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COMMUNITY

Around the Community . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Community Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

JEWISH THOUGHT Rabbi Zvi Teichman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Rabbi Motty Rabinowitz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Sukkot - The Final Destination. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

PEOPLE 613 Seconds with Esti and Chana Dena. . . . . . . . . 19

HUMOR & ENTERTAINMENT Notable Quotes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Centerfold. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

JEWISH LIFE Health & Fitness. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Dating Dialogue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 The Darkest Sukkah in Jerusalem. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Forgotten Heroes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Biz Wiz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Political Crossfire. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Mental Health Corner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Your Money. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Dirshu. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Gluten Free Recipe Column. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Cooking for the King. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71

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Dear Readers, Zman simchaseinu, the time of our rejoicing, is upon us. Like breathing, joy is a basic necessity of life. It doesn’t come from items or things outside us, and is an expression of life itself. No need to pursue it. It’s right there inside waiting to be released. Yom Kippur gives us the opportunity to let go of negativity, each of us receiving a clean slate. Sukkos is the time to celebrate. Celebrate the blessings in our lives, celebrate life itself. As Jews around the world spend seven to eight days in the sukkah, we are reminded that we are an eternal people in a temporary dwelling. Perhaps one depends on the other; recognizing that worldly possessions, political figures, and debates are temporary, allows us to look deeper for eternal and permanent truths and meaning. Once found, we cherish it dancing with it all the way to Simchas

Torah. Being joyous doesn’t mean that we are apathetic to the suffering of many people throughout the world, it’s rather the recharging of our batteries to be able to be ambassadors of light throughout the rest of the year, each in our own family, community, and place of work. After all, a little light dispels a lot of darkness. Even so, in our time of joy we should remember the millions of people the world over who are being persecuted, hungry, and suffering. Let us call out to our Father in Heaven and sincerely request He put an end to darkness and pain, ushering in the time when the world will be the beautiful & G-dly garden it was intended to be. We believe it already is – it’s time we see it as well. Wishing you and your families a most joyous Chag Hasukkos, Shalom

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Listeners Worldwide Tune in to Baltimore’s Agudah Park Heights to Hear Agudas Yisrael’s 28th Annual Yom Iyun: Understanding the Power of Mitzvos as the Key to Happiness By: AIA/Leah Zagelbaum BaltimoreJewishLife.com/Jeff Cohn

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n overflow crowd of more than 200 men and women from all around the local area flocked to the Agudath Israel of Baltimore on September 17th. They enjoyed a community-wide pre-Rosh Hashanah evening of inspiration an enrichment sponsored by Agudath Israel of America’s Commission on Torah Projects. The event, held on the first day of selichos, was the 28th annual nationwide Yom Iyun, with listeners worldwide tuning in to the live broadcast to hear HaRav Moshe Heinemann, rov of Agudath Israel of Baltimore, and HaRav Aharon Feldman, Rosh HaYeshiva at Yeshivas Ner Yisroel, discussing the concept of “Cherishing Our Yiddishkeit,” appreciating the beauty of everyday moments in Jewish life.

Rabbi Heinemann spoke eloquently about the importance of infusing our mitzvos with simcha in order to show our children the pure joy that is inherent in their performance. Rabbi Feldman, who addresses Agudath Israel of

Baltimore every year on the Sunday of selichos, discussed the many pitfalls facing today’s “me generation,” pinpointing the solutions that can be achieved by accepting Hashem’s sovereignty. Participants left the Agudah inspired, observed Michael Fulda, president of Agudath Israel of Baltimore, who said that the shul was honored to host a significant nationwide event. In addition to those who were able to attend the Yom Iyun in person, listeners from all over the United States, Canada and Mexico tuned into a live stream of the event. The Commission on Torah Projects will also be broadcasting nightly teleconferences during Aseres Yemei Teshuva, literally opening a world of Torah to everyone, no matter where they live. “Not everyone lives in a place where they have easy access to events like this, so being able to share this on a global level can have a big impact on many communities,” said Rabbi Avrohom Nisan Perl, national director of Agudath Israel’s Commission on

Torah Projects. “The days before Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are days of introspection and it is truly a privilege to be able to do this and to get people in the right frame of mind before the Yomim Noraim.”


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On a beautiful opening day, despite missing its QB Avi Szojchet, 1st round pick Mordy Friedman, and #2 WR/DB Levi Zaslow, Dougie’s BBQ & Grill held Big Daddy Addi Promotions to two touchdowns and won 26-12. TE Yoseph Orshan opened the scoring with a “80 yard” catch and run on a designed play from QB Ari Pliskin. After the first of Supersub WR/DB Litzman’s 2 INTs, Dougie’s WR Yaakov Schmell caught a TD on a beautifully designed corner route, which was executed to perfection. Sondhelm

then threw a TD to close Big Daddy Addi Promotions’ deficit to 13-6. The half ended on Litzman’s second INT, a backbreaking pick-6, as he slalomed through the Big Daddy Addi Promotions offense-turned-defense with no time left on the clock at the end of the first half. Dougie’s BBQ & Grill went into halftime up 19-6. The second half was a defensive battle, with each team scoring a TD and being intercepted, accounting for a final score of 26-12. Dougie’s team and store manager Ari Pliskin filled in ably at QB. Despite throwing 3 INTs, he threw 3 TDs and converted 2 XPs, and added an INT of his own to boot. Supersub Avi

Litzman played a superb game, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. He had 2 INTs, most notable of which was the one he returned for a TD with time expired in the first half. Despite Big Daddy Addi Promotions holding Dougie’s BBQ & Grill’s defensive line to 1 sack, DEs Yoseph Orshan and sub Runi Willner pressured QB Asher Sondhelm on numerous occasions, forcing multiple errant and hurried throws, directly resulting in 2 of Sondhelm’s 3 INTs. Big Daddy Addi Promotions WRs also did not do their QB any favors, dropping 2 potential TDs.

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Celebration of Jewish Unity! Family Challah Bake Doing our best to incorporate feedback that we’ve received over the last few years, we’re excited to introduce a new event this year, The Family Challah Bake. We encourage children and men and women of all ages to come and participate in the incredible Jewish tradition of baking challah for Shabbat. Whether it’s your first or hundredth time baking challah, join the community for an afternoon of meaningful family fun.Every attendee will proudly take home two challahs to bake and eat at home over a beautiful Shabbat meal. Jewish schools and community organizations have come together to provide entertainers to add to the excitement and energy of the day. Between jugglers, mimes, photo ops and more, we are gearing up for an incredibly awesome afternoon! The Family Challah Bake will take place on Sunday, October 22nd from 4-5:30pm at the Pimlico Race Track. Women’s Challah Bake Imagine the energy of 2,500 Jewish women from all corners of Baltimore “mixing it together” to bake challah for Shabbat! With 6,000 pounds of flour and 10,000 ounces of oil, each woman will make two traditional challahs to take home, bake and enjoy with their beautiful Shabbat meal. DJ Balagan will keep the Jewish music rolling and everyone dancing as we knead and braid. And if you can’t dance or need a break, chairs will be provided for everyone to sit and relax and enjoy the ambiance! We are also incredibly excited to welcome Covenant Winery for a Kosher wine tasting event prior to the start of the Challah Bake

event. Tickets for the wine tasting can be purchased online when you register for the Challah Bake. With an interactive program and an iconic Baltimore venue, this year is sure to be one to remember. We bring the ingredients and you bring the spirit, together we’ll create an evening of sisterhood and unity! In the spirit of ensuring that our events are accessible to everyone who wants to attend, the Women’s Challah Bake will feature an ASL interpreter, Hebrew and Russian speaking tables as well as a gluten free option (and our main recipe is eggfree!), and of course, our venue is wheelchair accessible. If you have a special request, please contact challahbakereg2017@gmail. com. The Women’s Challah Bake will take place on Wednesday, October 25th at the Pimlico Race Track. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Shabbat Events Let’s Do Shabbat! Baltimore’s Jewish community may be ideologically diverse and geographically widespread, but our heart and soul are one. Each of us experiences Shabbat in our own way, and through the Shabbat events throughout the community, in private homes and provided by community organizations, every participant adds his or her unique outlook and enhances the combined Shabbat experience. We hope to celebrate not only with our friends, family and neighbors, but to connect with others of different perspectives and backgrounds and share in the joys of Shabbat together. By uniting in participation and cooperation, Shabbat inspires us to go

beyond our individual identities to become a family – One People with One Heart. Each event and each meal that takes place over this special Shabbat is a testament to the strength of our community. We hope you will join us in celebrating Shabbat – whether you host a meal in your home, join a meal in someone else’s home or attend a community Shabbat dinner with an organization or your congregation – we hope you are inspired to join with others to create a true Celebration of Jewish Unity. Shabbat Events will be taking place all over Greater Baltimore! For information about Shabbat dinners, programs and events near you, or to register your congregation/organization/ neighborhood event, please visit www. baltimoreshabbatproject.org. Unity Havdallah Concert The final program of our week-long celebration will take place in the form of a musical Havdallah concert. As we look to the coming week, Havdallah is a special moment in time in which everyone stands together as we separate the sanctity of Shabbat and begin a new week. When lit, the two strands of the Havdallah candle are a reminder that even though life moves forward, we will always be connected. Our featured artists, Gad Elbaz and Nissim Black, are joining us from Israel and are very excited to perform for our unique Jewish community. We are proud to stand, listen and engage as one people with one heart. The Unity Havdallah Concert will take place on Saturday night, October 28th at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Doors open at 8:30pm.

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chleifer wants uniformed police arresting violent gang members, not directing Ravens game traffic Noting the historic low (30% decline) in patrol officers currently on the street, Councilman Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer called on the Mayor and Baltimore City to make the city’s streets safer with a resolution presented today, co-sponsored by Councilman Brandon Scott, that calls for an expanded auxiliary police program, as well as expanded use of telephone

and online crime reporting. These efforts would free up availability of sworn officers for more serious or violent criminal matters. Schleifer, a member of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee, campaigned on fighting crime as a priority, and said, “While we’re examining crime fighting initiatives in other major cities and exploring new ideas in collaboration with the city’s police department, we must ensure that pre-existing or already approved programs are operating effectively and in full capacity.” The resolution calls for expanded utilization of auxiliary police volunteers

for activities such as assisting with traffic at special events, so “our experienced crime-fighting police officers are available to deal with gangs, murders, and rapes, instead of directing traffic for a Ravens game.” Schleifer noted this could decrease overtime of full-time uniformed officers, important for their quality of life and morale as well as to decrease spending in Baltimore’s police budget. A recent Baltimore Sun article noted that overtime spending is “double what it was in 2013 - and the agency is now spending nearly $1 million a week to supplement regular staffing.”

The resolution also notes that this year there have been 20,808 minor traffic accidents in the city. Instead of utilizing veteran officers to take a report for the insurance company, the city should rely on auxiliary police, who can be easily trained and qualified for such incidents. “We know we have a problem with crime in the city, and we have very qualified individuals, including retirees, who can handle the non-violent and non-threatening police work. We must start utilizing our best resources - our human resources - properly and effectively to make our streets safer and better spend the police department budget.”


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A CELEBRATION OF JEWISH UNITY OCTOBER 22–28 Unity events for everyone — Family Challah Bake, Women’s Challah Bake, Havdallah Concert and Shabbat Dinners.

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Project Managers for the Shabbat Project ments of Baltimore’s diverse Jewish community. There are so many ways that Jewish Baltimore comes together for various causes, and we are proud that the Baltimore Shabbat Project is a great example of that togetherness.   

