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Harav Goldwasser Divine Inspiration

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CONTENTS 8 | Letters to the Editor 22 |

COLUMNISTS Top Ten Things You Should Know… By Chaya Rosen Blood Sugar & Diabetes

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A Shabbos Meal to Remember By Elimelech Meisels Around the Town 89 | Picture Page KIDS AND TWEENS

Bubbying in Eretz Yisroel, 7 Differences 50 | By Tova Younger 76 | The Party Planner In the Kitchen with 78 |7 Differences Answers 62 | Esther Mendelevich

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Puzzle Page 77 | By Baila Rosen

Puzzle Page Answers Torah By 78 | 18 | Divrei By Baila Rosen Harav Dovid Goldwasser in Real Life By Ad Libs 32 |Muktzah Rabbi Binyomin Bulka 82 | Jewish By SYG FEATURES

40 | The Heart of the 42 | Taryag Mitzvot

Tasty Cakes As told to Linda Hirschel

Monthly Torah Riddles 83 | By Rabbi Mordechai

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84 | Monthly Torah Riddles Answers

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Letters to the Editor

Several Things to Say I would like to comment on the letter written against the “Dreaded P-Word.” The first definition of “dread” is to anticipate with fear. That is a fact, before Pesach, with all the extra workload we all must carry. We all love Pesach, but to worry about getting it all done on time is normal. In reference to husbands putting down the Gemara, the author just wants them to put down the Gemara, so your hands are free to clean. But put on a Torah CD or headphones and listen while you work. About the scandal-plagued White House, you shouldn’t have to explain to your kids what’s going on. Instead, they should read about gedolim. From them we can gain much. Thanks! Anonymous No Kudos to You I don’t know why we are thanking Senator Simcha Felder for delaying the state budget deal in his attempt to change the provision that mandates yeshivos to give students the same level of education offered in public schools. Who is the real victor here? Is it the Rabbis that control the yeshiva system ultimately keeping the community in perpetual poverty, or the thousands of students who have once again been shortchanged a decent education? What exactly are we applauding in this move? Yeshivos, especially boys’ Chassidish ones, are failing their students by not emphasizing secular studies as much as limudei kadosh. This was not an attempt by the government to squash religious freedom, rather an attempt to provide a basic level of education that is severely not being presented in charedi yeshivos. I’m sorry, but Simcha Felder, you have done the community a disservice here. A Concerned Parent

Yasher Koyech We dodged a bullet wrapped in a schoolbook recently and we have Simcha Felder to thank for this. This is why we elected him into office: to serve and represent the community. Can you image what would have happened if the provision passed? I don’t want my child learning the same curriculum taught in PS Whatever. I don’t need his precious neshama exposed to evolution, music, art, Greek mythology, body education or some other kind of nonsense. Our children may not teach the same subjects that public schools offer, but they are wiser because when you learn Torah, you get everything: math, science, history, reading comprehension, etc. The public schools should learn from us how to teach! Yanky Spitzer Poverty 101 I disagree and frankly am ashamed of Senator Felder’s actions which have been lauded on in “Kudos to Senator Felder.” I only need to refer you to pg. 72 of the same issue of Heimishe Biz to clarify my position. There is an advertisement on that page which pleads for financial help for the Kiryat Sefer community, which thrives in kollel learning, but remains destitute in all other areas of life and need our help in making and paying for weddings. What do you think will happen after the happy yet naive couple weds? Once children come along, how will they continue to manage? Maybe if we invest more in our children’s education, which Felder is trying to undermine, then we wouldn’t have these situations. Brian K. A Teacher Responds As a 5th grade English teacher in one of the major yeshivos in Boro Park, please allow me to chime in on this Simcha Felder move. As much as we don’t want to model our curriculum after the nation’s failing public school system, we must admit that our school can use some improvement. In my experience, the boys (can’t

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comment on the girls) are not reading and writing on their grade level. By the time Yiddish classes are over and I enter the room, the boys are tired, bored and restless; and I only get them for an hour and a half a day. Although they exhibit smarts in critical thinking and such, they are severely lacking in basic grammar, spelling and language skills. This pains me as an educator. I can only do so much with the time and resources I am given. Sure, the NYC Board of Education is riddled with problems, but let’s tackle some of our own too and not sweep it under the rug. Yeshiva Teacher Poor Wife! Heimishe Biz, I am so angry with F.R. from last week’s Letters Page that I want to give his wife a much needed hug, and apparently a helping hand in the kitchen. F.R. whoever you are, I feel bad for your wife! The fact that you even believe your requirement to learn absolves you of your duties at home just shows that you are clearly not learning enough! It is a mitzvah, not an aveirah, as you put it, to help get ready for the yomim tovim. If you are so proud of your thoughts, why do you sign the letter anonymously? There is no issur in picking up a broom and help in getting the house ready. However, there might be an issur in picking up the broom to knock some sense into your delusional mind, which I hope your wife does someday. Mira Steinberger Helping Husbands Much like Arye Yakubov, in last month’s magazine, I am one of those husbands that proudly rolls up his sleeves and puts down the Gemara to help my wife get ready for Pesach. In fact, it felt so good to be part of the process and my wife was so appreciative, that I started helping out very Friday in getting the house and children ready for Shabbos. Y. A Cleaning Ladies To Dovid Ha’a shir in last month’s Letters, it is YOU who needs to get some help! Not all of us are “ashirim” and can afford cleaning help at home, but you assume we all have cleaning ladies. Even if someone is lucky enough to have cleaning help, it is still a mitzvah to prepare for any chag. What’s next; have the cleaning 10 |

