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THEJEWISHHOME A PUBLICATION OF THE FIVE TOWNS & QUEENS COMMUNITY JUly 25 - July 31, 2013 | Distributed

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In The Five Towns, Queens & Brooklyn

Camp Simcha Lights Up Times Square

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JCCRP Client Choice Pantry Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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Yeshiva of South Shore Burns the Mortgage

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Miriam’s Caring Canine Community Tisha B’Av Program Inspires Hundreds

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How a Dog Can Help Miriam Greenbaum Cope with Her Epilepsy Page 74

Life Musings: My Son, the Collector Achiezer Inaugurates Respite Room at Mercy Hospital

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Contents

Dear Readers,

>>Letters to the Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 >>Community Readers’ Poll. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Community Happenings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

>> News Global . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 National . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Odd-but-True Stories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

>> Israel Israel News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 My Israel Home: Creative and Affordable Housing Solutions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77

>> People TJH Interviews Steven Melnick of Melnick Productions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60

With Tisha B’Av behind us, the race is on. It’s funny to say it that way, but when the Nine Days are over, I feel like we have to make sure to make the most of the rest of our summer. I see the next few weeks as a race to the finish line to accomplish all that we had on our calendars to do “in the summer.” Indeed, there was a lot to do on my list. I won’t bore you with the details of all that I set out to do this summer, but I am a “list person.” I like to make lists of what needs to be done and then I relish crossing off each item when it is complete. In fact, when I was younger, my mother, who knew that I loved lists, would write me a list on Friday afternoons of the chores that I needed to complete. She would always put in something cute and fun, like “jump up and down ten times.” But when I got my list, I would quickly look through it, spot the easiest task and then quickly do my ten jumps so I can cross that off right away. She wanted to me have fun and part of the fun for me was putting a line through that chore with my stubby pencil. One of the things that I set out to do this summer was spend time with my family enjoying the beautiful, sunny weather. We love to go on trips and do things over the weekend, and the summer is the perfect time to get outdoors, throw around a Frisbee, and play catch with the kids. Because the Three Weeks came so early this year, some of our plans were moved to the later part of the summer. But I hope that we will start making headway on our “summer list” and cross off all those activities that we wanted so much to do with the family. If you’re looking for some great trips ideas for your family, make sure to check out TJH’s trips of the week. This week we highlighted two trips—one near and one far—that you can enjoy. Mont Tremblant in Canada offers spectacular views and cool, crisp air, and our city trip highlights the joys of Manhattan from a different perspective—from land, air and sea. Our two feature cover stories highlight the beauty of our giving community. Chai Lifeline’s annual Bike4Chai fundraiser unites 300 riders along 175 miles in their quest to raise money for this vital organization. 26 of those riders, called the 5 Towns Riderz, are from the Five Towns, and they have been training for months (you may have seen them around town) for this event. Besides for raising money for Chai Lifeline, they have literally been giving of themselves for the children of Chai Lifeline. But, they say, all the sweat, Band-aids and blisters are worth it when they see the smiles on the faces of the children as they cross the finish line.

William Fredrick Friedman: The Master Code Breaker. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

Miriam Greenbaum is a sweet, five-year-old child who unfortunately has epilepsy. After years of searching for an answer for her condition, her parents were told that a dog provided by the organization 4 Paws for Ability would be able to detect when she would be having a seizure and would be a loving companion for their adorable daughter. But the fee for the training of this cute puppy was exorbitant. Right away, the Queens community jumped in to help the Greenbaum family, and the $13,000 that was needed was raised within a mere 24 hours. This story underscores the power that we have as a community when we unite for a common cause. And when that cause is to give to others, we all receive as well.

Miriam’s Caring Canine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74

As always, we look forward to hearing from you. Feel free to email me at editor@fivetownsjewishhome.com.

A World After This: The Story of Lola Lieber . . . . . 86

Wishing you a wonderful week,

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26 Bikers, 175 Miles, Countless Smiles: 5 Towns Riderz Join 300 Cyclists at Chai Lifeline’s Annual Bike4Chai Fundraiser. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62

The Shmuz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

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On the Tip of My Tongue, by Rabbi Jonathan Gewirtz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66

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Finding Your Unique Life’s Purpose, Part II. . . . . . . 67

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My Son, The Collector. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68

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Looking Back to Move Forward In Marriage. . . . . 72 Tzedaka and Teshuva: The Best They Can Be, by Deb Hirschhorn, PhD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 How to Quench Your Thirst for Health, by Aliza Beer, MS, RD. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77

>> Food & Leisure Recipes: The Blooming Berries of Summer . . . . . . 84 Travel: Touring North America: Mont Tremblant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92

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Dear Editor,  In these difficult economic times, it is especially important to patronize your local neighborhood businesses. There are so many great local businesses within the heart of your local village or town downtown main street. My wife and I don’t mind occasionally paying a little more to help our local businesses survive. Don’t forget your cook and server at your favorite local neighborhood restaurant. We try to tip 20 percent against the total bill including taxes. If it is an odd amount, we round up to the next dollar. If we can afford to eat out, we can afford an extra dollar tip. When ordering take out, we always leave a dollar or two for the waiter or cook. It is appreciated. Remember these people are our neighbors. Our local entrepreneurs have continued to create new employment opportunities without the assistance of federally-funded taxpayers’ stimulus dollars. They work long hours, pay taxes and provide local employment especially to students during the summer.  If we don’t patronize our local community stores and restaurants to shop and eat, they don’t eat either.

Please join me and your neighbors in continuing to support the Five Towns Jewish Home newspaper.  Patronize their advertisers; they provide the necessary revenues to help keep them in business. Let them know you saw their ad. Sincerely, Larry Penner Great Neck, NY

Dear Editor, Every time I read a TJH, I admire all the work that had gone into every issue. I get a lot of magazines to my home— both Jewish and secular—and they provide a little oasis for me when my children are sleeping and I want to relax in the evenings. I never wrote into you before, but I have been thinking about this for a long time. It is amazing how much you pack into every issue. There’s so much to read, I sometimes have to hold onto my copies for a few weeks until I get to everything that interests me. This week, especially, your articles on Tisha B’Av gave a glimpse into the meaning of the day and I truly appreciate that. Best of luck to you and your staff, Chaya N. Hart

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The Week Global Newest Sporting Scandal

It seems that lately the world of organized sports has been in the news every week with another scandal. From Lance Armstrong confessions to A-Rod allegations, professional athletes have been disappointing their fans again and again. The newest upsetting cheating episode comes to us from the unlikely

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world of rhythmic gymnastics. A recent report has shown that individuals all across the judging ranks of rhythmic gymnastics, including both hopefuls seeking to become judges and proctors administering their tests, have cheated on their licensing exams. In Bucharest, Romania, test takers were shown to have clearly copied answers from one another’s papers, including the mistakes. In Moscow, 114 answers were changed on dozens of tests; in Alicante, Spain, 257 answers were changed. The exam sheets themselves served as evidence of the suspected cheating — crude markups, blatant copying, unexplained bonus points — that proved as clumsy as a botched rhythmic routine. More than one person had clearly taken one test as it was filled with at least two different handwriting styles. The documents provided no evidence that the suspected cheating had affected any results in athletic competitions. Rhythmic gymnastics, while admittedly athletic, has more in common with dance than most other Olympic events. As such, judging is of paramount importance. The International Gymnastics

Foundation is taking steps to ensure more oversight during future exams.  

Tainted School Lunch Claims Lives in India

Children in India fell violently ill soon after they ate a free school lunch of rice, lentils, soybeans and potatoes last week.  The food, part of a program that gives poor Indian students at least one hot meal a day, was tainted with insecticide, and soon 23 of the students were dead and dozens were hospitalized.

It is not clear how chemicals ended up in the food at the school in the eastern state of Bihar. One official said that the food might not have been properly washed before it was cooked. The lunch was cooked in the school kitchen. The children, between the ages of 5 and 12, got sick soon after eating lunch, and school authorities immediately stopped serving the meal as the children started vomiting.  The children were rushed to a local hospital for treatment. In addition to the 23 children who died, another 25 children and the school cook were in the hospital undergoing treatment. Authorities suspended an official in charge of the free meal program in the school and registered a case of criminal negligence against the school headmistress, who fled as soon as the children fell ill. Angry villagers joined by members of local opposition parties closed shops and businesses near the school and overturned and burned four police vehicles. A preliminary investigation suggested the food contained an organophosphate used as an insecticide on rice and wheat crops. It’s believed the grain was

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Former President Confident in Mandela Recovery Former South African president Thabo Mbeki has said that he is confident his predecessor Nelson Mandela’s health will improve and the ailing anti-apartheid hero would be released to recuperate at home.

“I know the doctors who are working with him are very good people, very good doctors and are doing an excellent job. I am quite certain that one of these days Madiba will go back home,” Mbeki announced. “What the government has been saying, that his condition is critical but stable, is correct, that one of these days the doctors will agree that he can go and stay at home rather than in the hospital.” Mandela, also known by his clan name, Madiba, turned 95 this week. He has been in the hospital since June 8 for a recurring lung infection that has led to four hospital stays in the past six

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Syrians Use Martin Trial For Message

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“Light Warlpiri,” as O’Shannessy calls it in a new paper published in the journal Language, is a mix of English and two other local dialects, Kriol and Warlpiri. “The striking thing about Light Warlpiri is that most of the verbs come from English or Kriol, but most of the other grammatical elements in the sentence come from Warlpiri,” O’Shannessy reported. Only about 6,000 people in the region, according to the Daily

Telegraph, actually speak the original Walpiri. Lajamanu is essentially an isolated community. There are no fully paved roads, and a small plane delivers the mail each week. A supply truck also visits once a week to deliver goods to the town’s only store. O’Shannessy says Light Warlpiri likely originated when workers from Lajamanu were employed on nearby cattle ranches. When those workers returned home, they began speaking in a mixture of Warlpiri, English and Kriol that eventually evolved into its own language.

Hundreds of Terrorists Escape Iraqi Jail In a big blow to the anti-terrorism offensive, hundreds of convicts, including senior members of al Qaeda, have broken out of Iraq’s Abu Ghraib. The attack on the high-security jail was one of the most successful prison breaks in recent history. Suicide bombers drove cars packed with explosives to the gates of the prison on the outskirts

In News of Baghdad and blasted their way into the compound, while gunmen attacked guards with mortars and rocket-propelled grenades.

Other militants took up positions near the main road, fighting off security reinforcements sent from Baghdad as several militants wearing suicide vests entered the prison on foot to help free the inmates. Ten policemen and four militants were killed in the ensuing clashes, which continued until military helicopters arrived, helping to regain control. By that time, hundreds of inmates had succeeded in fleeing Abu Ghraib, the prison made notorious a decade ago by photographs showing abuse of prisoners by U.S. soldiers. “The number of escaped inmates has reached 500, most of them were convicted senior members of al Qaeda and had received death sentences,” Hakim Al-Zamili, a senior member of the security and defense committee in parliament, told a reporter. “The security forces arrested some of them, but the rest are still free.” 

Royal Baby Arrives

After months of speculation, the most celebrated baby in the world finally made its appearance. And it’s a boy for Prince William and his wife, Kate.

The duchess gave birth on Monday to a boy who is now the third in line to the British throne after Prince Charles and William. The baby weighed 8 pounds, six ounces and will be publicly named at a later date. The prince phoned his grandmother, the queen, to give her the news. Within minutes of the announcement by the royal crier, crowds gathered outside the palace where an official notice was placed on a gold-colored easel. People across England were celebrating the royal birth and all were speculating about the name of the new royal. There was a 41-gun salute at London’s Hyde Park and 62 rounds fired at the Tower of London on Tuesday to herald news of the birth.   

Someone’s Fatter Than Us!

We did it, America! According to a new report from the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, the United States is no longer the world’s fattest developed nation―Mexico is. Nearly a third of Mexican adults (32.8 percent) are considered obese— people aged 20 and older whose body mass index (BMI) is 30 and above. That edges out the United States, where 31.8 percent of American adults are considered obese. Syria, at 31.6 percent, is the third fattest among developed countries, while Venezuela and Libya are tied for fourth at 30.8 percent. Mexico’s urban lifestyle and rising income levels coupled with malnourishment among the country’s poor have helped it claim this unhealthy title. “The same people who are malnourished are the ones who are becoming obese,” Abelardo Avila, a physician with Mexico’s National Nutrition Institute, explained. “In the poor classes, we have obese parents and malnourished children. The worst thing is the children are becoming programmed for obesity. It’s a very serious epidemic.” Diabetes kills an estimated 70,000 people a year in Mexico—“or roughly equal to the deaths authorities say are


caused by more than six years of the country’s gangland wars,” Avila noted. The world’s fattest nation overall is Nauru, a South Pacific island where a staggering 71.1 percent of its 10,000 inhabitants are obese. The U.N. report does not include data for American Samoa, which has been tabbed in the past as the world’s fattest country. According to a 2010 World Health Organization report, nearly all of that Pacific island’s inhabitants (95 percent) are considered overweight. On the other end of the scale is Japan, the thinnest developed country. Just 4.5 of Japanese adults are considered obese, the U.N. says.  

China Opens World’s Largest Building

largest LED screen—the 492 foot long and 131 foot tall backdrop of this ersatz resort. The artificial coastal area can accommodate 6,000 people and serves as the main attraction of the New Century Global Center. Though mega-city Chengdu suffers from chronic smog, visitors to the center need not worry about the climate. “We have borrowed a Japanese technique,” guide Liu Xun reports. “There will be an artificial sun that will shine 24 hours a day and allow for a comfortable temperature.” Sounds like the beach of the future—and no need for sunscreen!

In News about 250 people hurling projectiles while police fired tear gas. Five people were injured and six detained in the violence just west of Paris, authorities said. The interior minister urged calm and dialogue, insisting on both the need for public order and respect for France’s Muslims. The incident in the town of Trappes reflected sporadic tensions between police upholding France’s strict policies of secularism and those who accuse authorities of discriminating against France’s No. 2 religion. A few garbage dumpsters in the area were torched, and a bus stop was shattered in the unrest.  A 14-year-old boy suffered a serious eye injury in the violence, Prosecutor Vincent Lesclous said. Four police officers were injured and six people were detained in the violence, said an official with the regional police administration. The violence came after a gathering of about 200-250 people to protest the arrest of a man whose wife was ticketed on Thursday for wearing a face veil. The husband tried to strangle the officer who was doing the ticketing, the prosecutor said. France has barred face veils since Continued on page 18

painfully felt in midlife but beneficially abandoned later in life. “People in their fifties could learn from the elderly, who generally feel less regret. They should try not to be frustrated by their unmet expectations because they are probably not feeling much worse than their peers.”

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A new study has found that satisfaction levels peak two times in modern man’s life. The first high point comes at 23-years-old, and the second doesn’t roll around until age 69. That’s a lot of years in between. People surveyed were found to slowly decline in how satisfied they were with their lives until they hit rock bottom at about 55. After their mid-life crisis is over, it’s a nice steady climb towards happiness until peaking at 69, according to a study by the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics. Those aged 68 underestimate their future happiness by 4.5 percent, meaning they no longer face disappointment, the researchers found, while people in their early twenties overestimate their future life satisfaction by an average of around 10 percent. The pattern has been observed in more than 50 nations and across class and financial divides and a study by the National Academy of Sciences in the U.S. found evidence that even great apes can suffer a mid-life crisis. Researcher Hannes Schwandt, 30, analyzed happiness levels for 23,161 Germans aged 17 to 85. Dr. Schwandt, who is based at Princeton University, said: “One theory is that the U-shape is driven by unmet aspirations which are

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Iran Leaders Call U.S. “Untrustworthy”

After former U.S. officials and lawmakers urged diplomacy with the Islamic republic’s incoming president Hassan Rowhani, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned on Sunday that Washington was “not trustworthy.” “I said at the beginning of the [Iranian] year that I am not optimistic about negotiations with the U.S., though in the past years I did not forbid negotiating [with them] about certain issues like Iraq,” he told top officials. Khamenei said in March he was “not optimistic” over the prospects of direct talks with Tehran’s arch foe on the sidelines of its nuclear negotiations with major powers. “The Americans are ... not trustworthy and they are not honest in their encounters... The stance of American officials over past months once again confirms that one should not be optimistic,” he said at the meeting attended by centrist cleric Rowhani and outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The comments from Khamenei, who has the final say in the regime’s macro policy issues, came less than a week after former US officials and dozens of American lawmakers called for President Barack Obama to pursue diploma-

In News cy with Rowhani. In a letter to Obama, the ex-policymakers said the election of Rowhani, who takes office on August 3, “presents a major potential opportunity.” “We strongly encourage your administration to seize the moment to pursue new multilateral and bilateral negotiations with Iran once Rowhani takes office and to avoid any provocative action that could narrow the window of opportunity for a more moderate policy out of Tehran,” they wrote. Two members of the House of Representatives – Republican Charles Dent and Democrat David Price – have led a call for Obama to “utilize all diplomatic tools” with Iran’s new president. The lawmakers noted that the presidency in Iran had limited powers but said it “would be a mistake not to test” Rowhani. “In interacting with the world it’s a skill to continue your path without the other side being able to prevent you. If not, you have lost,” Khamenei added, alluding to Iran’s future nuclear talks with world powers after Rowhani, who once served as his country’s top nuclear negotiator, takes over from Ahmadinejad. Rowhani, who won a June presidential election, has since vowed to engage constructively with the international community and to ease tensions raised by Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. At the start of his first term in office in 2009, Obama offered talks with Iran, which has not had relations with the United States since its 1979 Islamic revolution, which overthrew the pro-Western shah. The United States has led a drive to cut off Iran’s oil exports, its key source of revenues, as a way to pressure the regime over its controversial nuclear work. Western powers and Israel believe the program is being used to develop an atomic bomb, although Iran insists it is solely for peaceful purposes.    

 Saudi Royalty Arrested in U.S. A Saudi princess was charged with human trafficking for allegedly holding a domestic worker against her will and forcing her to work at an Orange County condominium, prosecutors said. Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas identified 42-year-old Meshael Alayban as a Saudi princess who was charged with one count of human trafficking. If convicted, she faces up to 12 years in prison.


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Alayban was arrested after a Kenyan woman carrying a suitcase flagged down a bus on Tuesday and told a passenger she believed she was a human trafficking victim. The passenger helped her contact police, who searched the Irvine condo where Alayban and her family were staying, authorities said. The 30-year-old woman told authorities she was hired in Kenya in 2012 and her passport was taken from her on arrival in Saudi Arabia. She was forced to work excessive hours and was paid less than she was promised and not allowed to leave, authorities said. “This is not a contract dispute,” Rackauckas told the court during a bail hearing Wednesday afternoon, likening

the case to slavery. “This is holding someone captive against their will.” An Orange County judge set bail at $5 million for Alayban and required her to submit to GPS monitoring. He also banned her from leaving the county without prior authorization. The victim had signed a two-year contract with an employment agency guaranteeing she would be paid $1,600 a month to work eight hours a day, five days a week. But starting in March 2012, she was forced to cook, clean and do other household chores for 16 hours a day, seven days a week, and was paid only $220.    Prosecutors say the victim’s passport was taken from her, and she wasn’t allowed to return to Kenya. In May, she was brought to the U.S. and given her passport only to pass through customs, the district attorney’s office said. Once here, she was forced to tend to at least eight people in four apartments in the same Irvine complex, washing dishes, cooking, cleaning, and doing laundry and ironing, the office said. Alayban is one of the wives of Saudi Prince Abdulrahman bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz al Saud. Her attorney, Paul

In News Meyer, said the case was a contractual dispute and argued his client shouldn’t be assigned a ransom-like bail solely because she was rich. He said she had been traveling to the U.S. since she was a child, owned properties here, and had given her word she would address the allegations.  

16-year-old Taliban Victim Addresses U.N.

Malala Yousafzai gave a passionate speech at the United Nations this week.  Malala is a Pakistani girl who was shot

in the head by the Taliban last year. On her 16th birthday, she gave a speech that explained how education could change the world. “Let us pick up our books and pens. They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world. Education is the only solution,” said Yousafzai, speaking out for the first time since she was attacked. Yousafzai told U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and nearly 1,000 students attending an international Youth Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York that education was the only way to improve lives. Gunmen shot Yousafzai at close range in October as she left school in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, northwest of the country’s capital Islamabad. She was targeted for her campaign against the Islamist Taliban efforts to deny women education. “They shot my friends too. They thought that the bullets would silence us. But they failed and out of that silence came thousands of voices,” she said to cheers from the students gathered at U.N. hall. “The terrorists thought

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they would change my aims and stop my ambitions, but nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born,” a confident Yousafzai said. She wore a white shawl draped around her shoulders that had belonged to former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated during a 2007 election rally weeks after she returned to Pakistan from years of self-imposed exile. “I am not against anyone, neither am I here to speak in terms of personal revenge against the Taliban or any other terrorist group. I’m here to speak up for the right of education for every child,” the courageous teen said. Yousafzai presented Ban with a petition signed by some 4 million people in support of 57 million children around the world who are not able to go to school. It demanded that world leaders fund new teachers, schools and books and end child labor, marriage and trafficking. Ban said that the United Nations was committed to a target of getting all children in school by the end of 2015. “No child should have to die for going to school. Nowhere should teachers fear to teach or children fear to learn. Together, we can change this picture,” he said. “Together, let us follow the lead of this brave young girl, Malala.”    

North Korean Ship Found Smuggling Weapons

A North Korean cargo ship was stopped near the Panama Canal and searched on suspicion of drugs, but it was carrying something sweeter — the apparent parts of a surface-to-air missile system, hidden inside containers of brown sugar. The State Department said any shipment of arms or related material aboard the freighter would violate at least three U.N. resolutions. The ship was on its way home from Cuba. Panamanian authorities said the captain of the ship tried to kill himself

after officials boarded it on Monday and began searching the containers that were supposed to contain the sugar. Independent defense analysts and U.S. officials said on Tuesday that the equipment appeared to be a radar control system for surface-to-air missiles, and that the behavior of the crew suggested the equipment was being shipped covertly. Panama said it seized the ship on suspicion of drugs as it headed for the Panama Canal. Panama has also detained 35 members of the crew. President Ricardo Martinelli went so far as to post a picture of one piece of seized equipment on Twitter “so that the world knows that you can’t transfer non-declared, war-like material through the Panama Canal.” “The Panama Canal is a canal of peace, not of war,” he said. A State Department spokesman said that the United States supported Panama’s decision to seize the ship and offered Washington’s help if Panama needs it. In a statement from Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, officials said the vessel was carrying “240 metric tons of obsolete defensive weapons”– two anti-aircraft missile complexes Volga and Pechora, and nine missiles in parts and spares. Richard Hurley, senior maritime data specialist with IHS Aerospace, Defense and Maritime, said the ship’s destination was listed as Havana, Cuba, when it passed through the Panama Canal on June 1. He said it was lower in the water when it returned to Panama, according to data normally provided by the ship’s staff and supplied to satellite tracking services, possibly because its cargo was heavier. Last October, North Korea claimed that the U.S. mainland was “within the scope” of its missiles, although military officials have told Congress that the United States could intercept a North Korean missile.

In News Some analysts speculated that the show of force was aimed at China and Japan but Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov assured that the exercise was part of regular combat training and wasn’t directed against any particular nation.

Russia and China had territorial disputes for centuries. Russia and Japan are embroiled in a dispute over a group of Pacific islands, which Russia calls the Kurils and Japan calls the Northern Territories.

Israel Yad Vashem World’s Fourth Best Museum The International Council of Museums does not have an exact record of museums worldwide but in its 19th edition (2012), the most comprehensive directory Museums of the World published by De Gruyter Saur covers more than 55,000 museums in 202 countries. The State of Israel alone has more than 200 museums and its most popular museum, Yad Vashem, is ranked the world’s fourth best museum by TripAdvisor.com. The website relied on user reviews and comments to rank the museums and according to their data, Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial came in at number four and was awarded with the 2013 Certificate of Excellence. The award is reserved for exceptional institutions that have gained admiration, approval, and respect from the

Russia Conducts War Exercises Last Tuesday, Russia’s military conducted its biggest military maneuvers since Soviet times, involving 160,000 troops and about 5,000 tanks with President Vladmir Putin standing by. The war games demonstrated how strong the nation’s resurgent military might be. Putin watched some of the drills on Sakhalin Island in the Pacific, where thousands of troops were ferried and airlifted from the mainland.

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The museum is ranked number one among Jerusalem’s 146 attractions and has been named the most recommended place to visit in the holy city of Jerusalem. Each year, the museum welcomes nearly one million visitors from around the world.  

Israeli College to be Established in Africa The African nation of Tanzania will soon be home to an Israeli college. Israel’s largest privately-owned educational network, The Atid Network, recently signed an agreement with the Tanzanian government. The college will be located in Dar es Salaam, the country’s largest city and former capital. They expect to host 700 students in their first year. The facilities have the potential to be expanded to accommodate up to 4,000 students. Atid Network officials are currently recruiting and training professional teachers and lecturers and organizing the equipment and facilities required to operate the college. Courses at the college will typically be six months and students will earn a certificate of graduation from the Tanzanian Ministry of Education. Atid Networks operates smaller colleges and training centers in other parts of Africa. In Israel, the organization operates 11 colleges and 40 high schools.

