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Dear Readers, This week is Yom Yerushalayim. I have to regretfully admit that I have not been to Israel in far too long. Work and family obligations prevent me from visiting our holy land, but when I think of Yerushalayim and Israel, I think back to the wonderful times I spent there. The first time I went to Israel, my parents took me and my sister on a special trip for our bat mitzvahs. We went in June; it was hot. But that didn’t deter my parents from traveling from the north to the south, showcasing every highlight of the land. Recently, I called my sister to reminisce. She is two years younger than me but definitely has a better memory. We both were laughing as we talked about our trip. It’s funny what you remember years later. I remember that the first time I ate pizza with olives was on Rechov Yaffo. (I don’t know if I’ve eaten it since.) She remembered that my parents invited three girls to our Friday night meal after davening at the Kosel. We talked about our outrageous outfits that we thought were so cool with their bright colors and matching socks. We remembered our first cheifetz chashud and how we were able to view it from our hotel room. We visited relatives with our parents—most who only spoke Hebrew—and we quietly fidgeted until the visit was over. Most of all, what we both remember about our trip is the wonderful feeling of being with our parents, touring our land, spending time at the Kosel and the feeling of “living like an Israeli” for a week. I am looking forward to doing the same with my children in a few years. Nowadays, food is not just something that we eat. There are myriad cooking shows and competitions highlighting the world of food. Tens of magazines are dedicated to new recipes and techniques. This week, Malky Lowinger visited the Center for Kosher Culinary Arts. It is the only kosher cooking school in the nation and she was able to take a peek at the techniques of some real chefs. Cooking is a language all of its own. In fact, when reading the article, you’ll find that there are so many French words to describe cooking techniques, you almost feel like you are in France! The CKCA also offers cooking classes for people just like you and me. In fact, right after reading Malky’s piece, I called my friend to invite her to join me at a class. What’s it gonna be? A class on succulent rack of lamb or a lesson on sophisticated cupcakes? I get to sample my dishes, so I better choose right!

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Letters to Dear Editor, Recently, you featured a review on a restaurant in Park Slope named Chagall Bistro. The food there sounded so delicious, that the next time my husband and I went out to dinner, we decided to try it out. We were not disappointed. Sonia, one of the owners, was the host that night and she told us of her wonderful story and her and her husband’s love of French cooking. We were charmed by her personality and then were enchanted with her food. It was a wonderful way to spend an evening in “Paris.” All the best, Andrea P. Dear Editor, On Shabbos morning, my children woke up with excitement—they knew it would be Lag B’Omer that night, and they had been looking forward to it. I told them that we will be able to go to some of the local events and I saw that they really had it on their minds. At the meal on Shabbos, we spoke about the beauty of Lag B’Omer and one of my children opened up The Jewish Home to give us some thoughts on Lag B’Omer. Shira is eight-years-old and an avid reader and wanted to show me that she had something “mature” to add to the discussion. Thank you, Chanan Kohn Dear Editor, I was glad to hear Dov Herman is running for the Lawrence Board of Education on May 21st. It would be terrific to have a person of such integrity and candor looking out for our interests and concerns. Dov Herman is a small business owner, a home inspector and a 14-year resident of the Five Towns. Dov and his wife Vickie, a public school special education coordinator, are the parents of five children who range from age 2 to 18. He is an involved parent at his children’s schools – the Davis Renov Stahler Yeshiva High School, Shulamith and the Yeshiva of South Shore. Dov is an active member of the Agudath Israel of the Five Towns and Congregation Bais Medrash of Cedarhurst. Dov is also founder and organizer of the popular community Concert on the Lawn Series which benefits the Heller Resource Center, a special education program at the Yeshiva of South Shore. In addition, Dov is a founding member of the Community Coalition of the Five Towns (CC5T). He helped lead its campaign to defeat the March 20th referendum to overdevelop the Number Six

School. I am quite certain Dov Herman will ensure that our school board behaves more openly and looks out for the public good as it reconsiders this sale. He will bring a fresh perspective to the board and be a positive, unifying force for our community. Dov has my vote on May 21st! If you want to protect our community interests and its future — vote Line C on your ballot: Elect Dov Herman and reelect Rabbi Nahum Marcus. Rita Francis Cedarhurst, NY Dear Editor, I am pleased to endorse Nahum Marcus for re-election to a third term on the Lawrence Board of Education. During his six-years as a board trustee, Rabbi Marcus has been an independent voice who consistently promotes the best interests of our community. Rabbi Marcus is a tireless advocate for our district’s special-needs children and their families. He has fought passionately to enhance the quality of education and the services our district provides to children. When Rabbi Marcus recognized the school district’s deal to sell the Number Six School to an outside developer was unfair and detrimental for our community, he was first to speak out against it — protecting our interests. Time and again, Rabbi Marcus has been our community advocate on this board. He encourages school board transparency and responsiveness while fostering community understanding and unity. On Tuesday, May 21st, I urge our entire community to support and re-elect Rabbi Nahum to our school board by voting for ballot Line C. David Mark, Psychologist/Social Worker Cedarhurst, NY Dear Editor, My wife and I became acquainted with Nahum Marcus on a day that I would consider the worst in my life. The district transferred my son – who at one time attended a Lawrence District School – to a BOCES facility because they said they could not handle his needs. The school chosen for him was unsafe and did not meet his high academic needs. While my son is on the autistic spectrum, he is considered twice exceptional because he is a gifted, specialneeds learner. He weighed less than fifty pounds and stood at approximately 42 inches tall, and was instantly bullied in

the Editor his new placement by kids who towered over him. We were told by their staff that despite our child’s advanced knowledge, “academics are not as important in this school as discipline,” yet they failed to discipline their other students. Despite our pleas to some former Lawrence School District administrators that their school choice was not acceptable or appropriate, we were ignored and treated as an inconvenience. My last hope to get help for my son was to explain my son’s situation to the Board of Education at a public meeting and to literally beg for assistance. When it was my turn to speak, I tried to read my prepared statement to the board, but was unable to get through it because I was so emotional that I was shaken and started to faint. While some school administrators were verbally apathetic to my desperate plea, Nahum Marcus took an interest in our situation and listened to our concerns about our treatment by the former administration. Rabbi Marcus made us feel that we weren’t a bother because we were asking for the proper placement for our son. Rabbi Marcus was genuinely concerned about our poor treatment by the

former administrators and he facilitated a better working relationship between our family and the school district personnel. Rabbi Marcus could have taken the easy way out and ignored us once my “two minutes to speak” were finished. He didn’t and he never has. Over the years, I have often heard that he has helped numerous families who have children with special needs from both the public and private school communities. Rabbi Marcus never turns away families who need help for their children and he understands that the role of a school board trustee is to treat all of the district children fairly. Rabbi Marcus treats each child as if they were his own, no matter their ethnicity, religious background or special needs. Our son was able to learn and succeed, to make numerous appropriate friendships and to work toward achieving professional goals for his future because of Rabbi Marcus. I appreciate the dedicated service he has shown to my family and for every child in our district. My wife, my son, and I enthusiastically support Rabbi Marcus for another term on the Lawrence School Board. Richard Rosenfeld, Woodmere, NY

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Global Sarkozy Gives Obamas $40K in Gifts

Turns out one of the perks of being the president of the U.S. is that wealthy diplomats from around the world shower you with lavish gifts. Last year, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife, Carla Bruni, gave the Obamas more than $40,000 worth of gifts. The US State Department recently released a list of presents that the

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Obamas received. It includes a designer Hermes golf bag valued at $7,750 and Baccarat crystal statuettes. This overthe-top gift-giving habit suggests that Sarkozy presided over one of the most spendthrift presidencies in French history. The couple is often criticized for their lifestyle; Bruni reportedly spends more than $1,000 a day on flowers, and the couple had a bread-making oven installed in their official plane. Sarkozy has been accused of accepting millions of euros worth of illegal cash from Liliane Bettencourt, the L’Oreal heiress and France’s richest woman, and deposed Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafi. The former French leader is currently working with a team of lawyers to deal with several criminal inquiries that could potentially lead him to prison. The total amount the Sarkozys spent on gifts for the First Family was $41,675.71 in 2012; I wonder how taxpayers feel about that. Of course, the gifts were accepted by the Obamas. Rejecting the gifts would “cause embarrassment to donor and U.S. Government,” said an American government spokesman.

Carlos Slim, the King of Phones

Paying too much for your cell phone bill? Switch carriers or maybe the government can help… There’s a federal program called Lifeline phone service that provides wireless service to the unemployed or poor. Users get a free phone with 250 free minutes of calling per month with their “Obama phone.” With unemployment at 9.4 percent and one in six Americans living in poverty, the number of phones being distributed is rapidly rising and someone is profiting from it. Ironically, it’s the world’s richest man, Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, who’s making a mint off of this. Slim owns Mexico’s biggest phone

company America Movil SAB, which offers mobile service in 17 Latin American countries and the U.S. Its TracFone unit is the largest recipient under the U.S. Federal Communication Commission’s Lifeline program, taking in $451.7 million, or 28 percent, of payments in 2011, the last year for which records are available. The $2.2 billion mobile-phone subsidy for the poor is being criticized by Congressional Republicans. “It’s not fair that people save and work and pay for phones from whatever funds they have, and other people get them for free,” Representative Tim Griffin, an Arkansas Republican who wants to eliminate the mobile subsidy, said in an interview. “It’s not fair the biggest beneficiary of this is Carlos Slim, the billionaire owner of TracFone.” “It doesn’t matter who owns the company,” Jose Fuentes, a spokesman for Miami-based TracFone, said in an interview. “Tim Griffin needs to focus on finding jobs, not trying to focus on a valuable program.” Wondering if you qualify? Do you get other free stuff from your “big brother?” Medicaid? Food stamps? Sec-

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They say that a lot can be learned about a person from the way he shakes another’s hand. Deductions about a person’s personality, beliefs, and feelings can all be perceived through his handshake. A recent photograph of Microsoft founder Bill Gates shaking hands with South Korea President Park Geun-hye was analyzed for this very reason. Last Monday, Gates, 57, met with the deputy and extended his hand to greet her. Except he only extended one hand and in Korean culture, a one-handed handshake is notably casual. Only friends of the same or younger age greet each other this way. Bill Gates’ other hand was thrust into his pants pocket which is considered rude and indirectly expresses superiority. South Koreans did not take this unintentional gesture lightly. “Perhaps it was his all-American style but an open jacket with hand in pocket? That was way too casual. It was very regretful,” said Chung Jin-suk, secretary general at the Korean National Assembly. A rep for Gates declined to comment on the handshake and the White House has made no remark about the incident, although this casual handshake quickly became political. “I don’t know if that was ignorance or just plain disrespect,” Cho Park, a Korean student studying in New York, said. “It was pretty rude of him. The thing is I’m not sure if it is rude in Western culture.” This isn’t the first time Gates’ greetings have been analyzed. Previously Gates met with two other South

In News Korean presidents: Kim Dae-jung and Lee Myung-Bak. In 2002, he reportedly gave the proper, respectful handshake with both hands to the late Kim but was accused of giving an “improper” shake to President Lee in 2008. Of course there are select South Korean media outlets that are speculating that the interaction was intentional and intended to show his political preference, respect for the opposition leader Kim but disrespect for the ruling party leaders Lee and Park. However, most reasonable sources agree that the mistake was probably most likely due to ignorance. “Cultural difference or bad manners?” the Joongang Ilbo, a Korean newspaper, wrote. “A disrespectful handshake or a casual friendly handshake?” DongAh Ilbo, another Korean newspaper, said in its photo caption. “It’s a head of state we’re talking about,” said Rick Yoon, a brand retailer in Seoul. “And she’s a lady. This is not just a Korean thing. It’s an international protocol. Maybe it was intentional. Otherwise, he has a very strange habit.” Gates was visiting South Korea on a three-day visit to promote his start-up, TerraPower, which is developing nextgeneration nuclear reactors. For the future, Mr. Gates, in South Korea, the older person initiates a handshake. Grasping the right arm with the left hand when shaking hands shows a sign of respect.

Amsterdam Crowns New King

The streets of Amsterdam were orange on Monday in preparation for the royal ceremony crowning Crown Prince Willem-Alexander as king. Queen Beatrix, 75, who was crowned in 1980, abdicated the throne and took on the title of Princess Beatrix. She ruled for 33 years. Willem-Alexander, Continued on page 14

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Poisoning Schoolgirls in Afghanistan Schoolgirls in Afghanistan are up against a violent and evil group: the

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Taliban. In a school in the far north of Afghanistan, as many as 74 schoolgirls became ill after smelling an unidentified gas. They are currently being examined for poisoning. It is not uncommon for poisoning suspicions to be dismissed as false alarms but if it proves to be accurate, this won’t be the first time that schoolchildren were harmed by radicals who oppose female education.

Local officials said the girls became ill after smelling gas at their school in Takhar province’s capital, Taluqan. The city is about 250 kilometers north of the country’s capital, Kabul. The students were taken to the provincial hospital. The head of the hospital, Dr. Jamil


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militancy and criminal activity since 2009, with groups such as the Taliban and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan inflicting terror. Afghan women have won back basic rights in education, voting and employment but concerns are rising as Western forces prepare to leave the country and the government negotiates peace talks with the Taliban.

Taliban Issues Vow of Violence The Taliban in Afghanistan has vowed to start a new campaign of mass suicide attacks on foreign military bases and diplomatic areas, as well as damaging “insider attacks,” as part of a new spring offensive this year. The Taliban spokesmen announced the vow of violence via email. Although there was no immediate reaction to the Taliban’s statement from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), they will most Continued on page 18

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The Black Eye of Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia has launched a campaign aimed at combating domestic abuse. The ad campaign is striking. It shows a Saudi woman in a typical veil. Only her eyes are revealed and one is a black eye, a symbol of her abuse. Underneath the photo are the words,

In News “Some things can’t be covered; fighting women’s abuse together.” The campaign aims to provide legal protection for women and children who are victims of abuse and is trying to encourage Saudis to report cases of domestic abuse.

But the campaign has elicited mixed reactions from Saudis. In Saudi Arabia, women are still not permitted to drive by themselves. Most official tasks are required to be done by men. Women need permission to leave the country and divorced women often lose custody of their children. “Everyone knows it happens,” said Umm Mohammed, a shopkeeper in Souk Al Owais, a bustling market in central Riyadh, referring to abuse. “If they’re telling us about something we don’t know, that’s one thing. But what if we already know? Then what? Are they going to help these women?” She continued, “Insha’Allah (G-d willing), it will help, but that’s only for physical abuse. Who will care about the psychological and emotional abuse that women like me suffer? Women here have so many problems and domestic abuse is just one of them.” It’s hard to change a country’s culture and Saudi Arabia’s culture does not smile down upon women. Just a few months ago, a Saudi cleric abused and murdered his five-year-old daughter but was not sentenced to death for his crimes. His story made international headlines but other stories about battered wives and children do not garner extra attention. Princess Ameerah al-Taweel, a passionate women’s rights advocate and the Vice Chairwoman of the Board of the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation, sees the campaign as an important step in the right direction. “The main issue when it comes to abused women in Saudi is lack of knowledge. Some women who accept being abused don’t know their rights in Islam, and a lot of women who are suffering from abuse, don’t know their rights in our legal system, that they can report their case and they will be protected by the government,” said alTaweel. It’s a step in the right direction.

Chinese Citizens Enraged at Officials’ Extravagance

Zhang Aihua was caught red-handed. An outraged mob of citizen journalists stormed his private elaborate party. Tables were laden with extravagant delicacies, rare fish, and imported wine. But, Aihua got on a table, picked up a loudspeaker, and begged for forgiveness. As the Communist party boss of an industrial zone in Taizhou City, in the south-east of Jiangsu province in China, Zhang probably knew that this exposure of extravagance would cost him his job. “I was wrong tonight. Please forgive me. I’ll do anything if you let me go,” he implored. His pleas were disregarded, and on Monday, he was fired. He is the latest victim of president Xi Jinping’s frugality and anti-corruption initiative, an effort fuelled by the frustrated public who is determined to expose the country’s severe wealth gap using mobile phone cameras and microblogs. “I was outside and saw a lot of people, so [I] rushed up to see what the commotion was,” said Jia Hongwei, a web forum administrator in Taizhou who captured the video at the industrial park’s “entertainment center” where Zhang was hosting at least 20 colleagues and investors around three overflowing tables. The video shows a lively crowd pouring through narrow hallways and raging past a small group of helpless police officers in white safety helmets. The camera zooms in on plates of mostly-eaten expensive fish and top-shelf bottles of alcohol. The video ends when Jia left the party gone wrong at about 8pm. Three hours later, a friend sent him a photo of Zhang kneeling on the

table, his face visibly anguished, and a loudspeaker in his right hand. Jia posted the video along with picture on Sina Weibo, China’s most popular microblogging service. Taizhou officials began investigating Zhang over the weekend. Locals reported regularly seeing a steady flow of luxury cars going and coming out of the complex which alerted them of the extravagance within. The details of this particular event were leaked by an anonymous insider. Reportedly, Zhang singlehandedly paid for the meal, which was estimated to cost well over $1,000, which is way over the spending limit on official banquets imposed by central authorities last year. Since Xi launched his anti-corruption campaign in November, many officials have been dismissed for malfeasance, sales of luxury goods have plummeted nationwide, and high-end restaurants have reported dismal returns. But it seems that all that has accomplished thus far is that lavish banquets have moved underground.

Calling All Pizza Makers

Italy is known for its chewy pasta, crunchy cannolis and crispy pizza. But unless something changes quickly, Italians may have to live without their pizza sometime soon. According to the Italian business group, FIPE, there is a shortage of 6,000 “pizzaiuloi,” pizzamakers. Despite the worst unemployment rate in two decades, Italians are reluctant to work as pizza-makers. That position is now held mainly by immigrants, mostly from Egypt. “The Italian mindset is that being a pizza-maker is humiliating. It is a manual labor job,” said Alessandro Rossi, owner of a pizzeria in Rome.

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junction and then fatally stabbed him in the chest. Officials are investigating if the terrorist acted alone. Evyatar was 32-years-old and a father of five. He was a native of Kfar Chassidim and moved to Yitzhar five years ago. He served on the security team there. He was pronounced dead at the scene and border police shot and wounded his attacker.

Terror Escalates On Tuesday, an Israeli air strike killed a “key terror figure” responsible for firing rockets from the Gaza Strip into Israel. According to the IDF, Hithem Ziad Ibrahim Masshal, 24, was a resident of Shati Refugee Camp. “Mashhal acted in different Jihad Salafi terror organizations and over the past few years has been a key terror figure, specializing in weapons and working with all of the terror organizations in the Gaza Strip,” an IDF statement read. An Israeli was killed in a terror attack at the Tapuah junction in the West Bank on Tuesday morning. The Palestinian terrorist came up behind Evyatar Borovsky at the hitchhiking spot at the

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Tel Aviv has joined the list of cities that have their own special edition Absolut Vodka bottle. The Absolut Tel Aviv bottle is being released as part of the Absolut Blank series designed by artist Nir Peled, who uses the professional name Pilpeled. Pilpeled joins a long and distinguished list of artists from all over the world who have designed posters and other items for the Swedish vodka brand, including Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Keith Haring.

The bottle, which is being released in a limited edition of 150,000 units, commemorates Tel Aviv’s ficus tree boulevards. “To understand Tel Aviv, one must walk its streets,” Pilpeled says of the bottle he created, as part of an initiative of the Tempo beverage company’s alcohol division and in cooperation with the Allenby Concept House owned by Srulik Einhorn and Guy Assif. “I designed a sort of a two-sided setting with a window offering a peek into a Tel Aviv boulevard at night. In general, this city has so much energy that you get your inspiration by just feeling what you’re surrounded by,” Peled adds. Absolut is known for its bold and special ad campaigns, which are considered a milestone in the history of global advertising in general and alcohol advertising in particular. In the past few years, the company has been releasing limited editions every year in different flavors and designs as a tribute to world cities including Brooklyn, Vancouver, and Istanbul. The special bottles are collected by tens of thousands of collectors around the world. L’chaim!

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Israel Suspects Iran Behind Drone Launched from Lebanon

Earlier this week, the Israeli “smart water” network and software management firm Whitewater was named a 2013 Bloomberg New Energy Pioneer at a ceremony in New York. Whitewater received the award at the sixth annual Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit, along with what Bloomberg describes as nine other “game-changing companies in the field of clean energy technology and innovation.” “It is truly an honor to have been selected by such an esteemed panel of experts,” said Issey Ende, CEO of Whitewater Technologies. “Our mission has been and continues to be, to enable operational efficiency gains in the water sector by improving decisionmaking through analytics and optimization, system integration, and workflow management.” One of Whitewater’s technologies is the BlueBox system, which helps utilities to understand how operational changes, consumption patterns and aging infrastructure affect their ability to provide clean and reliable drinking water to their customers. The tool is able to optimize water disinfection programs and improve filter and energy efficiency by providing decision support. A second key Whitewater technology is the WaterWall solution, a smart water network management system that serves as a “middleware platform” for utilities – performing data integration, data entry capture, real-time correlation, automation and geographic information system awareness and reporting. This is the fourth year of the New Energy Pioneer awards, and the winners were selected from more than 200 candidates from around the globe, according to their innovativeness, momentum and potential global outreach. “Tough times make for good entrepreneurs, and this is definitely what we are seeing in this year’s New Energy Pioneers,” said Michael Liebreich, CEO of Bloomberg New Energy Finance. There were nine other winners: Florida-based Advantix Systems, California-based BuildingIQ, Californiabased D.light Design, Vermont-based Draker Energy, Belgium-based EcoNation, Florida-based Ecosphere Technologies, Massachusetts- based Harvest Power, Massachusetts-based Joule Unlimited and Virginia-based Opower.

Israel believes that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard was responsible for the unmanned drone launched from Lebanon that was shot down in Israeli airspace on Thursday. The United States has begged Israel not to retaliate in response to the alleged incursion. “The Israeli military command doesn’t treat drones launched from Lebanon lightly, since their goal may be not only taking pictures, but also an assassination of senior officials, military or political,” an unnamed Western diplomat is quoted as saying in Nahar newspaper, a Lebanese publication. The Israeli prime minister was traveling across northern Israel when the drone was seen above the sea on Thursday, 10km west of the port city Haifa. Netanyahu’s helicopter was forced to land and was grounded until the Israeli Air Force had secured Israeli air space. Initial media reports assumed the drone had been launched by Hezbollah. In October last year, the Lebanese militant group victoriously claimed responsibility for successfully piloting an unmanned drone in the skies above the Israeli Negev for more than half an hour before it was downed. Iran’s involvement in this crossborder incident and Washington’s pleas for restraint may explain Benjamin Netanyahu’s hesitation to threaten retaliation for the incursion. The Israeli prime minister said only that he has taken “the attempt to breach our borders very seriously.” He has not been specific about what the exact repercussions will be.

Heat Waves Cause Fires Across the Country As a result of a heat wave that plagued the country, fires broke out across Israel last weekend. The first fire broke out in Rosh Ha’ayin in an industrial compound. According to the firefighters, the structure in which the fire originated is in danger of collapsing. 20 firefighting teams have been called to the scene, and rescue forces instructed residents of the area to remain indoors. Five teams of firefighters were on the scene of a fire that broke out on Mount Sansan in the Elah Valley, south


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The Week of Bet Shemesh. The Jerusalem Fire Department said that there was no danger to area settlements. Three teams of firefighters were at the scene of a briar patch fire that broke out in Holon; they were attempting to extinguish the flames. In Rishon Lezion, firefighters overcame two fires: one near the Volcani Institute of Agricultural Research and the second near the Superland amusement park.    Earlier Saturday, two tourists sustained burns in a fire at Ben Shemen Forest and were taken to Assaf Harofeh Medical Center for treatment. Firefighter planes were called to the scene of a fire near Yavne’el in the north, even as firefighters were called to the scene of a briar patch fire in Haifa’s Kababir neighborhood. Firefighters overcame the flames within a short time, and no injuries or damage were reported. Another fire erupted north of the Kinneret, near Moshav Almagor, where residents who live nearby were evacuated as a precaution, but police allowed them to return to their homes within the hour.   Once firefighters overcame the fires

in the north, Spokesman of the Upper Galilee and Golan Fire Department, Nathan Ben Shimon, said: “Things are looking better. Two additional teams arrived at the scene.” According to Shimon, dozens of dunams caught fire, and flames almost reached residential areas. Fire departments have been prepared for fires nationwide, due to the expected heat wave, peaks of which were reported to have reached 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit.

Wertheimer’s industrial parks in Israel. The GOSB Teknopark was built at a total investment of $10 million according to the model of the Tefen industrial park in northern Israel, and includes an art gallery. The Istanbul ceremony was attended by the director of Wertheimer’s industrial parks, Arieh Dahan.

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An Israeli company has been awarded with a prize for an innovative project during a technological parks convention in Istanbul by the Turkey’s industry minister. The company, Adam Elktronik, is based in the GOSB Teknopark, an industrial park built by Israeli businessman and philanthropist Stef Wertheimer in Turkey. The Turkish minister promised to send a team from his office to visit

Many Americans are saving money but not in the traditional way. These people don’t have bank accounts or investments; they stash their cash. You may be assuming that they obviously have something to hide but a new study reveals that that’s not necessarily the case. According to census data compiled by the FDIC, about 8% of America’s 115 million households are not linked with a checking or savings account. Among minorities, the percentage is even greater: more than 20% of African-Americans and Hispanics don’t have a bank account.

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There are various reasons why people choose to live all-cash lives but the basic attitude is why pay money to get money? Many banks have a monthly banking fee; some banks charge $6 to cash checks, and many ATMs charge to withdraw cash. In a generation where the financial world is heavily dependent on easily accessible banking, these individuals often encounter issues. First off, if they ever want to finance a car or get a mortgage, they have zero credit. If they want to secure an apartment, they are forced to get a fee-based money order. Without credit cards, they must turn to triple-digit interest rate payday loans for emergencies. It can also become a challenge to save money when one is deal-

ing only with cash. A savings account creates an “out of sight, out of mind” illusion that often helps consumers save for the future. Jennifer Tescher, CEO of the Center for Financial Services Innovation, says that the importance of participating in the financial system has stretched far beyond the appealing concept of interest; saving is the core concept of consumer banking. Tescher coined the term “unbanked” to refer to this segment of the population. “A bank account in a way has become like a passport or a driver’s license,” said Tesch. “It’s a kind of access device.” All-cash households can also become a target for criminal activity. Their money is not protected from thieves or natural disasters.

Paying Too Much Tax in New Jersey April 15 is when most Americans file their taxes. When you look at the bottom line on your tax form, do you sometimes wish there was some better place to go where you can save more of your money instead of donating it to Uncle Sam? Well, if you’re interested in traveling around the U.S., you may have better luck in other states—although I would suggest you avoid California.

