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CONTENTS

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COMMUNITY Around the Community . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Community Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

JEWISH THOUGHT Rabbi Zvi Teichman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Rabbi Silber. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Rabbi Motty Rabinowitz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Rabbi Naphtali Hoff. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 A Blast from the Past. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72

PEOPLE 613 Seconds with Jill Sapperstein. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

HUMOR & ENTERTAINMENT Notable Quotes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Centerfold. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

FEATURE Hurricane Harvey Hits Houston Hard. . . . . . . . . . . . 58

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Health & Fitness. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Halachically Speaking. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Dating Dialogue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Biz Wiz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Mental Health Corner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Life Coach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Forgotten Heroes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Gluten Free Recipe Column. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Cooking for the King. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Your Money. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86

Dear readers, Is teshuvah only for bad habits? How about good habits we do by rote? Or – even worse – good deeds we do while wishing we weren’t doing them? Come to think of it, being religious for any length of time brings with it the tendencies to do things out of culture or because we’re simply following the herd. I once heard in the name of the famous Lubavitcher chassid, Reb Nissan Nemenov: “We really should start davening when we’re 15; then we would appreciate the words we say and indeed the very privilege of connecting to our Creator.” Instead, we’re left staring at a bunch of pages wondering what the anshei kenesses hagedolah had in mind! So what are we to do? Should we try to dig deeper within ourselves, searching for our spiritual side to which yiddishkeit is its first language? Do we recite tehillim with kavanah and hope that

does the trick? Perhaps studying some Torah for a bit extra time? In business, most of the time we work, we focus on the bottom line. Yet every once in a while, we take a step back and take stock of what we’ve accomplished, analyzing whether our efforts have been sufficient, did we focus on the right area, and so on. The best part, of course, is that our Boss is also our Father, and He wants us to be successful even more than we do. And He judges our success with chessed. All we need is to be sincere in our efforts to improve. Let’s take advantage of this unique time and try shaking off even one bad habit or try to take one thing we have been doing by rote and gain an understanding of what it is. The results might surprise us. Wishing you a meaningful and relaxing Shabbos,

Shalom

NEWS Israel News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 That’s Odd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

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he Bais Hamedrash and Mesivta of Baltimore under the leadership of Rav Zvi Dov Slanger has outgrown it’s small Bais Hamedrash.   On Sunday, the 12th day of Elul, September, 3rd, the Yeshiva held a groundbreaking event to lay the foundation for a new Bais Hamedrash in order to provide space for their growing enrollment.  After digging a hole in the spot which will be the front entrance, Rav Slanger honored HaRav Meir Zvi Bergman Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Rashbi in B’nei Brak and son-in-law of Rav Ela-

zar Schach zt”l by giving him a slab of stone to put in the ground. HaRav Bergman then said let’s do it together.  Then, Rav Slanger honored many local Rabbanim and Lay Leaders to cover the stone with cement, to add to the foundation with their Brochos and Teffilos.  For example,  I heard Rav Kostelitz say, “It should be with Siyata D’Shmaya”.  Harav Aharon Feldman, Rosh Yeshiva of Ner Israel gave Divrei Brocha outside.  HaRav Meir Tzvi Bergman and Rav Moshe Heinemann gave Divrei Brocha inside.


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First Seagate Now Houston, Volunteers from Baltimore ‘Ir HaChesed’ Do it Again!!!! By: Shmuli Frankel BaltimoreJewishLife.com/Jeff Cohn

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n Friday afternoon, Sept. 1, 2017, Congregations Ohel Moshe and Shomrei Emunah sent an email to their members asking for volunteers who could fly to Houston on Sunday and Monday and help with the relief effort for 2 days. 10 people responded that they could fly to Houston on Sunday morning and return on Monday night. 9 more people responded that they could fly to Houston on Monday morning and return on Tuesday night. A representative from both Ohel Moshe and Shomrei Emunah coordinated group flights and a 12 passenger van to get

us around Houston. On Motzei Shabbos we went to pick up supplies for the first group. The first group met at Shomrei at 5:30 AM on Sunday and went in two cars to Dulles airport. We took a United flight directly to Houston. When we arrived at Houston, a local picked us up in our rental van and we went to Beren Academy, where they had a relief center set up. At the relief center, they had a supply room, manned by volunteers who were giving out supplies to people in need and volunteer work groups. They also had a command center where they were coordinating the volunteers and sending them to various houses to help with tasks like demolition, packing, cleaning, and moving furniture. The

relief center at Beren was also making meals for people who were affected by the flood and for volunteers from out of town. Volunteer groups came from all over the world, literally. There were groups from Israel, San Diego, Dallas, New York, as well as local groups from areas not affected by the flood. Gil Horowitz also flew in with 2 of his children to lend a hand. Many thanks to the anonymous benefactors who covered the cost of our flights and van rental. We could not have done this without you. Likewise, we owe thanks to the people who donated to the fund that allowed us to purchase necessary tools. Group 2, who came on Monday, was dropped off at Reagan airport by Rabbi Soskill from Beth Tfiloh in their minibus early

Monday morning and picked up from BWI at 12AM on Wednesday. Thanks to BT for making that available to us. We were very grateful to the people who helped provide food, including Texas Kosher BBQ from Dallas and Southside Sandwich Shop from Lakewood. Baltimore’s very own Fishel Gross of O’fishel Caterers also came to help out on Tuesday. We also want to thank the gracious hosts who put us up on Sunday and Monday night. Likewise, we want to thank the coordinators at Beren who worked morning to night organizing the volunteer groups. Finally, we want to thank the two very modest individuals from Ohel Moshe & Shomrei Emunah, who organized the flight, found a rental van, and lead each of the groups during our trip.

Baltimore Helps with Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

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rank Storch, Director of The Chesed Fund Limited and Project Ezra of Greater Baltimore, Inc., coordinated a team of rescue first responders who purchased a boat and equipment and drove to Houston. The team was comprised of an EMT, Dovid Goldwasser, who is a native Baltimorean, and two retired Army Special Ops officers with many decades of experience in search and rescue. They risked their lives continuously for several days to rescue many stranded Hurricane Harvey victims.

Additionally, Frank put Moises Zonana, owner of Kosherama, the only operational kosher grocery store in Houston, in touch with Zvi Bloom of Seasons, and Baltimore’s Howard Tzvi Friedman of the Orthodox Union. They were able to arrange for one the first truckload’s of kosher food to the hurricane-ravaged city. “It is great that everyone’s immediate reaction was to ask, “How can we help?”, “Where should we donate to?” Donations are absolutely needed to continue the recovery efforts but

the most important issue, kosher food, needed immediate attention. There were very limited amounts left at Kosherama, for the hundreds of frum families in Houston. We arranged getting the food it into their hands before the situation got out of hand. Seasons, along with Evergreen (another New York supermarket) arranged for not only the first shipment, but an entire convoy of trucks from various Seasons’ supermarkets in different cities with much needed equipment and items!”, said Frank.

The Chesed Fund & Project Ezra also hired a Donation Coordinator, to work in conjunction with Avi Bernstein and Ronnie Rosenbluth to coordinate the item and equipment donation drive at the Baltimore’s Seasons location. Frank said, “Mi K’amcha Yisroel. Our klal has recognized the tremendous needs of Houston families and come together b’achdus beautifully. Much help will be needed for those affected for years to come and we are off to a good start.”


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Big Penalties In Store For Drivers Who Pass School Buses By: Staff Reporter BaltimoreJewishLife.com/Jeff Cohn

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altimore County police are sharing a friendly reminder about what can happen if drivers pass a school bus when it’s stopped to pick up students. Almost 900 school buses are on the road in Baltimore County each day, with more than 70,000 students on board. “We will be looking for drivers that

can expect to pay a $570 fine and get three points on their driving record for passing a school bus with its flashing lights activated. Drivers who stop and then continue around school buses face a $570 fine and a two-point penalty. “We need to be paying more attention to our surroundings,” Peach said. Police said officers will be out on the first day of school in marked and unmarked vehicles. A growing number of traffic cameras are also now in place in school zones.

Police would also like to remind parents of students who walk to school to tell them to look before they cross the street.

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his year, for the first time in Pennsylvania State University’s 162-year history, its estimated 4000 Jewish students will have kosher food options, thanks to the amazing Divine Providence that inspired one student to advocate for them. On one weekend, last year, Philadelphia native and industrial engineering student Aaron Goldberg—who was completing an internship in Pittsburgh during his junior year--came back to his college campus located in State College, Pennsylvania. At that time, he met a student who was considering attending Penn State. She was observant and told him that, although

she may have wanted to go to Penn State, she decided to go elsewhere because the kosher food options at the university were limited. Subsequently, after Aaron attended a Pesach seder in Pittsburgh, his hosts observed and commented on the fact that he kept kosher for Pesach but not year round. Both incidents got Aaron to reflect not only on his own observance of kashrus, but that of his fellow and potential future Penn State students. These incidents spurred Aaron to be on a mission and his preliminary call to the dining manager at Penn State’s Beaver satellite campus confirmed that there were no kosher options at the university. He was advised to explore the possibility with Lisa Wandel, director of residential dining. Despite family members who doubted that his lone voice could make a difference, Aaron’s persistence had him spending a good part of his last year’s summer vacation, in Toronto, making several time-consuming and expensive international calls to the di-

rector. He was told that when he got to campus they could meet and discuss what could be done. After meeting with Aaron, Lisa Wandel realized that it was time for Penn State to explore a kosher dining option, especially since State College had no kosher restaurants and its Hillel program had no kosher dining option. Opportunities were being missed for its current student body and future students. Aaron next surveyed students, many of which he knew from Jewish organizations on campus, to confirm that there was interest; several of them told him they kept some form of kosher. The timing couldn’t have been better. The university was already in the process of renovating the Findlay Commons where they were putting in a space for allergy-free foods, such as gluten-free, peanut-free, and dairyfree. Adding kosher as an additional option would not be complicated and it would be cost-effective. On August 22, Aaron’s persistence paid off when PURE, a separate, self-contained, allergy-free, kosher

kitchen and dining station, under STAR-K Kosher Certification, opened for returning Penn State students. Additionally, Hillel, Aish, and Chabad representatives greeted the students during the grand opening. The dining facility is now open for Sunday brunch and dinner, and Monday through Thursday for dinner. Any student that has a meal plan can enjoy dishes like Thai green curry chicken stir fry with rice and roasted Tandoori turkey. STAR-K Rabbinic Administrator Rabbi Mayer Kurcfeld, who is responsible for the Penn State PURE account, congratulated Aaron, commenting, “Aaron, have you any idea what zechusim (merits) you have achieved by having all these students eating kosher and making blessings? More so, being that you are graduating this year, knowing that even after you leave, the kosher program will hopefully be continued for many years to come? I am envious of you.” Aaron was beaming! Shunning any special recognition or credit, he noted, “This is a collaborative effort between all of the Jewish organizations on campus, all the students and the surrounding community members. It was everybody’s efforts, equally. Now that we have a kosher option at Penn State, maybe I can pitch it to the university to also have a Shomer Shabbos housing option for students who keep the Sabbath.” Based on Aaron’s track record, I wouldn’t doubt it!


