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No matter what age, the spirit of Purim is infectious. The excitement isn’t just for one day; the anticipation starts weeks before when children are choosing their costumes and women start thinking about mishloach manos. I, for one, don’t give out mishloach manos with a theme. I prefer a more “simple” food gift for our friends and family. Growing up, my mother was the queen of the theme—one year it was a chocolate carousel, the other year a pineapple was dressed up in sunglasses, and another year a chosson and kallah were sent out. Our neighbors looked forward to see what she cooked up every year, and every year her creations were sure to impress. But those creations took time and I think that after so many years of us curling ribbons and putting on the finishing touches at 1am, I am absolved of creativity when it comes to mishloach manos. If you’re like me, a simple, elegant idea of what to give out is just perfect, and you will love seeing what Esther Ottensoser designed for mishloach manos for this week’s issue. Speaking about Purim, there’s a mitzvah on Purim to drink wine, and Moshe Fink of Chateau de Vin answers some of our readers’ wine questions this week in honor of Purim. If you’d like to know the differences between wines or scotches, or if you’d like to know which wine to serve with which course at the seudah, make sure to read his article. The AIPAC Convention in Washington brings together American Jews from all backgrounds in support of the State of Israel. Times are tough now for Israel: Secretary of State Kerry is breathing down their necks to come to a “peaceful” solution to the Palestinian problem and Iran is successfully deceiving the world while planning for Israel’s destruction. What Israel truly needs now is a friend. But is America still the ally it was just a few years ago? Tzvi Dear tackles this question in his recap on the convention this week. As always, we look forward to hearing from our readers. Feel free to email me at And keep us in mind for your Purim photos! Email them to me by Monday, Shushan Purim to have them included in our TJH Purim album!




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Letters to Dear Editor, On Sunday night, March 9, we will be marking the shloshim of my dear wife Esther Lerer A”H. Thirty days will have passed since her petirah and the realization that this was not only a personal tragedy for my family but also for the community at large has been apparent. Members of the community from all walks of life came to pay a shiva call. From roshei yeshiva to the security guard at Darchei Torah, friends, acquaintances and just about every young person that grew up near us came to our home, each one with their own personal story about Esther Lerer. From the moment of Esther’s petirah, the great and awesome Far Rockaway/Five Towns chessed machine that we all know so well came alive. Business associates and friends from outside the community were astounded at the outpouring of chessed that we were the beneficiaries of. I explained to them that in the past Esther participated in many of these same chessed roles, but even if not, we live in a very special community. We almost take it for granted. Somehow the levaya at Rabbi Brown’s shul was organized within hours, our house was stocked with everything we needed upon coming home from the levaya, and during the week of shiva, friends assisted our relatives in making sure that the needs of myself, my six children and my wife’s mother and three siblings would be met. After shiva, many of our friends have been occupied in making sure our family returns to “normal.” Meals are arranged by individuals and even certain local food establishments. The number of offers to pick up my daughter from school or otherwise and take her places are astounding. Some of our friends organized a special shiur for women in the White Shul that I was told was not only extremely well attended but inspiring as well. It goes without saying that we are all lucky to live in such a community.

I have tried to thank people when I see them; unfortunately, I don’t even know who has helped behind the scenes. Therefore, on behalf of my family and myself, please accept this sincere expression of hakoras hatov to the entire community. Mordy Lerer and Family Dear Editor, Your article this week on Aharon Karov was inspiring and moving. His story is in essence the story of the Jewish people. So many times throughout the generations we have gone out to fight for our nation and for our brothers against those who hate us. Unfortunately, we have become hurt and scarred in our battles against our enemies. But we manage to survive because of Hashem’s mercy and miracles. The prayers of our brothers and their encouragement and commitment to our healing is what propels us to continue our fight and stand proud in our faith. May we always show unity and strength for each other and may we erase any divisions that may separate us in our hearts. In this zechus, we should all be zoche to a true yeshua. Aaron Shalom Levy Dear Editor, Purim is approaching and as it’s a busy day, I’d like to remind your readers that it is a most holy day and that one should make sure to set aside time for davening and Tehillim. Between hearing the megillah, costumes, mishloach manos, visiting friends and family, the seudah and so much more, we may get carried away and not be able to feel the awesomeness of the day. But remember, Hashem remembered the Jews and sent them a miraculous yeshuah on Purim. It should be a day set aside for pleading to Hashem for His Divine mercy. Think about your family and friends and keep them in mind as well when davening on this special day. Sharon T. Jamaica Estates, NY

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the Editor Dear Editor, They say when parents name a child they have a sense of Ruach Hakodesh. The name Esther Necha, suited Esther Lerer A”H perfectly. Esther in Hebrew is hidden. This was Esther’s essence. Every chessed she did was done b’seser. At the levaya and throughout shiva, we heard many stories about the good things and hidden chasadim Esther performed. Someone who was very close to Esther turned to me and said, “You know, everything they said at the levaya was 100% true, through and through.” Esther was a giver, not a taker. When her sister-in-law was sick, Esther stood by her side. Her children are so fortunate to have had a mother like Esther. She went out of her way to always make sure her children were taken care of in school. She was always concerned about everyone else. When she revealed her illness, she didn’t want anyone’s sympathy, just for you to work on yourself in her zechus and strengthen your connection to Hashem. Her second name, Necha, comfort, epitomizes Esther A”H. Esther was there to comfort you in the hardest of times. Her sharp sense of humor could send you into a fit of laughter. Just hearing Esther laugh made you want to laugh! Esther wasn’t

a big spender on the gashmius things in life and when she did spend for you, you knew she loved you. Just like Esther Hamalka, Esther fought for what she believed in. She couldn’t understand how women could dress not b’tzinius or why people couldn’t get along with each other. We all miss Esther tremendously. The best way to remember her is by working on the things Esther valued most: tzinius and our middos, bein adam l’chavairo. Although she is no longer with us in Olam Hazeh, we know Esther is in Shamayim right next to the Kisei HaKavod, davening for us all. Esther leaves a great void in our community and in all our hearts. Iy”H we should be zoche to see Mashiach bimhera b’yameinu in part because of all the zechusim we earn in Esther’s zechus. A Friend

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Hours after President Obama warned Russian President Vladimir Putin last Friday that “there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine,” Russian forces took full

control of the Crimean region of the Ukraine, with over 6,000 forces stationed there. Although gaining control over the entire Ukraine would certainly go a long way to bringing back the USSR—a dream many believe is still alive in Putin’s fantasies—the mere fact that he took control of the Crimean region is not necessarily an indication of further designs. The Crimean region has always been closely associated with Russia: it was transferred by the Soviet Union to Ukraine in 1954; it hosts the Russian military’s Black Sea Fleet; it is the only region in Ukraine where ethnic Russians are a majority. Even so, Putin’s invasion of a sovereign nation’s territory is disconcerting. Ukraine’s acting Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk decried, “This is actually a declaration of war on my country.” He said, “If [Putin] wants to be the president who started a war between two neighboring and friendly countries, he has reached his target within a few inches.” Kiev ordered a call-up of military reserves, but also instructed its troops not to respond to Russian military “provocations” for fear of triggering a bloodbath as Russian forces in Crimea restricted Ukrainian units’ movements and demanded they surrender their weapons. The Obama administration issued a

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And you thought New York was expensive. It turns out that it costs a lot to live— especially if you don’t live in the U.S. Last week, The Economist came out with its annual list of the world’s most expensive cities. The calculations were based on the cost of a loaf of bread, a bottle of wine, a liter of gasoline and a pack of cigarettes. (These are obviously necessities for some…) So where should we not be settling down? Here are the five most expensive cities in the world:

Oslo and Melbourne tied for the number five and four spots. In Melbourne, a loaf of bread costs $4.87 and gas costs a whopping $5.64. In Oslo, a loaf of bread costs $6.31 (let them eat cake) and a gallon of gas costs $9.88. I guess they all bike to work. Sydney, another Australian city, is the third most expensive place to live. Bread there costs $5.03 and gas costs $5.68 a gallon. I guess you better reconsider living down under. Aside from staying away from Australia, you’d best be served to avoid Japan. Osaka, Japan, is the second most expensive place in the world to live. Bread costs $7.94 and gas costs $7.42. In Tokyo, the world’s most expensive city, bread costs $9.06 and gas costs $7.46. The Japanese capital has been the most expensive city all but six times since 1992, earning it the title “Land of the Rising Sums.” I guess that’s why they eat so much sushi. In case you’re wondering if there are cheaper places to settle down, take heart. Some places are still a bargain. The least expensive cities on The Economist’s list are Algiers, Katmandu, New Delhi, Mumbai and, cheapest of all,

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strong verbal rebuke to Putin but has expressly ruled out military intervention. Secretary of State Kerry accused Putin of acting “in 19th-century fashion by invading another country on a completely trumped up pretext.” But he also said, “The last thing anybody wants is a military option in this kind of situation.” Although Putin in all likelihood does not have to worry about military pushback, he may face biting repercussions such as economic sanctions and diplomatic isolation from other nations. Although this standoff is taking place in the Eastern Hemisphere and involves a longstanding relationship between at-times friendly and at-times bickering neighbors, in Washington, President Obama is taking flack for the invasion. Many political pundits have taken swings at the president over his handling of this matter and, even more, over his inability to see this coming. During one of the 2012 presidential debates, when Mitt Romney declared that Russia poses a geopolitical threat, Mr. Obama mocked Romney and declared: “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.” Less than a half year later, it looks like President Obama wouldn’t think that line is so cute anymore. Putin—who Forbes Magazine recently named the most powerful person in the world ahead of Mr. Obama— seems to be showing his gravitas. Obama, on the other hand, seems just as lost as other leaders, who are flailing for a way to quickly end this standoff. “I think Putin is playing chess, and I think we’re playing marbles. And I don’t think it’s even close,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., said on “Fox News Sunday.” Republican Arizona Senator John McCain sought to directly tie the crisis to President Obama and surmised on Friday, “President Putin does not have a great deal of respect for President Obama.” Russian President Vladimir Putin may have invaded Ukraine because he’s unafraid of a weak White House, he said. How and when this crisis will end is anybody’s guess. But one thing is certain: Vladimir Putin plays by his own rules. And he plays hard.

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Now that the Olympics are over, the competitors are all back in their hometowns enjoying their time to relax. In Russia, if you’re returning to your dom (that’s home in Russian) with a gold medal around your neck, you are luckier than most winners. This year, Russia gave all of its gold medalists in the Sochi Games $120,000, plus a brand-new Mercedes GL SUV. Silver medalists got $76,000 and a Mercedes ML, and bronze medalists got $52,000 and a Mercedes GLK. Gold medalist Julia Lipnitskaya is only 15-years-old, so she received a personal driver along with her luxury vehicle since she is officially under the legal driving age in her country. The winners this year truly were lucky. In the 2012 London Games, winners received cars as well, but they were Audis and not luxurious Mercedes. To be fair, all the 2012 winners also received personal drivers along with their over-the-top gift. Russia rewards its gold medalists with the highest prizes in the world. In the United States, gold medalists receive $25,000, silver medalists receive $15,000 and bronze medalists receive $10,000. (How much is the back of the Wheaties box worth?) If you really want to win the big bucks, head over to Kazakhstan. There gold medalists can win up to $250,000—although the country has yet to have a gold medalist at the Olympics in over 20 years. Of course, not all athletes benefit quite so handsomely. Dario Cologna of Switzerland won two golds in cross-country skiing. His reward from his hometown? A pig, which he named “Sochi.”

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the richest of us all? This week, Forbes released its annual ranking of the world’s billionaires. The list has gotten longer and richer than in years’ past, with 1,645 billionaires in total with an aggregate net wealth of $6.4 trillion, up from $5.4 trillion just a year ago. 268 new billionaires were added to the list, including a record 42 new women. Bill Gates is back on top after a four-year hiatus, reclaiming the title of world’s richest person from telecom mogul Carlos Slim Helu of Mexico, who ranked No. 1 for the past four years. Gates, whose fortune rose by $9 billion in the past year, has held the top spot for 15 of the past 20 years. Spanish clothing retailer Amancio Ortega (best known for the Zara fashion chain) retains the No. 3 spot for the second year in a row, extending his lead over Warren Buffett, who is again No. 4. American gambling tycoon Sheldon Adelson, who added $11.5 billion to his pile, makes it back into the top ten for the first time since 2007. It’s not easy getting onto the top of the list: a record net worth of $31 billion was needed to make the top 20, up from $23 billion last year. The year’s biggest dollar gainer was Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, whose fortune jumped $15.2 billion to $28.5 billion, as shares of his social network soared. Tech, and more specifically Facebook, helped propel numerous fortunes lately. The company’s COO, Sheryl Sandberg, joins the ranks for the first time, as does Facebook’s longtime vice president Jeff Rothschild. Also, thanks to a $19 billion deal (including restricted stock) with Facebook, WhatsApp founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton join the ranks of Silicon Valley’s wealthiest for the first time. They are 4 of 26 newcomers whose fortunes come from technology, 10 of whom are American, including Dropbox CEO Drew Houston and Workday cofounder Aneel Bhusri.    Continued on page 17

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Thanks to the tech boom and a strong stock market, the U.S. once again leads the world with 492 billionaires, followed by China with 152 and Russia with 111. But wealth is spreading to new places. Billionaires were found for the first time in Algeria, Lithuania, Tanzania and Uganda. Also for the first time, an African, Aliko Dangote of Nigeria, breaks into the top 25. Worth $25 billion, he moved up 20 spots. Roughly two-thirds of the billionaires built their own fortunes, 13% inherited them and 21% have been adding onto fortunes they received. Other notable newcomers include World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Vince McMahon, fashion king Michael Kors and Denise Coates of UK online betting firm Bet365. Of course, not all news is good news. Turkey lost 19 billionaires this year due to inflation and a sagging stock market. Indonesia, whose currency tumbled 20% against the dollar, now has 8 fewer ten-figure fortunes. Altogether 100 people dropped out of the ranks, while another 16 passed away.    So who are the richest people in the world? As we mentioned, Bill Gates, 58, is once again at number one with a net worth of a whopping $76 billion. The self-made do-gooder is worth $9 billion more than a year ago and has given away more than $28 billion in his lifetime so far, working to eradicate polio and getting fellow billionaires more involved in philanthropy. Carlos Slim, 74, is the second wealthiest person in the world. He is also self-made with a net worth of $72 billion. Amancio Ortega of La Coruna, Spain, is the third wealthiest person on the globe with a net worth of $64 billion. The 77-year-old is also self-made and has grown his portfolio $26.5 billion in the past two years. Ortega’s father was a railway worker and he worked as a gofer in a shirt store before making his fortune. American Warren Buffett is now number four on the list with a net worth of $58.2 billion. The 83-yearold lives in Omaha, Nebraska, and also earned his immense fortune on his own, with no family money. CEO of Oracle, Larry Ellison, 69, has a net worth of $48 billion, making him the fifth richest person in the world. A resident of Woodside, California, the self-made billionaire’s daughter has financed many successful Hollywood films. Charles and David Koch came in tied at the sixth and seventh spots with a net worth of $40 billion each. Their wealth is in part inherited and growing. With a net worth of $38 billion, Sheldon Adel-

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On Monday, North Korea deported an Australian missionary detained for spreading Christianity in the country, saying he apologized for his anti-state religious acts and requested forgiveness. John Short had been arrested by authorities on February 16, the birthday of Kim Jong Il, a national holiday, for secretly spreading Bible tracts near a Buddhist temple. Prior to his release, Short, 75, admitted he committed a crime that hurt the Korean people’s trust in their leaders and that he apologized for his behavior. “I now realize the seriousness of my insult to the Korean people on February 16th because I made the Korean people angry and for this I truly apologize,” Short was quoted as saying in a written apology, according to separate KCNA report. “I am willing to bow down on my knees to request this tolerance of [North Korea] and the Korean people.” KCNA said North Korea decided to expel him in part out of consideration for his age. The missionary arrived on Monday on a flight to Beijing, where he declined to speak to reporters, saying he was too tired, and was escorted to a vehicle from the Australian Embassy. “Clearly this is welcome news for Mr. Short, his family and his supporters,” Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said in a statement. “Australian consular officials stand ready to provide assistance to Mr. Short to ensure he can return to his home in Hong Kong as soon as possible.”


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The Week North Korea’s constitution guarantees freedom of religion, but in practice only sanctioned services are tolerated by the government. Defectors from the country have said that the distribution of Bibles and secret prayer services can mean banishment to a labor camp or execution. North Korea typically frees foreign detainees after they’ve admitted their crimes, but many say after their releases that their confessions were given involuntarily and under duress. The Hermit Kingdom has been holding Korean-American missionary Kenneth Bae since November 2012. Bae, sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for hostile acts, held a similar news conference to apologize for his behavior. This was not the first arrest for Mr. Short. The missionary from Barmera, South Australia, has been arrested multiple times while evangelizing in mainland China. He was banned from entering China for nearly two years after his second arrest in 1996. Authorities later let him back in and he was arrested several more times for “speaking out about the brutality against Chinese Christians.” He lived in Hong Kong for 50 years.

Mass Stabbing at Chinese Train Station

On Saturday night, a group of knife-wielding assailants burst into a train station in southern China and slashed at least 29 people to death and injured more than 100 others. The attack was described as a “premeditated violent terrorist attack.” The group of assailants—including six men and two women—was identified as Uighur separatists from China’s restive Xinjiang region. Authorities shot dead four of the assailants and at least four have been arrested since the incident. Abdurehim

In News Kurban has been named as the leader of their group. Local news in Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan province, depicted gruesome scenes of victims sprawled on the train station floor splattered in blood. The attack startled the nation, as an attack this vicious and this large is rarely seen in China. China’s President Xi Jinping ordered “all-out efforts” to punish the attackers, “crack down on violent terrorist activities in all forms, safeguard social stability and guarantee the safety of people’s lives and property.” A witness to the gruesome scene, Yang Haifei, told state media the station transformed in an instant into a scene of panic and confusion, with everyone running away from the men in black. Yang said he was slashed in the chest and back. Those who were slower in getting out of the way were the most severely injured, he said, “They just fell on the ground.” The train attack comes on the heels of a spate of incidents that Chinese authorities have identified as acts of terrorism, including a jeep that crashed into Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in October.

The jeep killed three who were inside and two pedestrians and injured at least 40 others. Authorities attributed the attack to men who appeared to be Muslim extremists, and a resulting increase in anti-terrorism security since then has focused on ethnic minorities, particularly Muslim Uighurs in the Western region of Xinjiang. Many Uighur leaders have condemned the violence but also continued to report oppression by the official policies of China’s authoritarian government and by widespread discrimination within Chinese society. At a news briefing on Monday, Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said, “The flag of the East Turkistan Islamic Movement terrorist group was indeed found at the scene, among other evidence.”

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likely to kill than car accidents. But in some countries, such as Namibia, a person is 53 percent more likely to die in automobile collision than from cancer. And in Qatar, you’re more than five times as likely to die in a car accident than from a stroke. Stay off the road.

Israel One of the Safest Places to Drive in the World

The day after the attack on the school, Muslim terrorists attacked several other towns and killed 37 people. The attacks consisted of the burning and looting of various shops, banks and

A recent study has revealed where are the most dangerous places in the world to drive. Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle poured over information published by the World Health Organization to compile their report. They took into account other fatalities in those countries, including those from heart disease, cancer and strokes. On average, those three illnesses are more

Where can drivers and pedestrians feel most safe? These ten countries enjoy the least amount of fatal car accidents a year: Switzerland, Netherlands, Antigua and Barbuda, Tonga, Israel, Marshall Islands, Fiji, Malta, Tajikistan and Maldives. The United States comes in at number eighteen, on average. In general, the report revealed, “For the world, fatalities from road crashes represented 2.1% of fatalities from all causes.” Fasten your seatbelts, folks.

Israel The most dangerous countries in the world, listed in order of severity, are listed here. Driving and even walking in these countries can be fatal. Namibia, Thailand, Iran, Sudan, Swaziland, Venezuela, Congo, Malawi, Dominican Republic and Iraq fall in the top ten for countries with the most fatal amounts of car accidents in the world.

Israel to Place Anti-Missile System on Passenger Jets Last week, Israel’s Defense Ministry announced that the country has successfully completed a series of tests of an anti-missile defense system for passenger jets. Elbit System’s C-Music system –

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in a pre-dawn attack in Nigeria. The terror group called Boko Haram—which means “Western education is sin”— used knives, guns, and fire in the brutal attack. Teachers at the school said that before the attack, the terrorists gathered the female students together and told them to get married and to abandon their education. The group says it aims to replace Nigeria’s political leadership and establish a new state under strict Islamic law.

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The Week whose Hebrew name translates to “Sky Shield” – is designed to protect commercial airliners against shoulder-fired missiles. Israel’s Army Radio reported that several Israeli passenger planes have already been outfitted with the gear. The system detects incoming missiles with a thermal camera. When the missile reaches a certain proximity to the aircraft, the system fires a laser at the missile’s seeker which deflects it off of its trajectory, allowing it to explode at a safe distance from the aircraft. “The experiments, carried out in southern Israel, were some of the most complex and sophisticated ever carried out in Israel,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. “They simulated a range of threats that the C-Music system will have to deal with.”

“C-Music is considered the most advanced system of its kind in the world, and will provide ultimate defense to planes,” the ministry said. “It combined advanced detection and disruption technologies, and meets the stringent requirements of commercial flight.” The name C-Music stands for Commercial-Multi Spectral Infrared Countermeasure. Elbit Systems President and CEO Bezhalel Machlis said the system is applicable both to commercial and military jets and that the defense contractor has already received orders from the Brazilian and Italian air forces. The system can’t be applied to planes too soon. In 2002, terrorists fired shoulder-launched missiles at an Israeli Arkia Airlines passenger plane as it was taking off from Mombasa in Ken-

Million Man Atzeres On Sunday, Rosh Chodesh Adar, 300,000 frum Jews attended a “Million Man March” in Jerusalem against the proposed draft law. The protest and mass gathering for tefillah was largely peaceful and sealed off the entrance to Jerusalem for hours. Participants joined in Tehillim together and held up placards to rise up for the “Torah of Moshe.” There was a sea of black and white as thousands turned out for the atzeres. Despite the spirit of the month of Adar, the rally took up a somber tone, with tefillos and Tehillim being said fervently, shaking the heavens. Some men wore sackcloth, symbolizing mourning for the law. Flyers were handed out, reminding participants about Esther HaMalka’s plight and her salvation years ago. Just as Hashem’s mercy came swiftly, so too He should send His salvation here as well.

A young man from the Yad Aharon yeshiva said, “Torah built this country, and it must continue.”


In News ya. Thankfully, the two missiles missed their target and the plane landed safely in Tel Aviv.

Arabs Set Fire to Police Station

Additionally, on several occasions in recent years, Israeli airlines were instructed to halt domestic service to the southern port and resort city of Eilat due to the threat of possible shoulder-fired missile attacks from terrorists operating in the bordering Sinai Peninsula in Egypt.

On Wednesday, Jerusalem Arabs set ablaze a police station next to the Lions’ Gate in Jerusalem. Aryeh King, Jerusalem city councilman, was present at the scene of the attack and managed to document it. According to King, instead of stopping the attackers, police officers fled the scene. “Unfortunately the prime minister is instructing the authorities to avoid eastern Jerusalem, and these are the results,” charged King. “Last night the funeral of a terrorist was held there, they marched from the Mount of Olives towards the Lions’ Gate attacking everything in their path and didn’t let Jews pass,” reported King. He

The chief rabbis of Israel, Rabbi David Lau and Rabbi Yitzchok Yosef shlita, came down to join in Tehillim with organizers. But their participation was controversial as they are civil servants of the government who are not allowed

to participate in political events. In response, Rabbi Lau explained that they went downstairs from their offices to the nearby rally to recite some perakim of Tehillim and to daven for achdus and badly needed rain in the country.

