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lortnoc sibbar feihc eht ,sraey evfi retfa edart Agudath Israel’s National Leadership dezinagro nur taht snoitutitsni laicffio lla Mission to Washington .learsI ni efil suoigiler hsiweJ rael. Throughout the Diaspora, many nations have an official religious representative of the Jewish community whose title is chief rabbi. Probably the most famous is Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks of Great Britain. Chief rabbis around the world attend official State functions as the “ambassador” of the domestic Jewish community. A case in point would be my friend, the former Chief Rabbi of Norway who was invited to attend the Nobel Prize ceremonies during his tenure. Nice benefit of the position. But that is about it in the Diaspora. In Israel, the job, however, comes with considerably more influence and benefits and that is why the role of Chief Rabbi in Israel is such a contested position.

The Position and the Process The office of Chief Rabbi in Israel dates back to the Ottoman period when the leader of the Jewish community throughout the empire, including the Jews of Camp Avnet Knocks Down the Pins Israel’s Old Yishuv, was called for OHEL by the honorPage 43 — See page 24 — ific the “Rishon LeTziyon,” the By holding these positions, which they will “First of Zion.” The British victrade after five years, the chief rabbis control tory in World — See page 37 — War I led to the all official institutions that run organized establishment of the British Mandate, and the apJewish religious life in Israel.

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towns and regional councils, as well The second group is made up of two go members of the Knesset and the mayo councils of Israel’s largest towns and vote elects each chief rabbi to a ten-yea year periods trading places at the helm Council and the presidency of the High salem. During their term, they are Israe saries to the world. They will, as menti many ceremonial functions of State b Last year, for example, when Preside Ashkenaz Chief Rabbi Metzger and Se both were on the tarmac as part of the the American president. The chief rabbi has a far more relev play in Israel than merely serving on t for dignitaries. As mentioned, the chie heads of the Council of the Chief Rabb Grand Court, respectively. The chief r

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Contents >>Letters to the Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 >>Community Readers’ Poll. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Community Happenings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Agudath Israel’s National Leadership Mission to Washington. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62

>> News Global . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 National . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Odd-but-True Stories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

>> Israel Israel News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Cover Story: Two Chiefs, One “Tribe”, by Matt Solomon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

>> People The Demise of Germany’s Secret Weapon: The Bismarck. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 A World after This: The Story of Lola Lieber . . . . . 78

>>Parsha The Shmuz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

Dear Readers, Although I work during the summer, I try to make sure to enjoy the summer weather. I feel that when the blustery winds of October roll around, I will be pining for the sunny days of August. So today, instead of sitting at my desk staring at the computer, I took the office outside with me and am sharing my backyard with my laptop. It’s funny how the day seems so much more carefree when you take your work outside. I am still on the phone and responding to emails, editing and writing, and racing towards a deadline, and yet, the day seems so much more relaxed because I am doing it under the trees. Not everyone has the opportunity to bring their work outside, but if you do, I beg you to try it one day this summer. You’ll be glad you did. For the past few weeks, the media in Israel was gearing up for the recent election of chief rabbi. There was much debate; some wanted to consolidate the position and make one chief rabbi for the entire Jewish State. They said that one chief rabbi would be able to unify all of the groups within the Jewish community. But others insisted that two chief rabbis, each one representing the Ashkenazim or Sephardim, are vital so that each group feels that their voice will be heard. Ultimately, two very worthy individuals, Rabbi David Lau and Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, were elected to represent and guide the Jewish State. Does having two chief rabbis signify that we are not a united people? Quite the contrary. Every person and every group has their own desires and opinions. We are not meant to agree on every issue, but it is important to let each side speak and express their views. When we allow everyone to be heard and respect their thoughts and values, we can live side by side united in our love for Judaism and Israel. Last week, 200 delegates from North America joined Agudath Israel’s National Leadership Mission to Washington. There they were able to meet with government leaders and present issues that are important to our community. Politicians want to hear from their constituents, and it’s important to show them that we care and are concerned citizens. A community that’s involved and passionate about their needs is a community that will be on the forefront of our government leaders’ minds. I am sure that the delegation last week left an impressive mark in Washington, and hopefully the relationships that they have were strengthened by this mission. As always, we love to hear from our readers. Please feel free to reach out to me at

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Dear Editor, Every year Staples has a Teacher’s Appreciation Day a few weeks before school to honor teachers and give them special discounts. This year, the Staples on Rockaway Turnpike is holding their appreciation day on August 17, which is a Shabbos. Being that so many frum people live in the neighborhood, I called the corporate office and was told that I should go into my local store and ask them if they could accommodate the Sabbath-observers’ needs. When I spoke to the manager at the local store on Rockaway Turnpike, he told me that they will also be holding the Teacher Appreciation Day on Friday, August 16 this year for the frum people in the neighborhood. It is not advertised on their website, but you can call the store to confirm. In order to get the discount, teachers have to show ID. If they are part of the Staples Teachers’ Rewards program then they get a free tote bag and will get 20% off everything in the bag along with other discounts. I thought that your readers who are teachers during the school year would appreciate this information. All the best, Harriet Goldman Dear Editor, I am shocked and appalled that the women of the Five Towns have not revolted yet about the current status of the available mikvaos in the Five Towns/ Far Rockaway area. We are a blessed community out of which multiple philanthropic activities originate, including the building of mikvaos in remote areas of the United States and the world. However, we as a community must take the age old adage to heart, “charity begins at home.” The greater Five Towns community, perhaps one of the fastest growing young orthodox communities in the United States today is still reliant on two mikvaos built approximately 25 years ago. While multi-million dollar homes, yeshivas and shuls are being built at a fascinating pace and elaborate simchas are being celebrated in our communities, it is embarrassing and a disgrace that the state of the commu-

nity’s mikvaos has not been addressed appropriately. Our community leaders and Rabbonim must take a stance and make an emergency fund raising campaign in all shuls to alleviate this growing problem. There should be at least one new centralized mikvah built with appropriate room capacity to address both the immediate and future needs of our growing community. In addition, each individual community should have a Friday night mikvah available as well. Each and every one of us is obligated to build and maintain a mikvah in our neighborhood. The poskim over the years have stressed this fact:   The Rama (Choshen Mishpat 163:3) codifies a ruling of the Teshuvot Mahari Mintz that the entire community is obligated to pay for the building of a mikvah. Even those individuals who do not use a mikvah must pay for its construction and maintenance. The Chofetz Chaim (Kuntress Ma’amarim v’Kol Korei p.26) writes that it is forbidden to reside in a city that has no mikvah and building a mikvah “enjoys priority over building a shul, purchasing a Sefer Torah or any other mitzvah.” Rav Moshe Feinstein (Teshuvot Igrot Moshe C.M. 1:42, 1:40) rules that this communal obligation applies even if there already exists a functioning mikvah a short distance away. I hope this letter awakens our people and our leaders to focus on these needs which I am sure will bring increased mazal and bracha to our communities. Frustrated, Golda Greenwald Lawrence, New York Dear Editor, I had mixed feelings when I read the article you published this week, “My Son, the Collector.” On the one hand, it is important to teach our children to give tzedakah and be involved in chessed. On the other hand, when I was growing up, my mother never let us go around the neighborhood collecting for organizations. She didn’t want us to “schnorr” from our neighbors. It also bothered me that this person was allowing—no, condoning—his son to collect in shul during davening. Isn’t shul for

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the Editor davening? We shouldn’t be talking or motioning to others. In fact, in the article, the writer wrote about the minhag in Satmar to collect from others after davening. But it was only after davening that they collected, not during the time they were connecting to Hashem. I wonder what the mechanchim in the community would say about this issue. I know that the organizations hand out their flyers and envelopes in schools, so it must be condoned by the yeshivas in some way. But are children meant to go around to every house on their block (remember every child has to go to every house, so you have 3 or 4 children collecting a night) or to collect in shul during davening? I would love to hear what those who head our local yeshivas have to say. Meir L. Strooker Dear Editor, I took great umbrage to Tzvi Dear’s article on having his son collect tzedaka in shul. He essentially stated that in order for anyone to really understand tzedaka (in his words beyond the “Uncle Moishy” level), they can’t merely give charity, but they must collect charity as well. Why doesn’t he tell that to the baal

tzedaka who spends hours every Sunday seeing needy people and giving them checks with a whole-hearted smile. Is that person not a true baal tzedaka because he doesn’t go collecting and doesn’t stick out his own hand for others? Secondly, maybe Tzvi should teach his son that it’s not okay for everyone to run around collecting in shul. It’s called a makom tefilla, not a makom tzedaka. If Hashem wanted everyone to constantly be distracted by people collecting, He could have ordered us to go to a community center three times a day to collect and give out money. But that’s not what He did. He wants us to daven in shul, not have a tzedaka exchange. Thirdly, a six-year-old child is supposed to be taught to not talk to strangers, he should not be told that it is admirable to ask strangers for money. It is fine in a controlled setting, but unfortunately just because you are in a shul, it doesn’t mean that your kids are necessarily safe. Although I trust that he is well meaning, Mr. Dear is ill-informed. Sincerely, Yitz Leibtig

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Global Pakistani TV Show Baby Giveaway

New lows have been reached on Pakistani reality television. During Ramadan, Pakistani stations compete for ratings during the nightly break-the-fast. Families gather each night for 30 days around the TV to eat for the first time all day, and it seems that TV stations will do just about anything to raise their ratings. This year, one TV cleric is trying to gain his share of the Ramadan viewing figures through a unique prize giveaway. The prize? Babies. Aamit Liaquat Hussain has given away two abandoned babies so far, in what he insists is actually an act of kindness to childless couples. “This is the beautiful girl who was thrown on a pile of garbage by somebody. See how beautiful and innocent she is,” he declared, showing the baby girl to the camera. Hussain is quite used to controversy for ratings. In 2008, he hosted a show with other Islamic clerics in which he declared that members of the Ahmadi minority Muslim sect “deserved to die” as heretics. During his religious-orientated programs, viewers constantly call in to donate money. Some Middle Eastern media observers, however, may fail to see what all the fuss is about, given the use of primetime Ramadan TV slots to air virulently anti-Semitic TV shows in the Arab world. It’s all about the ratings and viewers will tune in to view any such drivel.

China’s Public Health Care Overwhelmed with Bribery China’s public hospitals are running on bribery and corruption. Industry experts say that without these illegal payments,

In News the health system would struggle to survive since doctors and administrators are extremely low paid. They say government policies are partly to blame for a system in which doctors and other staff expect to be paid extra fees to perform operations and take rewards from pharmaceutical firms and medical-equipment suppliers. Doctors’ salaries are set by a pay scale for government employees. Hospitals can award bonuses but since they have very limited funding, compensations tend to be very low. The ugliness of this practice was revealed when authorities accused British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline of bribing officials and doctors for six years to boost sales and the price of its medicines. In response, GSK called the allegations “shameful” and admitted that it appears that some of their Chinese executives may have broken the law.

Hospital administrators have the authority to set fees for in-patient care, nursing and laboratory tests. But the state fixes the cost of operations to make surgery affordable to the average citizen. The government also suggests a price on most prescription medications, effectively capping the cost. On the other hand, the market for pharmaceutical firms and medical-equipment is a tremendous industry. It is expected to nearly triple to $1 trillion by 2020 from $357 billion in 2011, according to consulting firm McKinsey. Just out of medical school, a doctor in Beijing earns about 3,000 yuan ($490) a month including bonuses. Taxi drivers make roughly the same salary. A doctor with 10 years of experience earns around 10,000 yuan ($1630) a month. One Chinese doctor who used to hold a senior position at a prominent hospital in Beijing said 80 percent of his income came from bribes. Without it, he would have earned less than $600 a month. The doctor left China five years ago to live in Britain where he continues to practice medicine. “These sums [bribes] are essential. You cannot survive on your salary,” said the 50-yearold physician.



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wounds were treated and she was given precautionary injections including a vaccine that fights off rabies. Her pet was treated at a nearby vet. Experts insist that this is unusual behavior for the generally tame cats but caution tourists to be wary of the felines. “Tourists from countries like Britain should certainly be wary – they should certainly not approach these cats, or try to feed them,” a police spokesman cautioned. According to records, an estimated 8,000 feral cats are born in France every day. Under normal circumstances they are not considered to be harmful. I guess you can say, me-oww!

Beware of the Cats in France

Generally, street cats tend to mind their own business and don’t bother pedestrians. And that’s why it was so surprising when six cats pounced on a woman who was walking her poodle on the streets of Belfort in France. The furry monsters bit the 31-yearold woman multiple times and she suffered from a torn artery. The dog was also badly injured. She was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital where her

Nazi-Themed Coffee House Closes Amidst Public Outrage A tiny coffee shop in Indonesia caught the public’s attention due to its offensive theme. Henry Mulyana owns

Soldatenkaffee, a Nazi-themed café in the West Java provincial capital of Bandung. After being pressured by the international community, Mulyana has agreed to close down his café. He claims that he did not intend harm, and he was simply using the theme and symbols to attract customers.

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Syria’s Civil War Leaves 100K Dead Officials and anti-hate groups were concerned about the café’s motives and worried it may provoke hate and racism. The Simon Wiesenthal Center had been “reaching out to senior Indonesian diplomats to express on behalf of our 400,000 members and victims

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The United States and Russia are trying to convene an international conference in Geneva, along with the United Nations, to try to agree on a transitional government based on a plan adopted in Geneva a year ago. Kerry claims he spoke with Russian Foreign Minister

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Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday and that both countries remained committed to bringing the warring parties together to promote peace efforts. “We will try our hardest to make that happen as soon as is possible,” Kerry said.

The World’s Best Hotels Looking to travel the globe this summer? Travel+Leisure magazine asked their readers to help them compile their 18th annual list of the World’s Best Awards for hotels around the world. Readers were asked to consider room accommodations, location, room service, customer service, food, and value. Some of the destinations are for the brave or for the rich, located in middle of the wilderness and will cost you a pretty penny. Some of the other winners are luxurious five-star hotels that will run you upwards of $1,000 per night during peak season. Even if it’s just to dream about…here are the most desirable vacation destinations. 1. Mombo Camp and Little Mombo Camp in Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana

This African safari costs $2,199 per person per night but it is guaranteed to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Guests camp out in luxurious tents and can bird watch from their private balconies. The camp promises privacy and tranquility. While strolling on the raised walkways, guests can wave to rhinos, elephants, and other animals. 2. Castello di Casole—A Timbers Resort in Casole d’Elsa, Italy The cypress-lined road leads to the rolling 4,200-acre Tuscan estate, whose castle dates back to the 10th century. During the peak summer season, a standard room costs about $730. The suites have scenic oil paintings hanging on the walls and guests can relax in the firstrate spa. 3. Singita Kruger National Park in South Africa Two lavish lodges with treetop suites and riverside rooms make this destination very attractive to travelers. The glass-walled Lebombo Lodge overlooks the plains and the Lebombo Mountain Range, while the Sweni Lodge is nestled among trees along the Sweni River. Guests can be escorted on nature walks to see exotic animals such as zebras, gi-

raffes, and impalas. 4. Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens in La Fortuna, Costa Rica Costa Rica is a popular destination due to its range of attractions. Tourists can choose from white-water rafting and kayaking to hikes that promise wildlife spottings. Leo Ghitis, owner of the resort, outfitted the 50 villas with expansive patios (some have hot tubs), plantation furniture, and avocado-colored walls. 5. Four Seasons Resort Bora-Bora in French Polynesia The resort’s most deluxe accommodations are the quaint bungalows positioned over the turquoise sea. The rest of the rooms are scattered along the beachside on the resort’s private little inlet. All rooms have an extraordinary view of the bright blue, coral-filled South Pacific, and some select rooms offer views of the grandiose black-rock peaks of Mount Otemanu and Mount Pahia. Expect to spend about $1,000 to $1,600 a night. These hotels sound like a blast! Sharing my vacation with the zebras and giraffes—I couldn’t ask for more (except for some kosher food!).


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Back in 1881, the French parliament created legislation that made being rude to the president an offense. Last Thursday, parliament agreed to amend that law in favor of freedom of speech. Until now, any rude remark risked an automatic fine for “offending the head of state.” Now the president has the same status as ministers and parliamentarians and in order to press charges would need to prove that the victim was guilty of slander or defamation. Any person who does get convicted of slander before a judge can face a fine of up to 45,000 euros ($5,970). The revision came after the European Court of Human Rights ruled in March that France violated a demonstrator’s right to freedom of expression when it fined him for holding a banner up to former President Nicolas Sarkozy reading: “Get lost, jerk.” That one-liner has now become infamous across France after the public realized that Sarkozy used the line himself in 2008 to insult a man who refused to shake his hand. The court judged that the left-wing activist Herve Eon was being humorous with his protest banner by simply mimicking the president’s very own words. It said his conviction and 30euro ($40) fine were out of proportion to his protest and that his right to freedom of expression had been violated. So much for French manners.

80 Killed in Spain Train Wreck The tragic train accident in Spain that claimed the lives of more than 80 innocent people was captured on video. It was the worse train wreck in Spain in 70 years. The eight-carriage train can be seen speeding along the tracks and then derailing as it turns a bend. The vehicle hit the barrier wall and erupted in flames just outside the vacation destination in northwestern Spain last Wednesday evening. The disaster happened at 8:41

p.m. (2:41 p.m. ET). Authorities say the impact was so severe that one train car flew several feet into the air and landed on the other side of a high concrete barrier. The driver of the train, Francisco Garzón, 52, is accused of driving more than double the allowed speed limit. He has been released on bail after admitting that he had been behaving recklessly. He has been charged with manslaughter caused by recklessness. It has been learned that he was talking on the phone to company personnel and possibly looking at company documents at the time of the crash. Vacationers onboard the train were heading to Santiago de Compostela to celebrate a Christian festival. Authorities immediately cancelled festivities in the city and instead, the city was plunged into mourning.

In News than the European average, ranking 18th out of 27 countries in terms of railway deaths per kilometers traveled, the European Railway Agency said. There were 218 train accidents in Spain between 2008-2011, well below the EU average of 426 for the same period. This accident is being regarded as one of the worst in European history.

Israel Male Holocaust Survivors Live Longer Than Their Peers An interesting study at the University of Haifa and Leiden University (the Netherlands) has concluded that male survivors of the Holocaust have a longer life expectancy than their peers who did not suffer under the Nazi regime. The study examined more than 55,000 Polish Jewish men who immigrated to Israel before and after WWII.

There were 247 passengers aboard the train; 80 are dead and 131 are injured. Of the 94 injured, 35 of them are in critical condition including four children. One of those killed was a U.S. citizen. “We heard a massive noise and we went down the tracks. I helped get a few injured and bodies out of the train. I went into one of the cars but I’d rather not tell you what I saw there,” Ricardo Martinez, a 47-year old baker from Santiago de Compostela, said. Newspapers cited witnesses as saying the driver, Francisco Jose Garzon, who helped rescue victims, shouted into a phone, “I’ve derailed! What do I do?” The 52-year-old had been a train driver for 30 years. He was the only driver on the train according to a court source. The media claims the driver approached the bend at 190 kilometer per hour (120 mph) when the speed limit in that stretch of the tracks was 80 kph (50 mph). Investigators are currently trying to figure out why security devices that generally keep the train within permitted speed limits had not slowed down the train. Spain’s rail safety record is better

“Holocaust survivors not only suffered grave psychosocial trauma but also famine, malnutrition, and lack of hygienic and medical facilities, leading us to believe these damaged their later health and reduced life expectancy,” said Professor Avi Sagi- Schwartz of the University of Haifa. Previous studies have shown that traumatic events have led to a shortened life expectancy. But this study has shown that despite enduring the horrific and tragic events of the Holocaust, male survivors tend to live fourteen months longer than those who immigrated to Israel before World War II. Female survivors, on the other hand, tend to have the same life expectancy as those who didn’t go through the Holocaust. The findings were even more defined Continued on page 18

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Turkey Clears Bird of Spying for Israel

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PA Official: “Abbas is a Dictator” When a bird was discovered by residents of Altinavya, a village in Turkey, they were alarmed. The kestrel was wearing a metallic ring stamped with the words “24311 Tel Avivunia Israel.” Vigilant citizens alerted the authorities with the suspicion that the bird was spying for Israel. Initially, medical personnel identified the fowl as “Israeli Spy” in their registration documents. After numerous tests, including an X-ray, the bird was found to be, indeed, just a bird. In the end, they let the feathered creature go

As new peace talks are being arranged, more testimony has come to light highlighting the Palestinian Au-

thority’s corruption. An insider of the Abbas regime has filed an international lawsuit against the Palestinian leader that accuses him of widespread corruption. Mohammed Dahlan, a former PA security chief and member of the Fatah Central Committee, calls Abbas a “dictator” and claims that his reign of power is only slightly smaller than that of his predecessor Yasser Arafat. Dahlan is seen as a potential leadership rival and has threatened to provide evidence exposing the vast corruption that continues to plague the Palestinian Authority. In the lawsuit, which was filed by an Israeli firm with the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Dahlan accused Abbas of “tyrannical behavior the utter corruption of which, along with the corruption of his family, is damaging to the Palestinian people and the [PA’s] institutions.” In remarks carried by Israeli newspapers, Dahlan continued, “In practice, government in the authority is a tyrannical rule of one person — Mr. Mahmoud Abbas — and all of the [PA’s] institutes, its budgets and international relations are nothing other than means available


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to Abbas and his family and their financial, political and personal interests.” In fact, that is very much how Abbas’ predecessor and mentor, Yasser Arafat, ran the show before his death in 2004. Arafat was widely criticized and even condemned for his less-than-democratic ways, while world leaders, including Israeli President Shimon Peres, continued to heap praise on the “moderate” Abbas. There are mounting efforts to convince the U.S. government and the European Union to stop funneling billions of dollars to the Abbas regime in light of both its ongoing corruption and its refusal to meet basic peace commitments, like recognizing Israel’s right to exist.

