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interesting anecdotes and humor – engaging, informative, and never boring. Mr. Bobker wasn’t just a giver when it came to knowledge. I received a text from him a few years ago asking for my address. A few hours later, his grandson came to my door with a towering, pillowy sponge cake. “Miriam makes the best sponge cake,” Mr. Bobker told me when I came to the car to thank him for the gift. “I want you to have one.” And so, throughout the years, my family and I were the appreciative recipients of sponge cakes and honey cakes and cheesecakes, symbols of Mr. Bobker and his wife’s largesse. His generosity extended beyond food and knowledge. Every time I would speak with him, and randomly throughout the summer, he would urge me to come over with my children to use his pool. Truthfully, towards the beginning of our relationship, I was reluctant. Could it be that he was just extending the invitation but wasn’t truly interested in sharing his home? But after so many invites, I felt comfortable enough to take him up on his offer. And I was so pleased that I did. Mr. Bobker made us feel like we were doing him the favor. “No one else is using it – please come!” he would say consistently. Generous, gracious, giving. Although Mr. Bobker loved to share with others, his family was his biggest source of pride. I would often see him with his grandchildren eating lunch in a restaurant or playing with them. When his granddaughters were looking for shidduchim, he reached out to everyone he knew to ask them if they knew of a potential suitor. His home, which is museum-like with its collections of Judaica and Jewish art, was a gathering place for his family. They would join him and his wife on Shabbos and yomim tovim – the seder the time he loved most, when he was surrounded by his family, giving over the mesorah to the next generations. Mr. Bobker, a”h, will be missed by his beautiful family, his friends at TJH, and the Jewish community at-large. He was someone to look up to and to emulate in so many ways. May he be a meilitz yosher for us all. Wishing you a wonderful week, Shoshana

t was almost ten years ago when Mr. Joe Bobker reached out to our publisher, Yitzy Halpern. He saw that we had started a paper, and he wanted to help. It turns out that Mr. Bobker was the publisher of a newspaper in Los Angeles for many years. When he saw that we recently started one in New York, he wanted to share his knowledge to help us get off the ground. But Mr. Bobker did things differently than most people. There are times when someone more experienced attempts to help a young business develop. Rarely do they reach out to the entrepreneurs; it’s usually the newbies reaching out to them. And rarely do they invite them to their home and spend hours of their time teaching them the ropes. When we sat down with Mr. Bobker around his kitchen table, he pulled out thick binders of paper that he had worked on specifically for us. Each binder held hundreds of papers. And each paper had different layout designs, column ideas, and features that Mr. Bobker felt would be an asset to TJH. He had worked with his designer for hours and hours to get his ideas down on paper so he could show us what we should be working towards. That was Mr. Bobker. He was a teacher, a giver, a sharer of knowledge. Mr. Bobker’s articles were a mainstay in TJH’s yom tov editions. But most people don’t know that Mr. Bobker would reach out to me weeks before the issue went to print (and way before I had yom tov on my mind) with ideas for his article. Each article was a treasure – distinct from the next, overflowing with information, engaging, and insightful. There were sentences that took up quite a few lines because Mr. Bobker couldn’t just write the name of a Rebbe – he had to tell the reader where the Rebbe came from, what seforim he wrote, whom he was related to, and when he died. He couldn’t hold back from sharing all the knowledge that flooded his mind. But Mr. Bobker’s articles weren’t term papers. They were written to engage the reader, to delight him or her. He wanted to teach them about Jewish history and about yom tov and about the Holocaust but he made sure to sprinkle each piece with


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Attention Ms. Schwamm, I’m not sure if your article (“Mueller, Mueller”) is supposed to be an opinion/editorial or if you actually believe it is true journalism. You sound more like the Jewish female version of Alex Jones than a legitimate journalist.  You have included so many conspiracy theories and incorrect so-called facts, with such blatant bias, that I hope your intention was to merely give your opinion.   These are just a few of the most obvious lies…I mean inaccuracies: 1. Hilary did NOT, in fact, lose on her own “wonderful merit.”  It has been proven that the Russians most definitely interfered in our elections to help Trump win. Russians have been indicted.  Conspiracy may not have been able to have been proven beyond a reasonable doubt, but it is very clear that Trump and his family/ team had very questionable contacts with Russians throughout the campaign and after the elections.  Adam Schiff’s speech to the House actually itemized all of the “clear evidence of collusion,” actions that were already public knowledge.  He issued facts… not opinion.  This question of conspiracy is not over. 2. This has NOT been a “hoax.” There have been 34 indictments, guilty pleas and convictions from Mueller’s investigation, including top Trump advisers. 3. Mueller made it very clear that his investigation does not exonerate Trump from obstruction!  We will only learn the full story if Barr makes

Mueller’s document public. More than 66% of the public want to have the report released. There is precedent for an AG to do this.  Let’s see if Barr can be the AG for the people and not the AG for Trump. I didn’t write this letter in order to debate you.  You have your biases and I have mine.  But, if you consider yourself a legitimate journalist, you should stick to the facts.  There’s really no such thing as “alternative facts”! Carol Weiss Dear Editor, The Jewish Home is a community paper and it shows. Just a few weeks ago, you asked readers to send in their photos from Purim. I personally enjoyed looking through all those photos on Shabbos. It kept the Purim spirit alive in my home for a few more days! This week, I loved your “balabustas’ tips.” I definitely have one or two that I’m going to implement and I look forward to sending in my tips to you next year. Wishing you a wonderful Pesach, Shiffy Gartner Dear Editor, I don’t know who to send this to, but I figured that everyone reads your paper and so the message will be heard. I want to express my appreciation to whomever is paving Central Avenue in Lawrence. Yes, it’s a bit of a pain not to be able to access that Continued on page 10

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Dear Editor, You can judge a person’s character by the company they keep. The following Democratic Party 2020 presidential primary candidates did not attend the recent American Israel Public Affairs Committee Washington, D.C., Conference.  There was no excuse as the event was scheduled many months earlier.  This dishonor role included Senators Corey Booker (New Jersey), Bernie Sanders (Vermont), Kamala Harris (California), Kirsten Gillibrand (New York), Amy Klobuchar (Minnesota), Congressmember Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii), former Congressmember Beto O’Rourke (Texas), John Delaney (Maryland), Governor Jay Insle (Washington), former Governor John Hickenloop (Colorado), Mayor Pete Buttigieg (South Bend, Indiana), and former San Antonio Mayor/Secretary of Housing and Urban Affairs Julian Castro, who were nowhere to be found.  Several hid in the comfort of their Capital Hill Offices to hold meetings with AIPAC representatives away from any media coverage.   Contrast this with the fact that most found the time to attend and speak at the Reverand Al Sharpton’s Annual National Action Network Conference held this past week in Manhattan.  This list included Beto O’Rourke, Julian Castro, John Delaney, Pete Buttigieg, John Hickenlooper, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie

Sanders, Amy Klobuchar, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris and Cory Booker. Those who could not find the time to publicly attend the AIPAC Washington conference yet found the time to hold hands and kiss the ring of Al Sharpton looking for his political blessing are not kosher when it comes to being a true friend of Israel. They do not deserve either your vote or your campaign contribution. Sincerely, Larry Penner Dear Editor, Now that they weren’t able to nail President Trump with the Russia probe, the Congressional Democrats are moving on to obsess about and fixate on getting Trump’s tax returns.  Meanwhile, they are almost totally silent about his budget proposal’s big cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.  But they go on and on about how much we need to care about illegal immigrants and how we need to pay reparations because slavery existed in the 1800s.  Democrats used to care about the financial and economic struggles of the lower and middle classes.  Now, you barely hear a word from them about this while millions of Americans who worked hard for their entire lives and tried to do the right things in life can’t afford to pay for the prescription medications that they need and can’t pay for the healthcare that they need.  The national Democrats care more about getting the votes of minorities and the future votes of illegal immigrants than they care about the rest of us.  They figure we have no one else to vote for, so all they have to do is just pay a little lip-service to our struggles while they pander to and kiss minorities and illegal immigrants. Sincerely, Stewart B. Epstein Professor of sociology and social work Rochester, NY

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Last Thursday, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to send his troops on a “suicide mission” if Beijing doesn’t “lay off” a Manila-occupied island in the South China Sea. Duterte’s speech at a rally in the city of Puerto Princesa in Palawan came days after the Philippine government claimed as many as 275 Chinese boats and ships had been spotted in recent months around Manila’s Thitu Island in the Spratly

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nounced that she had been rescued. “She has been located and rescued unharmed,” Uganda military spokesman Brigadier Richard Karemire told Reuters, referring to the tourist. Ugandan government spokesman Ofwono Opondo said in a tweet that driver Jean Paul had also been rescued from Congo and that the kidnappers had escaped. The gunmen’s identity is unclear but the area where the abduction took place was once roamed by fighters belonging to an anti-Kampala rebel group, the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), which is now mostly dormant. The group is still believed to have camps in eastern Congo. Abductions and related attacks on tourists are rare in Uganda and the last such incident occurred in 1999. Back then, an American couple, four Britons and two New Zealanders were killed along with four Ugandan guides after being ambushed by gunmen in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a few kilometers south of the Queen Elizabeth park. Survivors said the killers appeared to be Congo-based Hutu rebels. Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of most visited in the East African country, with tourists flocking there





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sels around Thitu Island has provoked a stern response from Manila. The Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs in a statement Thursday said their presence was “illegal” and a “clear violation of Philippine sovereignty.” “It has been observed that Chinese vessels have been present in large numbers and for sustained and recurring periods – what is commonly referred to as ‘swarming’ tactics – raising questions about their intent as well as concerns over their role in support of coercive objectives,” the Philippine statement said. China has been busy in the area. The nation has built and militarized artificial islands and has attempted to undermine other countries’ positions through a combination of diplomacy and intimidation. Its aggressive moves in the region had antagonized previous Philippine administrations, which took Beijing to court to prove its claims over the sea. But relations between China and the Philippines have warmed considerably since the 2016 inauguration of Duterte, who has pushed for a closer economic relationship with Beijing. “I need China. More than anybody else at this point, I need China,” Duterte said before flying to China in April 2018. Compared with his predecessors, Duterte has viewed the dispute in the South China Sea as more negotiable than a matter of principle. But China has been strengthening its hold over the region. In May 2018, Beijing announced it had successfully landed bombers on islands under its control for the first time, a big step in the militarization of the region. In an attempt to mitigate China’s influence in the region, the United States has also ramped up its freedom of navigation exercises in the region under President Donald Trump. In a defiant statement to thenU.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis during a Beijing meeting in June 2018, President Xi Jinping declared that China wouldn’t give up “any inch of territory.”

Turkey Loses Faith in Erdogan President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was stunned last week when his

country showed up at the polls and gave his AKP party a resounding defeat in last week’s elections. The country is suffering from exorbitant living costs and a currency crisis. In response to his party’s dismal results, Erdogan has vowed to focus on the economy. Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, also Erdogan’s son-in-law, has said Turkey will enter “an economic rebalancing period” after the elections and that he is set to reveal reform details next week.

Albayrak is due to meet IMF and World Bank officials in Washington in April to “shed light on the new road map” for Turkey’s economy, according to the Daily Sabah newspaper. “As concerns about the struggling economy motivated many voters’ decisions at the ballot box, Erdogan will be compelled to address its underlying problems,” noted Amanda Sloat at the Brookings Institute. “However, he has limited room for maneuver.” The AKP built its success on Turkey’s strong growth and his supporters point to progress in living standards during Erdogan’s 16 years in office. But despite the strides, Turkish households were stung last year by a 30 percent slide in the lira during a diplomatic crisis with the U.S. Once the darling of emerging market investors, economists say Turkey has lost some of its appeal as problems emerged with growth driven by foreign credit. Turkey has slipped into recession for the first time in a decade, inflation is in double digits, and economists are watching how Turkish officials will manage its recovery. Turkish officials have in the past talked up broad reforms, including a tax overhaul and measures to strengthen growth. But a major worry, analysts say, is foreign debt exposure for Turkish companies, which face more costly repayments for foreign lending because of the weaker lira. In addition to its toppling economy, investors are skittish about Turkey’s tumultuous relations with

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the United States, which are already frayed by disputes over Syria, Turkey’s Russian missile purchases, and its arrests of U.S. diplomatic staff. When a dispute erupted last year over Turkey’s detention of a U.S. pastor, Washington swiftly imposed sanctions and tariffs on some Turkish goods, triggering the slide in the lira. Turkey’s government has said it will go ahead with a purchase of Russian S-400 missiles, despite Washington suspending Ankara’s participation in the U.S.-made F-35 fighter jet program and warning of more sanctions to come.

Iran Revolutionary Guard a “Foreign Terrorist Org”

On Monday, the Trump administration said that it would designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a “foreign terrorist organization,” an unprecedented move against a national armed force that could have widespread implications for U.S. personnel and policy in the Middle East and elsewhere. Rumors of the announcement circulated on Sunday. The move, although unique, is a culmination of rhetoric against Iran in the past few months as Tehran supports militia groups in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen, as well as anti-Israel groups in the region and beyond. The designation is the first of its kind by any American administration of an entire foreign government entity, although portions of the Guard, notably its elite Quds Force, have been targeted previously by the United States. The department currently designates 60 groups, such as al-Qaeda and the Islamic State and their various affiliates, Hezbollah and numerous militant Palestinian factions, as “foreign terrorist organizations.”

But none of them is a state-run military. Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, seemed to anticipate the designation, saying in a tweet on Sunday aimed at President Donald Trump that Trump “should know better than to be conned into another U.S. disaster.” The designation comes with sanctions, including freezes on assets the Guard may have in U.S. jurisdictions and a ban on Americans doing business with it or providing material support for its activities. Although the Guard has broad control and influence over the Iranian economy, such penalties from the U.S. may have limited impact. The designation, however, could significantly complicate U.S. military and diplomatic work, notably in Iraq, where many Shiite militias and Iraqi political parties have close ties to the Guard. In Lebanon, the designation could further restrict with whom U.S. officials can interact. The Guard has close ties to Hezbollah, which is part of the Lebanese government. Hezbollah is already designated a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S. Its presence in Lebanon’s parliament and executive branch have forced the U.S. to avoid any contact with Hezbollah members even as the U.S. continues to provide assistance to and works with the Lebanese army. Without exclusions or waivers to the designation, U.S. troops and diplomats could be barred from contact with Iraqi or Lebanese authorities who interact with Guard officials or surrogates. The Pentagon and U.S. intelligence agencies have raised concerns about the impact of the designation if the move does not allow contact with foreign officials who may have met with or communicated with Guard personnel. Those concerns have in part dissuaded previous administrations from taking the step, which has been considered for more than a decade. It was not immediately clear whether the designation would include such carve-outs. Officials are concerned that an angry Iran may retaliate against American interests. Aside from Iraq, where some 5,200 American troops are stationed, and Syria, where some U.S. 2,000 troops remain, the U.S. 5th Fleet, which operates in the Persian Gulf from its base in Bahrain, and the Al Udeid Air Base in

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Qatar, are potentially at risk. Despite the risks, Iran hardliners on Capitol Hill, such as Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and elsewhere have long advocated for the designation. They say it will send an important message to Iran as well as deal it a further blow after the Trump pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal and re-imposed economic sanctions. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security advisor John Bolton have taken up the call and have in recent months spoken stridently about Iran and its “malign activities” in the region. Just last week, Pompeo’s special representative for Iran, Brian Hook, accused Iran and its proxies of being responsible for the death of 608 U.S. troops in Iraq between 2003 and 2011. He cited newly declassified Defense Department information for the claim. Once a designation is announced by the secretary of state in coordination with the Treasury secretary, Congress has seven days to review it. If there are no objections, then it will take effect.

Jail for Calling Someone a “Horse”

Laleh Shahravesh was recently arrested in Dubai and is facing two years in jail for calling her ex-husband’s new wife a “horse” on Facebook. The post was made three years ago. Shahravesh was just recently detained. Shahrevash, who lives in London, was arrested with her daughter at Dubai Airport on March 10 when they visited Dubai for her ex-husband’s funeral. Her passport was seized after she was held for 12

hours. Shahrevash had been married to her husband, Pedro, for 18 years. They had lived in Dubai, where he worked for HSBC, for eight months before she returned to Britain with their daughter. They divorced a few months later. Pedro’s new wife, Samah Al Hammadi, was the one who reported the disparaging posts to authorities. She said that Shahravesh deserves to the punished. Al Hammadi maintains that calling people names online and harassing them is illegal in Dubai. “It is a crime in Dubai,” Al Hammadi said. “It is right. I don’t feel sorry. She made him suffer in the last year of his life. Let the law take part.” Shahravesh’s daughter has been allowed to return to Britain. Shahravesh is facing court proceedings on Thursday. Radha Stirling, chief executive of Detained In Dubai who represents Shahravesh, said the country’s cybercrime laws render “almost every visitor to the country a criminal.”

U.S. Pulls Troops Out of Libya

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missions, counterterrorism activities and improving regional security, have been relocated temporarily in response to “increased unrest.” Col. Chris Karns, spokesman for Africa Command, reiterated that the movement of troops would not impact the force’s ability to respond to threats and targets.

“For security reasons, I won’t pinpoint where these forces will flow,” said Karns. “It is important (that) groups, such as ISIS, don’t have an exact map of our whereabouts, but instead we use our finite resources on the continent to adjust swiftly, efficiently, and employ with maximum effect.”

Years of chaotic fighting in the war-torn country have reached a crescendo in recent days as General Khalifa Haftar pushes to take control of the capital. On Sunday, his so-called Libyan National Army (LNA) said it had launched airstrikes targeting UN-backed forces in southern Tripoli.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a statement calling on Haftar to stop the offensive. “We have made clear that we oppose the military offensive by Khalifa Haftar’s forces and urge the immediate halt to these military operations against the Libyan capital,” he said on Sunday. Noting that there is “no military solution to the Libya conflict,” Pompeo called on Libyan leaders and other international partners to return to UN mediated negotiations. Forces under the command of the renegade Libyan general made a surprise advance last Thursday on the capital, where the country’s UN-recognized government, the Government of National Accord, has its base. The GNA has announced a counteroffensive to defend Tripoli as Haftar’s troops draw closer. On Sunday, spokesman for the GNA’s armed forces, Mohammed Qanouno, heralded the launch of a military operation dubbed “Volcano of Rage,” aimed at “cleansing all Libyan cities from the outlawed,” Tripoli-based Libya Al-Ahrar TV reported. In the eight years since Moammar Gadhaffi was deposed and killed in the 2011 conflict, Haftar has been one of a handful of strongmen to take advantage of the nation’s descent into disarray. Based in the city of Benghazi, Haftar already wields control over much of eastern Libya, but he has his sights set on claiming Tripoli as well. Warring militia occasionally spar for control over the heavily populated capital, which has prevented the UN-recognized and Western-backed government of Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj from fully grasping the reins of power. In the mix are multiple tribes competing for control of Libya’s dwindling oil wealth, as well as militant groups, including ISIS, scattered across the vast country. United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres was in Benghazi last week for talks with Haftar to push for an international peace deal, but left emptyhanded. Following their meeting, Guterres said he was leaving Libya “with a heavy heart and deeply concerned. I still hope it is possible to avoid a bloody confrontation in and around Tripoli.”

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Prison Hunger Strike on Hold

On Sunday, Palestinian security prisoners said that they were calling off a planned mass hunger strike to protest an Israeli crackdown on illicit cellphone usage among inmates after reporting progress in negotiations with prison officials. Qadri Abu Bakr, the chairman of the PLO Prisoners Affairs’ Commission, told official PA news outlet Wafa that “dialogue was ongoing” and that a final announcement about the coordinated hunger strike would be announced immediately following the conclusion of the negotiations.

Abu Bakr said the Israel Prisons Service has agreed to install payphones in the prisons, which will be manned by guards. He said the IPS has also agreed to release the prisoners being held in isolation over their involvement in recent clashes with guards and to restore their family visitation privileges. Last week, the PA Prisoners Affairs Commission spokesman Hassan Abd Rabbo said that Palestinian security prisoners would launch a hunger strike on April 7 to protest their incarceration conditions – particularly the recent Israeli measures designed to restrict cellphone usage by the prisoners, including the installation of jamming systems. Hassan Abd Rabbo said that inmates affiliated with Hamas, Fatah and other Palestinian factions would launch the strike at Ketziot Prison but that it would gradually be extended to include Palestinian prisoners in other Israeli jails. Hamas prisoners have become violent recently over conditions in prison. Twice last month, Hamas prisoners violently attacked guards at Ketziot Prison, with one guard sustaining serious injuries from a stab wound to his neck on March 3. Re-

ports in Hebrew-language media said that in the second attack inmates used shanks to stab guards as the prisoners were being moved between cells, sparking a riot in the prison. The stabbings came a week after Hamas prisoners in the nearby Ramon prison torched 14 beds, setting a fire in the wing. The blaze was quickly extinguished and no injuries were reported. In that incident, too, prisoners were protesting restrictions on cellphone usage. On Sunday, the IPS said it would respond “forcefully and with determination” to ensure that the hunger-strikers were not successful in removing the jamming systems, adding that it had beefed up security in a bid to prevent violent clashes.

Palestinian Convicted of Murdering Soldier An Israeli military court convicted a Palestinian of murdering an Israeli soldier in the West Bank last

year, the army said on Sunday. “The military court in Judea (the West Bank) convicted the terrorist Islam Yusef Abu Hamid on charges of murdering soldier Ronen Lubarsky,” the army said in a statement. Lubarsky, a special forces member, was struck in the head by a stone during an arrest operation in the West Bank on May 24, 2018. The 20-year-old Israeli sergeant died of his injuries two days later. Palestinian sources said the stone had been thrown at him during an operation to arrest Palestinians in the Al-Amari refugee camp near Ramallah. The camp, which is home to about 15,000 Palestinians, is often the scene of clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians. According to Israeli media reports, the object that struck him was a block of granite dropped from a window on the third floor of a building. The sentence has yet to be announced for the Palestinian found guilty on Sunday. The Israeli army already destroyed the family home of Abu Hamid in Ramallah on December 15.

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s the country geared up for elections, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Likud members urged supporters to head to the polls to defend the party from Benny Gantz’s Blue and White party. They told voters that without support Likud would be sunk by the former general. But Tuesday’s results show that either Netanyahu enacted his alarmist campaign to ensure his win this week by siphoning off votes from other right-wing parties or that his supporters actually came out in droves when they thought that Netanyahu wouldn’t make it this time around. In any case, after a few hours of nail-biting for Bibi, the prime minister soundly won this round – winning the seats and the support he needs to lead the next coalition. With 97% of the votes counted, the Likud received 35 seats, Blue and White garnered 35, and Shas and United Torah Judaism each received 8 seats. Labor and Hadash-Ta’al both got 6 seats, Union of Right-Wing Parties and Yisrael Beytenu each received 5, and Kulanu, Meretz, and Ra’am-Balad all got 4. As of the counting, New Right, Zehut and Gesher haven’t received any seats in the new government. New Right, though, says it is waiting on soldiers’ votes to be counted before they admit defeat. With these results, the right-wing bloc has 65 Knesset seats, while the leftwing bloc only received 55.

Bibi’s win this time around truly solidified power for the prime minister who has been seated at the top comfortably for ten years. In this election, many of his coalition partners’ bargaining powers were severely cut down as they dropped seats this week. Kulanu used to have 10 – now it only has four. Jewish Home’s former eight seats are now replaced with the Union of RightWing Parties’ five. Yisrael Beytenu also dropped from six to five. Additionally, former Likud MK Moshe Feiglin’s Zehut party – which had threatened not to recommend him as prime minister – failed to make the threshold, as did Naftali Bennett’s New Right. Only Shas and United Torah Judaism came out ahead this election. Shas used to have six seats; UTJ used to have seven. Now, they both have eight. An early afikomen present? If Netanyahu can work with Shas and UTJ and promise them coveted positions in the government, his other coalition parties would be almost powerless within the coalition. Labor, out of all the parties, possibly lost the most in this election. The party dropped from 24 seats in the 2015 elections that it won as part of the Zionist Union to just six this week. Keep in mind that this party governed Israel for the first three decades and is now at its worst showing in its 71-year history. Party chairman Avi Gabbay is

undoubtedly going to be shown the door soon, although he protests that it was other parties that drew votes away from Labor and that Labor did not do enough to win voters back. Moshe Feiglin surprised everyone – especially himself – when his Zehut party was left out in the cold this week. Feiglin didn’t want to commit to either Gantz or Netanyahu, saying that in order to join the coalition either he or someone else in his party would need the position of finance minister. Feiglin had campaigned on issues like annexing the West Bank, dismantling the Palestinian Authority, and putting government facilities on top of Temple Mount. Instead, voters saw him as someone who was brash and uncertain, not someone they wanted to cast their vote for. Netanyahu’s friend, U.S. President Donald Trump, expressed his delight at Bibi’s win this week. “I think we have a better chance now that Bibi has won,” Trump told reporters on the White House South Lawn on Wednesday. “The fact that Bibi has won, I think we’ll see some pretty good actions in terms of peace.” Trump added, “Everybody said you can’t have peace in the Middle East with Israel and Palestinians. I think we have a chance and I think we now have a better chance.” Trump’s peace proposal is expected to be released following Israel’s elections.

Isaak Hayik is old. He plays soccer. And that’s not all. Last Friday, special representatives showed up at the 73-year-old’s soccer game. The representatives of the Guinness World Records came to tell Hayik that he was the world’s oldest living active professional soccer player. Hayik, whose 74th birthday is coming up, had sent a letter to the Guinness World Record office but was shocked when the official showed up at the game when he stood in goal for his team, Maccabi Ironi Or Yehuda. “The funny thing is that when I turned to Guinness to try to break the world record, I wanted to be the oldest goalkeeper,” Hayik posted on his Facebook page. “I did not believe in my wildest dreams that the Guinness representative…would declare me not only as the oldest goalkeeper, but as the oldest active soccer player in the world.” Despite losing 5-1 to Hapoel Ramat Yisrael in Israel’s semi-pro C-league on Friday, Hayik was excited after playing the entire 90-minute game, a requirement for the record. “The excitement was enormous. I came full circle in an unbelievable way,” he said. “Today, grandchildren of the players who played with me 50 and 60 years ago are my teammates.” Born in Iraq in 1945, Hayik moved to Israel when he was 5 and started playing for his team in the 1960s. Five decades later he’s still scoring.

Israel’s Healthy Diet According to a study recently published in the prestigious medical journal, The Lancet, Israel has the lowest rate of diet-related deaths worldwide. The most in-depth study

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the world, researchers said, largely due to increases in the population and population aging. The findings reveal that sub-optimal diet is responsible for more deaths than any other global risk, including smoking. “This study affirms what many have thought for several years – that poor diet is responsible for more deaths than any other risk factor in the world,” said study author Dr. Christopher Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.

of its kind, performed by researchers at the University of Washington, noted that globally, one in five deaths (11 million deaths) in 2017 were associated with poor diet, with cardiovascular disease the largest contributor, followed by cancers and type 2 diabetes. The countries with the lowest rates of diet-related deaths, however,

were Israel (89 deaths per 100,000 people), followed by France, Spain, Japan, and Andorra. At the other end of the spectrum, Uzbekistan received the dubious distinction of the country with the highest rate of diet-related deaths (892 deaths per 100,000 people), followed by Afghanistan, Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, and

Vanuatu. The United States ranked 43rd on the list (171 deaths per 100,000 people), the UK ranked 23 (127 deaths per 100,000 people), and China came in at spot number 140 (350 deaths per 100,000 people). Deaths related to diet have significantly increased from 8 million in 1990 to 11 million in 2017 around

“While sodium, sugar and fat have been the focus of policy debates over the past two decades,” he added, “our assessment suggests the leading dietary risk factors are high intake of sodium, or low intake of healthy foods, such as whole grains, fruit, nuts and seeds, and vegetables.” The study, part of the wider Global Burden of Disease (GBD) project, evaluated the consumption of major foods and nutrients across 195 countries and tracked trends concerning 15 dietary elements between 1990 and 2017. These included fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds, milk, red meat, processed meat, sodium, sugar-sweetened beverages and trans fatty acids. An estimated 11 million deaths were attributable to poor diet worldwide in 2017. More than half of the deaths were attributed to diets high in sodium and low in whole grains and fruit. High consumption of red and processed meat, trans-fat and sugar-sweetened beverages were ranked toward the bottom of dietary risks for death and disease in highly populated countries. Consumption of all 15 dietary elements were sub-optimal for almost every region of the world, researchers found. On average, people worldwide only ate 12% of the recommended amount of nuts and seeds and drank approximately 10 times the recommended amount of sugar-sweetened beverages.

