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CONTENTS

COMMUNITY

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Around the Community . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6

JEWISH THOUGHT Repair Kit Included. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Re’eh: The Power of the Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Dealing with ADHD. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Rabbi Berel Wein. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 The Observant Jew. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Bashert or Zivug – Which Did You Find?. . . . . . . . . 62

HUMOR & ENTERTAINMENT Centerfold. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Notable Quotes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

COVER STORY Summer Eating is Just Peachy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Seeing the Good in Life - From Auschwitz To The White House. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

LIFESTYLES More than Meats the Eye. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 8 Easy Ways to Save Water This Summer. . . . . . . . . 46 613 Seconds with Ronnie Rosenbluth. . . . . . . . . . . 47 My Israel Home. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Edwards Air Force Base. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Making Summer Matter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Just Who is Helping Iran’s Hard-Liners?. . . . . . . . . . 60 Back to School… with ArtScroll!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Great Kosher Food. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

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NEWS

Dear Readers, A few weeks ago we read the words Nachamu nachamu ami. These words, comfort, comfort my people uttered by Yeshaya Hanavi, have accompanied us for over 2,000 years yet they have not become outdated or stale. They still reassure us like they did in the times of the Rambam and Rashi, Rabeinu Hakadosh and during the times of the second Beis Hamikdosh. They comfort us because we know that our daily struggles are temporary. Emotional, familial and financial challenges are not here to stay. Yes, today we need to do what we can but there will be a day when these struggles will simply go away. Knowing this gives us the sometimes super human strength needed to withstand temptation and overcome the urge to do what’s convenient and easy. We have much to make us proud. I doubt anyone alive at the time the above eternal words were said would have thought that two millennia later there would be Jews in Baltimore, Montana, New York and indeed throughout the world who would be reading this Haftorah, drawing strength from it, as if the words were uttered today. Challenges abound just as in the past, perhaps now more than ever. Indeed, it says that Moshe Rabeinu was humbled when he saw the challenges with which the generation before the coming

Moshiach would be faced. Still, the Torah is our life and the length of our days and we are 100% certain that the “cure was given before the illness.” The promise of a perfect world preceded the trials and suffering which followed and we are heading into the fulfillment of that original guarantee. Perhaps the madness we are currently witnessing is the fulfilment of a Medrash. Maybe there is a meaning in our President’s irrational insistence on bowing before and enabling those who want Islam to rule the world. Or it could be that it’s all a test to see if we have the faith and fortitude to face a suicidal enemy. Whatever it is, the pnimiyus, the inner meaning for us is definitely to take the seven Haftorahs of comfort which we are in the midst of, to heart, knowing that just as the prophesies of destruction which preceded Tisha B’av were fulfilled, so too, please G-d, very soon in our days we will see the fulfillment of these prophesies ushering in a time when justice, truth and kindness will be the running currency on the street. We are ready, let us just open our doors and welcome it in. Wishing you a rest of your summer,

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Global News. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 National News. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Israel News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 That’s Odd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

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Pilot 7 Week Jinternship Baltimore -DC Program Comes to a Close with Great Results! by Ari Kravitz

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tremely successful kick-off year for the jInternship Baltimore-D.C program.

filled weekends are filled with singing, onegs, plenty of food, and great

jInternship allows students who are exploring their Jewish roots and growing in their connection to Judaism to learn about Judaism while building their resume at the same time. But it’s not just the internship that gets students interested and excited to apply and participate. Rather, it’s the pairing of Jewish learning with the internship experience. After a day on Capitol Hill or in the real estate market, participants proceed to Ner Yisroel or to the Yeshiva of Greater Washington to hear from topof-the-line speakers, engage in one-onone chavrusa learning with bochurim from the yeshiva, and to participate in engaging discussions on living a Jewish life. “This program really gave me the chance to do everything I wanted this summer. I got to learn about Judaism and have a great internship that I could put on my resume,” said Dan K., an LA participant. For the duration of the summer, participants live with host families or in apartment housing that are within the Jewish communities of Baltimore and Silver Spring. This way students really have a chance to become integrated within the communities and be a part of something big. Students also have a chance to study on Sunday mornings with community members and forge lasting relationships. In addition to the learning that happens during the week, students also participate in Shabbatons among the communities. The energy

divrei torah. Host families and volunteer community members help plan the Shabbatons and make it a truly warm and welcoming experience for all. This year, Shabbatons took place in the Ner Yisroel , Ranchleigh, and upper Park Heights neighborhoods. The program is led by Rabbi Zvi Schwartz of University Jewish Experience, who moved to Baltimore after years of working with college students at Washington University in St. Louis and began programs at the University of Delaware and at Johns Hopkins. jInternship, however, is his newest project along with his recurring Jewish Experience Program that runs in the winter. “jInternship gives employers an opportunity to impact the life of an aspiring Jewish college student, and students an opportunity to experience life in a Torah community. Due to a network of devoted employers, hosts, speakers, and friends, we were able to put together an amazing program,” said Rabbi Schwartz. In its success, one of the participants is getting ready to go to yeshiva in Eretz Yisroel for the coming year. The jInternship program was fortunate to feature both a men’s and women’s division this summer and concludes its program with a week of learning at Sinai Retreats in upstate New York. “It is exciting to think about what next year will bring for the program,” he concluded.


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Kollel Nachlas HaTorah Celebrates First Six Months On Monday, August 17, 2 Ellul 5775, Kollel Nachlas HaTorah will begin its second z’man. During the six months since the daily morning Kollel opened its doors at Congregation

the mornings to advance their learning in a stimulating and welcoming environment. The Rosh Kollel is a dynamic young talmid chacham, Rabbi Nech-

well-structured program runs from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. every morning from Monday though Friday, following Machzikei Torah’s 8:30 Shacharis, with generous refreshments avail-

Kollel. Guest speakers during the Kollel’s first few months included HaRav Yaakov Hopfer, shlit”a. Mara d’Asra of Congregation Shearith Israel, HaRav Nesanel Kostelitz, shlit”a, Mara

Machzikei Torah, many Baltimore men have joined the Kollel, welcoming the opportunity to use free time in

emiah Goldstein, who learned under of Harav Dovid Soloveitchik, shlit”a, in Yerushalayim. The Kollel’s

able. The learning program schedule begins with a half-hour shiur on Mishnah Berura given by Rabbi Goldstein from Monday through Wednesday. The shiur centers on Hilchos Brachos, interrupted when appropriate by topics such as Hilchos Yom Tov in the relevant seasons. On Thursday morning, the Halocho shiur is replaced by a shiur on Parshas Hashavua, and on Friday by Pirkei Avos during the summer. The first shiur is followed by an hour of Gemara learning in chavrusos or larger groups which move ahead at their own pace depending on the participants’ preferences regarding speed and depth. Currently, some members are learning Megillah, while others are learning Berachos. At 11 a.m., Rabbi Goldstein delivers a half-hour Gemara shiur on Megillah. The members of the Kollel come from a diverse range of backgrounds, and there is much wide-ranging and lively give-andtake between the participants. Rabbi Goldstein’s broad and deep knowledge enables him to expose everyone to a wide spectrum of halachic opinions and illustrative stories spanning periods from the Rishonim to current poskim. Supplementing the regular daily limudim, distinguished Rabbonim and other leading community figures periodically deliver Divrei Torah to the

d’Asra of Congregation Machzikei Torah, who spoke about HaRav Shmuel Wosner, zt”l, and HaRav Yisrael Neuman, shlit”a, Rosh Yeshiva of Lakewood’s Beth Medrash Govoha, who spoke about the Three Weeks. The Kollel provides an opportunity to men of all ages who have time available in the morning which they would like to engage in the most valuable endeavor -- advancing their Torah knowledge in a structured way. It is open for men who are retired, between jobs or who have flexible schedules. It is not necessary to attend every day, or to spend the full two hours at the Kollel. All shiurim are delivered on a level commensurate with the background of all the participants. And the Kollel beis medrash is available to anyone who wants to sit and learn or listen to a shiur in a beis medrash environment, whether on a regular or occasional basis. All men of the community are invited to discover how much they can gain from Kollel Nachlas HaTorah. They can expect to enjoy a warm, friendly and enlightening experience. For more information, please contact Rabbi Nechemiah Goldstein at 410358-1019 or Rabbi Yitzchok Neger at 443-803-0580.


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Sefer Torah Crowned with Golden Anniversary Dedication BaltimoreJewishLife.com/Jeff Cohn

by Isaac Draiman

With song and high spirits a new Torah made its way to Congregation Shomrei Emunah on Sunday August

They wanted the Torah to have great meaning to them personally and to express the bonds of family and heritage.

Torah at home. The grandchildren, Micah and Leah Warschawski; Ella Tehillah, Ephraim Mordechai, and Naomi

the procession singing and dancing to the doors of Shomrei. The new Torah was greeted on arrival by all of its new

2nd. In celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary, Peter and Rosemary Warschawski presented the Torah to the Shul. As their golden anniversary approached, the Warschawskis thought a lot about how to mark this milestone in an appropriate and thrilling way. A special trip, a cruise perhaps? No, they travel so much for their work already. A family event? Yes, of course, but there was too much excitement and joy for one family to absorb. Then the idea flashed: to acquire a family Torah and place it in the care of Shomrei, their beloved Shul.

To this end, Dr. Warschawski was able to purchase a Torah in need of restoration from the Shul in Basel, Switzerland where he grew up, celebrated his bar mitzvah, and where the couple was married exactly 50 years ago. With the help of Basel’s rabbi, Rav Nissenholz, the klaf traveled to Yerushalayim and back for restoration and certification. Returning from one of his speaking trips to Switzerland, Dr. Warschawski brought the Torah to Baltimore and had it mounted here on the Etzim that he brought from Basel as well. On Sunday morning the Warschawski family gathered around the

Emunah Gonsher; and Adina and Samuel Warschawski took turns dressing and crowning the Torah. At 10 am Rabbi Binyamin Marwick, Rav of Shomrei Emunah, carried the Torah out of the house where a crowd had been assembling on the lawn. The Torah was marched forward under the family chuppah that Rachel Warschawski made for her wedding to David, and under which all the Warschawski children had been married through the years. With Nossi Gross and his Zemer Orchestra leading the way, the Torah wound through the streets of Meadowood as people joined

“chaverim,” all the Sifrei Torah from Shomrei’s Aron Kodesh. The music and dancing continued inside the shul as all the Torahs were carried round and round the central Bimah. One by one the Torahs returned to the Aron Kodesh, and the program began. David Warschawski welcomed everyone and called upon his father to recite “shechechiyanu” for reaching this milestone. He then announced that his brother, Chazan Benjamin Warschawski would sing Mi Adir to their parents in the traditional melody of Basel just as it had been sung under their chuppah 50

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As the final speakers, the couple spoke of their gratitude for reaching this milestone. They told the truly unique beshert story of how they met 55 years ago, related how the various elements of the Torah had been acquired, and concluded with their hope and wish that their new Sefer Torah be used b’simcha and be seen as a bridge across time and geography to connect people and family for generations to come.

The choir concluded with a rousing rendition of Shir Hama’alos as sung in the Warschawski family every week at the end of Havdalah. At the reception that followed, the congregation mingled in the social hall, reliving the event and enjoying the refreshments.

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On Tuesday evening, August 4th, 2015, thousands of communities nationwide gathered for the “32nd Annual National Night Out” (NNO) crime and drug prevention event. National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and sponsored locally by the Cheswolde Neighborhood Association (CNA), brought out close to 700 people to celebrate the Police-Community Partnership. Over 600 hotdogs were consumed by the jubilant and engaged crowd that gathered in the expansive backyard of the CNA Vice-President Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer and his wife Lauren’s home. There was a multitude of children and

ing sense of pride. I realize how lucky I am to be able to give back to my community, and look forward to continuing to serve the interests of my neighbors, advocating for the needs of everyone. “ Local sponsors of the CNA event included Healthy Neighborhoods, Raffle Ready, Tov Pizza, Baltimore Shomrim Safety Patrol and CHAI; Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc. Nathan Willner, President of the Cheswolde Neighborhood Association remarked, “The National Night Out is designed to generate support for local law enforcement and to strengthen neighborhood spirit and the police-community partnerships.

are dozens of similar events going on throughout the City and the fact that these high ranking public servants chose to attend this event, really demonstrates the synergistic relationships we have with our dedicated public servants. On behalf of the community I cannot thank them enough for participating here this evening. Once again, without the hard work of my Vice President Yitzy Schleifer and Treasurer Alan Goldfeder this immensely successful event would not have come to fruition.” Ron Rosenbluth, proprietor of Tov Pizza and Senior Operations Coordinator of the Baltimore Shomrim Safety Patrol, a co-sponsor of the

friends Major Sam Cogan and Deputy Charles “Chaz” Robinson from the Baltimore City Sherriff’s Office interacting with our kids. In our community the children look at the men and women of law enforcement as “super-heroes” and quite frankly with the type of issues that they deal with daily, they truly are our “super- heroes”. There are no words that can truly convey the appreciation and respect we have for the work they do.” Additionally, the Fallstaff Improvement Association held their NNO event at the Fallstaff Elementary Middle School Playground, where they too had entertainment and activities for the local children. Among the

families enjoying the various attractions, a live DJ and of course plenty of food and snacks. When asked what a night like this meant to him, Mr. Schleifer, excited to see such an enthusiastic crowd stated, “I am thoroughly committed to this community, I grew up here and have lived here my entire life. My goal has always been to bring the community together and to demonstrate unity. Tonight I look at all the smiling faces interacting with law enforcement and elected officials, and I am struck with an overwhelm-

Nothing brings that message home stronger than to see the caliber of attendees at this event. From the renowned Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, and the highly respected U.S. Congressman John Sarbanes to the new Baltimore City Acting Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, almost every branch of government and rank of law enforcement are represented here tonight. We even have 6 Circuit Court Judges in attendance, including our very own Judge Karen Chaya Freidman. There

event, was equally impressed with the turn out, “Just being here I can feel in a tangible way the unity our community displays. All the local volunteer organizations that interact with law enforcement are represented. This type of event could only be possible as a result of the leadership that both Nate Willner and Yitzy Schleifer have undertaken as part of the CNA. In addition to all the elected officials and Judges that came out tonight, I was particularly happy to see the new NWD Captain Yerg and our good

many appreciative attendees at both events, one resident concluded, “that despite the sometimes challenging images reported in the news it is these type of gatherings that really show the true character of Baltimore. It is so encouraging to live in a community that is part of the solution. When I look around I understand why so many people deeply love Baltimore and our communities.”


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Yeshivas Toras HaLev: Maalot for Men Growing in Torah While Earning a College Degree Shlomo was a fine boy: hardworking, earnest, fun-loving, and handy. He learned well – for the first couple of hours, that is. After that, he just couldn’t sit anymore. He needed a program that would enable him to learn, and he needed a program that would enable him to enter the workforce as an honest, reliable employee. He needed Yeshivas Toras HaLev. Yeshivas Toras HaLev is a post-high school, Maalot-based bais midrash environment for yeshiva students who want to continue their Torah learning while earning college credits in preparation for a career. Toras HaLev creates a program of limudei kodesh and secular classes tailored to the needs and capabilities of each individual student, including oneon-one learning and part-day programs, in a welcoming, Torah-oriented atmosphere. Faculty plays a large role in creating the warmth and cohesiveness of the yeshiva. Rabbi Boruch Leff, Menahel, focuses the morning bais midrash sed-

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Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Engages Jewish Community in Candid Dialogue BaltimoreJewishLife.com/Jeff Cohn by Isaac Draiman On Sunday August 9, 2015, Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake met with Jewish community leaders and Rabbis to have a frank and open conversation about the state of Baltimore City. Over 30 invited guests gathered at the home of David and Mal-

families to live. Nathan Willner, President of the Cheswolde Neighborhood Association (CNA), and organizer of the meeting commented, “This was a fantastic opportunity for our community to engage in a meaningful conversation with the

Among the suggestions and comments made to the Mayor in the close to two hours she spent at this event was a poignant suggestion made by Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer. When asked about his idea he stated, “when the discussion turned to crime in our community,

ke Kramer in the Cheswolde Neighborhood of North West Baltimore to greet the Mayor and to voice their concerns and to ask questions regarding a wide variety of issues. From education to safety the audience asked some hard hitting questions. The recent violent unrest in the City was front and center in the dialogue between the attendees and the Mayor. The meeting started with beautiful words from Rabbi Shmuel Silber of Suburban Orthodox Congregation Toras Chaim, where he spoke of the concept of “one people with one heart”. He explained that while we are one community with one heart that does not mean that there is always one opinion. That while there are always a multitude of opinions regarding issues, it is with the “one heart” that we are all striving for the common goal of making the community and City a better place for our

Mayor. It is no secret that my wife and I have been close friends and supporters of the Mayor and understand how dedicated and passionate she is about her love for Baltimore. I was completely impressed with the candor in which the Mayor answered some of the difficult questions. What impressed me even more was that after the meeting, attendees came over to me and voiced their satisfaction and strong support for the Mayor’s initiatives and her administration. Constant communication with our elected officials is key to developing positive relationships. Dialogues where community concerns are heard and expectations can be outlined, make all the difference in obtaining the needed services for our community. I especially want to thank my wife, Rochelle, for all the advice and time she spent taking care of the logistics which ensured that this event was a huge success.”

I pointed out that many of these crimes could be resolved and the suspects caught, if the Baltimore Police Department had more members of the Crime Lab. With today’s technology, many previously unsolvable crimes can be resolved using DNA and other forensic evidence. Increasing the staff at the Crime Lab would pay off triple fold in the City’s crime fight. I am aware of the great work the Crime Lab does, but with a limited staff they can only do so much. Using incoming resources I believe focusing on the Crime Lab can make a huge difference for our community.” From what has been reported the Mayor has already taken this suggestion to the next level and will be working on growing the staff at the Crime Lab to accommodate the types of crimes that the community has recently been experiencing. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, when reflecting on the meeting re-

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marked, “I appreciated the opportunity to return to an area of the City that I represented in my earliest days on the City Council and see some long-time friends in the Jewish community. I really enjoyed the open conversation I was able to have with this group of dedicated community leaders and Rabbis. The spirit of volunteerism and passion that I see and experience within our Jewish community is something that I am trying to replicate throughout all of our neighborhoods. Several of the excellent suggestions that were made during our dialogue are being followed up on immediately. I want to personally thank my good friends, Nathan and Rochelle Willner, for all of the work they do for our City and for organizing this event. I look forward to scheduling future dialogues to continue the conversations we began on Sunday. It is only by utilizing these close community partnerships that we will be successful in moving Baltimore forward and letting the true spirit of our City shine through.” Dr. Elimelech Goldstein, Director of Hatzalah was present at the meeting and brought one of their state of the art, advanced life saving ambulances with him. The Mayor was given a tour of the ambulance and was very impressed with the unprecedented level of volunteerism our community demonstrates. All of the participants agreed that this was a fantastic opportunity to get to know the Mayor on a more personal level and that she really made clear her sincere and deep concern for our community.