How did you become involved with the Baltimore Shabbat Project?  Actually, we both applied for the same position, but decided that two heads are better than one!  We each bring our own unique perspectives and skills to the job, and we have a great time working together.  It also didn't hurt that the job interview was at Starbucks.  Why is the Baltimore Shabbat Project the largest such project in the United States?  We get this question all the time.  The Baltimore Shabbat Project is truly based on unity – successfully involving all seg-

How is the Baltimore Shabbat Project funded? The Baltimore Shabbat Project is a grassroots organization, with funding from many donors and supporters.  No one organization or group funds us, and we are dependent on the support of the community.  We appreciate the support of the

This year’s Motzai Shabbat concert features two exciting performers, Gad Elbaz and Nissim Black. How did you come to choose these artists?  Gad Elbaz and Nissim Black are two of the most exciting voices in Jewish music today.  They have collaborated on a terrific song, “We are One.”  It’s all about Jewish unity – a perfect fit for the Baltimore Shabbat Project!  We are so thrilled to welcome these renowned performers to Baltimore, and we know the community is going to love their show.    What is the most rewarding part of being involved in the Baltimore Shabbat Project? We have absolutely loved the opportunity to meet many new friends and collaborate with such a diverse and talented group of volunteers.  Being involved in this endeavor is a privilege – the more you put in, the more you gain.  We want to

especially thank Nisa Felps for getting us involved. Nisa helped build the Baltimore Shabbat Project into what it is today, and we all owe her tremendous hakarat hatov (appreciation) for her efforts over many years.  What’s something no one knows about you?  We first met in Camp Sternberg after 6th grade.  We never would have imagined then that we would wind up partnering on a community event almost 30 years later!   How can people register for these incredible events?  Check out our amazing new website for all the details and tickets at www.baltimoreshabbatproject.org.

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Are you both native Baltimoreans? Chana Dena is a native Baltimorean and would not change that for anything. Her children were born in the same hospital as her mother and mother-in-law. Esti grew up in Teaneck, NJ and moved to Baltimore 12 years ago with her husband, Yossi, and their children.

What is the goal of the Baltimore Shabbat Project? Although there are various denominations within the Jewish community, the Baltimore Shabbat Project aims to celebrate Jewish unity.  Months of planning and organizing lead up to the annual events, and that process involves representatives from every corner of the community.  No matter your background or affiliation, you are welcome at the Baltimore Shabbat Project.  Everyone participating in putting together this event enjoys the privilege of working toward fostering shalom (peace) among Jews.  We focus on what unites us and aim to create memorable shared experiences to grow our togetherness.   

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The Week In News

Three Killed by Terrorist

In Israel, the nation mourned for three Israelis who were killed by a Palestinian terrorist in Har Adar on Tuesday. Border policeman Solomon Gavriyah, 20, civilian security guards Youssef Ottman, 25, from Abu Ghosh, and Or Arish, 25, a resident of Har Adar, were laid to rest in separate funerals. Gavriyah was buried in his central Israel hometown of Beer Yaakov in

an emotional ceremony that saw several family members collapse from grief. In Jerusalem, Arish was buried in the city’s Givat Shaul Cemetery. In the nearby Arab Israeli town of Abu Ghosh, hundreds attended the funeral for Ottman. The burial was held in both English and Arabic and was attended by police officials, Knesset members, and town mayor Issa Jaber. Gavriyah, who was posthumously promoted to staff-sergeant, had joined the Border Police for his mandatory national service and had recently been serving as a policeman in the Jerusalem seam area along the boundary with the West Bank. The 20-year-old was mourned by his girlfriend as “the best person I knew.” “You never complained. You were a warrior. A hero, my hero,” she said. His sister had to stop during her eulogy because she was overwhelmed with emotion; family members comforted her as she stepped away. “You were the pride of our family. You were an inspiration to all of us. I don’t know

We will continue to build our national home, we will continue to build our country, because it is our home,” Erdan concluded before a 21-gun salute closed the ceremony, echoing off the high-rise buildings surrounding the small cemetery. In Abu Ghosh, Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev praised Ottman for protecting lives in the face of “cowardly” terrorism. “Two men went to work this morning. One for life, one to save lives, and one of death, who went to take life away,” she said, referring to Ottman’s killer, Nimer Muhammad Jamal, as someone whose name “should be blotted out.” “We have no patience for people who take part in cowardly terror attacks,” she added, noting that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared the house of the attacker would be demolished. “They must choose: Terror or making a livelihood,” Regev said of the Palestinians. The early morning attack also killed 25-year-old security guard and Har Adar native Or Arish. According

how we can go on without you,” she said through tears, before breaking down. “He put himself in front of the terrorist. He stopped him, even as his own life was taken,” Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said. “You came to this land as an immigrant. You became one of its defenders.” Erdan says that “the acts of heroism” displayed by Gavriyah, as well as Ottman and Arish “allow those in Har Adar, and all of us in Israel to live in peace and security.” “Islamic extremists are trying to drive us out of our home through rockets on our borders and through stabbing and shooting attacks in our cities and towns,” the minister said in pointed remarks. “Efforts to reach compromise are important but whenever we have Palestinians who want to kill innocent Israelis and the Palestinian Authority supports them, we will stand strong and we won’t give in. The terrorists will not get anything.” “Solomon, I promise that we will not give up and give in, for your sake.

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brothers after the attack. Netanyahu had said he will be razing his family’s home and rescinding work permits for his relatives.

Bahrain Connects with Israel

Israel and the Gulf kingdom of Bahrain are bonding over their mutual hostility toward Iran. Bahrain has been slowly dropping its hostility levels towards the Jewish State for some time and may be announcing the establishment of official relations in the next year, according to Middle East experts. Bahrain, which has a Shiite majority population, has accused Iran of

setting up aggressive terrorist cells inside their kingdom. A Bahrain official has been telling press outlets in the Middle East that establishing ties with Israel would not be problematic because “unlike Iran, Israel does not pose a threat to Bahrain.” The government has recently ordered mosques to stop giving sermons that are critical of Israel. Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, and Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the Associate Director of the Wiesenthal Center, met with the Bahraini king in the capital city of Manama last February. The king personally invited Hier to his palace and Hier said that “the king made a clear statement: ‘It’s illogical for the Arab world to boycott Israel. We must find a better way.’” Bahraini Prince Nasser bin Hamad al Khalifa even attended a large event for the Wiesenthal Center last week, after which he visited the pro-Israel Museum of Tolerance. Bahrain is a group of islands in

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The Week In News A new desktop computer processor has been unveiled in Haifa by a development team for Intel Corp. The new processors are faster and stronger than the previous generations put out by the computer giant. The new family of 8th Gen Intel Core processors was built for content creators, gamers, and anyone in need of high performance standards, said Intel. The chips include the Intel Core i7-8700K, which is being called the “best gaming processor ever” by the U.S.-based computer firm. The new chips are able to provide 25 percent more frames per second than the previous generation of Intel Core processors. According the company, they are more “accurate, faster, powerful and compatible than earlier versions, allowing for high quality of graphics creation and consumption.” Intel has been operating out of Israel since 1974. The company has a production center in Kiryat Gat and four development centers in Haifa, Yakum, Jerusalem and Petah Tikva. The development center in Haifa is the company’s largest such site out-

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hospitals and six months for the rest of the island. While most of the main roadways were still waterlogged, men, women, and children all across the island were stranded without food to purchase or medical treatment. Drinking water was in short supply. “There is horror in the streets,” San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz told The Washington Post. “People are actually becoming prisoners in their own homes.” “Whenever I walk through San Juan,” Cruz said, she sees the “sheer pain in people’s eyes... They’re kind of glazed, not because of what has happened but because of the difficulty of what will come,” she said. “I know we’re not going to get to everybody in time... Two days ago I said I was concerned about that. Now I know we won’t get to everybody in time.” The official death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria has risen to 10. One person died when he was struck in the head by a panel. Another died in an accident with an excavating machine. Three died in landslides, two in flooding in Toa Baja, and two police officers in Aguada drowned when the Culebrinas River overflowed. One person in Arecibo died after being swept away by rising water. Officials believe there are likely many other casualties that have yet to be confirmed.

Terror in Nashville Church Burnette Chapel Church in Nashville, Tennessee, was the scene of horror on Sunday when a gunman attacked innocent worshippers. Melanie Smith, 39, was tragically killed as she walked from the church to her car after her weekly prayer service. The shooter sought more victims and burst into the church through the sanctuary’s main door wielding two pistols and “began indiscriminately shooting,” Metropolitan Nashville Police Department spokesman Don Aaron said. At the time, there were about 50 people still inside the building. Six were wounded by gunfire and another victim was pistol-whipped. Robert Engle, 22, the church’s usher


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The Week In News courageously confronted the masked gunman. As the two struggled, the gunman mistakenly shot himself. “He’s the hero,” MNPD chief Steve Anderson said about Engle. “He’s the person that stopped this madness, so we’re very, very, very grateful to him.” Engel is being treated in the hospital for moderate wounds. He released a statement saying, “I’ve been going to this church my whole life, since I was a small child. I would have never, ever thought something like this would have happened.” Engle said he did not want to be labeled a hero. “The real heroes are the police, first responders and medical staff and doctors who have helped me and everyone affected.” The shooter, Emanuel Kidega Samson, 25, was hospitalized with gunshot wounds and released to police custody. Samson is a legal U.S. resident originally from Sudan. Church members claim that Samson has attended the church in the past. However, he had not been seen in a while.

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3x5 What? Question: when is a cheat sheet not a cheat sheet? Answer: when it’s an oak tag. It all started on September 20, when Professor Reb Beatty of Maryland’s Anne Arundel Community College wrote on Facebook that students in his class were allowed to bring in a “3x5” cheat sheet to use during an upcoming test. Elijah Bowen is a student who knows how to read between the lines. Since Beatty never specified the unit of measurement of the cheat sheet – just saying it has to be 3x5 – Brown brought in a 3 by 5 feet cheat sheet to help him on the exam. Beatty instantly noticed Brown’s ingenuity when he walked in to administer the test. And he was gracious enough to note that he was out-

smarted by his student. “Appreciating the fact that (a) [the student] had the intelligence to realize this shortcoming and (b) the audacity to actually put this together and bring it in, there was no reason to not allow him to use it,” the professor said.  He uploaded a photo of Bowen spread out with his ginormous notes during the test along with the caption, “Well played and lesson learned for me.”  According to the Capital Gazette, Bowen passed the exam with flying colors, getting a “high B or a low A.”  The student said that he didn’t end up relying too much on his gigantic crib sheet. “I had to refer to the card only a couple of times, it was very big,” Bowen told the newspaper. “It was more comical than anything.”

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Flying Motorcyles Stuck in traffic on Rockaway Turnpike? That may just be a thing of the past if Sebastian Thrun has his

way. At the Tech Crunch conference in San Francisco the Kitty Hawk CEO envisioned a future rife with flying motorcycles as the preferred mode of transportation. “Three years from now flying cars will be very hot,” Thrun, who was the driving force behind Google’s autonomous car program, predicted. “We should not be getting stuck in the Lincoln Tunnel or the Bay Bridge anymore. You should just be able to

go on your flying motorcycle and go wherever you want to go. That is actually becoming reality now.” Thrun revealed that his company’s first product will be ready in February of next year. “And it’s more of like a flying motorcycle than a flying car,” he added. Sounds like we’ll be living the Jetsons’ life in more ways than we thought. Sure beats traffic on the Belt.