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In News Affairs, Eli Ben-Dahan, made the announcement after the votes of 147 board members were counted. Ben-Dahan is the chairman of the board that elects the chief rabbi. Rabbi Lau is the son of former Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi and Tel Aviv’s Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, and Rabbi Yosef is the son of former Sephardic Chief Rav Ovadia Yosef. The elections followed a long and heated race. Six candidates made it to the final stage: Rabbis Lau, Stav, and Yaakov Shapira, who competed for the title of Ashkenazi chief rabbi, and Rabbis Yosef, Eliyahu, and Zion Boaron, who ran for the position of Sephardic chief rabbi. Voting began at 3 pm, with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai among the first to vote.  The voting caused controversy as it involved a lot of political agendas and many ideological differences. Many wished to do away with two chief rabbis and consolidate the position to just one person in order to unite Ashkenazim and Sephardim.  Others see both groups being represented as an opportunity to have everyone’s voice be heard. The new chief rabbis will replace Sephardic Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar and Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger, and will hold their new posts for the next 10 years.

Abbas: No Israeli in Future Palestinian State As Palestinian and Israeli leaders gather in Washington to negotiate peace, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas laid out his vision for what he thinks is the utopian Palestinian state. The Palestinian leader stated that no Israeli settlers or border forces could remain in a future Palestinian state. He also stated that all Jewish settlement building within the land occupied since the 1967 Six Day War would be deemed illegal by Palestinian authorities. “In a final resolution, we would not see the presence of a single Israeli – civilian or soldier – on our lands,” Abbas said in a briefing to mostly Egyptian journalists. But, he continued, “an international, multinational presence like in Sinai, Lebanon and Syria, we are with that,” he said, referring to United Nations peacekeeping operations in those places. These words seem to be a challenge to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s hopes that the terms of the peace negotiations be kept secret until they are


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Waze Price Tag Revealed

Google has released the exact amount that was paid for the Israeli traffic app Waze. The Internet giant had to file regulatory documents outlining all of the acquisitions that were made in the month of June. Google said it paid $966 million to buy the online mapping service. Another $53 million was also spent on seven smaller companies last month. When it announced the acquisition of Waze, Google had withheld the exact price of the purchase. Most media outlets estimated that the purchase price was $1 billion, based on information from people familiar with the negotiations.

In News Waze, which has almost 50 million users, announced on June 11 that it had accepted an offer to join Google. “The Google Maps teams have been following our progress closely and are excited about what we’ve accomplished,” Waze CEO Noam Bardin wrote. “They share our vision of a global mapping service, updated in real time by local communities, and wish to help us accelerate. We are excited about the prospect of working with the Google Maps team to enhance our search capabilities and to join them in their ongoing efforts to build the best map of the world.” The announcement came after weeks of speculation that the app would be bought out, including some reports that Google was in a bidding war with Facebook over Waze. There were also many rumors circulating that Apple Inc. was also involved in the bidding. Apple has denied any interest in the Israeli company.

National Court: Bloomberg’s Ban on Super-Sized Sodas Unconstitutional

In a blow to Mayor Bloomberg’s city health initiative, a New York appeals court upheld a ruling that deemed the mayor’s ban on super-sized sugary drinks to be unconstitutional. On Tuesday, the court ruled that the ban that would have prohibited the sale of sodas over 16 ounces by restaurants and city eateries was an illegal overreach of executive power. The law “violated the state principle of separation of powers,” the First Department of the state Supreme Court’s Appellate Division said in a unanimous decision. In March, a state supreme court justice in Manhattan had ruled the new regulation  was “arbitrary and capri-

cious” a day before the regulation was due to take effect, ruling it invalid after the American Beverage Association and other business groups sued New York City, challenging the ban. But Bloomberg seems to be undeterred in his efforts to make New Yorkers healthier. “Since New York City’s ground-breaking limit on the portion size of sugary beverages was prevented from going into effect on March 12th, more than 2,000 New Yorkers have died from the effects of diabetes,” Bloomberg said on Tuesday in a statement. “Today’s decision is a temporary setback, and we plan to appeal this decision as we continue the fight against the obesity epidemic.” This is just one initiative the mayor tried to institute in his “healthy agenda.” Earlier this month, the mayor signed an executive order requiring city agencies to promote the use of stairs over elevators. He instituted the CitiBike program this summer. The mayor has fought a crusade against trans fats in restaurants, and in April, proposed raising the legal age limit to purchase cigarettes to 21.

Manning Acquitted of Aiding the Enemy

In a surprising verdict, Pfc. Bradley Manning, 25, the former Army intelligence officer who sent 700,000 secret government documents to WikiLeaks in 2010, was acquitted on Tuesday of aiding the enemy. He was convicted of most other charges. The remaining 20 other charges included leaking intelligence knowing it would be accessible to the enemy, releasing classified information and disobeying the enemy. The charge he was acquitted of was the most serious charge and carried a potential life sentence. The judge found that the officer had “no intent” to provide the enemy with classified information but was “negligent” in releasing the documents. Manning will be sentenced later; the charges of which he was convicted carry a total of 154 years of imprisonment. During the trial, Manning’s lawyer insisted that he was “trying to ply his knowledge to hopefully save lives” and was young and naïve. Manning

has stated that he was disillusioned by American foreign policy bent on “killing and capturing people.” But prosecutors painted the officer not as a whistle-blower but as a traitor to his country. They said that Manning knew that enemies of the United States could turn to WikiLeaks for information and that some of the information could end up in al Qaeda’s hands.

Feds Bust Biggest Credit Card Hack in History The biggest cybercrime in U.S. history was unraveled in Newark, New Jersey, last week. Federal prosecutors have charged five men responsible for a hacking and credit card fraud spree that cost companies more $300 million. Two of the suspects are in custody. Companies targeted by the hackers include a Visa Inc. licensee, J.C. Penney Co, JetBlue Airways Corp and French retailer Carrefour SA. Authorities have been pursuing the hackers for years. Prosecutors said they conservatively estimate that the group of five men from Russia and Ukraine helped steal at least 160 million payment card numbers, resulting in losses in excess of $300 million.

Authorities in New Jersey charged that each of the defendants had specialized tasks: Russians Vladimir Drinkman, 32, and Alexandr Kalinin, 26, hacked into networks, while Roman Kotov, 32, mined them for data. They allegedly hid their activities using anonymous web-hosting services provided by Mikhail Rytikov, 26, of Ukraine. Russian Dmitriy Smilianets, 29, is accused of selling the stolen data and distributing the profits. Prosecutors said he charged $10 for U.S. cards, $15 for ones from Canada and $50 for European cards, which are more expensive because they have computer chips that make them more secure. The five hid their efforts by disabling the anti-virus software of their victims and storing data on multiple hacking platforms, prosecutors said. They sold payment card numbers to resellers, who

then sold them on online forums or to “cashers” who encode the numbers onto blank plastic cards. “This type of crime is the cutting edge,” said New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman. “Those who have the expertise and the inclination to break into our computer networks threaten our economic wellbeing, our privacy and our national security.” The indictment cited Albert Gonzalez as a co-conspirator. He is already serving 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to helping mastermind one of the biggest hacking fraud schemes in U.S. history, helping steal millions of credit and debit cards.

Lights Out for LIPA

In News after the green paint was found on Monday. Investigators were hoping to question her about the paint that was splattered on Friday but a language barrier delayed the interrogation. She will be charged with destruction of property.

It may take a few days for all the paint to be washed off, officials say.

Fort Hood Terrorist Still Being Paid Salary by Uncle Sam Uncle Sam has been paying criminals in the military for a long time, and Congress has finally passed a law that Last October, thousands of LIPA customers were left in the dark for the weeks and months after Hurricane Sandy pummeled the East Coast. On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill to overhaul the utility company. Under the new law, New Jersey-based utility PSEG will replace LIPA as the electric provider for Nassau and Suffolk counties. The law also freezes electric rates until the end of 2015. PSEG will take over operations on January 1, 2014. Although many LIPA customers welcome this news, some say the takeover is not necessarily a good thing for Long Island taxpayers and are calling for more oversight of the new utility.

Painting the Town Green Last week, on early Friday morning, the Lincoln Memorial was found splattered with green paint. Later in the day, symbols painted in green paint were found on another statue in Washington’s Mall. Police searched for the culprit and finally arrested someone on Monday after more paint was found splattered inside two chapels at the Washington National Cathedral. Tian Jiamel, 58, was arrested shortly

may put an end to it. When members of the military are charged with crimes, they are still kept on the payroll until they are convicted. This may sound fair, however, consider Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, who allegedly gunned down more than a dozen American servicemen at Fort Hood on November 5, 2009. For nearly four years since Hasan was charged, U.S. taxpayers have continued to pay his salary – to the tune of around $300,000 so far. New legislation called the “Stop Pay for Violent Offenders Act” was introduced on Monday in the House of Representatives and would authorize the military to suspend pay for Hasan and other members of the military for any serious offenses. Current law allows the military to suspend the pay of civilian employees, but an Army spokesperson explained that it cannot stop paying Hasan, who is still officially in the Army, at his usual pay grade unless he’s convicted. Hasan has admitted to shooting his fellow soldiers, saying in June that the attack on Fort Hood in Texas was done in the “defense of others,” in his case, the Taliban. Hasan has repeatedly refused to enter a Continued on page 26

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While Hasan continues to draw about $80,000 per year, many of the Fort Hood victims say they’ve been denied financial and medical benefits due to the military’s refusal to categorize the massacre as an act of terrorism, instead discussing it as “workplace violence.” In addition to his recent admission about his support for the Taliban, soon after the shooting, evidence emerged showing that Hasan was in communication with al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki prior to the attack. But in a letter

in late May, a top Army attorney said, “The available evidence in this case does not, at this time, support a finding that the shooting at Fort Hood was an act of international terrorism.” It is particularly troubling that the Hasan case has taken so long to come to trial, enabling the alleged shooter to draw his salary for such a long time. After many delays, Hasan’s trial is set to get under way on August 6. He is charged with premeditated murder and attempted murder. He is acting as his own attorney, but according to Wolf, the military is footing the bill for legal advisors to assist him in his defense. Hasan’s court martial has cost the Army about $4 million in personnel and other expenditures.

Bush Sr. Shaves Head Supporting Cancer People have many different thoughts when they hear the name George H.W. Bush. Some of them are good and some of them are, well, not. But no one will have trouble expressing admiration for

In News the former president when they see the picture of him holding a two-year-old leukemia patient on his lap.

ity with Patrick. Bush and his wife, Barbara, lost their second child, 4-year-old daughter Robin, to the disease 60 years ago. According to a news release from Bush’s spokesperson, the former president and his wife have also made a donation to help pay for Patrick’s medical bills.

2 Gitmo Detainees to be Transferred to Algeria

What makes the picture so special is that both the child and former President Bush are bald. Young Patrick has no hair because he is being treated with chemotherapy, and the former president is bald because he shaved it in solidarity with the sick toddler. Patrick is the son of one of the members of Bush’s Secret Service detail. All the members of Bush’s U.S. Secret Service Protective Detail – about two dozen men – also shaved their heads in solidar-

In an effort to close Guantanamo Bay, the White House has announced that two detainees will be transferred to Algeria. “We are taking this step in


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Residents of northern Colorado are sick of those Denver city-folk telling them what to do. Fed up with what they see as a lack of representation, several rural counties are now seriously considering seceding to form their own state: North Colorado. At a public meeting last week, most of the 50 people in attendance supported the move. A Facebook page for the 51st State Initiative has more than 10,000 likes. Commissioners say they hope to put the North Colorado idea to a public vote in November. “We believe there’s an attack on oil and gas,” says one commissioner. “We believe there’s an attack on agriculture. I don’t think those down in Denver understand any of it.” Residents are also concerned about gun control, water rights,

In News and education. But secession will take more than a few town meetings—it will require an act of Congress. At the very least, the movement should make those urbanites take notice, says another commissioner. “We have to address a growing problem that was clearly evidenced here, tonight,” he says. “There’s a disconnect. People feel politically disenfranchised, and we’re trying to figure out a way to reengage.”

Fast Food Employees Demanding Wage Hike

Hundreds of low-wage workers at fast food chains such as McDonald’s and Wendy’s have been seen protesting in the streets of New York. There have been demonstrations in several major cities demanding the right to unionize and pressing to double the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. Protesters, many who earn less than the $11 per hour threshold many economists consider the cutoff for poverty-level wages, said they had nothing to lose by speaking out against their employers. The protesting workers, who are getting support from unions, and community and religious groups, are also planning demonstrations in Chicago, Kansas City, St. Louis, Detroit, Milwaukee and Flint, Michigan, this week. Opponents of the campaign, in their highest profile response to the workers yet, put out a full-page ad in USA Today that said catering to those demands would kill jobs. The Washington, D.C.based Employment Policies Institute (EPI) ad stated that raising the minimum wage to $15 would hurt restaurant operators and force them to “replace employees with less-costly, automated alternatives like touch-screen ordering and payment devices.” “The dollar menu is going to be the $5 menu and [restaurants] are going to lose sales, or they’re going to have to find a way to provide the same product with less service,” Michael Saltsman, EPI’s research director, pointed out.


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The Week Restaurant owners are already testing automated ordering and payments systems to save money. They also work to boost profits by moving workers to part-time from full-time and by assigning very short shifts to cover busy periods.

Worst Employers in America

Several issues ago we discussed the best companies to work for in America. Now let’s see which companies are the farthest from that list.

Recently, 24/7 Wall St. compiled a list of America’s worst companies. The company’s ratings were mainly based on employee satisfaction. It seems that specific industries tend to have a lower employee satisfaction rate in general. There were four companies on the list that are in retail and many of the others provide services that require installation and repair like satellite TV companies. Predictably, the factors that employees complained about the most were low pay and poor benefits. Most complaints were issued by sales representatives, customer service agents, and technicians. These were generally lower-paid, front-line workers dealing directly with customers. Issues with middle management were universal among the employees of these companies. Depending on the company, employees felt they were micromanaged, treated unfairly, treated like children, or asked to meet extreme demands. So, if you’re looking for a job, steer clear of the following companies. You’ll only just end up hating it. Dish Network topped the list as the worst company to work for. Express Scripts, Dillard’s, Dollar General and Radio Shack round-

In News ed out the top five. ADT and Sears followed in slots six and seven. Keep forwarding that resume on to other companies.

That’s Odd This Bud’s for You and You and You

John Milkovisch is known for two things: his love of beer and being a packrat. In fact, he put those two things together and now his legacy lives on in his home that is now a Texas landmark. As a child of the Great Depression, Milkovisch never threw anything away—even the empty beer cans he would guzzle every afternoon with his wife. And it turns out, those cans came in handy when he decided to redecorate his home. In 1968, he purchased a metal canopy for his backyard so he and his wife could enjoy the shade while drinking their afternoon brew. Deciding that lawn-mowing wasn’t his thing, he began installing concrete blocks throughout the yard, embedding them with marbles he had collected as a boy. (See, I told you he never threw anything away!) And then, when the sun shone through on a sunny day, his backyard would be awash in a cacophony of colors, bouncing off the marbles and beer bottles. And then he decided to decorate the exterior of his home. (His wife gave him free rein, as long as he didn’t mess with the inside of their abode.) Milkovisch climbed up to the attic where he stored the empty beer cans he had saved and painstakingly cut each one open and flattened each one to use as a “wallpaper” for the exterior of his home. For 17 months he toiled, using approximately 50,000 cans of Budweiser, Texas Pride, Shiner—whatever was on sale—that he had accumulated throughout the years.

He even created long garlands from beer can tops and hung them along the eaves at the front and sides of his home. His exterior decorating skills did not go unnoticed. As soon as he finished decorating the front of his home, people would drive by, slow down, stare and honk. They would ask questions and of course, Milkovisch did what came most naturally to him: he’d invite them in for a beer. Milkovisch passed away in the mid1980’s and his wife, Mary, still lived here until her demise. Their sons would repair any rusty cans and any damage to the exterior. Even when the neighborhood changed and middle class homes gave way to upper class condos and lofts, the home still maintained its cachet and visitors would drive by to see the attraction. Now, the home is owned by the local nonprofit Orange Show for Visionary Art and it’s open to the public. Hey Bud-dy, when they say this Bud’s for you, they really meant it.

Raining Money at the Game

Fans watching the game in Safeco Field in Seattle on Sunday got more than just peanuts and cracker jacks during the seventh inning stretch. As the 35,087 people watched the Minnesota Twins play against the Seattle Mariners, someone from the upper deck released $6,000 in $1 bills. Obviously, this caused quite a stir among spectators, and the start of the bottom of the inning was temporarily delayed until all the cash was collected. But don’t think that someone accidentally released the contents of their wallet. (Who carries around $6K in singles?!) This was a stunt to draw attention to the 5K Tailgate—a color runstyle race where participants get doused in blue, green and silver before the race. It certainly drew major attention to the race; the website got so many hits following the stunt that it crashed due to excessive traffic. Oh, and after counting out all those singles, are you even interested in hear-

ing who won the game? The game went to the Mariners, 6-4. How I wish I got taken out to this ballgame!

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Donna said, “I’d heard about the lost ring many times, and we figured we would never see it again. Mary could have done anything with the ring—sold it, kept it, not bothered to contact us. It’s a reminder that with all the bad in the world, people still do good things.”

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Steve Earl Cantrell, 63, graduated from Biloxi High in Mississippi nearly 45 years ago. At the time, his parents surprised him with 10-carat gold ring to congratulate him on his graduation. He cherished that ring dearly. However, shortly after, on a hot summer day in 1968, the ring slipped out of his pocket while he was swimming in the Biloxi River and disappeared into the water. “I only owned the ring for a few months and didn’t want to lose it, so before I jumped off the cliff and into the river, I put it in the pocket of my cut-off shorts,” Cantrell said. “It was a heavy ring so when it slipped out, I knew immediately.” Cantrell and his friends searched for the $40 ring in the 14-foot-deep water but came up empty-handed. “My parents understood but I was really bummed, and all summer when we went to the river, we searched for it.” Eventually Cantrell forgot about it and moved on. By now you’ve probably already guessed the happy ending to this story. Yes, Cantrell was finally reunited with his lost ring! About a week ago, he received a phone call. “A friend of the family said that photos of my class ring were all over Facebook. I was skeptical until he told me that the initials ‘SEC’ were engraved on it. I broke out my old yearbook and saw that no one else in my class had my initials.” A few days later, Cantrell’s phone rang again. “It was a woman named Mary Kay Johnson from Gulfport,” said Cantrell. “She said her grandchildren found my ring on a sandbar of the river. I couldn’t believe it.” On Wednesday, Cantrell and his wife of 32 years, Donna, made the 20-minute drive to Johnson’s catering business. “Mary was so excited to give me the ring, and I got quite emotional about it,” he said.


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Cargo Company Discovers 61 Tons of Silver from Shipwreck

A U.S. deep water salvage and exploration company claims they have recovered more than 61 tons of silver bullion this month from a British cargo ship that was torpedoed during World War II. The SS Gairsoppa is a 412-foot steel-hulled British cargo ship sunk in 1941 by a German U-boat about 300 miles off Ireland’s coast. It sits 15,420 feet deep. Odyssey Marine Exploration said the recovery includes 1,574 silver ingots weighing about 1,100 ounces each. The silver was recovered from a depth of nearly three miles, and marks a record for the deepest and largest precious

The presentation of the Gold Card Club is not as glamorous as one would imagine. MLB associates generally just mail the pass to the player’s home or team clubhouse. Sometimes if the player happens to be in New York with his team upon reaching the eight years of service, then he will receive it at the MLB headquarters in New York. Surprisingly, no other professional sports leagues have such a program, not the NFL, NBA, or NHL. I would think that playing baseball for thousands of dollars a year would be enough of an award.

In News metal recovery from a shipwreck, the company said. The silver has been moved to a secure facility in the U.K. Its contract with the U.K. Department of Transport dictates that the company can retain only 80% of the salvaged value of the cargo. Odyssey operated remote vehicles to recover the silver. The company said the recovery was complicated due to the size and structure of the Gairsoppa. The latest discovery was extra tough because it was stored in a small compartment that was difficult to access. At current silver prices, the silver should be worth over $35 million. That’s a real treasure buried beneath the sea!

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Most wedding invitations look pretty much identical aside from varying names, locations, and dates. That’s why this Chicago couple’s invitation quickly caught the public’s attention and went viral. “My phone really started blowing up after it got put on MSN,” Katie Kerr, of Chicago, Ill., said. “It was even ahead of the royal baby.” Kerr and her fiancé, Chris Sabino, sent guests a check-off list to inform the couple as to why they would be attending or why they could not attend their wedding.Their clever RSVP card got the world chuckling. Guests who planned on attending their wedding had the option to say they were coming because: “Two words: Free. Booze,” or “I’m in your wedding party… Wait, is this optional?” And if the guest needed to decline their invitation, they were forced to choose from answers like, “I’m lame. On a scale of one to ten, my lameness would be in the 9.5 to 9.8 range.” Or “I will be visiting, um, Yemen. Yeah, Yemen. But it’s a secret trip. So if you

ask anyone, they will have no clue what you’re talking about.” Their guests are sure to remember their invitation and I bet that their wedding will be just as fun as the invite.