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but by that time it was already late and we were not able to incorporate them before the summer started. I am certain that next year the program will be even larger. Good news travels fast and the news of the remarkable success of the Dirshu program has inspired camps and learning directors everywhere.” “Let’s Learn Dirshu While we Travel!” Rabbi Yehuda Schwebel, of Camp Agudah in Ferndale relates, “The response I have had has just been phenomenal. Even on Shabbos when there is no official seder I have full participation in the shiur as no one wants to miss anything. Recently the camp

all of the materials that one may possibly require. Every bachur participating in the program receives a special pamphlet with the text of the Mishnah Berurah, and Biurim U’Musafim, as well as a sikum of the halachic conclusions on the material learned. The maggidei shiur are all well-known mechanchim with years of experience who bring the sugyos learned, to life. Dirshu also provides incentives for the bachurim thereby making the learning even sweeter. The response has been overwhelming.” Something for Everyone! Rabbi Schmelzer relates, “One amazing quality about the program is Dirshu’s

medrash at that outrageously early hour would have rubbed their eyes in wonderment at the sight of the maggid shiur, Rabbi Menachem Schmelzcer, delivering the shiur as bachurim animatedly asked questions, commented and engaged in the milchemta shel Torah. “I can’t tell you how much the Dirshu program has enhanced the learning of our bachurim this summer,” said Rabbi Schmelzcer, “It has transformed night seder in camp from a difficult seder to a most geshmak seder. Not only is it unnecessary for the Rabbeim to motivate the bachurim to learn, the bachurim are practically begging to start the shiur!” “The Program is 1,000 Times Better than we Dreamt!” Rabbi Yisroel Lefkovitz of Camp Achim exclaimed, “The program is one thousand times better than we ever dreamed! We have 110 bachurim learning hilchos tefillin every day. We even have waiters, lifeguards and other staff members coming by at night to participate in the program! Our maggid shiur, Rabbi Avi Indich, is a distinguished talmid chacham who spends hours preparing the shiur each day. You can see the direct, successful fruits of his labor when watching how the bachurim literally

consultation with a number of camps, Dirshu designed a summer halacha program tailor-made for summer camps. The program, the material and incentives provided were designed in conjunction with the spiritual leadership of each camp so that the bachurim would derive maximum benefit from participating in such a groundbreaking initiative. Last year, when we launched the program we had four participating camps. This year, there has been an explosive increase in both the number of camps that have adopted the program as well as the number of bachurim participating. Camp Agudah of Ferndale has some 200 bachurim participating, Camp Toras Chaim Tashbar 210, Camp Degel HaTorah 225 and Camp Toras Chessed also has around 200 in their Dirshu program. Camp Rayim, 45 and Camp Rayim Mesivta has 65 particpants. Camp Achim 125, Camp Agudah Toronto 80 and Chaburas Bein Hazemanim has 20. All in all, there are some 1,000 bachurim participating in the program, gaining a comprehensive knowledge of hilchos tefillin.” “In truth,” explained Rabbi Ahron Gobioff, Dirshu’s American Director, “as we got closer to the summer, numerous other camps deeply desired to join the program

took a major trip. I can’t tell you how many young bachurim approached me and said, “Rebbi, let’s do Dirshu on the trip while we travel. The fact that the halachos are so practical and the boys find out halachos that they didn’t know and immediately incorporate that new knowledge, enhancing their performance of the mitzvah of tefillin every day, is deeply gratifying,” Rabbi Schwebel concluded. Rabbi Aharon Tashman of Camp Degel HaTorah cannot stop talking about the profound impact that the Dirshu program has had on the bachurim involved and by extension on the whole camp. He explains that the daily shiur in Daf HaYomi B’Halacha for bachurim takes about half an hour, but in truth that is just the beginning. After the shiur the bachurim spend some 45 minutes talking in learning and arguing over the fine points of the halachos. Seeing these bachurim are so involved, so animated and excited to give up their own time just to gain more clarity in the halachos is a testament to both the wonderful love of learning displayed by the bachurim and the attention to detail that the hanhalah of Dirshu has invested in the program! Rabbi Soleimani relates, “Dirshu anticipates each and every need and provides

signature attention to detail. Nothing is overlooked. The material is a potpourri of areas of halacha that appeal to virtually every participant. There are, of course, the halachos set forth in the Mishnah Berurah. In addition, however, the Biurim U’Musfim with so many practical halachos and tips provides so much additional information and piskei halacha. This enables very bright talmidim to achieve their potential while others can suffice with the Mishnah Berurah itself and still retain a comprehensive knowledge of the halachos. In this program, even the weakest talmidim have so many questions because everyone puts on tefillin and learning the halachos awakens them to the importance of doing the mitzvah in the most lechatchilah fashion. Perhaps the greatest testament to the effectiveness of the program and the longterm love of limud halacha with accountability that it facilitated can be gleaned from the comments of two of the maggidei shiur. One is a Rebbi in the Cheder of Flatbush and the other in the Mirrer Yeshiva’s Yeshiva Ketana. They both said, “I want to speak to my principal about the possibility of bringing this Dirshu program to my school!”

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eat the shiur out of his hand, absorbing every word, asking and commenting. In fact almost every boy that participates is taking weekly chazrah sheets and the comprehensive test at the end of the month.” Over 1,000 Participants… and Counting! Indeed, this is the second year that Dirshu is running its Daf HaYomi B’Halacha L’Bachurim program in select camps. This year, the program is even bigger and better than the one held last year. Rabbi Yehuda Soleimani, Dirshu’s National Field Director, who oversees the program, relates, “Last year, after extensive

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It was 4:00 a.m. The boys in Camp Toras Chaim Tashbar had just come home from a remarkably exciting trip. With just over an hour until they could daven vasikin, it made no sense to go to sleep. What should a large group of exhausted young bachurim do at such an unearthly hour? One bachur piped up, “Let’s do Dirshu!” The positive response was overwhelming! In the middle of the night about an hour before alos hashachar all of the bachurim packed into the beis medrash for a shiur on hilchos teffilin in the special Dirshu Daf HaYomi B’Halacha L’Bachurim summer camp program. Anyone entering the beis

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Two STAR-K Kashrus Training Seminars Draw Participants from Toronto to Deerfield Beach by Margie Pensak If you place food on a crock pot that is on a timer for Shabbos, is it considered bishul Yisroel? Beyond the food, what obligations does a Kashrus agency have in a facility, e.g., the attire of the wait staff, the type of entertainment and music played, etc.? What is the criterion for Kashrus agencies to decide whether or not to certify an establishment that has just lost its certification? The answers to these intriguing questions and more were shared by STAR-K Rabbinic Administrator HaRav Moshe Heinemann at the 12th Annual STAR-K Kashrus Training Program, held July 13-16, and its back-to-back annual Food Service Kashrus Training Seminar, held July 20-22, in STAR-K’s Baltimore, Maryland, offices. The former was coordinated by STAR-K Kashrus Administrator Rabbi Zvi Goldberg; the latter, by STAR-K Kashrus Administrator Rabbi Sholom Tendler. In addition to lectures such as: Administrative Issues; Appliances; Food Service Hashgocho; Vegetable Checking; Fish; Cheese, Milk and Cholov Yisroel; the Beverage Industry; and Beer, Wine, and Liquor, both seminars featured field trips to the largest kosher supermarket in the country—Seven Mile Market. STAR-K Kashrus administrators also led tours of a candy factory, caterer, slaughterhouse, restaurants, and hotel kitchens, including the designated STAR-K certified kosher kitchen of the Hyatt Regency Baltimore. Both seminars received rave reviews from the participants. Rabbi Chaim Dovid Kulik, the Rav of Kehillas Sho’avei Mayim, who also teaches in Teferes Bais Yaakov High School and is a member of the Rabbinical Vaad Hakashruth of The Kashruth Council of Canada (COR), in Toronto, shared, “I signed up for the Kashrus Training Program to get a little bit more knowledge about what’s behind kashrus and it was, in fact, fascinating. I know a lot more going out than coming in! The STAR-K is very impressive. You see how much goes in—a lot more than seeing the STAR-K on the package. It’s a pity a lot of people don’t understand what goes deep into kashrus. I’d like to get the message across to some people out there who have things to say, and now I have a little bit more ammunition to answer. ” Rabbi Dr. Yoel Erblich, a psychologist from Elizabeth, New Jersey, attended the program because he is interested

in potentially starting a community in a small neighborhood. “[It was] the idea of being able to take all the Yorah Deah that was learned and then seeing it laid out,” said Rabbi Dr. Erblich. “I wish I could stay longer. I felt like every time one of the Rabbanim spoke, I wanted another hour of their time to hear even more, because there was just so much and it was so amazing. I definitely got a feel, first hand, about STAR-K’s dedication, integrity, and yashrus in trying to figure out how to do the best you can to do something the right way. It’s nice to see that and it’s inspiring.” Kollel fellows attended the Kashrus Training Program, as well. Rabbi Shmuel Nadoff, a kollel yungerman in Beth Medrash Gevoha in Lakewood, New Jersey, said. “I enjoyed the seminar immensely and wish it would have been longer. I hope to use all the things I have learned as background knowledge in kashrus for my own life and for the necessary training for a kashrus position. My impression of STAR-K is that it is a very organized and transparent organization; the warmth and openness that they show is appreciated by all.” Rabbi Michoel Alt, a member of the Columbus Community Kollel, attended because he will be involved in the local Vaad this coming year. “There was a lot of application of halacha that I learned; I know Rabbi Kurcfeld’s tips and advice from his years of experience will be very, very practical for me,” notes Rabbi Alt. STAR-K Food Service Kashrus Training Seminar participants, Loretta and Manny Sadwin, are a husband and wife mashgiach team responsible for the kashrus of their shul kitchen, Southeast Hebrew Congregation- Knesset Yehoshua, in Silver Spring, Maryland. Mr. Sadwin noted: “Our Rav has tried to raise the level of control of what and who goes into the kitchen…The seminar made me aware of all the different issues-- what’s

fully under me. I came here to get a better understanding of the hardships of different areas of kosher which give me a better idea of food service. I’ll be able to see things more clearly from seeing other fully kosher establishments.” STAR-K Kashrus Administrator Rabbi Mayer Kurcfeld led most of the sessions in both seminars—a total of eight hours. “My primary goal is to give them the reality of 35 years of experience in order to enlighten them beyond the simple kashrus basics—the challenges they will have and how to address them, the proper implementation, and how to be effective,” says Rabbi Kurcfeld. “As a mentor, it is a tremendous nachas ruach to see the fruits of my labor—knowing that I have a hand in the ripple effect of the participants’ success, not just in their careers, but in what is happening in their cities. To this day, weekly, I receive a call or an email from one or more of the past participants asking for assistance.”

going on and how to handle it, and how to establish trust with these people.” Mrs. Sadwin added, “I’m learning all kinds of things and it’s terrific. It’s run professionally. It’s a beautiful program for people who want to learn more about kashrus.” Although fellow seminar attendee Reus Chaya Hersh, of Worcester, Massachusetts, is not a mashgicha, she made the trip to Baltimore because she knew there was a position opening coming up in a university. She shared, “Whether I ever work as a mashgicha or not, I don’t care; I’m here to learn, and I must say that I’ve gone to other trainings in kashrus and this is the best training I’ve ever been to. It’s very, very good. I really appreciate the opportunity.” Shneur Friedman, who is in charge of the kashrus of Cedar Village, a nursing home in Cincinnati, Ohio, said, “I’m not under a Vaad, which is unique; it’s

Rabbi Tendler commented “It’s a tremendous amount of information to cram into three days; even that is not nearly enough. Kashrus is an ever evolving field, which is naturally a reflection of the food industry. No one can become an expert in three days, or even three years! The idea is to give Mashgichim a set of tools that can be applied in a variety of settings. Our goal is to enhance the level of kashrus in KlalYisroel and to whatever end we succeed is a tremendous source of nachas and pride for all of us at STAR-K.” As Rabbi Goldberg concluded, “We try to cover the kashrus landscape as it really is, and we encourage questions and enjoy the back and forth with the participants. It keeps us on our toes as well, so we all end up benefiting from the programs. “


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mother, “GG”, as she is fondly called, could witness this milestone, together with his maternal grandparents, Stanley and Barbara Friedman, of Timonium. A host of relatives and close family friends received the meaningful invitation designed with his great aunt Susan’s picture of the wailing wall; the same picture that was used for his mother’s bas mitzvah invitation. Not knowing how to read Hebrew

portant to him that he wanted to be bar mitzvahed.” Prior to attending Colburn, a worldclass performing arts school in L.A., Ezra studied music composition at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. In December, 2013, a composition created by Ezra was premiered by the Performance Santa Fe Orchestra. The composition, March and Fugue, was actually written for his great-grand-

We feel it’s important to foster that connection, so that Ezra can explore and realize his religious and spiritual depths. Having the bar mitzvah at Levindale not only made it possible for the matriarch of our family to attend, but it acted as an homage to her indomitable spirit.” “We are grateful to Levindale for its willingness to open its doors to an important marker in the Jewish life cycle, albeit one that is atypical for Levindale’s ordinary focus,” added Ezra‘s mother, Caren. “We’re especially grate-

to the ceremony. “It’s a really wonderful opportunity in a nursing home to have these life-cycle events.” Although other bar mitzvahs have taken place in Levindale, it was a first during Rabbi Orkin’s 14-year tenure. It was Passover time when Ezra, whose family lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, expressed a desire to have his bar mitzvah at Levindale. They called Rabbi Orkin to start the process of making it happen. It was important to Ezra and his family that his great-grand-

did not deter Ezra. The young accomplished virtuoso and composer had already studied German, Latin, and Chinese, prior to entering his first year of violin study at the Colburn Music Academy in Los Angeles, last fall. Not only did he learn Hebrew and trup (the words of the Torah that are read with their accompanying musical cantillation notes) well enough in three months to recite the Hebrew blessing over the Torah, he chanted part of his Torah portion, Eikav, straight from the Torah scroll--no easy feat for even those who have studied Hebrew their entire life. As Ezra said in his speech, his big day was even more meaningful because he was called up to the Torah wearing the tallis that his deceased maternal great-grandfather and namesake, Grandpa Walter Weikers, wore. “It shows the amazing power and beauty of passing things down from one generation to another,” shared Ezra. “In the same way, I used the yad that belonged to Uncle Saul, my great aunt Susan’s late husband, and I used the Kiddush cup that was used by Grandpa Stan on the day of his bar mitzvah, which is inscribed with both his initials and mine.” Phyllis Betman, a close family friend who returned home to Baltimore briefly in the midst of her vacation, just to attend Ezra‘s bar mitzvah, remarked, “I think it’s marvelous that considering the lifestyle Ezra has led, that it was im-

mother, and Ezra played a piano version of the piece in honor of GG’s 99th birthday. It was quite obvious, from listening to Ezra’s speech, that he inherited GG’s ‘gratitude attitude’. Ezra opened his speech with, “I can’t tell you how blessed I feel to be here right now with all of you--it truly feels G-d-given….I ran into hard times trying to write my thoughts down on paper. But sometimes, when I took a break from writing, I would look out at the sky, at the land, at nature, and I would suddenly be reminded of how awe-inspiring the world is. I could see the love that G-d lavished on the world, giving us all of the things we need in our life.” Ezra‘s just as grateful grandparents, Stanley and Barbara, recalled, “Ezra Wyatt has always been a great source of pride to us from the moment we saw him being born. He has linked many generations. Boruch Hashem for all of these blessings.” Being able to witness the bar mitzvah of her sole great-grandson was such an emotional experience for the usually loquacious, spunky former Yiddish theatre actress. All GG could manage to say, with a broad smile spread across her lips, was, “I’m just overwhelmed with joy!”

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ful to Rabbi Orkin for his kindness, patience, and enthusiasm about the idea of our son becoming a bar mitzvah in such a non-traditional setting.” “This is really a family lifecycle simcha, because Ezra’s Aunt Michelle and Uncle Pedro got married here in Levindale, three years ago on Rosh Chodesh Elul, and now GG‘s great-grandson is being bar mitzvahed” noted Levindale’s Rabbi Jeffrey Orkin, prior

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It isn’t often that a nursing home gets to play host to a family simcha, but for Ezra Shcolnik there wasn’t a more perfect place to celebrate his bar mitzvah on Thursday, August 6, than in the chapel of the facility where his centegenerian maternal great-grandmother, Doris Kahn, resides--Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital. As Ezra’s father, Richard, remarked, “Ezra has a deep connection to Judaism.

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Russian officials this week steamrolled hundreds of tons of cheese, fruit and vegetables. President Vladimir

Putin recently signed a decree ordering the trashing of all imported food – from gourmet cheeses to fruit and vegetables – that breaches a year-old embargo on Western imports imposed in retaliation to sanctions over the Ukraine crisis. Russian television showed officials dumping truckloads of round bright orange cheeses on a patch of wasteland and then driving over them with a steamroller in the Belgorod region bordering Ukraine. The cheeses arrived from Ukraine in unmarked boxes, but were most likely produced in the European Union, a reporter at the scene said. A spokeswoman for the food safety agency said that the flattened cheese, amounting to almost nine tons, would be buried. “From today, agricultural produce, raw products and foods, which come from a country that has decided to impose economic

In News sanctions on Russian legal entities or individuals ... and which are banned from import into Russia, are due to be destroyed,” the agriculture ministry said in a statement. By the end of the day, a total of 319 tons of food were destroyed, including some meats from Italy which were burned in a garbage incinerator. Last year, Moscow banned a slew of food products from the West, ranging from delicacies such as Parmesan cheese, pate and Spanish hams to staples such as apples. Food brought in for private consumption is still permitted.