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lady put up the sukkah? Pesach Prices To the reader who complained that Pesach prices are overly inflated, here is an idea: make your own food! No one is forcing you to purchase a $22 cake. Pessy Weiss Keep me Covered I am closely following the federal class action lawsuit filed by two Muslim women and the issue of religious head coverings, which was covered by Joey Aron in last month’s issue (“The Uncovering of Religious Rights?”). The idea that there might be restrictions and limitations to how I cover my hair is frightening as I work for a federal agency. Please have the author follow up on this matter. M.T. Pollard in Israel I am thrilled that Trump is contemplating allowing Jonathan Pollard to travel to Israel for the Jerusalem embassy opening. The man has suffered enough and has done his time. Let him be free and travel freely. Rubin P. Jews under Attack I am baffled by all the recent attacks on Jews not only in Berlin and internationally, but also right here in Crown Heights. What’s going on? Is the world turning to Germany pre WWII? Jews are under attack for just the mere fact that they are Jewish, and nothing more. This is a scary notion and I hope is not a precursor of what’s to come. Mrs. Horowitz

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Divine Inspiration By Rabbi Goldwasser

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he walked into the room and diffidently sat down on the proffered chair. I noted the young woman’s obvious signs of apprehension and uncertainty, and her eyes welled up with tears. “I don’t really know where to begin,” she finally stammered, “but I suppose the beginning would be the best place.” A slight nod encouraged her to set forth the dilemma that had been bothering her for several weeks. Sara spoke softly and hesitatingly. “Rabbi Goldwasser, I’ve been going out with a very fine bachur for several weeks and the time has come to make a decision. It is not our family’s way to go out for so many weeks. Tzvi is a special young man, but I don’t feel that I could commit myself yet. How can I be certain that this is what I’m looking for?” It really depends on what you think is important,” I stated. “Are you looking for a husband who is planning to learn in kollel? Do his character traits and personality meet your qualifications?” Sara gazed out of the window, seeking inspiration. The stillness in the room was only disturbed by the cadenced ticking of the clock. Muffled in the distance, the telephone’s ringing competed with the clang of the doorbell, but in my study, silence prevailed. “Tzvi is a special person,” Sara repeated slowly. “I was told that he is a serious learner, and I know that his middos are exemplary. I just can’t say that final ‘yes.’ Considering my indecision, maybe I should just forget about the whole thing,” she concluded thoughtfully. My casual acquaintance with Tzvi had given me a glimpse of his refined character and intelligence. Sara seemed aware of his positive attributes, but she was unwilling to make the final decision. Sara’s uncertainty and anxiety made it difficult to convince her to go ahead with the shidduch. “I’ve got a suggestion,” I suddenly heard myself saying. “I would like you to call your entire family together …” I paused abruptly, unsure where my words were leading me. The idea was vaguely outlined in my mind, yet I couldn’t fully fathom its purpose. Why was I advising Sara to take this unusual

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course of action? “As I was saying,” I continued with conviction, “you should gather everyone together. Call your aunts and uncles, and your siblings. When everyone is assembled, you can introduce Tzvi to the entire family. Their opinions and advice will convince you as to what your final answer should be.” Sara looked up with surprise and bewilderment. She had not expected such a response. “I have to think about this idea,” she murmured softly. “Maybe I can find the courage to call everyone together for a meeting.” After she had departed, I briefly reflected on our conversation. My suggestion was irregular, yet I hoped that it would bring clarity. Several years later I was privileged to see yet another phenomenal facet of the workings of hashgacha. The subsequent happenings in Sara’s life reinforced my belief that a Rav is indeed blessed with an extra measure of Siyata D’Shmaya. There can be no doubt ever that words that might seem incongruent or irrelevant are directed by a Higher Power that controls every link in the chain of events. When Sara returned home that afternoon she spent many hours mulling over my suggestion. Time moved on as she wrangled with her doubts and misgivings. She could not envision taking such a bold initiative to invite her extended family for an impromptu conference with the outlined objective. She ultimately chose to end the entire issue. With trembling fingers, she resolutely dialed the matchmaker’s number. Although doubts still gnawed mercilessly at her peace of mind, she firmly quashed them as she hurriedly spoke to the kind woman. “Hello, this is Sara speaking,” she said nervously. “I just wanted to tell you that – “ “Oh, Sara! Did you finally agree? I’m so happy for you! I – “ “No, you misunderstood me,” Sara wearily interrupted. “Please tell Tzvi that … that it’s over. Um …I’ve made my decision. “Sure? Why … uh … of course, I’m sure, she Goldwasser continues on page 20 info@hbiz.us • 718.608.5952