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he Haggadah tells us: “In every generation, it is one’s duty to regard himself as though he personally had gone out of Egypt.” As we sit around our sparkling Seder tables, thousands of miles and thousands of years separate us from our brethren suffering beneath the burning Egyptian sun; from our ancestors marching triumphantly out of slavery. How, then, can we fulfill the Haggadah’s words? How can we, like our ancestors, go out of Egypt? The Yetzias Mitzrayim Haggadah brings the Exodus to life by drawing upon the wisdom and words of the Sages. We see the slavery, the ten plagues, and the final Exodus through the eyes and ears of Chazal and later commentators. The Yetzias Mitzrayim Haggadah is based on more than 150 sources, from Midrash to Malbim, from the Zohar to Rambam to Rav Moshe Feinstein, and every entry adds to our understanding of the actual Pesach story. Designed for maximum impact at the Seder, the entries are short, graphic, and unusually detailed. As we move through our Seder we can envision the rigors of slavery, Pharaoh’s diabolical schemes, the miraculous plagues, the glorious redemption, and the unforgettable moment as the Jewish People cross the Sea. Based on the highly-successful Haggadah V’Aggadata, The Yetzias Mitzrayim Haggadah is a unique, innovative Haggadah that will enable us to experience the Exodus at our own Seder, just as we are meant to do.

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he Reb Moshe Haggadah beautifully captures the many facets of the gaon and posek hador: his brilliance in piskei halachah and Gemara; his insights and deep understanding of Torah hashkafah; his incredible diligence and his extraordinary compassion. Much of the commentary is taken from Reb Moshe’s prolific writings on halachah, Chumash, and Talmud. Stories about Reb Moshe from dozens of other sources paint an inspiring and breathtaking portrait of a caring and empathetic leader who had a profound understanding and endless love for the Jews he led for so many decades. When we read about the “Four Sons,” we will hear Reb Moshe share his teachings on chinuch, child-rearing, and Torah education. From a Shabbos HaGadol lecture given by Reb Moshe in 1922, we listen to him compare the merciless Communist regime where he lived, to Pharaoh’s Egypt. From the Ten Plagues, Reb Moshe offers us a new understanding of the power of free choice; from the Splitting of the Sea, he points out a vital lesson in strengthening our faith. We are taught that the voices of the great Torah scholars are not stilled even after their passing, and in these pages we can clearly hear the voice of the beloved Torah leader, HaGaon Reb Moshe Feinstein zt”l.



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n the familiar world of Haggadah literature, can there be something new under the sun? With every family’s Pesach shelf groaning under the weight of so many Haggadahs, can there be a new Haggadah that is materially different from the others? Or — in the parlance of Pesach — how is this Haggadah commentary different from every other Haggadah commentary? It is very different, very useful, and sure to be very popular and very widely consulted. Compiled by the noted Torah scholar, Rabbi Yaakov Wehl, this commentary is in question-and-answer form. It contains over two hundred questions on the Haggadah — the sort of questions that anyone might have asked, or wished he had asked. There is hardly a query on the Haggadah that is not included somewhere in this collection. The answers? They are drawn from the broad gamut of classic commentators, from their writings on the Torah, the Talmud, or the Haggadah. Virtually everything one could wish for is between the covers of this Haggadah. In its Hebrew version, Ki Yishal’cha Vin’cha, this commentary has had many printings and become a popular, standard text in America, Israel, and elsewhere. The English version is more than a mere translation. It takes the anthology of classic texts and explains them clearly and articulately. It sheds new light on many obscure parts of the Haggadah. This Haggadah will be a revelation even to accomplished scholars and veteran teachers. In it, Rabbi Wehl’s immense erudition and pedagogical skills are placed at the service of the broad Jewish public. It is a welcome service of great proportions.

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ince it first appeared nearly 25 years ago, the ArtScroll Haggadah by Rabbi Joseph Elias has been the most popular Haggadah of its kind, anywhere! With its broad variety of sources and excellent combination of thoroughness, reliability, accuracy, and good taste, it remains a staple of tens of thousands of Seder tables — and deservedly so! Now Rabbi Elias has produced the long-awaited new and expanded edition — with much new commentary on the second half of the Haggadah. Rabbi Elias has been known and revered for half a century as one of the Jewish community’s outstanding thinkers and educators. Among his students he was especially revered for the way he taught the Haggadah, presenting it with all its beauty and meaning. In his hands, the Haggadah became a sefer that speaks to all Jews, wherever they are. Indeed, This Haggadah fulfills the injunction that in every generation all Jews must view themselves as if they had emerged from Egypt. In his ArtScroll Haggadah, Rabbi Elias opens the doors of his classroom to tens of thousands of new and appreciative students. For all these years, the original Elias Haggadah was THE Haggadah for the Jewish home, and especially for everyone who wanted to set aside time to study and know the Haggadah. There are many other excellent Haggadahs, of course, but none better blends a clear elucidation of the text with the comments of the classic commentators across the centuries. Now, the magnificent Elias touch is expanded and refined even further. as a great Haggadah becomes bigger and better. Don’t miss it!

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Her defense lawyer, Robert Adler, asked for more time to gather family and financial support for a release on bond. U.S. Magistrate Judge William Matthewman ordered Zhang to remain in jail until another hearing next Monday. Zhang is charged with lying to Secret Service agents and entering restricted space, and prosecutors described her in harsh, blunt terms, saying a formal indictment could be filed later this week. “She lies to everyone she encounters,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Rolando Garcia. “The present charges have no allegation that she’s a spy, or this is espionage, or whatever.... There are a whole lot of questions that remain to be answered. But at this point in time, that’s not part of our allegation.” Adler said that his client had paid businessman Charles Lee $20,000 to get into Mar-a-Lago. The Miami Herald has previously reported that Lee sold travel packages to Chinese customers that included tickets to Mar-a-Lago events. Some of the tickets were provided by Li “Cindy” Yang, a South Florida massage-parlor entrepreneur who resold tickets to banquet events at Trump’s club, the Herald reported. During Zhang’s interview after her arrest, she claimed her Chinese friend “Charles” told her to travel from Shanghai to Palm Beach and attempt to speak with a member of the president’s family about Chinese and American economic relations, according to the criminal complaint filed against her. At the time, she offered no more information about him, or even his last name, officials said. As part of Monday’s hearing, Secret Service agent Samuel Ivanovich testified about his questioning of Zhang and acknowledged a major misstep in the investigation’s early hours. The agent said he documented about six hours of questioning on video, but when investigators played it back, they realized audio of the conversation had not been recorded. Ivanovich also testified that when the thumb drive they recovered from Zhang at the club was inserted into another agent’s computer “a file immediately began to install itself.” The agent, Ivanovich said, had never seen that happen before. “He knew it was something out of the ordinary,” Ivanovich said. A law enforcement official said the computer was not part of a government data network and no sensitive information was put at risk.

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a criminal offense, DHS will not look the other way,” Nielsen had explained. On Monday, perhaps in a continuation of “cleaning house,” the White House said that Secret Service Director  Randolph “Tex” Alles had been shown the door. Alles, who is a retired Marine Corps major general, was in the position for two years. James M. Murray will be replacing him in May. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said firing Alles “was not based on any single event.” The decision was reportedly made about 10 to 14 days ago.

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In Louisiana, members of three churches watched their places of worship go up in smoke in the past two weeks. All three of the churches that were incinerated were in the same district. Residents and worshippers are concerned and wondering if the blazes are related. All three churches were in St. Landry Parish. St. Mary Baptist Church, in Port Barre, burned on March 26, followed by Greater Union Baptist Church in Opelousas on April 2 and two days later, Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in the same town was burned down. Officials are also investigating a fourth, smaller fire on March 31 at the predominantly white Vivian United Pentecostal Church in Caddo Parish more than 200 miles north of St. Landry. The blaze was intentionally set. St. Landry Parish is nearly 42% black. Opelousas is 75% black. The city’s mayor, Julius Alsandor, called the church burnings “hideous.” “The relevance and the impact on the people in the surrounding communities and especially the congregation of each of these churches, it’s hurtful and there may be some fear that is being exhibited by those

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who are a part of the three churches,” he said. In an appeal for the public’s help, Gov. John Bel Edwards said he has directed the State Fire Marshal as well as local and federal authorities to “aggressively investigate” the fires. That may be easier said than done. When buildings go up in smoke, many times the flames take

evidence of wrongdoing with it as well. State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning said in a statement there is “clearly something happening” in the community. “We believe these three fires are suspicious,” Browning said. “We are falling short of talking about what caused the fires, falling short of say-

ing they are related, however cognizant that there is a problem and no coincidence that there are three fires.” Church burnings were a common occurrence in the Jim Crow era. “For decades, African-American churches have served as the epicenter of survival and a symbol of hope for many in the African-American

community,” NAACP president and CEO Derrick Johnson said. “As a consequence, these houses of faith have historically been the targets of violence.” Several black churches in the South were burned in 2015 shortly after the mass murder of nine people at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, though it is unclear if those fires were racially motivated. According to the latest data from the National Fire Protection Association, fires within religious and funeral properties have been on a decline for decades. Between 2007 and 2011, just 16% were ruled intentional, according to the association.

Motel 6 to Pay $12M

Motel 6 is known for leaving the light on for you. But this week, Motel 6 is in the spotlight after it was announced that the hotel chain will be forced to pay $12 million to settle a lawsuit that said several Washington state locations gave their guest lists to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to the state attorney general’s office. Between 2015 and 2017, seven Motel 6 locations in the state shared approximately 80,000 guests’ personal information with ICE without a warrant, Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s office said. The guest lists contained private information of all guests at the hotel, violating their expectation of privacy. The hotel chain’s disclosures “resulted in ICE’s targeted investigation of many guests with Latino-sounding names,” the statement said. Motel 6’s actions led to “significant harmful consequences, including the detention and deportation of many guests and the suffering of their families.” The hotel chain admitted during the attorney general’s investigation that at least six of its Washington state locations shared guests’ information

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Reduce Pre-Pesach Stress through Understanding Hilchos Pesach We can greatly diminish pre-Pesach stress by

only a quick check. “Since they are not going to

small crumbs are insignificant and are automatically

understanding Hilchos Pesach.

be worn, there is no concern that one may eat any

nullified, these bits of food (which are identifiable

The Halochos of eating Chometz are very

crumbs that are there. Small crumbs do not have to

things) are in a category of their own.”

stringents but the Halochos of OWNING

be removed since there is no prohibition to own

Loose pieces of chometz (larger than a crumb yet

chometz are far milder.

them during Pesach.”

smaller than a k’zayis) do need to be removed.

Below are Torah scholars' directives regarding

Light switches and door handles should be cleaned

(Shulchan Aruch Harav; Mishnah Berurah)

owning chometz and cleaning for Pesach.

when necessary (After we touch them, we may touch

Rav Chaim Pinchos Scheinberg Zatzal, Rosh

Pesach food, and the laws forbidding eating chometz are

Yeshiva of Torah Ohr in Yerushalayim, taught the

most stringent, as mentioned. Pens, pencils, combs, and


(Notes in parenthesis and brackets are explanatory comments. Also, italics and bold are added for emphasis.)

outbreak of the disease is occurring, the health department says on its website. “Since then, there have been additional people from Brooklyn and Queens who were unvaccinated and acquired measles while in Israel.”

hair brushes which might have some sticky residue might

Rabbi Barclay and Rabbi Jaeger, authors of the

also be in the same category.).

• If, during the year, chometz is not brought into a

Guideline Halacha Series, write that there are two

Carpets: Vacuuming cleans a carpet sufficiently,

place, that place does not have to be cleaned out or

mitzvos connected to the possession of chometz: • Not to see chometz or find it in one’s possessions (Lo Yeraeh and Lo Yemotzei)

• To dispose of it. (Tashbisu)

since any remaining crumbs are not fit for eating. Toaster: Since a toaster will not be used on Pesach, it is sufficient to remove loose crumbs by shaking the toaster well and putting it away with the

checked for chometz. • The general obligation to check for and get rid of crumbs does not apply if the crumbs are less than the size of an olive (k’zayis) and are dirty or spoiled enough to deter a person from eating them.

According to Torah law, it is enough to either get

chometz utensils. The chometz pots do not have to

rid of the chometz, or to declare it null and void.

be scrubbed. Some have the custom to check the

• The cleaning product (regular household cleanser)

Our sages required both for three reasons:

pots for chometz.

must spoil the crumbs (only) slightly, to the extent

• Our declaration should be sincere. • We shouldn’t accidentally eat the chometz (that’s lying around)

• In order that overlooked chometz be included.

that people would refrain from eating them. Rabbi Yaakov Zev Smith, a maggid shiur for Irgun Shiurei Torah, explains: “The Gemara says that

Extra effort in cleaning away chometz is part of a

after bedikas chometz one still needs to annul the

heilige minhag. In practicing it, we give the greatest

chometz. This requirement is not because of crumbs

energy to areas that our Pesach food and our hands will touch or come in contact with on Pesach2.

“If the chometz is dirty then only a piece that is the

which may be scattered in the house; rather, it is

size of a k’zayis (an olive) must be removed.” (The

a protection against a big piece of chometz. The

In addition, this heilige minhag must be practiced up

halacha concerning not seeing/finding and removal

reason we do not worry about crumbs is that since

to the point where it does not take away from one’s

of chometz apply only to chometz the size of a

they are on the floor they have no importance to us

health, safety and joy in the Heilige Yom Tov.

K’zayis or larger.)

and are “self-annulled” (Pesachim 6b).

Anything written above should not be used by

“If the chometz is edible, then even a smaller [than

He explains further that the Chayei Adam (119:6)

husbands and children as an excuse for not helping

a kzayis] piece that one may be tempted to eat

is of the opinion that one must clean crevices of

make the house clean and shining, as well as

must be removed.”

crumbs within hand’s reach. This is not because

kosher for Pesach. It is indeed part of the signature

“Therefore, when cleaning for Pesach one must

of the prohibition to see or have chometz in one’s

of Pesach to have a home that is extra-special

remove small pieces of edible chometz and large

possession – but because we are concerned that one

clean. The wholehearted participation—without

pieces of inedible chometz.”

might inadvertently eat them”.1 The Pri Chadash

criticism—of husband and children makes a big

(444-4) and the Igros Moshe (1-145) disagree with

difference and brings much joy to the Yom Tov.

this stringency.

May we all be zocheh to clean and prepare for the

for books that will be brought to the table. Those

However, the commonly held custom is to follow

Yom Tov of Pesach without excessive strain or fear,

books should be either new or well cleaned.

the Chayei Adam’s ruling and clean out all easily

but with anticipation and happiness; and may our

Books: Rabbi Barclay and Rabbi Jaeger also write that there is no need to check books, except

Bentchers used the whole year should not be

accessible places where crumbs might be found.

cleaning and preparation find chein Above and help bring the Geulah Shleimah closer.

used on Pesach; they should be put away with the

The Chazon Ish (122:8) cites the Gra in stating

chometz because they often contain crumbs and are

that crumbs caught between the floorboards do not

A truly kosher and freilichen Pesach to all.

difficult to clean. (Nowhere is it mentioned that the

have to be removed. Even if there are many crumbs

The information above was reviewed and approved

chometz crumbs have to be removed or that the

that add up collectively to a k’zayis, they are not a

by Rabbi Elozor Barclay and Rabbi Yitzchok

bentchers and zemiros books have to be sold, even

problem halachically, because they are dried out

Jaeger, the authors of Guidelines – Over Five

though chometz crumbs remain in them. The only

and unappetizing.

Hundred of the Most Commonly Asked Questions

rule is that they should be put away so that they

“The requirement for chometz to actually be unfit for

About Pesach (Targum Press) and by Rabbi Zev

are not accidentally brought to the table on Pesach.)

canine consumption (inedible to a dog) only applies to a k’zayis.” (Magen Avraham; Mishnah Berurah).

with soapy water and checked. Other toys should be

Rabbi Smith continues: What about chometz that is


put away. Special toys for Pesach are recommended.

bigger than a crumb yet smaller than a k’zayis? An


Clothing that won’t be worn on Pesach needs

example might be a pretzel, or half a cookie. “While

Schools Ordered to Exclude Unvaccinated Children In an effort to stem the rising tide of measles in the city, New York City has ordered yeshivas in Williams-

Judge Blocks “Remain in Mexico” Plan

Smith of Irgun Shiurei Torah.

Toys that will be used on Pesach should be cleaned

with ICE, according to the news release. The investigation revealed a seventh location also gave information to immigration authorities. Ferguson’s office filed the lawsuit in January 2018 after two Motel 6 locations in Arizona were accused of giving guests’ information to federal immigration agents. The chain reached a tentative settlement agreement in that case last summer.

The vast majority of measles cases in Brooklyn and Queens are of children younger than 18 years, the release on Monday said. Measles causes fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes and rashes and, with complications, can cause swelling of the brain and death. In December, the health department issued a mandatory directive that yeshivas and child care centers in parts of the Borough Park and Williamsburg sections of Brooklyn exclude students who had not received the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, the release said. A month later, a yeshiva in Williamsburg fell out of compliance and allowed unvaccinated children back into school or child care. This single yeshiva is connected to more than 40 cases, the release on Monday said.

L'aliyas nishmas Zeesl bas R’ Tzvi, a”h (cf. Radvaz 1:135; Machaneh Yisrael 10:).

Shulchan Aruch Harav states (433:19): ... ‫עיקר תקנת בדקת חמץ אחר שביטלו אינה אלא משום גזירה שמא יבוא לאכלו בפסח‬...

burg to exclude all students who aren’t vaccinated against measles from classes. Schools ignoring the order would face violations and possible closure. 285 cases of the measles were documented in Brooklyn and Queens since October. The outbreak started when an unvaccinated child acquired measles on a visit to Israel, where a large

On Monday, a federal judge blocked the Trump administration’s policy requiring Central American asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico while their cases are decided in the U.S., ruling that the Department of Homeland Security overstepped its legal authority. That policy was one of the last attempts by outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to gain control of the southern border,

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which has seen an increase in illegal crossings. U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg in San Francisco ordered the Trump administration to allow the plaintiffs in the case – 11 migrants from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras – to enter the U.S. within two days. He issued a nationwide preliminary injunction that prevents the administration from forcing future asylum-seekers back into Mexico. The order goes into effect on Friday. Seeborg, who was nominated by former President Barack Obama, ruled that the Trump policy was not properly implemented and violated both U.S. laws and the 1951 United Nations Convention on Refugees, which the U.S. is a party to. The asylum-seekers, Seeborg  ruled, were already fleeing dangerous conditions in their home countries, only to be returned to Mexican border towns “where they face undue risk to their lives and freedom.” Trump took to Twitter on Monday after the ruling, “A 9th Circuit Judge just ruled that Mexico is too dangerous for migrants. So unfair to the U.S. OUT OF CONTROL!” he said. Monday’s ruling follows a suit filed by Central American migrants, who were among the first to be returned to Tijuana after requesting asylum at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in southern California, and several humanitarian groups that have been assisting migrants. The policy, officially called the “Migrant Protection Protocols” but informally referred to as the “Remain in Mexico” plan, started in January at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in southern California. The policy has expanded to the Calexico Port of Entry about 120 miles east of San Ysidro, and Homeland Security officials say the plan was to gradually roll it out to all other ports along the U.S.-Mexico border. It allows migrants from countries other than Mexico to request asylum at U.S. ports of entry, but then requires them to return to Mexico to wait for a decision. Previously, asylum seekers were released into the U.S. and given a notice to appear in immigration court to proceed with their case. Monday’s ruling marks the third straight time the Trump administration has been shot down in its attempts to limit or halt asylum-seek-

ers who have been arriving at the U.S. border in record numbers. In December, another federal judge struck down the Department of Justice’s attempt to cut off asylum for victims of domestic abuse and gang violence. In November, another federal judge struck down Justice’s  attempts to cut off asylum for people who crossed into the country illegally, which is allowed under U.S. law.  In that case, U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar wrote that Trump “may not rewrite the immigration laws.” The U.S. and Mexican governments had been negotiating a joint plan, where Mexico would assume responsibility of the waiting asylum applicants, but when those talks broke down, the Trump administration  announced in December it would unilaterally implement the policy, forcing Mexico and a collection of humanitarian groups to care for those migrants in Mexico. The Trump administration points out that these migrants come to the U.S. and request asylum knowing that the process is long and that they will be able to live in the U.S. until their application is approved or denied. Some take advantage of “loopholes” to ensure their stay in the U.S. In the 2017 fiscal year, Border Patrol agents apprehended 6,301 members of family units a month. In 2018, that rose to 8,934 a month. In the first five months of 2019, it jumped to 27,230 a month. The Trump administration says those numbers represent a security and humanitarian crisis that forced them to implement the new policy forcing all those asylum-seekers to stay in Mexico.

Pelosi’s Profile in Courage Award

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Foundation. The award, which has pave the way for others. So, it’s about been called the Nobel Prize for pub- the future.” Pelosi admits that it’s not a job lic figures, is given for an act, or a that comes without its pressures. lifetime, of political courage. “You have to be ready to take a In a statement, Caroline Kennedy called Pelosi “the most important punch, and you have to be ready to woman in American political histo- throw a punch,” Pelosi said. “I’m in the arena. And I know that when ry.” The first female to be elected you’re in the arena, this is what you Speaker, and the first person elected should expect. But if you don’t have Speaker in non-consecutive terms the courage, don’t get in the arena.” In 1956, as a young senator and in over 60 years, Pelosi has served in the House of Representatives war hero, John F. Kennedy pubsince 1987. The California Democrat lished Profiles in Courage about worked with a Republican president some of his own heroes – eight U.S. to pass an economic bailout pack- senators who did what they thought age in 2008 and with a Democratic was right, not what was popular, president to pass landmark health- even if it destroyed their political care reform in 2010, despite strong careers. The book won the Pulitzer Prize. opposition in both cases. Caroline Kennedy, JFK’s daugh“The courage that that takes, really, I think, makes her an example ter, said, “In 1989, our family was and an inspiration for generations of thinking about how to memorialize Americans, men and women,” Ken- him and remember him, and we decided to do it by honoring the quality nedy said. “Coming from Caroline, that’s an that he thought was most essential enormous compliment,” Pelosi told in public life, which was courage.” Since then, every year, the Pro“Sunday Morning” correspondent Martha Teichner. “However, going file in Courage Award has been with it are shoulders for other peo- given without regard to party. It’s ple to stand on. I’ve stood on many silver and heavy and made to look women’s shoulders, who have paved like a ship’s lantern. “We wantsomething that would be both the way for us.inx5.75 And now we 11 have3/19/19 to ed 3:29 8.75 in.pdf PM

symbolic and beautiful,” Caroline said. “Hopefully, the symbolism of the lantern will also help us all go forward, following our courageous leader.”

Ban on Khashoggi’s Murderers

Sixteen individuals have been barred from entering the United States because of their roles in the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the State Department said on Monday. “In cases where the Secretary of State has credible information that officials of foreign governments have been involved in significant corruption or gross violations of human rights,” the statement read, “those individuals and their immediate family

members are ineligible for entry into the United States.” Khashoggi, a permanent U.S. resident and vocal critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was murdered and dismembered on October 2 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Among those banned on Monday from entering the U.S. is Saud al-Qahtani, an advisor to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who the CIA suspects organized the assassination of Khashoggi. In November, Al-Qahtani and 16 others were sanctioned by the State Department under the Global Magnitsky Act. All but one were again named in Monday’s designation. The U.S. had previously also revoked the visas for 21 unnamed Saudi individuals associated with the murder last October. The Trump administration has faced criticism for its defense of the U.S.-Saudi relationship despite conclusions by both U.S. intelligence and the U.S. Senate that the Crown Prince known as MBS is ultimately responsible for Khashoggi’s death. Eleven of the 21 individuals originally detained by the Saudi government in Khashoggi’s death are on trial


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in the Kingdom. The trials, though, are proceeding in secret, and the names and charges have yet to be released, according to U.N. Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary killings Agnes Callamard. Callamard, who leads the U.N. investigation into the murder of Khashoggi, is calling for the trials to be made public. The findings of the U.N. investigation are to be presented in June to the U.N. Human Rights Council.

U.S. Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

Three American service-members and a U.S. contractor were

killed when their convoy hit a roadside bomb on Monday near the main U.S. base in Afghanistan. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. The U.S. and NATO Resolute Support mission said the four Americans were killed near the Bagram Air Base, north of Kabul, while three others were wounded in the explosion. The base in Bagram district is located in northern Parwan province and serves as the main U.S. air facility in the country. The wounded were evacuated and are receiving medical care, the statement from U.S. forces said. It added that in accordance with U.S. Department of Defense policy, the names of service-members killed in action were being withheld until after notification of next of kin. In their claim of responsibility, the Taliban said they launched the attack and that one of their suicide bombers detonated his explosives-laden vehicle near the NATO base. It is not clear if, despite taking responsibility, the Taliban was behind the attack. Local officials said at least five Afghan civilians were wounded in the commotion after the attack on

the American convoy. Four were passersby and the fifth was a driver of a car going down the road, said Abdul Raqib Kohistani, the Bagram district police chief. Abdul Shakor Qudosi, the district administrative chief in Bagram, said American soldiers opened fire immediately after their convoy was bombed. Monday’s U.S. fatalities bring to seven the number of U.S. soldiers killed so far this year in Afghanistan, underscoring the difficulties in bringing peace to the war-wrecked country even as Washington has stepped up efforts to find a way to end the 17-year war, America’s longest. There are about 14,000 U.S. forces in Afghanistan supporting embattled Afghan forces as they struggle on two fronts: facing a resurgent Taliban who now hold sway over almost half the country, and the Islamic State affiliate, which has sought to expand its footprint in Afghanistan even as its self-proclaimed “caliphate” has crumbled in Syria and Iraq. Last year, 13 U.S. service-members were killed in Afghanistan. The Taliban have continued to carry out daily attacks on Afghan

security forces despite holding several rounds of peace talks with the United States in recent months. The Taliban have refused to meet with the Afghan government, which they view as a U.S. puppet. The Taliban have agreed to take part in an all-Afghan gathering later this month in Qatar, where the insurgents maintain a political office. But the Taliban say they will not recognize any government official attending the gathering as a representative of the Kabul government, only as an individual Afghan participant.

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at its lowest in a century, with thousands of rowhouses laying vacant throughout the city. On a per capita basis, the city has the highest rate of homicides per 100,000 people in the country. Opioids from Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland Medical Center continue to flood the poorest of neighborhoods, leaving the African-American communities in a perpetual state of addiction, along with the need for constant government assistance programs. With the local economy basically a black market, gangs roam the streets in certain areas like a third world country. Another recent statistic highlights the bleakness of the situation. New evidence from an ADT security study that examined FBI statistics shows the town is now the “most robbed” city in America. Baltimore had the most significant number of robberies per capita – 95.87 for every 10,000 people – a dubious distinction. ADT’s analysts “looked at the FBI’s annual crime data [for 2017] for robbery rates to discover which city in each state experienced the most robberies.” While robberies worsened in Baltimore, they de-

clined nationwide, dropping by 28% between 2008 and 2017. Baltimore came in way above the second-to-most robbed city in the nation, Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland only experienced 69.99 robberies per 10,000 people. On the other side of the scale – and the nation – Boise, Idaho, on the West Coast only had 2.26 robberies per 10,000 people.

Locked out for Forever

One thing’s for certain: Evan Osnos will never let his three-year-old play with his iPad again. For one, he won’t have access to his device for the next 25 million minutes (which

is, if you’re wondering, around a half a century). Additionally, well, let’s just say he’s learned his lesson. The D.C.-based journalist posted a screenshot on Twitter on Saturday, “Uh, this looks fake but, alas, it’s our iPad today after 3-year-old tried (repeatedly) to unlock. Ideas?” The tweet was accompanied by a screenshot for Osnos’s disabled iPad, which can only be unlocked in 25,536,442 minutes – a whopping 48.5 years. Apparently his adorable toddler was playing with his iPad and attempted to access the device without the correct password. Apple was none-too-pleased and locked the child out for almost forever. Think about it: by the time the device will be able to be unlocked we’ll probably be communicating via chips in our brains. iPads will become the record players of the future.

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The statue was taken from the home on Wednesday. By Friday, police posted a video of the thieves returning it. The criminals-with-a-changeof-heart also left behind a bouquet of flowers and a card. Police say it was a “smart move to return the property” and that the owner is grateful. Who said there isn’t honor among thieves?

Spider Smuggling Inside boxes of oatmeal and cookies Philippine customs officials found a creepy surprise: hundreds of live tarantulas.

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The boxes were giftwrapped and had been flown all the way from Poland. All in all, officials seized 757 tarantulas – let’s hope none of them got away – and then later arrested the Filipino man who had come to claim them at the mail exchange center near the airport.

dent, police and the victim were at a loss about which brother perpetuated the attack. As such, the judge let the two of them off scot-free. “It’s obvious that one of them actively tried to hold the other back. So he can’t be judged as either perpetrator or accomplice,” the judge said. This was certainly a case of a “double take.”