It’s Time for North Korea Please make sure you read this article before your next visit to North

Korea. Everyone’s favorite dictator, Kim Jong-Un, has announced that the country will be moving its clocks 30 minutes back to create a new “Pyongyang Time,” breaking from a standard imposed by “wicked” Japanese imperialists more than a century ago. The change will put the standard time in North Korea at GMT+8:30, 30 minutes behind South Korea which, like Japan, is at GMT+9:00. North Korea said the time change, approved by its rubber-stamp parliament, would come into effect on August 15, which this year marks the 70th anniversary of the Korean peninsula’s liberation from Japan’s 1910-45 colonial rule. “The wicked Japanese imperialists committed such unpardonable crimes as depriving Korea of even its standard time while mercilessly trampling down its land,” the North’s official KCNA news agency said.

Standard time in pre-colonial Korea was GMT+8:30, but was changed to Japan standard time in 1912. KCNA said the recent parliamentary decree reflected “the unshakable faith and will of the service personnel and people on the 70th anniversary of Korea’s liberation.” South Korea had similarly changed its standard time in 1954, but reverted to Japan standard time in 1961 after Park Chung-Hee came to power in a military coup. “In the short term, there might be some inconvenience in entering and leaving Kaesong,” ministry spokesman Jeong Joon-Hee told reporters. “And in the longer term, there may be some fallout for efforts to unify standards and reduce differences between the two sides,” Jeong said. Analysts said Pyongyang’s time


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The new law is meant to encourage people to seek preventive medicine instead of constantly getting sick, according to the mayor. One measure of the new legislation requires all residents to have an annual physical to ensure their health at a new medical center that was built just one month ago for this purpose. Failure to comply with the annual checkup will result in a ten euro tax. Despite the small fine, over 100 people—or around 20 percent of the population—have rushed to make appointments at the medical center. “Our citizens’ response has been more than encouraging. It’s a result that embraces the spirit of this initiative,” the mayor said. Long live the residents of Sellia.

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If you’re living in Sellia, Italy, you better not die. The small town is home to approximately 500 people and the mayor is hoping that the ban will keep its population stagnant while encouraging healthier living. Failure to comply with the law will result in higher taxes, he warned. “We’ve put this measure into effect not as a joke, but as something

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It’s been almost a year and a half since flight MH370 disappeared into thin air. The aircraft was last seen and heard from on March 8, 2014 and investigators are still stumped as to what may have transpired on the mysterious flight in which 239 were killed. On Monday, the transport minister of Malaysia revealed that they will send a team to the Maldives to determine whether debris reportedly found there is further wreckage from flight MH370. Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said Malaysia had been “officially notified” by authorities in the Maldives of objects found there, whose origin remains unverified. “We will be dispatching a team to the Maldives to view the debris as well as conduct preliminary verification of the debris,” he said in a statement.

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truly serious,” said Mayor Davide Zicchinella. “Sellia, as many other towns in Southern Italy, is affected by depopulation.” The birth rate in Italy has been declining for the past 50 years and is now at an all-time low, with fewer babies born in 2014 than in any other year since 1861. Sellia is a scenic, medieval village that has made a name for itself in the past few years for Zicchinella’s often unorthodox measures. The town was one of the first to institute free WiFi for everyone, and in 2010 the village won a prize for recycling 73 percent of all trash it produced. Despite the free WiFi, the population of Sellia has dwindled to just 537 people, most of whom are widows over age 75. In the 1960s, though the town was never a booming metropolis, Sellia had over 1,300 residents.

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“At this stage, it is highly premature to speculate on whether this debris is in any way connected to MH370,” he cautioned. The Maldives has joined a regional search for wreckage from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight following reports that islanders in the Indian Ocean nation had spotted unidentified debris, police there said on Sunday. Apparently, police received reports of sightings of several items washing up along the northern atolls of the archipelago. Last week, Malaysia claimed an airplane wing part washed ashore on the French island of Reunion and said it belonged to the Malaysian aircraft. That would mark the first confirmed evidence that the jet, which was carrying 239 passengers and crew, met a tragic end in the Indian Ocean in March 2014. Malaysian authorities alerted nearby Madagascar and the South African coast to be on the lookout, saying it was possible debris would wash up in those locations.

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shift was aimed at shoring up the official narrative that paints North Korea as the pure, “authentic” Korea and the South as a land polluted by foreign domination. “The North has always sought to project this image of being more aggressive in wiping out traces of Japanese colonial rule,” said Yang Moo-Jin at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul. “So this falls in line with its claim to be the only legitimate Korean regime on the peninsula and its dismissal of the South as a ‘puppet regime’ still sticking to corrupt colonial practices,” Yang said.

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For the first time in 11 years, South Korea restarted propaganda broadcasts across the border with rival North Korea this week. The move came in retaliation for the North planting land mines last week that maimed two South Korean soldiers. The anti-North Korean broadcasts over loudspeakers aimed across the world’s most heavily armed border are sure to worsen already tense ties between the Koreas and infuriate the North, which is extremely sensitive to any outside criticism of the authoritarian leadership of Kim Jong Un. South Korea’s military promised unspecified “searing” consequences for the mine blasts last week in the Seoul-controlled southern part of the Demilitarized Zone that has bisected the Korean Peninsula since the end of fighting in the Korean War in 1953. South Korean officials said they may take additional punitive measures depending on how North Korea reacts. It was unclear how long the broadcasts will continue. The U.S.-led U.N. Command conducted an investigation that laid blame at North Korea for the mines. It condemned what it called violations of the armistice that ended fighting in the war, which still technically continues because the participants have never signed a peace treaty. The soldiers were on a routine patrol near a wire fence in the southern side of the border when the explosions

took place. One of the soldiers lost both legs, while the other lost one leg. In 2004, the two Koreas stopped the decades’ long practice of propaganda warfare along the border to reduce tension. The practice had included loudspeaker and radio broadcasts, billboards, and leaflets. In 2010, South Korea restarted radio broadcasts and restored 11 loudspeakers as part of punitive measures taken after a warship sinking blamed on North Korea that killed 46 South Korean sailors earlier that year. But South Korea didn’t go ahead with plans to resume loudspeaker broadcasts at the time. More than a million mines are believed to be buried inside the DMZ, and North Korean mines have occasionally washed down a river into the South, killing or injuring civilians. But North Korean soldiers crossing the border and planting mines is highly unusual. Things are expected to get worse next week when Seoul and Washington launch annual summertime military drills, which the allies say are routine but North Korea calls an invasion rehearsal.

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rified youngsters. But four years later, more than 1,000 Labor activists, including some survivors, are going back. Breivik’s shooting spree lasted an hour and 13 minutes, as he killed the up-and-coming leaders of the Labor party, Norway’s dominant political force, which he blamed for the rise of multiculturalism. Just before that, he had killed eight people with a bomb that exploded near the government headquarters in Oslo, some 25 miles away. Breivik is serving a 21-year prison sentence, which can be extended indefinitely as long as he is considered a danger to society. Despite his attempt to control the Labor Party’s growth, its membership has risen by almost 50 percent since the massacre.

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Norway Camp Opens for First Time since Massacre On July 22, 2011, right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik killed 69 people, most of them teenagers, when he opened fire on a gathering of the Norwegian Labor Party’s youth wing on Utoya island in Norway. Last weekend marked the young Labor activists’ return to Utoya for their first summer camp there since the bloodbath. Some think it is too early, even disrespectful, to organize a new summer camp on Utoya, a tiny heart-shaped island in the middle of a lake where Breivik opened fire on some 600 ter-

This past Monday was a day of heavy violence in Turkey. Two female assailants opened fire at the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul and at least six Turkish security forces were killed elsewhere. The violence comes following a government crackdown that has targeted Islamic State militants, Kurdish rebels, and far-left extremists. Turkey has seen a sharp spike in

clashes between security forces and rebels of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, in the wake of its campaign against PKK targets in Iraq in tandem with airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria. Hundreds of suspected militants have also been rounded up at home. No one was hurt in the attack on the U.S. Consulate, which came just weeks after Turkey agreed to take a more active role in the U.S.-led campaign against the Islamic State group and to allow the U.S.-led coalition to use its bases in the fight against IS. The U.S. military has announced that a detachment of six F-16 fighter jets and some 300 personnel had arrived at Turkey’s southern Incirlik Air Base. A far-left group that carried out a 2013 suicide bombing on the U.S. Embassy in Ankara claimed it was involved in this week’s attack. Both assailants fled, and one was later shot and taken into custody. The Revolutionary People’s Liberation Army-Front, or DHKP-C, identified the female terrorist as 51-year-old Hatice Asik and said she was a member of the group, which is considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. and Turkey. The other assailant was still at large. Last month, Turkey carried out a major security sweep, detaining some 1,300 people suspected of links to banned organizations, including the PKK, the DHKP-C, and the Islamic State group.

Russia Leads in First International Military Games It’s the war Olympics—and Russia is aiming for the gold. Last week, Russia opened its first International Military Games, a medley of martial  sports designed to highlight Russia’s military prowess as it competes against 16 other countries, including prominent importers of its weapons like China and India.


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the ceremony). Russia is not only ramping up its military with more advanced weapons. It’s using its public relations to increase its public profile as well. The army is opening a patriotic theme

park next year. It has a new clothing store on Tverskaya Street, Moscow’s Fifth Avenue, that sells gold iPhones and  leather jackets depicting the storming of the Reichstag in Berlin in 1945. And the army has launched its

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Lt. Gen. Ivan Buvaltsev, head of training for Russia’s military, issued a challenge for NATO countries to join the games next year, saying Russia would be waiting ”with arms wide open.” The games are just one in a series of events and celebrations in Russia to promote the military since the Russian annexation of Crimea last March and the collapse of relations with the West. President Vladimir V. Putin has championed a 22-trillion ruble ($343 billion) program to modernize Russia’s military, which he has presented to the country as a guarantor of Russia’s security from NATO. Russia’s military has been on near-constant alert this year, holding massive training drills as tensions have risen with the West over the war in Ukraine. Some of the recent advances in Russia’s military have been notable, like the expertly-trained spetsnaz units without identifying marks that seized the airport and other infrastructure in

Crimea last March. At this year’s celebration of the defeat of Nazi Germany, Russia unveiled a new battle tank with a remote-controlled turret considered one of the most advanced in the world (though one of the tanks stalled during

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None of the participants are members of NATO. Some of the featured events include the tank biathlon, a combined obstacle course and shooting range that vaguely resembles the winter sport popular in Nordic countries. In aviadarts, fighter jets and military helicopters compete to perform the most accurate aerial bombardment. Other events are self-explanatory, like “Masters of Artillery Fire.” Unsurprisingly, Russia, which invented most of the 13 events, is in first place. Putin wouldn’t have it any other way.

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The Week At the end of the Six Day War, Chief IDF Rabbi Shlomo Goren famously arrived at the Western Wall with a Torah scroll and blew the shofar. This week, 48 years later, the same scroll will leave the IDF chief of staff’s office for a historical reenactment in the Western Wall plaza.

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own television station, Zvezda, which means Star, that broadcasts patriotic programming and news reports from east Ukraine that favor pro-Russian separatists there. Private businesses have also sought to cash in on patriotism. Tourists arriving at some of Moscow’s airports are greeted by a souvenir stand with a cardboard cutout of a “polite person,” the Russian soldiers in Crimea. Vending machines carry Vladimir Putin T-shirts. Dmitry Rogozin, the hawkish deputy prime minister in charge of the defense industry, captured the zeitgeist when he dismissed Western concerns about Russia. “Tanks don’t need visas!” he said. Despite the celebration during its recent events, there have been some mishaps. A pilot was killed when a Mi-28 helicopter crashed last Sunday during the aviadarts competition. And a Kuwaiti crew flipped their tank while attempting to skid around a turn during the tank biathlon. The crew were not seriously injured.

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killed in the War of Independence. When Goren retired from his position as chief IDF rabbi, he took the scroll with him. Three months ago, it was placed at the entrance to the chief of staff’s bureau. The Torah scroll’s arrival at the Western Wall plaza will be reenacted in the presence of President Reuven Rivlin, Defense Minister Ya’alon, Chief of Staff Eisenkot, Israel’s chief rabbis, the Western Wall rabbi, bereaved families and the Shapira family. The event is being sponsored by the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces organization in the United States and Panama.

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Israelis Love to Travel

This month marked a new record for Israeli tourists. The strong shekel and weak dollar and euro means that Israelis can get a good vacation deal in the U.S. or Europe, and more Israelis than ever are doing just that. According to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics, 777,500 Israelis left the country to travel abroad – 20.9% more than the 673,000 in July 2013, the previous record month. According to projections, the July record is likely to be broken in August, with as many as 800,000 Israelis expected to holiday abroad. The vast majority of those travelers exited the country via Ben-Gurion Airport, but more were going to Sinai as well. The total number of Israelis

leaving the country via land exits to Jordan or Sinai was 49,800, 35% more than in July 2014. These numbers are all despite the ongoing attacks against tourists in Sinai by radical Islamist groups. Not only is July a record month for Israelis traveling abroad, 2015 has been a record year altogether so far. Since the beginning of the year, 3.15 million people were recorded leaving the country’s borders for travel, 11.8% more than in 2014 and 22.6% more than in 2013.

Team Israel Wins Bronze at International Chemistry Olympiad

330 kids from 75 countries gathered in Baku, Azerbaijan, at the end of July to compete at the oldest high school competition, the International Chemistry Olympiad. Three members of Team Israel walked away with bronze medals during the event. Now in its 47th year, the IChO is the granddaddy of international academic challenges for high school students, combining theoretical knowledge with practical skills. IchO is a much more difficult contest than other Olympiads like math, say organizers, because of its practical components. In this year’s contest, teams were asked to use chemicals in order to synthesize

material (specifically, monobrominated thiophene derivative) and identify unknown elements. In the final results, reviewed by top chemistry faculty of Moscow State University (Baku branch), graders said that “all mistakes that are typical of these experiments were found in the work of students.” The Israeli medal winners were Itai Zvieli, a 12th grader from Haifa; Nadav Ginnosar, an 11th grader from Modiin; and Ran Solan, a 10th grader from Rishon Lezion. The students were trained and led by Professor Zeev Gross of the Technion’s chemistry faculty as well as Dr. Izana Nigel-Ettinger and Mira Katz, also of the Technion. The students also worked closely with other Techion faculty to prepare for the event. “The content the students were tested on in the Olympiad was very advanced, and far ahead of the chemistry taught in Israeli high schools,” said Gross. “We worked very hard to achieve our goals, and I am very happy we were able to win three bronze medals.” Most of the gold and silver medals were won by students from Asian countries, with the top student hailing from Uzbekistan. “The medals are just a bonus,” added Gross. “The real benefit is the increased awareness of the importance of science in general, and of chemistry in particular. During these contests, students garner a great deal of knowledge and experience that will serve them well later in life, equipping them for key positions in academia and industry.”

Arrest Leads to Insight into Hamas’ Operations Early in July, Israeli police and Shin Bet operatives arrested Ibrahim

Adel Shehadeh Shaer, a resident of Rafah and Hamas fighter. During questioning, it was revealed that the 21-year-old had significant knowledge of Hamas’ actions in Rafah and tunnel digging. The information was cleared for the public this week on Tuesday. During the interrogation, the Shin Bet was able to confirm that a road recently built by Hamas along the border fence was intended for a surprise attack on Israel involving vehicles that would cross the border.  The terrorist also disclosed specific emergency procedures followed by Hamas and the organization’s intention of using tunnels rebuilt since last year’s Operation Protective Edge to launch attacks in Israel. In particular, Shaer was able to supply the specific locations, paths, and digging sites of tunnels in the Rafah area leading in the direction of the Kerem Shalom border crossing.  As a Hamas operative, Shaer was personally involved in a wide variety of training including combat, command, use of advanced weapons and explosives.  During Operation Protective Edge, Shaer was active in a logistics and support company that helped transport military equipment and explosives to fighters in the field. He was also directly involved in combat zones including planting anti-tank mines and observation duties.  The Shin Bet said that Shaer had been privy to the details of many of Hamas’ senior officials. During his investigation, he talked about Hamas’ relationship with Iran which he said was shipping military aid to the Gaza Strip to strengthen the organization.  Shaer said that Iran was sending money, advanced weapons and electronic equipment to the Gaza Strip including devices to disrupt radio frequencies meant to help down Israeli UAVs above the Gaza Strip. He also claimed that Iran had trained Hamas operatives in paragliding with the goal


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Opposition to Tel Aviv Beach Reenactment

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement activists in France have found something else that bothers them. The group is against this year’s version of the 13-year-old Parisian tradition to transform the beach on the banks of the River Seine to a foreign beach, because this year the area will be transformed into a Tel Aviv beach complete with Israeli music and falafel stands. The event, dubbed “Tel Aviv on Seine” and organized by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, is being put on in collaboration with Cool Israel, a company marketing Israel to French tourists. Local politician Danielle Simmonet has said that the event should be cancelled because it is planned just one year after “the massacre in the

Gaza Strip by the Israeli army.”  The pro-Palestinian group CAPJPO-EuroPalestine also called for terminating the event, while Twitter has been overflowing with similar sentiments under the hashtag #TelAvivSurSeine, which became the most popular hashtag on French social media over the weekend. Not all French politicians were in opposition to the event celebrating Tel Aviv. French lawmaker Eric Ciotti, who represents the Alpes-Maritimes region in southeastern France for the Les Républicains party, said regarding the reaction to the beach event, “Let me be very clear about this—the overtones are obviously anti-Semitic.” Ciotti also criticized Bruno Julliard, a top official in the Paris mayor’s office, who in an attempt to defend the event said that people should distinguish between “the brutal politics of the Israeli government and Tel Aviv, a progressive city.” “These attacks on Israel are unjust and undignified. Israel is a democracy; we should be supporting them,” Ciotti insisted. The umbrella organization of the Jewish institutions in France, CRIF, said in a statement, “If all the cities on the shores of the Mediterranean and the Middle East resembled Tel Aviv, the world would be a better place… Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, secular people, all enjoy the beaches of Tel Aviv together,” it pointed out.

In News make their lives miserable. With the failure of Gaza terrorists to penetrate Israel’s Iron Dome defense system with their rockets, they have resorted to “garbage terrorism,” bulking up a dump that was set up right next to the border fence. These piles of refuse are located upwind of Israeli towns, which get the full brunt of the odors carried in their direction by westerly winds. The IDF is treating the presence of the dump as a legitimate security threat, concerned that terrorists may hide in the piles of rubbish and spy on Israeli troop movements along the border fence road. Tons of Gaza waste are added to the dump on a daily basis. The trash often sits out in the open for days at a time and is turned into landfill only once every few days. Israeli health officials fear that Gaza-sourced vermin, which can easily slip through the fence, will thrive under the fetid conditions created by Gaza authorities during the hot weather.