World’s Oldest Man Lives in New York

According to Guinness World Records, Salustiano Sanchez-Blazquez, 112, became the world’s oldest man when Jiroemon Kimura died on June 12 at age 116. He is living in New York. The world’s oldest person is a woman, 115-year-old Misao Okawa of Japan. Robert Young, senior gerontology consultant with Guinness World Records, said 90 percent of all supercentenarians are female and Salustiano is currently the only male born in 1901 with proof of birth. Salustiano was born June 8, 1901, in village of El Tejado de Bejar, Spain. As a teenager, he and his older brother Pedro, moved to Cuba. In 1920, he came to the United States through Ellis Island and worked in the coal mines in Kentucky. Eventually, he moved to the Niagara Falls area of New York, where he still lives, and worked in construction and in the industrial furnaces. He married his wife, Pearl, in 1934. Salustiano, nicknamed “Shorty,” said he was humbled by the attention, saying he didn’t feel he accomplished anything special just because he has lived longer than most. “He says, ‘I’m an old man and let’s leave it at that,’” said his daughter, 69-year-old Irene Johnson. Salustiano lived with his daughter in Grand Island after his wife died in 1988; he moved to a nursing home in 2007. He believes his longevity can be attributed to eating one banana a day and his daily dose of six Anacin tablets. “I think it’s just because he’s an independent, stubborn man,” his daughter said. Salutiano also has a 76-year-old son, seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren. May he have many more long, happy years!

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The Week Couple Married for 75 Years, Shared a Birthday, Dies One Day Apart Helen and Les Brown first met in high school. Coincidently, they shared the same exact birthday. They got married young despite their parents’ protests. Everyone said it wouldn’t last but they proved everyone wrong; they were married for 75 years after eloping on September 19, 1937. Strangely enough, the California couple died one day apart. Helen passed away on July 16, and Les died the next day. They were 94-years-old. Les suffered from Parkinson’s Disease and Helen had stomach cancer. “It was a real love match, wasn’t it?” their oldest son, Les Jr., told the Long Beach Press-Telegram. “They were to-

gether every day for 75 years.” The couple relocated to Long Beach in 1963, where Helen was a housewife with a knack for buying and selling area properties while Les owned a photography studio, serving as a photographer for the Navy. Their son says they truly embodied their vows of “for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part.” …Or as we say, “Totally bashert!”.

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In News world’s first bouncy house hotel. But if you’re afraid of heights, then it’s not for you since its suspended 22 feet in the air. Hotel Rehearsal is an inflatable hotel room that features a bed, a couch and a small bathroom with a shower, sink and toilet. It is an architectural art installation by artist Alex Schweder that was created as part of the Biennial of Americas. Since it can be deflated and inflated, it can easily move around. It is scheduled to travel through downtown Denver through August 23. The expensive price tag includes some other extras like luxurious airport transportation via limousine, cocktails and snacks, a Tiffany diamond pendant and earring set, a set of Swarovski binoculars, an i-Pad Mini, two iPod Nanos, and more. Sounds like a lot of money for a bunch of hot air.

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A German policeman patrolling the streets in a motorcycle was shocked to see four men in a convertible BMW splashing around in a pool of water. The car was driving down a sleepy east German village on a scorching Sunday afternoon. Chemnitz police spokesman Frank Fischer says the men pulled over and jumped into a nearby river as soon as they saw the officer, clearly aware that their vehicle was illegal. One man later returned to fetch his clothes. The car was seized by police. Fischer said on Thursday that police were still investigating which of the men drove and if he was intoxicated. He said the vehicle itself “probably didn’t have a road permit.” Whether they had a permit or not, this is probably the coolest (and wettest) car around!

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Over 500 people filled Ohr Natan center on Thursday July 25, 2013. Members of the community, spiritual leaders, and elected officials voiced their support to Ohr Natan a place where thousands of people depend upon for their food distribution, classes, kids programs, events, lectures, referrals, ESL classes, Judaic studies and much more….

Last week, the minister of construction and housing, Uri Ariel, took a comprehensive tour of the new and upcoming neighborhood in Givat Ze’ev located northward of Jerusalem. The tour was attended by senior members of the Ministry of Construction and Givat Ze’ev’s entrepreneurs. The Minister of Housing seemed interested in the neighborhood and its residents, and expressed his impression for the new and advanced progress. He promised to immediately improve the appearance of the neighborhood by allotting developments budgets and launching thousand housing units to the market immediately. The Minister of Housing Uri Ariel said that he worked hard to solve the shortage of existing housing problem in the Haredi community, and sees the new neighborhood in Givat Ze’ev an important element in solving the problem, with building reserves of hundreds of additional housing units and with an approved master plan beyond the hundreds of existing housing units. In addition, the minister toured Ramat Givat Ze’ev neighborhood, a neighborhood designed especially for the Anglo-Saxon community which recently received the minister’s approval to build 400 housing units. The minister expressed his admiration for building Israel’s first dedicated neighborhood to the American community, and includes all the necessary communal institutions for the immigrant population. The tour was attended by neighborhood rabbis Dayan Rabbi Jacob Farbstein and Rabbi Joseph Goldstein; Mr. Yakkov Rubin, one of the project’s entrepreneurs; and Rabbi Eliyahu Paley, CEO of Mishpacha, who closely accompanied the new residents   in the new neighborhood in Givat Ze’ev.

Nofei Israel’s entrepreneurs who led the tour praised Minister Uri Ariel on his assertiveness for helping alleviate the shortage of housing, and that immediately upon the election came to visit the neighborhood in order to meet the needs of the development and help in any way. Minister Uri Ariel commented, “The Haredi public deals with the shortage in housing as well as the rest. Due to the sector’s special needs, the community often suffers from it even more than the rest of public. The new neighborhood in Givat Ze’ev is a proper and qualitative solution, and I will endeavor to help as much as possible to solve the problems presented to me.”

In attendance were: Congressmember Grace Meng, State Senator Toby Stavisky, Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz, Councilmember Karen Koslowitz , Melinda Katz, and Barbara Baruch representing John Liu. Proclamations were presented to Ohr Natan by Grace Meng, Toby Stavisky, Karen Koslowitz, and Comptroller John Liu.

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Acheinu “Yeshivas Summer Vacation” Brings Hundreds of Baalei Teshuva to Enroll in Yeshivos By Chaim Gold One of the most profoundly inspiring sights is to walk into a bais medrash and see tens of Israeli teenagers from non-religious homes involved in heated discussions about the sugyos of grama b’niziken or Isho Mishum Chitzo, two of the most complex, deep gemara sugyos learned with gusto in advanced yeshivos the world over. Believe it or not, that is what is transpiring in over 15 midrashiyot and battei chizuk, learning centers and special spiritual centers that invite Israeli youth to taste Torah. The most amazing thing is that they are tasting Torah and not just saying, ‘I like it,’ they are saying, ‘I love it!’ The catalyst for this quiet summer vacation revolution is Acheinu, the kiruv arm of the world Torah organization, Dirshu. Learning and Enjoying Learning! Rabbi Chaim Goldberg of Modi-

in Illit, one of Acheinu’s most capable leaders, relates, “The state schools here in Israel have a full two month vacation. So many young people, especially those from less affluent families, spend their time at home, bored and looking for something to do. In stepped Acheinu – opening battei chizuk and midrashiyot in cities dotting the entire map of Israel. It must be said, however, that Acheinu’s work starts long before the summer. Throughout the year, Acheinu activists get to know these boys and spark an interest in the Yiddishkeit that rests within their neshamos. The summer simply serves as the proverbial clincher because there is time to expose them to serious Torah study.” Rabbi Goldberg explains, “If I would not have seen this myself, I would not have believed it. Not only do these young men come to learn at night during their summer vacation – that in and of itself is a chiddush! But an even great-

er wonder is the manner in which these boys have been exposed to real ‘yeshivish’ learning. We have taken some of the most complex sugyos and broken them down…and the boys are hooked. To watch them ‘fighting in learning,’ to watch their faces light up when a sevara from Rav Chaim Brisker breaks down the previously complicated sugya and resolves the difficulty is to watch pure simchas haTorah. This, from teens in the Israeli State School System!” “One Doesn’t Need Emunah in Koach HaTorah – One Sees it!” What has Acheinu done? They have opened centers across the country for nightly learning with Acheinu activists with Thursday night serving as the highlight. On Thursday nights, a mishmor until 1 AM is held. At the mishmor, a shiur klali on the sugyos they have learned throughout the week is delivered by a prominent talmid chacham


followed by a powerful shmuess. These bochurim are hearing shiurim at a level given in yeshivos and they are not only understanding but are immensely enjoying them. “One does not need emunah in the koach haTorah,” said Rabbi Goldberg, “one sees it with one’s own eyes.” “To us, Acheinu performs pe’ilim,” Rav Goldberg continues, “this has also served as a profound lesson in emunas chachomim. A few years ago, we went to the Posek Hador, HaGaon HaRav Elyashiv, zt”l, and asked him what we should focus on in our kiruv efforts. He replied, ‘The main thing you should do is learn gemara with them. The gemara will bring them back!’” The gemara has brought them back! Next year, a very significant number of those Acheinu boys will be enrolled in yeshivos and go on to become bnei Torah. That is the koach haTorah!

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Celebration in Torah World as Dirshu Daf HaYomi B’Halacha Completes Hilchos Pesach By Chaim Gold “I would never have dreamt that I would one day be zoche to learn all of the intricate halachos of baking matzos, all of the complex details on how to properly sell chometz to a gentile, and the detailed wording of the shtar, the document of sale. When would I have ever sat down and properly learned the difficult halachos of hagalas keilim, kashering keilim for Pesach with so many associated, contemporary scenarios? But I have done just that, thanks to Dirshu’s Daf HaYomi B’Halacha program.” Those were the words of Rabbi M. Nussbaum, a yungerman living in Lakewood, who is just completing the entire Hilchos Pesach with Dirshu’s Daf HaYomi B’Halacha program. The Completion of the Entire Hilchos Pesach This week, the Daf HaYomi B’Halacha completed Hilchos Pesach. Hilchos

Pesach is one of those areas in the Mishna Berurah where lomdei halacha with limited time often choose to learn only the seemingly more relevant halachos. Many of the important simanim, which on the surface seem to either be very intricate or not as relevant to our times, are therefore neglected. Countless individuals suffice with learning the beginning of Chelek Hey which deals with the halachos of bedikas chametz and biur chametz and then skip over to the seder night thus missing numerous vital halachos. There are the halachos of taaruvos chametz, the halachos of what one must do if, G-d forbid, he finds chametz in his house on Pesach, there are the halachos of kashering keilim, baking matzos, and the list goes on… The thousands of participants in the Dirshu Daf HaYomi B’Halacha didn’t just learn these areas perfunctorily. They learned them and reviewed them togeth-

er with the Dirshu Biurim U’Musafim that depicts hundreds of modern-day scenarios that emanate from these halachos and they were tested on all of them! That is why the completion of the entire hilchos Pesach is a reason for profound celebration. Six Years, Six Volumes… Thousands of Bekiim Several years ago, the Posek Hador, HaGaon HaRav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, zt”l, encouraged the hanhala of Dirshu to create halacha programs whereby lomdei Torah would be encouraged to learn, understand, and know halacha l’maaseh, practical halacha. Over the course of the past six years, lomdei Dirshu in both its Kinyan Halacha and Daf HaYomi B’Halacha programs have followed through on Rav Elyashiv’s guidance and have wrought a transformation in the Torah world. With the completion

of Hilchos Pesach and the commencement of Hilchos Yom Tov, Daf HaYomi B’Halacha learners will soon be embarking on learning Chelek Vav, the final chelek in the Mishna Berurah that covers the halachos of the Yamim Tovim. Dirshu has released the final chelek of its trailblazing Mishna Berurah, already in its second printing! Before long, Klal Yisrael will be enriched with thousands of new bekiim in all six volumes of Mishna Berurah. “I have been part of Dirshu’s Daf HaYomi B’Halacha program since its inception,” said Rabbi Matisyahu Lazerson. “I can’t stress enough how it has changed my life. Every second of the day, every action that I take during the week and on Shabbos, by day and by night brings to mind a halacha that I learned. Daf HaYomi B’Halacha has transformed my day from the mundane into the holy!”

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Straight A’s for Orah!

A, B, C, D, E, F, G; Orah is the place for me! Welcome to teacher week, where the fun “is by the book.” We are having a wonderful time “learning” our ABC’s and 123’s. The 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th grades went on a super-spectacular trip to Luna Park and Coney Island. There were rides galore—something for every camper from mild to wild. The girls really enjoyed having the run of the park. The lower division had its share of special trips, too. The girls in 1st grade went to Funstation and the 2nd graders went to Five Star Gymnastics. Our youngest campers didn’t have to go far to hunt up some fun; they had a building-wide alphabet hunt that ended in the lunchroom. There the children had the opportunity for some “hands-on learning.” They made name bracelets out of alphabet beads. The upper division (math joke) had a Main Event that was also school-related. The girls made their very own chalk and chalkboard using a secret recipe of plaster of Paris and powdered paint. Each girl was able to make her own chalk to go with their individually painted and uniquely decorated chalkboard. Extra credit, I mean extra special, for the 7th grade was a surprise trip to Oh Nuts, and let’s just say it was delicious. Our 5th and 6th graders had to stay after school, oops, camp but it was to enjoy a private late swim and BBQ. We also opened the magnificent outdoor, in-ground Olympic Orah Day



Mercy Medical Center Expands to Outpatient Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Mercy Medical Center’s department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is proud to announce the August 5, 2013 grand opening of our brand new, stateof-the-art outpatient rehabilitation facility. The facility is located in the lower level of the Miracle building on the Mercy campus. We are providing a suite of services designed to meet all of the physical rehabilitation needs of your patients. “We are very excited to expand our renowned personalized and compassionate rehabilitation programs to offer ambulatory as well as inpatient services,”

said Mercy’s Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Aaron E. Glatt, MD. Our physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists are highly trained and are prepared to evaluate and treat a wide variety of physical disabilities from simple deconditioning with difficulty walking, to complex disabilities resulting from severe neurologic impairment including dysphagia, ataxia, post-surgical / orthopedic disabilities, post-stroke rehabilitation and spasticity.

Sharing the Positive Camp pool for our mothers and campers on Sunday for the people who signed up. (There are more swim sessions to come—fear not!). During the week, we had swim for our 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade campers and their mothers after camp. We are thrilled to announce the kickoff of our annual Chai Lifeline Swim-aThon. Baruch Hashem, Orah Day Camp has the privilege of participating every year and bringing in much needed money so that this special organization can do what it does. Tizku l’mitzvos to everyone who sponsors our campers. Next week promises to be just as fun and exciting—it’s the annual Orah Day Camp carnival with games, food and prizes galore! There is so much more in store and it’s easy to see why Orah is at the top of its class, because here at Orah Day Camp we get the job done!

It is well known that communication is an essential component of a good marriage relationship. Sharing is an important part of communication. When a couple is dating they often spend many hours sharing thoughts, dreams, and hopes. After they get married and as life gets busier, the communication and sharing often takes on a more practical tone. There are so many things to take care of that much of the communication ends up being centered on practicalities. However, sharing is what keeps a couple feeling connected. In general, much of a couple’s day is spent apart; he has his daily schedule and responsibilities and she has hers. By sharing, they bridge the gap of the hours spent apart and keep themselves feeling connected.  However, it happens often that a lot of the sharing is spent on the negative. He vents about his boss and the nasty co-worker and the annoying traffic by the tunnel. She kvetches about the cleaning lady that didn’t show up again, the co-worker who was rude, the repairman that was late, and the kids not behaving. While they certainly are communicating on some level and are keeping each other updated on the events in their day, this type of communication is missing something. This communication is very superficial and is negative-focused.  When a couple strives to include some positive communication in their day by sharing with the spouse a compliment from a boss, something that was enjoyed,  an interesting idea that was heard discussed in a shiur,  an interesting article that was read, a thought relating to a hobby or the like, this broadens the re-

lationship and increases closeness. The reason for this is that the couple is connecting on a deeper level because they are sharing ideas and thoughts. The additional aspect of the communication being positive also has a positive effect on the relationship. Let us try to focus this week on including positive sharing interactions in our daily conversation and really focusing on communicating; not just blowing off steam. May we enjoy the increased closeness and the sense of rejuvenation that comes from really connecting and communicating with our spouse in a more positive way. 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 516430-5280 or email

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Long Island Teachers Selected to Participate in Legacy Heritage YU Teach Fellowship said Wexler, a graduate of YU’s Fourteen teachers from Sy Syms School of Business, around the country were seRabbi Isaac Elchanan Theologlected to participate in the ical Seminary and the Azrieli Legacy Heritage YUTeach Graduate School of Jewish EduFellowship, a program from cation and Administration. Yeshiva University’s Institute “I am blown away by how for University-School Partmuch I was able to take in nership geared toward Judaic during our time together,” said Studies educators who have Sova, an alumna of YU’s Stern been teaching for at least Jaclyn Sova College for Women and Azrieli. two years and are looking to advance through unique professional “Being able to plan lessons with teachdevelopment opportunities. Among the ers I barely knew and working through participants was Rabbi Matan Wexler dilemmas with people I just met was an from the Hebrew Academy of Nassau incredible learning experience for me. County in West Hempstead and Jaclyn Even now, days after, I am still thinking Sova from the Stella K. Abraham High about some of the issues raised during School for Girls in Hewlett Bay Park. our time together.” The fellows convened at a two-day The inaugural cohort includes educaconference in June, where they got ac- tors of varying backgrounds and experiquainted through collaborative activities ence who teach at over a dozen Jewish and discussions. day schools and high schools in eight “I had the privilege of meeting and states, and were each nominated for the collaborating with a talented group of fellowship by an administrator from motivated and growth-oriented individ- their respective schools. “In selecting our fellows, we were uals all singularly focused on improving their teaching craft in order to instill the looking for teachers who are already next generation of Jewish children with successful and want to excel, with a disTorah knowledge, values and ethics,” position to growth and an ability to re-

educational technology and flect,” said Shira Heller, Program behavior support. Administrator at the YUSchool One activity required the Partnership, who is coordinating Fellows to work together in the Fellowship. small groups to design a modMost schools offer profesel lesson. Another component sional development to their of the program was a discusteachers, but may lack the resion of dilemmas of practice sources to provide long-term in– a teaching challenge one depth study opportunities. has encountered – which the “Teachers want to grow and Matan Wexler Fellows submitted before the are eager to participate in a forum to talk about their work,” said Hell- conference and later presented to the er. “The Fellowship is designed to give cohort to receive suggestions on how to teachers the opportunity to do in-depth best resolve the issue. In addition to the June meeting, the learning on a topic of their choice, develop a cohort of like-minded teachers and Fellows will convene two more times create a supportive network of people during the year, in March and once again dedicated to both their own growth and in June. They will also “meet” online each month on Google Hangout to parfacilitating the growth of their peers.” During the year, Fellows will com- ticipate in group discussions, where they plete classes online, taught and facil- will continue to help each other work itated by experts in the field. They can through their dilemmas of practice. Othchoose to enroll in either a 30-week er parts of the program will allow Felcertificate program or a series of shorter lows to observe other teachers throughmodules on varied topics including: dif- out the year, and to record and watch ferentiated instruction, blended learning, videos of themselves teaching.

OHEL/Avnet Bowl-a-thon a Perfect Strike!

Two State Delusion Photo credit: Eliran Aharon

A press conference held on Tuesday, July 30, across from the Israeli Consulate in Manhattan, was initiated by Tamar Adelstein (back row, center), Coordinator, Crown Heights Women for the Safety and Integrity of Israel. The gathering was quickly called upon learning of the Israeli government’s decision to release 104 terrorists with blood on their hands. It was also organized by Helen Freedman, Executive Director, American Friends for a Safe Israel (AFSI), at left, holding strategic map of Israel, created by AFSI Chairman, Mark Langfan; Israel activist blogger, Robin Ticker (at right); and Dr. Paul Brody, Vice President, International Committee for the Land of Israel (ICLI), holding sign declaring the “peace process a sham and a charade.” Rabbi David Algaze of Havu-

rat Yisrael of Forest Hills and President of ICLI, one of many eloquent speakers, is shown delivering a fiery speech condemning the release of the vicious terrorists, as a “goodwill gesture,” while the United States government still refuses to release Jonathan Pollard, who has no blood on his hands and has been incarcerated for 28 years, despite a request from Israel’s prime minister that he be released as a “goodwill gesture.” Longtime activist Buddy Macy (not shown) also organized the press conference.

On July 11, Camp Avnet once again participated in their annual OHEL bowla-thon in order to raise money for the children and families of OHEL. At the Rockville Center Bowling Alley, Rabbi Jeremy Fine, Assistant Director of Avnet Country Day School/Woodmere Campus, along with 80 campers, began knocking down pins in their annual OHEL bowl-a-thon, which they have been participating in for nearly a decade. The campers have a great time every year, as they know that with every pin they knock down, the more money they earn for OHEL’s important services and programs. It’s a fun day for the campers, who have a great time bowling, while simultaneously supporting a good cause. OHEL would like to thank Jack Tarzik, the Director of Avnet Country Day

School, for supporting OHEL and the important work that they do, as well as Shaya Samet, Head Counselor of Avnet Country Day School/Woodmere Campus, for encouraging his campers to bowl with fervor and knock down as many pins as possible. In the words of Rabbi Jeremy Fine, “There are few organizations in the world that work as diligently and as conscientiously for our Jewish community. We therefore consider it an honor to team up with OHEL in any capacity we can and to help children approximately the same ages as our campus population enjoy a summer experience commensurate to our own.  Continue to do your good work, OHEL, and we will proudly continue to stand with you, cheer you on—and yes, bowl for you!”

