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JEWISH THOUGHT Rabbi Zvi Teichman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Rabbi Motty Rabinowitz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Rabbi Silber. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Kiruv Konnection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

PEOPLE 613 Seconds with Alex VanNess . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz zt”l A Pioneer in the Torah Revolution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Encounters with Rav Meir Zlotowitz zt”l. . . . . . . . . 38

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Dear Readers, Jewish Unity: It seems so elusive, yet its rewards are beyond measure. What is it that makes it so difficult to accomplish? Is it the challenge of leaving our comfort zones? Do we subconsciously feel that if we welcome someone different than us we’re not being true to who we are? It definitely feels easier to raise children surrounded by like-minded people. But A) isn’t there something we can learn from every living creature, particularly a fellow Jew? And on a deeper level, B) don’t we experience truth specifically when looking deeper than what is in front of our eyes? In the world of logic, for example, we come to a deeper truth when we are challenged by an opposite point but then find a deeper idea from which they both emanate. When Yidden with different backgrounds and minhagim bond together, we experience yiddishkeit on a deeper level. It changes from a feeling of convenience in being the same as those around us to one of

belonging to a unique nation with a spiritual mission. The differences are correctly seen as how we each express Judaism; what we are expressing is the same belief in Hashem and the eternity of the Torah and mitzvos. If we can learn to respect each other and perhaps even learn from each other’s sincerity, we would be living a more complete yiddishkeit. Our children would also benefit tremendously from having a sense of the eternity of the Jewish people, which comes from connecting with members of other communities instead of falling back on our first reaction to point out why our way is better... Perhaps part of the Divine plan is that the many communities and different paths converge at the end of golus as a preparation for the kahal gadol yashuvu heina, the great congregation which will return to Eretz Yisrael with the coming of Moshiach. Wishing you a wonderful Shabbos, Shalom

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board followed the recommendation of a search committee, made after an extensive national search. The committee, formed by Michael J. Elman, M.D., CJE’s immediate past president, included a diverse group of leaders from the Baltimore Jewish community. “It is a fitting tribute to CJE and the vitality of Jewish education in Baltimore that after evaluating candidates from across the United States and Canada, we found the ideal replacement right here at home,” said Dr. Elman. “Amian is a consummate professional with an impressive understanding of Jewish text and expertise in Jewish education and educational trends, here and abroad. Our community is very fortunate to be able to continue to draw on her valuable talents.” In noting the Baltimore Jewish community’s dedication to Jewish community professionals, Marc Terrill, President of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, stated, “I am pleased that Amian, an experienced and skilled professional, has been selected to lead CJE in the years ahead. It is a great statement about the way our community nurtures and develops talent.” Linda Hurwitz, the current Chair of the Associated Board and another member of the search committee, added, “I’ve had the privilege of watching Amian in action during my years on the CJE board and from many other vantage points in the community. This is a wonderful and exciting selection.” In accepting the position, Ms. Kelemer noted, “I am humbled to be following in the footsteps of Larry Ziffer, my mentor, colleague and friend. I am grateful for the opportunity to continue our work at the Macks Center for Jewish Education, with its talented staff and dedicated lay leaders, and I am grateful for the partnership of the Associated and its many agencies which, along with CJE’s other partners, continually inspire the Jewish educational journeys of our children, adults, families, and educators.” Ms. Kelemer is expected to assume her new role on August 1, 2017.

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Inaugural STAR-K Rabbinical Training Program for Yeshivas Ner Yisroel Yungeleit a Huge Success

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By: Margie Pensak


f you are learning in Kollel and wondering if Rabbanus is for you, wonder no more—if you are a member of Kollel Avodas Levi, the Kollel of Yeshivas Ner Yisroel in Baltimore, Maryland, that is. The STAR-K Rabbinical Training Program now offers yungeleit in the kollel the opportunity of capturing a glimpse into the multifaceted life inside the Rabbinate. The inaugural lecture series, held between Tu B’Shevat and Shavuos, was a huge success. “The STAR-K Rabbincal Training Program was borne from the strong interest of a group of twenty-five Kollel Avodas Levi yungeleit to have a series of Rabbonim, community leaders, and other presenters discuss what it takes to be a Rav, community leader, and mechanech,” explains Rabbi Nosson ‘Nate’ Miller, the Kollel Avodas Levi

yungerman who spearheaded the program as the Kollel’s liaison. In the past, the National Council of Young Israel (NCYI) in conjunction with STAR-K, held a similar training program at the Kollel, but last year Rabbi Miller and a few colleagues thought of utilizing local resources, instead, to spare the weekly, 15-week commute of the Young Israel Rabbonim. After procuring NCYI’s bracha, STAR-K President Avrom Pollak was approached about STAR-K Kashrus Administrators, among other local Torah experts, delivering the weekly training sessions. “The program is primarily geared for the Ner Yisroel yungeleit who are going into Rabbanus,” notes Rabbi Miller. “However, it is also for those who want a better understanding of a depth of things that are beneficial to know--for example, if your relative or someone intrigued asks you about them. We learned a lot from the speakers that we don’t necessarily find out

in yeshiva.” The spectrum of knowledge shared during this lecture series included the following topics: Mikvaos and Eruvin (HaRav Moshe Heinemann); End of Life Questions (HaRav Yaakov Hopfer); Handling Bais Din Concerns (Rav Mordechai Shuchatowitz); Hanhagos and Halchos in Shul (Rav Dovid Heber); Preparing and Delivering a Powerful Speech (Rabbi Yissocher Frand); Contemporary Issues Rabbi Moshe Hauer); Gittin, Kiddushin and Bereavement (Rabbi Zvi Holland); How to Posken if You Are Not a Posek (Rabbi Mordechai Frankel); Unique Challenges Facing Out of Town Rabbonim-Kashrus & Kiruv (Rabbi Zvi Goldberg); Creative Solutions for Leaders of Jewish Institutions (Rabbi Boruch Neuberger); Translating the Torah (Rabbi Aharon Lopiansky); Halachos Involved in Leading Life-Cycle Events (Rav Yosef Berger); Complex Medical and Halachic Questions in End of Life Decisions and Infertility Issues (Dr. Yoel Jakobovits); Important Insights to Ensure Simcha at Every Bris (Rabbi Moshe Rappaport); and, Simplifying Finances: Parsonage, Non-Profit Status, and Tax Exemptions (Rabbi Shmuel Shachter). As one participant noted, the STAR-K Rabbinic Training Program was a real eye-opener, bringing out many issues that a Rabbi must face in today’s turbulent times, providing some “tools for life”. Rabbi Mordechai Benyowitz, another participant, said that what stands out most about his training program experience, is the Rabbonim, themselves. “Each one gave a moving and

deeply personal glimpse into their lives. They demonstrated their deep commitment to serving the tzibur… Each Rav showed his own personality and style, yet the common denominator was intense dedication and selflessness. More than any particular lesson or teaching, they taught by example how to be a true osiek b’tzorchei tzibbur and live the life of a Torah leader.” “The STAR-K Rabbinical training program is an incredible opportunity for yungeleit to not only gain a profound perspective in so many fundamental topics vital to being an inspirational leader in the Jewish community, but it also empowers its graduates to cultivate deeper relationships with world class Rabbonim, role models, and other talented, aspiring leaders in similar stages of personal development,” remarks Rabbi Miller. In July, the wives of these yungeleit will also enjoy a couple of training presentations provided by Rebbetzins involved in teaching, local chesed organizations, and shul events, to give them a taste of the day-to-day life of a Rebbetzin. STAR-K President Avrom Pollak concludes, “In addition to our STAR-K Kollel, in Lakewood, and our Institute of Halachah, this is just another aspect of how the STAR-K is manifesting its educational programs which exemplify STAR-K’s keen interest in preparing qualified, dedicated young men for future leadership roles in Klal Yisrael.”

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By Yisroel Besser It’s something I’ve often done, unfortunately. An email or text comes that someone has passed away, and it’s the nature of my job that I often have to write some sort of appreciation. It doesn’t make one unfeeling, but it does teach a person to close their emotions from real mourning until the job is done. I can say in all honesty that since that moment on motzei Shavuos when I heard the bitter news, I’ve been unable to access words. Unable to discuss it, to text or call any of our shared friends. This is way too close to home. Dovid was life. Chiyus and vitality and second chances. Dovid carried around a reservoir of life, the perfect word to lift whomever he encountered, the brilliant smile, pat on the shoulder that would send them on their way with their shoulders straighter. It was the way he said, ‘Hey,’ when he greeted you- genuine happiness, but also an understanding of where you came from and respect for your journey. Non-judgmental is in style these days, but faux-tolerance is so obvious. The real deal is rare. He was that guy. It sounds over-dramatic to say this, because we weren’t best friends: we didn’t even speak that often, especially recently. But Dovid Gutman was one of the most impactful friends I had. He changed me and I owe him the world. I first met him during what would be the best period of his life, his glory years. I was learning in Yerushalayim by Rav Dovid Soloveitchik and had gone to play baseball in Gan Sacher one erev Shabbos. He was on the other team, playing shortstop- with a cigarette in hand. One of my friends found it arrogant, and confidently told us on the bench, “I’m going to slam a hard grounder at that hotshot and send that cigarette flying.” The batter’s turn came and, true to his word, he sent a sizzling grounder at Dovid. In a move that was pure poetry, Dovid positioned himself, placed the lit cigarette in his mouth, smoothly

fielded the ball and threw the runner out at first- then he removed the cigarette and luxuriously exhaled. I became his chassid at that moment. I would become his friend after that- when I started learning in Mir for night seder and he sat nearby. With his long hair and untucked shirt, he sort of stood outbut everyone on those benches turned to him as flowers toward sunshine, waiting for his hello, his comments, even his questions in learning. We were casual friends, nothing more. Late that winter of 1997, I confided him that I wanted to leave Brisk for Mir, but finding a dirah wasn’t simple. I had many friends, but they all had good reasons, you know how it is… this one’s dirah was over-booked, the other one had flooding, the third was moving to the dormitory. He looked at me. “Stop it. You’ll come to my dirah.” I laughed, not expecting that the offer had any passing connection with reality. I didn’t know him well enough yet. He repeated it the next night, and insisted I come see it. It was a prime location, right next door to yeshiva, attractive and spacious. The thing was, it was a Ner Israel dirah and I was an outsider. Except that once I had Dovid’s friendship, I was an insider. I was his. He assured me that it would work out and if the others resisted, he would make space in his room. The next zman I joined the dirah and was welcomed to a magical world- he was the king of the dirah, his warm, welcoming presence and exceptional ability to find humor and meaning in every minute drawing all sorts of people. I remember how at one point, there were so many visitors to the dirahhis followers, we called them- that we divided up duties so that everyone who walked in would be greeted with a pleasant hello and a drink. He drew real yeshivishe types, the sort

that were carrying doubts or insecurities they couldn’t share with anyone else- for them, the tall, handsome guy in the easy chair was better than any therapist. There were the opposite types, guys long out of the system and disillusioned, who similarly came to the one person they trusted to listen and understand and never preach. His generosity of spirit- and actual generosity- was boundless. People came to borrow money and eat his food and revel in his approach to life. And late at night, very late, when the last of the visitors had gone, we would talk. And the more exposure I had to him, to more I realized how badly I’d needed him in my life. Without ever being vicious or hurtful, he showed me how judgmental I was: with a deft sentence, he could turn a critical remark on its head. He showed me how narrow and unaccepting I was, how little I understood about people and real life. He overwhelmed me with his perspective. It was like going from being color-blind to suddenly being able to perceive shades and hues, to take in a much broader picture. Every person came with a background, a history, their challenges and disappointments and dreams. The boys in that dirah learned, really learned, and he was part of that as well. He was learning with Rav Avrohom Mordechai Freifeld during the mornings, and at one point he made a