There are 35 state governments in the United States where a single party fully controls both the executive and legislative branches. In states where there’s a mix of the two parties, taxpayers can expect instability as Republicans and Democrats seek to make their mark on state tax codes, says Steven Roll, a state tax analyst with Bloomberg BNA. Property tax statistics are derived from a Tax Foundation analysis of fiscal year 2010 U.S. Census data. If no income tax, sales tax, estate tax or inheritance tax is noted, it’s because it is not levied in that state. Seven states have no income tax. Sixteen states and

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Washington, D.C., have estate taxes, and eight states have inheritance taxes. The top five states with the highest top income tax rates begins with California with a top income tax rate of 13.3%, sales tax of 7.5%, and property tax per capita of $1,450. Next up is Hawaii with a top income tax rate of 11%, sales tax at 4%, and property tax per capita of $1,028. Oregon has the third highest income tax rate with a top income tax rate of 9.9% and property tax per capita at $1,292. Lucky shoppers still enjoy not paying state or local sales tax. Iowa is at number four with a top income tax rate of 8.98%, sales tax of 6% and property tax per capita at $1,367. Surprisingly, New Jersey is the fifth highest income tax rate at 8.97%, with sales tax at 7%, and property tax per capita at $2,819.

The 405 is LA’s worst freeway; the 8.1mile stretch can take over 50 minutes on Tuesday mornings, the worst day and time of the week. Before you ask, I’ll inform you that, yes, the Van Wyck Expressway graced the list at number three. Commuters on the I-678 SB crawl at about 10 m.p.h. on Thursdays between 4-5 p.m. It can take nearly 40 minutes to travel 6 miles. The Santa Monica Freeway and the Riverside Freeway of L.A. were on the list accompanied by The Long Island Expressway and of course, the Brooklyn Queens Expressway of New York. Other cities that made it to the “worse” traffic list were Honolulu, Hawaii; San Francisco, California; Austin, Texas; Bridgeport, Connecticut; San Jose, California; Seattle, Washington; and Boston.

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Congrats Los Angeles! You win the award for the worst city for traffic in the country. Hey, New Yorkers, before you do your little victory dance, be aware that one of our highways is the worst road for traffic in the country, according to a new study. According to the sixth annual Traffic Scoreboard from the INRIX traffic information service, drivers in New York City lost 50 hours stuck in traffic in 2012 which ranked fifth on the worst cities list. Los Angeles drivers lost 59 hours last year—that’s almost two-and-a-half days a year! Overall, traffic congestion was down 22 percent in 2012, but drivers and analysts expect it to quickly rise again for 2013. Believe it or not, the worst road for traffic last year was the Cross Bronx Expressway (New York: I-95 SB) where it is estimated that drivers waste over six days each year sitting on this highway. The second worst road is the San Diego Freeway (L.A.: I-405 SB) which is consistently jammed in both directions.

“Welcome back to another day in paradise,” says Jeff Charbonneau to his students at Zillah High School in Washington State each day. The high school science teacher was named the National Teacher of the Year for devising a unique way for his students to graduate from their small, rural high school with college credits and setting them up for success after they graduate. Mr. Charbonneau was honored by President Barack Obama personally on Tuesday afternoon, along with all of the other 2013 state teacher winners.

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The Week 50 states and the District of Columbia. Nominations for state teachers can be submitted by students, teachers, principals, and administrators; teachers then must submit applications to the panel. Charbonneau, 35, teaches challenging subjects—chemistry, physics, engineering and architecture—in Zillah, a city of barely 3,000 residents in Washington’s Yakima Valley. He relies on interactive learning to give over his science lessons. The educator founded a statewide robotics competition and helped create an ecology program where students go on hiking excursions that can last up for up to two weeks. “I fight a stigma,” Charbonneau wrote in his application for the Washington State Teacher of the Year, which he was awarded back in September.  “Students hear the words ‘quantum mechanics’ and instantly think ‘too hard’ and ‘no way.’  It is my job to convince them that they are smart enough, that they can do anything.” By acquiring adjunct faculty status with several local universities, Charbonneau is authorized to award his students college credit through their high school science classes. Since he began


offering the college credit program two years ago, enrollment in his courses has jumped. “Over 60 students in this coming year’s junior class – a class of just over 100 students – have signed up to take chemistry. About 26 of the coming year’s seniors – a class of just over 80 students – will take physics,” Charbonneau wrote in his application. After seeing the program’s effectiveness and student interest, many other teachers created their courses to give college credit. Now students have the opportunity to take a broad range of subjects to get credit before they graduate. There are currently about 18 credited classes at the high school of 400 students. Zillah’s guidance counselor, John Griffin, said, “That’s pretty neat for a small high school. Most of our students want to take the challenge if they can. Some of them are a little bit leery because they don’t the confidence yet in themselves. That’s something you develop in high school. But we have such great teachers that work those programs, like Jeff Charbonneau, and they help soothe that anxiety.” Kudos to you, Mr. Charbonneau, for preparing your students for their future.

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Top state, federal, and foreign diplomats joined former-President George W. Bush for the opening of his library on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, last week. President Barack Obama and former presidents Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter attended the dedication to mark the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Library. Although Obama has been an open critic of the Bush administration, he put their political differences aside

when addressing the crowd. He praised his predecessor, George W. Bush, as a “good man” who should be commended for his resolve in trying to keep the country safe after the 9/11 attacks, and for his foresight in leading the fight for immigration reform. He recognized Bush’s “compassion,” “generosity” and “personality,” and said, “To know the man is to like the man.” Obama recalled the letter he found in his desk from George W. Bush upon arriving in the Oval Office in 2009 offering his successor advice. “He knew I would come to learn what he had learned,” Obama said. “Being president above all is a humbling job. There are moments when you make mistakes. There are times when you wish you could turn back the clock.” But, Obama noted, “We love this country and we do our best.” Former-Presidents Clinton and Carter offered similar praise of Bush; they both commended Bush’s efforts to stop the spread of AIDS in Africa. Many agreed that Bill Clinton’s remarks seemed the most sincere. He spoke warmly of Bush and talked about how close he had gotten to the Bush family Continued on page 26

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was when Bush joked, “There was a time in my life when I wasn’t likely to be found in a library, much less founding one.”

Faith Healing Couple Loses Another Child We believe in prayer and we believe in miracles but we also believe in medical care. Herbert and Catherine Schaible don’t believe in the latter. The couple is suffering the loss of their second child after reportedly not treating his illness with medication or medical advice. The Schaibles associate themselves with fundamentalist Christians who believe in the power of prayer ahead of modern medicine. The faith-healing couple is currently serving a 10 year court-ordered probation for the death of another child, 2-year-old Kent Schaible who died in 2009. Last week, Philadelphia Police spokeswoman Jillian Russell confirmed the death of the 8-month-old Schaible baby boy. The infant had been having chronic stomach problems and breath-

In News ing difficulties for several days. At a hearing on Monday, Philadelphia Judge Benjamin Lerner said the Schaibles violated the most important condition of their probation: to seek medical care for their remaining children. Authorities have yet to file criminal charges in the death of the second child because they can only file a charge once the cause of death is known. An official cause of death is pending an autopsy, according to police. In 2010, a jury convicted the couple of involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment in Kent’s death from pneumonia. Instead of serving jail time, the two were put on probation and were required to arrange medical examinations for each of their children, to immediately consult with a doctor when a child became sick, and to follow the doctor’s treatment recommendations. Pennsylvania law dictates that parents have a legal duty to protect their children’s health and safety, although the law does not specify if or when medical care must be sought. When asked for comment outside his Rhawnhurst home Friday, Herbert Schaible, 44, told NBC10’s Chris Cato, “We don’t want to talk.” The Schaibles have seven other children.

New York Still Major Target for Terrorist Activity In a chilling new release, New Yorkers learned that the terrorists who carried out the deadly Boston Marathon bombing were en route to Manhattan when they were intercepted by Watertown police. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said they had plans to set off additional explosives in Times Square but their plans unraveled when the Mercedes they hijacked needed more gasoline to make it all the way to New York. When the pair stopped to fill up the vehicle, the driver of the car who had been hijacked escaped and alerted Watertown police. This was the beginning of a violent late-night car chase which ended with a gunfight in the suburbs of Watertown that left the older terrorist dead. Kelly said investigators learned of the alleged Times Square plan while questioning the surviving suspect, 19-yearold Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, in his hospital bed in Boston. Tsarnaev has been re-

covering from his wounds there since being captured on Friday night after an all-day manhunt that shut down much of Boston.

“Questioning of Dzhokhar revealed that he and his brother decided spontaneously on Times Square as a target,” Kelly told a news conference with Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “They would drive to Times Square that same night. That plan, however, fell apart when they realized that the vehicle that they hijacked was low on gas and ordered the driver to stop at a nearby gas station,” Kelly said. At the time, the men still had six explosive devices, including a pressure-cooker bomb, the same kind used at the marathon, and six pipe bombs, Kelly said. This revelation wasn’t a huge shock; New York has been on heightened alert ever since the September 11th attacks. Officials said the Tsarnaev brothers’ alleged impromptu plan showed America’s most populous city remain a magnet for those who want to strike at the United States. Times Square was the target of an attempted car bombing in May 2010. A Pakistan-born U.S. citizen was arrested, admitted to the plot and is serving a life prison term. Remember, if you see something, say something.

Joining the Army as a Pass to Citizenship America has 83,000 new citizens who were able to avoid the lengthy citizenship process. In 2002, then-President George W. Bush gave an executive order that immigrants who voluntarily join the military will be awarded rapid naturalization. This wartime edict was a huge motivator for green-card holders hoping to bypass the five-year residency rule and the fee. Some critics are concerned that

the initiative will become permanent and inject the armed forces with an increased security risk. “The thing I’m concerned about is not what’s happening now in the military but what could happen if the Pentagon and politicians get too enamored of this idea of noncitizens joining the military,” said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, a nonpartisan research organization in Washington, D.C., that advocates tighter immigration policies.

More than 10 percent of such naturalization ceremonies have taken place in 28 countries abroad, including 3,412 in Iraq, 2,102 in Japan and 1,134 in South Korea, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) which administers the process. All military candidates must pass brief civics and English language tests and then undergo background checks for serious criminal histories or possible affiliations with terrorist groups. In addition, there a “limited” number of non-citizens without green cards that are in this country on a temporary visa or under refugee or asylum status that are naturalized through military service each year. They are recruited for specific language or medical skills. The numbers of people who take that path are held to the low thousands annually, USCIS reports. “I feel like I’m living the American dream,” said Oumama Kabli, 19, who was naturalized on April 15 during a ceremony at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Born to a Moroccan mother and raised in Canada, she moved with her mom to Virginia to finish high school and attend college. She’s now an Army National Guard private with plans to enter officer training. (Only U.S. citizens are eligible to become commissioned officers.) A Muslim, Kabli believes “it’s an advantage for the Army to have people familiar with the religion or the culture” when troops deploy to predominantly Muslim nations. Kabli’s Moroccan stepfather took a similar path

in 2004. “I actually left [Army] basic training, got my naturalization on Friday and was on the plane to Iraq on Saturday morning,” said Youssef Mandour, 31, who worked as a translator, reaching the rank of sergeant. He pulled a second tour of Iraq from 2009 to 2011, working on reconstruction efforts for the State Department. “Citizenship meant everything. At that point, I was ready to die for my new country,” added Mandour, who arrived from Morocco on a tourist visa at age 17. Today, he owns a defense contracting company in Virginia. “I’m so proud of Oumama. By making her a U.S. citizen it’s going to create that diversity we’re missing in Iraq and Afghanistan. She will be more received by [Muslim] nations than the normal officers from, say, Alabama.” The White House can issue another executive order to end the current naturalization-through-service program.

Debris Related to 9/11 Discovered It’s been over a decade since the World Trade Center towers were destroyed, killing thousands of innocent people. Yet, last week on Friday, the NYPD announced that they found a piece they believe belonged to one of the aircrafts that crashed into the building on September 11, 2001. The piece of debris was found behind the site of an Islamic community center near Ground Zero. Investigators are examining the part. It appears to be a wing piece that became wedged between 51 Park Place, the site of a controversial community center, and another building, just a few blocks from Ground Zero. “If you see how confined this space is, and you realize the chaos that existed on this street, I think it’s understandable. It’s not that surprising,” NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said of the fact that it was not discovered until now. “It’s very, very confined and no construction work went on, or no clean up went on in this 18-inch space between the two buildings” after the attacks. Even so, investigators are considering all possibilities, including whether the part was intentionally placed between the two buildings. “We are also looking into a possibility it was lowered by a rope,” Kelly said, adding that a piece of rope appeared to be intertwined with the part. National Transportation Safety

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Board investigators will determine whether the part is from either United Airlines Flight 175 or American Airlines Flight 11. Police have said the part includes “a clearly visible Boeing identification number.” On Saturday, the NYPD said police investigators had been in touch with Boeing, which confirmed the part is from one of its 767 aircraft. Both flights that hit the World Trade Center towers were 767s. “The NYPD is securing the location as it would a crime scene, documenting it photographically,” a police statement said. “The office of the chief medical examiner will do an in-depth examination of the site to see if there are, in fact, human remains there,” Kelly said.

“He started reading when he was 18-months-old,” Rob Dorman said about his son, Gus, whom he found perusing a paper in the bathroom. “He was sitting on the potty reading a newspaper. I noticed that he liked to look at maps so I put one up. In about a week’s time, he had memorized everything on it. He’s just always been very clever.” In addition to reading at an exceptionally early age, Gus has also memorized every element on the periodic table, along with every country in the world and all

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The Week lectors and experts called in their bids on the auction house’s 25 phone lines. The ring was expected to go for about $1.6 million; instead it went for close to $9.6 million, or $1.8 million per carat. The previous old record was $1.68 million per carat. While rare and gorgeous, this isn’t the biggest or most-famous blue diamond out there. That honor belongs to the 45.52-carat Hope Diamond, a deep blue jewel that was purchased by King Louis XIV of France in 1668. It was stolen during the French Revolution, and reappeared in London in 1812; an American mining heiress, Mrs. Evalyn Walsh McLean, bought it and had it made into a necklace, accenting it with 16 white diamonds and hanging it on a chain set with 45 more white diamonds. It is currently on display at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

A Step Back into Time Do you want to know what life was like 100 years ago? Do you want to

hear voices of the past? Well, it may be time to take a trip to Oklahoma, where visitors are able to step back into time and connect with life in the past decade.

A time capsule that was buried exactly a hundred years ago was dug up this week in Oklahoma City. It was known as the city’s Century Chest. The artifacts inside the copper chest were remarkably well intact. Credit for that goes to the Ladies Aide Society, the group that buried the capsule a century

In News ago. The group buried the chest in double concrete walls and under 12 inches of concrete. The chest was full of treasures. Among the finds: a newspaper from the day the capsule was buried (April 22, 1913); a dress; a telephone; a flag; a pen used by President William McKinley; a camera; and a pair of women’s shoes that still had their shine. Perhaps most remarkable was a phonograph record featuring voices of citizens from the era. The project was the brainchild of Virginia Sohlberg. Her great-granddaughter, Virginia Eason Weinmann, was especially moved by a book that contained family photos and poetry. Experts from the Oklahoma Historical Society worked to make sure the objects were handled with care. All of the items will be displayed at the Oklahoma History Center.

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Daimler, the parent of MercedesBenz and Smart, traces its heritage to the very invention of the gasoline-powered car and an empire built over a century around engineering excellence and designs of beauty. On the other side of the spectrum, Smart will now build you a tiny two-seat car with fake wings, for about $43,000. First shown at the Los Angeles auto show last year, the Smart Forjeremy concept was a joint project with fashion designer Jeremy Scott. Since the wing is his trademark symbol, Scott modified a Smart ForTwo by sticking a pair on its back, along with swaddling the interior in leather.

Belief in G-d: The Best Anti-Depressant Belief in G-d may improve treatment for those suffering with depression, according to a new study. Faith in a higher being has been found to significantly improve treatment for people suffering with a psychiatric illness, according to research carried out by McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts. Researchers followed 159 patients over the course of a year at the Behavioral Health Partial Hospital program at McLean to investigate the relationship between a patient’s level of belief in G-d, expectations for treatment and actual treatment outcomes.  Each participant was asked to gauge their belief in G-d as well as their expectations for treatment outcome on a five-point scale.   Levels of depression, wellbeing, and self-harm were assessed at the beginning and end of their treatment program. The study, published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, concluded, “Our work suggests that people with a moderate to high level of belief in a higher power do significantly better in shortterm psychiatric treatment than those without.” Belief was associated with not only improved psychological wellbeing, but a decrease in depression and intention to self-harm, explained David Rosmarin, McLean Hospital clinician and instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical. He added: “I hope that this work will lead to larger studies

Scott explained his design when asked about the unusual look of the car, “I wanted to design something out of the ordinary, something that expressed my dreams and fantasies and that transferred my fashion ideas to automotive design. I see myself driving this car and can well imagine my friends and cool people all over the world loving the unique design of this Smart.” The production version can be bought with either the regular Smart 102-hp engine or one of two electric drivetrains for European customers at an additional charge; there’s no indication it will fly across the Atlantic. While it keeps the leather-trimmed interior of the concept, unlike the original, the wings do not also act as brake lights. What will they think of next…a car with feathers and a beak?

Woman Calls Ambulance for Free Ride Audrey Ferguson seems to have mixed up the numbers for EMS and the local taxi service. The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office says the

51-year-old woman of the Dorchester community has called EMS at least 100 times in the last seven years. Officials say just about every time, she requested to be taken to a hospital. Investigators believe that Ferguson was faking illness, just to get a free ride to downtown Charleston. “She’ll have a vague medical complaint, for instance, abdominal pain,” said Dorchester County EMS Director Doug Warren. “She has medical complaints that are legitimate, and so until she’s been evaluated and determined not to be sick we have to assume she is.”

In News sheriff’s office,” he said. Aside from the money aspect, there is another concern. “That truck from Harleyville is tied up responding to this situation where we appear to have abuse of the system, that may delay our response to someone that has a more significant or more pressing need and it concerns me.” Ferguson is charged with unlawful use of 911 and filing a false police report. The investigation is continuing. There’s no such a thing as a free ride.

$100 Bill Gets a Facelift Everyone’s favorite bill has a new face (not literally)! Ben Franklin still graces the new $100 bill but the US Federal Reserve announced that it has redesigned $100 bills. The new version will go into circulation on October 8, 2013. The rollout, originally planned for 2010, was delayed by production issues with the blue ribbon that’s threaded through the note. Eventually, medics saw a disturbing pattern and grew suspicious. Allegedly, Ferguson never got treated at the hospital; she told hospital officials she was okay and left. “We transport her to one of the area hospitals and then oftentimes before we can get our paperwork completed, she’s signed out from the hospital and gone on to do other things,” said Warren. But on April 2, Ferguson’s free rides came to an end. A Dorchester County deputy was waiting at Trident Medical Center to greet the ambulance carrying Ferguson. According to an incident report, the deputy overheard the woman calling her son for a ride. He also heard her tell a nurse that she was feeling fine and that she was leaving. She left alright! In handcuffs. She was taken to the Dorchester County jail. On the way to jail, Ferguson told a deputy why she called for an ambulance so many times. Clearly without getting advice from a lawyer, Ferguson admitted that she didn’t have a car and this was the only way she had to get around and that her Medicaid paid for it. Except who pays for Medicaid? Taxpayers. Each ambulance ride costs $425, plus mileage. All her rides added up to more than $400K. Warren says taxpayers should be angry. “Absolutely, and that’s part of the investigation that’s ongoing with the

Nearly 80% of all US currency is denominated in $100 bills. There were more than 820 million Ben Franklins out in the world at the end of 2012, making it the most popular bank note, by value, among the world’s major currencies. A large portion of hundreds are held outside the United States, often shipped abroad by the Fed in pallets worth $64 million each.  The bills are popular among traffickers of drugs and weapons and are also used in unstable economies as a reliable store of value. The new $100 bills have stronger security features designed to thwart counterfeiters. Franklin’s collar is now decorated with “The United States of America” in tiny lettering, and another ghostly visage of him appears when the bill is held up to light. Franklin is one of only two people on a US bank note who was never president of the country. Hey, where can I get some of those? Continued on page 38


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The Week These PJs Tell Bedtime Stories Juan Murdoch is a father of six and is tired of telling bedtime stories. So he came up with the idea of the stories telling themselves. The Idaho realtor came with an con-

cept for Smart PJs. Each pair of jammas has 47 unique dot patterns that triggers a story or an animal lesson when scanned with a smartphone or Tablet. Once Murdoch came up with the idea, he enlisted a developer. The pair first tried scanning QR codes — those square bricks of black and white that can direct your smartphone to a website — on the pajamas, but they don’t show

In News up well on fabric. So the team “started from scratch,” creating a dot pattern system reminiscent of Braille, that could be scanned much more easily. When the first samples arrived, Murdoch’s own children ages 6 to 18 got to experiment. “And when I saw that they actually worked, I was as blown away as they were.” The kids debuted the clever product during show-and-

tell, and “pajama day at school was a fun day,” he said.

The Smart PJs cost $25 and the app is free. The app is easy to use and designed for kids to use themselves. Murdoch said, “Kids have a patience level of about 10 seconds. If something doesn’t happen on an iPad or phone within a few seconds, they’re onto something else.” He added, “The nice thing about these is they’re instant.” By design, there are no tables of contents in these apps. As they play, the kids don’t know which story or animal will pop up. “It’s the element of surprise there that makes it fun,” Murdoch told me. Sounds like fun to me. Sweet dreams and good night.

80-Year-Old Drinks a Diamond It was supposed to be a relaxing day with friends with good food and drink to benefit a local charity. But Miriam Tucker, 80, got more than she bargained for when she was sipping her champagne. The Tampa, Florida, resident paid $20 for a glass of champagne at a Tampa Woman’s Club charity fashion show on April 20. A local jeweler dropped a tiny cubic zirconia into hundreds of flutes except one, which got a gleaming, 1.03-carat round diamond, donated to lure more funds for a children’s advocacy agency. Tucker took a big gulp of the champagne…and the precious stone. Never imagining it was the real diamond, she quickly dismissed the incident. After no one else claimed the diamond, she headed off for an X-ray, which revealed nothing. But just two days later, Tucker went for her scheduled colonoscopy. When Continued on page 42


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The Week she awoke from that procedure, she heard the good news: she was in good health and she was the proud owner of a shimmering diamond worth $5,000. Tucker is not interested in 15 minutes of fame; she said she is avoiding the media surge and the endless jokes that are sure to come with it. She was woken up at 7 a.m. on Friday by a phone call from Fox News. She told them to call back later. She declined an invitation from David Letterman’s crew to fly to New York to tell the tale of her elusive diamond. Tucker was surprised by the commotion her swallowing act has generated. “My daughter Googled my name and like 18 things came up,” she said.

Indian Grandfather Sells Grandson on Facebook People sometimes do crazy things but fortunately, they are stopped in time. A man in India has been arrested for allegedly trying to sell his newborn grandson on Facebook for drug money. Feroz Khan, 47, made arrangements on the social networking website with a local businessman and recruited two

hospital workers to kidnap the baby just hours after he was born. The baby’s mother, Noori, had complained that her father was planning to sell her child. Police intervened and rescued the baby from Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi and returned him to his mother. “All three people who conspired to sell the child have been arrested and we will be interrogating the businessman who paid the money to buy the baby,” said Satish Malhotra, a police officer in Ludhiana, northern India. Police commissioner Ishwar Singh said Gurpreet had a Facebook friend whose wife had fertility problems. The gang settled on a price of Rs 45,000, about $830. Nurse Sunita Rani was found to have about $380 (Rs 20,500), while Khan had about $440 (Rs 24,000). The station house officer at the Basti Jodhewa police station said Khan had arranged to sell the baby to fund his drug habit.

Man Kills 33,700 Chickens A Maryland man was sentenced to serve 60 days in jail and three years of probation upon his release, for killing 33,700 chickens. Joshua Shelton, 21,

In News turned off power to a chicken house and caused the death of thousands of chickens. The loss of power deprived the chickens of food, water and cooling fans. More than 21,000 chickens survived but over 33,000 were killed. Last August, Shelton was found lying in the power control shed at a Delmar farm. He told an investigator he didn’t recall entering the shed, according to charging documents but he apologized in court. This is completely cuckoo.

Boston Magazine Honors Victims and City Boston Magazine pays tribute to its city with a moving and stunningly simple photograph on the cover of its May edition. The image features 120 running shoes, all worn in the Boston Marathon, shaped in a heart around the headline: “We Will Finish the Race.” The idea behind the photo was to find a way to honor the bombing victims and the entire city for its response to the tragedy, said John Wolfson, the magazine’s editor-in-chief. “Every single shoe contributed a tiny little bit to the overall effect, but collectively, you have something powerful,” he said. “If

you remove just one shoe, it diminished the picture in some small way. You need every one of those shoes. And I really feel strongly that that’s what happened here in the city. Every person here pulled together.”

Just days before the tragedy the magazine’s staff was scheduled to print the magazine’s next issue, the entire team of writers realized that the cover story planned would need to be replaced. An employee suggested the idea of collecting shoes from runners in the race, and the magazine’s art and design directors came up with final idea. Inside, the magazine features 15 of the dozens of interviews the staff conducted with marathon runners. Each interview is accompanied by a picture of the runner’s shoes. The back cover of the magazine features the same shoe pattern as the front cover, but shows the soles of the shoes instead. Wolfson said the biggest challenge was finding all those shoes within a matter of days. “We scrambled, we used social media, we had everyone on staff calling everyone they could think of — friends, family members who ran,” he said. “We did everything we could possibly do.” Early editions of the magazine will hit newsstands Friday but the magazine will officially be released Tuesday. Wolfson said he was overwhelmed by the response on Thursday when the magazine posted a picture of its cover on Facebook and via Twitter. “This would make a great poster!” wrote one fan on Facebook, where the image received more than 8,000 likes and 7,000 shares within hours of being posted. Wolfson said that was the plan anyway, with all the profits going to charity. “We hoped to announce that later, because we didn’t want to presume this would resonate the way it has,” he said. “But we’ve been overwhelmed by the response.” What a beautiful way to honor and pay tribute to the heroes of Boston.



