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Dear Readers, I am writing this note sitting on a boat in the placid waters of Lake George. It is a beautiful day; the sun is shining and the green mountains on the shore tower above the lake. Every few moments, another boat zips by and you hear the sounds of laughter from the children onboard. It is serene and truly a repose from our city life. In fact, there are times when there is no cell reception, and emails and phone calls are forced to wait until we head closer to shore. This is the third summer my husband and I have been able to get away to this charming town. The drive is long but the trip is well worth it. What better way to reconnect and relax than by disconnecting from the busy lives we lead. As I sit on the boat, I am reminded of summers long gone, when I worked as a lifeguard in Camp Sternberg. Every year, we would shepherd hundreds of girls in canoes down the Delaware. In rain or shine, we would head out and cheer the campers on as they paddled through the river. Some years, the river was high, with lots of rapids; other years, with rainfall almost non-existent, the campers would be forced to pull their canoes through some parts of the river because the water level was so low. The campers would look forward to stopping at the lunch spot where soggy sandwiches and Ostreicher-like cookies (we called them Federation cookies) awaited them. The lifeguards would trek to the secret store on the landing site to buy ice cream for themselves—our “prize” after “working so hard.” And even though the lifeguards would head down the Delaware numerous times a summer, for each camper it was their first experience and their excitement was contagious. Summer provides us with the rare opportunity to tap into nature. Not everyone can get away to Lake George or the Delaware River. But we can all take a walk over the Atlantic Beach Bridge or set up a barbeque in the shade of a local park. Many call August “the Sunday of the Summer.” There is no better time to get out and enjoy than now (especially since Yom Tov is in three weeks). I truly hope that you and your family get to do some fun outdoor activities where you enjoy the weather, nature and—most importantly—each other’s company. As an editor of a local magazine, I am often lucky to hear from the readers who know me and who tell me what they enjoy about the paper. I love hearing feedback; it helps us create a better product for our readers. We want to give you a paper that you thoroughly enjoy reading. Every week, we print 10,000 copies, all of which are taken to people’s homes. Obviously, the people I speak with are only a small sampling of our readers. But it is really important to me to know what each and every one of you would like to see more of in TJH.

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Global Obama Cancels Summit with Putin

Russia’s decision to grant Edward Snowden asylum resulted in President Barack Obama cancelling a meeting scheduled to take place in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin and Obama are far from friends and their recent respective political moves are a testament to their dislike of one another. “Given our lack of progress on issues such as missile defense and arms control, trade and commercial relations, global security issues, and human rights and civil society in the last twelve months, we have informed the Russian government that we believe it would be more constructive to postpone the summit until we have more results from our shared agenda,” the White House said. The mini-summit was scheduled for early September, several days before the G-20 meeting of world economic leaders in St. Petersburg, Russia, is scheduled to take place. As of now, Obama will be in attendance for the main G-20 summit. Senator Charles Schumer, who had urged the Obama administration to call off the summit, saluted the White House’s decision, saying, “President Putin is acting like a schoolyard bully and doesn’t deserve the respect a bilateral summit would have accorded him.” After Russia granted asylum to Snowden, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., called on the U.S. “to fundamentally rethink our relationship with Putin’s Russia.” And it seems that’s exactly what the White House is doing.

In News Venezuelan Hair Thieves on the Loose A gang of thieves in Venezuela are pursuing a bizarre product. No, it’s not diamonds, money, or precious metals; it’s human hair! Police in the Venezuelan city of Maracaibo are searching for this group of burglars who have been holding up woman at gunpoint demanding their locks. The robbers, known as “piranhas,” target women with long, thick hair. Their victims are usually found in malls. The demand for natural human hair extensions is growing tremendously, making human hair a hot valuable commodity. After victims are forced to tie their hair into a ponytail in order to cut it off, the hair is sold to beauty salons to be used for extensions. Depending on the length, human hair can cost anything from $500- $800. Police are warning women to avoid wearing their hair down or in a ponytail until the thieves have been arrested.

Yemen Embassy Remains Closed Due to Threats

Last week, the U.S. closed many embassies throughout the Middle East and Africa as a precautionary security measure. There were no reported attacks but Yemen says it obstructed an al Qaeda plot to blow up oil pipelines and seize some of the country’s main ports. BBC reported that it appears that Yemen was at the center of “a complex and audacious plot which – had it succeeded – would have given al-Qaeda control over


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The Week a crucial aspect of the country’s infrastructure.” The U.S. has decided to reopen all embassies aside from Yemen. Security remains tight there, with hundreds of armored vehicles stationed to protect targets. On Tuesday, the U.S. State Department ordered all non-essential staff and all U.S. citizens to leave Yemen “immediately.” There are some reports that suspect that the U.S. is preparing special operations forces for possible strikes against al Qaeda in Yemen. A Yemeni government spokesman was quoted as saying, “There were attempts to control key cities in Yemen like Mukala and Bawzeer. This would be coordinated with attacks by al Qaeda members on the gas facilities in Shebwa city and the blowing up of the gas pipe in Belhaf city.” Al Qaeda’s cunning leader, Nasir al-Wuhayshi, has been the focus of this terror threat. He was personally trained by the devil himself, Osama bin Laden. Wuhayshi is in the prominent No. 2 position in al Qaeda’s core organization. He is described as a highly effective organizer and charismatic leader.

Russian Man Alters Credit Card Contract

The average consumer with decent credit gets bombarded with credit card offers. Most of them can be used for scrap paper since they often have unattractive rates and hidden fees. In 2008, Dmitry Agarkov received an unsolicited letter from Tinkoff Credit Systems (TCS) offering the 42-year-old Russian man a credit card. The rates and fees were high but instead of tossing the letter, Agarkov had a better plan. He decided to tailor the credit card into a card that would be useful to him. He scanned the contract into his computer

In News and altered it to promise 0% interest rate, no fees, and no credit limit. He also put in a clause that the bank would have to pay him for every time they violated the terms. Surprisingly, Agarkov’s contract was accepted, and he received the credit card. “The bank confirmed its agreement to the client’s terms and sent him a credit card and a copy of the approved application form,” Agarkov’s lawyer, Dmitry Mikhalevich, said. Two years later, Tinkoff sued Agarkov for failure to pay his card and the associated fees. The court ruled in Agarkov’s favor and only required him to pay his balance on the card. But since then, Agarkov has countersued for 30 million rubles, highlighting the part of the contract that tacked on penalty fees for every time the bank violated the contract. The suit is expected to go to court in September. Tinkoff’s founder, Oleg Tinkov, says that instead of profiting the suit, Agarkov should end up in prison for fraud. Perhaps the credit card companies should start reading their contracts before signing on the dotted line.

Beijing’s Most Outrageous Illegal Structure

He may have thought he was above the law, but he’s now being told he’s subject to it as well. For years, residents in a 26-story building in China had to deal with construction during the night. It seems that the medicine mogul who lived on 26th floor built himself what the media calls “the most outrageous illegal structure.” The edifice consists of rooms,


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The Week rocks, trees and bushes and looms over the building in a shape that looks as if it’s been built into a seaside cliff. The unauthorized structure is 8,600 squarefeet and residents complained that it was damaging the building’s structure and its pipe system. But all their complaints fell on deaf ears. The owner was arrogant and “couldn’t care less,” according to an irate neighbor. Authorities turned a blind eye. But now, with media exposure, management has been forced to deal with the situation. The villa’s owner has officially been told that he has 15 days to either prove that the structure is legal or tear it down. The owner insists, though, that the huge structure is merely an “ornamental garden.” It is common in China for the ordinary Chinese to have to deal with frustrations when they see the rich and politically connected receive special treatment. China’s leader Xi Jinping has vowed to crack down on corruption, although it’s hard to purge scandal from society when it is so engrained in the culture. Recently, a developer in Hengyang got into trouble for building an illegal complex of 25 villas on top of a shopping center. He won permission to keep the villas intact as long as they weren’t sold to others. (Why would he need 25 villas for himself?) Technically, all land in China is owned by the government, and residents receive 70-year leases to use the land. So much for equality in the Communist state.

S. Korea’s Education System Thriving with the Private Tutors

Sixty years ago, most South Koreans were illiterate. Since then, South Korea has dramatically improved its education system and now routinely outperforms

In News the U.S. For example, the U.S. has a high-school graduation rate of 77%, while South Korea country boasts a 93% rate. Additionally, South Korean 15-year-olds rank No. 2 in the world in reading. So they must be doing something right… Perhaps the secret to the success of the South Korean education system are hagwons, after-school tutoring academies. Students go to these programs after school to reinforce the subjects they learn in school. This isn’t a new concept; tutoring services can be found throughout the world, but the South Korean market has developed a sophisticated and effective system. Hagwon teachers are paid according to the demand for their skills, making it a potentially lucrative business and creating an incentive for these private tutors to make sure their students succeed. That also may explain why there are more private tutors in South Korea than schoolteachers. Students sign up for a specific teacher, so the most respected and successful teachers get the most students and also make the most money. Teacher performance evaluations are typically based on how many students sign up for their classes, their students’ test-score growth and satisfaction surveys given to students and parents. To recruit students, hagwons advertise their results aggressively. They post their graduates’ test scores and university acceptance figures online. The hagwon makes it a top priority to involve students’ families. Parents get text messages when their children arrive at the academies each afternoon; then they get another message relaying students’ progress. Two to three times a month, teachers personally call home with feedback. If parents aren’t engaged in their child’s studies, it is considered a failure of the educators, not the parents. The best of the best of private tutors record their lectures and offer them for purchase online at about $4 an hour. Of course, since these services are expensive, the best services are reserved for the richest families. Eight out of 10 South Korean parents say they feel financial pressure from hagwon tuition costs. Still, they keep paying the fees, convinced that the more they pay, the more their children will learn. According to statistics, nearly three of every four children in South Korea participate in the private market of tutoring. In 2012, parents spent more than $17 billion on these services.

Egypt Captures Terrorists in Sinai


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Egyptian military forces have recently captured over 100 Islamist terrorists. Over a third of those detained were from Gaza and all were carrying fake Egyptian identity cards. They were arrested in northern Sinai, near Gaza, with some arrested south of Eilat. The false identity cards were probably produced in Gaza, Egyptian officials said, using machinery that had been smuggled into Gaza through underground smuggling tunnels with the tacit approval of Egyptian authorities. Now, the machinery is being used to manufacture ID cards for use in Sinai and Egypt. Many of the Islamists belong to al Qaeda and other affiliated groups. They have been charged with rioting and promoting violence during the recent upheavals in Egypt. Several also are said to have participated in attacks on Egyptian security agents. Last month, Egypt requested permission to send thousands of soldiers to Sinai, in order to battle Islamist groups that have ensconced themselves there after fleeing Egypt’s major cities. According to the Camp David Accords, in which Israel surrendered Sinai, liberated in the Six Day War, to Egypt, only police and other peace officers are allowed in Sinai without the permission of Israel and the U.S. The Accords essentially demilitarized Sinai, although Egypt has several times in the past sent in army troops to deal with specific security situations. Currently, there are more Egyptian troops in Sinai than since the Yom Kippur War. Their mission is to clamp down on Islamists, members of the Muslim Brotherhood and other groups, who have fled Cairo and Alexandria since the ousting of former president Mohammed Morsi.

Nine months ago, Rabbi Shmuel Scharf lost his wife and unborn child while visiting Israel. The couple were Chabad shluchim based in India. They had come to the city of Kiryat Malachi to attend a memorial for their fellow emissaries, Gabriel and Rivka Holtzberg, who were murdered by terrorists in India. Gaza terrorists fired rockets into the city and Mira Scharf, 26, was murdered, and the rest of the family sustained many injuries. This week, Rabbi Scharf has revealed how he plans on taking “revenge” for the attack. Showing unimaginable courage and resolve, Rabbi Scharf will be returning to India with his children to build a new outreach center in his wife’s memory. The center will be called Beit Mira. “The entire building will serve as a reminder. Not just of the loss, but of the fact that the Jewish people cannot be defeated,” Scharf said. “The more they attack us, the more we will spread light,” he declared. While they were in India, the Scharfs provided more than a hundred people each week with free meals on Shabbos. Rabbi Scharf now plans on doing even more to help the Jews in the region come closer to a religious way of life. “Our decision to go back to work as emissaries isn’t meant to just continue the work we did until now, but to do even more, to increase our activities,” he explained. “The Lubavitcher Rebbe sent us to spread the news of redemption to every place on earth. So we need to put aside our personal pain and loss and continue forward,” he concluded.   

Israeli Drone Strike Kills Four Terrorists

An Israeli Air Force drone reportedly bombed a rocket-launching site in the Sinai Peninsula near the Israeli-Egyptian border. The drone strike killed four suspected terrorists who were planning to launch missiles at Israel, according to Egyptian security sources. Details of the strike remain unclear. Five different security sources told reporters that the strike was carried out by Israel, while an Egyptian army spokesman issued a statement on Facebook

One source said that the Israeli aircraft had observed the militants preparing three rocket launch pads to hit Israel. It launched a missile, killing two men, and then killed another pair who stepped up to the pads after the first strike. Egyptian sources were also quoted as saying the IDF coordinated the attack with the Egyptian authorities, but an Egyptian military spokesman denied that report as well. “The claim that there exists coordination between the Egyptian and the Israeli side in this matter is a matter completely void of truth,” he said.

Israeli-American to Receive Presidential Award

An Israeli-American professor will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom later this year by President Barak Obama. Daniel Kahneman, a professor emeritus of psychology at Princeton University and a Nobel laureate in economics, is one of 16 people who will receive the prestigious medal. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is awarded for meritorious contributions Continued on page 18

26 Palestinian Terrorists Released On Tuesday night, 26 Palestinian prisoners were released as part of a goodwill gesture on Israel’s part in the wake of resuming peace talks with their neighbors. This is the first of four phases of the release of 100 prisoners in all. The move was seen as extremely controversial; all of these prisoners were convicted of high crimes—many of them had blood on their hands. The families of the victims were filled with anguish as Israel allowed these murderers to go free. Two convoys left Ayalon Prison en route to Gaza and the West Bank. They were transported in vans with tinted windows to avoid the semblance of a victorious release. But in Gaza and the West Bank, these terrorists were welcomed with celebration. Several hundred Palestinians welcomed the prisoners at the Beitunia checkpoint. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addressed a crowd of 1,000 peo-

ple at the Mukataa in Ramallah. “We welcome our brothers who have left the darkness of prison into the light of freedom and tell them they are the first but there are other brothers who too will leave soon. We shall not rest until they are all with us.” The prisoners first visited the grave of Yasser Arafat. On Wednesday, it was learned that Israel has agreed to hand over the bodies of terrorists who were buried in Israel to the Palestinians as yet another goodwill gesture. Last year, Israel transferred 91 bodies of terrorists. Palestinian Civil Affairs Minister Hussein al-Sheikh confirmed that Israel has pledged to hand over all the bodies in its possession; this will likely consist of dozens of bodies of terrorists who were buried in Israel. Peace talks will resume in Jerusalem on Wednesday, although after so many “goodwill gestures,” it’s hard to imagine that there’s anything left to negotiate.

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There were calls on Peres to refuse the Medal of Freedom from Obama because he ignored Peres’s request to free Jonathan Pollard, but the Israeli president chose to receive the medal anyway.

Tourism Reaches All-Time High

Heading to Israel this summer? You won’t be alone. Tourism in Israel

In News reached a milestone between January and July, attracting more than two million visitors, the Central Bureau of Statistics reported on Monday. The record total represents a 1 percent increase from the same period during 2012, 8% more than in 2011 and 6% more than 2010. The country reached an all-time record for tourist entries during July, according to the report. A total of 246,000 tourists, staying more than one night, entered the country last month, a 2% increase from July 2012, 4% more than in July 2011 and 3% more than in July 2010, the statistics bureau said. “Israel is an attractive country, and the tourists are voting with their feet,” Tourism Minister Uzi Landau said in a statement. Of the two million entries, 1.7 million were tourists – 1% fewer than in 2012, 2% more than in 2011 and 6% more than in 2010. Approximately, 357,000 entries were day visitors, 10% more than during the same period last year. Roughly 1.4 million entries arrived by air, a slight increase of 0.4% compared to the same period in 2012; about 139,000 arrived on cruise ships, 27%

more than last year; and 148,000 came via border crossings, a 9% drop from 2012. “Tourism is an essential engine for economic growth, and we will continue our work in increasing the number of visitors to Israel and realizing the tourism potential,” Landau said. Selicha adoni. Know where I can get the best falafel around?

Ayathollah Condemns Peace Talks In what no one is calling a “surprise,” Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spoke out this week against renewed peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. The Ayatollah warned that the talks would force “the Palestinians to relinquish their rights.” Speaking in Tehran on the occasion of Id al- Fitr, which marks the end of the Ramadan, Khamenei said the U.S.-led negotiations would be “detrimental” to the Palestinian cause. The comments were made as the U.S. State Department announced that the peace negotiations


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Khamenei said that the renewed peace talks would “encourage the aggressors to increase their aggression and suppress the rightful resistance of the Palestinians.” The Iranian leader called on the Muslim world to be active in supporting the Palestinian cause and condemning Israel. “The Muslim world must not back down from its support for Palestine, and it should condemn the oppressive action of fierce Zionist wolves and their international supporters.” I wonder how many times people can listen to him say the same thing.

National Congress Ruled to be Above Obamacare

When Congress passed Obamacare in 2010, an amendment required lawmakers and their staff members to purchase health insurance through the online exchanges that the law created. They would lose their current coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. In a ruling issued this week, U.S. lawmakers and their staffs will continue to receive a federal contribution toward the health insurance that they

In News must purchase through soon-to-open exchanges created by President Barack Obama’s healthcare law. The decision by the Office of Personnel Management, with Obama’s blessing, will prevent the largely unintended loss of healthcare benefits for 535 members of the Senate and House of Representatives and thousands of Capitol Hill staff. The amendment’s author, Republican Senator Charles Grassley, argued that if Obamacare plans were good enough for the American public, they were good enough for Congress. Democrats, eager to pass the reforms, went along with it. But it soon became clear that the provision contained no language that allowed federal contributions toward their health plans that cover about 75 percent of the premium costs. This caused fears that staff would suddenly face sharply higher healthcare costs and leave federal service, causing a “brain drain” on Capitol Hill. The problem surrounding the Obamacare language for Capitol Hill staff was the subject of intense negotiations in recent weeks between House and Senate leaders and the Obama administration. Some Republicans immediately announced their opposition to the OPM decision, using it as fuel for their campaign to turn public opinion against Obamacare just as its core provisions are due to go into effect. “While the administration has handed out waiver after waiver and exemption after exemption for the well-connected in Washington, they have done nothing to lower health care costs for families in Michigan,” said Dave Camp, chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee. Last week, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said the clause would have caused unintended “collateral damage” on congressional staff, causing many to leave for the private sector. “They are a tremendous intellectual resource, people who could, shall we say, be better compensated financially outside” of government, said Pelosi, who spearheaded passage of the health care law in 2010 as House Speaker. Sounds like those who make the laws are now above the law as well.