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JCCRP’s Rabbi Michael Scholar Memorial Fund Helps 121 Children Attend Camp This Summer With the first half of the summer behind us and the second half kicking into gear, local children (and their parents) are enjoying the many benefits of summer camp. Between the interactive games, promising night activities, social skill building, and continuation of Torah learning, summer camp can play a strong, positive role in the formative years of a child’s life. Unfortunately, not all families are financially capable to make this a reality for their children. This year, Hurricane Sandy wiped out homes, cars, as well as a number of people’s sources of income. Many parents have been struggling to make ends meet, to repair the damage, and to get back on their feet. Due to the unexpected losses, summer camp seems like a luxury that many families simply cannot afford. The need for financial assistance has been high, and thanks to the UJA-Federation, the Rabbi Michael Scholar Camp

Richard Altabe, Chairman of the Board of the JCCRP, and Shalom Becker, Treasurer of the Board of the JCCRP, handing the scholarship fund check to representatives of Camp Atara Chairman of the Board of the JCCRP Richard Altabe handing a check to Rabbi Brafman of Camp Mah Tov

Scholarship Fund has been able to assist 121 children in going to camp this summer. The Rabbi Michael Scholar Memorial Fund was started to help those parents who cannot afford to send their

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children to day camp. The fund, named able rest of the summer. after a former president of the JCCRP, It is our hope that those who were provides scholarships to make it possi- helped by the fund will greatly benefit ble for Jewish children from needy fam- from the impacting experience that is ilies to attend summer camp. Jewish summer The JCCRP day camps. The is proud of its fund sponsors affiliation with Jewish children Met Council from needy and UJA Fedbackgrounds; eration of NY, those who atwho are in the tend yeshivas forefront, proand those who viding relief attend public in this time of schools; those need. For any who are Amerclients who ican-born, and need assisthose who are tance in social Russian imservices, or migrants. The resource directpurpose of the ing within the fund is to make community, the sure that these JCCRP proShalom Becker, Treasurer of the JCCRP, and children spend vides a range of Richard Altabe, Chairman of the JCCRP, with the summer in services. Some Rabbi Shimon Dachs of Simcha Day Camp an environment of our services that will eninclude: Kosher hance what they learned in school and Food Pantry, Food Stamp Enrollment, strengthen—or even create—their love Medical Insurance Enrollment, Housing for Yiddishkeit. The fund ensures that and Landlord/Tenant Mediation, Legal these children are involved in activities Assistance, Crisis Intervention, Mental that draw them close to an enriched Ju- Health Counseling, Career Counseling, daism to hopefully foster Jewish pride, and Hurricane Sandy Recovery Assisand passion for serving G-d during the tance summer and year-round. Due to the outstanding support of Please contact us for further inforthe UJA-Federation of NY, the Rabbi mation: JCCRP – 1525 Central Avenue, Michael Scholar Memorial Fund has Far Rockaway, NY, 11691, entrance on had the privilege of sending its scholar- Foam Place – (718) 327-7755 – or visit ship recipients to 34 camps this summer. us on the web at In appreciation to all those who so generously donated to the fund, the JCCRP wishes everyone a safe and enjoy-



Campers at Camp Atara enjoyed many exciting activities this week including Luna Park, baking summer cupcakes, the Circle Line, International Day, kayaking, White Post Farms and the carnival. Can’t wait to see what’s in store next week!

An Evening of Art and Elegance with Chabad Join us for an evening of elegance and entertainment to benefit the Jean Fischman Chabad Center of the Five Towns. Chabad of the Five Towns presents an exclusive art show and auction on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 8:15 PM at the Jungreis home. Complementing the evening’s bidding will be a sushi bar, wine and cheese with in-house background music to set the tone of the event. The art show offers distinguished works and inspiring masterpieces by prominent artist Michoel Muchnik, one of the foremost Jewish artists of our day. Michoel has revolutionized Chassidic art generating a tremendous impact on Jewish life today. His imaginative and joyful depiction of traditional and mystical Jewish themes brought him critical acclaim and international prominence as a most beloved Jewish artist. We thank Ruthy and Ari Jungreis for opening up their home for this event. Please join us at 515 Ocean Avenue in Lawrence and be part of this magnificent event. The evening’s chair-people are Dovi & Tzipi Faivish, Sholom & Pessy Jacobs, Shimie & Chani Klein, Sol & Etty Levy, Ilan & Ilana Mandel, Shloimy & Tzippy Perlstein, and Jeffrey and Sharona Weinberg. We thank them for their hard work and dedication for what promises to be an extraordinary occasion. Couvert is $180 per couple. For more details please call Chabad at (516) 295-2478 or online at

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A man goes to a bar with his dog. He goes up to the bar and asks for a drink. The bartender says, “You can’t bring that dog in here!” The guy, without missing a beat, says, “This is my guide dog.” “Oh man,” the bartender says, “I’m sorry, here, the first one’s on me.” The man takes his drink and goes to a table near the door. Another guy walks in the bar with a Chihuahua. The first guy sees him, stops him and says, “You can’t bring that dog in here unless you tell him it’s a guide dog.” The second man graciously thanks the first man and continues to the bar. He asks for a drink. The bartender says, “Hey, you can’t bring that dog in here!”

Riddle Mr. Smith hit his head while fixing the roof earlier today. In the hospital they asked him his age, but he couldn’t remember. Finally, he remembered something that would help determine his age. He told the doctor: “If you add my age and my son’s age, you get 55. My age is my son’s age reversed.” The doctor nodded and wrote down Mr. Smith’s age. What was it? Answer on next page

The second man replies, “This is my guide dog.” The bartender says, “No, I don’t think so. They do not have Chihuahuas as guide dogs.” The man pauses for a half-second and replies, “What?!?! They gave me a Chihuahua?!?”

Curious Prince George V Although George Alexander Louis (AKA His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge) is less than three weeks old, here are some of the questions that he may have: V You mean I will have to smile at commoners for the next 89 years? V Who is older: Great Grandma Elizabeth or Stonehenge? V Don’t they realize they are driving on the wrong side of the road? V Why is everyone’s teeth so bad around here? V Wait, if I am the king I won’t get to drown my misery out at the local pub. As a British male, what else is there for me to do? V I’ve been alive for seven days and it hasn’t stopped raining yet. What’s the deal? V Yes, I am fortunate to be Prince William’s heir, but do I have to inherit his hair as well? V Has anyone aside for Winston Churchill ever said anything smart in this country?

V Let me see if I get this—the extent of my powers as king will be to bestow knighthood on washed out 1960s rock stars? V Why do Americans scream, “The British are coming! The British are coming”? Do we really smell that bad? V Wow, I am royalty in a really smart country—the friggin’ bridge is falling down and instead of fixing it, they write a song about it, but when their local team loses a soccer match, 87 people are stampeded to death. V So let me get this straight, Grandpa Charles is jealous of Great Grandma Elizabeth because she has been queen for too long and he is waiting to become king. But isn’t he her son? And if she is no longer queen doesn’t that mean that his mother died? And I’m supposed to be proud of being part of this family? V Does Camilla bite? V Since the Beatles, did this country produce anything of value anyway? V Wiww ay ewew get wis wiwlver fhoon ouwt of my mouf?

If you think you can walk the streets of England and have no language barrier, think again. Take this test to see how you will do. Choose the correct meaning of each of the 10 sentences.

1. Mate, I went to this barmy restaurant called Twitteos. It is an ace place and the food is the bees knees. a. Mate, I went to this crazy restaurant called Twitteos. It is an awesome place and the food is fabulous. b. Mate, I went to this small restaurant called Twitteos. It is an expensive place and the food is horrible.

7. Just a little nap and he’s full of beans. a. Just a little nap and he has loads of energy. b. Just a little breakfast and he’s not hungry anymore.

2. You are causing aggro with all of your codswallop. I am getting gutted. a. You are causing traffic with all of your wagons. I am getting antsy. b. You are causing trouble with all of your baloney. I am getting really upset.

8. The event was completely pear shaped and even though it’s horses for courses I suppose, I decided Bob’s your uncle and said, “Tara.” a. The event was completely crowded at the entrance and even though it’s free admission, I suppose, I decided to use connections and said “VIP coming.” b. The event was completely a disaster and even though it’s to each his own, I suppose, I decided that’s it and said goodbye.

3. The London rain threw a spanner in the works and put paid to our outdoor party. a. The London rain was a problem and put an end to our outdoor party. b. The London rain was misty and enhanced our outdoor party.

9. Give us a bell mate. It’s been yonks; I hear things are tickety-boo, you must be swotting. a. Warn me, friend. It’s been scary; I hear things are paranormal, you must be cautious. b. Call me, friend. It’s been ages; I hear things are going well, you must be studying hard.

4. You may be brill but you are you off your trolley and blinkered and mug. a. You may be certain of yourself but you are in the wrong place lost and late. b. You may be brilliant but you are crazy and narrow-minded and gullible. 5. I made a dog’s dinner when I dropped a clanger it was really naff . a. I made a pot of spaghetti when I put a cube of sugar, it was really sweet. b. I made a mess when I said a gaffe it was really not cool. 6. I offered a bung and ended up being in Her Majesty’s pleasure. a. I offered a compliment and ended up being in the Queen’s good graces. b. I offered a bribe and ended up being put in prison.

10. Everything was blinding until the bloke offered me a knuckle sandwich. It was quit blimey, I guess now I understand why he is being made redundant. a. Everything was awesome until the fellow offered me a punch in the face. It was quite surprising, I guess now I understand why he is being laid off. b. Everything was dark until the light offered me radiance. It was quite lucky, I guess now I understand why he is being made the hero.

Answers: 1- A; 2-B; 3-A; 4-B; 5-B; 6-B; 7-A; 8-B; 9-B; 10- A Wisdom Key: 8-10 correct: You are a British English boffin (expert). 4-7 correct : You are bog-standard (completely ordinary) 0-3 correct: You are quite gormless (not really smart), simply a pleb (lower class person)... Okay, that was grommy (not nice) of me to say.

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R’ Ben Tzion Shafier

Parshas Re’eh

Life: The School of Growth “See I have placed in front of you today a blessing and a curse. The blessing: if you will listen to all of the mitzvahs of Hashem your G-d as I have commanded you today…” — Devarim 11:21 In these posukim, the Torah sets out two divergent paths. One path leads to ultimate success and blessing, and the other to devastation and curses. If you follow in the ways of Hashem, you will be richly rewarded. You will look back at your years of sacrifice with enormous joy and satisfaction, saying to yourself, “Whatever price I paid was so worth it. I am now being compensated beyond anything I could have imagined.” On the other hand, if you don’t follow the Torah’s ways, there will come a time when you will deeply regret your mistake and you will look back and say, “Woe is me! How could I have been so foolish? How could I have chosen so poorly?” A Mashal for Life The Daas Zakainim brings light to this concept with a mashal. He says it is comparable to a crossroads. One road begins as a difficult thorny trail, then it opens up, and the rest of the way is clear. The other path begins as a smooth passageway, but ends in a thicket of thorns. An old man sits at the crossroads and warns the passersby, “Be careful. This road begins smoothly, but ends up all thorns. Rather choose the other road. Even though it begins as a difficult path, it opens up and will carry you 

Who I become is a result of my attitude and the way I handle my challenges.

well.” Anyone who listens to the man will work at the outset of his journey, but will travel in peace the rest of the way; whereas anyone who ignores the advice of the old man will get caught in the thorns for rest of his passage. The Daas Zakainim explains that this is what the Torah is telling us. If a man sins and follows his inclinations, he will find comfort in this world, but when he dies, he will go to Gehennom, which is all thorns. However, if one works in this world and labors in Torah study and mitzvahs, he will merit the World to Come, which is all goodness, joy, and happiness. This Daas Zakainim is difficult to understand because the meanings of the posukim seem self-evident – serve Hashem and you will receive blessing; violate the mitzvahs and you will be cursed. It doesn’t seem that he is adding much to our understanding with this mashal. If the point is that punishment and reward aren’t in this world, but rather in the Next, that concept doesn’t need a parable. Simply state, “The Torah is referring to the World to Come.” What point is the Daas Zakainim trying to bring home to us with this mashal? To understand this, we need a different perspective of life.



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Progressive Weight Training A rather yeshivishe fellow went to a power-lifting gym to learn how to work out. As a kid, he had little experience with sports and was clearly out of his element. Recognizing this, the coach showed him various exercises and worked closely with him. One day, this fellow was overheard saying, “That coach, I don’t know what’s with him. Every time I get the exercise right, he goes and adds more weight to the bar. What’s wrong with him?” The point this fellow missed was that progressive weight training is all about increasing the load. The goal of the activity is to coax the body to grow. By gradually increasing the workload, the body is called upon to respond. The work should never be easy. The nature of the activity is to incrementally increase the demand placed on the body, thereby causing it to grow. This is a good parable because in life we are put into many situations. If a person doesn’t understand why he is on this planet, he will have many questions. Why is life so difficult? Why is it that when I finally get things under control, a whole new set of circumstances arises that sets everything out of kilter? Why can’t life just be easy? The point that he is missing is the very purpose of life. Hashem put us on this planet to grow. Many of the challenges and situations are given to us specifically for that reason. It isn’t by accident, and it isn’t because Hashem doesn’t pay attention. Quite the opposite, these situations were hand-designed to demand from us. They are catalysts to change who we are. In weight training, the movement of the bar isn’t the significant part; the demand on the body is. So, too, in life, the situations I face are far less significant than my reactions to them. Who I become is a result of my attitude and the way I handle my challenges.

When a person understands this perspective, then life itself makes sense. If not, then the situations in life seem arbitrary and unfair. The answer to the Daas Zakainim seems to be that this mashal defines our path in life. The road that we are being asked to take isn’t easy. It isn’t laden with roses and doesn’t smell like lilacs. It has thorns. A life properly led will have moments of doubt, pain, and confusion. That doesn’t mean that we are on the wrong path. Quite the opposite: if life is going too smoothly, it’s a bad sign. Since the purpose of life is to grow, we need the challenges of life to help us reach our potential. If the road is too level, that is likely a sign that we have chosen the wrong path. Hashem wants us to enjoy our stay on this planet, but there is a plan and a purpose to it all. If a person lives his

life in accordance with the Torah, he finds deep satisfaction, an inner sense of peace and tranquility, and true simcha. But it isn’t a walk in the park. There is much work along the way. There are trials, travails, and circumstances that demand growth. If a person responds appropriately, he finds a sense of inner peace because he is in synch with his purpose in life. That sense of balance is an indicator that he is on the right path, and the work that he puts in on that path will bring him to true joy, happiness, and elation in this world, and much more so in the World to Come.

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Driver’s Education


s I pulled up to my friend’s office, a car was backing into my usual spot. This was unusual for two reasons. First of all, as his office is on a residential side street, you would normally just round the corner and drive up to the curb in front of the house instead of backing in. Second of all, the car was a driving school car and I know my friend is not taking lessons. As it turns out, I found out it’s a popular place for driver’s education teachers to take their students to teach them to parallel park since you usually have five to six car-lengths open along the curb. However, its popularity is not really germane to my discussion today. You see, as I drove up and saw the car presumably under the control of a nervous young man, I thought to myself, “It would be really funny if I drove up behind him and boxed him in.” I smiled as I imagined his shock and terror at having to actually maneuver out of a space. Then I caught myself and told the little red guy on my shoulder to take a hike. What made me think it would be funny? Who would appreciate my humor? Not the inexperienced driver who

would likely be panicking when he saw me pull up to his bumper. The driving instructor wouldn’t be laughing as he tried to calm his young charge. Maybe an experienced driver would recognize I was kidding, but today, nobody would be laughing. I stayed back and waited until he left before pulling into my regular space. As I reflected on the little exchange I had with myself, I thought it would make for a good article. Then I thought back to my own experiences with driver’s ed. and realized that they apply a lot

to life in general. Come with me now for a trip down memory lane and share my driving lessons with me. When it came time for me to get my license at the ripe old age of 15, my mother wanted to be sure she got me a good driving instructor. She pulled out the trusty Yellow Pages phonebook, which in those days actually consisted of a book with pages, and started pe-

steering,” and it was me who made the mistake. Lesson two: Aim high in steering is a truly good idea. What it means is that when you drive, keep your eyes farther ahead down the road and use that as your guide to steering. Gentle corrections now and then will get you to your destination. If you try to look at the immediate moment and guide yourself by

If you try to look at the immediate moment and guide yourself by the hood ornament of your car, you’ll lose sight of the big picture and end up making mistakes.

rusing the names until one caught her eye. It was the Louisiana Safe Driving School. Putting the word “safe” in the name was a real deal-clincher, so we made the call and set up appointments for driving lessons and classroom hours. My instructor was a gem. No, really. His name was Jewel. (He told me his wife’s name was Ruby. I wondered if they had a daughter named Pearl.) Now Jewel was a laid-back southern gentleman with a bit of a N’awlins (New Orleans for you people of Northern persuasion) drawl. I remember him telling me, “The most important things in driving are ‘aim high’ and ‘steering.’” Being new to driving, I nodded solemnly as if I understood what he meant. It wasn’t until I took the class the next evening and watched an instructional film which directed us to “Aim high in steering” that I realized he had misquoted the important data. Lesson one: Just because someone is supposed to know more than you doesn’t mean you should take everything he says as fact. Do your research, reflect, contemplate; don’t be afraid to question and be open to other ideas and suggestions. Of course, it’s just as possible that he WAS saying “Aim high in

the hood ornament of your car, you’ll lose sight of the big picture and end up making mistakes. You need to maintain perspective in life and not react reflexively. By thinking ahead of what you will do if worse comes to worst and maintaining an exit strategy by being aware of your surroundings, you will be better prepared for what comes down the pike. Lesson three: The more practice you get, the less you have to think about your decisions. New drivers tend to keep the radio off and hold their fingers tightly at 10 and 2, the hand position instructors say gives you the best control. Turns are made with hands on the wheel at all times and their focus is on doing the right thing. As they drive for longer, though, it becomes partially subconscious. You can listen to the radio, have a conversation, or think about what you’re go-

ing to write for your next article while whizzing down the road without it affecting your driving. That means that by conditioning yourself to act properly, be it by only using clean and proper speech, by controlling your gaze, seeking out opportunities for chessed, or by preparing ways to keep from getting angry when things don’t go your way, you can make those things become second nature. They will become part of you and you will be able to navigate your days properly without working so hard to be conscious of it every second. Most of my readers drive. Ask yourself, “What lessons did I learn about the road over the years?” Then ask yourself, “How can I apply them to my drive down the road of life, and get to my destination safely?”

Jonathan Gewirtz is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in publications around the world. He also operates, 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 and put Publication Sponsorship or Subscribe in the subject. © 2013 by Jonathan Gewirtz. All rights reserved.

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Jewish Thought Rabbi Aryeh Nivin

Personal Redemption Finding Your Unique Life’s Purpose Part III: The Pleasure Principle

In parts I and II of our series that ran in the previous editions we explored the importance of self-knowledge and finding your life’s purpose. This week we are beginning to learn the how. Our Sages teach us that every human being is endowed with a unique mission in life that only they can fulfill. The problem is that many of us go through life without ever asking what our life’s unique purpose is – let alone discovering it. Before we can discover our life purpose, we have to define our terms. Your life purpose is the unique way that you are meant to reveal your soul and G-d in the world. Each of us have something special to bring to the world that only we can share that will make the world a better place. It’s different for everyone. Your purpose can be: 1) a form of creative expression like art, music, or craftsmanship; 2) fulfilling or encouraging

others to fulfill a certain mitzvah like tzedakah, caring for disabled children, or running a loshon harah campaign; 3) mastering and/or disseminating a type of knowledge for example a certain area of Torah learning, a particular book or sefer, or even general knowledge such as the wonders of science or history; or 4) perfecting or inspiring others about a certain character trait or middah like kindness, joy, enthusiasm, or patience. So whether your mission is philanthropic, scholarly, or personal, bringing your special message to the world will infuse your life with meaning and inspiration and make the world a better place.

It goes without saying that your individual purpose can never contradict the global purpose of the Jewish people - namely Torah and mitzvos. However, within the framework of halacha, each of us can connect to completely different aspects of the rich spectrum of Jewish life and human experience and each of us has our own unique talents to share with the world.

unique life purpose pleasures. The pleasure we are talking about is different. It is something that you connect to in a powerful way above and beyond the pleasure of those universal experiences. The key is to look for areas of life—which are not necessarily universally spiritual experiences—where you feel inspired, alive, confident and content. When you experience your

Bringing your special message to the world will infuse your life with meaning and inspiration and make the world a better place.

Turning on Your Internal Purpose Detector Now we’re ready to learn some practical tools to help us begin discovering our unique life purpose. If this sounds like a daunting task, fear not, it is actually much easier than you think. You see, each of us is already endowed with an internal purpose detector that lets us know when we have found it. What is this detector? Pleasure. Pleasure is a tool that Hashem has created to alert us to the fact that we are nearing our life’s purpose. That obviously doesn’t mean any pleasure. Enjoying the pleasure of good food does not mean that your life’s purpose is to eat all day. On that same note, enjoying the deep inner peace experienced while watching the sunset, listening to music, or appreciating beauty also does not imply that you were created specifically for those things. These are universal pleasures that all human beings enjoy. The same applies for milestone events like graduations, weddings, and childbirth – all of which are powerful life experiences, but not

life’s purpose you think: “I could do this all day! I was created for this!” Another tool to uncovering your purpose is to reflect upon what causes or creative outlets you are passionate about. Some people are so passionate about certain issues or artistic endeavors that it borders on obsession. You may have a passion for learning a certain section of Torah, playing music, painting, feeding the homeless, or studying the wonders of quantum physics. Assuming that it’s coming from a healthy and balanced place – and that it sets off your purpose pleasure detector – this cause or activity may indeed be your life’s purpose. Practically Speaking Sometime in the next few days, find a quiet place and sit for half an hour with a pen and paper. Think over your life. What were the most happy, pleasurable moments when you felt that you were touching your life’s purpose? Was there ever a time in your life when you were so into what you were doing that a little voice went off in your head that said, “I was made for this”? Do you have a cause or a passion that you feel that you could devote your entire life to? It may not come all at once, but you’re now on the road to finding your unique life purpose. Give it a little thought and

time and you will begin to get clarity on why you were created and what you and only you can offer the world.* As the Arizal taught us, throughout all of history, there never was and never will be anyone like you. The previous Slonimer Rebbe, the Nesivos Sholom, explains in the name of earlier Rebbes that just like every person is completely different, so too, every minute in time is completely unique. At each moment we must ask ourselves what Hashem wants from us right now. If we utilize each moment as an opportunity to reveal a unique aspect of our Divine soul to the world, we are truly living each moment to its fullest. So start living! Join us in the next issue to learn how to apply your life purpose to Elul, Rosh Hashana and the coming year. *Note: Please be aware that in order to ensure objectivity it is essential to speak out any insights with a reliable rabbi or qualified mentor. Without a third party, it is possible to get sidetracked in the wrong direction. Although quiet contemplation is necessary to begin the journey, it cannot be completed without checking in with someone reliable that you can trust to provide you with objectivity.