Nassau County Elected and Police Officials Brief Five Towns Community Leaders on Terror Threat Preparation and Response Concerns about the terror bombings at the Boston Marathon and various credible threats to local public safety prompted Nassau County and the Town of Hempstead high-level government and law enforcement officials to host a high-level security briefing to Five Towns community leaders this past Thursday at the Yeshiva of South Shore campus in Hewlett. The event offered local community leaders an insider’s view of how their local police prepare and respond to direct or peripheral threats to the security and wellbeing of Jewish residents living in the Five Towns and its adjacent Jewish communities. The security briefing, titled “Preparation And Response To Threats,” took place on Thursday, April 18th; two days after the two bombs were detonated during the Boston Marathon, and before revelations of a foiled terror plot to bomb Canadian commuter rail lines. Organized by Nassau County Executive, Ed Mangano, the Nassau County Police Department (NCPD), Town of Hempstead Senior Councilman Anthony

J. Santino, and Nassau County Legislator Howard Kopel, the program centered on an inside look at the various precautions taken by local law enforcement to keep area residents safe. The discussion also focused on how spiritual, educational, and organizational leaders can assist police in these efforts. Following opening remarks from County Executive Mangano and Legislator Howard Kopel, program moderator Detective Lieutenant Gary S. Shapiro, Commanding Officer, Community Affairs, Department Bias Crime Coordinator, introduced a panel of high-ranking officials from the Nassau County Police Department. The panel consisted of Nassau County Commissioner of Police Thomas V. Dale, Detective Sergeant Patrick Ryder, and Chief of Department Steven Skrynecki. Each provided a unique perspective of how law enforcement addresses specific or non-specific threats to the public. Using actual cases from within the Five Towns area, overlaid with their specific area of expertise and past

Light Up Your Night With Inspiration By Orly Gross Looking for an evening of inspiration that brings girls together to prepare for Shavuos? Then make sure to reserve Monday, May 13 to attend TAG High School’s Night of Inspiration! This semi-annual event is an exciting way for girls in high schools across Far Rockaway and the Five Towns to come together and enjoy a video, speaker and a choir, while preparing for the upcoming Yom Tov. World renowned lecturer Charlie Harary will be the speaker at this event. The Night of Inspiration program is a project of TAG High School’s Zichron Henya Ahavas Chessed Program, under the direction of Mrs. Breindy Judowitz. Launched last year at the suggestion of a TAG student, Light Up Your Night has been a success from the start. Designed as community events for all high school girls, the events draw girls from TAG, SKA, TMM, HANC, Shevach, and Shalhevet. Speakers such

as Rabbi Zecharia Wallerstein, Rabbi Eli Mansour, Rabbi Ephraim Shapiro, Rebbitzin Aviva Feiner, and Ms. Chevi Garfinkel keep the girls captivated while providing spiritual food for thought. At each event, a beautiful choir, accompanied by the talented Kayli Joseph and directed by Mrs. Evalee Gross of TAG, sets the tone for the evening. The admission fee is kept to a minimum and includes tickets to a raffle for a chance to win different prizes. The hundreds of girls who come are excited to attend; many walk in equipped with notebooks and pens! Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, as many girls clamor for more. Thought provoking and enriching, Night of Inspiration is a unique and unifying event that will prepare its audience this time for Kabbolas HaTorah.

Pictured (left to right) are: Nassau County Legislator Howard Kopel; Rabbi Kamenetzky, Dean of Yeshiva of South Shore; County Executive Mangano; Police Commissioner Dale; and Rabbi David Kramer, Executive Director of Yeshiva.

experience, the panel members were able to articulate numerous insights on how rabbis and congregational leaders, school principals and faculty, and nonprofit organization leadership could anticipate or respond to real or perceived threats from within their community and without. The panelists, including County Executive Mangano and Legislator Kopel, each placed strong emphasis on the message of “If you see something, say something.” “Thursday’s timely and relevant security briefing addressed the community’s justifiably concerns about safety, and demonstrated the sensitivity and responsiveness of County Executive Ed Mangano and the entire Nassau County Police Department to the Five Towns’ security needs,” said Nassau County Legislator Howard Kopel, one of the security event organizers.

“This is especially true for the 4th Precinct,” said Senior Town of Hempstead Councilman Anthony Santino. “From the precinct’s commanding officer to its auxiliary force, all the way to the newest rookie patrolman, they are always on guard to protect our families and institutions; not just from day-to-day criminal activity, but terrorism, bias, and other occasional threats confronting our nation and neighborhoods.” In addition to the panel members were several ranking members of the Nassau County Police Department including First Deputy Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter; Inspector Christopher J. Cleary, Commanding Officer, 4th Precinct; Chief of Detectives John R. Capece; Sgt. Frank Kirby, Chief of Patrol; Sgt. Leslie Moulds, Administrative Sgt., 4th Precinct; and Captain Danny Gluck, Commanding Officer, 4th Pct. Auxiliary.

Calling All TAG Alumnae

This Sunday, May 5th, the newly formed TAG Alumnae Association will be hosting an alumnae reunion at the Torah Academy for Girls at 444 Beach 6th Street in Far Rockaway at 6:00. Alumnae from all years and locales are invited to come and reminisce. There will be Join us on May 13, at 7:15 in TAG a nostalgic program that will bring you Elementary School. back to the “good old days.” There will

also be a delicious dairy buffet at the gathering. Best of all, there is no entry fee for the reunion. Please note that this is NOT a fundraiser. It is truly a chance to celebrate 50 years of shared history together. For questions or to rsvp, please text 516-776-2267 or e-mail

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Rambam Mesivta Tefillah Week Inspires    Rambam Mesivta’s 2nd Annual “Tefillah Week: Rerouting the Routine,” held this past week, involved guest speakers, inspiring words from Rambam’s rebbeim,  innovative programs to enhance the appreciation and understanding of Tefillah and culminated in an All-NightLearn-A-Thon and vasikin minyan. The entire Mesivta davened together on Monday and then were treated to an energetic dvar Torah from guest speaker Rabbi Aryeh Lightstone, Regional Director of NCSY.  In addition to telling poignant stories about unaffiliated Jews finding meaning in Tefillah, he offered practical advice to the talmidim encouraging them to “pick one thing a day to focus on being thankful for by Modim,” and to see davening  as “a relationship, connection, and commitment.” The entire school davened Shacharis according to shiur on Tuesday and Wednesday in separate classrooms to allow for small-discussions about the big ideas of davening.  Additionally, part of the theory of Tefillah Week is to get out of the routine of davening so by changing the setting of the regular Tefillah, the frame of mind is changed as well.   The whole school davened Mincha together on a daily basis and, during the course of the week, heard Tefillah related divrei Torah from Rabbi Haar, Rabbi Eliach, Rabbi Boiangiu, and Rabbi Ziskind.  On Tuesday, the “Wall of Chizuk” was created by the whole school.  Following Shacharis, the talmidim were asked to explore the siddur and write down the lines they found most inspiring.  These excerpts were then displayed outside the Shul and students were encouraged to seize on one line a day to focus on during davening. Wednesday also saw an innovative method of improving kavanah in davening: “The Davening Time Capsule Project.”  Each student wrote a letter to himself concerning three goals he had for davening.  These letters were then

buried in a Time Capsule and each letter will, G-d willing, be returned to each student by graduation. At that time, each student can measure how he has met or exceeded these goals and place his letter in his Tefillin bag as a constant reminder that improving one’s davening is a life-long endeavor.  Thursday saw another powerhouse speaker with Rabbi Steven Weil, Executive Vice President of the Orthodox Union, who, in addition to speaking to the entire school, met with each grade individually to discuss different aspects of Tefillah.  He urged the talimidim to pray for what they “need, not what they want.” Tefillah Week concluded with a night of All-Night-Learning featuring shiurim from Rabbi Zev Meir Friedman, the Rosh Mesivta, Rabbi Haar, Rabbi Muskat, and Rabbi Ziskind.  The night also featured some gym time for playing basketball and keeping the juices flowing.  A special guest appearance was made by Rabbi Yehoshua Konig who invigorated the boys with his presence.  At midnight, Dunkin Donuts, coffee, and hot cocoa were delivered by Senior Council President, Gavriel Shechter.  For dessert, at 1:00AM, a barbeque was held and delicious burgers and dogs were cooked by Dovid Rosenzweig, Tzvi Strauss, and Sam Cohen.  Assistant Principal, Hillel Goldman, the creator of Tefillah Week, summed up the week by stating, “As I looked around at the vasikin minyan, I saw close to 100 talmidim, exhausted as they probably were, davening with intense kavanah.  I feel confident that while Tefillah Week was a success, its lessons and memory will not be limited to just that week.”

Yeshiva Darchei Torah Preschoolers enjoying ice cream treats to help celebrate Lag B’Omer

Rambam Students “Tech” Out Tech Fair Rambam Mesivta has long been known as a school that that values Torah, middos, and excellence. In the same week that the school was running an innovative “Tefillah Week” with an emphasis on understanding and appreciating davening, the school, in keeping with its Torah Umadah hashkafa, also sent possible future

Intel and RoboCup winners to NY Tech Day. NY Tech Day is in essence a science fair for entrepreneurs to exhibit their startups to thousands of consumers, investors, first adopters, job-seekers, major companies, press and media. This year’s expo was held at New York’s Pier 92 with over 400 startups and 10,000 attendees.

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Challah Rises in Hewlett More than 60 women and girls gathered together on Wednesday, April 24th for an unforgettable evening when the Jewish Women’s Circle at Chabad of Hewlett held a special Challah Baking workshop. The women gathered at the home of Dr. Alan & Anne Roffe in Hewlett Bay Park to learn how to make delicious homemade challah, “I was so excited,” said Inna Kern who came with her six-year-old daughter Anna. “There was truly something so beautiful to knead the dough; it felt really warm and motherly. I want my girls to have that same feeling.” The women and young ladies had a great time while they learned different techniques of kneading, the meaning of baking challah that Jewish women have been making for hundreds of years, and all about the special mitzvah reserved for women, the “hafrashas challah.” As the dough was set aside to rise, the women discussed the critical role of women in the Jewish home.  “It was so inspiring to see how women from all different walks of life joined together

Hopefully none of us have had to experience the moment, but the possibility is all too real. A child suddenly starts choking; an elderly parent collapses and goes into cardiac arrest; a neighbor stops breathing… No one should have to witness to such an event—but should the unthinkable occur, the right preparation can save a life. Achiezer and Hatzalah are proud to present a community-wide health initiative, teaching CPR and choking procedures to all members of the community, free of charge.  In just one session, you can learn the skills and techniques necessary to make the difference during the crucial few moments before Hatzalah arrives.  The program offers separate classes for men and women, as well as a Spanish-language class for the benefit of Hispanic caretakers, who play a critical role in the lives of our loved ones but are often unfamiliar with lifesaving

techniques. Classes will be held at the Hatzalah Garage located at 621 Beach 9th Street in Far Rockaway. Each session will run for approximately two and a half hours, beginning at the following times: Women: May 12, 9:45 AM Men: May 28, 8:00 PM Spanish: May 23, 8:00 PM Don’t leave the lives of your loved ones in the hands of someone unprepared to save them.  Don’t be left standing by helplessly as tragedy unfolds before your very eyes. Sign up for this lifesaving course, today.  Due to space constraints an RSVP must be received early to ensure a spot in the class. Please call Achiezer at (516) 7914444 or email

HAFTR Students Take High Honors at the Long Island Math Fair in unity,” said Mrs. Rivkie Tenenboim, Co-Director of Chabad of Hewlett. ”It was a great accomplishment in our mission to bring together our community with a deeper connection to Torah and mitzvos.”  The Women’s Circle plans on having such event and others in the future. The Women’s Circle at Chabad of Hewlett provides an opportunity for women of all ages to meet new friends, and learn in an informal and fun setting more about our heritage.   Chabad of Hewlett at 31 Franklin Avenue.  All are welcome regardless of affiliation or background.   For more information please contact Mrs. Tenenboim at Rivkie@ or at 516.295.3433, www. Chabad of Hewlett is an affiliate of Chabad of the Five Towns.

Rabbi Gedaliah Oppen, Mr. Neil Bernstein, Michael Sosnick

Three Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway High School students were awarded medals for their outstanding research at the final round of the Long Island Math Fair on April 26, 2013 at Hofstra University. Lauren Schneider and Michael Sosnick captured gold medals, along with Aliza Blond who was awarded a bronze

Aliza Blond, Lauren Schneider, Ms. Naomi Lippman

medal. All three students worked with their mentor, Mr. Neil Bernstein, mathematics department chairman at the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway. Lauren did research on the cardinality of infinite sets, Michael researched fractal geometry, and Aliza investigated the elusive patterns of prime numbers.



Chabad Wows the Crowd with its 18th Annual Lag B’omer Extravaganza The Jean Fischman Chabad Center of the Five Towns has once again amazed the Five Towns community with their spectacular 18th Annual Lag B’Omer event. Held in the Andrew J. Parise Park (formerly Cedarhurst Park) on Sunday night, April 28, it attracted thousands of people from all walks of life who came together to celebrate and enjoy the day, which included archery, bubble bonanza, races, tug-o-war, a petting zoo and the new attraction- giant video games! A roaring bonfire was a major attraction, prepared by the Village of Cedarhurst and manned by the volunteers from the Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department. A sign in front of the glowing fire explained that Torah is like a fire as it gives light to the world, and that bonfires remind us of the additional light brought into the world by the Torah.

The Amazing Skyriders Trampoline show was very impressive! These talented athletes captured the attention of young and old and had the audience sitting on the edge of their seats. The music provided by Azamra DJ set the tone for a festive environment. The excitement and enthusiasm for the event was obvious even to the casual observer. Overheard were people calling their friends on their cell phones, telling them about the event. One woman excitedly said, “The kids are having such a great time here! You gotta bring your kids!” Chabad’s Lag B’Omer celebration was the epitome of unity and captured our community at its best! Importantly, Chabad volunteers were able to help put tefillin on those individuals who would not otherwise have the opportunity to fulfill this important mitzvah. It

was very gratifying to see the looks on the faces of those who wrapped tefillin around their arm, some for the very first time. On Lag B’Omer we observe the passing of the great mystic, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai also known as “Rashbi.” Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai is the author of the Zohar – the source of Jewish mysticism which sheds light onto all the Torah’s teachings. Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai embodied “Hinei Ma’Atov Umanayim Sheves Achim Gam Yachad.” Translated, this means “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity.” Rabbi Zalman Wolowik commented, “In essence on Lag B’Omer, we are celebrating the life and legacy of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. He was a great sage of the Talmud and author of the Zohar, which infused Torah and Judaism with fire, life and zest.  Therefore we strive to share this legacy with the entire community.” Chabad extends a big thank you to the Mayor, Honorable Andrew J. Parise and the Village of Cedarhurst for allowing them to utilize the grounds of the Andrew J. Parise Park. A big thanks to the Lawrence-Cedarhurst fire department, Hatzalah, and the Auxiliary Police for providing such expert assistance. A special thanks goes to Dr. Binyomin Muller, who was the evening’s MC. He brought excitement and enthusiasm as he thanked this year’s sponsors and volunteers. Thank you very much to our generous diamond sponsors: Gourmet Glatt and Haskel Trading, in zechus of a refuah shlaima for Binyomin Zeev HaKohen ben Sharrone Rivka. Many thanks to our co-sponsors Azamra DJ, Brach’s Supermarket, Carlos and Gabby’s and the Party Source. The many hard working volunteers, who helped with the games, food preparation and set up were an invaluable help and are credited with the success as well. And, of course, none of this would have been possible without the tremendous efforts and coordination from Chabad’s youth rabbi and program director, Rabbi Meir and Hadassah Geisinsky who demonstrated their talents, planning and efforts on behalf of Chabad. Their partnership with Chabad of the Five Towns enabled the community to enjoy the Lag B’Omer Family Fun day celebration. 

For more information about Chabad’s many diverse programs including the upcoming Shavuot ice cream party, please visit or for future sponsorship opportunities please call, (516) 2952478

HANC’s Furry Friend

Fourth graders at HANC Samuel & Elizabeth Bass Golding Elementary School in West Hempstead welcomed a special furry friend, Dizzy, a Greyhound therapy dog! Dizzy and his owner, Donna, visited the fourth grade classrooms and explained to the students what a therapy dog is and how they help people. The

students were fascinated to learn how animals can help people and they had a great time meeting Dizzy. Each student was given the opportunity to interact with Dizzy and pet him. Thank you to Mrs. Drorit Bench, Yoni’s mother, for arranging this special visit from Dizzy and Donna.

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Ballet Recital to be Held in June On June 16th, all women and girls of the Five Towns community are invited to attend an afternoon of entrainment that will be sure to delight. This is the renowned ballet production of the Lark Ballet, created and produced by Mrs.

Leyah Newmark, which will be held at the Lawrence Woodmere Academy. For the past 7 years, Leyah Newmark has been providing the Five Towns community with ballet classes for girls ages 4-14 and will be continu-

ing through high school grades. It is by far a unique experience, in which Mrs. Newmark gives over her expertise that she has gleaned from her many years dancing in a professional ballet company.

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As a member of the community herself, Mrs. Newmark knows the importance of providing a child with a skill that fosters creativity, discipline and self confidence. These are valuable tools in a child’s life that become a necessary component against the too often challenging tides of our times. Over the years, Mrs. Newark has seen countless stories of how lives were enhanced because ballet has helped numerous children come out of their shells, providing them with self esteem and a lifelong ability to find their inner peace. Witnessing the struggles of our youth today, these skills are certainly a preventative measure, providing a physically, emotionally and mentally healthy outlet for our children. At the end of the year, these classes culminate with a gala ballet performance which is open to the entire community in the Lawrence Woodmere Academy. These performances, year after year, have become a customary source of entertainment and inspiration for women and girls throughout the Five Towns. Everything is done in the most professional environment while adhering to and celebrating Torah true laws of modesty in all areas. Due to its enormous popularity, this year there are sponsorship opportunities available for the performance. It is especially significant since all of the proceeds will be going to Achiezer. Achiezer is a unique organization, which spearheads and coordinates the many different aspects involved in assisting individuals and families confronted by challenges, from start to finish. Tickets for the performance go on sale May 12th. For further information and sponsorship opportunities, please email

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Inauguration of BJX Center: First Ever All-Encompassing Kiruv Center and Kollel History was made in Brooklyn last Tuesday. Brooklyn Jewish Xperience (BJX) Kiruv Center and Kiruv Kollel, the first all-encompassing Kiruv Center for college students and young professionals raised secular, as well as those from religious homes who are no longer observant or are in need of outreach was inaugurated. 63% of Brooklyn is nonobservant. Brooklyn Jewish Xperience works around the clock, reaching out to Jews of all backgrounds.  Harav Hagaon Rav Belsky, shlita, Rosh HaYeshiva Torah Vodaas and esteemed Rabbonim, the Bostoner Rebbe; Rav Yosef Rabinowitz of Khal Zichron Aryeh Leib; Rav Ashkenazy of Horo-

and also a Maggid Shiur for BJX; Rav Mordechai Twersky of Hornesteipel; Rav Pinchos Frankel of V’yalopol; as well as the members of the Kollel and members of the board of directors, were all present at the kvias mezuzah and chanukas habayis ceremony. With the assistance of R’ Moshe Caller, devoted Chairman of BJX, Rav Belsky placed a mezuzah on the door and made the bracha on the hanging of the mezuzah. Mr. Caller spoke beautifully about the unique opportunity we all have to reach out to others and how privileged he feels to be part of the special work of BJX. Rav Yitzchok Fingerer, Rav and Rosh Kollel, offered inspiring and rous-

Rav Doniel Fingerer; R’ Moshe Caller, Chairman BJX; Maran Rav Belsky; Rav Yitzchok Fingerer, Rav and Rosh Kollel; Horodenka Rav; Rav Steinwurtzel; Rav Moshe Fingerer

come when all the neshamos are gathered up. He explained that it is our objective to ensure that every neshama in Brooklyn has the opportunity to be brought closer to Hashem. He cited numerous stories of students whose lives were transformed through the work of BJX and brought closer to Torah and mitzvos. Rav Belsky spoke with members of the Kollel and then offered words of chizuk to the crowd. The Center is magnificent looking and gives the feel of a true oasis and makom Torah. The community is urged to please help fund the Center so that it’s available for programming 24/7.

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Strong Showing Urged For Agudah Dinner This Sunday, May 5th, well upward of a thousand Jews are expected to converge on the Hilton New York in Manhattan for an annual dinner that is much more than an annual dinner. In addition to the program itself at Agudath Israel of America’s 91st Anniversary Dinner – featuring an address by the Novominsker Rebbe, shlita, the Rosh Agudas Yisroel; a message from Senator Dan Coats (R-IN); an audio-visual presentation in tribute to Reb Yosef Friedenson, z”l; the premiere showing of a special audio-visual presentation of highlights of the Twelfth Siyum HaShas of Daf Yomi, and the bestowal of well-

deserved honors on a group of outstanding askonim – the very gathering itself is designed to serve a critical purpose: to demonstrate to the many elected officials and other notables expected to be present the strength and determination of the Orthodox community. That fact was strongly emphasized this week by Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, Agudath Israel’s executive vice president, who, in a number of recent community gatherings, called attention to the “extraordinarily trying times” in which we are living, and how they demand “extraordinary advocacy” on the community’s part.

Rabbi Zwiebel cited several of the social and geo-political challenges facing our community: the security of our brethren in Eretz Yisroel; the increased threat of world-wide terror in light of recent developments on the world scene; a disturbing abundance of anti-religious initiatives that would affect our lives as committed Jews, including governmental regulation of bris milah; and continued severe economic pressure on the community’s individual members and mosdos. “The confluence of so many challenges,” says Rabbi Zwiebel, “places upon our shoulders the responsibility to

do what we can to show our unity and, yes, our numbers.” “To elected officials,” he explains, “numbers do count. Exposing these officials to the ko’ach ho’rabim of our community, so strikingly on display at the Agudah dinner, often results in tangible benefits to the causes we support and the mosdos haTorah whose interests we advocate. “It is especially critical that we not only make our voices heard but also our faces seen.” Reservations can still be made by contacting Agudath Israel’s dinner office at 212 797-8177.

The Remarkable Legacy of Rabbi Yehoshua Silbermintz z”l Kollel Ner Yehoshua hosted a yahrtzeit shuir on Tuesday evening, April 23, in memory of Rabbi Yeshoshua Silbermintz for whom the Kollel is named. The event was an appropriate tribute to a great man and was well received by family, friends, and the Kollel members. Rabbi Chaim Braunfeld, Rabbi Silbermintz’s son-in-law, spoke about the remarkable legacy that Rabbi Silbermintz left his talmidim and family. Afterward Rabbi Shaya Cohen, the Rosh Yeshiva, spoke about how the Kollel incorporates the teachings and inspirations that he himself learned from Rabbi Silbermintz. On behalf of the Kollel we would like to thank the Silbermintz family for


Community Bnot Yaakov of Great Neck Packs Tomchei Shabbos Bags

So what’s a young their continued support and a beautiful talmida to do durevent. ing these crucial days between Pesah and Shavuot as we’re approaching the day of Matan Torah? At our Bnot Yaakov Rosh Chodesh assembly, we learned a special Sefirat Ha-Omer song that went “Count Down… from Pesah to Shavuot/ From avdut(slavery) to herut(freedom) to Matan Torah!” and learned that we have to fill these days with misvot and middot tovot. We discussed our “misva steps” to Matan Torah and announced Rabbi Chaim Braunfeld, Rabbi Silbermintz’s our next hesed project…Tomchei Shabson-in-law, addresses the crowd bos bags! Our talmidot loved it! It was their hesed to do step by step! First, each girl received a sheet that explained the project to her parents along with a shopping list of things for her to buy. Each student was to buy either a

Brand New Day Camp-For Women! It’s always refreshing when someone introduces a wow-that’s-new-here concept that everyone can benefit from, isn’t it? So here’s the latest novelty in Far Rockaway: Mommy Camp! It’s called Camp Menucha, but it’s for women-not kids! For four hours daily, you can join a group of women who will be getting together each day simply to relax, laugh, learn, and be entertained! Our schedule of original workshops includes a daily Laughing Activity With C.D., original and beautiful “How To” projects, and live performances - from people you’ve heard of! We’ve already booked special guests, including the one and only top comedian Mordechai Schmutter, Kosher Chef and Dessert Designer Chaya Frischman, Dance Instructor Chaya

bag of carrots, 5-6 potatoes, a small bag Sara Stark, and many, many more! Fri- of onions or other vegetables or fruits day mornings start off with a shiur on that they could easily shop for and carry Pirkei Avos, to refresh your spiritual to school. And then…their shopping side as well. Speakers will include prolific author Rabbi Jack Abramowitz, Rebbitzen Raizy Shmulevitz, and other fantastic speakers. You will not be dozing off for a moment-sorry, that’s for home. Music, drama, and art-you’ll get a taste of every possible fun thing to do at Camp Menucha. There will also be Picnic in the Park-well, there have to be a few surprises, so we can’t share more. Advance Only reservations 1-6 weeks, up to you. All registrations confirmed before May 30 entitles you to $150 off (minimum 3 weeks). Registration closes June 30. Come on, Mommies, it’s your turn.

lists began pouring in! All girls brought in their items by an assigned date, and the following day, we set up an assembly line and e packed our “Tomchei Shabbos” bags with all of the assorted items. Of course the hesed wasn’t complete by merely filling the bags with food items; each talmida then wrote and decorated her own personal “note” to her anonymous Tomchei Shabbos recipient and attached it to her bag. Our 3rd Graders finished the job by carrying all the stocked bags, along with their sweet dose of cheerful color, into the van for delivery to Tomchei Shabbos of Queens. Bnot Yaakov students were elated to hear that their hesed mission was accomplished and that their bags had been distributed along with Tomchei Shabbos’ regular delivery. Our hesed was also done in the z’hut of a refuah shelema for Ruchama Sarah Miryam bat Tamar, from our Bnot Yaakov family. We hope that she has a speedy refuah shelema and that we can all walk to Matan Torah with many misvot!

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HaRav Dovid Harris, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim

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Mikveh Dedication in New Hyde Park

Free Presentation on Healthy Aging At Mercy Medical Center on May 15th Mercy Medical Center continues to share the expertise of its physicians with the community at a free lecture on “Healthy Aging” to be presented at the hospital on Wednesday, May 15, 7:30 p.m. The hour-long presentation will be given by Dr. Zev Carrey of Woodmere Medical Practice. A native and long-time resident of Far Rockaway, Dr. Carrey is Board Certified in Internal, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and has been practicing medicine for over twenty-five years. Dr. Carrey will discuss medical and lifestyle factors for aging healthy and

On Sunday April 14, 2013, over 300 people from various communities and representing a wide spectrum of Jews gathered for the Chanukas Habayis of Mikveh Yisrael of New Hyde Park. The only mikveh in Northeast Queens, Mikveh Yisrael is located on the grounds of the Young Israel of New Hyde Park at 264-15 77th Avenue in New Hyde Park, NY. The mikveh will service not only the local community, but anyone needing to fulfill the mitzva, including those visiting relatives at nearby North Shore LIJ Hospital.  A keilim mikveh is part of the completed mikveh and was already in use for Pesach. The audience was addressed by Lawrence Barth, Mikveh Yisrael Chairman; Rabbi Meir Bilitzky, Rabbi Lawrence Teitelman, and President David

Rouhani of Young Israel of New Hyde Park; Rabbi Yati Weinreb and Rabbi Yitzchok Bistritzky of Mikvah USA, a Brooklyn-based organization that assisted with the project; Rabbi Bini Maryles, Associate Executive Director of the National Council of Young Israel; NYS Assemblyman David Weprin; Stuart Appel, in whose parents’ memory the building is to be named; Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, Executive Vice President of Agudas Yisroel of America, and keynote speaker Rabbi Yaakov Perlow – the Novominsker Rebbe and Rosh Agudas Yisroel of America.     For more information about the mikveh or to arrange an appointment, please call 718-343-0496. 

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all that contributes to maintaining good health in advancing years, from screenings and immunizations, to exercise and diet. We hope you will join us for this informative lecture. Advance registration for the presentation is NOT required. It will be conducted in the employee dining room on the lower level of the hospital’s North Pavilion. Ample convenient free parking will be available. For travel directions or information, call 516-62MERCY.

