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he 5 Towns has long been an oasis for family life. Far away from the commotion of the city, here families live a serene life. We are all grateful. At this point, many families are thank G-d, multi-generational. We are slowly running out of room for our loved ones. The seniors among us are ready to downsize, but there is a shortage of apartments for them. Our newlyweds would like to stay local, but are forced to move elsewhere. There are no starter homes available for them. We estimate that 75% of our residents will be from existing 5 Towners. The Pearsall project will address these needs. Much attention has been paid to the details, assuring an aesthetically pleasing complex; three separate, graceful buildings, on 2 1/2 landscaped acres, 3 floors with a 4th floor setback; total of 112 apartments, including studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments. Pearsall Avenue will be widened by 5 ft. Parking will be underground. There will be no curb cuts from Rockaway Tpke. Independent, professional traffic studies have determined that, just like the Regency, there will be a minimum of disruption to the traffic flow. Pearsall will become a beautiful, tree lined, attractive block which will greatly enhance the entire surrounding neighborhood. The alternative to our proposed residential project would be a commercial project with 95,000 sq ft, almost 500 parking spots, which would generate up to 4 1/2 times the amount of traffic. That project would be built ten ft from the property line, with second story windows running the length of the rear property line with views directly into the neighboring residential yards, impacting the privacy of those homes. Progress is inevitable. Change is never easy and some anxiety and concern is to be expected. Ultimately, however, this project will generate great benefit to the Village. The benefits by far outweigh the problems. We have a vision. Peace and harmony. Tranquility and beauty. Grace and elegance. Home is where the heart is. Home to young and old, upholding the family generational bonds, this project will become the heart of Cedarhurst. Come share our vision and express your support by contacting Village officials to state your support for this project. or

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know that some of my neighbors are going to be packing up their cars and U-Hauls this week to head upstate. I remember, when I was young, the excitement of packing up for “the bungalows.” As kids, we would start to pack our things a few days before, thinking that the earlier we would pack up, the earlier we would get to the bungalow. Somehow, our early packing didn’t get us there any faster. These days, I can’t imagine packing up my home and heading upstate. Of course, the houses that people go to are, really, houses. My bungalow from years ago was, truly, a bungalow. With a shared washer-dryer for the whole bungalow colony and an oven that was pretty temperamental, we lived the good life in a really simple way. Despite the lack of amenities, those summers were carefree and idyllic. I would wake up in the morning, pull some clothes out of my drawers, give myself breakfast, and head off to camp. Our days were filled with friends and swimming and freeze pops and biking. That sense of freedom – of opening up the screen door of the bungalow and running out with friends and staying out late until the skunks came out at night – was worlds away from the steam-

ing cement-lined streets of Brooklyn. Nowadays, though, I don’t miss the bungalow colony. With work demanding my attention in the summer, I don’t have the freedom to go upstate. But my kids aren’t missing out by staying here in the summer. We have so many wonderful camps in town, each with their own flavor and spunk, and the kids come home drained from all the fun that goes on during camp hours. Summer in the Five Towns has many advantages. And it’s not just the great camps that abound. With the beach and boardwalks just minutes from our homes, summer is the perfect time to hear the crashing waves as you take a walk or play in the sand. A few Fridays ago, when I knew I had an hour to spare, I packed up my bag and took a beach chair to the beach. Of course, it wasn’t a “beach day” – I brought a light sweater to wear – but that hour on the beach, with the sand around me and the lulling waves in the background, seemed like an oasis at the end of a busy week. Wishing you a wonderful week, Shoshana

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Dear Editor, I had lunch with my father this past Father’s Day and something happened that occurs a lot when we go out. We end up ordering the same thing, even though we discuss many possibilities. It’s almost like mental telepathy. It got me thinking about the notion that every soul that comes into the world has its own distinct mission. The question then becomes, if a certain soul is born into a specific family, that soul already has inherent tendencies; where then is the distinct mission? Perhaps the mission is still there, but nature requires that certain traits and appearances are given over in the natural cycle of life. Steven Genack Dear Editor, Throughout my journey helping schools implement meaningful Judaic curriculum around the country over the past 15 years, I must share my experience with the teachers at HALB this year. The teachers at Hebrew Academy of Long Beach, better known as HALB, wanted to bring more kavanah to their students’ tefillah every day. “I was actually the one who asked Mr. Altabe to bring this program in for the fourth grade because I saw a need

for interest and connection in students’ tefillot. Once I suggested bringing in a Tefillah program, Mr. Altabe wasted no time getting the Ani Tefillah people on the case and we were all set in a matter of weeks!” Morah Deena Zuckierman, an exceptional fourth grade teacher at HALB, explained to Ani Tefillah. “The girls would tell me that they did not relate to tefillah and found davening in Hebrew frustrating. Their behavior during davening was always respectful, but they admitted that they felt disconnected,” said Morah Sherrie Kaye, another incredible 4th grade teacher at HALB. This past year, Ani Tefillah partnered with HALB to reach the goal of strengthening the students’ tefillah. The first time we met, the teachers reviewed Ani Tefillah’s resources to foster further kavanah in tefillah. Through developing critical skills, such as mindfulness, focus, emotional intelligence, and inspiration, the teachers would successfully implement the Stop, Think and Feel culture in their classrooms. I was so impressed at how the teachers spoke about each student and what their specific class’s needs were. As we were reviewing the materials, I could see how much they wanted to tailor-make a program that would resonate in the heart of each student. At the teachers’ requests, I met with them multiple times throughout the school year. Each time, the teachers were more excited to tell me how well the program was going in their classrooms. Morah Zuckierman said, “I never ever thought Ani Tefillah could have such an impact! My students are SOOOO excited to watch the videos and write in their diaries! They appreciate the minute or two we take to close our eyes each day before tefillah to Stop, Think, and Feel.” Continued on page 10


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For me, the excitement was not only in the students’ growth, but in the personal growth the teachers (and Ani Tefillah) were having. They genuinely wanted to help their students connect with Hashem through tefillah, and it was affecting them as well. “Personally, I know this has really helped me to focus on why we daven and also really has helped me to focus on what I’m grateful for each day! I actually share my own journal when I’m teaching my students,” Morah Zuckierman told me. By the end of the year, the teachers at HALB had succeeded in attaining their goal: fostering real kavanah in their students’ tefillah. “The Ani Tefillah program got the girls involved and thinking. The daily journals made them feel connected and as though they each had a personal relationship with Hashem… I saw it in their davening and in our classroom discussions; these girls have transformed their connection with Hashem and tefillah! And we were each a small part in that!” Morah Zuckierman said. To humbly disagree with Morah Zuckierman, Mr. Altabe and every morah was a huge part in that! You have given to your students a gift for life. Yasher kochachem! Mrs. Tamar Nusbaum Director, Ani Tefillah Dear Editor, How many more school shootings have to happen until we wake up and do something effective? Trying to rush a new gun-control law through Congress is not the answer. This is just another distortion which is dragging on until we address the actual cause of the problem. Guns are not the cause; rather, human behavior of the individual is. A shooting doesn’t happen out of the blue! In almost every case, there is a history behind it. There are all kinds of alarming signals before somebody pulls the trigger. The shooters are usually young males whose upbringings show all kinds of flaws and shortcomings. They are often intimidated, bored, mocked and bullied by their peers, feel lonely, and lack close friends. They see violence on TV and in video games. They satisfy themselves with alcohol and drugs. Ultimately, the aforementioned factors result in mental problems. As stated by Alfred University, “The hurt, shame and anger of this victimization boils over into the taking of lives.” All of the above needs the attention of parents and school personnel. Many of the kids who show such problems see school counselors/psychologists

who determine whether they are mentally not stable. To become proactive, two measures need to be introduced: 1) Install tougher security systems in and around the schools: a) only one entrance door with screening and/or facial recognition technology; b) only one exit door supervised by school personnel; c) all other doors ought to be locked from inside all day long; d) presence of one retired police officer during school hours with ability to contact the police department. 2) Establish a national central file of all people recognized by doctors/psychiatrists as mentally not stable. Same will be a secret file only accessible by doctors, police and gun suppliers by using a secret code. This requires, however, that those doctors/psychiatrists are forced to feed the file by law! These suggestions would allow police and gun dealers to detect a problem before it could turn deadly. Heinz Mayer, Garden City, NY Dear Editor, This letter is directed at Benny, the 37-year-old who wrote into the Dating Dialogue column this week. Benny, you ask why you are being set up with people who have been previously married and you say that you want to go out with girls who are in line with your “values.” First off, what does a previous marriage have to do with your “values”? Values are generally about what people prioritize in their lives and find to be important. Perhaps your “values” are that the person you date/marry is a young, never married individual. If so, express that to people who are setting you up. Tell them, “I know I am 37 years old, but I don’t want to date anyone close to my age. Instead, set me up with young 20-something girls (women) who have never been married. That is all I care about in life.” Then, the shadchanim will actually understand a bit more about you. Namely, that you really have no idea that marriage is not about how old you are or if you were ever married or were in a serious relationship before; it’s about two people who complement each other and have the same priorities in life. I wish you luck, but perhaps it would do you good to take a good look at your life and decide truly, really what is important in life in the long-run: externals like age or beauty, or what’s internal like values and she’ifos. Leah Baum


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Sudan: Wheat Crop May Go to Waste

An October 2021 coup and the Russia-Ukraine war have left Sudan’s food security hanging by a thread. Thousands of Sudanese farmers have cultivated wheat as part of Sudan’s largest agricultural program, in which the government promised farmers 43,000

Sudanese pounds per sack of wheat. In recent weeks, however, Sudanese officials have said that due to a lack of funds, they will not be able to purchase this year’s entire harvest. Last month, dozens of wheat farmers from Sudan’s Northern State staged a protest outside the agricultural bank after it refused their harvest. Although traders have offered to purchase the wheat, the price they proposed would barely cover the cost of production. An agricultural bank official said that the government “does not have the money to buy the harvest.” “We have asked the Finance Ministry and the central bank for funds, but we got no response,” the official told AFP. This year, the farmers’ harvest was expected to provide 25% of the 2.2 million tons needed. According to a 2021 UN report, wheat imports from Russia and Ukraine make up 70-80% of Sudan’s market needs. The wheat can last up to 1.5 years if stored properly but may rot within three months if stored improperly. Meanwhile, according to United Nations estimates, over 18 million people – nearly half Sudan’s population – are expected to be pushed into extreme hunger by September.

Extreme Flooding in India, Bangladesh

Recent monsoons in India and Bangladesh have left at least 59 people dead and millions of others stranded, officials said on Saturday. Although floods are a regular occurrence in Bangladesh, experts say that floods are increasing in their frequency, unpredictability, and ferocity. Troops have been deployed throughout the nation to evacuate households cut off from neighboring communities. Police officials noted that lightning triggered by the storms has killed at least 21 people since Friday afternoon, including three children. At least four other people died when landslides hit their homes. In India, according to Assam’s disaster response agency, over 2.6 million

people have been affected by floods in the area, and 18 have died in floodwaters or landslides, while nearly 7,500 more people have been rescued. Speaking to reporters, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that he had instructed district officials to provide “all necessary help and relief” to those caught in the flooding. Sylhet region chief government administrator Mosharraf Hossain noted that nearly the entire region was without electricity, adding, “The situation is bad. More than four million people have been stranded by flood water.”

Ukraine Granted EU Candidate Status Ukraine on Friday was granted “candidate status” by the European Union (EU) to join the 27-nation alliance. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said, “Ukraine has clearly shown commitment to live up to European values and standards, and embarked, before the war, on its way towards the EU.”



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She added, “We recommend to give Ukraine the candidate status, on the understanding that the country will carry out a number of important reforms.” According to her, Ukraine implements 70% of EU “rules, norms, and standards,” but still has work to do with regards to the “the rule of law, oligarchs, anti-corruption and fundamental rights.” “Progress depends entirely on Ukraine,” she added. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Twitter hailed the signal from Brussels as “the 1st step on the EU membership path that’ll certainly bring our Victory closer.” Moldova and Georgia have also requested to join the EU. Moldova was recommended for “candidate status” on Friday.

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According to von der Leyen, “Moldova is on a real pro-reform, anti-corruption and European path. It still has a long way to go. But we believe it has the potential to live up to the criteria.” Georgia was advised to devise a plan showing a “clear path towards structural reform.” Candidate status is the first official step on the road to EU membership. Still, there is no guarantee that a candidate will become a member of the EU. While the European Commission recommends whether the EU should grant this status to an applicant, the authority to do so rests with EU member governments, which must act unanimously to give their approval. Becoming an EU member is a long process and requires the approval of all EU member states. Albania, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey have the status of membership candidates. Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina are classed as “potential candidates.”

nomic Forum, Putin said, “When they won the Cold War, the U.S. declared themselves G-d’s own representatives on earth, people who have no responsibilities – only interests. They have declared those interests sacred. Now it’s one-way traffic, which makes the world unstable.”

He declared, “They live in the past on their own under their own delusions... They think that ... they have won and then everything else is a colony, a backyard. And the people living there are second-class citizens.” Putin also said that the Russia-Ukraine war has become a “lifesaver for the West to blame all the problems on Russia.” “Their intention is clear: To crush the Russian economy by breaking down the chain the logistical chains, freezing national assets and attacking the living standards, but they were not successful. It has not worked out.” Regarding Ukraine’s desire to join the European Union, Putin said, “The European Union has fully lost its sovereignty, and its elites are dancing to someone else’s tune, harming their own population. Europeans’ and European businesses’ real interests are totally ignored and swept aside.” He added, “The EU is not a military-political bloc, unlike NATO, therefore we have always said, and I have always said, that our position here is consistent, understandable, we have nothing against” Ukraine joining the EU. It has been more than three months since Russia invaded Ukraine.

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absolute majority in the country’s parliament, with the far-right and left gaining seats in the parliament. Macron’s centrist alliance, Ensemble!, won 245 of the parliament’s 577 seats, but fell short of the 289 seats necessary for an absolute majority in the French lower house. The second-largest party, the leftwing New Ecological and Social People’s Union (NUPES), led by far-left figure Jean-Luc Mélenchon, won 131 seats, making it the largest opposition party. Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally come in third, with 89 seats. With the results of the elections, Macron becomes the first sitting French president not to win a parliamentary majority since the year 2000. Both Pen’s and Mélenchon’s performances are the latest indication that Macron presides over a deeply divided country – where the French public are turning to the extreme right and left to voice their dissatisfaction with the status quo. According to French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne, the situation is “unprecedented.” “Never before has the National Assembly experienced such a configuration under the Fifth Republic,” she said. “As of tomorrow, we will work on building

an action-oriented majority. There is no alternative to that coalition to guarantee our country stability and enact the necessary reforms.” Macron will be forced to make alliances in this government if he wishes to move any legislation forward.

S. Korea Launches Rocket

South Korea is now the seventh nation capable of launching satellites using a self-developed propulsion system, as it successfully launched and put its home-

grown space rocket into orbit on Tuesday. “The Nuri rocket launch was a success,” Lee Sang-ryul, director of the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), said. “After the launch, Nuri’s flight process proceeded according to the planned flight sequence.” KARI set off its 200-ton homegrown space rocket from the Naro Space Center in the Southern coastal village of Goheung. Loaded with a 162.5-kilogram performance-verification satellite – as well as four cube satellites for academic research and a 1.3-ton dummy satellite – Nuri reached its target orbit of 700 kilometers above the Earth. All three stages of its engine were combusted according to plan, separating the mounted satellites at the arranged moment. With Tuesday’s launch, South Korea joined the U.S., Russia, France, China, Japan and India in its self-developed propulsion capabilities, according to officials. “The launch opens up a new era for South Korea’s space program and science technology,” Aerospace Engineering professor Cho Donghyun of Pusan National University noted. The Nuri Development Project, also known as the Korean Launch Vehicle project, commenced in 2010. The completion of its three-stage launch vehicle system technology enabled the team to test-fire South Korea’s first homemade rocket last October. A latecomer in the aerospace industry, South Korea’s rocket-launch journey began in 2013 when it blasted its first carrier rocket, Naro-1, to achieve orbit. The aircraft was a collaborative project with Russia’s Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center and KARI. In the 12 years since that collaboration, South Korea developed its very own space rocket. South Korea invested $616 million on space research in 2021, according to South Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT, a figure considerably less than the $48 billion the U.S. spent in the same period.

sky every morning through the end of June. They will be visible above the eastern horizon. The last time all five of these planets were visible at the same time was in 2004.

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Leftist Gustavo Petro, a former member of the M-19 guerrilla movement, who has vowed profound social and economic change, won Colombia’s presidency on Sunday, the first progressive to do so in the country’s history. Petro beat construction magnate Rodolfo Hernandez with an unexpectedly wide margin of more than 700,000 votes. A former mayor of capital Bogota and current senator, Petro has pledged to fight inequality with free university

Five planets will align in the early morning sky this week, in an event that is not expected to reoccur for nearly twenty years. Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn will line up in the early morning

The planets can be seen with the naked eye, though they may be difficult to identify. They will be most visible 45-60 minutes before sunrise, on mornings when the skies are clear. Mercury is the hardest to see with the naked eye and will hang very low on the horizon, while Venus will glow brighter and appear just above and to the right of Mercury. The other three planets will hang much higher in the sky. Although the planets will be visible until the end of June, the best mornings to see the planets will be the three days after June 21, the summer solstice. Before daybreak on Friday, June 24, the crescent moon will fall in line perfectly with the planets, visible between Mars and Venus. The five planets will not appear in this order again until August 2040, when they will be grouped somewhat closer together.

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education, pension reforms and high taxes on unproductive land. He won 50.5% to Hernandez’s 47.3%. “From today Colombia changes; Colombia is different,” Petro told cheering supporters in Bogota’s concert arena. “Change consists precisely in leaving behind sectarianism.” He added, “It is not a time for hate. This government, which will begin on Aug. 7, is a government of life.” Thousands of people took to the streets in Bogota to celebrate, with some dancing near its largest polling place under intermittent rain. This campaign was Petro’s third presidential bid; his victory adds the Andean nation to a list of Latin American countries that have elected progressives in recent years. His win demonstrates that Colombians, many living in poverty, are desperate for change. A fragmented congress, where a dozen parties have seats, will act as a check on Petro’s proposals. Petro’s running mate, Francia Marquez, a single mother and former housekeeper, will be the country’s first Afro-Colombian woman vice-president. Colombian presidents are limited to one term. Some 22.6 million people voted –

about 1.2 million more than in the first round. 2.3% of voters turned in protest votes, backing neither candidate.

Sri Lanka Starts Two-Week Shutdown

Sri Lanka on Monday closed schools and halted non-essential government services, signaling the start of a twoweek shutdown. The closures aim to conserve the country’s fast-depleting fuel reserves. At the same time as the self-imposed shutdown, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has opened talks with the country’s government regarding a possible bailout. Sri Lanka, with 22 million people, has run out of foreign exchange to import the essential food, fuel, and medicines its citizens need. The country fac-

es record-high inflation and long power outages, as well as months of protests in which citizens called on the country’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to step down. Despite the protests and attempts to block key officials from attending, the talks with a visiting IMF delegation went on as planned, the Prime Minister’s Office said. The recent talks will continue until the end of June, but a final rescue plan is not expected until Sri Lanka reaches an agreement with its creditors to restructure the $51 billion it owes in foreign debt – a process which could take months. Despite the shutdown, Sri Lanka’s main airports and seaports remain operational, as are hospitals. In a statement, Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong noted, “Not only do we want to help the people of Sri Lanka in its time of need, there are also deeper consequences for the region if this crisis continues.” Australia has announced $35 million in emergency assistance, to provide Sri Lanka’s citizens with healthcare and food.

Saudi Arabia: Hezbollah Causing Chaos in Lebanon

Lebanon,” emphasizing that Lebanon is “suffering from the absurd terrorist practices of the Iran-backed militia.” The Ministry also called for international resolutions to be implemented against Lebanon and for the assassins to be tracked down and arrested, since they “deliberately contributed to the loss of innocent lives, causing unprecedented chaos in this brotherly country.” In November, a diplomatic crisis between Lebanon and the Gulf states broke out after Saudi Arabia expressed outrage against comments made by then Lebanese information minister George Kordahi supporting the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen and criticizing the military intervention led by Saudi Arabia, calling the war in the country “futile.” Saudi Arabia and the UAE, along with other Gulf states, withdrew their diplomatic envoys and expelled Lebanese envoys in response to the comments. Saudi Arabia also designated the financial charity body Al-Qard Al-Hasan Association, which is linked to Hezbollah, as a terrorist entity, saying it “works on managing funds for the terrorist organization (Hezbollah) and its financing.” The diplomatic envoys have since returned to Lebanon. Turki Al-Maliki, the spokesman for the Saudi coalition fighting in Yemen, called Hezbollah a “cancer,” saying it started by hurting the Lebanese and now has targeted civilians in Saudi Arabia and Yemen and “spreads destruction in the region and around the world.”

New Floating City in the Maldives Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry on Friday praised a recent decision by The Hague’s Special Tribunal for Lebanon to sentence two Hezbollah members for their role in the assassination of a former Lebanese prime minister. Both of the suspects, members of the Hezbollah terror group, were tried and convicted in absentia. The two will receive life in prison for their role in the 2005 assassination for Rafik al-Hariri. Hariri served as prime minister of Lebanon five times following the 197590 civil war. He and 21 others died in a massive truck bomb on February 14, 2005. His son, Saad Hariri, has served as Lebanese prime minister twice. Meanwhile, the Saudi Foreign Ministry called on the international community to “assume its responsibilities towards

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UK to Electronically Monitor Refugees

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday explained his government’s plan to electronically tag asylum seekers crossing into his country. The new guidelines would see those traveling into Britain via “unnecessary and dangerous routes” – including by means of crossing the English Channel – fitted with a GPS tag. These individuals would be required to report regularly to the authorities, and some could be barred from certain locations or subject to curfew.

Failure to comply with the guidelines would risk detention and prosecution. However, the guidelines also state that caseworkers must consider a variety of factors when deciding whether a person should be electronically tagged, including whether a claim of torture has been accepted by the British government. At the same time, this “does not in itself prohibit imposing such a condition” and “it may still be appropriate to maintain electronic monitoring due to other relevant factors.” Speaking to reporters at a British Air Force base, Johnson said on Saturday that he is “proud” of his country’s track record on taking in refugees and that the new plans will ensure that “asylum seekers can’t just vanish into the rest of the country.” Not everyone is thrilled with the new guidelines: Enver Solomon, the chief executive of the Refugee Council, said, “It’s appalling that this government is intent on treating men, women and children who have fled war, bloodshed and persecution as criminals. “This draconian and punitive approach not only shows no compassion for very vulnerable people, it will also do nothing to deter those who are desperately seeking safety in the UK.”

Iran’s Cyberattacks Caused Air Raid Sirens

Israel’s National Cyber Directorate suspects that the air raid sirens which sounded unnecessarily on Sunday in Jerusalem and Eilat were caused by a cyber-attack. According to Arutz Sheva, the sirens sounded on Sunday evening and were soon announced as false alarms.

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Hamas Makes Nice with Syria

Ten years ago, the Hamas terror group shunned Damascus over opposition to President Bashar al-Assad’s crackdown on revolutionists in his country. Now, the Islamist group is restoring ties with Assad and his regime. One official who asked Reuters not to be named said the two sides have held several “high-profile meetings to achieve that goal.” Hamas leaders had publicly endorsed the revolt aimed at overthrowing Assad’s dynastic rule and left their Damascus headquarters. That angered their common ally, Iran. Since then, Hamas’s ties with Iran have been restored, and officials of the Palestinian Islamist faction praised the Islamic Republic for help with building their Gaza arsenal of long-range rockets, which they used in fighting Israel.

to dissolve the current government and hold new elections. The decision follows efforts to preserve the current coalition, which has in recent months seen numerous crises.