decision to switch to Mir and start going to Rav Yosef Elefant’s shiur. He was excited as a little child on the first day of school. I see him now with his new gemara and bright eyes- the optimism usually reserved for other people was focused inward, on himself! And I cry yet again. He had a picture of Rav Shlomo Freifeld on the wall of his room, and via Rav Avrohom Mordechai, he had access to a wellspring of Reb Shlomo stories. I had never really heard the name, and found myself spellbound. Years later, when I wrote a book on Reb Shlomo, Dovid joked that he was a partner. In truth, Dovid was much more than that. I fell in love with Reb Shlomo specifically because he was the prophet: there was none more suited than he to deliver Reb Shlomo’s message. Reb Shlomo once remarked that there is a mitzvah of V’halachta b’drachav, to emulate Hakadosh Boruch Hu’s ways. If so, Reb Shlomo said, man should try to imitate the Divine midda of Ve’Ata mechayeh es kulam, just as Hashem sustains all living things, man should work to give life to others. Dovid, in this vort, there was no bigger talmid of Reb Shlomo than you! I loved going places with Dovid. A random walk to yeshiva was an experience. He came into the great Mirrer beis medrash and people hoped he’d look their way and nod. And Rav Nosson Tzvi loved him! We would regularly go to his Friday schmooze and then file by to say Gut Shabbos. The rosh yeshiva always broke out in a huge smile when he saw Dovid and often, he would reach out to slap him. Rav Nosson Tzvi got Dovid. Dovid saw things in a way that no one else did. We were once sitting on the porch late on a Friday night and we saw a young Yerushalmi couple, seeming newlyweds, walking down the narrow Beis Yisroel street. The husband, in a gold kaftan and large shtreimel, said something and his wife Cont. on P. 16



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giggled. “See?” Dovid jumped up, “they make each other happy, they have the best marriages specifically because it’s all real, it’s all kept quiet. It’s not for other people.” It was such a Dovid vort. I never knew anyone like him when it came to appreciating realness- or in being able to see deeper. For a period, we learned Nesivos Sholom before shacharis. Dovid prepared coffee and relished each wordhe loved when the author quoted short, powerful vertlach from earlier rebbes.

“That’s great,” he would enthuse, “that is so great.” At the end of that glorious year, we flew home together for bein hazmanim, neither of us certain of future plans. I went to Lakewood and he went to work, but we stayed in contact. One night, I met him a chasunah and he suddenly said, “I want to see what Lakewood yeshiva is like, I’m coming back with you.” He did, and we arrived in middle of the night. Of course, being Dovid he somehow found a spare bed and

someone who knew him and the next day he wanted to be led through the yeshiva, as if on a tour. Eventually, he moved to Manhattan. He told me about his shul. He loved it, because ‘it’s this beautiful huge place with a really great rabbi, an amazing talmid chacham, and very few members.” It was perfect for hima chance to give life to an older person, to blow his magic into a downand-out place. I remember how before I got engaged to my wife, I wanted him to


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Alex VanNess Tell us about it, and how did that come about? When we moved to Baltimore, my wife quickly got a job at a research laboratory at Johns Hopkins University.   I decided to see if I could do something with my political science degree, so I looked for work in Washington, DC.  Using my political science degree, I started out with an entry level job at the government relations office of a pharmaceutical company in Washington, but realized after a few years that to grow in my career, I needed to get experience on Capitol Hill.  Hundreds of emails and dozens of informational interviews later, I took a big risk, leaving my secure, paying job for an unpaid internship with Congressman Doug Lamborn from Colorado. This led to a paid job with California Congressman, Tom McClintock, which taught me the inner workings of Congress and how public policy is made.   Today I am the director of the Middle East Peace & Security Project at

the Center for Security Policy (CSP), a national security think tank in Washington, DC. My day-to-day work involves monitoring news reports on various issues relating to Israel and other Middle Eastern countries, and writing analyses on these issues. I work to promote Israel and fight BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) and antisemitism.   I do this by exposing the networks and finances of organizations that promote hatred of Israel, BDS, and antisemitism, mostly by utilizing social media and writing editorials in media outlets. I also work to promote these issues to people working in the government, providing my research and analyses to help promote a strong U.S.-Israel relationship.   What do you do when you aren’t working (or commuting to DC for work)?   I am a member of Suburban Orthodox Congregation and enjoy attending shul events when I have the time.  I also serve as a member of the Baltimore City Republican Central Com-

mittee where I help promote Republican policy initiatives in the city. Free time is a bit hard to come by, but when my wife and I have time together, we try to be as outdoorsy as possible. We enjoy jogging and hiking. Maryland has some great hiking trails.     You became a first-time father recently. What’s the most important lesson in life you hope to instill in your son as you raise him?   There are so many lessons I want to instill in my son. I think one of the most important lessons I can teach my son is to pursue what makes him happy and never give up on something he has a passion for.   And the most important question: have you converted to be a Baltimore sports fan?     Ha! No. The Tigers will always be my team. 

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How did you end up in Baltimore? I first came to Baltimore in 2007 with my wife, Devorah Leah, immediately after our wedding.  We’re both from Detroit and I was living in New York throughout our engagement. We decide on Baltimore for several reasons. First, we both agreed that New York was not where we wanted to live. In 2007, Detroit’s economy was not in good shape, we were wary about our economic future. Finally, moving to Baltimore gave us a strong family support structure to lean on.  My mother-in-law is from Baltimore and my wife’s grandparents, aunt and uncle, cousins, and several siblings live in Baltimore.   What were you doing in New York?   I am a Baal Teshuva and went to public school my entire life. After I graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit, I attended Yeshiva Shor Yoshuv in New York.    You have a pretty impressive job.


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Want to be Happy? Head to Paraguay

Paraguay is a small South American country with 6.6 million “happy” residents, according a new report on the emotional well-being of people around the world. Nearly 150,000 people from 142

countries were asked to rate their levels of emotional positivity and negativity. The research found that the world’s overall positive emotions have remained constant over the last decade. However, the world’s negative emotions have been slowly but steadily increasing, making 2016 the least happy year on record, according to the Gallup Global Emotions Report. Pollsters asked questions about tiredness, respect, and people enjoying themselves. They then asked questions about negative experiences and asked about feeling physical pain, worry, sadness, stress and anger. Gallup reported that more than 70% of people worldwide said that they smile or laugh a lot, and that they felt enjoyment, well-rested, and were treated with respect. Latin America and South America are home to many of the world’s happiest countries. Gallup says this is because of “the cultural tendency in the region to focus on life’s positives.” Predictably, countries experiencing conflict like Ukraine, Iraq, Yemen and


Turkey reported the lowest levels of positive emotions. The United States ranked 38, with an index score of 75, tying with eight other countries: Luxembourg, Germany, Bolivia, Brazil, Austria, the United Kingdom, Mali and South Africa. These are the world’s ten happiest nations, accompanied by their happiness index score: 1. Paraguay, 84 2. Costa Rica, 83 3. Panama, 82 4. Philippines, 82 5. Uzbekistan, 82 6. Ecuador, 81 7. Guatemala, 81 8. Mexico, 81 9. Norway, 81 10. Chile, 80 On the other side of the smiling emoji, the most stressed-out country in the world, according to Gallup, was Greece, with 67% of respondents reporting stress. Central African Republic had the highest level of worry at 72%, Iran was angriest at 50%, and Liberia was the saddest at 55%. World-

wide, 36 percent of people said they experienced worry, while 35 percent reported stress, and 30 percent reported physical pain, Gallup found. The ten countries that reported the highest negative feelings are: 1. Iraq, 58 2. South Sudan, 55 3. Iran, 52 4. Liberia, 52 5. Central African Republic, 48 6. Togo, 48 7. Chad, 47 8. Sierra Leone, 47 9. Uganda, 46 10. Gabon, 43

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The Week In News North Korea. Trump has told China’s President Xi Jinping that if he is unwilling to give an ultimatum to Pyongyang, Trump will act on his own in order to curb Kim Jong Un’s aggressive activity. The conversation between the two leaders took place over the phone the day after the U.S. threatened trade sanctions, branded China for human trafficking, and sold weapons to Taiwan. The reportedly cordial but blunt phone call made it clear that the honeymoon between the two world leaders was over but that they could still work together on international issues. Experts on the matter have said that China is reluctant to be overly harsh with its neighbors in North Korea because they fear upheaval in an already unstable environment. The Chinese are less concerned about North Korea’s nuclear capabilities and are therefore less incentivized to act. President Trump, according to senior officials, is not optimistic that China will change its stance.

Trump spoke with Xi before heading off to a G20 meeting in Germany. At the meeting the American president will be talking to leaders of Japan and South Korea for additional help in solving the North Korea problem. Trump is concerned that without the full weight of China behind his threats, Kim Jong Un will be unlikely to cave to his pressure. China has rolled back some of the warm relations it has shared with North Korea, but has not done so on a meaningful scale. China has a long history of not buckling to outside influences when it comes to dealing with the Hermit Regime. They were caught off-guard last week when the White House came out harshly against them by imposing sanctions on a Chinese bank, a Chinese company, and two private Chinese citizens. The U.S. then sold $1.4 billion in weapons to Taiwan, which China regards as a province of theirs that broke away. Lastly, China was labeled as one of the worst offenders in the annual State Department re-

port on human trafficking.

Mocking Trump is Fun in Iran

U.S. presidents are not spoken about glowingly in Iran. In rallies, effigies of the “Great Satan’s” leaders are burnt and mocked. This Monday, American-haters in the Persian regime were given the opportunity to show their creativity in their animosity towards the United States. At a cartoon and caricature contest where the only

goal was to make fun of President Trump, the zealots were back in force. Several winners received cash prizes in dollars for showing the president in the white robes of the Ku Klux Klan, sharing a Time magazine cover with Adolf Hitler, or as Captain America wielding the Statue of Liberty as a bludgeon. Some of the cartoons were also hung across Tehran. One poster, featured prominently at a busy intersection, showed Mr. Trump wearing a swastika armband and with the decapitated head of Lady Liberty at is feet. Which poster won the $1,500 cash prize? It showed the American president in a suit made of $100 bills, his hair on fire and drool dripping from his mouth. Winning artists also received an abstract statue topped with a golden swoosh of Mr. Trump’s signature hairdo. The date of the exhibition, July 3, is the anniversary of the downing of an Iranian passenger plane by the United States Navy in 1988 that killed all 290 people on board. While the Pentagon

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The Week In News has always insisted the incident was a tragic mistake, many Iranians are convinced the plane was shot down to pressure Iran into ending its eight-year war with Iraq. “We are really, really happy with Trump,” said Resalat Bouzari, a speaker at the event. “He shows the real face of the so-called United States democracy.” “Trump is the symbol of fascism and Nazism, and many investigated his statements and concluded they are similar to those made by Adolf Hitler,” said the organizer of the event, Masoud Shojaei-Tabataei. He has been organizing — or told to organize — cartoon contests for several years now. The contests started after European newspapers began publishing cartoons depicting the prophet of Islam, Muhammad. In retaliation, Iran organized a Holocaust cartoon contest. After seeing that people in the West became very upset by cartoons showing Jews with big noses drawing murder lines around nonexistent bodies while wearing placards saying “Holocaust,” they decided to turn the competition into a yearly event, with different themes. “The importance is to test the limits of freedom of speech in the West,” Shojaei-Tabataei said recently. The focus of this year’s cartoon contest highlighted “Trumpism.” It came after Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said in a recent speech that Mr. Trump was the real face of America.

eign Affairs that forbade the granting of visas between 1937 and 1950. “I believe the number could be much higher, since I researched only part of the documentation. Even after the news about the Holocaust was released, the Brazilian government continued to deny visas to survivors who, in many cases, obtained visas as Catholics,” said Holocaust expert Maria Luiza Tucci Carneiro. “Both the Vargas and Dutra governments were intolerant, with political actions marked by xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and nationalist sentiments that had serious consequences for Jews seeking a host country,” she noted.