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gion. Living in the area and seeing these images is disgusting and someone needs to take them down.” Perhaps Mayor Bloomberg should do something about this. Oh right, it’s not a Styrofoam cup or margarine, so he just doesn’t care.

Bangladeshi Man Sentenced to 30 Years on Terrorism Charges

On Friday, Quazi Nafis was sentenced to 30 years in prison for attempting to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank in New York. The 22-year-old Bangla-

In News deshi man pleaded guilty to terrorism charges in February after a government sting operation last fall. Investigators claim that Nafis selected his target, drove a van loaded with 1,000 pounds of dummy explosives up to the door of the bank and tried to set off what he believed was a bomb. He used a cellphone he thought had been rigged as a detonator. The plan, however, was a set-up by a federal undercover sting operation, and Nafis was caught red-handed. In a letter, Nafis told the judge he was extremely sorry for what he had done. “I’m ashamed. I’m lost. I tried to do a terrible thing. I alone am responsible for what I’ve done. Please forgive me,” Nafis said before his sentence was handed down in Brooklyn federal court. He said he was taken in by Islam and now regrets his ways. The judge took his remorse into consideration when she sentenced him to just 30 years in prison.

overly simple or sequenced and the best are those “with no special significance.” The 10 most-used PINs are: 1. 1234 2. 1111 3. 0000 4. 1212 5. 7777 6. 1004 7. 2000 8. 4444 9. 2222 10. 6969 DataGenetics said the least used PIN is “8068.” (I guess they just ruined it).

NY Tops Richest Towns in America

Is Your PIN 1234?

After you’ve earned your first million or two, where is the best place to settle down? Well, it seems that if you’re looking for the good life, there are few towns across America that attract the wealthy like these do.

Having a secure pin number for your debit and credit cards is crucial since identity theft is rampant. Identity theft and fraud affect millions of Americans each year and it’s important to protect yourself. According to Forbes, the United States and Mexico are home to the greatest number of credit and debit card thefts around the globe. A study from Aite Group and ACI Worldwide reveals that 42% of Americans claim they have been a victim of some form of card fraud. According to the Department of Justice, about 10% of all Americans suffer from credit card fraud each year and another 7% have their debit cards hacked or stolen. More than $5.5 billion in theft is attributed to credit card fraud each year. Your personalized PIN could put you at a greater risk so be thoughtful when creating it. A new study from DataGenetics lists the top ten most-used PINs, making them the least safe. The study says that credit and debit card thieves are able to successfully guess more than 25% of PINs within 20 attempts. The worst PINs are those that are

In Scarsdale, NY, the median family income is $291,542, thanks to many residents who work in Manhattan and then commute back to their Westchester homes. The average home price is $1.2M and the children living in those homes go to some of the nation’s best schools. According to the numbers, this is the richest town in America. Not to be outdone, Weston, CT, is home to many of the wealthy as well. The average family income is $275K and homes here go for an average of $755K. There’s adddd ton of shopping here and lots of nature to explore. But if you’re looking for a home on the west coast, consider moving to Hillsborough, CA. Here, your neighbors earn an average of $262K and homes here go for a whopping $2.4M, on average! Many residents commute to nearby San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Fortune 500

companies like Oracle, Visa and Facebook. Potomac, MD, is the fourth richest town in America. The town of 46,387 residents is still considered horse country with its rolling green hills and polo club. Many of D.C.’s elite call Potomac their home. New Canaan, CT, boasts some of the best schools around—the district’s SAT scores were the second-highest in the state last year—and came in fifth on the list. Winnetka, IL; Orinda, CA; West University Place, TX; Hinsdale, IL, and Rye, NY, rounded out the top ten.

MLB Suspends 13 Players

Performance-enhancing drugs have once again been the center of controversy for professional sports. Major League Baseball announced last week it will suspend Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Antonio Bastardo, New York Mets utility man Jordany Valdespin, and Houston Astros minor leaguer Sergio Escalona for their involvement with the Biogenesis wellness clinic. The three are among the heretofore-unreleased names of players who have agreed to suspensions with the league after documents and testimony from Biogenesis owner Anthony Bosch linked them to performance-enhancing drug use. Each will receive a penalty of 50 games. Players who the league believe lied during interviews pertaining to Biogenesis could receive additional discipline. The league announced the suspensions for them, along with 10 other players, including a ban through the 2014 season for New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez. Other players receiving 50-game suspensions for their involvement with Biogenesis are Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta, San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera, Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli, minor leaguers Jesus Montero, Cesar Puello and Fernando

Martinez, and free agents Jordan Norberto and Fautino de los Santos. Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun already accepted a 65-game suspension. Bastardo, 27, is one of the top left-handed relief pitchers in the National League and has a 2.32 ERA through 42 2/3 innings this season. He has been the lone consistent pitcher in the worst bullpen in the National League. The Phillies’ bullpen ERA entering Sunday’s game was 4.35. Valdespin, 25, was recently demoted to the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate, Las Vegas, where he is serving a three-game suspension for inciting a benches-clearing brawl after showboating a home run. Valdespin has been very verbally upset at Mets manager Terry Collins after the team refused to put him on the disabled list July 15 instead of sending him to the minor leagues. He is hitting .463/.540/.778 at Triple-A after failing to crack a .200 batting average with the Mets this year. Escalona, 29, spent parts of two seasons in the major leagues and is at Double-A Corpus Christi. He underwent surgery during spring training in 2012 and returned this year. In 12 appearances at Double-A, he has a 6.60 ERA and has allowed 31 base runners in 15 innings.

Baby Boy Born in Penn Station

Ana Aguirre, 32, welcomed her baby boy, Oscar, weighing 6 pounds, 12 ounces on Wednesday at 10:04 am…in Penn Station. Aguirre told the Daily News that she felt perfectly fine when she set out on her commute from Centereach on Long Island to Manhattan on early Wednesday morning. She went to her scheduled appointment but on her way home, she began feeling labor pains. “When I was returning, the pain got much worse,” she said. “I had already bought the train ticket and was waiting for the train.”

In News Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) police officer Melissa DeFrancesco said that at around 9:45 a.m., she and three other officers, Joe Cona, Vinay Hathiramani, and Burt Silva, got a call about a woman in distress. Earlier that morning, an officer had called EMS to aid another passenger, so two trained paramedics were already in the station. The officers located Aguirre in the district (precinct) waiting room. “She was doubled over in pain,” said DeFrancesco. The MTA officers escorted her into a private office, and the EMS workers took over. “We had another call and when we returned—it was only 10-15 minutes later—she had had the baby.” The mom of four and her brand new baby were then transported to Bellevue Hospital to recover. That’s what we call an express delivery!

First Woman to Lead U.S. Air Force Academy Lieutenant General Michelle Johnson has been promoted to be the first

woman to lead the U.S. Air Force Academy. The appointment hopes to be the start of a new era for the 59-year-old military school in Colorado.

A Change of Command ceremony welcomed the lieutenant general where she told a crowd of hundreds of cadets, staff, service leaders and supporters that she looked forward to the challenge of leading the academy through both its triumphs and its challenges. “We can find meaning in adversity, and there are lessons from overcoming negative experiences and to grow stronger through them,” she said. Johnson takes over for Lieutenant General Mike Gould, a 1976 graduate who was superintendent for four years and who is set to retire in October. JohnContinued on page 26

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“It’s crazy,” were Paul White’s words after winning the $448 million Powerball jackpot. At a news conference on Thursday in Minneapolis, White said, “I’ve gone through this in my head so many times and now it’s coming true.” White, 45, works for an electrical contractor and lives in Ham Lake, Minnesota. He was one of three winners who will split the jackpot, one of the largest in lottery history. The other two winning ticket holders have not come forward yet; both tickets were purchased in New Jersey. White hadn’t checked his ticket until his friend, Kim VanReese, 45, called him at his office and mentioned that there was a winner in Minnesota. White dismissed VanReese saying he was too busy and would check his tickets later. But when she said the Powerball was 32, he remembered he had 32 on two of his five quick-pick tickets. With VanReese waiting on the phone, White checked the winning numbers and discovered he had hit the jackpot. “I said, ‘I have to call you back later,’” he said. “I think I had 10 people verify [the

In News ticket] before I left the office.” Lottery officials said White chose the cash payout option and was presented on Thursday with a pre-tax check for $149.4 million. White brought his boss and longtime friend to the news conference and joked, “He started the day my boss and will end the day my chauffeur.” He continued, “I’m not going to be one of those people who says I’m going to keep working. I’m never going to work for someone again.” White plans to use the money to pay college tuitions for his son, 16, and daughter, 14. He also intends to buy himself a new car and go on a luxurious vacation. He will also help his parents who are in their 80s. The winning numbers in Wednesday’s drawing were 58-5-25-59-30 and Powerball 32. Well, he’s certainly living the dream.

Bloomberg’s Latest Target: E-Cigarettes New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s next campaign is to regulate the use of electronic cigarettes. After his attempt to ban Big Gulp basically failed, Bloomberg submitted three tobacco-related bills to the New York City Council. The bills seek stricter regulations on tobacco products by raising the minimum age to buy them from 18 to 21, prohibiting the display of cigarette ads in stores, and creating a $10.50 price floor for cigarette packs. The plan would also prohibit the use of tobacco coupons and increase fines against those selling illegal cigarettes.

According to this plan, electronic cigarettes classify as tobacco products, even though they are tobacco-free, according to the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association. There is no scientific evidence proving that electronic cigarettes are harmful to one’s health. In 2009, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning about e-cigarettes saying that some may


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New Jersey: Least Friendly State Condé Nast Traveler recently held their annual Reader’s Choice Survey, asking readers to weigh in on their favorite and least favorite cruises, hotels and travel destinations. Among the categories, readers were also asked to rate U.S. cities on their friendliness factor. Here are some of America’s friendliest and least friendly cities. The Friendliest Cities: 1. Charleston, South Carolina 2. Galena, Illinois 3. Savannah, Georgia 4. Asheville, North Carolina 5. Austin, Texas The Least Friendly Cities: 1. Newark, New Jersey

2. Oakland, California 3. New Haven, Connecticut 4. Detroit, Michigan 5. Atlantic City, New Jersey I guess I won’t be visiting New Jersey in the near future. Mr. Booker, you still have a lot of work to do.

That’s Odd Bridge of Yarn

In News ters worked together to transform Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Bridge. Instead of seeing the steel and concrete structure this week, commuters got a colorful surprise when they crossed the bridge covered in yarn. It took a weekend of work and 18 months of planning to cover the bridge’s walkways in 580 blanket-sized panels. Each 72-by-34-inch panel was knitted by hand. “What’s amazing about this project is how many people it’s brought together,” Penny Mateer, co-director of Knit the Bridge, said. “Thinking of the bridge as a metaphor, it’s bridging differences and getting people to meet each other.” The Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, which organized the roughly $100,000 project through endowments and individual donations, called it the nation’s largest “yarn bomb.” It will be on display until September 6.

Schindler’s List for Sale This weekend, more than 1,800 knit-

A rare piece of Holocaust history has been put up for sale on eBay. One

of “Schindler’s Lists” has been put up for auction and so far has no bids on the popular bidding website.

The list was put up for sale on July 18, and ran for 10 days until July 28. The auction, which started at an eye-popping $3 million for the document, was open only to approved bidders. The winning bidder would be required to pay a $10,000 deposit. The remaining amount owed would be due within seven days. The winner also would need to pick up the document in Israel. The list is named for German businessman Oskar Schindler, who compiled the 801 names of workers he deemed essential for his enamel facto-


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The Week ry, thus sparing them from concentration camps. Only four original lists are known to exist, including the one up for auction dated April 18, 1945, which is described as 14 onionskin pages long. Some experts feel that the date on the document is part of the reason it has not received much interest. The two original lists were subsequently updated and this document is one of the revised lists. “When they say ‘Schindler’s list,’ it’s almost like they are using the romance of the original list and the magic of that to sell what was prepared at the end of the war,” said David Crowe, Holocaust historian and the author of Oskar Schindler: The Untold Account of His Life, Wartime Activities, and the True Story Behind the List. “This list is far less valuable.” He added he had not personally seen the list that had gone up for auction. The seller actually references Crowe’s book in the original listing: “Up for auction is not a copy of that list, but the actual one. It was sold by Itzhak Stern’s nephew to the current owner. It is dated in pencil on the first page, April 18, 1945.” The listing continues, “The auction will also include a copy of the affidavit

from Stern’s nephew, recounting more details and provenance on The List. There’s a complete history of the composition of the list in David Crowe’s brilliant bio, Oskar Schindler: The Untold Account of His Life, Wartime Activities, and the True Story Behind the List.” For those who want to see that piece of history without paying for it, a copy of the list also can be seen for free at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. The seller has said he has no plans to reduce the price. “The value and price of noted historical documents has been rising the past two years as investors realize their significance and investment value,” he said. “It’s a fair price given its history and its provenance.”

15th Century Relics Discovered by Accident We’ve all lost our keys at some point, but one man was very determined to get his back and ended up with a very big surprise. When Welsh farmer Ifor Edwards,

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Thankfully, Cliff Massey, 83, found the keys, but he also found 14 medieval coins from the 14th and 15th centuries! John Gittins, a coroner who performed an investigation on the findings, described the coins, which are composed of 90 percent silver and likely from the days of Edward III, Henry V and Henry VI, as a “treasure.” Edwards explained that this is a “once in a lifetime thing. It is such a shock; you just can’t quite believe it. You realize those coins were there before they ever found America or anything. You just can’t believe you’re holding something that is 600 and something years old. We only bought the land three years ago and nothing like this has ever been found before.” The Wrexham County Borough Museum is purportedly interested in acquiring the coins, and Edwards and Massey will split the proceeds. “It’s extraordinarily rare to find a coin like this—you have better odds of being hit by lightning than finding this particular coin,” coin appraiser Beth Weingast, a certified member of the Appraiser’s Association of America, said. Surprisingly, it’s not the first time rare treasures have been found in the area. In 2011, a ring-shaped silver brooch was found two feet down the side of a riverbank at Glasgoed farm in Ruthin. Experts suspect the jewelry dates back to the 13th or 14th century and is worth a few hundred dollars. The same year, a local man found a gold ring (known as a mouring) in a pasture in Hawarden. It was imprinted with the words, “tho ded I bee remember mee” and experts confirmed it was 82 percent gold, 10 percent silver, and a popular accessory during the reign of Charles II during the late 17th century. In 2010, a man found a silver buckle in Penrhyn Bay. It was 99.7 percent silver and believed to be from the 13th century. I know where I’m going treasure hunting next!

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We all splurge a little on extra luxuries while on vacation. And sometimes a few extra dollars is definitely worth it for an upgraded hotel room. But in our wildest dreams we probably can’t imagine spending a yearly income on just one night at a hotel – no matter how nice. Well, some people can. With 12 rooms (and, naturally, 12 bathrooms as well), the Royal Penthouse Suite at the Hotel President Wilson in Geneva is believed to be the most expensive hotel suite in the world at about 75,000 Swiss francs – or $80,000 – a night. Just blocks from the United Nations building, on Lake Geneva, the suite reportedly has housed heads of state and billionaires like Bill Clinton, Richard Branson and Bill Gates – not that a hotel of that caliber would confirm those names. What could possibly cost that much money for a one night’s stay? Well…the suite, which is 18,000 square feet and takes up the entire eighth floor, houses four bedrooms, multiple living rooms, a library and a dining room that seats 26 people. Don’t worry about feeding all those people – a private chef and butler are at your disposal. Inside the suite you’ll find a billiards room, a Jacuzzi, a Steinway grand piano, and one of the very few 103-inch Bang & Olufsen flat screen TVs (with surround sound installation) – a nice viewing experience that would cost $130,000 if you bought the TV yourself. While the hotel has meeting rooms and fitness centers for all its guests, you certainly aren’t paying $80,000 a night to mingle with the masses. Host meetings in your own private “royal boardroom”; exercise in your private fitness center; and rush out to your waiting limo via your own private elevator. Or lounge on your own private 1,680 square foot terrace, which includes a telescope in case the panoramic views of Lake Ge-

neva and Mont Blanc aren’t enough to look at. The entire floor is decorated with handpicked art on all the walls and the highest of high-end appliances. Of course, with the kind of money that can pay for the Royal Penthouse suite, comes a worry about people taking that money. The suite comes with its own security team and extensive security system. The place is equipped with bulletproof windows, armored doors and a human-sized safe. Surveillance cameras and magnetic sensors that can detect an intrusion guard the entrance. The two main bedrooms also have panic buttons in case of an unwelcome visitor. The Hotel President Wilson was built in 1962 and named after Woodrow Wilson for his efforts in promoting the League of Nations – the precursor to the U.N. What better way to honor Wilson’s dream of unity than building an opulent hotel suite that few can afford. The hotel advertises the Royal Penthouses as being “known throughout the world as the largest and most luxurious of hotel suites.” Reservations cannot be made online, naturally. And, specific prices are only doled out upon contacting the hotel. If you have to ask how much it costs, you probably can’t afford it.