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My husband and I named our son for my grandfather, or so we thought, based on information given to us by a family member. After a recent visit to my grandfather’s grave, however, we learned that we got the middle name wrong. We thought his middle name was “Shaya” (we gave our son the middle name Yishaya), but it turns out it was Sadiya. Is my son still considered named for my grandfather? Do we need to change our son’s middle name? Or, was it Divine providence and this was the name he was meant to have? As a side note, we had other names in mind, but after discussions with rabbis, we went with his current name.

the honor is accorded. The Maharshal once was approached by a husband and wife with a dilemma. The husband’s late father was named Meir, and the wife’s late father was named Uri. They each wanted to honor their parents and could not agree who should get naming rights. The Maharshal came up with a creative comThe Rabbi Responds: promise. Being that both names mean Our names define our essence and “light,” he suggested naming the baby can, at times, impact certain aspects “Shneor,” which means “two lights!” of our character and lives. In Biblical (If a baby is born on Chanukah, could times, our anyou name the child cestors had pro“Shmoneor”—eight phetic powers, lights?! You’re probThrough sharing a and were able ably safer with Matisyahu.) to ascertain the name, a “spark” from core being of There is a minhag the deceased’s soul their offspring. to slightly change the They were then name if the deceased enters the child. died young or sufable to approprifered an unnatural ately name their death. The name Yechildren. We, in shaya is a shortened version of the name our spiritually weakened state, are unYeshayahu, a great prophet who sufable to do the same, and therefore emfered an untimely demise. This ensures ploy the names that are already in use. that the “bad mazal” of that person will Many have the custom to name after a deceased relative, or a renowned sage not manifest itself in the child. In any event, you certainly should and Torah scholar or Jewish leader, or a Biblical or historical personality rel- not change your child’s name, as it was evant to the weekly Torah portion or not a “mistake” that he received the current holiday. (I know a fellow named name he did, and rest assured that he is Matisyahu who was born on the first still considered named after your grandfather. May he grow up to bring much day of Chanukah.) Naming after a relative has two merit to his ancestors and much nachas components. The first is according hon- to you. or to that relative and creating a merit for his soul. The second aspect is that through sharing a name, a “spark” from Please note, the information written above the deceased’s soul enters the child. is not meant as a rabbinic ruling. If you This can ultimately inspire the child have any questions, please consult your to achieve greatness. For this purpose, rabbinic authority for clarification. the name must be identical to that of Yehoshua Levy, a teacher of Torah, is a the one being named after and it must writer and lecturer who dares to think outbe the intent at the time of the naming. side the box to bring his thought-provoking However, as long as some aspect of the insights and facts to his readers. He welname is preserved in the name of the comes your comments and can be reached at child, the first objective is achieved and



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uring the past three weeks of consolation, the two Chief Rabbis of Israel were elected, Rabbi David Lau for the Ashkenazi community and Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef representing the Sephardic Jews of Israel, who also refer to this position as the Rishon LeTziyon. The timing could not have been more symbolic. The battles for chief rabbis were circa 70 of the Common Era with tremendous infighting and ongoing verbal battles amongst Jews across the tabloids and media of Israel for months. This past election will be remembered for its rancor and discord. Accusations flew in every direction both in the court of public opinion and in actual court. All this activity seems to have raised the focus on these positions to new levels. This may be the unfortunate legacy of this past election. The concept of the chief rabbi is not unique to Israel. Throughout the Diaspora, many nations have an official religious representative of the Jewish community whose title is chief rabbi. Probably the most famous is Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks of Great Britain. Chief rabbis around the world attend official State functions as the “ambassador” of the domestic Jewish community. A case in point would be my friend, the former Chief Rabbi of Norway who was invited to attend the Nobel Prize ceremonies during his tenure. Nice benefit of the position. But that is about it in the Diaspora. In Israel, the job, however, comes with considerably more influence and benefits and that is why the role of Chief Rabbi in Israel is such a contested position. The Position and the Process The office of Chief Rabbi in Israel dates back to the Ottoman period when the leader of the Jewish community throughout the empire, including the Jews of Israel’s Old Yishuv, was called by the honorific the “Rishon LeTziyon,” the “First of Zion.” The British victory in World War I led to the establishment of the British Mandate, and the ap-

By holding these positions, which they will

trade after five years, the chief rabbis control all official institutions that run organized Jewish religious life in Israel.

pointment of a British High Commissioner for Palestine who established the Orthodox Rabbinate by adding the position of Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi to the pre-existing position of Rishon LeTziyon. The first Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi was Rav Avraham Isaac Kook, appointed by the British in 1921. Rav Kook remains arguably the post’s most notable and influential selection. The chief rabbis are elected by an assembly comprised of 150 members: 80 rabbis and 70 representatives of the public. The group of rabbis includes the rabbis of major Israeli cities,

with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

towns and regional councils, as well as ten religious judges. The second group is made up of two government ministers, five members of the Knesset and the mayors and heads of religious councils of Israel’s largest towns and regional councils. Their vote elects each chief rabbi to a ten-year term split into two fiveyear periods trading places at the helm of the Chief Rabbinate Council and the presidency of the High Rabbinic Court in Jerusalem. During their term, they are Israel’s official religious emissaries to the world. They will, as mentioned, attend and serve in many ceremonial functions of State both in Israel and abroad. Last year, for example, when President Obama visited Israel, Ashkenaz Chief Rabbi Metzger and Sephardi Chief Rabbi Amar both were on the tarmac as part of the receiving delegation for the American president. The chief rabbi has a far more relevant and powerful role to play in Israel than merely serving on the welcoming committee for dignitaries. As mentioned, the chief rabbi will serve as the heads of the Council of the Chief Rabbinate and the Rabbinical Grand Court, respectively. The chief rabbi who is not acting as

Meet the Rabbis If the newly elected Chief Rabbis Lau and Yosef have familiar surnames it should not be surprising. Each is the son of an illustrious former chief rabbi who remains amongst the world’s most prominent rabbis, retaining great name recognition internationally. The father to the newly elected Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi is Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau who served as Chief Rabbi from 19932003 and is the 35th consecutive rabbi in his family lineage. His son, the newly elected chief rabbi, is the 36th, truly an astounding fact considering virtually all of Rav Yisrael Meir Lau’s family was wiped out in the Holocaust. The senior Rav Lau survived Buchenwald, immigrating to Israel at the age of 8. He is amongst the very few rabbis to have close ties with the Hareidi, Modern Orthodox and Sephardi worlds. Rav Lau is respected internationally by both Jews and Gentiles alike and is a leader in interfaith work. In recognition of these relationships, Rav Lau was awarded the Israel Prize in May 2005 for amongst other accomplishments “bridging rifts in Israeli society.” Rav Ovadia Yosef, New Chief Rabbi David Lau father to the newly with his father Rabbi Yisroel Meir Lau

elected Rishon LeZiyon, is regarded as the preeminent Sephardi halachic authority, the unquestioned leader of the Sephardi world internationally and is the spiritual force behind the Shas political party in Israel, champions of the Sephardi political agenda. It was Rav Ovadia’s support that secured victory for his son and

New Chief Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef with his father, Rav Ovadiah Yosef

by doing so rejuvenated the Shas party which did poorly in the last Israeli elections and presently sits amongst the opposition in the Knesset. Uniting Diversity From the moment each was elected last week, Chief Rabbi David Lau and Chief Rabbi Yitchak Yosef has been promising to create “a Rabbinate for everyone.” Chief Rabbi Lau, who until his elevation to his new position was the chief rabbi of the religiously diverse city of Modiin, offered his city as an example of diversity that can work through respect and tolerance. He pledged the same sort of inclusiveness for which his father is famous. It is said that Rabbi Lau, junior, is the most liberal rabbi that the Hareidim can tolerate and the most Hareidi rabbi that the secular people can accept. Similarly, Chief Rabbi Yitchak Yosef promises to follow in his father’s footsteps by taking a lenient approach in religious rulings engendering greater tolerance. Both are considered worthy sons and worthy material to be chief rabbi. The newly elected chief rabbis have illustrious family reputations to maintain and, with Hashem’s help, enhance. Let us hope the proverbial apple does not fall far from the tree—in this case, the Etz HaChaim, the Torah. Matt Solomon is a writer, analyst and commentator living in Alon Shvut, Israel, with his wife and two children. He can be contacted at

From the moment each was elected last week, Chief Rabbi David Lau and Chief Rabbi Yitchak Yosef have been promising to create “a Rabbinate for everyone.”

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the head of the Chief Rabbinate Council serves as the president of the Grand Rabbinic Court. It is important to remember that Rabbinic Court judges, like all other judges, have judicial independence and freedom. The chief rabbi serving as president of the Grand Rabbinic Court can rule on appeals and determine Jewish law on various matters, but cannot issue guidelines for rulings or instruct judges. The chief rabbis also sit on the Judicial Appointments Committee, which appoints Rabbinic Court judges, so that in the long run they can bring in the judges they want into system. By holding these positions, which they will trade after five years, the chief rabbis control all official institutions that run organized Jewish religious life in Israel, including major life cycle events. Their good office holds exclusive jurisdiction over all personal status issues such as Jewish marriage and divorce, Jewish burial, conversions to Judaism, kashrut, determination of “Who is a Jew?,” supervision of Jewish holy sites such as the Kotel, mikvaot, and supervision of Israel’s Rabbinical court system. The Rabbinic courts have parallel jurisdiction with district courts in matters of personal status, alimony, child support, custody, and inheritance, and their verdicts are implemented and enforced—just as with the civil court system—by the police and other relevant agencies. The influence of the office of the chief rabbi extends far beyond the halachic enforcement, deep into the bureaucratic, controlling senior appointments, large budgets and councils throughout the country. Ironically, the influence of the office of the chief rabbi has to date carried less gravity in halachic, religious or moral pronouncements.

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“Say What?” I have an affinity for the Brits because they’ll eventually have a king with big ears and we currently have a king with big ears. - Dennis Miller

According to a new study, lying gets easier over time. People get better at lying the more they do it. See, that’s why you have to have term limits. - Jay Leno One major problem [with Obamacare] is the so-called Independent Payment Advisory Board. The IPAB is essentially a health-care rationing body. By setting doctor reimbursement rates for Medicare and determining which procedures and drugs will be covered and at what price, the IPAB will be able to stop certain treatments its members do not favor by simply setting rates to levels where no doctor or hospital will perform them. - Howard Dean, a supporter of Obamacare, in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, alluding to the “death panels” that many warned about

Hold the burgers, hold the fries, make our wages supersized! - Chant by striking fast-food workers in New York

Despite it all, we do not live in fear. - Chabad shaliach of Derbent, Dagestan, Rabbi Ovadia Isakov, after being shot in an attack near his home This is summer political theater in New York. We laugh because if we didn’t laugh, we would cry, right? – Governor Andrew Cuomo on Anthony Weiner

If I went any faster, they’d fine me. The speedometer isn’t manipulated. - 2012 Facebook posting by operator of last week’s deadly train accident in Spain, alongside a picture of the train’s speedometer at 124 mph

With this endless parade of distractions and political posturing and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye off the ball. And I am here to say this needs to stop. This needs to stop. - President Obama at his economic address at Knox College, Galesburg, IL [Obama’s] wrong. My son is dead. How could that be phony? - Patricia Smith, mother of Sean Smith, who was slain in Benghazi, responding to President Obama’s assertion

I know Anthony Weiner. I’ve known him for a long time, and he’s a very sick puppy. There’s no question about it. - Donald Trump on Fox news

As a former prosecutor who was appointed by President George W. Bush on Sept. 10, 2001, I just want us to be really cautious, because this strain of libertarianism that’s going through both parties right now and making big headlines, I think, is a very dangerous thought... These esoteric, intellectual debates – I want them to come to New Jersey and sit across from the widows and the orphans and have that conversation. And they won’t, because that’s a much tougher conversation to have. I think what we as a country have to decide is: Do we have amnesia? Because I don’t. And I remember what we felt like on September 12, 2001. - Governor Christ Christie (R-NJ) criticizing Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) for his stance on civil liberties I would remind [Chris Christie] that I think what’s dangerous in our country is to forget that we have a Bill of Rights, to forget about privacy, to give up on all of our liberty to say, “Oh, we’re going to catch terrorism, but you have to live in a police state.” And it’s really, I think, kind of sad and cheap that he would use the cloak of 9/11 victims and say, “Oh, I’m the only one who cares about these victims.” Hogwash! If he cared about protecting this country, maybe he wouldn’t be in this “gimme gimme gimme gimme all the money you have in Washington”–or don’t have–and he’d be a little more fiscally responsive and know that the way we defend our country, the way we have enough money for national defense is by being frugal, and not by saying “gimme gimme gimme” all the time. - Senator Ran Paul, on Fox News, responding to Chris Christie’s criticism Maybe he should start cutting the pork barrel spending he brings home to Kentucky. But I doubt he will, because most Washington politicians only care about bringing home the bacon so that they can get re-elected. - Governor Chris Christie, responding to Senator Rand Paul

Experts are predicting that the royal baby could pump $380 million into the British economy. So the question is: How do we get this kid to move to Detroit? - Conan O’Brien

President Obama has issued a statement about the royal baby. He told him to hang onto the birth certificate. Those things come in handy. - Conan O’Brien

In a final resolution, we would not see the presence of a single Israeli – civilian or soldier – on our lands. - Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, at a press conference, on the eve of new peace talks

CNN’s Piers Morgan interviewing Buckeye Firearms Foundation’s Ken Hanson, who gave George Zimmerman and his family money to purchase guns, training and personal protection:

Piers Morgan: What if Trayvon Martin’s older brother is walking in the same area in a few months’ time; George Zimmerman happens to be passing, finds him suspicious as he did Trayvon…and decides to shoot him as well? Ken Hanson: If someone is on top of Mr. Zimmerman, again repeatedly bashing his head into the concrete, and he acts in self-defense, that’s incredible bad luck he found himself in that situation twice. But we’ll sleep soundly.

NASA released pictures of earth taken from 900 miles away. From 900 miles away, you can make out the Great Wall of China. In Newark, you can make out the governor of New Jersey. - David Letterman The head of the TSA said beginning later this year people can pay an $85 fee that will allow them to go through the airport line very quickly with minimal checking. Or as terrorists call that, money well spent. - Jay Leno The royal baby finally has a name. It took a few days but they named him Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge. The parents said they wanted a name that reflects his country’s great history and gets him beaten up at school every day. –Conan O’Brien

President Obama’s got a big retreat coming up. He invited all his Cabinet members to Camp David. Unfortunately, Joe Biden couldn’t make the retreat because he’s in Asia. That’s because Obama told him the retreat was in Asia. - Jimmy Fallon In a speech about the economy, President Obama said we’ve all been distracted by phony scandals. It’s time we started getting distracted by the phony recovery. - Jay Leno

Eight years ago, I came here to deliver the commencement address for the class of 2005. Things were a little different back then. I didn’t have any gray hair, for example. Or a motorcade. I didn’t even have a teleprompter. In fact, there was a problem in terms of printing out the speech because the printer didn’t work here and we had to drive it in from somewhere. - President Obama at his economic address at Knox College, Galesburg, IL The president called his speech “A Better Bargain for the Middle Class,” but no president has done worse by the middle class in modern times. - Wall Street Journal editorial on President Obama’s recent economic speech

It’s my hope that that will be able to happen as procedures are put in place by both countries in order to empower that. - Secretary of State Kerry talking about resuming peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority Did I say that? - Ibid., when asked by a reporter if the State Department now considers the Palestinian Authority to be a country

When I see quotes like I did today from someone named Dan Pfeiffer, who apparently works for the president…He tweeted out today that our plan is to “allow some kids to stay but deport their parents.” He summarized this entire debate with that tweet. So I want to compliment you and thank you for not being a demagogic, selfserving, political hack who can’t even be elected to a Parent Advisory Committee, much less Congress. Which is what Mr. Pfeiffer is. I want to thank you for not being that and understanding these are complex issues where reasonable minds can perhaps differ. - Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) at an immigration reform hearing, after having a thoughtful discussion with several experts with differing opinions on the topic

The Obama administration has admitted that under Obamacare, you might not be able to keep your doctor. At first the president guaranteed you’d be able to keep your doctor, and now they’re saying you “might” be able to. Today, Obama changed his slogan from “Yes we can” to “Perhaps we could try. Can’t promise anything.” - Jay Leno

The Lincoln Memorial was vandalized last night. Somebody snuck in the Lincoln Memorial and threw green paint all over Lincoln. How is that even possible? I mean, 148 years later this guy still can’t get any security? Come on. - Jay Leno

Interesting story in the paper today: neural scientists at MIT say they can plant false memories in your brain. No, that is not new. Politicians have been doing that for years...They’re called campaign promises. - Jay Leno

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It’s an honor to be back in India and to be here in Mumbai. Off script for a second here, I was reminded — I was elected to the United States Senate when I was a 29-year-old kid back in 1972, and one of the first letters I received and I regret I never followed up on it. Maybe some genealogist in audience can follow up for me, but I received a letter from a gentleman named Biden — Biden, my name — from Mumbai, asserting that we were related. Seriously. Suggesting that our mutual, great, great, great, something or other worked for the East India Trading Company back in the 1700s and came to Mumbai. And so I was thinking about it, if that’s true, I might run here in India for office. I might be qualified. But I’ve never followed up on it. But now that I’m back for the multiple times, I’m going to follow up to find out whether there is a Biden and whether we’re related. I hope he’s in good standing if we are. - Vice President Joe Biden in India last week

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Forgotten Heroes

Avi Heiligman

The Demise of Germany’s Secret Weapon: The Bismarck


here was a time during WWII that only one country stood between Hitler ym”sh and victory in Europe. Between May 1940 and June 1941, Great Britain was the only country that Germany hadn’t defeated. The Nazis used all of their weapons in their arsenal to try and make Churchill surrender but the British prime minister was just as tough-skinned as the rest of the country. German planes bombed England day and night but couldn’t win the Battle of Britain. Submarines, known as U-boats, sank myriad ships but couldn’t put a complete stranglehold on British supplies coming across the Atlantic. Troops couldn’t be sent to invade the islands until the skies and sea lanes had been cleared. Finally, Hitler decided it was time to unleash his most frightful weapon built to date—the super battleship Bismarck. England had to sink her before she wreaked havoc and changed the course of the war. After WWI, Germany’s military was to be reduced under international law. However, Hitler was secretly building up forces including warships. The Bismarck’s keel was laid down in 1936 and was commissioned in 1940. She displaced 41,000 tons, making her Europe’s largest battleship to operate during WWII. She carried a crew of over 2,000 men and officers and was captained by Günther Lütjens. The Bismarck had eight 15-inch guns that fired warheads weighing 1,700 pounds. There was thick arma-

2,200 Germans died in the battle

ment, and her maximum speed was 32.5 knots, which is very fast for a ship that size. Their first mission was to sink as many enemy ships and merchantmen as possible. The heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen was to accompany the massive battleship. There were some mistakes surrounding the Bismarck that proved fatal in her first voyage. The first had to do with the overall planning of the German Navy.