Initial reports said the two would submit the bill to dissolve the Knesset by next week, but on Tuesday it was reported that the Knesset Presidium had approved the bill for a vote by the Knesset plenum. The bill will be brought for a vote on Wednesday, subject to approval by the Knesset Committee. At the same time, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is continuing his usual work from his office in Tel Aviv. In his Monday night comments, Bennett explained, “I am not willing to accept blackmail and threats. If I harm the state because of the non-approval of the Judea and Samaria regulations, I will go.” During the transition period, Lapid will serve as prime minister, greeting U.S. President Joe Biden during his July visit to Israel. Elections are expected to be held on October 25, but the exact date is still subject to change. The coalition is debating whether to attempt to “clean the table” and pass all of its current bills that are ready for second and third readings. This will both ensure that efforts to push the bills this far would not be wasted and give the coalition factions a number of achievements that they can then use for their upcoming campaigns. However, the slew of votes will take up precious plenum floor-time and allow the opposition to use it to attack the coalition. The opposition is still attempting to form an alternate government headed by MK Benjamin Netanyahu. This would include the Likud, United Torah Judaism (UTJ), Blue and White, New Hope and Yamina. Israel is now the world’s number one country in the number of elections being held since 1996, as it has held elections once every 2.4 years, on average – sending Israelis to the ballot box five times in the past 3.5 years.

Staff Shortages Knesset to Dissolve Plague Airport Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) decided on Monday

If you’re heading to Ben Gurion International Airport, the Israel Airports Au-

thority has a piece of advice for you: leave your luggage at home. The airport has been struggling with staff shortages. This week, Ofer Lapler, spokesman for the Israel Airports Authority, said the airfield was dealing with a shortfall of 1,400 workers and advised passengers to “come with patience” when flying out of the country. He also advised passengers to bring small carry-ons that could be brought onboard the flight instead of bringing luggage for check-in. The staff shortages have led to chaotic scenes at Israel’s travel hub since travel restrictions were mostly done away with in March and much of the world has opened up to tourists.

Terminal 1 have been forced to wait in lines that stretch out the door, while the main Terminal 3 has seen the departures hall packed to the limit. Lapler said that since March, Ben Gurion has experienced a 340% increase in passengers and flights. He further said that the Israel Airports Authority has committed to dealing only with existing flights and was resisting pressure to add additional flights during the current peak travel season, which ends in October. Lapler noted that there were staffing problems at airports and airlines in a number of countries and said that Israel was, in fact, in an “excellent position.”

Poland: Rules for Holocaust Trips

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The Polish government wants to implement rules to shape the way Israeli children visit Holocaust sites in the country. Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz said the armed guards accompanying the youth groups, the visits’ focus on the Holocaust only, and a lack of contact with Polish youth were giving young Israelis a “negative image” of Poland.


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and their collaborators during the Holocaust, as the Nazis built their major death camps in occupied Poland. Young Israelis traditionally travel to Poland in the summer between 11th and 12th grade to tour former Nazi camps, learn about the Holocaust, and remember the 6 million victims. The trip has long been considered a milestone in Israeli education and, prior to the pandemic, some 40,000 Israeli students participated each year.

No Additional Work Permits for Gazans

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NYT: IDF Killed Al Jazeera Journalist Muslim - American journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh was “most likely”

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leh and targeted her personally,” the report said. “The Times was unable to determine whether the shooter saw that she and her colleagues were wearing protective vests emblazoned with the word Press.” The investigation found that a total of 16 shots were fired towards a group of journalists and claimed the only “reasonable” source was a nearby Israeli convoy. The IDF has emphasized that if it was a soldier who killed Abu Aqleh, the intended target was a nearby terrorist. Experts Robert C. Maher, a gunfire acoustics expert at Montana State University in Bozeman, and Steven Beck, a former acoustics consultant for the FBI, were asked by the Times to analyze recordings. In their opinion, the projectile was a 5.66 by 45-millimeter bullet – a kind used by both the IDF and Palestinian Authority terrorists. Though the Times found that the IDF and the terrorists were equal distance from Abu Aqleh, they did not believe the terrorists to be in a position that gave a direct line of sight to where Abu Aqleh was standing. “Critically, the aural analysis of the gunfire suggested that all 16 bullets were fired from the approximate location of the Israeli vehicle,” the Times reported. Meanwhile, the IDF has pointed out that it is impossible to conclusively say

who shot Abu Aqleh without examining the bullet which killed her. Thus far, the Palestinian Authority has refused to allow the bullet to be examined. On Friday, the IDF said it is expanding its investigation and again called on the PA to release the bullet – an item which can determine conclusively who shot Abu Aqleh.

Israel to Export Natural Gas to Europe Israel, Egypt, and the European Union (EU) signed a memorandum of understanding last week under which Israel will export natural gas to the EU for the first time, the Times of Israel reported. The landmark agreement, signed in Cairo, will increase liquified natural gas sales to EU countries. Last year, the EU imported approximately 40% of its gas from Russia but has had difficulties this year due to the Russia-Ukraine war and the sanctions imposed on Russia. The Israeli gas will be sent to the EU by way of Egypt, which has the facilities to liquify it for export via sea.

Israeli Energy Minister Karine Elharrar (Yesh Atid) said, “This is a tremendous moment in which little Israel is becoming a significant player in the global energy market.”

She added, “The memorandum of understanding will allow Israel to export Israeli natural gas to Europe for the first time, and it is even more impressive when one looks at the string of significant agreements we have signed in the past year, positioning Israel and the Israeli energy and water economy as a key player in the world,” she said. “This is a statement to those who see in our region only negative forces such as division and conflict. This MOU shows us that we are paving a new path of partnership, solidarity and sustainability.” European Commission Chief Ursula von der Leyen noted, “What a special moment. I very warmly welcome the signing of this historic agreement.” Egyptian Petroleum Minister Tarek el-Molla said the deal is “an important milestone” for cooperation between Israel, Egypt, and the EU, and that it will lead to further cooperation between members of the East Mediterranean Gas Forum. According to Israel’s Channel 12 News, the agreement is expected to bring in one billion shekels in annual profits.

Doron Almog to Lead Jewish Agency Doron Almog has been nominated as the next chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, ending a more than yearlong period during which the agency – the largest Jewish non-profit organization in the world – has been led by an interim head after the previous chairman, Isaac Herzog, was named president of Israel last year. The news of Almog’s nomination was greeted positively in religious Jewish circles. “We congratulate general (retired) and recipient of the Israel prize Doron Almog on his being chosen as chairman for the Jewish

Agency for Israel,” remarked Rabbi Pesach Lerner, chairman of the Eretz Hakodesh chareidi faction of the World Zionist Organization. “His contributions to the security of the State of Israel and his many important contributions to the greater society are a source of Jewish pride for all of us. We wish him much success in his future activities on behalf of the Jewish people.” Born in Rishon Letzion, Almog and his wife Didi have been sources of inspiration to many, having endured various personal challenges with strength and faith. Their son Eran – named after Almog’s brother Eran, a soldier in the IDF Armored Corps who was killed in action during the Yom Kippur War – was born with brain damage, suffered from severe autism and mental retardation, and died at age 23 in 2007. Their daughter Shoham was born with a severe injury to an artery in her heart and died a month after her birth in 1991.

Almog founded Aleh Negev, a village for the disabled that provides residential, medical and social services to the handicapped of southern Israel. His nomination will need to be approved by the Jewish Agency board of governors at its plenary hearing next month. The 71-year-old nominee fought in the Yom Kippur War as a company commander on the Sinai front and later led a force of officers and soldiers in Operation Entebbe and was the first soldier to land on the runway at Entebbe. Almog was awarded the Israel Prize for lifetime achievement – the country’s highest honor – in 2016. Eretz Hakodesh had lobbied strongly for the new head of the Jewish Agency to be an individual not involved in the political world but someone who would focus on the primary task of the agency of “bringing Jews to Israel and Israel to Jews around the world.” “Doron Almog is well respected in all circles,” remarked Rabbi Nechemya Malinowitz, director of Igud Yeshivos and Seminaries Bnei Chul and director of Eretz Hakodesh in Israel. “He is someone who will be focused on the










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ture Medicine under the title “Drivers of adaptive evolution during chronic SARSCoV-2 infections.”

Where Do COVID Variants Come From? Israeli researchers have pinpointed where the variants of the Covid-19 variants have been coming from. Their conclusion? The virus has been found to be mutating in patients with weakened immune systems from chronic diseases and those given medications that reduce the body’s ability to fight invading pathogens. Because their bodies have a decreased ability to fight the virus, the virus mutates while staying its course. One silver lining in this conclusion is that the mutations are less likely to spread to others. The study was led by Prof. Adi Stern and doctoral student Sheri Harari of the Shmunis School of Biomedicine and Cancer Research at TAU’s Wise Faculty of Life Sciences, in collaboration with Dr. Yael Paran and Dr. Suzy Meijer of Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center. It was published in the prestigious journal Na-

COVID-19 infections normally end within a few days, and the shedding of RNA can last a few days to a few weeks, but a growing number of case reports are accumulating that document chronic infections spanning weeks to many months of infection, the researchers wrote. “Notably, chronic infection should not be confused with ‘long COVID,’ where infection is cleared rapidly yet symptoms persist; in cases of chronic infections, a replicative virus is detected for extended periods of time.” The researchers suggest that a weakened antibody response, especially in the lower airways of these immunosuppressed patients, may prevent full recovery from the virus and drive the virus to mutate many times during a lengthy in-



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Protecting a U.S. Territory

The island of Attu, the westernmost point in the Alaskan Aleutian Island chain, has come under the spotlight after nearly 80 years of oblivion. U.S. soldiers began landing on Attu on May 11, 1943, a year after it and neighboring Kiska were seized by Japanese troops. That seizure marked the first time since the War of 1812 that U.S. territory was taken by a foreign power. Although the Americans expected the battle to retake Attu to last three days, it took three weeks for the island to return to U.S. hands. A total of 549 U.S. soldiers were killed during that campaign, and 1,148 were wounded. The inhabitants of the island were taken by Japanese soldiers and tortured. They were then relocated. Since then, the island has been uninhabited. Now, Alaska and the Aleutian Islands

are gaining attention as the increased accessibility to the Arctic is making the area more attractive for both Russia and China. In 2007, Russia restarted long-range bomber patrols that sometimes enter Alaska’s Air Defense Identification Zone – an area surrounding the state but which does not actually belong to the U.S. In 2015, Chinese warships operated off Alaska for the first time. In 2020, U.S. officials noted that intercepts of those flights were at the highest level since the Cold War. Also in 2020, a large–scale drill saw 50 Russian airships operated in the U.S. exclusive economic zone, where they had run-ins with U.S. fishing vessels. In August 2021, four Chinese warships appeared off the Aleutian Islands. The U.S., for its part, is bolstering its presence in Alaska, reestablishing the 11th Airborne Division, and investing in new equipment and expanded training. The Marine Corps has also expressed interest in increasing its training in Alaska, and the Navy is seeking to build its operations there. In 2019, U.S. sailors and Marines trained on Alaska’s Adak Island; in late 2020, U.S. special operators deployed to Shemya Island to practice “securing key terrain and critical infrastructure.”

Gas Pains

President Joe Biden is attempting to tackle the soaring gas prices that have been choking the average American. On Monday, the President said he will decide soon whether or not to support a temporary pause in the federal gasoline tax. Additionally, he said that he may provide student loan relief as well. “I hope to have a decision based on the data I’m looking for by the end the week,” Biden told reporters by the seaside in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, when asked whether he was considering backing a gas tax holiday. A pause in the 18.3-cent-per-gallon federal tax would require Congress to act; lawmakers have not been supportive in the past. Still, with gas prices hovering nationwide around $5 a gallon, Ameri-


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cans are feeling the pain. Biden said he is also weighing whether to back sending Americans gas rebate cards. “That’s part of what we’re considering, that’s part of the whole operation,” he said. The White House has previously downplayed the prospect of sending gas rebate cards directly to Americans because the program would be difficult to administer. Biden seemed to indicate the idea was still in play, declining to rule it out to reporters. High prices and the prospect of a recession are looming over Biden’s presidency, threatening Democrats’ political prospects in November’s midterm elections. Still, Biden seems to be unaware of the looming recession as reporters asked him about the Federal Reserve raising interest rates. “There’s nothing inevitable about a recession,” Biden insisted.

NYC Crash On Monday, Broadway and 29th Street in Manhattan was the scene of a terrifying crash in which five people were struck by a cab. The New York City taxi driver had hit

a bicyclist and then veered onto the sidewalk, striking pedestrians, at around 1 p.m. The driver along with the pedestrians were taken to the hospital.

After hitting the bicyclist, the driver of the yellow medallion cab is seen on video slowing down and jumping the curb, and then speeding up, striking two women on the sidewalk and pinning them against a wall. It then crashed into a building. Amazingly, around 15-20 New Yorkers ran to the scene to help pick the taxi off the women who were pinned underneath. New York City Mayor Eric Adams called it a terrible tragedy and said the injured were in the city’s prayers. Two of the victims are from Columbus, Ohio, and two others are from Mexico. “We’re going to examine that and

come to a full determination of exactly how all this unfolded,” Mayor Adams said. For now, no foul play is suspected. The mayor also thanked those who acted to lift the vehicle after the crash, saying it shows that “during a time of tragedy, New Yorkers step up.”

the quicksand for hours until his hiking partner got cell phone signal to call for help, although it was several more hours until he could be located and freed. The man was treated for hypothermia and extracted via helicopter before a waiting ambulance took him to hospital.

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Utah has issued a safety notice about quicksand after a hiker became stuck in the quicksand in the state this month. Earlier this month, the Bureau of Land Management said in a Facebook post people should “watch out for quicksand at the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument” after a hiker found themselves stuck in sand that they said was chest-deep. “Rangers patrolled the rockfall dam in Bull Valley Gorge after receiving a quicksand report from a hiker,” the post read. “The hiker said the quicksand was chest deep and shared that they would have been unable to extract themselves from the sand if alone.” The BLM also shared photos of a quicksand area that appeared to be surrounded by mud cracks. These mud cracks “give the illusion of stability,” the organization warned, when, in fact, the ground is unstable. Quicksand is cold and can quickly sap warmth from people’s bodies, posing an extra risk for those trapped. “Nights are still cold in the canyons, but even during a warm day – wet sand can reduce body temperatures causing a serious exposure issue,” the post added. Quicksand refers to a region of sand that acquires the character of a liquid, meaning that it loses its ability to support weight. The sinister sand has often been depicted in films over the years, trapping unwitting explorers. In 2019, search and rescue teams at Zion National Park in Utah had to be called to assist a man whose leg had become stuck in quicksand, according to the National Park Service. He was in

Want to save money? Leave your cup of coffee at home. A new study found that individuals who drink coffee before shopping may spend 50% more money and purchase 30% more items than those who did not drink coffee before shopping. In the study from the University of South Florida and published in the Journal of Marketing, researchers set up espresso machines at the entrances of a retail chain and home goods store in France, as well as in a department store in Spain. They then gave over 300 shoppers an empty cup. Around half of them filled it with caffeinated coffee, while the other half filled it with decaffeinated coffee or water. The customers then shared their shopping receipts with the researchers upon exiting the stores. Drinking caffeine influenced not only the amount of money the subjects spent, it also influenced the types of items they bought: Those customers who drank caffeine purchased more non-essential items than those who did not drink caffeine. There was little difference between the groups with regards to utilitarian purchases, however. Lead study author Dipayan Biswas, the Frank Harvey Endowed Professor of Marketing at USF, said in a release, “Caffeine, as a powerful stimulant, releases dopamine in the brain, which excites the mind and the body. This leads to a higher energetic state, which in turn enhances impulsivity and decreases self-control. As a result, caffeine intake leads to shopping impulsivity in terms of higher number of items purchased and greater spending. “While moderate amounts of caffeine intake can have positive health benefits,


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Apple Workers in MD Store to Unionize

Apple employees at a Baltimore-area store have voted to unionize, marking a first for the company’s U.S. stores, The New York Times reported. The result was announced on Saturday by the National Labor Relations Board: 65 employees at the Apple store in Towson, Maryland, voted in favor of being represented by the Apple Coalition of Organized Retail Employees, versus 33 employees who voted against it. It will be part of the International Association

of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. According to union leaders, employees at over 24 Apple stores have expressed interest in unionizing in recent months. In a statement, Robert Martinez Jr., president of IAM International, said, “I applaud the courage displayed by CORE members at the Apple store in Towson for achieving this historic victory. They made a huge sacrifice for thousands of Apple employees across the nation who had all eyes on this election.” Tyra Reeder, a technical specialist who has worked at the Towson store a little over six months, said that she was “elated” about the result of the vote, adding, “We love our jobs. We just want to see them do better.” Apple employees are also organizing at New York’s Grand Central Terminal store and a store in Louisville, Kentucky. Those Apple stores are building support before asking for an election.

Buttigieg Warns Airlines U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg met with airline leaders last week to discuss flight disruptions, ironi-

cally one day prior to his own flight being canceled. In a Saturday interview with AP, Buttigieg said, “That is happening to a lot of people, and that is exactly why we are paying close attention here to what can be done and how to make sure that the airlines are delivering.”

He added that he is pressuring airlines to stress-test their summer schedules to ensure they are able to operate all of their planned flights and add staff if they need to. He also said that his department could take enforcement action against airlines which fail to live up to consumer protection standards. Although flights are sometimes canceled due to weather, airlines are also suffering staffing shortages. While it can take months to hire and train pilots, the Transportation Department noted that there is no reason customer service representa-

tives cannot begin work immediately. There have also been shortages at the Federal Aviation Administration, part of Buttigieg’s own department.

Heat Wave Hits Homeless Hard Hundreds of tents in Phoenix, Arizona, house thousands of homeless people. Now, temperatures are soaring in the city, hitting three digits and roasting those who live in the makeshift tents. The recent heat wave which struck large swaths of the USA also hit Phoenix, the nation’s hottest big city, where pandemic-era evictions and rising rent has sent the number of homeless skyrocketing. Excessive heat causes more weather-related deaths in the U.S. than tornadoes, hurricanes and flooding combined. The heat contributes to around 1,500 deaths annually, an estimated half of which are among the homeless population. Officials are concerned for the homeless as temperatures rise. In 2021, in the county where Phoenix is located, at least 130 homeless people were among 339 who died from heat-associated causes.

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Philippine Official Killed in U.S.

John Albert Laylo, a Philippine government attorney, was killed in Philadelphia over the weekend. Now, the Philippine government is asking the U.S. to find out who is responsible for the 35-year-old’s death. Laylo was traveling via Uber to the Philadelphia International Airport on Saturday to catch a flight back home to the Philippines when someone from a black car unleashed gunfire on his Uber ride. He died on Sunday. “John was struck in the head by one of several bullets that were fired into the Maxima. His mother was slightly wounded by glass fragments,” Philippine Consul General Elmer Cato said. “We continue to coordinate with authorities and underscored the importance the Philippine

government places on this case.” Laylo’s mother was injured in the attack. At this point, police say the attack was random or a result of road rage. So far, police do not have a suspect. “Never did I imagine or dream that … the end of our vacation will be like this!” his mother wrote in a Facebook post following the shooting. “We traveled together, and we are supposed to go home together! I will bring him home soon in a box!”

SCOTUS Backs Funds for Religious Schools The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that state programs providing money for public school tuition cannot exclude schools that offer religious instruction. This decision relaxes long-standing

restrictions on using taxpayer money to pay for religious education. The vote was 6-3, with Justices Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, and Sonia Sotomayor dissenting. At issue was a state program in Maine that made taxpayer money available to families who live in remote areas without public high schools. Under the state law, they could use the money for their children’s tuition at public or private schools in other communities, but not for sectarian


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schools, defined as those that promote a particular faith or belief system and teach material “through the lens of this faith.” Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John Roberts said Maine’s program “promotes stricter separation of church and state than the federal Constitution requires.”

they cannot exclude schools that are run by religious institutions — that have, in other words, a religious status. But that decision left unresolved the issue of whether it would matter if the schools actually offered religious instruction. The court has now answered that question, saying it doesn’t matter.

It’s O-Fish-ial The tuition program is not neutral, he said, because “the state pays tuition for certain students at private schools — so long as the schools are not religious. That is discrimination against religion.” He also noted that the state money does not go directly to schools but flows “through the independent choices of private benefit recipients.” Two years ago, in a case from Montana, the court ruled that when states make tuition money generally available,

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Fyre Press. “Both her dad and I are very proud,” Syme told The Dorset Echo. “[The book] is about a cat that goes out getting lost and realizes she should not go out without her mum, so it has got a good message to it.”

as it headed out to sea. The popular tourist attraction had been around for more than 40 years. During those four decades, more than 30 million people – yes, million, with an M – visited the Asian eatery. The restaurant had been leaving the city to an unknown destination. But after encountering poor conditions in the South China Sea, the boat capsized on Sunday, and crew were unable to save the 260-foot-long vessel. It’s been more than two years since the restaurant had served Cantonese fare, as it had shut down during the pandemic and had not reopened since. Due to high maintenance costs, the company had been towing the boat to a cheaper location – only for it to meet its demise. Sounds like it’s time to abandon ship.

Car Cooking Syme received confirmation from Guinness World Records this week that Bella is now a record holder. “She has done the all the drawings by herself apart from one towards the back her older sister Lacey-May produced,” Syme shared. “This achievement is well deserved for all the hard work and dedication she’s put into The Lost Cat, and which we’re sure she will continue to do with her up and coming books. Watch out for The Lost Cat 2.” Dark’s book was published when she was 5 years and 211 days old. Still, she’s not the youngest person to publish a book. That title goes to a boy, Thanuwana Serasinghe of Sri Lanka, who was 4 years and 356 days old when his book, Junk Food, was published in 2017. These kids sound like they’re “all write.”

The End of the Floating Eatery

This week, Hong Kong’s popular Jumbo Floating Restaurant capsized

Too much food being cooked on your stovetop this Friday and need more space before Shabbos begins? Consider using your car to cook your chicken. Joe Brown, of Phoenix, Arizona, has been showing viewers online how he uses his car to cook his dinner. As tem-

peratures soar in the Southern state, the thermometer inside vehicles can climb even higher on a hot day. One day, Brown showed viewers how he cooks hamburgers and their buns on his dashboard. He can be seen using a thermometer to check the temperature of the patties, which reached over 203 degrees Fahrenheit. In another video, Brown mixes cake mix into a pan and places it on the dashboard.

Some food, though, is not meant to be cooked in the car. Consider the pizza that Brown wanted to cook. Due to the blistering heat in the vehicle, the food simply melted into goo. Even so, this gives us some food for thought.


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fish. The giant stingray was caught in the Mekong River on June 13. Measuring almost 13 feet and weighing a whopping 660 pounds, local residents named the underwater creature “Boramy,” or “full moon,” because of its round shape and because the moon was on the horizon when it was freed on June 14. The previous record for a freshwater fish was a 293-kilogram (646-pound) Mekong giant catfish, discovered in Thailand in 2005. The fisherman who caught Boramy notified scientists of his catch. They arrived within hours of getting a post-midnight call with the news and were amazed at what they saw. “Yeah, when you see a fish this size, especially in freshwater, it is hard to comprehend, so I think all of our team was stunned,” Wonders of the Mekong leader Zeb Hogan said. Freshwater fish are defined as those that spend their entire lives in freshwater, as opposed to giant marine species such as bluefin tuna and marlin or fish that migrate between fresh and saltwater like the huge beluga sturgeon. Scientists tagged the fish and then released Boramy into the water, hoping to learn from it as it swims through the waters. “The giant stingray is a very poorly understood fish. Its name, even its scientific name, has changed several times in the last 20 years,” Hogan said. “It’s found throughout Southeast Asia, but we have almost no information about it. We don’t know about its life history. We don’t know about its ecology, about its migration patterns.” This is the fourth giant stingray reported in the same area in the past two months, all of them females. The lucky fisherman who reeled in Boramy last week received a nice sum of $600. That’s quite the catch.