Toilet Art Barney Smith’s art has been going down the toilet. And we mean that literally. The 96-year-old has spent most of his life making art on toilet seats. He has already decorated more than 1,300 covers and owns the Toilet Seat Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas. Ever since he was a child Smith loved art. But it was a job working as a plumber in 1921 that sparked his eccentric hobby. Almost 70 years ago, Smith was at a plumbing supply house and realized that they just discard the toilet seats. He spotted 50 toilet seats laying on a dock to be thrown away, so he let the owners know he’d like to have some of them. He went home and applied his art to one of the toilet seat covers that night, and his hobby was born. 

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Shluf Nisht! By Rabbi Zvi Teichman At the conclusion of Sukkos it is customary to wish one another a gezunter vinter, a healthy winter. Has the winter already begun? Are we simply concerned with the cold and severe weather that lays ahead that might adversely affect our health? From the beginning of Elul we have begun an attempt to ward off the effects of sleep. Among those of Sephardic descent the program of before daybreak Selichos takes place from the onset of Elul. For those of Askenazic heritage it is initiated a week before Rosh Hashana. The universal custom to blow the Shofar after Shacharis each day is, as the Rambam asserts, an attempt to ‘arouse those who are ‘sleeping’ from their slumber’.

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On Rosh Hashana we are encouraged not to sleep during the day ‘lest our mazal sleep’ as well. During the days when the Temple stood on Yom Kippur the Kohen Gadol would ward off sleep the entire night remaining vigilantly awake through the entire Yom Kippur. On the holiday of Sukkos the Talmud describes how for all the interim days of the holiday, which at times numbered six consecutive days, they joyously celebrated the special service of Nisuch HaMayim, Libation of Water, from morning to morning without going to sleep formally and merely catching a few winks in the Temple, momentarily on each other’s shoulders. Why is there this recurrent theme to fend off sleep during these Days of

Awe and Joy? What deeper message lays in this calling for spiritual ‘insomnia’? Ironically after all these ‘sleepless’ days it all comes crashing down as we suddenly face the ‘long nights of winter’ that beckon us to bury ourselves cozily under the covers warding off the cold winds of winter. Truth be told on the very first historical ‘Day of Judgment’, the day Adam and Chava were created, when they were taken to task and held accountable for partaking from the Tree of knowledge, Adam took his first nap. The Midrash inquires as to the whereabouts of Adam when Chava was duped into eating of the forbidden fruit by the cunning snake. After all if he would’ve been up and around he might have stifled the snake’s efforts. The Midrash reveals that ‘he was sleeping’. Was Adam not entitled to a little respite from the ceaseless, action packed day of man’s creation? When Adam is confronted by G-d as to why he ate from the Tree of Knowledge, he responds by simply saying “the woman whom You gave to be with me - she gave me of the tree and I ate”. The Talmud points out that Adam was faulted for this statement as it displayed an almost cynical ingratitude to G-d for this magnificent gift of a wife that G-d had so graciously given him. What was Adam thinking? Is it possible that he was so callous in his

response to blame G-d for his own folly? Was Adam absconding from his personal responsibility in the matter?

erly is what led to their downfall and is appropriately categorized as ‘ingratitude’.

The Ramban here interprets Adam’s retort not as a critical one but rather as an innocent and sincere assertion by Adam of his placing his absolute faith in this ‘helpmate’ that G-d Himself had provided for him. Adam honestly thought that she couldn’t possibly be misleading him and he therefore acceded to her request to eat as well.

‘Sleep’ represents a lapse of consciousness. We may be walking around daily seemingly awake and animated but we are really sleep-walking, plodding mindlessly through life. We give our perfunctory ‘thank you’ along the journey without ever truly fathoming the depths of what we have been granted.

If this assertion is correct, then why was he taken to task for being guilty of ingratitude, au contraire, after all he had so valued this gift as to trust her implicitly? Ask yourself the following question: If you were given an item that was described as the ‘ultimate good’ by the Creator of the universe Himself, would you be able to go to sleep without spending every waking moment examining, discovering and investigating this magnificent gift in order to comprehend it fully? Yet we are told that Adam had been sleeping. How was that possible? Evidently being thankful for a gift doesn’t display true appreciation for it. Only if one ponders and delves into its nature, understanding the subtleties of its qualities, can one truly show gratitude. A formal ‘thank you’ doesn’t cut it, one must truly appreciate the depths of its essence to truly become grateful for what one has received. Had Adam spent the time curiously valuing and studying the nature of this gift called ‘woman’, understanding her unique character traits that on the one hand are so vital in enhancing the husband/wife relationship, yet may at the same time make her vulnerable to being deceived, he would have remained vigilant to protect her from those who might seek to take advantage of her ‘greatness’. That lapse in his valuing her prop-

Our poor performance in carrying out the will of G-d generally stems from a deficient appreciation of the profundity of that relationship and the deep abiding love He has for all of us. We begin the journey of ‘return’ and rectification of man’s initial flaw of ingratitude, through the marvelous experience of Elul/Tishrei. To succeed we must be alert and awake, ever-conscious of His benevolence and concern in every facet of our lives. We acknowledge G-d as a benevolent King on Rosh Hashana; as a loving and forgiving Father on Yom Kippur; as a joyous and most supportive Spouse on the days of Sukkos that culminate with the warm embrace as Chosson and Kallah on Simchas Torah. We have hopefully bonded with G-d in the course of these special days. We are now equipped to remain loyal to each other throughout the proverbial long nights of winter. When the music fades and the canopy is dismantled what remains is the deep and abiding appreciation of one another that carries us through even the most difficult and dark nights. May we never just suffice with a simple ‘thank you’. We must remain awake to the constant attention G-d gives us and His absolute concern for our welfare even when it is not visible to the eye. If we succeed we are assured a truly Gezunter Vinter!


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The Big Picture

A Global Celebration By Rabbi Motty Rabinowitz

As we rapidly approach the festive period of Sukkos, I can’t help but reflect on what appears to be our conflicting approach to the nations of the world, as represented during this Yom-Tov. On the one hand, Sukkos embodies a period which is off limits to the gentiles. The Zohar comments on the verse, ”‫“כל האזרח בישראל‬, all the persons in Israel (should dwell in Sukkos), “Only those with a Jewish soul should sit under the Sukkah of faithfulness”. Similarly, the Midrash (Vayikra Raba 30:2) compares our daily procession with the four species to a victory parade where we triumphantly brandish our ‘flags’ and celebrate victory over the nations of the world following Yom Kippur. In the same vein, the Talmud (Avoda Zara 3a) tells of a future conversation between G-d and the nations of the world, where the nations bitterly complain that the Jewish people are given preferential treatment. In response to their claim that they were not given opportunity to keep the mitzvos, G-d will offer them the option to keep the mitzva of Sukkah. G-d will then make them understand that they cannot keep even this ‘simple’ mitzva. The Sukkah again appears to be a pivotal object that highlights the failure of the nations of the world. If we needed a further reminder of

this theme, the Haftorah on the first of day Sukkot describes the war of Gog & Magog, the defeat of the gentile nations, and the eventual homage they will pay to Jerusalem and the Jewish People on Sukkos. Conversely, the Talmud (Sukkah 55b) explains that the seventy bull offerings presented in the temple during Sukkos are sacrificed as an atonement for the seventy nations of the world. Additionally, we are told that the last day, Shmini Atzeres, is a special day reserved for the Jewish nation, clearly demonstrating that the rest of Sukkot is a universal celebration. Perhaps we can understand these seemingly contradictory motifs through another question about Sukkos. We are told by the Talmud (Sukkah 11a) that the Sukkah dwellings are a commemoration of the ‫ענני‬ ‫ הכבוד‬- clouds of glory, that constantly surrounded and protected the fledging nation in the desert. There were actually three constant gifts that sustained the nation throughout their forty years in the desert; the clouds of the glory, the well of Miriam and the manna. We don’t find any annual remembrance of the well or manna. Why were the ‫ענני‬ ‫ הכבוד‬singled out for commemoration over the others? The Bnei Yissoschor (Tishrei, Maamar 10) enumerates several contrasts between these gifts. Quoting Rabbi Chaim David Azulai, the Chid”a, he notes that the most basic

difference is in what they provide. The manna and well provided basic sustenance, food and water, necessary for all life. G-d provides basic sustenance for all of humanity, indeed for all of His creation. There is nothing unique or preferential to the Jewish People with these gifts – G-d is merciful to all. However, the ‫ ענני הכבוד‬represented an exceptional token of G-ds bond with the Jewish people – a security and comfort zone only afforded the Jews in the desert. It is for this very reason that we are instructed not only to dwell in the Sukkah but to also memorialize the historical reason behind it. We must internalize that G-d maintains a special connection with us, commensurate with our affection for Him developed through Yom Kippur and our keeping the Torah. These two levels of relationship are the key to understanding our conflicting Sukkos themes. The Jewish people is the torchbearer of monotheism and justice in the world. We most definitely have deep ideological differences with surrounding peoples, the increasingly immoral policies advocated in Western society, and the deeply ingrained injustice prevalent around us. Through-out history we have been incessantly persecuted for the moral conscience we presented the world, and for our unique approach to life. There can be no doubt that these conflicts will continue until evil is finally eradicated. Every year after Yom

Kippur we are promised that our nation will perpetuate, prosper and prevail over those wishing to eradicate us. This is the crux of our celebration of Sukkos. However, we must not forget that the rest of humanity also has a purpose. G-d sustains and has mercy for all His creations. As the noted Kabbalist Rabbi Moshe Cordovero notes in his classic Tomer Devora (Chap.3), we seek to emulate the divine, and therefore like G-d we too must have mercy and care for all of creation. As a direct result of our being the Chosen nation with such a profound divine relationship, we are tasked with developing a deep compassion, and being responsible for all of humanity. It tugs at our hearts and fills us with pride when we see an Israeli rescue team assisting the Mexican earthquake rescue effort - that is our role. While we beseech that our physical and ideological enemies are defeated, we pray for and wish well for humanity at large as they too have a critical role to play in our Torah lives. We now understand that even as we celebrate our unique relationship with G-d on Sukkot, we also pray for, and attempt to inspire, the world around us. The ultimate goal is that all of humanity will find its purpose and declare, in the words of Yishayahu (2:3), “Let us go up to the mountain of G-d, to the house of the G-d of Yaakov”.