The research, which was backed by the prestigious Sao Paulo University, will be presented in a book to the Shoah Memorial in Paris.

Schneerson Collection to be Available Online

Brazil Blocked 16K Jewish Visas during Holocaust New research has revealed that the government in Brazil denied visas to over 16,000 European Jews who were looking to escape the Nazi regime. The newly revealed numbers were published by Brazil’s Virtual Archives on Holocaust and Antisemitism Institute, or Arqshoah. The number of denied visa was determined by combining the monthly reports of Brazilian diplomats working in Germany and other Nazi-controlled territories. There were 26 secret memos from the Brazilian Ministry of For-

The sixth Chabad-Lubavitch Rebbe Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson, zt”l, lived in the Soviet Union in pre-war Europe. In 1922, he petitioned the Russian government to return 35 crates of books they had seized from his family years earlier. The seforim had been passed down to his father, Rabbi Shalom Dov Ber Schneerson, by his grandfather and had belonged collectively to generations of



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The Week In News Lubavitch chassidim going back to Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liady, who began the collection in the 18th century. The collection includes an illustrated Haggadah, published in 1712 in Amsterdam. It is said that the pages are stained by wine that was spilled at sedarim hundreds of years ago. There is also a sefer printed in 1552 in Venice, just after the printing press was invented. A Torah from 1631, with

comments in Latin written in pencil by Christian scholars who had studied it, is also in the collection. Despite the petitioning, the Soviet government refused to return the collection, and for the last century the books have remained on the shelves of the Lenin Public Library in Moscow. In recent months the Russian State Library has embarked on a project to scan and put the entire collection online. It is expected to be complet-

ed this month, and more than 4,500 books from the Schneerson Collection will become available. “We have about 10 to 20 books left to scan. They’ll be on the site in a month,” said Svetlana Khvostova, the Russian State Library employee in charge of the Schneerson Collection at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow. The books are kept in special cardboard boxes — microorgan-

isms can’t survive in this acid-free cardboard, Khvostova said — in a temperature-controlled room with a gas-operated fire extinguishing system that ensures that the precious volumes wouldn’t be damaged even in case of a fire. In Russia these books don’t get many customers since they are all in lashon hakodesh. “One time, a family came from America with five kids; they came here directly from the airport to see Schneerson’s books. They didn’t even go to the hotel,” Khvostova said. “Hasidic people who come here are not interested when we tell them that the books are scanned. They want to hold the books in their hands.”

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U.S. Backed 1953 Iran Coup

Documents outlining the United States backing a 1953 coup in Iran, thought to have been lost forever, have been published quietly by the State Department. The papers show the CIA’s role in the coup which ultimately led to an Islamic Revolution in the country and open hostility towards the West. The coup ended up toppling Iranian Prime Minister Mohammed Mosaddegh and cementing the control of the Shah. The papers show that the U.S. feared the spread of communism and that Britain wished to gain access to Iran’s oil industry, which Mossadegh had nationalized. What followed has been described by experts as the “day that Iranian politics turned away from any hope of democracy.” The report, which is 1,007 pages long, shows that the U.S. discussed



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The Week In News the coup over a year before it took place. It also outlines documents that show Britain’s focus on resolving the dispute over Iran’s nationalized oil refineries. “Nationalization of the oil industry possibly combined with further assassinations of top Iran officials, including even the Shah, could easily lead to a complete breakdown of the Iran government and social order, from which a pro-Soviet regime might well emerge leaving Iran as a satellite state,” one undated CIA analysis from the report warned. Papers show that the CIA had “stockpiled enough arms and demolition material to support a 10,000man guerrilla organization for six months” and had paid over $5.3 million in “bribes and other costs.” The Iranian public was outraged at the heavy handedness of the West in their political arena. The anger has lingered for decades and fed into the

1979 revolution, during which Iranians seized the U.S. Embassy and held 52 American diplomats and citizens hostage for 444 days. In Iran, the U.S. is portrayed as a hostile foreign power to this day.

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This week the United States called out Iran yet again in the United Nations for “repeatedly and deliberately” violating a UN resolution that endorsed the country’s famous 2015 nuclear deal. U.S. Ambassador NIkki Haley also showed how the Security Council has failed to respond to Iran’s outright violations. Haley spoke of Iran’s “repeated ballistic missile launches, proven arms smuggling,” purchases of missile technology, and violations by Iranian military officials of their travel ban to prove that Iran has not upheld their end of the bargain. “The Security Council has failed to take even minimal steps to respond to these violations,” Haley told a council meeting called to discuss Iran. “These measures are here for a reason. This council should be here to

enforce them.” Resolution 2231 was adopted by the UN Security Council two years ago as an agreement between six world powers and Iran that lifted economic sanctions against the Persian regime in exchange for the curbing of Tehran’s nuclear program. Iran is not allowed to run tests of ballistic missiles capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, and an arms embargo was placed. But in January 2017 the country tested a medium-range missile, and an arms shipment was intercepted by France in the Indian Ocean with weapons of Iranian origin onboard. European Union Ambassador Joao Vale de Almeida called the deal a “pillar of the international non-proliferation agenda” that “needs to be preserved and fully implemented.”

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Off the Derech By Rabbi Zvi Teichman The emissaries of the Balak return home empty handed after Bilaam refuses their request of him to curse the Jewish nation. Bilaam denied their petition after G-d appears to him and warns him not to accede. The determined Balak dispatches a contingent of higher level officers, bringing with them offers of greater honor and riches that await Bilaam if he consents to their nefarious plan. Bilaam arrogantly defies their entreaties and claims he can only join them if G-d so wills it. That night G-d appears once again, but this time He allows Bilaam to ‘go with them’, warning him however, “but only the thing that I shall speak to you - that you shall do.” The Talmud ):‫ (מכות י‬derives from this sudden change of direction a valuable principle of life: ‫בדרך שאדם רוצה לילך בה מוליכין אותו‬, In the path a person desires to go in, they lead him. The moment G-d observed Bilaam’s inner will to fulfill their request He ‘paved’ the ‘slippery slope’ towards Bilaam carrying out that plan, and allowed him to participate in their quest. Yet at the onset of the journey Bilaam finds himself suddenly diverted from continuing on his path as his she-donkey stalls three times as the angel impedes her from following on her route. Evidently the take-off wasn’t quite cleared yet for Bilaam to pursue his deepest hope. But didn’t we just learn that G-d allows man to plunder on his path? Why the sudden re-direction? The venerated Reb Tzadok teaches that this principle, that G-d leads a person in the way he wants to go, is only true when one sets out on a spiritual quest. The word used in this

sentiment '‫'דרך‬, the path, Reb Tzadok asserts, is used throughout Proverbs solely in the context of one in pursuit of ‘the path of Torah and Mitzvos’. Divine assistance is only offered to one who quests for ‘truth’. Bilaam, in his perverted understanding of justice, was nevertheless following a notion of truth that empowered him with the ability to succeed. Reb Tzadok points out, that ‘success’ is never a harbinger of one’s correctness. It is possible that even the misdirected can achieve levels of accomplishment that are not a vindication of their pursuing a totally just cause. )‫(צדקת הצדיק סד‬ What is the mystery behind this idea that G-d dispenses success even to the misguided, provided they are seeking a truth? In the realm of ‫בחירה‬, free-willed choice, G-d allows for each man to pursue his own path. For G-d to simply interfere and deter one from one’s choice is antithetical to the belief of free choice. Yet, G-d precisely designs each one’s journey to offer an equal opportunity to continue to make choices, both good and bad. For the individual who has wisely chosen the path of absolute truth, G-d will place obstacles in one’s way to test his mettle and commitment, providing one with the opportunity to fine-tune the ‘good’ one has chosen. One however, who has selected a path of confused ideals, will be presented with obstructions in one’s path that will prod one to reconsider the justness of his goal, and correct his direction. The great Gaon of Vilna cites that there were ten tests that Bilaam endured, parallel the ten that Avraham

Avinu faced. ‫(אדרת אליהו פרשת בלק‬ )‫מה"ת פס' ו‬ The third, fourth, and fifth challenge were when the she-donkey veered from the path, pressed Bilaam’s leg against the wall and crouched beneath him, respectively. The corresponding tests by Avraham were when he was told without any specific designation to leave his homeland, to face the famine and its consequences and finally the shock of Sarah being taken in the House of Pharaoh. Avraham knew accurately his objective and perceived an absolute truth. He was thus confronted with circumstances that would test his resolve in that goal. Bilaam was uncertain; he had a befuddled perception of G-d and His directive, clouding his thinking with an arrogant self-assuredness. In his encounters of challenge he was given an opportunity to either continue on his confused path or see in the obstacles perhaps a message that he should reconsider. They both faced a detour from a ‘path’. They commonly had to endure ‘suffering’. They both found themselves in a ‘paralyzing’ predicament. Avraham never questioned, trekking mightily with faith, embedding within his soul an unshakable commitment to G-d. Bilaam plodded onward, unwilling to read the cue from G-d that perhaps he should rethink his self-indulgent philosophy. In life we each face a myriad of challenge. How does one know whether the difficulties we face in our journey of life are barriers to be hurdled or stop signs to reflect on the accuracy of our route? The Holy Izhbitzer in his marvelous work Mei HaShiloach gives us a road-map for success. ...‫כי לא נחש ביעקב ולא קסם בישראל‬ )‫(במדבר כג כג‬, for there is no divination in Yaakov and no sorcery in Yisroel. Bilaam in a moment of clarity sees the greatness of our people. There is an aspect of our nation when we are labeled ‫יעקב‬, Yaakov, re-

ferring to the ‫עקב‬, the heel, the lowest part of our body, when we are imperfect, confounded and unsure. As we set out on our travels, not defining with clarity our destination, we are to pay close attention to the obstacles that appear on our path as guideposts as to where are to correct our map. The word ‫נחש‬, divination, means determined obstinacy. Bilaam observed that this nation when experiencing a lack of clarity and encountering obstruction in their path will not simply plod forward blindly, but will hear in it a message to re-route and seek a greater clarity. When however, we achieve the noble appellation of ‫ישראל‬, rooted in the word for mastery, ‫שר‬, indicating our acute perception of an absolute truth, we are equipped to leap over any blockades in a single bound. ‫קסם‬, the Izhbitzer states, implies a notion of judging our direction by the indication of how events and circumstances seem to be leading us. Those who see their objective with clarity will never succumb to being misled by the natural conclusions drawn by ‘logic’ but will remain steadfast in their journey to the ultimate truth. Bilaam was deluded by his bloated sense of self. He refused to see the handwriting on the wall of his obstacles that appealed to him to get down from his high horse of self-assuredness and realize that the truth awaited him if he would only admit he was confused. In life we inevitably will face numerous challenges. If we are honest with ourselves we will learn how to discern whether we can have the confidence to continue with determination or perhaps to recalculate the unclear notions that drive us. It requires, unlike Bilaam, the humility of Avraham in paring away the ulterior motives that often lace our beliefs, and being brutally honest of ourselves and our goals. If we will aspire to this noble idea and ‘path’ we are assured that G-d will lead us to perfection.