“The most difficult thing to overcome is their terror,” Dr. Sasha S. said softly. “All their lives they have been told that Israelis are evil, they are the devil. They come to us because they have no choice. But they are terrified.”

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The young doctor, a captain in the 7th Armored Brigade of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), is stationed at the IDF field hospital on the border with Syria, under the shadow of Mount Hermon. She spoke last week to a group of Americans at the Mount Bental observation point, not more than five kilometers from the border town of Quneitra, deserted since the 1967 war with Israel. The physician told the visitors about her first patient, an elderly man with abdominal gunshot wounds that would

to-play process,” the 11 senators wrote to Napolitano. In response to this revelation, State Department rep Peter Boogaard said, “DHS doesn’t condone discrimination of any kind, and a preclearance agreement in no way suggests support for any specific airline or policy.” The UAE is one of 34 countries with no diplomatic relations with Israel.


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facility fast-tracks Abu Dhabi travelers to the United States by allowing them to clear customs more easily and bypass long lines. But the carrier, owned by the United Arab Emirates, has an official travel-route map that shows all surrounding countries, including Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and Cyprus — but not the Jewish State or its major cities. But it doesn’t stop there. Etihad also has refused to transport any Israelis, who aren’t allowed in the UAE. In 2010, it even began teaching its flight agents how to identify Israeli travelers by their “accents and traits,” the BBC has reported. Etihad is the sole airline that provides service between Abu Dhabi and U.S. cities, including New York, Chicago and Washington. Last May, U.S. senators blasted then-DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano for funding the facility. They noted Etihad would be the only carrier to benefit from the facility, which opened in January and handles fewer than 1,000 travelers a day. “We question whether the department is choosing preclearance locations based on risk or based on a pay-

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King, who lives in Maaleh Zeitim on the Mount of Olives, noted that the incident merely highlights an endemic failure of the capital’s security. “The security in eastern Jerusalem is abandoned, women don’t dare go to the mikveh in Armon Hanatziv, in Park Hamesilah next to Beit Tzafafa people are robbed in broad daylight,” the councilman pointed out. He added that Arab residents “build wherever they want,” without enforcement of the building laws. “The Americans are disconnected from reality,” charged King, referring to “peace talks” negotiated by U.S. Secretary of State Kerry. “Don’t they understand the Arabs don’t want eastern Jerusalem? They want all of Jerusalem.”

have been fatal had he not sought treatment from the Israelis. Though the field hospital is outfitted with surgical, orthopedic, and anesthesia units, after initial treatment he still needed to be transported to the intensive care unit in a hospital in Safed. “He was so terrified, he would not look at us,” she said. “He would only look at the ceiling, and he refused to talk. After several days, he started to open up. My Arabic is only medical, so I couldn’t talk about much, but I tried to reassure him. Eventually we brought him back to the border, at a different spot from where he came into Israel. … I remember him well, because he was my first patient.” “I can understand their terror,” Sasha continued. “After all the propaganda they have heard against Israel, suddenly they are dropped among soldiers, all dressed in green uniforms, with flak vests and helmets and weapons—even the doctors. No wonder they are terrified,” she added. Many Israeli doctors volunteer to serve at the field hospital, Sasha told, because they want to get experience with the type of injuries the Syrians are exhibiting: gunshot wounds, blast injuries, damaged limbs. She noted that, as the number of terrorist attacks have diminished in the past decade, such injuries within Israel are fortunately rare. “Ten years ago, I was doing my training at Hadassah Hospital. A whole generation of doctors has grown up without this kind of experience,” she noted. (In 2007 the number of terrorist bombings within Israel thankfully dropped dramatically to one, with three killed, from a high of 47, with 238 killed, in 2002.) About 750 Syrians have been treated at the field hospital since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war, according to Sasha. Asked how she felt about the possibility that she might be treating a member of al Qaeda, Sasha replied, “It doesn’t matter. What can I do? The patient needs my help. I am a doctor.”


adds that once the group arrived at Lions’ Gate they burned the police station.

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The Week hu, President Obama stated that Israel faces a “bleak future” of “ international isolation and demographic disaster” if Prime Minister Netanyahu refuses to endorse a U.S.-drafted framework agreement for peace with the Palestinians. Mr. Obama argued that the Palestinians deserve “the dignity of a state.” Obama said that his message to Netanyahu would be: “If not now, when? And if not you, Mr. Prime Minister, then who?” Obama’s tone seemed right in line with Israel bashers. He pondered: “Do you resign yourself to what amounts to a permanent occupation of the West Bank? Is that the character of Israel as a state for a long period of time? Do you perpetuate, over the course of a decade or two decades, more and more restrictive policies in terms of Palestinian movement? Do you place restrictions on Arab-Israelis in ways that run counter to Israel’s traditions?” Although Mr. Obama professed friendship to Israel, he seemed to go along with the veiled “boycott thread” made by Secretary of State Kerry last month. “If you see no peace deal and continued aggressive settlement con-

struction…If Palestinians come to believe that the possibility of a contiguous sovereign Palestinian state is no longer within reach, then our ability to manage the international fallout is going to be limited,” he said.

National Fifty Years after Ali vs. Liston: Was the Fight Fixed?

Fifty years ago, Cassius Clay, later known as Muhammad Ali, catapulted himself to the top of the boxing world when he defeated heavyweight champion Sonny Liston. Before Ali got in

In News the ring with the heavyweight champion, Liston had knocked out the former heavyweight champion in the first round. Liston, 32, was considered by many to be the best fighter ever, and the 22-year-old Ali was seen as the underdog with a light punch and an inability to take a punch. Ali, though, was confident. In fact, on the day that the fight was announced, he drove to Liston’s home, with the press in tow, waking the champion at 3:00 am shouting, “Come on out of there. I’m gonna whip you now.” When the fight got underway it quickly became apparent that Liston was overmatched. Although the former champion won some of the earlier rounds, Ali was much quicker and more energetic. By the sixth round it was apparent that Ali was getting the better of Liston. In fact, in the middle of the sixth round, Ali looked down at the reporters near the ropes and screamed, “I’m gonna upset the world.” The fight ended after the sixth round when a bruised Liston did not come out for the seventh round. Howard Cosell, broadcasting at ringside, made the famous call when he shouted, “Wait a

minute! Wait a minute! Sonny Liston is not coming out!” Ali was declared the winner by technical knockout. It was the first time since 1919 that a heavyweight champion had quit sitting on his stool. But it turns out that the fight may have been fixed. According to documents obtained by The Washington Times, the FBI believed that the fight may have been fixed by the mob. In a memo addressed to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, it notes that a Houston gambler named Barnett Magidsr told the FBI that Ash Resnick, a Las Vegas gambler with organized crime connections, told him several weeks before the fight that he thought Liston would win. But, on the day of the fight, Resnick changed his tune. According to the report, “At about noon on the day of the fight, [Magids] reached Resnick again by phone, and at this time, Resnick said for him to not make any bets, but just go watch the fight on pay TV and he would know why and that he could not talk further at that time.” According to the FBI document, a week after the fight “there was an article in Sports Illustrated writing up Resnick Continued on page 28

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Best Tip Cities in America Thinking of becoming a waiter? Then you ought to know in which cities you will get the most tips. According to a study by payments company Square of

10 major metropolitan cities around the U.S., Chicagoans tip more often than any other major city studied—63% of those in the study tip an average of 16.7%. Tippers in Denver, though, leave the largest tips—16.8% for their servers. Diners in New York came in fifth on the list with 58% tipping an average 15.6% tip. Don’t feel too bad about the

45% of New Yorkers who forget their waiters. In Tampa and Atlanta, only 51% of diners tip, although they give an average 16.4% and 16.3% tip, respectively.

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since they were young. “I hope he spends as little time as possible in an immigration jail and can enjoy as soon as possible his mother, his wife, his family, and we’ll see when we might be able to meet,” Hojas stated in a Cuban newspaper. The Cuban Five have sometimes been linked to the case of American Alan Gross, who has spent four years in a Cuban prison after he was arrested

In News while working covertly to set up Internet access for the Jewish community in Cuba. He was working as a subcontractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development, which Cuba considers bent on undermining its government. Cuba has suggested it might swap Gross for the Cuban Five – now down to three – but unfortunately for Gross, Washington has rejected any such deal. Gonzalez was originally sentenced

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to 19 years but had his prison term reduced after the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said he was wrongly labeled a supervisor of other spies for certain activities. Two others also had their prison sentences reduced by that same court order, including 55-year-old Antonio Guerrero, who is set for release in September 2017. Rene Gonzalez, who is not related to Fernando Gonzalez, finished his prison sentence in 2011 but spent more than a year on probation in the U.S. until a judge allowed him to return to Cuba. Rene Gonzalez, a Chicago native, had dual U.S.-Cuban citizenship, and he renounced his U.S. citizenship after returning to Havana. One of the five, Gerardo Hernandez, is serving a life prison sentence for murder conspiracy for his role in the 1996 killings of four “Brothers to the Rescue” pilots whose planes were shot down by Cuban fighter jets. The organization dropped pro-democracy leaflets over Cuba and assisted Cuban migrants trying to reach the U.S.

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Asiana Airlines Penalized for its Response after Crash

Is that LeBron James or Batman?

just a player ... and I will abide.” Just in case you think the mask change may have negatively impacted LeBron, last Monday night he hit eight straight three point shots and scored 61 points.

Need to Make a Big Decision? Dim the Lights The next time you want to turn down the emotional intensity before making an important decision, you may want to dim the lights first. A new study from the University of Toronto Scarborough shows that human emotion, whether positive or negative, is felt more intensely under bright light. The study authors conducted a series of studies to examine the unusual paradox of lighting and human emotion. “Other evidence shows that on sunny days people are more optimistic about the stock market, report higher wellbeing and are more helpful while extended exposure to dark, gloomy days can result in seasonal affective disorder,” says Professor Alison Jing Xu Xu. “Contrary

to these results, we found that on sunny days depression-prone people actually become more depressed,” she says, pointing to peaks in suicide rates during late spring and summer when sunshine is abundant. The study asked participants to rate a wide range of things—the spiciness of chicken-wing sauce, the aggressiveness of a fictional character, their feelings about specific words, and the taste of two juices—under different lighting conditions. The results: under bright lights emotions are felt more intensely. In the brighter room participants wanted spicier chicken wing sauce, thought the fictional character was more aggressive, felt better about positive words and worse about negative words, and drank more of the “favorable” juice and less of the “unfavorable” juice.

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On July 6, Asiana Flight 214 clipped a seawall upon landing in San Francisco. Three people died and dozens were injured in the crash. One of the victims, a 16-year-old girl, apparently survived being ejected onto the tarmac, only to be run over by a fire truck in the confusion. Recently, U.S. Department of Transportation officials revealed that it took the South Korean airline five days to contact the families of all the 291 passengers onboard. Additionally, a crash hotline that was set up was initially routed to an automated reservations line, resulting in more angst and anguish among the families. Last Tuesday, in the first penalty of its kind, federal transportation officials docked Asiana Airlines $500,000 for failing to promptly contact passengers’ families and keep them informed about their loved ones after the deadly crash last year at San Francisco International airport. Never before has the department concluded that an airline broke U.S. laws requiring prompt and generous assistance to the loved ones of crash victims. Many of the passengers were from China and South Korea; as such, their only means of information was via the airline, which was half a world away. “The last thing families and passengers should have to worry about at such a stressful time is how to get information from their carrier,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx pointed out. Under a consent order the airline signed with the department, Asiana will pay a $400,000 fine and get a $100,000 credit for sponsoring industry-wide conferences and training sessions through 2015 to discuss lessons learned from the situation. In a statement emailed to The Associated Press, Asiana spokeswoman Hyomin Lee said the airline “provided extensive support to the passengers and their families following the accident and will continue to do so.” Even so, the

airline said in the consent order that its response immediately after the crash was slowed because it occurred on a holiday weekend when staffing was short. The airline also said it was not alone among foreign airlines with “few trained employees to attend to post-accident responsibilities,” and it noted that it had assigned a special representative to each passenger and family within a few days of the crash; flown in family members from overseas; and provided professional crisis counseling through the Red Cross. Many airlines invest in crash preparedness and family assistance planning, but a minority are “using lip service and euphemisms in their plans,” said Robert A. Jensen, whose company has contracts with hundreds of airlines to help after an accident. “It’s time that some of the airlines that have been flying under the radar be held accountable,” said Jensen, CEO of Kenyon International Emergency Services. “Somebody finally got caught.”

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U.S. Expels Venezuelan Diplomats

In News the Americans of recruiting students to lead protests in Caracas against President Nicolas Maduro. Washington called the accusations “baseless and false.” The State Department said Venezuela’s First Secretary Ignacio Luis Cajal Avalos, First Secretary Victor Manuel Pisani Azpurua, and Second Secretary Marcos Jose Garcia Figueredo, had been declared personae non grata. “This convention permits the United States to declare any member of a diplomatic mission persona non grata at any time and without the necessity to state a reason,” the State Department said citing the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations. The time has come, the time is now. Will you please go now?

Witness to JFK Assassination Dies at 77 Last Tuesday, the United States gave three Venezuelan diplomats a deadline: leave the country within 48 hours. The expulsion came as a reprisal over a decision by Caracas last week to expel three American diplomats. Venezuela accused

On Friday, a material witness to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963 died. James Tague was 77 years old. Tague was standing in Dallas’s Dealey Plaza when the shots were fired on that infamous day. A bullet presumably meant for Kennedy instead struck a curb near where Tague was standing and sent debris flying into his face. “It was just skin-deep, that’s all there was to it,” Tague recalled three months ago when he was the subject of a video story on the 50th anniversary of the assassination.

Tague’s experience at Dealey Plaza ultimately led Warren Commission investigators to conclude that one of the three shots missed and that one of the rounds went through both JFK and Texas Gov. John Connally. JFK researcher Debra Conway said the commission was initially going to settle with two shots hitting the president and one hitting the governor. “But because Mr. Tague was near the missed shot and was wounded … they had to account for the missed shot,” said Conway, president of JFK Lancer, a historical research group. “Jim is a very important witness,” she pointed out.

Tague said that he was at the scene of the president’s murder by chance. “I was going to meet a cute redhead for lunch,” Tague said in his trademark Texas drawl. But when traffic came to a stop in downtown, Tague got out of his car to investigate. That’s when he saw the president’s motorcade heading toward him. Then came the gunfire. “I guess 50 years later I’m still trying to absorb all of it,” he said in November. A native of Plainfield, Ind., Tague served in the Air Force before settling in Dallas. He sold cars for three decades and managed one of the top dealerships in Dallas before retiring. But November 22 changed things for him. Through the years, Tague’s own curiosity transformed him from eyewitness to JFK assassination researcher. He befriended other JFK assassination buffs, visited the National Archives to inspect evidence, and amassed a huge collection of Kennedy-related books, some of which he sold on eBay. He also authored two books, including last year’s “LBJ and the Kennedy Killing” in which he alleges a cover-up plot. “Personally, I’m urging young people to keep the truth alive,” he admitted. Even in the months before his death, he still made daily trips to the post office to send out autographs to people seeking a tie to that fateful day in Dallas. “I did not let it consume my life; I just say it made my life interesting,” Tague said.

Report: Christie & Cuomo Faked Outrage about Toll Hikes

It seems like these days New Jersey Governor Chris Christie just can’t seem to stay away from bridge scandals. This one doesn’t only involve Christie but also involves New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. According to numerous former Port Authority officials who spoke with the Bergen Record, in August 2011 when the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey proposed massive toll hikes for bridges and tunnels, it was all part of a

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all a farce.” Many speculate that the plan was partially orchestrated a week before the initial, higher toll hike proposal was announced, when Christie and Cuomo had dinner at the Beacon restaurant in Manhattan, a meeting that was disclosed several months after the toll hike fiasco when Cuomo’s office released his appointment schedule. To me, it’s hard to imagine that Governor Christie would discuss something so serious over dinner, which is pretty serious itself.

President Obama said that he thought of the initiative after Trayvon Martin’s killing.

Obama’s Controversial “My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative

In his speech, the president recalled sitting in on a Chicago program to help minority teens succeed. He recalled how he sat in the circle “and guys talked about their lives, talked about their stories, talked about what they were struggling with and how they were trying to do the right thing, and they didn’t always do the right thing,” he said. “And when it was my turn, I explained to them when I was their age, I was a lot like them. I didn’t have a dad in the house. And I was angry about it, even though I didn’t necessarily realize at the time. I made bad choices. I got high without always thinking about the harm that it could do. I didn’t always take school as seriously as I should have. I made excuses. Sometimes I sold myself short.” The president recalled that when he was done, the teenager sitting near him said, “Are you talking about you?” to which Mr. Obama responded, “Yes.” The president seemed to address the fact that the program is only geared towards minorities by saying that the program is meant to help “groups that have had the odds stacked against them in a unique way that requires unique solutions, groups who have seen fewer opportunities that have spanned generations.” He added, “And by almost every measure, the group that is facing some of the most severe challenges in the 21st century, in this country, are boys and young men of color.” Many supporters in the African-American community are glad to see the president finally address issues within their community, which they feel he avoided throughout his first term. In fact, during President Obama’s first term, African-American unemployment went up from 12.7% to 16.7% and amongst African-American teenagers unemployment went up to 43.1%. Although it is noble to try and tackle issues within the African-American community, those opposed to the program argue that no government sanctioned— all the more so funded— initiative should

Last week, President Obama unveiled a $200 million, five-year initiative called “My Brother’s Keeper,” which the White House explained is a program that will seek “to make sure that every young man of color who is willing to work hard and lift himself up has an opportunity to get ahead and reach his full potential.”

be exclusive to one segment of society. They argue that if there was a program for “only whites” or “only Jewish teenagers,” it would certainly be branded as racial or politically incorrect.

Obamacare Worker Convicted of Terrorism in Israel

According to a report from National Review Online, an Arab-American community activist charged with immigration fraud for hiding that she was once convicted of a terrorist bombing in Israel worked briefly as an Obamacare navigator in Illinois. The U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern Division in Michigan announced in October that Rasmieh Yousef Odeh was accused of unlawfully procuring U.S. citizenship after she hid that she “was convicted in Israel for her role in the 1969 bombings of a supermarket and the British Consulate in Jerusalem … carried out on behalf of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine,” a terrorist organization. After learning of her past, on November 24, the Illinois Department of Insurance “quietly revoked” Odeh’s certification as an in-person navigator to help people sign up for insurance under President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. The insurance department said in a disciplinary report the decision was “based on an investigation which revealed that she had been convicted in Israel for her role in the bombings of a supermarket and the British Consulate in Jerusalem and failed to reveal the conviction on her application.” According to an FBI background report for Odeh obtained by National Review, no past criminal offenses were cited. The Illinois Department of Insurance generally conducts background checks on navigators. The U.S. attorney’s indictment in October said that Odeh and accomplices placed multiple bombs at the two sites on Feb. 21, 1969. One of the bombs exContinued on page 40

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was an associate director at the Arab American Action Network in Chicago, a nonprofit that “advocates for new immigrants and tries to combat anti-Muslim and anti-Arab prejudice.” The group’s website said Odeh had worked as a lawyer and was focused on domestic-violence groups and women’s issues. Organization director Hatem Abudayyeh said in October, “She is a leader in the community — a stalwart, an icon.” He continued, “It’s an escalation of attacks on our community. We are very, very angry.” At an October hearing in Detroit, Odeh pleaded not guilty as her supporters marched outside the courthouse holding signs that said, “Stop anti-Arab racism.”

How Biden’s Obamacare Sales Pitch Fell Flat… like a Pancake When Vice President Biten made a surprise stop at the Butterfield Pancake

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She told reporters afterwards that she didn’t have the heart to stop Mr. Biden mid-pitch. “I just didn’t know if I should say, ‘I’m sorry, [I’m] Canadian, don’t know if I can help you out,” she said. I hope the pancakes worked out better Uncle Joe.

Is Common Core Killing our Kids’ Education?

As the vice president was walking into the restaurant he saw a young woman sitting on a bench. He put on his 1,000 watt smile and with the cameras in tow he sat down near her. He emphatically tried selling her Obamacare and told her, “It’s affordable, you could get subsidies to do it; it’s in your interest and if you don’t want to do it for yourself, do it for your parents—give them peace of mind.” The only problem? The woman, identified as Jackie, was a tourist visiting from Toronto.

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children into supporters of big government,” she wrote. “Their vehicle to accomplish this is Common Core, which is artfully designed to impose de facto national uniformity while complying with all explicit federal prohibitions.” “The mechanism of control is the tests all students must take, which will be written by the people who created Common Core,” Schlafly continued. “If students haven’t studied a curriculum ‘aligned’ with Common Core, they will have a hard time passing the tests required for a high school diploma and entry into college.” Across the country, parents are protesting the new guidelines. In fact, last month in Florida, the Florida Department of Education approved changes to the controversial Common Core standards the Sunshine State is adopting starting next school year. After two hours of hearing arguments against the Common Core system, 98 changes were adopted; 52 had to do with calculus. Others included requiring fourth and fifth graders to learn cursive, requiring first graders to identify and compute the value of coins and requiring first graders to use a ruler.

Despite the adopted changes in Florida, critics say they are not enough. Parents, former teachers and other people who work in education claim the standards are too rigorous, and education should not be standard across the board.

That’s Odd Car Returned 30 Years Later

Never give up. That’s the moral of this story. Three decades after it was stolen, a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air has been returned to a Northern California man – in better shape than when he originally

owned it. Ian “Skip” Wilson was shocked to get a call from the California Highway Patrol informing him that his long-lost Chevy was taken off an Australia-bound cargo ship. The 65-year-old says the car has had a lot of work done on it since it disappeared from his Lake County home in 1984. It was returned with a monogrammed interior, 17-inch racing wheels, rack-and-pinion steering and a 350-horsepower V-8 engine. “There’s all kinds of chrome added under the hood,” said Wilson, a retired Lake County mechanic doubly astonished that his 1957 Bel Air was returned and that it’s been gorgeously customized. “The headers look brand spankin’ new,” he said. “The tires, they look like they haven’t even been around the block.” A ‘57 Bel Air is one of the world’s most prized collector’s cars. The retired mechanic says the twodoor was in sorry shape when he bought it for $375 in 1975 with plans for fixing it up. Amazingly, the car was stolen from Wilson in 1983. It was then recovered but in 1984, the car was stolen again. This time, car and owner were not reunited until last month.

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The Length Hipsters Go to Be Hipsters

Being a hipster no longer just means driving a Prius with a “this car runs on vegetable oil” bumper sticker, or better yet, zipping through the streets on a rusty bicycle; it also pretty much requires you to have a hipster beard. Walk through the streets of Williamsburg and judging solely by the beard it is often hard to tell the difference between hipsters and the Chassidim who live there. (Jay Leno once showed pictures of beards on his show and played a game with his audience called, “Hipster or chassid?”) Well, what happens when you are a hipster and you can’t grow a good beard? According to hipster website DNAinfo, in a new trend, beard-challenged hipsters are now turning to plastic surgery to fix their facial hair woes. The hair for beard transplants typically is taken from the patient’s head and then planted through micro-incisions on a bare patch of face in an eight-hour procedure under local anesthesia, similar to how hair transplants are done. The procedure ranges in price from $3,000 for fill-ins of beard sections to $7,000 for a full beard. $7,000? Do you know how many save the whale bumper stickers you can get for $7,000? And think about how many tofu burgers you could buy!