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om Kippur is a day of atonement and mandatory fasting. One of the many benefits is that some of us are lower on the scale the next morning. Most often that number bounces back up with a normal day of eating. There are those in the nutrition community that believe intermittent fasting to be helpful to weight loss and general health. “Intermittent fasting” is a term used to describe ways you can manipulate your eating patterns. It involves not eating for specific periods of time, with the intent to lose weight and improve health. Intermittent fasting can include anything from multiday fasts to skipping meals a few times a week. Many people consider it appealing because it allows them unlimited calories on non-fasting days. What exactly is intermittent fasting? There are a number of different versions, the most popular being the 5:2 diet. This is where the person eats between 500-600 calories a day for two non-consecutive days in the week. For the other five days of the week, there are no restrictions. Another version is the 16/8, where one can only eat during an eight-hour period every day, and one must keep this set period, i.e. 11 am- 7 pm, consistent every day. The

other 16 hours one can drink zero calorie beverages only. Another version is to fast for 24 hours once or twice a week. There have been studies done that show possible health benefits to intermittent fasting, in addition to weight loss. These claims include

doctor prior to beginning any new diet program. If you are diabetic or hypoglycemic, fasting could be dangerous. People with cardiac issues should not voluntarily fast, as it can affect their cardiac function. Age will also play a role in how well your body deals with fasting. Older

As with any change to your diet, you should consider the risk factors.

improving the body’s sensitivity to insulin, lowering inflammation, improving the digestive system, and reducing body fat. Much of the research is only showing short-term benefits, and more studies are needed to confirm these claims. Many of the studies published on fasting were small, short in duration, or conducted on animals. Further research is required in humans to see if these benefits are directly caused by fasting. As with any change to your diet, you should consider the risk factors. You should also consult your

adults may function better with an overall decrease in calories than total fasting or severe restriction for extended periods of time. Potential side effects for anyone who fasts include fatigue, dizziness, low energy, and trouble concentrating. Increasing hunger may lead some to binge on non-fasting days, which could lead to weight gain as well as blood sugar control issues. This pattern may exacerbate binge-eating tendencies for those struggling with disordered eating. Intermittent fasting has the potential to lower your metabolism by propelling your

body into starvation mode, which can cause muscle to be broken down for energy instead of fat. If you are considering intermittent fasting as a weight loss tool or for possible health benefits, discuss it with your doctor first since they are the most familiar with your health history and follow their recommendations. Though some studies do show that intermittent fasting results in short-term benefits such as weight loss, there are few longterm studies. It is still unclear what this type of periodic eating does to eating behaviors, body composition, metabolic rate, and overall health in the long run. It also hasn’t been confirmed that intermittent fasting will result in a greater and/or more sustainable weight loss compared to a regular daily calorie restricted diet. Wishing all of my readers a gmar chasima tova and an easy fast. Aliza Beer is a registered dietician with a master’s degree in nutrition. She has a private practice in Cedarhurst, NY. Patients’ success has been featured on the Dr. Oz show. Aliza can be reached at alizabeer@gmail.com.


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Yisrael in the Sinai wilderness commemorated by the sukkah can be seen as a microcosm of the future travels of Jews in the Diaspora throughout history. The Torah states, “These are

challenges to Bnei Yisrael. That experience was instrumental in strengthening their identity as a Torah Nation. As their ancestors in the Sinai wilderness, Jews

in Eastern Europe, the rise of Nazism in 1930s Germany, and persecution in Arab countries. Yet, according to Rashi, Bnei Yisrael were encamped in one place, Kadesh Barnea,

Jews throughout history have been in frequent transit as a result of many expulsions and flights from persecution.

the journeys of the Israelites who had left Egypt in organized groups.” (Numbers 33:1) The Israelites traveled to forty-two different locations en route to their final destination, the Land of Israel. Each place is specifically mentioned, and each presented its own specific

throughout history have been in frequent transit as a result of many expulsions and flights from persecution. Jewish communities have been subject to hundreds of expulsions. In the twentieth century alone, millions of Jews fled pogroms and discrimination

for nineteen years. (Devarim 1:46) Similarly, throughout history, there were times when an abode for the Jews had lasted for an extended duration and sometimes in relative comfort within a tolerant atmosphere. And, as with the Israelites in Kadesh Barnea, who were destined

to eventually move onwards, they too would most often be forced to continue their journeys with the emergence in their times of forces of hatred and intolerance. In today’s times, Jewish communities in the Diaspora are again imperiled and many Jews are again in flight. Anti-Semitism, which was once deemed under control in post-World War II Europe, has proliferated and now threatens Jewish communities throughout Europe. The current situation is so severe that many European Jews did not attend synagogue for the Rosh Hashana holidays out of fear. The sukkah, with its flimsy walls and open roof, is an embodiment of Jewish existence in the Diaspora, which as the sukkah itself is temporary is part of a larger journey which inevitably leads to the Land of Israel.

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he Duke of Manheim once asked Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Levin, The Rav of Berlin, the reason that children ask the “Four Questions” on Pesach and not on Sukkot? “After all, on Sukkot you have more customs than on Passover, since you leave your homes and live in temporary booths!” The rabbi replied, “On Passover, a child sees the family seated around a table with many tempting dishes, and they are freely relaxed in a way we Jews are not always permitted to enjoy. Therefore the child is surprised and asks the questions. “But what does the little one see on Sukkot? The people of Israel leave their homes and sit in the outdoors without a roof over them. This is no surprise, for even a child knows this is the way of Jews in the exile.” The wanderings of Bnei


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No, I wouldn’t rule it out

I think no one, including me, is saying we will contest the election. - Ibid., the next day, after, perhaps, realizing the irony of her prior comments

Hopefully he hasn’t ordered the killing of people and journalists and the like.

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- Hillary Clinton, who relentlessly mocked candidate Donald Trump when he refused to state during a debate whether he would accept the result of the 2016 elections, when asked on NPR last week whether she would consider challenging the legitimacy of the 2016 elections once more information about “Russian interference” comes out

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- Ibid., in an interview with Charlie Rose, talking about President Trump and comparing him to Putin

Apple CEO Tim Cook is claiming that the $1,000 iPhone X is a good value. Cook said, “It’s the last phone you’ll ever need for the next eight months.” - Conan O’Brien

- Hillary Clinton’s new theory, disclosed in her interview with Charlie Rose, as to why then-FBI Director James Comey reopened the investigation into her emails several days before the election

We had leaders who wanted to give people a safe space to loot and to burn. Now in Missouri if you loot the only safe space you’re going to have is in a jail cell. If you’re going to riot we’re going to cuff you. Violence and vandalism is not protest. It is a crime. - Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens warning demonstrators in St. Louis not to riot and vandalize following a judge’s decision on Friday to acquit a former police officer for the killing of a black man

- Celebrity chef Mario Batali at a conference, talking about the push to raise minimum wage for restaurant workers

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There’s no question that raising minimum wage is a faster way to get people more money very quickly. I think … the result of that, will be that quite quickly, the prices in restaurants who … are supported and basically run by people who [make] minimum wage will raise their prices. It’s not without cost that we [raise wages]. That’s all I’m saying.

He was under pressure from Rudy Giuliani.


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We had a bunch of big football matchups yesterday. You had the Eagles against the Giants, you had the Patriots play against the Texans, and you had the president against everyone. – Jimmy Fallon

This is our democracy. We did not vote for you or for any politician. We don’t owe you nothing. This is what democracy looks like. - What approximately 40 protestors who identified themselves as “undocumented youth” chanted at House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) at a town hall in which they demanded quicker actions on “amnesty”

Just stop it! Just stop it now! Just stop it now! Just stop it now! Stop it! - Ms. Pelosi attempting to respond to the protestors, before abruptly leaving the town hall meeting

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I was talking to a president of an African country yesterday and he actually cited Rocket Man back to me… Look, this is a way of getting people to talk about him but every other international community now is referring to him as Rocket Man. - UN Ambassador Nikki Haley when asked on ABC about President Trump referring to Kim Jung Un as “Rocket Man”

President Trump is using his 2020 campaign fund to pay his legal fees, which experts say is “wrong but not illegal.” Coincidentally, “Wrong But Not Illegal” is also Trump’s 2020 campaign slogan.

[Shorting] America has been a loser’s game. I predict to you it will continue to be a loser’s game. - Warren Buffett at a Forbes magazine party last week, predicting that the Dow will hit 1 million points within 100 years

I’m cleaning out the White House. We’re going to sanitize the White House. We’re not going to take what is happening in this country. Haven’t you taken enough? - Rep. Maxime Waters (D-CA) while eulogizing Dick Gregory at his funeral

The answer is yes. - Sen. Bernie Sanders’ response when asked last week whether he would “consider voting to reduce U.S. aid to Israel or U.S. arms sales to the Israeli military,” in an interview with The Interceptor

I waited until the national anthem ended, I took off my shirt, threw my Bills hat on the ground, walked out. - Erich Nikischer, who was a stadium worker for the Buffalo Bills for 30 years, telling WGRZ-TV that he quit right after he saw Bills players kneeling during the anthem as a form of protest

– Conan O’Brien

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I was suffering from Trump Hypertensive Unexplained Disorder, or THUD. For almost five decades, I had been the picture of health, but eight months

A teacher in South Carolina has been suspended after she gave her 5th grade class a homework assignment asking them to justify the KKK’s treatment of African-Americans. Also suspended — the kid who got an A. – Seth Myers

- Rep. Al Green (D-TX) calling for President Trump’s impeachment over his comments that NFL players should show respect for the national anthem and not kneel while it is being played

How can one person be on the wrong side of everything in history? - Trevor Noah, on “The Daily Show” positing that President Trump is wrong about everything in the world. Period.

I know THUD is a real condition because I have a scientifically valid sample to prove it. I told my editor about my new medical state, and he reported that he, too, has been newly warned by his doctor that his blood pressure has become borderline, and things could go either way. - Ibid

Last night Kim Jong Un released a rare statement attacking President Trump and referred to him as a dotard. Then Trump said, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words I don’t know will never hurt me.” - Jimmy Fallon

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I will stand here in the well of the Congress, and I will call for the impeachment of the president of the United States of America.

– Dana Milbank, Washington Post, in a column titled, “Trump is Killing Me, Really,” in which he talks about suddenly having all sorts of medical ailments that he never had in the past

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You gotta be kidding Jacob, a good yekkie, was planning a trip to Israel for Sukkos. He spoke to his travel agent in advance and requested a window seat. On the day of the trip, he arrived at the airport and was assigned an aisle seat. After a long and frustrating flight to Israel, he called his travel agent to vent. “I can’t believe you

put me in an aisle seat when I insisted that I wanted a window seat,” he complained. The travel agent answered with his own question, “Why didn’t you ask the person who was sitting in the window seat near you if they wanted to switch?” “I would have,” replied Jacob, “except that the seat was empty.”

A Blessing for Good Luck… May this year bring you the luck of Joan Ginther of Las Vegas (age 70): $5.4 million: Amount Joan Ginther won in the Texas lotto in 1993 $2 million: Amount Joan Ginther won in the Texas lotto scratch-off game “Holiday Millionaire” in 2006 $3 million: Amount Joan Ginther won in the Texas lotto scratch-off

game “Millions and Millions” in 2008. $10 million: Amount Joan Ginther won in the Texas lotto scratch-off game “$140,000,000 Extreme Payout” in July 2010. 1 in 18 septillion (not a billion, trillion, quadrillion, quintillion or sextillion): Odds of the same person winning 4 different lottos. So all you hoping this will happen to you, keep on dreaming!

…And Good Business Skills When he was 17-years-old, in 2008, Steven Ortiz started out with an old cellphone and bartered his way to a 2000 Porsche Boxster over a

Riddle me this?

bered from one to six from the entrance. Dishwashing liquid is next to bottles and it is not the first item you see when you come into the store. You will see the meat aisle before the bread aisle. Tins are two aisles before bottles and

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period of two years and less than 15 trades. Here’s how he did it: Cellphone → iPod touch → dirt bike → Macbook Pro → Toyota 4Runner → Custom Golf Cart → high-end dirt bike → street bike → 1975 Ford Bronco → 2000 Porsche Boxster

meat is four aisles after fruit. A. What is the last aisle (aisle six)? B. In which aisle can bottles be found? C. What is in the first aisle? D. In which aisle can tins be found?