In News Atid CEO Amiad Gurevich said their primary goal is to expand the educational network across Africa and bring professional training to a growing number of people there. Tanzania’s population is 35% Muslim.

Imam Urges Destruction of U.S., France, Britain A video recently surfaced that should concern countries like the U.S., Britain and France. It was taken at the mosque on Temple Mount although the exact date has not yet been determined. In the video, an imam from the group Hizb utTahrir “incited a crowd of hundreds of Muslims calling for the destruction of America, France, Britain and Rome.” Hizb ut-Tahrir is a pan-Islamic organization that supports merging Muslim countries into a united Sharia-ruled Islamic caliphate. Imam Ismat Al-Hammouri led the crowd in chanting these slogans:

“Allahu Akbar! Let America be destroyed!” “Allahu Akbar! Let France be destroyed!” “Allahu Akbar! Let Rome be destroyed!” “Allahu Akbar! Let Britain be destroyed!” “We warn you America, leave Muslims alone. Leave Muslims alone because you messed around a lot in Syria and before that in Afghanistan and Iraq and now in Egypt,” the imam said. “America, what do you think we are? We are the Umma of Islam, a strong nation, a great nation, a nation from the farthest East to the farthest West that will soon teach you a lesson in politics and in war, Allah-willing,” he said. “Allah is greater and the outcome belongs to the devout...Listen, Obama, the Caliphate will return...the Caliphate is the answer…Listen, Obama, we are a nation that does not bow down, and the Caliphate will return!” the imam added. Although the exact date of the chanting is not confirmed, it has been said that it took place in Al-Aqsa Mosque during the Muslim month of Ramadan. After prayers, a demonstration took place in

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support of Egypt’s deposed President Mohamed Morsi and then the outrage against the Western countries began. During Ramadan, Israel allows hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from the West Bank to enter Jerusalem for Friday prayers.

Hamas Memorializes Helen Thomas

Thomas was born in Winchester, Kentucky, in 1920 to Lebanese immigrants. She was raised in Detroit, Michigan, and was one of nine children. She wrote three books in her lifetime: Front Row at the White House: My Life and Times (1999); Thanks for the Memories Mr. President: Wit and Wisdom from the Front Row at the White House (2002); and Watchdogs of Democracy? The Waning Washington Press Corps and How it Has Failed the Public (2006).

Hezbollah Reveals Identity of Terrorist Responsible for 2006 Murders

Veteran American journalist Helen Thomas is being remembered and eulogized by Hamas. The 92-year-old died on Saturday. Hamas’ very own “military wing,” the Izzedeene al-Qassam Brigades, posted on its website a heartfelt eulogy entitled, “Rest in Peace Helen Thomas. We respect you for taking a stand.” Hamas’ admiration for Thomas stems from her anti-Semitic reputation. In an interview in 2012, Thomas went on an obnoxious tirade against Israel. Her anti-Israel comments were caught on camera. She bluntly and harshly told the Jewish interviewer that Israel should get out of Palestine and the Jewish people should go back to their home countries in “Poland, Germany ... and America and everywhere else.” The controversial remarks somewhat ended her career in journalism. Thomas’ involvement in the White House can be traced back to the Kennedy administration. She was at press briefings of ten consecutive presidents so her front-row seat at White House press briefings was definitely earned. She was also the first female member of the Gridiron Club, Washington’s historic press group. The Club announced her death in a statement: “Former Gridiron Club president Helen Thomas, our first female member, died Saturday morning at her Washington apartment after a long illness,” Gridiron’s Carl P. Leubsdorf wrote in an email to members. “She would have been 93 next month.”

Two IDF soldiers, Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser, were tragically kidnapped and killed on July 12, 2006, an act that sparked the Second Lebanon War. This week, the identity of the man who was responsible for the attack was released by Hezbollah’s television station, Al Manar. The report exposed the identity of the terrorist as Haled Al Basli, also known as Al Hajj Kassem. The reason his name is being revealed now is because he is no longer alive. According to “elements in Lebanese media,” it is suspected that he was recently killed in battles in Syria. A video released shows Al Bazli briefing the guerrilla terrorist force before the attack. Subsequent footage, which was first broadcast a year ago, appears to show the actual attack in which Regev and Goldwasser were abducted. Hezbollah terrorists fired a missile at an IDF Hummer jeep in which Regev and Goldwasser were patrolling the border with Lebanon.  The two men died of their wounds and were returned to Israel in an exchange deal two years later.

Israeli Submarines Strike Syrian Weapons Cache A new report has come out detailing an Israeli naval strike that took place earlier this month. Israeli Dolphin-class submarines carried out an attack on an arms depot in the Syrian port city of Latakia.  The strike was closely coordinated with the United States and targeted a contingent of 50 Russian-made Yakhont

In News P-800 anti-ship missiles that had arrived earlier in the year for Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime. Previously, the attack was thought to have been conducted by the Israeli Air Force.  However, according to the new report, an Israeli fleet of German-built submarines launched a cruise missile at the weapons cache after which Syrian rebels reportedly attested to hearing early-morning explosions at a Syrian portside naval barracks. Qassem Saadeddine, spokesman for the Free Syrian Army’s Supreme Military Council, said the pre-dawn attack hit Syrian Navy barracks at Safira, near the port of Latakia. The rebel forces’ intelligence network had identified newly supplied Yakhont missiles being stored there, he said. “It was not the FSA that targeted this,” Saadeddine told reporters. “It is not an attack that was carried out by rebels. This attack was either by air raid or long-range missiles fired from boats in the Mediterranean.” Explosions in Latakia, part of Assad’s stronghold on the Mediterranean coast, have been extremely rare during Syria’s two-year-old conflict. 

Netanyahu May Agree to Release Terrorists During PA Negotiations A recent report revealed that in the course of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has agreed to free 82 terrorists from Israeli prisons. The terrorists, most convicted of murder, will be released in four sets, once every two to four months. According to the report, Netanyahu may choose not to bring the release of terrorists to the full Cabinet for approval, but rather to the smaller “Security and Diplomacy Cabinet.” However, Bayit Yehudi Chairman Naftali Bennett, who is a member of the smaller forum, may insist on bringing the matter to the larger forum. Netanyahu addressed the subject of negotiations at a ceremony celebrating the 100th birthday of former Prime Minister Menachem Begin. “The goals that I am putting in place for the process itself are – one, the prevention of the creation

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In News sausages. Shipping companies charge around $70 to send the barrels of food within three weeks. A spokeswoman for the US Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service confirmed that welfare benefits are reserved for households that buy and prepare food together in the U.S. She said states should intervene if people are caught shipping food purchased with food stamps abroad. One woman interviewed admitted that she had a barrel stuffed with food headed for Kingston, Jamaica, but insisted she purchased all the nonperishable items on her own since she does not have welfare benefits. “This is all worth more than $2,000,” she said. “I’ve been shopping since last December. You can help somebody else, someone who doesn’t live in this country.” A man helping her pack the barrel explained, “We’re poor here, and they’re poor. But what we can get here is like luxury to them.” Nice to know our tax dollars are supporting their relatives overseas.

Is Georgia Now the Blueberry State?

Welfare Recipients Shipping Food Overseas

People in Jamaica, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic are benefitting from your tax dollars. According to a recent article in The New York Post, food stamp recipients are purchasing food with their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards and then shipping them back to relatives in their home towns. Of course, the $86 billion welfare program in the U.S. is intended for impoverished Americans. But somehow, this common practice sends hundreds of 45-55 gallon boxes to supermarkets in the Caribbean. Pioneer Supermarket in Brooklyn, NY, even sells plastic barrels specifically for shipping the food overseas. The barrels cost about $40 and can hold anywhere from $500 to $2,000 worth of rice, beans, pasta, canned milk and

Georgia may need to change its nickname from the Peach State to the Blueberry State. Although Georgia is famous for being a major peach producer, blueberries have become their most lucrative crop. The value of blueberry production in Georgia beat the peach crop initially in 2005 and since then, the gap has been stretching, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture surveys. It is estimated that blueberries generated an estimated $94 million for Georgia growers in 2012, while the peach crop earned nearly $30 million. That makes the blueberry crop three times more valuable than the peach crop. “It’s surprising around the country how many people don’t realize Georgia grows blueberries,” said Joe Cornelius, chairman of the Georgia Blueberry Commission and a farmer who grows about 170 acres of the crop. Analysts and growers believe that a combination of supply-and-demand


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Worst States for Businesses CNBC compiled its own list of the most expensive states for living in the U.S. Their angle was slightly different than other reports we’ve published on this topic. When businesses consider where to establish themselves, they often focus on the costs of their potential employees and executives. Understandably so, wages go further in states where the cost of living is low. So America’s top states for business closely correlate with America’s most expensive states. Here

are the top five states you want to avoid when establishing your business. 1. Hawaii 2. Alaska 3. Connecticut 4. New York 5. New Jersey So, I guess if you live in the tri-state, your business is doomed.

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the foundation board, pointed out, “The board decided to distribute 95 percent of the funds directly to the families, but there are many, many victims — including 400 students at the school that day and all the first responders. We wanted to ensure there are some funds left for the future needs of people in the community who are going to need help,” said Herrick, a Newtown resident and chairman of the Department of Psychiatry of the Western Connecticut Health Network, which oversees Danbury and New Milford Hospitals. “This is a balancing act and there are other victims we have to think about, too,” he said. Unfortunately, no amount of money will ever bring their loved ones back.

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U.S. worker was $1,000 per week in the fourth quarter of 2012, up 4.7% from the same time in 2011. In some areas, pay rose more than 10%. In the San Francisco metropolitan area, the average wage grew by nearly 25%, more than any area in the country. The cities with the biggest increases in pay are: 10. Topeka, Kansas 9. Dalton, Georgia 8. Elkhart-Goshen, Indiana 7. Cheyenne, Wyoming 6. Odessa, Texas 5. Provo-Orem, Utah 4. Fond du Lac, Wisconsin 3. Midland, Texas 2. Vero Beach, Florida 1. San Francisco-Oakland-Mateo, CA Time to pack your bags and head to San Fran!

Online Course Featuring the Buffets The subject may not be all that popular but the featured guests sure are. A free online course that began on Monday offered students the chance to learn about giving from Warren Buffett. Participants will be able to help decide how to spend more than $100,000 of Buffett’s sister’s money.

all her wealth before she passes. “The trick is not to have her give it away faster than I make it,” Warren Buffett joked because his family’s wealth is tied to the Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate he runs. “It’s an experience that gives profound insight into deciding how we meet the needs of our society,” said Rebecca Riccio, the Northeastern University professor who will teach the course. The Giving With Purpose online course is modeled after a class that has been taught at more than 30 universities that allows students to give away $10,000 after evaluating several nonprofits and learning about effective giving. This online offering allowed Doris Buffett’s Sunshine Lady Foundation to expand the classes without adding staff to manage the program. “Giving With Purpose allows us to extend the classroom walls to include any individual passionate about philanthropy,” Doris Buffett said in a statement. “There are thousands of people with the energy and ideas to make a difference.” Riccio said the course will focus on individual decision-making in giving and will teach strategies students can use to make sure their donations are effective. “I’m trying to teach people about giving with their heart and their head,” Riccio said. Doris Buffett’s grandson, Alex Buffett Rozek, organized the online course, and he said he hopes this will be the first of many times it is offered.

Homeland Security Secretary Resigns More than 4,000 applicants have already signed up for the course that will also feature philanthropic advice from baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr. and the founders of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield. Boston Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner and journalist Soledad O’Brien are other featured guests. The amount of charity being donated can potentially increase if more students sign up. The very first class will feature Buffett and his older sister, Doris Buffett. The topic will be their motivation for philanthropy. Warren Buffett plans to gradually give away all of his $58 billion Berkshire Hathaway stock. Doris Buffett has already donated more than $150 million; her goal is to redistribute

Janet Napolitano, Homeland Security Secretary, has resigned in order to fill a position as the president of the University of California system. She will be the first woman to hold the position since its establishment 1868. In her resignation statement, the former Arizona governor said leading the DHS was “the highlight of my professional career.” “We have worked together to minimize threats of all kinds to the American public,” she said. “The Department

In News has improved the safety of travelers; implemented smart steps that make our immigration system more fair and focused while deploying record resources to protect our nation’s borders; worked with states to build resiliency and make our nation’s emergency and disaster response capabilities more robust; and partnered with the private sector to improve our cyber-security.” Napolitano said she looks forward to “educating our nation’s next generation of leaders.” Obama praised Napolitano’s “outstanding work” in his Cabinet in a written statement. “She’s worked around the clock to respond to natural disasters, from the Joplin tornado to Hurricane Sandy, helping Americans recover and rebuild,” Obama said. “Janet has led my administration’s effort to secure our borders, deploying a historic number of resources, while also taking steps to make our immigration system fairer and more consistent with our values.” The president gave no clue as to whom he might consider nominating to succeed her although many have been speculating the NY Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is a candidate.

Backlash Over Glorification of Boston Marathon Bomber

Rolling Stone magazine has always been the epitome of cool. The rock stars they feature on their cover are idolized by teens across the country. But this month, Rolling Stone featured a murderer on their cover and it elicited outrage among many. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the bombers of the Boston Marathon earlier this year who killed three and injured 170 people, graced the cover of Rolling Stone’s magazine with the headline:

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magazine. In return, the tactical photographer of the state police was relieved of duty for releasing the photos without permission of the department. “As a professional law-enforcement officer of 25 years, I believe that the image that was portrayed by Rolling Stone magazine was an insult to any person

In News who has ever worn a uniform of any color or any police organization or military branch, and the family members who have ever lost a loved one serving in the line of duty,” Murphy wrote in an email to Boston magazine. “The truth is that glamorizing the face of terror is not just insulting to the family members of those

killed in the line of duty, it also could be an incentive to those who may be unstable to do something to get their face on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.” Facebook users rallied around Sgt. Murphy to help save his job. “Please help me save Sgt. Sean Murphy from losing his job with the Massachusetts State Police,” the group’s creator wrote. “He did what I think most of us would have liked to do or would have done had we had the same resources.” A spokesman for the police said Murphy would be subjected to an internal investigation and that he was relieved of duty for one day. A hearing will determine his future in the department. “I hope that the people who see these images will know that this was real,” Murphy told Boston magazine last week. “It was as real as it gets. This may have played out as a television show, but this was not a television show.”

George Zimmerman Emerges from Hiding to Help Another Last week, George Zimmerman was acquitted in the murder of Trayvon Martin. It was a verdict that caused outrage amongst many communities in America and protestors went to the streets urging, “Justice for Trayvon.”

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As a result, Zimmerman was forced to go into hiding for fear of his life. But on Monday, he emerged to rescue a family who was trapped in an overturned vehicle. He was one of two men who came to the aid of Dana and Mark Gerstle and their two children who were trapped in their vehicle after it crashed on the highway. By the time police came to the scene, Zimmerman and another person already got the family safely out of their car. This was the first time Zimmerman was seen after he left the courtroom following his acquittal. His lawyers said that he wears a bulletproof vest when he


goes out in public. His parents have also received death threats and have been unable to return home. A woman in Winter Park, Florida, whose cell phone was incorrectly posted as George Zimmerman’s online, has also been receiving death threats from angry callers. She received 80 calls within one day of the verdict. “They were saying things like, ‘Zimmerman? Is this George? We’re going to get you, we’re going to kill you,’” she said. The crash site was less than a mile from where Zimmerman shot Martin.

 Americans Live Longer

The good news is that Americans are living longer. But according to recent research, the American lifestyle is not all that much healthier than it was 10 years ago. Other developed wealthy countries have longer life expectancies. The biggest survey of U.S. health in 15 years broke down death, disease and disability county by county. The research is proof to the fact that where you live is a tremendous factor in how healthy you actually are. If you live in upscale areas like San Francisco, Colorado or the suburbs of Washington D.C., you’re probably just as healthy as the Swiss or Japanese. However, if you live in Appalachia or the rural South, you could be as unhealthy as people in Algeria or Bangladesh. Of course, bad habits like poor diet, smoking, sedentary lifestyle, and obesity are the main enemies. Previously, women were way healthier than men, but that gap is closing fast. The survey by Dr. Christopher Murray of the University of Washington and colleagues found “US life expectancy for both sexes combined increased from 75.2 years in 1990 to 78.2 years in 2010; over the same period healthy life expectancy increased from 65.8 to 68.1 years.”

Fittest Cities in America

There’s so much information that people give out on Facebook. To track where the fittest people in the United States live, Facebook compiled user data into a list called “Facebook’s Fittest Cities.” Calculations were based on user activity such as fitness-related status updates, gym check-ins, use of fitness apps, and fitness-related life events added to a person’s timeline between January 1, 2013, and March 31, 2013 in cities with at least 200,000 Facebook users. Here are the fittest cities in America: 1. Virginia Beach, Virginia 2. Colorado Springs, Colorado 3. Austin, Texas 4. San Antonio, Texas 5. Livingston, New Jersey 6. Portland, Oregon 7. El Paso, Texas 8. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 9. Tacoma, Washington 10. Albuquerque, New Mexico Hey, where is the Five Towns on this list?

Millionaires Heart Los Alamos, New Mexico

In News increase from the previous year. The number of penta-millionaire households (with investable assets of $5 million or more) has grown by about 7%. In analyzing the cities with the most millionaires, the study concluded that these five cities had the most millionaires percentage-wise than other cities in the country. 5. San Jose, California Concentration of Millionaire Households: 8.3% Number of Millionaire Households: 52,043 Median Income for All Households: $88,339 4. Washington, D.C. Concentration of Millionaire Households: 8.6% Number of Millionaire Households: 182,993 Median Income for All Households: $88,486 3. Naples, Florida Concentration of Millionaire Households: 8.9% Number of Millionaire Households: 12,078 Median Income for All Households: $56,876

2. Stamford, Connecticut Concentration of Millionaire Households: 8.9% Number of Millionaire Households: 30,048 Median Income for All Households: $82,558 1. Los Alamos, New Mexico Concentration of Millionaire Households: 11.7% Number of Millionaire Households: 906 Median Income for All Households: $104,914

That’s Odd Beer Can Boats Mick Keeley is a shipbuilding tycoon who is constantly trying to make bigger, better, and stronger vessels. However, he is limited since his boats are made of empty beer cans. Each year for the past 40 years, Keeley and fellow enthusiasts hold a “Beer Can Regatta” competition in Darwin,

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The competitors needs to construct a vessel from empty beer cans that will stay afloat long enough to cross the finish line. During this year’s competition, which took place last Sunday, the challenge was even greater since the winds and the waves were particularly strong. A recycling program introduced over the past year in Australia’s North-

ern Territory made the aluminum cans that underpin the entire endeavor increasingly valuable commodities. The new government effort, which offers consumers cash refunds of 10 Australian cents per can, or about 9 U.S. cents, saw local supply dry up. Apparently, building beer can boats is serious stuff. “I’ve done the math and I need 42,000 cans for this new boat,” said Mr. Keeley, whose latest aluminum iteration—which he hopes to launch next year—is a catamaran with room for 150 people. “Recycling cans came in and I thought this might kill the beer regatta off.” To solve his problem, Mr. Keeley erected collection booths at local stores and businesses; through that venue he netted about 1,000 cans a week, and 10,000 in all. But he still needs more. This year the number of participants was much less than previous years’ because of the recycling program. Just nine boats entered this year compared with between 12 and 15 in a typical year; the record number of participants was 29. Hey, sailors. This Bud’s for you!

In News People Push 32-Ton Train to Rescue Woman

There’s power when people work together. During the rush of the Monday morning commute, a woman fell into the gap between the train and the platform at a train station in Japan. But within minutes, dozens of Japanese train passengers came to her rescue when they pushed the 32-ton train carriage away from the platform to rescue her. About 40 people joined in the rescue after the announcement was made about her being trapped. The train’s suspension allows it to lean to either side, so together they pushed the train to free her. After just an eight-minute delay, the train left the station. Sometimes it’s good to be pushy.

Treasure Hunters Strike Gold

48 gold coins from the fleet have been discovered off the Florida coast. Brent Brisben, who owns the shipwreck salvage company 1715 Fleet - Queens Jewels LLC, discovered the coins with a four-member crew as part of his excavation quest. A half hour into their quest, the crew was only 100 feet away from the shore when they discovered the coins. “It’s something I will never forget,” Brisben retold. “To be one of the first people to touch these things in over 300 years is amazing.” During the summer, Brisben and his crew leave the docks at 6:30 a.m. and come back after sundown. He can only look for items in the summer, he explained, because the water has to be calm and flat, conditions which really only happen during the summer months. He spends the winter months conserving and documenting the artifacts. Brisben’s company is responsible for salvaging items from the shipwrecks. He is estimating the value of the coins at $250,000, but says his archaeologist has to provide the full value. Brisben estimated that each coin is worth $4,000 to $5,000. The oldest one dates back to 1697, and the newest one is from 1714, he said. Brisben plans to sell the coins to collectors. But he said Florida is entitled to 20 percent of the haul, and he needs to see what they want to take. This is not the first time that Brisben has struck gold. In 2010, Brisben and his crew discovered a bronze cannon filled with 50 gold coins and 40 silver coins that were valued at half a million dollars. That same year, they found an “extremely rare” gold artifact appraised at $885,000, which the company sold to a private collector in San Francisco.

Department Store Worker 99-Years-Old

It sounds like a work of fiction but treasure hunters have discovered a stash of gold coins from a shipwreck that took place over 300 years ago! In July of 1715, a fleet of 11 Spanish ships departed from Havana, Cuba. A hurricane struck on July 31, and all the ships sank. Fast forward 300 years, and

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Facebook Helps Dad Quit Smoking Valerie Diaz, 15, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, was determined to get her Dad Phillip Diaz, 36, to quit smoking. “I didn’t want to quit,” Phillip said. “I told her that I’m the adult and she’s the kid, and I’ll stop when I’m ready.” Still hoping to change her dad’s mind, Valerie proposed a deal. He would have to quit if she could get 100,000 people to like a photo of her holding a sign that read, “My daddy said if I get

100,000 likes, he’ll stop smoking.” Phillip admits, “I only agreed because I didn’t think she could rally that many people.” Within 30 seconds of posting the photo on Facebook, Valerie’s friends began clicking their “like” buttons. “In four days, the photo had 130,000 likes,” she said proudly. Of course, Dad was quite surprised. “I was shocked at the reach Valerie had and that so many people cared,” he said. Now, forced to fulfill his end of the agreement, Phillip has significantly reduced his smoking habit, exercises regularly, and lost 10 pounds in the process.  

$92 Quadrillion Mistake

\Some people dream of winning the lottery or finding a bag of cash on the sidewalk but this takes it to a whole new level. In a modern day (almost) rags to riches tale, a Pennsylvania car salesman found an extra $92 quadrillion in his PayPal account. Chris Reynolds, who buys and sells car parts online, was pleasantly surprised but knew there was little chance of him cashing out more than 1,300 times the world’s annual gross domestic product. “I’m just feeling like a million bucks,” Reynolds said when asked about the technical glitch.  When Reynolds then went to check his actual funds available on the site, he saw the amount was, in fact, zero. PayPal hasn’t commented on the flub but Reynolds was quick to offer his thoughts on how he theoretically would spend the $92,233,720,368,547,800 that initially showed up in his account. “I’m a very responsible guy,” he said. “I would pay the national debt down first. Then I would buy the Phillies, if I could get a great price.” He joked that he made a “generous” $30 donation to a local Delaware County Council candidate after seeing the enormous PayPal statement. “I was moved to be really

In News generous by good fortune,” he said. Reynolds, 56, told the International Business Times that he received a notice from PayPal the next day asking him to verify his credit card information. “The sad part is that I got word that they still need me to renew the credit card that’s attached to this account,” he said. “So, even though I have 90 quadrillion dollars, they still don’t trust me.” Hey, Chris, you know that money doesn’t make the man. Even though you were almost the richest man ever, it’s all about integrity and honesty in this world.

simplest thing — how to be at ease and play spontaneously with a child,” said Wednesday Martin, who documents Manhattan motherhood in her upcoming book, Primates of Park Avenue.

Play Date Tutors

Do you know who are the world’s best “play date tutors”? Mothers! Spend some time to know and play with your child and you’ll both benefit.

Every parent hopes for a play date on a rainy Sunday afternoon or after school is over and before camp starts. But some parents are really desperate— they are even willing to spend hundreds of dollars for an appropriate play date for their child. There are now professional “experts” who will organize play dates for your child for a fee of $400 per hour; think of it as a professional matchmaker, for kids. Obviously, because of the hefty fee, this service is reserved exclusively for wealthy parents. The experts monitor the children playing and instruct them how to behave in socially appropriate ways. The idea is that the instructors can model the behavior of a good playmate and then the child can mimic those appropriate behaviors, increasing their chances of making friends and getting those play date invitations. In addition, parents want their children to have the skills of sharing, listening, following instructions, and socializing because their tots will be judged on their skills when they apply to prep schools. “Some kids need a little bit more work” at learning how to play, said Suzanne Rheault, the CEO of one of the firms that organize play dates, called Aristotle Circle. “Sometimes [parents] hear from our experts that there are some areas to improve.” “Given that admission rates [to elite kindergartens] are so low, parents don’t want to leave anything to chance,” Rheault said. Experts said that kids may need the play date tutoring because their young lives have become so regimented, with classes in subjects like Mandarin and violin, that they don’t know how to play with others. “These children have five classes a week but they don’t know the

Garbage Bags for Sale at School

Kids today eat way too much candy so Beth Hendrickson, a mom and principal from Kentucky, proposed that the local school sell garbage bags instead of candy as a school fundraiser. Of course, people’s initial reaction was shock. Hendrickson admits that initially, “People laughed at us.” Hendrickson is the principal of St. Ann Inter-parochial School in Morganfield, Kentucky, and now that the project has gotten off the ground, the school earns $20,000 a year selling garbage bags. The parents of the school’s 230 students buy them along with local businesses and government offices in the area. The total population of Morganfield is 3,500. “Nobody needs candy,” the innovative principal says. “But trash bags — that’s something everybody needs.” As health awareness continues to grow, many schools across the nation are starting to explore alternative options to raise funds for schools. I bet they don’t have a Costco in the neighborhood.


