Poch, director of the JTown Playhouse in Jerusalem, tells the story of the second siren that went off in Jerusalem. He remembers it well, because it happened right in the middle of a performance—moments after they called intermission. The theater does not have a bomb shelter: in the event of emergency, theatergoers must move to the stairwell of the first floor. And so, during the performance, the director came onstage and announced, “Ladies and gentlemen, a siren has gone off. We will now lead you all downstairs.” The cast took the lead and brought the audience down to safety. Some children began to cry. But the actors, in costume and makeup, entertained them and kept them calm. When the

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“The Iron Dome, boruch Hashem,” relates Rena Siev, “is incredible. It is total hashgacha, and more successful than they believed that it should be. It is out of a nevuah, as if Hashem is putting a protective shield over am Yisrael.” Shira Schechter speaks of the Iron Dome as “miraculous. At 2 a.m. on Wednesday night, the siren went off. We heard the boom of the Iron Dome intercepting the rocket. And I really felt as if Hashem was protecting us.” David Olivestone furthers this. “Simply put, the Iron Dome system is a nes min hashamayim. It is able to identify which rockets are headed for inhabited areas, and which will fall in open spaces. It deals only with those headed for built-up areas, and has had a 90 percent success ….” He continued, “Simply put, this is the reason that people … go about their daily business…. “My brother, who lives in Rechovot and who has lived through all the previous attacks from Gaza, told me how the sirens used to instill real fear in everyone, whereas this time Iron Dome makes it an altogether different experience,” David points out.


ack in June, the extent of the achdus—no matter what communal or religious affiliation—during the heart wrenching and inspiring search for the three kidnapped boys was truly moving. For eighteen days, hundreds and thousands came to rally on the boys’ behalf. But they davened together and yet those three boys didn’t come back home. “One wonders,” said Rav Menashe Siev, RA”M in Yeshiva Lev

Dealing with the Anxiety

Dr. Jonathan Huppert, professor and director of the Laboratory for the Study and Treatment of Anxiety at Hebrew University, made aliyah from Philadelphia several years ago. In the United States, Dr. Huppert was a professor at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania under Dr. Edna Foa, one of the foremost experts on anxiety and PTSD treatment in the world. Dr. Huppert speaks about the “mix of equanimity” in Israel “because the Iron Dome is working well” and the tension that you “never know when it won’t work.” The overall stress is “more existential than immediate.” “Many people are very torn,” Huppert explains. “They feel little sense of hope about a solution. They acknowledge that a ground war is necessary. But it still leads to a loss of innocent life. This is a very painful, never-ending cycle.” Interestingly, he says, most people are not seeking intervention with therapists now for their stress. “After the storm, if the calm that they expect to come doesn’t come to them, then they will seek help.” On the other hand, Dr. Huppert is involved with people manning the hotlines. The phones, he says, “are ringing off the hook.” There are people who are having panic attacks and feel insecure and hopeless about the situation. While one of his daughters, after experiencing her first siren, needed calming throughout the night, his other has not changed her routine. Most

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HaTorah and an editor of the new Koren Talmud, “if we davened a tefilas shav. But tefilah always makes a difference. One wonders if the fact that, boruch Hashem, Hamas has not been successful is because of those tefillos.”

children, he says, do feel prepared. The fact that they have a “warning time”—a minute and a half to get to a shelter— he says, creates a sense of control that those in the south may not have.

The Other Side of the Story

Unlike the rest of the country, Sderot, located right near Gaza, looks like a ghost town. People continue living there, but no one is on the streets. Over the past years, the government has ensured that each apartment has a mamad room. Communal shelters are ubiquitous. Even the playgrounds include integrated shelters. And so life has continued. The communal shelters are now camps. People have not left their homes. But living under rocket fire for all these years takes its toll. Fourteenyear-olds have been living their whole lives under the threat of fire. Raphael Poch describes the Sderot website that includes a webpage dedicated to the Therapeutic Theater of Sderot, a theater for teenagers and children to express their trauma. Preschoolers learn specific songs that put the process of whatto-do-during-rocket-fire to a nurserylike melody. Children learn to express their anxiety through song and drama. This is new to the rest of the country.