Rabbi Moshe Tuvia Lieff to Speak in West Hempstead The Agudath Israel of West Hempstead announces its inaugural event, a pre-Shavuous shiur. West Hempstead is located a short drive from the Five Towns, with affordable housing out of the flood area. It is a wonderful community, full of ma’asim tovim and middos tovos, ripe for young couples looking for a heimish neighborhood to raise a family in. The purpose of our new shul is to expand our beautiful community by continuing its spiri-

tual growth. The shiur will be given by Harav Moshe Tuvia Lieff, Rav of Agudas Yisroel Bais Binyomin of Brooklyn. It will take place iy”H May 7, 2013, at 8:00 p.m. at 711 Dogwood Avenue, West Hempstead, NY 11552. Come find out about us. For more information, please call Rabbi Moshe Finkelstein (516) 4891913,


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Unbashful and Unapologetic: “This Land is Ours!” Mayana Prowisor is hardly the person you would expect to see featured as the Keynote Speaker at an annual gala dinner; certainly not at One Israel Fund’s

remarkably natural for her. Though she speaks in measured tones, her words are genuine “devarim hayotzim min halev,” words from the heart, which truly

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prestigious 19th Anniversary Gala Din- entered the hearts of her listeners who ner at Three Sixty°, a swank hall in the were mesmerized by her sincerity and Tribeca section of Lower Manhattan. her unbashful love for the Land of Israel. Yet that is the role she, along with her Mayana speaks mother, Suri, played last Monday eve- with a conviction ning as she addressed the large crowd that New Yorkers who had come to show their support for are unaccustomed the heroic residents of Israel’s most vul- to hearing. She nerable communities. is not apologetic The dinner was designed to pay trib- for her way of life ute to a number of outstanding honor- nor is she deterred ees including Hakarat Hatov Awardees by the opposition Sharon & Alan Shulman of West Hemp- from within and stead, NY; Keter Shem Tov Awardees without. Donna & Steve Gormley of Woodmere, When the misNY; Shomer Yisrael Awardee, New York siles started to fall City resident Craig Dershowitz and Art- on Israel this past ists 4 Israel; and Young Leadership Co- November, she and Honorees, Alyssa & Bernie Alexander her friends were and Ester & Avi Bohorodzaner, both of evacuated from the Southern town of Kew Gardens Hills, NY. However, it Alumim, where they were learning in was Mayana who stole the show. the mechina (pre-army Torah academy) Mayana is a softbefore entering the IDF spoken, 18-year old later this summer. The girl from the Israeli town is situated mere kitown of Shilo, the lometers from the Gaza ancient site which Yeborder. In Southern Ishoshua chose to settle rael, where distance is the Mishkan (ancient often measured by the Tabernacle) and the length of time it takes a first capital city of Katyusha rocket to hit its Israel. Her father, target, Alumim is 15 secMarc, is the former onds from Gaza. RavShatz, or Head of Hardly the place for a Security for the Shilo nice Jewish girl. Bloc of communities Mayana Prowisor inspires the crowd But Mayana sees and is currently the things differently. After director of security projects for One Is- one Shabbat at home, Mayana and her rael Fund. fellow students made the unanimous deGrowing up in her parents’ home, cision to return. Mayana learned to be fearless in the face “It just felt wrong to leave when of an unrelenting enemy. This trait seems things got dangerous,” was her unas-

suming explanation – as if it is perfectly normal for a teenage girl to voluntarily put herself in harm’s way to help her fellow Jews. For Mayana and her friends to leave at that critical time was to tell the terrorists in Gaza that they are winning. And if the terrorists think they are winning because our own people show fear, then the entire country’s existence is at stake. “They are all like me,” she modestly adds, “all my friends share the same passion and love for Israel.” Indeed, the residents of Shilo do share that passion, as do the other 360,000 residents throughout Judea and Samaria. Despite living under some of the most trying circumstances, they manage to overcome and persevere, building vibrant, flourishing communities on Israel’s most treasured ancient lands. And many do so with the fervent belief that they are protecting and securing the entire Land of Israel.

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Ben Brafman and Steve Orlow at the event

lows communities to not just survive but prosper and grow. Mayana is like many others. We don’t hear them too often because they are too busy doing what they do best – living Israel in every sense of the word. Working, settling, building, cultivating, traveling, seeing, experiencing, protecting… doing everything a person does on land that is unquestionably their very own. The reason is simple: “This land is ours and Judea and Samaria are our Eternal Bond to our Homeland and its deep, rich history.” Until One Israel Fund’s website’s redesign is completed, you can view Mayana’s entire speech One Israel Fund’s YouTube channel – 1israelfund. You can also view other videos from the evening and subscribe to the channel to receive future videos.

“One Israel Fund is one of the only organizations that enable us to continue,” Mayana declares. “Without the money raised by One Israel Fund, so For more information regarding One many communities would be lacking Israel Fund and its lifesaving projects, the most basic necessities.” One Israel please contact us at info@oneisraelFund provides crucial security ment and training, without which many towns would simply be too dangerous for people to inhabit. It also provides vital emergency medical equipment and centers, educational scholarships, financial assistance for those in need as well as other humanitarian aid to build schools, synagogues, parks Shomer Yisrael Award Presentation and libraries that al-

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Councilman Donovan Richards Meets with NYC Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner

Left to right: Zezy Fuld, Director of Development; Yitzy Mendlowitz, TOVA’s President; Jordan Hiller; Richard Altabe, Founder of TOVA; Dr. Norman Blumenthal, Founder of TOVA; Yehuda Klinkowitz, Program Director; Rabbi Feiner, Rav of the White Shul; Rabbi Halpern; Rabbi Yehuda Septimus, Rav of The Young Israel on North Woodmere

This past Thursday night, while the NFL teams were picking what they hope to be their all-stars, the North Woodmere community, TOVA , and Rabbi Eytan Feiner from The White Shul came together to learn more about a great cause. It was called a Night of Inspiration for TOVA and the name fulfilled its promise on many levels. The night started off with Jordan Hiller, President of The Young Israel of North Woodmere and head of the committee for this event, speaking about how he had come to learn about TOVA only a few months ago at an event he was invited to by Zezy Fuld, Director of Development of TOVA and friend of Mr. Hiller. “I imagined the feeling of loneliness and hopelessness that some children might have,” Jordan said after attending. “I imagined how horrible it must be to have absolutely no one to talk to while dealing with social anxieties in school or trouble at home. It seemed to me that TOVA really addressed this issue for our community in a brilliantly straightforward way. When can I do an event for TOVA so that I can help out?” Mr. Fuld was elated to see how much Mr. Hiller wanted to get involved and help in any way. Jordan introduced Zezy as someone who brings tremendous heart to everything he does, whether it be diving for an interception or making sure our children have a brighter future. Zezy then introduced TOVA to the crowd briefly and welcomed the evening’s very special guest speaker, Rabbi Eytan Feiner of The White Shul. In his uniquely energetic, cerebral style, Rabbi Feiner

blew the crowd away with a tapestry of Torah, anecdotes, and statistics that came together perfectly to relate a message of achdus. He made clear that while we all count up during the period of Sefirah, we are in reality bringing things back to the source, bringing Shavuot back to Pesach, bringing ourselves back to who we really are. Rabbi Feiner summed up by referencing the fact that it was the night of the NFL Draft. That it was a night where many had football on their minds. “Who needs the NFL Draft?” Rabbi Feiner exclaimed. “We have the All Stars right here in this room!” Looking around, he was right and perhaps reflecting how it was a Night of Inspiration on the deepest level. Rabbi Feiner then continued talking about how it’s time for us to return to our roots and come together as a community and unify for a cause, especially a cause that has helped over 100 children in our community weekly in all of our community schools. “Yehuda Klinkowitz (TOVA Program Director), Zezy Fuld, Dr. Blumenthal, Richie Altabe, who needs a NFL Draft? Bimakom she-ayn ish Hishtadel l’hiyot a mentor shel TOVA (A place where no one steps up to plate you should step up to be a TOVA mentor) and help out in any way you can.” The night was very well attended and very uplifting. Speaking of “stepping up to the plate,” TOVA will be having a Home Run Derby on June 4th. If you would like to join the home run derby or would like more information, please contact TOVA at 516-295-0550 or email

Donovan Richards (D) Far Rockaway recently met NYC DEP Commissioner Carter Strickland to discuss district wide flooding issues and upcoming capital projects. This is part of an ongoing series of meetings focused on alleviating issues impacting District 31.

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Residents Protest Reporting at Great Neck Record Photo credit: Committee for Fair Reporting

A group of approximately fifty demonstrators congregated in front of The Great Neck Record’s offices on Cutter Mill Road in Great Neck, on Sunday morning, April 28, 2013, to protest what they claimed was the paper’s decades of slanted coverage and dissemination of left wing propaganda. The Record is a weekly that allegedly covers all events in Great Neck. Its competitor, the Great Neck News, offers a much more balanced approach. The catalyst for the rally was what organizer Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, a Great Neck resident and Manhattan business executive, as well as the president of the Israel Independence Fund, called “the disgraceful false reporting” of the Anton Newspaper chain’s GN Record, and its editor, Wendy Kreitzman, of anti-jihad activist Pamela Geller’s appearance at the Great Neck Chabad on April 14. Wiesenfeld spearheaded the protest with Dr. Paul Brody for two reasons: “It is one thing for a newspaper

to have an editorial point of view that I find abhorrent – bad enough, but perfectly American. It is not permissible to ignore reality and publish a false accounting of a widely-attended event the way the GN Record did – while photos in other publications prove the exact opposite of your statements…speaking of ‘sparse attendance’ and the like. This is the role of a newspaper in some totalitarian society, not America. In that regard, Wendy Kreitzman must be replaced because she has proven herself unfit as a legitimate, unbiased, ‘fair and balanced’ journalist. There is no longer anything published under her imprimatur that is credible.” Ronnie Gavarian, a North Hempstead resident, read a letter she wrote to Angela Anton, publisher of the GN Record, decrying the lack of balance in Kreitzman’s coverage of Geller’s appearance at the GN Chabad.  Robert Germino, a former U.S. Marine Captain and former candidate from

The demonstrators, led by activists Jeff Wiesenfeld (to right of photos on GN Record office door) and Dr. Paul Brody (to left of door) exhibited enlarged photos and held placards protesting Great Neck Record’s coverage of a recent event featuring Pamela Geller.

Glen Cove for both NY State Assembly, as well as for the Nassau County Legislature, read a statement attesting to the shabby coverage he received as a candidate, calling it the “blatant media bias by Ms. Anton’s newspapers,” which he compared to Pravda (a former USSR newspaper). He said he would “stand

with our friends in Great Neck by not buying [Anton’s] papers…or an ad in any of them.”  Joe D’Uva of Islip said he was there “to support Freedom of Speech, Pamela Geller, and the U.S. Constitution.” 


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Yeshiva Ketana of Long Island Pirkei Avos- In Preparation for Kabalas Hatorah As we look forward to Shavous and prepare for Zman Matan Torah, the boys at Yeshiva Ketana of Long Island are working towards Yom Tov in their own way. Rabbi Yosef Friedler, YKLI’s junior high Mashgiach Ruchni, launched a Pirkei Avos learning program for the sixth, seventh, and eighth graders and the talmidim are shteiging away. Those boys who complete the mesechta before Shavous will participate in an extra-special siyum after Yom Tov. While the culminating event provided the boys with a tempting incentive, the entire program is designed to encour-

age the boys to truly delve into the depth and beauty of the timeless lessons. With purposefully developed booklets that include the mishna, translation sheets, and additional activities – all of which contribute to an overall understanding – the boys have a structured learning approach that covers ground while building depth. When a talmid completes one booklet, he brings it to the office and exchanges it for the next. Every perek learned translates into a raffle ticket and the tickets are doubled when the mesechta is finished. To encourage the boys to incorporate the learning into their

US Army Chaplain Comes to BBY In an extension of their Social Studies class, the Junior High students of BBY heard about the incredible life of a frum Jew in the U.S. army. As a chaplain and a paratrooper in the army, Rabbi Avraham Horovitz experienced many situations beyond the ken of the average American citizen. And as a frum man, he interpreted those situations in a Torah framework. Rabbi Horovitz explained to his enthralled audience how Saddam Hussein tried to emulate the grandeur of Nevuchadnezzer’s palace. Hussein recreated Nevuchadnezzer’s famous hanging gardens and he, too, etched messages into the stones of his palace as did the Babylonian king of old. Furthermore, he noted that the original gates from Nevuchadnezzer’s palace are still in place in the Iraqi palace today. In his Power Point presentation, Rabbi Horovitz showed the girls the area in modern day Iraq at which the Yidden lamented “Al naharos Bavel” as they began their bitter exile. But the most significant part of Rabbi Horovitz’s narrative was how he explained the many ways in which

he catered to the needs of his battalion. For the Jewish soldiers, he conducted Pesach sedarim, arranged to have a succah built, provided kosher food, and made sure to always have a Sefer Torah available. As an army chaplain, Rabbi Horovitz was also responsible for the non-Jewish soldiers in his battalion. He made a kiddush Hashem by his consideration for all the soldiers and for the inspiration and strength he infused in all who requested his help. The Junior High School girls are so grateful to Mrs. Devorah Wolf, their Social Studies teacher, for arranging this informative and fascinating talk. Their interest was evident by the avid attention they paid during the presentation as well as their involvement in the question and answer session.

regular schedules, the tickets are tripled for those who learn Pirkei Avos every day. This carefully designed raffle provides multiple opportunities for success thereby allowing each and every boy to access the learning a way that best works for him. Not only is growth encouraged on an individual basis, but it is also fostered collectively. The class with the most perakim completed will win a class trip, and this element has sparked a wonderful coalescence as boys have teamed up to learn together. It is particularly inspiring to see how these motivated students have, on their own accord, created learning chaburahs. One class seized the

opportunity to learn together by conducting learning during breakfast. On their own initiative and completely self-directed, the boys decided that each day, one talmid would prepare for and then teach the others over breakfast. “This is a remarkable team effort to really learn the mesechta in such a mature, genuine manner while simultaneously working together to reach a goal. This is an unbelievable outgrowth of the Pirkei Avos program and it captures what is unique about our boys. Not only are they driven to grown in learning, but their ability to successfully launch such an all-inclusive activity bespeaks their growth in menschlechkeit as well,” explained Rabbi Friedler. Momentum continues to build as the boys make progress both individually and in their classes and they all look forward to partaking in their grand siyum – with the fullest sense of accomplishment – next month.

Supervisor Kate Murray Visits HANC

Second graders at HANC Samuel & Elizabeth Bass Golding Elementary School in West Hempstead were very excited to welcome Town of Hempstead Supervisor, Kate Murray. Ms. Murray shared information about the Town of Hempstead’s geography with the students and she answered their questions about her job and how she serves the community. Ms. Murray read The

Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein to the students to highlight the importance of taking an active role to serve the community. After her visit, the second graders each wrote a paragraph about ways in which they could give to the community too. A big “thank you” to Ms. Murray for coming to HANC to visit!



Breakfast for Rabenstein Learning Center and Weiss Vocational Center to take Place this Sunday, May 5th The Rabenstein Learning Center and Weiss Vocational Center of Yeshiva Darchei Torah are internationally recognized as peerless intervention programs turning around youth who had been positioned for failure. Where does one find these programs? Although they are physically located on the main campus of the Yeshiva, their true heart lies in the students who, with the help of dedicated rabbeim and teachers, gain the necessary confidence to achieve academic success. A Breakfast Reception will be held in support of the Rabenstein Learning Center and Weiss Vocational Center at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Yosef Lowinger, at 62 Causeway, Lawrence, New York, on Sunday morning, May 5th, at 9:30 a.m. Rabbi Yaakov Bender, Rosh HaYeshiva, will offer divrei bracha. Rabbi Moshe Tuvia Lieff, rav of Agudas Yisroel Bais Binyomin, will be the guest speaker.

The Rabenstein Learning Center’s groundbreaking role in Jewish education for over twenty-five years has not only offered countless opportunities to the children of our community–it has also become an invaluable resource for yeshivos and Bais Yaakovs throughout the country and throughout the world. On any given day, a call can come in from Los Angeles or Eretz Yisroel, with a distraught parent seeking a solution for his or her child. They call because they are seeking answers, and they find them in the warmth and support of the Center’s staff members. The Center is led by Mrs. Jill Kay, whose warmth and professionalism is a source of inspiration to everyone at the Yeshiva. Bearing the great imprint of its founders, Rabbi Yaakov Bender and Mr. Norman Rabenstein, the Center is committed to helping each child reach his full potential. The children are helped through resource room

Gradual Changes That Last The period of Sefiras Haomer is a time set aside for working on ourselves in a spiritual way. The Jewish nation was redeemed from Egypt and had 49 days to prepare to receive the Torah. This demonstrates for us what Hashem expects in regard to change. Hashem did not take the Jewish nation out of Egypt and then give them the Torah the next day. Rather, He gave them a period of forty nine days in which to gradually change themselves from a nation of slaves to the nation that would receive the Torah. This teaches us that real change is gradual. Often when a person decides he is going to change a negative behavior and “never” act in a specific manner again, it’s a recipe for failure. When he slips up two days later he becomes frustrated, or even worse, gives up on changing. In the realm of middos, a person must make gradual changes. Making grand announcements that one is never going to raise his voice in anger again, or never going to speak to his spouse in a sarcastic tone of voice or never going to blame without hearing the whole story first generally can’t and won’t last. One idea for a realistic gradual change is the “one time method.” One time today I will try to control myself from raising my voice in anger, and one time tomorrow and one time the next day and then

gradually taking on more and more. This is the type of change that can stick. Often when a couple is working on their relationship and putting a lot of effort, energy, and time into improving, they begin to feel frustrated by the seeming lack of “real change” being experienced. At times like this it is important to keep in mind that gradual change is real change and overnight changes rarely stick. This knowledge can give a couple the ability to have the patience they need as they journey to real positive changes in their relationship. Let us try to utilize this time of Sefiras Haomer and make a decision to work in a gradual way on one middah that can impact our marriage for the positive. May Hashem help us to truly succeed in changing and improving our middos and as a result, our marriage and other interpersonal relationships. Five Towns Marriage Initiative provides educational programs, workshops and referrals to top marriage therapists. FTMI will help offset counseling costs when necessary and also runs an anonymous shalom bayis hotline for the entire community Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 10:00-11:00 p.m. For the hotline or more information, call 516-430-5280 or email dsgarry@

assistance as well as selfcontained classroom instruction. Teachers are welcome to confer regularly with the Center’s staff to help students succeed in modified learning programs created and monitored Talmidim in the Weiss Vocational Center’s newest course: Home Wiring by outstanding professionals. Academic challenge is courageously Classes are kept small to maximize stumet and often overcome. dent involvement and accomplishment. The Weiss Vocational Center was A new program, inaugurated in the founded by Rabbi Yaakov Bender and early days of the recession, is the Weiss complements an outstanding Limudei Kodesh education with a well-rounded secular program that also includes career-oriented technical classes. The program is named after Mor and Deborah Weisz, great-grandparents of the Reception’s host, Yosef Lowinger, who were known as great baalei chesed before and during World War II. Besides Mor Weisz’s tremendous efforts on behalf of the individual needy, he established several charitable enterprises. One was a free kitchen for poor people, which began as a special Shabbos kitchen for those who had nowhere to go for their Shabbos meals. He also established two separate vocational programs in HungaMr. Nechemia Rabenstein, founder of the ry addressing the need for Shomer ShabRabenstein Learning Center, pictured outside the bos jobs. He personally housed young Center with two of his grandsons. men to whom he taught his trade of baking in addition to other vocations. He also placed all these young men, once Institute for Continuing Education, detrained, in jobs by urging businesses to signed to equip unemployed and underhire them. How fitting that the Yeshi- employed men and women of the comva’s vocational center should bear their munity with new skills that will enable name. them to rejoin the workforce. Courses Housed on the Mesivta Chaim Shlo- offered include: Bookkeeping/Junior mo campus, the Weiss Vocational Center Accounting, Computer Skills, Electrical is a singular role model for other yeshi- Technician and Plumbing. vos throughout the country. Students are The Yeshiva cordially invites the enoffered a variety of technical courses as tire Far Rockaway/Five Towns commupart of their General Studies program. nities to join in this special opportunity Technical courses include Woodwork- to support the education of our children– ing, Construction, Plumbing, Electrical all our children–so that no child is left Training, Auto Repair and Home Wir- behind. Toward that goal, Yeshiva Daring. Courses offered in conjunction with chei Torah is eternally committed. For more information, please conthe Mesivta’s General Studies program are Computers, Science, Global Stud- tact the Yeshiva at 718-868-2300 ext. ies, English, Math, and Business Math. 219.

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At the Inwood Community Kollel Lag B’Omer Dinner and Kumzitz with Yehuda Green

Photos courtesy of Yisrael Markowitz

Rav Feivel Cohen, Nasi HaKollel with Rav Shlomo Cohen, Rosh HaKollel

Yehuda Green singing at the event

JCCRP to Host First Time Homebuyers Workshop

On May 6, 2013 at 8:00PM, the Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula will once again host a First Time Homebuyer Workshop at Knesseth Israel (the White Shul). The workshop will include a panel of experts in the field of mortgages, lawyers familiar with the laws pertaining to home buying, and other various people dealing with home buying. Participants of the workshop will be advised by our panel regarding preparatory steps that are necessary to purchase a home. They will discuss grants that are available, tax ramifications, budgeting and many other legal aspects of home buying. Our panel consists of: Michael Lukin of Apple Bank of Savings Henoch Grumet of SEBCO Kalman Gefen, Mortgage Specialist Paul Mernick of the Law Office of Paul Mernick Anyone in the process of buying a

first time home or entertaining the idea of buying a home would benefit from this workshop. The workshop is one many services the JCCRP provides in the Rockaway area. Among the other services we provide are Food Stamp applications, Medicaid applications, Family Health Plus Enrollment; Kosher Food Pantry, Crisis Intervention, Summer Camp Scholarship; Tenant/Landlord Advocacy; Information regarding Medicare; Assistance in applying for HEAP, SCRIE and other entitlements. Please call the Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula at 718 327-7755 , 1525 Central Ave. Far Rockaway, NY, for any further information. In order to make a tax deductible donation, you may visit our website,, or mail a check to us at the above address. Remember, 100% of your donations go to the needy in our community.

Reb Binyamin Ganz accepting the award, Mr. Howard Ganz & the Roshei HaKollel

Dr. Rona Novick to Present Teachers’ Workshops at Bais Yaakov of Queens Bais Yaakov of Queens welcomes Dr. Rona Novick, once again! With the help of NYC funding, Mrs. Sarah Bergman and Mrs. Karen Reisbaum coordinated a series of workshops with Dr. Novick, a renowned psychologist and speaker. Dr. Novick previously presented several series of workshops at Bais Yaakov, and this time she is continuing instruction on Differentiating Instruction, Reaching and Teaching Every Student! A grant allocated for the general studies staff includes four workshops during this academic year. The second workshop with Dr. Novick this year was attended by all of the general studies staff. An afternoon session for teachers who teach both general studies and Limudei Kodesh was arranged, and an invitation to the Hebrew teachers was extended. Many of the teachers took advantage of the opportunity.  Bais Yaakov’s general studies principal, Sarah Bergman, and assistant principal, Karen Reisbaum, believe that every student must be met to become

learners. Having teachers master Differentiated Instruction is one of the ways they intend to reach that goal. “Our teachers already master many best practices. Their participation in these workshops is helping them gain perspective on what it is like to be in a classroom again. Each of us has different learning styles, and together, we are learning more about ourselves as learners and extending this knowledge to how varied our students are as learners. This will help us reflect on how we need to teach in order to engage everyone, all the time,” said Mrs. Bergman. The series of workshops continues through the end of May. This will give the staff the opportunity to meet and discuss plans for the coming year and afford planning time during the summer. “Summertime is when we can reflect on what we learned from our students, what we learned at the workshops and blend the two to make the coming year an even better one for our students, families and ourselves!”

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At the Community-Wide Hillula for Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai held on the grounds of the White Shul on Lag B’Omer. Photos by Ira Thomas Creations



Men, women and children enjoyed the live music, delicious food and gazed at the bonfire in celebration of Lag B’Omer.

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My First Day of (Cooking) School How I Learned to Make Consommé


t’s 9:00 AM on a sunny Tuesday morning, and I’m on my way to school. Not just any school, but cooking school. Or, more accurately, the Center for Kosher Culinary Arts. I’m supposed to be an impartial observer this morning, just recording the class activities as I see them. But today’s lesson, I am told, is going to be on poultry, and specifically about soup. Great! That’s something I can do. Chicken soup is one of the staples of the Jewish diet. Class should be a breeze. Maybe I could even give today’s lesson… The Center for Kosher Culinary Arts is located in the center of Flatbush at 1407 Coney Island Avenue near Avenue J. That’s good news for the school, as it is centrally located and easily accessible to students who come from far and wide. It’s not such good news for me, who is circling the streets looking for parking on this “alternate side of the street parking” day. On second thought, maybe I should have walked. I finally ease my Honda Pilot into a space on East 7th street. My first day of school, and I’m already late. I can’t help noticing how, at this time of day, this usually bustling area is eerily silent. Most of the stores on the block are still closed, and even Eichler’s is dark and quiet. I rush to class, which is located upstairs from a giftware store called Happy Home. I find Chef Avram, our instructor, sitting at the gleaming steel counter surrounded by his attentive students. They are already deeply engrossed in the lecture. Someone pulls out a barstool and I join the group. We are having a conversation about, of all things, chicken stock. Chef Avram Weisman is Dean of Student Affairs at CKCA. He has an impressive background as a chef at a wide array of venues and extensive teaching experience. It becomes clear immediately that he is knowledgeable, charismatic, and totally in command of this class. He is passionate about cooking, and that passion is being transmitted to this group of young, aspiring students. There are seven students in the class, four men and three women. All are young and bright and eager to learn. I meet Hindy, Elizabeth, Elana, Menachem, Mendy, and a guy who calls himself “Torch.” There’s another person in this class who wishes to remain anonymous because, he tells me, he doesn’t want his friends to

know that he’s in cooking school. Professional cooking is not all about adding a pinch of this and a dash of that. It’s serious business. Like a drill sergeant, Chef Avram quizzes his students about the ratio of flour to fat in a roux, how to thin a veloute sauce, the best method of clarifying butter, and the precise ingredients of a béarnaise sauce. Upscale cooking is all about French terminology, making it seem all the more chic and mysterious to plain folks like me. But these students will no doubt become tres comfortable with all of these skills in just a few weeks’ time. The lecture is fascinating but it is, after all, just a lecture. Culinary school is all about hands-on training and real work. That’s why many of the students are decked out in chef’s uniforms, complete with hats and aprons and thick checkered slacks. If you’re afraid to get your hands dirty or your shirt stained, this class is not for you. Avram is a consummate professional, and he shares an endless assortment of practical advice and guidance gleaned from his many years of experience. In the corner of the room, a huge pot is simmering on a large commercial stove. It is filled with chicken stock. “If you’re working in a restaurant,” he challenges his students, “how would you lift this pot off the stove?” Good question. I’m kind of wondering about that myself. That pot is big enough to fit a person, and it’s filled with bubbling liquid. “You don’t!” he answers. Instead, he demonstrates the correct technique of ladling out the contents a little bit at a time with a smaller, more manageable stock pot. Good advice to remember the next time I cook soup for a hundred people. Later, we are instructed on how to properly separate eggs. “You need at least three cups for this,” the Chef explains, “because if even a bit of yolk gets into the soup, it will become cloudy.”

Upscale cooking is all about French terminology, making it seem all the more chic and mysterious to plain folks like me.

