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Leading the Kehilla in Prayer

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County Executive Ed Mangano Reads The Jewish Home as He Shops in Gourmet Glatt

TJH Speaks with Three Renowned Local Chazzanim

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Special Rosh Hashana Section Over 100 Alumni and Friends Join Yeshiva of Far Rockaway’s Breakfast and Morning of Hisorerus Page 58

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My Rosh Hashana journey took me from Flatbush to Boro Park to the Five Towns. When I was younger, my sisters and I sat near my mother in shul. We were expected to daven and sit quietly; there was no running around. We took it for granted that shul on Rosh Hashana was for davening and not for playing. I can still remember the davening, even though it was many years ago. When Rabbi Lubet chanted U’nesaneh Tokef, I was able to see the malachim trembling in fear of the din. He said it so powerfully, it made the hearts of those who didn’t even understand all the words stop and stand still in awe of the day. When I was 13-years-old, I was fortunate to go to Boro Park to join my grandmother in the Mirrer Minyan for the yomim noraim. For ten years, I sat next to my grandmother in the front row and for ten years I was part of the small cadre of women in the shul. I considered it a privilege to join in the minyan with my grandfather’s a”h friends who were more than friends to him. For most of his friends, they were the only surviving members of their families after the war, and the group of bochurim with whom they learned in Shanghai became their family. The davening in the Mirrer Minyan was special. There were no theatrics and no crescendo to the tefillos. The baal tefillah chanted the words with the nusach of the shul, and it was said in a plaintive tone. At times, the baal tokeah had to try many times to get the shofar to emit its mournful cry. The pureness of the tefillos and the mispallelim was apparent; I was hopeful that my prayers would bind with theirs and head straight to the kisei hakavod. After the years spent with my grandmother, she was happy to see me married and spend yom tov with my husband. Now, I am fortunate to sit in shul near my mother-in-law and husband’s family. Davening in Sh’or Yoshuv is a powerful experience. To hear the crowd thunder the words of yehei shemei rabba is awe-inspiring. For the past few years, my parents have been joining me on Yom Kippur in yeshiva, and my Rosh Hashana journey seems to come full circle, with me davening next to my mother once again on yomim noraim. Every year, I thank Hashem for all the good that He bestows upon us and I beg Him to continue to shower us with His goodness. I hope that this year will be filled with simchos and yeshuos for all of klal Yisroel and that Hashem be yimalei mishalos l’bchem l’tovah.

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The Week Global Mandela Returns Home

On Sunday, South Africa celebrated as their former leader went home after three months in the hospital. Nelson Mandela is in critical but stable condition and his home will be set up so he can receive the same level of intensive care he received in the hospital. Being home, though, would allow him to spend more time with his family. Mandela, also known as Madiba, was admitted to a hospital in Pretoria on June 8 for a recurring lung infection. Many gathered in prayer there and left heartfelt messages for his health. Some feared that the “father of the nation” was

close to death. The 95-year-old’s condition is disputed among family members. Some have said that he was being kept alive by a breathing machine and faces “impending death.” Others admitted his situation was grave but he is not in a vegetative state. Ever since the anti-apartheid leader contracted tuberculosis during his 27-year-long imprisonment, he has been prone to respiratory problems. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate has been lauded around the world as a figure of reconciliation. In fact, his birthday, July 18, is recognized by the United Nations as an international day to honor themes of democracy, activism and responsibility.

President Obama Walks the Walk that Changes his Talk After Syria’s President Assad crossed America’s “red line” on August 21st by using chemical weapons to slaughter

In News over a thousand citizens, it appeared as if it was only a matter of days before the international community, led by America, would take military action against Syria.

Obama meeting with his National Security team on Saturday

However, before any attack would take place President Obama wanted two things: evidence that in fact a chemical attack occurred and a strong coalition to participate in the military exercise. “If the U.S. goes in and attacks another country without a U.N. mandate and without clear evidence that can be presented, then there are questions in terms of whether international law supports it — do we have the coalition to make it work?” Obama said two days after the attack. Within a few days, the Obama administration had satisfactory evidence that the attack was what they believed it was. That evidence came from U.N. inspection teams as well as U.S. intelligence. However, on the coalition front, things began to unravel. The biggest blow came on August 26th, when the British Parliament rejected British Prime Minister David Cameron’s proposal for military intervention. A dejected and embarrassed Prime Minister Cameron acknowledged the vote and stated, “I strongly believe in the need for a tough response in the use of chemical weapons but I also believe in respecting the will of this House of Commons.” Despite his difficulties in forming a coalition, the White House indicated that it would still proceed with military action, even if it had to go it alone. On August 30th, Secretary of State John Kerry was dispatched by President Obama to make a passionate case for U.S. action and to assuage a war-fatigued nation that this military excursion will be of limited duration. In remarks which were carried live on all networks, Secretary of State Kerry explained that America must engage in a military response because “if we choose to live in a world where a thug and a murderer like Bashar al-Assad can gas thousands of his own people with impu-

nity, even after the United States and our allies said no, and then the world does nothing about it, there will be no end to the test of our resolve and the dangers that will flow from those others who believe that they can do as they will.” He stressed, “We also know that we have a president who does what he says that he will do. And he has said very clearly that whatever decision he makes in Syria, it will bear no resemblance to Afghanistan, Iraq or even Libya. It will not involve any boots on the ground. It will not be open-ended.” Although it appeared as if action by the U.S. was imminent, what had previously been a side debate suddenly became a major point of contention: whether the president should seek Congress’ approval before giving the go-ahead. Throughout the week, President Obama and his advisors were of the belief that they did not have to get congressional approval to proceed. They were still of that belief on Friday after the entire National Security team met with the president. But that changed after President Obama went for a walk with his Chief of Staff Denis McDonough on Friday evening. After the walk, he called his advisors to inform them of his new decision that he would seek congressional approval before any military action. The plan was immediately met with robust resistance from a whiplashed Obama team who had listened to Kerry lay out the administration’s case for military intervention. But ultimately, the Obama administration went with the new plan. On Saturday, President Obama explained his decision and noted, “While I believe I have the authority to carry out this military action without specific congressional authorization, I know that the country will be stronger if we take this course, and our actions will be even more effective.” Despite President Obama’s ability to call Congress back from their summer recess early, they have decided not to do so because of the fact that Rosh Hashana is this week. Instead, the matter will be debated on September 9th. The delay certainly gives fodder to those who accuse President Obama of “dithering” or “flip-flopping,” but the Pentagon signed off on the delay, saying that the wait won’t diminish U.S. military capabilities in the region. President Obama already started making his case to Congress. “Here’s my question for every member of Congress and every member of the global community,” the president said on Saturday.

“What message will we send if a dictator can gas hundreds of children to death in plain sight and pay no price?” It remains to be seen whether Congress agrees with him or hands him an embarrassing defeat and votes down military action the way Parliamentarians did to Prime Minister Cameron’s proposal across the pond.

Retrial for Pakistani Doctor Who Aided CIA in Bin Laden Raid

On Thursday, the sentence of the Pakistani doctor who was jailed for 33

years after helping the CIA locate Osama bin Laden was overturned. He will be facing a retrial. Shakeel Afridi was arrested after U.S. troops killed bin Laden in a May 2011 raid in the town of Abbottabad. Officials branded the raid as a violation of sovereignty. As such, Afridi, who was recruited by the CIA to run a vaccination program in Abbottabad in the hopes of obtaining DNA samples to identify bin Laden, was convicted of treason. Interestingly, he was convicted not for working with the United States, but for his alleged ties to militants. The decision for a retrial was welcomed in the United States, as lawmakers saw his original sentence as retaliation and threatened to freeze millions of dollars in aid. He was originally sentenced to 33 years in jail and fined $3,500. Afridi was not present during his trial and could not argue for his defense. The Pakistani government insisted that they had no idea of bin Laden’s whereabouts before the raid. Newly elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has signaled a desire to work effectively with Washington.

In News Domestic Abuse Law Passed in Saudi Arabia

In an effort to appear more westernized, Saudi Arabia passed legislation last week aimed at protecting women, children and domestic workers against domestic abuse. A human rights official said that the law was passed to help reduce hidden violence against women in the kingdom. The “Protection from Abuse” law is the first of its kind in the ultra-conservative country, which has often faced international criticism for lacking laws that protect women and domestic workers against abuse.

The progressive law was approved during a cabinet meeting on August 26. Those found guilty of committing psychological or physical abuse could face prison sentences of up to one year and up to 50,000 riyals ($13,300) in fines. “This is a good law that serves major segments of the society in the kingdom, including women, children, domestic workers and non-domestic workers,” Khaled al-Fakher, secretary general of the National Society for Human Rights, a government-licensed body, said. Previously, domestic violence against women, children or domestic workers was treated under a general penal code based on Islamic sharia law. It was up to the judge in every case to decide based on their understanding of sharia law, which is seen as permitting mild violence against “disobedient” wives. This new law would not allow interpretation to be in the hands of the judges. Fakher said, “We are always in favor of an explicit law that does not need interpretations or personal judgment.” In 2007, the Supreme Judicial Council sentenced a 19-year-old woman to 200 lashes and six months in jail after

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The Week she was attacked by a gang of men. She was pardoned by King Abdullah. This year, the King Khalid Foundation launched an unprecedented campaign to raise awareness about violence against women. The campaign’s main poster, which featured a woman wearing a veil that showed one of her eyes blackened, was widely circulated on the Internet. Underneath the picture, a caption read: “Some things can’t be covered – fighting women’s abuse together.” In many cases, women wouldn’t report abuse for fear of social stigma. Additionally, women were required to bring a male relative as a chaperone to the police station to report abuse. Recently, there has been an increase in reports of abuse against maids, sometimes resulting in them turning against their employers’ children. This law aims to protect domestic help as well. In 2007, Rizana Nafeek, a Sri Lankan maid, was sentenced to death. She was accused by her employer of killing his infant daughter while she was bottle-feeding. She was beheaded this January. Hopefully, this law will help end domestic abuse in a country where it is seen as the norm. Under the new law,

those who report abuse have the right to remain anonymous and are free from litigation if the abuse fails to be proven in court. Perhaps this will lead to more freedom for women in a country where women need approval from their male guardians to do business, apply for jobs or travel outside the country.

“Spy Bird” Brought in for Questioning in Egypt

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In News ing-device this week when he found a suspicious bird near his home and brought it to a police station. There, officers and the man puzzled over the electronic device attached to the suspected winged infiltrator. A veterinary committee called by concerned government officials determined the device was not a bomb, a spying device, or a Zionist brainwashing machine. Instead, they discovered it was a wildlife tracker used by French scientists to follow the movement of migrating birds, said Ayman Abdallah, the head of veterinary services in the region. With turmoil gripping Egypt following the popularly backed military coup that overthrew the country’s president, authorities and citizens remain highly suspicious of anything foreign. Conspiracy theories easily find their ways into cafe discussion — as well as some media in the country. Earlier this year, a security guard filed a police report after capturing a pigeon he said carried microfilm. A previous rumor in 2010 blamed a series of shark attacks along Egypt’s Mediterranean coast on an Israeli plot. It wasn’t. In the bird’s case, even military officials ultimately had to deny the bird carried any spying devices. They spoke on Saturday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to journalists. The bird remains caged for now, as authorities must receive permission from prosecutors to release the fowl. Egypt has had problems with how they treat prisoners in the past. I hope no one gets too hungry…

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You may want to hold the ketchup…. Brazilian officials banned the sale and distribution of a batch of Mexican-made Heinz ketchup after detecting

traces of rodent fur. The firm insisted that all of its products are made according to international standards and promised to investigate the issue. Mexican hygiene agency Cofepris will visit the factory to ensure that proper standards are being followed. All factories where the ketchup was made will be inspected. Heinz said the ketchup was sent to Brazil last year, and it had already been taken out of circulation. There’s no word yet on the extent of the contamination or the volume of the products tainted. Maybe this is the 58th variety of Heinz’s famous product?

Israel Anti-Israel Campaign in Vancouver

Last week, buses in Vancouver were plastered with posters illustrating the “disappearance of Palestine due to Israeli occupation over the past 65 years.” The anti-Israel campaign was launched by a coalition of seven pro-Palestinian organizations. The Palestine Awareness Coalition published a statement, saying, “This campaign is intended to raise awareness about a complicated issue. [We] find the 65 year-long Israeli occupation of Palestine an international outrage and an ongoing punishment of the Palestinian people.” Undoubtedly, the organization is aware that these controversial ads will raise the ire of many Jewish organizations including those that tried to prevent the campaign from taking place. But TransLink has refused to take these posters down because “these are educational ads that are well within national advertising guidelines and the Canadian Charter.” “The ad is just one more attempt to literally wipe Israel off the map thereby making common cause with terrorist entities like Hamas or Hezbollah,” said Continued on page 14


In Conjunction with The S.H.A.L.O.M. Workshop & congregation Kneseth israel

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The True Meaning of a Sweet New Year Making Our Spouses the Focus of our Kindness Speaking at 11am in the Main Shul followed by Q&A with additional breakout session at 12noon with Rabbi Weiss

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Sunday tzom gedalia (September 8) Congregation kneseth israel (The White shul) 728 Empire)

Men and Women Invited to Attend

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Meir Rizel (Dir. Men’s Education, Shalom Task Force)

Women’s Breakout Sessions: Rebbetzin Aviva Feiner in conjunction with the staff of Shalom Workshop

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The Week the CEO of B’nai Brith Canada, Frank Dimant, to Canada Free Press. “We encourage members of the community to write to TransLink and let them know that such a vicious campaign is not welcome and should be stopped by pulling the ads immediately.” “If the transit system will be used to

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Israelis Prepare for Attack with Gas Masks As Israel takes precautionary action in preparation for a possible clash with Syria, residents are scrambling for gas


masks. Official residents of Israel are eligible for free kits; the IDF issued a statement clarifying that non-residents will not be offered gas masks and must purchase them on their own. The IDF Spokesperson Command said on Wednesday, “The Home Front Command is prepared at all times to supply residents of Israel in times of emergency in the best possible way. The gas mask distribution plan is meant for citizens of the State of Israel and during time of emergency a situation assessment will be made about whether or not to supply gas masks to people who are residing in Israel and are not citizens.”



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Aseret Yemei Teshuva Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 8:00 PM

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Topic: An Evening of Teshuva and Introspection Open to men & women Rabbi Yissocher Frand Rabbi Frand is a Maggid Shiur at the Ner Yisrael Yeshiva in Baltimore. He has gained worldwide recognition for his popular weekly Parsha class and for his inspiring lectures. In addition he is the author of numerous seforim including Artscroll’s Rabbi Yissocher Frand: In Print, Listen to Your Messages, Rabbi Frand on the Parsha, An Offer You Can’t Refuse, It’s Never Too Little, It’s Never Too Late and It’s Never Enough.


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A call-up of reserve forces has been implemented in Israel this week. Additionally, anti-missile batteries have been added to the northern border in anticipation of a military strike against Syria by the United States. A senior Syrian official told media outlets in Iran that “Israel will be set on fire” if the West attacks. The Assad government has been making similar comments for weeks. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu broadcast a video sternly warning Syria against attacking Israel in retaliation. The additional Iron Dome anti-missile batteries along the northern border will help to block more, but not all, of the missiles Syria could send into Israel if America decides to launch what they are saying will be a focused aerial campaign against Assad’s forces. Israeli military leaders continue to advise that the chances of a serious Syrian attack against Israel are small. The hope is that Assad knows that pulling Israel into the war would only further decrease any hope that his regime would survive the conflict.

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government to bring thousands of members of the Falash Mura community to Israel. Netanyahu said, “I am proud that as prime minister, beginning in my first term, I upheld the Zionist and Jewish imperative of bringing to Israel our brothers and sisters from Ethiopia. I see this as a moral obligation.” The immigrants will be housed at the 17 absorption centers around the country operated by the Jewish Agency in partnership with the Ministry of Absorption. There they will continue to learn Hebrew and other skills to ease their integration into Israeli society.


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Hasan last week deliberated the sentence for about two hours. They needed to agree unanimously on the death penalty. The only alternative was life in prison without parole. Hasan could become the first American soldier executed in more than half a century. But because the military justice system requires a lengthy appeals process, years or even decades could pass

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In News For those of you approaching that golden age of 65, consider these ten cities, starting from the best, to enjoy after you leave the workplace: Sioux Falls, SD; Overland Park, KS; Plano, TX; Lubbock, TX; Lincoln, NE; Amarillo, TX; Austin, TX; Mesa, AZ; Lexington-Fayette, KY; and Omaha, NE.

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Sioux Falls: The Place to Retire Looking to retire? How does a villa in Hawaii sound? Sure sounds good to me, but believe it or not, that may not be the best place to spend your golden years. Nowadays, the average American retires at 61, up from 57 in the early 1990s. And 37% of those not yet retired say they expect to after age 65, up sharply from 14% in 1995. Even after retiring, retirement is getting more expensive as the cost of living climbs higher and life expectancy increases as well. Chances are many people may just outlive their savings. There are roughly 78 million baby boomers in the U.S. and about 10,000 each day turn 65. So where should these hardworking Americans spend their days out of the rat race? Consider these cities that offer affordability, robust local economies, affordable housing and affordable healthcare.

“A lot of the cities that did well are not just doing well for older people but for everyone, because of what they have in common – a healthy economy, good jobs, low crime, good public transit systems, active lifestyles and often major universities or university systems,” says Paul Irving, president of the Milken Institute.

After customers flying El Al Airlines into JFK complained that they were missing valuable items from their luggage, the airline installed video cameras in a baggage hold from April 1 to just this past Wednesday, August 28. Well, the mystery is solved. Seven individuals who worked as contract baggage handlers for El Al Airlines in New York were caught stealing iPads, iPhones, cash, and jewelry from passengers’ luggage. The surveillance video shows the defendants stuffing jewelry, cash, watches, computers, and other items into their pockets and down their pants. Thousands of dollars’ worth of stolen goods was found in their homes and cars. Bottles of cologne, Valentino sunglasses, a Sony PlayStation and 14 watches, including one worth $5,000 was found in one suspect’s home. In another defendant’s home, authorities recovered cameras and an expensive Cartier watch. Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said, “I applaud El Al Airlines for taking its customers’ complaints seriously and helping to bring the defendants to justice.” The seven suspects admitted their crimes and were arraigned on grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property charges on Thursday night. Prosecutors said that one suspect was actually wearing a stolen watch when he was arrested on Wednesday.


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The Week NYPD Labels Some Mosques as Terrorist Organizations New York is a big city and keeping it safe is a tough job. In order to use recording equipment and informants, the NYPD has labeled some mosques in the Big Apple as terrorist organizations. The title allows anyone who attends the mosque to be a potential subject of investigation and be put under surveillance.

Since the 9/11 attacks, the NYPD has labeled at least a dozen “terrorism enterprise investigations” into mosques, according to interviews and confidential police documents. The TEI, as it is known, is a police tool intended to help investigate terrorist cells. The strategy has allowed the NYPD to send undercover officers into mosques and attempt to plant informants on the boards of such institutions. The disclosures of these policies come at a bad time for Commissioner Kelly and the NYPD.  The police department is already fighting off lawsuits accusing it of engaging in racial profiling in its effort to combat crime. Earlier this month, a judge ruled that the department’s use of the stop-and-frisk program was unconstitutional. The American Civil Liberties Union and two other groups have sued the department, saying the Muslim spying programs are unconstitutional and make Muslims afraid to practice their faith without police scrutiny. Both Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly have denied those accusations. Speaking on the radio this week, Kelly reminded people

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In the wake of Hurricane Sandy and the devastating Oklahoma tornado, Americans are in search for a natural disaster-free zone. U.S. Forest Service and FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program compiled a list of the cities around the country with the lowest risk of hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, and wildfires by analyzing data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Another positive attraction of these cities is that most of them are more affordable than states with high risks of natural disasters like California, Florida and Hawaii. But it’s not all fun and games in these top 10 safe cities; many of these cities struggle with other issues, such as high unemployment and tough economies. Here are the top ten cities for those who are looking to live disaster-free: 10. Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, Michigan 9. Denver, Colorado 8. Chicago, Illinois 7. Allentown, Pennsylvania 6. Dayton, Ohio 5. Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Maryland 4. Buffalo, N.Y. 3. Akron, Ohio 2. Cleveland, Ohio 1. Syracuse, N.Y. Just remember that although you may be safe in these cities, you may also be bored, as they are not bustling metropolises. Time to brush up on your bowling skills.