The New Normal

Miriam1 from Gush Etzion, a native of Canada, has one son on active duty and one grandson in basic training. Her son, Avi, acts as a liaison between the army and communities. He ensures that bomb shelters are open, clean, functional, and well supplied. In case of rocket damage to a building, he has been trained to secure the area and help the people living there. Her grandson, while not on active duty, continues performing maneuvers


all-clear was finally heard, the cast and audience returned to stage and seats. The play continued; not one audience member left.

Shira Schechter says the boom of the Iron Dome makes her feel as if Hashem is literally protecting us


People have just seconds to get to shelter when a siren goes off

“We heard the boom of the Iron Dome intercepting the rocket. And I really felt as if Hashem was protecting us.”

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As men are being called up for duty, communities offer chessed and appreciation to them and their families

in areas far from shelters, but close to rocket fire. Miriam quoted Chani Wolf Feldman, a fellow Canadian living in Israel, who describes the feeling of parents in Israel as the “new normal.” Each day, instead of a summer vacation at the beach or on tiyulim, parents need to think about getting through a day with sirens and staying close to bomb shelters. This is the New Reality.

Chessed & Achdus

They stand up to Hamas by continuing to live.

However, Miriam sees this through a positive lens. This new reality comes with tremendous displays of chessed. The army normally provides its soldiers with everything—but with 48,000 men now on active duty, supplies are a bit tight. And so, the entire country has rallied to help the soldiers and bring them support they need. “Everywhere you look, everywhere you go, everyone is concerned: do the soldiers have enough?” says Miriam. Every morning, for example, on the yishuv Neve Daniel in Alon Shvut, people go down to the army base with extra supplies. Those going post notices for the community to bring supplies to their homes for transport to the base. One man takes a trailer with a special cellphone charging station, so soldiers’ phones can be charged, and they can communicate with their families. However, the stress is particularly high for families with brothers, sons, and husbands now on active reserve duty. The community, though, is there for them as well. Those living in Neve Daniel (where 25 fathers are now on duty and away from home) started a Google doc matching families’ needs and volunteers to help with babysitting, suppers, and assistance. “Everyone,” says Miriam, “from Haifa to Eilat is sending things to the army and the soldiers. The whole en-

Rocket fire has unfortunately become the new reality

tire country is involved in this amazing chessed.” Dudu Fischer, for one, went to an army base to sing “Am Yisrael Chai”; soldiers joined him and danced. Miriam watched a group cheering on soldiers on the highway to keep their spirits up and show the people’s solidarity with them. “This is the caliber of the people here,” she says. “We’re stoic. We won’t knuckle under.” A call over the Dapei Katom (the Orange Pages, a website specifically set up to help Israel during this time) for pizza for soldiers raised money within four days. These 1,500 pies came from pizzerias in the Negev, from stores that, during these trying times, do not have active customer traffic. Carmei Chessed, a Chareidi organization based in Beitar, has adopted military units with soldiers from lowincome families. The organization is providing food, furniture, and funding to their families. Sadly, twenty-seven soldiers have been killed, one has been possibly taken by Hamas, and many have been injured. Two of those killed were Americans or lone soldiers. In true chessed shel emes, the Haifa soccer team posted a note to its fans and network asking everyone to attend these soldiers’ funerals because most of the lone soldiers’ friends and family live in the United States.

Bonds vs. Bombs: K’Ish Echad, B’Lev Echad

One of the world’s most powerful forces is achdus. Now, in bomb shelters, neighbors from different walks of life are meeting and becoming closer. These bonds create further achdus within the Jewish community, bonds that will hopefully remain in times of peace.

Of course, the reality of the war is sobering and daunting. The Hamas tunnel network is sophisticated and troubling, with exits close to yishuvim in the Negev. Video footage shows children in Gaza sitting and singing alongside a rocket launcher as it sends a rocket into Israel. And Hamas tells its people—who are forewarned by the Israeli army about bombing (imagine an army telling people to leave so they and their families will be safe!)—to stay in the line of fire in order to influence world public relations.