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‫ֲאנִ י ַמ ֲא ִמין ֶּב ֱא‬ ,‫רּואים‬ ִ ‫ּומנְ ִהיג ְלָכל ַה ְ ּֿב‬ ַ ‫ּבֹורא‬ ֵ ‫א יִ ְת ָּבַר ְך ְׁשמֹו הּוא‬ ‫ּבֹור‬ ֵ ‫ֶׁשַה‬ .‫ע ֶׂשה ְלָכל ַהַּמ ֲע ִׂשים‬

ֲ ‫עֹוׂשה וְַי‬ ֶ ְ‫וְ הּוא ְל ַבּדֹו ָעָׂשה ו‬ I am steadfast in my absolute belief that the Creator, blessed creates and guides all is His Name, that is brought into existence, and that He creates, and will create alone created, all that is created.

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ָ‫ ָה‬,‫הּוא ְל ַבּדֹו ֱאל ֹקינּו‬ I am steadfast in my ְ‫ו‬ absolute belief that the Creator, blessed is One, and there is no uniqueness like is His Name, His in any way, and forever having existed, He existing, and continuing alone is our Lord, to exist.

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‫ֲאנִ י ַמ ֲא ִמין ֶּב ֱא‬ ,‫ַי ִּׂשיגֽ ּוהּו ַמ ִּׂשיגֵ י ַהּגּוף‬ ‫ וְ ל ֹא‬,‫ר ְך ְׁשמֹו ֵאינֹו גּוף‬ ַ‫ּבֹורא יִ ְת ָּב‬ ֵ ‫ֶׁשַה‬ .‫יֹון ְּכָלל‬

‫וְ ֵאין לֹו ׁשּום ִּד ְמ‬ I am steadfast in my absolute belief that the Creator, blessed has no corporeality, is His Name, nor can any material qualities be ascribed and there is nothing to Him, at all that is comparable to Him.

,‫מּונה ְׁשלֵ ָמה‬ ָ ‫ֲאנִ י ַמ ֲא ִמין ֶּב ֱא‬ .‫הּוא ַא ֲחרֹון‬

I am steadfast in my

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absolute belief that the Creator, blessed is the very first and the very last [to exist]. is His Name,

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I am steadfast in my absolute to Him alone is it appropriate belief that the Creator, blessed is His Name — to pray, and it is inappropriat e to pray to any other. ,‫ְׁשלֵ ָמה‬ I am steadfast in my

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Community “Shtark Tank” at Yeshiva Nishmas Hatorah


hroughout the year at Yeshiva Nishmas Hatorah there were numerous technology initiatives and incentives. Deleting, limiting, taking achrayus, etc. as individuals and as a class/yeshiva. A few months ago, the Yeshiva proposed an offer to try and bring what we’re doing to many other bochurim all over. It fit with what the Yeshiva always attempts to bring out: that we are responsible for all of Klal Yisroel and that we have to realize our achrayus. It was an initiative for $1K that was generously doubled to $2K for any bochur who can offer a realistic proposal how to have the most bochurim want to limit their tech usage with the most minimal of outside involvement and organization. There were three finalists: Yehuda Mezei with the help of Yehuda Cheshin, Dovid Khafizov and Shlomo Weis. To decide the finalist, the Yeshiva created a “Shtark Tank” (courtesy of Yossi Schwartz) this past week. The “Shtarks” were Moshe Ahron Bauman, Yossi Schwartz, Nachi Gordon and Chaim

Homnick, two of the Yeshiva’s first yungerleit, an alumnus, and a local resident. Each one was handpicked to be able to give a proper and rounded out judgement. With the entire Yeshiva in attendance, full attention was given to each

presenter as they tried convincing the judges that their idea was the best. The conclusion was that there were significant advantages to each of the top two. They split the $2K, with the runner up receiving a generous cash payout as well.

B’siyata d’shmaya the actual proposals will be worked on properly so that they can enhance Klal Yisroel very soon. The boys were then treated to a Kumzitz from the Early Shabbos Band with hot refreshments.


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Around the Community On Wednesday, June 8, Yeshiva of Far Rockaway celebrated their 28th Annual siyum where 103 bochurim completed Mesechtes Bava Kama. The guest speaker was Rabbi Chaim Yehoshua Hoberman, shlita, Rosh HaYeshiva Mesivta of Long Beach

YOSS Celebrates the Mitzvah of Tefillin


he seventh grade boys at Yeshiva of South Shore joined together in celebration of their collective bar mitzvos and the special mitzvah of tefillin that they have started to observe. This year’s program, organized by Mrs. Nechama Lax and Mrs. Estie Rose, included a gala-breakfast with Divrei Torah relating to the mitzvah of tefillin. The highlight of the morning was a visit from two sofrim of “The Tefillin Awareness Project.” The boys learned practical and

relevant halachos pertaining to tefillin, and each boy had a chance to have his tefillin examined, and if necessary, adjusted. In addition, they received tips to ensure that they are fulfilling the halachos of tefillin every single day. “This special program serves as a foundation for our talmidim in the proper observance of this all-important mitzvah” said Rabbi Zev Davidowitz, Menahel HaMechina. “Doing the mitzvah the right way makes all the difference!”


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The White Shul Youth Department Annual Year-End Celebration Carnival & BBQ


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At a seudas preidah for the third-year bachurim of Darchei Torah’s Beis Medrash Heichal Dovid who are heading to yeshivos in Eretz Yisrael this summer with Rav Yaakov Bender, Rosh Hayeshiva, and Rav Avrohom Bender, an elementary school menahel

The Yeshiva Darchei Torah eighth grade talmidim of Rav Binyomin Sussman enjoyed a special shiur from Rav Binyomin Forst, shlit”a, last Shabbos, an uplifting Shalosh Seudos and a spirited melave malka

YOSS Gets Musical


ake your own musical instrument at the YOSS Mechina was a hit (and a bit noisy)! The students were tasked to build a musical instrument from recycled materials. The students discussed the medium of which their music travelled, how different materials reflect sound, and how the different designs and shapes affect the music they played.

The BYAM Marketing Team put together a beautiful end of year gift for all of our talmidos to enjoy the summer with. We are grateful to our sponsors: Mr. and Mrs. Mordechai Beren, Mr. and Mrs. Yossi Katz, Rabbi and Mrs. Eli Davidson, Mr. and Mrs. Binyamin Goldman, Rabbi and Mrs. Josh Leyton, and Rabbi and Mrs. Chesky Moskowitz

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Around the Community The talmidos of grades N-8 at TAG, as well as many of their teachers, enjoyed an end of the year ice cream treat sponsored by the Women’s League and the Majeski family. Special thanks to Mrs. Racheli Blumenrantz of the Women’s League for arranging it.

Yeshiva Darchei Torah fifth graders Shlomo Helfgot and Daniel Glicksman with their presentation about the Battle of Bunker Hill for the Yeshiva’s American Colonial Fair last week

Rav Nechemia Weiss and his fourth grade talmidim of Yeshiva Darchei Torah visited his own rebbi, HaRav Reuven Feinstein, shlita, rosh yeshiva of the Yeshiva of Staten Island


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YCQ Graduates Class of 2022


n Thursday night, June 16, YCQ held a moving graduation ceremony in the YCQ yard, at dusk, for Grade 8 students, the Class of 2022. Commencement exercises included a Processional of the Graduates and the National Anthems sung by Rabbi Moshe Hamel, JHS Assistant Principal, Judaic Studies. Salutatorians Max Olsen and Gabriela Yusupov led the community in Tefillot. An inspirational D’var Torah was delivered by Rabbi Mark Landsman, YCQ principal. Mr. Israel Glaser, Chairman,

Board of Trustees, welcomed the attendees. Valedictorians Eyal Traeger and Sara Leah Sullivan delivered uplifting speeches to their classmates, faculty, and families, and additional Tefillot were guided by Dina Leah Milchman and Yehuda Gol. Words of inspiration and blessing were delivered by Ms. Odelia Schlisser, JHS Assistant Principal, General Studies. “The graduation ceremony was an emotional experience,” reported Ms. Odelia Schlisser. “These graduates are exceptional in character, and I will miss them dearly.”

Rabbi Moshe Hamel, JHS Assistant Principal, Judaic Studies, stated, “YCQ students are well prepared to succeed in high school. We will, Be”H, see much nachas from them in the future.” “I am so proud of the accomplishments of our graduates as they are leaving YCQ,” observed Rabbi Mark Landsman, “skilled in all areas of Judaic and General Studies, as well as spiritually inspired to serve Hashem with their hearts and souls. I wish them much bracha and hazlacha in the future.” This year’s graduating class is ex-

traordinary – accepted to over ninety percent of their first-choice high schools. In the fall, former YCQ students will attend Central, SKA, YSZ, Hadar Beit Yaakov, Shevach, Prospect Park, Ateres Miriam, MTA, DRS, Rambam, MAY, YTT, Chofetz Chaim, HANC, NSHA, HAFTR, Ramaz, WHHS, and Ezra. YCQ faculty and PTO volunteers created a delicious collation and set up a beautiful ceremonial atmosphere. Photography credits: Mrs. Jen Jaffe, Mr. Simcha Sommer, and Mrs. Maxine Lipshitz.


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BYAM High School Happenings


his September, IY”H, will mark the inaugural year of Bais Yaakov Ateres Miriam High School, with a ninth-grade class. However, Menahel Rabbi Nosson Neuman and high school principal Mrs. Ruchie Sokoloff have already been busy hosting events for the upcoming year. Immediately after Shavuos, a gathering of BYAM 7 th grade parents was held. The purpose: to introduce the high school to incoming eighth grade parents. The concept of beginning the high school process at the closing of seventh grade is a brilliant thought process, as it indeed enables parents to familiarize themselves with the high school. At a very well attended event, on June 7 th, BYAM 7 th grade parents gathered for a Q and A with both Rabbi Neuman and Mrs. Sokoloff, which was both informational and engaging. On Wednesday evening, June 8th, incoming BYAM High School staff were treated to a gala “Meet and Greet” event. Rabbi Neuman addressed the group with his trademark warmth and referenced the pasuk “Kedoshim t’heyu” in Parshas

Kedoshim. Rabbi Neuman elaborated on the literal meaning of the words “you shall be holy” by sharing the following, “The true meaning is that one must always search and ultimately find a potential (in each person) for holiness. It is therefore our task as mechanchim and mechanchos to realize how great each and every student can become. Only then can we be successful in guiding our students to realize their great potential as Imahos B’Yisrael.” Mrs. Sokoloff then briefly spoke, offering words of both encouragement and enthusiasm for the year ahead and acknowledging, “A school is all about the staff – and it’s such a thrill to welcome such a stellar staff to BYAM High School.” Mrs. Sokoloff cited the title Moshe Rabbeinu had as” teacher”; though a military expert, advisor and liberator, his role as teacher was paramount. “Such,” concluded Mrs. Sokoloff, “is your pivotal role as mechanchos, guiding and encouraging growth in all areas for our girls.” As one teacher summed it up “The camaraderie in the room was electric. We all felt so valued as a part of a new team

at BYAM High School going forward.” The next event was a teambuilding event geared for the incoming 9thgraders. Rather than wait until orientation in the fall, high school hanhala chose to invite the incoming class to an event at Apron Master’s Kitchen in Woodmere. Upon entering, future ninth graders were warmly greeted by Mrs. Sokoloff and high school G.O. Coordinator, Ms. Hodaya Kuighadoush, and were asked to write their names on name tags. Then, after dividing the girls into groups of 3 and 4, they donned their aprons and the event was on. Each group was given the same ingredients plus a full pantry and every cooking appliance possible to create a dish in one hour. The entire process, guided masterfully by Mrs. Dasi Milner of Apron Master’s Kitchen, was an energy-charged team-building moment. As the group proudly presented their culinary masterpieces, judges Mrs. Sokoloff and BYAM High School staff members tasted and voted. This was followed by a delectable lunch at which time Mrs. Sokoloff spoke

to the girls as well, sharing in the harmony of ninth grade at Bais Yaakov Ateres Miriam High School. The incoming ninth graders dined on personal pizza pies and salad and simply enjoyed each other’s company. Staff members circulated amongst the girls, who were clearly awed by meeting some of their teachers, even before September. As observed by the BYAM High School staff members who graciously joined the lunch, “Magic is happening here. Bonds are being formed between the girls already!” Warm goodbyes and thank-yous were exchanged with freshly baked chocolate chip cookies as a send-off. The objective of the event had clearly been reached. As parting students commented, “We can’t wait to start high school at Bais Yaakov Ateres Miriam High School in the fall!” Special thanks to Mrs. Sharona Furman and Mrs. Milner and the entire staff at Apron Master’s Kitchen. At Bais Yaakov Ateres Miriam High School, the year is clearly off to an amazing start!


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MAY Eagles Win Varsity Softball Championship


his past Sunday, the MYHSAL Varsity Softball League found two hometown teams going head-to-head in the Championship

game. The MAY Eagles took on the DRS Wildcats in a heated rivalry at North Woodmere Park. An incredible game from beginning to end, with power hit-

ting and precise pitching, but when the dust settled, the Eagles edged out the Wildcats, 3-0. Congratulations to Coach Zack Kes-

sler and Assistant Coach Shua Behar on the win and to star pitcher, Uriel Korman, on winning the MVP Trophy.

Touro University Celebrates Graduate Division Commencement


ith the sun shining brightly on the beach and boardwalk nearby, Touro University welcomed over 1,340 master’s degree recipients from its Division of Graduate Studies to the Amphitheater at Coney Island on June 14, for the division’s first live commencement since 2019. “You will look back on this time…as a time of great challenge but also a time where you’ve learned the skills of coming together as a community, and of perseverance. Those skills, in addition to the technical knowledge you obtained at Touro, will allow you to be extraordinarily successful both personally and professionally,” said Touro University President Dr. Alan Kadish. “Now, more than ever, the world needs you, and I know you’re up to the task.” Division Vice President Dr. Nadja Graff, who is stepping down after over 40 years at Touro, also encouraged the graduates to accept challenges ahead, and to be confident they can make a positive impact in the world. “Go forward and help others reach their goals. Stay focused. Stay lifelong learners. Stay committed to your values and beliefs,” she said.

Students Speak Student speakers from the graduate schools comprising the division – business, education, Jewish studies, social work, technology, and health sciences – each shared personal reflections: Mollie Kahn, M.S. in Human Resources Management, who graduated with a 4.0, shared that Touro’s evening classes helped her obtain her degree and secure a promotion at her full-time day job at Kuhne+Nagel, a global supply and logistics company. “One of the reasons cited for my promotion was I took the initiative to pursue my master’s degree. They knew that the quality education I received at Touro would pay off for them as well,” said Kahn. Susanne Trachtenberg, M.S. in Jewish Childhood Education and Special Education, finished with a 3.95 GPA. She teaches at The Shefa School, a Jewish community-based school in Manhattan for students with language-based learning disabilities. Now completing her fourth year at Shefa, Trachtenberg said she became a teacher because school was hard for her growing up. “I often dreamt of a good teacher who

would teach me in the best way for me, while also making me feel confident and happy in school. I strive to be that teacher,” she said. At Touro, she learned new curricular models and classroom management techniques, but more important, she was reminded of the student experience, “It has made me a better, more empathetic teacher, who knows I must continue to learn from my mistakes and triumphs,” she said. Shmuel Yudelzon, M.A. in Jewish Studies, who grew up in the small Jewish community of Bulgaria, shared his thoughts on the importance of studying history. “It is before our eyes daily,” he said, using as an example an ongoing dispute over historical narratives between his native Bulgaria and neighboring North Macedonia that he said is shaping both international relations and internal national politics. “History matters. History is identity. We all seek it. It allows us to transcend the present. Our future is tied to it.” Shira Shapiro, Master of Social Work, was selected by classmates to speak because of social work qualities she exhibited during the pandemic: creating an environment at school of inclusion, support

Clockwise from top left- Shmuel Yudelzon, Mollie Kahn, Shira Shapiro, Susanne Trachtenberg

and connectedness. She has accepted a full-time position at Sephardic Bikur Cholim Counseling Center in Brooklyn, where she interned as a counselor to families and children during school. In her remarks, Shapiro emphasized the value of connection. “It’s true when they say social work is a work of the heart,” she said. “The unconditional act of giving of your own heart to nurture and connect with the hearts and souls of others – what can be more beautiful than that?”


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5TLL Week 9 - Semi-Final Games


he 5TLL 2022 Semi-Finals took place this past Sunday with some incredible plays & wild finishes!

K/P Baseball & Soccer Highlights K/P Baseball: The boys in Kindergarten & Pre-1A saw their baseball skills improve tremendously over this past season with the help of the amazing dads who volunteered to coach. K/P Soccer Down 1-0, Hewlett Auto Body came back to defeat Royal Adjuster 2-1 with goals by Yumi Ehrlichman & Chaim Mandlebaum. 1st/2nd Soccer KolSave defeated Maidenbaum in a WILD Game 2 of the 3-game championship series. Maidenbaum led 2-1 with under 1 minute to go but Shaya Frank of KolSave scored to tie the game. Yosef Abramson & Asher Bransky both scored in the shoot-out to give KolSave the Trophy. This is Coach Yitzi Kohn’s 2nd Championship win of the year, after winning the JSL hockey championships in March.

Minors (1st-3rd) Baseball Highlights 1st Grade Maidenbaum rallied to defeat Royal Adjuster 12-9! Stone Group defeated Alpert Financial on a 3-run HR in the top of the last inning by Elya Feit. Shaya Ribowsky hit 2 GRAND-SLAMS! 2nd Grade Maidenbaum, led by GAME MVP Avraham Olshon, defeated Island Roofing 18-13 to advance to the World Series! Sperling Productions, led by Gavriel Levine, scored 14 runs to defeat Mortgage Gabe. Coaches Charles Levine & Yossi Katz will face off in the World Series for the 2nd year in a row. 3rd Grade: Built By Nate won in a nailbiter 8-7 over Stone Group. Yitzi Sokel of Island Roofing made the game-ending diving catch to win the game and send his team to the World Series. Majors (4th & up) Baseball Highlights 4th Grade: The Rebbe’s Choice defeated Island Roofing in a high-scoring 19-15

victory! Meyer Greenfield proved to be the difference, hitting a grand slam in the 4th inning. Royal Adjuster defeated 5Towns Batting Cages 12-11 on a WALKOFF Walk. The two highly talented teams will face off in what is sure to be a tight World-Series matchup. 5th Grade CNSLT, led by 1st year Coach & Camp Manavu Legend Tzvi Mandel, advanced to the World Series after defeating Maidenbaum 10-8 in a close game to the end. Maidenbaum loaded the bases in the last inning but CNSLT was able to hold on for the victory and a trip to the 2022 5th grade World Series. Simcha Kaplan of

CNSLT made the play of the day with an AMAZING catch in centerfield, robbing Maidenbaum of a few runs. Gourmet Glatt defeated Stone Group 8-7. Coach Shmuel Salamon advances to the World Series for the 2nd year in a row. 6th-8th Grade Island Roofing & Alpert Financial went into extra innings with the scored tied 3-3. Binyamin Zimmerman was the hero, hitting a WALK-OFF single to advance his team to the World-Series. Alpert Financial will play against the #2 seed Sperling Productions after they defeated DJ Huuds 14-2.

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Rav Moshe Mandel’s first grade talmidim at Yeshiva Darchei Torah celebrate their end-of-year siyum in the presence of parents and grandparents



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Ancient Promises, Modern-day Salvations Five Towns Prepares for Kollel Shomrei Hachomos Reb Meir Baal Haness Breakfast By Frimet Blum


wo thousand years ago, the great tanna Reb Meir Baal Haness promised to help those who help aniyei Eretz Yisroel in his name. This Sunday, the Five Towns community will reap the benefits of that promise. Members of the community will gather at the Kollel Shomrei Hachomos breakfast, to be held in the home of Mr. Alex and Susan Edelman, at 49 Lawrence Avenue. Their participation will bring them Reb Meir’s blessing, as it supports the thousands of families who depend on Kollel Shomrei Hachomos Reb Meir Baal Haness. The event promises to be memorable – and meaningful. It will honor Mr. Sender Schwartz and Mr. Sam Gross, two dedicated gabbaei tzedakah, and will be dedicated in memory of Mrs. Sarah Weingarten, a”h, wife of the long-time gabbai, Reb Avrum Weingarten, a”h, and mother of ybl”ch, Mr. Yanky Weingarten. The world-renowned orator, Rabbi Daniel Glatstein, shlita, will be the guest speaker. Members of the community who are connected to the organization have become its most ardent enthusiasts. They have made Reb Meir a part of their lives, for good reason. Time and again, in times of challenge and times of joy, giving to Kollel Shomrei Hachomos in the name of Reb Meir has brought them blessing. Aron Y. describes what happened when he was in the midst of a business deal gone awry. “Things just fell apart. There was almost no chance to salvage the deal, and I stood to lose a tremendous amount of money. As a last resort, I walked out of the room where the negotiations were

taking place, and made a donation to Reb Meir Baal Haness Kollel Shomrei Hachomos. When I went back into the room, the entire mood had shifted. While I was out, my lawyer had come up with a new idea. Two hours later, we shook hands on a very lucrative deal. “Kollel Shomrei Hachomos is a very powerful tzedakah,” he says. “They do so much good for the people of Eretz Yisroel. And they have Reb Meir Baal Haness behind them.” He adds, “Kollel Shomrei Hachomos is my personal insurance plan. I’m always putting something in the pushkah. Reb Meir always comes through.” Reb Meir Baal Haness – A Promise Aron is hardly the first to discover the power of giving tzedakah to Kollel Shomrei Hachomos. The tradition began some two thousand years ago, when the saintly tanna Rebbe Meir risked his life to save his sister-in-law. Reb Meir’s wife, Bruriah, and her sister, were daughters of the great Rebbi Chanina ben Tradyon, who was burned alive by the Romans, with a sefer Torah wrapped around his body and wet cotton placed over his heart, to prolong his suffering. The Romans had abducted Reb Meir’s sister-in-law, locked her in a cell, and posted guards to stand watch over her. Rebbe Meir offered one of the guards a sack of coins in exchange for the young woman – and assured him that he would not be harmed. “Do not fear,” he said. “If they try to harm you, say ‘Elakah D’Meir aneini.’” And so it was. When the guard’s supe-

riors tried to harm him, he shouted, “Elakah D’meir aneini,” and they were unable to hurt him. Since then, when a Jew gives tzedakah to the poor of Eretz Yisroel, and says, “Elakah D’Meir aneini,” it is as if Rebbe Meir himself is praying on his behalf! Rabbi Meir went so far as to promise that when someone gives charity in his name, he will personally intercede in shamayim on that person’s behalf. Later tzaddikim ruled that the charity must be given specifically to the poor of Eretz Yisroel. The Poor of Eretz Yisroel Today Thousands of families in Eretz Yisroel live in abject poverty. There are homes where children go to sleep hungry, families that live in tiny hovels, children who wear clothing and shoes passed down too many times to count. Many are widows and orphans. Kollel Shomrei Hachomos is a beacon of support to the families. The kollel provides funds, and operates a full network of services, including financial assistance, yeshivos, wedding assistance, an old age home, and much more. They even subsidize housing in the Batei Ungarin complex! The kollel serves all Jews – Chassidim, Litvishe Jews, Ashkenazim and Sefardim are all granted assistance. The most recent effort to relieve poverty was the Pesach chalukah - a multi-million-dollar distribution that ensured that close to fifty thousand people from cities across Eretz Yisroel had everything they needed for Yom Tov. 163 Years of Giving Kollel Shomrei Hachomos was estab-

lished by talmidim of the Chasan Sofer – and accepted by the Jews of Europe, who gave regularly and wholeheartedly, despite their own poverty. Following a tradition that harks back to the days of the Beis Hamikdosh, women would put coins in the pushkah before candle lighting – and whenever they wished to thank Hashem or seek His blessing. Kollel Shomrei Hachomos became synonymous with yeshuos, and the cherished pushkeh that supported the yishuv in Eretz Yisroel became part of Jewish life. While few things survived the transplantation of Yiddishkeit to American shores, the pushkeh came along. Today Kollel Shomrei Hachomos remains an integral part of the Jewish landscape. There are countless stories of salvation attributed to the tzedakah. There are medical miracles. Stories of childless women giving birth. Shidduchim made. Even seemingly “minor” salvations, like finding parking or catching a bus – all in the name of Rebbe Meir Baal Haness. The Five Towns breakfast will give the entire community the opportunity to support this remarkable organization, and learn more about the incredible koach and brachah that comes to those who support it. Join us this Sunday, June 26, at the home of Alex and Susan Edelman, 49 Lawrence Avenue, at what promises to be a marvelous event, with inspiration, camaraderie and great food. Elakah D’Meir aneini! To donate online, visit Edelman.