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Balak - Take a good look By Rabbi Motty Rabinowitz

The Torah reading of Balak is infamous for its storyline. From the talking donkey, to the multitude of blessings begrudgingly bestowed on the Jewish People by Bilam, it is a parsha we remember fondly. As we delve past the surface, however, we see that there is more than meets the eye. As part of his blessings, Bilam declared: ”‫“מי מנה עפר יעקב‬, who can count the dust of Yaakov! The various commentaries explain the intent of this blessing. What is inThe al Origin

triguing, though, is the metaphor used by Bilam, ‘dust’. The Midrash (B”R 2:17) notes: “Moshe loved the Jews and compared them to the stars of the heaven. Bilam hated the Jews and compared them to dust. Hoshea the prophet neither hated nor loved them, and compared them to sand.” This statement is puzzling for a variety of reasons. First, Hashem himself when speaking to Avraham compared the Jewish People to both the multitude of stars and sand. Second, how

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can one possibly suppose that Hoshea did not love the Jewish People? Rabbi Tzadok from Lublin (Pri Tzadik) introduces a unique understanding of this Midrash. It is clear, that as a nation we are formed by different categories of people. We are composed of Tzadikim, and unfortunately also otherwise. We have many financially scrupulous individuals, but also those who are not. We have fine persons with exemplary interpersonal behavior, but also rude individuals, who cut us off at the traffic light. All of those are reality and accurate. However, we get to choose which half of the cup we want to focus on. Moshe saw the nation in its entirety as righteous people, not perfect, not without issues, but righteous nevertheless. He therefore used the elevated metaphor of the stars. Bilam, even when externally declaring a blessing, could not help but betray his inner hate towards the Jews. He searched for the negative and focused on the sinners within the nation. As the Kil Yakar explains, Bilam’s three separate efforts at cursing the Jews, were attempts to find the right angle to unveil the negative aspects of the nation. The only metaphor he could conjure up was one of useless, well-trodden dust. The prophet Hoshea, took a different, more balanced approached, he saw both halves of the cup, both the positive and the negative people. He therefore compared the Jewish People to sand, a material which while lowly, has both industrial and recreational use. The frightening conclusion of this Midrash, is that if we, like Bilam, lead our lives by focusing on the negative in people, the problems and the bad news, we are not only considered nay-sayers, we are declared to be ‘haters’ of the Jewish People! There are of course unacceptable behaviors to cor-

rect and concrete issues to tackle, but why should we not also focus on the Torah, Chessed and Kiddush Hashem that our community espouses. Perhaps it is no coincidence that this parsha always occurs in the month of Tammuz on the cusp of the three weeks. The Sefer Yetzira associates different senses and physical limbs with the various months. The sense associated with Tammuz is sight, and the corresponding limb is the right eye. Historically, the challenge of this month has indeed been how we choose to use our vision. The 12 spies left for Eretz Yisroel on Rosh Chodesh Tammuz, and most of their fateful forty-day trip was during this month. They had faulty vision and were only able to see the bad people, and the adverse conditions. Their inability, despite their apparent stature, to see the opportunity of the land, it’s holiness and beauty, are striking. Like Bilam, they took their ‘bad eye’ and chose the half-empty cup. The resulting calamities are history. While there are challenges and areas that need rectifying, we choose to solely focus on the negatives of Eretz Yisroel and our people, at our own peril. A story is told of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev who watched as a wagon driver wearing Tefillin got off his wagon and started fixing a wheel that became unhinged in the deep mud. Down he got into the muck to replace the wheel. “Oy, look at your people”, cried Reb Levi with his eyes to the heavens, “Even when they are down in the mud and replacing wagon wheels, they are wearing your tefillin!” What a perspective - What a ‘good eye’! As we enter the three weeks, we can decide to view those around us favorably and to focus on the positive and beautiful. It is our choice and opportunity to take a good look!



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e was a man of the book for the nation of the book. On Shabbos, Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz, zt”l, passed away at the age of 73. Rabbi Zlotowitz was a pioneer, leading the way in disseminating Torah works to the masses. His life-changing mission began in 1975 when his friend, Rabbi Meir Fogel, z”l, a master mechanech in Toras Emes, passed away suddenly in his sleep, leaving no children behind. Shaken by the loss, Rabbi Zlotowitz was propelled to do something to perpetrate his friend’s legacy, and in just 30 days he authored an English translation and commentary on Megillas Esther for Rabbi Fogel’s shloshim. The manuscript, which has graced shuls on Purim throughout the world for over 40 years, was produced in a mere 30 days. En-

deavoring to publish it before Purim – a few months away – he asked Rabbi Nosson Scherman, then the menahel of Yeshivas Karlin Stalin, to edit the piece and to write an introduction, an overview. Rabbi Zlotowitz used his printing and design business – a small company called ArtScroll – to publish the work. “It sold 20,000 [copies], which was unprecedented in 1976,” Rabbi Nosson Scherman said in an interview in 2012. “There had grown up a whole generation who might have learned in yeshivos, but their first language was English. They could learn a pasuk with Rashi but it was difficult for them... Here was something they could pick up, learn at their leisure, get a very good idea of what the pasuk is, what the meforshim were saying,” he recalled about ArtScroll’s early years.

With the gedolim of the time’s encouragement – especially Rav Gifter, who was American-born – the two left their positions to start a literary revolution. As Rabbi Scherman noted, their new pursuit was “more than full-time – it was time and a half.” “It is fulfilling a role of quenching the thirst of people for traditional, accurate and un-editorialized Torah literature,” Rabbi Zlotowitz once said about the goal of ArtScroll. In describing the company’s mission he used one word: “precision.”


he publication of the rest of the megillos followed Megillas Esther and Klal Yisroel clamored for more. Throughout the years Rabbi Zlotowitz wrote a six-volume commentary on Sefer Bereishis as well as a sefer on Pirkei

Avos and seforim on the yomim tovim. ArtScroll became synonymous with Torah works, producing thousands of volumes of Tanach, Mishnayos, Shas Bavli and Yerushalmi. It follows us around the year, as we take out its seforim to pray, say Tehillim, learn halacha, and be inspired. Who doesn’t have an ArtScroll Chumash at home? Which shul’s shelves aren’t packed with hundreds of ArtScroll siddurim and sifrei Tehillim? Who hasn’t seen ArtScroll machzorim clutched in mispallelim’s hands on yomim tovim and yomim noraim? Which kosher kitchen doesn’t have a cabinet dedicated to the cookbooks that ArtScroll produces for the kosher cook? This generation has been brought up with ArtScroll in its classrooms, its homes, and its hous-


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ery segment of the community and coalesces them together under the banner of Torah education.” Over the years, with Rabbi Zlotowitz and Rabbi Scherman at the helm, ArtScroll has been able to produce over 2,000 books including seforim, novels, textbooks, children’s books, cookbooks, and history books. Ask an Orthodox Jew which ArtScroll book connects most to him or her, and you’ll undoubtedly get varied responses. Perhaps it’s the sefer Tehillim from which she whispers her daily kapitlach, or perhaps it’s his pocket-sized Mishnayos

“It’s exhilarating to listen to people describe how the various books have impacted their daily life.”

to producing Shas in time with the Daf Yomi cycle. He forged a special relationship with Jerome Schottenstein, z”l, and later with his son, ybl”c, Jay Schottenstein, who became the leading patron of the ArtScroll Talmud Bavli, as well as many other projects. It took 15 years to produce all the volumes in the Shas, and those editions grace the tables around which Daf Yomi participants plumb Gemara depths daily. Without them it is certain that many would not be able to attempt and to succeed at Torah study. “This was the Schottenstein idea,” Rabbi Zlotowitz once explained, “to be involved in various projects that unify and address ev-

that he takes on the train. He may appreciate the “coffee table” sized books on history, and she may enjoy its iconic Hagaddah used year after year, filled with bits of matzah and burgundy-colored dabs of wine. “When you plant an oak tree, it takes many years for it to sprout,” Rabbi Zlotowitz once said. “But on the nachas side, the gratification [with ArtScroll], it’s almost instant gratification. For many years we published volumes of Talmud at an incredible rate of one volume every nine weeks... That’s the kind of pace that one can see the impact.” He added, “It’s exhilarating to listen to people describe how the various books have impacted their

daily life.” The story of ArtScroll began with the encouragement of daas Torah, and its founders remained in constant touch with the gedolim. One of Rabbi Zlotowitz’s sons pointed out at the levaya, “Every decision was with daas Torah. He didn’t take the zechus lightly. The zechus of harbatzas Torah is a gift from the Ribbono Shel Olam and it was not taken lightly.”


espite being involved in extensive projects and pushing towards deadlines, his son recalled that his children always felt that they were the center of his universe. He always had time for them. “Each of us were an only child and the same is true for every grandchild. He took every one of our calls no matter what.” Rabbi Zlotowitz would sit next to his children during davening and quietly explain the tefillos to them. Rabbi Zlotowitz may have been known for his books but he was also a people’s person, connecting and caring for others. He would spend countless hours counseling and advising others. He showed tremendous respect to others and their work. Rabbi Zlotowitz also had a witty sense of humor, with which he connected with others. Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz leaves behind his wife, children, and grandchildren. And there are thousands of seforim that line shelves of Yiddishe homes throughout the world that can attest to his devotion and dedication to limmud and harbatzas haTorah. Yehi zichro baruch.


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orn in 1943 in Brooklyn, NY, Rabbi Zlotowitz’s father, Rav Aharon, z”l, led a shul and worked as a mohel and mashgiach. Rabbi Zlotowitz attended RJJ on the Lower East Side and continued on to study at Mesivta Tifereth Jerusalem. There, he forged a strong relationship with HaRav Moshe Feinstein, zt”l, and eventually received semicha from the gadol hador. The bond with the Feinstein mishpacha continued after Reb Moshe’s passing; Rabbi Zlotowitz would speak with Rav Dovid Feinstein, shlita, weekly. Indeed, it was Reb Dovid who told the Zlotowitz mishpacha that even though hespedim are generally not given on Rosh Chodesh, brief hespedim should be said by Rabbi Zlotowitz’s children at his levaya out of respect for the Torah that he was responsible in spreading. According to Rabbi Scherman, Rabbi Zlotowitz was the force behind ArtScroll. “He had an iron will and the drive to make sure his ideas became reality. The Mishnay-

os, Shas – he was the one who made them happen,” he said. The goal, Rabbi Zlotowitz once said, “is to write the kind of work that is structured in such a way that both the laymen, the newcomer and the scholar can each glean from it.” One of his biggest joys, he said, was going to Eretz Yisroel and seeing gedolim learning from seforim that ArtScroll produced. Rabbi Zlotowitz was founder, writer, researcher, publisher and fundraiser at ArtScroll. He worked tirelessly to ensure that deadlines were met, especially when it came

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e knew he was ill, but we also were certain he would beat this. He was too full of creative vitality, too devoted to his family, to ArtScroll, and to the Jewish people, to leave us. But Hashem had His plans, and on Rosh Chodesh Tammuz, Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz was called to join the Yeshivah shel Maalah. He brought with him an infinitely large bundle of zechuyos. The merit of countless ba’alei teshuvah who learned to daven from ArtScroll’s siddurim. The zechus of tens of thousands of laymen who were able to realize their dream and finish Shas in the Schottenstein Talmud, and of hundreds of thousands of Jews who read the holy words of Torah in a language they can understand, who learned to comprehend the greatness of Rashi and Ramban, who were inspired

by biographies and whose Shabbos tables were graced by the insights of brilliant Jewish thinkers. From searching Jews without even a Hebrew school education to talmi-

counters with the multifaceted genius who was Meir Zlotowitz, zt”l. I was a young, newbie writer when I walked into ArtScroll’s office on Coney Island Avenue with

Everyone, all of Torah Jewry (and beyond), were touched by Meir Zlotowitz’s vision, creativity, and genius.

dei chachamim — everyone, all of Torah Jewry (and beyond), were touched by Meir Zlotowitz’s vision, creativity, and genius. In a few hours I will be at his levayah in Eretz Yisrael. Now, I’m remembering some of my own en-

my proposal: a translation of Tzena U’Rena. Rav Meir was not even forty then, and I still remember his face, aglow with a mixture of idealism, determination, and practical publishing smarts as he described his vision of a company that would

bring the glory of Torah to the English-speaking world. Though I had no experience, he and his colleague, Rabbi Nosson Scherman, were willing to take a chance on me. That was something that characterized them from day one: a readiness to discover the potential in authors — and a willingness to take chances. Our paths crossed again years later, when I joined the staff at ArtScroll. I would “see” Rav Meir twice weekly at our Skype staff meetings. I was always amazed by his grasp of the tiniest detail and his vision of the whole huge picture. He would look at an ad, comment on the font size or the background color, and then turn his attention to a million-dollar project. He would sweat the details — and he would also reach for the stars. Yehi zichro baruch.