Art Gets Trashed Last week, a cleaning woman in an art gallery in Italy made a mistake: she

threw out the trash. Generally, throwing out the trash is part of the job of a janitor. But at the Sala Murat gallery, the trash was actually art. Yes, you read that right. An exhibit by Paul Branca featured crumpled pieces of newspaper, pieces of cardboard, and cookie crumbs. In an attempt to clean the gallery, the conscientious worker threw out the garbage she found on the floor…oops, I mean the art exhibit. Interestingly, the piece was meant to invite art lovers to think about landscape and the environment.

the increased health risks. There was also no significant link between noise from aircraft during the day and either of the illnesses, suggesting that disrupted sleep or stress could be to blame. Just one more reason why Kennedy Airport should increase its flight paths and allow Far Rockaway/Five Towns residents to get some much-needed, uninterrupted sleep.

So, how much was this trashy exhibit worth? Believe it or not, the garbage was valued at over $13,000. (Thinking about changing careers?) In an interview, the cleaning woman admitted, “I saw all this rubbish on the floor, the cardboard, the glass bottles underneath, a real mess. So I took the cardboard and the bottles outside.” She continued: “How could I have known? Am I to blame? No, I was simply doing my job. But am I sad ? Sad, yes.” Thankfully, the woman’s employer realized that she was “just doing her job” and being “polite.” Insurance will be covering the cost of the damages, although I can’t imagine why the “artist” can’t just redo his exhibit. In fact, if he’s looking to feature some delicious cookie crumbs, he can look under the seats in my car.

Osaka Okawa of Japan, who is 91-years-old, and his 94-year-old sister celebrated a birthday on March 5th for

Living near JFK Airport May Increase Health Risks According to a newly released European Commission study, living under a flight path for more than 20 years can raise the risk of heart disease and stroke due to the disruptive effects of nighttime noise. The study, which examined 4,712 people who had been living near airports in six European countries, found that air pollution did not play a role in

Happy 116th Birthday Misao Okawa

a very special person in their life: their mother, Misao Okawa, who just turned 116-years-old. Ms. Okawa holds the Guinness World Records title for oldest person in the world. A super-centenarian, she has lived through three centuries and has witnessed the advent of cars and planes. She also lived through the tenures of 20 U.S. presidents. To date, she has outlived the average lifespan for women in Japan—which is 85.9 years—by nearly 30 years. Asked about the happiest moments of a life that has now spanned three centuries, Ms. Okawa unhesitatingly recalls her marriage in 1919 to Yukio Okawa and the birth of their three children. She also has four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She says the saddest time of her life was the death of her husband in June 1931 – an almost unthinkable 83 years ago. So what’s her recipe for a long life? “Eat and sleep and you will live a long time,” she told the UK Telegraph. “You have to learn to relax.” Tomohito Okada, the head of the Kurenai retirement home where she has lived for the last 18 years, says Ms.

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The car was discovered by officers searching cargo ships bound for Australia. Interestingly, out of all of the cars onboard, this was the only one that was confirmed as stolen. It was pulled off the docks just two days before it was being shipped. “Somebody put a whole lot of work and money into that car,” Wilson said. “It was all disassembled and put back.” He added, “I imagine somebody in Australia must be awful upset.”

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Finally a Good Excuse for Speeding

Scott Lowe, 22, of Rockland, Massachusetts, was pulled over by a police officer for speeding through the town of Hingham. When asked why he was speeding, the excited young man informed the officer that he had just won $50,000 on a Massachusetts State Lottery scratch-off ticket and was going to lottery headquarters to claim it. The police officer believed the speedster because he was shaking and showed the police officer the winning scratch-off ticket. Not wanting to damper Lowe’s good luck and good mood, the police officer issued just a verbal warning, urging him to drive safely. “Today was really his lucky day,” the department posted on Twitter.

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I would place all my chips on the “he calls again” line.

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Dumb Criminal of the Week

This baby was born in a New York minute. Last week, as Polly McCourt rushed to get a cab during rush hour in New York City, she felt the very real pangs of childbirth. Her doorman tried unsuccessfully to flag down a cab for the ride to the hospital, but someone else grabbed it instead. Like most New Yorkers, Polly’s little baby couldn’t wait. Telling the doorman that the baby was on its way, she realized she wouldn’t be making it to the hospital. “I turned around and said, ‘I need to actually sit down,’” Polly recalled. And so she did—in the middle of a busy sidewalk in Manhattan, propped up by the doorman and surrounded by strangers who came to her aid. Thankfully, paramedics arrived just in time to deliver the beautiful baby girl and bring Polly and her new daughter to the hospital. Her daughter, Ila Isabelle, will always remember the story of her birth and the kindness of New Yorkers. Polly and her husband planned to name their daughter Ila Polly but then named her Ila Isabelle after the wonderful stranger named Isabelle who gave Polly her coat to keep her warm. “I’m getting emotional just thinking about it,” Polly said. This is the third child for Polly and

Dyonta Rose, 29, of DeSoto, Texas, was arrested by police on drug charges last week. But when the officer left Rose alone, he was able to escape while still wearing his handcuffs. Later that evening, Rose was apprehended again, not because of good detective work, but because Rose called 911 and requested an ambulance because the cuffs were cutting off his circulation. Police responded to the call and the too-tightcuffed criminal is now facing additional charges of felony possession of a controlled substance, escape and tampering with evidence. It was certainly a good attempt to escape by Rose, but he obviously can’t think off the cuff.

Annoying Criminal of the Week Keith Lukas, 43, of Hillsborough County, Florida, has been arrested numerous times for crimes such as driving under the influence of alcohol, battery and disorderly conduct. But he felt that the police did not treat him properly and he hasn’t been afraid to tell them – 2,297 times. Lukas would call the sheriff’s office countless times a day for over a year and belittle dispatchers and use vulgar language while griping about how authorities had treated him in the past. Last week, Lukas pled guilty to harassing the sheriff’s office and was placed on probation. As part of the plea deal, he promised he would only contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office if he had a legitimate need for law enforcement or medical services. I am not a betting man, but if I was,

A couple walking their dog on their Northern California property stumbled upon a tin can sticking out of the ground on the path that they walk every day. The woman bent down to examine the can and dug out a little bit only to discovery over 1,400 mint coins buried in six tin containers. At first, the couple didn’t know what to do with the coins and just kept them in their house. Eventually, they went to rare coin experts and after they examined the coins, the experts informed the couple that the coins are worth approximately $10 million dollars. The couple is keeping their identity and location secret for many reasons, the main one being to prevent treasure hunters from ripping up their land with backhoes. “You hear all those Wild West stories of buried treasure, and you think they’re fantasies – well here, this one really did happen,” Don Kagin, the coin expert, said. “And what is almost unbelievable about this collection is what pristine condition so many of them are in.” Aside for the couple who has a lot to celebrate, so does the IRS. A  “treasure trove” is a taxable item. According to experts, the couple will have to pay approximately 47% of their findings to tax. According to experts, the coins, dating from 1847 to 1894, were likely buried over a significant period of time in the late 19th century. Approximately 90% of the coins will go up on Amazon’s “Collectibles” site, according to Don Kagin Inc. who is assisting the anonymous owners. Next time you see a tin can on your property, don’t just kick it down the road.


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upon and presented with their awards. The evening then continued with the divrei zikoren given by Harav Sender Ashkenazi shlita, menahal Yeshivas Torah Veyireh, where he emphasized the nature of ahavas Yisroel coupled with the unyielding dedication to true Torah values of the Rebbe zt”l. Rabbi Dov Bressler spoke of the special ability of the Rebbe zt”l to advise and guide every person. In conclusion, the Rebbe shlita, the memale makom, emphasized the fact noted by Rabbi Skaist, that there is a unique feeling of kedusha during the davening in the Sulitza Beis Medrash,

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PTACH Presents Memorial Tribute to the Friedman Family in Honor of Mrs. Erika Freidman a”h On Sunday, March 23, PTACH will host its 37th Annual Dinner at the Grand Hyatt in Manhattan, giving honor and recognition to the deserving individuals whose time and efforts through the years

have truly made PTACH a success. This year, PTACH will be presenting its coveted Founder’s Award to Mrs. Erika Friedman a”h in recognition of her lifelong achievements in the field of Jewish

Special Education. The award will be accepted by her husband and children, Dr. Ira Friedman of Manhattan, distinguished Surgeon for Beth Israel Medical Center; Dr. Richard Friedman, active

member of the Five Towns community and the Medical Director for Hatzalah; and Ms. Joanne Freidman of Manhattan. In the early 1980s, when an appropriate education did not exist for Jewish children with special learning needs, Mrs. Erika Friedman understood that these deserving youngsters must not be left behind. Not only did Erika recognize the need to provide all Jewish children with a Torah education, she worked day and night to help make PTACH a reality. With determination and vision, through endless hours of work, Erika enabled thousands of children to receive a Jewish education. Her goal was to have specially designed educational programs and curriculum integrated into the yeshiva system. With great drive and commitment, Erika, along with her beloved husband Dr. Ira (who was president of PTACH for many years), succeeded in bringing this “mainstreaming” concept to fruition. The Yeshiva University High School Program for Girls and the Yeshiva University High School Program for Boys at MTA are a direct result of Erika’s input. Her ardent drive to succeed was unmatched; her resolve was unparalleled. Erika’s charisma, confidence, and energy were unforgettable; she would let nothing stand in her way, thus forging the path to P’TACH’s success. Please join us for an evening of inspiration as we pay tribute to this extraordinary woman who exemplified “Kol Yisrael arevim zeh lazeh” to the highest degree. Come and listen to current PTACH students as they share anecdotes and achievements as living “fruits” to all of Erika’s labor. May her memory be a blessing, always in our hearts. For further information, to place an ad in the dinner journal or to make reservations, contact PTACH at 718-8548600, visit our website:, or email:

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Partner with Jerusalem Open House-Linas Hachesed to Perform Matanos L’evyonim, Mishloach Manos and Prayer in One Fell Swoop It is always our most fervent desire to perform all mitzvos with the utmost hiddur to the best of our abilities. Oftentimes, it’s simple and straightforward. But what of those that require a larger number of prerequisites? What about mitzvos like matanos l’evyonim and mishloach manos? Our sages have taught us that, in order to merit full schar for the mitzvah, there are multiple different aspects that we must satisfy: To perform these mitzvos hayom in all properness, we must ascertain that (a) the recipient of our matanos l’evyonim is a true evyon, (b) the funds be delivered to him on Purim day, and (c) the money be used to actually feed him. As far as mishloach manos goes, its ideal form is in ready-toeat foods, namely for the Purim seudah. So, what of those mitzvos? Well, according to the psak of HaGaonim HaGedolim Harav Elyashiv and Harav Wosner shlita, the most surefire way to certify that your matanos le’evyonim and mishloach manos contributions fulfill the mitzvos to the ulti-

mate is by providing edible food for the poor and needy on the day of Purim. And that’s just what Jerusalem Open House-Linas HaChesed has been doing for the past decade and a half. This incredible organization was established in the late 1980s under the auspices of HaTzadik Rabbi Chaim Cohen shlita, and to this day operates as a soup kitchen for the needy in the heart of Jerusalem. Its doors are open seven days a week, and two warm meals are served every day of the year. Hundreds of Yerushalayim’s downtrodden Jews find their way to these inviting doors. The nourishing hot meals are a lifeline for so many poor almonos, yesomim, elderly and infirm, who cannot even rub two shekalim together to buy some bread. To those so desperately hungry, this organization is literal hatzolas nefashos. Hundreds of innocent, hungry children stop by every morning on their way to cheder, reviving their bodies and souls so they can pull through another day of Torah learning. Even those who

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Getting to Know Your Spouse By David Steiner, MD

Is America Still Israel’s True Friend? Read a Roundup on the AIPAC Convention on page 72

The better a couple “knows” each other, the better they are able to give, complement, and support each other. By re-acquainting ourselves with our spouse we are helping our relationship to grow and reach new heights. Let us try this week to get “reacquainted” with our spouse in at least in one area (either using one of the techniques suggested or one of your own). May we have the strength to give each other the space to change as individuals and to accept the changes in one another. May Hashem help us to use the knowledge of those changes to help our relationship transform and reach new levels. May we merit a relationship with our spouse that is full of closeness and understanding and that continually grows and changes for the good as we grow and change as individuals. Five Towns Marriage Initiative provides educational programs, workshops and referrals to top marriage therapists. FTMI will help offset counseling costs when necessary and also runs an anonymous shalom bayis hotline for the entire community Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 10:00-11:00 p.m. For the hotline or more information, call 516430-5280 or email


Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder greets members of Agudath Israel delegation to Albany last week. Pictured here: Pesash Osina; Rabbi Baruch Ber Bender, founder and president of Achiezer; Agudah’s Lefkowitz Leadership Initiative (LLI) members Motty Hellman and Yoeli Edelstein; Assemblyman Goldfeder; Rabbi Yehiel Kalish, vice president for development and state relations for Agudath Israel; Michael Fragin, Village of Lawrence trustee; and Rabbi Baruch Rothman of Yeshiva Darchei Torah

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Getting to know our spouse is not a process that begins when we date and ends at the end of our first year of marriage; it’s a process that continues forever. Each stage of life and each experience a person goes through impacts a person and changes them in some way. As time passes, a couple changes both as a pair and as individuals. Therefore, it is important for a couple to periodically put a focus on getting “re-acquainted with each other.” Getting to really know one each other is a process that builds closeness. Sharing “hidden” dreams and visions for the future are a powerful ways to get to know each other on a deeper level. Give your spouse a chance to express his hopes and dreams and share yours. There are many ways to share hope and dreams. One idea is to flip through a Chinese auction prize catalogue together. Discussing the “dreams” presented on the pages is often a good and light jumpstart to a conversation of sharing hopes and dreams together. There are also numerous board games that are meant for parties and getting to know you situations. Spending some time on a daily or weekly basis is a light way to keep on getting to know one’s spouse. Play the “favorites game,” share your favorite color, flavor of ice cream, drink, place , childhood memory, book, game, comfort food …. It is also important to occasionally move out of our “comfort zone” and share the “hard stuff” as well. Sharing fears and worries enables a couple to connect on a different level. Care must be taken when sharing “hard stuff” to practice empathetic listening and not belittle or make fun of the fears and worries being presented or problem-solve them. Sharing vulnerabilities can create a very powerful sense of connection in a couple when done properly.

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The bris of Yehoshua Tzvi Klestzick took place in Yeshiva of Far Rockaway last week. His maternal grandfather, Benyamin Goodman, was the sandek. Pictured here (L-R) Rabbi Eli Cohen, great-grandfather; Benyamin

Goodman, grandfather; Yoni Klestzick, father; Evan Klestzick, grandfather; Rabbi Yitzchak Meir Goodman, great-grandfather; Leonard KIestzick, great-grandfather.



Bnot Yaakov of Great Neck North Shore Hospital Chesed Bnot Yaakov talmidot donated various items in the creation of “Shabbat Packages” for distribution to North Shore Hospital for patient families staying for Shabbat. Some students brought in shampoos, others brought in boxes of playing cards, and others brought in combs. They wanted to provide some of the basic toiletries and necessities for people finding themselves in an already difficult predicament. Rabbi Coleman, North

The Mask of Liberal Anti-Semitism by Bruce Blakeman The purpose of the mask is to disguise the wearer so that his true identity can be shielded. Such is the circumstance of the American and international “liberals” who support the boycott and divestment of Israeli business and cultural groups (BDS). Just as the criminal uses the mask to hide his face, the liberal uses the mask of “human rights” to disguise his anti-Semitism. With so many countries in the world engaging in violence and discrimination against women, ethnic cleansing, totalitarianism and genocide upon which country do the liberals focus their attention? Shamefully they focus on a democracy that protects the rights of women, where its residents have basic human rights and is governed by the rule of law and the principles of religious freedom. The liberal does not call for the boycott of Syria, North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba, Iran, China or Saudi Arabia choosing instead to ignore basic human rights violations that far exceed anything Israel’s harshest critics suggest. Rather the liberals, in the cloak of academia and shield of celebrity, target a small island of democracy surrounded by a sea of inhumanity as their cause celeb knowing full well the dishonesty of their mission. This is not a human rights mission. It is

a mission to destroy Israel and harm the Jew. There can be no other explanation. It is anti-Semitism at its purest. Shamelessly, the liberal academic and celebrity choose to ignore the atrocities of the enemies of America and democracy instead choosing to focus their energies on Israel. Can one imagine the outrage and uproar the liberals would have if America or Australia banned women from driving? Yet not a word about those places where women are routinely subject to far worse fate such as stoning. People of good will need to rip the mask off and expose these villains for who they are. Growing up I was a big fan of both rock stars Roger Waters of Pink Floyd and Elvis Costello. I can no longer listen to their music. Their support of BDS is a sick melody of anti-Semitism replacing whatever musical genius they may have once had. The failure to expose is the first step toward legitimizing their hypocrisy and bigotry. It’s time to snatch away all the masks and let all the liberal haters be exposed for what they are: anti-Semites!   Bruce Blakeman, the former presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature, recently announced his candidacy for the 4th Congressional District.

Shore Hospital chaplain, had given Bnot Yaakov boxes of various other supplies

including electric Shabbat candles and matching trays. Our talmidot relished the hesed opportunity, collected their own Shabbat supplies, created an assembly line and assembled those packages! Before beginning, the girls discussed the significance of hesed and stated that this hesed should be a z’echut for a refuah shelema for a child in their community in need of a refuah. Kudos to Rabbi Coleman for his very important work in North Shore Hospital and thanks for including Bnot Yaakov in this very important hesed!

Yeshiva Har Torah Alumni Return to Give Back As part of Yeshiva Har Torah’s 25th anniversary celebration, alumni have been returning to share their professions with the current students. On Tuesday, February 25th, Dr. Avi Lermer (’98) came to speak to the Yeshiva Har Torah preschool about how to maintain healthy teeth. Since February is National Dental Health Awareness Month, Dr. Lermer taught the children how to take care of their teeth by visiting a dentist and brushing regularly. He brought a model of our teeth and read a rhyming book about visiting the dentist. Each class learned

how to make good choices about what to eat. Thank you to Dr. Lermer for taking the time out of his schedule to visit. Dr. Lermer practices family dentistry in Woodmere. 



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Rabbi and Mrs. Eli Herzberg receiving the Toras Chaim Award

Tom Locascio receiving the Government Leadership Award

Zoli Honig, Alumnus of the Year, receiving his award

Dr. and Mrs. Ranan Wolff, Parents of the Year, receiving their award

First-Ever DRS/Yachad Shabbaton Last Shabbat, DRS was thrilled to host the first-ever DRS/Yachad Shabbaton! Yachad is the National Jewish Council for Disabilities, an outstanding organization dedicated to addressing the needs of all Jewish individuals with disabilities and ensuring their inclusion in every aspect of Jewish life. Over 130 participants, including DRS students and about 50 Yachad members and advisors, took part in this wonderful Shab-

bat. On Friday night, after an uplifting davening with singing and dancing led by DRS Menahel Rabbi Kaminetsky and some icebreaker games, everyone went to the dining room for a delicious meal. At the meal, beautiful zemirot were sung, and lively dancing followed. The night ended with a tisch led by Rabbi Kaminetsky, who incorporated both Yachad and DRS-themed songs. In the morning, after davening and a kid-

dush, DRS students and Yachad members enjoyed learning sessions together. Question topics included the parsha, Purim, the organization of Yachad, and the Five Towns. Following that, lunch was served and there was more dancing for both DRS students and friends from Yachad. After lunch, there were optional games at DRS and an oneg at Yachad member J.J. Goldstien’s house.  Shabbat concluded with more singing at an

inspiring shalosh seudos and havdalah. After Shabbat, everyone enjoyed a sports activity in the DRS gym.   Overall, the Shabbaton was a fantastic experience, and it was very nice to see the great camaraderie between all participants.  Everyone worked in unison to create an unforgettable Shabbat! 


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The Flatbush Basketball League Playoffs Recap In the Jewish Home Division China Glatt -30, Batampte Pickles -24: In an extremely close game between these two who were tied for the #2 and #3 seeds, they battled it out all the way down to the final seconds. The Batampte squad was no match for China Glatt’s Shimon Greenwald and Co. as he dominated both offensively and defensively. He finished with 11 while Moshe Leibowitz ended with 8. Batampte’s scoring was again done by a one man crew—Yosef Kapetas as he pounded in 20 out of 24 points. However, winning is a team effort and Batampte was lacking that. China Glatt is heading to the Championship… Quality Carpet- 28, Art World22: In another close game between the #1 and #4 seeds, Quality Carpet came out victorious as they have done for 7 games during the regular season. Aharon Berman scored 13 and grabbed rebound after rebound and Moshe Frank scored 10 to give Quality the edge over Binyomin Parnes’ 14 points and the Art World squad. It was a valiant effort by Art World as a team effort was definitely present. Unfortunately, it was a little too late as Quality will face China Glatt in the Championship next week. Perfect Collision- 57, ITP- 46: In a close game up until halftime, ITP made some dent in Perfect Collision’s chances at making the finals. However, once halftime came around, Dovid Reiser and Yitzchok Kapetas attacked finishing with 25 and 19 respectively for Perfect. Aharon Antar scored 20 for ITP, and Mordechai Cohen ended with 12. However, Perfect was too short both offensively and defensively for ITP to win this one and shock the crowd. Perfect is going to the Finals.

Shirt Stop-45, Pizza World- 22: In another close playoff game until the fourth quarter, Pizza World was able to hold onto Shirt Stop and perhaps make it to the Championship game. However, Yitzi Weinberger had other plans in store as he finished with a season high of 27 points for Shirt Stop. Nissim Furer contributed with 12 as well. Pizza World looked strong for most of the game continuing from last week where they went on a 22-7 run, however, their tireless effort was to no avail. Shirt Stop (#1 seed) will face Perfect Collision (#2 seed) next week, stay tuned. In the Jewish Connection Division Repairs on Wheels- 68, Ready to Roll-61: In an intense game between the #2 and #3 seeds, Repairs led by Zev Tepper’s 18, Naftali Bornstein’s 14, Yehoshua Aberbach and Dovid Stern’s 10 and that was just what they needed to get the edge over Yaakov Ibragimov’s 30 points and Yiddy Follman’s 14. A well-played season by Ready to Roll came to an end as they could not hold off for another victory. Repairs will be moving on…. Nosh Express (#1 seed) once again defeated their opponent with a double digit win against Plaza Auto Leasing (PAL) (#4 seed) as Shmuel Krzywanowski led Nosh with 23. Eliyahu Shapiro contributed with 16 and Michael Kohanghadosh finished with12. For PAL, Rafi Safdie finished with 12. However, this game was over before it started, as Nosh was just too strong for PAL to compete with. Nosh will face Repairs next week in the Championship game, where anything can happen!



Elements Hair Salon: Serving the Far Rockaway/Five Towns Community Elements Hair Salon has been servicing the community for the past 22 years. Their knowledgeable and friendly staff is gearing up for the coming holiday rush, ready to help you look your best.  Besides expert haircuts and creative color, they have expanded their

repertoire to include wig repairs, lace fronts and a large selection of wigs for sale. A special is going on now on wigs wash & sets: just $43, drop off only. They are located at 537 Central Ave, open 7 days and can be reached at 516295-4900.

HAFTR Hosts Evening of Art & Wine

Our greater Five Towns community was invited to the HAFTR Hawks’ Nest to enjoy wine, cheese and beautiful artwork on Saturday evening. The event, An Evening of Art & Wine, was hosted by HAFTR and showcased more than 50 pieces of artwork that were for sale. A portion of every piece of art sold went directly to HAFTR. The event was curated by Walter E. Edelman, CAA, Esq. This private showing offered an opportuni-

ty to learn more about the modern art scene, as well as preview select impressionistic, contemporary, western, and other traditional oil paintings by established European, American, and Asian artists. All periods of art were presented as well as original works of art by Chagall, Dali, Miro and Picasso. The evening proved to be enjoyable and a wonderful learning opportunity for all.

