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>> Israel Israel News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Prayer and Hope for the Three Captured Teens. . . . . . . . 66 My Israel Home: The Fashionable German Colony. . . . 100

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Dear Readers, On Friday morning, when word spread that three yeshiva boys were taken captive by Hamas in Israel, every person who heard the news shuddered over the tragedy. We all know the burning hatred Hamas has for our people, and we hope that Hashem will bring home the three boys safely and quickly. On Sunday evening, my six year old son asked me to wake him when my husband came home from Maariv, but I forgot. In the morning, he showed his displeasure, and when I asked him what was so important, he told that he wanted to say Tehillim for the missing teenagers. He then urged my husband to write the names of the three boys on a paper for his rebbe, so that they can all say Tehillim for the boys’ recovery as a class. My husband pointed out that his rebbe surely has the names of the boys, but my son insisted: this was his way of showing his care and concern for them. This was his way of doing something to aid in their return. His words and insistence taught me a powerful lesson: we all must take action. We cannot don uniforms and ammunition and storm into Hebron searching for Naphtali, Gil-Ad and Eyal. But we can storm the Heavens and beg Hashem for their freedom. We can join together and show Hashem how united we are in our tefillos for our brothers. We can learn a little more, show a little more patience, and be more careful with the mitzvos we do daily. There is something that each of us can and should be doing to help bring Naphtali, GilAd and Eyal back to their families and back to their people who love them and miss them. May Hashem bring these wonderful boys back home quickly, safely and completely, and may we share in good news together as a klal.

>>Parsha Rabbi Wein on the Parsha . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62

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Rabbi’s Musing and Amusings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76

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Letters to Dear Editor, I love reading your news section; I find it interesting and concise and definitely entertaining. This week, while reading the news, I was struck by the irony of the juxtaposition of two news stories. The first story highlighted the fact that the majority of children in America are unfit—a whopping 58%! The next story spoke about the craziness of state fairs—with unbelievable foodstuffs being offered. I can’t imagine that it’s easy to stay healthy and fit when one is exposed to and encouraged to eat deep-fried Nutella and cream puffs while staring at butter sculptures. Joey Fish Dear Editor, As many of your readers are aware, loud music can have a permanent, damaging effect on hearing.  The hairs of the inner ear that conduct sound are delicate, and once flattened by extreme noise, they do not regenerate. There are many reasons why, despite this awareness, babies and young children continue to be brought to weddings. Babysitters are hard to come by, nursing babies

need to be near their mothers, etc. Valid reasons, yet the danger is real.  After seeing yet another mother at a wedding holding her baby, we decided to start a gemach.  We will be lending out noise cancelling headphones for babies—infants to 2 years old.  Freshly purchased, these Baby Banz headphones are available now for this wedding season.  The gemach has two locations.   Please call/ text Miriam 917-545-3065 (Flatbush) or Rivky 718-309-3218 (Far Rockaway) Rivky Moseson Dear Editor, When I heard the news of the three missing boys in Eretz Yisroel, my heart fell and I was saddened. These three boys are someone’s children. They held them when they were crying, they fed them when they were hungry, they cuddled them when they were sad. They laughed with them and taught them the sweetness of Torah, and spent time with them, discussing their friends, their thoughts, their joys. When davening for Yaakov Naftali ben Rachel Devorah, Gilad Michael ben Bat Galim, and Eyal ben Iris Tesura keep in mind that they are someone’s

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the Editor sweet children. Pray for their safe recovery with the same fervent tefillos as their parents. We are all connected—we are all one—and when one is pained, we are all pained as well. I hope that when Hashem sees how united we are, He will grant these boys their freedom and they should be returned to their families safe and unharmed. Sandra Levi

Dear Editor, I am not an engineer or a student of traffic patterns, but there must be a way to fix the 878 faster than a huge construction project. The plan that was highlighted in your paper this week seems extremely convoluted and tedious. I am sure that someone who is familiar with traffic lights and traffic can propose a short term solution to help us alleviate the crazy traffic that bombards our community every single day. It’s not a normal thing to sit in traffic at 4pm on an average weekday just to get to the light by KAS Carpets. Something must be done. And fast. Chaim S. Weiss

Dear Editor, I was duly impressed to see your feature on gifts for teachers. As a teacher for many years, I often tell people that what’s most important after a wonderful year of teaching my students is the note of appreciation I receive from grateful parents highlighting their gratitude for how I helped their children grow and excel throughout the year. Interestingly, many times, the gifts or notes I receive are from parents whose children were well behaved and easy to reach during the year. The parents of those who caused the most problems sometimes don’t even acknowledge all the hard work and sleepless nights that I had over their child. One of the most wonderful gifts I can receive is a note written to the principal of my school highlighting what their child liked about my class. I always appreciate being noticed, especially by my boss. Many thanks for reminding your readers to show their appreciation for their hardworking teachers. Wishing everyone a restful summer! G. H. Forest Hills, NY


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The Week Global ISIS Leader Was wU.S. Prisoner

The Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS) is a group so brutal that al Qaeda has disavowed it. Their new leader, it has been discovered, was once held prisoner by the United States. The U.S. let him go from a detention camp in Iraq in 2009 and as he left, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi allegedly had some disturbing words for his captors: “I’ll

see you guys in New York.” Apparently, al-Baghdadi was a low-profile prisoner until that moment. “He was a bad dude,” recalled Army Col. Kenneth King, speaking to a journalist, “but he wasn’t the worst of the worst.” King was the commanding officer of Camp Bucca where al-Baghdadi was held, and when he heard al-Baghdadi’s words back in 2009, he said he figured the man was saying he knew his captivity had essentially been a joke. “Like, ‘This is no big thing, I’ll see you on the block,’” King recalled, adding that al-Baghdadi knew many of his captors at Camp Bucca were from New York. Now, the forces of ISIS (also known as ISIL, the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant) have seized large patches of northern Syria and Iraq and seem poised to assault Baghdad. King says he was surprised when he found out that al-Baghdadi was heading the jihadist group. “I’m not surprised that it was someone who spent time in Bucca but I’m a little surprised it was him,” King said, explaining that al-Baghdadi had kept his head down while a prisoner. The new fundamentalist leader has

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Taliban Cuts off Voters’ Fingers The Taliban believes in strict punishment—an eye for an eye, a vote for a finger. Over the weekend, eleven elderly Afghan men had their index fingers cut off by Taliban insurgents as punishment for voting in Saturday’s presidential runoff elections. “They asked us why we voted then they took us to their base. They held us and threatened to cut off our fingers. There was no point resisting so they

went right ahead and chopped my finger off with an axe. Then they let us go,” one of the men recovering in the hospital told the BBC.

“We participated in the election and cast our votes to choose our president,” recalled another one of the elderly man from his hospital room. “We were kidnapped and our fingers were chopped off.” Voters in Afghanistan dip their index fingers in semi-permanent ink, a policy meant to prevent election fraud. In this case, it made them easy targets for the fanatic Taliban, a group that called for a boycott of Saturday’s vote. Noor Mohammed Noor of the Independent Election Commission confirmed to the BBC that insurgents had


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In News portraits adorn almost every home and office building, their birthdays are national holidays, and people voluntarily wear yellow on Monday to honor the day of the week when the king was born. Thailand’s military has a division dedicated to protecting the monarchy by “cyber patrolling” and identifying critics of the king online. The junta has cracked down on any opposition including the overthrow of an elected government. Any perceived slurs against the royals caught by online surveillance operations are punished. “Lese majeste is our priority,” Police Major General Phisit Pao-in, head of the Technology Crime Suppression Division, admitted. Twenty police officials were recently sent to reinforce Phisit’s cyber-patrol team of 15 civil servants, who trawl the Internet for royal insults. “Since the coup, we were asked to intensify our surveillance and to focus on threats to national security,” said Phisit. Anyone convicted of insulting King Bhumibol Adulyadei, the queen, or their heir faces up to 15 years in prison for each count. Phisit said his team attempts to talk to suspects to “change their attitude,” but “headstrong” campaigners face charges. Since the coup, Thailand has blocked access to more than 200 Internet pages deemed a “threat to national security” including the website of Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper after it posted a video about the crown prince. Phisit’s cyber-patrols are not alone in their efforts to wipe out any criticism of the monarchy –about 20 ultra-royalist groups are helping to monitor the Internet. They include “The Garbage Collection Organization” led by a director of a Bangkok hospital whose goal is to hunt down offenders viewed as “trash.”

China Executes 13 for Terrorist Attacks

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office building and the living quarters for officials and their families, a housing construction site, a business administration office, as well as a hair salon and a hotel. At the time, police killed 10 of the attackers. Beijing says unrest among Uighurs is caused by extremist groups with ties to Islamic terror groups abroad, but has provided little direct evidence. But Dilxat Raxit, spokesman for the German-based group World Uyghur Congress, said Beijing has unjustly labeled disgruntled Uighurs as terrorists. “China’s policy has caused extreme acts, and it is the only fight Uighur people in desperation are willing to wage with their lives,” Dilxat Raxit said, trying to explain their acts of terror. He also said that speedy trials deny defendants their right to justice. Death sentences in China are automatically forwarded to the Supreme People’s Court for appeal but are rarely overturned. While official figures are not released, China is believed to execute more prisoners than the rest of the world combined.

Pakistan’s First Female Police Chief  

Syeda Ghazala is the first woman to run a police station in Pakistan. She joined the force about 20 years ago and now runs headquarters in Pakistan’s biggest city and supervises about 100 police officers—all men. Ghazala was promoted as part of local efforts to increase the number of women in the police force and in positions of authority. Shortly after Ghazala was appointed, a second female was assigned to lead another police station. These appointments represent a crucial step in the women’s empowerment movement in a nation where women

have traditionally not worked outside the home. “The mindset of people is changing gradually, and now they [have] started to consider women in leading roles. My husband opposed my decision to join the police force 20 years ago,” said the 44-year-old mother of four. However, by now her husband has come around to the idea and encouraged her to accept this new position. “It was a big challenge. I was a little bit hesitant to accept it,” Ghazala admitted. Ghazala runs the station in Clifton, a high-class area home to the wealthy. It has a population of about 18 million. As chief, she deals with all types of crimes—ranging from petty theft to terrorism. Senior police officer Abdul Khaliq Sheikh said he hopes Ghazala’s appointment leads to more women joining the force. “Our society accepts only stereotype roles for women. There is a perception that women are suitable only for particular professions like teaching,” he said. The police force is currently training the first batch of female commandos, Continued on page 18

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the far western region of Xinjiang, including three men accused of perpetrating an attack that left at least 34 people dead. The executions took place on the same day that a Xinjiang court sentenced three other people to death for planning a deadly car ramming at Beijing’s Tiananmen Gate last year that killed five people. The government has been waging a harsh crackdown after a series of deadly attacks blamed on Muslim separatists in the Xinjiang region. The official Xinhua News Agency said the 13 executed people were convicted of crimes such as organizing, leading and participating in terrorism groups, arson, murder, burglary, and illegal manufacturing, storage and transporting of explosives. The government says it faces grave terrorist threats from people seeking independence for Xinjiang, home to the Muslim Uighur ethnic minority, and has vowed severe punishments. Among those executed, three men organized an assault that killed 24 people last June in the town of Lukqun. The attack targeted the local police station, a SWAT team, a government

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killings there are rampant. Islamic militants captured two major cities last week and then brazenly posted graphic photos that show its fighters massacring dozens of hapless, captured Iraqi soldiers. The pictures on the militant website showed masked fighters of the ISIS—the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria—loading captives onto flatbed trucks before forcing them to lie face-down in a shallow ditch with their arms tied behind their

Iraqi Rebels Post Photos of their Killings The country of Iraq is burning and

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China Cements its Stake on Island

China has begun building a school on a remote island in the South China Sea. This school is intended to provide education for children of military personnel and other people involved in the island. But the school is more than just a place of education. It is solidifying China’s hold on the small island. China established the settlement of Sansha — which Beijing designates a “city” and has a permanent population of

1,443 — on tiny Yongxing Island to administer hundreds of thousands of square kilometers of water where it hopes to strengthen its control over potentially oil-rich islands that are also claimed by other Asian nations. Understandably, the settlement has not been welcomed by other nations. Vietnam, the Philippines and the United States criticized Beijing for establishing Sansha, saying it risked escalating regional tensions. The island, also known as Woody Island, is around 350 kilometers (220 miles) south of China’s southernmost province and is part of the Paracel chain, which is also claimed by Vietnam. Tensions in the area have escalated since China last month placed an oil rig in waters about 30 kilometers (20 miles) from the Paracel Islands, leading to ongoing sea confrontations between Chinese and Vietnamese vessels. Construction of the school is expected to be complete in 18 months. There are currently about 40 school-aged children on Yongxing Island, some of whom have been staying with grandparents in far-off hometowns in order to attend school. When China created Sansha in July 2012, the outpost had a post office, bank,

In News supermarket, hospital and a population of about 1,000. Now it also has an airport, hotel, library, five main roads, cellphone coverage, and a 24-hour satellite TV station. It also has its own supply ship that brings in food, water, construction materials and people.

Terrorists Kill Kenyan Christians

Dozens of extremists attacked a Kenyan coastal town, killing anyone who couldn’t answer questions about Is-

lam and those who didn’t know the Somali language. At least 48 people were killed during this raid and two hotels were set on fire. The assault in Mpeketoni began on Sunday night as residents watched World Cup matches on TV; it lasted through the early morning hours of Monday. Unfortunately, Kenya’s security forces did little to intervene. Authorities blamed al-Shabab, Somalia’s al Qaeda-linked terror group, who have vowed to carry out terror attacks to avenge the Kenyan military presence in Somalia for the attack. The violence bore resemblance to last year’s attack at Nairobi Westgate Mall. Similarly, attackers gave life-or-death religious tests, a witness said, killing those who were not Muslim. The Interior Ministry said that at about 8 p.m. on Sunday, two minivans entered the town. Militants disembarked and began shooting. “They came to our house at around 8 p.m. and asked us in Swahili whether we were Muslims. My husband told them we were Christians and they shot him in the head and chest,” Anne Gathigi recalled emotionally. Another resident, John Waweru, said

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Russia Cuts off Ukraine’s Gas Supply As Ukraine failed to meet a payment deadline, Russia cut off its gas supplies this week. Amid all the chaos in eastern Ukraine, negotiators attempted to reach a deal on gas prices but were unable to reach an agreement. The decision won’t affect the gas flow right away but it will disrupt the long-term energy supply to the region if the issue is not resolved soon.

for past-due bills by 9 a.m. Kiev time on Monday. When the deadline passed without payment, the gas supply was cut off. Gazprom spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov said that moving forward Ukraine will need to pay in advance for any future deliveries. “Gazprom supplies to Ukraine only the amount that has been paid for, and the amount that has been paid for is zero,” Kupriyanov said on Monday morning. The pipeline to Ukraine also carries gas meant for other parts of Europe; that supply will continue as planned, Kupriyanov said. However, the responsibility that the gas reaches European customers is Ukraine’s. The European Commission has been notified of “a possible disruption in the gas transit” in case Ukraine decides to siphon off the gas. Analyst Tim Ash at Standard Bank PLC said that Ukraine could technically get away with using the gas since it is all intermingled. This could result in a shortage in pipelines to Europe that could delay the storing of gas ahead of the winter heating season when demand is higher. “So the message is that this is unlikely to bring a short-term hit to gas supply in Europe, but it will build up problems for the winter unless a deal is reached quickly,” Ash wrote in an email. The gas conflict is part of a wider dispute over whether Ukraine aligns itself with Russia or with the European Union.

service. “There are many incorrect forecasts as the meteorological observation has not been put on a modern and scientific basis,” Kim said, commanding the agency to “fundamentally” improve its work and equipment. Accurate forecasts are needed to protect the “lives and properties” of people from disasters caused by “abnormal climatic phenomenon,” he said. Calling the weather service “very important work directly affecting the overall economic affairs,” Kim also underscored the need to “modernize meteorological observation equipment at a high level.” Undated pictures released of the visit show Kim giving “field guidance” inside the weather service in the capital, with some of his audience standing attentively with their arms by their sides. North Korea has suffered regular, chronic food shortages under the ruling Kim dynasty, with the situation exacerbated by floods, droughts and mismanagement. During a famine in the mid- to late-1990s, hundreds of thousands died. In May of this year, state media reported that North Korea was hit by its worst spring drought in more than three de-

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his two brothers were killed because the attackers did not like that they did not speak Somali. “My brothers, who stayed next door to me, were killed as I watched. I was peeping from my window and I clearly heard them speak to my brothers in Somali and it seemed since my brothers did not meet their expectations, they sprayed them with bullets and moved on,” said Waweru. Mpeketoni is about 20 miles (30 kilometers) southwest of the tourist center of Lamu. Any tourism in Mpeketoni is mostly local, with few foreigners visiting the area. The town is 60 miles (100 kilometers) from the Somali border and 360 miles (600 kilometers) from the capital, Nairobi.

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– not just for those with professional impetuses but also for those who want to see the revival in Jewish life continue.” Wonder how long it took for all of them to wash.

Palestinians Celebrate Kidnapping

As Jewish people worldwide worried and agonized over the three kidnapped Israeli teenagers, Palestinians were celebrating.

In News Palestinian moms, dads, grandparents, teenagers and children all took to the streets with sweets in hand and joined in on the festivities. In the meantime, Israel Defense Forces troops engaged in a massive manhunt to locate the three captives. Naftali Frenkel, 16, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19, disappeared on Thursday night while traveling home for the weekend from their yeshivas. At Bir Zeit University near Ramallah, students affiliated with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction of the PLO handed out sweets at the campus entrance to celebrate the kidnapping. Interestingly, the school they attend, Bir Zeit University, describes itself as an institution that “provides students with the opportunity to realize their academic aspirations and encourages them to be productive citizens and active members of their community.” On Saturday night, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said there is “no doubt” the boys’ disappearance was an abduction. “Our boys were kidnapped by a terrorist organization. There is no doubt about that,” Netanyahu said. Troops arrested dozens of Hamas activists overnight, including members of the Palestinian Legislative Council. As of Monday, over 150 Hamas members were arrested.

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the driving force behind Sesame Street, Tom & Jerry, and Mickey Mouse with the goal of destroying moral values. “A normal child, who has been watching TV from the age of two, has been assaulted by all kinds of films,” Hammad said in a May 15 interview on Iqraa TV, provided by the Middle East Media Research Institute. “It is not only the future generations of the Islamic world that are destroyed — the moral values of humanity are destroyed,” Hammad preached. Hammad, a former director of the Saudi channel, referred to the Sesame Street character Oscar the Grouch, saying he is a despicable character who should not serve as a role model for children. “Another example is the character of Cookie Monster. He eats like a slob,” he said. “All the global film companies — note that I say ‘all’ not ‘most’ — all the global film companies are owned by Jews,” he explained. “Why did they produce Mickey Mouse?” Hammad reasoned. “Why did they focus on a mouse? There is a plan to destroy human thought and all of humanity…Mickey Mouse, the rodent, became a hero and a superstar. The destruction of human morality is an old Zionist-Jewish scheme.” The Saudi scholar continued on to name many prominent Western figures who are part of this conspiracy: Charles Darwin, Sigmund Freud, Friedrich Nietzsche, Émile Durkheim and Jean-Paul Sartre. “They were all Zionist Jews,” Hammad said, then corrected himself. “Except for Nietzsche, who was a Christian Zionist.” Who knew Donald Duck was a political figure?

Mickey Mouse, Big Bird, and Elmo are recognized as friendly TV characters who help children learn and laugh. Occasionally, a blogger or theorist will write a thesis implying that children’s shows have a deeper, darker meaning but this latest conspiracy theory is simply absurd. Nabil Hammad, a Saudi Arabian scholar, claims that Jewish Zionism is

America Captures First Benghazi Suspect On Tuesday, it was revealed that U.S. Special Operations forces captured a terrorist leader in Libya on Sunday, the first suspect arrested over the September 11, 2012 Benghazi attack, in which the U.S. ambassador to Libya was murdered along with three other Americans. Ahmed Abu Khattala, a “senior


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ied across state lines. New York State spent the most: $19,552 per student.

was higher than the U.S. median. The states that spend the most are: 10. Maryland 9. Delaware 8. Rhode Island 7. Massachusetts 6. Wyoming 5. Vermont 4. Connecticut 3. New Jersey 2. Alaska 1. New York Wonder how much it would cost New York State to educate all the children in private schools as well.