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Syria Accuses Israel of “Supporting ISIS” The Syrian Foreign Ministry has filed complaints against the State of Israel in the United Nations. The complaints came in response to the allegations that Israeli warplanes struck a facility that is said to have been stockpiling chemical weapons and missiles. The attack was carried out in northwestern Syria in the Hama region. The target was apparently a Scientific Studies and Research Center (CERS) facility. CERS is a Syrian government agency that Western officials have associated with the production of chemical weapons for

a long time. The Syrian Army released a statement saying that “Israeli warplanes fired several rockets from the Lebanese airspace targeting one of the Syrian military posts near Masyaf, killing two army personnel and causing material damage to the site.” Syria accused Israel of ”repeated aggressions” against Damascus and of “systematic behavior with the aim of protecting Jabhat al-Nusra [the Nusra Front] and ISIS [Islamic State] terrorists,” in two letters to the UN Security Council and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The Assad regime accused Israel of acting on behalf of “terrorist groups which are carrying out its aggressive agenda and in response to the great achievements made by the Syrian Arab army and its allies in their war against terrorism.”  The letter went on to say that the attacks against any Syrian target “forms a direct support to terrorism, taking into account that the Syrian Arab army is fighting terrorism on behalf of the entire world.” After the strike, Defense Minister

Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel would take “whatever measures were needed” to prevent Iran from establishing a Shiite-controlled stretch of land from Tehran to Damascus. While Lieberman said that Israel is not looking to intervene in the Syrian conflict, he did indicate that the Israeli Air Force would continue to attack any Iran-backed Hezbollah military targets the IDF deems necessary.

Iraqi Jewish Artifacts to Go Back to Baghdad

A huge collection of Iraqi Jewish artifacts is being returned to Iraq by

the United States government next year. The collection contains tens of thousands of items including books, religious texts, photographs and personal documents which were seized from the basement of the Iraqi secret services headquarters in Baghdad in 2003. The State Department will be giving back the Iraqi Jewish Archive, which has been in the U.S. since 2003, when the current four-year extension expires in September 2018. Jewish groups have been lobbying to keep the trove of artifacts in the U.S. for many years. State Department spokesman Pablo Rodriguez has said that the government is “keenly aware of the interest in the status.” Rodriguez then went on to say that “maintaining the archive outside of Iraq is possible,” he said, “but would require a new agreement between the Government of Iraq and a temporary host institution or government.” Under the original agreement, the archive was to be returned in 2014. However, as the deadline was approaching, the Iraqi ambassador to

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the U.S. said that the collection’s stay in the U.S. was being extended for four years. Now, Iraq and the proponents of returning the archive say the collection will be used as an educational tool for Iraqis, showing the history of the Jews in their country. The artifacts were restored, digitalized, and exhibited by the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Many are concerned with how the items will be treated upon their return to Iraq. Rodriguez assured, “State Department will urge the Iraqi government to take the proper steps necessary to preserve the archive and to make it available to members of the public to enjoy.” Gina Waldman, founder and president of Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa, is one of many who have been vocal about keeping the collection stateside. “There is no justification in sending the Jewish archives back to Iraq, a country that has virtually no Jews and no accessibility to Jewish scholars or the descendants of Iraqi Jews,” she asserted. “The U.S. government must ensure that the Iraqi archives are returned to its rightful owners, the exiled Iraqi Jewish community.” Stanley Urman, executive vice president for Justice for Jews from Arab Countries, feels the same way. “This is Jewish communal property. Iraq stole it and kept it hidden away in a basement. Now that we’ve managed to reclaim it, it would be like returning stolen goods back to the thief,” Urman said.

Draft Indictment against Sara Netanyahu A draft indictment of Sara Netanyahu has been leaked to the Israeli press. The detailed draft alleges that the prime minister’s wife spent exorbitant amounts of state money on high-end food in her private residence and at some of Israel’s elite restaurants. The list of restaurants that Netanyahu allegedly frequented includes Machneyuda (owned by celebrity chef Assaf Granit), Cavalier and HaMotzi (owned by Israeli Top Chef

winner Avi Levi). The bill for these meals, according to the draft indictment, was over 18,000 shekels in April 2011, 17,000 shekels in May 2011, over 22,000 shekels in November 2011, and over 24,000 shekels in December 2011.

According to the document, Sara ordered her staff to keep it secret that the Prime Minister’s residence employed a cook so she could charge out for food from outside restaurants. A statement from the attorney general’s office said that “the decision [to indict] was made after the attorney general examined the case material and after he heard the positions of the relevant sources, including the recommendations of the state prosecution and the Jerusalem district prosecution to consider pressing charges.” Bibi said in an online statement that the planned indictment of his wife would “evaporate” and blamed the caretaker in the residence for the food expenditures. “Sara Netanyahu is a brave and honest woman,” read the statement, which went on to say that the accusations were “absurd and will prove unfounded.” Sara took a private polygraph test in order to prove her innocence last week. Although she passed the test, lie detector results are not admissible in an Israeli court.

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Mengele fled from Auschwitz on January 17, 1945, just before the Red Army liberated the camp. When the War was over, he fled to South America. During his time there, the Mossad attempted many times to root him out and capture him. After the capture and trial of Adolf Eichmann, who was one of the main organizers of the Holocaust, in Buenos Aires in 1960, the Mossad was ordered to either catch or assassinate Mengele. According to the file, in 1962 the Mossad was a hairsbreadth away

from catching Mengele. Agent Avi Aharoni was acting on a tip that Mengele was near Sao Paulo, Brazil, and spotted a man meeting Mengele’s description. Unfortunately, the logistics of capture, budgetary limitations, and a deteriorating relationship with Egypt meant the operation had to be scratched at the last minute. The intelligence agency also attempted to capture Mengele using his son, who was living in West Berlin in 1983. The two shared the same birthday – March 16. The Mossad hoped the two would communicate with each other on their birthday and attempted to have an agent impersonate a friend of Mengele to call his son and arrange a meet. The Mossad then planned on following Mengele Jr. to Joseph. It later emerged that Mengele had been dead for four years prior to the plan. Joseph Mengele drowned off of the Brazilian coast in 1979. His grave was discovered in 1985 and DNA testing later led to confirmation that the buried body was indeed Mengele.

Taylor Force Act Approved Legislation to cut U.S. funding to the Palestinian Authority has been attached to the 2018 Foreign Operations budget. The Taylor Force Act, which was approved last week, is meant to discontinue sending aid to the Palestinian Authority until they end their policy which pays over $300 million to terrorists and their families every year.

The bill is named for Taylor Force, a former U.S. Army officer who was stabbed by a Palestinian terrorist while walking on the Jaffa boardwalk in 2016. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved

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“scenarios we’ll be facing in the next confrontation with Hezbollah.” In response, senior Hezbollah leader Sheikh Mohammad Yazbek, who is head of Hezbollah’s governing Sharia Council, dismissed the operation. “The maneuvers that [Israel] is conducting on the border are part of coercions after the triumphs that [Hezbollah] has made against terrorism,” he said. The last time Lebanon and Israel were at war was in 2006. Up until

the last few months, the border has been relatively peaceful and Hezbollah has not been a major concern for Israel. However, recently tensions have begun to rise due to Hezbollah’s involvement in the Syrian war. Israel has made it a priority to block the transfer of any weapons to Hezbollah from inside Syria. To that end, many Hezbollah units have been targeted inside Syria over the past months. “Now that the [Syrian] war has moved into a new phase with the im-

pending defeat of ISIS, the Israelis are concerned that the Iranians and Hezbollah will exploit the subsequent vacuum,” said Robert Danin, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a former senior State Department official. According to Danin, the IDF drills send a clear message to Hezbollah, Iran, and the Syrian government. “Given that Israel has historically communicated with Syria and various Lebanese parties through the language of deterrence and military signaling, I see it in that context,” Danin said. On Tuesday Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman issued a stern warning to Hezbollah that a future conflict would “end with a decisive victory for the IDF and the State of Israel.”

Diary of Gil-Ad Shaer Revealed Three years ago, our nation joined together in grief as three of our brothers, Gil-Ad Shaer, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrach, were kidnapped and killed by a Hamas terror cell. Ten months after the terror, the family of Gil-Ad received comforting news: his diary was found among the scorched remains of the car used for the abduction. Now, three years later, excerpts from Gil-Ad’s diary – which was burnt and then stained with water – will be published as part of a new book titled What Will the Day Bring – A Mother’s Longing (Yedioth Books). The book also features excerpts from the personal diary of Gil-Ad’s mother, Bat-Galim Shaer, who documented the years that have passed since that dreadful day her son was taken. “When the car was torched, both Jewish and Palestinian policemen arrived at the scene, and each collected what they found in the area,” Mrs. Shaer told Yedioth Ahronoth. “It’s a great miracle. This diary could have been thrown in the trash. I couldn’t stop shaking for hours after the police investigators left.” In one excerpt, Gil-Ad talks about the joys of davening.   “Just last Monday I served as a cantor at the yeshiva for Shacha-


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Bat-Galim explained. “But he doesn’t despair. Quite the contrary, he hopes to succeed. What did this boy manage to do (in his life)? He didn’t manage to do things more than he managed. These are thoughts that weaken me. But then I think about what he did do in his 16 and a half years, I think how he’s lived a full life.” In another excerpt, Gil-Ad, whose name means eternal joy in Hebrew, sounds just as optimistic. “There’s something special in me! Finally, I feel like I have found something strong within me. This life force. That’s how I call it. I feel like there is a massive force of vitality in me. It finds expression in the great joy I try to maintain (Gil-Ad... there was a reason why I was given this beautiful name), it finds expression in the great love I feel towards my family and friends. I have an infinite power of love that wants what’s best for my loved and close ones, that wants them near. It is making me happy,” he wrote.

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Torah Thought

Strike Up the Band! By Rabbi Zvi Teichman

‫עזו‬.

‫ הללוהו ברקיע‬,‫ הללו אל בקדשו‬,‫הללויה‬

Halleluyah! Praise God in His holy place, praise Him in the firmament of His might.

‫ הללוהו כרב‬,‫הללוהו בגבורתיו‬ .‫גדלו‬

Praise Him with His mighty deeds, praise Him as befits His superb greatness.

‫ הללוהו‬,‫הללוהו בתקע שופר‬ .‫בנבל וכנור‬

Praise Him with a shofar blast, praise Him with psaltery and lyre.

‫ הללוהו במ־‬,‫הללוהו בתף ומחול‬ .‫נים ועגב‬

Praise Him with timbres and dance, praise Him with stringed instruments and flute.

‫ הללוהו‬,‫הללוהו בצלצלי שמע‬ .‫בצלצלי תרועה‬

Praise Him with resounding cymbals, praise Him with resonant cymbals.