Answers: The aisle order is: 1) Fruit; 2) Tins; 3) Dishwashing liquid; 4) Bottles; 5) Meat; 6) Bread A. Bread

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Who was the Mets first base coach in 2017? a. Dick Scott b. Tom Goodwin c. Tim Teufel d. Dan Wharthen Which team did the Mets have the most wins against this season (as of last Monday)? a. Phillies b. Braves c. Giants d. Reds Which team did Jacob deGrom hit his first ever homerun against, this season? a. Yankees b. Marlins c. Angels d. Nationals

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Which Mets player had the most hits this season, with a meager 127 hits? a. Jose Reyes b. Asdrubal Cabrera c. Yoenis Cespedes d. Wilmer Flores How many games was the Mets longest winning streak this season? a. 5 games b. 7 games c. 9 games d. 11 games Based on his 2017 salary, how much money did Yoenis Cespedes get paid per game played in 2017? a. $54,050 b. $98,350 c. $185,020 d. $277,777 Which Mets pitcher had the most wins in 2017? a. Robert Gsellman b. Jacob deGrom c. Seth Lugo d. Matt Harvey (yeah, right!) Who hit the most homeruns for the Mets this year? a. Jay Bruce b. Michael Conforto c. Curtis Granderson d. Yoenis Cespedes How many starting pitchers did the Mets use this

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1. B 2. A (Unfortunately, it happened in the first 10 games of the season) 3. D (How do I get a job like that…I only make

$35,500 per centerfold?!) 4. B (DeGrom has 15 wins; Matt Harvey has 5 wins…The Dark Knight is a real slayer!) 5. A (Bruce

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Scorecard 7-9 correct: You’re really good! Maybe Cespedes should give you some of his salary – after all, you probably did more for the Mets this year than he did!

4-6 correct: Take your average and cut it in half and you are still way ahead of any Mets player. 0-3 correct: You are B-A-D…B-A-D…B-A-D! Or, shall I say, “You are rebuilding.”

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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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I’m engaged to Mendy and we plan on getting married after the yom tovim. Mendy is a perfectionist. I used to think I was also, but nothing compared to hm. When he walks out of his house, everything about him is so perfect he could be on the cover of a fashion magazine. He is also a perfectionist about his entire life. He’s very structured about his day and what he needs to accomplish every hour and, it seems, even every minute. I am also very organized and never start off my day without a list of what I need to do. And I can’t even remember the last time I got into bed at night that everything on my list wasn’t successfully crossed off. Though Mendy and I are on the same page in many aspects of our lives, I think what drew both of us to each other is this need for order and planning. I have a mother who is anything but… and Mendy’s mother is also not the most organized person in the world. But now that we’re engaged, I’m seeing a downside to Mendy’s need for perfection. I guess I sort of sensed it when we were dating, but not the way I’m seeing it now. He is very, very anxious. Almost to the point where he seems obsessive about what he – and now what I – need to accomplish. For instance, I have more free time on my hands than he does. He gave me a list of real estate brokers to contact last week in order to check out apartments for us. He gave me the list on Monday, and on Tuesday he was already asking me about how many brokers I spoke to, how many apartments I saw, what were the pros and cons to each one, and though I felt I was on top of the situation and ran around and saw quite a few potential places to rent, he couldn’t stop asking me why I never got around to meeting up with one of the brokers on his list that I hadn’t had time for. I thought I had done a great job and was waiting for Mendy to tell me so and, instead, he made me feel as though I slacked off and wasn’t taking “apartment hunting” seriously enough. He wasn’t mean to me, and he isn’t mean. It’s just that he seems to get so frustrated and maybe even a little frightened, when things don’t play out exactly the way he expects them to. I’m seeing that he worries tremendously about the big things and the little things equally. Even though I would think that most details surrounding a wedding is usually handled by the kallah and her family,

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he needs to know everything, from the color of the flowers to the tablecloths. I don’t understand why he cares and why he is so invested in these details. The worst part is that he’s starting to have an opinion and share it regarding how I look. Maybe he always had on opinion and never said anything, but now he seems comfortable enough to share his opinions. Not to sound conceited, but I believe I always look and dress appropriately and well. Recently, we were meeting up with an old friend of his and his wife for dinner and Mendy actually told me which dress to wear and that I should wear my hair down rather than in a ponytail, which I often do. He didn’t say it in a mean or bossy way, but in a matter-of-fact, “I think you would look great if…” sort of way. But still … I’m really starting to resent his micromanaging every little detail of his life and mine. He thinks he can leave nothing to chance. He never acts disrespectful, but I see that his need for perfection takes over and he gets frustrated if everything around him isn’t just so. Aside from this craziness, Mendy is a really nice, kind, loving, smart, successful guy. But I’m wondering whether I’m about to walk into a life that is totally insane! Is this a great, big red flag being waved in front of me that I should take more seriously?

The Panel The Rebbetzin Rebbetzin Faigie Horowitz, M.S. here are several red flags here, not just one. And you are wise to have noticed the perfectionism, control, insecurity, unrealistic expectations, anxiety and frustrations Mendy is exhibiting. Together, these are probably indicators of some mental health issues. In addition, ask yourself: Will these qualities be good for me? Will he be an emotionally supportive spouse? Will he be respectful of me and my person? Obviously, the answer is no. Get out and get help to process the breakup. You seem perceptive and mature. Aim to acquire the skills to notice and clarity qualities in a potential mate early on. But do not confuse my suggestion of getting help with a critique of you. Move on and thank G-d you saw these things early on and did not fall into marriage with an emotionally unstable and potentially abusive person.

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ruler of sorts. At one end you have the word “tidy”; a little bit down the scale, “organized”; still further, you read, “perfectionist.” At the far end of this ruler: “obsessive-compulsive disorder.” Mental illness is a continuum. We all have our personality quirks, our meshugaasim. Some women can’t leave the house if there’s a dish in the sink; others can’t leave the house without checking the lock twenty times. How can you tell if Mendy’s perfectionism is veering towards the diagnosable (in psychological terms, DSM V)? It has to do with his ability to function both personally and socially. If I read between the lines, Mendy’s once-admirable organizational skills are beginning to trespass through your comfort zone. Maybe it’s the anxiety over getting married; maybe the dark side of his personality surfaces as he gets more comfortable with you. Whatever the triggers, any trace of an obsessive-compulsive character (i.e., Mendy’s micro-management) necessitates a visit to a mental health professional. To clarify: do not consider marriage to Mendy unless he acknowledges he’s become a “control freak”; do not commit to him unless he undertakes therapy that will give him the tools to function as a more balanced, even-keeled husband who will love you, respect you, and give you your space.

Another Shadchan Tzipporah Feldman any people go with the obvious when it comes to putting two people together for a date. He’s serious and studious, let’s find a serious, studious young woman. He loves to stay home all the time, let’s look for another homebody. He’s super-organized and meticulous about every detail of his life, let’s make sure she is the same. My feeling is that many people do better when there is a balance, so that any extreme can be tempered. And when two people find a middle ground, the serious guy sees what it’s like to actually laugh a little and lighten up, the homebody discovers that it’s nice to spend a day at the park, and the uptight, organized person learns that maybe life will go on if everything isn’t necessarily checked off their lists. Seems like you and Mendy were suggested for one another because you had so much in common. But too much of a good thing is usually not a good thing. My guess is that during your dating, you both admired and encouraged one another’s behavior. But now that you’re dealing with real life issues, you’re seeing that it’s become extreme. If you were still at the dating stage, I might suggest you walk away, because it’s a lot for anyone to man-

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Is that the role you want to take on for the rest of your life? The obedient wife who doesn’t speak up for herself? age. But it sounds like the hall is booked and the flowers are chosen. Not only that, but you mentioned quite a few wonderful qualities he brings to the table. This doesn’t mean that you still can’t break off the engagement, but before doing something so drastic and final, maybe take on some new behaviors of your own and see how that shakes up the dynamic between the two of you. Don’t go along with his demands and see whether he can handle that. His reactions will be very telling. If he is able to hear a new idea and respect a new approach to handling responsibilities, you have what to work with. If not – you may have to call it quits.

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do, how that works out. For instance, when he suggested which dress you should wear to dinner, could you have said, “That’s an interesting idea, but I decided to wear the blue dress instead,” and show up in the blue dress with your hair in a ponytail? Could he handle that? Can he deal with Plan A falling flat and being O.K. with Plan B? That’s what you need to identify. Since you mention that he is generally a good guy, maybe he just

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ing Mendy, you need information…now. You don’t have the luxury of Mendy simply beginning therapy now on his own. You cannot speak to Mendy’s therapist unless Mendy gives permission, which he may or may not do. We cannot take any chances. Now, is this pre-wedding jitters or is this how Mendy behaves when he is stressed? Or, even worse, is this how Mendy behaves when he begins to feel comfortable? You need some insight into Mendy’s behavior. If you haven’t done so already, you must express your concerns to Mendy. The way Mendy reacts to your concerns about his behaviors will be very telling. Look out for the following (if done in therapy, the therapist will be on the lookout for both of your behaviors and will reflect them back to the both of you and help you have a conversation about it): His facial expression and body language. Does he stay engaged with you, keeping eye contact? Is

you’ve been quiet and haven’t told him how this makes you feel, now is the time. These dynamics form very early on in relationships, and once formed they are difficult to break. We don’t want Mendy to be the nitpicking, controlling husband and we certainly don’t want you to be the obedient, back-bending wife making excuses for her husband’s bad behavior (“He’s really a nice guy.” “He had a rough day.” “He’s just stressed.” “I know he doesn’t mean it.”). Everyone takes a risk when they get married. None of us know the future or the changes our spouse will make along the way. However, when the decision to marry itself is what feels risky, yes, indeed, that is a red flag. Make sure you are happy; validated, cared for, thought of, admired and respected…with your hair down and with your hair in a ponytail. All the best, Jennifer Mann, LCSW Esther Mann, LCSW and Jennifer Mann, LCSW are licensed, clinical psychotherapists and dating and relationship coaches working with individuals, couples and families in private practice in Hewlett, NY. To set up an appointment, please call 516.224.7779. Press 1 for Esther, 2 for Jennifer. To learn more about their services, please visit thenavidaters.com. If you would like to submit a dating or relationship question to the panel anonymously, please email thenavidaters@ gmail.com. You can follow The Navidaters on FB and Instagram for dating and relationship advice.

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endy is exhibiting some unsavory behaviors that are making you very u n c o m f o r t a b l e , and for good reason. You have great intuition! Let’s get you and Mendy into a therapist’s office to discuss his new behaviors together. I don’t like some of the things he has been saying to you; in particular telling you how to wear your hair and nitpicking about the real estate brokers. He is showing signs that he is not easy to please and perhaps potentially controlling. I understand the time-sensitive nature of your email, as your wedding is around the corner, but you have no choice but to pump the brakes and take as much time as you need in therapy to figure this out – either as a couple or by yourself. You can suggest going for some premarital counseling to work out some issues with an objective party and learn about healthy communication and compromise. I personally think couples therapy is the route for you at this point in time. Yes, Mendy potentially needs professional help, however, being that you are marry-

he leaning in toward you? Does he have a look of concern on his face, sadness or remorse for the way he has made you feel? That’s what we want to see. Or, does he turn away from you and disengage? Does he become quiet as a mouse, not participating in the conversation? Does he get in your face? His words. Does he express an awareness of his issue (anxiety, OCD, pre-wedding jitters, etc.?) Does he apologize? Or does he lack insight into his actions? Does he downplay? Does he externalize and blame you? Does he deny what he has been doing and make you feel like you’re crazy for even having these thoughts? If he has any of these negative reactions, that would be a serious red flag. I would suggest you stare at that red flag. It’s waving. It’s there. Even if it tells you it isn’t. It will be waving the day you get married. You don’t mention anything about your reactions to Mendy’s new behavior. What did you say when Mendy suggested you wear your hair down? How did you respond when Mendy was frustrated that you didn’t see more brokers? If you’ve been quiet, you need to look at that. Is that the role you want to take on for the rest of your life? The obedient wife who doesn’t speak up for herself? If

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needs to be challenged and understand that it’s O.K. to not get what he wants. This could be a very helpful and healthy way for him to grow into a more successful individual – in terms of life skills. That’s what husband and wives often do for one another. Help each other soften and grow. But now is the time to explore whether or not he is even open for growth. Before the wedding. So get to it – the clock is ticking!