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Camp Areivim Summer 2013

As the first trip for Camp Areivim comes to a close, a most memorable summer has just begun!  The first half of  intense, chal-

lenging shiurim, healthy, competitive leagues and awesome trips winds down but the second half is going to be even more geshmak! The first overnight to

South Jersey was stupendous and the second to the Poconos was tremendous! The ruach and achdus in the camp is

palpable, and it’s only getting better from here!

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Assemblyman Goldfeder Joins Dwight “Doc” Gooden, the NY Mets and Major League Baseball in Dedicating Renovated Baseball Field in Far Rockaway

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder joined former Mets and Yankee pitcher Dwight “Doc” Gooden, community leaders, Major League baseball and the New York Mets to announce the renovation

Camp Avnet Summer 2013 Photo credits: Ira Thomas Creations

Camp Avnet’s summer softball league received their team shirts at the Woodmere Campus. The formidable teams are called: Apple Bank for Savings “Cash” Shula’s “Arfo Zebras” Traditions “3 G’s” Sharmel “Bosses” Warren Levi’s “Shteigen Bombers” Ira Thomas Creations “Grizzlies” Tito’s Hashtag “#” Gourmet Glatt “Ballers” We wish them much hatzlacha this summer!

of a youth baseball field at O’Donohue Park on Beach 17th Street in Far Rockaway, which will be made available to local youth baseball and softball leagues that were affected by Sandy. O’Dono-

hue Park renovations include new infield mix, regrading of skinned infield and grass outfield to facilitate drainage, amending of existing soil, new sod, and a new irrigation system. This project

was supported by The Scotts Company, the official lawn care company of Major League Baseball.


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Let’s have a private talk about your child’s ability to learn. Is your child struggling with reading and learning? Have traditional teaching methods not worked? Are you spending for tutors without success? At Ohr HaLimud’s transitional Bais Yaakov School, our teaching methods and trained staff assess and evaluate individual learning difficulties. And through our multi-sensory Orton-Gillingham Approach we work to increase basic skills and build a strong learning foundation in reading, spelling, writing, comprehension, math, kriah, and all Limudei Kodesh subjects. We specialize in the remediation of dyslexia and other language-based processing difficulties. Our goal is to return your child to their regular classrooms with all the independence and confidence to succeed as quickly as possible. Don’t let another year pass. Call today to find out how an Educational Cycle ProgramTM at Ohr HaLimud will turn a child’s academic failure into life-long success. Our program works!

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Around the Community Andrew Lock, Custom Men’s Suits, Coming to Cedarhurst By Joshua Bains Bespoke, from the phrase “spoken for,” is the British word that refers to a custom tailored suit. The bespoke experience is a mile above that of the typical menswear section, where a salesman accumulates an armful of prefabrications in your size for fitting and alteration. Bespoke bespeaks a relationship between wearer and designer – and as Andrew Lock would have it – a conversation on the merits of style, preferably over espresso and the voice of Sinatra backed by brassy trumpets. In a few weeks, Five Towns residents will have the opportunity to luxuriate in the bespoke experience with local haberdasher Andrew Lock, who is opening his first showroom upstairs at 415B Central Avenue, Cedarhurst. Walk-ins can be fitted for an original suit with selected fabric, handmade shoes and all the accoutrements that delight the senses of a well-dressed man. “There are a number of reasons why people buy custom suits,” says Lock. “They want the perfect fit or have a unique body shape that is hard to fit off the rack. Many just want to express themselves. You customize your drink, your car – but what’s closer to who you are than your suit?” The only thing that Lock likes as much as selling clothes is talking about them. He says that shoes derailed his law career. “I had no passion for law school – I was too distracted by clothing. I envisioned a shoe line based on the quality and brands I needed to fit the lawyer mold. Entry level into this world was

$350 for a pair of Allen Edmonds. But I wanted to make a shoe of similar quality that was slightly more fashionable and much more affordable.” Lock traveled to shoe factories and shows as far away as England, Italy, China, and Taiwan to find someone who could create the shoe he wanted. “Eventually, I found a small, family-owned workshop in Spain, a country with a great shoemaking heritage. They were able to make the shoe that I desired at a very reasonable price.” He’s earned a referral-based fan club that extends from coast to coast. Clients range from sixteen-years-old to men in their mid-sixties and come with disparate finances. “For some it’s the most expensive clothing they’ve ever bought. For others, it can be thousands less than they normally spend. Each wants a suit that is a unique expression of who he is. His ‘brand,’ if you will.” Lock sees his shop as the embodiment of a bygone age when people had a relationship with their tailors. In his classically inspired showroom men can experience the art of outfitting, try on unique cufflinks, design custom shirts, belts and briefcases, and polish up on the finer points of sartorial style over a single malt scotch or cappuccino. “If I can inspire my clients to love these products the way I do, then I’ve accomplished my goal.” Book a fitting with Andrew Lock this week and have a custom suit in time for the High Holidays. Reach Andrew at 516-619-6264 or alock@andrewlockshoes.com.

First Time Home Buyers Workshop to be Held on Tuesday

Now accepting applications for girls, ages 6-14. Our boys & girls after school reading program is now accepting applications for the fall semester.

1681 42nd St • Bklyn, NY 11204 •718-972-0170 • info@ohrhalimud.org

The Samuel Field Y’s Connect to Care and Partners in Caring Programs along with JCCRP is excited to present a first time homebuyers workshop.  A panel of experts from various backgrounds will be on hand to guide you and answer questions relevant to purchasing your first home. They will explain the process of what you can expect when purchasing a home; the costs associated with the process, mortgage rates and programs along with legal pit-

falls to be aware of. The program will be held on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at the Bay Terrace Center of the Samuel Field Y located at 212-00 23rd Avenue in Bayside, NY 11360. To register for this event or for more information please call (718) 225-6750 ext. 212 or email connect-to-care@sfy.org. For more information about this or other programs, please visit www.sfy. org/connecttocare.


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JCCRP Client Choice Pantry Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Senator Joseph Addabbo (D-Rockaway), Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder (D-Rockaway), Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Far Rockaway), and the Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula (JCCRP) held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, July 22nd for the unveiling of the JCCRP’s newly retrofitted “Client Choice Pantry.” The new facility is located at 1525 Central Avenue in Far Rockaway. “It comes as no surprise that particularly after the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy, the food pantry at the JCCRP is seeing more clients than ever before,” said Nathan Krasnovsky, Executive Director of JCCRP. “The JCCRP food pantry had severe damage from the storm and we are now set to re-open, thanks to a grant from Food Bank.” “The ribbon cutting ceremony is a great sign of our recovery after Superstorm Sandy,” said Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder. “This food pantry is a gem to those trying to make ends meet and lowers the expense of day-to-day living in the city.” “By creating a Client Choice Pantry, where people replicate the grocery store experience by going through aisles

Pictured L-R: Dominique R. Jones, Chief Programs Officer, Food Bank for New York City; Camesha Grant, Sr. Director of Member Services Food Bank for New York City; Councilman Donovan Richards Jr.; Nathan Krasnovsky, Executive Director JCCRP; Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder; State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr.; Richard Altabe, Chairman of the Board, JCCRP

and choosing whatever appeals to them, the JCC pantry is coming back better than ever. This will create a much more comfortable and familiar experience for everyone involved,” said Councilman Donovan Richards. “Making sure that people have healthy food is such an im-

portant part of our fight against poverty. I am very proud to support the JCC for all of the hard work that they have done and continue to do in this fight.” “I am so grateful to the JCCRP for being one of the first to help after Superstorm Sandy and for never denying

anyone who asks for assistance,” said State Senator Joseph Addabbo. “I am confident that as the rate of poverty remains among us, the JCCRP will always be there to answer the call for help.” “Poverty has risen dramatically in the New York Jewish community, according to the latest report from our Jewish Community Study of New York,” said Roberta Leiner, Senior Vice President of Agency Relations at UJA-Federation of New York. “We also know that Superstorm Sandy has exacerbated the dire hardship. UJA-Federation helps the most vulnerable throughout the New York community every day, and we are also committed to helping our community heal and rebuild following the storm. The Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula’s new and improved food pantry will benefit those in need whether they have been affected by Sandy, the tough economic climate, or poverty.” “We’re honored to be a part of the JCCRP effort,” said William Rapfogel, Executive Director and CEO of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty. “OHEL Children’s Home & Family Services has been privileged to have a team of crisis counselors stationed at the JCCRP since Hurricane Sandy struck the community,” said Tzivy Reiter, LCSW of Director, Project Hope at OHEL. “Working in partnership with


the dedicated staff of the JCCRP, we have been able to provide emotional support to the thousands of people who walk through JCCRP’s doors looking for desperately needed resources.  We know that the newly retrofitted “Client Choice Pantry” — will provide much needed sustenance and relief at a still vulnerable time for so many people in the Far Rockaway community.” “City Harvest has been providing Kosher emergency food to the JCCRP/ Jewish Services Coalition since 2002.  Last year, we delivered 3,500 pounds of food to their food pantry, which helps feed approximately 1,200 Far Rockaway residents each month,” said Rebecca Glass, Manager of The Jewish Services Coalition. “They were also instrumental during Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, and serve an important role in the Far Rockaways community and City Harvest is proud to partner with them to help feed hungry New Yorkers.” “Having a stocked and reliable food pantry in our community is so important. We are living in a time where so many can barely afford the basics, and this pantry will allow these struggling Rockaway residents the ability to restock their kitchens in a dignified fashion,” said Boruch B. Bender Founder/ CEO of Achiezer. “The American Red Cross is proud to stand with organizations like the Jewish Community Council on the Rockaway Peninsula who are helping families in their hour of greatest need,” said Josh

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Lockwood, American Red Cross Greater New York Region CEO. “The Red Cross will continue to be there as Sandy survivors and communities in New York and New Jersey recover and rebuild.” “The JCCRP Client Choice Pantry is a wonderful resource for the community” said Joel Block, the newly appointed Executive Director of the Five Towns JCC. NIVNEH worked very closely with JCCRP during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. “We saw firsthand how meaningful the food pantry was to so many families who were suffering, both before and after Sandy.  We are thrilled to be able to share this momentous occasion with Nathan Krasnovsky, Executive Director JCCRP. We continue to be impressed with all the great things happening under his leadership and are confident this renovated food pantry will be a huge success,” said Ettie and Asher Schoor, founders of Nivneh. “The opening of a client choice pantry is the actualization of our mission and vision for the JCCRP. We are thrilled to finally be able to offer our clients this much needed service in a dignified way,” said Richard Altabe, Chairman of the JCCRP board. Since 1972, the JCCRP has been providing services on a non - sectarian basis to those in need and advocating issues of concern to the community. The JCCRP would not have been able to achieve this grand reopening without the support of the noted agencies

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above. In addition, we thank our corporate sponsors: Brach’s, Kosherworld, Lowe’s and Prism for their support with our Pantry. The pantry is designed for low-income residents to browse the pantry shelves, providing a comfortable shopping experience. Additionally, the newly renovated space will enable the JCCRP to attract clients that have shied away and could benefit from other services the JCCRP has to offer, in order to help them rebuild their lives and return to stability, security, and self-sufficiency.

There are still dedication opportunities available including: mezuzah dedication, naming rights, etc. If you are interested in a sponsorship opportunity, please email donation@jccrp.org or call Nathan Krasnovsky, Executive Director of the JCCRP at 718-327-7755, to schedule a tour of the food pantry or to discuss this sponsorship opportunity further. Also, you can visit the JCCRP at www.jccrp.org to make a donation.

All New Jewish Fitness Video Targets Girls and Teens By Sandy Eller After the resounding success of their first fitness video, The Best of Shape Kosher Workouts, partners Tanya Rosen and Abby Hessney realized that there was a huge demand within the Jewish community for at-home fitness routines that had it all: a choice of challenging but not intimidating workouts with easy to follow instructions that not only produced results but stayed within the boundaries of tznius. Motivated by the overwhelming and enthusiastic response to their first video, the two women, co-owners of the wildly popular Shape Fitness gym in Flatbush, realized that there was a need for fitness routines that targeted a different demographic: girls and teens. “I always turned off exercise DVDs when my kids walked in, afraid of exposing them to things that weren’t ap-

propriate for them,” explained Tanya. “I wanted something I could feel comfortable bringing into my own home.” With today’s growing emphasis on fitness and nutrition, the idea of workouts that were targeted to girls ages seven and up seemed like an idea whose time had come. “Parents have to take responsibility for the health and fitness of their kids,” said Abby. “This DVD is the perfect start and with everyone in the video dressed appropriately and no lyrics at all to the music, it is appropriate for bnos Yisroel.” Titled “The Best of Shape Kosher Workouts Girls & Teens,” the DVD features three twenty minute segments, including Kickboxing Party with Tanya, Funtastic Gymnastics with Ilana and Dancersize with Rose. Each of

the three routines features two girls of different levels of ability performing the age-appropriate exercise sets and is loaded with fun graphics and eye catching colors. As with the original Shape video, the ability to perform a professionally led exercise routine at home offers tremendous advantages, including the ultimate in privacy, the convenience of not having to leave the house and significant financial savings. Additionally for those who prefer to take advantage of the great outdoors in order to meet their fitness goals but oftentimes find their workouts scuttled by the whims of the weather, the Shape DVDs take rain, snow, ice, and excessive hot and cold temperatures out of the equation, allowing for a great workout in the air-conditioned comfort of your own home.

The only kosher exercise DVD marketed directly to girls, Shape Girls & Teens prove that physical fitness and tznius are not mutually exclusive. With both instructors and participants appropriately attired, once again in simple, tasteful shells, below the knee flared skirts and black leggings, and music that never crosses the lines of good taste, Shape Girls & Teens is an ideal way for girls and teens to embark upon the road to physical fitness without compromising on any of their standards. Shape Girls & Teens is being distributed by Aderet Music and is available in your local Judaica store or online at www.shapefitnessgym.com or at www.mostlymusic.com. For more information call 718-338-8700.

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231 New Olim were Greeted in Israel at they Landed in the Holy Land Photo credit: Kuvien Images

Hundreds of friends and family members were on hand to participate in the first summer aliyah arrival ceremony of 2013. There were a record 106 children onboard. Arriving from JFK in New York, the chartered Nefesh B’Nefesh aliyah flight brought a large number of new young olim to Israel, as well as Gilad Shalit. The Moskowitz family of Lawrence, NY, was part of the new olim. Among the speakers at the arrival ceremony were Natan Sharansky and MK Dov Lipman. A highlight of the event was a surprise engagement proposal.

A Large Crowd at Chabad of Hewlett’s Tikkun Hamiddos Course  What a meaningful summer!  That’s how some of the 30 or so participants choose to describe the very unique “Tikkun Hamiddos according to Kabbalah and Chassidus” course, given at Chabad of Hewlett Jewish Center this summer. “I was really amazed to see the diverse and big crowd attending class about this deep and fascinating topic.” said Rabbi Tenenboim, director of Chabad of Hewlett who gives the lectures. “It’s not surprising to me that we are all looking for more meaning in our lives.  But it’s really different when you actually see us all learning together.”   The course, which is given at the Chabad center located at the Hewlett Train Station, is a part of Chabad’s effort to bring more awareness and participation in Judaism – to all Jews regardless of backgrounds, affiliation, or previous knowledge.  “I felt so good coming to this place [Chabad of Hew-

lett], and really feel comfortable with who I am, and with how much I may know or may not don’t know,” said Sarah who participated in the class after she heard about it from a friend.  “The ideas are so deep, but the rabbi derived from it such practical and useful tools to use in my everyday experiences.”   The classes always conclude with a practical lesson so people can try to apply the concepts learned.  “At our recent class, we discussed the importance of setting goals in our life, but at the same time we learned that goals can be achieved by starting with even a very small action.  The Chassidus teaches us that even if your goal is to change the world,” said Rabbi Tenenboim. “You can still start by just smiling or saying hello to people you meet in the street.  In a way that may be the message of our Chabad.”

For more info or for unique dedication opportunity, please contact Rabbi Tenenboim at 516-537-8770 or at Rabbi@jewishhewlett.com. Chabad of Hewlett is an affiliate of Chabad of Five Towns.


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Past, Present, Future: Memories Of A Timeless Journey By Rabbi Warren Kasztl The Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation just completed its first tour of Lithuania, Belarus, and Poland. It opened with a firm acknowledgment that the reason one attends a trip such as this is for spiritual growth. Rarely does the achieved reality transcend the promise. For all in attendance, this was one of those gifted experiences. There is a famous machlokes (dispute) between the Rambam and the Raivid whether the holiness of the Bais HaMikdash was lost with its destruction. The Rambam states that the holiness remains, which is why most of world Jewry does not go up to Har HaBayis in our present state of ritual impurity. The Raivid is of the opinion that with the destruction, we lost both the Bais HaMikdash and the aura of holiness associated with it. I learned that the same debate could be applied to the “Churban Europa” as well. The success of any trip of this nature rests squarely on the shoulders of those who provide divrei Torah and divrei chizuk at every step. Rabbi Ephraim Shapiro and Rabbi Lipa Geldwerth not only made the trip but left a permanent imprint on everyone. They brought the positive past to life and infused a present tense sense of kedusha into the horrors that were Treblinka and Maidenek. Through their words, one could not help but sense that neshomos such as the Vilna Gaon, Rav Chaim Ozer Grodzinski, the Chofetz Chaim, Rav Elchonon Wasserman, Rav Yitzchak Elochonon Spektor and the numerous other kevoros we visited and davened at were standing at our sides, giving us the strength and ability to make the most of those special moments. Upon returning home, many expressed how difficult it was to express what we experienced. Words alone could not describe what became part of our neshomos. Nonetheless, there were events that clearly demonstrated to me that the neshomos of the past were with us, defining both the kedushas hamokom and the kedusha of the moment, thereby building a timeless bridge to a future that will make us all worthy of the geulah and the techias ha’maysim that will accompany it. One of the highlights of the trip was that from Thursday until Sunday, the Rosh HaYeshiva, Moran HaRav Shmuel

Kaminetsky, shlita, was with us. He was and is the portal that brought the past into the present. When he spoke, especially at the bais olom of the Gra, the Ger Tzedek, Rav Chaim Ozer and the martyrs, we all knew that the continuum of Jewish learning, Jewish history, everything Hashem’s Torah stands for is in very good hands. What a role model! What a privilege to have a scion of Torah and

of Ner Yisroel, had learned. And then, out of nowhere and to the total surprise of everyone, a “malach” that we call Eli Slomowitz, shows up with a man who has the key to the yeshiva’s door and proceeds to open it – with a smile on his face. The key-master knew something special was going on here but could not relate to the kedusha generated by Rav Geldwerth’s words and the kedu-

Yiddishkeit with us on this holy and timeless journey. Rav Lipa Geldwerth spoke on the steps of the Volozhin Yeshiva. The door of the yeshiva had been locked for some time, and we resigned ourselves to the fact that we would not be able to see what I referred to as “the soul of Har Sinai.” Profound disappointment! Rav Geld-

shas hamokom. We walked in with a joy that none of us experienced before in our lives. We broke out into song and dance and saw the walls that were privileged to hear chidushei Torah that defined the building’s timeless place in our history. We were in the soul of Har Sinai. I kissed the floor and made it a point to get whatever “afar raglayhem” remained on my pants. Every individual walked in one way and exited as a changed individual. What an aliyah! It is estimated that around 800,000 Jews were murdered in Treblinka – or should I say one Yid, 800,000 times. All of Warsaw Jewry was transported there, more than three times as many Yidden than are found in the famous Warsaw bais olom. My wife and I are members of Rabbi Ephraim Shapiro’s Shul in North Miami Beach. What would our rav say – how would he makes sense of this incomprehensible moment? I quickly learned that there are “zones” and then there are “elevated zones” – places where extraordinary people take others to fully experience a moment. Rabbi Shapiro spoke of the unparalleled desire of many of our people, our mishpacha, to sanctify Hashem’s Holy Name in the depths of the gehennom that was Treblinka. He spoke of a woman who had just given

werth spoke with such passion, he had the crowd in a trance. We were transported back centuries to a time when the kol Torah emanated from this place with unparalleled clarity and fervor. I looked at the faces of Rabbi Ilan and Rebbetzin Miriam Feldman – they were in two time zones at the same moment. For Miriam, it was very significant seeing that a few days earlier, she stood on the ground of the Slabodka Yeshiva where her grandfather, HaRav Ruderman zt”l, the founder

birth to a child who would be murdered along with his mother in a matter of hours. Demanding the knife she saw in a Nazi’s pocket, she circumcised the child and gave him to the guard. He would pass on as part knesses Yisroel having had a bris. He spoke of the Blushaver Rebbi’s miraculous jump to the other side of the pit that held those who were shot because they could not make it. The Rebbi made it across because he held onto zechus avos while the chassid who was with him made it because he held onto his rebbe. It was in front of the pit where thousands were burnt that Rabbi Shapiro declared, “Six million may have been murdered. Not one died!” My wife and I are privileged to hear Rabbi Shapiro regularly. We’ve never heard him like this. When he finished, Moshe Zakheim openly hugged him and sobbed on his shoulder. His bubby and zaide were in the pit behind them. And then there’s the kever of the Chofetz Chaim, a place that connects two worlds founded on speaking properly so that Bais Din Shel Ma’lah is rendered incapable of prosecuting us. Two things occurred there. A meeting took place between Michael Rothchild, the director of the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation, and the pulpit rabbis in attendance. He asked them for a new initiative to be instituted in their shuls addressing what the Chofetz Chaim dedicated his life to. While we were at the kever, a group of young ladies from somewhere in Russia arrived along with a group from Monsey. One of the great privileges of this trip was to have two of the greatgreat granddaughters of the Chofetz Chaim with us: Faige and Mindl Zaks. Upon completion of my tefillos, I found myself running around encouraging the women, especially those from Russia, to get a bracha from them. There would never be a better time or place for this. My wife received a bracha before we parted ways. For my wife and I, this trip was a watershed moment in our lives. The aliyah we experienced was far greater, qualitatively and quantitatively, than any event prior to this. The rabbanim and the foundation not only made the trip, but changed everyone more than we ever anticipated. Just as the trip was beyond words, so too is our hakoras hatov.

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Yeshiva of South Shore Burns the Mortgage!

Rabbi Sholom Rosner, a talmid, speaking

Rabbi Binyamin Kamenetzky speaking

Proclamation of Tribute

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Five Towns and Far Rockaways Residents Enjoyed the Sales at the Cedarhurst Sidewalk Sale Despite the Record Heat

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The Key to Helping Our Children is Communication By Dr. Judah Weller, Educational Director PTACH Educators, parents, specialists and administrators can help children rise above their learning challenges by communicating honestly and constructively. Being honest means not to deny or minimize a problem, but to view it realistically as part of a larger picture. Being constructive means becoming educated and using the proper tools to deal with a problem. Sharing ideas and knowledge, we meet, talk by phone and email, keeping the lines of communication open. Communication with mainstream teachers and support of mainstream classes is built into the program as well. Most important, we build resilient children through open and honest communication with the children themselves. What is all this communication supposed to accomplish? First, the feeling – and the reality – of working as a team. When purpose and responsibility are shared, hope and expectations are high and more likely to be met. Second, greater understanding of the children and the challenges they face

help all those who have an interest in their successful education. A key part of that understanding is “demystification” – taking learning differences out of the realm of misinformation and fear and bringing them into the light of day. Demystification is a process whereby an educator or clinician explains to the child the reasons he or she is having difficulty in school. In one-to-one or in small groups, preferably with parents present, the child learns that he or she has defined problems that are not his or her fault, and that these problems have names and solutions. It is empowering for children to know the exact terms that describe their strengths and weaknesses. Demystification provides guidelines for parents and educators to become effective communicators with their children and students. One of the key things that distinguishes P’TACH from other programs is its structure. P’TACH is a center-based program that provides a comprehensive team of education professionals, including a program coordinator, reading

specialist and psychologist, at each of its locations. Working together, the staff provides a full array of services for children with learning differences. The team is uniquely positioned to know each child and to provide a foundation for a successful Jewish and secular education. For example, students in different grades are effectively grouped according to proficiency in a subject, thus, from the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic to the complexities of Hebrew, history and the sciences, P’TACH offers personalized expertise and commitment in the academic arena. Equally important, P’TACH is dedicated to success in the personal and social realms. We build self-confidence through information, caring and reinforcing the positive. Teachers become partners with children and parents in the growth process. At the root of this alliance is the free flow of communication between them. We welcome your participation. Whether you are a parent or you are considering a donation, our doors are always

open and we are just a phone call away. Dr. Weller is Educational Director of P’TACH and a recognized expert on special education issues. To find out if P’TACH can help your son or daughter succeed in school, contact Dr. Weller at (718) 854- 8600 or info@ptach.org.