Special Dementia Symposium at Margaret Tietz for Providers & Caregivers Rescheduled for March 19th Margaret Tietz Center in conjunction with Samuel Field Y and the Queensboro Council for Social Welfare is pleased to present “Dementia: Research, Treatment and Caregiver Support” – a vital symposium for providers and caregivers of individuals dealing with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. This event will take place on Wednesday, March 19th at Margaret Tietz Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at 164-11 Chapin Parkway, Jamaica

Hills, NY. Doors open at 9:30 am with Registration and Breakfast. Keynote Speakers are scheduled from 10 am to 11:30. With a growing population of seniors dealing with the onset of dementia and all the ensuing challenges, it is crucial for caregivers to be as educated as possible in order to provide their loved ones with the support and care they desperately need. An estimated 5.2 million Americans of all ages have

Alzheimer’s disease, and 80% of their care is provided by unpaid caregivers, usually family members. The emotional and physical toll of caregiving is very high, and caregivers need to learn what resources are available to them so that they receive the necessary stress relief and time out. The symposium will feature a distinguished roster of presenters including Jed A. Levine, MA – Executive Vice President and Director of Programs &

Services of the Alzheimer’s Association, NYC Chapter; Jane C. Bardavid, LCSW – Director of the Community Advisory Program for Elderly (CAPE) at Samuel Field YM & YWHA; and Joan Serrano Laufer, LMSW –Executive Director of the Queensboro Council on Social Welfare. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Linda Spiegel at 718298-7838. For your convenience, valet parking will be available.


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Read Across America Comes to HALB Early Childhood Center on Rosh Chodesh Adar


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We can read sitting. We can read standing. We can read fast. We can read slowly. We can read on Monday morning for Read Across America and Rosh Chodesh Adar Sheini. In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, the kindergarten children at HALB’s Early Childhood Center joined children throughout the United States in a celebration and salute to reading, as they read books to

the children in the three and four year old nurseries! The proud readers chose books from their “just right” leveled book bins, and with modelling and help from their teachers, practiced and prepared how they would read and share their selections with their younger brothers, sisters or friends. Spread across the SKA gym, the younger children cud-

dled and snuggled with their special toy, as they listened to their Kindergarten buddies reading and pointing to the illustrations. Special guest readers including therapists, the nurse, ECC directors, secretaries and Learning Center personnel visited one of the classes to read and share their favorite Dr. Seuss book with the children.

All of the preschoolers and their teachers came to school dressed in pajamas to enhance the special warm feeling of the day, and add a touch of “v’nahafochu” to this unique reading experience. What a great way to promote literacy.

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Imported from Europe, Shufra’s Chef’s Choice Baking Chocolate boasts 64% cocoa. More cocoa means more flavor and the rich, intense chocolate taste you will come to crave. Shufra’s Chef’s Choice baking chocolate is also made with cocoa butter fat instead of hydrogenated vegetable fat, a less healthy choice of ingredients. Based in Brooklyn, NY, Shufra is brand name in confectionary treats and high-quality baking products. What began in a modest home kitchen 35 years ago has expanded into a burgeoning company with a diverse line of delicious and useful products. From your favorite Viennese crunch and jelly rings to their Premium Dutch Cocoa and baking chocolates, Shufra is indispensable to any kosher kitchen.


Bais Yaakov of Queens – Banking its Brochos

“POP”-The Power of Prayer HANC High School Tefillah Symposium Makes a Difference By: Rachel Canter, Freshman

importance of saying amen. On Monday, the entire 1st-8th grades gathered for a special introductory assembly. Rabbi Gewirtz addressed the girls, and a very funny and educational teacher’s play entitled,“Making Your Blessings Count,” followed.  The eighth graders presented the program theme song, under the guidance of Morah Nechama Jurkowitz, and taught it to the students. Each student received a TD Bank pamphlet filled with an ATM, Appreciating Today’s Miracles Booklet, a hundred dollar bill “thank you” notes pad for 100 brochos a day, a TD Bank Card reminding the girls to “Give Hashem the Credit,” and a ToDa BYQ Brochos Bank pen. Parents were informed about the program and asked to encourage their daughters to say their brochos out loud, slowly,  have someone say amen, and fill our their daily deposit slips.  The slips are collected and deposited into the TD Bank Safe Deposit Box.  Morah Elisa Taub coordinated the program, and staff, parents, and students all helped. The collective work of all of them will surely make the program a blessed success!

On Tuesday, February 25th, “POP” came to HANC. Also known as the Power of Prayer, this exciting symposium on tefillah gave all high school students the opportunity to learn about and reflect upon tefillah. Students had the privilege to hear from several speakers, alumni, and participate in interactive workshops created by a committee of faculty and students. The morning started with each student completing a survey. The survey, created by HANC students, allowed everyone to reflect on how they see davening and deciding on how they want to improve their prayer. After submitting their survey, students were then divided into groups and the program commenced. Girls enjoyed a meeting with Mrs. Shifra Rabenstein and boys with Mr. Jeff Weinberg to make connections between tefillah and our relationship with G-d. Mr. Charlie Harary, an incredibly dynamic speaker, spoke to the school about why we daven. Presenters Mrs. Amit Yaghoobi, Rabbi Aryeh Lightstone, and HANC’s very own, Rabbi Yakov Sadigh conducted an inspirational question and answer session with grades 9 and 10. Juniors and seniors participated in a panel of alumni which included HANC Middle School Principal Rabbi 

Elliot Hecht, Rabbi Sam Rudansky, and Rabbi Jeremy Ginsberg who answered questions about davening. Students also enjoyed a special treat of doughnuts and “Powerade” while they watched an inspirational trigger-film and wrote their own special tefillot. Each student also received a #POP@HANC wristband. For the conclusion of the program,

all high school students gathered to watch a spectacular video created by senior Alex Sachs which highlighted personal stories from HANC students and faculty about davening and an excellent performance by the HANC High School Boys Chorus, led by Rabbi Aaron Friedler. Each student continued their day inspired and excited from the program. The success of this program was made possible due to the generosity of HANC parents: Odette and James Fellus; Syma and Jerry Levine; Suzy and Farshid Liviem; and Rena and David Maryles.



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Step into the Bais Yaakov Academy of Queens and marvel at its transformation to a TD Bank, the ToDa BYQ BROCHOS BANK! It’s worth a trip down to Bais Yaakov to visit; the decorative entranceway is fantastic!  The TD Bank is actually a two week brochos campaign aimed at focusing on the midda of hakaras hatov, appreciation, and then applying it to the children’s brachos.  In daily lessons given by their “bank teller” teachers, all sporting a ToDa BROCHOS BANK tie, the girls learn about recognizing and appreciating the daily gifts Hashem bestows upon us.  They are also learning about appreciating the people in their lives.  The girls will focus on the source and meaning of their brochos, learning how to make their brachos properly and the



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HANC Gets Ready for Purim



The OJC Fund – Tzedaka Made Easy By Elozor Halpert


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Students at HANC’s Samuel & Elizabeth Bass Golding Early Childhood Center and Elementary School

are getting ready for Purim! Nursery students at the ECC learned all about Purim and dressed up as the Purim characters and acted out the Purim story. Students were also very excited to learn about reading the megillah, giving mishloach manot, making hamentaschen and dressing up in costume.

Nursery Aleph students also had a special Purim treat when they made their very own yummy chocolate chip and sprinkle hamentaschen! At HANC 609, elementary school students welcomed Rosh Chodesh Adar II with a rockin’ Purim chagiga filled with singing and dancing. First graders in Morah Katz’s class welcomed Chodesh Adar by putting on a Purim puppet show using puppets they made themselves! During the puppet show the students acted out the story of Purim story and sang songs about the mitzvot of Purim, including reading the megilla and delivering mishloach manot. The first graders also baked hamentaschen and decorated their own megillot – the first graders are ready for Purim!

What does Purim mean to you? To a child, it is a time for masks and merriment, graggering, gallivanting and goodies galore. But as a person matures, he becomes aware of the great holiness of the day and its associated mitzvos. It is not for naught that Yom Kippur is called “Yom Kippurim” which can be interpreted as “a day like Purim,” implying that in a sense, Purim is even holier than Yom Kippur! One of the mitzvos of this special day is giving tzedaka, and the average person has plenty of chances to fulfill this mitzvah. Typically, there are throngs of charity collectors who are happy to furnish people with the opportunity to donate to a worthy cause. It is a happy time for both givers and receivers. However, this situation also presents a bit of a challenge. Here we have the contributor, who may already be well on his way to a state of ad d’lo yoda, doling out money on all sides. Now, even if he is perfectly sober, the sheer volume of tzedaka traffic in a short time is enough to overwhelm him, particularly if he his trying to gather receipts for use at tax time. (After all, the lower the tax bill, the more money there is to distribute to tzedaka.) So what typically happens is many receipts aren’t collected at all, and many of those that are obtained get lost in the shuffle. Then of course there are entities to which a donation does not qualify as a tax deduction at all. Besides, most donors would like to

have some kind of accounting, to see what kinds of causes they have contributed to. Chinuch, supporting the needy, children at risk, etc.—there are so many choices! Then there is the issue of security. Just recently there were stories about people whose checks were altered by unscrupulous individuals via the addition of a few strategically placed zeroes, with aggravating consequences. Clearly, this is something to be avoided. So, is there a better way of doing this? The answer is a resounding YES! Welcome to the OJC Fund. The OJC make the tzedaka process organized, secure and blessedly convenient. If you sign up with OJC, you will no longer have to spend frustrating hours wrestling with a mountain of receipts. One receipt from the OJC Fund will replace an avalanche of paper from a multitude of mosdos. What’s more, your financial information will be secure. At the same time, you will have a clear picture of which mosdos you are supporting so that you can stay on top of the process. We took Purim as an example of how The OJC fund can help you, but of course, charity is something you give all year long, and the OJC Fund is right at your side, ready to help. For more information, please give us a call at 718-599-1400 or visit our website at

Rosh Chodesh Adar at SKA

The hallways of the Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls were thronged with costumed students and the anticipation of simchat Purim was in the air on Rosh Chodesh Adar, Monday, March 3rd. To celebrate the month, cereal, doughnuts, iced coffee and chocolate

milk was served at the special Rosh Chodesh breakfast. To make the event even more festive, the school held a Spelling Bee but not with dictionary words: we spelled girls’ last names! We can’t wait for the upcoming SKA Purim Chagiga and the school-wide Purim parties.

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Chaverim of Queens Announces Purim “Don’t Drink and Drive” Program related to “out-of-control” drinking on Purim. While it is almost impossible to prevent people from partaking in excessive drinking there are other solutions to keep our community safe and responsible. The Chaverim of Queens Purim program was founded to prevent the likelihood that someone will be tempted to drive while under the influence on this festive day. A special hotline number was established to prevent those who may be unfit to drive by offering those individuals a sober volunteer driver to get them home safely when no other driver is available. In the past few years, the program was met with tremendous success and even included individuals from the community who volunteered just for the Purim program even though they were not established members of Chaverim. One of the volunteers even drove someone from Queens all the way to his

home in Brooklyn to make sure they got there safely. Chaverim of Queens has once again stepped up to the plate and is offering the unique service again this Purim. “The time and effort to put this program together is well worth it so that we as well as every parent, wife, and friend know that the people they care about will have a safe night and won’t be in a position to make any mistakes” said Chaverim coordinator Avigdor Cyperstein. “The Purim hot line number should be publicized and shared with as many people as possible so if needed, everyone can be assured that we are just a phone call away.” The dispatcher number assigned for the Chaverim of Queens “Don’t Drink and Drive” Purim campaign is 347-6841155. Please save this number as you never know whose life it may save. It may just be your own.

The organization is especially seeking additional volunteer drivers this Purim. “The beauty of this program is that it is not restricted to full-time year round Chaverim volunteers. Anyone who is available for even the smallest amount of time is requested to call or email us right away and we will set them up with a temporary Chaverim unit number just for Purim,” stated Rabbi Aloni Russek, coordinator for Chaverim of Queens. “This is an incredible opportunity for anyone who would like to be a part of the well-established Chaverim organization or even someone who simply just wants to chip in and do some Chesed,” he concluded. If you or someone you know would like to apply to be a member of this worthy organization, please email or call 347684-1155.

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Chaverim of Queens, founded In memory of Mr. Jack Friedman a”h, started in January 2008 and now has over 60 volunteers who have responded to thousands of calls for help and has lived up to its namesake as an established and reliable organization attentive to the needs of the Community. The acts of chesed that the volunteers of this organization do on a daily basis, does not go unnoticed by those who have benefited from the assistance provided. In addition to the regular year round services provided, Chaverim of Queens made a name for itself when it established the Purim “Don’t Drink and Drive campaign” which pioneered Purim of 2009. We are unfortunately aware of the amount of drinking that takes place within our communities on Purim. Anyone you speak to can tell you of someone they know, or a story they heard of that involved some type of incident


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AIPAC Convention Recap: As Usual, Israel and America are Aligned… But are They Really?


rom a peripheral view, the annual AIPAC Convention featured the usual optics of the annual celebration of Israel and America’s “special” and “deep” friendship. But a closer look at the circumstances around the convention clearly show that it certainly was missing the lovey-dovey feel that was present in, say, 2008, when an exuberant then-presidential candidate, Barak Obama, took the AIPAC stage to resounding applause the morning after clinching the Democratic nomination. This year it seemed as if the relationship between America and Israel is on more of a cautious footing. When Secretary of State Kerry took the stage in front of the 14,000 supporters of Israel on Monday afternoon, he pulled out all the stops to reassure the audience of America’s continued support and friendship to Israel. He declared that under President Obama’s leadership there has been unparalleled support for Israel. “The record of this administration in providing aid and assistance, consultation, weapons, help, standing up in various international forums, fighting, I am proud to tell you, is unrivaled,” he said. Mr. Kerry spent a significant portion of his speech addressing the United States’ position on negotiating with Iran—a topic which has become a sore point between America and Israel. He declared: “Let me sum up President Obama’s policy in 10 simple, clear words, unequivocal: We will not permit Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon, period. Now, I added an eleventh word just for punctuation,” he added jokingly. He implied that military force against Iran remains an option by saying, “Only the exhaustion of diplomacy can justify more forceful options if you have to take them in the end.” Kerry declared that America’s policy vis-à-vis negotiations with Iran is not “trust but verify”—as was the declared policy of President Reagan with the former Soviet Union— but rather “verify but verify.” He promised, “If Iran fails this test, America will not fail Israel.” Regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Mr. Kerry took the all too familiar approach of talking about Jewish virtues and how Israel can answer to its higher calling, despite the difficulties. He recalled one trip to Israel where he took an airplane tour with an Israeli air force

pilot and did upside down loops. He quipped, “This is the perfect way to see the Middle East: upside-down and backwards.” He declared his belief in Prime Minister Netanyahu’s ability to create lasting peace—which the Obama administration believes is an unequivocal two state solution. “I have sat with Bibi Netanyahu for hours and hours and days and days; we have become good friends,” he said. Mr. Kerry also backhandedly addressed a recent snafu in which he seemed to lend credibility to the boycott Israel movement (known as BDS). He declared: “For more than 30 years, I have staunchly, loudly, unapologetically opposed boycotts of Israel, and I will continue to oppose those boycotts of Israel. That will never change.” New York Senator Chuck Schumer addressed the AIPAC audience, “I say to the Palestinian leadership, negotiations are the only way you will realize your own state.” He declared, “Just as war and terrorism will not give you a state, the United Nations cannot give you a state. Boycotting Israel cannot give you a state. Getting companies to divest from Israel cannot give you a state.” At the closing session of the convention, Prime Minister Netanyahu began his speech by declaring—to resounding applause—“I bring you greetings from Jerusalem, the eternal, undivided capital of Israel and the Jewish people.” In a speech that can be described as “non-confrontational” on Bibi’s standards, he sought to highlight the higher ideals of Israel while subtly suggesting that any belief in Iran’s integrity is naïve. He highlighted a recent visit to an Israeli field hospital which was treating Syrians wounded by Iranian-made bombs. The prime minister said that fathers clutching their wounded children told him, “All these years, Assad lied to us. He told us that Iran was our friend and Israel was our enemy. But Iran is killing us, and Israel, Israel is saving us.” Mr. Netanyahu pointed out that although Iran says that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, it is building intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and a heavy water reactor which has no use in a peaceful nuclear program. He warned that ICBMs are not just a threat to Israel, but also to America. He quipped, “You

remember that beer commercial, ‘This Bud’s for you?’ Well, when you see Iran building ICBMs, just remember, America, that scud’s for you.” Mr. Netanyahu declared that he is a willing partner for peace and said that he is working closely with Secretary of State Kerry to achieve peace. “And I’ve got the bags under my eyes to prove it,” he said. “We’re working together, literally day and night, to seek a durable peace, a peace anchored in solid security arrangements and the mutual recognition of two nation-states.” Despite the vibe at the convention, everything in Washington is a sideshow to what takes place at 1600 Pennsylvania. Nearly fifteen thousand supporters of Israel and half of Congress can plan and plot, but American policy is crafted in one place and one place only: the Oval Office. And it was in the Oval Office that the president gave a rare one-on-one interview to Jeffrey Goldberg of Bloomberg View several days before the convention got underway, which is cause for concern. The president promised to pressure Israel and noted that if Netanyahu “does not believe that a peace deal with the Palestinians is the right thing to do for Israel, then he needs to articulate an alternative approach.” On the topic of Iran, the president seemed to share none of Netanyahu’s concerns about the fanatical nature of Iran. He shared his view of Iran by saying that Iran is “strategic, and they’re not impulsive.” He pointed out that Iran is a “large, powerful country that sees itself as an important player on the world stage, and I do not think has a suicide wish, and can respond to incentives.” If the president of the United States doesn’t see the threat of Iran—an Islamic Shiite country which believes that for the “twelfth imam” to return all non-Muslim nations must be destroyed—toying with nuclear capabilities, Israel does not really have a “friend” who understands its security concerns. So, yes, the wonderful speeches and the America/ Israel pins decorating suits at Washington’s AIPAC Convention play homage to the “special friendship” between these two countries. Hopefully, it is not simply ignorance that is discounting the realities of the way 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue sees things.



Countdown to 2014 Parnassah Expo By: Shimmy Blum

Business-to-Business Networking and Growth Hundreds of businesses – in all sizes and industries, and from various countries – will be exhibiting at the expo. Thousands of individual attendees are expected as well, with online reservations already being made from across the United States and Canada. The main business-to-business section will include sections for real estate and construction; finance and legal; technology; manufacturing and distribution; healthcare; insurance agencies; outsourcing; food; and general business industries and service. This structure offers any business – sans any boundaries – a tailor-made opportunity to reach precisely the resources, customers, vendors, associates, investors, information, or anything else they’ve always looked to identify and interact with. Each section will be large, meticulously organized and easy to locate. There will be professional presentations and panels of experts in the field who will be available to speak to attendees one-on-one, as well as hold Q & A panels. A comfortable networking pavilion will be strategically placed near each section to host both informal and structured speed networking between attendees. “Parnassah Expo is there to serve as a platform where individuals and businesses can help themselves,” says Duvi Honig, the event’s founder and director. “No one can ever guarantee results, but the opportunity to be found there is beyond description – and that makes me proud.” Special Tools Meeting and greeting the right person, introducing your product or ser-

vice to throngs of potential new clients, or discovering a business you never heard of, may be all one needs in order to reach an entirely level in his or her endeavors. Each section serves as the ideal platform for an unlimited array of individuals and businesses with an interest in a particular industry to meet and greet each other, and then get down to business, pardon the pun. However, the expo offers myriad tools beyond that to serve individuals’ particular needs even better. There is the “Women in the Workforce” offering perspective and resources for women who balance the needs of home and work each day. There is the deal-making section, which serves as a revolutionary “marketplace” for investors, entrepreneurs and owners of existing businesses to meet and discuss what they each have to offer – and get a chance to launch, purchase, sell, or form partnerships in, businesses. Do you want a prestigious Wall Street businessman to become your partner? Seven lucky businesses will have the opportunity to have that discussion live on the expo floor, with the expo’s exclusive “The Accelerator” feature. Any existing business can go online to the Parnassah Expo website to apply for the opportunity to present their venture and plans for the future to a panel of seasoned Wall Street hands, who are open to making offers as high as $500,000 for a share of the business’ equity. Then there is the “Most Innovative Business” award that Parnassah Expo will present to one lucky expo exhibitor on the floor – for all the eyes, ears and media outlets at the event to witness and internalize. Yet, all these tools are merely one segment of the Parnassah Expo… Additional major expo features will be highlighted in next week’s issue. For more information about the expo, or to make a reservation, please visit or call 855-PAR-EXPO. Time is running out!

but even a cursory glance at the diverse group of people who see the event as highly promising for their goals speaks volumes. What would a multibillion dollar company, based in over 90 countries, be looking for at the expo? Heather Blassingame, Blackberry Wireless’ small to medium business manager for the East Coast, has the answer. “We have had tons of success over the years from business customers – we sell tools, not toys,” she explains. “The expo caters to business minded people, and this is where we thrive.” Indeed, Blackberry counts itself as one of the many companies that will be setting up full scale shop at the expo. The global communications giant will feature a full island at the expo, showcasing its hot new “BB10” lineup, servicing the accounts and devices of current customers, and showing users of other devices the options they would have by switching to Blackberry. The company’s representatives will also make an official presentation, as well as sponsor the speech that noted attorney Ben Brafman will deliver regarding how to run a business in accordance with the law. “Mr. Brafman is a Blackberry user, and we’ll be honored to give him our new Q10 model as a gift,” Ms. Blassingame states.

Family Day at Chabad’s Gan Chamesh Binyamin Markovich, 4, of Cedarhurst, was joined by his Savta Chana Aharoni visiting from Bat Yam, Israel, to celebrate Family Day in Gan Chamesh at the Chabad of the Five Towns preschool. For show and tell, Binyamin brought in locks of his hair in a bag, as his first locks were recently shorn by Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, who was the sandak at his bris. He is holding a photo showing his Saba Yosef a”h who gave him the rest of his haircut as his savta looks on. Festivities on Family Day were led by teachers Morot Etel Hurwitz, Ruthi and Brina, assisted by Binyamin’s Imma, Yudit, who serves as the Chabad’s dynamic music teacher.

**** Who’s Who These pages cannot nearly suffice to delve into the nooks and crannies of every individual and every entity at the expo – which is evolving by the hour –

Keith Chamish, an entrepreneur and tech whiz, sees the expo as the ideal venue to showcase his latest venture, Performance Apps. Over the years, Mr. Chamish has earned renown from prestigious corporations for developing sophisticated apps and other features that helped them grow by leaps and bounds in the world of the Internet and social media, and even sold a trademark he developed to Coca-Cola for over $300,000. “I’d like to build my own brand, but also help others learn about how they can use technology to benefit their branding and marketing needs,” says Mr. Chamish. “The expo is a great opportunity to meet like-minded people, and explore better ways to do business.” Another one of the many expo exhibitors will be Shia Neuman, a veteran mortgage broker who recently founded, an online marketplace for real estate sales and rentals in Jewish communities around the globe. “I’ve found that whoever I explained the website’s concept to felt it was a great idea,” Mr. Neuman relates. “The expo is a great place to share it with a cross section of the population, including landlords, banks, mortgage companies and potential advertisers on the site.”


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The words “business” and “world” are used in tandem so often that the latter half of the phrase has already lost much of its meaning. However, the day when the word “world” reclaims its true meaning is right around the corner. On Tuesday and Wednesday, March 25th and 26th, a world of businesses, professionals, entrepreneurs, advisors, customers and more have 150,000 square feet of space in which to jointly pursue their dreams like never before. Welcome to the 2014 Parnassah Expo, to be held at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center, near the Outerbridge Crossing.