The Five Towns Premier Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Nursing Scholarship


he Five Towns Premier Rehabilitation and Nursing Center would like to congratulate Gabriella Nickerson, a senior at Hewlett High School and recipient of the Premier Nursing Scholarship. This special award was designed to help address the nursing shortage and in-

spire young local students to enter the rewarding field of nursing. Gabriella will be attending Northeastern University nursing program in the fall and has shared the following: “Nursing is everything! I want to help; I want to heal. I want to make as big an impact as I can in this world.”




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MR. & MRS. NACHMAN & ESTHER GOODMAN Entrance of Beis Medrash Building MR. & MRS. MENASH & MIMI ORATZ Basketball Court in Elementary School Gym

MR. & MRS. SHIA & ELANA OSTREICHER Beis Medrash Building Vestibule

‫ לע”נ‬The children, bochurim, and all 45 neshamos of the Miron tragedy, Lag Baomer 5781 ‫לע”נ הרה”ג ר‘ דוד בן הרב אברהם בנדר זצ”ל‬ ‫והרבנית בתיה חיה בת הרב יעקב הלוי ז”ל‬ ‫לע”נ זעליג בן מרדכי ע”ה‬ ‫לע”נ משה אלעזר בן נטע שלום ע”ה‬ ‫לע”נ דוד בן משה ע”ה‬ ‫הר‘ משה נתן בן יחזקאל ע”ה‬ ‫וישראל בן אברהם ע”ה‬

‫לע”נ ר‘ ישראל‬ ‫בן ר‘ בנימין הכהן ע”ה‬



MR. & MRS. ALON & CHANIE GOLDBERGER Sha’ar of New Beis Medrash



MR. & MRS. SHMULI & MIRIAM MENDEL Sha’ar of New Beis Medrash ‫לע”נ משה אריה בן שמואל יצחק‬ ‫הלוי פריעדמן ז”ל‬



Mr. & Mrs. Simcha & Shani Applegrad Mr. & Mrs. Barry & Paula Bokow Mr. & Mrs. Berel & Sherry Daskal Mr. & Mrs. Binyomin & Leah Einhorn Mr. & Mrs. Naftoli & Chani Einhorn Mr. & Mrs. Michael & Mimi Fragin Mr. & Mrs. Evan & Chaya Sara Genack Rabbi & Rebbetzen Chaim Aryeh Zev & Avigail Ginzberg Mr. & Mrs. Samuel & Beverly Goldberger Mr. & Mrs. Tzali & Chana Shira Gutman Mr. & Mrs. Ari & Aliza Haas Mr. & Mrs. Moshie & Naomi Horn Mr. & Mrs. Shlomo & Kayla Horowitz Mr. & Mrs. Menachem & Elisheva Jacobowitz

Plumbing Training Center Dedicated ‫לע”נ אברהם שלמה בן יחיאל מיכל הכהן ז”ל‬ ‫לע”נ הר‘ אברהם בן הר‘ חיים מנחם בן ציון זצ”ל‬ ALL BORO CONSTRUCTION

Mr. & Mrs. Mordechai & Shana Jacobs Mr. & Mrs. Jeff & Tamar Landy Mr. & Mrs. Yosef & Vivi Moskowitz Mr. & Mrs. Yitzy & Rivky Orbach Mr. & Mrs. Ephram & Ilana Ostreicher Mr. & Mrs. Mutty & Bracha Ribowsky Mr. & Mrs. David & Sima Rosenfeld Mr. & Mrs. Dovid & Chani Roll Dr. & Mrs. Zvi & Dina Schreiber Mr. & Mrs. David & Debbie Seltzer Mr. & Mrs. Andrew & Stephani Serotta Mr. & Mrs. Marvin & Judy Sigler Mr. & Mrs. Morris & Devora Smith Mr. & Mrs. Yehuda & Mindy Zachter

Yeshiva Darchei Torah’s new capital project will encompass a Mesivta Beis Medrash and its first-ever Residence Hall. The Beis Medrash building will be comprised of 34,200 total square feet on 4 Stories and will serve 500 talmidim in grades 8-11. It will contain 15 Classrooms. The 43,000 square foot Residence Hall will contain 68 dormitory rooms serving 271 talmidim.

Get in on the ground floor of this monumental project. To choose from a wide selection of sponsorships at all levels, please contact: Rabbi Zev Bald 718.868.2300 ext. 232 Rabbi Baruch Rothman 718.868.2300 ext. 406

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Around the Community

At the Breakfast Reception for the Rabenstein Learning Center of Yeshiva Darchei Torah

Menachem Jacobowitz, host, with Rabbi Zev Bald, director of development

L-R: Rav Moshe Bender, associate dean; Alon Goldberger, YDT board member; Rabbi Shimon Dachs, director of the Weiss Vocational Center; Menachem Jacobowitz, host; Carmi Gruenbaum, YDT board member; and Rabbi Baruch Rothman, director of institutional advancement.


L-R: Rabbi Zev Bald, director of development; Mr. Lloyd Keilson, YDT board co-chairman; Rav Moshe Bender, associate dean; Menachem Jacobowitz, host; Menachem’s grandson, Yaakov Mirzoeff; Rav Yaakov Bender, rosh hayeshiva; Mr. Ronald Lowinger, YDT president; and Dr. William Neuman, son-in-law of Nechemia and Frida Rabenstein, a”h

The Pre-1A Chumash Mesiba and the kindergarten Siddur Mesiba at Siach Yitzchok



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M’Dor L’Dor: Generation to Generation


AFTR’s Third Grade M’Dor L’Dor: Generation to Generation program took place last week. Throughout the week there was great anticipation for the event. Students proudly escorted their special guests through the galleries where they viewed photographs of their family artifacts. After researching their artifacts, students retold the story of where they came from, why they are important to their family, and who currently is in possession of the artifact. The artifacts included religious symbols, documents and photographs. Many of the children are named for the original owner of the artifact. Numerous artifacts came from a time and place where Jews were persecuted. It is mirac-

ulous that they survived. One student shared the mezuzah his grandparents were forced to remove from their front door. They saved it in the hope that a time would come when they could once again be identified as having a Jewish home. While each artifact and story was unique, the Jewish traditions were a common thread throughout the galleries. The students also created a coat of arms with their family name. The highlight of the evening was the grade’s musical performance of songs connecting the students to previous generations. The students performed beautifully. Parents and grandparents were filled with pride. They have enriched their children’s lives with the stories they shared.


Yeshiva Ateres Shimon of Far Rockaway, under the leadership of Rabbi Mordechai Groner, held their ninth Annual Dinner at the Marine Park Golf Course this week. The awardees were: Mr. & Mrs. Ellie Katz, Guest of Honor; Mr. & Mrs. Menachem Lapidus, Alumnus Award; and Chopsie Zulberminc and Gedaliah Hoffmann, Young Leadership Award

Mazal tov to the Shulamith Pre-1A on their graduation


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An Evening of Appreciation at TAG


hen you entered the auditorium on Thursday evening, June 16, you were overwhelmed by the décor, an ambiance which reflected a major event in the making. Thanks to Chavie Sebrow, our own in-house party planner, the room set the tone for what was a beautiful evening of hakaras hatov to our devoted faculty. The evening also presented an ideal opportunity to express hakaras hatov to Dr. Shmuel Reisbaum who has devoted 18 years to TAG and who played such a pivotal role in the day to day running of the school, as well as major events that he undertook like Chinese Auctions, Adventureland, Dinners, and our trademark bags and badges. Soshie Hirth wrote an Ode to the Doc and Shelly Honickman and Chavie Sebrow joined in extolling Dr. Reisbaum’s accomplishments and how much he will be missed. Dr. Reisbaum was then presented with the beautiful memory book,

designed by our own Dassy Kwestel, replete with messages, shared memories and best wishes from so many of our staff members. A most deserved standing ovation followed this presentation. Rabbi Meyer Weitman then spoke to the overflowing crowd and thanked them for all that they do for the school. He reminded them that although they were individuals, when they work together, they accomplish so much. He then presented Dr. Reisbaum with a beautiful gift which will hang in his home, whether here or in Eretz Yisroel. Dr. Reisbaum spoke about his life before and in TAG, and he thanked everyone for this moving tribute. A delicious milchig buffet, catered by Oldak Caterers, followed and then the final surprise appeared. Our own Assemblywoman, Stacey Pheffer Amato, arrived to present a proclamation to her good friend, Dr. Reisbaum, and she then spoke about Dr. Reisbaum and how she got to know him when he arranged the 8th grade

trips to Albany. She also took the opportunity to let the crowd know that she will continue to fight for parental right to send their children to yeshivos and have their curriculums in accordance with their

standards and religious beliefs. Celebrating a successful year with our valued faculty, as well as the beautiful tribute to Dr. Reisbaum, made this a most meaningful and enjoyable event.

HANC High School Celebrates the Graduating Class of 2022


n Monday Evening, June 13, the fourteenth of Sivan, HANC High School celebrated its 48th Commencement before an audience of proud family members, guests, administration and faculty members. The ceremony took place at The Space in Westbury, New York, and was livestreamed. The program opened with a video presentation featuring administrators and teachers, reflecting on the Class of 2022 over the past four years. as well as heartwarming messages to the graduates. Following the procession of graduates, the National Anthem and the Hatikvah were sung by Dylan Homapour (‘15). Graduate Daniella Smus who will be joining Tzahal, the IDF, and graduate Avi Brandler who is making aliyah with his family were recognized center stage. Rabbi Eli Slomnicki, principal of the High School, welcomed guests and graduates and introduced salutatorian Rena Hackel, who delivered the invocation. Mrs. Marie Palaia, Associate Principal, greeted the graduates with an upbeat congratulatory message. She reminded students to strive for excellence, find balance in life, and laugh and smile each day. In his outstanding valedictory address, Adin Moskowitz encouraged his

classmates to continue making positive choices based on the foundations each student received while at HANC. Additionally, Adin expressed his hakarat hatov to his beloved school, family, and friends and thanked Hashem for bringing the class to this milestone. Dylan Homapour (‘15) was then invited back on stage to perform a moving rendition of Birchat Habonim. Ms. Tziporah Zucker, assistant principal, addressed the graduates with a heartwarming message reminding students that graduation is their cue to “Bless His Nation Yisrael – With Love,” to give back to the Jewish community with—love. She then introduced the class speaker Yael Bassali who reflected on her four years of high school. Prior to the distribution of the diplomas, Dr. Ruchi Kushner, HANC’s president, congratulated the class on their resiliency and accomplishments especially during challenging times. Dr. Loren Daitch, outgoing chair of the Board of Education, was recognized. Rabbi Slomnicki, together with graduate Hannah Rubensohn, presented Dr. Daitch with a beautiful gift from the high school in recognition of her years of dedication. Rabbi Slomnicki, Mrs. Palaia, and

Ms. Zucker distributed diplomas to the graduates who were also greeted by Dean of Students, Mr. Avi Smus, and Director of Student Life Rabbi Daniel Mezei. Graduates received a gift from the Parent Council. HANC’s Menahel, Rabbi Eli Slomnicki, in his charge to the graduates complimented the class on their dedication to each other and wished them hatzlacha as they enter this new stage of life. He imparted upon the graduates the equation to success is to synthesize the values learned at HANC as bnei and bnot Torah.

Before closing out the ceremony, Jessica Haynes riveted the audience with her original poem, “Times Gone By.” Salutatorian Ori Baer administered the Benediction, reminded fellow graduates to “keep close to all the teachers” and thanked the faculty, family and friends for bringing the class to this milestone. The evening culminated with Maariv and a beautiful sponsored collation by the Ahdout, Elishaev, Lindenblatt, Speiser and Sokol families. Mazal tov to all the graduates and their families.


Around the Community


ANC Middle School’s eighth grade graduation took place on June 16 in the tent outside Shulamith Long Island. The tent was adorned with balloons and “2022.” The graduates looked extremely proud as they walked down the aisle and their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents were certainly shepping a lot of nachat. The graduation began with a “walk down memory lane.” Baby pictures of the graduates were projected on the huge screen and then a montage of the Middle School years definitely caused some tears. After the procession and the anthems, Pras Hitztaynut award recipients Kayla Brukner and Tamar Frankel delivered the invocation. They spoke about the theme of the graduation, which was

unity. Following the invocation, Mrs. Morey, the assistant principal, offered words of greeting. She explained that each student has been given the tools to make decisions, and this is their moment. Next came the president of the Yeshiva, Dr. Ruchi Kushner. She spoke about the students’ resilience and everything they accomplished. Eitan Goldress, one of the Torah Umada Award recipients, expressed the idea that sometimes the Torah is to protect us from our enemies and sometimes those enemies are quiet. Interspersed through the program were two videos which discussed what advice the graduates would give an incoming Middle School student and the graduates’ favorite memories of HANC Middle School. Eliana Goldman, Torah Umada award recipient, spoke about Be-

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HANC Middle School’s Graduation

chira Chafshit and the freedom to make decisions. Rabbi Hecht, principal, spoke about the importance of being quiet and mevater even when you have every reason to scream out and complain. Next, came the distribution of diplomas. The evening concluded with a bene-

diction delivered by Shira Massihesraelian and Avi Pearlman, who were Pras Hitztaynut award winners. They spoke about the importance of appreciating Torah and continuing to live in the ways of Hashem. We wish all of the graduates and their families much bracha and hatzlacha!

A TAG Ganger Early Childhood Celebration of Appreciation By Mrs. Chavie Sender & Mrs. Rivky Keilson


hen our Pre-1A talmidos complete their years in the Ganger Early Childhood Division of TAG, there is much cause for celebration. As we hand over the reins of their chinuch to the amazing Elementary hanhala, we are experiencing mixed emotions. On the one hand, we have literally watched these girls “grow up,” many of them from nursery, and we will miss them. On the other hand, we feel a sense of pride in knowing that they are well prepared for the second floor and first grade. We feel an enormous debt to all our outstanding moros and assistants who play such a pivotal role in reaching this milestone. Thank you to the Pre-1A moros who prepared and practiced with the girls so that they were able to perform like pros at their graduation. Thank you to all the guests who came to enjoy the nachas. Special thanks to Morah Karen Daitchman, our talented music teacher, for adding her professional touch, making the graduation the beautiful event it was!

Mazal tov to the Shulamith eighth grade graduates


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Voice N


Of Coffee and Kids By Mrs. Barbara Deutsch


chool with kids is over for this year. Walking through the empty building today was no fun; without the students, the walls look forlorn and bare, and the rooms deserted. Of course, we notice all of the chips and brokenness that the children’s robust play leaves behind. Is it even a school if there are no children? It has been full tilt activity for so many weeks since Pesach that I’m not sure if it has registered with me yet that I can be and go somewhere and not have to panic that I am going to be late. My morning routine includes among other things a long walk, a shower, and a cup of coffee. I use a Keurig Coffee Maker for a quick, pretty good, strong cup of java. I take it totally black so the flavor has to be there, hot and strong. Monday, I followed all of my routines and got ready to make my coffee. I flipped the on switch and the switch flipped right back. I did this four times before realizing there was a problem; sadly, the coffeemaker was broken! I made do and left for school. During a break in the morning, I contacted Keurig. As I waited patiently on the phone, Michal Wasser came in with a question and is a witness to the story. I shared my tale of coffee woe with the representative, and she checked the model number. “I’m sorry Barbara (she had asked for permission to call me by my first name), you are out of warranty. As a courtesy, I will give you 20 percent off a new one.” “No thank you,” I responded. “The machine is two years old and there is no reason a $200 machine should break. I use it maybe four times a week and not at all in the summer; I find your offer unacceptable.” “I will see what I can do,” she responded. After multiple waits on hold, she told me that someone from corporate would be contacting me with a one-time exception of a new machine.

“Someone from corporate will call you!” I liked that but it did not happen, no one called; not Monday, not Tuesday, not Wednesday or Thursday. Those who know my annoying tenacity are well aware that I did not give up; I called Keurig every single morning on my way to school. Today when I called, I told the rep-

this, they will roll their eyes and sigh, “Grandma.” My son Dov will comment in exasperation, “Mom, really, why not just get a new one in a store?” Maybe I’m nuts. Should I learn to take things more in stride? Nope, too old and too late for that. I have never been one to accept injustice or waste. I am a true believer

These children graduate because we did not give up on them.

resentative that I will not hang up until someone tells me that a new machine is in the mail with an email confirming that I’m getting it this week. That is why a brand-new state-ofthe-art Keurig, with a coupon for $50 worth of K-pods, is coming my way this week. I also got an email confirmation. When my kids/grandkids hear about

that companies should stand proudly behind their products. And I am not a quitter. Those who have worked with me or are my longtime friends know this about me: I don’t stop until I am done and satisfied with the outcome. Be it a refund, a project or helping a student or teacher, I don’t give up without a fight. As teachers and administrators,

when we attended graduations, we saw graduates who needed the full dose of our hard work and vision. It is miraculous to witness the incredible growth – academically, socially, and vertically – that even the most complicated of children achieve. These children graduate because we did not give up on them. When I see a vacuum, a problem or a struggle, I have to find a way to fix it. It was pure joy for me to be at this graduation and to be a part of their promising futures. This year has been a challenge and a joy. Working with the Dream Team and a great faculty that I helped build has been so rewarding. I looked forward to coming into school every day to work and laugh. I have learned so much about the children, the teachers and the administrators. I had fun! As we close the book on another solid year of growth, I ask that you forgive my foibles and celebrate our accomplishments. I am sad to see beloved colleagues move on; I will miss seeing their faces in the halls and in my office, and I am excited to plan with those who stay behind. Soon enough, the building will again be filled with the wonderful voices of our students. When my brand-new Keurig comes, I’ll make myself a cup and think about what has been accomplished and begin planning for the future. Stay well, wear sunscreen, relax and have a great summer.

Mrs. Barbara Deutsch is currently the associate principal at HANC 609, a longtime reflective educator, parent, grandparent and new great-grandparent. Even after all these years, she still loves what she does and looks forward to working with kids every single day.


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TJH Only One of the Following People Graduated College. Can You Guess Who it Is? Bill Gates Steve Jobs Paul Allen Larry Ellison Abraham Lincoln Andrew Jackson Benjamin Franklin Frank Lloyd Wright Henry Ford Steve Wozniak Thomas Edison Walt Disney Michael Dell Mark Zuckerberg Ted Kaczynski (AKA “The Unabomber”)

Answers to riddle: Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, graduated from Harvard and earned a PhD in mathematics from University of Michigan.

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Centerfold Things You Realize When You Graduate College Someone actually pays for the electricity…and now it will be you. You would have been able to pay for this month’s electricity bill if you would have sold your college textbooks instead of burning them. Dude. Not everyone eats instant chicken noodle soup for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Doing laundry is not something that is only done when we change the clocks. Nobody really cares about your Division III college basketball team. Playing loud metal guitar at 2AM doesn’t make your parents proud of their investment. Wearing sweatpants and a sweatshirt every day is actually not cool. You know those “lifelong friends” that you just spent four years with? Well, you will probably never see most of them ever again in your life. A fridge is not solely meant to be a mold incubator. Everything that the graduation speaker said happens to people who “live life with mediocrity” has happened to you in the three days since you graduated. When they told you that you would have to pay back your student loans, they weren’t just pranking you. Those funky black and green chairs that you had in your dorm room all these years are actually milk crates. Most jobs start in the middle of the night—at 9AM.


Riddle Me This Two men are in a desert. They both have backpacks on. One of the men is no longer alive. The guy who is alive has his pack open; the guy who is dead has his pack closed. You are called in to investigate what happened. You start by looking at what is in the backpacks. Once you do that, you know what happened. What’s

You Gotta Be Kidding Me! A young man hired by a supermarket reports for his first day of work. The manager greets him with a warm handshake, gives him a broom and says, “Your first job will be to sweep out the store.” “But I’m a college graduate,” the young man

in the backpacks that helps you


solve the case?

“Oh, I’m sorry. I didn’t know that,” the manager answers. “Here, give me the broom – I’ll show you how to do it.”

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“A” for Originality Yearbook Entries

Answer: A parachute

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Torah Thought

Parshas Shlach By Rabbi Berel Wein


e are taught by a Mishnah in Avot that the Jewish People, as represented by the generation of the Sinai Desert, tested the L-rd 10 times. The idea of testing G-d is a difficult one to understand and appreciate. This is particularly striking when we can see that this generation did not learn from experience. Each test, in turn, failed to achieve anything other than harming that generation and dooming it to destruction, never to enter the Land of

Israel. The sending of the spies to discover and report back on the condition of our promised country and its population at the time is a prime example of this type of test. As Rashi points out, the L-rd told Moshe: “I am not ordering you to send spies to report on the Land of Israel. I have told you that this land is your destiny and that it is a land of spiritual and physical greatness and prosperity. However, if you wish, you have the option of sending spies.” Implicit in this choice, given from Heaven, is that the option will be of great consequence if it is exercised. It is also a repetition of a test that the Torah has recorded for us many times, when the people ask themselves: “Is the L-rd truly within our community or not?” If, after all the miracles that this generation experienced, the people could still bring

tions that a person can have. However, it is also something that can be hard to acquire but quite easy to abandon or lose. When faith wanes, the process of testing G-d, so to speak, begins anew, for it is in the nature of human beings to learn very little from their previous experiences. There will always be excuses. We can say the previous test went wrong

When faith wanes, the process of testing G-d, so to speak, begins anew.

themselves to ask, “Is G-d within us or not?” it must have been obvious that the People’s relationship with the Creator was dysfunctional and that they did not share His program for their future. The commentators have advanced many reasons over the ages as to what directly motivated the leaders of Israel to create such a crisis of faith within their people. However, the basic problem – as recorded repeatedly – is the fact that the people’s trust in G-d, no matter how many miracles and victories they experienced, was very weak and fragile. Faith is one of the strongest emo-

but now, with a test involving the right people on the right issue and with greater clarity, this will somehow help us. In their relationship to the Land of Israel, the Jewish People have always had to struggle. It was never easy to see the true purpose of the Land of Israel for Jewish life, especially since the Jews could prove to be so successful outside of the Land of Israel. Yet the centrality of the Land of Israel to Judaism has always been one of the prime beliefs and national messages of the Torah regarding the survival and destiny of the Jewish People. Shabbat shalom.