“He didn’t know what hit him,” one source told Fox News. According to officials, there was no firefight; a small Special Forces team and one FBI agent took part in the mission. The Washington Post released the story on Tuesday, after the White House requested the paper delay  publication for one day over security concerns. According to officials, Khattala is in American custody “in a secure location outside Libya,” and is “en route” to the United States. Charges were filed against Khattala and over 12 others in connection to the attack, although no others have been arrested yet. “To be clear: this was a unilateral U.S. operation,” said one American official when asked if Libya had approved the operation. “It should come as no surprise to the Libyan government that we would take advantage of an opportunity to bring Abu Khatalla to face justice.” One U.S. official called the Sunday capture “a reminder that when the United States says it’s going to hold someone accountable and he will face justice, this is what we mean.” U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration has faced heavy criticism over the Benghazi attack, particularly when then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took responsibility for the failings around the attack. Susan Rice, Obama’s National Security Adviser, recently said she has no regrets for calling the attack a “spontaneous response” to an anti-Islam video. Evidence suggests that the attack was preplanned.

Manufacturing in the U.S. continues to decline as companies outsource, leaving thousands of employees jobless. American factory towns are left devastated and scrambling for ways to rebuild. Subsequently, as factory workers get laid off, the gap between the rich and everyone else continues to widen. “A loss of manufacturing has contributed to the decline of the middle class,” said Howard Wial, an economist with the Brookings Institution and the University of Illinois at Chicago. “People who are displaced from high-paying manufacturing jobs spend a long time unemployed, and when they take other jobs, those jobs generally pay substantially less.” Between 2001 and 2011, nearly 6 million manufacturing jobs were lost. In Pennsylvania alone in those years 258,000 middle-income factory jobs were lost. At the same time, Pennsylvania added jobs at the lower end of the wage spectrum — in health care and social services — and at the highest end, in sectors like management and finance. This issue primarily affects the middle class; lower-wage jobs at fast food restaurants and domestic help are still hiring those in the lower income bracket and higher-paying jobs that require higher education don’t seem to be suffering as much either. Nationally, manufacturing declines accounted for 40 percent of the increase in joblessness from 2000-2011, according to labor economist Erik Hurst.

Spending for Education According to a recent release from the U.S. Census Bureau, total spending on public elementary and secondary education fell nationwide for the third consecutive year. A total of $10,608 was spent per student, although the cost to educate a child in the United States var-

Michael Leachman, director of state fiscal research at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, explained that spending can be driven by a range of factors, including state size, labor costs, and geography, noting that rural schools can often incur higher transportation costs. Another huge factor that affects statewide school spending is household earnings. The states that spent the most per student also had some of the wealthiest households. Median household income in all of the top 10 spending states

Starbucks to Pay Big Bucks for Employees’ Education Baristas at America’s favorite coffee spot will be brewing more than just espresso. It seems that they’ll be able to get their education for not a “latte” money. This week, Starbucks Corp. an-

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leader” of the terrorist organization Ansar al-Sharia in Benghazi, was captured by special ops forces in a joint operation with the FBI that was planned for several months. Khattala was long thought to be one of the ringleaders of the deadly attack in which U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were brutally massacred. He had openly granted media interviews since the 2012 attack, but until now had evaded capture.

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The coffee giant will provide tuition reimbursement and financial aid to employees who enroll in the school’s online bachelor’s degree program. They will be able to select their area of interest from 40 subjects, ranging from retail management to electrical engineering. The company is hoping that this incentive will attract more committed, hard-working, and bright employees, and they will save money on hiring and

training costs. Employees who take part in the new program won’t be obligated to stay on at the company. “We do not require or expect our partners who join this program to stay with us after they graduate,” said  Cliff Burrows, Starbucks group president for the U.S., Americas and tea brand Teavana. “We hope they’ll stay with us and grow their careers, but they are free to go onto the next stage of their careers and lives.” Arizona State University President Michael Crow estimates the program will attract 15,000 to 20,000 Starbucks employees a year. In order to accommodate the expected enrollment, the school has hired 50 new teachers, enrollment counselors, and academic advisers. Normally, annual tuition for ASU’s online degree program  ranges from $3,000 to $10,000. Starbucks estimates that employees receiving the assistance will pay less than half their tuition costs. Starbucks employs 135,000 parttime and full-time employees in the U.S. About 25% of Starbucks’ U.S. employees have bachelor’s degrees, and according to estimates, about 70% are either current or aspiring college students.

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million), Lionel Messi ($64.7 million), Kobe Bryant ($61.5 million), Tiger Woods ($61.2 million), Roger Federer ($56.2 million), Phil Mickelson ($53.2 million), Rafael Nadal ($44.5 million) and Matt Ryan ($43.8 million). Better start working on my boxing stance.

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Think Derek Jeter’s salary of $17 million last year was a lot? That’s peanuts—and Cracker Jacks—compared to what other athletes earn. On Tuesday, Forbes announced its list of the highest-paid athletes in the world. Turns out, Floyd “Money” Mayweather is worth lots and lots of peanuts. The professional boxer earned $105 million over the past 12 months. But what’s even crazier about his salary is that it took Mayweather just over an hour to earn all that dough. “Money” spent only 72 minutes in the ring this season. Mayweather, 37, is a professional boxer and is currently undefeated as a professional. He is a five-division world champion, having won ten world titles and the lineal championship in four different weight classes. This is the second time in three years that Mayweather earned the highest paid athlete distinction. Less you think “Money” is humble about his boatloads of cash, the athlete is known to flaunt his wealth via social media, posting photos and videos of himself buying expensive cars, flying in private jets and surrounding himself with piles of cash. Soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo was the second highest earning athlete in 2014 with an income of $80 million, followed by LeBron James ($72.3

Which president over the past 25 years is most admired by Americans? Well, my fellow Americans, it seems that former President Bill Clinton was Americans’ top pick in a recent poll. 42% of 1,031 voters chose “Bubba” as their most favored president in recent years. Current President Barack Obama came in at second place, although he only garnered 18 percent of votes. His poll ratings are at an all-time low. Former President George W. Bush placed third, at 17 percent, and his father, former President George H.W. Bush, who parachuted out of a plane last week to celebrate his 90th birthday, came in at fourth place with 16 percent of the respondents. Former President Ronald Reagan was not included in the survey. His last day in office was on January 20, 1989. Although the poll showed an enormous favoring towards Clinton, the fact that only over a thousand people were surveyed and many respected presidents in recent years—including Reagan and John F. Kennedy—were not included makes the survey just a little too narrow for many.  

Thousands Sneaking into the U.S. The number of children and teens entering America illegally is increasing. And border patrolmen say there is not too much they can do about it. Even if the minors are known members of Mexican gangs, a lot of them still cannot legally be turned away. Continued on page 30


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The Week Over the past eight months, more than 47,000 undocumented children have entered America illegally.  “They have heard that anybody who crosses into the United States can stay,” said a Border Patrol agent who works in the sector and is not authorized to speak on the matter. “So they keep coming.”

Many who are crossing the border believe that once they reach U.S. soil, they won’t be turned back. They are coached to claim fear from gang violence or to beg asylum. “It’s something they’re all saying and it’s obvious that it is well-rehearsed and it is a consistent story,” said Albert Spratte, a Border Patrol agent and union

representative with the National Border Patrol Council’s Local 3307 in the Rio Grande Valley sector. “We can’t even get them to answer their name before they tell us the gangs were the reason they fled their country.” Chris Cabrera, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council Local 3307 in the Rio Grande Valley, said that confirmed gang members in Mexico are coming into the country to be reunited with their families. “If he’s a confirmed gang member in his own country, why are we letting him in here? … I’ve heard people come in and say, ‘You’re going to let me go, just like you let my mother go, just like you let my sister go. You’re going to let me go as well, and the government’s going to take care of us.’” He said that the only way to solve the problem was to implement harsher restrictions on who can be allowed to cross. “Until we start mandatory detentions, mandatory removals, I don’t think anything is going to change. As a matter of fact, I think it’s going to get worse,” he said. Other Border Patrol officials say that officers must treat minors with gang-affiliated tattoos the same as anybody else

In News wishing to cross the border. “It’s upsetting that a lot of them are 16 or 17 years old and a lot of them are not going to face deportation,” said Art Del Cueto, president of the National Border Patrol Council Local 2544 in Tucson, AZ. The Rio Grande Valley location has nine stations. The largest facility is in McAllen, TX, with a capacity of 275 people. Its agents see between 700 and 1,500 people daily.  

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Last Friday was Flag Day and here are a few things you might not have known about our Stars and Stripes. The Continental Congress authorized the

American flag on June 14, 1777. The motion read: “Resolved that the flag of the thirteen United States be 13 stripes alternate red and white: that the union be 13 stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.” The Constitution was written 10 years after that and ratified in 1789. Historians are still debating Betsy Ross’s role in designing the first flag, but she recounted that she was asked to sew the flag by her fellow churchgoer, George Washington. Ross had also done some seamstress work for the first president. Here’s what the historic marker in front of her house says: “Credited with making the first stars and stripes flag, Ross was a successful upholsterer. She produced flags for the government for over 50 years. As a skilled artisan, Ross represents the many women who supported their families during the Revolution and early Republic.” A vexillologist is a flag expert. It’s a relatively new word, coming into use in 1959. According to the North American Vexillological Association, there are currently no degrees offered on the subject. There are five American flags flying


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The Week on the moon, thanks to the Apollo astronauts. You may not be able to see markings on them, though; they have mostly likely turned white over the years. Our Star Spangled Banner was first flown in a military campaign over the shores of Tripoli. The Marines were involved in military actions against the Barbary pirates there and after they

hit the shore, they raised the Stars and Stripes. After the Battle of Derne in 1805, the flag was raised on foreign soil for the first time after a battle. The largest American flag out there is so big you can’t fly it.  The “Superflag,” conceived by the late Thomas Demski, measures 505 by 225 feet and weighs 3,000 pounds. It takes 600 peo-

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Where the Wealthy Rest their Heads New York City is home to many

famous millionaires. In fact, it is home to the most millionaires than any other U.S. city. Recently, Kipling ran a report ranking cities according to the highest concentration of millionaires. This list doesn’t simply focus on the number of millionaire households but rather the percentage of households.

Only about 5% of the country, or 6.1 million households, qualify as true millionaires—“true” in the sense that they have liquid, investable assets of $1 million or more, excluding real estate, employer-sponsored retirement plans, and business partnerships. Research firm Phoenix Marketing International identifies where these millionaires live in an annual survey of wealthy residents in 942 urban areas. The top ten cities with the highest percentage of millionaire households is: 10. San Francisco, CA  Concentration of millionaires: 7.6% 9. Trenton, NJ  Concentration of millionaires: 7.6% 8. Honolulu, HI  Concentration of millionaires: 8.0% 7. Oxnard, CA  Concentration of millionaires: 8.0% 6. San Jose, CA  Concentration of millionaires: 8.1% 5. Easton, MD  Concentration of millionaires: 8.3% 4. Stamford, CT  Concentration of millionaires: 8.5% 3. Lexington Park, MD  Concentration of millionaires: 8.8% 2. Washington, D.C.  Concentration of millionaires: 8.8% 1. Los Alamos, NM  Concentration of millionaires: 12.4%

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mer president on his birthday, George H. W. Bush celebrated the big 9-0 in “high” style by taking a tandem parachute jump off a helicopter near his Maine vacation home. The former statesman, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, does not have the ability to use his legs and performed the jump while strapped to a former member of the U.S. Army parachute team. Ever the patriot, Bush touched down in a red, white and blue parachute. Bush posted on Twitter that day, “It’s a wonderful day in Maine – in fact, nice enough for a parachute jump.” This is not the first time the former occupant of the Oval Office flew the high skies. Five years ago, after a jump in honor of his 85th birthday, the former president promised to mark his 90th also with a skydive. In case you think this is something that Bush Sr. started doing only in his senior years, think again. All in all, Bush has jumped from a plane eight times, the first being over the Pacific Ocean, when his plane was shot down in World War II.

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New Yorkers are ready to pay it forward now that the @hiddencash social media scavenger hunt has taken over Central Park in Manhattan and Prospect Park in Brooklyn. The organizers of the game, who stashed envelopes containing cash and other prizes around the parks, describe it as a “social experience for good” and urge the lucky finders to use their loot for something charitable. Over 2,000 people took to the parks to search for hidden treasure. “I saw it on Twitter and I said I got to get over there and see if I can find some money,” said Malik Chenault, 39, of the Bronx, who was hunting in Central Park. “It’d be nice to get some free money; I could use it to buy some toys for my kids.” Said Terrell Sides of Jamaica, Queens, “I’m busting my back because I need this money for college. I don’t care if I find 20 cents or $20, I’ll take it!” More than 557,000 people follow @ hiddencash on Twitter, which plans to start similar hunts in Chicago, Mexico and Europe. The account posts clues and hints of the whereabouts of the greenfilled envelopes. The game was started in San Francisco by real estate mogul Jason Buzi last month.

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Brazilian taxi cab driver Adilson Luiz da Cruz was ready to yell “Goooaaaalll!!” when he discovered a bag of 40 World Cup game tickets lying in the back of his car after his late shift in Sao Paulo. The bag was apparently left there by two very drunk Mexican scalpers da Cruz drove around that evening. “When I got home, I opened the back door of the taxi and found a bag with 40 [World Cup game] tickets inside it,” he explained. “Sometimes these things fall into the hands of people who don’t worry about their items and that makes it more likely for them to lose it.” But then the driver’s conscience got the better of him and he decided to take the high road and contact the tickets’ rightful owners. He drove back to the Nuevo Sao Paulo Hotel, where he dropped off his inebriated customers, and returned the highly coveted tickets. “I hope that they will be more careful with their possessions from now on,” he said. Wonder how much he got tipped.

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grams of sugar per serving. That may seem like a lot, but compared to the 53 grams in a bottle serving of Mexican

In News Coke, that looks like a diet cola. Americans describe Mexicoke as smoother and more bubbly, but in terms of taste are kind of disappointed that the sugary counterpart is not necessarily better tasting than the U.S. version. Many of them can’t even tell the difference between the two drinks. So when Uncle Sal reminisces about the good old days, when Hershey bars were a nickel and Coke was made from real ingredients, or when your neighbor explains how he stocks up on the kosher l’Pesach version of the beverage, don’t

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Roaches are her Friends A woman in China must have been so lonely, she got herself over 100,000 friends to live in her house. With one catch. Her friends are cockroaches. Yuan Meixia raises her cockroaches in her home in the Linbian Village and harbors special feelings for them. “These are all my children, my babies,” she says. After watching a China Central Television program last year about people who raise the insect, Yuan, a pharmacy employee, was inspired to bring up her own. The bugs are used in Chinese folk medicine as a cure for various forms of cancer. Researchers at Anhui Medical University have written, “The Palmetto bug and its extracts can protect liver functions when [the natural protein Concanavalin A] caused acute immunity hepatic injury among mice.”

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Yuan says, “I saw people raise this kind of cockroach in Anhui,” she said. “They said it can be food and also can be medicine…So I took tens of thousands of yuan to learn [how to breed them] for a week and spent more than 10,000 yuan ($1,600) to buy 20 kg (44 lbs) of live cockroaches.” In her home, she keeps the roaches contained in zippered silk nets and seals any possible hole in the house with thick cement. Temperature is maintained by a gas stove in the winter months and by sprinkling water on the walls in the spring. At night, the adults are fed fruit and rice bran, and the babies are given glucose. After drowning her beloved pets in vats of water and drying them in the sun, Yuan is able to sell them for close to $65 per pound. She harvests them every two months. How do you say Raid in Chinese?

Driving off the Road Seems like the only way to get people to put away their phones while driving is


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The Paper Papa Jenna Yang’s father was a dedicated dad who died at the young age of 52. Never having a chance to travel the world, his 25 year old daughter decided that despite his demise, she would make sure he would see all the countries he’d hoped to visit before his passing. “My father never had the chance to travel the world. He sacrificed his entire life for others — his parents, his children, his wife, his family and his friends,” she wrote on her blog.

The Japanese Crossroads of the World

If you thought Kikar Shabbat was crazy, try crossing the Scramble Crossing in Shibuya, Tokyo. It is the world’s busiest intersection. With each stoplight change, more than 2,500 pedestrians cross the X-shaped crossway during peak hours. It is situated in front of the Hachiko train exit and a statue of a dog, Hachiko, stands in between the station and the crosswalk. The heavy traffic and advertising there has led to it being compared to Times Square. Tokyo-based architecture professor Julian Worrall has said Shibuya Crossing is “a great example of what Tokyo does best when it’s not trying.” How do you say major traffic in Japanese?

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Don’t like being American? You can also become a citizen of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis (a tiny island) with investment. The Citizena $400,000 has been ship-by-Investment Program  running since 1984 but only began accepting bitcoins recently via Passports For Bitcoin. If you are a fan of cable TV shows, you can use your bitcoins to watch your favorite cooking shows. Dish Network announced that it will begin accepting the digital coins through payment processor Coinbase starting in September to pay for your satellite TV. Coinbase will instantly convert the bitcoins into cash, eliminating the risk of price fluctuations to Dish. “We don’t know what the demand will be, exactly,” Bernie Han, Dish’s chief operating officer, said. “It might be tiny. It might be bigger than tiny. It’s probably growing.” Hungry? Domino’s Pizza now accepts bitcoin as payment when you order through the website Pizza For Coins. I’m waiting for the day when I don’t have to worry about quarters and can pay my meters with bitcoins. Now that’s a great way to outsmart Central Avenue’s meter maids!

Grave Robber Daughter On May 11, under the dark, night sky, Melanie Lynch opened the gates to the cemetery and dug up her father’s grave. She destroyed the concrete vault and metal casket in her search for the “real will.” After desecrating his tomb, Melanie reached her father’s cold, dead body, only to find him clutching a pack of cigarettes—there was no “real will” to be found. Edward Nash was a prominent New Hampshire businessman who died of a heart attack in 2004 at the age of 68. He started a successful heavy equipment business in 1979, still run by his family. “You hear of grave robbing 100, 150 years ago,” Jenkins and Newman Funeral Home Director Michael Pearson said. “You don’t think of it in 2014.” Eddie Nash has been reburied at a cost of several thousand dollars. Nash’s imposing black granite headstone reads: “King of the used equipment world.” Hope he gets better use of his grave this time.

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In this campaign, a crowd of moviegoers is targeted. The audience is shown a first person video of someone driving down a narrow and empty road. After about five seconds, when the audience loses attention, a behind the scenes employee sends a text to everyone in the audience. At the precise moment when everyone looks down to check his or her cellphone, the car on the screen swerves and careens off road, shattering its windshield. A message then comes on screen: “Mobile use is now the leading cause of death behind the wheel.” Everyone in the theater gets the message. Better there than in real life.

photographed together in front of some of the world’s most iconic destinations,” Jenna wrote on her blog. She documented her voyage with her paper dad with photos of them in different places. In all of them, Mr. Yang is wearing a sharp tuxedo. It’s always best to be overdressed, even if you are just a paper figure.