Southern hospitality has its limits, it seems. In Columbia, South Carolina, it is now illegal to be homeless. A new controversial plan that has been approved by the Columbia City Council will force homeless people to live in a shelter on the outskirts of town. Those who don’t comply will be rounded up and forced to leave or sent to jail. Councilman Cameron Runyan, the man behind the proposal, believes moving Columbia’s homeless shelter 15 miles from the city’s downtown area can cut crime and draw in more businesses and opportunities. “If we don’t take care of this big piece of our community and our society, it will erode the entire foundation of what we’re trying to build in this city,” Runyan told the council. “What I see is a giant risk to business.” Under Runyan’s “Emergency Homeless Response” plan, homeless-looking people in the city’s 36-block downtown district will be asked by police to relocate to a shelter on the edge of Columbia. If a person refuses, they could be arrested on a range of public nuisance laws. Once at the shelter, the only way to leave is by reserving a shuttle ride. To make sure the homeless don’t return, a police officer will be stationed on the road leading to the downtown district to keep the homeless away. But there are many who do not approve of the new laws. “It’s basically a choice between two kinds of jail,” said Jake Maguire, spokesman for Community Solutions’ 100,000 Homes Campaign. “There’s jail and then there’s the shelter.” He added, “Once you get there, you can’t come and go. You are basically brought to a place where you are expected to stay. If you want to go back downtown, you have to get approval for them to shuttle you back.” The plan has received support from Columbia’s business leaders who say the city’s homeless problem has been their eroding economic opportunities for decades. “As small business owners on Main Street, we see firsthand how the homeless crisis is affecting the city,” Jessica and Joe Kastiner, owners of Paradise Ice, told the city council. “Please Continued on page 26


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Calm Seas in August in the Atlantic This year, the waters of the Atlantic were quiet in August. This is the first time since 2002 that there were no Atlantic hurricanes. Six tropical systems formed in the season since June 1 but none have grown to hurricane strength winds. Generally, though, the most active hurricane season runs from August 20 to the first week of October. Statistically, it generally peaks on September 10. Atlantic storms are watched closely as they disrupt energy operations in and around the Gulf of Mexico and can cause mass destruction when they pummel cities onshore. Scientists warn that a quiet first part of the season does not mean that we are safe for the rest of the year.

Big Brother’s Watching Sheriff Arpaio It seems that America is going to be taking a closer look at Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio. Last week, U.S. District Judge Murray Snow announced that he will be appointing a monitor to watch the operations of the 81-year-old law enforcer whose office has been found to have racially profiled Latino drivers during the lawman’s crackdown on illegal immigration. “America’s toughest sheriff” attracted national attention in his efforts to combat illegal immigration in his town in Arizona which borders Mexico. He has been accused of civil rights abuses. In May, Snow handed down a decision ordering the sheriff to stop using race as a factor in law enforcement decisions. Arpaio’s attorney Tim Casey told the court that he was concerned about a court-appointed monitor usurping the sheriff’s power. “Who will resolve the disputes with him?” Casey asked the judge during a four-hour hearing. The judge responded, “I will resolve the disputes.” Casey said previously that Arpaio had already taken strong steps to correct past problems, including stopping controversial saturation sweeps that targeted and detained immigrants. Those operations stopped in October 2011.

Arizona has been at the heart of a bitter national debate over immigration  since Republican Governor Jan Brewer signed a 2010 crackdown on illegal immigration that was subsequently challenged by the federal government. The U.S. Supreme Court has allowed a part of the law to stand that permits police to question people they stop about their immigration status.

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Americans Prefer to be Skinny than Debt-Free It seems that Americans just want to look good. In a recent study, 72 percent of Americans said they would prefer to be skinny than to lose their debt. Even more interesting is that 74 percent of Americans are drowning in debt and yet they are more concerned with their physical image than their credit report. “One of the things you do every day is you look in the mirror,” said Bethy

Hardeman, a spokeswoman for Credit Karma, the company that conducted the survey. “I don’t necessarily think you log into your bank account every day and see how much money you have. You’re not confronted with that every day. It’s kind of easy to ignore.”

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Daniel Packer, a finance blogger at “Sweating the Big Stuff,” agrees with Hardeman’s theory. “Very few people see your debt balance, but everyone sees your weight.” He also adds that, in many cases, losing 25 pounds is a goal that Americans yearn to achieve. “It would be ‘life-changing.’” The statement “How much I weigh is more important than how much debt I have” was presented to the participants and, surprisingly, men (49 percent)

A trip to Central Park will be different for many from now on. Gus, the resident polar bear of the park, has died at the all-too-young age of 27. His mate, Ida, died in 2011. Gus entertained an estimated 20 million visitors in his lifetime, according to a statement from the Wildlife Conservation Society, which manages the Central Park Zoo. Veterinarians euthanized Gus after discovering a large, inoperable tumor in his thyroid region, the society said. “Gus had been exhibiting abnormal feeding behavior with low appetite and difficulty chewing and swallowing his food,” the statement said. The average life expectancy for a male polar bear in zoos is 20.7 years.

When Ida died of liver disease at age 25, commentators expressed concern that Gus would be lonely, as polar bears love having company. In 1994, Gus gained media attention out of concern for his repetitive swimming pattern. In response to that behavior, zookeepers developed a program to keep his mind and body more active, such as having Gus forage for food. His behavior improved after zoo officials brought in an animal psychologist who treated the animal with toys, games and a better-designed habitat.

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main name history, which showed the SEA as the main contact for the company. The attackers succeeded by hacking into MelbourneIT, the Australian Internet company responsible for many domain names. The hackers accessed the user name and password of the MelbourneIT staffer handling the nytimes. com account, and were able to log in to the company’s servers. The outage is only the latest hack in what has been months-long attacks by the SEA on U.S. and British media outlets, some having been more serious than others. The SEA took credit for hacking the website of The Washington Post on August 15, the Twitter account of Thomson Reuters in July, and the Twitter feeds of the Guardian, Daily Telegraph and Financial Times newspapers. It also is believed to have sent out false information on Twitter about explosions at the White House, which temporarily caused a drop in the stock market.

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It’s a good thing TJH is a hard copy newspaper because this week hasn’t been great for online news outlets. The New York Time’s website was compromised this week when it was taken over by a group of hackers who appear to support Syrian President Bashar Assad. The news site was down after being hacked in an attack for which the group known as the Syrian Electronic Army took credit. Users trying to access www. received a message saying the server could not be found. The news organization set up a bare-bones alternate site, where readers could view some news stories. Some who tried to access the main website saw a small text at the top of their screen with the initials “SEA.” In a short note on its alternative website, the Times apologized for the main site’s inaccessibility on Tuesday, calling the disruption “the result of an external attack on our domain name registrar.” Other media organizations, including Twitter and the Huffington Post, were also affected by the attack. The @SyrianElectronicArmy Twitter account claimed credit for the attack, writing on Twitter, “Hi @Twitter, look at your domain, its owned by #SEA :)” and posting an image of the site’s do-

Every year in the United States there are over 5 million car accidents. That’s over nine car crashes every minute. Luckily, about 3 million of those accidents result in only property damage, not physical injury. According to Allstate Insurance, the typical driver is likely to get into at least a fender bender once a decade – unless they live around the cities with the worst drivers, where their chances of a wreck can double. In its ninth annual report on traffic accidents, Allstate analyzed its claims data for 195 cities filed between January 2010 and December 2011 to determine how likely any given driver might suffer an accident. Since Allstate represents about 10 percent of the nation’s insured drivers, its claims offer an accurate picture of national trends. For the third time, Fort Collins, Colo., ranked as the city with the best drivers, who are 28 percent less likely to get into a crash than the national average. Close behind were Boise, Idaho; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Brownsville, Texas; and Madison, Wisconsin. The most dangerous city to drive in? Washington, D.C. A driver in the nation’s capital is 109% more likely to get into an accident than the average driver. Baltimore, MD; Providence, RI; Hialeah, FL; and Glendale, CA,

In News round out the top five. Large cities always do worse in safety surveys as they have more drivers per square block and tend to have drivers in a larger hurry. The safest large cities tend to be Western or Midwest cities such as Denver and Milwaukee where the city layout gives drivers plenty of space on freeways and boulevards. Hey, I always thought New York was a tough city to drive in, but I feel safer here than in D.C. Those politicians sure are wild.

Hospital Will Open Nation’s First Internet Addiction Rehab Ten years ago, Kevin Robots spent his life in front of a computer. He would sit eight to ten hours a day playing videogames and then on holidays, he would “binge,” and spend nearly all his waking hours at the keyboard. Finally, his friend pointed out that he was exhibiting all the characteristics of an addict. Now, Roberts has written a book about his

struggles titled, Cyber Junkie: Escape the Gaming and Internet Trap. “Like most addicts, I went through a series of self-deception,” he said.

Roberts is not alone in his struggle. Treatment facilities have sprung up over the years, but now, a psychiatric hospital in central Pennsylvania is set to become the country’s first facility of its kind to offer an inpatient treatment program for people it diagnoses with severe internet addiction. The voluntary, 10-day program is set to open on September 9 at the Behavioral Health Services at Bradford Regional Medical Center. The program was

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Laroche, the medical director of the department of psychiatry at Bradford Regional. Each patient in the program, which costs $14,000 out-of-pocket because insurance does not cover the expense, will be psychologically evaluated after undergoing a “digital detox,” 72 hours of being “sober” from the internet or computer. Some patients go through depression and irritability when cut off from their technology. Some have even chewed through Styrofoam cups or punched holes through walls. Last May, the American Psychiatric Association released its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5, or DSM-5, and for the first time listed “Gaming Disorder” in Section III of the manual, which means it requires further research before being formally identified as a disorder. The association noted evidence that young men from Asian countries in particular become engrossed in internet games and “certain pathways in their brains are triggered in the same direct and intense way that a drug addict’s brain is affected by the substance.”

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The secret to this couple’s marriage has almost been around as long as the secret recipe for Coca Cola—they just celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary. The Johnstons told KVAL-TV in Oregon that it all started with a Sunday school party in Albany when, as a young man, Ermin Johnston met Erma. “She was a sweetie, and I was a farm boy who didn’t know anything,” Ermin says, to which Erma replied, “Oh yes you did! He knew enough to pick me!” The couple got married during the Great Depression. So what is the secret to their long marriage? Erma says that the key is communication. She adds that the key is “just keep living and behave yourself.” Now that I think about it: Ermin. Erma. Two really strange names that sound very much alike. Maybe that’s the key?

Indonesian breed Ayam Cemani is “my most requested bird, ever.” He is all sold out until early 2014, so get in line now. The chicken is named after a village in central Java, Indonesia. The black coloring is the result of a genetic trait known as “fibromelanosis” and is also characteristic of Chinese Silkies, a black chicken treasured across China. What makes the bird so expensive? Dana Cowin, editor-in-chief of Food & Wine Magazine, explained.  “To be fair, it is an all-black chicken,” she says. “So it’s very chic. Its feathers are black. Its organs are black. Its meat is black. So it’s very special; it’s a rare breed chicken.” Collectors covet this bird because it’s beautiful, exotic and hard to procure. Greenfire Farms says it was able to legally import the Ayam Cemani despite a current USDA export ban on importing live chickens from Indonesia. Their website says the “friendly” chickens are renowned in Asia “for the mystical powers of their black meat.” It’s traditionally eaten as part of various rituals. So while they are relatively cheap in Indonesia, the delicacy won’t have a chance to catch on in the U.S. until the Cemani are more widely available. Bradshaw expects that eventually the Cemani population will grow and the price will fall. But for now, he says, prices are going to stay high with the demand while the supply is low. I guess we won’t be using it for kapparos this year.    

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Ohio Couple Lives and Dies Together

A couple in Ohio passed away within 11 hours of each other after having been married for 65 years. Harold and Ruth Knapke died in their shared room on August 11, days before their 66th anniversary. The Knapkes had known each other as children and began their courtship as pen pals while Harold, known as “Doc,”

served in the Army during World War II. Ruth would later joke: “I let him chase me until I caught him!”

Harold was a teacher, coach and athletic director at Fort Recovery Schools. They had six children. Their daughter, Margaret Knapke, said she believes their father “willed himself to stay by his wife’s side despite failing health until they could take the next step in their journey together. We believe he wanted to accompany her out of this life and into the next one, and he did.” “They were so committed and loyal and dedicated,” said Carol Romie, another daughter. “They weren’t going to go anywhere without the other one.”

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A tip is usually an afterthought— definitely a polite thing to leave behind but not a headline making event…usually. In Ogden, Utah, two restaurants received tips that were a bit newsworthy this month. A waiter at a restaurant called Brewskis handed a customer a $214.75 bill and was paid $5,214.75. The next night, a man left a $1,000 tip on a $49 tab at the Alleged. “The staff was completely floored,” Jared Allen, owner of Alleged, told a reporter. The $1,000 tip was split between three bartenders and one server. The splitting of the tip was the staff’s decision. Typically, bartenders are not required to share with servers. “I let staff decide how they want to do it,” Allen said. “They all seem to be really generous with each other.” The tipper definitely meant to give that much because the bar’s iPad payment system only allows patrons to tip up to 100 percent, so the bar had to ring in the tip as a purchase. There are rumors that the generous patron may have been Virgin chairman Sir Richard Branson, but so far those rumors are unconfirmed. High tipping seems to be a trend that many waiters are hoping catches on. Earlier this summer, a lotto winner tipped a Saskatchewan restaurant owner a whopping $10,000. I’m thinking about a career change…

“I just kind of have a ridiculous question,” she told a dispatcher. “I’m home alone and there is a giant spider on the back of my couch, and I’m talking giant. I’ve never seen a spider this big, and I have no idea what to do.” An officer responded to the scene. Although police don’t normally respond to these sorts of situations, they made an exception since this teen is wheelchair bound and home by herself. She compared the size of the creepy crawler to a baseball, although responders to the scene disagreed with her comparison. The officer estimated that the spider was about 2 inches in diameter. He killed the insect with a rolled up newspaper.

The victim later explained the reason she panicked; a relative of hers had recently been bitten by a spider and needed medical attention at the hospital.

One Family’s Vacation: 13 Months, 67K Miles, All 50 States

Police Kill Spider Makenna Sewell was scared for her life so she called for emergency help. The Oregon teen called police over a “massive freaking spider” on August 16. Earlier reports said that Swell called 911 but it has been clarified that she actually called a non-emergency police dispatch number.

From sea to shining sea…. Randy and Heidi Martin spent nine months planning a family trip for their two children Kristi, 14, and Kyle, 12. This was an once-in-a-lifetime, very expensive, but unforgettable excursion. The Martin family visited the entire United State of America. They did not Continued on page 38




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an average of $264 a day on their memorable escapade. Hope they took pictures!

Robber Survives 200-Foot Fall This thief really stinks! Earlier this week, a bank robber trying to escape from police in an apartment building jumped into a garbage chute and survived a 200foot fall onto trash in the basement. Robin Gutheridge, 26, plunged from the 21st floor of the Clinton Plaza Apartments, a few blocks from the Chase Bank branch he had robbed earlier, according to Sgt. Tom Connellan. Gutheridge was conscious and told police he had climbed into the garbage chute to avoid being captured. Police estimate he fell about 210 feet before landing on garbage in a compactor at the bottom. “He was able to slow himself down by holding the sides of chute, and the garbage may have cushioned the fall, but he did get severe injuries,” Connellan said. Firefighters moved the compactor

In News and removed Gutheridge from the chute, police said. Gutheridge fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash after robbing the bank. After detectives learned he was seen entering a nearby apartment building, they began searching the building. A maintenance worker told them he could hear someone calling for help from a garbage chute in the basement. When the officers checked it out, they found Gutheridge trapped in the compactor, Connellan said. He had some of the bank’s money on him, police said. You could smell his guilt from a mile away.

CVS Receipts are Just Way Too Long The latest sign of society’s downfall is finally getting the attention it deserves. Like Occupy Wall Street before it, the embers of change are first being stoked across social media. The problem? To paraphrase the great Jimmy McMillan, the Receipts Are Too Darn Long.

The public is protesting corporate waste, and the main offender is CVS. The drugstore chain is under fire for giving customers receipts that are much longer than necessary. Social media has been abuzz with CVS’s abnormally long receipts, and customers are searching for new and unusual ways to make use of this paper so it doesn’t go to waste. The epidemic even got its own Twitter account, @CVS_Receipt. Earlier this week, AOL Daily Finance’s Matt Brownell posted on the topic after one of his co-workers purchased one item at a CVS and got a receipt that measured 38 inches. In response to Brownell’s post, CVS reasoned that they use receipts to print coupons. They explained that the receipts use “less paper than printing coupons on additional paper or that would be required if we sent direct mail offers


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Hermès Basketball for $12K Hermès is famous for its classic designs and luxurious products. They produce ties, belts, handbags, and basketballs. Yes, they make those bouncy balls that get thrown into a hoop except this one has an outrageous price tag. The basketball is made of a deep blue, hand-stitched calfskin leather. The ball is crafted in the style of the company’s infamous “Birkin” handbag and costs nearly as much. It’s available for purchase for $12,900.

The goal behind the basketballs is to promote the company’s reopened 12,000-square-foot Beverly Hills “boutique” shop. The ball’s deep blue color is meant to represent “the sky, the ocean and all the beautiful pools that are a way of life in LA and Southern California,” according to Robert Chavez, American CEO of Hermès. Chavez says the ball is indeed fully functional. “The leather is sturdy,” he said. “Why not make such a unique item come to life on the court?” There are only two of these ridiculously extravagant balls available for purchase so if you’re interested you’d better act quickly (although I don’t recommend shooting hoops with it at this price).

World’s Tallest Lego Tower This is every toddler boy’s ultimate dream…a Lego tower measuring 112-feet-tall. The gigantic tower was built by the students and teacher of Dickinson High School in Milltown, Delaware,

In News and the other 27 schools in the Red Clay Consolidated District. Their masterpiece qualifies them for title of the tallest in the world, according to the Guinness World Records. The eleven story structure took months to construct, contains about 500,000 bricks, and weighs nearly a ton. On August 19, Superintendent Merv Daugherty was lifted to the top of the tower by a crane to crown it with a simple red schoolhouse, which is the district’s logo. Organizers of the project held fundraisers to procure funding for the project and Lego brick drives to gather the needed materials. Students worked tirelessly building sections after school and during the summer months. As part of the Guinness World Record requirements, the tower is isolated and uses no adhesives. For safety, wires

and a metal cylinder within keep it from falling over. The structure was dismantled on Thursday, August 22 as planned. Parts of the skyscraper will be reassembled and displayed throughout the district in classrooms and offices. The previous record was a tower made by a school in Prague that was 106-feet-tall.

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In the latest Battle of the Yachts, a new record holder is making headlines. The world’s newest biggest yacht is 590-feet-long, outshining the previous biggest, the Eclipse, owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, by 57 feet.


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The spectacular ship, Azzam, is owned by the Emirati royal family. According to CNN, the cost of simply building the vessel was $605 million. Generally, the maintenance of the boat is around 10% of the boat’s price. That’s $6M a year in upkeep. The boat of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, president of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Abu Dhabi, is bigger than a football field and bigger than some cruise ships. It can travel pretty fast, too. It can reach 35 mph, making it not only the biggest but one of the fastest super-yachts. The website Super Yachts calls the luxury ship “the most challenging and complex yacht ever built.” It was built rather quickly for something so sophisticated. It took a year of engineering plus three years of construction. That’s what I call sailing the high seas.