From the Fire

We Will Surely Succeed! By Rav Moshe Weinberger Adapted for publication by Binyomin Wolf


hen we last saw our heroes in last week’s parsha, we were left with a feeling of optimism. Moshe said, “We are traveling to the place about which Hashem said, ‘I will give it to you’” (Bamidbar 10:29). We were on the cusp of entering and building Eretz Yisroel. We are therefore heartbroken when we read, in Parshas Shlach, the spies’ report and the people’s reaction to it: “But the nation that dwells in the land is mighty, the cities are great and extremely fortified, and we saw the children of giants there” (ibid. 13:29). The people broke out into raucous complaining against Moshe and against entering Eretz Yisroel, such that no one even had the opportunity to offer a dissenting opinion. They would not even let Yehoshua speak or be heard. First, this was because he was so closely associated with Moshe. He was considered unreliable because he was part of “the establishment.” And second, they would not listen to Yehoshua because they said, “Can the one with his head cut off speak?!” (Sota 35a). In other words, because Yehoshua had no sons who would inherit the land (Rashi) or fight to conquer it, what right did he have to voice an opinion regarding whether the Jewish people could conquer the land? There was only one person who was even able to cause his voice to be heard amid the cacophony of voices criticizing Moshe and Hashem. That was Calev, who was looked at as one of “the people,” rather than a member of the establishment: “And Calev silenced the nation to [hear about] Moshe” (Bamidbar 13:30). And what was his message? He stood on a bench to make himself heard (Sota 35a) when he called out: “We can surely ascend and take possession of it, for we can

surely succeed in doing it!” How did Calev succeed in at least making himself heard when no one else could? What made him different? We know that Rashi quotes the explanation that the nation listened to him because he kept the strength of his faith concealed, acting as if he agreed with the other spies. The people quieted down for him because he pretended as if he was about to speak against Moshe. But the Torah also says something else about Calev with which we can further understand how he was able to make himself heard where others could not. The pasuk says, “My servant Calev, because he was possessed of a different spirit…” (ibid. 14:24). What was this “different spirit”? Calev took a different approach than one would expect. The spies levied many specific and apparently well-founded claims to support their contention that the people could not conquer Eretz Yisroel. They cit-

ed the hardiness of those who dwelled in the land, how well their cities were fortified, the unusual nature of the produce, and the fact that the land seemed to consume its inhabitants. Yet Calev failed to address even one of these seemingly legitimate concerns. He simply cried out, “We can surely ascend and take possession of it, for we can surely succeed in doing it!” He must have sounded like some sort of messianic dreamer to his fellow spies, like an ideologue worthy of being dismissed. Why was his the only message that was heard? Oftentimes, smaller people get lost in minutia, losing sight of the bigger picture, getting caught in the weeds of the small details. Anyone who has tried to make peace between two long-time friends or a married couple during a fight understands this. If one descends into the details of the multitude of claims each one has against the other, he and they will

never emerge. The only way to lead them out is to show them a shining example of the love they used to share. The only way forward is to jump onto a bench and use that different spirit to completely change people’s perspective. The majority of people can focus on various details, on certain nuts-and-bolts issues. And the Jewish nation relies on such people to get things done – to address day-to-day management of the good things that have been built and to turn visionaries’ plans into reality. But there are rare individuals who can gaze above the details and the obstacles beyond which the realistic people cannot see. The Jewish people would have nothing in this world if it were not for visionaries like Calev. We would never have yeshivos, game-changing developments, or any truly positive institutions in klal Yisroel if it were not for the people who looked beyond what is to see what must be. The reality is that we need the people who can focus on the small details, but nothing would happen without those precious Jews who throw aside all objections, logistical obstacles, and details and simply insist that it can be done. They, together with the nuts-and-bolts Jews who come on board afterward, work together to bring that vision to a reality. May we all merit to see the ultimate partnership of the dreamers and the realists in causing the arrival of Moshiach and the ultimate redemption – and with it, the building of the third Beis HaMikdash soon in our times! Rav Moshe Weinberger, shlita, is the founding Morah d’Asrah of Congregation Aish Kodesh in Woodmere, NY, and serves as leader of the new mechina Emek HaMelech.

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Parshas Shlach


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Self-Mastery Academy

The Spiritual Concept of Beauty By Rabbi Shmuel Reichman


n a world where beauty is often misunderstood, it’s important to understand its deep spiritual nature and purpose of this powerful and fundamental concept. To do so, let us trace the spiritual concept of beauty back to the creation of Man, before Adam HaRishon’s sin.

Adam HaRishon Before Adam sinned, he looked nothing like you or I do today. When we look at one another, all we see is flesh and bone, but if you looked at Adam before he sinned, his appearance was angelic, transcendent, luminescent. The Midrash says that he wore kosnos ohr (skin of light). When you looked at Adam, you didn’t see his body but saw Adam himself, i.e., his neshama. When you look at a lightbulb, all you see is radiant luminescence; only if you look very closely can you just make out the surface of the bulb. The same was true regarding Adam; he was luminescent. Only if you looked very closely could you just make out his physical body. His body was transparent, with the outside loyally and fully reflecting his inner self. This is true beauty, where the inner and outer melt into a oneness, where the physical perfectly reflects the inner spirituality; where the physical projects something much deeper than itself. Beauty is the harmony and synthesis of different components, resulting in something infinitely greater than the sum of its parts. When Adam sinned, however, the world fell, and Adam’s body fell as well. The physical no longer revealed the spiritual; it hid it instead. Now, when we look at each other, we don’t see our true selves; all we see is a physical body.

What was once light is now darkness. People can’t see your inner world, your thoughts, your consciousness, your emotions, or your soul; all they see is your external body. Now, in order to reveal yourself to other people, you must actively use the physical to reveal the spiritual. Only through your words, actions, facial expressions, and body language can people gain a glimpse into who you truly are. The body used to be incandescent and reveal, but now it only hides. It is up to us to reveal what lies ahead.

Sarah Imeinu After the sin of Adam HaRishon, genuine beauty became elusive, found only in a select few individuals. Sarah Imeinu was one of the few who achieved this lofty feat. We know that Sarah was physically beautiful and that her beauty was not just of an ethereal, spiritual nature. When Sarah Imeinu and Avraham Avinu descended to Mitzrayim (Egypt), the Mitzrim (Egyptians), and even Pharaoh himself, desired her (Rashi, Bereishis 23:1). The Egyptians were steeped in im-

morality, interested only in beauty that ran skin deep. However, we know that Sarah Imeinu was immensely spiritual as well and that she reached the loftiest of spiritual levels (Rashi, Bereishis 23:1). At the end of Parashas Noach, Rashi explains that one of Sarah’s other names was Yiskah (Bereishis 11:29). A name always reflects essence, so we must ponder the meaning of this name and what it reveals about Sarah Imeinu. “Yiskah” means transparent, and Sarah’s true beauty lay in her transparency. Her inner beauty completely permeated and was loyally reflected through her physical body. Genuine beauty is embodied in transparency, where the physical body reflects the inner, spiritual beauty, something infinitely greater than anything external. True beauty is oneness, where the physical and spiritual melt into a oneness; where the physical doesn’t hide the inner self but reveals it. This is why the shoresh (root) of the word “Yiskah” is also the shoresh of the word “schach,” the roof of the sukkah. According to halacha (Jewish law), the schach is the most important (ikar) part of the sukkah, which is why “schach” shares the same shoresh as “sukkah.” What is the connection between transparency and schach? The answer lies in one of the deepest themes of Sukkos. Sukkos is about seeing past the illusion of independent self-security, recognizing that Hashem is our true Source of protection. This is why we leave our sturdy homes and enter a diras arai, a temporary dwelling place. We show that our faith and trust lay in Hashem, not our “safe” homes. While on the surface, our security and safety seem to come only from our own efforts and hishtadlus, when we look past the surface, we recognize that every-

From Light to Skin The Midrash explains that, originally, Adam wore kosnos ohr (spelled with an aleph) — garments of light (Torah Temimah, Bereishis 3:21). After he sinned, Hashem clothed him in kosnos ohr (spelled with an ayin) — garments of skin (Bereishis 3:21). When spelled with an aleph, ohr is light; when spelled with an ayin, ohr is a hide, the skin of an animal. What is the deeper meaning behind this? Rav Eliyahu Dessler explains the meaning behind the descriptions of Adam’s clothing according to the idea we just developed. Originally, Adam’s body was transparent, emanating the light of his soul. Light reveals, and his original skin revealed his true, inner self. Once he sinned, however, his body no longer revealed the spiritual, but only its physical surface. The word ohr, when spelled with

an ayin, means animal hide. This skin, like its English translation, hides the soul, the inner self. The letter aleph is the first letter of the aleph-beis. It is the letter of oneness, representing transcendence, spirituality, and Hashem, our ultimate Source and root. The letter ayin represents the physical, limited expression of the aleph. This is why the word “aleph” means to elevate or

face, revealing something endlessly deep behind it. By delving into the depths of the wellspring, one can draw forth water — the source of life (See Bereishis 26:19). Ayin therefore reflects the concept of reaching that which is hidden, higher, and transcendent. However, the ayin also has the potential to corrupt, causing us to see nothing more than the physical surface without

Beauty is the harmony and synthesis of different components, resulting in something infinitely greater than the sum of its parts.

lift to a higher spiritual dimension, while ayin means eye. The eye, naturally, sees only the physical; however, it has the potential to see past the physical surface of reality, to source itself back to the original light of the aleph. That is why the word ayin is also connected to the word “maayan” (a wellspring). A wellspring has a limiting surface. Through effort, though, one can peer beneath that sur-

sourcing our physical sight back to any higher source. This is why the Hebrew word iver, spelled the same way as the word ohr, means “blind.” One who sees only the physical surface is blind to the truth; one who sees only the surface does not see at all. This is the unique challenge of sight. We can use it to see the physical as an expression of the spiritual, or we can become trapped by the lure of the surface,


ignoring its higher root. In our next article, we will develop this idea further and understand the deeper spiritual purpose of clothing.

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thing comes from Hashem. This is why the schach is the primary (ikar) part of the sukkah; it trains us to see past the surface. The schach must be transparent, allowing us to see the stars at night. It must also be loose enough to allow some sunlight and rain to enter the sukkah. Only a transparent surface allows us to truly see what lies beyond it.

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Left Foot, Right Foot By Rabbi Avrohom Sebrow


efties have it hard in a world that is made for righties. Starting in school, students encounter desks that are made for righties. There are one-piece desks where the student enters the desk on the left side and is able to use the right side for writing. There are ergonomic scissors that are a pleasure to use, assuming the user is a righty. Spiral notebooks and ring binders are generally made for righties. The spirals and rings will not get in the way of righties. Unfortunately, lefties will have to write awkwardly to use those products. Even kitchen gadgets such as can openers are often made for righties. In professional baseball, being a lefty is generally an advantage. That is unless the player is a catcher; there are no lefty catchers in Major League Baseball. (The reason for that is debatable) The good news is that this article can be read by either lefties or righties. There is a related phenomenon to left-handedness, and that is left-footedness. Most people have a preferential foot. If someone needs to kick a ball or squash a bug, generally one particular foot will be preferred. Indeed, the Gemara bases one halacha of mezuzah on this fact. The mezuzah should be affixed to the right doorpost. The Gemara explains the reason for this halacha is that a person will reach the right doorpost first. Since most people are right-footed, they will enter a room by putting their right foot in the room first. Left-handedness and left-footedness do not go hand in hand or hand in foot. True, most left-handed people are, in fact, left-footed. Still, people can be left-footed and right-handed or vice versa. This has relevance to the laws of chalitzah. Chalitzah is performed in the tragic circumstance where a married man dies without children. The widow (Yevama)

needs to remove a shoe off of her deceased husband’s brother’s (Yavam) foot to permit her to remarry. There are very specific halachos relating to exactly how this shoe removal or chalitzah is performed. The Gemara is quite clear that the Yevama must remove a shoe off the Yavam’s right foot. (Yevamos 104) According to the vast majority of poskim, the use of the Yavam’s left foot will invalidate the chalitzah even ex post facto. It should be noted that although the Yevama’s right hand is preferred for chalitzah, she may, in fact, use her left hand or even her teeth to remove the Yavam’s shoe. For the majority of the world, the use of the Yavam’s right foot is mandated for chalitzah. The question arises, what if the Yavam is left-footed? Should the Yevama remove the shoe off of his right foot or left foot? Not surprisingly, there are four opinions! The Tur suggests the Yevama remove the shoe of the Yavam’s left foot. There is a precedent for this in the laws of tefillin. Righties put tefillin on their left arm because the Torah mandates that tefillin be placed on the weaker arm. Lefties place tefillin on their right arm because that is their weaker arm. So, too, by chalitzah, where the Torah mandates the right foot be used, a left-footed Yavam should use his left foot because that is his stronger foot. However, the Yam Shel Shlomo and others strongly disagree. By tefillin, the Torah mandates that the weaker arm be used. By chalitzah, the Torah did not mandate that the stronger foot be used. The Torah simply identified the foot to be used as the right one. Who says it has to be the stronger one? Therefore, others suggest that a left-footed Yavam should use his right foot. The right foot should be universally used regardless of which foot is stronger.

Still, the Ramban has serious reservations about this logic. Perhaps by definition, a right foot is the stronger foot. This is based on the fact that the right foot is the stronger foot in the vast majority of the populace. Still, the Torah doesn’t say for chalitzah one should use the stronger foot. The Torah says to use the right foot, which is understood to be stronger. The upshot is that a left-footed Yavam can’t use either foot! He can’t use his left foot because the Torah says to use the right one. He can’t use his right foot, because his right foot is dissimilar to everyone else’s right foot. He has no halachic right foot. Hence, a left-footed Yavam cannot be part of the chalitzah ceremony. The fourth option suggested by the Rashba is for the Yevama to remove a shoe off both of the left-footed Yavam’s feet! Indeed, the Rema says that this is the accepted custom. However, this option raises yet another issue. According to some, both shoes must be removed simultaneously otherwise she will need to perform chalitzah on every living brother-in-law. This is based on the concept of chalitzah pesulah, which is beyond the scope of this article. (As noted earlier, there is certainly no issue of the Yevama using her left hand to do chalitzah. She therefore may use both of her hands to be able to remove both shoes simultaneously.) What is the halacha for a left-footed person with regards to mezuzah? The Gemara says that the right doorpost is chosen because an individual uses his

right foot to enter the room first. Should the halacha be different for a left-footed person? The Mordechai says it should not. A mezuzah protects everyone in the home and not only the homeowner. The placement of the mezuzah should follow the majority of residents in the household. The implication is that for a left-footed person who lives alone, or in the event of an unlikely household where everyone is left-footed, the mezuzah should be placed on the left doorpost. The Shach (YD 289:4) finds this suggestion untenable and clearly says that the mezuzah should always be affixed to the right doorpost, and he adds that such is the custom. Some suggest that Rebbe Akiva Eiger, the Taz, and the Beis Yosef disagree with the Shach. They all quote the Mordechai that one should follow the majority of residents without further comment. This leads some to conclude that they all would agree with the clear implication that when the majority of residents are left-footed, the mezuzah should be affixed to the left doorpost. Even if they actually do disagree with the Shach, the Shach himself points out that the custom is clearly to always affix the mezuzah to the right doorpost.

Rabbi Avrohom Sebrow is a rebbe at Yeshiva Ateres Shimon in Far Rockaway. In addition, Rabbi Sebrow leads a daf yomi chaburah at Eitz Chayim of Dogwood Park in West Hempstead, NY. He can be contacted at ASebrow@



Hanging Out Like Old Friends By Raphael Poch

Elisheva Meier

like her to experience. I think this exposure will help me be a better nurse because I now understand how important patience and cooperation with the older population is.” Some weeks Elisheva is overloaded with schoolwork and exams, but nonetheless, she will always make time for Chaya. “At the end of the day, I’m always happy to visit Chaya and I feel enriched after spending time with her.”


lisheva is a 42-year-old wife and mother of 5 who made Aliyah with her family to Neve Daniel in recent years. She studies nursing at the Hadassah school of nursing and volunteers as an EMT for United Hatzalah, all while managing her family. Elisheva had always wanted to go into the medical field, and once arriving in Israel, taking the United Hatzalah EMT course was the perfect segue into it. “I thoroughly enjoyed the course, and in doing so, I learned many useful skills that will help me as a nurse as well,” she said. Word of the Ten Kavod project reached Elisheva through word of mouth, even before she joined the organization as an EMT, almost three years ago. “It sounded like such a great volunteer activity and a good thing for the organization to be doing and spending their time and resources on expanding it.” “I love old people,” Elisheva said with a smile, “My grandmother with Alzheimer’s lives with us so I guess it’s made me more sensitive to senior citizens who live alone. I also think the socialization the volunteers provide helps impact their health and wellbeing.” A little more than a year ago, Elisheva started volunteering for Ten Kavod and was paired up with Chaya Peleg who is 86 years old. “Chaya is one of the more active and independent senior citizens,” Elisheva relates. “She lives with her daughter and son-in-law and goes to the Elderly Day Center three mornings a week. However, when she is home, her daughter and son-in-law are usually busy and not there to spend time with her. So I still feel like she’s often lonely.” When Elisheva and Chaya meet each Thursday, they decide on what to do based on the weather and what Chaya is feeling up to doing. “Chaya had skin cancer that left a permanent chronic wound on her leg. It affects her mobility and is often painful. If Chaya is feeling OK, then we may go for

Chaya Peleg

a walk or sit by a cafe. If not, we’ll stay at her house and drink coffee with cookies that Chaya will put out for us. We hang out and talk about her week, or what I’m up to with school. Sometimes, I bring my 7-month-old baby to join us.” The more the duo has gotten to know each other, the more they feel comfortable with each other to open up. “I feel like we have a really deep connection,” said Elisheva, “When Chaya’s

talks about her family and her deep familial roots here in Israel. “Chaya’s parents moved to Israel before the establishment of the state. Her family was one of the first families to live in Bnei Brak. I learn lots of fascinating history from Chaya.” Elisheva adds, “I think I gain a lot from these visits, and I have started to really look forward to them. As a new oleh, my visits with Chaya have benefit-

“At the end of the day, I’m always happy to visit Chaya and I feel enriched after spending time with her.”

struggling a lot from her leg wound, she expresses her frustration and pain to me. It’s nice to know that I’m a safe outlet for her. I understand that she doesn’t want to burden her family by telling them about her pain, however, I do try to convince her to let them know sometimes as well.” The meetings that are the most memorable for Elisheva are ones where Chaya

ed me in terms of mastering the new language because I don’t have so many other opportunities to improve by having long conversations in Hebrew. Also, as I am a nursing student, Chaya helped me get a better perspective on older patients. She highlights the struggle they have with the health system and the frustrating situations that are common for senior citizens

Chaya is 86 years old and lives in Efrat with her daughter and son-in-law. Chaya’s family has been in Israel since 1924, when her parents made Aliyah from Poland to Bnei Brak. Her family has a very interesting history and a strong Zionistic view. Some of Chaya’s family members fought in the war during British rule for the independence of the state. Chaya’s family later moved from Bnei Brak to Tel Aviv, where Chaya was eventually born. Throughout the years, she lived in many cities in Israel, such as Tel Aviv, Haifa, Beer Sheva, and now Efrat. Chaya reminisced about her past and shared, “I was once married, and I used to work as a secretary in a Youth village.” “When Elisheva comes to visit on Thursdays, we hang out like old friends,” explains Chaya. “We talk, we share advice, we go out for walks, and Elisheva helps me with anything I need. She brings me to the clinic to pick up equipment for my bandage. I had an operation done on my leg to get rid of cancer, and I now need to dress the wound with things I get from the clinic. The operation has also left me with difficulty walking at times. “Each encounter with Elisheva is excellent. There was one time she brought me to her house, and I met her children and her husband. It was so sweet. I also really enjoy it when we go to the cafe to drink coffee together.” Chaya only has praise for Elisheva, “Elisheva is amazing, there are not many people like her. I know a lot of people, but not like Elisheva. With Ten Kavod, Elisheva really does a great honor.”

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The West Grapples with the Iran Challenge By Shammai SiSkind


ne morning in mid-April, in the north-western province of Ashnaabad Iran, Mansour Rasouli heard a knock on his door. It was strange to have guests at this hour, but he thought nothing suspicious of these early morning visitors. Mansour called out to inquire who was there, and the men outside responded in the local Turkic dialect. Mansour opened the door. Before he could get the words “good morning” out of his mouth, the men had violently grabbed him, placed a black cloth bag over his head, and threw him into their nondescript vehicle waiting outside. As the car drove away, one of the attackers began speaking. “Mr. Rasouli,” he said in flawless Farsi, “we have some questions for you.”

The Summer of Assassinations While the details of this incident are still in dispute (some even claim the nabbing took place in Europe and not in Iran), what is known for certain is that Mansour Rasouli was kidnapped by Israeli agents and interrogated around the first or second week of April. To confirm this fact, the Israeli government allowed actual footage of Rasouli to be aired on public news channels. In the released footage, the Iranian citizen of Kurdish origin can be clearly seen sitting in the back seat of a car. The men filming him ask his name and where he’s from. They then ask him what he was hired to do for the Iranian government. In a rather emotionless voice, Rasouli answers he was charged with “assassinating”

three high-profile Israeli citizens in Turkey in cooperation with the regime’s Quds Force, the paramilitary organization charged with carrying out the Ayatollah’s clandestine missions outside Iran’s borders. “I made a mistake,” Mansour pleadingly adds at the end of the interrogation. “From here on out, I won’t take any move regarding this, I swear.” Indeed, many regrets befall a man when tied up in the back of a truck. What is so interesting about the Rasouli incident is that it was far from a stand-alone operation. Indeed, Rasouli was seemingly just the first milestone in a complex Mossad effort to undo an Iranian plot of targeting Israelis abroad. This Israeli operation is but one piece of an all-new, ramped-up effort in clamping down on Iranian networks in the region. Despite his inconsequential demeanor, Rasouli was not the quaint Kurdish farmer he purported to be. In fact, Mansour was a member of Unit 840, an elite section of the Quds Force tasked with planning and executing overseas operations against Western targets – basically, Tehran’s specialized assassins. The London-based Iran International, an anti-regime Persian language newspaper, confirmed all of this in an expose shortly after the Israeli tape of Rasouli was released. According to the outlet, Rasouli was likely not an actual hitman himself but was certainly involved in big-picture planning supporting such operations. He laundered substantial amounts of money through a front company called Dalamper, an import-export service that Rasouli also uses for his own legitimate business needs. The money was funneled from the Iranian government, funneled through the labyrinth of

Dalamper’s commercial activities, and then used to secure logistical needs of Iranian agents – travel, accommodations, etc. The information obtained from Rasouli was used to uncover the details of what his colleagues were up to in Istanbul. Luckily, this information was able to be put to good use – and not a minute too soon. Earlier this month, Israeli public broadcaster Kan radio reported that security officials foiled an Iranian attack targeting Israelis in Turkey. Israeli officials coordinated with their Turkish security counterparts to thwart the attack planned by an “Iranian network” in Turkey. According to Israeli news reports, the Israeli couple being targeted was allegedly “minutes” away from being attacked by an Iranian hit squad when they were contacted by a senior official, warning them of the danger. They were met by a caravan of some ten security vehicles which rushed them to the airport where they were flown back to Israel. Over the past week, it was revealed that additional attacks have been attempted targeting Israeli nationals in the country, all of which have been thwarted. Recently, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid posted an unprecedented warning advising all Israelis to leave Turkey immediately. “Following developments in Turkey in recent weeks and after a series of Iranian terror attack attempts against Israeli tourists in Istanbul, we call on Israelis: Do not fly to Istanbul,” Lapid tweeted on his official account, adding that there are ongoing cooperative efforts with Turkish authorities and “we hope and believe that this warning will not be long-term.”