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Over 1,000 People Attend CHAZAQ Tisha B’Av Torah Marathon This past Tisha B’Av, over a thousand people attended the one-of-a-kind

Tisha B’Av event was presented by the CHAZAQ organization in conjunction with Emet College Outreach and TorahAnytime.com, a website that also streamed the entire event live. The program included a video presentation of R’ Zecharia Wallerstein (founder of Ohr Naava) along with live lectures by R’ Yossi Mizrachi (Director of Divine Information); R’ Benzion Klatzko (Founder of Shabbat.com); R’ Israel Itshakov (Rabbi of the Beth Gavriel Youth Minyan), R’ Benzion Shafier (Director of the Shmuz); R’

View of the overflowing crowd on Tisha B’Av day

Emes); R’ Moshe Bamberger (Mashgiach of Landers College); R’ Dovid Lefkowitz (Rabbi from Maryland); and R’ Igal Haimoff (Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva

R’ Avraham Nissianian, Rabbi of Congregation Shaare Tova

inspirational Tisha B’Av Torah Marathon which took place at the Beth Gavriel Center in Queens. The Annual

blessings and advice to all attendees. The program also offered a free shatnez checking. The entire event was dedicated by the Nazaroff family in memory of their mother, Esther bat Sara.

Partial view of the men’s section listening to Rav Ilan Meirov

R’ Benzion Shafier from the Shmuz

Ilan Meirov (Founder of CHAZAQ); R’ Yitzchok Oelbaum (son of the renowned Rav Noach Isaac Oelbaum); R’ Akiva Rutenberg (Director of Emet College Outreach); R’ Label Lam (Menahel of Yeshiva Sharei Zion); R’ Avraham Nissianian (Rabbi of Congregation Shaare Tova); R’ Mordechai Kraft (Co-Director of Emet College Outreach); R’ Daniel Gladstein (Rabbi of Congregation Toras

shatnez testing

Ohel Simcha). Aside from the impressive schedule of renowned rabbis and speakers, the world famous Kaliver Rebbe was available throughout the day, giving out

Your Mood Affects Others Moods are contagious. They spread fast and easily infect those around them. At times it seems as if a sad person carries a cloud of gloom with him and it spreads over all those he comes in contact with.  Sometimes a person means for others to be affected by his mood; he is feeling down and wants everyone to feel down too, or he is in a great mood and wants everyone around him to be on a high as well. Other times, a person has no intention of affecting others but nonetheless his mood affects those around him. In marriage, it’s important to realize that your mood can affect your spouse and family. The truth is though, that

people have to realize that they are not a slave to their moods. Marriage is a relationship that spans many years. Over the years, the couple can face many challenges and situations. Oftentimes, if one member reacts positively, with cheerfulness and courage, it sets the tone for the partner to follow suit. Obviously, the opposite is true as well: when one partner reacts with sadness, despair and negativity, it can spread to his spouse. Even when the couple is not facing a particular challenge, moods play an important role in the atmosphere of the home. If a husband comes home from the office after a long hard day and brings with him his frustration and

tiredness it can sweep over the home and cast a negative cloud. As mentioned before, a person is not a slave to his mood or anyone else’s mood. A person can and should try to change his mood before he enters his home. Additionally, the other members of the home can choose consciously not to be affected by others’ moods and can choose to continue their calm and happy mood despite the mood of those around them. Let us try during these slower days of summer to make sure the mood that we spread is a positive one and to try and not be swayed from the moods of others around us. May Hashem help us to bring a positive mood with us in all

our situations and may we merit spreading happiness and positive moods wherever we go and to whomever we come in contact with. 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@ msn.com.


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Home Away from Home: Achiezer Inaugurates Respite Room at Mercy Hospital Photo Credits: ENL Productions

“I just can’t believe that a Shabbos away from home should be so memorable…” The quote reads like an excerpt from a camper’s postcard home, but is actually part of a note sent to Achiezer’s office in response to the writer’s stay at Mercy hospital. Following Rabbi Dr. Aaron Glatt’s appointment to the position of CAO at Mercy Hospital, more and more members of the frum community have begun to choose Mercy for their medical needs. Determined to provide them with the utmost, Rabbi Dr. Glatt reached out to Achiezer. Thus began a long year of discussion, negotiation, planning, and construction, on what was ultimately to result in Achiezer’s recently-inaugurated Mercy Hospital Respite Room and Bais Medrash. On Thursday, June 27th, community leaders including local Rabbonim, coordinators of Chevra Hatzalah, as well as Achiezer staff and board members joined together with the Silber family of Lawrence for the formal Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and dedication of the newest addition to Achiezer’s respite room program. What exactly is the Achiezer Respite Room at Mercy Hospital? It’s an oasis of peace amidst the frenetic pace of life

with illness. It’s a place where patients and their families relax, unwind, and recoup their strength after harrowing days and nights in the hospital wards. The room is artfully constructed with all of the amenities of home: state-of-the-art meat and dairy kitchen sections; private bathroom; and a comfortable sitting area. Careful attention to detail is evident in every corner, from the built-in hot water urn to the customized lighting system that cannot be accidentally shut off on Shabbos. Basic staples fill the cabinets: drinks, snacks, treats, magazines, mouthwashes, (electric) tea lights, and more. Four times a week, volunteers stock the room with fresh food, including fresh bagels, danishes, and wraps. Each Friday, the warmer is filled with hot cholent, kugel, meat, chicken, and soup.

Just a few doors away from the respite room, Achiezer’s newly-built Mercy Hospital Bais Medrash provides a welcome alternative to the ubiquitous ‘multi-faith chapels’ commonly found

in hospitals. Replete with an ample collection of siddurim and sefarim in several languages, the Bais Medrash is made even more remarkable by its location: smack in the middle of a Catholic hospital. The room plays host to a mincha minyan on most days, and is always open for tefillah, tehillim, and learning. There is no way to adequately describe the relief and appreciation of patients and their families. To finish the missive quoted above: “I just can’t believe that a Shabbos away from home should be so memorable to me…every food item you can imagine, including anybody’s desire, from hot cholent to icy freeze pops…I can just say, ‘Mi k’amcha Yisrael,’ and thanks for being there for me when in need.” Achiezer extends its heartfelt appreciation to the many individuals who collaborated on this project: Mark and Barbara Silber, who dedicated the room in memory of Mark’s parents, Abraham and Sara Silber OB”M and ensured that the room would become a shining example of what it truly means to be there for our fellow brothers and sisters during their times of need Rabbi Wolowik, Tova Brill and the entire Chabad Family for their encour-

agement, support, and unwavering commitment to the mitzvah of Bikur Cholim Shalom Jaroslawicz, Achiezer’s director of hospital services, the prime force behind all aspects of this project Rabbi Dr. Aaron Glatt, Mr. Michael Nuzzi and the entire staff at Mercy Hospital, who did their utmost to accommodate every request Yoeli Steinberg and Gourmet Glatt, generous sponsors of the food in the room on an ongoing basis The Achiezer volunteers, whose quiet enthusiasm for this mitzvah is an inspiration

Want to go on a family trip this summer? Check out TJH’s trip of the week—for both trips near and far! See pages 92 & 93

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The Bais Medrash of Yeshiva of Far Rockaway is full during the summer zman with baalei batim and talmidim learning together.

Meridian Triple Net team captain David Brecher, top row, 4th from left

Softball and Sun up at OHEL’s Camp Kaylie! Kaylie Cougars vs. Meridian Triple Net The excitement was palpable up at Camp Kaylie on Friday July 12th, as David Brecher, president of First Meridian Mortgage and the Meridian Triple Net softball team were locked in an intense game with the Kaylie Kougars. This past Friday, David Brecher, a long-time OHEL supporter and recent OHEL Gala guest of honor, brought his legendary Meridian Triple Net softball team up to Camp Kaylie to take on the Kaylie softball team. The softball game was played under sunny, clear skies, and over 200 Camp Kaylie campers and staff were outside, watching and cheering for their team. With Chaim “Lobo” Silber umping, Meridian Triple Net held a 1-0 lead through 5 innings, but went on to score 4 runs in the last two innings for a 5-0 win. While most of the Kaylie team members and campers made their way to the field all the way from their bunks, the Meridian Triple Net team

morning to play for the Kaylie Kougars. At the end of the game, all of the players shook hands, and in a show of good sportsmanship, Meridian Triple Net brought many gifts for the campers. Their gifts included baseball gloves, baseballs, hundreds of t-shirts, and fishing rods, so the Kaylie campers could enjoy fishing in Lake Kestenbaum. In the words of First Meridian Mortgage president and team captain David Brecher, “Spending the day up at Camp Kaylie was fabulous and a real eye opener for all of us.”

made the trip up to Wurtsboro, NY, all the way from the Five Towns. Yehuda

Koenig and Ben Englander also travelled up from the Five Towns on Friday

For more information about Camp Kaylie, OHEL’s summer camp, please contact them today at 718-686 3261, info@campkaylie. org or visit www.campkaylie.org.


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Around the Community JCC of Greater Five Towns Appoints Joel Block as New Executive Director The JCC of the Greater Five Towns, dedicated to enriching the quality of life for the Jewish community, is proud to announce that it has appointed Joel Block as Executive Director. In his new role, Block will provide strategic direction for the JCC and rely on his expertise in program development and community relations to expand the JCC’s curriculum, strengthen its community ties and encourage overall growth. Block served for the past eighteen years as Executive Director and CEO of the Suffolk Y JCC in Commack, a multi-million dollar, state-of-the art center that serves individuals and families from all walks of life throughout Suffolk County. During that time, Block helped to establish the center as one of the largest JCCs in the country. He worked tirelessly to create an atmosphere where everyone feels welcome and respected and, in turn, has received international and national awards for his community outreach efforts. “The JCC of the Greater Five Towns is extremely pleased to welcome Joel to both our center and community,” says Arnold Waldman, president, JCC of Greater Five Towns. “Joel has long been recognized as a visionary and leader

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who has built respect among his peers and within the community he serves. He has outstanding skills in uniting people of various backgrounds and motivating those around him to work together as a team. We look forward to him bringing his strengths and experience to the Five Towns and helping us continue our mission and expand our reach.” A HAFTR and HALB alumni, Block is a graduate of Yeshiva University. He began his career at the Hartman Y in Far Rockaway but it was his role as Executive Director with the Suffolk Y JCC that allowed him to provide inspirational leadership to his staff, the Board of Directors and the community. “Rina Shkolnik and the dedicated board of directors and compassionate staff of the JCC of the Greater Five Towns have built a remarkable organization,” says Joel Block. “As we look to the future, we will work together with our community partners to strengthen our role as a resource, common meeting place and Jewish communal center. Our focus will be to expand our programming for people of every age and continue to meet the ever evolving social service needs of our community.”

Hurricane Sandy affected not only our homes and shuls but also a number of local gemachs. Both men’s and women’s  everyday/Shabbos  gemachs were destroyed in the aftermath of the storm. In an effort to fill the void, a brand new men’s clothing gemach will be opening at 70 Harborview West in Lawrence. The community has already responded with generous donations of high-end designer wear and apparel. The gemach is beginning to accumulate stylish men’s suits, blazers, dress shirts, dress pants and ties. Of paramount importance is providing for the community in a convenient and organized manner. Clothing racks

with matching hangers and size dividers contribute to a store-like feel and ensure the best possible gemach experience. As we would like to open our doors as soon as possible, your continued support of this worthy cause is vital. There will be a coat rack located near the front door at 70 Harborview West in Lawrence to accommodate drop offs.  (All items on hangers—no bags please.) Contact information: call 516-8125350 or email Gershkopel@gmail.com With your help we will iy’’H be able to announce the opening of this gemach shortly! Tizku l’mitzvot.


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Excitement in the Torah World over Release of Chelek Vav of the Dirshu Mishna Berurah Dirshu Mishna Berurah has brought Yom Tov to Klal Yisrael early this year By Chaim Gold “It is the best Yom Tov gift that I could have gotten!” That is the way one prominent talmid chacham expressed his joy at the release of Chelek Vav of the Dirshu Mishna Berurah. Indeed, the release of the new Chelek Vav of the Dirshu Mishna Berurah in the summer, before the onset of Rosh Chodesh Elul, the Yomim Noraim and the Sukkos season has been joyously greeted by the Torah community worldwide. Chelek Vav covers all of the Yomim Tovim including Chol Hamoed, in addition to Tisha B’Av and Chanukah and Purim as well. The completion of this sixth chelek is a true milestone affording lomdei Torah access to the special qualities of the Dirshu Mishna Berurah in all six volumes. Another extremely important, groundbreaking addition to the Dirshu Mishna Berurah is the copious diagrams throughout hilchos lulav. One of the most difficult aspects of learning the sixth chelek has always been the laws of the four species. It was often difficult for even an accomplished learner to comprehend the varied scenarios regarding the kashrus of a lulav, esrog, haddasim or aravos. The Dirshu Mishna Berurah’s precise diagrams bring an entirely new dimension to learning these important halachos. Contemporary Questions, Age-Old Rulings That talmid chacham, who was gratified with his Yom Tov present of Chelek Vav, was in truth, expressing the collective sentiment of thousands of talmidei chachamim the world over – talmidei chachamim who have come to see the Dirshu Mishna Berurah as an absolutely indispensible sefer for modern-day halachic observance. In the Dirshu Mishna Berurah one can learn the hallowed words of the Mishna Berurah, absorb the foundations of halacha and simultaneously quickly reference all of the myriad, contemporary sh’eilos that have cropped up since the Chofetz Chaim wrote the Mishna Berurah more than 100 years ago. The Dirshu Biurim U’Musafim published opposite the Mishna Berurah enables the learner to learn the halacha and look at the opposite page to see all of the relevant halachic rulings from the great poskim that came after the Mishna

Berurah, right through the poskim of our time. Especially when it comes to the Yomim Tovim, there are so many new realities that have not specifically been

discussed in the Mishna Berurah. In the more than 700 pages packed with fascinating she’ilos and cross-references one can find questions such as: “Can one wear Crocs on Yom Kippur? On the one hand they are more comfortable than most shoes, on the other hand they are not made of leather? What about fake leather shoes? Must one worry about the fact that people might mistakenly think you are wearing leather shoes?” “Are the gedolim pictures that people hang up in the sukkah muktzah?” “Can one use Krazy Glue to glue together a lulav whose middle leaf has split?” In addition, the new Dirshu Mishna Berurah has nuggets that can shed light on practical halacha in Eretz Yisrael in our time. “When the Chazon Ish and the Steipler Gaon came to Yerushalayim, at what point did they tear their clothing in mourning over the churban Bais Hamikdosh as proscribed by halacha?” “Why did the previous Sanz-Klausenberger Rebbe close his eyes from the time he came to the Old City until he arrived at the Kosel?” Biurim U’Musafim – Completing the Picture The Biurim U’Musafim have become an indispensible tool in limud halacha throughout Klal Yisrael and for good

reason. Every effort has been expended to maximize its benefit. Two entire kollelim comprised of talmidei chachomim were established for the express purpose of compiling the “Biurim U’Musafim” section accompanying every page of the Mishna Berurah. One of the kollelim is headed by one of the Gedolei Horaah in Eretz Yisrael, HaGaon HaRav Nosson Kopschitz, shlita, Rav of the Kehillas Hacharedim of Beit Shemesh. The purpose of the copious, voluminous research was to give those learning Mishna Berurah the most comprehensive picture possible, of all the material pertaining to the applicable halachos. Cross-Referencing through Musafim The Biurim U’Musafim section really performs four different functions. Firstly the “Musafim” component adds the Mishna Berurah’s own additional words and rulings culled from other areas on the subject at hand. For example, if the Mishna Berurah, when expounding on the laws of Yom Kippur, discusses one topic at length and in the laws of Tisha B’Av discusses the same topic in a shorter, less elaborate way, the Dirshu edition will bring the Mishna Berurah’s words from the other location. This frequently sheds light on the halachic ruling and enables the learner to see how the Chofetz Chaim himself ruled on a similar matter in a different place. Halachic Rulings and Their Backgrounds…in One Place The second component is that of the Biurim. Often, in the main body of the Mishna Berurah, the Chofetz Chaim only writes the actual psak halacha - halachic ruling, without giving the reasons behind that ruling. It is not uncommon however, for the Chofetz Chaim to elaborate on the reasoning in his commentaries, Shaar Hatzion and Biur Halacha. These commentaries also present halachic rulings not contained in the Mishna Berurah which shed insight on the topic at hand. In a wonderfully cogent, concise manner, the Biurim part of the Dirshu Mishna Berurah cites these rulings, thereby offering the learner a quick, comprehensive listing of related

halachic rulings and explanations from the Chofetz Chaim in his other seforim. Likutei Teshuvos – Current Rulings Concurrently Perhaps the most exciting component of the new Dirshu Mishna Berurah is the “Likutei Teshuvos” section of the Biurim U’Musafim. The Chofetz Chaim completed the Mishna Berurah in 1907. Over the past century, umpteen technological advances and countless questions relevant to today’s lifestyle have arisen. All of these rulings are of course rooted in the original words of the Shulchan Aruch and poskim. The Dirshu edition of the Mishna Berurah brings literally thousands of rulings from the gedolei haposkim of the previous generation as well as from contemporary poskim, each in its proper place in the Mishna Berurah. Therefore, while learning the words of the Mishna Berurah, the learner is empowered with the ability to know and understand the rulings of the great poskim on thousands of modern practical questions. Even more important, he can learn and understand how these modern day rulings have their source in the original words of the Shulchan Aruch and Mishna Berurah! The rulings included in the Dirshu Mishna Berurah are from such revered poskim as HaGaon HaRav Chaim Ozer Grodzensky, zt”l, the Tchebiner Rav, zt”l, HaGaon HaRav Moshe Feinstein, zt”l, HaGaon HaRav Yaakov Kamenetzky, zt”l, the Steipler Gaon, zt”l, HaGaon HaRav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach, zt”l, HaGaon HaRav Yosef Sholom Elyashiv, zt”l, and even our current poskim, ybl”ch, HaGaon HaRav Shmuel Wosner, shlita, HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky, shlita, and HaGaon HaRav Nissim Karelitz, shlita. In addition, all of the Chazon Ish’s rulings that pertain to the words of the Mishna Berurah are brought in the Dirshu Mishna Berurah. It is thus no wonder that in the short few years since the Dirshu edition of the Mishna Berurah burst onto the Torah scene it has conquered the hearts of lomdei Torah throughout the world. With the completion of Chelek Vav of the Mishna Berurah, Dirshu has brought Yom Tov to Klal Yisrael early this year!

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Community Tisha B’Av Program Inspires Hundreds

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A crowd of several hundred men and women of all ages spent their Tisha B’Av morning at Yeshiva Darchei Torah this year, participating in a unique community program organized jointly by the Yeshiva and the Achiezer Community Resource Center. Titled, “Meaning and Mourning: Absorbing the Message of Tisha B’Av,” the event included the traditional recitation of the kinos (Lamentations), interspersed with inspiring speeches from eminent talmidei chachamim from the local community and beyond. While their themes varied, each speaker emphasized the need to transform the sadness and fasting of the day that commemorates the destruction of the Beis

Rabbi Paysach J. Krohn

Rabbi Yitzchok Knobel

Rabbi Shlomo Avigdor Altusky

Rabbi Zevi Trenk

Hamikdash into meaningful teshuva and personal improvement – thus helping to bring the ultimate Redemption closer. The speakers, in order of appearance, were: Rabbi Zevi Trenk, menahel of Mesivta Chaim Shlomo, Darchei Torah’s high school; Rabbi Paysach J. Krohn, a mohel, author and lecturer; Rabbi Yitzchok Knobel, rosh kollel of the Yeshiva Gedolah of the Five Towns; Rabbi Y.Y. Rubinstein, an author, lecturer and broadcaster; and Rabbi Shlomo Avigdor Altusky, rosh yeshiva of Beis Medrash Heichal Dovid, Darchei Torah’s yeshiva gedolah. Recordings of the speeches are available by e-mailing: news@darchei.org. Partial view of the crowd of several hundred men, women and children at the program

Yeshiva Ketana of Queens Ends Off the Year with Many Special Events The fifth graders of YKQ were wowed by the wheelchair. The motorized wheelchair, ridden by Chava Willig Levy, was the main visual aid that accompanied Mrs. Levy when she visited the yeshiva on June 5. Mrs. Levy demonstrated with acute clarity how people with disabilities can lead full, happy inspirational lives. Mrs. Levy, a published author, was kind enough to come to Yeshiva Ketana Zichron Chaim U’Bina of Queens

(YKQ) to spark awareness of the diversity of people and to reinforce for the yeshiva’s boys, after a year filled with value-packed novels, how important it is to be “don chol adam lechaf zechus.” The boys truly enjoyed Mrs. Levy’s upbeat humor: YKQ hopes to host Mrs. Levy again next year when she should be giving the eighth graders a lesson on the African-American singer Paul Robeson to accompany their discussions of

civil rights and McCarthyism. The third graders conducted the First Annual Nutrition Fair. The fair was quite impressive. The boys did present gorgeous showboards, but, more extraordinary, was the aplomb with which they explained their nutritional topics whether it was protein, calcium, vitamins, etc. The parents, teachers and fellow students truly enjoyed an informative and colorful afternoon.


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Camp Simcha Lights Up Times Square The temperature was still over 90° when the Camp Simcha buses pulled into Times Square last Thursday evening. But not even the sweltering heat wave could deter Camp Simcha from stealing the show in its special primetime performance in Times Square. Nearly 500 campers, staff and medical personnel from Camp Simcha filled the heart of Times Square last Thursday when they stormed the bleachers for an inspirational “Hall of Fame” musical performance under the bright lights of Broadway. The performance was the culmination of jam-packed New York trip that began with a stop at Floyd Bennett Field. The boys were treated to a demonstration of daredevil life-saving maneuvers by New York’s emergency services squads. Though each child has already had at least one helicopter ride at Camp Simcha, they aahed as they watched specialists climbing rope ladders during simulations of airborne rescues. Program director Shaindy Lowenthal and her staff found a novel way for campers to beat the heat and still see New York. For the second stop of the day, campers and their counselors

boarded the Shark Speedboat, a water-based thrill ride around lower Manhattan. They shrieked with delight as the boat churned the waters, throwing spray into their faces. A few minutes before 8:00 PM, the campers, counselors and camp medical staff ascended the bleachers. Hundreds of onlookers gathered to watch the remarkable and magical scene unfolding at “the crossroads of the world.” Images of the Camp Simcha campers had already appeared on the giant electronic billboards around Times Square when head counselor Ari Dembitzer took the microphone and fired up the campers, the counselors, and the huge crowd of spectators. “Are you ready Camp Simcha?” he yelled into the microphone. When the response wasn’t loud enough to satisfy him, he asked the question again and was answered with a distinctive roar. The music began to play on the giant sound system, and the Camp Simcha heroes readied themselves for their big moment. “We’re…Standing in the Hall of Fame/And the world’s gonna know our name/Cause we burn with the brightest

flame/and in Simcha we proclaim/that we’ll be on the walls of the Halls of Fame,” the boys sang. With each chorus, campers held up giant placards with their names and likenesses. The bleachers filled with photos of smiling children, some bald, some whose hair is just now growing back, some who look just the same as they did before cancer struck, albeit a little old beyond their years. The sight of these children holding these magical signs aloft for the world to see, reaching for the heavens, and proudly proclaiming that they are indeed warriors who are striving for the “Hall of Fame,” was nothing short of magical. The theme of the song, that you can be anything you want to be or do anything you want to do, is highlighted by the words, “Dedicate yourself, and you

will find yourself standing in the hall of fame.” It was a powerful and inspiring message of hope and resilience that resonated with children whose childhood was interrupted by cancer and other

life-threatening illnesses. Rabbi Simcha Scholar, Executive Vice President of Chai Lifeline, watched with great pride as the children and counselors performed in Times Square. “Once again, Camp Simcha has shown the world the true meaning of unity and the display of happiness,” he said. “Moments like this are really empowering to our campers,” added Dembitzer, who planned the event together with the camp’s program director, Shaindy Lowenthal, and her team. “They are no longer spectators on the sidelines. They are protagonists, the makers of their own future.” It is a feeling that the camp instills in sick children with every activity every day, he added. While camp personnel distributed water bottles to the campers and counselors and tended to their needs, the performers soaked up the moment and clearly enjoyed their time in the limelight. As they made their way to the buses and back to Camp Simcha, they were very happy campers. Camp Simcha/Camp Simcha Special is a project of Chai Lifeline, the international children’s health support network. This year, 475 children with life-threatening or serious chronic illnesses will trade illness for fun and friendship at the camp. The entire experience, including transportation from home cities in more than 60 locations around the world, is free of charge for families. For more information, visit www.chailifeline.org and www.campsimcha.org.