Man Suing Walmart for Death of his Wife William Freis is blaming Walmart for the untimely death of his wife, Lynette. Back in 2010, Lynette went to the local Walmart in Bellevue, Nebraska, and purchased a 2-pound bag of rice and two 42-ounce jars of La Choy Soy Sauce. The cashier at the counter put all the items into one flimsy shopping bag. As Fleis walked back to her car, the bag ripped and one of the jars of soy sauce fell on her foot. The jar cracked and made a deep gash in her toe which got seriously infected. Fleis couldn’t fight off the infection even after many rounds of antibiotics and two surgeries. She died in March 2011. Now her husband, William, is attempting to sue Walmart for $650,000 claiming that an error by their employee caused the tragic death of his beloved wife. He feels that all employees should be trained properly to fill bags. He is also suing the company that makes the plastic bags Walmart uses in their stores. A WalMart spokesman said that the company is carefully considering the allegations and will respond formally in court. He added, “Customer safety is a top priority, and we take it seriously anytime an injury is reported in one of our stores.”

Newest Electric Car is Micro The Armadillo-T car makes a Smartcar look like a limo.

The new vehicle presented by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) is specifically designed for city living. The electric car folds into itself, making it so compact it can fit into extremely small spaces. The Armadillo-T is named after the leathery mammal that is capable of curling itself into a ball. “Just as armadillos hide themselves inside the shell, Armadillo-T tucks its rear body away, shrinking its original size of 2.8 meters (110 inches) down to almost half, 1.65 meters (65 inches), when folding,” KAIST’s press release about the prototype states. Three Armadillo-Ts can fit into one

In News standard Korean parking space, which is about 5 meters or 16 feet in length. The car weighs 450 kg, which is about 992 pounds. As for its electric features, the car can travel about 62 miles after being charged for about 10 minutes. “Particularly, this car is ideal for urban travels, including car-sharing and transit transfer, to offer major transportation links in a city. In addition to the urban application, local near-distance travels such as tourist zones or large buildings can be another example of application,” said associate professor InSoo Suh, who led the KAIST develop-

ment team. There’s one caveat: all passengers and drivers must exit the car before using a remote to active the folding mechanism. There go my dreams of squeezing my car between two cars…Perhaps parking the car vertically and then folding it so it doesn’t stick out into the street is an option.

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Acheinu Talmidim Inspire Klal Yisrael by Overcoming All Odds By Yosef Sosnow Ofir Shaked was a regular Israeli kid from a well-to-do family living in one of Tel Aviv’s suburbs and lacking nothing. His life was unremarkable until he

met Yossi. Yossi, an Acheinu activist, spends his mornings learning in a Bnei Brak Kollel and his afternoons engaged in reaching out to wonderful neshamos, wonderful kids like Ofir. Yossi met Ofir about a year and a half ago. Ofir, a boy who had everything he needed or wanted in the world, still felt empty. Yossi, after striking up a friendship with Ofir, shmuessing with him, showing that he understands the life Ofir leads, suggested that Ofir come one night a week to a local Midrashiya to get acquainted with his heritage. The Non-Yeshiva Bachur, Yeshiva Bachur The Midrashiya, one of Acheinu’s most potent tools in introducing young men to Yiddishkeit, is a non-judgmental local meeting place or clubhouse where classes are held on Judaism. When he started truly listening and absorbing, Ofir—initially a bit skeptical—finally started getting what his neshamah had been so craving. It began with his listening and progressed to asking questions from Yossi and getting into deep meaningful discussions. Over the course of the year, Ofir came to the conclusion that he wanted to go to yeshiva. There was a tremendous problem standing in his way. Throughout the year, Ofir’s mother tolerated her son going to the Midrashiya once a week and even deemed it to be a character-building experience. When it came to his education, however, she was adamant that he must complete his education in the upper-class private school that he attended. As per the instructions of its previous Nasi, HaGaon HaRav Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz, zt”l, and ybl”ch, HaGaon HaRav Aharon Leib Shteinman, shlita,

Acheinu seeks whenever possible to minimize confrontation within the families of its charges. Yossi understood how badly Ofir wanted to go to yeshiva, but he did not want to alienate Ofir’s mother. He wanted her to revel in her son’s spiritual accomplishments, not battle them. He therefore consulted Rav Shteinman who recommended that at this juncture, Ofir should complete his studies in his present school while simultaneously making every effort to fill up his discretionary time with limud haTorah and ruchniyus. So how does Ofir’s day currently look? He wakes up very early every morning to go to selichos and davening. Then he goes to school. In Israel, schools end at 1:00 PM. By second seder, Ofir is ensconced in a yeshiva kedoshah learning both second seder and night seder. He is shteiging tremendously while peace and harmony reign in his home. That is the story of one of Acheinu’s charges that is not yet in Yeshiva. The Torani Division More Active than Ever This Elul alone, Acheinu placed 1,500 bachurim in yeshivos kedoshos throughout Eretz Yisrael – the largest number of placements that Acheinu has made since its establishment 20 years ago! Rabbi Chaim Goldberg, one of the most active leaders of Acheinu, says, “I think 1,500 new bachurim in yeshivos is the best 20th birthday present that we could have given to Acheinu!” Acheinu was also extremely successful in placing children from traditional homes who attended Torani schools into yeshivos kedoshos. Children in Torani schools usually live outside of the main cities and are sent to those schools because their parents, who are somewhat traditional, want them to have a modicum of Jewish knowledge. The vast majority of parents, however, do not want them to continue learning in yeshivos. This is where Acheinu comes in. Acheinu has an entire division devoted to reaching out to eighth grade boys in Torani schools. They work with the schools as well as with numerous yeshivos to find the right yeshiva for each boy.

They then follow up with him while he is in yeshiva, smoothing the inevitable wrinkles that crop up with parents and make sure that he is adapting properly. The ‘Hot’ Hotline: Making the Yeshiva/Bachur Connection Another very important component in Acheinu’s efforts is its “Yeshiva Hotline.” Acheinu came to realize that one of the most difficult tasks is finding the right yeshiva; the yeshiva that is fitting for each bachur. This task of finding the right yeshiva, Acheinu soon came to realize, is not limited to finding yeshivos

for baalei teshuvah. Many “frum-frombirth” bochurim and their families also need assistance with finding the yeshiva with the right fit. Acheinu’s hotline is manned by Avreichim who are intimately familiar and connected with hundreds of yeshivos. They direct each person to the yeshiva most appropriate for him. In the past few months, more than 2,000 people have turned to the Acheinu Yeshiva Hotline for assistance. There is a tremendous need for such a service in Eretz Yisrael and the Acheinu Yeshiva Hotline is filling that need in a remarkable fashion. Take for example the recent story of two teens from Mexico who came to Israel on a Birthright trip. They were very moved by a trip to the Kosel and by being in close contact with their heritage. They decided they would like to stay longer and learn about Judaism in a yeshiva. Their sister, a baalas teshuvah, turned to her rav for assistance. The rav immediately called Acheinu’s Yeshiva Hotline and explained the situation. Today, those boys are learning in an Acheinu-affiliated yeshiva in Givat Zev. From the iPhone to the Gemara! Another extremely successful program related to Acheinu’s Midrashiya program is the Thursday night “mish-

mar” program. Hundreds of kids from state schools gather in several locations throughout the country every Thursday night for Torah learning and hashkafa discussions. It is on these Thursday nights that they first come into contact with gemara learning. Unbelievably, in today’s day – the age of iPhones, instant communication and over-stimulation – these boys find gemara a source of intellectual stimulation, a mesikus haTorah that they don’t find anywhere else in their lives. Acheinu activist Yossi explains, “They have tried everything. They realize that all of the enticements that outwardly look so tempting are fleeting. They are interested in something that is truly lasting, something eternal and they are finding that in the gemara!” Yossi relates the story of Nir. Nir was the “king” of his class; the most popular boy in his class. His cellphone never stopped ringing. Everyone sought his company, everyone sought to party with him and, after attending Acheinu’s summer program this year, he decided to go to yeshiva. “Baruch Hashem, Nir loves learning,” says Yossi. “But he is still struggling. His friends keep on calling, asking, ‘What happened to you?’ They invite him to hang out at nightclubs, but thus far he is resisting. The learning is keeping him in check, but he is still conflicted and needs much siyatta d’shmaya. We, at Acheinu, try to give him all the moral support that he needs to overcome his nisyonos. That is what Acheinu follow-up is all about!” Indeed, Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman recently told a group of Acheinu activists, “Just as in Mitzrayim, the Torah tells us that ‘so much as they were oppressed, so did they increase and spread out,’ so too, as much as the Torah community is under fire with those seeking to curb their lifestyle, so are increasing and spreading out!” If proof to Rav Shteinman’s words is needed, just look at Acheinu’s 1,500 new enrollees!


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overcome major challenges, both physical and emotional, earning her a long list of loyal followers along the way. “If you have a following you have an obligation to direct them not only

physically, but spiritually as well, says Inna. “People shouldn’t get too focused on themselves. Becoming a better person is about a lot more than having a better body. That’s why I choose to have

charity events.” On Saturday evening, October 12th, 8:30 pm, Inna is hosting an “All Star Sports Initiative Fitness Extravaganza” to benefit the children of EMUNAH’s Achuzat Sarah Children’s Home in Israel. The event, which will be held at the HAFTR Sports Complex, 33 Washington, Lawrence, is dedicated to Inna’s late mother, Sheila Roit, a”h. It will feature kickboxing, cycling, and yoga for women, and a boot camp for men. It will also feature a sports memorabilia auction. Inna’s relationship with EMUNAH began four years ago when she traveled to Israel with her family to celebrate her son’s Bar Mitzvah with a tour of the country, all arranged by EMUNAH. Yet the highlight of the trip wasn’t a travel destination. It was her visit to EMUNAH’s Achuzat Sarah Children’s Home, catering to some of Israel’s neediest children, most facing enormous psychosocial challenges. A social worker by trade, Inna recognized the outstanding methods of teaching and caring for children employed by the staff at Achuzat Sarah. “What I witnessed at Achuzat Sarah was so inspirational,” says Inna. “They don’t just teach the children the right thing to do, they teach them why to do it. This motivates them to take care of each other.” After that visit, Inna was determined to make a difference to the children she met there. In a world where everything is moving so fast, we tend to forget about the “big picture.” “It grounds you when you get to experience the miraculous work at Achuzat Sarah. If the amazing care given to the children there doesn’t inspire you to be a better person, then I don’t know what will.” Reservations can be made at www. Admission is $54 per person and sponsorships are available. Adults and teens are welcome. All funds raised will help build the children of EMUNAH’s Achuzat Sarah Children’s Home a new basketball/tennis court. For more information, please email

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Putting in the Effort Can Mean Success In this week’s parsha, the pasuk says, “Ki hamitzva hazos asher anochi mitzavecha hayom lo niflias hee mimchah v’lo richoka hee …” for this commandment that I have commanded you today, it is not hidden from you and

not distant (30:11). The Ramban explains that this mitzvah is referring to the mitzvah of teshuva and that teshuva, repentance, is something that is within the grasp of each of us. This Shabbos is the first Shabbos of

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The American Red Cross has awarded a $239,300 grant to the Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula (JCCRP) to support long-term recovery services for people affected by Superstorm Sandy. The JCCRP will use the grant to provide disaster case management and emergency feeding services on the Rockaway Peninsula. JCCRP’s other work includes counseling, career support, assisting clients in enrollment for government benefits and related services, which will lead people affected by Sandy back to self-sufficiency. The grant will help increase staffing at the JCCRP food pantry, which has seen an influx of families in need of food as a result of Sandy. The food pantry is now servicing nearly 1,000 people per month, more than double the number of people they served before Sandy. The pantry serves people from all backgrounds, and is the only organization with a Kosher food pantry in the Rockaways. “The Red Cross was one of the first agencies to send relief to the JCCRP after Sandy hit,” said Nathan Krasnovsky, executive director, JCCRP. “What is remarkable about the Red Cross is that they have not forgotten about us. They continue to be a great source of support and relief to our community and anyone facing a disaster.” Josh Lockwood, CEO, Red Cross Greater New York Region, said, “The Red Cross is committed to helping peo-

ple affected by Superstorm Sandy recover, and this grant will enable the JCCRP to continue the great work they’ve been doing since the storm hit.” Superstorm Sandy is the largest U.S. operation by the Red Cross in more than five years, and thanks to the public’s generous support, the Red Cross has received $307 million in donations for Sandy emergency relief and recovery efforts. As of mid-July, the Red Cross has spent or committed $260 million – 85 percent of the donated funds. Donations to the American Red Cross after Superstorm Sandy have led to clear signs of progress and hope through New York and New Jersey 10 months after the storm. As of August 2013, the Red Cross has partnered with numerous community-based organizations to support the recovery of individuals and families affected by Sandy. United Way of Long Island, The Staten Island Foundation, New York Disaster Interfaith Services, Brooklyn Community Foundation, National VOAD, Operation Hope, Points of Light Foundation, Visiting Nurse Service of New York, Food Bank For New York City, Island Harvest and Health and Welfare Council of Long Island are among these partners. Sandy recovery efforts include housing assistance, case management, mental health services, volunteer coordination and food assistance. Additional community grants will be announced in the weeks ahead.


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JCCRP Hosts Rosh Hashanah Food Distribution Please contact the JCCRP for further information; they are located at 1525 Central Avenue (entrance on Foam Place), Far Rockaway, NY, 11691— Call the JCCRP at (718) 327-7755—or visit them on the web at

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On Wednesday, August 28th, The Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula’s (JCCRP) Kosher Client Choice Food Pantry ran a Rosh Hashanah food distribution. The JCCRP arranged for extra items to be included in addition to the regular food pantry items for the Jewish community’s needs for yom tov. Hundreds of clients came to the pantry on Wednesday and chose from a selection of apples, tea, honey, rice, grape juice, soup mix, canned vegetables, fish, a selection of fresh vegetables and a plethora of other items as well.

Executive Director Nathan Krasnovsky with Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder

a beneficiary agency of UJA Federation of NY and they were on hand to see the amazing work the JCCRP does in large part due to their support. The JCCRP is a proud affiliate of Met Council and provides a range of services for any clients who need assistance in social services or resource directing within the community.

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The beauty of the JCCRP’s Client Choice Kosher Food Pantry is that it allows clients the dignity and respect they deserve by allowing them to select their own groceries, similar to a typical supermarket. With individualized attention, the clients are able to walk through the pantry, one or two at a time, and select various items on their own. Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder (D-Rockaway) and CouncilmanDonovan Richards (D-Far Rockaway) came out to lend a hand and assist with the food pantry distribution; the JCCRP and the Kosher Food Pantry are able to do these kind of distributions because of their ongoing support. The JCCRP is

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Young Israel of Far Rockaway to Celebrate Golden Anniversary The Young Israel of Far Rockaway has reached a major milestone, as we prepare to celebrate our Golden Anniversary Dinner iy”H on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at the White Shul in Far Rocka-

way. YIFR has been a mainstay of the Far Rockaway community since its inception in 1963. For fifty years, our shul has been at the forefront of virtually every major innovation in the neighborhood.

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Our members are actively involved in all aspects of community welfare, including serving on the Chevra Kadisha, Mikvah, Bikur Cholim, and West Lawrence Civilian Patrol. With the determination

of such members as the Sturms, Hoenigs, Bergers, Maisels, Wadlers, Goldschmidts, Brodys, and many others, the dream of YIFR became reality. Under the spiritual guidance of Rabbi Aaron Gelman, Rabbi Nathan Bulman z”l, Rabbi Yitzchak Meir Goodman, and Rabbi Shaul Chill, our shul combines a love of Torah with a love of Eretz Yisroel. We take pride in the many olim from our membership. In other areas of service to our community, YIFR also houses the Vaad Tzedaka which helps innumerable people. One of our honorees annually presides over the pre-Pesach kashering of keilim, not just for our members, but for anyone who walks through our doors needing this service. On the political scene, our shul multi-purpose room is available to the Board of Elections each year, enabling local Jewish voters to more easily exercise their civic rights on Election Day. We also were home to JASA‘s and Neponsit’s Senior Programs. Our youth groups meet on Shabbos afternoons and Tuesday evenings, servicing not only our own membership, but the entire Jewish neighborhood as well. Many attendees were children from other local synagogues and schools, and we welcomed all to avail themselves of our programs. We proudly open our doors to all sincere mispallelim, including the developmentally-delayed population. Our members were teachers for the Russian ESL program every Sunday morning, in outreach to our Russian brethren. Service to the Far Rockaway kehillah has always been a hallmark of YIFR’s hashkafa of true ahavas Yisroel. This year’s Guests of Honor are Michael and Pessi Steinberg. Rabbi Yaron Halbertal will receive The Don and Fran Haironson Service Award, Kathy Rosenberg of the JCC, the Jeff Cohen Community Service Award, and Shoshana Solomon, our Young Leadership Award. All our worthy honorees have demonstrated incredible commitment in their service to our shul and community, and we are proud to have the opportunity to express our appreciation. Come help us celebrate our Golden Anniversary. The cost is $300 per couple, including a full-page ad in our journal, and we will be holding a spectacular raffle for amazing prizes, including Splitthe-Pot, photography for your next special event, and a beautiful digital camera. Visit our new website at yifr2013.wix. com/yifr for further information.

Rav Moshe Weinberger, rabbi of Congregation Aish Kodesh of Woodmere, NY, delivered his first shiur to Yeshiva University students as a member of the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) faculty on August 26. Rabbi Weinberger, an alumnus of Yeshiva College, Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies and RIETS, spoke about “Recognizing our Kochos.”



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Mrs. Eisenman Says Goodbye Walking into JFK International Airport during the last few weeks of August can be quite overwhelming. The airport is packed with anxious and excited students prepared to take off for their year(s) abroad, parents trying (unsuccessfully) to hold back tears, and younger siblings arguing over who gets to take over their room. Despite all of the commotion, Mrs. Esther Eisenman, principal of Shalhevet High School for Girls, arrived at the airport numerous times to say goodbye to her second graduating class and leave them with words of encouragement. The girls were so excited to see Mrs. Eisenman and were clearly touched that she

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came to see them off. Mrs. Eisenman wanted to say goodbye to each and every girl and made sure to be at the airport as each seminary was leaving. “While it

is hard to find the time to make it to the airport, it’s also exciting to see so many of my students ready for the next phase of their growth. The year in Israel is instrumental in building upon their education and Torah foundation they received at Shalhevet.” Shalhevet students have been accepted to Michlalah, Midreshet Harova, Midreshet Moriah , Midreshet Tehilla, Migdal Oz, MMY, Nishmat, Shaalavim, Tiferet, and Tomer Devorah. Mrs. Eisenman and the rest of the Shalhevet faculty plan on staying in touch with the girls while they are overseas, as well as the alumni spending the upcoming year in college. The Shalhevet class of 2013 is looking forward to the second annual Israel reunion in November.


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Shul Liaison Barbecue for the Five Towns and Far Rockaway Communities By Sarah Massry A barbecue is not always about the half of the klal. Rabbi Yaakov Feitman, Mara D’asra food on the grill. On Wednesday, August 28, Agu- of Kehillas Bais Yehudah Tzvi in Cedardath Israel’s Far Rockaway/Five Towns hurst and the guest speaker of the eveSteering Committee together with the ning, delivered words of chizuk before Lefkowitz Leadership Initiative to hold the Yomim Noraim. He spoke about the a barbecue dinner with a higher pur- tragic passing of Aaron Sholom Tepfer pose. The event was graciously hosted a”h, a local 10-year-old boy, the son of by Yehudah and Mindy Zachter who re- one of his mispallelim, who had personbuilt their house after Superstorm Sandy ified chessed and kindness to his family wreaked its havoc and committed to ded- and friends. Rabbi Feitman therefore enicating their home for the sake of the klal couraged each individual to think of othand sponsored in part by Gourmet Glatt. ers and to help one another, which, in esThe goal of the evening was to bring sence is what Agudath Israel stands for. Rabbi Shai Markowitz, Director of together members of the many shuls in the Five Towns and Far Rockaway com- Agudath Israel’s Lefkowitz Leadership munities to explore practical ways of Initiative, broke down specific initiatives to be addressed. He spoke about the imhelping the community. Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, Exec- portance of giving today’s youth an exutive Vice President of Agudath Israel citement for Yiddishkeit. He highlighted of America, addressed the crowd and the activities of Pirchei and Bnos youth reminded them that Agudath Israel is groups, whose activities are dedicated an organization that has been guided by to providing fun with a purpose to the the Gedolei Yisroel for nearly a century. boys and girls of the neighborhood, and whose branches should be nurtured and Rabbi Zwiebel urged each of the emergPetit Perfection_9.38.pdf 1 8/8/13 11:44 AM ing askanim to increase his efforts on be- supported to grow and accomplish this

vital goal. Rabbi Markowitz also discussed the importance of assisting community members with their parnassah needs. He stressed the importance of instituting training programs and cultivating relationships between various businesses, as well as arranging business to business workshops.