Tower of Terror At 47 stories, the In Tempo skyscraper in Spain is slated to be the tallest residential building in the European Union. And although it may take the award for being the tallest building, it can also boast of its lack of sense, because, as they say, the elevator here just doesn’t reach the top. Believe it or not, the elevator here stops at the 20th floor—there is no elevator for anyone living on the 21 through 47 floors; they have to take the stairs. Originally, the pair of towers was designed with only 20 stories. Later, it was upgraded to add the extra 27 floors. In an effort to rush construction along, someone appears to have neglected to allocate space for the elevators to the top part of the towers. Obviously, the architects were forced to resign after much embarrassment. (You think?!) The building was set to be completed in 2009. It is now said that it would be completed this December, although with bumbling architects and construction crews, you just never know. I wonder if they have a gym in the building. Residents don’t seem to be needing a Stairmaster—especially

if they have to climb up and down so many flights of stairs just to get there.

Coins Sold at Auction for $3.1M Found in Recluse’s Home

Valuable coins that were found in the fortune of Walter Samaszko, Jr., who died last summer, were auctioned off last Tuesday for more than $3.1 million. The coins were discovered packed tightly in ammunition boxes in Samasko’s garage by a cleaning crew that went through his home in June 2012. Neighbors described Samasko as a loner who always kept to himself. “Anytime you have the ‘hoarder mentality’ where someone very unassuming is in possession of so much, you sort of say, wow,” said Allen Rowe, the owner of Northern Nevada Coin and Bullion, who purchased four of the six lots auctioned earlier this year and picked up two more lots on Tuesday for a total of $816,000. The auction, which lasted about 30 minutes, was delayed briefly after Rowe said he had spotted at least 20 counterfeit gold coins among the more than 2,000 to be sold. The bidding restarted after Alan Glover, the Carson City clerk-recorder in charge of handling the estate, and estate lawyer Dawn Ellerbrock agreed with five potential bidders that any coins certified as fake could be returned. The overall estate earned more than $6 million. After taxes are taken off, the fortune will go to Samaszko’s only known surviving cousin, Arlene Magdanz, of San Rafael, California. Magdanz has not spoken publicly about her new-found riches but one thing is for sure, she certainly won the lottery.

In News don to Manchester, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. To promote the brand, the company will be performing comedy and musical performances while in-flight on flights bound for the Scottish capital. This month, stand-up comics will take to the aisle for “impromptu” joke-telling and in September, passengers will get to enjoy acoustic arrangements from aspiring musicians. Virgin Atlantic will give specific details about performances through their Facebook and Twitter pages. The exact flights, however, will not be listed in advance. Comedians will include full-fledged professionals heading to Scotland to play at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which runs until August 26. Virgin supremo Sir Richard Branson said, “We launched Little Red to shake up domestic flying in the UK. In true Virgin Atlantic spirit, we are doing something a little different, and providing our passengers with a line-up of gigs to ensure we offer an unforgettable flying experience.” So if you were hoping for a peaceful flight to catch up on your reading you may want to consider a different airline.

$5 Andy Warhol Drawing for Sale on eBay for $2M

Drawings said to be created by Andy Warhol are being sold on eBay for $2 million. An Englishman originally bought the drawings at a Las Vegas garage sale for $5. “I don’t think it is particularly pretty, but it has an immense importance in the art world,” Alan Fields, 49, of Tiverton, Devon, in the U.K., said. “I only realized the drawing was done by Andy Warhol when I was framing the drawing

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in my home and saw the signature.” “I was told by Brett Maly that this is the earliest example of pop art and Warhol did it in when he was 11-years-old,” Fields said. “I’ve spent two years trying to authenticate this drawing. And I have found so much evidence tying this work to Warhol,” he said. Fields also reached out to the man who sold him the drawing. “The gentleman told me that he grew up a few blocks away from Andy Warhol and they used to party together,” Fields said. But currently there is no one organization that is authorized to authenticate Warhol’s works. As such, “no auction house can sell it,” Fields explains. “The only other auction house I could think of was eBay.” Prospective buyers can bid on the drawing on eBay’s U.K. website. Bidding for the drawing ends on Thursday. As of now, Fields has not had any serious bidders.

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turned, he found a note from a generous person who had been standing on line behind him. The man had paid his baggage fee and left a note saying: “Hey, I heard them say your card was declined. I know how it feels. Your bag fee’s on me. Just pay it forward the next time you get a chance. Have a safe flight. :)” On Wednesday, Andy posted a photo of the note on Reddit and wrote, “If you’re reading this, thanks for making my day.” “Seriously, reading their note gave me goosebumps and gave me faith that there are still good people out there,” Andy said. When asked how he plans to pay it forward, he answered, “I think it will be a random decision, a spur-of-the-moment type of thing. I really don’t think that that person walked into that airport, saying, ‘I’m going to pay someone’s baggage fee today.’ So neither will I.” This one small act of kindness has the power to create a domino effect.

Woman with Turner Syndrome Adopts Girl with Same Condition Dr. Catherine Ward-Melver was born with Turner syndrome, a genetic condition that causes short physique and other medical complications. She knew since she was a little girl that sadly she would not be able to bear children.

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Having your credit card declined can be embarrassing, frustrating, and stressful. That stress is intensified if you’re at the airport rushing to catch a flight and attempting to pay your baggage fee. Reddit contributor “brbmycatexploded,” who identified himself as “Andy,” recently experienced this situation at Tampa International Airport. “Having my card declined was extremely embarrassing, even though I didn’t know a single soul in that airport,” Andy said. He left the counter to check his card balance on his phone and when he re-

But happily, Ward-Melver, who is a geneticist at Akron Children’s Hospital in Ohio, just became a mother. She adopted a 4-year-old girl named Zoe from China, who has the same condition as herself. Ward-Melver intends to get her daughter the best medical care and supportive contact with other girls who have Turner syndrome. Ward-Melver had not met any other girl with Turner syndrome until she attended medical school.

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availability of growth hormones. When Ward-Melver was diagnosed as child at the age of 7, those medications were in the experimental phase. “There’s a critical difference between being four-foot-eight and five feet in terms of practical things,” she said. “It’s not just major discrimination, but things like clothes fitting. The world is

In News built for someone taller.” Turner syndrome is a genetic condition that only affects women. It was named for Dr. Henry Turner, who was among the first to describe the features in the 1930s. An estimated 71,000 American females suffer from the condition, according to the Turner Syndrome Society.

Doctors do not know the cause and unfortunately there is no cure, but thankfully there are now treatments to help patients.

Most Outrageous Concierge Requests Concierge service is a luxury that high-end hotels offer. They are there to grant the guests any wish to make their stay more pleasant and enjoyable. They get asked mostly about local sightseeing and activity recommendations but sometimes they get bizarre requests that they try to fulfill.

s Often luxurious hotels offer young guests a small stuffed animal as a “welcome amenity” to make them feel welcome. But at a hotel on Avenue Montaigne in Paris, a guest wanted to surprise his daughter, who was celebrating a birthday party, with two, real, live, small lions. The concierge was able to locate a pair through a local circus animal tamer, and “the young girl found the two cubs when she came into her room at Plaza Athénée,” says the hotel spokesperson. The$ cubs were accompanied by the tamer and “both lion cubs behaved very well.” Rose petals scattered across the bed of a suite may be a hotel classic, but one guest wanted a more dramatic welcome statement. According to the concierge at a Milan hotel on the Piazza della Repubblica, the guest asked the hotel to order 1,000 red roses and spread them along the corridor of the Presidential Suite. This romantic feat cost the guest about $13,000, that’s $13 per rose, since the thorns had to be removed. The next morning, housekeeping spent more than an hour cleaning up. Fitness centers are a staple for any upscale hotel. But a guest at the former Georgian estate in Ascot, England, wanted his own personal treadmill in his room. Although the task required a forklift and the removal of one window, the guest got what he had requested. “Our guests’ suites become their homes for the time they are with us,” says a hotel spokesperson. “If they are used to having a running machine next


door to their office at home, then we will try and replicate their requirements whenever we can.” At the Fairmont Chateau in Whistler, British Columbia, one guest wanted to make his marriage proposal really spectacular and reminiscent of storybook romances. He asked the concierge to help find a suit of shining armor, complete with a white horse. Luckily, after all that trouble, she said yes. A trend in hotels recently is accommodating four-legged guests. Often guest show up with their pets in tow and that brings along specific demands. One hotel in Beverly Hills caters to dogs. Upon check-in, dogs receive biscuits with their names inscribed in icing, and they enjoy the use of custom-made dog beds, pink hotel tennis balls, and their own selections on the room service menu. So when one guest asked the concierge to help her plan a doggie wedding at the Crystal Ballroom, they didn’t laugh in her face. The party ran the dog owner about $15,000. The next time you ask the concierge to arrange airport pick-up for you, just know that he’s secretly sighing in relief that you didn’t ask him to remove a window or de-thorn roses.

Man Bitten by Shark and Snake, Struck by Lightning, and Punched Twice by Monkeys

Erik Norrie was vacationing in the Bahamas with his family this summer. All was well in the sun and sand until July 29, when Norrie was attacked by a shark. He was snorkeling and spear-fishing in five-feet of water when the sea creature took a nice big bite out of his leg.

In News Norrie is a firm believer in G-d and he has acknowledged that he only survived because of his unshakeable faith. But this isn’t Norrie’s first run-in with nature. He has a whole history of unusual and uncommon experiences. The chances of being struck by lightning are one in 700,000. Norrie was one of the unlucky ones. The chances of being bitten by a poisonous snake are one in 37,500, and again Norrie was one of the unlucky ones. The chances of being punched by monkeys twice are definitely rare although there are no stats to support that. Yes, Norrie was punched by monkeys two times. The chances of being bitten by a shark are one in 11.5 million, according to the International Shark Attack File at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Norrie is still recovering in the hospital; he will need several major skin graft surgeries in order for his foot to heal. I think it’s best if he takes a stay-cation next year instead of spending it at sea (or in the jungle or forest or wherever!).

Newspaper Boy Saves Family from Fire A newspaper carrier for the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch is being credited with saving 11 people’s lives after discovering a house on fire early on Thursday. Ben Carroll, 28, was in the right place at the right time. He was riding his bike, delivering papers along his normal route at approximately 5 a.m. when he smelled smoke. “It smelled like garbage burning,” Carroll recalled. Suddenly, he saw flames on the side of a duplex and knocked loudly on the front door. When no one answered, he called the fire department. “Then I went around and banged on the side door and no one answered,” Carroll said. “I could see a child through a little window. I just kept banging and yelling and banging and yelling.” Eventually, a man came to the door but was reluctant to believe his house was on fire. “He probably thought it was a prank,” Carroll said. “I’m like, Continued on page 38

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Judge Orders Parents to Change Baby’s Name A judge in Tennessee demanded that parents change their 7-month-old’s name from “Messiah” to “Martin.” “The word Messiah is a title and it’s a title that has only been earned by one person,” said Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew in explanation of her decision. The boy’s parents feel that Ballew

has no right to force them to change their baby’s name because of her personal religious beliefs and plan to appeal the decision. The Cocke County chancellor will hear the appeal on September 17. Oddly enough, Jaleesa Martin and the father of Messiah originally involved the court because they couldn’t agree on the boy’s last name. Martin has two older children named Micah and Mason. She chose the name Messiah because it is unique and she liked how the name sounded with her other two. “Everybody believes what they want so I think I should be able to name my child what I want to name him, not someone else,” Martin said. The judge ruled that the child be named, “Martin DeShawn McCullough” which includes both parent’s last names but leaves out Messiah. Ballew claims this is the first time she has ordered a first name change. She said the decision is best for the child, especially since it is growing up in a county with a large Christian population. “It could put him at odds with a lot of people and at this point he has had no choice in what his name is,” Judge Ballew said.

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One of the World’s Last “Munchkins” Dies At 16-years-old, Margaret Pellegrini staked a claim in cinematic history as one of the residents of Munchkinland in “The Wizard of Oz.” The actress died last Wednesday at the age of 89 in Arizona. Pellegrini played the role of one of the “Flower Pot” Munchkins who greet Dorothy when her house lands in Oz. She was spotted by a talent scout at a state fair when she was only 13, and a few years later, she was invited to take a train to Hollywood to appear in the

movie. Pelligrini continued to take part in “Oz” related events throughout her life. She was present in 2007 when the remaining Munchkins were given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Of the 124 actors who participated as Munchkins in the original production, there are now only two known survivors: 95-year-old Ruth Duccini, who played a villager, and 93-year-old Jerry Maren, who was the green-clad middle member of the Lollipop Guild. “There’s no place like home…”

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Achdus Abounds at Hillel Day Camp As so many day camps wind down for the summer on August 16, Hillel Day Camp gears up for three final days. There will be a difference felt on those final three days, however, because the visiting camps that have become a routine part of the day at Hillel will not be visiting. Camp Yossi Weber, Chaim Moskowitz, Gabi Shakarov: Hillel Day Camp lifeguards Discovery, housed at who also teach swimming at Camp Discovery and Camp Areivim the Kulanu building, and Camp Areivim ly schedule – it provided an opportunity whose facilities are at Yeshiva Ketana of for everyone to learn about the imporLong Island, have spent the summer vis- tance of being part of a Jewish commuiting Hillel Day Camp on a semi-regular nity. As the name of one of the camps basis. Ari Solomon, director of Hillel, that visits Hillel Daily suggests, kol Yishas pointed out that staff and campers rael areivim zeh la’zeh. Administration, alike have learned a lot about achdus staff, campers and parents of all three from sharing facilities. Because it was programs have truly had the opportunity possible to invite these camps without to experience this sense of community detracting from Hillel’s jam-packed dai- on the Hillel Day Camp Campus.



CHAZAQ – Inspiring Thousands of People! CHAZAQ, a major organization based in the Queens Jewish community that brings tremendous spiritual strength to so many Jews all over the world, is proud to announce its first annual dinner, which will be taking place on Monday night, August 26, at Leonard’s of Great Neck. CHAZAQ is a large and unique force in the Jewish community reaching out to unaffiliated Jews and public school students. Jews of all cultures flock to the inspiring lectures and events organized by CHAZAQ The theme of the dinner is “Building a Stronger Future.” G-d willing, the final letters of the new sefer Torah dedicated by Maladani Jewelry, will be written. The Hachnasas Sefer Torah will take place at the dinner, G-d willing. The Torah is slated for Rabbi Ilan Meirov’s minyan at the Beth Gavriel Center in Forest Hills, Queens.  The Keter Torah Award is being bestowed on Mr. and Mrs. David Meirov and family. The Is-

rael Leadership Award is being given to Dr. Paul Brody and Dr. Joseph Frager. The Chesed award will be awarded to Mr. and Mrs. Benny Yunatanov. The Community Service Award is being given to Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz. The Hakarat HaTov Award goes to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Harris, Esq. Rabbinic Leadership Award is being given to Rabbi Rafael Baruch Zavulunov, and the Youth Leadership Award is being given to Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Abraham, Esq. The Dinner Chairmen are Rabbi Ilan Meirov and Rabbi Yitzchak Oelbaum. The guest speaker is Mr. Michael Reagan, who is a strong advocate for Israel and the son of former President Ronald Reagan Entertainment by Michoel Pruzansky and more!  For more information, go to 718285-9132 or visit


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HaGaon HaRav Shteinman, shlita, and Other Gedolim Address Dirshu Gathering for Bochurim Entering Yeshiva Gedolah By Chaim Gold For three-and-a-half hours they sat in their seats quietly, intensely concentrating and taking notes. It was an event that they would remember, an event that they would one day recount to their grandchildren. It wasn’t only the appearance of a gadol hador of the stature of HaGaon HaRav Aharon Leib Shteinman, shlita, that so moved them, rather it was every speaker and all of the words of guidance that they received. It was Dirshu’s special gathering attended by more than 850 bochurim from across Eretz Yisrael who are entering yeshiva gedolah. At the gathering, they received guidance from prominent roshei yeshiva and mashgichim led by HaGaon HaRav Shteinman. The asifa, held this past Sunday just days before the start of Elul Zman, offered them advice from the gedolim on how to properly transition from yeshiva ketanah to yeshiva gedolah and on how to maximize their yeshiva gedolah years.

HaGaon HaRav Aharon Leib Shteinman, shlita: Entering Yeshiva Gedolah Requires Tefillah Like a Yom Hadin The highlight of the event was the appearance of Rav Shteinman. Rabbi Avigdor Berenstein, a senior member of Dirshu’s hanhala, described the scene when the venerated Rosh Yeshiva exited the car to enter the Armanot Chen Hall in Bnei Brak where the gathering was held. “One could see how fatigued the Rosh Yeshiva was, but when he entered the hall and saw it packed with such a large crowd of serious yeshiva bochurim, who wanted nothing more than to hear guidance, he became infused with energy.” In his words, Rav Shteinman addressed the significant transition inherent in entering yeshiva gedolah. He said, “Every bochur must understand that before each new stage in his life he faces something akin to a Yom Hadin, a Day of Judgment. He requires such rachamei shamayim to succeed. Now that all

of you are entering a new stage in your lives, progressing from yeshiva ketanah to yeshiva gedolah, you need to intensely daven for success and growth. Rav Shteinman then quoted the well known words of the Vilna Gaon, who says, “There is no such thing in this world as a person who is stationary. He is either rising and growing or he is falling. A person must recognize that the fact that he can constantly better himself is a great quality that only a human being possesses. Nevertheless, this wonderful quality also demands tremendous vigilance. He must see to it that he is always in sustained ascension, because if he isn’t, he is automatically in descent.” HaGaon HaRav Asher Ben-Naim, shlita: “Can There be a Greater Simcha in the Celestial World?!” The gathering which hosted bochurim representing yeshivos from the entire cross-section of Klal Yisrael –

Ashkenazim, Sephardim, Lithuanian and Chassidic yeshivos – was opened by Rav Asher Ben-Naim, Mashgiach of Yeshiva Birchas Ephraim. He began, “The gathering of so many bochurim, who have come during their bein hazemanim to hear words of guidance is the ultimate response to those who seek to still the voices of the yeshivos. What are you doing during your vacation? You have come to hear chizuk on how to best utilize your years in yeshiva gedolah! Can there be a greater simcha in the celestial world than this?!”