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Fame Expands to Bigger, More Beautiful Store on Central Avenue A wise person once noted, “Do not underestimate the determination of a powerful woman.” Elisheva Rosen is the epitome of this statement. Her perseverance and motivation took a simple idea—providing fashionable frum-wear to the Far Rockaway and Five Towns communities—into a thriving clothing and accessories store: Fame. The popularity of Fame and the high demand of its merchandise is solely the ripples of Fame’s best kept secret—its owner and creator, Elisheva. “Most customers of Fame come in looking for a top or a skirt, but what they soon realize is that at Fame, it’s about creating an outfit, an image, and undoubtedly, making our patrons feel like the confident, respected, and beautiful women that they are.” In only a few years, Elisheva took a dream and made it come to fruition. “There is no such thing as a frum women’s department store…but I envision creating one someday. The new Fame, at our much expanded and renovated facility at 419 Central Avenue in Cedarhurst, NY, is the closest thing that comes to that type of venue. My clients have always been in demand of the clothes and accessories I sell, and a bigger facility was necessary to provide them with the utmost ease in their personal shopping experience.”

This past Sunday, Fame had its grand opening in their new facility, with the first 100 customers receiving $20 gift cards. The excitement was palpable, not only for the women in attendance (teenagers, college students, young professionals, mothers, grandmothers, and more), but also for a most determined

woman, who has persevered in making her dream a reality. A 41-year-old Far Rockaway mother of seven in attendance exclaimed, “It’s beautiful and such a warm atmosphere. It’s like a shopping mall and a boutique in one. It’s so pleasant to shop here.” A Lawrence resident and high school

student went to Fame with her grandmother to check out its new and improved facility. “The clothes at Fame are really cute, the prices are great, but most importantly, it’s just very ‘my style.’” “You cover all the basics when you come here,” said an enthusiastic Woodmere local. “The variety and style is modest but chic. And I just love the jewelry…it’s so refined, classy, and makes me feel radiant.” “Elisheva is amazing. My whole wardrobe is from Fame. The clothes are so classy and comfortable. I can wear the clothing to work, on Shabbos, and even on the weekends to go out…They are just so versatile and make me feel a self-confidence that I never knew existed. And when adding Fame’s jewelry and belts to complement an outfit, I am unstoppable. There is no other store that has the impeccable service and stunning clothing, not to mention the stylish and gorgeous accessories as Fame,” one avid Fame shopper stated. With the encouragement of her family and friends, we wish much success to Elisheva as Fame embarks on a new journey at its bigger and better location. Come check it out! You will surely be mesmerized.


Community Experimenting at the Shulamith’s Science Fair

On Wednesday, February 19th, the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students of Shulamith Middle Division participated in their annual school science fair. Each year, the science fair gives students an opportunity to use the scientific method to perform an experiment. Under the tutelage of their science teachers, Mrs. Leah Miller and Dr. Barbara Tucker, the students learn the principles involved in performing a valid experiment and doing scientific research. In preparation for the fair, each student or team of students chooses a topic that interests them. The girls spend a great deal of time conducting their experiments and gathering information on their topics. This year’s fair reflected the outstanding efforts of each student and their understanding of how the scientific process works. The judges were all very impressed with the students’ presentation of their material and how hard they worked on their chosen topics. In addition to naming first, second, and third place winners within the school, some of the participants will

have the opportunity to move on to the HALB Science Fair, where all of the local yeshivas present their best projects. The administration, science department, and student body of Shulamith would like to express our appreciation to our science fair judges, including physicians and other professionals, who took time out of their day to participate in this event. Our thanks to Mrs. Adler, Mrs. Borah, Dr. Bornstein, Mrs. Greenfield, Dr. Halpert, Dr. Jacobson, Mrs. Laufer, Mrs. Leiderman, Mrs. Miri Lipshitz, Dr. Mikhli, Dr. Saffra, Superintendent Gary Schall, Dr. Scheinmann, Mrs. Schupak, Dr. Zilberberg, and Mr. Zimmerman.

Nefesh B’Nefesh to Hold Mega Aliyah Fair in Times Square on March 9th Nefesh B’Nefesh will be conducting a week of Aliyah Fairs in seven major cities across North America in conjunction with Israel’s Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, the Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael and JNF-USA. The Aliyah Fairs, which will take place in Toronto, Montreal, Florida, Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York between March 2nd and 10th, will incorporate Aliyah-related seminars and workshops, as well as personal consultations with staff from the Jewish Agency for Israel, Tzofim Garin Tzabar and Nefesh B’Nefesh including representatives from the “Go North” and “Go South” programs. Representatives from various Israeli municipalities, high schools and universities, MATI business development for entrepreneurs, real estate developers and agents, financial consultants, insurance agents and shippers will also be present for participants to consult with. Israeli Minister of Immigration and

Absorption, MK Sofa Landver, will be the guest speaker at the New York event. Participants will benefit from workshops and seminars on various topics such as: Careers in Israel, Financial Planning, Taxes & Budgeting, The Israeli Healthcare System, Introduction to the Aliyah Process, Aliyah Rights and Benefits and the ‘Go North’ and ‘Go South’ Programs. In addition, representatives of The Jewish Agency for Israel will speak about the process for verifying Aliyah eligibility and the various programs it offers to assist immigrants in their transition to Israeli life. To date, Nefesh B’Nefesh has assisted over 38,000 olim. More than 50,000 North American and British Jews have attended Nefesh B’Nefesh pre-Aliyah informational seminars throughout the US, Canada and UK, including specially tailored programs, events and individual counseling sessions. For a full schedule of these Aliyah fairs, please visit

Rabbi Moshe Walter Visits the Five Towns/Far Rockaway Community

On Shabbos morning, at the Young Israel of Lawrence-Cedarhurst, Rabbi Walter spoke about the issue of “The Propriety of Asking & Providing a Second Halachic Opinion.” On Shabbos afternoon at Kehillas Bais Yehudah Tzvi (The Red Shul), he spoke about “An Analysis of Lo Tisgodedu (creating factions) in Halacha & Shmiras Ha’Mitzvos.” On Sunday morning, at the Young

Israel of Woodmere, he gave an in-depth halacha shiur on the topic of “Decision Making & Priorities in Hilchos Pikuach Nefesh.” He concluded with a lecture on Sunday evening at Cong. Knesset Israel (The White Shul). There Rabbi Walter discussed “The Role of the Rav & Importance of the Shoel in Psak Halacha.” The frequently overheard comments were especially positive, as attendees mentioned his extreme erudition and ability to explain difficult halachic concepts in a most clear cut fashion. Rabbi Walter handled questions from the audience in a respectful and easy-going manner. Rabbi Walter is the Mora D’Asra at the Woodside Synagogue, Ahavas Torah in Silver Spring, MD, and also serves as the Director of the Vaad HaRabbonim of Greater Washington. He has authored numerous articles on topics in halacha which have been published in venues such as the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society and Hakira. His most recent sefer, The Making of a Halachic Decision, has been very well received for its comprehensive analysis of the halachic process.

JJ Cappuccino Drink: New Packaging, Same Old Awesome Flavor When you have winning product on your hands, the only thing you can tamper with is the packaging. An outand-out favorite for years with coffee addicts all over, JJ Cappuccino is too perfect to be improved upon in any way. But there’s foolproof fun in an exciting new package design. JJ Cappuccino is made using a prized Italian recipe responsible for the distinct flavor coffee drinkers have come to cherish. High quality gourmet coffee beans are roasted to perfection to create that perfectly brewed taste. Fresh,

whole milk completes the drink, creating a truly upgraded coffee experience. Robust coffee flavor with just the right amount of sweetness merge in this bold bottle of goodness. And now even the bottle became more beautiful. JJ Cappuccino has been a first choice with coffee connoisseurs since its inception in 2005. This first-rate cup of joe is just one of the many fine products available for J&J. Yogurt, butter, ice cream and a host of other top-of-the-line dairy food items make J&J a household name wherever fine kosher food is sold.

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Rabbi Moshe Walter spent the weekend of February 22-23 in the Five Towns and Far Rockaway communities. He delivered four very well-attended shiurim in some of our local shuls.



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Jason Bokor, Chairman of the Board of Education; Rabbi Gedaliah Oppen, HAFTR High School Judaic Studies Principal; Mr. Reuben Maron, Executive Director; Ms. Naomi Lippman, High School General Studies Principal; and Joy Hammer, Lower School Principal.

HAFTR Administrators participated in the iJED 2014 Conference to learn more about the best and latest practices in teaching and learning. The conference utilizes diverse and innovate instructional strategies and methodologies. The conference provided opportunities for our leaders to engage in learning labs,

boot camps, hands-on learning, project-based and problem-based learning, online learning, blended learning, case studies, remote learning, Back-channeling, iPlayground, blogging, networking, collaborating, and other exciting 21st century outlets.

Who’s the Fairest of Them All? On Wednesday, February 26th, the fifth graders at Shulamith School for Girls celebrated their State Fair. This culminating activity was held in the lunchroom and MPR in the Middle School Building on Locust Avenue. With 60 girls in the grade, every state in the United States was well represented. Preparation for the fair began back in December when students drew lots to see what state would become “theirs” for the next three months. The girls then spent countless hours researching various topics about their individual states. To display their newfound knowledge, each student had to write a report and create a tri-fold board exhibit about her state. On the day of the fair, the fifth grad-

ers were bubbling over with excitement. During school hours, students from other classes visited the fair, and in the evening, the fair was open to family and friends. With about 300 people in attendance in the evening, the girls were kept

busy showing off their boards and sharing all that they had learned. The fifth graders reported that they really enjoyed answering the questions that people asked at the State Fair. All agree that is was a fun-filled, and fulfilling, learning experience!

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Members of the fire department from the 101 Precinct visit Yeshiva Darchei Torah kindergarteners to help them learn about community helpers

Madraigos Strikes Success at 4th Annual Gourmet Glatt Bowl-A-Thon Huge Turnout As Friends And Local Businesses Rally Together

The 4th Annual Gourmet Glatt Bowl-A-Thon to benefit Madraigos at Woodmere Lanes was another sell-out event. This signature event has become an annual Madraigos tradition among Five Towns residents, local businesses, friends, and supporters. Over 250 participants came out in full force to battle it out for pins and prizes and have a fun night with friends. The event brought together a diverse group of bowlers from across

the tri-state area and beyond. Exciting contests were held throughout the night including the popular Red Pin Contest. David Jaison, mentalist, wowed the crowd as he performed for all participants throughout the night. The raffle drawing was the highlight of the evening at a packed Woodmere Lanes. A 5-day trip to the Dominican Republic, Invicta men’s watch, Jet Blue gift card, 32” TV, unique sports memorabilia items, and special sports game tickets were raffled off to happy bowlers. An-

other drawing was held for a shopping spree at Gourmet Glatt Emporium. Complimentary gifts included a BowlA-Thon T-shirt and swag bags full of wonderful items were distributed to all bowlers while event sponsors received custom bowling shirts with their business logo. “I was thrilled with the opportunity to partner with Madraigos for this special event and help generate awareness and funds for the quality programs and services that Madraigos provides,” stated Yoeli Steinberg of Gourmet Glatt Emporium, a state-ofthe art- kosher supermarket in the heart of the Five Towns. “Thank you to all participants for making this event a success.” Madraigos acknowledges the efforts of the dedicated Bowl-A-Thon committee members who worked tirelessly to solicit business sponsors and create this most successful event. We acknowledge Moshe Klein of MK Creative Group for his outstanding work and expertise in marketing, graphic design, printing and web services. His creativity is beyond compare and Madraigos greatly appreciates his efforts. Rabbi Dov Silver, Founder and

Executive V.P, commented, “I am grateful to our sponsors and participants for their dedication to Madraigos’ mission. Due to their generosity, we can continue to effectively help our young people and their families who desperately need our services.” “We are thrilled with the outcome of our Annual Bowl-A-Thon. This year’s event had over 100 local corporate sponsors.” said Rabbi Josh Zern, Executive Director. “The continued

support of our community has allowed Madraigos to be an innovative and highly regarded youth service provider in the Five Towns/Queens commu-

nity. The nightly ‘Lounge’ activities, support groups and School-Based Services program continue to grow and gain stronger momentum as more and more schools partner with us. We have to make sure this expansion moves forward.” Madraigos, a 501c-3 not-forprofit organization, 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. Our goal is to provide all of our 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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* * * Stalin’s ghost appears to Putin in a dream, and Putin asks for his help running the country. Stalin says, “Round up and shoot all those that are not Communists, and then paint the inside of the Kremlin blue.” “Why blue?” Putin asks. “Ha!” says Stalin. “I knew you wouldn’t ask me about the first part.”

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Differences between America and “Soviet Russia” (Because “modern Russia” is much better…yeah right). To be read with Russian accent. • In America, you break the law; in Soviet Russia, the law breaks you! • In America, your work determines your marks; in Soviet Russia, Marx determines your work! • In Soviet Russia, there is freedom of speech; in America, there is also freedom after speech. • In Soviet Russia, the future is known. It’s the past that’s everchanging. •

In America, you hate government; in the Soviet Union, the government hate you! • In America, you put “In G-d We Trust” on your money; in Russia, we have no money! • In America, you finish a sentence; in Soviet Russia, sentence finishes you! • In America, you rob the bank; in Soviet Russia, the bank robs you.

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3. The Russian Federation was established following the disbanding of the Soviet Union. Who was the Federation’s first president? a. Smirinoff Wodka b. Viktor Chernomyrdin c. Boris Yeltsin d. Mikhail Gorbachev

5. Who was in charge of the Soviet Union during the Cuban Missile Crisis? a. Khrushchev b. Gorbachev

6. What did Putin work as in the 1980s? a. Moscow banker b. Doctor c. KGB spy d. Ski instructor 7. What did Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev do at the 1960 U.N. Assembly meeting? a. He refused to shake President Eisenhower’s hand b. He took out a bottle of vodka and made a toast c. He took off his shoe during his speech and started banging it on the lectern 8. He brought his daughter up to the lectern and had her stand by his side during his speech a. What was Sputnik 1? b. The name of the Russian warship that came within 15 miles of Florida during the Cuban Missile Crisis. c. The world’s first artificial satellite launched by the USSR in 1957, resulting in the U.S. vs. U.S.S.R. space race. d. The name of a jail created by Stalin. e. The title of the USSR Constitution.

• Many people are surprised to hear that we have comedians in Russia, but they are there. They are dead, but they are there. ~ Yakov Smirnoff • The workers love Khrushchev very much. He hasn’t got an enemy in the entire country. Quite a few under it. ~ Bob Hope • In Moscow they do not pay much attention to the living but keep their cemeteries in a splendid state. ~ George Mikes • [The USSR is] the most realistic regime in the world, they have no ideals. ~ Golda Meir • My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever. The

ANSWERS 1. D 2. A 3. C 4. B 5. A 6. C 7. C 8. B Wisdom Key 6-8 correct: You know too much about Communist Russia. Joseph McCarthy would have had a field day with you! 3-5 correct: Unless you live in the Ukraine (in which case the USSR is about to be your homeland), it’s okay that you are only moderately educated on the great bastion of Communism. 0-2 correct: как вам не стыдно (Just in case you don’t speak Russian, it means “shame on you.”)

bombing will begin in five minutes. ~ President Ronald Reagan (during a radio microphone test) • Following his doctor’s orders, Nikita Khrushchev has cut his drinking in half. He’s leaving out the water. ~ Bob Hope • There is no income tax in Russia. But there’s also no income. ~ Will Rogers • In Russia we only had two TV channels. Channel One was propaganda. Channel Two consisted of a KGB officer telling you: Turn back at once to Channel One. ~ Yakov Smirnoff • We had a very successful trip to Russia… Our first stop was Red Square, the heart of Moscow – if Moscow has one. ~ Bob Hope

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c. Brezhnev d. Stalin

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4. Russia does not share a border with which of the following countries. a. China b. South Korea c. Mongolia d. Poland







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Simcha Day camp Why They Keep Coming Back For More

Roving Reporter: As any inquisitive roving reporter, I like to get to the bottom of a puzzle. I wanted to find out what all the excitement is at Simcha Day Camp that makes it so popular with kids from all over. In order to solve this enigma, I sat down with SDC Head Counselor, Rabbi Avi Taub to get to the bottom of it. So, Rabbi Taub, you have campers from all over coming to Simcha Day Camp; why? Rabbi Avi Taub: You’re right; Simcha Day Camp campers come from all parts of Far Rockaway, Five Towns, West Hempstead, Queens and several neighborhoods in Brooklyn. Why Simcha Day Camp? There are many reasons. First thing is door-to-door bus service with a bus counselor on every bus. Once they get to our sprawling campus, there’s no reason to leave. We have an Olympic-sized outdoor swimming pool, arts & crafts, state of the art computer room, baseball fields galore, indoor and outdoor basketball courts, a hockey court, volley ball—everything a boy needs to have an amazing day. RR: What other activities do the boys enjoy? RT: Did I neglect to mention our concert, carnival, color war, leagues amazing trips and so much more? RR: Could you give me an idea of what the average day might be like? RT: Our day starts with davening, learning and snack. We have the greatest staff of experienced rebbim you will find anywhere. Then, the boys are joined by our finest counselors. They will go to instructional swim, any one of the numerous sports we are geared for, arts & crafts or computers. We provide a nutritious hot lunch every day. The afternoon continues with more sports, free swim and our sports clinics, where boys are taught to combine their abilities with their outstanding middos.

day and campers the other part, and our new CIT sports program, where boys, after davening and learning, have the rest of their day dedicated to sports and activities. RR: Any more amazing stuff? RT: Did I mention our overnight trips and late nights? Using coach buses we take the campers to Massachusetts, Delaware, the Poconos, and Connecticut. There they go white water rafting, Six Flags New England, Lake Compounce, Clementine, ropes courses, paintballing, barbecuing and so much more. RR: Rabbi Taub, SDC is one of a kind, the only camp in New York that has it all on one fabulous campus. I think it’s clear to me what Simcha Day Camp has to offer!


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RR: Wow, sounds like a full day… RT: Actually, I wasn’t quite finished. That was just the regular campers; I haven’t gotten to our Juniors program. RR: Juniors? RT: No article about SDC would be complete without it. Our Juniors program is for boys who are in pre-school. The program is quite similar to our camper program. They have their own self-contained campus with their own fully equipped playground, a gym that has an indoor climbing area and fully air-conditioned bright classrooms. The juniors are introduced to organized sports and skill development with a private instructor. They even have a professional rebbi several times a week teaching them about middos and parsha. In addition to sports, art, trips, petting zoo, music, free movement they have something the boys love—big wheels! RR: Sounds fantastic… RT: Sorry, but I haven’t finished. I haven’t told you about our CIT program for boys going into 8th, 9th and 10th grade. We are training them to become our fantastic staff but giving them a blast at the same time. Unlike most camps, we offer two different types of programs: a CIT program, where the boys are counselors part of the

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RUNNING FROM DEATH’S DOOR How Former Mayor of Lawrence Shimon Felder Kept His Emunah and Hope Alive under the Nazis’ Clutches

By Shira Diamond


s Jews we know that nothing is coincidental, and that everything is perfectly orchestrated by Hashem. Even the seemingly tiniest insignificant detail can prove to be incredibly important for someone. Such was the case when a few months ago Shimon Felder sat down to enjoy that week’s issue of The Jewish Home. He opened the paper to an article written by Joe Bobker about Chanukah, which was very interesting and informative. The article was written about the Jews during the war and how they tried to keep the spirit of Judaism alive even during dark times. When Shimon Felder zeroed in on the picture that accompanied the article, he saw several children and young adults gathered in a transit camp, lighting the menorah and singing Chanukah songs. Right in the middle of the photo was a little boy involved in the activities; that little boy was none other than Shimon Felder himself. “I don’t even recall a picture being taken,” says Mr. Felder when he recounted the story. “But the moment I saw the boy in the middle, I knew it was me.” Hitler Comes to Amsterdam Shimon Felder’s story began in the winter of 1935 in Amsterdam. The rise of Adolf Hitler to power in the early 1930s was a major cause for concern for the Jewish citizens of Europe, and Shimon’s parents, Yosef and Ettel Felder, were no exception. When their son was born, Yosef feared that a Jewish name on his child’s birth certificate would put him in more danger, and so instead of using his Hebrew name, Shimon’s father wrote down “Heinrich” in

the hopes that the secular name would protect him. Soon after, Mr. Felder had serious doubts about his choice of legal name, regretting his omission of a legal Jewish name. On the day of their baby’s bris, Yosef went to the registry and crossed out the name Heinrich, writing in its stead “Chaim Shimon.” He preferred for his son to have a legal Jewish name and felt that the zechus Avos would protect their precious child despite the ominous clouds creeping overhead. As fate would have it, the Felders were on the Nazis’ lists regardless of what legal names they held. Yosef Felder had gone to Belgium to meet with his siblings to discuss where the family should go in order to escape the impending doom that was quickly descending on Europe. After much discussion, Yosef decided to travel to New York—to a place called Borough Park. He had left the country just one day before Germany invaded Holland and was therefore unable to return to his family. Yosef waited out the entire war in America, all the while not knowing if his family was dead or alive. His wife and two children were left alone to answer the door for the two Nazi Gestapo officers that pounded on it on day. It was Shabbos and the table was already set, the scent of cholent wafting in the air. But the sanctity was shattered as the family ran about filling suitcases with belongings. Ettel, her children, and her mother were shuffled into the local Jewish theater, a building that was meant to house about 200 people, but was packed with 800 local Jews. They were not given basic sanitary accom-

modations, and for eight days they lived in subhuman conditions. The Jewish people waited to be loaded onto trains and sent to various camps, mostly to the Westerbork Camp. It was a time of danger and great fear for all Jews as the scent of death edged closer. Eventually, Shimon, his sister, mother, and grandmother were also transferred to Westerbork, where conditions were difficult. The area was filthy and they had little food. But they enjoyed relative religious freedom; the Nazis allowed them to light Shabbos candles and the Chanukah menorah and daven with a minyan as well. This was all part of the Nazis’ plan, as the Jews still believed they were only going to a work camp, not to a concentration camp. The Nazis didn’t want the Jews knowing their true fate, so they allowed them to adhere to their religious practices. It was here that the picture that appeared in The Jewish Home was taken. Shimon is among other children and young adults lighting the Chanukah menorah and enjoying the Chanukah spirit.

Stories of Emunah and Hope Shimon’s mother, Ettel, would tell her children the trains were going to Eretz Yisroel and regale them with stories of hope to warm their hearts. Whether it was a way to instill optimism or she really believed it, no one knows. When a train would leave Westerbork, the Jews would sing farewell songs to the departing train, Ettel and her children among them, wishing them farewell. “We really believed they were going to a good place,” says Shimon. Ettel was among the relatively lucky ones as she had a South American passport which she obtained from family members in Switzerland and that saved her from being deported to a death camp right away. Instead, the family was put onto a cattle car and transferred to the town of Celle in Germany. Once they got to Celle, life for the Felder family changed forever. It was freezing cold and they had nothing to protect them from the elements. Dogs were barking and Nazi officers were shouting at them. They ordered everyone to form a line and start marching.