The high command did not see the advantages on building an aircraft carrier, and there would be some parts of the ocean that the ships would be sailing that were out of range from supporting landbased aircraft. The British, on the other hand, learned about the upcoming trip and sent the Ark Royal, an aircraft carrier, to attack if the opportunity presented itself. Another error was that the ship’s fuel tanks were damaged and weren’t repaired in time. Additionally, fuel was used at an incredible rate and therefore, the ship ran out at a critical time. There were other defects with the ship, such as the radar was placed near the guns and were disabled when the Bismarck fired her first salvo. Her anti-aircraft guns were antiquated and even though they were supposed to be replaced, she went into battle without proper defense against aircraft. The two-ship convoy left Poland on May 19, 1941. There were additional sailors aboard in the occasion that if the Bismarck captured a ship, it wouldn’t have to be sunk; the German sailors would be able to navigate it back to Germany. The next day, a flight of Swedish planes spotted the Germans and reported their positions. On the 21st, planes from the British Coastal Command reported that the Germans were nearing Norway. The Brits then sent two cruisers, the Norfolk and the Suffolk, to the Denmark Straits to intercept them. The Germans were fully aware that the British knew of their movements but continued north anyways. The Bismarck fired her guns for the first time on May 23rd at the two British cruisers. There were no hits and the British called for reinforcements against the behemoth ship. Two of the biggest ships in the British Navy, the battleship Prince of Wales and the battle cruiser Hood, joined the chase as it went into the next day. The Battle of the Denmark Strait started just before 6AM on the 24th when the Hood fired upon what she thought was the Bismarck. It was the Prinz Eugen and it was some time before she corrected her firing target. Other British ships joined the battle, and the Bismarck was hit and flooding reduced her speed a little. Both German ships focused their guns on the Hood, and she was hit. Bismarck then launched a 15-inch shell, which caused a huge explosion on the

Hood. She sank in three minutes, taking down 1,400 sailors with her. There were only three survivors. Fortunately, the Prince of Wales got away before the Bismarck was able to set course and follow. Calls for a revenge action were in the air as the British now knew of the devastating potential of the Bismarck. Several other British ships, including three battleships and an aircraft carrier, started in pursuit of the Bismarck as the Germans made another huge blunder by detaching the Prinz Eugen. The carrier Victorious sent off nine Swordfish torpedo bombers. Although one scored a hit, the Bismarck sustained minimal damage. Another small action was taken on the 24th with no hits recorded. The Bismarck was now being trailed by several huge British ships and more were on their way to intercept her. Admiral Lutjens told his crew that several U-boats were on their way to help but their situation was dire. The best they could expect to do was sink another battleship or two. The crew became depressed when they found that they were headed towards France instead of going back to Norway. During the night, the Bismarck slipped away from the screening ships and would have lost the British completely if only a Catalina flying boat from the Coastal Command that was at the extreme range of her patrol zone had not seen her. The plane reported the new position to the British Navy who immediately began to tack her again. On the 26th, the carrier Ark Royal was within striking range and sent two flights of Swordfish torpedo bombers off her deck. The weather was foul and the planes would have a tough time finding the super battleship. The first flight was ineffectual and even began attacking a British cruiser but the second round struck home. Three torpedoes hit the Bismarck with devastating effect. One of them wrecked the steering gear and damaged the rudder so that the Bismarck was only able to turn in slow circles. Her speed was reduced to a slow 10 knots as the British sent in even more ships to shadow her and close in at the perfect time. The Bismarck, though severely wounded, still had her powerful guns that were pointed towards the trailing British. By now, the Germans knew they

Germany's secret weapon, the Bismarck

were doomed as Lutjens informed headquarters that they will fight to the last shell. Hitler promised help in the form of Junkers bombers and U-boats but the help never came. The Brits were still on the prowl and even though some ships had to leave the fight due to low fuel, five destroyers kept an eye on their enemy all night. Three of them attacked with torpedoes but were only able to inflict minimal damage. At dawn on the 27th, the battleship King George V led the attack. She and the Rodney poured 14 inch shells in the direction of the Bismarck. They were soon hitting their target. The Bismarck was still firing despite being hit multiple times and directed her fire solely on the Rodney. But soon, the Bismarck was startled from scores of shells coming in from multiple ships. Her decks were on fire and her main turrets were out of commission. An hour and a half later, the battle ended with the Bismarck dead in the water and most of her crew, especially the ones stationed topside, dead. Still the Bismarck wouldn’t sink. The Germans themselves scuttled the ship and the survivors jumped into the icy waters. Probably 300 sailors made it into the water but only 110 were picked up by British destroyers. Two more were picked up the next day by a German weather ship. Altogether, 2,200 Germans drowned and the pride of the German Navy was no longer a threat. Within a year, both the Russians and Americans were embroiled in the war and the threat to invade Britain never materialized.

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


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Cover Story To See and Be Seen – Agudath Israel’s National Leadership Mission to Washington By: Shoshana Bernstein

Photo credit: Frank Storch

On the steps of the Senate

The depth and breadth of Agudath Israel of America’s reach was clearly illustrated on Thursday, July 25th when over 200 delegates from across the United States and Canada joined together in Agudath Israel’s highly impressive and impactful National Leadership Mission to Washington. The thrilling opportunity to view imposing landmarks and interact with high ranking government leaders  was further elevated with the unified involvement of so many informed, intelligent, professional, and respectful participants, and served as the ultimate exemplification of “see and be seen,” creating a kiddush Hashem of immeasurable value. The Mission, organized by Rabbi Shlomo Gertzulin, Agudath Israel’s Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration, and Rabbi Abba Cohen, Vice President for Federal Government Affairs, was divided into three sessions. Each resulted in extremely worthy dia-

logue regarding such issues as support for the security of Israel, the preservation of the social safety net, school choice, and national and international security as it pertains to the Orthodox Jewish population at home and abroad. Agudath Israel’s capacity to effect change and forward momentum in these and other areas was in fact remarked upon in a meeting the preceding day between the organization’s Board of Trustees and  the leadership of the United States House of Representatives, during which House Majority Leader Eric Cantor commented, “I’ve always admired Agudath Israel for their grassroots ability.” Rabbi Yehiel Kalish, Agudath Israel’s National Director of Government Affairs, observed, “When the Speaker himself says he will use his office to help pass School Choice legislation in states across the country it gives us the credibility and support necessary to achieve;

Maryland Delegates with Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD)

made possible when caring individuals take the time to support the work of Agudath Israel.” The Treasury Department – Money on our Minds First on the agenda was a visit to the Department of Treasury. Anticipation ran high as participants patiently awaited their turn to pass through tight security checks.  Once inside the imposing Treasury building, delegates headed for the Media Room and were greeted by Rosie Rios, the 43rd Treasurer of the United States, who welcomed Agudath Israel and, after providing an overview of the Treasury’s activities, talked about plans to release the Raoul Wallenberg Congressional Gold Medal and invited ongoing interaction between Agudath Israel at the Treasury Department. David Cohen, Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, then took to the podium and provided

Participants in the Mission to Washington - Shrage Goldschmidt, Chaim Leshkowitz, Naftali Leshkowitz

fascinating insights into the significant steps the Treasury Department has taken in regard to Iran sanctions and ending the financing through domestic groups, of terrorism overseas. He reflected that in some aspects the work of his department dovetails with the efforts and concern of Agudath Israel regarding security in the Middle East.  Mr. Cohen’s remarks were followed by those of Eytan Fisch and Daniel Moger, Assistant Directors for Policy, Office of Foreign Assets Control. Mark Mazur, Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy, then addressed one of the most pressing concerns of our communities – the current Administration’s intent regarding tax reforms as they pertain to businesses, individuals, and charitable institutions.   Looming budget cuts, as well as the future viability of the charitable deduction, were also discussed.  School Choice and the urgent need to mitigate the prohibitive tuition costs our communities face was one recurring and

Leon Goldenberg, member of Agudath Israel’s Board of Trustees, greeting Senator Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)


highly relevant dialogue, raised by Daniel Retter, Esq.   His comments were underscored by Rabbi Meir Melnicke, who suggested that the separation between Church and State would not be implicated through governmental subsidization of the secular teachers within yeshivos and other religious schools.  The Treasury session then concluded, Mr. Mazur having clearly enjoyed the interactive and informed exchanges of information. Luncheon at the Senate – Food for Thought Towering ceilings, carved edifices, hushed hallways, and beautifully appointed rooms created an appropriately sophisticated venue for the Senate Luncheon and the procession of prominent senators and congresspersons who graced Agudath Israel with their presence and rousing support,  even while a vote was occurring on the Senate floor. As attendees took their seats to enjoy a catered lunch, Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, Executive Vice President of Agudath Israel, began by reflecting, “I can only imagine the nachas Rav Moshe Sherer z’l would have, in seeing how our numbers and impact have grown and expanded.” Throughout the luncheon, Rabbi Zwiebel introduced each speaker with his trademark eloquence, thanking them for their contributions and services

The Mission was preceded by a special internal meeting of Agudath Israel’s Board of Trustees, under the Directorship of Mr. Shlomo Werdiger, which took place on Wednesday in the venerable Mayflower Renaissance Hotel. Earlier in the day, the Board met with the leadership of the United States House of Representatives: Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Congressman Edward R. Royce, Chairman, Foreign Affairs Committee and Congressman John Kline, Chairman of the Education and Workforce Committee.

Agudath Israel’s Board of Trustees on the bus to the Capitol before the Mission

Walking into the Capitol

on behalf of our communities. Among the speakers and the themes addressed were: Senator Dan Coats (RIN), whose long-time relationship with Agudath Israel includes his championing of School Choice and religious liberty protections, particularly in the workplace; Senator Mark Begich (DAK), who has been recently elevated to a Democratic leadership position and

Rabbi Labish Becker, Rabbi Abba Cohen and Nat Lewin Esq.

Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) with Abba Cohen

With Eric Cantor, House Majority Leader

Wth Eric Cantor, House Majority Leader

has made outreach to the Orthodox Jewish community on domestic and foreign policy issues a priority;  and Senator James Risch (R-ID), who emphasized religious freedom and rights and went on to discuss the Iran nuclear threat and its negative impact on the region.  Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) stressed the non-negotiable baseline recognition of the right of Israel to exist, particularly

at a time where Middle East negotiations are being restarted; and Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) spoke about the Jewish community and religious values, pointing out, “The Waterbury Yeshiva has transformed the community—morally and economically.” The importance of Agudath Israel’s work in Washington was underscored by Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), who

Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, Executive Vice President, Agudath Israel of America, greets Senator David Vitter (R-LA)

Reb Shlomo Werdiger, Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Senator Mark Begich (D-AK)

The Lefkowitz Young Leadership Initiative – A Vital Link in the Chain One of the most pivotal and heartwarming components of the Mission to Washington was the participation of the younger generation. Known as the LLI, the initiative is helmed by Rabbi Shai Markowitz whose tireless efforts this past year, under the guidance of Rabbi Yehiel Kalish, have successfully brought new, young, vibrant, and committed askanim to the tabl – realizing the impassioned views of Rabbi Yisroel Lefkowitz a’h regarding the

pressing need for younger representation. Rabbi Markowitz observed, “The presence of more than 25 members of the LLI provides the Mission, and the organization itself, with a youthful energy, and more importantly, allows the concerns of the younger generation to be heard at the highest levels, adding to the overall success of the day.” The importance of the Lefkowitz Young Leadership Initiative was underscored by Mr.

Shlomo Werdiger, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, who closed the Senate luncheon session by sharing that the involvement of younger askanim gives the older askanim chizuk to go on.  “The needs in klal Yisroel are greater than ever before.  Seeing the younger generation coming and caring, we know our efforts over the years are not for naught and the work we have done will be passed down and carried on.”  When asked for his motivation for taking part in the

event, Yehoshua Krupenia from Cleveland commented, “Today’s Mission is a way to gain a broader vantage of what Agudath Israel does on a national level and a gateway for further involvement.” Yitzchok Frank and Dovid Malcmacher, also from Ohio, concurred. ”Whether at the local, state, or federal level, Agudath Israel provides a voice, trying to improve the lives of Yidden.  It’s important for frum Jews to come together and show politicians that we care and we

need their help.” Both agreed on the need for more young people to get involved and planned to relay that message to their compatriots at home. Yoely Edelstein summed up the day’s overall impact upon the LLI contingency succinctly, stating, “Although it has been 90 plus years since the founding of Agudath Israel, evidently, the Agudah’s ideals of caring about the greater good of klal Yisroel are still as relevant as ever.”

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Nechemiah Hoch (LLI) in the White House

Chaskel Bennett, Member of the Board of Trustees

commended the gathering, saying, “It is critically important that we continue to engage in the political system, and you, Agudath Israel, do that very effectively.” Senator David Vitter (R-LA) thanked Agudath Israel for its activism on so many important issues. In addition to the Senators who addressed the Mission delegates, a number of prominent members of the House of Representatives participated in the lunch gathering as well. Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-NY) of Queens was lauded for her leadership in the effort to ensure the eligibility of Houses of Worship for federal disaster relief assistance post Hurricane Sandy. Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), the ranking Demo-

Daniel Retter, Esq. in the White House

crat on the House Judiciary Subcommittee, received an appreciative round of applause for the legislation he recently introduced to expand the earned income tax credit for larger families, a highly impactful step for Orthodox families.  Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), declared his support for cost-effective education for the Jewish community; and Congressman Chris Gibson (R-NY) as well as New Jersey Assemblyman Gary Schaer were acknowledged by Rabbi Zwiebel. Special guest Nathan Lewin, Esq. described his latest legal initiatives on behalf of the Jewish community, after being introduced by Rabbi Zwiebel as “A towering giant who has used his legal expertise for the good of the klal.” 

Reb Shlomo Werdiger, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Agudath Israel of America, addresses the Mission

Rabbi Abba Cohen, Agudath Israel’s Vice President for Federal Affairs and Washington Director and Counsel

Attendees were surprised and delighted by the participation of Canadian MP Mark Adler who accompanied Mr. Mark Mandelbaum of Toronto. So impressed was Mr. Adler with the obvious scope of Agudath Israel’s impact in Washington, he vowed to go back to Toronto and create a similar event with members of Agudath Israel in Canada and the Canadian government in Ottawa. Duvie Perkowski and Chaim Zelmanowitz from Lakewood, both young participants, shared their impressions of the luncheon, “Hearing all the Congressmen and Senators speak so positively about Agudath Israel is a clear indication that Agudah’s reach is very far and very well respected.”    

Mark Mazur, Assistant Secretary of Tax Policy

Senators Dan Coats (R-IN) and Pat Roberts (R-KS)

The White House – Interaction at the Highest Level The Mission then made its way to the culminating event of the day—a visit to the White House.   Once through the three point security check, delegates and staff were politely guided by numerous interns through the winding hallways to the South Court Auditorium where the flag-adorned stage provided the perfect backdrop for group photos before the start of the program.   A hush descended as Matt Nosanchuk, Associate Director, White House Office of Public Engagement, welcomed everyone and commenced the session.  Prem Kumar, Senior Director for Middle East and North Africa, National Security Staff, displayed his vast knowl-

Ira Forman, the State Department’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, recieving a standing ovation

Celebrating Major Milestones in Orthodox Jewish Relations with Washington While the Agudath Israel Washington Mission focused on the pressing issues of the day, one of the recurring highlights of the Mission was the focus on major milestones of the Orthodox Jewish community’s historical relationship with the American government. At the Treasury Department, the Orthodox group noted the historic role of US Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau in moving the FDR administration to recognize the atrocities being perpetrated against Jews in Eastern

Europe. It was in October 1943 that some 400 Orthodox rabbis traveled to the White House to plead with the US Government to rescue Jews from the furnaces of Nazi Germany. “While FDR refused to see the rabbis, who were reluctantly seen by Vice President Henry Wallace, it was Secretary Morgenthau at the urging of Agudath Israel and the Vaad Hatzalah, who successfully implored the Roosevelt Administration to rescue Jews, which resulted in the creation of the War Board,” said Menachem Lubinsky, a member of

the Board of Trustees of Agudath Israel. “For this we are eternally grateful.” In meetings with the leadership of the US House of Representatives, Agudath Israel leaders spoke of their long-standing relationship with Congress on issues relating to Jewish education.  One leader pointed out: “It was 53 years ago that the late leader of Agudath Israel, Rabbi Morris Sherer, became the first Jew to testify before Congress in favor of constitutional aid to private schools, including yeshivas, an event considered so

newsworthy that it was covered by the New York Times in its front page. At the luncheon in the US Senate, an impressive parade of senators and congressmen joined the delegates in acknowledging yet another milestone in the history of Agudath Israel’s historic pre-eminent role in representing the growing Orthodox Jewish community in the US.  “We are celebrating 25 years since Rabbi Moshe Sherer opened the Agudah Washington Office as the very first full-time Orthodox advocacy office in the

nation’s capital,” said Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel. “For the past 24 years,” Rabbi Zwiebel said, “Agudath Israel’s Washington Office has been (and will continue to be, G-d willing, for many more years to come) under the leadership of Rabbi Abba Cohen, who is one of the most well-known and best-respected Jewish representatives in D.C. Abba brings G-dliness and a sense of dignity to the halls of government – no small accomplishment in the rough and tumble arena of American politics.”


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edge and expertise on matters pertaining to the Israel-Palestinian peace process, injecting humor into a serious and comprehensive dialogue, declaring that just one of the myriad conflicts in the Middle East would be “dayenu.” Questions raised by Agudath Israel delegates showcased the deep concern of the Orthodox Jewish community regarding the IsraelPalestinian conflict, the Iranian threat, and the crises in Egypt and Syria. Next to speak was Melissa Rogers, Special Assistant to the President and Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.  Her sincerity and devotion was clear as she described her office’s ongoing efforts to coordinate financial and non- financial assistance on a range of federal social service programs, such as food and nutrition, healthcare, and disaster relief.  Rabbi Abba Cohen commended Ms. Rogers for her efforts, describing her as “one of the most prominent scholars and advocates of religious liberty in our country.”  He cited her

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Moshe Gold, Abba Cohen, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Menachem Lubinsky and Shlomo Gertzulin

Candian MP Mark Adler with Agudath Israel representatives from Toronto David Kutner and Mordechai Mandelbaum

office’s recent initiatives to ensure that yeshivos would not lose their lunch programs under recent USDA revisions. Emotions ran high when Ira Forman, the State Department’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, shared his chilling insights into the alarming increase of anti-Semitism abroad, and recent restrictions on religious practices such as bris milah and shechitah. Mr. Chaskel Bennet brought everyone to their feet with his impassioned and moving plea for Mr. Forman’s assistance in ending Yanky Ostreicher’s two year imprisonment in Bolivia.  “I beg you from the bottom of my heart; please use your office to save this American citizen right now!” Mr. Forman was visibly moved by the appeal.  Upon the completion of his presentation, he earned a loud and lengthy round of appreciative applause. The final address came from Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, who voiced her knowledge of Agudath Israel’s involvement with the DHS on many is-

Senator James Risch (R-ID) addressing the crowd

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sues.   The Secretary demonstrated her keen understanding and vast scope of involvement as she fielded numerous questions regarding security concerns, including that of our yeshivos and shuls, from several members of the audience who thanked her for her years of service. “This is Agudath Israel at its best,” enthused Rabbi Labish Becker, the organization’s Executive Director, as he reflected on the day. “Fulfilling our core, essential mission of representing klal Yisroel to the governmental authorities

Lefkowitz Leadership Initiative members at the White House

and forming positive, mutually appreciated relationships with them to ensure their ongoing support on behalf of Eretz Yisrael, Jewish education, security and our ability to function as religious Jews.” Shoshana Bernstein, SB Writing & Communications, is a freelance writer whose expertise includes research and analysis covering a wide range of relevant issues. She is a staff writer at Binah Magazine and can be reached at

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Health & Fitness Devorah Gerber Schmeltz

Building Muscle Tone Dear Devorah, I’m looking to help my almost 6-year-old daughter improve her overall muscle strength. Any fun activities you can suggest? Raizy Dear Raizy, There are many fun activities that build on strengthening one’s body. Here are a few suggestions. Outdoors Playground. Encourage your daughter to use the monkey bars. If it is too hard, you can modify the activity by supporting her as needed by her legs. Sidewalk Chalk. Your daughter will need to recruit her shoulder girdle muscles down to her hands while she plasters her artistic skills on the sidewalk; even better, have her use a spray bottle to ‘erase’ her pictures. (The squeezing mechanism on the spray bottle works the muscles in her hands.) Car Wash. (Especially refreshing on a hot summer day!) Using big sponges, this activity also works on upper body strengthening. Relay Races. Make it fun by inviting her friends and neighbors. Races can include running, frog jumps, galloping, hopping, etc.

Indoors Wheelbarrow Walking. Step Push Ups. While sitting on the edge of a carpeted step, your daughter’s hands should be positioned on the step above her (palms flat on the surface). Support your child’s leg by her ankles and have her push up to the next step. Aim to do 8 step push ups. Play Ball. Challenge your daughter to catch a large exercise ball and throw back to you. It is harder than you think! Trampoline. Jump on an indoor trampoline. There are many more activities and so many can fall into your daily routines. These may include having her arrange the chairs in the room, schlep bags from the car, and help dig dirt when gardening. Enjoy!

Devorah (Gerber) Schmeltz, MS OTR/L is a 2003 alumnus of Downstate Medical Center’s OT Program. She worked as a senior occupational therapist at United Cerebral Palsy’s Brooklyn Children’s Program for 9 years. Currently, Devorah runs a private practice, Bumble & Tumble Occupational Therapy P.C in Far Rockaway. Your questions and comments are welcome. She can be reached at BumbleTumbleTherapy@ or 917-971-5327.