The Shul Liaison Barbecue, which was coordinated by Rabbi Markowitz together with Rabbi Feinstein, was a resounding success. As Rabbi Markowitz said, “It brought the community together to address tzorchei tzibuur, and, importantly, it opened the floor for future discussions and community initiatives which can greatly benefit the klal.”

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Shalhevet Sophomore Wins First Prize in Writing Contest New Voices, an online blog for campus Jews, extended their blog to hear the voices of 8th to 12th graders. They created a writing contest titled, “The Thing They Don’t Tell You about Israel is...”. The students were able to write in about any Israel experience they had, whether with family, camp, shul, or any other group.

Dalia Zargari, a rising 10th grader at Shalhevet High School in North Woodmere, won first prize! Her essay titled, “A New Connection,” was about her brother Daniel joining the I.D.F. Dalia talks about her most recent trip to Israel and how her outlook on chayalim changed. She was sitting at a cafe when a chayal walked by. When she realized

that it wasn’t just another chayal, but her brother (and only sibling), reality hit. Her pride and fear intensified. Dalia got to witness Daniel’s tekes (inauguration ceremony) and as they sang their motto “Rishonim Tamid,” Dalia understood that Daniel was serving on the front of the lines. Dalia was able to gain a new outlook on Israel and was able to

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Blood Drive at Mercy Medical Center September 18th Mercy Medical Center invites and encourages members of the community to participate in a blood drive on Wednesday, September 18 from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The blood drive will be held in CIJ conference rooms #4 & #5. The 2014 Super Bowl Host Com-

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On Sunday night, the community came together to support the TOVA

on the services that TOVA provides. The program comes on the heels of the successful TOVA home run derby, which brought out hundreds of supporters seeking to knock one out of the park for TOVA. There is already a tremendous amount of buzz for the upcoming Harmony concert to benefit TOVA and as the new school year beL-R: Sol Reich, Rabbi Green of Shor Yo’shuv, Director of Development Zezy Fuld gins, mentors are gearing up to ensure that TOVA participants and program with their first annual BBQ and families have a most successful year. kumzits by the bay. Hosted by Tzivy and There are a lot of new exciting activiDavid Kopelowitz, participants were treated to music by Rabbi Moshe Green and Shlomo Reich and cured meats and poultry by Pesach Osina and Adam Kay of Carlos and Gabby’s fame. The ambiance was serene and supported by a beautiful sunset in the shadow of the Atlantic Beach Bridge overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Rabbi Zezy Fuld opened the evening thanking guests and sponsors inL-R: Co-founder Richard Altabe, Program Director Yehuda cluding 718 Insurance and was Klinkowitz, David Kopelowitz, Director of Development Zezy Fuld followed by Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder who extolled the virtues of ties going on this year. Stay tuned to hear the TOVA program and the important more on all the exciting new events this role TOVA plays in the community. The year. If you would like to volunteer or TOVA program, established in 1997, have your child in the program, please provides mentors to our community’s call Program Director Yehuda Klinkowyouth to help them achieve their maxi- itz, LMSW at 516-295-0550 ex. 101 or mum potential. Rabbi Eytan Feiner, Rav email  To support TOVA, contact Zezy of Congregation Kneseth Israel – The White Shul, reinforced the critical role Fuld, Director of Development, at 516that TOVA plays in our community and 295-0550 ex. 102 or email zezyfuld@ how the successful future of many of our community’s youth are dependent


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TJH Interviews

ADAM HABER Candidate for Nassau County Executive

TJH: Adam, thank you for taking the time to speak with us. Can you describe yourself in one sentence? AH: I consider myself a political outsider and a businessman who is running to make Nassau County government work for everyone. TJH: You say you’re a political outsider. So, tell us why you are running for Nassau County Executive. AH: I’m running for Nassau County Executive because we deserve better, we can do better and I’ll do better. Being elected to government should be about serving the people and we just haven’t seen that. The way our government operates needs to change. TJH: It seems like the Democratic establishment is backing your opponent Tom Suozzi. Can you still win the Democratic primary without the official support of the party? AH: The party machine in Nassau is a serious detriment to the Democratic Party and to our community. Our country was founded as a democracy and we benefit when that democratic process works. Voters are asking for a change from the status quo and a Haber administration would be just that. TJH: I tend to think that the Orthodox community is a pretty significant voting bloc. I have not seen much of Tom Suozzi around the Five Towns. Where is he? AH: Tom has a history of ignoring Nassau voters. He was out of the county over 200 days when he was running for governor and he didn’t pay attention in 2009. I don’t really know where he spends his time. What I do know is that my Jewish faith connects me with the residents of the Five Towns and I’ll be here before the election and when I’m County Executive. TJH: A friend of mine recently told me, “I’m not voting in the primary. There is no reason for it. Come November it is going to be a Democrat against a Republican; I’ll decide then who to vote for. Which specific Democrat makes it to the general election in November is not important enough for me to take the time and go vote.” What would you tell my friend and the many others who think like him? AH: This Democratic primary is a real opportunity to change the culture of corruption, patronage and pay-to-play in our county. Mangano and Suozzi are more of the same; voters are asking for a government that works. We haven’t seen a Democratic Primary for County Executive since 2001 and every voter has the power to shape the future of our community on September 10th. TJH: If elected, what will you do to lower the tax burden of Nassau county residents? AH: Revenue from the county comes 40% from sales tax, 30% from resi-

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dential tax and the rest from state and federal funding. It is clear that residents won’t tolerate another tax hike like the 22% that Suozzi raised in taxes while County Executive. Politicians typically look to balance the budget two ways: by raising taxes or cutting jobs. As a businessman, I know there are better ways to balance a budget and huge savings may be found in efficiencies. TJH: Being that you are a businessman, I understand that businesses are fleeing Long Island. What would you do to stop that? AH: Property developers I talk with are leaving Nassau because it takes two years to get a permit to build. Businesses are hit with high taxes and a shrinking employee base. We need to streamline permitting and make doing business here attractive. We have the great assets in Nassau, we just have to leverage those. TJH: Let’s talk about something that is prevalent on a lot of voters’ minds: Hurricane Sandy. Every time I turn on the radio I hear ads about how the “New Jersey shore is back.” In contrast, the Long Beach boardwalk is still not complete. Why hasn’t Long Island recovered as quickly as the Jersey Shore? AH: Recovering from the storm requires more from our leaders than just a photo-op. After Sandy, I created All Hands Long Island, a nonprofit that helps families recover and rebuild from the storm. Nassau was unprepared for the storm and the recovery has been slow. We have to put in place clear plans to handle emergencies and get recovery dollars flowing to communities. TJH: Where is one area that current County Executive Ed Mangano is doing a good job? AH: Ed is doing a good job pushing to get the reconstruction of Bay Park underway. TJH: This may be slightly off topic, but I understand that you own two restaurants. So here is my question: I was recently out with a friend and he ate his steak with ketchup. I thought he was nuts; I mean, how do you defile a steak with ketchup?! What’s your position on that? AH: I eat red meat once or twice a year; when I do, there is no ketchup involved. I am looking for the votes of both ketchup and non-ketchup users. TJH: Spoken like a true politician. Finally, what is your path to victory on Sept. 10th? How are you going to pull it off? AH: Democratic voters are ready for a change from the status quo. We need new ideas and real solutions to Nassau’s challenges. This last week is all about getting voters excited and to the polls. We are feeling good and excited to win of September 10th. TJH: Thanks so much Adam. We wish you best of luck in the primaries.

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In the Kitchen 86 A Sweet Yom Tov Meal by Jamie Geller

98 Dip the Apple Cake Pops

79 What’s App Doc?

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by Rabbi Jonathan Gewirtz

102 Stuffed Turkey

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with Smoked Naval Pastrami by Shaul Silverstein

Jewish Thought 78 The Shmuz by Rabbi Benzion Shafier

80 Rabbi’s Musings (& Amusings)

Jewish History 81 A Night of Reckoning in Kovno, Lithuania, 1917 by Larry Domnitch

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Leading the Kehilla in Prayer TJH Speaks with Three Renowned Chazzanim


hen people envision their Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur davening, their shul’s chazzan is often front and center in that vision. Even people who are not necessarily into the nusach or the nuances of tefilla often proudly declare, “The chazzan in my shul is the best.” It is through them that we draw the inspiration that we so desperately need at this most important time of the year. They are, in a sense, the conduit between our tefillos and Hashem. Being a chazzan on the Yomim Noraim presents the ultimate paradox: it requires performance at a time that calls for introspection; it requires one to think about others—the kehilla—at a time when every person wants to focus on their own needs and tefillos. How do chazzanim balance this paradox? How do they prepare? How do they hone their craft? Who are they inspired by? One of the keys to being a successful baal tefilla

is being comfortable with the congregation you are leading. Chazzanim often appreciate the tzibbur as much as they appreciate him. With time, the bond gets stronger and stronger, until it reaches a point that the shul could not see itself being led by any other chazzan, and the chazzan cannot see himself leading any other tzibbur. Just as Pavarotti sang at the Royal Opera House, Chaim Werdyger should be a chazzan in a large and majestic shul. After all, he is a scion of the world-famous Werdyger family. His father, R’ Dovid, is one of a handful of pre-war chazzanim who transported the nusach of Europe to America after World War II. As an accomplished chazzan and ba’al menagen, Chaim has been an integral part of chassidish music in America, including having produced two CDs called Shabbos with the Werdygers, which reintroduced some of the classic and beautiful chassidic Shabbos zemiros that were mostly lost over the past fifty years. But on the Yomim Noraim, Chaim does not lead a big shul. In fact, he travels to Monsey where he leads

a small shul with only a handful of people. Why? “I always prefer davening in a small shul,” he says, “I have been the shliach tzibbur at this shul for twentyfive years, and I wouldn’t give it up for anything.” As one of the premier institutions in the Five Towns, the White Shul is a paradigm of tefilla in our community. On any given week, the tefillos of renowned chazzanim permeate the walls of this majestic and imposing shul. But, like many shuls, the highlight of the year is on the Yomim Noraim. That is when Richie Hagler leads the tzibbur in their davening. Yes, Richie Hagler is well respected as the executive director of HALB, but to many in the Five Towns, at least at this time of the year, he is better known as “my shliach tzibbur.” The relationship is reciprocal. “I get tremendous energy and power off of the tzibbur,” says Richie about the White Shul kehila, which he has led in tefilla for the past 22 years. “When somebody davens with an oilam that is into the davening, you feed off of their energy.”



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waits all year for the niggunim. They don’t get bored of them. In fact, they anticipate them and don’t like when I change them.” Eitan Katz does have some niggunim prepared, but if in the moment he feels inspiration for a specific niggun, he goes with it. “What’s so special about davening at a place like Aish Kodesh,” he says, “is the kehilla is very much in tune with the heaviness of the davening. They are very ‘together’ with the chazzan and wherever he goes, they go along. It’s special.” All three chazzanim agree that nusach and niggunim are important, but only to the extent that it helps the tzibbur daven well, which is the sole job of the chazzan. A good chazzan recognizes that responsibility. “When I go to the amud I think about what it means to be a shliach tzibbur,” says Chaim Werdyger. “If I could bring out in somebody a better ‘yehay shmai rabba,’ it’s worth the whole tefilla.” Richie Hagler points out, “Everyone has a lot of bakashos, people have a lot of things to ask for, and part of the shliach tzibbur’s job is to help deliver on that.” “I learned from my father,” says Eitan, “that a person has to realize that he is a ‘shliach tzibbur’ more than anything; he is not putting on a show.” The goal of the chazzan, he says, is to bring out the beauty of the actual tefillos. “When we say ‘Kivakoras roeh edroh,’ it is unbelievable to think about the relationship between you and Hashem and the paradox between Hashem being a father and a king. The tefilla brings them both together...It’s heavy. You are standing in front of your father and king at the same time and are being judged. It’s unbelievable.” There is a famous story involving the Piesesner Rebbe, who perished in the Holocaust. He was a world-renowned chazzan. During the war, the rebbe and his chassidim were interned in the Warsaw Ghetto. On the evening of Yom Tov, his chassidim gathered in the dingy basement where they used to hide and daven. They waited for the rebbe to arrive, but he didn’t come. After a while, they received word that the Nazis had just taken one of the rebbe’s family members away. The distraught chassidim continued to wait. A little while later, they heard news that the Nazis took another one of the rebbe’s family members away. The anguished and broken chassidim were certain that the Rebbe would not show up. Suddenly, the door swung open. The rebbe entered. The chassidim were silent. They didn’t know what the rebbe would tell them. They waited. But he didn’t say anything. He humbly walked up to the amud and in a soft and angelic voice began: “Barchu es Hashem hamivorach...” For those few moments, the destruction around them ceased, and they davened with all their hearts to Hashem. Throughout the year, we live in a turbulent world, but when we are in shul on the Yomim Noraim, the world around us freezes and our focus becomes our tefillos to Hashem. Our chazzanim help us achieve that mission. Indeed, they are truly the conduit between our heartfelt prayers and our Creator. May we all merit that our tefillos be accepted and answered by our Father in heaven.

I get tremendous energy and power off of the tzibbur.

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World-renowned composer, Eitan Katz, who inspires people throughout the year with his beautiful niggunim, is the shliach tzibbur at Aish Kodesh in Woodmere. Although he performs at concerts throughout the year and has a popular band, he sees his job on the Yomim Noraim as anything but a performance. “There was one year that as I was about to get up to daven, I felt very confident and good. And then it hit me, ‘What are you thinking? You can’t be confident.’” He explains that as a chazzan the sole focus must be “how can I use my kochos and strengths to give the tzibbur a good davening.” “You can’t take that lightly,” he adds. Minhagim and traditions play a major role in all aspects of the Yomim Noraim. The nusach that chazzanim use is often a link to generations past. As such, chazzanim take nusach very seriously and often recognize that it is their job to carry on the nusach that was handed down to them. The result is that the tzibbur is not simply hearing a melodious chazzan; they are hearing and participating in a nusach that may be hundreds, if not thousands, of years old. For years, Chaim Werdyger has collected demo tapes from different chazzanim. (This too runs in his family. His brother, Mendy, digitally re-mastered Cantor Yoselle Rosenblatt’s works.) He even has a tape from Reb Shia Veider, who was a famous chazzan fifty years ago. Although he incorporates different pieces from those tapes, “Nussach is from the heart,” he says. “You have a general plan, but each knaitch [inflection] is different; you don’t always do the same thing.” Like many chazzanim, Richie Hagler’s nusach runs deep in his family. “I learned the nusach from my father, who learned it from my grandfather,” he says. His grandfather came to America from Vienna. He was the chazzan for the holy Beluzhiver Rebbe in Williamsburg and then at the famous Tzierei Agudah in the Lower East Side. Richie describes the nusach as “classic European.” “The classic nusach does not change,” he says. “I try to improve it and get better at it. But...classic nusach is classic nusach.” Although nusach is sacrosanct to chazzanim, good chazzanim recognize the importance of not shlepping. Eitan Katz recalls that when he became the chazzan in Aish Kodesh 10 years ago, Reb Moshe Weinberger told him to take his time with the tefillos, “but he didn’t mean that I should shlep,” says Eitan. “You have to find a balance of trying to inspire people and being true to the nusach,” he says. Aside for nusach, another important element of Yomim Noraim davening is the songs that are interspersed throughout the tefillos. Richie Hagler says that he uses a lot of classic songs, but also “implements appropriate niggunim that are in vogue. But it has to fit. I am very careful that the words should fit. I don’t like using twenty seven ‘oy...oy...oys.’” For him, whether it is a classic or contemporary song, the most important thing is that the song is appropriate to the particular tefilla and that it conforms with his rule of not repeating words just to make it fit the tune. Chaim Werdyger, too, used to mix in popular songs. “However,” he says, “I stopped doing that ten years ago, because I realized that the oilam

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The Shmuz Rosh Hashana

R’ Ben Tzion Shafier

Issues of the Day

(Rosh Hashanah 32b) – “The Molochim asked Hashem, “Why is it that the Jewish nation doesn’t sing Hallel on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur?” Hashem answered them, “Is it possible that a king sits on the throne of judgment, with the books of life and death open in front of Him, and the Jewish Nation should sing?” Isn’t it obvious that the solemnity of the day makes it inappropriate to sing? What was the Molochim’s perspective, and what did Hashem made clear to them? The answer to this is based on a deeper understanding of Rosh Hashana. The Mishnah tells us that on Rosh Hashana, “Every occupant of the planet stands in front of Hashem and is judged.” Small or great, young or old, from the most prestigious to the most simple, every human being is examined, and his fate for the coming year is decided. But it isn’t just individual lives that are examined. Global issues are also weighed, measured, and determined.

Which nation will go to war? Which will enjoy peace? Which lands will experience prosperity and success? Which will suffer? Which new technologies will be brought to the marketplace? Which cures will be discovered? Which diseases will suddenly appear? Which epidemics will spread? Which dictator will refuse arm inspections, even though he doesn’t have weapons of mass destruction? And which will play the game, speaking words of hatred from the United Nations floor? All of the issues of the coming year are reviewed, assessed, and arbitrated. The entire globe is a multi-dimensional chess game, and Hashem, the Ultimate Grandmaster, maps out the moves of the year to come. Where We Fit it In We, the Jews, are servants of Hashem. We are his Chosen Nation, and He is our Master. And, as such, we are also fans of Hashem. He is our King, are we are His people. During the course of the

year, we suffer through the insolence, audacity and arrogance of a world that denies Hashem’s sovereignty. This causes us pain and angst. During this time of year, however, we revel in the fact that Hashem sits as Judge – He alone meting out the fate of mankind. And so, we should feel a tremendous sense of joy, an outpouring of emotion, as we contemplate the magnificence of our Creator in His glory. That is the Molochim’s position. From their lucid perspective, they see something missing. We wear yom tov clothing, we eat festive meals, and we bathe and shave in honor of the day. But, where is the singing out in joy? Hallel should be a part of the davening. Yet it is noticeably absent. Why? If we understand the magnitude of this day, if we envision Hashem sitting on the throne of judgment, we should be overcome with a sense of jubilation and wish to sing Hallel. Nevertheless, Hashem answers the Molochim, “On a global level it is mag-

nificent, but the judgment is on a personal level as well. Each person must recognize, ‘My fate for the coming year is being decided. Will I live or die? Will I be healthy or sick? Will I enjoy great prosperity or not? The fate of family, and my community, is being decided. The human race is judged, and I, too, am a human. And so, it is inappropriate to sing on such a day.’” However, both emotions should be present during this day. Great simcha as we experience Hashem’s closeness tempered with the awe that comes from understanding that our future and the future of all that is dear to us is being decided. May Hashem grant us a sweet, good year with health, happiness and success in all of our endeavors. Get the new Shmuz APP! Access hundreds of audio, videos, and articles from the Shmuz. Simply go to the App store, or Google Play, and search for “TheShmuz” or go to

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What’s App Doc? Did I make someone smile?

Did I have kavanah in my prayers?

When I ate, did I make a proper bracha?

Did I notice the mezuzah?

Did I speak nicely to people?