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.‫ה‬-‫ה הללוי‬-‫כל הנשמה תהלל י‬ .‫ה‬-‫ה הללוי‬-‫כל הנשמה תהלל י‬

Let every soul praise God. Halleluyah! . This last chapter of Tehillim calling us to praise G-d ten times is the source for our reciting ten verses in the section of Kingship )‫(מלכויות‬. This chapter is also recited fully among the order of the Shofaros verses. In the finale of Tehillim, King David summons us to strike up the band, utilizing seven different instruments to create a magnificent symphony of praise to the Almighty. Significantly the very first musical instrument mentioned here is the Shofar, and the last, the ‫צלצלי תרועה‬, liter-

ally interpreted as resonant cymbals. )‫(מצודת דוד‬ The Targum Yonasan, however, translates this as ‫בצלצלון דמשמעין בי־‬ ‫בבא‬, the chimes that crying express. What type of musical contribution does crying accomplish? The Shofar too, is not one of the most versatile of instruments. Why is this then the ‘lead’ instrument in this exquisite symphony of praise? The sounds produced by the Shofar, we are taught, indeed mimic the sounds of crying. After the initial tekiah, straight blast, we initiate the shevarim, the slow groaning sound afterward segueing into the staccato cry of the teruah blasts. Music is produced through tension, friction and vibration. The taut tuned strings of a harp; the tension of the skin on a drum; and the vibrating air that flows through the flute, all produce the elements of sound we call ‘music’, based on the principles in physics of vibration and tension. The struggles we face daily challenge our resolve to overcome choosing the path of least resistance. When we resist energetically those forces that seek to quash our commitment we create a tension that resounds with the music of Emunah, that profound song of faith, the sweetest of sounds. Those among us who face the tests of illness; the tribulations of loneliness; the obstacles of poverty; the anguish of emotional turmoil, conquering it with a spirit of positivity

founded on a bedrock of faith and anchored in the inspiration of a life of devotion to Torah and its principles, are the true maestros of our nation. It is not only about those who confront difficulty with resolve. Those who constantly raise the bar of achievement by undertaking greater challenges in learning; pushing themselves beyond the limit of their means; doing more chessed, acts of kindness, discover new exciting notes that create an ever greater symphony of exquisite sound. The last four portions in the Book of Devarim we read prior, during and after the season of Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur were all said on the last day of Moshe’s life. In Nitzavim we reaffirm that which bonds us together; the renewal of the covenant we accepted at Mount Sinai. There it predicts our full teshuva, our returning one day in full allegiance to His embrace. In Vayelech it records the command for each of us to write and possess a Sefer Torah, the instrument that binds us together and to Him eternally. This is followed by Shiras Haazinu, a ‘song’ that recounts the challenge and struggle of our nation, throughout our long and difficult history. Despite the suffering recorded therein it is a song nonetheless, for it describes how we have fine-tuned our skills in courageously facing the tests G-d placed before us so that we may become ever greater. Each member of the Jewish nation is an integral component in the expression of Torah. The 600,000 letters in a Torah correspond to the equal number of root souls that stood at Sinai that we all stem from. Our lives and its challenges summon us to man our individual instruments and create the most exquisite of music in a joy-

ous symphony of sounds, produced by a most extraordinary orchestra. These are the ‘chimes that crying express’. We cry for closeness, offering tears of yearning, sowing the seeds to one day reap the blessings we are promised. Each year we fervently pray that this should be the year we will finally be redeemed from our long exile. May we dedicate ourselves anew to the task of producing the music of redemption, facing whatever comes our way, with joy, commitment and resolve. We are being given the opportunity to become great conductors and to compose a powerful score that will envelope a world ridden with despair, desperation and apathy, and infuse it with the joy of our special relationship with G-d. King David directs us: ‫כל הנשמה‬ ‫ה‬-‫תהלל י‬, Let every soul praise God. We are taught that the word for our soul; ‫נשמה‬, is rooted in the word ‫נשימה‬, breath, referring to that lifeforce that was first breathed into our being by G-d Himself, at the creation of Adam. For every intake of air we are fortunate to breathe we must commit to return it in tribute to G-d by living the inspired life He has bestowed upon us. ‘We’ are the virtual Shofar, as we transform that breath that was invested in us, dealing with the tensions of life, producing marvelous sounds that echo the Torah itself, which is the most exquisite, ‫שירה‬, song, itself. May we all merit to be inscribed in the Book of the Righteous and together join in producing a symphony of redemption!


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The Message of the Shofar By Rabbi Silber

The Torah tells us very little when it comes to the Yom Tov of Rosh Hashanah. We are told about the sacrificial obligations and rites and yet there is no mention that it is a universal day of judgment. In fact the Torah does not even identify this sacred day as “Rosh Hashanah” (the beginning or “head” of the year) rather, refers to it as “Yom Teruah,” the day on which the Teruah

is sounded. The Rabbis explain that the Torah is teaching us about the special mitzvah of the day – shofar. But what is the meaning of this mitzvah? What is the message contained in the powerful blasts of the shofar? Why did God choose to anchor the identity of this sacred and hallowed day in this particular obligation?

Rav Saadiah Gaon (882-942) explains that one of the reasons we sound the Shofar is to commemorate a miracle that occurred thousands of years ago. When the Jewish people entered the Land of Israel under the leadership of Yehoshua (Joshua) they were faced with the immediate challenge of conquering the border city of Yericho. Yericho was surrounded by heavily fortified tall walls and the only way to enter the Promised Land was through its gates. God commanded Yehoshua to circle the city; blow the shofar and the city walls would crumble. Yehoshua did as commanded and miraculously the walls of Yericho fell (according to some commentaries the walls sank into the ground). On Rosh Hashanah we remember the miracle of the crumbling walls of Yericho.

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While this is a beautiful idea, we are left to ponder; what is the connection between Rosh Hashanah and the crumbling walls of Yericho? Rebbi Nachman of Breslov (17721810) explains that we each have some obstacle we feel is insurmountable; a challenge we cannot overcome. We each have our “life wall” that we simply cannot scale. More often than not – this is but an illusion. As God demonstrated in Yericho even the strongest of walls can be brought down, even the most grueling of challenges can be met. Rebbi Nachman explains that this is the meaning of Rav Saadiah Gaon’s statement – we blow the shofar on Rosh Hashanah to remember the victory over Yericho, to remember that we have the ability to meet every life challenge head on, to bring down every wall that stands in our way. We may not immediately realize success, but we have the tools to

begin the process. This is why the Torah refers to this holy day as Yom Teruah. This is the very essence of our new year. Rosh Hashanah is our opportunity to commit to bringing down the walls that have kept us from accomplishing, growing and becoming more. If the shofar can bring down the walls of Yericho, it can give me the courage to demolish my walls as well. Randy Pauch was Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. In August 2006, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and pursued aggressive treatment. However, by August 2007 he was told it had metastasized and his condition was terminal. On September 18, 2007 Dr. Pauch delivered a moving talk that was titled, “The Last Lecture.” He said, “The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. The brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough.” As we take leave of 5777 we are reminded of the times in life when we looked at the wall, felt overwhelmed by its height and turned around. In just a few days we begin anew. Let us allow the sounds the shofar to fill our hearts and inspire us to aggressively overcome our obstacles, scale our walls and enjoy success in our life endeavors. I wish each of you beautiful and sweet New Year. May we merit a year filled with holiness, happiness, peace and beautiful life accomplishment. Kesiva V’Chasima Tova!


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J’aime La Vie By Rabbi Motty Rabinowitz This year, on our final approach to another Rosh Hashanna, I find myself drawn towards the stark choice presented to the Jewish people in our Torah reading: “Life and death I have presented before you, the blessing and the curse” – followed by the imperative, “And you should choose life”. I never cease to wonder at the simplicity and seeming redundancy of this verse. Do we really need to be guided to choose life above the other options? Besides, in what way are life and death different to blessings and curses? While many commentaries have already broached these ques-

tions, current events paint this verse with a deeper meaning. Watching the devastation in Texas and Florida, and viewing the sheer magnitude of communal and personal loss endured by the residents of Houston and southern Florida, triggers the obvious thought – what happens next? Having listened to, and read from, the tearful testimonies of many residents, it is clear that this is not a simple question. Many families have lost everything, their houses, cars, material possessions, and no less importantly, their memories. Some folk understandably reject the possibility of starting afresh in the same location, the pain too deep to wash away. Many others have courageously pulled up their socks and immediately and energetically initiated the rebuilding operation, despite the awful loss. I don’t envy families faced with such gut-wrenching dilemmas. Unfortunately, the Jewish people are not strangers to such decisions. The broken and emaciated survivors in the DP camps were faced with similar im-

possible choices after experiencing the horrors and torture inflicted by the Nazis. How could they possibly muster the strength to pick up the pieces and start life anew? We can of course all bear witness to the fact that the vast majority somehow accomplished just that, aided by leaders who consoled and encouraged their embittered souls. The Sanz-Klausenburg Rebbe, Rabbi Yekusiel Yehuda Halberstam, and the Bobover Rebbe, Rabbi Shlomo Halberstam, lost their whole families and communities in the Holocaust. Yet they comforted the survivors and initiated a miraculous rebirth, forming their impressive communities in Borough Park and Kiryat Sanz in Netanya, respectively. They chose life. You see, as I have grown older and lost more hair, I have come to the realization that ‘choosing life’ is not just about whether we decide to talk in shul, or whether we have an internet filter installed on our phones. Of course, that also needs careful deliberation. It is I believe, a more profound choice – one of attitude. It is about looking for the positive and clutching onto what is possible, whatever situation or phase of life we are in. I have encountered young men in their sixties and seventies building shuls, starting schools, developing communities, living a full life. But I also know alter people in their thirties, who have given up on growth and developing further, understandably weighed down by their jobs, tuition bills, and feelings of mediocrity. There are wealthy individuals, who despite their gifted bounty are mean-spirited and territorial with their possessions. Yet I have seen families living in small apartments bereft of furniture, who look at everything surrounding them with a good eye and an unbelievably positive outlook, possessed by a contagious zest for life - something I can only envy. As Rabbi Shimshon Rephoel Hirsch comments, this instruction to choose life attests to the fact that it requires a conscious decision, something that doesn’t just fall on our lap –

it can be challenging. Boruch Hashem, last year my family came back home to Eretz-Yisroel. As anyone who has undergone Aliyah can attest, the process can be quite challenging, especially during the first year. It would be the easiest thing to constantly kvetch about the many cultural differences, to moan about the drivers, or to find fault in the different flavors of Jews in my vicinity. This however is the approach of ‘death’, one that clouds any light, and drowns out any beauty or holiness. It has been hard work overcoming such cognitive poisoning, to instead move on and focus on the beautiful opportunities presented by being home in our land. The biggest hurdle to achieving such a profound attitude is of course, ourselves. Rabbi Shimshon Pincus while detailing his ideas on this ‘prolife-choice’, explains that the major impediment we encounter is the inferior view we have of our personal capabilities. We simply don’t believe we can do it. Between our jobs, families and the multiple hats we wear on a daily basis, we don’t have the energy or time to look for that additional growth, to grasp for those new possibilities, and to make the right choices. We get stuck, and we settle for where we are with no expectation of getting any further. But this is far from the truth. We say in mussaf on Rosh Hashanna: “‫עד‬ ‫ – ”יום מותו תחכה לו‬until the day he dies you will wait for him. As long as we are still alive, and that is all of this article’s readers, we can still grow, and have the power to reinvigorate, rebuild, and choose our attitude. Perhaps this gives additional meaning to, ”‫”זכרנו לחיים‬- remember us for life, that we will begin reciting on Rosh Hashanna. We pray that not only are we bequeathed on these holy days with physical life, but that we are all blessed with the inner-strength to cultivate an attitude of vibrant living – that we are granted the energy to rejuvenate, and together look forward and reach for the stars. May we all merit to love life!


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a good protein, like eggs, or low fat yogurt or cottage cheese, with a high fiber cracker or cereal. The protein and fiber together should keep you satisfied until lunch. 4. Reduce the Red Meat: Beef, lamb, and veal are fattier and more caloric than chicken or turkey. Don’t eat red meat at every single one of your fleishig meals. Mix it up and have just chicken or turkey at some of them.