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Generations: Who Are We? Shulamith School for Girls Point of View Who are we? Our G-d given DNA dictates who we are and how we are to look. How tall, small, blue eyes or brown, and all the rest. But, in truth, we are much more than just our physical form. We are Hashem’s chosen people. And we are all connected through the mesorah that was handed down from Moshe Rabbeinu at Har Sinai. Then comes the very significant others who are closer to the past generations: the great-grandparents, the grandparents, and the parents who hand down family traditions of an extra-special love and warmth that only they are endowed with. And only they can share with their offspring. It is their magnificent legacy and then suddenly it becomes ours. They planted the seeds within us for the next generations to nurture and grow. For the past thirty years, Ellen M. Basch Productions has been retained by Shulamith School for Girls for her expertise in writing, directing and producing children’s musical plays and productions. This year’s production, “Generations Past Present Future,” was put on by Shu-

lamith School for Girls Lower Division, 3rd grade, in Woodmere on Wednesday, June 11. The event was a dream and original work of Mrs. Ellen Basch. It became a reality under the administration of Mrs. Joyce Yarmak, founding principal of Shulamith School for Girls. After seeing the remarkable results in previous years of E.M. Basch Productions, Mrs. Yarmak knew “Generations” would be a great opportunity for personal growth and maturity for each of her students during this incredible experience. Mrs. Yarmak prides herself on offering the highest caliber in teaching and programming for her

student body. Through “Generations,” the girls learned about their link to their past while exploring and investigating how they are connected to their ancestors m’dor l’dor. They acquired a better understanding of the shalshelet which links their present and future generations to come. Under the exceptional care and direction of Mrs. Ellen Basch, the girls enhanced and deepened their reading and speaking skills, poise and self-esteem, creative expression, self-confidence, memorization and timing, coordination and performance skills. These traits will stay with these precious children throughout their lives. All through the school year, the halls were buzzing with the exciting sounds of “Generations.” The girls perfected each line and song. Then came the historical interviews with their beloved elder family members, which were captured on video for family posterity and for the grand video presentation. Under the project management and creativity of Mrs. Penina Popack, the families were collecting and emailing many family photographs to be displayed on four custom grand banners, the likes of which have never been seen in any venue and exceeding the expectations of all who came to see the show. It is impossible to capture the thrilling moment when 46 young happy girls, all dressed in black, uniformly filed in and took their places center stage. The extra special touch on the little princesses were the magnificent original gold and silver headdress by Chava Popack of Ana + Ava. To quote audience members: “This production, every aspect, every stage, was beyond belief. I have never seen a production for third graders with such exactness and poise of each girl. Thank you does not suffice!” “Again, we cannot thank you enough for the immense amount of effort and creativity that went into the creation of

last night’s extraordinary event. It was a night for the ages, both literally and figuratively. Your attention to every minute detail was clearly reflected in what was a most memorable and meaningful event.”  “Thank you all for an incredible production last night. Our daughter had the best time preparing and participating. It was absolutely amazing. It was obvious how much hard work and dedication went into it. The girls really learned so much and had the best time doing it and we the parents had the best time watching it.” The evening was an emotional ride for all in attendance. The actresses brought down the house with their renditions and choir choreography of “Daddy Dear,” “My Yiddeshe Mama,” English & Yiddish versions, and the finale which put everyone on “Top of The World.” The girls were accompanied on keyboard by Yehudit Markowits. Immediately following the cantata, the audience was treated to the premier showing of the family interviews and photos. The entire evening emotions in the room were palpable with most wiping away joyful tears which turned into broad smiles and even laughter. At the conclusion of the video, families gathered around their printed photos on the grand banners while professional photographers snapped pictures to capture the impactful and unforgettable event. The actresses who adorned the “Generations” stage this evening were the awesome: Yali Altmark, Rosie Ash, Shira Ashville, Talia Bennett, Meira Berkowitz, Yonina Boshnack, Aliza Coronel, Noy Edery, Penina Feldman, Sara Feldman, Emma Fox, Hannah Ganchrow, Miri Gelbtuch, Hannah Gewirtz, Atara Ginsburg, Yakira Goldberg, Atara Grushko, Ayala Herskowitz, Arbel Ifergan, Dalia Jacobs, Mimi Jacobson, Leora Kahn, Rachel Levine, Avigayil Mandel, Ayelet Mandel, Michal Moskowitz, Tamar Pilevsky, Shayna Popack, Elana Racheli Reichman, Sheera Rockoff, Arielle Rosman, Bayla Rothschild, Eliana Sacknovitz, Ilana Schneider, Dahlia Sokol, Leah Solomon, Elisheva Spirgel, Yael Szlafrok, Shana Weinberg, Shoshana Yarmish, Lauren Zalisky, Melissa Zalisky, Ora Zeitlin, Avigail Zelmanovitz, Aliza Zilberberg, Hannah Zucker. And so, it was a time of honoring, gratitude, memories, and love forever in our minds and hearts.


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Turning a Stalemate into a Winning Situation The word “stalemate” originates from the game of chess. A stalemate occurs when the position of the pieces is such that a player cannot move any piece except the king and cannot move the king without putting it in check. 

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sition of stalemate is often very uncomfortable for a couple. It is worthwhile to note that in chess when a game is a stalemate it ends in a draw and no one wins. However, in real life, it’s an opportunity for a couple to utilize all the conflict resolution “tools” that they have gained over time and through life experience and has the potential to end in a “win situation.”. One common mistake that both partners can make when involved in a stalemate is waiting for the other person to go first. It’s normal, especially when feeling hurt, to want the other side to “go first” and apologize or offer to compromise. However, it’s important to realize that if you and your spouse are at odds, chances are you both are hurting. It is important at times like this to gather your inner reserves of strength and make the first move. Going first is hard, but staying “stuck” in a stalemate is harder.  Often a person can encourage themself to take the first step by reminding themself that taking the first step is not an admission of guilt or an acceptance of blame, rather it’s a sign of strength and an indication of how much you value your marriage. It’s also worthwhile to remember that a first step can even be a baby step; it just has to be something that “breaks” the stalemate and moves it towards resolution. Very often couples that deal with conflict effectively come out stronger and closer with a richer relationship. Next time you find yourself at a “stalemate” with your spouse, don’t stay “stuck”; take the first step and start moving the issue from an argument to a resolution.  May Hashem grant us the strength and wisdom to take the first step towards shalom in any conflict with our spouse. May we be zocheh to be able to work out all our conflicts with our spouse and to build a bayis ne’eman b’Yisroel.  Five Towns Marriage Initiative provides educational programs, workshops and referrals to top marriage therapists. FTMI will help offset counseling costs when necessary and also runs an anonymous shalom bayis hotline for the entire community Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 9:30-11p.m. For the hotline or more information, call 516-430-5280 or email dsgarry@ msn.com.


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Bnos Malka spent a glorious week celebrating yearlong accomplishments for their kindergarten and pre-1A classes with special graduation exercises. Teachers and parents “kvelled” over the precious children as they shared many of things they learned throughout the year presented in beautiful, lively performances. Of course, the highlight of the week was the 8th grade graduation held to a-filled-to-capacity audience at the Young Israel of Hillcrest. The school, which has grown steadily over the past few years, said their goodbyes to their largest graduating class to date. Rabbi Weichselbaum, the school’s menahel, remarked, “Graduations are always bittersweet. We have a chance to reflect with the students and their parents on the many wonderful years spent in school. They entered

as adorable little children and leave today, accomplished and confident young women.”  Mrs. Shuly Zuckerman, the middle school assistant principal, wished the parents continued nachas as the graduates embark on their high school careers at Manhattan, Shevach, SKA, Shalhevet, Ohr Chana, D’rav Meir, and TAG.


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Around the Community Chaverim of the Five Towns and Far Rockaway It’s 11:30 PM on a dark street in Lawrence. You are driving along when suddenly your car starts beeping that you are out of gas. What to do? Call Chaverim of course! Chaverim is a volunteer-staffed organization that provides assistance to motorists in the Five Towns and Far Rockaway area who have flat tires, need boosts, locked their keys in the car or home, or have run out of gas. Chaverim has over 50 members to ensure that the average response time to calls is 5 minutes, and the organization gets an average of 250 calls a month. Chaverim is excited to announce that it is expanding its operations and reach! Chaverim recently hired an administrative assistant, Mrs. Shira Kreitman, to assist with marketing and efficiency. Currently a rising senior studying at Yeshiva University’s Syms School of Business, Mrs. Kreitman is majoring in In-

formation Systems and Marketing, and she is particularly excited about using social media to widen Chaverim’s reach. Chaverim has already seen an increase of interest in its Facebook and Twitter pages, and anticipates more buzz and excitement as the word gets out. Friend Chaverim on Facebook at Chaverim 5T, and follow Chaverim on Twitter at @ Chaverim5T to stay tuned for information about community giveaways and community events! Chaverim cares about the community and looks forward to hearing from you. There are a variety of ways to contact Chaverim. For a service call, call the helpline at 718-337-1800. Visit www.chaverim5t.org for more information about Chaverim of the Five Towns and Far Rockaway. For specific inquiries, comments, or to volunteer for Chaverim, email info@ Chaverim.org or call 516-331-1460.

Klein’s Innovative Ice Cream Team Reinvents the Cone – Again! By: L. Halevi Everyone loves ice cream, especially when it’s in a crunchy, scrumptious, dripping-with-goodness, fun Klein’s cone. There is just something cool and soothing about unwrapping a Klein’s cone filed with yumminess; it transports you to a happy place, filled with joyful memories and positive thoughts. Over half a century ago, Klein’s introduced their first ice cream cone; it was a simple, crispy cone filled with delicious vanilla ice cream. In the 1980’s they reinvented their cones; it was something revolutionary, seemingly ordinary, yet extraordinarily crafted with a unique blend of chocolate, nutty perfection, known as nutty cones. The innovative team of Klein’s scientists are constantly at work, decade after decade, improving flavors and textures as well as inventing new ones to appeal to the palates of all people at all times. After all, the very reason Klein’s ice cream has earned a reputa-

tion as being the absolute best in kosher ice cream is their never-ending pursuit of perfection and their total dedication to the kosher consumers’ needs and wants.  The latest icecream cone line produced – or shall we say, reinvented – by Klein’s is available in a deliciously formulated Cookies ‘n Cream dairy cone and a totally awesome Vanilla/ Chocolate parve cone. Moreover, the cones are now nut-free so they can be enjoyed by children (and adults) who are unable to enjoy Klein’s nutty varieties.  No matter if you just finished a hearty summer BBQ, if it’s time for a midnight snack or any other time, early or late, there is always a perfect Klein’s ice cream cone waiting to brighten your day the way only Klein’s ice cream can.  As always, if you want the best, you want Klein’s. Find it in the freezer section of your local kosher supermarket or grocery today!


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Yeshivat Kol Yaakov Father-Son Baseball Game to Celebrate Siyum on Lamed Tet Melachot

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This past Sunday was a very exciting day for the boys in Yeshivat Kol Yaakov. Their Rebbe, Rebbe Yitzi Kohn, organized a special baseball game in honor of their siyum on the Lamed Tet Melachot of Shabbos. The boys were

very excited to meet their fathers in the park for the annual siyum and play a special game of baseball, fathers versus sons. The boys won 18-4, what a surprise! Everyone enjoyed a fun-filled game and had a breakfast of bagels and

HANC’s Math Olympiad

A record number of students in fourth, fifth and sixth grades at HANC’s Samuel & Elizabeth Bass Golding Elementary School participated in this year’s Math Olympiad under the leadership of Mrs. Karen Spitalnik. The students participated in five practice sessions and five contests throughout the year. The following eight students had scores that earned them a patch from Math Olympiad, a national organization: Leah Frankel,

Adam Speiser, Yael Horowitz, Gaby Lovy, Elan Moskowitz, Eitan Auerbach, Moshe Wieder and Josh Brafman. JoshBrafman not only had the top score in sixth grade, he was also the school’s overall winner. Moshe Wieder was the top scorer in fifth grade and Eli Radinsky was the top scorer in fourth grade. To honor the students for all their hard work, the students were treated to a celebratory breakfast. We are so proud of all our Math Olympians!

cream cheese in the park. The most special part of the entire day was the singing of “Acheinu” that could be heard ringing through the park. We said a few perakim of Tehillim together for the three boys in Eretz Yisroel

who are missing and we hoped in zchus of our Tehillim and siyum they will be found safely soon. This was a wonderful way to end a super year of learning, achdus, and fun!


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New York NCSY and Partners Launch “Virtual Vigil” of Torah Study and Prayer for the Safe Return of Missing Yeshiva Students in Israel Jews across Israel and the world are consumed with worry and fear for the lives of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel, the three boys kidnapped by terrorists in Gush Etzion last week. Since then, the Israel Defense Forces and intelligence establishment has left no stone unturned in their efforts to locate the teens and, with G-d’s help, return them to their parents unharmed. But the staff and teens of New York NCSY, based in the Five Towns, felt they needed to do more. They understood that since its incep-

tion, the Jewish nation, when faced with crisis, has grabbed hold of “the tools of their ancestors,” and appealed to G-d through Torah, tefillah, and ma’asim tovim. To that end, New York NCSY spearheaded an effort to bring together NCSY regions throughout the country, the Orthodox Union’s Department of Community Engagement and Synagogue Services, and in partnership with Bnei Akiva and the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA), to launch a “Virtual Vigil” – an around-the-clock schedule of learning,

prayer, and mitzvot, performed by teens and adults from around the world. Within 24 hours of launching, over 650 people from around the world had signed up to give of their time in creating this Virtual Vigil of kedusha on behalf of these precious teens. It is the hope of all involved that through these earnest efforts in the merit of Gilad Michoel ben Bat Galim, Yaakov Naftali ben Rachel Devorah and Eyal ben Iris Teshura, Hashem will see fit to bring them home safely and quickly. Individuals interested in participat-

ing can go to http://ncsy.org/bring-backboys/ and fill out a simple form to select a day and a 30-minute slot, and identify what activity they are committing to for that time. You can also view a calendar of taken and available times at http://ncsy. org/bring-back-boys/calendar-times/. While it is our deepest desire that this campaign will become unnecessary even as it is launched, it is also our intent to continue this project non-stop until our boys are brought home.

Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls – Class of 2014 Mazel tov to the SKA Class of 2014 honorees! Valedictorian: Chaya Wertman Chaya Wertman spent the summer after 11th grade as an intern in the Einstein School of Medicine researching autism and longevity. The summer after 10th grade, she Chaya Wertman, Valedictorian Raizy Joseph, Salutatorian took a course at Stony Brook suing a career in medicine, particularly University on manipulating DNA. She was the assistant to the genetics. Director of SKA’s annual Production, Valedictorian: Captain of the Science Olympiad Team, Rebecca Kellner Editor in Chief of the Literary Journal, Rebecca Kellner was Editor in Chief and was the SKA Biotechnology Team Project Group Coordinator. Chaya is a of the SKA Newspaper, The Looking winner of the Tanach (Bible) Award and Glass, which won a Columbia Scholasthe Midot Award for her fine character; tic Press Association Silver Medal. She she is a school leader who impresses spent three weeks at the University of with her modesty and poise. Chaya Pennsylvania’s Summer Academy in is a member of the Torah Bowl Team, Applied Science and Technology proMath Team, Debate Team, is an SKA gram and participated in Barnard ColAdmissions Ambassador to incoming lege’s pre-college summer program freshmen, participates in E2K Math and studying architecture. Rebecca founded Science enrichment, is on the Modesty a monthly online Art Journal, The SKA Awareness Committee and a contributor Sketchbook, collaborating with memto SKAppenings, SKA’s online publi- bers of the SKA Art Academy. She also cation. She has coordinated a rotating initiated a school-wide Women in Techgroup of her fellow students to visit nology Club. Rebecca was a Head of weekly with developmentally disabled the First Place National NCSY Jewish residents of two local group homes. Leadership Mentoring Program (JUMP) She is an Ohel mentor to a young girl Team. She was chosen to participate and a weekly shadow for a youngster at in The Jewish Week’s Israel Advocacy Kulanu. A certified lifeguard, she has Write On for Israel program and has worked on the waterfront at Camp Kay- been an active member of NORPAC. lie. Chaya will be attending Michlala in Rebecca participated in an NCSY outJerusalem, Israel, next year and then the reach trip in Berlin to engage young S. Daniel Abraham Honors program at unaffiliated Jewish women there. She Stern College and is interested in pur- is a member of both the Science Olym-

fun for boys from the local Ohel/Bais Ezra group home. Raizy was very involved in both MACS and BLACout to help develop the spiritual growth of her peers through the promotion of modesty and the Jewish laws of reciting blessings, respectively. She was a Kulanu volunteer for children with Rebecca Kellner, Valedictorian Aviva Sadigh, Keter Shem Tov Awardee special needs and a participiad Team and the SKA Art Academy, pant on Yad b’Yad, traveling as well as the Math team, Model Con- throughout Israel with adults who have gress, Debate Team and the SKA an- developmental disabilities. She will be nual Production. She has volunteered attending Shaalavim in Jerusalem, Iswith Kulanu and traveled to Israel with rael, next year and then the S. Daniel Yad b’Yad, assisting group members Abraham Honors Program at Stern Colwho have developmental disabilities. lege. Rebecca will be attending Midreshet Mevaseret Yerushalayim in Jerusalem, Keter Shem Tov Awardee: Israel, next year and then pursuing a caAviva Sadigh reer in engineering at the University of Aviva Sadigh, SKA’s peer-voted Pennsylvania. Keter Shem Tov Awardee, is a two time winner of the Middot Award for her outSalutatorian: standing character. She was an SKA Raizy Joseph Production Choir Head, a contributor Raizy Joseph was Production Man- to the Yom Tov Press, a tutor to young ager, Editor of the weekly Parsha Press, students and a member of MACS, a stuand one of the heads of the First Place dent organization dedicated to promotNational JUMP Team. She helped plan, ing modesty awareness. Aviva will be organize and implement a school-wide attending Shaalavim in Jerusalem next day of learning in memory of the vic- year and then Queens College. tims of Sandy Hook and then a day of

Bayswater Eruv Alert Please be advised that the Bayswater eruv does not include the grassy area on the water side of Norton Drive, the bird sanctuary at the end of Mott Avenue, or the park on Bay 32nd

Street. Please make sure your children are well aware of this as well. A detailed map of the eruv is being drawn up and will be sent out to the community in the coming weeks.


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Community Shulamith Lauds Yael Torczyner as Salutatorian

Yael Torczyner is a West Hempstead resident and attends Shulamith School for Girls. She is deeply devoted to her community and serves as a group leader at the Young Israel of West Hempstead’s ECC minyan, as well as an umpire in the West Hempstead shuls ‘little league. Yael enjoys spending time working on art and was the Layout Editor for the yearbook. Yael has also been accepted to the Art Academy at SKA, which she will

be attending in the fall. During her time in Shulamith School for Girls, Yael has acquired many accolades including winning third place in the Inter-Yeshiva HALB Science Fair in 2014.Yael has also had the highest individual score in Math Olympiad for three years in a row. In addition, she was also on the Shulamith Torah Bowl team this year. Yael feels honored to have been named Salutatorian for the Shulamith School for Girls Class of 2014.

Simply Tsfat Performs on the Long Beach Boardwalk on July 6

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Naomi Nachman to Host Radio Show Live in Gourmet Glatt Naomi Nachman, TJH’s food columnist, will be hosting her radio show, “Table For Two,” on the  Nachum Segal Network next Friday, June 27th from 9am-1030am live from Gourmet Glatt.  Guest will be Elan Kornblum from Great Kosher Restaurant Magazine, Food Bloggers Melinda Strauss

from Kitchen-Tested.com and Chanie Apfelbaum from BusyInBrooklyn.com as well as Jay Buchsbaum from Royal Wines.  The show is sponsored by Abeles and Heymann Hot Dogs and hosted by Gourmet Glatt. Come by for cooking demos, giveaways and wine tastings.

The City of Long Beach, New York, will kick-off its 2014 Annual Summer Concert Series on the Boardwalk with the music of Simply Tsfat, Chassidic musicians from the Breslev community in Tsfat, Israel.  A town located in the northern Galilee, Tsfat is famous for its mountain air and Jewish mysticism. The concert is being presented in conjunction with the Young Israel of Long Beach.  The concert will take place on the Boardwalk and Long Beach Boulevard on Sunday night, July 6th, 2014 at 7:00 PM.  This event will serves as a welcome to the many families who come to Long Beach to enjoy their summer vacations.  It is the just one on the many activities and special events being planned at the Young Israel this summer. Simply Tsfat fuses together heaven and earth through music.  Stories, personal anecdotes and Chassidic teachings are interwoven with powerful lyrics and

enchanting music inherited from an authentic tradition handed down from the time of Rebbe Nachman.   Acoustic guitarist/vocalist Elyahu Reiter, violinist Yehonason Lipshutz, and classical guitarist Yonatan Tzarum join forces to present an evening of Breslev Chassidic music, storytelling and teachings of Rebbe Nachman.  After receiving degrees from Tufts and Stanford Universities, Reiter moved to Israel to delve deeper into the Torah. Also a university graduate, Lipshutz moved to Tsfat with his family two weeks before the Gulf war.  Israeli-born Tzarum learned classical flamenco guitar from his father.   Simply Tsfat conveys a deep love of chassidic life and its music.  Their style is warm and intimate, drawing listeners into the air of Tsfat and a living Chassidic tradition.