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“micro-managing,” you have to ask yourself whether this is someone you want to spend the rest of your life with. I understand why he was so attractive to you early on. Being brought up by a mother who didn’t have it together can leave some scars, and the Mendys of the world certainly seem appealing straight out of the gate. But now, it seems, his needs are escalating. What I’m wondering is whether you ever say “no” to him and, if you


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ll the Jewish inhabitants of the Old City of Jerusalem in the early 5700s (1940s C.E.) were well acquainted with the unique sukkah of Rabbi Shlomo-David Kahane, Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi of the Jewish Quarter. It was so special that even many New City residents made a custom of dropping in during the Sukkot festival on their way to the Western Wall in order to imbibe of its beauty, its invigorating spirit of holiness and festival joy, and the inspiring Torah words of the rabbi. Despite his advanced age (in his 70s), Rabbi Kahane always expended much effort in the mitzvah of building his sukkah. After the 26-hour Yom Kippur fast he would have something to eat and drink and, with the help of some of his students, he would get to work immediately. He wanted to be sure that it would be large and spacious enough for all the guests who would want to come. His young grandchildren and great-grandchildren could hardly control themselves in anticipation

until the sukkah would be ready so they could make it even more beautiful and precious with their innocent festive decorations. While everyone was fascinated by the rabbi’s magnificent sukkah, one custom of his perplexed them all. Indeed, it seemed almost bizarre. On the first night of the holiday, the time of the only meal of the Sukkot festival required by the Torah to be eaten inside a sukkah, all the sukkot in Jerusalem were filled with light…except the famous one of Rabbi Kahane, where the meal was conducted in great joy, but in near-total darkness, relieved only by the dim light of a few candles. And when those candles dimmed and went out, the rabbi sat in the pitch blackness the entire night, accompanied by some of his students, energetically discussing Torah topics relevant to the festival in particular to the commandment of dwelling seven nights and days in a sukkah. In a later year, on one of the days of Sukkot, Rabbi Kahane agreed to explain the background behind this strange custom of his.

Poland had been beaten into submission by the brutal Nazi war machine. Heavy artillery and rocket fire had devastated all the major cities, especially Warsaw. It was September 5740 (1939 C.E.). The High Holiday season was just beginning. Rabbi Shlomo-David Kahane was then Chief Rabbi of Warsaw. He was well aware that he would not be able to fulfill the two Sukkot festival commandments of dwelling in a sukkah and waving the Four Species in their full glory as he was accustomed to. Not a single lulav (palm branch) was available, nor any suitable myrtles or willows. In all of Warsaw there was one etrog (citron fruit) in the possession of Rabbi Meshulem Kaminer, the man in charge of the Jewish cemetery in Warsaw. After Yom Kippur, with the Sukkot festival only four days away, it seemed that it would be impossible to erect a sukkah for the week-long festival. True, Rabbi Kahane had in storage all the wooden boards necessary for the walls and the roofing of a sukkah, but to dare to actually build a sukkah would seriously endanger his life. Warsaw was occupied

then by bloodthirsty Nazis, who voraciously patrolled the streets. Any visible sign of Jewish observance could whet their appetite for another bloodbath. No one in his family would be safe – not in the sukkah and not inside the house. Nevertheless, despite the difficulties and the dangers, Rabbi Kahane was not willing in the slightest to give up the mitzvah so precious to him. In the days preceding Sukkot, he prowled all over the area, looking for a spot in one of the Jewish courtyards sufficiently concealed for him to risk constructing a sukkah there. In the end, he decided on a location in a courtyard only three houses away from his own dwelling. With the help of some of his students, he succeeded in removing the wooden walls and the thin strips of wood for the roof from storage, quietly transporting them to the chosen spot and quickly erecting a sukkah that fit all the requirements of Jewish law. Around it he hung wet sheets and clothes so that a casual glance would register only laundry hanging to dry. On the first night of the festival, the rabbi surreptitiously entered


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blessing, thanking the Al-mighty for the kindness of His intervention. After a long arduous journey with numerous potential pitfalls, Rabbi Kahane finally managed to escape

One of the Nazi soldiers placed the barrel of his revolver between her eyes and barked, “Tell us immediately where the rabbi is or else….” the claws of the Nazis and reach the shores of the Holy Land. He decided that as a reminder and an expression of appreciation for the wondrous salvation that had occurred for him, every year he would continue to sit in a darkened sukkah on the first night of the festival to remember and re-experience how it is possible to capture the true essence of the mitzvah of sitting in a sukkah, even without light or any other usually available

Source: Translated-adapted by Yerachmiel Tilles from the Hebrew weekly Sichat HaShavua #1344. (First published on AscentOfSafed. com.) Reprinted with permission from Festivals of the Full Moon from Menorah Books, which is now part of the Koren Publishers and Toby Press family of publishing companies, by Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles to be launched on November 1.

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night, while the rabbi and his two students were still sitting and conversing in the blacked-out sukkah, a small group of uniformed Nazis came banging loudly with their gun butts on the Kahane family door. When the terrified Mrs. Kahane finally opened the door, the vile Germans burst in and amidst much cursing began a thorough search in every room and corner of the house, pausing only to present blows with their gloved fists to any family member who came too close. During the entire time of the search Mrs. Kahane stood stone still. When they were not able to find any trace of her husband, one of the Nazi soldiers placed the barrel of his revolver between her eyes and barked, “Tell us immediately where the rabbi is or else….” It was with great difficulty that the terrified rebbetzin managed to squeeze out a few words in reply. “He disappeared as soon as the gunfire and explosions started.” This explanation made sense to the Nazi murderers because many people ran off whenever there were explosions. So he lowered his gun and they wrote in their report “the Rabbi fled,” implying there was no need to search the house anymore. While the rabbi was sitting in his sukkah with his students that night, he heard the screaming, the curses and the tumult in the neighborhood, but it never occurred to him that he was the main cause of it. Only early the next morning, when he managed to sneak home, his wife told him about the miracle that had taken place the night before. Subsequently, at the festival morning Torah reading, Rabbi Kahane said the “Gomel”

pleasure. Into his remarkable story Rabbi Kahane delighted to weave the pithy explanation of the Chassidic rebbe and tzaddik, Rabbi Meir of Premishlan, about a law of the festival as stated in the Mishna: “One who is suffering [from illness or from conditions in the outdoor sukkah] is freed from [the obligation to dwell in] the sukkah.” Commented Rebbe Meir’l: “One who is suffering, the sukkah frees him” – the sukkah can free us and save us from all of our sorrows.

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A basic motif of Nazi activity in conquered cities was actions to depress the spirit of the Jewish community – to humiliate them, to subjugate them, to crush any remnants of Jewish pride and personal self-esteem. One of their favorite methods for accomplishing this was to topple the rabbi; it was on top of their “to do” list. They well understood the role

the rabbis filled in encouraging the people, strengthening them, and lifting their spirits. So it happened that on the first night of Sukkot, in the middle of the

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the sukkah with two of his students. They recited kiddush over two slices of bread and discussed Torah topics relating to the holiday and the mitzvah of dwelling in a sukkah in as low tones as possible. There were no decorations in the sukkah nor delicacies appropriate for a festive meal to eat or drink, no visible signs of the holiday at all other than the bare sukkah. Still, Rabbi Kahane felt as happy as he ever did in his life, filled with joy and gratitude at being able to fulfill the mitzvah of dwelling in a sukkah in such extremely difficult conditions. In order not to arouse the suspicions of the Nazi beasts, who patrolled everywhere in the area until there was no one left on the streets, the rabbi and his two students remained in the sukkah the entire night. Not even once did they discuss the dire political situation and its continuous terrors; they continued with enthusiasm to analyze the holiday and its mitzvot from all the various aspects of Torah. One point which the Rabbi emphasized to his two students was the following: There is one question I always ask myself: when will I be able to fulfill the commandment to “rejoice in your holiday” purely and in its entirety? Holidays contain many elements besides the mitzvah itself – eating, drinking, fancy desserts, resting, socializing, etc. Tonight we have learned that when we sit in a sukkah devoid of any of these components – no delicacies to eat and not even any light – overshadowed by an environment of dread and terror, yet still we make every effort to instill and feel joy in our hearts. This is true, pure, unadulterated joy in the mitzvah – the real thing! – an inner joy, stemming from the actual fulfillment of the mitzvah in the most antagonistic of conditions.

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n the many wars and battlefield engagements that Israel has fought they were the least prepared and expectant of the attack on Yom Kippur 1973. Syrian tanks were rolling through the Golan Heights and Egyptian armor had breached the Bar Lev Line in the Sinai in less than two hours. Israeli nuclear missiles were armed in the ensuing panic. American planes soon resupplied Israelis who were low on just about every type of material needed to fight the war. Eventually the IDF was able to push back on both fronts and negotiate a ceasefire on their terms. During the bitter battles, the IDF took severe casualties, and many soldiers were decorated for their heroics on the battlefield. Moshe Levy was one of these men who despite all the odds saved the lives of his fellow soldiers. Levy (sometimes spelled Levi) was 28-years-old with a wife and two young children when the war broke out. Levy was in a mechanized unit and had been in a car accident a few weeks prior and was nursing a broken kneecap when his unit was called to reserve duty before the war. With his leg still in a cast he was exempt from duty but he wanted to be with his unit when they were sent to the southern front. He told his wife, “They don’t need to call me. I’m still going.” When Levy arrived at the front on October 8, he found his unit deployed east of the Suez Canal at a place called

Al Qantarah El Sharqiyya. Levy was given an armored vehicle personnel carrier called a half-track and sent to locate Egyptian commandos. A week later, on October 15, the IDF commander received a call to rescue soldiers trapped in an ambush. However, when Levy’s unit came on the scene they found out that the 20 or so Egyptian soldiers that were attacking the Israelis actually numbered in the hundreds. “They had 120 tanks to our 98 soldiers,” Levy said. Even though they had walked into the trap themselves, they weren’t going to leave anyone behind and Levy’s unit started to prepare for the Egyptian attack. The commander told them that they, with a few other small units in the area, were the only thing between them and Tel Aviv. A frum soldier, the only one in Levy’s unit, started saying Tehillim and the non-frum soldiers not knowing any better replied, “Amen.” Sadly, that soldier was killed in the upcoming attack but he inspired other soldiers towards teshuva (it was closer to Hoshana Rabbah at this point in the war than to Yom Kippur). When the Egyptians came towards the Israeli position they waited until the IDF vehicles were bunched together to begin firing rockets and missiles that had been buried in the sand. It was that first barrage that did the most damage. Many of the IDF vehicles were hit, and Levy saw a rocket heading straight for