HaGaon HaRav Moshe Hillel Hirsch, shlita Gives Guidance He Heard from Rav Aharon Kotler, zt”l A most comprehensive shmuess was given by the Rosh Yeshiva of Slabodka, Rav Moshe Hillel Hirsch. He said, “The main hatzlacha of every bochur, is dependent on the yeshiva gedolah years. That is why the milestone of entering yeshiva gedolah requires supreme dedication. If someone starts this new era on a high level, that level will continue for years into the future. Conversely if a bochur suffices with starting off this new stage with mediocrity, that too may continue for years… It is in these years that he must accept upon himself to fully and totally immerse in Torah learning, and to have real, authentic yiras shamayim. He must also make up his mind to wholly dedicate himself to cultivating good middos, to be humble, to listen to a sevara that his friend conveys instead of immediately rejecting it. Humility is the key to all other middos tovos.” Rav Hirsch explained, “My rebbi, HaGaon HaRav Aharon Kotler, zt”l, would say, ‘Human nature is such that a person is afraid to accept upon himself the full yoke of Torah and yiras shamayim. He thinks that perhaps it will be too hard for him.’ Rav Aharon Kotler said, however, that he is making a mistake. He doesn’t realize that when he accepts upon himself the yoke of Torah without compromises he will automatically be-


gin to taste the sweetness of Torah.” Rav Moshe Hillel continued with precautionary words, “Not all bochurim feel the sweetness and geshmak of learning immediately. For some, it takes a bit of time. If, however, he perseveres, eventually he will have a true geshmak and satisfaction in learning.” The Slabodka Rosh Yeshiva also profusely praised Dirshu and its accomplishments in helping bochurim accept upon themselves the yoke of Torah and helping them to attain the goal of learning and knowing Torah. One who Truly Tries is Divinely Endowed with Newfound Ability Rav Dovid Hofstedter, Dirshu’s Nasi, spoke about the fact that a bochur might periodically deem himself incapable of accomplishing the goals that have been set for him. He might think, “It is beyond my ability.” “In reality, however,” Rav Dovid said, “a person does not know the special strengths with which he is endowed. If he jumps in and tries with every fiber of his being, the siyata d’shmaya comes along empowering him to draw on latent strengths which he did not know he possessed.” Rav Dovid also spoke about the importance of each bochur having a rebbi and attaching himself to a rebbi. “One can’t learn from a seforim shrank or just from seforim. One needs a rebbi who will teach him right from wrong.” HaGaon HaRav Chaim Avrohom Weisel, shlita: Keep Your Distance from Harmful Friends Rav Chaim Avrohom Weisel, Mashgiach of Yeshiva Chachmei Lublin, urged every bochur entering yeshiva gedolah to invest great effort in acquiring a good friend or good friends. “A bochur never knows what nisayon, what spiritual hurdles await him, but one thing

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Around the Community that will certainly cause him to fall is a friend who exerts a negative influence on him.” HaGaon HaRav Uri Weisblum, shlita: The Most Effective Antidote: Being Prepared Rav Uri Weisblum, a talmid muvhak of Rav Shlomo Wolbe and a mashgiach with decades of experience assisting bochurim, gave a deep, powerful address. The bochurim sat at the edge of their seats absorbing every word. Rav Weisblum addressed the common feeling of many bochurim who were at the top of their class in yeshiva ketanah but upon entering yeshiva gedolah find themselves with considerably larger classes which boast other bochurim who are far more gifted. He guided them on how to deal with feelings of inadequacy and how to strengthen themselves. Another very important issue addressed by Rav Weisblum was sleeping in the dormitory. While in most yeshiva ketanos in Eretz Yisrael bochurim sleep at home, in yeshiva gedolos, they sleep in dorms. Acclimating to a dorm and cultivating the personal discipline to go to sleep on time and get up on time is new and requires thought and effort. This new, uncharted territory becomes much easier to navigate when a bochur enters yeshiva gedolah knowing what he will face, Rav Weisblum stressed. The special event for bochurim was the third annual such event hosted by Dirshu. It has been enthusiastically embraced by the Gedolei Yisroel as an important primer for any bochur entering yeshiva gedolah. The necessity of the event was mirrored in the faces of all the bochurim who exited the auditorium, clearly uplifted, filled with simcha and a conviction to implement the advice and continue growing!

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New “OHEL Access” Centralizes Inquiry to All OHEL Services To better serve the community, OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services has launched OHEL Access which provides improved accessibility, relevant information and immediate help to OHEL’s breadth of services. This single point of access to all of OHEL’s services includes Always on Call 1-800-603-OHEL, Live Help Online: and Confidential Response: Marc Katz, Director of OHEL Access, says, “People in need are very often confronted by the unknown of where, what and how and seek answers and assistance, and OHEL Access provides access and information to the most appropriate services they need, in a much timelier manner.” Whether an everyday adolescent or parenting issue, an urgent crisis or trauma, an eldercare need, or after-school

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Annual Likras Shabbos Siyum: Celebrating the Learning Excitement is mounting for the second Far Rockaway Likras Shabbos siyum, which is scheduled for Sunday, September 1st in the Bais Medrash Ateres Yisroel hall. Throughout the winter months last year, three different groups of boys dedicated the hour before Shabbos to learning Hilchos Shabbos from devoted mechanchim. Rabbi Binyomin Jacobi, Rabbi Avrohom Chaim Nobel and Rabbi Yoni Posnick expertly taught their respective groups the intricate laws of bishul. This year’s siyum celebrates the completion of these halachos and the commitment of close to 100 boys to this meaningful program. Like last year, prominent rabbanim and roshei yeshiva from Far Rockaway will participate in acknowledging the accomplishments of these boys. In addition, the famous Rebbe Hill of Lakewood, in recognition of the group’s participation in his Amen project that was dedicated as a zchus for the memory of Dovid ben Yehonasan, has graciously offered to share his talents at the siyum. He expressed the hope to be mechazek the Far Rockaway community, especially in light of Hurricane Sandy.

The Likras Shabbos Siyum has become a watershed event. While in previous years the average attendance for the Likras Shabbos program was 35

boys, after last year’s siyum, the program began after Succos with more than 100 enthusiastic participants ranging from ages 10-14. These eager boys volun-

tarily gathered in Yeshiva of Far Rockaway and Yeshiva Sh’or Yoshuv to gain knowledge in Hilchos Shabbos. In 2011, the boys studied the laws of shehiya, chazarah and hatmanah. In 2012, they learned the halachos of bishul. Starting after Succos, the emphasis will be on dush. Then Hurricane Sandy hit. Classes had to be cancelled for several weeks. But the hurricane did not dampen any spirits. Determined, some boys who were displaced to other communities found Likras Shabbos groups in those neighborhoods to continue their erev Shabbos learning. As families began to return to Far Rockaway and work toward recovery the time had come to bring stability back to the boys’ erev Shabbos. The rebbeim were motivated, but would the boys return? The resiliency of these young budding talmidei chachamim was a marvel. The revitalized groups were bursting with the 85 participants who attended weekly. Likras Shabbos is grateful to Yeshiva of Far Rockaway and Yeshiva Sh’or Yoshuv for hosting the classes every Friday afternoon. Last year, as the group in Yeshiva of Far Rockaway grew, it was subdivided to meet the specific needs of the older (grades 6-9) and younger (grades 4-5) participants. For this year, a new mesivta group is anticipated. These bochurim will be able to learn the halachos in a way catered specifically to them. While the learning of the halachos is the primary purpose of all the sessions, the boys also enjoy delicious potato kugel, generously provided by Silver Creek Caterers, and participate in a raffle to win a valuable sefer each week. All Far Rockaway boys in fourth grade and older are invited to join the devoted participants of Likras Shabbos. For more information or for sponsorship and dedication opportunities, please call Rabbi Ephraim Perlstein at (646) 346-0269.



4th Annual Cross River Bank Golf & Tennis Outing to Benefit Madraigos Generates Unprecedented Response Cross River Bank will be hosting its 4th Annual Golf and Tennis Outing to benefit Madraigos on Monday, August 19, 2013 at the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester. With beautiful views of the scenic countryside and awe-inspiring terrain, this year’s outing will offer golfers the opportunity to experience fantastic golf while having fun supporting a great cause. Madraigos provides a wide array of innovative programs and professional services designed for teens and young adults who are not able to cope with the everyday challenges of life. Its mission is to provide our teens and young adults with the skills and tools to take the next step towards becoming the leaders of empower our members with the skills to take the next step in becoming leaders of tomorro Registration and breakfast on Monday will begin at 9:00 AM, with an 11:00 AM shotgun start. The outing will feature special contests throughout the day including Longest Drive, Closest to the Line, a Jet Blue Challenge offering $50,000 for a hole-in-one, a special “Beat the Pro” contest with a 6x ReMax World Long Drive Finalist, and a Round-Robin Tennis Tournament.  This year, tennis players will enjoy on a special feast right on the court. This year, we have introduced E-Golfscore, an exciting new feature that enhances the event with photos and live stats throughout the event and ensures scoring accuracy. Gilles Gade of Cross River Bank is looking forward to the event. “Please join us on Monday, August 19th for an enjoyable day of golf, tennis, and networking.” Trump National Golf Club Westchester is among the most highly regarded golf courses in the state. The impressive grounds feature a beautiful waterfall at Hole 13, as well as a sensational clubhouse, providing the ultimate setting for this year’s outing. Participants will enjoy a lavish spread at the BBQ lunch, to be followed in the evening with cocktails, a soft musical accompaniment, and an enjoyable dinner. Over $50,000 in valuable raffle prizes will be given away, including top designer men’s accessories, sports tickets, men’s watches, electronics, travel vouchers, ladies jewelry, sports memorabilia, certificates for golf and more. The raffle drawing and awards presentation will take place during the short dinner

program. All of the food throughout the day will be catered by Seasons of Westchester. “This golf outing is one of our most important events, which raises funds to support our many programs at Madraigos. We are pleased that we can help our Madraigos families while giving our outing participants a fantastic day,” said Rabbi Josh Zern, Executive Director of Madraigos. “For the third year in a row we are sold out for golf, and tennis is sold out as well.” This year, we are pleased to offer a Dr. Dre Sports Beats as the premium gift to all registered golfers, generously sponsored by Infinity Land Services. In addition to the premium giveaway, hundreds of dollars of swag will be given to each registered golfer upon arrival at registration. Major event sponsors include Harborview, TwinMed, Brius, Riverside Abstract, Exigent Capital, Beechwood Capital Group, Omni Health, Weatherproof, Hawke, Island Exteriors, 718 Insurance, and David Frankel P.C. Funds raised at the event will assist Madraigos in providing valuable services to our community, including a 24-hour Support Line, Community Ed-

ucation, Crisis Intervention, Case Management, Educational Enhancement Program, The Lounge, Assessments and Referrals, School-Based Services, Shabbatonim, Yom Tov Retreats, Job Placement Program, and Support Groups. To secure your reservations for cocktails and dinner or to purchase raffle tickets, please visit, or call Rabbi Josh Zern at 516-371-3250, extension 5. Every $360 raffle purchase will sponsor one of our young adults at the upcoming Rosh Hashana Retreat.

For more information about Madraigos, please visit our website at Madraigos is a 501c3 not-for-profit that provides a wide array of innovative programs and professional services designed for teens and young adults who are not able to cope with the everyday challenges of life. Our mission is to provide teens and young adults with the skills and tools to take the next step in becoming the leaders of tomorrow.

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The 91st annual convention of Agudath Israel of America will be held at the Hilton Woodcliff Lake Hotel and Resort in Bergen County NJ, a spokesman for the Orthodox Jewish organization announced this week. Located conveniently between NJ Route 17 and the Garden State Parkway in Woodcliff Lake, NJ, the elegant and newly renovated hotel, nestled on 21 acres with an array of convenient amenities, promises a special experience for Agudah conventioneers unlike any before. Due to this year’s unusual quirk in the calendar with Thanksgiving weekend falling during Chanukah, the convention dates have been advanced to take place during the weekend of November 14-17, Kislev 11-14. “It is important for people to mark off those dates, as this year we will be holding our convention two weeks earlier than

usual, ” says Rabbi Shlomo Gertzulin, Agudath Israel’s Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration, who headed up a joint staff and Board site selection committee.  “The date and venue changes have opened up exciting possibilities in planning for the convention. While many locations throughout the tri-state area were considered, this new beautiful spacious hotel is an ideal setting befitting the dignity and excitement of an Agudath Israel convention.” Among the most popular aspects of an Agudah convention are the simultaneous symposia that enable participants to listen and thoroughly examine some of the most pressing issues facing Orthodox Jews in our times. As in past years, the Thursday, Friday, Motzoei Shabbos, and Sunday sessions are open to the public, free of charge. 




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R’ Ben Tzion Shafier

Parshas Ki Teitzei The Greatness of Man

“If a man shall commit a crime whose judgment is death, he shall be put to death, and you shall hang him on a tree.” — Devarim 21:22 The Punishment of Stoning Of the four capital punishments in the Torah, the most severe is s’kilah. After being killed, the criminal is hung publicly for all to see so that others will learn not to do as he did. Yet, the Torah warns us that his body should not remain hanging for too long. He must be buried that day because it is an embarrassment to the King to let him hang. Rashi explains: “It is an embarrassment to Hashem to have a human being hanging because man was formed in the image of Hashem. Since the Jewish people are called ‘sons of Hashem,’ the shame is even greater. Therefore, the body must be taken down that day before sunset.” Rashi then gives a mashal. This is comparable to identical twins. One brother rises through the ranks and eventually becomes king. The other brother turns to a life of crime. Eventually, the hoodlum is caught and hung. Since he is identical to the king, anyone passing by would proclaim, “Look! The king has been hung!” not realizing that it is actually his twin. Rashi explains that it is for this reason that the Torah commands us not to leave the body hanging too long. A person is made in the image of Hashem, and it is an embarrassment to Hashem to leave His likeness hanging. This Rashi is very difficult to understand. This mashal implies that one passing a hanging human would on some level mistake him for Hashem. This seems preposterous! No one would mistake man for Hashem. Hashem created the heavens and the earth; man can barely make it through his day. Hashem lives on for eternity; man puts his head down to sleep, not knowing whether he will ever awaken. How can anyone mistake man for the Creator? What is Rashi trying to teach us with this mashal? The answer to this question can be found by understanding a different perspective of man.

Replica vs. Representation If you ride the elevator to the 86th floor of the Empire State building, you will find a gift shop selling models of the very building that you

live up to his role, then both he and the world that depends upon him become damaged. In the case of Adam, one sin caused a radical change in the destiny of the world and mankind. Hashem placed the “keys of Creation”

A throne is more than a seat the king sits upon. If one sits on the king’s throne, it is an affront to the king’s honor.

are standing in. Those are replicas. A replica reminds a person of the original. Granted, it is in miniature, and granted no one would mistake it for the original, but it carries, almost in caricature form, some reminiscence of the original. A flag, on the other hand, is not just a piece of cloth that reminds us of a particular country. It stands for and symbolizes the nation itself. It is a representation of the county. The American flag is not allowed to touch the ground. It would be considered an affront to the people it represents. So too, a throne is more than a seat the king sits upon. It embodies the distinction and nobility of the king. If one sits on the king’s throne, it is an affront to the king’s honor. If the Torah were teaching us that man was a replica of Hashem or even a representation of Him, it would be a huge perspective change in the way that we view man. Rashi seems to be saying that man is far more than a replica of Hashem, and even more than a representation of Hashem. Man is in a completely different category. To understand this Rashi, we must understand the role that Hashem gave man in the universe. Chazal explain to us that all physical manifestations have a spiritual counterpart. The spiritual counterpart of Creation is maintained by man. If he accomplishes his mission in the world, he elevates himself and the world along with him. If he doesn’t

into man’s hands. We don’t see this because we look at the world in its physical form and see a static existence. Physicality is. Matter exists. A solid piece of wood is unmoving and inert. However, if you were to ask a scientist about that seemingly solid piece of wood, he would tell you it is actually comprised of electrons spinning around in constant motion. There is far more to it than meets the eye. So too, the spiritual dimension of existence is in constant flux, ever changing. For its continued existence, it requires man’s input. His actions and decisions fuel the spiritual state of existence, and therefore the physical as well. Man as a Partner in Creation

Hashem is the Creator and Maintainer of the world. The entire cosmos is dependent upon Him. Hashem put man in the center of Creation and made the world dependent upon him. If we were fully attuned to the Torah’s view of man, we would see him as the maintainer of physicality. In that sense, he is almost like a little creator – the world depends upon him for its existence. This is what Rashi is adding with his mashal. If one truly understood the basis of the universe, he would see that man is far greater than even a replica or representation of Hashem. Man is so great that he could almost be mistaken for a creator. The Torah is teaching us to view man in a very different light. We should look at man and gasp, “That is a man! Man is created in the image of Hashem! How much honor and accord is due to that great person!” Obviously, this concept will greatly affect the way we treat others. But just as significantly, it will impact the way we view our own potential and how much we should come to expect from ourselves.