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Madraigos Annual Breakfast Highlights its Vital Work for the Community The beautiful home of Channah and David Bugayer was the filled Sunday morning, June 15th, with friends and supporters of Madraigos for the An-

Rabbi Dov Silver, David Bugayer, Rabbi Josh Zern

stressed the importance of having a place in the community for young people to turn to for unconditional acceptance, guidance and support. Rabbi Weinberger praised Madraigos for its efforts in meeting these needs and he gave the organization a bracha for even greater siyata dishmaya and continued hatzlacha. Rabbi Dov Silver, Founder and Executive V.P. of Madraigos, extended warm words of praise and appreciation to Mr. and Mrs. Bugayer for their gracious hospitality in making this year’s event enjoyable, meaningful, and successful in every way. Rabbi Silver remarked that “the existence and growth of Madraigos is a result of sincere, committed friends like the Bugayers.” He added, “I am

touched by their genuine sensitivity to the special needs of our teens and young adults and I am deeply humbled by their warmth and dedication.” To the credit of Mr. and Mrs. Bugayer and the devoted members of the event commitRabbi Dov Silver,  Rabbi Josh Zern, David Bugayer, Rabbi Moshe Weinberger tee, Madraigos was introduced to many and enthusiasm for its work is predicated new friends, from both the Five Towns not only on its unbelievable growth and and surrounding communities. “It was development as an organization, but on my goal to spread awareness and raise its remarkable success in achieving its funds for Madraigos, a dynamic organi- unique mission.” zation,” said Mr. Bugayer. “My support “We are thrilled with the wonderful

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The Ganger Early Childhood Division of Torah Academy for Girls Presents a Celebration of Inspiration To culminate a full year of learning, TAG’s pre-1A students celebrated their graduation from the Ganger Early Childhood Division by presenting a beautiful and meaningful performance for parents and grandparents. From the moment that all six classes entered the spacious new TAG gym in their floral headpieces and clad in an array of colorful shirts emblazoned with their theme, Turn OnThe Power, they enthralled the audience of adoring fans. Song after song, along with synchronized hand and feet motions, the girls transmitted their uplifting message of the power of tefilah, the power of achdus and the power of recognizing that Hashem is truly part of their lives. Each talmida received a beautiful Tehillim with her name engraved on the cover as a memento of this auspicious occasion. The girls all know and understand several kapitluch of Tehillim which they recited with great feeling. Thanks to the many parents and grandparents who sponsored the purchase of

the sifrei Tehillim. A tremendous amount of time and effort goes into the production. TAG would like to thank Mrs. Karen Daitchman, who produced and directed the choral portion of the performance, along with Mrs. Sima Gefen, who teaches the girls dance and movement throughout the year and who is such an integral part of our preschool. Special thanks to Mrs. Tzippy Rhodes who provided the beautiful banner and to TAG’s Director of Operations, Mr. Yaakov Berger, and his crew for their assistance in handling all the technical aspects of this special event. The Ganger Early Childhood Division of TAG is under the capable direction of Mrs. Miriam Tikotzky who deserves recognition for all that she

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does for the talmidos the entire year. Likewise, her amazing, efficient right hand assistant, Mrs. Susie Goldfeder, helps make everything run smoothly. Of course, it is our own amazing Pre-1A moros and assistants who deserve praise

for a job well done throughout the year and for properly preparing their talmidos to enter the big world of first grade on the second floor of the building. Mazel tov to all the Pre-1A talmidos and their families.


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MAY Class of 2018 Orientation Dinner Mesivta Ateres Yaakov’s graduation class of 2018 had their first official MAY activity last Thursday evening. At the annual Freshmen Orientation Dinner, the incoming freshman met each other, their rebbeim, and the hanhalah of the yeshiva, and had their first taste of the tremendous achdus and camaraderie enjoyed by their more senior schoolmates. Rabbi Mordechai Yaffe, menahel, opened the program explaining the difference between elementary school and high school and the expectations of Mesivta bochurim. He reminded the boys that regardless of which one of the 13 different elementary schools they represented, they were now Mesivta Ateres Yaakov talmidim. Students also heard from general studies principal, Rabbi Sam Rudansky, who gave an overview of the general studies department, from Rabbi Yossi Bennett, assistant menahel/

principal, who discussed the myriad extracurricular activities available at the Mesivta and the Mesivta’s focus on college readiness, and from Rabbi Yehuda Horowitz, mashgiach ruchani, who addressed the primacy of limud haTorah at the Mesivta and the focus on growth in Torah and Yiras Shomayim. Representatives of the Mesivta Student Government were in attendance and, as well, addressed the incoming talmidim. Rabbi Yaffe remarked, “We believe that it is healthy for the incoming freshman class to get together to meet each other now, before the new year starts with all of its hectic new experiences. In this way, they become accustomed from the outset to the fact that MAY talmidim are one cohesive unit. The orientation dinner was a great start and I was exceedingly impressed with the great middos of our entering students. I expect that this cohort will

distinguish themselves in our yeshiva, and be sources of pride to their families and Klal Yisrael.” As a component to this inaugural event for the class of 2018, Rabbi Tsvi Greenfield, the Mesivta’s new Director of Student Activities, directed a team-building activity to engender camaraderie among the new class. Boys were arbitrarily split up into groups and given a bag of random items with which they were tasked to build one of the keilim of the Bais HaMikdash. The creativity soared, the competition mounted, and new friendships were built. The menorah, shulchan and the mizbeiach were just some of the projects that were completed

within the 10 minute timeline. Winners will receive free breakfast the first two days of Yeshiva next z’man. Concluding the program, pictures were taken of each student with the Menahel as they received their summer assignments in both leimudei kodesh and leimudei chol and wished each other a good summer.

OHEL Omni Golf Classic 2014 10 Years and Going Strong! The 140+ golfers who came to show support for OHEL at their 10th Annual Golf Classic could not have asked for a better day. The sun was shining, and the sold out crowd arrived at the beautiful Fresh Meadow Country Club ready to play a great day of golf, enjoy delicious food, and have the chance to win incredible raffle prizes, all while benefitting the children and families of OHEL. A special thank you goes to Jerry

Weissman of Omni Managed Health for being the OHEL Omni Golf Sponsor. Jerry has been a longtime friend and supporter of OHEL and has participated in countless golf events in Long Island and Florida to benefit OHEL’s children.   Special recognition goes to both Jenny and Michael Rosenberg from Hawke and Co. for sponsoring golf vests for every player in honor of the 10th anniversary, as well as Marc Herskowitz

Taanug Presents: Cereal with a Twist What’s a morning without a traditional box of Taanug cereal? For decades, Jewish families the world over have enjoyed the popular bowls of crispy cereals every morning. Heaps of family memories were created while crunching away on the favored morning fare. But breakfast—and lunch and snack—now go further than the standard bowl of cereal and milk. Taanug is thrilled to introduce their latest great product: Cereal Bars. The cereals you’ve always loved are now available in individually wrapped bars, packed six in a box. They’re tasty, they’re convenient, and they have the traditional Taa-

nug flavor you grew up on. Taanug Cereal Bars are the ideal solution for those who are always in a hurry. You get the energy and fiber you need in a neat and delicious bar. Choose between the three excellent flavors— Cranberry Date, Nutty, and Apple Cinnamon—and enjoy the great crunch as a quick meal or snack. When you’re rubbing your bleary eyes in the morning and rushing to leave the house on time, grab a bar or two on your way out. Breakfast is not something you could afford to skip. Get the boost of energy you need to start your day right. You’ll be grateful you did.

Rabbi Heshy Billet of the Young Israel of Woodmere, with OHEL Golf Chairs Jeffrey Schwartz, Jonathan Marks, Michelle Sulzberger, Izzy Kaufman, and Ben Englander, with Robert Katz, OHEL’s Chief Development Officer

of Infinity Land Services who sponsored Ray-Ban sunglasses for every player.    Thanks to Ben Englander, Izzy Kaufman, Jonathan Marks, Jeffrey Schwartz, and Michelle Sulzberger, OHEL’s Golf Chairs who all brought friends and sponsors to the Golf Classic. A special thank you as well to all of them for ten strong years and counting as Committee Chairpersons.   Congratulations to the winning foursome, which was comprised of Jason Cury, Yakov Horowitz, Jimmy Hynes and Ric Weinstein. Congratulations to the second place foursome, which was comprised of Scott Sulzberger, Matt Nullet, Harry Nullet, and Michael Schreiber.  During the dinner, guests were treated to a special appearance by OHEL foster parents Shoshana and Yossi Cohan, who

shared with the audience their journey through OHEL’s foster care program, which ultimately led to the finalization of the adoption of their baby boy a few months ago. His bris actually took place the very next day. They encouraged all to help OHEL’s foster care program and sponsor a child. For more information about OHEL and their many services which you can benefit from, please contact OHEL today at 1-800-603-OHEL, or visit www.ohelfamily.org. Since 1969, OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services has served as a dependable haven of individual and family support, helping people of all ages effectively manage disability, surmount everyday challenges, heal from trauma, and manage with strength and dignity during times of crises.


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Yeshiva Darchei Torah’s eighth grade rafted down the Lehigh River in the Poconos on their graduation trip

Yeshiva Gedolah of the Five Towns’ Annual Breakfast On Sunday, June 22, Yeshiva Gedolah of the Five Towns will be hosting its 12th Annual Breakfast, recognizing some of its dearest friends. David Aidelson will be receiving the Kesser Torah Award, Dani Lilker will be awarded the Yedid Hatorah Award, and Meir Resnick will be recognized with the Amud Hatorah Award. After years of hospitality from the Young Israel of Woodmere, which had graciously hosted the breakfast for over a decade, the Yeshiva takes additional pride in establishing its new home as the location for this event. Arriving on the heels of the emotional festivities surrounding the Chanukas Habayis just a few short months ago, the breakfast will provide a momentary pause to consider what the Yeshiva’s powerful influence means to our community. The spiritual peaks attained on a Shavuos night, learning b’chavrusa in the expansive beis medrash or at a Yomim Noraim tefillah, punctuated by the Kol Tefillah of the Roshei Yeshiva, can only be achieved due to the consistent, unwavering support the community has invested in its yeshiva and the yeshivaleit have reciprocated to the community. When Yeshiva Gedolah opened the doors of its humble beis medrash to less than 20 bochurim over 12 years ago, the objectives of its chashuve Roshei Yeshiva, Rav Yitzchak Knobel, shlita, and Rav Moshe Zev Katzenstein, shlita, were rather grand. Plant an institution which can serve as an example of Torah, yiras shamayim and midos tovos to take root in the heart of the Five Towns community. And, as the community has flourished around it, the Yeshiva has blossomed into a model of for the entire olam haTorah to admire. But the story is not complete. Indeed, the Yeshiva continues to grow and ex-

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pand its role in the lives of the bochurim, kollel yungermen and Baal Habatim who choose to seek spiritual nourishment from it. This critical ongoing responsibility the Yeshiva fulfills requires the continued time and investment from the community. It is in that spirit that the Yeshiva requests your presence in recognizing its special honorees at this upcoming event. Kesser Shem Tov David Aidelson is a shining example of what it means to be a partner in Torah. Over the years, he has taken full advantage of the opportunities a local yeshiva affords by finding time in his busy professional and communal schedule to learn at nights in the Yeshiva, where he spends many hours learning with his chavrusa, Rabbi Shalom Yaakov Jakubowitz. In addition to his learning, he has served as a president of Congregation Aish Kodesh and sits on the boards of Yeshiva Ketana of Long Island, Madraigos and the Advisory Board of the Yeshiva Gedolah of the Five Towns. David grew up in Woodmere and attended HAFTR high School. He received a BA degree from Yeshiva University in Political Science and then received a Law Degree from NYU. He started working at Davis Polk & Wardwell, and has been an attorney with JPMorgan Chase since 1998, where he is the Global Head of the Equities Practice Group. His wife, Debbie, grew up in Queens, attended Stern College, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. She is currently working as an actuary at AIG. She has served as the president of the Aish Kodesh Sisterhood. The tradition of Torah has been passed down for generations from both

David’s and Debbie’s parents. David’s father, who was a survivor of the Holocaust, was a rabbi in North Woodmere for many years, and Debbie’s father was a rabbi on Long Island. They inspired them to continue in the derech of Torah and mitzvos. They are blessed, bli ayin hara, with a beautiful family, and have a daughter who is married and lives in Beitar in Israel, with one grandchild. Amud Hatorah Meir Resnick and his wife Devorah are members of Congregation Bais Medrash of Cedarhurst (the Shteibel) where Meir learns daily at Rabbi Dovid Speigel, shlita’s, daf yomi shiur. When not serving as General Manager of Auto Salvage Alliance, Meir is strongly committed to the Yeshiva Gedolah where he actively learns with his chavrusa, Rabbi Shalom Yaakov Jakubowitz. There, he works diligently to bring the limud and ahavas haTorah, found within the Yeshiva, home with him daily. Blessed with a strong kesher with Rebbetzin Katzenstein, Devorah has become a force of chizuk and enthusiasm to kallahs and many other worthy causes.  Together, Devorah and Meir are both devoted to serving the community. Most importantly, the Resnicks are raising their children, Dina, Kayla, Simcha, Zevi and Aharon, with the strong Torah values and a kesher to the Yeshiva family that they hold dear. Yedid Hatorah Dani Lilker is a native of Woodmere with family roots in the community for over thirty years. After learning in Eretz Yisroel, he received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Yeshiva University and later a Master’s degree in real estate

finance from NYU’s Shack Institute of Real Estate. Dani is a Senior Analyst for Jones Lang LaSalle, a global real estate service company. In his heart, however, Dani has never left the walls of the Yeshiva. You will find him at various shiurim given throughout the week or learning in the beis medrash with his daily chavrusa. He is always ready to help the Yeshiva, whether it is setting up the Kiddush on Shabbos or helping with the Yeshiva’s move to the new building. Dani feels very fortunate to learn Torah in an environment filled with kedusha and ahavas haTorah that is to be found within the confines of the Yeshiva Gedolah. Dani could not maintain such a demanding schedule without the support of his wife, Ahuva. She is personally involved in Jewish education and chesed in the community serving as a Speech Pathologist for students at the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway. Of paramount importance is the Lilkers’ desire to raise their children in the Torah tradition that has been passed down from their parents and grandparents. Dani’s parents, specifically his father Bruce Lilker, have been instrumental over the years in the establishment of the Yeshiva in the community. Most recently, Bruce’s engineering firm helped the Yeshiva erect its beautiful new edifice. It is our hope to greet you personally at the upcoming breakfast on June 22nd at 9:15 so we can collectively show our appreciation for the efforts of the Yeshiva and the Roshei Yeshiva for implanting this makom Torah in our lives and admiration for the accomplishments of this special slate of honorees.


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HANC Students Awarded West Hempstead Community Scholarship On Thursday evening, May 22, three HANC students were awarded the West Hempstead Community Scholarship. The scholarship, which was established in 1970, is open to students of the West Hempstead and Island Park communities. The West Hempstead Community Scholarship Fund is administered by a Board of Trustees and overseen by local residents who seek to promote the education of students in their community. After a very selective application and interview process, seniors Ariel Golshan, Bassy Kimelfeld and

Alex Sachs were selected to receive three out of the six scholarships awarded. Presenting the awards to our stu-

dents at a beautiful awards dinner at Pompei Restaurant in West Hempstead were HANC Judaic studies faculty

members, Rabbi Eliyahu Alpert and Rabbi Joshua Goller, and Director of College Guidance, Ms. Karen Sheff. The program began with opening remarks from Mr. Thomas Kemnizer, president of the WHCSF, followed by an invocation given by Rabbi Goller, who also serves as the assistant rabbi at the Young Israel of West Hempstead. Also in attendance were principal Rabbi Shlomo Adelman and assistant principal Ms. Tziporah Zucker, as well as many dignitaries from the West Hempstead community.

Gan Chamesh Culminates the Year with an Exciting Builders’ Graduation Parade Gan Chamesh, Chabad’s Early Childhood Center, celebrated graduation with a fun-filled and meaningful Builders’ Graduation Parade. The parade incorporated two concepts that

were staples of the Gan Chamesh curriculum this year. The implementation of Gan Chamesh’s S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program has introduced a focus on engineering that is a large component of the children’s block play. Using hollow blocks, the students have mastered concepts in engineering and math as they built, balanced, planned, measured and conceptualized magnificent structures throughout the year. The children’s block play enabled them to understand another more esoteric concept that was stressed throughout the year – the concept of building the future Beis Hamikdash one brick at a time. The children understand that

each mitzvah they do is like a virtual brick that they are adding to the Beis Hamikdash. The Builders’ Graduation Parade incorporated the components of the S.T.E.M. program while celebrating the mitzvos the children do and the roles those mitzvos play in the building of the future Beis Hamikdash. The parade centered around a magnificent model of the Beis Hamikdash. The model was surrounded by the hollow blocks that were so instrumental to the S.T.E.M. program this year. The children marched to the music of Gary Wallin, attired in Gan Chamesh shirts and yellow construction hats. Each child held a block onto which their favorite mitzvah had been printed. As the children marched around the Beis Hamikdash, they stacked their blocks on the hollow blocks surrounding the Beis Hamikdash. The little architects really

understood the concept of the mitzvos they do paving the way for the construction of the future Beis Hamikdash Despite the wet weather, the Graduation Parade was a huge success. We thank the families and friends that came to celebrate with us, the local Police Department, the Auxiliary Police Department, the Village of Cedarhurst, Gary Wallin, Binyamin Wallin, Tzvi Adler and Hana Adler for all their hard work. A huge mazel tov to all of the little graduates! Gan Chamesh’s Early Childhood Center is under the auspices of Chabad of the Five Towns, headed by Rabbi Zalman and Chani Wolowik. If you would like any information on Gan Chamesh, Chabad’s Early Childhood Center, please contact Susy Adler or Suzanne Wallin, the program directors, at (516) 295-2479.


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Yeshiva Darchei Torah’s winning science team: Left to right: Dovid Appelbaum, Yosef Schulhof, Yehoshua Keilson, Joel Javitt of the Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education (CIJE), the sponsor of the competition; Dr. Don Engelberg, project coach; Daniel Pinchos Fox and Eliezer Lowinger. Not pictured: Simcha Mann.

The eighth grade of Yeshiva Darchei Torah won first place at the SET3 (SETcubed) science competition, a yearlong, advanced contest which was sponsored by the Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education. The other participating schools were SAR Academy, HAFTR, Yeshivat Noam, Solomon Schechter of Queens, Yeshiva of Central Queens, Hillel Yeshiva and Yeshiva Toras Chaim of South Shore. This was the second time

in three years that Yeshiva Darchei Torah has won this competition. The SET3 project focuses on the application of engineering principles to a real-life situation. The project included experimentation, writing complex lab reports, PowerPoint presentations and prototype development. This year’s challenge was to create a retractable cargo transport system connecting two mountains which would not interfere with

L-R: Dr. Don Engelberg, Dovid Applebaum, Daniel Pinchos Fox, Simcha Mann, Yehoshua Keilson, Yosef Schulhof and Rabbi Dr. Yitzchak Goldberg. Not pictured: Eliezer Lowinger. Visible at right: the project under construction.

flights taking off from a nearby airport and flying through the valley between the mountains.  The Yeshiva Darchei Torah students built a model, presented the details of the project in a PowerPoint presentation, explained the experiments they performed, reported their findings in an organized and lucid fashion – utilizing graphs and diagrams – and gained a tremendous amount of knowledge about engineering and teamwork.   

A big yasher koach is due to the students’ coach, Dr. Don Engelberg, a physics instructor in Mesivta Chaim Shlomo, and to the students on the team: Dovid Appelbaum, Daniel Pinchos Fox, Yehoshua Keilson, Eliezer Lowinger, Simcha Mann and Yosef Schulhof. Their commitment and dedication was evident throughout the process and their presentation on the day of the competition was nothing less than magnificent.

Ramat Givat Zev Approved for Immediate Construction Good news: the upscale Ramat Givat Zeev neighborhood just north of Jerusalem has been approved for immediate construction, after efforts were made by the members of the Jewish Home party and MK Rabbi Meir Porush. The efforts were spearheaded by MK Ayelet Shaked. The neighborhood will consist of 380 housing units for the Orthodox community, of which 200 units are designated for new olim from the United States, and 180 units are for Orthodox Israeli families. The Ramat Givat Zeev neighborhood is located on private land and is being successfully marketed by Chish Nofei Israel, owned by Chanoch Kass. As part of construction approvals issued recently in the Jerusalem envelope area, the developers wanted to make sure that this neighborhood was included. The developers, as well as representatives from the residents abroad and in Israel, held a meeting with MK Ayelet Shaked and demanded that she work to ensure that no delay in the construction would ensue. Ms. Shaked was very attentive and promised to do whatever she could on the issue. Indeed, she convened the members of her party, Ministers Naftali Bennett and Uri Ariel, as well as Mrs. Orit Struk,

this neighborhood. Ramat Givat Zeev is the flagship project of Chish Nofei Israel, a leader in the real estate market with a solid record of creating housing solutions for the religious community in Israel. The neighborhood offers a range of residential options: there are some 150 private homes, and around 250 spacious, luxurious apartments. The neighborhood has generated a lot of interest both in America and in Israel as the perfect solution for new olim and their families.