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fat Greek salad, or homemade pizza on Portobello mushrooms with low sugar sauce and low fat cheese. 2. Matzah Mania: Once again, eating challah at six meals in a row will not have a favorable outcome. Eat whole wheat or spelt matzah for at least half of the meals, it’s much easier to control than the challah and contains no sugar! 3. Eat Breakfast: If possible, please eat breakfast before you go to shul. It’s a very long day, and if you skip this meal you will come starving to your late meal and will certainly overeat at that meal. Eat

5. Be Voracious with your Veggies: Try to fill up on more roasted, grilled, or steamed veggies and less kugels, mashed potatoes, or French fries. Plan to have some kind of veggie and/or salad at every meal. A vegetable soup is a great starter and you will eat less at that meal. 6. Walk this Way: I say it every holiday: standing in the kitchen cooking, serving, and cleaning is without a doubt hard work, but it’s not exercise! Weather-permitting, set aside time to go for a walk each day to help burn off those many extra calories.


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than granulated sugar, so keep that in mind when doing your dipping! 9. Water: Limit the diet soda; the bulk of your beverage consumption should be from water, seltzer, flavored seltzer, or tea. Avoid all juices, and go easy on the alcohol. Alcohol is metabolized more like a fat and slows down your metabolism. 10. Don’t Eat Standing Up: If you will be spending a lot of time in your kitchen, both nibbling and grazing are bound to occur. Make a rule for yourself that you cannot eat standing up, and this will deter or inhibit some of these extra bites

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“Say What?!”

- Tweet by the Pasco County, Fla. Sheriff department

This was not an exercise in bipartisanship.

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To clarify, DO NOT shoot weapons @ #Irma. You won’t make it turn around & it will have very dangerous side effects.

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Notable Quotes

- Trump critic Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on CNN, criticizing the deal President Trump struck with Democrats to fund the government and raise the debt ceiling

Bush managed to ride off into the sunset after destroying this country by socially engineering people that 9/11 was perpetrated by outsiders when it was an inside job by the American government.

You know, every life has to end one way or another.

- From a typo-riddled, America-hating article on Huffington Post on September 11

Well guys, it is official – football has begun! I saw that the Patriots will play a game in Mexico this November. And once they’re down there, the rest of the league will say, “OK, build the wall! Quick – we have a chance!”

– President Trump’s Chief of Staff General Kelly responding to Congressman Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) saying that he is “a disgrace to the uniform he used to wear” for serving in the Trump White House, which announced an end to an unconstitutional immigration program implemented by President Obama

– Jimmy Fallon

It is time to get in the Winnebago and visit all the diners on Route 66, or whatever older white people do. - HBO’s Bill Maher talking about Hillary Clinton

Going to prison over a pair of sneakers is a fairly bad life choice. Stay home and look after your loved ones and be thankful they are all safe. - Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Rick Maglione warning people, before Hurricane Irma, not to loot

It was the closest thing to getting to heaven. - Marine Cpl. Kionte Storey, who is a right foot amputee, talking about reaching the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak

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As far as the Congressman and other irresponsible members of Congress are concerned, they have the luxury of saying what they want as they do nothing and have almost no responsibility. They can call people liars but it would be inappropriate for me to say the same thing back at them. As my blessed mother used to say, “Empty barrels make the most noise.”

- Ibid., commenting on his aggressive illness


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Hillary Clinton’s not very bright. Everybody says she’s so smart, so much smarter than Donald Trump. … She doesn’t really have a grasp. She doesn’t have a grasp on what’s important and what’s not. And that’s what’s essential in a leader. Donald Trump has a grasp on what’s important and what’s marginalia. … That speech of hers is an embarrassment. Breitbart, alt-right, ethnonationalism, white supremacist. It landed flat. - Steve Bannon in an interview with Charlie Rose on “60 Minutes”

I’m a street fighter. ... By the way, I think that’s why Donald Trump and I get along so well. Donald Trump’s a fighter. Great counterpuncher. Great counter-puncher. He’s a fighter. … I’m going to be his wingman outside for the entire time, to protect … Donald Trump. B A LT I M O R E J E W I S H H O M E . C O M

– Ibid.

They need illegal aliens. They need illegal aliens to fill the churches, it’s obvious on the face of it. That’s what the entire Catholic bishop’s condemning. They have an economic interest in unlimited immigration - Ibid. explaining why the Catholic Church is pro-immigration

Former press secretary Sean Spicer will give his first paid speech this month here in New York City. They’re saying you should get tickets now, ‘cuz there’s only all of them left. - Jimmy Fallon

Word of the Year: Evaculation No politician had ever been caught trying to steal the grief of 9/11 families and make it his own. Donald Trump lost no friends on 9/11. None. Donald Trump did not attend a single 9/11 funeral, not one. Donald Trump did not participate in a single 9/11 commemoration until he was running for president. No presidential candidate ever lied about 9/11 that way. - MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell’s monologue on September 11th , after playing a clip of Pres. Trump commemorating the sacred day at the Pentagon

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio recently praised his running of the city, saying, “You’d assume they’d be having parades in the streets.” Unfortunately, New Yorkers can’t get to the streets because they’re stuck underground on the subway all day. – Seth Myers

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– Irma Schluter, 93, who, along with her 104-year old husband of seventy-five years, was profiled in the New York Times last week

Off I went, into a frenzy of closet cleaning, and long walks in the woods, playing with my dogs, and, as I write – yoga, alternate nostril breathing, which I highly recommend, tryin’ to calm myself down. And – you know, my share of Chardonnay. It was a very hard transition. I really struggled. I couldn’t feel, I couldn’t think. I was just gob-smacked, wiped out. - Hillary Clinton on CBS’s “Sunday Morning” recalling what she did after her election loss

Secretary Clinton ran against the most unpopular candidate in this country and she still lost. Nobody in Texas gives a flip about what Chris Christie has to say… Chris should go back to the beach. - Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), in a New York Times interview, responding to Gov. Chris Christie calling him a hypocrite for requesting federal assistance in response to Hurricane Harvey after he fought against aid for Hurricane Sandy, based on that bill containing excessive pork

I hope he will have the confidence to be himself.

- The former headmaster of Thomas’s Battersea School in London, talking about 4-year old Prince George who began nursery there last week

It’s pure, classic Donald Trump. I thought it was really smart. The biggest fear a salesperson has is that a deal would die, and so working with somebody, even if it’s for a short term, even if it’s with the Democrats, keeps the deal alive. There’s a lot of things I disagree with him on, but this is one thing I think he’s hit the nail on the head. - Billionaire Mark Cuban on Fox News praising President Trump’s deal with Democrats on the federal budget and hurricane funding

Former President Obama today criticized President Trump’s decision to end the DACA program. Of course, the only reason Trump wants to end it is because he thinks DACA is Obama’s middle name. “We must end the failed policies of Barack DACA Hussein Obama.” - Seth Myers

Incidentally, DACA is also what Hillary Clinton shouts at the bar when she wants another daiquiri. “Can I get a DACA?” – Ibid.

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– Bernie Sanders, on “The Late Show” with Stephen Colbert, responding to Hillary Clinton’s digs at him in her new book

– Gov. Cuomo, who has a long-running feud with Mayor de Blasio, when asked whether he endorses the Democratic incumbent in the Democratic primaries

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Teacher: Could you please pay a little attention? Student: I’m paying as little attention as I can. Teacher: James, where is your

homework? James: I ate it. Teacher: Why? James: You said it was a piece of cake!

Teacher: You’ve got your shoes on the wrong feet. Pupil: But these are the only feet I’ve got! Child: Today my teacher yelled at me for something I didn’t do. Mother: What was that?

Child: My homework!

Son: Hey, Mom, I got a hundred in school today. Mom: That’s wonderful! What did you get a hundred in? Son: In two things: I got forty in reading and sixty in spelling.

Son: I’m not going back to school ever again Mother: Why not? Son: The teacher doesn’t know a thing; all she does is ask questions!

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Well Said “I never did very well in math – I could never seem to persuade the teacher that I hadn’t meant my answers literally.” -Calvin Trillin

“But there are advantages to being elected president. The day after I was elected, I had my high school grades classified Top Secret.” -Ronald Reagan

“I was recently on a tour of Latin America, and the only regret I have was that I didn’t study Latin harder in school so I could converse with those people.” -Dan Quayle

“Smartness runs in my family. When I went to school I was so smart my teacher was in my class for five years.” -Gracie Allen

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” -Albert Einstein “In school they told me Practice makes perfect. And then they told me Nobody’s perfect, so then I stopped practicing.” -Steven Wright


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Hurricane Trivia Most hurricanes in the U.S. start in the exact same place. Where is that location? a.

5.

Specific names of hurricanes are retired when what happens? a.

Western African

b. South America

b. The hurricane merges with other storms

c.

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Gulf of Mexico

d. Your 10-year-old’s knapsack

d. A person with the same name files a lawsuit

Hurricane Galveston took place in 1900 and is the biggest hurricane in recorded history, with over 8,000 lives lost. Where did Hurricane Galveston take place?

6. Australian Clement Wragge, who is often considered to be the father of modern meteorology, was the first to name tropical cyclones in the late 1800’s. What did he name them after?

Texas

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North Carolina

b. Friends from his 12th grade class who stated in the yearbook that Wragge would probably “blow it in life”

d. Louisiana How long did the longest lasting hurricane in recorded U.S. history last?

c. He would open up the Australian Centennial News obituary section and pick a random name

4 days

d. He would raffle off the honors to community members

b. 2 weeks 31 days

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d. 6 weeks

a.

On July 17, 1943, Joseph Duckworth made history by doing what? a.

b. Warm ocean water c.

Flying his plane into the eye of a hurricane

Eating 6 pies of pizza during the course of a 36hour hurricane. (A record recently broken by the TJH Centerfold Commissioner.)

d. Being blown 2 miles in hurricane winds and surviving

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A hurricane makes “landfall” when what happens? a.

The edge crosses the coastline

b.

The center crosses the coastline

c.

The rain begins to fall over land

d. The post-hurricane surge takes place

A- Joseph Duckworth was an Air Corps. Lieutenant Colonel in World War II. In 1943 he flew an AT-6 single engine trainer into a small but strong hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico near Galveston, Texas, becoming the first person to safely fly through a developed in the Pacific Ocean in 1994, lasted 31 days.

B

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B- Water temperatures of 80 Fahrenheit or more contribute to hurricane formation.

7.

A

6.

C

5.

hurricane.

Hurricane Intelligence Category Scale 7-8 correct: You are a Cat 5 hurricane. 4-6 correct: You are a Cat 2 ½ (Just kidding, there is no Cat 2 ½,

but you probably didn’t know that.) 0-3 correct: You are a Cat 0. The answers my friend are blowing in the wind ... but you can’t seem to find them. You are the type of guy who would actually need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.

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A full moon

d. Changes in barometric pressure from low to high

b. Accurately predicting a hurricane’s path for the first time c.

Bad thunderstorms

1.

4.

What is a major cause of hurricane formation?

4.

c.

A- Research has shown that most of the monster storms that hit the U.S. and Canada start out as a distinct weather pattern in the atmosphere over western Africa, specifically a spot off the coast of the African Cape Verde islands.

a.

A

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C- Hurricane/Typhoon John, which

a.

When the named hurricane is particularly devastating

3.

2.