Americans and Anxiety: Putting Things in Perspective

Those of us in the United States feel deeply about the war in Israel. The distance and the minute-by-minute news stream, coupled with the news from Iran and Russia, can provoke anxiety and uncertainty. But, counsels Dr. Huppert, “it’s never helpful to be anxious.” We need to put things in perspective for ourselves and our children. “Yes, times like these seem like there are changes all around the world. At the same time, there are always ways of looking for optimism.” The present is full of unknowns. But the best thing people can do is figure out what we would tell our children to calm them. These words, says Dr. Huppert, can help adults calm themselves as well. And so, life in Israel continues k’ragil—with this new normal—because of Yad Hashem, Whose Hand guides all these missiles away from the people. “It’s nisim v’niflaot,” concludes Miriam. “Hashem is watching over us. May Hashem continue to watch over us TJH and our soldiers.”  1 Last name withheld for security purposes.


The Observant Jew Rabbi Jonathan Gewirtz


morsels that make us hungry for the real wisdom of Torah. Many commentaries use gematrios, most notably the Baal HaTurim, R’ Yaakov, son of Rabbeinu Asher, the Rosh.

my perspective on gematrios. The chosson’s brother, Eli, had gone through the de rigeur numbers for bayis ne’eman (a stable home), chosson and kallah (bride and groom) and all the names that cor-

IT WAS SO WITTY AND SMART AND MADE ALL THE PIECES FIT TOGETHER. My real introduction to the joy of gematrios, however, was a speech given at a sheva brachos in Telshe Yeshiva. The common practice was for a bochur to speak first, then a rosh yeshiva. Perhaps so as not to show disrespect to the real Torah of the rosh yeshiva, the boys usually stuck to gematrios, an appetizer for the “real” speech if you will. Just as we enjoy the tasty snacks at the beginning of a meal, we looked forward to those gematrios because they were so entertaining. This one, however, stole the show and forever changed

responded to them. His compared count was good, but it was off by four. Even those who say you can be off by one because you include the word itself don’t give you a dispensation for four. But Eli was prepared. “Of course, after their wedding, the chosson and kallah will be living in the kollel apartments on Tremaine Drive… which is about a FOUR minute drive from Yeshiva.” The place went wild! It was so witty and smart and made all the pieces fit together without taking the speech so seriously that it would be an affront to make a leap like that. I know of a fellow who was using gematrios and ended with the number 737, which he used to refer to the plane he had flown in on to attend the wedding. Since that first speech, I’ve used this artistic license approach to comic effect many times, but sometimes you find these humorous bits that work out exactly and it seems like G-d, Himself, is making little jokes. Most recently, I was listening to a CD from R’ Moshe Meir Weiss of Staten Island who is known to enjoy gematrios. He was talking about a “nirgan,” a complainer, and how awful it is to complain (See Shaarei Teshuva 631). He made an offhanded remark that the root was reish, nun, gimel, or “Rogaine,” and jokingly compared it to the medication used for baldness. I thought that was hysterical – not because of the similarity in sound to the baldness cream, but because I had done some gematria of my own as he was speaking. HaNirgan – literally “the complainer,” is the gematria of 308, the same as Korach, the prototypical complainer in the Torah. Why is that funny? Because the name Korach means “bald” as Chazal say he caused a “bald spot” in klal Yisrael by leading a large patch of people to destruction. To me, the fact that Rabbi Weiss mentioned Rogaine in a situation that I realized also referred to someone

who had caused baldness was too great a coincidence to be a coincidence. While I don’t think it reveals any great and lofty Kabbalistic secrets, I think it sheds light on something we would all do well to remember, and is a reason we enjoy gematrios so much. Such little “jokes” like these, wherein everything adds up perfectly, are (in my opinion) Hashem’s way of reminding us that He has it all covered. He’s running the show with such precision that even such mundane and far-out calculations as these work out to a T. We like to see poetic justice, where the perpetrator of a crime or mean act gets caught in his own web, because we have a certain innate sense of balance. That balance is created by Hashem, Who, since Creation has been making “pairs,” and keeping things on keel. So the next time you hear a gematria, even if it seems a little forced, smile and remind yourself that Hashem Himself likes these appetizing little treats because they remind us that it all works out in the end. And if it didn’t work out? Then it’s not the end.