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first, but soon engaged Rob in a conversation that she would videotape herself on her phone. “You like taking pictures of Muslim women?” Asma asked Rob.  Rob initially laughed off her question, claiming that he wasn’t taking a picture of her but of something in the shop’s background, but soon became defensive and abrasive.  Seating himself at Asma’s table, Rob leaned in and called her a bad name only to follow that up by asking Asma if she had a green card (Asma is an Amer-

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As a student of Jewish law the irony of this story is glaring. To maliciously hurt someone’s feelings with mean words to their face is no doubt an egregious sin of “onaas devarim” (“words that hurt”) and one of the negative commandments of the Torah (Vayikra 25:17), but to publicly shame someone is far more egregious!  The Talmud famously notes, “He who publicly shames his neighbour is as though he shed blood (Bava Matzia 58b)”.  It hurts to be insulted and demeaned in private, but to suffer the fate of public shaming is something else entirely.  Unfortunately in our day and age we hear too often of teenagers ending their lives rather than having to face another day of public humiliation due to leaked pictures or videos that had been spread online by their peers.  The Talmud’s words are all too poignant!  And although It is true that there are cases in Jewish law when public shaming is allowed, and even meritorious, this device of destruction  is kept under strict lock and key, only to be utilized in cases when all other methods of rebuke towards a sinner have been attempted and fallen flat.   Public shaming is not meant for your every day conflict, however painful it might be. Rabbi Yogi Robkin is the Director of Outreach at Data of Plano, a synagogue and center for Jewish Education in Plano, Texas.  Rabbi Yogi received his rabbinic ordination from Ner Israel Rabbinical Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland and joined Data in 2006 with the goal of sharing Jewish wisdom to individuals with little to no Judaic background. Rabbi Yogi lives in Plano with his wife Shifra and their five children. Originally published in TJP

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The Democratic establishment has vortexed the party’s narrative energy into hysteria about Russia (a state with a lower GDP than South Korea). It is starkly obvious that were it not for this hysteria insurgent narratives of the type promoted by Bernie Sanders would rapidly dominate the party’s base and its relationship with the public. Without the “We didn’t lose – Russia won” narrative the party’s elite and those who exist under its patronage would be purged for being electorally incompetent and ideologically passé.


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I’m going to say something that in some ways is sympathetic to Trump. As I traveled across Syria, meeting with Syrian fighters who were trying to take down the regime of Bashar al Assad, every time the name “President Trump” was mentioned, there were cheers from the audience.

Here’s what I’m worried about … that Donald Trump is actually not losing. When you talk to people who are like you who are in our studio and the people I hang out with he’s a clown and he’s a loser and the tweets and all that stuff. He had a fundraiser this week – for 2020. He’s not [messing] around. He’s running again already. - Bill Maher on HBO

People [will] only work four hours a day and maybe four days a week. My grandfather worked 16 hours a day in the farmland and [thought he was] very busy. We work eight hours, five days a week and think we are very busy. - Alibaba Group Chairman Jack Ma talking to MSNBC about what life will be like in 30 years

We’ve got another Scalia. -Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), laminating to Politico after the first Supreme Court decisions featuring newly-installed Justice Neil Gorsuch were released this week, confirming that he is every bit as conservative as Republicans had hoped he would be

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Riddle me this?

A state trooper pulls a car over on a lonely back road, approaches the driver, and asks for his license. The officer sees that the driver, Jimbo, has a fairly clean driving record so he says, “Jimbo, is there a reason that you’re weaving all over the road?” Jimbo replies, “Oh, officer, thank goodness you’re here! I almost had an accident. I looked up and there was a tree right in front of me. I swerved to the left and there was another tree in front of me. I swerved to the right and there was another tree in front of me!”

Mr. Jones hit his head while fixing the roof earlier today. In the hospital they asked him his age, but he couldn’t remember. Finally, he remembered something that would help determine his age. He told the doctor: “If you add my age and my son’s age, you get 55. My age is my son’s age reversed.” The doctor nodded and wrote down Mr. Jones’s age in his chart. What is Mr. Jones and his son’s age?

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“This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.” -Western Union internal memo, 1876 ”The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?” -David Sarnoff’s associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s “The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a ‘C,’ the idea must be feasible.” -A Yale University management professor in response to Fred Smith’s paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service. (Smith went on to found Federal Express Corp.) “Who wants to hear actors talk?” -H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927, rejecting the idea of sound in film ”A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports say America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make.” -Response to Debbi Fields’ idea of starting Mrs. Fields’ Cookies ”We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.” -Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962 “Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.” -Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895 “Everything that can be invented has been invented.” -Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899

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My single friends and I often wonder why our married friends and their husbands don’t try harder to help us out in the shidduch department. Clearly their husbands have single friends who may be potentials for us singles, but we find most of them (definitely not all) don’t seem to be all that busy worrying about us. They have their fulfilling lives going on and we single friends aren’t on the top of their “to do” list. We figure most of them who got married pretty soon after returning from Israel never experienced the angst and fear that we are experiencing, not knowing what our futures have in store for us. So, giving them the benefit of the doubt, we figure they are pretty much clueless toward our struggles. But more amazing than that is when friends of mine who got engaged and married a little later on – and these were the very same girls whom I actually previously sat around with and shared our mutual worries with – fall into the same pattern. Friends who themselves made comments like, “Why can’t our married friends set us up?” are suddenly so busy with their own married lives that they too become too busy or uncaring to get involved in our plight. I never want to sound desperate to these married friends but once in a while I force myself to ask them straight out whether their husbands have any friends or acquaintances who might be potential shidduchim for me. Some of the responses I get are really upsetting. One good friend said, “Yossie really feels uncomfortable getting involved in such things.” Or, “Moshe has so much on his plate right now, I really don’t want to bother him with this.” And these comments are from women who know very well what it is like to wait for that next important call. My questions to the panel are the following: First of all, how do I stop myself from getting angry and hurt by these formerly “great” friends who suddenly seem so uncaring and certainly unloving toward me? And secondly, how can I approach them in a productive way that will shift their attitude so that they take more initiative in bringing together their single friends with their husbands’ single friends? I’m guessing there are so many potential shidduchim that could be made if more effort was put into making this happen. Thank you.


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ood for you for being so understanding of your friends who got married at young ages. You are, however, wondering about your friends who married later and how to remind them of the need to be proactive on behalf of their single friends. Instead of being bitter, you are thoughtful and strategic; you want to take the initiative so that your newly married friends and their spouses try to fix you up. I don’t think it is a matter of being unloving and uncaring. I don’t think you do either. But you are trying to understand why and how they haven’t come up with shidduch suggestions. It’s a very legitimate point. One of the Jewish magazines just featured a fictional story about this very situation to make a point; there was no magic fix. But there were things going on behind the scenes; it seemed like no one was helping but the friends were active and trying. I think it’s up to you to come up with some creative solutions. Most people today know they have to suggest shidduchim and if you give them some innovative ideas, they will respond. Here’s one. Why not suggest to one of the older couples you know to have a Melava Malka for “later marrieds” and a normal single friend. These two couples should be people who really care about you and have tried to fix you up. Take this older couple into your confidence but come up with a concrete way for them to help in a new way. Each member of the couple would have to invite two friends of each gender. Keep it smallish; you want an opportunity to really meet people, not party. The older couple should do the inviting but will probably also use the opportunity to remind the newlyweds that they should be actively helping their friends.

n order to answer your question, let’s begin with Bereishit – Parshat Vayeishev, to be exact. We learn of three prisoners, unjustly accused and banished to a dungeon. One, a chief butler, the second, a chief baker, and the third, Yosef HaTzaddik. Each is miserable, bemoaning their present state and fearful for the future. When the chief butler is miraculously released, Yosef entreats him to remember him (after all, didn’t he predict his imminent pardon?) and put in a good word with Pharaoh so that he may also be set free As we learn, the butler gets busy with his own responsibilities and, before long, it’s “Yosef Who?” The Torah, blueprint for life, is demonstrating an important lesson. While you and your friends were single – in the trenches, so to say – you served as a support system for each other. The friendship, the companionship, the caring, the laughs, the sympathy were deep and genuine. With Hashem’s help, one of your cohorts gets married. While she may have the best intentions, her new role as wife justifiably takes precedence over her earlier friendships. As you posit, she may be busy; she may not want to harangue her new husband; her husband may not have friends who are “marriage material.” You’ve already taken the initiative of asking your married friends to “put in a good word.” To no avail. Bottom line: only Hashem will orchestrate your shidduch. The greater purpose of your friends’ getting married is not for them to be your shadchanim; their marriages should strengthen your bitachon that Hashem will not forget you as He has not forgotten them. I urge you to put your energies into forging new connections (through travel, volunteer work or hobbies) and meeting new shadchanim so that you remain upbeat, optimistic and positive during your (hopefully, short) single years.

can completely sympathize with how you are feeling, as I felt the same way when I was single. It is precisely the motor that drove me into making shidduchim in the first place. Rather than spend time theorizing why your friends don’t help, I will use this opportunity to help you understand where they may be coming from and I will give some practical tips here for our readership, describing how to practically go about getting involved. In terms of your feelings toward those friends who seem to have forgotten about you, as hard as it is, try to forgive them. Shana rishona isn’t so easy for everyone and shid-

Though there is one person out there for you, your job is to contact as many people as you can, make connections, and follow through.

duchim can be very time-consuming. What you can practically do is send your married friends a month-

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see many women in my practice, who like you, cannot understand how their married friends aren’t making more of an effort to set them up. They are frustrated, sometimes angry, but most of all baffled and even shocked that their friends aren’t pounding the phones and calling single guys on their behalf. I always validate their feelings about it. Anyone in

your shoes understands it, and everyone not in your shoes should try to understand it (if they don’t already). With regard to your anger, it is a natural, normal feeling to have in your situation. You’re not going to not feel anger, ever. When my clients talk about this very issue, I get

angry too! It almost feels like an injustice! Let’s dig a little deeper. Anger is sort of the “cover” for fear. Anger is a secondary emotion that sometimes hides the primary emotion of fear. If I am angry that my friend is not setting me up, I may be fearful she doesn’t truly love me or I may be fearful that I won’t get married (chas v’shalom!). When we honor our feelings and make space for them, they often stop feeling so overwhelming. So, honor your anger and understand that you have good reason for it. That may help

decrease angry feelings. Other panelists have already given you this food for thought, but it is worthy of being highlighted. Even the best shana rishona (first year of marriage) can be stressful. Husband and wife are busy getting to know each other, learning about their quirks…there is much terrain to explore: how do we manage our parents and in-laws, how do we find alone time with busy schedules, managing financial responsibilities, cooking, cleaning, chores, etc. And then, unfortunately, there are those couples that are having a difficult first year filled with strain and tension. Shana rishona aside, I think you have to swallow your embar-