Packing for Camp? and they decided to send an urgent appeal to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The representatives asked to make sure, among other things, that there would be no delay in the construction of Ramat Givat Zeev, being that it is private property, where construction cannot be held up, and that the buyers are Orthodox American families waiting for the houses to be able to make aliyah. “Imagine what a fuss it would make in the world if it would become known that American olim are being held up from coming to Israel and living in their new homes be-

cause the Israeli government is trying to delay the construction.” The prime minister was convinced by these claims and instructed that the issue be removed from the agenda and that the construction of 1,500 units in the Jerusalem envelope area, including Beitar Illit and other cities, continue unimpeded. The developers, headed by Chanoch Kass, the CEO and owner of Chish Nofei Israel, warmly thanked Ms. Shaked, Ministers Ariel and Bennett, and Mrs. Struck for their efforts to resolve the issue rapidly by removing the freeze on

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n the entire biblical narrative of the sojourn of the Jewish people in the desert of Sinai, the tribe of Levi is not mentioned as being a participant in any of the rebellions and mutinies of the Jewish people against G-d and Moshe. The tribe of Levi stood firm in its faith and loyalty during the disaster of the Golden Calf and rallied to the side of Moshe to stem that tide of idolatry.  In the complaints mounted against Moshe and G-d about water and food, the tribe of Levi is not to be found. The tribe of Levi did not participate in the mission of the spies and explorers of the Land of Israel and there is opinion that it was not included in the decree that that generation would die in the desert and never see the Land of Israel. Yet this seemingly impeccable record is tarnished by the events described in this week’s parsha.  Here, apparently, the tribe of Levi, through Korach and his supporters, are the leaders of a very serious rebellion against the authority of Moshe. Moshe

himself is a Levite and when he criticizes the behavior of the tribe of Levi – “Is it not enough for you to be the chosen servants of the L-rd in your Levite sta-

power of ego. The Great War of 1914-18 was in a great measure caused and driven by the egotistical whims of some of the main monarchs of Europe who were

ONE CANNOT BE WITHOUT EGO AND SELF-PRIDE YET THESE ATTRIBUTES MUST BE TEMPERED BY PERSPECTIVE, LOGIC AND A SENSE OF LOYALTY AND OBEDIENCE TO THE WORD OF G-D. tus that you must insist that you will also be the priestly class of Israel?!” he certainly does so with heavy heart and great bitterness. In effect he is demanding to know what happened to turn the holy tribe of Levi into a rebellious group whose punishment would be their being swallowed up by the earth.  One of my favorite truisms in life is that one is never to underestimate the

then in power. The Talmud records for us that the evil but potentially great King of Israel, Yeravam ben Nvat, was offered by G-d, so to speak, to stroll in Paradise alongside King David and G-d Himself, again, so to speak.  The Talmud tells us that Yeravam refused the offer because King David would have preference of place over him on that walk in Heaven. The message

and moral that the Talmud means to convey with this story is how dangerous and tragic an inflated ego can be to one’s self and, if one is in a position of leadership and authority, it may affect others as well.  Korach and the tribe of Levi fall victim to their inflated egos. Their sense of self is now far from reality and responsibility. One cannot be without ego and self-pride. Yet these attributes must be tempered by perspective, logic and a sense of loyalty and obedience to the word of G-d. That, in my opinion. is the basic lesson of this week’s parsha.   Moshe’s overriding sense of modesty diminishes the drive of his own ego and he is able to say, “Would that all of G-d’s congregation could join me as prophets.” Korach, consumed by his unjustly inflated ego, destroys himself and many others in his quest for positions that do not belong to him nor is he worthy of having. Shabbat shalom.


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e’ve probably all seen little toddlers playing with keys. They could be real, jinglym metal keys, or large, clackety, plastic keys, but they seem to like keys. As they grow up, some children still like keys. Often, boys of a certain age, perhaps ten or eleven years old, look at keys as a sign of greatness. Whether it’s power, importance, control, responsibility, or trust, some kids love to walk around with bunches of keys, often clipped onto their belts, and they have a key for everything from their house from their bike to the suitcase they used last summer when they went to visit Zaydie. They feel very connected to their keys and the keys are a piece of their identities. I never realized just how much a part of our culture this was until a Chasidic fellow from Israel who was visiting to collect money asked me, “Are you very important?” Seeing that I was taken aback by this unusual question, he clarified in his halting, limited English, “You have much keys.” My initial reaction was to respond that I didn’t have many keys at all! I have my house key and a car key on my ring, plus a few supermarket loyalty cards. Did I really have “much” keys? I assured him I wasn’t really important, gave him a donation, and that was that. Awkward situation avoided. This event has remained with me, in my memory, as if it just happened. Perhaps he was looking for a larger donation and wanted to get on my good side by mentioning that as I took my keys out of my pocket to open my door, I looked like an important fellow. Personally, I felt the whole idea of having keys making you important was a ridiculous and preposterous one. On a deeper level, though, it’s absolutely correct. What does a key symbolize? It declares that the holder of it is trustworthy enough to guard something that is so precious it needs to be locked away. The more keys one has, the more places he is trusted. If a person is so trusted, he must be important to the people who rely on him to keep their valuable items safe. Forget the aspect of having physi-

You Have Much Keys cal keys. I recall some kids who would pick up keys from the street or add multiple copies of the same key just to have more keys on their ring. But we all have been entrusted with keys by G-d, and that’s what we need to think about. The Gemara in Taanis 2a-b relates that there are three keys that Hashem

ting your kids up for school some days may seem like it,) but you can revive someone’s spirit by offering her a smile and a kind word. Maybe saying, “It’s so nice to see you again!” to a fellow who looks lonely qualifies as your techiyas ha’maisim. You may not control the rain, which

I AM IMPORTANT BECAUSE ONLY I CAN USE THE KEYS ENTRUSTED TO ME. does not give to human beings for long or at the same time. Those are the keys to bearing children, rain, and reviving the dead. Though certain prophets had some of these “keys” at specific times, none were entrusted with all of them all the time. However, when they were given these keys, they were to use them wisely, properly, and for the good of Mankind. You may not be able to revive the dead (though get-

is linked to parnassa, but you can try to help someone who needs a job. Maybe you can write résumés and can give them some pointers, or simply have them in mind in your prayers. There are other keys, too, with which we have been entrusted. These are the talents, abilities, and gifts that Hashem has bestowed upon us to be used for a purpose. We are not given greatness for personal gain, but to fulfill the Torah and mitzvos and be a productive member of society. The fellow was right. I have “much” keys. I am important because only I can use the keys entrusted to me. This is the same importance that each of us has.

Rabbi Jonathan Gewirtz

We’ve each been given keys, and doors and locks to which they go, in order to fulfill some mission in G-d’s Creation. You are important, and you, too, have “much” keys. So go out and see just how many doors you can open when you use the gifts Hashem has given you. Rabbi Gewirtz says, “Have you read my book?!” Look for, “The Observant Jew,” a thesaurus of some of his best essays and insights, distributed by Feldheim, in your favorite Jewish bookstore! (Thesaurus here is used to mean treasury or repository. Yes, there IS another word for thesaurus.) J Jonathan Gewirtz is an inspirational writer and speaker whose work has appeared in publications around the world. He also operates JewishSpeechWriter.com, where you can order a custom-made speech for your next special occasion. For more information, or to sign up for or sponsor the Migdal Ohr, his weekly PDF Dvar Torah in English, e-mail info@JewishSpeechWriter.com and put Subscribe or Sponsor in the subject. © 2014 by Jonathan Gewirtz. All rights reserved.

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Susan Schwamm

PRAYER AND HOPE for the Three Captured Teens

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n Thursday evening, three teenagers disappeared on their way home from yeshiva. They were hitchhiking, or tremping, at a hitchhiking stop in Gush Etzion, south of Jerusalem, when they fell into terrorists’ hands. The capture of Naphtali Frenkel, 16, Gil-Ad Shaer, 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19, has thrown the Jewish State into a state of dread and hopefulness as the army is scrambling to locate and free the boys and Jews worldwide are praying fervently for their safety and release. Naphtali is a dual Israeli-American citizen from Nof Ayalon near Modi’in, Gil-Ad is from the settlement of Talmon, and Eyal is from Elad near Petah Tikva. Naphtali’s grandparents moved to Israel from the Flatbush neighborhood in Brooklyn in 1956. He was born and raised in Israel and visited the United States many times since his youth. HAMAS’ ROLE On Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Ne-

tanyahu announced that Israel knew “for a fact” that Hamas was behind the kidnappings. Even so, he stated that he holds the Palestinian Authority responsible for their capture, citing the marriage between Hamas and Fatah earlier this month in the Palestinian government. “Israel warned the international community about the dangers of endorsing the Fatah-Hamas unity pact,” Mr. Netanyahu said. “The dangers of that pact should now be abundantly clear to all.” “This [pact] will not advance peace; it will advance terror,” he thundered. But even though Israel is positive about who is behind the attack, as of this writing, the boys are still in terrorists’ hands. Since Thursday evening, at least 150 Palestinians have been arrested, including many Hamas leaders, and thousands of troops have been sent to the area to search for the teens. On Monday, Israel vowed to deal a crushing blow to Hamas’ infrastructure in the West Bank. The prime minister reiterated that Israel is doing all that is possible to locate

the boys, even though the public may not see the immediate results of the IDF’s intense military operation. “We must be prepared that this will take time,” he told the nation. He also warned the world that the State will not stand by when its citizens are targeted, and he threatened anyone who attempts to harm Israeli citizens. On Monday, Netanyahu said he held Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas responsible for the kidnapping as well as Hamas. In a rare telephone conversation, the Israeli leader said that he expects assistance from Abbas in getting back Naphtali Frenkel, Gil-Ad Shaer and Eyal Yifrach. In the conversation, he pointed out that the Hamas-Fatah pact is bad for Israel, bad for the Palestinians, and bad for the region. The exchange came as Abbas issued his first condemnation of the kidnapping, days after it took place, and in doing so, condemned Israeli military action over the past few days. But the


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PALESTINIANS CELEBRATE After news of the kidnapping reached Palestinians, many broke out in celebration. In the past, terrorist acts like kidnappings by Hamas have garnered support for the terrorist organization by Palestinians. But in Hebron, residents are subjected to a curfew by the Israelis, and one hopes that this will curtail their support for Hamas. Will they still see them as heroes or will they see them as those who are impeding their road to livelihood is the question. An extended curfew can mean economic disaster for some residents. Israelis are hoping that the latter will be true. Even though Netanyahu has declared that Hamas is behind the kidnapping, Hamas leaders have stated that they have no information about the attack. Additionally, the kidnappers have not asked to trade prisoners for the captives—they have not approached anyone—in Israel or in the PA—to negotiate their release. Even Egypt, long considered a negotiator between the Israelis and Hamas, has not heard word. A lack of communication makes it unsettling for the Israeli public who at least want to hear that the three boys are alive.

own. Precious time was lost in searching for the captives, but police said that they receive many false reports of kidnappings on a daily basis. Additionally, the officer who took the call was referred to by a Channel 2 report as “a young, inexperienced” policeman.

TREMPING Tremping, or hitchhiking, in Israel is generally a more convenient and cheaper way to travel the land. It has long been a phenomenon in Israel, points out Professor Gad Yair, a sociologist at Hebrew University. “Hitchhiking represented the concept that all of Israel is unified,” said Yair, “that everyone tremps, that we’re one big kibbutz, that we’re in this together.” Up to until the First Intifada in 1987, hitchhiking was considered acceptable across all spectrums. But then, after a spate of abductions, including the kidnapping of Nachshon Wachsman hy”d by Hamas militants wearing yarmulkas and playing Chassidic music, the IDF forbade soldiers from hitchhiking and launched a public service campaign against tremping. The army even sends out undercover military police units to pick up hitchhiking soldiers, sending them to military jail for violating the order. But those who tremp regularly say that they only go into cars of those who they either know or those driven by strangers of a certain type: the men wear large, knit yarmulkas and the women cover their hair with scarves and hats. Even the cars have a certain look: they are often banged up with yellow Israeli license plates. Even though those who hitchhike are extremely careful, there are risks involved, as demonstrated by the kidnapping on Thursday evening. KEEPING STRONG On Monday, Iris and Ori Yifrach, the parents of Eyal Yifrach, emotionally reached out to their son via the Israeli media. “Our Eyali, we love you,” Iris cried. “The Jewish People is praying for you – look at the beauty of the Jewish people. Hug Gil-Ad and Naphtali tightly. You are strong for them and for all of us. Our heart is torn, broken, but with this the heart believes, believes that you [all] will return home in peace, healthy and whole.”

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Eyal Yifrach, 19, Naphtali Frenkel, 16,and Gil-Ad Shaer, 16

THURSDAY NIGHT It is believed that Naphtali Frenkel, Gil-Ad Shaer, and Eyal Yifrach were kidnapped around 10:25 on Thursday night. Just a few minutes later, one of the boys managed to make a phone call to police and whispered, “We have been kidnapped!” before the call ended abruptly. But the police thought the call was a prank and the IDF was only notified hours later when one of the students’ parents called police after he lost contact with his son. The army and Shin Bet were called in by police at 4am on Friday, after police launched a minor investigation of their

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Hamas kidnappers come from PA-controlled territories and found refuge there after the attacks. Clearly, the PA is harboring terrorists and preventing the captives from returning home. “This incident reveals the nature of the terrorism we are fighting,” Netanyahu pointed out. “Terrorists kidnap innocent Israeli children, while we treat in our hospitals sick Palestinian children. That is the difference between our humanitarian policies and the murderous terrorism that attacks us.” On Sunday, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon echoed Netanyahu’s sentiment. “The same Palestinian Authority that some like to call ‘moderate’ forged a treaty with Hamas, a terror group that in its very essence proclaims the need to kill Jews. It is on their shoulders that the responsibility for the kidnapping of the youths rests. We shall make the leaders of Hamas pay, and they will pay when we decide the time has come to collect the debt. This will be the fate of anyone who tries to injure Israeli citizens,” Ya’alon said. In an effort to force Hamas’ hands, Israel is considering “expelling senior Hamas members from the Judea-Samaria to the Gaza Strip as well as destroying their homes,” Walla news site said, quoting unnamed senior sources. A senior official quoted by Haaretz said the justice ministry had on Sunday looked into the legalities of expelling Hamas members to Gaza. Israel was also weighing sanctions against Hamas prisoners in Israel jails, the paper reported. “We will know how to exact a very heavy price from the leaders of Hamas wherever and whenever we find it appropriate and from whomever ponders the notion of harming the citizens of Israel or disrupting their lives,” Ya’alon said on Sunday evening.


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68 84 She also addressed the Israeli public and the outpouring of support that has been sent to the families of the abducted boys. “Our Jewish People, we love you, from all the heart, we feel your warmheartedness to the bottom of our hearts and it passes to our children. This is what gives us strength, in the merit of your prayers, our Jewish people, all of us are strong.” Ori, Eyal’s father, also spoke with emunah, “We believe this great unity of the people strengthens Eyal, Gil-Ad and Naphtali,” he said. “These forces reach the children and in this merit they will be strong and steadfast. We are believers and the children of believers, we believe that everything that G-d does, He does for the good.” On Sunday, Bat-Galim, the mother of Gil-Ad, also spoke to the media and, like the parents of Eyal, thanked the public for its support and the security services for their efforts aimed at finding the boys. “We are going through difficult times. I want to embrace the Jewish people an embrace of gratitude, an embrace of thanks, an embrace of prayer,” said Bat-Galim. “You are giving us strength and resolve in these days, and we are transmitting all this positive energy to our Gil-Ad. Gil-Ad is strong as are his two friends.” “We are optimistic, with G-d’s help, He will see the combined effort of the prayers and solidarity, and we will embrace Naphtali, Eyal, and Gil-ad here,” Racheli Frenkel, Naphtali’s mother, said outside her Nof Ayalon home on Sunday afternoon. “Naphtali, Mom and Dad and your siblings love you to no end. Know that Israel is turning the world upside down to bring you home,” she implored. PRAYING TOGETHER After news of the kidnapping reaching the

public, Jews worldwide opened their Tehillims and gathered together to pray for the safety and release of the three boys. On Sunday, over 30,000 Jews gathered at the Kotel to join together and pray for their freedom. Eyal’s brother, Asaf, led the crowd in prayer, sobbing as he read from Tehillim. “The entire nation came to the Western Wall tonight, as one person with one heart, united in prayer for the safety of the hostages; may they soon return to their families and their nation,” Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau said. Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz, the founder of the Mekor Haim high school yeshiva in Kfar

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Etzion where two of the boys studied, also led prayers and held special study sessions for the boys’ release. “In a time and place that had seemed to us quiet and serene, we have been thrown into an event that we can do nothing to resolve,” he said. “All we have left now is to turn to our Father in Heaven and plead,” Steinsaltz begged. “What we can do, and this has been the Jewish way from time immemorial, is to add more holiness and learn more Torah,” he added. Hundreds more gathered in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square to gather in prayer on Sunday evening. “At this difficult hour we must unite and strengthen the families, and hope that through our prayers along with other prayers that take place across the country, we will open the gates of Heaven and our boys shall return home,” a pamphlet distributed by the organizers read. Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai and the city’s chief rabbi, Yisrael Meir Lau, took part in the gathering, along with Yehuda Wachsman, the father of IDF soldier Nachshon Wachsman hy”d, who was kidnapped and murdered by Palestinians in 1994, and Noam Shalit, father of Gilad Shalit, who was held by Hamas in Gaza for years until he was released in 2011. On Sunday, Bat-Gilam Shaar, Gil-Ad’s mother, told the Jewish nation: “We are sending all this positive energy to our Gil-Ad. Gil-Ad is strong, and I’m sure Naphtali and Eyal are strong as well. I want to ask the people of Israel, keep praying together! Continue to empower our children. With the help of G-d, with this unity, we will succeed.” May it be G-d’s will that we very soon see the safe recovery of Yaakov Naftali ben Rachel Devorah, Gilad Michael ben Bat Galim, and Eyal ben Iris Tesura. Please continue to keep them in TJH your hearts and tefillos. 


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Deb Hirschhorn, Ph.D.

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hat is trauma? Yes, you’re right, it is being in a city that is being bombed; it is being in a terrible car accident; it is being attacked in a war zone or on the street. But the definition of trauma doesn’t stop there. Trauma is also a lower-level assault on the person over a period of time. That is, “mere” words, hurtful words, repeated often, can be traumatic. Let’s take a case in point: A child grows up in a family in which a parent is chronically depressed. The child knows nothing of diagnoses and doesn’t realize there is something different or wrong with his parent. But that parent has a negative view of life: Nothing will go well. The parent can’t see a future, certainly not a positive future. This parent is not bad, not evil. This parent may have gone through the War or had other problems in life that caused this dim outlook. How will that affect the child? If the parent has often said things like, “It will never work,” or “Those children don’t like you,” or “Don’t take any risks,” or “The relationship with my sister Sorah, your aunt, will never be fixed,” and so forth, slowly, insidiously, this message of the bleakness of life will creep into the child’s soul. Now imagine going up a level. The parent says, “You will never succeed – you’re a failure,” “It’s no wonder those children don’t like you,” “See what you’ve done now from the stupid risks you take?” and “Your aunt Sorah deserves everything that’s happened to her.” We have stepped over a line into the world of abuse. And for many people on the receiving end, that can be traumatic. Why is that? Several conditions have to operate for trauma to occur: 1. A person perceives the event(s) as an assault on themselves. In each of the above statements, the listener is being attacked. Even the one about Aunt Sorah is an attack in the context of the type of communication this parent is giving to the child. When taken with “You’re a failure” and “It’s no wonder those children don’t like you,” the child perceives that there must have been something

wrong with Aunt Sorah just like there is something wrong with him. What’s more, given how much I screw up, the child thinks, I, too, will deserve every bad thing that will happen to me just like Aunt Sorah deserves it. 2. As a result of being chronically attacked, the person is in a constant state of watchfulness and fear.

the ups and downs of their relationship? The first time they discuss his job and the “issues” there, Paul may feel as though Marcie is rubbing into him that he can’t or won’t succeed. This may not be at all what was in her mind but that is his immediate reaction. And he will be convinced that she “really”

HURTFUL WORDS, REPEATED OFTEN, CAN BE TRAUMATIC.