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Five Towns YU Undergrads Selected for Advanced Biomedical Research Program at Einstein Deena Miller of Woodmere and Mordechai Smith of Lawrence participate in program Deena Miller, of Woodmere, NY, and Mordechai Smith, of Lawrence, NY are two of 11 Yeshiva University undergraduates selected to participate in the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP), an advanced biomedical research program at YU’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Directed by Dr. Victoria Freedman, Einstein’s associate dean for graduate programs in the biomedical sciences, and Dr. Barry Potvin, professor of biology at Yeshiva College and visiting professor in the cell biology department at Einstein, the program has drawn 58 students in total from a variety of colleges and universities to engage in cutting-edge scientific studies. In fields ranging from neuroscience to epidemiology to microbiology, these students receive hands-on research experience in their areas of interest normally reserved for graduate-level work.

The 11 students are clustered into three programs. Eight students—Dov Levine, Mordechai Smith and Darren Sultan of Yeshiva College and Deena Miller, Sarah Mizrachi, Esther Robin, Yosefa Schoor and Anna Weinstein of Stern College—were awarded scholarships through the Roth Institute Scholars Program, funded by the Ernst and Hedwig Roth Institute of Biomedical Science Education at YU. Two Stern College students—Melissa Kramer and Shira Marder—were chosen as part of the

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University Undergraduate Summer Research Scholars Program, which is supported through the Provost’s Office. Nechama Dreyfus is participating in the program through the Stern Einstein Research Connection Fellowship, created and funded by Stern College alum-

nae attending Einstein, which provides a student between her sophomore and junior years with an introductory summer research experience at the medical school. Each program provides students with a stipend and on-campus housing at Einstein, so they can feel part of the science community. Group seminars and workshops throughout the summer give participants a broad overview of the many types of research conducted at Einstein and provide them with strategies to become better scientists. In

August, the students share their work as part of a poster session. Smith, who is working in a lab in the Department of Developmental Molecular Biology, is studying the functions of proteins in the movement of neurotransmitters in neurons. “The nervous system is the one I’m most interested in and I like molecular biology, so the lab has been a great fit for me,” he said. Smith is pursuing a major in biology and a minor in public health at Yeshiva College and hopes to build a career in medicine. Miller, who is majoring in biochemisty at Stern College and plans to attend medical school after graduation, is studying the translational research of infectious diseases such as tuberculosis. “Finding a better diagnostic tool for TB is fascinating because it’s relevant to ev-

eryone’s lives and a tool that could catch and treat the disease early on would provide much better outcomes,” she said. “The aim of the SURP program is to provide each student with the opportunity to experience the many rewards and challenges of biomedical research,” said Potvin. “It is hoped that some will decide to include research in their future career plans and that they will apply for admission to Einstein’s MD, PhD or MD/PhD programs.”


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The AVNET Ma’ayanot Girls division enjoyed ice cream, nail polish, and tie-dye at an outing at SKA grounds on July 15th

Orah Day Camp, Summer by Design Come one, come all to the greatest camp in the world! Welcome to entertainers’ week at Orah Day camp; we are busy putting on a fabulous show. Exclusively for our Pre-school division, Morah Music came and had the girls jumping, dancing and having a grand time. The Drum Man came for the older division and he didn’t miss a “beat” entertaining the campers with his unique rhythms and hands-on percussion drills. The first half of camp was over as well, but we ended on a high note, we had a major trip to Sport Time USA for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades, and for the entire upper division—COLOR WAR! The girls on both teams, Aish - red and Mayim - blue showed tremendous ruach and achdus and of course everyone won because they had fun! For the new campers who came this week, we are excited that you are joining us ,and for all the campers who decided to remain at camp, there is a ton more in store. Last week was designers / artists week and we styled an outrageous week for our wonderful campers. The building was adorned with all kinds of paintings from the modern (think Jackson Pollack) to the classical—have you met our bunk, the Little Picassos? The beginning of the week continued the Nine Days and on Monday our older girls put on a meaningful and inspiring cantata. Bunk 5A did a phenomenal job putting on the drama portion and the girls from 4th 5th and 6th grades sang the choir portion with heartfelt emotion. We ended the cantata with the entire camp singing together and praying that this be the last sad Tisha B’Av we observe. After the fast day, we came back to camp ready to resume our full line of activities and swimming with an artistic flair, even our traditional chatzos dancing had a bit of a

twist as we hopped and popped our way around the Nechama Liba hall to the sounds of “Yesh Tikvah” with our fantastic balloon dance. To compensate for the oppressive heat, we had a special indoor project—and each girl was a super “star” about it. Each girl made a three dimensional star out of scrapbooking paper and the results were “museum” worthy. Included in our artists week were 2 main events that highlighted specific techniques of famous painters and illustrators. The younger division created “masterpieces” based on the art work of Eric Carle. After reading the one of his books and showing them how he painted and patterned the pages, we had the girls fill in outlines using paper that we had pre-painted and patterned; the results were both unique and colorful. Our older girls created paintings on wood that used real old school technique and tools—paint and toilet paper—yes, you read that correctly— the girls used toilet paper to create pictures (a la Morris Katz for those of you who remember him from the Homowack), and we hope that you were as impressed with the results as we were. With the Nine Days behind us we could resume our full “palette” of trips, the Kindergarten and Nursery went to the Children’s Safari, the 1st grade went to Five Star Gymnastics and our oldest bunk, the 7th graders, went on their major trip of the first half—their overnight. After going to the boardwalk to blow gigantic bubbles with bubble wands that the girls made themselves, we proceeded upstate for a night in charming cabins, complete with a bonfire and roasted marshmallows. After very little sleep we were off to the Palisades Mall where the girls were so daring and adventurous –each and every girl in the bunk went

on a four story ropes course, after a quick lesson on harness safety, the girls and their equally as daring counselors, made their way around different challenges and rope configurations. It was a truly unique and exceptional challenge for our oldest campers. While it’s true our campers do have all the fun, our staff was treated to a late night swim this week and our 5th graders, mother’s

helpers, CIT’s and specialty assistants enjoyed their own swim and late night bbq. We hope we accurately painted a picture of all that goes on here in camp. While it’s hard to believe that the first half is over, there is so much more in store. So remember to keep in your “frame” of mind that here at Orah we get the job done.

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A 90-year-old couple was having problems remembering things, so they decided to go to their doctor to get checked out to make sure nothing was wrong with them. When they arrived at the doctor, they explained to the doctor about the problems they were having with their memory. After checking the couple out, the doctor told them that they were physically okay but might want to start writing things down to help them remember things. The couple thanked the doctor and left. Later that night while watching TV, the man got up from his chair and his wife asked, “Where are you going?” He replied, “To the kitchen.” She asked, “Will you get me a bowl of ice cream?” He replied, “Sure.” She then asked him, “Don’t you think you should write it down so you can remember it?” He said, “No, I can remember that.” She then said, “Well, I would also like some strawberries on top. You had better write that down because I know you’ll forget that.” He said, “I can remember that—you want a bowl of ice cream with strawberries.” She replied, “Well, I also would like whipped cream on top. I know you will forget that so you better write it down.” With irritation in his voice, he said, “I don’t need to write that down! I can remember that.” He then stomped off into the kitchen. After about 20 minutes, he returned from the kitchen and handed her a plate of hash browns and eggs. She stared at the plate for a moment and said angrily: “You see—I told you to write it down! You forgot my toast!”

As they sit and eat ice cream together, Jill, Tina, and Rachel are each wearing a shirt which is either green, red, or yellow (not necessarily in that order and only one color per girl). The girl wearing green, an only child, ate the least ice cream. Rachel, who is married to Jill’s sister, had more ice cream than the girl wearing red. What color shirt is each girl wearing? Answer on next page

Icecreamologist Quiz

1. Vanilla

In honor of National Ice Cream month, Baskin-Robbins partnered with taste and smell expert Dr. Alan Hirsch, founder of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation, to associate personality traits that might correspond with its most popular flavors. Think you are an icecreamologist? See if you can match the flavors with the behaviors.

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It takes more than simply knowing how to get the perfect swirl to be an ice cream salesman or saleswoman. Frozen desserts come in many forms. Each of the following foods has its own definition, and many are standardized by federal regulations. You don’t want the Department of Justice to come after you for misrepresenting your delicious products to your customers, do you? So brush up on your knowledge by matching the dairy frozen treat with the right description.

Answer to riddle: Tina is wearing green, Rachel is wearing yellow and Jill is wearing red. Rachel can’t be wearing green because she did not have the least ice cream. Likewise, Jill is not the one wearing green because she is not an only child; thus Tina must be the one wearing green. Likewise, Rachel had more ice cream than the girl wearing red, which must make her the one wearing yellow, since Jill is wearing red.

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Focus on People Susan Schwamm

TJH Interviews Steven Melnick, President of Melnick Productions Steven Melnick lives in West Hempstead and is president of “Melnick Productions,” a media transfer and digital preservation business. He took some time out of his day to chat with TJH about his work.

rope who unfortunately did not survive the Holocaust. The reaction of those watching was wonderful to see. They were truly able to relive their memories.

TJH: Hi Steven. Thank you so much for speaking with us. How did you become interested in the media transfer business? SM: It’s a pleasure speaking with you. I became interested after I did an internship with an audio-visual company in the Five Towns. I also had a very good rebbe in school who encouraged me to pursue my technical goals. I received a lot of encouragement from a friend of my father’s, who has had experience with similar technologies. I decided to start a business dedicated to media transfer and preserving my clients’ precious memories. I love the art of what I call “memory preservation.”

TJH: That sounds beautiful. I understand that you pay particular attention to halachic considerations. When did you realize that there were halachic questions about copying music and film? SM: I have met with our Rav, Rabbi Yehudah Kelemer of the Young Israel of West Hempstead, and Mr. Robert Harris, a prominent entertainment attorney. I became attuned to both the halachic and legal restrictions regarding copying material. I was also very impressed with Mordechai ben David who said that many people just copy and distribute other people’s music. He said he works hard and spends significant time composing and singing his music and that this amounts to genaivah or stealing. I sincerely try to steer clear of that. TJH: Can you tell us a bit about some of your commercial clients? SM: Yes, we have worked for a variety of both Jewish and non-Jewish institutions. In addition, we are an approved vendor for a major university. We offer media transfer and CD/ DVD printing and duplication.

L-R: Mo, Shraga and Steve in the studio

It has made a lot of people happy and I believe I contribute in some small way to their happiness. TJH: It sounds like you truly love your job. When did you found Melnick Productions? SM: I started the business in 2009, transferring tapes on an old VHS player. I think that was my first paying job. Afterward, someone in our shul asked me to compose a montage for her daughter’s bat mitzvah. TJH: You mentioned earlier that you believe your service makes your customers happier—can you elaborate? SM: Of course! People’s memories are so important to them. I have preserved and transferred memories for a doctor from Romania who said his audio recordings were the last audio that he has of his relatives. I transferred 8-millimeter tapes documenting someone’s life in France. I have also composed a video montage for a very close family, incorporating photos that were approximately 70-years-old, showcasing people in Eu-

TJH: I understand that you were involved in a project to put music and divrei chizuk on MP3 players for hospital patients. SM: Yes. A friend of ours at a leading hospital approached me about the need to supply music and inspirational messages for Jewish hospital patients. We received permission from a number of musical artists as well as rabbinical authorities, such as Rabbi Abraham Twerski, to place their songs and inspirational messages on MP3 players. I would like to publicly thank Ms. Penny Brill of the Pittsburgh Symphony orchestra for her assistance. Ms. Brill is one of the leading viola players in the U.S. today and has been a strong advocate for the healing powers of music. I hope that these words and songs of encouragement bring some sources of light for those who are forced to spend time in hospitals. TJH: That sounds like a most inspiring project. Do you have any future plans you’d like to share? SM: We are currently run

ning a 50% off sale on most of our services. Please see our web site for details (www.melnickproductions. com). We are very excited about some new equipment that has come in. The new, state-of-the-art equipment is able to handle the volume of 8-millimeter movie films we receive from our clients. These are films that people would no longer be able to watch unless they are converted to digital format. These memories are very precious to people, and we are very pleased to be able to help preserve these people’s treasured memories for many years to come. Our motto is always “making people happier –preserving their memories” and we aim to do just that. TJH: Do you have one whom you would like to thank in particular for your success? SM: Yes, first I would like to thank Hashem for enabling me to reach this level and to help grant us success. I would also like to thank my associate Mo Rieder for all his hard work and enthusiasm in helping to develop a loyal client base. TJH: Thank you Steven! It sounds like you are providing a wonderful service to the community. We wish you much continued success.


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group grew, and decided to train for Bike4Chai – a significant undertaking given its expansive mountainous course from the New Jersey shore to Glen Spey, NY. The group expanded from a few men to the 26 men this year. The 5 Towns Riderz stay in touch through an organized online chat, and while they can’t always train together, they find ways to meet up in smaller groups, sometimes riding over 85 miles from the South Shore through the hills of Long Island’s North Shore. “Crossing the finish line and riding into Camp Simcha, and knowing all that hard work and training is going to benefit the kids is a tremendous feeling,” said Lieberman. The charity ride has expanded to now include corporate teams, amongst them Team Pomegranate and Team Meridian. “The South Shore Bicycle and Fitness shop, and its owner Justin Fuchs and manager Cesar Agudello, are important to our preparation, as they graciously lead challenging training rides, instruction, repair and maintenance tips, and their time for this important charity,” Lieberman said.

They tell you when you sign up for Bike4Chai, that its The Worlds Greatest Finish Line. But its only when you get to Camp Simcha at the end of the ride and you see the faces of the kids light up, that you realize its true.

The riders also understand that while they are training and riding their bikes, their families are pitching in with support, love and picking up the slack at home. “While we are the ones on the bikes, our wives and kids are sacrificing their time with their fathers and husbands. It is a family affair and everyone needs to be on board for this to work,” explained Avi Lax, now in his third year as a 5 Towns Riderz member. Fellow 5 Towns Riderz member Adam Eisenberg echoed Avi’s


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comments, as he pointed out how crucial it is for all the Bike4Chai riders’ wives to support them as they train for hours every week, and then are gone for two days to participate in the Bike4Chai event. These are the sacrifices that entire families make for a chance to help support such a great cause, as they all understand what is at stake. “I initially go involved in Chai Lifeline through others, but after I completed my first Bike4Chai ride three years ago and was able to see Camp Simcha for the first time, I fell in love with the place. It is pretty much the happiest place on the planet,” Lax said. “What really struck me was the incredible and amazing staff that spend 24 hours a day for two weeks with the single-minded goal of giving these kids an incredible two weeks where they are treated like kings.” Adam Eisenberg started riding his bicycle after deciding, along with Allan Lieberman, to shift from an indoors spin class with his wife to outside exercise…on actual bikes. After competing in the Five Boro Bike Tour with Allan, they decided to take on a tougher challenge in Bike4Chai. “I have a desire to help raise money for Chai Lifeline,” Eisenberg said. “When you ride to the camp and you see the amazing things that these kids get to do, and you build these personal relationships with some of the guys who are running the organization and the event, you realize that it is so much more than just them simply saying, ‘Let’s raise money and see what we can do.’ Through Bike4Chai, you begin to understand that their job is to be selfless and provide amazing activities and support for the kids, and it is because of events like Bike4Chai that they can.” Michael Fragin, a Lawrence Village trustee and a 5 Town Riderz member who rode last year in Bike4Chai, says that there is friendly competition among the 5 Town Riderz, particularly when it comes to fundraising. Many of the top fundraisers are from the Five Towns. “In the end, we can always ride, but it’s not the same thing as pouring your energies into raising $2 million. And there are a lot of charity bike rides but no one raises this kind of money. This is an opportunity for these kids to have a couple of weeks where they can have a wonderful, positive experience.” For Fragin there is also a personal connection, having himself survived thyroid cancer. In addition to the camaraderie among riders and life-changing benefit to Camp Simcha children, Fragin noted the professionalism of those at the Chai Life-

line organization. “The people at Chai Lifeline really make it an attractive proposition. Everything is done so professionally and they take care of all the details – from getting the bikes there to mapping the route, ensuring safety, food – they take care of all the logistics, which are significant.” For all the 5 Town Riderz, their fundraising, training, time and energy come full circle when they complete the Bike4Chai ride and arrive at Camp Simcha. “They tell you when you sign up for Bike4Chai, that it’s ‘The World’s Greatest Finish Line.’ But it’s only when you get to Camp Simcha at the end of the ride and you see the faces of the kids light up, that you realize it’s true,” said Fragin. “The kids are very aware of the money that’s been raised, the commitment made by the riders, and the positive impact on their lives. It’s an incredible feeling.”

At the Sagamore Hill Cinco de Mayo ride this year

For anyone interested in donating to the 2013 Bike4Chai ride, you can go to http://www.chailifeline.org/events/Bike4Chai/ for all donations.

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Parshas Eikev Limiting Beliefs

In this posuk, Moshe Rabbeinu set before the Jewish people the categories of human growth and accomplishments. 1. To fear Hashem. 2. To go in all of His ways. 3. To love Hashem. 4. To serve Him with all of you heart and your soul. Each category is a world in and of itself and would take man a lifetime to accomplish. Together these four groupings comprise all of service to Hashem and are the measure of the perfection of the human. Yet amazingly, when Moshe introduces these concepts to the Jewish nation, he begins with an expression of, “What does Hashem ask from you but this?” It’s as if to imply that it is but a small request. The gemara in Brachos is troubled by this and asks, “Is fear of Hashem a small thing?” The gemara answers, “Yes, to Moshe it was a small thing. To a poor man, even small items seem

valuable. However, to a wealthy man even vast sums seem small.” Since Moshe had attained such spiritual perfection, these things seemed simple to him; hence, he used the expression, “What does Hashem want from you but this?” The difficulty with this gemara is that it implies that Moshe was using himself as the standard of measurement for the average person. It’s as if he were implying, “If I can reach this, then so

can you.” Yet we know that Moshe towered over every other human ever created. He reached dizzying heights of perfection that no other human before or after will attain. After 80 years of

want to, but because in the elephant’s understanding, it just can’t be done. In this part of the world, shortly after birth, the baby elephant is tied to a peg in the ground. At that stage in its devel-

There are many situations where we don’t reach up for greatness because we are contained by limiting beliefs that prevent us from breaking away from the habits and lifestyle choices that stunt our growth.

unparalleled growth, he spent 40 days without food, drink, or sleep, and was taught the entire Torah by Hashem. For the next forty years, he was engaged in teaching that Torah to the Jewish people. At this point in his life, he is a giant of a man, and in no way can he be compared to the typical person. So while these things may not have seemed lofty to him, to his audience they were gargantuan! Why would Moshe use his own experiences as the measuring rod against which the average person should compare himself? The answer to this question is based on a different perspective on human capacity. To gain that viewpoint, let us take a look at an interesting phenomenon. The Elephant In parts of Asia, the elephant remains the beast of choice for lugging heavy loads. As part of its work day, an adult elephant will pull logs weighing thousands of pounds through long stretches of forest undergrowth. Yet at night, that same elephant will be controlled by being tied to a small peg in the ground. While it would be clear to you and me that a 14,000 pound creature can easily break away from the light ropes holding it, the reality is that it cannot. It cannot escape — not because it isn’t motivated and not because it doesn’t

opment, it might weigh 250 pounds and isn’t strong enough to break the rope that holds it. From that point forward, every day of its life, the elephant will be tied to that peg in the ground. Even when the animal has reached maturity and will be called upon to lug felled trees weighing over 4,000 pounds, it will remain tied to a small peg. The understanding is firmly fixed in its mind: it can’t escape. Limiting Beliefs Many times we are tied to pegs in the ground. There are many situations where we don’t reach up for greatness because we are contained — not by ropes, but by limiting beliefs that prevent us from breaking away from the habits and lifestyle choices that stunt our growth.

Moshe Rabbeinu was providing an invaluable lesson to us. He was demonstrating the capacity of the human. He was showing us how great a person can be. At the end of the day, Moshe was made of the same substance as you and I. He was a person with drives, desires, and inclinations. He overcame them. He made himself great. He took the natural strengths and weaknesses that he was given, and by constantly making the right choices, he changed his inner nature. Finally, he reached the point that he could look at the absolute heights of perfection and say, “So what? This isn’t a big deal. It can easily be done.” The lesson to us is that we too have that capacity. All of life is but an opportunity to make choices. If from this moment forward, every decision that I made were the proper one, if I were to put away all of my self-interests and ask myself, “What do I think is the right way to act? What do I think Hashem wants me to do in this situation?” Not what do I want, not what do I desire, but what is the proper way, I have the intuitive sense to be able to answer correctly and the ability to find the right path. By attuning myself to that part, and by using role models who reached such plateaus, I too can reach the dizzying heights of greatness for which I was created. Get the new Shmuz APP! Access hundreds of audio, videos, and articles from the Shmuz. Simply go to the App store, or Google Play, and search for “TheShmuz.” Or go to www.theShmuz.com.  

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“And now Yisroel, what is Hashem, your G-d asking of you? Merely to fear Hashem, to go in all of His ways, to love Him, and serve Him with all of your heart and soul.” — Devarim 10:12

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The Observant Jew Rabbi Jonathan Gewirtz

It’s on the Tip of My Tongue

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t’s no coincidence that one of the strongest muscles in the human body your tongue. While you might have to exercise to keep your heart healthy or to pump up your arms, the tongue is plenty busy helping you eat, pushing saliva down your throat even while you sleep, and, of course, twisting and contorting to form sounds and words. While the tongue is not considered an involuntary muscle because you can consciously use it, in many cases, it appears to act like one because the brain seems to have fallen out of the loop. It’s amazing how many words can come out of the mouth without actually having passed through the brain’s logic filters to see whether they should be uttered. (Please don’t rely on anything I’m writing here for a scientific paper. You will probably get laughed out of the room.) If we took the time to think before we spoke, we might find that we said a lot less or that what we said came out a

When you have a chance to compliment someone, don’t bite your tongue. lot differently than the way it started out when the first instincts to say something kicked in. But I don’t expect to spark a revolution and see people change what they’ve been doing their whole lives. I don’t know if any such people even exist, though I do recall hearing that someone had spotted a fellow like that in Europe in the 1800s. Today, though, I’d like to point out that most of us have a filtering system which functions nearly all the time, and it stops us from saying things. The problem is that someone must have put the batteries in backwards, because it only works for things that we SHOULD be saying. For example, you see a co-worker

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with a nice tie. You think, “That really looks good.” You have an inkling that maybe you should tell him what you think, but you stop yourself. “What’s the big deal? Of course he knows it’s nice. Why else would he have bought it?” So you don’t say anything and go about your business. At lunch, he goes and gets a haircut. Whoa… it’s REALLY short. You go over with a big grin and say, “What happened? Did you get in a fight with a lawnmower?” Oops. Maybe he likes it short. Or worse, maybe he doesn’t and he’s unhappy about it, but can do nothing until it grows back in a couple weeks. Too late now—the words are already out of your mouth and the damage has been done, even if he’s a good sport about it. So why did we say something now when it was nasty, but not before when it was nice? It’s that filtering mechanism that’s out of whack and doing things backwards. As kids, we learn about the taste receptors on the tongue. Bitterness is tasted all the way in the back of the tongue, near the throat. Sour is tasted along the sides in the middle of the tongue. Salty is tasted on the two sides at the front of the tongue, but the tip of the tongue is reserved for sweetness. I believe that’s very telling when it comes to speech. If you’ve got something nasty to say, remember that bitterness should be kept at the back of your mouth. Just swallow those words as they will likely hurt someone, not the least of whom is you. If your comment is sour, because you’re half-joking and half-serious, or it’s a bit salty, because it’s funny to you but the listener might not take it that way, push the words to the side and think twice before saying them. Maybe that’s why the jaw is curved, so you can bite your tongue on both sides at once. But sweetness, that’s front and center because it’s time to let those words flow. When you have a chance to compliment someone, don’t bite your tongue. Wag it like a happy dog seeing its beloved master after a long day. Take the first opportunity to say something nice, and don’t assume they’re tired of hearing it.

When my mother a”h was sick, I got in the habit of calling her as soon as it struck my fancy. I didn’t say, “I’ll wait until later,” because I realized that there wouldn’t always be a later. Because I knew she was bedridden and often bored, I figured she’d probably enjoy my call. If she was busy, that was OK, because she knew I cared. When it came to bad news or difficulties, I didn’t mention them. She had enough to worry about, so why bother her? If she was supposed to find out, she’d find out from someone else. I didn’t complain to her because my problems paled in comparison to hers. I just swallowed the bitterness and guess what? It didn’t hurt me. She has passed on now, but I haven’t forgotten the lessons I learned. When I think of someone, like my wife, my father, my kids, siblings, or friends, I try to act on the thought and let them know I was thinking of them. Surprisingly, no one has ever said, “I know you love me, you don’t have to say it.” When I see someone with a nice tie, I’ll usually tell him, “I really like your tie!” If it’s not nice, it’s none of my business. If someone made a mistake I’ll often clam up but if he did a good job, I won’t assume he knows it. People like to hear it from others so I try to say something. Of course, there’s that filter to deal with. That’s when I have to push the thoughts of procrastination out of my mind and just remind myself that nice things like this should be on the tip of my tongue.