It is today totally chic and hip to be considered a “foodie.”

is evident that Chef Avram is quite proud of what is being accomplished here. “It’s a greater mitzvah,” he says, “to give someone a parnassah than to give him tzedakah. These students are set for life. They may not become rich, but they will have a good and steady income.” I meet Jesse, who is the Director of CKCA. He tells me the kosher food industry is growing by leaps and bounds. Schools, camps, assisted living facilities, all need chefs, as do, of course, all the restaurants, diners, and eateries in our community. The image of the overweight and sweaty cook in the smeared apron is a tired old cliché from yesteryear. Today’s food professionals are young, vibrant, creative, and professional. It is totally chic and hip today to be considered a “foodie.” What kind of person should consider a career as a chef? Chef Avram says there’s no special talent required. The number one requirement is motivation. “You have to want to be here,” he says. “It’s a difficult profession. The hours are long, and you’re standing on your feet all day in a hot room filled with high pressure and lots of stress.” That’s the downside. “On the other hand, it’s rewarding and gratifying. There are few things more pleasurable than food. It’s a universal pleasure.” CKCA also offers Recreational Cooking Classes for those who don’t want to invest in a lengthy three month course. I am told that “Date Night” (“Work together with that special someone to create a delicious upscale dinner!”) is invariably booked solid. But I’m more intrigued by the melon carving course, the fancy cookie class, and the Mother’s Day brunch. There’s one course called, “Chocolate! Chocolate! Chocolate!” that totally catches my eye. Unfortunately, it was held back in April. The hour is late, and I bid goodbye to my fellow classmates, wishing them good luck in their future careers. Chef Avram is disappointed that I will not be tasting the consommé but he gives me a sneak preview of what it looks like as it simmers gently on the commercial stovetop. Just as he had predicted, most of the ingredients are hovering on the top of the pot, forming an unattractive grey raft. But underneath, he dishes out a ladle full of steaming golden crystal clear liquid. The aroma is intoxicating. I have discovered a newfound respect for chicken consommé. It takes over a dozen ingredients and several hardworking students to create a pristine consommé, and it also takes the better part of a morning for it to happen. But the results speak for themselves. As for me, I emerge from cooking school having learned some valuable lessons. I have learned to think twice before I dismiss the seemingly simple consommé as a boring selection on a restaurant menu. And I have learned to appreciate the people in the kitchen who are dedicated to making my meal a pleasurable gastronomic experience. That’s a lot of food for thought. And to think that I originally assumed that today’s cooking class was going to be easy.

The key to a successful consommé is not the formidable list of raw ingredients. It’s the simmering process. The soup is warmed and then moved so that the edge of the pot sits directly over the fire. It is rotated gently every few minutes until a nasty looking “raft” of solids is formed on top. This raft draws all the fats and impurities to the surface, leaving a pure, richly flavorful liquid below. The raft is eventually discarded and you are left with the ultimate soup experience. The gleaming countertops which were spotless just a few minutes ago are now littered with bowls of all sizes, chunks of vegetables, cutting boards, and chopping knives. I learn that a proper chef should have all his raw ingredients laid out before him before he begins his work. I also discover that the chef’s most essential and indispensable tools are his set of gleaming kitchen knives. Every student in this class has a personalized set. Our class is brimming with activity, yet with a quiet intensity. Each student is concentrating on the task at hand. Elana is chopping onions and placing the halves in a heated pan to blacken them. Menachem is leaning over a steel bowl, whisking his egg whites. Hindy is carefully weighing her ground chicken on a digital scale. Chef Avram, it turns out, is also chief coach and a cheerleader. He encourages with statements such as “Did you put any love into your food? That is essential!” or “If you’re gonna make a living like this, you’re gonna have to move.” He also urges the students to “clean up their work stations” as soon as they finish a project. I chat with the students while they work, wondering aloud about what prompted them : Sachet bag to sign up for this intensive and pricey class. es av le 2 bay Each one has a unique story to tell. Elana’s Ingredients thyme ½ tsp dried s primary profession, she says, has nothing to 10 egg white n corns ke er ic ch ½ tsp pepp do with food. She is actually studying to be a ound beef or d pe op 2 lbs lean gr ch ems on of 8 parsley st physician’s assistant, but she has always had a (a combinati 1# mirepoix ry) passion for cooking. “Being a Jewish woman,” ots and cele onions, carr d diced an she says, “the kitchen is where you spend half s, seeded oz. tomatoe 12 your life. You want to be able to do it in the best stock 5 quarts cold possible way.” e , chopped 2 onions brul Hindy is already pursuing a career in cookground beef e th dd A . othy . Add ing. She gives baking classes to youngsters in a n bowl until fr art stockpot Preparatio into a 10 qu large mixing k a oc in st s ld te hi co g w local girls’ school. She also says she does some e the Whip the eg whites. Plac s to the egg oe at catering and gives cooking demonstrations. She til mixture m to d casionally un oc l. mirepoix an el ng w ri ir ix st m , is here to broaden her knowledge and gain more mass has e heat ients and m, floating er moderat fir ov a l other ingred er al n m he m W si b! ugh. experience. And Torch tells me he has already ixture to a Do not distur bubble thro Bring the m of the liquid. consommé to p e to th worked as a sushi chef and a grill chef in a resw on lo al rm ft to t raft fo nter of the ra is warm. Le taurant but he would like to upgrade his skills. I hole in the ce l al sm ugh several a s. k ur ly strain thro t 1 1/2 ho ul formed, brea ou ef ab ar watch him hone his set of knives (not quite the , C . ps er lo te pepp h a paper l flavor deve salt, and whi al grease wit e, du si in Simmer unti w same as sharpening a knife) and it looks to me like re e ry ov er g. Rem a drop of sh by skimmin Season with his skills are just fine. any grease e ov em R h. seclot As the students continue their work, I visit the needed. layers of chee d reheat as an y kl ic qu school’s office. Its walls are covered with clippings towel. Chill – articles and tributes from various publications. It

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Our first project today is chicken consommé. Chef Avram explains that this elegant soup is a clear golden liquid, (“It should look like motor oil!”), that is very tasty but unfortunately is not served very often in restaurants today. “It’s expensive and difficult to make,” he explains. This is surprising to me. I always thought consommé was simple chicken broth, the stuff your mother fed you when you were home with the flu. Chef Avram divides the class into two groups – men vs. women – and challenges them to a consommé contest. The competition is low key but it is also intense. The ladies are working diligently, but they chat easily while they chop and stir and peel. The men, on the other hand, are tackling this project with aggressive zeal. They clearly mean business. My original opinion about consommé turns out to be a big mistake. There’s nothing simple or boring about it at all. It’s a complex and sophisticated recipe that requires lots of ingredients and preparation. The Mirepoix itself is actually a combination of finely chopped carrots, celery and onion in precise measurements. Egg whites are whisked, but only to a light, bubbly consistency. Ground meat is measured out precisely. Onions are blackened on a mini burner to create a brule. Pretty soon the whirr of the food processor can be heard above the sounds of serious cooking.

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Kidding! Submitted by Allison Daniels

An American tourist was riding in a taxi in Israel. As the taxi approached a red light, the tourist was shocked to see the driver drive straight through without even slowing down. Surprised as he was, he didn’t say anything feeling himself a “guest” and not wanting to make waves. The trip continued without event until the next intersection. This time the light was green and, to the American’s dismay, the cab driver brought the vehicle to a grinding halt. Unable to contain his astonishment, he turns to the driver. “Listen,” he says, “when you went through the red light, I didn’t say anything. But why on earth are you stopping at a green light?” The Israeli driver looks at him as if the American was deranged: “Are you crazy?!” he shouts. “The other guy has a red light! Do you want to get us both killed?”

There are four houses on a road on a yishuv. They are made from these materials: straw, wood, brick and glass. Mrs. Sherman’s house is somewhere to the left of the wooden one and the third one along is brick. Mrs. Ulman owns a straw home and Mr. Tessler does not live at either end, but lives somewhere to the right of the glass house. Mr. Wein lives in the fourth house. The first bungalow is not made from straw. Who lives where, and what is their home made from? Answer on next page

Match the quote to the person who said it.

1. “The only thing chicken about Israel is their soup.”

5. “You ought to let the Jews have Jerusalem; it was they who made it famous.”

2. “I flew on an EL AL airplane. The signs read: ‘No smoking.’’ Fasten seat belts.’ ‘Eat, eat, look how bad you look!”

6. “The Old City of Jerusalem is in our hands.”

3. “Israel also deprived the world of its chance of shedding tears of genuine sympathy over her destruction. The world resents this; it likes to feel noble and sympathetic.” 4. “Let me tell you something that we Israelis have against Moses. He took us 40 years through the desert in order to bring us to the one spot in the Middle East that has no oil!”

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7. “We plan to eliminate the State of Israel and establish a purely Palestinian state. We will make life unbearable for Jews by psychological warfare and population explosion. . . . We Palestinians will take over everything, including all of Jerusalem.”

A. Winston Churchill B. David Ben-Gurion C. George Mikes

8. “A fast walker could go outside the walls of Jerusalem and walk entirely around the city in an hour. I do not know how else to make one understand how small it is.”

D. Dave Berg

9. “History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.“

H. Golda Meir

10. “We will have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.”

K. Golda Meir

11. “In Israel, in order to be a realist you must believe in miracles.”

E. Abba Eban F. Bob Hope G. Moshe Dayan I. Yassir Arafat J. Mark Twain

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1. If you are in Har-Nof and want to go to the Kosel, which bus do you take? a. #1 b. #37 c. #2 d. #10 2. In which war did Israel capture the Old City? a. War of Independence b. Six Day War c. Yom Kippur War d. Lebanon War 3. When do bus passengers say, “Rrreeegggaaa Naahhaaagg”? a. When the bus driver starts driving the bus while a woman is stepping off the back exit while carrying a double stroller, sixteen bags of groceries and 4 knapsacks. b. When the bus driver drives too fast. c. When people on the bus want the driver to put on Jamaican music. d. When there is a suspicious package on the bus. 4. Who made Yerushalayim the capital of Israel? a. Shmuel Hanavi b. Shaul Hamelech c. Dovid Hamelech d. Shlomo Hamelech

5. Which animal is on the emblem of the seal of Jerusalem as a symbol that Hashem gave us the Land of Israel? a. Eagle b. Deer c. Dove d. Lion

9. Yerushalayim is closest to which body of water? a. Red Sea b. Dead Sea c. Mediterranean Sea d. Pacific Ocean

6. After whom are the streets in Geula named? a. Famous generals b. Amoraim (Famous Talmudic scholars) c. Founding Members of the Hagana d. Neviim (Prophets)

Answers 1. C 2. B- During the 1948 Independence War, Jordan captured what is commonly referred to as “East Jerusalem,” which encompasses the Old City. Israel miraculously recaptured it in the Six Day War in 1967. 3. A 4. C 5. D 6. D 7. B 8. F - If you really want me to like you, bring me back an aish tannur when you go on your next trip to Israel. 9. B

7. Which of these is not a neighborhood in Yerushalayim? a. Ramat Shlomo b. Ramat Gan c. Neve Shannon d. Talbiah 8. Where is the first place the Centerfold Commissioner goes in Israel, after the Kosel? a. To Massov or H’lo Teiman

(for shwarma) b. To Ben Yaakov (for a falafel) c. To Hadar Geula (For pareve chulent) d. To Fro-Yo (for ice cream) e. To Machaneh Yehuda (For marzipan) f. All of the above (after completing the above steps, repeat)

Wisdom key 7-9 correct: You know so much about everything, you must be a cab driver (that’s a compliment, see list below). 3-5 correct: You are like a shwarma in America—good but not the real deal. 0-3 correct: Join me as I strum my guitar, “Jerusalem if I forget thee...”

What Every Taxi Driver in Yerushalayim Thinks He Is around traffic-“Tov, bo nelech derech achorai”

Stock broker –“Yesh li harbeh stock bi-epple”

Photographer- “Yesh li harbeh temunot babayit... Hayita b’B&H?”

Meteorologist –“Lo yored geshem halayla”

Psychologist- “Aich hachayim chabibi?”

IDF general- “Yiyeh ani ya’aseh?”

Expert on California “Garti b’Calyforneye lifnei esrim shanah...ken, ken...

Expert on getting

GOT FUNNY? Let the Commissioner decide. Send your stuff to

hayiti B’Hollyvood... ani v’Arrison Ford chaveirim tovim” The Baba Sali - “Hashem yaazor lecha...ten li teep gadol bevakasha” Shadchan - “Lamah atta lo nassoi? Yesh li shidduch tov b’shvilcha” The Prime Minister “Eich ossim shalom? Ani rotzeh! Aval ha’Aravim rotzim rak laharog yasseh!” (Spits sunflower seeds out of window)

Answer to riddle: From left to right: #1—Mrs. Sherman—glass house #2—Mrs. Ulman—straw house #3—Mr. Tessler—brick house #4—Mr. Wein—wood house

Political pundit –“Habaya im Obama…”

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The Shmuz

R’ Ben Tzion Shafier

Parshas BeHar

Everybody is Doing It “You shall sound a broken blast on the shofar, in the seventh month, on the tenth of the month; on the Day of Atonement you shall sound the Shofar throughout your land.” — VaYikrah 25:9 The Mitzvah to Blow the Shofar on Yovel When we are on our own land, we are commanded to keep every seventh year as the shmittah year, and at the completion of seven shmittos, to add an additional shmittah year — the yovel. During this year, all land lays fallow. Homesteads return to their original owners, and all Jewish slaves are freed. On Yom Kippur, at the start of the yovel year, we have a specific commandment to publicly blow the shofar. The Sefer HaChinuch explains that the Torah commands us to blow the shofar on yovel because freeing a slave is a very difficult mitzvah, and the slave owners need chizuk. A master who has had a slave for many years may well have become dependent upon him and finds it hard to part with him. By sounding the shofar, we are publicly proclaiming that it is yovel, and all Jews will be freeing their slaves. The master will then recognize that throughout the Land of Israel, everyone is freeing his slaves, and so it will be easier for him to free his own slave.

Why is it Easier Because Others are Doing It? This statement becomes difficult to understand. Why does it become easier for a slave owner to free his slave because others are doing the same? The slave owner is a businessman, not a teenager. We are dealing with a mature person, faced with a difficult test. What difference does it make to him whether this is a popular mitzvah or not? The mitzvah is difficult because he is being asked to give up something that he has become attached to and is dependent upon. Since that’s what makes the mitzvah difficult, what difference does it make to him whether there are many other people doing the same or if he is the only person on the planet doing it? Understanding Human Nature The answer to this question is based on understanding human nature. Psychologists from Freud to Skinner to Maslow have been debating the inner nature of the person for decades. With ever-changing views and understandings, that which one generation accepts as gospel, the next rejects as tomfoolery. Here we get insight into the nature of man from the One Who truly knows – from his Maker. That understanding is that we humans are highly social. We are affected by our environment. Our perspective on the world is affected by what those around us do. Peer pressure isn’t

something that only impacts the world of the teenager. It affects everyone. “My crowd,” “my chevra,” and “my society” affect the way I view things. Ultimately, they help shape my value system. The Torah is teaching us that even a mature adult faced with a difficult trial will be greatly influenced by what others are doing. If something is done

sages, their world was the whole world. If you had an opinion about an issue of halacha, you were in the world. If not, you weren’t. This is illustrative of a perspective. While they were certainly aware of people outside of their sphere, they created their own world. This may sound myopic and cloistered, but it is based on a fundamen-

Ideas, concepts, and images that wouldn’t have been accepted in the most base of publications a generation ago are now commonplace in the most respected ones.

by everyone, it will be much easier for him. It won’t lessen his financial loss, and it won’t ease the burden of replacing a loyal servant, but it will help him gather the fortitude to make the proper decision since everyone is doing it. This concept has very real application in our lives. We live in times when society at large has lost its moral compass. Particularly in the United States, once a bastion of family values and morality, we now watch daily as new innovations in decadence and promiscuity pour forth. We can’t open a newspaper without being exposed to a new depth of moral decay. Ideas, concepts, and images that wouldn’t have been accepted in the most base of publications a generation ago are now commonplace in the most respected ones. We may be tempted to assume that this doesn’t affect us. After all, we are different. We don’t buy into the culture of the times. And while we may feel self-assured and secure in our position, the reality is that we are human, so it can’t help but affect us. The question is: what can we do about it? The Whole World Agrees The Gemara often uses an expression: “kulei alma lo pligi” – “the whole world agrees.” To the Torah

tal understanding of the human. To remain pure in an impure world, we need to create our own world. To some extent, we have done just that. We now have our own music, our own novels, and our own magazines. We have, to a degree, created our own culture. But this comes with a cost. There is no question that The New York Times has better writers than some of our newspapers. The world of Jewish music is quite limited in its scope and development. There is much out there in the world at large that has great value, but it doesn’t come without baggage. In our times, the baggage far outweighs the advantages. To some, this may sound like “Ghetto Judaism” – limiting, closed off, isolated from the world. And in truth, it is. But it’s not out of being small-minded. It stems from recognizing the extent of the problem and the nature of the human. The unfortunate reality is that we can’t just take the good and ignore the bad. If we wish to live as a holy nation in these times, we need create an oasis of purity. We need to create our own world.

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of this article to discuss my mother. What I would like to share with all of you is how my life has changed during this time period. I’m still going to work and shul and writing my articles, but now things are being done with a sense of urgency, and a keen awareness that things can change in an instant. The first morning she was moved to the hospice, I awoke at 6 am. Before I turned on my phone, I ran to shul, lest I get the dreaded call and be released from my obligation to daven and put on tefillin, and be unable to do so. When I came home, still with the phone off, I wrote this week’s issue of the Migdal Ohr, my weekly Dvar Torah. A person who has lost a relative is unable to learn Torah and I wanted to make sure I got it out before I was prevented from doing so. An avel may also not shower. I find myself showering frequently to ensure that whenever I get the call, I am at least somewhat clean. It reminds me of the dictum of Chazal, “At all times let

granted that we’re able to do them. It’s a good idea to thank G-d for the chance to do the mitzvos, and to realize just how special that is. It would help us have more focus in our advodas Hashem. It’s not easy to think about these things all the time, but it’s not depressing either. When we look at it objectively, we realize that we have been given a precious gift in the minutes, hours, and

Our success can be measured by the relationships we cultivate, the love we engender for Hashem, and the Torah lifestyle we lead. short term at least, in an instant. I’m procrastinating less, finding fewer excuses not to do things, and trying to make the most of the moments I have. This is what we are supposed to do always, because we don’t know when Hashem will take any of us. In a previous article, I mentioned that Steve Jobs, of Apple Computer fame, said that what made him successful was the terminal disease that put time in perspective for him. He had a deadline looming that he couldn’t pinpoint, so he set out to make the most of his time. We don’t have it as difficult as Steve Jobs because our job is not to change the world, introduce new technology or gadgets, and it isn’t to create something that the whole world knows about. Instead, our task is to live according to the credo he adopted, which mimics the words of Pirkei Avos, that life is short and there is much for us to do. Our success can be measured by the relationships we cultivate, the love we engender for Hashem, and the Torah lifestyle we lead. Our claim to fame is how we touch the lives of others, and how we grow and change our own lives. When I left shul in the morning, I was appreciative for another chance to daven with a minyan and put on tefillin, something one who has just lost a relative can’t do before burial. I was happy I was able to write more articles, prepare more Torah, and do daf yomi for another day. We don’t appreciate these things on a day-to-day basis because we take it for

years of our lives. We don’t deserve any of them, but at least we should not squander them. We don’t know when, but we know that someday it will be us they’re coming for. The question is: will we be ready to go?

EPILOGUE: My mother, Blanche Gewirtz – HaRabbanis Rivka Brein bas HaChaver R’ Elizer a”h – left this world as she came into it, on Shabbos (Parshas Emor, 5773). I hope my words will inspire you to make changes in your life and they should be a zechus for her neshama, which is, after all, the real person. Though in her final weeks I saw her body deteriorate, it only meant her soul was able to shine through even more. TNTB”H Jonathan Gewirtz is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in publications around the world. He also operates, where you can order a custommade speech for your next special occasion. For more information, or to sign up for the Migdal Ohr, his weekly PDF Dvar Torah in English, e-mail info@JewishSpeechWriter. com and put Subscribe in the subject. © 2013 by Jonathan Gewirtz. All rights reserved.

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As I write this article, my mother is lying in a bed at a hospice center. The disease that was misdiagnosed for a year and a half until just a year ago has rapidly taken from her the ability to walk, to move most of her body, and even weakened her breathing. At each moment, I am anxious that I might receive a phone call telling me it’s over. This period of limbo is very difficult. Torn between praying for a miracle and praying merely for a peaceful transition, I do not know what to think or how to feel. I simply keep repeating that Hashem is in charge and knows what He is doing. My mother will go whenever she and G-d decide. She always told us she had special arrangements with Him, and I believe it. However, it’s not the purpose

your clothes be white,” meaning that we should always be ready to meet our Maker, pure and free of sin. Though we all know we are going to die one day, we never imagine it is imminent, and therefore we do not focus on it. Now, though, knowing that for my mother it is almost certainly in the near future, I am able to focus on the obligations that can change my life, for the

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Ask the Rabbi Yehoshua Levy

David, Son of Yishai Dear Rabbi, What did Yishai do that gave him the merit to be mentioned always as the father of David as opposed to, for example, Amram who is rarely mentioned as the father of Moses? The Rabbi Responds: David was from the tribe of Judah, and his lineage is of paramount importance in qualifying him for becoming the King of Israel. In fact, the book of Ruth, in part, is dedicated to documenting his origins enabling his destiny as the father of the Davidic dynasty, as the Messiah will be a direct descendant of King David, and

his rule will endure for eternity. Similarly, Torah often refers to Elazar and Itamar as “the sons of

priests. In contrast, Moses was the quintessence of Torah scholarship, and

For greatness in Torah, one does not need illustrious heritage.

Aharon.” Their lineage is emphasized because they could not be priests had they been born to a different father. Only the descendants of Aharon, who was the first High Priest, are also

he was the vehicle chosen by G-d to transmit and teach the Torah to Israel. Although Amram was the leader of his generation, he is referred to as “a man from the house of Levi” when he mar-

ried and begot Moshe. For greatness in Torah, one does not need illustrious heritage. Through diligence, tenacity, humility, honesty, and a burning desire, anyone can succeed. That is why the Torah does not even identify his father at the time of his birth. One more note: The Talmud says that a man who was conceived illegitimately, and has the most ignoble, humiliating origins possible, but becomes a Torah scholar is accorded more respect than a High Priest from the highest and finest of pedigree who is not knowledgeable in Torah. The lesson: Achieving true greatness is in the hands of every man.

What Was G-d Thinking? Dear Rabbi, Judaism and Torah has recently become a major part of our lives. My wife and I spend time learning about the mitzvos of the Torah, and much of what used to seem as meaningless rituals of an ancient culture has now become meaningful, and has made our renewed observance of many aspects of Jewish life gratifying. I still struggle with the laws that seem overly technical and illogical, and find it difficult to accept that G-d really cares if we observe these prohibitions. (Example: why some animals, birds and fish are or aren’t kosher.) Why would G-d give commandments that have no comprehendible logic?

gated to disclose that material.) Most mishpatim are obligations in interpersonal relationships. 2) “Chukim”: Commandments that are immutable, and not subject to change based on any logic that may be part of the basis for the commandment. The Torah itself often gives “reasons”

The Rabbi Responds: There are two types of laws in the Torah: 1) “Mishpatim”: Those commandments that are clearly logical intended to be fully understood. These laws are based on principles that govern their application, and therefore, there are times the spirit of the law determines the letter of the law. (Evil gossip is forbidden, but the reason is so that you should not cause someone any harm. When you are approached by someone for information about another individual, and withholding what you know can result in harm, you may be obli-

for various chukim. Many commentators as well, give “ta’amim” (explanations) to various “chukim.” (Example: carnivores are aggressive predators and through their consumption, undesirable traits can harm one’s spiritual wellbeing.) But “ta’amei hamitzvos” is often mistranslated as “reasons of the mitzvos.” “Ta’am” means “flavor” or “taste.” The understanding we have serves only to make our experience more meaningful when performing these commandments. It would be presumptuous for us to claim that we fully comprehend the rationale of these commandments. Hence, the law

does not change if the logic seems inapplicable or outdated. Most laws that are religious obligations to G-d (as opposed to laws that govern relationships between man and his fellow) fall into this second category. Even though chukim are not governed by the logical ideas we know to

Striving to comprehend Torah can link man to G-d in a way that nothing else can.

be associated with them, we still seek to understand them to the best of our ability. There are practical lessons to be learned and just trying to connect with G-d’s wisdom is a most worthy endeavor. Striving to comprehend Torah can link man to G-d in a way that nothing else can. Yet, even if after we attempt to understand, we still find ourselves unable to fathom the true meaning, we submit to G-d’s will and heed his words whether we understand it or not. Ultimately, we keep the Torah because G-d commanded us to and not because it makes sense to us. This builds faith in a person, because

just as we can’t possibly appreciate the entirety of G-d’s logic regarding the commandments, so too we can’t fully grasp why G-d allows certain things to occur in His world. When we strive to understand, but condition ourselves to accept that there are things beyond human comprehension, we become stronger in our ability to accept that Gd’s ways are often beyond our mortal minds. We become less troubled by observing what seems to be an injustice, or even accepting our own fate. Is there a real reason prohibiting wearing wool and linen? Yes. Can we fully understand it? No. Does lack of understanding make it more difficult to observe? Yes. Does it still have a tangible benefit in enriching one’s life? Definitely. All the best, Yehoshua Levy Please note, the information written above is not meant as a rabbinic ruling. If you have any questions, please consult your rabbinic authority for clarification. Yehoshua Levy, a teacher of Torah, is a writer and lecturer who dares to think outside the box to bring his thought-provoking insights and facts to his readers. He welcomes your comments and can be reached at

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tanley Fischer recently announced that he will be stepping down from his position as the governor of the Bank of Israel (akin to being the chairman of the US Federal Reserve) in June. Stanley In 2005 Benjamin Netanyahu convinced Fischer to accept Fischer has been the position of the governor of the Bank of Israel credited for steering Fischer recently received the prestiIsrael through the global financial gious Chaim Herzog Award. The award crisis, and the Bank of Israel under his jury said, “Stanley Fischer is an Ameristewardship has earned many accolades can Jew who came willingly to contriband honors. ute his energy, experience and insight In 2005, then-finance minister Bin- for the benefit of Israel. . . During his yamin Netanyahu convinced Stanley tenure as Governor of the Bank of IsFischer to accept the Bank of Israel’s rael, Stanley Fischer was faced with the top position and immigrate to Israel global economic downturn and comafter an illustrious career that included plex geopolitical and social realities. He stints as the Vice Chairman of Citi- intelligently steered the economy and group, Vice President and Chief Econo- led it to growth. Thanks to his vigormist at the World Bank, and the First ous efforts, Israel did not find itself in Deputy Managing Director of the In- a financial crisis as did other countries. ternational Monetary Fund. This was . . Prof. Stanley Fischer worked enera major achievement for the State of getically for Israel’s acceptance into Israel, as Fischer had the international the Organization for Economic Coopstature to inspire global confidence in eration and Development (OECD) and the country’s economy and add gravitas contributed greatly to Israel’s economy, all the while improving its image in the to the Bank of Israel. What many people do not know world.” To be sure, Stanley Fischer has about Stanley Fischer, however, is that had his fair share of detractors. For exthis was not his first foray into the Isample, many in the real estate industry raeli economy. blame his tight credit requirements for In 1985, when Shimon Peres was creating a shortage of new apartments. serving as Israel’s prime minister, the They claim that by curbing the amount country was suffering under the burof financing allowed to real estate deden of an annual inflation rate of 400% (no, that is not a typo). Peres turned to velopers, the Bank of Israel has preUS Secretary of State George Schultz – vented developers from building more who himself was an economist and for- apartments, which has put upward presmer secretary of the US Treasury – for sure on housing prices. Nonetheless, Israel and the global guidance, and Schultz recommended that Peres ask Fischer to help solve the Jewish community are indebted to country’s economic woes. Peres dili- Stanley Fischer for his vision, his courgently followed Stanley Fischer’s ad- age and his leadership in having the vice and later admitted to being amazed strength of his convictions – which when things turned out as Fischer had sometimes diverged from the majority of the world’s leading economists – to predicted. And then in 2005, Fischer “gave it set the country in the direction of ecoall up for an Israeli salary” – in Shimon nomic growth and stability. Peres’ words – when he became the governor of the Bank of Israel. Stanley Fischer sacrificed personal gain – hav- Gedaliah Borvick is the founder of My Israel ing chosen the governorship over more Home, a real estate agency focused on helpprestigious opportunities abroad – for ing people from abroad buy and sell homes the betterment of the Jewish state, a tes- in Israel. To sign up for his monthly market tament to both his clarity of purpose and updates, contact him at gborvick@gmail. his sense of a higher calling that guided com. Please visit his blog at www.myisrael his decision.