Now in bookstores, The Observant Jew, a compilation of some of Rabbi Gewirtz’s best articles from years past, is receiving critical acclaim. With short, funny, insightful selections, this book is the perfect summertime companion. Look for it in your favorite Jewish Book Store or visit Jonathan Gewirtz is an inspirational writer and speaker whose work has appeared in publications around the world. He also operates, where you can order a custom-made speech for your next special occasion. Sign up for the Migdal Ohr, his weekly PDF Dvar Torah in English. E-mail info@ and put Subscribe in the subject. © 2014 by Jonathan Gewirtz. All rights reserved.

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ost of us have heard some gematrios at one point or another. Gematria is a type of numerology in which the numerical values of the letters in a Hebrew word are combined and contrasted with the value of other words, and a meaning or lesson is derived. For example, Eisav, the son of Yitzchak, has a gematria, or numerical value, of 376. That’s the gematria of shalom, peace, indicating that Eisav wanted to live a tranquil, enjoyable life without mitzvos. Each letter in the Aleph-Bais has a value, and even the final letters have values. So, Aleph, the first letter, has a value of one, Tof, the last letter has a value of 400 (they skip, sort of like exits that don’t match to mile markers), the Kof Sofis, the final Kof, has a value of 500, and so on. There are different ways of calculating gematrios, and in Pirkei Avos (3:23) we are told that gematrios are “appetizers” of wisdom. They are the fun, tasty

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The Israeli Navy’s Bold Beginnings to Israel to organize Israel’s navy. He by the malfunction of some of the Iswas 26-years-old, and in October 1948, raeli guns which were antiquated, and it ended with both sides retreating. Little he was appointed Navy Commander. Shulman wasn’t the only Annapolis damage had been done except for the graduate. Jonathan Leff, who served as downing of an Egyptian Spitfire fighter the naval gunnery officer, also went to plane. Other methods of sinking enemy the Naval Academy. Another American ships were needed. Yochai Bin-Nun commanded the officer, Ben De Roy, was an expert radar and communications specialist. Even naval sabotage unit and had acquired though Israel had no submarines for small boats that could be outfitted with several years an American submariner, explosives. These one man boats could Sender Pinard found employment in the be aimed at a target while the operator operations section. After the K-24 came leaped into the water to be picked up to Israel, more Machal volunteers came by a recue craft (these were not suicide to assist the navy. However, there was missions like the ones that the Japafriction between the Machalniks and nese implemented during WWII against Palyam veterans that eventually caused American ships). On October 22, the some volunteers to leave the navy. Still, Emir Farouk and an escorting minethey left an indelible impression in the sweeper were spotted off the coast of young navy that won some hard-fought Gaza and the go-ahead for the mission battles during the War of Independence. was given. It was right before the ceaseIn August, the Haganah and the fire and the Egyptian sailors onboard Wedgewood seized thousands of rifles were relaxed. The Moaz was the main Israeli ship intended for the Arabs and gave them to the IDF. It was the result of a spectacu- involved and released the five small lar Mossad operation where two Israelis boats. Two of the boats were to head straight to the convinced an target and BinItalian ship’s Nun would captain to give stand by if a reup control and serve boat was they rendezneeded. Yaavoused with kov Vardi was the two Israeli to attack the ships. minesweeper At the bebut in the conginning of fusion attacked the war, the the Emir FaEgyptian navy rouk instead. had complete The explosive speedboats With the two control of the explosive boats Mediterranean coastline. Their flagship was the cruiser hitting the Emir Farouk, she sank within Emir Farouk. After the hard efforts of five minutes. Bin-Nun saw the mistake Shulman and other agencies, the Israeli and he attacked the minesweeper which fleet had grown but still the Wedgewood sustained significant damage. The misand the Haganah were the only ones sion was a success and the Israeli navy fit for a major battle. Operation Yoav finally had its first victory. Some of the Machalniks stayed after commenced on October 15 with the main objective being to disrupt enemy the war to train Israeli sailors for new supply lines. The first days of the opera- ships. The navy scored some victories tion saw many failures including the en- but even more importantly had set the gine dying on one of the troop-carrying stage for a navy that was to set preceships. The landing craft was carrying 31 dence in the Middle East. soldiers and was supposed to attack an Egyptian artillery battery. The operaAvi Heiligman is a weekly contributor to tion was never fully executed. The Battle off Majdal took place on The Jewish Home. He welcomes your comOctober 21. The Wedgewood and the ments and suggestions.for future columns Haganah were trying to stop an Egyp- and can be reached at aviheiligman@ tian corvette that was unloading troops and cargo. The battle itself was marred