A Regional Shadow War

Bold Even for the Mossad Anyone paying even minimal attention to the news over the past two months has heard of the suspicious events taking place in Iran. On May 22, Revolutionary Guard Corps Colonel Hassan Sayyad Khodaei was killed with five gunshots as he returned home near Mojahedin-e-Islam Street in central Tehran. According to reports, gunmen riding on motorcycles opened fire on the senior officer outside his home, killing him in his car. This was not the first incident in which an Iranian official was gunned down in broad daylight. Some may remember the similar killing of Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh who was widely identified by Western intelligence agencies as the mastermind of the country’s nuclear program. Khodaei was a senior commander in the Quds Force. Among other things, Khodaei was in charge of developing strategies for – you guessed it – eliminating Western targets abroad. Israel’s stealthy assassins have not only targeted IRGC officials. Shortly after the killing of Khodaei, Iranian state media reported the death of a nuclear engineer at the Parchin research facility located some 30 kilometers southeast of Tehran. Parchin is one of the most secure facilities within Iran’s nuclear program. It has previously been closed for entry even to inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The complex has been the site of other suspicious incidents, including several unexplained fires spanning the past fifteen years. State media reports on the engineer’s death indicated he died in an explosion not related to any of the site’s equipment or machinery. Last but not least are reports of the alleged poisoning of two scientists both under the employment of Iran’s security establishment. According to a recent New York Times article, Ayoub Entezari and Kamran Aghamolaei both died around the same time of mysterious illnesses in different locations in Iran. Entezari was an aeronautical engineer who worked for a military research center. Aghamolaei was a geologist with a senior position at the Natanz nuclear facility. According to reports, the two scientists, both young and healthy, fell ill at around the same time in early June. Initially, both exhibited classic symptoms of food poisoning, and their doctors were far from concerned. But by the 13th of the month, they were both dead, having succumbed to their sicknesses only days apart. The New York Times as well as other outlets covering this string of suspicious deaths have all come

to the same conclusion: There is no way of knowing for sure who is behind these alleged killings. At the same time, the deaths that are being reported are likely only the tip of the iceberg, with other similar incidents being intentionally suppressed by state censorship. What is the meaning behind this sudden and stark escalation on the part of Israel?

A Diplomatic Window Since U.S. President Talks in Vienna have basically been stalled Joe Biden entered office, one of the few things he What we do know is that the resolve of even the has been consistent on has been his efforts to revive the true believers of team Biden has been tested in recent Iran nuclear deal. He ran his election on the promise months. of doing this. He and his team have been hard at work The first crack in the administration’s commitfor over a year trying to make headway on that promment to their utopian Persian peace plan came in early ise. Over many months, long days of negotiations have March. It was then that the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) published a bombshell report on the vast Iranian conspiracy to create a worldwide, clandestine financial network with the goal of circumventing U.S. sanctions. According to official documents and intelligence reports obtained by WSJ, over the past several years, Tehran has succeeded in establishing a shadow banking and finance system to handle tens of billions of dollars in annual trade banned under US.-.led restrictions. According to evidence authenticated by Western diplomats and intelligence officials, Iran built a wide array of proxy companies outside of Iran’s borders in order to hide their connection to the regime, a technique long known to be employed by the Ayatollahs for orchestrating illicit finance. Through these front corporations, Iran was slowly able to reconstruct its foreign trade and export goods – including Iranian oil. According to the WSJ article, tens of billions in commerce were conducted through these false entities over the last twoyear period. Because the connection to the regime was effectively concealed, these earnings were able to be funneled through foreign banks back into the hands of the Iranian government. taken place between U.S. and Iranian representatives This exceptional piece of investigative journalism in Vienna, the city in which Biden’s old boss Barack was important not just because it laid bare the duplicObama successfully mediated the Joint Comprehensive itous nature of the Iranian government, but because it Plan of Action, the 2015 deal that was eventually nixed exposed the tremendous damage being inflicted by the by Donald Trump. Biden’s obsession with making a deal with Iran is Ayatollahs upon many aspects of the global commercial quite bizarre, indeed. Iran is and has been a regime system, including major financial institutions around openly hostile to the United States and the West, in gen- the world. The WSJ report should have been on the front page eral, for over forty years. The Ayatollahs have invested of every major Western newspaper. But alas, like many untold resources in killing Americans in Iraq and Syria as well as waging a years-long proxy war against Amer- other incidents of Iranian treachery, it was kept as quiet as possible in order to ensure that the Western ica’s Gulf allies. Is it the typical inability of politicians to admit a mistake and re-route? Is it a naive belief that diplomats still engaged in dialogue with Iran wouldn’t appear too incompetent. the only way to stave off escalated conflict is to arrive Kept quiet, perhaps, but certainly not unnoticed. at a deal? Perhaps a bit of both? It is truly difficult to The elite that occupies the halls of the U.S. State Decomprehend, and we may never know for sure.

The elite that occupies the halls of the U.S. State Department and the

EU Foreign Affairs Council may be

unhinged from reality, but one thing they tend to take notice of is when

people start messing with their banks.

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The Turkish incidents, which have been widely covered by Middle Easter media, make up just one fragment of a recent escalation in the years-long shadow war between Iran and Israel. The development is closely connected to the diplomatic process between the West and Tehran as well as Iran’s ongoing expansionist efforts in the region and their continued pursuit of nuclear weapons capabilities. There are many moving parts to this situation. Examining each one by one sheds light on just how interlinked they are.

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78 partment and the EU Foreign Affairs Council may be unhinged from reality, but one thing they tend to take notice of is when people start messing with their banks. It was around the time of the WSJ release that the tone of Western negotiators in Vienna began to shift. Even France’s Emmanuel Macron, the only leader committed to Iran reconciliation as much as Biden, began calling out the Iranian delegation for their “unrealistic” demands. The evidence of commercial fraud on a global scale coupled with the Iranian team flip-flopping on their positions made many Western diplomats begin to suspect that the entirety of the talks was a charade, a mere means for Iran to stall while it continued ramping up its nuclear efforts. These fears were only enforced by a recent IAEA report released on May 31 rebuking Iran for withholding key information regarding its nuclear facilities. IAEA officials wrote that the organization still had questions that were “not clarified” regarding undeclared nuclear material previously found at three sites in Marivan, Varamin, and Turquzabad. Why were these initial “clarifications” requested in the first place? Well, as it turns out, it all goes back to the nuclear archive heist Israel pulled off back in 2018. In April of that year, then-Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu showcased this spectacular trove of information which demonstrated beyond any shadow of a doubt that Iran was pursuing nuclear weapon capabilities while fabricating elaborate cover stories to conceal that fact. At the time, all efforts were made by the international community to pretend that these revelations were inconsequential – fully acknowledging terabytes of incriminating information would cause irreparable damage to the collective cause of achieving “peace” with Tehran. But privately, global leaders were actually a bit concerned. Was there actually something to Netanyahu’s nonstop ranting about the Ayatollah’s nuclear ambitions? And so, ever so quietly, IAEA made some cordial visits to a few Iranian facilities in early 2019. Lo and behold, tests on soil samples from Marivan, Varamin, and Turquzabad, revealed radioactive residue. There are not, nor have there ever been, any de-

clared nuclear facilities in any of these three locations. In a follow-up from the May 31 report, IAEA director-general Rafael Mariano Grossi said Iran was in the process of removing dozens of surveillance cameras from nuclear sites around the country. Following these disturbing reports, the UK’s Telegraph reached out to Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. Bennett emphasized how all the recent findings of the Bibi and Bennett have been exposing Iran’s treachery IAEA support what Israel has been saying for years. “Iran’s nuclear program won’t stop until it’s stopped,” mascus airport (which is today little more than a hub said Bennett to interviewers. “The world must take for delivering Iranian weapons and equipment), while a firm stance and tell the Islamic regime in Iran: no the rest of the world quietly nods in approvement. nukes, no sanctions.”

Where from Here?

If the strategy of the West doesn’t shift from talking to action, there could be grave consequences.

The wave of damning evidence against Iran has even forced the hand of team Biden. At the same time as the IAEA reports were being made public, the White House made its final decision regarding Iran’s demand that the IRGC be removed from Washington’s list of terror organizations as a precondition for further talks. Shockingly, Biden refused to acquiesce. The IRGC would remain classified as an international terrorist organization – keeping with the decision of the last administration. Biden’s decision effectively killed the Vienna talks, at least in their current iteration. This is the window that Israel has seized to ramp up its efforts against Iran. With the country and its Ayatollahs completely isolated, Israel could begin to increase its attacks on Iran – from assassinating Iranian scienIran's foreign minister met with the head of the IAEA in Tehran in March tists, to bombing the Da-

From one perspective, one might see these developments as beneficials for Israel’s position. Israel’s claims on Iran have been vindicated – despite the reluctance of many to face the music. Its freedom to target Iran has been expanded. Ties with countries that share a mutual concern over Iran’s malign activities (Turkey and Saudi Arabia, for example) have improved substantially. But from a different angle, recent events point to a serious deterioration in the Iran conflict. The elephant in the room has been recognized. Iran has been manipulating the situation for years in order to advance its nuclear program. All the secret (and now, not-so-secret) activities Iran has been conducting in its enrichment centers have brought it closer and closer to achieving nuclear capabilities. Simultaneously, Tehran has been partnering with additional adversaries of the West, especially China, to create for itself alternative avenues of economic and infrastructural growth. No doubt the money-laundering network Iran painstakingly built for itself over the past three years – much of which is still operational – has also contributed to Iran’s ability to snub its nose at U.S. demands. What this means practically is this: the world is at an important junction in the Iran saga. The West can either change course and be decisively aggressive against Iran, or it will passively decide to grant Iran whatever course of action it desires. As Prime Minister Bennett put it in an open speech (given in English) at the end of last month, it doesn’t matter how many times over the past ten years Iran has been caught red-handed. The Ayatollahs have persistently progressed in their uranium enrichment. If the strategy of the West doesn’t shift from talking to action, there could be grave consequences. “Iran lied to the world. Iran is lying now,” said Bennett. “The world must ensure Iran does not get away scot-free.”

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Dating Dialogue

What Would You Do If… Moderated by Jennifer Mann, LCSW of The Navidaters

Dear Navidaters,

My husband and I like to set couples up. We also host meals and do what we can to arrange guys and girls to meet. We know what it’s like to be single and want to be there for singles however we can.

B”H we have been matzliach to make a few shidduchim, but they have not paid us shadchanus. This is very hard for us to accept. It seems like because we are not “official,” we are being taken advantage of. Is there a socially appropriate way to ask for shadchanus when it was not given?

Thanks -Shira*

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The Panel The Rebbetzin Rebbetzin Faigie Horowitz, M.S.


understand your frustration with not being paid shadchanus by friends whom you set up via your Shabbos table and other means. You are welcoming, thoughtful, and kind in your hosting and the reason behind it. There is probably a lack of awareness on the part of your single friends that this is your purpose in inviting them for meals. There is probably such a warm, casual environment in your home where people feel so comfortable that the customary shadchanus is not even considered. One response can be to let your circle of friends (especially the married ones) and people in your shul/community know that you host frequently for the reason of helping people find their mates. Your goal can be explicitly stated and people in the community will know that this is more than just a comfortable place to go for Shabbos meals. Introducing people for the objective of shidduchim is the primary goal. In Eastern European and Chassidishe circles, paying shadchanus is considered a segulah for the success of the marriage. Many people in these circles pay the shadchan immediately for that reason. They are very careful to make the shadchan feel valued and frequently add to the remuneration/gift with more if they determine that the shadchan is not happy with the amount. Do you want to let people know that you were not happy that your role was not acknowledged in a substantial way? Think it through. You may want to consult a discreet person respected by your couples (rav, mentor, or respected community person) to be a go-between/messenger who may kindly inquire in the right context if the shadchanim (formal or not) were taken care of when they decided to get engaged and married. It may be in their interest to do so, the person may say. This is something to be considered with care and sensitivity.

The Shadchan Michelle Mond


hira, you’re amazing that you set people up!

As you have experienced, one of the most needed, yet underappreciated jobs is that of a shadchan. This is one of the many reasons why there are not enough people out there doing it! The hours a shadchan works cannot be counted or tracked easily. Whether they are coordinating between both parties, the families, being there emotionally and physically for all the singles they set up, making preliminary meetings, follow-ups, even suggestions that do not ever pan out, it is draining and time-consuming and none of this time is compensated for. The mitzvah for making a shidduch is huge, but there is indeed a halacha for the singles and families to show appreciation with a substantial monetary gift. This is not because the shadchan “needs” it or is money hungry, chas v’shalom; it is literally a Torah requirement for the family to show appreciation to the person who was the shadchan. Imagine the scene: Mazal tov! Your daughter is engaged! You spend hours at the sheitel macher perfecting the most gorgeous Dini sheitel with all the frills; baby hair, lace, highlights, etc. and then after months of sending the wig back and forth, your daughter finally leaves with the final product. Freshly washed and cut to perfection. When the front desk runs out to your car and demands payment, before you drive away you respond, “Excuse me, my daughter covering her hair is a mitzvah. You took part in the mitzvah, be happy with that alone. If you’d like money for your job, you’re in the wrong profession.” This is exactly how shadchanim (whether official or unofficial) feel when they are not given the decent amount of appreciation shadchanus for their work. Those who cannot pay for a sheitel generally get funding from a shul or rabbi’s discretionary fund to help pay for it; the same goes for shadchanus if a family truly does not have the money. I would like to talk to our audience who reads this column. Due to the many questions asked after a shidduch is made, I decided to create a poll. I polled rabbeim and parents of singles in all different states in the USA to find out what is the most up-to-date amount for shadchanus that is considered appropriate so that when someone asks this exact

question, I can answer appropriately. The answer was abundantly clear. The requirement of giving payment for making a shidduch (shadchanus) must be given by both the woman and the man’s side of the family. The most up-to-date amount that is given around the U.S. today is $1,500 from each side, a total of $3,000. There are certainly those who give abundantly more as well. I have heard of shadchanim who will accept the shadchanus because it is truly an obligation on the couple’s part; however, they give the money to a tzedaka of the couple’s choice. There are people who try to get out of it by making excuses, but just know that these excuses are not legitimate. Now to your specific quandary. What should you do now? A good idea would be to write an email from both you and your husband, wishing the couple mazal tov, then stating the fee you feel comfortable charging. You can follow up by saying, “Whatever you feel comfortable with,” if this sounds right to you, and give appropriate ways for the families to send the payment. It could even be that they forgot in the hullabaloo of wedding planning! Sign the letter from both you and your husband. Whatever happens after that is up to Hashem and know that either way you have done a tremendous mitzvah.

The Single Tzipora Grodko


t’s such an amazing merit to have the “magic touch” and successfully facilitate matches! I’m always inspired by those trying to help make shidduchim, and especially by those who do it with sensitivity and care. I don’t have any experience in this field, so I will refer you to Michelle, our fantastic shadchan!

The Zaidy Dr. Jeffrey Galler


icture the following scenario: You’re driving down a lonely

It is literally a Torah requirement for the family to show appreciation to the person who was the shadchan.

road and suddenly realize that you have a flat tire. You pull over to the side of the road, put on your emergency flashing lights, and try to figure out how to use your spare tire and jack. Just then, a group of experienced, capable, good Samaritans pull up behind your car, and change your tire seemingly effortlessly. You thank them. Then they say, “You’re quite welcome, but we expect $50 for changing your tire.” You’d probably grudgingly pay them, but you’d be thinking, “They should have told me their fee ahead of time. Maybe I would have waited for AAA to show up. Or, maybe I could have figured out how to solve the problem by myself.” Yes, I know, helping with matrimony is a lot more significant than helping with a flat tire. But my point is: Are you doing this in order to perform a good deed, help people, and get a nice mitzvah, or in order to generate income? Accordingly, if your motive is to get paid (with more than a thank you card and a box of chocolates), full disclosure beforehand will avoid subsequent disappointments and misunderstandings. So, Shira, before you set folks up, or before you offer to change someone’s flat tire, you’ve got to let them know that you expect to get paid for your efforts. You might wish to do so in a light-hearted manner. For example, you can post a sign when you host a Shabbos meal for singles: “Our shadchanus fee can be paid via gold coins, Bitcoin, credit cards, or bank account transfers. For further details, please consult with management.” Finally, how much should you charge? It depends on many factors. For example, will you simply be suggest-


checking references, getting involved in every detail of every date,

Pulling It All Together

and providing ongoing psychological hand-holding, analysis, and counseling? In any event, please keep doing what you’re doing. Our lonely singles need folks like you.

The Navidaters

“Our shadchanus fee can be paid via gold coins, Bitcoin, credit cards, or bank account transfers.”

Dating and Relationship Coaches and Therapists


ear Shira, Thank you for your email! I don’t have all that much to contribute in response because I am not a shadchan. What I will say is that it is very important that you and your husband tell people beforehand that you have a fee. Simple.

Easy. And will avoid confusion and frustration. Letting people know what to expect ahead of time allows them the choice of whether or not they want to work with you and al-

lows you to be paid for your time and efforts. Everyone wins. All the best, Jennifer

Jennifer Mann, LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist and certified trauma healing life coach, as well as a dating and relationship coach working with individuals, couples,

and families in private practice at 123 Maple Avenue in Cedarhurst, NY. She also teaches a psychology course at Touro College. To set up a consultation or to ask questions, please call 718-908-0512. Visit www.thenavidaters. com for more information. If you would like to submit a dating or relationship question to the panel anonymously, please email You can follow The Navidaters on FB and Instagram for dating and relationship advice.

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Dr. Deb

How To Make The Past, The Past By Deb Hirschhorn, Ph.D.


hen you said to me that you were through, Pesach, that drove a knife in my heart,”

Breindy said. “Oh, for G-d’s sake, Breindy, are you going to bring that up again?” “But it HURT! Can’t you understand that? We made a commitment for life and instead you shocked me out of my mind with that. How can I ever trust you again?” “I apologized, didn’t I?” Pesach interjected. “This was fifteen years ago, Breindy. I didn’t know which end was up. That was how I felt in the moment. It wasn’t how I really felt and certainly not how I feel now…. “But then again, when you keep bringing this up, I feel like I’ve been put through the ringer, like a criminal or worse who did such a thing to an innocent person,” Pesach responded. “And that isn’t helping our relationship go forward at all.” Uh-oh. First the complaint. Then the implied threat. And Breindy becomes totally justified in her fright that the past will be the present after all. But – hold up, a minute. Why does Breindy keep bringing it up, anyway? Why is it still there for 15 years?

The Role of Negativity Bias Breindy is scanning the horizon for a saber-toothed tiger. That is normal. That is the way we are hard-wired: we look for danger. Because if Breindy doesn’t keep her eye out for danger, she could end up being surprised by a horrible and unexpected message from Pesach. Better to be prepared, right? That’s called negativity-bias. We are more conscious of the negative than the positive. As in the parent saying, “I see 4 A’s. WAIT! What’s with the B?!” See what I mean? You wouldn’t realize it, but this really is a survival mechanism. This negativity bias

is controlled by the amygdala, a part of our brain that pre-eminent trauma researcher Bessel van der Kolk calls our “smoke alarm.” The left side of our brain detects positive emotions, yet the signals from the amygdala are quicker to arouse us and don’t pass through any fact-checking. After all, if your brain thought it smelled smoke, would you rather it pondered about whether it really was smoke or just got you running? You can see the problem here. Maybe Pesach has done nothing wrong since that fateful day 15 years ago when he said he was through. Maybe Breindy is simply misinterpreting everything. Or maybe not. How does she know? How can she be sure? She can’t. No one has any certainty in this world, unfortunately. However, there are certain things that she can do to stack the deck in her own favor: 1. She can learn to tell, pretty quickly, when Pesach isn’t in Self energy and when he is. She can decide from that whether they can have deep, serious conversations or not. (Next live: “How to Tell When Some-

one Is Not In Self.” I do these Thursday nights at 9 PM on Zoom webinars. Go to my website’s homepage to be added to my email list for the weekly link.) Remember one basic rule here: When your parts have taken over you, you can’t receive whatever it is someone else wants you to know. So you have to be in Self to have a meaningful conversation. 2. She can learn when her own parts have taken over her. Her victim part will annoy the heck out of Pesach. Her angry part will chase him away. The part that jokes about the times she said something hurtful will not help her either. Remember another rule: Parts have an agenda, and your Self does not. If you want a fair and rational conversation, be in Self. 3. She can practice as much as possible being able to get back into Self and lovingly tell her parts to take a step back because she’s got this. Here’s a third rule: Parts will trust Self the more Self can lead. The more you’re used to your parts taking over, the more they’ll do just that. So how does she get back into Self when a part has taken over? We have an exercise taken from Dr. Richard C. Schwartz of literally asking

parts to “step back” so that Self can feel that freedom of not being encumbered by them. It works. 4. She can lovingly encourage Pesach to work on recognizing his parts and tell the difference from being held captive by parts and being Self-led. (That’s what my team and I do.) Which means that he, too, will be able to talk to Breindy from a place a Self. Why will all this help? How will it defeat our natural negativity bias? Here’s the answer: Self-led conversations are honest, open, and intimate. You get to know what your spouse is really thinking that way. Okay, Dr. Deb, but how does that fix the past hurt? Two ways: #1: You will know if your spouse was sincere in their regret for what they did that hurt you. This is because when you get used to your own Self, your own parts, and other people’s parts and Self you can recognize sincerity when you experience it. #2: Oddly enough, the best person to heal our past hurts is us. We have within us the capability of healing ourselves. This is part of the IFS (Internal Family Systems) process, and it is powerful. In fact, neuroscientists have actually pinned down exactly what happens in the brain that makes it work (See my articles on Bruce Ecker and memory reconsolidation or Google him). Finally, there is something I would call a moment of truth. You just have to decide if you’re going to give someone – and yourself and your marriage – another chance. When you’ve gone and healed the past and your spouse has apologized from their heart, that’s when you can over-ride the natural negativity bias. It’s a decision. And one with lots of potential for joy. Dr. Deb Hirschhorn is a Marriage and Family Therapist. If you want help with your marriage, begin by signing up to watch her Masterclass at


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Health & F tness

Alcohol and Its Impact On the Body By Aliza Beer MS, RD, CDN


et’s explore if and how alcohol has a place in a healthy diet. The general recommendation is that women should consume no more than one alcoholic drink each day and that men shouldn’t consume more than two alcoholic drinks daily. One standard alcoholic beverage in the U.S. is equal to 14g of pure alcohol, which is found in a 5 oz. serving of wine, a 12 oz. beer, or 1.5 oz. of spirits like vodka or tequila. There are different types of alcohol and each one has its benefits and possible risks. The key is to find the type of alcohol that aligns with your goals and to make sure you have a healthy relationship with alcohol.

The Benefits of Alcohol 1. Balances blood sugar: Research has shown that moderate alcohol consumption can lower the risk of type-2 diabetes. Alcohol increases the levels of a hormone that improves insulin sensitivity. This hormone makes it simpler for the body to process glucose. It makes the

process more efficient, which reduces the amount of sugar in the blood, thereby decreasing the risk of developing diabetes. However, it is important to limit alcohol to one drink a day for women and two for men. Excess alcohol intake will do the opposite. Beer and sweet wine could raise blood sugar, and other types of alcohol in large amounts could decrease your blood sugar level. 2. Good for your brain: Consuming a normal amount of alcohol (1 drink/day for women and 2 for men) can decrease the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia. 3. Boosts mental health: When you first drink the alcoholic beverage, the brain releases more dopamine, the chemical linked to pleasure. Therefore, drinking occasionally can improve mental health, make you more relaxed, and improve your mood. 4. Healthy for the heart: If a person is healthy, drinking alcohol moderately decreases the risk of a heart attack by 25-40%. Drinking moderately, according

to the National Institute on Alcoholism, means drinking a maximum of three alcoholic drinks for women and four alcoholic drinks for men in a single day. Please note that this recommendation is on the higher end and that one should still stick to the general recommendation of one serving for women and two servings for men per day. The reason for this is that alcohol increases the amount of good cholesterol in the body, which contributes to a healthier heart. However, if a person drinks heavily, it can increase their risk of heart disease.