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King Feisal of Saudi Arabia stated, “The first priority of the Arabs is the extermination of Israel.”


n the eve of the 1967 Six Day War, Israel faced a mortal threat. The events of June 1967 came in the aftermath of the 1956 Sinai Campaign waged by Israel along with France and Great Britain to protect international passage of the Suez Canal which was prevented by Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser. On December 31, 1956, when Israeli troops were forced by international pressure to withdraw from the Sinai Peninsula following its victory over Egypt, then-Israeli foreign minister Golda Meir stated before the UN that “we should not assume that if Israel withdraws, Egypt will prevent Israeli shipping from using the Suez Canal or the Gulf of Aqaba.” As forewarned by Golda Meir, eleven years later, on May 16, 1967, Nasser demanded that UN peacekeeping forces evacuate the Sinai. On May 22, Egypt blockaded the Straits of Tiran to Israeli ships. In one fell swoop, the international guarantees granted to Israel after its 1956 withdrawal were null. A hostile Egypt was primed for war with troops positioned in the Sinai. President Johnson opposed Egypt’s move, stating that the United States considers the Gulf of Aqaba to be “an international waterway.” However, vocal opposition within the international community opposition was limited, and the passage of Israeli ships bound for the port city of Eilat was barred. On May 18, 1967, in a rare moment for the UN, Secretary General U. Thant described Syrian terror attacks across Israel’s borders as “contrary to the spirit and letter of the United Nations.” The UN leader had made a statement

without also finding criticism of Israel—a momentary pause from years of blind equivocation. Arab leaders were clamoring for the destruction of Israel. King Feisal of Saudi Arabia stated, “The first priority of the Arabs is the extermination of Israel.” Hafez El Assad of Syria on May 20 stated that the time has come to “enter into a battle of annihilation.” On May 26, Nasser stated that Egypt was ready for an all-out war and that its main goal is “the destruction of Israel.” He spoke of “inflicting punishment that will go beyond the imagination of the aggressor.” Radio Cairo exhorted its listeners, “Massacre all the men, all the women, all the children of Israel.” PLO leader, Ahmed Shukairy, upon arrival in Amman Jordan, June 1, stated that he estimated that among the Jews in the aftermath of the war, “none will survive.” Around the world, France suspended arms shipments to Israel and a number of Arab nations as well. Great Britain announced its neutrality. The United States had reiterated its commitment to support the territorial integrity of all nations in the Middle East. The US appealed to Israel for calm, urging Israel to avoid “hasty action.” To Israel, war was inevitable. Waiting would only work to the advantage of Nasser. On May 25, 1967, Secretary General Thant conducted a “very cordial” meeting with the Egyptian dictator, yet the Security Council had failed to resolve the issues. How would Israel respond? Arab armies were far larger and better supplied. They were amassing and primed for battle. The Jews were accessing the risks and dangers. Israeli burial societies were choosing open areas to bury the expected victims of the impending war.

After Six Days After six days of fighting, the UN Security Council unanimously voted for a ceasefire. Only after Israel’s overwhelming victory, the UN intervened. Defense Minister Moshe Dayan noted, “The United Nations had kept peace in the Middle East only as long as President Nasser did not want to start war again.” The first town captured in Judea and Samaria, Jenin, was nearly empty as its inhabitants had fled in fear. Soon after, realizing that they were not in danger, they began to stream back. When Israeli forces entered Bethlehem, they were met with hundreds of white flags of surrender. In Hebron, Jews almost immediately visited the Cave of the Patriarchs and the Arabs who had prohibited Jewish entry beyond its seventh step for centuries, did not dare object. The Arabs had initially feared that the Jews as victors would exact revenge for the hostilities which they had perpetrated over the years. However, Israel’s armed forces displayed civility. On June 27, Israel annexed all parts of Jerusalem. Just one day later, on June 28, the UN General Assembly responded demanding an Israeli withdrawal from newly acquired territories. A chorus of attacks was also leveled against the Jewish State for its annexation of the Old City of Jerusalem. Where were their voices in the days leading up to the war? Israeli leaders reacted to the criticism. Prime Minister Levi Eshkol rejected the international pressure telling the Knesset that Israel alone fought for its right to exist and “alone we are entitled to determine our true and vital interests and how we will be secured.” Israeli Ambassador to Great Britain, Aharon Remez, at a Zionist conference in London, asked, “Who has the right to tell Israel to revert to the position of the greatest danger while her enemies are already proclaiming their determination for a new round?” The world response was swift and vocal, but the Jews and Israel’s friends worldwide experienced great relief. Israel had not only survived, but emerged victorious. The destruction of Jewish Synagogues and landmarks within Jerusalem’s Old City by the Jordanians since their occupation in 1948 was over. Jews could once again return to their most sacred sites. Religious institutions of all faiths were now respected. Israel’s tactical situation dramatically improved. Jerusalem and Tel Aviv were no longer in range of Jordanian guns. The Northern parts of Israel, Tiberius, and the Chula valley regions would no longer be shelled by Syria. The IDF could have better control on hostilities from Gaza. There was now more space, a buffer, between Israel and her enemies. The waters of the Jordan River could no longer be diverted from its sources in the Golan Heights as was done by Syria prior to the war. As some Israeli generals were praising the strength of their armed forces, Eshkol made reference, acknowledging the Jewish State’s true source of strength, “Faithful to itself and looking confidently towards the future, with the aid of the Rock and Redeemer of Israel, this nation shall yet dwell in safety.”

When Israeli forces An Israeli soldier on guard, 1967

entered Bethlehem, they were met with hundreds of white flags of surrender.

Israeli troops entering Gaza during the Six Day War

Israeli soldiers rest after liberating the Kosel and Yerushalayim

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The situation continued to escalate. On May 28, PLO terrorists and Arab irregular troops fired mortars and machine guns from Gaza upon Israeli farmers and soldiers. The day the war began, on June 5, Israeli civilians were again in the line of fire. Jordanian guns from Kalkilya began firing mortar shells upon Tel Aviv. There were no casualties. However, there was severe damage in Jerusalem as heavy fire also reigned down upon the residents there. In the first day of shelling, ten Israelis were killed and one hundred were wounded. Over the next two days, there were five hundred Israeli civilian casualties. One thousand buildings were damaged.

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“Say What?” After being named the unhappiest and the fattest state in the country, West Virginia has now been named the most stressed-out state. Researchers aren’t sure why, but they think it might have something to do with being called sad and fat. - Jimmy Fallon Listen, the president has kept every promise that he made. What I was saying at the time was, I was asked how the president was doing, I said, he’s doing a good job, he’s kept his word. And so everybody knows that I have about 95 percent level disagreement with Barack Obama on issues of principle and philosophy. But the fact is we have a job to do. And what people expect from people they elect is to do their job. - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on MSNBC, when asked about GOP criticism of his kind words for President Obama in the immediate aftermath of Sandy

Turn in your arms. The government will take care of you. - Text of a controversial Colorado billboard depicting Native Americans, thus playing on their historical plight and the current gun debate

If a Palestinian suicide bomber kills several dozen Israeli teenagers in a Jerusalem restaurant, is that an act of terrorism or wartime retaliation against Israeli government policies and army actions? - Question posed in a controversial Tennessee high school human geography textbook At the George W. Bush Library Dedication

I remember how steadfast and steady he was for eight years. My George is a man who when someone needs a hand offers them his arms. - Laura Bush 41, it is awesome that you are here today. - Former-President George W. Bush addressing his father, the 41st president There was a time in my life when I wasn’t likely to be found at a library, much less founding one. - Ibid. I’m glad to be here. G-d bless America and thank you very much. - George Bush Sr. to the audience Too long? - Ibid to his son, George W. Bush

The founder of the 99 Cent Stores died. The family asked in lieu of flowers, donations be made to everyone who shops at the 99 Cent Store. - Conan O’Brien

I’d rather that [the money] go to the One Fund Boston. To buy me a new boat is a wonderful thing, I don’t want that really. I would wish that they donate it to the One Fund Boston. They lost limbs. I lost a boat. I’ve got a canoe in the garage. - Dave Henneberry on WCVBTV explaining why he will not take the money that was raised to replace his boat after it was destroyed when the one of the Boston murderers hid in it

The Defendant called 911 two separate times to report a theft. Upon police arrival, the Defendant advised that she lost money during an [illegal] drug transaction. The Defendant then wanted police to attempt to obtain the money she paid for drugs. - Description in a Florida Criminal Complaint explaining why Katrina Tisdale was arrested The Tim Tebow era lasted about 16 games. The Jets fired him. He was so angry he picked up his helmet and he threw it. It went about 10 yards. - David Letterman

Congressional leaders in both parties are engaged in high-level, confidential talks about exempting lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides from the insurance exchanges they are mandated to join as part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. - The Politico

According to a new study, fatty foods can boost your memory. Eating junk food can make your memory better. There was a similar study done five years ago. It was April 17, 2008, at 2 p.m. on a Wednesday. I remember it was drizzling. I had a dark suit with a yellow tie. I remember it like it was yesterday. - Jay Leno One of my favorite poets is Seamus Heaney. I know the congressman thinks I always quote Irish poets because I’m Irish. That’s not the reason I do it. I quote Irish poets because they’re the best poets and that’s the reason why. And the Collier family knows that, right? But all kidding aside... - VP Joe Biden at the funeral of slain MIT officer Sean Collier Two twisted, perverted, cowardly knock-off jihadists. - Ibid, describing the Boston bombers

- President Obama, when asked by a reporter if he is a “lame duck” president

Creating a pathway to earned citizenship for the 11 million unauthorized immigrants in this country is essential. The way we treat our friends and neighbors who are undocumented – by creating a mechanism for them to earn citizenship and move out of the shadows – transcends the issue of immigration status. This is a matter of civil and human rights. - Attorney General Eric Holder speaking at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Imagine, Mr. Speaker, a world without balloons. Today, the House has chosen to just simply float above it all. Too often lately, this body has sat deflated, but not for a lack of hot air. - Congressman Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) discussing the negative impact of sequester on the National Helium Reserve

There’s a new iPhone app that tells women where they can buy Michelle Obama’s clothes. Not only that, there’s another app that tells men where they can buy Hillary Clinton’s clothes. - Jimmy Fallon


“I know CNN has taken some knocks lately but the fact is, I admire their commitment to covering all sides of the story, just in case one of them happens to be accurate.” “[Former Obama Senior Advisor] David Axelrod now works for MSNBC, which is a nice change of pace, since MSNBC used to work for David Axelrod.” “Now, look, I get it. These days, I look in the mirror and I have to admit, I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be. Time passes. You get a little gray.” “The History Channel is not here. I guess they were embarrassed. They actually thought the comparison was not fair — to Satan.” “Did you know that Sheldon Adelson spent $100 million of his own money last year on negative ads? You’ve got to really dislike me to spend that kind of money. I mean, that’s Oprah money. You could buy an island and call it ‘Nobama’ for that kind of money. Sheldon would have been better off offering me $100 million to drop out of the race. I probably wouldn’t have taken it, but I’d have thought about it.” “I’m taking my charm offensive on the road — a Texas barbeque with Ted Cruz, a Kentucky bluegrass concert with Rand Paul, and a book-burning with Michele Bachmann.” “I’m also hard at work on plans for the Obama Library. And some have suggested that we put it in my birthplace, but I’d rather keep it in the United States.” Conan O’Brien

“It’s an honor to share this stage with the president. When you think about it, the president and I are a lot alike. We both went to Harvard. We both have two children and we both told Joe Biden we didn’t have extra tickets for tonight’s event.” “I’d like to acknowledge that earlier this evening there was some confusion with the seating chart. For a moment, someone accidentally sat Governor Chris Christie with the Republicans. That was awkward, and I apologize.” To President Obama: “I have a question, and I think some of you also have this question. It’s been several months since you were reelected, sir, so I’m curious, why are you still sending everyone five emails a day asking for more money? You won. Do you have a gambling problem we don’t know about?” “The President is hard at work creating jobs. Since he was first elected, the number of popes has doubled, and the number of Tonight Show hosts has tripled.” “Of course, probably the biggest story that people in this room covered this year was the Republican failure to recapture the White House. Hard to believe the Republicans didn’t fare better in the election with the support of celebrities like Ted Nugent and Meatloaf. I guess they overestimated the number of voters who still drive carpeted vans.” “The demographics of this country have been rapidly changing over the past two decades and I look forward to hosting this event 18 years from now. Then my opening line will be ‘Buenos noches …. President e Mario Lopez.” “Tonight’s entrees were halibut and filet mignon – or, as CNN’s John King reported it, lasagna and couscous.”

You know what the worst job in America is? It’s a newspaper reporter. I guess the pollsters forgot to ask the guy who cleans the toilets at Dodger Stadium how things are going for him. - Jimmy Kimmel The Internet celebrated a major milestone yesterday. It’s the eighth anniversary of the very first video uploaded to YouTube. YouTube was founded in 2005 by a small group of visionaries who asked the question, “What if nobody in America ever got anything done ever again?” - Jimmy Kimmel

NBC sportscaster Al Michaels got arrested over the weekend for DUI. His blood alcohol level was .08. And of course, NBC was ecstatic. .08 is the highest number anybody on this network has gotten in years. - Jay Leno

I don’t see any elements of Stalinism here. Stalinism is linked to the cult of personality, massive legal violations, repressions and labor camps. There is nothing like that in Russia and I hope there never will be again, but this does not mean that we should not have order and discipline. - Russian President Vladimir Putin rejecting comparisons with Soviet dictator Josef Stalin during his annual televised questionand-answer session with citizens

Run! - Former President George W. Bush encouraging his brother Jeb to run for president We’ve had enough Bushes. - Former first lady Barbara Bush weighing in

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Maybe I should just pack up and go home… Golly. As Mark Twain said, the rumors of my demise may be a little exaggerated at this point.

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Politics with Michael Fragin

George W. Bush Presidential Library >>> Corruption in Albany >>> The Cuomo Administration >>> The Vampire State >>> East Ramapo School District >>> The Upcoming Mayoral Race >>> Reaching out to the Jewish Community

The following are excerpts from the weekly on-line show, Spin Class: Politics with Michael Fragin. Listen weekly on Thursday nights on

to think about and to contemplate over. The George W. Bush presidency was heavy on 9/11, heavy on the Iraq war, these conflicts still go on, we’re still in Afghanistan, we’re too amuch, Michael Fragin: Good evening ev- much lesser degree still in Iraq but this eryone. Welcome to Spin Class. We’re still lingers and thinking about that is talking politics. still important. This is a big day in American govWe got Bill Hyman from the Daily ernment and you might ask why. Well, News coming on to talk about Albany we had one of those unusual phenom- politics. Bill, welcome to Spin Class. ena of all the living presidents sitting Let’s talk about what’s going on in in the same place. They were there to Albany. We got all kinds of different mark the opening of the George W. things going on with the governor; he Bush Presidential Library and Policy seems to be indecisive on a number of Center on the campus of Southern issues such as hydrofracking and local Methodist University in Texas. And it’s government issues with mandates, etc. one of those things that we celebrate Billy Hyman: I think that’s kind of hard to deny that he had a kind of an extended honeymoon where he was getting a lot of what he wanted done and the legislature of both parties were reluctant to attack. He also seems very uncharacteristically indecisive and a little unclear about what his big priAll living American presidents came to dedicate the George W. Bush Presidential Library orities are. I mean, if you listen to his about America. The former presidents, speech in January, passing his women’s the current president, they get together agenda was going to be the biggest and they celebrate the institution of the deal. Now, it seems like maybe anticorpresidency. No matter who the presi- ruption stuff is going to be the biggest dent are, is, was, you might not have deal. And then as you mentioned, he’s like them, you might like them, you got this agenda relating to helping mumight be a supporter, you might not be nicipal governments deal with the fisa supporter but we celebrate that insti- cal crisis. There are two or three other tution and it’s important that we think issues that have kind of been “perking of that institution as something that along” and it does feel a little unclear contributes value to our policy dis- which way the session is going. course. We think about former presidents and what they’ve achieved, what Michael Fragin: So talk for a secthey had to deal with. We study the ond about what all the reporters out presidency. There is a lot in the library there are talking about: the secrecy of

the Cuomo administration as well as the lack of candor on certain issues. You wrote about the fact that there were spending ads about jobs, job creation and taxes in New York and they’re essentially misleading. Billy Hyman: Probably a lot of your listeners have seen these ads. They’re supposed to be about attracting businesses to relocate to New York or encouraging businesses to open in New York and the latest one of these ads hits pretty hard on the idea that New York State is cutting taxes and lowering the burden on businesses, trying to lift our reputation of the “vampire state” which is one reason why we have trouble creating jobs in New York. What I reacted to in that ad was, I sort of share the idea that cutting taxes or at least keeping them as low as possible would be a good thing for the economy but I don’t feel like that’s what the governor’s actually done. That’s what he promised to do. He took office on a pledge of no new taxes but a couple of times now he has stopped taxes from expiring when they were supposed to expire. The temporary taxes on the wealthy and another temporary tax on energy, they were both supposed to expire and he’s taken proactive steps to extend those. The result has been a net increase during his tenure in the tax revenue that the state gets. And so I felt like, given that record, I thought it was disingenuous to go on the air with ads claiming credit for cutting taxes. He has cut some taxes and lowered middle class tax rates but at the same time he was doing that, he was raising taxes on other people for a net increase. Michael Fragin: Bill, how long have you been in Albany? Billy Hyman: Well, for various papers, since 1998. Michael Fragin: So you’ve seen a lot. Who’s paying for these ads? They are running so many of them in New

York. I’m watching CNBC or MSNBC, CNN and I’m seeing three or four per half hour of this ads. Billy Hyman: Well, the ads that I’m talking about were in fact produced and paid for by the Empire State Development Corporation, the state agency that’s in charge of business development. They did air nationally as I was told. About half of them are being run nationally and half of them are being aired on stations based on New York. It does seem to me that they’ve been running more frequently than I’m used to seeing them in the past. I’m told by the administration and know they’re spending about the same amount on this round of ads as they did on the two previous rounds of ads. But I know I’ve seen it multiple times just in my own TV viewing. Michael Fragin: And they’re pretty good, I have to say. They’re energetic and they catch your attention. There’s no question if all that they say is actually true, I think New York sounds like a pretty good place to do business, but I think most surveys out there and independent studies rank New York very low on the business climate scale, is that accurate? Billy Hyman: Well, there is a tax foundation which is a group that actually believes in lowering taxes but they have an agenda and they do an annual survey of all the states and they rate them in different categories and New York rated last in their latest report for business tax climate and also last in their climate for overall state and local tax. So, on those objective majors, New York has a problem with tax and it’s a drag on the economy and it’s a discouragement for businesses located here. Michael Fragin: Talk for a second about the corruption issue. You wrote a piece a couple of weeks ago that the Big Apple is really rotten. Has the cor-

Michael Fragin: You pointed out the fact that it’s predominantly New York politicians getting into trouble. Billy Hyman: Yeah, I try to count up all the politicians that gotten caught up in scandals. And it just jumped out at me that so many of them are from New York City – I don’t have the numbers in front of me but it was way out of proportion. New York City’s roughly 40, 45% of the population and the number of politicians from New York City who were getting into legal trouble was way higher than that. Michael Fragin: Interesting. What can the governor do or how can the government help upstate New York recover? Upstate has been on a steady decline population-wise and manufacturing-wise and wealth-wise for quite some time. Billy Hyman: There is a group called Unshackle Upstate and its whole agenda is about how you shouldn’t apply the same regulatory burden to upstate New York. A part of me kind of reacts negatively to that idea, that we should have two sets of laws for two different parts of the state. I feel like if a law doesn’t make sense for upstate, it probably doesn’t make sense for New York City either. It’s probably there for political reasons rather than for good policy reasons. That being said, it’s very true that upstate New York has a very different economy; a large part of it is rural. You know, there’s a substantial dairy farming business upstate. There would be a gas drilling industry upstate if the state would allow it to happen. And large parts of it are suffering economically. These are small towns. If you start driving west [from Albany] towards Syracuse and Rochester and Buffalo, you come through towns that are very, very depressed, where houses are falling down and you wonder how people survive in that.

Michael Fragin: Bill, thank you very much. I want to thank you again for coming on and giving us some of the insights into the Albany scene. We have Aaron Troodler of Paul Revere Public Relations with us and he is a Rockland-based PR guru— Aaron, welcome to Spin Class. Aaron Troodler: Michael, thank you very much for having me. Glad to be here. Michael Fragin: There is this school district up in Rockland County and the Hudson Valley that has a very large majority of private school students versus public school students and basically New York Magazine took a look at this district and said that the Orthodox are gutting the schools on their own behalf and they are disadvantaging and killing the futures of immigrant children. So, Aaron, set the stage, what is going on over there? Aaron Troodler: As you mention, this Ramapo School District is an extremely diverse district; it has a very unique demographic makeup. It’s actually one of only several school districts in the entire state of New York where the number of students who attend private schools outnumber the number of students who attend public schools. More specifically, about 9,000 students attend the public school system in that district and a whopping 20,000 or so attend private schools, many of them are in yeshivas. The district is very unique in a sense that of the 9,000 or so students within the public schools, about 85% of them are black or Hispanic. Only 7% of the public school students are white. It’s a staggering statistic but one that really gives you a flavor of the minority nature of that district. In terms of the school district itself, you have the graduation rate is considerably lower than other neighboring districts. In 2011, the graduation rate in East Ramapo was just 72%, and for example, to put it into perspective, there was a 92% graduation rate in Ramapo Central School District which is a neighboring district. So it’s a very unique district. A lot of the numbers are attributable to the fact that the Orthodox community in Rockland County, specifically in the town of Ramapo, have spiked. For example, over the past decade between the 2000 and 2010 census, the town of Ramapo population increased by over 16%-more than any of the other four towns in the county of Rockland. And even breaking the numbers down further, for example, in New Square, which is a Chassidic village, they saw an increase of 50%, the Village of Keiser, which is another predominantly Chassidic district, grew by 42%. So you have a very unique population where the number of

Orthodox residents in the town of Ramapo is growing at a much more rapid rate than other people in that district. And I think what’s happening is that as the Orthodox community gets more and more involved with the district on various levels, there’s been a tremendous amount of acrimony that has ensued.

Michael Fragin: So what you’re saying is there’s no turning back from here. This is really the way it is. Aaron Troodler: Well, I think that there are ways to tone down the rhetoric. I think a lot of what’s happened is that there’s been this divide that’s grown larger and larger because of all the rhetoric and because of all the accusations that are flying back and forth. Beginning a dialogue and engaging in a civil conversation between the various personalities and the various groups involved has the potential to go a long way. In the East Ramapo School district’s budget, there’s a line item for the legal fees of about 2.3 million dollars and that’s an increase of 1.7 million dollars over last year and that’s a considerable amount of money that’s directly attributable to the fact that the district has been forced to defend various administrations and school board members from some of the litigation that has been brought. I think that we need people to dispense with the litigation and

Michael Fragin: Where do you see a solution coming? I happen to live in a district in Nassau County where private school children outnumber public school children or students. There has been acrimony, it’s been in the papers, and in a future segment, we’ll profile that situation a little bit. But I don’t see the same type of situation where kind of this wholesale war is going on. Here you have a situation where they’re literally gutting all the programs, they’re getting rid of classes and people from East Ramapo schools are no longer being able to go to college. How do they get to this? Aaron Troodler: Well, I think a part of what happened is that members of the Orthodox community took a renewed interest in the goings-on in the district. They pay taxes in the district, and they benefit from various services that the school district provides to their children. The East Ramapo School District was vilified They decided a in a recent New York Magazine article number of years ago to run for the East Ramapo school board and they get back to focusing on the business of were victorious. Unfortunately, many education. I think people really ought folks have become very quick to criti- to realize that there should be more colcize the Orthodox community for es- laboration between the various groups. sentially, for the lack of a better term, East Ramapo is a unique district, it’s taking over the school board. And I got very unique needs and it would unthink what these critics fail to under- doubtedly benefit from a school aid forstand is that there wasn’t a military mula that recognize its uniqueness and coup, there was no hostile takeover. took that into consideration. The Orthodox members of the school board are there because they got more Michael Fragin: How does the votes in the other candidates. school aid formula disadvantage East The truth of the matter is that one Ramapo? of the most fundamental rights granted Aaron Troodler: A lot of the conby the United States Constitution is troversy centers on the fact that there is the right to vote. So an individual or a a perception that the school board is utigroup of individuals exercised that right lizing resources that should be “for puband they went to the polls. Why should lic students” and using them to benefit they be criticized for that? No one de- “private school students.” A kid may be serves to be condemned for engaging in yeshiva but that kid is entitled to certhe democratic process. In this particu- tain state dollars for various mandated lar instance, the Orthodox community services. I think that when reassessing in the town of Ramapo is organized and how the state dollars are given to a disis politically motivated and they’re able trict of this kind, it’s critical that people to get a high turnout on election day— examine the fact that there are unique good for them. needs in this district and they address

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ruption ever been this bad in the climates of corruption? Billy Hyman: Having been here since 1998, I feel like I’ve been watching kind of a continuous chain. There’s been such a reaction to the arrest earlier this month of two members of the state legislature and a bunch of other people and I think part of the reaction is that it felt like there was a law, whether because you had a new governor or because the US attorney had been charging so many politicians or because they passed the new ethics, whatever the reason, it felt like things had calmed down. And then all of a sudden, you get an explosion of arrests. I can’t say that it’s worse than it’s ever been but it’s been nonstop ever since I’ve got in here.