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ny country with a significant new country needed fighting ships. coastline has to have a navy to Four ships were rusting away in protect its harbors and ports. This the Haifa Harbor and were known as is vitally important for nations that as the Shadow Fleet. The A-16 Eilat was soon as independence is declared are a former American icebreaker; the in the midst of a war. The Israeli navy K-20 Haganah was Canadian warship in 1948 was nothing compared to what that was used in Aliyah Bet as was the they have today. The K-18 Wedgewood. entire navy back The most interesting then was comprised boat was the K-24 of five second-hand Moaz. She was built ships but these sailin Germany and ors performed well was sold privately under the circumto an American. At stances. They were the outset of WWII, commanded by an she was transferred American officer to the U.S. Coast and at a least a third Guard to be used as of these sailors were a coastal patrol gun veterans of WWII boat. They were reand weren’t Israeli furbished, and in at all. October 1948, a fifth Before Israel deship, the K-26 Noga, Paul Shulman, first commander of the clared statehood in joined the navy. The Israeli Navy, with David Ben-Gurion, 1948, there was a Noga was a former Israel's first prime minister military infrastrucAmerican patrol ture. Several factions existed with the boat known as the Yucatan. main one being the Palmach. They had There were about 2,000 sailors in around 30,000 members, and they most- the navy during the war and they came ly trained for in-ground operations. A from a variety of backgrounds. The sailsmall seaborne platoon of the Palmach ors on these ships were former merchant grew into a small but formidable unit mariners, Israelis who managed to serve called the Palyam. It was set up in 1945 in the British Navy during WWII, Alibut by early 1948 was all Israel had be- ya Bet crewmen and volunteers from fore the war started. The Palyam spe- abroad. These volunteers, called Machcialized in escorting tens of thousands al, had a lot of experience during WWII of survivors out of the remains of Chur- and were headlined by Annapolis gradban Europe as well as bringing in vital uate (U.S. Naval Academy) Paul Shularms for the rest of the Palmach. They man. He resigned from his position in also trained in underwater sabotage and the American Navy in 1947 to join the these members went on to form the seamen helping Aliyah Bet immigrants. Shayetet 13 commando unit. Still, the At the request of Ben Gurion, he came


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Perfect Portion Sizes

ortion control and knowing what a portion or serving size looks like is essential for losing weight and maintaining your weight. Over the past few decades, American portion sizes have increased with a direct correlation to our expanding waistlines. Many times we think we are eating sensibly, but our intake of even healthy foods could be double or triple the appropriate serving size. The following is a list of foods and their appropriate serving size with some realistic everyday tips to help you identify them. • 3 oz of cooked chicken, meat, fish = a deck of cards • 1 cup of cooked vegetables = size of one baseball • ½ cup cooked brown rice or pasta = size of an ice cream scoop or a regular light bulb • 1 medium apple = size of a baseball • 2 TBS of peanut butter = size of ping pong ball • 1 pancake or waffle = size of a CD • 1 cup of cereal = size of a baseball • 3 oz of cooked fish = size of a checkbook • 2 TBS of hummus = size of a golf ball • 3 oz of tofu = size of a cassette tape • ½ cup of grapes = about 16 small grapes • ¼ cup of dried fruit or nuts = size of golf ball or large egg • 1 cup of berries = about 12 small strawberries or size of a baseball • 1 TBS of butter or salad dressing = 1 poker chip • ½ cup of ice cream or frozen yogurt = size of 1 regular light bulb or tennis ball • 1 ½ oz of cheese = six dice When eating a meal it’s important to make a portion plate. Half of your plate should consist of vegetables; one quarter of the plate should be protein (like chicken or fish); and one quarter of the plate should include a whole grain