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can certainly understand and agree with your assessment of what’s been going on (or, sadly not going on), among your friends. Yes, sometimes you have to walk in another person’s shoes to truly understand what it feels like to be them. Your married friends who never had to worry about their marital future truly have no way of really understanding what goes through your mind. Mind you, I’m not so sure I would totally let them off the hook so easily. There is so much written about the “shidduch crisis,” someone would have to be living under a rock to not realize there is a serious prob-

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ly email with your updated resume and an update on what you are looking for. End the email with a thank you message for any effort spent on your behalf. Now to the practical concept: Shidduchim for Newbies, for our dear readers. Anybody with good social etiquette, sensitivity and intuition can and should set people up. The biggest excuse newly married women have for not getting involved is that their husbands don’t want to do it. That’s fine! You’ve met your husband’s friends at the wedding, vort and sheva brachos. All you’ll need your husband for is to give you their contact information. Start a conversation as follows. “Hello, Yaakov? My name is

lem going on and that we all must do our part to make a difference. As they say, “It takes a village.” But for your friends who did walk in your shoes and did have conversations with you about your mutual struggles, I don’t blame you in the least for feeling hurt and disappointed in them. Now, my caveat would be that you should not expect much from any newly married couple. Their first year of marriage is a special time, and it’s not realistic to expect them to be busy with time-consuming shidduchim during that time. But after they’ve settled into married life, I think they are shirking their duties as a friend and as a caring human being if they are not putting out efforts toward shidduchim. I’m thrilled that you wrote in this question and that hopefully many, many people out there, who have never really taken the time to help the singles that they know meet someone wonderful, are taking note. Man is not an island. We are all here to help one another in any way that we can. Living in your own private bubble is no way to live. I encourage everyone reading this column right now to stop and think about one possible shidduch they can work on this very week! Imagine what kind of a difference that would make!

things when you are asked such a question. It’s for the singles themselves to see if they “see it,” not you. So please, dear readers, think before you speak and you could be part of a shidduch being made. Thank you so much for your important question and raising awareness to such a crucial issue. Iy”H you’ll be on the giving end soon and definitely won’t forget your single friends!


I encourage everyone reading this column right now to stop and think about one possible shidduch they can work on this very week!

Mrs. -, married to your friend, Yehuda. We were discussing shidduchim over Shabbos and my husband mentioned your name. I thought it would be a good idea to reach out and hear what you’re looking for, since I have many fantastic friends…” From there the conversation should flow and will lead you in the direction of suggesting an idea. Remember, it is all in Hashem’s hands. You can do it! Here is one more way you can get involved in shidduchim, without even suggesting a match. I will try to summarize a point that my grandmother, Mrs. Rivka Langer, put so eloquently. You will often be asked about a shidduch idea for someone you know, “What do you think of this idea? Do you see it?” Many times, people will respond, “Nah, I don’t see it.” Or, “No, she’s not (insert excuse here) enough.” Either, not bubbly enough, quiet enough, loud enough… The list goes on. I urge you to stop playing G-d in these circumstances. There are countless stories of beautiful shidduchim that came together that had been nixed months/years earlier because somebody said a comment along these lines. Don’t be that person! If they are both good people; do everybody a favor and say nice


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rassment (validate, then swallow) and go for it. A good friend may get caught up in her own life but if you call her up and suggest a practical idea, she should be on board…unless she is dealing with a serious and/or time-consuming matter. As other panelists suggested, ask a friend to host a casual Shabbos lunch with like- minded men and women. Every man should be able to meet with every woman and have a good amount of time to get to know one another. If lunch is too much for your friend, ask her to do a casual dessert. What do you say? You say, “Hey, it’s me. I’d really love to meet a great guy and I have an idea I’m so excited about. Would you be willing to help me get started?” There is nothing shameful or burdensome about this. While you’re working the friend angle, you can also work with a shadchan, get involved with YU Connects, Saw You at Sinai and JSwipe (depending on your reli-

gious affiliation), ask your parents to get on board, your siblings, call your teachers and principal from high school, anyone who you made a connection with in Israel (if you spent the year), enlist good neighbors and good people from shul. Your neighborhood may have a shidduch group that meets monthly to discuss potential shidduchim. Get your name on that. The good people of the world want to help you. You must remember that. They may need a little push because they get busy with their own lives. Send a little thank you note or a follow up thank you phone call. This can feel like a job. It does take a tremendous amount of work. Though there is one person out there for you, your job is to contact as many people as you can, make connections, and follow through. The rest is in G-d’s hands. If you are reading this, I urge you on this woman’s behalf, and on behalf of all singles, to start think-

ing about setting up one person you know. One. There are so many fabulous singles out there and they may be hesitant to approach you. And you may be hesitant to approach them. We all have to get over ourselves and Just. Do. It. Making a shidduch, or trying, is one of the greatest feelings in the entire world. People are always talking about taking on a mitzvah. Make this one yours. What can you commit to? Six Shabbos afternoon mixers a year? Calling your husband’s friends to try to get the ball rolling on behalf of your single girlfriend? Calling your local shul and trying to advocate for more singles activities? If you are on the board or an active member of your shul, how can your shul get involved? The Navidaters would love to hear what you are willing and excited to take on! We’d also love to hear your innovative ideas for making more Shidduchim! Write us (anonymously if you prefer) with your ideas or personal commit-

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ments, and we will publish it in next week’s column! You never know who will be reading about your idea or commitment and the impact it may have on someone’s life. It is my hope and prayer that you find the right one very soon! Sincerely, Jennifer

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

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By Azi Rosenblum $200,000; that’s the number. According to more than one CPA in the Baltimore area with a large enough pool of Orthodox clients to comment, that’s the number that gets you to basic self-sufficiency in an Orthodox household with about 5 children. Let’s start with a disclaimer: this column is not about Lakewood. The topic is on my mind as a result of the recent news coming from Lakewood, but none of my comments are directed toward those specific incidents, individuals, or cases. Why? Because in my mind the only difference between now, and 3 weeks ago is that everyone is talking about it. The cultural financial issues for Orthodox families are not new, not limited to one neighborhood, and also not an excuse. What people allegedly did or did not do is, in my opinion, a big distraction from

the real issue of the day. So please zoom out, and let’s talk big picture. Ever read the story of the Emperor’s New Clothes? When it comes to the Orthodox community and money, I feel like I am living in that scene in the story where everyone is gathered in the town square to share compliments with the king about his new clothing which they are told are invisible to anyone who is either hopelessly stupid or unfit for their position. The charade continues, with everyone showering the king with compliments until one innocent child cries out that the king is actually naked. $200,000 a year; and that’s not even rich! At that income level a family can pay their bills, full tuition, take a family vacation once a year and MAYBE plan for major lifecycle events and if they are strategic MAY-

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BE plan for a future. What?? Do we realize that nationally only 6.1% of Americans earn over $200k a year? What kind of plan is this? What kind of cultural reality is this? Why are we all marching forward and ignoring the naked truth about our financial realities? My theory: because we are simply too ashamed to speak up at the risk of sounding foolish, looking weak, or appearing to lack Emunah, Faith. If anything good comes from the spotlight that has been put on our finances this last two weeks, perhaps it will be that this will become our moment, like in the story of the emperor, where someone speaks up and everyone finally has the courage to follow suit. So… as I often say, let’s talk solutions. The financial aspects of running an Orthodox home include a number of major and minor line items which contribute to the incredibly high baseline number that we have set for ourselves. While there are variations of the factors in each community, the themes are common enough that I

feel (and felt before two weeks ago) that they need to be addressed by the leadership of the Orthodox American community. Working closely with Rabonim and community leaders, perhaps Agudah, the OU, and others can dedicate resources to forming a commission for economic planning and start dealing with this issue from the top. We are our own little economic world; it needs to be addressed, or this problem will be back. Financial pressure is one of the greatest challenges out there. The Torah compares poverty to a form of death for a reason, and even in the desert, when receiving daily sustenance directly from Hashem, we found ourselves overtaken by fear and making bad choices. The band-aid has been ripped off; let’s put that pain to work and start addressing the impossible math once and for all. NOTE: I thought I would share that, Mesila, a local organization that provides financial education is offering a FREE 2-Part Seminar Helping You Acquire the Skills to Manage a Financially Balanced Life. 7/16/17 & 7/23/17 7-8:30 PM at Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion. FREE babysitting available upon request. If interested, RSVP by 7/14 to Nisa Felps: MesilaBaltimowith Rabbi Tov Azi Rosenblum is a business consultant Sunday Morning 8:30 am to 9:00 am and the founder and Begin your week with the CEO of RemSource, greatest singers of this generation! an outsourced provider of administrative Rabbi Michoel Ber Streicher and bookkeeping serMordichai Ben David vices for small busiAvrom Fried nesses. To suggest a and more topic or ask a question for a future #BizWiz To sponsor an advertisement column, email Biemail: zWiz@baltimorejew410-387-6329

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Are Jews at Risk for Parkinson’s Disease? There’s new research into what was once called “the shaking palsy” By Leonard Sokol


y mother had always been haunted by Parkinson’s because her aunt had suffered from it,” Sergey Brin, one of the two Jewish co-founders of Google, wrote in a 2008 blog post. “For more than 20 years, my mother has worked with computers at NASA. So, when she developed pain in her hands, the diagnosis seemed easy: repetitive stress injury. It was only after visits to many specialists over a number of years that the diagnosis settled – Parkinson’s disease.” After learning that his mother had Parkinson’s disease, Brin visited his account at the website of the genetic-testing company 23andMe,

founded by his then-wife, Anne Wojcicki. There, he was surprised to discover that he carried a LRRK2 (or “Lark two”) mutation, one that is known to cause his mother’s condition. Brin is hardly alone among Ashkenazi Jews. The Israeli writer Naomi Levine, an ultra-Orthodox Jew, had a sister diagnosed with Parkinson’s. “She knew she had the LRRK2 mutation,” said Levine. “And she asked me to do a favor for her with genetic testing. And of course, I told her I would. And my husband also did the testing because his father had Parkinson’s. When I realized I also carried it and that I could get Parkinson’s, all I thought

was, ‘There goes the bell of doom.’”


pril 2017 marked the 200year anniversary of James Parkinson’s “An Essay on the Shaking Palsy,” in which he formally etched observations of his now-eponymous disease. We now know that two genetic mutations, LRRK2 and GBA (also linked to Gaucher disease), are more commonly found within Ashkenazi Jewry, said Roy Alcalay, a Columbia University neurologist, who has led several efforts to clinically characterize Parkinson’s disease within Ashkenazi Jews. An Ashkenazi Jew with Parkinson’s has a one in three chance or greater of carrying a mutation in LRRK2,

GBA, or both. These mutations are in no way specifically or even heavily Jewish – North African Arab-Berbers with Parkinson’s, for example, are also affected by the LRRK2 mutation – but 1 percent of Ashkenazim carry LRRK2 and up to 9 percent carry GBA. Which means that, if nothing else, we Jews ought to be paying attention. Since James Parkinson’s day, there has been increasing recognition that Parkinson’s disease comprises a cluster of different diseases, said Alberto Espay, neurologist and endowed chair at the University of Cincinnati. No two cases are identical. Neither Brin’s mother nor Levine, for example, have tremors.

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N Flancbaum said. “I was in lousy physical shape. I had a lot of stress.” At age 53, he noticed that his right arm barely swung while walking. And a tremor at rest had appeared in his hand. Flancbaum also noted that even prior to his loss of smell, his speech was often difficult to understand. “It went from bad to worse,” he recalled.