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those needs in a different way. It could be the answer to this whole problem. Michael Fragin: I think we’re not getting to heart of the problem and it is when suburban school districts are financed by property taxes and you’re in a specific area, it’s based on this premise that most people out there want to support public education. But let’s say you have a situation where most people don’t want to support public education. They don’t care about these extras or extracurricular sports and activities. So you can’t force them to support it, right? I think that’s where we get into this issue. Aaron Troodler: No, I agree with you, I think there needs to be a totally restructuring of the way things are done and how the money is dealt out and where the resources are allocated to. A lot of the actual facts on the ground somehow disappear and don’t get taken notice of. So, for example, in its latest budget that was just passed, the East Ramapo district and the board members in particular took a lot of heat for some teacher layoffs. 52 or so teachers in various positions are going to be cut out. Now, you know, Ramapo Central School district which is the neighboring school district just passed their budget last night and they are proposing cutting about 60 full time teaching positions—more than East Ramapo. I think that when East Ramapo does it, it’s seen as a vendetta by the Orthodox school board members against the public school community, which I think is ludicrous, but when Ramapo Central does it out of economic necessity, no one says anything. So a lot of this has to do with the misperception that’s out there, Michael Fragin: In fairness, we actually invited Benjamin Wallace from New York Magazine to the show and he is actually away this week, I’ve been told. So just to get into that article for a second, as a public relations person, how would you characterize it? Aaron Troodler: I think it’s a gross mischaracterization of the situation. It was more than just an article, it’s a very extensive piece on not just the school district itself but it was trying to get a hand on Orthodox life which is difficult from anyone who’s not from that community. The fact that they’re citing certain situations where students are getting caught up in the mix rather than focusing on the school work there, they’re more focused on the squabble with the school board and that’s unacceptable. I think the author paints a picture for the reader that’s not entirely accurate. Yes, he does discuss some of the positive attributes of the Orthodox

community and he talked about how he visited Tomchei Shabbos and various community members were involved in that act of chessed. That’s what the Orthodox community is all about. This idea of community and togetherness and the idea that you can rely on your neighbor and your neighbor could rely on you—that’s what makes the Orthodox community so beautiful and so special. I just think it’s unfair; it’s a mischaracterization and unfortunately just fits right into the perception out there that it’s an “us” versus “them” sort of situation. Michael Fragin: There certainly is an insular nature to the Orthodox community. I am friendly with many people in New Square and Keiser and Monsey, and I should point out that my father grew up on Monsey and he is a graduate of Spring Valley High School. Politically it can very difficult for politicians especially if you’re not that familiar to engage these communities and try to push them in a direction that they may not be interested in going. Aaron Troodler: Yes, that’s an excellent point, Michael. Because some of these communities are somewhat insular and they’re growing it their way, brings them into the political conversation. And you know, for example, the town of Ramapo has two members of its town board that are Orthodox; you have a county legislator who’s Orthodox. You have people from that community getting intimately involved in public life and civic duty and that’s a wonderful thing. Everybody is different and some of the elected officials who are not from the community approach it with an open mind and they make concerted efforts to learn about the community and to develop and understand needs and concerns and goals and that’s a beautiful thing. On the flip side, you have elected officials, unfortunately, who see that community and they turn the other way for whatever reason and don’t make that effort to get to know them and to develop any sort of relationship. I think that anybody who’s representing a constituency of any kind, of any size, it’s really incumbent upon them to make that effort and to try to get to know their constituents Michael Fragin: Aaron Troodler, Paul Revere Public Relations, thank you for joining us here on Spin Class. Aaron Troodler: Michael, it was a pleasure. Thank you so much for having me. Michael Fragin: All the best. We have blogger Jacob Kornbluh with us. And Jacob has a blog, nymayor. Did I get that right, Jacob? Jacob Kornbluh: Yes, you did, Michael. Michael Fragin: So you are covering pretty much all aspects of the mayor’s race from the Jewish perspective or even the non-Jewish perspective, all perspectives, I should say. You’re also covering the 40th Council District race. So tell me, why does the 40th Council District in Southern Brooklyn seem to deserve its own coverage from an esteem blogger like yourself? Jacob Kornbluh: Well, any blogger that wants to gain traction has to focus on the races which make the most noise and we will be having a mayor race but it will be focused more on the general public. The 40th District is kind of exciting because you have three or four Russians running in a district that has around 60% or more Russian voters. You have as of now one Orthodox candidate running. If the Russians split their vote, he might come out victorious. However, going onto the general election, if he stays with a Republican Russian candidate, most probably David Strobin, he’s likely to lose. So it will be an interesting primary to look out for and it will interesting if an Orthodox Jew comes out victorious, how he will do in the general election. Michael Fragin: Very interesting. So Jacob, tell us what’s going in the mayor’s race. Anthony Weiner, is he upsetting the apple cart here. Is his potential presence looming over the race? Jacob Kornbluh: He’s definitely creating some nervous energy. He’s absolutely running, there’s no question about it. Some say that his current attitude, the one in which he seems to be sorry and apologizes 50 times for his misconduct is not Anthony Weiner. So the Anthony Weiner we know from Congress two or three years ago has to bring out voters. He can go head to head against Christine Quinn in the runoff and then it will be a situation to look at whether all the candidates will unite with Anthony Weiner against Christine Quinn or will they unite with Christine Quinn more. Michael Fragin: You’ve been following the Jewish outreach from each of the candidates quite a bit on your blog. Jacob Kornbluh: I would say Christine Quinn is planning to do some outreach within the Orthodox Jewish community. Overall in the Jewish community, if you measure the race with Anthony Weiner, she splits the vote, she

gets 22%, Anthony Weiner gets 21%. However, with Anthony Weiner out of the race, she gets around 25, 27% of the overall Jewish vote. Bill Thompson seems to be sleeping. Michael Fragin: Sleeping…wait, Jacob, hold on. The New York Times profiled Bill Thompson and his relationship with the Jewish community and said that he has pretty much the best relationship with the Brooklyn Jewish community of any candidate. So what do you mean he’s sleeping? Jacob Kornbluh: He might have a good relationship with the rank and file. But as you know, Michael, these times are different. Voters are actually tuning in, voters are actually independently voicing their opinion and when you don’t hear from candidate, when the candidates is never seen at Jewish events because he’s profiled that he has already the relationship with the Jewish community, it’s sort of taking every vote for granted. Bill De Blasio and John Liu won’t miss any event—if it’s a 20 person room or 5,000 people. So they are basically reaching out. We know they are not spending money because it’s still too early; any money is spent towards hiring the best campaign managers or spokespeople or fighting their other candidates. Michael Fragin: Well, there’s no question Bill De Blasio has a good history in the Jewish community, he’s been on the show and certainly is an impressive guy. I think what’s surprising about the Bill De Blasio candidacy right now is that you would have thought that he would be the candidate of the unions and he isn’t getting that union support. Jacob Kornbluh, thank you very much for joining us here on Spin Class. We always appreciate your keen insight. Jacob Kornbluh: Always a pleasure to be with you, Michael. Michael Fragin: Thank you very much Jacob. As we mentioned, John Liu is running for mayor on the democratic line and he basically said that he’s not in favor of school choice or tax credits because they siphon money from the public schools. Now, I don’t see how a tax credit can siphon money from the public school, they might actually reduce the amount people who are paying in taxes. Most politicians would say, “Okay, let me avoid the issue a little bit, let me at least think that I can embrace the community a little bit,” but no, he was straight out in your face about it. This is Spin Class. Speak to you next week.


Gain the Torah Not the Weight

pare a salad and/or cooked veggies at every meal, and fill up half your plate with these low-calorie, highly nutritious foods. 4. Get Satisfied with Soup: Try a cup of cold fruit soup, or a veggie soup like cauliflower, zucchini, or broccoli.

Prepare them sans cream or flour, and they will make you feel full. 5. Eat Before Dinner: Yom Tov is very late and therefore so are the dinners. Try to eat a part of your meal earlier; this will prevent overeating out of hunger at the meal. 6. Drink Water: Numerous studies have shown that drinking 1 -2 cups of water before each meal effectively reduces the amount of food you consume at that meal. 7. Opt for Frozen Yogurt or Sorbet over Cheesecake: They are the perfect dessert when the weather is hot, and much lower in fat and calories. 8. Use Low-fat/Nonfat Cheeses or Tofu: Try to cut down on the calories and fat by using lower calorie/lower fat options for your dairy dishes. 9. Eat like the French: When the temptation is too great, take a very small piece. After three bites you know exactly what it tastes like, and need go no further. Shavuos is a very significant time, both for the Jewish people and their bodies. It is important to choose your

food and portion sizes wisely. Unfortunately, people come out of this holiday with much more weight than before, the cheesecakes and other sweets clearly visible on their waistlines. Always remember the rules we set forth here and live by them like we live by the Torah we received. Remember your friends – yogurt, sorbet, fruits, soups, veggies, and fish. Also remember our formidable enemies – cakes, sugar, blintzes, lasagna, creamy-soups, and most importantly, cheese. You will be at many large feasts over this holiday. It seems like a daunting obstacle, but the plethora of choices allows you to choose the healthy foods while letting the bad food stay on the table. Have a great Yom Tov! Aliza Beer is a registered dietician with a Master’s degree in nutrition. She has a private practice in Cedarhurst, NY. Patients’ success has been featured on the Dr. Oz Show. Aliza’s new line of prepared, healthy meals-to-go are available at Gourmet Glatt. Aliza can be reached at alizabeer@gmail. com.

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havuos is my favorite holiday. Only two days long, with no intense cleaning required beforehand, warm weather, and beautiful flowers. I even get some desperately needed beauty sleep while the tzaddikim in my house sit and learn all night. The only negative is the exceedingly caloric, heart-stopping, artery clogging, deliciously decadent cheesecake! Cheese, with the addition of sugar, oil, and eggs, is quite high in calories and saturated fat. By now, many of you have successfully battled your Pesach weight gain, and even lost additional pounds, only to face the cake to end all cakes. Adhere to the following rules and you will emerge victorious, not gluttonous: 1. Diminish the Dairy: Four dairy meals in a row are simply too much. I suggest you plan for two dairy meals, and two meat, and include poultry and lean meats in your menu. 2. Eat Fish: At the dairy meals, try to eat mostly fish. Avoid the blintzes, lasagnas, and quiches. 3. Fill Up on Fruits/Veggies: Pre-

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In the Kitchen Naomi Nachman

I am always looking for a Sunday adventure for my family. This week was no exception, and seeing that it was Lag BaOmer, I wanted something to do which involved a barbecue. A friend had recently mentioned to me something about Hakadosh BBQ, which is a traveling pop-up kosher booth that sells Texas-style BBQ meats from a smoker and which is operated by Texan-born Ari White and the team at Gemstone Catering. Hakadosh BBQ joins local street fairs and sets up their traveling restaurant to sell kosher food to the public. So this is where my family and I went on the beautiful Lag BaOmer Sunday this past week. We piled

into the car from the Five Towns and drove to their site this week, which was on Broadway on the Upper West Side. We sampled their pulled smokedbeef sandwiches as well as entire smoked turkey legs. (I felt like I was back at the Renaissance Festival!) The food was scrumptious and the atmosphere delightful. You can visit for their upcoming locations. Here is my version of a Texas BBQ Pulled Chicken sandwich made from my Shabbat leftovers.

Pulled Chicken Sandwich Served with Pickles and Coleslaw

Marinated Coleslaw

Ingredients 3 cups of cooked chicken from chicken soup 1 teaspoon olive oil 1 onion, diced Salt and pepper 1 cup favorite BBQ sauce Preparation Separate the cooked chicken off the bone and shred it into stringy pieces. Heat pan and add olive oil. When oil is hot, add onion and sauté until soft. Season with salt and pepper Lower pan to a medium temperature. Add shredded chicken and stir for a minute, then add in the BBQ sauce and cook in pan for 10 minutes uncovered until the sauce reduces a little. Make sure the bottom doesn’t burn by continually stirring. Serve on a Kaiser roll along with a side of coleslaw and pickles.

Recipe adapted from Ingredients Vegetables 1 shredded cabbage, finely chopped 2 carrots, shredded 4 scallions, finely chopped Dressing 3/4 cup white vinegar 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 tbsp brown sugar (to taste) 1 teaspoon celery seeds 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder 2/3 cup vegetable oil 1/2 cup white sugar black pepper (optional) Preparation In a large bowl, mix the vegetables together and set aside. Mix first six dressing ingredients together in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Remove from heat then immediately add in the oil and white sugar; mix to combine until the sugar is completely dissolved, then pour the hot mixture over the veggies. Allow to sit out at room temperature for 1 hour, stirring occasionally with a spoon. Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours stirring occasionally. Season with freshly ground black pepper (if desired) before serving.

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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In the Kitchen Chef Shaul Silverstein

It’s Chicken, Again! Almost on a weekly basis, I invite guests to my table for Shabbat, and for some reason, there will always be leftovers of chicken which not I, nor anyone else at my home really wants to eat. At least the way it is then. So I share with you some of the ideas that I do with my leftover chicken (usually on a Sunday). These recipes are not engraved in stone (as you know) and if there is any kind of herb or spice that you like to use, use it and please share it with me at my address below.

Chicken Ravioli Ingredients 2 chicken bottom quarters 2 ½ tablespoons prepared brown deli mustard (whole grain if possible) 1 tablespoon ketchup 7 eggroll wrappers 1 extra large egg, beaten handful of salt

Preparation Remove bone and skin from chicken meat. Dice chicken into 1/4 inch pieces or smaller. Mix chicken with mustard and ketchup. Brush the starchier side of the eggroll with egg wash. Place slightly heaping tablespoonful of chicken mixture in center of eggroll wrapper. Take one corner of the eggroll wrapper and join it with another corner horizontally, creating a triangle. Press down area around filling, removing any air pockets from ravioli. Leaving a 1/5 to 3/4 of an inch perimeter around filling, trim excess eggroll wrapper, reserving for later use. There should still be a triangle, however slightly smaller. Place 4 quart of water in pot along with a handful of salt. Bring water to a boil. Place triangular raviolis in boiling water for approximately 1 minute or till transparent. Optionally, you can coat the bottom of a pan with a small amount of olive oil, sweat some finely diced onions and add raviolis to crisp up a bit. When raviolis are done, boil up the remainder of the trimmed wrappers and make free style noodles, and serve with any pasta sauce. Raviolis can also be rubbed with olive oil and baked in the oven at 350° for approximately 12 minutes or until crisp.

Dill Chicken Salad

Chicken Pinwheels

Ingredients 1 cup chicken bottom quarters 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar 2 stalks of minced celery 2 tablespoons minced onions 1/5 teaspoon dry dill Salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients Pulled chicken Cream cheese substitute Package of wheat wraps (any flavor) Scallions, chopped Red peppers, sliced into spears of 1/4 inch Sliced olives

Preparation Dice chicken to quarter inch pieces. In a separate bowl, mix mayonnaise, oil, vinegar, minced celery, minced onions, dill and add salt and pepper to taste. Add diced chicken. If mixture is too dry, slowly add canola oil and/ or mayonnaise to obtain desired moisture. Store for 5 hours or overnight in refrigerator to allow vegetables and herbs to release aromatic oils. I encourage you to send me any or all suggestions to Also please notify me if there is any recipe or idea that you would like to see in this column. Bon appetit!

Preparation Lightly toast wrap. Smear with cream cheese substitute (if flavored is desired, use French onion). Dot cream cheese with handful of olives. Place line of scallions and peppers in center of wrap. (Line should be approximately 1/3 inch from top to bottom at center.) Leaving a two and half inch perimeter on right and left of wrap interior (which should be left empty with the exception of olives and cream cheese substitute), lightly spread pulled chicken over entire area of wrap. With clean hands roll wrap from right to left. Slice on a diagonal every inch or so.

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Deb Hirschhorn, Ph.D.

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Fostering Self Esteem


esearch shows that low selfesteem is associated with depression in adolescents and lower achievement in school. How can parents help their children to have a realistic amount of self-esteem? One would think that it is obvious that children should have high self-esteem, but research shows otherwise. For example, a child told he is “so smart” when his ability is only average could, conceivably, develop an unrealistically high opinion of his abilities. He could then be in for quite a shock when he performs below what he expected. Another outcome could be that he stops making an effort to do well because he falsely assumes he doesn’t need to put effort out since he’s so smart. Being told he’s smarter or better than others can lead to arrogance and callousness as well. Going to the extreme opposite end of the spectrum, John Rosemond, an author in this area, recommended breaking down children’s self-esteem so that it does not become artificially inflated. That’s really bad advice. The result of that tactic can also be a child giving up trying: He figures that his parents are telling him he’s not so smart after all, so why make an effort to reach for the impossible? The same conclusion came from research reported in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology in 2007. Investigators attempted to encourage failing children to make more effort in school by sending them emails that said, “Students who have high self-esteem not only get better grades, but they remain self-confident and assured.” Therefore, each one needed to “hold your headand your self-esteem-high.” That plan backfired; those students’ grades actually dropped. This makes sense. I imagine a failing student would look at the email and say, “This doesn’t apply to me. I’m not confident and assured. In fact, receiving this message rubs in my face that I’m not the one that fits this description.” These different examples show that a child can end up with low self-esteem in spite of parents’ and educators’ efforts to accomplish the opposite. Then, the child that doesn’t think well of himself can turn to drugs, feel alienated, go off the derech, and fail in school.

So what’s the solution to helping a child develop realistic self-esteem? A 2013 study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology made a distinction between “person praise” and “process praise.” An example of “person praise” might be “You’re so smart” while process praise could be, “You tried hard.” The researchers had children play an internet game and children randomly received the person praise. The problem is that when children lost, they felt ashamed of losing so the message did not build up their self-esteem. The children who received process praise, on the other hand, were able to utilize it to keep on trying and keep up their morale. There’s another reason why per-

to have been given this gift while at the same time he will recognize that it does obligate him to use it well. This method of dealing with the self-esteem issue can be thought of as a combination of process praise and taking a look at the big picture. That big picture refers to our relationship with Hashem and what He wants of us. In a sense, for a gifted child, it introduces humility into the mix so that the praise will not artificially inflate the child’s opinion of himself. Bringing in the big picture is actually quite powerful in helping children who have all different capabilities. For example, when a child is challenged in school, a parent can say, “Yes, it is harder for you than some of your classmates. But you know what? You

The most important message a parent can give a child is “You’re okay. We love you because you’re you.” son praise is a mistake: If a child is smart, who should take credit? If you think about it, it is not the child; it’s HaKadosh Baruch Hu for giving the child the wonderful gift of brains. In fact, I would go further. If the child was given such a gift, then it seems to me that it carries with it a huge obligation. That is, gifts should not be squandered. Being smart is only the beginning: what you do with that potential is what matters. So, to a smart child, a parent might say, “Hashem must really love you to have given you a good head – now you need to show Him you appreciate that by working hard.” In this way, the child is neither built up nor taken down because of his brains but rather shown the importance of putting it to good use. This in turn keeps his self-esteem intact; he can feel blessed

are learning how to work hard. You’re developing patience and persistence. These are amazing middos. And your friends might not have that opportunity. So in the end, you are developing important middos that students who find it easy may not develop.” The same principle of combining process praise with a look at the big picture might also be useful in talking with children who have strayed off the derech. Such children may have low self-esteem for any number of reasons. Perhaps there was a divorce, or parents are too busy with finances or illness to pay attention to him. Perhaps messages he received in school about his abilities or how well he fit in were hurtful. How do we build up that self-esteem? The most important message a parent can give a child is “You’re okay.

We love you because you’re you.” This means that even if that child is no longer observing Shabbos, our love for him does not diminish. In spite of the value of process praise over person praise, the message nevertheless here is person praise. Why? The answer is that we are not praising behavior but rather conveying acceptance of who he is. The teen should not feel that we are disappointed in him because this will lead to further depression and a greater detour off the derech. Now, let’s answer the questions: Why do the parents love him because he is who he is? Who is he anyway? Do we even know who he is anymore? The answer to these questions is: We don’t, but life is growth and change for all of us. We accept a person because he is who he is even if we don’t quite know who he is. Nevertheless, it is important to also restore this child’s belief in himself and this can only come through process praise. Person praise gives the important message of global acceptance and unconditional love but process praise lets the child know his strengths. Thus, the parents might also say to him, “You were so kind to help your younger brother do X,” or “You always have been a respectful person/hard worker/neat and clean/whatever and we appreciate that.” The key is to find things you truly regard in your child and then offer them to him or her in the course of conversation. It is no surprise that if the process praise is based on good middos, it is that much more powerful. The goal is for the child to start knowing himself and feeling good about who he is. Rather than achieve high self-esteem, the result is having realistic self-esteem and that is so much more valuable.

Dr. Deb Hirschhorn has had over 35 years clinical experience. She has been in numerous publications, both professional and for the public, and has appeared on TV and has been featured on radio. She practices Marriage-Friendly Therapy. She has a local practice in Woodmere, N.Y. See her website,, or call her at 646-54-DRDEB.


Social Smarts Rifka Schonfeld

Stimulation vs. Serenity

ossi was constantly giving his teachers an unintentionally hard time. When his third grade class would gather around for a demonstration of how gravity works, Yossi couldn’t help but touch all of the objects to be used. He ran the feather along his cheek, bounced the ball against his open hand, and stuck his fingers into the bag of pebbles. His teacher admonished him, “Yossi, please don’t touch! I already told everyone that when I started setting this project up!” However, Yossi could not resist the temptation and made his way from object to object. Later, when the demonstration was over, Yossi sat back in his seat, only to jump up to go to the bathroom or sharpen his pencil every few minutes. Within the same classroom, Binny seems to fade into the background. He moves slowly from activity to activity, often taking several minutes before completing the assigned task. He can’t seem to get his hands correctly around his pencil and once he does grasp it, he is loath to let it go when recess comes. While Yossi runs around finding new and exciting games to play, Binny is content to watch and simply stare off into the distance. It seems that just when he is about ready to join the game, his teacher tells everyone to line up because recess is over. Down the hall, in his kindergarten classroom, Nachum is eagerly taking his shoes off. “Nachum, please put your shoes back on. We don’t take our shoes off in the classroom,” his teacher sternly chides. “But my socks are bothering my toes!” Nachum exclaims. His teacher sighs and says, “Nachum, we are going to finger paint and experiment with colors now, why don’t you go put on a smock and sit next to Aryeh?” With that, Nachum begins to scream and cry, “I hate smocks. I hate finger painting. And, my socks are really hurting my toes. I WANT TO GO HOME!” Once again, Nachum’s teacher sighs, wondering for the hundredth time how Nachum’s parents handle his tantrums at home. Surprisingly, though Yossi, Binny, and Nachum behave extremely differently, they are both suffering from a disorder called Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) that can manifest itself in several different forms. What is Sensory Processing Disorder? Because SPD reveals itself in multiple modes, it is helpful to look at the three most common forms of SPD as explained by Carol Stock Kranowitz, author of The Out of Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder. The chart above outlines the different reactions that children with SPD might have when confronted with everyday stimuli. Perhaps the best way to unite all three of these forms of SPD is the inability to use information received through the sense in order to function smoothly in everyday life. Treating SPD: A Balanced Sensory Diet The first step towards treating a Sensory Processing Disorder lies in diagnosis. After all, how can you treat something if you do not know it exists? Depending on the child’s problem, a formal evaluation can be made by an occupational therapist, pediatrician, psychologist, or special educator. Evaluations generally consist of observations of the child in their natural environment, ques-

Over-responsive Child (Nachum)

Under-responsive Child (Binny)

Sensory-Seeking Child (Yossi)

Response to sensation

“Oh no!”

“Ho, hum”



Avoids touching or being touched. Reacts strongly to certain textures of clothing or food.

Is unaware of messy hands, face, or clothes/ Does not notice how things feel and often drops them.

Seeks out every sensation: dumps out bins of toys and rummages purposelessly, chews on shirts cuffs, rubs against walls, and bumps into people.

Movement and balance

Avoids movement. Keeps feet on the ground and gets carsick.

Unaware of falling and protects self poorly. Can swing for a long time without getting dizzy.

Craves fast movement. Moves constantly in often-dangerous positions.

Body position and muscle control

Rigid and uncoordinated. Avoids activities that require strong sensory input.

Lacks inner drive to move Craves bear hugs and being for play, but can become squeezed. Seeks vigorous more alert after actively activity. pushing, pulling, lifting, or carrying heavy loads.


Gets overexcited with too much to look at.

Ignores new stimuli – even objects in his path.

Sounds, smells, tastes

Objects to loud sounds, strong Is unaware or odors, and certain textures or unresponsive to loud temperatures of food. sounds, unpleasant odors, and spicy foods.

tionnaires that parents fill out to inform the evaluator, and different sensory tasks performed by the child. Once the child is diagnosed with SPD, there are several ways to ensure that he or she can overcome this disorder and achieve sensory integration. At Home A balanced sensory diet is a planned and schedule activity program that a therapist or special educator develops to help meet the needs of a specific child’s nervous system. Kranowitz writes, “Its purpose is to help the child become better regulated, more focused, adaptable, and skillful.” Just as nutritional food provides daily nourishment, a sensory diet fulfills physical and emotional needs. There are three types of activities that are often “prescribed” as part of this diet depending on your child’s sensory needs: alerting, organizing, and calming. Alerting activities benefit the unresponsive child, who needs a boost to become effectively stimulated. They can include: • Bouncing a ball • Jumping up and down on a bed or trampoline • Crunching foods that have texture and sound (dry cereal, chips, nuts, carrots, celery, or ice cubes). Organizing activities help regulate child’s responses. They include: • Chewing “chewy” foods, such as granola bars, dried apricots, bagels, or cheese • Hanging by the hands from a high bar • Pushing or pulling heavy loads • Getting into an upside-down position Calming activities help the child decrease sensory overresponsiveness or overstimulation. They include: • Sucking a hard candy, frozen fruit bar, or spoonful of peanut butter

Seeks visually stimulating scenes for lengthy times. Welcomes loud noises (may speak in a booming voice), seeks strong odors, and prefers spicy or very hot foods.