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responded to the matchmaker’s surprise. No, don’t call me tomorrow. I’m sure about it.” As Sara hung up the phone she thought mournfully, “Sure about it? I’ve never been so uncertain, but I cannot go on like this.” Sara spent a restless night, tossing and turning, as she contemplated all that had transpired in the last few weeks. Sleep completely eluded her as she considered all the options she had and the choices she had made. As the new morning dawned it brought sad tidings. Sara’s grandmother had departed for the olam ha’emes, leaving her descendants bereft and alone. A levayah, funeral, was arranged with an efficiency born of necessity. A large crowd gathered to pay tribute to this woman of valor who had raised a generation of true bnei Torah and shomrei mitzvos. All of Sara’s aunts and uncles were gathered, with her siblings and cousins. Also, in attendance was the young man whose ties with the family had ostensibly already been terminated the night before. Despite his reservations, Tzvi felt that he had to come to the funeral. The connection that had developed between Sara’s immediate family and

he precluded any doubts he might have about paying his last respects. Trying to remain safely out of sight, the refined young man stood on the periphery of the crowd. “Tzvi, how special of you to come,” Sara’s father said with sensitivity. They talked for a while, and some of Sara’s relatives wondered who this young man was. Sara felt obliged to explain who he was. As was to be expected, Tzvi made a wonderful impression on Sara’s relatives. It didn’t take long for the family’s acclaim and praise to convince Sara of the young man’s suitability. Within a week, the shidduch that had recently been called off was brought to fruition. After an unforeseen family meeting the kallah was able to obtain the assurance and approval she was seeking. *** The counsel I had offered was truly atypical and certainly not premeditated. Forty days before the creation of the child, a bas kol had proclaimed “Bas ploni l’ploni.” From that moment, Divine Providence had been guiding the course of events leading to this beautiful bayis ne’eman that Tzvi and Sara established. It was that hashgacha that generated an interesting idea to affect this perfect shidduch. 

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About Blood Sugar and Diabetes

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Our bodies were created to be in perfect balance. Our blood stream carries critical nutrients to all parts of our bodies in perfect amounts: sodium (salt), iron, sugar, and many others. The amount of these nutrients always stays about the same – within a set range. The moment the amount increases or decreases, it can cause a problem in the body. The amount of sugar in our blood is directly related to the food we eat. When we are fasting and haven’t eaten for several hours, our blood sugar naturally drops. Right after a meal or a snack, our blood sugar rises. For a healthy person, these peaks and drops will remain within the set limits and are considered normal and healthy. When the blood sugar rises too high or drops too low, it can be indicative of a problem. A normal fasting blood sugar is between 70-100 mg/ dl. Less than this is considered hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. After a meal, blood sugar can rise to 120-140, but any higher than that is considered hyperglycemia, or high blood sugar. Very low blood sugar, less than 60 mg/dl, can quickly become dangerous and is considered a medical emergency. High blood sugar, while also potentially dangerous, can also cause long-term health effects when not treated. The symptoms of low blood sugar can be any of the following: intense hunger, feeling shaky, dizzy, or weak; irritable, aggressive, or moody; headache and confusion, and eventually loss of consciousness and seizures. If chas v’shalom not treated, hypoglycemia can be fatal. Treatment is easy, and the results are quick. Give the patient something sugary to eat or drink, like chocolate or a sweet drink. That should be followed closely by a snack of a carbohydrate and protein (like crackers and peanut butter, for example.) The symptoms of high blood sugar are harder to spot and are often only noticeable when the blood sugar is very high or stays high for long periods of time. Increased thirst and frequent urination are often an indicator to check for high blood sugar. Headaches, fatigue, and blurred vision are other symptoms which can be caused by hyperglycemia. One of the primary hormones involved in regulating blood sugar levels is insulin, which is secreted by the pancreas. Insulin’s job description is lowering the level of sugar in the blood. After we eat, our blood sugar rises. This signals the release of insulin, which lowers the sugar level so that it always stays within a healthy range.

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The most common and well-known condition to cause variations in blood sugar is diabetes, also known as Diabetes Mellitus. There are two main forms of diabetes, which causes a lot of confusion. Let's clarify the differences. Type 1 diabetes: Once called juvenile diabetes, Type 1 is usually diagnosed in children or teenagers (though it can be diagnosed later in life, too). It is NOT caused by unhealthy diet or by eating too much sugar. Type 1 usually occurs when the body doesn't produce insulin or doesn't produce enough. This results in blood sugar that remains high. When diagnosed and treated properly, type 1 diabetes can be managed, and shouldn't interfere with living a normal life. Well-controlled blood sugar will help prevent any long-term complications. Treatment includes administering insulin and monitoring blood sugar. Type 2 diabetes: Usually diagnosed in adults, there is a strong genetic factor for developing Type 2 diabetes. However, it is important to note that with a healthy diet and exercise, Type 2 can be avoided by many people. Unlike type 1, Type 2 is linked to a diet heavy in sugar and processed fats, and not getting enough physical activity. In early stages, the main treatment is dietary changes. Though as the disease progresses (especially if a person is not careful with his diet), adding medication and even insulin may be necessary. Quick thinking and acting can save lives. If you suspect someone is suffering from a blood sugar emergency (blood sugar that is too high or too low), call Hatzalah and 911. Make sure you remain calm as you answer their questions; it won’t help if you’re so hysterical that they can’t make out what you’re saying, and what your address is. Take a first aid class. There you will learn how to perform CPR and other important, life-saving tools to use until help arrives. Every person (especially parents, teachers, and babysitters) should take a basic first-aid and CPR class. In a few hours, you can learn simple means to save people’s lives. 