Parkinson’s. But she continued to fall. Her frustration intensified. She visited her doctor – again. She was referred to another neurologist, who did a brain scan to examine her level of dopamine. Levine vividly recalled the experience. “The neurologist, before seeing the results, said, ‘You don’t have Parkinson’s.’ But then he

“You do have to live your life differently – and prioritize and be very proactive... Learn everything you can, and connect with people.” looked at the results of my scans. And he said, ‘I’m afraid you have Parkinson’s disease.’” Once diagnosed, Levine read everything she could. But Parkinson’s is so stigmatized among her fellow Haredi Jews that she forgoes the use of the word disease altogether. “Parkinson’s is very isolating, and is usually viewed as a death sentence in this Haredi community,” Levine said. “Some people would prefer to receive a diagnosis of late-stage cancer. Rabbis in the community are anxious to change that – and they know this is wrong. Because of the stigma, these patients remain at home and quickly turn into invalids.” Along with her friends, she is trying to reverse the tide through her backing of nascent support groups, such as Tikvah for Parkinson’s (author’s note: I am an ad hoc consultant for Tikvah for Parkinson’s), that strive to educate families about the prognosis of the disease, what studies are ongoing for mutation

This story originally appeared in Tablet magazine, at, and is reprinted with permission.

Leonard L. Sokol is a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. He is a 2018 MD candidate at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and is an aspiring neurologist.

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“When I was a medical student in 1978, someone nicknamed me ‘Mumbles.’ And I don’t think I had Parkinson’s back then.” In May 2007, Flancbaum and his wife visited a movement-disorders neurologist. It was there that he received news that Parkinson’s would force him to retire from the operating room. At later appointments, Flancbaum would undergo genetic testing. No known genetic factors, however, were identified. Research into the causes of Parkinson’s is a vibrant area of exploration, said GanOr, with many genes, such as GBA, pointing to problems with cellular degradation. In 2012, a few years after her enrollment in the study, Levine noticed that her walking became slower. People rushed past her. A visit to the Western Wall that usually took 40 minutes now took over two hours. And she started to trail behind her husband when walking. Yet neurologists assured her that she didn’t have

ow retired from surgery, Flancbaum, together with his wife, assists people in finding neurologists in New York. He keeps up an exercise regimen of Krav Maga, yoga, golf, and boxing. “I think a lot of people are coming to grips,” Flancbaum said. “Maybe I don’t have a hard time because I am doctor. And if people know what I have, then they know what I have. It’s not a secret.” Levine is optimistic about the future. “My feeling is that something will come out in the next few years,” she said. “That makes me hopeful and not fearful for my children who may also carry this genetic mutation.” Alcalay said that drugs of the future may slow the disease in gene-carriers – a potential silver lining for patients with genetic forms of Parkinson’s. Within the next few years, he envisioned, such agents will be tested – and he hopes that they will work. Gan-Or highlighted ongoing clinical trials throughout the world. “That’s one achievement – partly because of our research,” he said. “Match treatments that will target genes or specific pathways by our genetic studies.” Flancbaum, who has surprised his doctors by his slow progression, remarked that he has yet to have a Parkinson’s-related fall. And he repeatedly emphasized that most people die with the disease, not from it. “It’s not a death sentence,” Levine concluded. “But you do have to live your life differently – and prioritize and be very proactive. And if you don’t take care of yourself, no one else will. Learn everything you can, and connect with people.”

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ost patients do not arrive at a movement-disorders neurologist with a family history or with results from genetic testing. For bariatric surgeon Lou Flancbaum, his first sign –in retrospect – was several years with diminished sense of smell. “I never exercised, and I just bent over and operated on people’s abdomens,”

carriers, and provide activities that promote exercise and psychological well-being.


And while tremors are often seen as Parkinson’s hallmark feature, they are in fact less common in certain patients with an LRRK2 mutation, who may have other symptoms, like slowness of movement, stiffness, and gait problems, that support the diagnosis. Therapies currently approved by the FDA focus on treating the symptoms, but are in no way tailored to the varieties of Parkinson’s. “As a scientific community, our goal is to determine what makes different types of Parkinson’s disease different from one another,” Espay said. This approach will help personalize drugs that might cure a type of Parkinson’s, depending on a combination of genetic and clinical information. Ziv Gan-Or, of the Montreal Neurological Institute, who has spearheaded studies on the genetics of Parkinson’s, especially GBA within Ashkenazim, points out that for most people, their lifetime risk falls between 1 percent and 2 percent. But for LRRK2 carriers, there is a 30 percent chance that they will develop the disease in their lives. And certain GBA mutations increase risk roughly to between 3 percent and 6 percent – while other GBA mutations may increase the risk 40-fold. Given the evolving information, genetic counseling and testing may be important. “The first step is genetic counseling, is to provide the information we currently have on GBA and LRRK2,” Alcalay said. “The second step is to see if the person receiving the counseling would want to get genetic testing. Many of our patients choose not to get genetic testing, but some do. It’s a very personal decision.” Feeling an obligation to help her sister in any manner possible, Levine, for example, immediately enrolled in an LRRK2 study after learning of her sister’s results.


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Exercise & Diet – A Torah Perspective The importance and benefits of regular exercise and a healthy diet for members of the Frum community by Alan Aharon Newman

As a grandfather of ten, bli ayin hara, who is a few years beyond over the hill; I am particularly aware and grateful that I was blessed a number of years ago to realize the importance of exercising regularly, while also being conscience of my diet. For many years I was slim and trim and my metabolism was such that I just naturally burned calories. When I reached my mid-thirties I began to put on a little weight, specifically in my mid section. It was around that time that I began exercising, at first employing a cycling and running regimen. I began to enjoy, and look forward to both of these disciplines. However, after a few years I noticed, that though I was feeling much better, I still could not entirely get rid of my small belly. It was then that I was told by a professional trainer that in order to shed pounds in specific areas, you have to work those areas. Today I work-out five to six days a week, doing both cardiovascular training and body-toning (resistance/weight exercises). Kol Hatchalot Kashot (getting started is challenging). It is not easy to go from a sedentary lifestyle, where some of us get more exercise walking to Shul on Shabbat than we get the entire week, to a daily cardiovascular workout. Another obstacle to regular exercise is our very busy lifestyles; with three Tefilot (prayer services) daily, at least one learning seder (study session), time spent with our families, parnasah (making a living) responsibilities, community commitments and more, little time is left to take care of ourselves. In order to have a chance at achieving a healthy lifestyle, there must be a commitment to the importance of our health and well-being, and for us it must come from a halachic and hashkafic (Biblical/Torah) source. I would like to suggest, that in addition to the Torah charge of “Ven-

ishmartem me’od lenafshoteichem” (one is required to take good care of their soul/body), and that in order to be productive it is crucial to maintain one’s health. There is another vital consideration, uniquely relevant in this day and age, when the importance of health and fitness is so much a part of the society that we live in. I truly believe that, for us to be able to fulfill one of the basic requirements of what it means to be a frum (religious) Jew, to be a walking “Kiddush Sheim Shamayim” (sanctification of G-D’s name), we must walk the walk and dress the part. We are all familiar with the adage “chitzoniut me’oreret penimiut” (the outside affects the inside). It has to be somewhat of a handicap for us to reach out to our brethren who we would like to bring closer to Hashem Yitbarach (G-D) and His Torah, if we ourselves look like we are unable or unwilling to control our desires. How can we teach the importance of self-control, and the tremendous reward and pleasure that it offers, if we do not seem to have mastered it ourselves? You cannot be “Toveil v’sheretz beyado” (immerse in a mikvah while holding something that is impure); it does not work. If a Talmid Chacham (Torah Sage) is warned not to appear in public with a stain on his garment, does it not follow that we, as representatives of Torah Judaism have to at least look good! However, putting aside the philosophical aspect for a moment, “Derech eretz kadmah LaTorah” (proper etiquette precedes the Torah), let’s face it, our seichel (common sense) tells us how important and crucial our health is to all the lofty goals we hope to attain. By making time to exercise and being careful with our food intake, we will only be stronger and better able to accomplish all that we hope to during our lifetime.

Some suggestions for the beginner: Healthy Diet Drink a lot of water daily; 8 oz. every couple of hours Eat regularly; enjoy a healthy snack every three hours Slowly wean yourself off of sugar and carbs (to the best of your ability) Begin a healthier diet consisting of vegetables (greens), protein, and fiber products Exercise Start out slow; do not try to run a marathon on the first day Try something you think you will enjoy i.e. swimming, cycling, running, walking, etc. Get a chavruta (partner); having a keviut (set time) with someone else works with the body as well as the soul Set attainable goals: how many days a week, for how long, at what pace etc. Listen to Torah lectures while working out, or music that motivates you and allows you to enjoy the exercise experience L’sheim Yichud; come up with a short focus that you say before beginning to exercise so that you make it the mitzvah that it is Additional benefits of regular exercise: 1. You will feel good about yourself 2. It allows a person to release some of the tension that accumulates inside all of us 3. You will be a more positive person and people will notice 4. The strong possibility of a longer life expectancy (though there are no guarantees) Things to be careful of: 1. Too much exercise can be count-

er productive. 2. Do not let it consume you (if you miss a workout, life goes on) 3. It is crucial to get a full body workout; aerobic/cardio and resistance/weight training. (If you feel your time is really limited - a cardio workout would take precedence.) 4. Even with a good regular exercise regiment you still have to watch what you eat. 5. Get advice from a professional, there is a right way and wrong way to do many exercises, and you can injure yourself if you attempt an exercise incorrectly. 6. It is very crucial to stay hydrated at all times; drink before, during, and after a workout (even if you are not thirsty). In conclusion, hopefully, if we make an effort to take care of the kli (vessel, as in body) which Hashem in His infinite wisdom created for each of us, He will in turn bless us with health and arichut yamim (long life) so that we can accomplish our purpose in olam hazeh (this world). Aharon (Alan) Newman is a certified indoor cycling instructor, presenting cycling classes at several fitness clubs in the Baltimore area. He is also an avid outdoor cyclist who established a local bicycle group that has regularly scheduled rides. There are two bicycle charity rides that he has been a participant in, and supporter of, one local and one national. Bike4Chai is a yearly charity ride that raises funds for the Chai Lifeline Organization, and Biker Cholim raises funds for the Baltimore Bikur Cholim Organization. Many members of the Baltimore community have taken up cycling as an exercise regimen thanks to the cycling classes, bicycle group, and the charity rides. For more information he can be contacted at: alanaharonnewman@gmail. com


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Methods of Psychotherapy in a Nutshell Misconceptions about the nature of psychotherapy are common. One of the reasons for this is that sometimes people are only aware of one of the approaches of psychotherapy which leads them to believe that all therapy is that way. The reality is that there are various approaches to psychotherapy. The details of each approach can fill volumes, but we will try to briefly present in very broad strokes a few of the common methods of psychotherapy. We must bear in mind that human beings cannot be confined to any individual theory and each approach has validity. Therefore, most therapists will draw on different approaches and custom-tailor the treatment to each individual client. Sometimes, all of the approaches that we will discuss will be incorporated during the course of treatment. Psychodynamic therapy: This type of therapy guides the client into understanding the unconscious motivations behind his actions and feelings. This theory takes the view that there are painful memories and experiences that have been repressed. This results in unconscious inner turmoil that can be resolved by bringing these inner wounds into the consciousness in order to properly process them. Humanistic Psychotherapy: This theory assumes that people have innate goodness and that if you provide them with a safe and validating environment they will discover their inner strengths. Humanistic therapy places a strong emphasis on showing the client empathy and giving him unconditional positive regard. Selfgrowth and fulfillment are some of the goals of this form of therapy. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

(CBT): CBT is a combination of cognitive and behavioral theories. Behavioral theory assumes that behaviors were learned through conditioning. For example, one can be conditioned to get angry if his experience is that people quiet down when he screams at them. Similarly, one can improve behavior through conditioning. For example, if one is afraid of flying he can condition himself to not be bothered by air travel by exposing himself to air travel. Cognitive therapy assumes that negative thoughts about one’s self and his environment are causing emotional distress and therefore the therapy involves challenging those thought patterns. The CBT combination is therefore a treatment that aims to alter one’s thoughts and behaviors. Interpersonal Psychotherapy: This theory takes the position that emotional difficulties stem from interpersonal problems, and if one learns how to properly navigate interpersonal issues then his emotional health will greatly improve. Mindfulness-Based Interventions: Mindfulness is commonly employed in psychotherapy. The goal of mindfulness is to achieve a state of mind where you focus on the present moment while allowing yourself to acknowledge and accept your thoughts and feelings. This is a service of Relief Resources. Relief is an organization that provides mental health referrals to the frum community. Rabbi Azriel Hauptman is the director of the Baltimore branch of Relief. He can be contacted at 410-448-8356 or at .