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Blame it On the Rain

A Guide to Forgiving Others (and Yourself)


drenched. You blame yourself for being so clumsy, and perhaps decide you will tell people that a car splashed you or that a branch narrowly missed you. In each case, the end result was the same. You got wet. The main difference in your reaction to getting wet was what caused it. More precisely, how-

termines whether we’ll be insulted by others, how long we’ll sit in traffic, and how quickly we’ll come up with solutions to our problems. In the above three scenarios regarding the puddle, the common thread was that it was decreed in Heaven that you would wind up all wet. Because you

While we put in the effort to be productive, what fruit our efforts will yield is entirely up to Hashem. ever, the difference is in what you think caused it. As we approach Rosh HaShana, we know we are being judged on the previous year, and it will determine what our new year looks like, assuming (hopefully) that we will have one. The question is whether we fully comprehend just how detailed a judgment it is. Throughout the year, we go about our business, working to support ourselves, engaging in interpersonal relationships, and essentially doing what we can to function as a productive part of society. What we often forget is that the results of those efforts have already been determined on Rosh HaShana. While we put in the effort to be productive, and that is a mitzvah, what fruit our efforts will yield is entirely up to Hashem. It’s not just how much money we’ll earn, what our expenses will be, or what we will eat. Hashem also de-



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forgot that, though, you likely got upset at your neighbor or at yourself. By remembering this fact, you can save yourself a lot of aggravation. Shimi ben Geira cursed Dovid HaMelech. Dovid’s position was, “Hashem said, ‘Curse Dovid.’” In other words, instead of being upset at Shimi personally and feeling hurt, Dovid knew that Hashem decreed that he be denigrated. He probably looked into his actions to determine why he deserved it, and he moved on. (Dovid couldn’t let the matter go entirely, though, because he was the king and a king’s honor is not his own. As Shimi had impinged on the honor of the Jewish Nation, he had to be punished, which happened later on.) I have even heard this explained as being “dan l’kaf zechus,” or “judging favorably.” While Shimi’s motivation may not have been to carry out the will of G-d, that is what he had done, and Dovid focused on that point. By doing so, he was able to free himself from any ill will towards Shimi on a personal level. When your neighbor splashes you or you trip yourself up, you don’t have to ascribe any malicious intent or stupidity to the action. You can recognize that it was destined to happen and get on with life. Why that person chose to be the messenger is his problem, but had he chosen differently, you would have gotten soaked regardless. By going into the Yomim Nora’im this way, and recognizing that any hard

feelings you bear towards people are the result of things that G-d sent your way, you can ease the cycle of forgiveness. You don’t need to harbor a grudge because the offender didn’t really do anything to you. You don’t have to feel silly when you make a mistake because it was all part of the plan. What you now have is a chance to see it for what it is – a Divine message. When you judge others favorably like King Dovid did and realize that their sins against you were part of Hashem’s will, then you will be judged favorably by G-d. Of course He knows that when you sinned you did have intent to rebel or to ignore His commandments, but just as you look away from the personal affront of others and focus on the positive fact that they carried out G-d’s plan, so will G-d, in His mercy, focus on your positive outcomes, and

inscribe you and yours for a sweet new year. P.S. Part of that sweet new year isn’t so miraculous. When you learn not to get offended, not to feel like people are out to get you (even if they are), and to accept everything with equanimity, then every day of your life can be sweeter than honey. 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. 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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magine the scene: You’re walking down the sidewalk after a rainstorm and a car drives by. He flies through a large puddle, sending a wave of murky water cascading over you. You are drenched to the skin. As he speeds on unaffected, you recognize it as the car of a neighbor. You probably think to yourself, “That jerk! He saw me walking here and specifically drove through that puddle to get me wet. Even if he didn’t do it on purpose, common courtesy is that you look at pedestrians and try not to splash someone!” It’s likely that the next time you see him you will give him a bigger piece of your mind than you can comfortably spare. OK, same scene, with one minor change. Instead of a car that splashes you, it’s a large branch that falls from a tree. It lands in the puddle, drenching you completely. How do you react? Well, you’re not angry at anyone, because it was “an accident.” In insurance terms, it would be called “an act of G-d.” Nobody had any malicious plans to hurt you, so you don’t feel insulted. You might also be thankful that the branch missed hitting you as it fell, and breathe a sigh of relief. Instead of being upset at being wet, you know that it was the lesser of two evils and you’re happy to have gotten that one. Scenario three: Walking down the sidewalk after a rainstorm, you strain to read the sign on a bus passing the other way. Not looking where you are going, you trip over your own feet and fall. You land in a puddle and are thoroughly

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E “He certainly takes a long time to make his pointless.” E “I would like to go hunting with him sometime.” E “He’s been working with glue too much.” E “He would argue with a signpost.” E “He has a knack for making strangers immediately detest him.” E “He brings a lot of joy whenever he leaves the room.” E “When his IQ reaches 50, he should sell.” E “If you see two people talking and one looks bored…he’s the other one.” E

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E “A prime candidate for natural deselection.” E “Donated his brain to science before he was done using it.” E “Gates are down, the lights are flashing, but the train isn’t coming.” E “If you give him a penny for his thoughts, you’d get change.” E

“Takes him 2 hours to watch 60 minutes.”

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1. For a number of reasons, the Pro-Football Hall of Fame is located in Canton, Ohio. Which of the following is not one of the reasons that it is located there? a. The direct forerunner of the NFL (the APFA) was founded in Canton b. Vince Lombardi was born there and played high school football there c. Canton was a football city with the Canton Bulldogs being an early pro football power d. Canton citizens launched a campaign to build it there

5. Which future Hall of Famer has the most touchdown passes, with a total of 508 to date? a. Peyton Manning b. Dan Marino c. Brett Favre d. Tom Brady

2. Bill Parcels, who was inducted into the Pro-Football Hall of Fame this month, won how many Super Bowls as coach of the Giants? a. 0 b. 1 c. 2 d. 3

6. Which of the following quarterbacks played his entire career with the Green Bay Packers and won the first two Super Bowls he ever played in? a. Bart Starr b. Brett Favre c. Johnny Unitas d. Jack Kemp

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Answers: 1. B 2. C- Parcells coached the NY Giants from 1983 through 1990. In 1986, he led the Giants to a 14-2 record and defeated Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXI. In 1990, the Giants won a second world championship with dramatic victory over the Buffalo Bills. 3. A

Scorecard: 5-6 correct: You are a Trivia Hall of Famer. 3-4 correct: You are a decent player but wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make the cut. 0-2 correct: You can definitely get into the Hall of Fameâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;just bring $17.50, which is the admission cost, and make sure you get there early enough, because the lines build up quick, especially in the summer. 4. D 5. C 6. A

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ast week I described low self-esteem. There is another self-esteem problem that could be called “too much self-esteem.” This problem can lead people to not want to work on themselves. As I explained, when we receive positive messages about ourselves as children, it increases our self-esteem. That would seem to be a good thing. However, what if those messages are misleading? What if they are just not true? When the messages we get are inaccurate, whether they are positive or negative, we are getting a distortion of reality.

Messages Need to be Consistent with Reality Let’s take the example of low self-esteem. Often, we get the wrong message when parents aren’t even intending it. Parents who say to their children, “Why didn’t you do better?” when looking at a test score can inadvertently be giving their children the message that they are not smart or not capable. The parents may have wanted to actually convey the opposite – the idea that the child is quite smart and therefore had the ability to do better. But the child knows how hard he worked. If he felt he tried his best, then the message backfires and he will feel badly about himself.

The problem is that the parents were inaccurate in the first place. They made the assumption that their brilliant child could have done better on that test when in fact he couldn’t. I remember having a terrible time in math. My parents, of blessed mem-

ory, thought I was too smart to have done so badly in math; therefore they thought I wasn’t trying hard enough. It turned out I needed tutoring in that subject but my parents didn’t realize that overall intelligence may not be reflected in every subject. The exact same process holds for inaccurate positive messages. For ex-

er is told that other people’s feelings count. Other people’s feelings have not been part of his parents’ conversation. Not only that, but the other message the child takes away from this is, “I’m okay just the way I am.” That was fine coming from Mr. Rogers to a television audience but not so fine from a parent whose child is misbehaving.

What message do you suppose a child gets when he beats his younger sibling but is not punished?

ample, it’s not helpful to say to children who are doing well, “You’re brilliant!” What will this message accomplish? After hearing this often, the child may come to believe that he is superior to others. It may make him lazy or haughty. He may try to skirt by without putting out an effort in school with the exact opposite result from the one the parents want: He may do worse than his potential. Sometimes What We Don’t Say Conveys a Message Messages can also be delivered without words. For example, what message do you suppose a child gets when he beats his younger sibling but is not punished? Or worse, what about when that child hits or yells at his own parent? Not only does he get the message, “I can get away with things,” but he also becomes unclear as to right and wrong. Unlike those of us adults who know better and might get the message, “I can get away with bad behavior,” he doesn’t even know that it is bad behavior. How would he? The message this child does get, though, is that “it’s all about me.” He does whatever he wants to do and nev-

Oddly enough, this approach handicaps a child: He has no reality testing and no idea that he has been deprived of it. This child 1. does not know what society calls right and wrong (no reality testing); 2. believes his behavior is “right” whether or not it is; 3. sees his own wants as the measure for whether something is right. These are firm, strong beliefs. He is so far removed from society’s mores that he may be totally unaware of them. If this is hard for you to see, I don’t blame you. When we grow up with better reality-testing, it is hard to imagine someone lacking it. But plenty of people do. Why Change When You’re Fine the Way You Are? In adult relationships, such a person has no motivation to change behavior even when he is hurting those he purports to love and even when they tell him his behavior hurts. He sees their reactions as their problem: Either they are too sensitive or they are using this tactic as a means to get their own way. The latter is something he understands all too well since he, too, uses various tactics to get his way. Since as a child this adult was never told that other people have feelings and that he should not hurt those

feelings, he is clueless about how that works; it’s alien to him. The hurt feelings of others as well as the accusations of being a hurtful, bad person have no effect. Love May Be a Powerful Ally Nevertheless, oddly enough, this person may still want and crave love. At some level, he is aware of his own cluelessness. It is as if the world has some special knowledge that he lacks. He may therefore cling to a loved one as a lifeline to the reality he doesn’t understand. He may also be attached to his significant other’s kindness. Lacking kindness himself, he may have been shunned and unloved by those in his life. Thus, if someone is good to him, it feels good and he wants it. That is how such people end up getting married. That is why they often don’t want to get divorced when the marriage is falling apart. This can be a way to get your foot in the door if such a person is in your life and takes no responsibility for the pain he has caused. You may be unaware of the power you have. When your partner loves you, you can ask for changes in behavior. This is not a tactic; rather, it comes from your genuine need to no longer be in pain. It also comes from your fervent hope for a better relationship, one that you have not had so far. Your partner may not understand all this, but what’s important is that you do. The key is to no longer accept the hurtful behavior. Not only will you be doing yourself a favor, but you’ll be doing a favor for someone who never was told, “No.”

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s many of you are aware, we are currently in the midst of an outbreak of chickenpox. My office has seen six cases of chickenpox over the past week and some of my colleagues have reported similar cases. I wanted to share some valuable information about the disease so you could deal with it with confidence if it ends up affecting your dear ones. What is chickenpox and how is it transmitted? Chickenpox is the colloquial name for the varicella virus. It is a virus from the family of the herpes viruses. Chickenpox is highly contagious via direct contact with the chickenpox lesions or via cough droplets or saliva from the infected individual. Chickenpox causes a characteristic rash that I will describe later. A person with chickenpox can transmit the virus via cough droplets or saliva 1-2 days before the “chickenpox rash” appears. Is chickenpox dangerous? The answer to the question is yes. Even though the general healthy population will pull through the disease without a problem, certain individuals are at high risks. The High Risk Population includes: 99 Infants younger than 1 month 99 Elderly 99 Pregnant women (dangerous for the mother and the baby) 99 Patients with a weak immune system (people with cancer and patients taking immune suppressing drugs)

What are the signs of chickenpox? Chickenpox causes the following symptoms: • Rash – small and very itchy red dots that start on the face or abdomen. After a few days, they get filled with clear fluid and spread all over the body. Unimmunized people will get between 250-300 such lesions, while immunized people will have up to 50 lesions. • Fever • Abdominal pains

• Mild cough that may last 1 week • Scarring – some parents consider this a “major reaction,” especially if it happens on their face • Rarely – pneumonia • Rarely – Encephalitis (brain swelling secondary to spread of the virus into the brain) • Rarely – a dangerous skin infection known as necrotizing faciitis.

Even immunized children may get a very mild case of chickenpox. When those children have the few blisters, they are contagious to others until their blisters are all crusted. Medical Treatment 5. Fever – treat your child with Tylenol and avoid Motrin (as well as Advil, ibuprofen or aspirin) to prevent

Patients that receive the vaccines have a 100% decrease in complications, even if they have a mild case of chickenpox.

Since chickenpox lesions become open blisters before they crust, they act as an entry point for dangerous bacteria What should you do if your child has the chickenpox? Of course, call and schedule an appointment with your pediatrician to confirm the diagnosis and update the chart. Please make sure you mention that your child may have the chickenpox so that the staff members could minimize exposing other patients in the waiting room. 1. Keep your child home until all the lesions are crusted. 2. Keep your child away from the elderly population (even if the grandfather swears that he had the chickenpox when he was a toddler, he can get a painful re-infection with the virus and develop shingles). 3. Keep your child away from any pregnant women. 4. Keep your child away from any cancer patients.

a rare, dangerous syndrome, known as Reye’s Syndrome (which can cause liver failure – this is the reason we avoid Motrin, Advil and this class of medicines in infants under 6 months of age). 6. Itchy Skin – use cool compresses or oatmeal baths. Calamine lotion may over-dry the skin. Use Benadryl if your child is still itchy. Rash – 7. use an antibiotic ointment on the open blisters to prevent a secondary infection with bacteria. If the skin around the blister appears deep red or if pus is seen coming out of the blister, see your physician as soon as possible. 8. Pregnancy – if you were exposed to or affected by chickenpox during your pregnancy, call your OB/ GYN immediately to discuss your immune status. 9. Keep your child well-hydrated; push them to drink plenty of fluids. Do not over-feed them, especially if they have fever. 10. Observe your child’s behavior

– if your child with chickenpox has a deep cough and fever, they may have a complication of chickenpox. Similarly, if your child appears very drowsy – she may be developing encephalitis. Contact your doctor immediately if you see these symptoms so that your child could get the care they need. Chickenpox Vaccine The vaccine is usually administered between 12- and 15-months and a second booster is given after 4-yearsold. Patients that receive the vaccines have a 100% decrease in complications, even if they have a mild case of chickenpox. If your child was exposed to someone with confirmed chickenpox, vaccinating within 36-72 hours of the exposure could prevent or weaken their infection. As always, try and stay calm if your child contracts chickenpox. Remember that the complication rate from chickenpox is only about 20 per 100,000 cases. If you stay alert and check for the above signs, with G-d’s help, your child should get over the disease without any difficulties. Wishing you a healthy weekend, David Elazar Simai, M.D. Dr. David Simai is a Board Certified pediatrician from the Five Towns. He is a full-time attending in his own private practice since 2007 in Cedarhurst, New York. In addition, he is an Attending Physician at LIJ-Cohen Children’s Hospital, NorthShore Manhasset University Hospital and South Nassau Communities Hospital. He can be contacted for consultation at 516374-2228 or via email at NOTE: name, gender, geographical area and other identifying information where deliberately altered in this article in order to protect the patient’s privacy. This article is not intended to help diagnose or treat any specific disease. Always consult your personal physician before diagnosing or treating yourself or your child for any of the above mentioned illnesses.

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Jeff Moskovic Shani Weiner A Desire to Help and Give Now a nurse practitioner at Einstein Medical Center, Shani Weiner’s love was always volunteer EMS (Emergency Medical Service) work. Volunteering as a teen in upstate NY where she grew up to volunteering on an ambulance in Brooklyn, she remained in the world of volunteer EMS. That is, until she went to volunteer at the Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department. “I’ve always volunteered,” Shani recalls. “When I came to Long Island, I wanted to continue to be on an ambulance. So I went to the firehouse, and they said, ‘OK, you can do EMS... But you can’t just do EMS, you have to [train for] fire as well.” This wasn’t something Shani had planned for. “I said to myself, ‘Alright, I’ll try it. If I like it, I’ll stay, and if I don’t, I’ll go somewhere else.’ And I liked it.” She’s now going into her 13th year as a volunteer firefighter, the only frum woman in the Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department. Jeff Moskovic, a dentist and an attorney, moved to the Five Towns around 25 years ago and immediately began to search for volunteer work. “I wanted to contribute to my community,” says Jeff. “I tried to look for something available, but there wasn’t much go-

ing on 25-26 years ago.” He got involved in what was supposed to be the resurrection of the Chevra Kadisha burial society, but that petered out after a short time, for what Jeff believes was just a lack of available volunteers. And so he kept looking. How he got involved with the fire department is what Jeff calls “a little bit of a convoluted story.” It started more than a decade later, when he had moved to Lawrence. One day he found himself reading in one of the Jewish newspapers about Orthodox female fire-fighters of the local fire departments, in fact partly about Shani Weiner. And that’s when he learned that the fire department was volunteer. “I was reading the article, and I was just furious that nobody had ever mentioned anything about a volunteer fire department. I would have joined so much

His son, Ari, is also a firefighter in LCFD.

Ben Isaacs earlier… It’s not advertised that way; it’s not even in the name, like Lawrence-Cedarhurst Volunteer Fire Department!” Just a week or two later, though, an ambulance happened to respond to an emergency across the street from him, and now he had the chance to find out how he could join. “I went over to the chief’s car, and I asked him, ‘What do I have to do to join?’ And he said, ‘Well, you have to fill out an application first.’ So I went down to the firehouse, and of course there were none. I came back another time, and then a third time. Finally I met the chief again, and I said, ‘You know, this is getting a little ridiculous. I want to join!’ So he personally went down and got me an application. Turns out that at that time they had an age restriction… There is no age restriction anymore, but at that point the limit was 46. I was just three weeks away from my 46th birthday. I filled it out, I got it in under the wire. And to make a long story short, I’ve been there for over 10 years.” Ben Isaacs is just a regular salesman, but volunteering is something he’s been passionate about for a long time. “When I look back, I don’t want to say the word ‘regret,’ but something I wish I would have done, was serve in the Israeli army. At 18, it just wasn’t the right time or place for me… But when I came back [from Israel] at the age of 19-20, I felt like the next closest thing would be to help my community.” It wasn’t just helping the community for Ben, though. Of course that was a major part of it, and inherently so for anyone who volunteers for something like that. But for Ben, a big part of what drove him to volunteer at the fire department, was the excitement of it all. “I wouldn’t say I’m an adrenaline junky, but…you know when you or anyone stands on the sidelines of an emergency, and your heart starts beating, and you just wish to be part of it...” He wanted to be part of it. While he was in Yeshiva University, he went to an EMT course and was part of YU’s sports radio station, but he knew that when he settled back into the Five Towns, he wanted to contribute to the community with something as exciting as firefighting. He’s been at it for 14 years, and still finds it as exhilarating as when he started. Of course, it’s not all fun and games all the time, being a firefighter at the Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department. Whereas at other fire departments such as the Woodmere Fire Department, where a firefighter can be just EMS or just fire training, a Lawrence-Cedarhurst firefighter has to be cross-trained to be able to do anything the job demands. That doesn’t just mean a

commitment of time for emergencies, but even just to train all the time, for all types of emergencies, which can be a huge undertaking. “When you ask someone what a fire department does, they’ll usually tell you that when something’s on fire, the fire department puts out the fire,” says Ben. “But the world has changed in the last 15-20 years, and the Fire Department has changed as well. Just look at the area we live in. The Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department is a very unique department in what we have to train for, and what we have to account for. What I mean by that, for example, is that we have a railroad, the LIRR, that goes through our town. We have to train for a train derailment. We train for if a train hits a car. Rockaway

DURING THAT FIRST WEEK AFTER THE HURRICANE, THERE WERE ABOUT 300 CALLS, JUST THAT ONE WEEK. EVERYONE HAD TO PULL THEIR WEIGHT AND DO WHAT THEY COULD. Turnpike: You have endless amounts of gas stations. We have oil tankers coming through Peninsula Boulevard or Rockaway Turnpike all the time. We have had major incidents where tankers have overturned. We have to train for that. In the last 10 years, a plane has gone down in the Rockaways. We’re neighbors with JFK airport. We have to be trained in case a plane goes down. We live right on the water. Whenever a call goes out of someone needs rescuing in the water near Atlantic Beach Bridge, we’re always called.” And it’s not just emergency training, but how to operate the machinery for just a regular call. “There’s ropes training, pump operator, Hazmat operations,” Shani recounts. “There’s always classes to take, and to continue to take throughout the year. It’s not just a once a year thing. You need to practice and re-familiarize yourself with everything. Even on a regular Thursday night or Sunday morning we have drills and more practices.” People in the fire department have a saying, Jeff says jokingly, that the only real volunteer part of the volunteer fire department is when you join.