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As told to Linda Hirschel

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t was Thursday night. As usual, the young men were gathering at their Rebbe’s house to hear the weekly shiur. Boys they were, really: 17, 18 year old boys from chassidic families, going to yeshiva in Bnei Brak. It was a segula, they said, to bring some mezonos for after the shiur. A segula to find a shidduch. They brought rogelach or cheap sponge cake from the corner bakery. Something seemed to work, because boys came in with a tray of simple cakes, and left with the confidence that there would be good news soon. And often there was. This night was different. The boys were gathering in the living room, chatting before the shiur began. All of a sudden, they noticed not one, but two trays filled with not the usual 20 shekel/kilo simple cakes, but something special. Piled on the trays were delicate cakes and sumptuous desserts which they would not even have seen at a fancy wedding: chocolate eclairs filled with cream, Napoleon layered powdered sugar delicacies, rum balls, and marzipan-filled shapes of all kinds. The boys elbowed each other in amazement and appreciation. “Where did the Viennese dessert table come from?” someone asked. A tall lanky boy with payos behind his ears, Litvish style, said quietly, “I...I brought the cakes.” Everyone began pounding the poor boy on the back and giving him “yashar koiyach.” Then the noise quieted down, and the boys found their seats. The Rav began to speak. After the shiur the boys arranged the chairs in a circle, balancing the pretty napkins on their knees along with the filled plastic plates. Someone proposed a l’chaim with some chocolate liqueur that the host had provided. “To our friend Shmuel. May he find his bashert soon!” “Amen!” Everyone raised their cups and drank. Avraham, all of 17, turned toward Shmuel and asked what everyone was wanting to know. “But Shmuel, why the fancy cakes?” Shmuel turned a shade of red and cleared his throat. “Well, I’m...I’m 23, and I know about your special segula. I decided to make it a hiddur mitzvah. So I tried to buy nice cakes. I hope you enjoy them.” Again the boys voiced their appreciation as they continued to partake of the refreshments. It is known that the chassidishe boys marry young, while the Livishe boys marry a little older. Avraham’s parents could conceivably call him the next day and tell him to come and meet his future kalla. Avraham 40 |

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again turned to Shmuel. He had a smile on his face as he teased. “Shmuel, by the time you have your first child, I’ll be a zeidie!” Avraham was known as a sensitive boy who showed concern for every friend. Clearly, he had not meant to hurt Shmuel. However, the joke, to say the least, did not go over well. Shmuel answered back, obviously hurt: “When I make my first chalake, Avraham, you still won’t have any kids.” There was a moment of silence as the boys digested the conversation which had transpired. Someone changed the subject. “The eclairs are the best, I would say.” This brought on a discussion of which cake was the tastiest. The evening ended and everyone went on his way. The years passed. Avraham moved to a new neighborhood. He was walking down Ohr Hachaim St. when he ran into his old friend from yeshiva, Yaacov. “Shalom Aleichem!” Yaacov recognized Avraham immediately. “Aleichem Shalom!” Returned Avraham, overjoyed to see his old friend. They began discussing the new neighborhood, and soon the discussion turned to Talmud Torahs. “Where do you send your boys?” Asked Yaacov. “Well, actually I don’t have any boys yet. In fact, I don’t have any children at all.” Many know this situation and the impossibility of words. Avraham looked at his friend Yaacov and said, ”Five long years.” “Hashem will help,” said Yaacov. There was a silence. “You know,” continued Yaacov. “Maybe it has something to do with that night the bachur brought over those fancy cakes.” It took Avraham a moment to remember. “I think you made a comment that you shouldn’t have. You know the stories about people having hakpados, about people holding grudges. Maybe you should call him up and ask his forgiveness. Shmuel, I believe, was his name.” Avraham looked at his shoes, embarrassed. Then he looked at his friend. “Of course it is worth the humiliation,” Avraham quietly affirmed. It took a few days to find someone who knew someone who knew where Shmuel was. Shmuel was married with three children. He gladly forgave Avraham. Guess what happened nine months after this episode. Just guess. Twins! And since then, Avraham has had many more little voices to fill his house.  info@hbiz.us • 718.608.5952


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t seems like if you want to have a party, you need a party planner. I used to work in a candy distribution company. Although our main customers were candy stores and shops with quality candy, over the years we developed a large circle of friends, and ‘friends of friends’, who knew that they were able to visit the warehouse and secure wholesale prices on our candy. When people had a simcha, we were always one of their stops. I used to marvel at customers who came by, often a year in advance, with a binder of requirements. Everything for their party was in the planning stages, or perhaps already decided. I knew that was not my style. Of course, a minimum amount of planning is unavoidable. In the summer, we began to plan our Parshas Beraishis Bar Mitzva. My teenage daughter, eager to learn how to use CorelDRAW on our computer, volunteered to work on the invitations. Her preteen sister helped her. My older daughter was looking at a ten-week (or more) summer vacation, with nothing specific to do, other than participating in short-term camps and babysitting, she offered to work on our invitation list and began baking. She did a wonderful job with both tasks. Each week, we would tell her that we were going to look over the list, while container by container, our freezer and our neighbors’ freezers, began filling up with food. Naturally, I undertook to outfit my three young daughters and two granddaughters. As I checked out a few stores, I kept running into the same problems. I couldn’t really find something that I thought was batampte; and the b’dieved outfits were pricey. I did the math and decided that since my daughters were doing so much, I would sew matching outfits for the little ones. Of course, I wanted to keep it simple, just a skirt and vest. After all, five outfits, no matter how trouble-free, was a big undertaking. As I contemplated purchasing the material, I was a little worried about pursuing this project. The fabric alone could easily run a few hundred shekalim. More importantly, what if they didn’t come out right? With all these thoughts, I stopped in a fabric store in the Geula area. As I inquired about the price of a few selections, the owner pointed to the stacks near the front table. 50 |