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As election season is heating up and politicians are vying for voters and the spotlight, a key issue rocking the media has been the issue of immigration. Casting political candidates’ views aside, what do the American people really want? According to a new Gallup poll published on Monday, only 25 percent of the country prefers an increase in immigration rates—more than double the 12 percent who preferred it in a 2002 study. 34 percent of respon-

dents felt that we need to decrease immigration levels; 40 percent wish to have immigration levels remain the same. The results were part of Gallup’s Minority Rights and Relations survey conducted from June 15 to July 10, which included greater representation of black and Hispanic citizens in the sample than past years. Known as “over-sampling,” the practice involves taking a “closer look at attitudes and opinions of minority groups whose representation in the sample of a standard poll might otherwise be too small for statistical analysis,” according to the study. Different groups responded differently to the study. Hispanics generally preferred increased immigration, 36 percent; half reported as being immigrants themselves. Non-Hispanic white citizens were found to have the lowest reported support with only 21 percent agreeing with that position. African-American voters fell between the two, with 30 percent in favor of higher immigration rates. Last Thursday’s GOP debate highlighted the contentious issue among Americans. Donald Trump made sure to reiterate what he’d been saying all along: “We need to build a wall, and it has to be built quickly,” Trump said. “And I don’t mind having a big beautiful door in that wall so that people can come into this country legally.” “There should be a path for earned legal status for those who are here,” Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said. “Not amnesty — earned legal status.”  Bush’s wife Columba was born in Mexico and at the time of their wedding didn’t speak English. Part of the ceremony was conducted in Spanish. She became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1979.

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ready for war,” some in the crowd chanted. On Monday, another group of protesters blocked part of Interstate 70 in Earth City, Missouri. Some of them held yellow signs that proclaimed, “Ferguson is everywhere.” Video foot-

age of the incident showed protesters holding hands and forming a line across the highway. About 20 minutes later, troopers cleared the roadway, walking with protesters toward the shoulder and arresting some of them in a nearby parking lot.

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On Sunday night during a march, gunfire broke out, scaring everyone involved. The gunman, 18-year-old Tyrone Harris of St. Louis, is hospitalized in critical condition and in police custody. The St. Louis County Police Department said officers shot the teenager after he unleashed a “remarkable amount of gunfire” at police. Harris’ aunt, Karen Harris, claims that her nephew did not open fire at police. She insists that the teenager, a former friend of Brown, was simply attending the march and was “running for his life” just like everyone else when the gunshots were fired. This incident quickly turned the protests more violent and tense. Several objects were thrown at police and some businesses were damaged. A journalist was attacked and robbed in a parking lot. Three St. Louis County

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since the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, St. Louis County declared a state of emergency. Protests in honor of Brown quickly turned violent, forcing police to make arrests and attempt to control the crowds. “The recent acts of violence will not be tolerated in a community that has worked so tirelessly over the last year to rebuild and become stronger,” St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger announced. Overnight unrest in Ferguson created “the potential for harm to persons and property,” his statement said. The executive order puts St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar in charge of police operations in Ferguson and the surrounding areas, Stenger said. Demonstrators were still demanding change, as they were 12 months ago. Some held signs that read, “Racism still lives here #fightback.”

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There were ten people on stage and a record 24 million viewers who tuned in for Thursday night’s GOP debate. The discussion was hosted by FOX News and Facebook at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Republican presidential candidates who took to the stage included New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Carson, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY). Despite Americans’ concern over the economy, very little time was spent on the issue. Three candidates, though, John Kasich, Marco Rubio, and Jeb Bush, did touch on the subject. “Economic growth is the key,” said Kasich. “Economic growth is the key to everything. And we must reach out to people in the shadows. America is a miracle country, and we have to restore the sense that the miracle will apply to you.” Jeb Bush reiterated a 4-percent growth target and emphasized that 2-percent secular stagnation is not acceptable. He said he wants lower tax rates, fewer regulations, unleashed energy, school choice, and Obamacare repeal. And he asserted at least twice that effective immigration reform is an economic-growth driver. Marco Rubio also argued for Obamacare repeal and school choice, and mentioned limited regulatory budgeting and overturning DoddFrank. Interestingly, he was specific on taxes. He argued for a 25-percent

corporate-tax rate for small and big businesses. Governor Chris Christie also wanted to lower tax rates, but his Social Security plan would reduce benefits to older Americans. Trump seemed to dominate the debate with his rash and bold comments. Many were pleasantly surprised by John Kasich’s performance at the debate, as he gave off the impression of a solid, steady candidate. Rand Paul came in swinging, picking apart Trump and Christie for comments they made. “I know you gave him a big hug. If you want to give him a big hug again, go right ahead,” he told Christie, referring to a hug the New Jersey governor gave to President Obama after Hurricane Sandy. Following the debates, Trump was still in the lead despite the controversy surrounding his campaign and recent comments. According to a recent NBC News Online Poll conducted by SurveyMonkey, Trump is at the top of the list of GOP candidates amongst Republican primary voters. Trump had 23 percent of the vote, the highest of all presidential hopefuls. Sen. Ted Cruz was next on the list with 13 percent. The next GOP primary debate is scheduled for September 16 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

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Mine Spill Pollutes Tremendous Amounts of Water

Last week, contractors of the Environmental Protection Agency accidentally breached a dam at the Gold King Mine in Colorado and sent toxic sludge flowing into the Animas River. The contaminated water, which contains lead, arsenic and other heavy metals has spread to New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. EPA officials have been forced to concede that more than 3 million gallons of contaminants were released into the river—way more than the initial estimate of 1 million gallons. The mine continues to discharge 500 gallons per minute, EPA Region 8 administrator Shaun McGrath said. She was quick to reassure locals that the polluted water is being contained and treated near the site of the spill. According to preliminary testing data the EPA released on Sunday, arsenic levels in the Durango area of the Animas River were, at their peak, 300 times the normal level, and lead was 3,500 times the normal level. Officials said those levels have dropped significantly since the plume moved through the area. “Yes, those numbers are high and they seem scary,” admitted Deborah McKean, chief of the Region 8 Toxicology and Human Health and Risk Assessment. “But it’s not just a matter of toxicity of the chemicals, it’s a matter of exposure.” Earlier in the day, the city of Durango, Colo., and La Plata County, Colo., declared a state of emergency. The Navajo Nation Commission on Emergency Management also issued a state of emergency declaration in response to the spill. Residents of affected areas were being encouraged to draw water from private wells. Access to the Animas River is still closed throughout the county, people and their pets are warned to avoid contact with the river, fishing in the river is also not recommended.


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city in Los Angeles County, she noticed that many of its commissions were no longer active. In response, the city encouraged new applicants. The city’s residents are mostly Latino and according to the new guidelines, anyone can apply regardless of their immigration status. Last Monday, two new city commissions were appointed, both who are in the U.S. illegally. “They bring a lot to the table,” said Macias, who was elected mayor two years ago. “And it really empowers, or at least gives a voice, for those undocumented in the community.” This is a historic move; the appointments are believed to be among the first in the nation in which an immigrant without legal status in the U.S. has been appointed to serve in a government position. Ironically, these two individuals do not have the right vote or seek elected office. In accordance with the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act,

U.S. employers are prohibited from hiring anyone they know is not authorized to work in the country. However, city leaders have argued that their selected commissions are legally permitted because they both agreed to serve as volunteers without pay. Huntington Park commissioners generally receive a monthly stipend of $25 to $75. Despite the loophole, some do not approve of the selection. During the Huntington Park City Council meeting on Monday, one woman shouted to city leaders, “You are out of order!” Daniel Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which advocates for tighter immigration controls, called the appointments the “evolution of a breakdown in national immigration controls and the sanctity of American citizenship.” “Where does it end?” he asked rhetorically One appointee, Julian Zatarain,

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Some have been critical of the EPA—first in delaying their announcement of the spill and then in their efforts to clean it up. The spill has prompted threats of lawsuits from American Indian tribes and others who say the EPA must be held accountable for damage to the environment. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill also want answers from the agency, which has admitted full responsibility for the incident and has begun a mammoth cleanup effort. “It has been five days since the spill and the EPA has failed to answer important questions, including whether the polluted water poses health risks to humans or animals,” said Rep. Lamar Smith, Texas Republican and chairman of the House Science Committee. “It is concerning that the agency charged with ensuring that the nation’s waters are clean is reportedly responsible for the toxic water spill at Gold King Mine. A spill of this magnitude could be devastating for the fam-

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21, will serve on the parks and recreation commission. The college student came to the U.S. when he was 13 from the Mexican state of Sinaloa and has volunteered with the Red Cross. “We are letting people know it doesn’t matter if you are undocumented or not,” Zatarain said. “You can be an engaged resident of this city.” The other, Francisco Medina, 29, crossed the border with his brother when he was 16 and is a college graduate who will serve on the health and education commission.

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A Luxury Cruise Have 128 days and $100,000 to squander? Well, have I got a cruise for you. Recently, Regent Seven Seas announced a round-the-world getaway in 2017 that will offer vacationers a glimpse into six out of seven continents in high style. Within just hours of the announcement, over 70 percent of the ship was booked—at a mere $109,998 per couple. For those of you who are interested, we are sorry to disappoint you: the cruise is sold out, and yes, there are those who purchased the largest rooms which went for $319,998 per couple.

What can the royal cruisers expect at such a price? No, they won’t be dining on gold-plated dinnerware. But

travelers will enjoy first-class roundtrip airfare to and from Miami, shore excursions, a pre-cruise hotel room, complimentary phone time from their suite, free onboard medical care, and, of course, free wi-fi onboard the ship. They will be wined and dined for 128 days, beginning on January 5 in Miami, and will stop at 62 ports in 31 countries on six continents, including 29 UNESCO World Heritage sites. If you’re disappointed that you missed the boat on this royal excursion, there are other over-the-top ones to choose from. Consider Crystal Cruises with its own 102-day world cruise in 2016 for a mere $205,720 per person. For that price, we better make sure to visit Antarctica.

The Milk Millionaire

Attention husbands. When your wife asks you to head out to the store for milk, it’s worth it for you to listen. John Rumpel is ecstatic that he was chosen for the task. While picking up a gallon of milk for his wife, the Wisconsin man bought a lottery ticket. And that ticket turned out to be golden. In fact, Rumpel became the largest Megabucks jackpot winner in the state’s history—with a total score of $22.2 million. Rumpel took his time bringing home the dough, er milk. He only realized his win until after he sat down to watch television. “It wasn’t until after the drawing that I flipped on the news and saw that

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the winning ticket was sold in Milwaukee and I looked up and saw the convenience store on there and I went, ‘Oh man, that might be me.’” After taking home the cash option, the Rumpel are now $15.7 million richer. Now they can have their milk delivered. Mooo.

12 Yr Old Tops Einstein’s IQ Nicole Barr has raised the bar. The 12-year-old from the U.K. has received a perfect score on her Mensa IQ test—ranking two points above geniuses Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking in the society’s elite group of members. She took the test at the same time as father a few weeks ago and received her results on Thursday—an astounding 162. Her father, though, wasn’t too surprised. He said that he had a feeling that Nicole would be admitted to Mensa—despite its low acceptance rate: only those who score in the top 2 percent are accepted. “I was expecting her to do well. I knew she had a quick mind for working out problems and puzzles,” Jim said. “I didn’t want to put any pressure on her, so we went for the fun of it. I had the idea in my mind that she would get into Mensa, but when I got the results back, I thought, ‘Wow that’s a high score!’ It wasn’t until later that I learned it was the top score possible on that test.” Ann Clarkson, communications manager for British Mensa, confirmed Nicole’s score. “[A score of] 162 puts her in the top one percent of the population, so it is exceptional by any definition,” she says. Barr says he decided to sign his

daughter up for the test because he thought she’d have fun. “She’s always loved numbers and puzzles, and she’s always been excellent at math, performing several years ahead of her age group in school,” he says. “It’s just the type of thing she likes to do. She likes challenging herself.” Even during the test, Nicole didn’t seem to be working too hard. “It was split into several sections, each with a time limit, and she finished each one early,” he says. “In the last section, at the four-minute warning, I quickly glanced up to see if Nicole was feeling the pressure, and she already had put her pen down. There were questions I didn’t finish at all.” Nicole has showed an above-average aptitude for problem-solving since she was very young. “Before she was 2, she was adding numbers up and doing calculations,” her father recalls. “At 2, she could use a Nintendo DS with absolute ease — it would amaze family and friends how easily she could work anything technical.” But Nicole still enjoys other, more “mundane” activities. “She likes playing soccer, and she’s performing in a Shakespeare play coming up,” Jim says. “She does enjoy acting, and she loves singing — even if it’s just to herself.” What does the future hold for the little Einstein? Nicole would like to become a doctor and “maybe invent a new medicine.” Sounds like a smart plan.

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The Cosmetics Case

Looks can be deceiving. An Algerian man is suing his new wife for $20,000 in damages due to “psychological distress.” It seems that he managed to see her without makeup for the first time after they were married—and he could barely recognize her sans face paint. In fact, the groom told an Algerian court that his wife looked so different that he thought she was an intruder. Prior to their marriage, the wife had always worn makeup and the groom had found her “very beautiful and attractive,” said a source who was present at the trial. A similar story made the rounds in November, when a Saudi man immediately divorced his wife after the wedding ceremony upon seeing her face. Apparently, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder—but only if the person you’re looking at is wearing makeup.

A Birth-Morethan-a Day

It was almost two days and Sven Hagemeier enjoyed every hour—all 46 of them—of his birthday. The 26-year-old from Leipzig, Germany, started out his special day in Auckland, New Zealand, on August 4. He then flew to Brisbane, Australia, and then to Honolulu. Because he crossed the International Date Line, Hagemeier had plenty of time to celebrate the day of the birth.

46 hours of celebrating created a record, as he broke the previous Guinness World Record for longest birthday set in 1998 by Nargis Bhimji of Karachi, Pakistan. Her birthday lasted a mere 35 hours, 25 minutes when she flew from Karachi to Singapore to San Francisco. Despite the jubilation of creating a new world record, the birthday boy probably spent his special day chowing down on airline food, being crammed in a seat next to smelly passengers, and racing though airline terminals. Thankfully, at the end of the road he was greeted by someone with whom he could celebrate: his wife met him in Honolulu. What will he be looking forward to for his 27th birthday? Perhaps a celebration at home with family and friends, he says. That sounds like a good plane—I mean, plan.

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Simon Espinal lives in the village of Pile the hills outside of Montecristi in Ecuador. He is a maker of hats— but not just any hats. Espinal’s latest masterwork will create waves in the world of Panama hats; this hat took around eight months to complete, with nearly 1,000 hours of work.

made Alfaro rich. U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt added to the Panama connection by wearing one in a famous picture taken when he visited the Panama Canal. But it was always back in the small, lowland villages of coastal Ecuador that they were made. Mr. Espinal, we take our hat off to you!

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No Ordinary Hat

The process to make a traditional Panama hat is intricate and laborious. The iconic brimmed straw hats are created from fine strips of toquilla straw, harvested from palm trees that grow along the Ecuadorian coast. A single hat can take up to six months to complete, and the best ones are formed from around 3,000 weaves per square inch. Espinal has taken millinery to a new level. This hat was formed from an unheard-of 4,000 weaves per square inch. The strain on his eyes and mind from working so painstakingly for eight months was so great that he has vowed to never attempt such a hat again. The result appears to be the finest Panama hat ever made. “My hope is that it will go to a museum,” Brent Black, a Panama hat dealer who sells Espinal’s work, said. “This is not a hat that should be on anybody’s head. This is the very pinnacle of an old and very beautiful art.” It’s difficult to judge what such a hat might fetch at sale. Panama hats are desirable for their lightweight, smooth cream color, and beautiful weaving, and knowledgeable buyers pay handsomely for them. A previous hat by Espinal composed of 3,000 weaves per square inch sold for $25,000, and Black sells hats priced even higher. If this hat sells, its price could be as unprecedented as the hat itself. Ironically, despite its name, Panama hats aren’t from Panama. Their origins lie in Montecristi and the towns and villages surrounding it, where people have been weaving toquilla-straw hats for generations. In the 19th century, a Spanish exile named Manuel Alfaro landed in Ecuador and had the idea to sell these hats more widely. He collected the weavers and organized production, then marketed the hats in Panama to travelers passing through on their way to California for the Gold Rush. The hats were such a success, they became associated with Panama, and

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Heidi Muat, better known as Ida B. ChoAzz, helped nab a purse snatcher in Washington State. The bandit ran out of a grocery store with a woman’s purse—and then Muat sprang—or rolled—into action. “I had no idea what was going on but I thought, ‘He needs to be chased because that doesn’t look like his purse,’” the 42-year-old nurse said. “I just flung my sunglasses and everything and started running after him.” Muat, who’s on the local Spokannibals Roller Derby team, stayed close on his tail as the two weaved their way through four lanes of traffic on a busy freeway. “He looked and saw he had nowhere to go other than running, and I said, ‘I can outrun you. Give it up.’ And he just looked at me and tossed the purse,” she recalled. Thanks to Muat’s quick reflexes, police arrested the man within 24 hours of learning of the crime. “I would describe her as a hero,” Officer Teresa Fuller said. “It took a lot of courage to chase after the guy.”

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Refreshing Peach Salsa Ingredients 2 cans (28 oz.) peaches in syrup, drained, juice reserved 1 medium red onion, diced fine 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced fine 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced (include some seeds for spice)

½ bunch cilantro, chopped ¼ teaspoon chili powder (more to taste) Dash of salt Juice of 1 lime

Preparation Chop the peaches into small pieces and throw them into a bowl with all the other ingredients. Stir and add a splash of the reserved juice. Taste and add a little more salt and chili powder if you prefer. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Serve with tortilla chips.