Jonathan Gewirtz is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in publications around the world. He also operates JewishSpeechWriter.com, where you can order a custom-made speech for your next special occasion. HELP PUBLISH THESE ARTICLES! We are currently gearing up for publication of a book of Observant Jew articles. Reread your favorites; laugh, cry, scratch your head in confusion, just like the very first time! Sponsorship opportunities are available and necessary. 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 Publication Sponsorship or Subscribe in the subject. © 2013 by Jonathan Gewirtz. All rights reserved.


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Part II: This is your Mission

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n part I of our series we discussed the concept of gaining self-knowledge, finding ourselves and our life’s purpose, and ultimately finding our way back to Hashem. In part II, we will continue our discussion of this crucial issue. Imagine you are an undercover agent sent into Iran. You’ve had years of training in code breaking, martial arts and weaponry, you have developed vital insider contacts within the Iranian government, and are equipped with the latest hi-tech spy gadgetry. Only one thing is lacking: You have no idea what your mission is. The famous spy series “Mission Impossible” used to always start out with the same opening line: “Your mission, Jim, should you choose to accept it, is...” Without knowing your mission, you’re doomed for failure. The Arizal writes that every single person is totally unique and that each soul comes into the world to do some-

thing specific that only he or she can do. Throughout all of history, there never was and never will be anyone like you. You were designed with a special purpose that you – and only you – can accomplish. If you don’t fulfill your mission, no one else can do it for you. The problem is that many of us go through life without ever asking what our life’s unique purpose is – let alone

discovering it. We follow the road laid out by society: going to school, finding a job, getting married, raising a family,

scheme of things. Successful people on the other hand, often feel a strong sense of mis-

You were designed with a special purpose that you – and only you – can accomplish.

but with no clear sense of the unique mission entrusted to us. Our souls have already accepted their unique mission before coming into this world. It’s our job to find out what it is. The Sefer Torah of Life The Zohar tells us that there are 600,000 allegorical letters in the sefer Torah that represent the 600,000 root souls of the Jewish people. Everyone knows that if a single letter is missing or isn’t written correctly in a sefer Torah, the entire Torah is pasul. The same applies to the Jewish people. If a single Jew isn’t fulfilling his job in this world, the entire Jewish people is incomplete. The greatest tragedy in the world is when a Jew never realizes his potential and by the same token, there’s nothing as great as a Jew fulfilling his or her purpose. The Secret of Success Depressed people often have a very hard time getting up in the morning. Why is that? Ask any depressed person and they will most likely tell you that they have no reason to get up. They most likely don’t have anything to do that day but probably feel that even if they did have something to do, it would still be meaningless in the big

sion and purpose. They are clear on their mission and are totally committed to doing whatever it takes to get there. I once asked a famous psychologist if he enjoyed his job. He was busy seeing patients more than 12 hours a day and barely had any time to rest, so I figured he must enjoy it. Nonetheless, when he heard my question he stared at me as if I was from Mars. “What job?” he asked with utter seriousness. “I’m retired. This is my life.” To him, helping people wasn’t a job. It was life itself: his raison d’être – his purpose in life. He didn’t have time to relax. He had a mission to do and he loved every moment. There is nothing as pleasurable and fulfilling as doing what you’re here to do. When people are living their life’s purpose they are truly alive. They are inspired with a sense of drive and pas

sion that propels them to use every moment to its fullest to fulfill their mission. Lacking clarity as to your purpose, or doing something that is antithetical to it, on the other hand, saps your energy and will to live. Can you honestly claim that you are living a life you love? Everyone wants to live a life of vitality and drive. Get ready to start really living! Join us next week to learn some practical tools to begin discovering your life purpose. Rabbi Aryeh Nivin is the founder and director of Machon Ha’adam Hashalem, a personal development Torah network which helps thousands of people around the world find their unique life’s purpose. A new cycle of Rabbi Nivin’s personal development phone Chaburas for women is starting in Elul (Aug 5th and 6th). Register now for the 3-Class No-Obligation Trial and for a limited time receive a bonus 3 CD Series, “The Jewish Woman’s Introductory Guide to Achieving Vitality” for just $1.00.  For more information go to www.newchabura. com, call (646) 863-4123, or email newchabura@gmail.com. If you’re traveling this summer, there will be a special review session after the Yomim Tovim so that you can make up any missed classes.

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f you ever had the opportunity to daven in a Satmar shul, you would have certainly noticed that the place is swarming with people collecting money. The first time I davened at one of these shuls, I had no clue what was happening; the jingling of the men shaking their bags of coins sounded like a strange sound effect usually reserved for Broadway plays. But then I realized that it’s not that so many meshulachim go to Satmar shuls to collect, rather in Satmar there is a custom that everyone collects. Essentially, everyone in shul collects from each other. They all have a coin bag in their tefillin bags and after finishing davening, they spend a few minutes collecting from the others in shul. This custom was very perplexing to me. I am not an economist, but am I not correct that if chassid A gives chassid B a quarter, and chassid B gives chassid C a quarter, and then chassid C gives chassid A a quarter, three individuals just wasted their time? I couldn’t figure it out for the life of me. Say what you want about Satmar chassidim, but they are certainly a smart bunch. So there had to be more than what I saw. So I inquired. What I learned is that indeed everyone collects and yes, many of the chassidim are merely passing money along to each other. But the reason they do this is because R’ Yoel Teitelbaum zt”l, who built the Satmar community in America, felt that it is not enough for a person to simply give tzedaka, rather they also have to go out and collect

tzedaka on behalf of others. Why? Because that teaches them to take responsibility for others. Once people take responsibility for others when they give tzedaka, they give it on a different level and with a different understanding. They are not simply doing a mitzva that they heard about on an Uncle Moishy tape, they are fulfilling their responsibilities, just like they take care of all of their other responsibilities. Along these lines, I recently heard that many years ago the Satmar Rebbe needed a large sum of money to complete a project. He approached a very wealthy man who proudly told the Reb-

ferent shuls collecting for poor people or hachnasas kallah. Unfortunately, over the last few years, sticking your hand out in shul has become a cottage industry, and, rightfully, people are not interested. It has become so out of control that many people simply ignore the outstretched hands. After all, it is pretty clear that these people are pocketing the money and simply looking for handouts. The truth is that many of those collecting are rude and inconsiderate. But not my son. He’s six-years-old and as cute as a button. And when he sticks his hand out in shul and jingles his change bag, it’s really just because his camp psyched him up to collect for a wonderful organization. I’ll tell you the truth, at first I didn’t want him to collect. But after thinking about it, I realized that it is a wonderful way to teach him how to feel a responsibility for tzedaka. Granted, in his

Perhaps the most amazing thing about watching my son collect is watching people’s reactions. be that he will foot the whole bill for the project. The Rebbe turned to him and said, “I don’t want your check; I want you to get me checks from your friends.” The Rebbe wanted this man to take responsibility because he wanted the man to take ownership of the project. Once he took ownership of the project, he would be more than a donor; he would be a partner. When I was a child, there were certain meshulachim who always came around and collected during Sunday morning davening. One of them had a bright orange beard; another was really short and walked with a distinct limp, laboring as he walked down the aisles in shul. As soon as my father would see these men, he would pass me dollar bills to give to them. My father wanted me to understand that these people were doing a special thing. He once explained to me that they were regular businessmen who dedicated their Sunday mornings to running around to dif-

mind he is doing it so that he will get a $2 dollar toy at the end of the summer which he will probably break within an hour, but mitoch shelo l’shma, ba l’shma. Even though he is doing it for the prize, he is collecting tzedaka for others, and my hope is that it will engrain in him the idea that he not only has to give to others, but he also has to feel responsible to do whatever is in his power to make sure that others get what they need, even if that means collecting for them. Perhaps the most amazing thing about watching my son collect (which he does once a week while I daven shachris in the shul on Sunday) is watching people’s reactions. Obviously, most people are thrilled to give him a quarter or a dollar. But then you have the people who are either

so jaded from the hordes of collectors or so lacking in common sense that they simply ignore him just like they ignore the other collectors. The only difference is my son is a 3-foot-tall sixyear-old, not a forty-year-old, homeless Russian guy. So aside for their reaction being wrong, in my son’s innocence, he doesn’t walk away when he is ignored; he just stands there and stares at the person. He will literally stand there for five minutes. It’s the funniest thing to see the steam starting to come out of these people’s ears. They are not used to feeling that uncomfortable. Sometimes I want to walk over and say, “Uh, dude, he’s just a six-year-old, relax.” Eventually, most of them realize what is going on, at which point they rudely communicate to my son that they are not interested. That’s their right. And my son gets to feel some level of rejection, which due to his age is not overwhelming, but probably enough to teach him that in life you don’t always get what you want. Taking my son collecting also has given me a different view of how we interact with children who are not our own. Most people in shul get what’s going on when my son collects and make him feel good by smiling, giving him a lollipop, or giving him money. They are giving him a good feeling and in a sense participating in his chinuch. He sees that most of us happily give tzedakah. So, if you see my son or some other kid this summer collecting, don’t mistake him for the fifty-year-old Albanian missionary who puts a salvaged black hat on because he somehow figured out that Jews give out money in shul. He is just a six-year-old trying to get a prize. He doesn’t even realize how big of a prize he is getting—he is learning what it means to feel a responsibility for other Jews.


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Tzedaka and Teshuva The Best They Can Be including Inside Scoop, Off the Wall, Mauzone, and Le Chocolat. Every pizza place posted my flyer, too. Clothing stores, shoe stores, and baby stores happily put up the flyer or left it on the counter: Zohar Shoes, Panther Creations, Orly, Sherel’s, Peek

• Giving after being asked • Giving before being asked • Giving when you do not know the recipient’s identity, but the recipient knows your identity • Giving when you know the recipient’s identity, but the recipient doesn’t

The kind people who welcomed me, wished me hatzlocha, and put up my flyers were actually giving the highest form of tzedakah. A Boo Kids, Mary Lerner, Rouge, Lavish Layette, A Little Different, Bib ‘n Tucker, Infinity, Petite Pram, Vendome, Dimples, Elzee, and Shu Shu Shoes. Even more impressive was the kindness of Yoeli Steinberg at Gourmet Glatt who sponsored the refreshments for the talk. Why am I name-dropping here in this article? There are several reasons, all of which are inspired by the fact that I looked at my calendar and was shaken to notice that Elul is in two-and-a-half weeks. (Where did this summer go? It seemed like it was just getting started.) When I think of Elul, I can’t help thinking how tzedakah tatzil mimaves – charity saves [us] from death. That makes tzedakah pretty powerful, doesn’t it? So it seems to me that we ought to know every possible way we can do it, even ways that may not be so obvious. Now, there’s something else about tzedakah that is critically important: in the Mishneh Torah, Chapter 10:7-14, Rambam lists eight levels of how to fulfill the mitzvah of giving charity. Here they are: • Giving begrudgingly • Giving less that you should, but giving it cheerfully

know your identity • Giving when neither party knows the other’s identity • Enabling the recipient to become self-reliant As you can see, each level is a better way to do the mitzvah than the preceding one, although all are acceptable. (Incidentally, there is a dispute about #1 as it could be translated as “giving sadly,” meaning, being sad because someone is that poor. It doesn’t sound quite as callous as “giving begrudgingly.”) What unites all the items on the list? Why is one better than the other? The answer is clear: The highest level, self-sufficiency, gives us a clue. When man is self-sufficient, he fulfills Hashem’s commandment to Adam to work hard in order to eat. Adam would no longer be a passive taker; he would be a doer. The whole Torah, in fact, is about doing. If a person cannot be helped to become self-sufficient, then at least his feelings of shame at receiving tzedakah can be protected; that is the essence of the Rambam’s preceding levels. So what has all this to do with me parading up and down Central Avenue and being given an opportunity to post my flyers? Without realizing it, the kind people

who welcomed me, wished me hatzlocha, and put up my flyers were actually giving the highest form of tzedakah. Isn’t that interesting? With the exception of Gourmet Glatt, it did not cost these store owners a penny; yet that is exactly what they were doing. By enabling me to spread my message, they promoted my ability to make a parnassah. Now, we get to the question as to why I mentioned them in this article: I would like to reciprocate – and so should you. If fostering people’s ability to make their own parnassah is the highest form of tzedakah, then if you have an opportunity to do so, you should grab it. Sadly, there were a few stores that didn’t get this point. People said silly things like, “If I put up your flyer, I will have to put up everyone’s.” Perhaps now you can figure out why such remarks are silly. First of all, “everyone” will not want flyers put up. Second, what if they did? Then those store owners would have that many opportunities for the highest level of tzedakah. How could that be a problem? The problem, of course, is that they completely forgot that although we do our work – per the commandment of HaKadosh Baruch Hu – it is He who gives us our parnassah. They were blessed by Hashem and must not lose their sense of gratitude for it. A grateful, humble attitude for their blessings will bring them further blessings. Forgetting this vital fact might not be in their best interest. As Rosh Chodesh approaches, let’s be sensitive to our fellow’s feelings about the money he would like to make – and help him make it. It might be a bigger mitzvah than writing out a check, at least according to the Rambam. Dr. Deb Hirschhorn, a Marriage & Family Therapist and best-selling author of The Healing Is Mutual--Marriage Empowerment Tools to Rebuild Trust and Respect--Together, is proud to announce that readers of The Jewish Home will receive a $50 discount on every visit to her Woodmere office. For more information, call 646-54-DRDEB or check out her website at drdeb.com.

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zedakah is easy, right? You pop a dollar into the cup of the man sitting by the grocery store door or you write a check to your shul. If you’re financially comfortable, you write a few more checks too. But there are other ways to give tzedakah that are in some ways easier and in some ways harder. Let me tell you of my recent adventures on Central Avenue. As many of you now know, I’m fairly new to the Five Towns, having lived for over three decades in Florida (without any hitches due to hurricanes) and came up to New York only to be zapped by Sandy. I’m not alone; it has been difficult for people in this area, to say the least. So, I’m rebuilding my private practice after rebuilding it from my move. It seemed to me that if people would feel they know how I think, they’d be able to judge whether I might be of help to them or to someone they know. What better way to interact with the community than in a talk? I decided to give another talk for the community since I have found them fun and a great way to help people aside from the fact that it is an ideal way to introduce myself. My challenge was how to get the information out there so that people would hear about it. I decided to create a flyer and to march up and down Central Avenue with it, introducing myself to all the shopkeepers and asking to post the flyer. What a wonderful response I got! Ninety-nine percent of the proprietors and managers gave me an enthusiastic, “Yes!” This included very fine, uncluttered stores such as The Jewelers Wife, Sterne, and Dr. Stuart Rappaport, the optometrist, as well as stores that didn’t seem to have a square inch of free space like Sharan’s Hallmark or Judaica Plus. In fact, all the Judaica stores – including also ZBermanbooks and Five Towns Judaica – wished me hatzlocha in addition to posting my flyer. Those happy to show off my flyer included just about all of the restaurants from elegant places like Cho-sen and Sushi Metsuyan to dairy breakfast and lunch places such as Cravingz Café, Coffee Bar, Sunflower, Cucumbers, and Crawfords Café to grab-a-treat stores

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nowing the enemy’s intentions during a time of war has always been a priority for the commanders of armies. Before WWII, the intelligence gatherers were mainly on the front line or were spies and scouts behind the enemy’s line. Starting during the Civil War, reconnaissance units were flying above the enemy in hot air balloons, and in 1914, airplanes were used to spy and scout. Even with these brave men risking their lives on dangerous and sometimes suicidal missions, much information was still unknown to the commanders. First rate countries were using sophisticated codes and code machines to encrypt their secrets. By the time Hitler ym”sh invaded Poland in 1939, codes were being used so much that code breakers with Ph.D.’s were needed to decode them. The U.S. was pulled into war by the Japanese in December 1941 and even though their fleet was crippled, they had one major advantage: thanks to cryptologist William F. Friedman and his team, many of the Japanese diplomatic messages, named the Purple Code, were readable. William Fredrick Friedman was born Wolf Friedman in Kishinev in 1891. His family immigrated to the U.S. a year later because of anti-Semitism in Russia. He later changed his name to the more American-sounding William. At a young age, he was intrigued with cryptology when he read Edgar Allen Poe’s The Gold Bug, a novel about treasure hunters finding buried pirate’s gold by decrypting a cipher. He studied at Michigan Agricultural Collage (now Michigan State) and received a scholarship in genetics from Cornell. In 1915, he moved to Chicago to work in a laboratory to study crop growth. Friedman was doing more than genetics in the Riverbank Laboratories. His boss was George Fayban who was convinced that there were secret messages in letters written by English authors in the 1600s. (The main assistant was a Miss Gallup who thought that George Bacon actually wrote all of Shakespeare.) Soon, Friedman became the head of Riverbank’s Department of Codes and Ciphers. He wrote about two dozen pieces on the subject including a paper entitled “The Index of Coincidence,” a mathematical approach on cryptanalysis. While at Riverbank, he married and his wife, Elizabeth, also joined his code breaking team. At about this time, the U.S. was entering WWI (1914-1918), and Fayban offered his group’s services to the government. There was no official cryptanalysis team in the military, and the army sent intelligence officers to train under Friedman. His services were badly needed in the army, and in 1918, he enlisted and became General John Pershing’s personal cryptographer. After the war, he became the first to apply mathematical principles

to the art and went to work on deciphering code machines. The key to decoding messages that needed a machine to be read was to actually recreate the machine. The British and Polish mathematicians successfully broke the German Enigma machine by constructing a model of their own and just feeding intercepted messages into the new machine called Ultra. The Japanese code was called Purple and was sent to Friedman and his staff for decoding. Even though Friedman had never seen a Purple Machine, he created one, and by 1940, the Americans were reading all the Japanese diplomatic messages. The intercepted messages and the entire operation were called “Magic.” It was so good that the British code breaking team at Bletchley Park were sent copies to help break the Enigma machine which at that point was not quite broken. The first message that they decoded changed America’s policy of being completely neutral. It indicated that Japan was about to join Germany and Italy forming the Axis countries. The pact said that if one country was attacked, the other two would come to its defense, and Hitler used the pact to declare war on America after America had been attacked by Japan. (As a side point, it was one of his major blunders of the war because Japan had not been attacked—they attacked the U.S.—and the U.S. wasn’t going to declare war on Germany.) In the spring of 1941, Magic intercepted a message meant for the Japanese ambassador to Germany saying that Hitler was about to attack Russia. The U.S. warned the Russians but Stalin refused to believe that the message was accurate. At the beginning of December 1941, Magic intercepted a message meant for the Japanese Embassy in Washington D.C. It said to break off all negotiations with the Americans and should have been a warning that war was imminent. On December 7, at five to eight in the morning Hawaii time, the first bomb hit the U.S. Naval Base in Pearl Harbor. Two hours later, three battleships and a dozen warships had been sunk along with about 2,300 servicemen who were killed. The reports came via the radio and were devastating to the American public. When Friedman hard about the attack, he was said to have been pacing in his room, muttering, “But they knew, they knew, they knew…” Even today it up for debate how much and who knew about the impending attack. Some say that the bureaucrats knew from Magic intercepts but couldn’t inform the commanders in time while others say they knew well in advance but due to inept politicians and military commanders nothing was done until after the attack. In any case, Magic was a huge source of information for the U.S. and the most important thing about it was that the Japanese still had no clue that their code


The US Army Signal Intelligence Unit – William Friedman is in the middle of the back row

Aside from receiving several medals, including the Medal of Merit from Truman and the National Security Medal from Eisenhower, William Friedman’s legacy lives on. A building on the NSA grounds at Fort Meade, Maryland, is named after him, and his bust is proudly displayed in the National Cryptologic Museum. He will be known as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, cryptologist of all time. The valuable information that he, his team and his machines deciphered enabled the U.S. to win battles, thereby saving the lives of countless Americans.

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

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curity Agency, and in 1952, it merged into a new agency – the NSA or National Security Agency. At NSA, he became the chief cryptanalyst and wrote textbooks on the subject for military intelligence students. Friedman retired in 1956 but continued to write for the NSA. Even though he was officially retired, the country realized that he was irreplaceable and he was sent to Europe three times on secret missions to decipher “allies’” messages. More than once, material designated as classified was confiscated from his home. Even when the Friedmans donated material to the Marshall Library, many documents were removed by the NSA. He enjoyed the field so much that he created a child’s cipher game called “The Game of Secrecy,” and his holiday cards were all in code. William Friedman died in 1969 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. His epitaph reads “Knowledge is Power.”

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was compromised. Friedman overworked himself during the war while becoming America’s best cryptologist. He sometimes used hunches and educated guesses to predict the intentions of the enemy. In August 1945, he lamented that he didn’t have a direct line to President Truman. “If I only had had a channel of communication to the president,” Friedman would later say, “I would have recommended that he not drop the bomb – since the war would be over within a week.” According to intercepts, the Japanese were putting out “peace feelers,” and the atomic bomb wouldn’t have been necessary. (According to other reports, the Japanese were planning to hold out and not surrender until they were completely wiped out, and the U.S. would have had to invade the home islands at a terrible cost.) After WWII, Friedman stayed with the military’s intelligence organization called Armed Forces Se-


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want everyone reading this article to close their eyes for a moment. Yes, that’s right. Close your eyes (after you read the next few lines) and picture yourself during the early days of your courtship with your spouse. Visualize yourself on that particular date. Where are you? What are you wearing? What is your significant other wearing? Are you strolling somewhere without a care in the world as time just flies by? Are you enjoying an amazing dinner while leisurely discussing your life goals and laughing the whole time? Now, try to actually recall “that feeling.” You all know what I am referring to. That feeling of joy, peace, and happiness, knowing that this person could be or will be your life partner. Internalize that peaceful, full-hearted feeling. Why did I ask you to carry out this visualization exercise? Allow me to explain. As religious Jews, we are constantly being admonished to never stay stagnant. Never get so set in your religious practices that you aren’t looking to strive for something greater. The same idea should be applied to marriage as well. My goal is for you to have this visual ready at the forefront of your mind so that it is easily accessible at all times. In the craziness of our everyday lives, it is imperative to go back in our minds to this important, life-altering feeling. At the time, your relationship was new, fresh and exciting. Being able to recall this time in your relationship, to truly feel it and make it part of your everyday life will inevitably transform your daily interactions.

Stop and Think I heard a thought in the name of Rabbi Frand recently. Rabbi Frand speaks to chassanim daily. Many times a chassan comes to him and asks how to approach a sticky situation, what would be the nicest way of getting a message across. No chassan wants to hurt his kallah’s feelings, therefore he thinks twenty times before he states his case for whatever the issue may be. “How amazing would it be if husbands and wives thought this much about the other’s feelings before blurting out the first thing on their minds? What a different relationship many couples would have!” This is so true! Don’t we all speak differently to our children and spouses than to strangers? And not different “better,” different

“worse.” We don’t think so much before we speak. Stop yourself and recall this amazing time of your life. Visualize it and think, “How would I have spoken to my spouse at that time? Could I maybe say the same thing but in a nicer way?” Try it and you will be amazed at the positive repercussions! Everyone knows that it is important to say please and thank you. We are taught this from the time we are little. Anyone who is a parent or teacher invariably will tell their children this fact numerous times a day. “What should you say to your friend who shared with you?” “How do you ask for that drink?” So we see what a basic tenet of speech this really is. Almost everything sounds better when phrased in a pleasant way. Our spouse should be no less important than any passing acquaintance. We thank cashiers at the grocery store and taxi drivers. We thank bus drivers and mailmen. When was the last time you truly thanked your spouse? I hope you answered, “I thank him or her daily.” Well, you must have learned your manners well! Appreciating the Goodness in your Spouse In today’s digital everything-needsto-be-better-and-bigger-and-more-exciting era, we have lost sight of so many basic human interactions. Saying thank you is one of these basic principles. Look your spouse in the eye and say, “I really appreciate what you did for me today.” Maybe you think your spouse should be doing this thing anyway, so why thank them? You need only look within for the answer. Here comes another basic but imperative way of life. Treat others as you would want to be treated. We would want a heartfelt thank you as well. It definitely makes you want to do that act again. Walk with me through a quick scenario. It is 8pm at Dena and Tzvi’s house. It is hectic. Dinner has been served; children are in various states of getting to bed. The kitchen is a mess. However, Dena knows that she must get her adorable kiddies to sleep. Now! So she leaves the mess and goes to tend to bedtime. Tzvi is finished with his dinner and sees that his wife is upstairs putting the kids to bed. He thinks to himself, “I can help my wife. She put together an amazing dinner, and she will need to

come back down after putting the kids to bed to put away the leftovers and load the dishwasher. I see how exhausted she is already.” So Tzvi proceeds to put away the leftovers and throw out any garbage. He loads the dishwasher and awaits his wife’s reaction. There are various ways that this could play out but walk with me through two scenarios. Scenario #1 - Dena puts the kids to bed. She comes down the steps slowly as she is quite exhausted. She enters the kitchen and sees that the food is put away and there are no dishes in the sink. Dena sees that while certain things were cleaned up it is not done exactly how she likes it. “You couldn’t do a better job of cleaning up? Would it have been so hard to...” Or Scenario #2 - Dena puts the kids to bed and makes her way down the steps. She enters the kitchen and sees how the perishables have been put away and there are no dishes in the sink. Dena notices that the kitchen is not cleaned exactly how she would have cleaned it. It really doesn’t matter, though. Her cleanup time has just been cut down to 5 minutes maximum and she can surely finish in the morning. She turns to Tzvi and says with a genuine smile on her face, “Wow. You have helped me so much. Now I don’t need to put away the leftovers! You must have seen how tired I was after such a long day. I truly appreciate how much you helped me. It means a lot to me that you cleaned up.” Now, in which scenario can you foresee Tzvi cleaning up again in the future? My guess is that if you are astute, you too would pick scenario #2. A heartfelt thank you goes a long way! This little story highlights another basic but oh so important aspect of married life. Don’t be selfish. See things from your spouse’s perspective. Go the extra mile to do what is necessary. Put your spouse’s needs before your own (when it is appropriate). Tzvi could have thought to himself, “I am exhausted as well. I really need to… read the newspaper, take a nap, call my chavrusa from my yeshiva days...” Yet he saw that Dena could really use his help and it was something that was totally doable for him. The warm feelings that he brought forth in his marriage will

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surely pay a much higher dividend than reading the paper! Unfortunately, in our current world, many people think only of themselves. This can be seen in many areas of daily life but is most detrimental in marriage. So I beseech each and every one of you. Visualize that feeling of being in your own relationship at the beginning. Use that amazing feeling to continue the flow of growth and happiness in your daily interactions with your significant other. Act the part of being in something so vital. Do it for your well-being and the well-being of your spouse. Do it for your family unit as a whole. Stop and think before you speak to those closest to you. Do your best to put your spouse first. Think of ways to make things easier for them. It will go a long way in keeping your relationship moving forward. Isn’t it amazing that the truly important life lessons you probably learned in kindergarten? Sorah David teaches kallahs. She is a big proponent of learning how to build a solid foundation early on in marriage and building on that daily. She lives in Woodmere with her husband and children. Sorah can be reached at sorahd@gmail.com.