A Cheesy Record Many of the baby tarantulas were concealed in small plastic vials punctured with holes for air while bigger spiders were shipped in see-through plastic containers. Officials estimated the value of the unusual shipment at 310,000 pesos ($5,900). Philippine wildlife laws prohibit the trading, collection and possession of such spiders, which are popular pets among arachnid enthusiasts, without permits. Despite threats of hefty fines and imprisonment, a startling array of wildlife have been seized by the hundreds by airport customs inspectors in Manila since last year, including geckos, iguanas, chameleons and a popular reptile called bearded dragons. My skin is crawling just thinking about it.

Double Trouble These twins are double the trouble. This week, a court in Belgium declared the duo of wrongdoing after the judge couldn’t tell the two apart. Ibrahim and Murat A, both 28, were accused of assault after they were caught up in an argument with laughing onlookers after one of them fell off his bicycle outside the Citysnack outlet in Leuven, a university city east of Brussels, in 2015. One of the brothers reacted angrily and punched one man while the other tried to hold him back. Although there was footage of the inci-

Johnny di Francesco broke a Guinness World Record with a whopping 154 cheeses this week. He used the varieties of cheese on top of a pizza pie to reclaim his gooey title. Di Francesco, chef at 400 Gradi in Melbourne, Australia, had formerly held the title for greatest variety of cheese on pizza when he created his famous 99-cheese pizza. But another chef topped him with 111 oodles of cheese, forcing di Francesco to come back with cheesy vengeance. “While the 154-cheese pizza may not have been a culinary impossibility,” the chef said, “it was certainly a culinary challenge! We knew it was an ambitious idea, but probably more-so than first anticipated.” He noted, “We also needed to be sure each individual cheese was distinct enough from the next, yet complimentary to each flavor, and could blend really well together once combined,” he said. “The cheeses included the likes of gorgonzola, pecorino, Taleggio, aged cheddar, gouda and, of course, many more!” The chef said the “Cheesy Pizza” was a hit with customers and that he sold a total 797 in just five days. Pass the Tums, please.

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Around the

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lmost 120 members of Aish Kodesh in Woodmere, young men and their fathers, traveled together to the matzah bakery of Rav Mottel Twerski (of Hornosteipel) at his shtiebel, Ateres Shloime, in Brooklyn. They joined their Rebbe, Rav Moshe Weinberger, and Rabbi Yoni Levin, to personally involve

themselves with the mitzvah of baking matzah. Rav Twerski started by introducing the meaning and importance of the mitzvah in which everyone was about to involve themselves. He then picked groups of boys and men for all of the various roles: flour pouring, dough kneading, water pouring,

flattening the matzos, runners, and young men to make the matzah “holey.” The night was action-packed, filled with niggunim, and inspiration watching Rav Weinberger rolling matzos and speaking with the boys individually. The boys and their fathers truly

had the opportunity to involve themselves physically and mentally in the preparations for Pesach. All present very much plan to continue preparing for Pesach with Rav Mottel Twerski as a new tradition for the kehilla, G-d willing, should they be all together with the rebuilt Beis HaMikdash in Yerushalayim.

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Use these suggestions to infuse new meaning and excitement into your Seder and create a lasting experience for you and your family. Make the most of your Seder and best fulfill the mitzvah of V’higadita L’vincha by staying focused on telling the actual story of Yetzias Mitzrayim; concentrate on the events and their lessons. Transform Yetzias Mitzrayim from a story into a reality by celebrating the Seder just as you would celebrate a Simcha in your own family. Speak about it vividly, personally and enthusiastically… you’ll inspire yourself and your children. Prepare for the Seder! Spend time studying books and Midrashim that elaborate specifically on the details of each miracle to help your children appreciate the extent of Hashem’s kindness. Make Pesach personal and relevant to your children. Use your discussion about the amazing miracles of Yetzias Mitzrayim as a means of opening their eyes to the miracles Hashem performs for us every day. Show your children how so much of the Pesach Seder revolves around them, demonstrating how much Hashem cares about every child and values each one as an essential member of Klal Yisroel. Involve your children in the Pesach Seder. Prepare stimulating and challenging questions that will guide them to understand the lessons of the Haggadah and be an active participant in the Seder. Practice the lesson of the Four Sons during your Seder by making a particular effort to involve each child (and adult!) in a way that best suits his or her unique personality, style and level. Take the time to patiently answer your children’s questions. If you don’t know the answer, create a powerful Chinuch experience by asking a rabbi and exploring the issue… together with your child. Reinforce their Emunah through the Pesach Seder by explaining that the miracles of Yetzias Mitzrayim irrefutably demonstrated Hashem’s complete control over the world to millions of eyewitnesses. We attest to this truth every year on the Seder night. Inspire yourself by remembering that tonight Jewish parents around the world are passing on a glorious 3,330 year old legacy to their children as their parents and ancestors have done before them. Realize that the Seder that you create for your children will inspire them for the rest of their lives and shape the future Seder that they will make for their children.

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Yeshiva Toras Chaim’s Second Annual Dinner Over 400 proud parents, talmidim, friends, and rebbeim gathered together at the Sands Atlantic Beach for Yeshiva Toras Chaim’s second annual dinner celebration


eshiva Toras Chaim of Yerushalayim held its second annual dinner on Wednesday evening, April 3, 2019, at the Sands Atlantic Beach. The theme of this year’s dinner was “Going from Strength to Strength,” celebrating the growth and success of this dynamic Yeshiva. It honored the legacy of HaGaon R’ Chaim Kreiswirth, zt”l, and recognized several outstanding individuals. Mr. Ephraim Kutner chaired the event with tremendous warmth and

excitement and presented awards to the evening’s honorees. HaRav Moshe Rosenberg, shlita, was presented with the Chaim Shel Torah award in recognition of over two decades of harbatzas haTorah. Mr. & Mrs. Marc Friedman received the Parents of the Year award in recognition of their longstanding relationship with the Yeshiva. A special video presentation and memorial tribute were made for Rebbetzin Miriam Leah Gittel Kreiswirth, a”h, whose dedication and devotion to the talmidim as the

aim ha’Yeshiva were legendary. The Rosh HaYeshiva, HaGaon HaRav Dov Zvi Kreiswirth, shlita, inspired and motivated everyone with an uplifting and moving speech. The Menahel Ruchani, HaGaon HaRav Zvi Twersky, shlita, ended the dinner program with heartfelt words of thanks to the many people involved in the success of the Yeshiva and the dinner in particular including dinner co-chairmen Mr. Ephraim Kutner and Mr. Ira Zlotowitz, journal co-chairmen Mr. Yossi Nussbaum and Mr. Aron Solomon, and alumni

committee co-chairmen Mr. Aaron Kutner and Mr. Shauli Friedman. The dinner drew over 400 guests which included many local rabbanim. The outpouring of warm and enthusiastic support was palpable at this upbeat and inspiring event. The dinner program was followed by music and lively dancing where rebbeim, talmidim, and their parents joined together with feelings of simcha and hakaras hatov.   


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The Friedberg JCC in Lynbrook was privileged to have author and illustrator Ann Koffsky visit their school. She read her latest release, Creation Colors, to the students and demonstrated her beautiful paper-cutting technique. Coincidentally, Ann graduated from the nursery school 40 years ago.

HAFTR’s Evening of the Arts


n Wednesday night, March 27, the fourth-grade artists and performers of HAFTR dazzled parents, grandparents and guests with a spectacular gala art exhibit and musical production. The lunchroom and gym were transformed into an elegant art gallery.  As you entered the corridor leading in to the gallery, the walls were lined with amazing Giacometti sculptures, each depicting the unique interests of our students. Guests were greeted by students at coat check. Ushers and tour guides helped guests navigate the galleries. White gloved students circulated  with hot hors d’oeuvres as the guests enjoyed the art on display.  Students’ creations were inspired by the works of Alberto Giacometti, Wassily Kandinsky, Kesler Woodward, Sonya Delaunay, Sandra Silberzweig and other artists. There was also a multi-media exhibit from the students’ trip to the Lower East Side and the Eldridge Street Synagogue as well as a display of photos from their trip to the Guggen-

heim Museum. Students and guests had the opportunity to participate in performance art, created by our resident pop artist, Rabbi Yitzchok Moully. Using 10 different paint colors and large syringes, students and guests took turns to squirt paint in order to form drip lines on a white canvas. They watched how the paint pooled to the bottom of the canvas. At the event, the artist photographed different guests representing HAFTR students, faculty and parents. A student with a globe, another holding a tzedakah box, a rebbe teaching Torah from a sefer, and a mother walking her daughter to school will become part of nine silhouettes the artist will affix onto the mural. When complete, the mural entitled, “9 Plus 1,” will adorn our hallway.   The musical program began with an introduction by Ms. Hammer. As boys and girls filled the stage, students narrated, sang, and played their recorders as guests enjoyed the music.  The program was set in the

HAFTR TV STUDIO Channel 613, as students went on a journey across the world, “Discovering Our Heritage Through Our Pastoral Past.” It included a combination of songs in Hebrew and English, focusing on shepherds and their music from around the world. Some of the musical artists included in the performance were Johann Strauss, Naomi Shemer, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, and Stephen Sondheim.  Applause

rang out in the auditorium and the students’ faces were beaming as they took a bow. Mrs. Royce Maron, Mrs. Jill Goldstein, and Mrs. Janet Goldman were thanked for inspiring our students with an awareness and love for the arts. Thank you to the entire fourth grade staff for helping to prepare students and to the many generous sponsors that made the evening such a success.

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A Most Unique CAHAL Haggadah Experience


he main mitzvah of Pesach is V’hagditah l’bincha, tell your children.  Pesach is the ultimate children’s holiday.  It is focused on making them feel as though they were present at the geulah.  As we all know, dating back to our own school days, elementary school children create their own haggadah every year.  Rabbi Moshe Waxman has taken this activity to an entirely new level.   In the 2nd-3rd grade Yeshiva of South Shore CAHAL class, Yetziyas Mizrayim truly comes alive, as Rabbi Waxman focuses on the mindset of “B’chol dor v’dor.” Through active learning and multi-sensory techniques, the students literally experience our history and identify how Bnei Yisrael felt as each event unfolded.  Then they dress up for

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By Sarit Adler each scene, portray the appropriate emotions, and Rabbi Waxman invests many hours photoshopping his students into actual backdrops to complete the pictures. The results adorn their haggadahs, but that is not all. Divrei Torah are added, important words are highlighted and color-coded, and the children are ready to go.  As they present their extraordinary haggadahs and all that they have learned, they become the most important participants at their family sedarim.   CAHAL is currently accepting students for 2019-20. For more information about the CAHAL program and to donate to this great community organization, contact, visit, or call (516) 295-3666.


his week, the Mix It Up Anti-Bullying Club members at the Yeshiva of Central Queens gave lessons to the elementary school students. The first, second and third graders were read stories about bullying. They then answered questions about the stories and about bullying. The fourth and fifth grades were shown a PowerPoint presentation about bullying along with a video and a song related to bullying. After viewing the PowerPoint and a discussion, the fourth and fifth grade students wrote their thoughts on two anti-bullying quotes that will be displayed in the junior high school building as a reminder. Including the younger students in anti-bullying programs early on should help to reduce any incidents of

bullying in the school. A strong focus on the steps to take when bullying occurs, as well as ongoing education for students, teachers and parents, will greatly reduce bullying situations. While this aggressive behavior has increased with one in three students claiming to have been bullied nationwide according to the YouthTruth Student Survey, YCQ is taking steps to reduce and remove from our yeshiva through understanding and education. The Mix It Up Anti-Bullying Club will continue educating students as the first defense to making our school environment a safe and fun place to learn. When students were asked, they all enjoyed the program and learned a lot from it. The Mix It Up Anti-Bullying Club will continue to include the elementary school in their programs.

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dents who scored high scores on the qualifying tests were invited to join a spectacular Shabbaton with over a thousand other girls from around the world! All four students scored high enough to join the Shabbaton. Over the weekend, they took the final test on all 134 mitzvos and had a great time at the Shabbaton, where they made new friends and went on many trips!  The highlight of the entire Chidon Competition was the grand Chidon Sefer Hamitzvos Game Show Event, where the girls were challenged with fast questions. Mushka Lieberman was the school representative on stage at the Chidon. It was Mushka’s second year as the school representative at the International Chidon. The girls left the crowd speechless at how much knowledge they have acquired! They really showed what “yagati umatzasi taamin” is all about. The Long Island girls came home with honors. Mushka earned a plaque and medal, Miriam a plaque and Chani and Vichna earned certificates.  The girls came home excited to start studying the next book, learning for next year’s Chidon.

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Shulamith High School Production Jewsies Debut


he Shulamith auditorium was packed and buzzing with excitement this past Sunday night in anticipation of the opening night of Jewsies, Shulamith High School’s original musical production. After months of preparation, long nights of rehearsal, and hours of perfecting set design and choreography, the girls took to the stage and delivered a flawless and breathtaking performance. The play, an original storyline based loosely off the iconic Newsies and written by the talented Ms. Esty Munk, is set in early 1900’s New York and tells the story of a group of yeshiva bochurim who, struggling to raise funds for their near-bankrupt yeshiva, form a business partnership with the NY newsies. The newsies teach them the ropes, and the two groups form an unlikely, but deep friendship. Taking a little poetic license, the play also cast the original Newsies character Joey as a born and bred “New Yawk boy” who – unbeknownst even to himself – is of Jewish descent, a plot twist that added depth, meaning and a lot of humor to the storyline as the bochurim discover his identity and try to teach him a bit about his great heritage. The cast was led by the tremendously talented junior Tzivie Scharf and senior Sela Pollack, playing the roles of newsie Joey and bochur Dan-

ny, respectively. Of course, no play can be based off the Newsies without paying tribute to its iconic music, and the Jewsies definitely did justice to the classics, such as “King of New York” and “Seize the Day.” With accompanying dances, led by seniors Mindy Schreck and Hadassah Allman, and vivid scenery, backdrops and props which came to life under the creative eye of senior Hana Adler and her team, the play was truly a Broadway experience and had the audience raving about the production. Shira Lax, a freshman, says, “Everyone was so enthusiastic in their performances.... I really enjoyed it!” Ms. Shifra Raskin, faculty member, adds that in addition to enjoying the phenomenal play, her favorite part is always “the opportunity to see her students shine and showcase their hid-

den talents,” showing a side of themselves that isn’t always seen in the classroom. Eliana Pilevsky, a sophomore, seconds that. Even from a fellow student’s point of view, she notes how amazing it is to “see everybody’s talents come together to produce such a well-executed performance!” And well-done it certainly was. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the entire cast and crew and their production heads, seniors Sela Pollack and Shana Deil, as well as the faculty who wrote, directed and produced the play, Ms. Esty Munk and Ms. Sarah Katz, the play was a huge success. In the words of the proud Shulamith administration, the Shulamith girls really did “seize the play” and delivered an all-around show-stopping performance.

TMM Hosts Morchechai Shapiro Concert for Special Needs Children


ast Monday night, TMM’s Yedidim program held a special event – a private concert for Yedidim children by renowned singer Mordechai Shapiro. The Yedidim program runs every Monday evening. From 5:00pm6:30pm, fifteen special needs children and their TMM counselors meet in the multi-purpose room for fun activities, stories, and games. Recently, Yedidim heads Gitty Birnhack and Rachel Schreiber decided to do something extra special for the children. They asked Mordechai Shapiro to make a concert for them, and he generously acquiesced. The

children basked in Mr. Shapiro’s trademark warmth and energy and had a wonderful time.

Kudos to Gitty and Rachel for arranging the performance and a special thank you to Mr. Shapiro for do-

nating his time, talents and spirit to brighten the day for these children.

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Morah at HANC Wins Book Contest


ANC’S Samuel and Elizabeth Bass Golding’s Elementary School in West Hempstead has a winner! Morah Aliza Rosenblum, one of HANC’s talented and devoted kindergarten teachers, was selected to receive a $500 prize plus 500 Bonus Points from the James Patterson and Scholastic Book Clubs Giveaway. As part of the competition, the candidates were asked to write an essay about how $500 worth of books would enhance their classroom library. In her essay, Morah Aliza expressed her desire to expand the selection of non-fiction books in her classroom library in order to appeal to a broad range of interests and levels which will encourage exploration through reading. With a $500 grant, she intended to select books about science, animals, the human body and biographies about famous people

like Abe Lincoln, Helen Keller, Albert Einstein and Amelia Earhart. She also would select books that would enable her students to explore numerous geographical locations around the

world including Brazil, Mexico, Australia, India and Italy. Morah Aliza’s winning essay was selected from 127,000 entries! HANC commends Morah Aliza on this tre-

mendous achievement. The books that she received will entice her young students to broaden their knowledge on a myriad of topics and enjoy reading even more.


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Mazal tov to the White Shul Gemara Chaburah on their siyum on Mesechtas Sotah this week

Pre-Pesach Mishmar Madness Program


n Thursday, April 4, MTA and New York NCSY partnered to present a Pre-Pesach Mishmar Madness program for MTA talmidim.

MTA hosts Mishmar Madness – a post-Mishmar program that includes additional learning opportunities accompanied by dinner and activities – five times per year to enhance

Torah learning for its talmidim. This event was presented in partnership with New York NCSY and featured chaburahs with MTA alumni and NCSY advisors, shiurim with MTA

rebbeim, interactive discussions with NCSY staff, exciting panoply games, and a lively farbrengen with world-renowned educator and NCSY mashpiah Rav Judah Mischel.

Kaminsky, Pheffer Amato and Hevesi Secure State Aid for Shalom Task Force


ast week, Senator Todd Kaminsky, Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato and Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi announced that they secured $175,000 for Shalom Task Force in this year’s state budget. “Shalom Task Force does critical work to protect those who suffer from domestic abuse in our community,” said Senator Todd Kaminsky. “It was my pleasure to have advocated for them and secured $175,000 for this vital organization. I am confident that these funds will benefit the men and women who need help the most.” “We are so appreciative of the

incredible support for Shalom Task Force championed by Senator Kaminsky, Assemblyman Hevesi and Assemblywoman Pheffer Amato in Albany,” said Shoshana Frydman, Executive Director of Shalom Task Force. “With this funding we will be able to help more victims of domestic violence and create a safe community.” “I am incredibly proud that $175,000 was included in this year’s state budget for the Shalom Task Force and I would like to thank Senator Kaminsky for leading on this issue in the Senate. The Shalom Task Force’s mission is to end domestic vi-

olence and foster healthy and safe relationships and families in the Jewish community. They provide critical services to survivors of domestic violence including a confidential hotline, legal assistance, and counseling as well as education and trainings around prevention and promoting healthy relationships,” said Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi. “Shalom Task Force provides vital services to help victims who have endured all forms of abuse and are at the forefront of education prevention efforts, and programs promoting healthy, stable marriages while also

being mindful of cultural sensitivities,” said Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato. “I am proud to have supported them in the NYS Budget. I look forward to working in partnership with the Shalom Task Force as they continue to provide supportive services for our women, children and families” Shalom Task Force provides support to victims of domestic violence, including financial assistance, counseling referrals and other services. The Task Force also spearheads a bevy of educational programs to promote peaceful familial relationships.

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A Trip of Chessed

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n Wednesday, the Rambam Chessed Committee took a trip to the local JCC food pantry to donate all the cans and sweets the Rambam students donated during recent food drives.  Students brought in hundreds of candies, chocolates, chips, etc. for the post-Purim Candy Drive. Students also donated quite a few boxes filled with a spectrum of different canned foods for those in need.    The students drove down to the

JCC to personally donate all the food and were welcomed with open arms. The volunteers were very happy to see all the boys taking time out of their busy schedules to do some chessed for families and individuals in need of some extra help. The JCC was very thankful and even offered volunteering positions to some of the students! The Chessed Committee is looking forward to organizing more chessed initiatives in the remaining few months that we have left.

BYAM Preschool Prepares for Pesach


hile each of us is busy cleaning, shopping and cooking in our own homes, the girls at BYAM are also super busy with their own preparations. In addition to learning about the Zman Cherusainu and the incredible nissim that happened, they

are also creating masterpiece haggados, cleaning their classrooms, baking matzah, designing afikomen bags, and singing “Mah Nishtana.” They are eagerly awaiting this incredible yom tov! May we all be together in Yerushalayim b’karov.



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On April 7, 2019, over 500 MAY Alumni came together to enjoy the “warmth of MAY� that they so fondly remember from their high school years. This event brought Alumni together to reunite with their friends and Rabbeim in the 2nd Annual MAY Madness Alumni Reunion Basketball Tournament giving them the opportunity to bolster their impenetrable bond with the yeshiva. To see more pics, visit our Alumni Website at

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CSI at Central


hessed is an important value to our Central community, Jewish community, and global community. Last Tuesday, the freshman class participated in a variety of activities to get a taste of the fantastic work people are always doing in our community to help those in need. It was a great opportunity to reach out to others, develop sensitivities, and make a difference in the

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life of someone else. During Central’s Community Service Initiative (CSI), one group visited elderly patients in a hospital, while another helped with food prep with Met Council. Another group packaged food at Kehillat Sephardim and two other groups worked with students with special needs at Yachad Lower School and Shma Koleinu in Brooklyn. The students enjoyed their time helping others.

Central Science Institute Achievements By Elan Moskowitz, Astronomy Club Chair


his past Wednesday, March 27, the Astronomy Club visited the Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Natural History. There, they explored the amazing space exhibit containing cool artifacts, such a huge meteorite, and watched the incredible space show in the planetarium entitled Dark Matter. In the show, they learned about


entral’s Science Institute continues to inspire young women to pursue research at the highest levels. After spending the last year working with state-ofthe-art technologies in our intensive program, rising juniors Leah Hersh, Ayelet Kornblau, and Shira Kornblau will be spending this summer at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Rising seniors Meirav Grajower, Hannah Hamerman, and Lauren Stiefel will attend Stony Brook Uni-

versity’s Garcia Summer High School Scholar Research Program, a highly prestigious program boasting many graduates who have won recognition for their research through national competitions, been published in refereed journals, and been awarded patents. Central is honored to be able to nurture our students’ talents in house, and we are so proud to help them share those talents with the wider scientific community.

the incredible universe we live in and the awesome masses that occupy it in addition to the many mysteries we are yet to solve in the universe. Thank you to Professor Quin Murrell for chaperoning the trip and to the chair of the club, Elan Moskowitz, for organizing the entire trip. This trip was an outcome of the many clubs that HANC High School facilitates during the weekly Wednesday Club Hour.

Chometz Giveaway Drive


s in previous years, Tomchei Shabbos of Queens will be having a Chometz Drive. It will take place the night before Bedikas Chometz, allowing everyone maximum time to empty their pantries and figure out what they want to donate. The drive will take place at the

Tomchei Shabbos Warehouse, 12901 Metropolitan Avenue, from 5-8 pm on April 17. Any unopened, non-perishable, packaged food, with good expiration dates, will be accepted.  The Chometz Drive is also an opportunity to donate towards Tomchei Shabbos’ Ma’os Chittin fund.

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Visiting the Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County


tudents in the Art Institute Program at HAFTR High School visited the Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center (HMTC) on Monday, April 1. Helen Turner, HMTC’s educational director, provided the students with an informative lecture during their tour of the museum.  Following the tour, students had the privilege of meeting with a Holocaust survivor and viewing their own Holocaust-themed artwork, which was displayed in the museum’s gallery.   The tour began with students viewing a riveting display of photographs taken before World War II of individuals who would later become Holocaust survivors.  Many of the subjects in the photos were children, teens or young adults, who were the same ages then as the touring stu-

dents are today. Ms. Turner presented details to the students about the history of World War I, Germany’s role in the war, Hitler’s rise to power, and the tyranny of the Nazis. The students learned that Hitler consolidated his base of power by eliminating his political opponents. Persecution of the Jews soon followed.    The students also viewed many photographs of concentration camps that depicted the deplorable conditions, gaunt slave laborers, and structures designed for the sole purpose of exterminating human beings. These photos reinforced the fact that Hitler and the Nazis were fueled by hatred and driven to cruelty, violence and murder.    Although Jews were the Nazis’

primary targets, they resisted Nazi oppression in a variety of ways, both collectively and as individuals. Acts of resistance included underground movements and uprisings. In some instances, prisoners escaped to join partisan units. In May of 1945, World War II ended in Europe after Hitler committed suicide and Germany surrendered.  After the tour of the museum, the students had the honor of meeting Steven Berger. Mr. Berger lives in New York and is a Holocaust survivor who grew up in Hungary. He told several moving stories about how he survived. He told the students that he felt lucky to have made it through such an horrific experience.  The HAFTR art students had the distinct privilege of having their art-

work displayed in a gallery inside the museum. The theme for the exhibit was “The Hidden Stories of Artifacts from the Holocaust.”   Awards and certificates were given to the students at an awards ceremony.  Congratulations to Nechama Hillel – 1st place winner; Julia Mann – second place winner; Ashley Kanarek – 3rd place winner; and Yali Miller – honorable mention.  The trip to HMTC was a moving experience that enabled the HAFTR students to bear witness. It was a day that they will never forget. Themes of bigotry, anti-Semitism and bullying in today’s society were also discussed.  The students can now share what they learned and experienced with others and, in so doing, become upstanders as opposed to bystanders. 

more. After the sessions, the whole school joined together for a game of Passover Panapoly giving over even more understanding of the holiday,

judged by Rabbi Bernstein, Director of NCSY Summer Recruitment Elliot Tanzman, and Managing Director Rina Emerson. The day closed

with a beautiful story given over by mashpiah of OU-NCSY, Rav Judah Mischel. 

Pre-Pesach Yom Iyun at MSH


ew York NCSY leadership visited Midreshet Shalhevet High School last week to run a pre-Pesach Yom Iyun. The day started with interesting and interactive break-out sessions with topics including: Imagination - led by Rabbi Yossi Schwartz; Something to Say at the Seder: A tour through time and place - led by Rabbi Jacob Bernstein; The Timebreakers: running out of time - led by Rabbi Manu Hass; Free-conomics: Does it pay to be free? - led by Ziona Isaacs; and The fire you never saw, the root of redemption - led by Mrs. Leora Lesher. The students learned new insights into the chag, the seder, and

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Talmidim at Netzach HaTorah helped out at the Chasdei Lev drive on Sunday

The third grade classes of Shulamith School for Girls visited Safety Town in Eisenhower Park last week. The girls learned about bike and pedestrian safety. The highlight was touring the mini town on bikes and mini cars 

SKA Students Win First Place at New York Youth Summit


ight students from the Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls participated in the New York Youth Summit held at Berkeley College on Friday, April 5. The New York Youth Summit is designed to give high school students the opportunity to do research and arts projects that deal with important issues that impact communities in the New York area and the country. At the annual conference, they work with top experts to develop solutions to many socio-medical, environmental and social issues.

The SKA students were invited to the Summit as finalists after having conducted research throughout the year and submitting it to the Summit for review. The attendees heard from Nir Eyal, a writer and frequent TED Talk guest, who discussed the importance of focusing on what’s important and not being distracted from everything that goes on around us in this busy world. They were then divided into groups based on their topic of research and engaged in discussions about possible solutions to problems

that teenagers face in those realms. The day concluded with a wrap up, lunch, and an awards ceremony. Congratulations to SKA seniors Sarah Rifka Khodadadian and Yehudit Mernia for taking part and to sophomores Priva Halpert and Menucha Ross for coming in First Place in the Teen Criminal Justice Category for their paper entitled “An In-Depth Examination into Juvenile Delinquents within the United States Juvenile Justice System”; juniors Racheli Kirschner and Atara Shtern for coming in First Place

in the Mental Health, Self-Esteem and Well-Being Category for their research on “The Effect of Sabbath Observance on Adolescent Technology Dependence”; and juniors Meira Steiner and Talia Ashville for coming in First Place in the Leadership Category for their research paper on “Confidence, Competition, and Co-educational Environments.” Our thanks go to their advisor, Dr. David Friedman, for his guidance and support.

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t has been such a special winter of learning at Gesher. The extra Adar and the excitement that it created together with learning about Yetziyas Mitzrayim in Sefer Shemos has really brought the children to appreciate learning about Pesach. They have been working on their haggadas, singing special songs, and reclining at the mock seder table. Pesach is Chag Ha’Aviv, the springtime festival, and learning how wheat becomes matzah is especially important. The Lakewood Model Matzah Bakery came to Gesher to do just that. The students were able to hold their own stalk of wheat and even see how the wheat kernels are removed by banging on

the stalk. The matzah man decribed how the kernel is ground into flour, after being carefully guarded that no water come into contact with it from the time the stalk is cut. A model matzah bakery was set up with a flour room, a water area for the special mayim shelanu, and an oven room. The children rolled out their own matzahs, even using the special matzah roller to poke holes in the bubbles that could hide some uncooked flour! The delicious smell of fresh baked matzah filled the air. Thank you to the matzah man for a very special presentation and to the Rabinowitz family for sponsoring this wonderful event.