Did I work honestly?

Did I call my parent or sibling?

How many times did I speak lashon hara?

Did I think about my tefillin? (If you’re a woman, did you think about fear of Heaven?)

How many times did I think about Hashem today?

Did I apologize to someone I wronged?

Did I forgive someone who wronged me?

Did my behavior make people love Hashem?

Did I maximize my potential?

Did I look at things I shouldn’t?

Did I control my anger? (or did it control me?)

Did I learn Torah?

Did I give tzedaka? Happily and with a smile?

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ome of the hottest things these ting it into practice, as in, a “practical days are apps. There’s a daf yomi application.” app, a krias shema al hamita app, The idea came from R’ Moshe Meir a zmanim app and thousands more of Weiss of Staten Island. He mentioned all different types and from thousands that he once gave a bar mitzvah boy the of different sources. If you ask some- advice to take two minutes each night to one, “What’s an app?” they’ll probably play a game of Twenty Questions with tell you it’s something for your iPad or himself. Those questions would be smartphone. ones that would make him think about It’s actually just the opposite. It’s his behavior that day and give him not something for your iPhone, it’s the insight to change for the better the something for you, that you use to get next day. The app I created from this benefit from your is called “CheshiPhone, Android, bon HaNefesh,” or or Windows-based “Daily Reckoning” gadget. in English. Take two minutes App is short for The way you application, and play is that you each night to it means “a use,” come up with about play a game of basically finding forty questions, put something you them on slips of Twenty Questions can do with all the paper, and pick out handheld computtwenty at random. with yourself. ing power at your The reason for that fingertips. There is is so you have to be a whole industry of prepared for anyprogrammers and thing, not just the designers who create, test, and market ones you know are coming. There’s apps. Well, I’ve gone one better and also a time element involved. If you created an app unlike anything those have to think really hard before you programmers have done. answer, that should tell you something There’s an old joke about the ar- and deduct points. The nice part is that chaeologists in Egypt who found very you don’t have to tell anyone else how thin strands of copper wire. They you did, just yourself. announced that this find meant the Make sure you play each day or at ancient Egyptians had the telegraph. least several times a week to ensure Upon hearing this, Israeli archaeolo- you keep your points total. When you gists made an announcement of their wait too long in between rounds, you own. “We believe our ancestors had slide back to where you started, or wireless radio, because we found NO worse. It’s also a perfect game for the wires!” Aseres Yemei Teshuva, when the Rama The app I have come up with is so actually says that one should do this to amazing because you can use it with- start the year off right. out an iPad, without an Android, and To make it easier on you, I’m starteven without a mini-micro-usb-univer- ing you off with some game pieces. sal-SCSI plug to make it work. You Add your own and see if you can massee, the app I came up with uses the ter and become a force to be reckoned computing power of a device so ad- with in “Daily Reckoning.” vanced it’s not even hand-held. I’m These should be enough to start talking, of course, about your brain. you off. Go ahead and cut these out Now, once I tell you about the app and make some of your own. As far as I came up with, I’m sure some pro- the answers, you know what the right grammer out there will come up with answers are, so you can grade yourself. a version for a smartphone. If you do, And if you find that one day you feel be in touch with me because I have like you lost? No problem. As long ideas about that too. However, as we as you play this game honestly at night go into Rosh Hashana and the Aseres (and maybe in the morning) you are a Yemei Teshuva, my app is based on winner for sure. taking advice from someone and putHow’s that for an app?

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Rosh Hashana


hat is it about songs and mu- the moment I walked in? sic that makes them so contaThere is so much happening in the gious? world that we cannot comprehend. Did you ever find yourself singing There is so much pain and suffering a song that you realized was in your constantly that we have no answers for. head because you heard someone hum- And yet, for a moment, Heaven gave ming it when you walked past them a me a “nod.” few hours earlier? However, if G-d could orchestrate During my years in yeshiva, in the (no pun intended) that specific song morning as seder began, I would of- to be playing when I walked in, that ten ask my chavrusa, “So what song means that He orchestrates everything. should we have everyone sing today?” Every time I am on line, or stuck in We would pick a song which we would traffic, there must also be a rhyme and sing out loud as a reason, even if it people entered makes no sense to the Bais Medrash. me. Then we would The world is The whole world gleefully wait to full of messages, if hear people humwe are looking for contains messages ming or singing the them. Those messong hours later on sages remind us and the ability the other side of the that even when we to pray and Bais Medrash. don’t comprehend, For the last two G-d has a reason connect with G-d, weeks there was for everything that if we only have our a song swirling in occurs – to us and my head. It’s an anto the world. That eyes open to it. cient beautiful tune is part of what we with Yiddish lyraccept upon ourics written by the selves on Rosh Chassidic master, Hashanah, the day Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchiv, in of our reacceptance of the yoke of the which he makes a “deal” with G-d. I King of kings upon ourselves. very much wanted to purchase an alPerhaps that is part of the reason bum that had the song but I couldn’t why we eat symbolic foods, each with find any. In fact, I purchased one album its own special prayer on Rosh Hashawhich I thought had the song and was nah eve, to help us recognize that the frustrated when I realized that the song whole world contains messages and the wasn’t there. ability to pray and connect with G-d, if Then, one day last week, I walked we only have our eyes open to it. into a seforim store in Monsey for a After relating my experience with few minutes to peruse the new selec- the Berditchiver’s niggun in shul betions. There was a fellow standing by fore beginning Selichos, on Sunday I the bin containing the shofaros who walked into another seforim store in was sampling every one, helping to Monsey. I hope no one saw me laugh contribute to my afternoon headache. to myself when I heard the song being But in between his “blowings” I was played overhead: the Berditchiver’s able to hear the song being played over niggun! the store’s loudspeakers – it was the Now if you’ll excuse me, I think very song I was looking for. I excit- I’m going to go buy a lottery ticket. edly asked the cashier which CD was playing, and he pointed to a pile of new Kesiva v’chasima tova. CDs. The CD had 39 tracks. At the moment I walked in, track 36 was playing, the track I so much wanted to hear. (As Rabbi Staum is the rabbi of Kehillat New I type this piece I am listening to the Hempstead and guidance counselor/rebsong again. Perhaps if you listen close- be at Yeshiva Bais Hachinuch & Ashar in Monsey, NY. He can be reached at stam ly you can hear it.) What are the chances that that His website is www. track, on that CD would be playing, at

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A Night of Reckoning in Kovno, Lithuania, 1917 ed that the German-Jewish soldiers sit on one side of the Synagogue, Russian Jewish prisoners of war on the other, and in between them, the local Jews. That night, Rabbi Carlebach stunned the audience which expected to

were reported to the authorities, who had the rabbi sent to the front lines for a month as a punishment. There must have been at least one irate German soldier present who reported the event. If not for the intervention of friends, the

They were brothers commiserating over the immense tragedy of that war, praying to the same Father in Heaven.

hear words in support of his native Germany. He began with commonly heard words in German circles, “We did not want this war” which was a phrase often used by German leaders to imply that Germany’s enemies, the Entente, drew her reluctantly into the conflict. But the Rabbi’s implied message was far different: that no one in that room wanted this destructive and devastating war, for which Germany bore much of the responsibility.The rabbi praised the level of Torah study in the Eastern territories and stated that German Jews had much to learn from the Eastern Jewry. He mentioned how German Jewish soldiers were learning Torah from local Jews. He also stated that it was symptomatic that Jews from different sides sat together in synagogue, separated by a German ruling, prohibited from mingling. That night, they sat together as one entity. They were not enemies on opposing sides or superiors; they were not victors and prisoners. They were indeed brothers commiserating over the immense tragedy of that war, praying to the same Father in Heaven. Amid the madness, there was some light. Rabbi Carlebach’s brave words

punishment would probably have been far worse. During those moments of reflection as Rosh Hashanah was approaching, the rabbi spoke directly to the audience

disregarding the consequences to him. Germany, whose leaders had professed equality for all German citizens when the war began in 1914, was already turning its back upon its Jews. Together, Jews on opposing sides could reflect upon the events of the day and call out to their Heavenly Father as one beseeching His mercy upon Mankind and Jewry. That night was a moment of reckoning. Rabbi Carlebach’s words that night resonated in his time and serve as an example for future generations. Parts of this article were adapted from “Voices of Opposition to the First World War among Jewish Thinkers” by Rivka Horowitz. Leo Baeck Institute vol. XXXIII, 1988.

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n the Saturday night before Rosh Hashanah in 1917, the words of one German rabbi, Joseph Carlebach, evoked a powerful message. In 1915, thirteen German rabbis, were sent by the German Army high command to the Eastern front to administer to the needs of Jewry under German Occupation in the Eastern Zone. These lands included Lithuania and Congress Poland. This was a daunting task, as Jewish masses suffered from pogroms and mass expulsions at the hands of Russian forces. Under German Occupation, war shortages and requisitions of supplies by the German army caused a humanitarian crisis in Jewish communities, especially in areas overcrowded by refugees. These rabbis were also entrusted with an additional task. The German Occupation forces deemed it important to provide an education for Jewish children that included secular subjects. One of the rabbis, Joseph Carlebach, was delegated the task of organizing an educational system for Jews under German Occupation in the Lithuanian city of Kovno. The rabbi devised a program based upon the German model of Torah im derech eretz, “Torah Education with the Ways of the Land,” as he consulted with local rabbinical leaders. The relatively small school soon grew as parents put their trust in Rabbi Carlebach. The rabbi was also responsible for the reopening of the famed Slabodka Yeshiva which was closed due to the ravages of the war. On that Saturday night, September 15, 1917, Rabbi Carlebach preached at the synagogue Ohel Yaakov in Kovno. Jews converged upon there to hear the words from the esteemed scholar and leader. The German commanders insist-

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Aliza Beer, M.S, R.D.

The Holy Days the Right Weigh


s we ponder our need for repentance and commit ourselves further to G-d this coming holiday, we should also ponder our respective needs to live a healthy lifestyle and commit to our waistlines. The weeks preceding Rosh Hashana are filled with preparation for teshuva and tikun haneshama. In addition to our spiritual renewal, there is a significant physical obstacle that presents quite a challenge. How does one survive the Holy Days with their weight intact? We are blessed this year with a three day Yom Tov. Most individuals subject their bodies to a 2-6 pound weight gain every Shabbos. Excessive eating three days in one week is extremely unhealthy, especially since it will be followed by another three day Yom Tov, and yet again another. This challenge must be dealt with by way of a game plan. The following are some strategies to help you navigate your “weigh” through the new year: 1. Every meal should consist of one carb, one protein, and salad/vegetables. 2. Eat fish. Fish is a lighter, healthier fat than chicken or meat. When planning your menus incorporate fish and try to eat two exclusive fish meals over the three days. 3. Embrace the concept of the small meal. Portion control is probably the greatest obstacle to overcome, especially with the long hours spent around the table. Make your plate and avoid second helpings. All of your food should be able to fit on one plate; if not, then you have probably taken too much. 4. Dairy does not equal light. Eggplant parmesan and lasagna are just as or more caloric and high in fat as meat. A light meal consists of fish, tofu, or egg whites, and salad /veggies. 5. Exercise. Take long walks in the afternoon. 6. Drink water. Don’t waste cal-

ories on fruit juice, and diet sodas are not healthy and inhibit weight loss. The more water you drink, the less you will eat. Drink prior and during your meals. We approach Rosh Hashana with the intention of davening our best. The same can be said of our dietary needs. Our nutrition goal is to maintain our weight. Do your best and don’t fall off the wagon after one “bad” meal. Get back on track, stay focused, and you will reap great rewards. A happy and healthy new year to all! Aliza Beer, M.S, R.D. is a registered dietitian with a Masters in nutrition. She has a private practice in Cedarhurst and can be

Shake It Up


was recently in the U.S. celebrating for getting caught. Hey, it’s 1,000 NIS! two beautiful weddings, multiple And a lot of points on my license! festive sheva brachot and one wonAfter stewing for a little while, my derful 80th birthday party. Landing in next reaction was that I wouldn’t have Israel after a five hour delay followed learned my lesson had I not gotten shakby a ten hour flight, I was exhausted. en up by receiving a ticket. My son and daughter-in-law graciously My third reaction was that I was picked us up from Ben Gurion Airport, fortunate that I didn’t get into an acand we proceeded to drive them home. cident and how blessed I was to learn Right before my lesson without arriving at their any ensuing tragic apartment on results. We have an amazing the edge of Bnei And my final Brak, I received reaction was that capacity for a moving violathere is a profound tion. Between not teshuva lesson to achievement, operating at peak be learned from and we shouldn’t capacity and havthis experience. ing gotten accusWe often think limit our goals b tomed over the that we are above past few weeks to the law. Unfortuy settling for nately, most of us long U.S. yellow “okay” or “not bad.” don’t get “shaken lights, I ran a yelup” unless we get low light which seemed to turn red caught. And if we way too quickly. don’t get “shaken The police officer pulled me over and – up” then effecting change is very difficorrectly – reprimanded me for putting cult. Getting “shaken up” before Rosh my life and, more importantly, my fam- Hashanah is a blessing, as it reminds ily’s lives in danger. He filled out the us that as good as we may think we are ticket, voiced hope that I had learned doing, we know that we can and should my lesson, and then wished me a “sha- do better. There are religious and spirina tova” (only in Israel!). tual aspirations to achieve, interpersonal relationships to strengthen, business ethics to polish and growth opportunities to seize. We have an amazing capacity for achievement, and we shouldn’t limit our goals by settling for “okay” or “not bad.” With Rosh Hashanah upon us, let’s embrace the holiday’s stirring prayers and summon the piercing shofar blasts to touch our souls; let’s allow ourselves to get “shaken up” I like to believe that I am a safe driv- and take the courageous step to aspire er (don’t we all?) but we can all admit to greatness. In the merit of our efforts, that sometimes we do questionable driv- may the Almighty bless us – individualing activities (i.e. speeding, not signal- ly and collectively – with a year infused ing, etc.) and don’t get “caught.” It har- with growth and accomplishment. kens me back to seventh grade, getting suspended and pleading to my principal that “I really didn’t do it.” He wisely Gedaliah Borvick is the founder of My Israel replied that my suspension was for all Home, a real estate agency focused on helpthe times that I had done things and not ing people from abroad buy and sell homes gotten caught. I had no response, as he in Israel. To sign up for his monthly market updates, contact him at gborvick@gmail. made an excellent point. Back to my moving violation: my com. Please visit his blog at www.myisrael initial reaction was that of frustration


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A Sweet Yom Tov Meal Tarragon Fish Croquettes with Honey Wasabi Dipping Sauce This recipe for fish croquettes calls for cod but if you love salmon or some other fish, go for it! It’ll be just as delish. Serve with this spicy, flavorful sauce for the most flavor and watch them get gobbled up in no time. Ingredients For croquettes: › 1 (1-pound) skinless cod fillet, cut into 1-inch pieces › 1 large egg, beaten › 1 small yellow onion, diced › 2 tablespoons matzo meal › 1 tablespoon chopped parsley › 1 tablespoon chopped tarragon › 1 tablespoon mayonnaise › 1 teaspoon salt › Freshly ground black pepper › ¼ cup canola or vegetable oil For dip: › ¼ cup mayonnaise › 3 tablespoons Gold’s wasabi sauce › 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard › 3 teaspoons honey Preparation In a food processor, pulse cod until finely chopped but not pureed. Transfer to a large mixing bowl, and add egg, onion, matzo meal, parsley, tarragon, mayonnaise, salt, and pepper to taste. Mix well to combine. With lightly moistened hands, scoop a heaping tablespoon of mixture and form into 1-inch long oval shapes. Repeat with remaining mixture to form 16 croquettes. Re-

frigerate for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare dip by stirring together mayonnaise, wasabi sauce, mustard, and honey in a small bowl. Line a plate with paper towels. In a large skil-

let, heat canola oil over medium-high heat. Add croquettes and fry until golden brown on all sides, about 12 minutes total. Transfer to the prepared plate. Serve on a large platter with dipping sauce.

Simanim Salad with Pomegranate Balsamic Dressing

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I am especially proud of this creation because I love to incorporate the simanim throughout my yom tov menu. This gorgeous, healthful and refreshing recipe satisfies so tastefully— I wouldn’t wait for the holidays to make it! This recipe calls for cooked beets. You can use boiled, canned or roasted (my favorite!). Ingredients › ½ cup pomegranate juice › 3 tablespoons honey › 3 tablespoons olive oil › 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar › 1 baby spinach, washed and dried › 1 gala or pink lady apple, cored and thinly sliced › 1 large carrot, peeled and made into ribbons using peeler › 1½ cup quartered cooked beets › ¼ cup pomegranate seeds › Kosher salt › Freshly ground black pepper Preparation In a small bowl, whisk together pomegranate juice, honey, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. Set aside. Place spinach on a large platter as the salad

base. Artfully arrange apples, carrots, and beets on the spinach. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds. Drizzle the dressing over the top, and season with

salt and pepper to taste; or serve the salad undressed, and let your guests add dressing to their own plate.

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Date Glazed Roast Chicken Ingredients › 8 oz. dates, about 10 to 12 › 1 cup orange juice › 3 cloves garlic, chopped › 2 tablespoons fresh thyme › 2 tablespoons olive oil › 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar › ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon › ½ teaspoon ground cumin › 1 chicken, cut into 1/8ths Preparation In a small bowl, soak dates in enough warm water to cover for 20 minutes or until skins peel off easily. Remove skins and pits. Preheat oven to 350° F and lightly spray a baking pan with cooking spray. In a food processor or blender, combine dates, orange juice, garlic, thyme, olive oil, vinegar, cinnamon and cumin and blend until smooth. In a large bowl, combine chicken with date glaze and toss to combine. Spread chicken pieces out in a single layer on prepared baking pan and

Spicy Sautéed Leeks and Spinach Ingredients › 6 leeks, white and light green parts only, cut into ¼-inch rounds, then halved › 4 tablespoons olive oil › 10 cloves garlic, minced › 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper › ½ cup white wine › 1 bag baby spinach (20-ounce) Preparation Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium low heat. Add leeks, cover and cook for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in garlic and red pepper flakes. Add wine and spinach and increase heat to medium. Cover and cook 4 minutes more, tossing occasionally until spinach is wilted.

Jamie Geller is the only cookbook author who wants to get you out of the kitchen – not because she doesn’t love food – but because she has tons to do. As “The Bride Who Knew Nothing,” Jamie found her niche as everybody’s favorite cook next-door. Specializing in scrumptious meals that are a snap to prepare, she authored the Quick & Kosher Cookbook series and is co- founder of the Kosher Media Network, which recently launched the Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller magazine and companion website, a social network for foodies. Jamie hosts the popular Quick & Kosher cooking show online at and on-air on JLTV. Jamie and her “hubby” live in Israel. Their five children give her plenty of reasons to get out of the kitchen — fast.

bake for 25 minutes. Flip and bake another 25 minutes. Remove baking pan from the oven and flip chicken pieces once more, skin side up and spray with cooking spray. Broil on high for 3 to 5 minutes to brown.

Chocolate Cake with Pomegranate Swirl There are lots of other simanim we could use—fish heads, sheep heads, gourd, or black-eyed peas—but they’re not all that appetizing for a dessert. (Serve those early in the game, while everyone is still hungry.) For dessert, I tapped the trusty pomegranate—finish your Rosh Hashanah meal with a super siman swirl! Ingredients › ½ cup pomegranate juice › 2 tablespoons sugar › 1 pint pareve vanilla ice cream › 2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds › 1 store-bought pareve chocolate loaf cake Preparation Prepare syrup: In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine pomegranate juice and sugar, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or until reduced by half. Meanwhile, remove ice cream from the freezer and let soften for about 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl; swirl in 2 tablespoons pomegranate syrup and seeds. Return to the freezer for 1 hour. To serve, slice chocolate cake into 8 slices. Top with a scoop of frozen dessert, and drizzle with remaining pomegranate syrup.