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hen Miriam was born a little less than five years ago, Leah and Baruch Greenbaum’s joy knew no bounds. Living in Kew Gardens Hills, Queens, with their two older sons, their little girl brought even more blessing into their already happy home. Things started to change when Miriam turned seven months and began having seizures. Her parents brought her to doctors, gave her medication after medication, many of them with terrible side effects. Each new medication brought along with it the same results; no improvement in Miriam’s situation. As their daughter grew, things became more and more intense. She was having seizures quite often, and hospital visits and Hatzolah phone calls because somewhat of a regular routine, as she often stopped breathing and

turned blue during a seizure. The Greenbaums knew something had to change. After consulting with doctors and weighing their options, it was decided that at the age of three Miriam would undergo brain surgery to hopefully end the seizures. After months of roller coaster emotions, rising hopes and heartfelt prayers, the grueling surgery and recovery period had ended. Aside for a slight difference in severity, Miriam’s seizures remained unchanged. Leah Greenbaum talks openly about the challenges she faces as Miriam’s mother and main caretaker. “Besides the seizures, Miriam is cognitively delayed,” she says. “She has an inability to communicate, has behavior issues and overall global delays.” This means that Miriam needs a lot of help and attention all day, every day. Miriam cannot be left without supervision

for even a moment because of her lack of understanding of dangerous situations. The difficult situation does not only affect Miriam and her parents, it also affects the entire family, including her siblings. Leah explains, “Every day is the unknown. Miriam gives no warning that she is about to have a seizure. That means that we can never really go away as a family. We don’t go out to eat in restaurants; we don’t go away on vacations. Miriam’s situation and delays make that impossible.” The Greenbaums constantly worry that their other children are losing out on fun experiences because of their sister’s issues, and do whatever they can to try and ease the burden on their boys and do fun things with them. They also acknowledged that the status quo was not sustainable, and something had to be done to help Miriam. After doing much research on their


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a Dog for Miriam Founded in 1998, 4 Paws for Ability was started by a woman named Karen Shirk. She was very ill and often on a respirator, and wanted to obtain a service dog to make certain activities easier for her. Karen had great difficulties finding a service dog, as many agencies deemed her too ill to benefit from their services. After much hard work and research, she found a dog and had to arrange for its training herself. Karen dreamed of an organization that would help anyone with any disability who could benefit from a service dog. She decided to make that dream a reality and went on to found 4 Paws for Ability. Karen soon realized that it was even more difficult to obtain a service dog for kids and began heavily focusing on that age group. Her dogs became so much in demand that her organization grew 300% that year. The agency’s headquarters is located in Xenia, Ohio, in a 6,000 square foot building with 2 acres of land. They train a great number of dogs in this location. In 2006, the agency began to notice that dogs placed with kids who have seizures started to alert anyone around that a seizure was oncoming, before any noticeable signs were obvious. Their expert training director began to take notes and developed a way to train the dogs to detect seizures before they happen. Today, they have a 90% success rate with service dogs detecting seizures before they actually occur. When the Greenbaums came across this incredible organization, they knew instantly that this could be a light in the dark tunnel they had been stuck in. They contacted the organization who told them in order to begin training the dog, they must fundraise and obtain $13,000. With the help of friends, they developed a web page and launched a campaign to raise awareness and funds. With the assistance of the incredible Queens Jewish community and extended Jewish communities, they were able to raise the thousands of dollars in a record-breaking 24 hours. In fact, the agency told the Greenbaums that no one has ever raised the money as fast as they did. Leah and Baruch were overflowing with gratitude to everyone who jumped right in and helped. The feeling of appreciation filled their hearts, as they realized Miriam would finally get her dog. epilepsy: Seizure Disorder Epilepsy, also called seizure disorder, is a medi-

cal condition producing seizures that can affect a lot of different mental and physical functions. If a person has at least two seizures that are unprovoked, they are considered to have epilepsy. Seizure disorders affect a great number of people, with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimating there are about 2.2 million Americans affected by it, and it affects 65 million people across the globe. A seizure can happen to any person at any time in their lives, but mostly afflict the very young or very old. In fact, about 300,000 children have epilepsy in the U.S. with over 90,000 of them not responding sufficiently to treatment. The rate of this disorder is climbing in number amongst the elderly as baby boomers reach retirement age. The prevalence of epilepsy is greater than that of autism, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and Parkinson’s combined. But despite the fact that this disorder is so common, it is largely misunderstood by the general public, much to the dismay of those suffering this neurological condition. a Dog’s nose Knows Dogs trained to help epilepsy victims might be a relatively new concept, but the idea of dogs serving indispensible functions for humans in not a new one. Dogs serve many purposes, including sniffing bombs for airport security, also known as explosive detection canines. Dogs for this purpose are taught where to sniff like the seams of a suitcase or underneath a palate of luggage. MSA, a training school for bomb dogs, is one of the elite “dog schools” out there, with 160 teams working in various cities. The dogs work with the same trainer for eight or nine years. Interestingly enough, the dog doesn’t smell the actual bomb, but its nose can smell the different components of a bomb separately. As one dog trainer told Smithsonian Magazine, “When you walk into a kitchen where someone is cooking spaghetti sauce, your nose says, ‘Aha, spaghetti sauce.’ A dog’s nose doesn’t say that. Instinctively, it says, ‘Tomatoes, garlic, rosemary, onion, oregano.’” Dogs are trained via Pavlov style, constantly sniffing bomb-making materials and being rewarded for identifying them. The dogs are trained to sit when they find dangerous items, because they don’t want the dogs clawing at a possible bomb. Almost all of the dogs in the school arrive when they are a year to a year-and-a-half-old. A dog is the ultimate smelling machine. Its nose goes from the back of its throat to its nostrils, making its nose sensors 40% larger than the noses of their human counterparts. Interestingly enough, unlike humans, when air enters a dogs nostrils, it gets separated into two parts, breathing and smelling, and the two

go to two different areas. Air the dog is breathing out leaves through slits on the side of a dog’s nose, which means it doesn’t disturb him if he’s in the process of smelling something else. This incredible sense of smell is what helps dogs be such great friends to kids with epilepsy like Miriam. Throughout the extensive training process, part of which Miriam and her mother will have to fly down to Ohio and train with the dogs, the dog will continuously smell Miriam and pick up her various scents. Miriam’s mother must also send the organization clothing Miriam was wearing when she experienced a seizure, so that the dogs can pick up the most subtle scent changes that occur, even though they are totally unnoticeable to a human. This is particularly helpful for Miriam, as she gives off no signs whatsoever that a seizure is oncoming. When Miriam trains with the dog, they will also begin to form a relationship and bond with each other, which will offer her a comfort and security that is hard to come by in her situation. The dog will also help Miriam form friendships, when the dog attracts other kids’ attention, and they wish to interact with Miriam and her dog. It will also learn to help keep Miriam out of danger, especially since Miriam has a tendency to run down the block or in the street away from her supervision, as she doesn’t understand her limits. This dog will limit her escape capabilities and help keep her safe. Miriam’s new best Friend All the Greenbaums want is for Miriam to have a happy life. “She’s such a happy, fun kid,” Leah says. “She loves to go to school; she even packs her own lunch in the morning. She’s always smiling.” Miriam loves hugs, her favorite activity is swimming, and she can stay in a pool for hours on end. She likes going to the park and jumping on trampolines. She also loves animals a lot. Her family wants to help Miriam live as normal a life as possible under the circumstances. After exhausting all their previously existing options, the discovery of 4 Paws for Ability gave them new reason to hope. The dog will help Miriam’s parents know when a seizure is oncoming, it will help her socialize with her peers, and keep her from dangerous activities like running in the street. It will also bring much joy to her siblings, who have to deal with the consequences of Miriam’s illness, like not always getting as much attention as their parents would like to give them because they are focusing on Miriam’s special needs. And really just as important, Miriam will have a best friend to call her own, a cuddly, loving, warm creature that doesn’t judge or pity, but just gives endless love to a sweet little girl.

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daughter’s condition, they came across an organization that makes life infinitely easier for children suffering from epilepsy and other conditions. When the Greenbaums stumbled upon 4 Paws for Ability, they became a family on a mission to help Miriam get a dog.


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o you know our body weight comprises of nearly 60 to 70 percent water, and that sufficient intake of water can help us stave off many health problems? Despite the seemingly sublime importance of water consumption, most people tend to choose sodas as their beverage of choice. There are many reasons why one should avoid drinking diet sodas and other soft drink beverages, but I have narrowed it down

to the top five. 1. Caffeinated Beverages. Caffeine is an addictive drug and stimulates the brain similarly to mechanisms used by amphetamines, cocaine, and heroin, albeit with milder effects. If you cannot function without your coffee in the morning, then you are addicted to caffeine. Consumption of caffeine in large amounts, especially over extended periods of time, can lead to a condition called caffeinism. Caffeinism encompasses a wide range of physical and mental symptoms that include nervousness, anxiety, insomnia, headaches, and heart palpitations. 2. Will Harm Your Teeth. The flavoring agents used in soft drinks make the beverage more acidic and could erode tooth enamel. Coke and Pepsi are

very acidic. I read an article about a fifth grader whose science fair project consisted of placing her baby teeth in vials of Coke. Over the course of a few days, they disappeared! Her project, “Rot your Teeth,” won an Honorable Mention at the fair. 3. Artificial Caramel Coloring Linked to Cancer. The Center for Science in the Public Interest has recently petitioned the FDA to ban ingredients known as “caramel coloring” that are found in many soft drinks and snacks. These chemicals have been shown to cause several different types of cancers,

including lung, liver, thyroid, and leukemia in lab animals. 4. Weight Gain. The high sugar content of sodas will cause increased weight gain. Although diet sodas lack calories, the sweet taste of the diet sodas will keep you craving sweets and inhibit any attempt at weight loss. 5. You Will Drink Less Water. The more soda you drink, the lower your water intake. Why is it important to drink water? • Water maintains blood volume and reduces risk of heart diseases like high blood pressure and heart attack • Flushes out the toxins and prevents UTIs and kidney stones • Reduces risk of cancer. It minimizes the chances of colon cancer by 45%, breast cancer by 75%, and bladder cancer by 50%! • Weight loss. Drinking a glass of water before each meal will help make you feel full and you will eat less • Digestive health. Water prevents and eases stomach distress and constipation • Water improves skin texture and will be smoother with less breakouts There are some healthy beverage alternatives to water that can be incorporated into a nutritious diet such as seltzer, flavored seltzer, tea, and decaffeinated coffee. The occasional diet soda is not a calamity, but the bulk of your beverage consumption should be from good, old-fashioned water—tap or bottled is your choice. So drink up to good health! 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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Creative and Affordable Housing Solutions The Challenge My client wanted to buy a 3-bedroom apartment within a ten minute walk of Emek Refaim, but didn’t have the budget to afford a traditional apartment in Katamon or the German Colony. The Solution Although she was adamant about location and budget, my client was flexible on other issues, so we Shikun Housing along Derech Chevron slated for urban renewal had room to get creative. First, she was not afraid of buying an er will receive a larger apartment in a apartment in a non-elevatored building. modern apartment building which boasts Second, although a sukkah balcony was a lobby, elevator, underground parking, preferable, it was not crucial. And third mamads (reinforced security rooms) – and most significant – she was willing and other valuable features. In layman’s to purchase an apartment in a “shikun” terms, this is somewhat akin to trading in building, which tends to sell for 20% to your old compact Chevy for a luxurious, 30% below traditional apartment build- new, executive-sized Lexus. The “pinuy binuy” program has ings. become a popular trend in Israel’s popBackground During the 1950s and 1960s, the ulation centers as it is a win-win-win Misrad Hashikun (Ministry of Housing) program for everyone: (1) the apartment built numerous public housing projects, owners, who receive new, large and ator “shikunim,” for new immigrants and tractive apartments, (2) the developers, government employees. Shikun build- who profit by selling apartments that ings are located in many central Jerusa- were built utilizing the previously unlem communities, and are easily iden- used development rights, and (3) the lotifiable with their flat roofs and stucco cal authorities, as the program provides facades. Over the years, many shikun a solution to the tremendous demand for buildings have been renovated and ex- housing, plus the shikun eyesores are panded; nevertheless most buyers shun being replaced with attractive modern purchasing these apartments due to the buildings. Tempering Expectations buildings’ lack of curb appeal. Although this program sounds enticOpportunity ing, one should be aware that (1) not all My client embraced the concept of shikun buildings will be torn down and buying in a shikun building. She underrebuilt, and (2) even when these buildstood that in addition to getting the most ings are redeveloped, the “pinuy binuy” bang for your buck, these apartments can be a good investment for the following program is a drawn-out process which reason: well-located shikun buildings can take upwards of ten years to comhave the potential to be torn down and plete. Nevertheless, for a family that is rebuilt through various urban renewal comfortable living in a shikun building projects, including the “pinuy binuy” and has a long-term real estate horizon, buying an apartment that has “pinuy (evacuation and construction) program. Many shikun buildings are situated binuy” potential can be a golden opporin neighborhoods that over the years tunity. have gentrified and are now considered prime locations. Because these buildings are only 3 or 4 stories tall, they tend to Gedaliah Borvick is the founder of My Israel have unused development rights. Conse- Home, a real estate agency focused on helpquently, there is a good possibility that a ing people from abroad buy and sell homes developer will cut a deal with the apart- in Israel. To sign up for his monthly market ment owners to knock down the exist- updates, contact him at gborvick@gmail. ing building and develop a much larger com. Please visit his blog at www.myisrael building. In return, each apartment own- home.com.

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“Say What?” We have new information also on the plane crash. KTVU has just learned the names of the four pilots who were onboard the flight. They are captain Sum Ting Wong, Wi Tu Lo … and Bang Ding Ow. The NTSB has confirmed these are the names of the pilots on board flight 214 when it crashed. We are working to determine exactly what roles each of them played during the landing on Saturday. - An anchor for KTVU in San Francisco on live television, after being pranked by an intern of the NTSB who gave the news station the incorrect names of the pilot

We’re racist and proud. - Sign held up at a proZimmerman rally, a photo of which went viral. Turns out the sign holder was a plant and is a proud liberal belonging to several left wing activist groups

The U.S. government had a $116.5 billion surplus in June. Officials say they are now conducting an investigation to see what went wrong.

Rest in peace, Helen Thomas. We respect you for taking a stand. - A tribute to anti-Semite journalist Helen Thomas who died this week, on the website of Hamas’ military wing, the Ezzedine Al-Qassam Brigades

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There’s some suspicion – and I don’t want to spread this, but I’m just going to tell you what I’ve been hearing – they suspect maybe the police are killing some of these kids. - State Rep. Monique Davis (D-Chicago) to Chicago’s WBBM radio, while talking about an incredible amount of AfricanAmerican teenagers who have been killed this summer by gang violence

My thoughts of the jury, they old, that’s old school people. We in a new school, our generation, my generation. -Rachel Jeantel, Trayvon Martin’s friend, who testified for the prosecution, giving her postverdict analysis to Pierce Morgan on CNN

Martin family! The Syrians are the best who know what it’s like to lose loved ones by immune criminals. - A sign held up by the rebels in the Syrian town of Kafr Anbel, in the aftermath of George Zimmerman’s acquittal

I would bet my life that this substance never entered my body at any point. I’ve tried to handle the entire situation with honor, with integrity, with class, with dignity, and with professionalism because that’s who I am and that’s how I’ve always lived my life. If I had done this intentionally or unintentionally, I’d be the first one to step up and say, “I did it.” By no means am I perfect but if I’ve ever made any mistakes in my life, I’ve taken responsibility for my actions. - Milwaukee Brewer Ryan Braun, the 2011 National League MVP, after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs and getting off the hook from the MLB on a technicality in 2012 I am not perfect. I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions. - Ibid., this week, upon being suspended without pay for the rest of the season and the postseason for taking performance-enhancing drugs

This week the world is introduced to an historic arrival: another speech on the economy by President Obama. Yes, on Wednesday, the president will deliver his umpteenth iteration of a speech the White House concedes he’s been giving for eight years now. - Statement by House Speaker John Boehner on President Obama’s big economic address This is quintessential George. - George Zimmerman’s attorney on CNN talking about the news that Zimmerman rescued a family from an overturned truck on a highway, several days after being acquitted

The acquittal of the murderer of the teenage African American once again clearly demonstrated the unwritten, but systematic racial discrimination against racial, religious, and ethnic minorities in the U.S. society. - Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Araqchi

Racial profiling is a disingenuous charge at best and an incendiary one at worst, particularly in the wake of the tragic death of Trayvon Martin. The effect is to obscure the rock-solid legal and constitutional foundation underpinning the police department’s tactics and the painstaking analysis that determines how we employ them. - Wall Street Journal op-ed by Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, defending New York’s stop & frisk policy

My first thought, I have to say, was this is how brilliant the royal Kate is. There are women throughout British royal family history that have panicked over not being able to deliver a boy. And here we are, Kate did it the first time. - British Royal Contributor Victoria Arbiter on CNN, talking about the birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s son


- Jay Leno The royal baby was born today. But don’t worry, America, we still have Honey Boo Boo. - Conan O’Brien

Bookies say the odds are 11-2 that the royal baby will be named George, after his great-great-grandfather, King George VI. And the odds are 100-1 he’ll be named George after the George Foreman Grill. - Conan O’Brien Congratulations to Kate Middleton and Prince William. They’re the proud parents of a brand-new baby boy. This really is big news — I mean, if the year was 1250 then it would be big news. - David Letterman

I understand there’s a lot of celebrating going on at Buckingham Palace right now. I just hope they’re able to get up for work tomorrow. - Jay Leno

Great news for NSA leaker Edward Snowden. He’s just been named Cinnabon Customer of the Month in the Moscow Airport. - David Letterman

You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago. And when you think... And there are very few African-American men who haven’t had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me, at least before I was a senator. There are very few African-Americans who haven’t had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had a chance to get off. That happens often. - President Obama at a press conference several days after George Zimmerman’s acquittal

The royal lad seemingly prolonging labor, perhaps sensing that this would be the only kind of labor that he would ever be involved in. - John Oliver, The Daily Show

In a new interview, former President George W. Bush called the immigration system broken. And not just in this country. He said other countries also are filled with foreigners and we have to get them out. –Conan O’Brien

Mr. President, you should look happy. - Secretary of State Kerry during a Ramallah photo-op with Mahmud Abbas to discuss revival of peace negotiations with Israel

I think it was just racism, pure and simple. - David N. Dinkins in his forthcoming memoir on why he was not reelected as New York City’s mayor in 1993

President Obama told a group of school children that broccoli was his favorite food, and they believed him. Then he told them Obamacare would reduce the deficit and the kids all busted out laughing. - Jay Leno

She said that if I ran she wasn’t going to run. That wasn’t correct. I thought we were friends. - Wyoming senator Mike Enzi talking about Liz Cheney who is challenging him in the primaries

When I see a cat in the street, I accelerate. First of all, cats have no business being in the road. It’s a stray cat when it’s in the road and, BANG, I accelerate. - The mayor of Huntingdon, Quebec, Stephane Gendron, in a TV interview

The baby will be third in line to the pretend crown. - David Letterman

According to a new study, inactivity can kill you. You can die from doing nothing. Believe me. These findings scare the [daylights] out of the Congress. - Jay Leno Political experts say that Eliot Spitzer’s decision to return to politics could hurt Anthony Weiner’s chances of becoming mayor. Or as Spitzer put it, “See? I’m making things better already.” - Jimmy Fallon

I love the Olympics, but I hate what the Russian government is doing throughout the world. If they give asylum to a person who I believe has committed treason against the United States, that’s taking it to a new level. If you could go back in time, would you have allowed Adolf Hitler to host the Olympics in Germany? To have the propaganda coup of inviting the world into Nazi Germany and putting on a false front? - Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on NBC News on Tuesday

America has lost the title of the fattest nation on earth. We are now only the secondfattest nation. We lost the title to Mexico. Isn’t that amazing? We are so fat and lazy now that we’re too fat and lazy to be number one at being fat and lazy. - Jay Leno We got to continue this conversation, gentlemen, privately and on television. I mean, a lot of people out there – I’ll just tell you one thing, and I’m speaking now for all white people, but especially people who have had to try to change the last 50 or 60 years. A lot of them have really tried to change and I’m sorry for this stuff. That’s all I’m saying. - Chris Matthews on MSNBC after the Zimmerman verdict

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Detroit has become the largest city in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy. What happened was Detroit’s population dropped something like 70 percent, but the government got bigger. The tax base got smaller, but the government got bigger. Thank G-d that kind of thing could never happen in Washington.

According to The Washington Post, the NSA has been monitoring phone calls and emails of people in Mexico. So apparently it’s not enough to spy on American citizens, they feel they have to spy on future American citizens as well. - Jay Leno


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Ask the Attorney Deborah Blinder, Esq.

Drawing Up a Lease for My Business My photography business is growing and I am ready to move it out of my apartment and into leased office space. I think we found the right location, and the landlord seems nice but told me that he has a lot of interested prospects.  If I don’t sign the lease quickly without too many changes, the landlord tells me he will move onto the next prospective tenant. I don’t want to nitpick and am afraid of losing the lease, but this is the  first lease for office space I have ever seen, let alone considered signing, and I am not sure what issues I should be concerned about.   The Attorney Responds: Before signing a lease, it is important to understand if the space works in terms of the needs of your business, the tenant’s true costs under the lease, and whether the tenant has flexibility to assign or sublet all or part of the lease in case it no longer needs  the entire leased premises or will be unable to continue to afford to  pay all rent due under  the lease.  Without experience, it is sometimes hard to say when the provisions in a lease are reasonable or “market,” and when they are not.  For your first office lease, you seem to have drawn a lease that is, to put it mildly, extremely pro-landlord.  The use clause in this lease states that the permitted use is “showroom/ office.”  The landlord disclaims liability under the lease if your use of the space is deemed unlawful. The rules

and regulations, which are attached to and made a part of the lease, contain a provision that prohibits use of the building by tenant which in any way “disturbs” or interferes with the use by any other tenant in the building, and another rule which limits to twenty the maximum number of people who can be on the leased premises at any given time.  There are restrictions on sales at the premise.  Given how you have described your current business operations and your plans for developing the business, the use provisions should state that photography studio, office, and sale of related products are permissible uses. The lease must permit you to terminate without penalty if the use permitted under the lease is deemed unlawful, or at minimum, permit you to abate rent for the period in which use is prohibited if the violation is curable in a reasonable amount of time.  If you determine that there is a likelihood of more than twenty people being on the premises at one time in connection with a shoot, the rule restricting the number of occupants must be stricken.  You have told me that the space needs some work.  The landlord has agreed to paint, but you have to perform any other work.  The rule prohibiting the ability to drill or string wires must be deleted so you can complete your installation and decorate. Under the lease, the landlord has

the right to relocate your business to comparable space within the building on 90 days notice and to compensate you for relocation costs.  What about your renovation costs, and the costs of disruption to your business?  To compound this concern, this lease has what is known as a “demolition clause,”

which gives the landlord the ability to terminate the lease in connection with demolition or other major alteration of the building, and in this lease, the ability to terminate upon conversion of any portion of the building to residential use. What is the likelihood of the landlord striking these provisions or agreeing to limit its right to exercise them for a specified period?  Is there any amount of compensation for renovation or relocation costs and/or notice that would make the  risk  of these provisions palatable to you, even if the landlord would agree to provide it?   The services the landlord is required to provide under the lease are fairly limited.  The landlord has disclaimed liability for providing even a minimal amount of heating and air conditioning (“HVAC”), which it is permitted to do in a commercial building, has prohibited tenant’s ability to replace the existing air conditioners (which may or may not work) without landlord’s consent, and reserves to landlord the right to charge tenant for electricity consumed by any replacement units.  Pursuant to the lease, the landlord has the right to charge for a security guard, but is not obligated to provide security during regular business hours, let alone outside regular business hours. You have told me that some of your clients need to schedule shoots after regular business hours.