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Political Crossfire


Why do They Even Play the Game? By Charles Krauthammer

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the New York Yankees. In 1986, the “Today Show” commemorated the 30th anniversary of Don Larsen pitching the only perfect game in World Series history. They invited Larsen and his battery mate, Yogi Berra. And Dale Mitchell, the man who made the last out. Mitchell was not amused. “I ain’t flying 2,000 miles to talk about striking out,” he fumed. And anyway, the called third strike was high and outside. It had been 30 years and Mitchell was still mad. (Justly so. Even the Yankee

fessional athletes – not even the legions of Little Leaguers, freshly eliminated from the playoffs, sobbing and sniffling their way home, assuaged only by gallons of Baskin-Robbins. Any parent can attest to the Krauthammer Conjecture. What surprises is how often it applies to battle-hardened professionals making millions. I don’t feel sorry for them. They can drown their sorrows in the Olympic-sized infinity pool that graces their Florida estate. (No state income tax.) I am merely fascinated that, de-

When the Cleveland Cavaliers lost the 2015 NBA Finals to Golden State, LeBron James sat motionless in the locker room, staring straight ahead, still wearing his game jersey, for 45 minutes after the final buzzer.

fielders acknowledged that the final pitch was outside the strike zone.) For every moment of triumph, there is an unequal and opposite feeling of despair. Take that iconic photograph of Muhammad Ali standing triumphantly over the prostrate, semiconscious wreckage of Sonny Liston. Great photo. Now think of Liston. Do the pleasure/pain calculus. And we are talking here about pro-

spite their other substantial compensations, some of them really do care. Most interestingly, often the very best. Max Scherzer, ace pitcher for the Washington Nationals, makes $30 million a year. On the mound, forget the money. His will to win is scary. Every time he registers a strikeout, he stalks off the mound, circling, head down, as if he’s just brought down a

mastodon. On June 6, tiring as he approached victory, he began growling – yes, like a hungry tiger – at Chase Utley as he came to the plate. “It was beautiful,” was the headline of the blog entry by The Washington Post’s Scott Allen. When Scherzer gets like that, managers are actually afraid to go out and tell him he’s done. He goes Mad Max. In one such instance last year, as Scherzer labored, manager Dusty Baker came out to the mound. Scherzer glared. “He asked me how I was feeling,” Scherzer recounted, “and I said I still feel strong ... I still got one more hitter in me.” Asked Baker, demanding visual confirmation: “Which eye should I look at?” Scherzer, who famously has one blue and one brown eye, shot back: “Look in the [expletive] brown eye!” “That’s the pitching one,” he jokingly told reporters after the game. Baker left him in. After losing her first ever UFC match, mixed martial artist Ronda Rousey confessed that she was in the corner of the medical room, “literally sitting there thinking about killing myself. In that exact second, I’m like, ‘I’m nothing.’” It doesn’t get lower than that. Said Vince Lombardi, “Winning isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.” To which I add – conjecture – yes, but losing is worse. (c) 2017, The Washington Post Writers Group

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n mathematics, when you’re convinced of some eternal truth but can’t quite prove it, you offer it as a hypothesis (with a portentous capital H) and invite the world, future generations if need be, to prove you right or wrong. Often, a cash prize is attached. In that spirit, but without the cash, I offer the Krauthammer Conjecture: In sports, the pleasure of winning is less than the pain of losing. By any Benthamite pleasure/pain calculation, the sum is less than zero. A net negative of suffering. Which makes you wonder why anybody plays at all. Winning is great. You get to hoot and holler, hoist the trophy, shower in champagne, ride the open parade car and boycott the White House victory ceremony (choose your cause). But, as most who have engaged in competitive sports know, there’s nothing to match the amplitude of emotion brought by losing. When the Cleveland Cavaliers lost the 2015 NBA Finals to Golden State, LeBron James sat motionless in the locker room, staring straight ahead, still wearing his game jersey, for 45 minutes after the final buzzer. Here was a guy immensely wealthy, widely admired, at the peak of his powers – yet stricken, inconsolable. So it was for Ralph Branca, who gave up Bobby Thomson’s shot heard ‘round the world in 1951. So too for Royals shortstop Freddie Patek, a (literal) picture of dejection sitting alone in the dugout with his head down after his team lost the 1977 pennant to

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Gluten Free Recipe Column by Mrs. Elaine Bodenheimer


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Looking for a light summer dessert? This should "fill the bill" even if you are not gluten-free!

Lemon Curd-Filled Meringue Cups What You Will Need: Meringue: 4 Egg Whites 1 cup extra fine sugar

Lemon Curd: 1 cup sugar 3 lemons-zested 3 eggs ½ cup margarine, melted 1 cup fresh lemon juice tiny pinch of salt

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Preparation: 1. Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. If you don’t have extra fine sugar, you may take regular sugar and beat in food processor for a minute. 2. Beat egg whites until frothy. Slowly add sugar, one teaspoon at a time, until whites are stiff and glossy. Fill a pastry bag with mixture and squeeze through a decorating tip (I used Wilton’s #21) into the shape of a cup with ½ inch high sides. Make sure to use some mixture to create a “bottom” as well. Bake for one hour and turn off oven. Let cool in oven for 3 hours or overnight. 3. Remove from parchment and place in air-tight container. Fill with lemon curd.

Easy Microwave Lemon Curd: 1. In a microwave-safe bowl, whisk sugar and eggs until smooth. 2. Add lemon juice, zest, and margarine. 3. Cook in microwave for one minute intervals. Stir after each minute until mixture is thick enough to coat a metal spoon. 4. Remove from microwave, and pour into jar. When cold and thick, fill meringue cups. Makes about 16 cups, with extra lemon curd.

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by Renee Rousso Chernin

I’m longing for the cool breezes of my days in coastal Maine. Charming towns with bike paths, quaint gift shops and tempting eateries. The official food of the rocky Maine coast is a masterpiece served at upscale restaurants, seaside shacks, supermarkets, gas stations, fast-food chains and in home kitchens. It is a simple buttered bun brimming with lobster in a light sauce with a side of pickle. Non-kosher food is not a temptation for me, but the popularity of this sandwich (dare I reduce it to a mere sandwich?!) intrigued me. With the availability of kosher seafood versions we can try this summer treat ourselves. Now if it were only so easy to feel the ocean breeze.

Maine Faux Lobster Roll

Active time: 20 minutes Serves 6

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, divided 1 celery stalk, finely chopped 2 tablespoons lemon juice


¼ cup mayonnaise, divided 1 teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Pinch cayenne pepper 6 New England–style split-top buns or regular hot dog potato buns

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Warm, toasty, buttered rolls are key. If you can't find New England–style buns, Ingredients: trim 1/4-inch from both sides of potato hot dog buns to expose more surface area. 1 pound pollak, faux lobster

1. In a medium pan over low heat, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter. Add pollak and heat until softened, about 10 minutes. 2. Remove pan from heat and stir in celery, lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of the mayonnaise, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper. Taste and add more mayonnaise, salt and pepper, if desired. 3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Spread flat sides of buns with butter. Place butter side down in the pan and toast until golden, about 2 minutes per side. Remove from pan and immediately fill with pollak mixture. Serve warm with pickles and fries or potato chips.


6 large garlic cloves, halved 2 cups water 4 to 6 long red or green hot chiles, halved lengthwise 16 dill sprigs


1. Pack vegetables into 2 clean 1-quart glass jars with tightly fitting lids. 2. In quart bowl or container with a tightly fitting lid, combine the salt, sugar, vinegar, coriander and garlic. Stir or shake until the salt and sugar dissolve. Add 2 water and pour the brine over the vegetables. Tuck the chiles and dill between the vegetables. Add enough water to keep the vegetables submerged. 3. Close the jars and refrigerate overnight or for up to 1 month.

time: Spicy Dill Quick Pickles Active 15 minutes


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Vegetables 3 tablespoons kosher salt 2 tablespoons sugar 1 1/4 cups distilled white vinegar (5 percent acidity) 2 tablespoons coriander seeds

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JULY 6, 2017

Clean Tax Savings Here


By Allan Rolnick, CPA

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usinesses generally try to get the highest price possible for their products. It’s called “capitalism,” and it generally works to establish “equilibrium prices” between knowledgeable buyers and willing sellers. But every so often, this mechanism breaks down and prices soar, resulting in howls of “price gouging!” from ticked-off customers. This is especially true with pharmaceuticals. In 2015, hedge fund manager Martin Shkrelli made himself the most-hated man in America when he bought Turing Pharmaceuticals and raised the price of the anti-parasite Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 per pill. Another example: in 2007, Mylan pharmaceuticals bought rights to distribute the EpiPen, a device that costs $5 to manufacture and delivers a dollar’s worth of epinephrine to stop severe allergic reactions. Mylan quintupled sales, and even helped pass legislation encouraging schools to stock the devices. But they also jacked pricing from $100 to $609 per pair, which led to harmful side effects for the business. Cus-

tomers revolted and sent the CEO on a Bataan Death March of bad press. Even Martin Shkrelli piled on the criticism — and when that guy calls you a price gouger, you’re “Code Blue.” With sales going from $200 mil-

strategy involving huge stakes in, of all things, coal companies. Here’s how it works: 1. The company buys a coal-refining facility. (Mylan owns LLCs with 99% stakes in five of them, buried deep in the footnotes

Even Martin Shkrelli piled on the criticism — and when that guy calls you a price gouger, you’re “Code Blue.”

lion to over $1 billion in just nine years, you’d think the IRS would get a full dose of the success, too. It turns out, though, that Mylan is just as clever about cutting its tax bill as it is marketing EpiPens. In 2014, they executed a controversial strategy called a “tax inversion,” buying a smaller Dutch company in order to move their nominal headquarters to the lower-taxed Netherlands. And Reuters has just revealed another

of the company’s annual report.) 2. The facility buys raw coal, often from a utility, and treats it to remove the chemicals that cause the worst pollution. 3. The facility sells the coal back to the utility, usually at a loss. 4. Finally, the parent company takes federal tax credits, which were equal to $6.81 per ton of refined product in 2016. As long as the tax credit from

Step Four is more than the after-tax loss from Step Three, the parent company come out ahead! How far ahead? Reuters reports loss from the refining operations, depreciation from the facilities, and tax-savings from credits netted Mylan over $100 million last year. In fact, the company’s effective tax rate for that year was an eye-popping -294.4%, which means they made far more in compounding tax benefits than they did in operating profit! So where does that leave us? Well, you probably aren’t sufficiently well-heeled to buy a coal refining plant as a personal tax shelter. But the code is full of literally hundreds of ways to avoid paying more than your legal duty. All you need is a plan. Make sure you have one when you’re ready to save, and we promise no harmful carbon emissions!

Allan J Rolnick is a CPA who has been in practice for over 30 yea rs in Queens, NY. He welcomes your comments and can be reached at 718-896-8715 or at







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