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Dan L’Chaf Zchus on Tzom Gedaliah

Gedaliah’s Story Here’s the story of Gedaliah: Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylonia, destroyed Solomon’s Temple, the First Temple, in 587 BCE. Millions of Jews were killed or died of starvation. However, of those remaining alive, Nebuchadnezzar exiled the wealthy and the craftsmen to Babylonia. There were poor people left, and he allowed them to remain in Eretz Yisroel. Nebuchadnezzar appointed Gedaliah ben Achikam as governor of the land. They were subjects of the king but they lived in relative peace, tending their vineyards. Needless to say, Nebuchadnezzar had his enemies. There was always politics among him, Egypt, and Ammon. The Ammonite King, Balis, devised a plan to have Babylonia self-destruct: He would murder Babylonians and make it become the Jews’ fault. In this way, he would literally kill two enemies with one blow. (Does this sound familiar?) So how did Balis accomplish his goal? He turned to Yishmael ben Nasania, a Jew of royal blood who was living in exile at the time. Balis taunted Yishmael, saying, “Look how Gedaliah, a commoner, is ruler of Israel and what has happened to you?” Balis played on Yishmael’s territoriality. Territoriality – “politics” as we call it – comes from a lack of bitachon in Hashem. If we know, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that G-d will be there for us, there is never a reason to fear that others are taking away our parnassah or

our kavod as Yishmael did. Another way of thinking of this is that Yishmael worried unnecessarily about his ego. Enough of this taunting and eventually Balis convinced Yishmael to kill Gedaliah. Yishmael took ten men with him and went to Gedaliah back in Israel. Now here is the disturbing part – as if the preceding wasn’t disturbing

Jew! Keep your eyes in back of you!” For sure, the Yosef story would have gone differently. When Yaakov sent him to check on his brothers, he would have said, “Dad, you’ve got to be kidding! They’ll kill me.” He wouldn’t have gone; he wouldn’t have been sold to Egypt; Yaakov wouldn’t have been able to get food when there was a famine;

If we were leery of people, our national character would change: we would not be the kind, caring, loving people that Jews are. enough – Gedaliah was warned by his advisors of the plan to kill him and was told not to accept Yishmael. Gedaliah didn’t listen. He did that wonderful mitzvah of dan l’chaf zchus and decided that his advisors should be ashamed of themselves for slandering a fellow Jew; it was loshon hara. He welcomed Yishmael and his men cordially inside – and Yishmael and his men killed them all. They killed most of that government and many Babylonians, too. Yishmael brought on the bloodbath after all. The remaining Jews fled in a panic. After all, Nebuchadnezzar would clearly blame “the Jews” for what happened. We fast on Tzom Gedaliah because of the death and destruction. We fast because of the tragedy of a Jew bringing this horror on his own people. Is Dan L’Chaf Zchus a Bad Idea? How could this have been avoided? What should Governor Gedaliah have done? Should he have listened to loshon hara after all? What is our take-away message? Pirkei Avos (1:6) insists on our being dan le chaf zchus. It must be that we are somehow to honor that requirement. But how? How do we keep ourselves safe while being dan l’chaf zchus? It seems a shame that the halacha doesn’t ask us to be just a little bit cynical. Yes, that’s it! The halacha must have somehow missed this need for that proverbial grain of salt. Imagine what the Torah would be like if it had included something like, “Don’t trust your fellow

and the Jewish people wouldn’t have been formed. Oops, that’s not a good example. Okay, let’s say the halacha figured out the need for cynicism after yitzias Mitzrayim. After all, the tremendous betrayal of the Egyptians certainly justifies adding it into the Torah at that point. In fact, Korach was a great example of someone who used his cynicism to advantage. He got a whole lot of followers who agreed with him that Moshe was probably an imposter. I can imagine their reasoning: “Who does this Moshe think he is anyway? Where does he come off believing G-d Himself is speaking to him? Boy, that’s one guy that really needs to be on meds.” But Korach’s cynicism got him sucked into the earth, never to be seen again. So maybe that’s not a good example after all. What is Our National Character? You know what? I don’t think Hakadosh Baruch Hu makes mistakes. He had a reason and a purpose for leaving out the injunction to be cynical and instead including the one to be dan l’chaf zchus. If we were leery of people, our national character would change: we would not be the kind, caring, loving people that Jews are. I don’t think Hashem wanted that. He left suspiciousness to other nations, other cultures; those are not supposed to be our traits. That is why we must remember the widow and the orphan; that is why we have to remind ourselves that we were

once slaves in Egypt. That is why we don’t cook a calf in its mother’s milk. Above all, Jews are to be kind. That is the essence of our national character. So How Do We Stay Safe? This all leaves us wondering about Governor Gedaliah. Did he make a mistake? Maybe if we examine why we fast on Tzom Gedaliah we will get closer to the answer. We aren’t fasting because Gedaliah was naïve. We fast because the tragedy was that Yishmael was a Jew and he killed Gedaliah. The tragedy was that Yishmael had such a weak ego and lack of faith in Hashem that he listened to the incitement of a king who never had the best interest of the Jews: Yishmael did not embody the Jewish national characteristic of kindness. That was the tragedy. Gedaliah did the best he could with the information he had and the wisdom of Torah. Hashem could have had it end differently; He could have had Gedaliah fight back and win. Hashem wanted us to take away the message that what happened was a tragedy – not because Gedaliah made an error but because Yishmael was evil. And our takeaway message should be to abhor evil no matter how much your ego is tempted and tortured by your current circumstances. Learn about how our national characteristic of kindness can apply to marriages in the upcoming Marriage Initiative/Shalom Workshop presentations by Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss and Rebbetzin Aviva Feiner at the White Shul on Tzom Gedaliah. It starts with breakout sessions at 10:15 in the morning. I am now helping the fledgling Marriage Initiative with its hotline and other activities and am looking forward to seeing you there. Unfortunately, bagels won’t be served.

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talk a lot about dan l’chaf zchus. When I do my presentations, I get remarks like, “I need more practice on how to do this,” and “I’d love more of the stories about dan l’chaf zchus.” People seem to relate to the crazy stories I tell where you expect one thing but the reality turns out to be something entirely different. The stories are meant to bring home the message that it is best to give the benefit of the doubt to others, a rough English translation of dan l’chaf zchus. But I started reading up on the story of Gedaliah, the unfortunate governor for whom we will be fasting on Sunday, and I’m starting to rethink dan l’chaf zchus. Yes, that’s right: me, the big proponent of being dan l’chaf zchus.

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Submitted By Noam Slamowitz Yankel finally agrees to go with his friend Morris to the senior citizen center. When they arrive, Yankel observed a group of elderly men sitting in a circle. One of them calls out, “44,” and everyone in the circle, starts laughing. Another one calls out, “63” and again they all laugh loudly. Another says, “142,” and again everybody laughs. Yankel asks Morris what is going on. Morris explains, “We all enjoy a good joke, but to save time telling the jokes, each one has been given a number and we just call out the numbers.” Yankel likes the idea and decides to get involved. In between laughs, he calls out “32.” But nobody laughs. He calls out “32” once again, and again no one laughs. “Morris, why didn’t anyone laugh?” he asks his friend. “Yankel, you know it’s all about delivery,” says Morris.

Fruitrivia 1. Befitting an ancient fruit, the pomegranate’s name comes from the Latin “pomum granatus.” What does “pomum granatus” mean? a. Seeded apple b. Tart fruit c. Red pulp d. It means: If you stain yourself with this fruit, you will have to send your shirt to the cleaners 7 times to get the stain out. So pick up that napkin and tuck and make yourself into a big macho man! 2. What part of a grape can be pressed to produce an oil? a. Pulp b. Stem c. Skin d. Seeds 3. What is contained in an apple seed? a. Oil b. Vitamin D c. Cyanide d. Vitamin B 17 4. Which country grows and exports the most pears in the world? a. U.S.A.

Seven people are sitting on the same bench in shul. Based on the following clues, where are they seated? • Aliza is not first or last • Batya is not next to Aliza • Chaya is fourth • Debby is not next to Chaya or Fayge • Ella is second • Batya is four away from Fayge • Aliza is one away from Chaya • Fayge is not first • Fayge is three away from Chaya • Sarah is not in the third spot Answer on next page

b. Argentina c. China d. Columbia

5. How long can olive trees live? a. 10-20 years b. Over 50 years c. Over 100 years d. Over 2,000 years 6. The common garden strawberry is genetically an octoploid, meaning it has eight sets of what? a. Chromosomes b. Chloroplasts c. Tentacles d. Nucleobases Answers 1. A 2. D 3. B- That is right, apple seeds do not contain Vitamin D, but they do contain small traces of cyanide. It is not dangerous to eat apple seeds because the cyanide that is being released is usually in small enough doses that it either passes through the digestive system or the body can combat it. 4. C- It’s not just your Apple iPods that are made in China. 55% of worldwide production of pears is in China. (Ever feel like you are eating a “knock-off” pear?

5. D- On Har Hazeisim, there are olive trees that are believed to be approximately 2,000-years-old. A botanist from Bar Ilan University in Israel supposedly located an olive tree near Beer Sheva that is believed to be to be close to 3,000-years-old. 6. Humans are diploids, meaning they have two copies of each chromosome, one from the mother and one from the father. Strawberries have eight. Polyploidy (multiple sets of chromosomes) is common in plants, but extremely rare in animals. Strawberries’ polyploidy has made them good candidates in the field of genetic research.

Wisdom key 4-6 correct: You know a mighty lot about fruits. I guess you are a fruitcake! 2-3 correct: A moderate amount of fruit is still better than nothing; a moderate amount of knowledge will get you nowhere, though. 0-1 correct: My friend, it is all about the acai berries!! It’s not that you are not smart; it’s just that your brain is missing some key nutrients. Stop snacking on all of those apple seeds. Call me ASAP and I will set you up on an acai berry program. You will see the changes right away. (Due to high demand, those whose names start with A through M can begin calling today; the rest of you can start calling tomorrow.) Call for your free sample; shipping and handling not included.

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English Class Uncopyrightable Screeched The longest one-syllable word in the English language.

“I am.” I do not know where family doctors acquired illegibly perplexing handwriting; nevertheless, extraordinary pharmaceutical intellectuality counterbalancing indecipherability transcendentalizes intercommunication’s incomprehensibleness.

The shortest complete sentence in the English language.

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The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter.


The only letter in the alphabet that does not appear in the name of any of the United States.

Feedback Each word’s position in the sentence has the corresponding amount of letters—the first word has 1 letter…the sixth word has 6 letters….the thirteenth word has 13 letters, etc.

The shortest word in the English language that contains the letters: abcdef

A big cuddly dog emitted fierce growls, happily ignoring joyful kids licking many noodles on pretty quick rotten smelly toadstools underneath vampires who x-rayed young zombies. The first letter of each word in this sentence makes up the entire alphabet in order! No words in the English language rhyme with any of these words.


The only English word that ends in the letters “mt.”

Month, orange, silver, and purple

In this sentence, the combination “ough” is pronounced in nine different ways.

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. This sentence is used to test typewriters or keyboards because it uses every letter in the alphabet.

Bookkeeper “Hungry” and “angry”

The only words in the English language that end with “gry.”

The only unhyphenated English word with three consecutive double letters

A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed.


The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. It is the name of a disease.


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Answer to riddle: Debby is first, second is Ella, third is Batya, fourth is Chaya, fifth is Aliza, sixth is Sarah, and last is Fayge



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Jewish Thought Cheryl Greenberger, Ph.D.

Unpacking Baggage


once heard a great saying about marriage: “Everyone comes with baggage. Find someone who loves you enough to help you unpack.” When I quoted it to a friend, she responded with a line from the Pulitzer Prize winning musical, Rent: “Everyone has baggage…I’m looking for baggage that goes with mine.” We talk about the shidduch crisis all the time, but we often omit any discussion of our unwillingness to accept baggage, the perceived imperfections of others. And perceived they are. Is a divorced man or woman someone who is “settled for” or a potential partner who comes with experiences and attitudes that might be very helpful in married life? How about a child from a divorced family? Is history destiny or will he or she be a loving, committed, and beloved spouse? What about illness? Does childhood cancer mark survivors with a big “C,” simultaneously branding their partners with some unknown dark secret of their own? It often seems like parents presented with a potential match are looking for the disqualifiers instead of the qualifiers. A young woman is attractive, intelligent, sweet, and a wonderful daughter, sister, and friend. A young man is learned, has a good job, and even resembles a Jewish George Clooney. All great qualifiers, but wait…he’s divorced, she’s a cancer survivor, he’s the son of divorced parents, she’s the daughter of a cancer survivor…or the sister. Her mother is a size…well, she’s no longer a size 4. There are an almost infinite number of disqualifiers, and any one is enough to drop someone from contention. We at Chai Lifeline know many cancer survivors. Thankfully, pediatric cancer is increasingly survivable. As individuals and as a community, we see these young men and women as heroes who inspire us with their courage, determination,

and accomplishment (as if the alternative to surviving was a choice). Yet, as much as we have grown so far in our acceptance of cancer survivors, there is one area where we seem to come to a sharp halt. “Marry my daughter? Sorry, I just don’t think it’s a shidduch.” All that courage, all that strength, is no match for the “scar” of cancer.

individuals whose genetic history has been checked and approved produce a child who is severely ill. Just because two people stand underneath a chuppah with no apparent disqualifiers doesn’t mean that their lives will always be so smooth. As with anyone who has hit some rough patches in life, cancer survivors

Just because two people stand underneath a chuppah with no apparent disqualifiers doesn’t mean that their lives will always be so smooth. Cancer, regardless of the type, the chance of recurrence, or the impact on this particular person’s life or health often renders the young adult as damaged goods. Suggestions for matches are turned away at the mention of the “C word” before any description of the person’s qualities and character are even described. “My son/daughter is such a great catch, why would I want to start with that,” is heard over and over. The research that would normally happen starts and ends there. There are no questions about personality or compatibility, not even a phone call to a doctor to ascertain if there are long-lasting effects that would affect the marriage or relationship. Just the mere mention of a history of cancer is a large red X across the face of the survivor. While as orthodox Jews we believe that our lives are ultimately controlled by Hashem, as humans we attempt to find means of control wherever we can. The shidduch process is just one more example of a situation where we are trying to influence an ultimate outcome that cannot be planned. The system leads us to believe that we have the ability to control the bumps in our children’s lives. Pick out the perfect mate, and reduce the chances that the couple will have to deal with financial, social, or health crises. There’s a Yiddish proverb that says, “Man plans and G-d laughs.” Despite all our attempts, we are subject to Hashem’s plans. A young couple gets married only to find out a few months later that one of them has cancer. Two healthy

may come with baggage, but tucked inside are also some pretty great unexpected gifts. It is rare to find a cancer survivor that will tell you that the experience hasn’t changed them in at least one way for the good. Most will tell you that while they would never ask for this test, the experience has allowed them to grow positively in one way or another. For many it is the idea of not sweating the small stuff, keeping life in perspective, and knowing what is truly worth getting upset over and what is better thrown into the garbage disposal of life. Furthermore, marrying someone who has survived adversity can be reassuring. When life does get hard, when things don’t go as planned, these spouses know their partners can handle it. The people at their sides have already been through a war; they will survive this challenge as well. I asked a friend who is married to a cancer survivor about being married to someone who had come so close to death. She said, “The number one thing I know about being married to a survivor is that for him, and for us, every day is a bracha. Whether he verbalizes it or just thinks it, I know it is on his mind because he truly lives every day to its fullest. This feeling impacts our marriage and our relationship, and I thank him immensely.” Lest you think I am waxing poetic about the beauty of marrying a cancer survivor, I readily admit that marrying someone who has been through such a trauma comes with its fair share of challenges. One’s view of the world may be different from a spouse who has learned never to stress the small stuff. After all, what’s small for one person

can be major for another. Additionally, there may be real long-term physical, social, and psychological effects following life-threatening illnesses. But then again, aren’t there psychological and emotional consequences to all of life’s challenges? We laugh about the “problems” of being a middle child, but there are real consequences to birth order. As far as I know, no one has ever been disqualified as a mate because he or she is the middle child in a family of three—or ten. (Coming from a very large family brings its own set of challenges, but again, not enough to knock a young man or woman out of the running in the shidduch race.) Every individual has to decide how much he or she can handle. Can I deal with the anxiety of annual checkups? Will potential difficulties of starting a family take me to the breaking point? How much does the positive – the ability to see every day as a bracha and to understand the beauty of life with clarity not available to others – make the challenges worth the risk? A pediatric oncologist I know was once asked about a young man. “Before I tell you about him as a patient,” she replied, “Let me tell you about him as a person.” Her attitude was clear: there’s more to him than cancer. We all wish and hope that our children will find themselves in truly happy and fulfilled marriages. But life isn’t always a smooth ride, and the person best suited to help one navigate is not necessarily the one who has never been tested. In just a few days, we will ask Hashem to judge us for good, to forgive our imperfections and allow our good deeds to outweigh the negative. We can make our Rosh Hashana more meaningful by pledging to give others the same consideration we now ask for ourselves. Let’s look for the good rather than the bad. In shidduchim, and in every relationship, let’s stop looking for disqualifiers and instead seek out the qualifiers. Everyone comes with baggage; how much are you willing to help unpack? Cheryl Greenberger, Ph.D. is the director of clinical and family services at Chai Lifeline. Among her responsibilities is supervising R-mission, the first network for Jewish cancer survivors. She can be reached at CGreen


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Rosh Hashana

Esther Ottensoser

Dip the Apple Cake Pops in the Honey! These adorable Rosh Hashana-themed cake pops will have you well on your way to a sweet new year!

Vanilla Cake Pops

You Will Need

Ingredients • 1 ½ cups flour • 1 tsp baking powder • ¼ tsp salt • ½ cup butter or margarine, softened • 1 cup sugar • 2 eggs • 2 tsp vanilla • ½ cup milk (I used soy milk)

• Cake balls • Gefen Wonder Melts – 2 red, 1 yellow and 1 green • Lollipop sticks • Falafel bits Super Snacks or Fiber One • Black pearl candies • Microwave, double boiler, or chocolate melting pot For this project I used a Babycakes cake pop maker and followed the recipe for Vanilla Cake Pops found in the instructions manual.

Preparation Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In a separate bowl, beat together butter/margarine and sugar until light and creamy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Alternately blend in flour mixture and milk (or soy milk) into margarine mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.

Directions for Dipping Cake Pops Begin by melting your chocolate in a double boiler, microwave or a chocolate melting pot. (I purchased melting pots a few months ago to use at a food demonstration. It was such a pleasure using them. I intended to use them at the show only, but I decided to use them at home as well. I often ended up burning the chocolate in the microwave and with a double boiler, there

is always that chance of getting water in the chocolate. With the melting pot, it can sit on the counter for hours, keeping the chocolate melted and ready to use.) Dip the tip of the lollipop stick into the melted Wonder Melts, then stick into the cake ball. (The chocolate acts as a glue). Allow to dry. Insert the cake ball into the melted red Wonder Melts. Tap the stick gently on the side of your pot to remove excess melted Wonder Melts. Stand the dipped cake pops in a piece of Styrofoam to dry. Once the red layer is dry, dip the apple cake pop into the “honey.” To get that drippy look, it’s easier to work with a small spoon – as in a baby feeding spoon. Once the honey is in place, stick in a half green candy melt as the leaf, and a falafel bit as the stem. Allow to dry.