• Pushing against walls with the hands, shoulders, back and head • Rocking or swaying slowly back and forth • Cuddling • Taking a bath Depending on your child’s needs, these activities can be structured in various sequences throughout the day. In School Children with SPD are often misunderstood in the classroom. Yossi is always getting his hands into things, Binny seems to be sleepwalking, and Nachum is constantly terrorizing his teachers. Alerting your child’s teachers to the disorder and even providing them with the steps you are taking to address the issue will give the teachers a better understanding of your child’s needs. Free your Children from SPD Dr. Kranowitz leaves us with some final words of encouragement when seeking help for children with SPD: “You may free [wonderful], enjoyable, little people held hostage by sensory processing problems. They are too small and frightened to free themselves.” An acclaimed educator and education consultant, Mrs. Rifka Schonfeld has served the Jewish community for close to thirty years. She founded and directs the widely acclaimed educational program, SOS, servicing all grade levels in secular as well as Hebrew studies. A kriah and reading specialist, she has given dynamic workshops and has set up reading labs in many schools. In addition, she offers evaluations G.E.D. preparation,, social skills training and shidduch coaching, focusing on building self-esteem and self-awareness. She can be reached at 718-382-5437 or at can her on the web at

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Forgotten Heroes

Avi Heiligman

Shooting Down the Peacock

The Killing of Japanese Admiral Isroku Yamamoto


or a long time, aircraft carriers right had known that a certain building the intelligence unit, Commander Ed the United from the beginning. housed the most important decipher Layton, had an urgent meeting with States has had Fortunately for the team in America, they would have the commander-in-chief of the Pathe policy of not Americans, the car- blown it to oblivion during the at- cific fleet, Admiral Chester Nimitz. killing heads of state riers were out to sea tack on December 7, 1941. However, On April 14, 1943, Ultra picked up a even in a time of and were spared the the unit was spared and they ramped message that Admiral Yamamoto was war. This does not fate of the battle- up their efforts and soon were com- scheduled to visit the airbase on Bouapply to military ships. For the Japa- ing up with very important enemy se- gainville in the Solomons on April commanders. nese, that meant a crets. Code breakers had deciphered 18. The logistics of the mission were However, most of the long, drawn-out war several Japanese secret codes and the worked out even though it would be a time, these strategic while the U.S. pro- intercepts, called Ultra, helped them dangerous mission that would require commanders are duced the amazing learn the enemy’s pattern of war. One the best pilots and long ranged aircraft behind the lines feat of out-manufac- string of messages that they had only available to the Air Corps. The quesand are very hard turing and producing partly deciphered led them to the fact tion was, was it worth the risk of a posto reach. There was weapons of war at an the Imperial Japanese Navy was going sible discovery on the Japanese part Admiral Isroku Yamamoto, the Peacock one time that one of astounding rate. By to attack Midway Island in June 1942. that their codes were compromised, the most important the end of the war, The U.S. swiftly assembled their en- thereby negating months of war and men of an enemy country was in the the U.S. had over 100 carriers (many tire carrier force, three “flattops,” and could potentially leave the U.S. in the striking distance of U.S. forces. It was dark for a very long time, possibly proa hazardous mission that if failed could longing the war? Nimitz immediately have tipped the enemy’s intelligence contacted Washington, and President and given away many secrets. In the Franklin Roosevelt told Secretary of Was it worth the risk of a possible end, the reward outshone the risk the Navy, Frank Knox, to get Yamadiscovery on the Japanese part and the mission was given a green moto. The mission was on! light. The man was responsible for The mission was assigned to the that their codes were compromised? the disastrous attack on Pearl Harbor, 339th Fighter Squadron, 13th Air Force, and every American wanted a shot at which was based on Henderson Field Japanese Admiral Isroku Yamamoto, on Guadalcanal. They flew the latest also known as the Peacock. version of the P-38 Lightning as they Before the war, Admiral Yama- times the combined amount of every in a stunning victory that changed the would have the longest range of any moto was against attacking the United other country put together) and just course of the war had sunk four Japa- fighter in the American arsenal. The States altogether but he realized that like Yamamoto feared, they were com- nese carriers. squadron comthe Japanese high command wasn’t ing back with a vengeance against the The tide was mander was Major going to listen to his advice. Yama- instigators of the conflict. turning as the John W. Mitchell moto then said that if they were goThat’s exactly what the Americans Americans started who planned the ing to attack, they should completely were doing back in the rebuilt naval a land offensive mission down to the destroy the U.S. fleet including the base at Pearl Harbor. If the Japanese in the Solomon Isminute that Yamalands in August. moto’s plane was After Guadalcanal to begin its descent in the Solomons on Bougainville fells to Amerithat was indicated can land forces in in the intercepts. early 1943, YamaHe also equipped moto was beginthe Lightnings with ning to realize that specially designed the Japanese failed ship’s compasses and that the Ameriand drop fuel tanks can manufacturing for extra range. The prowess was about plan was to send to sink them for eighteen Lightgood. They needed ings to the area, Rex Barber being awarded a medal for the another major opand four were desshooting down of Yamamoto’s plane eration to try to ignated to shoot check the Ameridown Yamamoto’s can advance up the Pacific. bomber. The other P-38s were to climb Back at Pearl Harbor, the head of well above the bombers and intercept

that stopped just as it was making the alert the enemy that they could read landing. Barber’s plane had 140 bul- their secret messages and didn’t inlet holes in it, and Holmes had to land form the media until the Japanese did. in the Russell Islands due to the lack At that point, the Americans revealed of fuel. Lanphier broke radio silence that an Australian coast watcher in the on the approach to announce “that Solomons had spotted the enemy flight [Yamamoto] will not be dictating any and relayed the coordinates to the peace terms in the White House.” Americans. Only much later did the After the battle, it was discovered real facts come to light. that it was Yamamoto’s plane that There was also controversy as to crashed into the jungle and there were who actually shot down Yamamoto’s no survivors. The other bomber was plane as Lanphier tried to take credit carrying his for the kill. chief of staff, In the end, it Vice Admiral didn’t matUgaki, and ter because those aboard one of the survived and greatest miliwere rescued tary minds by Japanese to threaten warships. America was R e a c killed in one tion from the of the most Japanese was important aerthat of shock ial dogfights The surviving Yamamoto Mission bombers and surprise in history. as they now how to reorganize their main branch of their military. They couldn’t believe that their best strategist was dead and Avi Heiligman is a weekly contributor to since they didn’t want to create large- The Jewish Home. He welcomes your comscale panic, the Japanese public wasn’t ments and suggestions.for future columns informed of his death for more than a and can be reached at aviheiligman@ month. The Americans didn’t want to


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ber, Lieutenant Besby Holmes, and Lieutenant Raymond Hine, flew directly for the “Betty” Bombers while the cover group flew towards the Zero fighters. The external fuel tanks on Holmes’s plane did not drop like they were supposed to, so he and Hines turned out to sea waiting to catch any plane that tried to escape. Barber banked in a sharp turn and came up right behind one of the bombers. He immediately started to shoot at it, and it rolled over violently and crashed into the jungle. Barber and Lanphier then went searching for the second Betty Bomber as Visitors at the wreckage site of Yamamoto’s bomber they didn’t know which one contained Yamamoto. The out because of mechanical difficulties plane was down by the water and was (which was all too common in WWII being chased by Holmes and Hine who planes). The rest flew at very low al- forced it to crash land on the water. titudes and in radio silence to avoid The fuel tanks on the P-38s were detection. Some Japanese officials reaching critical levels so they had to feared an ambush and tried in vain to head for home, and they couldn’t see warn Yamamoto. The Peacock was on the actual damage to the enemy. On a crash course with history. the way back it was discovered that The Americans reached the inter- Lieutenant Hine was missing and later cept point at 9:34, just as the Japanese it was discovered that he was killed contingent flew into view. The attack while crash landing in the water. They group, consisting of Captain Thomas returned to Henderson Field with very Lanphier, First Lieutenant Rex Bar- little fuel and one plane had an engine

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Lola Lieber Schwartz

A World After This

A Memoir of Loss and Redemption Lola Lieber Schwartz is a world-renowned artist whose paintings have been exhibited in art galleries throughout the United States and are part of the Yad Vashem archives in Jerusalem. Most importantly, Lola is a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother to many. She has myriad friends and sees life in all its vibrancy and vitality. But life was not always easy. Lola was only sixteen-yearsold when Hitler ym”sh invaded Poland, and Lola was forced into hiding and spent years on the run with her husband, Mechel. Through six years of trying times, near

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t turned out that my brother was the most gifted forger of all of us. He began by producing documents for his wife’s family. They were so good and looked so authentic that the demand for his skills grew. He began to produce documents regularly. The Germans did not know how to check their origins or even read what was printed. In a short time, there seemed to be more Auslaenders in the ghetto than Polish Jews. Since we could leave the ghetto legally that is what we did. Mechel and I rented a room in the home of a gentile family a short distance from the ghetto walls. In a few weeks, my parents and the Halberstams did the same thing. We did not wish to live too far from the ghetto. We now had more reason to fear the virulent anti-Semitism of the Poles than the Nazis. Poles who recognized Jews without Stars of David demanded to see documents. Many of them were illiterate and even those who weren’t could only read Polish. Being accosted by Polish


thugs on the streets or streetcars posed an enormous risk. It didn’t take long for us to realize that our freedom to move around outside the ghetto was in reality restricted to the rooms we rented. Of course we knew we were not in danger of suffering another Aktion like those who couldn’t get out of the ghetto. In our initial delight at being let out of the ghetto we had thought for a fleeting moment we were truly free. Of course, we were not. In order to keep from becoming unredeemably depressed, Mechel and I stayed in our room and made up games to play.

starvation and brutality, Lola and her husband held onto their faith and values. It was Mechel’s words of encouragement, “There will be a world after this,” that helped them cling to the hope that there will be a life of light and joy waiting for them at the end. This is the story of Lola’s life—from her grandparents’ “enchanted garden” to meeting Eichmann ym”sh to making the Pesach seder for the Bobover Rebbe during the war—her words will take you back to a different world. so much in love that rather than being bored with each other and with having to stay inside in such confined quarters, we grew closer. One day Mechel put on a truly ridiculous outfit and said, “Guess what I am.” I couldn’t guess. “I am a monkey.” “You don’t look like a monkey. You are standing too tall to be a monkey. You need to hunch over.” Our bits of foolishness mitigated slightly the tragedy surrounding us. We lived in every moment of each day. We had some books that had belonged to Baila. We read a great deal,

Ghetto A was being worked to death and Ghetto B was being starved to death.

I think you would call what we did a form of the game of charades. We created “costumes” out of whatever clothing we had and put on disguises. Mechel loved to pretend to be different things and I would have to guess what he was. He changed his appearance drastically with only a few “props.” We actually were able to laugh together. We were



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and often read aloud to each other. I sketched portraits too, mostly of Mechel and of those we had lost. I made a few sketches based on my memories of the garden at Munkach. And I got the idea I could crochet and sell things, but there wasn’t a market for fancy needlework of any kind. We were allowed to use the landlady’s stove and ate only kosher foods, but of course a kosher kitchen was out of the question. One moment we were quite happy and played charades; the next we were very low and sad. We davened, knowing we did not possess the keys to the future or to the gates of life which might or might not be opened for us. Only Hashem had that knowledge. Time had no meaning for us any longer. We did not keep a calendar. We knew when it was Shabbos each week and that was about as complicated as our date keeping went. One day, however, Mechel realized it was Purim. Purim was very important to us, now more than ever since the Bobover Rebbe had said I was a modern-day Queen Esther. “Ta’anis Esther,” said Mechel, “the Fast

of Esther is upon us.” He sent someone to the ghetto to get a Megillah, which is the book that tells the Purim story, the story of Esther, and is traditionally read on Purim. The holiday fell on March 21 that year, and I made a special candied delicacy called “noont” made of honey and nuts, and I took it to the Bobover Rebbe, who lived two houses away. He received us with warmth and his eyes flowed with tears when he saw the traditional Purim gift I had made for him. Normal Jewish life and its cycle of holidays and observances had become so difficult that this small gesture was of enormous significance. The plight of our rabbis had become increasingly difficult and tragic. Some of our people had lost their way, and the rabbis went to incredible ends and efforts to restore their faith. As public figures and as obvious Jews, they were always on the Nazi’s list of the most wanted. The Bobover Rebbe remained brave and heroic, but he had a new vulnerability that pained me to see. He had shaved his beard and cut his peyos, which was a very intelligent thing to do. Yet it was difficult to see him this way, deprived of his public identity as a Jewish religious leader. His sister Gitche spent more and more time with us. She was afraid she might be apprehended when she was with her brother and sister-in-law. Word circulated that another Aktion would occur soon in the ghetto. We knew only too well what it meant for those trapped behind the ghetto walls. The Bochnia Ghetto population had grown again and now reached 5,000. Those coming in were more desperate than the ones who had come before. Bochnia was now the only remaining ghetto in the region. Also, the word of Schomburg’s kindness to Jews had spread. It would turn out that I was not the only one he had helped. We heard now that after the last Aktion the Nazis were turning the Bochnia Ghetto into a labor camp and dividing it into two areas: Ghetto A was

The basic economics of supply and demand held true in these dealings as well. The haulers saw the demand and prepared to find those who were prepared to purchase their services. Polish brokers sprang up as the demand increased. Finding an honorable broker was as important, if not more important, than finding a trustworthy driver. Liaisons developed between Jews and Poles who formed human smuggling rings in which both sides profited. It was inevitable. There is no question that the Poles who undertook these trips were courageous beyond a simple desire for money. After all, they could turn anybody in and get twice as much from the Gestapo. And there were a few who did the work because they believed it was the moral Christian thing to do. In most cases, however, these relationships were based on a partnership of the cagey and the caged. Our truck was not large enough to hold fifteen people. It would take seven, at most. Therefore we would have to go in shifts. We had learned that the smaller trucks were safer with less chance of betrayal. The sum we needed to pay the liaison brokers to arrange our escape was astronomical, even for those times. I despaired. Mechel felt that this driver was the only one we should use and I did not have reason to argue. After all,

Jews who had money were willing to part with every last coin they had to leave.

emptied their bank accounts and converted the money into gold before the Nazis seized accounts. Still others had enough valuable possessions and jewels hidden to turn into real money. Mechel and I had no money to spare, only barely enough for our room and meager food supplies. What we did have plenty of was time and the patience to plan the best method of escape and how to raise money. I was blessed with Mechel’s unfailing ingenuity and optimism. Rabbi Halberstam, the Bobover Rebbe, was still living practically next door to us and was part of the strategy sessions. He had made contact with a number of Poles working in the underground truck “business.” These were freelance entrepreneurs who were also risking their lives; they set the fees and they had rules. They accepted only those who could be trusted to stay silent while hiding in the truck’s false compartments, and all children had to be heavily sedated. At the border zone, passengers were to leave quickly and on foot. Some of these trucks, we were told, had the capacity to take fifteen people at a time.

Mechel was the person doing the arranging, meeting in secret, and had already placed himself in a position of extreme vulnerability. Mechel was given a contact. They were wealthy Jews who wanted to escape with their families. In our private talks, Mechel and I called them the Millionaires. We met. They were in their early fifties. This was an almost ancient age for the survival game. One of the men was as shell-shocked as an infantry soldier. His fear was palpable – evident in his expression, in his speech pattern, and even his breathing was that of someone in trauma. He was the representation of all the fears that Mechel and I had been able to repress – because of our youth and our love. We both worried about whether he had the psychological stamina to undertake the harrowing ride in the truck and the hike through the mountains, although his emotional state seemed more problematic than his physical condition. In any case, we did not have a series of people lined up and waiting to come along with us and pay the way for our entire family. We made

our deal with them. They agreed to supply the money and we agreed to supply the strategic planning. Mechel arranged all the details. The truck would go up into the High Tatras, about forty miles from Bochnia. It was the mountain range that separated southern Poland from northern Slovakia. Then we would get out of the truck and would be met by a mountain guide. It turned out to serve me well that I never paid any attention in my geography classes and did not know the facts. The highest peaks in Poland reached 8,000 feet in altitude. The passes into the Slovakian territory would be at about 5,000 feet. If I had known this I probably would have put a stop to the plan. Sometimes not all facts are friendly. Ignorance of all of this propelled me into the idea with a grim kind of “enthusiasm” to get the job done. When we reached the top of the range, a woodsman who lived with his family in a mountain cottage would meet us. Under ordinary circumstances he earned his livelihood by hunting game. Now he had become a trusted mountain guide for fleeing Jews. Yet so much could go wrong. There were too many people involved. First of all, could we trust the Polish broker to deliver the agreed sum to the driver, or would we have a larger disaster than we had at our wedding? No money left and no truck! It would be far worse than no duck and no fish. Then, could we trust the driver? Would he take the money from the broker and go directly to the Gestapo and turn all of us in for double the money he’d received from the Millionaires? What about the woodsman – might he not be a secret Nazi agent? Mechel came up with a plan. Our greatest concern was the broker. That was everyone’s greatest concern. This is where the betrayals were most often reported. In order to take the measure of this man’s integrity, Mechel gave our broker a test. He told him to send our driver on a dry run, with a full load of coal but without people hiding in the truck. Try as I might through the years, I have never been able to figure out exactly what “test” Mechel gave the driver. I only know that Mechel gave the driver a letter written in a form of code. Mechel was not forthcoming with the details. The liaison then had to present Mechel with a return letter, after the dry run, written in the same code. Mechel said his “test” was a success. It was as safe as it would ever be, and we decided to go forward. The Millionaires had provided a huge sum of money. We would need to Lola wrote this book with the help of Alida Brill. A World After This was published in 2010 by Devora Publishing.


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Life on the outside was also becoming hazardous beyond belief. At every corner a Pole might scream out that there were Jews walking around without their yellow armbands. Gestapo men would rush over and demand papers. By now there were forged papers everywhere not just in Bochnia. The Gestapo had figured out our deceptions and were on the lookout for false papers. Sometimes Jews got away with it and sometimes not. Many were beaten and battered and left lying on the ground. Some died this way. Mechel was far more adventurous than I. I didn’t like him to do it, but he circulated around town to gather information. I would worry until he came back safely to our room, but I knew there wasn’t any point in asking him not to leave. He was getting important information on the progress of the war. It did not seem that there would ever be any relief from the Nazi advances and what appeared to us at the time as victory after victory. Mechel and his friends and acquaintances were tracking developments. The only place where it was still safe to go was into Slovakia from Poland, and then on into Hungary. You had to get to the Slovakian border by some form of vehicular transport. Then you were on your own to get to the Hungarian border. The issue was not only the danger of crossing borders. The hardest part was finding the money to pay someone to drive you to the Slovakian border without turning you in. The Nazis were offering twice the amount of money to inform as the Jews were being charged for transportation. Everywhere signs warned Poles that anyone found assisting Jews to escape would be killed. And these were serious threats; they murdered any Poles who were caught helping Jews get out. One day Mechel came back from his rounds about town and said he had found “our man.” The man was a coal hauler and was said to be very reliable. He had been tested before and was trustworthy. His truck had been outfitted especially to get Jews out of Poland. “We will crawl on our bellies into the space between the fake truck bed and the real one,” Mechel said. “He puts the false top on and covers it with his load of coal and wood. He drives us to a remote

place in the woods, and then we have to cross the mountains on our own and on foot.” I didn’t see how we could work this out. We didn’t have enough money and we didn’t know these mountains. But, as always, Mechel was a man with determination and a plan. There was no stopping Mechel, and I knew it was the right idea. What was the alternative? We had figured out by now that the Nazis were not just engaging in random acts of violence and killing. They had a precise plan of action. Every single Jew in Poland was to be murdered. The fact that we had survived to this point was a miracle. My parents, Moishe and Frieda, and my youngest brothers, Tuli and Ben, were with us in Bochnia. We needed to get everyone out with us. Jews who had money were willing to part with every last coin they had to leave. There was no illusion that anyone would be spared. It took thousands of dollars per person to arrange an escape. This sum was real gold dollars, not paper money or zloty. Strange as it may seem, some Jews still had this kind of money, even after all they had been through. Some had found a way to keep or to hide a reserve of “hard” money. Savvy businessmen had sold their businesses for hard currency before the restrictions and the Aryanization began. Others had

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but do not go all the way through, just to the bottom crust. Put a teaspoon or two of the butter mixture between each slice. Wrap the bread in aluminum foil and heat for 15 minutes in the oven.

Preparation Preheat oven to 450°. Mix oil, rosemary, salt, pepper and garlic together. Toss in cauliflower and place in a large pan in one layer. Roast in oven for 20 minutes. Toss well and bake for 10 more minutes.

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The petition will need to include the original will along with a copy of the will, which is kept with the court. The estate attorney will also retain a copy for his records. In no event should the staples of the original will be removed, as that may be construed as tampering. The petition must also include a certified copy of the death certificate, which should have been obtained from the funeral home. It is generally advisable to obtain 10-15 death certificates because each institution may require one, and it is much easier to get them in the beginning rather than ordering

them afterwards. The probate petition must list the names and addresses of all the distributees, i.e. the people who would be entitled to receive a share of the estate if there had been no will, even if they were not beneficiaries under the will. Generally, that means the decedent’s spouse and children, if he had any. If he was not married and had no children, then his parents would need to be listed in the petition, followed by

papers from the court, known as letters testamentary, which gives them the right to act as the fiduciary. The first order of business would be to obtain a federal tax identification number for the estate and open an estate account in which to deposit the proceeds of the estate. It is important to remember that both the federal and New York State estate tax returns are due 9 months after the date of death (Form 706 and ET706, respectively). If the estate assets

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his siblings if the parents predeceased. The distributees need to be listed because they have to be given the right to contest the will. If they consent to the will being admitted to probate, and to the appointment of the fiduciary, they can sign a waiver and consent, which expedites the probate process. If they want to challenge the admittance of the will to probate, the probate lawyer will serve them with a citation which would give them the right to come in to Surrogate’s Court on a certain day and challenge the will. They also have the right to have their own probate attorney appear in court for them. If you receive either a waiver and consent or a citation, have the estate lawyer review it and advise you of your rights, as time is of the essence. Assuming there are no challenges to the will, the court will admit the will to probate and appoint the executor of the will as the fiduciary of the estate. The executor may have to purchase a bond in order to protect the beneficiaries, but since virtually every will dispenses with the necessity of bond, the judge is likely to waive that requirement. The executor receives official

generated income for the estate, there may be an estate income tax return due (Form 1040). In addition, the executor is responsible for filing the decedent’s final income tax return (Form 1040). Your probate attorney may work with a CPA to prepare the returns. Six months after the appointment of a fiduciary, the court will require a report of the assets and inventory of the estate (Form 207.20) which will require the appraisal of the assets in the estate. Within nine months, any beneficiary has the right to disclaim any assets, which will then pass to the

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id you ever minutes. I went to notice how and from a shiur, even when and the whole you’re on the time I’m wishing way to the gym, there was such a to work out, you thing as a “Shabare still looking bos pedometer,” for the absolute all those strides closest parking and no credit for space possible it! I had to comin proximity to fort myself by the gym. Do you saying that I’d see see some kind good friends, have of enigma here? terrific food, hear You are going a great shiur, and I’m willing to walk for exercise, make the hostess after all, so why happy! That alanywhere— as are you avoiding most made up for long as it’s being exercise? Is there the absence of the some kind of quota pedometer! recorded. I’m a on the amount of I even sleep exercise you are with this little inwalking fiend. allowed to do?! strument right on Or is it that we my pajamas just don’t want to take in case I happen to an extra step unless we factor it in or walk in my sleep. somehow get credit for it? Every morning I have to make sure Yet, once we factor it in, we become to have an arrangement with someone consumed with it. Consider this: you go to go walking. This is to be certain I into a restaurant. There is a breakfast get close to my quota of at least 10,000 special: orange juice and coffee, two steps a day. What I can never figure out slices of toast, a fruit cup, an omelet is why, without a pedometer, they are with potatoes, a salad and any dessert. willing to come with me. Obviously Would you possibly not get one of the they have some other goal in mind that items? You paid for it. It’s part of the they are working toward. Unless, of deal. So even if you can’t finish it, you course, they just love my company! can always wrap it and take it home. What I really am registering is that Someone will always eat it. After all, when we give value to something or get it’s included!! recognition for something, it is quite Me, I’m usually not taking an extra motivational. I was never so into walkstep unless it’s factored in as exercise. I ing, tennis, yes, but not walking. But practically park inside the store if I can. this pedometer thing has me excited But guess what, my life has changed. about every step I take. I’m doing this walk-a-thon, and you get In life the idea is to try to figure out a “pedometer” to record every step you what motivates us and then we can retake. Suddenly, I’m willing to walk any- ally put our effort into. If I knew a little where— as long as it’s being recorded. mini-computer hooked to my waistband I’m a walking fiend. 200 trips back up would move me forward like this, I to my room for anything; all the things would have had it hooked to my diathat are never on the same floor I’m per years ago. I probably would have on—no problem, I’m getting recogni- been walking by three months, and who tion! knows how much I would have accomMy partner on this walkathon came plished by now! over the other day, sat down at my table, Get going, get motivated, and have and refused to move. She noticed she a great week! And by the way, is anyhad forgotten her pedometer at home one up for walking with me tomorrow and said it wasn’t worth taking one ex- morning?! Whatever your reason!! tra step if she wasn’t getting credit for it. I had to carry her back out to her car! Rivki Rosenwald is a certified life coach and couples counselor. She can be contacted at I didn’t care; I got the extra steps! This past Shabbos I walked for 80 917-705-2004 or at

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he study of color analysis helps us understand the world of color. Included are some examples and information to share. RED - is a color that speaks to us with excitement and intensity. It is associated with aggression and animation. Think of blood and fire. Red is a stimulating color. The color also represents courage. YELLOW - is a color that speaks of warmth. It reminds us of the sun shining brightly. People who are comfortable around yellow are usually optimistic, spiritual and creative. It is a happy color. BLUE - is a color that is most popular. It gives off a feeling of coolness, peace and confidence. Other traits such as patience, sincerity, trust and responsibility are also associated with the color blue. ORANGE - is a vibrant color that is also warm. It is often associated with autumn colors. People that relate to this color are determined and assertive. It is characteristic of an adventurous nature. It also is representative of strength. GREEN - is a color that is warm and stable. People that relate to this color are usually balanced and natural like the fertile grass in nature surrounding us. Kindness is also a characteristic of people that relate to this color. It also represents a feeling of youthfulness. PURPLE - is an intriguing color. It gives off a feeling of royalty and mystery at the same time. Artists and people that are independent thinkers relate well to this color. It is also the popular choice for unconventional people. WHITE - gives off a feeling of innocence, purity and cleanliness. People that relate to it are usually neat and cautious in the way that they conduct themselves and enjoy the process of being meticulous. BLACK- gives off a feeling of sophistication and dignity at the same time. People that appreciate black are usually serious and conservative in the way they think. It is neutral and therefore shows no limitations. I would like to share with you two beautiful quotes that I came upon in preparation for this article on the beauty of color, that are both informative and inspirational: Miss Helen Keller, who was both blind and deaf, writes of color: “I understand how scarlet can differ from crim-

son because I know that the smell of an orange is not the smell of a grapefruit… Without color or its equivalent, life to me would be dark, barren, a vast blackness… Therefore, I habitually think of things as colored and resonant. Habit accounts for part. The soul sense accounts for another part. The brain with its fivesensed construction asserts its right and accounts for the rest. The unity of the world demands that color be kept in it whether I have cognizance of it or not. Rather than be shut out, I take part in it by discussing it, happy in the happiness of those near me who gaze at the lovely hues of the sunset or the rainbow.”- Helen Keller, The World I Live In, 1908 (Edwards, B., Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, p. 204). Scientists have explained the analysis of color in an interesting way: It seems that the way that we perceive color is dependent on the way our brain reacts to it. This has to do with numerous thinking modes present in different sections of the brain. These thinking modes orchestrate our emotional response and patterns of behavioral reactions. Our reaction to color can best be described as a “mental sensation.” “No one knows how far back in time the human passion for color evolved, but…its transmigration from one culture to another can be traced from archaeological fragments as old as recorded history.” – Enid Verity, Color Observed, 1980 (Edwards, B., (1989) Drawing on the right Side of the Brain, p. 204). Rebbetzin Naomi N. Herzberg is a professional art educator, artist and designer. Among her known artwork is a floral sculpture presented to Tipper Gore, Blair House, Washington, D.C. Presently she is the Director of Operations at Shulamith School for Girls. Please feel free to email nherzberg@optonline. net with questions and suggestions for future columns.

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