A Moment Away from Death Mr. Felder can relate many terrifying stories that happened to the family at that time. One of them occurred on that very march, when his mother closed her eyes for a moment out of sheer exhaustion. When she opened them, she immediately noticed that her son Chaim Shimon was missing. She turned around to see if he was straggling behind, but he was not. She looked ahead but could not see him in the distance either. She turned to the side and saw her son standing on the side of the road with a Nazi officer holding a gun to his head. Ettel’s heart

started hammering; she sent a desperate prayer to the One Above, begging Hashem not to allow her son to die. Immediately, the Nazi officer released her son and he ran back to his mother. Shaking, Ettel picked up Chaim Shimon and hugged him, asking him what had happened. Her young child told her that he saw a book sticking out from the snow, and it looked like a siddur. He bent down to pick it up and give it a kiss when the officer saw him and grabbed him. But when Chaim Shimon explained to the officer that he was picking up the book and kissing it because it was holy, miraculously, the officer told him he was a good boy and let him go! When they looked at the book, they saw it was indeed a siddur with the words “prayer book” engraved on the cover in Dutch. Ettel did not know what had caused her son’s salvation. Maybe the Nazi officer was moved by the sight of her son kissing the prayer book, perhaps the officer had a spark of humanity left in his heart, she couldn’t be sure, but her son’s innocent and pure actions found favor in Hashem’s eyes and he was saved from imminent death. When the family finally reached their destination, it was none other than the infamous concentration camp Bergen Belsen, where the family experienced many years of suffering. At one point, Ettel became sick with dysentery and was close to death. Chaim Shimon stood at her side, and watched in horror as his mother’s strength waned. His mother had expressed that she could not go on much longer, and Chaim Shimon cried out, “Please Hashem don’t let my mother die!” Ettel opened her eyes at that moment and saw her son’s distress. She said to her son, “I will not die,” and miraculously she didn’t, slowly regaining her strength until she was able to leave the infirmary. Shimon maintains that they were among the lucky ones, as in 1945 they were part of an exchange orchestrated by the Red Cross with the Germans for materials they needed for the war, and the Felders were released from their nightmarish life in the camps. They were put into contact with their family in Switzerland and stayed there with them

until the end of The Felder’s residence the war. At the war’s end, Shimon was sent to a rehabilitation camp to help him gain his strength back after which he and his family traveled to America to reunite with their father. The incredible story of the surviv- instrumental in is the town approval to al of Shimon Felder and his family is allow Sh’or Yoshuv to build its buildboth heartwarming and awe-inspiring. ing, as well as the allowance of Ohel to It was also a rare and incredible oc- have a group home in the area. He was currence for an entire family to remain also a major player in the shopping area intact throughout the war years and re- of Central Avenue being built up and unite afterwards. Shimon attributes this improved. Mr. Felder is still a proud to many things, one being his mother member of the board and works for and grandmother’s incredible emunah the interests of the community and the in Hashem. He relates, “My mother residents. One of the things Mr. Felder was always talking about emunah and is currently fighting for is for term limour faith in Hashem. its to be instated in She would constantorder to give others in the community ly talk about how more of an opening Hashem is helpto get involved civic ing us and looking duties. He says genover us.” Shimon’s erally people don’t grandmother knew challenge incumthe entire Sefer Tebents, but there is so hillim by heart and much talent in the would recite it every community, he feels single day. She also it is good to have never uncovered term limits no mather hair and was ter how good one is the only woman in at their role. the barracks not to Shimon Felder’s contract lice. Shilife story could be mon absorbed this the plot of a fiction unshakable faith The photo that sparked his memory. novel, keeping you from his mother and Mr. Felder is the boy in the middle. at the edge of your grandmother and maintains that everything that Hashem seat while reading through all its ups does is for the best, no matter how dif- and downs. It’s a story that contains tragedy, fear, pain and heartache, but ficult it may be. also one that contains incredible love, strength, faith and character. His famLife in the Five Towns About four decades ago, Shimon ily is the ultimate source of conciliaFelder and his wife moved to Far tion for all he went through, as he and Rockaway and rented an apartment his wife get Yiddishe nachas from their right next door to where Rav Shlomo three children and many grandchildren; Freifeld zt”l lived. Two years later, they luckily all of them live close to Mr. and bought a house in Lawrence, at a time Mrs. Felder. Shimon says, “I attribute when there were not very many Jews in everything good that occurred to a deep the area. Shimon decided that it would faith in Hashem that both my wife, be good for frum people to get involved Miriam, and I absorbed from our parin civic activities, and when he was ents. It has always sustained us through asked by then-Mayor Larry Blatt to the most difficult times and continues take a seat on the Village of Lawrence to sustain us. This unwavering faith is board, he accepted. As he was already not only called upon in hardship, but in on the zoning board, Shimon was hap- good times as well.” And so, the little py to acquiesce to the mayor’s request. boy who had a gun held to his head so Mr. Felder was the first Orthodox mem- many years ago now stands tall with ber to wear a yarmulke on the board. his strong faith, beautiful family and He then became deputy mayor and af- contributions to his community, as the terwards became mayor of Lawrence. ultimate proof that those who wished to Among the many things Mr. Felder was destroy us did not prevail.

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They had no idea where they were marching to, but they went onward. The snow continued to come down and their feet and legs began to freeze. As people could not continue the grueling journey, they fell to the ground and were left for dead. Suitcases and belongings fell to the ground as well, as people attempted to shed any extra weight they had. The children were crying, fear filling their insides, but all the while Ettel repeated to her children over and over again, “Mashiach can come at any moment, my precious kinderlach, at any moment.” This was one of the many expressions of hope and emunah in Hashem that Ettel repeated during those horrible years. She was a pillar of strength for her children and kept them from falling apart.

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VaYikrah – With a Small Aleph


efer VaYikrah opens with the expression, “And Hashem called to Moshe.” The word Vayikrah (called) is written with a small aleph. The Baal Ha’Turim explains that this was because of Moshe Rabbeinu’s extreme humility. Hashem told him to write the word Vayikrah with an aleph. That implies that Hashem called Moshe to come forward for an audience. Moshe felt that was too much honor. He wanted it to appear as if it were more of a random occurrence. When Hashem spoke to Bilaam, the Torah used the expression “Vayikar” – it occurred, to mean that is wasn’t a formal audience, just a chance happening. So Moshe requested to write the word here that way without the aleph. Hashem told him not to do that, but to write the word out fully. Out of his extreme humility, Moshe said he would only write it with a small aleph

to somehow keep the connotation that it wasn’t a formal invitation. When we focus on this discussion, we see a beautiful illustration of humility — with a bit of a twist. Hashem called out to Moshe and spoke to him in a manner different than to any other person. Hashem specifically told Moshe to write that in the Torah. After all, it was true, and it was important for the Jewish People to recognize the greatness of their leader. Moshe felt that while everyone might already have known it, to have it recorded that way for generations was just too much kavod, so he asked to have it stricken

from the record. Hashem told him no, it must remain. So out of deference to Hashem Moshe wrote it, but not in its full form, only with a small aleph. Moshe ran from the kavod, a very impressive

says, “Me, work out? What do you think I do all day long? I lift heavy loads, tons and tons of dirt from one side of the site to the other.” “Joe, that isn’t you lifting the dirt. It’s the crane. You’re just the guy pull-


show of humility. Yet if we think about this discussion, it doesn’t sound humble at all. Hashem was giving Moshe directions for writing the Torah, the very blueprint for Creation. Hashem instructed Moshe to write the word “Vayikrah” with a large aleph. Moshe said no. Hashem insisted. Moshe still said no. Finally Moshe compromised, “All right, I will write it, but my way — small.” This doesn’t sound very obedient, and certainly not humble! It sounds audacious. An unassuming man would listen to the Creator of the Heavens and the earth and do as he was told. The Greatness of Man and the Value of Humility The answer to this can be found by understanding the balance between the greatness of man and humility. To do this, let’s begin with a mashal. Imagine that you are passing a commercial construction site where you see a large crane digging out a foundation. The crane lifts up loads of dirt, rocks, rubble — moving tons of earth with each scoop. Operating the crane is Joe. Joe is overweight and a chain smoker. Another worker approaches Joe and says, “Joe, look at you! 80 lbs overweight, smoking two packs of cigarettes a day. You must do something about your health. Go the gym, work out, and get in shape.” Joe turns back to his coworker and

ing the levers. The crane is doing the heavy lifting!” exclaims the coworker. This is an apt parable to man. I occupy a body. This body has a mind that is brilliant and a mouth that is articulate. It was created in the image of Hashem. Look at what it can accomplish; look what it can do. It is deserving of extraordinary honor. I — am the occupant of this body. I am the little guy inside who pulls the levers. I didn’t create the body. I don’t know how to stretch the skin over the facial bones. I don’t know how to weave the one hundred billion neurons that comprise my brain. I am the little guy inside who tells the arms to move, who tells the mouth to open. So am I deserving of honor? The body that I occupy sure is; just look at what it can do. But I am that little guy inside — small, insignificant, unimportant. Both realities are correct. Both can coexist as long as I understand that I didn’t create me; Hashem did. Hashem may have put me into a position of power and greatness, but it has nothing to do with me. While I temporarily hold that position, I must act with due deference to my station in life. However, I am neither the creator of it, nor will I occupy it forever. This is the balance between the extraordinary greatness of man and a healthy dose of humility. The Most Humble of all Men The only human who reached a true understanding of this dichotomy was Moshe Rabbeinu. The Torah tells us that “The man, Moshe, was very humble, more so than any other per-

son on the face of the earth” (Bamidbar 12:3). Yet Moshe knew his worth. He was completely cognizant of his position and his power. Hashem said to write the word “Vayikrah” with an aleph, but Moshe didn’t want to. Hashem told him to do it anyway, and still Moshe felt that it wasn’t proper, so he stood up to Hashem himself, and said, “You put me in this position, and You authorized me to be a factor in defining the transmission of Torah. I am exercising that right You have given me. I am going to write it — but it will be small.” This is a fabulous illustration of towering humility balanced with a courage and fortitude that comes from knowing one’s position. Finding the Balance This perception is very applicable in our times. Most people struggle with either a poor self image or an inflated sense of self. Either that inner voice says, “I am worthless. What can I accomplish anyway? How much can be expected of me” or it speaks out, “Do you know who I am? Do you know how great I am? Do you know how weighty, mighty and significant I am?” Both of these extremes are false. The correct understanding is that Hashem created me and put me into a position where I can shape worlds. Born into this thing called a human body, I have extraordinary potential and capacities. It was worthy of creating all of the cosmos for me alone. And at the same time, I am but that little guy inside. I am the crane operator. Understanding this balance allows us to recognize our significance and at the same time remain grounded. I was created in the image of Hashem, but at the end of the day I am but a creation — and Hashem is my Creator. The Shmuz-Marriage Seminar, a 12-part, comprehensive guide to a successful marriage is available FREE of charge at It is also on the Shmuz App available at the App store, or on Google play, or you may listen on Kol Halashon by calling 718-906-6400, then options 1,4, 3.

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Rabbi's Musings [& Amusings] The Humor in Being Angry


any summers ago, when I was a camper, there was a camper in the bunk next door who was a bit of a bully. One day a few of my friends were playing basketball on the court when he came and made a ruckus about how it was his turn and they should move aside for him. I decided at that moment that enough was enough. I was going to show him once and for all that he could not always get his way. I stormed onto the court in a huff and let loose a harangue of why he had no right to always push around his weight. I told him that he wasn’t as amazing as he thought he was and that he shouldn’t think that he has the right to impose his wishes on anyone else. When I was finished he stood there quietly and stared at me. I felt quite smug with myself that I had finally gotten through to him. I was sure that the fact that I, a usually more timid boy, had laced it to him had really hit home. But then after a long ten seconds a smile

slowly spread across a face. He looked at me and said, “You know Staum, you look really cute when you get mad!” At times, when my children cry about some triviality, I will hold them up in front of the mirror. When they see their reflection they usually break into a

The truth is that if in a moment of anger we would stop to peer in the mirror, chances are we would laugh at how ridiculous we look and our intense anger would mitigate. Chazal explain that the reason we become angry is invariably because we feel a slight to our

IF IN A MOMENT OF ANGER WE WOULD STOP TO PEER IN THE MIRROR, CHANCES ARE WE WOULD LAUGH AT HOW RIDICULOUS WE LOOK. humorous burst of laughter. Then they immediately turn away and launch back into their tears.

ego. Therefore, if one wants to work on controlling his anger, his first step is to work on being secure with himself and

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who he is as a person. Of course there is a time when one must show anger, but more often than not our anger is exaggerated and overly-emotional. We often take ourselves too seriously. At times we are unnecessarily particular and fussy. In the words of one of my rabbeim, “The only thing you should be particular about is that you not be too particular about anything.” If we could learn to laugh at ourselves more and not always stand on principle, we would help ourselves remain calmer and happier people. And if we can’t laugh at ourselves maybe we can look in the mirror and see what we look like. 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 His website is www.

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Take a Back Seat someone else and feel comfortable and confident that we will get where we need to. There’s a famous bumper sticker that says, “If G-d is your co-pilot, switch seats.” In other words, if you think you’re driving the car and He’s just sitting there next to you, you’re missing the point of how Hashem runs the world. In truth, He is the one behind the wheel and we are just the backseat drivers in the front seat calling out obstacles we believe He doesn’t see but which He is keenly aware of. Much as the husband who is driving doesn’t appreciate his wife shrieking, “Look out for that crazy driver!” when his foot has already been on the brake pedal, Hashem doesn’t need us to guide Him in getting us where we need to be. He doesn’t get annoyed with us, but He doesn’t need us to point out the obstacles in our lives because He put them there for a purpose.

If we are mature about it, we will realize that not only is G-d in control, but our efforts to direct Him are unnecessary and pointless. Then, we can take a backseat and realize that He is the one ensuring we will get to our destination and we can ease up a bit. Sometimes we hear great stories of hashgacha pratis, Divine intervention down to minute details. When we do, we are astounded and moved. What we often fail to realize is that those are just the ones we recognize and understand. The same careful management is going on constantly, down to the nanosecond. Hashem is intimately involved in every aspect and moment of our lives, making the machinery of life move like clockwork. We don’t need to try to swerve to avoid the pothole because we will hit it or not no matter what we do. Like the child’s toy with a steering wheel on the car seat, it doesn’t really do anything. When we realize that we can actually

take our eyes off the road somewhat because we’ve got a capable, responsible driver, we can finally relax and enjoy taking the backseat. Of course, if you want to sit up in the front not to try to control anything, but just because you like the Driver’s company and want to be closer to Him, that’s a whole different trip. PUBLISHING ALERT: The Observant Jew – Wit, Wisdom, and What’s Up with That? is iy”H coming to bookstores near you soon. For dedication opportunities or to pre-order a signed copy, e-mail Jonathan Gewirtz is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in publications around the world. He also operates, where you can order a custom-made speech for your next special occasion. For more information, or to sign up for or sponsor the Migdal Ohr, his weekly PDF Dvar Torah in English, e-mail and put Subscribe or Sponsor in the subject. © 2014 by Jonathan Gewirtz. All rights reserved.

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ike many men I know, over time my car becomes a mobile office/ storage room, and papers, files, and assorted flotsam and jetsam sometimes appear to take over the interior. As I was going to drive my daughter somewhere one day, I cleaned out the front seat so she could ride “shotgun,” a throwback to the important position on a stagecoach in which a man with a rifle sat next to the driver to shoot at bandits. The front seat passengers of today do much the same thing, only this time it’s “Watch out for that truck,” or “Don’t hit the pothole,” or, if you’re driving with your spouse, “I told you this was the wrong way!” Hmmm, maybe that shotgun might come in handy… I wondered why it is that kids want to sit in the front seat so much, while the mark of success for a grown-up is to ride in the back and have a chauffeur driving you. I asked my daughter her opinion and she said, “There’s something cool about riding up front, and there’s something different that’s cool about riding in the back.” I guess I can’t argue with logic like that, but I continued to think about it. I hypothesized that since kids can’t drive yet, they like the idea of having a little more control. Getting to sit in the front makes them feel like they’re almost in charge, even if they don’t have the experience yet to tell the driver what to look out for. They may have access to the radio and air conditioning controls, and that’s fun, because in the back they’re stuck with whatever the driver gives them. That would also explain why the successful person is the one who no longer needs to be concerned with the road, because he has left control in someone else’s hands. It is liberating not to have to worry about the road conditions, other drivers, or keeping your eyes open. Even the climate and soundtrack are not an issue because the driver wants to make sure you are pleased. The ability to sit back and not worry at all is a fantastic feeling that not everyone gets. Most of us still have to drive our own cars to get from place to place. Even on a bus, we need to keep vigilant that we don’t doze off and wind up in a bus depot downtown seven hours later. So as kids we want to sit up front to be more in control, and as adults we’ve “made it” when we hand over control to


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Forgotten Heroes

Avi Heiligman

Haym Solomon and Mordecai Sheftall

Two Jews Who Financed the American Revolutionary War


ne of the most important factors as a spy when they found out he was that enable a country to fight supplying money to American troops. in a war is its ability to finance Solomon was pardoned when they the production of found they had a use weapons, pay the for him as an intersoldiers and pay its preter for German expenses. In the past troops fighting. But decade, the United Solomon was hardly States paid in excess an asset for the Britof $3 trillion for the ish; he secretly conIraq War (this tovinced the German tal is for the years soldiers to desert. 2003-2010 in which In 1777, SoloAmerican troops mon married Raplayed an active chel Franks whose role) and the globbrother was a al War on Terror is high-ranking officer Haym Solomon adding quite a bill to on George Washour national debt. ington’s staff. He Back in the 1700s, the U.S. was a was arrested for the second time in fledgling country and had no financial 1778 and was sentenced to the hanginstitutions to pay for the Revolution- man’s noose. Escaping with the help ary War (1775-1783) and relied primar- of the Sons of Liberty, Solomon made ily on citizens to keep it running. Two his way to Philadelphia penniless and Jews played a major part in financing was soon joined by his family. He was the revolution and keeping George soon employed by the French as their Washington surrounded with fighting paymaster general in America and othmen to eventually defeat the British. er European governments hired him Haym Solomon and Mordecai Sheftall to sell securities to the newly formed were called upon by their new country American government. to help raise money and they delivered In late summer 1781, General in a big way. Washington’s Continental Army was at Haym Solomon was born in Poland Yorktown but was in desperate need of in 1740. His family came from Europe- funds. They needed food, supplies and an Sephardic backgrounds but took on money to pay the troops and WashingAshkenazik customs. Until he was 35, ton knew that there was one man who Solomon moved around Europe learn- could raise $20,000 in such a short ing about finances and picking up sev- period of time. “Send for Haym Solomon,” he ordered and soon Solomon raised the money through bills of exchange. The Battle of Yorktown was won by the Americans with the French support and proved to be the decisive battle in the war as the British soon negotiated a peace treaty. In 1785, Haym Solomon died and was buried at the Mikveh Israel Cemetery in Philadelphia. His legacy is that he is remembered as the financer of the Revolution although some of the stories told Robert Morris, George Washington, about him may be exaggerated. and Haym Salomon Sculpture in Chicago One version of the Yorktown aceral languages. In 1775, he moved to count has Washington’s envoy burstNew York City and became a financial ing into Mikveh Israel Congregation broker for overseas accounts. A year in middle of Kol Nidre and Solomon later, he was arrested by the British making an appeal right there to raise

Indies for the rest of the war. the money. Mordecai was left without much Another important figure in helping the Founding Fathers fund the war money but became an integral part of was Mordecai Sheftall. He was born in the Mikveh Israel Congregation along Savannah, Georgia, in 1733 to a very with Haym Solomon. As a business frum family—a foreign concept in the venture, he invested in a ship that Deep South. Although his father was would capture and loot British ships poor, Mordecai worked hard to be- for the American cause. However, this come rich and at the age of 25 owned ship ran aground on its first voyage and a wharf. There were only six Jewish families in Savannah so Mordecai married a Jewish girl from Charleston, South Carolina, in 1771. Sheftall was a founder of the Mikve Israel Congregation in Savannah and donated land for the first Jewish cemetery in the city. After the war started he did all that he could to help provide for the soldiers especially those The hat worn by Sheftall Sheftall, who came from Georgia. His eldest son of Mordecai Sheftall, during the war loans to the Continental Congress were never repaid because they lacked the funds to do so. Finding that Mordecai called it quits for the rest of soldiers needed supplies, Sheftall per- the war. The Sheftalls returned to Sasonally paid for their expenses out of vannah in 1783 and the state gave him a big tract of land in reward for his hehis own pocket. The British captured Savannah in roic efforts during the war. The prop1778, and Sheftall took up arms to de- erty that was stolen by the British was fend his city. Some patriots managed never given back to him. A century and a half later, heroes to avoid capture but Mordecai and similar to these men his fifteen-year-old came on the scene son were imprisoned when the State of Isalong with 185 other rael was founded in Americans. The Brit1948 and was immeish were curious as diately plunged into to how the patriots war. Sheftall and Solwere being funded but omon will be rememSheftall would not tell bered as heroes for not them, so they tried to only financing the rev“break him” by givolution but for coming ing him only pork to through at such a criteat. After refusing to ical time for their new eat, he was transferred country. Sheftall in off of a British ship particular was instruand separated from mental in setting up his son. His wife and Mordecai Sheftall a Jewish community other children escaped to Charleston. Finally, Mordecai was in Savannah. Solomon, though, is the able to arrange parole for his son but more famous of the two, and a WWII they were still under a watchful Brit- liberty ship was named in his honor. ish eye. Escaping and hoping to rejoin their family in Charleston, he and his son were again captured and were held Avi Heiligman is a weekly contributor to until 1780. In June of that year Mor- The Jewish Home. He welcomes your comdecai was paroled again and the family ments and suggestions.for future columns was reunited in Philadelphia. His son, and can be reached at aviheiligman@ Sheftall Sheftall, was sent to the East


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don’t usually drink but I’d like to drink at my Purim seudah this year. What would you recommend for me to enjoy this Purim? I am assuming that you are not drinking during the year not because of an intolerance to wine—you just don’t appreciate it—but you would like to be mekayim the mitzvah of drinking on Purim. I would suggest a semi-dry white wine such as Chateneuf, an Emerald Riesling, or a Chenin Blanc. I definitely do not suggest drinking any sweet wine when drinking a significant amount. The sugar in the wine would not do well for your stomach and can make you sick. On Purim, I like to give my business associates an extra special wine or liquor in appreciation. What do you recommend I give to them? What would you recommend I give to my rav as something special on Purim? The question regarding gift giving is something that comes up all the time. Customers come in and say they must give a gift to someone but they don’t know their preference. Unless you are willing to ask the recipient about his preference or you can find out from

other people there is really no way of making sure the item you buy is really something they would like. That said, I usually ask the customer the amount they wish to spend and based on that I suggest to buy a good quality wine, or whiskey without thinking too much into if it’s the type the recipient would enjoy. When giving a gift on Purim, I always suggest giving a nice bottle of wine, which is appropriate and can be added to a mishloach manos package. For your rav, I would say finding a wine with a very good hechsher is a good idea. A good wine shop like ours has a wide selection in many different prices ranges so it makes it very easy to find a gift. I’d like to serve different wines at my seudah with different courses. What do you recommend I serve with a fish course, as an appetizer, with meat, and with dessert? Fish dishes usually pair well with a crisp, white wine such as a Pinot Grigio for a lighter fish and a buttery Chardonnay with a heavier fish. The appetizer might go well with a light bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir or a light bodied merlot.