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Juicy Peach Crisp Ingredients For the topping ¾ cup packed light brown sugar ¾ cup rolled oats (not instant) 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour ¾ tsp ground cinnamon 1/8 tsp fine salt 6 Tbsp. cold unsalted butter or margarine For the filling 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar 1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 ½ tsp cornstarch ¼ tsp vanilla extract 1/8 teaspoon fine salt 5 medium ripe but firm peaches, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices Preparation Heat the oven to 425°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Place all of the ingredients in a large bowl. With your fingertips, blend the butter or margarine pieces into the dry ingredients until large clumps form and the flour and butter are completely incorporated, about 3 minutes. Crumble the clumps into small pieces, then refrigerate while you make the filling for the pie.

For the filling: Place the brown sugar, lemon juice, cornstarch, vanilla, and salt in a large bowl and whisk to combine. Add the peaches and stir until evenly coated. Transfer the mixture to an 8-by-8-inch glass or ceramic baking dish and arrange it in an even layer. Sprinkle the reserved topping evenly over the peaches. Bake until the topping is browned and crisp, about 20 to 25 minutes. Place the dish on a wire rack to cool for at least 30 minutes before serving.


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Grilled Peaches, Pecan & Feta Salad Ingredients 2 peaches, pitted and halved 1 Tbsp. olive oil 3 cups baby arugula or other greens 1/3 cup pecan halves, toasted 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese Vinaigrette 3 Tbsp. olive oil Tbsp. balsamic vinegar Freshly ground black pepper and salt

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Preparation Begin by washing, pitting and thinly slicing the peaches before tossing them with maple syrup. Set aside. In a medium mixing bowl, lightly whip eggs, sugar and vanilla until combined. Whisk in flour until smooth. Add cottage cheese and stir to combine. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Grease the pan with butter and spoon a few tablespoons of pancake batter onto the pan. Cook until the batter begins to firm up before flipping to cook the other side. Once pancakes are cooked, layer with peaches and top with whipped cream.

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Ingredients 2 fresh peaches ¼ cup pure maple syrup Sweetened whipped cream 4 eggs ½ cup flour ½ cup cottage cheese ½ tsp vanilla extract 1 Tbsp. sugar Butter for cooking

Preparation Brush all sides of the peaches lightly with 1 Tbsp. (or less) of olive oil. Grill the peaches over medium heat in a grill pan until they brown lightly and begin to soften slightly, 4 to 6 minutes on each side. (Remember, this is a milchig salad, so make sure you use a milchig or pareve grill pan.) Transfer the grilled peaches to a platter and let them cool slightly. When cool enough to touch, cut each half into 1/2-inch-thick wedges. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar and olive oil, along with a pinch of salt and fresh pepper to taste. Then add the arugula to a large bowl, and toss it with the vinaigrette. Once the arugula is evenly coated, divide the greens among 4 salad plates. Top each salad with a sprinkling of cheese and pecans, then arrange 4 or 5 grilled peach wedges atop the greens. Serve immediately.

Ingredients 4 cups water 2 cups coarsely chopped peaches ¾ cup sugar 1 cup fresh lemon juice (about 6 lemons)

4 cups ice 1 peach, pitted and cut into 8 wedges for garnish

Preparation Combine the first 3 ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 3 minutes. Place peach mixture in a blender; let stand for 20 minutes. Remove centerpiece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid. Blend until smooth. Pour into a large bowl. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Press peach mixture through a sieve over a bowl, reserving liquid; discard solids. Stir in lemon juice. Place ½ cup ice in each of 8 glasses. Pour about 2/3 cup lemonade into each glass; garnish each glass with 1 peach wedge.

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John, Bob, and Steve all played golf recently. One played at Augusta, one played Pine Valley, and one played at Pebble Beach. If only one of the following four statements is true, who played where? 1. Steve played at Augusta. 2. Steve did not play at Pine Valley. 3. John did not play at Pine Valley. 4. John did not play at Pebble Beach. See answer below

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Yankel comes home after his regular Sunday golf game and his wife asks why he doesn’t play with Moishe Goldman anymore. Yankel asks, “Would you want to play with a guy who regularly cheats, makes a fuss over everything, lies about his score, and has nothing good to say about anyone else on the course?” “Of course I wouldn’t,” replies his wife. “Well,” says Yankel, “neither does Moishe Goldman.”

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L The game of golf is 90% mental, and the other 10% is mental. L If you want to get better at golf, go back and take it up at a much earlier age. L Golfers who claim they don’t cheat, also lie. L The less skilled the player, the more likely he is to share his ideas about the golf swing. L A golf match is a test of your skill against your opponent’s luck. L Counting on your opponent to inform you when he breaks a rule is like expecting him to make fun of his own haircut. L The shortest distance between any two points on a golf course is a straight line that passes directly through the center of a very large tree. L There are two kinds of bounces: unfair bounces and bounces that are just the way you meant to play it. L Your first hole-in-one is always achieved when playing alone.

L Your natural ability as a golfer is in inverse proportion to the amount of money you spend on new equipment. L If your opponent has trouble remembering whether he shot a six or a seven, he probably shot an eight. L For most golfers, the greatest handicap is the ability to add correctly. L A good golf partner is one who’s always slightly worse than you. L If there’s a storm rolling in, you’ll be having the game of your life. L It is twice as difficult to hit a ball over water than sand. L Your favorite golf sweater is the one that gets shrunk in the wash. L Your greatest round takes place against an important business contact who you can’t afford to humiliate.


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golf Trivia 1. What is the maximum number of clubs you are allowed to carry in your bag during a PGA governed competition? a. 9 b. 12 c. 14 d. 20

a. Three strokes under par

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3. What do you say when you hit a golf ball and you want to warn someone who might get hit by it? a. Mulligan! b. Head’s up! c. Fore! d. Four! 4. Which state has the most golf courses per square mile? a. Florida b. Rhode Island c. Maryland d. California

Answers: 1. C 2. 1-b, 2-d,3-a,4-c 3. C 4. B 5. A 6. Jack Nicklaus (18); Tiger Woods (14); Walter Hagen (11); Ben Hogan (9); Phil Mickelson (5) Scorecard: 5-6 correct: We got a scratch golfer! 3-4 correct: Want to take a mulligan? 0-2 correct: Fore! Watch out…we have a real brain surgeon here!

6. List the following players in order of amount of golf Majors that they have won: a. Phil Mickelson b. Walter Hagen c. Jack Nicklaus d. Ben Hogan e. Tiger Woods

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ANSWER TO RIDDLE: The third statement is the only one that can be true and satisfy the conditions of the puzzle. Therefore, Steve played at Pine Valley, John played at Pebble Beach, and Bob played at Augusta.


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More than Meats the Eye

The Pros and Cons of a Vegetarian Diet

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he term “vegetarian” generally means a person who does not consume animal products; this includes land and sea animals. Most vegetarians do consume egg and dairy products. Someone who does not consume any animal protein at all, not even eggs, dairy, or honey, is a vegan. Some people call themselves vegetarians but they consume fish. Over the last few decades, several studies have indicated that there are substantial benefits to adopting a vegetarian diet. • Lower Body Weight: One study carried out by the Cancer Research UK found that those people who ate meat gained more weight over a five year period than those who switched over to vegetarianism. The study also found that vegans, those who only consume plantbased foods and exclude dairy, eggs, or honey, put on even less weight as they get older compared to vegetarians and meat eaters. • Better Cholesterol Levels: Scientists at the University of Toronto and St. Michael’s Hospital demonstrated that a vegetarian diet made up of specific plant foods can lower cholesterol as effectively as a drug treatment. Animal products are the main source of saturated fat and the only source of cholesterol in the diet. • Lower Blood Pressure: In the early 1900’s, nutritionists noted that people who ate no meat had lower blood pressure. They also discovered that vegetarian diets could, within two weeks, significantly reduce a person’s blood pressure, regardless of the sodium levels in the vegetarian diets. Plant products are generally lower in fat and sodium, and fruits and vegetables are also rich in potassium, which helps lower blood pressure. • Preventing Cancer: Large studies have shown that vegetarians are about 40% less likely to develop cancer compared to meat-eaters. Breast cancer rates are dramatically lower in nations, such as China,

that follow plant-based diets. Harvard studies that included tens of thousands of women and men have shown that regular meat consumption increases colon

with mainly vegetable diets and without dairy product consumption, osteoporosis is less common than in the U.S., even when the calcium intake is less than in the U.S.

cancer risk by about 300 percent! Daily meat consumption also triples the risk of prostate enlargement. In addition, blood analysis of vegetarians reveals a higher level of “natural killer cells,” specialized white cells that attack cancer cells. • Preventing and Reversing Diabetes: Non-insulin dependent diabetes can be better controlled and sometimes even eliminated through a low fat vegetarian diet. A diet low in fat and high in fiber allows insulin to work more effectively. The diabetic person can more easily regulate glucose levels. • Gallstones, Kidney Stones, and Osteoporosis: Vegetarian diets have been shown to reduce one’s chances of forming kidney stones and gallstones. Diets that are high in protein, especially animal protein, tend to cause the body to excrete more calcium, oxalate, and uric acid. These three substances are the main components of urinary tract stones. Vegetarians are at a lower risk for osteoporosis. Since animal products force calcium out of the body, eating meat can promote bone loss. In nations

The Cons: • Nutrient Deficiencies: Vegans must find an alternative source of B12. Vitamin B12 is found solely in animal products like meat, fish, dairy, and eggs. Vegans may also be deficient in omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential to the normal functioning of the body and brain. Vitamin D is also a problem, since vegans don’t consume vitamin D fortified dairy products. Strict vegans are typically advised by

their doctors to take supplements. Strict veganism can also lead to not getting enough complete protein. A complete protein includes all of the 10 essential amino acids that the body cannot make on its own. Very few single plant-based foods—soy and quinoa are two examples— provide all the essential amino acids. There are many health benefits to eating vegetarian, but meat-free does not always mean healthy. Even if you are vegan, you could theoretically live on Oreos, French fries, and potato chips! You could be a vegetarian and eat baked potatoes loaded with butter, sour cream, and cheese. Sugar, the biggest poison in our diets, is vegan. The best advice is to strike a balance. Eat mostly plant-based foods with a few exceptions. Fish is another healthy food that contains so many nutrients and omega 3 fatty acids that it would be a shame to omit it from one’s diet. Whatever diet you choose, discuss it with your doctor first, and remember that moderation is the key to a healthy life. Aliza Beer is a registered dietician with a master’s degree in nutrition. She has a private practice in Cedarhurst, NY. Patients’ success has been featured on the Dr. Oz show. Aliza can be reached at alizabeer@ gmail.com.

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It Could Have Happened To You Rabbi Eli Scheller

mikvah contains 40 measures of water, an embryo is formed in the first 40 days of pregnancy. These 40 days from Elul to Yom Kippur are a time when you can find that that patch in the box and use it to seal the holes. Of course one is able to do Teshuva at any time during the year. I like to compare Teshuva during the rest of the year to calling customer service for help. It’s a strenuous process. There is that first half an hour on hold. You then learn you’ve called the wrong department. You next hear a strong Indian accent which is hard to interpret. At the end of the day you’ve corrected the mistake, but the effort was gargantuan. During Elul, on the other hand, the repair is right there in the box-as the possuk states “Dirshu Hashem Bihimatzo...” It is during these 40 days

where you can bolster the areas in which you struggle and thus become a greater person. Rabbi Eli Scheller is the author of the popular series ‘A Minute Vort’ on the parsha. He produces inspirational videos which are featured on major Jewish websites. Rabbi Eli is a sought out lecturer and motivational speaker who captivates audiences of all kinds. Currently he resides in Baltimore with his wife and their four children, where he teaches and inspires Jews through his program, J-Bal, a division of Etz Chaim. schellereli@gmail.com

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I noticed on the front in big words, “Repair Kit Included”. Despair turned to joy! I opened the box and there it was-a big patch. I cut it to size and patched the hole. The pool was as good as new! I re-inflated it, filled it with water, and the kids jumped right in. Boredom was held at bay for another afternoon. I was impressed that the pool actually came along with a repair kit. The manufacture understood, based on the nature of the vinyl material, and the typical backyard setup where the pool would be used, holes were a likely development. This got me thinking about other products I’ve bought where the manufacturer wasn’t so considerate. For example, your standard grape juice bottle doesn’t come along with a stain remover. A fine potato peeler doesn’t come with a box of bandages. Socks don’t come in sets of three. Whoever sold this pool knew it was meant to get punctured. If the consumer uses this pool as the manufacture envisioned holes are destined to happen, thus the repair kit is there to ensure longevity. This pool struck me as a metaphor for people. God created humans, who, because of their makeup and their environment, develop in normal daily use, punctures and holes. Our weakness in certain areas distance us from God which prevents us from inflating ourselves spiritually to full capacity. God, therefore included a repair kit. The Talmud in Nedarim states that God created seven things before the world was created in order for the world to fulfill its purpose. One of these is Teshuva, the ability to repent. In other words, when God created man He knew man would fall. Teshuva is the tool to patch our holes and allow ourselves to be re-inflated. The manufacture of the pool placed the repair kit in the box, but where did God place His repair kit? My favorite billboard in Israel was sponsored by Elite coffee and it read, “Wake up, Its Elul!” From the beginning of Elul until Yom Kippur there are 40 days. The number forty in Judaism represents renewal and purification. The rain of Noach’s time lasted for 40 days, a

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There are several things that children might say that strike fear in the hearts of their parents. On this particular hot and sunny day, our five and three year olds said one particularly frightening phrase in unison. “Totty, we’re bored!” Suddenly, their problem became my problem. If I now chose to leave them to their own devices there would be no telling what would break, or become damaged, or lost. I knew I had to think quickly before the kids became too antsy. We had already covered every idea in my sister-in-law’s book “Mommy I’m Bored”. The toys I purchased earlier that week had turned into throwing toys and there are only so many different shapes and ideas one can make from Clics. After a hurried huddle with my wife we decided on a water activity. We did not have our own pool but the local Target was not too far away. We told the kids this idea and they bought it. Their mood instantly shifted in the positive direction. We threw them in the car and eagerly headed towards the comforting aisles of the superstore, anticipating an afternoon of wet fun. We finally found the perfect pool and an electric pump to go with it. We got back home and breathed a sigh of relief as the kids changed into their bathing suits. They watched as we inflated the various sections, which included a slide, a basketball hoop and a swimming (splashing) area. The kids could not contain their excitement and my wife and I were proud of ourselves for coming up with this brilliant solution. The pool was finally fully inflated. All we needed was to add the water and the fun would begin. This presented a slight problem because the water hose was not long enough to reach the pool. No problem, I thought, simply drag the pool over a couple of feet. As I did that the pool sideswiped a rose bush and a little thorn protruding from the bush punctured the pool. The air sssss’d out and the kids’ smiles turned to frowns as they watched the pool flatten. The look on their faces must have mirrored mine. All this time and effort - what a let down. As I was considering my options I checked the packaging and

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Saving water is particularly important during the summer, when the days are hot and the rainfall is sporadic. It’s even more so this year as much of the country faces an unrelenting drought. If you want to cut your water bills or just do your part to conserve a precious resource, here are a few smart tips to reduce water usage around the house. Use the Dishwasher Odd as it may seem, studies have shown that in households with two or more people, a dishwasher uses less water than washing dishes by hand. To get the most significant savings, scrape your dishes clean, don’t prerinse them, and run the dishwasher only when it’s completely full. Showers, Not Baths The average bath uses between 30 and 50 gallons of water. And that’s if you only fill the tub once—most bathers add more hot water as the bath water cools. An old shower uses about 20 gallons of water, but installing a modern low-flow showerhead can reduce water consumption to just 10 gallons per shower—assuming you don’t stay in there all day. Tame the Toilet Toilet flushing accounts for more water usage than any other activity in the home. That’s why it’s so import-

ant to replace old toilets, which use between 5 and 7 gallons of water per flush, with an efficient modern toilet that uses only 1.6 gallons. Leaky toilet tanks are also huge water wasters; a faulty flush mechanism in the tank allows water to slowly and silently leak into the bowl. To detect a toilet-tank leak, remove the tank cover and add a few drops of food coloring to the water. Wait 30 minutes, then check the water in the toilet bowl. If it has turned the hue of your food coloring, then the tank is leaking. Repair or replace the flush mechanism. Don’t use the toilet as a trash can. Dispose of facial tissues, diaper wipes, cotton swabs, and bandages in a trash can; never flush them down the toilet. Besides clogging your pipes, you’re also wasting water. Fix Faulty Faucets Sooner or later you’ll probably find at least one dripping faucet in your home. A little drip may not seem like a big deal, but a faucet leaking one drop per second wastes about 2700 gallons of water per year! If you don’t repair the leak promptly, it’ll worsen over time and waste even more water (leaks never heal themselves). You can easily stop leaky faucets without calling a plumber. Do-it-yourself faucet-repair kits are sold at most

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al to make sure you buy the right replacement parts. Insulate Hot-Water Pipes Pipe insulation might not jump to mind as a way to save water, but it should. Just think about all the water that’s wasted while you stand there waiting for the water in from your sink or shower to get hot. If you wrap every hot-water supply pipe in your home with thick foam-rubber insulation, the water inside the pipe will stay hot longer, reducing the amount of time it takes for hot water to reach the faucet. As a bonus, you’ll also save on energy because it won’t take as much to heat your water. Smart Laundry Today’s super-efficient washing machines use much less energy and water than models built just 10 years ago, but you can reduce water consumption even further.First, wash only full loads of laundry. If you must wash a partial load, adjust the water level to match the load. Avoid the permanent-press setting, which uses additional water during the final rinse cycle. Replace rubber water-supply hoses with braided stainless-steel hoses, which are much more durable and less likely to crack and burst open. And when leaving home for vacation or extended periods of time, shut the hot- and cold-water valves, just in case a hose ruptures. Kitchen Conservation Don’t thaw frozen food under warm running water. Instead, thaw them on the counter or, especially in

the case of meats, in the refrigerator. Rather than boiling vegetables in a pot, steam them in a microwave oven, which requires very little water. Wash fruits and vegetables in a bowl of water rather than under a running faucet. You’ll save more than 3 quarts of water each time. Even if you don’t use a Brita or some other kind of water-purification pitcher, keep a pitcher of drinking water in the fridge. You’ll save more than half the amount of water versus running the faucet until the water turns cold. Lawn and Garden Spread a thick layer of bark mulch around flower beds, trees, shrubs, and gardens. Mulch not only blocks out weeds, but it helps retain moisture so you won’t need to water as often. When using lawn sprinklers, ensure they’re not spraying the house, street, driveway, sidewalk, or patio. And if you’ve got an automatic sprinkler system, install a rain sensor that will shut down the system during a rainstorm. Water early in the morning or late in the day, when temperatures are cooler and less of the water will evaporate before it can soak in. (Read more smart watering tips here.) Never use a garden hose to rinse leaves and grass clippings off driveways, sidewalks, and patios. Use a wide push broom, rake, or leaf blower. Are you looking for a tenant for your vacancy? VacancyFillers.com can help! VacancyFillers.com uses their professional and simple systems, to quickly find quality tenants for landlords. Founded by Ben Schwartz in January of 2014 in response to the needs of landlords who lack the proper time and resources to find tenants by themselves, VacancyFillers.com has already assisted in the signing many leases for landlords just like yourself! For more information, please visit: www.vacancyfillers.com


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volved with? Former president of Cheswolde Neighborhood Association, Hebrew free loan, Hertzberg’s and currently the VP of Shomrim.

on your business vs volunteer work? It’s impossible to measure, since they are both so intertwined. Work and volunteering are both equally as important to me. Describe yourself in under 10 words: Dedicated, passionate, caring, ambitious, loyal and always moving forward.