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Around the Community The D4L Drama Queens of Drama for Life! performed “The Emperor’s New Hair” at the LICM Theatre on Sunday, April 7 with Rina C. Hirsch, founding director, and Ariana Wolfson, assistant director

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A Bat Mitzvah Girl’s Mitzvah


irthdays are sacred. On all corners of the earth, there are different customs for significant birthday ages. For Chana, a kind-hearted Jewish girl, it was her 12th birthday, her bat mitzvah, that was significant for her this year. While mom and dad, Sholom and Pessy Jacobs, were busy with the party preparations, they got a surprising request from their daughter. “In honor of my bat mitzvah, I’d like to share my good fortune with those less fortunate than me. Can we gift toys to sick children?” Chana asked. Growing up in her home she witnessed her parents’ open hearts and charitable work and wanted to do something special in honor of her big day. “We are so proud of Chana’s initiative to share her good fortune with

precious children during their suffering! We immediately contacted JJ Hecht II of Toys for Hospitalized Children to put her idea into action,” said Sholom and Pessy. JJ teamed up with Hatzalah of Rockaways & Nassau County, a volunteer ambulance service in Chana’s neighborhood, to gift exciting toys to brave children during the ambulance ride. These toys help calm hysterical children even before they reach the hospital. At her bat mitzvah party, Chana proudly displayed the toys and announced the good deed she was doing in honor of her big day. “Chana’s thoughtfulness for children who are sad, worried, and in pain is uplifting. It is inspiring and encouraging to see youth getting involved in charitable work and bringing smiles and healing in their community!” said Rabbi Hecht.

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The children at HANC ECC West Hempstead enjoyed a hands-on demonstration from the Tzivos Hashem Matzah Factory this week

A Spirit-ual Pesach By Gabriel Geller


s over the past few years more wine lovers have been adding wine as a regular companion to their weeknight dinner – the period known as the Nine Days during the Hebrew month of Av have been dubbed “the wineless week” (and change). On Pesach, however, there is no shortage of wine, of course, but the whisky and bourbon aficionados are deprived of their favorite drink for the entire holiday. My favorite alternative to whisky is cognac. No, it is not at all the same thing. Cognac is distilled wine that was aged in oak barrels. It contains no grain at all and therefore there is no obstacle into making it kosher for Pesach. Louis Royer, which my friend Josh London has written about in length on these pages, is arguably the most prestigious Cognac House producing kosher runs of three of its flagship cognacs: VS, VSOP and XO. Admittedly, I have expensive taste. With its rich aromas and notes of dried fruits, caramelized lemon and walnuts, the XO is easily my favorite. Having grown up in Switzerland, fruit brandy or eau de vie, also known as schnapps, was always very popular in my family. Jelinek makes the excellent Silver Slivovitz which is distilled

from plump, fleshy and juicy purple plums. The pit of the fruit gives it a unique aroma of fresh almonds, and it is best served ice cold, perhaps even over an ice cube or three. Zachlawi are the masters of all things arak. Made from dates or figs, arak also has luscious flavors of licorice and it is usually pretty sweet. This

year Zachlawi came up with a Dry Arak. While the familiar aromas and flavors are there, it is dry and much sharper and could be enjoyed more as an aperitif rather than as a digestif. Also best served well-chilled. While we are still discussing distilled fruit, I cannot skip the famous Boukha Bokobsa. Many of my child-

hood friends are from Jewish Tunisian and Moroccan families. In their homes, Boukha is a staple Shabbos drink and since it is also kosher for Pesach there is plenty of it around then, as well. The Bokobsa is known as the gold standard for Boukha. It is the most refined and well-balanced fig brandy, and would accompany well some snacks such as olives and pickles. I do not usually drink vodka but my wife often uses some for cooking, especially for making salmon gravlax. While I do not drink it neat, I don’t mind a lychee cocktail based on LVOV Beet, a vodka made from distilled beet, very smooth and kosher for Pesach, as well. The Morad Lychee Wine is perfect mixed with the vodka to make that cocktail. Last but not least, the Sabra Orange Chocolate Liqueur holds a special place in my heart, one of my favorite sweet liqueurs. As a kid, I always remember my father picking up a bottle or two at Ben Gurion airport every time we were coming back from a vacation in Israel. The delightful sweet notes of orange and chocolate make it the best digestif to enjoy with flourless chocolate cake on Pesach. Give it a try and let me know what you think. Wishing you a spirited Pesach!


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HAFTR Attends Leadership Summit


delegation of seniors from HAFTR High School participated in the first annual Simon Wiesenthal Center High School Leadership Summit, hosted by Yeshiva University, last Tuesday. The Simon Wiesenthal Center inaugurated the regional summit to prepare students to respond to the challenges of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel activities facing Jewish students on

college campuses. In addition to HAFTR High School, the summit included seniors from Ramaz, Magen David, Central and Frish yeshiva high schools. The Leadership Summit, which was spearheaded by Mr. Michael Cohen, Eastern Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, gave students the opportunity to hear from organizations that have a presence on cam-

pus. Mr. Jonathan Bridge, chief programming officer of Alpha Epsilon Pi, gave the keynote address. Students learned about the threats on campus from Ms. Melissa Weiss, SWC National Campus Outreach Director, who suggested effective strategies for situations they may encounter. A highlight of the program was the panel of student activists from Rutgers and Cornell.   “It was very

meaningful for our students to learn about the first-hand experiences of these young people on their college campuses,” said Rabbi Ira Wallach, Judaic Studies Coordinator. The SCW expressed the organization’s appreciation to Mr. Yaron Kornblum, president of HAFTR, “whose vision it was that led to the creation of this project.”

YHT Holds Group Hair Donation Event for Children with Cancer


eshiva Har Torah students, staff, and mothers participated in a group hair donation this past week. The donated ponytails will now be delivered to Zichron Menachem in Israel to make wigs for children with cancer. All participants were treated to haircuts donated by the DeFranco Spagnolo Salon in Great Neck and the school’s PTA, gift bags courtesy of Sarit Ebrani and Talia Levy of Manot4Chai, and flowers

from Metro Florals. All told, the PTA collected about two dozen ponytails to donate. The event, organized by the school’s PTA, was the brainchild of a mother in the school who was inspired by her daughter’s desire to donate her hair. Rabbi Gary Menchel, Yeshiva Har Torah’s Head of School, noted that the school is “so proud of our staff, parents, and especially our students of all ages who have embraced

this extraordinary act of kindness and compassion, which reflects the core of our school’s mission.” Participants expressed a range of motivations for donating. Maya, a fourth grader who was donating through the event for the second time in three years, said that she was inspired by seeing her older sister donate and a desire to “help sick kids look normal until they are strong and healthy enough to grow back their

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or the fourth time in its history, Rambam held a 3-on-3 Hockey Tournament; an opportunity for the Rambam men to compete for glory and display their middos and leadership abilities. This event was done to raise money for the Koby Mandell Foundation. The tournament consisted of eight teams of three and featured two goalies. The winning team was comprised of Rambam Assistant Coach Joe Moskowitz, Shai Fish, and Jonah Fishbe-

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Let’s Talk Shidduchim By Jessica Nudman


he complexities of navigating the so called “parsha” and the often talked about “shidduch crisis” are a pressing concern to a significant number of parents in our community. To address this issues, Aish Kodesh recently held a series of shiurim on the topic. The culmination of the series was the discussion panel, “Let’s talk about shidduchim.” This one-of-a-kind event held on March 27 was organized by Sparks of Inspirations, Aish Kodesh’s flagship women’s Torah education program. Co-organizing it was the Sheefa program for post-seminary girls. The format allowed the over 70 women and girls in attendance to ask questions of a panel of world renown rebbetzins and educators, creating a dynamic dialogue that was deep and engaging. The panelists included: Rebbetzin Myrna Weinberger,






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SKA Scores in Science Olympiad BYQ Learns with Depth, Rigor and Relevance


ongratulations to SKA’s team which placed 5th out of 13 schools in the Science Olympiad Competition held on Sunday, March 31, at Landers College in Queens, completing weeks of research and design. Members of the SKA Team also received medals in three individual events. Elisheva Miller and Elisheva Glatt won 1st place in Chemistry Lab; Elisheva Miller and Sara Stein

won 3rd place in Dynamic Planet; while Chani Berger, Bracha Bayla Erlbaum and Avigail Sauber won 4th place in Mousetrap Vehicle. Our thanks go to the team’s captains, Chani Berger and Shoshana Lunzer, as well as the team’s mentors, Dr. Chana Glatt and Ms. Dorit Ziv, for their help and support. Missing from photo: Jenny Lifshitz

rs. Sharon Erlbaum teaches STEM, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, at Bais Yaakov of Queens, guiding the girls to use their lessons and apply them to solve real world problems. Energy was flowing as the eighth grade STEM class built roller coasters to investigate the roles of potential and kinetic energy and how energy is converted into other forms when necessary. Their assignment was to build a roller coaster that had at least one drop, one loop and one hill and began no more than two meters above the ground.  A glass marble was used to ride the coasters.  The girls incorporated the knowledge they gained from building bridges and their understanding of Newton’s Laws of Motion to design and test their models.  Students were amazed they could build a

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By Moshe Inger


n Wednesday, April 3, MTA’s Honors College participated in an interactive discussion with Rabbi Aryeh Tuchman (‘92), MTA alum and Associate Director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism. Rabbi Tuchman discussed anti-Semitism in American history and the modern world and distinguished between hard core anti-Semites and those who may not be racist but were influenced by stereotypical images of Jews that have been

perpetuated throughout history. Together, the group read anti-Semitic texts from the early 20th century that were directed against Jewish immigrants and compared them to some of the extremist views of today. Rabbi Tuchman also led a Q&A session which sparked more engaging conversations. MTA talmidim enjoyed this experiential learning opportunity and look forward to exploring more intriguing topics at their next Honors College meeting.

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Shevach Students Run Carnival at Montefiore Children’s Hospital


pril 4th may have been an ordinary day for most people. But for the children at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, it was an extraordinary day. When the students of Shevach High School heard about an opportunity to run a carnival in the hospital in order to cheer up the children there, they immediately jumped at the opportunity. As with all chassadim conducted by the Shevach girls, this too promised to be greatly rewarding. On the morning of April 4th, 12 seniors and juniors came into school

fully equipped with costumes and smiles. They were ready to spread joy and ensure a great time to children, who through no fault of their own, are denied the opportunity to go out often and have fun. After all the preparations were finished, including decorating the designated area, the carnival was ready to begin. The excitement in the air was palpable as the young patients arrived. The children were able to enjoy an afternoon of crafts, games, and even get to meet some famous sports players who came to the

event. It was not only the children who had a great day that Wednesday. The Shevach students who volunteered their time all felt that their day was just as incredible as that of the patients. In the words of Shevach senior Tova Friedman, “It wasn’t just a fun carnival; for us and the children, it was very inspiring. We were able to interact with children who are going through challenges, surgeries, and illnesses, and yet let them be children! I loved having the opportunity to be the one who made a child smile, especially after sens-

ing what they are going through, seeing the relief on their parents’ faces was truly special.” Thank you to Hindy Ausfresser, Shani Bennett, Tova Friedman, Tova Halberstam, Hudi Kramer, Ettie Langer, Chavi Ribowsky, Bracha Rosenberg, Rochel Rosenshein, Simi Sauer, Hindy Steinberg, and Gitty Wurem for volunteering their time and energy to make such a worthwhile endeavor possible. Kudos to Mrs. Judy Freud from Chute Plus for organizing this wonderful chessed.

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GiftofUnity Women’s Event


n the Sunday night before Purim, GiftofUnity held its first annual pre-Purim women’s event. It was amazing! It started with words of inspiration from Rabbi Weingot, who shared ideas about v’ahavta l’rei’acha kamocha, the loving of a fellow Jew.  This is a very appropriate message for Purim and for the idea that GiftofUnity stresses. One of Haman’s accusations about the Jewish people was that they were a nation that was divided and dispersed. Learning and performing acts of love towards a fellow Jew is the greatest way to eradicate Haman’s memory. The women then  decorated masks, wrote cards, and  packaged 150 Shabbos/Purim packages for North Shore University Hospital. The women expressed how meaningful it was for them to

be involved in a chessed that would bring a smile to those in the hospital. It was truly amazing to see women come to be inspired and take their time to help others.  GiftofUnity packages were distributed on Purim to the Jewish patients at Northwell Health’s North Shore University Hospital by Bikur Cholim Volunteers together with the chaplain, Rabbi Hillel Fox.  GiftofUnity is an organization that provides opportunities to unite Jews. The goal is to give a gift that will enable one Jew to feel recognized and loved by another. Giving creates love and love creates unity. If you would like to get involved or have suggestions, please email or call 516-524-8479.     

Hands-on Learning at HANC High School


ANC High School continues to demonstrate excellence in learning in both limudei kodesh and general studies classes. This week, Rabbi Daniel Mezei’s BMP Chumash classes were treated to a hands-on lesson exploring the kosher signs of the animals and birds. A cow’s hoof demonstrated to the students the concept a completely split hoof. Students studied the structure of birds’ claws and dissected turkey’s gizzards to uncover the meaning of an extra finger and a gizzard which peels (two of the signs of a kosher bird). This brought to life

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Local Schools Shine at Annual NCSY JUMP Competition


CSY, a division of the Orthodox Union (OU) – the nation’s oldest and largest umbrella organization for the North American Orthodox Jewish community – recently named Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy as the winner of its annual Jewish Unity Mentoring Program (JUMP) competition. With the goal of making halacha as accessible as possible while still conveying the halachot in an interesting and captivating way, high school students at Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy (Rockville, MD) launched Helpful Halacha, a text messaging initiative whereby these students send out interesting halachot every week-

day. after canvassing their schoolmates about which topics within halacha they were most interested in, the students decided to focus on halachot related to davening, lashon hara and Shabbos. JUMP is the NCSY national leadership program that trains and empowers high school students from all over the United States to become leaders. Participants are given the tools and training to make positive changes in their schools and communities, while broadening their understanding of local and global issues facing the Jewish people today. This year, 17 high school teams participated in the competition, including four public school teams.

Teams were challenged to respond to issues facing the Jewish community in the realms of Jewish education or Jewish advocacy. The JUMP program kicked off with a two-day conference at the end of October 2018. The teams then built and launched their initiatives over the next few months and submitted them for review by the end of February 2019. NCSY then chose five teams as finalists based on how clear their chosen track was, how well they responded to issues in the respective communities and how timely their submissions were. In addition to Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy, there were four other finalists chosen from the original 17 team applicants, including Hebrew Academy Montreal, DRS in Woodmere, Ida Crown Jewish Academy in Skokie, Illinois, and SKA in Hewlett, NY. DRS’s Kedusha Campaign included a father/son Yom Iyun and community-wide Shabbaton. More than 700 fathers, sons and even some mothers attended the inspiring Yom Iyun. Their Shabbaton was unlike any other – any 11th and 12th grade boy in the Yeshiva High School community was invited to come and spend Shabbos and learn about kedusha.  Stella K Abraham’s Emunah Campaign included a Yom Iyun with top speakers such as Charlie Harary, Rabbi Judah Mischel and others to discuss what emunah means to them and how they find it in their daily lives. Understanding that emunah needs to trickle down to their daily lives, the students created an emunah chat WhatsApp group open to anyone around the world who wants to strengthen their emunah and understand more about this topic. They also created an “Emunah magazine” with the idea of providing more inspirational stories and explanations of emunah. Building upon the success, the team created an emunah book club that takes place weekly during the school’s club hour.

During the club meetings, the students read books about emunah and become inspired through the book itself and through the comments and questions they discuss during their meets. They also created a school-wide WhatsApp group called “Emunah Inspiration” where student receive messages daily with videos, pictures and quotes providing daily inspiration. Finalists’ projects were judged by Orthodox Union Executive Vice President and Chief Professional Officer Allen Fagin; Evan Bernstein, New York / New Jersey regional director of the Anti-Defamation League (program co-sponsor); Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP Partner and NY NCSY Board Member Phil Rosen; Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield Vice President of Marketing and Director of Community Engagement at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, Rachel Kraus; and UJA-Federation of New York Deputy Chief Planning Officer Hindy Poupko.   Projects were judged based on replicability/scalability, project execution, creativity and their written proposals. The JUMP Program was created in order to provide leadership opportunities for high school students who are looking for innovative solutions to issues facing Jewish youth,” added NCSY’s Managing Director Rina Emerson. “We’ve been running the competition for more than 10 years and each year we are impressed with the inventive approaches these students take to solve issues that their peers are grappling with.” “NCSY’s JUMP program has provided a platform for hundreds of our youth to cultivate a sense of commitment to others and to address issues facing their immediate communities. No doubt this experience will encourage and empower them to continue to develop creative communal programming as they become adult members of the larger Jewish community,” added  Orthodox Union President Moishe Bane.

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Rabbi Krasnow recently made a siyum in his house for these ninth grade boys in Yeshiva Darchei Torah for finishing a masechta

Bais Tefila of Inwood baked matzos at the Hornosteipel Matzah Bakery in Brooklyn this week

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What’s Going On at DRS

TJH Speaks with Eli Steinhardt, the Visionary Behind Eden Gardens By Amy Snow



n the last month, there has been a whirlwind of activity taking place at DRS High School. The school’s Science Olympiad Team placed second in the annual competition. The Chess Team advanced when it competed in the Yeshiva League Chess Championship. Senior students were visited by great Torah personalities Rav Ahron Lopiansky and Rav Chaim Ilson. Juniors packaged hundreds of Tomchei Pesach boxes for needy families. Rabbi Wolf’s 11th grade shiur visited nursing homes in advance of Pesach to spread some yom tov joy to residents and also

hosted our friends from YACHAD for a special Pre-Shabbos kumzitz. Freshmen students are organizing a pre-Pesach car wash to raise money for needy families for Pesach. Rabbi Yudin’s 12th grade shiur completed Masechet Taanis and is celebrating their siyum with 1,000 other high school students with the V’Haarev Na project. Alumni returning from their year in Israel are participating in DRS’s Annual Alumni Shiur Series. Most excitingly, the school unveiled its expansion project, looking to add five new classrooms and a brand-new STEM lab to its building.

Parsha Comes to Life at IVDU


rs. Goldstein’s class at IVDU Long Island learned about the building of the Mishkan in a most exciting and memorable way. Like much of the learning at IVDU, the lesson incorporated multiple pathways to learning and encouraged collaborative work. The class learned about the Mishkan through visual aids, and together, the students created a model of the Mishkan using Lego. First, the class built the Mishkan’s structure together. Then, students individually created the menorah, shulchan, aron, kiyor, and mizbeach. IVDU emphasizes teamwork as well as developing individual strengths and creativity. The students enjoyed the hands-on lesson and the opportunity to use their imaginations to bring the Mishkan to life.

den Gardens is an innovative development currently under construction in Orlando that promises to bring the best of kosher elegance and style to a classic American vacation town. This week, we spoke with Eli Steinhardt, the visionary behind the development. Eli where were you when you had the idea for Eden Gardens? “There were two moments that I can recall vividly.  Pesach of 2015 we were davening in a makeshift shul in a garage at my friend’s rental house in Orlando.  During the sweltering davening on the first day of yom tov the minyan was the target of juvenile harassment that disturbed the minyan and upset many of the families attending. Additionally, that same Pesach, after davening there was a kiddush at my rental home and my buddy walked in looking distressed due to their oven shutting off unexpectedly on yom tov. After making kiddush, he looked at me and said, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if we all owned our own homes down here?’” This was the watershed moment for Eli. He thought that we, as a community, should have a place where we can go and have an easy vacation opportunity without having to sacrifice on security, convenience, or quality. From there, the innovation that would become Eden Gardens began to take shape. How has your family’s history of innovation influenced you? “When I see a need for something, I act on it,” he shares. “It’s in my DNA; my grandfather, Rabbi Dr. Joseph Kaminetsky, zt”l, of Torah Umesorah, was a powerful role model, as was my wife’s grandfather, Joe Ray, z”l, of Chicago.  Combined, the Ray and Steinhardt extended families have been spearheading countless Jewish community infrastructure projects since the 1940s.”   Eli reminisces about when they used to live in Israel as one of the original pioneers to relocate in Ramat Beit Shemesh (RBS). “In 1998, not all the roads were paved,” he says. “It was a completely different RBS than what you see today. At one point, after liv-

ing there for a little bit, we had a small medical emergency in our house and Magen David Adom couldn’t find us. Immediately, I called my friend Isaac Eisenberg, and we started the original branch of Hatzalah in RBS.” What was the most difficult part of the beginning stages of the process for developing Eden Gardens? “The most difficult part was finding investors,” he said. “I had 25 years of construction experience but had never built a development before. I had to originate a deal that was significantly larger in scale and investors who didn’t know me were shying away from getting involved.” Soon after, Eli found backers and had an epiphany: “the people who invested with me, they invested in me because of my transparent and successful track record.” Can you share with us some of the hidden secrets to Eden Gardens that you are most excited about? “People that know about Eden Gardens generally compare the resort and its amenities to other similar resorts in the area. What they don’t know, or may not know, is that we are building a community that has never been seen before in the United States,” he says with a smile. “It’s a place where people can own their own home with a local shul, mikvah, eruv, and complete kosher atmosphere – all in one resort-style setting. It’s operational all yearround – all you need to do is book your flights and you’re done.” Lastly, why is this Pesach event different from all the other Pesach events? “We’re making history,” Eli asserts. “Come be a part of it.” The world-famous Eden Gardens Pesach Carnival is happening on chol hamoed, April 23, and features countless attractions and unlimited laser tag, bungee jumping, rock climbing, a petting zoo, and more.  Most importantly, Eden Gardens will feature a pop-up BBQ that is open to the public daily from 4pm to 12 am before Pesach and during chol hamoed. For more information and to pre-order your Pesach BBQ, go to or call 407-777-9488.

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An Ode to Taxes

Tax his chew, tax his soda float, Teach him taxes are no joke. Tax his car, tax his grass, Tax the roads he must pass. Tax his food, tax his drink, Tax him if he tries to think. Tax his sodas, tax his beers, If he cries, tax his tears. Tax his bills, tax his gas, Tax his notes, tax his cash. Tax him good and let him know That after taxes, he has no dough. If he hollers, tax him more, Tax him until he’s good and sore. Tax his coffin, tax his grave, Tax the sod in which he lays. Put these words upon his tomb, “Taxes drove me to my doom!” And when he’s gone, we won’t relax, We’ll still be after the inheritance tax.


You have been given the task of transporting 3,000 apples 1,000 miles from Appleland to Bananaville. Your truck can carry 1,000 apples at a time. Every time you travel a mile towards Bananaville you must pay a tax of 1 apple but you pay nothing when going in the other direction (towards Appleland). What is highest number of apples you can get to Bananaville? See answer below

Answer to Riddle Me This: 833 apples. Step one: First you make 3 trips of 1,000 apples 333 miles. You will be left with 2,001 apples and 667 miles to go.

Tax his cow, tax his goat, Tax his pants, tax his coat. Tax his ties, tax his shirts, Tax his work, tax his dirt.

Riddle me

Step two: Next you take 2 trips of 1,000 apples 500 miles. You will be left with 1,000 apples and 167 miles to go (you have to leave an apple behind).

Tax his land, tax his wage, Tax his bed in which he lays. Tax his tractor, tax his mule, Teach him taxes is the rule.


Step three: Finally, you travel the last 167 miles with one load of 1,000 apples and are left with 833 apples in Bananaville.



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Taxes: Did You Know? In New York City there is an 8-cent tax placed on bagels once they are sliced. NYC’s coffers are getting an extra 16 cents every morning from me. In Illinois, citizens pay a 1% sales tax on most food, but candy buyers are charged the state’s general sales tax of 6.25%. If a sweet treat contains flour, it’s considered food, not candy. So Kit Kat bars and the like are exempt because they contain flour. Not sure what would happen if I eat Skittles with my bagels…I may try it just for kicks. In New Mexico, anyone over 100 years old is exempt from paying state taxes. By the time I get there, I’ll be soaking my bagels in water before eating them. In California, there is no tax when buying candy from vending machines. But there is a vending machine tax when you buy fruit products from a vending machine. Finally, a tax I agree with – if you buy a tangerine from a vending machine then you should be thankful that the biggest punishment you get is that you have to pay a tax on it.

You gotta be kidding An accountant is having a hard time sleeping and goes to see his doctor. “Doctor, I just can’t get to sleep at night.” “Have you tried counting sheep?” “That’s the problem – I make a mistake and then spend three hours trying to find it.”

In 2005, Tennessee began requiring drug dealers to anonymously pay taxes on any illegal substances they sold. Whoever wrote this law should be investigated for putting way too much faith in drug dealers. In Arkansas, body piercings are subject to a 6% sales tax. “Ukkay, dude, could I pay that tax when I get my twenty-seven-dollar holiday bonus from Papa John’s?” In California, snuff tobacco is taxed differently depending on its type. Dry snuff is taxed at 256% of its price if it’s $1.70 or more. Moist snuff is taxed at 170% of its price if it’s $1.70 or more. What’s up with this snuff? In the state of Kansas, untethered hot air balloon rides are exempt from sales tax because they are considered a legitimate form of air transportation. Tethered hot air balloon rides, on the other hand, are considered to be an amusement ride and therefore are subject to sales tax. “So, how are you flying to Israel for Pesach?” “We’re taking Hot Air Balloon Airlines.”


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Torah Thought

Parshas Metzora By Rabbi Berel Wein


he Torah reading of this week deals with the mysterious spiritual disease that caused physical manifestations on the skin of a human being, on the stones of a house, or on the fabric of textiles. The rabbis connected the onset of this disease to words of hate and slander. Later generations incorrectly described this disease as being leprosy,

but we are now aware that this is not an accurate definition or description of the syndrome that the Torah describes. What is clear is that the spiritual state of the person, just as the emotional and mental condition of human being, has physical manifestations and greatly influences behavior, appearance, and general outlook. The

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Torah prescribes a process of purification and healing that will allow the victim of this disease to become healthy again and to return to normal society in a rehabilitative fashion. The Torah emphasizes to us the importance of being part of society and not to remain as an individual isolated from all others and self-absorbed in one’s own problems and disappointments. This is a very important lesson about life. It is especially important in a society such as ours that has, to a great extent, turned inward and encourages people to think only about themselves and their personal welfare and desires. In Judaism, being outside of the

Heaven to either grant him societal interaction or to allow him to pass on from this world. Naturally, the type of society that the rabbis were talking about is one that strives for justice and morality and retains within it the core of Jewish and Torah values. A society that is immoral and without a moral compass, a society that flaunts aberrant behavior and justifies even infanticide is not one that we should wish to be attached to or be part of. Such a society must be opposed and if opposition to it is stifled, as unfortunately it is in our time, then separation and isolation from that society is not only justified but necessary.

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camp is not seen as a matter of pride or accomplishment. Rather, it is seen only as a temporary expedient in order to help purify one’s own spirit and body so that one can return to being part of the general society and to contribute to the welfare of that society. We have numerous references in the Talmud and in Jewish tradition as to the importance of being connected to society. The rabbis in Avot cautioned us not to separate ourselves from the community. The great holy man Choni HaMa’agol appeals to

That is what Maimonides meant when he said that one should go out into the desert and live alone rather than succumb to the values and behavior of an evil society. The spiritual disease described in the Torah may no longer be with us, however the causes for and the effect that it has on society generally are certainly present in our time. We have to engage in acts of self-purification, and, if necessary, isolation in order to rehabilitate ourselves and society generally. Shabbat shalom.