 Half a cup of frozen yogurt or ice cream is around the size of a tennis ball  a half a cup of grapes is around 16 small grapes  3 oz of cooked chicken is around the same size as a deck of cards

carb (like brown rice, whole wheat pasta or quinoa). Most restaurants serve more food than one person needs at one meal. Ask the wait person for a “to go” box and wrap up half your meal as soon as its brought to the table, or split an entrée with your dinner companion. Pizza, movie popcorn, burgers, and bagels are just some of the everyday foods that have literally doubled in size/calories in the past 20 years. It behooves everyone—the person who is dieting and the one that is not—to study the above table and learn the appropriate portion sizes and how to eyeball them. If you find these portions to be too restrictive, then wean yourself down gradually. Every day decrease your portions a little bit more until you are at the ideal size. Eventually, you will feel satisfied with the smaller portions, and it will take less food to banish your pains of hunger. Follow these perfect portions and you might even shed a few extra pounds without trying too hard! Aliza Beer is a registered dietician with a Master’s degree in nutrition. She has a private practice in Cedarhurst, NY. Patients’ success has been featured on the Dr. Oz Show. Aliza’s new line of prepared, healthy meals-to-go are available at Gourmet Glatt. Aliza can be reached at alizabeer@gmail. com.


In the Kitchen

Scrumptious Squares of Sweetness These recipes will raise the bar in your family’s snack selection!

Ingredients 1 cup flour ½ cup margarine, softened ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars

Ingredients 1 cup margarine or butter ¾ cup sugar ¾ cup brown sugar

Chewy Walnut Brownies

Ingredients ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 cup flour ½ teaspoon baking powder

1 cup sugar 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel 2 tablespoons lemon juice ½ teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt 2 eggs Preparation Preheat oven to 350ºF. Mix flour, butter and confectioners’ sugar. Press into ungreased square pan, building up

2 eggs 1 tablespoon hot water 1 ½ cup flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups oatmeal 12 oz. chocolate chips 1 teaspoon vanilla ½-1 cup chopped nuts, optional Preparation Cream butter or margarine with

1 cup sugar ½ cup margarine, melted 2 eggs beaten 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional) Preparation Preheat your oven to 325°F. Coat the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray. In a medium bowl, mix together the

½-inch edges. Bake crust for 20 minutes. Beat granulated sugar, lemon peel, lemon juice, baking powder, salt and eggs with electric mixer on high speed about 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Pour over hot crust. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until no indentation remains when touched lightly in center. Cool; dust with powdered sugar. Cut into about 1 ½-inch squares. Makes 25 squares.

sugar. Add eggs and hot water and mix together. Add flour, baking soda and salt. Slowly mix in oatmeal, chocolate chips, vanilla and nuts. Mix well. Grease a 9x11-inch pan and spread batter into pan. Bake at 350° for 2025 minutes. Reserve ½ cup of chocolate chips. While the bars are still hot, put the chocolate chips on top. Once they are melted, spread them evenly over the bars. Cool before eating.

cocoa powder, flour, and baking powder. Add in the sugar. Stir in the margarine. Add the eggs and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Stir the walnuts in by hand (if desired). Spread the batter into the pan, and bake for about 25 minutes (knife inserted into center should come out clean). Cool on wire rack, and then cut into squares. Makes 24 squares. Continued on page 86

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