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“Twenty shekel a meter,” he informed me. “All marked down. Find what you like here.” Well, that helped me decide. I checked out the selection and left the store with a bolt of the material I had chosen - four meters. It would have to be enough. I measured and cut carefully, knowing I couldn’t get more fabric. The backs of the vests were made from lining material; despite a cutting error or two, I managed to cut everything out and even had a few scraps left over. They would be perfect for headbands. I tried to find the time to work on them, but it was hard. One day I thought, this is it! I’ll just get up, daven and then sew. I ought to be able to begin by 10. I managed to do just that – by 10 PM that is. I continued to work on them whenever I could. Suddenly, the summer was ending. “We need to get these invitations done already! Don’t forget to include “Ksiva V’chasim Tova,” I’d call out. I was beginning to feel a little pressured. As we headed to the printer with what we thought was a basically camera-ready print out, we were chagrined to discover that almost doesn’t count, except with horse shoes, hand grenades, and camera-ready artwork! It is, or it isn’t, the printer told us. Ours clearly was not. The printer needed a couple of days to work on them, and during this time we realized we had better switch to “G’mar Chasima Tova.” We then began the final review of the guest list and we were finally ready to address. My daughters had some friends get together and they got to work. Yes, I appreciated their help. But, I secretly wished I had spent a few minutes showing them the proper way to address an invitation. When I politely pointed out that they didn’t looks so nice, my daughters didn’t seem to understand what the problem was. Only when a friend of mine stopped in, and in her careful calligraphy addressed one for us, did the idea begin to sink in. Yet, they were addressed already and had to go out as they were. “Well, I guess it can be attributed to Zecher l’churban… or perhaps it will make sure we avoid an ayin hara,” I philosophized. Oh, how I love to reframe. The Yomim Tovim came, and although I had my heart set on finishing my sewing project before, I just couldn’t find time. Okay, the Bar Mitzvah was two days after Yom Tov. I would need to complete it then. Right after Yom Tov was over, we set out to take care of Tova Younger continues on page 52

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all the last-minute things. That evening, my daughter said, “Mommy, can we go to a gemach and get fancy dishes for a ‘bar’?” At simchos in Eretz Yisroel, the ‘bar’ is a fancy table of little cakes and desserts – a sweet table, as it is commonly referred to in the states. Usually, there is a special fabric tablecloth, dishes, pretty accent pieces, and other small details to dress up the table. “Well, okay,” I somewhat begrudgingly agreed. I often agonize over these types of questions. I like to allow my ‘workers’ free reign and enjoy themselves while they help me, yet, I also like to minimize and not overdo. It is a constant struggle. She made a few calls but couldn’t find anything – one gemach was all loaned out, another was inconveniently located and charged a fee. We tried one last person – at about 10 PM, the night before our Bar Mitzva. “Oh, sure I have those things,” our friend said. “But, I no longer loan them out. I stopped babysitting, and now I am doing this instead. You can hire me, and I’ll set up the entire bar,” she finished. I made a quick calculation – we were preparing almost all the food ourselves, sewing the girls’ dresses, and I decided that it was time to spend a bit. I confirmed with my husband and the Bar Mitzvah boy and called my friend back. “You’re on! Please be there at 5 PM tomorrow.” The party was set for 8 PM. Later that night, as I was preparing to go to sleep, I decided to make a list of what still needed to be done for the big day. I still needed to attach the ribbons to the outfits, make salad, the dressings, buy sodas, and well, I thought, I might even get to nap! The next morning, I decided to think about what I was going to wear. I mean, there is no time like the present. Really, I had been so focused on the vests and skirts, I hadn’t thought about myself. Uh-oh. My sheitel didn’t look so great. A quick call later and I sent my daughter with my sheitel to the sheitel-macher. B’H, she had some time for me. I continued through the day, with various things, feeling quite relaxed. At 3 o’ clock in the afternoon, as I opened my refrigerator to get out some items, an unusual sight caught my eye. Four big bags of flour were lined up on the door shelf. “What is that?” my over cluttered brain tried to puzzle it out. Then, it hit me. I had totally forgotten that I had decided to bake the rolls on my own. This task hadn’t even made the list! I surveyed my messy house and thought about my nap. Forget the nap, I decided. I had five hours, which was plenty of time to make 90 rolls, wasn’t it? I just felt bad that my parents, who were coming to my house 52 |