There is a physiological component to this. When threatened, our autonomic nervous system takes over and produces the stress hormone, cortisol; it raises blood pressure, increases heart rate; forces blood away from extremities and into the large muscles; it also cuts off blood flow to the cortex where we think logically. All of this, you’ve heard before, is called the flight, fight, or freeze response. Over time, there is wear and tear on the body and mind from being put into this constant state of preparing to protect oneself from attack. 3. There is no outside source of challenge or support. I once read the incredible story of a young girl who was abused at home but miraculously did not suffer severe emotional damage from it because every summer she was sent to her grandparents for two weeks. There, she was treated with respect and kindness and she learned that what she was experiencing at home was just plain wrong. It’s having that alternative perspective of reality that restores our sense of what is normal and right. Without it, a person is subject to being sucked into the irrational and harmful way of thinking provided by an abuser. Now, let’s take this a step further. Here is a traumatized man, let’s call him Paul, who has been told the sort of things above. He gets married and brings his view of the bleakness of life and his own limitations with him into his marriage. How will he and his new wife, let’s call her Marcie, navigate

thinks this way. He is so sure of it because that is embedded in his heart and soul from childhood. It “must” be how she really feels. Not only that, but the pain Paul feels will be so much greater than if Marcie had “only” suggested that he didn’t cut it in the job world. The recent blow (that Marcie didn’t actually give him but he perceived or believed to be given) lies on top of the unhealed wounds from his childhood. For this reason, his reaction may be much greater than one would expect. He might withdraw into a protective shell; he might lash out at Marcie; he might make snide remarks; he might sink into a depression. What is Marcie to do about this? More importantly, perhaps, what should Paul do? Let me answer by way of a story. Many years ago when my oldest was in high school, she was baking this weird Shavuous cake. I say weird because the pan of cake sat in the oven inside a larger pan of hot water. When the time came to take it out of the oven, I was concerned that she might burn herself so I took it out. But I was busy doing whatever and my mind was preoccupied. I was in a rush and instead of taking out first the cake pan and then the water pan, I reached for both. As you can imagine I spilled the water on myself, on my foot, to be specific. The skin came off: It was a bad burn. I was in a lot of pain for a while. It formed a bubble and my hus-

band thought I might be getting an infection. I was. He ran through the night with cold compresses and I saw the doctor the next day. Eventually, with antibiotics, it started to heal. Things were going along really well and I eventually was able to go without the bandages. My foot actually looked normal. I was quite pleased. About three weeks after the accident, we were invited to a friend’s wedding. During the Israeli dancing, a woman with high heels stepped on my foot. Normally, it would be a slight “ouch” and we’re done. But instead, my foot started bleeding. The skin was still too thin. I always wondered why this odd thing happened to me until I started retelling the story to my clients. Then the real meaning of thin skin made so much sense. With this in mind, here are my suggestions: First, both Paul and Marcie have to recognize that the overreaction is the result of the unhealed earlier wounds. This is big and not necessarily easy for Marcie to understand. After all, his behavior wasn’t easy to take. Second, Paul needs to learn how to calm himself using deep breathing and/or mindfulness techniques and other self-help exercises so as to try to react rather than overreact. He will need help with that. Third, it will be important for Paul first to engage in therapy specifically for trauma and then the therapist, who must also be skilled in couples counseling, should bring Marcie in so as to repair the relationship. Dr. Deb Hirschhorn, a Marriage & Family Therapist and best-selling author of The Healing Is Mutual: Marriage Empowerment Tools to Rebuild Trust and Respect—Together, is proud to announce that readers of The Jewish Home will receive a $50 discount on every visit to her Woodmere office. Listen to her new show called “Kids and Parents” on Chazaq Radio live from 3-4 on Thursdays. Attend the Food For Thought lectures at Cravingz Cafe, 410 Central Ave, Cedarhurst, on Wednesdays at 10 AM. Any questions, call 646-54-DRDEB or check out her website at http://drdeb.com.

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Riddle! Ali ben-Ibrahim was a salt dealer in old Baghdad. Every day he went from his home just outside the city to the market with two huge sacks of salt tied to the back of his donkey. His donkey was a small, evil-smelling brute called Roxanna. It was, however, not lacking in the brains department. One hot day, as they passed along the banks of the Tigris, the donkey broke free from Ali and plunged into the cool water. When the irate salt seller finally persuaded the beast to leave the river, it immediately noticed that much of the salt had dissolved and its load was therefore considerably lighter. After that, no matter how hard Ali tried, he could not prevent the donkey from diving into the river and ruining its load of salt. But when it came to lateral thinking, Ali himself was no slouch. One day, he loaded up the donkey as usual and, as usual, the animal plunged into the river. Then it learned its lesson and never tried that trick again. What had Ali done? Answer on next page

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As they are standing outside of the soccer stadium in Brazil, Jimbo says to Bubba, “I wish I’d brought the piano to the stadium.” Bubba asks, “Why would you bring a piano to a football game?” Jimbo answers, “Because I left my tickets on it at home.”

How People around the World

Watch the World Cup British- By acknowledging that their team stinks, but don’t we all know that’s not polite to say? Just be calm and carry on.

South Africans- By popping their eardrums by blowing on Vuvuzelas for 6 hours straight (but no worries—they have the best sign language interpreters!).

French- By waving white flags and a few bottles of wine. Italians- What’s the difference to you how I watch the game, wise guy? Ya think ya smart? Have a slice of pizza! Russians- By drinking Stolichnaya vodka and reminiscing about the Golden Age when Mother Russia dominated soccer. (What? It never happened? Sure it did, look in any Russian history book.) Canadians- By declaring that even though their team stinks, Canadians are great at hockey… “ey?” North Koreans- By chanting for roly poly Kim Jung Un to enter the game and score 55 goals, because he is the best soccer player who ever lived. Chinese- By playing for their prayers to succeed. Egyptians- By stampeding and killing 100 people if their team loses and 250 people if their team wins.

Israelis- They don’t watch the game – they coach the game from the front seats of their taxi cabs. Mah zeh lecha? Kenyans- By hosting White House parties. (Just had to throw that in for all of you Birthers out there.) Cubans- By sitting in front of the newest 21st century invention—black and white TVs. Americans- By gathering all their friends for a massive party with mad chicken wings, burgers and whole wheat wraps stuffed with grilled chicken, mayo and avocados (for the guy who is “on a diet”). Once they are done eating, they fall into the couch and fall asleep…before the game even starts.

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2. What happens when during a game a player is given a “red card?” a. He must go to the penalty box for 5 minutes b. He is not allowed to touch the ball on the inbounds pass c. He is ejected from the game d. He gets free dinner at a local restaurant 3. How many players per team are on the field at one time per team? a. 5 b. 8 c. 11 d. 15 4. If a player is fouled in the 18-yard box surrounding the opponent’s goal, what happens? a. He is awarded a penalty kick b. His team gets to inbound the ball within the opponent’s 18 yard box

Answers 1. D- At the age of 13, Moreira scored all 23 goals in a 23-0 victory against another local football team, propelling him to soccer fame. 2. C- A red card means an ejection. When a player is ejected, his team must play a man down. Yellow cards are a caution when a player fouls too much. If a player gets two yellow cards in a game, he is ejected. A few things lead to a straight red card, including tackles from behind. 3. C 4. A- If a player is fouled in the 18-yard box surrounding the opponent’s goal, he is awarded a penalty kick. It’s a player-versusgoalkeeper scenario where the referee places the ball on the penalty spot. 5. D -There are no timeouts in soccer. The clock runs continuously through two 45-minute halves. (There is a 15-minute

c. There is a 5 minute power play, which means two players from the other team must sit on the bench d. His team is automatically given a point 5. How many minutes is an official professional soccer game? a. 45 b. 60 c. 75 d. 90 6. Which country has won the most World Cups to date? a. Mexico b. Brazil c. Venezuela d. Italy 7. Martinho Eduardo Orige of Brazil holds the World Record for which of the following? a. Being the only player to win the World Cup three times b. Being the only player to not give up a goal in an entire season c. Scoring 13 goals in one game d. Juggling a soccer ball for 19.5 hours

halftime.) However, an official keeps track of time when the ball is not played (for an injury, goal, etc.) and extra time can be added to the end of each half. Usually, extra time is somewhere between 3 and 5 minutes, though it can be shorter or longer. 6. B- Brazil won five World Cups, followed by Italy, which won four World Cups. 7. D- Martinho Eduardo Orige juggled a regulation soccer ball for 19.5 hours nonstop with his feet, legs and head without the ball ever touching the ground. SCORECARD 6-7 correct: You are a World Cup champion! 3-5 correct: You are good enough to be the 12th man on the soccer team. 0-2 correct: Vvuuuuuzzzzvuuuzzzzz—I told you that all that blowing on your Vuvuzelas would burn your brain cells

• For many years, players used pig bladders wrapped in leather as soccer balls. •

King Edward III banned soccer in England in 1365 owing to the growing incidents of violence and military indul-

gence in the sport. In 1424, King James I of Scotland also proclaimed in the Parliament— “Na man play at the Fute-ball” (No man shall play football). • Cristiano Ronaldo is the highest paid soccer player in the world. He earned $73 million in salary, bonuses and endorsement income in 2013.  • Soccer is only called soccer in the United States and Canada. Everywhere else in the world it’s called football. • Soccer players run more than other athletes during a game. On average, a player can run 7 miles depending on position, with some players running as much as 9.5 miles. • It’s the most popular sport in the world. • The highest scoring official soccer game was 149-0 in Madagascar in 2002; it was a form of protest.

Answer to riddle: He had loaded the sacks with sand, so they were actually heavier after their dip in the Tigris.

1. Brazilian soccer player Ronaldo de Assis Moreira was the FIFA World Player of the Year 2004 and 2005 after scoring how many goals in one game? a. 3 b. 7 c. 12 d. 23

• Some people credit the Chinese with the invention of soccer. The game of Tsu-Chu, or “kick ball,” originated during the Tsin Dynasty (255-206BC). Soldiers would kick a leather ball into a net strung between two poles.

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A Butterfly’s Cocoon A Discussion on Maintaining Structure During the Summer

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utterflies and summertime are similar in many ways. With the air warm and fresh, we all marvel at the majestic beauty as the gracious butterfly spreads its wings and shows off its magnificent colors. According to the Academy of Natural Sciences, a chrysalis or pupa is a butterfly in the transformation process in which caterpillars turn into butterflies. It is during this time period that a caterpillar goes through most of its life changes. In fact, every major component of a caterpillar’s physiology is re-defined. In all caterpillars, this happens inside a protective shell known as a cocoon. The cocoon is actually created by the caterpillar before this transition takes place in order to protect itself from the upcoming developmental changes. Scientists have shown us that this structure and security is paramount to the success of a caterpillar’s productive transitional period. As parents, we all face similar struggles in creating the correct balance of providing an enjoyable summer experience for our children while maintaining appropriate structure for them. Summer vacation is a transitional period for all developing children. This unique period of time has been long discussed as an opportunity for extreme developmental success or

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failure. For many, there is no formal schooling and family schedules change significantly. Oftentimes, this leads to

construct an environment in which a child internalizes the message that they are being protected. This can be done

EMOTIONAL SAFETY IS CREATED BY PREDICTABILITY, AND PREDICTABILITY IS CREATED BY CONSISTENCY. a certain freedom that can develop into unforeseen risks. While it is extremely important for young adults to enjoy vacation, it is equally as critical for basic structure to be maintained. Adolescents especially, much like caterpillars, go through major change. The internal chaos that exists due to the many physical, psychological, and emotional adjustments can be extremely overwhelming. Added uncertainty or lack of structure leads to an even greater level of fear. Children, and in particular teens, are not equipped to deal with fear appropriately and therefore usually respond in unhealthy ways. There is another component that should be addressed as well. That is to ensure that this structure is implemented without any rigidity. As mentioned earlier, the caterpillar itself creates its own cocoon. The reason for this is simply because they are aware of the necessity to stay protected throughout this developmental process. The human condition works in similar ways. Children of all ages naturally look to their parents and caretakers for protection. Children actually depend on parents to create this safety net by the implementation of certain boundaries. Their subconscious is very aware that they are lacking the skills and experience to create a strong enough protection. It is very scary for a child to be in control. When a child senses that no one is protecting them, i.e. establishing structure and boundaries, they attempt to re-establish this safety net by acting out in unhealthy ways. The goal, therefore, is to carefully

in several ways, but what is often recommended is to actually collaborate with your child and work together in this process. Share with your children that the goal is to keep them protected while

empowering them with the importance of feeling safe during the summer transitional period. Discuss and plan activities, trips, projects, etc. that also support a definite summer schedule and structure. Recently at Madraigos, we’ve received many phone calls from concerned parents regarding how to facilitate appropriate structure. “My son will be working part time and has been complaining that he will be bored” or “My daughter is a camp counselor during the day but would like to hang out at night.” These are important questions that need to be addressed carefully. While every individual situation differs, there is one constant theme that is essential and helpful to keep in mind. Whatever can be done

to increase the day-to-day structure is paramount to an internalized feeling of safety. Bruce D. Perry, PhD explains that emotional safety is created by predictability, and predictability is created by consistency. The reality is that school is finished for the year and the general schedule might be shifting. It is important to efficiently establish a consistent summer schedule to ensure our child has a safe and healthy transitional period. By providing a fun, yet safe “cocoon-like” environment, your child will benefit immensely. To further address this issue, for the third consecutive year, we will offer summer programming. Madraigos will conduct concurrent programs in the evenings for boys and a separate GNO (Girls Night Out) for girls in the community. There is much beauty in a healthy butterfly and this can only take place in the protection of a strong cocoon. Perhaps Dr. Theo Compernolle MD, PhD said it the best, “You cannot actually force a caterpillar to change into a butterfly, you can only create the right environment; it will transform by itself.” For more information about our summer programs or to request an application, please contact Moshe Yachnes for the Boys program at 516371-3250 ext. 107 or Eliana Kadish at (516) 776-6793 or elianakadish@ gmail.com for the GNO/Girls program. To learn more about Madraigos’ programs and services, please see www. madraigos.org. Moshe A. Yachnes, LMSW, is the clinical director at Madraigos, a not-for-profit organization that offers a wide array of innovative services and programs geared towards helping teens and young adults overcome life’s everyday challenges one step at a time. Its goal is to provide all of its members with the necessary tools and skills to empower them to live a healthy lifestyle and become the leaders of tomorrow.


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Rabbi's Musings [& Amusings] Rabbi Dani Staum

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am not sure who coined the term, but it has definitely become a cliché. Some people view the term as a pejorative, others see it just as a label. People talk about young adolescent boys and girls from our circles going off to yeshiva/seminary (usually in Eretz Yisroel) and “flipping out,” becoming “like totally religious and stuff.” In fact, “Flipping Out” is the title of a book, as well as the topic of a song, which subtly mocks the whole concept. My point is not to discuss why it happens, who it happens to, whether it’s a good thing, whether it’s “brainwashing,” or whatever other debates have been raised about it. I wanted to mention a different idea. Recently, I was talking to a teenage friend who – although is a great guy and has many wonderful qualities – is lacking in his maturity and religiosity. While we were conversing he quipped that there was no doubt that he was

going to go to Israel when he finished high school and would “flip out.” But it was his next comment that bothered me: “Then I’ll become all shtark and I won’t play ball or make jokes or hang around with anyone.” I said to him that I didn’t understand why that was true. Who said that “flipping out” (as the terminology has become for one who begins to take his avodas Hashem more seriously) entails losing your personality and never playing ball? Why can’t a young man who has a lively personality and wonderful sense of humor begin to daven with more intensity, learn with more gusto, wear his tzitzis out, alter his mode of dress, and still

maintain his sense of humor and great personality, albeit within the realm of halacha? Actually, I don’t see any reason why becoming more serious about one’s avodas Hashem has to be synonymous with losing one’s personality. I have had the opportunity to meet some of the greatest Torah leaders on occasion such as Rabbi Henoch Leibowitz zt’l, Rabbi Shmuel Kaminetsky shlita and Rabbi Reuven Feinstein shlita. All three of these great Torah luminaries have a keen and pleasant sense of humor that helps all those who seek their counsel feel comfortable and welcomed. People are often

overwhelmed that these great men are so “grounded” and so familiar with the contemporary world and its challenges. That familiarity and understanding does not belie their greatness, but is an important component of their ability to be of the foremost leaders in the Torah world. Being a servant of G-d surely entails a certain seriousness and maturity. But it does not preclude having a sense of humor and an embracing personality. In fact, it is a wonderful thing to help other people laugh in a healthy manner. To sum it up, I guess we can say that a person can “flip out” and still be tuned in! Rabbi Dani Staum, LMSW, is the Rabbi of Kehillat New Hempstead, and Guidance Counselor/Rebbe at Yeshiva Bais Hachinuch & Ashar in Monsey, NY. He is the author of Stam Torah and can be reached at stamtorah@gmail.com. His website is www. stamtorah.info.


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fter living through a decade-long operation in Iraq that ended with no definitive outcome and with U.S. forces still in Afghanistan,

a very jaded American public does not seem to be interested in heading back into an altercation with Islamic extremists in the Middle East once again. And so, the recent conflagration of Jihadist violence by the ISIS wing of al Qaeda in the Iraqi cities of Mosul and Fallujah and the collapse of the Iraqi army there has not come as welcome news to the Obama administration and the American people. The president has stated unequivocally that he would not send troops back into the war-torn country, but has asked his national security team “to prepare a range of other options that could help support Iraq’s security forces,” saying he would be “reviewing those options in the days ahead.” The ISIS What exactly is ISIS and what is their stated goal in the Syria-Iraq region? ISIS, the acronym for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, is a Sunni group that controls hundreds of square miles stretching across the border between the two countries from Syria’s Mediterranean coast to south of Baghdad. It is an offshoot of al Qaeda in Iraq, which after the killing of its leader, Abu Musab al Zarqawi, by U.S. forces in 2006, was left fragmented and forced to abandon its goal of creating a sectarian civil war there. It was only after the recent withdrawal of U.S. forces in Iraq that Iraqi officials began warning of a resurgence of a “third generation of al Qaeda” in the country. Only two years ago, U.S. Major General Jeffrey Buchanan prophetically warned, “If the Iraqi security forces are not able to put pressure on them, they could regenerate.” This new group acted under the name the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI). Syria would be added later. The group was able to attract

support by convincing Sunnis in Iraq that new Prime Minister Shiite Nuri al Maliki excluded Sunnis from power and withheld resources from them. ISIS’s stated goal is to reestablish an Islamic caliphate across the Iraqi and Syrian region. In the areas that have come under its control, it has imposed Sharia law, forcing women to appear in public only in a niqab, or full veil, banning music and imposing brutal justice. It focuses on disciplined tactical operations in its attacks. Its operations in one area are many times a means to distract opposing security forces away from its main target. In raiding the city of Samarra, it used bulldozers to remove U.S. placed barriers. Analysts believe Iraq’s oil infrastructure is a future target of the Islamist group. Age-Old Conflict The conflict between the Sunnis and the Shia began 1,400 years ago, when the Prophet Mohammad died and the groups differed as to who should suc-

ceed Mohammad. Nowadays, each group disagrees in its interpretation of the Koran—to the extent that some Sunnis don’t even see Shiites as proper Muslims. It is not known precisely how many of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims are Shiites. In general, the Shiites are a minority, making up between 10 percent and 15 percent of the Muslim population — certainly fewer than 250 million, all told. But in certain countries, such as Iran, Iraq and southern Lebanon, the Shiites are the majority. Despite being the majority in Iraq, the country was ruled by the Sunnis up until 2003, when the United States invaded and overthrew Saddam Hussein. After the fall of Hussein’s government, Shiites took power. But instead of building bridges with the Sunnis, new Prime Minister al Maliki burned them. Now, rebels from Syria, members of the Sunni ISIS, are pouring into Iraq. Essentially, national lines are blurred, as the conflict has aligned those who share a religious outlook in different countries.

relationship with Iran, signaled a new willingness to work with them to help the Iraqi government stave off the insurgency. It seems that the saying, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend,” holds true in these circumstances. The Reason for the Recent Violence Recent unrest in Syria and a weak central government in Iraq have created a perfect storm for ISIS to strike. Just last year, the group began capturing cities and towns throughout eastern and northern Syria—which is in the midst of a drawn out civil war—and began to aggressively take control of western Iraq, vanquishing the major city of Fallujah in January this year. After the Syrian conquests, the group added “al Sham,” or Syria, to the end of its name. Iraq’s security forces, which are still young and overwhelmingly weak in comparison to ISIS fighters, have been unable to fend off any advancement made by Islamists. Iraqi Prime Minister al Maliki is being forced to appeal abroad for help in defending the coun-

“The enemy of my enemy is my friend” holds true in these circumstances. Ironically, Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, a man who was painted as a villain in the media, can be counted on now to provide support for Iraq at this time against the rebels. Additionally, Iran, a country America repeatedly sees as its enemy, is also coming to Iraq’s aid in this time of crisis. On Monday, officials said that commander of Tehran’s elite Quds Force is helping Iraq’s military and Shiite militias gear up to fight the Sunni insurgents advancing across the country. And America, despite its past

try as his army is becoming the victim of mass execution-style killings. Ironically, it was al Maliki himself who, in 2011, pushed out U.S. forces stationed in Iraq, presumably because of pressure from the Iranian government. Now, however, his country’s 340 U.S.-supplied tanks and helicopters have proven no advantage in the fighting against the militants. The ineptitude of the Iraqi army is due in no small part to al Maliki’s own politics. The prime minister has long


79 89 ily. “We have enormous interests there, and obviously our troops and the American people and the American taxpayers made huge investments and sacrifices in order to give Iraqis the opportunity to chart a better course, a better destiny,” Obama said. Yet the president refuses to recognize the situation in Iraq as one

succeed.” Critics of the president have been swift to argue that it was Obama’s policies themselves that created this recent wave of violence. House Intelligence Committee Sunnis welcome members of the ISIS in Iraq Chairman Mike Roberts blames the Obama administration’s reluctance to arm moder- dent’s insistence of U.S. troops stayate rebels in Syria for the successes of ing put outside Iraq and his cautious ISIS in the region. He said America’s deliberation regarding airstrikes there. “indecision” in Syria allowed militants House Homeland Security Committee to “get financed, be trained” and be- Chair Michael McCaul holds that ISIS that requires urgent American attention. come “about as dangerous a recipe as is not merely a regional threat in the Obama, still smarting from the you can put together.” Middle East; it is a national security isouster of the United States from Iraq Senator Lindsey Graham told CNN sue for the United States that is as large a few years ago, has not let the op- that it was Obama’s decision to fully as al Qaeda. “I talked to [former U.S. portunity to admonish al Maliki and exit Iraq without even a small U.S. Iraqi] Ambassador Crocker and he said that this is the greatest threat, national security threat, since 9/11. Al Qaeda owns more territory, more resources. And what’s happening in Iraq right now is really chaotic,” McCaul said. “When you look at the terrorist training ground operations in Syria and Iraq, I believe it is one of the biggest threats.” On Monday, Obama announced that he will be sending 275 troops into Iraq to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. The president added that the troops are equipped for combat and will remain in Iraq until the security situation becomes such that they are no longer needed. Even so, many Americans are hoping that that will be the extent of America’s involvement in the Iraqi Rebels spill over from Syria conflict.