To the extent that adequate power and HVAC is available, there is a surcharge for HVAC which is provided after 6 PM Monday through Friday and on weekends.  Is that a cost you can absorb or pass on to your clients? The same question applies to security after hours, because this building, as described in the lease, does not operate on a 24/7 basis.  Please consider, in addition, whether your business requires special equipment, which consumes an unusual amount of electricity which you will have to pay for, and the installation of which is subject to landlord’s consent.    Finally, the lease limits your ability to assign or sublet all or part of the space without the landlord’s consent. You have told me that at minimum, you need to be able to enter into licenses with other photographers which will help to keep your overhead down when you are in between jobs.  Since you are guaranteeing the lease personally and will be responsible for all rent due throughout the lease term even if you need to vacate prior to its expiration, the ability to sublet, assign or license space under the lease is important.  This is your first lease and only you can determine how crucial any of the above provisions are for you, the level of risk you can live with, and whether it is worth attempting negotiations with this landlord to obtain a lease with a more reasonable level of service and landlord obligations. Please consult with the attorney of your choice concerning specific legal questions you may have, since no column is a substitute for competent legal advice.   Deborah H. Bindler is special counsel with Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP.  Her practice focuses on real estate and the insights shared in this article are not intended to serve as legal advice.  She can be reached at 212-237-1152 or by email at dbinder@windelsmarx.com. Visit www. windelsmarx.com to learn more.


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The Blooming Berries of Summer Strawberry Parfait Ingredients 4 cups sliced strawberries, divided  ¼ cup granulated sugar 1 cup fat-free ricotta cheese  ½ cup (4 ounces) low fat cream cheese, softened  ¼ cup powdered sugar 1 tablespoon water 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup Stella D’oro Margherite cookie crumbs (about 8 cookies) ½ cup frozen whipped topping, thawed  2 tablespoons slivered almonds, toasted Preparation Place 2 cups of strawberry slices and granulated sugar in a blender or food processor, and process until smooth. Set strawberry puree aside. Combine ricotta and next 4 ingredients (ricotta through vanilla) in a medium  bowl; stir well with a whisk. Spoon 2 tablespoons cookie crumbs into one of 4 parfait glasses. Top each portion with 2 tablespoons strawberry puree, 1/4 cup straw-

berry  slices,  and  3  tablespoons  ricotta  mixture;  repeat  the  layers.  Drizzle  the  remaining strawberry puree over each serving. Chill for 2 hours. Top each parfait with 2 tablespoons whipped topping and 1 ½ teaspoons toasted almonds before serving.

Strawberry Salsa with Cinna mon Tortilla Chips Ingredients 1 cup chopped strawberries ½ cup chopped kiwi ½ cup chopped seeded cucumber 1 tablespoon honey 2 teaspoons lime juice ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon ¼ teaspoon ground ginger Cinnamon Tortilla Chips Ingredients 2 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 6 flour tortillas, (6inch) Preparation For the salsa, mix  all ingredients in medium bowl until well blended. Cover. Refrigerate 30 minutes to blend flavors. For the chips, preheat oven to 375°F. Mix sugar and cinnamon in small bowl. Spray tortillas lightly  with no stick cooking spray. Cut each into 8 wedges. Place on baking sheet. Sprinkle wedges with cinnamon-sugar mixture.  Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until crisp. Cool  completely on wire rack. Serve with strawberry salsa.


Blueberry Crisp

These muffins are dairy and really moist. They are perfect for a breakfast treat or to nibble on with coffee during shalosh seudos.

Ingredients 5 cups blueberries ¼ cup sugar ½ teaspoon grated lemon rind 1 cup (2 medium)  diced peeled apples ½ cup light brown sugar 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon nutmeg ½ cup flour ½ cup chopped pecans (optional) ½ cup rolled oats 3 tablespoons soft margarine 1/8 teaspoon salt (optional)

Ingredients 1 large egg, lightly  beaten 1 cup plain yogurt 1/3 cup oil 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose  flour ½ cup white sugar 1 ¼ teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon baking soda ¼ teaspoon salt 1 - 1 ½ cups blueberries  Preparation Preheat oven to 375° F. Place 12 muffin liners in muffin tins and grease with  spray. In a large bowl, whisk together the lightly beaten egg, yogurt, oil, and vanilla  extract.  In another large bowl, whisk the flour with the sugar, baking powder, baking  soda,  and  salt.  Gently  stir  in  the  blueberries.  With  a  rubber  spatula  fold  the  wet  ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir only until the ingredients are combined and moistened. (The batter will be thick.) Evenly fill the muffin cups with the batter. Place in the oven and bake for about  15 - 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin just comes out  clean. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for about 10 minutes before removing from pan.

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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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osie and I wanted to get out of the Budapest Ghetto. The distasteful Kasztner experience lingered as long as we stayed in the ghetto where he was lurking around. And we couldn’t find a suitable place for the three of us to live. We might have reclaimed our Jewish identities, but the Nazis were liquidating ghettos at breakneck speed. We didn’t know that the Reich was under extreme pressure then and that their last-ditch strategy was to get rid of Jews in large numbers as quickly as possible. The Allied Forces were finally closing in on Nazi Germany. We moved as far from the ghetto as we could and retained our Christian identities. We rented a room, but our shared life had become even more difficult because we were now four. We had taken another little girl into our care. Besides Micheline, Rosie’s niece Blanka was now part of our family. The Jewish underground’s news “grapevine” had contacted Rosie and informed her that Blanka’s father had disappeared. The child’s mother, like many Jewish parents, had placed Blanka in an orphanage. Jews who had become despondent and expected the worst for themselves took their children to orphanages in the belief that it was the only chance for the next generation. Blanka was one of these children, and like so many others, she had been moved from one orphanage to another. When Blanka ended up in an orphanage in Budapest, somebody knew how to contact Rosie. We didn’t

confer about what we should do about the child. Rosie was Blanka’s “Auntie”; there was nothing to discuss. It complicated our lives economically and heaped an additional burden on our already fragile existence. However, it was a tangible favor I could do for Rosie, who had been so kindhearted and generous to me. We could not tell the landlady in our new residence that somehow we had mysteriously acquired a second

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. Blanka back into the room. Rosie was our manager of finances and practical matters. She told me I had only one job to do – “find the leads” to free Mechel. This was my assignment. It was also the sole reason for my continued existence. I had to get my husband out of prison and save him. Rosie sold her precious engagement ring, which Moishe had given her, to raise substantial funds for me

Everywhere we looked we saw similar expressions on people's faces—people whose entire beings had been shot through with horror.

child. That had all the markings of Jews on the run and masquerading as Christians. Any landlord found harboring Jews would be punished or killed; if someone looked even the least bit suspicious, the landlords called the authorities to investigate. We had no choice but to take Blanka into our room; likewise, we had no choice but to hide her under the bed or in a closet when anyone came in. We took some blankets and turned them into a makeshift cot. It was a terrible ordeal for a little child. There was, however, at least the possibility that with us she would avoid arrest and deportation to the camps. When we took her outside for air and exercise, one of us would distract the landlady with Micheline and the other scurried outside with Blanka half-hidden by an extra coat. We did the same thing on the way back into the building, but in reverse. One of us engaged the landlady in mindless conversation while the other whisked

to use as bribes to “friendly” informers and members of networks working to help Jews. I often returned to our room dejected and cheated. Once again, both gentiles and Jews were quick to take our money but slow to deliver information, if they delivered it at all. All too often, once the money was paid they simply disappeared into the interstices of the underground of operatives and informers where they could never be traced. It was the same form of betrayal we had experienced trying to arrange our wedding dinner only worse. This time, I was trying to get my husband out of a death cell; it was much more than a mere inconvenience like not finding a duck or a fish. I continued to steam with anger at Kasztner’s behavior, and it became clear to me that he had plenty of power. He could have helped me but would only do so on his terms. I prepared myself every night to learn the next day that Mechel was al-

ready in a mass grave somewhere, or was being tortured in the prison. Nonetheless I got up each morning and kept searching for any clue I could find. I wasn’t waiting for crumbs of rumor or information tidbits to drop from the tables of those who knew things – no. I was crawling around on the ground, as it were, looking for anything that could lead me to someone who could help. In order to do this, I had to circulate around Budapest appearing as if I did not have a care in the world. Budapest, like other European cities under siege, was filled with exhausted people. Everywhere we looked we saw similar expressions on peoples’ faces – people whose entire beings had been shot through with horror. All that was left of them were their grief-stricken faces and eyes. It was a monolithic gray wall of dazed humanity. Thousands of people were walking around as if half-dead themselves but still attempting, usually without luck, to get information about lost or missing family members. There was only one way to beat the system. I had to stand out as someone and something totally different. I had to present a bright, pretty young face, be a well-dressed and perfectly groomed figure in the crowd of monotone grief. When I put on this visual disguise, doors began to open for me. I was not what they were used to seeing. I was a puzzle, a mystery, and a curiosity. I had created a character on the outside that was far different from the one living on the inside. Rosie made it possible for me to retain a shred of hope for Mechel’s release. I moved around Budapest that spring in fashionable Italian highheeled shoes and silk stockings, which Rosie insisted I wear and continued to supply me. Jews were not allowed to


Another rented room, the same deceptions, and then another room and another and another. We didn’t stay in any one room for more than a couple of weeks, or one month at the most. All Rosie needed to hear was one person questioning a landlady or a concierge about us. Had our papers been checked? Where were we from? Why

victimization and that is, of course, a world ruled by sheer panic. That was our state at this time. It seemed we spent more time moving than anything else. We packed at night and smuggled the girls and our two decent suitcases out as quietly as we could so that nobody heard us leaving. We had been confident of our gentile appearance,

didn’t we have husbands with us? Was there any chance that we were really Jews? Although the concierges never asked too many questions when we rented the rooms, we no longer trusted a living soul, except one another. We would take no chances of any kind. Rosie’s nerves were now unsteady. The constant struggle to get us money was also wearing her down. The bribes were too costly and they were not producing results. Every move we made took us further into the world of

but now we began to wonder who we were kidding. One night in yet another of our shabby rented rooms, I said to Rosie, “Look at us. All four of us – just look at us! We look like what we are, Rosie. We are Jews on the run from Hitler and his gang of murderers. I don’t think we can get away with this much longer.” I could tell from the sad look in Rosie’s eyes that she’d been thinking the same thing. She obviously had the same fears or we would not be moving

Continued next week 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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to a new room at the mere suggestion of a doubt or a half-question. During the next few days, as I became more and more fearful of being apprehended when I was outside, I also became far more observant. I looked deeply into the eyes of everyone who passed by. And here is what I saw: an entire city of people worn out by the oppression of war and bombs and death and deprivation. Every person – young and old – revealed a look of terror and had the telltale wrinkles of internal turmoil etched on their faces. That included Hungarians who did not have one drop of Jewish blood. We all looked exactly the same. The Reich thought Jews all looked the same. Well, now the cosmic irony was that Hitler had made everyone a victim, so we all truly did look similar, and distinguishing a Jew from a gentile was becoming very difficult, if not almost impossible. It was Hashem’s subtle but effective way of protecting us from discovery.

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ennsylvania has much to offer visitors. There’s history, beautiful mountains and lakes, friendly people and that wonderful accent! When one thinks of Pennsylvania, the names Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin come to mind. Our Founding Fathers spent much time there, working on the Constitution and spending the hot summer in the Continental Congress. In fact, Philadelphia was once the capital of the United States. Nowadays, Pennsylvania is not always in the news, unless it’s Groundhog Dog and Punxsutawney Phil comes out to see his shadow or President Obama talks about Pennsylvanians’ guns and religion. But there is much to see in this state that is so close to New York. It’s worth the drive from just about anywhere.

Things You Won’t Want to Miss Playing in the Poconos The Pocono Mountains offer visitors a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of their busy lives. With 2,400 square feet of absolute splendor, the Poconos has myriad activities to delight both young and old. During the summer, spend a day on the Delaware, Lehigh or Lackawaxen Rivers rafting, tubing and kayaking. Fishing is a popular sport and one can spend hours on the lakes and rivers gazing at the birds flying above. There are nine state parks and two national parks in the Poconos where visitors can go hiking, camping and swimming. In the fall, the brilliant colors of the foliage are breathtaking, and in the winter season, skiing, snowmobiling and ice skating are popular sports. Visit the Amish Arriving in Lancaster County in the 1720s, the oldest and largest Amish community in the country calls Pennsylvania their home. The Amish in this community believe that community harmony is threatened by certain secular values. Therefore, they limit their interactions with the outside world and from modern technology and mass media. They also dress in a certain way and prohibit personal photographs. Buggies are a dark gray color so they can blend in with their surroundings. Tours are offered to give visitors a glimpse into their insular lives. The Sweetest Place on Earth Hershey, Pennsylvania, is also known as Chocolatetown, USA. And that’s no exaggeration. You see, Hershey Chocolates are made here and if you’ve ever eaten a little Hershey Kiss you know how much sweetness can be packed into such

a small thing. Hershey Kisses not your thing? Don’t worry—Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are made here as well along with tons of other gooey, sweet confections. While you’re here, spend time in Hershey Park where the whole family can enjoy the rides. There’s something for everyone here. For dad, four world-class golf courses are located in Hershey so he can spend the day perfecting his swing. For kids, ZOOAMERICA is home to 200 animals including black bears, bison and mountain lions. And for mom, Tanger Outlets is a great place to get great deals on just about everything! City of Brotherly Love Did you know that Philadelphia is not the capital of Pennsylvania? Harrisburg is, although Philadelphia was the capital at one time. Until 1799, Philly was the capital of Pennsylvania. (It was also the capital of the United States from 1790-1800.) Because Philadelphia was so integral to the founding of the country, there is so much to explore and learn from this city. Of course, when visiting, one must make sure to take the time to visit the Liberty Bell along with Declaration House (where Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence), Franklin Court (where Benjamin Franklin lived), Independence Hall, the U.S. Mint and the National Museum of American Jewish History. But there’s more than just history here. Have some fun in Philly! Visit the Neon Museum of America, the Franklin Institute (many of my childhood chol hamoeds were spent there), and the Philadelphia Zoo (the oldest zoo in America—founded in 1859). Children will love the Please Touch Museum where they are encouraged to touch and feel the exhibits. End your day on a Duck Tour with the family before heading out to dinner in the local Jewish community.

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TJH Trip of the Week - Touring North America Destination: Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada (GPS Coordinates 46.210116 -74.585819) Travel time (from Far Rockaway/Five Towns)

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ooking for a summer family vacation destination that is kid-friendly, familyoriented, beautiful, affordable and easily accommodates a frum family’s needs? Tremblant is such a location. Located in the Laurentian mountains of Quebec, Canada, approximately 81 miles northwest of Montreal, you will be amazed at the mountain views, the clear, crisp air, and the hundreds of activities you can do there to please children and adults of all ages. Travel Time: From the Far Rockaway/Five Towns area, it takes about 8 ½ hours to get there but it is worth the trip. En route you can stop in Albany and check out the amazing Price Chopper grocery store. It has both glatt kosher fleishig items as well as cholov Yisroel takeout in addition to a vast array of kosher products. Lake George is another worthwhile stop. You can stay a few hours, “catch” a minyan, and take a boat ride on the Minnie Ha-Ha or sleep over in the Holiday Inn or Hotel Fort William Henry. Another option is to drive to Montreal (only 1 ½ hours away from Tremblant) and try its various kosher restaurants – pizza, Chinese, deli—you name it, it’s available and delicious! Minyan: Chabad of Tremblant is run by Rabbi Yisroel Mockin. Rabbi Mockin and his wife, Liba, make everyone feel at home. Shacharis is daily at 8am. Shabbos morning davening begins at 10am followed by an elaborate kiddush which includes deli, chulent, gefilte fish, salads, kugel and cake. A full menu for Shabbos takeout food can be ordered in advance and picked up from the Mockin home/shul on Friday. There is no eruv in the area. Kosher Food: On Highway 117N, near the foot of the mountain, are two beautiful, large, clean grocery stores – IGA and SUPER “C.” They carry many kosher products and have a great selection of fresh fruits and vegetables. However, they do not carry cholov Yisroel or pas Yisroel products. Only half an hour away is St. Agathe. St. Agathe has a quant Jewish summer community; it’s called “the Catskills of Montreal.” La Sova is a wonderful kosher pizza/ice cream shop and grocery store located there. It is packed with anything that you might need and want – fresh challah, babkah, deli, cholov Yisroel milk products, barley, frozen chicken, meat, tin pans, nosh and candy. For Shabbos, fresh meat and poultry are available. St. Agathe also has daily minyanim and a mikvah. Family-Friendly Attractions and Activities: There are loads of things you can do with your family in Mont Tremblant. In the village itself, your family can use an Activity Card to go rock climbing, bungee jumping, mountain luging, and much more. There is a lake area just outside of the village proper, which has tennis, volleyball, swimming, and boat rentals. It’s a nice location for an afternoon lunch with the family. Mont Tremblant also has a scenic bike path, which stretches around the village and into the main town. The town also has a gondola, which brings you to the top of

Mont Tremblant, overlooking the entire area. On the summit, there is a bird show and hiking paths all overlooking the village. It’s a great spot for a picnic lunch or even dinner. Another great activity that your family will enjoy is the Akropark, a ropes course made for all ages. It has zip lining, climbing, and suspended rope games. National Parks and Recreation: In the Parc National du Mont- Tremeblant, a full day of activities awaits you. There are several hiking trails overlooking the scenic park. There are boat rentals that include canoeing, kayaking, and paddle-boating, and there are great bike paths that transverse through the park’s forest with rest areas along the path that are perfect spots for a picnic lunch. Accommodations: There are more than 200 luxurious Mont Tremblant lodging options serving a variety of needs and budgets. There are many hotels, condominiums, townhouses, private homes and chalets ranging in size from studios to 5 bedrooms. Most come equipped with full kitchens. Helpful Websites: www.frumvacations.com; ww.tremblantsunstar.com; www. tremblant.ca; www.tremblantactivities.com; www.tourismemonttremblant.com; www.chabadmonttremblant.com; www.tremblantplatinum.com Brought to you by www.frumvacations.com, a website designed for the frum family traveling in North America. If you would like more information, have questions or would like to add your suggestions for a frum family vacation in Mont Tremblant, feel free to email contact@ frumvacations.com or follow us @frumvacations on Twitter.


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TJH Trip of the Week Summer and the City

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Manhattan is an action-packed location for countless activities. It is bustling, fun, enjoyable, and full of experiences. The question is where one should begin their day. This trip lets you take it all in—you’ll enjoy the sky, water, and streets of New York City all in one jam-packed day. Tired of driving around the city in your minivan? Why not take advantage of Mayor Bloomberg’s spankin’ new bike program? Manhattan recently launched the Citibike, a new way of getting around the city efficiently and enjoyably. This new system that Manhattan has implemented provides durable bikes for all visitors, tourists, and New Yorkers. It’s open 365 days a year, 24/7. The price to rent a Citibike for 24 hours is $9.95 + tax; you must be 16 or older to ride a Citibike. There are hundreds of bikes at many locations; station locations are based on population and travel needs. (citibikenyc.com.) Strap on your helmets—we’re going for a ride! Biking can become very tiring; to become more energized for your trip around NYC, you can pick up a coffee beverage at Starbucks. Starbucks stores are located throughout the city on most blocks. Sometimes all you need is a cold drink. Manhattan is king of the street vendors hawking everything from (non-kosher) ice cream and burgers to fake handbags and sunglasses. But these vendors are also the best place to buy a cold, sweaty can of Coke while you’re riding around. Once you are ready to carry on with your day, you can take a ride to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, and the ocean depths onboard the museum’s submarine, and take to the skies in the world’s fastest airplanes. The USS Intrepid, a National Historical Landmark, is a museum on a massive boat where you will examine original artifacts, view historic video footage, and explore “hands-on” exhibits. Visitors can ride in A-6 Cockpit Stimulator, visit the Virtual Flight Zone, and tour inside the Concorde, the world’s fastest commercial airplane. Its newest exhibit, called Space Shuttle Pavilion, just reopened earlier this month–be one of the first to try it! The exhibit showcases the Enterprise, NASA’s first space shuttle, which arrived last year. The USS Intrepid, a World War II-era aircraft carrier, also exhibits the Growler Submarine. This submarine is the only American diesel-powered submarine open to the public. The Growler offers visitors a firsthand look at life aboard a submarine. Access is available to many different compartments as they were used during operations. Since 1982, the Intrepid has become a national icon. More than 915,000 people visit each year. You can find the USS intrepid at Pier 86, 12th Avenue at 46th Street. (www.intrepidmuseum.org.) When you’re finished touring the “depths” in the Intrepid’s submarines, take a walk down the West Side Highway to explore the city from the air. Helicopter Ride NYC is another unforgettable experience in Manhattan. The helicopter departs from Helicopter Flight Services, Downtown Manhattan Heliport, Pier 6. On this breathtaking ride, you will observe the Statue of Liberty, Empire State and Chrysler Buildings, New York’s iconic Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, and fly over the Hudson River for views of the Intrepid, Ground Zero, and New York Harbor. The tours last approximately 12-15 minutes. Prices start at $149.00 for one child/adult for the New Yorker Helicopter Tour. Tours like the Ultimate and Deluxe Helicopter Tour will be more expensive and take more time. (www.helicopternewyorkcity.com.) There’s nothing like a bird’s-eye view of the city that never sleeps. Of course, a trip with the family is never complete without a delicious meal to end off the day. Enjoy dinner (or lunch) at Mendy’s Deli & Restaurant (fleishig)-61 E 34th Street; Bravo Pizza (milchig)- 38th and Broadway; Circa NY (milchig)-22 W 33rd Street; Mr. Broadway (fleishig)-38th and Broadway; and Tiberias (milchig)- 45 East 34th Street (between Madison & Park Avenue).

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Sales position available. Flexible hours, great commission, excellent communication skills needed, must have car. Please call 732-503-3760 if no answer leave message. Due to expansion, Torah Academy for Girls in Far Rockaway, is seeking qualified, experienced and successful moros for our lower elementary and junion high school divisions for the September school term. Please fax resume to: 718-868-4612, att: Morah Drillman Teachers F/T General Studies PreK, 1st, 3rd, 4th Grades Co-ed progressive Brooklyn Day School Inspire students' hearts, minds & souls! Email jobs@mazeldayschool.com call 718-368-4490 Seeking a full time administrative assistant for a busy roofing company. Hours are M-Th 9am - 4pm & Fri 9am - 1pm. Skills must include: - The ability to multitask - Good phone skills -Basic bookkeeping - Proficient in MS Office - Proficient in Quickbooks Please email resume and salary requirements to info@islandexteriors.com or fax to 516 303 7664. Local restaurant looking for responsible experienced shomer shabbos night time manager email relerner1@hotmail.com Boys Elementary School in the Far Rockaway / 5 Towns area seeks experienced and dynamic General Studies teachers for grades 1-5 and Junior High School SS, Sc, ELA and Math positions. Please email resume to educate128@gmail.com. Leaders in Online Jewish Marketing are hiring Sales Superstars. Do you fit the bill? Send your resume to sales@thejmg.com or call us @ 646-351-1808 x 111

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AT THE COMMUNITY CENTER OF THE ROCKAWAY PENINSULA First Session: June 23– July 22 Second Session: July 22 – August 18 Pool closed: June 25, July 8-16 (9 days)

MENS/WOMENS RATE

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FATHER & SON(S) FULL SUMMER: $295 FATHER & SON(S) HALF SUMMER: $195 MOTHER & DAUGHTER(S) FULL: $295 MOTHER & DAUGHTER(S) HALF: $195 INDIVIDUAL FULL SUMMER: $175 INDIVIDUAL HALF SUMMER: $95

FULL SUMMER: $395 HALF SUMMER: $295

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MEN 1:30 PM-5:00 PM 4:20 PM-6:30 PM 3:00 PM-5:30 PM

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MEMBERSHIP: Families only will be allowed to sign up for membership. This includes immediate family members only (no son in laws or grandchildren, cousins or other assorted relatives.) If you have a guest that you would like to use the pool, please use a pool pass. FREE PASSES: • 5 passes for any full summer family membership. • 2 passes for any half summer family membership. • 2 passes for full summer mens/womens/individual membership • 1 pass for any half summer mens/womens/individual membership. Passes will be issued at the time of registration. If you did not receive your passes, they will be left for you at the pool.

FOOD: No food or drink is allowed in the pool or pool area at any time. WEATHER: In the event of a rainstorm, lightening or other weather related matter; the management reserves the right to close the pool for safety reasons. Any person or persons, who do not cooperate, will be asked to leave the pool premises. We will not refund for any weather related matter. LOUNGE CHAIRS: There are a limited amount of lounge chairs available for deck use. Membership does not entitle you to a lounge chair. Please be advised that the chairs are given out at a first come first serve basis. REFUNDS: There are no Refunds.

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