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before going to the hall, would have to see this chaotic clutter. At 7 PM, fresh rolls were coming out of the oven, and the girls had finished setting the tables, while my friend assisted them as she set up the sweet table. Time for my ribbons. Oh, and what would I wear? No problem, I had a couple of suits to choose from. But, where were they? That’s when I remembered that I had loaned them to my friend who was attending a wedding…in America. I decided to wear a suit I had worn to other friends’ simchos. I realized at this point that there was no use in rushing. Whenever I would get to the hall, I would get there. Then I got a surprise call – my parents were already at the hall. Baruch Hashem, my mess was my secret. But really, I needed to hurry! Now it was 8 PM, and the hall was just over 5 minutes away. “Mommy let’s go already,” my daughter was begging me. “Please,” I said, with a calmness that I wasn’t too sure about. “I’m almost ready, I just need another minute or two. I’ll just be a bit later than I had hoped, but we will get there before most of the guests, I am sure. If you like, you may go ahead.” She assured me that she would wait. Just then, the phone rang. The fellow who was supposed to bring us some kugels was on the line. He was sorry to be bringing them at the last minute but would pick me up and give us a lift to the hall. That was a nice surprise. You know what? Sure enough, everything fell into place, without the year in planning. Did everything go super smoothly? No. But, does it work that way even when you plan? Not always, you must admit. I’ll confess that this was not my first Bar Mitzvah. I will assert that although the details varied, my efforts at planning were about the same each time. Did I have mishaps? Well, the most memorable oversight was at one Bar Mitzvah, where we shared our simcha. My son and a Russian boy in his class, shared their party, after realizing they were going to take place on the same day. I told his parents what to bring, and I did the rest. Imagine this scene: we were in shul, davening was over, everything was set up, but no one could make kiddush. We had forgotten the wine! Thankfully, we discovered a half bottle of wine in the back of the refrigerator. I’m sure it was in the zechus of my son agreeing to this big mitzvah that we were not totally humiliated! I have really seen time and again, when I do take on some level responsibility; stay relaxed about the outcome, allow myself to go with the flow, and work with what works out, Hakadosh Baruch Hu plans things very nicely. Now, onto the next party. 

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From the Kiruv Files A Shabbos Meal To Remember By Elimelech Meisels

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was once approached by a friend of mine who is a teacher in Yeshivas Ohr Somayach’s advanced Center program, and his was a pretty straightforward request. “Eli, would you mind having two guys from the Center over for a meal on Shabbos?” I cleared the request with my wife, and we settled on Shabbos lunch. Like many local English-speaking families, we have Shabbos guests on a pretty regular basis. On Shabbos morning, when the boys showed up before I arrived home from shul, my wife greeted them and went into the kitchen to prepare the meal, leaving the guests to entertain themselves until I returned. Perhaps ten minutes after the guests arrived I came home from shul, and we made introductions all around. It turned out they were both named Daniel, which gave us an opening topic for conversation, and then we settled down to eat. In the course of the conversation, one of the young men, a pleasant twenty-four-year-old named Daniel Lubin, told me his story. He had visited Israel once as a teenager, and though he had a nice time touring the country, he did not look for, nor find, any kind of religious experience. When he was twenty-one, he returned to Israel for another visit, again looking for nothing more than a good time. After several weeks of picking bananas on a kibbutz and some time touring up north, Daniel decided to spend his last weekend in Jerusalem. He would go to the Western Wall on Friday night and drive down to the Dead Sea on Saturday morning. He spent his time at the Wall observing the black-hatted Jews praying and un-hatted tourists snapping pictures. After a short time, having nothing more to see, he turned to leave. He never made it. Meir Schuster intercepted him. “ Do you have anywhere to eat tonight? Would you like to experience a real Shabbos meal?” Daniel was slightly taken aback, but with nothing more exciting than a slice of pizza on the agen-

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da, he decided to go along with the offer. At worst, it would be an interesting story to tell his friends when he got back to the States. And if the food was really terrible, he could always get that slice of pizza later. Schuster hooked him up with another young man, a hulking Australian bartender traveling around the world, and off they went to experience their first taste of gefilte fish. “Well,” Daniel said to me, “that meal changed my life. I had the most incredible time, the food was great, the conversation was really stimulating, and the singing was beautiful. It lasted until one in the morning, and I knew right then that I had to check out this religion business. I had never felt anything was missing, but now I saw how much more there could be to life. “ The next morning Daniel went on his trip to the Dead Sea, and with only twenty-four hours remaining in his visit to Israel, he crammed in a few lectures on Torah and Judaism before flying home Sunday evening. But something had changed. Although Daniel had returned to America and his college life, now he felt something was missing. He couldn’t forget his incredible experience at that Shabbos table in Jerusalem. As soon as he was able, he sought the local Orthodox community for resources that could help him learn more about his heritage. He was thrilled when he found several knowledgeable and dedicated rabbis who could help him explore his roots. Under their expert tutelage, Daniel found new vistas opening before him, and he took to it like a fish to water. It wasn’t long before he became fully observant and was experiencing for himself the thrill of studying in-depth Torah and living as a Torah-true Jew. Daniel longed to attend a yeshiva and study Torah full-time, but he felt it would be prudent to finish college first. Finally, having obtained his diploma, Daniel was back in Israel, the place where his adventure had begun three years before, and the circle was now complete. 7