How many people have you employed over the years? 1,100+

Of the 10,000+ calls Shomrim has taken; what are you most proud of about shomrim? The ability to respond so quickly to any type of emergency 24/7. What is so rewarding is being able to assist the community and demonstrating that someone is looking out for them. I trust that we give the community a sense of well-being and a place for them to turn when in need.

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Hard work, surrounding myself with helpful family, friends and good people and of course the One Above.

In the last 10 years we’ve raised the price of a pie by $.50. We work really hard to keep costs down to accommodate the community, despite the fact that labor and material costs keep rising. We hope to make up the difference in volume. Do more people know you as Ronnie, Mr. Rosenbluth or the Pizza Man? People under 30 know me as the pizza man; over 30 know me as Ronnie. Mr. Rosenbluth was my grandfather.

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How did you get into the business? I decided in 11th grade, while in Ner Israel, that I wanted to start a pizza store, so a lot of blood, sweat, tears and loans got me going. I did a lot of experimenting with the formula for pizza, until I was satisfied that I was providing the best tasting pizza possible with the highest quality ingredients. Who did you borrow money from? Friends and family, with the final amount coming from the Hebrew Free Loan. I was determined to pay them back ASAP. I was so appreciative to Hebrew Free Loan, that I got involved with them to help others in need. 20 years later I became its president. When was the last time you raised the price of pizza?

What was your first job? I worked in the computer department of Strauss and Company. (Jeff Cohn’s father’s company) to?

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Do you have any business plans for the future? Restaurant consulting, so I can help others succeed. What is the best career advice you can give to someone just starting off in the restaurant business? Be prepared to work hard, live and breathe the business. Own the business don’t let the business own you. It is very important that you don’t get so focused on the day to day operation, that you lose sight of your objectives and business plan. Always keep an eye on the numbers.

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A Parsha Thought Re’eh: The Power of the Day Rabbi Shmuel Silber

Re’eh Anochi Noseyn Lifneychem HaYom Beracha U’Klalah, Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse (Devorim 11:26). Moshe informs the people of the incredible event that will soon unfold. The entire people will stand by the mountains of Grizim and Eval and affirm their commitment to God and the Torah through the acceptance of a series of blessings and curses. It is this covenantal event that will pave their way for entry into the Land of Israel. But why did Moshe use the word, HaYom, today? Moshe could have simply said, “Behold, I set before you a blessing and a curse.” Furthermore, the blessings and curses are not stated in this week’s Parsha. What lesson was Moshe trying to convey with the inclusion of the word Ha’Yom? This Shabbos, we will celebrate Rosh Chodesh Elul, the arrival of the Hebrew month of Elul; a month designated for introspection, self-evaluation and contemplation. It is during the month of Elul that we begin to prepare ourselves for the upcoming Yimei HaDin (Days of Judgment) of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. It is during this month that we are reminded of the promises and commitments we made to ourselves and to God almost a year ago. Some of these promises have been fulfilled and others still remain outstanding. We each have so much to do, so much to accomplish before the year ends. But is there something specific we should work on? What should we focus on during this special month of preparation? To gain some insight into this question we must look back at last week’s Parsha. In Parshas Eiykev Moshe said, “And now, O Israel, what does the Lord, your God, demand of you? Only to fear the Lord, your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, and to worship the Lord, your God, with all your heart and with all your soul, to keep the commandments

of the Lord and His statutes, which I command you this day, for your good (Devorim 10:12-13).” Essentially, Moshe says to the people – you have the deal of the century! Look at all that God does for you - and all He asks in return is that you love, obey, follow and walk in His ways. Moshe is describing the totality of our spiritual responsibilities and makes it sound like an easy task. The Talmud (Berachos 33b) explains, “V’chi Yirah Milsa Zutrasa Hi? In L’Gabey Moshe Milsa Zutrasa Hi, Is reverence of God a small matter? Yes, for Moshe is was a small matter.” How are we to understand this enigmatic statement? It is very nice that for Moshe love, reverence and obedience to God are “small matters” but for us they are not. Furthermore, Moshe is not talking to himself – he is talking to the people, the same people he has led for the last 40 years. Moshe knows and understands our struggles and difficulties; he knows that maintaining a relationship with God is an ongoing challenge for us – so why make it seem so simple, when it’s not? To appreciate the words of Moshe, we must examine one additional verse. Moshe says to the Jewish people, “V’Atem Ha’Diveykim Ba’Hashem Elokeychem Chaim Kulchem Ha’Yom, <13o simple?for us they are not? and n your years, but rather, in how you live your days. reques by showing that we can make But you who cleave to the Lord your God are alive, all of you, this day (Devorim 4:4).” The Chasam Sofer (Rav Moshe Sofer, 1762-1839) comments that at first glance the last word in the verse, Ha’Yom, today appears extraneous. Moshe could have conveyed the same message without this word – why was it included? Rav Sofer explains that we each live with expectations. There are things that God expects of us, there

are expectations that others have of us and there are the expectations we have of ourselves. Often we feel overwhelmed by all the expectations placed on our shoulders. How will I ever become the kind of person whom God and others will be proud of? How do I become the kind of person whom I will be happy to see in the mirror? Will I ever measure up? To these questions, the Chasam Sofer gives a simple answer - live life one day at a time. This was the message Moshe was conveying to the Children of Israel. V’Atem Ha’Diveykim Ba’Hashem Elokeychem, you, the Children of Israel who are attempting to cling to God and live up to the expectations He has of you – how can you accomplish this? Chaim Kulchem – put the entirety of your life force, abilities and talents, Ha’Yom – into living today. The way to lead a successful and meaningful life is by maximizing each and every day. Put your entire Chaim, your abilities and strengths into maximizing Ha’Yom, today. Now we can understand the enigmatic passage of the Talmud mentioned above. Moshe didn’t wake up one morning and decide that he was going to be the greatest prophet the Jewish people would ever have. He didn’t decide that he was going to be the transmitter of Torah and mouthpiece of God. Moshe lived with a simple directive – maximize the day. And when you maximize your days, they combine to form meaningful weeks, which combine to form holy months, which combine to form fulfilling years. In L’Gabey Moshe Milsa Zutrasa Hi – do you know how Moshe became Moshe? Milsa Zutrasa, he took small steps, he maximized each day. Moshe was telling his flock, “It is true, God asks a lot from us but He is not looking for long-term guarantees about what we will or won’t do – He is looking

for the Milsa Zutrasa, the small thing, the one day, He is looking for Chaim Kulchem Ha’Yom, for each of us to put our energies into maximizing the day.” And it is this very lesson that Moshe reinforces in the beginning of this week’s Parsha. Re’eh Anochi Noseyn Lifneychem - HaYom - see I have given before you; God has placed before you the blessing of HaYom, today. You have a choice to make - will it be Beracha, blessing or Klalah, curse? Will you use your Ha’Yom, your today to grow, to help others, to become a better person? Or will you use your day for negative purposes which will produce Klalah for yourself and those around you. This is the decision we must each make every single day. This is one of the most important messages for the month of Elul. For many of us there were things we wanted to do and accomplish this past year but didn’t. There were goals and milestones we wanted to reach but for some reason or another we just never managed to make it happen. This is the month to maximize our days. This is the month to remind ourselves that if used correctly one day of life can be restorative, rejuvenating, cathartic and transformative. This is the month in which we prepare to ask God for another year of life and bolster that request by showing that we can make the most of every day. We must commit ourselves to maximizing each and every day of this last month of our year. By creating beracha from each day we will quickly realize that we have the ability to meet our goals, cross our finish lines and become the kind of people we know we can be. This is the month in which we instill within ourselves the important message that true life-greatness lies not in how you live your years, but rather, in how you live your days.


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Dealing with ADHD Our nine-year-old son has always been a somewhat difficult child. He is incredibly impulsive and is constantly getting into trouble. He is careless with his schoolwork and so his grades aren’t very good. Teachers are always commenting about his potential and how much better he can do if he just paid more attention. My husband and I feel like we are always reprimanding him and giving him consequences. At the insistence of our son’s school we had him evaluated. He was diagnosed with ADHD. Should we be treating him differently than his peers? How can we address his challenges and not destroy his self-esteem? Also, our son’s psychiatrist feels he would benefit from medication but I have heard that there are many potential side effects. We simply aren’t sure what’s best for him. Rabbi Staum Responds: As a rule, it is generally helpful to have an actual diagnosis for ADHD because when you understand an issue you can better equip yourself to deal with it. The fact that you now know that your son has ADHD is definitely beneficial. The more you learn about ADHD, the more you will be able to know what to expect from him and how to best help him help himself. Many children diagnosed with ADHD don’t really understand the nature and challenges of their own disorder. Often they only know that they take medicine because they cannot control themselves. But that is a sad mistake. There was a student in one of the schools I worked in who went to the secretary each morning just before classes began to take medicine for ADHD. One day after she handed him his pill he asked her, “Do you know what ADHD is?” The more the child himself understands his disorder the more he will be better equipped to deal with it. ADHD is a mislabeled disorder. Dr. Ed Hallowell, who himself has ADHD, notes that people who suffer from ADHD don’t actually have an attention deficit disorder but rather an attention surplus disorder. There are numerous things happening all around us at all times. Most peo-

ple can focus on one thing and basically block out the other things happening around them, even though they sense them in their periphery. Someone with ADHD, however, has a very hard time

out even realizing what they did. In the words of one educator: “The motto of ADHD kids is ‘Ready? Fire! Aim!’” Case in point: I had an ADHD student who every Wednesday morning

Dr. Hallowell quips that having ADHD is like having a Lexus engine with Chevy brakes. filtering out what’s happening around them. So while listening to his teacher lecture, the ADHD child is also noticing a fly next to his desk and listening to workers doing construction outside. Then, when his teacher mentions an airplane in passing, in his mind he is al-

right in the middle of class would suddenly scream out “It’s Wednesday! Pizza for lunch; yesssss!” It was extremely disruptive especially because the class would often burst into laughter. That is just one of many examples. As a parent or educator it is import-

ready on the plane heading on a mental vacation. The attention challenges are a mere facet of the disorder. In fact, many experts now refer to the disorder as Executive Functioning Disorder, because that seems to better describe the disorder. Dr. Hallowell quips that having ADHD is like having a Lexus engine with Chevy brakes. He adds that it is the role of the child’s parents and educators to strengthen the child’s brakes. People with ADHD have terrible organizational skills. Despite the fact that children with ADHD may be very intelligent, they often do poorly in school, especially in math and writing, because they have such a hard time paying attention to detail. Furthermore, many ADHD children are constantly sent out of class because they blurt out very disturbing comments or act in disturbing manners, often with-

ant to realize this point because many things that a child with ADHD will say can be taken as chutzpah, when it’s more a result of their impulsivity. That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be held accountable, but there is undoubtedly a difference between how one deals with chutzpah and how one deals with impulsivity. Parents of ADHD children are often unsure of whether to medicate their child, as you are. It is a question that needs to be dealt with on an individual basis with all things considered. It should be noted, however, that just as there often are side effects that result from taking ADHD medications, when a child feels he is out of control and is constantly being sent out of class and has a sense that he is unwanted in class or at home, that has very severe side effects as well. Dr. Susan Schulman notes that for

an ADHD child whose brain is not quite suited for a mainstream classroom, there are two main possibilities to educate the child: Either tailor the educational environment to be ideal for the child or tailor the child’s mind to be able to be fit into the existing educational environment. The first approach is not very cost effective or feasible for most. The second approach entails using medication to help slow down the neurons that are firing too quickly in the child’s brain so that he has the ability to think twice and not be so impulsive before he acts. It must also be noted that medication is not a panacea. Some children respond better to certain medications and certain doses than others. There are also a small minority of students who aren’t helped by medication at all. Medication must always be taken under the direction and guidance of a doctor. In addition, if a child with ADHD begins taking medication and it is effective, that is the ideal time to initiate sessions with a therapist who can help him understand what ADHD is, how the medicine can help him help himself, and other strategies and ideas that can help him deal with his challenges. We will present some practical ideas for handling the ADHD child in part II.

KEY POINTS: • ADHD is essentially an Executive Functioning Disorder and we need to help the child understand what that means • We must be sensitive to the challenges of ADHD • We must help the ADHD child with limits and boundaries

Rabbi Dani Staum, LMSW, is the Rabbi of Kehillat New Hempstead. He is also fifth grade rebbe and guidance counselor in ASHAR in Monsey, Principal of Mesivta Ohr Naftoli of New Windsor, NY, and a division head at Camp Dora Golding. Rabbi Staum offers parenting classes based on the acclaimed Love & Logic Program. He can be reached at stamtorah@gmail.com. His website is www.stamtorah.info.

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Particularly unique about Tel Mond is the strong harmonious relationships between the secular and religious communities.

Two thousand housing units are being built, half of which are semi-detached houses which are selling for around 3,000,000 NIS. The other half being developed are either large garden units or roof-top apartments, with prices starting at 2,300,000 NIS. Tel Mond has historically been a secular city, although there have always been pockets of religious residents. Over the past fifteen years, a young, dynamic group of families comprised of many English speakers moved into Tel Mond, and they created a synagogue called Kehillat Mevaser Zion, which serves as a religious and social center for the English-speaking religious community. The synagogue offers a rich assortment of Hebrew and English classes, most of them presented by Rabbi Baruch Weintraub, a native Israeli who learned in Yeshivat Har Etzion under Rav Aharon Lichtenstein z”l, and then taught in Toronto’s Torah Mitzion/YU Kollel. The strong dati leumi (national religious) community continues to grow and now comprises 20% of the population. Particularly unique about Tel Mond is the strong harmonious relationships between the secular and religious communities, not only amongst the adults but also amongst the youth. For example, the two neighborhood youth movements – the religious Bnei Akiva movement and the secular Tzofim scouts – have close relationships and often jointly run community activities. In addition, all the neighborhood shops are closed on Shabbat. Tel Mond has also distinguished itself from an educational perspective. The local religious elementary school, Ohr Torah Tel Mond, is recognized as

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magine you want to live in the center of Israel, within a short commute to business hubs such as Tel Aviv and Herzliya. In your perfect “dream house” scenario, you would like to have a nucleus of English speakers in an intimate, thriving and growing suburban community which offers relatively inexpensive housing and excellent schools. Sounds impossible? Think again. Tel Mond is located in the heart of the Sharon region, less than ten miles north of Ra’anana, twelve miles from Herzliya and within twenty miles of Tel Aviv. This central location, in close proximity to many high-tech parks, affords Tel Mond’s residents myriad job opportunities, shopping choices and even beach options close to home. Though only a few short miles from major shopping centers, Tel Mond is a self-contained community, boasting a wide variety of stores and restaurants, as well as a public library, sports center and medical clinics.

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Tel Mond’s residents utilize a train station in neighboring Bet Yehoshua, which offers service to Tel Aviv (20 minutes) and Haifa (50 minutes). In addition, Tel Mond is situated just off a number of major highways and is very close to the Bnei Dror intersection, which is a major transportation hub.

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the top school in the entire Sharon region. In addition, there are a handful of religious preschool programs in the city. These excellent educational facilities have helped draw young families to the community. I look forward to watching Tel Mond expand and seeing its flourishing religious community play a larger role in shaping this exceptional city’s future. Gedaliah Borvick is the founder of My Israel Home (www.myisraelhome.com), a real estate agency focused on helping people from abroad buy and sell homes in Israel. To sign up for his monthly market updates, contact him at gborvick@gmail.com.