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his half-track. Suddenly, he felt a boom and the next thing he knew he had lost an arm. The soldiers under him were more in a panic seeing him injured than Levy was about his own plight. He said to the men in his vehicle, “One missile went above us and one missile didn’t reach our vehicle. In about a minute another missile will fire directly at us. We must jump outside the vehicle.” He recalled, “As I jumped, my soldiers jumped after me, except for four. A minute later, the four who stayed in the vehicle were killed by a missile.” Looking around and seeing the devastation Levy felt that he had no choice but to attack the Egyptian post. The situation looked hopeless so he went armed with an Uzi and a couple of grenades to protect the remaining men in his unit. As he approached the enemy’s machine gun nest on a hill they were so amazed to see a one-armed soldier coming alone that they failed to notice that he was pulling the pin of a grenade with his teeth. Levy threw the grenade ten meters away from the post and killed several enemy soldiers and destroyed the position. In the blast he was hit by shrapnel from his own grenade in the face and chest. With the thought of “if I stay here I am dead,” Levy managed to crawl back to his own lines. A short time later, IDF paratroopers arrived on the scene to stabilize the front and were evacuating the severely wound-

ed first. Levy refused to be sent back to the rear until all of the other wounded soldiers were removed from the battlefield. When he was finally looked at by a doctor, the physician stared in disbelief at Levy. It took two months for Levy to recover from his injuries, and he still wanted to be sent back to his unit. Finally, one doctor agreed on the condition that Levy was accompanied by a doctor to his unit. The State of Israel won the war but they lost the most service members in their history. Over 2,500 were killed in the line of duty, and Israel swallowed the bitter message to make sweeping changes in intelligence and defense networks. Moshe Levy retired as a major from the IDF and is the president of anti-terrorist technology company. Levy was awarded the Medal of Valor for his actions during the war and is still alive today. He has spoken several times about his experiences and even about his encounter with the Lubavitcher Rebbe who gave him spiritual advice when he needed it the most. Moshe Levy’s story is unique in that not only was he a war hero but he took the lessons to heart for the rest of his life. 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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The First Amendment to the U. S. Constitution says, “Government shall make no law abridging freedom of speech.” Guess what… unless you work for the government, that has absolutely nothing to do with work. The Constitution does not protect your right to be employed if you exercise your right to free speech at work and business owners can legally act. DISCLAIMER: I am not a sports fan, so my analysis of the recent National Anthem issue is from the perspective of an American Jewish business owner. Let’s lay out a few more facts before we go on. First, this is not the first time this kind of thing has happened. Former NBA guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf did not stand during the Nation Anthem during his breakout 1995-1996 season citing his Muslim faith and his view of the American flag as a symbol of oppression and racism. He was suspended for one game and ended up having to compromise with the league to stand and pray with his head down

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suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.” So here we have a hot button issue that seems to be taking on a life of its own with a lot of hysterical social media style misinformation and drama, but from a business perspective it boils down to the leadership of the NFL. It has nothing to do with free speech - it’s all about money. The NFL and team owners set the tone for what their employees can and can’t do, can and can’t express, and how they respond to incidents. President Trump, like him or not, suggested nothing illegal when he challenged owners to suspend or fire players who take a knee during the National Anthem. The choice is really that of the league and owners to decide what THEY stand for in their choice to enforce or not enforce their own rules and code of conduct. Here they chose to self-protect and join ranks with their players to defend the league and not have a showdown with their employees. Whether you like that or don’t, the address for your support or disappointment is the league. How that choice works out for them financially, time will tell. As a Jewish American business owner in the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, I find this situation troubling for two main reasons. First, the old “don’t throw out the baby with the bath water” rule. So, you don’t like something about America. I bet we all have thoughts on how it can improve. All the talk about dividing people but you drop to a knee in a stadium full of people in a moment that is supposed to be unifying? Use your star power to express yourself or become politically involved, but why go

after the National Anthem? It’s a terrible and extreme way to act, and a poor lesson for all of us about condemning the big picture because of a specific issue. Next, the hypocrisy. The league and players continue to feature US Military reunions, play the National Anthem, honor police officers, US Military and their families, enjoy police protection, and benefit from all the good things this country has to offer. Another lesson of ingratitude and hypocrisy. Extreme reactivity and hypocrisy are two traits that will make it difficult to live a spiritually fulfilled life of growth, and conduct that won’t help you much in business either. Let me conclude with an illustration from the opposite extreme. It’s Rosh Hashanah and I’m in a shul full of people davening for all they need and hope for, considering their actions of the past and their goals for the future. We reach the point of Aleinu Le’Shabeach in Mussaf, and as everyone gets back up from bowing on their knees, one man remains on the ground and it becomes clear he needs help getting back up. With advanced Parkinson’s and a life of challenges we can’t imagine, when the time came to bow in unity and pay tribute to Hashem, there were no excuses, no feelings of entitlement, no feelings of mutiny. Like it or not, it was time to take a knee and nothing was going to stop him. 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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he Trump administration often talks about North Korea policy as if it’s an on-off switch. President Trump thundered Tuesday that the U.S. will “totally destroy” North Korea to defend itself and its allies. But Defense Secretary James Mattis blandly insisted the next day that it’s “still a diplomatically led effort.” Somewhere in this maze of public statements – including Thursday’s announcement of new economic sanctions on North Korea – there’s a nuanced American policy. But the seeming binary options are weirdly reminiscent of the nuclear standoff of the Cold War, when the only choices seemed to be a conflict with massive loss of life – or surrender to the adversary’s demands. To escape this straitjacket, strategists in the 1970s and ‘80s began to devise new conventional and nuclear weapons, and ultimately, missile defenses. A similar creative re-examination is needed now. We can always hope that the Trump administration’s strategy will work: Maybe Trump’s threat to Pyongyang of “fire and fury” will convince China to halt oil deliveries; perhaps the North Koreans will enter negotiations; maybe an interim peace agreement will stabilize the situation so “final status” talks begin about eventual de-nuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and withdrawal of American troops. That’s the best outcome, certainly. But to be prudent, U.S. officials

and their allies should assume it won’t work. They need to be planning other options, with a coldblooded rationality that is the opposite of schoolboy taunts about “Rocket Man.” U.S. officials need, first, to decide how serious a threat North Korea truly poses to America. If major cities are at risk, and Kim Jong Un’s

pressure” against “an unprecedented, grave and imminent threat from North Korea.” Suppose you take a less drastic view of Kim and conclude that the real target of his antics is China. He clearly fears Beijing’s influence: He brutally murdered his uncle and half-brother, both of whom were said to be close to China. His missile and

This is a nightmare scenario, but if you believe Kim is truly a nightmare leader, then you must think about the unthinkable.

erratic behavior can’t be deterred, then perhaps the U.S. should indeed be planning to de-nuclearize North Korea by force. If the U.S. adopted this maximalist strategy, it would begin a buildup of forces that, by most estimates, would take at least two months. Japan and South Korea would begin intensive civil-defense programs to protect their populations and minimize civilian casualties. This is a nightmare scenario, but if you believe Kim is truly a nightmare leader, then you must think about the unthinkable. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seems to be doing just that. His op-ed in The New York Times Monday was more polite than Trump’s bombast, but no less firm. He urged “concerted

nuclear tests defy Trump, but even more the repeated warnings he has received, and ignored, from President Xi Jinping. If we see Kim as a regional threat, rather than a global one, then perhaps the right response is an intelligence strategy that begins with the reality of his split with China – and takes off from there. Back in 2003, China suspended oil deliveries for several days (blaming the problem on a supposed pipeline malfunction) and North Korea quickly began negotiations. In the deniable realm of intelligence operations, it’s always possible that a pipeline could “malfunction” again, or that other crippling difficulties could arise for Pyongyang and its mercurial leader. Suppose, instead, that the U.S. and

its allies decide that North Korea isn’t worth the risks of either military or covert action. What then? To be cynically honest, we must recognize that sometimes it’s less costly to bribe an adversary than to go to war. What blandishments would get Kim to agree to halt his testing program? Is there a “freeze” option, as suggested by Robert Einhorn of the Brookings Institution, that would stop escalation, prevent proliferation and stabilize the situation – but leave de-nuclearization for the distant future? Finally, are there defensive measures that can sharply reduce the North Korean threat? For the past decade military planners have been touting a “boost-phase” intercept, which could destroy North Korean missiles in the first several minutes after launch. The Pentagon has started a new program to build a lightweight, powerful laser carried on big, high-altitude drones that could loiter outside North Korean airspace. The lasers won’t be ready until 2023, at the earliest. But how about a simpler version that would shoot fast interceptor missiles from existing drones? Some Pentagon planners say such a system could be deployed soon. President Kennedy famously solved the Cuban missile crisis in 1962 by thinking outside the box. Similar creative thinking is badly needed now on North Korea. (c) 2017, Washington Post Writers Group


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Mental Health Corner The Grieving Process By Rabbi Azriel Hauptman

Widows or widowers who remarry are sometimes bewildered when their adult children are angry at their choice. Understanding one of the reasons for this phenomenon requires a brief description of grief. Grief is an emotion that is experienced when one suffers a loss. A variety of reactions are common when one is grieving. This includes sadness, denial, numbness, shock, guilt, loneliness, and anger. There is no specific pattern or order to grieving. The grieving process is highly individualistic and differs greatly from person to person even within the same family. Grieving is not linear and it can wax and wane. The acute feelings of grief can subside for a while only to come back at a later time, especially on special occasions and at specific

times of the year. On a certain level, grief is permanent. One never stops missing a loved one. There are also physical symptoms that can result from grief. This includes difficulty sleeping, change in appetite, fatigue, headaches, and digestive problems. Sometimes, the experience of grief can trigger clinical depression. On the surface, the grieving process and depression might look similar, but there are several differences. When one is grieving, the sadness comes in waves, whereas when one is depressed the sadness is constant. Similarly, when one is grieving there can be positive emotions occurring besides the feelings of sadness, whereas when one suffers from depression there is greatly limited capacity for positive emo-

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tions. Also, when one is grieving he takes comfort from others, whereas the depressed individual drives himself into isolation. The depressed individual can also suffer from a sense of worthlessness and hopelessness. When a widow or widower remarries, there is the possibility that it can resurrect dormant feelings of grief in their children as it seems to them that someone else is taking the place of their deceased parent. Grief is an emotion and is therefore not governed by logic. The children might realize that their resistance is out of place, but they still might feel unable to avoid the emotions that they are experiencing. Chazal teach us in Avos (4, 22) that those who are born are destined to die. This means that death is an inevitable

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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he calendar is full of little-known commemorations that probably escape your attention, and this month is no exception. Some of them are just silly, like September 19’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day. (Although, really, if you don’t think pirates are cool, what’s wrong with you?) Some are obscure, like September 23’s Restless Leg Awareness Day. But some of those special days resonate with everyone. And that brings us to September 20: Pepperoni Pizza Day. Yes, it’s really a thing, and yes, it’s magnifico! Just about everyone loves pepperoni pizza. Even vegans can enjoy it with dairy-free cheese and meatless pepperoni substitutes. (Don’t mock it until you’ve tried it!) Americans eat over 100 acres of pizza per day, and 36% of those pies have pepperoni on top. We eat over 250 million pounds of pepperoni on our pizza every year. Naturally, tax collectors love it . . . so let’s see how they take their slice or two of the pie.