ISIS’s stated goal is to reestablish an Islamic caliphate across the Iraqi and Syrian region. if Iraq is indeed carved up into Sunni extremists’ hands, the blame will fall squarely on the shoulders of Prime Minister al Maliki. Since his appointment as the head of the State, the prime minister has pursued a wildly sectarian agenda, purging the government of Sunni leaders and even refusing to strike any agreements between his Shialed government and the country’s Sunni minority. Al Maliki has been quick to answer political protest with military repression; in late 2012, he cracked down on protests in the Huwija section of the country with strong military force, gunning down 44 sit-in Sunni protesters. It comes as no surprise, then, that many Sunni members of the military are quick to abandon their posts and join ISIS fighters when ISIS invades an Iraqi city. ISIS spokesman Abu Mohammed Al-Adnani openly mocked al Maliki as an underwear salesman who had lost Iraq for the Shia. “You lost a historic opportunity for your people to control Iraq,” he said, “and the Shi’ites will always curse you for as long as they live.”

his government for their failed politics and mishandling of the infant state that America’s Response was given to them by the U.S. go by. President Obama has been quick “Over the past decade, American troops to lay down his position that the U.S. have made extraordinary sacrifices to will not be sending any troops into Iraq give Iraqis an opportunity to claim their but he has not ruled out other military own future. Unfortunately, Iraqi leadoptions, including airstrikes that al Ma- ers have been unable to overcome, too liki has been requesting from the U.S. often, the mistrust and sectarian differAmerican gains in Iraq have been hard ences that have long been simmering won and the product of many years of there. And that’s created vulnerabilities operations in the country, and America within the Iraqi government, as well as is not ready to give them away too eas- their security forces,” Obama said. The president stressed that without reforms to the sectarian character of the al Maliki government, Iraq will ultimately fall. “This should be a wakeup call,” the president admonished. “In the absence of this type of political effort, short-term military action — including any assistance we ISIS militants have no qualms about killing their Shiite enemies might provide — won’t

presence that created a niche for the recent chaos. “The Obama administration wanted to say, ‘I ended the war in Iraq, I’m going to end the war in Afghanistan,’” he said on CNN’s State of the Union. “This was as predictable as the sun rising in the East. I blame President Obama mightily for a hands-off policy when it comes to Iraq.” Mitt Romney concurred, telling NBC, “What has happened in Iraq and what we’re seeing with ISIS is a good deal predictable for the failure of Obama to react. Bad things happen as a result of inaction and consequences have obviously been very severe.” In fact, the U.S. was supposed to keep a small force of 5,000 soldiers stationed in the country, but refused to when al Maliki was unwilling to grant them immunity and protection from being prosecuted by Iraqi courts. Some argue that Obama’s offer of forces was not enough to make it worth al Maliki’s while. Republicans in Congress have taken a strong line in opposition of the presi-

What’s Next? What indeed would the Iraq region look like in the event of an ISIS conquest over the al Maliki government? Najim Jabouri, a former Saddam Hussein general-turned U.S. ally, believes, “Iraq will be three states: Shia in the south, Sunni in the west, and Kurdish in the north.” ISIS remains focused on erasing any geographical differences between what is now Iraq and Syria. The overarching national identity would prefer to be Shia. The Kurds, too, are eager to seize this opportunity to establish a national Kurdish area. The Kurds view Kirkuk as their Jerusalem and it is now under their control after the Iraqi security forces left. In any case, the country is in flames and it’s hard to say when and if the fires will die down. Eleven years after the United States toppled Saddam Hussein, the country is in worse shape than ever. Was it all for naught? Only time—and a great deal of war and diplomacy— TJH will tell. 

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dren. Such a child might be reluctant to approach the swing. In general, the atmosphere at a playground can be described as animated, fun, and carefree. But a child with sensory overresponsive challenges would describe the atmosphere as chaotic and noisy. What we see as playground equipment they see as monstrosities. What we see as a tunnel to crawl through they fear a black hole. Here are some ideas to help the overresponsive child: 1. Storytime - While at home in familiar territory, read some child-friendly and cheerful books to your son about the playground. 2. Timing - Make every attempt to visit the playground during low traffic and quiet times, such as early morning. 3. Distraction - Bring what I call comfort distractions on your first few visits to re-acclimate him to the playground, for example: bubbles, a favorite snack or book. If you sense a meltdown may occur, have the comfort distraction ready and available. 4. Explore - Have your child explore the equipment at his own pace. If he does not initiate, model for him and invite him to explore with you even if this means you are holding his hand. 5. Photos - Take pictures of your smiling little boy at the playground and place the photos in an album or on your fridge. He will love seeing himself! Praise him for being brave and remind him of the fun time he had at the park. I am confident that by the end of the summer your son will enjoy the park and won’t want to leave. Enjoy your summer and the great outdoors! Devorah (Gerber) Schmeltz, MS OTR/L is a 2003 alumnus of Downstate Medical Center’s OT Program. She worked as a senior occupational therapist at United Cerebral Palsy’s Brooklyn Children’s Program for 9 years. Currently, Devorah runs a private practice, Bumble & Tumble Occupational Therapy P.C in Far Rockaway. Your questions and comments are welcome. She can be reached at BumbleTumbleTherapy@gmail.com or 917971-5327.


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s the Holocaust was ravaging Europe, many Jews sought a way to help their fellow brethren. One dressed up as a Nazi officer and went on the streets of Budapest, Hungary, handing out passports to get fellow Jews out of the country. Many others joined armies that were fighting conventional battles. The toughest of these men escaped Nazi-held Europe before the war and were burning with revenge. So many Jews in Palestine (it wasn’t called Israel until 1948) wanted to join the British Army that the Jewish Brigade was formed and special units were created for the best of these men. Israel Carmi was one of these soldiers and after the war became the most feared Nazi hunter in Europe. Israel Carmi was born Israel Weinman in Danzig which was a semi-autonomous state in the 1920s. In 1934, at the age of 17, he immigrated to then-Palestine and joined a kibbutz. As an adventurous youth he was recruited into the Haganah in 1936 and entered the Palestine Police Force and faced Arab uprisings. Two years later, he joined the elite Special Night Squad formed by non-Jewish British General Orde Wingate to deal with the Arab revolt and was given a medal for his contributions to the unit. When he married in 1939, Carmi told his wife that he would settle down and not take up arms but that all changed with the issue of the White Papers and he joined a unit dedicated to preventing the Brits from stopping the Haganah. Before the creation of the Jewish Brigade, some Jews from Palestine were allowed to enter the British Army and Carmi became a sergeant in a unit nicknamed the Buffs. In reality, he joined the Brits with orders from the Haganah to “requisition” arms for other purposes. He was part of the Palestine Regiment and took part of the pitched battle against the Germans in Benghazi. Carmi was so upset when his commander ripped down an Israeli flag and put up a British one instead that he led a mutiny. The Palestine Regiment was a mix of Jews and Arabs fighting for the British and soon so many Jews wanted to volunteer that the Jewish Brigade was formed. After joining the Jewish Brigade in 1944, Carmi began to act on behalf of his Haganah superiors. They were inter-

ested in what the Nazis were doing, and Carmi helped smuggle two operatives in British uniforms to determine the truth about the gas chambers. An incident in which Carmi and his unit attacked Nazi POWs led to the order for them to stay in Italy and not to enter Germany. After the war ended, Carmi entered Germany and began the quest to rid the world of Nazis. Carmi learned that his family that stayed in Europe was wiped out, and when he entered Mauthausen Concen-

Carmi recalled about his work: “When we arrived at the home of our suspect we would put on [British] Military Police helmets with the white band and police armlets. Then we would enter the home and take the suspect with us, saying that we wanted him for interrogation. Usually they came without a struggle. Once in the car we told the prisoner who we were and why we took him. Some admitted guilt. Others kept silent. We did the job.” Most of the squads that entered the

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tration Camp, he knew that he was a position to do something. Countries and armies are subjected to rules and regulation, therefore Nazi hunters acted on their own accord to mete out punishment. Carmi started a group called the TTG Bridage, Tilhas Tizig Gesheften, to hunt Nazis, their collaborators and help the Haganah in any way possible. Handpicked members of the Jewish Brigade comprised this group and they began operations in the summer of 1945. The group got started when Carmi heard of a Gestapo officer who bullied and stole from Jews in Italy. He selected a group of men and, dressed in British uniforms, raided the house of the officer. After finding a hoard of treasures stolen from Jewish families, a huge list of SS and Gestapo officers was also discovered. Carmi gave some of those on the list to an intelligence unit but kept the list of the notorious Nazis for himself. With the help of the Jewish Brigade and Haganah, he went to Germany armed with information to track down these murderers. With orders coming from Tel Aviv, the unit did their work silently under the code name Operation Judgment.

houses had lost their entire families to the Nazis and British-born members guarded the entrances and provided logistical support. They did what they had to do and as one member put it, they were a “very unorthodox outfit.” They deposed of an unknown number of Nazis in this fashion, and the British Army turned a blind eye their activities. In addition to the Nazi hunting, TTG also trained thousands of refugees in

warfare and sent them to the Holy Land with arms stolen from the Brits. The British Eighth Army knew what was going on and still chose not to stop them for a variety of reasons, mostly based on humanitarian ideologies. For example, the group went into a DP camp and sent two truckloads of orphaned children onto ships headed for Palestine. Soon those two truckloads became a dozen and Palestine became a destination even though the British government as a whole hated the idea and did what they could to stop the immigration. Many long months of hard work eventually paid off and soon Carmi and the TTG went back to Israel. In 1947, the British announced that they were leaving Israel, and the Jews began to prepare for the inevitable war with their very unfriendly Arab neighbors. The arms smuggled out of Europe proved vital in the early days of the IDF and many of people who were sent by the TTG to Israel joined the Israeli Army. Carmi became an officer in the army and served with distinction. He had served his country and fellow Jews with bravery and brought to justice many people who otherwise would have gotten away with their crimes. Nazi hunting was no pretty business but it needed to be done. Early hunters like the TTG and Carmi will be remembered and celebrated for their service. Avi Heiligman is a weekly contributor to The Jewish Home. He welcomes your comments and suggestions.for future columns and can be reached at aviheiligman@gmail.com.

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any added sugar. Craisins are also awechool is over and summer is here! some and come in 100 calorie packets! It’s that stressful time for parents • Sugar snacks should be avoided. when they must pack a superabunLittle bags of these snacks are loaded dant amount of clothing, items, and most with calories and sugar! importantly, food, for their kids who will • When you have to choose drinks, soon be away at camp. only choose water! Water is the number Summer is an extraordinary season one best drink you could possibly buy. where children have amazing memoSeltzer is also really good—including ries in camp, and their parents enjoy flavored seltzers. Especially in the inthe well-deserved tense heat, when serenity at home. your child is playing However, food and sports or hiking, wanutrition have an ter is crucial! interminable effect The bags are all on this seemingpacked and the kids ly carefree time of are off to camp! year. Many kids How do they supcome back from plement their meals camp stronger and with healthy foods? lighter, while others • The snacks return plumper with A bowl of Special K or Puffins is a perfect we discussed preway for children to start the day in camp atrocious eating viously are great! habits. Three unique Children should turn to their stash of aspects of this battle must be addressed. healthy nutritious snacks and drinks in The first stage of summer nutrition is the between their camp meals. packing phase, where anxious parents • The camp canteen can present pack pounds upon pounds of food for a formidable obstacle to our goal of a their excited kids. The next level is when healthy summer. Train your children the kids are actually away at camp where to buy the ices or sorbet rather than the they must make wise choices when they ice cream offered. Greasy fried foods, supplement their meals with snacks and such as French fries, should be avoided! beverages. The final obstacle our chilFruits, vegetables, and salads will always dren will face is the meals served in be great alternatives to the fattening camp. With careful, sagacious planning, deep-fried foods at the canteen. we can make this summer the most fanNow we can discuss the most importtastic and healthiest summer yet! ant part of summer eating, the meals! • Breakfast: Camps ubiquitously First, parents must know which serve cereal, milk, and a juice drink for snacks and drinks to choose when they breakfast. Sugar cereals are the enemy go on that long-awaited big shop at the and should be avoided at all costs! local supermarket. • Bring your own cereal. The iden• The best foods possible are the tifying characteristics of a healthy cereal healthy one hundred calorie snacks! are that it should be high in fiber and unThese snacks outwardly look and taste sweetened, such as Fiber One, Special K, like the guilty pleasures we have come to and Puffins. love such as popcorn, pretzels, and baked • Oatmeal is awesome! Buy the chips, but these one hundred calorie plain or low sugar varieties. snacks are a healthier alternative to some • Make sure to pack your children of our favorite nosh. Also, fiber crackers with rice cakes. They are delicious, fillare very nutritious and great for the body. ing, and healthy. Melba toast is also very • Dehydrated fruits such as Apnutritious. ple Crisps and berries taste great and • We have so many choices for a are much healthier than any healthy breakfast, but we sugar snack. The same must keep in mind which applies to all natural foods are off-limits fruit leathers like most of the time, Matt’s Munchto be eaten only ies; they are easonce in a while. ily transported These include and taste like French toast, candy without pancakes, and Make sure to pack cases of water for camp

fruit juices. dish with vegetables and other healthy • Fruit, low fat milk, low fat cottage side dishes offered. • Stay away from eating more than cheese, hard boiled eggs, and yogurt are just some examples of good breakfast just a modicum of food after dinner because all the food eaten will not be burned foods. It’s time for lunch! Camps generally off since you will be going to sleep. Camp is a place where children make serve foods that are very caloric and high in fat at lunch. Here’s a guide how to ap- new friends, experience amazing things, and have a lot of fun. It is important, howproach it properly: • Salad, salad, salad! This is the ever, to make sure to continue a healthy best option for lunch. It can be combined lifestyle in camp by eating right. The with the other options listed here. aforementioned advice should be taken • Bring tuna fish or sardines; they to heart. It is completely tenable to have are healthy and the omega 3 fatty acids an enjoyable, nutritious summer without are very beneficial for your body. a drastic lifestyle change or a restricted • Grilled cheese is fine as long as diet. While food choices and portion sizyou take the right portion. Try to have es are extremely important, make sure only half the to encourage your bread. Cottage children to stay accheese is very tive by participating healthy, too. in organized sports, • Stay away swimming, hiking, from the lasagna and exercising. The and macaroni and level of activity in cheese! children is directly Dinner is correlated to their very hard to plan metabolism. out and pre-preBy eating right Children should eat lots of salad pare food for your and exercising, our at camp during lunch children, so the children can come most important term to remember here is off the buses after the memorable summer feeling great and looking healthier. portion sizes. • Camps will commonly serve Have a great summer! chicken or meat, along with soups and vegetables. • Whichever choice your kids Aliza Beer is a registered dietician with make, they must remember that the dish a Master’s degree in nutrition. She has is healthy as long as it’s the right size. Try a private practice in Cedarhurst, NY. Patients’ success has been featured on to avoid taking a second portion. • Avoid the creamy soups! How- the Dr. Oz Show. Aliza’s new line of preever, a vegetable or broth-based soup is pared, healthy meals-to-go are available at Gourmet Glatt. Aliza can be reached fine. • Try to complement your main at alizabeer@gmail.com. 

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Summer

Little can  match  the  excitement  of  the  first  weeks  of  sum-

that won’t leave your floor a sticky mess!   These three fun ideas 

mer. Long, endless days with no school, lots of water fun, and doz-

are  perfect  for  those  days  between  school  and  camp  or  long, 

ens (and dozens) of freeze pops.  What better way to celebrate 

hot, sticky Sundays with nowhere to go.  It’s also a fabulous day 

summer than with delicious “ices,” “ice cream,” and “lemonade” 

camp activity – it's a “frozen” treat that will actually make it home!

SNOW CONES

ICE CREAM POPS

LEMONADE

You Will Need: Cupcakes Small Styrofoam cups Frosting Red, white and blue colored sugar Small plastic spoons

You Will Need: Brownies Popsicle sticks Icing Sprinkles, nut crunch…. Rectangle cookie cutter (optional)

How to Do It: Take the Styrofoam cup and place a cupcake inside. Frost the top of the cupcake and then sprinkle the colored sugar to resemble a snow cone. Insert plastic spoon for the perfect finishing touch.

How to Do It: Cut brownies into rectangles. Insert popsicle sticks into one of the short sides of the brownie. Using the icing and sprinkles, decorate the brownies to resemble your favorite ice cream pop. Let harden before serving.

You Will Need: Cupcakes Decorative cupcake holders Lemon cream Rock candy Lemon slice candy Pretty straws cut into thirds How to Do It: Insert cupcake into decorative cupcake holder. Ice the cupcake using the lemon cream. Top with rock candy, candied lemon slice, and decorative straw.