The Drawbacks of Consuming Alcohol Drinking a lot of alcohol can be detrimental to your health. It may lead to many easily avoidable issues. 1. Heart damage: Drinking too much can lead to heart muscle damage, high blood pressure, and an irregular heartbeat. 2. Lowers immune system: Overdrinking weakens the immune system

and makes a person much more vulnerable to disease. 3. Stroke: Alcohol causes blood pressure and high triglycerides, which both can increase the risk of having a stroke. 4. Liver problems: Heavy drinking – consuming more than three or more alcoholic beverages a day for women and more than four for men – can be detrimental to your liver health. Liver disease is caused by this and can lead to liver failure, which can be fatal. There are different stages of liver disease, and alcohol worsens it. Although less than these amounts of alcoholic beverages aren’t considered heavy drinking, it is best to stick to the recommendation of not more than 1 drink a day for women and 2 for men. 5. Cancer: Alcohol is labeled a human carcinogen by the U.S. government. Therefore, the overconsumption of alcoholic beverages can lead to different types of cancer. 6. Pancreatitis: Pancreatitis, a dangerous swelling of the blood vessels in

The Nutritional Content of Alcohol 1. Regular Beer: a 12 oz. serving of regular beer contains 153 calories and 13g of carbs. 2. Light beer: 12 oz. of light beer contains 103 calories and 6g of carbs, making it a better alternative to regular beer. 3. Gin: a 1.5 oz. serving of gin has 110 calories and 0g of carbs. 4. Whiskey: a single shot of whiskey contains 105 calories and 0g of carbs. 5. Vodka: a 1.5 oz. serving of vodka has 97 calories and 15g of carbs. 6. Tequila: a 1.5 oz. serving of tequila has 99 calories and 5g of carbs. Tequila has 1/3 the number of carbs compared to vodka but contains more than gin and whiskey. 7. Coffee liqueur: a 1.5 oz. serving of coffee liqueur has 175 calories and 25g of carbs.

8. Red wine: a 5 oz. serving of red wine has 125 calories 4g of carbs, and 4g of sugar. 9. White wine: a 5 oz. serving of white wine has 120 calories, 3g of carbs, and 3g of sugar. 10. Champagne: a 5 oz. serving of champagne has 125 calories, 3-6g carbs, and 2-5g sugar, depending on how dry it is. Alcohol differs from food because al-

deficiencies like vitamin B12, vitamin A, magnesium, thiamin, folate, potassium, and calcium. Each of these vitamins and minerals have unique functions that help the body work properly. Alcohol is a toxin, and our bodies are designed to eliminate toxins. To prevent intoxication, the body begins eliminating alcohol before it even gets into the general circulation. Alcohol is very caloric, as it contains 7

When too much alcohol is consumed, the alcohol could damage the organs that help absorb it.

cohol is not digested like food. Instead, alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream. The liver is the organ that metabolizes alcohol. The body takes about 30 minutes to absorb an alcoholic beverage, and 60 minutes when drinking on a full stomach. When too much alcohol is consumed, the alcohol could damage the organs that help absorb it. This can lead to nutrient

calories per gram. Additionally, research shows that when alcohol is consumed with a meal, food intake increases by up to 30%. Some alcoholic drinks are better than others. Red wine contains high amounts of antioxidants, making it a better choice than other types. Drinking small amounts of alcohol,

especially red wine, is linked to a few health benefits. However, alcohol addiction is widespread and can lead to many detrimental effects. The key to healthy alcohol use is to drink moderately and to choose low-calorie, low-carb, and low-sugar alcoholic beverages. Mixed drinks can contain many calories and a significant amount of added sugar. Similarly, beer has a lot of sugar and carbohydrates. Red wine, tequila, and whiskey are better options, compared to beer and mixed drinks. A tequila soda, skinny mojito, and spiked seltzer are low-sugar alcoholic beverages that could replace the high-calorie ones. There are many different alcoholic beverages with different nutritional profiles. Alcohol, when consumed moderately, can be a part of a healthy lifestyle.

Aliza Beer is a registered dietitian 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, and you can follow her on Instagram at @ alizabeer


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the pancreas, impedes digestion. Alcohol makes the pancreas produce unhealthy toxins that lead to this. This is usually caused by drinking 4-5 drinks daily. 7. Alcohol slows the ability to heal: Because alcohol is a toxin, it causes dehydration and inhibits the body’s healing process.

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Parenting Pearls

Pool Safety By Sara Rayvych, MSEd


he weather is warm, and the kids can’t wait to get into the pool. Many of our readers are ready to jump in right along with their child. Even among all the many amazing camp activities, a good swim ranks high. Swimming is an excellent low-impact exercise. It’s a great way to cool off on a hot day and just overall fun to do. I know my kids aren’t the only ones who enjoy playing with their friends in the water, which also makes it a great way to socialize as the sun beats down. The pool is also, in many ways, one of the riskiest parts of camp. There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes to give your child all that fun in the water while keeping them safe and happy. As parents, one of our responsibilities is to teach our children water safety. This goes along with teaching our precious charges how to wear a helmet, buckle their seatbelt, and look before they cross the road. Sadly, even strong swimmers have drowned. Drowning can happen in seconds, chas v’shalom, and drowning victims don’t appear as they are portrayed in movies. Take a few minutes to see videos that accurately show the signs of drowning. It’s better to be prepared and daven you never need to use it. I hate to sound like doom and gloom, but with a few safety precautions, the pool can remain the amazing activity your child looks forward to.

Securing Your Water Any standing water needs to be kept closed and inaccessible to others, especially children. If you own a large size pool, then you most likely are aware of this and have proper fencing surrounding your property. Even if only responsible adults live in your home, you don’t want to risk neighborhood children accessing your swimming area, chas v’shalom. Kiddie pools need to be watched or emptied when not in use. Even if the pool is marketed specifically for children, it doesn’t mean it is intended for use by unsupervised youngsters. You can’t take the chance that any child – yours or a neighbor’s – will chas v’shalom wander into your

pool when you’re not present. Even if the pool is small, it’s still standing water. Nobody should ever swim alone; even my lifeguards know they need a buddy. This includes pools, mikvaos, lakes, the beach, or any body of water. You should never go into any water alone; your daily shower is the exception. The beach (and similar bodies of water) is significantly riskier than a pool; if you don’t see a lifeguard, then don’t go in. Floaties, water wings or any of these other items are not proper flotation devices, and they are not a substitute for proper supervision. Adults should never leave little ones alone in the water, relying on these items. No device ever replaces parental supervision, and some of these floaties increase the risk of drowning, chas v’shalom. Trust me, if they could have found a way to replace parents being responsible for something, it would have happened a long time ago. Coast Guard approved life vests are helpful, in addition to appropriate supervision. Parents, as wonderful as we may be, are not a substitute for a certified lifeguard. Only permit your child to swim when a certified professional is present. If you’re arranging a pool party, then it’s worth the effort and money to hire a lifeguard or two to ensure the party goes smoothly. You can have a hundred parents on deck; it doesn’t mean a single one of them is properly supervising the swimmers or knowledgeable of the signs of drowning.

Lifeguards as Leaders I’m proud to be the mother of two lifeguards that take their job very seriously. They went on to complete the more advanced WSI training after receiving their initial certification, all to give their swimmers their very best. I can personally testify how aware they are of the responsibility they have when they’re watching your child. Lifeguards, despite frequently being young, are trained to take their duties seriously. I know some of the adults that train our local lifeguards, and they, too, are aware of the major responsibilities their lifeguards-in-training are going to face. They

ensure that each of their pupils is well prepared for what being a lifeguard entails and the duty they will have. They may be young, but they are the experts at the pool. Feel free to point them out to your child as you enter the facility. Your youngster should know they can go to the lifeguards for any emergency or problem. Their training includes first-aid and most emergencies. Children need to know to listen to the lifeguard – especially when they don’t want to. When the whistle blows that annoying sound, it’s lifeguards alerting the swimmers or getting their attention. Children should not bring their own whistles to the pool. If the lifeguard says to do or not to do something, then it’s to your child’s advantage to listen. They may think the lifeguard is just there to ruin their fun, but many poolside injuries could have easily been avoided if the swimmers had simply followed directions. You would think it would be obvious but, sadly, good middos are not always present. It needs to be stressed that it’s unacceptable to distract a lifeguard or block their view. Yes, it’s happened that children have intentionally prevented the lifeguards from watching their charges and ensuring the safety of all swimmers. Such behavior risks others and can’t be tolerated. If they disagree with the lifeguard (or want to protest their innocence), they can speak to the lifeguard after shift or another lifeguard not currently watching the pool. They cannot argue with a lifeguard who is currently standing watch. The pool is always closed whenever there is any hint of lightning. It’s annoying, but it’s imperative that the pool not be used for at least 30 minutes after the lightning

ends. Kids –and some adults – often get upset by the pool rules but the regulations are there for a reason. It’s up to us as parents to make clear to our children the rules of the pool and how to keep themselves and others safe.

Water Fun Not everyone has a pool in their backyard, and there are plenty of options for water fun outside of camp hours. Sprinklers are an option for kiddie waterplay for parents that don’t want to deal with pools. You can use your home sprinkler and water the grass simultaneously for a great time-efficient way to have fun. Cedarhurst Park, Grant Park, and Beach 30th Street Playground in Far Rockaway are among the local locations that have sprinkler facilities. Please consult your own rav for halachic guidelines surrounding public sprinklers. Baruch Hashem, we have the CCRP Pool (located on the Darchei Torah campus) that offers separate swimming hours and a tznius-dik way to get in your water activity. My children have not only enjoyed the water fun, but they’ve also made great friends to enjoy splashing with. The pools are fully staffed with professional lifeguards to keep all our swimmers safe and happy. With a few simple measures we can do our best to keep everyone safe and happy. The summer and swimming are what make some lifelong memories. Have a wonderful summer and enjoy all the fun that comes with it! Sara Rayvych, MSEd, has her master’s in general and special education. She has been homeschooling for over 10 years in Far Rockaway. She can be contacted at RayvychHomeschool@


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In-Law Boundaries: Then and Now By Miriam Hendeles


hen I was expecting my first child, I once overheard my mother-in-law sharing with a friend of hers that I was expecting in the early months. I was upset; I thought she had violated my privacy. Looking back, I wasn’t thinking about the other side of the picture. I wasn’t realizing that all in-laws want is to be a part of their children’s life. So she slipped and shared with her two friends about my upcoming event. Big deal. Boundaries with in-laws were always a thing, except we didn’t call them that in the old days. If you crossed boundaries or were over-involved with your kids and in-law kids, you were a meddler, a doter, and interfering parent. If you talked too much, you were a yenta. When I got married, we had a particular preference with our parents and in-laws (which was hardly ever followed because we didn’t enforce it): that they call before popping in. Sometimes they did and sometimes they didn’t, and that’s the way it was. Back in the 1980s, there were no cellphones, so by making that rule I was basically saying to my mother-inlaw or father-in-law that if they were driving down our block and wanted to stop by, they’d have to go home and

call us. Which was kind of ridiculous, I think now. In fact, I look back at those days and I’m a little embarrassed at how unreasonably I acted. I mean, I know what feelings I had that motivated me to be kind of tough and strict in some ways. But still, I think I overdid things a bit. Lucky for them, my in-laws weren’t

and wanted to stop by? All I had to do was call or, better yet, text, and bingo. I would be told, “Not a good time,” or “Yes, that’s great, come on over.” Calling or texting to ask for permission to move forward into their turf is really easy now. It’s easier for us to resist barging in at any hour at our kids’ home. So who am I to criticize my in-laws who had a dif-

I post a picture “just” on Facebook for “just” this once when I “just” have a great photo to post.

pushovers. And they were smart – they’d be just in the neighborhood and just had to stop by and why bother calling from a pay phone or their home phone? They’d just stop by in the evening for just a minute. Nowadays, I probably wouldn’t visit my children without calling first. That goes for my kids who live locally and those who live faraway. How many times have I driven by my children’s houses

ferent set of tools to work with in those days? It’s all about seeing the other side of the picture. But today, we have other challenges to deal with, things that our own parents, grandparents never even thought would be an issue. We have social media and the personal computer and smartphones, each of which lends to lots of sharing and posting. The truth is that our children prefer that we don’t share indiscriminately.

And I confess that I don’t follow that rule very well. In the same way that my in-laws would “just” stop by for “just” a few minutes to visit when they had the time or were “in the neighborhood,” I post a picture “just” on Facebook for “just” this once when I “just” have a great photo to post. It’s hard for me, and it must have been hard for my in-laws. We parents want to share the good stuff about our grandchildren. And the pulling out of the pictures from our little purse just doesn’t cut it anymore these days for some reason. (That’s what my grandmother did with her friends back in the day!) With any relationship, the key is to do our best. To try to place ourselves in their shoes and understand how they feel. To remain true to our own feelings and needs. And to keep the communication lines open. With a good dose of understanding, communication, and perspective about the other person’s situation, things can usually work out very well. JWOW! is a community for midlife Jewish women which can be accessed at for conversation, articles, Zoom events, and more.


Low-Fat, Low-Carb Creamy White Soup Yield 12

By Naomi Nachman

This soup is a riff on Vichyssoise, a French potato leek soup served cold but is delicious hot as well.


◦ 3 onions, sliced into ½ moon rings ◦ 2 teaspoon olive oil ◦ 1 teaspoon salt ◦ 2 cans chickpeas, drained ◦ 2 packages 32 oz. frozen cauliflower ◦ 2 tablespoon kosher salt ◦ Water/broth ◦ Chopped chives


In a medium/large sauté pan, heat oil and sauté onions and 1 teaspoon salt until translucent. Add chickpeas and cauliflower. Add water or broth up third-quarters of the pan so vegetables are sticking out on the top. Bring to boil, then simmer 1-1/2 hours on low. Use an immersion blender and blend till very smooth. Garnish with fresh chives.

Naomi Nachman, the owner of The Aussie Gourmet, caters weekly and Shabbat/ Yom Tov meals for families and individuals within The Five Towns and neighboring communities, with a specialty in Pesach catering. Naomi is a contributing editor to this paper and also produces and hosts her own weekly radio show on the Nachum Segal Network stream called “A Table for Two with Naomi Nachman.” Naomi gives cooking presentations for organizations and private groups throughout the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan area. In addition, Naomi has been a guest host on the QVC TV network and has been featured in cookbooks, magazines as well as other media covering topics related to cuisine preparation and personal chefs. To obtain additional recipes, join The Aussie Gourmet on Facebook or visit Naomi’s blog. Naomi can be reached through her website, or at (516) 295-9669.

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Norm Trainor: Build Relationships for Life By Yitzchok Saftlas


his column features business insights from a recent “Mind Your Business with Yitzchok Saftlas” radio show. The weekly “Mind Your Business” show – broadcasting since 2015 – features interviews with Fortune 500 executives, business leaders and marketing gurus. Prominent guests include: John Sculley, former CEO of Apple and Pepsi; Dick Schulze, founder and Chairman Emeritus of Best Buy; and Beth Comstock, former Vice Chair of GE; among over

400+ senior-level executives and business celebrities. Yitzchok Saftlas, president of Bottom Line Marketing Group, hosts the weekly “Mind Your Business” show, which airs at 10pm every Sunday night on 710 WOR and throughout America on the iHeartRadio Network.


n a recent 710 WOR “Mind Your Business” broadcast, Yitzchok Saftlas (YS) spoke with the founder and CEO of the Covenant Group Norm Trainor (NT) on the topic of selling professional services to your dream clients.




YS: One of the great lines I love that you share is “if you know how to open, you don’t have to close.” Let’s drill down on how does one go about identifying a real prospect. NT: One of the qualities of people who think in the long term, these high performers, is they align the strategic and tactical. Their work in sales, and every other facet of their professional lives, is very thoughtful. And typically, the starting point for every business, but particularly so in a professional advisory business, is getting three questions right.

The first of which is: who is the right client? The second: what is the right value proposition? The clarity of your value proposition drives everything. And the third is: what is the right exchange of value? What’s the benefit that the client derives and what do you receive in return? Let me give you an example. For a number of years, we’ve worked with David Simkowitz, a wealth manager at Simkowitz and Company, one of the leading wealth management firms in America. And David is a consummate professional. One of the things that differentiates David is clarity with regard to who is the right client. David’s client, typically, is a successful wealth creator. It is someone who has built a very successful business or created wealth through real estate, or in some other area. Often, they are first generation wealthy; they did not grow up wealthy. They’ve acquired a great deal of wealth, and now they want to move from wealth creation to wealth preservation. They too, like David, think long term; they

think multi generationally. And they’re concerned about the health, wealth, and well-being of future generations. So, David has real clarity, with regard to who is the right client. David also has clarity with respect to the value proposition that they provide. And let me give you an example of how it applies. One of our clients is a CEO of a multibillion-dollar family enterprise, and one of the things that he shared with me is, “Norm, the problem with most of our professional advisors is that they see our business through the lens of how they make money. And what I would really like them to do is take an integrative approach to the complexities that wealth brings.” You see the challenge for anyone is that you have to take what’s complex and make it simple without removing the complexity. It’s easy to make something simple; it’s very challenging to take what’s difficult and make it simple without removing the complexity. But the third question is, what is the right exchange of value? And here, it all starts with the mindset of the advisor.

Is that mindset, “I’m going to complete a transaction,” or “I’m going to build a relationship for life?” You have to get those three questions right. Right client, right value proposition, right exchange of value.

So, take me through the step-by-step process of identifying and landing your dream clients. The sales process involves a series of conversations. Where relationships matter, so do conversations. These conversations can take place in one meeting or over a series of meetings. Buying is a series of micro decisions, and each decision point involves a conversation. And the way in which you manage those conversations is critical to getting to “yes.” The sales process has a structure that includes how you attract people into a conversation, about what’s important to them, and how you can add value. You draw people into a conversation by focusing on what’s important to them. You create interest by describing


I would love for you to expand on those categories. The single most important differentiation between high performers and average producers is the time horizon or timeframe in which they think and act, plan and work. In sales, in particular, high performers differentiate themselves by what they do before, during, and after the sale. You first have to attract people into a conversation. Ninety-percent of the advisors whom I coach I met through an introduction from a client or a center of influence. They are the ones that establish my social proof or my credibility. When people make decisions, they triangulate, they look for three or more sources to validate their intuition. That’s why word of mouth is the best form of marketing. Because we put great store in what someone whom we value and trust thinks about a professional advisor. So that’s the first form of triangulation. The second, though, is typically, when I’m introduced, one of the first things that people will do is they will Google me. And as you know, when you Google someone, the first thing that typically comes up is your LinkedIn profile. So, the visual representation is really important. The third form of triangulation is when you meet someone for the first time. To the degree that you’ve managed those first two well, people generally come into the meeting feeling very positive.

One of the things you brought up earlier was attract, engage, compel/

commit. How does one attract a client so that they are open to engaging with you? In attracting people into conversations, there are four key concepts that are critical to understand. The first is framing, the way in which information is presented. The second is timing, the order in which it’s presented. The third concept is positioning, the perception people have of you. The key aspect of what you do before you ever meet with them, is to move them from negatively disposed to neutral to favorably disposed. The fourth concept is separation, the degree to which you differentiate yourself.

Perhaps we can dig further into client attraction. What needs to be done in order to attract your dream client? One of the biggest challenges for

ling way with clarity and impact, how you make a difference. The “us” is the story you tell, how you’ve helped people in the past. That’s how you engage people. And then the “we” is, “If we could do that for you, would that be a basis for us to work together?” So that’s the client attraction conversation. There are four things that differentiate you when you meet someone for the first time: what you know about them, the questions you ask, the stories you tell, and what you create together.

Let’s focus on the close. How do you close and land your dream client? The pinnacle of professional services in North America is working with the wealthiest and most successful stratum of our society. David Simkowitz is a great example because that’s where David shines and Simkowitz and Company differentiates itself. It all starts with their in-depth understanding of the needs, wants, and values of the

“The structure of a client attraction conversation is ‘you, me, us, we.’”

most salespeople is: how do you close the sale? And most people look at it from the back-end forward. The reality is if you know how to open, you don’t have to close. The biggest challenge is attracting the right client into a conversation about what you do. Most professional advisors on any given day are asked, “What do you do?” That’s one of the most important questions we’re asked. And most professional advisors don’t know how to answer that question. They’ll say, “I’m a lawyer,” “I’m an accountant,” etc. That does not differentiate you. It doesn’t draw people into a conversation. That question is an opportunity to create interest. Buying is a series of micro decisions. So, you first have to attract people into a conversation. The structure of a client attraction conversation is “you, me, us, we.” So, the “you” is focused on the other person. Ask questions. That conversation might last for 2 minutes or 20 minutes. But now you’ve piqued the other person’s interest, and they’ll come back to you. That’s the “me.” Now you have to describe in a very succinct and compel-

most successful families and individuals in America. When David meets with a client and establishes his credibility, he then goes into an in-depth discovery. And that discovery is really understanding where they want to be, where they are, and what are the challenges are getting from here to there. One of the characteristics of very wealthy and successful families and individuals is that they think long term, they play the long game. They’re thinking 20, 50, 100 years out, four to seven generations forward. And that’s what David understands. He will drill down into what’s really important to them, about the preservation and transition of wealth and what fairness means within the family. But at the end of that conversation, he will say, “If you’re like our other successful clients, before you make any decision based on a recommendation, you will consult other professional advisors. Is that a fair statement?” And they usually nod, and David will say, “Before we make any recommendations, I’d like to meet with your other advisors.”

He’ll meet with those other professional advisors because he understands that people are most comfortable with their conclusions, not ours. He uses a collaborative model and a collaborative approach. That’s how you engage. Now, what compels people to act is that you speak to what motivates them. And it very rarely has to do with the products or services they have to offer. They’re just a means to an end. It’s what gives their life meaning. So, you have to start with why they’re doing what they’re doing, what is their purpose? And then from that, what are the problems they’re encountering? A problem can only exist when you have two conditions. First, you have to have a goal. And secondly, the existing methods or procedures for achieving that goal, are not working or are not optimal. So, you start with purpose, then problem. Now, here’s the final element. The sale is an ending and a beginning. For the salesperson, it’s an ending, you have a new client. For the client, it’s a beginning. For the salesperson or the advisor, tension is reduced. For the client, tension is increased. Because now, from a client point of view, you’re measuring success after the sale. It’s what you do after the sale that earns you the right to be introduced, recommended, and referred. So high performing advisors play the long game; they build relationships for life. I’ve been doing this work for six decades now. The challenge is that the people I worked with in the 70s are now mostly retired. I still have relationships that go back 30-40 years. We have relationships with institutions that started in the mid-70s. The players have changed. The relationship has endured. You build relationships for life.

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how you help people like them achieve their goals. Engage is the second part: you ask questions and listen to identify the gaps between where they are and where they want to be. You expose, for them, the losses or risks in their current situation. People are first motivated to avoid loss. This includes the loss of opportunity. And third, you compel them to move forward into the continuing conversation or to begin to work with you. They commit to action. When you show people how you can help them achieve what’s important to them, they feel compelled to act. Those are the three components: attract, engage, compel/commit. That’s the overarching aspect of the sales process.

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Notable Quotes “Say What?!”

We didn’t invade Ukraine. - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in an interview with the BBC

We declared a special military operation because we had absolutely no other way of explaining to the West that dragging Ukraine into NATO was a criminal act .- Ibid.