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ast Monday, I gave a talk on self-esteem. I also talked about this topic at the OU Marriage Retreat and so did another presenter. It appears that people can’t hear enough about it. Do you know what I think? I’m starting to believe that most of the pain in this world would not happen if people esteemed themselves as much as they deserve. Without self-esteem, people get into abusive relationships, hurt others, and make poor career choices. Without self-esteem, people look for others to blame, feel hurt for no reason, become depressed, and don’t reach for their dreams. How does all this get started? Why would a perfectly okay person be bogged down with low self-esteem? You see, we all are basically okay. You don’t believe that? Let me tell you why you don’t believe it: The old messages – the wrong ones you got from

your parents – have too much power. They’re wrong but because they are further down inside our brains, they “feel” correct. Your rational mind can tell you these messages are faulty; after all, our lives seem to prove that they’re erroneous: You have done well in your profession, you’ve raised good children, people respect you. Nevertheless, there’s that haunting, nagging voice at the very bottom of your mind telling you terrible things about your-

self. The reason that voice sounds real is simply because children – vulnerable and innocent creatures that they are – look up to their parents almost

• My husband tells me I’m smart Notice, you are not actually saying, “I am smart” because you want to avoid that little voice in your head jumping on you with a “No, you’re

I’m starting to believe that most of the pain in this world would not happen if people esteemed themselves as much as they deserve.

as gods. Whatever messages their parents gave must be true even if they aren’t. And so we are pulled back and forth from rationality to that subterranean feeling that what is irrational is nevertheless true. This must be overcome. You cannot afford to live your life one more day under the influence of such destructive messages. One of the best ways to counteract these dreadful messages is with affirmations. Affirmations are positive statements that you can make about yourself. Don’t hesitate to start making them! For example, let’s say part of you doesn’t feel so smart. However, you’re an attorney; you’re successful with your cases and the judge just smiled at you for your clever closing yesterday. That’s a sure sign that the feeling of not being so smart comes from mistaken messages. A set of affirmations might read like this: • I am skilled at closing arguments in court • I win lots of tough cases • My friends admire my intelligence

not!” You make positive, affirmative statements that are true and that you truly believe. And make them ten and twenty times a day. By doing it often, you are encouraging the growth of new pathways in your brain so the old messages will fade out. I have some more ways to make affirmations seem real instead of something you don’t believe and you can read all twelve ways to do it by texting your name and email to 516-628-0677. You will receive a link to an affirmation download. Another important way to combat the wrong-headed messages is to stop the negative thoughts as they start to take shape in your mind. You can immediately tell them, “Stop! Go away; you’re not wanted and you’re not true.” You really can do that. In fact, I encourage you to say all that out loud. When you do that, not only are you thinking the “stopping thought,” but you are hearing yourself say it and you are practicing the concept by saying it out loud. No one will think you’re crazy because you’re talking to yourself; just wear your Bluetooth. A vital ally in combatting low self-esteem is having friends who affirm you. Choose well. Hang out with people you respect who respect you back. Hang out with friends who are kind, generous souls whose opinion you value. If such people really like and admire you, then there must be more good to you than you are owning up to. Take in what they say; hear

it and allow it to sink deep into your heart. I am not saying that you shouldn’t have amongst your friends people with troubles; we all have troubles; we’ve all made mistakes. Some of them are whoppers. But the key thing is: Did your friends learn from their mistakes? Did they grow? Can they look back on their histories and forgive themselves for the choices they made because they didn’t know any better at the time? Are they happy people? If you answered “Yes” to all these questions, then you have chosen your friends well. One of the best antidotes to problematic self-esteem is reaching higher. If you think you could be better at something, then get the training and experience you need to be better. Work on it! Rather than put yourself down for your lack, raise yourself up by filling that gap. And be proud of yourself in that process. It is far more praiseworthy to overcome an obstacle than to have been born perfect, and no one is perfect except Hashem, anyway. Finally, forgive yourself. If you work hard to be better and you still don’t make it, don’t be hard on yourself. There is a fine line between being kind to yourself and allowing mistakes on the one hand and having such low standards that you can’t ever improve. It’s important to be realistic and set the bar just high enough that you can reach and be pleased with success: not too high and not too low.

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

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What Are They Doing? Understanding Brand’s Strategies H&M: America Wants to Look Good


t’s long been said and discussed in the fashion industry: Why is it that Americans don’t particularly care about how they look? Why are they always the least well-dressed? Why do Europeans always gossip about how they can spot an American by the way they lack style? Americans simply don’t care. While Europeans in general care about their fashion, in the past, fashion in the U.S. was generally reserved for the upper class and the social elites. Average Americans would buy what felt comfortable and go with that. Ever since the 70s when it became social norm to lose the jacket, suit and tie, Americans went for what was comfortable and decently-priced. Stores such as JCPenney, Sears and even GAP and Old Navy did a good job of offering low-cost, comfortable, decent quality clothes. T-shirts, jeans and sneakers were what the average American wanted, bought and wore. A typical, middle-class American bought and wore their first suit if there was a wedding, funeral or some other family event they had to attend. It was even common for

someone to be wearing a suit for the first time by their own wedding. While a lot of Americans are still happy with this, times have changed. Nowadays, many Americans do care about how they look and that’s where stores such as H&M come in.

Second Largest Global Clothing Retailer H&M (Hennes & Mauritz) is a Swedish multinational retail-clothing company known for its fast-fashion clothing for men, women, teenagers and children. It has stores in 43 coun-

now? Why does the Millennial (folks born in the ‘80s, ‘90s and early 2000’s) generation care? Why are other retailers having a hard time adapting to this trend and offering the same? The reasons most Americans didn’t particularly care about the way they

A typical, middle-class American bought and wore their first suit if there was a wedding, funeral or some other family event.

tries and as of 2011, employed around 94,000 people. The first store was opened on the high street of Västerås, Sweden in 1947. By the end of 2011, the chain had 2,325 stores, and 2,629 stores at the end of August 2012. It is ranked the second largest global clothing retailer, just behind Spain-based Inditex (parent company of ZARA), and leads over third largest global clothing retailer, United States-based GAP Inc. H&M opened its first U.S. store in New York City, on Fifth Avenue (at 51st Street) in March 2000. The company offers young Americans from middle income families the opportunity to look like they’re wearing clothes from a much higher end retailer at a fraction of the cost it would have cost them if they were to purchase their clothes at a more expensive store.

looked or had too much interest in fashion was due to two main factors: 1. As discussed above, in the ‘70s, Americans and those in western countries went through a transition. It’s the same transition we are seeing in the Middle East, where, due to the internet, individuals are becoming more educated on how people in other countries live. That is what is causing the unrest in the region today. At a much lower level, this is what took place in the late ‘60s and continued into the ‘80s. When growing up with a TV at home, people started questioning the norms. Until the ‘70s, college students wore uniforms that usually required a jacket, slacks and sometimes a tie. Then came the ‘70s and students didn’t want to fit into a mold. They wanted to question society’s norms and create new paths of self-expression. With this came not caring about the way they looked and focusing on self-comfort above all. And while the whole hippie movement didn’t last too long, the overall sense of not caring about fitting in spilled into the general culture. When the folks of the ‘70s started raising their own families, they raised them without a care or emphasis on fashion.

Times Are A’Changing So why didn’t the average American care about the way they look until

Back to Basics The reason Millennials care about their fashion comes from a number of

factors. Growing up, they experienced uncertainties due to the ’08 crash and terrorist threats that have become the norm. Today there is a focus on the environment and health, and they feel a need for security and have a desire to get back to the basics. Security leads to a need for order and a desire for things to make sense. With it, comes fashion. People start caring more about how they look and how they’re perceived. H&M, being a European-based company, happened to be lucky being in the right place at the right time. All the clothier did was bring European fashion to the U.S. It was fortunate for them that Americans have begun to care more about how they look and need to dress more economically. No longer can Americans spend with abandon, but no longer do they care about comfort over style. H&M swept onto the shores of America at the perfect time. The reason other American big retailers are so late to the trend is due to the fact that while a lot of Millennials started caring about fashion, there are still a lot of those generation who still value comfort over style. There’s still a market for GAP and JCPenney and even those retailers have begun to try to introduce more fashion-based lines. H&M did not have to transition; they were always a European fashion company offering high fashion at low cost. So there’s no big secret strategy behind H&M’s success—it just happens to be lucky. But they better watch out; competition is growing as it becomes apparent that more and more Americans want high fashion at reasonable costs.

Jay Spok is the founder and creative director of Spok Global, a business development firm with offices in New York and Chicago, IL. Connect with Jay on Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+. His office can be reached at 718-427-2202 or at tiffany@

Rebbetzin Naomi N. Herzberg

The Art of Tie-Dye ½ cup of dye. 8. Use plastic squeeze bottles to apply the dyes. Transfer the colors into individual squeeze bottles and label each one with the name of the color. 9. When dyeing one color, make sure to constantly turn the fabrics or clothing in a large pail for at least an hour before letting it sit. 10. Squeeze the bottle one color at a time onto the fabric as strategically as possible. 11. 100% natural fibers, such as ramie, linen, rayon and cotton work best. Fabrics that are 50%/50% do not take color well. The more percentage of a natural fiber, the better the dye color will take. 12. Place the fabrics or clothing in a plastic bag. It should remain there untouched for 24 hours. 13. Rinse in a sink under cold running water. 14. Open up the folded and tied areas. 15. Place in the washing machine with hot water and let sit for 30 minutes. 16. Place fabric softener in the machine, then turn on the machine. It should go through a complete washing cycle. 17. For intricate designs that require the use of numerous colors, this process should be repeated with each new color, as needed. 18. These designs are wonderful additions to already existing tee shirts, solid colored scarves, and all solid colored accessories, etc. 19. RIT dye is the easiest and most convenient dye to use when working alone or with students in the art room. 20. For a more sophisticated approach to tie-dyeing, look for other tie-dyeing products. Included in the list

of popular tie-dyeing products are: Afterfix, Alter Ego Dyes Fixative, Alum, Bleach-Stop, Bleach Thickener, Calsolene Oil, Citric Acid Powder, deColou-

rant and deColourant Plus, Dharma color Remover, Dharma Discharge Paste, Dharma Professional Textile Detergent, , Fire Retardant Spray, iDye Color In-

tensifier, iDye Color Remover iDye Sunblocker, Industrial Polyester Dye Carrier, Jacquard AirFix, Jacquard iDye Fixative, Jacquard Silk Salt, Ludigal F, Milsoft, Optic Whitener, Reduran Handcleaner, Retayne, Soda Ash Fixer, Sodium Alginate, Superclear, Synthrapol, and Water Softener. Follow the instructions for each individual product.

Rebbetzin Naomi N. Herzberg is a professional art educator, artist and designer. Among her known artwork is a floral sculpture presented to Tipper Gore, Blair House, Washington, D.C. Presently she is the Director of Operations at Shulamith School for Girls. Please feel free to email nherzberg@ with questions and suggestions for future columns.

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ie-dye is an art form that is accomplished by crumbling, folding, twisting, or sewing down parts of fabrics or clothing. After this is completed, string, rubber bands, or other items are tied to control the flow of color as much as possible. (Whatever means are used to tie must be easily removable later on, so please keep this in mind while choosing what to use.) Dyes mixed to specifications are squeezed onto the fabrics or clothing pieces. There is a certain amount of color control, but there still is an element of surprise involved. The parts of the fabrics that are covered do not absorb the dye. Once the fabrics or clothing are opened up, the surprise patterns will appear. For unusual designs please use the following instructions: 1. Make sure that you use rubber gloves while working. (The dyes will stain the skin and are hard to remove. 2. Cover all surfaces with disposable paper or plastic. 3. Wash clothing in lukewarm water. (Boiled water should not be used.) Only black dye does require the use of hot water. 4. Crumble, fold or twist the fabric or piece of clothing. 5. Tie with string, stitch, or place rubber bands around the crumbled, folded or twisted piece. 6. Mix each color fabric dye according to specifications on the package of dye in a disposable plastic pitcher or container. 7. Wash out the container thoroughly before mixing another color in it. Each color requires a separate container. General measurements are: 1 cup of lukewarm water to 2 tsp of dye. 1 pint of lukewarm water to 4 tsp of dye. 1 quart of lukewarm water to 8 tsp of dye and 1 gallon of lukewarm water to

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A Sweeter Take on Cookies Soft ‘n Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies Ingredients ½ cup salted butter or margarine, softened to room temperature ½ cup light brown sugar ¼ cup sugar 1 egg ¾ cup creamy peanut butter 1 tsp vanilla extract ½ tsp baking soda 1-¼ cups flour ½ tsp salt if you are not using salted butter Preparation Cream the butter and sugars together on medium speed. Mix in the peanut butter, egg, and vanilla (in that order). Scrape down the sides as needed. Slowly mix in the baking soda and flour. Do not over-mix. Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator. Preheat oven to 350°. Roll dough into balls. Place onto ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 8-9 minutes. Cookies will be soft and may appear undone. They will firm up as they cool. Allow to cool completely before serving.

Chocolate Meringue Cookies Ingredients 6 egg whites, room temperature 1/16 teaspoon cream of tartar 1/16 teaspoon salt 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar ¼ cup cocoa powder Preparation Beat egg whites on low speed, while mixing in the cream of tartar, salt, confectioners’ sugar, and dark cocoa powder, one tablespoon at a time. Make sure all the dry ingredients are completely incorporated into the egg whites, and then increase the beater speed to medium-high and whip the mixture until the meringue forms stiff, glossy peaks. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Pipe 2-inch rounds of the meringue onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, place the meringues into the oven and shut the door. Turn off the heat and allow the “forgotten” cookies to slowly bake overnight, for approximately 8 hours.

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Black & White Cookies Ingredients ½ cup unsalted butter or margarine, softened to room temperature ½ cup granulated ½ cup brown sugar 1 large egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup flour ½ cup + 2 TBS unsweetened cocoa powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/8 teaspoon salt 2 TBS milk or soymilk 1-¼ cup white chocolate chips, plus a few more to sprinkle on top Preparation Cream the butter on medium speed and then add the sugars. Cream until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla. In a separate medium-size bowl, toss the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt together. Slowly add to the wet ingredients. The dough will be very thick. By hand, stir in the milk, then fold in the white chocolate chips. The dough will be thick and very sticky. Chill for at least 2 hours and up to 36 hours, covered. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. Take 2 TBS of chilled dough and roll into a ball. Place on cookie sheet and press a few more white chocolate chips on the tops, if desired. Bake for 12 minutes. Cookies will appear undone and very soft. Press down (gently) if cookies are too puffy. Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for at least 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Vanishing Oatmeal Cookies Ingredients ½ cup plus 6 TBS butter or margarine, softened ¾ cup brown sugar ½ cup sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla 1-½ cups flour 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp salt (optional) 3 cups oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked) 1 cup raisins Preparation Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Add oats and raisins; mix well. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely before serving.

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Granola Bars

Ingredients 2 cups old-fashioned oats ¼ cup sweetened flake coconut ¼ cup raisins 1/8 cup mini chocolate chips ½ cup chopped pecans, toasted or Sunflower seeds, if desired 1-¼ teaspoons ground cinnamon 6 tablespoons applesauce 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar 3 tablespoons honey or maple syrup Preparation Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 9-inch square baking pan with foil, allowing foil to extend over sides. Grease foil. Mix oats, coconut, raisins, pecans and cinnamon in bowl. Mix the sweeteners and applesauce in a bowl. Pour sweeteners mixture over oat mixture and stir until well-coated. Transfer to prepared pan. Press mixture evenly into pan. Bake oat mixture until top is golden brown, about 30 minutes. Let it cool. Cut into 18 bars.

Quick & Easy Pizza Dough

During the summertime after day camp we need to come up with ideas to keep the kids entertained till bed time. This is a great way to keep them busy and well-fed: let them make their own pizza for dinner! This recipe is really easy and kids really love to make and eat their own creations. Each child can make their own dough by hand then use a wide variety of toppings, such as peppers, tomatoes, onions, olives, mushrooms, and even pineapple (a favorite in Australia). We also use tomato sauce and a choice of different spices. The recipe below makes one 12-inch pie, which usually comes out to four servings. (I get my pizza pans from The Paper Place at 550 Willow Avenue in Cedarhurst.) It’s also fun to make some dessert and healthy snacks. I have included some fun and easy recipes for the kids to help out preparing. Ingredients 2 tsp dry yeast 1 tsp sugar ¾ cup very warm water (120-130°) 2 cups flour 1 tsp salt Preparation Preheat oven to 400°. Soak yeast in water and sugar for five minutes. Add flour, then add salt and continue to knead for 2-3 minutes until flour is wellblended and a ball of dough forms. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 15 minutes. Roll dough to fit a 12-inch disposable pizza pan. Top pizza with tomato sauce and toppings of your choice. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is browned and bubbly.

Marshmallow Popcorn Balls Ingredients 6 tablespoons butter 3 cups miniature marshmallows

½ of a 3 oz. package raspberry Jell-O 3 quarts unsalted popcorn, popped 1 cup dried apples or any dried fruit Preparation In a saucepan or microwave, melt butter. Add marshmallows and stir until melted. Blend in dry jello. Pour over the popcorn and dried fruit and mix well. Butter your hands and form the popcorn mixture into balls!

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


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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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had devised a trick that seemed to be working. When we signed up for a new room, I would, in the most casual and conversational way, ask the landlady what her faith was. If she was a Protestant, I said I was a Catholic, if she was a Catholic, I became an instant Protestant. And then, I would ask appropriately, “Could you tell me where the closest Catholic church is and do you know what time Mass is said?” or alternatively, “Would, you by any chance, happen to know where the nearest Protestant church is and when the services are held?” Whether posing as a Catholic or a Protestant, I made it clear that I was a devout Christian woman. On Sunday, I would walk toward the church I had asked about and enter it. Sometimes I walked in the front and right out the side door, but if I thought there was a chance I had been followed – I stayed for the entire service.

It was easier for me to pose as a Catholic because I had absorbed a few songs and chants from my prison experience. It was May 1944 and the Mass said at that time of year had a routine to it that was easier for me to memorize and follow than the more varied services in different Protestant congregations. It was more of an annoyance than a danger, and perhaps I need not have been so concerned, but I felt anything that cemented further my identity as Christian helped all of us. In the Catholic churches I became very proficient at kneeling and crossing myself, as if

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.

front for passing forged documents and linking up with the underground networks. Obviously I had to visit it as part of my routine, but I did not go there frequently because it was too dangerous. It was there that I was able to stay in touch with the eleven other wives from Debrecen. Either they had moved to Budapest as well, or they sent messages to us from elsewhere, which we received at the shoemaker’s establishment. Every other week we were permitted to send parcels to our husbands, but they were not supposed to include any notes or letters. I found a way to hollow out a

I knew that Mechel could not live without me, and he knew that without him I would lose all will to live.

I had been doing it from earliest childhood. After all, besides saving myself so I could get Mechel out, I needed to be a protective human decoy for Rosie and the two girls. The shoemaker’s shop was still the

paprika, a Hungarian pepper, conceal a note in it, and put the top back on the vegetable. The men would smuggle out letters to us with only bits of information, but almost all the letters advised the women to see to their own survival and run away. Nothing had changed for the men or their messages. Mechel hadn’t changed either. His words were always a variation of what he had said to me that day at the fence. I had to get him out before he was killed. One letter said, “You must remember that only if we are together is there a future. I can’t live without you.” When I read those words I had renewed energy. It forced me to work harder and to become more selfless. Rosie, still grieving for Moishe, had a different interpretation of Mechel’s pleadings. She was completely supportive of what I was doing but she said his words were selfish. In her opinion Mechel should suggest that I too run for my life, even if he prayed I would not. “It’s not good for you to read these

messages from Mechel. Of course you are trying to save him, but he is asking you to go into the lion’s mouth. Why doesn’t he tell you to be careful and not endanger yourself any longer?” I understood Rosie’s feelings. She no longer had a husband for whom she could sacrifice her life. But I also knew that Mechel could not live without me, and he knew that without him I would lose all will to live. He was right. If we could not be together in the future, there would be no future. Writing the words other husbands wrote in such circumstances would have been hypocritical, and Mechel was always honest and authentic. The fact that prison had not changed his basic character or his tenacious personality gave me new resolve. After all, Rosie had Micheline; if Mechel were lost to me, I would be utterly abandoned. Nevertheless Rosie felt better when I explained that even though the other wives got messages that said, “Save yourself and forget about me,” all of them were engaged in actions and meetings to help their husbands escape. They were not abandoning their husbands, and why would I want to do that? Especially when our love was so deep and our connection almost mystical. I should add that Rosie was always on the hunt for clues herself. She did not leave everything to me. She was much more at ease with gentiles than I was and continued to treat them as friends, and that could provide the key to Mechel’s freedom. A friend of Rosie’s had learned there was a Gestapo officer who lived in a resort area, with a home on Lake Balaton. He was known for being able to secure the release of Jews for a bribe and had been watched to see if he would betray them in the end. He was thought to be fairly trustworthy, or at least not bloodthirsty. He could be influenced or persuaded with money, apparently. A Christian man Rosie knew offered to drive us to Lake Balaton. He looked gentile, but now I wonder if he really was. The times were so strange;

them. Marika was making a dinner party for a group of Nazis. There they sat, shoving stuffed cabbage into their faces. And they were all drunk by then and singing popular cabaret tunes. It was a decadent and debauched scene. The officer who had opened the door kept me close to him and led me to the table. “Sit down with us. Marika has cooked this

Perhaps it was Hashem’s way of reminding me we were in His protection at all times.

and the Reich. There it was in black and white…in my own writing, the whole fragile tissue of lies and deceit. Rosie and I went back to Budapest and waited for a reply from the Gestapo officer who lived by the lake. I didn’t have to wait too long. I received the reply through the man who had driven us out there. The Gestapo officer was unable to do anything to help me. I felt the cold arms of fear closing around me, especially at night before I went, or tried to go, to sleep. Time was running out and it seemed to me I should adopt more aggressive tactics. I had not been clever enough until now. Rosie agreed with me; we were not any further along than we had been, but we were losing time and money at a rapid rate. I procured the services of a woman named Marika. I suppose I could use the word hired but she was the kind of woman whose services were “procured” for a high fee. She used to “entertain” Nazis until they were so drunk she could extract information from them. It was an exceedingly unsavory business. She enjoyed having me as a client of hers, although she had many in similar straits. She could smell my frustration and the predicament we were in and she took advantage. Marika asked for more money each time she provided a scrap of information and also extracted some mink fur from us to put on her coat collar. In exchange she did get parcels to Mechel that contained hidden notes asking him for as much information as possible. And she did indeed get his communications back to me so that I had a better notion of what was going on and his exact whereabouts in the prison. One night I went to leave a parcel for Mechel at her apartment as planned. I knocked on the door and a high-ranking German officer answered. “I am sorry, I will come back later. I was just coming by to see Marika.” I stammered out my words in Hungarian, but the officer gave me a look I knew by now foreshadowed a problem. He pulled me into the apartment and asked me to join

herself. You must taste it.” He took a fork loaded with food (of “unknown origin” as far as I was concerned) and pushed it into my mouth. Of course I knew better than to refuse him. I held it in my mouth and took a napkin and tried to spit it out without anyone seeing me. I asked to be excused and went to the bathroom, where I got rid of the cabbage and left the parcel for Marika in a place she would know to look. All I wanted to do was leave so I slipped out of the house without anyone noticing my departure. Marika never forgave me for the way I left her drunken Nazi dinner party. She felt that I had been rude and

offended her “guests.” She was not the most kindly person to begin with, but in those dishonorable circles she was among the better specimens. Marika punished me by not sending the parcel to Mechel, and in a nasty way told me to leave her alone. She did not know we were Jews, and if she had been discovered helping us she likely would have been killed. It was possible she suspected we were Jews but did not push the matter to a conclusion. Much as I disliked her methods, I had gone to her for help. She had not sought me out, and so I thought it would be best to try to make up with her for she might well have been denounced because of me. So I did try to patch it up with her, still thinking that Marika, through her Nazi acquaintances, would be the most likely to accomplish something. It was no use. She refused to talk to me again. I did not want to make Marika my enemy but now she was, and there was nothing I could do to change that. 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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We went back to the officer’s house after sunset and he was at home. However, his “staff” said that he was unavailable because he had a guest. We knew that meant he had a woman with him. I wrote him a letter in my perfect German, once again thinking of Mammiko and her insistence on learning perfectly a language I had grown to detest. I thanked her silently again. Without my skill in the German language, there would have been fewer opportunities for me to work for Mechel. In a fluent and grammatically correct letter, I explained to the Gestapo officer that I needed a favor and asked if I could

call again at a more convenient time. I explained the lie in simple and natural language. My husband, Michael Nowakowski, was completely innocent of any wrongdoing but had been imprisoned. He had been wrongly accused and arrested for political misdeeds. We were Polish Christians who had fled to Hungary rather than fight against Germany

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perhaps he too was a Jew posing as a gentile, but I don’t think so. I am sure that he had no idea Rosie and I were Jewish. We went to the officer’s home and learned he was away for the day. Since we were already there, and to keep up the disguise, we rented a paddleboat and circled the lake. Our escort-driver soon grew tired of the lake and our company and handed me the paddles. “I need to take a nap now. You look strong. You can take the oars.” I was doing just fine until an enormous boat came speeding up to us and I had no idea of how to turn our tiny boat out of the way. Rosie and I screamed at our driver to wake him up. I think Rosie gave him a sharp poke in the ribs. He was of no help. At the very last moment, the big boat saw us and swerved aside, but its wake all but submerged us. We were still afloat but our little tub was half-filled with water. I would have laughed in relief if I had still known how to laugh. The Reich was bearing down harder and harder on Jews; Rosie’s Moishe was dead; everyone else in my life was dead, and maybe Mechel was too; yet there we were on a lake waiting to see a Gestapo man and we were almost killed in a paddleboat. It sounds outrageous to say now, but perhaps this was Hashem’s way of reminding me we were in His protection at all times. Perhaps it was a lesson to me that common accidents could occur in the most evil and uncommon times. I had to remember that caution was required at all times, not just in connection with the Nazis. We headed for the shore and returned the rental boat to the concession stand. Somehow we dried off and cleaned up and felt as if we looked presentable. Our escort treated us to a drink, and we pretended we were on a day-vacation retreat. As always, the sleight of hand we performed was this: despite the war, we were not in mortal danger because we did not appear to be poor, despised, and hunted Jews. It was the only magic we had to use, and we had to employ it everywhere except in our room.