Every 65 years a new batch of names is used

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e all are familiar with the custom of reciting Selichos from before Rosh Hashanah until Erev Yom Kippur (and some communities even from Rosh Chodesh Elul. The question arises each year when the Selichos period is upon us as to when Selichos should be recited. At this time, we try to fit the Selichos into our busy schedules. Many places have a practice to say Selichos at 10:00 p.m., some at 1:00 a.m., and others before Shacharis in the morning. When is the opportune time to recite Selichos? Why do the Ashkenazim start after chatzos on Motza’ei Shabbos? The Rambam says that during the Aseres Yemei Teshuvah we get up “at night” and say words of tachanunim. The Shulchan Aruch mentions as well that we awake in “ashmores haboker” to say Selichos, which is understood to mean night. Many authorities quote this and rule that one should say Selichos at night before alos hashachar. The reason for saying it at night is because that time is a time of ratzon. There are those who have the custom to recite Selichos at chatzos, since that is also a time of ratzon. There are those who have a min-

yan for Selichos and Yud-Gimmel Middos before chatzos; however, this practice is frowned upon by the poskim. In fact, Harav Yaakov Kamenetsky zt”l mentions that he is not sure what the heter is for it. Although we do recite Selichos on Yom Kippur night before chatzos, this should not serve as any proof that doing so is permitted, since Yom Kippur is a day of mercy. Some people might be tempted to daven at the 10:00 p.m. minyan in order to get up to go to work in the morning without waking up earlier to say Selichos. In addition, some may be scared to go out early in the morning and would rather do it at night. Furthermore, people are tired from working all day, and do not want to sacrifice their sleep. Harav Moshe Feinstein zt”l dealt with this question in Igros Moshe. He maintains that since the Gemara never actually forbids saying Selichos before chatzos, we cannot prohibit this practice. If the option is to recite Selichos before chatzos or not to recite them at all in the morning, one should recite them at night with the early minyan. However, he adds that this should not be done on a regular basis and cannot be done year after year. Some suggest that

the source for saying Selichos before chatzos, usually about 10:00 p.m., is because in Eretz Yisrael it is after chatzos. Therefore, it is permitted even though it is before chatzos in other parts of the world. One who wishes may recite Selichos at Minchah (although this practice is not common), since we recite vidui (nusach Sephard) during Minchah. Those who say Selichos before chatzos do not recite the Yud-Gimmel Middos, Ashrei, Kaddish after Ashrei, and the Lecha Hashem. Ashkenazim begin reciting Selichos on Motza’ei Shabbos after chatzos. On this day, they are particular to recite Selichos at night, since we say in the portion of the Selichos, “B’motza’ei yom menuchah,” which is referring to Shabbos. Therefore, it cannot be said on Sunday. Some hold that one should change to weekday clothing before reciting Selichos on Motza’ei Shabbos. We all need as much mercy as possible during these days, and we should make sure to recite Selichos in the most opportune time frame and try not to rely on leniencies. Whether one is saying Selichos at night or early in the morning, he may say it loud even if he may be a nui-

sance to some neighbors. However, one should still try to ensure that the windows are closed to avoid disturbing the neighbors. We have mentioned above that the opportune time for Selichos is at alos hashachar. Even after sunrise, which is the opportune time for Shacharis, one should still recite Selichos first. This is true despite the concept that whatever is more common comes first. It is possible that since reciting Selichos is a custom, it takes precedence over davening. On fast days, we say Selichos during davening. Why do we say them before davening during Elul? It is possible that we need the extra merits, so we say Selichos earlier to add to our merits. On fast days, the Selichos are added as an extra aspect to tefillah, so we say them after Shemoneh Esrei. In addition, Selichos before davening can help us prepare ourselves to daven with more concentration, and be a merit for us during the days of Elul. If one comes to shul and they have already started davening, he can daven with them and then say Selichos later at another minyan.


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

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Our daughter Rena married a man who charmed her, us, and everyone from the first date. We all fell in love with him. However, as soon as Pinchas and Rena got married, he let his true colors come through. He was constantly critical and disgusting toward our daughter, privately and even in public. He would insult her and put her down. We never actually came right out and told Rena that we thought she should divorce Pinchas, but we would drop hints and let her know that we were concerned about her. Then, after a year and a half of marriage and no children, the most wonderful thing happened. Pinchas decided he wanted a divorce. We viewed this as a gift from Hashem. But despite her terrible marriage, Rena was devastated that he was leaving her. She had a very difficult time dealing with feelings of abandonment. And also, after eighteen months of abuse, I think she felt truly beaten down and worthless. At the time, all we could see was that now Rena finally had an opportunity to meet someone who would appreciate her and treat her the way she deserved. But all Rena could see was her failure as a wife. We forced her to speak to a therapist a few times, which she felt was helpful, but bottom line, Rena is not interested in dating now and, according to her, maybe never. She says she doesn’t trust men and is very happy living at home with me and my husband, where she feels safe. She has not gone out since her divorce, and, of course, the clock is ticking away. My husband and I are very concerned that Rena will never want to date again and eventually will spend her life looking after us. What can we do as parents to help Rena understand that what happened with Pinchas is out of the ordinary and that it’s safe to go out again and consider marriage? How does someone get over such a traumatic experience?

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am sorry that Rena has gone through the experience you described. The feelings of abuse, abandonment, feeling beaten down and worthlessness that you ascribe to her are normal. So is the feeling of failure. Some people feel unequal to making a good choice in a spouse after a divorce. But all of these emotions are not the same. Abandonment feels  different  than  abuse,  which feels different than worthless.   Don’t confuse these feelings that you say your daughter has. Your job as a parent is to be supportive of your daughter and give her the tools to process the end of the marriage. One of the tools is re-

spect for her adulthood and privacy. Remember that she is an adult child – even if she is a child. She needs to process things without your active involvement. It’s good that she is seeing a therapist and she should be encouraged to do so. But you should not be forcing anything. Although Rena is living at home, she is an adult and needs to be treated as such. Your tone seems rather dramatic. She is not doomed to permanent singlehood because of an unsuccessful short marriage. It may have been traumatic but she will move forward with help, time and space. Give her those gifts. And give yourselves the tools to give them to her – get professional help for yourselves. Learn the skills to be supportive in a healthy way that will help your daughter.

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f all the trials and tribulations of parenthood, nothing is as painful as watching your child suffer.  You may have winced when Rena got her first vaccinations, tossed and  turned while she endured the growing pains of adolescence, and, years later, shed bitter tears during her tortured and abusive marriage of 18 months. Now Rena is back in the comfort and safety of her childhood home. While you acknowledge her divorce is a “gift from Hashem,” it’s understandable that your heart aches for her abuse and abandonment. It’s also natural for you to be anxious for her to get back on the horse and ride

Give Rena the gifts of love, encouragement, privacy and space.

happily into the sunset. Sorry Mom, toss your ticking clock; recovery from trauma, or PTSD, in psych-speak, is not automatic or predictable. Rena seems like a sensitive soul (having been duped into marriage by a sociopath and enduring his torment for almost two years). She needs time to process the ordeal, time to rebuild her self-esteem, time to regain confidence in others.  This  will take a lot of work and a competent therapist. As for your role? Give Rena the gifts of love, encourage-

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body saw it coming. I cannot believe what you have lived through. She needs an emotional mirror. She doesn’t need to be moved through this quickly. She needs to be validated. She needs time to process. She needs time to understand how she got into such an abusive relationship and, furthermore, time to understand why she stayed for eighteen months. If she were to start dating without having processed her trauma and rebuilt her ego strength, the odds of her finding herself in another  abusive relationship are quite good. So, let’s slow this down a bit. Of course, she is scared. Of course, she doesn’t want to date right now. Of course, of course, of course. Your new personal motto and mantra is Of Course. Why Of Course? Two reasons. The first is, Of Course Rena’s feelings make  sense. This speaks to the enormous amount of validation you are going to give her right now. Being in a psychologically, emotionally or physically abu-

Let her unpack her suitcase of baggage in the comfort of her childhood home so she will not unpack it in her next relationship.

sive relationship throws off a woman’s inner compass. Abusive men tamper with their wives’ sense of reality. This is how they keep their victims coming back for more. They’ll tell you it’s day when it’s night. They’ll tell you it’s black when it’s white. Abused women stop trusting their own intuition and sometimes their sense of reality. She needs a safe place where she can learn to trust herself again. And that place is not with a new husband. It’s with you and her father, it’s with trusted relatives and friends. It’s in new experiences she will have as a single woman. The second reason is that Rena’s reactions, decisions and emotions right now are Of Course or on course. In other words, everything she is doing, feeling, saying and thinking is to be expected. This is going to take time. Your daughter is in pain. Let her unpack her suitcase of baggage in the comfort of her childhood home so she will not unpack it in her next relationship. You can encourage her to seek out therapy again; perhaps there is a local support group for women who were in abusive relationships. (The therapy is not to help get her ready to date again. The therapy  is  to  help  her  find  herself  and  heal.)   And you can encourage her to engage in therapeutic activities where she will

slowly regain  her  confidence  and  sense  of self. What does she enjoy? A gym class, a bike ride, a shiur, pottery painting, taking a long walk, seeing a friend, cooking… Many women exiting abusive relationships enjoy taking up karate or Krav Maga to learn self-defense. It can be very empowering. My hope is that as you become healthier in the way of pressuring her less that she will feel more comfortable and commit to therapy. Thank G-d, Pinchas wanted the divorce. You got your daughter back. That is all you need to think about right now. When Rena is ready, she will date again and hopefully find a man who is worthy  of her. Try to stay in the moment. Take deep breaths, cry to a friend, and take care of yourself. You’ve been through a trauma as well. Sincerely, Jennifer Mann, LCSW Esther Mann, LCSW and Jennifer Mann, LCSW work with individuals, couples and families in Hewlett, NY. As The Navidaters, they specialize in dating and relationship coaching. To set up an appointment, please call 516.224.7779. Sessions are held in the office or via Skype. If you would like to submit a dating or relationship question to the panel anonymously, please email thenavidaters@gmail.com. Visit their website, thenavidaters.com for dating and relationship advice and to learn more about their services. Follow The Navidaters on FB and Instagram. Check out the hit web series Soon By You, and be sure to tune into the Navidaters After Show!!

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can almost feel your desire and sense of urgency that Rena start to date and get remarried. It is palpable. I have to wonder if you have allowed yourself to process the pain and suffering that your daughter has been through and continues to experience. If you have, please forgive me. But I would be remiss if I weren’t to acknowledge that it would be emotionally easier to move on from this and see your daughter remarried than it would be to sit in this horrible pain. If you were to feel this, you may break down…and you may not have the luxury to do so. I’m not going to save my advice for the end of the column; I’m going to say it right now. You and your husband (if he shares this “clock is ticking” mentality) should speak with a mental health professional right away to help redirect your energy and efforts.  The very worst thing  for Rena right now is to feel pressured to jump back into a relationship. What does Rena need right now? She needs you to say, You were duped! No-

Therefore, I think your role right now is to respectfully give Rena the time and space she needs to heal and also to  set  a  different  tone  around  your house – a tone that conveys that you feel confident in her future.   Be positive, encouraging and loving without putting pressure on her. As an aside, it sounded to me as though she met with a therapist for a couple of times and that was the end of it. I think she probably needs to settle into a longer relationship with a great therapist who can help her along the road toward happiness, confidence and optimism. 