Balancing Priorities So how do they do it? How do they have the time to balance their full-time jobs, their families, and their

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volunteer work? Jeff says, “It’s not easy, it’s not easy at all. But the fire house really runs on those who can be there all the time, basically living there... It’s really the ones who live and breathe by the fire station.” Shani, Jeff, and Ben all expressed appreciation for the three fire chiefs, who give their lives to the firehouse, and the volunteers who are there all the time. Ben singled out Chief McHugh especially for his 24/7 availability for the firehouse: “I look up to him tremendously. You know, he balances it with his family, and he must go to 90-something percent of all the calls. When you look at a guy like that, it only makes you want to do more.” Jeff says it has to do with being practical. “You have to be practical, and the fire house understands that people have different schedules. They understand that, and they accommodate.” Shani feels similarly. “Sometimes you get a call, and you say you just can’t do it, and other times you have to say that our plans have to be delayed. It all depends on what’s going on.” Ben says that figuring out a balance is still “a work in progress” for him. “I have a very supportive wife,” Ben says, “And she understands when I have to leave the house on a call… But it’s still one of the most complicated dynamics that I deal with... On a personal level, I haven’t really figured it out yet, I haven’t really found that happy medium between family and between the fire department. I’d call it a work in progress.” As frum Jews, of course, there are even more demands on their time. How do they deal with Shabbos, Yom Tov, simchas? “You have to realize that about half the Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department is made up of religious Jews,” Jeff says. “That means that on Shabbos, you can’t have a one-in-two chance of someone responding. I joined the fire department to fight fires, but the fire department is more than just firefighting or saving lives, and so you have to make decisions on what to go to... I monitor all the calls on Shabbos. I have my rabbi... but am I going to get into my car on Shabbos and drive over to the fire house if it’s not a ‘job’? You know, in firehouse lingo, a ‘job’ is when you know something’s really going on. If I know it’s going to be a job, I’ll go.” “We’ve asked shailas on what we can and cannot do on Shabbos,” Shani says. “The rabbis we’ve asked have said we can [do various things on Shabbos as a firefighter], and we know of others who asked their rabbis and those rab-

bis said you can’t [do various things on Shabbos as firefighters], and that’s fine. They have to follow whoever they asked. You ask one rav one thing, you get one answer. You ask a second rav, you get a different answer. It all depends. It also depends on how you ask your question, too. The rabbis we went to were quite knowledgeable, and they referenced to other rabbis

we respect. So I was completely comfortable with our rabbi’s decision.” Even with that answer, Shani says, it’s still a choice. “If I know it’s just an alarm trigger, I might not go. But if it’s more serious, such as a need for a paramedic, then I make a decision and I go there.” Ben emphasized the commitment to the firehouse and the firefighters, even as religious Jews. “When there’s a fire, it makes no difference if the person sitting next to you in the fire truck to you is wearing a yarmulke, is Irish or Italian, Jewish or not Jewish.” And so the decisions reflect that commitment. Jeff echoed the same sentiments. “There was an issue when someone refused to say the Pledge of Allegiance… People create their own issues... But when push comes to shove, your life depends on the next guy, and it doesn’t matter if they’re Jewish or not.” Sometimes, being a frum firefighter makes things less complicated. “It was just the other night,” Shani remembers. “It was Friday night, after I lit candles, and I had to go out. We make late Shabbos, and my husband davens at the Shteible (Beis Medrash of Cedarhurst), so it happened that he didn’t have to wait that much longer. You know, because the shteible has a long davening. [Laughs] It’s funny, because we’re finishing up, and I’m putting the fire hose away, looking at my watch, and someone says, ‘Oh, Victor is probably just getting home now from the Shteible.’ [Laughs] And that’s pretty much exactly what happened.”

After the Storm Hurricane Sandy hit a lot of people very hard. At one point after the hurricane, 8.5 million New Yorkers were without electricity. An estimated $20 billion in damages were wrought by the storm. Jeff lost his offices. Ben had his house flooded with 4 feet of water. How did they strike a balance between their own problems and everyone else’s? “When Hurricane Sandy happened, I was really devastated,” Jeff says. “I had to split my time between rebuilding my house, and going to the fire house. There were people who basically slept day and night in the fire department during Hurricane Sandy, 24/7. I’d collect what I could collect, and then go to the fire department. I’d try to stay for a minimum of 6 hours. Typically during the year there are about a thousand calls. During that first week after the hurricane, there were about 300 calls, just that one week. Everyone had to pull their weight, and do what they could.” Ben had a hard choice to make. “I had 4 feet of water in my house, and I just couldn’t go to any of the calls. I had the radio, and I was listening, but we had guys in the fire department, most of the fire department, work pretty much straight for 72 hours. These guys were just going call after call after call, rescuing people by boat on Rockaway Turnpike, it was endless. You could write a movie script just on that night. But I have a wife and four kids, and you just have to choose where to be. It was killing me that I couldn’t be there.” Shani was one of those people who pretty much lived in the fire department during that time. “We were lucky that we only lost power for a few days, and so my husband was home, and I was at the firehouse… We were running calls left and right. There were floodings; there were trees down that we had to cut because

cars were stuck. We had to take out boats and rescue people from their homes. On top of that, we sent an engine to Long Beach, which had a bunch of house fires going on at the same time… They literally were fighting that fire in Long Beach in waist-deep water. It was an interesting 24-48 hours after the storm. People pretty much were in and out of the firehouse. If you were off that day, you went to the firehouse.” But unlike Woodmere Fire Department with its large frum contingent, the Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department doesn’t have a kosher kitchen. So how did Shani survive? Wacky Mac. “You have to bring your own stuff, anything you can make on a stovetop. So we lived on Wacky Mac for a while. You have your own pot, your

own milk and butter, you wash it, you send it home… It’s not a big deal normally; they order kosher food for meetings; the coffee and sodas are kosher. But it’s better they focus on the new construction first before building a kosher kitchen.”

The True Heroes of the Community

In all, each firefighter had a different message for the community. Shani emphasized the importance of volunteering. “It’s our community,” Shani says, “And everyone is part of it. So volunteer, whichever volunteer organization you choose for the community. One of the places to volunteer is the firehouse. We don’t get paid, but if we didn’t volunteer, you wouldn’t have a fire department.” Jeff emphasized the importance of consideration for the firefighter’s car trying to get to the firehouse for a call. “Everyone knows Hatzalah, and you know they’re coming from their sirens. For all intents and purposes, their vehicles look like unmarked police cars. But we are not permitted by state law to use sirens on our cars, so we have to rely on our lights. As opposed to Hatzalah, we have to respond to a call by going to the firehouse. A lot of people don’t think about the time it takes to get to the firehouse, and to leave the firehouse on the rig. The longer it takes to get to the firehouse, the longer it takes to get a crew out to respond to a call, and the fire damage doubles every minute. So when someone is looking for parking, talking on their cell phone, triple parking by HAFTR, and we can’t get by; when people don’t respect the lights of a firefighter’s car, it really sends a message. We’re not going to get some pizza, we’re responding to a call. And it could be your house that’s burning.” Lastly, Ben’s message is simply a call for appreciation of the people of the firehouse for putting in all their time and effort for the community. “When you see them, maybe just tip your hat, say thank you, and if it suits you, maybe open up your wallet. These people, all the people of the fire department, are true heroes.”

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“Say What?” Exchange between Anthony Weiner and candidate George McDonald at an AARP sponsored mayoral forum after Weiner put his hands on the elderly McDonald:

MCDONALD: Don’t you ever put your hands on me again. WEINER: What’s gonna happen if I do? You have anger issues! MCDONALD: I don’t have anger issues. WEINER: Yes, you do, Grandpa.

I guess you all heard about this terrorist threat the president warned us about. One of the reasons al Qaeda is upset with the United States is because we are giving aid to Yemen. We didn’t have a choice. When life hands you Yemen, you give them Yemen aid. - Jay Leno Before they went on vacation, Congress voted to exempt themselves from Obamacare. They gave themselves a special exemption because they thought it was too expensive. So the people who voted for Obamacare for us voted to exempt themselves from it. You know how doctors take the Hippocratic Oath. Congress apparently takes the “Hypocritic Oath.” - Jay Leno

President Obama sent Senator John McCain to Cairo to help solve the political problem that brought the Egyptian government to a halt. I got an idea: how about solving the problems that brought our government to a halt? Why don’t we start with that one first? - Jay Leno (as President Obama waited backstage to be his guest interview)

This is the real Disneyland. You need to come here and join us! - A terrorist propaganda video enticing Somali-American youths in Minnesota to come to the Middle East and join the jihad against America I am proud to be a traitor to America. - Machine gun-wielding young men in the video

The NFL announced that referees are going to crack down this year on excessive celebrations. NFL players are being told not to show off too much after a touchdown, a sack, or a murder. - Conan O’Brien

I worry for my kids, and I worry for your kids. I worry for you and I worry for me. Crime can come back any time the criminals think they can get away with things. We just cannot let that happen. - Mayor Bloomberg responding to a judge’s decision that New York City’s Stop & Frisk policy is discriminatory

If we don’t deepen our ports all along the Gulf — places like Charleston, South Carolina, or Savannah, Georgia, or Jacksonville, Florida — if we don’t do that, those ships are going to go someplace else. And we’ll lose jobs. Businesses won’t locate here. - President Obama during an interview with Jay Leno, erroneously referring to several cities as being on the Gulf, even though they are not If we don’t deepen our ports all along the Gulf – (and in) places like Charleston, S.C., or Savannah, Ga., or Jacksonville, Fla. – if we don’t do that, these ships are going to go someplace else and we’ll lose jobs. - How AP reported President Obama’s comments

The NFL announced that it’s going to start cracking down on players who celebrate too much after scoring a touchdown. Then the Jets were like, “Phew, good thing we don’t have to worry about THAT!” - Jimmy Fallon

LeBron James reported to jury duty in Akron, Ohio. He didn’t get picked, but when he walked into the courtroom the jury was made up of Cavalier fans who sentenced him to death. - Jay Leno

During a fundraiser last night, Mitt Romney told Republicans that they need to pick a candidate for 2016 who can actually win. And Republicans said, “Yeah, I wish you told us that last year. But hey, thanks a lot.” - Jimmy Fallon

The New York City Department of Education says that only 26 percent of the city’s students passed the English portion on a recent standardized test. But on the bright side, they’re too bad at math to realize how bad that is. - Jimmy Fallon

All our best to former President George W. Bush, who is recovering from successful heart surgery today. All day the media have been sending get-well wishes to President Bush. Fox News sent flowers. MSNBC sent a steak and cheese fries. - Jay Leno

We had no idea what we were takeing [sic]. Here your stuff back [sic]. We hope that you guys can continue to make a difference in people’s lives. G-d Bless. - A note left with six stolen laptops which were returned to a non-profit center for abused woman in San Bernardino, CA, several hours after they were stolen from the center

[Chris Christie’s] got a schtick going there where he’s got a YouTube videographer following him around in these set-up situations so he can be seen as perhaps a little avant-garde and ‘going rogue’ on things. - Sara Palin, criticizing Governor Christie Researchers at the University of Chicago say that dolphins, not elephants, have the longest memories in the animal kingdom. They confirmed this when a dolphin was upset that an elephant it had met 20 years ago didn’t even recognize him. - Jay Leno

Anthony Weiner has released a 19-page booklet on how to improve life in New York City. Oh, please. If Weiner wants to improve life in New York City, he should move to New Jersey. - Jay Leno Happy birthday to President Obama! He turned 52 over the weekend. You can see he is getting a little grayer. In fact, they are starting to call him “The Silver Fox.” That’s because most of the silver in his hair was caused by Fox. - Jay Leno

He started the day my boss. He’s going to end the day my chauffeur. - Paul White who won a $149.4 million share of last week’s Powerball, joking about his boss at a press conference I’ve totally been waiting for this day my entire life. Start the clock right now. -Ibid., jokingly lamenting that he has to wait two weeks to collect his lump sum I’ve spent my whole life to figure out what I want to do when I grow up. Now I get to do whatever I want. - Ibid I don’t think you guys can understand — it’s crazy. No worries anymore. It’s crazy. - Ibid

I want to find the Portland Press Herald building and blow it up. - Maine Governor Paul LePage when asked while participating in a fighter jet simulation what he would most like to do. In offhand comment, LePage threatens to blow up Press Herald building. - Press release by the Portland Press Herald Threatened? It was a joke, folks! - Tweet by Governor LePage in response to press release

I’m just going to continue watching NASCAR racing on Sundays, maybe I’ll be in my log cabin on multiple acres of land. - One member of the group of 16 New Jersey garage workers who will split $86 million of last week’s Powerball at last week’s press conference I had to wake my poor husband up — who was no longer poor. - One of the members of the group talking about what she did when she realized they had won

Many Middle Easterners object to Israel’s existence, because they view it as a crusader state, a crusader kingdom. So when they see all these European, Russian Jews, coming to Israel, they’re saying look at these European settlers. They’re not Jews from this region, they have no ties to the land. Now, I’m not a proponent of attacking Israel or trying to dissolve it at this point, but I’m simply saying that that is why there’s so much antagonism to Israel. - Oliver Stone’s son, Sean, in an interview with Russian television

I was in Zurich the other day...and I go into a store and I say to the woman, “Excuse me, may I see that bag right above your head?” And she says to me, “No, it’s too expensive.” And I say, “No, no, no, you see the black one?” And she said, “No, no, no, you don’t want to see that one. You want to see this one because that one will cost too much. You will not be able to afford that.” And I said, “Well, no, I really did want to see that.” She refused to give it... and I tried one more time and said, “But I really do just want to see that one.” And she said, “I really don’t want to hurt your feelings.” And I said, “Okay,” and I walked out of the store. But that clearly is, you know . . . it [racism] still exists. - Oprah discussing racism in an interview This is not true, this is absurd. I would never say something like that to a customer. Really never. I don’t know why she is making these accusations. She is so powerful and I am just a shop girl. - The Zurich shop sales associate responding to Winfrey’s allegations

Last week, a woman in Nevada gave birth to a healthy baby boy in the bathroom of a Subway restaurant. Afterwards, the manager said, “Uh, you still have to buy something. Restrooms are for customers only.” - Jimmy Fallon I hope there are no climatechange deniers in the Department of Interior. - Interior Secretary Sally Jewell in an agency-wide address to employees

U.S. embassies are closed all around the Middle East this week due to a terrorist threat. What happened was the U.S. intercepted a conference call of 20 al Qaeda operatives. Twenty on one conference call! Who is their carrier? I go under a bridge and my cellphone drops the call, but they can get 20 people in one call from a cave? - Jay Leno

Abel, put that camera down right now! Abel, you’re fired. Out! - AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, summarily firing an employee during a live conference call with 1,000 employees during which he told them that layoffs would be coming I am writing you to acknowledge the mistake I made last Friday... when I publicly fired Abel Lenz. It was an emotional response. - Ibid, in a letter to employees

My viewpoint towards America has really changed. Your honor, I love Americans. - Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ashan Nafis in a letter to a judge who is going to sentence him for scheming to blow up the NY Federal Reserve building with a 9,000 pound bomb

A scientist has figured out a way to turn coffee grounds into alcohol. He is not so much a scientist as he is an alcoholic. - Conan O’Brien

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Are We Almost There?


re we almost at the bungalow?” “Not quite,” I tell my granddaughter. “But we are almost out of our driveway!” “How long more?” another child kvetches. “I’m starving!” the youngest one complains. “Listen kinderlach, the trip takes about 2 ½ hours if there’s no traffic.” “Sure, I know!” Malka pipes up. “With traffic, it’s all day and all night!” “I’m going to die of thirst!” a little voice whispers. “Why does Avi get to hold all the drinks?” “Can we watch a movie now?” “No! Malka wants to sleep.” “What was she doing all night?” this from Benji. “I’m freezing! Can you make the air conditioner lower back here?” And that’s how the family vacation starts. Kvetch, kvetch! And we’re just about at Rockaway Turnpike! We’re going to spend a weekend in the Catskills at our bungalow or, as it is now termed, “summer home.” By this time, I have a blinding headache. I reach for the new bottle of Advil. I don’t believe it! It’s sealed with plastic around the rim. I bang it on the dashboard. After three tries, I find a little hammer and a screwdriver and a scissors and a knife and a nail file. They have taken a small bottle and turned it into a complicated piece of technology. I take three Advil, wipe away the blood on my hands, wrap my fingers in some

toilet paper and lean back on the headrest. Where’s my pillow? I have traveled with that pillow halfway around the world. “Ema, is that the pillow I tripped over on the steps as we left? Don’t worry I put it back on your bed.” “Thanks, I needed that!” So, as I grit my teeth and get ready

gas station. As my grandson comes running out of the bathroom, he yells, “Uch! It’s disgusting! I’m not going into that bathroom!” Everyone’s back in the van, but Avi says he’s bored. So we start playing games and singing songs. We go through 21 Questions, Password, and