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Almost. I had listened to the tale with interest and admiration, and now that he had finished, I had only one comment. I said, “I didn’t know Meir Schuster had people over to his own house for meals. I thought he usually sent them to other families. It’s, interesting that you had the good luck to eat in Schuster’s own home.” Daniel said, “No, you misunderstood. I didn’t eat with Schuster. He sent me to an American family for the meal.” “Oh, I see. Do you happen to remember who it was?” “Yes, I do,” said Daniel. “Really? What is their name? I wonder if I know them.” Instead of answering, Daniel pointed at the table. I looked at him in puzzlement. “What do you mean? Was it someone in this building?” He nodded. I started to list the names of my American neighbors. He shook his head and said, “No, it was in this apartment.” I said, “Really? What a coincidence. Who lived in this apartment three years ago?” Daniel just smiled. Well, slow I may be, but finally I caught on. We had been living in this apartment for almost seven years. “You mean you ate here?” Daniel nodded. “Here, with us?” “Yep!” “You mean you knew all along? You set up this meal?” “That’s right. I’ve been wanting to return here for the past three years. And that’s why I bought you this little gift. I remembered that we made a l’chaim, and you didn’t have shot glasses, so I bought you this decanter set to say thank you – for the meal and, well, for everything!” Now the circle really was complete. For the first time in a very long while, I was truly speechless. But, to be honest, there was no need for speeches. I just sat there and soaked it in, stunned and happy that I, and my family, had made such a difference in another Jew’s life. And with such a small effort. info@hbiz.us • 718.608.5952

And that is the real reason I am telling you this story. Not to boast about our wonderful Shabbos meals; if there’s anything wonderful about them, the credit goes to my wife, not me. And not just to share an entertaining story either. I tell you this story because it shows how each and every one of us, professional kiruv worker or not, has the ability to utterly change the world. And it does not require tremendous exertion either, but a minimum of effort. How difficult is it to have a guest over on Shabbos and drink a l’chaim together? And if we have the ability to change another Jew’ s life, then we have the obligation to do so. That is the point of the story ­to show the “average” frum Jew that what he is, and the way he lives, are all he needs to spread the word of Hashem. It needn’t be through a brilliant Torah lecture. It could be a Shabbos meal or a kind word. It could be an act of integrity or a helping hand. That is all we really need to make a kiddush Hashem. The most amazing thing about this is that we may never know the results of a seemingly insignificant action. Had Daniel Lubin not made a point of returning to our house, we would probably never have known what we had helped achieve, and we would never have gotten the chizuk and the boost that we did. I had always claimed that one does not need to be a great scholar nor a trained kiruv expert to make someone frum. Thanks to Daniel Lubin and a “chance” encounter, now I have the proof that this is true. This story originally appeared in the book The Kiruv Files, by Rabbi Dovid Kaplan and Elimelech Meisels. Reprinted with permission. It was provided by Chaim N. Wolf, creator of Kiruv Cards. B”H, half a million cards have been printed over the last 12 years, and many people carry and distribute them, and have even formulated their own way of doing it! (see kiruvcards.com.) We would be delighted to mail you a packet of cards with Kiruv websites on them for you to give to those who could benefit from them. Simply text/call 978.613.9653 or email  kiruvcards@gmail.com and tell us where to send the cards (information sheet included).  May 15 - June 12, 2018

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4. Spread into pan and fluff with fork. Mix in Craisins for added flavor. IMITATION CRAB CAKES W/ SPICY MAYO DIPPING SAUCE

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CRAB CAKES:

1 pkg imitation crab meat 3 scallions 1/2 C low fat mayonnaise 2 Tbs. Sriracha- (can substitute other hot sauce such as Frank’s but add an extra Tbs) 1 Tbs Dijon mustard 1 tsp honey 1 tsp sesame oil 2 Tbs fresh dill 1 Tbs Old Bay Seasoning 1 1/2 C panko bread crumbs - divided oil for frying SPICY MAYO:

• 3/4 C low fat mayo • 3 Tbs Sriracha (add more or less, dependent on how spicy you like it) • 1 Tbs Dijon mustard • 1 Tbs Honey • 1 Tbs sesame oil • 1 tsp soy sauce • 1 tsp cayenne pepper Directions:

1. Process imitation crab meat and scallions lightly (not for too long, otherwise it will turn too soft). 2. Mix mayo, sriracha, Dijon, honey and 3/4 C breadcrumbs and combine with crab meat. 3. Form mixture into dense balls then flatten it out into patties and coat in remaining panko crumbs. 4. Freeze for about 20 minutes prior to frying. 5. Fry until both sides are golden (around 4 minutes a side). *serve warm or cold with spicy mayo! Mendelevich continues on page 65 info@hbiz.us • 718.608.5952


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Differences Find 7 differences between the two pictures.

SEE 7 DIFFERENCES ANSWERS ON PAGE 78

3/7 is a good job. 7/7 is great!

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Can you find at least five differences between these two pictures?

Magic Squares When these 5 frameworks are filled in correctly, the same word will appear across and down. (If 1-across is “hot”, 1-down in that square will also be “hot.”) Can you fit all 15 words below into these five magic squares?

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add, ani, are, car, end, ice, kit, oak, one, red, sea, ten, two, wit, won

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Sweet Riddle Eli bought three different kinds of candy bars. They come in red, yellow, and blue wrappers. The total price of all 10 bars that he bought was $10. The red bars cost $.40 each, the blue ones, $2.- each, and the red, $1.50 each. Can you tell me how many he bought of each kind?

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Riddle Which tefilah is not said at home or in shul, not in beis-hachayim or even in school?