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in the minute. Right now, it sounds as though Rena is still deep in the throes of a very painful few years and probably believes that her heart will never mend and that she doesn’t want to ever risk putting herself in this situation again. You, however, as the adult, surely knows that our hearts are resilient and do, with time, mend. As an outsider, looking in, this reality should ease your fears to some degree, knowing that Rena can say and mean one thing today but that doesn’t mean that with a proper amount of time and healing she won’t say and feel quite differently.   

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Last week I had the unfortunate privilege to travel to the Jewish community in Houston with twenty other Baltimore volunteers to provide assistance as it began recovery from Hurricane Harvey. While it was an inspiring, eye opening and educational experience, I will say again that it is unfortunate that we had to be there. With the support of many generous donors and our families, we jumped on flights to do a good deed, but the situation on the ground is dreadful and long after we settle back into our lives, the lives and futures of those affected will continue to hang in a complicated balance. Being a kind of uncontrollably analytical person, I came away with a few key observations that

I hope you will find insightful. Businesses are ultimately run by people, and the worst of times often bring out the best in people: Discounted flights, markdowns on tools and supplies, waived luggage fees, free food and drinks and more. As we made our preparations for the mission, along the way the humanity that is often hidden in industry came out strong. Ultimately, business is business and we can’t expect it to be this way all the time, but it sure did feel good while it lasted. Moving forward, I think it’s important to remember that behind the brands are people, and while the status quo in business is going to generally be the pursuit of growth and profits, we need to find

ways to keep the humanity alive so we can tap into it. One of the volunteers, David Kastner, works for a firm that provides each employee a set number of hours per year that they can take as paid time off to volunteer for a communal cause. That’s awesome! As a business owner, I came away with a new sense of dedication to making sure my company encourages its employees to participate in acts of kindness as a team. Disaster is chaos and creates opportunities for tremendous waste and fraud: In the days that followed I have taken an interest in learning how a city recovers from a disaster of this magnitude. What you quickly find out is that as the kind-hearted go back to everyday life, the opportunistic and maliciously-hearted roll into town looking to take advantage of the situation. Please don’t misunderstand someone needs to rebuild these homes and that’s going to be a big business boom, however there is also outright fraud, price gouging and deceit common in the aftermath of events like Hurricane Harvey. So much so that in 2005 the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) was established in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to deal with the issue in partnership with the Department of Justice and law enforcement agencies. As a community that has shown tremendous dedication to helping our brothers and sisters, I think this raises the importance of sticking around for the long haul. The people impacted are in a state of shock and overwhelm. At first, I thought it was just calm southern hospitality, but with time I realized it was shock. It’s unfortunate, but the reality is that this level of overwhelm and desperation makes them susceptible to being victimized again in the aftermath and recovery process. Somehow, we need to make sure that our support of the Houston community includes advisory and logistical support as they begin to navigate the insurance, FEMA, and rebuilding process. Help smarter, not harder: Everyone wants to help. It comes from a good place. But sometimes we help in ways that are not efficient and can in fact become a burden to those we

aimed to help. According to a 2012 article written in the LA Times in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, “The best estimates available suggest that about 60% of the supplies that arrive at a disaster site are not beneficial to the survivors and should not have been sent. Moreover, unloading and storing or disposing of unnecessary donations can take away from more important relief efforts.” Disaster responders refer to the handling and sometimes disposal of these items as “a second-tier disaster.” My observation from being there is that it’s preferable to send money or help with your hands, and to provide your support through an organization you trust to be responsible and in direct contact with those you are trying to help. I must compliment the OU’s Houston Relief Team, and specifically Rabbi Adir Posey for a tremendously organized and well-coordinated relief effort. The OU demonstrated great leadership, compassion, and fiscal responsibility in the way the mission was run, and demonstrated a tremendous dedication to the community and to the donors that entrusted them with funds. We were told to raise our own money for travel and logistics because the funds donated were intended for the victims, not to fund relief efforts. I respect that and in my mind, it demonstrates a tremendous amount of honesty and professionalism. Moving forward, I am committing to more thoughtful giving. Charity and giving feels almost viral sometimes in its pace. Whether its Houston, Florida, or any other cause, let’s take a moment and make sure we are giving in the most helpful and efficient way. May all our good deeds, good intentions, and dedication to one another stand by our side this Rosh Hashanah so we can be blessed with a year of only goodness and the strength to navigate whatever opportunities or tests come our way in the new year. Azi Rosenblum is a business consultant and the founder and CEO of RemSource, an outsourced provider of administrative and bookkeeping services for small businesses. To suggest a topic or ask a question for a future #BizWiz column, email BizWiz@baltimorejewishhome.com.


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The latter is a “must” for focusing on itself only, while WhatsApp and its ilk mostly provide connectivity when it’s not absolutely needed. Both are overused by a young generation unaware of their deceptive benefits. Unlike in some of the schools I taught in in New York, students in

Israel are permitted to carry their phones around with them everywhere. “Put your phone away” is now joined by a similar request to do the same with those annoying spinners. I once asked a student to look me in the face. I thought this simple request would draw her attention away from her phone. Instead she raised her head and phone together and addressed me eye to eye (as it were) while keeping her face firmly ensconced on the screen. Being told that fidget spinners help them focus, it is nothing short of miraculous for a teacher to successfully instruct a class without the oc-

their homeroom classes and the rest of the teaching staff. It is not uncommon for students in need of one-on-one contact with adults to misread simple messages unless they receive multiple confirmation replies. In many cases this evolves from a lack of confidence and the need to confer with an adult. The phone might be many things, but it has yet to replace flesh and bones and the comforting presence of an adult. At the end of the school year I experienced a wake-up call. So accustomed am I to the constant use of WhatsApp that I had become im-

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casional gadget/widget interruption. Unfortunately, teachers have been unwillingly sucked into the vortex of social media usage while at school. The most common method for teachers and students staying in touch is through the WhatsApp application. Teachers are encouraged to open lists with each of their classes with an eye to encouraging better communication. The result? It is used to the point of abuse. Homeroom teachers are particularly vulnerable, for it is they who act as a bridge between

mune to the scores of messages I was daily receiving. Suddenly school was out, and there was no longer the need for students to contact me. The silence was deafening. It took me a day or two to feel liberated from its grips. In a recent podcast interview, the technology commentator Adam Greenfield said that because “we aren’t fully, emotionally present, people are constantly attracted to their phones because there’s a fear of missing out.” As a result “we’ve become less canny about ourselves and

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find it difficult to align ourselves to others.” As phones have become an extension of our arms, and as they have increasingly connected us to the world, we have lost the ability to communicate. The breakdown in connectivity caused by over-connectivity is perplexing; it manifests itself in ever changing verbal patterns; it is increasingly difficult to have meaningful conversations with a large segment of students. Instead a teacher can often find him/herself on the receiving end of short sentence bursts not unlike the sound bites one might hear on a reality show. Kids are beginning to talk to adults in the language they use when messaging. Then there are those ubiquitous, annoying fidget spinners that students vociferously claim are essential for maintaining focus. Students look like modern day technological soldiers: in one hand they wield the spinners that buzz and whir like a nest of bees; in the other, their phones, which they use to re-

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62 cord their lives. In a May article The Atlantic magazine wrote, “Ours is not an era characterized by collaboration between humans and earth—or Earth, for that matter.” This observation is increasingly true. We are dealing with a new generation of individuals disconnected from one another on the one hand, yet overly connected to each other in perpetual vacuity. My neighbor, Moshe Levi, is a school counselor here in the north. He is in the process of completing his doctorate in education. He spent months traveling from school to school getting over 1,000 students to participate in a questionnaire. The questions took two sessions to complete at a loss of no more than 20 minutes of students’ time. When he began Moshe discovered student cooperation almost non-existent. He turned to true and tried methods; handing out free movie tickets and a huge quantity of candy in order to extend the time needed to concentrate.

One of his gripes about the current Israeli teenager is their empowerment over teachers. He cited WhatsApp as an example, which forces teachers to be at the beck and call of students 24/7. He asked me what would be the outcome upon receiving messages from students but not replying immediately. I told him it happens all the time. Students become irate, they re-text that I am ignoring them, and one had even exited the class list because I hadn’t answered her in timely fashion. Ignore the fact that I was otherwise occupied at the time, these youngsters demanded an instant response. We have become slaves to the very devices we don’t want in our classrooms. Moshe suggested the time was ripe for the Ministry of Education to create an application that allows communication without the element of burden on teachers. That app will more than likely appear on our devices in the near future. In the meantime, summer vacation provided a welcome break from the over-

whelming volume of text messages. During the month of July, a handful of students took state exams. Homeroom teachers were asked to send out reminders. The message to my class was short and to the point: “Be at school on Thursday the 13th at 12:15 for math exam.” It didn’t take long for them to reply. One texted back at me no less than four times wanting to confirm the time he had to be at school. “12:15?” he asked over and over. I didn’t see his messages because, as it sometimes happens in my life, I was otherwise occupied. I was walking through the local mall with my wife when his mother called me wanting to know why I was ignoring her son. Thus began a cycle of explanation and time wasting that one concise and precise text message – a message that was designed to make life easier – couldn’t successfully address. Rafi Sackville, formerly of Cedarhurst, teaches in Ort Maalot in Western Galil.


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n the beginning it was His intention to create (the world) with the Divine Standard of Justice, but he perceived that the world would not endure, so He preceded it with the Divine Standard of Mercy, allying it with the Divine Standard of Justice. (Rashi to Bereishis 1:1) Since the earliest stages of creation, Hashem deemed it necessary for din and rachamim to be melded together, working harmoniously in response to Man’s misdeeds. But how does this work? How can din and rachamim be used in conjunction with one another to achieve a desired result? Rav Eliyahu Dessler (Michtav M’Eliyahu, Volume 1, p.8ff) explains this idea through the following example. Suppose there are two young men who each rob a bank of the same amount of money. One was raised in a crime-riddled community without proper parenting and guidance. The other comes from an upstanding home; now, he has fallen in with the wrong crowd and has turned to a life of crime. The judge, who happened to be a roommate with the second thief’s father while in law school, rules that the first thief must spend two years in prison. His friend’s son, however, is required to pay a small fine and contribute 200 hours of communal service.