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From the Fire

Parshas Metzora Lashon Hara’s Focus on the Other By Rav Moshe Weinberger Adapted for publication by Binyomin Wolf


he pasuk at the beginning of the parsha (Vayikra 14:2) says, “This shall be the law of the metzora…” The Gemara (Erchin 15b-16a) has many frightening things to say about the various aveiros which cause tzara’as, particularly lashon hara. The Gemara says that the pasuk “‘the law of those who give others a bad reputation [reading metzora as a contraction of the words motzi shem ra, bringing out a bad reputation]’ [hints that] anyone who says lashon hara, afflictions come upon him.” The Gemara continues on to say that “anyone who says lashon hara, it is if he denies G-d’s existence” and that “he and I cannot live in the world [together].” It further says that “it was taught by the house of Rabbi Yishmael that the sin of anyone who says lashon hara is as bad as the three cardinal sins, idol worship, murder, and immorality.” We understand that lashon hara is a severe sin but why is it so bad? Why is it like heresy and all of the worst sins? It is almost Pesach. In order to approach the redemption, we must first understand how we got into exile. Reb Yerucham Levovitz, of Mir, zt”l, has a

beautiful explanation found in the sefer Shevivei Daas (p. 32-33), much of the substance of which is also found in the Maharal (Gur Aryeh on Shemos 2:14). He first explains that the essence of holiness is that a person must be internally focused and not externally focused. As the sefer Reishis Chochma (Shaar Hakedusha 1) says, “A person must make a fence within a fence so that he will not go outside to external [things].” The opposite of holiness, impurity, means focusing on outside, external things, and not internal matters. That is what exile means. Not being where one is supposed to be – which is internally focused. Rashi (on Shemos 2:14) tells us that Moshe was wondering what sin the Jewish people had committed to be subject to backbreaking labor, living in exile, outside the place where it belongs, unlike all of the other seventy nations. Why do the children of Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yaakov not live in their true home, Eretz Yisroel? We ask the same question even today. The question is even more pronounced because the Jewish nature is to keep our focus in the proper place – that which

is internal. Why then do we suffer in exile, outside of our true home? When Moshe heard a Jew say (Shemos 2:14), “Are you going to kill me like you killed the Egyptian?” he began to see what went wrong with our people. They were informers, speakers of lashon hara. When he had to kill an Egyptian to save a Jew, he did so in front of a number of Jewish people and he had absolutely no concern that they would tell anyone. According to the Midrash (Shmos Raba 1:29), Moshe said to them, “You are compared to sand. Just as [with regard to] sand, a person takes it from one place and places it somewhere where else and it makes no sound [during the transfer], so too this matter will remain hidden among you and it will not be heard.” Now Moshe understood, “perhaps they are not worthy to be redeemed” (Rashi on Shemos 2:14). He said (Tanchuma Shmos 10), “There is lashon hara among them. How can they be worthy for redemption?” He previously thought the Jewish people were internally focused, concerned with their own relationship with Hashem. But when he saw that they were externally

focused, gossiping about what others were doing, he saw that they were still immersed in impurity rather than holiness. Moshe could not understand how the holy nature of the Jewish people to remain internally focused had become perverted. But he knew that this was the secret of their exile. They revealed others’ secrets and spoke lashon hara. Many people are not familiar with this alternate version, but Chazal (Bamidbar Raba 25:22) say that the Jewish people merited the redemption from Egypt because of four things: “they did not change their names, they did not change their language, they did not reveal their secrets,1 and they did not commit immorality.” The secret of a Jew’s modesty is staying internally focused, keeping secrets, remaining where he belongs, in his place. A Jew who talks about and concerns himself with everyone else’s business is in exile and is no longer true to his inner nature. He is immersed in the impurity of exile if he has an opinion about what everyone is doing and shares it with his friends. He is living outside his world, in his own personal diaspora. On Pesach, the holiday of our re-


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demption, we say in the Haggadah, “Blessed is the Omnipresent, blessed is He, blessed is he who gave the Torah to His nation, Israel.” The Torah is the antithesis of external wisdom, superficial writing, and an external focus. Its emphasis is on that which is internal, the redemption of what a Jew really is; one who is focused on the inner world of his relationship with Hashem. That is why the sin of lashon hara is so devastating. It undermines the very essence of a Jew’s nature because it places the focus on the superficial and the external; what everyone else in the world is doing and not on the most important secret of all, a Jew’s inner relationship with Hashem. That is why, during the redemption, the mitzvah of the hour was (Shmos 12:22), “you shall not go out, any man, from the entrance of his house until morning.” One must remain inside. That is the secret of redemption. Many people think modesty is only about skirt lengths and necklines – and of course observing those halachos is

important – but so many Jews have no idea that modesty means so much more than that! The majority of boys and men do not even realize that modesty has anything to do with them. In reality, it means focusing internally, not sharing everything with the world.

lives on Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, a blog, or anywhere else. That is why a metzora, one who spoke lashon hara, must go outside the camps of the Jewish people. His punishment is measure for measure. Just as he was too externally focused, he

A Jew who talks about and concerns himself with everyone else’s business is in exile and is no longer true to his inner nature.

It means focusing on one’s own relationship with Hashem and not on commenting on everything others are doing. It means keeping secrets. We do not have to share every detail of our

must now go outside the Jewish camp. His purification process is that he is (Vayikra 14:2) “brought to the kohein.” The kohein is the tzaddik, the one who is connected to the Holy of Holies, the

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Parshas Metzora By Eytan Kobre

Weekly Aggada And the one who owns the house shall go to the kohen and tell him, saying, “There appears to me to be like a plague in the house” (Vayikra 14:35) Why do these plagues come? For theft and false and needless oaths. As it says: “Judgments are prepared for the scorners” (Mishlei 19:29). It is as if G-d said, “Before I created Man, I prepared all these [punishments].” This is comparable to a disobedient servant who was to be sold at auction. His former master, who knew the servant’s nature, bought the servant and also bought chains and a whip. When the servant later tried to flee from the master, he was captured, chained, and whipped. “Didn’t you know my disobedient nature?” the servant asked the master. “Why did you purchase me?” “I did know your nature,” the master replied, “which is why I also bought chains and a whip to capture and punish you.” So, too, G-d prepared punishments before He created man – “judgments are prepared for the scorners” – because He knows man’s disobedient nature (Yalkut Shimoni, Metzora 563).

Weekly Mussar When you come to the Land of Canaan, which I give to you for a possession, and I put the plague of leprosy in a house of the land of your possession (Vayikra 14:34)

This was news to the homeowner whose house was afflicted, because the Emori had hidden treasures of gold in the beams of their homes during the forty years the Jewish people sojourned in the desert, and the treasure was revealed because of the plague (Rashi, Vayikra 14:34). The treasure hidden within the walls of the afflicted house reminds us, explains R’ Yaakov Galinsky, of the need to reserve judgment on what we, in our limited capacity, perceive to be “good” and “bad.” Consider how disheartened this

the destruction of his home. And he thanks G-d for not listening to his prayers. And that’s why “one must bless [G-d] for the bad just as he blesses [G-d] for the good” (Berachos 9:5; Berachos 60b). Because we just don’t know what, in the final analysis, is good and bad.

Weekly Anecdote And the kohein shall command to take for he who is to be cleansed two

We just don’t know what, in the final analysis, is good and bad.

homeowner is as his home is adjudged to be plagued and is ordered to be destroyed. The homeowner surely recognizes – with a heavy sigh – that this is G-d’s will, and he is resigned to accept it. But he just wishes it weren’t so. He offers up a prayer that the destruction be halted, but is even more disheartened when his plea seems to go unanswered… And then the treasure is discovered! Sadness turns to joy! Let them knock down the little shack, he thinks, for I will build a home far larger and more grandiose. Now he thanks G-d for the plague and for

living clean birds, and cedar-wood, and scarlet, and hyssop (Vayikra 14:4) The scarlet and hyssop allude to the leper’s cure: “How is the leper cured? He should humble himself like the scarlet and hyssop” (Rashi, Vayikra 14:4). R’ Zisha of Anipoli was exceptionally poor. When his daughter reached marriageable age, R’ Zisha had no money with which to marry her off or pay her dowry. But while this concerned the rest of the family, R’ Zisha simply placed his faith in G-d. One day, R’ Zisha received an in-

vitation from his rebbe, the Maggid of Mezritch, asking him to visit at his earliest opportunity. “I know you have no funds with which to marry off your daughter,” the Maggid told R’ Zisha when he arrived. “So take these 500 rubles and, G-d willing, you will find a suitable match for your daughter.” And with that, the Maggid handed a pouch of rubles to R’ Zisha. On his way home, R’ Zisha checked into an inn. Just as he entered his room, he heard shrieks and cries from outside, followed by a noisy commotion. R’ Zisha peered out the window and saw that a crowd gathered for a wedding had burst into chaos. R’ Zisha went to see what the turmoil was all about. Arriving on scene, and a bit outof-place in his typical pauper-like clothing, R’ Zisha asked several of the guests what had happened. Apparently, the widowed mother of the bride had misplaced the 500-ruble dowry, which she had only managed to amass with great difficulty. Only moments before the nuptials, the groom had been informed of the lost dowry, and he refused to proceed with the marriage without it. The cries of the bride and her mother tore at R’ Zisha, and he could not help himself. He pushed his way into the crowd. “I’ve found the money!” yelled R’ Zisha. “I’ve found the dowry!” Oh, how the mood changed so suddenly. It was as if a dark cloud had been lifted, and a sense of relief and joy returned to the wedding party... but not for long. “Yes, yes, I’ve found the money,” R’ Zisha continued to the jovial crowd. “And, of course, I will return it – pro-

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vided I am permitted to retain 10% as a finder’s fee.” The guests were stunned by this “stranger’s” chutzpah, and their surprise soon morphed into outrage. “You should be ashamed of yourself!” the people yelled. “Have you no mercy on this orphaned bride?” But nothing seemed to move R’ Zisha: he would either receive his cut or he would keep all 500 rubles. The crowd’s outrage was nearing a boiling point, and things almost turned violent before it was decided that this “stranger” would be taken to the town rav. Ultimately, the rav ruled that the entire sum must be returned immediately without any finder’s fee taken. So the money was returned, the wedding was consummated, and that seemed to be the end of the story. Some time later, the Maggid of Mezritch passed through that same town and met with the local rav. The rav told him the wild tale of the wedding, the missing dowry, and the coldhearted stranger who had to be

forced to return the money so that an orphan could get married. But something in the way the rav described the “stranger” led the Maggid of Mezritch to believe that the “stranger” was none other than his disciple, R’ Zisha of Anipoli. The next time R’ Zisha visited, the Maggid demanded an explanation. “When I saw the sorrow scene,” explained R’ Zisha, “I was moved deeply. I immediately decided to part with the 500 rubles the Rebbe had given to me for my own daughter’s wedding. But as I pushed my way into the crowd to announce my ‘discovery,’ I felt the yetzer hara push its way in with me. You’re so great, Zisha! You’re even greater than Avraham Avinu! And I felt my head swell with pride and arrogance. “I said to the yetzer hara, ‘Oh, really? You think you can make me arrogant? I’ll show you: they will take the money from me and ridicule me and treat me like a coldhearted miser!’”

Weekly Halacha And the one who owns the house shall go to the kohein and tell him, saying, “There appears to me to be like a plague in the house” (Vayikra 14:35) The kohein’s words, “appears to me,” implies that adjudication of the status of the plagued house must be as it “appears to me – but not to my (candle)light,” prohibiting adjudication at night (Moed Katan 8a). A Din Torah adjudication must be commenced, ideally, during the day (Sanhedrin 34b; Shulchan Aruch, Choshen Mishpat 5:2). While a minority opinion considers adjudication at night valid ex post facto (Rama, Choshen Mishpat 5:2; SeMA 5:8), most authorities disagree (see e.g. Shach, Choshen Mishpat 5:5). According to some, disputes may be adjudicated at night with the consent of both litigants (Responsa of Rashba 6:200 and 7:467). And while

the mere appearance of litigants at a nighttime proceeding might signify consent (SeMA 5:7), the better practice would be to have the litigants agree expressly that the nighttime proceeding is valid (Pischei Teshuva, Choshen Mishpat 5:6). Some maintain that if there is light (even artificial) sufficient to identify the parties clearly, it is considered daytime for purposes of commencing a Din Torah (SeMA 5:7), but most authorities disagree (Shach, Choshen Mishpat 5:4; Pischei Teshuva, Choshen Mishpat 5:6; but see Torah Temima, Vayikra 14:35). The Weekly Halacha is not meant for practical purposes and is for discussion purposes only. Please consult your own rav for guidance.

Eytan Kobre is a writer, speaker, and attorney living in Kew Gardens Hills. Questions? Comments? Suggestions? E-mail


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Think, Feel, Grow

Lashon Hara The Ultimate Corruption of Speech By Shmuel Reichman


o you ever wonder what people really think about you? Whether they think you’re brilliant, caring, and fun, or lazy, self-centered, and boring? The truth is, you’ll never know; people only talk about you openly when you’re not in the room. In these situations, don’t you think it’s possible that people might put you down, say negative things about you, or even make fun of you behind your back? After all, we’ve all been in the room when someone else was gossiped about. Gossiping is such a common occurrence, it almost seems to be human nature. We all know people who can find something bad to say about anyone, criticize anything and everybody, words of negativity easily flow from their mouths. But why do we have the desire to put other people down, to speak negatively about them behind their backs? In Parshas Tazria and Metzora, we are introduced to the prohibition of lashon hara, evil speech, and many of its details. What exactly is the nature of lashon hara? There is a common misconception that lashon hara refers only to sharing false information about another person. They claim that if something is true, however, there shouldn’t be anything wrong with

saying it. You’ll therefore often hear people say, “but it’s true,” as if this is a good defense, exonerating any possible wrongdoing. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. There is a separate prohibition of lying. The Torah prohibition of lashon hara refers specifically to sharing true information about someone in order to harm them. In order to understand lashon hara, we must clarify why we cannot say something hurtful even if it is true. Another interesting feature of lashon hara is its punishment. The Torah describes a very strange punishment for someone who speaks lashon hara: he must leave the camp of the Jewish people and remain outside, isolated and alone. What is the meaning of this and why is it a fitting punishment for one who spoke negatively about someone else?

The Power of Speech In order to understand this topic, we need to briefly review a topic we have discussed in the past. We are naturally isolated and separate from one another. We are separate beings, all living in our own subjective world, our own inner universe. We will never be able to experience life through anyone

else’s perspective, only through our own inner consciousness. We have our own thoughts and feelings, things no one else can see. We face our own hardships and tribulations, ones that no one else truly understands. This results in several difficulties. If I am trapped in my own inner world, how can I connect with other people? How can I know what’s going on in their heads? How can I share my inner life with them? How can I overcome this infinite barrier between myself and everyone else? This is the secret of speech. Speech allows us to connect with other people. You start with your own inner thoughts and experience. You take a deep breath and then use your throat to project your words outwards. You then use your mouth, tongue, teeth, and lips to form the specific words which will encase your thoughts as you give them concrete form. In essence, you then throw your words out into the world around you in the form of vibrations. If another person is nearby, their ears can pick up these vibrations and translate them into sound. Those sounds will form words, and those words sentences. If they speak your language, those words will take on meaning as well. Amazingly, this person can now

experience your inner world inside their own mind. They now contain a piece of you within themselves. The barrier between your worlds has been diminished. Speech carries the potential to create relationships, lift people up, expand people’s minds, and enable genuine communication, genuine connection. An interesting illustration of this concept is that a person’s rebbe is considered to be his father in a sense. This is because there are two aspects of creating a human being. The biological parents use their DNA to create the physical child, but the inner being – the soul, the mind, the consciousness – is yet to be fully expressed. When a rebbe imparts deep Torah wisdom to his talmid through speech, the ideas that were once only in the rebbe’s mind are now within the student’s as well. The rebbe has, through the power of speech, helped created the inner world of his student. In doing so, he has become a partner in this student’s creation. In a deep way, he has become this student’s father as well. Halachically, the rebbe, the spiritual father, even surpasses the biological father in some ways. The Rambam paskens that if both your father and your rebbe require your kavod, your rebbe’s kavod comes


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first. This is because your father only brought you to Olam Hazeh, this physical and fleeting world, whereas your rebbe helps bring you to Olam Habah, the eternal World to Come. This process that your rebbe facilitates is affected through the power of speech, as he imparts wisdom and understanding to you. Speech connects us, helps bridge our inner worlds, and allows us to expand our minds as we learn from others. Lashon hara, though, takes the very tool of connection – speech – and using it to disconnect people from each other. When you say something negative about someone else, you have created a conceptual wall between the subject of your negativity and the person who you’re talking to. The very tool of connection has been corrupted to achieve its opposite goal. The very first example of lashon hara in the Torah is in Gan Eden, at the very inception of creation. The Nachash, the Evil Snake, is notorious for speaking lashon hara to Adam and Chava. It’s interesting to understand that what the Nachash said about the eitz hada’as was, in a sense, true but it caused a major disconnect between Adam and Chava and Hashem. Another example of lashon hara’s disastrous effects is the sin of the Meraglim. Again, what they said about Eretz Yisrael was technically true. The problem lay in the fact that they used speech to create a separation between Klal Yisrael and the land of Eretz Yisrael, and in doing so, created a separation between Klal Yisrael and Hashem as well.

Why is Gossip so Juicy? Why do we feel so compelled to speak negatively about others? If we are only disconnecting people from each other, and misusing the holy organ of connection in the process, why is it such a struggle to avoid negative speech? There are a few reasons that we get such a strong feeling of satisfaction when we gossip about others. As we mentioned above, people are naturally lonely and isolated, and therefore yearn for connection, yearn to be liked and accepted by others. Therefore, many people try

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to connect with the person they are talking to by putting someone else down. After all, it’s often quite funny and amusing to hear about someone else’s pitfalls. Thus, we attempt to connect to present company by disconnecting both ourselves and

someone down, you may appear to have achieved success, but you have gained nothing. You are left only with pervasive disconnect, a false and fleeting feeling of ego, and a complete lack of personal growth. The person who spoke lashon

The very tool of connection has been corrupted to achieve its opposite goal.

the listeners from the person we are talking about. The irony, though, is that this actually achieves the exact opposite effect. The person you are speaking to now knows that you talk about people behind their backs, and he has no reason to believe that you won’t do the exact same thing to him the moment he leaves the room. Therefore, in your attempt to create connection with this person through disconnecting someone else, you have now disconnected yourself from everyone! Another equally problematic motivation for speaking lashon hara is the desire to feel good about yourself. We all desire to feel important, significant, and worthy of respect. We not only desire the love and admiration of others, but also that of our own. Very often, when we see the success of people around us, it challenges our self-worth, our ego, and forces us to question our own accomplishments in life. The easy and quick fix to this dilemma is to speak lashon hara about them. If we tear them down and reduce the significance of their accomplishments, we feel that our own worth and selfworth is protected and magnified. Of course, this is not an appropriate way to create self-worth. Instead of raising yourself up and investing in your own spiritual and existential growth, you instead undeservedly drag someone else down. In both scenarios, you appear to have achieved success, but only one is real, only one is genuine, only one will last. When you put

hara disconnected people from each other. As a result, he now becomes disconnected from everyone. He misused the organ which helps takes you out of the isolated prison of your own inner world; as a result, he now becomes isolated in his own world, incapable of any communication and connection with the rest


of Klal Yisrael. Hopefully, from this time in isolation, he will be able to contemplate his past failures, confront what he did, and find a way to improve moving forward. Speech is powerful. It’s a tool of connection, communication, and expression. You can tell a lot about someone by listening to what they talk about. As the saying goes, small minds discuss people, average minds discuss events, and great minds discuss ideas. May we be inspired to harness the full potential of our ability to speak and use speech in order to build genuine connection, understanding, and oneness. Shmuel Reichman is an inspirational speaker who has spoken internationally at shuls, conferences, and in Jewish communities. You can find more inspirational shiurim, videos, and articles from Shmuel on Facebook and For all questions, thoughts, or bookings, please email

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My Husband’s Ambucycle Saved My Life By Raphael Poch


nited Hatzalah volunteer EMT Itamar Galili lives in Haifa with his wife and daughters. A few weeks ago, Itamar was teaching a Tai chi class in the city at the Beit Halochem center, a facility that helps disabled IDF veterans. Just as the class concluded, Itamar’s United Hatzalah radio buzzed alerting him to an emergency nearby. An adult woman had fainted. Itamar did a doubletake when he heard the address – it was his own apartment. He immediately ran to his ambucycle and raced home, the first responder on site. His wife, Irit, had fainted while taking a bath. Itamar’s daughters, who both had taken a Ten Kavod training course to become EMRs with United Hatzalah, had dressed their mother and had begun treatment. When Itamar arrived, he rushed in and upon taking her vital signs, he noted that her oxygen saturation levels and blood pressure were dangerously low. Together with his daughters

and a friend of the family’s, another United Hatzalah volunteer named Itzk Scheinberger, he slipped a non-rebreather mask over his wife’s mouth and nose. The team began supplying Irit with high-flow oxygen from the tank that Itamar carries in the med-

me! Please make sure to thank the people who donated your ambucycle!” Itamar spoke about the incident after the fact. “It was very weird to rush into my own house with a vest and medical kit on my shoulder,” he said. “I live in the neighborhood of

“You’re always racing out to help people; this time, you raced home to help me!”

ical kit on his ambucycle. Itamar and Itzik opened an IV for replacement fluids in order to help raise Irit’s blood pressure. As Irit began to feel better, she smiled and said to her husband, “You’re always racing out to help people; this time, you raced home to help

Carmelia where I am pretty much the only responder, so I go on a lot of emergency calls. But to come to my own house and treat my wife – that makes me even more thankful to be a part of this organization.” When asked what she thinks about her husband volunteering with Unit-

ed Hatzalah, Irit said, “I keep telling people as much as I can about United Hatzalah because the volunteers from United Hatzalah are all over, and they rush to help everyone with energy and professional care. I think everyone should call them. Their service is wonderful and they are professional in what they do. I have only had terrific experiences with the people who volunteer with United Hatzalah.” Irit spoke about the pride she feels that her whole family is involved in the organization. “Our house is full of volunteers; we are a United Hatzalah family. My husband is an EMT, and my daughters are EMRs. When my husband goes out to emergencies in our car I often go with him and sit in the car so that he doesn’t have to find parking. I want to become a volunteer too. The next time they open a course here for women I’m joining. “After all, the organization saved my life. I should save someone else’s.”


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Goodbye, Joe An Open Letter to Joe Bobker, a”h Adapted from words said at the levaya this week

By Rabbi Eliezer Sandler


oe, my friend, I cannot believe that this is goodbye. It is just too soon. You were always so full of life, on the go, and with so many involvements and interests – but mostly you were a caring mensch and a very proud Jew. Sherry and I have been friends with Miriam and you for over thirty years – and it has been a most cherished friendship. You were always such a great couple who opened your hearts to all. Joe, no one k new what thought-provoking or crazy comment you would come up with next, or what joke that you would share. Miriam was an eishet chayil and, always, a gracious lady. She handled all your wife and mother-in-law jokes with aplomb. And we all know that beneath it all was your deep love and appreciation for everything she did or said. She was your partner and confidante par excellence. Joe, what I am about to say never had to be said between us because friendship transcends it all. However, now that we are taking final leave from you, and there are so many here who never knew you in your heyday, I must recall what is the tip of the iceberg of Joe Bobker – a colossus of the heart and mind.

In those days, you were an amazing shaker and mover for Judaism, for yeshivas and organizations – all for your fellow Jews in L.A. and beyond, especially in Israel. Yes, my friend, you were at once unique, complex with a razor-sharp mind, intellect and wit. You shared what you had with others in a way that either boggled their minds or stirred their jealousy for the courage and indomitable care that you displayed. Yours and Miriam’s home was not only a meeting place for the wise – to discuss matters of the moment amid your significant Judaica and Jewish book collection or to plan and fund projects for the community or for those who needed help. Your home welcomed in people of all shapes and stripes, and many families enjoyed the privacy and fun as they used your pool. I witnessed firsthand how you put your money where your mouth is when you sponsored Camp Mesorah in California and you put in so many hours and effort. You offered scholarships galore for the children of families who could never have afforded to send their children to a sleepaway camp on the East Coast. It was not a money-making venture, but rather a project of kindness for unforgettable summers.

Your love for Miriam and your boys was a lesson to any husband and father – a family that bonded beyond compare. And your boys, even from young ages, knew and practiced your magical outreach and respect for all – to religious and non-religious, to Jews and nonJews. You and your family were always a walking mussar sefer. Emanating from all that was your unquenchable and infectious love for Torah and Israel. Gedolim and talmidei chachomim visited your home and you went to meet with them. The same with leaders and policymakers from Israel. The meeting with Rabbi Meir Kahane in your home was most memorable. He certainly felt the warmth of the home and the crowd as he expressed his love and championing of Jews and their right to the Holy Land. Always, Joe, everyone wanted to be with you and Miriam. At the same time, you were constantly haunted by the Holocaust. Your parents survived it, and you were born in a DP camp. Although you grew up in freedom, what happened to our People then and during the many excesses against the Jews in the previous millennia preyed on your mind. You developed an encyclopedic knowledge of it all and were

working on your magnum opus on the Shoah which you did not merit to complete. It seemed as if you read every book on the Holocaust and memorized it all. You did not forget – “never again” was your mantra. And then there was your incredible Judaica collection that you and Miriam amassed over the years. However, it was not always the rare and most valuable artifact that was precious to you. Items of little value but that had been used by a Jew as he tried to serve his Creator, even in the lowly Pale of Russia or some ghetto, was so special in your eyes. Joe, there is so much more to say but your journey is still long until you find your eternal resting place. Suffice it to say that you are a special Jew and incredible friend. As you intercede on High for Miriam, Eli, Avi, Benny and Dovi and their wonderful families, may Hashem watch over you – always. Sherry and I share their grief. They will miss you, Joe, as will we all. In friendship, Eliezer Mr. Joe Bobker passed away on Friday, April 5, 2019 after an illness. His levaya was held on Sunday in Hewlett. He is buried in Beit Shemesh in Israel.


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Destination Pesach


By Malky Lowinger


in the day, you either stayed home for Pesach or spent the chag at one of a few select hotels with programs where all your worldly needs were well provided for. From the twenty-four-hour tearoom to the fully stocked beis medrash, it was – and for many, it still is – the ultimate Pesach experience. But nowadays families are finding more creative options – Pesach getaways that are not quite the classic hotel experience but certainly not your stay-at-home yom tov either. Many are opting to rent homes or villas that offer the thrill of travel to distant locations combined with the flexibility of doing yom tov your own way. An estimated thirty-thousand members of the community spent Pesach in Orlando last year, most of them renting homes (otherwise known as villas) in developments with multiple bedrooms and private swimming pools. Rabbi Yosef Konikov of Chabad of South Orlando says that the trend actually started about twenty years ago, but on a very limited basis. “At that time, there were maybe about thirty families,” he recalls. But the concept of spending Pesach

with extended family where the sun is shining and the palm trees are swaying is certainly alluring, and so the idea took off big time. And while it’s hard to pinpoint an exact number of people who plan to spend this Pesach in that area, Rabbi Konikov estimates that forty-thousand or more will be there. “It’s been growing exponentially,” he notes. Of course, it’s not as simple as making hotel reservations and packing your suitcase. Those who have been there will tell you that planning and organizing skills are crucial to a pleasant Pesach experience. Still, the multitudes are undeterred, coming back year after year. Bella, who lives in Brooklyn, has been spending Pesach in an Orlando villa with her family for five years, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. “The key to doing it right,” she says, “is being organized and planning ahead.” Itchie, who lives in Miami, has also been “doing” Orlando for the past six years. He said it’s simply a matter of logistics. “Our family would come spend yom tov with us in Miami,” he says, “and it was pretty chaotic.” He remembers the time he came home to find his dining room chairs sitting out on the street

“because somebody decided they wanted to sit outside.” Itchie loves his family, but he didn’t love the chaos. So he had an “aha” moment. “Why don’t we do this in Orlando?” he mused. He then rented an eight-bedroom house and took responsibility for feeding the extended family. And while he still works hard preparing for yom tov, he says he wouldn’t have it any other way. “Once you are there, you are on vacation. The atmosphere is so beautiful, it’s almost like the bungalow colony,” he says. Today, Itchie runs a program called BM Villas in Orlando and says he tries to help people who need guidance. He explains that families can rent a home on their own, but many join programs so they’re guaranteed to have a shul within walking distance as well as other conveniences. Usually, a fee is paid to help fund the shul. It’s not just about being organized, say these seasoned Pesach getaway veterans. It’s also about remembering the details. “There are certain things that people don’t think about before they get here,” Rabbi Kanikov says, “so it does take considerable planning.” For example? “Some families will buy dishes at Ikea or Walmart, but they forget

that they’ll need to toivel them. Where are they going to do that? Everything is possible, of course, and we’re here to help, but you have to plan in advance.” Hiring cleaning help also needs to be planned in advance. “There are companies who do it,” says Rabbi Kanikov, “but there’s a limit to how much they can handle.” He notes that Chabad rents out tables and chairs to those who need more than their villa is equipped with, and refrigerators and freezers are also available. But all this should be arranged well before yom tov, he cautions. “It’s not something you can start thinking about on erev Pesach.” “It’s all about teamwork,” says Bella, who has her perishable groceries shipped to Florida by a local Brooklyn supermarket and also hires someone to drive her minivan down south filled with supplies. She actually flies in on the day before erev yom tov so it’s a bit challenging but somehow everything gets done on time. “When we land, my husband starts kashering the kitchen and I drive straight to Winn-Dixie where I pick up my produce.” And while she does order some of the yom tov meals from a caterer and her girls do some of the baking, she also cooks


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many of the dishes herself. “Don’t forget,” she adds, “you can cook on yom tov.” All agree that the menus are simple and easier on chol hamoed. Breakfast and lunch generally consist of matzah, cheese, eggs, and yogurt in various combinations. And for dinner? “We buy a new grill,” says Bella, “and the men are in charge of preparing dinner.” She says she keeps a detailed list of products that she uses from year to year so she can know what to buy and shop for before yom tov. Nobody ever went hungry on Pesach in Orlando. And running out of food isn’t an issue. The local Winn-Dixie reportedly stocks more and more kosher for Passover products every year. Bella warns customers to shop carefully. “Just because a product is marked kosher, don’t assume that it’s kosher l’Pesach.” There are also products that are under a good hechsher but may be kitniyos or gebrochts, so buyer beware. Running out of a specific ingredient usually isn’t an issue either. Chances are someone on a WhatsApp chat group will have extra and is willing to share. “There’s a whole infrastructure,” says Simi, who enjoyed Orlando together with her family last year, “and people who have extra stuff are always offering it to share in case you didn’t bring enough milk or other items.” There’s also a thriving cottage industry of mini-businesses providing services like chair rentals, theme park tickets, freezer rentals, kashering, and catering. Of course, there will always be the random horror stories. Whether it’s the shipment of groceries that didn’t arrive or a refrigerated truck that came with spoiled meat, there are the occasional glitches. Rabbi Kanikov cautions potential visitors to be careful. “There have been some unfortunate stories,” he says, “where people have participated in a group and it fell through.” Occasionally, people will book through a company that doesn’t provide the services that are promised. “Pesach is stressful enough as it is,” he says, “so proceed with caution. Try to make sure the group you’re investing with is reputable and reliable to some degree. Just because they have a beautiful website, that doesn’t mean everything will be fine.”