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How Martin Greenfield Went from the Ruins of the Holocaust to Suiting World Leaders BY NACHUM SOROKA ne night in late 1991, after all the staff had already left for home at Martin Greenfield’s East Williamsburg, three-story, custom suit factory, the phone rang in Martin’s office. The caller on the other end identified himself to Martin’s son, Jay, as General Colin Powell, the recently returned, four-star hero of the Gulf War. Jay recalls, “I’m thinking, yeah right. This is some kind of prank. After all, this is after the U.S. victory, and everyone’s talking about Colin Powell. So my dad asks me who it is and when I tell him that this guy says he’s Colin Powell, he’s like, ‘Sure, that makes sense, hand me the phone!’” There are many things about Martin Greenfield that would surprise anyone, yet are considered just natural, everyday occurrences to the worldfamous octogenarian. In fact, just about everything in Martin’s life is extraordinary. Would you believe that the tailor to the likes of former President Bill Clinton, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Cardinal Edward Egan, the one who GQ magazine calls America’s greatest living tailor (Martin disagrees; he says he’s the world’s greatest tailor), the one who helped create Donna Karan and Isaac Mizrahi’s original lines of suits, the one

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whose eponymous Brooks Brothers Martin Greenfield Golden Fleece label is sought after the world over, learned his craft in the midst of death and squalor, in Auschwitz? How about the fact that of all of Martin’s achievements in life, from suiting heads of state to being Hollywood directors’ exclusive choice for costuming prime-time movies and shows, he lists his accomplishments with his family and community as the ones he is most proud of? Hard to believe, but everything about Martin is remarkably true. Martin Greenfield is a handsome, dapper man with a full face and a head of silvery-white hair. When I met him he was impeccably dressed in a pleated vest and a perfectly knotted tie with green argyle socks peeking out from on top of a pair of oxfords. He looks the part of any exceptional Savile Row tailor, except that his “shop” is located just off of Bushwick Avenue in Brooklyn. It’s been there since the days it was GGG clothing, which Martin took over in 1977, long before the gentrification of the neighborhood began (the shop has been burglarized eleven times). His company now employs close to one hundred and twenty expert tailors and he himself has assumed as close to a celebrity status as anyone with a measuring tape and scissors can get. The walls of his factory are lined with framed articles about him from newspapers like the New York Times and magazines like


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cising a little Yiddishe hubris. After being assigned the company’s most important customer, President Dwight Eisenhower, Martin would leave little notes in the pockets of Eisenhower’s suits. One of them concerned the conflict over the Suez Canal, which had ramifications regarding Israel, and posed this question to the president: “Why don’t you send money?” The two had met before when Martin shook then-General Eisenhower’s hand in Buchenwald, but now their relationship was a little more intimate. These days, Martin still works full time on the floor of his suit factory; although he loves to read, he only takes time to crack a book during his biannual two-week vacations. Every suit made in his factory is hand-stitched and perfectly detailed. It’s no wonder then that when Martin Scorsese needed a suit maker for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire he was insistent that it would be only one person: Martin Greenfield. But, according to Martin, all this should be irrelevant to readers of The Jewish Home: “The Chassidic in the ‘Four Towns’ – they wouldn’t know about HBO!” Even the media follow Martin’s comings and goings like the paparazzi on the hunt. Recently, the Washington Post published a report complete with investigations of White House guest logs and analysis of photos of the president that tconcluded that Martin is indeed President Obama’s suit maker. While they would definitely agree that a Martin Greenfield suit is an absolute upgrade from the Hart Schaffner Marx tuxedo President Obama wore to his inaugural ball, Greenfield Clothiers will not comment on the issue. What is most remarkable about Martin is what he considers to be his crowning accomplishments in life. He is most proud of his being a founder of the West Hampton Synagogue and of his close relationship with his spiritual leader, Rabbi Marc Shneier. He boasts of the prominent guests at his granddaughter’s recent bas mitzva, including Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger and the man known as the herring king of Israel. Indeed, Martin is so proud of his Jewishness that he even strongarmed Colin Powell, himself a former “ShabWith his family in his youth; Martin is in the center bos goy,” into inviting him for Friday night dinner. “I told him, don’t worry, you just make sure no one else’s food touches mine!” Recently, Martin was at an event with the fomer-Israel ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren. “I saw he was wearing [a suit from] Men’s Wearhouse. So after he finished his conversation with someone I pulled him over and said, ‘What are you doing wearing that Men’s Wearhouse? Throw it away – forget it! I wouldn’t even buy it to throw away! Other countries have their representatives dressed nicely, and you represent the Jewish people like that? You’re nuts!’” And of all the personalized letters and signed photos that cover the wall behind his desk, the one he chooses to point out to me is his correspondence with former President Bill Clinton, thanking him for attending Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin’s funeral. “Rabin was a great man, and I told President Clinton that because he went so many other important people made it their business to go.” Shortly after the Allied Forces liberated Buchenwald, Rabbi Herschel Schacter, the late U.S. Army chaplain who helped thousands of Buchenwald prisoners after the Holocaust, came looking for Jews in Martin’s DP camp. Martin asked him, “Where was G-d in all of this?” Rabbi Schacter had no answer. “Whom can I turn to for answers now that everyone I love is gone?” Still he had no answer. (The two reunited and became best friends forty years later at a reunion in Auschwitz.) These days, however, Martin has the answer. “People ask me: Did you see G-d? I say, ‘Sure I do, I see him every morning. It’s so easy to believe, to be good!’”

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the New Yorker, its floors are crammed with racks and tables of fabrics and suit canvases, and his office boasts a wall of fame that any politician would lust after; Martin’s clients range from billionaires (Michael Bloomberg) to athletes (Shaquille O’Neal) and from righteous (Israeli Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger) to downright creepy (Michael Jackson). Moshe Shimon Greenfield was born in 1928 to a very religious family in the city of Pavlova in the Carpathian Mountains of Czechoslovakia. His grandfather, Fishel Berger, was very prominent in their Munkatcher community, and was known by the many Rebbes who came to vacation at the nearby mineral baths as the “Pavlover Kiddushmacher,” as he took care of all the trappings of the weekly Shabbos kiddush. His family sat at the mizrach vant of the shul which they commissioned. Moshe’s grandfather was also very concerned with young Moshe’s Yiddishkeit and made sure he was well-learned and on the way to becoming a Talmud chachom. By the time the Nazis and Hungarians came to Pavlova in 1938, Moshe was expert at the beginning of Bava Mezia. After his father was taken away and it was apparent that he would also soon be, he was sent to hide by his cousins in Budapest. Three years later, his father escaped from the camp he was being held in, and the family reunited in Pavlova. In 1943, after the first Pesach seder, the Germans rounded up all the Jews of the city, and the Greenfields, along with all their community members, were sent to the Munkatch ghetto and shortly after to Auschwitz. “At Auschwitz,” says Martin, “my father said, ‘When they call your number, whatever trade they say they need I will say that you do it.’ I didn’t know how to do anything; all I knew was how to learn Torah!” So after the Nazis requested a tailor, Moshe was sent to the laundry of Auschwitz. On his first assignment, the first time he probably cleaned a shirt in his lifetime, Moshe tore a Gestapo officer’s collar while trying to remove the dirt from it. After a quick and thorough thrashing, the Gestapo officer threw the shirt in Moshe’s face and after Moshe fixed up the collar so he could have the shirt for himself to wear, he had completed his first tailoring job of many. Later, on the death march from Auschwitz to Buchenwald at the end of the war, that shirt, along with another he received later on in Auschwitz, helped him survive in the brutal winter weather. After General Eisenhower liberated Buchenwald in 1945, Moshe – by now Martin and by now bereft of family (his mother chose to go to the “left” and not be separated from his 3½ -year-old sister when they arrived at Auschwitz) – drove a truck loaded with survivors who were to emigrate to Israel aboard the Exodus nightly. Every night he would be arrested and his truck would be confiscated; the next night the sequence would be repeated, only with a different truck. After a while, he immigrated to America aboard the U.S.S. Ernie Pyle to live with his cousins who had immigrated well before the war. He began a job at GGG clothiers in Brooklyn, and slowly made his way to the top, eventually buying the company in the 1970’s and renaming it Martin Greenfield Clothiers. Even as a young worker at GGG, Martin had no trouble exer-


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To make things clear for the reader before reading let’s go through the basic Air Force designations for planes: A- Attack, B- Bomber, C- Cargo, FFighter, K- Tanker, P- Pursuit (later changed to F),R- Reconnaissance, UUtility, X- Experimental.

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merican military installations are very important to the defense of the country and its interests worldwide. Some of the smaller bases are just barracks to house soldiers or training facilities. However, there are some that are so big that they require their own zip code! These can be huge bases that can train thousands of service members at any given time or test new equipment and ordinance.

Perhaps none are as well-known or as intriguing, except maybe Area 51, as Edwards Air Force Base in Southern California. Edwards is the home of the Air Force Test Center and also serves as the Air Force Material command. It’s where the research, development and testing take place for American aerospace “projects” and experiments. Some American allies and non-government companies also test their planes at Edwards and it is the home to the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School. Almost every plane in the American military since the 1950s has flown at Edwards. The area is unique because of Rogers Dry Lake, which extends Edwards’ runways into a natural land-

ing strip. Rogers is a dry lakebed in the Mojave Desert and was originally called Muroc Dry Lake. Edwards was also called Muroc Air Force Base until the 1949, when it was renamed. Captain Glen Edwards, a WWII hero, died testing the flying wing near the base and the name of the base was changed in his honor. Rogers Dry Lake is 12 miles long and has eight runways used (at least at one point) by the Air Force. The weather is excellent year-round, making it perfect for flight testing. The base had once been the home of a bombing and gunnery range and in 1942 was converted into a permanent base to train combat pilots and crews. The first two American jet fighters, the XP-59A Airacomet and the XP80 Shooting Star, took off from Muroc in early 1942. Over the next five years, several development changes took place to make the jet a feared frontline fighter plane. Along with jets came added problems of stability and control at fast speeds. These were part of the curriculum when the Flight Test Center moved to Edwards in 1951. October 14, 1947 was an historic day for the base. Captain Chuck Yeager piloted the Bell X-1 in the first flight in history that broke the sound barrier (called Mach 1). Yeager had been a WWII hero with 11.5 kills against the Nazis. In a P-51 Mustang, which was tested at Mur-

Note the letters ‘ED’ on the tail of the plane, referring to Edwards Air Force Base

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Law— anything that can go wrong will go wrong. He was working with aerospace engineer Major Edwards A. Murphy when an experiment using a chimpanzee to calculate G-forces went wrong because of improperly installed gauges. There is also Stapp’s Law that he coined while working on the rocket sled: “The universal aptitude for ineptitude makes any human accomplishment an incredible miracle.” These tests were all vital to advance the American strategy in the Cold War. Many other planes and one special space project also used Edwards Air Force Base. In the next article we’ll talk about these and the planes that took aerial advancement into the 21st century.

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Captain Apt’s crash. Not every plane flown from Edwards broke records. However, these were vital in the upcoming wars in Korea and Vietnam. The F-100 Super Sabre, F-101 Voodoo, F-102 Delta Dagger, F-104 Starfighter, F-105 Thunderchief and F106- Delta Dart were all frontline fighters and “interceptors” that stayed in service until the 1980s. In addition to these, the B-52 Stratofortress, C-133 Cargomaster, KC-135 Stratotanker and the C-130 Hercules were all tested at Edwards. Not all projects tested at Edwards/ Muroc Air Force Base were planes. During WWII the Germans were wreaking devastation on England with their V-1 missiles and V-2 rockets but they weren’t the only ones working on long range weaponry. American scientists had tried to build their own versions and had set up test launching ramps at Edwards. The plan was soon scrapped but the ramps were used for a very innovative contraption called the rocket sled. It had a complex mechanical braking system that made Brazilian-born Lt. Col. John Stapp “the fastest man on earth” in 1947. Also at Edwards, Stapp tested the physical limits of G-forces (a measurement used to measure gravitational pull on an object) and popularized Murphy’s

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oc, he achieved the coveted title of “ace in a day” which meant that he downed five Germans in a single day. Two of them were without firing a single shot as one Messerschmitt Bf-109 pilot panicked as Yeager was chasing him and crashed midair with his wingman. Yeager was also credited with shooting down one of the first operational jet fighters—the Me-262. These were very hard to hit with the piston engine Mustang but Yeager correctly surmised that it had maneuverability issues and shot it down. He used this experience while flying as a jet test pilot at Edwards. Other records were set at Edwards in the 1950s. The Douglas Skyrocket, flown by Bill Bridgeman, topped Mach 1.88 (Mach 1 is the speed of sound, Mach 2 is twice the speed of sound and so on), and later, in 1951, pilot Scott Crossfield flew the Skyrocket to Mach 2. Then, later that year, Chuck Yeager flew the Bell X-1A to Mach 2.44 (1,650 mph). The speed record was broken yet again in 1956 by Captain Mel Apt. He was flying the Bell X-2 and reached the speed of Mach 3.2. Tragically the X-2 went into a violent spin and crashed before Apt was able to eject. The altitude record was also flown in an X-2 out of Edwards. Captain Iven Kincheloe flew to 126,200 feet just days before

USAF Capt. Charles E. Yeager with the Bell X-1 supersonic rocket plane

Avi Heiligman is a weekly contributor to The Jewish Home. He welcomes your comments and suggestions for future columns and can be reached at aviheiligman@gmail.com.

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t is interesting, at least to me, to note that in the review of the Jewish holidays of the calendar year that appears in this week’s Torah reading, only the three festivals of Pesach, Succot and Shavuot are mentioned. Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are noticeable in their absence from this list of holidays. The obvious reason for their omission is that the commandment to go up to Jerusalem for the festivals did not somehow apply to these two great holy days. The emphasis that appears in our parsha is as much about ascending to Jerusalem as it is about the ritual aspects of the holidays themselves. Apparently, even though the ritual aspects of the holidays are binding the world over and were to be observed even when ascending to Jerusalem was no longer a possibility in the Jewish and general world – as was the case for the many centuries of our prolonged exile – nevertheless, without Jerusalem the holiday is somehow somewhat lacking.

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scribed in terms of joy and beauty. When the prophet wishes to describe the resurgence of the Jewish people and their return to the Land of Israel in great numbers, he describes that phenomenon as being “like the numbers of sheep that were in Jerusalem on its holidays.” There were a number of large cities in the Land of Israel during both First and Second Temple times. Jerusalem was certainly one of those great cities. We do not know if it was the largest of all of the cities, population-wise, but once it was established by King David, it certainly was the most important of all cities in the country. Though it was the seat of government and the capital city of Judah/ Judea, it was always more than that. It was the living representation of the connection between Heaven and earth, between G-d and the Jewish people. As such, its spiritual component was always as important, if not even more so, than its actual physical layout and numbered population. As such, it was inseparable, once it was established, from the cycle of the Jewish year and from the three festivals that marked it. This connection between the holidays of the Jewish calendar year and the city of Jerusalem continues even in our time. Thousands of Jews make it a point to leave their homes and travel from the far-flung corners of this world to come to Jerusalem and celebrate the festivals of the yearly calendar in the holy city. It is a testimony to the resilience and faith of the Jewish people, that we are able to see the physical Jerusalem rebuilt in our time. Slowly, the spiritual Jerusalem is also being created and that itself is a cause for rejoicing and thanksgiving. Shabbat shalom.

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In contradistinction to Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, which are holy days but not necessarily festivals of joy and thanksgiving, the three other festivals of the Jewish year connected to agriculture in the Land of Israel are specifically holidays of celebration and happiness. And if there is one central theme regarding Jerusalem and all that it represents it is one of joyful appreciation. Jerusalem, even in its destruction and shambles, was still constantly de-


Making Summer Matter BY RACHEL ROSENHOLTZ, LCSW

The Key to Confidence The key is helping your child restructure way she views himself. Try to create a shift in your child’s focus from the things he can’t do to the things he can, especially if it is something he really can do but just doesn’t believe he can. The first step is, as a parent, to know what your child is inherently good at. A kid can have natural talents or strengths but may not be utilizing or even be aware of them. Camp is wonderful place to help a child gain confidence and realize her strengths. There are abundant opportunities to succeed with the wide-ranging camp activities—from swimming to singing. There are also no negative “grade” or “mark” distractions. It won’t be enough to simply point out to your child what he is good at. He has to witness success firsthand to truly gain confidence in his abilities. He has to be able to take risks and experience success for himself. The ability to take risks is crucial. Taking risks means the child is willing to attempt something new that he or she may or may not succeed in. The possibility of failure is very difficult for someone with self-esteem problems to cope with. Unfortunately, by avoiding new things, such a person will also lose out on the chance to succeed and the accompanying great feeling of accomplishment which helps foster self-confidence. As a parent, you must encourage your child to take risks in activities that you are fairly certain she will succeed in (even if the child herself does not believe she will). This requires having a good sense of your child’s natural talents and strengths. With so many diverse activities in camp, you should be able to find something that you can be sure your child will succeed in. Even though camp is almost over, try to identify something that your child really succeeded at during camp. By focusing on her ability to be successful you will instantly increase her sense of confidence and create the energy for her to take on new risks, driving the cycle of risk, success, and confidence.

He has to be able to take risks and experience success for himself. summer, families tend to do more activities together as well. During family activities, focus on your kids and say things like, “I love spending time with you” or “I had such a great time doing that activity with you.” The more they see you genuinely interested in spending time with them, the more they will believe that they are fun to be around. Back to School Entering into the new school year with a stronger and healthier sense of self, your child will be able to face his academic and social struggles with confidence. Continue the positive encouragement and support you were giving during the summer. This is crucial for maintaining the self confidence that was built up. Even if your child encounters “failures,” he can always be reminded of his successes. Talia was struggling with reading in the following school year and was ready to give up. Instead of telling Talia that of course she will be able to read (a comment that Talia could debate), her mother would point to the certificate and reminded her of her hula hooping experience. She encouraged Talia to keep practicing, just like she did with hula hooping. While reading did not come easily to Talia, the view she developed of herself was that with continued practice she could succeed. She learned to believe in herself and not to be frightened off by challenging situations. She now defines herself by what she is good at – not by what she struggles with. The summer is quickly slipping by. Take advantage of this time. Parents are their child’s greatest support system. Parents who are attuned to their children’s strengths can encourage safe risks and cheer them on as they comes to realize and utilize their true potential. Rachel Rosenholtz, LCSW, is a Clinical Social Worker with a private practice in the Five Towns. She can be reached at 347673-1953 and at Rachel@InvestInTherapy.com. To find out more, visit her website, www.InvestInTherapy.com.

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The Strength of Summer What seemed like just a short time ago was the final day of school, and kids were free for the summer. There was a collective sigh of relief perhaps loudest heard from students who struggled academically or socially. For them, it had been ten long months of studying, stressing out over schoolwork, and parents pulling their teeth to get them to do homework. Or constantly trying to fit in, feeling lonely and left out, and possibly even being bullied. The summer months brought reprieve for both students and parents. Now school is almost back – but there is still time left. Utilizing the remaining time left during the summer to prepare for the coming school year can make a crucial difference for the next year’s academic and social success of your child. For many students, learning and social difficulties come from an emotional place. If the child has no serious learning disabilities and overall is a capable student, then it is usually his perception of his abilities that determines performance as opposed to his actual inherent ability. He will struggle and perform below his capabilities simply because he does not have the confidence in himself. His belief that he cannot perform will become a self-fulfilling prophecy. The same is true regarding social difficulties. Aside from children who are emotionally delayed, most often, insecurities are what get in the way of social success. Insecurity creates anxiety which stifles the ability to hope and dream and blackens attitudes. This leads to many academic and social problems. The summer is a great time to address these emotional struggles. Without the pressure to perform in a school environment it is much easier to foster a healthy sense of ability and selfconfidence in your child. People with poor self-esteem tend to define them-

selves by what they are convinced they are bad at. Such a person will tend to only focus on personal failures. In school, one failure can unfortunately make a big difference (for example, a failing test score) so it becomes hard not to focus on what are really just a few failures overshadowing everything else. A person with a healthy self-esteem won’t let her flaws define who she is. She accepts the fact that no one is perfect at everything and instead focuses on areas she excels in. This type of mindset virtually knocks anxiety out of the equation because she is not inhibited by her fears of failing and she is free to take risks and do her very best.