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lanning a trip with the family this summer? A trip to Hunter Mountain in New York is kid-friendly, family-oriented, beautiful, affordable and easily accommodates a frum family’s needs. Located in the Northern region of the Catskill Mountains, Hunter is approximately 150 miles north of the Far Rockaway/Five Towns area. It is about an hour and a half from Monticello, NY. You will be amazed at the mountain views, the clear crisp air, the waterfalls, and the numerous 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 three hours to get there. En route you can stop at several tourist spots, including Bear Mountain, Monsey or Woodbury Commons in Harriman, NY. Hunter is reachable via the New York State Thruway (Exit 20) or you can take the more scenic, albeit narrower, Taconic State Parkway. Minyan: During the summer, you have a number of options. There is generally a minyan in Hunter itself at the Hunter Synagogue on Main Street (but call ahead) or at Anshei Hashoron in nearby Tannersville, NY (about a 10 minute drive and not walkable on Shabbos from Hunter Mountain). Kosher Food: In the summer, right on Route 23A in Tannersville, there is the Kosher Mountain Grocery (about 10 minutes from Hunter). They carry an array of kosher and cholov Yisroel products and can bring items upon request. They also have soft serve cholov Yisroel ice cream and fresh pizza, knishes and hot pretzels for sale. For fresh fruits and vegetables and all other grocery needs, there is a Grand Union right down the block. Nearby, there is also a Price Chopper and a Wal-Mart Supercenter. Family-Friendly Attractions and Activities: There are so many wonderful things you can do with your family in the area. In the summer, enjoy hiking the many trails on and around Hunter Mountain. The area also has many beautiful waterfalls. Kaaterskill Falls, the highest waterfall in New York State, is a two-tiered waterfall. Its half-mile trail ends at the fall’s base. New York Zipline Adventure Tours is the longest & highest zipline canopy tour in North America. It has over 5 miles of ziplines! There are a variety of ziplines for all ages at all ability levels. The Scenic Fall Skyride features a six-passenger chairlift. It will take you to the 3,200 foot summit of Hunter Mountain. From there, you can enjoy amazing views of the high peaks of the northern Catskills. There is also an 18 hole disc golf course, several 18 hole par 72 golf courses as well as mini-golf and horseback riding. Zoom Flume, the Catskills’ largest water park is also nearby. New York State’s second most-visited natural attraction, Howe Caverns, is just a short distance away. It is a living, limestone cave located 156-feet below the earth’s surface. If you enjoy steamboats, you should consider a ride down the Hudson on the Rip Van Winkle, departing from nearby Kingston, New York. During the winter months, Hunter is known for its world-class skiing. Both young and old, experienced and rookie skiers can enjoy the 240 acres of skiable terrain. Other winter sports at Hunter Mountain include snowboarding, snow tubing and

snowshoeing. National Parks and Recreation: North-South Lake State Park and Campgrounds and Haines Falls are only 10 miles from Hunter Mountain. The park includes a beach, several hiking trails for all types of ages and adventure levels, bike rentals for use on their beautiful scenic biking paths, fishing, canoe, row, kayak and paddle boat rentals and camping. It is the Catskills’ largest state-owned campgrounds. Accommodations: There is a variety of accommodations to choose from in Hunter Mountains—from resort-hotels to basic motels. The Kaatskill Mountain Club and Liftside Condominiums are the most centrally located and are beautiful. There is also Harris’s Happy Hunter Hideaway, a kosher bed and breakfast (B&B) in Hunter. It is a six bedroom bed and breakfast and serves three kosher meals a day (dairy hot breakfast and lunch and a meat dinner). Cholov Yisroel is available upon request. Shabbos packages are also available. The B&B’s hashgacha is under the supervision of Rabbi Dr. Moshe E. Bomzer, Rav HaMachshir of the Vaad HaKashruth of the Capitol District (Albany, NY). There is no eruv in the area so for Shabbos we would recommend staying in Harris’s Happy Hunter Hideaway or renting a home in Tannersville. Tannersville has an eruv. Mikvah: There is no mikvah in Hunter but Congregation Anshei Hashoron in Tannersville is about a 10 minute drive away. Its mikvah is located next to the shul and is accessed via a separate entrance. Helpful Websites:; Mikveh.php;; huntermountain.html;; www.harris Brought to you by, 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 Hunter Mountain, feel free to email or follow us @frumvacations on Twitter.

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Summer and the City - North, South and All Around There may only be a few weeks left to summer, but don’t just let it fly by! Every week in the summer, TJH will feature a trip of the week for your family to enjoy the great outdoors. Pack up the cooler with cold drinks and load up your iPod with some cool songs—these trip ideas will be a blast for the whole family!

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New York City’s five boroughs are home to some of the most admired landmarks and attractions. Each contains a list of must-see destinations. With so much to do and see, going to NYC may be a little overwhelming so let’s try to cover Manhattan from top to bottom in just one day! Located in the middle of NYC, Top of the Rock is an observation deck in New York City that displays beautiful views of Manhattan. To make it to the top of Rockefeller’s building to reach the observation deck, you can take an elevator which will transfer you to the 68th, 69th, and 70th floors. With the country facing economic problems, John D. Rockefeller’s vision for his center never wavered. Rockefeller Center and the observation deck were his gifts to Manhattan—a place for New Yorkers and tourists to take in the awesomeness of the city he loved. Rockefeller Center’s entrance is on 50th street between 5th and 6th. It is open daily from 8am to 12am. (www. During the summer, visitors will be able to enjoy the farmer’s market that is set up in Rockefeller Center from Wednesday through Friday. Here you can sample the best that New York’s regional farms have to offer—from peaches and plums to daisies and dahlias. And while you’re here, check out the shopping along Fifth Avenue—there’s something here for everyone! After doing all that shopping, you and your family will certainly be in need of a delicious lunch. Milk n Honey (45th street between 5th and 6th) offers sandwiches, paninis, wraps, pizza, calzones, knishes, and a sushi bar. Café K (48th street between 5th and Madison) offers a wonderful selection of soups, salads, fish and sandwiches. If you are in the mood for a fleishig restaurant, try Kosher Deluxe; they have excellent burgers, French fries, chicken matzo ball soup, and shwarma in pita. A trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a trip around the world and across myriad time zones. The museum is the home to over 2 million pieces of art and one of the ten largest museums in the world. Here you will observe beautiful pieces of artwork from many countries and cultures including the European, Asian, American, Greek, Roman, and Egyptian cultures. The museum showcases more than just paintings from almost every master; it is home to the oldest piano in existence and the first Vermeer to enter the United States, Young Woman with a Water Pitcher. Metropolitan Museum of Art is open seven days a week from 10am-5:30pm; located at 1000 Fifth Avenue. ( If you still have time after your visit to the Met, spend some time in another New York landmark: Central Park. The Park is an oasis of serenity in the busy city of Manhattan. 250 acres of lawns, 24,000 tress and 150 acres of lakes and streams combine to make an idyllic place to spend your day throwing around a Frisbee, biking, boating or enjoying a jog. There are countless ways to enjoy the park; kids will love the playgrounds, the zoo and carousel. The Statue of Liberty stands tall over the New York Harbor on Liberty Island. This national monument was a gift from the French to the Americans in 1886. The Statue was restored for her centennial on July 4th, 1986. You can take different tours inside the Statue of Liberty, including Liberty Island access, pedestal access, and crown access. It’s best to buy tickets in advance as tours tend to fill up quickly. ( Tickets to get to the island itself can be purchased through The ferry departs from Battery Park in downtown Manhattan and arrives at Liberty Island. If you’re in Battery Park but are not interested in visiting Lady Liberty, you can take your family on another ferry ride—and this one is for free! The Staten Island Ferry also leaves from Battery Park and kids will enjoy the ride across the 25-minute ride across the Upper New York Bay. If you’re here on the weekends, how about a trip to Governor’s Island? The ferry to the island leaves from Downtown Brooklyn and Downtown Manhattan and is free of charge, but the island is only open on weekends in the summer. Once on the island, children will enjoy the car-free atmosphere where visitors can rent bikes and roller skates, make crafts, and enjoy the sculpture garden and vintage carousels. Make sure to pack a picnic lunch and a blanket for a relaxing time on the lawn!

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Ask the Attorney Andrew Wigler, Esq.

Child Support My husband and I divorced five years ago, at which time child support was set for our two children. Over the past five years, the children’s expenses for everything from clothing to entertainment have drastically increased. (Who would have thought sneakers would cost over $100 per pair?) I also think my ex-husband is earning more money than he was when we were divorced. He is certainly driving a nicer car than when we were divorced. When I spoke to him about giving me more child support, he just laughed at me. How may I obtain an increase in my ex-husband’s child support obligations? The Attorney Responds: You have asked what is likely the most popular question that a matrimonial attorney hears. While there are many facts and factors which need to be explored and detailed to give you a definitive answer to your question, the short answer is yes, you can likely obtain an increase in your ex-husband’s child support obligations. In fact, you appear to have already satisfied some of the legal criteria for obtaining an upward modification of child support. Further, it may even be to your “strategic advantage” to seek an upward modification of your ex-husband’s child support obligations, even if you do not satisfy all of the criteria for an upward modification (but that specific information is contained somewhere else within this response, as a reward for those who read all the way to the end). There are different legal standards

for a modification of child support (and those legal standards even permit a downward modification of child support for the occurrence of an unforeseen event outside of a party’s control, such is termination of employment and/or illness which affects a party’s ability to

es or child care costs). As to what constitutes a “substantial and unanticipated change in circumstances,” an increase in your exspouse’s income would be sufficient if it is significant (at least 15% is typically satisfactory, but a smaller percentage

It may even be to your “strategic advantage” to seek an upward modification of your exhusband’s child support obligations.

earn an income). The answer also depends upon whether child support was set in a settlement agreement, or if child support was determined in a hearing or a trial. It is more difficult to modify child support that was initially set in a settlement agreement. However, as a rule of thumb, if you can demonstrate a “substantial and unanticipated change in circumstances” since the time the child support obligation was formalized by a court order or judgment of divorce, along with also demonstrating increased and un-met financial needs of your children (which typically is not that difficult to do), you will likely be able to obtain an increase in your ex-spouse’s child support obligations. This will usually also include the adjustment of your respective contributions to (or, pro rata shares of) those expenses of the children which are shared by you and your ex-spouse in percentages or proportions (such as unreimbursed medical expens-

increase can also be sufficient, depending upon the circumstances). Another factor the court would consider is a significant decrease in your own income which may also be sufficient to warrant a child support modification. In addition, if there are defects in the required child support provisions within a Settlement agreement (which happens more often than you would think), that too can cause child support to be reset and thus, modified. Depending upon when your child support order or judgment of divorce was made, and if child support is being paid through a Child Support Enforcement Unit (CSEU), rather than directly by your ex-spouse, you may even get periodic notices from the state to advise that you appear to be entitled to an increase in child support based upon the contents of your ex-spouse’s filed NYS Tax Returns (if there is an increase in income of greater than 15%). If you believe your ex-spouse earns money “off the books” and may be under-reporting their actual income, you are certainly not bound by your exspouse’s own recitation of his/her income. You can issue subpoenas and use other discovery devices to determine what your ex-spouse’s real income is. Obviously, this is a much more complex case than if your ex-spouse receives an IRS W-2 Form which recites his/her actual income (which eliminates the need to try to impeach your ex-spouse’s tax return). I have saved the two best parts for last: (A) you may be able to get a court

to order your ex-spouse to pay (or at least, contribute-to) your legal fees for an attorney to represent you in a Child Support Modification Proceeding, provided you are successful in obtaining a Child Support Modification, and (B) even if you are not successful in a Child Support Modification Proceeding, you will likely get a new and “re-dated” Child Support Order as a result. That re-dated Child Support Order would then fall under a provision of a law enacted in late 2010, which provides for Child Support Modifications at least every 3 years, or sooner if either party’s gross income has changed by more than 15%. This re-dated Child Support Order thus gives you “another bite at the apple” for an upward modification of Child Support when either of those two criteria is satisfied. (Note this provision applies only to Child Support Agree-

ment, orders or judgments made after October 13, 2010, which is why obtaining a re-dated Child Support Order as a result of an unsuccessful Child Support Modification Proceeding can still be helpful to a Child Support Recipient.) Good luck to you!

No column is a substitute for competent legal advice. Please consult with the attorney of your choice concerning specific legal questions you may have. Andrew J. Wigler, Esq. is an Attorney specializing in Matrimonial Law, with some 25 years of experience. His professional honors include listing in Who’s Who In American Law for almost 20 years, as well as service to the Court in Early Assessment panels for Contested Divorce Actions. Andrew has a lengthy successful track record in numerous hotly-contested Matrimonial Actions, and appears before Trial and Appellate Courts throughout New York State in Matrimonial Matters. He is the Principal of The Law Office of Andrew J. Wigler, in Great Neck, New York, and may be reached at 516466-4767.

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Did You Say Pack or Pack it In? Luckily, at the last minute we figured it out—a road trip! Throw everything in the car and don’t go too far. No luggage weight limit, no having to be at the airport two hours in advance; in fact, if you go through New Jersey you save on gas and you don’t even have to get out of the car to fill it yourself, they do it for you. Now that’s a vacation right there! One of the best ideas is to find a friend who has a great vacation home somewhere and visit them. Make sure you wear their size, that way you don’t

have to pack much! And if you’re really smart, you’ll be helpful, that way they might even let you come back again— that could cover like two vacation plans in one fell swoop! Oh, sure, I know there are those few people who love to plan a trip and are great at it. If you know anyone like that, get real close to them and overlook any of their idiosyncrasies; it’s worth it. It really saves a lot of wear and tear on you. Whatever type of vacation you’re up for—near or far, active or passive—

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Sweet morning! In Tapuach at the Seter Hamadrega Farm, we will learn all about the honey making process including a visit to a hive and a sticky treat. Then out to Eynavi's in Barkan for a gourmet chocolate workshop after a tour of the town with journalist Noam Orr. This 'strenuous' morning will be followed by a gourmet meat lunch and wine tasting at the award winning Tura Winery in Rachelim.

Ancient Shiloh- See remarkable new finds and the just opened multimedia production of the Ro-eh Tower. Join archaeologists in uncovering thousands of years of history. In Eli visit Talmud Torah Hadar-Yosef, and the Hayovel Hilltop neighborhood of Israeli war heroes Roi Klein Hy"d and Eliraz Peretz Hy"d and meet the residents to learn of their struggle to save their homes.

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Down to Gush Shilo; at Esh Kodesh see vineyards and olive groves and digest their security situation before stopping at top olive oil producer Meshek Achiya. Top off the day at Shilo Winery for tasting. Opportunities to purchase for chagim all thru the day. cost for the day incLudinG Gourmet Lunch: $90/adult $80/student in israel or child under 12

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Enjoy a delicious mehadrin dairy lunch at Safta Chana's Café in Yitzhar. In Chavat Alumot in Itamar meet Yifat Meshulami and learn how she creates delicious award winning organic goat cheese. Collect eggs with the farmers in free range chicken coops. With Rachel Tzimmerman at her ecological organic farm. "Pick your own" produce and sample delicious sour dough bread, organic granola and Yoghurts. Learn about her geoponic inventions and new ideas for agriculture in Israel. End the day in 'France' of Ofra at the Domaine Ventura Winery with tasting and a visit to the vineyards. cost for the day incLudinG Lunch: $75/adult $65/student in israel or child under 12

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Wining dining in the heartland t the peak of Israel’s grape harvest, let’s revel In the mIraculous renewal of wInemakIng In the lands of efraIm, menashe and BInyamIn, wIth the halachot unIque to the land of Israel and the tangIBle remaIns of our forefathers Industry at our feet.

at Maale Shomron see the storage hut from Bayit sheini and taste homemade honey from, well, pre-Bayit shlishi times in Karnei Shomron. then a tour of Kedumim on the way to the Ofra of Gideon the Judge -on har gerizim? at Rachelim imbibe at the award winning tura winery along with a delicious dairy lunch. the town of Barkan is home to Eynavi’s Boutique chocolate, a great place for dessert. now thirsty again, we make our way to Givat Harel and the unique blends of Gvaot Winery. at sunset we will go the verdant vineyards in modern Ofra and end our day at the Tanya Winery with a delectable gourmet lamb and steak dinner accompanied by, natch, award winning wines. COST fOR THE day inCludinG lunCH & dinnER: $175/adult $335/couple


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A front porch is a great space in your home, not only because it is the beginning of the feel of your whole home but it’s also a great place to relax and unwind while in close proximity to your actual home. When planning your porch, consider the style of your house and how you’ll want to use the space. Before you begin anything, you also should determine the size, shape, and layout of the porch as well as know where you would want electricity placed for lights or outlets. One great way to freshen up a porch is to add some elements of the inside comforts. For example, you can add some overhead ceiling fans around the porch to give the area a nice and breezy feeling on a hot summer day. Adding outside furniture and couches can really tie in the inside with the outside and by combining the different amenities that you would find in the interior of your house you can create a relaxing and soothing atmosphere for your outside space. If you live in a climate that allows, you can also consider adding screens all around your porch so that you can enjoy your outdoor space in weather throughout the year. All these ideas help blend your inside and outside spaces together to form a nice, continuous space in your home. Another idea that may require a lot more work but gives your whole front porch whole new feel is to add bold elements to your front porch like a skylight or even if space allows, some type of fireplace. A skylight in your porch is a great way to bring in some natural light which is otherwise blocked by the roof of your porch. Natural sunlight shining on your space will give the whole porch a bright feeling as well as an ascetic look. Adding some type

of fireplace or fire pit is a great way to extend the use of your porch throughout the year by creating a place where you can relax by a warm soothing fire. A fireplace is also a great addition because it creates a beautiful focal point in your space while allowing you to design some comfortable seating around the fireplace or fire pit. One last idea which is not quite as dramatic but can really add to the feel of your front porch is to add distinctive rails and banisters. There are so many choices nowadays as far as the type of rails and banisters that you can install on your front porch that this is a really easy way to spruce up the space. You can get rails out of numerous materi-

als and the sizes and shapes that are available give you the ability to create something beautiful. Some banisters can be made to light up as well and can coordinate very well to the style you are trying to achieve in the rails. Using a distinctive rail and banister can set your porch to be different and interesting to look at and use throughout the year. In summary, there are numerous ideas to incorporate into your new porch design. Some are more costly than others but all of them will dramatically enhance the overall feel of your outdoor space and with each idea, you can create a beautiful and relaxing atmosphere. Naftali Landau is owner and chief designer of Exclusive Cabinetry and Design and has been designing kitchens for the past 12 years. For questions or ideas for future articles, he can be reached at 917-468-7693 or at

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