What are the most popular wines you sell around Purim? Since Purim is a time when there is a mitzvah to drink wine, many more people drink wine than do throughout the year. These are not wine drinkers so we have to sell them wines that they can tolerate, not necessarily high-end wines. The biggest sellers for these consumers are wines such as White Zinfandel, Chateneuf, or other semi-dry wines. Of course, for the more sophisticated customers, I always recommend a good dry rose or other good dry wines. What do people generally drink on Purim—wine, scotch, vodka, whiskey? As a consumer friendly store, we sell everyone what they would like to drink on Purim. The vast majority of people drink wine, since an important part of the story of Purim had to do with the drinking of wine. The problems started because of the wine the Jews drank at the seudah of Achashveirosh and the redemption came about when the king was at the mishtei yayin of Esther Hamalka. The mitzvah of Purim is therefore specifically with wine. I’m not really a wine drinker. Can you explain what the difference is between the different types of wines out there—chardonnay, merlot, etc.? The answer to this can take a whole article in itself to explain all types of wine. Basically, wines are made from many varieties of grapes. Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, etc. are all examples of different grape varieties. Some wines are red, some are white, and some are rose in color. Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are always white wine as the skins and the juice of the grapes are white or golden in color thus producing a white wine. The Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Zinfandel grapes, although the juice is white (as is with all grapes) the skins have a red color which when fermenting the wine with the skins of the grape turn the wine into a red wine. Different grape varieties produce different tastes and textures to the wine all based on the expertise of the winemaker. This is a very basic overview without going into too much detail which is beyond the scope of this article. What’s the difference between a scotch and a whiskey? What makes a more expensive scotch/whiskey and what do you generally recommend when asked for a good scotch or whiskey? Whiskey is a general term of distilled beverages. Within the category of whiskey, there is Scotch whiskey which is whiskey that is distilled in Scotland. Other categories of whiskey are Bourbon, Irish whiskey, Canadian whiskey, Rye whiskey, and vodka. There are laws that govern the production of each category in order to be able to qualify to be called with that name. The quality of whiskey is achieved by many factors which begin with the quality of the ingredients—the grain and the water—used in the original fermentation process. The barrels used for aging and the length of the aging process all contribute to the quality. It is a myth to think that an older whiskey is necessarily better than a younger whiskey. It is not uncommon in the industry to find a whiskey that is aged too long and thus obtains a very woody taste negatively affecting the taste of the whiskey. As a matter of fact, the new wave of whiskey production is to make whiskey with no age statement. This allows consumers to focus specifically on the taste of the whiskey rather than just buying an age statement. As far as our recommendation for a good whiskey it would definitely depend on the level of gift the consumer would like to give. We definitely look for value and taste. One of our common recommendations is the Glenmorangie Signet, which is an example of a great whiskey without an age statement. It’s also one of our best values.

I love tasting new wines. Are there any new and interesting wines from other countries—besides for Israel, France, and America— that I should try? I would love to give you a list of every far-out country and tell you that we have wines coming from there. As a matter of fact, in the non-kosher market, wines from South Africa and Portugal are extremely hot right now. The kosher market is very different; the consumers really drive the production. We have had kosher wines from almost every part of the world throughout the years, and they have all been discontinued due to lack of demand. Kosher consumers are driven in part by ideology thus exploding the Israeli wine market. Consumers are constantly looking for new Israeli wine, so all the importers are concentrating their efforts in that region. Many small boutique wineries that have previously been non-kosher have seen the explosion in kosher interest in Israeli wines, and they have decided that their growth lies in the kosher market. They have thus gone under hechsher. The French kosher wines have dropped considerably because of Jewish principles. So in answer to your question, you can try new and interesting wines from Israel but I really cannot give you many interesting wines from different parts of the world. What is the most expensive drink that you sell? The most expensive drinks in a liquor store would be high aged whiskey. Specialty vintage whiskey can get very expensive. These expensive products usually are special ordered, not usually carried on the shelf. Having served the kosher community of the Five Towns and Far Rockaway for many years I have to say that our community has more important things to spend their money on, rather than on extremely expensive whiskey. Although I sell whiskey at any price level, if it’s requested, the most expensive drink I sell on a regular basis would be scotches in the range of $400-$500. Do you know a good non-alcoholic drink/mix I can serve to the youngsters on Purim? Although liquor stores in N.Y.S. are not allowed to sell non-alcoholic products, I can tell you that there are many flavors of sparkling grape juices that Kedem makes and are sold in the supermarket that are a great wine alternative for children. In addition, there are many flavors of cocktail mixes that are non-alcoholic and can be mixed with seltzer or fruit juices that can make great alternative to fun cocktail drinks.

Chateau de Vin was opened in 1991 by David and Fay Elefant, residents of Cedarhurst who saw that the growing frum community in the Five Towns and Far Rockaway needed a liquor store that would focus on the frum community’s needs. Moshe Fink took over for the Elefants in 2001. An avid wine lover, he felt he could help people develop an appreciation for fine wines and liquors. Chateau de Vin is the only all-kosher wine store in Long Island. Servicing the frum community for over 20 years, Chateau de Vin knows how to provide for the community’s simchas with utmost professionalism. They pride themselves on their personal service and help customers select the perfect wines and liquors for them. Wine tastings are held on Thursday nights and before the yom tovim, extra wine tastings are held as well. Chateau de Vin is located at 544 Central Avenue in Cedarhurst, New York, 516-374-WINE (9463), or online at www.

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The meat at your seudah would pair well with a full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon or a good wine from Bordeaux. And for the dessert you would serve a good quality sweet wine, called dessert wine. Bon appetit!

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She was referring to her husband Ken’s difficult relationship with his father. As he had told the story, his father had an anger problem and a blame problem: you could never be “right” with him. Growing up, when his father got particularly angry, Ken would run to hide in the closet; it was that scary. Karen herself had a challenging relationship with her own parents, but she learned to avoid the bad vibes in her house by staying with friends as often as she could. She even took to sneaking out of the house when everyone was sleeping. Since no one came looking for her, she felt she’d pulled a fast one on her oppressors, something she chuckles over to this day. She married early and was happy to be independent ever since. Ken,

on the other hand, got depressed easily, often losing time from work because he couldn’t get out of bed. In his black moods, he was no fun to be around. Karen’s question was legitimate. How come something that happened 40 years ago is still a problem today for her husband? How come her life was not governed by her past but Ken could not escape it? Welcome to the world of trauma. For a person to be traumatized by an event They have been emotionally injured and feel as if there was no way out. The injury has to go to the core of who they are or what life is about. They are stuck back there because something about the situation is holding them there. Karen escaped injury or it was mitigated because she was able to escape.

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What is Trauma? Once with friends, they would give her a better perspective on who she was as a person. This is why she was not traumatized. I once read in a journal article the story of a woman who, as a child, was degraded by her parents. She was a candidate for depression; however, every

the situation. The injured person says to himself: “How can this happen?” The fact that “regular life” was suspended and the world turned upside down is shocking to the affected person. The dissonance from “regular life” is something hard to swallow and a person naturally mentally goes back there again

HOW COME SOMETHING THAT HAPPENED 40 YEARS AGO IS STILL A PROBLEM TODAY? summer her family sent her to one of her grandparents for two weeks. There, she was treated with dignity and respect – and could see that she was clearly not the bad person her parents made her out to be. Those two weeks of reality testing saved her. Ken, on the other hand, the victim of frequent physical abuse, came to believe that he had caused it. Whether or not a child is physically abused, if the child is repeatedly given the message that they are wrong or that there is something wrong with them, then item #1 on the list above is present. That is, no one can help him argue with the false message he is getting. In Ken’s case, that message goes to the core of who he is: It says he is fundamentally flawed. What is holding him back? Why must he return again and again in bouts of depression to those black times? Wouldn’t it be wiser not to go back there? The answer is that nothing, absolutely nothing, in his present life has had the power to refute the destructive messages he received. Under stress, he immediately sees everything as his fault and failure which, of course, is the essence of depression. Ken can take enough medication to fill a pharmacy, but nothing will change for him until, with therapy, he comes to see that he is not “shoddy material” and that things are not necessarily his fault. In addition to child abuse, there are unexpected life events that can cause trauma. Last week’s issue of The Jewish Home introduced us to a young IDF commander, Aharon Karov, who entered a booby-trapped house and suffered severe injuries. The emotional trauma in such a case comes from the unreality of

and again trying to figure out how such a thing happened. Mr. Karov, baruch Hashem, did not suffer emotional trauma. It appears from the article that his positive attitude of moving forward with his life pushed him in the right direction. He came from a warm, supportive home and had the support of his fellow citizens. I suspect that although his injuries shocked him, he was also glad that he sustained them rather than one of his men. This probably helped him get through item #3 on the list. Other examples of trauma are plane and car crashes, sudden illness of a loved one, discovery of terrible secrets that a spouse was hiding (think of Mrs. Madoff), and natural disasters. What Karen needs to understand is that the difficulty of bouncing back from trauma is normal. It would be strange if a horrible event occurred and a person was unfazed by it. We are meant to be sensitive to the world around us. Furthermore, if the three conditions above are met, then it makes complete sense that

Ken would, indeed, be depressed every time a stressor seems to point to him as “the bad guy.” What can Karen do? Perhaps equally important, what can Ken do? Karen is in a very challenging position. If she were to “Oooh and ahhh” over Ken and his suffering, she would not really help him. Focusing on pain only reinforces it. On the other hand, if she says, “Snap out of it,” she is being insensitive and unkind. But Karen has other options. When faced with suffering, validating the person’s pain is a start as long as she doesn’t dwell on it for more than a few minutes. The most important step is for both of them to take positive, solution-oriented steps together to help Ken heal. Rather than clucking over his pain or being abrupt, she can ask him, “What can you do for yourself to get you into a better frame of mind and how can I help you?” At the very least, Karen can suggest that Ken go for counseling to overcome his original trauma and his chronic depression. And she most certainly can come with him so that she learns firsthand what trauma is all about and how to respond wisely to it. Please note: Dr. Deb makes up all her stories. Dr. Deb Hirschhorn, a Marriage & Family Therapist and best-selling author of The Healing Is Mutual--Marriage Empowerment Tools to Rebuild Trust and Respect--Together, is proud to announce that readers of The Jewish Home will receive a $50 discount on every visit to her Woodmere office. For more information, call 646-54-DRDEB or check out her website at

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“Say What?” Recently disclosed text messages between David Wildstein and Bridget Kelly (the two main players in Governor Christie’s lane closing scandal) about Rabbi Mendy Carlebach, who was the Port Authority Chaplain:

Mr. Obama, tell us about your plan for nuclear war with Russia! - A heckler at President Obama’s speech to the Democratic National Committee last Friday

WILDSTEIN: He has officially [gotten me angry].

I’m sorry. Who is that back there? What the heck are you talking about? - President Obama’s response to the heckler

KELLY: We cannot cause traffic problems in front of his house, can we? WILDSTEIN: Flights to Tel Aviv all mysteriously delayed.

Secretary of State John Kerry went on “Meet the Press” yesterday and actually criticized Russia for its action in the Ukraine. He said, “You just don’t invade another country on phony pretext in order to assert your interest.” Then he said, “I mean, we stopped doing that, like, months ago.” - Jimmy Fallon Putin is playing chess, and I think we are playing marbles — and I don’t think it’s even close. They’ve been running circles around us. - House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) on “Fox news Sunday”

Big news out of NASA yesterday — the Kepler space telescope has discovered 715 new planets. Either that or somebody sneezed on the lens. - Jimmy Kimmel A Florida man tattooed a spider on his face in an attempt to overcome his arachnophobia, which is a fear of spiders. The tattoo should also help him overcome his fear of employment. - Seth Myers

Eat and sleep and you will live a long time. You have to learn to relax. - Misao Okawa, who just turned 116 years old, sharing her secrets of longevity

It’s affordable, you could get subsidies to do it, it’s in your interest and if you don’t want to do it for yourself, do it for your parents—give them peace of mind. - Vice President Joe Biden in Scottsdale, Arizona, trying to convince a young woman to purchase Obamacare (She was a Canadian tourist) I just didn’t know if I should say, ‘I’m sorry, [I’m] Canadian, don’t know if I can help you out. - The woman explaining why she stayed silent during the vice president’s pitch What I’ll say is that if you look at Iranian behavior, they are strategic, and they’re not impulsive. They have a worldview, and they see their interests, and they respond to costs and benefits. And that isn’t to say that they aren’t a theocracy that embraces all kinds of ideas that I find abhorrent, but they’re not North Korea. They are a large, powerful country that sees itself as an important player on the world stage, and I do not think has a suicide wish and can respond to incentives. - President Obama in an interview with Bloomberg News explaining his view on Iran

The group that came up with “Got milk?” has officially retired the slogan. They said the ad campaign was a success. Pretty much everyone has heard of milk. - Conan O’Brien

Stop going on television and trying to threaten thugs and dictators. It is not your strong suit. Every time the president goes on national television and threatens Putin or anyone like Putin, everybody’s eyes roll, including mine. We have a weak and indecisive president that invites aggression. - Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in response to President Obama warning Putin not to invade Ukraine, hours before he did just that The FDA has approved a new camera that can be swallowed so that doctors can look at the inside of their patients’ bodies. So to answer your question: Yes, selfies CAN get worse. - Jimmy Fallon

Death to Jews - Words spray painted along with Nazi swastikas on a Reform Jewish synagogue in the Crimea region of Ukraine, which has come under Russian rule

Despite the fact that the Ukraine has been all over the news for the past few weeks, a survey found that 64 percent of U.S. students still couldn’t find Ukraine on a map. Said Vladimir Putin, “Soon nobody will.” - Seth Myers I heard that celebrity chef Paula Deen is opening a new restaurant. The restaurant’s called, “Paula Deen’s Kitchen.” You know, because “White Castle” was taken. - Jimmy Fallon

We do a lot of things for reasons besides profit motive. We want to leave the world better than we found it. And anyone who objects? Get out of the stock. - Apple CEO Tim Cook in response to some shareholder complaints that it is wasting money because of its consideration of environmental issues

With all this uncertainty in the Ukraine right now, there’s talk that the country could be split into two separate countries. Which explains their new name: “Two Kraines.” - Jimmy Fallon

Hey, you know who they locked up? Public enemy No. 1, El Chapo Guzman. He was the leading distributor of cocaine and cocainerelated items in the world. So another setback for Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. - David Letterman I think that the public has the impression that because there has been so much talk about climate, that events of the last 10 years, from an insured standpoint on climate, have been unusual. The answer is, they haven’t. You read about these events, but you read about events 30, or 40, or 50 years ago. - Warren Buffett when asked on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” if extreme weather events have increased, affecting insurance markets

Women spend an average of 335 hours a year getting ready, according to some very passive-aggressive researchers who are outside waiting in the car. - Jimmy Kimmel A spelling bee in Missouri was forced to shut down on Saturday because it ran out of words for the final two contestants to spell. The organizers said, “You know, someone ought to just publish a big book with all the words in it.” - Jimmy Fallon

The cops had to arrest Felton [who had an unlicensed gun] because the only person on the Knicks allowed to shoot is Carmelo Anthony. - David Letterman

Despite all that good news, there’s plenty of horror stories being told. All of them are untrue, but they’re being told all over America. The leukemia patient whose insurance policy was canceled [and] could die without her medication, Mr. President, that’s an ad being paid for by two billionaire brothers. It’s absolutely false. Or the woman whose insurance policy went up $700 a month—ads paid for around America by the multibillionaire Koch brothers, and the ad is false. We heard about the evils of Obamacare, about the lives it’s ruining in Republicans’ stump speeches and in ads paid for by oil magnates, the Koch brothers. But those tales, turned out to be just that: tales, stories made up from whole cloth, lies distorted by the Republicans to grab headlines or make political advertisements. - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), talking about Obamacare on the Senate floor last Wednesday I demand an apology from Senator Harry Reid. I absolutely demand an apology. - Julie Boonstra, the woman in the ad who in fact has leukemia and lost her insurance policy on Fox News* This week the Russian government gave all 44 of its Olympic medalists a new Mercedes. When asked what happened to the athletes who didn’t medal, Putin said, “Do not open trunk.” - Jimmy Fallon President Obama has announced that 4 million people have signed up for Obamacare. Obama said he wants to hit 7 million users by the end of March, at which point he’ll sell it to Facebook for $10 billion. - Seth Myers

Remember that beer commercial, “This Bud’s for you?” Well, when you see Iran building ICBMs, America, that SCUD’s for you. - Prime Minister Netanyahu at the AIPAC Convention

An article on Jan. 20, 1853, recounting the story of Solomon Northup, whose memoir “12 Years a Slave” became a movie 160 years later… misspelled his surname as Northrop. And the headline misspelled it as Northrup. The errors came to light on Monday after a Twitter user pointed out the article in The Times archives. - Last Tuesday’s New York Times, issuing a spelling correction for a rather old article

A new survey has found that almost half of dog owners admit to spending more money on their dogs than on their significant others. I tried to ask my wife if that’s true, but she and our dog were out to dinner. - Jimmy Fallon

Yes, I could see this one from Alaska. I’m usually not one to Told-Ya-So, but I did. - Sarah Palin, who was mocked in 2008 for saying that if Obama is elected Russia will eventually invade Ukraine

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Disney World is raising the price of a one-day ticket to Epcot to $94. It’s now so expensive that families are saving money by just taking actual trips around the world. - Jimmy Fallon

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Health & Fitness

David Elazar Simai, MD

Treatment of Eye Infections before Using Antibiotics


ost eye infections are caused by viruses. Your physician could tell you whether your eyes need treatment with antibiotics based on the eye’s appearance and the presenting symptoms (such as fever or lethargy). When I am visited by pharmaceutical representatives who try to convince me to prescribe their new generation of eye drops, ones that are stronger and much more expensive than the ones I usually prescribe, I share with them the following story. A few years ago, my relative asked me if I have samples of Vigamox, a newer, stronger and expensive brand of eye drops. I happily replied that I had one box left in my sample closet and would be glad to give it to him. But as I was hanging the phone, I asked him, “Sha-

ya, why do you use these strong drops?” Shaya answered, “Because nothing else works for my kids!” I shared with him, that I used to prescribe Vigamox in my first practice in Kiryas Yoel because patients demanded it and it was covered

It seems that when Vigamox entered my cousin’s house, there was a certain transformation of the typical bugs that resided in his kids’ eyes. And hence, I would like to share with you today what I do when my kids have a mild pink

MOST PINK EYES ARE CAUSED BY A COLD WHICH ARE VIRAL BY NATURE. by their insurances. However, when I opened my practice in Cedarhurst, I realized that patients would have to shell out up to $100 dollars for one prescription. I decided to stick with the older, generic drops and in five years, I had not even one case of failure!

eye. (In fact, the last time my daughter came home with a pink eye from school, I asked my wife to place a warm compress on her eye and my daughter woke up with clear, bright eyes the next morning and went to school.) Mucus Draining from the Eyes of Your Infant - This is very common and very benign (not dangerous). Babies are born with small lacrimal (tear) ducts, the ducts that drain the fluid from the eyes into the nose. Very often these ducts get clogged and cause the eye secretions to dry overnight. Your baby may wake up in the morning with the eye “glued shut” with this mucus. This will appear worse when your baby has a cold or is congested. Pink Eye - When someone has an infection of the eye, the white part of the eye – known as the sclera – turns pink. Viral infections produce a small amount of discharge along with this pink eye. Bacterial infections cause a large amount of discharge and sometimes significant swelling of the eyelids. Most pink eyes are caused by a cold which are viral by nature. When your child has a mild pink eye, start by placing some warm compresses on the eye. First, before touching any of the items, wash your hands well with soap and water. You could use a tea bag (Lipton tea or chamomile, please refrain from us-

ing any exotic teas that may cause severe burning and discomfort) or sterile gauze. Dip the tea bag or gauze in warm, boiled water. Massage the area where the lacrimal (tear) duct is located, at the juncture of the eye and the nose. Do this using gentle, circular motions. Then, gently massage the eyelid and rub off the mucus. Using antibiotic drops or ointment should be reserved for the occasions that your doctor instructs you to use them. Too frequent use of these topical antibiotics in the eye may cause the bacteria in your child’s eye to become resistant and more dangerous later on. In my practice, I seldom use the “newer generation” of antibacterial eye drops in order to prevent the emergence of resistant bacterial strains. Lastly, if your child has a swollen eye after a bug bite, have them checked by a physician promptly. Broken skin close to the eye can quickly turn into a dangerous skin infection and should be evaluated by a physician. Wishing you the best of health, David Elazar Simai, MD Dr. David Simai is a Board Certified Pediatrician from the Five Towns. He is a full time attending in his own private practice since 2007 in Cedarhurst, New York. In addition, he is an Attending Physician at LIJ-Cohen Children’s Hospital, North-Shore Manhasset University Hospital and South Nassau Communities Hospital. He can be contacted for consultation at 516 374-2228 or via email at NOTE: name, gender, geographical area and other identifying information were deliberately altered in this article in order to protect the patient’s privacy. This article is not intended to help diagnose or treat any specific disease. Always consult your personal physician before diagnosing or treating yourself or your child for any of the above mentioned illnesses.


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Simple Yet Elegant Mishloach Manos Purim is an opportunity to express a little of our creativity. It needs not be expensive, complicated, or (most significantly) a cause for stress. The following are a few ideas that I have come up with in the past. Copy these or use them as a starting point to get your own creative juices flowing.

The Appealing Apple Mishloach Manos For this mishloach manos think green! I designed this simple yet classy mishloach manos for a friend of mine, and the critics said it was rather ap”peal”ing”! You will need: Three green apples Green apple flavor Smirnoff Ice White rectangular plate Shrink wrap Matching ribbon Directions Place the apples and the Smirnoff on the plate. To shrink wrap, cut the shrink wrap so that it is a couple of inches larger than the plate (on all sides). Tape the ends of the shrink wrap to the bottom of the plate. Use a blow dryer to shrink wrap the package to give it that clean and professional look.


“Under Lock and Key” Mishloach Manos

M A R C H 6 , 2014 Last year my children dressed up as locksmiths and we gave out this package to match. The boxes were purchased at Amazing Savings (39 cents each) and contained different types of coo-“keys”. Each tin was wrapped with teal ribbon and a real key, which I got from a local locksmith.  Two key sugar cookies were covered in rolled fondant and were attached to a key ring. Using another piece of ribbon, I hung the key ring on a VOSS water bottle. The entire package was then wrapped in cellophane and tied with mini padlocks and a piece of light weight chain (that I bought Home Depot). The label on the middle can had a label with the following imprinted: O and Co. Locksmith / Coo“key” Combination / “The Key to a Happier Purim” (it was designed by Leah Borenstein of OMG Design 347-419-3570).

Biscotti with Style Mishloach Manos You know how some people have their signature mishloach manos? Well, for a close friend of mine, it’s biscotti. Each year she purchases pre-packaged Barnetts Biscotti, which come in a variety of flavors and toppings, then we try to come up with a new way to package them. Last year we paired the biscotti with a matching bottle of Real Beanz ice coffee, and topped it off by creating an original bag topper. It was clean-cut and classy, and certainly not complicated to make. To create the decorated bag toppers: You will need to cut cardstock paper the same width as your cellophane bag. The height will depend on how large you would like the topper to be. So figure out your width, then determine how high you would like your topper to be and multiply the height by 2 (so you have the back flap as well). Bag topper designs can range from hand-made to those with detailed computer graphics. Have fun creating your own unique style!

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Health & Fitness Aliza Beer, MS, RD

A Purim Poem It’s that time of the year again Girls are princesses and boys dangerous men To masquerade oneself is the theme Limitless hamantashen and alcohol is our dream

Like all good things the day does come to an end Disguises are removed and we must try to mend It’s feasible to gain five pounds in that one meal Subsequently, diet and exercise will help you deal It took only hours to gain those pounds But on the treadmill, you will do many rounds So how do we survive the day without being a fress? I will tell you the secret to your success Treat Purim like an anniversary, celebration, or birthday Have a couple of treats, but don’t completely stray Making choices in life is what we do Eating to oblivion is not being a good Jew Eat breakfast just like on any typical day Fruit will be snacks, up your blood sugar will stay You will sit down to the seudah not very hungry at all Mission accomplished, you are the smartest one of all!