If he didn’t pass our exit, I wouldn’t know I’m in the right car. for a pillow-less trip, I think to myself, why are we on this bridge? Why did he take this route? He knows it’s always backed up. But I’m not saying anything. I’m not saying a word. But why is he in this lane? As he switches lanes and accelerates from 50-70 MPH, I push my foot down on my fantasy brakes. It never seems to help. But I’m saying tefilas haderech right now. Why does he always have to drive so fast? I know, I know! He wants to make good time. I better not talk. I’ll never get used to riding shotgun in the front seat... But I don’t want the little children to think I’m nervous. Ugh! We finally catch up to the traffic. “I have to go to the bathroom. Badly!” I was waiting for this! “I told you all to go to the bathroom before we left!” “We were drinking the water!” I urge my husband to stop at the next

Match Game. After we finish “Old McDonald,” “The Wheels on the Bus,” and “Hashem is Here” for the 5th time, the little kids start blowing bubbles out the window. Some of the bubbles fly into the open window of a truck. The truck driver pulls over, sideswiping our van. The back of his truck flies open, at which time 50 live chickens come flying all over the road, decorating our windshield with pure white, fluffy feathers. The windshield wipers go crazy. The kids are jumping for joy. We negotiate for two half plucked dizzy chickens. And we’re back on the road in our white feathered van with our new feathered friends. Gavi says, “These chickens are making me hungry for another chicken sandwich. Can I have another one?” Malka cries out, “Uch! That’s gross! I hope you get a big stomachache.” “Gavi, maybe you shouldn’t eat it. You had so many already.” “Don’t worry Ema,” he reassures me. 20 minutes later, he’s retching into a plastic bag. “Are we almost there?” Tamar begs. “This chicken’s nibbling at my ear and eating all my popcorn.” “This chicken’s eating my chicken sandwich!” “Are we almost there? I’m going to jump out the window!” “Kids, look! I see the lights in the

distance.” “Where? Where? Show me where?” they all shout. I know not to look away for a second. “Morty, don’t miss the exit. It’s coming up on your right.” To which he replies, after a few minutes, “I didn’t see any exit.” “That’s because you passed it.” The GPS lady goes wild, “RECALCULATE! RECALCULATE!” 30 years we’re coming to the mountains and he hasn’t recalculated yet. If he didn’t pass our exit, I wouldn’t know I’m in the right car. “Are we almost there now? Or do we have to pass the exit a few more times?” “B”H we’re finally here!” “It’s a miracle!” 4 ½ hours later we’re shlepping in the luggage, dragging in four exhausted children and two half crazed, featherless, suicidal clucking chickens. We fall into our beds. Oops! “WHO’S THAT SLEEPING IN MYYY BED?” says the Mama Bear. “WHO’S THAT SLEEPING IN MYYY BED?” says the Papa Bear. “WHO’S

THAT SLEEPING IN MYYY BED?” says the Little Baby Bears. “AND THEY’RE ALL STILL HERE!” I guess the kids forgot to tell their friends that we were coming for the weekend. But that’s a story for a different time. Enjoy the rest of the summer. Rozi and her husband reside in Lawrence. She can be reached at rozidavis7@gmail. com.

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Forgotten Heroes

Avi Heiligman

The Secret Behind Area 51


or the past century, several countries have had buildings or complexes that house secret organizations. It’s important for the country’s security to do work behind the scenes to keep secrets from their civilians. Perhaps none has garnered more intrigue in the U.S. than Area 51. Deep in the Nevada desert, this military installation has been the talk of conspiracy theorists for decades. Some wild theories even included aliens and UFOs. The Pentagon has kept quiet about what goes on there and until 2010, it was all guesswork. But recently, a few former workers were allowed to speak about their experiences and gave a glimpse into this ultra secret installation. Area 51 is located in southern Nevada near the Nevada Test Site (NTS). NTS is where most of the 928 nuclear

Remains of an A-12 spy plane

tests done by the U.S. were conducted and there is also a nuclear waste repository is the vicinity. The secret Area 51 itself is six by ten miles, and its main

feature is a salt flat that constitutes as its airfield called Groom Lake. During WWII, Groom Lake was an auxiliary airfield and used for bombing and artillery practice. In 1955, the CIA was looking for a test for its secret U2 spy plane program, and the remote Nevada airfield was a perfect fit. Other sites had been rejected for a variety of reasons, and Groom Lake was chosen by the process of elimination. It had a great airfield and open land to build support structures. Most importantly, the site was very far from prying eyes. For the next several years, Area 51 became the testing ground for Operation Oxcart and other spy plane programs. The idea was to create an undetectable aircraft that would be able to spy on Russian assets. The A-12, which later morphed into the famed SR-71 Blackbird, was a heavy plane and the runways needed upgrades to handle the workload. The base overhaul was completed in 1962 when the first A-12 was secretly trucked into Area 51. Over the years, there were sightings of the planes. Some air force pilots and a NASA pilot reported sightings and were told to keep quiet. Invariably, some commercial pilots saw the plane and one radioed, “I see a goose and two goslings.” It may have been from these pilots’ reports that the

aliens and UFO rumors started. heard a series of sonic booms (creatNevada State Route 375, which is ed when an object goes faster than the near Area 51, has been nicknamed Ex- speed of sound) concluding that there traterrestrial Highway for the numer- is an aircraft that goes several times ous sightings of unidentified lights and the speed of sound. Known as the aircraft beams. These beams of light Aurora Project, it was to replace the could be explained by the amazing SR-71 Blackbird. The plane, if it ever characteristics of the SR-71. Its max- existed, would have flown at Mach 5 imum speed was 2,200 miles per hour (Mach 1 is the speed of sound) and and had a ceiling of 90,000 feet. Noth- potentially could have spied on the ing could catch up to it, let alone photograph it properly from the air. These “UFO” sightings helped the CIA keep the actual function of Area 51 a secret. In 1963, tragedy struck the base when an A-12 crashed. This was first time that the public was informed of the secret project when pictures of the wrecked plane surfaced. Another myth The SR-71 Blackbird was a product of Area 51 testing was about underground passageways. These also didn’t exist. The Soviets undetected. The invention of workers that spoke about their work in drones and the perfection of satellite Area 51 after Oxcart was declassified imagery greatly reduced the need for laughed at the wild rumors that were these types of spy plane. flying around. Some conspiracy theoIn summation, Area 51 and the rists still aren’t convinced, saying that things that go on in the secret base are their jobs were highly compartmental- CIA classified. We may never know ized and they didn’t know everything the fullest extent of all the programs that went on. that existed there but suffice it to say, Some other top secret aircraft it’s for national security purposes that programs used Area 51 as their base. the public wasn’t informed. As ThornThe F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter, ton “T.D.” Barnes, a former special as well as unpiloted drones, was first projects engineer at Area 51, said, tested at Groom Lake. The MiG-21 “No one really knew we existed. Even that was stolen by the Mossad in 1966 our wives didn’t know where we were was loaned to the U.S. for evaluation. going when we left Monday morning It was at Area 51 that the testing took and came back Friday evening.” We place because Russia was to be kept now know it exists, but what exactly in the dark that the Americans had went on there still remains a mystery. possession of their latest fighter jet. In 1968, two lost Syrian pilots flying Mig-17 fighters landed in northern Israel and these were also loaned to the U.S. to be tested at Area 51. Avi Heiligman is a weekly contributor to While no UFOs or aliens ever The Jewish Home. He welcomes your comstepped foot in Area 51, there are ments and suggestions.for future columns some mysteries as to everything that and can be reached at aviheiligman@ goes on there. Many people have

71 James Medows, Esq.

What to Do if You Get that Dreaded Phone Call

arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Q. I just received a phone call that my son was arrested for driving while intoxicated. What do I do? A. Although your first reaction might be to yell or berate your son on the phone, resist that impulse. This telephone call is not a private one. It is being monitored by the police. Any statement that your son may make will include to some degree an admission that you do not want to share with the arresting authorities. Q. What advice do I give to my son? A. Tell him to “lawyer up.” “Lawyer up” simply means that other than pedigree questions, such as his name, date of birth, or address, he should under no circumstances answer any other questions without a lawyer’s presence. The police are trained at interrogating suspects and your son will not be able to talk his way out of it. He is already in custody, and no matter

what he says, he will be put through “the system.” Q. What do you mean by “being put through the system?” A. When someone gets arrested, they are processed, which includes photography and fingerprinting. The arrest photo, commonly known as a “mug shot,” serves as instant identification. The fingerprints are sent to both our state capital in Albany and our nation’s capital in Washington, D.C. to determine if there are any outstanding warrants. The authorities are also determining if this is either the defendant’s first arrest or if he has a criminal history. A report is then made, which is known as a “rap sheet.” Copies of the rap sheet are then sent to the arresting authority, the local district attorney’s office and the arraigning court. While all of this is going on, the arresting officers are meeting with representatives of the district attorney’s office who are drafting a formal accusatory instrument, known as a “complaint.” Q. How long does this process take? A. Generally, the time from arrest to arraignment can take hours. How many hours depends on where your son was arrested, what his charge is, what court he is being arraigned at and how knowledgeable his attorney is. In the interim, your son is sitting in a jail cell surrounded by violent, predatory and often dangerous criminals. Q. What is my next move? A. Call a criminal defense attorney. Q. The only lawyers I know are the ones who did my house closing, drafted my mother’s will and handled my husband’s speeding ticket. Will one of those do?

A. No. A criminal defense attorney restricts his/her practice exclusively to criminal law. A criminal defense attorney is not a lawyer who diverts his time and energy trying to beat or “fix” a traffic ticket so you save a few dollars on your insurance premium. A criminal defense attorney is concerned with his client’s liberty, namely, keeping his client out of jail. Don’t minimize an arrest. Your son’s liberty, freedom, and future job opportunities may very well be at risk. Now is not the time to use an attorney who was successful in reducing your property taxes. Q. I was told that if I wait for arraignment, the court will provide an attorney free of charge. Why should I pay for something that my son will get for free? A. You get what you pay for. Half of the legal battle takes place before your son even sets foot in the courthouse, a time where if you wait for a public defender, your son will not be represented. If you choose to go with a free attorney, the public defender will not meet your son until minutes before the arraignment commences. The public defender, while well-intentioned, is frequently inexperienced and undoubtedly overworked. A retained criminal defense attorney will be interested solely in your son’s matter, while a public defender will be engaged in a juggling act and will be handling literally dozens of cases at the same time. Q. But I do not know a criminal defense attorney. How do I go about finding one? A. Unfortunately, in the Jewish community we all know someone who has been in your situation. Now is not the time for false modesty. Call up your friend who had the same problem that you are now facing and ask her what lawyer she used. Ask her if she was satisfied with the lawyer’s representation. Find out how accessible the lawyer was. Did the lawyer answer calls and patiently answer questions? Ask her if that lawyer kept appointments and has a comfort level in the

courthouse. Ask whether the lawyer knew court personnel, and more importantly, did the court personnel know the lawyer? Once you get the name of that lawyer, Google that lawyer, read his/her online reviews and visit the lawyer’s website. Q. Once I retain a criminal defense attorney, what do I do now? A. Have that lawyer meet with your son and the authorities and have that lawyer call you back with information concerning your son’s arraignment. Make sure you are present at that arraignment. Your presence will help convince the judge about your son’s roots in the community and will further assure the judge that if the judge releases your son on his promise to return to court, that promise will be met. Q. Now that the arraignment is over and my son is released, what happens now? A. The next step is for your son’s lawyer to develop a defense strategy, which may entail the use of forensic investigators, social workers and drug treatment counselors. At the conclusion of this case, a great criminal defense attorney will turn a potentially devastating tragedy into a positive growing experience for you and your son and have your son come out emotionally and physically stronger. No column is a substitute for competent legal advice. Please consult with the attorney of your choice concerning specific legal questions you may have.

James Medows is a second-generation criminal defense attorney admitted to practice in the State of New York and various federal courts. Mr. Medows is both a member of the Brooklyn Bar Association and the Kings County Criminal Bar Association and can be reached at (917) 8561247 or Please visit The Law Office of James Medows at

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Summer Fun

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A Week of Fun Between Camp and School As the summer winds down and kids come home from camp, there are a few days of bonding between camp and school. Don’t just let those days turn into days of boredom and back-to-school shopping. Add in fun (lots of it!) and your week will fly by! To make your week even more fun, invite over neighbors and friends and then spend some time at their homes the next day—the more, the merrier! Involve your children in the planning; tell them about each day’s theme and see what they can come up with for that day. Children have wonderful imaginations and can provide amazing ideas when asked to contribute.

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What could be more fun than spending the day under the water? Pack lots of drinks and tons of suntan lotion—goggles are optional! Talk about pool safety with your little lifeguards during snack time, and if you can, buy whistles for them beforehand so they can feel more like a pro.

Activity Pool time: set out the pool in the backyard or bring them to the pool at North Woodmere or Hewlett Bay Park. Check beforehand for prices and if you need to be a resident in order to swim. Splashing in the pool is fun but if you plan activities—even games like Marco Polo or Capture the Flag—it can make the day all that more exciting! Visit the Aquarium: The aquarium at Coney Island just recently re-opened since Hurricane Sandy but only some exhibits are open to the public. While you’re there, spend some time on the famous boardwalk and play some penny arcades. The Long Island Aquarium is located in Riverhead, which is a longer ride, but the kids will be mesmerized by the exciting exhibits. Snack: gummy fish and watermelon Lunch: tuna fish sandwiches. If your children are food connoisseurs, serve sushi for lunch!

What could be more relaxing than spending time with nature? In a few weeks, the kids will be spending most of their day in their classrooms and you will be stuck in your office from 9 to 5. Enjoy the most of nature and have a day that is “naturally” fun!

Activity Hiking: there are myriad places to hike on Long Island, but if you’re looking for trails close to home, take the short drive to Hempstead Lake State Park. Located just 20 minutes away from the Five Towns, there are many hiking trails, playgrounds and horseback riding trails to enjoy with the family. Apple Picking: the apple picking season typically lasts from midAugust to October, so now’s the perfect time to start picking those Macintoshes! Although many of the orchards are located farther into Long Island, your children will enjoy the drive as long as you have fun things planned for the car! (Think hangman, Sudoku, the license plate game…) Snack: carrot sticks and hummus, granola bar, trail mix Lunch: picnic lunch to include sandwiches, wraps or bagels and cream cheese, cut up fruit, chips ‘n salsa, cheese sticks

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With summer coming to a close, there aren’t many more beach days left. Take advantage of the stillwarm temperatures as you enjoy the sand between your toes. Have your children build soaring sandcastles and jump in the waves.

Activity Go Fly a Kite: the Long Beach boardwalk may not be complete, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the shore. Buy a kite or two (or three) and have your children try their hands at kite flying. Make sure to choose a day with a little breeze! And be prepared; it’s not as easy as it looks! Waverunning: for the more adventurous members of your family, rent a waverunner or jet ski for the day. They’re guaranteed loads of fun—but this is surely not for the faint of heart! Snack: salted pretzels and chips, blue jello and jelly fish Lunch: mock-crab cakes, lox ‘n bagels

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Color your little Picassos’ lives as they live as artists for the day.

Activity Chalk: Have your little ones draw their favorite pictures on the sidewalk. Make sure they sign their masterpieces and take a photo of it to remember for posterity. Art Projects: There are many art projects that are perfect for a day at home. A quick search online or at the toy store will yield the perfect projects for your kids to do. Perhaps they’d like to start early and create a decoration for the sukkah or produce place cards for the Rosh Hashana table. Be creative—any project will do as long as they use their creativity! Snack: rainbow cookies Lunch: have your children choose a color or two and then make up a menu using foods with those colors. For example, with the colors red and white, consider making spaghetti with cheese and ketchup, milk, cut up red peppers and strawberries, and vanilla ice cream for dessert. Yum!

The smells of hot dogs, the crack of the bat, the excitement of the crowd: baseball is the quintessential game of summer.

Activity Play Ball! Take out the bats and balls and head to your local park for batting practice. For those who aren’t so into the game, tossing a Frisbee or a football around are great ways to enjoy the day. The Cyclones: If you children want to enjoy a real baseball game this season, take them to a local game. The Yankees and Mets both play close by, but the Brooklyn Cyclones offer action on a small scale that is perfect for the whole family. Snack: peanuts and cracker jacks (of course!) Lunch: hot dogs with the works, knishes and hot pretzels

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Lola's Story

Lola Lieber Schwartz

A World After This

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

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ven as I was spinning fictional stories for Eichmann and his henchman, all of Hungarian Jewry was being sucked into the gas chambers and then the crematoria.