At first glance, this inconsistency in judgment would appear to be highly inappropriate. After all, they committed the same crime. If anything, logic would dictate that the criminal from the depressed neighborhood should be treated with more clemency, while the one who was raised in an upscale setting should be reprimanded more severely. Certainly, the judge would want to avoid any possible accusations of impropriety by letting his friend’s son off easy.

additional guidance and a return to a strong, healthy environment, he can be redirected along the proper path. Under these circumstances, even “justice” would agree that leniency offers the best means of turning this young man around. Time in the penitentiary amongst hardened criminals would only exacerbate the problem. The first thief, on the other hand, does not possess a clear sense of proper social conduct. From his perspective, crime is a way of life, a means of

The goal must be to correct the crime or transgression so that they are not repeated in the future. Rav Dessler explains that the proper objective of justice is not to punish criminals or sinners for their misdeeds. Rather, the goal must be to correct the crime or transgression so that they are not repeated in the future. In the case of the second criminal, who was raised in a home that valued proper conduct and respect for the law, this objective can best be achieved through a more lenient approach. This particular young man understands deep down what is right. With some

survival. To allow him immediately back on the street would almost guarantee future repetition of criminal activity, which could result in even more dire results. Here, “mercy” would advocate for a stricter punishment, to suffer more today with the hope of a better tomorrow. Thus, the partnership of mercy and strict justice is one in which the number one priority is to identify the best interests of the criminal or sinner. What will inspire the most improvement? Which approach will

more likely lead to a more positive outcome? Parents, teachers, administrators and bosses (to name a few) often find themselves in situations that necessitate a judgment and perhaps a consequence. The common response is that of strict justice, to apply din as a means of discouraging repeated misconduct. However, oftentimes the best approach is that of rachamim, which also communicates a message of confidence that they have the ability to turn things around. By getting to know the individual well, you can best determine the type of response that fits the situation and the person best and inspires the wrongdoer to improve on his conduct moving forward. As Rosh Hashana is here, let us hope for the kind of judgment that will motivate us to become the very best possible. We should also daven for the special wisdom that allows us to continually deal with our children, students, co-workers, and others in a manner that seeks to build and inspire greatness. Rabbi Naphtali Hoff, PsyD, is an executive coach and President of Impactful Coaching and Consulting. He can be reached at 212-470-6139 or at nhoff@impactfulcoaching.com. Get his new book, “Becoming the New Boss,” on Amazon or at becomingthenewboss.com/order.


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Selective Mutism (SM) is an anxiety disorder when a person does not speak in specific situations or to specific people. As an anxiety disorder, the prevailing symptom is that talking in certain settings evokes a sense of intense fear and terror. The age of onset is usually in the preschool years and without intervention it can persist for years. Parents are often unaware of the problem until the child starts school. These children often have no problem whatsoever in their home setting and parents are often surprised to learn that their chatty five-year-old has not opened their mouth in school. There might be other reasons for

a child not talking in school such as hearing problems, learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, or poor language comprehension (such as with children of multilingual families) to name a few. This would not be considered SM. A proper diagnosis needs to be made in order to determine the proper intervention. Here are some other basic details about SM: • Girls are three times more likely to have SM than boys • They often have excellent comprehension of the material being taught in school • They might use non-verbal communication such as hand and head

motions • Sometimes there is a family history of anxiety • It is unlikely to be related to abuse and is usually related to an anxious or shy temperament • The child is not being stubborn or defiant • The child might look happy, but inside the child is likely experiencing debilitating pain The child’s behavior becomes more entrenched as time goes on, so early intervention would be prudent. If left untreated, there is a risk of developing enduring social anxiety in adulthood. For treatment to be successful there

should be collaboration between the therapist, the school, and the parents. Although SM falls under the general category of anxiety disorders, the intervention needs to be custom-tailored to SM, so a clinician with training and experience in this disorder is vital. This is a service of Relief Resources. Relief is an organization that provides mental health referrals, education, and support to the frum community. Rabbi Yisrael Slansky is director of the Baltimore branch of Relief. He can be contacted at 410448-8356 or at yslansky@reliefhelp. org

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osh Hashanah is fast approaching, with all its dread, grandeur, and awe. Selichos has begun and preparations for the great Day of Judgment are underway. One does not stand before the King with a stained coat. He does not sit at the royal table with dirt on his face. And so we have spent the past few weeks washing up. We have spent much time scrubbing and scouring our spiritual clothes of new stains they have picked up or old stains that may have darkened over the course of the past year. We have begun to experience the fulfillment of the verse, “And I will throw pure waters upon you and you will be purified,”[1] we have found the confidence to say, “Make me pure, and I will be whiter than snow,”[2] and have mustered the courage to beg, “Grant me a new heart, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”[3] Yet, could it be this simple? Can one just wipe away the hardened mud of months of sin, spiritual error, and religious oblivion by taking a little shower of Torah study and prayer? How is one to understand this, that over the two days of Rosh Hashanah he can completely rebuild his relationship with the Master of the world? Imagine if, G-d forbid,

there was a husband who was abusive toward his wife. Right after the wedding, he began to threaten her, yell at her, even hit her, lo aleinu. The poor girl, too ashamed and scared of the repercussions to alert anybody of

quet of flowers. Entering the kitchen, he presents these flowers to his estranged spouse, and begins speaking to her in the most loving terms. He says that he just met a marriage counselor on the train home and had

To everyone’s surprise, he called out, in a clear voice, “I would like to be dressed in the clothes I was wearing the day I first entered the palace from the forest.”

the situation, suffered in silence for ten years. Over that period of time her life grew almost entirely apart from her madman of a husband, remaining cordial only in front of their children and friends to maintain the façade of a happy life. In truth, her life was in shambles, her dreams destroyed. Then suddenly, one day, the husband walks into the house in a cheerful mood, glowing with happiness and smiling from ear to ear. In his hand, he holds an elaborate bou-

come to realize, during the course of their conversation, how badly he has acted. He would like to make amends. Obviously, it’s not so simple, right? It will take many long months and perhaps years to build a relationship. All that trauma and pain is ever-present and can’t merely be washed away by a bouquet of flowers. The question is, if this doesn’t work in human relationships, why should it work in the relationship

between Klal Yisrael and their Creator? Come and listen to an incredible parable from R’ Levi Yitzchak of Berditchov.

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here was once a king who enjoyed spending his leisure time alone. Alone it was easier to think. Alone it was less strange to talk to oneself. And so, one day, he changed into hunting clothes, grabbed his crossbow, and took a path leading from the edge of the sprawling palace grounds into the forest. He walked and walked, allowing his thinking and talking to merge as one, as they often do when one is alone. The more he walked, the more engrossed in his dreams he grew and the less aware of where he was going he became. He walked for many hours. Suddenly, snapping back to reality, he realized that he was entirely lost. Panic struck first, his face ablaze as all possible worst scenarios struck his mind at once. But soon, logic presided and he began to search for a person who would be able to direct him back to the palace. After some time, he came across a group of homeless people, forest men. They were dirty and disheveled and they smelled something awful. Every roy-

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There the king stopped. Putting a hand on the tramp’s shoulder, he said, “We have become friends, unlikely as this may seem. You have done me a tremendous favor and I am forever indebted to you. But moreover, I like you, and your company delights me. I would like to make you into one of my top advisors.” Overjoyed by this proposal, the tramp readily agreed and was taken to a side room where his muddy clothes, streaked with grass stains and plastered with dry leaves, were removed and placed in a forlorn drawer. He took a long shower, received a haircut, and trimmed his beard before getting dressed in the special royal garments worn by the king’s advisors. His joy knew no bounds. Fast forward a few years. The relationship between the king and his close friend and trusted advisor had grown only stronger with time. They were inseparable, and nobody could claim access to the king like he could. But one fateful day, the advisor made a terrible mistake and went behind the king’s back to sell secrets of the kingdom to enemies of the empire. The king was fuming. In his fury, he demanded that the advisor be brought to justice like any other citizen guilty of this crime, without being allowed any special treatment due to his stature. The advisor trembled, knowing full well that he would be found guilty and be hanged in front of the whole country. Indeed, the trial proceeded quickly, and he was soon sentenced to death by hanging. With a heavy heart, his life flashing before his weary eyes, the advisor walked up the stairs to the podium, regretting his foolish mistake. The noose was already around his neck when he suddenly had an idea. Looking up at the king who was watching the proceedings, steely eyed, from a stage nearby, he asked to be allowed one final request. As per standard procedure, it was granted. Everyone waited with baited breath, a hush fell over the crowd as everyone strained to hear a dead man utter his final words. To everyone’s surprise, he called out, in a clear voice, “I would like to be dressed in the clothes I was wearing the day I first entered the palace from the forest.” Immediately, the murmuring began. “Is he crazy?” asked one woman. “This is

what he chooses to request?!” asked her neighbor. But, as anyone who knows how to properly execute an execution knows, a last wish must always be fulfilled. The clothes were fetched, even dirtier and more putrid than they had been when he had last seen them, and he put them on with great care. Everything was silent. The world watched. When he had buttoned the final button, an anguished cry split the heavy air. It was the king! With tears pouring down his face, he began to ascend the podium of the accused. All it took for his mercy to be aroused was to see his friend the way he had looked the very first time they had met. “What are you doing up here?” he sobbed as he removed the noose and embraced the advisor. “My sweet friend, my beloved friend! How could I have forgotten about how close we are? How could I have forgotten about what you mean to me? Let’s get you out of this mess!” The crowd cheered, the orchestra, confused, began to play their mournful dirge at a rapid tempo, and everyone lived happily ever after.

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ays the holy Berditchover Tzaddik, this story is our story. Before Har Sinai, Hashem was, so to speak, lost in the world. He went from nation to nation, begging them to accept Him and recognize Him as the King of kings, but they refused to do so, mocking Him. Only we, Klal Yisrael, offered to “show Him the way” and accept His absolute Sovereignty over us and the world. In response, Hashem has appointed us to an incredibly lofty position, the “Chosen Nation,” and we share access to Him that not even the loftiest angels could claim. But sometime throughout the course of history, throughout the course of our individual lives and each year, we make a terrible mistake. Somewhere along the narrow bridge we tread upon, we forget about our incredible closeness with the Master of the world and go astray from the Torah’s path. We lose sight of our purpose in this world and the lofty source from which we derive. Obviously, this arouses the ire of Hashem. He decrees that we are to be judged on Rosh Hashanah “b’ein meilitz yosher,” without being granted any special privileges. It is not enough to just say sorry; our sin

is very great. But there is one last thing we can do, a secret that Hashem Himself has taught us. We can blow the shofar. By doing this, we bring back visions of the first day we met on Har Sinai, about which the verse states: “And the sound of the Shofar grew steadily louder.”[4] When Hashem remembers the moment we fell in love, everything is wiped off the table. He knows then that we are not sinful by nature, that though we have made terrible mistakes, it is not really who we are, and that we can always change, always improve. This is the secret of blowing the shofar. At that moment, we are putting on the clothes of the past, using the last means at our disposal to arouse Hashem’s Infinite Mercy. May Hashem bless each member of Klal Yisrael with a favorable judgment, and the absolute awareness that their essence is holy and pure. May He grant them the awareness that they are not ruined by their desires nor lost by their sins; that they are not sinners at all, but holy Jews with a bundle of unfortunate mistakes slung over their weary shoulders. And finally, may He grant them the courage to do true teshuvah, to return to that essence they hold deep within and become the true tzaddikim they are destined to be; “v’ameich kulam tzaddikim.” Amen! When we blow the shofar on Rosh Hashanah, it reminds Hashem of Har Sinai, when our relationship first began. This arouses incredible mercy and assists us in securing a favorable judgment. It is important to keep this in mind during the blowing of the shofar to add more meaning to this lofty moment. [1] Yechezkel 36:25 [2] Tehillim 51:7 [3] Ibid. 51:10 [4] Shemos 19:19

Yaakov Klein is the author of Sparks from Berditchov: An Inspirational Guide to Avodas Hashem recently published by Feldheim. This article was excerpted from his book. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Shira, and teaches for the Illinois Center for Jewish Studies. Yaakov can be reached at sparksfromberditchov@ gmail.com.