I welcome support from African Americans. – Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) responding to a tweet by Elon Musk, who was born in South Africa, stating that he would support DeSantis for president in 2024

It’s the same people, it’s the same words.... Just insert Jan. 6, etc. -Former President Donald Trump pointing out that the Democrats have moved on from Russia to Jan. 6., while using the same tactics

While no one disputes the impressive capabilities of elephants, we reject petitioner’s arguments that it is entitled to seek the remedy of habeas corpus on Happy’s behalf. Habeas corpus is a procedural vehicle intended to secure the liberty rights of human beings who are unlawfully restrained, not nonhuman animals. – From a ruling by New York State’s highest court, rejecting the legal argument that an Asian elephant named Happy that has been at the Bronx Zoo for more than 40 years is entitled to fundamental human rights and should be freed from the zoo


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96 Exxon made more money than G-d this year.… Exxon, start investing, start paying your taxes. – President Joe Biden, using a common tactic of creating a strawman monster

Addressing this situation requires thoughtful action and a willingness to work together, not political rhetoric. - Chevron CEO Mike Wirth responding to Pres. Biden’s attempts to vilify oil companies

I didn’t know they’d get their feelings hurt that quickly. -Pres. Biden, when asked about Wirth’s comments

According to the president, Vladimir Putin has caused the rise in gasoline prices and there’s nothing we can do about it. Who knew tanking our economy could be so easy? If the old Soviet Union leaders had thought of that, they could have won the Cold War - New York Post reader Ron Perri, as quoted by Michael Goodwin

The guy’s not a comedian. You watch a comedian and think, “That guy’s hilarious; I would love to meet him.” Imagine eating a meal with Stephen Colbert. Chances are you’d somehow offend him over the course of a typical dinner by something he finds offensive. What are the chances of that? 100%. Stephen Colbert is a Karen, he’s a brittle middle-aged women who’s always lecturing you about something. In fact, he’s Elizabeth Warren. – Tucker Carlson, FOX News, talking about “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert

There’s no aliens that I know of. - Former President Bill Clinton telling James Corden that when he was president, he investigated whether there were aliens in Area 51, which is a highly classified United States Air Force facility

It’s clear that most consumers, even lower income households, continue to have buffer stocks of savings that will enable them to maintain spending, so I don’t see a drop off in consumer spending as a likely cause of the recession in the months ahead. - Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen


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The Left denies the distinction between good and evil. On the Left, there is no objective morality. Good and evil are subjective, determined by the individual and the community. The Left denies the distinction between human and animal. According to the largest animal rights organization, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), for example, there is no moral difference between a chicken and a human being. They are equally valuable – so much so that, according to PETA, there is no moral difference between a barbecued chicken in America and a cremated Jew in the Holocaust. The Left denies the difference between the beautiful and the ugly in art. That explains the ugly music and architecture and the meaningless art the art world, led by the Left, has produced for a century. And now the Left denies the difference between man and woman.

Under my plan for the economy, we’ve made extraordinary progress and put America in the position to tackle a worldwide problem that’s worse everywhere but here. - President Biden addressing inflation during a speech in Philadelphia

What is this all about? It is all about rejecting the divine order which made civilization possible and to chaos.

He says the inflation is worse everywhere but here. That’s not true. The U.S. has worse inflation than Germany, France, Japan, Canada, India, Italy, Saudi Arabia. So why is he saying that?

-Dennis Prager, Townhall

- Fox’s Peter Doocey asking the White House press secretary about Pres. Biden’s untrue claim

It’s funny, Hollywood is the wokest place on Earth in every other area of social responsibility… but when it comes to the unbridled romanticization of gun violence – crickets. Weird. The only thing we don’t call a trigger is the one that actually has a trigger. - Bill Maher, HBO

Tasty and that’s it.

I think what we are saying is that when you talk about inflation, it is a global thing. And it is not just about the United States. This is something that everyone is feeling because of coming out of a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, because of the war that Russia has started in Ukraine. - White House press secretary, in response

I don’t judge other people. Listen, if somebody gave me $200 million, I’d kill a relative! - Charles Barkley, talking about professional golfers abandoning the PGA for Saudi-backed golf tour, for which they are getting paid hundreds of millions of dollars

- The new slogan of the chain of restaurants in Russia that used to be McDonalds and had the slogan of “fun and tasty”

The American people…trust the media now like they trust gas station sushi. – Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA)


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Political Crossfire

The Ripple Effect of the Ukraine War is “A Potential Mass Starvation Event” By David Ignatius


hen war is waged, people go hungry,” U.N. Secretary General António Guterres warned last month. That’s precisely what’s starting to happen as the war in Ukraine ravages the world’s food supplies. Global food shortages are a largely invisible consequence of the Ukraine war, whose combatants happen to be two of the world’s largest grain exporters. The ripple effect in global markets is just beginning. But a senior White House official warns that unless steps are taken quickly, the war could trigger “a potential mass starvation event.” The numbers are frightening. Samantha Power, the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, estimates that the conflict has blocked export of 30% of the world’s wheat and barley. The Center for Global Development predicts that price spikes for food and energy will push 40 million people into extreme poverty and food insecurity. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization reports that global food prices are 30% higher than a year ago. The world’s food supply “has quite literally been held hostage by the Russian military,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken told the United Nations last month. He described Ukrainian farmers attempting to harvest their crops wearing helmets and bulletproof vests. President Joe Biden this week denounced a Russian blockade of Ukraine’s ports that keeps 20 million tons of grain locked in silos. “It can’t get out through the Black Sea because it’ll get blown out of the water,” he told a labor convention in Philadelphia. For countries such as

Egypt, which used to buy up to 80% of its wheat from Ukraine, this cutoff is a disaster. This grim side effect of the war is finally getting some urgent attention. Biden last week announced a plan to build temporary silos on Ukraine’s land borders so that more grain can be exported overland. Blinken travels to Germany next week for a meeting with allies to discuss emergency measures to combat food shortages. “Everywhere we go, every country we talk to is preoccupied by this challenge,” says State Department spokesman Ned Price. The war transformed Ukraine from a breadbasket into a free-fire zone. Ukraine normally exports 5 million to 6 million tons of grain per month, accord-

ing to a State Department official. In March, that collapsed to 200,000 tons, and in April it was just 600,000 tons. Exports bounced back in May to 2 million tons, said the State Department official. And he hopes that by using land routes, Ukraine can export 3 million to 4 million tons a month through next April – but that’s only a little more than half of what it used to sell. Shortages have brought sharp spikes in prices. A USAID official said Thursday that the agency is paying 10% to 20% more for commodities than before the war. The World Food Program’s operational costs have increased $29 million a month, the official said. Prices for fertilizers have doubled over the past year, according to World Bank figures cited by

the USAID official. In poor countries, more people are going hungry. A USAID project called the Famine Early Warning Systems Network cites 10 countries that will experience significant food problems because of the Ukraine conflict, including Somalia, Ethiopia and Yemen, which were already ravaged by their own internal conflicts. Guterres has been working for weeks to try to lift the Black Sea embargo, in a deal that would facilitate Russia’s exports of food and fertilizer, as well as Ukraine’s. He has been negotiating quietly with Turkey, Russia, and Ukraine, and he hopes to hold a meeting next week in Turkey with three countries to discuss plans for reopening the Black Sea to commerce, including escorts for cargo vessels. This U.N. Black Sea discussion has been one of the few mediation channels that remain open. State Department officials support Guterres’s effort, and they hope that if next week’s discussions go well, Ukraine might begin shipping 2 million to 4 million tons of grain by sea every month. Russian President Vladimir Putin “is weaponizing hunger, willfully taking tens of millions of tons of food off the market when millions of lives in Africa and beyond hang in the balance,” Power said in an email. The Ukraine war is taking place within that country’s borders. But increasingly, the consequences are being felt around the globe. Stopping the war might be impossible, but there’s an urgent need to end a cruel Black Sea blockade that is starving the world’s poorest people. (c) 2022, Washington Post Writers Group


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Political Crossfire

If Powell’s Fed Tenure is a Success, What Would Failure Look Like? By George F. Will


ust 36 months ago, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said low inflation – it had averaged just 1.7% for a decade – was the nation’s foremost economic challenge. That challenge has been surmounted. Inflation has nullified nominal wage gains; real wages have fallen, hurting most those the Fed most wants to help. Kevin Warsh, a former member of the Fed’s board, wrote that the risk of inflation rises “when policy makers first dismiss the problem and then cast blame elsewhere.” Although greed has stained the human story since Eve ate the apple, President Joe Biden and other progressives blame the sudden appearance of greed as the serpent in America’s otherwise lush economic garden. Biden says that because the oil market is global, his crusade to save the planet from fossil fuels is not to blame for Americans’ novel experience of spending $100 to fill their gas tanks. But he simultaneously blames greedy U.S. oil companies for restricted supplies. About five weeks ago, inflation was at a 40-year high, and the Fed had stopped describing it as “transitory” when the Senate confirmed Powell to a second term, 80 to 19. The Wall Street Journal called this a “vote for the inflation status quo.” It raised a question: If Powell’s stewardship of monetary policy is a success, what would failure look like? After World War II, the Fed became increasingly ambitious about managing aggregate demand, and then its ambitions metastasized. Although it has much to be modest about concerning its performance of its central responsibility – preventing inflation – the Fed seems to think monetary policy is suit-

ed to solving non-monetary problems. The Economist recently deplored “an insidious change among central bankers globally,” the desire “to take on more glamorous tasks” than managing the business cycle, tasks such as reducing social inequalities by engineering “equitable” income distribution through growth that is “inclusive.” And “sustainable,” meaning fine-tuning the Earth’s climate. (The Securities and Exchange Commission, too, wants in on the trendy action: It has devised “climate-related” disclosure requirements for registrants.) Last year, approximately 15% of Fed research papers concerned inequality. Inequality is, however, a social outcome influenced by fiscal as well as monetary policy, and by many political choices, and by complex multigenerational social

processes that government only marginally influences. The Fed’s prolonged low interest rates predictably – so, it is fair to say, intentionally – expanded wealth inequality. Low rates serve financial sophisticates: Such rates send torrents of money in search of higher yields into the stock market. Most stocks are owned by the affluent. The Hoover Institution’s John Cochrane, who blogs as the Grumpy Economist, wrote: From March 2020 to early 2021, the Treasury and Fed created $3 trillion and sent checks to people, then borrowed an additional $2 trillion and mailed more checks. This “stimulus” – $3,200 per adult, $2,500 per child, $659 billion to small businesses, etc. – pumped up aggregate demand. But the pandemic recession was not the result of insufficient demand.

Cochrane: “In a pandemic, you can send people all the money in the world, and they still won’t go out to dinner or book a flight, especially if those services are suspended by government fiat. To the economy, a pandemic is like a blizzard. If you send people a lot of money when the snow is falling, you do not get activity in the snowdrifts, but you will get inflation once the snow has cleared.” So, there was promiscuous stimulation of an economy whose already strong recovery was powered by consumers spending down the savings they had piled up during the pandemic. People at the Fed who are paid to know better were surprised that inflation ensued. The Fed’s main job, Cochrane wrote, is “to understand the economy’s supply capacity and fill – but not overfill – the cup of demand.” Blaming disrupted supply chains for inflation is akin to an army blaming a lost war on the fact that the enemy attacked. “If the Fed is surprised that containers can’t get through ports,” Cochrane asked, “why does it not have any of its thousands of economists calculating how many containers can get through ports?” Perhaps because the Fed’s attention is spread too thin, on “sustainability,” “inclusive” growth and all that. Some epistemic humility from the Fed would be welcome. Epistemology is the field of philosophy concerned with the nature and limits of human knowledge. Concerning inflation, the Fed has much to learn about that nature and those limits, without indulging vaulting ambitions for administering social betterment. (c) 2022, Washington Post Writers Group


Political Crossfire

By Dana Milbank


he BDS movement, which aims to “boycott, divest and sanction” Israel and those who do business there, has long walked a line between opposing Israel’s treatment of Palestinians and fomenting hatred of Jews and Jewish culture. But now one of its affiliates has plunged headlong into outright antisemitic bigotry, conspiracy theories and implicit invitations to violence. Late Tuesday, Boston’s arm of the loosely organized movement urged its followers, as it had several times before, to explore an interactive “Mapping Project,” which it said would show “how imperialism, racism, militarism & Zionism are systemically connected in our communities.” It does none of those things. The BDS-promoted Mapping Project is just the latest manifestation of an antisemitic canard alleging secret, hidden Jewish control of, and the buying of influence over, academia, the media, corporations, charities, law enforcement and more. The project is, as Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., said, “an antisemitic enemies list with a map attached.” Its targets go beyond the usual Zionist groups to include the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts (which covers liberal congregations opposed to Israel’s treatment of Palestinians), the Jewish Community Relations Council (whose affiliated groups include Holocaust survivors and Jewish war veterans), the Jewish Arts Collaborative, the Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston -- and even J Street, a liberal-Jewish-inspired group avowedly opposing Israel’s policies toward Palestinians. The creators of the map, a crazy collection of interconnecting, colored dots, call the project “a resource for gathering intelligence on the agents of oppression”

to “form our own networks of resistance.” “We have shown physical addresses, named officers and leaders,” the map says. “These entities exist in the physical world and can be disrupted in the physical world. We hope people will use our map to help figure out how to push back effectively.” And how might they do that? It continues: “We view U.S. police on all levels as white-supremacist, colonial institutions that have no role in our communities; we support non-cooperation, community self-defense, and resistance in all its forms.” In all its forms. I repeatedly contacted the Palestinian BDS National Committee, the closest thing to an umbrella organization for the movement, to ask about this implicit call to violence – and received no reply. In the nearly two weeks it has known about the Boston map, the larger BDS has evidently offered no pushback. (The Boston chapter couldn’t be reached for comment.) I contacted the Council on American-Islamic Relations, too, a BDS-supportive rights group with which I have worked to fight anti-Muslim bigotry – and was told

“this is not an issue we’re dealing with at this time.” Why not? Happily, some leaders on the left have stood against this approach. Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., a member of the progressive Squad, said of the map, “It is not acceptable to target or make vulnerable Jewish institutions or organizations, full stop.” I’ve spent much of recent years condemning the conspiracy theories, lies, hatred and violence on the right. But the battle will never be won if the left is going to adopt the same means. In terms of the sheer size of the threat, there’s no parallel: Political violence on the right is far greater, in both occurrences and lethality, than on the left. On Wednesday, federal prosecutors charged the man accused of the racist massacre in Buffalo of 26 counts of hate crimes and weapons violations. Since Buffalo, a man described as “anti-government” killed a retired judge in Wisconsin and had a bipartisan list of other targets. And police in Idaho arrested 31 people believed to be affiliated with the white-nationalist Patriot Front group before an allegedly

planned riot at a Pride parade. But there was also the man who, upset by the leaked draft of a Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, hatched a plot to kill Justice Brett Kavanaugh before turning himself in. There is no place in civilized society for such acts – nor for rhetoric that motivates the unstable to do the terrible. Nor is there a place for a BDS movement if it is going to use (justified) anger with Israel’s policies to foment antisemitic conspiracy theories and to implicitly call for violence against “agents of oppression,” including Jewish entities. The Mapping Project is ludicrous in its attempt to implicate Jews. It includes JewishBoston, a publication of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, because it “pushes propaganda which glories Israel.” Such as? “JewishBoston helped promote ‘Taste of Israel 2022’ . . . which featured Boston area restaurants serving and promoting ‘Israel’s diverse culinary landscape.’” The long list of groups “systemically connected” with supposed Zionist oppressors includes: the AFL-CIO, Apple, Google, the Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute, the Boston Globe, the City of Boston, Democratic Sens. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren, the FBI, the Harpoon Brewery, the Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Pfizer and Moderna, an interminable collection of businesses, universities and police departments, and seemingly every Jewish group under the sun. If the broader movement isn’t willing to step in and condemn those among them fanning antisemitic conspiracy theories and violence against Jews, then BDS will become nothing more than BS. (c) 2022, Washington Post Writers Group

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Forgotten Her es

Lt. Comm. Walsh & the Capture of the Port of Cherbourg By Avi Heiligman


he landings on the Normandy coast on D-Day on June 6, 1944 were just the beginning of the Allied invasion of mainland Europe. Planners in charge of logistics were concerned about not having a deep-water port suitable to unload ships. Artificial harbors were constructed but a storm on June 19 wrecked the port that was built on Omaha Beach. The port of Cherbourg was chosen as the next target but everyone, including the Germans, knew that an assault was coming and they fortified the port. A coast guard officer along with a unique group of hand-picked sailors were an integral part of that battle and captured hundreds of Germans while opening up the port to American ships. Quentin R. Walsh from Providence, Rhode Island, graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1933 and spent time on cutters up and down the East Coast. He was given a spy-like type of mission in the late-1930s while on a Norwegian whaling ship, and in the months leading up to D-Day was given the highest security clearance. This made him privy to the invasion plans, and he saw that the navy would be in charge of clearing and operating the harbor. The planners of

the invasion said that it would be easier to train sailors to fight to take over a port than to have soldiers operate the port. Walsh knew that if he had a reconnaissance team, he could figure out what was left in the harbor and wouldn’t have to rely on the army. While the Navy SEALs weren’t formed until the 1960s, their predecessors, known as UDTs, were very active during World War II. Their missions included charting coastlines and re-

Seabees’ main responsibilities were to take over the construction duties from civilian contractors. They were trained to fight in addition to their construction skills and often found themselves in bitter firefights and took casualties. Naval Task Unit 127.2.8 consisted of 52 Seabees and one intrepid coast guard commander who was on a mission given to him by top navy officers. The men Walsh recruited for his special reconnaissance unit were Seabees

The fighting was bitter, the shooting was constant, and casualties from both sides were mounting.

moving obstacles in the water. However, their missions did not include any land-based operations; those went to Special Forces like the Rangers. There were land-based sailors during the war including beach masters and construction battalions known as Seabees. The

already stationed in Great Britain. He also commandeered equipment needed for the mission which included four motorcycles, nine jeeps, three trucks, rifles, submachine guns, pistols, ammunition and anti-tank weapons. The unit came ashore on Utah Beach

just days after the initial landings. They were with the 79th Infantry Division when they came up on Cherbourg on June 26. The eastern part of the port city was quickly captured, but the Germans retreated to the western part and fortified the area. The fighting was bitter, the shooting was constant, and casualties from both sides were mounting. On at least one occasion, the Americans captured the upper floors of a building, but the basement was occupied by German machine gun nests. Two days later, in the morning, Walsh was a leading a sixteen-man element of his unit when they captured a German sailor. In broken English, he told Walsh where the German arsenal that was full of enemy troops and munitions was located. As they approached, a machine gun opened fire; their translator said that these were drunken crazies who would never surrender. Still, the Americans pressed on to the arsenal until they came upon a German soldier waving a white flag. He said that 200 men wanted to surrender. After the surrender of this contingent, Walsh sent four of his men to guard the prisoners while they were tak-


en to the American lines. As they continued to advance, Walsh and his men captured another 200 German soldiers. Walsh was left with only seven men and himself when they came across another 85 enemy combatants, all of whom surrendered. One of the Germans that they had captured said there were fifty American paratroopers being held prisoner by fanatical Nazis at Fort du Homet. Together with another officer, Walsh approached the fort waving a white flag. To his surprise, the Nazis waved a white flag in response. They

set up a meeting in which Walsh said that he had 800 men waiting for the signal to attack the fort. The Nazis fell for this bluff and agreed to surrender. In all, 750 Germans were captured and 52 American paratroopers from the 101st Airborne Division were released from German captivity through Walsh’s and his men’s heroic efforts. Three Seabees from Walsh’s unit were killed and another ten were wounded in the successful push to drive the Germans out of Cherbourg. Once the port was in American hands, the unit

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American troops in Cherbourg

German prisoners in Cherbourg, June 1944

was disbanded, and Walsh and the Seabees got to work making the port functional. Later, the unit was reassembled and grew to over 400 men. The goal this time was the port of Brest, and later the unit captured the city of Le Havre in just two weeks. For his role in capturing Cherbourg, Lieutenant Commander Walsh was awarded the Navy Cross. The importance of having a deep-water port must not be overlooked in the Allies’ eventual victory – Walsh’s unit made a significant contribution to the war effort. Supplies,

food and ammunition were now able to be easily unloaded and distributed to Allied troops. The Normandy Campaign lasted until the end of August with the liberation of Paris.

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

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By Allan Rolnick, CPA


mericans tend to think of “the taxman” as a single all-consuming ogre, demanding sacrifices of cash instead of children. In reality, though, our federal system of government gives us tax collectors at national, state, and federal levels, all chasing the same income dollar. And that’s before the taxes we pay to go out and buy something with what’s left over! In New York City, the combined/federal/state/city rate can reach nearly 52%, which is why New Yorkers move to Florida. It used to be that all those different tax collectors managed to cooperate with each other, like a pride of lions devouring a hyena after the kill. Let’s say you’re Tom Cruise, and the California Franchise Tax Board goes all Top Gun on your latest movie paycheck. (It’s a big one.) Under the old rules, he could take the %13.3 he paid to California and deduct it from his federal taxable income. That’s not the same as Uncle Sam paying the California tax. But at least he wasn’t double-taxing the money that went to the Golden State. That all changed five years ago. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 dropped the top personal rate from 39.6% to 37% in exchange for “broadening the base,” which is bland accountant-speak for “eliminating deductions, preferences, and

loopholes so we can tax even more of your income.” Specifically, the new law capped deductions for state and local taxes to just $10,000, no matter how much you actually pay. The new rules meant that plenty of people in high-tax states wound up paying more, despite the lower rates, which is why Californians move to Texas. States wasted no time punching back. Several of them restructured their own systems to let residents make charitable

that a clever eight-year-old would use to weasel out of big trouble, you’re not wrong. And the IRS was just as skeptical as Mom – they punched back with regulations specifically disallowing deductions for charitable gifts that replace state tax. But now there’s a new workaround for passthrough business owners. Partnerships and S corporations don’t pay taxes themselves. Instead, they pass their income through to owners, who pay tax

Now, if that sounds like the sort of obviously transparent excuse that a clever eight-year-old would use to weasel out of big trouble, you’re not wrong.

contributions to special funds benefitting the state, then gave them a credit against their tax bills equal to those charitable contributions. The net effect of the move was to convert the nondeductible portion of state taxes into deductible charitable contributions. Now, if that sounds like the sort of obviously transparent excuse

at the personal level. But 27 states have passed laws letting those businesses pay state tax at the entity level rather than the partner/shareholder level. That change reduces the amount of passthrough income Uncle Sam eventually gets to tax, effectively eliminating the $10,000 cap on those business payments.

Business owners in high-tax California, New York, and New Jersey are the biggest winners here. The Wall Street Journal estimates the new rules cost the Treasury well north of $10 billion per year. But there’s little political appetite to close the loophole. Republicans prefer lower taxes anyway, and Democrats oppose the $10,000 cap because it hits hardest in blue states with higher taxes. The Trump administration approved the sleight-of-hand workaround in 2020, and the Biden administration has declined to change that policy. This is just one example of the conflicts we see between different tax authorities or even different kinds of taxes. (There are plenty of cases where we have to consider both income and estate taxes, for example.) Our goal in navigating them is the same – we want to help you accomplish your financial objectives with a minimum of interference from any tax. So call us when you feel the punches raining down!

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

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An Ode to the Garage By Rivki D. Rosenwald Esq., LMFT, CLC, SDS


hat secret place…… Some houses have a pantry. Some a Costco closet. Some even have an entire attic. But nothing – no, nothing – is as good as this spot. If you’ve got one, you know already what I’m referring to. Unless, of course, you’re one of those ridiculous people who use it for your car. But then again, if you’re that organized you probably don’t need it for anything else anyway. This is “the” everything spot – and so conveniently located! Right there, on ground level. No struggling to get up or down there. And with a door so inviting that it says, “Come right in!” No running down to the basement or

up to the roof or into a limiting closet. It’s got depth and breadth and width. And it’s as versatile as you want it to be. Its walls can hold cabinetry, outdoor equipment, an extra fridge and freezer, plus spare tools, spare tiles, and spare toasters. And then there’s a whole center still waiting for you. The center can hold carriages, bicycles, lawn mowers, furniture, and – you know what? – you name it, it fits there. Many have even eked out a spare room in there and still have had plenty of space left for storage. It’s just like a miracle area, because houses are good but every room is so preordained for some predetermined use: to eat, to sleep, to lounge, to sit, to cook, to play…. But, only one room, or more accurately space, lends itself completely to your inter-

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