I did not know it at the time, but by the late spring of 1944, Hungary was almost totally “sanitized” of Jews. An ethnic cleansing of monumental scope and brutal efficiency had been accomplished. Much of this was due to the decision to place Eichmann in Budapest, which picked up the pace of death. The Munkach I had known had vanished by then. It was a place so identified as Jewish that it was called in Hebrew, “Ir va’em beYisroel” (liter-

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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. ally: “A city and a mother in Israel” but loosely translated: an important Jewish Even so, the myth of Nazi invulheritage city). Everyone’s mother and nerability was beginning to weaken mother’s mother and the children and and crack. To the northeast the Soviet the husbands and fathers and brothers army was on the march and to the west and sisters were gone. The brick fac- the Allies were breaking through. In tory had been used as the deportation the northwest, however, the Reich was point. There was no need for an elab- preparing to make a last bloody stand. orate system of Judenrat or the appa- In Hungary collaborators were beratus associated with running a ghetto ginning to fear the future if the Allies because the Jews were not detained were victorious. For this reason alone, long enough to require any of this. By certainly not for any humanitarian one, the Festival of Shavuos in the Hebrew they ordered a halt to the deportations year 5704 (on the secular calendar of Jews on July 7, 1944. May 28, 1944), 14,000 or more Jews I picked up these few facts and had been deported from Munkach. rumors about Allied victories and a This of course included all of my fam- possibility of the demise of the Reich ily who had remained in Munkach and from the network of other fugitives and all those dear to me. And in Munkach resistance workers. The shoemaker’s all the Jews were dear to me. shop was filled with news and rumors, Had I known of these events, I am and it was never easy to know what quite certain I would not have been was really happening or which source able to function. was reliable. The I would have most tangible died internally, sign that I perbecome a statsonally observed I refused to believe ue of grief and was the Soviet longing. Since I air bombardment the man with the did not know the of Budapest. It car and the nice fate of the rest encouraged all of Hungary or of of us to hold on clothing who my beloved town, for yet another acted like such a I could continday, but it was ue with my plots not the answer to gentleman was just and schemes to my prayers. My get Mechel out prayers were conanother con man. of jail. Howevstantly for Mecher, Rosie and I el. Rosie was were running out involved in the of everything. daily dream of the Money, energy, ideas, sources of infor- war ending, and talked of nothing else. mation, and most important, we were In my fog of pain and obsession about losing hope. We saw what was happen- my husband, I noticed something was ing in Budapest. Inside the ghetto the amiss and then realized belatedly that Jews were hanging by a hair, not even Blanka was missing. a thread. We were told the next major Rosie wasn’t home when I discovconvoy would take all the Budapest ered that Blanka was gone. I had hours Ghetto residents. to engage in paranoid delusions. I was

out to people sympathetic to my situation and raised some money. He demanded a large bribe but insisted we refer to it as his “fee.” We gave him all he demanded and were told to meet him the next day at noon. We were to bring a set of men’s clothing so that Mechel would not walk out of the pris-

door garden with a bar and café. “Let’s celebrate,” said Rosie, with a lightness in her voice I had not heard for years. I was certainly ready to celebrate. At last, we had found the lead that would produce results. Rosie explained to Micheline, “We will have Uncle Mechel back with us in no time

on in his jail attire. We were given an exact location for our meeting. We did as we were told. He took the clothing and drove off in his car, telling us not to worry. He would see us as planned and then I would be reunited with my husband. Rosie and I concluded anybody who was driving a car in Budapest in 1944 must have considerable power and influence. We were confident. Rosie, Micheline, and I arrived at the designated place quite early. The address was that of a still decent out-

at all.” We ordered drinks. She ordered a soda of some sort for Micheline and seltzer for herself. I was so relieved I wanted something stronger to relax and also to mark the happy occasion. The waiter brought me a sweet mint-flavored cocktail called “Unicum,” which is a kind of crème de menthe. After only a few sips, I was silly and a bit tipsy. Rosie tried to shut me up because we were making a spectacle of ourselves. We were two women alone in war-torn Budapest with a small girl

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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By Shavuos, 14,000 or more Jews had been deported from Munkach. This of course included all of my family who had remained in Munkach and all those dear to me.

in our care. It was too suspicious to go unnoticed for very long. Rosie sobered me up by telling me that I was about to jeopardize everything we had worked for so long to attain. I quieted down and sobered up quickly. Time passed. Hours went by. The man did not come with Mechel, nor did Mechel come to us alone. Yet I refused to believe the man with the car and the nice clothing who acted like such a gentleman was just another con man. I sat stubbornly and made Rosie and Micheline wait with me. It was only after an inordinate length of time, maybe the entire day, that Rosie convinced me we had been tricked – again. We left the garden cafébar with Rosie supporting me. She had to help me walk, but not because I was drunk. I was sobbing uncontrollably and unable to walk without her assistance. There were no more possibilities to explore. I did not tell her that I didn’t believe I would ever see Mechel again – alive or dead.

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sure that Blanka would never have run away from us. I assumed she had been kidnapped and was being held somewhere, or that she had been identified as a Jew and murdered and therefore we would be next. Rosie returned and reassured me. She was sorry I had such a dreadful time worrying about Blanka. Rosie had sensed the turnaround in the war and intelligently returned Blanka to the orphanage. She was right to think it the likely place a parent would look for a child. (Blanka’s father did survive, returned to Budapest eventually, and indeed found and claimed little Blanka at the orphanage.) I was sad Blanka was back in the orphanage but it was good for her future, and truthfully it made our lives easier. We were back to a small family of three and no longer had to smuggle Blanka in and out under our coats, or sneak outside through back doors. About the same time Blanka left our household, a man contacted me through a source in the Jewish activist network. He said he knew Mechel was safe and could be rescued. He seemed very credible. Rosie and I decided to trust him and meet his demands. He was a prison worker and had access at all hours. He explained how he came and went freely without being questioned. Once again Rosie reached

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In the Kitchen A New Twist for Your Summer Barbeque After hosting barbeques throughout the season, why not try something different this Sunday? Here are some ideas to help you “mix it up” on the grill.

Burger Delight

Cara melized Onions There’s nothing that says summer more than a juicy burger fresh off the grill. Serve your guests something special with these delicious toppings. You can “dress it up” or “dress it down” but here are some popular choices: avocado, grilled Portobello mushrooms, garlic aioli, guacamole, fried onions, grilled pastrami and pickles. Or try these two extras when serving:

Ingredients 1-1/2 lbs onions, thinly sliced 2 TBS olive oil plus more 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 TBS brown sugar Preparation Prepare barbecue on medium-high heat. Toss onions and next three ingredients in large skillet. Place skillet on grill; cook until onions are golden, stirring often, about 25 minutes. Remove from grill; season with salt and pepper. If you need room on the grill, feel free to prepare these in the house and then move them to grill for the last five minutes of cooking.

Basil Mayonnaise Ingredients 1 cup mayonnaise 1 ¼ cups fresh basil, chopped 3 TBS chopped dill pickle plus 1 ½ TBS brine from jar 2 scallions, finely chopped

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Icy Mint Lemonade Ingredients 1 cup fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish 8 fl. oz. simple syrup 1 cup fresh lemon juice 6 cups cold water Ice, as needed 2 cups sparkling water Lemon slices for garnish Preparation In a large bowl, combine the mint leaves and simple syrup. Use a muddler or wooden spoon to gently muddle the mint leaves, being careful not to tear them. Stir in the lemon juice and cold water. Add ice and the sparkling water. Garnish with lemon slices and mint leaves.

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Sizzling Sautéed Spinach Ingredients 2 TBS olive oil 4 cloves garlic, sliced thinly 20 oz. fresh spinach 1 TBS lemon juice ¼ tsp salt ¼ tsp crushed red pepper Preparation Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until beginning to brown. Add spinach and toss to coat. Cover and cook until wilted, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add lemon juice, salt and crushed red pepper. Toss to coat and serve immediately.

Simple but Good Cole Slaw Ingredients 1-½ lb green cabbage, shredded 1 lb red cabbage, shredded 1 medium onion, finely chopped 1 large green bell pepper, finely chopped 1 large carrot, coarsely grated 1 tsp each salt and pepper 1-¼ cup mayonnaise 1/3 cup cider vinegar 2 tsp sugar Preparation Toss all vegetables in a large bowl or Ziploc bag with salt and pepper. Whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar, and sugar, then toss with slaw. Chill, covered, stirring occasionally, at least 1 hour. Can be made a day in advance and then chilled.

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In the Kitchen Naomi Nachman


Back to School with a Hearty Meal for your Family

et another summer has flown by. I can’t believe that camp is almost over and school is starting in just a few more weeks. For me, that means packing school lunches, hearty dinners and finally getting back into a routine. Dinner planning is always hard. What should I make? I get a text every day around 5 pm right as my kids are getting on the bus asking, “What’s for dinner?” I have even dedicated a segment of my radio show “Table for Two with Naomi Nachman” on the Nachum Segal Network to what to make for dinner for the family. I try to answer them with something tasty that I have prepared for them. I also find that when we sit around as a family on Sunday night (eating Shabbat leftovers), I take the opportunity to ask my kids what they would like to eat

for supper during the upcoming week. Getting them involved in the planning stage also encourages them to eat the dinners rather than turning up their noses with a “I don’t like that” attitude. If they help choose it, they are more inclined to eat it. I take a suggestion from each child and then mix-and-match in all their requests. I try to make a soup each night (which I double and freeze one in case time is short and I can’t cook one night), plus one salad, side dish and main. Once in a while, I will also make a dessert (especially when I buy a new cookbook and I am dying to try the dessert!). Here is a quick and easy dinner that my family looks forward to:

Easy Cauliflower Soup Adapted from Estee Kafra This is great as it has (almost) no carbs. Ingredients 2 tablespoon olive oil 3 leeks, sliced thin, dark green part removed 1 zucchini, peeled and chopped 1 medium baking potato, peeled and chopped 2 pounds frozen cauliflower 1 tablespoon salt 1 teaspoon white pepper Water or Trader Joe’s vegetable stock to fill to top of vegetable line Preparation In a medium pot, heat oil, then add leeks, and sauté for 2 minutes until soft. Add zucchini and potato and cook for ten minutes on medium heat, stirring occasionally

making sure not to burn the leeks. Add cauliflower, salt and pepper, and add water or stock to just cover the vegetables. Cook for 40 minutes and keep stirring. When vegetables are soft, use an immersion blender to blend the soup.

Marinated Tomato Salad I love tomatoes and every summer I plant a few small tomato vines in my yard. By August we are reaping the benefits of yummy, sweet, Woodmere-grown tomatoes. My kids love to pick them and help make the salad. Ingredients 6-8 tomatoes, sliced ½ red onion, finely diced 1 cup baby bella mushroom sliced (optional) ½ cup olive oil ½ cup balsamic vinegar 1 tsp dried basil 2 cloves crushed garlic 1 tsp salt Freshly ground pepper Preparation Mix tomatoes, onion and mushrooms in a bowl. In a cruet or jar, combine all the dressing ingredients and mix well. Pour over salad and marinate for at least an hour before serving. Naomi Nachman, the owner of The Aussie Gourmet, caters weekly and Shabbat/ Yom Tov meals for families and individuals within The Five Towns and neighboring communities, with a specialty in Pesach catering. Naomi is a contributing editor to this paper and also produces and hosts her own weekly radio show on the Nachum Segal Network stream called “A Table for Two with Naomi Nachman.” Naomi gives cooking presentations for organizations and private groups throughout the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan area. In addition, Naomi has been a guest host on the QVC TV network and has been featured in cookbooks, magazines as well as other media covering topics related to cuisine preparation and personal chefs. To obtain additional recipes, join The Aussie Gourmet on Facebook or visit Naomi’s blog. Naomi can be reached through her website, or at (516) 295-9669.

This dish looks nice as the chicken gets shiny and dark. I often double the sauce and freeze half for another time. Ingredients 2 large onions, sliced 8 chicken pieces 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1 cup Coke 1 cup ketchup 1 cup apricot jam Preparation Place sliced onions on the bottom of a large baking pan. Place chicken on top. Set aside. Mix next four ingredients together to make the sauce. Pour over the sauce and bake at 375° for 1hour and 15 minutes.

Shallot Potatoes Yukon gold are my favorite potatoes to use. They are especially good in potato kugel. Ingredients 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 cup diced shallots (you can also use onion) 8 Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into a medium to large dice 2 cups chicken stock (I use Trader Joe brand) Salt and pepper ¼ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley Preparation Heat oil in a heavy 5-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallots and sauté, stirring for about 4 minutes, until soft and translucent, but not colored. Stir in the potatoes and continue cooking several minutes longer, stirring to ensure that the potatoes are coated well with the olive oil and shallots. Add the stock, bring to a simmer, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook for about 20 minutes. The potatoes should be tender and have absorbed most of the stock. Fold in the parsley and serve immediately.

Apple Cinna mon Pie I serve this with Soy Delicious ice cream on the side. Always a hit! Ingredients 4 green apples, peeled and sliced 1 tablespoon cinnamon 2 tablespoon sugar 3 eggs 1 ½ cups sugar 1 ½ cups oil 3 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 ½ cups plain flour Extra cinnamon sugar mixture for sprinkling on top Preparation Preheat oven to 350°. Layer apples in 9-inch round pan so they come 2/3 up on the sides of the pan. In a separate bowl, mix together cinnamon and sugar. Sprinkle 1-1/2 tablespoons of cinnamon and sugar all over the apples, reserving the rest for later. Make a batter by beating the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the oil and vanilla and beat well, then stir in the flour. Spoon the batter on top of the apples and then sprinkle a little more cinnamon sugar on top of the batter. Bake for 1 hour until a skewer comes out clean.

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From My Private Art Collection Rebbetzin Naomi N. Herzberg

Innovative Stenciling and Acrylic Paints What Do They Have in Common?


sing unusual objects as stencils is a contribution to the designing process. All types of objects dipped into acrylic paints will create designs usable for a multitude of purposes. Did you ever look at the bottom of a soda bottle or, for that matter, any plastic container or object? After finishing up the contents and before disposing of any conAll types of objects tainer, check to see if there are interesting features, allowing dipped into acrylic it to be considered an unusual stencil. The bottom of soda paints will create bottles of all sizes are made designs usable for a from molded plastic, which works great as stencils. Plastic multitude of purposes. tools, gardening supplies, and numerous plastic toys of all shapes and sizes, also work well. Plastic cookie cutters that come in animal, floral or geometric shapes will also work wonders. The process is simple and at the same time helps create artistic results that

are effortless and money saving. Can you imagine designing your own wallpaper for a childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s room by using these objects? The following are the needed supplies: Rubber gloves, paper towels, disposable 9â&#x20AC;? paper plates, acrylic paints of assorted colors, plastic spoons, and assorted items that may be used for stenciling. Please see the following instructions: 1. Each plate should be designated for a particular paint color. 2. Pour a substantial amount of color onto the plate. 3. Do not dilute the paint with any water; the thickness of the acrylic paint is needed for the paint to be applied evenly. 4. Dip the object being used as a stencil gently into the paint. 5. Press the object onto the intended surface. 6. There are so many combinations that can be used, including patterns. When creating a pattern, it is best to do one color at a time, leaving sufficient room for the other colors and or shapes of the pattern. 7. The clean-up is simple; just use soap and water. This simple technique is a wonderful addition to any childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s room. 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 with questions and suggestions for future columns.

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“A Story for the Holy Days” A fitting tale of divine intervention for the upcoming High Holy Days! An innocent mother was pulled into a complicated court case, and the government was threatening to remove her children from her home. The mother’s heart was shattered and her spirit was quickly being crushed by the constant harassment by the prosecutor’s team and it was apparent that the judge was being swayed by their negative views, and she feared losing custody of her children ‫ח"ו‬. A few of her friends advised her to sign up to “Kollel Chatzos” and something The Torah Centers of Kollel Chatzos


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ne of the most talked about streets in all of America is Times Square, also known as “The Crossroads of the World.” Located at 42nd and 7th until around 49th and 7th, Times Square is lit up 24/7 with amazing and bright lights on every corner and store. So even if you are visiting Times Square at night, it feels as if it’s the middle of the day. It is overwhelming with all the things you can experience there. You can make so many memories with your family and share lots of laughs! Once you enter the Times Square “territory,” it is hard to know where to start. That is why I compiled a bunch of exciting, memorable, and fun activities for your family to enjoy on a summer day (or evening!). After a long car or train ride, you and your family are probably ready for a delicious snack. M&M World, located between 48th and 49th street, has Hershey’s original little circle yummy chocolates. They come in many tasty different flavors. New M&M flavors feature peanut butter and pretzel filled M&Ms. You can also buy M&M-themed gifts for any occasion including mugs, key chains, teddy bears, baby clothes, bibs, and much more. Do not forget to take a picture with the live M&M character so that you and your family will remember this exciting experience. Also, make sure to find out your “M&M color”; it will tell you your personality and the M&M color that represents you best. M&M’s World is open daily from 10am-12am. For all you chocolate lovers, do not worry—your chocolate trip is not over just yet. A block down from M&M’s World, there is Hershey Chocolate World. In this incredible store, you can buy a variety of Hershey’s chocolate including Reese’s, Kit Kat, Hershey kisses, Twix, and the original Hershey’s chocolate bar. You can also buy Hershey’s delicious candy, Twizzlers. Do not miss out on creating your own giant HERSHEY KISS! Besides all this amazing chocolate, Chocolate World also offers many souvenirs and gifts for every occasion. Enjoy all these treats and gifts daily from 9am-midnight; it is located on 48th and Broadway. Now that you are all full, it is museum time. If you are looking to hang out with the rich and famous, head to Madame Tussauds, located on 42nd street between 7th and 8th avenues. Inside the wax museum, there are many famous and significant individuals that are all made of wax. Each figure resembles its “person” so realistically, you will be shocked it is not actually he/she. Feel free to take pictures with the wax figures and enjoy this amusing museum. Hours are from 9am-10pm daily. Buy tickets online at Right next door to Madame Tussauds is another terrific museum called Ripley’s Believe it or Not!, home to over 500 cool, crazy, and outrageous on two floors. Ripley’s offers over twenty exhibits where you can get interactive and start rediscovering wonder around every corner. It is open daily from 9am-1am, and it is great for ages 3 and up. Buy tickets online to save some time at When you and your family are ready for lunch, there’s much to offer you in kosher fare near Times Square. Firstly, the amazing pizza store, Bravo Pizza, located on 38th and Broadway ($), has delicious and interesting pizza, great French fries, and fresh garlic knots. If you are in the mood for a fleishigs, Abigail’s on Broadway is “your” place. It is located on 1407 at 39th street ($$$). Or you can try Mr. Broadway which has excellent matzoh ball, French fries, hot dogs, and much more, located on 38th and Broadway ($$). Bon appétit! For the children on your journey, spend time in Toys R Us. There is no place more fun than a huge toy store and Toys R Us knows how to bring out the kid in each and every one of us. Take a spin around the giant Ferris wheel indoors and try out all the new and exciting toys on the market. Next on the agenda is Dave & Busters. Dave & Busters is action-packed and a fun arcade for your entire family. They have all the new “in” games and exciting machines, from Temple run and Cut the Rope to Pac-Man and Doodle Jump. Collect as many tickets as you can and get awesome prizes in exchange. Plus, enjoy bowling down the fantastic, lit up D&B lanes. Dave & Busters is open on Sundays from 11am-midnight, Monday through Thursday from 11am-1am, and Friday and Saturday from 11am-2am. It is located on 234 W. 42nd street. End off this amazing day with Shipwreck! Pirates and Treasure. This awesome exhibit will capture your imagination and take you on an amazing journey. Shipwreck will take you back hundreds of years in marine history. Experience hurricane-force winds, gather treasure with a robotic arm and examine the mysteries of the deep blue sea. This exhibit features over 500 artifacts, including gold and silver treasures and astonishing technology that was used thousands of feet below ocean’s surface. Shipwreck is located on 44th street between 7th and 8th avenues, open daily from 10am-9pm. Have a wonderful day!

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