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o we really wonder why there is more anxiety these days than ever before?! Imagine when many of us were kids. What made us nuts? I can’t even remember! Maybe a lot of what we heard about, or our history. But in general I think it was just upcoming tests or friends leaving us out. Not disease, nuclear destruction, and terrorism. There is too much global awareness, too much access to news. When we were kids, no one knew what was going on around the corner – unless you were playing at the kid’s house! Today, everyone posts everything. Practically before a person is engaged, everyone knows about it. A guy can’t just get down on one knee and say, “Will you marry me?” How lame would that be?! Everyone would know the guy’s not too creative five seconds after his proposal. The girl would have to say no, just to save face.

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information and not get edgy? Can I make a suggestion? Stop! Stop listening to all the news, accessing the Internet, instagramming, snapchatting, and being so connected. I know for many that’s like saying

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tion. Meaning, if no one was there to hear it, was there a sound?! Today the answer is yes, because everyone hears everything! We are all so anxious because we are all too aware. Instead of just knowing what’s going on within your family and friendship circles, you know everything about everyone, everywhere. Who can handle all that

stop breathing. But some of the air we’re breathing is toxic! Listen, there was an old joke: “I read smoking is bad for you, so I stopped reading!” My suggestion sounds a little bit like that. But what I’m really saying is that being so attuned to things you can’t control can get somewhat burdensome to the human mind! And therein begins the

worrying because there is nothing else to do. But if there is some good that comes from the knowing, then that’s a different story. If you can be proactive by knowing something and another can be helped by your knowing, then therein lies the benefits and pathway to countering anxiety. Using your energy to do, to accomplish, to impact – that can help you channel the information productively. So, figure yourself out! If TMI (too much information) makes you nuts, then use your “time” in other ways, so you may “trim” your worrying opportunities. And in rearranging these letters, and embracing this approach, you can “merit” a little more peace of mind! Rivki Rosenwald is a certified relationship counselor, and career and life coach. She can be contacted at 917-7052004 or rivki@rosenwalds.com<mailto:rivki@rosenwalds.com


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the struggle that happened over 150 years ago. Statues are just one type of memorial to honor a service member. Plaques and the naming of buildings, parks, schools and ships are also part of this category. Many men other Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant have been memorialized either on the battlefields where they fought or at another location. Union Major General Jesse Lee

Richard Rowland Kirkland giving water to the wounded

Reno is only known today for being the namesake of several locations throughout the U.S. but his story is just as intriguing. As a graduate of West Point he became friends with Stonewall Jackson and was classmates with several other future generals on both sides of the upcoming conflict. He became a decorated war hero during the Mexican-American War serving under General Winfield Scott. Born in Virginia, Reno stayed with Union during the Civil War. He was a captain in Mount Vernon, Alabama, when the war broke out. The governor of the state ordered him to surrender the arsenal but he was allowed to return to the North with his soldiers. Later, in 1861, Reno was appointed as a brigadier general and given command of a brigade in General Ambrose Burnside’s Expeditionary Force. During the Second Battle of Bull Run and the Battle of Chantilly his forces directly opposed those of his former classmate’s General Stonewall Jackson. In September 1862, he was in command of the IX

Corps at Fox’s Gap, South Mountain in Maryland opposing Lee’s Confederate troops just three days prior to the Battle of Antietam. A bullet from a Union soldier who had mistaken him for a rebel killed him in one of the many friendly fire incidents of the war. In 1889 a memorial was erected on the spot where he died at Fox’s Gap. Over a century later, a memorial for Confederate General Samuel Garland, who was also killed on the same day, was erected at Fox’s Gap as well. At the outbreak of war in early 1861 many officers had the tough decision as to which side they would fight for or against. One of these men was Commander Matthew Fontaine Maury. Joining the navy in 1825 Maury dedicated the next four decades to the study of oceanography, navigation, and learning about winds and currents. Known as the Father of Modern Oceanography and Naval Meteorology he published several works that made important contributions that were used by na-

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ne of the hottest topics in the news the past few weeks has been the removal of some Confederate Civil War statues. This article will not be debating the topic for either side. However, we will explore some of the stories of the lesser known statues and memorials for these men that fought for both the Union and the Confederacy. Getting a glimpse into the past will help readers understand history and feel

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vies worldwide. His international acclaim didn’t go unnoticed in the U.S. and he was made director of the Naval Observatory. Even though he was against slavery in the U.S. he joined the Confederacy in 1861 when Virginia left the Union. Maury was sent to Europe to acquire ships, talk about the Confederacy, and to pursue peace. During this time he also perfected contact mines, then called electric torpedoes. After the war, Maury taught physics in the Virginia Military Institute and spoke worldwide on his findings in the area of oceanography. He is buried next to two presidents, James Monroe and John Tyler, in Richmond. His legacy is carried on in the naming of several ships, including the recently commissioned oceanographic survey ship USNS Maury. In 1929, a monument in Richmond was dedicated with his statue and is known as the Pathfinder of the Seas. Even though he served in the Confederacy during the Civil War there is a bust of Maury in the Hall of Fame of Great Americans in NYC. Heroism during battle is extended to people who have helped fallen soldiers. Richard Rowland Kirkland took the initiative during the Battle of Fredericksburg in December 1862. Thousands of Union soldiers were wounded at a stone wall at a place called Marye’s Heights but no one from either side would risk their lives to help the crying wounded. Confederate Sergeant Kirkland asked General Kershaw for permission to help and was initially denied. Finally, he was allowed to venture into “no man’s land” carrying a white flag and gave water to the wounded enemy. He went back and forth from his lines to refill canteens and to bring blankets and clothes to every soldier that cried for help. Soldiers from both sides stared in wonderment and not a shot was fired at Kirkland. For over an hour and half he helped soldiers on both sides and the story became that of a legend (meaning it had been embellished and historians spent a long time sifting fact from fiction). Kirkland was killed less than a year later at the Battle of Chickamauga.

In 1965, a statue was erected at Fredericksburg depicting Kirkland giving water to a wounded Union soldier. One of the more interesting monuments in Arlington National Cemetery is a frieze (a broad horizontal sculpture usually on a wall or near a ceiling) depicting several Confederate soldiers marching. One of them depicts an African-American soldier in uniform marching together with his Southern comrades. An estimated 3,000 to 6,000 free and enslaved African-Americans served with the Confederates (in the same vein, over 3,000 African-Americans were slave owners themselves). It should be noted that African-Americans were prohibited from joining the war effort (presumably as soldiers) until the final weeks of the war. Many accompanied their masters into battle and fought on occasion. There was one Southern general who did let Afri-

can-Americans join his unit as early as 1864. It is important to understand that many of the Confederate, and Union, for that matter, statues were erected decades after the conflict. The last veterans were getting old and wanted to be remembered well into the future. It does seem that today it is the statutes and naming of places after Confederates that causes more of the unrest than other memorials like plaques. Memorials and statues were put up so that future generations will know the struggle that took place a century and half ago and the current generation should learn from bloody war. 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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1. Spray 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray and line pan with parchment paper. Combine flour, corn starch, baking soda, cocoa, and sugar in mixing bowl. Mix. Add oil, vinegar, and rice milk. Beat on low speed for 1 minute. Add eggs, bananas, jam, and salt. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Pour into prepared pan. Bake 50 minutes or until done (when toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean).

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Wishing you a very new sweet year with two of my readers' favorite dessert recipes, from Cooking for the King, Rosh Hashanah edition. (Available on www.TheKosherChannel.com)

A moist and sweet cake, perfect for Rosh HaShanah with an added bouns: it is a very forgiving recipe: you can reduce the sugar or substitute with Splenda, replace some of the oil with applesauce, try nutmeg or cardamom in place of one of the spices, and any kind of apples will do. This is sure to be your go-to apple cake recipe for years to come.

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¾ cup sugar 1 cup oil 2 eggs ¾ cup honey

1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda

Active time: 15 minutes / Cooking time: About 1 hour Makes 10 Servings

Oatmeal Orange-Date Bars Ingredients: 3 cups dried dates, pitted and chopped 1 1/2 cups water 2 tablespoons orange juice 1 teaspoons fresh orange peel, grated, or teaspoon dried ½ teaspoon vanilla

2 cups oatmeal 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cups brown sugar ¾ teaspoon baking soda 1 cup (8 ounces) margarine, chilled and cut into tablespoons

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1. Preheat the oven to 325° F. Grease a 9-inch Bundt pan with oil and flour. 2. In a large bowl, whisk the sugar and oil together. Add the eggs and whisk or beat with a hand mixer until light. Mix in the honey and vanilla. 3. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and allspice. Stir the dry ingredients into the batter just moistened. Fold in the apples. 4. Pour the batter into the prepared Bundt pan and bake until golden and a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean, 45–60 minutes.  5. Let cake cool on a wire rack for 10–15 minutes, then gently invert cake onto a plate. Sprinkle with the powdered sugar when completely cool, if desired.

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he 2017 college football season kicked off last week, and for most people that means talk of pre-season polls, Heisman trophy hopefuls, and BCS championship prospects. But we’re not “most people,” are we? So today we’re going to ignore all that boring on-field action and see how one coach’s financial advisors lined up the X’s and O’s to outwit the defensive line at the IRS. Here’s a little-known fact that might offend your sense of priorities. Seven-figure salaries are almost unheard of in academia. But the average major university’s football coach makes $1.81 million per year. In fact, in 39 states, the highest-paid academic or public employee is a college football or basketball coach. (And how many of them do you think have performance bonuses tied to graduation rates?) Alabama’s Nick Saban would seem to top that list with over $7 million per year. And why not? He’s rolled his Crimson Tide to four national championships in 10 years. But here’s the problem, at least as far as

his salary and performance bonuses are concerned. The linebackers at the IRS are out for their share, too. And they’re not satisfied with a pick-six — they’re looking to intercept over 40%. It turns out that Saban’s cross-country coaching rival, Mich-

ployee.) 2. The university agreed to make seven annual nontaxable loan advances of $2 million each for Harbaugh to use to buy a cash-value life insurance policy. Those premiums will grow to build a tax-free pool of

The best coaches put together game plans to harness all those opportunities. igan’s Jim Harbaugh, found a clever pattern to weave around those defenders and come out on top where it really counts — after taxes. Here’s how it works: 1. The university established a nonqualified deferred compensation plan with Harbaugh that took the form of “split-dollar” life insurance. (Split-dollar is simply a life insurance policy where the costs and benefits are shared by more than one party — typically, it’s an employer and em-

assets while Harbaugh continues to coach the Wolverines. 3. Harbaugh can take nontaxable loans from the life insurance policy for supplemental retirement income so long as the remaining cash value in the policy is enough to repay the loan advances. 4. When Harbaugh dies, the university gets $14 million to cover the loan advances and Harbaugh’s beneficiaries get the remaining death benefit. Harbaugh is a healthy

53-years-old, which should leave a long time for that cash value to grow. Some experts estimate Harbaugh can run up that score to as much as $50 million. Harbaugh won’t pay any interest on the $14 million in loan advances. However, he will have to pay tax on the value of the foregone interest he would have paid, as calculated by IRS tables. But since that tax shouldn’t top much more than $100,000 per year at current rates, that’s an easy call to make! Football teams have all sorts of ways to put points on the board: running plays, passing plays, options, sneaks, and even the time-tested fumblerooskie. The best coaches put together game plans to harness all those opportunities. It works the same way with taxes. Make sure you have a game plan – before you get to the red zone. Allan J Rolnick is a CPA who has been in practice for over 30 yea rs in Queens, NY. He welcomes your comments and can be reached at 718-896-8715 or at allanjrcpa@aol.com.


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