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formal. Everyone is more laid back. I serve lots of food but I keep it simple.” Even the shul , she says, offers a more personal experience. “Everyone gets involved. This one leins, another one gives a speech, and a third is the ba’al tefillah.” “It’s just different here,” says Simi. “The weather is gorgeous, and you feel like you’re on vacation. People are more relaxed, and the kids have a great time.”


Enjoying the sun in Orlando on chol hamoed

He remembers the times when certain caterers simply couldn’t handle the demand. “We’ve seen it all. People came to us in their BMWs literally crying. We were giving them food that we had prepared for our public seder. It was almost like a soup kitchen. Of

the rest of the time they will sit by the pool. Just the fact that all the grandchildren are together is already a treat.” “The key,” adds Rabbi Kanikov, “is that you’re spending yom tov in a luxury home but you’re not following a hotel schedule like sheep.”


It ’s just gorgeous.” course, everything is in G-d’s hands but it’s also important to do your research before you book.” Glitches aside, Orlando is still a huge favorite. “People love coming to a house that’s already cleaned for them,” Rabbi Kanikov explains. Even with the theme parks close by, many prefer to spend chol hamoed at the pool. Says Bella, “There’s no stress about ‘what are we doing today’ on chol hamoed. The kids might go to a park once, but

“I’m a big introvert,” says Simi. “The social scene at a hotel is not for me. So this is perfect. You can do your own thing. And of course, it costs a lot less than a hotel does.” Is too much family togetherness a good thing? Certainly, admits Bella, there may be a blowup or two between siblings and cousins. But at the end of the day, everyone is happy to be together.” She also enjoys the casual atmosphere. “It’s yom tov, but it’s not

If Orlando seems too far or too crowded, a few resourceful families have discovered another option. Chanie and her family spend Pesach in an oversized villa on Virginia Beach, which she says is about forty minutes from Norfolk, Virginia, the closest Jewish community. But Chanie’s family doesn’t even bother taking advantage of their proximity to that community because they have mastered the art of independence on yom tov. “We’ve been doing this for a lot of years,” she explains. “We take three houses for the family and rent another smaller home for a shul.” Why Virginia if everybody else is in Orlando? “It’s much closer to home,” says Chanie. “It’s about a six-hour drive from Lakewood. Also, it’s on the beach and that’s a big ma’aleh.” She says that since Pesach isn’t officially beach season yet, her family hasn’t encountered tznius issues during their stay. The homes that her family rents, says Chanie, are quite large, and include such amenities as indoor and outdoor pools, a game room, a sauna, and a theater room. “So there’s plenty to do.” She adds that the “shul” is stocked with seforim “so there’s lots of learning and shiurim and minyanim. We make that a big focus because, after all, it is yom tov.” Busch Gardens theme park is nearby, but Chanie’s family isn’t interested. “My kids don’t even want to go anywhere. We do kumzitzes on the beach, we go biking, the men and boys play tackle football, the kids put together a carnival, and so on. Nobody is ever bored.” Suri is going to Virginia Beach this year for the first time with her family. The allure of a large home where her


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extended family could enjoy the sedorim and chol hamoed appealed to her as her children are now married and have families of their own. “It’s going to be a lot of work before yom tov,� she admits, “but I would be busy with Pesach prep even if we’d be staying home. This way, I can spend the time cooking for Pesach and then enjoy yom tov with my family.� She adds, “My grandchildren are so excited to spend all of yom tov together. They can’t wait to play on the beach on chol hamoed.� Homes must be booked months in advance, Chanie notes. And of course, the yom tov seudos and schedule need to be carefully planned. If they need to stock up on supplies, there’s a Walmart nearby, “and Amazon delivers the next day.� Also, there are usually more family members driving down on chol hamoed who can bring that extra can of potato starch, if necessary. Chanie says she does most of her cooking in her Pesach kitchen at her home in Lakewood, so as not to be busy with food prep during yom tov.

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Waking up to a sunrise on the beach in Virginia Beach

“When we go, we really want to be on vacation.� Then she hires a truck to bring down all the food and provisions. “You have to be chilled,� she says. “You will make mistakes. You will forget things. But you learn from experience and do it better next time.� Occasionally, things do not quite work out as planned. Chanie remembers one year when the family arrived

for Sukkos and built a large sukkah on their rented property only to be told that it’s against the bylaws of the neighborhood. In the end, they negotiated with the authorities and were eventually permitted to keep the sukkah up for the week of yom tov. She also points out that there’s no medical facility in the area where her family stays, although her group in-

cludes a trained nurse and a few Hatzolah members. Still, “we once had a woman with a health issue who had to be medi-vac-ed to the closest hospital.� It wasn’t a pleasant experience. There will always be the occasional squabbles when families spend so much time together, but it doesn’t seem to be an issue for this family. “Are we ready to kill each other at the end of yom tov?� she laughs. “A hundred percent! But after all is said and done, the cousins are super close, like brothers and sisters. And even the fighting builds character.� Best of all is the awesome and overwhelming beauty of Hashem’s world. Chanie says her family has an annual tradition. In the mornings, they wake up at 6:30 a.m. and watch the sun rise over the Atlantic Ocean. “I can’t begin to describe how beautiful it is,� she says. “You can see the dolphins jumping out of the water as the sun comes up. It’s just gorgeous.� And that incredible scene, she adds, makes it all worthwhile.






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Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with Town of Hempstead Councilman Bruce Blakeman. Sitting across from Councilman Blakeman in the coffee shop, we chatted about a wide-range of topics – from his views on Israel, Democrats’ push to legalize marijuana, swimming in the ocean, and living in the best Jewish community in the state. Foremost on the councilman’s mind right now is the development of the Inwood and North Lawrence areas. Here are some of his thoughts.

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Councilman, I know you have lived almost your whole life in the neighborhood. Yes. I grew up in Valley Stream. I was a skinny Jewish kid in an Italian school. Why my parents moved in, I’ll never know, but it worked out for me. It was great. I made good friends. But I learned a lot about anti-Semitism, too. I learned to be tough. As a matter of fact, one of my clients is a guy that had nothing down there in Valley Stream growing up, and now he’s a multi-millionaire; he owns a private jet. The American dream. That’s what I told him. I said, when did you ever think you would have a yacht, three houses, and a jet? But he was entrepreneurial and he’s a guy who’s driven… Meanwhile now half the

country wants to become socialist. It’s bizarre, which is really dangerous for the Jews. We’ve always been the first to be oppressed under any type of socialist government. Right. Isn’t it odd that Bernie Sanders is one of the biggest proponents of it? He’s a self-hating Jew. Do you think he has any warm affinity towards Israel? No, no. Not at all, he’s like an empty suit. Last night was interesting for me. I was at a couple different places, Bais Tefillah in Woodmere, Aish Kodesh – Rabbi Weinberger is a great guy, he’s a really good guy. I was there with the mayor of the Shomron, Yossi Dagan,

we’re like brothers. He was traveling with a sheikh from Ramallah. This Palestinian is taking the position that you can make peace with Israel without changing the borders. He feels that there’s enough land for us, why are we fighting over a strip of land that’s 8 miles wide and 20 miles long when we have all this land, all the American money, all the European money goes to the PLO and what happens to it? Nobody knows. It’s not spent on schools, it’s not spent on hospitals. Yasser Arafat died a billionaire. How does that happen? Anyway, so this sheikh is a very courageous person. There’s actually a group of Palestinians now who want peace without making the borders with the right of return to the Palestinians an issue. That’s huge. If we could make that deal today,

we’d make the deal, but obviously we can’t because the Palestinians don’t want a deal – they want the destruction of Israel. With Hamas, it’s same thing. Some Palestinians are traveling around the United States saying that we should stop dealing with the Palestinian Authority. You’re giving your money to the terrorists. They recently passed an act called the Taylor Force Act. I was actually with Taylor’s father a couple months ago, Stewart Force, and now because of Trump, because he’s so strong against terrorists, we don’t send American taxpayer money to the Palestinians. I’m a big supporter of the Shomron. Did you know that I twin-towned the Town of Hempstead with the Shomron? And we were the first to pass anti-BDS legislation in the state, probably one of


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At a dinner for One Israel Fund with Ambassador John Bolton and Joel Mael

the first in the country. Airbnb can’t do business in the Town of Hempstead so long as they support the BDS, which is what they’re doing because they’re not listing units in Judea and Samaria on Airbnb. Israel is always on our readers’ minds and we’re fortunate to have a councilman who feels the same. Let’s talk about the planned developments in North Lawrence and Inwood. I got tired of driving through these areas and seeing how they look. I said to myself, “How come one side of the railroad tracks have mansions and the other side of the tracks has dirt and filth everywhere, trucks parked on sidewalks, substandard businesses, six families living in one house?” I said, this is ridiculous that we allow this, and I finally realized the only one who could do anything about it is me. When did this occur to you? Three years ago. Who commissioned the study on these areas? The Town of Hempstead by my resolution. I went to the professionals who do this type of thing and I said to them, listen, you tell me if I’m wrong, but I’ve got two transportation centers, one in Lawrence, one in Inwood, that are a disaster. I believe that transportation-oriented housing would completely clean up those areas and create a new, vibrant community with retail and with housing that’s within people’s price range. This is going to be great for the Jew-

ish community. But it’s also going to be great for Inwood and North Lawrence residents. Why should they have to experience that terrible situation? To be fair, there’s also an affordable component of 20% of the transportation-oriented design near the railroad for 20% of the units. These are for workforce housing. There are preferences for veterans and firefighters who live in Inwood or North Lawrence, that’s the first preference. The second tier down – if you don’t meet those criteria and they haven’t filled up the place, then you go to the next criteria – which is for Inwood and North Lawrence residents, and the third tier is for Town of Hempstead residents. We are trying to allow people in the community who want to stay in the community to stay here. If they live in the community they have this component to help them stay in the community. And the rent will be cheaper for these community members? Yes. It’s about 20% cheaper so it’s not cheap, per se, but it’s workforce housing. It’s for nurses, it’s for janitors, it’s for cops, it’s for firefighters, it’s for dental assistants, it’s for people who may have a landscaping business.… It could be for a rabbi who’s not going to meet the income level, it could be for a teacher in a yeshiva who can’t meet the income level. Who will monitor the program? There is a program that will be instituted and the developers will be monitored. If it’s a condo, it’ll be sold for 20% less. If it’s an apartment, it’s rented for 20% less.

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With Cedarhurst Mayor Ben Weinstock, Lawrence Trustee Michael Fragin, and Chana Fragin at a Memorial Day Parade in Cedarhurst

We have given the choice to developers to do apartments or condominiums, so they could do either one. I think it will mostly be a hybrid – some apartments, some condominiums. This will be great for people so they’ll have a place for them to go where they can stay for a few years, have one or two kids and then move on to the second part of the project which are the townhouse rail-house units, whereby we’re going to allow fairly large units. How many bedrooms are those? Five to six. The condos and apartments will only have one to three bedrooms. The townhouses are meant to be people’s permanent houses, where they will live for many years. They’ll be sold for whatever the market bears, so around $800,000-$900,000. I’ve been in touch with every major developer to get them interested, and I’ve been in touch with the property owners there. They’re very excited. This has worked everywhere else they’ve implemented it. Who goes to the Lawrence train station at night? My kids don’t, they’ll go to Cedarhurst. They’re not standing at the Lawrence train station at night so we’re going to clean that up. We want the MTA to build a new station – it’s all part of the plan to make it a vibrant community. After we complete the development, the people who live there – their dry cleaner is going to be there in Inwood and North Lawrence, their pharmacy is going to be in Inwood and North Lawrence, their coffee bar is going be in Inwood and North Lawrence. It’s all going to be there for them.

How many units are we talking about in all? If the units were built out, we’re talking about 400 probably. And what’s the timeframe on this? Well, there’s a rolling timeframe. I think the apartments will take three to five years and the rest will take ten years to develop. Moving forward, does anybody have to vote on the project? Yes, the board of the Town of Hempstead has to vote on it. We haven’t scheduled the vote yet; we have certain requirements we have to do regarding environmental studies but it will be fairly quickly. I’d like to get it done by the summer. You know, there’s a misconception here, that we’re developing the project. That’s not true. The only thing we’re doing is changing the zoning. The developers then have to purchase the properties or the people who own the properties have to develop them themselves. I don’t want to get involved in that. I don’t want to pick a develope r, I d o n ’ t

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A rending of what North Lawrence will look like in a few years

want it to be favoritism. You know how many developers want this? How many people in the community want it? So I’m staying out of it. I give everybody the same information. I get a call, I give them the same information I give anybody else. I don’t care who does it. The fact of the matter is, I’m changing the zoning, and now it’s up to the market to either do it or not do it. Now, I wouldn’t preclude the possibility, if in 3-4 years from now, nothing was happening because of one reason or another that we would tweak it or change it or maybe get a master developer, that could be possible, but I don’t think that’s going to happen because I already know there’s a big landowner in Inwood that I know along Redfern and he’s all for it. He said that he’s either going to sell it to a developer or he’s going to develop it himself and he’s a big landowner over there. The bus guy over in North Lawrence, he’s one of the first people I talked to. The buses don’t belong there, they don’t belong at the train station – that’s the most valuable land in Inwood. North Lawrence that’s the most valuable land, why would we do that? The day this is rezoned, the properties there are going to be worth three times more than they are worth now. He’s not stupid; he knows that. He’s had calls from developers and from people in the community to buy his place. He’s just waiting for the right offer. What about the community center there? We’re not touching that.

What about the projects by Inwood? They’re not projects. That’s a church. A church? Near the bodega? That’s Rockaway already. Rockaway is right there. I’m going to close that street. Let’s talk about traffic around there. When you build up all these apartments you’re bound to get a lot more cars. It’s transportation-oriented housing. We don’t want people in their cars. This is being built for people not to get in their cars. It’s being built around the railroad for a reason. But everybody has at least one car nowadays. Right, but young people don’t use them anymore and senior citizens don’t use them. The key to this is that the first floor is going to be retail, there’s no reason to get in your car. We want to create a village-type atmosphere, that’s what the street-scape is about, that’s what the beautification is about, that’s why we’re going to put pocket parks there. This is really well thought-out on our part. We want people who work in Manhattan and work in Brooklyn to get on that train in the morning, go to work, come back, come home, and have no reason to get in their car. Their home is there, their pharmacy will be there, their coffee shop will be there, their little grocery store will be there, there’s no rea-


The “before” and “after” of the Inwood train station area

son to get in their car. That’s the whole point. It’s transportation-oriented housing. We want people to use mass transportation. The bus line is going to be increased through there as well. We’re widening the street along Doughty Boulevard. And the MTA said that after this development is worked out, they will work with us on traffic lights and widening the streets. The developers will be paying for that. For every unit there will be a traffic remediation fee that they’re going to have to pay so that the streets will be widened, and the streetscapes will be put in, and the little pocket parks will be built. There will be nice little parks, so if you have a baby in a stroller, you can sit out there. I’m showing my age, but you can walk to a park, you sit there out in the sun, you got a nice place to sit, it’s safe…. It’s going to be beautiful. The idea is to get people out of their cars. It sounds like it’s going to be very pleasant. I was at the meeting you held with residents a few weeks ago. What are the major concerns that you’re hearing from residents and from which residents are you hearing from, more from Inwood or more from North Lawrence? 95% of the people are for this but there’s always a few people that are afraid of change. They may be afraid of anything that’s done, but we need to do something. No one should be concerned about what’s going to be happening with their homes. I’m rezoning the properties but

I’m not taking anybody’s property, I’m not forcing anybody to sell, it’s all economic forces. If you own property there and you want to stay there, nobody is forcing you out. If they’re living in a house that’s going to be zoned now let’s say, for commercial, but they’re living there now, do they have to leave? No, if they are there now, then their zoning will be grandfathered in forever as long as they own the home. And there’s nothing to stop them from developing it themselves. Two neighbors can get together and say let’s put our properties together and build eight units. This is the kind of thing that’s going to grow organically The only thing is – and I’ve said it publicly – there’s only one piece of property that I might force the issue and that’s the bus terminal because it’s 4.5 acres right in the middle and nothing will get done if that doesn’t get done. I spoke to the bus guy. I said, “Look I’m not going to force you to do anything. I’m not going to hold a hammer over your head but I can’t stop the project. So if 2 or 3 years from now it’s still a bus terminal, I’ve got to consider options.” Either way he’ll get his money. The law says he would have to get fair market value. The day I change the zoning his fair market value only goes up. We’re not hurting him. I’m giving him a gift. What about all those smaller


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churches on Lawrence Avenue. What will happen to them? The churches can stay or they can go, it’s up to them. If I’m the leader of a church and somebody offers me a million dollars and I can build a nicer church or get a nicer building somewhere else in Inwood, then I might consider moving. If he wants to stay, the pastor wants to stay, they can stay. We need to get this done. People are saying that their kids are leaving because there are no houses for them to buy. How old are your kids? My oldest is 11, my youngest is 4. Okay, so your child who’s 11 – boy or girl? Boy. They grow quickly. Does he play basketball? You know, he likes to play football better. Okay. I tried to start a kosher tackle football league. There was interest in it. The Inwood Buccaneers said they would do it on a Sunday but we couldn’t get enough kids. That would be great. We need good outlets for the kids – good exercise. 1,000%. My wife is really into physical fitness, and she just got her certificate. She’s in great shape. She works out 2 hours a day. She’s a lawyer but she’s also now a certified nutritionist. And our daughter is at NYU now becoming a nutritionist. My wife is from Brooklyn like you. She went to Yeshiva of Flatbush and graduated number 1 in the class. I tell some of the rabbis that we don’t have

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enough physical activities for these kids. Especially for boys, they need that outlet. They need the physical contact, they need the outlet. My son’s graduating from law school this year, Cardozo. I was on the phone with his mother and him last night, talking about where he wants to take the bar. He’s burnt out of New York, he’s thinking of moving to Texas. He mother was concerned. Where does she live? She splits her time between Manhattan and London. She remarried. So it’s like – it never ends. I said, he wants to go to Texas, let him go to Texas! Are you an attorney? Yes. So you know this field. I don’t want him to be an attorney Oh, you don’t? That’s interesting. It’s a hard life. Being an attorney is like having a term paper due every day.

Oh, the pressure. You have to be somewhat of a masochist. “I I just retired as an attorney. think I left my law firm. I just said, I’m done, I’m out. I’m a counrecreational cilman part time – 60 hours marijuana is going to be a week! It’s not a part-time job, not if you do it right. a health issue, it’s going

to be a productivity issue, and you’re going to create a generation of zombies.”

How many years have you been councilman? Well, this is my second stint. I was a councilman 25 years ago. Then I became a legislator. I was elected first presiding

officer in Nassau County; I was the second house elected official in Nassau County. I was there for four years, and then I lost my race because there was a big scandal with the county executive and everybody just said enough with the Republicans so they threw us all out. Then I was appointed by the governor to be commissioner of Port Authority in NY and NJ. At the time I was living in Manhattan, and I was loving my life in Manhattan, living in Trump Palace. But I was separated from my wife then, and I met this woman, who had two kids at home so she couldn’t move to the city because her kids were in 11th grade and they didn’t want leave their friends. I moved back out here to be with my new wife. And the political leaders said, “We miss you. Come on back.” And I became councilman again. I love public service. I love helping people. I’m very involved in Israel and with Jewish issues, and this is a great forum. Because New York and Long Island are now both in Democratic hands, do you feel a slight pushback in what you’re doing? Here’s what I noticed lately. This whole socialism thing is starting to bother mainstream Democrats and they’re not on board with it. Number 2, the legalization of marijuana, most people – not most – 50% of the people are for it and 50% are against. The 50% that are against are really against it. The 50% that are for it haven’t thought the whole thing on it. What are your thoughts on it? When you talk to somebody that’s for it and you say, “Well, how do you


feel about the fact that someone’s going to be able to smoke a joint in a park next to your kids playing?” Well, they’re freaking out. They do a 180. How do I feel about it? I’m a big proponent of medical marijuana under doctor’s supervision. I am vehemently opposed to recreational marijuana. I think recreational marijuana is going to be a health issue, it’s going to be a productivity issue, and you’re going to create a generation of zombies. So I am totally against it. I was part-owner in a medical marijuana company, and I sold my interest when they went into recreational marijuana because I said I didn’t want any part of it that was blood money. You know, it’s like drinking. Some people can smoke a joint once a month and they’re fine. 20% of the people, the young people, who smoke pot can’t stop and they smoke it 3 or 4 times a day. They become psychotic, they become schizophrenic, there’s the danger of driving, the danger of crossing the street and getting hit by a bus, the danger of being institutionalized in a mental institution. It’s really a big problem. Look at all the problems that Colorado has now – it’s crazy. And what about late-term abortion? I know people who are pro-choice who think it’s disgusting that you can abort a child the day before the child’s going to be born. It’s murder, it’s murder. So that’s disgusting people. People think that the Democrats have gone way too far, and it’s going to boomerang on them. What about President Trump? I think he’s doing a great job. He’s not a politician, but we didn’t elect him as a politician. He’s a businessman. He’s a rough, tough businessman. A New York businessman. From Queens – not even Manhattan – Queens, it’s a different animal. And he’s rough around the edges. And you know what? That’s what we voted for, that’s what we wanted, and that’s what you get: the good, the bad and the ugly. But I’m a bottom-line person, and bottom line is the guy’s doing a great job. He’s doing what he said he would do and things are turning around, things are getting better for everybody. African-American employment is the highest it’s been in 20 years. African-American wages are higher


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sued is going to say it’s been 244 units for 100 years. They want to make it 77. The Town is talking about traffic, environmental reasons, there’s a lot of reasons that are legitimate that the Town has. But people have property rights too. This isn’t a communist country. So the judge decides between whatever we say, let’s say it’s 77 or 244, and he’s not going to come out and say, oh, 150 is a good number. We have to make sure that our number is reasonable because if we went down to 20 units and gave that to the judge, then the judge won’t side with us and the developer will get all 244 units.

now than they were under Obama. There’s less unemployment in the African-American community. I was up for a major job in the Trump administration recently. I was the finalist to be his Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism. I know he wanted me to take the position, but in the end the job went to someone else. Tell me how you connected with him. Did you meet him before he was president? I lived in Trump Palace and he lived in the Tower. His sister lived in the Palace, though. I really like him. But he’s tough. You know, I’m less of a politician than I am a businessman, that’s why I’m doing this project. Nobody else will get it done. I know the numbers, and I have the courage to do it. Most politicians unfortunately play it safe. I’m not playing it safe because you won’t change anything, nothing will get done, if you play it safe. I got tired of riding through North Lawrence and saying people actually feel threatened here, why should they feel threatened? You live in Atlantic Beach. I love it there. I go to the beach when I can. In the summer, when I want exercise, I jump in the ocean. My house is fully equipped with a gym, so I can also work out there too. We have a great shul in Atlantic Beach, and it’s a great community. I love living here. I love meeting the people here and in the community. This community – this area – is the greatest Jewish community we’ve ever seen. I agree. I love living here. Let’s talk about what’s going on with the Woodmere Golf Club. If you recall, about a year ago, we came out with a plan to rezone the Town of Hempstead portion at the Woodmere Golf Club from 244 units to 77 units. Most people were for it. Some people took an unreasonable position that we should give them nothing, which would not pass in court – a judge is not going to let us take away everything from them. So we did a massive contraction of what they would have been able to do and some people said, Well, we want to explore having a park district. So right now, we’re completing our study on the


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park district, we’re trying to get costs on what it would cost, how big the park district would be, etc.

Around how much could it be? $1,000 a year per resident? It would probably be north of that.

What is a park district? Meaning like building another Grant Park? Yes. Except that it would be only for people who live in the district. We realized that people did not want a regional park there because it would create huge traffic problems. And there’s not much we can do about traffic on Broadway because we can’t widen the streets there. We actually conducted a traffic study and found that its only really busy on Friday afternoons. And even then, it only takes an extra six minutes to get down Broadway from Hewlett on a busy Friday.

The bigger the district, the less each person would have to pay. But I don’t think that people in North Woodmere or Inwood would want to pay for a park in Woodmere. If it goes out a quarter of a mile radius, it would be “X “amount of dollars. If it goes out a half mile then each person would pay less. That’s what we’re waiting for – to see how far out we think it would go and then what we’ll do is we’ll take a survey of the people in the community and see what their desire is, how they feel about it. I mean it could be $5,000 a home depending on the size of the park district, and I don’t think people are going to go for $5,000 a home.

What would the park district be? The district is wherever you draw the lines. In a park district, the people in the park district pay for the park. It’s for the people in the district; it’s like a private club. Now we have to see how much it would cost to create a park district and then how much it would cost the residents who live in the park district. What amenities would you have in the park? It’s up to the people who live in the district. It also depends on the cost and how much people would be willing to pay for it.

No. I don’t think the park district will be affordable, that’s just my feeling from the numbers that I’m hearing. I think we’ll probably end up with a certain amount of units on the property. You said approximately 77 units? That’s what’s on the table now. Whether we can get less, we don’t know. But what people have to understand is that you run a risk. The judge isn’t going to fashion a remedy. The judge who hears the case if we’re

Can the judge order you to go back to the table? He’s going to have to make a decision either way for either side. Well, he might try to settle it but if it goes to a final judgement, he doesn’t get to fashion a remedy. He could appoint a special master and say go back to the table and come up with a different number, yes, he could. But most likely not. He’ll either say what we did was reasonable and constitutional or he’ll say it’s not and then they get their 244 and that’s just on the Town’s side. They also have properties in the golf club in Lawrence and Woodsburgh. So we’re only talking about 244 units for half the size. Lawrence and Woodsburgh are already up-zoned. They have 1-acre zoning. They would only get about 44 houses between the two. In all, we’re talking about more in the range of 288 houses that they’ll get. People don’t understand. We can’t just offer nothing. Something has to be offered and dealt with. Another thing people should also understand is that let’s say we went to 77 houses. These are going to be high-end luxury houses because the land is so valuable so it’s not going to decrease home values; it’s going to increase home values. The bottom line is it’s not as bad as people think if we can control it and reduce it. It only gets bad if they’re allowed to do 244 units. Councilman, it sounds like there are a lot of issues to be dealt with in the Town. We appreciate your time and we hope you’ll keep us posted on any developments.


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Dating Dialogue

What Would You Do If… Moderated by Jennifer Mann, LCSW of The Navidaters

Dear Navidaters,

I consider myself to be a very practical person, always have been. I’m 23 years old and have been dating for a while now. Though I think I’m practical, I’m getting the message lately that some people think I’m a bit controlling. This is why. I find myself being set up with young men who are learning (check, what I want), but when I ask them what their plan is for after learning for a couple of years, rarely does any have a specific plan. They’ll say something like, “I’ll go into some kind of business.” This response doesn’t fly with me.