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In the Kitchen Naomi Nachman

s r e n in D r e m m u S y s a E

king to make light, ost in full swing, I am loo alm is r me sum t tha w No last week from a I came across an article s. ner din s ou ici del y, health It’s a great magacalled Southern Living. to ibe scr sub I t tha ine magaz spitality and cookrm. It features tips on ho cha ern uth So l rea th wi zine, Southern culture. eresting tidbits regarding int e som has ays alw ing, and try: Baked Zuco recipes that I wanted to tw ed tur fea y the , tly cen Re ted my idea of it Pops. These encapsula Fru zen Fro and ips Ch chini the fresh fruit that kids are always freezing My s. ner din ht lig y, health zen Pops was a out of them. I thought Fro es thi oo sm g kin ma and I buy ast idea, too. also makes a great breakf and ck sna t tha on ist tw great that is also fesnu for a weeknight supper me ner din at gre a is re He to eat chips for dinner? tive. Who doesn’t want e Muscat for a of Baron Herzog Orang ttle bo a th wi rve Se te: No tastes. wonderful integration of

Pistachio Pesto Salmon

Ingredients 1/8 cup Ossie’s pesto sauce (available at Gourmet Glatt) 1/8 cup mayonnaise 1 cup shelled salted pistachios, crushed ½ cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons fresh lemon 2 pounds salmon fillet (one whole side of a salmon) Preparation Mix the pesto and mayonnaise together in a small bowl. Place the salmon on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread the pesto mixture over the fish and set aside. In a food processor, crush the nuts until they are coarsely ground but not too fine; then add the brown sugar and lemon. It should look like wet sand. Pat nut mixture on top of salmon and bake for 25 minutes at 350°.

Baked Zucchini Chips This recipe can also be made gluten-free by using Jeff Nathan’s non-gluten panko. Adapted from Southern Living Magazine Ingredients ½ cup panko ¼ cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves ¼ tsp kosher salt ¼ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese ½ lb zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds 1TBS olive oil Vegetable cooking spray Preparation Preheat oven to 450°. Process first 3 ingredients in a food processor 10 to 15 seconds or until finely ground. Stir together breadcrumb mixture and cheese in a medium bowl. Toss zucchini rounds with oil. Dredge zucchini, 1 round at time, in breadcrumb mixture, pressing gently to adhere. Place rounds in a single layer in a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake 30 minutes or until browned and crisp. Serve hot and immediately.

Creamy Frozen Fruit Pops Also makes a great fun breakfast. You can also use your favorite fruit. I toss in a mango or pineapple too. Ingredients 1 ¼ cups frozen raspberries 1 ¼ cups sliced fresh strawberries ¼ cup honey 1 TBS fresh lemon juice 1/8 tsp table salt 1 (7-oz.) container lowfat plain Greek yogurt 2 TBS milk Preparation Process fruits, honey, lemon juice, and salt in a food processor until smooth. Stir together yogurt and milk. Fold yogurt mixture into fruit mixture. Pour into 10 (2-oz.) pop molds. Top with lids; insert craft sticks, leaving 1 ½ to 2 inches sticking out of pop. Freeze 4 hours or until sticks are solidly anchored and pops are completely frozen. Note: If you don’t have pop molds, you can freeze them in paper cups.

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,www.theaussiegourmet.com or at (516) 295-9669.


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Notable

Quotes

Compiled by Nate Davis

“Say What?” It’s a wonderful day in Maine – in fact, nice enough for a parachute jump. - Tweet by George H. W. Bush on his 90th birthday. He later went skydiving.

I think, frankly, we’ve all been through a cold and bitter winter and the bear has cabin fever. His cabin is a little bit bigger and harder to escape than most. - Senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett explaining why President Obama has been on so many golf trips lately

Before coming to the White House, I struggled as a working parent with a traveling, busy husband to figure out how to feed my kids healthy, and I didn’t get it right. I thought to myself, if a Princeton and Harvardeducated professional woman doesn’t know how to adequately feed her kids, then what are other parents going through who don’t have access to the information I have? - Michelle Obama, in an interview with MSN.com

President Obama’s daughter, Sasha, turned 13 years old today. That means that now he has two teenage girls. But thanks to Congress, he’s used to people ignoring him. – Jimmy Fallon

The campaign manager who helped unseat House Majority Leader Eric Cantor last night is a 23-year-old man who interviewed for a job at Panera Bread last month. Said Cantor, “Is that position still available?” - Seth Myers

George H.W. Bush turned 90 today and he celebrated by jumping out of a plane. Isn’t that cool? So if you include Obama, there were two presidents in freefall today. - Conan O’Brien

Politics is so unpredictable. Whoever runs has to recognize that the American political system is probably the most difficult—even brutal—in the world.   - Hillary Clinton on CBS’s “Sunday Morning”

A man in Virginia Beach has started protesting road conditions while dressed as Spiderman on his days off. Something tells me he has a lot of days off. – Seth Myers

I’ll see you guys in New York. - ISIS leader Bakr al-Baghdadi to U.S. troops upon being released from a detention camp in 2009

The World Cup action is going crazy. Mexico won the match against Cameroon. Thousands of Mexicans are dancing and going crazy in the Mexican city of Los Angeles. - Craig Ferguson

Why would you say something is a miracle in a bottle? I’m concerned that you are melding medical advice, news and entertainment in a way that harms consumers. - Sen. Claire McCaskill (DMO) to Dr. Mehmet Oz at a Congressional hearing about controversial weight-loss products My job is to be a cheerleader for the audience when they don’t think they have hope. I have things I think work for people. I want them to try them so that they feel better. - Dr. Oz in response

Alex Trebek has broken a world record for gameshow hosts, after hosting 6,829 shows in his career. When asked how he’s made it through so many shows, Trebek said, “What is Scotch?” - Jimmy Fallon

The World Cup is underway. A lot of World Cup soccer players have been faking injuries to draw a penalty from the other team. Meanwhile, a lot of Americans have been faking following the World Cup. - Conan O’Brien

The doctor said Obama passed his physical. That’s the first thing he’s passed in the second term. - David Letterman

Tonight we’re joined by the newly crowned Stanley Cup champion, the Los Angeles Kings. And they brought the Stanley Cup with them. You know, it’s easy to forget that these tough, gritty, heavily bearded guys are playing for what is essentially an oversized piece of dinnerware. – Jimmy Kimmel A Whole Foods store in New York will start offering customers cocktails while they shop. It’s part of Whole Foods’ new slogan: “You’d have to be drunk to pay these prices.” - Conan O’Brien


Hypothetically? You bet. - Governor Chris Christie when asked by Jimmy Fallon if he could beat Hillary Clinton in a presidential race

This idea that “let’s fire everybody, let’s pull everybody’s bonus away,” that’s a bunch of [garbage]. - Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson at a town hall meeting angrily rejecting the idea that bonus money paid to VA officials should be used instead to fund a veterans’ suicide prevention

If the last two gaffe-prone weeks have reminded us of anything about Hillary, it’s that she’s a mediocre politician at best. Her shortcomings are significant: she can be stiff and wooden in public; she lacks the aura of a natural politician; she’s not a great public speaker, and she can come across as politically flat-footed and tone deaf – as she did with her “dead broke” response to a rather benign question about relating to the financial challenges of the average voter. People still seem to believe that the Clinton name is synonymous with political skill, but that assumption is only half-true: If Hillary possessed even half of Bill’s political talent and acumen, she wouldn’t have lost to Barack Obama in 2008. – Tom Bevan on RealClearPolitics.com

None of these candidates - The choice that got the most votes (30%) in Nevada’s seven candidate Democratic primary

President Obama surprised tourists by walking to a Starbucks near the White House. Even more surprising, he traded five Taliban members for a grande soy latte. – Seth Myers

“[T]he IRS has determined that Ms. Lerner’s computer crashed in mid-2011. … The data stored on her computer’s hard drive was determined at the time to be “unrecoverable” by IT professionals. - IRS letter last week to the Congressional committee investigating the IRS’s targeting of Tea Party groups, in response to a request for emails You’ve never heard of a computer crashing before? - White House press secretary when asked if it is suspicious that key IRS emails went missing

I was thinking about this prisoner swap. I kind of wish that President Obama would have thought this through a little bit more. Instead of sending five Taliban MVPs over there, he could have just traded one Eric Cantor. - Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham several days before Eric Cantor was defeated in a Republican primary If he can’t take a joke about a prisoner swap, he has no sense of humor. That’s why he lost probably. - Ibid., after being criticized by Cantor in the aftermath of his defeat

Scientists have created a mutant version of the deadly 1918 Spanish flu virus in an effort to better understand how pandemics start. I’m not a scientist, but this is how pandemics start. – Seth Myers

It’s basketball. I understand it’s the media and the sport is the greatest sport in the world. I love it. It’s done so many great things for me, but it’s just basketball. – LeBron James, after the Heat went down 3 games to 1 in the finals, which they ultimately lost

All the global film companies — note that I say “all” not “most” — all the global film companies are owned by Jews. Why did they produce Mickey Mouse? Why did they focus on a mouse? There is a plan to destroy human thought and all of humanity…Mickey Mouse, the rodent, became a hero and a superstar. The destruction of human morality is an old ZionistJewish scheme. - Nabil Hammad, a Saudi Arabian scholar, in a TV interview

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was defeated in the primary election. He spent $5 million on his primary campaign. Ladies and gentlemen, what is wrong with this country when you can no longer buy an election? – David Letterman

The World Cup starts today, which means you’re all about to find out which of your friends lived in Europe for a year. – Seth Myers

Donald Sterling has reversed his decision to sell the Clippers to Steve Ballmer, the former CEO of Microsoft. If Sterling gets his way, the deal will fall through and Ballmer won’t be able to buy the team. When asked about it, Ballmer said, “That’s OK. I’m used to things freezing and then crashing.” - Conan O’Brien

A guy in New York is selling the world’s largest video game collection, which includes 11,000 games. He doesn’t really want to sell it, but he needs some way to pay for the divorce. - Jimmy Fallon

2015 champs - The words confident Detroit Lions fan, David Morian, tattooed on himself, alongside the a Lions insignia and the Lombardi Trophy

It’s Friday the 13th and it’s a full moon. There won’t be another full moon on Friday the 13th until the year 2049. By then it’ll be a national holiday, declared by President Honey Boo Boo. – Craig Ferguson

A Tea Party candidate won Virginia’s Republican primary, mostly on his antiimmigration stance. His first plan is to change the state’s slogan from “Virginia is for lovers” to “Virginia is for lovers who habla ingles.” –Conan O’Brien

While trying to get reelected, Eric Cantor spent $168,000 on steakhouses. Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie said, “That’s all?” - David Letterman

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Over the weekend, Starbucks announced a new program that will pay employees to take online classes at Arizona State. Said Starbucks’ employees, “We already went there. That’s why we work at Starbucks.” - Seth Myers

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Estate Procedures I recently lost a loved one and want to take care of their estate. Is there is simplified way to do so? The Attorney Responds: When a person passes away leaving assets in their own name, their heirs generally have to go through probate or an administration proceeding to transfer those assets. Sometimes, however, the value of the assets is so small that it is not cost effective to bring these proceedings. In those cases, New York allows the heirs to bring a “small estate” or “voluntary administration” proceeding, regardless of whether the decedent left a will or not. Which Assets? Under Article 13 of the SCPA, small estate petitions can only be opened to administer personal property such as bank accounts. Consequently, if the decedent owned real property in his own name, a small estate will not allow his heirs to take control of the property, and a full administration or probate must be brought. It is important to note that jointly owned property, for example a marital home with a spouse, passes by operation of law and does not need to go through administration. Likewise, assets which the decedent owned in joint accounts or with beneficiary designations for others pass outside of the Surrogate Court and do not require court intervention. How Small is Small? Estates consisting of no more than $30,000 in personal assets can be administered by a voluntary administrator. This limit does not include the exempt property that the law gives to the decedent’s spouse or children under 21. For estates larger than $30,000, either the will has to be probated or the estate has to be administered, and the estate will not qualify as a small estate. If during the course of the voluntary administration, the voluntary administrator discovers that the estate is larger than $30,000, he has to notify the court and petition to become the executor or administrator of the estate. Who Can Petition? If the decedent left a will, the named executor in the will has priority to serve. If the decedent died intestate (without

a will), priority goes to the surviving spouse, then the children, then the parents. Procedures To be appointed a voluntary administrator, the petitioner must file an “Affidavit in Relation to Settlement of Estate Under Article 13, SCPA” along with a death certificate in the Surrogate’s Court of county in which the decedent lived. The affidavit should list the specific assets with corresponding values which need to be administered. If the values are unknown, the court will allow the voluntary administrator permission to obtain that information and submit an amended affidavit at a later date with the accurate information. The petitioner must also bring in stamped envelope(s) addressed to the distributees (heirs) of the decedent which the court will use to send notices to those parties. A payment of $1.00 is also due upon filing the affidavit. After the court processes and approves the affidavit, they issue a certificate for each asset listed in the affidavit, which the voluntary administrator can use to collect the assets. The court also instructs the voluntary administrator to open an estate account into which the assets can be deposited and used to pay bills and expenses. An EIN number must be obtained from the IRS for the estate account. Funeral and legal bills incurred by the estate are first bills which are paid. After 7 months, and the payment or settlement of all debts of the estate, the remaining assets are distributed to the distributees. No column is a substitute for competent legal advice. Any additional or different facts could change or affect any legal analysis. Please consult with your legal professional of choice regarding any legal question you may have. Roman Aminov, Esq. is an estate lawyer concentrating in estate planning, elder law, Medicaid planning and probate. For a free consultation, contact him at (347)766-2685 or at www.AminovLaw.com.


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The Fashionable German Colony

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he German Colony is an exciting and upscale Jerusalem neighborhood. It is famous for its main thoroughfare Emek Refaim, which is one of the city’s most popular streets, bustling with activity and boasting cafes, restaurants and trendy boutiques. The German Colony is centrally located, bounded by the old train station to the north, the Greek Colony to the south, Derech Beit Lechem to the east, and Old Katamon to the west. It is walking distance to the city center and a short walk to the Old City. The German Colony was established in 1872 by members of the Temple Society, a German Protestant sect of the Lutheran Church. The Templers purchased a large tract of land situated in Refaim Valley southwest of the Old City – which at the time housed almost all of the city’s population – and built a colony similar to

villages in Germany. The community was comprised of one- and two-story farmhouses with green shutters, red tile roofs and fenced-in gardens, using local Jerusalem stone instead of the traditional wood and brick materials. The German Templers lived in the neighborhood until the middle of World War II, and in 1943 the British government deported the Templers as enemy aliens and Nazi sympathizers. In 1948, the German Colony became home to new olim and quickly became a prominent community due to its prime location coupled with its attractive homes and lush greenery. The neighborhood received a big development boost in 1892 when the city’s main railroad station was constructed next to what is now Liberty Park (Gan Hapa’amon). The railroad station was used for over a hundred years until it finally closed in 1998,

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at which point the city’s main train station was relocated to Malcha, near the well-known Malcha Mall. Recently, the old train station was given a new lease on life when it was renovated and renamed “First Station.” It has become a hub of cultural and recreational activities, as well as the home of countless fine restaurants. After the State of Israel was established, the neighborhood was renamed Rambam in memory of the preeminent philosopher and scholar Maimonides, but – as was the case with a number of Jerusalem neighborhoods such as Baka, whose official name is Geulim, and Katamon, whose official name is Gonen – the new Hebrew name Rambam was never accepted by the public. Today, the neighborhood is called “Hamoshava HaGermanit” or “Hamoshava” for short. In order to preserve the German Colony’s charm, in 1973 the neighborhood was declared a historical site. This landmark designation limited the ability to destroy the older buildings, and as a result, many of the original homes have been restored, which has helped retain the community’s unique character.

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Due to its proximity to numerous cultural and religious institutions and holy sites, the German Colony has become a magnet for Jews from all over the world – especially English-speaking families – who desire a sense of community and also want to take advantage of the myriad cultural, religious and social opportunities in the vicinity. The neighborhood is comprised of people of all ages, including lots of young families, but seniors in particular appreciate the German Colony’s flat terrain, which stands out in a city that is comprised of many hills. Gedaliah Borvick is the founder of My Israel Home (www.myisraelhome.com), a real estate agency focused on helping people from abroad buy and sell homes in Israel. To sign up for his monthly market updates, contact him at gborvick@gmail.com.


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From My Private Art Collection Rebbetzin Naomi N. Herzberg

Welcome to the World of Fabric Painting Part I

Easy Fabric Painting Instructions and Tips: * All fabrics should be pre-washed before applying the paint. * Fabrics containing a loose weave will absorb the paint better. * Test the paint on a small piece of sample fabric when using new fabric before actually starting with the painting. * Please note that colors do appear differently on some fabrics.

* Always insert cardboard between the front and back of the item before painting as the paint might absorb into the underneath layer. * To prevent fabric from sticking to the surface while painting, cover the surface with either wax paper or plastic or cardboard. * Fabrics will get stiff in the areas where you will be applying the acrylic fabric paints. *When ironing, always use a setting marked for

a synthetic fabric which requires a low heat setting. *Always iron on the reverse side of the fabric or else use a cloth to cover the design and then press with the iron on top of the cloth. *Acrylic paints takes about two hours maximum to dry. *The amount of drying time varies depending on the type of fabric you will be using. *Wait at the least four days before washing the fabric item. *The best method to use is hand washing the item inside out. * Hang to dry. DO NOT place in the dryer. * Never use hot water. * Presoaking is a waste of time. * When cleaning the item in a washing machine, always use warm water. * Always use a permanent press cycle which is also known as a gentle cycle. * For best results, clean hand-painted items at a reputable dry cleaner. * Acrylic fabric paints can be diluted with some water in order to thin the paints. * Once a layer of paint is dry, you can paint over the color with another color. * The lighter in weight the fabric is, the faster it will take for the paint to dry. * If you want the colors to run into each other to achieve a watercolor effect, then wet the fabric slightly before applying the paint. * When painting on leather or vinyl, keep in mind that in time the paint may start to peel off as the fabric hardens

with time. * A trick that will help the paint adhere to a leather or vinyl fabric involves first preparing the surface to be painted by spreading rubbing alcohol onto the surface and then letting it dry before painting. * You can also use fine sandpaper to rough up the leather slightly. This step will help the paint adhere to the surface. * Clean leather and vinyl surfaces by simply wiping the fabric with a soft cloth and warm water. * Fabric paints come in bottles, tubes and pens. * Multiple paints can be combined to create one unique design. For best results, try to paint on items or fabrics which are made out of 50% cotton and 50% polyester. To be continued‌

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


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Your Money Allan J. Rolnick, CPA

Honey or Vinegar?

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ack when you were a kid, your mom said you’d catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. (We’re not sure why she thought you’d want to catch flies — she couldn’t have wanted them in her house in the first place.) Apparently, though, Andrew Calcione’s mom never gave him that advice. Or maybe he just didn’t listen. Either way, that failure to communicate wound up costing him big time. Last year, the IRS was auditing Calcione — a former tax preparer from Rhode Island — for 2008, 2009, and 2010. The IRS argued he owed an additional $330,000 in tax. But time was running out on the audit. (They generally can’t assess tax more than three years after the return’s due date or the actual filing date, whichever is later.) So they asked Calcione and his ex-wife Patricia to sign a “Consent to Extend Time to Assess Tax” form. You’re probably asking yourself why on Earth anyone would ever do that. But tax professionals will often tell you to sign so you’ll have more time to defend yourself. If you don’t sign, they’ll just go ahead and hit you with the extra tax and you’ll wind up even deeper in the hole. Calcione signed the consent, but his ex-wife did not. Three months later, the auditor left a voicemail following up. Three days after that, Calcione called back — and instead of betting “honey,” he doubled down on “vinegar.” That vinegar took the form of a profanity-laced tirade with Calcione threatening to show up at the agent’s house and torture him. Then tie him to a chair, gag him, and kill his wife (in front of him). Then kill his daughter. Calcione called back later the same day to say “disregard my previous voicemail.” (Ya think?) But by then it was too late. The agent had called the police. Unfortunately for Calcione, threatening to assault and murder an IRS agent (or member of his family) is a felony, punishable by up to 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

Give Calcione credit for creativity. At first, he said he left the threat to toy with his own daughter — and gosh, just dialed the wrong number. Then he said he meant it for his exwife. (Family dinners at the Calcione house must have been a hoot!) Finally, he claimed he was talking to himself and “accidentally” dialed the agent. All perfectly honest mistakes, right? But District Court Judge William E. Smith wasn’t buying any of it. Last month, he found Calcione guilty on two counts. Now he’s looking at 20 years surrounded by people using similar off-color language when he’s sentenced on September 11. “This Office will continue to protect and seek justice for government officials simply trying to do their jobs on behalf of the people of the United States,” said the prosecutor. “Suffice it to say that we will be seeking the toughest, appropriate sentence in this case.” Oh, and Calcione still owes the tax. We know that you would never be foolish enough to threaten an IRS agent. But we also know you don’t want to pay a penny more than you have to. That’s why we focus on giving you a plan to pay less. And that’s why everything we recommend is court-tested and IRS-approved — so you’ll never have to choose between honey and vinegar!

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


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