Pizza is a $44 billion industry here in the U.S. The top 50 chains, led by Pizza Hut, Domino’s, Little Caesars, and Papa John’s, account for $24.75 billion in sales. Smaller chains and independents gross $19.75 billion more. That means billions in sales taxes going to state and local governments, billions in corpo-

but cross-state tax compacts aren’t quite so flexible. Fortunately, taxes on pizza aren’t all “takeout.” Every one of those gooey delicious pies starts with raw ingredients like wheat flour, tomato sauce, cheese, and meat. Our tax code offers some savory tax breaks to the farmers who supply those ingre-

There are 76,723 pizzerias in America.

rate income taxes from the companies that sell those pizzas, and billions in personal income taxes from the actual people who own those businesses. There are 76,723 pizzerias in America. Every one of those parlors pays property tax on the location. It would be poetic if New York-style pizzerias everywhere paid tribute to New York and deep-dish pizzerias nationwide kicked up to Chicago,

dients. Pork producers, for example, get depreciation deductions for farm equipment and confinement facilities to turn three-pound piglets into 275-pound hogs in just six months. That’s a lot of pepperoni! Does all this pizza talk have you thinking about opening your own place? Watch out for audits! Pizzerias are largely cash businesses, which makes it easy to skim off profits. In the early 1990s, the IRS conducted

an in-depth study of mom-and-pop pizzerias in the Providence, RI, area and wrote an entire guide for auditors examining them. If you’re under audit, and the examiner suspects you’re underreporting your sales, he might contact your meat supplier to see how much pepperoni you bought, then compare it to the pizza sales you report. If the numbers don’t add up, you’ll have some ‘splainin to do! Finally, don’t be fooled by places serving “flatbreads.” It’s pizza. They just call it flatbread to charge more. We realize there’s no easy way to transition from pepperoni pizza to tax planning. But there is a connection. The less you pay in tax, the more dough you’ll have to enjoy America’s favorite comfort food! So make sure you have a plan before you get hungry, and let’s see how much more of your income “pie” you can actually eat! 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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Dirshu Heartfelt Tefillos by Gedolim at Kosel Hamaaravi Climax of International Yom Limud and Tefillah by Chaim Gold The Gaon and Tzaddik, Rav ShiAcheinu, Dirshu’s kiruv arm, also mad!” A wide range of schools that trumon Galei, shlita, stood in front of the spread the word of uniting in achdus Kosel leading thousands in the public to combat strife and gossip with a sep- ly represent the entire panoply of Orrecitation of Tehillim. In a voice full arate effort to include Jews at all lev- thodox Jewry participated in the Yom of supplication, begging Hashem for els of observance under the rubric of Limud and Tefillah school programs. They included schools from Monsey, rachamim, he burst into tears. Who “Day of Jewish Unity.” wasn’t gripped by emotion and tears Children in Schools Across the NY, Lakewood, NJ, Brooklyn, NY, as they joined with Rav Galei in tefil- Globe Mobilize Have Special Pro- Manhattan, NY, Toronto, Canada, lah on the Chofetz Chaim’s yahrzeit, gramming Marking Yahrzeit of Houston, TX, Baltimore, MD, Cleveland, OH, Waterbury, CN, Albany, this past Friday, 24 Elul/September NY, Phoenix, AZ, Passaic, NJ, At15? lanta, GA, Staten Island, NY, Deal, Who could remain unmoved NJ, Livingston, NJ, Denver, CO, as they heard Rav Shmuel Eliezer Boston, MA, and Los Angeles, CA. Stern, shlita, Rav of Western Bnei Standing Together as One Brak and Av Beis Din of the Beis Man with One Heart in Achdus Din of HaGaon HaRav Shmuel Before Hashem… at the Kosel! Wosner, zt”l, reciting the Thirteen The highlight of the Yom LimMiddos of Hashem’s mercy with ud and Tefillah was the special such deep feeling followed by thousands responding in unison in Dirshu Yom Limud and Tefillah, Kollel Breslov, Bnei Brak, Israel maamad of tefillah held with the Gedolim at the Kosel. It began in a collective voice that seemed to the pre-sunrise hours of Friday penetrate the very Heavens? morning when busses upon busses How can one encapsulate the began to arrive at the Kosel with feelings of hisorerus upon witnessthousands making their way to the ing HaGaon HaRav Eliyahu Abba Kosel to daven Vasikin. As davenShaul, shlita, Rosh Yeshivat Ohr ing continued, the palpable feeling L’Tzion, leading so many thouof inspiration seemed to permeate sands in a thunderous Kabbolas the entire assemblage. Ol Malchus Shomayim with his Rav Dovid Hofstedter, Nasi of passionate recitation of Shema YisDirshu, came especially to particrael? ipate in the event and gave voice These Gedolim accompanied Yeshiva Torat Emet, Houston, Texas participating in the Dirshu Yom Iyun and Tefillah event to the profound feelings of chizuk by many thousands of Yidden gathand achdus. In his short remarks, ered at the Kosel to daven on the Rav Dovid cited the first words in the International Yom Limud and Tefillah Chofetz Chaim held on the yahrzeit of the Chofetz Another exciting element of the parasha that would be read the next Chaim. day was the fact that thousands of day, ‘Atem Nitzavim HaYom Kulchem The Chofetz Chaim’s Yahrzeit children and teens were touched by the Lifnei Hashem Elokeichem -You are an Auspicious Time Yom Limud and Tefillah. Special pro- all standing today in front of Hashem, This year was the Third Annual graming was held for both boys and your G-d.’ Rav Dovid poignantly said, International Yom Limud and Tefillah girls, in chadorim and schools across “We too are all standing here today, together with multitudes all around the instituted by Dirshu, which has been the world. instrumental in promoting the learning In the United States and Canada, world. ‘Kulchem - all of you, as one of the halacha and mussar seforim of Dirshu arranged special, age-appropri- man with one heart,’ we are engaged the Chofetz Chaim in its Daf HaYomi ate material for schools that brought in the essence of achdus, lifnei HashB’Halacha program. the message and legacy of the Chofetz em, in front of Hashem at the Kosel The Yom Limud and Tefillah was Chaim to life. Dirshu prepared three Hamaaravi… ‘Hayom,’ today on erev established for the purpose of uniting different booklets to be distributed to Shabbos, the Shabbos before selichos all of Klal Yisrael specifically on the participating boys’ and girls’ schools on the yahrzeit of the Chofetz Chaim. With great emotion, Rav Hofstauspicious occasion of the Chofetz across the United States and Canada. Chaim’s yahrzeit right before Rosh The booklets contain age-appropriate edter pointed out that, “we should all Hashanah in a unified tefillah and to halachos from both the sefer Chofetz go in the path of the Chofetz Chaim encourage the learning of the Chofetz Chaim and Mishnah Berurah, as well who epitomized achdus Yisrael, ahaChaim’s seforim that have such pow- as inspirational and educational stories vas Yisrael, and ahavas chinam by trying to eradicate sinas chinam, strife, erful potency to invoke rachamei sho- about the Chofetz Chaim. “It Was A Phenomenal Maa- machlokes and lashon hara and by mayim.

accepting upon ourselves to learn the halachos of lashon hara as elucidated in the sefer Chofetz Chaim, and by learning halacha as taught by the Chofetz Chaim in his Mishnah Berurah. In this way, we can try emulating the Chofetz Chaim and following in his path of ahavas Yisrael!” As the formal maamad had concluded but then something so profoundly heartwarming, spontaneously occurred. The three Gedolim joined hands and in a beautiful manifestation of achdus they began to dance together bringing Rav Hofstedter in with them as they sang the famed song, ‘Tehei hashaah hazos,’ begging Hashem that this time be an auspicious time to arouse heavenly mercy, compassion and favor for Klal Yisrael. Positive Secular Reports on “The Day of Jewish Unity” The effort to go well beyond the Torah observant community and to encourage Jewish Unity among the masses spearheaded by Acheinu was remarkably well received. The idea of the importance of Jewish Unity was even picked up by the secular press. Articles about the importance of the Day of Jewish Unity that coincides with the yahrzeit of the Chofetz Chaim appeared in numerous general publications such as Fox News, The Washington Times, the Huffington Post, the American Thinker and the Jerusalem Post. Another important component to the Yom Limud and Tefillah was the fact that there were many frum-owned businesses who took a few minutes on a busy workday to participate in the davening and learning to mark the Yom Limud and Tefillah. Rabbi Rozenstein concluded, “The fact that so many Jews, from so many walks of life, at all levels of observance came together to promote achdus, to promote unity and to accept upon themselves to learn the Chofetz Chaim’s seforim and to follow in the pathway of caring for Klal Yisrael and ahavas Yisrael is a tremendous zechus for Klal Yisrael during the Yomim Noraim and beyond.”


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1 cup light corn syrup 1 cup sunflower butter 8 oz. baking chocolate 1 Tbl. water 5 cups Gluten free crisp rice cereal (Wegmans is the best) 14 oz. white chocolate 2 oz. dark chocolate

Melt corn syrup, peanut butter, baking chocolate , and water in a pot( no need for a double boiler). When mixture is smooth, remove from fire and add crisp rice cereal. Mix all together. With your hand, spread evenly onto a 10 x 15 inch cookie sheet, which has been lined with parchment paper. Melt white chocolate. Spread over cereal mixture. Let it dry out. Decorate with stripes of dark chocolate to create a feather effect. Cool at room temperature. Cut into desired shapes. Enjoy!! This recipe can also be made with regular peanut butter. It also freezes very well!


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Erev Yom Kippur is one of the year’s busiest. Who needs to spend precious hours of our day cooking? These satisfying recipes go together easily and are beneficial for the pre-fast meal. Let’s spend our time feeling elevated and b’simcha, in anticipation of this awesome day.

Caramelized Onion Chicken

Active time: 20 minutes / Cooking time: 1 hour / Serves 8

Ingredients:

8 pieces cut up chicken, about 5 pounds rinsed and patted dry 5 large onions, peeled, halved and thinly sliced 3 tablespoons honey 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard

3 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce 2 tablespoons brown sugar 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper

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Preparation: 1. Place chicken with all ingredients in a large sealable plastic bag or storage container with a tight-fitting lid. Cover, shake to coat well and refrigerate overnight. 2. Preheat oven to 400° and position rack in top third of oven. Remove chicken from marinade and place, skin side up, in one layer in a large baking pan. Roast 15 to 20 minutes until skin is crisped. Remove chicken from oven and lower temperature to 350 degrees. 3. Meanwhile, pour onions and marinade into a medium saucepan over medium high heat and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer 20 minutes until thickened. 4. Pour onion sauce over chicken and return to oven. Bake uncovered for 30 to 45 minutes.

Prepare Ahead: Must begin a day ahead. Completed recipe will keep covered in the refrigerator for up to two days. Warm in oven before serving

Active time: 10 minutes / Cooking time: 75 minutes / 8 Servings

Set up this recipe in about 10 minutes in the morning and place it in the oven along with the chicken for your pre-fast meal. High in fiber, the squash will hold you for a long time and the maple syrup does not cause a sugar spike so it will get you through Kol Nidre on an even keel.

Ingredients:

4 small butternut squash 4 tablespoons pure maple syrup

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1. Preheat oven to 350°. Coat a 10- by 13-inch ovenproof pan with no-stick spray. 2. Slice squash in half lengthwise. With a spoon, scrape out seeds and fibers; discard. Place the 8 halves in the prepared baking pan cut side up. Drizzle each half with maple syrup. 3. Bake uncovered for 1 to 1 ½ hours, until edges are browned and flesh pierces very easily with a fork. Prepare Ahead: will keep covered in the refrigerator for up to two days. Warm in oven before serving.

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