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Stuffed Turkey with Smoked Naval Pastrami This recipe calls for balsamic vinegar. If it is your minhag not to use vinegar for Rosh Hashana, I suggest using an acidic fruit juice such as pineapple and reduce it to 1/4 (without any sweetener) and then follow the recipe as if using the balsamic reduction. You can also create a more festive dish by garnishing it with pomegranate seeds. Ingredients 1 deboned turkey thigh ½ cup of dried quinoa, ¼ Spanish onion 3 + 4 Tbsp honey 1 tsp lemon or lime zest 1 package of beef fry naval pastrami (“facon”) ¾ cup balsamic vinegar Pinch of ginger Butchers twine Preparation In small saucepan, reduce balsamic vinegar and 4 tablespoons of honey to ¼; let cool (as it cools it will thicken significantly). Prepare quinoa according to package directions. Mix with zest and remaining honey and ginger, let stand and cool. Using the flat side of a mallet, thin turkey thigh so that it will be “rollable.” Roll turkey around quinoa, so that the quinoa is at the epicenter. Place naval pastrami over the turkey with each slice slightly overlapping the previous slice. Tie all slices with butchers twine to secure it during cooking. Sear all sides of meat in a sauté pan until slightly browned. Pour ½ balsamic reduction over the roll. Bake at 350° for approximately 45 minutes until instant read thermometer reads 165°. (Be certain to insert probe until the end reaches the middle of the stuffing). Do not overcook as it will cause meat to be too dry.

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A World After This

Lola Lieber Schwartz

A Memoir of Loss and Redemption

Chapter 20 Terror Continues


utumn 1944. Hungary was overrun, and full surrender to the Soviet Union was imminent. Having chosen the wrong side, the Hungarians now beseeched the Russians to save them. The loss of Hungary was a devastating blow to the Reich. With Hungary’s collapse, there was no way to stop the allied invasion into Austria, and inevitably, Germany itself. Hungarians still committed to the cause of fascism and anti-Semitism did not, however, fold up their battle maps and quietly go away. In a desperate move they staged a coup on October 15, 1944. Admiral Milos Horthy, the regent of Hungary, was engaged in final surrender negotiations with the Soviet commanders when he was arrested. The renegade fascist government under party leader Ferenc Szalasi made a last pathetic stand to keep Hungary for the Reich. The Hungarian National Socialist Party (Hungarian Nazis) was called the Arrow Cross and its army was under Szalasi’s command. It was a last-ditch effort that could only fail, but it enabled the reign of terror to continue. Despite the encroachment of the Soviet Red Army, Szalasi gave the order to seal off the ghetto completely. It was absolutely déjà vu for us. We were not in the ghetto but the images we saw and heard about were replicas of the Bochnia Ghetto in its last phase. Mechel and I continued to live outside the ghetto but we were in a terribly precarious situation. Arrow Cross thugs raided the ghetto on a regular basis, murdering people by the hundreds. Those who survived between raids were made to work in labor so arduous that many died while working. Their last act of atrocity happened just as winter approached and the Budapest air was turning chilly. The boundaries of the ghetto were drawn even tighter. In an area of less than one-tenth of a square mile, which is the equivalent of a few

city blocks, 70,000 Jews were crammed together in appalling conditions. In November and December several thousand Jews were evacuated on foot. It was another of the infamous Death Marches the Nazi minions were carrying out throughout Eastern Europe. The Hungarian guards led the residents of the Budapest Ghetto on foot in the direction of Austria, presumably to work in labor camps. Stragglers were shot on the way, and most of the rest perished in one manner or another. The Arrow Cross had turned into marauding mobs of street gangs. Their raids were nothing like the systematic horror of the SS troops we had seen in

starvation and brutality, Lola and her husband held onto their faith and values. It was Mechel’s words of encouragement, “There will be a world after this,” that helped them cling to the hope that there will be a life of light and joy waiting for them at the end. This is the story of Lola’s life—from her grandparents’ “enchanted garden” to meeting Eichmann ym”sh to making the Pesach seder for the Bobover Rebbe during the war—her words will take you back to a different world. room to room was no longer a safe option either, as Mechel was such an easy target for the Arrow Cross. Rosie said she would go and get forged documents for Mechel. There was simply no other option. I told her it was my responsibility. She argued that me going was an impossibility. I pleaded with her and so did Mechel. We were overcome with alarm by her insistence. What would happen to Micheline if Rosie did not return? It was not discussed, but we understood the terms of our family connection and love. If the worst happened, of course Micheline would become our child and we would care for her, but it troubled us. The child had not known her

This is the way wars usually come to an end, with people scrambling about in terror, not knowing who or what might kill you. the early days of the war. These thugs grabbed people randomly and either tortured or killed them outright. They were not accountable to a commanding hierarchy and were beyond immorality – they were totally amoral. These roving gangs stopped people, asked for documents and if they thought your papers were not legal or if they didn’t like your looks, you were doomed. Chaos and anarchy fueled by vehement anti-Semitism set the tone. We had entered a time with no rule of law whatever, because these outlaws had suspended even the rules of the Reich. Anyone not associated with the Arrow Cross was in danger. Mechel remained undocumented. I was not in a position to return to the forgery operation at the shoemaker’s. It was too close to the ghetto, and now that I was well known I could endanger those working in the underground. We had reached a major fork in our road. We had to do something. Keeping Mechel in our room without papers threatened all of us including our landladies. Moving from

father and now her mother was risking her life to get Mechel papers. Rosie, ever rational and pragmatic, spoke the essential truth: We were all at risk as long as Mechel remained undocumented. One day without forewarning she left, saying she would be back as soon as possible. Mechel and I knew what she was going to do. She returned very late in the day as white as a ghost. She did not tell us anything – what she had accomplished must have been so fraught with danger she dare not speak of it. In her purse were the precious forged documents. We did not ask how she had obtained them, but knew that she had endured a fearful experience. Nothing more needed to be said. Mechel remained Michael Nowakowski on his new false papers. As I was still Janka Nowakowska; the people who had prepared Mechel’s documents said it was the only feasible plan. Once again we were posing as Polish refugees. Although we understood the rationale behind the decision, it was surreal. Mechel was still a fugitive with the same false identity that had landed him in

prison. Budapest was being bombed regularly by the Soviets. We needed to think about where to go next. It was now 1945 and I thought about our lives together since 1939. I don’t believe we had ever stayed in any one location for more than four or five months. It felt like we had stayed in some places for decades, for example in the Bochnia Ghetto, but we had been on the run for almost six years. Despite my inadequate grasp of geography, Mechel and I discussed our limited options. Debrecen drifted in and out of the discussions. I was totally opposed to returning to that place. Even the name chilled me, but Mechel felt it might be a smart move. We spoke of Bucharest but didn’t really know what we were talking about. We were trapped animals cowering in fear. Either the Arrow Cross would get us or we would be killed by a Soviet bomb aimed at our enemies. We were in the crossfire during the anarchy of the last days of the war. This is the way wars usually come to an end, with people scrambling about in terror, not knowing who or what might kill you. It was ironic that the Soviet bombardments were bringing Hitler to his knees but placing us in constant peril. With Mechel’s papers in hand, Rosie resumed her role as our “real estate” agent. It was unsafe for us to stay anywhere. We were back to moving from room to room with only the whisper of a chance we would not be caught eventually. The city was awash with refugees from Romania and elsewhere. Mechel was afraid to go outside because he could so easily be identified as a Jew, even without beard or armband and with his false Christian papers. When he did leave the room, he covered half his face with his scarf and kept his hat low on his forehead. Continued next week Lola wrote this book with the help of Alida Brill. A World After This was published in 2010 by Devora Publishing.

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

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John Kerry said it’s “undeniable” that the president of Syria is using weapons of mass destruction. Kerry said President Obama needs to build a coalition of countries and attack soon, no matter what others might say. Today former President George Bush said, “Hey, good luck with that. Let me know how it works out.” - Jay Leno

It was a mistake. - A smirking Joel Grasman after he stole a NTA cherry picker and caused over $500,000 in damage by riding through Elmont and tearing down trees, street lights and telephone poles

Staff is armed and trained. Any attempt to harm children will be met with deadly force. - Signs around the campus of a private elementary school in Arkansas

He fell asleep twice! - Republican candidate Joe Lhota after a Republican candidate forum in Boro Park talking about his opponent John Catsimatidis Many times he closes his eyes and listens as people talk. He’s not sleeping. - John Catsimatidis spokesman in response

Whether the Congress gives the red or green light for an aggression, and whether the prospects of war have been enhanced or faded, President Obama has announced yesterday, by prevaricating or hinting, the start of the historic American retreat. - Syrian state-run newspaper Al-Thawra I would respectfully suggest that Martin Luther King did not live and die to hear his heirs whine about political gridlock. - Bill Clinton, in the presence of President Obama, at the 50th Anniversary rally of the March on Washington

[High taxes is] not making me want to go out and work harder. - Golfer Phil Mickelson I have a chance to spend time with CEOs, a lot of them who are quality individuals having a hard time hiring right now because of so much uncertainty going on in the financial world whether it’s taxes, whether it’s the healthcare, whether it’s all the obligations that are placed on the employer. - Ibid.

[Assad] crossed that red line and I think he was then encouraged to do more since he was not held to account for his previous breaches. But all of these leaks, when strikes are going to take place, where, what’s going to be used, if I were Bashar Assad, I think I would declare tomorrow a snow day and keep everybody from work. This is crazy. These leaks are just crazy. - Sen. John McCain on Fox News

Compiled by Nate Davis When I was a kid, my mom told me that if I ever wanted to I could affirmatively choose to claim Canadian citizenship. But I got a U.S. passport when I was in high school; I never did anything to affirmatively claim citizenship, so I thought that was the end of the matter. Then the Dallas Morning News ran a headline where they went and talked with some immigration lawyers that said technically I still had dual citizenship. Serving as a U.S. Senator, I think it’s an appropriate that I be only American. - Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) explaining on CNN why he renounced his Canadian citizenship I am secretly a citizen of Ethiopia. - Sen. Ted Cruz joking to media members The state attorney general of New York is suing Donald Trump for $40 million, claiming that Donald Trump University is not a real university. The state claims it’s not a real college because students get very little education and were unable to find jobs after they graduated. Sounds like a real college to me. - Jay Leno I guess the attorney general got suspicious it wasn’t a real college when Donald took the senior class on a field trip to try and find President Obama’s birth certificate. - Jay Leno

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Ask. Recieve. - New tattoo on the arms of NBA player Larry Sanders, who forgot the rule “i before e except after c”

This is a holdup. Give me a dollar. - The note that Tim Alsip gave to a Bank of America teller in Oregon, so that he can be arrested and get much needed health care in prison. (The ploy worked)

The Tea Party is the resurrection of the Confederacy. - Jesse Jackson to Politico

I am a global warming denier. I don’t deny that. - Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) during a speech last week

The treasury secretary has now asked Congress to raise the debt limit for borrowing more money as soon as possible. The secretary of the treasury said if Congress doesn’t act soon, the government will have to work with only the money it has now. You know, like the rest of us do. - Jay Leno

Reports devastating: 100s dead in streets, including kids killed by chem weapons. UN must get there fast & if true, perps must face justice. - Tweet by Samantha Power after the Syrian chemical attack which took place 19 days after she assumed her post as United Nations ambassador. (She tweeted from Ireland, where she was on vacation)

Because they marched, city councils changed and state legislatures changed, and Congress changed, and, yes, eventually, the White House changed. - President Obama at the 50th Anniversary rally of the March on Washington

The requested variances will alter the essential character of the neighborhood. - Southampton Zoning Board of Appeals explaining why they won’t allow an eiruv to be put up in Southampton

This guy is a political hack looking to get publicity. By the way, he meets with President Obama on Thursday evening in Syracuse. On Saturday at 1:00, he files a suit. Who ever heard of a government agency bringing a lawsuit on Saturday afternoon? He’s been looking into this thing for two years. He brings a lawsuit on Saturday afternoon, right after he meets with President Obama. Maybe it’s a mini IRS. - Donald Trump on ABC News discussing the NY attorney general suing Trump University for fraud “DEATH NOTICE” for “THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP”: Died at home after a sudden illness on Thursday, August 29, 2013, aged 67. Beloved offspring of Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Dearly loved by Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan, John Major, George Bush Snr, Bill Clinton, Tony Blair and George W. Bush. Funeral to be held at The French Embassy, 58 Knighsbridge, London SW1X 7JT. No flowers please. - British newspaper The Sun, after the British Parliament voted against joining with America in military action against Syria

At least they were honest [during King’s era]. Today in American politics you have people like Donald Trump who hangs around with Mitt Romney, talking about the president being an illegal immigrant, basically being a con artist on a street corner... The pattern is rejection of his legitimacy at the first point, saying he’s not really here legally. It’s rejection of the law he passed, the landmark bill passed in 2010...These guys today use all the techniques of nullification and talking about illegitimacy and accusing the president of being a crook basically for even being president ‘cause he’s here illegally. - MSNBC’s Chris Matthews

Today there are no white sheets, but there are judges in black robes in the U.S. Supreme Court striking down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, opening the floodgates in many states to pass more voter ID laws... with the goal of ensuring we never see a black man elected to the president, or woman, of the United states of America. - Melanie Campbell, president of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, equating the KKK to the Supreme Court (which includes in its ranks an African American, Latino and two Jews)

12 hours we waited...48 hours, they said, we’re waiting...they may have the best army in the world, maybe the best airplanes, ships, tanks than ours, but soldiers? No one has soldiers like the ones we do in Syria. If you ask me what rank would I rank American “soldiers,” I wouldn’t rank them in the worst...I just want them to attack soooo much, because I want them to make this huge mistake of beginning something that they don’t know the end of it. - From a Facebook posting by Syrian President Assad’s 11-yearold son

Let Allah sort it out... We’re bombing Syria because Syria is bombing Syria? And I’m the idiot? - Sara Palin

This is going to be controversial, but what the heck ... I’m in my second term, so I can say it, I believe, for example, that law schools would be wise to think about being two years instead of three years. - President Obama at a forum on lowering college costs

What I would ask John Kerry is—you know, he’s famous for saying, “How can you ask a man to be the last one to die for a mistake?” I would ask John Kerry, how can you ask a man to be the first one to die for a mistake? I would ask John Kerry, do you think that it’s less likely or more likely that chemical weapons will be used again if we bomb [Bashar al] Assad? I will ask him if it’s more likely or less likely that we’ll have more refugees in Jordan or that Israel might suffer attack. I think all of the bad things you can imagine are all more likely if we get involved in the Syrian civil war. - Sen. Rand Paul on Meet the Press arguing against military intervention in Syria Today is a special day for Joe and me because five years ago today... I announced in Springfield, Illinois, my home state, that Joe Biden was going to be my running mate. And it was the best decision that I ever made politically... There’s not a day that goes by when Joe doesn’t talk about where he’s come from. - President Obama at a rally with Joe Biden in Scranton

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Forgotten Heroes

Avi Heiligman

Abba Eban

A Crusader for the Jewish State


n the short but exciting history of the State of Israel there have been many colorful characters in both the political and military realms. Not only has Israel been attacked by hostile Arab countries, they have also been the subject of many scathing political statements that have led to many unwanted consequences. The leading political body that has been the source of many anti-Semitic and anti-Israel resolutions is the United Nations. To that end, Israel has sent her best orators and politicians to try to smooth out misunderstandings in the U.N. Abba Eban was Israel’s first

representative to the U.N. and did a fantastic job in helping his country in their political struggle with the world’s nations. Abba Eban was born in South Africa in 1915, and his family moved to England soon thereafter. His family gave him a great education and over the years, he became knowledgeable in many languages and disciplines. Hebrew was among the ten languages that he spoke, learning it from weekend visits to his grandfather’s house. His mastery of Arabic and Farsi (Persian) would come in handy when he dealt with the U.N. and Arab neighbors

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during the Israeli wars. At an early age, ident of the U.N. General Assembly he was drawn to Zionism and yearned in 1952. Famous for his speaking and for a Jewish State. In 1939, he worked orator skills, he had many quotable for Chaim Weizmann in London at the sayings. The most famous one was World Zionist Organization. Eban’s the Arabs “never miss an opportunity brother-in-law was Chaim Herzog who to miss an opportunity.” Some of his became Israel’s sixth president and other famous quotes are: “If Algeria inwhose son is a member of the Knesset. troduced a resolution declaring that the In 1942, during the height of WWII, he answered the call of the British Army and enlisted. Two years later, he was stationed in Yerushalayim, then part of the British Mandate of Palestine, as a chief instructor. He was part of the effort to raise troops and a “home guard” in the case of a German With then-U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger invasion. Rising to rank in Jerusalem in January, 1974 of major, Eban also was the British liaison to the Jewish Agen- earth was flat and that Israel had flatcy which became the backbone of the tened it, it would pass by a vote of 164 Israeli government. to 13 with 26 abstentions”; “It is our The United Nations was created experience that political leaders do not after WWII to be a world governing always mean the opposite of what they body. One of the first problems that say”; “I think that this is the first war they had to deal with in the Middle in history that on the morrow the vicEast was Palestine. The British had tors sued for peace and the vanquished enough and were leaving the mandate called for unconditional surrender”; and turned it over to the UN. The UN and “His ignorance is encyclopedic.” then had a series of talks about how After leaving the U.S., he returned to properly divide the land. Hundreds to Israel and became involved in poliof thousands of Jewish refugees were tics. Elected to the Knesset in 1959, he streaming in from postwar torn Europe represented several parties during his and were settling in the area. In 1947, three decades in the government. As a Abba Eban, then liaison to the Special member of the Labor Party, he served Committee on Palestine, was very in- in several cabinet positions including fluential in passing the resolution to Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minismake a Jewish State. ter of Education and Culture. For three After the founding of Israel in 1948, years he was Deputy Prime Minister he was appointed as his country’s rep- under Levi Eshkol. He had many high resentative to the UN. In 1950, he was level contacts including being received also appointed the Israeli ambassador by Pope Paul VI in 1969. After the to the United States and served in this Yom Kippur War in 1973, he was infludual role until 1959. These positions ential in giving part of the Sinai Peninwere very important as Israel was sula back to Egypt in return for peace. struggling to gain status in the public As for the call from the international eye. Eban became an Israeli symbol community to give back land won in America and helped Prime Minister during the Six Day War of 1967, Eban Ben Gurion explain Israel’s difficult delicately rejected the pressure while positions during military crisis. the country started to use the land for Eban was such an eloquent speak- growth. er that even representatives from hosOne of his main efforts before the tile countries to Israel stayed for his Six Day War was getting the U.S. apspeeches. He was elected vice presContinued on page 108

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mitment to support Israel … Now, in France, I received a douche of cold water from President de Gaulle. I hardly had time to sit down, let alone to exchange any pleasantries, before he bellowed at me, “Ne faites pas la guerre!” – “Don’t make war,” And he then said, “My solution is this: it’s important that the four great powers should get together”… When I said that to President Johnson, who asked me what President de Gaulle had said to me, he said, rather irritably, “What did he mean by ‘the four great powers’? Who … are the other two?” So that was the reaction of the United States to the idea that there were four great powers. In Britain, surprisingly... I expected a colder response, but the response was very warm… But it was quite clear that their attitude would be totally dependent upon whether they were with or without American cover; and therefore everything now With US President Harry Truman depended on President and Israeli Prime Minister Ben-Gurion Johnson. He expressed

proval on a preemptive strike. This is what Eban said during an interview when asked about his meeting with President Lyndon Johnson. I made what turned out to be a very crucial visit to the United States; also to France and to the United Kingdom. In the month of May, ahead of the SixDay War, the objective was to examine whether the powers were willing to carry out what had been their com-

to me … what was then his policy of forcing the straits with American power. That could have been done: the United States only had to send one ship through, and I believe that Nasser could have capitulated. He was not able to do that, and he kept talking about the limitations of his own power in words which almost made me compassionate towards him. And he then said, in a kind of Delphic oratory [sic] sort of mood: “Israel will not be alone unless it decides to be alone.” … And when I went back after the war had been won, he didn’t even try to conceal his relief at what had happened. He said, “Of course, our generals always said that you would win the war in any case, either in seven days if you had the first strike, or in 12 days if the Egyptians had the first strike.” Eban retired from the Knesset and politics in 1988 after the Labor party split over disagreements. He returned to the U.S. and became a visiting professor at prestigious universities such

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as Columbia and Princeton. Several TV production companies tapped into his knowledge on Jewish history and the Middle East conflict, and he became the narrator of three such documentaries. He was a prolific author of over a dozen books, some of which became source material for his documentaries. He died into 2002, leaving behind a legacy that included a decade in one of the most hostile political environments and used his abilities to propel Israel into a respected country worldwide. Avi Heiligman is a weekly contributor to The Jewish Home. He welcomes your comments and suggestions.for future columns and can be reached at aviheiligman@