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A small, dark-haired girl named Talia was going into first grade. She was an extremely athletic child. Hula hooping was a major activity in her day camp and Talia was eager to try. After trying at it hard a few times, she quickly became frustrated with what she perceived as her poor performance. Her reaction to her “failure” was to give up entirely. She threw down the hula hoop and emphatically stated, “I’ll never be able to do this! I’m the worst hula hooper ever!” Her mother knew she was athletic and had strong core muscles and that with enough practice her daughter would surely succeed. Talia’s mother gently encouraged her daughter and was able to convince her to practice every day. Naturally, Talia improved and so did her confidence. By the end of the summer Talia had become the best hula hooper in her camp and even received an award for “Best at Hula Hooping!”

You are your child’s primary source of support. The fact is that children are highly influenced by how they believe their parents perceive them. Giving superficial complements such as you’re a great kid or you’re so good at (insert activity here) may not be enough to convince your child and sway his perception. Give specific, detailed compliments. Irrefutable compliments are best. Little by little his view of himself will change into a more positive-oriented one. This will give him the confidence to try more things and take greater risks. The same technique can be utilized to promote confidence in social situations. Kids who struggle socially in school tend to have more success in camp because of all the structured activities that force kids to play together. Help your child focus on these successes and see that she can actually make friends and be social. During the

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“Say “Say What?” What?” Donald Trump’s phone number has been leaked. When you call Trump’s cellphone number it plays a campaign message. If you want to hear Trump’s message in English, press one. If you want to hear it in Spanish, you probably don’t follow the news. – Conan O’Brien

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Over the weekend in Iran, temperatures reached 165 degrees, one of the highest temperatures ever recorded on Earth. In fact, it was so hot in Iran, American flags burst into flames on their own. – Jimmy Fallon

It was one small bite for man, one giant leap for #NASAVEGGIE - Tweet by astronaut Scott Kelly after he became one of the first to try space-grown lettuce…in space

The International Olympic Committee is officially recognizing ultimate Frisbee, which means it might actually be in the next Olympics. They say ultimate Frisbee will be the first Olympic sport where athletes are disqualified for not testing positive for drugs. – Jimmy Fallon

You know that racist flag? The one that supposedly honors history but actually spreads a pernicious myth? And is useful only to venal right-wing politicians who wish to exploit hatred by calling it heritage? It’s past time to pull it down. Oh, wait. You thought I was referring to the Confederate flag. Actually, I’m talking about the POW/MIA flag. – Rick Perlstein bizarrely writing in Newsweek that the POW/MIA flag is “racist” because it distorts Americans as being the victims during the Vietnam War

Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore officially announced his campaign yesterday, bringing the total number of Republican candidates to 17. Here’s how I know that’s too many: If I saw 17 people in line for the bathroom, I’d be like, “Nope! I’ll hold it in until 2020.” – Jimmy Fallon

You can be an expert on computers but you are incapable of doing anything else. - Chinese psychiatrist Tao Ran, who runs a government militarystyle rehab camp aimed at curing young people of internet addictions, in an interview with the Daily Mail

The speculation about my candidacy reminds me of a lesson from a great Jewish leader. A decade ago, I visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem with [Rav] Nosson Tzvi Finkel, a widely respected rabbi in Israel. As we approached one of the holiest sites in Judaism, the rabbi halted about 10 yards away as a crowd of admirers gathered nearby. I beckoned him further. “I’ve never been closer than this,” the rabbi told me. Astounded, I asked why. “You go,” he said. “I’m not worthy.” - Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz in a New York Times op-ed discussing the trait of humility, while addressing speculation that he may run for president

I’m the only one to separate Siamese twins, the only one to operate on babies while they were still in the mothers’ womb, the only one to take out half of a brain, although you would think, if you go to Washington, that someone had beat me to it. - Neurosurgeon and GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, telling a national debate audience what sets him apart from the other candidates

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Ben from Ben & Jerry’s has endorsed Bernie Sanders for president. After hearing this, Chris Christie said, “After all we’ve been through together?” – Conan O’Brien

Lay’s is once again letting people vote on its newest flavor of potato chips. Or as Americans put it, “Finally, an election we care about.” – Jimmy Fallon

Sources say the Obama administration is in the “final stages” of planning the closing of Guantanamo Bay. The way it’s gonna work is, they’re going to put a Radio Shack sign out front and let nature take its course. – Seth Myers

There’s a rumor out there that the CEO of Starbucks might run for president. In fact, he opened up his first campaign headquarters and another one right across the street. - Conan O’Brien

If I was in my prime, could I beat Lebron in a one-on-one game? No question. - Michael Jordan, during a recent Q&A A new study finds that Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” program may have caused people to actually gain weight. Many mistook the slogan to mean: let’s move next door to a Cinnabon. – Conan O’Brien

By the way I don’t hunt lions - A sign outside a dental office in Arkansas

The International Olympic Committee has officially recognized Ultimate Frisbee as an Olympic sport. The news was greeted with excitement by thousands of guys named Chad. Guys named Chad everywhere: “This is awesome! I’m going to the Olympics!” - Conan O’Brien Oreo has come out with a new lower calorie cookie called Oreo Thins. Which is also a good way to describe people who eat them. “I wouldn’t say you’re fat, I’d say you’re ... Oreo Thin.” - Seth Myers

Those [Iranian] hard-liners chanting “Death to America” who have been most opposed to the deal … are making common cause with the Republican caucus. - President Obama defending the Iran deal in a speech at American University

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Do me a favor. Pull your pants up. I cannot stand seeing someone with their underwear hanging out - Tim Head of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to a burglar who held him up in his home as police were arresting the bandit

I’m looking for 10,000 in the midst of a million. Ten thousand fearless men who say death is sweeter than continued life under tyranny. Death is sweeter than continuing to live and bury our children while the white folks give our killers hamburgers. Death is sweeter than watching us slaughter each other to the joy of a 400-year-old enemy. Death is sweeter. The Quran teaches persecution is worse than slaughter. Then it says retaliation is prescribed in matters of the slain. Retaliation is a prescription from G-d to calm the breasts of those whose children have been slain. So if the federal government won’t intercede in our affairs, then we must rise up and kill those who kill us; stalk them and kill them and let them feel the pain of death that we are feeling! - Nation of Islam head Louis Farrakhan inciting violence at a church in Miami last week

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Nintendo announced a profit this quarter, marking a turnaround from its recent earnings slide. They were actually close to going bankrupt until they hit up-updown-down-leftright-B-A-selectstart and got more lives.

When I’m attacked, I fight back, but I was attacked viciously by those women. Of course it’s very hard for them to attack me on looks, because I’m so good looking. But I was attacked very viciously by those women. And frankly, again, we get back to the words political correctness. Am I allowed to defend myself? What they said about me is far worse than what I said about them. - Donald Trump’s response when asked on NBC about nasty things he has said about certain women

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Another American is in trouble for hunting a lion. First a dentist, now a doctor is also being accused of illegal lion hunting in Zimbabwe. Here’s my question: Whatever happened to golf, seriously? They used to play golf, doctors, right? - Conan O’Brien


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87 Charles Krauthammer

Just Who is Helping Iran’s Hard-Liners?

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he latest Quinnipiac poll shows that the American public rejects the president’s Iran deal by more than 2-to-1. This is astonishing. The public generally gives the president deference on major treaties. Just a few weeks ago, a majority supported the deal. What happened? People learned what’s in it. And don’t be fooled by polls that present, as fact, the administration’s position in the very question. The Washington Post/ABC poll assures the respondent that, for example, “international inspectors would monitor Iran’s facilities, and if Iran is caught breaking the agreement economic sanctions would be imposed again. Do you support or oppose this agreement?”

Well, if you put it that way, sure. But it is precisely because these claims are so tendentious and misleading that public – and congressional – opinion is turning. Inspections? Everyone now knows that “anytime, anywhere” – indispensable for a clandestine program in a country twice the size of Texas with a long history of hiding and cheating – has been changed to “You’ve got 24 days and then we’re coming in for a surprise visit.” New York restaurants, observed Jackie Mason, get more intrusive inspections than the Iranian nuclear program. Snapback sanctions? Everyone knows that once the international sanctions are lifted, they are never coming back. Moreover, consider the illogic

of President Obama’s argument. The theme of his American University speech Wednesday was that the only alternative to what he brought back

leader, declared that “entry into our military sites is absolutely forbidden.” One secret side deal could even allow Iran to provide its own soil sam-

Does Obama really believe the Death-to-America hard-liners are some kind of KKK fringe? They are the government, for G-d’s sake from Vienna is war because sanctions – even the more severe sanctions that Congress has been demanding – will never deter the Iranians. But if sanctions don’t work, how can you argue that the Iranians will now be deterred from cheating by the threat of ... sanctions? Snapback sanctions, mind you, that will inevitably be weaker and more loophole-ridden than the existing ones. And then came news of the secret side agreements between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency. These concern past nuclear activity and inspections of the Parchin military facility where Iran is suspected of having tested nuclear detonation devices. We don’t know what’s in these side deals. And we will never know, says the administration. It’s “standard practice,” you see, for such IAEA agreements to remain secret. Well, this treaty is not standard practice. It’s the most important treaty of our time. Yet, Congress is asked to ratify this “historic diplomatic breakthrough” (Obama) while being denied access to the heart of the inspection regime. Congress doesn’t know what’s in these side agreements, but Iran does. And just this past Monday, Ali Akbar Velayati, a top adviser to the supreme

ples (!) from Parchin. And now satellite imagery shows Iran bulldozing and sanitizing Parchin as we speak. The verification regime has turned comic. This tragicomedy is now in the hands of Congress or, more accurately, of congressional Democrats. It is only because so many Democrats are defecting that Obama gave the AU speech in the first place. And why he tried so mightily to turn the argument into a partisan issue – those warmongering Republicans attacking a president offering peace in our time. Obama stooped low, accusing the Republican caucus of making “common cause” with the Iranian “hard-liners” who shout “Death to America.” Forget the gutter ad hominem. This is delusional. Does Obama really believe the Death-to-America hard-

liners are some kind of KKK fringe? They are the government, for G-d’s sake – the entire state apparatus of the Islamic Republic from the Revolutionary Guards to the supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei who for decades have propagated, encouraged and applauded those very same “Death to America” chants. Common cause with the Iranian hard-liners? Who more than Obama? For years, they conduct a rogue nuclear weapons program in defiance of multiple Security Council declarations of its illegality backed by sanctions and embargoes. Obama rewards them with a treaty that legitimates their entire nuclear program, lifts the embargo on conventional weapons and ballistic missiles, and revives an economy – described by Iran’s president as headed back to “the Stone Age” under sanctions – with an injection of up to $150 billion in unfrozen assets, permission for the unlimited selling of oil, and full access to the international financial system. With this agreement, this repressive, intolerant, aggressive, supremely anti-American regime – the chief exporter of terror in the world – is stronger and more entrenched than it has ever been. Common cause, indeed.  (c) 2015, The Washington Post Writers Group


The Observant Jew

81 Rabbi Jonathan Gewirtz

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Of course, when someone with whom you didn’t share the experience tries to use the joke, it falls flat. For example, say you and your friends were taking a road trip. Every time you passed

before. Sometimes it’s something that smacks you upside the head, like if you made yourself crazy to avoid an annoying cashier who talks too much and just when you think you’re free, they change

shifts at the register and who comes up to check you out but that cashier you were trying to stay away from?! Sometimes it’s the fellow with whom you figure you have nothing in common who pulls out a gemara in the airport next to you as you’re writing an

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a sign that said, “Deer X-ing,” one of you said, “How do they know to cross the highway here? They can’t read!” It was funny the first time, cute the second, and annoying the third. However, as the hours ticked by and you started getting a little highway hypnosis and feeling giddy, you started to dream up scenarios of deer sitting in a driver’s ed-type classroom, staring bored at road signs and watching grainy films of some young buck or troublesome doe who didn’t care that a car had the right of way and wound up as an entree at the Roadkill Café. Years later, you could be on the highway, maybe even coming back from a funeral, and one of your group just has to whisper, “Smear of deer,” and you’re back in the moment, cackling with laughter, and reveling in the camaraderie of the private joke. Now, if the person who made the comment was the little brother of one of your road trip buddies, not only isn’t it funny, it’s inappropriate in the moment and will make you indignant. That’s because it isn’t his memory to share so there’s no love or affection being recalled. Do you know who makes private jokes all the time? HaKadosh Baruch Hu – G-d, Himself. He’s been with us through every experience of our lives and He wants to remind us that we weren’t alone when this or that happened. Like a Director, He often references previous projects He’s done so we recall the fond (and sometimes frightening or frustrating) memories and feel connected again. They’re usually subtle, like a phrase dropped by a stranger, or a scene reminiscent of somewhere you’ve passed

Jonathan Gewirtz is an inspirational writer and speaker whose work has appeared in publications around the world. You can find him at www.facebook.com/RabbiGewirtz and follow him on Twitter @RabbiJGewirtz. He also operates JewishSpeechWriter.com, where you can order a custom-made speech for your next special occasion. Sign up for the Migdal Ohr, his weekly PDF Dvar Torah in English. E-mail info@JewishSpeechWriter.com and put Subscribe in the subject.

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He’s been with us through every experience of our lives and He wants to remind us that we weren’t alone when this or that happened.

article about G-d’s little jokes. (Yes, this is happening right now!) It’s like Hashem is reminding you that He’s still in charge, and will be with you throughout your journey. It’s a comforting thought, and should bring a smile to your face. In fact, you can probably just imagine His smiling countenance as He says, ever so lovingly, “Gotcha!”

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Private Jokes hen I was dedicating my weekly parsha sheet for a young woman’s bas mitzvah, I asked my daughter, who was a friend, if the girl had a nickname or something I could reference somehow. I gave an example. “If it was Yocheved’s I’d put a picture of a cactus, since that’s your pet name for her. It would have been cute because it’s a private joke.” A private joke is something that is humorous to you and a select number of people, perhaps even a single person, because of a shared experience. Sometimes, it’s not even between other people. I recall hearing that a certain television show had a reference to Superman somewhere in every episode because it meant something to the show’s star. When making plays in camp, we knew we’d get extra laughter and possibly points if we threw in references to events that took place in previous years. The secret of a good private joke is keeping it subtle so that only the intended audience “gets it” and being part of the “in” crowd is a good feeling. What makes private jokes even more exciting is the fact that you’re doing something in public, yet only a select few are even aware that there was a hidden message there. When I mentioned a brief conversation I’d had with a fellow named Michael in an article years ago, he sat in his living room that week laughing out loud as he read it. When his son asked what was so funny he said, “I’m the only person in the world who knows what he’s talking about because nobody else was in the elevator with us!” As I mention it again now, his son will get the joke too, but since it’s a repeat, it likely won’t be as funny. Sometimes it’s just the punchline of a shared joke that brings memories flooding back. For years when I saw a friend from yeshiva, we’d smile and say, “A million, seven” (1,000,007). It was a “you had to be there” moment, but we both were, so it’s meaningful to us. Jokes like this bring a certain familiarity and friendship to the fore. We were in something together and we both remember it. We’ve shared experiences and common impressions. It brings us closer together even when we’ve been apart.

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Life Coach

63 Rivki D. Rosenwald Esq., CLC, SDS

Bashert or Zivug – Which Did You Find?

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oes this happen to you? You look up and notice two peas in a pod. Same height, coloring, build, smile, style! You are looking at a couple who found their soulmate, their zivug. A speaker once said: when you see two people, a couple, who look so alike that they can be brother and sister, a couple that just looks and acts as if they’re cut from the same cloth, then you’re looking at soulmates. But, when a couple looks just kinda cute together or not exactly like they fit together, then you are looking at people who found something different. Something called their bashert. So which are you and your partner? Don’t look in the mirror to find out if

you look alike! Just think: do we easily agree, do things just flow, are we on the same page effortlessly? If so, you definitely look alike. Now, if you are one of the many blessed ... with the life challenge of a bashert, you don’t always agree. You may see some slight flaws in one another. You may not always communicate in just the right tone or manner to get your point across. You may even get a little rowdy. Does any of this sound familiar? If so, then you are part of the bashert club. You may think, gee, that’s a bit frustrating. And it is! But this is how it is in the bashert club because there you need to finetune and come together. Education, reframing, and rephrasing are your catch

You are here as a couple, to grow this way!

words. You are here as a couple, to grow this way! Gee whizzzz, a zivug sounds so much simpler—all that getting along and having it easy. Boring! Who wants that? Okay, so maybe there is something beautiful about that!? But there is something beautiful in the bashert club too. It just takes a little more work on your part to bring the beauty out! Free choice is not always control of which club we get into. It’s more how we react when we get there. So if you have one of those easy marriages and everything flows, be appreciative, realize you are blessed, and be empathetic when others say they work a bit harder. But if you find yourself feeling it takes effort to make it work – embrace it! Then suddenly one day you’ll pass

by a mirror and notice – look at that – we are starting to look alike. And it’s not just because your kids seem to look like both of you. Rivki Rosenwald is a certified relationship counselor, and career and life coach. She can be contacted at 917-705-2004 or rivki@ rosenwalds.com

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Great Kosher Food Elan Kornblum

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SALMON BURGER By Abie Maltz, NU Cafe 47

INGREDIENTS

8oz. fresh salmon fillet 4 cloves garlic, crushed 1 tbsp fresh chopped dill 3 eggs 1/8 tsp kosher salt 1/8 tsp fresh crushed black peppercorns 8oz. all-purpose flour

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 400F. Puree first 6 ingredients in a food processor or a food mill. Add the flour and fold it into the rest of the ingredients. Wet hands and mold salmon mixture into a ball and flatten. Spray a non-stick pan or an aluminum pan with Pam or canola spray. Place the ready salmon burger on the pan and bake until both sides are brown or to 165°F degrees.

This recipe was reprinted from the 2015 Edition of Great Kosher Restaurants Magazine. Elan Kornblum, a.k.a. “The Restaurant Guy,” is the publisher of Great Kosher Restaurants International Magazine and its accompanying website www.gkrm.net. The 2015 edition, available on www.GreatKosherDeals.com, has 256 glossy pages and provides a visual description with menus to over 200 top kosher restaurants alongside 400 stunning high resolution color photos. Kornblum’s top ranked website, award-winning newsletter, comprehensive app and hugely popular Facebook Foodies page makes sure everyone is up to date on the latest restaurant news. Email info@gkrm.net for any questions or comments.

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