My parents tell me that when they got married, my father wasn’t at all sure what he would do with his life professionally and it all worked out, and that many of his friends started out doing one thing and wound up switching careers. But I have the need to know exactly what the plan is. Will you be going back to school? Do you have a specific business that is waiting for you to join? What’s the plan? I know and have known for years what my plan is and have stuck to it successfully. I’ve met some very nice men, but this part of their story upsets me to the point where I can’t see going out again with them. Rarely have I been set up with some with a very specific plan, but on those rare occasions, it didn’t work out for other reasons. Am I being ridiculous to be so specific in this area? Should I just put my faith in Hashem that everything will work out, as hard as it might be for me? I’m not getting any younger, and this is really becoming a nerve-racking issue for me.

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The Panel The Rebbetzin Rebbetzin Faigie Horowitz, M.S. t is fine to tell shadchanim and others that you are looking for a learner with a plan. This is not only legitimate, but is a very popular profile today and more and more young women want to know that. Some may want to know a particular plan. Some may want to know that the yeshiva bochur will plan to have a plan. But you have to articulate that so that you are not set up with young men with no plans or with plans to be long term learners. Why are you conflating the label of controlling with wanting a learner who will become an earner? Citing your own plans and sticking to them as an example of what you expect in a learning boy does not make sense. In our world today, girls go to Israel for a year, often after having amassed college credits before and during the gap year, and then go on to finish school and actualize their plans for a profession and/or business. Many girls finish college at lightning speed, trying to compress their education so that they start earning sooner because they plan to help support husbands in kollel. Yeshiva guys who are serious about learning after they marry delay this by a number of years. They spend several years learning after high school and plan to learn after they are married. Their plans are developed much later, sometimes after they are married. Perhaps you need to reconsider why you want a learning boy and what goes along with it in terms of being settled as well as your religious values. After a number of years of dating, perhaps you want the security of financial stability and someone who is working on his career already, either still in school or having already launched his career. In short, look at the realities out there and look inside yourself at the real needs you have. Be honest with


yourself and what you need now at 23. Then you can go tell them to shadchanim, family and friends.

The Mother Sarah Schwartz Schreiber, P.A. ee hee, tee hee. Ha, ha, ha. You can plan all you want, but Hashem gets the last laugh. I know of one very organized young man who planned on learning until he had three children. Hashem blessed him with triplets within the first year of marriage; his earning plans didn’t last through shana rishona. A cousin of mine was determined to marry a doctor; the guy she married blew the MCAT’s but is doing very well in construction, thank you. As for the rest of the world, a recent survey indicates only 27% of college graduates work in a field related to their major. So much for planning. Sure, you can bring your checklist and clipboard on your dates; you can interview your date about his fiveyear career trajectory. But get real. The guy may funfeh some rehearsed line (“I’m great with my hands; I helped the camp handyman do his repairs.” “I plan on getting an online degree; the same degree my friend used to get into Harvard Law.” “My rich uncle, a big name in real estate, promised to teach me the ropes when I’m ready.”) Or, he may tell you honestly, “At this point, I can’t be sure.” Whatever a guy tells you about his aspirations and ambitions is not as important as the vibes you get (and what his references say) about his integrity, his motivation, and his work ethic. Rather than probing whether he’s mapped out a career in chinuch or finance, find out whether he’s responsible, reliable and resilient. These character traits – more than any plan, degree or diploma – are the true prerequisites for success: at school, at work, and in marriage.


The Shadchan Michelle Mond ou have to think about and decide what it is you truly want. A man who plans on learning full-time for a few years is generally not doing so to pass the time until he starts working. The hashkafa behind it is generally to start marriage in kollel, living on a kollel budget, where the wife is working physically and emotionally to support this goal. It requires a lot of emunah, bitachon, and sacrifice – including the sacrifice of not necessarily knowing what the future holds. This will not work in a case where the wife is resentful and waiting for her husband to start schooling for his profession already. Conversely, a man with his heart


Rather than probing whether he’s mapped out a career in chinuch or finance, find out whether he’s responsible, reliable and resilient.

set on working in a specific field is generally not defining himself as a


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kollel guy. A man is not any less of a ben Torah if he decides to go about his path of being a provider for his family while being kovea itim. He may be learning at night and in college by day, working towards his goal. Some full-time learning guys want to go into klei kodesh; this is a plan and a lifestyle. Some say they want to eventually support a family; whether it be in some kind of business or college in the future, but they do not usually concern themselves with the details until later on in life. Whether or not you feel this is a sustainable plan is irrelevant, but it does not change reality. Throughout the ages, and in the days of our parents and grandparents, there were a select few men who were cut out for long term full-time learning. These men had it running through their veins and ended up doing so with the goal of becoming choshuve rabbeim and gedolei Yisroel. This is a plan. The rest of the men were not thought to be any less

frum, and were expected to be taught a trade, go to college, and went on to support their families while being kovea itim. This is also a plan. We are living in the first generation of many men who seem to be in limbo between the two. Ironically, the plethora of full-time learning guys today are learning with the help of the generous support from these choshuve parents. But what happens when the well runs dry in the next generation? My point in this tangent is the following. If you have your heart set on marrying a full-time learner, the entire package of that is the life you must envision for yourself and your children. This includes the emunah and bitachon you must have that it will eventually work out. However, if you truly would like your husband to work and support a family with a thought-out plan, there is no harm in looking for a man who is in college and learning on the side. As our Sages said, “A man should

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take care of (have sufficient) grain in his house, for there is fighting in the home only regarding matters of grain” – i.e., monetary issues (Bava Metzia 59a). And as the kesubah states, “I” – the husband – “will sustain and support my wife.” It is also choshuv if this is the path you choose, but you must put thought into what it is you truly want.

The Single Tova Wein think your question and desire makes perfect sense. Many young men think it’s O.K. to say that they will ultimately go into “some sort of” business, without a clue about what that means. With no contacts, assurance, or even fundamental knowledge regarding what it takes to start and run a business, it’s a comment that sounds good but isn’t really re-



We stick with our goals and we do our best and watch Hashem do the rest.

ality based. Wanting to know that there is an actual plan, (“I’ve always dreamed of being a doctor… lawyer…. Indian chief – and this is how I plan on achieving that goal, in a year or two or three”) sounds like a plan to me. And though there are far less young men out there who are as focused on their future as you seem to be and you seem to require, there most definitely are men who possess a long term view regarding their future financial lives. And these are the men you want to date. So be very clear when speaking to shadchanim, fam-

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ily and friends regarding what specifically makes the most sense for you. Understand that this will definitely cut down on the number of prospects that come your way but it sounds like the others would only be a waste of time for you. And now for a “real life newsflash.” We all should make the best choices for ourselves, but in reality, understand that life happens and sometimes despite the most meticulous planning, things happen and our dreams come crashing down. But that doesn’t mean that we should give up on hopes and dreams. We stick with our goals and we do our best and watch Hashem do the rest!

Reader’s Response


ruthfully, this wasn’t an easy question for me to answer. After putting some thought into your situation and putting myself into your shoes, I began to realize that the more you see Hashem in your life, the less you need to worry. This may sound like the cheesiest thing in the world, but it is the answer to every problem. I understand that you are 23 years old and that time does not slow down for anybody. I also understand how frustrating it may be to get into a close relation-

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ship with someone who doesn’t have a straight-out, clear plan ahead of them. But in situations like these, all we can do is turn to the One above and trust. If there’s a man who comes along who fits right into the category you’re looking for – go for it! If you feel a connection and it makes sense for the two of you to get married, continue the relationship. And if this man decides to learn for a bit before going into a real job, you need to leave all of that up to Hashem. But worrying and walking away from every man with this plan in mind – that is not going to help you find your match. You definitely have a right to feel anxious about the future – I’m not saying that isn’t human nature – but the most ideal way to deal with this issue is to have faith that Hashem has your back. For starters, you can start by recogniz-

ing Hashem throughout your day. By seeing the yad of Hashem in every situation you face, you’ll get used to acknowledging His presence and connecting every aspect of your life to Him. You’ll see that whatever obstacle comes your way, you’ll have a much stronger sense of clarity and faith that the outcome is for your benefit – whether you see it or not. The best advice I can give you is to do your hishtadlus. Go on dates, meet new people. If you find a possible match, keep it going. If he doesn’t have a definite job for the future, turn to Hashem and request His help. Plead that He should grant you success and wisdom in your decision and lead your spouse in the right direction. I can’t stress enough the power of tefillah, and how badly Hashem wants to help us with our challenges. As a wise individual once told me, “Don’t tell Hashem how great your problems are; tell your problems how great Hashem is.”

desire to support a family. And you should also hear the way he plans on reaching goals; the steps he plans on taking to turn his aspirations into a reality. You may go out on less dates with your priorities firmly in place, but you will be dating smarter. All the best, Jennifer

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nowing what you want does not make you controlling; it makes you practical. We encourage clients who are floundering with their own game plans to create some type of general direction for themselves and often help create the objectives to meet those goals. If you need to be with a “man with a plan,” by all means, you should be dating them. When speaking to friends, family and shadchanim, let them know. I’m wondering if it is the way you react after you learn that he doesn’t have a specific game plan that is garnering the feedback of you being controlling. Some women have no problem dating a man without a plan. And that is fine because it works for them. If you know in your heart of hearts that lacking a game plan will make you feel insecure, worried, on edge, angry or resentful, then there is your answer. So often, when it comes to relationships – be they dating, mar-

riage or family – we get caught up in right and wrong. More often than not, it isn’t about right vs. wrong. It’s about: we are two different people who see the world in two different ways. Can we coexist? Can we appreciate the other’s point of view because we love him/her? If you know right now that you won’t be able to do the above, why set yourself up to be unhappy? And why set up your future husband to live with the knowledge that he can’t fulfill his wife’s needs? You want to date a man who will earn ‘n’ learn. Most men who are on the earn ‘n’ learn path have a general sense of what they would like to do once they start dating. And even if they don’t know yet, you will hear it in the way they speak about their futures. You will hear their drive, their passion about their field, and their

Esther Mann, LCSW and Jennifer Mann,

Hi Readers! Receiving your enthusiastic emails wanting to participate in the Reader’s Respond section has been wonderful! Just a reminder about how Reader Response works. Email thenavidaters@gmail. com with the subject line “Reader Response.” We will then ask you, in the order we receive your email, if you would like to respond to the coming week’s email. If you would like to respond to an already printed Navidaters Panel, please submit your answer to the editor at You can also join us on our FB page @thenavidaters on Sunday evenings to post your response to the week’s column. Interacting with you has been a pleasure! Thank you for all of your feedback. Esther and Jennifer

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Dr. Deb

Argh! Crumbs! By Deb Hirschhorn, Ph.D.


hen my daughter was in middle school, we did our bedikah – which always seemed to take place much later than we wanted – and lo and behold! We found a sandwich in her backpack.

Well, at least we found it. What if we didn’t? What if we were sitting at the seder and suddenly, like out of some kind of Alfred Hitchcock movie, a swarm of crumbs invaded the table? Chometz crumbs.

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All over. It could happen. In fact, it does happen. And it’s not some surreal thriller. It’s a scene in very ordinary homes, many of them. Avraham is sitting at the seder table and some twinge of memory is pulling at the corner of his mind as he notices one child fidgeting too close to another child. Instead of the response that an outsider would expect, of either ignoring little Yitzi’s fidgets, or perhaps distracting Yitzi with an interesting question from the Haggadah, Avraham screams at Yitzi to leave the table. “How dare you disrupt the seder?” he shouts. He pounds his hand on the table for added emphasis and Yitzi rushes off to his room crying. All you-know-what breaks loose with wife Miriam foolishly trying to talk reason to an Avraham who is foaming at the mouth. Doesn’t she realize this is a lost cause? Doesn’t she know that logic and reason have left the place? The holiness – the purpose – of a seder has been lost. In his supposed zeal to do the seder right, Avraham’s done it wrong. Crumbs. Yes, chometz. Marlene was so exhausted. She had to clean to perfection. This was her way of embracing the beauty of Pesach. She felt deeply in her heart that since she could not personally leave Mitzrayim, at least she could do her small part to show Hashem appreciation for what He did for our

ancestors. She drove herself to do more and more. The radiators under their covers. The ceiling fans. The grout holding the tiles. Every book on the shelf. And do not get her started on her “requests” of her family. Her husband, Levy, explained to her that this was not necessary halachically, but she didn’t want to hear it. She had her own conversation with G-d and knew that she had to do this. The children? She wanted them to share in the process, to feel like they’d been through Mitzrayim, too. “Leah! Did I not remind you that you must vacuum your coat pockets? Have you made a pile of your sweaters for the dry cleaners? Did you wipe down your blinds?” Leah was not enjoying this. This did not feel like liberation. She kept dreaming of the day she would leave home and be truly free. Crumbs. Chometz. If the seder table or the Shabbos table is a perversion of what the chag or Shabbos is about, it chases away everyone. There’s a reason there are so many young people from “religious” homes that have left the derech and don’t know how to find it again. There’s a reason why you’re unhappy. It has to do with the crumbs. You can’t “do” Pesach with crumbs. The chometz of our egos


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needs to be swept out. Burnt with the rest of the chometz. How do we do that? The first step is the most difficult. It’s admitting that our tempers, our arrogance, our OCD cleaning, our demands are all wrong. Only when you know that your behavior, your attitude, your mood is wrong can you begin to change it. What do you do when you’re living with someone who will not admit it, will not see it? The answer to that depends on just exactly how much ego is invested in maintaining the status quo. If, in a calm, quiet moment the person can be or ever has been truly honest, then a loving – not blaming – conversation may work. This is rare, but it can happen. The key to success is to never, ever give the impression of being superior, that you are the bastion of good manners, sanity, and civility, and your unfortunate fool of a spouse isn’t. As you can imagine, that will

backfire big time. Is there anything else you can do to be pro-active now? • Be your best self – think compassionately about the people in

• Don’t be reactive or you will get sucked to a place that you don’t want to go and be a person you don’t want to be. • Don’t take personally bad

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your life that don’t measure up in your view. Compassion means that you feel badly for them because they do not have the tools or the mazal to handle things well.

things that are said, even if they’re about you. It simply means this other person is suffering and doesn’t know how to handle it any better than they are. Keep telling yourself that.

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• Focus your attention on the good. There is good surrounding us every single second. See it; feel it; dwell on it. Don’t let it rush by. • Prepare the children with love in your heart to do as you are learning to do: to be compassionate, not reactive, and focus on the good. If you commit yourself to it, then it will be easier for the children to follow. Is this list easy? Absolutely not. It takes focused attention every moment of time to carry it off. The good news is that eventually it becomes a habit. Eventually, healthy ways of thinking and being become part of you. Wishing you a chometz-free Pesach. And, as always, I am here to help you.

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Health & F tness

Your Mood on Food By Aliza Beer MS, RD, CDN


ur bodies are made up of complex systems that exist cohesively and rely on each other for proper function. Each system is made up of organs that carry out specific tasks to maintain life. At the center of it all lies the brain. The brain, made up mostly of fat, is our headquarters (no pun intended) for all things functional, intellectual, and physical. What science is just beginning to uncover is how our digestive system, specifically the gut and the food we eat, works hand in hand with proper brain function. Along with their increased intake of trans fats, processed junk food, and refined grains, Americans have experienced an upsurge in anxiety with over 6.8 million adults currently suffering. More and more studies have begun to show that what you fuel your brain with actually affects how it functions. A clinical experiment called the SMILES trial recently discovered that improved diet may be the future for treating depression and other mood-related disorders. The path to a healthy body and healthy mind goes much deeper than calories. The quality and types of food you are eating are the key to maintaining your mood through food and your digestive system. You may have heard the term “gut health” spring up in recent years. The importance of the microorganisms living within our gastrointestinal systems (called microbiota) have

started to garner the attention they deserve. Have you ever felt nauseous during anxious situations or butterflies when you get excited? The direct brain-gut connection is obvious in daily life and is facilitated through the vagus nerve. People often shudder at the term “bacteria” and their mind travels to disease but what they don’t realize is that our bodies rely on millions of microorganisms for proper everyday functioning and good health. Many people even refer to the gut as the “second brain.” Beneficial, “good” bacteria inside our gut is also crucial to several bio-

Research has determined that associations between gut microbes and mental wellbeing are in fact very much legitimate. In the past, science had speculated that our mental health can affect our digestive system’s health. However, recent research suggests that it’s actually the other way around! Fascinating new studies have linked our brain function, the way we control hormones, synthesize neurotransmitters, and our overall wellbeing to the ecosystem of microbiota within our gut. New discoveries show that a healthy gut can reduce the risk of type 2 di-

Many people even refer to the gut as the “second brain.”

logical processes including serotonin production. Serotonin, as you may know, is nature’s anti-depressant and acts as a hormone and a neurotransmitter. It helps regulate sleep and appetite, mediate moods, and inhibit pain. Lower serotonin levels are associated with depression, anxiety, and mood swings. The gut is actually home to most of our serotonin and our gut’s health determines how well we produce and regulate serotonin.

abetes, improve metabolism, and reduce depression. The bacteria in your gut protect the lining of your intestines and ensure they provide a strong barrier against toxins. They also limit inflammation. It is therefore critically important to eat healthy gut-promoting foods that can help regulate and maintain the community of GOOD bacteria inside you. Here are some suggestions: • What to Eat: Fiber – Dietary

fiber is so important yet it is largely ignored by the population. Statistics say that about 95% of Americans do not get adequate amounts of fiber in their diets. A daily intake of 25 grams of fiber for women and 38 grams for men is crucial to maintaining gut health. There are two types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. In order to get the most out of our diets, incorporate both. High fiber foods include broccoli, avocados, chia seeds, lentils, and most fruits and vegetables. Fiber can help combat depression, lower blood glucose levels and cholesterol, improve our immune systems, and protect against cardiovascular disease and cancer. Proper fiber intake feeds the healthy bacteria in our bodies, so don’t skimp. Your day begins at breakfast so begin by incorporating a bowl of whole grain oatmeal with fresh fruits. Fiber will keep you full and curb your appetite for unhealthy munching throughout the day. Read nutrition labels and track your fiber intake to ensure you’re meeting the recommended mark. • What to Eat: Fermented Foods – Yes, this one does sound a little weird but the benefits of fermented foods like tempeh and yogurt are definitely not to be dismissed. The fermentation process is simple; bacteria or yeast is added to foods to preserve them. The bacteria create something called probiotics, a term you may be familiar with. Probiotics help digest and absorb nutrients


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in the gut and protect your systems from mood-altering toxins. This method has been around for years but only now are we discovering its health-promoting properties. Fermented foods can be distinct and very flavorful, landing them a place in sophisticated eateries around the world. Sauerkraut is a classic and perhaps not traditionally thought of as a healthy diet staple. Time to change that thought process! Sauerkraut is fermented cabbage and can be added to chicken, salads, grain dishes, and meat. Yogurt is also a great source of probiotics that help maintain the microbiome in your gut. Avoid yogurts with added sugars and opt for plain yogurt with your own customized toppings like berries, agave, and almond butter instead. Other fermented foods include miso and kefir, which is a tart yogurt-like drink that is known to provide all sorts of health benefits. It usually comes in a bottle and is an easy grab-and go-breakfast. If you don’t like yogurt and other fermented foods then consider taking a probiotic supplement. • What to Eat: Eat Often Enough – According to research published by the University of Illinois Extension, eating regular meals and snacks at the same times every day helps keep your blood sugar levels steady. Eating at regular intervals helps to ensure that your body has a continuous source of fuel, and this may assist in keeping your mood stable. • What to Eat: The Mediterranean Diet – One study showed that across the board, those on a Mediterranean diet suffered from significantly less depression and anxiety than those on a Western diet. This pattern was also seen in people on traditional Japanese diets, as well. Historically, diets from these cultures incorporate far more nutrient-dense foods and limit sugary, salty junk foods. Instead, they focus mainly on fatty fish like salmon, protein-rich beans like garbanzo, and probiotic-rich foods mentioned previously like yogurt. The Mediterranean diet contains foods that are rich in depression-reducing vitamins like B12 and folate. Folate promotes dopamine which is another one of

our brain’s happy chemicals. Salmon, a staple in the Mediterranean diet, provides the brain with plenty of omega-3s polyunsaturated fatty acids which have been proven to reduce stress, anxiety, and promote gut microbiome diversity. The brain is enriched with healthy fatty acids like those in salmon so consuming them in our diet will improve brain function and cognitive wellbeing. To increase the Mediterranean flare in your diet, try adding these foods to your weekly menu: • Dark green vegetables like broccoli, kale, spinach • Whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, or steel cut oats • Legumes and beans like garbanzo and black eyes peas • Nuts like cashews, almonds, and brazil nuts • Salmon once or twice a week • What to Avoid: Processed Foods – It’s no secret that unhealthy eating puts a strain on our physiological functions. Across the board, there’s one thing health professionals can agree on: avoid junk. This includes refined grains and added sugars. Despite the initial energy high you feel when you eat junk food, your body will crash soon after and those good feelings will be gone. What you may not have known is that unhealthy eating puts a strain on our minds and brains, as well. When we eat high-sugar, high-fat meals, our natural microbes change for the worse. It’s not just the sugar that will disrupt the balance between the good and bad bacteria but also the chemical additives and preservatives found in processed foods. Many people think they can eat unhealthi-

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ly and then just take a multivitamin. However, a poor diet impairs absorption of essential nutrients and limits the active neural pathways from gut to brain, so although you may be consuming those vitamins, you may not actually be reaping their benefits. The medical field of nutritional psychiatry is relatively new. Physicians are now trying to help patients understand how gut health and diet can positively or negatively affect


their moods. It’s important to focus on how food makes you feel. Start limiting or eliminating sugar and enriching your diet with more probiotic rich foods, fermented foods, and plenty of polyunsaturated fats. The quality of the calories you consume are just as important as the number of calories you consume. Your systems rely on nutrients from the food you consume. The popular saying “you are what you eat” is ever prevalent now that the science actually supports it on a number of levels. Your mood and brain function are directly connected to your gut microbe which is influenced by what you consume, so eat smart and be happy!

Aliza Beer is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in nutrition. She has a private practice in Cedarhurst, NY. Patients’ success has been featured on the Dr. Oz show. Aliza can be reached at, and you can follow her on Instagram at @alizabeer.


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Health & F tness

The Perfect Pesach Menu By Alice Harrosh


ear Alice, I’m trying to plan out my Passover menu and start shopping. Can you provide me with a rough draft on what my menu will look like over the course of the seder and chol Hamoed? Thanks in advance!

have your afternoon snack as late as possible that day and/or even have one protein plus a vegetable and a fruit (Example: string cheese plus cucumber or apple or 4 slices turkey breast with lettuce)


• Minimal matzah – find out in advance what that is • Minimal grape juice or wine • Fill up half your plate with veggies • One protein or a combo of two (Example: 3 oz of fish and 2 oz of chicken) • No potatoes unless you’re not having matzah or just a bite of matzah • For desserts stick to fruits or portioned and budgeted treats • Throughout the day, just like on Shabbos, use your budget of your allowed fruits, snacks, and treat.

• Kezayis (minimal) of matzah – you should find out in advance how much that is Tip: a whole round matzah is equal to 4 breads • Minimal grape juice or wine – find out in advance how much that is Tip: buy small cups for this purpose

Food at the Seder: • Budget 6 oz of protein to be used in any way you’d like (Example: 3 oz of fish and 3 oz of chicken) • Avoid starchy side dishes such as potatoes because you’re having matzah • Fill up on vegetables • Dessert is very late and should be just a fruit or baked apple or compote without sugar Tip: Being that the seder is very late and you will be hungry earlier,

Yom Tov days:

Chol Hamoed days: Breakfast: • Yogurt with Pesach granola plus a fruit • 1 cup approved Pesach cereal with skim milk and a fruit • Pesach oatmeal made with water and a fruit • Matzah crackers (whole wheat)

• Eggs and vegetables • Smoothie made with one yogurt or one cup skim milk plus one cup of fruit Snacks: • Almonds • Apple chips • Diet cheesecake • Cappuccino or latte made with skim milk and sugar • Smoothie made with either one cup skim milk or one yogurt plus one cup fruit • Fruit • Ladyfingers (100 cal worth), about 6-7 of them • Chestnuts (10 small, 6-7 large) Lunch: • Grain options: • Whole wheat matzah crackers • Small baked potato • Protein choices: • 1 can tuna in water • Turkey breast • Cottage cheese • Reduced fat cheese • 1-2 tablespoons light cream cheese • Fish • Chicken plus vegetables Dinner: • Protein choices: • Chicken • Fish

• Meat • Or any lunch protein • Grain: • Small baked potato (white or sweet) • Quinoa • Matzah meal crumbs (No matzah or crackers in the evening) • Treat: anything packaged up to the calories you were given or make a recipe from what we gave out or send us your recipes and we’ll gladly help you break them down! If you have any questions, feel free to email me any time and I’ll be happy to help or direct you to someone who can help.

Alice Harrosh is a nutrition counselor and manager of the Lakewood, Queens and Five Towns locations of Nutrition by Tanya. Alice knows that making healthy decisions is not always easy. She understands that tempting foods can be hard to resist because she has been through the struggle herself. As an optimistic person, Alice’s favorite quote is: “It’s never too late to start eating better. If you have a bad morning, make it a better afternoon.” She can be reached at


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Quinoa and Mushroom Stuffed Capons meat – yields 8 servings – freezer friendly Capons are attractive when served for a Yom Tov meal, and they make a great change from roasts and meat. In the kosher market, capon refers to a deboned chicken thigh with the skin on. The skin keeps the capons moist while cooking, and the filling becomes a built-in side dish.

INGREDIENTS 1 Tablespoon oil 1 large onion, diced 10-ounces white button mushrooms, finely diced 1 cups raw quinoa

2 cups water 1 teaspoon kosher salt ¼ teaspoon black pepper 8 chicken capons

Sauce 1 Tablespoon oil 1 large onion, finely diced 2 cloves garlic, crushed

¾ cup ketchup ¾ cup brown sugar 1 cup water



Prepare the stuffing: Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add onion; sauté until they start to brown. Add mushrooms; cook for an additional few minutes, until softened.


Add quinoa, water, salt, and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer; cook, covered, for approximately 15 minutes, until the liquid has been absorbed. Set aside to cool.

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Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare 1 (9x13-inch) baking pan. Stuff each capon with quinoa mixture. Place stuffed capons into prepared pan. Place any remaining stuffing around the capons. Set aside.


Prepare the sauce: In a small pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion; fry until translucent. Add remaining sauce ingredients; bring to a boil.


Reduce heat to a simmer; cook for five minutes, until sauce has thickened slightly. Pour over capons in pan.


Cover pan tightly; bake for 1 hour. Uncover; bake for an additional 30 minutes, until Recipe reproduced from the tops start to PERFECT FOR brown. PESACH Serve with by Naomi Nachman with permission from additional the copyright holders ArtScroll/Mesorah Publications, stuffing on the LTD. side.


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YAPCHIK By Shlomo Klein

Yapchik, a Polish or Hungarian version of cholent, has been one of Shlomo’s obsessions this past year. We investigated the origination of this dish and have gotten conflicting responses. However, we do know that the Skverer Rebbe has been serving it at his tish (table), for many years. Essentially a meat-stuffed potato kugel, yapchik is a true Jewish comfort food. Shredded potato, some onion, meat, salt and pepper...sounds simple enough? To prepare, yapchik is pretty simple. On the other hand, coming up with the ultimate, foolproof yapchik was not as easy. It took many trials and taste-tests to get this right. This recipe serves 8-12.




8 large Russet potatoes 1 Spanish onion 7 eggs 1 cup water 1¼ cups olive oil 1 TBS + 1 tsp salt 1½ pounds kolichel, cubed

Preheat oven to 425°F. Using a kugel blade, process potatoes and onions. Note: a kugel blade comes with only some food processor brands. If you don’t have one, grate the potatoes and onions with the grater attachment and then pulse the mixture using the “s” blade, until the mixture is fully mixed. Do not over-process as that will turn the mixture into liquid. Remove mixture from food processor and place in a mixing bowl. Process eggs, water, oil, and salt in the food processor and pour into the potato-onion mixture. Add the meat into the mixing bowl and combine everything together. Pour into a 9x13 baking pan. Bake uncovered for 1½ hours. Lower oven temperature to 200°F. Cover baking pan well with 2 layers of silver foil to lock in the moisture. Bake for 6 more hours.

his is kinda personal, but we really wanted to bring up an issue we’re having. A really big issue that’s affecting a lot of people. It’s our “Pesach Cookbook” issue. We have beefed up this month’s Fleishigs Magazine in a big way, with more pages and a cookbook-style format to serve as the only 2019 Pesach Guide. To make life easier, we separated the magazine into a few parts: Introduction to Pesach – prepping with Guest Editor Danielle Renov, aka @peasloveandcarrots; basics – vinaigrettes, mayo, tomato paste, etc. and how to use them; appliances – what you really need this Pesach and what’s worth the money; fish – recipes from our Israeli dinner with Miki Broide, Michelin Star experienced chef Avner Guzmann and Chef Laura Frankel; sides – Chef Isaac Bernstein’s trusty sidekicks; yapchik – yes, if you made Danielle Renov’s mother’s wicked yapchik, you’d get your own section too; soups – a bunch of recipes + Naomi Nachman’s masterclass on freezing well; butcher’s cut –French Roast 101 + “Cooking the Cover” with Danielle: The Perfect Passover Rib Steak; desserts – healthy twists on dessert classics with nutritionist Beth Warren, wholesome lemon meringue and smores with cookie dippers; Travel To Nepal – the lowdown on walking “The Roof of the World” Leftover Sessions with @peasloveandcarrots. Horseradish ideas anyone? New Pesach Products + Trends (gluten-free matzoh continues its run) & much, much more! We’re rolling out exclusive email content for our subscribers, starting with a special recipe index guide that includes all of our Pesach-able dishes since the premier issue. Plus the signature Matzoh Ball recipe from Bravo Top Chef 16 runner-up Chef Sarah Bradley. Subscribe at and follow us on Instagram: @Fleishigsmag & Facebook: @Fleishigsmagazine.