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From My Private Art Collection Rebbetzin Naomi N. Herzberg

Bubby’s Flower Apple for Rosh Hashana


ipping apples into honey and eating them is part of the festivities of Rosh Hashana which are greatly treasured. The honey is sweet, and together with the apples, represents the beginning of a sweet new year for everyone. I have a special memory of an apple, cut into the shape of a flower. Each section of the flower is then broken off and dipped into honey, making it an even more special experience. Everyone loves flowers, and these uniquely cut apples serve as a specialty item, when presented during the yom tov of Rosh Hashana. There are many varieties of apples and each has a different color tone. Some are bright red, pinkish, yellow, green, pale peach and so on. Whatever apples are chosen, they should be used in contrast with the particular platter or

dish they will be displayed on. Do you own an unusual platter on a pedestal that can be placed in the center of the table? Young and old alike will adore this setting. The process is quite simple. Using a paring knife, core cutter, or any other sharp knife, cut out the center core of the apple. Do not dig too deeply or it will come apart. Holding the apple with one hand, and cutting with the other hand, cut zig zags deeply all around the middle of the apple. After all the zig zags around the middle of the

apple are completed, gently tear apart the apple. You will be left with two sections of apples that look like flowers. Place a gold or silver doily on a large dish or platter. Make sure that the dish or platter is large enough to accommodate as many apples as you need. Arrange the apples on the platter around a jar of honey that is placed in the center. Tape or tie with a curling ribbon a few plastic greens onto the honey jar. Adding plastic greens around the platter will also add adornment. Decorate around the apples

with edible candies, in colors coordinating with the theme. Use colorful curling ribbons to decorate even more. You can also place the flower apples in gold or silver cupcake holders. Bubby Ethel Seltzer’s a”h flower apples were a hit whenever she lovingly created them and presented them, first to me and then to my oldest two sons. Have a wonderful yom tov and a happy and healthy new year. Shana tova u’metuka! 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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The Attorney Responds: Many New York residents who are in need of community Medicaid services such as home care, adult day care, or prescription drugs find that they exceed New York Medicaid’s income allowance of $800 a month (plus a $20 personal needs allowance) in 2013. Many seniors receive social security, pension, and investment income which easily surpass this meager allowance and disqualify them from receiving much needed health services. Although Medicaid does give an otherwise qualified person the option to “spend down” their income by paying the difference to their healthcare providers and still receive benefits, that option leaves a single person with only $820 to pay for rent, groceries, clothing, and other essential expenses. The amount for married couples, $1,175 (plus $40) is even stingier. Who among us, especially in New York, can afford to live on $820 a month? The solution for many residents, regardless of wheth-

er they are under 65 or over, is the use of Pooled Income Trusts, also known as Pooled Supplemental Needs Trusts, which are unique trusts permissible under both New York and federal law. Let us take an example to illustrate how a pooled income trust works: Harry is a single 72-year-old man living in Flushing, Queens, who recently suffered a stroke and needs assistance with his basic daily activities. He currently receives $1,100 a month from Social Security, $500 a month from his pension plan, and $400 a month from an annuity for a total of $2,000 a month. His basic living expenses are $1,800 a month. If Harry applied for Medicaid to assist him with home care, he would be allowed to

keep $820, and the rest would need to be spent on his home healthcare service. Medicaid would then pay the difference. In effect, there would be no way for Harry to maintain his current lifestyle. There is another option, described be-

Pooled trusts have certain drawbacks, although not nearly enough to avoid them in most cases. In addition to the initial setup and monthly fees, any assets which are transferred by an individual over the age of 65 will be

There are fees associated with setting up and managing pooled income trusts, but they pale in comparison to the amount which a client can save. low, which many Medicaid recipients are using to help them maintain their lifestyles while receiving the care they so desperately need. If Harry is determined by Medicaid to be disabled or if he was already classified by Social Security as being disabled, he would be eligible to participate in a pooled income trust. Pooled income trusts are administered by not-forprofit organizations, such as the United Jewish Appeal or NYSARC. Instead of having to pay his healthcare bills until he only has $820 left each month, Harry would send his “excess” income to the non-profit instead of his Medicaid Long Term Care Plan (MLTC) which administers his care. The non-profit would then be able to pay for any services not covered by Medicaid including rent, mortgage payments, clothes, recreational activities, etc. Harry would simply send the bills to the organization which would use the “excess” income to pay the bills on his behalf. The assets in the Harry’s trust carry over from month to month, but any money which is left after Harry passes away belongs to the non-profit organization to continue their charitable work. There are fees associated with setting up and continuously managing pooled income trusts, but they pale in comparison to the amount which a client can save. In addition, if Harry was disqualified from Medicaid because he had assets over the allowable limit of $14,400 in 2013, he would be able to transfer the excess in the pooled supplemental needs trust as well.

subject to a five year look back period for institutional Medicaid services such as nursing home coverage. Secondly, Harry will not be able to directly withdraw the money from his trust; instead, he must submit his bills to be paid by the trust. Additionally, if Harry does not fully use his excess funds, they will be

turned over to the non-profit organization when he passes away, and his heirs will not inherit them. It is always recommended that a potential applicant, especially one with income over $820, consult an elder law attorney prior to applying for Medicaid. Working with an attorney can potentially save the client months of waiting for much needed care. No column is a substitute for competent legal advice. Please consult with the attorney of your choice concerning specific legal questions you may have. Roman Aminov is a trusts and estates attorney concentrating in estate planning, elder law, and probate. He is experienced in the drafting of wills, powers of attorney, health care proxies, and trusts of all types. Contact Roman Aminov at 347-766-2685 or visit to schedule a free consultation.

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Experienced Rebbe available for tutoring All ages all Limudei Kodesh subjects Bar Mitzvah lessons 718-868-0246 or 617-875-8838 Looking to design/redecorate your home? Call Tami Rosenbaum Interiors for a free consultation! 718-734-7452 or email: Affordable design without having to compromise HOME SERVICES & MAINTENANCE Plumbing Electricity repaired- replacedrelocated. We do asssemblies- House problems solved. so put togeter your repair to do list and call Avrohom 917.744.1962 Available to rent or made to order Visit for pictures and deals Locations in Far Rockaway and Brooklyn Email:

Certified Nurses Aid is available to care for your loved ones in your home Day or night. Very caring and loving. Reliable - Excellent references Call Pat or Carmen at 516-661-8068

Reliable Shomer Shabbat Driver Available for trips upstate, out of town, airport or local errands Brand new minivan. Very reasonable rates Call Shlomo at 917-385-9043

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Girls voice lessons- and recording studio. Group or private available. Girls will learn proper breathing, extend their range and agility through vocal exercises. Coaching and different techniques taught. Recording studio-record and come home with your own cd as part of the voice lessons. Shira call or text 516-506-1732 or email Home Improvements General Contractor Entire renovations of bathrooms, kitchens and basements Tiles, floors, expert Roof repair available Free estimates and reasonable rates Call 718-907-0618 or 917-865-5033

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Jewish Lower East Side Walking Tours given by licensed NYC tour guide specializing in the area. Once a bustling Jewish neighborhood with struggling immigrants. Come connect to your heritage and experience the gateway to “Di Goldneh Medinah”. Private, Group, School tours booking now. Appropriate for ages 10 and up. Call 516-652-4527

For Sale by Owner- Spacious Side Hall Colonial, LR/DR, Study, Large EIK, 5 Large BDR, 3.5 Baths, Full Finished Basement, CAC, Double Driveway, Centrally Located in Far Rockaway;Close to all Shuls - $950K Please call 917-704-7165 or 917-945-5196

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LEARN TO LEAD A BEAUTIFUL DAVENING Do you love davening for the amud? Do you sometimes wish you could lead the Tsibbur but lack the knowledge and confidence to pull it off? Call Yaakov 516-229-1948 Exercise - Certified personal trainer with years of experience, giving a privet sessions at her studio. $40 for full hour. (availability at client home. lady's only) Please call Ruchi at 917-847-3888.

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House for Sale Flushing/Kew Garden Hills 3 Family brick home, 2 car garage $825k 718-261-9430 Lawrence - For sale by owner Co-op, large one bedroom, 1 1/2 bath, eat in kitchen, cent. A/C, double terrace, top floor, doorman, pool, garage, walk to town, temples, train. (516) 791-7000 Cedarhurst – For sale by owner. 5 BR, 3.5 bath. Colonial on oversize lot. Hardwood flooring throughout. Beautiful Eat-in Chef’s Kitchen (Viking/Sub-Zero/Granite). Lrg LR & DR. Finished Basement. Central A/C. Walk to all. Move in Condition….$799k….917-685-0247 Bayswater- massive 2 family home in a great area, close to all the shuls, beautiful cabinets & granite counter tops, lots of bedrooms, all tiled bathrooms, hardwood flooring all through the house, fireplace, etc., needs tlc, very motivated seller, Asking 449k, Call Yitzchok 847-691-6397.

Real Estate for Rent 2 Bedroom Co-op for Sale/Rent in Lawrence Ready to move in immediately, Low maintenance fee $1600 to rent or $180,000 for sale Call 516-456-4238 Shared Office Space Available Affordable shared office space available with a chiropractor on the Far Rockaway / Lawrence Border. ~$600 a month, utilities included, no broker fee. If you are interested and in a similar profession, please email for more details. Queens-Upper Ridgewood. Fresh Pond Rd./Forest Ave area. Professional space for rent. Ideal for medical office. 1st floor handicapped access, around 1000 sqf. Call R.E. Agent for more info @347-8065414/Edyta - Grimaldi Realty

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A real estate investment & development firm in Brooklyn is looking for highly motivated and aggressive individuals to seek and bring in potential investment deals. Will train the right individual Please forward your résumé at or call at 516-250-5848. F/T Marketing/ Admissions representative for a 200+ bed Nursing Facility. Candidate must have current affiliations with nearby hospitals, Dr.'s & Medical Representatives. Must be experienced, personable & have knowledge in medical terminology. Please email resumes to Growing marketing firm seeks a male graphic designer to join its fresh and creative team. Email portfolio to CATAPULT LEARNING Title I, P/T School Teachers Boro Park and Williamsburg boys Yeshivas B.A. Required; Strong Desire to Help Children Learn Excellent Organizational Skills; Small Group instruction; Competitive Salary Email Resume: Fax: (718) 381-3493 BYQ seeks p.m. general studies middle grade licensed, experienced and nurturing teacher. email We are seeking, friendly female to work in our newly renovated high end wig salon, located in the heart of Cedarhurst Experience in cutting and styling required please send resume to Due to expansion, Torah Academy for Girls in Far Rockaway is seeking a qualified and experienced 1st grade Morah . Please fax resume to 718-8684612 attention Morah Levin.

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On-The-Marc is hiring motivated part time sales people. Six to 8 hours a week with unlimited income potential. Must have/own car. For more information call Marc at 917-612-2300

New to market. 2 bedroom apt 1st floor.

Neilsen and Dinsmore area. Kosher kitchen $1,400 available July 1st. Call 516-569-1150

Seeking a full time administrative assistant for a busy roofing company. Hours are M-Th 9am - 4pm & Fri 9am - 1pm. Skills must include: - The ability to multitask - Good phone skills -Basic bookkeeping - Proficient in MS Office - Proficient in Quickbooks Please email resume and salary requirements to or fax to 516 303 7664.

Special Ed Preschool in Far Rockaway Warm and supportive environment 1) Special Ed Teacher Masters degree and Certification required Experience preferred 11:45-3:00, M-F 2) Special Ed Assistant Teacher 8:20-3:00 M-F E mail resume to: No phone calls please. An embroidery store in New Hyde Park is seeking a, front desk operator. Needs to be bright, energetic and very responsible. Required to deal with customer service and prepare work tasks for embroidery operations. Will train fully embroidery program. For more info please call 516-355-0362 Warm, loving and responsible assistants needed for a girls preschool - elementary school grades 1-4 Full day or part time available. Please send resumes to Due to expansion, Torah Academy for Girls in Far Rockaway, is seeking qualified, experienced and successful moros for our lower elementary and junion high school divisions for the September school term. Please fax resume to: 718-868-4612, att: Morah Drillman Teachers F/T General Studies PreK, 1st, 3rd, 4th Grades Co-ed progressive Brooklyn Day School Inspire students' hearts, minds & souls! Email call 718-368-4490 Local restaurant looking for responsible experienced shomer shabbos night time manager email

Boys Elementary School in the Far Rockaway / 5 Towns area seeks experienced and dynamic General Studies teachers for grades 1-5 and Junior High School SS, Sc, ELA and Math positions. Please email resume to Sales position available. Flexible hours, great commission, excellent communication skills needed, must have car. Please call 732-503-3760 if no answer leave message. Leaders in Online Jewish Marketing are hiring Sales Superstars. Do you fit the bill? Send your resume to or call us @ 646-351-1808 x 111

Seeking Job Experienced P-3 Provider, with M.S. in Education and Permanent N.Y. State Teacher Certification- Available to work with students in all grades Mondays through Thursdays- mornings until 11 A.M. and anytime after 5:30 P.M.; and Sundays anytime Please call Tsivia: 516-526-2385

Misc. Looking to rent a garage for storage No food will be stored Call 646-657-3131 Looking to rent an apt. or studio in Far Rockaway, Lawrence or Inwood $1,000 to 1,200 per month Call Robert 917-922-8426

Get CA$H Today! For your junk car Free tow included Call now 845-661-1109 Love your car?…Give it life Donate it to Yeshiva Fast, Free pick-up and towing Easy donation steps Maximum charitable tax deduction Free Vacation Voucher, 2 days/3nights CALL NOW! (718) 778-4766 Looking for donation of car or minivan in good running condition. Tax exempt receipt available for full market value. Please call 347-342-8196 Shaital gmach in Eretz Yisroel desperately needs shaitels. To be a part of this great mitzvah please call Peninia @ 347-6756526 Tizku L’mitzvos

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Life Coach Rivki D. Rosenwald Esq., CLC, SDS You are cordially invited to join us for an inspirational evening to benefit a new mikvah construction of

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Chaim Yakov Asher ben Yitzchok a”h (MR. JACK SCHUSS)


Rosh Hashanah The Head of the Year

lot of men say: “I’m the boss at Father in high places! We shouldn’t fail work. I have 20 people working to recognize this fortuitous relationship. under me. I give an order, and Rosh Hashanah is the anniversary people move and things get done!” not of creation of the world, but of the Then they say they come home, and creation of mankind. On Rosh Hashanothing—no recognition. They’re a nah, G-d wants us to think about whethnon-event. In fact, they feel like they er we want to be part of the plan of creare just getting in the ation. Do we want to way when they walk be here for the purthrough the door. pose G-d created us? G-d is running They can’t unIf we’ve got a differderstand how you ent agenda, maybe things. We have call them “head of G-d doesn’t need to the household” when keep us around for a Father in high they are feeling inanother year. But if places. significant. we recognize that Rosh Hashanah we are here for a is called the “head purpose, as part of a of the year.” It’s imnation and as an inportant that this “head” isn’t made to dividual, that we want to work to fulfeel insignificant. fill that purpose in the year ahead, then Sure, we are buying our seats, plan- Rosh Hashanah is our time to make that ning our menus, and figuring out where decision and to communicate it with we will be spending the holiday. But are Hashem. We shouldn’t fail to capitalize we recognizing the importance of this on this opportunity. “head?” As we “head” into this new year, Rebbetzin Aviva Feiner points out don’t get sidetracked with making plans that the word “year” or “shana” is relat- for the few days of Rosh Hashanah. Be ed to “lishanot” which has two mean- busy making plans for the year ahead. ings –either to Think about what change or to reyou can do to peat. The opporbe a better Jew, tunity we are givfriend, person. en on this holiday Think about how is to go through you can connect another year “remore to yourself, peating” all the your spouse, kids, actions of the year friends, parents before exactly the –and especially same way with no your Father and upgrade, or we King! And head can decide we can into the New Year grow, move forward, make changes, be with a plan of progress, positivity, and a better more thoughtful person, spouse, purpose. Then Rosh Hashanah will truly parent, child. We shouldn’t fail to rec- be successful as the “Head of the New ognize this opportunity! Year!”And certainly a great way to start On Rosh Hashanah we call out to is to take time to stop and recognize G-d “Avinu Malkeinu” – “Our Father the value of your husband or dad, your our King.” Why call G-d “father” first? “head of the household,” the next time Isn’t it more exciting and significant he comes heading through the door! that Hashem is a King? What we are recognizing is that first G-d is a father—someone who loves us, wants the best for us, may even do Rivki Rosenwald is a certified life coach and things we don’t understand, but as a dad, relationship counselor, as well as a space has our interests in mind. Only then is design consultant. She can be contacted at it wonderful knowing He’s King of the 917-705-2004 or universe. He is our dad and He’s in control. G-d is running things. We have a


merica’s leaders call South Dakota their home. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln are permanently etched into the mountains of the state. Our honored presidents majestically greet visitors to Mount Rushmore. South Dakota is also a major part of our country’s exploration. In 1803, then-President Thomas Jefferson purchased the Louisiana Territory from France, doubling the size of the United States. Lewis and Clark passed through South Dakota on their way west and then explored the state again on their way back. Along the way, they became mesmerized by the state’s lush vegetation and wildlife, including the herds of buffalo that roamed the plains. Nowadays, Custer State Park is home to a herd of 1,500 free-roaming bison. Native Americans, including the Dakota, Nakota and the Lakota tribes, trace their roots to South Dakota. Mato Paha “Sacred Mountain” is the origin of many Native American legends. Rising 1,400 feet above the surrounding prairie near Sturgis, and standing all by itself, Bear Butte isn’t hard to find. It was used as a landmark by the plains Indians and even today it is considered sacred by the plains peoples. The Crazy Horse Memorial is a dedication to and for the North American Indian and features the face of chief Crazy Horse. The work is still in progress but is impressive for anyone visiting the memorial. When finished, the memorial will stand 641 feet long and 563 feet high. South Dakota truly is the center of it all. In fact, Belle Fourche is the geographical center of the United States. The site is marked by a shepherd’s monument called a “Stone Johnnie.” Potatoes are celebrated in this state. Clark is the Potato Capital of South Dakota and is home to the world famous Mashed Potato Wrestling contest. Speaking of vegetables, Mitchell is home to the world’s only Corn Palace. There is so much to see and do in the Mount Rushmore State; you’ll truly feel at “home” on the range. Things You Won’t Want to Miss Mount Rushmore What could be more American than visiting the place where the faces of democracy are etched in stone? A trip to Mount Rushmore is majestic; the 60-foot-high faces 500-feet up overlook a setting of pine, spruce, birch and aspen in the crisp western air. The project, which was started in

1927, took 14 years and $1 million to complete— the work, though, is invaluable. The Avenue of the Flags, consisting of flags of 56 states and territories, flies below the memorial. The Presidential Trail is the perfect walking trail that offers spectacular views of the sculpture. Every evening in t h e warm months, the Evening Sculpture Lighting Ceremony takes place at approximately 9pm. Badlands National Park A visit here is to explore the past and revel in the beauty of nature. The many trails offer hikers and those traveling by car or horseback a wonderful way to explore the 244,000 acres of national park. It is home to bighorn sheep, bison, the swift fox and the black-footed ferret. Antelope and deer roam the roadways; over 64,000 acres of the park are designated as wilderness. Little House on the Prairie For those of you who were brought up reading about Laura and her sister Carrie, make sure to stop by De Smet, where visitors can see the homestead where Laura Ingalls Wilder grew up. Her books and the TV series from years ago took place in South Dakota and now the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society preserves over 2,000 artifacts of the Ingalls family life. Visitors can also visit her home, schoolhouse, take rides in covered wagons and attend an 1880’s school session. Life in the prairie could be tough, but Laura and her family always had love for each other that kept them strong.

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From Sea to Shining Sea: South Dakota

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