During the meal be sure to treat yourself to something yummy I don’t advise you totally deprive your tummy (that would be crummy!) Pretend it’s a Shabbos meal, not a food fest Ultimately, you will achieve enormous success! However, if you succumb and ignore my advice Don’t despair, diet and exercise once or twice The damage is done, and is not irreversible If you need extra help, I’m always available! To my wonderful readers and patients, wishing you a Happy Purim! Aliza Beer is a registered dietician with a Master’s degree in nutrition. She has a private practice in Cedarhurst, NY. Patients’ success has been featured on the Dr. Oz Show. Aliza’s new line of prepared, healthy meals-to-go are available at Gourmet Glatt. Aliza can be reached at



Right and Left Discrimination be uncomfortable and not Shoes. Place a sticker or with a per- ly, it would Comfort . Quality . Service manent marker write the letter R and L too acceptable to wear gloves at a chuinside the tongue or sole of the corre- mash play. What can work is wearing a sponding shoe. particular bracelet on one wrist to help Dance. I recall while figure skating differentiate from the other wrist or to I would frequently confuse my right and wear different colored bracelets on each left arm when following the verbal in- wrist. It may be helpful to wear a red structions from my coach. Finally, we bracelet on the right hand and maybe a thought of a solution: I wore different lavender bracelet on the left! colored gloves on each hand! ObviousHope these tips are helpful!

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The Therapist Responds: The behaviors your daughter presents, and I imagine there are other examples but they were not written, can be attributed to a variety of factors. There may be underlying sensory processing difficulties or learning disabilities such as dyslexia or none of the above. Without a greater depth of knowledge about her it is quite difficult to provide you with targeted and effective strategies to address the concerns you mentioned. Being that there are a number of children and adults who occasionally confuse their right and left—but not to the degree where it interferes with their daily functioning—I will provide you with a few tips. Hebrew/English. On the left hand corner of the paper form a letter L, on the right hand corner of the paper write, “Beis, samech, daled.” These two marks are terrific reminders about directionality while writing Hebrew and English words.

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 917-971-5327.

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ne of my daughters often confuses dreamy her left and right sides. I was told this can be something an occupational therapist can be helpful addressat a ing. To give you an dreamy idea how this may manifest I will provide you with some examples. She (7-years-old) will often mistakenly put her right shoe on her left foot and vice versa—usually she realizes she made the mistake but it would take a few minutes for her to detect she made an error. She has a hard time switching from writing Hebrew to English while completing homework assignments. She hates any form of dance—they often teach a dance for plays/skits in class. I have to admit, when I come to see the plays her class performs she is the one struggling to follow her classmates’ motions; it is pitiful and it hurts so much to watch because I know how badly she wants to be like everyone else. I would appreciate if you can share any advice or suggestions in how we can help our daughter. Thank you.

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Ask the Attorney

Shlomo Steiman, Esq.

My License was Suspended Because I Owe NY State Taxes – HELP! I recently received a letter in the mail stating that my driver’s license was suspended because I owed many thousands of dollars in taxes from the year that I lost my house. Although my income has been relatively low over the last couple of years, I have generally managed to pay my taxes. However, in 2009, I was forced to sell my house for much less than I owed the bank, in a short sale in which the bank agreed to forgive the difference between the amount I owed and the lesser amount that was actually received from the purchaser. At the end of the year, the bank issued me a 1099 for the amount of debt they forgave, and the IRS afterwards assessed a significant tax liability based on that 1099, claiming it was additional income which I failed to pay income taxes on. Then, to make matters worse, New York State assessed me over $15,000 in taxes, interest and penalties

IF THEY STILL CHOOSE TO DRIVE IN ORDER TO SUPPORT THEIR FAMILIES, THEY RISK BEING ARRESTED FOR DRIVING WITH A SUSPENDED LICENSE. based on that amount, and has since suspended my driver’s license, which I need to use to be able to go to work in Long Island. What can I do? The Attorney Responds: Your situation unfortunately is not so uncommon, as New York State has generally been tough in collecting taxes owed through the means of liens and levies on property, including sweeping money out of taxpayers’ bank accounts and garnishments of wages. The means used to collect taxes has now been extended further through Governor Cuo-

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mo’s announcement on August 5, 2013 that a New York State driver license can be suspended when a taxpayer’s pastdue tax liability exceeds $10,000. The impetus behind that decision, which was signed into law together with the last budget, was to force the “worst offenders [who] are putting an unfair burden on the overwhelming majority of New Yorkers who are hardworking, law-abiding taxpayers…[to] abide by the same rules as everyone else.” Otherwise, they would not be “entitled to the same privileges as everyone else.” On its face and in its intent, this new law seems fair, and as such, I would be the last person to advocate for true tax scofflaws to be able to get off scot-free. However, much has since been written about whether this law is really helping collect money from scofflaws, and if not, who it is that is most severely affected by this law. As it turns out, people whose financial situation is in a downturn, with the least ability to pay their taxes and who need the ability to drive their vehicle to get to work and pay their bills, and if possible their back taxes, will not be able to do so as a result of this new law. If they still choose to drive in order to support their families, they risk being arrested for driving with a suspended license and being held in a police station like a common criminal. (Before you send me corrective letters in response to this article, I am aware of the “restricted license” that may enable these individuals to drive to work under special circumstances. However, with the severe restrictions placed on the license and other familial obligations people realistically have, those in the worst shape may now be put in a situation which will make it that much harder to get back on their feet and move on with their lives.) Nevertheless, the purpose of my articles is not to wax poetic about tax policy, but to rather inform you of potential concrete actions you may take. As such, someone facing a suspended license may be able to have their suspen-

sion removed if they could enter into an installment payment agreement with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. When doing so, however, once must be sure that the agreement they enter will enable them to realistically make all required payments, since failure to make payments could result in their license again being suspended as well as their bank accounts being levied and their wages garnished . However, in your particular case involving cancellation of debt, you would not have to recognize that income for that year to the extent you were insolvent (which means your debts were more than your assets) despite the fact that you received a 1099 from the bank. In fact, what many people fail to realize, not just in your case but by any tax matter, is that just because something is classified as income on a 1099 that they receive does not actually make it income. The facts and circumstance surrounding the underlying transaction(s), incident(s) or event(s) is what determines whether or not it is considered income, and to what extent. Therefore, I highly recommend speaking with an experienced tax attorney who could help you determine to what extent you have income, whether the tax assessment is correct, whether you may need to amend your tax returns, and to negotiate to have your complete driving license privileges restored. I would be happy to discuss your matter further to see how I can be of assistance. This article is published for informational purposes only. It is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding penalties under the Internal Revenue Code or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction or matter addressed herein. No column is a substitute for competent legal advice. Please consult with the attorney of your choice concerning specific legal questions you may have. Shlomo Steiman, a former Justice Department Auditor, is a Queens attorney with an office in Manhattan. His practice focuses on taxation, businesses and non-profit organizations, as well as workers compensation and social security disability. He can be reached by phone at 917-838-5923 or by email at

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Preventing Drafts

The Guide to Reliable Windows

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ON- SITE PHYSICAL THERAPY o there is significant movement then air is finding its way in. Windows of a higher caliber will have weather-stripping, or a fuzzy nylon material, all around the window. Since this serves as a seal, much like on an entry door, the more weather stripping on the product, the more comfortable you will be. Installing a window is a multi-step process and the following factors should be understood and expressed in the agreement: 1) Any rotted wood found upon removal of old windows will be replaced. It is reasonable to assume that this will be done at an additional cost to the homeowner, with a maximum possible dollar amount written in the contract. 2) Any interior woodwork (moldings, sills) will be replaced if damaged by the contractor during time of installation. 3) Exterior wood frame around the exterior perimeter will be covered with aluminum and caulked with silicone. Interior will be caulked with latex (a paintable caulking). 4) Cart away old windows. We at Major Homes have been offering our customers “safety laminated glass” for years and it is an excellent way to protect your home in the event of an attempted burglary or a storm with strong winds and flying debris. Similar to the windshield of a car, it is comprised of a sandwich made of two 1/8” pieces of glass baked around a clear polycarbonate plastic. It can take an incredible amount of impact without allowing entry. Noise reduction is also a benefit of this glass system. Installing a quality window in your home is a relatively inexpensive way lower your bills, add curb appeal, and keep your family comfortable during all seasons. Jason Kersch is one of the owners of Major Homes. He welcomes your comments and questions and can be reached at JKersch@ or at 718-229-5741.

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ld drafty windows are like a bad relationship; it doesn’t seem to be working, but you can’t be sure the next one will really be an upgrade. It’s a daunting task: find a contractor you can trust (and maybe Bigfoot while you’re at it) and have them recommend and install a product that offers the efficiency, aesthetics, functionality and warranty that you need. And, of course, you have a budget. Having sold every major brand for decades, I would like to offer some advice on how to begin your search. If you are looking for the best return on your investment then a well-built vinyl window is a safe bet, but I am not referring to the low-priced products you find at your local home center. Noting the thin gauge of the vinyl and parts that don’t seal well, thus allowing air infiltration, we have dubbed this a “temporary” window – you will be changing it again and sooner than you think. Why do most homeowners choose to have new windows installed in their home? The most common answer is to keep the house more comfortable and lower the ever-increasing fuel costs. While vinyl itself is a non-conducting material, it contains hollow voids within the frame that allow heat and cold transference. Look at the technology of a refrigerator, a thermos or cooler; if you cut these objects open, you find one feature that they all share: insulation. A quality vinyl window with foam insulation within the frames will help to retain the temperatures within your home as well as deaden sound. If you insulate your home like a refrigerator, it won’t feel like you are living within one. Most companies now offer a Low Emissivity (Low-) glass package with inert argon gas in the glass. This is a must if you are seeking maximum efficiency. Look for a U-factor (the energy rating established by the National Fenestration Rating Council) of a .30 or less; the lower the number, the better (call us in to show you our interactive demonstration and gain a better understanding). Unless specifically requested, these two options are most frequently omitted by the contractor in an attempt to be the lowest bidder, not to offer the best value. The moving parts on low-end windows do not meet up properly or seal well against the stationary parts; this can be seen when you pull the window up and down while in the locked position; if



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In the Kitchen Naomi Nachman

Now that Abeles and Heymann and Hod Golan have become sponsors of my radio show “Table For Two” on the Nachum Segal Network, I have become obsessed with making recipes with some of their delicious products. With Purim coming up, I thought about pastrami hamentashen. I went to one of my favorite blogs,, for some inspiration by Leah Schapira and she had beat me to it. With Leah’s permission, I am sharing her recipe for pastrami hamentashen, but with an Aussie Gourmet twist – beer. (How Australian is that?!)

Deli Hamentashen by Leah Schapira and Naomi Nachman

Photo by Leah Schapira

Ingredients 3 tablespoons oil 1 large onion, diced 6 ounces chopped pastrami (or deli of your choice) ¼ cup beer (your favorite) 1 tablespoon mayonnaise 1 tablespoon ketchup 1 tablespoon honey 1 squirt hot sauce ½ tablespoon soy sauce 20 round wonton wrappers 1 teaspoon cornstarch, dissolved in 3 tablespoons water Preparation Heat oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until extra soft and golden, about 10 minutes. Add pastrami and sauté for 1 to 2 additional minutes. Add in the beer until it evaporates (about 3 minutes). Stir in mayonnaise, beer, ketchup, honey, hot sauce, and soy sauce. Place 1 teaspoon filling in the middle of each wrapper. Brush cornstarch mixture around the edges (this will help seal the hamantashen).

Fold into hamantashen shape. To bake the hamantashen, preheat oven to 400°F. Place hamantashen on a lined baking sheet and spray the tops with nonstick cooking spray. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Alternatively, you can fry the hamantashen (of course, it’s much tastier this way and that’s the version I prefer). Heat 1 inch oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat. When hot, add hamantashen and fry until golden and crispy, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. 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. or at (516) 295-9669.

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From My Private Art Collection Rebbetzin Naomi N. Herzberg

The Vision of Paul Klee, the Artist


His famous quote: “A line is a dot that went for a walk”

reative expression is what art is are very colorful with a perspective of all about. The least complicated a child that strongly reflects his musical means to creating art is with the and artistic abilities. As a young child use of lines. These lines produce shapes Paul studied music. His father was a and patterns. The lines are also used as music teacher and continuously encourboundaries. There are numerous types aged him to perfect his music skills and of lines which can continued to do so all be drawn that range his life. As a young from A-Z. The list child of seven, he includes interesting learned how to play types such as beveled, a violin and by age criss-crossed, curvy, eleven made many diagonal, heavy, horpublic appearances izontal, jagged, long, as part of a music asshort, straight, thick, sociation. At sixteen, thin, vertical, wavy Klee made landscape and zigzag. Patterns drawings which were are created when promising. Paul rethe lines which form alized that he drew shapes and the colors nicely but was not used are repeated in secure in painting. a calculated repetiHe is known for stattious manner. There ing, “During the third are random patterns winter I even realized Paul Klee which can be creatthat I probably would ed and then repeated to create what is never learn to paint.” called a repeat pattern. This is what is Paul enjoyed reading literature used in textile design in the creation of and loved to read about the theories wallpaper, fabrics, and etc. Patterns are of art. He was multi-faceted. As stated also used to create mosaics with the use by Klee, “First of all, the art of living; of geometric shapes made from lines. then as my ideal profession, poetry and Paul Klee, born in Munich, philosophy, and as my real profession, Switzerland, was trained at The Acad- plastic arts; in the last resort, for lack of emy of Fine Arts in Munich and is income, illustrations.” During his teens known to have produced over 10,000 Paul decided to focus on the visual arts. etchings, drawings and paintings. His Famous is his pen and ink wash called art was influenced at a time when Ex- “My Room” which is 4 ¾ x 71/2 inches pressionism, Cubism and Surrealism and part of his art collection housed in Switzerland at the Klee Foundation. As stated by Klee when making the change from music to art as a vocation, “I didn’t find the idea of going in for music creatively particularly attractive in view of the decline in the history of musical achievement.” Paul kept a diary and always drew pictures in his school notebooks consisting of caricatures. It was noticed that he Flora on Sand, by Paul Klee was extremely talented were at a peak. He wrote many arti- in drawing. As noted, art did not come cles about color theory, well-known as easily to him. When traveling to Italy “Paul Klee Notebooks.” Klee’s works and seeing all the colors he wished to

paint, he stated, “A long struggle lies in store for me in this field of color.” He struggled with these feelings for a long time. Klee said, “Though I’m fairly satisfied with my etchings I can’t go on like this. I’m not a specialist.” He continued taking art classes to perfect his skills. Eventually Klee developed some wonderful techniques such as drawing on a piece of dark glass with a needle. He made many attempts at careers in art which included being a magazine editor, but it did not work out for him. Paul Klee continued trying many different types of art. In 1910 he finally held an art exhibition of his own artwork. His graphic work gradually increased over time. Klee’s relationship with Kadinsky the artist was a turning point. As he stated, “I came to feel a deep trust in him.” His turning point in art came in 1914 upon a visit to Tunisia. There he was interested in light and how it affects color. As written by Paul Klee, “Color has taken possession of me; no longer do I have to chase after it, I know that it has hold of me forever... Color and I are one. I am a painter.” Klee began to delve into the “cool romanticism of abstraction.” For Paul Klee his abstract paintings consisted mainly of colored circles and rectangles. He compares his art to music and the musical notes. Both form a perfect harmony when combined in a composition. That is how Paul connects his musical sensitivities and his artistic sensitivities. By the year 1917, Paul Klee was becoming known as an aspiring artist and painter. He also became a teacher of stained glass and mural painting. Klee was famous for the saying, “Art does not reproduce the visible; rather it makes visible.” He enjoyed working alone and developing his skills in watercolor, ink, oil paints, pastels and in doing etchings, many times combining all of them when producing a piece of artwork. He also enjoyed working with all different types of surfaces such as fabrics, cardboard, newsprint and foils. The use of glazes, spray paints,

pen and ink, tempera paints or oil made no difference to him. With these mediums Klee produced all types of works including hand puppets, by using all colors of the artist’s palette. Paul even saved his earliest works which were encouraged by his grandmother and found satisfaction in his own growth and accomplishments as an artist. “A line is a dot that went for a walk.” Man can be compared to the dot with the line as the creative journey. Just like Paul Klee, we need to know

Fire Evening, by Paul Klee

our strengths and accept our challenges and never give up. As our children and students continue on their individual artistic journeys it is important to share their accomplishments with them. With perseverance and practice they too can reach their goals as an artist. Author’s Note: Paul Klee and I share the same birthday, his, December 18, 1879, and mine, December 18, 1951. It is interesting for me to note how history influenced art from 1879 to 1951. He died on June 29, 1940. Rebbetzin Naomi N. Herzberg is a professional art educator, artist and designer. Among her known artwork is a floral sculpture presented to Tipper Gore, Blair House, Washington, D.C. Presently she is the Director of Operations at Shulamith School for Girls. Please feel free to email nherzberg@ with questions and suggestions for future columns.

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Allan J. Rolnick, CPA

Now We Know Why She’s Dancing


he Swedish pop band ABBA rocketed to global superstardom in the 1970s with hits like Waterloo, Fernando, and, of course, Dancing Queen. Named for members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Anderson, and Anni-frid Lyngstad, ABBA is the one of the best-selling music groups of all time. They haven’t performed together since 1982. But that didn’t stop Ulvaeus and Anderson from turning their songs into a hit musical, Mamma Mia!, in 1999. Just one year later, they turned down an offer to reunite for 100 concerts and a billion dollars. Lots of us are still embarrassed by the fashion choices we made in the 1970s. ABBA, whose members gained attention for glittering hot pants, sequined jumpsuits, and platform heels, is no exception. According to ABBA: The Official Photo Book, coming next month to celebrate 40 years since they won the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest, singer and guitarist Björn Ulvaeus con-

fesses, “In my honest opinion we looked like nuts in those years. Nobody could have been as badly dressed on stage as we were.” But now, we’ve learned there was more than just bad taste at work. It turns out the band was working to avoid the Swedish National Tax Board! As The Guardian reported last week, “The band’s style was influenced in part by laws that allowed the cost of outfits to be deducted against tax — so long as the costumes were so outrageous they could not possibly be worn on the street.” Sweden’s tax man has always taken a bigger bite of his citizens’ earnings than Uncle Sam. The Swedes’ top tax rate rose to 85% in 1980, at a time when Ronald Reagan was campaigning to take ours from 70% down to 50%. For 2014, their top marginal tax rate reaches 57% on income over about $88,180, versus a 39.6% top rate here. The Swedes also take 31.42% for payroll tax, versus 15.3% here. Apparently, taxes grow well in the cold Swedish climate.

So it might surprise you to learn that our tax code offers a version of the same deduction. Specifically, IRS Publication 17 says you can deduct the cost and upkeep of work clothes so long as you have to wear them as a condition of your employment and they’re “not suitable for ordinary street wear.” It’s not enough that you wear distinctive clothing — it has to be required by your employer (or essential for your business if you’re self-employed). And it’s not enough that you simply don’t wear your work clothes away from work — it “must not be suitable for taking the place of your regular clothing.” Ulvaeus himself is no stranger to tax controversy. In 2007, the Tax Board accused him of laundering royalty income through foreign accounts to avoid 90 million kroner ($12.8 million) in taxes from 1997-2005. Ulvaeus paid the tax as a precautionary measure, then appealed to his county administrative court, which eventually ruled in his favor. We understand you want to pay less

tax yourself. But we doubt you’re willing to rock a spandex sequined jumpsuit to do it — at least, not in public. (What you wear at home is your own business!) Fortunately, there are hundreds of easier ways to pay less. You just need to start with a plan. That’s where your trusted accountants take the stage.

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

125 Rivki D. Rosenwald Esq., CLC, SDS

Frustration at Every Twist and Turn

Arnold Schwarzenegger or you need to punch the living daylights out of the bottom of the jar. How important is that lasagna to you after all? Let’s take air travel as another example: By the time I’ve removed my shoes, my belt, my keys, emptied my pockets, taken off my coat, my jewelry…I could have just showed up in my slippers and robe. I’ve left two hours early to the airport because I needed to factor in the undressing and redressing time. Plus, I’ve gotten up an hour earlier just to pick out my clothing and get dressed in the first place. Honestly, didn’t you ever feel like just stuffing yourself into that gray rubber bin and going through the conveyor belt with your carryon and laptop? Does it have to be so difficult to  visit Miami?   Did you ever worry, as you are slowly revolving, what it would be like getting stuck in one of those full bodied turnstiles. The ones with all the metal spokes going up and down from head to toe, leaving you very little wiggle-room. I guess the authorities finally figured out that the single bar across your belly is no major deterrent to getting into a place.  Now, having created that image

for you stuck in a full body metal maze, aren’t you a lot more upset with all those characters who’ve jumped over or crawled under that single bar in the past alerting the authorities that a little sideways stick wasn’t keeping anyone from

had a dark black arrow pointing at it or something?!  Oh my gosh, what about those electronics or toys that are packaged in those impossible to open, transparent, plastic containers that no human hand

EVEN WITH SOME SIMPLE ITEMS I FEEL LIKE I’VE BREACHED FORT KNOX WHEN I FINALLY GET THE CAP OFF. getting in anywhere?! Though, why it took them so long to figure it out kind of makes one wary of the folks who are running things, doesn’t it?! Here’s a visual that you might easily identify with: you are at wit’s end just trying to open those hermetically sealed bags filled with nuts, or iced tea mix, or craisins, etc.! They defy even the ferocious force of attempting to bite the packet open with your incisors.  Oh, and then there’s that moment when you finally spy that hidden, tiny, cut on the side written in Lilliputian size text, “Tear Here.” It’s like, really, they couldn’t have

has ever been able to unearth? They are not possible to get to without a sharp precision instrument or heavy duty scissors.  You are often stuck seeing it without any means of accessing it!  Talk about a vivid example of “so close and yet so far”; now add a screaming, impatient toddler nearby and the frustration of the moment is complete.   Why does it have to be that, even with these small things, the good drags along some bad?! It makes you kind of cuckoo!  There is some hope for change!   Once in a while someone comes out with a new product that does provide speedy,

painless access to something-like the E-ZPass or barcodes. Till then, keep popping, turning, twisting, cutting, and ripping. Then try to keep your focus on the joy of the end goal – access to the cashews, the Advil, the ballgame, the water gun, the salsa, the marinara sauce!  When you really think about it, it’s like stubbing your toe. People say, “Isn’t that the worst pain?!”  Seriously?! It’s mostly a few seconds of frustration, insult, and throbbing, then it’s usually over. Same here: it’s kind of a pain or an inconvenience, but it’s really not a big deal seen in the true light of things, is it? I’m not denying it’s a little frustrating. But when the good far outweighs the bad, it’s good to attempt to be like those people who say, “Hey man—it’s all good!” How about we all try that ?   Have an all-good day! And a great week!   Rivki Rosenwald is a certified relationship counselor, and career and life coach. She can be contacted at 917-705-2004 or rivki@ 

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’ve often heard it said you’ve got to take the good with the bad. Here’s one frustrating example of it. I believe there are genius thieves who’ve broken into vaults faster than we remove a safety cap! There’s caution and then there’s overkill. Even with some simple items I feel like I’ve breached Fort Knox when I finally get the cap off. Take for example a bottle of Scope: If I’ve just moisturized my hands there’s no way I’m getting the mouthwash open. It seems you have to make a choice: smooth skin or fresh breath! Or how about in the cooking department: Just to twist open a bottle of marinara sauce, you either have to be


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• A Waldorf Astoria Resort • 39 Lush Acres with 8 Swimming Pools • 2 Championship Golf Courses • In cooperation with VIP Passover • Danzinger Caterers – Phoenix Vaad

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• Entire Hotel Kosher for Pesach • 30 minutes from New York City • Entire Hotel Newly Renovated • Prestige Caterers - ORB Glatt Kosher

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