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Notable Quotes “Say What?!”

Your honor, my name is Craig C. and I’m a compulsive gambler…. I’m truly powerless over this disease…. I never intended to take money from people and not pay them back. I had grandiose plans about how we would all make money together. - Disgraced sports talk radio host (660 WFAN) Craig Carton at his sentencing hearing after he was found guilty of defrauding investors of millions in order to pay off his gambling debts

Good afternoon, Mr. Carton, Colleen from New York. First time, long time. - Federal Judge Colleen McMahon mimicking a generic sports talk radio caller, before sentencing Carton to 3 ½ years in prison

I am a long-time listener, generally 8:30 to 9:15 while I’m driving in…. The fact that I listened to the show regularly means that before the clerk wheeled this case out to me at random I knew a lot about you. I knew you were extremely knowledgeable about your craft about the business of sports and communication. I knew you could be fun to listen to. I also knew you could be a jerk. Just FYI, there are women who like to watch and listen to sports and talk about sports, and things can get a little raunchy on sports radio, and there were times when I had to change the channel because it was a little too locker room talky, but for the most part it was a good show, an insightful show, and I enjoyed it — I still do. - Ibid., disclosing that she was a fan of Carton’s show

Ilhan Omar’s country collapsed as a child. She lived for years in Kenya in that refugee camp. She may have died there without outside help. But help came, from where? From here, America. And this country didn’t just welcome Ilhan Omar to America, we paid to relocate her family and many others from a foreign continent purely for the sake of being good people, for altruism. Because no country in history has been as generous as we are. To places we have no ties to and no obligation to, we have been kind anyway because that’s who we are. Despite her humble and foreign birth, Omar has been elected to our national law-making body. And good for her. So how does she repay her adopted country, the one that may literally have saved her life? She attacks it as hateful and racist, and for that she is applauded by the Democratic Party because they view this country as hateful and racist too. - Fox’s Tucker Carlson criticizing Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) recent comments criticizing the U.S. as being a racist country

The U.S.-Israel relationship is one of the most important relationships that we have on the planet, and that relationship, if it is successful, must transcend partisanship in the United States, and it must be able to transcend a prime minister who is racist, as he warns against Arabs coming to the polls. - Democratic presidential hopeful Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke calling Prime Minister Netanyahu a racist, at a campaign event in Iowa

I hear these things about “let’s make America great again” and I think to myself, exactly when did you think America was great? — Former Attorney General Eric Holder on MSNBC’s “The Beat with Ari Melber



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I think it’s pretty apparent that Mr. Lieu believes that black people are stupid and will not pursue the full clip in its entirety. - Black conservative commentator Candice Owens, while testifying at a Congressional hearing, after Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) sliced up an old video clip of her to make it look like she was defending Hitler

The witness may not refer to a member of the committee as stupid. -Committee chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) admonishing Ms. Owens

I didn’t refer to him as stupid. That’s not what I said. That’s not what I said at all. You didn’t listen to what I said. I said, he is assuming that black people will not pursue the full twohour clip…. He’s trying to present as if I was launching a defense of Hitler in Germany when in fact the question that was asked of me was pertaining to whether or not I believed in nationalism and that nationalism was bad. And what I responded was that I do not believe we should be characterizing Hitler as a nationalist. He was a homicidal, pathological maniac that killed his own people. A nationalist would not kill their own people. - Ms. Owens’ response

That is exactly what I was referring to in the clip and he purposefully wanted to give you a cut up, similar to what they do to Donald Trump to create a different narrative. That was unbelievably dishonest, and he did not allow me to respond to it, which is worrisome and should tell you a lot about where people are today in terms of trying to drum up narratives.

According to Ben Rhodes, a former deputy national security advisor and one of Obama’s closest confidants, several members of the Obama administration wanted to adopt a more assertive policy toward Israel but felt that their hands were tied. “The Washington view of Israel-Palestine is still shaped by the donor class,” Rhodes, who does not support BDS, told me, when I met with him at the Obama Foundation in October. “The donor class is profoundly to the right of where the activists are, and frankly, where the majority of the Jewish community is.” - From a New York Times article detailing how Pres. Obama wanted to take a more anti-Israel stance but was prevented from doing so by the donor class

[It is] not anti-Semitic to hate the Jews of Israel. - Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone

- Ibid.

By the way, I would like to also add that I work for Prager University, which is run by an Orthodox Jew. Not a single Democrat showed up to the embassy opening in Jerusalem. I sat on a plane for 18 hours to make sure I was there. I am deeply offended by the insinuation of revealing that clip without the question that was asked of me. - Ibid.

Today, grandchildren of the players who played with me 50 and 60 years ago are my teammates. - Issak Hayik, 73, goalie for Israeli soccer team Maccabi Ironi Or Yehuda, who just broke the Guinness World Record for being the oldest living active soccer player



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You’re paying a price, you committed a crime, you’re in jail. That’s bad, but you’re still living in American society and you have a right to vote. I believe in that. – Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders arguing at an Iowa campaign event that felons should be able to vote from jail

I had a midlife identity crisis once Trump won, because I had never had my world feel so unhinged, I think. And I had to pay a psychiatrist to listen to me [complain] about Donald Trump for about the first three weeks. For me it was a huge emotional trigger… What I discovered is alcohol and outrage are not a good mix. - Left-wing comedian Chelsea Handler talking to HBO’s Bill Maher about her Trump Derangement Syndrome after the 2016 elections

Outer-borough residents are not driving their cars into Manhattan. That’s not how they come in. I’m a Queens boy. Only very rich people can drive into Manhattan. - Gov. Andrew Cuomo defending congestion pricing which will add to the cost of driving into Manhattan

The Democrats are shifting so far to the left that…unless there’s some sense brought into the party, we’re going to end up with socialism in America if a Democrat should win. I don’t want to see that happen. - Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz on the “The Hugh Hewitt Show”


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Political Crossfire

Why was a WellDeserved Award Rescinded from Mike Pompeo? President Trump and Secretary of State Pompeo with hostages who were freed by North Korea

By Marc A. Thiessen


ow bad has Trump derangement syndrome gotten in Washington? Consider this: on Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike

Pompeo was set to receive the 2019 Foley American Hostage Freedom Award, in recognition of the Trump administration’s work in releasing Americans

held hostage abroad. The award is named for James Foley, the American journalist who was kidnapped and beheaded by the Islamic State. But at the last minute, the award was mysteriously rescinded, and Pompeo was disinvited from the gala that he had agreed to attend. By any objective criteria, Pompeo deserved the award, because the Trump administration has the best record in freeing American hostages of any administration in modern times.

ing held by unidentified captors since September 2017. Others liberated from captivity include Pastor Andrew Brunson, who was released by Turkey; Otto Warmbier, Kim Dong-chul, Kim Hak-song and Kim Sang-duk, released by North Korea; American aid worker Aya Hijazi and her husband, previously held by Egypt; UCLA basketball players LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley, and Texas business executive Sandy Phan-Gillis, released by China; Caitlan

Trump freed our hostages without setting Taliban leaders loose from Guantanamo Bay, or sending wooden pallets stacked with euros,Swiss francs and other currencies to Iran on an unmarked cargo plane.

In just over two years in office, President Trump has secured the release of 20 people, including at least 17 Americans, from foreign captivity. The most recent was in February, when Danny Burch, an American engineer at a Yemeni oil company, was freed after be-

Coleman, her husband and their three children, released by the Taliban; Sabrina de Sousa, a former CIA officer, released by Portugal; and Mormon missionaries Joshua and Thamy Holt, released by Venezuela. That’s more captives freed in two


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years than President Barack Obama got released in eight. And as Pompeo noted, “This work has been accomplished without the concessions that only encourage more hostage taking by kidnappers and terrorists.” Trump freed our hostages without setting Taliban leaders loose from Guantanamo Bay, or sending wooden pallets stacked with euros, Swiss francs and other currencies to Iran on an unmarked cargo plane – which only creates incentives for criminal regimes to seize Americans. So why was this well-deserved award rescinded? As Pompeo explained in a gracious letter to Diane Foley, mother of James Foley, “I understand that the Foundation decided to rescind the Freedom Award and my invitation…due to pressure from its media partners and your fear, stated in your recent letter, that some guests at the dinner would not show my office proper respect if I attended.” The Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard reported, “Knowledgeable sources said the group’s ‘media partners’ promised to boycott the event if Pompeo got the award.” How pathetic is that? I understand that there are people who deeply dislike Trump. But give credit where credit is due. The president and his administration have made freeing Americans held abroad a top priority, even appointing a “special presidential envoy for hostage affairs” whose sole focus is the liberation of American captives. And they have had unprecedented success in getting them released. The idea that the event’s “media partners” and guests promised to disrupt or even boycott the event if Pompeo got the award is outrageous. As Pompeo said in his letter to Diane Foley, “How sad is it that base politics and hatred have been allowed to creep into even this sphere of our national activity? The safe recovery of Americans held hostage overseas should be beyond politics and must enjoy the support of all Americans. I regret that pressure of such a cynical and abominable nature was brought to bear on you and John.” Who are the “media partners” who objected to Pompeo’s participation? It’s unclear. CNN anchor and PBS host Christiane Amanpour was slated to deliver the keynote address. Other

“partners” listed on the website include Facebook, Atlantic Media, Reporters Without Borders and the Committee to Protect Journalists, among others. None has fessed up. In his letter to Foley, Pompeo said “Jim’s life and his legacy inspire me in

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my work” and assured her that “the ignoble conduct of those behind this sad deed will never diminish my commitment, of the commitment of the men and women I lead, to the safe recovery of all Americans unjustly held abroad.” How sad that the administration’s


critics can’t muster the ability to be similarly gracious and acknowledge the work that Pompeo and the diplomats he leads have done to free Americans unjustly held in foreign captivity. Our politics just hit a new low. (c) 2019, Washington Post Writers Group


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Political Crossfire

The Perils of Seeking the Truth By David Ignatius


hat do you say to a class of Egyptian journalism students who know that the price of speaking too freely – telling truths that the government doesn’t like – could be imprisonment and worse? “Be careful,” was my first admonition to the aspiring journalists gathered last weekend at the American University in Cairo. But I told them that even though they face limits, they remain part of a global network of reporters who struggle to do their jobs, as best they can, in places where truth-telling can sometimes be a death sentence. I think about the passion and intensity on the faces of those young men and women this week, as we at The Washington Post commemorate the six-month anniversary of the death of our Saudi colleague Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered because of his fearless commentary about the kingdom. Journalism doesn’t need any more martyrs – in Saudi Arabia, Egypt or America. But looking at those students, I was reminded that censorship is a losing game in the long run. There are just too many bright young minds around the world who can see reality for themselves on the internet, decide what’s true and what isn’t – and keep looking for ways to live an honest, open life. People sadly may not always be able to write or speak the truth in public, but they know what it is. They can be free in their own minds,

even in unfree places. It may be too risky to publish anti-government exposes, but that doesn’t mean people believe pro-government lies. They keep the truth alive in the one place that the censors can’t reach, which is inside their heads. I had traveled to Cairo to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of AUC’s School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, and the 100th anniversary overall of AUC. These two institutions remind me of America’s

I have been visiting AUC and schools like it for nearly 40 years. Partly it’s a recognition of my own roots. My grandfather and great-grandfather were educated at a Protestant missionary school called Euphrates College, in what was then the Ottoman Empire. Family lore has it that my great-grandfather translated Milton’s Paradise Lost into Armenian. He wrote poems about freedom and was imprisoned, before escaping to England and then

They can be free in their own minds, even in unfree places.

enduring gifts to the world, for all our mistakes. We helped spread the idea of freedom of thought. Nearly every country in the Middle East has an “American” university. Often, they were founded by Protestant missionaries who wanted to share the tools of enlightenment, in the expectation that people would find their way to prosperity, freedom and perhaps Christian faith. The missionaries’ hope, expressed in a carving over the gate at the American University of Beirut, was the Biblical injunction: “That they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

eventually settling in America. Being free in unfree places involves little things. It’s too dangerous for Egyptian students here to investigate political controversies. (Even the word “investigate” sounds dangerous to some administrators). But a few Egyptian ministries encourage journalism students to come examine their performance and see how it can be improved. The AUC student newspaper, The Caravan, understands the limits. The lead headline in the most recent issue was “Candidates Play It Safe in [Student Union] Debate.”

Students here talk politics only in dense code. But they try to push the envelope where they can. Even a small journalism probe, looking at food service in the cafeteria, say, risks offending some people. Student reporters learn to gather the facts, organize them clearly, and hold people accountable. Egypt is a country where reporters need an official press card, in effect a government license, before they can cover most public events. The official journalists’ “Syndicate” helps maintain uniformity. Young people censor themselves on social media, too, because they know the government is watching. “We want our student journalists to be free, but we don’t want them to go to jail,” says a senior AUC faculty member. “They know they have the noose around their necks,” says another teacher. The school wants its students to learn good journalism, but it rightly also wants them to stay safe. A visit here reminded me that people everywhere are the same when it comes to information. They want openness and truth, but they know this can be dangerous. Sometimes they can’t speak the facts out loud, but they still hunger for them. That’s why I cringe whenever I hear President Trump speak of journalists as the “enemy of the people.” Every day, in unfree societies, repressive rulers who agree with Trump put brave journalists in prison for doing their jobs. (c) 2019, Washington Post Writers Group


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Forgotten Her es

Operation Jedburgh: “Surprise. Kill. Vanish.” By Avi Heiligman


oth the Axis and Allied armies of World War II had special operators who would perform undercover, clandestine, and covert missions behind enemy lines. When the Allies were preparing to invade mainland Europe in 1944,

there were many targets of opportunity. Volunteers from the American OSS, British SOE, Free French Resistance networks, and Dutch and Belgian Armies trained to parachute behind enemy lines to lead other resistance forces in actions against

the Germans. Known as Operation Jedburgh, these fighters were sent to France, the Netherlands and some were even deployed to Burma to fight the Japanese. This joint Allied program became legendary once some of their exploits became known to the public. Jedburgh teams coordinated the underground movements and set up communications between resistance networks and Allied headquarters. Weapons, ammunition, explosives, medical supplies, and spies were parachuted in to assist these teams. Right before the landings at Normandy, codes were sent out to teams in the area to blow up rail lines, communications and anything else that could prevent Nazi soldiers from reaching the frontlines. Each team consisted of three men and had a commander, an executive officer, and a radio operator. The commander or executive officer was either British or American while the other was from the country from which they would operate. The radio operator came from a host of nationalities. Three-hundred Jedburgh operators were selected and underwent extensive training which included parachute training and learning unarmed combat and sabotage techniques. They wore military uniforms and carried radios, rations, sleeping bags, field glasses, pistols and carbines. Jedburghs were different from spies and therefore carried different

equipment when parachuting into enemy territory. The Jedburgh motto sums up their mission: “Surprise, kill, vanish.” The reason why they were named Jedburgh is still a bit of a mystery. There is a legend that they received the moniker from a 12 th century Scottish town that wielded Jedburgh axes to beat off their adversaries. Others say it came from a South African city that beat off the British during the Boer Wars. Others contend that it was just the next name in the list of operations that was used to codename missions. In any case, each particular team was given a codename that were usually first names but there were others that had codenames like Novocaine. These random names were thrown in there to confuse German intelligence. In total, 93 teams parachuted into France from June to December 1944. The first Jedburgh team to parachute into France was called Team Hugh. On the night before D-Day, an Allied bomber dropped them into Nazi-occupied Europe to assist with another agent that had been sent to the region a year prior. For the next 108 days, under French Captain Louis Legrand, the team dutifully did its job in supplying and supporting the French resistance. Jedburghs also helped the regular armies by providing assistance just beyond the Allied lines. Jedburgh teams and guerrillas helped


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Members of Team Ronald prepare for a jump into occupied France in August 1944

Horace Fuller flanked by Maquis and Jedburgh officers near the Spanish border after pursuing Germans across southern France

the Seventh Army advance into the Rhone Valley after assisting them in the invasion of southern France. Several teams were flown into Brittany where they organized 20,000 resistance fighters. Two months after D-Day, the American army entered the region while the partisans protected their flanks, gathered intelligence, guided the army, and in general was a nuisance to the Germans. Besides the 93 missions into France, eight teams were sent into the Netherlands. Six of these were in connection with Operation Market Garden in the fall of 1944. Perhaps the most high-profile of the Jeds – as they were affectionately known – was codenamed Berkshire and was the leader of Team Bruce. He was 24-year-old U.S. Army officer William Colby who would later become the director of the CIA. During his missions with the Jedburghs he earned the Silver Star as he operated with the French resistance known as the Maquis. Later, in 1945, he led an OSS mission into Norway to sabotage German rail lines and prevent reinforcements from coming into Germany. He later said that this “was the first and only combined ski-parachute operation ever mounted by the U.S. Army” during World War II. Marine Lt. Col. Horace W. Fuller (not to be confused with Horace H. Fuller who commanded the 41 st

had light 25mm cannon, they did not get them into the action. We learned that the enemy had 16 killed and 20 wounded while our force suffered no casualties. Fuller’s Silver Star citation details the actions of the rest of his mission. “Due to the heavy concentration of enemy troops in his area, he voluntarily changed to civilian clothing the better to accomplish his task, making himself liable to treatment as a spy in the event of his capture and, on 14 August, led his…forces in a series of raid and ambushes to liberate Tarbes, in which over six hundred prisoners and much German equipment were taken. Throughout this entire period, he led his forces in sabotage activities, severing the rail and power lines and rendering useless the oil refinery at Pejrouset by cutting off its water supply.” Thirty-seven Jedburghs were killed in the line of duty. Most of these heroes were killed in action or died of their wounds or of diseases (this happened to several that were deployed to Southeast Asia). Seven were captured and executed. Many of the 83 American Jeds later joined the CIA. This list included Colby and Colonel Aaron Bank who was known as the father of the Special Forces. Many of the tactics and techniques used by Jedburgh teams were adopted for training ear-

Division in the Pacific) was the commander of a Jedburgh team codenamed Bugatti. Soon after they landed in the Pyrenees on June 28, 1944 the Gestapo became aware of their presence. Along with the two French members of his team, they managed to escape the Nazis and finally in the middle of July were able to radio for a resupply drop. This came just in the nick of time because a day later they had a major firefight with the Germans. Fuller wrote: They arrived about 5:30 in the afternoon and set fire to all the buildings in the village and then advanced toward our positions, where they were met by fire from 10 Bren guns and about 80 rifles and Stens. Captain de la Roche (one of the French officers who parachuted with Fuller) personally maintained liaison between gun positions, constantly exposing himself to heavy machine-gun fire and mortar fire with no thought of his personal safety. He killed two of the enemy with his rifle and then manned a Bren gun permitting the successful withdrawal of our forces at a most critical time by acting alone as a rear guard. The enemy withdrew and did not seem interested in entering the woods after the Maquis. Although they

William Colby in World War II. He would later become head of the CIA

ly Special Forces in the 1950s. The missions that they performed were vital to the war effort and in some cases forced the Germans out of certain areas of Western Europe.

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Make What’s Most Important Most Important By Rabbi Dr. Naphtali Hoff


ecently, I made myself my favorite breakfast – fruit-filled pancakes – before heading downstairs to my home office to get my day started. Shortly before I finished, I used some of the batter to prepare a plain pancake for my teenage daughter (she doesn’t seem to get the fact that pancakes and fruit go together), and she decided to sit down to eat it. This is a girl who almost never eats breakfast, certainly not in the kitchen. So, instead of making my way downstairs, I sat down right there in the kitchen and ate with her. We chatted about breakfast, school, and other stuff. It was short but pleasant and a great way for both if us to start our days. Sometimes, in our rush to get to work and (officially) start our days, we jump in, power up and plow ahead, leaving our lives behind for the time being. At least, that’s what usually happens to me. But on this day, I was a little smarter, and found a way to connect with one of my most favorite people. The rest of my day was richer for it. I am the first to admit that I don’t always walk the talk when it comes to family time. I write about balance and priorities but can often be found at my computer when

I probably should be more present for my family. (Author’s note: As I was writing this article, the same daughter, who was home early due to snow, asked me to take her across town to her friend’s house where a bunch of girls were playing. I told her that it needed to wait – after all, I had things to do and had just taken her older sister to her friend a short while earlier – before it dawned on me how

ways to make more family time (with your kids and sometimes your spouse too) out of the things that you already do. 1. Have dinner together – Schedule your evening to make sure that you are home in time for dinner. Eating dinner as a family allows you to be a part of your family’s daily conversations. Once you’ve made time to have dinner together, why not also spend another 30 minutes

Once you’re working together, you will feel a whole different level of connection and cooperation.

hypocritical I was being. See? I told you it’s a challenge!) The brief breakfast story above served as a reminder of how just 5-10 minutes can be the difference between a me/work-first day to a we/they-first day. I could go on about the merits of maintaining balance and prioritizing family, friends and community. Or, you could learn more here. In this article, I will list some

going on a walk with them afterwards? 2. Recruit their help – If something is broken or the leaves need to be collected, encourage your spouse or kids to help you. Sometimes such chores will feel like a drag, but they can be made exciting. Once you’re working together, you will feel a whole different level of connection and cooperation. 3. Put them to bed – Reading

to your children for 15-30 minutes each night before bedtime is a great way to spend time together. Choosing books to read and discussing them are ways to share ideas and values with your children. Even older kids often like to be read to or have a chat before they doze off. 4. Bring them to school and work – Make it a point to bring your child to school or to any extra classes they may have. Also, if they are off from school and can come with you to work (at least to be with you during your commute, even if they then do their own things while you’re busy,) it’ll mean more quality time without having to redo your schedule. 5. Plan a monthly excursion – Think of a new place to visit each month. Get your family to help you to plan the day. Do this on a weekend or some other low-impact day. The last thing you want is to feel as if every moment is on borrowed time. Rabbi Naphtali Hoff, PsyD, is an executive and business coach and president of Impactful Coaching & Consulting. For a free, no obligation consultation, please call 212-470-6139 or email info@ Check out his new leadership book, “Becoming the New Boss,” on Amazon. Download his free eBook for understaffed leaders at


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Nobody’s Perfect By Allan Rolnick, CPA


obody really likes to pay taxes. It’s no surprise, then, that so many people work so hard to avoid them. As humorist Fran Lebowitz once said, “A dog who thinks he is man’s best friend is a dog who has obviously never met a tax lawyer.” Truly proactive tax professionals like us understand that you don’t just want to know how much you owe. You want us to use the ins and outs of the tax code to help you pay less. And so this week’s episode of Beat the Tax Man takes us to David Burbach, a municipal swimming pool consultant and designer from warm, sunny Wisconsin. Now you might think that cash-strapped local governments would rather pay for sewer systems or orange barrels than swimming pools. But Burbach is clearly good at his job — he’s designed over 600 pools nationwide. Naturally, that’s led to some big personal income tax bills. Burbach had also started worrying about legal sharks feasting on his riches if one of his pool designs were to fail. Burbach’s search for asset protection and tax relief led him to an accountant named George Eldridge, who marketed himself as more

than your run-of-the-mill, numbers-in-boxes kind of guy. Eldridge presented himself as a bare-knuckle brawler, gleefully taking on the IRS on his clients’ behalf: “Are you a Beleaguered American Taxpayer? Is the Grizzly Bear {the IRS} feasting sumptuously in [sic] your money that you have earned by work? * * * Are you ever going

$12,000 per month for his protection. Eldridge set up one corporation to hold Burbach’s business, another to hold his real estate, a third corporation that never seemed to serve any purpose, and a nonprofit corporation to hold Burbach’s collection of historic Ford cars, trucks, and tractors. (The goal was to open a “museum” that would be open from 8a.m. to

You can probably guess that quoting a fictional conman isn’t a good sign for the taxpayer.

to use Rule of Law to stop paying maximum taxes to the Grizzly Bear? Do you have the heart to use Rule of Law through me? * * * What is your decision?” Burbach is an engineer by training, and he probably would have done more homework if he were buying a used Volkswagen Jetta. But he dove right in and agreed to pay Eldridge

10a.m., weather permitting, during summer months, only. Uh, right.) Eldridge also formed a defined benefit pension plan based on “director’s fees” from his corporation. Now, corporations, nonprofits, and defined benefit pension plans are all perfectly legitimate tax-planning tools. Unfortunately, Eldridge’s follow-through didn’t hold water. For

starters, he never even bothered filing Burbach’s taxes! (Eldridge told him that corporations have six years to file.) Burbach’s empty promises led Burbach down a path that might have been funny if he hadn’t wound up in court. Burbach had to know he was going to get doused with taxes. However, he argued he had reasonably relied on Eldridge’s advice, so he should avoid penalties for Eldridge’s failures. Tax Court Judge Holmes opened his opinion on Burbach’s claim by quoting from Professor Harold Hill of The Music Man. And you can probably guess that quoting a fictional conman isn’t a good sign for the taxpayer. This week’s story offers all sorts of lessons. But the most important one is something you learned long before you knew about taxes: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. So don’t be afraid to dot your I’s and cross your T’s. You’ll wind up paying less tax and sleeping better, too!

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


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Life C ach

Renovating. Help! By Rivki D. Rosenwald Esq., CLC, SDS


top! I changed my mind. I kind of want the bathroom where the kitchen is. And the kitchen ideally in the bedroom (who wouldn’t? So much easier to get a snack!). And I want the guestroom to be on the first floor, bu not near the living room, dining room, kitchen or den. In fact, not near any room in the house! Sweetly, I just don’t want my mother-in-law to have to walk up or down steps. Then again, I don’t want to disturb her when she’s on the main floor, either. And to be honest, though, I don’t want her harassing me or my kids to be quiet. After all, it is where we live! Respectfully, I want the bathrooms connecting privately to each room and yet, pragmatically, accessible to everyone. Private, yet public. I know it’s confusing. Welcome to the joys of renovating. And…that’s just the beginning. Where should every room go? And then where should everything go in the rooms? Then there’s all the appliances. Everything today has to have a Shabbos mode or else it shuts off and you’re done. Get this: the only reason I want a warming drawer is to use it

on Shabbos and the way it works is that it shuts off an hour after Shabbos starts! Do you see something problematic with that?! Thank G-d they haven’t started making toilets with Shabbos mode. Could you just imagine? It would totally ruin the kiddush

There needs to be one whole section to save gowns that, of course, you never wear again. After all, who ever does a wedding that’s the same color twice? And you certainly need a place to put your summer stuff in the winter and your winter stuff in the summer.

And let’s not forget the sukkah, which itself is a little house that then needs its own little house just to be stored in.

trade! With no access to facilities, who’d dare brave a bowl of chulent?! Then there’s the problem of storage. Suitcases! They either take up half your attic or half your garage right there. Here you are creating a beautiful, new home and you still need access to twenty pieces of luggage for when you get away! And that’s just the beginning.

Is that because you might get confused and go out in a shvim kleid in the winter? No, of course not. It’s just that we have so much stuff for each season that we need to make more space for what we’re wearing now. And then there’s all our other stuff.... For instance, sports gear, kids’ things, party extras, paper goods…. Do you need me to continue the list

or are you getting my drift? The things we need and save and accumulate can be endless! And let’s not forget the sukkah, which itself is a little house that then needs its own little house just to be stored in. Renovating is certainly quite overwhelming. We must consider making room for everything we use and everything we don’t use as well. So how does one survive this very strenuous process? My best advice, if you’re about to start renovations, is to pack up those twenty suitcases and run for the hills or alternatively give me a call. Not just for my therapeutic skills but because, lucky for you, among my other vocations I actually am an awesome and quite acclaimed space design specialist. Well, what did you think that SDS stood for in my title?! And you thought I just spent my time trying to find ways to make you laugh at life.

Rivki Rosenwald is a certified relationship counselor, and career and life coach. She can be contacted at 917-7052004 or


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