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What’s Different?

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Differences ANSWERS FROM PAGE 76 1. The license plate on the wall at top left has moved lower. 2. Assemblyman Hikind’s yarmulkeh now has a gray band on it. 3. The young boy to the right of Hikind has a double red band on his shoulder. 4. The boy in front of his Rebbe is missing a button on his shirt. 5. The Mr. Potato Head on a table in the back center now has a pink nose. 6. The zipper of the boy to the right of Mr. Potato Head is longer. 7. There is an extra letter D in the sign on the upper right wall.

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ANSWERS

Sweet Riddle

Ely bought 5 red bars - a total of $2. 4 yellow bars - for $6 and 1 blue bar for $2.

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THE FUNNIES

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Magic Squares

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Enjoy Jewish Ad Libs. One reader should ask people in a room to choose words for the blank spaces that fit the given category. When all the blanks are filled, read the story, and enjoy the hilarity. I woke up with _______ creases running up and down my face. _______! I had adjective

exclamation

been sleeping on the _______ in shul. It was Shavuos morning and it was very _______, noun

adjective

but I was just so tired…. After _______ hours of non-stop learning with _______, my number

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_______, and a(n) _______, my eyes must’ve just shut by themselves. _______, I noun

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rubbed them and looked around. The shul was almost empty. Other than _______, a(n) real person

_______, a(n) _______, and myself, there weren’t any living things there at all. My animal

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aching _______ was not my biggest concern, but when I looked at myself in the body part

_______, I noticed a different problem. Did a(n) _______ run over the mirror, or was that noun

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my appearance? Daven like that? You’ve got to be _______ me. Back upstairs in the verb ending in ‘ing’

_______, there were already more _______ entering. Ignoring them, I _______ to my place

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seat, ready for davening to just finish quickly. My _______ turned _______ in noun

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embarrassment. While I was breathing _______ and out, thoughts turned quickly direction

through my head, like a _______ propelled by _______ energy. I changed my mind; I circular object

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was proud. These _______ were the marks of one who fell asleep in shul – but after noun plural

learning the entire Shavuos night. With a brighter mood, I opened my siddur – and I could already _______ that cheesecake. verb

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MONTHLY TORAH RIDDLES

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By Mordechai Weintraub, z"l.

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q5 Q6 Q7 Who am I?

Who am I? I spent several weeks in a place where there were no natural occurrences that define day or night, yet I was able to determine day and night via other means. Who am I? I had the privilege of being seated near my great-great grandson when he sat on his throne. Who am I?

How is this possible? My brother and I sat down to eat the same kind of food and we both recited a Bracha Mezonos. However, after we finished, my brother needed to recite the Borei Nefoshos, while I recited Al HaMichya. Which day (spent in shul) throughout the year is longer in Eretz Yisroel than in Chutz L’oretz? When can we have two consecutive Shabbosim in which we recite Av HaRachamim before Musaf, yet we don’t recite Tzidkosicha by Mincha? When would it be permitted to cook food on the first day of Shavuos – specifically for eating it on the second day? When do we have the shortest possible Yom Tov Krias HaTorah?

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MONTHLY TORAH RIDDLES

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ANSWERS TO THE RIDDLE QUESTIONS FROM PAGE 83

By Mordechai Weintraub, z"l.

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I am Moshe who went up to shamayim to receive the Torah. During the forty days of preparing for the Torah when Hashem spoke to me, I knew that it was day, and when He commanded me to review what I learnt, I knew it was night.

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I am Rus. When my great-great grandson Shlomo became a King, he set aside a seat for me near his throne.

We were eating cheesecake and both of us ate at least a K’zayis in total. However, my brother had a relatively small piece, and he did not eat a K’zayis of cake; it was mostly cheese. Therefore, he must only recite the Borei Nefoshos. I had a bigger piece, which included a K’zayis of the cake. Hence, I need to recite Al HaMichya.

A4

On the first day of Shavuous we read Megilas Rus in Eretz Yisroel. In Chutz L’oretz we read it on the second day, so we end up spending less time in shul on the first day.

A5

This will occur when Rosh Chodesh Sivan falls out on Sunday. On Erev Rosh Chodesh, we say Av HaRachamim, since it is Shabbos Mevorchim during the counting of the Sefirah. Tzidkosicha is omitted since it is Erev Rosh Chodesh. The following Shabbos, we will say Av HaRachamim right after Yizkor, but not Tzidkosicha since it is Yom Tov.

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If the second day falls out on Shabbos, then one may prepare and cook the Shabbos meal on the first of Shavuos, provided that an Eruv Tavshilim was made on Erev Yom Tov.

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When the second day of Shavuous does not fall out on Shabbos, we have five Aliyos from Kol HaBechor, plus for Maftir we read “Uv’yom HaBikurim.” This combination is shorter than the Krias HaTorah for any other Yom Tov. 84 |

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PIcTURE–PAGE

4th Grade Lev Bais Yaakov class working on their science experiment.

Siyum Seider Nezikin in Boyan

Lag Buomer in Kiryas Yoel

Visnitz Rebbe visits the Skolya Rebbe

Rosh Yeshiva South Falsburg Reb Elya Ber Vachtfogel Shlita visits The Mekubal Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pintoi

Visnitz Rebbe visits the Nitra Rebbe

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